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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2016-07-28 16:07:35



My Vero: Nostalgic about
Class A Dodgers. P6
Janitors and
school safety. P10

Owner floats new ideas
for old Press Journal building. P8

Man who died in For breaking news visit
parking lot tried
to summon aid Elite VIPR team
bolsters security
at Vero Airport

Staff Writer Staff Writer

An investigation into the Sebastian River Medical Center plans major expansion Members of the same tactical
death of a 48-year-old Califor- security team that helps guard
nia man in the CVS drugstore BY TOM LLOYD a three-story center tower dures performed at the Sebas- the Super Bowl and the Presi-
parking lot on A1A in Indian Staff Writer containing the new private tian hospital. dential Inauguration can be
River Shores is now closed, rooms and the operating suite seen, at times, on patrol at the
attributed to apparent heart Sebastian River Medical – which will include seven sur- Groundbreaking on the Vero Beach Regional Airport.
failure triggered by an excess Center is about to get a lot big- gical suites, two endoscopy $64 million project is set for
of alcohol. ger, adding 10 operating rooms rooms and one bronchoscopy Aug. 29. It’s just one of the many
and 48 patient rooms in a procedure room, all intended changes since December when
When Randall Clark was 94,000-square-foot expansion. to dramatically increase the “We are excited our expan- Vero added commercial pas-
found dead behind the wheel number and scope of proce- sion project is about to begin,” senger airline service three to
of a Jaguar around 6 p.m. on The expansion will include says hospital CEO Kelly En- four days per week via Elite Air-
March 30 and staff from CVS ways, said Airport Director Eric
tried to resuscitate him, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Menger.
hazard lights were blinking on
the car, said Detective Kip Ben- The police squad, which has
ham of the Indian River Shores a tongue-twisting name with
Public Safety Department. a James-Bondish acronym –
Transportation Security Ad-
It is unknown how long ministration Visible Intermodal
Clark lingered in the car with Prevention and Response Team
the blinkers on – an apparent (VIPR) – works with airport per-
effort to summon help, ac- sonnel and local law enforce-
cording to police – while pa- ment when they’re in town.
trons went in and out of the
“The VIPR team is a sub-

License plate cameras prove a challenge New resort planned for
southern end of island
Staff Writer

A month after Indian River BY ALAN SNEL
Shores public safety depart- Staff Writer
ment received a set of license
plate cameras procured to tabase – the system still is not Developer George Hea- A site rendering of proposed Orchid Beach Resort at the southern end of our island.
photograph the tags of all ve- operating as planned. ton, who built the Vero
hicles entering and leaving Beach Hotel & Spa on
the city – and linking the im- From technology challeng- Ocean Drive, has just sub-
ages to a statewide crime da- es to state agency red tape, In-

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Vero airport security deterrent. I think a lot of it just has to weeks ago, they brought highly sensi- airport like Vero – the intention is to
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 do with world events . . . they’ve kind- tive radiation-detection equipment make passengers feel safer. The team
of stepped that up a little bit.” and combed the airport property, ac- is meant not only as an extra set of
section of TSA that is there right now cording to Assistant Airport Director eyes and ears, but as a show of force
with weapons at Vero Beach Airport in Six members of VIPR provided sup- Todd Scher. and readiness.
combat-type gear to provide a visible port for the Vero Beach Air Show in
security deterrent,” Menger told city June, Menger said, due to the size of the Though they are dressed and Scher said the VIPR advance team
officials the morning of July 15 when crowds. More than 50,000 people typi- equipped to respond to whatever coordinator contacts him to let him
four members of the VIPR team con- cally swarm the airport for the show, chaos might break out in the large know the team will be conducting an
ducted operations in Vero. which takes place every other year. metropolitan airports, train stations operation in Vero, and when in town,
and public events they guard, the VIPR VIPR works alongside at least one offi-
“This is new to us,” Menger said. “That’s just one of the changes that team also does outreach and mixes it cer from the Vero Beach Police Depart-
“We’ve still got of course the Vero are happening thanks to commer- up with the public, especially kids, in ment, the primary agency tasked with
Beach Police Department, and we’ve cial airline service [returning to Vero an effort to educate travelers about airport security.
got the normal TSA guys, but now Beach],” Menger said. “It seemed like their purpose for being there.
we’ve got VIPR periodically coming by, a small thing when it’s only three days Depending upon the day’s orders,
and those guys do provide that visual a week, but when you have that step While the sight of armed officers in VIPR may use specialized equipment
up, everybody pays attention.” tactical gear might cause some travel- like the radiation detectors or bomb-
ers to bristle – especially at a smaller sniffing K-9 patrols to make sure the
When a VIPR team visited Vero two airport is secure.

According to the TSA, the team has
been around for 12 years. “Following
the 2004 Madrid train bombings which
killed 191 people and wounded 1,800
more, TSA developed theVIPR program
to help out law enforcement when
needed. Since then, the teams have
been deployed at the request of local,
state and federal law enforcement to
support their efforts and enhance the
security presence during specific alert
periods or major high-profile events,”
the TSA states on its website.

After the mass-casualty shooting at
the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June,
the VIPR team was deployed to Orlan-
do’s airports and mass transit hubs in
an effort to allay fears visitors might
have about the city’s safety.

The “team” can draw personnel
from a variety of agencies, including
the Federal Air Marshals, and often in-
cludes explosives experts and behav-
ior detection officers, according to the

Depending on the situation and the
perceived threat, VIPR may assist in
screening passengers, patrol airport
concourses or canvass aircraft and air-
port facilities.

The Vero Beach Regional Airport
opened in 1930 and has been operat-
ing continually for 86 years. It served
as a Naval Air Station throughout
World War II and was deeded to the
City of Vero Beach in 1947.

The airport property encompasses
nearly 1,700 acres and handles approx-
imately 185,000 take-offs and landings
annually on its three runways, which
have a total length of 16,000 feet.

Piper Aircraft and the Flight Safety
pilot-training school operate at the
airport, in addition to charter plane
companies, a rental car location, a
bank, a micro-brewery, and more than
100 small businesses, including C.J.
Cannon’s restaurant, which is a popu-
lar meeting place for civic organiza-
tions and offers an up-close view of
airplanes and airport operations.

The airport is self-supporting and is
not funded by property taxes or utility
transfers. 

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 28, 2016 3


License plate cameras be aware of criminals and suspicious Before the Town ordered the camer- list” interface go live should be forth-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 characters entering or leaving the city. as, Rosell and Shaw said they checked coming shortly.
with FDLE to make sure the system
dian River Shores public safety officers Rosell said the delay in syncing was was permissible, but Shaw said they In the meantime, the Shores camer-
have learned a lesson in perseverance due to the Florida Department of Law hit a snag when they notified FDLE the as are still presumably having the de-
since the Town Council approved the Enforcement database’s need to make cameras were ready to go live. Recent terrent effect of making anyone with
$70,000 camera system last fall. sure information in its database is se- changes in policies and a couple of a warrant, revoked driver license or
cure and that it cannot be accessed personnel changes at the state agency expired tag think twice about driving
First of all, the Florida Department by unauthorized personnel. In other have slowed things down, Rosell said. through the Town. And, should Shores
of Transportation nixed the idea of words, that the data can’t be somehow officers need to solve a crime, they
having the cameras – which have cap- hacked due to the Shores system being As of press time Monday, Shaw said can still use the video and data being
tured images of roughly 200,000 li- looped into it live. the final approval to make the “hot gleaned from the cameras. 
cense plates plus continuous video of
vehicle traffic in and out of the Shores Exclusively John’s Island
on A1A since the system became par-
tially operational – mounted on the Unique to JI, this exceptional, recently built Mediterranean 4BR/4.5BA waterfront
state right of way. retreat showcases stunning JI Sound views. Sited on a quiet cul-de-sac, lush
landscaping, intimate indoor/outdoor living areas with fireplace, a pool and boat
Regrouping, the Shores negotiated dock compliment the 5,394± GSF “smart home”. Built with the finest quality
agreements with property owners to construction and attention to detail, features include intricate custom millwork,
place the cameras on private property. gourmet island kitchen, family room with fireplace, and a 2nd floor luxurious master
“But that 18 feet [setback from the road] suite and guest bedroom with tree-top views. 331 Palmetto Point : $6,800,000
made a big difference in how the cam-
eras worked and how they had to be three championship golf courses : 17 har-tru courts : beach club : squash
aimed,” Police Chief Rich Rosell said. health & fitness center : pickleball : croquet : vertical equity membership

The next delay, after locations for 772.231.0900 : Vero Beach, FL :
the cameras were figured out, came
when installers discovered they did
not have the proper hardware to
mount the cameras on poles.

After they got the cameras mounted
and turned on, the video part of the
camera was recording, but the angle
of the laser beam – similar to the red
dot of a laser pointer – wasn’t lining up
right, and it took repeated attempts to
get the two data recorders at the north
end of the Shores and the two record-
ers at the south end to capture license
plates as they were meant to.

Though the vendor, L3 Communi-
cations, has installed numerous road-
side camera systems previously, Rosell
said “every installation is different.
Each one has its own challenges.”

Once the laser beams in the license-
plate readers were finally aimed
properly, they began recording about
10,000 license plate numbers a day.

That doesn’t mean 10,000 unique
people going in and out of the tiny town
each day, Lt. Mark Shaw explained.
“Conceivably, we could get someone
going to Disney and back and they
would go by the camera four times,”
Shaw said.

But the cameras still aren’t synced
with state database, which is the most
crucial part of the whole setup.

The final stage of the camera proj-
ect is to get the tag numbers from the
laser data reader to interface with
the Florida Department of Law En-
forcement’s database. This database,
which police refer to as the “hot list,”
includes information about outstand-
ing warrants, revoked driver licenses,
expired auto tags and be-on-the-look-
out (BOLO) notices broadcast by vari-
ous law enforcement agencies.

This is the part of the project that
would deliver real-time information
to police and enable Shores officers to

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Sebastian River Medical Center The new entrance will be at the back construction and renovation project. troenterology, gynecology, otolaryn-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 of the current hospital’s structure. Leading up to the major physical fa- gology, orthopedics, neurology, inter-
ventional radiology and primary care.
riquez. “This expansion will enhance SRMC Marketing Director Angela cility expansion, the hospital has been
our ability to continue delivering qual- Dickens says preparations are un- hiring new doctors – 14 physicians in SRMC sits on an 18-acre site on U.S.
ity care and maintain our commitment derway to ensure continued patient the past 12 months – in specialties that 1 north of Roseland, near the bridge
to our community into the future.” comfort and access throughout the include pulmonology, cardiology, gas- over the St. Sebastian River.

In addition to the new construc- The hospital first opened its doors
tion, some 20,000 square feet of exist- in 1974 as a 103-bed facility. In the
ing space will be renovated during the years since then it has been owned
construction project. by several hospital corporations. Hu-
mana Corp. purchased the hospital
With the renovation and the addi- in 1978 and sold it 15 years later to
tion of the three-story tower, the hos- Health Management Associates. Cur-
pital will have 200 licensed beds, about rent owner Community Health Sys-
twice as many as when it opened 42 tems bought HMA in 2014, taking over
years ago. SRMC as part of its portfolio of health-
care properties. 

Man who died in parking lot

store without noticing.
It was only when a friend of the

family, who had been alerted that
Clark was missing and had possibly
gone to CVS, recognized the license-
plate frame on his car that Clark was

The official cause of death stated by
Dr. Linda O’Neill of the Medical Ex-
aminer’s Office in a July 20 report was
probable cardiac dysrhythmia due to
“chronic ethanolism,” a term synony-
mous with chronic alcoholism. Police
said the alcohol level in his body was
nearly four times the legal limit for a

Benham served as lead detective on
the case. While waiting for the coro-
ner’s report and toxicology results, he
and Officer Ken Barrett, a career law
enforcement officer retired from the
Vero Beach Police Department who
now works on a per diem basis for the
Shores, spent about 25 hours scouring
grainy security camera tapes, trying to
figure out what happened during the
final hours of Clark’s life.

The video images were not clear or
conclusive and Benham tried to get
the tapes enhanced, but neither the
Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
nor the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Of-
fice had the capability.

“I even asked NASA if they could do
it,” Benham said.

In the end, all the officers had to
go on were poor-quality images shot
through the dingy lens of a camera
just yards from the ocean, likely salt-
encrusted from the sea air.

Clark’s family in The Estuary re-
ported he left their home in his Jag-
uar around 10:30 a.m. “to take some
conference calls,” according to state-
ments, and tapes show he parked his
car on the side of the CVS store just
moments later.

