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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2021-11-04 17:13:08

11/04/2021 ISSUE 44


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Cattle rustler sought Vero, county in
in Wyoming lands in new try to settle
more trouble in Vero utility dispute

By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer
[email protected] [email protected]

Vero’s historic McAnsh Park Vero Beach and Indian River
neighborhood probably isn’t the
first place lawmen would look County negotiating teams will
for a fugitive cattle rustler, but
maybe that’s what made it the make one more last-ditch effort
perfect place for Scott Eric Smith
to reside. to avoid formal mediation of a

On the run from a Wyoming dispute involving the city’s wa-
felony warrant for cattle rustling,
forgery and theft, Smith now is ter-sewer utility territory, but the
facing serious charges here as well
for allegedly selling hundreds of outcome will likely be a public
Indian River cattle he didn’t own at
a livestock market in Okeechobee, declaration of impasse.
and pocketing more than a quar-
ter-million dollars in proceeds. After previous meetings proved

The 50-year-old’s troubles here less than fruitful, Vero Beach sent
started with a traffic stop one
year ago. the county a letter outlining the

On Oct. 27, 2020, an Indian Riv- terms under which it would settle.
er County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled
Smith over after observing his Those terms included the contin-
Dodge pickup truck veering from
its lane on Route 60. According to uation of a 6 percent transfer of
police reports, the driver – who
carried no identification – initially water-sewer revenue from out-of-

CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 city customers into Vero’s general

Patricia Gagliano, dean of IRSC College of Nursing, with students at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital. PHOTO: KAILA JONES fund, and south barrier island res-
idents paying unknown rates – yet
Shortage of nurses locally seen getting worse to be set by the city’s upcoming
rate study.

“City will establish rates that are

By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer warnings that the shortage local- entities with unfilled openings. just and equitable that recover the
[email protected] costs associated with providing
ly is about to get worse. “The staffing shortage is still

Improved pay, signing bonus- This spring, the Florida Hos- severe,” said Lundy Fields, pres- utility service,” the letter signed

es, better benefits, even a new pital Association reported an 11 ident and CEO of the VNA of the by City Manager Monte Falls and

entry-level job aimed at luring percent vacancy rate in nursing Treasure Coast. He said the Vero Mayor Robbie Brackett said.

newcomers to the field. positions, with one in four nurses agency, which provides more The county had asked for the

INSIDE All are attempts at boosting leaving their jobs in the past year. than 100,000 home visits a year, South Beach customers to be

the number of nurses here amid And hospitals aren’t the only CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 charged county rates until Indian


PETS 18 CALENDAR B12 Supply-chain backups impacting local citrus shipping


To advertise call: 772-559-4187 By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer PHOTO: KAILA JONES harvested and packed citrus to foreign markets.
For circulation or where to pick up [email protected] “While everyone else is waiting for their stuff
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© 2021 Vero Beach 32963 Media LLC. All rights reserved. The supply-chain chaos that has stalled ship- to come in, we’re waiting for our stuff to go out,
ments impacting commerce and construction and it’s impacting us in a dramatic way,” said
across America has delivered another devastat- Dan Richey, a longtime and knowledgeable
ing blow to our already-reeling citrus industry. local citrus ambassador and president of Riv-
erfront Packing Company on U.S. 1 in Gifford.
The same bottlenecks that are preventing the
docking and unloading of cargo ships at U.S. But local industry leaders insist it’s not a
ports – delaying shipment of goods to our stores knockout punch. “We’ve taken a lot of hits the
– are inhibiting the delivery of locally grown,

2 November 4, 2021 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

NURSE SHORTAGE cies. His solution: expand nursing ed- dian River’s 3 East wing, starting their

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ucation. “We need more students, we shift in the cardiac step-down unit, the

has increased its RN sign-on bonus to $5,000 need more professors, we need more next stop after the surgery ICU.
to help attract applicants.
seats,” said Finkler. The students reviewed the day’s
Nurses are also critical to operations in the
county’s six nursing homes and two dozen Dr. Patricia Gagliano, dean of Indian scheduled surgeries and procedures
assisted living facilities.
River State College’s school of nursing, with Gagliano, who makes regular
“Hiring is still difficult but we’re holding
our own,” said Don Wright, who owns three believes a key driver of future nurses is on-site visits to partner facilities, and
assisted living facilities, including Rosewood
Manor in Vero and Pelican Garden in Sebas- a focus on science in elementary and Leona Joseph, master instructor of
tian. He said COVID “is still a concern, I’m
sure, but not as much as a year ago.” secondary school classrooms. That nursing at the college and a former in-

The thinning ranks were becoming evi- notion arose out of Gagliano’s 2014 tensive care nurse at Cleveland Clinic
dent even before the pandemic. This fall, a
study based on pre-COVID-19 data predict- doctoral dissertation at Barry Univer- Tradition who has a doctorate in nurs-
ed a shortage of 60,000 nurses in Florida by
2035. sity that looked at predictors of nurs- PHOTO: KAILA JONES ing practice.
ing school success. Joseph, one of only 22 instructors
The study relied on data only through Leona Joseph goes over procedures with nursing student Lindsay
2019, a year before the pandemic drove She also cited high school nursing Sward at Cleveland Clinic in the cardiac step-down unit, where on the IRSC nursing faculty, drew
thousands of frontline nurses into burnout, programs like the one at Vero Beach patients go after they’ve left the surgical intensive care unit. praise last week from one student
in many cases resulting in early retirement or
a change of careers. High that awards some students a CNA nurse training at the hospital. Lindsay

Others sought higher compensation by certification on completion. Enrollment at “We have the support for our program, Thornton Sward called Joseph “vital to my
becoming travel nurses, an agency assign-
ment that often involves moving temporarily IRSC can drastically speed up the path to an and we have the outcomes,” she said. success this semester.” Like many nursing
but that pays far higher rates.
RN, though increasingly hospitals, including Gagliano says the passing rate of IRSC’s students, Sward is back in school after a sig-
That phenomenon – some have
called it price gouging – has been a ma- Cleveland Clinic Indian River, expect a BSN registered and practical nursing students nificant break and saddled with life respon-
jor financial strain on hospitals. Advent
Health’s chief clinical officer, Neil Finkler, degree – bachelor of science in nursing – on the national exam is above the national sibilities that could get in the way were it not
told a Florida House committee in Septem-
ber that 79 percent of the health system’s within a certain time frame after hiring. and state average, and retention rates are for inspiring instructors.
nursing openings were being filled by agen-
Today, Gagliano oversees a current enroll- also high. Sward already has her AA in pre-nursing

ment of around 900 at the Fort Pierce cam- Her nurses-to-be are also resilient; she from IRSC, completed in 2005. In the inter-

pus – plus a dozen at Vero’s Mueller campus. saw no increase in withdrawals from the vening years, working as a strength training

And she is looking forward to expansion. program during COVID-19. coach and raising two daughters who are

“We’ve actually seen an uptick in appli- “We were only out of the classroom a now teenagers, she “always wanted to go

cations,” she said. That increase in appli- short amount of time, and we were back back and finish my degree,” she said. “My

cations has been consistent since 2019, she in the clinical facilities by August of 2020,” goal is to work in trauma or ICU someday.”

said. “At the same time, we have made some she said. “I truly love nursing and caring for peo-

modifications and increased our capacity by Those clinical facilities, of which there are ple,” Sward said. “Making my way through

14 percent.” around 100, include local hospitals, where nursing school has its challenges, but I

Gagliano is already making plans for the IRSC nursing students train without pay wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s been an

school to grow even more, a process that while following the facilities’ protocols. amazing experience and the teachers are all

requires approval from a nursing education Friday, two student nurses were on site at amazing and supportive.”

accreditation organization. dawn ready to train at Cleveland Clinic In- This is Sward’s first semester training at



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Cleveland Clinic Indian River, and so far, The program has since been made perma- As for licensed practical nurses, Sebas- The nursing study’s authors believe the
it’s been her favorite clinical experience, nent, and the training hours doubled to 16, tian and Vero showed a shortage of about COVID-19 pandemic will not prove signif-
she said. plus 72 hours of on-the-job training. 20 percent: 410 LPNs compared to a de- icant to the nursing shortfall in the long
mand for 506. term; their projections run to 2035. In-
“Nursing school is like a puzzle: You’re As a lull in the county’s COVID-19 num- stead, the report sees Florida’s escalating
always building and adding to the finished bers allows once-reeling healthcare provid- The report, commissioned by the Flori- rate of growth as driving the shortages. That
product. I learn something new and valu- ers to regroup, there is heightened aware- da Hospital Association and the Safety Net growth is expected to be highest among re-
able every day,” she said. ness of just how critical nurses at all levels Hospital Alliance of Florida and released last tirees, who typically have more intensive
are to their efforts. month, anticipates a statewide 12 percent needs for healthcare.
Indian River is on Sward’s list of possible shortfall of registered nurses and a 30 per-
future employers, she said. Should she end The pre-COVID study that predicted the cent shortfall of licensed practical nurses. Proving their point: The urban area with
up working there after graduation, she can 60,000-nurse shortfall 13 years from now the greatest gap in nurses currently is The
look forward to higher wages than last year’s showed that in 2019, Vero and Sebastian had But the shortages aren’t evenly distribut- Villages, a cluster of retirement communities
graduates. 1,720 RNs, but needed 2,244, a shortfall of 23 ed. Big cities appear to be headed toward in northern Florida that in 2019 had only a
percent. That was a worse shortage than the having plenty of RNs, who mostly work in third of the RNs it needed.
Last week, RNs at Indian River over- metro areas to the north and south, where hospitals, but not enough LPNs, who tend
whelmingly ratified a new two-year contract demand exceeded supply by 16 percent in to work in doctors’ offices and care facilities. The average age of residents of the Villag-
that includes a substantial pay increase. the Melbourne area and by 14 percent in the Rural areas will have the reverse, not enough es in 2019 was 71. The average age of Vero
That should put the hospital in a better po- Fort Pierce-Port St. Lucie area. RNs, but plenty of LPNs. Beach’s barrier island residents: 68. 
sition to fill some of the dozen or more RN
positions it lists on jobs websites.

The Teamsters’ business agent, Steve My-
ers, who negotiated the new contract for
more than 400 RNs, said the top wage for
RNs went from $35 an hour in the last con-
tract to $47. Starting pay went from $25.30 to
$27.50 an hour.

Registered nurses also caught up with
their non-union coworkers at Indian Riv-
er who became eligible for a generous paid
parental leave package in April 2020. The
plan allows for eight weeks of paid materni-
ty leave plus four weeks of parental leave for
one parent, and four weeks of parental leave
to the other parent. The policy covers same-
sex couples, adoptive parents and surrogate
parents. But until now, it did not include
RNs, excluded from the benefit because they
were under the union contract.

