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11/28/2019 ISSSUE 48


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BY RAY MCNULTY Top global planning firm helping
shape future of Centennial Place
St. Ed’s owes explanation
for firing of football coach

This is wrong in so many BY STEVEN M. THOMAS So, there is no reason to be
ways. Staff Writer super confident the city will
do a good job coming up with
It’s wrong that St. Edward’s The Vero Beach City Coun- and implementing a plan for
School fired its football coach, cil, which gets new members Centennial Place – the 30-plus
Bill Motta, without giving him – and sometimes changes acres of prime waterfront land
a reason beyond the feeble, courses – every year or so, has flanking the Alma Lee Loy
“We want to go in a different a history of fumbling the ball Bridge – which has transfor-
direction.” in big games. From the de- mative potential to give Vero
cade-long absurdist drama of Beach an area with some of
It’s wrong that St. Edward’s
Head of School Mike Mersky, PHOTO BY KAILA JONES the same appeal as attractive
usually a stand-up guy, fired riverfront districts in other
Motta and then hid under his New Lawnwood Hospital ER towns from Stuart to Cocoa.
desk, ducking an interview re- set to open in south Vero Dec.4
quest and letting a brief, no- But so far things are looking
real-explanation press release BY MICHELLE GENZ new 24/7 option available PHOTO BY ROSS RAWLINSON encouraging.
speak for him. Staff Writer toward the southern end of
Indian River County. the electric utility sale to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
It’s wrong that Motta, who Starting the middle of recent whiplash reversal over
spent a decade teaching St. next week, some local resi- Lawnwood Regional Med- closing the swimming pool at Justice for Duve
Edward’s boys the life les- dents in need of emergency ical Center, a Level II trauma Leisure Square, the council of- family took more
sons they needed to become medical care will have a center in Fort Pierce, has ten fails as a model of munici- than five years
men and finding ways to win pal effectiveness.
games without enough play- CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 BY LISA ZAHNER
ers to require a depth chart, Staff Writer
was fired for being a coach
who preached teamwork, de- Prosecutors were disappoint-
manded commitment and ex- ed that convicted killer Michael
pected perseverance. David Jones was not sentenced
to death under Florida law. But
Virgin Trains USA reveals construction plans
for extending service through Indian River

BY GEORGE ANDREASSI road Bridge linking Brevard Construction along Beachline Expressway between Orlando and Cocoa. PHOTO BY KAILA JONES
Staff Writer and Indian River counties.

Virgin Trains USA expects The bridge is a vital link in
to spend more than $20 mil- the company’s proposed Mi-
lion and take more than two ami to Orlando high-speed
years to replace the 93-year- passenger rail service – one
old St. Sebastian River Rail- of many construction chal-


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My Vero saying he’s a tremendous coach we no “I guess I’m more demanding than gets-a-trophy culture, I wouldn’t be
longer wanted working with our play- they want in their football coach,” at all surprised.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ers because he was too dedicated, too Motta said last week. “I was never told
demanding, and too tough, but you’ll why they wanted to make a change, “I have no evidence there was any
And saying a few nice words about love him? other than they wanted to take the of that, but you’d have to think there
him in a prepared statement doesn’t program in a different direction. was some catalyst for this,” Motta
make it right. According to Merksy’s statement, said. “My evaluations every year have
Motta also “was dedicated to help- “What direction is that? I don’t been positive.”
Not any of it. ing young men succeed, not just on know,” he added. “Maybe they felt my
“Bill has done a wonderful job for us the field but in life,” so much so that demands were unreasonable. Maybe As they should’ve been.
in his tenure,” Mersky said in the Nov. St. Edward’s players “show it in their they wanted to tone down the de- Year after year, Motta embraced the
19 press release, “and we will be happy sportsmanship and maturity on and mands a bit. I have no idea.” challenge of trying to win with rosters
to recommend him as a football coach off the field.” that usually ranged from 15 to 25 play-
at another school, possibly with larger Did someone complain – play- ers, many of them donning a helmet
numbers of student-athletes and a Yet St. Edward’s no longer wanted ers who couldn’t handle Motta’s and pads for the first time.
greater commitment to the sport.” him, even though he managed to win old-school demands or parents who Often, Motta didn’t have enough
Recommend him? How, exactly? By more games than he lost while making thought the coach was too tough on players to conduct 11-on-11 scrim-
such a lasting impression on his players. their boys? Given today’s everyone- mages during practice, and he regu-
larly needed some boys to play both
offense and defense.
Somehow, though, Motta compiled
a 51-48 record that included a Sun-
shine State Athletic Conference cham-
pionship in 2010 and a return to the
title game in 2016, when the Pirates
lost in the closing minutes.
After winning three games in 2017
and only one in 2018, St. Edward’s fin-
ished 6-4 this past season, unknow-
ingly punctuating Motta’s run with a
rousing, 41-0 victory over St. Peters-
burg’s Shorecrest Prep.
“I enjoyed my time there, and I
have no ill will toward anyone at St.
Edward’s,” Motta said. “I didn’t really
see this coming, but I did the best
that I could, and the boys did the best
that they could. As a coach, that’s all
you can ask.”
He paused for a moment before
adding, “The program was definitely
trending upward.”
In his statement, Mersky said:
“Friday night lights are a cherished
American tradition, and we hope to
continue to fill the stands at Pirate
Stadium with football fans on this
beautiful campus.”
He also said St. Edward’s wants
a coach “who is on our profession-
al staff full-time,” prompting early
speculation that the school might
promote Motta’s defensive coordina-
tor, Rick Schofield.
All we know at this point, though,
is what the press release tells us – that
St. Edward’s “will spend the near fu-
ture developing a plan for the pro-
gram and looking at all options.”
Motta, too, is looking at options.
At age 58, the retired police officer
and island resident said he wants to
coach again at some level. He said he
has had opportunities to coach else-
where in the past, and he expects to
find another position eventually.
“I might not jump right back
in,” Motta said. “I certainly haven’t
checked the classifieds or anything
like that, and I can tell you that Flor-
ida State hasn’t called. We’ll just see
what comes along.”
Motta didn’t see this coming, how-
ever, and unless Mersky or someone

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / November 28, 2019 3

else at St. Edward’s finds the courage to which could be preserved as part of Could a reimagined “Big Blue” be- And then you have another property
address it, we might never know what the project if the city council so de- come something like the one-time as big as all these put together on the
really prompted the coach’s firing. cides after hearing from the public. naval munitions complex which was south side of bridge.
The building, which Duany admires converted into the now world famous
Was Motta too tough on his players? and compares in extent to medieval Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Component ideas that have gained
Did Mersky blame the demands Motta cathedrals like Norte Dame and Char- Town Alexandria, Virginia? traction so far include a Youth Sailing
put on his players for some students tres, is enormous, more than six times Foundation facility that would bring
opting to not play football? Or did as large as the beautifully renovated Beyond the powerplant is another lots of people onto the site on a regu-
Motta simply not win enough? diesel powerplant downtown that now zone between the building and Indian lar basis for classes and be a point of
houses a thriving restaurant and bar. River Boulevard that is the size of A.W. civic pride as Vero sailors continue to
Certainly, St. Edward’s had a right Young Park
to fire its football coach, but it did so CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
the wrong way – and we suspect, un-
til we hear otherwise, for the wrong
reason. 

Centennial Place

After first deciding no consultant
was needed to create a plan for this
exceptional property, the council
smartly reversed itself and hired one
of the most accomplished city plan-
ning firms in the world, DPZ CoDe-
sign, which has created hundreds of
masterplans on six continents – noth-
ing in Antarctica so far – ranging in
extent from two to more than 160,000
acres. Included in that portfolio are
successful plans for the downtown
areas of Naples, Fort Myers and West
Palm Beach.

At the same time, the city has
launched what DPZ project manager
F. Xavier Iglesias calls an “unprece-
dented” public engagement effort to
gather ideas about what the Centen-
nial Place plan should include.

So Vero residents, whose children
and grandchildren will be using Cen-
tennial Place for the next 100 years,
are being involved early and often, and
all the competing and complimentary
ideas that emerge will be winnowed,
shaped and blended by world-class ex-
perts to produce a final plan the public
can vote to implement or reject.

“I think it will be relatively easy to
come up with a successful plan be-
cause the site is so large and has so
many zones,” said DPZ co-founder
and creative powerhouse Andrés Mar-
tin Duany, who sat down for an exclu-
sive interview with Vero Beach 32963
last week to share his thoughts about
the site and the city’s aspirations for it.

“The aspirations are enormous,”
Duany said. “There are many ideas,
and as the ideas come in, we will be
able to place the components in ap-
propriate locations on the site.”

To get a sense of what Duany means,
consider this: The riverfront tip of
property that sticks out into the lagoon
past the little harbor where barges full
of oil used to dock, bringing fuel to the
power plant, is larger than Humiston
Park. Behind that is a second wide-
open “zone” not right on the water that
is the size of Jaycee Park.

Then you come to the plant itself –

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Centennial Place are different in character. People think it Options DPZ will offer will include citizens to vote on – ideally in Novem-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 is all about the waterfront, and we say, land banking the property and leaving ber 2020. If one plan is not selected as
yes, these four things go on the water- it for a future generation to develop; the outright winner by the steering
win races in regattas up and down the front, done. What else do you have?” a plan that suits the site’s immedi- committee as we near the May finish
coast; restaurants and shops along the ate neighbors; a plan that reflects the line, it is entirely possible that two con-
water: public docks for boats on the DPZ last week put up an interac- website input; a plan that reflects what tenders could go before the citizenry”
Intracoastal Waterway whose captains tive website,, the steering committee is leaning to- for a vote.
turn in to dine or shop; a fishing pier; where anyone who is feeling creative ward; and DPZ’s own best concept.
an amphitheater for public concerts or cares about what happens at Cen- Whatever happens, Duany would
and other events; and landscaped tennial Place – which some of the “Old “We always have a proposition, like to see it happen fast once a deci-
park space with benches, fountains Guard” still call by the inspired name but we are always ready to change or sion is made. “We don’t want to wait
and other public amenities. Three Corners – can propose and dis- adapt it,” Duany said. lifetimes,” he said. “We want to say,
cuss ideas over the next two months. ‘This is what you voted for. OK. We will
Other ideas that have been floated The five plans “will be very well de- be breaking ground next week.’
include a skateboard park, a zipline, This gives community members picted but still in need of refinements,”
a village of tiny houses – possibly set a chance to “talk among yourselves” Iglesias said. “Those refinements will “The site has great potential. Hopeful-
aside as affordable housing for teach- prior to a series of public meetings the continue until the beginning of May ly ideas that are worthy of it will emerge.”
ers – a botanical garden with Florida last week in January where propos- – with updated drafts presented to the
plants or a wetland area. als will be discussed and preliminary city in March and April.” Hopefully.
decisions made. According to DPZ, This is Vero Beach after all, and the
That is not to mention a whole uni- members of the project steering com- The final report, consisting of site city doesn’t have a great track record
verse of things that could be built in- mittee, which includes the five City and architectural plans, 3-D imagery, for clear conceptualization and time-
side the powerplant if it is preserved. Council members and five appointed tables (including cost estimates), and ly, effective implementation when big
citizens, will monitor the site and re- explanatory text, will be presented to issues are in play.
Obviously, some of those compo- spond to questions and proposals. the City Council the week of May 5, ac- But who knows? Things are off to a
nents might clash and the whole site cording to Iglesias. good start. 
end up as a hodgepodge if planning “The city has put a focus on public
was substandard – which is where the engagement that is unprecedented in “It’s likely that some scenarios will Justice slow for Duve family
world-class experts come in. our experience doing hundreds of proj- receive more detailing, or be blended CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ects,” said Iglesias, “Having the kick-off together, while others will be retired as
“The design skill is in weaving the two months ahead of the public meet- the process moves forward,” Iglesias if there is any consolation, it is that,
best ideas together into a harmonious, ings is unusual and very helpful. They said. “The website should help gauge instead of becoming a death row ce-
layered whole,” Duany said. really want the community involved.” which scenarios garner the most pub- lebrity, Jones will soon be an anony-
lic support.” mous inmate, locked away for life
“It is a very large site – as big as the After the public meetings at the end with no parole in some oppressive,
historic area of St. Augustine, including of January, DPZ will present its first Things could change as the process
Flagler College – so it can accommodate draft of “five scenarios that will reflect proceeds, but “the current idea is to
many ideas, and different parts of the site that week's work,” Iglesias said. help the city arrive at one plan that can
be formatted into a referendum for the

