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MY VERO Killer of Simpson
to defend himself
BY RAY MCNULTY in murder retrial
Speeders on side streets:
Gates aren’t the answer
Look, folks, I know traffic A Vero Beach motorcycle police officer uses radar to catch speeders on a residential street in Central Beach. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD BY BETH WALTON
in Vero Beach is getting more Staff Writer
congested every year, particu- ‘Holding my son, I watched the flames in disbelief’
larly during our busy season. The man who has been
BY BETH WALTON stairs to see someone banging the dispatcher. “I don’t know serving a life sentence for
Backups at major intersec- Staff Writer frantically on our sliding glass what is going on.” the murder of Brian Simpson
tions are getting longer. Navi- door. Panicked, I couldn’t get during the 2011 burglary of
gating overcrowded corridors It was just after 6 a.m. on a it unlocked so I ran out the It was then I saw a plume the Central Beach resident’s
to travel across town has be- Sunday morning when I woke front entrance and called 911. of smoke billowing from my home will represent himself
come more challenging, espe- to screams of “Help.” I roused neighbor’s roof. Our homes as he prepares for a new trial.
cially during peak drive times. my husband, and ran down- “Someone is screaming for shared a wall at the Oak Villas
More motorists are growing help at my back door,” I said to Henry Lee Jones, 29, re-
frustrated and, all too often, CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 quested to be his own attor-
becoming less patient. ney in April just weeks after
Circuit Court Judge Cynthia
So they search for shortcuts, Cox refused to allow him a
sometimes snaking through new public defender.
side streets in a mad dash to
bypass the backups. And those His decision came despite
impromptu detours can wreak the judge’s repeated warn-
havoc on residential neighbor- ings that such a move could
hoods, so much so that some prove dangerous and disad-
homeowners want to keep out vantageous to his case.
the cut-through drivers.
Jones, who was convicted of
Closing roads, however, isn’t first-degree murder and bur-
the answer – not the right an- glary, was granted a second
swer, anyway – because all trial in 2017 after the Fourth
that would do is move the District Court of Appeals over-
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Lifeguards say more towers needed State law on beaches
to cope with increase in beachgoers seen solution to problem
that doesn’t exist here
BY RAY MCNULTY we’re finding that people are Vero lifeguards and EMTs tend to teen injured bodyboarding last weekend at Jaycee Park.
Staff Writer spreading out into unguarded BY KATHLEEN SLOAN
areas north and south of the Staff Writer
Vero Beach lifeguards say city parks,” said Erik Toomsoo,
they need a new observation president of the Vero Beach If you own a piece of ocean-
tower and command center at Lifeguard Association, which front property – and have
Humiston Park, so they’re pre- plans to launch a fundraiser in always wanted to keep the
paring to raise the $250,000 the coming weeks. public from pitching their
necessary to build one. umbrellas or setting up their
“We need to get a better van- chairs on the upper part of
“There are so many peo- tage point so we can see far-
ple coming to our beaches, CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
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My Vero between State Road A1A and Indian Then, earlier this month, the City “You move traffic two ways – with
River Drive. Council was presented with a petition one big road or several little ones,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 to close the so-called “tree streets,” and several little ones is better be-
We saw it on the northern tier of from Acacia Road north to Live Oak cause it gives you more connectivity
problem elsewhere, present new traf- Jungle Trail, where earlier this year in Central Beach, to westbound ac- and exponentially more routes,” he
fic challenges and create unintended homeowners in that area wanted In- cess from A1A. added. “Closing roads simply creates
consequences. dian River County commissioners to more traffic problems.”
close that section of the scenic, un- Thankfully, our local governments
It’s the self-serving answer. paved byway to motor-vehicle traffic, were wise enough to reject each of those Certainly, putting up barriers to
But when it comes to keeping out- essentially converting a public road short-sighted proposals, none of which close those Central Beach streets to
siders off residential neighborhood into a neighborhood park. would have served the greater good. westbound traffic from A1A would
roads, we’re seeing more and more of create all kinds of problems:
this selfish sentiment. We’ve even seen it in downtown “I’m against it, and planners gener- Even longer backups on south-
We saw it on Live Oak Road, where Vero Beach, where some local busi- ally are opposed to road closures, be- bound A1A approaching the Beach-
only months ago some homeowners ness owners want to slow traffic and cause all they do is push more traffic land Boulevard intersection.
urged the Vero Beach City Council to make the area more pedestrian- onto an already-busy road,” said Phil Increased traffic on Indian River
close the street to cut-through traffic friendly by narrowing the Twin Pairs Matson, staff director of the county’s Drive, Live Oak Road and Mockingbird
to two lanes in each direction. Metropolitan Planning Organization. Drive, which would become the only
routes into and out of the neighbor-
Significantly reduced access for
Added driving for neighborhood
residents who would be forced to cir-
cle around on Beachland to get to A1A.
Perhaps that’s why only 156 of the 400-
plus homeowners in that neighbor-
hood signed the petition.
Surely, the consequences that would
accompany closing the streets con-
tributed mightily to the City Council’s
reluctance to seriously consider and
vote on the proposal, which was em-
braced by only one of its five members
– Central Beach resident Val Zudans,
who unsuccessfully argued that put-
ting up barricades was “worth a try.”
“There’s one resident who still wants
to make a presentation to the council
to close the streets, and it’ll probably
happen in a couple of weeks,” City
Manager Jim O’Connor said. “But it’ll
be a very tough sell.”
Let’s hope it’s as much a waste of
time as that petition.
As O’Connor explained: Riverside
Park, Vero Beach Dog Park, MacWil-
liam Park Boat Ramp and Vero Beach
Yacht Club are popular destinations,
and “people have to be able to access
Truth is, this Central Beach shortcut
problem doesn’t require any drastic
measures. In fact, it’s already being
addressed as it should be – by the po-
lice, who have stepped up enforce-
ment of speed limits and stop signs in
As of Friday, police have written
more than 60 speeding tickets and is-
sued several warnings, and the traffic-
calming crackdown continues.
“We’ve received nothing but posi-
tive feedback, so far,” Vero Beach Po-
lice Chief David Currey said. “We’re
being told the cars are slowing down.”
In addition, city crews recently in-
stalled electronic warning signs on
Live Oak Road and Indian River Drive,
the busiest of the shortcut routes. The
signs flash the speed of approaching
vehicles and produce a strobe-light
effect if the driver is exceeding the 25-
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / April 19, 2018 3
mph speed limit by more than 5 mph. For at least the past five years, I’ve obeying the speed limits and stop signs. not, we’ve been discovered. This is a
That’s all that’s needed, but that’s been watching drivers use these short- That’s all we can do. wonderful place to live, and now ev-
cuts to get around traffic backups, es- “Remember when people used to eryone knows it.
not all that’s being done: pecially during the busy season, par-
Construction of additional side- ticularly between Live Oak and Acacia call this ‘Zero Beach’ because there So more people visit us each winter.
walks along Live Oak is expected to on southbound A1A, where it can take was nothing to do?” O’Connor said. Many of them decide to stay here, at
begin this summer. multiple light changes to get through “Now our community is more lively least seasonally.
City officials are working with the the intersection. and attractive, and more people are
Florida Department of Transportation coming here. But there’s more traffic.” Almost all of them drive cars.
to reduce the seasonal congestion by I’ve also seen the recent effort being And some of our roads – OUR roads
adjusting the timing of the traffic-sig- made to make sure those drivers are Vero Beach is no longer the seaside – can’t handle the volume.
nal cycles at the intersection of Beach- secret it was 20 years ago. Like it or We need them all.
land and A1A.
The city also is asking state trans-
portation officials for funding to ex-
tend the existing turn lanes at that
All of those improvements are wel-
come, though it’s unlikely we’ll see the
extended turn lanes anytime soon.
But even without them: As long
as drivers are obeying the neighbor-
hood’s posted speed limit, stopping at
stop signs and watching for pedestri-
ans and cyclists, there’s no good reason
why they shouldn’t be allowed to use
public streets, which were built and are
maintained with taxpayer dollars.
They’re not private roads for use by
only residents and their invited guests.
The neighborhood is not a gated com-
munity. Those streets belong to all of us.
Same goes for Jungle Trail and the
Twin Pairs and all the other public
roads in our community.
Truth is, if our local government of-
ficials start closing streets, they’ll be
setting a troubling precedent.
“It’s an extension of NIMBY-ism,”
Matson said, using the acronym for
“Not In My Backyard” to describe the
growing number of recent requests
to close local roads to motor-vehicle
O’Connor said he already has heard
from other Central Beach residents –
from the neighborhood west of A1A,
on the south side of Beachland Bou-
levard – who’ve complained about
the cut-through traffic on Dahlia and
“We hear from them, too,” O’Connor
said. “Some people use Dahlia to cut
through to Riverside Park. Others use
Iris to get to the (Holy Cross Catholic)
church, and you know all about the
parking issues we’ve had there.
“But we can’t just close those roads.”
Or the roads in McAnsh Park.
Yes, O’Connor also fields com-
plaints from residents in that main-
land neighborhood, where many
drivers use Buena Vista Boulevard as
a shortcut to get from State Road 60
to the Indian River County adminis-
tration complex, which includes the
health department and utilities office.
“I get almost as many calls from
people there as I do from people in the
Central Beach, so that could be next,”
O’Connor said. “I get these calls from
pretty much all over town.”
This isn’t a new issue.
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‘There’s a fire’ laughed and giggled as the black mutt night knowing it was my turn to wake still know relatively few people in town,
sat and spoke on command. up with our son. I planned to take him yet during this crisis support has come
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 to the park and the library. Instead, I from the most unexpected places.
This morning her adult daughters watched the flames in disbelief while
Condominiums. A man, whose name paced our shared lawn in shock. One he stomped in mud puddles unaware Volunteers with the Red Cross were
I can never remember, was lying mo- had cut her foot. The only way to es- that most of his toys and the place we at our development within hours
tionless on the grass. cape from the second-floor window, called home was now gone. handing out debit cards with emer-
she said, had been to jump. gency funds. One of our neighbors, a
“There’s a fire!” I told the woman on Days later he would ask for his favor- young man who had grown up here
the phone. “Someone is badly hurt.” I stood barefoot in my pajamas, ite Mickey Mouse shirt. I had to explain and had family to stay with, gave us his.
holding my 2-year-old son tightly to to him that the fire took it, that the
I gave her our address and hung up. my hip, watching helplessly alongside smoke, water and debris ruined most The teachers at my husband’s school
Others were already outside calling for my neighbors. of our things. “Not nice fire,” he said took up a collection. They brought box-
help. I needed to make sure my family with the sort of blunt authority only a es of clothes and toys the very next day.
was safe. There was no place for us to go. The 2-year-old can muster. “Give it back.”
fire trucks had blocked our cars. Hard- My colleagues offered places to stay,
“John!” I screamed into the door- ly any of us had thought to grab our I’m not sure if my son will ever get food and drinks. While my husband
way. “Get Charlie and come outside. keys or wallets. his favorite red T-shirt back. Our home went to school to teach, my boss al-
There is a fire!” is no longer livable, and our insurance lowed me the freedom to work wher-
I had gone to bed early Saturday has begun the process of sorting ev- ever and whenever I needed. There
I have never felt more relieved than erything we own into two piles: things were endless errands to run as we be-
seeing my husband come down our that can be salvaged, and things con- gan the process of rebuilding our life.
stairs carrying our sleepy-eyed son. sidered a total loss.