Negotiations went forward this fall despite
an effort to decertify the union just as nego-
tiations with hospital management were
getting underway. It was the first such effort
in two decades, and the nurses voted two to
one to keep the union. It is the only Cleve-
land Clinic Florida hospital to have union-
ized nurses.

“Toward the end, we really came together
and hammered out an agreement that’s good
for everyone,” said Steve Myers, Vero-based
business agent for the Teamsters local that
represents Indian River’s RNs. “The nurs-
es are extremely happy. And the contract is
going to reward the employer long term be-
cause it’s going to make them more compet-
itive for recruiting.”

For those on the lower end of the nursing
pay scale, there is still a flood of positions to
be filled. Certified nursing assistants, who
must pass a written and performance exam
to work in Florida, typically start at just over
minimum wage – the lowest rate in the na-
tion, according to ZipRecuiter – for the emo-
tionally draining, hands-on work. Those
nursing assistants quit their jobs in droves in
the pandemic when daycare costs from kids
shut out of schools in lockdown made it im-
practical to work.

That prompted the state to temporar-
ily put in place a new entry level position –
personal care attendant – to ease the strain
of COVID-19 on long-term care facilities.
A high school diploma isn’t required, and
workers can start after only 8 hours of train-
ing, though they must directly work under
licensed nurses and alongside CNAs.

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MY TAKE Dan Richey, president and CEO the question: How much more punishment
of Riverfront Packing Company. can local citrus growers and packers absorb
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 before they go down?
past 20 years ... but a few of us are still stand- They’ve spent the past 20 years strug-
ing and we’re not going away,” Richey said. in refrigerated containers until they can be ger, but we know it’s going to get there.” gling to overcome the relentless and devas-
“We’ll find a way to fight through this, just loaded for shipping. There are also backups at East Coast tating damage done to Florida’s once-her-
like we’ve fought through all the others.” alded citrus industry by canker, hurricanes
“It’s a logistical nightmare, the worst I’ve ports, too, but Richey said shipping across and greening.
There’s no good reason to doubt him, ever seen,” Richey said. “Fortunately, grape- the Atlantic Ocean to Europe is “more man-
given his vast experience and the local cit- fruit stores pretty well and we use refriger- ageable,” adding that local grapefruit pro- Most of them, in fact, have given up.
rus industry’s ability to survive the barrage ated trucks, so we haven’t lost any loads yet. ducers need the international markets. Of the 17 commercial packing houses
of bad breaks it has endured the past two But we still have some loads that haven’t in business in Indian River County at the
decades. found a boat yet.” For those who don’t know: Most of local turn of the millennium, only four are still
orange crop is sold domestically. operating: Riverfront, Premier, IMG Citrus
Unlike the crises of yesteryear, however Another option, Richey said, is to ship off Old Dixie Highway in Gifford, and Egan
– particularly the citrus diseases and hur- the citrus from ports in Jacksonville; Savan- “We’re packing fruit that goes to U.S. mar- Fruit Packing in Fellsmere.
ricanes that destroyed groves and crippled nah, Georgia; or Charleston, South Carolina. kets, so we don’t have the same problems as “The ones that are left, though, are here
production – this latest jolt is manmade. From there, though, the trip to Japan and the exporters,” said Tom Jerkins, president of for the ride,” said Doug Bournique, exec-
Korea can take 30 to 45 days. Premier Citrus Packers on 66th Avenue, just utive director of the Indian River Citrus
Most of the grapefruit produced locally is north of Oslo Road. League. “I’m pretty sure they’ll stay with it.”
shipped to Europe and Asia, but the recent “I’ve convinced most of our customers to But for how long?
uncertainty at the California ports in Los An- accept the delay,” Richey said. “It’ll take lon- But grapefruit is a different story, and the Nobody seems to know when the current
geles and Long Beach has wreaked havoc on impact of the recent shipping woes raises backlog at the ports will clear, but econom-
scheduling and delivery of citrus to lucrative ic and trade experts say it might be late next
markets in Japan and Korea. year before we see a return to normal in the
supply chain.
According to Richey, it takes two drivers That will seem like an eternity to the lo-
– rotating shifts so they don’t need to stop – cal citrus community, which is still coping
four days to truck his company’s citrus from with the effects of greening – the infection
Florida to the ports in Southern California. of trees with psyllids that originated in Chi-
na, feed on leaves and stems, and make
Sometimes, however, the company will fruits inedible.
alert the drivers that the outgoing ships are “Canker was bad, but greening is the big
still anchored off the California coast, wait- bogeyman now,” Bournique said. “We’ve
ing to dock and unload, and tell them to got to find a disease-resistant tree. There’s
park on the side of the road and wait. been a lot of research done the past 15 years,
and there are pieces to the puzzle coming
Some ships arrive at the ports 15 to 20
days later than expected, leaving drivers
with no choice but to deliver loads to ports’
transfer stations, where they can be stored

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together, but we haven’t come up with any- in that legacy – so much so that they’ve GRAND HARBOR GOLF COURSE
thing earth shattering yet.” begun re-planting. “Ten years ago, there OPENS AFTER A $2M FACELIFT
was none of that,” Bournique said. “Now,
During its heyday in the 1980s and ’90s, a number of groves are being replanted, By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer eas also were well received. “The course
citrus groves were plentiful and productive, which is a promising sign. We’re still hope- [email protected] was perfect,” Sweeny said.
visible throughout much of the county. Now, ful we’ll cure greening.”
you won’t see many east of I-95, and there With the club’s Harbor Course in need Lutzke, who had collaborated with
are even fewer east of U.S. 1. Richey said the higher prices local grow- of renovation, Grand Harbor members Dye on more than 30 course designs,
ers and packers are getting for their fruit wondered what changes Pete Dye – the wanted to preserve his mentor’s vision
But Bournique and Richey are optimis- allow them to remain profitable, so if they World Golf Hall of Fame architect who for the traditional Scottish links-style
tic there will be a comeback, albeit a mod- can somehow increase production, “we designed it – would make to the layout layout, which was completed in 1988.
est one. should be in pretty good shape.” to challenge today’s players.
But he introduced subtle enhance-
“It’ll never be what is was in 2000, when The current shipping issues, though, Now they know. ments, particularly to the greens and
citrus was an iconic Florida industry,” need to be resolved. Though Dye died in January 2020, bunkers, that he believed Dye would
Bournique said. “You won’t see the same Grand Harbor brought in his protégé, have embraced to accommodate to-
types of numbers – not in production, or “Those international markets are in- Chris Lutzke, to oversee the six-month day’s game and golfers.
profits, or employees. We’ll be smaller. credibly important to us, and we need project, which drew rave reviews from
them open and accessible,” Bournique members who celebrated the course’s On some holes, Lutzke and his team
“But the citrus industry here thrived said. “The domestic market can only take reopening last week with a two-day moved bunkers closer to greens. On
not only because of hard work,” he added. so much. We need to figure this out as tournament that attracted nearly 200 others, he added multiple smaller bun-
“The climate to grow grapefruits and or- quickly as possible.” golfers. “The golfing members were all kers. “We converted the bunkers back to
anges is perfect in Florida, and especially smiles,” said Doug Sweeny, former pres- how Pete would want them – with flat
in the Indian River region. This is citrus Citrus might not be the backbone of our ident of the Grand Harbor Members As- sand and grass faces,” Lutzke said. “We
country. local economy, as it was 40 years ago, but it’s sociation and one of 192 participants in kept the bunker faces steep, which en-
a significant part of the heritage of this com- the 5th Annual Grand Harbor Cup event. hances the shadowing at certain times
“We grow the best fruit on earth, by far.” munity. So it’s painful to see the industry “The most noticeable improvements of day. Pete always loved the shadows
Let there be no doubt: Indian River is take such a beating, then get hit again. were the amazing quality of the greens, that his bunkers would cast as the sun
still a big name in citrus, which remains a which were cut to perfection with none was setting on an afternoon round.”
big industry with a big impact on Florida’s “We’re living what you’re seeing on the of the incursion of foreign grass that was
economy. news,” Richey said, “but we haven’t been there before,” he added. “But the fluffy The most dramatic changes were to
The industry leaders here take pride knocked out.”  sand in the greenside bunkers and the the No. 3 hole, which was designed en-
newly designed bunkers and waste ar- tirely by an unknown architect hired by
UTILITY DISPUTE “The county’s own legal counsel has the developer, Icahn Enterprises, after a
opined on at least two separate occasions
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 that the prior territorial agreement is not CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
permanent. The county should be wary of
River Shores’ franchise agreement expires in the city’s invitation to agree to an unlawful,
2027, then for Vero to charge city rates with permanent allocation of customers.”
increases capped at 5 percent until 2032.
The county also wants Vero to end its prac- As for the city’s 6 percent transfers into
tice of skimming 6 percent of water-sewer the general fund, Foley said, “The city’s in-
revenue off into the city’s general fund. sistence on transferring utility revenues
paid by non-resident customers to the
The two areas where the city and county city’s general revenue fund is classic ‘taxa-
agree are that all customers should receive tion without representation.’ The town will
the same quality of service whether inside continue to seek to protect itself and its res-
or outside the city, and that Vero would not idents from such conduct.”
tack a surcharge onto outside customers’
utility bills. The Indian River Shores Town Council
and the Vero Beach City Council are sched-
If Vero and the county cannot come to- uled to meet in joint session at 10 a.m. Nov.
gether on rates for south barrier island 19 at Indian River Charter High School to try
customers and the transfers into the gen- to resolve the Shores’ federal lawsuit against
eral fund, the next step would be to hire a Vero out of court.
mediator to referee the dispute. County At-
torney Dylan Reingold said he does not ex- With regard to the breach of contract
pect to bring a list of mediators to the next lawsuit in state court, things are moving
meeting with the city’s negotiators – the forward toward a civil trial or other court
particulars of that meeting are yet to be set. action. On Oct. 11, the City of Vero Beach
petitioned Judge Janet Croom for a summa-
“I am sure, however, that the county and ry judgment in the case. Then on Oct. 28 the
the city will be able to agree on a mediator Shores filed a notice that the town’s attor-
if we end up going to the mediation stage. neys would be deposing Vero Water-Sewer
There are plenty of good local mediators,” Utilities Director Rob Bolton on Nov. 9.
Reingold said.
Indian River Shores must give Vero notice
Indian River Shores is closely watching by October 2023 if the town plans to not re-
the Vero-county negotiations as they may new its franchise agreement with the city.
impact the town’s two utility disputes with Vero has been serving south barrier island
Vero – a breach of contract lawsuit in state customers without a valid franchise agree-
circuit court and an antitrust lawsuit in ment for several years.
federal court.
Together, the Shores and south bar-
Upon reading the letter outlining how rier island residents make up roughly
far away Vero and the county are on set- one third of Vero’s utility customers. Vero
tlement terms, Shores Mayor Brian Foley needs certainty about how many cus-
said, “The town has a right to choose who tomers it will be serving in the decades to
will provide essential water and wastewa- come because the city has committed to
ter services within its boundaries, and the build a new utility plant at the Vero Beach
city’s latest offer to the county tries again to Regional Airport and to dismantle the
avoid free and fair competition. sewer plant on the river. 

