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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2016-07-14 15:36:29



Golf club-wielding attacker
takes plea deal. P7
Vero tax rate to
stay unchanged. P9

Plea bargain offered in
Orchid man’s hit-and-run death. P7

For breaking news visit

MY Island checkbooks stay closed to Trump Pristine beaches bringing
VERO surge in summer visitors

BY RAY MCNULTY based Republican donors de- BY ALAN SNEL tion that is plaguing Stuart.
Staff Writer livered more than $950,000 to Staff Writer A day after Independence
Jeb Bush’s bid for the party’s
Four years ago, Republican nomination and contributed Hotels and restaurants on Day, the Caribbean Court Bou-
donors from the Vero Beach more than $1 million to the our barrier island report seeing tique Hotel used Facebook and
barrier island contributed Right To Rise USA Super PAC an increase in business in re- three exclamation points to tell
nearly $1.2 million to Mitt that backed him. cent days as the algae disaster the world: “Our Beaches are
Romney’s presidential cam- to the south diverts tourists to Open!!!”
paign, and another $1.1 mil- As of Monday, a grand to- Vero Beach, where the ocean
lion to the political action tal of five big GOP donors and lagoon are unaffected by With the toxic blue-green
committee supporting him. from our barrier island – one the Lake Okeechobee pollu- algae in Martin County’s wa-
of the most Republican bas- terways making national TV
Then, earlier in the cur- tions in Florida – have con– news, Vero Beach hotels such
rent presidential race, island- as Caribbean Court and South
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Beach Place wanted to spread
the word that the smelly, gua-
Vero realty team is camole-thick sludge has not
now 6th in Florida, affected Indian River County’s
79th in the nation waterways and that they are
open for business.
Staff Writer Edyta Zachariasz, Carib-
bean Court front office man-
The exceptional nature of
the island’s real estate market CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
was illustrated again last week
when Real Trend’s much-an- Judge gives guidance
ticipated list of America’s Best to man suing Vero
Real Estate Agents was pub- for Baker Act arrest


Staff Writer

The new Quail Valley Club hotel and restaurant on Royal Palm Pointe is nearing completion. Story, Page 8. PHOTO BY PHIL SUNKEL A federal judge has given
former island resident Larry
School District not open to input on student code of conduct Wilke until Aug. 1 to re-file his
complaint against the City of
Clark French and Cindy O’Dare BY KATHLEEN SLOAN Board to be rubber-stamped, ber, raised objections to the Vero Beach and a Tallahassee
Staff Writer was at it again when a hearing revised code, saying the defi- hospital for alleged civil rights
was held, ostensibly for pub- nition of gang activity in the violations relating to 2014 inci-
The Indian River County lic input, on a revised student code was too loose. She noted dents when the 72-year-old re-
School District administration, code of conduct. that any principal or school tired civil engineer was hospi-
which has a habit of presenting resource officer has authority talized via Florida’s Baker Act.
faits accomplis to the School Jacqueline Warrior, NAACP
education committee mem- CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 Meanwhile, Wilke’s son,


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My Vero At this point, it kind of looks that way. folds, probably because he's not yet Convention next week in Cleveland.
Three have contributed a combined the nominee," he added. "My personal "I want to see who he picks for his
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 $3,200 to his campaign. Two others opinion is that he will get the nomina-
have sent checks totaling $750 to the tion and, when push comes to shove, running mate, and he needs to slow
tributed less than $4,000 to New York pro-Trump Great America PAC. Other people will come around." things down a bit and stop calling
real-estate tycoon Donald Trump’s fi- Super PACs backing the big-talking bil- people names," said the donor, who
nancially troubled push for the presi- lionaire have gotten nothing. I wouldn't put money on it. requested anonymity. "I know he isn't
dency. Across the past week, I tracked down that great, but he's a Republican and
"I'm not sure what to make of it, several of the island's biggest GOP do- he'd be better than Hillary."
Island Democrats, badly outnum- except that Donald Trump is a pret- nors – many of them were away for the
bered here, have actually contributed ty controversial guy and it's hard to summer, most agreed to talk as long as For most Republicans, being "better
four times as much to the campaign get up-close to him, so I can under- I agreed to not quote them by name – than Hillary" is setting the bar awfully
of their party's likely nominee, Hillary stand why people haven't quite put and found little enthusiasm for Trump. low – and that, alone, could make Trump
Clinton. their arms around him," Indian River Of the 10 donors I was able to con- worthy of their vote, if not their money.
County Republican Party chairman tact, either by phone or email, only
So have ZIP Code 32963 Republi- Tom Lockwood said. one planned to contribute to Trump's More than half of the local GOP
cans decided to keep their checkbooks campaign after he secures the nomi- donors with whom I spoke or cor-
closed this year when asked to support "I think a lot of people are sitting on nation at the Republican National responded, however, expressed con-
their party's presumptive nominee? the sidelines, waiting to see what un- cerns about the harsh tone and lack
of substance that has marked Trump's
candidacy. They were so troubled by
the bluster and belittlement on which
his campaign has been built, in fact,
that they weren't sure they could bring
themselves to vote for him.

One such donor was Bill Becker,
owner of Vero Beach-based Peace
River Citrus Products. Contacted via
email, he said he contributed to Rom-
ney because he believed the former
Massachusetts governor would've
made a "superb president."

He also gave $350,000 to Bush's Su-
per PAC this year for the same reason.
But he said he will not contribute to
Trump or any Super PACs supporting
Trump's campaign.

"I am seriously conflicted," Becker
wrote. "Hillary Clinton would be my
worst nightmare as president, and
that may sway me to vote for Trump.
However, he has to show a great deal
more restraint and dignity than he has
shown so far.

"There is still ample time to make
a decision on how to vote or whether
I will simply vote down ballot and re-
frain from voting for president."

He wasn't alone.
Fay Vincent, a former baseball com-
missioner and Columbia Pictures chair-
man, said he has voted for the Republi-
can ticket in every presidential election
since 1980. But he might skip this one.
"How can you trust Trump?" said
Vincent, a John's Island resident who
in 2012 donated $75,000 to American
Crossroads, the Super PAC that backs
Republican candidates and supported
Romney's candidacy.
"What does he stand for?" he added.
"Nobody knows because he's con-
stantly changing his positions."
Vincent said he has "no plans to
give any money to Trump," adding, "I
doubt I'll vote for him." But he can't
see himself voting for Clinton, either.
"I have no enthusiasm for either can-
didate," Vincent said. "I can't imagine
not voting, but, right now, I can't see
myself voting for either one of them."
He compared having to choose be-
tween Trump and Clinton to the elec-
tions involving Lyndon Johnson and
Barry Goldwater in 1964, Richard Nix-

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 14, 2016 3


on and George McGovern in 1972, and about eight out of 10 tell me they're publican candidate were someone oth- lessly challenged, criticized and mocked
Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford in 1976. very disillusioned with the choices er than Trump – and preferably Bush, their candidate, eventually chasing him
we're being given, which is pretty whose Super PAC also received big out of the race. Apparently, some island-
"It was pretty bad eight years ago, too," much what we're seeing in the nation- checks from Thomas Corr ($250,000), based GOP donors haven't forgotten.
Vincent said, referring to Barack Obama's al polling," he continued. CEO and head trader at the George E.
historic victory over John McCain. Warren Corp.; Neill Currie ($205,510), "Jeb has a lot of friends here, and to
"I know quite a few Republicans who retired CEO of RenaissanceRe Holdings see him attacked that way probably
He paused for a moment, then say they'd actually cross over if the Ltd.; and Evans Properties ($100,000), a didn't sit well with them," Lockwood
continued: "I worry about having Bill Democrats gave us a better choice," he family-run citrus company. said. "But once Trump is the nominee,
and Hillary Clinton back in the White added. "Of course, they'd rather be ex- I think people will move past all that
House. Any reasonable person can see cited about the Republican candidate." Instead, Bush donors and support- and do what needs to be done."
that she's totally corrupt. But Trump ers watched helplessly as Trump relent-
is worse . . . . You can't just say you're And they would have been if the Re- I wouldn't put money on it. 
going to build a wall and think that's
going to fix everything. Exclusively John’s Island

"I'm very concerned about the fu- Beautifully set along the western shore of Gem Island on a quiet cul-de-
ture of this country." sac street, is this exceptional four-bedroom estate. Commanding unrivaled
Intracoastal Waterway views, this 12,303± GSF retreat offers breathtaking
One of those concerns is the Su- sunsets, 172-feet of river frontage, lap pool, boat dock with lift, and seawall-
preme Court, which Vincent said protected sandy beach. Unsurpassed features include luxurious appointments,
Clinton would stack with "extremely hardwood and marble floors, Zuber wallpaper, striated plaster walls, screened
liberal" justices, probably in their 40s, lanai with fireplace, library with fireplace & bar, and tree-top views from the
"so they'll be there a long time." upper level. 171 Terrapin Point : $7,750,000

And still he won't endorse Trump. three championship golf courses : 17 har-tru courts : beach club : squash
"This time," Vincent said, "we have health & fitness center : pickleball : croquet : vertical equity membership
no good choice whatsoever."
Another big-bucks donor agreed 772.231.0900 : Vero Beach, FL :
with Vincent's assessment, but, after
being promised that she would not
be identified, said she will reluctantly
and dutifully vote for Trump.
"I'll hold my nose and vote for him,
even though I find him completely
repugnant, because the alternative is
worse," the donor said. "But, trust me,
it won't be easy.
"I would've supported Jeb Bush,"
she added. "He's a good man who was
a terrific governor and who would've
been a great president. But once
Trump got into the race, Jeb, being the
gentleman that he is, didn't know how
to respond to someone who conducts
himself with so little class and couth."
"So this is what we're left with . . .
unless something happens with the
delegates at the convention or he gets
discouraged and drops out."
For the record: Two of the island's
top 10 GOP donors from 2012 – includ-
ing John Childs, who gave $1 million
to Romney's Super PAC and remains,
by far, the most generous contributor
to Republican causes – could not be
reached. A third refused to comment.
Michael Garavaglia Jr., president of
The Packers of Indian River, said Trump
is "certainly the better option," but he
hadn't yet decided whether to contrib-
ute to his campaign, either personally
or on behalf of his company. In 2012, he
gave $100,000 to American Crossroads.
Similarly, Jack and Anne Kelsey
contributed $5,000 to Romney's cam-
paign four years ago, but she said they
still hadn't decided whether to sup-
port a candidate in this year's race.
"A lot of folks here really liked Rom-
ney, and Jeb has always had a lot
of support in this town, but there's
not nearly that same feeling about
Trump," said a top-25 local donor in
2012 who won't be contributing to
any campaign in this election.
"I've talked to a lot of people, and

4 Vero Beach 32963 / July 14, 2016 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Baker Act arrest lawsuit how to craft and file a new complaint essary. “I believe this case has the po- took him to the Tallahassee Memo-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 that might survive a motion to dis- tential of going to the Supreme Court rial Hospital emergency room to be
miss. In addition to basic formatting of the United States. My adversaries checked out.
Ryan Wilke, 42, a graduate of Vero issues, Wilke’s original document did have too much to lose,” he said Mon-
Beach High School who works in a not, Stampelos said, outline the fac- day. But Wilke connects the Vero Beach
non-clinical psychology specialty area tual basis for the 11 separate charges incident to two reports he filed with
with Florida State University, has gone it alleges. The suit stems from two involuntary the Federal Bureau of Investigation
on record saying his father’s behavior hospitalizations, permitted by Florida about alleged criminal activity at the
in the run-up to his hospitalizations Wilke must also clarify which charg- Law under the Baker Act, which pro- now-demolished Surf Club hotel, and
was strange for sure. es he is lodging against Vero Beach po- vides for observation in a mental a cover-up amongst local police, con-
lice and which against the Tallahassee health facility of individuals thought tending his involuntary confinement
United States Magistrate Judge Memorial Hospital, its board of direc- to be a threat to themselves or others. was retaliation for the FBI report.
Charles Stampelos recently issued a tors, parent company and its behav-
detailed five-page order giving Wilke, ioral health center where Wilke says The first occurred in Vero after a “I do believe the report he filed was
who filed the suit pro se or as his own he was held for 27 days against his will. 911 call to Wilke’s Dahlia Lane resi- credible and that it was true,” Ryan
legal counsel, detailed instructions on dence when he thought he was having Wilke said, adding that he also be-
Undaunted, Wilke said he will per- a heart attack. The second occurred lieves the stress of being sucked into
severe, taking the case as far as nec- in Tallahassee when Wilke’s son Ryan the knowledge of complex criminal
activity and the filing of reports with
the FBI took a major toll on his father.
Wilke said his father had retired from
a very responsible, detail-oriented job
as an engineer, and had always been
“very high-energy and a very high-
functioning person, highly intelli-

He said his dad is “one of the most
rational, reliable and trustworthy peo-
ple I know. He’s never done anything
criminal. I don’t think he’s even had a
traffic ticket.”

The chain of events that led to the
lawsuit began when Larry Wilke be-
friended John Daly, a maintenance
man at the Surf Club who was down
on his luck and homeless. Wilke and
his wife took him in, extending their
hospitality for a short time. “That was
not too surprising; my parents have al-
ways helped people. But it was more,
much further than they had ever gone
before to help,” Ryan Wilke said.

It was through this outstretched
hand to a friend in need that Larry Wil-
ke heard from Daly stories of criminal
goings-on – drugs, money laundering,
prostitution, illegal immigration – on
the Surf Club property, allegedly in-
volving “some extremely wealthy and
influential people in the Vero Beach
community,” along with members of
the Vero Beach city staff and police de-

Ryan Wilke said his father felt Daly
should take these reports to authori-
ties, but felt that the homeless man
would not be taken seriously if he
showed up on his own at the FBI, so
he went with him. He also became im-
mersed in what he perceived as a dan-
gerous situation, whereby, Ryan Wilke
said, “He felt that someone would
come after him and I think he was
genuinely fearful.”