The vehicle didn’t move all day, and
Clark exited once, around 1:30 p.m.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 28, 2016 5


A span of less than one minute on anything, but we think he probably When Clark was found, the engine widow, a pediatrician in the Stock-
the video may explain why detectives went back there to throw a bottle or of the car had been turned off. Crime ton, Calif., area, that the coroner
found no alcohol containers inside bottles away,” Benham said. scene reports indicate his body tem- had concluded a preliminary cause
the vehicle. “He got out and walked perature was more than 100 degrees of death and the Medical Examiner
around to the back of the store; it was After going behind the store, Clark when he arrived at the hospital. made the formal notification to the
impossible to see if he was carrying “came back, walked around for 15 to family. 
20 seconds and got back in the car.” Benham said he alerted Clark’s

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MY Summer lost a touch of magic when Vero Beach Dodgers left

BY RAY MCNULTY baseball and I arrived in Vero Beach. I setting," he added. "And because Vero card-perfect sunsets and a palm-tree-
Staff Writer was only 21 then, just weeks out of col- Beach was such a small town during the lined berm instead of an outfield wall
lege and embarking on a newspaper summer months, you didn't have the – until a fence was later erected for
Most of us who were there on St. Pat- career that is now well into its fourth packed crowds you had in the spring. player-safety reasons. And there were
rick's Day 2008, when the Los Angeles decade. But I'll never forget the tingle The atmosphere was a lot more relaxed. always promotions and giveaways to
Dodgers played their final spring train- I felt as I entered the gates of Dodger- lure locals to the games for an inex-
ing game at Dodgertown, will never town for the first time. "A lot of the year-round people prob- pensive but enjoyable evening out.
forget how we felt as we watched the ably preferred going to the Vero Beach
team's buses pull away for the last time. A friend had given me a ticket to a Dodgers games." "Vero Beach being so small was
Vero Beach Dodgers game at Holman a double-edged sword," said Terry
Conversely, most of us can't remem- Stadium, where I found that all the I know I did. Reynolds, the Vero Beach Dodgers’
ber anything about the Class A Vero poetry used to describe the place was That might surprise those of you who general manager from 1980-88 and
Beach Dodgers' final Florida State fitting – no covered dugouts, no out- are familiar with my sports-writing ca- now the Cincinnati Reds' senior direc-
League game on that same field late in field fence and a Rockwellian connec- reer, which includes several stints cov- tor of professional scouting.
the summer of 2006, probably because tion between a small town and its new ering big-league baseball in New York,
only a few cared enough to show up. team. It was everything that everyone Los Angeles and Denver and working at "There was a limited number of
had said it was. some of the game's greatest cathedrals. people, so we really had to work hard
But which team do we miss most? As a fan, however, there was some- to sell the product," he added. "But
I pondered that question last week And now, those powerful memories thing special about those summer because people in the community
as I drove past the hallowed grounds of left me feeling wistful, so much so that nights watching the Class-A Vero Beach took such great pride in being the
what was once America's quintessen- I wished I could go back. Dodgers play in the park-like surround- spring-training home for the Los An-
tial spring-training home. The sun was ings where time seemed to stand still. geles Dodgers, they were loyal to the
setting and the afternoon's heat and "I hear a lot of people say that," The beer and Dodger Dogs for dinner Vero Beach Dodgers, too."
humidity had begun to ease – enough said Craig Callan, the longtime Dodg- only added to the charm. So did the fun
for me to roll down the window as I ertown director for the Los Angeles and familiar sounds of Dave Lietz, better In many minor-league towns, peo-
slowed to a crawl and allowed myself Dodgers and now a vice president at known locally as "Mr. Music." So did the ple go to games for the same reason
to quietly revel in sweet nostalgia. Historic Dodgertown, where the ven- Dodgerettes, who would greet you with they go to the movies – to be enter-
Immediately, my mind drifted all erable spring-training complex has a smile and usher VIPs to their seats. tained. They want to enjoy a night at
the way back to 1980 – to that long- been transformed into a multi-sport Holman Stadium was our field of the ballpark, where they can have a
ago summer when both minor league training and tournament facility. dreams, with its cozy confines, post- hot dog and a beer while they take in
a few innings of professional baseball.
"It was old-time baseball in a perfect

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 28, 2016 7


They don't know the players. They With the Vero Beach Dodgers in the League. (They were replaced by the jor leagues includes: Steve Sax, John
have no emotional investment in the Florida State League's championship Vero Beach Devil Rays, who spent two Franco, Sid Fernandez, Mariano Dun-
team. They don't care who wins. chase for most of their first 10 years – forgotten seasons here before depart- can, Ramon Martinez, John Wetteland,
they won titles in 1983 and 1990 – home ing for Port Charlotte.) Jose Offerman, Pedro Astacio, Paul Lo
It was somewhat different here, prob- attendance hovered around 1,000 per Duca, Adrian Beltre, Eric Gagne, James
ably because Vero Beach was the small- game and swelled to as much as 2,500 I still hear plenty of people say they Loney, Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.
est city with a minor-league baseball for the most successful promotions. miss those summer nights at Dodger-
team that played a full-season schedule. town. "Usually in minor league baseball,
Reynolds said the team had be- it's what's happening off the field that
The Vero Beach Dodgers had actual tween 400 and 500 season-ticket hold- "That doesn't surprise me," San- draws crowds," Callan said, "but we
fans who knew their names and rooted ers, many of whom were home-game chez said. "There was always a great also had a lot of good players come
for them to win. Some would listen to regulars who showed up wearing Vero relationship between the Dodgers through here."
game broadcasts on the radio. Some Beach Dodgers hats with the letters and Vero because of the 60 years they
would keep track of the players' statis- "VB" embossed over a grapefruit. were here for spring training. In a lot It wasn't enough to keep the team
tics, which were published regularly in of ways, Vero Beach and Dodgertown in Vero Beach, however, especially af-
the local daily newspaper. Others casu- "I still have people ask for them," were interchangeable. ter Peter O'Malley sold the Los Angeles
ally followed the team in the standings. Callan said of the hats, "but I've looked Dodgers in 1998 to Rupert Murdoch's
around and can't find any." "So when the Vero Beach Dodgers Fox Group, which sold to Frank Mc-
"I did the games for WTTB, which, came here, people really embraced Court in 2004.
you might remember, aired the broad- Apparently, the caps have gone the them," he continued. "They were our
casts of the Los Angeles Dodgers way of professional baseball in Vero team, our Baby Dodgers, and they McCourt moved the minor league
games on Sundays," said Joe Sanchez, Beach. were part of the community while they team to San Bernardino after the 2006
the former Vero Beach Dodgers pub- were here. There was even an Adopt-a- season, then moved the Los Angeles
lic-address announcer and radio play- It has been eight years since the Los Dodger program for people who want- Dodgers' spring-training headquar-
by-play broadcaster who still lives in Angeles Dodgers terminated their 61- ed to give the players a place to live for ters to Glendale, Ariz., after the 2008
town. "I'd also send game stories to year marriage with Vero Beach and the season. Grapefruit League season.
the newspapers. moved their spring-training opera-
tion to Arizona. And while the divorce "You'd see the guys around town "The Vero Beach Dodgers were Pe-
"There were a lot of nights when was painful, especially because of the during the day and maybe out some- ter's gift to the community," Sanchez
Channel 34, which was based in Fort shabby way we were treated at the where after games at night," he added. said. "He didn't put them here to make
Pierce back then, would be out there end, most folks here have moved on. "A few of them married local girls." money. He's always had a special feel-
with a camera crew," he added. "So the ing for Vero Beach. That's why he came
Vero Dodgers got a lot of exposure, lo- I rarely hear anyone say they miss More than a few made it to the major back and got involved with Historic
cally, especially early on. spring training. leagues, where one of them – catcher Dodgertown.
Mike Piazza – earned induction into
"It didn't hurt that the team was It was 10 summers ago that the Vero the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. "Once Peter sold the team, everything
contending for the playoffs those first Beach Dodgers played their final Flor- changed," he added. "The other owners
few years." ida State League season before mov- The long list of other Vero Beach never had that same attachment." 
ing to San Bernardino in the California Dodgers to play their way to the ma-

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New resort approval from St. Lucie County in No- about 15 months after it begins in re-zoned to CR, Commercial Resort, to
vember. April or May of 2017. His architect is accommodate the type of project Hea-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Delray Beach-based Randall Stofft, ton has in mind. “My understanding
The hotel’s room rates will average who designed Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. is that Mr. Heaton is proposing a small
mitted plans to St. Lucie County for about $200 per night, with a customer amendment to the text of the Code to
an ambitious project that includes a demographic mirroring that at Vero The site design includes a large lawn permit a type of cottage unit and own-
10-story, 160-room hotel, 45 condos, Beach Hotel & Spa, Heaton said. He event area between the beach and the ership not contemplated under the
nine cottages and two restaurants on envisions people from South Florida hotel that can be used for weddings, adopted Code,” Olson said.
12 acres at the old Radisson Hotel site at and the Orlando area booking rooms family reunions and corporate events.
the southern end of our barrier island. at the new resort in the summer and Plus, there will be about 5,000 square Generally speaking, “it appeared his
tourists from the Northeast and the feet of meeting space in the hotel. In to- vision for the resort was in line with
Heaton, who is building the Tar- Midwest coming in the winter. tal, the project will encompass approxi- the purpose and intent of the Com-
pon Flats subdivision a short distance mately 170,000 square feet, Heaton said. mercial Resort zoning district. We look
north of the hotel site, said he has a The 45 condos will be 1,000 square forward to processing the applications
contract on the hotel property, slated feet and priced at $495,000 each, while He described the resort look as “old and seeing a high quality resort devel-
to close in the fall, and that he plans the nine cottage homes will go for $1.8 Florida architecture” and said he has opment occur on this excellent beach-
to start construction in spring 2017. million to $2.5 million each. met with the St. Lucie County commis- front location,” Olson told 32963.
He is currently taking deposits from sioners individually about the project.
prospective buyers of the condos and Heaton is already taking reservation Ruffin and his local agent, Bob Low-
cottages. deposits on the condos and cottages, Leslie Olson, St. Lucie County plan- ell, shepherded the property through
with the earliest buyers getting first ning and development services di- the re-zoning process and Ruffin origi-
Heaton is buying the oceanfront pick of the housing. rector, said she has not seen Heaton’s nally planned to develop a resort there
land from Las Vegas heavyweight bil- plans yet, but she confirmed they were himself before deciding to sell the land.
lionaire Phil Ruffin, who owns Trea- The resort will include a spa and fit- submitted in mid-July.
sure Island casino on the Vegas Strip ness center as well as a free-standing The property sold at the height of
and is pals with Donald Trump. 5,000-square-foot restaurant and a “Plan packages don’t go out instan- the real estate boom for $17.9 million,
4,000-square-foot restaurant in the ho- taneously,” Olson said. “Once our ad- but lost value in the downturn. Ruffin
He said the project, named Orchid tel. Heaton also plans a 5,000-square- ministrative staff has entered all rele- bought it for $6 million in 2013.
Beach Resort, will cost approximately foot specialty retail store that will front vant information into the system, they
$70 million. He hopes to get site plan on A1A. distribute the packages.” The price in the current sale has not
been disclosed. 
He expects construction to take Olson said the property was recently

New owner floats diverse ideas for old Press Journal building

BY ALAN SNEL Property owner Bill Summers looks to lease previous Press Journal building. PHOTO BY LEAH DUBOIS 32-foot-tall ceiling as an event center
Staff Writer for weddings and dancing.

One of the most recognizable land- A “For Lease” sign in front of the
marks on U.S. 1 in Vero Beach may building states that restaurant, retail
soon be undergoing a rebirth. and office space is available.

Developer Bill Summers says he’s “There’s a lot of interest. But I need to
nearly ready to submit a mixed-use transform the interest into real deals,”
plan to the city to remake the old Press Summers said after taking a 32963 report-
Journal newspaper building, but he’s er on a tour of the property at 1801 U.S. 1.
waiting for a tenant – either commer-
cial or residential will do – to sign a In addition to seeking tenants, Sum-
check and commit to the project. mers said he’s leaning toward develop-
ing 20,000 square feet of the building
The local daily abandoned its one- – or 40 percent of the space – as 30 to
time flagship building last year amid 35 extended-stay residential units. He
falling circulation, shrinking staff and said the old newspaper lobby would
a continuing consolidation into the serve as the lobby for his lodging units.
Stuart News headquarters, and moved
But he’s hesitant about diving into
the remnants of its small Vero team the residential redevelopment on his
into a second-floor office downtown. own without a major commercial ten-
It had long since shifted its printing ant committing to the building.
presses to St. Lucie.
Summers, who works in an office on
Summers, who bought the paper’s Wilbur Avenue downtown, said he had
50,000-square-foot building in Novem- conversations with a developer who
ber for $1.4 million, said his tenant pros- wanted to build an indoor tennis facili-
pects have been a diverse bunch, includ- ty with five indoor courts, plus a health
ing a tennis academy, a medical clinic, club. He also talked with a cabinet
retail stores, a Florida restaurant chain, distribution company and a restau-
and a furniture/cabinet distributor. rant chain that looked at the building’s
northeast corner for exposure to U.S. 1.
The developer has even considered
creating enclosed parking in the in- “Whoever commits, that gives me en-
terior of the concrete block structure, couragement to build the residential,”
providing easy access to restaurants Summers told 32963 last week. “I’ve
and stores occupying surrounding had lots of people approach me – not a
parts of the building, and looked at us- week goes by that I don’t field a couple
ing a 6,200-square-foot section with a of calls – but you have to have the com-
mitment, not just a conversation.”

