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06/21/2018 ISSUE 25

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Lyme disease grows as
threat here. P46
Brian Heady
sues Vero. P8

Home in Shores sold
in a spirited auction. P10

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MY VERO SRMC not helped
by Medicare delay
BY RAY MCNULTY on ratings update

Keys fishing village says
Publix is good neighbor

Based on his small, seaside Small Publix supermarket, at first vehemently opposed, wins support of community in Keys fishing village of Islamorada. BY MICHELLE GENZ
community’s experience with Staff Writer
Publix, which overcame nearly Escrow agent convicted in Heaton hotel case
a decade of tiny-but-tenacious When Steward Health took
opposition to finally open a su- BY BETH WALTON tive buyers to the Ocean Drive ers to secure the funds they over Sebastian River Medical
permarket in Islamorada last Staff Writer development during the real- needed to complete construc- Center and two Brevard hos-
month, the mayor of that Flor- estate slow down. tion of Vero’s most luxurious pitals last May from Commu-
ida Keys fishing village says A federal jury last week found hotel without proper scrutiny, nity Health Systems, company
Orchid-area residents have the lawyer who performed es- This gave banks a false im- argued Joseph Capone, Spe- leaders had to know the insti-
nothing to worry about. crow work a decade ago for pression of the viability of the tutions had some preexisting
luxury condominium units at project and allowed develop- CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 conditions.
Publix would be a good the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa
neighbor. guilty of conspiracy and bank Delay in PSC’s formal approval of That became all too clear
fraud. Unlike hotel developer electric sale not seen delaying close in April when, one year into
“They’ll bend over back- George Heaton and another Steward’s ownership but with
wards to accommodate you,” co-defendant, Eric Granitur, 60, BY LISA ZAHNER to Florida Power & Light is not limited fresh data from its ten-
Islamorada Mayor Chris Sante maintained his innocence and Staff Writer likely to hinder an Oct. 1 clos- ure, the Sebastian hospital was
said of Publix officials, who took his case to trial. He now ing, in which the deal would be slapped with an F grade in the
told Orchid earlier this month faces up to 30 years in prison. An unexpected 10-day delay completed and the keys to the widely used Leapfrog Safety
they will submit a site plan to in the Florida Public Service utility handed over to FPL. report. Steward’s Brevard hos-
build a downsized supermar- Prosecutors alleged Grani- Commission’s formal ruling pitals earned Ds.
ket that would anchor a six- tur, Heaton and others lied to following a June 5 vote to ap- Typically, a formal ruling in-
store shopping area on Coun- lenders about incentive pro- prove the sale of Vero Electric tended to flesh out and justify If Steward was hoping to
grams, such as cash-to-close
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 rebates, used to lure prospec- CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

Shores officers save County approves new
life of John’s Island rules for accelerating
Alzheimer’s patient septic-to-sewer switch

BY BETH WALTON BY KATHLEEN SLOAN
Staff Writer Staff Writer

A middle-of-the-night deci- Several years after it became
sion by two Indian River Shores clear leaky septic systems are
Police Officers to go back to the damaging the Indian River La-
shoreline and look again may goon, the County Commission
have saved a missing John’s Is- last week finally took signifi-
land woman’s life. cant action to start switching
properties from septic to sew-
The Alzheimer’s patient had er, inserting a chapter in the
wandered away from her home 2030 Comprehensive Plan that
on Coconut Palm Road around includes six objectives and 30
11 p.m. last Saturday. Officers
CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
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My Vero lot lights, which they made dimmer to fered to celebrate the occasion. ness people who know what they’re do-
be less intrusive to the store’s residential Villagers and visitors were so excited ing,” Hull said. “They came in very much
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 neighbors. I’ve been very impressed. attuned to our needs and interests.”
about Publix’s arrival that Nicole Krauss,
ty Road 510 in the southeast corner of “They went above and beyond.” regional spokesperson for the Lakeland- Of course, the comparison between
the town. It should come as no surprise, then, based company, told the Miami Herald Islamorada and Orchid only goes so far.
that the new Publix in Islamorada – the in May: “People started easy-online or-
“For us, it was a long, sometimes- 34,000-square-foot supermarket was dering from the deli last night, before There was a greater need for a Pub-
torturous process, but through it built on the bay side of U.S. 1, near mile we opened our doors. We’ve never had lix in Islamorada than on the northern
all, they listened to us, made adjust- marker 83 – has enjoyed early success. that happen before.” tier of our barrier island, where Or-
ments and followed through,” Sante Judy Hull, executive director of the chid-area residents currently can drive
continued. “If the planners say a wall Islamorada Chamber of Commerce, Also popular was the company’s de- less than three miles to the Publix on
needs to be built as a buffer, Publix’s said there was a “festive feel” at the cision to open the Islamorada store at U.S. 1 and Barber Street in Sebastian or
response was, ‘Where do you want it?’ store’s grand opening on May 24, when 6 a.m. – an hour earlier than most of its just over five miles to the store on U.S.
and ‘What do you want it to look like?’ a steady stream of shoppers filled the locations – to meet the needs of the com- 1 and 53rd Street in Vero Beach.
160-space parking lot and packed the munity’s many fishermen, who stop in to
“And the same was true with landscape aisles, where many of them took ad- buy breakfast food and deli sandwiches Before the Islamorada store opened
and trees, complying with our architec- vantage of the free samples Publix of- for lunch before heading out on the water. its doors, the nearest Publix super-
tural standards, and even the parking- markets were nearly 20 miles to the
“Publix is run by some very savvy busi- north in Key Largo and more than 30
miles to the south in Marathon.

There are smaller markets in the
village, but locals say prices in those
stores tend to be noticeably higher
than in chain supermarkets – because,
until last month, shoppers were will-
ing to pay for the convenience of
shopping close to home.

The closest chain supermarket was a
Winn Dixie in Tavernier, just over a mile
south of Islamorada’s village limits.

“There are a lot of people who pre-
fer Publix, and they’d drive the 20 or 30
miles to shop there,” Hull said. “Now,
they don’t have to.”

That probably explains why village
officials have heard so few complaints
since Publix opened.

In fact, Sante said he had received
only two complaints – both from
women who were opposed to the Pub-
lix project from the outset and later
joined the lawsuit to stop it.

“I heard from them the first two
days the store was open, and I haven’t
received one complaint from anyone
since,” Sante said. “After everything we
went through, the reception Publix has
received here has been phenomenal.

“There have been no problems at all.”
Sante said the supermarket, which
sits on a 4.6-acre parcel that previous-
ly contained an abandoned bowling
alley and garage, was built in compli-
ance with Islamorada’s architectural
standards and “looks really good.”
He also said there have been “none
of the traffic issues” predicted by the
group of locals that opposed Publix’s
plans and went to court to try to stop
them, primarily because the Florida
Department of Transportation required
the installation of a turning lane at the
entrance to the store’s parking lot.
Sante said the group opposed to
the Publix project was not large in
number, “just a few homeowners with
money” that were willing to take the
fight to court to prevent a big-box
store from coming into a community
known for its smaller, locally-owned
shops and businesses.
That battle went on for years before
a judge ruled in favor of the developer,
Equity Development Group, in 2016

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– three years after the Village Council Many of those residents have ex- opposed building a Publix in Islamorada. ated by trucks making deliveries in the
had approved the project. pressed concerns about the possible “I understand those concerns,” he wee hours of the morning.
negative impacts of a Publix-anchored
The developer and Publix also en- strip mall, citing increased traffic on said, “so let me share this story.” “Publix already had built an 8-foot-
dured a 2014 referendum that asked 510, noise emanating from the com- He then recalled meeting a woman high wall and planted some vegetation
Islamorada voters to approve a law plex, security issues, stormwater man- to create a buffer, and we haven’t had a
limiting commercial development agement, aesthetics, and the intrusive at the grand opening, which he said single complaint,” Sante said. “But they
within the four-island, 18-mile-long aura of parking-lot lighting. attracted “every bigwig in town.” The told us if the noise becomes a problem,
village to 10,000 square feet. The pro- woman lives in a neighborhood adja- they would change their delivery times
posed ordinance was defeated. Sante remembered hearing many of cent to Publix and, while talking with to a little later in the morning.
those same concerns from those who village and company officials, she
“Once they lost the big-box argu- raised concerns about the noise cre- “That says a lot.” 
ment, they went to traffic and noise
and lights,” said Sante, who is in his Exclusively John’s Island
10th year on the Village Council and
fourth as mayor. “But, working with Nestled along a quiet, private street is this beautiful 3BR/3.5BA lakefront
Publix, we addressed those issues and home with desirable SE exposure and breathtaking water views. The
softened the impact of having a big- gracious living room with fireplace and expansive lanai open to the
box-type store in Islamorada. outdoor living areas, perfect for entertaining or relaxing by the pool.
Sited on .67± acres, the 3,960± GSF home offers an island kitchen
“You can ask almost anyone who with breakfast area, dining room and wet bar, luxurious master suite,
lives here,” he added, “and they’ll tell updated bathrooms, wood floors, new landscaping, and a 2-car garage.
you they’re glad Publix is here.” 771 Shady Lake Lane : $2,295,000

And just so you know: Sante believes three championship golf courses : 17 har-tru courts : beach club : squash
people in the Orchid area will say the health & fitness center : pickleball : croquet : vertical equity membership
same, if the town approves Publix’s
plans to open a store there. 772.231.0900 : Vero Beach, FL : JohnsIslandRealEstate.com

The Orchid Town Council, though,
isn’t expected to take up the matter un-
til the fall.

Town Manager Noah Powers said
Friday he had not yet received an ap-
plication from Publix to develop the
seven-acre parcel on the north side of
510, immediately west of Jungle Trail.

Orchid’s Local Planning Agency and
Town Council both must approve Pub-
lix’s application, which will include a site
plan and traffic-impact study, and both
are legally required to conduct public
hearings before voting on the proposal.

And neither the planning agency
nor council meet during the summer
months.

“We’re probably looking at Novem-
ber for the LPA and December for the
Town Council,” Powers said.

With a standing-room-only crowd at-
tending the April 4 Town Council meet-
ing, Publix representatives outlined
their plans to build a 31,000-square-foot
supermarket – slightly smaller than the
store in Islamorada – that would anchor
a shopping area with five other stores.

The design of the building would
reflect the British West Indies theme
consistent with the Orchid area, and
the property would be extensively
landscaped to create buffers that
would screen the shopping area from
adjacent neighborhoods.

The Publix would face north, to-
ward the Orchid Island Golf & Beach
Club’s golf course, with the rear of the
supermarket backing up to 510 and
the parking lot in front.

Powers said he “hasn’t heard any-
thing” from those opposed to the de-
velopment.

The small shopping center would
be built entirely within Orchid’s town
limits, which means residents of near-
by developments located in unincor-
porated Indian River County have no
voice in the town’s decision.