A woman who once showed me an
John handed Charlie to me and went Even though the latter is the bigger apartment when I was looking for a
to help our neighbor. The man still lay pile, I don’t agree with the terminology. short-term rental for my mother spent
in the grass. His skin, badly burned, days contacting everyone she knew
was beginning to peel off. They pulled An event like this can put things in to help our family find a place to stay.
him farther away from the flames. perspective in a way nothing else can. The cleaners at our hotel did our laun-
My neighbor, the man whose name I dry for free. They didn’t even mention
Another woman screamed in agony can never remember, died days later the lingering smell of smoke.
at the other side of the parking lot. in the hospital. My family is alive. It’s
Her face – now no longer recognizable not a total loss for us. A stranger I met through Airbnb on-
– was blackened by soot. Her clothes line offered her beachside condo at
were gone. Someone had wrapped her We moved to Vero Beach last July. We well below market rate just to make
in a blanket and given her a chair. sure we had a good place to live while
we sorted things out.
It took me a few minutes to realize
she was someone I knew. Just the night “We have to start doing nice things
before, we were chatting outside as her for people,” my husband said a few
dog did tricks for my toddler. Charlie days later as we drove still stunned
around town. He was contemplating
making a donation to a field trip schol-
arship fund at his school. “People are
doing a lot of nice things for us.”
Compassion. Empathy. Connection.
This is what matters in life. This is why
I regret never learning my neighbor’s
In times of tragedy, it is people – not
things – that bring comfort. We must
take care of each other. We must learn
each other’s names. Sometimes, our
community is all we have.
Simpson killer Simpson, a father and husband,
cornered Jones in the bathroom be-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 fore he was shot and killed.
turned his earlier conviction. Jones has a constitutional right to
Justices argued a new trial was war- represent himself, and the state’s case
remains unchanged, said Assistant
ranted because Jones’ public defender State Attorney Stephen Gosnell.
was not allowed to question potential
jurors about racial prejudice or bias. It’s the victim’s family that is most
Jones is black. Simpson, 41 at the time hurt by retrials as they once again are
of his death, was white. forced to revisit a tragic and traumatic
time in their lives, he said.
Jones shot Simpson through a bath-
room door after he and an associate Simpson’s widow and other family
got caught burglarizing the family’s members sat in the courtroom gallery
Fiddlewood Road home, according to watching somberly as Jones struggled
testimony at the trial. to prepare his second defense.
Co-defendant Darius Robison tes- Jones argued in March that Public
tified against Jones at the first trial in Defenders Alan Hunt and Dorothy Nau-
exchange for a reduced sentence. He mann weren’t meeting his expectations.
said the two were at the house when
Simpson came home and started “My life is in the hands of them repre-
fighting the intruders. senting me and this counsel is not repre-
senting me,” he said. “I don’t trust them.
We have irreconcilable differences.”
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / April 19, 2018 5
Jones claimed he was given bad le- Naumann downplayed Jones’ con- ing the facts, she told the judge. “I’m regular access to technology making it
gal advice before his first trial, and that cerns in open court. She said issues definitely working on this case. There difficult to file motions and schedule
he wasn’t getting all the records he felt pertaining to the first trial were no lon- is a lot to do.” depositions, she said.
were necessary to follow his case, in- ger relevant and that Jones had all of
cluding any emails sent between the the discovery and transcripts she had. Cox warned Jones it would be diffi- Jones, who completed the 10th grade
prosecutor and the defense attorneys cult to work as his own attorney while and a G.E.D. program, told the judge
before his conviction. Time is better spent securing ex- at the Indian River County Jail. Un- he understood the challenge ahead. He
perts, talking to witnesses and revisit- like the prosecutors, Jones won’t have
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Lifeguards seek more towers dance grows, more and more people “We lobbied for a tower at Sexton leave,” he said, “because there are of-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 are outside guarded areas, and that in- Plaza, and it would be nice if we could ten more than 100 people still on the
creases the likelihood of accidents and fill in that area at Conn Beach, but we beach.”
ther down the beach,” he added. “The drownings. really can’t expand the protected areas
city has 4 miles of beach, but only 600 because, to do that, we’d need more That’s why the VBLA, in addition
yards are in city parks protected by “It takes a person only 20 to 60 sec- park,” Toomsoo said. to pushing for additional towers at
lifeguards, and most of our rescues are onds to drown, so with our towers be- Conn Beach and Sexton Plaza, has
done outside the parks.” ing so far apart, the challenge for us is “And to have a park, you need to recommended to city officials that
seeing someone in trouble and getting have restrooms and parking, so there lifeguard-protected hours be extend-
Thus far this year, the VBLA reported there in time to rescue them,” he add- are obstacles that would need to be ed to 7 p.m. from March through Sep-
40,430 beachgoers in January, 97,305 ed. “The good news is, we have ATVs overcome,” he added. “Right now, we’re tember.
in February and 95,100 in March. on each beach.” boxed in.”
Next up, though, is the fundraiser
The February figure shattered the Vero Beach lifeguards already have Toomsoo cited a 2015 VBLA report for the new lifeguard tower and com-
previous monthly attendance record made more than 20 rescues in 2018, comparing Vero Beach to 12 other mu- mand center at Humiston Park.
of 90,000, set in March 2015. Last 10 of them coming last month, when nicipalities from Indian River County
month’s attendance was the larg- strong rip currents formed off local to Miami-Dade – a study that found to “A new, improved lifeguard tower at
est ever for March, at least since the beaches. Vero Beach ranked third in both “far- Humiston Park will enable lifeguards
VBLA began tracking those numbers thest distance between lifeguard tow- to see more of the beach, especially
in 2011. The lifeguards also have provided ers” (1 mile) and “smallest percentage in the hotel district, while protecting
minor, first-responder medical treat- of guarded beach” (9 percent). the lifeguards from weather and some
Those attendance figures, however, ment to more than 200 beachgoers elements of the public who may want
do not include the growing number of this year, including 195 calls for aid in In comparison, 60 percent of the to do them harm,” the VBLA wrote in
beachgoers more than 100 yards north February, when persistent southeast beach is guarded in Boca Raton, where its 2017 annual report. “In an effort to
and south of the lifeguard-protected winds brought in Portuguese man-of- the average distance between life- be proactive, VBLA is raising money
city parks, Toomsoo said. war and swimmers were stung. guard towers is only 138 yards. to build a lifeguard tower.”
The VBLA estimates that more than The previous one-month record for Toomsoo said Vero Beach has 19 Toomsoo said the VBLA is still orga-
1 million people visit city beaches an- minor-medical calls was 126 in March lifeguards, including 10 that are full- nizing the fundraiser, but the group is
nually. 2015. time employees, and that the city hoping “some local business or some-
beaches aren’t unusually dangerous body on the island” will make a sizable
“The numbers are going up – if not The city currently has lifeguard tow- as long as bathers are within sight. donation to get the project started.
steadily, that’s the trend, like you see in ers at Jaycee, Humiston and South
the stock market – and we can fit only Beach parks, and Toomsoo said they’re He is concerned, however, about “It would nice if someone wanted
so many people in the guarded areas,” all sufficiently manned. However, he’d what might happen after the life- to put their name on it,” he said. “One
Toomsoo said. “So as beach atten- like to see towers added at Conn Beach guard go off duty at 5 p.m. way or another, though, we’ll find a
and Sexton Plaza. way to get it done.”
“Sometimes, we cringe when we
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / April 19, 2018 7
New state law on beaches islature using a sledge hammer when PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD according to Attorney Diana Fergu-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 a surgical scalpel was needed,” Indian son, a lobbyist for the Florida Shore
River County Commission Chairman of beach in the future, it must do it and Beach Preservation Association.
your “private” beach – a new state law Peter O’Bryan said. through the courts, and prove that
would make it more difficult for cities the customary public use of the up- The “wet sand” part of all Florida
or counties to prevent you from roping What the law does provide is that if per part of the beach – the “dry-sand” beaches has been public under the
off some sand. a coastal county or city wants to deal part above the mean-high-tide line Florida Constitution since 1970.
with an attempt to privatize a stretch – was “ancient, reasonable, without
While this has been a problem in interruption, and free from dispute,” O’Bryan said another reason why
other parts of Florida, particularly with the private beach issue is unlikely to
hotels and beachfront restaurants, no become a problem here stems from
one recalls this ever being an issue on Indian River County’s participation in
the Indian River County barrier island the Florida Department of Environ-
– where people have always strolled mental Protection’s beach renourish-
and sunbathed anywhere they want ment program, which funds up to 50
along the 22.4 miles of beach stretch- percent of projects.
ing from the Sebastian Inlet south to
Round Island Park. The Department requires an “ero-
sion control line” be established in
But what this new law signed into front of all property before it gets
law last month does is provide that sand under this program, below
counties and cities can no longer pass which the beach is acknowledged to
ordinances declaring all beaches pub- be public.
lic under the common-law doctrine of
“customary use.” County Coastal Engineer James
Gray said that during his nearly 16-
Only three of Florida’s many coastal year tenure, no beachfront property
counties and cities had ever seen rea- owner has ever protested the estab-
son to pass such ordinances – Indian lishment of an erosion control line as
River County and Vero Beach not be- part of a renourishment program.
ing among them – and local officials
generally see little need here for, and About 9 miles of island beach al-
little impact from, the new state law. ready have established erosion con-
trol lines. One for “Sector 5,” which is 3
“This is a good example of the Leg- miles long stretching from around Jay-
cee Park to the Riomar Country Club,
is underway, Gray said.
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Three applicants seek seat on Shores Town Council
BY LISA ZAHNER paign – and promised a thoughtful such a large part of the population cation, Bolton says she’s applying “to
Staff Writer and deliberate approach to governing and tax base of the Shores – number- preserve and protect the natural beau-
the Shores and being attuned to the ing 1,380 properties in a town of about ty, public safety and environmental
The Indian River Shores Town wants and needs of the residents. He 4,000 people – a three-vote majority of leadership of Indian River Shores.”