6 November 4, 2021 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

COVID-19 PANDEMIC Wabasso bridge safety solution appears in sight
OF TEACHERS HERE By Samantha Rohlfing Baita | Staff Writer quickly explored multiple projects from and delivery of the project’s custom-fabri-
[email protected] across the country, honing in on a crash-test- cated steel posts and rails.

A happy ending looks promising – at least ed alternative to the view-obstructing origi- Additionally, according to Kris Kehres,

By George Andreassi | Staff Writer in concept – for the Wabasso Causeway high nal plan in a design employed by the Califor- FDOT Treasure Coast Operations Engi-

span, where work halted last month on a nia Department of Transportation. neer, the job contractor, DBi Services LLC,

Teacher turnover has declined at Indi- bike and pedestrian safety project follow- The California option, which is receiving a multimillion-dollar asset management

an River County’s public schools during ing complaints from north island residents strong support from Orchid and other island and infrastructure company serving cities

the COVID-19 pandemic despite concerns concerned about the aesthetics of the origi- communities, would be paid for with an es- and counties nationwide, informed him at 4

about death, disease, facemasks and angry nal chain-link fence design. timated $880,000 in funds already available. p.m. on Oct. 22 that they were immediately

parents. But it’s unclear who will complete the job, The original chain-link fencing was slated to ceasing operations. The DBi website con-

The teaching staff turnover rate declined as the contractor that had started the Flor- cost approximately $180,000. firmed Oct. 25 that “due to continuing oper-

to 2 percent for the current school year from ida Department of Transportation project The proposed solution would feature ating and financial challenges and sudden,

7 percent during 2020-2021, school district announced this past week that it was going three smooth, galvanized-steel safety rail- unexpected setbacks, particularly the de-

records show. Prior to the pandemic, the out of business. ings, treated with a long-lasting zinc-rich cision of its primary lender to discontinue

teaching staff turnover rate was 10 percent Vertical posts had already been installed coating mounted on the back of the existing all funding, the Company determined that

for 2019-2020 and 11 percent for 2018-2019. east and westbound across the high span concrete barrier. Only two railings would be a wind-down to substantially all of its busi-

It does not appear the COVID-19 pan- last month, before residents became aware clearly visible from the bridge, with the bot- ness is necessary at this time.”

demic has caused any teachers to leave their of the project details and realized the chain- tom railing hidden behind the existing barri- While FDOT and north island communi-

jobs, school district spokeswoman Cristen link fence would significantly obstruct the er. The completed height from the road deck ties are in accord on the California option,

Maddux said last Thursday. There has been iconic river views. FDOT received a flood to the top of the railing would be 48 inches. some safety questions remain from the

“no specific mention of COVID-19 as a de- of more than 150 complaints, mainly from Although the FDOT had hoped to com- leadership of the county’s Bike Walk Indian

termining factor for leaving,” Maddux said. Town of Orchid residents, and supported by plete the project by year’s end, the time River County Inc., a proactive all-volunteer

A total of 138 teachers have been hired other north island communities. frame has become substantially trickier for a nonprofit that promotes safe biking and

since July, school district records show. Orchid Mayor Bob Gibbons and other couple of reasons. The current global supply walking, which will continue discussions

Another 28 teachers have gone out on community leaders held phone and Zoom chain issues could delay the manufacture with FDOT. 

leave, according to district records. Of the meetings with state officials to discuss their

66 teachers who separated from the district concerns and request that the state re-evalu-

since July, 13 retired, 47 resigned and six ate the project and seek a more aesthetically GRAND HARBOR GOLF
were fired, including two gym teachers im- pleasing solution to the safety problem the

plicated in the Oct. 10 shooting at the Pre- narrow bridge poses for bicyclists and pe- CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5

serve at Oslo. The school district still has 19 destrians.

teaching positions open, Maddux said.  Ordering a pause in work, FDOT engineers land swap altered Dye’s original layout.

Lutzke, with the backing of the members,

relocated bunkers and reconfigured the

hole in a way that he believed Dye would’ve

designed it.

“We wanted to bring the course into

2021, and we brought Chris in because we

wanted to answer the question:What would

Pete do?” Gibson said. “Structurally, it really

hasn’t changed much. We tweaked it.

“It’s essentially the same course, but with

a whole new look.”

The Harbor Course was closed May 1 PHOTO: KAILA JONES
to allow Lutzke’s crew to embark on the

$2 million facelift. The club’s River Course

also underwent some sprucing up this past the club is vibrant again.

summer. “Everyone’s excited about the future.”

Gibson called the course renovation, The 900-acre Grand Harbor develop-

along with recent enhancements made to ment is one of the largest and most popu-

Grand Harbor’s beach club and improve- lar country-club communities in the Vero

ments made to its food-and-beverage ser- Beach area. Its mainland footprint includes

vice, the “first taste of where we’re going.” extensive lagoon-front property, two golf

He said the members have responded courses, a 32,000-square foot clubhouse, a

favorably to the speed with which the club 12-court tennis complex, and a picturesque

has rebounded from the toxic environment marina with more than 100 slips.

that existed prior to their purchase of the On the island, the Grand Harbor Beach

facilities and takeover of the club’s opera- Club features an Olympic-size swimming

tions on Dec. 1, 2020. pool and oceanfront dining.

“We’ve come a long way from where we Gibson said Grand Harbor’s member-

were a year ago, when members were walk- ship is approaching 700, and half of the

ing around like zombies with their heads new members don’t live on the premises.

down,” Gibson said. “There’s a resurgence Many of them are also members of other

Established 18 Years in Indian River County going on, and you can feel it. local clubs. Some were on other club’s wait

“We’ve brought in a lot of new members, lists.

and many of the previous members who “We’re back with both golf courses, and

(772) 562-2288 | left are coming back,” he added. “I think a we’re just getting started,” Gibson said.

3920 US Hwy 1, Vero Beach FL 32960 lot of people are surprised that we’ve been “Nothing is going to stop us from taking the
able to turn things around so quickly, but club to where we want to take it.” 

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CATTLE RUSTLER The Sheriff’s Office made contact with check for the sale price to Bhakta Farms. cashier’s check.
a detective in Okeechobee County, who But two months later, the livestock The original check payable to Bhak-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 had receipts for five different sales of cat-
tle through the Okeechobee Livestock market noticed that the check had not ta Farms, however, was not canceled
gave lawmen a false name. Market July through October 2020. cleared the bank, so they contacted but was deposited the same day to the
When the deputy ran Smith’s real iden- Smith, who said “it was probably on farm’s JP Morgan Chase account, leaving
On July 26, 26 cattle were sold for someone’s desk, that the company had Okeechobee Livestock Market – which
tity through an Idaho database, the check $12,625.16, the receipts showed. Then on so much money, the check isn’t that im- paid both checks – with a loss of more
found that Smith did not have a driver’s July 28, 18 cattle were sold for $9,948.29. portant to them.” than a quarter-million dollars.
license – and also returned an arrest war- On Aug. 17, eight bulls were sold for
rant from Wyoming. Smith was placed $10,311.43. On Sept. 8, 15 cattle were Bhakta Farms owns businesses in Smith was subsequently charged in
under arrest for “giving a false name while sold for $9,565.51 and finally on Oct. 5, France near Bordeaux where it has an 18th Okeechobee County with first-degree fel-
detained” and transported to the Indian 10 cows were sold for $4,919.10 – a total century chateau and an Armagnac spir- ony larceny of $100,000 or more, and is
River County jail. of more than $47,000. its distillery, and in Shoreham, Vermont, being held for trial there.
where the company distills WhistlePig Rye
The Sheriff’s office then verified the Smith’s warrant affidavit says he hired Whiskey on a 500-plus acre farm. Two weeks ago, the Okeechobee Live-
open warrant from Wyoming, and found the same Okeechobee woman, Leeann stock Market petitioned the court as a
out that Smith had been convicted of a White, each time to pick up the cattle Police reports say Smith told Todd victim, for the release of assets being held
felony in Pamona, California, in 2013. from Bhakta Farms and haul them to Clemons from the livestock market that or frozen by the Indian River and St. Lucie
the Okeechobee Livestock Market. “Mrs. the check issued to Bhakta Farms “has ei- Sheriff’s offices as evidence in the cases
Smith also had a Mossberg 4X4 rifle in White also stated that Scott Smith was ther been lost or misplaced.” against Smith.
the pickup truck. “Mr. Smith advised that present on each date and advised her to
he placed the rifle in the truck to shoot sell the cattle under his business name “Then Scott Smith asked them to re-is- The market says Smith used the pro-
coyotes,” the deputy reported, but under Smith Livestock Services,” the affidavit sue the check. But this time Scott Smith ceeds of the August 2020 fraudulent sale
Florida law possession of a weapon by a states. asks them to write the check payable to to purchase a 2016 gray Chevy Corvette
felon is a first-degree felony. So Smith was Smith Livestock Services,” police reports on Oct. 13, 2020 for $60,670.05, and
jailed with no bond. Bhakta Farms’ Finance Manager Toni show. a 2021 Chevy Tahoe the same day for
Leake verified that Bhakta Farms never $86,682.06.
The next day, Smith’s other alleged ac- received payment for the cattle. Clemons drew up an agreement with
tivities here as a modern-day cattle-rus- Smith on Oct. 12, 2020, stating that the Smith, who has pleaded not guilty to
tler – while working as a ranch manager On Nov. 5, 2020, Smith was charged original check would be canceled, and the charges lodged against him, applied
– began to come to light. in Indian River County with first-degree that Smith represents Bhakta Farms “and for indigent status and was approved for
felony larceny of more than $20,000 but has absolute authority over the cattle op- public defender representation in Febru-
The Sheriff’s Office got a call from Leo less than $100,000. eration of Bhakta Farms.” ary, but in September he hired a private
Gibson, general counsel for Bhakta Farms, attorney based in Lantana to represent
a 600-acre ranch located six miles west of But there’s more. Police reports say on On Oct. 13, the livestock market issued him in this multi-jurisdictional case.
Interstate 95 on State Road 60. Gibson Aug. 8, 2020, Smith sold $279,327 worth of a replacement check for $279,292.00 pay-
called to say he’d found out that Smith cattle through the Okeechobee Livestock able to Smith Livestock Services and that Court records show that Wyoming also
had been stealing cattle from the ranch. Market, which issued a Centerstate Bank same day, Smith presented the check at is interested in extraditing Smith for pros-
Centerstate Bank and exchanged it for a ecution there. 

8 November 4, 2021 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

High-tech aortic stenosis procedure can help prolong lives

By Kerry Firth | Correspondent Dr. Mariano Brizzio.

