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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-08-23 13:08:45

08/23/2018 ISSUE 34


Not in the know. P2 Funny ‘Scoundrels.’ P12 A hippie happening!

Patrick AFB parents kept in dark Pros outweigh ‘cons’ in comedy ‘Woodstock’
about school bus accident. at Melbourne Civic Theatre. party was
to tie-dye
for. P. 8


PRIMARY ELECTIONS: Beachsiders face big decisions



STORIES BY HENRY A. STEPHENS CORRESPONDENT Brevard County Com- Veteran state lawmaker State Rep. Randy Fine, R-
[email protected] missioner Curt Smith, of Thad Altman, R-Indialantic, Palm Bay, is seeking a second
Melbourne, a Republican, is seeking what would be his term. But he doesn’t have any
With Brevard County Commissioner Jim Barfield, of Mer- is seeking a second term in fourth full 2-year term in the other Republicans challeng-
ritt Island, retiring from the District 2 seat after a single term, the District 4 seat. But for- Florida House of Representa- ing him for the party nomina-
two Republicans and two Democrats are vying to succeed mer District 3 Commissioner tives since 2004. tion.
him. Trudie Infantini wants to un-
seat him. The two will tangle But Suntree businessman So while Fine doesn’t have
Barfield’s predecessor, Chuck Nelson, is seeking to return Matt Nye wants to cut off Alt- a GOP primary this year, two
to the seat and faces Bryan Lober in the GOP primary Aug. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

to School Board elections

Satellite Beach’s DeSoto Park- Though south barrier island residents
way is quickly becoming a shin- don’t vote in a Brevard County School
ing example of a unique storm- Board race this time around, three seats
water facility by cleaning water are up for grabs in Tuesday’s primary,
before it enters the Indian River including District 5, where incumbent
Lagoon while also providing rec- Andy Ziegler is under investigation for al-
reational opportunities. legedly retaliating against a woman who
had previously accused him of sexual ha-
Located next to man-made rassment.
bioswale medians lined with na-
tive plants, such is the case with The controversy surrounding Ziegler
the 1.54-acre retention pond be- has made for a strange election cycle be-
ing dug to 12 feet deep on the cause the accuser is none other than the
site of a former practice field. district’s Deputy Superintendent of Hu-
The pond will treat stormwater man Resources.
from the 293-acre DeSoto Drain-
age Basin – including from the Hoping to unseat Ziegler are three op-
bioswales – prior to entering the
The pond being dug out by crews will detain stormwater that enters through the pipes along DeSoto Parkway. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD

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Patrick AFB parents left in the dark on school bus mishap

STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT George Williams, mom of three in “I figured that they’d be leaving in a neighbors questioning how and if
first, third and fifth grade who were on minute,” Williams said. “I figured it’d be they and other parents throughout the
The clock kept ticking as parents of the bus, called the school. quick because they’d been on the bus county would be notified in the event
some 40 Roosevelt Elementary stu- for almost an hour by the time I called. of a more serious incident.
dents who live on Patrick Air Force “There was an accident, the children But the time, it just continued. We’re
base waited for the school bus to de- are on the bus and we’re just waiting for pacing, we’re waiting for the bus.” Roosevelt principal Kimberly Hum-
liver their kids home on the afternoon the paperwork to be finished,” Williams phrey did not respond to an email or
of Aug. 16. said the school secretary told her, add- Still, no one contacted the parents. phone message asking for comment.
ing that she was also told the bus had There was no robocall, no text mes-
School got out at 2:30 p.m., the nor- been in a minor fender-bender with no sage, no social media post, no alerts BPS spokeswoman Jennifer Wolfin-
mal time. Kids are usually home by injuries, and parents were not allowed from the Brevard Public Schools app. ger sent a brief email reply in response
around 3 p.m. At 3:25 p.m., parents to come and pick up their children. Nothing to keep the parents updated – to a request by the Beachsider asking
started to worry. or even to let them know what caused about protocol for emergency messag-
the delay in the first place. es, among other questions.

The students finally arrived home at “Parents are typically notified when
4:20 p.m., about 90 minutes later than students are involved in an incident,”
usual and nearly two hours after school Wolfinger said. “This was a rare, un-
got out. Williams said everyone was fortunate circumstance where that did
fine, albeit a little hot and thirsty from not occur. The principal later commu-
sitting on the bus for so long. nicated with families to apologize for
any concerns this may have caused
The incident left Williams and her and to reassure families that they will



Satellite Beach fans
came out in force

to cheer the varsity
football team at the

2018 Kickoff Clas-
sic Friday night.
The Satellite
Scorps dropped
a 24-14 deci-
sion to the
Space Coast
Vipers. 

Correction nated areas before a meeting of the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commis-
The Indialantic Town Council ap- sion. The council did not take steps
pointed Mayor Dave Berkman to to create a shark fishing ordinance
represent its position on limiting or as stated in the Aug. 16 issue of the
eliminating shark fishing in desig- Beachsider. 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, August 23, 2018 3


review their procedures to prevent this manage mass communication respon- did hear back from principal Hum- pushing forward to have a meeting
from happening again.” sibilities,” Wolfinger said. phrey the next day, saying she would with the principal. I want to hear what
be happy to meet with Williams to dis- the procedures were that should have
Brevard Public Schools has the abil- Williams said she did not receive the cuss the issue. happened. I want to hear why they
ity to mass-communicate with families later notification, nor did most of her did not happen and what the fix is go-
via text, email or phone with a record- neighbors with students on the bus. “The moment an accident occurred, ing forward. Because if this happened
ed message. She said one parent did receive a text I would have thought I would have got- once, it can happen again.” 
message at about 5:30 p.m. Williams ten notification,” Williams said. “I’m
“At the school level, administrators

4 Thursday, August 23, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly




28. The same day, businesswoman Vic- in the Aug. 28 GOP primary, with the man’s time in Tallahassee. The two will CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
toria Mitchner and businessman Jack nominee facing Democrat Matthew be sparring Aug. 28 for the GOP nomi-
Smink will be squaring off in the Demo- Fleming in the Nov. 6 general election. nation to House District 52. After that, Democrats are set to tangle in their
cratic primary. Each party’s nominee the party nominee will face Democrat party’s Aug. 28 primary. And either Phil
will then compete in the Nov. 6 general On Brevard County’s barrier island, Seeta Durjin Begui in the Nov. 6 general Moore or FiorD’Aliza A. Frias will then
election. On Merritt Island, District 2 District 4 extends from the Pineda election. face Fine in the Nov. 6 general election.
extends south from NASA Boulevard to Causeway south to Eau Gallie Bou- Fine has come under fire from local gov-
Dragon Point. levard and includes Patrick Air Force House District 52 includes southern ernments across Florida for his efforts
Base, South Patrick Shores, Satellite Merritt Island and, on Brevard County’s to restrict home rule by introducing
AMONG THE ISSUES: Restoring the Beach and Indian Harbor Beach. barrier island, runs south from midway legislation that would do away with city
ailing Indian River Lagoon; upgrading between Cocoa Beach and Satellite and county regulations on businesses
sewer and stormwater systems; eco- TOP ISSUES: Restoring the Indian Beach to the Melbourne Beach area.
nomic development; bringing in more River Lagoon; repairing broken sewer House District 53 takes in the south-
vocational training agencies; building lines; economic development; tourist TOP ISSUES: Decreasing state taxes ern part of Brevard County, south of U.S.
new roads and maintaining existing development; improving and main- and fees; campaign-finance reform; 192. On the barrier island, it stretches
ones; conserving tax dollars. taining roads; keeping tax rates low. cleaning up the Indian River Lagoon; from south of Melbourne Beach to the
protecting gun rights; eliminating Sebastian Inlet.
THE CANDIDATES THE CANDIDATES Common Core from schools; fighting
Name: Bryan A. Lober Name: Trudie Infantini illegal immigration. TOP ISSUES: Economic growth;
Age: 34 Age: 60 stricter background checks for gun pur-
Party: Republican Party: Republican THE CANDIDATES chases; researching climate change;
Occupation: Attorney Occupation: Certified public accoun- Name: Thad Altman researching more sustainable energy;
Residence: Rockledge tant; accounting instructor at Florida Age: 62 making college more affordable and
Previous elected office: None. Institute of Technology Party: Republican schools safer.
Residence: Viera Residence: Indialantic
Name: Victoria Mitchner Previous elected office: Brevard Occupation: President and CEO, Astro- THE CANDIDATES
Age: 34 County Commission District 3, elected nauts Memorial Foundation Name: FiorD’Aliza A. Frias
Party: Democrat in 2008 and 2012; term limited out in Previous elected office: Florida House Age: 48
Occupation: Owner, human resources 2016, but allowed by County Charter since 2016; Florida Senate 2008-2016; Party: Democrat
consulting firm to run again after sitting out one term. Florida House 2003-2008; Brevard Residence: Palm Bay
Residence: Cocoa County Commission 1984-1992. Occupation: Unavailable
Previous elected office: None. Name: Curt Smith Previous elected office: Town commis-
Age: 70 Name: Matt Nye sioner, West New York, N.J., about five
Name: Chuck Nelson Party: Republican Age: 46 years ago.
Age: 68 Occupation: County commissioner; Party: Republican
Party: Republican retired small-business owner Residence: Suntree Name: Phil Moore
Occupation: Retired Residence: Melbourne Occupation: Regional director, Verteks Age: 44
Residence: Merritt Island Previous elected office: Brevard Coun- Consulting Party: Democrat
Previous elected office: County Com- ty Commission, elected in 2014.  Previous elected office: None.  Residence: Grant-Valkaria
mission District 2; elected 2006 and Occupation: Medical device instructor
2010; term-limited out in 2014, but Previous elected office: None. 
County Charter allows him to run
again after one term out.