Council has three solid, qualified ap- more than delivered once elected. John’s Island resident-members on the
plicants to choose from when mem- council protects their interests, even if In the past, she has expressed strong
bers convene on April 26 to select a While on the council, Slater was many property owners are seasonal opinions in opposition to plans for the
replacement to serve out the balance known to be fair, and not afraid to and cannot vote in town elections. two-story office building slated for the
of Brian Barefoot’s term until 2020, but cast a vote on the opposite side of his Spectrum site, and in favor of preserv-
one name stands out as a favorite. friends on the council if he felt it was Among the other two applicants ing the historic beach access for Peb-
the right course of action. is consultant and certified court me- ble Bay and other residents across the
The town would be hard-pressed to diator Linda Bolton, who ran for town Town’s former five-acre oceanside lot
find a more fitting person to continue COMMENTARY council in March 2016 but lost to Mi- at the southern end of the Shores.
Mayor Barefoot’s legacy than Thomas chael Ochsner and Richard Haver-
Slater. After stepping aside, Slater contin- land in a race that had two seats up Retired attorney Brian Foley is the
ued to attend periodic council meet- for grabs. Among her experience, relative newcomer among the appli-
Former Councilman “Tom” Slater ings, and to keep up with major issues. the Indian Trails resident has served cants. A full-time resident of Pebble
served one four-year term, but did not He is graduate of Harvard University’s in leadership with the Indian River Bay for four years and property owner
seek re-election in November 2016 Small Business Program and a retired Neighborhood Association and on for 12 years, Foley states that he’s li-
due to serious health issues. Sad to see CEO and while on council was known the Wellington Village Council before censed to practice law in Florida, New
him go, the whole town and the coun- as a classy guy who was accessible, and moving to Indian River Shores, and York and Connecticut and prior to
cil pulled for Slater to bounce back who treated all people with respect, be now serves on the Planning Zoning 2016 was vice president and general
and fortunately he has. A long-time they low-ranking town employees or and Variance Board. counsel for Princeton, New Jersey-
John’s Island resident, Slater stated in influential Shores residents. based Tri Strata Company Inc., a glob-
the application he submitted to the When running for office, Bolton al distributor of dermatology and skin
town that “now health is excellent and Slater’s appointment would also described herself as a “conservative care products, and prior to that he was
can serve properly.” preserve the unwritten, yet long- Democrat” and she touts her ability managing partner at a boutique law
standing tradition of having three out to negotiate workable solutions, citing firm.
In 2013 in one of the Shores’ few of five council members hail from her record for settling 90 percent of the
contested elections, Slater was the top John’s Island. With the community cases presented to her as a mediator in His curriculum vitae includes atten-
vote-getter without really trying – he the 19th Circuit in 2017. On her appli- dance at the West Point Military Acad-
spent a whopping $45 on his cam- emy, substantial nonprofit work, and
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experience as chairman of the board Indian River County, and the Shores
for the prestigious Westchester Coun- now seeking a new professional for
try Club. Foley says he wishes to serve that post, Hendricks’ steady lead-
“to continue the outstanding leader- ership on the planning and zoning
ship role the Town Council has played board might be more important than
in protecting the vital interests of the ever this coming year.
Indian River Shores community.”
Council members are reviewing ap-
For a while, there was a fourth can- plications and individually contacting
didate – Marbrisa resident Chris Hen- or interviewing the candidates to re-
dricks, a certified public accountant place Barefoot, who said he’s stepping
and internal auditor. Hendricks, who down because it’s an opportune time
heads the town’s Planning Zoning and with the Vero electric sale on the right
Variance Board, has also served on the track and the controversial cell tower fi-
Shores Finance Committee and could nally up on town property. The meeting
have added to the substantial financial to select Barefoot’s replacement, and to
expertise already on the town council. elect a new mayor and vice mayor, will
begin at 9 a.m. on April 26 in council
But Hendricks withdrew on Mon- chambers at the Shores Town Hall.
day, and with chief building official
Jose Guanch announcing his depar- Barefoot will not get to vote on his
ture effective Oct. 1 to take a job with replacement.
SHORES KEEPS EYE ON
VERO ELECTRIC SALE
BY LISA ZAHNER ern part of Indian River Shores cur-
rently served by Vero, pursuant to a
Staff Writer closing.
The next hurdle to closing the Vero May, who is based in Tallahassee
electric sale to Florida Power & Light is and has represented the Shores in its
to gain approval by the Florida Public efforts to exit Vero electric, said late
Service Commission of the financial Monday that he “hadn’t seen anything
terms of the transaction. to make me anything other than cau-
Since that process does not seem
to be moving as speedily as the par- If Vero and FPL cannot manage to
ties would have hoped, Indian River close the deal by early 2019, there is a
Shores has put its utility lawyer back stopgap plan in place calling for the
on the payroll to keep an eye out. sale of just the Indian River Shores
portion of the system to FPL for $30
On March 9, Holland and Knight’s million.
Bruce May, and Town Manager Robbie
Stabe were added to both of the PSC That backup plan was incorporated
cases pertaining to the Vero electric in the sale documents, but would be
sale, as interested parties. finalized by the Vero Beach City Coun-
cil members in office after the Novem-
This means that they are now a part ber election should the current deal
of the official record and will be noti- stall out and trigger Plan B.
fied electronically of any activity in the
case. The Vero Beach City Council was
set to get an update from its transac-
Florida Power & Light filed two pe- tional attorney Nathaniel Dolinger of
titions or “dockets” regarding Vero the Carlton Fields law firm, FPL and
electric – one for the PSC to sign off the Florida Municipal Power Agency
on the transaction as fair and equita- this Tuesday (April 17).
ble to FPL’s existing 4.9 million rate-
payers. Last month, the FMPA member
cities voted unanimously to allow
The other docket seeks PSC ap- Vero Beach to exit the electric co-op
proval of a redrawing of FPL’s service in exchange for $108 million in cash,
territory to include the City of Vero paving the way for the sale of the Vero
Beach, portions of unincorporated system to FPL.
Indian River County and the south-
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Island resident gets 7 years for fraud in Connecticut
BY BETH WALTON called a “mini-Madoff” for his dishonest interests to investors and obtain funds maintain support, prosecutors claim.
Staff Writer business practices in Connecticut from from institutional lenders in exchange He also sold equity in projects that
2001-2015. for mortgage and securities interest. were fully subscribed and thus not eli-
An island resident has been sen- gible for receiving more investment.
tenced to seven years in federal prison Court documents show DiMenna and DiMenna lied about the true cash
for defrauding investors of $64 million two associates used various entities such value of the projects he oversaw and “While a number of the above-men-
in a real estate and financing scheme as Seaboard Realty, Seaboard Stamford often borrowed money from prosper- tioned investors received distributions
on the Connecticut Gold Coast. Investment Group and Seaboard Prop- ing entities to make improvements during the relevant time, most lost
erties Group to secure millions of dol- and pay interest on failing ones, ac- money on their investment,” court doc-
John DiMenna, 75, pleaded guilty to lars in capital for the purchase, renova- cording to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. uments note.
two counts of wire fraud in September tion and construction of hotel and large
and was ordered to report to prison July 9. multi-tenant apartment projects. He overstated income, understated Reports from Fairfield County, Con-
expenses and used falsified financial necticut, claim 18 members of the Wee
The Bermuda Club resident has been The group would sell membership statements and tax returns to lure and Burn County Club in Darien, where the
DiMennas lived at the time, “lost every-
thing,” after investing in his commercial
real estate and development projects.
In a statement to Vero Beach 32963,
DiMenna said he had cooperated with
investigators and has taken responsi-
bility for his conduct.
DiMenna claimed his business
dealings were at one time legitimate
and that comparisons to Madoff and
other Ponzi schemes were not an ac-
curate depiction of his company or
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elected to have a standby public de-
fender present in the courtroom to an-
swer basic, procedural questions, but
said he would remain responsible for
his own defense.
The state is only obligated to provide
Jones a new public defender if he can
prove ineffective assistance of counsel
– not just a difference of opinion.
“I don’t have cause to believe they
are not rendering effective assistance
to you,” Cox told Jones in March. “Ev-
erything they have told me they are
doing points to the direction they are
properly preparing your case for trial.”
She told the defendant he could
hire a private attorney or represent
himself if he was unhappy.
Before returning to his cell after
the April hearing, Jones made his first
legal move. He requested all the files
from his two previous public defend-
ers. “I don’t know if they are going to
let you have that at the jail,” Cox said.
Jones then asked the judge if she
had legal textbooks for his review.
The jail has a small legal library.
“I can’t help you. I can’t be your at-
torney.” Cox said. “You have full re-
sponsibility.That’s a decision you made.”
Cox told Jones to speak to his former
public defender about the lawbooks.
Naumann, whose services were no
longer requested, was still positioned
at the defense table standing by her
former client’s side.
BASEBALL FANS ‘UNITED’ IN
HONORING ROBINSON’S LEGACY P. 32
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Daily double of fun and fundraising at 4-H ‘Derby’ fete
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF
Supporters of the Indian River Coun- Dan Dexter and Victoria Curran with Lindsay and Eric Black. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
ty 4-H Foundation sipped mint juleps
under the brims of derby hats last cellence along with a number of field skills through volunteerism and proj- PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
Thursday evening at the Courthouse trips.” ects. Profeta proudly announced the
Executive Center. All that was miss- foundation received the Dyer Differ- with children to develop the club’s
ing during the 10th annual Cocktail According to Profeta, the foundation ence Award for the month of April. guiding principles of Head, Heart,
Party & Auction at the Kentucky Derby- was able to sponsor 107 children last Hand and Health through hands-on
themed fundraiser were the horses. year, sending them to 4-H University, “We do this to raise money to help educational opportunities. The Indian
Camp Cloverleaf and Horsemanship the kids in the 4-H community,” ex- River County 4-H has been active since
The annual event was created to School in addition to other regional plained Profeta. “Because of our suc- 1902, offering a variety of clubs includ-
help promote, support and fund the and national events. cesses we’ve been able to create a ing citrus, rabbits, steer, swine, line
4-H community. The party netted $1,000 scholarship for a graduating se- dancing and photography among oth-
nearly $10,000, with proceeds helping It is through the generosity of the nior.” ers.
to offset expenses incurred by Indian community that the Indian River
River County 4-H Youth as they work County 4-H Foundation supports 4-H The 4-H is a youth development pro- To learn more about the Indian River
on projects throughout the year. programs to help children learn life gram in which adult volunteers work County 4-H, visit sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/indi-
Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors
d’oeuvres as they perused a bevy of
silent-auction items and nabbed raf-
fle tickets for a chance to win a fully
stocked Yeti Cooler. Later, the live auc-
tion was wrangled by longtime 4-H
supporter Wesley Davis. The amiable
auctioneer had to put his “boot” down
to keep bidders in line for art, jewelry,
dining and hotel packages. The auc-
tion also featured a variety of specialty
wine, fishing, barbecue, gym and pet
baskets put together by 4-H Clubs in
Foundation President Katie Pro-
feta said “because of your support our
foundation was able to raise almost
$30,000 last year. We were able to do-
nate to a number of other local events,
including the Indian River County 4-H
Show and Auction; 4-H Valentine’s Day
Horse Show and Senior Award of Ex-
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Peter and Susan O’Bryan. Denny Crouch and Katie Wren. Don and Pam Bigger.
PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12
Bill and Chris DeBraal.
Ivy Blanco, Cameron and Nicole Schneider, Kristeana and Alphy Robbins. Rob and Tiffany Tripson.
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / April 19, 2018 15
Tonya and Wesley Davis with Taylor Davis. Kris and Joe Berryman. Steve and Elizabeth Adams.
Lisa Bailey with Donovan and Joy Nottage.
Allison Cloughley and Katie Profeta. Carol Gollnick and Brooke Wadsworth.
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S.T.E.A.M. players: Kids have fun while learning tons
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF
Rockets soared through the air, Bob and Carmen Stork with Marilyn and Capt. Winston Scott. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
squids were dissected, and the best
angle to kick a soccer ball was cal- tion and talked with Florida Tech jet The children also helped a “mad Winston Scott. After lunch and a brief
culated at the IRC Intergenerational racing team members about the en- scientist” perform experiments; presentation, Scott chatted with the
Recreational Center last Saturday as gineering behind jet racing. learned about arachnids from an en- junior astronauts taking questions
families descended upon the Indian tomologist; and explored space farm- about what life was like in space; how
River STEAM Fest hosted by Vero Riverside Theatre gave two perfor- ing with two Florida Polytechnic stu- the astronauts got back home and
Beach Academy. mances and, to magnify the impor- dents. what it was like to go from zero grav-
tance of an integrated curriculum, ity in space back to earth.
The inaugural Science Technol- local art teachers led art-centric ac- For those wanting to trade their
ogy Engineering Arts and Math tivities with children as they dissect- sneakers in for space boots, a VIP Having begun his academic career
(S.T.E.A.M.) festival was engineered ed squid and used the harvested ink Lunch with an Astronaut experience as a music major and later graduat-
so that children could explore the to create watercolor paintings, ex- allowed them to hear firsthand sto- ing with a master of science degree
wonders of these critical fields. With plored chromatography and learned ries of space travel from NASA as- in aeronautical engineering with
smiles on their faces as they took about the science behind the art. tronaut and retired U.S. Navy Capt. avionics, Scott’s appreciation for the
turns, the children happily moved importance of STEAM fields and how
from one activity to the next, com- the arts can help students tackle de-
pletely engaged without realizing sign and engineering challenges was
that they were actually learning in evident throughout the lecture and
addition to having lots of fun. discussion.
The exhibit hall housed 50 hands- “We’re trying to put these types of
on activities and demonstrations fields in front of children so they will
that showed how STEAM fields apply consider them, get excited and maybe
in the real world. want to pursue them as adults,” said
Kelly Brown, Parents as Leaders presi-
Boys and girls put out virtual fires; dent and event co-chair. “I hope we’re
learned about resistance through sparking excitement within the kids
bowling; saw the effects lionfish about STEAM fields.” As they departed,
have on seagrass habitats; and made boys and girls left with visions of ev-
a magnetic fluid in addition to other erything from rockets flying through
intriguing learning experiences. the air to bees buzzing around in their
heads. Most seemed ready to go full
Outside, families launched rockets, STEAM ahead with plans to become
learned about crime-scene investiga- astronauts, engineers and mad scien-
tists, in hopes of creating a better world
for their families.
Vero Beach Academy is a learning
cooperative that combines home-
schooling and formal classroom ex-
periences. The children attend class
two days a week, and the VBA provides
parents with homeschool lessons two
days a week along with enrichment op-
To learn more about the Vero Beach
Academy, visit verobeachacademy.
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / April 19, 2018 17
Robyn Hjalmeby, Mie Powell and Stephanie Watson. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
Julie Jones, Kelly Brown and Stephanie Reismiller.
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary’s screech owl Cheerio. Elaine Larsen, Kat Redner and Martha Redner. Abby Keith, Tessa Leverman and Isa Flores.
Mad Science’s Nadia Smart.
Johnathan Goodhart and Jessie Smith. Chris Hollen and Connor Rohrbough.
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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 Derek Rodgers with son Coleson. Kelli and Cesar Mejía with sons Jack and Mateo.
Ashley Boyle and Sadie Boyle.
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Education is the name of the game at ‘Wine and Wickets’
BY KERRY FIRTH
Sporting their casual whites and Cynthia Falardeau, Wanda Lincoln, Richard Chadwell, Trudie Rainone and Barbara Diemer. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
comfortable shoes, supporters of
the Education Foundation of Indian funded last year,” she continued. They were so engrossed in looking nated to the Education Foundation
River County engaged in a friendly “Google Expeditions enables for animals in their natural habitat goes directly back into the com-
game of croquet in the spirit of help- that they didn’t want to break for munity, with only 12 percent going
ing achieve excellence for students children to travel around the globe snacks or recess!” toward administrative fees. Grants
and educators. Sponsored by John’s through virtual reality technology. are awarded yearly to educators
Island, the third annual Wine and As soon as the student put on his Last year the Education Founda- with special classroom projects and
Wickets event was held on the John’s goggles he was immersed into a vir- tion awarded over $1.3 million to goals. Funds are also secured for
Island West Course Croquet Lawn. tual rainforest. Teachers controlled local schools and educators. Funds professional development, innova-
the experience and tracked each in- were raised through number of tive programs and ongoing services
What’s with the wickets? “Wickets dividual child with their iPads. Ad- small events like Wine and Wickets, like the Happy Feet program that
is a thinking sport,” explained Cyn- vance lessons gave the children an a highly successful science fair and allows needy children to pick out a
thia Falardeau, executive director amazing knowledge of the vocabu- a large fall fundraiser. Eighty-eight brand-new pair of sneakers.
of the Education Foundation of IRC. lary and geography of the terrain. cents of each and every dollar do-
“We try to stay true to our mission
and find an event or activity that
relates to that. Plus, everyone can
play wickets. We’ve got people who
never played and people who play on
leagues. It really doesn’t matter who
wins. It’s just fun!”
“Our smaller events give us a
chance to socialize with our support-
ers” said Cathy Filusch, president of
the board of the Education Foun-
dation of IRC. “We expect about 35
players this afternoon. It’s a special
time when our supporters enjoy the
camaraderie of like-minded individ-
uals with a common goal. Through
the generous donations of our bene-
factors we open doors to education
and fund programs that are not be-
ing paid by the state or government.
“Just today we went to a second-
grade class to view the benefits of
one of the innovative programs we
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / April 19, 2018 21
Don Gordon, Dot Shymansky and Jack Rush. Ed Filusch and Jack Rush with Justine and Jim Kovacs.
Betsy Van Pelt, Gail Kinney and Cathy Filusch. Erin Grall and Mike Bielecki with Sue Scully
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Beachside battle: Shell Tossing tilt benefits Rotary Club
BY KERRY FIRTH beanbags into holes. Participants
Correspondent arrived at the Sexton Plaza beach
early, shed their shoes, wiggled their
Oceanside Rotary Club partnered toes in the sand and gave it their best
with Mulligan’s Beach House on Sat- shot at winning a cash prize and the
urday to hold the first annual Shell coveted title of champion.
Tossing Championship. It was a
Floridian twist on the popular corn “This is something different and
hole game where participants tossed fun” said Elaine Jones, president of
oyster shells into buckets instead of Oceanside Rotary Club. “One of our
members played in an oyster toss in
Aaron Johnson with Sherri and Mike Kissner. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
Cape May, New Jersey, and suggest- are part of the Rotary International,
ed it might be a good fundraiser for so we help charities out of the coun-
us. After all, we have the beach, the try as well as locally” said Maureen
ocean, oysters and who doesn’t want Labadie, charter member of Oceans-
to do something fun on a beautiful ide Rotary. “We are currently paying
sunny day?” tuition for a Mayan girl in Guate-
mala who is in school to learn a good
Guests wandered back and forth trade, and we also help a school for
from the beach to Mulligan’s, where orphans in Guatemala City.” Lo-
they imbibed cool tropical drinks cally, the club assists the Veterans
and feasted on delectable food. Council with food drives, and twice
Mulligan’s patrons relaxing on the a year they go to nursing homes to
beachside deck clapped and cheered help vets from all the different wars
when they heard the clunk of a shell record their memories as family
landing in the bucket. MJ Wicker en- keepsakes.
tertained everyone at Sexton Plaza
with his lively repertoire of beach The Oceanside Rotary, now in its
songs and melodies. ninth year, is one of five in Indian
River County and more than 35,400
“We are excited about sponsoring Rotary clubs around the globe. “Ser-
this event and bringing something vice Above Self” in the community,
different to Indian River County,” in the workplace and throughout
said Athena Barton, general man- the world is the international motto.
ager of Mulligan’s. “We are big sup- Rotary’s six areas of focus are sup-
porters of the Rotary Club as they porting education, growing local
are constantly working to make our economies, fighting disease, provid-
community better.” ing clean water, saving mothers and
children, and promoting peace.
Proceeds from the event will be
distributed to various charities. “We
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / April 19, 2018 23
Elaine Jones and Ed Smith. Lisa Gehin and Brian Figner. Wes Whittaker and Dora Jackson.
George Blythe with Kathy and Ken Klein.
Andrea Barkett and Laura Moss. Denise King and Maureen Labadie.
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The Circle’s donations get to the art of the matter
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF grams to fund for 2018-2019.
Staff Writer The Circle formed nine years ago
A dedicated group of philanthropic to support VBMA Community En-
women have “circled” their wagons gagement Programs, ensuring edu-
in support of the arts once again. cational art programs are available
Last Thursday, Circle members gath- to everyone, regardless of economic
ered in the atrium at the Vero Beach limitations.
Museum of Art for their final meeting
of the season to vote on which pro- Members, this year numbering
129, contribute $250 or more annual-
ly and each casts a vote to determine-
Susan Kintner, Sheila McDonough, Joanne Green, Brady Roberts, Nora Koontz and Margie Wheeler.