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nondescript state prison. nor for clemency, no well-intentioned ergy the jury put into the Jones case. Bakkedahl and co-counsel Assis-
Jones will not be anyone special, efforts to save his life. Soon, very few But Bakkedahl says it “really p---es him tant State Attorney Brian Workman
Indian River County residents will re- off” that it took so long to get justice for were involved with the case from the
and his advanced degrees will not member Jones existed. the family of the woman Jones killed, very beginning in the summer of 2014,
matter. He will merely be a number in 26-year-old Moorings resident and when Duve was reported missing and
the Florida Department of Corrections Chief Assistant State Attorney Tom Sebastian River Medical Center nurse foul play was suspected.
roster. There will be no candlelight Bakkedahl said he had the utmost re- Diana Duve.
vigils, no 11th-hour pleas to the gover- spect for the time, attention and en- CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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Justice slow for Duve family did an excellent job pulling the evi- cution had already released 58 batches in prison was not as expensive for tax-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 dence together and contacting wit- of discovery documents to the defense. payers as the defense’s efforts.
nesses. But then prosecutors had to
“I met Diana’s parents when we were hold that case together while witness- Under pressure from Judge Cox to “We maybe spent $30,000 on the
getting ready to go to the Grand Jury,” es changed jobs or moved out of state, get things moving, the defense turned state’s whole case,” Bakkedahl said.
Bakkedahl says. “I can remember it and while their memories of events over another batch of documents ev-
just like it was yesterday. I remember became more and more distant. ery two month throughout 2018. Last What can the taxpayers do about a
saying to them, look, you need to be week, Assistant Public Defender Stan- system that takes five and a half years
patient . . . and telling them it would NEWS ANALYSIS ley Glenn reported to Judge Vaughn to try a murder case and spends more
take two or three years.” that Public Defender Diamond Lit- than $150,000 to try to keep a defen-
To compound the situation, the case ty‘s office had known costs to date of dant like Jones off death row? Sadly,
In the end, it took five and a half years. was continued no fewer than 10 times, $154,436.26 for Jones’ defense. not much.
Duve’s parents sat about 10 feet which meant three different judges
from Workman and Bakkedahl every were assigned to it. It started out with And there are probably bills out- Would doing away with the death
single day of the jury selection and the Judge Robert Pegg. Then Judge Cyn- standing. It’s tough to imagine that ev- penalty in Florida help stop the bleed-
trial. If a day of testimony or a judge’s thia Cox inherited the case and tried to ery last invoice from the pricey medi- ing of dollars spent on all these medical
ruling did not go well – there were a keep the defense counsel on track by cal experts the defense used to try to experts? Bakkedahl says no, not in his
couple of those bad days – Bakkedahl hauling them into court once a month convince the jury Jones had brain opinion. If there was no death penalty,
and Workman not only had to over- to report on their progress. Finally, damage, trauma from child abuse, defense lawyers would then argue that
come that and come back swinging in Judge Dan Vaughn took over in January and various other maladies has been life in prison with no possibility of pa-
the next round, but they also had to and saw it through. received – especially since one doctor role is a cruel and unusual punishment,
turn around and face Duve’s mother. was still present in court the morning and the experts would be brought in to
“You can feel it, that’s a lot of pres- One huge bone of contention in the sentence was handed down. reduce the sentences further.
sure. The family is sitting right there,” those unpleasant status conferences
Bakkedahl said. with Cox throughout 2017 was the He had been there to observe for He said that is the trend in the ju-
The state had been essentially ready to defense’s unwillingness to turn over two extra days after he testified, at venile justice system right now, where
try the case for a long time but procras- discovery material. The defense’s first $300 per hour. The most expensive “brain science” is pushing up the age
tination on the part of the three-lawyer batch of supplemental discovery was of the defense experts, radiologist Dr. where offenders are responsible for
defense team seemed to have dragged provided to the state on March 20, Michael Foley, told the court his billing their actions to the mid-20s when the
the case out that extra couple of years. 2018, according to the official court rate was $1,000 per hour. brain’s frontal lobe is said to be mostly
Bakkedahl said the Vero Beach Po- docket record. By that time, the prose- or fully formed.
lice Department’s detective bureau State Attorney Bruce Colton’s office
presented its own battery of experts to With 28 years and more than 10
beat back the defense’s onslaught of first-degree murder cases under his
doctors, but the prosecution’s tab for belt, Bakkedahl is undeterred by these
the conviction and the sentence of life troubling trends in the criminal jus-
tice system. In his leadership role,

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / November 28, 2019 7

he tells younger prosecutors to meet Nov. 21 about how the bridges are be- the new bridge at which point we can connect with the historic Florida East
these challenges head on. Beating ing built. demolish and remove the old bridge Coast Railway tracks. The project fea-
the medical experts doesn’t require and then build the second bridge,” Ce- tures the construction of 30 bridges
a medical degree or even specialized Lessons learned on relatively shorter gelis said. over roads and waterways.
technical knowledge, he said. railroad bridges along SR 528 as tracks
are extended from Cocoa to Orlando The start-up date for passenger ser- VTUSA will replace another 25 rail-
“I always tell the young lawyers com- will be applied to longer bridge re- vice between Orlando and Miami has road bridges on the 135-miles of FECR
ing up, the most important thing is that placement projects at the St. Sebastian been pushed back from mid- to late- right-of-way between Cocoa and West
these experts don’t have control of the River, St. Lucie River and Crane Creek, 2022, VTUSA officials disclosed during Palm Beach.
facts. The facts and the truth,” he said. said Michael Cegelis, VTUSA executive a three-hour media tour and briefing
“I can’t debate these doctors about vice president for infrastructure. featuring several construction sites. “We’re replacing all the bridges,”
their medical specialty, but they can’t Cegelis said. “We are rehabilitating the
touch me when I try to understand the Once the expansion is completed, “We’re targeting the end of 2022 to existing track. We’re building an en-
facts. All you’ve got to do is bring out VTUSA plans to run 34 passenger trains deliver this project and begin opera- tirely new second track.”
the facts and get to the truth.”  per day through Indian River County at tions,” said VTUSA President and CEO
speeds of up to 110 mph en route be- Patrick Goddard. Permitting for the bridges was a “ma-
Virgin Trains construction tween Orlando International Airport jor hurdle” that took five years, Cegelis
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 and downtown Miami. Virgin Trains started running pas- said.
senger trains between West Palm Beach
lenges Virgin Trains must deal with. Construction on a new 1,625-foot- and Fort Lauderdale in January 2018 The St. Sebastian River Railroad Bridge
In fact, VTUSA is deploying con- long railroad bridge across the St. Se- and added its Miami station that May. replacement project is the longest on the
bastian River could start by the end entire route, but otherwise not particu-
struction teams to build 55 bridges be- of the year and take up to 30 months, Virgin Trains is also negotiating with larly challenging, Cegelis said.
tween Orlando and West Palm Beach VTUSA officials said. the Florida Department of Transpor-
as part of the $2.5 billion expansion of tation and Central Florida Expressway A construction trestle will be erected
the passenger rail line. “What we’re doing at Sebastian Riv- Authority to lease land along highways alongside the old bridge so there’s a
er is: We will remove the unused su- for the extension of passenger service platform for equipment, workers and
A massive construction crane tow- perstructure of the west bridge,” Cege- to Tampa, Goddard said. Stations materials, Cegelis said. The structure
ering over the Taylor Creek railroad lis said. “The existing single track that could be built at Walt Disney World will be strong enough to support a
bridge construction platform on the is in use will continue.” and other theme parks. massive crane that can lift 200 tons.
south side of Beachline Expressway/
State Road 528 provided the backdrop “Then we will drive piles for the new Virgin Trains showed off its new sta- “It is the method we are using for
for a Virgin Trains media briefing on bridge in between the bents of the ex- tion at Orlando International Airport almost all of the bridges on our align-
isting bridge and build the superstruc- on Nov. 21 during a media tour of the ment,” Cegelis said. “We’ll build a
ture right on top of the alignment for 35-mile rail corridor under construc- side-running trestle then put a crane
the existing bridge,” Cegelis said. tion along SR 528 between the airport on it and the construction materials
and Cocoa, where the new rails will are delivered from the side-running
“Then we will divert train traffic onto

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New ER set to open ER. As things get busier, a nurse prac-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 titioner or physician assistant may be
added, according to a spokesperson.
spent the past year building a satellite In addition, the staff includes 12 reg-
freestanding emergency room in Vero istered nurses, most recruited from
Beach. The $10 million facility, near other HCA hospitals.
South Vero Square at Oslo Road and
U.S.1, is expected to open Dec. 4. The clinic, built by Proctor Con-
struction, is in the southeast corner
Last week, officials were still waiting of the county near a corridor of con-
for signage, with nothing more than red siderable residential expansion. When
block letters marking the ambulance the ED opens, south county families
entrance hinting at the purpose of the and retirees will be closer to emergen-
beige single-story structure. Inside, an cy care, and people throughout the
equally unadorned waiting room is county will have a round-the-clock al-
smaller than the average private prac- ternative to the ERs at Cleveland Clin-
tice physician’s office. That’s because ar- ic Indian River Hospital and Sebastian
riving patients will be taken to an exam River Medical Center.
room immediately after checking in.
Freestanding EDs have proliferated
There are 10 such rooms at the new in recent years, with HCA – Lawn-
Lawnwood ED, including one equipped wood’s parent company and the larg-
for pediatric patients. There’s also a est publicly traded health system in
large resuscitation room where mul- the country – having 199 such fa-
tiple practitioners can tend to a severely cilities. The Vero center is HCA’s third
ill patient, along with a secure “safe” freestanding ED to open this year and
room for mental health emergencies. plans for a fourth were just announced.

The facility has a lab, and is equipped In all, there are 67 freestanding EDs
with CT scan, X-ray and mobile ultra- in Florida, with the first opening in
sound equipment; images will be read Ocala in 2002. The Treasure Coast’s
remotely by radiologists at Lawnwood only other freestanding ED was built
in Fort Pierce. in St. Lucie West in 2008 by what was
then Martin Memorial Hospital. That
There will always be one physician hospital is now owned by Cleveland
onsite in Vero, with doctors on rota- Clinic Florida, acquired last year as
tion from the Fort Pierce hospital’s part of the Martin Health system.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / November 28, 2019 9

With HCA losing out to Cleveland one day own a hospital in the county. Cleveland Clinic Indian River says Sebastian River did not respond to re-
Clinic in its bid to take over Indian Emergency rooms attached to hos- ER visits are up 4 percent this year, but quests for more recent figures.
River Medical Center, the new Lawn- Sebastian River Medical Center’s ER
wood ED marks the for-profit hospital pitals are a key driver for in-patient visits were down nearly 25 percent in And while some hospital emergency
operator’s first physical presence in admissions. While freestanding emer- the first quarter, as compared with the rooms, including at Cleveland Clinic
Indian River County. A spokesperson gency departments claim to relieve same quarter last year. Those were the Indian River, have hired navigators to
declined to comment on any plans to overcrowded hospital ERs, it’s not clear latest figures available from the state; try to divert non-emergency patients
local hospitals are asking for help.