Summers said he would prefer to

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build the residential component him- But Patti Rooney, Riverside Theatre into natural gas lines running along the a tough reputation, but doesn’t believe
self “because I can control it.” He noted controller, said the theater is passing on U.S. 1 to fuel large generators. that is a bar to successful development.
the success of the nearby Hampton Inn the idea. It has year-round leases at 26 He said Vero Beach Police have been
& Suites at 611 20th Place gave him con- properties such as local apartments to Summers said the closed build- monitoring the site and have charged
fidence that another long-term lodging house actors and production workers ing currently is costing him $1,500 a two people with trespassing.
concept could work in Vero Beach. and is happy with that arrangement. month in utility expenses.
Mike Yurocko, vice president-broker
Summers has also floated the idea of Whatever shape redevelopment even- City Manager Jim O’Connor said he at the Vero office of SLC Commercial
partnering with Riverside Theatre on a tually takes, Summers plans to get off the was not aware of Summers’ intentions Realty & Development, has checked
residential layout in the building to house grid and use gas-powered generators to to spurn the city electric utility, and out the site and building.
performers and production staffers who produce electricity to run the building. does not know of any business in the
travel to the popular theater in Riverside He wants no part of Vero Beach’s high- city that is off the grid. “It’s a good location with a lot of
Park during the theatrical season. priced electric utility and said he can tap parking,” Yurocko said. “Sooner or later
Summers acknowledged that the something will happen there.” 
neighborhood behind the building has

Vero High freshman leads launch of successful online magazine

BY RAY MCNULTY Vero High freshman Brie D’Elia. PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE a lot of the editing – but this was Brie's year – in late October, early February
baby," Wiley said. "You can't help but and late May.
Staff Writer contribute their thoughts and life ex- be impressed with what these kids did,
periences to high school students." but I hope we get more involvement "That's a very ambitious goal," D'Elia
Someday, the Vero Beach High from other kids this year. said, "but I'm already planning things."
School curriculum probably will in- She said the magazine originally
clude a class on publishing a digital was scheduled for publication in May, "Brie did 75 percent of the work." Wiley, too, has plans.
magazine. And when that day comes "but it was a huge project and most of D'Elia, in fact, made time for her First, she wants the school to offi-
– perhaps before she graduates – Brie us have other extracurricular activi- magazine work while taking ad- cially recognize the #VBHS Club and
D'Elia should take a bow. ties, plus keeping up our grades. vanced-placement classes and play- increase student participation. Then,
ing soccer for both VBHS and a club in she said, she'll push for an "online
It was her idea. "We're 15-year-olds," she added. Palm City. It was, at times, a grind, but journalism" course – an elective for
"There are so many talented people "Most of us were freshmen taking she said she'd like to increase #VBHS' which students would get credit.
at this school," said D'Elia, a Moorings upper-level courses, and none of us staff and publish multiple editions. "I'd love to see the magazine grow,"
resident who will be a sophomore this had ever done anything like this be- She said she's hoping to publish Wiley said. "Brie came forward with a
year, "and I wanted to create a plat- fore. So we weren't sure what exactly three times during the coming school great idea and made it a reality. Now,
form to showcase their talents." we were getting into and probably un- the possibilities are endless." 
So last February, she went to Kris- derestimated how much work it would
ten Wiley, her English teacher at be. But everyone involved was excited
Vero Beach High's Freshman Learn- about what we were doing.
ing Center, and pitched the possibil-
ity of starting a school-sanctioned, "It came out better than most of us
digital magazine. Neither of them expected."
had any journalism experience, but
Wiley enthusiastically embraced the Wiley, who served as the faculty
proposal. sponsor, last-read editor and pub-
The next month, after D'Elia put up lisher of the magazine, said she was
notices around campus, a dozen other thrilled with the final product. And she
students – nine of them freshmen – wasn't alone.
joined her and Wiley at the first meet-
ing of the unofficial club that would Not only did VHBS Principal Shawn
do interviews, write stories, take pho- O'Keefe endorse the project and ap-
tographs, edit and design what would prove the content, but a link to #VBHS
be a 22-page, digital publication. was added to the Indian River County
The inaugural edition of #VBHS de- School District's website. D'Elia said
buted on June 3, and the sharp-look- she also promoted the free, fledgling
ing, online magazine included stories, magazine through email, texting and
photographs and graphics on a variety social media.
of topics, ranging from Vero Beach
High's award-winning band to the Cit- According to Wiley and D'Elia, the
rus Bowl renovations to a student who response has been "tremendous," al-
launched his own sock business. ready attracting more than 1,000 views
There were also interviews with: despite going public in the final days
Phillip Tarasovic, the VBHS student of the school year.
who survived a shark attack in New
Smyrna Beach in October; Kelly Duffy, "I listened to their ideas and con-
owner of the Treasure Lane boutique tributed some of my own – and I did
on the island; and David Lauren, the
global advertising, marketing and
communications vice president for
Ralph Lauren Corp., his father's cloth-
ing design company.
"We interviewed students who are
unique and newsworthy," D'Elia said,
"as well as special guests who could

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Would private janitors endanger school children?

BY KATHLEEN SLOAN es, said in a presentation to the school dians, has been put on notice about the had a productive meeting on June 24
Staff Writer board that privatizing bus drivers and possible change, Fritz told the board, to identify barriers and solutions to
janitorial services were good pros- with the understanding the district some of the identified problems and
Two school board candidates have pects for saving money as the district would be “willing to work with them.” are hopeful about the outcome."
expressed concerns over pupil safety struggles with its finances.
as the school district considers firing Fritz elaborated in a recent email, Union workers requested anonym-
union janitors and bringing in an out- Fritz has since rejected privatizing "The district is not seeking hour or ity, but said they heard a private com-
side cleaning contractor, which would bus drivers, without explanation, leav- wage concessions from the custo- pany could be in place by January.
reduce the district’s ability to vet workers ing only janitorial services on the table. dians. We are concerned about the
who are in daily contact with children. If privatization goes through, it would cleanliness of some of our schools and Poor cleaning is the issue Fritz
eliminate about 85 in-house positions. we are working collaboratively with emphasized to board members, but
Dr. William Fritz, assistant superin- union leadership and the custodians union members said they lack equip-
tendent in charge of human resourc- The Communications Workers of to improve overall performance. We ment and cleaning supplies, limiting
America union, which represents custo- their ability to do their jobs properly.

Board member Dale Simchick said
she was not in favor of privatizing any
union positions, “now or ever.”

Charles Searcy said workers should
be given a chance to improve their
performance, but the board has a duty
to keep costs down to maximize mon-
ey spent on educating students.

Searcy said weighing cost and perfor-
mance should be fair. He recently pro-
tested the district’s privatization of field
maintenance services, which occurred
before he got on the board in 2014. He
and board member Shawn Frost voted
against renewal of the $150,000 private
contract, but were out-voted.

The field maintenance employees
were similarly accused of doing a bad
job, Searcy said. In the case of the lead
man, “they sullied that guy’s reputa-
tion. I don’t like that,” he said.

Fritz told board members janitorial
services would not be automatically
awarded to the lowest bidder. Instead,
the contract would be awarded based
on qualifications, experience and oth-
er considerations.

Such an award process could mud-
dy the district’s ability to determine if
privatization would lead to cost sav-
ings and improved services.

School board candidate Laura Zorc,
who is running for Claudia Jimenez’
District 3 seat, said she is totally op-
posed to privatizing janitorial services.

“These people have one-on-one
contact with students every day. The
district would lose control of hiring
and firing practices,” Zorc said. “It’s a
safety issue. And if it’s true that they
are buying their own supplies, putting
their job ahead of themselves, these
are people we want to hang onto.”

She said it makes more sense to look
for cost savings in upper-echelon ad-
ministrative areas.

School board candidate John Kim,
who is running for Matt McCain’s Dis-
trict 5 seat, said privatization could
be good if it saves money, but safety
comes first, so outsourcing janitorial
services should not be considered.

“When it comes to cutting costs, the
school board should be looking at the
top first,” Kim said. 

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Tom and Amber Blake. Jaden, Katie and Savannah Trammeall.

In the back row, SPD Operations Commander John Blackledge, SPD Chief Michelle Morris,
SPD Officer Ashley Penn and IRSO Deputy Roberta Barker, with members of the community.

Emma and Evan Shaw. PHOTOS: PHIL SUNKEL

Yule love this: Event supports cops’ gift-card giveaway

BY CHRISTINA TASCON Sebastian Police Department School Some had a great time dancing do not see on a regular basis, and also
Correspondent Resource Officer Ashley Penn. Shop alongside Indian River County Sher- have the community get to know us
with a Cop now involves all local law iff’s Detective Teddy Floyd to lively DJ too,” said Barker. “Other than rais-
The stockings were hung from the enforcement agencies. The program music provided by Tinamarie Ioffre- ing funds for Shop for a Cop to help
oak trees with care in hopes that St. has grown from 25 children the do with Shhh-Op (the Sebastian Has the kids, that is the most important
Nicholas would soon be there. And first year to more than 160 last year, Hip Hop dance team), while others thing.”
the jolly old fellow did make an ap- brightening the lives of each child went looking for prizes at a kids’ scav-
pearance at Christmas in July, hosted with an afternoon of holiday shop- enger hunt or viewed the antique car “It helps people see us on a posi-
last Saturday by the Sebastian Police ping. The successful Christmas in show. Most importantly – for the little tive level and humanizes us,” added
Department in partnership with the July family-friendly fundraiser was ones at least – was the highly antici- Penn. “We are all in the same broth-
Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. started three years ago by Sebastian pated visit from Santa, who was vaca- erhood of law enforcement and we
Held at Riverview Park in Sebastian, Police Chief Michelle Morris. tioning here from the North Pole. all want to make a difference in our
the July fundraiser supports the an- community and help the children.”
nual December Shop with a Cop Barker said Morris was one of the Santa may have been the main
event, where local children in need first volunteers on site last Saturday attraction, but it was obvious that Barker believes that the recent
are given $100 gift cards and are morning, setting up a grilling sta- some residents had come out simply spate of officer shootings has actual-
paired up with a member of law en- tion manned by husband Dane and to show support for law enforcement ly unified the support of Indian River
forcement to enjoy a heartwarming her fellow officers, and would also personnel. Countless people quietly County residents. In addition to peo-
shopping experience at Wal-Mart. be one of the last ones to leave. The walked up to shake the hands of of- ple randomly dropping off treats for
enticing aroma of burgers wafted ficers including Floyd, Morris and officers at the station houses, it has
Indian River County Sheriff’s Dep- along the pleasant riverfront breeze Sheriff Deryl Loar, and to thank them also resulted in higher donations and
uty Roberta Barker started Shop with as attendees wandered the pathways for their service to the community. sponsorships toward this year’s Shop
a Cop here five years ago and was under large, shady oaks to shop at with a Cop event – which in turn will
joined a year later by fellow organizer, dozens of vendors. “This event is wonderful for us to enable even more children to have a
get to know our community, who we festive holiday season. 

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Santa gets a hug from Emily Patton. Arlene Dinsmore, Roberta Barker and Alecia Fields.

Children and adults look on as the Sebastian Police Department gives a K-9 demonstration.

Connie Judisch gets her haircut by Nicole Weber of Eminence Hair Design.

Paul Zedek and Luana Henry.

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Deputy Teddy Floyd dances with Brianna Baker. Sheriff Deryl Loar with Tamara Snycerski and Dane Morris.

Paul, Harlea and Paul Negia. Casey Meyers, Anna Carden and Charlie Meyers.

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Donors help ReStore build on home-goods success

Staff Writer

The slogan for the Indian River Rene Donars, Sheradi Monroe, Tina Dirkes, Sara Mayo, Jerusha Stewart and Ambie Hay. PHOTOS: PHIL SUNKEL Ambie Hay checks out a set of fine china.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore is “the
gift that keeps on giving,” and it’s lars appreciate that the ReStore is a marketing consultant for the proj- decorative chandeliers. Gosh, there’s
poised to generate even more rev- one-stop-shopping cornucopia for the ect. “That’s what I find incredible. It’s so much; it’s really a treasure trove.
enue to support Habitat’s mission of home that offers construction materi- where you can literally find bathroom Why would you shop retail when you
building communities through the als, appliances, furniture and home fixtures, an antique crib or a zebra can buy here? Some things are brand
construction, rehabilitation and re- décor; basically everything but cloth- print couch. If you buy a fixer-upper, new. It's just truly amazing.”
pair of homes for families in need. On ing. you can come here and outfit a whole
Oct. 13, Habitat will cut the ribbon to home.” ReStore General Manager Sheradi
its newly expanded and enhanced Re- “They get these very unusual items, Monroe says conversations surround-
Store, located on U.S. 1 just north of like art glass and even Highwaymen “I come about twice a day; it’s one of ing the $1.5 million project began
45th Street. paintings,” says Jerusha Stewart, my favorite things to do. I thrift shop about three years ago, explaining,
for clients that have a wish list,” says “Our donation flow is so heavy that we
The numbers are already impressive thrift stylist and designer Ambie Hay. were running out of space.”
for the donor-driven business, which “The inventory changes every hour
currently funds the construction of on the hour. There’s always new mer- “Part of the overall project has been
one in three Habitat homes. The Re- chandise being rolled out. You’ve got to air-condition the warehouse,” adds
Store opened in September 2005 and to be on your toes. They just have this board member Rene Donars. “We
by 2015 was the 18th highest-grossing huge array of items to furnish your were losing volunteers over the sum-
ReStore in the nation, nearly double home. The volunteers and manage- mer because it was just too hot in
that of similarly sized ReStores. And ment are all so wonderful and help- there.”
once the 9,500-square-foot expansion ful.”
is completed, the 39,500-square-foot “We cannot do this without volun-
facility will be among the 50 largest in Hay also purchases pieces to hand- teers,” says Monroe. “It's a profession-
the country. paint or reupholster, adding, “You can ally run organization but we're doing
reimagine and recycle, and that’s so a professional job with volunteers.”
But numbers don’t tell the whole important. It's just such a fun place.
story. Visiting can be a shopping ex- Everybody is thrift shopping; we love The space is also being enhanced
perience like no other, with donors to redo. This truly is my go-to store for with new flooring and lighting, new
quickly becoming shoppers. Regu- everything from a basic dining set or restrooms, an expanded check-out
sofa, which every home needs, to Chi- area, a covered drop-off area and a
noiserie lamps, designer carpets and locked security cage for high-value

“People are recycling; trash to trea-

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Volunteers from Epic Missions in Tampa prepare for their day at the Habitat Restore.

sures,” says Monroe, noting that about They encourage everyone to visit explains Monroe of using signage or sale in the ReStore they're help-
one-third of total donations come and enjoy the treasure hunting expe- to highlight Habitat’s homeowners, ing a family. So they feel good and
from barrier island residents. That rience, with Donars adding, “We have neighborhood revitalization projects, will want to come back. It’s going to
number is around 90 percent when so many people who have never been new construction and volunteers. be fabulous. If you haven’t come in
pertaining to materials from homes here. I run across these people all the “We want them to feel the experience, a long time, come and reacquaint
being remodeled by construction time. They're never been in the store that every time they make a donation yourself with the ReStore.” 
firms. and don’t know what they can find
“They’ll give us a call and we will
take a crew out there and we’ll take ev- “But once they do they'll want to
erything we can – the windows, floor- volunteer because volunteers get a
ing, cabinets, plumbing, air-condi- first look at what comes in,” Mayo says
tioning units, even whole theaters. We with a grin.
clean it out,” says Donars. “And so we
have another customer group if you Volunteers are the lifeblood of the
will, Do-It-Yourselfers and small con- ReStore and opportunities abound in
tractors in this area, who will come areas such as customer service, ad-
in and shop that stuff. That's why we ministrative work, sorting and stag-
have that hardware section. One time ing merchandise, and helping to value
we inherited 73 commodes at one items. Others like to tinker with ap-
shot. They were redoing a retirement pliances or do a little woodworking.
home and the commodes didn't con- “Whatever your niche; wherever you
form to ADA so they gave them to us.” feel you can serve, we’re open,” says
The process is a win-win for every-
one involved. Habitat keeps meticu- “Not everyone can handle the phys-
lous records of the value of everything ical labor at the jobsites but they can
they remove, at no cost to the home- volunteer at the ReStore,” says Donars,
owner, who receives a tax receipt at referencing the volunteers who help
the end of the year. build Habitat homes.