Becky Torbin and Jan Calfee. PHOTOS: STEPHANIE LABAFF Over wine and hors d’oeuvres the
women discussed the merits of the
which of the museum’s outreach pro- programs up for consideration. Pro-
grams The Circle will fund that year. vided at no cost to participants, the
Last fall, museum staff presented programs are grouped into four cate-
nine programs for consideration, gories: School Programs; Community
and Circle members trimmed the list Engagement Partnerships; Student
through research and site visits to Programs; and Family Programs,
four finalists. reaching everyone from youngsters
“This is a particularly noteworthy
year not only because Circle mem- Edmiston announced: “The votes
bers will vote to distribute $41,500 for have been counted, and I think per-
one or more of our program finalists, haps for the first time ever we have a
but also because it marks a very im- tie for first place. The two top vote-
portant milestone with the distribu- getters are the Alzheimer’s & Parkin-
tion of our funds,” announced Nancy son’s Association Community Impact
Edmiston, steering committee chair. Partnership and the Fellsmere Adopt-
The Circle has donated just over
$275,000 to the museum since its in- The Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s As-
ception, exceeding the group’s initial sociation Community Impact Part-
$25,000 goal. “That goal has been nership serves those dealing with
surpassed in nine years, and that’s a dementia and mobility-related ail-
remarkable trajectory,” added Edm- ments. The program focuses on mood
iston. elevation through music, movement
and art-making to reduce physical
Before giving a brief overview of and emotional isolation while im-
the nominees, Sara Klein, VBMA di- proving balance, gait and flexibility.
rector of education, added, “It is so
wonderful to see so many engaged, Fellsmere Adopt-A-School serves
educated and enlightened women children at Fellsmere Elementary
show their support to programs here School by introducing them to mu-
at the museum.” seum etiquette, collections and art-
making through classroom pre-visits
and gallery tours.
Both programs were fully funded,
and the third highest vote-getter, the
Senior Resource Association Com-
munity Impact Partnership, will re-
ceive the remaining funds.
Edmiston closed by thanking the
women for their support during her
two-year term as chair before passing
the reins to incoming steering com-
mittee chairwoman Cindy Binder.
The Circle will reconvene for the
Opening Tea on Nov. 12, 2018. For
more information, call Robyn Orzel at
231-0707 x 106.
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / April 19, 2018 25
Lois Conrad, Laura Moss and Susan Smith. Carol Hancock, Lucinda Gedeon and Connie Murphy. Sara Klein, Pam Sommers and Robyn Orzel.
Sara Shankland, Debbie Garber and Diane Rose. Cindy Binder and Nancy Edmiston. Judy Balph and Marge Collins.
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McKee’s model train display: Choo-choos and woo-hoos!
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Recitations provide food for thought at ‘Poetry and BBQ’
BY KERRY FIRTH Peggy Ann Tartt, Analicia Sotelo and Naomi Shihab Nye. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Yorker, read “Tuft of Hair” and “The
Correspondent Dying Season,” both evoking intense
Texas. “I think more than ever it’s humor, pain and confusion about be- emotion regarding death and loss.
Diverse voices bridging different important to embrace diversity and ing a virgin in an environment where Her eloquent words and passionate
cultures and backgrounds filled the remember those who came before morals were frowned upon. delivery put death and grief in per-
room as poets recited their works us.” In her poem “Virgin” she juggles spective as a dark moment in life be-
during the eighth annual Poetry Peggy Ann Tartt, a native New fore a beautiful passage.
and Barbeque. The literary event,
originally scheduled to be held at the Naomi Shihab Nye lightened up
Laura (Riding) Jackson House, was the room with her hilarious reading
moved to the Vero Beach Woman’s of “The Art of Disappearing,” touch-
Club due to impending storms on ing on everyday occurrences that
Sunday. But bad weather didn’t stop take up valuable time.
125 guests from soaking in the pow-
erful words spoken from the stage. “My primary source of poetry
comes from local life and random
“Diversity was the intent of this characters met on the street,” said
gathering,” said Sean Sexton, Indi- Nye.
an River County’s poet laureate and
event chair. “Our theme this year is She was born in Missouri to a Pal-
‘Beyond Water and Walls’ and fea- estinian father and an American
tures three incredible women writers mother of German and Swiss de-
from different ethnic backgrounds.” scent. Having spent her youth in Je-
rusalem and Texas, she experienced
The nationally acclaimed writers cultural differences and weaves the
all amassed prestigious awards in ad- diversity into her writing.
dition to published books.
Two teen writers, Karine Dieuvil
“Hybridization of our culture is a and Daisy Cabanas, were awarded
theme of society today,” said Anali- Teen Fellowships from the Laura
cia Sotelo, a Mexican-American from (Riding) Jackson Foundation after
reciting their original poems. Sever-
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / April 19, 2018 31
Carrie Adams and Karine Dieuvil. Sean Sexton. Susan Grandpierre, Dan Croteau and Toni Hamner.
Jody Harley, Deming Holleran, Julie Weary and Martha Willoughby.
al members of the Porch Writers club, a group of
amateur writers who meet monthly on the porch
of the Laura (Riding) Jackson House, also shared
Authors happily autographed their books after
the readings and joined the crowd for a hearty
helping of barbecue and lively bidding for silent-
All proceeds from the event went to the Laura
(Riding) Jackson Foundation, which promotes a
passion for the written word through literary pro-
grams for writers of all ages.
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Baseball fans ‘United’ in honoring Robinson’s legacy
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF
Local baseball fans pitched in last Brandon Brosher signs a baseball for a fan. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD Pat O’Conner, Craig Callan with son Liam.
Sunday afternoon in support of the
United Way of Indian River County South. When Robinson stepped up Historic Dodgertown vice president. Way does to bring everyone together.
during the fifth Annual Jackie Rob- to the plate, he made a stand for civil This year marks the 70th an- “Craig Callan has a long history
inson Celebration Game at Historic rights.
Dodgertown’s Holman Stadium. niversary of Historic Dodgertown with the United Way, and when the
“If there’s one place in the world and Jackie Robinson’s start with the opportunity came up to do this, he
The stadium was packed with base- where Jackie Robinson Day should be Brooklyn Dodgers. Peter O’Malley, wanted an agency that serves the
ball fans young and old despite the celebrated, it should be where he broke Historic Dodgertown chairman, said community broadly,” said Michael
threat of stormy weather as the St. the color barrier, which is right where in a letter, “Jackie’s presence reso- Kint, United Way CEO. “The United
Lucie Mets prepared to take on the we are standing,” said Craig Callan, nates beyond baseball to the inte- Way system embraces what it calls
Dunedin Blue Jays, a regular-season gration of society in the South. He is community cohesiveness, and we’re
Florida State League game. No mat- a true American hero and we’re hon- working to really get communities to
ter which team you root for the rest ored that he prepared for the majority work together.”
of the year, on April 15, everyone is a of his great seasons in Vero.”
Dodger fan in honor of No. 42, Jackie Proceeds from the game benefit
Robinson. During the opening ceremony the UWIRC, which has served this
youth baseball and softball players community since 1961 and has raised
Robinson trained at Dodgertown escorted the Mets’ mascot, Klutch, more than $60 million in an effort to
from 1948-1956, playing first base for in the pre-game parade, and mem- develop a strong, healthy and caring
the Brooklyn Dodgers. He hit a home bers of the Gifford Youth Orchestra community through the nonprofit’s
run in the first Major League exhibi- performed the National Anthem. mission to build partnerships, forge
tion game and was the first African- Minor League Baseball President Pat consensus and leverage resources to
American Major League Baseball O’Conner took to the mound with make a measurable difference. Pro-
player. Callan and his son, Liam Callan, for grams supported by the United Way
the ceremonial first pitch. focus on education, financial stability
Dodgertown became the first fully- and health.
integrated spring training site in the “We are here to serve all portions
of the community,” explained Jeff The 32nd Annual United Way Citrus
Petersen, event chair, noting that the Golf Tournament is scheduled for May
legacy of the desegregation of base- 5. To learn more about the United Way,
ball aligns with the work the United visit unitedwayirc.org.
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Mascot Klutch leads the kids parade. Michael Kint and Tiffany Justice. Mike Young with Ella.
PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 34
Blake Taylor delivers a pitch.
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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 Eric Flowers and Jeff Petersen. PHOTOS: STEPHANIE LABAFF Avery Tucker, Sydney Northup and Tiara Cruz.
Ayden Warren and Isabella Chambliss with Kayden Francois, Jarrett
Stephens, Christopher Taylor and Ka’lynn Pound.
Lyndsey Liotta with Keith and Angie Liotta.
Rosemary and Joe Flescher. Kim Prado and Mariner Pete.
Adie Ward and Karen Deigl. Kylie Williams and Gabrielle Espich.
E NTE RTAI N M E NT
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‘Mamma Mia!’: Simply song-sational entertainment
BY PAM HARBAUGH
Riverside Theatre throws the gauntlet
at your feet with its professional produc-
tion of “Mamma Mia!” So relent. Pick it
up and have a ball at this bouncy juke-
This “Mamma Mia!” is simply as good
as it gets. It has personality, beauty, en-
ergy, passion and Broadway-worthy per-
The musical’s book is by Cath-
erine Johnson and is all about love.
The compositions and lyrics are by
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvae-
us, former members of ABBA, the
’70s Swedish pop group responsible
for some of the best feel-good music
to wake us from our hard-rock stu-
por. ABBA’s best-known works satu-
rate this musical, including “Hon-
ey, Honey,” “Fernando,” “Dancing
Queen” and “Mamma Mia.” If you’re
humming right now, then this show
is most definitely for you.
Johnson sets her simple but engag-
ing storyline in Greece, where young
Sophie is getting ready to marry
handsome Sky. Hoping to discover the ship with Sam, her real lost love.
identity of her father, Sophie sends Sam is the most seriously drawn
wedding invitations to three men
who, 21 years ago, caught the eye of of the trio of possible fathers. He is
her mother, Donna, who owns a tav- played by Eric Kunze, who has that ex-
ern in the town. Two of Donna’s old perienced, stage ease and meticulous
girlfriends from a former singing trio perfection which comes from a lot of
also arrive. professional experience. Indeed, he
has performed major roles on Broad-
In Riverside’s production (in asso- way including Marius in “Les Mis-
ciation with Philadelphia’s legendary erables” and Chris in “Miss Saigon.”
Walnut Street Theatre), director/cho- He and Brummel deliver a sensational
reographer Richard Stafford begins “S.O.S.” when it’s clear they still love
the show with an ebullient and story- each other.
telling dance sequence in which the
chorus appears like a wave, casting Jonas Cohen is wonderful and
beautiful, gleaming Sophie onto the heartfelt as Harry Bright, a bumbling
shore and into the arms of Sky. Londoner happy to take on what he
thinks is his sudden fatherhood.