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SRMC quality rating Steward’s leadership, which officially healthcare associated infections, timely The unanimous vote in favor of the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 began in May 2017. and effective care, and outcome mea- new rules lags action taken by neigh-
sures, which includes 30-day mortality, boring lagoon counties and is far
see a more positive review in a dif- It’s not known how the new data 30-day readmissions, and what Medi- from aggressive, but it is a start.
ferent safety measure, Medicare’s star would have affected the overall star care calls patient safety indicators.
ratings, it will have to wait. Last week ratings of Steward’s Florida hospitals, About 50 percent of the county’s resi-
Medicare announced its anticipated but for now, December’s disappoint- The Medicare data is important be- dences and businesses – 35,000 – are on
July update on overall hospital qual- ing ratings will stand, though they are yond its own star ratings. Leapfrog, in septic systems, and about half of those
ity will be delayed over controversy on based almost entirely on data from calculating its letter-grade safety rat- were built before 1983 with only 6 inch-
how it weights its data. the era of the prior owner, Community ings, draws heavily from Medicare data, es of separation between the drain field
Health Systems, or CHS. combining that information with data and the wet-season water table, often
That means last December’s ratings, from its own hospital surveys. Chief located close to drinking water wells
which are not flattering to Steward’s local Out of a possible five stars, Sebas- among the problems it noted at Sebas- and ecologically sensitive waterbodies.
hospitals, could remain on Medicare’s tian earned two stars as did Rockledge tian were patient falls – among the worst Poorly designed and largely worn out,
Hospital Compare website for months. Regional Hospital; Melbourne Region- in the nation; bed sores three times the the systems leak household chemicals
al rated only one star – a dim constel- national average; and a startlingly high and nitrogen into the groundwater and
Enter Sebastian River Medical Cen- lation of assets when viewed alongside rate of objects left in a patient’s body lagoon, poisoning marine life and feed-
ter on the site’s search feature, and a the dismal Leapfrog grades for what after surgery, 16 times the national av- ing destructive algae blooms.
wide range of problems are revealed, has become the largest private for- erage. All the figures date back to when
including problems not covered in the profit health system in the U.S. the hospital was owned by CHS. The plan approved last Tuesday
Leapfrog report. aims to eliminate about 6,000 septic
Steward has already been informed The star ratings have been contro- systems by 2025, increasing the per-
Hospital Compare dings Sebastian of Medicare’s newest star rating, which versial since they first came out two centage of homes and businesses con-
for a high rate of readmission after total is shown to hospitals in advance so they years ago. Last July’s ratings were simi- nected to sewers from 50 to 60 percent.
hip or knee replacement, a high rate of can review and comment. Steward re- larly delayed until December 2017.
potentially unnecessary CT scans, and a fused to release those preliminary rat- The Centers for Medicare and Medic- Scientists first expressed concern
rate of follow-up outpatient breast im- ings, though at least one hospital has. aid Services has not said how long this about nitrogen pollution in the lagoon
aging that is more than twice the nation- latest delay will be.  about eight years ago. Unprecedented
al average; Medicare notes a high rate of If data is updated as expected in July, algae blooms in 2011 and 2012 that
follow-up imaging could mean patients consumers would see the old star rating, Septic-to-sewer killed a majority of the seagrass in the
are getting unnecessary screenings. but with a little searching could find the estuary heightened the sense of alarm.
specific procedures or categories with CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
While the star ratings won’t change, considerably more data drawn since Beginning in 2013, research done at
a data update will go forward as May 2017. Expected updates include policy statements aimed at reducing Harbor Branch by Dr. Brian Lapointe
scheduled on the Hospital Compare data on outpatient imaging efficiency, pollution from human waste. showed much of the nitrogen in the
site. That update, due July 25, should a mixed bag for Steward’s prior owner, lagoon comes from human waste.
include at least some results under CHS, with some areas of concern.
Reacting to Lapointe’s findings and
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septic to sewer project on the Sebas- dug up, didn’t want to pay for sewers Stoddard last year that ranked the top The top five subdivisions targeted
tian waterfront in partnership with and wanted to know why their neigh- 35 of 325 subdivisions in the county for conversion are Floravon Shores
the city. At the same time, it floated borhood was being singled out. that should be converted from septic with 36 homes costing about $10,500
the idea of installing a sewer system to sewer based on age of the systems, each to be converted to a county
in Summerplace on the island, but Backing off in the face of furious proximity to water bodies, population gravity system; a section of Sebas-
that effort was turned back by angry resistance to that project, the county density, flood-plain proximity, soil- tian Highlands with 27 homes costing
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Septic-to-sewer ter of a mile of a county sewer line condominium units at the Vero Beach Benedict Kuehne, his lawyer, quizzed
must hook up to the sewer if capacity Hotel and Spa were not properly dis- the panel about their ability to be fair.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 exists. If capacity does not exist, the closed, Capone said. This gave the He asked them if they understood how
development won’t be approved. banks a false sense of confidence that plea agreements work and reminded
about $12,700 each to be converted the buyer would be able to repay his them such testimony is given in ex-
to a county vacuum system; another Single septic systems in rural areas mortgage loan. change for leniency at sentencing.
section of Sebastian Highlands with beyond the county’s centralized sys-
404 homes costing about $12,700 tem will be allowed with Department Financial institutions funded mort- Heaton, who had struck a deal with
each to be converted to a county vac- of Health oversight. New permits for gages totaling more than $20 million, prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a
uum system; Hobart Landing Unit 2 septic systems will not exceed 200 according to court records, and some of lesser charge, testified against Grani-
with 26 homes costing about $26,200 annually.  the units went into foreclosure, costing tur at the trial. The developer now fac-
each to be converted to a county grav- the banks an estimated $3.3 million. es no more than five years in prison.
ity system; and Orchid Island No. 2 with Escrow agent convicted
22 homes costing about $28,800 each to CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 It’s troubling when a seller is pay- Heaton’s accountant, who oversaw
be converted to a county low pressure ing a buyer to purchase something. It the deal, and the buyer, Stephen Mc-
system. cial Assistant U.S. Attorney. The pros- shows how desperate Heaton was to Kenzie, also entered guilty pleas. They,
ecutor specializes in real-estate fraud sell those units, Capone explained. “If too, are looking at no more than five
The county will pick up half the con- and travelled from Washington, D.C. this transaction was done the way it years behind bars.
version cost with grant money, and of- to West Palm Beach for the trial. was supposed to be done, we wouldn’t
fer a 10-year, low-interest finance plan be here today,” he said. Kuehne told the jury Granitur was a
to help property owners pay the other Granitur’s escrow company, Live Oak part-time lawyer and a full-time dad,
half. Participation will be voluntary. Title, represented a prospective buyer This “secret side agreement” was someone who spent as much time vol-
of several pre-construction condomin- intentionally concealed to ensure the unteering in the garden at his children’s
The plan requires the county to ium units, Capone said. Federal law re- project moved forward and was prof- school as he did on his legal work.
complete about $17.7 million in sewer quires escrow agents to truthfully and itable for all involved, he said. These
projects by 2022. accurately prepare and distribute to were “kickbacks,” and it was a “sneaky” Never before had his company, Live
lenders a settlement statement which way to make a deal. Oak Title, worked on such large trans-
“There were 325 subdivisions in- details the sales price, closing costs action, he explained. Granitur and his
cluded in a comprehensive study that paid by the buyer and any seller contri- Granitur, dressed in a tan sweater, staff mistakenly relied on the advice of
were ranked using good criteria to try butions before a mortgage is executed. navy pants and blue collared shirt, ap- the developer’s lawyers and the banks.
to get the biggest bang for the buck,” peared relaxed on the first day of the “He had the best of the best guiding
County Commission Chairman Peter Yet, hundreds of thousands of dol- criminal trial. He smiled as prospective this transaction,” Kuehne said. “He
O’Bryan said. “So we can’t be accused lars in buyer incentives for several jurors responded to questions about had no knowledge that anybody was
of cherry picking.” home ownership, foreclosure and doing anything wrong.”
bank fraud. He sat at the defense table
New developments within a quar- alongside his attorney taking notes. Granitur didn’t conspire or intend to
conceal information, he added. He was

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helping McKenzie, a longtime client he sible for a crisis that was the banks’ was a departure from the PSC’s cus- nificance to it,” Auwaerter said. “We
trusted who turned out be a fraud, he doing,” Kuehne added. tomary practice of affirming staff rec- waited this long; we will just have to
said. Granitur, Kuehne exclaimed, was ommendations, sometimes with a few hang on a few days longer.”
“hoodwinked.” “The federal government has mis- tweaks.
guidedly focused on the wrong side of Vero Beach Mayor Harry Howle,
The jury took less than four hours these transactions, blaming all of the Producing a formal opinion in those who receives regular briefings from
to find Granitur guilty of one count of mortgage defaults on everybody but cases means simply adapting the very the city’s legal team and from FPL, also
conspiracy to make false statements to the banks.” detailed explanations, citations and was optimistic, knowing that every-
a federally insured institution and two precedential information from the thing in government takes longer dur-
counts of making false statements. Granitur was released on bond recommendations that PSC staffers ing the summer when legal or clerical
pending sentencing. He declined to toiled over for weeks. staff might be on vacation.
His friends and family let out loud comment after the trial. 
sobs as the verdict was read. They had But in this case, the ruling must be “It certainly is curious that ‘dead-
filled up four benches in the courtroom No delay seen in electric sale written from scratch, crafting a docu- lines’ can be pushed back with what
gallery. Several dropped their heads into CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ment that goes against the staff opin- one hopes is an arbitrary reason. I can’t
their hands in dismay. Granitur hugged ion and justifies the plan approved by imagine why this might be the case, but
his crying daughter across the banister, the PSC’s action would be published three commissioners, plus careful lan- I’m still very confident and optimistic
whispering something in her ear. within 10 days of a vote, a period that guage to make clear this ruling should at this point,” Howle said.
was up last Friday, June 15. not be used as precedent in any other
“Were these people in the same room case before the PSC or a court. The With the advance work that FPL and
we were in all week,” his wife lamented Now, however, the PSC website dissenting opinion of Chairman Art Vero have already accomplished, in-
to the crowd. “Were they in the same shows an adjusted due date of June 25 Graham and one other commissioner cluding work on customer databases,
room?” for that document, meaning the 21- may also make a showing somewhere making inroads with employees to
day review period for the ruling, dur- in the ruling, as in a split decision by a continue on in key roles with FPL –
Granitur is one of the nicest people ing which anyone with proper stand- panel of justices. most importantly the naming of Vero’s
anyone could ever meet, someone else ing can challenge the decision, will Director of Electric Utility Operations
exclaimed. It doesn’t make sense. extend to mid-July. Indian River Shores Councilman Ted Fletcher to head up the techni-
Bob Auwaerter, who also chairs the cal transition team – a 10-day delay
“Mr. Granitur, his family and I, his The PSC’s 3-2 vote went against Vero Beach Utilities Commission and shouldn’t drastically hinder the par-
lawyer, are completely surprised and the staff’s recommendation that Vero who spoke in Tallahassee on June 5 ties’ ability to close the sale as antici-
devastated by an unexpected verdict,” electric customers pay a hefty post- before the PSC, said Sunday that he’s pated on Oct. 1.
Kuehne said. The attorney has asked sale surcharge to make FPL’s 4.9 mil- not overly concerned about the delay.
the judge for an acquittal, citing a lack lion customers whole from the $185 “I cannot think of a reason this sale
of evidence. million Vero transaction. The action “Apparently, in talking to our utility will not continue, as planned, arbi-
lawyer, this does happen on occasion. trary PSC filing date or not,” Howle
“This verdict should be an indica- I am not going to infer any cosmic sig- said. 
tion that, once again, banks are im-
properly holding the public respon-

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John’s Island woman saved Shores Police to be called to help lo- emergency and can’t fulfill their duties Still though, anything can happen,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 cate a missing Alzheimer’s patient, someone will know a patient needs to Rosell said. The caretaker in this situ-
but it is uncommon to find someone be looked after. ation had done everything right. An
searched for her for hours without in such a dangerous situation, he said. alarm went off, the video was running.
success. Area law-enforcement officers receive Caregivers can do several things “She just slipped out.”
special training on working with Al- around the home to help keep pa-
They brought out a helicopter and zheimer’s patients. tients safe, Gibson added. They can The Alzheimer’s Association oper-
police dogs. They scanned the shore- safety-proof their homes by doing ates a 24-help line. Patients or caregiv-
line. They went to a property nearby “She was very disoriented at first,” things likes taking the knobs off of ers in need of support can call 1-800-
she was known to frequent. recalled Rosell. “When she realized the stove to prevent an accidental fire. 272-3900. Anyone in an emergency
they were police officers, she asked They can also use alarms, video cam- should dial 911. 
Then, thankfully, they scanned the what she did wrong.” eras and GPS to track a family mem-
shoreline again – this time from the ber’s whereabouts. Reporter Nick Samuel contributed to
vantage point of a backyard deck, Often times when people with Al- this report.
shining their flashlights inland toward zheimer’s wander or exhibit exit-seeking
the water’s bank. behavior it is because they are seek- BRIAN HEADY SUES VERO, ALLEGING
ing more familiar surroundings, usually HIS RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED
The woman, whose name is not be- someplace that reminds them of their
ing released, was standing waist deep childhood, said Keith Gibson, director of BY LISA ZAHNER falls under the broad category of “neg-
in the canal hiding among the man- program services for the Southeast Flori- Staff Writer ligence,” placing it under the jurisdic-
groves. It was almost 2 a.m. when po- da Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. tion of Judge Paul Kanarek.
lice spotted her. She had been strug- Longtime Vero Beach political gad-
gling to get out of the water, and when “There is a time displacement; they fly Brian Heady on June 6 filed suit The city was served the initial com-
she heard the officers calling to her, can’t relate to where they are here and against the City of Vero Beach and the plaint on June 13. On Thursday, City At-
she fell and went under. now, but they can relate to a long-term City Council for alleged secret deal- torneyWayne Coment declined to com-
memory. They are trying to go back to a ings and attempts to squelch public ment: “No comment at this point on the
The woman was later taken to the location that dates back to their child- input into major decisions related to merits of the complaint or lack thereof.”
Indian River Medical Center but has hood. That’s a place that exudes calming the sale of Vero electric.
since been released. memories that are comforting to them.” City Manager Jim O’Connor said on
Heady, a perennial candidate for of- Friday, “I really have nothing to say
“We don’t have any idea how long The Alzheimer’s Association has a fice who was elected to one term on about the latest Brian Heady lawsuit –
she was in the water,” Indian River program to register interested patients the City Council in 2009, is serving in a it speaks for itself.”
Shores Director of Public Safety Rich and caretakers in a national directory pro se capacity in the civil case, which
Rosell said. “She was exposed to the that centralizes information that could The complaint reads like an excerpt
elements for hours – heat, humidity, help law-enforcement and other first from “Liars, Cheats, and Thieves,” the
water, insects, in addition to the fear responders in a rescue situation, he said.
she must have been feeling.”
It also keeps a database of care-
It is not uncommon for Indian River givers. This way if a caregiver has an

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book Heady wrote about events sur- Heady has sued the city before, most
rounding earlier efforts to sell Vero elec- recently in May 2010 during his term on
tric. The suit includes three counts – De- the City Council. That time, Heady al-
nial of Rights, Unjust Enrichment, and leged in a federal court complaint that
Public Ridicule and Embarrassment Vero officials failed to act transparently
– the last of which relates to Heady be- in negotiating a 2007 contract with Or-
ing removed from the podium or council lando Utilities Commission by refusing
chambers by uniformed police officers public access to important strategy ses-
at the direction of the mayor or council. sions and to the actual contract docu-
ments, which were kept under lock
Heady lists 14 items in his “State- and key, away from public scrutiny, at
ment of Facts,” including claims that the home of consultant Sue Hersey in a
the “City Council violates my rights Boston suburb for more than two years.
at almost every city council meeting;”
that, “In more than one example, the In that suit Heady also claimed he
act of shutting me up was to hide from was not permitted to publicly vet all
public view frauds on the public;” and the issues he wanted to as a member
that, “I have worked as much as the of the public or council person.
lawyers hired in the electric issue and
am knowledgeable in the issue.” In earlier lawsuits against the city and
the Indian River County School Board,
Regarding what Heady terms as “un- Heady alleged wrongdoing by elected
just enrichment,” he winds that argu- officials and top government employ-
ment around his opposition to the sale ees along with concerted efforts to shut
of Vero’s electric utility. “Current Mayor down or limit public comment to con-
Harry Howle says he doesn’t care if the ceal public business and allow the al-
city gets nothing for the electric utility, leged wrongdoing to go unchecked.
he just wants the city out of business ...
plaintiff does care, and I don’t want the All the lawsuits were eventually dis-
city out of business and I have a right to missed.
voice my opinion in the same as other
citizens in the community.” Heady has been criticized for his bi-
zarre tirades from the public podium
In fairness to Howle, his public state- and on the campaign trail. But he has
ments expressed a widely held desire been dogged and persistent in push-
to get Vero out of the “electric utility” ing his viewpoint, despite repeated
business, not out of business totally. setbacks and failure of his complaints
to gain traction in the courts. 