“So it gives the donor a savings at “We’re more flexible with our
the front end – they don’t have to pay hours,” adds Monroe, noting that
the contractor – and a savings at the while store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
back end with a tax deduction,” adds volunteers are at the store from about
Habitat CFO Sara Mayo. “It helps save 8 a.m. to closing.
the environment because it doesn’t go
to landfill and all of the money from Two Habitat trucks make pickups
sales goes to our needy families and all over the county, but a third is need-
our mission.” ed to shorten the wait time. Donation
pickups are free and they can also
“And because we have built a repu- provide delivery for a reasonable fee.
tation with the contractors and good
will from donors, we get a lot of refer- Stewart notes that instore signage
rals,” agrees Monroe. “They know that will “share the mission story of what
we take seriously our stewardship of we do, which will be totally unique.
donations and they feel good about It’s going to be the wow factor on the
what we're doing.” walls.”

“We’re going to do a better job of
using the store to tell what we do,”

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‘Tunnel’ vision? A bright future for ‘at hope’ kids!

BY MARY SCHENKEL organizations at the second annual
Staff Writer GYAC Tunnel of Hope.

Children and teens enrolled in “We were designated a ‘Kids at
the Gifford Youth Achievement Cen- Hope’ last year, the first in the coun-
ter summer program made their ty,” said GYAC Executive Director
way through a gauntlet of cheering Angelia Perry. The initiative began
community leaders, fire and law en- in Phoenix in 1993 and was intro-
forcement officials, and members duced here by the Executive Round-
of various youth and community table of Indian River County.

It is now also at Dodgertown El-

Jasmine Davis, Alma Ware and Jasmine Bell, with GYAC kids. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE

Front: Rilee and Reagan with Amy McPartlan. Rear: Robyn Dapp, Barbara Pearce,
Tony Brown, Patty Vasquez and Deborah Spurlock.

YOUTH CENTER PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 ment to all children, without excep-
tion. “If they do their best we believe
ementary, Vero Beach Elementary, that children can become success-
the Alternative Center for Education, ful. Adults are the treasure hunters
and the Boys & Girls Club of Indian in the lives of these children,” said
River County. Perry to the gathered crowd before
the children arrived.
The idea is to make a fundamental
paradigm shift from the potentially “We teach our young people that
devaluing characterization “at risk” every child – every child – can be
to the more positive “at hope” by successful and succeed with no ex-
providing guidance and encourage- ceptions,” added perennial cheer-
leader and GYAC Public Relations
Director Freddie Woolfork.

The adults – carrying signs with
adages such as “Dream Big!” “No
Exceptions!” “We Believe in You!”
and “You Rock!” – were also given
a “Treasure Hunter’s Pledge” to re-
cite to the kids stating that they are
“committed to search for all the tal-
ents, skills and intelligence that ex-
ists in all children and youth. I be-
lieve that all children are capable of
success … no exceptions!”

The adults formed a two-line Tun-
nel of Hope, while students from

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grades one to nine made their way ing as the noise level intensified with hope” cheer, and Kenny Brown Jr. bara Pearce, GYAC executive assis-
through the enthusiastic line, the kids clapping, singing and eventu- led the Dream Chaser Boys in a pre- tant.
adults drawing ever closer to high- ally reciting the Kids at Hope Pledge cision “stomp” before all the young-
five the smiling children. of Positivity. sters sang out with gusto, “I am a kid “Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic,”
at hope. I have goals to reach to turn said Woolfork. “I always say, if you
“There’s lots of energy in here,” GYAC teacher Jasmine Bell led the my dreams into reality.” put something in, you can expect
smiled Alfonso Chester, GYAC aca- seventh- to 12th-grade Dream Chas- something to come out. These kids
demic success coordinator, watch- er Girls in an upbeat “I am a kid at “GYAC is awesome!” laughed Bar- are energized from this today.” 

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Abby’s road to country fame winds through Vero

BY MICHELLE GENZ its famed Warner-Chapell Studio B.
Staff Writer “Yes, I was excited, I was very ex-

When record label executives next cited. I was singing on the mic Emmy
try to create another country singer, Lou Harris used.”
they ought to consider cribbing from
Abby Owens’ story, though they’d be The songs she was given to sing were
hard-pressed to replicate her talent. from huge names in contemporary
country: Zac Maloy, Chris Stapleton
The singer-songwriter, who appears and Max Martin, the genius behind
regularly at Vero’s Kilted Mermaid, is much of Taylor Swift’s “1989.”
a fifth-generation Floridian. She was
born in a trailer in an Indiantown or- But after April’s recording session,
ange grove and weighed on a vegeta- she was finally told by Warner execu-
ble scale, as she mentions in a lyric in tives that she wasn’t country enough.
“Indiantown,” an EP produced by alt-
country icon Jason Isbell. “I take that as a compliment. These
days, country isn’t country anymore,”
Daughter of a one-time bull-riding she says defiantly, prefaced with a
beauty, Owens barrel-raced in rodeos long list of her country bona fides in-
from the age of 5. Today she makes a cluding knocking back whiskey with-
living as a laborer installing fences and, out wincing.
more recently, building boat docks.
Until Warner realizes the error of
That same toughness extends to her its ways, Owens must be content with
decade-long quest to make it in coun- being acknowledged by what she calls
try music. But she hasn’t quite gotten “country music royalty.”
over the latest blow, when beginning
last November, Warner Bros. Music Isbell, formerly with the alt-country,
courted her for five months, flew her Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers,
three times to Nashville, fronting her had Owens sing backup on a cut on his
funds to record a four-song demo in 2011 album, “Here We Rest.” It was re-
corded at the legendary Muscle Shoals
Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama.

“I went to Muscle Shoals to record


with him, and afterwards he asked me Her most recent near-miss with
to stay at his house, and that’s when Warner came thanks to a video that
we did ‘Indiantown,’” she says. went viral of a song written by Owens
in one five-hour session. She recorded
Isbell, asked by a magazine writer it on her cellphone, sitting on her bed,
about the backup singer on “Heart playing the guitar and singing to her
on a String,” gave Owens high marks. dog Phoebe.
“She’s a really good singer and a good
songwriter, too.” “I made a pact with Phoebe,” she
says. “I had the day off, and I said
That same year – Owens dates it to we’re going to write a hit song and
“when Obama was first elected” – she we’re going to send it to Nashville for
released her first and only album. Chris Stapleton to record.”
“’Fore the Light Comes” is all-original
music and was produced by David In a matter of hours, the song, post-
Barbe, known for his work with Drive- ed to her Facebook page, had 20,000
by Truckers, Isbell’s former band. “likes” and made it to the L.A. office of
Pedal steel player John Neff, also a Warner’s Jeff Fenster. Famous for dis-
Drive-By Truckers alum, played on covering new talent, including Britney
the album. Spears, Pink and Mariah Carey, it was

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"She had made a mark on the no hint of their inspiration: her near- beers and ordered food – most did set
industry before she happened misses in the music business, her life down their forks to applaud – Owens
in the Florida heartland, or even her seemed to have fallen out of her nest
onto an open-mic night ..." recent heartbreak. and landed amongst another species.
– Ron Hart It’s a very different scene from Macon,
With a face that is mostly stilled, she says, where she typically played
Fenster who got in touch with Owens’ “You look around on YouTube and often obscured by a curtain of blond to audiences so attentive “you could
management team, trying to figure out you’ll find her on stage with a lot of waves, her voice is left to carry all the hear a pin drop.”
how best to package Owens’ sound. high-level performers. She had made emotion her lyrics pack. By turns clear
a mark on the industry before she and lilting, or husky and hurt, her vocal “People just want to eat their din-
The song, “Love Like This Again,” happened onto an open-mic night at power seems to defy the inward-facing ners,” she says. “They don’t want to
was recorded one year to the day af- Terra Fermata.” nature she presents. That serenity is hear me talk. I had one person pull out
ter she left her longtime boyfriend in broken only by the occasional thrown- the cord on my microphone.”
Macon, Georgia. A singer, guitarist Kilted Mermaid’s owner Linda back head when she hurls her voice to
and talented songwriter 19 years her Moore, who books national touring the back of the room, accompanied by Owens plays again at Kilted Mer-
senior, he owned a bar in downtown indie bands, had a similar reaction a grimace she calls “guitar face.” maid on Aug. 8, then again on Sept. 18.
Macon that frequently featured top- when Owens first played an open- Starting in October, she will play on
rate musical talent. mic night there. “We were just blown As customers chatted, sipped the second Sunday of every month.  
away by her voice and the power of
“I got to meet so many musicians it,” Moore says. “It’s so melodic and
through him,” she says. Through so beautiful. We have people come in
them, she came to know the lyric- just to see her.”
driven ballads of John Prine, Gram
Parsons and Townes Van Zandt. She Further south, Owens plays at
began writing in the more traditional, West Palm’s Copper Blues Rock Pub
anti-pop country style that most la- in CityPlace, another spot known for
bel Americana, performing when she live music.
could around Georgia.
It had been more than a decade
Eight years later, when the rela- since she played in unfamiliar ter-
tionship went south, Owens packed ritory. She had left Florida when she
up her things one weekend when her was 13; her mother had remarried
boyfriend was out of town. She hit the and moved the family to Waycross,
road, telling only her best friend “so Georgia. That year, Abby bought her
no one would talk me out of it.” first guitar, taught herself to play
and started singing with a rock band
She came home to live with her of 30-somethings down the street.
mother, who left the orange grove “That’s how I learned to play pool;
some time ago and now lives in Port during the breaks I couldn’t go into
St. Lucie. the bar area so I just hung around the
pool table.”
That south St. Lucie County loca-
tion turned out to be convenient to a By high school, she was studying
much wider audience than Macon, voice – her senior year, she took third
where it was almost impossible to sur- place in a state competition, she says.
vive playing music; the same people Accepted into Valdosta State Univer-
showed up whenever she played. “In sity, she decided to pursue her music
Macon you cannot play three or four instead.
nights a week and not saturate the
market.” That labor of love often seems ob-
scured by just plain labor. Just before
Here, she found plenty of venues taking the stage at Kilted Mermaid,
within an hour’s drive. Owens intro- she points out an ugly raw patch where
duced herself to bar owners the only an electric sander had nicked the side
way she knew how, playing one open- of her strumming hand. In the two
mic night after another. days prior, she had worked a total of
20 hours in brutal heat; she posted a
“As soon as I heard her open her photo on Facebook of herself grabbing
mouth, I could tell that she was any- a cold drink at a convenience store in a
thing but a restaurant entertainer,” ripped tank T-shirt, her face smudged
says Ron Hart, owner of Terra Fermata, with dirt, eyes lolling with exhaustion.
an outdoor bar near downtown Stuart
that is well respected for its live music. By Sunday night she had trans-
formed. In python cowboy boots and
Hart immediately began to book flared jeans – the same she wore to the
Owens to open for the larger acts he Nashville audition – she started her
features, including Leon Russell, who set with startling modesty.
played at the bar last summer. Rus-
sell’s management recognized her “Hi, I’m Abby,” she said absently,
name right away, Hart says. tuning her guitar. “Happy Sunday.”

“They were more than casually Owens did not even give her last
aware of Abby Owens and they were name.
very excited to have her on the bill,”
Hart recalls. As for her songs, she typically offers

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Coming Up: Riverside Dance Festival; jazz in Delray

BY MICHELLE GENZ two public performances next week- $50 for both classes; $30 for one class. Performances for the Riverside Dance Festival
Staff Writer end that mark the opening of the sea- The company is in its 25th year; its are Aug. 5-6 at 8 p.m. at Riverside Theatre.
son for Ballet Vero Beach. founders Leni Wylliams and Mary Pat
1 The Riverside Dance Festival Henry are regarded as pioneers in the
got underway Monday when For the first time in the festival’s five- Kansas City arts scene. Henry, a South
year history, adult master classes are Carolina native, was dancing in New
the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary being offered this Friday and next at York when she met Leni Wylliams, an
both the intermediate and advanced Emmy Award-winning choreographer
Dance Company rolled in over the levels. The classes will teach portions from Colorado. Together they formed
of dances in the company repertoire, the company with the idea of building
weekend from Kansas City, Mo. They and adults will dance alongside the a modern dance repertory from 20 top
summer intensive students. The cost is American choreographers.
are here to teach some 30 pre-profes-
Tragedy struck five years later, when
sional dance students over this week Wylliams was murdered in his apart-
ment. Henry managed to continue on
and next. The festival culminates in and the company today still performs
Wylliams’ choreography.
carillon tower, it is adding four new
Performances are Friday and Satur- gardens, including an area to be called
day, Aug. 5-6, at 8 p.m. at Riverside the Wild Garden in the less manicured
Theatre. part of the park.