This smart, artistic touch is only the Christopher Sutton is warm and ut-
first in an evening filled with fresh vi- terly likable as Bill, an Aussie who is
suals, playful choreography and im- adventurous enough to walk Sophie
maculate vocals. down the aisle.
Anne Brummel, who electrified the Donna’s two girlfriends are played
stage as the title role in Riverside’s by a couple of scene-stealing, very
“Mystery of Edwin Drood,” lets loose funny and power-voiced women. Lyn
her powerful stage presence and mus- Philistine is Tanya, the sexy woman
cular voice in the role of the mother who sings “Does Your Mother Know”
of the bride, Donna. This amazing to a flirtatious boy toy. And Charis
performer seems incapable of a mis- Leos is drop-dead perfect as mouthy
step. She has tackled the big roles for Rosie, a confident woman who has her
women in American musical theater, eye on Bill and sings “Take a Chance
including lead roles in national tours on Me.”
of “Wicked” (Elphaba), “Evita” (Eva)
and “Cats” (Grizabella). The show does not tease for long.
It’s just midway through the first act
Here, she stops the show with her when Rosie, Tanya and Donna gather
heart-wrenching performance of to reminisce about their good old sing-
“The Winner Takes It All” when she ing days and unleash “Chiquitita” and
agonizes over the end of her relation- “Dancing Queen.” And yes, the audi-
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ence goes wild for that scene. backward journey to Broadway. First diences needing something to buoy
But through all these wonderful produced in London, it had its Ameri- their souls.
can opening in San Francisco, then in
voices and powerful performances, Los Angeles, then Chicago and finally It remains such. And when the per-
it is Laura Giknis who walks away New York City. son next to you starts humming the
with your heart in her role of Sophie. tunes, don’t let it bother you. It’s gonna
Petite and lively Giknis evokes im- It’s become a musical theater phe- happen. Because “Mamma Mia!” at
ages of a young Kristen Chenoweth. nom since then, playing worldwide to Riverside is infectious.
And she’s probably tired of hearing audiences that pop to their feet at the
that by now. But like Chenoweth, she curtain call to bounce and sway to the “Mamma Mia!” runs through April
certainly has the meticulous voice feel-good show. 29 at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside
which wants to sing … all the time. Drive, Vero Beach. Performances are
And she has such fun doing it. It’s as As reminded on Riverside’s opening 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8
if Giknis is just waiting to explode night by producing artistic director p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m.
into song at any urging. She’s fun and Allen D. Cornell in his brief curtain Wednesdays, select Thursdays, Saturdays
pert and excellently cast in the role of speech, the show opened on Broad- and Sundays. Tickets start at $35 and are
young Sophie. way less than a month before 9/11 quickly selling out. Call 772-231-6990 or
and became eagerly embraced by au- visit Riversidetheatre.com.
You’ll also find yourself keeping an
eye on elegant Kristyn Pope, the en- HOT GLASS
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Making this all look so good are
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tucks in the visuals with soft lighting
evoking the Greek Isles.
Music director Anne Shuttlesworth
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keeps the fun, energy and music pop-
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Two for the show: VBMA to buy Stella, Zorach paintings
BY ELLEN FISCHER Joseph Stella’s “Joy of Living.” Marguerite Zorach’s
Columnist “The Golden Orb.”
PHOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE
The Vero Beach Museum of Art’s an-
nual Athena Society Dinner on April 13
saw the selection of two paintings for
the museum’s permanent collection
(drumroll, please): Joseph Stella’s “Joy
of Living,” a 1940 oil on canvas offered
by Kraushaar Galleries; and Marguerite
Zorach’s “The Golden Orb,” a 1921 oil
painting offered by Avery Galleries.
In addition to the artworks chosen
for purchase, those in the pre-selection
lineup were Romare Bearden’s “Gospel
Morning,” of 1987, a collage depicting an
African-American spiritual gathering;
“Insignia with Gloves” of c. 1936, a still-
life painting by Marsden Hartley; “Noc-
turne – Big Ben” of 1898, a rainy London
night scene by Childe Hassam; and John
Marin’s “Movement: Racing Sea” of 1947,
a semi-abstract seascape.
Prior to the selection, Executive Di-
rector Brady Roberts rejoiced in ob-
taining the loan of six artworks –any
one of which would be a welcome ad-
dition to the collection – from their
respective retail galleries for presenta-
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tion to the Athena Society. funds for 2018’s selection to $545,000. tive picture shows the interior of a rural Zorach’s “The Golden Orb” will accom-
Roberts and VBMA curator Dani- That sounds like a lot of money for home where people are gathering for pany “Joy of Living” into the VBMA col-
Christian fellowship. One of the visitors lection.
elle Johnson made two trips to New art, but it doesn’t go far in the selection arrives with tambourine in hand; her
York City for the purpose of finding art of works by artists with the renown the hostess (whose face is an African mask) You might find it difficult to believe
objects that would fit the museum’s museum seeks for its permanent col- sits at her kitchen table with guitar close that a cubist painting could also be a ro-
mission to collect, preserve and pres- lection. It’s not called “permanent” for at hand. mantic picture of childhood innocence,
ent “important American and interna- nothing. The VBMA sets its sights on but “The Golden Orb” checks those box-
tional works of art.” art from the retail market, where it can Mused Smith, “It does tell a story. It’s es, and is by a significant woman artist to
be reasonably assured of finding qual- our story.” boot.
“There was so much to select from,” ity both in the sense of aesthetics and
said Roberts, who notes that this year’s authenticity, as well as sound physi- Standing near him, Terrell Viner ex- Painted with a limited palette in a
quest for acquisition contenders was cal condition. And while the idea of claimed, “I adore the Stella! I love the pat- technique fractured enough to identify
different from 2017’s search. He was permanence is relative, the works that terns in this piece, and the flowers. It’s a as “cubist” (but not so splintered that it
brand new to the program back then. enter the VBMA collection are chosen happy painting!” obscures the subject), the 1921 work de-
with the hope that they will (mostly) re- picts a pre-adolescent girl standing be-
Referring to Johnson, he said, “I had a sist the depredations of time and inher- Stella’s painting, “Joy of Living,” is fore a window. With joyfully raised arms,
curator to help me this time. I didn’t have ent flaws in technique or construction, from a series that was inspired by the she celebrates the golden ball of moon
to single-handedly look at hundreds – if as well as the consequences of society’s artist’s five-month visit to Barbados in that hangs – almost within her reach! –
not a thousand – artworks to get six to of- changing taste and values. 1938. The place Stella called “the magic outside her window.
fer the Athena Society.” island” inspired him to paint the present
The crowd of Athena Society members work’s stately Barbadian woman holding “It’s hard to collect early Cubism,” said
Roberts quickly added that the VBMA that gathered before the six artworks in a pot of tropical flowers in an expansive director Roberts, who noted that a work
Collection Committee vetted a number Holmen Hall last Friday evening buzzed outdoor setting. Wearing a sunny yel- of the same vintage by Braque or Picasso
of art objects presented to it by Johnson with excitement. low dress, the woman with her colorful (the joint developers of Cubism between
and him to arrive at that half-dozen. blooms now brightens the permanent 1907 and 1914) come at a prohibitive
“I think that having the members as- collection. price: millions of dollars, rather than
The Athena Society is a membership sist in the buying of works for the collec- hundreds of thousands.
arm of the VBMA, whose members do- tion is very good,” said Athena member The phrase “happy painting” was ap-
nate $5,000 per annum for the privilege Bowen Smith. plied more than once to “Joy of Living” Taking everything into consideration,
and duty of selecting works for the col- during the evening. it might be best to heed the advice of Jac-
lection at their annual event. The com- For him, Romare Bearden’s “Gos- queline Malloy, who has been an Athena
bined proceeds of Athena Society dues pel Morning” was a more than worthy One admirer, Donald Tribus, opined Society member since its establishment
go toward the purchase of the artworks choice for the museum’s collection. that the Stella and the Bearden were the in 2003.
the members elect, by ballot, for pur- best picks for the museum.
chase. There are currently 92 members Bearden’s collage was made a year “I think that people should follow their
in the society. Their current donations, before his death, in 1987. Based on the “I wouldn’t choose anything I wouldn’t feeling when they look at a painting,” she
in addition to money left over from last artist’s childhood memories of Mecklen- hang in my own home,” he avowed. said.
year’s purchases, brought available burg County, North Carolina, the narra-
While the well-regarded Bearden And that goes for buying one, too.
did not make the final cut, Marguerite
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2ND ANNUAL Coming Up: ELC’s the place
to be for Lagoon art show
VIERA BY SAMANTHA BAITA
1 An exhibit of wonderful, lagoon-
An Outdoor related art works is (another)
good reason to visit the Environmen-
The Avenue Viera on
Town Center Ave. in Viera, FL tal Learning Center at its lovely home
(north of Melbourne) amidst the native flora and fauna along
April 21st – 22nd the Indian River Lagoon, now through
May 13. The Sebastian River Art Club
10am – 5pm
and the Environmental Learning Cen-
ter present “Lagoon Tour d’Art,” an
American Craft Endeavors
(813) 962-0388 exhibition of award-winning works in
many media from the Club’s “2nd An-
nual Beautiful Lagoon Fine Art Show”
last month. The paintings, 3-dimen-
sional pieces and art glass all interpret,
says the exhibit promo, “the beauty
and drama of our beloved Indian River 1 Lagoon art exhibition at ELC
until May 13.
Lagoon.” Enjoy the center and the ex-
hibit Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center
and the Barbican in London. The con-
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 772-581-8281 or cert begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 in
advance, $25 at the door, and free for
772-664-1186. people 18 an under or with student ID.