As we age, not only our joints get stiff PHOTO: KAILA JONES
– so does the aortic valve, in many cases.
This condition, known as aortic stenosis,
affects 20 percent of the population over
the age of 80. Up until a decade ago, life-
saving valve replacement could be done
only through open heart surgery, but the
operation can now be done with a mini-
mally invasive procedure known as tran-
scatheter aortic valve replacement. The
procedure has been available in Vero
Beach for about three years.

“Now that people are living longer we
see more of this condition,” said Dr. Mari-
ano Brizzio, a cardiac surgeon with Cleve-
land Clinic Indian River. “This is a serious,
[potentially] lethal condition; if it’s not
treated within two years of the diagnosis
the mortality rate is about 50 percent. As
we age, the aortic value gets calcified and
it narrows so it can’t open fully. By devel-
oping this new technology, we expand the
treatment to everyone and prolong the
survival rate in many patients.”

The aortic valve is located between the
left lower heart chamber (left ventricle),
which pumps blood throughout the body,


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 is placed inside the existing valve, mov- using any other support by machine. Most patients undergo the TAVR proce-
ing it out of the way. “We don’t take the old valve out. We dure with local anesthesia and sedation
and the body’s main artery (aorta). If the with an anesthesiologist monitoring their
valve doesn’t open correctly, blood flow “The most common way to do this pro- push it to the side of the aorta and use vital signs, including blood pressure, heart
from the heart to the body is reduced. cedure is from an artery in the groin called the old valve to retain the new implanted rate and rhythm, and breathing. The re-
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement the femoral artery,” Dr. Brizzio said. one. There are two types of valves. One is placement valve should last about 10 to 15
(TAVR) can help restore the blood flow and delivered by a balloon and the other one years, and since the procedure is common-
reduce the signs and symptoms of aortic “We insert the catheter into the blood is self-expanding and opens when the old ly done on patients 75-80 years and older,
valve stenosis such as chest pain, short- vessel and go against the circulation all valve has been pushed aside to hold the that can be for the rest of their natural lives.
ness of breath, fainting and fatigue. the way around the heart. When we reach new valve in place. This is truly minimally
the heart, we use X-ray images to deliver invasive because the only access that we Dr. Brizzio explained that this tech-
“When it comes to treating aortic ste- the replacement value directly into the use is through the groin.” nology was actually introduced about 20
nosis, there are two options – either open heart without ever stopping the heart or years ago but was only approved in the
heart surgery or transcatheter aortic United States for commercial use in 2011.
valve replacement,” Dr. Brizzio explained. The TAVR procedure was implemented in
“Transcatheter aortic valve replacement Vero Beach only three years ago as Cleve-
is safer and far less invasive because the land Clinic boosted its heart program and
chest doesn’t need to be open and recov- made it available for more people.
ery is almost immediate. The patient’s
hospital stay is only 24 hours and they are “It really has changed the way we treat
back to normal activities within two weeks aortic stenosis,” Dr. Brizzio said. “Ten years
compared to open heart surgery that takes ago, we would have done open heart sur-
four to six weeks for recovery.” gery, now it’s a much more minimally inva-
sive procedure assessable to everyone.”
The transcatheter aortic valve replace-
ment procedure involves replacing the dam- Dr. Mariano Brizzio is a cardiac surgeon
aged aortic valve with one made from cow or at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.
pig heart tissue. Unlike open heart surgery He received his medical degree from Uni-
which requires a long incision down the versidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. He
chest, TAVR is somewhat similar to placing specializes in adult cardiac surgery, aortic
a stent in an artery. The procedure involves surgery and cardiovascular surgery, and is
small incisions and a thin, flexible tube (cath- experienced in coronary artery disease, aor-
eter) used to deliver the valve to the heart. tic aneurysm, adult congenital heart defects
and minimally invasive transcatheter valve
In conventional open-heart surgery, therapies. His office is located in the Scully
when the aortic valve is replaced, the old Welsh Heart Center, 3450 11th Court, Suite
valve is removed and a new valve sew 105. The phone number is 772-563-4580. 
into place.

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Researchers: Visit ‘therapeutic landscapes’ to ease your woes

By Stephen Petrow green spaces – water – evoke responses in
The Washington Post people that are calming, energizing, and
can lead to better health outcomes. Just
Since the pandemic began, I’ve taken being beside water” reduces stress, she
the experts’ advice for dealing with stress noted, citing studies to that effect.
by meditating, eating healthy and get-
ting exercise. And then recently I learned I chose to go home to Northern Califor-
about the notion of “healing places,” or nia (where at least my bedroom looked out
“therapeutic landscapes” as they’re re- over a kidney-shaped pool) rather than re-
ferred to in the medical literature. cover in my parents’ New York apartment
with its gray view of Houston Street. In
More often than not, they’re near, in or between episodes of feeling really horrible
on the water, and recent studies suggest because of chemotherapy, I kept returning
they can have powerful psychological and
even physiological effects. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

It makes sense to me. Years ago, in my Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows
mid-20s and recovering from cancer sur- How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water
gery, I’d been unable to make a very simple Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More
decision about where to go once discharged Connected, and Better at What You Do,” is
from the hospital. A practitioner in visual- an expert on the healing powers of water.
ization meditation (this was in New York
City, where in 1984 such specialties were What are those benefits? According to
still new) came to my room to help. Her numerous studies, Nichols writes, many
prompt: “Where do you want to go to heal?” things such as reducing stress and anxiety,
boosting our sense of wellbeing and hap-
My answer appeared instantly as an im- piness, and lowering the heart rate.
age even before my words could fill out the
rest: blue water. A beach. The ocean. The Geraldine Perriam, a researcher at the
sea would be my healing place. School of Geographical and Earth Scienc-
es at the University of Glasgow and who
Of course, it’s always helpful when sci- has done research on “therapeutic land-
ence supports our gut feelings. Marine bi- scapes,” agreed, telling me that my hospi-
ologist Wallace Nichols, the author of “Blue tal visualization is common. “[B]lue and

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 [and then to the refuge], I heard my inner
self start to come back. No longer camou-
to my visualization: blue water. A friend flaged by my work in AIDS, the calendar,
suggested I visit Stinson Beach, just north alcohol, I asked myself if I wanted to write
of the Golden Gate Bridge. about my adolescence, my growing up, my
coming out, my abuse from my grandfa-
“It has healing properties,” she said, ther. I’ve never acknowledged that before.”
adding that its power came from the blue
water of the Pacific Ocean. I wasn’t sure This realization, or what I came to un-
about her mystical assertions, but I was derstand as the exposure of a long-hidden
ready to give it a try. wound, startled me and started me on a
healing path.
That first year after surgery and chemo,
I started what has become an annual pil- Foley acknowledged that we don’t al-
grimage: I walked the length of Stinson ways understand the power of water to
beach and back, 7 miles in total. heal us but that it’s something you can
“feel and recognize as important.” Indeed.
Walking required nothing more of me
than breathing and putting one foot ahead My healing place might not be yours
of the other. It allowed me time and men- and yours might not be mine.
tal space, or as Perriam said of those who
have sought out healing places, a quest for Kelly Cross, a visual artist who almost
“wholeness,” or putting together “a frag- died of extreme atrial fibrillation a few
mented self/body.” years ago, takes an annual trek to a small
lake near where he grew up, saying the
I had a long incision that ran from my lake is “central to my healing journey.”
breast bone to below my navel, which is
to say much to fuse. Over time the su- Similarly, Jaki Shelton Green, the poet
tures dissolved, and the pain lessened, laureate of North Carolina, found that “the
but the proximity to the water provided ocean has always called to my body and
a calmness and a connection to the ele- spirit in seasons of distress or physical ill-
ments that allowed for a different kind of ness.” But Green also discovered healing
healing, which is exactly what Nichols has places devoid of water and closer to home:
described. His research suggests that even “The forest, woodlands, mountains, and
just being near water can provoke a thera- deserts are all archetypes of soulful medi-
peutic response. cine to me as well.”

Ronan Foley, an associate professor in ge- Others have found healing in such na-
ography who studies why certain environ- ture – thus the growing popularity here
ments contribute to a healing sense of place, and elsewhere of the Japanese practice of
credits “water’s essential qualities,” which forest-bathing, an English translation of
include keeping us alive, cleansing our bod- the Japanese term shinrin-yoku, which
ies and providing a “space for recovery.” means “taking in the forest atmosphere”

Five years after my cancer diagnosis, All this made me wonder if any place
I took a vacation to Hawaii’s Big Island, could become a refuge of healing, espe-
home to the Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau Na- cially during these times, when our ability
tional Historical Park, which has long been to travel has been curtailed. Experts say
the answer is yes. Health-enabling spaces
considered a sacred site and popularly exist anywhere that you find a connection
known as a “city of refuge.” to nature, explains David Conradson, an
associate professor of human geography
For centuries, the site was considered – the study of the relationship between
a safe haven for those who faced execu- people and places – at the University of
tion after breaking tribal laws – safe, that Canterbury in New Zealand, whose work
is, if you could reach it by swimming and focuses on what he calls supportive, en-
breaching its Great Wall. For those who abling and therapeutic settings.
survived the dangerous journey, a second
chance at life awaited. There is surely such an oasis near you.
But how do you find one? Perriam suggests
It had been a rough year for me – the starting with a local map.
AIDS epidemic was raging in San Francis-
co, where I was living, and too many friends “Look for green and blue spaces,” she
and colleagues had died or were dying. says, which can be found in major cities
By nearly every definition, Pu‘uhonua o (from New York’s Central Park to San Fran-
Honaunau is a therapeutic landscape, and cisco’s Golden Gate Park) as well as in sub-
what I experienced when I visited felt like a urbs or the country. “Even the fountains in
monumental earthquake. I scribbled these courtyards of skyscrapers can be wonder-
words in my journal in April 1990: fully refreshing,” she adds. “Plot a walk that
takes you to these beauty spots and wait for
“As I moved through the day, through the the feelings of well-being to wash over you.”
heat, to one isolated village after another
Or think back to where you’ve been be-
fore, especially near water, that has been
calming. It’s not like you need to travel to
the seaside, much less Hawaii.

On a recent weekend, I drove 15 minutes
to a local botanical garden and watched
the koi swim in a pond. After a bit, I felt up-
lifted by their frolicking, and energized by
the aquatic sounds and the sun reflecting
off the surface of the water. In other words,
a bit more whole and resilient. 

14 November 4, 2021 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | HEALTHY SENIOR

Many different types of hearing aids now available

By Fred Cicetti | Columnist

[This is the second of two columns on
hearing aids.]

About 1 in 3 Americans over 60 suffers fied. Analog programmable hearing aids Digital aids convert sound waves into can be specially programmed to amplify
from loss of hearing, which can range have more than one setting; the user can numerical code before amplifying them. some frequencies more than others. These
from the inability to hear certain voices to change the aid for listening in different en- Because the code also includes information aids also can be programmed to focus on
deafness. However, only about 1 out of 5 vironments. about a sound’s pitch or loudness, the aid sounds coming from a specific direction.
people who would benefit from a hearing
aid uses one.