Name: Jack Smink
Age: 61
Party: Democrat
Occupation: Elvis Presley tribute artist,
concert marketer
Residence: Merritt Island
Previous elected office: None. 


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Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, August 23, 2018 5


SCHOOL BOARD RACE Board seats are elected on a staggered allegation last year, but publicly apolo- Blackburn regarding an exchange she
basis. Districts 1 and 2 also have elec- gized for making anyone feel “uncom- and Ziegler had during a School Board
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 tions. District 3 board member Tina fortable.” His accuser was not identified presentation a few days earlier.
Descovich, who represents most beach- in the apology, but in January district
ponents – former teacher and current side areas, is not up for reelection this employee Carol Tolx (Carol Kindt at the Ziegler was critical of a proposed
substitute teacher Katye Campbell, stay- year. time of the alleged incident) sent an staffing contract presented to the board
at-home mom Kelly Damerow and real email to then-superintendent Desmond by Kindt, and questioned her on it dur-
estate investor Dean Paterakis. School Ziegler was cleared of the harassment

6 Thursday, August 23, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


SCHOOL BOARD RACE credited publicly nor do I deserve to be period. Ziegler was not the only board Public meeting set on
continually harangued by this man.” member to question this, although he Eau Gallie Blvd. plans
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 was the most vocal.
Brevard Public Schools spokesman The Florida Department of
ing the meeting. “I believe Mr. Ziegler Matt Reed confirmed an investigation The sexual harassment claim against Transportation (FDOT) will hold
was intentional in his actions as a form was launched and remains ongoing. Ziegler reportedly included inappro- a public information meeting on
of retaliation for a sexual harassment in- priately touching a woman in the small proposed improvements to Eau
vestigation claim made against him by “Private, outside counsel has been of her back, suggesting they take a car Gallie Boulevard from S.R. 513 to
me,” Kindt wrote in her email to Black- hired to look into this matter so that ride together and visiting her home. A State Road A1A on Aug. 30 from
burn. “This is very concerning to me as BPS staff does not experience any private investigating firm found no evi- 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Indian
the Chief of HR as I have a department conflicts,” Reed said. “As BPS staff, we dence of wrongdoing. Harbour Beach City Hall Council
of people working very hard to improve have no information to share and are Chambers, 2055 S. Patrick Dr.
our processes and services for this dis- not commenting on this matter be- Ziegler said in a phone interview Fri-
trict and I believe that Mr. Ziegler will yond responding to requests for pub- day that those allegations and the more The improvements focus on
continue to thwart their progress be- lic records.” recent charge of retribution are false. enhancing the various trans-
cause he is angry at me. My employees “I know they’re absolutely not true,” he portation opportunities along
do not deserve to have their work dis- The contract in question would have said. “I treat everybody with complete the corridor, including bicycle
paid Kelly Services $7.5 million to pro- respect.”  and pedestrian connectivity.
vide substitutes to BPS over a two-year The meeting will be an informal,
open-house format with a short
presentation at 6 p.m. Project
staff will be present to discuss the
improvements. 



lagoon. The pond will detain storm-
water that enters through the pipes
along DeSoto Parkway. Nutrients and
other pollutants will settle out for 10
days before the water is transferred to
the Indian River Lagoon.

But, perhaps equally important,
the project also includes 1,813 feet of
walking trails, multigenerational ex-
ercise equipment, a kayak launch and
educational kiosks.

The pond will be lined, on the west
side, with a bio-absorption media that
will help filter the water. The overall
project is expected to remove approx-
imately 461 pounds of nitrogen per
year and 95.7 pounds of phosphorous
per year.

The city was able to build the pond
on the DeSoto practice field without
losing recreational space by entering
into a maintenance agreement with
Patrick Air Force Base for use of the
field owned by the base in the Pelican
Coast area along South Patrick Drive,
said City Manager Courtney Barker.

Grants for the pond – including
from the Florida Department of En-
vironmental Protection (FDEP) and
the Federal Environmental Protec-
tion Agency (EPA) – totaled $560,500.
Also helping pay for the pond was a
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)
Water Quality Restoration Grant for

Volunteers are needed for a commu-
nity planting of mangroves and other
native plants in the area. There will be
a meeting to that effect on Sept. 1 at
9 a.m. at the public library. For more
information, call Environmental Pro-
grams Coordinator Nick Sanzone at
321 773-4409, Ext. 227. 

Kristen and Leonard Pastrana.

Hippie happy
‘Woodstock’ party
was to tie-dye for

8 Thursday, August 23, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Hippie happy ‘Woodstock’ party was to tie-dye for

Danielle and Jack Masucci with Karen and Matt Zifcak. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER

Electric Frog.

STORY BY BENJAMIN THACKER CORRESPONDENT Much of the crowd out back at and the plumbing was 100 percent for their annual Woodstock-themed
[email protected] Squid Lips Saturday evening had functional. pub crawl, starting at 6 p.m. at Bar
been there since lunch, and as the Refuge.
The back deck at Squid Lips Over- light faded over the river, so did their If you missed out on Woodstock at
water Bar and Grill in Eau Gallie was collective inhibitions. The Frogs were Squid Lips, you can still join Gary and For more info on pub crawls and
awash with tie-dye this past Satur- wailing, nailing hit after hit by classic the rest of the Mad Hatter mob this other fun events, click www.madhat-
day, as hippies of all ages (over 50) bands like Creedence Clearwater Re- Saturday in downtown Melbourne 
came out in costume to celebrate the vival, Canned Heat, the Who, Crosby,
49th anniversary of the legendary Stills and Nash, Jefferson Airplane
Woodstock festival. and Santana. An epic Woodstock
dance party was in full effect, and
Organized by Melbourne’s resident the costumed revelers continued to
party guru, Gary Haas of Mad Hat- arrive.
ter Promotions, the yearly ode to all
things groovy featured era-appro- Although the Squid Lips version of
priate musical selections throughout Woodstock felt more like a psyche-
the day, culminating with back-to- delic hootenanny in the swamp than
back sets by the talented and versa- a festival of free love on a dairy farm,
tile local cover band Electric Frogs. some of the former flower children on
the dance floor appeared to be flash-
Haas, a straight-laced avionics ex- ing back to those three days of peace
pert by day, has been hosting pub and music in upstate New York. Their
crawls and other group excursions bodies surrendered to the groove as
in Brevard for over 10 years, and has they swayed and twirled, eyes closed
amassed an impressive following of and grinning.
fellow merry makers. Dressed in full
hippie regalia, including his signa- As the night progressed, the good
ture feathered hat (he sells the color- times rolled on with more tunes, a
ful feathers to raise money for a local costume contest and plenty of food
bird rescue), Haas looked like a crea- and drink enjoyed by all.
ture in its natural habitat.
Thankfully for everyone in atten-
“This is what I do,” he said with a dance, the mud factor was minimal,
smile. “It’s my calling.”

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, August 23, 2018 9


David Perell, Gary Haas and Ed Volonnino. Greg, Lorraine and Jim Davis.

Bill Thomas. Sharon and Buz Underill. Kristen and Lesa. Linda Delgallego and Bill Rigg.

10 Thursday, August 23, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Vegans feast at tasty ‘Takeover’ of Farmer’s Market

Fried Brussels by
the Bearded Chef.

Jasmine Torres and Marlana Kehler of Eatqual. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER Julia Watt, Jennifer Carroll and Matt Gibson. Jodie Hunt and Katherine Harvey.

Tacos by Eatqual.

Joyce Jimenez and Jovian Jefferson of Detox Energy Greens. Josh Haggerty, Brandon and Kerri Basista and Sarah Wolfs. Nella Fusco of Awaken Kombucha.

Catherine McCarthy and Celeste Snodgrass. Kaia and Lindsey Oden. Chelsea and Patrick Riordan. Lauren McGinnis and Julie Perry of Organic Rising Bakery.

STORY BY BENJAMIN THACKER CORRESPONDENT truck meet-up has been run on a pop- food truck,” she said. “It’s been grow- beside the small, bright-green food
[email protected] up basis, beginning with the first it- ing ever since. We’re thinking about trailer.
eration back in April. expanding and seeing where it takes
In a county known for being largely us next.” Next door, a line formed in front of
devoid of vegetarian eating options, “It went extremely well,” said Tor- the Bearded Chef, a larger sized food
Saturday’s Vegan Takeover at the res, who says she and Kehler have This time the market was held at the truck offering several vegan items, in-
downtown Melbourne Farmer’s Mar- been vegan for two years and noticed scenic Scurrah’s Landing, just south of cluding delicious-looking fried Brus-
ket came as another victory for local a lack of choices. “The response has downtown on Riverview Drive, offer- sels sprouts with vegan hot sauce,
lovers of meatless cuisine. been amazing.” ing ample parking and a pavilion with soba noodle salad with Napa cabbage,
picnic tables for comfortable dining. and the un-dead burger.
The increasingly popular event is “We had this vision of opening a
organized by Jasmine Torres and her In all, there were around 30 ven- And though the beloved August sun
partner Marlana Kehler, owners of dors onsite, selling a variety of goods beat down on the crowd relentlessly,
Eatqual, the “vegan street food” truck ranging from fresh baked breads to a dedicated contingent of caffeine
they’ve been operating since last No- locally brewed kombucha and coffee, freaks braved the blasting rays to wait
vember. to soaps, honey, jewelry, plants and, of in line at local favorite Salty Bean Cof-
course, vegan food. fee Co., whose selection of organic
“We do a lot of nachos, tacos, things nitro and cold brew coffees, iced teas
like that,” said Torres in a phone in- Torres and Kehler at Eatqual were and cocoas was just the thing to halt
terview before the event. “Things that busy filling orders of loaded vegan the heat.
are a little less threatening to people nachos, killer tofu tacos and na-cho-
new to vegan food.” ritos, as their customers waited un- For info on upcoming vegan-friendly
der the canopy conveniently placed events, follow Eatqual on Facebook. 
Up to now the plant-based food