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Oceanfront home in the Shores sold at auction

BY STEVEN M. THOMAS velopment Manager Katie Lawless, who entirely online. That might seem like lion, a figure that stood as high bid for
Staff Writer oversaw the transaction. “The home it would drain the event of drama – no 30 hours.
had been on the market since October packed room, strained faces or fast-
Concierge Auctions last week had without much activity, but we were able talking auctioneer – but it didn’t. That phase was less than thrilling,
its most successful sale so far in Vero to facilitate 75 qualified showing and but at 3:56 on Friday afternoon, four
Beach, auctioning the oceanfront prop- assemble a field of seven very qualified The first bid popped up online minutes before the sale was sched-
erty at 908 Holoma Drive for $2,044,000, bidders, all of whom could afford to buy right at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, a measly uled to close, the auction site blew up,
which was nearly 90 percent of the the home several times over.” $800,000 offered by bidder #14693, with seven more bids and three brief
home’s $2.3 million list price. who did not reappear in the process. time extensions coming in fast suc-
The no-reserve auction, which Over the next two days, there were cession, the computer dinging loudly
“That is a very high sale-to-list per- opened at 4 p.m. onTuesday and closed eight more bids that pushed the offer with each bid and extension.
centage,” said Concierge Business De- on Friday afternoon, was conducted up in $100,000 increments to $1.6 mil-
“That is typical,” said Lawless. “An auc-
tion is like a poker game. The players
don’t want to show their hands too soon.”

The first late-breaking offer came
from bidder #14330, who had made the
second bid in the auction, $900,000, at
4:30 on Tuesday and then gone silent
for three days. The offer was $1,650,000.

Within seconds, another bidder
upped that number, offering $1,725,000
for the house, which sits on a 1.18-acre
lot with 150 feet of ocean frontage.

No. 14330 immediately countered
with $1,750,000, only to be quickly
topped – ding, ding – by a bidder who
had last offered $1,200,000 on Wednes-
day afternoon and now bid $1,725,000.

Within moments, another bidder of-
fered $1,800,000, a number that stood
for less than a minute before #14330
came back with $1,825,000, which
turned out to be the winning bid when
the sale closed at 4:11 p.m. on Friday.

Lawless said that while bidding on-
line, each bidder also was on a dedi-
cated phone line with a Concierge
representative. The three brief time
extensions came as a result of bid-
ders saying over the phone something
along the lines of, “hold on a second,
give me a minute to check something.”

The last extension came at 4:09 and
elapsed two minutes later. It was fol-
lowed by two more loud dings – “going
once” and “going twice” – and then the
auction was over.

The winning bidder has 30 days to
close and must pay a 12 percent “buy-
er’s premium,” which compensates the
auction house and listing agents and
raises the total price paid for the prop-
erty to $2,044,000.

Lawless said the buyers are a local
couple who are still deciding if they
want to move into the house or reno-
vate it and resell it.

Lawless marketed and showed the
4-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 5,560-square-foot
home in cooperation with Premier Es-
tate Properties co-listing agents Clark
French, Cindy O’Dare and Richard Boga.

Concierge Auctions has sold about
a dozen homes in Vero Beach over the
past several years at prices as high as
$19 million, but those sales have often
netted considerably less than the list
price of the properties. 

Alicia Miller and Claudia Soto

WATERLILY CELEBRATION:
McKEE AT ITS MESMERIZING BEST

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Waterlily Celebration: McKee at its mesmerizing best

BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA Emma White with daughters Elisabeth and Sara White. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 Visitors received warm welcomes
Staff Writer and maps from smiling volunteers be-
PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE fore heading into the garden beneath
McKee Botanical Garden and its the vine-swathed pergola. A lemonade
leafy denizens were ready for their stand was set up in the grassy oval; a
close-ups last Saturday at the beloved welcome feature on the summer-hot
garden’s 14th annual Waterlily Cel- day. Here three young ladies – Molly
ebration. And hundreds upon hun- Rummel, 11, Aerin Russell, 10, and Car-
dreds of close-ups were there to be rie Jane Fykes, 10 – enthusiastically vol-
had. Never mind the heat – it was a unteered their Saturday to assist and
glorious day. support McKee.

A diverse crowd wandered the lush Standing knee-deep in a beautiful,
paths – young and old, couples and shaded pond, Nikki Stoltze, a McKee
families, longtime residents and new- gardener, demonstrated the proper
comers – all sharing a love of nature method of repotting a waterlily. Reach-
and McKee. While visitors regularly ing into the water, she lifted out a
snap photos of the irresistibly photo- muddy, dripping, dangling clump and
genic garden, the Waterlily Celebra- began gently pulling it apart, explain-
tion attracts photographers by the ing that just last March these were tiny
hundreds, along with artists and hor- little tuber babies and were now ready
ticulturists from all over Florida. to leave their mother. “Come on,” she
coaxed a little strand, finally freeing it
The stars of this much-anticipated from the bunch.
event, the waterlilies, put their best
petals forward, taking center stage Across the path, at the edge of a large
and punctuating the myriad ponds pond, artist Ellen Fischer had set up
and winding waterways with brilliant her easel and was painting the serene
fuchsias, lavenders, crimsons, whites. scene before her of shimmering water,
lilies and the old stone bridge.
These healthy beauties have been
“We come to the Waterlily Celebra-
McKee’s most glamorous plant collec- tion every year. I’ve been coming to
tion, the divas of the garden, since its McKee since I was a little girl,” said
creation in the 1930s on a then-80-acre Kiersten Hope, who currently attends
tropical hammock by visionary friends college in Pennsylvania and was home
Arthur McKee and Waldo Sexton. for the summer. “I love the waterlilies,
Called McKee Jungle Gardens, it was but my personal favorite is the lotus.”
home to monkeys and the occasional
alligator as well as gorgeous flora and She was there with her grandfather,
fauna. Today, McKee’s waterlily collec- Richard Hope, and pointed out the
tion numbers more than 80 species. family bench donated in honor of her
late grandmother, Lucy Hope. “She
Not to be outdone, the non-water- would have loved this,” said Richard
lilies – more than 300 potted and 100 Hope.
free-range plants – also brought their
‘A’ game, jockeying for position as pho- McKee members Chris and Alyssa
tographers snapped away. McKee at its Hiser were enjoying the day with their
very best. 7-month-old daughter Josie, peace-
fully snoozing in her stroller. “We like
“The rain we had last week sure it here; it’s relaxing,” said Alyssa Hiser.
helped everything look its best,” “We like to garden and I take pictures
said Christine Hobart, McKee ex- here; try to get our plants to grow like
ecutive director. the ones here. It’s nice to have a place
like this nearby.”

Dozens of entries submitted in the
four categories of the Waterlily Photo
Competition were displayed in the Hall
of Giants, a wonderful cathedral-like
structure of native wood. This year’s
first place winners: Youth, John Hepp;
Color, Skip Murphy; Black and White,
Susan Vaughn Grube; Manipulated,
Arlene Willnow.

Behind the scenes, a dedicated army
of volunteers and staff nurture and
sustain the precious ecosystem that is
McKee, for today and for generations to
come.

For more information, visit mck-
eegarden.org. 



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Christine Hobart with John and Kathi Schumann.

Joe and Shari Tessier.

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Nikki Stoltze talks about aquatic plants.

Rita Ritner and Mary Wood.

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Party at the Pantheon celebrates Vero Pride and joy

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF Dustin Helwig, Stephanie Hocke, Katie Gastley and Shelley Adelle. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE “For the young people, this whole
Staff Writer conversation of normalizing the LG-
BTQ lifestyle is a non-starter,” Adelle
A rainbow of toga-clad partiers explained. “We could tell in the lan-
gathered at the Heritage Center last guage of Maya’s essay that she under-
Saturday evening for Party at the stands not only the meaning of diver-
Pantheon, a Vero Pride event hosted sity, but her place and her ability to
by Amendment One Activists (A1A) encourage greater diversity. It warms
to celebrate and promote diversity. my heart to know that’s where the fu-
ture of this conversation is headed.”
The mission of Vero Pride is to
unite members of the local lesbian, The party’s Romanesque décor,
gay, bisexual and transgender com- designed by Michael Naffziger of
munity with their friends, families East Coast Encore, featured a white
and allies to celebrate and support cloth billowing from the ceiling that
their unique spirit and culture. changed to the colors of the Pride flag
– symbolizing life, healing, sunlight,
“We each have our own attach- nature, harmony/peace, and spirit.
ment to the event. I’m gay, and I don’t
want anyone to ever have to hide Guests sauntered down the red
who they are. Who you love is inher- carpet and enjoyed cocktails, hors
ent to who you are,” shared Stepha- d’oeuvres, a kombucha bar and
nie Hocke, co-host of the sold-out mezze buffet, had photos taken atop
event with Shelley Adelle and Katie thrones on Mount Olympus, and
Gastley. strutted their stuff in a rainbow of
togas, competing for the title of best
“We want to educate people Greco-Roman costume. Later, many
through visibility. We want them to headed over to the Kilted Mermaid
see that people who you fit in this for an after-party.
category are just people too; they
are no different from you. Down the Key West drag queen Jessica Dever-
aux kicked off the opening ceremony,
Mayor Harry Howle, Jarrett Adcock and Heather Semon. wowing with a saucy routine per-
formed in 6-inch stilettos and a vel-
road, I hope if somebody comes out vet gown that soon came off to roars
and says, ‘I’m gay’ or ‘I’m transgen- of amusement as, in sequined panta-
der’ it’s no different than saying ‘my loons, Deveraux taunted the audience
favorite color is blue,’” added Hocke. with a riding crop. Her companion,
Addison Taylor, performed a comedic
A $1,000 scholarship to a gradu- rendition of “Call Me Maybe,” before
ating high school senior was added members of Vero Beach Burlesque
this year, with applicants submitting debuted with a dance choreographed
a 1,000-word essay on, ‘What does by Andrew Currie from Dance Space.
diversity mean to me?’ The winner,
Maya Snead, graduated from Indian “Vero Pride recognizes the unique
River Charter High School and plans spirit and culture of the LGBTQ com-
to attend the College of Savannah munity,” said Vero Beach Mayor
Art and Design. Harry Howle. Earlier in the week, In-
dian River County Commissioners is-
“I have friends that are in the LG- sued a proclamation designating the
BTQ community and I’ve seen the fourth week of June as Indian River
struggles they go through,” said Pride Week.
Snead, adding that being of mixed
race, she was able to pull from per- “When we founded A1A, our vision
sonal experiences and observations. was to create a community-based
event that pulled a lot of different
people together,” said Gastley. “I was
raised by a gay father, so it’s close to
my heart. It seems like a really good
step for a community to celebrate
pride in our special and inclusive
way. It’s a historic celebration; letting
people be who they really are and cel-
ebrating it in a positive way with no
judgment.”

Diarist Anne Frank’s words reso-
nate as the LGBTQ community seeks
acceptance and inclusion: “We all
live with the objective of being hap-
py; our lives are all different and yet
the same.” 

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Jimmy Kohlhepp and Colby Bechtold.

Nathan and Kristy Polackwich. Jeff Knowles and Dustin Haynes. Louise Kennedy and Joe Somodi. Maya Snead and Heather Hearndon.

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Encore! Vero Beach Wine & Film Fest, Takei two

BY MARY SCHENKEL AND STEPHANIE LaBAFF
Staff Writers

Picking up the thread from last Doug Dangerfield, Debbie Hall, Shotsi LaJoie and Mark Tchelistcheff. Tor Jones and Sandy Rolf. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE, MARY SCHENKEL AND STEPHANIE LABAFF
week’s issue, the third annual Vero
Beach Wine & Film Festival was in Donna McGoff and Robert Brulotte. Kathy Sullivan with Arthur and Alexis Riley.
full swing Saturday afternoon, with
pass holders flitting from film to body. And I think that the program istry transformed the California Screening
film, pausing periodically to partic- really reflected that diversity.” wine industry. of ‘Andre’
ipate in wine seminars and tastings
in the WOW (World of Wine) tent at “It’s such a wonderful thing to “What’s nice here is it’s very
Riverside Park. have a film and wine festival; two intimate; very relaxed. You can
things that I love,” said Mark Tch- see the audience responding,
“George Takei (festival honoree) elistcheff, director of “André – The which creates a nice experience
autographed my festival founders Voice of Wine,” before its screen- for the filmmaker,” said Tch-
pass and he wrote ‘You’re transport- ing Saturday afternoon at the Vero elistcheff. “The people are won-
ing!’ That’s our mission: To trans- Beach Museum of Art. He is the derful; open and friendly.”
port our audiences for the week- grand-nephew of the movie’s name-
end,” said festival founder Jerusha sake, famed winemaker André Tch- “This year we’ve added the
Stewart. “To show them what’s pos- elistcheff, whose passion and art-
sible when you’re really committed STORY & PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 20
to your dreams, like our filmmakers
and winemakers. I hope that after
the weekend is over, they take some
of that feeling home with them and
transform some part of their lives.”

“Jerusha is a jewel to have in Vero
Beach; a real treasure,” said Brad
Takei. “George and I have done
many film festivals over the years
and I find her to be the crème de la
crème. I hope that she can grow the
festival and make it truly Sundance
east. The possibility of that is defi-
nitely real.”