Hearing aids have a microphone, ampli-
fier and speaker. Sound is received by the
microphone, which converts the sound
waves to electrical signals and sends them
to an amplifier. The amplifier boosts the
signals and then sends them to the ear
through a speaker.

It’s important to understand that a hear-
ing aid will not restore your normal hear-
ing. With practice, however, a hearing aid
will increase your awareness of sounds
and what made them.

The two primary types of electronics
used in hearing aids are analog and digi-
tal. Digital aids are more popular.

Analog aids convert sound waves
into electrical signals, which are ampli-

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Hearing aids vary in price according to canal hearing aid is made to fit the size and
style, electronic features and local market shape of a person’s ear canal. A complete-
conditions. Prices typically range from hun- ly-in-canal hearing aid is nearly hidden.
dreds of dollars to more than $3,500 for a
single, programmable, digital hearing aid. A middle ear implant is a small device
attached to one of the bones of the mid-
There are many kinds of hearing aids. dle ear. Rather than amplifying the sound
There are advantages and disadvantages traveling to the eardrum, a middle ear im-
to all of them. plant moves these bones. Both techniques
improve sound vibrations entering the in-
Behind-the-ear hearing aids are made ner ear.
of a plastic case with electronic compo-
nents worn behind the ear and connected A bone-anchored hearing aid is a small
to a plastic earmold that fits inside the out- device that attaches to the bone behind
er ear. the ear. The device transmits sound vibra-
tions directly to the inner ear through the
There are also open-fit behind-the-ear skull, bypassing the middle ear.
hearing aids. Small, open-fit aids fit be-
hind the ear completely with only a narrow The following are some important ques-
tube inserted into the ear canal, enabling tions you should ask when getting a hear-
the canal to remain open. Some prefer the ing aid:
open-fit hearing aid because their voices
do not sound “plugged up.” • What features would be most useful to
In-the-ear hearing aids fit completely
inside the outer ear. Some of these aids • Is there a trial period to test the hear-
may have a small magnetic coil that allows ing aids?
users to receive sound through the cir-
cuitry of the hearing aid instead of a mi- • How long is the warranty? What does
crophone. This feature helps with phone it cover?
• How long should you I wear my hear-
Canal hearing aids fit into the ear canal ing aid while adjusting to it?
and are available in two styles. The in-the-
• Please check to see if my hearing aid
works with my cellphone. 

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Do mothers’ brains really change after giving birth?

By Jamie Friedlander Serrano
The Washington Post

My dad was planning a trip to Cannon There are countless variables that ex- and elevated stress levels. New York University School of Medicine.
Beach, a small coastal town in Oregon that perts say contribute to mommy brain, Put together, it’s only natural that chang- When our brain needs to make space for
I love. Yet when I sat down to email him such as fluctuating hormones postpar- a new priority – keeping a baby alive – re-
some recommendations, I drew a blank. I tum, sleep deprivation in dealing with a es in mental processing would occur, says membering a grocery list takes a back seat.
couldn’t remember the name of the state new baby, anxiety over new parenthood Moriah Thomason, Barakett associate pro-
park we visited or the breakfast spot we fessor of child and adolescent psychiatry at “Does it mean that you literally cannot
adored. Even the name of the hotel we
stayed at eluded me.

Since giving birth to my year-old daughter,
I’ve had countless moments like this. I have
trouble recalling words, forget to respond to
text messages, and even missed an appoint-
ment. What I’m experiencing is often called
“mommy brain” – the forgetful, foggy and
scatterbrained feeling many pregnant wom-
en and new mothers experience.

But is mommy brain real?
Anecdotally, yes. Ask any new mom if
she has felt the above, and she’ll likely say
she has – as many as 80 percent of new
moms report feelings of mommy brain.
Scientifically, it also appears the answer is
yes: A growing body of research supports
the argument that moms’ brains change
during pregnancy and after giving birth. A
clear explanation for the phenomenon still
remains somewhat elusive, however.




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do those things that you used to do as well? But experts aren’t sure what this reduc- also noticed that I can easily distinguish newfound absent-mindedness. He said
Probably not,” she says. “It’s just not the most tion in gray matter means. The study sub- between my daughter’s four different cries. he often felt the same. He chalked it up
important thing for you to be accessing.” jects with the largest gray matter shrinkage I also feel incredibly alert and hypervigilant to sleep deprivation, both from count-
also tended to have the highest levels of at all times – even when I’m sleep deprived. less night wakings and his long hours as a
Several small studies have come out maternal bonding. Some experts believe medical resident. But was it all just sleep
in the past few years that support the ex- the gray matter shrinkage is part of a neural “You’re more focused on subtle things deprivation, or is there a daddy brain, too?
istence of mommy brain. Abigail Tucker, pruning effect in which moms’ brains are that you might not have noticed before,”
author of “Mom Genes: Inside the New essentially rewiring to adapt to their new Tucker says, adding that research has shown Dads’ brains were also looked at in the
Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct,” role as parents, a process that is also seen pregnant women and new moms often are 2017 gray matter study, and the authors
says that a meta analysis of all these stud- during adolescence — a time of significant better than nonpregnant women at every- found they did not have the same chang-
ies concluded that women experience cog- brain development and maturation. thing from distinguishing between sub- es as new mothers. Kim has also studied
nitive changes like forgetfulness and trou- tle color differences to riding out stressful dads’ brains, and she says that although
ble with verbal recall in the immediate “Brain shrinkage sounds sad and de- events like earthquakes. “The cognitive ad- dads experience structural changes in the
months and years after giving birth. pressing, but people have argued that this vantages [new moms] have are something brain during the first few months postpar-
drop in volume in certain parts of the mom like a super power.” tum, their changes are not as significant as
Many Americans expect women to be brain might not actually mean these brain the ones moms experience.
on the ball again just six weeks after giv- parts are getting worse,” Tucker says. “There One small 2020 study suggests that brain
ing birth, Tucker says. They chalk mommy could be a neural pruning effect that goes fog is overstated. Study co-author Valerie Still, dads do undergo a transformation
brain up to sleep deprivation when that’s on where these circuits are getting weeded Tucker Miller, an anthropology doctoral of sorts. One 2014 study looked at first-
really just the tip of the iceberg. In reality, out and being made leaner and leaner.” candidate at Purdue University, looked at time mothers, heterosexual fathers and
our brains are undergoing changes that 60 moms who were at least one year post- homosexual fathers, all of whom were the
extend well beyond six weeks. Alternatively, some research suggests new partum vs. 70 non-mothers, and found that primary caregivers. The researchers found
mothers’ brains don’t shrink but rather grow. the new moms’ reaction times (a stand-in for that brain activity in areas of vigilance,
“When women talk about this idea of attention) were as good if not better than the reward, social understanding, cognitive
mommy brain or mommy fog, maybe we Pilyoung Kim, a developmental psychol- non-mothers’ – despite the new mothers be- empathy and motivation were consistent
ought to believe them and not say, ‘Oh, ogist at the University of Denver who stud- ing on average 10 years older. across all three parent types.
you’re just making this up,’” Tucker says. ies how mothers’ brains change during the
“There really is something there.” postpartum period, says her research has “Moms were not as distracted by those There’s still no “slam dunk” when it
shown increases in some brain areas includ- outside, incongruent items,” Miller says in a comes to understanding the mommy brain,
Some neuroscience research also sup- ing the prefrontal cortex, which controls news release about the study. “It makes per- Tucker says, since there’s not enough science
ports the idea that women’s brains physi- planning, learning and emotional regula- fect sense that moms who have brought chil- yet on the topic.
cally change after giving birth. A 2017 study tion, in the parietal lobe, which is related to dren into this world have more stimuli that
published in Nature Neuroscience found empathy, and in the temporal lobe, which needs to be processed to keep themselves “What is clear is that there is measurable
there is a decrease in gray matter in the helps moms understand babies’ cues. and other humans alive, and then to contin- change and that mothers are organisms in
area of moms’ brains that is responsible for ue with all the other tasks that were required flux,” she says. “I think that insight is enough
social cognition. This shrinkage was still That research squares with some of before the children.” to startle people and strongly imply that we
present two years after childbirth, suggest- what I have encountered as a new mom. Al- structure social policies and create a set of
ing that having a baby may lead to perma- though I’ve struggled to recall simple words When my daughter was just a few cues for moms that will allow their brains to
nent structural changes in the brain. or remember to reply to text messages, I’ve months old, I told my husband about my go through this metamorphosis.” 