Pros outweigh ‘cons’ in
‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’

12 Thursday, August 23, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Pros outweigh ‘cons’ in ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’

Actors Rob Kenna, Dana Blanchard and Director Peg Girard deftly poses the
Terrence Girard (left to right) star in debonair, urbane Lawrence – a fake
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” prince – against the crude and lascivi-
ous, hip-swiveling Freddy, who preys
STORY BY ANNETTE CLIFFORD on the sympathies of naïve females
CORRESPONDENT with tales of his poor, ailing grand-
Don’t try to con a con man, the say-
ing goes. But that kind of double hood- When Lawrence takes Freddy under
winking is the very funny essence of his wing to train the sleaze out of his
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (book by shtick, the odd-couple pairing inevita-
Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics by David bly leads to a “may-the-best-con-man-
Yazbek). The rollicking musical com- win” contest replete with sight gags,
edy is playing at the Melbourne Civic sexual innuendo and outright raunchy
Theatre through Sept. 9. repartee. The chemistry in contrasts
between Girard and Blanchard, two
Based on the 1988 film of the same seasoned actors, makes for lively, witty
name, the play is set on the French dialogue and action.
Riviera and follows the duplicitous
doings of two con men, Lawrence Just as much of the show’s magic
Jameson (Terrence Girard) and Freddy
Benson (Dana Blanchard), as they try
to milk young American heiresses of
their riches.

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, August 23, 2018 13


Muriel Eubanks, played by Tracey Thompson,
samples French Riviera atmosphere.

comes from its music and dance, cour- remarks and seductions while helping pears over the waters, just hokey drels” is not without its heartfelt mo-
tesy of musical director Kim Dickman Lawrence pluck his wealthy pigeons. enough to fit with the all-round fakery ments. Even grifters have their tender
and choreographer Heather Mowad, Andre is complemented by the vo- of the storyline. sides, it seems.
as well as the immensely talented cast luptuous and ardent Muriel Eubanks
of actors. (Tracey Thompson) in an unlikely ro- For all its ribald tone and rascally This superb production has been
mance that ends farcically well. plot, however, “Dirty Rotten Scoun- enormously popular so far, and is not
From provocative, tango-style foot- to be missed, a welcome interlude of
work to down-home Oklahoma barn Oil heiress Jolene Oakes, an Okla- laughter and escape in the dog days
stomps to rap parody, the lead char- homa gal who hopes to rope Lawrence of summer. Grab tickets, which range
acters and ensemble members trans- into matrimony, is adroitly played by from $29 to $31, before they’re gone. 
form themselves and the stage with 22 Mary Carson Meyer, whose Okie ac-
musical numbers. cent and attitude are spot-on.

Christine Colgate (Holly McFarland The show’s scene and lighting crews
Karnes), one of the purported heiresses create the necessary illusion of the
the con men try to fleece, particularly Riviera setting. Simple elements – a
stands out for her versatile vocal chops. Mediterranean backdrop framed by
palm trees, a balcony with white bal-
An astonishing variety of costumes ustrade overlooking the sea, trailing
greatly enhances the show’s visual ap- ivy and flowers in urns and pots –
peal. Croupiers, bellboys, sailors, hotel combine and make possible the mul-
maids, begowned and bow-tied resort tiple, rapid set changes that keep the
guests, tacky American tourists, nuns, musical moving.
cowgirls and cowboys, you name it,
the company changes style in fast- Spotlights focus on the conceited
paced scenes that keep the audience Lawrence as he preens and practices
smiling. to deceive. An occasional moon ap-

As does the hilarious sub-plot fea-
turing shady French police chief Andre
Thibault (Rob Kenna), who perfectly
delivers Gallic shrugs, smirks, offside

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Coming Up: Three chamberworks will charm on Saturday

STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER is required. 855-252-7276. line News,” “The Steve Harvey Show”
and more. Jacob has been invited to
1 A trio of stunning chamberworks: 2 Wonderful. New. Music on the perform on stage in concert with Harry
“Ravel and Beethoven,” a free con- River. An exceptionally exciting Connick Jr. and, after hearing him play,
Taylor Swift personally invited him to
cert from the Space Coast Symphony new concert series, showcasing a stel- her tour. The program will also fea-
ture Brevard’s Got Music Talent Win-
Orchestra, will be performed this Sat- lar clutch of rising young musicians, ner, 13-year-old pianist Nailah Clarke,
the competition’s youngest-ever first
urday at Cocoa Beach Community kicks off this Sunday at Riverside Pres- place winner at 12, who’s been playing
since the age of 4; 10-year-old vocal-
Church. As described by the orchestra byterian Church in Cocoa Beach. If you ist Sarah Berrean, who loves musical
theater (her favorite role to date was
promo, Beethoven’s Sextet in E-flat Ma- have a heart for music, this will warm playing Elizabeth Cady Stanton with
the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble’s
jor, Op.81b for two virtuoso horns and it. From a partnership among Riverside performance of ‘We Are’) and has per-
formed in numerous Cocoa Village
string quartet, is a “passionate chamber Presbyterian (aka The Music Church), Playhouse shows; harpist Marea Pan-
nell, 14, who has been studying harp
concerto full of rousing hunting calls the Creative Arts Foundation of Bre- for 4 years. Since she could talk, she
always asked to learn to play and was
and fanfares.” Ravel was only 27 when vard and the Space Coast Symphony eventually able to study with some of
the finest harp teachers in the nation;
he wrote his incredible String Quartet Orchestra, the free “Music on the River: Douglas Dyer began studying violin at
4 in West Palm. Fluent in Russian and
in F Major. Although modeled on De- Celebrating the Next Generation” con- English, the next year he studied in
Russia at the Central Music School for
bussy’s celebrated Quatuor from 1893, certs will be produced and emceed en- the Gifted of the Moscow State Tchai-
kovsky Conservatory, returning to the
this early work displays the careful tirely by these gifted young people. Re-

craftsmanship and sense of color and turning to Brevard to launch the new

melody that is all Ravel. While melody, series, according to the concert promo,

harmony and rhythm are typically con- will be 10-year old piano superstar Ja-

sidered the most important ingredients cob Velazquez. Diagnosed with a form

of music, says the symphony promo, of autism, Jacob began taking piano 2 Jacob Velazquez, Sunday at
Riverside Presbyterian Church.
Ravel’s string quartet “adds a fourth ele- lessons at 4, and by age 5 had caught a
U.S. to continue studying with teacher/
ment, sound, as a factor of equal impor- lot of media attention. After making his violinist Dr. Alvaro Gomez. Time: 3:30
p.m. Tickets: $10 donation suggested.
tance.” Completing the program will be orchestral debut with the Space Coast 321-604-0103. 

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The former first couple, who were of the armored Secret Service vehicles
born in Plains, Ga. returned to the town parked outside.
after leaving the White House. About
700 people live in the town, 150 miles Ex-presidents often fly on private
south of Atlanta, in a place that is a jets, sometimes lent by wealthy friends,
living museum to Carter. but the Carters fly commercial. Stuckey
says that on a recent flight from Atlanta
JIMMY CARTER SHUNS RICHES, LIVES don’t blame other people for doing it,” to Los Angeles, Carter walked up and
MODESTLY IN HIS GEORGIA HOMETOWN Carter says over dinner. “It just never down the aisle greeting other passen-
had been my ambition to be rich.” gers and taking selfies.
PLAINS, Ga. – Jimmy Carter finishes States lives modestly, a sharp contrast
his Saturday night dinner, salmon and to his successors, who have left the Carter was 56 when he returned to “He doesn’t like big shots, and he
broccoli casserole on a paper plate, White House to embrace power of an- Plains from Washington. He says his doesn’t think he’s a big shot,” said Ger-
flashes his famous toothy grin and calls other kind: wealth. peanut business, held in a blind trust ald Rafshoon, who was Carter’s White
playfully to his wife of 72 years, Rosal- during his presidency, was $1 million in House communications director.
ynn: “C’mon, kid.” Even those who didn’t start out rich, debt, and he was forced to sell.
including Bill Clinton and Barack Carter costs U.S. taxpayers less than
She laughs and takes his hand, and Obama, have made tens of millions of “We thought we were going to lose any other ex-president, according to
they walk carefully through a neigh- dollars on the private-sector opportuni- everything,” says Rosalynn, sitting be- the General Services Administration,
bor’s kitchen filled with 1976 campaign ties that flow so easily to ex-presidents. side him. with a total bill for him in the current
buttons, photos of world leaders and a fiscal year of $456,000, covering pen-
couple of unopened cans of Billy Beer, When Carter left the White House af- Carter decided that his income sions, an office, staff and other expens-
then out the back door, where three Se- ter one tumultuous term, trounced by would come from writing, and he has es. That’s less than half the $952,000
cret Service agents wait. Ronald Reagan in the 1980 election, he written 33 books, about his life and ca- budgeted for George H.W. Bush; the
returned to Plains, a speck of peanut reer, his faith, Middle East peace, wom- three other living ex-presidents – Clin-
They do this just about every week- and cotton farmland that to this day en’s rights, aging, fishing, woodwork- ton, George W. Bush and Obama – cost
end in this tiny town where they were has a nearly 40 percent poverty rate. ing, even a children’s book written with taxpayers more than $1 million each
born – he almost 94 years ago, she his daughter, Amy Carter, called “The per year.
almost 91. Dinner at their friend Jill The Democratic former president Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer.”
Stuckey’s house, with plastic Solo decided not to join corporate boards Carter doesn’t even have federal re-
cups of ice water and one glass each or give speeches for big money be- With book income and the $210,700 tirement health benefits because he
of bargain-brand chardonnay, then cause, he says, he didn’t want to “capi- annual pension all former presidents worked for the government for four
the half-mile walk home to the ranch talize financially on being in the White receive, the Carters live comfortably. years – less than the five years need-
house they built in 1961. House.” But his books have never fetched the ed to qualify, according to the GSA.
massive sums commanded by more re- He says he receives health benefits
On this south Georgia summer eve- Presidential historian Michael Be- cent presidents. through Emory University, where he
ning, still close to 90 degrees, they dab schloss said that Gerald Ford, Carter’s has taught for 36 years.
their faces with a little plastic bottle of predecessor and close friend, was the Carter has been an ex-president for
No Natz to repel the swirling clouds of first to fully take advantage of those 37 years, longer than anyone else in his- The federal government pays for an
tiny bugs. Then they catch each oth- high-paid post-presidential opportuni- tory. His simple lifestyle is increasingly office for each ex-president. Carter’s, in
er’s hands again and start walking, the ties, but that “Carter did the opposite.” rare in this era of President Trump, a the Carter Center in Atlanta, is the least
former president in jeans and clunky billionaire with gold-plated sinks in his expensive, at $115,000 this year. The
black shoes, the former first lady using Since Ford, other former presidents, private jet, Manhattan penthouse and Carters could have built a more elabo-
a walking stick for the first time. and sometimes their spouses, routinely Mar-a-Lago estate. rate office with living quarters, but for
earn hundreds of thousands of dollars years they slept on a pullout couch for
The 39th president of the United per speech. Carter is the only president in the a week each month. Recently, they had
modern era to return full-time to the a Murphy bed installed.
“I don’t see anything wrong with it; I house he lived in before he entered
politics – a two-bedroom rancher as- Carter’s office costs a fraction of
sessed at $167,000, less than the value Obama’s, which is $536,000 a year. Clin-
ton’s costs $518,000, George W. Bush’s
is $497,000 and George H.W. Bush’s is
$286,000, according to the GSA.