That fear, which included a fear of
the local police, led him to prepare,
just in case someone did come after
him. The elder Wilke had no firearms,
so he improvised and filled several
quart paint cans with gasoline, posi-
tioning them around his house, with
lit candles nearby. “He thought he
could use those to create a diversion if
he needed to,” Ryan Wilke said, noting

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 14, 2016 5


that he was not in Vero at the time, but who was so afraid that he’d strategical- medical evaluation at Tallahassee Me- me to some extent about what hap-
heard the accounts of what happened ly placed what they characterized as morial Hospital after he was released pened next because I told them at
from his mom and dad. fire bombs around his own residence, from his first Baker Act confinement the hospital about the gasoline cans,”
with his wife also living in the house. in Vero Ryan Wilke said. “But I didn’t expect
So around midnight when police It was for this reason that Ryan Wilke what happened. They took him by van
responded to a 911 medical call, that’s encouraged his father to seek some “It’s really caused our relationship to
apparently what they found, a man be strained. I know my father blames CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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Baker Act arrest lawsuit Surge in visitors July Fourth weekend stays because edy for the environment in and around
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 they thought the green goo-like algae Stuart, the algae goo in Martin County
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 was harming Vero Beach area water- seems to have bolstered Costa d’ Este's
to the Behavioral Health Center down ways. But she said she was able to con- business during the holiday weekend.
the street and we couldn’t even see ager, said tourists who don’t know how vince other guests to come.
him for two days.” far the algae slime in Stuart and the St. “We experienced record-breaking
Lucie River is from Vero Beach were “We explain it’s not in our county,” numbers over July Fourth weekend
Had his father consented to be calling her hotel to get the lowdown on Zachariasz said. and we speculate that it was due in part
placed on medication to control his whether the bloom was contaminating to the fact that beaches further south
apparent paranoia, he might have waterways in Indian River County. On Facebook, her hotel posted on were closed over the holidays,” said
been able to go home, Ryan Wilke said. July 5: “We are 48 miles north of the Maggie O’Briant, Costa d’ Este director
But he did not want to go that route. Zachariasz said she reassured them closest closed beach due to algae con- of marketing.
Nearly a month later, Wilke was finally the algae blooms are miles to the south tent,” referring to Bathtub Reef Beach,
released from the two-story, nonde- in Martin County. where Martin County officials had Potential customers have called
script beige building not far from the warned beach-goers to stay out of the Costa d’ Este to inquire about the lo-
main hospital. Wilke and his wife after Neli Santamarina, owner of South water on July Fourth weekend. cation of the algae, she said.
that moved out of Vero Beach, to Troy, Beach Place, said tourists who had
Alabama. He travels from there back originally booked hotel rooms in the With news like that to the south, “We have received a few calls; guests
and forth to North Florida to handle is- Stuart-Jensen Beach area were calling guests were calling The Islander Inn on are happy to hear that Vero Beach re-
sues related to his federal lawsuit. her boutique 18-room suite hotel to Ocean Drive to see if algae was a prob- mains untouched and open for swim-
see if they could switch and stay here lem around here, said Doug Moreton, ming,” O’Briant said.
City Manager Jim O’Connor de- over the Fourth of July weekend. the motel manager.
clined to comment on the allegations “Our Florida guests are aware that
in the case, saying only that he has yet “People were looking for rooms “People might want to come up here Vero Beach is far north of the algae-af-
to be served with the lawsuit, and that north of the algae,” Santamarina said. now,” Moreton said. fected areas,” she said. “Of the few peo-
the matter has been turned over to “We were putting it on social media ple that have called [from out of state],
the city’s liability insurance company and saying, ‘Hey, we’re fine.' ” Brennan Baker, manager of the Nino’s they have been quickly reassured.”
and its attorneys, as is standard pro- Cafe on the beachfront, estimated that
cedure with such a case. Larry Wilke The contamination was created by he’s talked to 10 or 20 guests in the past Still, Zachariasz wonders how many
said Monday that he’s met with attor- the Army Corps of Engineers releasing two weeks who are staying inVero Beach potential tourists simply said no
neys from the Florida League of Cities Lake Okeechobee’s water down the St. hotels after cancelling rooms in the Stu- thanks to the Treasure Coast and Vero
in attempts to settle the case, but that Lucie River to reduce the lake’s water art area because of the algae problems. Beach without calling to find out the
those negotiations to date have not level and avoid stressing the protective situation.
been fruitful.  earthen dike that encircles the big lake. He said some Nino’s customers who
cancelled in Martin County are staying “It might be hard to measure the
Zachariasz said that even after they at the neighboring Costa d’ Este hotel on impact because some may have never
were told the algae was south of Vero Ocean Drive. “They made different va- called in the first place,” she said. 
Beach, two customers cancelled their cation plans and came here,” Baker said.
(For more on this subject, see this
Though it is something akin to a trag- week’s editorial on page 42)

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 14, 2016 7


Golf club-wielding attacker takes plea bargain Hit-and-run driver
offered plea deal in
BY ALAN SNEL state, said if the sentences for the three screams and attempted to wedge him- Orchid man’s death
Staff Writer counts run consecutively, Morgan could self between Morgan and the couple
face as much as 35 years in prison. to try and stop the assault. BY RAY MCNULTY
A golf club-wielding attacker who as- Staff Writer
saulted a former girlfriend and her date Bristol and Rudish first met at the Morgan then swung hard at the va-
outside Maison Martinique in Novem- Blue Star Wine Bar the evening before let, hitting him in the leg before run- The case against the woman
ber 2012 will be sentenced in August. the attack. ning off still clinging to the shaft of the charged with killing Orchid Island
club. winter resident Peter Meyer in a hit-
Danny R. Morgan, 64, had been At that time, Morgan caused a scene, and-run accident in Savannah, Ga., in
charged with attempted first-degree saying rude things to the woman who The valet chased Morgan and was able January 2015 might not go to trial.
murder for his vicious golf club attack on had broken up with him the previous to provide police with the make, color
local Realtor Vicki Bristol and her date summer. The rants got Morgan escort- and license plate number of his car. The lead prosecutor said he has
Randy Rudish. Rather than face that ed from the tapas bar. made a plea offer to Darcia Lavonde
charge in court, he has now taken a plea A warrant was issued for the assail- Hymon, who faces felony charges of
deal from prosecutors, pleading guilty The next day, Bristol called police to ant’s arrest, but Morgan, who had been vehicular homicide and leaving the
to two counts of aggravated battery and report that Morgan was following her. renting a trailer in Winter Beach after scene of an accident involving in-
one count of aggravated assault. returning to the area from New York jury or death. Under Georgia law, she
Later that night, the angry ex-boy- several weeks before, eluded police for could receive between three and 15
Before Morgan made the deal, he friend ambushed Bristol and Rudish four days. years in prison if convicted.
had entered a plea of not guilty by rea- outside Maison Martinique.
son of insanity, said Morgan’s lawyer, During that time, he sent threaten- "There's no agreement yet – we're
Andrew Metcalf. One witness to the attack estimated ing emails to Bristol, telling her she still negotiating – but there's no hur-
that the club struck the couple a dozen better “have eyes in the back of her ry," Chatham County Assistant Dis-
“I can’t comment on the chances times with such ferocity that the head head” to avoid another attack and trict Attorney Frank Pennington said.
of his success if the case went to trial, of the 3-iron broke from the shaft. threatening to kill himself. "We've got a couple of months to get
other than to say that the plea entered When police arrived at the Caribbean something done."
in this case was in Mr. Morgan’s best Court Hotel where Maison Martinique Morgan eventually turned himself in
interests,” Metcalf said last week. is located, Rudish was still protectively and was charged with attempted first- Hymon's next court date is Aug.
flung over Bristol, covered in blood, degree murder for the brutal attack. 31, when Superior Court Judge Penny
Assistant State Attorney Michelle Mc- with a laceration on his head that left
Carter, who handled the case for the his skull exposed. He is scheduled to be sentenced CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
Aug. 26 at 9:30 a.m. in Judge Cynthia
A valet at the restaurant heard the Cox’s courtroom. 

8 Vero Beach 32963 / July 14, 2016 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Vero realty team 6th in Florida and O’Dare sold an astonishing $168.1 $30 million in sales or 70 transaction O’Dare pegs her success teamed
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 million in 2015, ranking 6th among all sides for a team. with French to “a lot of hard work, and
teams in Florida and 79th nationwide. good old Real Estate 101,” along with
lished. It included more than a dozen Four Vero agents made the single effective nationwide marketing and
Vero agents at Premier Estate Proper- They achieved the feat despite be- agent list for volume: Matilde Sorensen enduring relationships with clients.
ties, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Treasure ing in one of the smaller markets that of Dale Sorensen Real Estate ($53.7 mil-
Coast Sotheby’s, Coldwell Banker Ed appears on the Real Trends list, com- lion); Kay Brown of Premier Estate Prop- “It was as if all our targeted advertis-
Schlitt Realtor and other brokerages. peting with agents in huge markets in erties ($31.8 million); Janyne Kenworthy ing really came together in the begin-
Miami, New York and Los Angeles. of Treasure Coast Sotheby’s ($23.3 mil- ning of 2015,” she said.
Even more impressive, Premier’s Cin- lion); and Kelly Fischer, also of Treasure
dy O’Dare and Clark French made it onto There are 12,000 agents and teams Coast Sotheby’s ($22.5 million). “We had more buyers who were
Real Trend’s separate elite list of the 1,000 on the America’s Best Real Estate seeing Vero for the first time last year
top agents and teams in the nation. Agents list. Real Trends President The top individual for transaction than we ever had before,” O’Dare said.
Steve Murray, whose company pub- sides was J. Vance Brinkerhoff of Cold- “That really speaks to the outside mar-
Partners who joined Premier when it lishes the list, says the cutoff for inclu- well Banker Ed Schlitt Realty with 85 keting, the website and the direct mail
opened an office in Vero in 2008, French sion is $20 million in verified sales or transactions. Kelly Fischer was second we have done so vigorously for the
50 transactions for a single agent and with 80 sides. past couple of years, targeting South

Hit-and-run driver the defense attorney has approached She said Pennington requested the dark when he walked across Abercorn
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 him about a plea negotiation," Sue letters be sent "sooner rather than Street to have dinner at the Bonefish Grill,
Ross wrote. "It's good news that we later," and that she hopes to get them near the Twelve Oaks Shopping Center.
Freesemann is expected to set the case won't have to endure a trial." this month. Also, she invited her fa-
for trial if no plea deal is reached. Assis- ther's friends and business associates Meyer was struck by an SUV as he
tant Public Defender Robert Attridge, In that same email, Ross asked Walsh to attend the sentencing, if Hymon ac- waited in the crosswalk to return to his
who is representing the 50-year-old to approach her father's Orchid Island cepts a plea deal. hotel.
Jacksonville woman, did not return friends and Merrill Lynch business col-
several calls to his office. leagues and neighbors about sending "A full courtroom would be awe- The impact knocked his body into
"victim impact statements" – writ- some," Ross wrote. some bushes, where it was discovered
In an email sent last month to Or- ten expressions of how Meyer's tragic more than an hour later. Police told his
chid Island resident Pat Walsh, one death affected them – to the judge. Meyer, 72, was driving from his family that he was killed instantly.
of Meyer's former Merrill Lynch col- home in Quechee, Vt., to his winter
leagues and closest friends, the vic- "The statements will be part of the residence at the Orchid Island Golf & The case went unsolved for 10
tim's daughter expressed relief that a permanent record and will be consid- Beach Club on Jan. 4, 2015, when he months – until the Savannah-Chatham
plea deal was in the works. ered in the sentencing, but, just as im- stopped for the night in Savannah. Metro Police Department's Crimestop-
portant, by the parole board when she is pers program received a call from an
"We spoke to the DA last week and eligible for parole," Ross wrote. "I would Traveling with his beloved Yorkshire anonymous tipster who identified
love to flood the courts with letters." terrier, Chili, Meyer checked into the Hymon as the hit-and-run driver who
midtown Residence Inn. It was already killed Meyer. 

Quail Valley Club’s Royal Palm Pointe
hotel and restaurant nearing completion

Staff Writer

The new Quail Valley restaurant air-conditioned space with another
and hotel property on Royal Palm 3,000 square feet of covered veranda
Pointe is rapidly nearing comple- for outdoor dining; and a parking fa-
tion, and General Manager Kevin cility for 60 cars.
Given said it will open, pretty much
on schedule, in August. He said it Both the hotel and restaurant will
will be “a very soft opening.” enjoy sweeping views of the Indian
River Lagoon. Quail paid $3.5 mil-
The imposing private dining and lion for the prime 1-acre site and
lodging venue is the club’s third fa- Given said construction costs for
cility in Vero Beach. Club owner the Carolina Low Country-style
Steve Mulvey and his partner Given buildings are in the $10- to $12-mil-
opened a dramatic links-style golf lion range.
club northwest of town in 2001, fol-
lowed by a riverfront campus that A custom-built 26-person launch
debuted on the barrier island in 2003 will ferry members and guests back
offering a marina, tennis, swimming and forth every half hour between
pool, fitness center, spa, restaurants Quail’s River Club and the Royal
and overnight accommodations. Palm Pointe campus. 