18 November 4, 2021 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | PETS

Bonz says newly adopted Coalie is now wholly happy

Hi Dog Buddies! Last week they loaded some coal mines: big dark, scary
of us in it an drove to a place
If you looked up “ex-ZOO-ber-unt pup- called DYER, with shiny underground holes where
py” in the Dog-shun-ary, I wouldn’t be cars all over the place. A
surprised if there was a pickshur of Coalie bunch of grow-up humans humans dig for Coal, which
Nemeth. No Woof! Coalie’s a black lab mix- an liddle kids came to meet
ture, but he’s obviously mostly lab. About a the pooches, an leash walk is black like me, an they burn
year old. All bouncy and slurpy and happy. ’em. Lots of ’em got DOPP-
(I often wish you could stuff all that into a dud, so the Hew-MANE it an get nice an warm.”
spray bottle an spray it on Grumps: human Suh-si-uddy humans went
an pooch. But I digress.) back for a re-fill. That was “I like it! Whaddya like to
my group.
Coalie was right at the door to greet me an eat? Where do you sleep?”
my assistant. He was wearing a bright green “I was sittin’ in my
leash, trailin’ behind him, along with a nice nice liddle cage, waitin’, “My favrite meal is Mom’s
lady. He bounded up for the Wag-an-Sniff. I wasn’t sure what for,
but it was fun an excitin’. speshull chiggen stew with
“Oh, boy! Oh, boy! You’re Mr. Bozo, Meantime, Mom was
the fame-us COLL-uh-must! I’m Coalie driving by an spotted rice. I also get sammon or
Nemeth. Umm, lemme see, I’m spose to this sign that said ‘No
say, oh, right, ‘WELCOME!’ This is my Very Fee Adoption.’ So she tuh-LOPPY-uh with rice.
Own Mom Carolynn. I Just Got DOPP-dud stopped to look around.
a coupla days ago. Isn’t that So Cool Kib- Then she left, probly cuz it was so crowd- “At night I have liddle rugs
bles? I couldn’t buh-leeve it! I was in this ed. A couple hours later, she came back,
big tray-ler with a buncha other pooches Thank Lassie, an everybody’d been dopp- to sleep on, or I curl up at
an NOW I have my Very Own MOM, an my dud ’cept me. I was the last one. Soon as I
Very Own YARD, an my Very Own Home! saw Mom, I ree-lized what I’d been waitin’ the end of Mom’s bed. In the
An SIS-ters, even.” for. My Very Own Mom. Mom told the Hew-
MANE Suh-si-uddy humans I was Her Dog, morning, I wake Mom up so I
“Woof! Coalie! I’m so happy to meet you, an soon as they made sure we were RFEO,
also. It’s BON-zo, ackshully. I can’t wait to Mom took me home. Isn’t that SO Cool Kib- can go chase bluejays. (I LOVE
hear your story!” bles, Mr. Bogo?”
runnin’!) I’m just tall enuf to
“Come on, Mr. Bono, let’s go sit over “Totally, Coalie! What a great story. It’s
HERE.” He ran to a couch, where we all got Bon … oh, never mind. You mentioned Coalie. plop my paws on Mom’s bed
comf-tubble. My assistant rooted around in sisters?” and give her some morning
The Satchel an produced a coupla turkey- PHOTO BY KAILA JONES nuzzles. My favorite breakfast
an-sweet-puh-tay-do treats. His Mom said “Oh, right. They’re not dogs. They’re
he already knew how to Sit, so my assistant called ‘cats.’ Have you heard of cats?” is French Toast with budder an
said ‘Sit.’ An he DID. While Coalie was hap-
pily munching, I opened my notebook. “It’s “Yes,” I replied. “I ackshully have several “I gotta admit, that first night I maple syrup.”
BON-zo, ackshully. But either way’s fine. So, cat frens.”
how’d you an your Mom find each other?” was a liddle app-ree-HEN-sive. I had to stay “Made any pooch pals, yet?”
“Well, there’s Oreo, she prefurrs bein’
“Theebes are vebby yubby treeds! You out in the fenced yard. Then there’s Silky, right with Mom the whole night. I didn’t “Well, there’s an over-the-fence neigh-
should habb wud, too,” he said, swallowing. she’s an Inside Cat. They’re kinda bossy but
that’s OK with me. I hang out with Mom ree-lize there are lotsa other kinds of an- bor, Nola, a bee-gull. She’s a rescue like me,
“I was livin’ at the hew-MANE suh-si-ud- anyway. We both like hugs, an snuggles an
dy with a buncha other dogs, also some cats cuddlin’ and we Understand Each Other, if imals than just dogs and cats. In our yard one of the pooches saved after that hurri-
and ra-butts, a frenly place where humans you know what I mean.”
come to DOPT us. They have this Very Big there’s squirrels, possums, raccoons, blue- cane a while back. Nola runs up an down
Trailer which they got with a grant from the “I totally do,” I replied. “How long did it
Indian River Community Fund, Mom says. take to get use to your Furever Home?” jays, woodpeckers, go-furr tur-dells, moles! the fence, but just for short spurts, cuz she’s

At first I stayed up all night with my nose to Gettin’ Up There.”

the glass slidin’ doors woofing pretty much Headin’ home, I was smiling, thinking

non-stop. Mom hadda sleep on the sofa to of sweet, loving Coalie, an his eagerness for

make sure I was OK. When I first saw the whatever’s next; and about how he found

deck, there was hole where a liddle piece his Forever Mom because a lotta things

was missing an it scared me. It was real happened at Just The Right Time.

dark under there. I’m preddy sure there’s

GOB-lins under the deck, an they can get Till next time,

out through that liddle hole. I didn’t wan- The Bonz
na walk on it at first. But now I’m not that
worried cuz the goblins are scared of Oreo

an Silky’s claws. Plus, as long as I’m with Don’t Be Shy
Mom, I’m Crispy Biscuits. Me an Mom are
still sorta trainin’ each other.” We are always looking for pets
with interesting stories.
I smiled to myself. “How did you get that
cool name?”

“Ackshully, my shelter name was Nep- To set up an interview, email

tune. But Mom decided to name me after [email protected].

her Dad, who worked in the West Virginia

Extra-large Vista Royale condo
has sophisticated vibe

21 Pine Arbor Lane, Apt. 206, in Vista Royale: 2-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,095-square-foot condo offered for $225,000
by Phil Sunkel of Alex MacWilliam Real Estate: 772-538-2339

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Extra-large Vista Royale condo has sophisticated vibe

owner, as well as smaller, perfectly chosen
and placed objets d’art, all of which are in-
cluded in the price.

The plentiful white cabinetry, white tile
splash in the all-new kitchen are beauti-
fully accented by the stainless-steel appli-
ances and the long stretch of warm, hon-
ey-gold birch butcher block counters.

A two-level counter on the living room
side of the kitchen contains a breakfast bar
and double stainless sink positioned so
that, while doing sink chores, you can also
have an outdoor view.

On the exterior wall, the side-by-side
fridge/freezer, flanked by large windows,
separates the kitchen from the dining
area. The beautiful birch counter extends
wall-to-wall, creating additional work-
space as well as a handsome dry bar for
the dining room. A gold cylindrical pen-
dant delineates and illuminates the din-
ing space.

By Samantha Rohlfing Baita | Staff Writer
[email protected]

A light-filled gem in the well-tended
and well-landscaped Vista Royale 55-plus
community, this second-floor corner unit
is unique not only in its sweeping Scan-
dinavian redesign by the owner, a well-
known local artist, but also because, at
nearly 1,100 square feet, it is larger than
other nearby units. It would make a great
winter home for snowbirds seeking sun-
shine, an outstanding forever home,
or you might choose to rent it out for a
healthy return.

Beautifully updated with an airy, open
central kitchen/living/dining room space,
this must-see corner condo, located at 21
Pine Arbor Lane, Apt. 206, awaits your per-
sonal touch with its glowing white ceiling,
walls, blinds, ceiling fans and woodwork,
and a handsome flow of gray-toned luxury
vinyl and tile flooring.

Your designated parking lot space is The primary suite boasts another lovely
only steps away from the front door of this white-on-white accent wall, and offers a
terrific find – out the door, down the stairs roomy closet, sleek ceiling fan and an ex-
or elevator and you’re there. And this gor- ceptionally stylish bathroom with gray tile
geous retreat is also a less-than-a-minute floor, white and gray striated shower, and
scoot from the community clubhouse, cultured marble vanity top in handsome
pool, tennis courts and other amenities. contrast to the dark wood cabinetry.

Even before crossing the threshold, the The guest bedroom contains a closet,
charming starfish door knocker offers a lighted ceiling fan and a corner window.
delightful welcome.
Both bedrooms have their own glass
Inside, the Scandinavian influence of slider door access to what could well be-
the extensive redo is immediately ap- come everyone’s favorite room – the long,
parent in the clean, all-white interior. An enclosed, air-conditioned corner porch
accent wall in the spacious living/dining with windows wall-to-wall on both sides.
area – a subtle, textured white on white de- Natural light and privacy are well accom-
sign – adds a sophisticated touch. modated with bamboo pull-down shades
and a low panel of frosted glass.
Strategically placed throughout the
home are colorful paintings by the artist From the white, tongue-in-groove porch

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ceiling, another lighted fan stirs the air,
and the gray-and-white palette continues
here with subtly-patterned floor tile. The
has a Zen-like serenity, and would serve
well for relaxing, napping, unwinding, or
as an artist’s studio or office.

The home’s second full bathroom also is
a gray and white charmer, and a hallway
closet provides additional storage space.

Vista Royale is adjacent to the world
renowned McKee Botanical Gardens; an
easy drive to Vero’s long U.S. 1 South com-
mercial district, as well as to the down-
town gallery and restaurant/pub district.
It’s also only minutes to the Intracoastal
bridge and Vero’s renowned seaside village
with its wealth of shops, restaurants, pubs,
salons, galleries and resorts, as well as Riv-
erside Park, the professional theater, mari-
na and art museum. 


Neighborhood: Vista Royale

Year built: 1976

Extensive re-model: 2021

Construction: CBS

Home size: 1,095 square feet

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Additional features:
Assigned parking space; new

AC; new doors; renovated
bathrooms and large, en-
closed, air-conditioned porch;
all new appliances; sliding
doors; blinds; community
amenities include billiard
room, clubhouse, fitness
center, library, shuffleboard,
tennis court, pool; and on-

site property manager.

Listing agency:
Alex MacWilliam Real Estate

Listing agent:
Phil Sunkel, 772-538-2339

Listing price: $225,000

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The last full week of October saw a modest 30 transactions of single-family residences and lots on
the mainland (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was in Vero Beach, where the home at 13 Starfish Dr. – first listed in
August for $1,300,000 – sold for $1,200,000 on Oct. 21.
Representing the seller in the transaction was agent Gary Sutcliffe of ONE Sotheby’s International


VERO BEACH 13 STARFISH DR 8/16/2021 $1,300,000 10/21/2021 $870,000
SEBASTIAN 9572 RIVERSIDE DR 7/12/2021 $1,100,000 10/22/2021 $765,000
VERO BEACH 1685 LEE AVE 9/14/2021 $769,000 10/20/2021 $630,000
SEBASTIAN 1521 EAGLES CIR 8/19/2021 $655,000 10/21/2021 $525,000
VERO BEACH 1310 S VILLAGE 8/11/2021 $490,000 10/22/2021 $500,000
SEBASTIAN 377 SEBASTIAN CROSSINGS BLVD 9/20/2021 $495,000 10/20/2021 $464,000
VERO BEACH 606 BRIDGEWATER LN SW 8/18/2021 $499,900 10/19/2021 $460,000
VERO BEACH 5175 ELEUTHRA CIR 9/11/2021 $460,000 10/20/2021 $453,500
VERO BEACH 5523 55TH TER 9/1/2021 $495,000 10/18/2021 $450,000
VERO BEACH 1809 BERKSHIRE CIR SW 7/24/2021 $450,000 10/20/2021 $440,000
VERO BEACH 605 BRIDGEWATER LN SW 1/26/2021 $469,900 10/20/2021 $420,000
SEBASTIAN 28 SUNSET DR 8/17/2021 $425,000 10/19/2021 $395,000
VERO BEACH 511 S VALENCIA CIR SW 9/17/2021 $379,900 10/22/2021 $390,000
VERO BEACH 2014 GREY FALCON CIR SW 8/31/2021 $399,900 10/20/2021 $370,000
VERO BEACH 1927 GREY FALCON CIR SW 8/4/2021 $389,900 10/18/2021 $341,000
SEBASTIAN 401 CARAVAN TER 8/18/2021 $350,000 10/19/2021 $340,000
SEBASTIAN 627 BRUSH FOOT DR 7/27/2021 $340,000 10/20/2021 $325,000
VERO BEACH 1335 37TH AVE 8/20/2021 $335,000 10/19/2021 $319,000
VERO BEACH 1475 11TH LN 8/26/2021 $319,000 10/18/2021 $295,000
VERO BEACH 1445 34TH AVE 8/19/2021 $295,000 10/20/2021 $295,000
VERO BEACH 1632 POINTE WEST WAY 9/15/2021 $295,000 10/18/2021 $282,000
SEBASTIAN 9612 RIVERSIDE DR UNIT#102 8/7/2021 $325,000 10/18/2021 $280,500
VERO BEACH 1680 5TH CT 10/5/2021 $265,000 10/22/2021 $280,000
VERO BEACH 4013 57TH TER 5/26/2021 $289,000 10/20/2021 $275,000
VERO BEACH 9886 E VILLA CIR 9/20/2021 $259,900 10/21/2021 $272,957
VERO BEACH 6084 SCOTT STORY WAY 9/17/2020 $262,676 10/19/2021 $260,000
SEBASTIAN 442 LANFAIR AVE 8/30/2021 $275,000 10/18/2021 $252,000
VERO BEACH 9910 E VILLA CIR 9/3/2021 $250,000 10/21/2021