“I am a great admirer of Harry Tru-
man. He’s my favorite president, and I
really try to emulate him,” says Carter,
who writes his books in a converted ga-
rage in his house. “He set an example I
thought was admirable.”

But although Truman retired to his
hometown of Independence, Missouri,
Beschloss said that even he took up
residence in an elegant house previ-
ously owned by his prosperous in-laws.

As Carter spreads a thick layer of but-
ter on a slice of white bread, he is asked
whether he thinks, especially with a
man who boasts of being a billionaire
in the White House, any future ex-pres-
ident will ever live the way Carter does.

“I hope so,” he says.“But I don’t know.”
Plains is a tiny circle of Georgia farm-

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land, a mile in diameter, with its center since he left Washington, didn’t work as Court’s Citizens United decision has town, and people line up the night be-
at the train depot that served as Carter’s well in the White House. Many people “changed our political system from a fore to get a seat.
1976 campaign headquarters. About thought Carter scrubbed some of the democracy to an oligarchy. Money is
700 people live here, 150 miles due luster off the presidency by carrying his now preeminent. I mean, it’s just gone This Sunday morning happens to be
south of Atlanta, in a place that is a liv- own suitcases onto Air Force One and re- to hell now.” his 800th lesson since he left the White
ing museum to Carter. fusing to have “Hail to the Chief” played. House.
He says he believes that the nation’s
The general store, once owned by Stuart E. Eizenstat, a Carter aide and “ethical and moral values” are still intact He walks in wearing a blazer too big
Carter’s Uncle Buddy, sells Carter mem- biographer, said Carter’s edict eliminat- and that Americans eventually will “re- through the shoulders, a striped shirt
orabilia and scoops of peanut butter ice ing drivers for top staff members back- turn to what’s right and what’s wrong, and a turquoise bolo tie. He asks where
cream. Carter’s boyhood farm is pre- fired. It meant that top officials were and what’s decent and what’s indecent, people have come from, and from the
served as it was in the 1930s, with no driving instead of reading and working and what’s truthful and what’s lies.” pews they call out at least 20 states,
electricity or running water. for an hour or two every day. Canada, Kenya, China and Denmark.
But, he says, “I doubt if it happens in
The Jimmy Carter National Historic “He didn’t feel suited to the gran- my lifetime.” He tells the congregation that he’s
Site is essentially the entire town, draw- deur,” Eizenstat said. “Plains is really planning a trip to Montana to go fishing
ing nearly 70,000 visitors a year and $4 part of his DNA. He carried it into the On Church Street, Carter points out with his friend Ted Turner, and that he’s
million into the county’s economy. the mayor’s house with his left hand going to ride in his son’s autogiro – a sort
White House, and he carried it out of while he holds Rosalynn’s with his right. of mini-helicopter.
Carter has used his post-presidency the White House.”
to support human rights, global health He points out the Plains United “I’m still fairly active,” he says, and
programs and fair elections worldwide Carter’s presidency – from 1977 to Methodist Church, where he spotted everyone laughs.
through his Carter Center, based in 1981 – is often remembered for long young Eleanor Rosalynn Smith one
Atlanta. He has helped renovate 4,300 lines at gas stations and the Iran hos- evening when he was home from the He talks about living a purposeful
homes in 14 countries for Habitat for tage crisis. Naval Academy. life, but also about finding enough time
Humanity, and with his own hammer for rest and reflection. Then he and Ro-
and tool belt, he will be working on “I may have overemphasized the He asked her out. They went to a salynn pose for photos with every per-
homes for low-income people in Indi- plight of the hostages when I was in movie, and the next morning he told son who wants one.
ana later this month. my final year,” he says. “But I was so his mother he was going to marry Ro-
obsessed with them personally, and salynn. When they reach their property, the
But it is Plains that defines him. with their families, that I wanted to Carters turn right off the sidewalk and
After dinner, the Carters step out of do anything to get them home safely, The Carters have dinner at their friend cut across the wide lawn toward their
Stuckey’s driveway, with two Secret Ser- which I did.” Jill Stuckey’s house, where they drank house.
vice agents walking close behind. ice water out of plastic Solo cups and
Carter’s gait is a little unsteady these When Carter looks back at his presi- Carter stops to point out a tall magno-
days, three years after a diagnosis of dency, he says he is most proud of each had a glass of bargain-brand lia that was transplanted from a sprout
melanoma on his liver and brain. At “keeping the peace and supporting chardonnay. taken from a tree that Andrew Jackson
a 2015 news conference to announce human rights,” the Camp David ac- planted on the White House lawn.
his illness, he seemed to be bidding a cords that brokered peace between “I didn’t know that for years,” she says
stoic farewell, saying he was “perfectly Israel and Egypt, and his work to nor- with a smile. They walk past a pond, which Carter
at ease with whatever comes.” malize relations with China. In 2002, helped dig and where he now works on
But now, after radiation and chemo- he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize They are asked if there is anything his fly-fishing technique. They point
therapy, Carter says he is cancer-free. for his efforts. they want but don’t have. out a willow tree at the pond’s edge, on
In October, he will become the sec- a gentle sloping lawn, where they will
ond president ever to reach 94; George Carter says he thinks the Supreme “I can’t think of anything,” Carter be buried in graves marked by simple
H.W. Bush turned 94 in June. These says, turning to Rosalynn. “And you?” stones.
days, Carter is sharp, funny and reflec-
tive. “No, I’m happy,” she says. They know their graves will draw tour-
The Carters walk every day – often “We feel at home here,” Carter says. ists and boost the Plains economy. The
down Church Street, the main drag “And the folks in town, when we need Carters already have deeded the prop-
through Plains, where they have been it, they take care of us.” erty to the National Park Service, which
walking since the 1920s. Every other Sunday morning, Carter will one day turn it into a museum.
As they cross Walters Street, Carter teaches Sunday school at the Mara-
sees a couple of teenagers on the side- natha Baptist Church on the edge of Their house is dated, but homey and
walk across the street. comfortable, with a rustic living room
“Hello,” says the former president, and a small kitchen. A cooler bearing
with the same big smile that adorns the presidential seal sits on the floor in
peanut Christmas ornaments in the the kitchen – Carter says they use it for
general store. leftovers.
“Hey,” says a girl in a jean skirt, greet-
ing him with a cheerful wave. In a remodel not long ago, the couple
The two 15-year-olds say people in knocked down a bedroom wall them-
Plains think of the Carters as neighbors selves. “By that time, we had worked
and friends, just like anybody else. with Habitat so much that it was just
“I grew up in church with him,” says second-nature,” Rosalynn says.
Maya Wynn. “He’s a nice guy, just like a
regular person.” Rosalynn Carter practices tai chi and
“He’s a good ’ol Southern gentleman,” meditates in the mornings, while her
says David Lane. husband writes in his study or swims in
Carter says this place formed him, the pool. He also builds furniture and
seeding his beliefs about racial equality. paints in the garage; the paint is still
His farmhouse youth during the Great wet on a portrait of a cardinal that will
Depression made him unpretentious be their Christmas card this year.
and frugal. His friends, maybe only half-
joking, describe Carter as “tight as a tick.” They watch Atlanta Braves games or
That no-frills sensibility, endearing “Law and Order.” Carter just finished
reading “The Innovators” by Walter
Isaacson. They have no chef and they
cook for themselves, often together.
They make their own yogurt.

On this summer morning, Rosalynn
mixes pancake batter and sprinkles in
blueberries grown on their land.

Carter cooks them on the griddle.
Then he does the dishes. 

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we’ll cover recommended health exams for men, and (PSA) regular check-up regular check-up
then conclude with how often asymptomatic men – and Osteoporosis screening All men, ages 50-70, with All men over age 70 should
women – should have dental, eye and skin check-ups. with bone mineral risk factors for osteoporosis be screened for osteoporosis
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HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION naissance humanist, professed, “Prevention is bet-
The final takeaway from this series is that despite the ter than cure.” 