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New ER set to open At the same time, an urgent care cen- But life-threatening conditions in- stress the patient’s wishes come first,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 ter that isn’t equipped to deal with a seri- cluding chest pain, seizures and major provided the patient is conscious and
ous illness or injury will end up sending head injuries “always require a trip to can make those wishes known. Other-
to urgent care centers or primary care the patient to an emergency depart- the ER,” the MedExpress spokesper- wise, the ED’s providers will make that
providers, Lawnwood has not yet pro- ment, delaying treatment while the pa- son said. decision. Lawnwood Medical Center is
vided guidelines on when to opt for tient potentially incurs fees at both. 12 miles from the freestanding ED, with
the freestanding ED over urgent care Still, the Lawnwood facility is not a drive estimated at 24 minutes. Cleve-
or a hospital ER. MedExpress Urgent Care, just up the equipped to fully handle all emergen- land Clinic Indian River is less than half
road from the new Lawnwood ED, said cies. If the symptoms or injuries require a that distance, a 13-minute drive.
That is an important issue for pa- urgent care centers “are a great option specialized medical procedure or major
tients because costs at freestanding for the unexpected, everyday illness surgery, for example, the patient would “We actually talked about that this
EDs are much higher than at urgent and injury,” like a stomach bug, ear- be stabilized and taken to a hospital. morning,” said Cheryl Nail, Lawnwood’s
care centers and are comparable to ache or urinary tract infection. “They chief nursing officer, during a Friday
costs at a hospital emergency room. can also provide more advanced offer- Which hospital that would be – tour of the new facility. “That’s one of
Both charge a facility fee; an urgent ings such as X-rays, EKGs, labs, minor Cleveland Clinic Indian River, Lawn- the last pieces we’re trying to get nailed
care center does not. surgery, treatment for broken bones wood, or even Sebastian River Medi- down. We have transfer agreements
and sprains and stitches.” cal Center – was still an open question with all the primary hospitals around
last Friday, though Lawnwood officials us. It will probably be on a patient-by-
patient basis, depending on the condi-
tion of the patient and whether the pa-
tient can communicate.” 

Virgin Trains construction

trestle to the permanent location on
the bridge.”

“It’ll be a deck like just this and a
crane like this – a Manitowoc 777 – can
traverse this trestle and feed the per-
manent bridge site,” Cegelis said while
standing on the Taylor Creek trestle.
“Once we’re done, we take it away.”

The Orlando to Miami passenger
service will start without the pro-
posed $100 million vertical lift bridge
across the St. Lucie River in Stuart,
which would replace a low-clearance
81-year-old single-track drawbridge.

“We will continue to operate on
the existing St. Lucie Bridge when we
start revenue service at the end of this
Phase 2 project,” Cegelis said.

The company hopes to build the
new lift bridge later, diverting train
traffic onto it when it’s complete.

Goddard compared the Virgin
Trains passenger service to Amtrak’s
Acela line from Washington, D.C. to
Boston, as well as inter-city train lines
in England, France, Italy and Spain.

Initially, Virgin Trains will run 10
sets of trains with two locomotives
and five coaches that can seat up to
240 passengers, Cegelis said.

A joint dispatching operation in
Jacksonville coordinates the VTUSA
passenger trains and FECR freight
trains, Cegelis said.

The passenger trains travel up to 79
mph between Miami and West Palm
Beach, while freight trains travel up
to 40 mph. That maximum speed will
rise to 110 mph from West Palm Beach
to Cocoa for passenger trains and 60
mph for freight trains.

There will be no freight trains on
the elevated tracks between Cocoa
and Orlando International Airport,
where passenger trains will travel as
fast as 125 mph. 

Melody Lane, Michael and Jennifer
Harris with children Kenley and Blake.


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‘Pop’ art inspires culture of hope in cancer research

Susan Shaw, Theresa Woodson and Linda Spielmann. T.P. Kennedy and Heather Reeb with Dillon and Sara Beth Roberts. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
Bernadette Emerick, Susan Del Tufo and Janet Olsson.

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF cancer once and I wasn’t sure I had an- Sandra and Ron Rennick, Ron and Patty Rennick with Steve and Renee Rennick.
other fight for my life in me,” said Aric
Staff Writer Attas, who shared that the healing pow- Sophia North, Sandra Robertson, Annabel Robertson and Aric Attas. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
er of creativity helped him through the
The American Cancer Society’s grueling treatment regimen.
Hope Gala bloomed with color at the
Oak Harbor Clubhouse, with a ‘Pop of “I strongly believe that engaging my
Color. Pop of Music. Pop of Art’ theme cancer journey with commitment, cre-
that set the stage for a colorful experi- ativity and courage played a vital role
ence to celebrate lives touched by can- in my ability to not only survive, but to
cer. Guests wore a rainbow of colors, thrive through treatment,” added Attas.
calling attention to the various cancers
that have affected them or those they After dinner, guests viewed a video
love. chronicling Steve Rennick’s recent
battle with stage 4 testicular choriocar-
John Moore, emcee and auction- cinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer.
eer extraordinaire, explained that the The 40-year-old father of three thought
theme had been inspired by the suc- he was having a heart attack – instead,
cess of art and music therapy programs he discovered that his body was riddled
as well as our community’s inspiring, with tumors.
rich culture.
After undergoing platinum-based
Since 1946, the ACS has been “cre- chemotherapy, his cancer went into
ating a culture of hope” by working to remission, only to return mere months
free the world from cancer; investing later. He next traveled to Indianapolis,
more than $4 billion in seeking cures where the doctor who developed the
through research. The organization protocol for his treatment worked at
also shares its expert information, sup- Indiana University Hospital. Ironically,
ports patients and spreads the word this same doctor had received funding
about prevention. from the American Cancer Society in
the 1970s to develop the cure that would
“This is a night where we get to cel- eventually help Rennick return home to
ebrate success. Success in the face of his family in Vero Beach.
challenges, success in the face of ad-
versity, success in the face of bad news, “If I could go back and thank the peo-
coupled with great results and good ple that attended a gala like this over 40
news,” said Moore. “We plan to cele- years ago, raising money for research, I
brate lives touched by cancer and to do would love to go back and thank each
what we can tonight to support cancer and every one of them,” said Rennick.
research and all of the wonderful ser- “Instead, I’m thanking you all for being
vices that the American Cancer Society here tonight for future cancer patients
provides to help those that are dealing that will benefit from the research that
with cancer.” we’re going to generate funds for.”

During the cocktail reception, Before inviting guests to the dance
guests perused artwork created by floor to celebrate the cure, Moore
cancer survivors through the Arts in coaxed them to dig deeper into their
Medicine program as a way to alleviate pockets during a call to the heart, add-
stress and anxiety. ing that their support could help give
others a reason to celebrate.
“In July of 2014, I heard the words
‘you have cancer’ for the second time. For more information, visit cancer.
It was terrifying. I’d already beaten org. 

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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Paul and Anne Sinnott with Cathy and J.J. Gilet.
Pratheesh Karunakaran and Kelly Peters with Alexandra and Scott Nutall. Helen Post, Susan Del Tufo, Greg Nelson and Dr. Michaela Scott.
Roger and Samantha Lynch with Luke Webb and Molly Teter Webb.
Donald McCampbell Tribus John Franke and Marcia Littlejohn with Karen Franke and Aaron Franke.

Donald McCampbell Tribus, 82, of Vero
Beach, Florida passed away on November
17, 2019. He was born on March 5, 1937, and
raised on Grymes Hill, Staten Island, NY. He
graduated in 1959 from University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was on the
golf team and shot his first and only hole-in-
one on Finley Golf Course in 1958. He served
in the US Army Reserves as a Staff Sergeant
1960-67, based at Fort Dix.
Don had a long and varied career. He began as Dairy Dan the Ice Cream Man
where he learned the valuable lesson that the customer comes first. Eating up
the inventory did not serve the customer or his employer well. Armed with this
new insight, he entered the insurance field with Connecticut General in 1964.
Frustrated by the restrictions of representing only one carrier and wanting to
offer the best solutions to his clients, in 1967 Don formed his own insurance
brokerage firm representing multiple carriers and products. From a one-man
band operation, The Tribus Companies became an innovative, full service
agency, employing 205 people; offering life, employee benefits, association
plans, retirement and property and casualty. In 2000, he sold his business
to First Union. He further grew the insurance business for First Union until
they acquired Wachovia, at which point he retired. He was an industry leader
creating unique concepts and developing one-of-a-kind programs such as the
hospital network, Magnet/Magna Care and packaging Integrated Payroll and
HR Benefit Solutions to small and mid-sized companies.
He had many passions outside of work. He loved to travel, going to all 50
states and over 90 countries (did not make it to 100 so he could join the
Century Club!), and had a special love of animals in the wild. Golf, tennis,
skiing, bridge too. He was active in many charitable organizations including
the Neighborhood House, The Park Avenue Club of which he was president,
Indian River Medical Center (now Cleveland Clinic), the VNA, and The
Learning Alliance. He was also an elder in the Presbyterian Church.
Despite all of his interests and accomplishments, Don would say he was happiest
when surrounded by his family. He would support, encourage, dispense advice
when asked, be a listening ear; a discussion about his bridge game or the stock
market that day was always eagerly shared. But mostly he offered love, open
and unabashed love.
Don is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years, Janet Kipp Tribus. They spent
their formative years in Montclair and New Vernon, NJ, before settling in
John’s Island in Vero Beach. He has three children: Dr. Clifford Boehe Tribus of
Madison, Wisconsin, Laura Tribus Hingle (John) of Montville, NJ, and Robin
Tribus Metz (Robert) of Bloomfield Hills and eight grandchildren: Avery,
Kendall and Clayton Tribus; Alison and Matthew Hingle; and Bobby, Henry
and Charlie Metz.
A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:30 at
Trinity Episcopal Church, 2365 Pine Ave. Arrangements are under the care of
Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made
to The Learning Alliance, Vero Beach by going to
donate or the John’s Island Foundation.
An online guestbook is available at

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Dr. Roy Carrington Mason and Kari Mason. Linda Spielmann with Bill and Gildamar Tait. Nancy and Bill Bryant.

Karen Egan and Diane Parentela. Drs. Michael and Daniella Shapiro. Mae Keeling and Phillip Keeling. Erika Albertini and Dr. Raul Storey with Marni Howder.

Jamie and Samantha Irvin.

Hunter and Alaina Haas.

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School kids will reap what ‘Harvesting for Education’ sows

Staff Writer

At the lovely Magnolia Manor, Charles and Jennifer Croom with Janet and David Croom. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Liz and Brian Mayo.
lights twinkled from mason jars
strung over trestle tables laden with Pat Blackburn, Jim and Mary Jane Elford, and Linda Barker. annual Indian River Regional Sci-
fall gourds during the inaugural ence and Engineering Fair, Sneaker
Harvesting for Education farm-to- health of our community is directly they are ready for school and are Exchange, Vision for Reading eye-
table fundraiser hosted recently by reflected in our school system and given opportunities to succeed far glass program and STEP Into Kin-
the Education Foundation of Indian how well we educate our children.” beyond the classroom. It provides dergarten.
River County. high-impact grants to teachers us-
The Education Foundation meets ing innovative teaching methodol- Will Blackburn, a Science Fair par-
The weather had turned cooler the needs of public, private and ogy, and organizes and funds the ticipant since kindergarten, spoke
just in time for a fire in the brick pit, home-schooled children to ensure of the impact the annual competi-
adding to the cozy ambiance of the tion has made on his life. His entries
country-themed jamboree. Guys have ranged from a rudimentary in-
and gals broke out their best west- terest in the best angle to shoot his
ern wear to harvest support for the Nerf gun to experimentation with
school programs and services the radiation and blue light.
nonprofit provides to help students
achieve academic success Pre-K “I didn’t realize that every time I
through 12th grades. went to that state fair, I was making
a story for myself for college repre-
“One of the things I love about the sentatives and companies. I reached
Education Foundation is that we a whole new level of learning that I
fund programs that help everyone,” would never be able to be exposed to
said Jennifer Croom, interim execu- without the science fair,” said Black-
tive director. “We want to get kids to burn.
that level so that when they do grad-
uate from high school, they can go The Education Foundation is seek-
to the job of their choice or be ready ing sponsors and volunteers for the
for the next step.” 28th annual Indian River County
Regional Science & Engineering Fair
The Pickups set the tone for the on Jan. 25. For information, visit ed-
down-home gathering, pickin’ tunes 
with a bluegrass flare as Wild Thyme
Catering presented locally sourced
gastronomic delights. The feast in-
cluded local greens and grapefruit,
watercress pesto pasta with chicken
and pork tenderloin medallions,
and roasted vegetables, concluding
with Key lime pies in mason jars.

“We connect resources so that
children in our schools are engaged
in learning. We do that because,
while it’s their education, it’s every-
body’s future,” said Pat Blackburn,
board president. “It doesn’t matter if
you have a child in school now. The

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Jim and Jessica McGuigan. Raleigh Hoppe, Margot Kornicks and Fran Jaffe. Judy Graves and Sarah Starr.

Pam Cooper with Bill and Karen Penney. Nancy Briggs and Debbie Drury. Bonnie Swanson, Vinnie Parentela and Deborah Dillon.