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9572 Riverside Dr, Sebastian 1685 Lee Ave, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 7/12/2021 Listing Date: 9/14/2021
Original Price: $1,100,000 Original Price: $769,000
Sold: 10/22/2021 Sold: 10/20/2021
Selling Price: $870,000 Selling Price: $765,000
Listing Agent: Joti Hahn Listing Agent: Eddie Branigan

Selling Agent: RE/MAX Crown Realty Selling Agent: ONE Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

Rocky Lee II Eddie Branigan

Palm & Pine R.E. Advisors LLC ONE Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

1521 Eagles Cir, Sebastian 1310 S Village, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 8/19/2021 Listing Date: 8/11/2021
Original Price: $655,000 Original Price: $490,000
Sold: 10/21/2021 Sold: 10/22/2021
Selling Price: $630,000 Selling Price: $525,000
Listing Agent: Susan Maitner Listing Agent: Ryan Hoosier

Selling Agent: Coldwell Banker Paradise Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty

Richard van Zyl Cheryl Goff

Atlantic Shores Realty Execs RE/MAX Crown Realty

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By Pam Harbaugh | Correspondent

No better way to kick off the holi-
day season than with music. And
for Vero Beach residents, you have
quite the range of opportunities this

1 First, it’s the Vero Beach High
School Jazz Band which will
perform in concert 7 p.m. tonight,
Thursday, Nov. 4., in the Vero Beach
High School Performing Arts Cen-
ter, 1707 16th St. Tickets are $12 and
$12. There will also be a livestream
concert which costs $5. Call 772-
564-5537 or visit VeroBeachPer-

2 Next it’s the Navy SEAL Mu-
seum’s 36th Annual Muster
and Music Festival. The entire
two-day event runs 4 p.m. to 7
p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 and 8 a.m. to
evening, Saturday, Nov. 6. Friday’s
schedule includes a 5K muster
and challenge, a Chad Wilkinson
workout, which raises awareness
and funds for veterans struggling
with PTSD, traumatic brain injury
and blast wave injuries. There will
also be a special membership din-
ner on Friday. Saturday’s schedule
includes a 5K Beach Challenge,
discounted admission to the mu-
seum, special guest speakers, an
official 11 a.m. muster with Frog-X
Parachute jump-in, a K-9 tactical
display, a rifle raffle and a book
signing. The music happens 1
p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with the
American Rogues and the Outta
Hand Band. The live music will
be staged on top of the museum’s
MK-V Assault Craft. There will be
food trucks on site all day Satur-
day. The National Navy UDT-SEAL
Museum is at 3300 North Highway


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Two-dimensional mixed media artist
Christine Peloquin was just a child when she
declared that she was going to be an artist,
an ambition she has successfully realized.

“Art is my therapy. If I didn’t have art, yoga
practice and my family, I would not be the
person that I am,” says Peloquin, who will
join mosaic artist Anita Prentice as a guest
artist throughout November at Gallery 14 in
downtown Vero Beach.

Peloquin’s exhibition, Facing Truth,
and Prentice’s Visions of a Song exhibit
will open with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8
p.m. on Friday Nov. 5 during the First Fri-
day Gallery Stroll.

“I was drawing at 3 years old,” recalls Pel-
oquin. Throughout her childhood in Rhode
Island, and later in high school after her
family relocated to Orlando, she enrolled in
every art class possible to further her desire.

After graduation, she headed off to Rollins Christine Peloquin. PHOTOS: KAILA JONES
College in Winter Park, Fla., where she ma-
jored in art with a minor in business.

Peloquin worked for several theme parks
as a scenic artist in Orlando, before starting
her own company, initially traveling around
the U.S. painting commercial murals and
faux finishing. Over the past 30 years, her
artwork has garnered national attention,
and can now be seen in private collections
and art galleries across the country. She
currently lives in Sorrento, Fla., with fiancée
Heather and sons Nate and Nick.

Peloquin says she was greatly influenced
by her mother, grandmother and aunts, who
exposed her at an early age to the fiber arts
and encouraged the pursuit of her talents.
She quickly learned that she was only limit-

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ed by her own imagination and would later ures are not about portraiture in the sense of with an expression.” oquin will offer a three-day workshop at the
branch out to cultivate a palate of assorted capturing a likeness, but about capturing an Two years ago, Peloquin branched out into nearby VBAC Annex. Entitled Drawing and
forms of media. essence,” Peloquin explains. Painting on Mixed Media Collage, the work-
publishing with her first children’s book, “If shop will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“My mom said I drew a floorplan of our “I do some portraiture, but they’re not re- You Could Tell Time, What Would You Tell Nov. 12-14.
house when I was 4. I was designing dresses ally specific people. They are autobiograph- It?” featuring mixed media and watercolor
as a kid, and my cousin told me I was the only ical, because instead of capturing a likeness, illustrations. “A lot of people who take my workshops
sixth-grader she ever knew who was design- I’m trying to capture emotion and a feeling have never done mixed media. They do
ing wallpaper,” Peloquin recalls. with the piece; to capture a moment in time Through a special collaboration between watercolor, or they do oil painting. I like in-
Gallery 14 and the Vero Beach Art Club, Pel- troducing other techniques to them. I want
Today, while she continues to dabble in people to add new techniques to what they
watercolors and oils, Peloquin’s preferred do already, to be able to find their own voice,
medium is drawing and painting on fabric their own palette and their own way of doing
and paper collage. things,” says Peloquin.

“I grew up sewing, but I’d much rather For more information about the class, visit
glue things down. I love color and pattern For show
and design,” says Peloquin, who first sketch- details, visit 
es with charcoal, which she says can be easi-
ly altered if she makes a mistake.

Although her subjects are typically the
faces and figures of women and children,
she also enjoys working on landscapes
and abstracts.

“I love drawing, love painting, love col-
lage. I came up with this style over the last
couple of decades, incorporating all those
things that I love into one piece, because I
wanted a little bit of everything in there,”
says Peloquin.

Her process, she explains, has evolved
over the years through experimentation, and
she has since created a stockpile of collages.

“That way, I have an inventory of different
panels so that when I do get an image in my
head or my heart, then I pick the panel that
works with it the best.”

To create a collage, she arranges fabric
and paper in patterns akin to a quilt, be-
fore adhering the pieces to wood panels.
Peloquin uses a myriad of materials for the
collage – what she calls the understory of
the final piece.

Materials have included antique textiles,
contemporary fabrics, tablecloths, vintage
dictionary pages and sheets from old chil-
dren’s schoolbooks, atlases, architectural
plans and wallpaper. You might also spot
napkins, lace, buttons, flowers and leaves,
along with myriad other papers and 2D
found objects.

When inspired to do so, she can also
print and design her own fabric and paper,
the choices all driven by what she feels at
the time.

“I’m constantly buying and making pa-
pers and fabrics. I just let them speak to me.
Then I just start cutting and ripping and
shredding and placing things, letting them
organically grow from there.”

After applying a translucent matte or
polymer medium atop the collage, it needs to
cure for about 24 hours. Once dry, Peloquin
draws her figures using charcoal, before em-
ploying acrylics and other media to fill in the
details. A final acrylic glaze ensures that the
paint will adhere to the canvas without over-
whelming the collage underneath.

Although her collages and paintings could
easily stand on their own, she says she sees
her collages as the collective story and per-
sonality of the images she superimposes on
her canvases.

“The collage coming through a face is
symbolic of all the layers of personality and
experience and thought. My faces and fig-

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A1A, Fort Pierce. Call 772-595-5845 or visit
Nav y Sea lMuseu

3 The Gifford Youth Orchestra will The
perform its 18th annual concert
Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Gifford Commu- 4 Space Coast Symphony Jazz Or-
nity Center. Last year’s concert was a vir- chestra performs “Basie on The
tual one, so Saturday’s concert should be Beatles” beginning 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov.
a pretty joyful event celebrating the stu- 7, at the Emerson Center. The idea here is
dents of the GYO program. Sponsored by
five Indian River County Rotary Clubs, the
special part of the concert is dedicated
to the Peace Initiative, which has its own
special composition written by musician
Jeryl Thompson. The GYO’s founder, Dr.
Crystal Bujol, says the board, staff and
teachers are excited about the concert.
“We are passionate about delivering our
trademark brand of music education to
enrich and empower the lives of more and
more children,” she says. The GYO is mu-
sic directed by Joan Haar and has piano
instruction by Sue Lorimier and vocal in-
struction by Lynn DiMenna. The GYO has
enriched the lives of more than 250 young
people who have gone through their pro-
gram. This 18th Annual Concert begins
2 p.m. at the Gifford Community Center,
4855 43rd Ave., Vero Beach. Admission is
free, but donations are accepted and will
help support student tuition scholarships.
Masks are not required, but recommend-
ed. For more information, call 772-213-
3007 or visit

what would the British music “invasion” gladly accepted. St. John of the Cross
sound like if American big band jazz great Catholic Church is at 7550 26th St., Vero
Count Basie would have used his swing Beach. Call 772-563-0057 or visit StJohns-
aesthetic to perform songs like “Hey
Jude,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Norwegian
Wood,” “Yesterday” and “Come Togeth- 6 Artist Josh McMiller makes his grand
er.” The concert is under the direction of entrance into Vero’s art scene with
Frank Wosar. Tickets are $30 general and “Revelations of Nature,” an exhibition of
free to 18 and younger. There are also his work running Nov. 5-30 at the Center
discounted tickets provided through the
organization’s Symphony for Everyone
initiative. The Emerson Center is at 1590
27th Ave., Vero Beach. Call 855-252-7276
or visit

5 Organist Ryan Kasten will perform
in a Patriotic Concert 7 p.m. Nov.
9 at the St. John of the Cross Catholic
Church. Joining Kasten will be the Para-

dise Women’s Chorale and the St. John’s for Spiritual Care. McMiller, who studied
Brass ensemble. The concert benefits the at the University of Alabama, has had work
Veterans Council of Indian River Coun- featured previously in group shows at the
ty. The concert is free, but donations are Birmingham Museum of Art. Most recent-
ly, McMiller lived in New York, where the
artist paid the bills by working as a model
for the storied Ford Agency. He appeared in
magazines like GB, Vogue and Cosmopoli-
tan. Now, having moved to Vero Beach, he
paints full time, creating vibrant, intense
floral and seascapes not contained by the
frame. Indeed, the paintings pour beyond
the “box.” The Center for Spiritual Care is
at 1550 24th St., Vero Beach. For more in-
formation, call 772-567-1233 or visit Cen- 

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By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist K Q 10 6432 J9875
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Jean de La Fontaine, a 17th-century French poet, wrote, “To win a race, the swiftness J87 432 10 9 6 5
of a dart / Availeth not without a timely start.”
To make a contract, the swiftness of a line of play availeth not without careful A K Q J 10
forethought. A
In this strange deal, South has one of the strongest hands you will ever see, and North AKQ
has almost the weakest hand possible. South understandably drove into six spades.
What should he have done after West led the heart king? Dealer: South; Vulnerable: Both

North’s three-club rebid was a double negative, warning of a very weak hand, typically The Bidding:
0-3 points. South tried to find a minor-suit fit before jumping to six spades. North put
down his hand with a feeling of foreboding and an “I tried to warn you” comment. SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
2 Clubs Pass 2 Diamonds Pass
Declarer had only 11 winners: five spades, one heart, two diamonds and three clubs. 2 Spades Pass 3 Clubs Pass LEAD:
His first thought was that he needed diamonds to split 3-3; but then he realized that 3 Diamonds Pass 3 Spades Pass K Hearts
he had a second chance if he played the cards in a timely fashion. 4 Clubs Pass 4 Spades Pass
6 Spades Pass Pass Pass
South won with his heart ace, drew one round of trumps, then made the key play of
leading a low diamond from his hand.