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American militarism was born With a polemicist’s distaste for ambiguity, Pem- communist blood was up, Pembroke explains, and
in the blood and rubble of the Korean War. During broke cherry-picks events of the Korean War, empha- it “lost sight of the limitations implicit in the moral
that famously forgotten conflict in the early 1950s, sizing American outrages that support his argument principle of repelling aggression.”
the United States became a self-righteous bully. It while omitting successful U.S. efforts to confine the
overreacted to trifling threats and bumbled into an conflict’s savagery to the Korean Peninsula and pre- Under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur
endless series of distant conflicts, waging war in the vent it from becoming World War III. A case in point: and with the backing of President Harry Truman,
name of peace. During the first year of the war, American pilots U.N. forces occupied all of North Korea and marched
fought and died in the world’s first all-jet dogfights. north to the Chinese border. At the same time, the
That is the provocative argument Michael Pem- Their lethal adversaries were ace Russian pilots pre- U.S. government ignored repeated back-channel
broke, an Australian historian and high court judge, tending to be Chinese. They wore Chinese flight uni- warnings from China that it would not tolerate an
makes in “Korea: Where the American Century Be- forms and painted their Soviet-made MiG-15 fight- American army along its northeast border.
gan.” Pembroke, whose father fought in a pointless ers with Chinese or North Korean markings. If shot
battle at the end of the Korean War, has written an down, the Russians were under orders to explain their Under Mao Zedong, China was true to its threat. As
anti-American diatribe that is alive with disturb- white skin by saying they were European Chinese of winter approached in 1950, it sneaked about 200,000
ing facts sure to discomfort readers who know little Soviet extraction. Americans, of course, knew who troops into North Korea – a mobilization that Mac-
about the Korean War and its legacy. His book is their enemy was, having overheard them speaking Arthur’s intelligence team completely missed. The
timely, readable and deeply researched. Russian on aircraft radio. Still, the Truman adminis- Chinese then humiliated the United States in what
tration kept this information secret. It worried that if Pembroke accurately characterizes as “an epochal
It is also exasperating. Pembroke all but ignores the public learned Russians were blasting American horror” of relentless attacks, horrific American losses
the spectacularly prosperous and democratic state boys out of the sky, popular pressure would increase and the longest retreat in U.S. military history. Ma-
South Korea has become – with the steady help of for a retaliatory war against the Soviet Union, which cArthur had bumbled into what he called “an entirely
the United States. He mostly sidesteps the cruelty by then had the atomic bomb. Washington’s coverup new war.” Soon, the Chinese clawed back all of North
and incompetence of North Korea’s founding dicta- served a global peace. Korea’s territory.
tor, Kim Il Sung, who sweet-talked Joseph Stalin into
backing the surprise invasion that sent Soviet-made Yet Pembroke’s book does deliver crucial infor- In its last two years, the war settled into a blood-
tanks and North Korean troops into South Korea on a mation that Americans need to understand the per- soaked stalemate during which the United States
Sunday morning in June 1950. manent crisis in northeastern Asia. conducted a pitiless – and often pointless – bomb-
For starters, Pembroke shows how the 1945 divi- ing campaign that devastated North Korea, blow-
sion of Korea was an all-American idea and a bone- ing up cities with conventional explosives, burning
headed blunder that all but guaranteed war. Trying to them down with napalm and killing countless civil-
stop Stalin’s armies from occupying all of the Korean ians. Pembroke accurately says America’s bombing
Peninsula at the end of World War II, the U.S. govern- “lacked any sense of proportionality.” It also gave
ment drew an arbitrary line along the 38th parallel, North Koreans an enduring reason to hate and fear
offering the north to the Soviet Union and taking the United States, sentiments that have been stoked
control of the south. The border became a flash point by decades of propaganda under three generations
for skirmishes between two aggressive puppet states, of dictators named Kim.
each led by egocentric dictators, one financed and
armed by Moscow, the other by Washington. Pembroke completed his book months before
The United States, to be sure, did not start the Ko- President Trump’s unprecedented meeting with Kim
rean War; North Korea did, with the connivance of the Jong Un in Singapore – a meeting that produced
Soviet Union. But once the conflict was underway, vague commitments that North Korea may some-
as Pembroke explains with considerable precision, day dismantle its nuclear arsenal. In early August,
the Americans made the war two years longer and Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, ac-
incalculably more murderous than it should have knowledged that North Korea had not taken any
been. It took little more than three months for the steps toward denuclearization. For readers capable
United States, fighting with a United Nations man- of looking beyond an America First understanding
date and with troops from South Korea and many of how the world works, Pembroke’s analysis is chill-
other countries, to repulse the invasion. U.S. forces ingly relevant. 
destroyed most of the North’s army and returned to
the American-invented border between the two Ko- KOREA
reas. But they did not stop there. Washington’s anti-



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Bonz meets Bowery … and, boy, is he a blast

Hi Dog Buddies! just a week. I was 10 weeks old and only Bowery.
7 pounds, so you can imagine how cute PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
This week’s innerview was with a su- an cuddly I was.”
per frenly, super slurpy pupster, Bow- promotion business after me. I’m the I fall over in a heap! It’s GREAT! Me an
ery Suriale, who’s a chocolate French- By that time Bowery was back lick-
ton. I know. I hadn’t heard of that ing my assistant. “So, why did they MAS-cot! It’s called All Ears, cuzza my Dad do guy things, like wrestling.’ Me
either. It’s a French Bulldog an Boston want to get rid of you?”
Terrier mix, an Bowery was one sharp great big, pointy ears.” an Mom mostly just snuggle or snooze
lookin’ pupperoo. Middle-sized an “They didn’t WANT to, but they HAD
sturdy; sailboat ears; short, shiny fur; to cuzza ROOLS where they were livin.’ “That is Super Crispy Dog Biscuits, in the hammock.”
white front sox an bib; and the coolest Dad says they were real sad. So Dad
white Harry Potter lightning bolt from an Mom went over to their place, just Bowery!” “Do you swim? There’s lotsa pools.
forehead to nose. to look. Dad said, ‘We’re NOT com-
ing home with a dog!’ Well, bein’ the “When I was a puppy, I couldn’t And the ocean.”
Before his Dad even got the door all frenly puppy that I was, I just curled up
the way open, Bowery wagged him- in Mom’s lap an fell asleep. So Dad an keep both my ears up at the same time. “We Frenchies don’t swim.” he said
self right up for the Wag-an-Sniff (an Mom went out in the hallway an pre-
Slurp). tended to talk it over, but they already They’d keep floppin’ over. So I looked firmly. “We sink.”
knew they weren’t leavin’ without me.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Bowery.” Since they hadn’t planned to ackshully sorta lop-sided. Thank Lassie I finally “Oh. So what’s your sleepin’ an meal-
“Thanks, Mr. Bonzo. It’s real excit- get a dog that day, they hadda use Pay-
ing to be innerviewed. I got innerv- Pal, whatever that is. got it figured out.” time routine?”
iewed up in New York once when I was
a puppy. That made me kinda nervous. “So, that was three years ago. I loved “They look great now,” I said. “Do “I have a sensitive tummy, so I don’t
But this is gonna be fun. This is my bein’ a New York pooch. Dad’s a moozi-
Dad, Brandon. My Mom Veronique’s shun an I thought it’d be Cool Kibbles you miss the Big City?” eat meat or People Food. (Except when
at work. She teaches yogurt. We just to be in show biz, too. So I got an agent
moved here from New York City. It sure an tried out for some stuff. I was a fi- “Sometimes. I liked the park a lot, Dad accidently slips me something.) I
is different.” nalist for the title role of The Dog in
“You’ll hafta tell me more about liv- a Broadway show called ‘Sylvia.’ The an I had lotsa pooch frens. It’s amazin’ get lotsa other nutritious stuff. An car-
in’ in New York,” I said. “But first off, theater humans took our pickshurs, an
how’d you an your Mom an Dad get to- us finalists got to meet the human ac- how many frens you can make on rots for treats. I sit politely in front of
gether?” tors. I was a liddle nervous, but mostly
Bowery ran over an started licking excited. I nailed the audition, and my Around-the-Block Potty Walks. I ’spe- my dish an wait ’til Mom or Dad says
my assistant, who thought it was ador- pickshur was in that Broadway book,
able. Then he ran back. “Oops. Sorry. I ‘Playbill.’ But they chose a pooch who cially liked the cool weather, cuz I love OK. (That was kinda hard to learn.)
just love humans. And fellow dogs. I al- was a blonde. Typical. I also did some
ways wanna give ’em frenly liddle licks. modelin,’ an I was up for a gig with Am- wearin’ clothes!” When Mom goes to bed I snooze at the
Dad says I should go to Lickers Anony- azon. But I didn’t get it.”
mous. So anyway, buh-leeve it or not, “Seriously?” foot. Then Dad comes in an says ‘OK,
Dad had NEVER had a dog!” “Well,” I sympathized. “That’s show
“No Woof!” I said, incredulous. biz.” “I’m not Woofin’! I have more clothes Buddy,’ an I get into my cozy crate,
“No Woof! So he an Mom decided it
was About Time. They didn’t wanna “Yeah. I’m hoping to maybe get some than Dad. There’s my Superman hood- with the door open. I’m a happy pooch,
get a pet shop pooch, so they did a modelin’ gigs or a commercial down
buncha research an found this couple here. I’m in Mom’s yogurt videos. An
that had to find another home for their Mom an Dad’s catalog. You know, Mr.
puppy – ME – after they’d had me for Bonzo, I think they should call it some-
thing else. It doesn’t have anything
to do with cats. How ’bout dog-a-log.
Whadda you think?”