He said they thoroughly enjoyed
their visit, adding, “the people are
genuinely friendly and I thought
the content of the festival was out-
standing. George’s real message is
diversity; that we’ve got to create a
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STORY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 year’s eco-friendly ware. Award for Documentary Feature and Beach is just amazing to me.”
George Takei and husband Brad the Life Worth Living Film Award. “The biggest key to a film festival
Gospel Brunch and Dining with Di-
rectors. We’ve never had anything again graciously mingled with Sun- Stewart said the second award is thriving and growing for years and
that was specifically for the film- day’s Fête Finale attendees, making given to a film that exemplifies the years to come is attendance, and ev-
makers to mingle with the pub- the experience even more special. Life Worth Living theme of the festival ery screening of every film the entire
lic,” said festival co-founder Susan as well as the message of the Suncoast weekend was absolutely packed,” said
Keller Horn of the two events held “In a way, his legendary status Mental Health Center, the festival actor Mike McNamara, star of “The
at the American Icon Brewery. “I comes just as much from what he’s beneficiary. Replacement.” He also noted with ap-
love the filmmakers that I’ve been done off screen as what he’s done preciation that organizers had taken
in touch with. They are so gracious on screen,” she added. “There were “Vero Beach, thank you so much!” care of the filmmakers with passion
and love speaking to people about probably just as many people who roared Korgan with enthusiasm. “We and heart.
their films and answering ques- were familiar with him from ‘Star are overwhelmed with gratitude in
tions. It’s a great opportunity to Trek’ as knew about his humanitar- just abundance; you guys have been Stephanie Martino, director of the
mingle with people who you nor- ian work.” amazing. To win this award is un- Florida Film Institute, which had two
mally would never get to meet.” believable; this moment means the films in the student category, thought
“I’m a little bit of a Trekkie, but I’m world to us.” the selections were interesting and
The Sunday morning Gospel a huge George and Brad Takei fan,” rich. As a former executive director of
Brunch featured vocalist Tunisha added Horn. “They spread joy and Wife Shawna Korgan stressed the the Miami Film Festival, her advice
Hill and the Sound, singing pow- love among all our guests and are an importance of keeping hearts and is to continue choosing quality over
erful songs of praise as attendees inspiration to all of us.” minds open to those who are strug- quantity.
sipped mimosas and noshed on the gling, and to reach out if you need help,
proffered buffet. The brunch was “Thank you volunteers; you’re the adding, “You are all part of the ‘push’ “It’s those little gems that you find
so well received that the food was ones who make things happen,” said family and the ‘push’ movement, and before it’s released into distribution
gobbled up within an hour, leaving Takei, after receiving a card signed that’s what it’s about; enduring the that make the difference,” said Mar-
latecomers to wait for replenish- by all the volunteers. “Thank you human spirit within us all.” tino. “It’s all about the love of film; it
ments. No doubt that aspect will be Vero Beach; the welcome has been brings people together. There is noth-
tweaked next year. fantastic. We’re all smiling faces, “I am a huge film fan; I love inde- ing more magical than going into a
and that’s what I’ll remember.” pendent and foreign films,” shared nice dark, cool place where you can let
“When someone makes a sugges- Cynthia Putnam, owner with hus- everything go and just watch this big
tion, our phenomenal committee is Grant Korgan, whose incredible band Bob of Boston Barricades, an beautiful screen and get into that mo-
on it,” stressed Stewart. journey as the “first spinal cord inju- event sponsor. ment.”
ry athlete to literally ‘push’ himself
For example, comments about the to the geographic South Pole,” was As the co-executive producer of her For more information, visit vbwff.
previous abundance of plastic eat- featured in the inspirational film friend’s dramatic short, “Home Auto com. 
ing and drinking utensils led to this “The Push,” elicited tears of emotion Life,” she was excited to see both the
as well as smiles with his passionate audience’s reaction and her name PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 Beverly Taylor, Patrick Savage, Natalie Kornicks and Fran Jaffe.
Jerusha Stewart, Ron Maniloff and Stephanie Martino. Rashid Hart serves up mimosas.

Sunday
Gospel
Brunch

Tunisha Hill and The Sound.

Dan and Gail Shepherd. Jennifer and Tor Jones.

Patti Lyons and Marie Healy with Grant and Shawna Korgan.

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Mark Tchelistcheff and Robert Rex. Karen Gaskill and Cynthia Putnam. Cathy Walker and Sue Badia.

Ken Whitney, George Takei, Rachel Whitney, Richie Adams, Liz Whitney and Brad Takei.

Fête
Finale

Jerusha Stewart and Bob Stanley.

VBWFF AWARD WINNERS:
LIFE WORTH LIVING FILM AWARD - “The Push”

JURY AWARDS:
Narrative Feature - “Touched”
Documentary Feature - ““Andre - The Voice of Wine”
Dramatic & Documentary Short - “American”
Comedy Short - “The Replacement”

AUDIENCE AWARDS:
Narrative Feature - “Funny Story”
Documentary Feature - “The Push”
Dramatic & Documentary Short - “American”

Comedy Short - “Self Control”

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Iron will: Meadows ready for college golf challenge

BY RON HOLUB Trey Meadows follows through on a tee shot. knew it would be tough to hang with while chauffeuring the players to prac-
the older guys. So I had to rely on cer- tices and meets. All of that has worked
Correspondent GORDON RADFORD tain key points of the game. It was for Meadows.
shocking to me that I made the start-
The challenge facing golf today is parents and they recommended that I ing squad on the district playoff team. “I’m going to play for a D-1 program
that it doesn’t easily compute with a choose one or the other. I already knew That was pretty nice for being a sev- at McNeese State University in Loui-
youth sports culture that idolizes and that I wanted to play a sport in college, enth-grader. siana. I started shooting good scores
rewards physical attributes like size, so I decided to go with golf. That was in tournaments outside of school and
strength and speed. It can be expen- good advice from my parents.” “Eighth grade was pretty much the that’s where you really get noticed by
sive, demand a lot of time, and frus- same thing, only I had more experi- college golf coaches. The coach at Nc-
trate just about everyone from the From the very start of that conver- ence. That’s when it clicked that I Neese liked some of my scores and told
start. Participation by young people sation, every bit of parental guidance could be successful at this, so I wanted me to keep him posted. I did exactly
has been spiraling downward pretty was likely slanted in the direction of to pursue it. In high school my game that and he contacted me to come for
drastically in recent years, or so we are golf. really started to improve. I had some an official visit.
told. good finishes in district tournaments
“My dad (Don Meadows) has been and my averages kept coming down.” “That’s when I made my final deci-
There are some exceptions, how- in the golf business forever, and he is sion. It was a no-brainer. I’m originally
ever. Enter recent high school gradu- now the club pro at Quail Valley,” Trey St. Ed’s varsity golf coaches Rick from that (Lake Charles) area and both
ate Trey Meadows. He is bucking that told us. “I first picked up a golf club Hartley and Scott Mohr guided Mead- of my parents went to school there.”
trend and will take this most demand- when I was super young, pretty much ows through the rough in those mid-
ing game a notch higher to the colle- a baby. Back then I would go out to the dle and high school years. Serious high Based on conversations with pre-
giate level after honing his competitive range with my dad and hit some balls. school golfers generally have private vious St. Ed’s graduates, Meadows is
skills for six seasons with the varsity Those were good times and I had a lot coaches, and we know Meadows has confident that he will flow into the
team at St. Ed’s. of fun with it. a household connection in that sense. academic scene quite seamlessly. He
The school coaches generally focus is considering going into business,
“I came to St. Ed’s in the third grade,” “Then as I got older my dad realized on the team approach to competition journalism or sports management –
Meadows said. “I started at the old that I really liked the game. He started and finding a means to weave in his
campus (near Riomar CC) and when helping me out a lot more and gave me passion for golf. Although his 18-hole
we made the move here I thought it some real good tips. average as a senior was a sparkling
was nice to have everyone in one loca- 76, the spotlight will soon get much
tion. I was able to learn a lot from all of “When I started with the varsity I brighter.
my teachers, coaches, and by watching honestly didn’t expect to do much. I
the older upperclassmen.” “I drive the ball fairly straight with
good distance, so that’s probably my
That brief walk through memory strong suit. My putting is getting bet-
lane is a reminder of an important ter, but I’ve got to work on placement
chapter in St. Ed’s history that will over with my iron shots. My game is pretty
time be relegated to photographs on a consistent.
wall.
“I’m already pretty serious about
“I played pretty much every sport golf and I have a good work ethic. The
in sixth and seventh grade,” Meadows players are really good in college, so
continued. “I was most interested in I’ve just got to keep grinding and doing
lacrosse and golf. I was traveling a lot the things I’m doing, only better and
for both sports, so I sat down with my with more intensity.” 

MYERS HAS AN EAR FOR MUSIC,
AND AN EYE FOR THE ARTS

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Myers has an ear for music, and an eye for the arts

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF After receiving a bachelor’s degree located on a 140-acre farm
Staff Writer in fine arts from the University of Con- in North Brookfield, Mass.
necticut, Myers moved to New York
It’s not uncommon for neighbors of City and worked with an architectural “J. Geils was our first big
artist and musician Geoffrey Myers to firm, building models and artwork fac- name and later Aerosmith,
hear the tinkling of a piano or the strum- similes to scale. the Rolling Stones, Ste-
ming of chords on a guitar carried by a vie Wonder, John Belushi,
soft breeze from his residence cum art/ In his spare time, though, he im- Arlo Guthrie, Cat Stevens,
recording studio along the Indian River mersed himself in the burgeoning cul- Deep Purple, Depeche
Lagoon in Sebastian. tural movement of Greenwich Village in
the late 1960s. PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD
“When I work, I listen to classical
music because you’re separate from it. “I was involved in music at the same
I think everyone has a certain tonality time I was involved in the visual arts,”
in their head and it’s hard to escape it,” says Myers, who had an apartment
says Myers. “Like the style of a visual in Greenwich Village and “hung
artist. It’s not something that you do in- around” Washington Square.
tentionally; it just kind of comes out. The
more you work, the more your style just “I played at all the pass-the-
emerges subconsciously.” basket places and ran into
musicians like Bob Dylan,
The arts struck a chord with Myers at Richie Havens, Joan Baez,
an early age. One of six children, his fa- Lovin’ Spoonful, the Turtles
ther was a writer and his mother was an and Tiny Tim.”
advocate of the arts.
Myers eventually moved
“She made us all sing in the choir at and opened a commer-
church and we can all play an instru- cial art gallery in Provinc-
ment,” he recalls. “My mom had a gen- etown, Mass. He met the
eral knowledge and appreciation for the late Gil Markle there in 1972
arts, so it became second nature for all and helped him develop
of us.” Long View Farm Studios, the
famed music recording studio

Mode, Creed and Joe Perry recorded says. “His sense of form is inspired.
at the studio,” he says. Somehow he’s able to immerse himself
in shapes from nature and his work is
It was a relationship formed there that totally recognizable.”
brought Myers to Florida, when in 1996
Arlo Guthrie asked if he would be inter- Myers, on the other hand, describes
ested in helping to build his home/stu- his sculptures as stylized figures.
dio in Sebastian. “They’re not really anatomically cor-
rect. They don’t seem like actual figures.
Myers had just finished wiring Guth- They’re my interpretation.”
rie’s home with fiber optics when Hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne came along in Myers says he is equally comfortable
2004, destroying the building and leav- working in all areas of the visual-arts
ing Myers with nothing but time on his realm. “I always had an affinity toward
hands. sculpture; three-dimensional art. But I
love painting, too. I love them both, but I
After discovering some stucco wire ly- gravitate toward sculpture.”
ing around, he brought it home and be-
gan banging away at it with a hammer, Seasons play as much a part as any-
reasoning, “If you can use this wire to thing in determining the medium –
put stucco on a wall, you can use it as a preferring to paint during the winter
sculpture.” months when it’s too cold for his hands
to be in the water all the time. The break
A good amount of experimentation from sculpting also gives him a re-
and quite a few “messes” ensued before freshed outlook when he’s ready to get
he developed a stucco/wire formula that his hands dirty again.
worked.
“Every artist is on their own personal
“I love this medium because I can take journey. Style will emerge; you just have
it from start to finish without a foundry,”
says Myers. He explains that the Acryl-
stone technique he developed opens
up possibilities beyond the traditional
block of stone or mound of clay.

Today, the figurative sculptures My-
ers produces are a far cry from the life-
figure sculptures he created during
his time at the Art Students League in
New York City.