2 Scheherezade. The very name
conjures visions of ancient myths
and mysteries, of Aladdin, Ali Baba,
Sinbad the Sailor and 1,001 Arabian 3 Wild, hilarious an untamed is
how Riverside Theatre (aptly)
Nights. This Sunday, Aaron Collins and
the Space Coast Symphony Orches- describes its popular Comedy Zone,
tra (not your grandfather’s symphony bringing a laugh-centric double bill
orchestra) will bring those wonder- this Friday and Saturday, April 20-
ful tales to life at the Vero Beach High 21. Comedy-meisters this week are
School Performing Arts Center, as they John Carfi and Doug Almeida, whom
present Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s ex- Riverside describes thus: Carfi be-
otic symphonic suite “Scheherezade.” gan his career doing stand-up at
It’s a marvelous musical interpreta- the Comedy Store on Sunset Strip
tion of an ancient folk tale: the story in West Hollywood. He’s since been
a beautiful storyteller, Scheherezade, headlining at corporate events, con-
whose brand-new husband, the sultan, cert halls, resorts and comedy clubs
had the annoying habit of marrying all over the country. Almeida was a
a woman at night, and killing her the corporate presenter with a large fi-
next morning. To prevent her immi- nancial planning firm, tasked with
nent demise, the clever bride would tell “taking lifeless insurance presenta-
him an irresistibly captivating story, tions and transforming them into
then leave it hanging, night after night. works of comic art.” In his spare
After 1,001 such intriguing tales, the time, he fought as an ISKA Heavy-
sultan decided to keep her. Scott Simon weight Muay Thai kick boxer, re-
of National Public Radio calls Rimsky- tiring at 10-0 and earning the title
Korsakov’s work “a technicolor tour de “Always Dangerous.” Alrighty then.
force.” This exciting concert includes Arrive an hour before the show and
another dramatic and beautiful work, you can hang out in the Live in the
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s breath- Loop area, where there’ll be live mu-
taking “Romeo and Juliet” Overture, sic (blues this week), beer, bourbon
based on Shakespeare’s tragic tale of and BBQ. These shows can include
star-crossed young lovers. The evening “adult” language (so, Leave the
will also feature trumpet player and kids. Take the cannoli). Show times
University of Central Florida professor are 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets
Dr. Luis Araya, in the world premiere range from $12 per person to $42 per
of a haunting new piece, “Transcend- person, depending on your choice
ing,” for trumpet and strings, by Chris- of general, premium, VIP balcony
topher Marshall. Marshall’s music booth or the Celebrate With Us pack-
has been performed in such venues age. 772-231-6990.
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Over decades, Uganda has used the Kyangwali refugee resettlement camp to settle waves of refugees fleeing Rwanda, Congo and Sudan.
When Congo plunged into a vicious lion Congolese need emergency aid, Vomulia Yeruse was in her garden People in her village, Gobu, had
war two decades ago that led to an es- and 4.5 million have been displaced when she heard the voices of a group been saying the old war was starting
timated 5 million deaths, the north- from their homes nationwide – more of men approaching her home. The again, but it came quicker than Yeruse
eastern province of Ituri was one of than anywhere else in Africa. But even house was perched on a steep hillside, expected.
the country’s bloodiest corners.
Congolese arrivals wait to be assigned spaces in Kyangwali refugee resettlement camp. With nothing but her daughter,
But by the mid-2000s, a tenuous Christine, 3, tied to her back, her son,
peace prevailed. Healing was begin- by Congo’s standards, the speed and and her garden was downslope and David, 6, in her arms, and about $11
ning between Ituri’s two main ethnic scale at which the crisis in Ituri has out of sight. Her husband, she said, she had tucked into a sock, she fled
groups, whose animosity had spiraled unfolded is extraordinary, catching was inside, probably relaxing and lis- down the hill and into the bush. She
into tit-for-tat massacres. Most who many, including locals, by surprise. tening to their transistor radio. has not seen her husband since that
had fled made a cautious return. There day in mid-March.
were even interethnic marriages. Two
warlords from the province were the “If they find you in the house, they
first people in the world to be convict- will burn it so you come outside,”
ed by the International Criminal Court. Yeruse said. “Then they catch you and
chop you with the machete.”
A sudden return to violence in Feb-
ruary and March has shattered any il- Yeruse and more than a dozen other
lusion of stability. refugees in Uganda interviewed by
The Washington Post said they had
Nearly 400,000 people have been passed through burned villages and
displaced by renewed violence, ac- stepped over bodies all the way after
cording to the United Nations. More fleeing their homes until they boarded
than 40,000 of them have fled Congo overloaded boats operated by men
entirely, crossing Lake Albert in rick- who made them sell everything they
ety boats to Uganda, where they have had for seats.
been resettled in an ever-expanding
refu¬gee camp. “If they don’t chop you, you may still
starve in the bush,” said Yeruse, just
Ituri is only the latest of Congo’s hours after she arrived in the fishing vil-
provinces to veer toward humanitar- lage of Sebagoro on the Ugandan shore
ian catastrophe. More than 13 mil- of Lake Albert. “People are even starv-
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Congolese who fled their country’s Ituri province for Uganda disembark from a boat in Sebagoro. Many who flee violence in Congo across Lake Albert end up at the sprawling Kyangwali refugee camp.
Congolese refugees stand at a gate of the Kyangwali refugee camp in Uganda. Civilians fleeing violence in Congo’s Ituri province come ashore in Sebagoro, Uganda.
ing at the dock because they have no Three independent observers work- “There is no reason to delay elec- against the Lendu. “How can we even
money to pay for the boat or for food.” ing in the province, who all spoke on tions,” he told The Post, adding that think of fighting back when we are
the condition of anonymity to protect reporters should be wary of “desperate outmatched like that?”
To those who are fleeing and to out- their ability to work there, said there opponents” who are trying to smear the
side observers, some aspects of the was no direct evidence linking Kabila’s government with a “bad image.” He and others scoffed at the idea of
current situation worryingly echo Itu- government to instability in Ituri, but returning to Congo anytime soon, ex-
ri’s traumatic past. they said there were reasons to believe The Congolese government has pressing a sentiment that may point to
the fighting was not purely ethnic in held close to that line. In saying it will another political calculation behind
Relations between the Hema and nature. boycott a U.N. conference in Geneva the violence. If the displacement num-
Lendu, thought to be on the mend, this month aimed at raising funds to bers are correct, and most of the dis-
are plainly still raw, imbued with They, as well as numerous refugees alleviate Congo’s humanitarian crises, placed are indeed Hema, then Lendu
generations-old grievances over land now in Uganda, cited a recent state- acting prime minister José Makila ac- politicians may be able to prevail over
ownership and unsettled scores from ment by Corneille Nangaa, the head cused the United Nations of overstat- Hema candidates who they claim are
past conflicts. The brutality displayed of Congo’s electoral commission, that ing the severity of the situation. Aid wealthier, favored by the central gov-
over the past two months is on par instability in Ituri could hamper the organizations were propagating a “bad ernment and use those advantages to
with some of the worst from the crisis government’s ability to conduct a gen- image of D.R. Congo throughout the win elections despite coming from a
years ago: widespread rape, dismem- eral election, long-delayed but now world,” he said, using an abbreviated minority population.
berment of victims, the kidnapping of scheduled for December. Vast swaths form of the country’s name, the Demo-
small children. The displaced are al- of Congo are under limited govern- cratic Republic of the Congo. David Gressly, the U.N. secretary
most entirely Hema. ment control at best, and the U.N. general’s deputy special rapporteur for
peacekeeping force, despite being the Anti-Kabila sentiment was palpable Congo, recently traveled through the af-
Growing instability across Congo world’s largest and most expensive, is in Kyangwali refugee camp in Uganda, fected parts of Ituri and said that while
comes against the backdrop of an in- increasingly stretched. about two hours by road from Sebago- most of the Lendu population seemed
creasingly intransigent president. Jo- ro, where the refu¬gee boats land. still to be in place, Hema villages were
seph Kabila, who had already served Lambert Mende, a spokesman for devoid of women and children. Some
through a two-term limit, refused Congo’s government, said that Nan- “If Kabila isn’t giving the Lendu pan- Hema men, ages 15 to 50, have stayed
to step down in 2016. Strife in other gaa’s comments had been taken out of gas and petrol, then who is?” asked behind to protect what is left of their
provinces has benefited Kabila, who context and that “the situation is cool- Makivuno Silva, 18, using a common livelihoods. The United Nations says
has used it as grounds for putting off ing down” in Ituri. He vehemently de- word for machetes. He said that this nearly 80 percent of those who have fled
elections, effectively keeping himself nied that the government was provid- time around, as opposed to the war to Uganda are women and children.
in power long after his tenure should ing Lendu militias with weapons. that started just before he was born,
have ended. no one thought of putting up a fight STORY CONTINUED ON PAGE 46
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“We consider the situation to be to host successive waves of refugees for shelter and machetes to chop tree quality of the boat’s motor. Many op-
quite tense and quite serious,” Gress- from Sudan, Rwanda and Congo. New branches from a nearby forest to prop erators prefer to cross at night, when
ly said. Battalions of Uruguayan and arrivals are bused to the camp from Se- up the tarps. the lake is calmer, their boats navigat-
Bangladeshi peacekeepers are being bagoro and given basic items like jer- ing among the thousands of scattered
deployed in Ituri to prevent fighting rycans for water collection, tarpaulins The journey from Ituri can take Ugandan fishermen who set their nets
from spreading farther south and west, three to 10 hours, depending on the in the dark. From the shore, the fisher-
he said. “This needs to be contained men’s lanterns make it appear that the
before it sets the whole place on fire.” boats filled with those fleeing Congo
are passing through the reflection of a
Of Congo’s tinderboxes, Ituri is the starry sky, while the silhouette of Ituri’s
most combustible. Four major bouts Blue Mountains looms behind them.
of ethnic violence predate this year’s
strife, and locals say grievances be- Most who arrive have not eaten for
tween the Hema and Lendu go back to days and have spent multiple nights
colonial times, when Belgian adminis- sleeping in Ituri’s dense forest. Com-
trators gave the Hema better access to pounding the misery, some of the most
education and government jobs. recent arrivals have brought cholera,
which is endemic in eastern Congo.
Although two militia leaders from Nearly 2,000 cases have been reported
Ituri were convicted by the Internation- in Kyangwali. Thirty-six people have
al Criminal Court in The Hague in 2012 died, and new cases have been report-
and 2014, another, Bosco Ntaganda, a ed in locals near where the refu¬gee
Hema warlord, is still on trial, accused boats come ashore. The only silver lin-
of 13 counts of war crimes and five ing is that this outbreak is not of the
counts of crimes against humanity. drug-resistant variety. By government
order, each person arriving in Uganda
A new set of ringleaders may be be- by boat is now put on a prophylactic
hind the recent violence, but journal- course of antibiotics.
ists and human rights groups have not
determined exactly who. But a much more common afflic-
tion – boredom – has spread more
“You can’t live a settled life there, not widely through the camp, making the
now, maybe never,” said Yeruse. “May- prospects of settling here all the grim-
be I will die in Uganda.” mer for its largely young inhabitants.
Not returning to Congo means set- “I had been in school for almost
tling in Kyangwali. The land it sits on two years back in Congo. I might have
was bought by the Ugandan govern-
ment in the 1960s and has been used
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wanted to be a nurse, or a teacher, but est as a group of men set their village vested went up in flames, the men home, this time surveying the hills dot-
no matter what, I wanted to learn Eng- alight. The arsonists spoke to each laughed, she said. ted with tents made of white tarp, sticks
lish,” said Mapenzi Dzanina, a 16-year- other in Lendu, which she under- and mud that would be their home for
old who managed to bring with her a stands, and to her, it seemed that they It was not until she reached the Ugan- the foreseeable future.
cherished necklace but little else. were under the influence of drugs. dan shore three days later that Mapenzi
While storage rooms full of corn and had anything to eat – biscuits given to “There are no schools here,” she
In late February, she and a few cassava that their families had har- her by a U.N. worker. In Kyangwali, she said. “Maybe I won’t ever go to school
schoolmates watched from the for- stood again among her friends from again.”