2 If you’re up for a mid-distance There is also a spectacular,
road trip, consider Delray Beach, 2,400-square-foot outdoor kitchen
that opened in April, including a wood-
where great restaurants abound and a fired brick oven, multiple high-end ap-
pliances and grills, and an adjacent
relatively new music venue called Arts edible garden. The kitchen will be used
for cooking demonstrations and vari-
Garage is making waves. Friday night, ous special events.

New Orleans jazz fusion saxophonist If you want to visit while the crowds
are still lean, Aug. 13 would be a good
Khris Royal brings his band Dark Mat- day to go late in the afternoon. That
way you can see the garden, then have
ter to the space. Royal has played since dinner in the café and stay to see the
Rowdy Roosters, a Dixieland band
the age of 4 and attended New Orleans founded by trumpeter Mark Green
back in 1990. Green is on the board
School of the Arts and Berklee College of directors of the Fort Pierce Jazz and
Blues Society and frequently performs
of Music in Boston. at Sunrise Theatre’s black box space.
The menu at the café that night re-
3 If you’re a fan of Abby Owens, flects the music: chicken and waffles,
profiled this week in these pages, or fried green tomatoes over black-
eyed peas and rice.
and a monthly regular at Kilted Mer-
Be sure to buy your tickets now,
maid, then you’re probably already a though – the summer concert series
usually sells out.
fan of Chris Stapleton (Abby is, for sure;
By the way, Bok Tower topped the
she says Chris just sent her a song to list of the travel site TripsToDiscover.
com’s 10 most beautiful gardens in
record). Stapleton, who until recently Florida. But at No. 7 was our very own
McKee Botanical Garden, right up
was better known for his song-writing there with Vizcaya and Fairchild Trop-
ical Garden in Miami, the Morikami in
than as a performer, is playing at Per- Delray and Marie Selby Botanical Gar-
dens in Sarasota.
fect Vodka Amphitheater in West Palm

next Saturday, Aug. 6, along with Hank

Williams Jr.

Stapleton was just added to the ros-

ter of performers for Charlie Daniels’

80th birthday Volunteer Jam. After per-

forming in November’s CMT awards,

he won two Grammys, performed at

Bonnaroo and sold almost a million

and a half copies of his debut album,


4 The first phase of a $12 million 5 Sunday there’s an all-day cel-
renovation and expansion plan ebration of the music of Jerry

for the glorious Bok Tower Gardens in

Lake Wales is wrapping up this sum- Garcia at the garden-like Guanabanas

mer, with the final touches going in bar and restaurant in Jupiter. It’s an

on a 2.7-acre Children’s Garden and open-air spot on the Jupiter River with

classroom complex that officially Tiki huts under the banyan trees, de-

opens Sept. 10. This is the largest ex- cent island-themed food and typically

pansion in the history of the park, cre- good music. The valet parking is well-

ated 87 years ago by Dutch-born pub- organized and makes for easy access.

lisher Edward Bok; he hired Frederick It’s at 960 N. A1A and I suggest setting

Law Olmstead Jr. to design its gardens. your GPS or you can easily get turned

Along with rehabbing its signature around. 

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A cut above: Surgical director runs smooth operation

BY TOM LLOYD As director of surgical services for tions procedures for a widely diverse cal services at Cape Canaveral Hos-
Staff Writer Indian River Medical Center, Bibens’ workforce. pital in Cocoa Beach. The University
job is to stitch together the many var- of Central Florida grad and Air Force
Todd Bibens isn’t a doctor. He ied elements of the operating room Becker’s Hospital Review describes veteran also boasts an MBA as well as
doesn’t wield a scalpel and he doesn’t and make everything run as smooth the successful director of surgical an MS degree in health services ad-
sew surgical sutures. as surgical silk. services as someone who “can go toe- ministration.
to-toe with surgeons on important
Still, over the past 11 months, That task includes budgetary ele- issues, then turn around and work The financial responsibilities
Bibens has played a vital role in al- ments, time and personnel manage- with the staff who mops the [oper- Bibens faces can be daunting. “There
most 7,000 successful surgical proce- ment and team-building, along with ating room] floor. They can respond are just so many supplies and so
dures here in Vero Beach. developing effective communica- to the needs of nurses, techs and the many moving parts,” he explains,
central sterile staff.” that the already heavy expense of
surgery can quickly get out of con-
Merck Manuals adds that people trol. But if pressed, he will admit that
in Bibens’ position must also be keeping all the lines of communica-
constantly aware of updates and tion open is his biggest challenge.
changes to the guidelines issued by
the American College of Surgeons “Setting clear expectations for any
and its National Surgical Quality group that you speak to as to what
Improvement Program. you need them to do or would like
them to do” is absolutely essential, he
That might sound like a tall order says.
for someone who describes him-
self as “a nurse by background,” but “Clear, direct communication with
Bibens brings a bit more to the table timely feedback is the key,” Bibens
than his nursing skills. continues, and to that end he adds,
“We have monthly meetings with all
A former assistant vice president our staff members to update them
of emergency and critical care at on expectations and to give them up-
Mount Sinai Medical Center in Mi- dates on new information. We also
ami, Bibens also spent 11 years as the have huddles daily, Monday through
director of clinical nursing and surgi-

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Friday, to update people on what’s have already assigned.”
going on.” The last thing any patient on an

And while most people tend to operating room table wants is for
shy away from using the adage that someone involved in their surgical
“time is money” when it comes to procedure to rush through the job
medical care in general and surgery and forget to do something vital.
in particular, one of Bibens’ missions
is to save time which, he says, can And, plainly put, the surgical
save lives as well as money. business at IRMC is booming these
Specifically he points to the
turnover times in the operating “We have a very big rate of growth
rooms. in surgical procedures here, which
is exciting,” Bibens says. “I’m very
By having the whole team – includ- happy to be part of that. I’ve been in
ing cleanup or environmental care places where it goes the other way
staff members, nurses, operating and that’s much worse.”
room technicians, anesthesia techni-
cians and surgeons – ready to roll as He adds, “We’ve been able to absorb
soon as a room becomes available, the [increased] volume we have now
Bibens estimates they save three and we can take on more volume.
minutes between each operation. Again, efficiency is what allows us to
do that.”
Three measly minutes may not
sound like much but if you multiply Using efficient practices, clear
those three minutes by 30 or 40 and open communication systems,
surgical procedures a day, that’s up teamwork and experience as his
to two hours’ worth of time, which scalpels and forceps, Bibens’ goal is
“means now you’re not rushing. to continue to cut time and trim costs
You’re not running down the hallway. where he can while still improving
You are just being more efficient with patient safety as he enters his second
the time you have and the people you full year as the director of surgical
services at IRMC. 

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He’ll work wonders on wounds that won’t heal

BY TOM LLOYD On the top rung of his list is any
Staff Writer project involving seniors and lad-
Dr. Tim Adkins, medical director
for Sebastian River Medical Center’s The Centers for Disease Control
wound care and hyperbaric medi- is adamant in saying this coun-
cine program, might have TV-real- try’s aging population is especially
ty-show good looks, but he takes a prone to ulcerous wounds and open
very dim view of a whole host of do- sores that do not heal on their own.
it-yourself projects. It also says falls and cuts can be ma-
jor contributors to that problem.


Adkins is even more emphatic obstructive pulmonary disease and
than the CDC about the danger of congestive heart failure, as well as
falls for seniors. balance problems, gastrointestinal
disorders and vitamin deficiencies.
“I encourage everybody I know – if
you’ve got ladders – get rid of them. Adkins, who has practiced medi-
Hire somebody else to do what you cine for 30 years and been at SRMC
were going to do with that ladder, since 1996, readily points to seem-
because those things are treacher- ingly innocuous household items
ous.” which, he warns, can lead to or ex-
acerbate wounds.
Circular saws, hedge trimmers
and even seemingly innocuous Dishwasher doors are a perfect
home decor items such as throw example, he says.
rugs also draw Adkins’ ire.
“People,” Adkins explains, “tend
It’s not that the affable, silver- to run in to open dishwasher doors
haired Adkins is in any way op- and the most difficult wounds to
posed to sprucing-up the old home- heal are ones in the lower extremi-
stead. Rather, it is because he and ties because of the poor circula-
his team often end up treating the tion.”
non-healing wounds that can be ex-
acerbated by falls, bruises and lac- As to the latter (not to be con-
erations – and all the above items fused with those aforementioned
can contribute to that problem. ladders), Adkins cites what he calls
“a gradual increase in the num-
The actual root causes for most ber of post-radiation injuries” as a
non-healing wounds, according to modern cause of healing-resistant
Adkins and the CDC, are underlying wounds.
chronic diseases or medical condi-
tions such as diabetes, peripheral Some medical treatments are
vascular diseases, hematologic con- culprits, too. “Radiation therapy is
ditions such as anemia, heart and now being used a little bit more ex-
lung conditions, including chronic tensively for different kinds of skin
cancers,” Adkins says, and that can

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“Patients who can get of honey, Adkins says, but rather to never used maggots, he admits, “I do selves out of work by getting people to
their wound healed “control bleeding, clean the wound, know that there are settings where take preventive steps and be able to
within a couple of dress it or bandage it and then seek they are very effective.” (Maggots eat better care for themselves.”
weeks from the time a medical opinion.” the dead tissue surrounding an open
they injured themselves wound and effectively debride the That means having patients actu-
don’t need [wound care “Patients who can get their wound area.) ally using the walkers or canes they
specialists] . . . for the healed within a couple of weeks are prescribed for balance problems,
most part,” according to from the time they injured them- The SRMC wound care and hy- removing slippery throw rugs from
Adkins, though he adds selves don’t need [wound care spe- perbaric medicine program Adkins their floors, leaving power and hedge-
there are exceptions. cialists] . . . for the most part,” ac- directs was just awarded the Robert cutting equipment in the garage and,
cording to Adkins, though he adds Warner Award for Clinical Excellence yes, staying off those ladders.
there are exceptions. by Healogics, the nation’s largest pro-
vider of advanced wound care servic- Dr. Timothy G. Adkins is the medi-
Any acute wound or one in which es. cal director of the Center for Wound
the bleeding can’t be stopped, he Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at the
says, should be seen immediately in Despite that satisfying professional Indian River Medical Center at 13110
an ER setting. success, Adkins says, “I think the goal U.S. 1 in Sebastian. The phone num-
of all physicians is to try to put them- ber is 772-581-2070. 
And while Adkins says he has

lead to wounds that are “very diffi-
cult to heal.”

On the plus side, Adkins says
medical science has come up with
some powerful new tools and treat-
ments to help with wound heal-
ing, including hydro-gel dressings,
foams, hydro-fiber composite and
alginate dressings, artificial skin
substitutes, hand-held vacuums
that debride and cleanse wounds,
more effective topical antiseptics
and, when called for, hyperbaric
oxygen chambers.

Along with major modern ad-
vancements in wound care, Adkins
mentions wound care methods
from the ancient world still in use
today, such as honey and – not for
the faint of heart – maggots.

The use of honey on wounds pre-
dates the pyramids, and while even
the pharaohs didn’t know why it
worked, doctors today do.

Bacteria, Adkins explains, pro-
duce biofilms. Biofilms are a com-
plex network of fluids and proteins
that are resistant to anti-bacterial

“You could put on all the Neospo-
rin you want,” Adkins says, but in
some cases it would be to no avail if
the Neosporin can’t reach the bac-
teria protected by that biofilm.

Honey, Adkins continues, pro-
duces an environment that is “ad-
verse for the production of biofilm.”