The new facility on the former
site of the Lobster Shanty restaurant
will include a small three-story hotel
with 11 suites for the use of the club’s
935 members, their guests and fam-
ilies; a striking octagonal restaurant
that will have 7,000 square feet of

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Florida, the Northeast and California.” a five-office Florida business that We have several clients who we have had with the family,” she says. “I was
French says market conditions and sells properties priced at $1 million done eight or more deals with. One good friends with Carol Lowell, who
or more, says French and O’Dare’s thing that makes us feel very good is had passed away, and the children are
Vero’s growing reputation as the Hamp- success is due in part to exceptional when we get invitations to birthday wonderful, down-to-earth people.”
tons of Florida also played a part. knowledge of the Vero market. parties and weddings and to go on
trips with our clients because we be- French says his favorite sale is al-
“The Vero Beach market is matur- “Clark and Cindy are probably the come part of their lives as their profes- ways “the next one.”
ing in the eyes of buyers,” French says. most knowledgeable brokers I have sional real estate advisors.
“Five or 10 years ago, when Cindy and ever known as far as product knowl- This is the second year in a row French
I talked with folks who were think- edge goes. Product knowledge is so “When a client or perspective cli- and O’Dare have appeared on the ex-
ing of buying a home in Vero but also important – knowing who the sellers ent comes to town, we make sure their clusive list known as The 1000. Last year
considering Naples, Jupiter Island, and buyers are, along with the history experience is seamless. They are very they were ranked 191 among teams na-
Fort Lauderdale or Miami, we would of homes, even if they are not for sale. well taken care of at the hotel. We pick tionwide, with $90.15 million in sales.
lose those buyers to the other markets them up at the airport and make sure
three times out of five. Now, seven out “If you are talking direct oceanfront we take them to the club. We arrange Murray, of Real Trends, says his real
of 10 who come here and see the town properties down in the estate section, for a round of golf and, if they have estate services company was founded
choose to buy here. We are becoming a or direct oceanfront in John’s Island or kids, a tour of St. Ed’s. We let them in 1987. It has put out a top realtor list
refuge for high-end buyers.” in mid-beach, they know the property know they are going to be taken care for the past 11 years. The company re-
inside out – how old it is, how many of from start to finish.” quires multiple sources of information
French noted building height restric- square feet, who built it, when and for to verify sales it tabulates in compos-
tions, low density and cultural ameni- how much it has sold in the past, ev- French and O’Dare handled 47 trans- ing its list of the 1,000 most successful
ties, along with the quality of the hous- erything. It is like they have computers action sides in 2015. Fifty-six percent of agents and teams, including third-par-
ing, club communities, dining and in their heads!” their sales were oceanfront and 31 per- ty verification of sales and in some cas-
shopping as factors that make Vero cent were of land, if you include homes es tax returns and other documents.
more desirable than other Florida cities. “Our success ultimately comes sold as teardowns. All but three of the
down to our relationships with our sales were in the 32963 area. The larg- “The Real Trends list is a reliable
“The lifestyle has never been better clients,” French says. “They know we est sale was of the home at 1920 South source,” says Michael Thorpe, co-
here,” he says. are going to be absolutely professional A1A in the estate section, which closed owner of Treasure Coast Sotheby’s In-
and they stay loyal to us for decades. in October for $17 million. ternational Realty.
Carman D’Angelo, one of the co-
owners of Premier Estate Properties, O’Dare says her favorite sale last year “We have worked with Steve Murray
was the historic Lowell home at 2300 and his wonderful group,” says Gena
Vero budget keeps tax rate flat, Ocean Drive that fronts on the ocean Grove, one of the island’s leading real-
wrestles with spending priorities and the Riomar Golf Course, which tors and former co-owner of Norris &
closed in January 2015 for $6,999,000. Company, which was recently acquired
by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.
“The reason it was such a source of “They are very impressive and very
pride and joy was the relationship I hands on. There is nothing about them
that is not four stars.” 

BY LISA ZAHNER which are of a more aesthetic nature
and can be put off.
Staff Writer
“Our community wants first and
The proposed $22.3 million budget foremost the police department, it’s
up for consideration by the Vero Beach an untouchable,” Finance Commis-
City Council this week maintains the sion Vice Chair Glenn Brovant said.
same tax rate as last year, provides for “But there’s a non-government func-
no employee raises and leaves major tion, recreation. We spend 10 percent
projects like road paving and drainage of our budget on recreation and the
improvements largely unfunded. streets don’t get paved.

City Manager Jim O’Connor said “The only reason I attack the recre-
his orders were “to bring back a bal- ation department is because the num-
anced budget this year,” on the heels bers are so glaring,” Brovant said of the
of a proposed 38 percent tax hike last $2.1 million annual recreation operating
year that was whittled down to the 24 budget and $420,000 set aside for bricks
percent finally approved by the Vero and mortar repairs. “It’s the only sort-of
City Council. But just because the city discretionary spending we have.”
staff did what they were told does not
mean this round of budget negotia- Councilman Randy Old rose to the
tions will be immune to heated scraps podium to defend recreation spend-
over where to allocate funds. ing. “The recreation is an expense, but
it does create revenue with the beach-
That debate began in earnest Mon- es. Having the guarded beaches does
day afternoon when the city’s Finance bring revenue in the tourism.”
Commission examined the budget
for three hours, the group adjourning Councilman Dick Winger’s two pet
quite concerned about the city’s pri- projects, roads and stormwater, made
orities this year. a pretty anemic showing in the budget
and presumably Winger will have some-
Hoping to shift dollars away from thing to say about that during the three-
recreation – which key members con- day workshops which conclude Friday.
sider a nonessential service – and
toward infrastructure and employee By the end of the day Friday, the city
retirement benefits, they voted 4-0 to will need to set its maximum tax rate
have Recreation Director Rob Slezak so Property Appraiser David Nolte can
identify which of the $420,000 in his send Truth In Millage (TRIM) notices
department’s capital improvements out in August. Even if Vero doesn’t raise
are matters of health and safety, and the tax rate from the current $2.38 per


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Vero budget of the Big Blue power plant, but factors ration costs for 13 electric utility em- School District
in the addition of five positions in other ployees. Longtime employees typically
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 divisions of the electric utility for a net retire with huge banks of saved-up sick CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
reduction of 13 employees. and vacation time for which they are
$1,000 of taxable value, the city will still paid in cash upon their departure. to label a student a gang member and
see an influx of $287,000 more in tax In departments other than electric, put it in the school file, which could
dollars due to a 5.1 percent projected nine positions are being added, result- The budget could look quite differ- possibly become part of a juvenile’s
increase in property values in the city. ing in a total net city employee reduc- ent on Friday afternoon, once mem- justice record.
tion of four jobs. bers of the public file up to the po-
In recent years, as the tax rate has dium to speak about how and where Warrior said she recently participat-
crept up from $1.93 per $1,000, the city’s No positions are being added this they want to see tax dollars spent, and ed in a hearing on a student expulsion
total property tax collected has also ris- year in the police department, which after councilmembers weigh in. where the principal assumed a black
en from just less than $4 million to an has a payroll of 76 people. Public student intentionally was wearing
expected $5.9 million in receipts for the works is the next largest department The meetings run through Friday in gang colors, red and white. She later
2016-2017 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. with 73 people. the council chambers at Vero Beach saw a group of white students near
City Hall. Vero Beach High School also wearing
This year’s budget reflects a loss of 18 The drop from 394 positions to 390 red and white, and said she learned
full-time employees in the electric util- positions is listed in the budget as a sav- They will be televised and live- those are the school colors.
ity due to the shuttering and demolition ings of $569,000 in the coming year, but streamed on the Internet at www.
that figure does not factor in the sepa-  “The color of your skin determines
what gang colors are,” she remarked.

The Florida Department of Educa-
tion’s 2016 profile of the Indian River
County School District says blacks are
disciplined here eight times more of-
ten than the norm. Statewide, blacks
are disciplined three times more often.


Warrior said she had volunteered
as a juvenile justice advocate for four
years, and noted that the School Dis-
trict initiates the majority of juvenile
justice cases in the county. She pro-
posed that “illegal activity” be the
threshold definition of gang activity
or membership.

But School Board Chairperson Dale
Simchick said the School District and
the juvenile justice department are
separate, and took the position that
school administrators and law en-
forcement could be trusted to be fair.

Furthermore – fait accompli time
– school board attorney Suzanne
D’Agresta said any changes to the re-
vised code other than cleaning up typos
would require republishing the code,
another legal notice and another public

If that happened, students wouldn’t
have it at the beginning of the school
year, Superintendent Mark Rendell said.

But Warrior pointed out the existing
code could be used in the meantime.

School Board member Shawn Frost
seemed sympathetic to Warrior’s con-
cerns and made a motion to redraft
and rehear the code of student con-
duct, but it failed to pass. Board mem-
ber Charles Searcy requested future
public hearings be held in time to ac-
tually allow for public input.

The two actions drew criticism
from School Board member Claudia
Jimenez. She chided Searcy and Frost
for entertaining changes at a late date.
They should have come forward with
changes “in a timely manner,” she said.

The revised code was approved, 3-2,
with Matthew McCain, Simchick and
Jimenéz voting yes, while Frost and
Searcy withheld approval. 

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Event founder Donna Roberts Mitchell is led in for a dip. PHOTOS: LEAH DUBOIS Vero locals head back to Waldo’s after the dunk.


Tim McNamee, Graham McLeod, Colter Hanawalt, Zach Weinstein, Vincent Valentino and Todd Rapp (front). Jeannie Holderman and baby Finleigh with parents Nicole and Tim Capra.

Protect and surf! Beach Ball benefits Vero lifeguards

BY CHRISTINA TASCON “high-brow” events which have guests Saxophonist Jim Alexander from Dave and as a result of county budget cuts which
Correspondent trading in itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny bi- the Wave leads revelers to the surf. had decreased lifeguard protection
kinis for tuxedos and nightclub attire outside of the city borders, more tour-
Waldo’s Restaurant was a happen- to take a dip in the sea. Additional is really going to make our job so ists and residents had been flocking to
ing place last Saturday at the second funds were raised Saturday through a much easier.” the city’s guarded beaches.
annual Barefoot Beach Ball to benefit bachelor lifeguard auction, where at-
the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association. tendees had an opportunity to bid on Toomsoo was appreciative of Busch, “Unfortunately, our tax dollars can-
Guests had dressed up in a motley a day with a hunky lifeguard, which Olsen and the many other business not fully cover our need for the life-
combination of black-tie formal wear included lunch at Waldo’s followed by owners who have supported the as- guards. But the proximity of Humis-
and casual surfer gear to dance and various water activities. sociation over the years. He noted that ton Park to Waldo’s and the Driftwood
dine before jumping – fully clothed, Inn makes it important for us to see
of course – into the ocean, as a way to VBLA President Eric Toomsoo said that they have what they need for our
raise funds to purchase lifesaving ne- he estimated attendance this year to guests’ safety,” said Olsen. “They are
cessities. be at least twice that of the previous like school teachers who are having to
year, with roughly 125 people taking use their own money at times for sup-
With Recreation Department bud- part in the night’s festivities. One of plies. And since families are flocking to
gets tightening over the years, our the biggest surprises, announced by our city beaches, it is so important for
dedicated lifeguards have gotten Waldo’s manager Lee Olsen, was that us to help them have what they need.
creative, forming the VBLA in 2011 Peter Busch of Southern Eagle Dis- Tourism is one of our biggest indus-
and holding a series of fundraisers tributors was donating an ATV for tries, so it is important for businesses
to keep city lifeguard stations sup- lifeguards to use to patrol the beach- to support them to keep people com-
plied with much needed equipment es. ing here to our beautiful beaches.”
and supplies. In addition to funding
equipment purchases, the organiza- “This is incredible,” said Toomsoo. At sunset Dave and the Wave saxo-
tion also serves to educate the public “Our goal is to build our headquar- phonist Jim Alexander led the bow
about issues affecting local beaches ters and lifeguard tower right here tie-attired lifeguards into the sea for
and public safety. at Humiston Park. Our number of the “hunk dunk” followed by a happy
water rescues each year and rescues bunch of formerly formal partiers who
IdeaGarden and Planet Vero intro- caused from heat-related issues has laughed as they emerged – soaked but
duced the Barefoot Beach Ball concept increased, and we need a way to get happy, knowing they were helping our
last year, patterned after nationwide those people off the beach. This ATV lifeguards keep our beaches safe. 

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BEACH BALL PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Barett and Jennifer Hoard with Kim and Dan Dias.
Anne Gabor, Jessica Karr, Erin Casey, E.T. Baker, Tim Scott and Taylor Bradow.

Melody Weaver, Brian Storey, Debbi Arseneaux and Jackie WIlliams. Christy Northfield, Trey Kinkead and Tom Swan.

Oliver Hamilton and Lisa Renee. Marleigh Capra, Erin Swenson and Chelsea Brady.

Brianna Lang, Zachary Holzman and Erin Bevard.

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Everybody’s all Americana at Sebastian celebration

Jessie and James Dickson. Tracey Arlotta. Sebastian River High School Marching Sharks Margo, J.R. and Gracie Crooks.
David Cortez as
Halo’s Becky Uncle Sam.
Garceau with Rave.


Sebastian offered a slice of Ameri-
cana at its best, with a patrioti-
cally-adorned, flag-waving crowd
lining Indian River Drive to watch
the 44th Annual 4th of July Parade
hosted by the Lions Club of Sebas-
tian and the City of Sebastian. The
morning began with a Substance
Awareness Center of IRC 5K Run/
Walk and was followed by the pop-
ular parade, featuring military/
veterans groups, scouting, church
and civic organizations, police and
fire departments, bands – includ-
ing the wonderful SRHS March-
ing Sharks band – plenty of candy
thrown from floats and, this being
an election year, an abundance of
politicos. The all-day festivities in
Riverview Park concluded at dusk
with a spectacular fireworks dis-
play over the lagoon. 

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And so Fourth! Vero rocks to music and fireworks


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Vero Beach celebrated Independence Day with a Fourth of July Music and
Fireworks Extravaganza, sponsored by the City of Vero Beach and 93.7
WGYL. As a gift to the community, the radio station livened up the after-
noon activities with concerts featuring up-and-coming national record-
ing artists Gregory Darling, Jolivi, Genevieve, The Rua and Alx Kawakami.
Sporting red, white and blue, families staked out their favorite spots in the
late afternoon to enjoy the concerts, food and children’s activities before
the main event – the ear-splitting bursts of color lighting up the evening sky
from the magnificent fireworks display. 

1. Morgan, Turner and Renfor families. 2. Smith and Roth family and friends. 3. Graves, Darrell, Keen, Amato,
Bickford, Lombard, Ott, Hardie, Travis and Otwell families. 4. Wonka, Zorc, Fredericks, Bloomingdale and
Schieber families. 5. Lauren Barnwell, Diane Simmons, Sarah Kawakami, Kirsten Verdi, Carla Kawakami and
Pam Hill. 6. Sandy Smith, Pam Lewis, Larry Burke, Elise Hyatt, Lina Addor and Robert Zika. 7. Geoff Moore,
Jolivi and Chelsea Rose. 8. Doreen Schildt and Paul Sisilli. 9. Nancy Kanlic and Barbara Chadwick


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Festive send-off for fearless animal control chief

Christopher, Bruce, Bryce and David Dangerfield. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Loretta Dangerfield with Paul and Diane Burns. Mike LaRusso, Scott Lee and Gerry Bielecki.

Ilka Daniel with Glenn and Chris Rhone. Mike Sullivan, David Dangerfield, Dustin Hawkins and Rudy Dearing. David and Melanie Currey with Dan Cook.