“Works for me,” I agreed.
“Oh, an guess what? Dad named his

ie. An my cozy green trench coat. There Mr. Bonzo!”

were these cool boots to match, but Heading home, I was smiling,’

they didn’t have my size.” thinkin’ about sturdy, joyful liddle

“Bummer,” I mumbled. Bowery, with the lights of 42nd Street

“An I have a buncha swedders. I al- in his eyes, wearin’ his Superman

ways put my paw up so Dad can help hoodie. I love my job. 

me with the sleeves. Down here, I don’t

-The Bonzneed clothes so much. An one thing I

LOVE here we didn’t have in New York
… A YARD. I have a big fenced yard an I
can run and play and chase geckos till

Don’t be shy!
We are always looking for pets with interesting stories. To set up
an interview, please email [email protected].

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J A 10 9 K87643
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist 5 Q 10 4 7632
10 7 6 5 4 3 2 KQJ8 9
Alfred North Whitehead, an English mathematician and philosopher, said, “If a dog KJ96 732 10 8
jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is
because your lap is warmer.” SOUTH
I disagree, believing that the more time you put into your cats, the stronger their AKJ98
affection for you will be. But if you faced this deal at the bridge table, with no warning A
bell ringing, you would jump to defeat if you played too quickly. AQ54

South is in six hearts. After West leads the spade jack, what should declarer do? Dealer: North; Vulnerable: Both

South’s two-club rebid was New Minor Forcing. It guaranteed at least game-invitational The Bidding:
strength and asked opener to describe his hand further. Then, when North indicated
three-card heart support, South jumped to six hearts, giving the defenders no more SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
information. 1 Diamonds Pass
1 Hearts Pass 1 NT Pass LEAD:
Declarer seems to have 12 easy tricks: two spades, five hearts, four diamonds and one 2 Clubs Pass 2 Hearts Pass J Spades
club. It looks obvious to win with dummy’s spade ace and to draw two rounds of trumps. 6 Hearts Pass Pass Pass
If both opponents follow suit, South unblocks his diamond ace, draws the last trump
with the heart queen and claims.

Here, though, the trumps break 4-1. Now declarer needs a dummy entry to reach the
three diamond winners. What is it?

The entry has to be in spades, and that requires South to throw his spade queen under
dummy’s ace at trick one.

Did you avoid jumping forward to trick two with undue haste?

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4 English composer (6) 1 Wave about wildly (5)
5 Legend (4) 2 Female monarch (5)
7 Trousers; long steps (7) 3 Empire (7)
10 Outing (5) 4 Responsibility (4)
11 Thick liquid medicine (7) 6 Obstruct (6)
12 Direct (5) 8 Makes larger (7)
14 Grandeur (7) 9 Physics, e.g. (7)
15 Small fish (5) 10 Fairness (7)
16 Male bird (7) 13 Life force (6)
20 Dice game (5) 14 Cartography (7)
21 Equestrian horse (7) 17 Plain (5)
22 Armoured vehicle (4) 18 Unscrupulous man; jack (5)
23 Cowardly (6) 19 Signify; stingy (4)

The Telegraph

How to do Sudoku:

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

The Telegraph

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ACROSS 110 Put-on 50 This instant The Washington Post
1 With 22 Across, a 111 Protest endings 51 In a dilemma
112 See 125 Down 52 Sewing case SCANDI-KNAVERY By Merl Reagle
non-winner in the “Visit 113 Engaging part of a car 53 Hairy one at 25,000 feet
Norway” jingle competition? 115 Relocate 58 Key piece of evidence
5 Gen. Arnold’s nickname 117 Mason Williams classic, “ 61 Calif. city, on baggage
8 “Forbidden” perfume 63 John P. Marquand novel,
12 Has a mind like ___ Classical ___”
18 Thingum ending 118 Verlaine verse H.M. Pulham, ___
19 Tiparillo “tip-off” 121 With 132 Across, solvers’ 65 Car pioneer’s inits.
20 Without warning? 68 King of Siam’s exclamation,
22 See 1 Across reason for tolerating puzzles
26 Alert to a PT like this one? “___ puzzlement!”
27 Crimson Tide st. 126 Brooding Laugh-In regular? 69 Grosbeaks’ beaks
28 Bones 127 Works on a wall 70 A real hip dance
29 “It’s either them ___” 128 ___ fan tutte 71 Café au ___
30 Shoulder elevator 129 Colors anew 72 Crosshairs sight
31 Tree or Street 130 Horus’s mom 73 Hilo hi’s
32 Addams Family cousin 131 Public wheels 74 Wacko
33 Mustangs’ univ. 132 See 121 Across 75 American, to a bandido
34 Bargain basement condition DOWN 76 In front of the TV camera
35 Literally and figuratively? 1 Robert of Airplane! 79 Palindromic name
42 Area of San Francisco 2 Peek follow-up 80 Light rowboats
43 Reign of Terror victime 3 Hugo’s you 81 Amt. of time
44 Lovey-dovey sound 4 “If this had 82 Indulge till you bulge?
45 The Jedi, for example been an actual emergency 83 Commotion
49 Naive? ...” org. 85 Good reason
54 Sizzler forte 5 Penance unit, 86 Like Ernest movies
55 Dolby enhances it in a way 88 Calendar listing
56 Worn out 6 Mystery dog 89 Without a woman
57 Jackie’s designer 7 Greek letter 92 Maui memento
59 Lake with slots 8 Warm from the fire 94 Originally named
60 The Shrivers, 9 Landon and others 95 Wild partiers
to Arnold, once 10 Southern California? 97 Takes out again,
62 Voiture venue 11 Subj. of many a grainy photo
64 Shroud’s home 12 ___ as a skunk as a dog
66 Bailey’s middle name 13 Takei role 102 Peshkov’s pen name
67 “Hey, baby, wanna hear 14 Rolf and Tarbell 103 Poe avians
my Sibelius collection?” 15 Summer time in S.C. 104 Cake finisher
72 Treater’s pick-up 16 Al Gore and others, for short 105 Part of MIT: abbr.
75 The Mother of all 17 Big Red, once 106 Go against the grain?
nursery rhymes 21 Kitchen emanation 107 Drama show
77 Sine ___ non 23 Beach or Springs preceder
78 In stores 24 “I am ___ crook” lgth., often
81 Long 25 Fabric meas. 108 Water barrier
84 E prelude 31 Female adviser 113 Actor Cooper
87 Propaganda, usually 32 Words to a genie 114 Nobelist Wiesel
90 Tire city 33 Shallow area 115 Rolling stone’s lack
91 Tire 34 Sea of Lesbos 116 What Missssippi is missing
93 Tired spouse’s 35 “I like New York ___ ... 117 Spiritual leader
after-work query? how about you?” 118 Melville novel
96 More rock-oriented? 36 “Gray matter” 119 Lucy’s guy
98 Japanese apricot 37 Some defendants 120 Delete, e.g.
(or backwards, a bird) 38 Part of SAG: abbr. 122 Break off
99 Saccule site 39 Agenda heading 123 Bat stat
100 U.S. energy org. 40 Switch positions 124 Public wheels
101 Beware of these? 41 Ness foe Frank 125 With 112 Across, a fuel
106 Falcon guy 46 Shout of doubt
109 Jeremiad subject 47 M.S.G. decision ingredient
48 Compass pt.
49 The price of freedom

The Telegraph

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Bro’s going to pot. Should sis ‘leaf’ well enough alone?

BY CAROLYN HAX cate my love and concern, not make me feel so ter- normal relationship with Justin. But not as any-
Washington Post one’s agent.
rified, and help him share his feelings instead of
Dear Carolyn: The problems here predate the weed anyway
I’m a 23-year-old woman liv- shutting down? and are possibly the soil in which it grew (if you
ing across the country from my will). You say Justin shuts down for hard conver-
family, and my brother “Justin” is – Sister, Not Parent sations and your parents’ weed is bad/“religious
an 18-year-old high school grad- and moral responsibility” code-orientation hints
uate. Justin is living at home and – Sister, Not Parent: Your parents are asking at an authoritarian parenting style. Authoritar-
working, and he might go to university next year. ian meaning a strict set of rules and expectations
My parents just called to share that he has been you to cross a boundary, and to indulge them will they’ll be followed, no discussion.
caught with marijuana multiple times, always
with friends, and most recently by the police. cross a boundary no matter what glitter or rib- If true, Justin has been trained either to live ex-
My parents asked me to talk to him. Their moral actly as his parents expect, or to make sure any
code is that weed is bad, and that to do nothing bons you apply. deviations from their rules are on the sly and un-
would be to absolutely shirk their religious and discussed.
moral responsibilities as parents. I totally under- Be a sister. That’s your prerogative, your job and
stand that – they love him and want to see him Dialogue won’t spring from this dynamic natu-
flourish, and getting caught with weed could cause your place. rally. Because what’s to discuss in “their moral
major consequences. code is that weed is bad”?
My parents feel they can’t persuade Justin to stop It can also involve all the listening and loving
smoking, partly because he has a tendency to im- Tell your parents no, you won’t intervene.
mediately “shut down” during hard conversations, you feel moved to supply in the course of your In case they ask your advice: If they want Justin
but mostly because they’re his parents and he just to talk, then they need to listen.
doesn’t listen to them. They believe if the message If they want to do the talking, then they can ex-
came from me, he would listen, because we have a pect deaf ears.
good relationship and he respects me. If they want a loophole, through you or other-
I’m inclined to help them, to help Justin, but I wise, then they need to accept there isn’t one.
don’t want to drive him away or act like a third If they just want a weed-free household, then
parent. My hope is that I can offer to be a listener they need to ask Justin to quit using or move out.
and translator instead of a messenger. And if they want to know why they’re losing
How can I do this in a way that will communi- their grip on their son, then they need to rethink
“grip.” For any parent and (adult) child, and for
any two humans.
Maybe raising that topic with Justin is a way to
open him up. 