East took the trick and returned a heart, but South ruffed, cashed one more trump,
then played off his diamond ace-king. If the suit had divided 3-3, declarer would
have drawn the missing trump and claimed. Here, though, when East could not ruff,
declarer trumped his last diamond on the board, ruffed a club in his hand, removed
West’s final trump and claimed.

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ACROSS 98 Something to project on: 48 Puzzling The Washington Post
1 Hit the road abbr. 50 Ms. Redgrave
5 Tutu’s home: abbr. 51 Largest island in Japan’s PRESIDENTIAL STEW By Merl Reagle
9 Stinging bug 99 Author of The Late Shift (the
13 Muhammad Ali’s faith Leno-Letterman story) inland sea
18 Friend 52 “57 Varieties” company
19 Pointless 102 He played John-Boy on The 53 ___ La Douce
20 Sweet, to Gina Waltons 54 Clan
21 1/20th of a ream 56 With 117 Down, typical
22 1970s sitcom character 107 Poet Teasdale
25 Appears 108 Notion punny name for a seaside
26 Slanders 109 Certain vote tavern
27 “___ you ...?” (recognizer’s 110 Florida State players, for 57 Diamond stat
62 The Bridge ___
words) short Luis Rey
28 Battleship letters 112 Innies and outies 64 Inline roller
30 A long time 116 Coconut Grove locale 66 Pleasant, as weather
31 Staff symbol 118 Columnist (okay, so I lied a 67 “So long!”
33 Some Came Running Oscar 68 School course
little) 70 Pirate’s drink
nominee 121 Red dye used in staining 71 44 Down offering
36 Protestant reformer 72 A hard rain?
40 They, in French microscope slides 75 Get ___ (find work)
41 Awful long time 122 Japanese noodles 77 Nightwear, briefly
42 “___-doke!” 123 Mr. Saarinen 78 Iraq neighbor
43 Nighttime, to a Scot 124 Indian princess 80 Tennyson’s Arden
44 Wager 125 Like some warnings 82 Latin abbr.
45 Hydrocarbon ending 126 Celebrity 83 Is popular with customers
46 Baby’s word 127 Peeve 84 Booty
49 Hearst case “army”: abbr. 128 QuickDlyO, qWuicNkly 85 A single time
50 Planet reporter 86 Parking place, often
52 Hollywood leading man 1 Drops behind 88 Kramer’s neighbor
55 “42nd Street” composer 2 Type of sch. 89 Having more oomph
58 Oils and such 3 Ice chunk 95 Singer MacKenzie and
59 Old 4 Despotism others
60 Spanish queen 5 “Noon swoon” 96 Brilliant, as a performance
6 Short description? 97 Ex-premier of Israel Yitzhak
(or 45 Across spelled 7 Dog bug 98 Latin hymn, ___ Mater
backwards) 8 Hold back 99 Vacation isle
61 Cry Freedom subject Steve 9 More deserving 100 “I ___ tell a lie”
63 Prefix to “behavin’” 10 Roker and Gore 101 Part of U.A.E.
65 Dairy sound 11 Uses soap pads 102 Frosts
66 With 69 Across, a famous 12 Belarus city 103 Dostoevski novel (with The)
Philadelphian 13 Brain ratings 104 Stop
69 See 66 Across 14 Betty White on The Mary 105 Sweeties
72 Falstaff’s prince 106 Unwilling-to-get-up-yet
73 Ms. Lupino Tyler Moore Show sound
74 Ms. Pitts 15 Feudal lord 111 Cinematographer Nykvist
76 Online service, familiarly 16 With a gun 113 Historic times
77 Turns white 17 Complicated 114 Singer Horne or Russian
79 Resident suffix 20 Mar, as a car river
81 “Fire and Rain” singer 23 Food store: abbr. 115 Salon sound
87 NFL coach turned sports 24 Lobby plant 117 See 56 Down
analyst 29 Mia Farrow thriller, ___ Evil 119 “___ little teapot ...”
90 Miss ___ USA 32 Ms. Verdugo 120 Shapiro of NPR
91 An example 34 Extremely
92 Underhanded 35 Incessantly
93 Home: abbr. 36 “The Black Babe Ruth,” ___
94 Erstwhile wagering sign in
N.Y.C. Gibson
95 Country colleen 37 Ark. neighbor
96 ___ Raton 38 Pick up sound
97 Knight’s title 39 Swerve
44 Safe place
45 Actor John who wed Patty

46 Boarded
47 Popular cookie

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ONGOING 4 EmptyBowls-Full HeartsSoup Bowltobenefit a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. at Riverview Park, a week- 7 We Golf Fore Habitat, 11 a.m. at Big Shots
the Samaritan Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the end of clams and entertainment to benefit lo- Golf to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s
Check with organizations directly for up- Heritage Center, featuring some 1,200 hand-craft- cal charities supported by Sebastian Clambake Scholarship Program, with golf, games, refresh-
dates/cancellations. ed bowls made by local potters. Suggested $15 Foundation. 772-473-3836 ments and raffles. 772-562-9860
minimum donation per bowl. $10 per chance to
Vero Beach Museum of Art: Martin Puryear, win handmade soup tureens. 772-770-3039 6 Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, 10 a.m. to 7 Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra
Printmaker; and American Perspectives, Stories 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, featur- presents Basie on the Beatles, with con-
from the American Folk Art Museum Collec- 4 Vero Beach High School Jazz Band Con- ing roughly 70 vehicles. Suggested $5 donation to ductor Frank Wosar giving Beatles tunes a jazzy
tion, through Jan. 2. 772-231-0707 cert, 7 p.m. at VBHS PAC. 772-564-5537 benefit FPC Men’s Charity Fund. Advance vehicle twist ala Count Basie, 3 p.m. at the Emerson
registration $15; $20 event day. 772-226-7911 Center. 855-252-7276
40th annual Best of the Best Juried Exhi- 4 National Philanthropy Day, hosted by the
bition at A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, thru Association of Fundraising Professionals 6 Gifford Youth Orchestra Annual Concert, 2 8 Pro-Am Golf Tournament to benefit Boys
Nov. 12. to recognize the contributions of individuals p.m. at the Gifford Community Center, with & Girls Clubs of IRC, 8:30 a.m. shotgun
and businesses to charitable organizations, a special composition dedicated to the Peace start at Riomar Golf Club, followed by lunch
Riverside Theatre: Weekly Friday &. Satur- 11:30 a.m. at Quail Valley River Club. $75. 772- Initiative sponsored by local Rotary Clubs. Free; and awards. $600 pp. 772-299-7449
day Comedy Zone, 7 and 9 p.m. on the Waxlax 299-7449 donations appreciated to support student tuition
Stage ($20), and Live on the Loop concerts, scholarships and instruments. 772-213-3007 9 ‘Wonderfully Made’ Fall Fundraiser to
5:30 to 9 p.m. (free; tickets required). 772- 5|6 Muster and Music Festival at the Navy benefit Care Net, 6 p.m. at the Intergen-
231-6990 SEAL Museum, with 6 p.m. Fri. mem- 7 Walk-A-Thon for Military Suicide Aware- erational Center with keynote speaker Gov.
bership dinner and a full day of activities Sat.: 8 a.m. ness, a 2.2-mile Walk and Veterans Expo Mike Huckabee. $100. 772-569-7939
First Friday Gallery Strolls in Downtown Vero Muster 5K Beach Challenge; 11 a.m. Muster Cere- presented American Gold Star Mothers of IRC.
Beach Arts District, monthly from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. mony, tactical demo and K9 tactical display; and 1 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. walk from Riverside 10-21 Vero Beach Theatre Guild
p.m. to 4 p.m. live music. Park Grand Pavilion to Veterans Memorial Island presents Anthony Schaf-
NOVEMBER Sanctuary and back, to benefit Dogs for Life, Next fer’s Tony Award winning whodunit “Sleuth.”
5-7 Sebastian Clambake, 2 to 9 p.m. Generation Veterans and Mental Health Assoc. 772-562-8300
Fri., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat. and 11 $35. or 570-885-2811
11 Veterans Day Ceremony, 8:45 a.m. at Vet-
Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN erans Memorial Island, with guest speak-
in October 28, 2021 Edition 1 WART 1 WATTLEANDDAUB er Col. Carlos Halcomb, USAF (Ret.) and the unveil-
3 EARL 2 RUBUP ing and dedication of a WWI Memorial by Military
6 OOH 4 ATONED Officers of America, IRC. If inclement weather, cer-
9 TABLEFOOTBALL 5 LUTE emony will be at VBHS PAC. 772-410-5820
12 AGUE 7 HELTERSKELTER 12 Literacy Services of Indian River Coun-
13 DAL 8 DECIBEL ty 50th Anniversary Launch Party, 6
15 ADDLED 11 DAM to 8 p.m. at Brackett Library, a literacy-themed
18 MOSSES 14 LOGBOOK family event with activities indoors and outside
19 LAG 16 DEFICIT offered by partner agencies Ballet Vero Beach,
21 DEFT 17 DAB Big Brothers Big Sisters, Buggy Bunch, Environ-
22 BARBECUE 20 GALORE mental Learning Center, Laura (Riding) Jackson
25 ARCHAEOLOGIST 23 CRIME Foundation and Learning Alliance. Free. Prizes to
26 BAT 24 GAME the first 300 to complete all activities, and Kona
27 EDEN Ice to the first 100 attendees.

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