DANGERFIELD PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 and graduated from Vero Beach High
School. He worked for 20 years at Piper
Bruce Dangerfield. Aircraft and another 10 in the citrus in-
dustry before the city offered him the
BY CHRISTINA TASCON animal control position.
“My sister told me the job was per-
Indian River County is losing one of fect for me because I have loved being
its most well-known reptile wranglers around animals my whole life,” said
with the retirement of Bruce Danger- Dangerfield. “The part about my job I
field, for 17 years the Vero Beach Police am going to really miss is saving ani-
Department’s top animal control offi- mals from cruelty situations. We got a
cer. lot of calls on people who just don’t take
care of their animals.”
Dangerfield was feted last Satur-
day night at the Vero Social Club with Dangerfield has worked closely with
a traditional shrimp boil attended by the Humane Society of Vero Beach and
roughly 250 friends, family and co- Indian River County as a volunteer in
workers, who shared countless humor- their animal outreach programs and
ous stories about the “snake man.” with the rescue of countless animals
from hoarding or mistreatment.
A repeating slide show featured Dan-
gerfield – notoriously fearless in en- “I was the cruelty investigator with
counters with a variety of venomous the Humane Society and worked with
snakes, dangerous reptiles, feral and Bruce,” said Ilke Daniel, HSVBIRC di-
invasive animals – photographed with rector of animal protection services.
just some of the animals he has either “He is one of the most compassionate
rescued or captured throughout his animal control officers I have ever had
career. He has also cared for abused or the pleasure of working with. He real-
neglected animals, and helped educate izes that animal problems are people
the public about the wildlife around us. problems too, and his compassion and
care for both is just overwhelming.”
Born in South Carolina, Dangerfield
has lived in Vero Beach since he was 11 “Bruce has been great,” said VBPD
Police Chief David Currey. “He has
more knowledge about animals
than any person I have ever met. We
would let him talk at any school or
venue about animals to help educate
the public. His service is so vital and
the citizens expect the service he

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provided. He is already missed.” mane Society,” said David Dangerfield, his hands, Bruce Dangerfield replied What woman wants a man around and
Son David Dangerfield, a battalion busy cooking in the kitchen alongside with a grin, “Anything I want. I am 73 underfoot 24/7?”
his own sons, Christopher and Bryce, years old and am ready to relax.”
chief with Indian River County Fire who have helped their grandfather Dangerfield feels confident that
Rescue, said his father loved the job so with lectures at the Humane Society. Wife Loretta, when asked if she Scott Lee, who has worked in animal
much that he never imagined he would would be glad to finally have her hus- control alongside him for quite some
retire. When asked what he planned to do band at home, laughed and said with time, is ready to take over his position
now that he would have more time on a twinkle in her eye, “Are you crazy? as the new “possum cop.” 
“I think he will still work with the Hu-

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DANGERFIELD PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 Steve and Erin Graul with Joe and Liz Earman. Ruthie Moody with Celeste, Teddy and Terri Floyd.
Bernie, Marge and Colleen Grall.

Penny and Tom Whittington.
Juanita and Dr. Richard Baker with Roberta Barker.
John Estes, Pam Tinney, Jerry Lysaght and Bobby Estes.

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Rhyme time: Buzz begins for Palm Beach poetry fest

BY MICHELLE GENZ repertoire of indelible characters and
Staff Writer gestures … Simic is perhaps our most
disquieting muse,” wrote the Harvard
An hour-and-a-half’s drive away Review.
from Vero, in the vibrant downtown of
Delray Beach, one of the nation’s very Simic will give a public reading the
few festivals devoted entirely to poetry night of the festival’s gala.
is beginning to whittle its list of par-
ticipants. The 13th annual Palm Beach There will be nine workshops lim-
Poetry Festival, this year featuring for- ited to 12 students, with room for three
mer U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic more to audit the class. In addition,
as guest poet, is taking applications for three poets will offer individual confer-
the January event. ences. Applications aren’t due until No-
vember, but with three poems required
The six-day festival takes place at it may be time to start musing.
Delray Beach’s Old School Square, the
anchor of Delray’s thriving renovated The topics covered are very specific,
downtown. It runs Jan. 16-21. as are the requirements for class – no
haiku for homework here. David Baker,
Simic, the 2007-08 national poet lau- a professor at Denison University and
reate, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry poetry editor of the Kenyon Review,
for his “The World Doesn’t End: Prose is a multiple prize-winning poet and
Poems.” He also writes prose books, critic, as well as an interviewer of po-
and recently published “Memory Pi- ets. His workshop involves scrutinizing
ano.” He is also known for his transla- students’ poetry “line by line” – and the
tions of poetry and writes for the New three poems required for admission
York Review of Books and the Paris Re- must include “a confessional or auto-
view. biographical poem; an erotic, social,
collective or political poem; and a na-
“There are few poets writing in ture poem.”
America today who share his lavish ap-
petite for the bizarre, his inexhaustible Another workshop, this one with
Tina Chang, the first female poet lau-

Charles Simic.

Tina Chang. abab rhyme scheme, would it help?).
The second half of Chang’s workshop
reate of Brooklyn, involves writing sen- will look at modernized forms: “the
sual detail into poetry. According to contemporary zuihitsu, erasure and
the synopsis of her class, the first half hybrid forms combining poetry and
will cover traditional forms including visual art.” Chang teaches poetry at
“the sonnet, ghazal and pantoum” (if I Sarah Lawrence College.
told you a pantoum is a poem with an
Terrance Hayes, a 2014 MacArthur
Fellow, is offering “Reading to Write,” a
course focusing on strategies for deriv-
ing poems from the experience of read-
ing. Along with looking at how poetry
“shadows” not only other poems, but
music, film and journalism, workshop
participants will engage in “inventive
imitations and transformations” in re-
sponse to reading.

The courses aren’t cheap: $900 for
five three-hour workshops, which in-
cludes admission to the festival events
as well as the gala, and a chance to read

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Moses, who will teach how to write fic- David Baker.
tion from fact. Though the workshops
are as intimate as in Delray, they cost McKee Botanical Gardens.
much less: $550 for four three-hour Ever the networker, Sexton is likely
classes. The fee includes other daily
workshops for groups up to 100. to find a few poets among the paint-
ers: He was scheduled to give a poetry
Sexton has been three times to the reading at a ranch Tuesday night. 
Key West seminar and says the Delray
Beach event “is almost as densely pop-
ulated with great writers.”

Sexton spoke last week from the
Denver airport as he headed to Mis-
soula, Montana, to a plein air paint-
out with a group of Montana artists
who in 2015 came to Vero Beach to
paint alongside Vero artists at the

Terrance Hayes.

at open mic night at Murder on the Hotel, a 10-minute stroll to the School
Beach bookstore. House and, in the other direction, to the
ocean; it’s offering special rates during
Auditing a workshop costs $500. But the festival. “Atlantic Avenue’s vibrant
there are many, many readings and restaurant, live music and street vibe
talks open to the public at a fraction of rounded out the experience,” she says.
those prices. “I had a great time.”

Already, members of Vero’s vibrant Among the many poets Jones heard
poetry scene have tapped into the the year she went was Campbell Mc-
event. Longtime Vero rancher, writer Grath, a Miami-based poet who read at
and artist Sean Sexton went to the Vero’s barbecue in 2013.
Palm Beach Poetry Festival’s reading
last year. Sexton is probably Vero’s most Sexton’s connection to poet Carol
well-known poet – living poet, that is; Frost was forged at another Florida
Laura Riding Jackson, one of America’s writing seminar, St. Augustine’s Other
most talked-about poets in the 1930s Words Literary Seminar, which he reg-
and ’40s, lived in Vero later in life un- ularly attends. He tells stories of wan-
til her death in 1991. The Laura Riding dering the halls of the historic Ponce de
Jackson Foundation, Vero’s principal Leon Hotel, bumping into prospective
literary group, restored Jackson’s sim- poets for Vero’s Poetry Barbecue.
ple home and relocated it to the Envi-
ronmental Learning Center. That seminar is part of the Florida
Literary Arts Coalition annual confer-
There, Sexton leads the annual Poet- ence, founded by Anhinga Press, the
ry Barbecue in late spring, bringing top premier literary imprint in the state
southeastern U.S. poets to read and and publisher of Sexton’s own book of
talk about their works. poems, “Blood Writing” (2010).

Among the poets to come to Vero is That gathering takes place in early
Carol Frost, a Pushcart Prize-winning November at Flagler College. This
poet who holds a chair in the English year’s theme is writing humor; among
department of Rollins College. Frost the speakers is poet Lawrence Hedrick,
was one of the faculty poets in last who appeared at Vero’s Poetry Barbe-
year’s Palm Beach Poetry Festival. She cue two years ago.
also staged a public interview with that
year’s guest poet, Robert Hass, and in- Its workshops are far more afford-
troduced him prior to his reading. able than Delray – only $80.

For that, Sexton made a special trip “In some ways it’s just as wonderful,”
to Delray. Sexton says. “The people are not just
completely world famous but they’re
“I had a fabulous time,” says Sexton. all fabulous. And St. Augustine is such
“It may be the best poetry event in the a great place to go for any reason.”
state. They draw some great ones.”
Sexton also strongly recommends
Vero poet Johanna Jones also made the Key West Literary Seminar, a four-
the journey south in 2014 and hopes day event in mid-January, now in its
to go again in 2017. “I’m excited about 35th year. The next event in 2017 will
Charles Simic,” she says. “These are include Joyce Carol Oates, Eugene
truly poets’ poets. Really top-level.” Robinson and Robert Caro – and has
already sold out. But the separate Writ-
Jones remembers other events be- ers Workshop Program still has space;
ing equally inspirational, some for only it takes place immediately following
$20 a ticket. “Readings are wonderful,” the seminar, from Jan. 16-20 – the same
she recalls. “But the panel discussions dates as Delray’s workshops.
and craft talks were equally inspiring.
It’s fascinating to hear poets discuss The Key West workshops will include
their process and take questions from poet Billy Collins, whose class is called
the audience.” “Poetry: Pursuing the Love of Strang-
ers,” and essayist and novelist Kate
Jones stayed at the historic Colony

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All set: Riverside hires new production manager

BY MICHELLE GENZ By the time Crowell had
Staff Writer to decide on a college, his
options were to accept a
When Riverside Theatre’s newly
named production manager Richard football scholarship or
Crowell came to Vero Beach in Feb- pursue a major in theater.
ruary, it wasn’t to interview for a job.
It was to design the set and lighting He chose theater.
for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and
Spike,” the hilarious Chekhov send-up Richard Crowell, Riverside’s new intense that he had to miss the techni-
by Christopher Durang that packed the production manager. PHOTOS BY PHIL SUNKEL cal rehearsal for “Vanya,” because 27
Waxlax Theatre for its two-week run. people were arriving for the upcoming
main stage production, “Hello, Dolly.”
It was his second time doing the set
for “Vanya.” The fusty living room of On a break in all the preparations,
a deceased elderly couple was one of Crowell found time to catch up with
more than two dozen sets he created for Alan Cornell, Riverside’s producing
Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers. executive director and his friend for
two decades.
And that was just his side job. For 16
years, Crowell served as resident de- The next day, Cornell called Crowell
signer for the now-shuttered Florida to his office and offered him the post of
Stage in Manalapan, south of the town production manager.
of Palm Beach. The theater, tucked
into a shopping plaza, was led by Lou- Five months later, he has made an
is Tyrrell, a remarkable talent whose offer on a house west of town and got-
vision earned the theater national rec- ten a waiver for his son Theo to go to
ognition for developing new plays. Beachland Elementary, across the
street from the theater. That will make
Crowell laughs at his unprintable life easy for the family since Crowell’s
reaction when he saw how low the the- wife Sofia will also be working at Riv-
ater’s strip-mall ceilings were. “I could erside – she’s been hired to assist with
event planning.
reach up and touch the equipment,”
he says. Nevertheless, the high-caliber Crowell started at Riverside just two
productions delivered Crowell four days after turning in his grades at Flori-
coveted Carbonell Awards – South da Atlantic University, where he was vis-
Florida’s version of the Oscars – for his iting professor of theater this past year,
sets or lighting dating back to 1996. and where Lou Tyrell has just started a
new resident theater, Theatre Lab.
Florida Stage filed for bankruptcy
in 2011, $1.5 million in debt. A victim It had been 30 years since Crowell
of the recession, the theater had also taught at a university. Now in his mid-
relied on donors who fell prey to Ber- 50s, he taught briefly when he was 25
nie Madoff. at what is now the University of Mem-
phis. “It was long enough to know I
Cash strapped in its last year, Florida needed more practical experience than
Stage had moved to the Kravis Center, I had to be a teacher.”
hoping to save on expenses while at-
tracting new patrons. Instead, atten- Crowell, whose demeanor seems
dance dropped. more professorial than theatrical,
comes from a family of educators.
Even after the city of West Palm lent Raised in Nashville and in Winchester,
the theater a quarter-million dollars, it Tenn., the tiny town where the annual
still couldn’t make ends meet. music festival Bonnaroo takes place,
Crowell’s mother taught elementary
Crowell moved on, finding work at school before starting a family – Crow-
various theaters, including Riverside. ell is the second oldest of five.
In addition to “Vanya,” he designed the
set of “God of Carnage” in 2014. His father was principal of a school
for neglected or unwanted children in
He also designed sets for four plays Nashville.
at West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley The-
atre, where his sister Cathey Crowell He was also a referee – and here,
Sawyer is producing artistic director. Crowell breaks into a sudden, loud im-
personation of his dad’s gruff bark, proof
Meanwhile, Cornell and Jon Moses, that his acting talents haven’t left him.
Riverside’s managing director, had been
trying to ease the burden over the past It was his sister Cathey who first no-
season on Kyle Atkins, who served as ticed those talents. Nine years older
both production manager as well as than Richard, she was a high school
company manager, in charge of contrac- English teacher in charge of the drama
tual, housing and transportation needs club; he was about 14.
of actors arriving in town for shows, as
well as Riverside’s apprentices.

Atkins’ workload last season was so

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Coming Up: Memory-lane album music in Melbourne

BY MICHELLE GENZ shows are within range of Vero and Amanda Cox will dance in the
Staff Writer good for a few hours of throw-back. production “Let Go” July 22.