However, the best way to deal
with most wounds is not to reach for
that squeezable bear-shaped bottle

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Yoga and meditation may reduce dementia risk

BY MARIA CANFIELD more significant memory or thinking
Correspondent problems than are normally seen in
people of their age.
A study led by researchers from the
University of California-Los Angeles The study, whose findings were
concludes that completing a three- published in the Journal of Alzheim-
month yoga and meditation course er’s Disease, involved 25 people age
may reduce the risk of mild cognitive 55 and older who participated in vari-
impairment (MCI) in older adults. MCI ous activities over a 12-week period.
is a condition in which people have Eleven of the participants engaged
in the types of mentally-stimulating

Yoga students attend class at Vero Beach Yoga Barre. PHOTOS: LEAH DUBOIS

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Meditation and yoga stimulate neural pathways. Dr. S. James Shafer.

activities that are commonly recom- a combination of hand movements, sweeping conclusions, but the results caused by cerebrovascular disease,
mended to reduce the risk of demen- called mudras, chanting and visual- fall in line with other research that has which affects vessels that supply the
tia, such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku ization. Lead study author Dr. Helen been done.” brain with blood.
and computer games. They also spent Lavretsky of UCLA’s Department of
20 minutes daily completing memory Psychiatry says Kirtan Kriya medita- He says that meditation and yoga Certain medications can cause
exercises. tion has been practiced in India for stimulate neural pathways and can MCI, too, including drugs that con-
hundreds of years as a way to maintain help those with neurological issues tain “anti-cholinergic” properties;
The other fourteen participants took cognitive function in older adults. maintain or improve mental function. this property inhibits the activity
part in a weekly hatha yoga class (phys- “The brain is not a muscle,” Dr. Shafer of a neurotransmitter called acetyl-
ical postures) and practiced Kirtan Dr. S. James Shafer, a Vero Beach says, “but it can react like one – it gets choline, which plays a critical role in
Kriya meditation for 20 minutes each neurologist, says, “This is a small study, stronger the more we use it.” memory and cognitive function.
day; this type of meditation involves so we need to be careful about drawing
Mild cognitive impairment can be CONTINUED ON PAGE 32

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 Yoga practitioner Brianna Beard. “The brain is not a

While drugs that are “officially” may be because yoga and meditation veloping memory loss or dementia, a muscle,” Dr. Shafer says,
anti-cholinergic are mostly used as an increase the levels of a protein called regular practice of yoga and medita-
anti-spasmodics, there are many other “brain-derived neurotrophic growth tion could be a simple, safe and low- “but it can react like one
medications that may also have anti- factor” (BDNF). BDNF boosts new con- cost solution to improving your brain
cholinergic effects, including antihis- nections between brain cells and is fitness.” – it gets stronger the
tamines, acid blockers and antidepres- responsible for the survival of existing
sants. Some of these are sold over the brain cell connections. Vero’s Dr. Shafer emphasizes the more we use it.”
counter, so it’s good for people con- importance of further research into
cerned about MCI to check with their UCLA’s Dr. Lavretsky says “if you or cerebral wellness, which refers to the tive mind. “People are living longer, in
doctor or pharmacist before beginning your relatives are trying to improve ability to learn, concentrate, remem- part because of the treatments we now
to take any new medication. your memory or offset the risk for de- ber, plan and maintain a clear and ac- have for cancer, heart disease and oth-
er medical conditions,” he says. “The
At the beginning and end of the brain is where we live, but it remains
UCLA yoga study, the participants a largely unknown, unmapped terri-
completed memory tests and under- tory.”
went functional magnetic resonance
imaging (fMRI), which allowed the re- Dr. Shafer’s practice is part of Vero
search team to assess their cognitive Orthopaedics and Vero Neurology, 1155
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Both groups showed improvement
in their ability to remember names and
lists of words, but the yoga and medi-
tation group demonstrated greater im-
provement in visual-spatial memory
skills – the ability to navigate and re-
member locations – than did the group
which participated in puzzles, games
and memory exercises.

The study resulted in another signif-
icant finding: The yoga and meditation
group had lower levels of anxiety and
depression than the other group, as
well as better coping skills and stress
resilience. The team suggests this

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On August 15, 2012, a mysterious self-replicating
virus struck Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil
company. The cyberattack wiped out every piece of
software and every line of code on as many as 30,000
company computers, along with terabytes of data.

Four months later, another unidentified virus
targeted Bank of America, Wells Fargo and a dozen
other major U.S. banks, repeatedly shutting down
their online services.

Experts said the technical sophistication of the
two attacks strongly suggested the work of a foreign
government. But with no obvious return address,
President Barack Obama didn’t respond, leaving the
private sector to deal with the damage.

Secretly, however, Obama and his top aides knew
who did it and why. It was Iran, they concluded, re-
taliating for a covert U.S.-Israeli cyberoffensive that
used the now-infamous Stuxnet virus to destroy
more than 1,000 centrifuges at Natanz, then the cen-
ter of Iran’s nuclear program.

“White House officials knew the Iranians had sent
them a message, saying: ‘Stop attacking us in cyber-
space the way you did at Natanz with Stuxnet,’” says
Richard Clarke, the White House special adviser on
cybersecurity at the time. “We can do it too.’”

This unprecedented exchange is at the center of
Zero Days, Alex Gibney’s disturbing new docu-thrill-
er about the first time a country, or group of nations,
used a cyberweapon for offensive purposes.

An Emmy- and Oscar-winning filmmaker, Gib-
ney’s previous documentaries investigated sexual
abuse by the Catholic Church, CIA torture and the
Church of Scientology. This time, he focuses on the
development of an entirely new category of weapons
of mass destruction.

The film takes its title from the computing term
for the worst sort of vulnerability a network can
have – one that provides no time for repair before a
hacker can exploit it. Gibney shows how these pow-
erful cyberweapons can quickly destroy a country’s
power grid, water supply, air traffic control, financial
institutions and civilian and military communica-
tions – all without a trace of the attacker’s identity.

He also argues that the official secrecy surround-
ing cyberweapons in the U.S. and elsewhere has sty-
mied a much-needed debate about their destructive
power. The absence of that debate, the filmmaker

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claims, is preventing the creation of an effective cy- anonymously destroy Iran’s capacity to produce or Israeli officials to discuss Stuxnet, which remains
berarms-control process to limit their use. bomb-grade nuclear fuel. What they did instead was classified. Even Russian and German cybersecu-
start a new era of cyberwar. rity experts won’t touch it. So, the filmmaker uses
Zero Days begins with a dramatization of an event other cybersecurity experts to explain how the virus
that happened in 2010: Two men on a motorcycle, In his 2012 book, Confront and Conceal, David worked.
their faces concealed under their helmets, pull up Sanger of The New York Times broke the news of that
alongside a car in downtown Tehran. Inside are two joint U.S.-Israeli operation, code-named Olympic They speculate that a spy used a thumb drive to
introduce the virus into the Natanz computer net-
Iranian nuclear scientists. The motorcyclists slap a Games. For more than two years – around 2008 and work, which was not connected to the internet.
magnetic mine to the car door and speed away. Sec- 2009 – the virus scrambled the speeds of centrifuges Once the virus began interfering with the centri-
onds later, the mine explodes, killing the scientists. at Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, caus- fuges, the experts say it avoided detection by play-
ing them to spin out of control and explode. But in ing back a recording of their normal signals to the
These were the days when Israel was widely be- 2010, news of Stuxnet became public because of a facility’s operators. When the centrifuges exploded,
lieved to be using such operations, along with public programming error in a more aggressive version of the Iranians had no idea why and blamed their own
threats of airstrikes, to halt Iran’s nuclear program. the virus that allowed it to escape Natanz and spread incompetence.
Gibney’s film details the covert side of that struggle, around the world online.
telling how American and Israeli operatives deployed Gibney traces the development of Stuxnet to the
what they thought was a foolproof virus that would As Gibney picks up the story, he can’t get any U.S. last years of George W. Bush’s administration. It was
a major operation, participants tell him, involving
the CIA, the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S.
Cyber Command. On the Israeli side, it involved the
Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service, and Unit
8200, its military signals intelligence division. Brit-
ain’s General Communications Headquarters, its sig-
nals intelligence corps, also played a role.

After the code for Stuxnet was written, it was test-
ed both in the U.S. and Israel on centrifuges identical
to those used by Iranians. When CIA officials showed
Bush the shards of a centrifuge that Stuxnet had de-
stroyed, the president gave the OK to use it against
Iran. The era of cyberwarfare had officially begun.

The participants who confirmed Stuxnet’s Ameri-
can and Israeli origins did so anonymously and
off-camera, for fear of violating strict prohibitions
against discussing classified information. That’s why
Gibney used an actor, her face pixelated for dramatic
effect, to say, verbatim, what the participants told
him. It’s through this character that Gibney breaks
his news in the film.

“Stuxnet was just part of a much larger Iranian
mission,” the character says. There was another cy-
berwarfare program code-named Nitro Zeus, which
she says the U.S. had planned to launch if Israel at-
tacked Iran or the Iran nuclear talks collapsed.

“Nitro Zeus would take out Iran’s strategic com-
munications, air defenses, power grid, civilian com-
munications, transportation and financial system,”
she says. “We were inside [Iran’s computer systems],
waiting, ready to disrupt, degrade and destroy those
systems with cyberattacks. In comparison, Stuxnet
was a back-alley operation. Nitro Zeus was the plan
for a full-scale cyberwar with no attribution.”

The American, Israeli and British governments
have never acknowledged they launched Stuxnet.
But the film forcefully argues that the virus and oth-
ers have ushered in a paradigm shift in warfare. “This
has the whiff of August 1945,” Michael Hayden, a
former director of both the NSA and the CIA, tells
Gibney, referring to the first use of the atomic bomb.
“Somebody just used a new weapon, and this new
weapon will not be put back in the box.”

Sure enough, since Stuxnet, two cyberattacks
have caused significant physical damage: one in
2014 on a German steel mill and another in 2015 on
Ukraine’s power grid. Cybersecurity experts believe
Russian hackers were responsible for both.

Yet, unlike nuclear weapons, whose spread
prompted public debate and a raft of arms-control
treaties, virtually no one is talking about cyberweap-
ons or treaties to limit them. “We can’t have that sen-
sible discussion about cyberwar and cyberweapons
because everything is secret,” Clarke, Obama’s for-
mer adviser on cybersecurity, tells Gibney.


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The secrecy surrounding America’s cyberweapons to protect sources and methods,” Rolf Mowatt- The emerging cybersecurity architecture is “not as
is largely institutional. The weapons are developed Larssen, a former CIA case officer, says in the film. robust as the strategic arms framework,” says James
by the NSA and launched by the U.S. Cyber Com- “But don’t hide behind secrecy to avoid talking Lewis, a cyberexpert at the Center for Strategic and
mand on the direct orders of the president. But they about something that the American people ulti- International Studies in Washington, “but it’s certain-
fall under the control of the CIA. mately need to see.” ly pretty far along. There’s been a lot done,” including
separate U.S. agreements on cybersecurity with Rus-
Some secrecy, of course, is necessary, but too Others, however, take issue with the film’s conten- sia and China and two U.N. General Assembly reso-
much is harmful, experts say. “Secrecy is justified tion that no international norms govern cyberspace.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / July 28, 2016 39


lutions that urge nations to respect the laws of war in plicated. How, for instance, would an expert verify a “Nobody wants to write that down because they don’t
cyberspace. nation is abiding by a cyberwar treaty? By checking want to lose political flexibility.”
for code on potentially millions of laptops? And how
Gibney dismisses such claims, calling them over- do you define the use of force in cyberspace? “There’s That admission seems to prove the main point of
blown. “There’s nothing whatsoever in the way of a tacit understanding among great powers that a cy- Zero Days. As Col. Gary Brown, a former lawyer with
restraints on cyberweapons being seriously enter- berattack that causes physical damage or casualties the U.S. Cyber Command, tells Gibney: “Right now,
tained by the U.S.,” he says. would qualify,” says Lewis. But he quickly concedes: the norm in cyberspace is, ‘Do whatever you can get
away with.’” 
One reason: Restraints for cyberweapons are com-

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How to keep criminal hackers from ruining your vacation

There’s a million things to think about unnecessary backup drives. Any extra you can just ignore whether that’s real 7. Avoid public Wi-Fi
when planning a trip – tickets, transpor- information someone has about you or not until you’re back home again.” Public Wi-Fi is an easy place to carry
tation, socks. While you’ve probably got could be used to attempt to compro-
a section on your packing list for elec- mise your device or steal your informa- 5. Encryption is your friend out man-in-the-middle attacks, where
tronics (don’t forget your charger!), you tion, said Garry McCracken, vice presi- Encrypting your devices helps pro- a third-party eavesdrops or changes
might not have thought about your de- dent of technology at disc encryption your Internet traffic. Myers recom-
vices’ security for the trip ahead. company WinMagic. tect your information from being com- mends staying away from public Wi-Fi
promised if someone steals your device if possible, but if you must use it, make
Especially in unfamiliar environ- 3. Use strong passwords or has direct access to it without your sure you’re connecting to the real net-
ments and on publicWi-Fi, it’s important That means you need to have a pass- knowledge. Even if they were to make work. That means enabling the “ask be-
to keep your digital security in mind. off with your machine, any data they fore connecting” setting on your device
word in the first place. Setting a pass- pull off of it would be unreadable be- so you don’t automatically connect to
“This all kind of boils down to know- word prevents someone from gaining cause they don’t have the encryption an open network.
ing your surroundings,” said Lysa My- access to your device just by turning it password that you set.
ers, security researcher at the cyberse- on, ESET’s Ms. Myers said. Make sure, “Always select the option of having
curity firm ESET. “You don’t know who’s too, that your password is strong. For your computer, that can mean it ask you first,” she said, “because you
on the network with you or what their full-disk encryption, where all of the in- don’t really know who’s going to be in
intentions are, so it’s best to air on the “If you have a passcode on [a device] or formation stored on a hard drive is coded charge of that Wi-Fi, if it’s an official
side of caution.” a biometric scan like a thumbprint,” she so that only the person with the encryp- Wi-Fi network or if it’s a rogue network
said, “that makes it a lot harder for crimi- tion password can read it. Or, you can that someone’s set up to look like an
That advice is essential for people nals to be able to do anything with it.” opt to encrypt select files. Your phone official network.”
who are about to head to the Olympics might already have encryption by default
in Brazil, which has become some- To go a step further, Myers recom- enabled if it’s a new iPhone. Otherwise, What's the best way to tell the dif-
thing of a hotbed for internet fraud, mends changing passwords again once you’ll need to enable full-disc encryption ference between a real network and a
according to cybersecurity experts. you return from your trip. on your Android or older iPhone. fake one?