Doc Sprock specializes in
treating women’s issues

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Doc Sprock specializes in treating women’s issues

STORY BY MICHELLE CANNON EPTING, RN than a decade as a staff doctor. She
CORRESPONDENT was the assistant program director of
the Ob/Gyn residency program for five
Chances are, if you drive in Bre- years and the director of the gynecol-
vard County, you have seen one of Dr. ogy and urogynecology section. Sprock
Marja Sprock’s billboards displayed is board certified in gynecology and
around town. Chances also are, if you urogynecology and is one of the first
are a woman with an embarrassing United States board-certified female
urogynecological issue, you have not pelvic medicine and reconstructive
yet sought treatment. Dr. Sprock’s goal surgery specialists. As one of a handful
and passion is to remedy this situation of female fellowship-trained urogyne-
and prevent the needless suffering of cologists in the U.S.,
women through her practice.
Dr. Marja Sprock.
Born in The Hague in the Nether-
lands, Sprock decided in her teens that PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD
the field of medicine and the specialty
of urogynecology would be her career
focus. She always possessed an interest
in the field and was fascinated by female
functioning. She recognized a need in
that particular area and appreciated
the opportunity for hands-on care and
surgical intervention. After complet-
ing medical school at Leiden Univer-
sity, she relocated to the United States
and, more specifically, to the respected
teaching facility the Henry Ford Hos-
pital in Detroit, Michigan. After com-
pleting her residency under mentor Dr.
David Richardson, Sprock spent more

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she brings valuable knowledge and ex- She is one of a handful of U.S. physi- conditions that negatively impact their be challenging to diagnose and treat
perience to every case and patient. cians with such training, and treats lives. While every case is different, with complex female conditions, but I want
patients from all over the country. The its own unique causes and treatments, to take the challenge away from that.”
In 2008, Sprock relocated to Mel- laser settings include Incontilase for she approaches them all with the same By helping women to improve their
bourne and joined a local practice. stress urinary incontinence, Renova- care and compassion, as well as equal physical condition and increase their
She started her own practice at Central lase for nonhormonal treatment of knowledge and respect. Sprock and her self-confidence, Sprock gives her pa-
Florida Urogynecology in March 2010. vaginal atrophy, Intimalase for vagi- staff welcome patient input and ques- tients a voice, ample choices and better
The state-of-the-art diagnostic, treat- nal tightening, and ProlapsLase for tions, and she seeks to educate her pa- outcomes.
ment and teaching center is located in pelvic organ prolapse. The laser of- tients on options.
Rockledge. fers a nonsurgical, painless, in-office “As a doctor, I want to make people
treatment option with no down time. Her relaxed manner and sense of hu- feel good and help them lead normal
Sprock’s practice specializes in cos- mor put her patients at ease when ad- lives,” Sprock says. Through her prac-
metic procedures (laser skin rejuvena- Sprock advocates for women, espe- dressing conditions from which they tice, Sprock allows her professional ex-
tion and laser fat removal and toning), cially those too embarrassed to even have previously suffered in silence. “I cellence to build strong relationships
the treatment of common gynecologi- seek treatment initially. Her patient want to create an environment of com- and demonstrates that, while every
cal issues, resolving urinary and fe- population ranges from 16 to 100 years fort for what can be uncomfortable case may be unique, every woman is
cal incontinence, improving sexual old. She wants to help women prevent and embarrassing conditions. It can not alone. 
experience, and addressing urinary
issues (such as urgency, frequency,
retention and chronic infections).
The treatments performed are often
cutting-edge and nonsurgical. For ex-
ample, Sprock uses pelvic floor muscle
training, nerve stimulation, support
devices (including mesh and pessary
placement), injections (platelet-rich
plasma O-Shot for sexual enhance-
ment), dietary changes, medications
and hormones to resolve conditions.
When necessary, she does perform
surgical interventions, both vaginally
and laproscopically. These include va-
ginaplasty, labiaplasty, and perineal
reshaping to improve cosmetics and
comfort, increase tightness and sexual
satisfaction, and resolve prolapse.

As a female physician, she gives per-
spective on gynecological issues and
has developed new ways to resolve
issues. For example, she developed
grafts for surgical prolapse repair, as
well as mesh and slings for inconti-
nence, and has taught her techniques
and skills to other physicians. She be-
lieves in procedures with proven re-
sults, many of which are done in office
or as an outpatient.

Central Florida Urogynecology uses
multiple state-of-the-art technologies
in patient care. One of the newest and
most exciting treatments for urinary
incontinence is the Emsella Chair. The
practice is the first and only facility to
use the FDA-approved chair, which
treats the pelvic floor with a magnet
that causes large contractions in the
muscle. Sprock describes the proce-
dure as “like Kegels on steroids.” The
focused electromagnetic technology
stimulates and strengthens the mus-
cles with 11,000 contractions in a single
30-minute session. The procedure is
noninvasive and requires no undress-
ing or recovery time. After an average
of four treatments, patients see an im-
provement in continence and sexual

Sprock treats various vaginal con-
ditions with the versatile and safe
Erbium YAG Fotona laser. The laser
employs different procedures and set-
tings for each condition, and Sprock is
experienced and trained in all of them
by two pioneering European doctors.

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OTB at Hemingway’s Tavern: A Key West state of mind

REVIEW BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER Chicken Tavern Tacos. Havana Burger.
[email protected]

We had not intended to review
Hemingway’s Tavern, but I think we ac-
cidentally found our new favorite main-
land hangout while killing time over the
bridge (OTB) waiting for my son’s eye-
glasses to be made.

As a native South Floridian who has
spent more than the occasional long
weekend and vacation in the Florida
Keys, I tend to shy away from Keys-
themed restaurants because they tend
to be pastel-coated, overpriced, cli-
chéd tourist traps with mediocre food.
Hemingway’s Tavern is decidedly none
of these things.

Sweet Plantain
Bread Pudding.

If I ever went in- Yellowtail Snapper Hemingway. Smoked Fish Dip The reviewer is a Brevard resident
sane and decided to go bankrupt with Homemade who dines anonymously at restaurants
while working myself to death by open- PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD Plantain Chips. at the expense of this newspaper. 
ing a restaurant, it would be an Irish pub
because that’s what I know best from tatoes and coleslaw – part coleslaw and part tropi- RESTAURANT HOURS
my misspent youth. Days spent as a stu- a number of Cuban cal fruit chutney. Yum. 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
dent or cub reporter, nights spent wait- dishes. Every sandwich, salad or entrée Sunday through Thursday
ing tables and balancing trays of Harp has something on the plate that’s just a What to drink? So many wonderful 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
and Guinness pints. But if there was al- bit special, whether it’s a sauce, a gar- choices . . . and a couple cocktails that Friday and Saturday
ready a great Irish pub in town like Meg nish or the way it is prepared. might lead to very bad choices. It was
O’Malley’s, I would open a place like only lunchtime so, when in Rome . . . a BEVERAGES
Hemingway’s Tavern. Not quite three My son ordered the Tavern Tacos pint of Key West Sunset Ale ($4.50) by the Full Bar
years young, Hemingway’s is the lat- ($10), which you can get with mojo Florida Beer Company right here in Cape
est creation of the folks who brought us pork or chicken – or upgrade to shrimp, Canaveral. I would highly recommend ADDRESS
Meg’s and Long Doggers. snapper or pork belly – and they were this brew for anyone like me who prefers 1800 W Hibiscus Blvd, Ste 115
phenomenal. His plate hasn’t been that more color and complex flavor than the
The atmosphere is laid back, the dé- clean in months; tender grilled flour average domestic lager. Melbourne
cor is a celebration of the life, travels tortillas filled with your choice of meat, PHONE
and stories one of my favorite journalist- plus fresh jalapenos, pickled onions, We skipped dessert because we were
turned-novelist and Key West resident, radish, shredded cabbage, queso fresco headed next door to the Premiere Oaks (321) 802-9648
Ernest Hemingway. Trigger warning: and an avocado-cilantro sauce, which theater to see the new “Mission Impossi-
There is an elephant head, a big one. Yes, my son ordered on the side and I stole ble” flick and would indulge in some Ben
I’m sure it’s completely fake, but it looks to dip my fries in. & Jerry’s ice cream after the movie, but
pretty real and if you’re one of those mili- Hemingway’s has a few tasty-looking op-
tant animal-rights people you might be I opted for the Hangover Burger ($13) tions, including of course, Key Lime Pie.
offended. If so, you probably don’t like upgraded with Truffle Fries ($2). No, I
Hemingway anyway. He was a trophy wasn’t hungover, but this heat makes We encourage you to send feedback to
hunter and fisherman – a hard-drinking, you feel that way. It was a big burger [email protected].
adventure-seeking man’s man. that I had to cut in half to eat, topped
with a fried egg, bacon and cheese,
Hemingway’s food is a reflection of the cooked medium-rare to order. Writing
colors and the fresh flavors of the islands. this a couple weeks later, I’m craving
There’s plenty of seafood, meat and po- that burger again, and the fries were the
best fries I’d had in probably a year. The
unexpected treat on my plate was the