1 Something about the music we If you went to college in the 1970s
hear in summertime seems to anywhere near Florida, you probably
belong at Melbourne’s King Center Sat-
embed in our memory banks, indel- urday night, where the music of Jack-
sonville’s Allman Brothers Band will
ibly linked to long days, intoxicating be performed by Classic Albums Live,
a group of musicians committed to
heat and an increase in idle time. There replicating great albums note for note
– minus the hokey impersonation as-
may also be a seasonal uptick in inter-

est for the music of the past. This week-

end and next, two blast-from-the-past

pect. The concert starts at 8 p.m., but is probably not one big-name player in
you can enjoy the levity of like-minded the genre that hasn’t jammed with him
fans gathering outside for the Picnic on at some point. Kittel plays regularly with
the Patio starting at 6 p.m. the likes of My Morning Jacket and Abi-
gail Washburn.
In West Palm Beach next Friday and
Saturday, July 22 and 23, there’s a differ- Another one to watch for Friday night:
ent sort of show that forgoes the “trib- Alex Hargreaves, who has toured with
ute” aspect altogether and instead does Béla Fleck and David Grisman, and
medleys with a 14-piece band. Called played with Mumford and Sons and
Decades Rewind, the concert of music Sam Bush. The famous mandolinist
from the 1960, ’70s and ’80s takes place Mike Marshall called him “arguably one
in the Kravis Center’s smaller Rinker of the greatest improvising violinists in
Playhouse. There’s even a matinee on the country.”
Saturday if you want to make it a multi-
generational outing. And there’s Kimber Ludiker, two-time
Grand National Fiddle Champion, who
2 Riverside’s Comedy Zone this has fiddling in her blood: Her parents
weekend features Paul Lyons, an met at a fiddling contest. She’s a mem-
ber of the all-“girl” (quote marks are
actor whose claims to fame include hers) bluegrass supergroup Della Mae.
From Canada, banjoist Jayme Stone,
appearances on “Everybody Loves whose world music has won him two
Juno awards, Canada’s equivalent of a
Raymond” and writings published in Grammy. The Boston Globe wrote of
his latest album, “The Lomax Project,”
Details and TV Guide. Also on the bill is nominated for a 2016 Juno, that it was “a
marvelous expression of Stone’s collab-
Ray Haber. Friday night’s live band on orative distillation of the folk process.”

the circle is Soul Jam; Saturday, it’s salsa Bluegrass mandolinist Joe Walsh will
also perform. Profiled in last week’s
with the band Swingsation. In the lob- 32963,Walsh spent many years with the
much-celebrated Gibson Brothers. He
by it’s Vegas Nights this month, which now directs the American Roots Music
Program at Berklee College of Music.
means casino tables, funny-money And, of course, Mike Block and Hanneke
Cassel, the First Couple of Fiddle Camp.
and prizes.

3 It was a well-deserved packed
house last Wednesday for the fac-

ulty performance of the Vero Beach In-

ternational Music Festival at First Pres-

byterian Church. This Friday marks

the final performance in the festival. It

features the faculty and students of the

more advanced-level extension week 4 Next Friday, July 22, at the Vero
Beach Museum of Art is “Let Go,”
of the Mike Block String Camp.

The concert promises to be a full- a production billed as Vero’s first-ev-

throated celebration of the music made er dance theater production. Staged

and connections furthered at this sev- by Amanda Cox, a talented modern

enth session of the camp. The faculty dancer and graduate of the dance pro-

includes some of the best bluegrass, gram of the University of South Flor-

Celtic and jazz string players in the ida who spent 2015 in Vero as artist-

country. Among them: fiddlers Darol in-residence at Indian River Charter

Anger and Jeremy Kittel, both of whom High School’s Visual and Performing

were part of the Grammy award-win- Arts Center, the performance involves

ning Turtle Island String Quartet. Darol movement set to a poetry reading. The

Anger is considered a driving force in hour-long performance begins at 7

the modern bluegrass movement; there p.m. Tickets are $10. 

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“She talked me into coming to a com- wasn’t all he was asked to do. “They in theater. He chose theater. But the Main Stage includes“Ring of Fire,”“Chi-
munity theater in Shelby,Tenn.They had talked me into being the little boy in team-building skills he learned playing cago,” Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,”
a light board they couldn’t make work. I ‘Inherit the Wind’ about the Scopes’ ball should serve him well in the role of “Mame” and “Saturday Night Live.” On
didn’t know anything about theater, but monkey trial,” he recalls. production manager. And if he picked the smaller Waxlax Stage, there’s the
I had a family reputation of taking things up anything from his dad’s refereeing, comedy “An Empty Plate in the Café du
apart and putting them back together.” By the time Crowell had to decide on that too may come in handy. Grand Boeuf,” and “The Christians,” a
a college, his options were to accept a new play by Lucas Hnath. 
It was a simple fix, he says. But that football scholarship or pursue a major Riverside’s upcoming season on the

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Avoiding radiation overdoses in diagnostic scans

BY TOM LLOYD ages with the aid of a computer to Matt McGill, director of imaging services.
Staff Writer generate cross-sectional and three-
dimensional images of the inside of PHOTOS: PHIL SUNKEL
Strict new training requirements the body.
for those who perform computer-
ized tomography (CT) scans have According to the Joint Commis-
just been issued by the Joint Com- sion, technicians in hospitals and
mission. healthcare organizations must now
obtain advanced level certifica-
CT scans are basically X-ray pro- tions from the American Registry
cedures that combine multiple im- of Radiological Technicians (ARRT)

or the Nuclear Medicine Technol- The regulations are needed.
ogy Certification Board to perform The Centers for Disease Con-
these scans, to reduce the chances trol and Prevention report that ex-
of patients being exposed to exces- cessive exposure to radiation is a
sive radiation. known cause of cancer as well as

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radiation sickness, acute radiation agnostic and treatment tools can –
syndrome, prenatal problems, emo- when used improperly or to excess –
tional and psychological distress actually harm patients or even take
and even death. their lives instead of helping them.

According to the Los Angeles Asked how these new Joint Com-
Times, a simple setting error on a mission regulations will benefit
CT machine at the famed Cedars- patients, McGill says, “They’ll give
Sinai Medical Center resulted in the technologist the knowledge on
more than 200 different stoke vic- how to adjust parameters that al-
tims getting brain scans at eight ready exist in the equipment. The
times the prescribed radiation lev- technologist can look at the patient,
els. judge the patient’s size and the type
of exam that they’re doing and ad-
The FDA’s Center for Devices just the computer so that the dose
and Radiological Health says those [of radiation] is the least required to
scans each delivered several hun- be able to get an adequate image for
dred times the radiation of a chest the radiologist to read.”
X-ray. The average CT scan, it says,
has roughly 100 times the radiation “The staff here work with the
of a chest X-ray. manager or director of the depart-
ment – in this case myself – and we
Inadequate training was a likely go over the goals we have. The pro-
culprit in the Cedars-Sinai error. totypes are then reviewed by the
radiologist, by the physicist and by
Fortunately for patients in Indian the original equipment manufac-
River County, both hospitals here turer that comes in for that piece of
are ahead of the curve on this im- equipment.”
portant health issue.
McGill summarizes, “For me, you
“In the year and a half I’ve been want the people who have the most
here, I have not hired anybody that knowledge to be doing the job.”
is not [advanced CT] certified,”
Matt McGill, Sebastian River Medi- Asked if the newly required train-
cal Center’s director of imaging ser- ing would allow technicians to
vices, told Radiology Today maga- question doctors’ orders, McGill
zine in a recent interview. pauses and then says, “The short
answer would be yes. Any technolo-
Fourteen miles down the road at gist would be empowered to ques-
the Indian River Medical Center, tion what they would be doing. You
Dan Cameron, director of imaging don’t want to just do what someone
services at the Vero hospital, echoes says to do.”
McGill’s stance and his pride in his
team. The new certification regulations
and the care taken by hospitals here
“All of our CT techs have ad- are critically important, in part be-
vanced certification in CT with the cause of the extensive and increasing
ARRT except for one tech who will use of CT scans.
be certified by the [Joint Commis-
sion] due date,” Cameron says. In 1980, roughly 3 million CT scans
were performed nationwide. Today
In other words, both Vero-area that figure is in the 80-90 million
hospitals are already in full compli- range. That’s nearly one-third of the
ance with these new Joint Commis- U.S. population getting CT scans,
sion requirements or will be before and 30 times the scans could mean
the deadline. 30 times the errors. That’s exactly
what the Joint Commission is seeking
For those not familiar with it, the to avoid.
Joint Commission is an indepen-
dent, non-profit body that admin- McGill offers the following advice
isters the accreditation of hospi- for patients whose doctor orders CT
tals and healthcare organizations scans: “I think, from the patient per-
nationwide and sets performance spective, if they’re comfortable with
standards for patient care and safe- their physician, they should trust that
ty. [he or she] would only order some-
thing that is medically necessary.”
Without this accreditation, hospi-
tals risk losing billions in Medicare “However,” McGill continues, “it is
and Medicaid dollars along with to the patient’s benefit to seek out hav-
multiple millions more in grants, ing those tests done somewhere that
subsidies, endowments and other utilizes Joint Commission accredita-
sources of revenue. tion; utilizes staff that is advanced-CT
certified; utilizes equipment that is
That said, the Joint Commission kept up to date by the original equip-
does not regulate, accredit or over- ment manufacturer and utilizes hos-
see the operations of non-hospital- pital and scanning equipment that
affiliated physicians, independent has ACR accreditation. That way,
imaging services or the host of oth- when they get their test it is with the
er facilities where radiology is used. least amount of radiation [needed for
a successful procedure].” 
So, consumers need to be vigi-

The same radiation that provides
doctors with incredibly accurate di-

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Feel the burn? Know your sunscreen before applying

BY ARIANA EUNJUNG CHA touched on all sorts of crite- THE TOP 10 MOST REVIEWED
Washington Post ria, including cosmetic issues AND HIGHLY-RATED
(how well the substances ab- SUNSCREENS ON AMAZON, reviews have be- sorb, feel, smell or exfoliate), AND WHETHER THEY MEET
come the indispensable buying performance (effectiveness, THE AAD CRITERIA:
guide for all sorts of products for tanning potential) and skin
busy Americans who either don’t compatibility (whether it might 1. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 - No
have time to trek to a retail store or be good for sensitive skin, rosa- 2. Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen Silk Hydration SPF 30 - Yes
just can’t be bothered. We scruti- cea, etc.). The 6,500 included sun- 3. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive SPF 30+ - No
nize them to figure out which mov- screens that also contained mois- 4. SPF 30 daily oil-free face moisturizer - No
ies to watch, which toasters do the turizer or were tinted as makeup. 5. Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion Sunscreen SPF 110 - yes
bagel setting right and which tod- 6. EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41 - Yes
dler booties hold up best. In narrowing down those prod- 7. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 55 - Yes
ucts to a manageable list, Xu ranked 8. Neutrogena Sunscreen Ultra Sheer Stick SPF 70 - Yes
Given that the marketplace has the products by taking into account 9. Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF 35 - No
led you in the right direction with how many stars they got in their 10. Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion - No
so many other consumer products, ratings by consumers and how
you might be wondering whether many reviews were offered, and he surprised to find that 40 percent able to forgo that criteria,” he said.
it’s a good place to read up on the picked out the top 1 percent for ad- of these popular sunscreens were However, you clearly don’t want to
sunscreen you’ve been meaning to ditional scrutiny. The results were deemed insufficient. depend on that at the beach.
buy as summer kicks into high gear. published in the journal JAMA Der-
The answer, according to a study matolog y. He said many of the consum- The study also found that the
published last week by Shuai Xu of ers writing reviews tended to focus price of sunscreen varied greatly
Northwestern University's Feinberg For those top 65 sunscreens, Xu on more superficial issues such as — from 68 cents an ounce to $23.47
School of Medicine, is yes and no. and colleagues looked at how well smell or feel or on the sunscreen’s — but that price wasn’t related to
they met American Academy of value as a cosmetic rather than on SPF number. Sunscreens that were
Xu, a resident in dermatology, Dermatology minimum recom- its actual sun protection. That may water-resistant tended to be pricier,
found that the selection of sun- mendations — that they are at least be because sunscreens are no lon- and creams were more expensive
screens on Amazon was vast — SPF 30, broad spectrum and resis- ger stand-alone products, but come than lotions, and lotions more than
6,500 — and that tons of reviews tant to water and sweat — and were in every form of moisturizer and sprays.
makeup on the market. The ubiqui-
ty of sunscreens has made it easier Two industry groups, the Personal
than ever before for consumers to Care Products Council and the Con-
use the products, but it's also cre- sumer Healthcare Products Asso-
ated a lot of confusion. A woman ciation, emphasized that sunscreens
might assume she's protected be- are regulated by the Food and Drug
cause her morning moisturizer la- Administration in the United States
bel says it has sunscreen, but she as over-the-counter drugs, and as
may not realize it's only SPF 10. such, they must undergo rigorous
testing before they can be sold to
Xu said in an interview that the consumers.
idea for the study came from talking
to patients who all asked the same They also pointed out that "con-
question: Can you recommend a sumer choice is critical in the variety
sunscreen? of sunscreens, as this helps assure
that these products will be used."
“As doctors, we want to have For example, water resistance is an
some input and insight into what important benefit for sport or beach
consumers are using, because sun- products but may not be for those
screen is a really important part of looking for a sunscreen "primarily
skin health,” he said. “We think of for daily, low-activity use."
sunscreen as a form of topical medi-
cine. It’s not a luxury product.” "Consumers should look for label
statements that meet their needs,
Xu said one important thing to water/sweat resistance, moisturiz-
keep in mind is that if a product ing, etc.," the groups said in a joint
doesn’t meet AAD criteria for water statement.
resistance, that doesn’t mean you
can't use it in certain, limited set- "Compliance is a large concern and
tings. “If it’s the middle of winter in having a wide product offering, for
Chicago and you’re not going to be multiple usage needs, is important to
exposed to water, it may be reason- allow consumers to find a sunscreen
appropriate for their needs." 

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Don’t be shaken, but too little salt also harmful

important because they show that amount of sodium in the blood is order among older people (age 65+),
lowering sodium is best targeted at called hyponatremia; it can result affecting about 10 percent of those
those with hypertension who also in too-low blood pressure levels, living at home and about 20 percent
consume high sodium diets.” fatigue, weakness, headache, con- of those living in long-term care
fusion, nausea and muscle cramps. facilities. Several recent medical
Even though it typically gets a Studies have also shown that low papers found a direct relationship
bad rap, sodium – an electrolyte – sodium intake is associated with a in older people between hypona-
helps maintain the balance of wa- higher rate of premature death in tremia and unsteadiness, falls and
ter in and around our cells, and is those with Type 2 diabetes. bone fractures.
essential for proper muscle and
nerve function. An abnormally low Hyponatremia is a common dis- CONTINUED ON PAGE 32



The less salt in our diets the bet-
ter, right? Everyone knows that a
high intake of salt is linked to el-
evated blood pressure and a higher
risk for cardiovascular problems.
But new research says that for some
people, too little salt might be just
as harmful.