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‘Tri’-ing and succeeding at Capt. Hiram’s River Challenge

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF Jim Seaton, Chris Gallo, Erick Trivedi and John Collins. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE servation of marine resources and
Staff Writer anglers’ access to them. And the
tion Association, the Environmen- restore aquatic ecosystems and mission of the ELC is to educate, in-
Despite the drop in temperatures tal Learning Center and the Coastal the various species they sustain spire and empower everyone to be
last Sunday morning, the competi- Conservation Association. All are through the development of inno- active stewards of the environment.
tion heated up during the seventh environmentally focused nonprof- vative technologies, science-based
annual Capt. Hiram’s River Chal- its with a particular interest in the conservation action, community When the last runner had crossed
lenge Triathlon. The popular riv- health of the Indian River Lagoon. education and outreach. The CCA the finish line, the crowd gathered
erside restaurant hosts the sprint seeks to ensure the health and con- in the Sandbar for a celebratory
triathlon to raise money and aware- ORCA is working to protect and awards ceremony, complete with
ness about the perils that face our refreshments, educational kiosks
Indian River Lagoon. and music by The Axcents, an alter-
native rock band, that helped warm
Nearly 200 participants “tri-ing things up.
to save our river” plunged into the
icy waters of the lagoon off the Capt. For more information, visit hi-
Hiram’s Sandbar for a 1/4-mile 
swim, before hopping on their bikes
for a 12-mile bike ride and coming WINNERS
into the home stretch with a 5K run.
First-Place Male:
Keeping the mantra of the event Matt Price, with a time of 1:07:03
at the forefront – “Get off your ass
and save some seagrass!” – the tri- First-Place Female:
athletes traveled along a scenic Shelly Whisenhant,
course that showcased much of the with a time of 1:12:47
beauty event organizers are hoping
to preserve. First-Place Relay Team:
Smashlyn, with a time of 1:07:44
Proceeds from the race benefit
the Ocean Research and Conserva-

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Bianca DaSilva. Will Collins.

Layla Binafif and Aimee Gregory. Douglas Hydorn and Alex MacWilliam. Everett Schleter, Dr. Julie Vargo-O’Brien and Eugene O’Neill.

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Vero karate grand master Willis honored to nth degree

BY KERRY FIRTH Louis DeSchouwer and Cathy DeSchouwer with William Willis. PHOTOS: KAILA JONES Willis relocated to Fort Lauderdale
Correspondent from New York in the early 1950s and,
lis is his humility,” said Jason Wesley, al times over, all he ever wants to be after graduating from the University
Martial Arts Grandmaster Soke who trained with Willis for 23 years called is Mr. Willis. His legacy of ser- of Florida, moved to Vero Beach and
Haisan Kaleak recently flew in from and also taught at the school. “Karate vitude and respect is an inspiration to opened an insurance agency. Willis
New York to award the rank of 10th is all about respect, and even though all.” began his martial arts training in Yo-
Degree Black Belt in Sanuces Ryu Jiu- he’s earned the title of Master sever- shukai karate, earned his first-degree
Jitsu and the title of Grand Master to A fitness enthusiast his entire life, black belt and soon assumed the role
William Willis, founder and owner of instructor.
of the Vero Beach Karate Associa-
tion and the U.S. Karate and Jiu-Jitsu Willis, who has earned advanced
Association Scholarship Fund. The black belts in nearly a dozen styles of
lifetime achievement award was pre- martial arts, uses a unique approach
sented at the annual VBKA Scholar- to develop character in his student’s
ship Banquet, held at the Elks Club of lives. The core ideology of the VBKA
Vero Beach. consists of self-defense, fitness and
personal development, and is integrat-
For nearly half a century, Willis has ed into a program that encompasses
impacted thousands of students at training in karate, jiu-jitsu, judo and
Vero Beach Karate through the pur- weapons.
suit of excellence in martial arts and
human development. He annually “We not only want our students to be
trains upwards of 300 students, from proficient martial artists,” said Willis.
tiny tots to seniors, and has graduat- “We also want them to be polite ladies
ed 400 black belts in multiple styles of and gentlemen with good character.
martial arts, a commitment that can While they are perfecting their mar-
take between four and 10 years to ac- tial arts skills, they are also developing
complish. and perfecting all areas of their lives.”

“What’s beautiful about Mr. Wil- To help broaden their perspectives,
he established semi-annual fun runs

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and 15-mile bike rides, as well as ed- schoolwork and extracurricular Under his guidance, the Vero the USKJA Scholarship Fund has pro-
ucational workshops. Students at his activities through Student Excel- Beach Karate Association has sup- vided more than $300,000 in college
summer camps have even been in- lence Awards, and are encouraged to ported many local charities; donat- scholarships, including seven at this
troduced to the arts, ballroom danc- give martial arts demonstrations at ing $250,000 to the Muscular Dys- year’s banquet.
ing and dating etiquette. schools, retirement homes, clubs and trophy Association and $50,000 to
fund-raising events. the American Cancer Society, and For more information, visit www.
Students are recognized for their 

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Full ‘House’: Cultural events celebrate Vero lifestyle

BY MARY SCHENKEL the second House of Art, Culture consultant Diane Langevin, would
Staff Writer and Design to benefit the Cultural also be donated to the Gifford Youth
Council of Indian River County. Achievement Center to support its
Local designers had only just Like the Cultural Council itself, the art and literacy programs.
completed putting the finishing theme of the event – Celebrating the
touches on this year’s Designer Vero Beach Lifestyle – was a reflec- The interior rooms of the bright
Showhouse and Garden Exhibition tion of our area’s myriad cultural and airy Orchid Isle Estates Show-
before they headed over to the En- offerings, combining, art, design, house, which features spectacular
vironmental Learning Center for music, fashion and food. views of the Indian River Lagoon,
an opening-night gala to celebrate had been beautifully transformed
A portion of the proceeds from the by Gregory Allan Ness, Page Fran-
zel, Diane Langevin, Eilis Powers,
PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 Christiana Lipscombe, Lisa De-
Jim and Justine Kovacs. Frances, Joe Tanacs and Josh Cook.

PHOTOS: KAILA JONES Victor Aprea, Tiffany Sweeney,
Theresa Swett, Catherine Blum and
recent four-day event, co-chaired the LED Capstone Team artfully
by Caesar Mistretta of the J.M. enhanced the outdoor areas of the
Stringer Gallery and interior design house, which is offered by Kimberly
Keithahn of Alex MacWilliam Real
Estate. Assorted luxury cars on loan
from Mercedes Benz of Fort Pierce
were on site, as were several bou-
tique and concession vendors.

A tent at the Environmental
Learning Center was the site for
each of the special events, with
shuttles ferrying folks into the pri-
vate Orchid Isle Estate enclave.

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At the opening-night gala, as well as the next night when they Luncheon and Sunday’s Mimosas & mere Beach, Francis Brewster, Sara
guests mingled over wine and hors returned for an intimate Evening at Mahjong Brunch. Campbell and Sassy Boutique.
d’oeuvres before enjoying a buffet the Cabaret, with performers Lynn
dinner by Wild Thyme Catering. Big DiMenna, Scherezada Morales and Melinda Cooper, owner of Coo- The mission of the Cultural Coun-
Band music by Jim Jordan and the Charlie Steven. Chelsea’s on Cardi- per & Co., coordinated the Fashion cil is to utilize arts and culture to il-
Jordan Thomas Odyssey was the nal catered the Cabaret as well as Show Luncheon, which featured luminate lives and drive economic
featured entertainment at the gala, that Saturday’s Let’s Get Glamorous beautiful seasonal fashions from vitality through advocacy, collabo-
her boutique as well as from Cash- ration, education and outreach. 

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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 Don and Sandy Mann with Doreen Frasca and Per Rasmussen. Gary and Willow Brost with Gregory Allan Ness.
John Stringer, Kay Dunn and Caesar Mistretta.

Karen Loeffler, Cindy Broten and Melinda Cooper. Diane Langevin, Page Franzel and Allyson Bootes. Tara Layne, Crystal Crosby, Amanda Johnson and Eilis Powers.

John and Linda Johnson. Karen Smith and Jill Townsend.


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Cuban artists tell ‘powerful story’ in Foosaner exhibit

BY PAM HARBAUGH lection’s curator and one of the artists in Henry Ballate, curator and artist. PHOTOS BY RYAN CLAPPER
Correspondent the exhibition.
generate Art” and eventually censored, bandages holding together what could
Vivid color and artful excellence The works she picked, she said, tell a all of the work by these young Cuban represent a cranium. While at the bot-
may take your breath away in the Foo- “really powerful story.” artists faced censorship. It undermined tom, a cottony smile of sorts is taped
saner Art Museum’s current exhibition, the communist party line of what art onto the lower half of the “face.”
“Crosscurrents: Contemporary Selec- “I love Cuban art,” Funk said. “I’ve should be, Funk said.
tions from the Rodríguez Collection of visited Havana twice. It’s an amazing “To me, it’s a funny face that’s very
Cuban Artists.” But linger just a bit and place. The art is so vibrant and so politi- A perfect example of that are the dis- much about Cuba,” Funk said. “Ev-
you’ll discover provocative works that cal. It’s unique, really, because they are quieting collages by Aldo Menendez. erything is broken there. He based his
compel you to think. coming out of a unique social situation. His pieces turn objects into people and series on an old fan he had that was
people into objects. He gained in no- broken.”
Indeed, this is exciting stuff. “Cross- “The art is really powerful. It’s a very toriety after founding a silk screening
currents,” which is on view through important part of the story of Florida. workshop that still exists in Havana. He Explaining, Funk said Cubans to-
March 14, 2020, in the Melbourne ven- We need to tell their story, the story of also created graphic imagery for maga- day can’t buy new things, so they keep
ue, comprises 56 works by 19 artists, all Cuban-Americans who are now here.” zines in Havana. old things that don’t work anymore in
of whom were born in Cuba, studied in hopes they can one day fix them.
Havana and immigrated to the United The Rodriguez collection, which Funk “He superimposes different negatives
States in the 1990s. calls “young but really important,” is a to create a reality that is fantastic,” Funk “Like the tradition of old cars from
large one. To filter through all the works said. “He’s a conceptual photographer the ’50s; they’ll add disparate parts to
Overall, the show is an honest one, for the “Crosscurrents” exhibition, Funk and basically showing a variety of real- keep them running,” she said. “The bro-
filled with self-expression and con- decided to highlight artists who became ity and absurdity of our existence.” ken fan is a metaphor for how the soci-
sideration. Many of the pieces have popular in the 1980s. ety is broken in Cuba … the lack of basic
political points of view, which may be Adriano Buergo’s “Rostro Roto” (Bro- things you need to get through the day.”
uncomfortable for some viewers but “That was a real boon for Cuban art,” ken Face), an acrylic on canvas, propos-
righteous for others. she said. “After that, Cuban art became es the story of present-day Cuba. An especially provocative piece is the
internationally well known.” red, white and blue graphic work “I’m
Carla Funk, Florida Tech’s executive The image is of a broken fan which With Her,” by Ballate. In it, two females
director and chief curator of university Most of the exhibit’s artists were born suggests the image of a face. It shows are in a sensual embrace. The piece is
museums, went to Miami to choose the during the first decade after the 1959
pieces specifically for this exhibition. revolution. Despite the increasingly op-
She worked with Henry Ballate, the col- pressive atmosphere in Cuba, the art
there flourished.