“I grew up during a time when ab-
stract art was the norm, and Henry
Moore was my sculptural hero,” he

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to go with your immediate feeling. The Coming Up: Rise up for ‘America’s Heroes’ concert
link that ties it all together will emerge
and you’ll discover it, rather than trying BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA representing 91 countries. Annually
to develop a style,” explains Myers. Staff Writer since 2009, the Observatory has invited
entrees in a galaxy of categories: auro-
“Picasso is a prime example. Look at 1 For an evening of stirring patriotic rae, galaxies, moon, sun, people and
the diversity of his style from the Blue music to kick-start your summer space, planets, comets and asteroids,
period to Cubism to his Post Impres- skyscapes, and stars and nebulae. Each
sionism and Fauvism.” and get in a proper red-white-and-blue year, new discoveries are highlighted. 3 Exhbition at VBMA currently.
This year, says the museum promo,
At any given time, there are always mood for your coming-soon Indepen- there are images of Uranus and aster- and a starry sky over the glacier, White
multiple projects underway in the open- oids for the first time; Mercury crossing Stones, in Argentina. Gallery hours are
air studio behind his house. dence Day celebration, join the Space the sun in Lancashire, U.K.; the Aurora Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to
Borealis reflected on the sea in Iceland; 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
“You have to let it cure before you start Coast Symphony Wind Ensemble and
changing or adding to it. You can’t rush
it; you need to look at it and be work- the Space Coast Symphony Chorus
ing on something else. I’ve always got
three things going on at once. It’s a little this Saturday, June 23, in a rousing
schizophrenic,” admits Myers, adding
that’s the way he lives his life, too. free concert, “America’s Heroes,” at

“Everything falls into place natural- the Community Church of Vero Beach.
ly. You end up here not serendipitously;
the path takes you by things that you This exciting musical evening will in-
should address. Somehow the think-
ing of it is very significant. It is kind of clude works by Ticheli, Daugherty,
an inspiration or a spark. So all the bits
and pieces eventually converge and Williams, Rodgers, Hobbs, Greenwood
you have a completion, but not in con-
secutive order.” and, of course, the undisputed “March

Myers says artists should take their King” John Philip Sousa. Among the
art seriously while also being inno-
vative, advising, “Be daring and take combined orchestra and chorus num-
it to the max if you want to make an
impact.” bers sure to stir your heart will be the

Stressing the importance of the arts in moving “God Bless America” and “Bat-
general, he notes that the creative pro-
cess is at the core of culture as well as life. tle Hymn of the Republic,” as well as

“That is what we do as human be- a powerful musical salute to the men
ings; we create,” says Myers. “Whether
it be the visual arts or as a creative car and women of the United States Armed
mechanic, innovating ways to solve a
problem, creativity is the essence of Forces. “We owe everything to (those)
what we are.”
who have worn our nation’s uniform,”
The artist’s work can be found in gal-
leries and in corporate and private col- said Collins. Time: 2 p.m. Admission:
lections nationwide, including Rams-
cale Fine Art in New York, the Copley free. 855-252-7276.
Society in Boston, the Gasiunasen Gal-
lery in Palm Beach, Galerie MX in Mon- 2 It’s a stellar, sci-fi summer at the
tréal, and locally at the Meghan Candler Vero Beach Museum of Art: If you
Gallery in Vero Beach.
gaze at the stars and wonder “what’s
His brother, musician Peter Myers,
joined the Sebastian arts scene this past out there,” or think about finding
year as the most recent artist-in-resi-
dence at Stouthouse, a not-for-profit art- out for yourself, the museum’s Sci-Fi
ist retreat founded by Quentin Walter to
preserve the home and artistic legacy of Film Series is for you. This Tuesday,
her late husband, Weldon J. Stout.
June 26, the 2009 film “Moon” will be
Things were particularly lively at
Geoffrey Myers’ home this past spring, screened. Join Sam Bell (Oscar winner
where chairs were nestled among the
statues in the living room and on the Sam Rockwell) as he nears the end of a
front porch to accommodate guests at-
tending a Stouthouse benefit concert three-year assignment mining helium
titled “Two Chords” on the eve of his
brother’s departure. on the “far side of the moon” – alone.

“Geoffrey came home from college His only companion is a robot named
for Thanksgiving one year and gave
me a guitar,” Peter Myers explains. “He GERTY. According to Wikipedia, fol-
taught me two chords and told me,
‘When I come home at Christmas if you lowing an oil crisis, Lunar Industries
can play them both I’ll show you the
third chord.’ That’s why the concert was is making a fortune after building Sa-
called Two Chords.” 
rang Station, a fully-automated lunar

facility to mine Helium-3 (an alterna-

tive fuel), abundant on the moon. The

operation requires only one human

to run it, harvesting the material and

sending it back to Earth in cannisters.

But all is not what it seems, and Sam

uncovers a dark secret that threatens

(and makes him question) his very ex-

istence. Show time is 5:30 p.m. Tickets:

free with membership, 17 and under,

and active military with ID; non-mem-

bers: adults, $12; seniors, $10.

3 Before or after you’ve experienced
the fascinating film “Moon” (or

either of the final two out-of-this-world

films in the museum series next month),

you should check out the current mu-

seum exhibition: “Astronomy Photogra-

pher of the Year”: 50 stunning celestial

photographs chosen by the Royal Ob-

servatory of London from 3,800 entries

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As pooch pals go, Bonz thinks Skye’s the limit

Hi Dog Buddies! a major Lizard Fanatic. Can’t resist the all our pooch pals just love, and Skye, the Lab.
thrill of the chase. Mommy hunts for Mommy’s on the Board.”
This week, I met a young mother, Skye sea glass an I hunt lizards, an Marshall PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD
Walker (nope, her name has absolutely just goes along for the ride. He thinks I’m “Woof, Skye, that’s brilliant,” I
nothing to do with that movie. It was silly. He’s way more reserved than me. exclaimed. “I’d love to, Skye, really, but, er … Oh,
just a coincidence). Skye is a 2-year-old When Mommy’s at work, we watch Dog wouldja look at the time. It’s been great
Lab with a pretty soft yellow coat, real TV. Once, when Mommy forgot to turn it “I KNOW. Mommy thought yappin’ with you.” I rose.
femuh-nun. Me an my assistant met her on, I accidently ate the remote. I was just so, too. She decided to have the
at her Mom’s business over on the beach. tryin’ to locate the ‘on’ button. Puppy Preview at the store dur- Skye laughed. “No worries, Mr. Bonzo.
It’s called a SPA, which is a place where ing the Sunset Stretch event.” They are an acquired taste.”
humans (ladies mostly) go to get all “Mommy started us in school pretty
spiffed up. Since Skye doesn’t ackshully early to learn Behavior Around Humans “The what?” Heading home, I was wonderin’ what
work there herself, me an my assistant and Fellow Animals; O-bee-dee-ence; “Sunset Stretch. Ladies put it’d be like to be a Dad, have my own
an Skye’s Mom and her fren got settled an what stuff we should Never Do Under on comftubble clothes and get puppies to snuggle an tumble around
in to wait for Skye’s human sister to bring Any Circumstances. We practiced Man- in all sortsa funny positions an with and share pooch wisdom. But, no
her over. ners by being Official Mascots an Greet- breath through their noses. I complaints. I’m a happy bachelor with a
ers at Mommy’s other place, Katwalk. think it’s called Yogurt. One of great job, meeting all you fellow pooch-
Soon as they walked in, Skye came Honestly, I don’t understand that name: the positions is the Downward es, and cats, an sharing your stories.
right up for the Wag-an-Sniff, then gave there’s lotsa clothes an stuff but I NEVER Dog! Can you buh-LIEVE it?
my assistant some frenly slurps. “Wel- saw a CAT in there, walkin’ or sittin’ or Anyway, a buncha ladies came Till next time,
come! Welcome, Mr. Bonzo an Mr. Bon- nappin’ or anything. Personally, I wudda to do Yogurt and see the pup-
zo’s Assistant. Have you met my Mommy, called it ‘Dogwalk,’ you know?” pies. Even without any prac- The Bonz
Christine, an her fren Tonya? She helps tice, they behaved beauti-
Mommy with PR, that’s Pooch Relations. “I see what you’re sayin.’” fully. Me an Marshall were so Don’t Be Shy
This is my sister Nicki. My other sisters “Anyway, we were progressing nicely proud!”
are Katie an Jen.” in our classes when we found out me Skye pawsed an wiped her We are always looking for pets
an Marshall were gonna have puppies. eyes. “I’m happy our liddle muf- with interesting stories.
“I appreciate your time, Skye,” I told So I hadda drop out of school. Mommy fins all got good homes, but It was Sog-
her. “I expect you’re relaxing after all got a Dog Nanny, Kelly, for me while we gy Dog Biscuits sayin’ goodbye. It felt To set up an interview, email
those puppies. So tell me how it all came waited for the puppies and then, after, so empty and quiet when they were all [email protected]
about. I understand you’re from Ocala.” to take us to our appointments. She was gone. Honestly, Mr. Bonzo, poor Mar-
so nice. Our puppies were born in April, shall is having a harder time with Empty
“That’s right. Mommy was On Line seven wiggly liddle muffins: five girls an Nest than me.
lookin’ for a Yellow Lab, an she found a two boys, in Basic Lab Colors: chocolate, “I told him, soon as the puppies are
litter in Ocala. My litter. She came over black an yellow. They were even MOD- old enough, we’re gonna have a reunion
to check us out an, of course, she picked ELS in Portfolio Magazine!” at the Dog Park, an we’ll get to see how
ME cuz I was the adorable-est. An yellow. “Pawsome!” I commented. much they’ve grown. I can’t wait. We’re
But me an my best fren Marshall (he’s a “My Marshall was a wunnerful, paws- bringing Kleenex.”
Chocolate) didn’t wanna be separated. on Dad. He’d play and snuggle with ’em, I felt sad for her an changed the sub-
We stuck together like burrs on fur. He let ’em climb all over him. Those eight ject. “What kinda food and snacks do
was also super adorable. Thank Lassie, weeks went by so fast, then it was time you prefer?”
Mommy came home with both of us. to find the Best, Most Loving Forever “We get kibbles in Maze Bowls. They
Homes for our puppies. curve around like a maze to keep us
“Our puppyhood was fun! We jumped “We thought an thought, an finally from gobbling. Mommy’s teachin’ us to
in the pool right away, being reTREEvers came up with a Super Cool Dog Biscuits fold our paws an bow our heads before
an all. An we still really enjoy doggie day plan: We’d have a Puppy Preview so we meals. We’re not quite there yet. My most
care. We don’t get homesick at all when could meet the humans an they could favorite snack is Pig Ears. Marshall’s cool
we’re there, an we’ve got a ton of pooch meet us an our puppies. Then we’d do- with Milk Bones, but just gimme a nice
pals. Sometimes we have play dates with nate all the puppy money to the Vero Pig Ear!”
Grandma Phyllis and Nicholas, he’s a Dog Park, which me an Marshall an “Are you woofin’?”
shih tzu. That’s always Cool Kibbles. I’m “Nope! Wanna try one?”



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CHINA CHALLENGING U.S.
DOMINANCE OF SCIENCE

BY BEN GUARINO, EMILY RAUHALA
AND WILLIAM WAN

The Washington Post

Like many ambitious young scien- In 2016, annual scientific publications José Pastor-Pareja in his lab in Beijing. superpower within three decades.
tists, José Pastor-Pareja came to the from China outnumbered those from Meanwhile, China is spending more
United States to supercharge his ca- the United States for the first time. ogy. Foreign observers, many of whom
reer. At Yale University, he worked in were once condescending, now “are on infrastructure than the United
cutting-edge laboratories, collaborated “There seems to be a sea change in rather in awe at what the Chinese poli- States or Europe, and the middle class
with experts in his field and published how people are talking about Chinese cies have accomplished.” has ballooned – making relocation
in prestigious journals. science,” said Alanna Krolikowski, a more attractive.
Chinese science expert at Missouri The scientific advances are a small
But the allure of America soon be- University of Science and Technol- piece of China’s larger ambitions. Pres- “More and more people keep com-
gan to wear off. The Spanish geneticist ident Xi Jinping aims to supplant the ing, that’s for sure,” Pastor-Pareja said.
struggled to renew his visa and was United States as the world’s economic
even detained for two hours of ques-
tioning at a New York City airport af-
ter he returned from a trip abroad. In
2012, he made the surprising decision
to leave his Ivy League research posi-
tion and move to China.

“It is an opportunity not many take,”
Pastor-Pareja said. But the perks were
hard to resist — a lucrative signing bo-
nus, guaranteed research funding, am-
ple tech staff and the chance to build a
genetics research center from scratch.

After decades of American domi-
nance, Chinese science is ascendant,
and it is luring scientists like Pastor-
Pareja away from the United States.
Even more China-born scientists are
returning from abroad to a land of new
scientific opportunity.

The United States spends half a tril-
lion dollars a year on scientific research
– more than any other nation on Earth –
but China has pulled into second place,
with the European Union third and Ja-
pan a distant fourth.

China is on track to surpass the
United States by the end of this year, ac-
cording to the National Science Board.