The research team is from the Mi-
chael G. DeGroote School of Medi-
cine at McMaster University in Can-
ada. They analyzed data associated
with more than 130,000 people from
nearly 50 countries, and concluded
there is just one group of people
who should reduce their salt con-
sumption: those with high blood
pressure who also have a high salt

In fact, their research showed
that rates of heart attack, stroke and
death were higher among people
who took in too little salt (compared
to those who took in an average
amount). This was true regardless
of the presence or absence of high
blood pressure in the study’s sub-

Lead study author Andrew Mente
says, “While our data highlights the
importance of reducing high salt
intake in people with hypertension,
it does not support reducing salt in-
take to low levels. Our findings are

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 Drinking water is vital for your health, ting too much sodium can indeed
so make sure you drink enough fluids. cause significant health problems.
There are a number of medical But don’t overdo it. Thirst and the In keeping with the study’s findings,
conditions more common among color of your urine are usually the Besty Root – a registered, licensed
older adults than the general popu- best indications of how much water dietician & certified diabetes educa-
lation which also increase the risk you need.If you’re not thirsty and your tor in Vero Beach – emphasizes the
of developing hyponatremia; they urine is pale yellow, you are likely danger of too much salt for those
include certain cancers (including getting enough water. with elevated blood pressure, saying
lung cancer), underactive thyroid or “high blood pressure is a killer. It in-
adrenal glands, and decreased func- gressive treatment, such as an in- take diuretic medications, be aware creases the risk of stroke and heart
tion of the heart, liver or kidneys. travenous sodium solution to raise of the signs and symptoms of low attack. It’s not something to mess
Some medications also increase the sodium levels in the blood, and blood sodium. Always talk with your around with.” Those suffering from
risk, including diuretics (which can medications that help to manage the doctor about the risks of a new medi- or at risk for hyponatremia need to
inhibit the movement of sodium in symptoms of hyponatremia. cation. be conscious of keeping their sodi-
the body), some types of antidepres- um levels up, but Root says, “Most
sants, and the anti-seizure medica- While hyponatremia can be effec- • Drink water in moderation. [healthy] people get more than
tion carbamazepine. tively treated; the Mayo Clinic offers Drinking water is vital for your enough sodium without even try-
these prevention tips: health, so make sure you drink ing.”
People with any of those condi- enough fluids. But don’t overdo it.
tions or on those medications could • Treat associated conditions. Get- Thirst and the color of your urine are The government’s Dietary Guide-
be harmed by a low salt diet. ting treatment for conditions that usually the best indications of how lines for Americans recommends
contribute to hyponatremia can much water you need. If you’re not the consumption of less than 2,300
The first approach to treating help prevent low blood sodium. thirsty and your urine is pale yellow, milligrams of sodium daily – the
moderate hyponatremia is often you are likely getting enough water. equivalent of 1 teaspoon of salt. Ac-
identifying and resolving any un- • Educate yourself. If you have a cording to the Centers for Disease
derlying medical condition that medical condition that increases In the interest of fair balance, get- Control and Prevention, about 90
may be causing it. Your doctor may your risk of hyponatremia or you percent of Americans consume more
also move you away from medica- salt than the recommended daily
tions that could be affecting your limit, with the average daily intake
sodium level, advise you to moder- being somewhere around 3,400 mil-
ate the amount of water you drink, ligrams.
or increase the amount of salt in
your diet. (The National Heart, Lung Root suggests anyone advised by
and Blood Association says that 500 their physician to reduce their sodi-
grams of iodized salt is the mini- um intake ask for guidance specific
mum we should ingest each day.) to their situation. 

Severe cases warrant more ag-

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U.S. 3rd Infantry Division soldiers
demonstrate the firepower of an

Abrams tank during training
exercise in Adazi, Latvia.

When unidentified aircraft were concerns that the political and eco- always create challenges to our secu- Baltic skies nearly every day. A Russian
speeding toward northern Estonia nomic turbulence unleashed by the rity,” NATO Secretary General Jens warplane buzzed a U.S. destroyer in
one recent day, British fighter jets sta- decision will shrink Britain’s outsize Stoltenberg said in an interview. “It is April, coming within 30 feet and raising
tioned nearby scrambled to intercept role in global affairs. The departure a more unpredictable situation now fears of an accident that could quickly
them. Screaming across the country, plans come at a critical time of escala- than before the U.K. decided to leave.” escalate into a crisis.
they quickly identified the targets: two tion between Russia and the West.
Russian fighters and a spy plane. Western and Russian warplanes Any attack on the Baltics has the po-
“Uncertainty and unpredictability already encounter each other in the tential for far more global danger than
It was just the latest confrontation Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, since
between the West and Russia in a re- A soldier during amphibious the United States and other members
gion that has fast become a tripwire operations as part of NATO of NATO committed to defend the re-
for conflict between nuclear super- gion when Estonia, Latvia and Lithu-
powers. ‘Baltops 2015’ exercises. ania joined the military alliance in
In the two years since Russia an-
nexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, Adding to the fears, Russian lead-
the tiny Baltic nations of Estonia, Lat- ers now routinely raise their willing-
via and Lithuania have taken an over- ness to use nuclear weapons, a habit
size role in facing down Russia’s chal- not seen since the height of the Cold
lenge to the West. War in the early 1960s. Western leaders
shy away from talk of a new Cold War.
The Kremlin has been building up But Russian and Western officials make
its military along its border with the clear that they are settling into a con-
former Soviet satellites. Western allies frontation that neither side expects to
of the Baltics, worried that the region end quickly.
is vulnerable, have responded by pour-
ing tanks, warplanes and soldiers into “There is a much greater sense that
an area slightly larger than Florida. we’re dealing with a long-term strate-
gic competition with Russia,” said Al-
The British decision to leave the Eu- exander Vershbow, deputy secretary
ropean Union makes NATO even more general of NATO, the Western military
important as an alliance that binds the alliance formed during the Cold War
West together, NATO leaders say, amid

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NATO soldiers take part in NATO troops make a massive amphibious
the Baltops military exercise. landing off the coast of Ustka, northern Poland.

The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS
Donald Cook enters the port in Gdynia, Poland.

Members of an Estonian heavy-
caliber machine-gun team chat

with a local resident.

Soldiers and tanks participate
in the NATO military exercise
“Brilliant Jump”.

to defend against the Soviet Union. “It British Royal Air Force Typhoon Dutch soldiers board their armored
will be a very dangerous relationship FGR4 aircraft (L) and a MIG-29 personnel carrier in Estonia.
that needs to be managed very care- Fighter jet (R) of the Polish Air
fully going forward,” he said in an in- Force over Siauliai Air Base, US troops in Lithuania.
terview. Lithuania.

NATO’s new top military leader, U.S. A soldier is seen during a NATO
Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, said as he troop exercise in Estonia.
arrived in the spring that the alliance
had to be ready to “fight tonight” against
Russia, if necessary. And President
Obama quadrupled military spending
in Europe in his budget proposal earlier
this year, to $3.4 billion.

Russia plans to form three new divi-
sions of its military by the end of the
year – tens of thousands of troops –
and station them in its westernmost
territories, near the Baltics and Po-
land. Russian President Vladimir Putin
has framed it as a simple response to
NATO activity.

“We are constantly accused of mili-
tary activity, but where?” Putin said
recently. “Only on our own soil. We are
supposed to accept as normal the mili-
tary buildup on our borders.”

The Baltics, which were forcibly in-
corporated into the Soviet Union in


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1940 and won independence only in Finnish army armoured vehicles on board of the US Army hovercraft during amphibious operations as part of NATO ‘Baltops 2015’.
1991, fear they could make a tempting
target for a Kremlin that has in recent
years taken a revanchist attitude to-
ward its neighbors.

If they were attacked and NATO
failed to come to their aid, it would
break the military alliance, an out-
come that would probably delight Pu-
tin. He has declared NATO to be one of
Russia’s biggest strategic threats.

Western leaders have sought to place
enough firepower in the Baltics to deter
an attack while avoiding the percep-
tion of a military threat to Russia. Many
Russian officials say they view the ar-
rival of Western tanks at their frontiers
as a security risk. NATO military leaders
retort that such fears are exaggerated
and that the roughly 2,500 troops that
have been sent to the region could do
little to harm the vastly larger Russian
forces arrayed across the border.

A recent Rand Corp. study that sim-
ulated a Russian invasion found that
Baltic capitals would be overrun with-
in 60 hours. To change the calculus,
the authors recommended a signifi-
cantly higher Western troop presence
in the region than NATO is currently
contemplating – seven brigades, more
than 30,000 troops.

A similar NATO-wide crisis war
game in March that simulated an at-

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tack from Russia left the West losing street-to-street combat recently was troops, including Americans, fought the shadow of a hulking Soviet-era
to its foe. held in Voru, a sleepy town of 13,000 from the outskirts of town into the apartment building.
people 16 miles from the Russian bor- city center, taking over an old mu-
Even without a permanent pres- der that is better known as a home for nicipal archive, then an abandoned The soldiers fought right past the
ence in the Baltics, NATO troops an unusual language dialect than as a factory and a gas station. The fight- computer repair shop where Roman
have been conducting military exer- future spark plug for world war. ing intensified on Paju Street, where Jastrebov, 25, was working on a Satur-
cises throughout the region since the 19th-century wooden homes sit in day morning as his 4-year-old daugh-
Crimea military operation. Practice for An international coalition of

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ter played. He said he was delighted by The Baltics’ flat, open terrain means cal pressure to push Europe to commit Before the Crimean annexation, it was
the war games even if he “almost got that the countries could be overrun fast- more to its own defense. rare to see a combat vehicle in the Bal-
shot in the face with a shell.” er than NATO could scramble a response tics. Now they are omnipresent, amid a
from elsewhere in Europe, leading to the Obama recently derided “free rid- constant cycle of military maneuvers
“It was like the Fourth of July. It’s like focus on discouraging Russia from act- ers” on American military might, and rotations. The biggest military op-
a big playground,” he said. ing in the first place, Western leaders say. while Donald Trump, the presumptive eration in Europe this year is underway
in Poland, where 25,000 troops from 24
Along Estonia’s forested border with nations are engaged in combat exercises
Russia, the only demarcation of the that include live fire from tanks.
frontier is a series of orange-and-green
poles erected every several dozen The sustained rhythm can be jar-
yards. A new chain-link fence won’t be ring to those who live in the areas seen
finished for at least another year, and it as most vulnerable. Narva, an Estonian
would do little to stop an invasion. border city that is more than 80 percent

A Lithuanian Humvee driver is seen Estonian Special Forces soldiers are
through his vehicle in Estonia. shown reading an area map in Estonia.

But he was skeptical that the combat This Russian Sukhoi Su-24 made a low Republican nominee for president, A fisherman hopes to get a bite near
practice would save Estonia if its worst altitude pass by USS Donald Cook. has declared NATO obsolete. the fortress of Narva on the border.
fears of a Russian invasion came to pass.
NATO officials plan to send a bat- That has left Baltic leaders – and ¬Russian-speaking, is often depicted as
“It’s not like we’re going to be saved talion of about a thousand troops to NATO military planners – balancing Russia’s first target if it were to move on
from it if there’s a war. One tank divi- each Baltic nation and Poland, about what they feel they need with what the Baltics. But residents there say they
sion could take us,” he said. 4,000 in total. The United States origi- they think they can get. have no interest in switching allegiances.
nally considered committing about
Others were less happy about the 2,000 soldiers to the effort, but it re- “We don’t want to return to the Cold Narva’s streets are in decent shape,
street-to-street fighting that paralyzed cently halved its offer, NATO diplomats War era, tank for tank, soldier for sol- unlike the rutted roads in Ivangorod,
the town for hours. and officials say, amid growing politi- dier,” said Estonian Defense Minister the Russian town just across the river.
Hannes Hanso. “But in the Baltic Sea, Narva residents’ salaries and pensions
“This is just to scare people,” said Russia is flying military aircraft almost are paid according to Estonian stan-
Kertu Luisk, 24, a cosmetology trainee daily, sometimes five times a day. It dards, while their Russian neighbors’
whose hair salon was in the thick of would be irresponsible not to respond.” earnings have lost half their value with
the fighting. “To see this kind of show, the collapse of the ruble since 2014.
I’d rather go to the theater. None of us Russia says it would match any U.S.
wants to think war is possible. But it military buildup in Eastern Europe. “People in Narva love Putin. But it’s
seems to me that the real risk is there.” a platonic love. They don’t want him
“What we are doing is reacting to here,” said Sergei Stepanov, the editor of
what they’re doing,” Hanso said. the local newspaper, Narvskaya Gazeta.
“People here are not stupid. They can
A drive across the Baltics reveals just cross the border and compare how
a constant hum of military activity. things are in Russia.”
Camouflaged convoys snake down dim
roads late at night. Armored personnel Ultimately, Estonian leaders say, the
carriers idle alongside fields. Belgian, threat from Russia has forced them to
British and Spanish fighter jets thunder unite under pressure.
across the skies.
“Five or six years ago, we would have
had arguments” about holding exten-
sive military exercises, said Hanso, the
defense minister. “Putin is our best re-
cruiter.” 