Much like 1930s German expression-
istic art which the Nazis labeled as “De-


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clean in its graphic appeal, but step up tana’s “Shipwreck in Wonderland.” There is so much more, including sion of Cubans,” she said. “And I hope
close to it and you see it is not on white In it, Wonder Woman takes on the photographs, collages, paintings, plates they also come away with a new appre-
canvas, but instead painted on newspa- and a captivating installation piece, ciation for the diversity and vitality of
pers taken from the day after the Ameri- shape of Cuba, and floats, unconscious- “Nkuyo Camp Nfinda” by Jose Bedia. contemporary Cuban art.”
can 2016 presidential election. ly, in a threatening sea. You see a strong
man slaying ravenous fish, their sharp Funk said she hopes people will find Also on view is “Shared Vision,” a col-
“He’s taking his Cuban sensibility and teeth bared and ready to rip into the the exhibition an exciting one. lection of photographs taken in 2003 in
applying it to American politics,” Funk flesh of the woman. In another corner, Baracoa, Cuba. Is it on view concurrent-
said. “He’s commenting on the Ameri- the hand of an “offstage” man covers “I hope viewers take from it a curios- ly with “Crossroads.” The photographs
can (political) revolution but doing it in the mouth of a young woman, with one ity about Cuba and the cultural expres- are culled from the Foosaner’s perma-
a slick, graphic propaganda style. He’s blue and one red eye. Another male fig- nent collection.
commenting on gay rights, divisiveness. ure holds a bloody sword.
It’s a very political piece.” The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463
But you just don’t know what to make Highland Ave., Melbourne. It is open 10
Installed in the Foosaner’s smallest of it. Are these male figures trying to a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays to Saturdays.
gallery, Ballate’s piece hangs near his protect an unconscious Wonder Wom- Admission is free. Call 321-674-8916 or
quartet of other works, collectively en- an, who represents Cuba? Or will they, visit 
titled “Avoir la apparente dans le Soleil,” too, threaten her?
which translates as “To Have the Ap- MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT
prentice in the Sun.” Large circles pop in and out of the
canvas, distorting reality even more. Holiday ornaments are here!
The four pieces are like an etude on Red and blue are major color ele- Our largest collection of handblown
what Ballate sees as a conversation with ments in the palette. Cubans will rec- ornaments ever, all made in the USA.
conceptual artist legend Marcel Duch- ognize that as representing their flag,
amp, whose “Nude Descending a Stair- Funk said.
case” won acclaim at the 1913 New York
Armory Show. Duchamp also famously “Ciro was at the gallery talk and said
exhibited a signed urinal, which he that for him, the figure of Wonder Wom-
called “Fountain,” at the 1917 Society of an almost sinking in the sea is a symbol
Independent Artists in New York. of Cuba,” Funk said.

In Ballate’s four-piece graphic work,
Duchamp’s silhouetted profile looms
large in dialogue, perhaps other worldly,
with Ballate’s own silhouette, seen as a
tiny man in the corner.

One work in particular that demands
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COMING UP! Warm your heart at Riverside’s ‘Frozen JR.’

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Staff Writer and based on the wildly popular Dis- songs from the film are there, plus
ney film “Frozen,” the stage musical five new ones, as well as the “actual
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High on a bluff overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence, sustained these islands, is now their greatest threat. unmistakable: Some parts of the shoreline have lost
Adele Chiasson no longer ventures into her backyard The Magdalen Islands, as they are known in English, as much as 14 feet per year to the sea over the past
for a simple reason: It is falling into the sea. decade. Key roads face perpetual risk of washing out.
have warmed 2.3 degrees Celsius since the late 19th The hospital and the city hall sit alarmingly close to
“I’m afraid to go out there,” the widow said one af- century, twice the global average. deteriorating cliffs. Rising waters threaten to contam-
ternoon from the safety of her kitchen. She nodded inate aquifers used for drinking water. And each year,
toward the 70-foot-tall, red sandstone cliffs out back As in New England, Siberia and other global hot the sea inches closer to more homes and businesses.
that creep closer with each passing year. “You never spots at higher latitudes, winters here are heating
know when a section will fall off.” up even more quickly, eclipsing 3 degrees Celsius. As residents witness the changes, they worry their
That change has fueled freezing and thawing cycles children and grandchildren will inherit a far different
Decades ago, when she and her husband moved to here that wreak havoc on the famous – and famously place than the one they have always known. And as
this modest house with its majestic views, they never fragile – sandstone cliffs. the growing problems threaten fragile infrastructure,
imagined a vanishing coastline might one day drive local officials spend their days figuring out how to try
them away. But the sea long ago claimed the ground The sea ice that used to encase the islands most win- to hold back the encroaching sea – and where to sim-
where their children once played. Two of her neigh- ters, shielding them from the brunt of fierce storms ply surrender to it.
bor’s homes have been moved inland. and pounding waves, is shrinking at a rate of about
555 square miles annually, data shows. That’s a swath They remember the ice.
The day might come when she, too, will be forced of ice larger than Los Angeles. The fishermen, the mayor, the 101-year-old
to abandon this precarious patch of earth. “I might woman in her hilltop house built with wood from
not have a choice,” she says. Even as that natural defense collapses, sea levels an old shipwreck – all of them describe the mysti-
have been rising at a rate roughly twice the global cal look the frozen gulf once had in winter and the
The more than 12,000 residents of this wind- norm in recent years, researchers say. feeling of utter isolation from the rest of the world.
swept Canadian archipelago are facing a growing “It used to be all ice, as far as the eye could see. . . .
number of gut-wrenching choices, as extreme cli- The result is an escalating battle against erosion You’d look out, and all you could see was white. Now
mate change transforms the land and water around and flooding – one that a growing number of coastal you look out, and it’s just the ocean,” said Geraldine
them. Season after season, storm after storm, it is populations face, from islands in the South Pacific to Burke, now 72. “The changes I’ve seen in the last 10
becoming clearer that the sea, which has always communities along the U.S. East Coast. years have been astounding.”
“My grandfather said he could remember when
In the Magdalen Islands, the consequences are there was one winter with no ice,” said Serge Bour-

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Sidney Clark, the son and grandson of fishermen, leaves before and English seafarers, who are no stranger to the Milder winters and longer summers have kept the
dawn each morning on his boat, the Sandcov’r, to check 273 traps. risks posed by nature. tourists coming – some 80,000 trekked here last year
to wind surf, bike and bird-watch – many arriving
An abandoned road is crumbling into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The land they occupy is an Edward Hopper land- on a ferry that now runs year-round.
Adele Chiasson, a widow who lives nearby, said visitors “are scape come to life. Brightly colored houses dot roll-
shocked at the changes” that erosion has wrought on the cliffs. ing green hills. Lighthouses cling to jagged sandstone But the islands’ fragility has brought them a sort
cliffs. Massive sand dunes guard salt marshes and se- of grim notoriety. Time magazine put the Magda-
rene lagoons, and unspoiled beaches stretch for miles. len Islands on its list of “10 amazing places to visit
before they vanish.” Architectural Digest included
But as the sea ice that traditionally protected these them on its “30 places to visit before they’re gone
islands shrinks, the sea that surrounds them is swelling. forever.”

Between 1964 and 2013, the waters along the coast Madelinots, as locals call themselves, have no
of the archipelago rose an average of about 4.3 milli- intention of vanishing anytime soon. But research-
meters per year. Since 2000, that rate has been closer ers estimate that without serious action, hundreds
to 7 millimeters, or more than a quarter of an inch
per year, said Marie, the geography professor. That A boat sits on the rolling landscape of the Magdalen Islands, which have
trend is expected to continue. warmed at twice the global average since the late 19th century.

While the numbers seem small and the data cov-
ers only a limited period, the change could result in
multiple feet of sea level rise by century’s end.

For more than a decade, researchers have main-
tained a network of more than 1,100 coastal monitor-
ing stations around the islands’ perimeter, which paint
a portrait of how erosion is altering the shoreline.While
some spots are relatively stable, others have steadily
receded year after year. Severe storms have claimed
as much as 55 feet of shoreline all at once.

Lobster traps spill across a A lighthouse in Havre-Aubert on the Magdalen Islands. Lobstermen greet each other in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
field in the Magdalen Islands, where
fishing has been a way of life for centuries. The sun rises beyond a sandstone spire, which the of structures and miles of roads could fall victim to
sea has separated from the shore in the Magdalen Islands. erosion and flooding in coming decades.
geois, 53, the planning director for the municipality
of Iles-de-la-Madeleine. Now, if ice materializes at “We can try adaptation. We must try it,” Marie said.
all around the islands in winter, “it is exceptional.” “But the solutions could be very expensive.”

While year-to-year variability exists, the amount At 17, Serge Bourgeois left his native islands to
of sea ice that blankets the Gulf of St. Lawrence is study in Montreal. Eventually, like many Madelinots,
shrinking at a rate of roughly 12 percent per decade, he felt the pull of home.
according to data from the National Snow and Ice
Data Center. As climate change bears down on the islands, he
views them as a laboratory, “a place where we can
Walt Meier, a senior research scientist at the cen- study ways to adapt.”
ter, said the loss of sea ice leaves the islands exposed
and ripe for erosion. “The presence of ice acts like a In recent years, local officials have singled out a half
cover on the ocean that dampens the waves of win- dozen locations that must somehow be protected – in-
ter storms,” he said. cluding the municipal headquarters and the hospital.

A number of harrowing storms have clobbered Another priority is the low-lying, historic fishing vil-
the islands in recent years, including last November, lage of La Grave, a bustling tourist destination lined
when 75 mph winds and massive waves knocked out with shops and restaurants. Its weatherworn buildings
power and communication with mainland Quebec. sit on a spit of rocky beach only feet from the rising gulf.

Isabelle Cormier, 42, who returned last year from Marie-Claude Vigneault, co-owner of Café de la
Australia to raise her children on her native islands,
said that storm left many people particularly rattled. CONTINUED ON PAGE 32

“This is home, and hopefully it will be here for a
while. But I don’t know, it’s going quick,” said Corm-
ier, who saw her family’s small beach cottage inun-
dated after a towering dune that had shielded it for
decades washed away in hours. “To witness it in one
lifetime, it’s shocking.”

The islands have long been home to hardy French

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 The shoreline has crept within 20 feet of a home off Route 199.

Grave, said last fall’s storm ripped away the rear terrace Massive rocks line the shore to shield take upward of $100 million in coming years to shore
from her 150-year-old building. “It does worry me,” waterfront vacation cottages from up infrastructure on the Magdalen Islands.
she said of future storms, noting that when the restau- flooding and erosion along Chemin
rant closes each winter, workers remove the tables and des Chalets. But soon, it will have no The municipality’s total annual budget is roughly
anything else that could get damaged by flooding. more chalets. After Hurricane Dorian $26 million.
became the latest storm to wreck the
Then there are the roads, none more critical than area, officials said the strip “We need more money, more human resources,
Route 199, the islands’ main artery. Maintained by the must be abandoned more help,” the mayor said. “With just the municipality
provincial government, it connects the islands with over the next year. alone, it’s impossible to protect the islands completely.”
bridges and causeways, often running along slivers of
land hemmed in on both sides by water. Rhoda Davies, 101, has lived almost all her life in the same In September, Hurricane Dorian delivered the
hilltop house in Old Harry, constructed with wood from a ship- latest lesson on fragility.
Officials have added a dozen miles of massive rocks wreck. Davies said winters on the islands now have far less ice
around parts of the island to shore up dunes and and snow than those of her youth. “It must be climate change, The storm, which ravaged the Bahamas on its
protect power poles and stretches of road. But much wouldn’t you say?” she asked. way up the Atlantic coast, was weakening but still
of the rock must be imported from New Brunswick packed winds topping 80 miles per hour as it plowed
or Nova Scotia. It is expensive and can be an eyesore. through the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

In locations in need of immediate attention, of- That was enough to once again pummel the Mag-
ficials often rely on huge amounts of sand to re- dalen Islands.
plenish dunes and beaches. But it’s a temporary fix
– the sea is always hungry. Business owners in La Grave watched as water
flooded their shops.
Jonathan Lapierre, now in his second term as Iles-
de-la-Madeleine’s mayor, refers to the approach as Several homes were destroyed, including along a
“nourrir le monstre.” Feeding the monster. popular strip lined with about 30 seaside cottages
that officials now insist will be abandoned for good
Officials say the local government simply can’t
afford to spend huge sums to protect places that
aren’t economically essential.

“Not everything can be fixed; not everything
can be saved,” Bourgeois said. “In some cases, you
have to accept retreat.”

Already, nearly a dozen homes on the islands
have been relocated, and most everyone expects
that number to grow.

The government of Quebec has set aside tens of
millions of dollars to help with coastal erosion across
the sprawling province. But Lapierre estimated it will

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over the next year – the latest retreat, but certainly cally is calm. Now, the winter storm season lies ahead. “but when they went out back, they were afraid.”
not the last. Crews continue fortifying parts of Route 199, try- Like other Madelinots, she is left to wait and wor-

Bourgeois said residents have reacted with their ing to hold the swelling waters at bay. Adele Chi- ry, to hope and to carry on.
typical resilience, but also with a measure of accep- asson sits in her house atop the bluff, hoping the “Nous sommes entourés par l’océan. Il n’y a nulle
tance about what increasingly seems like a new re- cliffs keep their distance. She tried to sell several
ality. Two crippling storms had hit the islands in 10 years ago, but there were no takers. part où se cacher,” Bourgeois said.
months, the second during a time of year that typi- We are surrounded by the ocean. There is nowhere
“A lot of people really liked the house,” she said,
to hide. 