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ARE WE GETTING SPUTNIK SYNDROME ALL OVER AGAIN?
Call it the Sputnik Syndrome. According to Taylor, both the Soviet Union and Ja- cies didn’t come true, because high investment rates
Ever since the launching of Sputnik in October pan were seen as posing similar threats: They invested by themselves don’t ensure rapid economic growth.
1957, Americans have feared that their economy, more in factories and new technologies than we did, In the Soviet Union and later Japan, much invest-
which at the end ofWorldWar II dominated the globe, especially in new industries favored by government ment was squandered on projects with poor returns.
would be overtaken by some other country. First was economic planners. Instead of investing, we con-
the Soviet Union. Remember (or maybe you don’t) sumed. The Soviet Union and later Japan would come Meanwhile, America’s entrepreneurial culture
that then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev promised to dominate critical industries. They would become spawned new enterprises (Microsoft, Apple, Intel,
to “bury” us economically. the world’s richest and most dynamic economies. Facebook, Google, Netflix, Oracle, Qualcomm – and
When that didn’t happen, we worried that Japan others) that kept the United States in the forefront
would crush one U.S. industry after another — steel, This, too, proved an exaggeration. of innovation.
automobiles, machine tools, semiconductors and To some extent, the Sputnik Syndrome inspired
super computers. Americans to compete harder, including appealing Will the same be true of the China threat?
Now, it’s China’s turn. Or so it seems. to the government for help. But mainly, the prophe- Maybe. As with the Soviet Union and Japan, China’s
There’s a “fear in the psyche of Americans that an rapid economic growth (averaging 10 percent annu-
economy based on intensive government planning ally from 1999 to 2008, according to the International
will inevitably outstrip a U.S. economy [without Monetary Fund) reflected a long period of “catch-up”
such] central planning,” writes Timothy Taylor, man- by adopting known technologies and management
aging editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. systems. As these opportunities dwindled, annual
When you peer into the past, as Taylor has done, the economic growth has slowed to a 6 percent to 7 per-
parallels seem inescapable. Anyone old enough to re- cent range. It could go lower, as China needs to rely
member Sputnik will recall the shock and dread that it more on homegrown industries and products.
inspired. How could the Soviets have orbited the first It’s also worth remembering that the gap between
space satellite? The military implications seemed ob- American incomes and those of many other coun-
vious. The United States suffered a “missile gap” with tries remains huge. Taylor cites per-capita gross
the Soviets that made us vulnerable to nuclear attack. domestic product figures in 2016 from the World
The economic fear was mainstream. Taylor cites Bank: $57,600 for the United States, $38,900 for Ja-
the widely used college economics textbook by Paul pan; $8,748 for the Russian Federation and $8,123
Samuelson (no known relation to this columnist). for China.
The fifth edition in 1961 noted that the Soviets’ “re- Still, there are many reasons it’s dangerous to dis-
cent growth rates have been considerably greater count the threat from China. The sheer size of its
than ours.” For three decades, college students were economy – and the determination of its leaders –
miseducated that the “Soviets were likely to catch up makes it a powerful player.
and pull ahead,” writes Taylor. Similarly, the missile China’s huge domestic market is a perfect platform
gap turned out to be nonexistent. from which to launch new industries. The Chinese
By the late 1980s, when the Soviet economy are aggressively pursuing advanced technologies and
seemed less impressive, Japan took its place. have condoned the theft of foreign trade secrets. Last
Warnings were sounded in books, op-ed columns but not least: They represent a potential military ad-
and magazine articles. Among the best-known was versary.
the book “Trading Places: How We Are Giving Our The irony is palpable. Even if exaggerated, the Sput-
Future to Japan and How to Reclaim It” by Clyde Pre- nik Syndrome is a useful antidote to complacency.
stowitz and an article in the Atlantic Monthly, “Con-
taining Japan,” by James Fallows. In many industries, This column by Robert Samuelson for The Wash-
Japanese imports rapidly displaced U.S. production. ington Post does not necessarily reflect the views of
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INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE, PARTI One such malfunction is the autoimmune reaction, which occurs when
food or bacteria or even the lining of the bowel mistakenly triggers the
CROHN’S DISEASE immune system to attack healthy cells in the body. This causes inflam-
mation that leads to symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
Approximately 1.6 million Americans suffer with inflammatory bowel
disease (IBD), a condition that involves chronic, prolonged inflamma- While NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibupro-
tion of the digestive tract that can cause ulcers, damage to the bowel pen (Advil, Motrin IB), naproxen sodium (Aleve), diclofenac sodium
and complications that affect the eyes, joints and skin. (Voltaren) and others do not cause Crohn’s disease, they can instigate
NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME inflammation of the bowel that makes Crohn’s disease worse.
A similar sounding disorder – irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – is a dif-
ferent, less serious condition. Sometimes called spastic colon or spastic A diet high in fat or refined foods may also play a role.
bowel, IBS is neither chronic nor caused by inflammation. Rather, it af-
fects muscle contractions of the bowel. Patients with IBS show no vis- RISK FACTORS
ible signs of disease or tissue damage in the digestive tract. Treatment Men and women are equally susceptible. Risk factors include:
is also different. HEREDITY
Two types of inflammatory bowel disease are Crohn’s disease and ul- Siblings of known people with Crohn’s are 30 times more likely to
cerative colitis. To determine which disease a person has, doctors test develop Crohn’s than the general population. One in five people
for both. These two distinct disorders are treated somewhat differently. with Crohn’s disease has a family history.
CROHN’S DISEASE ETHNIC BACKGROUND
Crohn’s disease is a chronic, incurable disease that causes inflamma- Caucasians and people of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish
tion and irritation in the lining of the digestive tract and often spreads descent have the highest risk. Incidence for blacks in America and
deep into affected tissues. Most commonly found in the section at the the United Kingdom is increasing.
end of the small intestine called the ileum that leads to the beginning AGE
of the large intestine, it can affect any part of the entire gastrointestinal Most people are diagnosed as teenagers or young adults but some
(GI) tract, from the mouth to the anus. The disease can be painful and people don’t develop the disease until their 50s or 60s.
debilitating, and sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. SMOKING
CAUSES Tobacco smokers are two times more likely to develop Crohn’s
The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown. In the past, doctors disease than non-smokers.
believed it was caused by diet and stress. Today, most agree that, while
these factors may contribute, the more likely cause is a combination of – To Be Continued –
genetics and an abnormal response of the immune system.
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INSIGHT BOOK REVIEW
“This is the beginning of an American concentra- Amendment comprised naive yet well-intentioned Warner, Louis B. Mayer and Walt Disney reading pre-
tion camp.” fellow travelers who would quickly disband when pared statements. Stars such as Gary Cooper, Ronald
subpoenas turned into jail sentences. Reagan and Robert Montgomery also presented their
Those words shook the Washington courtroom patriotism to the committee. Unfriendly witnesses
as Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo shouted The hearings brought to the stand both friendly subpoenaed to the hearings were largely made up of
over a slamming gavel. Trumbo was one of many and unfriendly witnesses. Big names made up a long writers like John Howard Lawson, Alvah Bessie and
who refused to cooperate with the House Un-Amer- list of friendly witnesses with studio bosses like Jack Trumbo. Ten of the unfriendly witnesses would be
ican Activities Committee (HUAC) investigation into found in contempt of court, fined and sentenced to a
communist influence in motion pictures. year in prison before being blacklisted by the film in-
dustry. The Hollywood Ten, as they would be known,
The Hollywood blacklist is one of the most written were the first of a long list of movie industry employ-
about eras of film history but also one of the least un- ees shut out of work for the coming decades.
derstood. Thomas Doherty’s illuminating new “Show
Trial” presents readers with the tumultuous state of The official blacklist originated from a meeting of
labor relations in the American film industry that led powerful Hollywood moguls, producers and indus-
to several investigations into Hollywood, culminat- try lawyers at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City in
ing in 1947. 1947. Motion Picture Association of America presi-
dent Eric Johnston called the closed-door meeting
As Doherty explains, the relationship between la- to discuss the potential consequences of employing
bor and the studios was always strained. During the known communists. Doherty explains that Holly-
1930s and early 1940s, the mob-run International Al- wood leaders felt they had only two options: “Contin-
liance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) kept re- ue to employ the men and risk the further alienation
lations tense. By the end of 1945, less-than-peaceful of the American public – or flat-out fire the ten liabili-
strikes organized by IATSE and the more radical Con- ties.” By the end of the hearings, it was clear that most
ference of Studio Unions (CSU) took center stage. Al- Americans were suspicious of Hollywood. Therefore,
though Doherty notes that formal support for com- if Hollywood wouldn’t cut ties with the communists,
munism never held much of a base in America, time then the moguls feared moviegoers would simply
was ripe for speculation as to who was driving this blacklist the industry.
growing agitation in Hollywood.
There have been countless studies and articles on
In the 1930s, House Democrats in Congress inves- the Hollywood blacklist, but most undercut their re-
tigated radical influence in Hollywood. In 1941, the search by standing against the Hollywood moguls
isolationist Gerald Nye (R-N.D.) accused Hollywood’s and producers who were in the Waldorf meeting.
Jewish studio bosses of war propaganda. While the Doherty is not so quick to throw Hollywood under
attack on Pearl Harbor put an end to Nye’s investiga- the bus, as these men were responding to an impos-
tion, Congress targeted Hollywood again after World sible situation forced upon them by the government.
War II, this time focusing on possible communist in- With accessible prose and astute academic insight,
fluence in movies. Doherty shows us that both the studios and the Hol-
lywood Ten were victims of HUAC. His “Show Trial” is
The HUAC examination of Hollywood was a com- likely to become the standard authority on the gen-
plete media circus. However, as Doherty observes, esis of the Hollywood blacklist.
“the congressional show trial was not a celebrity
marriage, a scandalous divorce, or a shocking indis- SHOW TRIAL
cretion; it was the serious stuff of Communism ver-
sus democracy, national security versus freedom of HOLLYWOOD, HUAC, AND THE BIRTH OF THE BLACKLIST
expression.” BY THOMAS DOHERTY
The HUAC investigations split Hollywood into two COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS. 406 PP. $29.95
camps. On one side, the anti-communist Motion Pic- REVIEW BY CHRISTOPHER YOGERST | THE WASHINGTON POST
ture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals
found footing with the pro-defense crowd. On the
other side, the anti-HUAC Committee for the First
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