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“Right now, China is the best place in gun meeting every two months to share tage – and also boasting rights. arrive: Both China and India are plan-
the world to start your own laboratory.” their latest work. China has 202 of the world’s 500 ning to launch landers toward the
moon this year. China is collaborating
Under the Trump administration, “At this rate, China may soon eclipse most powerful supercomputers – 60 with the European Space Agency on a
many U.S. researchers say their work the U.S.,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) more systems than in the United potential moon base.
has been devalued, threatened by warned at a January congressional States. The largest radio telescope
budget cuts and hampered by stricter hearing on the state of American sci- ever built – a massive, 500-meter, Last year, Chinese scientists pro-
immigration policies that could deter ence, “and we will lose the competitive $180 million dish called the Aperture duced “entangled photons,” light
international collaborations and the advantage that has made us the most Spherical Telescope that hunts for particles linked together on a quan-
influx of talent that has long fueled powerful economy in the world.” distant black holes – is in the south- tum physics level, aboard a satellite
American innovation. ern province of Guizhou, where its in orbit 300 miles up. The particles
The burgeoning science race is huge- construction required 9,000 Chinese were beamed to locations on Earth
“We are in deep doo-doo for two ly important to China’s leaders, in part residents to relocate. 750 miles apart and remained linked
reasons,” said Denis Simon, who has because of what it says about the coun- – which could potentially be a step to-
studied Chinese science for 40 years try’s growing global standing. In recent President Trump has directed NASA ward a new form of instant and secure
and is the executive vice chancellor of years, the government has invested in to return astronauts to the moon. But communication.
Duke Kunshan University. In his view, scientific endeavors for strategic advan- the moon may be crowded when they
the White House, without a science Also last year, biologists in China
adviser for more than a year, lacks sci- became the first to successfully clone
entific leadership. a monkey using the technique that
created Dolly the sheep. Genetical-
And collaboration between U.S. and ly identical primates, their creators
Chinese researchers is under threat, said, would speed medical research
he said. Recent restrictions on H-1B because the effects of any drug being
visas sent a message to Chinese gradu- tested could be traced to the treat-
ate students that “it’s time to go home ment, not differences in genes.
when you finish your degree.” Since
1979, China and the United States Chinese leaders recently unveiled
have maintained a bilateral agree- plans to become the world leader in
ment, the Cooperation in Science and artificial intelligence, aiming to turn
Technology, to jointly study fields like the field into a $150 billion industry
biomedicine and high-energy physics. by 2030. Already, China’s artificial in-
In the past the agreement was signed telligence boom has led to advanced
as a routine matter, Simon said, but facial recognition. At a KFC restau-
that’s no longer the case. rant in the eastern city of Hangzhou,
for example, customers can now pay
Pastor-Pareja, the geneticist who for their fried chicken using a ma-
gave up Yale for Beijing, specializes in chine that scans their faces. Baidu,
studies of cell biology using fruit flies – China’s search-engine giant, plans to
Drosophila melanogaster. partner with an airport to roll out fa-
cial recognition for airline passengers
The field is struggling in the United this year.
States, Pastor-Pareja said, as funding
has declined. In China, there are now The recent scientific advance-
30 drosophila laboratories in Beijing, ments are especially notable, given
he said – more than in either Boston or
San Francisco – and scientists have be- CONTINUED ON PAGE 32

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 recently became a flash point in the Technology at Tianjin University. He cial government, guaranteed jobs for
trade tensions between the United encouraged Fraser Stoddart of North- spouses and regular trips back home.
China’s fraught history. Its scientific States and China, when the Trump western University, who was awarded
community was devastated during administration proposed tariffs that a Nobel Prize in 2016 for his work with China’s growing attraction for
the 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution, target such industries. molecular machines, to set up a lab at scholars was clear when Duke Uni-
when academics were denounced as Tianjin as a visiting professor. versity decided to open a new joint
“counterrevolutionary” and universi- Within the scientific community, one graduate and research university with
ties were closed, halting almost all re- of China’s most successful plans has “When the program came out in Wuhan University in China’s Hubei
search and scientific training. been an aggressive recruiting program 2008, it was almost perfect timing be- province in 2013, and applicants for
called Thousand Talents. cause of the global economic crisis,” the first few faculty positions quickly
Only with the death of Mao Zedong said Cong Cao, who studies Chinese sci- overran expectations.
in 1976 did China’s research commu- For the past decade, the program ence policy at the University of Notting-
nity begin to regrow around its stumps. has targeted Chinese citizens who ham in Ningbo, China. “It’s now been “We were looking for 20 people. We
In the following decades, China’s lead- have studied at elite universities in so successful, the program has almost got 1,300 applications,” said Simon, the
ers tackled their lagging status with a the United States and elsewhere. It has overachieved.” Duke Kunshan University chancel-
method their authoritarian Commu- lured back these foreign-trained ex- lor. “People from all over the world ex-
nist Party has become known for: top- perts by, essentially, throwing money The program has brought more than pressed interest.”
down, long-term strategic planning. at them. The program has also gone 7,000 scientists and entrepreneurs to
after a smaller number of foreign-born China, the government says. They are At the same time, China has been
During the early 2000s, party lead- scientists who have won prestigious given a $160,000 signing bonus, and the ramping up the quantity and quality
ers declared an ambitious 15-year prizes or made internationally recog- government often guarantees research of its homegrown talent.
goal of devoting 2.5 percent of China’s nized scientific contributions. funding for years to come. Foreign-born
total gross domestic product to sci- scientists often get additional perks, like According to National Science
entific research and development by One recruit, a Californian chemist subsidies for housing, meals, relocation, Foundation statistics, China has al-
2020. They enacted rules that required named Jay Siegel, became dean of the additional bonuses from their provin- most caught up to the United States
Western companies, hungry for access School of Pharmaceutical Science and in its annual number of doctoral de-
to China’s market, to share technol- grees in science and engineering, with
ogy with their Chinese counterparts.
According to U.S. agencies, China’s
military and intelligence agencies also
stole research from key U.S. technol-
ogy companies and sectors.

In 2015, Li Keqiang, the Chinese
premier, announced “Made in China
2025,” a plan to boost aviation, robot-
ics and other high-tech industries. It

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34,000 vs. the United States’ 40,000. ome research and chose to locate it in entrepreneurs like him, China now of- ally. China during that time ratcheted
Among the brightest of those home- Beijing over anywhere else in the world. fers not just low start-up costs but also up its spending by an average of 18
often money that can be pumped in percent each year.
grown stars is Zhao Bowen, a Chinese “The U.S. used to be the best at sup- from state research institutes.
science prodigy who dropped out of porting fundamental research,” Zhao While U.S. and Chinese experts say
high school to start running a genetics said in an interview at his lab. He ex- Between 2000 and 2015, research the country’s scientific community still
lab. Now 25, Zhao has launched a bio- plained that the United States may still spending in the United States in- struggles with significant hurdles, Chi-
medical start-up focused on microbi- lead in education and research, but for creased an average of 4 percent annu- na’s trajectory is clear. 

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WHY DE-NUKING NORTH KOREA MAY BE CLOSE TO IMPOSSIBLE

BY MARK BUCHANAN with detectable thermal or chemical can use seismic data to estimate the ex- suspicion each nation harbors toward
emissions, and would be next to im- plosive yield of the various tests North the other. Given the distrust, Kemp be-
Bloomberg possible to find. Another issue fraught Korea has conducted, but this doesn’t lieves it will probably take at least a de-
with uncertainty is estimating how indicate how much uranium or plu- cade to achieve high confidence in the
It’s not hard for a nation to disman- much weapons-grade nuclear material tonium fuel was really used up. North accuracy and completeness of North
tle or destroy its nuclear weapons, as North Korea has created. North Korea Korea might claim that more was con- Korean declarations.
well as the technological infrastruc- might make a claim, but how can any- sumed than actually was, and maintain
ture used to create them. North Korea one trust it? quite a lot in reserve. In this sense, not much has changed
may have as many as 50 weapons, and since 25 years ago, when the U.S. gov-
could probably dismantle them in a Finally, there’s also uncertainty over So “de-nuking” isn’t likely to be hap- ernment had a group of experienced
few weeks. Destroying test facilities, in- how much nuclear material was actu- pening quickly, if at all. It’s not some- physicists assess the requirements for
cluding underground test sites, as well ally used up in the various nuclear tests thing that can easily be achieved with effective nuclear verification. They
as centrifuges and other technology, North Korea has carried out, another a few brash political gestures, but nec- concluded that it is in some respects ir-
would take a little longer. important piece of information in essarily involves the build-up of trust. reducibly difficult: “verification will of
working out how much material North And trust, by its very nature, comes necessity be less than perfect … it must
But the really hard part of “de-nuk- Korea might have left. slowly over a period of repeated inter- rely on difficult political/strategic judg-
ing” is managing to do it in such a way action and successful cooperation. ments, as well as technical ones.”
that other parties can verify your ac- Only a very small fraction of nuclear
tions are legitimate. fuel gets consumed in an explosion, The task for the U.S. and North Ko- Only one nation has even truly de-
and the rest is just scattered. Scientists rea is that much harder given the deep nuked, that being South Africa; and it
That presents a host of difficult managed the feat under quite unusual
challenges. To begin with, no one re- circumstances. The National Party of
ally knows how many nuclear weapons the apartheid-era, loathe to give con-
North Korea currently has. If they dis- trol over nuclear weapons to the in-
mantled 25 or 30 in front of internation- coming African National Congress,
al observers, no one would know how gave international inspectors access to
many they might have stashed away its nuclear sites.
in the estimated 10,000 underground
shelters scattered around the country. It would be a profound achievement
Nuclear experts from the International if President Trump and North Korean
Atomic Energy Agency could inspect all leader Kim Jong Un were able to man-
known nuclear facilities, examine their age a similar success, but the inherent
records, and test these for consistency challenges, and the two leaders’ un-
against the known history and techni- predictable temperaments, suggest the
cal capabilities of the facilities. But re- road will be long and punctuated with
cords can be altered, or faked. doubt and recrimination.

There are many other problems too, Full denuclearization might not even
as nuclear arms expert Scott Kemp be a realistic goal. The best outcome to
recently noted. Other nations would be hoped for might be a more limited
need some way to know if North Ko- inspection program that aims to con-
rea has any other uranium-separation trol North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic
facilities, in addition to those they dis- testing.
close. But centrifuge facilities for en-
riching uranium can easily be hidden This column was written by Mark Bu-
in an underground tunnel. They use lit- chanan of Bloomberg, and does not nec-
tle energy, and don’t betray themselves essarily reflect the views of Vero Beach
32963. 

ORGAN DONATION the distance between the donor’s hospital and the potential recipi-
ent’s hospital is a significant factor to be considered
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as of
Feb. 2, 115,085 people were waiting for life-saving organ transplants in U.S. STATS:
the United States. • People waiting for organ transplant 115,085
Organ donation is defined by the Cleveland Clinic as the process of • Transplants performed in 2016 33,611
surgically removing an organ or tissue from one person (the organ • People dying each day waiting for transplant 20
donor) and placing it into another person (the recipient). Transplan- • Adults who support organ donation 95%
tation is necessary because the recipient’s organ has failed or has • Adults actually signed up as donors 54%
been damaged by disease or injury. • One donor Can donate up to
8 lifesaving organs
WHAT ORGANS AND TISSUES CAN BE DONATED?
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Common organ transplantations include: kidneys, heart, liver, pancre-
as, intestines and lungs. Corneas; tissues such as bones, bone marrow, Hospitals in Indian River County partner with TransLife, one of four
skin and heart valves; and vascularized composite allografts (VCAs) federally-designated Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) that
such as face and hands can now be transplanted as well. While some serve the Sunshine State, to coordinate organ donation and trans-
organs—a kidney or part of the liver, for example—can be donated by plantation for their patients.
living donors, most donations occur after the donor has died.
WHO CAN DONATE?
MATCHING PROCESS
From newborns to senior citizens, there are no age limits on who can
The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network operates the na- donate. Successful donation is more dependent upon your physical
tional database of all patients in the U.S. waiting for a transplant. Their condition and the condition of your organs. Only a few conditions pre-
computer system matches the donor’s organs to potential recipients. vent a person from becoming a donor—such as active cancer or a sys-
Different policies and guidelines have been developed for each organ temic infection. All people age 18 and older can register to be an organ,
and tissue. eye and tissue donor. You can choose what you wish to donate, and you
Organs are matched according to: can change your status at any time. In some states people under 18 can
• Blood type also register as a donor.
• Body size
• Severity of the patient’s medical condition In Florida, to sign up to become an organ donor, register online at
• How long the patient has been waiting https://www.donatelifeflorida.org/register/.
• Whether the patient is available (if he/she can be contacted
quickly, is free of infection and accessible) For more information, go to organdonor.gov. 
• Distance between the donor’s hospital and the patient’s hospital
Since some organs can survive outside the body longer than others, Your comments and suggestions for future topics are always welcome.
Email us at [email protected]

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INSIGHT BOOKS

Some TV com- half-hour episodes in 1989 – was nearly warmth. And Reiss spotlights the show’s early talent
edies provide glori- canceled. Reiss spreads the game-sav- pipeline from the Harvard Lampoon, where he and
ous lore about their ing credit to many, including co-cre- current “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean worked after
stars’ warring egos or ators Simon, James L. Brooks (who first meeting as freshmen. (Another alum, Harvard Law
wacky backstage hi- “gave the show soul”) and alternative graduate Dan Greaney, also wrote for a rival student
jinks – from the illicit cartoonist turned mainstream mogul Matt publication opposite future president Barack Obama
goings-on of the orig- Groening, as well as director David Silverman. before becoming one of the best “Simpsons” writers.)
inal “Saturday Night ● ●Just who says “no” to doing a guest shot on the
Live” creatives in the show. William Shatner was the first celebrity to refuse Although Reiss shares personal details, including
’70s to Chevy Chase’s – he would not do self-parody – and Bruce Springs- the fact that he grew “morbidly obese” once he be-
more recent series, teen also remains a holdout. Prince and George Lu- came showrunner – an intense job he likens to “crawl-
“Community.” cas declined once they looked at the roles written for ing nude over broken glass in hell” – he’s wise enough
them. And no sitting American president has provid- to know that the Simpsons characters must come
And then there is ed a guest voice, though the show has come close. first. And that’s where some of the real “confidential”
“The Simpsons,” the  ●Speaking of higher office: Reiss recounts how, in faux-tawdry tidbits come into this memoir. Only the
animated sitcom that an episode from 2000 – in which Lisa Simpson be- diehardiest fans are likely to know, for instance, that
this past April passed comes the first straight female president – the phrase every member of the Simpsons nuclear family has
“Gunsmoke” for the “President Trump” was intended as an absurd punch- done time behind bars.
most prime-time script- line.
ed episodes (635 was  ●Speaking of straight: Reiss illuminates a range Reiss also deftly addresses two of the issues that of-
the record) broadcast of character inspirations and origins, including how ten hang over the show.
on American TV. For the vast majority of the show’s Smithers, Mr. Burns’ right-hand man, went from
three-decades run – once co-creator Sam Simon black to white – and from straight to gay – in the be- The first is that of the character Apu, the Indian
made his early exit – “The Simpsons” has relied on af- ginning. immigrant whose accented portrayal by Hank Azaria
fable comic wizards who avoid nasty altercations. So  ●And Reiss reveals secrets behind the opening- has increasingly come under criticism. Reiss says he
it is upon a workplace of mostly mild-mannered com- title “couch gags” and chalkboard wordings; points believes that the show has always attempted to write
edy professionals that former “Simpsons” showrun- out how many Oscar winners have voiced the rarely Apu with depth and dignity, yet he seriously weighs
ner Mike Reiss pulls back the curtain in his new book, speaking baby Maggie; and explains the art of pad- the idea that it is perhaps time to say farewell to the
cheekily titled “Springfield Confidential.” Cheeky, be- ding a show that must run 20 minutes, 20 seconds on character.
cause as a behind-the-scenes peek at a long-running the dot.
Hollywood production, this is no kiss-and-tell tome. Elsewhere, the contributions of SNL veterans Phil Reiss fires back at the complaint that the show isn’t
Even at its most dishy, it is closer to a sketch-and- Hartman and Conan O’Brien are recalled with extra as funny as it was in Season 10 or Season 7 or Sea-
kvetch. son whatever – and he gets deliciously smart-alecky
about being asked how much longer the show can go
Yet don’t let that dissuade you, because “Spring- on.
field Confidential” – a title that nods, of course, to the
Simpsons’ unmappable home town – offers a wealth “The Simpsons” endures because at its core it re-
of great anecdotes, all peppered with punchlines that mains about “family and folly,” he writes. He gives the
make Reiss’ memoir as hilarious as whichever season last word on the matter to director-producer Judd Ap-
of “The Simpsons” you recall most fondly. atow: “You can debate seasons and episodes, but it’s
as funny as anything being made right now. … Sud-
Reiss, who also wrote for such comedians as John- denly there was a moment when the world decided,
ny Carson and Garry Shandling, knows how to keep ‘No. We’re never getting rid of this.’” With that, the au-
many narrative plates spinning, whether revealing a thor has the last laugh. 
character’s secret origin or answering the most com-
mon questions from fans. SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL

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INSIGHT BRIDGE

NORTH

SUIT-PREFERENCE SIGNALS THE SUIT QJ4

By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist A983

Amy Lowell, a poet who died in 1925, said, “In science, read by preference the newest KQJ
works. In literature, read the oldest. The classics are always modern.”
A 10 2
That sounds reasonable. At the bridge table, we have a preference that comes up in this
deal. First, though, look at the East hand. What should he bid after South opens one WEST EAST
spade, West passes, and North responds three no-trump to show 4-3-3-3 distribution, 852
three spades and 15-17 high-card points? Then, where does the preference occur? K76542 3
3
North’s three-no-trump response is an unusual agreement these days, but was textbook 764 —
50 years ago. (Nowadays, North would probably respond two clubs, which would leave
East in a quandary. He might make a three-diamond weak jump overcall.) A 10 9 7 6 2

Over three no-trump, East should intervene with four no-trump, showing at least 5-5 in KJ9853
the minors. South would probably double because his hand does not suggest a slam in
spades. West will run to five clubs, and North will double. SOUTH

Against five clubs doubled, North might lead the ace and another club, which would A K 10 9 7 6
result in down one. Better here would be the club-two lead. If declarer misguesses, he
goes down two (or three if South shifts to a low spade at trick two). Q J 10

However, suppose North rebids five spades. Then West will lead his singleton diamond. 854
East wins with the ace and returns the diamond 10, his highest-remaining diamond, as
a suit-preference signal for the higher-ranking of the other two side suits (hearts and Q
clubs). West ruffs and gives his partner a heart ruff to defeat the contract.
Dealer: South; Vulnerable: North-South

The Bidding:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
1 Spades Pass 3NT ??
LEAD:
3 Diamonds

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SOLUTIONS TO PREVIOUS ISSUE (JUNE 14) ON PAGE 60
INSIGHT GAMES

ACROSS DOWN
1 Type of nut (5) 1 Large jug (7)
4 Order (7) 2 Soft toffee (7)
8 Neeps (7) 3 Clamour (5)
9 Straighten (5) 4 Swivelling wheel (6)
10 Domestic science (4,9) 5 Paddocks (7)
11 Salsa-like sauce (6) 6 Explanation (5)
13 Evaluate (6) 7 Sandy ridges (5)
17 Digs (13) 12 University discussion (7)
20 Sea (5) 14 Version (7)
21 Feline (7) 15 Genuine (7)
22 Fan (7) 16 Agree (6)
23 Wash lightly (5) 17 Fragrance (5)
18 Thick milk (5)
19 Thespian (5)

The Telegraph

How to do Sudoku:

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

The Telegraph

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INSIGHT GAMES

ACROSS familiarly 9 Baseball great 81 Forest The Washington Post
1 “How tasty!” 79 Pot for pods Gibson 82 Space org.
4 “Hogwash!” 80 Pluto’s tail?
9 Notorious traitor 81 Way to address a 10 At the usual level abroad
14 Greek isle where 11 Doo-dah prelude 84 David who
guru 12 Decked out
Pythagoras was 83 Dallas nickname 13 Lip played Rhoda’s
born 86 Flame Trees of 14 Card-game husband Joe on
19 Mouth prefix Rhoda
20 Florida city Thika authority John 85 Slanderous one
21 Martha or Norma author Huxley 15 Acid opposite 87 “Do” preceders
22 The Hollywood 89 Soviet provinces 16 With 48 Down, 88 Joe ___ from
Bow 90 Dream, in Reims Kokomo
23 Hairy singers? 93 Crack ___ harried 91 Bug’s cousin
26 City of rubber (do some hairy one’s 92 Earth goddess
27 Rice or Tyler deciphering) lament? 96 Sporting-goods
28 London district 94 Kobe robe 17 Cortes’s loot store
29 Religious accessory 18 Dirty Harry’s city, 97 A, to Otto
commune 95 Hairy Steinbeck part 1 98 Criticizes
31 “___ Kentucky novel? 24 Ile ___ cité severely
Home” 100 Munich medic 25 Asia Minor folks, 99 Donkey
33 Landing site, 104 Hairy diet once 101 Singer Brewer
1969 maven? 30 Buscaglia 102 Where Branson,
35 Fork over 109 Pepper reaction welcome Mo., is
37 Open with a key 110 ___ bender 32 Units of force 103 Danger hue
40 With 44 Across, 111 Serpico author 33 Dallas dribbler 105 Crucifix letters
hairy spinster’s 112 Beginning 34 Unshutters, 106 Faulkner’s ___
fate? 113 Swaps poetically Dying
43 Japanese tea- 115 ___ side (song 36 Philippine native 107 Journalist Bly
and-sympathy No. 2 on an old 38 Hairy cousin of 108 Emits vapor
girl 45) Jack 114 Singer James
44 See 40 Across 117 Vex Benny? 116 Alters, as pants
46 Ice, to Weiss 118 Down-to-earth 39 Top 40 guy 118 Hogwarts bird
47 The Wild Duck color Casey 119 With “sox,” a
playwright 120 Health store 41 Faxed team, for short
50 Word heard on for hairy 42 Brit. honors 121 Greek letter
New Year’s Eve vegetarians? 45 When Brigitte 122 Outspoken
51 Car salesman’s 126 Type of broom hits the beach 1960s madame
motto 127 Indian pole 47 “Everybody 123 Yak, yak, yak
55 ___ the rear 128 “___ a dream ...” knows that,” in 124 Eggs
(heads for the 129 Tell’s had to be hairy terms? 125 It’s not your bus.
back seats) true 48 See 16 Down
57 Fast planes 130 Kudrow and Ling 49 Sweating setting KING KONG SCHOOL By Merl Reagle
60 Prime-time time 131 Make ___ at (hit 52 Part of a slope
61 Meat-rating dept. on) ratio
62 Great American 132 Big horns 53 Grunted opinions
Smoke-Out mo. 133 Proposition 54 ___ Na Na
65 Being from position 55 Silent runner,
Melmac sometimes
67 Top Iranians, DOWN 56 Can. province
once 1 Exclamation 58 Income outgo
68 A sheep remark 59 Did in
69 Instrument heard that’s almost a 63 Resistance unit
in The Third Man cellist 64 Predicate part
72 Persian king 2 A compound of 66 Backward
74 Scratch (out) a element 92 69 Animal houses
living 3 Gilligan’s boat 70 “Life ___ fair”
76 Spinning toys or 4 ___ favor 71 Crossing-home
Greek snacks 5 Bot. or chem. credit, briefly
78 Hazel’s boss, 6 March or Roach 73 Jaguar model
7 Everything 75 Bible ending
8 Apologized 77 Stephen of Angie
80 TV oldie, ___
Sharkey

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INSIGHT BACK PAGE

Can she coax longtime friend out of her angry place?

BY CAROLYN HAX alone and get to it: “I’m worried about you. You’re coaxing her out of this angry, defensive place.
Washington Post one of the best people I know, yet you’re so openly You may still hurt her and the friendship, of
rough on Husband that it’s almost like you’re pos-
Hi, Carolyn: sessed by someone else. Are you OK? Is there any- course. However, turning a blind eye to abuse just
My best friend from college is thing I can do?” to preserve your comfort zone is not a choice that
one of the most honest and loyal withstands moral scrutiny.
people you could ever meet. She’s If she’s under stress and dumping it all on him,
an amazing attorney, a devoted which is what your description suggests and is Even if you weren’t close but still haven’t dis-
mom, a very good friend … and a also quite common – though it’s abuse, make no tanced yourself – if, say, you were a colleague or
really mean wife. She and her husband are visiting mistake – then compassion is your best chance of neighbor or some other acquaintance of proxim-
me right now and it’s painful to hear the scathing ity with limited options for walking away, or if you
tone she uses with her husband and the constant believed there was enough good in her to give her
stream of criticism and orders she directs at him. a chance – then you’d still have a bystander’s ob-
It seems to be all about control and putting him ligation to come forward. Saying something light
down, right in front of me and my partner. Her in the moment – like, “Wow, tell us how you really
husband is annoying and has his own faults, but feel” – can both break the tension and send the
no one deserves to be treated this way. message that her tone has crossed a line.
I love my friend, but this has concerned me for
a long time; they’ve been married four years. I’m It can help just to be openly nice to a victim, too
convinced that if I bring it up I will hurt her and (especially true with kids). “Here, let me help you
risk the relationship. But it also feels wrong to be a with that” or “Tell me about your new job.” Cast
silent witness – and if I can’t talk to her about this, your lot with humanity.
who will? What should I do, and how should I do
it? If this all seems frustratingly careful, that’s be-
– Conflict-Averse but Concerned Friend cause it is. Abusers use isolation to their advan-
tage, so while there’s always a point where princi-
Conflict-Averse but Concerned Friend: You’ve ple demands cutting ties, there’s value in walking
answered half of your own question (thank you, a line until then, one that keeps you involved
by the way): without enabling.

If you can’t say something, then who will? Plus, people in the gray area between mensch
“Best” friend means you voice your concern – and monster – the ones with histories of warmth
and you make it about her. Take a walk with her and decency who have lately veered into anger –
need more loving people in their lives, not fewer.
More people to help carry what’s weighing them
down. At least give her this chance to recall the
person you’ve known her to be. 

CLINICAL TRIAL YIELDS POSITIVE
RESULT ON BLADDER CANCER

44 Vero Beach 32963 / June 21, 2018 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™

HEALTH

Clinical trial yields positive result on bladder cancer

BY TOM LLOYD this year. The Center for Disease
Staff Writer Control and Prevention puts that
figure at 72,000, and the Mayo Clin-
Depending on which source you ic’s estimate is 68,000.
look to, bladder cancer ranks as the
fifth, seventh or eighth most com- Dr. Robin Atwell at Vero Urology,
monly diagnosed cancer in the however, is clearly more concerned
United States. with cures than he is with head-
counts.
The American Cancer Society es-
timates about 82,000 new cases of Given the demographics of Vero
bladder cancer will be identified Beach, that’s a good thing, since all
the above sources agree that blad-

Andrew Prestianni, PA, with Dr. Robin Atwell. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

der cancer occurs mainly in older five years or so, [the patient] devel-
adults. oped urgency frequency, a small-ca-
pacity bladder and recurrent urinary
Roughly nine in 10 of those diag- infections because the bacteria we
nosed with this disease are over the were putting in there were injuring
age of 55 and the average age at the her own immune responsiveness.
time of diagnosis is 73. Her bladder had become contracted
and she started to, again, develop
On the plus side, Atwell says he has persistent carcinoma in situ.”
seen treatments for bladder cancer
evolve exponentially over the course After “staving off” the patient’s tu-
of his 30-year career. mor for over a decade, and with her
now in her 90s, her immune system
He seems particularly inspired had become less able to recognize
by an ongoing clinical trial being and fight the tumor in her bladder.
conducted by medical oncologist Something had to change.
Dr. Stephen Patterson at the Scully-
Welsh Cancer Center that already The woman had not been treated
has benefited one of Atwell’s pa- with radiation because, as Atwell
tients. puts it, “with bladder cancer, radia-
tion is more palliative than it is cu-
This particular patient, Atwell re- rative. In other words, it will shrink
calls, first came to him in 2006 at the these tumors down, but removing
age of 79. the tumor is the most important
thing.”
“She presented with blood in her
urine [the most common symptom Happily, once Atwell’s patient en-
of bladder cancer], which is called rolled in the clinical trial at Scully
hematuria, and we found a high- Welsh that involves the Roche Phar-
grade transitional cell carcinoma. maceutical drug Tecentriq, her situ-
ation improved.
“It was a large tumor and how we
treated those tumors historically, By November of last year, her blad-
when they’re not invasive into the der biopsies showed no sign of can-
muscle wall, is by resecting them cer for the first time in more than a
and then starting patients on im- decade.
munotherapy with BCG,” or bacillus
calmette-guerin, a germ related to “I last looked in her bladder a week
the one that causes tuberculosis. and a half or two weeks ago and she
still has no cancer,” says Atwell.
“It’s an attenuated live bacteria
and it tricks the bladder into think- The results experienced by one
ing there’s a bacteria that it needs to patient in a clinical trial involving
make an immune response to. The thousands of other patients are sta-
immune response that results from tistically irrelevant, of course, but
the BCG in the bladder also builds they matter a lot if you happen to be
an immune response to treat blad- that one patient.
der cancer cells.”
Dr. Robin Atwell is with Vero Urol-
But it seems you can only trick ogy at 1355 37th Street, Suite 303. The
Mother Nature for so long. phone number is 772-569-7606. 