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America’s corporate economy has ing. Wealthy donors might be more regulation would inevitably become ab- any rate, America’s museums do not
long been divided between a taxed, likely to pressure nonprofits for luxury surdly complex, if not downright absurd. have the space or resources to display
for-profit sector and a non-taxed, not- consumption experiences, for example. How would it be defined and enforced – and look after all of these paintings and
for-profit sector. This division has sig- in other words, just how much is that su- sculptures; it is already common for a
nificant implications for tax policy: To Many nonprofits sponsor cruises to shi worth? What would happen to anon- museum to display no more than 5%
wit, if the wealth gained from for-prof- Alaska or the Caribbean for their do- ymous donations? What would be the or 10% of its collection.
its is penalized, the nonprofit sector nors, as a method of fundraising and costs of compliance for nonprofits?
will also suffer. also for building good will and network- Essentially, a lot of art would be re-
ing. There’s nothing inherently wrong There is also the danger that such moved from circulation, stored in ware-
Consider the wealth taxes that have with that. But the pressures would rise regulation would be enforced in a houses largely for tax reasons. Along the
been proposed by Elizabeth Warren for those cruise experiences to be much partisan manner, depending on the way, Christie’s and Sotheby’s might go
and Bernie Sanders. Even an apparently more luxurious – think freshly caught ideological stance of the nonprofits in bankrupt, as well as many art galleries, as
modest annual wealth tax of 2% could, sushi, Rolling Stones concerts and pri- question. Again, it seems better simply the demand to buy art would plummet.
applied cumulatively, erode most of the vate butlers. not to go down this path.
value of an asset over a few decades. You may think that the demise of a
In essence, the nonprofits would be Or imagine how art markets might few galleries and auction houses is a
In response, very wealthy Americans used to re-create private consumption be affected by a wealth tax. Rather than small price to pay to reduce wealth in-
won’t be so keen to hold those assets in experiences, but in non-taxable form. keeping their art collections private, equality. But consider that artists, too,
their personal portfolios; they may de- This is not a healthy scenario for Amer- many more billionaires would donate need to make a living.
cide to place more of them in their per- ica’s nonprofit institutions. that art to museums and other non-
sonal foundations and in donor trusts. profits. And all of this is considering only the
One response, of course, could be for wealth tax and its particularly striking
If those institutions are taxed as well, the government to regulate nonprofit This appears to be a good outcome. effects. There are other tax-law deci-
the wealthy can simply give more mon- institutions more stringently to limit But it would exacerbate one of the art sions that affect the nonprofit sector.
ey to nonprofits. Either way, significant- such abuses. world’s worst problems, which is in-
ly more resources will end up in non- flated appraisals for tax purposes. At If the U.S. restores the corporate in-
profits. The size of the nonprofit sector Maybe that would happen, but such come tax rate to what it was before
will dramatically increase. 2018, for example, it could induce more
hospitals to switch back to a nonprofit
So far, so good, right? Not necessar- status – to lower their tax burden. That
ily. Many nonprofits are inefficient, might not be good for patients, since
have poorly defined goals and lack ac- over time for-profit hospitals have
countability. In this new world, they proved to be more effective competi-
also would be spending more time and tors, while nonprofits do not do a sig-
money chasing after donor dollars. nificantly better job caring for the poor.

Nonprofit institutions already re- The U.S. has created the most dy-
ceive significant subsidies through the namic and effective nonprofit sector in
tax system: Not only are donations tax- the world. It rests on a delicate balance
deductible for many donors, but non- of private support and some indirect
profits do not typically pay tax on net (not too much) government subsidy.
income or property taxes on land. Ap- America interferes with that balance at
plying confiscatory tax rates to capital its peril. 
asset values would make the value of
that subsidy far greater. A version of this column by Tyler
Cohen first appeared on Bloomberg. It
The effects of pushing wealth out of does not necessarily reflect the views of
the for-profit sector would be far-rang- Vero Beach 32963.

SHOULDER PAIN, Part IV � Ultrasound
According to the National Institutes of Health,
Diagnosing and Treating a Rotator Cuff Tear shoulder ultrasound is as accurate as MRI in the
detection of a rotator cuff tear.
The most often cause for shoulder pain is injury to the
rotator cuff, a group of muscles and tendons that sur- TREATMENT FOR A ROTATOR CUFF TEAR
round the shoulder joint to keep the head of the up-  Partial Tear
per arm bone firmly set within the shallow socket of
the shoulder. Partial rotator cuff tears are very common and part
of the aging process; most people over age 40 have
The two main causes of rotator cuff tears are injury them. Also called incomplete tears, this type of tear
and degeneration. An acute tear may occur if you fall damages the tendon but does not completely sever
down, lift something too heavy with a jerking motion, it. If it doesn’t hurt or cause problems, there is no
or damage your rotator cuff in conjunction with other need to treat it. If it does cause pain, however, your
shoulder injuries. With a sudden tear, such as from a physician will likely recommend nonsurgical therapies
fall, you may feel extreme pain, a snapping sensation such as:
and immediate weakness in your upper arm. On the � Stretching for five minutes every day to prevent
other hand, a degenerative tear results from the natu- stiffness
ral wearing down of a tendon with age over time. � Applying ice packs for pain relief for 20 to 30
minutes as often as every two hours, if needed
Some rotator cuff tears are not painful. These tears, � Taking NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
however, may still result in arm weakness and other drugs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or
symptoms. naproxen (Aleve)
� Injecting cortisone shots into the bursa near the
DIAGNOSING A ROTATOR CUFF TEAR rotator cuff tendons to reduce inflammation
An alternative to cortisone shots to treat partial
If your doctor suspects you might have a rotator cuff tears is ultrasound-guided platelet rich plasma in-
tear, he or she will ask you questions about any history jections, in which the doctor injects the patient’s
of an injury to your shoulder. On physical exam, your own blood platelets into the shoulder to promote
range of motion and muscle strength will be evaluated. natural healing of damaged ligaments, cartilage and
 IMAGING TOOLS tendons. This procedure has been shown to signifi-
� X-rays cantly decrease pain and improve shoulder function-
X-ray is used to see if the top of your arm bone ality. It’s also cost-effective and less problematic
(the humeral head) is pushing into your rotator than surgery.
cuff space. Next time we’ll review treatment for full tears of the
� MRI rotator cuff. 
Magnetic resonance imaging, which clearly Your comments and suggestions for future topics are
shows rotator cuff muscles, provides a defini- always welcome. Email us at [email protected]
tive diagnosis of whether the rotator cuff is in-
flamed, injured or torn. It can also help indicate © 2019 VERO BEACH 32963 MEDIA, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
how “old” or “new” a tear is.

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In 1926, Will Durant brought out “The Story of Phi- umes – “The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Phi- thought of Aristotle, Spinoza or Kant more than repays
losophy,” an engagingly written account of what great losophy From the Greeks to the Renaissance” and “The the effort. Several great theorists also write beautifully,
thinkers from Plato to William James thought about life, Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philoso- notably Plato, Rousseau, Hume and Schopenhauer;
the universe and everything. Its intended audience, said phy” – progress no further than the mid-18th century, their books are literature. Grayling neatly sums up the
Durant, could be described by a line from Dostoevsky: the era of Hume and Rousseau. Perhaps a third volume ¬ever-exhilarating Nietzsche as “a dramatist of ideas.”
“Those who don’t want millions, but an answer to their will follow someday.
questions.” A generation later, in 1945, Bertrand Russell Throughout, he also leavens his narrative with fa-
produced “A History ofWestern Philosophy: And Its Con- While Gottlieb’s books are excellent and highly recom- mous catchphrases, proofs and anecdotes. Among
nection With Political and Social Circumstances From mended, their author – a former editor of the Economist these oldies-but-goodies are “Know thyself” (attributed
the Earliest Times to the Present Day.” That book’s slight- – does exhibit a journalist’s forgivable urge to be flashy or to Thales), “All is number” (the motto of the Pythago-
ly daunting subtitle belies its stellar virtues: clear expo- witty whenever possible. By contrast, Grayling – a pro- reans), Zeno’s paradox of the race between a tortoise
sition, sparkling prose and an author who was himself fessor of philosophy and a public intellectual – adopts a and Achilles (which the latter can never win), Lord Ac-
one of the leading philosophers of the 20th century. In more temperate style. Philosophy, he begins, is “the at- ton’s sad truth that absolute power corrupts absolutely
his opening pages, Russell affirms that “To teach how to tempt to make sense of things, to achieve understanding and, of course, Alfred North Whitehead’s quip that
live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed and perspective, in relation to those many areas of life phil¬osophy mainly consists of “footnotes to Plato.”
by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, and thought where doubt, difficulty, obscurity and igno- But did you know that Ludwig Wittgenstein attended
in our age, can still do for those who study it.” rance prevail – which is to say: on the frontiers of all our school with Adolf Hitler? I particularly love G.E. Moore’s
endeavours.” succinct report after examining ¬Wittgenstein’s “Trac-
Both these works became huge bestsellers. As late as tatus Logico-Philosophicus,” which had been submit-
the mid-1960s, a teenager in a small Ohio steel town Over the next 600 pages, Grayling proceeds to sum- ted for an advanced degree: “This is a work of genius
could buy and then heavily underline the latest print- marize the thinking of philosophy’s grand masters from but it otherwise satisfies the requirement for the Ph.D.”
ing – the 16th – of a Washington Square paperback of the pre-Socratics to the modern analytic philosophers of
the Durant. Even now, the Russell can be Among his other virtues, Grayling frequently com-
purchased in a sumptuous Folio Society language. However, in nearly pels us to rethink our ideas about certain philosophers
edition. Is it surprising that these out- every case, he also respect- (Marx) or what seem settled philosophical points.
lines of philosophical thought have been fully points out the holes Here’s just one example: When Heraclitus states that
so popular? It shouldn’t be. Who among in their arguments. For you can’t step twice into the same river, does he mean
us, in the dark reaches of the night, hasn’t instance, Socrates main- that everything is always in flux or does he actually
suffered from the terror of cosmic loneli- tained that “if one knew mean “that things stay the same only by changing”? In
ness or wondered “What really matters”? the right thing to do or be, the latter case, the river’s flux “does not destroy its con-
one could not do or be oth- tinuity as the same river, but in fact constitutes it.”
A.C. Grayling’s “The History of Philoso-
phy” accurately offers itself as a successor erwise.” This is obviously Like Heraclitus’ river, philosophy is itself ever-chang-
to Russell’s classic survey – with some key untrue, as well as psycho- ing but never-ending, an ongoing conversation about
differences. As well as touching briefly on logically flawed. For one the same eternal questions, the same perplexing hu-
the philosophical traditions of Asia and thing, Grayling points out, man problems. What is real? How should one live? What
Africa, Grayling’s study devotes more than Socrates fails to take into government is best? Why do the good suffer and the evil
200 pages to 20th-century thinkers, includ- account “akrasia,” the prosper? Any answers can only be propositional or ten-
ing Martin Heidegger, Karl Popper, Jean- Greek word for “weakness tative, inviting further amplification or rebuttal. Plato’s
Paul Sartre, W.V. Quine and Jacques Der- of will,” something that later writings actually challenged some of his own ideas
rida. No other popular survey possesses this in “The Republic”; Wittgenstein eventually rejected
range. Anthony Gottlieb’s two linked vol- many of us experience much of his “Tractatus.” If you needed to characterize
when it comes to diet- philosophical inquiry in a single term, a good choice
THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY ing, going to the gym or would be “aporia” – the Greek word for inconclusive-
resisting various tempta- ness.
BY A.C. GRAYLING | 682 PP. $35 tions.
REVIEW BY MICHAEL DIRDA, THE WASHINGTON POST However, book reviews shouldn’t end in aporia. So,
Of course, people let me say that “A History of Philosophy” isn’t just worth
may also be weak- buying; it’s worth scribbling in and dog-earing. For a
willed about starting to read about work of scholarship, there can be no higher praise. 
metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. Won’t it be hard?
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Reminding stranded souls of the presence of grace and hope