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An appeal to Gannett for relief from Stuart’s toxic algae problem

Will fear-mongering by what masquerades as our tial to create a very real problem for Vero Beach, un- izer runoff. We have long campaigned for a stepped-
local daily newspaper have a chilling impact on va- dercutting our efforts to encourage tourism. up effort to get local homes off leaky septic systems.
cationers thinking of visiting Vero Beach?
If people up north or in Europe considering a va- Imagine our astonishment when the Press Journal
After a couple of weeks of waking up to large end- cation in Vero search on the internet for what they ran a dismissive story last week making light of Gov.
of-the-world headlines in the Press Journal shout- think is our local daily, they may well stumble across Scott’s announcement that he will push for more
ing “Eyes open for algae signs” and “Algae alerts TCPalm with its misleading headlines and stories. money next year to get rid of septic tanks along the
spread north,” we think it’s time for Vero Beach to Would you pick a place with algae blooms in the river lagoon.
tell Treasure Coast Newspapers enough is enough. and ocean and “toxins in the air” for a summer holi-
day? Or to buy a second home, for that matter. That could be a major plus for Indian River Coun-
Give us a break here in Indian River County. ty, but the Press Journal story immediately declared
We understand that the algae bloom is a very real Given the importance of tourists and snowbirds to that “lagoon advocates welcomed the additional
problem in Stuart – where Treasure Coast Newspa- the Vero Beach economy, this is a huge concern. funding but said the real issue plaguing local water-
pers is headquartered – and we have no objection to ways are Lake Okeechobee discharges.”
the Stuart News filling its pages with story after story The problem, of course, as we have pointed out
about toxic algae. for the past decade, is that the owners of the Press Well, that may well be what Stuart lagoon advo-
But the algae bloom is a long, long way from us, Journal have long been determined to lump us to- cates are saying, but it is NOT what Indian River
and is NOT spreading north to Vero. gether with Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie and Stuart in a County lagoon advocates and scientists are saying.
Our beautiful seaside town is enjoying another single mythical metropolis called the Treasure Coast.
great summer. The days are scorchers, but the beach- These scare headlines and Stuart-centric stories
es are wide open, the ocean water is inviting, and the We may have little in common with residents simply have to stop.
fish are jumping. No algae here! of areas to our south, but by golly, Treasure Coast
Vero tourism this summer actually seems up a Newspapers is going to make Stuart’s problems our Now that the third out-of-town company in two
bit (see our Page 1 story), and we’d like very much to problem. “An unprecedented crisis is unfolding on years has taken control of our local daily, perhaps a
keep it that way. the Treasure Coast,” the Press Journal thundered a direct appeal to the new owner, Gannett, is in order.
The “Eyes open for algae signs” story in the Press week ago in a front-page editorial.
Journal was a particularly egregious example of fear- Gannett, as it happens, has long owned the very
mongering we don’t need. Under the alarmist head- Well, an unprecedented crisis may be unfolding next daily newspaper to our north, Florida Today.
line, the much smaller type said “County still unaf- in Martin County, but NO crisis is unfolding in Vero. This paper covers local news in Melbourne and Bre-
fected by toxic bloom.” Yes, and the county also is vard County. Covers it pretty well.
still unaffected by California wildfires. Mind you, Vero Beach 32963’s concern for the
As for the “Algae alerts spread north,” maybe health of the stretch of the lagoon that runs through And while Brevard, like us, shares a stretch of the
next winter we’ll see a Press Journal headline warn- Indian River County remains second to none. Sev- Indian River Lagoon, guess what? There have been
ing “Blizzard alerts spread south.” eral years ago, we were the first paper locally to focus NO stories on Florida Today’s front page this past
While we are sympathetic with the plight of resi- attention on the pollution problem caused by fertil- month about the Lake Okeechobee crisis. Not a sin-
dents of Martin County, Lake Okeechobee discharg- gle word. Not one.
es and algae in the St. Lucie River are NOT a problem
in Indian River County. Why? Because Lake Okeechobee does NOT affect
Lake Okeechobee is more than an hour’s drive Brevard’s stretch of the lagoon, just as it does NOT
south of Vero. Our guess is a majority of residents of affect ours. Florida Today focuses on things that are
Vero have never seen it. Perhaps one person in 100 in of concern to Brevard County.
Vero could even find the St. Lucie River. Its waters do
NOT flow north in the Indian River Lagoon to Vero. So maybe Jeff Kiel, the Gannett publisher in Mel-
Lake Okeechobee is NOT our problem. bourne who now apparently also has oversight for the
Yet these kind of scare headlines have the poten- Treasure Coast Newspapers, can come to our rescue.

Please, Mr. Kiel. The Press Journal is supposed to
be Indian River County’s local daily paper, just as
Florida Today is Brevard County’s local daily paper.
We want a daily edited from a Vero Beach perspec-
tive. Isn’t there some way you can free us at last from
the toxic tyranny of Stuart.

Let Vero be Vero. 

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ders blood tests, some of which look for cardiac- such as a pacemaker, is working
related problems. Other tests look for “electrical” (heart beat),
“plumbing” (blood flow) and/or anatomical prob- Electrophysiology Study (EP study)
BLOOD TESTS lems in your heart. An EP study is a test to see if there is a prob-
lem with your heartbeat (heart rhythm). The
Potassium, magnesium, and other chemicals TESTS TO DIAGNOSE ELECTRICAL doctor inserts one or more flexible tubes, called
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indicates inflammation in the body, it doesn’t  If its rhythm is irregular (arrhythmia) com.
pinpoint where this may be happening. Inflam-  The strength and timing of electrical signals
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The title “Farewell Kabul” captures the mood The British move was part of a wider NATO reportage, these juxtapositions are unproblematic
of this beautifully written work, which weaves to- push into southern and eastern Afghanistan and reflect both sides of the debate.
gether two perspectives: first, a heartfelt valedicto- whose purpose was not clear. Responsibility for
ry dispatch from veteran war correspondent Chris- defining the mission seemed to lie everywhere Lamb expresses her own views on some policy
tina Lamb, who has reported on Afghanistan and and nowhere. Explanations were stretched to in- issues. While counterarguments are acknowl-
Pakistan for 28 years, and second, an account of clude ambitions such as counter-narcotics and edged, such as the Pakistani army’s extensive cam-
the Western experience in Afghanistan since 2001. women’s rights, or compressed to comprehend paigns in its own tribal areas, Lamb is decisive in
just the security mission. the view that Pakistan’s influence and support for
Lamb’s rhetorical structure is impressionistic. A the Afghan Taliban have significantly destabilized
wide array of human stories gained from hard-won The security mission itself was confused. It was Afghanistan. The extensive attention to the Paki-
experience are synthesized into a broad and col- unclear whether many of the so-called Taliban stani context is excellent and reflects Lamb’s fa-
orful canvas. As befits this genre, certain themes militants in Helmand province were just fighting miliarity with the country. The analogies between
stand out more powerfully than others, within for local objectives or intended to march on Kabul, President Pervez Musharraf in the 2000s and Presi-
a chronology that starts in 2001 but frequently let alone the West. Before the British deployment dent Mohammed Zia ul-Haq in the 1980s are par-
jumps back to provide historical context. of 3,000 troops in 2006, just 130 U.S. Special Forces ticularly helpful.
soldiers were able to keep the peace by working
There are no dull moments in the narrative, with local power brokers. But the British removal A minor quibble can be raised with Lamb’s re-
which remains fast-paced and enlivened by the of the strongman governor who kept an authori- hearsal of the standard view that all empires have
eclectic range of characters through which the tarian, if unjust, peace led to a fragmentation of lost in Afghanistan. The reality is more nuanced,
reader sees events on the ground. Thus, the fa- power. Local tribal fights resurfaced, with one as many empires have successfully influenced
mous battle at the Tora Bora caves in December constellation of parties appealing to the Afghan Kabul through client relationships. This history
2001 is recounted through the eyes of the exasper- government for support, the other to the Taliban. matters because it suggests that withdrawal with
ated CIA agent whose team found the al-Qaeda Soon, the insurgency grew. the right political solution can be a modest form
camp from which Osama bin Laden escaped, as of success and a more realistic proposition than a
confused chains of command and limited atten- What is not entirely clear in Lamb’s account decisive battlefield victory.
tion in Washington led to a botched operation. is whether fighters were coming across from
Pakistan or were locals. In fairness, this reflects While Lamb is to be congratulated for cover-
While the subsequent military dimension of the a broader ambiguity in the current literature. ing such a wide canvas in an accessible and lively
conflict involved scenes from isolated U.S. out- Until the enemy’s version of events appears, form, the wide scope necessarily leaves a few blind
posts in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan we won’t know whether Western forces reacted spots. One of them is the Afghan security forces,
and from the headquarters in Kabul, the focus was to a Taliban offensive in 2006 or whether their which are barely mentioned. When they do appear,
primarily on the deserts of Helmand province. As very presence created an insurgency that was as they are dismissed as incompetent. In a single line
Lamb explains, her story has few heroes, and the much tribal as Taliban. of the book, we read almost as a passing comment
account of the British experience in the south is that the Afghan security forces incurred more than
fairly unforgiving. Given that much of Helmand is Afghan perspectives were regularly encoun- 5,000 deaths in 2014 alone. They have taken far
today controlled by the Taliban, her criticism is not tered, providing a refreshing tonic to the idealized more casualties per year since then; by compari-
inappropriate. PowerPoint descriptions of Afghanistan by West- son, Western forces have suffered around 3,500
erners. One British head of mission was even lik- dead in total since 2001.
The problems started in London, where Tony ened to a member of a cult, so fervent was his belief
Blair’s government, focused on Iraq, gave barely in the “experiment” of reconstructing Helmand. “Farewell Kabul” is a timely work that arrives
any attention to the move into Helmand province just when the West appears to be waving goodbye
in 2006. Defense Secretary John Reid apparently On the one hand, the earnest aspirations of the to Kabul, and it deserves to be widely read. But be-
was unable to locate Afghanistan on a map and development crowd, whose endless gender-aware- fore the Afghan adventure is dismissed as an exer-
claimed naively that he would be happy if British ness workshops, and attempts to establish new cise in futility, as seems to be the standard trope
forces did not fire a shot during the deployment. markets as an alternative to opium, were generally today, it is reasonable to recall the sacrifice of the
dismissed as ineffectual. On the other hand, Lamb Afghan infantrymen, who are fighting bravely with
conveys the agony of Afghan women and the mis- their backs to the wall; with their families unable
ery inflicted on peasants by narco-gangs. A visit to to leave the country, they may have a good reason
the burn unit in the western city of Herat, for ex- to do so. 
ample, reveals the plight of young women who at-
tempted suicide as a way out of forced marriages. FAREWELL KABUL
If this were a policy book, the reader would be left From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World
unsure about what path would-be intervention-
ists should tread on the vexing issue of how far a By Christina Lamb
mission should depart from security goals. But as William Collins. 640 pp. $17.99.

Review by Emile Simpson,
The Washington Post

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 14, 2016 45


For more than two centuries, the system. “Without it,” he said, “the rest company; those young men racing sive. Among its constraints, the ser-
postal system has been a fundamental of the country would not be able to do across the West on horseback with vice is saddled with enormous pen-
part of American life. Established by business at all.” saddlebags full of letters were not sion costs, and Congress has balked
the Second Continental Congress in post office employees. And “Wild Bill” at permitting the service to enact
July 1775, with Benjamin Franklin as Both books – “Neither Snow Nor Hickok and “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who cost-saving measures. Both Leonard
its first postmaster general, the system Rain” by Devin Leonard and “How are both identified with the Pony Ex- and Gallagher have given us engaging,
blossomed along with the country, the Post Office Created America” by press, never rode for it. well-written histories of this troubled
serving as a vital means of communi- Winifred Gallagher – cover much behemoth. Gallagher points out that
cation that helped bind the new nation of the same ground, taking us from By the late 19th century, the post between the early 1980s and 2007, the
together. But modern technology such the system’s formation to the recent office had grown so unwieldy, with USPS supported itself without any tax
as email has superseded much of the struggles to contain costs. We learn 60,000 retail outlets supporting dollars, “an achievement that would
U.S. Postal Service’s traditional work, that in colonial days, “Philadelphians 150,000 employees, that President Ben- have impressed Benjamin Franklin
raising serious questions about its vi- could send a letter to New York and get jamin Harrison brought in business- and every postmaster general since.”
ability. Two new books delve into the a response in 24 hours.” (Apparently man John Wanamaker to run it. Wana- The core question is whether, given the
history and evolution of “the biggest the horses back then were faster than maker championed rural free delivery challenge of digital technology and in-
business in the country,” as President trucks today, but then they didn’t have and won legislation that turned the ept oversight by Congress, it will ever
Harry Truman once called the postal to contend with I-95.) Leonard devotes post office into a place where people be able to do so again. 
a chapter to “going postal,” a refer- could park their savings. Eventually, it
NEITHER SNOW NOR RAIN ence to several gruesome incidents in became “America’s largest bank with HOW THE POST OFFICE CREATED AMERICA
A History of the United States Postal Service the 1980s and ’90s when postal work- four million customers and $3.4 billion By Winifred Gallagher
ers “went berserk on the job, murder- in deposits.”
By Devin Leonard ing their coworkers.” Gallagher misses Penguin Press. 326 pp. $28
Grove Press. 316 pp. $26 this phase of the system’s history, In the 1960s, the post office hit hard Reviews by Hank H. Cox,
making only parenthetical mention of times. Its antiquated equipment in The Washington Post
a Terry Pratchett novel called “Going deteriorating buildings was unable to
Postal.” She works into her account the cope with a massive volume of mail,
role of women in the Postal Service, newsprint and packages. In 1966, Chi-
noting that by 1892 more than 6,000 cago suffered a catastrophic collapse
of the 67,000 postmasters were wom- of service that left a backup of moun-
en, mostly in small communities. She tains of undelivered mail. In 1970,
introduces us to “Stagecoach” Mary postal employees staged a widespread
Fields, a 6-foot-tall former slave who strike. Later that year, President Rich-
was a crack shot and who liked to fight ard Nixon signed the Postal Reorga-
and smoke cigars when she wasn’t de- nization Act, transforming the Post
livering mail in Montana. Office Department into the new U.S.
Postal Service. The aim was to relieve
Gallagher delivers some fascinating the post office of political interference
anecdotes. For instance, when jew- and pave the way for more efficient
eler Harry Winston donated the Hope management. The head of the USPS is
Diamond to the Smithsonian Institu- no longer in the Cabinet; the service is
tion in 1958, “he sent it by registered run by an independent board of gover-
first-class mail from New York City to nors, and the last vestiges of the spoils
Washington, D.C., for $2.44 postage system have been done away with. But
plus a very low $142.05 for insurance.” Congress has retained ultimate au-
thority over the USPS and continues to
The authors separate fact from lore. meddle in its affairs.
We learn that the Pony Express, al-
though forever associated with the Pressures on the Postal Service are
U.S. post office, was actually a private still mounting, and remedies are elu-


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Join the inn crowd and take a Vermont walking trip

BY JOHN OWENS Fox Creek Inn.