As Atwell explains, “after about

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THE HEALTHY SENIOR

Arthritis is catch-all term for wide range of conditions

BY FRED CICETTI flammation. And then there are the sue and is found in foods. Most people with gout are able to
DMARDs (disease-modifying anti- Often, gout affects joints in the control their symptoms with treat-
Columnist rheumatic drugs), which can often ment. The most common treat-
slow the disease. lower part of the body such as the ments are high doses of oral non-
Q. It seems to me that arthritis is a ankles, heels, knees, and especial- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,
catch-all term for all kinds of aches Gout ly the big toes. The disease is more or corticosteroids, which are taken
and pains. What exactly is arthritis? Gout usually attacks at night. common in men. Early attacks usu- by mouth or injected into the af-
Stress, alcohol, drugs or an illness ally subside within 3 to 10 days, even fected joint. Patients often begin to
Arthritis, which comes in more can trigger gout. It’s caused by a without treatment, and the next at- improve within a few hours of treat-
than 100 different forms, is inflam- build-up of crystals of uric acid in a tack may not occur for months or ment. 
mation of the joints. Osteoarthritis, joint. Uric acid is in all human tis- even years.
rheumatoid arthritis and gout are
the three most common forms of ar-
thritis among seniors. Osteoarthritis
is the most prevalent. None is conta-
gious.

Osteoarthritis
You get osteoarthritis when carti-
lage – the cushioning tissue within
the joints – wears down. This pro-
duces stiffness and pain. The disease
affects both men and women. By age
65, more than 50 percent of us have
osteoarthritis in at least one joint.
You can get osteoarthritis in any
joint, but it usually strikes those that
support weight. Common signs of os-
teoarthritis include joint pain, swell-
ing, and tenderness. However, only
a third of people whose x-rays show
osteoarthritis report any symptoms.
Treatments for osteoarthritis in-
clude exercise, joint care, dieting,
medicines and surgery. For pain re-
lief, doctors usually start with acet-
aminophen, the medicine in Tylenol,
because the side effects are minimal.
If acetaminophen does not relieve
pain, then non-steroidal anti-inflam-
matory drugs such as ibuprofen and
naproxen may be used.
The dietary supplements glucos-
amine and chondroitin sulfate are
used by many who say the supple-
ments can relieve the symptoms of
osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis, which is
characterized by inflammation of
the joint lining, is very different from
osteoarthritis. It occurs when the im-
mune system turns against the body.
It not only affects the joints, but may
also attack other parts of the body
such as the lungs and eyes. People
with rheumatoid arthritis may feel
sick.
There’s symmetry to rheumatoid
arthritis. For example, if the right
knee is affected, it’s likely the left
knee will suffer, too. Women are
much more likely than men to get
rheumatoid arthritis.
Treatments for rheumatoid arthri-
tis include exercise, medication and
surgery. Reducing stress is important.
Some drugs for rheumatoid ar-
thritis relieve pain. Some reduce in-

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HEALTH

‘Tick’ tock: Lyme disease grows as threat here

BY TOM LLOYD which is a big problem, since it can Dr. Aisha Thomas-St. Cyr.
Staff Writer become painfully debilitating if left
untreated. PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE
You can’t hide from Lyme disease
in Florida anymore. The website for the education, re-
search and advocacy group, lyme-
While most people think of the disease.org, says “if Lyme disease
disease in connection with the is not diagnosed and treated early,
northeast, Dr. Aisha Thomas-St. it can spread and may go into hid-
Cyr at Sebastian Infectious Disease ing in different parts of the body.
Care and Steward Health says the Weeks, months or even years later,
number of cases of this tick-borne patients may develop problems
illness are likely to double in the with the brain and nervous system,
Sunshine State this year. muscles and joints, heart and circu-
lation, digestion, reproductive sys-
And while doubling might seem tem and skin.”
bad, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention recently increased Not scary enough? Try this: The
its projections for the total num- National Institutes of Health says
ber of Americans who will contract that the quality of life for Lyme pa-
Lyme Disease nationwide this year tients is “consistently worse” than
by a factor of 10: from 30,000 to for patients with congestive heart
300,000 – or more. failure, with pain levels that are
“similar to post-surgical patients”
The Florida Lyme Disease Asso- and consistent fatigue problems “on
ciation says the disease is “about par with that seen in multiple scle-
10 times more common than previ- rosis patients.”
ously reported” in this state, as well.
Strangely, Lyme disease is a rela-
The mismatch exists mainly be- tively “new” disease. It was first
cause it is one of the most difficult officially diagnosed in the United
diseases to accurately diagnose –

States in 1977 in the town of Old legged ticks, also known as deer
Lyme, Connecticut. Originally ticks.
thought to be limited to the north-
east and upper Midwest, Lyme dis- “It’s a spirochete. It’s like a cousin
ease now presents itself in nearly of syphilis,” says Thomas-St. Cyr.
every state in the union, as well as “That’s why it goes to the nervous
in Europe and Asia. system.”

Lyme disease is caused by the “The current testing is pretty in-
bacterium “Borrelia burgdorferi” accurate early on, unfortunately,
which is transmitted to humans because it’s an antibody test,” she
through the bite of infected black- continues.

In other words, the test looks

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for antibodies that your body will the site of the bite, and if you develop
eventually produce in reaction to such a rash, your doctor can advise
the bacterium, but by the time that you on the best course of action.
happens, it may already be too late.
Ticks, whether we like it or not, are
In its earliest stages, Lyme dis- everywhere. They can hitch a ride
ease can be stopped – quickly, eas- into your home on your pet. They
ily and effectively – with antibiot- can latch onto you unnoticed while
ics, but some insurers won’t pay for you’re hunting, fishing, walking on
those antibiotics until antibodies in a nature trail along the Indian River
your blood are detected. lagoon or even on a well-manicured
golf course.
And that’s the problem. People
need to be treated earlier. As Thom- And, as Thomas-St. Cyr points out,
as-St. Cyr says, “the best time to it’s not just Lyme disease that can be
treat you is early. Before the dis- transmitted by blood-sucking ticks.
ease has a chance to spread to your “There’s about four or five other
nervous system, your bones, your things you can get from the same tick.
joints.” So, even if you don’t find Lyme’s, you
have to think of the co-infections.”
Anticipating the next question,
Thomas-St. Cyr quickly adds that All that said, Lyme disease is not a
the best thing to do if you’ve been crisis in Florida – at least not yet.
bitten by a tick is to go see your doc-
tor right away. Even if your insurer Even though an alarming headline
balks, the out-of-pocket cost for an- on radio station WFTS’ website last
tibiotics that will prevent serious June reported that “Doctors predict
problems later in life can be as little Lyme disease epidemic: Tampa Bay
as $15. possible hotbed of debilitating tick-
born disease,” Thomas-St. Cyr simply
She also reminds everyone to urges caution, watchfulness and, of
bring a complete and updated list of course, seeking your doctor’s advice if
all their current prescriptions and you think you’ve been bitten by a tick.
supplements in order to avoid any
medication conflicts. Dr. Aisha Thomas-St. Cyr is at Sebas-
tian ID Care at 7955 Bay Street, Suite
About 85 percent of those bitten 2 directly south of the Sebastian River
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Why Studio 54 glamour still influences fashion today

Established 18 Years in Indian River County BY CAROLINE LEAPER

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The scene evolved on every occasion
– one-night attendees might be ankle-
deep in glitter on the dance floor, the
next they might all need to all don nov-
el 3D specs to watch Aerosmith. There
was always something different hap-
pening, offering a wild tale to tell the
morning after that would keep the big
names queuing to get in the following
night (Frank Sinatra gave up and went
home on opening night), and that in
the long run, would become the stuff
of legend.

A new documentary film released
last week captures exactly what it took
to make that scene happen and prom-
ises to unravel the myths that shroud-
ed the club. Director Matt Tyrnauer
(the man behind another recent hit,
“Valentino: The Last Emperor”) has
convinced club founder Ian Schrager
to talk, as he never has before.

Tyrnauer’s “Studio 54” will show us
what it was like to be there, telling the
stories behind the star-studded pola-
roids that still make Pinterest boards
and Instagram feeds today.

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The nightclub that changed the world jersey, copious sequins, shoulder
was only really open for a moment, be- pads and electric colors all began at
fore it closed in 1980 and Schrager and the club, in some guise.
co-founder Steve Rubell were jailed for
tax evasion in 1980. Yet in its short time, For modern designers, Studio 54 is
it made fashion history. a constantly cited source of inspira-
tion. At the catwalk shows in February,
To contend with the decor, you Balenciaga, Tom Ford, Balmain, Paco
needed to make a bit of an effort with Rabanne and more major names bor-
your outfit. Cher, Andy Warhol and rowed references from the scene.
Debbie Harry were regulars, wear-
ing glitzy, fun, flammable outfits. Michael Halpern, the New York-
Elizabeth Taylor wore major jewels. born designer who has made a name
Diana Ross welcomed the arrival of for himself at London Fashion Week in
the disco era, sometimes partying the last three seasons, has dedicated
in sequins, other times her jeans. the entire premise of his label’s aes-
Jerry Hall brought the supermodel thetic to the look.
glamour, frequently in head-to-toe
color, or feathers. Images of Grace He has been directly inspired, he
Jones wearing Lurex or Bianca Jagger says, by his mother’s wardrobe and the
in dramatically hooded dresses are feel-good clothes she has held on to for
now two-a-penny on designer mood- 40 years since her own days of partying
boards. at Studio 54.

A clutch of New York designers also “I think it really is a reaction to
became associated with Studio 45; [what’s going on politically], want-
Halston’s new kaftans and jersey hal- ing that escapism to feel happy and
ternecks were spotted in the queue as sparkly and good about something,”
often as the man himself. Diane von he previously told The Telegraph of
Furstenberg slunk around in her sig- his motives.
nature wrap dresses and Calvin Klein
chaperoned his muses. Indeed, for his mother, those clothes
hold memories from what will likely
It was a petri dish for fashion, a col- have been some of the most epic, mem-
league and I agreed the other day. A orable nights out of her life.
decade’s worth of new trends emerged
in there – whether you think, gener- Still wondering why is this particu-
ally, of Eighties style as brilliant or lar fashion moment is so addictive,
atrocious, of course, is a whole other and impossible for designers today to
debate. But spangly fabrics, draped forget? Everyone was having the time
of their lives and celebrating their
uniqueness, in style. Why wouldn’t we
want to recreate that? 

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The real reasons we have nothing to wear

BY SHANE WATSON lot better. Compared with in our 20s, time we spend shopping, not to mention What to do: Try to avoid black, espe-
The Telegraph we are now pretty well-equipped, and the handy returns policies, we should be cially on your top half, but if you insist on
it’s a long time since we had to make acing this by now – but we’re not. wearing it, make sure it’s good quality.
Of all the things you think will a mad dash to a friend’s house to bor-
change with time, the one that doesn’t, row a dress and shoes for a wedding. There are clothes in our wardrobes You’ve nowhere to wear it to.
surprisingly, is still having nothing to we last tried on in the changing room, That A-line leather skirt, for example.
wear. OK, so the situation has got a lot, Then again, given the amount of expe- trousers that only work with shoes we It’s not that there’s anything unwear-
rience we have under our belts, and the could never walk in, and while a lot of us able about it. It’s great – that’s why you
have a lot of garments, sometimes it re- bought it in the first place, after all. And
ally feels as if we have nothing to wear. it would be fantastic on someone else.
Maybe Meghan Markle. Or Gillian An-
So, before we get stuck into any seri- derson. And there you have it: You’re
ous summer shopping, we need to take shopping blind. You’re not asking the big
a long, hard look at where we’re going question, the only question after ‘Does
wrong. Here goes … it fit?’ and ‘Does it suit me?’ – which is
‘When exactly am I going to wear it?’
You keep opting for clothes that are What to do: Ask away!
‘useful classics’
You’ve been listening to the advice
The instinct is good. You want to have of shop assistants.
wearable clothes, so you are always
buying a pale gray polo-neck or a well- She says you look good in it, then the
cut pair of navy trousers or zzzzzzzz. woman in the next cubicle says it really
All
of this looks hot when you’re 28 and suits you – and you’re only human. But
wearing them bra-less with Jennifer they can’t possibly know you work at
Biel hair, but now they make you look the end of a dirt track and have abso-
a tad samey and, well, boring. You’re lutely no occasion to wear a long, full,
heading
out for dinner and you look starchy shantung-silk skirt.
like you’re going to a job interview.
Whattodo: Repeat the mantra ‘When?
What to do: Stick with your safe sta- When? When?’ I mean, you might well
ples, but don’t wear them all together. look great in silver platform boots – but
Introduce one hit of something surpris- ask yourself when? When? When?
ing: it could be cropped cowboy boots,
a blingy pendant, a shocking-pink You are repeat-buying.
shirt. An item that breaks the same-old, Like when you’re going through a
same-old mould. phase of buying anchovies over and
over again because you have it stuck
You’ve absolutely no idea what’s in in your head that you need them,
your wardrobe. and you can never have enough.
Well, let me tell you: you can.
That’s it in a nutshell. No other way What to do: Go through your ward-
of putting it. Also, you have items with robe and put together all your repeats
the price tags still on. to shame yourself. Then get rid of all
bar two.
What to do: Have that overdue go-
through, as above. Be brutal. You’re not asking the other ques-

You own way too much black.
It used to look cool. Now it looks
plain. And hard. And a bit like you
could have had it since 1994.


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