BY REV. DRS. CASEY AND BOB BAGGOTT so abundant and free-flowing, so avail-
Columnists able and life-changing, that we all ought
to be aware of it and drinking it in all
Father Anthony De Mello, Jesuit priest the time. But it seems that like the ship-
and psychotherapist, was well-known wrecked folks on the raft, though we are
for his powerful writings about spiri- surrounded by the very thing we yearn
tual matters. One of his most provoca- for and require most, we often have no
tive stories, in our opinion, concerns idea it is available to us. We become dis-
some shipwrecked folks floating on a raft couraged, fixated in our belief that what
somewhere off the coast of Brazil. As time we need and want is unobtainable.
passed for those poor souls their fear
mounted. They reminded one another If you feel a little like a stranded soul
that the ocean water that surrounded afloat on a raft without a drop to drink,
them was, of course, undrinkable, and then maybe this Advent season will
they had no other source of water. Wa- serve as a gentle reminder that you are
ter, water everywhere, and not a drop to not alone. Long ago, and across the
drink. They anticipated perishing soon, years, many have felt desperate, frantic
from their unquenchable thirst. and hopeless. But the Advent story says
that to just such people, waiting for res-
But what the desperate shipwreck sur- cue, help was sent: someone capable of
vivors did not know was that the water showing them where life-sustaining re-
on which they floated was actually fresh sources could be found.
water. It seems a vast river emptied into
the sea not very far from where the raft Do you know anyone in need of that
was floating. And because of the strong Advent reminder of the presence of
flow of the mighty river, the water was grace and hope in the world? Maybe in
actually drinkable as far as two miles this Advent season we will all be spurred
from the point at which that river emp- to help someone in need of rescue rec-
tied into the sea. Clean, safe, refreshing, ognize that they are floating in a sea of
drinkable and life-sustaining water was God’s love. They just had no idea. 
right there and readily available to the
shipwreck survivors, but they had no Christians are heading into the season
idea. “In the same way,” says Father De of Advent. It’s a term that means “com-
Mello, “it seems we’re surrounded with ing,” and what we Christians are antici-
joy, with happiness, with love. But most pating coming to us is the birth of our
people,” he concludes, “have no idea.” messiah, Jesus. Naturally, sometimes
people are a little mystified by the claim
that we followers of Jesus make that his
birth was a special demonstration of
God’s love and care for the world. Argu-
ments abound about whether or not
such special manifestations of God’s love
make sense. After all, the alleged event
may seem exclusionary, or untimely or
illogical. And couldn’t we human beings
become alerted to God’s love for us via
other more commonsensical means?

Perhaps we could. After all, the argu-
ment could be made that God’s grace is

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Bonzo has another feline friend in Miss Kitty

Hi Dog Buddies! “How did you an your dad Kitty.PHOTO: KAILA JONES Very Gentle. After we moved here,
meet?” they went to Dog Heaven. I miss ’em
As a Dog, I’ve always thought about lease over an over. Humans named it. I a lot still.”
Cats as stealthy, mysterious creatures “I remember very little before guess it reminds ’em of something.”
with Special Powers, an eyes that Look he found me. I was a tiny kitten, Kitty pawsed. Her green eyes had
Right Though You. I think cats know still in need of mommy milk. “Oh, yeah, I’ve seen you guys do that! a faraway gaze.
stuff nobody else knows. An then there’s But then something happened Makin’ Biscuits, huh? So, where do you
that Nine Lives thing. I’ve made several and I was all alone. No mom- sleep?” “But I’m a Strong, Independent
good cat frens in recent years, but that’s my. No fellow kittens. I remem- Feline. I don’t really need lotsa pals.
always in the back of my mind. ber curling up into a tiny ball.” “Sometimes with Daddy, but usually Currently, my best fren’s a Tom Cat
out here, on top of Daddy’s Crossfire who lives in the woods next door. We
This week I innerviewed Kitty Dot- “Oh, Miss Kitty, that’s ter- convertible.” get along great, like brother an sister.
son, the purrfect example of all that: rible!” We’re both Free Spirits!
sleek black, nose to tail tip; slender and There was a shiny black car in the ga-
graceful; long legs an tail; green eyes; “Indeed. Anyway, Daddy rage with a black top, the kinda car hu- “A liddle while back, I hadda chase
fearless an independent. As me an my often works in his gurr-ADGE, mans call HOT! raccoons out of the garage. Those
assistant were walkin’ up to the house, an this one day, he heard tiny dingbats were eating my food. An then
Miss Kitty appeared from under the squeaky noises coming from “Woof! I bet you’re totally invisible up there’s the air conditioner guy. I’m not
truck, and pawsed to check us out. there. He looked low an high; there! But isn’t your Dad scared you’ll, so sure about him. I visualize myself 6
the liddle noises got louder as like, scratch it?” feet tall, an I Stare Him Down.”
“Good afternoon,” I said. “May I as- he approached his tool box. He peeked
sume you are Kitty Dotson? I believe we in. An there I was, curled up, meowing “I do blend in. Stealthy, you know.” Picksurin’ that, I smiled. “Whaddya
have an appointment. I’m Bonzo the as loud as I could, which wasn’t very She smiled a Very Catlike Smile. Then do for fun?”
Columnist.” loud. Daddy picked me up. I fit right in continued, still smiling, “Well, yes,
his hand, with room to spare. the first time I jumped on it, I started “We go huntin.’ I love ridin’ in the
“So you say.” Her voice was soft an Making Biscuits, an Daddy quietly an truck. Daddy’s ALWAYS workin’ on it.
low. “Do you have ID?” “Daddy could see I should really still calmly informed me that that was NOT When he’s under it, I’m right there on
be with my Mommy, but there were a good idea. At All. Ever. So I never did it top of him, helpin.’ I’m a hunter, too.
I produced my card. She looked it no other cats anywhere nearby. So he again. We communicate very well with It’s an IN-stink. I often bring Daddy
over. bought some human baby formula. And each other.” liddle gifts. An I REALLY like cuddlin.’
got me all snuggly in his house. He took But only for a few minutes. An only with
“Humm. Well. All right then. I believe very good care of me!” “I can tell,” I said, impressed. “So, any Daddy. When he’s away, I hang out in
you are, in fact, Bonzo. We can talk right cat or pooch pals?” the house. I don’t even know how many
over here.” “Woof! It is SO pawsome that he fig- lives I already had. All I know is This one
ured out what to do!” “Ever since Daddy rescued me, my is the BEST!”
She ran to the open garage and pals were his part shepherd/part wolf
jumped lithely onto a table containing a “I KNOW! Right away, he took me to dogs, Dante an Payton. Back then I was Heading home I was thinking how in-
box with her food and water bowls. a vet to be sure I was OK an to get some about the size of a tennis ball, but we TREE-ging cats are. Them an us (dogs)
Kitten Raising Advice. When I was old got along great. I wasn’t scared of ’em, are different in lotsa ways. But (I’m ree-
“I will eat while we talk. It IS my din- enough, I got the No Kittens Procedure, one bit! I was Fearless, an they were lizing) pretty much alike in others. So,
ner time, you know.” an went on grown-up cat food (my fa- when we make the effort, we get along
vorite’s Poo-Reena fish kibbles). I was just fine. Sorta like humans.
“Of course.” always happy, an smart, an mostly obe-
Just then a man came out the front dient (unless my way was better.) Pretty Till next time,
door. soon, we discovered I love to be outside,
“This is my Daddy, Monty,” Kitty just like Daddy. The Bonz
jumped down an ran to him. “He’s my
Best Friend.” “As a kitten, I really enjoyed chewing Don’t Be Shy
Her Dad picked her up an she purred stuff: mostly Daddy’s belts, shoes an
an snuggled against him, then headed sox. But that was just kitten buh-havior. We are always looking for pets
back to her dinner. Now I prefer ‘Makin’ Biscuits’ on the with interesting stories.
“So, go ahead an ask your questions.” tires of Daddy’s cars.”
She began nibbling her kibbles daintily, To set up an interview, email
her long black tail swishing slowly from “Um … what’s ‘Makin’ Biscuits’?” [email protected]
side to side. “Oh, YOU know, it’s that thing us cats
do with our front paws kinda Grip/Re-

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K642 J9873 10
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist A 10 6 K2 98743
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Barbara Hall, the creator and producer of “Judging Amy” and “Joan of Arcadia,” said, “You A 10 7 K92 8654
are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made.”
Bridge players usually make conscious choices, but occasionally an expert will produce a AQ5
bid or play because it “felt right” at the time. In this deal, though, North had the opportunity QJ5
to offer his partner a choice that worked very well. KQJ6
South had such a soft 18-point hand that he almost opened one no-trump. (The Kaplan-
Rubens evaluation method rates it at 15 points!) However, after South showed a balanced Dealer: North; Vulnerable: Neither
18 or 19, North used New Minor Forcing to find out that partner had three-card spade
support. But he then made an excellent choice, continuing with three no-trump to offer The Bidding:
partner a choice of games, North’s sequence having guaranteed five spades. South had an
Pass Pass
Note that four spades had no chance, with one loser in each suit. 1 Diamonds Pass 1 Spades Pass LEAD:
2 NT Pass 3 Clubs Pass 7 Clubs
Against three no-trump, West’s best lead would have been a low heart. Then declarer would 3 Spades Pass 3 NT All Pass
have had to attack diamonds first to remove East’s entry to his long hearts. When West
chose a low club, declarer won with dummy’s nine and played a spade to his queen. West
took the trick and shifted to a heart, but South won with dummy’s king and led a diamond.
East grabbed that trick and returned a heart, but the contract was safe.

In a 13-table duplicate, six other North-Souths reached three no-trump, each when North
raised two no-trump to three. The rest went down in four spades.

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1 Likelihood (11) 1 Love story (7)
9 Profess (5) 3 Swim or paddle (5)
10 Tycoon (7) 4 Perplex (6)
11 Underground passages (7) 5 Belongings (7)
12 Apportion (5) 6 Footpath (5)
13 Grasp (6) 7 Contribute (11)
15 Well-trodden (6) 8 Journey’s end (11)
18 Shopping mall (5) 14 Assembly room (7)
20 Help (7) 16 Duo (7)
22 Quiver (7) 17 Incline (6)
23 Snapshot (5) 19 Warn (5)
24 Raconteur (11) 21 Student (5)

The Telegraph

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Fill in the grid so the
numbers one through
nine appear just once
in every column, row
and three-by-three

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ACROSS 93 Some French 58 Awards on a wallThe Washington Post
landscapes 60 Blabby one
1 Reminder from Miss Manners 62 Separate
9 Perform the 95 Where to see a Ken Burns 64 Start of a Christmas hymn
documentary 65 R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps
function of
14 Tool ___ company 96 City near Long Beach dummy
20 Doctor, at times 100 Counsel, old-style 66 Agree to, as an objection
21 Drink noisily 101 Patriotic grp. 68 Enroll in
22 Canceling 102 It ends in alai 69 Botanist Gray et al.
23 1970s hit series 105 Civil wrong 71 Messy type
106 Instruments heard in Italian 74 Grow gray
(with The) 76 Actor Baldwin
26 Periods of adjustment restaurants 78 Pen some
27 Windward’s opposite 110 Humorless person’s
28 Holds words (to)
29 Martino and Molinaro retort 79 They can stop a train
30 Guy with a sound 114 De Maupassant tale 82 Actress Chase
115 ___ about 84 Section of Western Sahara
number 85 Coll. degrees
31 Some commuter flights (out of bed) 87 When Brits get that darjeeling
116 Does a press agent’s job
35 Purcell work 117 Shaker shaker? feeling
36 They lost to the 118 1970s model Cheryl 89 SNL producer Michaels
119 Workout woe 92 Passed on, as a dance
Olympians 94 News summaries
38 Dawn deity DOWN 97 “___, don’t mean
39 Wimbledon winner 1 Oscars adjective
2 Hand over, in a way maybe ...”
Smith 3 Law-office worker 98 Sample
42 First-class fuss 4 Storm clouds, e.g. 99 Breezing through, as an
44 Able to walk a 5 Parts of a coverup
6 Bully exam
chalk line 7 One with a will 101 Mustard city
46 “[It’s a] sin to prefer life ___” 8 Beethoven’s Third 102 Some sails
9 The NAACP, for one 103 Riding the waves
(Juvenal) 10 Clown’s place? 104 “___ never work!”
49 1977 epic 11 Wine cask 107 Track info
51 Painter’s partner 12 Pet sound 108 Short on thrills
53 Saint of oratorio fame 13 Nursery-rhyme couple 109 Meeting: abbr.
54 Choose 14 Auxiliary building 111 Coat accessory
55 Winter Palace 15 Somewhat pleasant 112 Wire service
16 M minus 489 113 See 61 Across
residents 17 Chef’s concoction
57 A spreading problem 18 Clive Cussler’s SPREADING THE WORDS By Merl Reagle
59 Fired on
61 Charlotte follower ___ Gold
63 Words to a genie 19 Couch-session subjects
64 Supper spears 24 Warm, dry winds: var.
67 Generator of a sort 25 Tombigbee R. state
69 Headline name of 32 Stays even (with)
33 Olden days
the 1950s 34 Clammed up
70 Two-time Nobelist’s 35 Out of use, as a wd.
36 Pulling equipment
first name 37 Chicken noodle, por ejemplo
72 Do a wholesaler’s job 40 Puny
73 Venomous marine denizen 41 Sure thing’s attraction
75 Roof material 43 Party crashers, e.g.
77 Levi’s successor 45 Epstein-___ virus
80 Vipers and cobras 46 Conical housing
81 Tonic that sponsored the quiz 47 “Mouth” opening
48 Made of money
show Twenty-One 50 Less natural, as a play
83 Côte de boeuf 52 Take a broom to again
86 Martyred apostle 56 Throw for a loop
88 Tag
90 Dancer Duncan
91 Brontë heroine
92 Compete in a Winter