“Should we do that 10-mile-a-day taxes, service charges and tips. Ev- Inn Victoria. ward progress around here,” says the
inn-to-inn walking trip in Vermont erything except alcohol. company’s website. “The innkeeper
this year?” and Inn Victoria and Old Town Farm who serves you breakfast takes care of
You check in late on the first day, Inn, both in Chester. your hiking needs for that day — lunch,
It’s a predictable, annual occur- and prepare to walk the next morn- maps and shuttle if required.”
rence. Sometime in July, my wife ing. Each day, your legs carry you Though the tour operators insist that
poses the same question … and I of- to another inn, where your luggage most walkers do just fine, if you want to Suggested itineraries can include
fer the same enthusiastic response: awaits you. And so does dinner, bail anywhere along the route, they will time in the Moosalamoo National
“Ten miles?!” which promises to be fabulous at any arrange for a ride to the next inn. Recreation Area, 16,000 acres and
of the inns where you land. more than 70 miles of trails, in the
“Yes, but it’s beautiful countryside, Until Aug. 31, this trip costs $1,598 Green Mountain National Forest.
walking 10 miles each day is a per- Vermont Inn to Inn Walking Tours per couple, double occupancy;
fect way to get exercise, and the inns ( $1,390, single. Fall rates (Sept. 1 to Expect lodgings in Chittenden’s Fox
sound adorable.” has a five-day/four-night adventure Oct. 28) are $1,798 per couple, double Creek Inn, Brandon’s The Inn at Ne-
averaging 10 miles a day in the Green occupancy; $1,590 single. shobe River, Ripton’s Chipman Inn and
She makes a good argument. And Mountain State’s postcard-perfect the Mountain View Inn in Fayston.
so, I respond the only way that seems Okemo Valley. You can pass through Country Inns Along the Trail
appropriate: “Ten miles?!” the Village of Weston, on the National (i n ntoi n n .c om/ver mont- c ou nt r y- This summer, the popular four-
Register of Historic Places, and one of inns) offers varied options and cus- night/five-day Heart of Vermont
In Vero Beach terms, that is walk- the prettiest villages in New England. tomization, with long and short package, costs $1,390 per couple,
ing from Wabasso Beach Park to It is home to the Vermont County walking trips, as well as hiking on double occupancy; $945 single. Come
South Beach Park. Or from Wabasso Store and the Weston Playhouse, the Vermont’s mountain trails. foliage season, rates are $1,590 per
Beach Park, south on A1A to Beach- state’s oldest professional summer couple, $1,045 single.
land Boulevard, over the Merrill P. theater. The route also takes you to About a month before you take off,
Barber Bridge (the highest hill in Weston Priory, with its famously mu- the company suggests itineraries of These all sound like wonderful
town), and south to just past Royal sical Benedictine monks. various lengths and levels of activity, trips. Either now, or in the fall. Having
Palm Boulevard. Nearly to the Mir- typically with an easy, moderate and lived most of our lives in New York and
acle Mile. Bear in mind that Vero’s You stay in Ludlow’s Combes Fam- challenging route for each of the inns New England, my wife and I person-
sidewalks and even the Jungle Trail ily Inn, Weston’s Colonial House Inn, on your trip. The innkeepers also add ally attest to the beauty of Vermont.
are smooth and flat. Vermont, which their suggestions. An easy walk can
mentions mountains right in its be a short loop of under less than five But about those 10 miles …
name, is anything but. miles, while moderate trails are six to
nine miles, and rigorous hiking can Have you recently returned from a trip?
Of course, Vermont has stunning be 10 miles or more on the mountain- We would like to tell your story, and
New England scenery, and you’re ous Long Trail and Appalachian Trail. share your insights and adventures
likely to encounter, as the promo- with your neighbors. Send us an email
tional material for one tour company “Most of our clients seem to enjoy six at [email protected]. 
says, “an evergreen glade beside a to nine miles of trail per day, as that is
tumbling stream,” along with beauti- about four or five hours of actual for-
ful vistas, unique shops and the pride
that comes from self-powered travel.

It is that romance of the road that has
us (though mostly my wife) evaluating
options from two travel companies,
Vermont Inn to Inn Walking Tours and
Country Inns Along the Trail.

Both offer packages that include
lodging, meals (trail snacks, too),
support transportation for your lug-
gage and helpful advice, as well as all

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Vero Beach lets us live among destinies fulfilled

or nearly so, and who have therefore The virtues which Erikson pro- ture and accomplished examples all
had long years of opportunity to be- posed were developed by stages were around us?
come who they are going to become. as follows: Infants must develop hope,
In other words, we get to see lives at toddlers develop will, preschoolers Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai wrote
their fulfillment. develop purpose, children develop “A Man in His Life,” in which he tries
competence, adolescents develop to capture in poetic imagery the won-
Several decades ago a prominent fidelity, young adults develop love, der and beauty of an older life at its
psychologist, Erik Erikson, talked middle-aged adults develop care and, fulfillment. He writes of an individu-
about how lives ought to look at ful- finally, senior adults develop wisdom. al near his life’s end with these words:
fillment. He outlined stages of psy- According to Erikson, a life which has “His soul is seasoned/ His soul is very
chosocial development which he professional/ He will die as figs die in

BY REV. DRS. CASEY AND BOB BAGGOTT said predictably appeared as human successfully met all developmental autumn/ Shriveled and full of him-
Columnists beings progressed from infancy on challenges will demonstrate the en- self and sweet/ The leaves growing
through life to their senior years. At tire range of virtues at its fulfillment. dry on the ground/ The bare branch-
What’s the best part about living each stage, Erikson claimed, a chal- es pointing to the place where there’s
in Vero Beach? We’ve heard people lenge needed to be met; and if it was Think for a moment about all the time for everything.”
offer many reasons why this place is met successfully, the individual de- senior adults you have the privilege
terrific … golf courses, beaches, sun- veloped a virtue to carry into subse- to know here in Vero Beach. Their We think Amichai is on to some-
shine, the quiet, the unhurried pace. quent stages. Of course, whether or lives may vary significantly in de- thing here with his description of ma-
All these are undoubtedly draws to not the virtue developed, the indi- tail, but don’t many of them never- turity. Living in Vero Beach is won-
Vero Beach, and rightfully so. But if vidual grew older and advanced to theless share the profound distinc- derful for many reasons, but perhaps
you asked us, we might offer an addi- the next chronological stage. But un- tion of demonstrating the full range the most wonderful reason of all is the
tional reason that would surprise you. less the virtue of each stage was de- of Erikson’s virtues? And aren’t all opportunity we have to witness many
Another reason to love Vero Beach is veloped, the individual went on with of our lives, regardless of our ages, richly fulfilled, mature lives. They are
because of the chance we have here to diminished capacity to meet later richer and more satisfying because lives grown sweet and full as figs in
meet so many people who are retired, challenges. we have the opportunity to observe autumn; lives that seem to point us
those well-lived, productive, ma- confidently toward eternity. 

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Bonzo says aloha to the ‘King’ and his court

Hi Dog Buddies! Then there they were, a only girl in our Furry Herd. I
lady, and Kammy, a good
I’m getting a little more used to oc- lookin’ fellow, white and try to keep these silly boys in
casionally hanging out with pets of apricot, with a (cat-sized)
the feline persuasion. A little more. lion’s mane. line.”
But this week was a first for me. I
got an email from a cat, King Kame- He strolled over and “I’m Kaboodle!” A long-
hameha Geesey, who read my col- said, “E komo mai. This
umn about his pooch neighbor, Ruf- is my Mom, Cindy. I’m haired Tabby entered from
fio Smith, and wondered if I could do Kammy. I thought you’d
one on him and the rest of what he be scary but you’re not. the kitchen. I’m a rescue like
called the Furry Herd. C’mon, let’s go in.”
Rowdy.” He looked sorta Sia-
I was intrigued on several levels: “I’m pleased to meet
like, he was already friends with a you,” I said in my non- mese, long creamy hair, dark
dog. You don’t see a lot of that. And growly voice. As he
then there was that name. I wondered turned I saw that he was NOT the one ear-tips. He also had the Herd’s
if he was royalty. PLUS he’d men- member of the Furry Herd with a tail.
tioned there was only one tail among He did have very fluffy pants. only blue eyes, and its only tail.
the four members of the Furry Herd. I
figured, at the very least, it wasn’t go- The house was a Cat’s Dream-Come- It was a cool one, too, a big,
ing to be boring. True. Cat stuff everywhere. Totally Cool
Catnip!! Leading the way to the living fluffy plume.
When we were scheduling, he ex- room, Kammy stopped by a cabinet
plained, “When we heard you were and peeked inside. “Rowdy, get your King Kamehameha. PHOTO BY LEAH DUBOIS “We get along great!” said
gonna do the interview, we all wanted fluffy behind outta there. Mr. Bonzo’s Kammy. “We share one big
to be Spokescat. There was a LOT of here!” I could see a heap of white and
caterwauling, but, obviously, I’m the gray fluff. A man came down the hall discovered they were food bowl. I chase little drag-
best choice. Oh, and, don’t ring the and pulled the heap out of the cabinet.
doorbell. The others are wa-ay older “This is my Dad, Adam,” said Kammy, both Tails-Over-Teakettles about cats. ons on the patio every morning and
than me (I’m almost 3) and, when the “and THIS is Rowdy! He’s 15. He’s a
doorbell rings, they dive under the Manx like me, but he’s a rescue. Cas- Before he retired, Dad travelled a lot sometimes bring ’em, or parts of ’em,
bed and Mom and Dad have to drag sidy’s a Manx, too. She’s the only girl in
’em out. So I’ll watch for you and the Herd. She’s a diva cuz her coat has and he’d call every night to talk to us to Mom and Dad. They’re not as ex-
open the garage door. If I can reach three colors and it’s really pretty. And
the button. And, by the way, you can then there’s Kaboodle …” cats. Sometime he’d talk to Mom, too.” cited about that as I am, for some rea-
call me Kammy.”
I interrupted, “Hang on a minute, During the interview, Rowdy sat in son. And we have a Garden Tub for our
“Well, thank Lassie for that,” I Your Majesty. I gotta get all this down.
thought to myself. I’d Googled “King One at a time.” I was getting a cramp his Dad’s lap. two big potty boxes. We’re super tidy.
Kamehameha” and learned he was a in my paw. “Let’s start with you.”
human king of Hawaii a long time ago. “Rowdy came from the Broward When Mom and Dad travel, Uncle Jay
I couldn’t wait to hear all about King “Purr-fect!” he said. “I got my name
Kammy and the Furry Herd. (it’s fabulous, right?) cuz Mom and Humane Society,” Kammy explained. comes all the way from New York to
Dad were in Hawaii when they got a
Just as me and my Assistant drove call from my breeder about me. I’m “He’s a Purrbox! When Dad had a catsit. And, we Don’t Believe in Work-
up, the garage door began to open. a Purebred Long-haired Manx. Mom
We saw two feet, and four paws. and Dad were introduced by a rescue bunch of eye operations, he had to ing. Kaboodle, Rowdy and Cassidy are
Manx when they were volunteering
at a humane society in Georgia, and sleep in a recliner. Soon as he pulled Senior Citizens. They do Three Things:

up his sheet to get all comfy, Rowdy’d Eat, Sleep and Lay on Mom and Dad. “

jump into his lap and lick his hand and When I got home, I Googled King

purr ‘til Dad fell asleep.” Kammy’s greeting to us, “E komo mai.”

“I’m proud to be a Manx,” Rowdy It’s Hawaiian for “Welcome.” Woof!

said. “We say, ‘Less Tail, More Cat!’ And, I never thought I’d learn something

when we’re kittens, we hop around like from a cat.

bunnies. Humans find that irresistible.

I mostly hang with Dad. I also enjoy Till next time,

drinking from the kitchen faucet, and The Bonz
napping in my TV.”

“Huh?” I blurted.

He pointed a paw. Next to his chair Don’t Be Shy
was a plastic TV with no insides, just
big enough for a cat. It looked cozy.
“Hey, Cassie,” Kammy called. A We are always looking for pets with
short-haired little Calico strolled over. interesting stories.
“A pleasure, Mr. Bonzo,” she purr- To set up an interview, email
[email protected].
meowed, delicately licking her paw.
“I am a PUREBRED Calico Manx, the

Recently, we had a family come in the decision to euthanize their pet. spine and of course this area was not so If you go to the Dog Park, you will meet
that was new to Vero. The family had a This beautiful boy was miserable. We unremarkable. However, with further inter- this beautiful pet. He is running and play-
beautiful 9-year-old Labradoodle that had vention we felt this 9 year old senior could ing with all the other dogs as a “normal
been “labeled” a hospice patient at their did a comprehensive examination, and enjoy life again. senior” pet with a new outlook on life. He
previous home in New Jersey. saw how his body would flinch when we is so happy, he runs up and meets the own-
examined his spine. But no major issues We recommended a series of Piezo ers with their pets when they enter the
Unfortunately, this pet had been were found in any other part of his body. Wave Therapy combined with Class 4 Laser gates. He is happy and hoping to be able to
existing on oral pain control medications The more we checked him out, the more Therapy. By the third treatment, their stay long enough to get to play with all of
without having been examined to find the encouraged we became. pet was trotting into our facility. We have the newcomers.
source for the chronic pain. The family now completed all six treatments and are
had been told they just needed to keep We asked for permission to do rou- recommending the occasional additional LIFE IS TO BE ENJOYED AND CHERISHED.
him comfortable until it was time to make tine blood work and a urinalysis. Again, treatment on an as needed basis. We love happy endings.
unremarkable. We did radiology of the

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752 A 10 9 6 4 K83
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist A Q 10 6 3 8 7542
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Somerset Maugham claimed “You learn more quickly under the guidance of 43 752 KJ6
experienced teachers. You waste a lot of time going down blind alleys if you have no
one to lead you.” SOUTH
That must be true, but at the bridge table, when there is no one to guide you, do not be KJ9
blind to the information available from the calls made and cards played. QJ4
A Q 10 9 8
In this deal, South is in three no-trump. West leads the heart six: eight, five (starting a
high-low to show an even number), nine. How should declarer continue? Dealer: South; Vunerable: Neither

After South opens one no-trump, North should respond two hearts, a transfer bid The Bidding:
indicating at least zero points and five spades. Then, North might rebid three no-trump,
but that could work out very badly if South has weak hearts. So, North rebids three SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
diamonds, which is natural and game-forcing. 1 NT Pass 2 Hearts Pass
2 Spades Pass 3 Diamonds Pass LEAD:
South starts with seven top tricks: one spade, one heart (trick one), four diamonds and 3 NT Pass Pass Pass 6 Hearts
one club. He can get the extra winners from either black suit — but on which should he

Let’s look at the first trick. East was playing third hand high, but didn’t beat dummy’s
eight. Why not? Because he couldn’t. West has the heart ace-queen hovering over
South’s king-jack. If East gets on lead, a heart return will kill the contract. So, the spade
finesse should not be taken. Instead, declarer should lead a low diamond to dummy’s
nine and play a club to his 10 (allowing for East’s having the jack and king). When the
finesse wins, South returns to dummy with a diamond, takes a second club finesse, and
here wins 11 tricks.

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