1. Try to bring a phone without “A smart security person will change 6. Keep devices with you “Ask,” she said. “If you’re not sure,
any personal information their passcode to something that they WinMagic’s McCracken recom- there’s someone nearby like an infor-
don’t use anywhere else while they’re on mation desk where they will know what
Do some Googling before your big that network, and change it again when mends keeping your devices with you the real network name is.”
trip, especially if you’re hopping on they get back home again,” she said. as often as possible to avoid what is
a flight to China or another country known as an “evil maid” attack. Accord- 8. Beware of Bluetooth
known to engage in corporate espio- 4. Update software ing to McCracken, the attack can hap- connections
nage. Even if you’re just taking a vaca- A quick way to bolster digital secu- pen if someone has access to your de-
tion, consider deleting you work email vice without your knowledge, loading Finally, disable your device’s Blue-
account from your phone. rity is making sure you’re running the keystroke-logging software onto your tooth connection when you aren’t us-
latest version of your device’s software. device to track what your encryption ing it. Attackers can exploit an active
In fact, mobile devices have proven This prevents would-be attackers from password is as you type it when you Bluetooth connection to steal your
to be irresistible surveillance targets exploiting any known vulnerabilities in boot your machine back up. contacts, listen in on your calls, and
for foreign spies, and both Russia and older software and delivering malware remotely access your phone. Especially
China prohibit travelers from visiting through fake software updates. It’s impor- The attacker can collect your pass- when renting a car with wireless con-
with encrypted devices. Scrub as many tant to do this step at home, Myers said. word later by gaining access to your nectivity, your device could automati-
of your texts, photos and notes as pos- device again. It’s called an “evil maid” cally pair with the vehicle. “If you can
sible. If that's too difficult, consider “There are a lot of scams that are attack because someone could pose as turn that off, it’ll save you a lot of po-
buying a cheap pre-paid phone. already out there where they will try to a housekeeper in a hotel and pretend tential heartache,” Myers said.
target people on hotel networks with to clean your room while instead com-
2. Don’t bring extra tech what look like software updates,” she promising your device. This column was prepared by Male-
That includes extra USB sticks or said. na Carollo of the Christian Science
Monitor. 
“If you’ve updated them at home,

CARDIAC TESTS, PART III for narrowed arteries in your heart that could Echocardiography is an ultrasound of your
explain chest pain or put you at risk of a heart heart. Sound waves create pictures that
Today we conclude our three-part series on attack. But cardiac CT is not invasive. Dye is show the size and shape of your heart; how
cardiac tests. simply injected into an IV in your hand or well chambers and valves are working; areas
arm and the computer takes pictures and of poor blood flow; areas of the heart muscle
In review, the heart, like your house, has a then puts them together to create a three- that aren’t contracting normally; and previ-
plumbing system and an electrical system. dimensional (3D) image that shows the inside ous injury to the heart muscle due to poor
In addition to blood tests, we’ve covered di- of your heart and structures that surround blood flow. A type of echocardiogram, called
agnostic tools and procedures that look for your heart. If the cardiac CT shows you need a “stress echo,” is done both before and after
electrical problems and plumbing problems. treatment to improve blood flow to the heart, a cardiac stress test. You exercise (or are giv-
however, you’ll need to undergo a separate en medicine if you’re unable to exercise) and
A discussion of cardiac tests wouldn’t be com- procedure (cardiac catheterization or surgery) it shows if you have decreased blood flow to
plete without inclusion of cardiac CT, cardiac to treat the condition. your heart.
MRI, MUGA scans and echocardiography.
 Cardiac MRI As new generations of technology and equip-
MUGA SCAN (magnetic resonance imaging) ment emerge, the ability to find heart dis-
A MUGA (multiple gated acquisition) scan is Cardiac MRI uses radio waves and magnets ease at its earliest stages will continue to ac-
used to determine the heart’s pumping func- to create still and moving pictures of your celerate. Our part, as healthcare consumers
tion. A small amount of radioactive tracer is heart beating, major blood vessels, and heart and key members of our personal healthcare
injected into a vein. A special camera detects structure and function. It also shows the size team, is to learn the signs and symptoms of
the radiation released to produce images of and function of your heart’s chambers, the heart disease, go for help as soon as possible
the beating heart. thickness and movement of the walls of the and follow our doctor’s recommendations
heart and the extent of damage caused by about screenings, regular check-ups and life-
CARDIAC IMAGING a heart attack or heart disease. Cardiac MRI style choices. 
 Cardiac CT (also known as CAT scan, coro- also reveals structural problems in the aorta,
nary artery scan, coronary CT angiography such as aneurysms or dissections, inflamma- Your comments and suggestions for future
and CT angiography) tion or blockages in the blood vessels. topics are always welcome. Email us at
Like cardiac catheterization, cardiac CT checks [email protected].
ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY (also known as “echo”)
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Author Larry Tye.

Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy has been scorned, de- phrey swore that he would never forgive Bobby. two months after the March on Washington. At the
fended and highly extolled in hagiographic biogra- After the 1952 race, Bobby put his organizational same time, the ruthlessness Kennedy used against
phies by the likes of Arthur Schlesinger and other McCarthy’s targets, Hoffa and political opponents
enthusiasts. Now comes Larry Tye with “Bobby Ken- skills to use as a staff member to McCarthy as the was now deployed to intimidate Southern gover-
nedy,” a fascinating and extensively researched biog- senator ran an anti-communist witch hunt that spi- nors who were fighting to maintain segregation.
raphy that provides the most balanced view to date raled quickly out of control. Kennedy was “delight-
of this complicated liberal hero who spent most of his ed” at the prospect of working for McCarthy, who “Somewhere in this man sits good,” King told his
life driven by the right-wing orthodoxies of his father. had dated two of his sisters and was a close friend lieutenants. “Our task is to find his moral center
of the family until his death. Like Joe Sr., McCarthy and win him to our cause.” Though he never trusted
From Bobby’s eager role as a friend and aide to was a defiant Irishman, a disillusioned New Dealer King, Kennedy did take up his cause. But only after
Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, to his disdain and a conservative who had a “disdain for left-wing- the tragedy in Dallas did he transform into the ideal-
for Fifth Amendment protections against self-in- ers.” That may explain why Bobby remained a fierce istic hero who compelled many like myself to believe
crimination, to his hatred of homosexuals, to his apologist for the senator even after he was censured that public service was, in fact, a noble profession.
use of dirty tricks against political opponents, to by his colleagues, observing that “Joe McCarthy
the wiretapping of Martin Luther King Jr. — whom seemed to be the only one doing anything” about Kennedy successfully ran for the Senate a year
Kennedy never trusted or liked — to his role in an the serious internal security threats to America. after his brother’s assassination and entered the
assassination plot against Fidel Castro, Tye gives chamber more prepared for his new role than all
the reader an unflinching look at Kennedy’s dark- As disturbing as Kennedy’s time with McCarthy but a handful of senators in U.S. history. RFK used
est side while providing a moving yet unroman- may be to our sensibilities today, his use of govern- his time on Capitol Hill “crafting a new creed” that
ticized view of the metamorphosis that occurred ment power to carry out a blood feud with Team- blended FDR’s New Deal collectivism with the
in him between Dallas and his spellbinding and sters boss Jimmy Hoffa may be even more chill- self-reliance of his boyhood hero, Herbert Hoover.
tragic run for president in 1968. ing. As chief counsel to the Senate Labor Rackets More important, Kennedy himself was changing.
Committee, RFK unleashed what Tye describes as Tye observes that “most people harden as they add
In his youth, Bobby never seemed destined for “the most unrelenting congressional assault ever” years and accumulate power, but Bobby’s sancti-
greatness. His father saw him as the “runt” of his directed at the Teamsters boss, hiring more than mony and starchiness increasingly yielded to his
litter, his mother worried he would grow up to be 100 staffers, calling more than 1,500 witnesses and introspection and idealism.”
a “sissy,” while his older brother Jack bristled at holding 207 days of hearings. After pounding Hof-
his father’s suggestion that Bobby help on his 1946 fa for three years, Kennedy failed to prove that he Over the next three years, Joe Kennedy’s misfit
campaign for Congress. But by JFK’s 1952 Senate ever improperly took a dime from his union. The would speak to the outcasts of society in a way that
race, the family’s iron-willed patriarch began to re- hearings turned Hoffa into a hero inside his orga- reached audiences in South Africa and Indianapo-
alize that Bobby shared more in common with him nization and forever branded Kennedy as ruthless. lis and still moves many to action today. The au-
than any of his other children did. “Bobby’s as hard thor rightly concludes his sweeping look at RFK by
as nails,” Joe Kennedy bragged to friends. The fa- His legal war against Hoffa only intensified after asserting that it did not matter that Kennedy never
ther now considered his runt to be indispensable to RFK took over the Justice Department as his broth- reached the throne his brother had briefly occu-
his older son’s march to the White House and cred- er’s attorney general. The department empan- pied. Millions of Americans believed in his majesty
ited Jack’s upset victory of Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. as eled 15 grand juries to investigate Hoffa, and had by the time he died.
much to Bobby as to the candidate himself. Even 16 lawyers and 30 of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI agents
RFK’s older brother admitted that while every poli- working exclusively to bring the union boss down. Any study of Bobby Kennedy will be less about
tician in Massachusetts hated Bobby, he had built He ultimately succeeded in convicting Hoffa but what he was than what he might have become. Tye
“the best organization in history.” He would re- along the way did the unthinkable: He made him has crafted a multi-layered, inspiring portrait of
main JFK’s lightning rod throughout Jack’s success- a sympathetic figure. Joe Sr.’s warning that “when RFK. Because the author refuses to avert his eyes
ful 1960 bid for president, running a campaign so Bobby hates you, you stay hated” never applied from the uglier chapters in Kennedy’s life, he pro-
tough that even the “Happy Warrior” Hubert Hum- more to anyone than Hoffa. vides readers and historians their most in-depth
look at an extraordinary figure whose transforma-
Tye traces the jagged line of Bobby Kennedy’s tional story shaped America at mid-century. 
transformation from ideologue to idealist while
attorney general. But that path was anything but BOBBY KENNEDY
straight. The same man who fought to advance The Making of a Liberal Icon
the cause of civil rights in Capitol Hill hearing
rooms and at Alabama schoolhouse doors also ap- By Larry Tye
proved the wiretapping of Martin Luther King Jr. Random House. 580 pp. $32
Review by Joe Scarborough,

The Washington Post

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Publishing history is full of strange tales, and rian heyday, when the population of the “London tricately plotted thrillers of Wilkie Collins (“The
that recounted by Lucy Sussex in “Blockbuster! of the South” approached half a million. More- Woman in White”) and Mary Braddon (“Lady
Fergus Hume & the Mystery of a Hansom Cab” is over, the plotting of the mystery is exemplary. Two Audley’s Secret”). By the 1880s, though, the genre
certainly among the strangest and most poignant. gentlemen in formal evening dress, both seem- was dominated by the newly translated works of
In late 1880s Australia a would-be dramatist de- ingly drunk, enter a hansom cab late one night French detective story pioneer Émile Gaboriau
cided that he might gain more attention from the- in July. Later, one man gets out and disappears, and by American dime novels featuring such
ater impresarios if he were a published author. So the other remains – and is found dead, appar- masters of disguise as Old Sleuth. Besides these,
Fergus Hume sat down to produce what ultimate- ently murdered. Before the crime is solved, Hume Hume almost certainly read contemporary an-
ly became the best-selling crime novel of the 19th gradually uncovers the hidden threads connect- tipodean crime writers such as Mary Fortune,
century. ing Melbourne’s most and least respectable citi- whose stories for “The Detective’s Album” ran for
zens, transporting the reader from elegant coun- 40 years in the Australian Journal.
These days, “The Mystery of a Hansom Cab” try houses to the city’s Chinese slums and lowest
is frequently derided as ill-written or faintly em- brothels. The book is certainly worth reading. All too typically, “Hansom Cab” was rejected
barrassing, although such reactions puzzle me. by one publisher after another. Eventually, Hume
In fact, the novel presents an almost Dickensian, However, in this engrossing study Sussex is less entered into a shadowy partnership with a mar-
top-to-bottom portrait of Melbourne in its Victo- concerned with the merits of “Hansom Cab” than keting mastermind named Frederick Trischler,
with its creation, publication and marketing. She who brought the book out in 1886 as a cheap pa-
focuses on the reclusive Hume’s early life, spec- perback produced by a local job printer. No one
ulates that he was probably gay, and provides is sure of the size of the Australian first edition.
thumbnail accounts of the various theater man- Hume said it was 5,000, some modern scholars
agers, actors, bookstore owners and entrepre- guess it was much less. Whatever the case, today
neurs whose efforts helped bring about his novel’s only four copies are known, and three are dam-
immense success. aged.