Olympics event

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Kids’ sports travel teams and out-of-bounds parents

BY CAROLYN HAX Reconcile any differences now, so you work from
Washington Post the same set of goals and plans. Those are 15 words
for a process that could take you 15 years to complete,
Dear Carolyn: Two of our three if ever. But there you go.

kids are on competitive travel sports Once you have something resembling consensus,
then you can decide who drives to practice, travels
teams. My husband and I disagree for tournaments, massages the budget, manages the
calendar. That’s the sane path through a world where
about the level of involvement we sanity often hides out in the parking lot. But that’s for
another column.
need to have in this.

I think it’s OK if they go to occa-

sional tournaments without a parent. Often we will

watch a teammate and then they do the same for us.

There are also a few optional camps this spring that I Hi, Carolyn: Two or three times a year, my sister-in-

think the kids should skip for financial and logistical law comes for a visit. She brings and uses what I think

reasons. My husband wants one of us at every tourna- is room deodorizer. I have repeatedly asked her not to. I

ment and wants to send the kids to the camps. am extremely sensitive to aftershave, perfumes or any

We are having a difficult time compromising on how kind of scent.

much of these activities is appropriate. How do we settle She has resorted to lying about it and blaming “the

this? – Anonymous guy she hugged” for infusing her with his cologne.

Our house always has windows open, and it’s fresh

Anonymous: If you can agree upon and execute an and clean. How can I get this woman to stop? Our guest
“appropriate” experience in youth sports, then please
share with the class. by that policy, then this isn’t about sports, it’s about room smells for weeks after she leaves. –A
boundaries. It’s not right for one parent to lay down
You won’t get anywhere near one, though, if your family laws that primarily burden the other. A.: Where’s your spouse in this?
husband talks “want” while you’re arguing “need.” The only answer is, “Fragrances affect my health.
So, start by defining your terms: Either you stop using them and stay here, or we help
For example: No, you don’t need to be at everything, ● What each of you thinks is necessary; responsible you find a hotel.” Unfortunately, that answer requires
when there are other team parents who are trustwor- or advisable; ideal. Which of these is logistically and your spouse’s full support – so, if you don’t have it,
thy and cooperative, and your kids are comfortable financially possible. ● Which of these each of you is then that’s the bigger problem you need to solve.
with them. But if your husband wants to be there, willing to do. You may have to establish the founda- If there are any essential-oil fresheners you can tol-
then that’s different. tion first: what you hope to accomplish by having erate, by the way, then try leaving those out for guests
your kids on these teams. seeking embarrassment-relief. 
And if he’s insisting on a policy that someone needs Then, what is or isn’t worth sacrificing to get there.
to be there and you’re the one primarily affected



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Coughing too much? You might need an Otolaryngologist

BY TOM LLOYD Clinical Immunology, the American Dr. Seth Tudor.
Staff Writer Laryngological Association, the Ameri-
can Academy of Otolaryngology and PHOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE
Everybody’s at one time or another ENT Today magazine all strongly sug-
had a cough and, until recently, peo- gest certain types of coughs are neuro-
ple generally thought they knew what logical in nature.
caused coughing and how best to treat it.
Never heard of a neurogenic cough?
Now, though, medical opinion on You’re not alone.
the matter is shifting.
The concept “is new to a lot of peo-
Studies from the National Institutes ple,” says Dr. Seth Tudor, an Otolaryn-
of Health, the Journal of Allergy and gology/ENT specialist with Steward

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‘... it means the erything else that can cause a cough cepted medications to treat this now,” rogenic cough with agents used for
nerves inside the before you can say, ‘Oh, this is just ir- Tudor says. “Something like Gabapen- treating neuropathic pain such as ga-
ritated nerves.’” tin, which is kind of the first line of bapentin have had great success.”
voice box area treatment for neurogenic cough. A lot
have gotten hyper- That diagnosis probably starts with a of us are using that more and more So, if you’ve been bothered by a per-
visit to your primary care physician fol- these days. sistent cough for months or even years
sensitized and it lowed by a chest X-ray and then a visit that no one could figure out, it might
results in having a to a pulmonologist and possibly a visit “There are some other options; the be wise to obtain a referral to see an
to an allergist. group of medications called tricyclic Otolaryngologist or ENT like Tudor
chronic cough.’ anti-depressants also are used for this. and talk about what’s new in treating a
“It’s not a quick diagnosis,” Tudor ex- Not for anti-depressant effect, but for chronic neurogenic cough.
– Dr. Seth Tudor plains. “We have to check out all of the their effects on the nerves. They’re
systems that could be involved first. It’s kind of neuro-modulators, which Dr. Seth Tudor is with Steward Health
not quick. Sometimes it takes months.” means that with these hyper-sensitized Care’s Sebastian River Medical Center.
nerves, we slow them down a bit.” His office is at 12920 U.S. 1, Suite B in
That’s because, at present, there is no Sebastian. The phone number is 772-
test specifically for neurogenic cough. NIH agrees with Tudor. It says, “re- 228-9808. 
cent success in the treatment of neu-
But there are medications to treat it.
“There are more and more well-ac-

Health Care’s Sebastian River Medical
Center who has been keeping up with
the research.

If someone has a neurogenic cough,
“it means the nerves inside of the voice
box area have gotten hyper-sensitized
and it results in having a chronic
cough,” Tudor says.

That is, the root problem isn’t irrita-
tion or infection in the throat or lar-
ynx as previously thought, but rather a
glitch in the nervous system.

The two most common general types
of coughs are “acute” and “chronic,”
and it’s the medical view of chronic
cough that seems to be changing now.

According to NIH, “an acute cough
is a cough that lasts for less than three
weeks and is usually caused by an up-
per respiratory tract virus infection
such as the common cold.

“A cough that persists for more than
eight weeks is termed chronic. Chron-
ic cough can persist for months and
years and remains a difficult problem
to manage because of our poor under-
standing of why a cough can be so per-
sistent and also by the lack of effective
antitussive therapies,” which, plainly
put, is the medical term for cough syr-
ups or cough drops.

“However,” NIH continues, “there
has been recent progress both in our
diagnostic approach and in our general
understanding of the process of chron-
ic cough,” which is most commonly
called “neurogenic cough” in the medi-
cal community.

Tudor clearly feels this new research
is on the right track.

“Oh yes,” he says. “I would say so.
People are very familiar with periph-
eral neuropathy, where you get numb-
ness and tingling in your feet.

“In diabetes, that’s from damage to
the nerves from having a chronically
elevated sugar level, but the same sort
of thing can happen to other nerves,
which can cause irritation in the
throat” that has nothing to do with a
cold or flu virus or irritating allergens.

Tudor says diagnosing a neurogenic
cough “is a diagnosis of exclusion …
that means you have to rule out ev-

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Advanced prostate cancer treatable, but not curable

BY TOM LLOYD eas where there have been significant Dr. Raul Storey.
Staff Writer changes and improvements in recent
Most of what’s written about pros-
tate cancer these days is about the But not a lot has changed since the
early detection and treatment of the mid-1940s in the treatment of ad-
disease. vanced prostate cancer that has me-
That’s largely because early detec-
tion and early treatment are the ar- Doctors can treat – but not cure –
advanced prostate cancer, and the

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treatments can be tough. “If we are able to suppress or elimi- breast tissue in men,” along with os- ‘If we are able to
That’s pretty scary given that the nate the production of testosterone in teoporosis and overall decreases in suppress or eliminate
patients, we realized [the incidents of] bone mass.
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center says prostate cancer declined or improved. the production
“prostate cancer is the most com- There is, however, at least a little of testosterone in
mon cancer among men in the United That’s all well and good but the easi- good news when it comes to treating patients, we realized
States [with] more than 192,000 cases est way to eliminate the production of advanced prostate cancer. prostate cancer
are diagnosed each year.” The Ameri- testosterone involves a word few men declined or improved.’
can Cancer Society estimates some want to hear: castration. Certain drugs, including Eligard,
2,290 Floridians will die of the disease Lupron and Trelstar, suppress the pro- – Dr. Raul Storey
this year alone. So what happens when prostate duction of testosterone by the testicles
cancer metastasizes that would make while two newly FDA approved medi- oncologist like Storey for a more com-
That last figure, however, may not castration sound like a viable option? cations, Xtandi and Zytiga, are able to prehensive review of your options
portray the full extent of the problem. block testosterone production in not which might also include chemother-
No one really knows how many cases Well, for starters, in most cases, the only the testicles but in other areas of apy or radiation treatments.
of prostate cancer – statewide or na- cancer spreads from the prostate gland the body such as the adrenal glands
tionally – go undiagnosed until the to the lymph nodes and then into the and the tumor itself. If you don’t have prostate cancer,
cancer has spread to other parts of the bones. The abdominal pain caused by the best move is to take advantage of
body. those lymph nodes being attacked by And there is even better news about today’s vastly improved screening and
cancer can be quite severe. And, if the diagnosis. diagnostic advances and not wait for
If and when that happens, a death cancer spreads to your bones, it will symptoms to appear.
certificate is likely to list “cancer” cause bone pain and potentially cata- Modern diagnostic procedures
rather than “prostate cancer” as the strophic bone breaks, too. such as transperineal biopsies – per- Dr. Raul Storey is with Florida Can-
cause of death. formed through the skin between the cer Specialists and Research Institute in
For men with advanced prostate scrotum and the rectum rather than Vero Beach. His office in Vero is at 3730
If advanced prostate cancer is diag- cancer that all makes for something of through the rectum itself – now help 7th Terrace, Suite 101, where the phone
nosed, treatment can be draconian. a Hobson’s choice. minimize the risk of infection and number is 772-581-0528. In Sebastian
sepsis complications in early detec- his office is at 13060 U.S. 1. The phone
No one is more aware of that than Castration – either surgical or tion procedures. number there is 772-589-5814. 
Dr. Raul Storey, an oncology and he- through medications – may well
matology expert with Florida Cancer put an end to bone and lymph node And there is vastly improved imag-
Specialists. pain by shutting off the production ing equipment and other operation
of testosterone, but as Storey says, room technology that allows tissue
“It has been since the 1940s,” Sto- “patients can develop all the similar samples to be collected from multiple
rey explains, “that the correlation be- side effects as someone without any areas of the prostate gland so cancer-
tween testosterone and the growth of hormone activity [including] night ous cells can’t “hide” nearly as easily
prostate cancer” was first recognized. sweats, hot flashes, mood swings, as they used to.
fatigue, tiredness and gynecomastia
Basically, he says, the male hor- or the increase in the volume of the If you do have advanced prostate
mone testosterone actually feeds or at cancer, your best bet is to consult an
least triggers cancerous cells to grow.

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