Fergus Hume was born in one madhouse and Even though “Hansom Cab” proved popular
grew up in another: His father initially worked as in Australia, Hume didn’t believe it would be a
an attendant at the Royal Glasgow Asylum, Gart- success elsewhere. So he sold the copyright for
navel, but later moved to New Zealand, where he 50 pounds to a banker’s wife, who joined with
rose to become director of the Dunedin Asylum. Trischler in establishing the Hansom Cab Publish-
From the start, young Fergus revealed a penchant ing Company. After moving to London, Trischler
for the sensational. His first prose work, serial- deluged newspapers with advertisements for the
ized in the local paper, was a science-fiction novel first English edition, promoting the book as if it
titled “Professor Brankel’s Secret: A Psychological were Pears soap.
Story.” It concerns, Sussex tells us, “a German pro-
fessor researching alchemy. In an old book he dis- The intense PR campaign paid off. According
covers a secret formula enabling time travel. But to Sussex, “twenty-five thousand copies a month
it only deals with the past: The rest of the formula, were printed and sold for fourteen months.”
for futuristic travel, is hidden in another volume. Within a few years, sales approached half a mil-
So ensues a thrilling tale of bibliographical pur- lion copies. Hume could have retired for the rest
suit, with drug-taking and attempted virgin sac- of his life had he retained the copyright.
rifice.” I’m surprised it hasn’t been optioned by
Hol ly wood. For anyone fond of detective stories or fascinat-
ed by publishing history, “Blockbuster!” makes for
At this time, the detective story was just emerg- highly enjoyable and informative reading. 
ing as a distinct genre, drawing inspiration from
multiple sources, including Gothic fiction, Poe’s BLOCKBUSTER!
tales of “ratiocination,” memoirs of Bow Street Fergus Hume & the Mystery of a Hansom Cab
Runners and other early policemen, accounts of
actual crimes reported in newspapers, and the in- By Lucy Sussex
Text Publishing. 298 pp. Paperback, $16.95

Review by Michael Dirda,
The Washington Post


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Thailand ill-prepared for the death of its king


To the tourists who still flock to its of seven Thai kings. And the regime insult to the dignity of the king, his King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
beaches and golden temples, Thai- has applied Thailand’s strict lèse- family or even his pet dog.
land seems calm. But this is an illu- majesté laws with ferocity, arresting corrupt. Indeed it was, but probably
sion. Thai politics are as ugly as the people for the slightest perceived Those deemed to have defamed his no more so than most Thai govern-
country is beautiful – and could soon majesty face up to 30 years in prison. ments. The army’s excuses for seizing
get uglier. This creates an atmosphere in which power are wearing thin. Thailand has
critics of the government, too, can be seen a dozen successful coups since
The country’s beloved king, Bhu- bludgeoned into silence. the 1930s and a new constitution on
mibol Adulyadej, whose 70th year on average every four years.
the throne was celebrated on June Whereas Prayuth rambles self-
9th, is 88 years old and gravely ill. The righteously on his weekly television The army typically installs con-
country is scared of what might hap- show, opposition parties are gagged servative governments that favour
pen when he dies. and parliament stuffed with the the urban elite. That has entrenched
junta’s allies. The regime has hauled inequality and infuriated the rural
Were Thailand a normal democ- critics to army bases for “attitude ad- poor. Thaksin won two elections by
racy with a constitutional monarchy, justment.” It has charged Thailand’s wooing poor voters with free public
the death of a king would cause na- former prime minister, Yingluck Shi- health care and subsidies for farmers.
tional sorrow but not political insta- nawatra, with neglect-in-office, and He may have left the scene, but his
bility. Alas, it is not. Two years ago may hand her 10 years in jail. supporters are still there.
the army seized power in a blood-
less coup. An “interim” constitution The army’s latest ploy is a new con- The army has long defended its coups
grants the prime minister and junta stitution, which would allow fresh by claiming to have the king’s support.
leader, Prayuth Chan-ocha, almost elections but keep the next govern- After taking power, coup leaders have
unlimited power. Because the regime ment subservient to a nominated always trekked to the palace to receive
is illegitimate, it hides behind Thai- senate and a handful of junta-stacked royal assent. But if King Bhumibol is
land’s most revered institution. committees. It hopes to win public succeeded by the crown prince, who is
approval for this plan in a referen- unpopular, the claim of royal approval
Its propagandists do all they can to dum on Aug. 7. Just to make sure, it will count for less.
fizz up adulation of the monarchy; for has trained bureaucrats to “explain”
example, by building colossal statues the charter to voters, but it forbids ci- Elites fret that the succession
vilians from campaigning against it, will disrupt long lines of patronage
on pain of a 10-year prison sentence. which for generations have shoveled
wealth and influence their way. They
The generals insist that their actions fear that anti-government activists
have been for the good of Thailand. will seize the chance to push for big
Their coup in 2014 ended months of changes in how the country is run.
pro- and anti-government street pro-
tests, which had turned violent. Lock- With luck, the succession will pass
ing out Yingluck, they hint, keeps a peacefully. But securing long-term
dodgy family out of power. Yingluck stability will require reforms that the
backed an amnesty bill that could have army may not like. Royals may finally
allowed her brother, Thaksin, another speak out against the lèse-majesté
former prime minister, to return from law (which King Bhumibol has al-
exile in Dubai. ready once condemned, in 2005). The
generals could allow Thais the free-
The army had deposed him in 2006, dom to debate the new constitution.
arguing that his administration was A better one would be more like the
1997 charter, so far Thailand’s best.

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If and when the soldiers return to think, too. Thailand’s middle classes rule. But for years it has put off the but it is not impossible. If the junta
barracks, they will need pruning: may find Thaksinite populism abhor- groundwork needed to win an elec- blocks reform, allies such as America
their idle ranks include more gen- rent, but they have failed to provide tion, betting instead that friends in might well impose financial sanctions
erals and admirals than America’s poorer Thais with an alternative. the army or judiciary will help it. Any and travel bans on its leaders and their
armed forces, which serve a super- lasting solution will require decen- cronies. Thailand needs a civilian gov-
power nearly five times as populous. The Democrat Party, the establish- tralizing power to the provinces. ernment that is accountable to voters
ment’s main political outfit, has been and the law, not to the men with guns. 
Politicians would do well to re- squealing about the generals’ stifling Untangling this mess will take years,

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Find your calling, and you and the world will benefit

BY REV. DRS. CASEY AND BOB BAGGOTT between two towers on the New York danced seven times back and forth on the place where your deep gladness
Columnists City skyline. Early the next morn- that wire that morning before jump- and the world’s deep hunger meet. By
ing, before he could be observed and ing into the arms of the waiting police that definition, Felipe’s behavior sat-
What’s special about you? What are stopped, Felipe ventured out on the officer at one end of the wire. isfied the first requirement of a call:
you uniquely adept at accomplish- wire, well over 1,000 feet in the air. He had found his own gladness. But
ing? Maybe you can answer instantly, Cold winter winds whipped the ca- Later Felipe was facing a judge, and perhaps he missed a bit on the sec-
but if you are the typical person, you ble, and bright sunlight glared from was asked to explain this seemingly ond half of the definition. He prob-
will answer by telling yourself that the sheets of glass on the neighboring foolhardy exploit. “Why did you do ably could not claim to have satisfied
there’s nothing so very extraordinary skyscrapers, obscuring his vision. Fe- it?” the judge asked. And the smil- a deep hunger of the world.
about you. lipe walked hesitantly onto the wire ing Felipe replied, “When I see three
at first, swaying and wobbly. But sud- oranges, I have to juggle. When I see But the claim of faithful people is
But if that’s your answer, you’ve denly, as he successfully walked, one two towers, I have to dance.” that every one of us is called to some-
probably missed your calling. Every- step at a time, Felipe felt his fear be- thing, and can fulfill that call. It may
one has some God-given calling. It just gin to subside and the thrill and joy On one hand it’s certainly hard not be carried out as flamboyantly as
needs to be identified, and pursued. of the walk begin to emerge. To the to defend the risky behavior of Fe- Felipe’s dance across the high wire. But
amazement of the crowd of onlook- lipe that wintry morning in New York maybe it can be even better. Because
Norma Kehrberg tells an amazing ers and the group of police officers City. But on the other hand, you just when we identify our calling it will
story of one young man who thought that had gathered, he began to dance. have to admire his single-minded de- make our own hearts glad and fulfill a
he’d found his calling and was un- When Felipe reached the end of the termination. Felipe had offered his deep and serious need in another life.
stoppable in its pursuit. Felipe was a rope, he turned and took another very best, and in doing so, he found
high-wire artist. One day, some years turn, and then another and another, tremendous joy and self-satisfaction. So what’s your calling? We hope
ago, Felipe managed to stretch a wire happily dancing along his way. He Had Felipe found his calling? you find it, and that even if your feet
never leave the ground, you’ll dance
Well, almost. Frederick Buechner for joy! 
says that the place God calls you to is

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It’s (Best in) Showtime! Bonz meets Dugan

Hi Dog Buddies! though I was just a fluffy pupster, Dugan. PHOTO BY LEAH DUBOIS “Wow!” I said. “So, how’d you
Dad knew right away I was the ONE. get down here?”
This week I yapped with Dugan Fit- But they had to wait ’til I was 8 weeks we were packing up to go home. She
tin, a Yellow Lab who retired to Sea old to bring me home. You’ll never was from Manhattan, Upper West “After we’d been Snowbirds for
Oaks after a successful showbiz career. guess what my Papers name is.” Side. I never saw her again.” years we decided to move down
for good. Then, this Big Terrible
Whenever I interview a celebrity, I “One of those long, goofy ones, I “I think we all have a memory like Storm came. Dad called it Sandy.
still get nervous, cuz pooches who live bet,” I replied. that,” I sympathized, relieved when he So me and Dex and Tucker and
their lives in the spotlight can be sorta changed the subject. our human sisters packed up the
snooty. Turns out, Dugan’s a totally “Get this: It’s Winding Oaks Frosty car and drove down here. Mom
laid-back, friendly pooch, like a favor- Fella!” “For a while I was an only pet. Then and Dad had to stay with the
ite uncle or big brother. As he came up one day we were taking a ride and house, even though there was no
for the Wag-and-Sniff, I could see why “Are you woofin’ me right now?” Mom and Dad stopped at an animal ’lectricity and it was 40 degrees
he’d won all those Blue Ribbons. He He laughed. “Nope. Thank Lassie shelter, just to browse. I waited in inside. We were so worried about
was built like a Brick Doghouse, awe- they call me Dugan!” the car. They saw this crate on a table ’em. But everything turned out OK.
some conformation, big ol’ face, so “Fer sure,” I agreed. with four gold eyes peeping out. It was “Now we have a Routine. Me and
pale yellow he looked almost white. “Dad started teaching me the two black kittens! Mom and Dad con- the cats and Dad wake up at 4:30
basics right away. Then my trainer vinced the shelter humans to let me and ...”
“It’s a pleasure, Mr. Bonzo, a real started my Serious Training. They come in and meet ’em because I was “ ’Scuse me,” I interrupted. “Did
pleasure,” he said. “C’mon in. Take have a ton of dog shows in New so well behaved. Well, even though I you say 4:30, like, in the MORning?”
a load off. This my Dad, Jim. And my Jersey and I knew I had some big was, like, 30 times bigger than them, “Yep. We got in the habit when
little bro, Dexter. Tucker’s under some pawprints to fill. Murphy was a PLUS being a DOG, both those fluff- I was doing dog shows. We go out
chair or other. He’s a ’fraidy Cat. My Champion. But I took to it right muffins came right up to me and start- and Do Our Duty. Then we have
Mom Sandy’s at work.” away, learned how to stack per- ed purring. I mean, how could I resist? breakfast. When we take walks,
fectly ...” And we’ve been pals ever since.” all the neighborhood dogs and
“Please, call me Bonz,” I said. Yep, “Er, what’s ‘stack’ mean?” I their humans stop to say hello. By
Dexter’s a cat. Sleek, black. I nodded. asked, picturing a pile of dog bis- around 8, We’re ready to conk out. It’s
He nodded. cuits, and wondering what the point a good life!”
was. Heading home, I was thinking about
“I’m eager to hear all about your “Oh, it just means ‘pose.’ You hafta what a nice guy Dugan is, even though
exciting life in the show ring,” I said, be Totally Perfect, nose to tail. Anyway, he’s famous. A pooch could learn a lot
opening my notebook. I’m the son of Champions, so I guess from him. Except for that 4:30 in the
I was a natural, entered my first show morning thing.
“It was fun, but hard work, and I’m when I was only 9 months old and won
gettin’ up there, gonna be 13 this Sun- Best of Class, Best of Winners and Best Till next time,
day. I’m glad I’m retired.” of Breed. For six years, I won shows all
over the Tri-State Area. Got tons of rib- The Bonz
“Well, you look great!” I said sincere- bons. It was my job. The ring was my
ly. “So let’s get started.” office. Sometimes, I admit, I miss the Don’t Be Shy
“Dad and Mom and my human sis- Then he got a faraway look. “I’ll nev- We are always looking for pets with
ters, Christine and Alexandra, lived er forget the night I won Best of Breed interesting stories.
in New Jersey. Dad had shown dogs at the Twin Brooks show. There was
for years, all Labs. When his last Lab, this gorgeous Yellow Lab, she’d just To set up an interview, email
Murphy, went to Dog Heaven after a won her class. Her name was Crystal. [email protected].
successful career in the ring, Dad said She was so pale she almost glowed.
‘No More Dogs.’ But after a couple Our eyes met across the show ring
months, he changed his mind when a floor, but we only yapped briefly when
breeder friend called about a litter in
Buffalo (mine, of course) and said Dad
could have the Pick of the Litter. Even

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be on heartworm prevention 12 months a year. nite cough; however, pets can have heartworm tive; however, no preventative is one hun-
Our veterinarians encounter many mis- disease and not have signs develop for years. dred percent and the preventatives must
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Many owners are under the impression that

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By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist K942

This week we will study the bidding of two-suited hands. Look only at the South hand. 8532
With your side vulnerable, you open one heart, West passes, North raises to two
hearts, and East intervenes with three diamonds. What would you do now? WEST J6
When the opponents are out of the bidding, and you hit a fit with your partner, keep 7
your second suit hidden. But when they enter the auction, the dynamic changes. With Q 10 6 10 2
this South hand, if you jump to four hearts and everyone passes, fine; but what if West K9754
goes to five diamonds? What would you do then? J3

The answer is that you would have no idea. It could be right to double their sacrifice AKJ974
or to bid on to five hearts. However, your partner will know what to do if you describe
your hand to him. A82

When you have a two-suiter, you find a fit in your first suit, and the opponents enter SOUTH
the auction, bend over backward to show your second suit. Here, bid three spades.
Then let partner judge what to do over five diamonds. KQ43

In this deal from a tournament in Orlando, Florida, North had an easy five-heart bid. He A Q 10 8 6 5
had two magic cards with four-card heart support, and he knew South was very short
in diamonds. But if North had had (nearly) all of his stuff in the minors, he would have —
doubled five diamonds.
Q 10 3
Note that five diamonds doubled would have been down only 500, and five hearts
made easily. Dealer: South; Vunerable: North-South

One last point: If you jump to four hearts over three diamonds, you assume captaincy; The Bidding:
you are telling partner that you know what to do if they bid five diamonds.
1 Hearts Pass 2 Hearts 3 Diamonds
?? LEAD:
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