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Please send calendar information 27 US-TOO Prostate Cancer Support
at least two weeks prior to your Group meets from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.
the last Wednesday of the month at the Mel-
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ONGOING 28 Cub Scout Pack 380 Parent information
night, 7 to 8 p.m. at Holy Name of Je-
Bingo 4 to 7 p.m. Sundays at Veterans of For- sus Catholic Church, Indialantic. For parents of
eign Wars Post 4643, 1252 Hwy A1A, Satellite boys and girls ages 5 to 10. Meet pack leadership
Beach. and learn about what’s in store for scouting and
camping this school year.
Satellite Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Thursdays at Pelican Beach Park 30 Essential Oils classes, learn about how
essential oils are tied to your emotions
Beach Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tues- August 23 | Sea Turtle Preservation Society Sea Turtle social. and make two rollerballs to take home, 2 to 4
days at Oceanside Pizza, 300 Ocean Ave. #6, p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Art Science Incubator,
Melbourne Beach. 716 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. or call (321)428-4800.
AUGUST Beach. Explore ancient remains of animals with Event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Melbourne
Jonathan Valentine, University of South Florida Hilton Rialto Place. Keynote speaker Col. Danny SEPTEMBER
23 Sea Turtle Preservation Society Sea Geology Club president. Fun-for-all-ages talk McKnight (Ret.) “Black Hawk Down.” For tickets,
Turtle social, 6 to 8 p.m. at Intracoastal and fossil show and tell at 10 a.m., followed by go to 1 Pet CPR and First Aid course, 10 a.m. to 2
Brewing Company in the Eau Gallie Arts District. youth dig at 11 a.m., with fossils to take home. p.m. at the D.R. Schechter Recreation Center.
A turtle-themed beer will be revealed at the 26 An information session on the upcom- Designed to help pet owners provide temporary,
event and a portion of the beer sales proceeds 25 Brevard Youth Chorus auditions for ing June 2019 Holy Name of Jesus Par- emergency care until they can get their pet to a vet-
will go to benefit the Sea Turtle Preservation So- singers in grades 4 to10, 9 a.m. to ish-sponsored pilgrimage to Ireland will be held erinarian. Cost is $70 per person, which includes in-
ciety. noon, Advent Lutheran Church on Wickham on Sunday, August 26, at 1:30 p.m. in the Parish struction and workbook. Please leave pets at home.
Road in Melbourne. Membership in the non- Community Room, 3050 N. Hwy. A1A, Indialan- Register online at
23-31 WBSC Women’s Baseball profit chorus is open to boys and girls in pub- tic. The trip will include visits to traditional Irish
World Cup coming to the lic, private, charter and homeschools. Contact tourist spots and is open to non-parishioners. 4 Auditions for the South Beach Players’
USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida, Joani Slawson at BrevardYouthChorus@gmail. There are limited spaces available. For more in- original comedy, “Hurricane Helga,” 7
this 10-day event will feature 12 countries com- com or call (321) 432-2770 for appointment formation, contact Julie Mallak at 321-725-4374 p.m., at the Floridana Beach Clubhouse at 6635
peting for the Women’s Baseball World Cup time. or [email protected]. S A1A, Melbourne Beach. Casting roles for six
Title. Reserve tickets at women and six men. No acting experience re-
25 Salvation Army Giving Hope Gala ben- 27 New Neighbors of South Brevard quired! For more detailed information, go to
25 Prehistoric Fossil Program 10 a.m. efitting the Sue M. Pridemore Center Beaches plays MAHJONGG at Papa-
to noon at the Brevard County Bar- for Women and Children, with emcee Greg Pal- gallo’s in Satellite Beach each Monday at 12:15 or email [email protected].
rier Island Center, 8385 S. Hwy A1A, Melbourne lone of Spectrum News 13 and the Humanitar- pm. For information on joining the club contact
ian Award to be presented to Sheriff Wayne Ivey. Toni Hanussey at [email protected] 7 Julia Babbitt, Rotary District 6930 Governor,
will be honored at the Rotary Club of Indialan-
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8 MINNOW 2 STIRFRY be used for Rotary projects and programs. In addi-
10 TORNADO 3 DECAY tion toa delicious meal, there will be a silent auction,
11 CLEAR 4 KITCHEN and enter-tainment by the Creative Arts musicians.
12 NERD 5 ANGER Reservations may be made by contracting Linda
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18 CORE 14 PIEEYED payable to the Indialantic Rotary Foundation.
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the ground floor media/entertain- ing. Triple sliders allow exit to the green, the love of any golfer. The 80
The hunt for the perfect beach home ment room that includes a Sub-Zero spa/pool and outdoor kitchen with feet of ocean frontage is accessed by
is over with a visit to 7797 S. A1A in Mel- refrigerator with two freezer drawers, permanent seating for six. using the dune crossover enhanced
bourne Beach. The custom oceanfront a sink and dishwasher. The room is by an attached ocean-view deck.
estate is move-in ready and offers both An outdoor deck is adjacent to this
Atlantic Ocean and Indian River views There is an outdoor shower for
and features fine architectural details rinsing off after an ocean swim and a
throughout all three floors. combination bathroom and laundry
are conveniently found just inside the
The 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 4,500- home near the shower.
square-foot home is listed for $1.895
million by Coldwell Banker Paradise “We’ve always been beach people,”
listing agent Sarah Munkacsy. said homeowner Kevin Kenney and
his wife, Gail, describing why they love
Stepping into the large entrance their home and location. “We had the
hall, visitors are struck by a breath- home built and designed. Now we want
taking view of the ocean straight to downsize and move closer to family.”

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, August 23, 2018 33

7797 S. A1A,


Year built: 2005
Built on 28 pilings,
reinforced concrete/stucco
Lot size: 75 ft. by 220 ft.
Home size: 4,500 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.5
Additional features: Two-car
garage, home office, 10-feet
ceilings, three floors with eleva-
tor and stairways, home secu-
rity system, automatic storm
shutters, impact glass through-
out, two laundry facilities, put-
ting green, 80 feet oceanfront
adjacent conservation land
Listing agency:
Coldwell Banker Paradise
Listing agent:
Sarah Munkacsy, 321-890-2382,
[email protected]
Listing price: $1,895.000

34 Thursday, August 23, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


The second floor consists of two a wood-paneled elevator connecting ances. An ample pantry holds a built- outdoor grill and seating for two. The
guest bedrooms and a master suite. the three floors. in microwave and there is a rolling library features another entertain-
The master includes floor-to-ceiling pull-out spice rack that will delight ment center with a gas fireplace. The
windows and French doors to a bal- Pecan cupboards with granite any chef. Countertop seating for six elegant living room opens onto yet
cony overlooking the beach and end- countertops and tile backsplash com- creates another entertainment gath- another balcony. A half-bath com-
less Atlantic. The master bathroom pliment the kitchen, which was de- ering place. pletes the third-floor layout.
includes his and hers walk-in closets, signed by Kenney with double elec-
separate water closet, linen closet, tric ovens, dishwasher, side-by-side The dining room with tray ceiling “The home was built on 28 pilings,
garden tub, steam shower, decorator refrigerator and built-in propane gas has space for a large table and grand has impact glass, electric storm shut-
pecan cupboards with granite coun- stove top – all stainless-steel appli- buffet with a balcony exit to another ters and reinforced concrete walls,”
tertop, double sinks, and a cosmetics Kenney said. “Architectural features
vanity. throughout include double crown
moldings, pillars, lighted tray ceilings,
The two generous second-lev- 10-foot ceilings and 8-foot doors.”
el guest bedrooms with room for
queen-size beds are both en suite, Built to exceed Miami-Dade hurri-
with private bathrooms – one with a cane standards, the home has a gen-
glass shower stall and the other with erator that provides electricity in case
a tub and shower combination. Stack- of a storm. The artesian well is treated
able washer and dryer, in a closet off by a double osmosis system. A secu-
the main hallway, provide a place for rity system offers safety, and built-in
laundry on the second floor. stereo speakers throughout the house
and pool area provide programmable
An elegant curved stairwell sweeps ambiance. The six balconies offer
upstairs from the second floor to the both ocean and river views depend-
third-floor penthouse, where a great ing upon their locations.
deal of living takes place. The spa-
cious area includes a dining room, “The home is convenient to air-
kitchen, library/family room and liv- ports, only about 20 minutes from
ing room, all with immense sweeping Vero Beach or Melbourne amenities,”
views of the ocean to the east and the Kenney said. It is also close to Sebas-
Indian River to the west. There is also tian Inlet, grocery shopping and res-
taurants. 

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, August 23, 2018 35


FICO shows mortgage applicants how to improve credit scores

STORY BY KENNETH R. HARNEY WASHINGTON POST As a result, they’re not reliable when year – to achieve a desired score. than 52 points? Absolutely, says Quinn.
you apply to a lender, which will be in- In this case, the buyer opted for a In FICO’s simulations of score im-
If you’re seriously thinking about terested only in your FICO score, not provements, some jumped by more
buying a home in the months ahead, some credit site’s in-house score. nine-month time frame. Here’s the re- than 100 points in 12 months. Every
you almost certainly know how impor- medial course of action the Score Plan- individual’s credit report is unique,
tant your FICO credit score will be in That’s all about to change. FICO has ner prescribed. Note the significance but by paying down debts – such as on
getting a mortgage. created a new prescriptive “Score Plan- of factors most of us ignore that go into credit-card balances – “substantial”
ner” tool that the company says will al- the formulation of FICO scores, such as improvements in score are feasible.
And you probably know the score low you to improve your score within “aging” of positive and negative items
range you’ll need for the type of loan a set time by following a customized, in your credit report. Doing so before you apply for a mort-
you want – somewhere in the low to detailed set of steps. gage not only will improve your chanc-
mid-700s for a conventional mortgage  Stay current on your payments es for approval, it should also save you
eligible for sale to investors Fannie Although it’s only in the pilot stage so that your most recent delinquency thousands of dollars. A new study from
Mae or Freddie Mac, or a score in the with one of the three national credit ages to 19 months. LendingTree, the online network that
mid- to upper-600s for a Federal Hous- bureaus, Experian, FICO officials told allows lenders to bid for applicants’
ing Administration-insured loan. The me last week that in the months ahead  Do not open any new accounts, mortgage business, found that mov-
actual minimum score for approval it should become widely available so that your most recently opened ac- ing from a FICO score between 580 and
also will depend on your debt-to-in- through participating banks, mort- count ages to one year and two months. 669 to a 740 score would save the bor-
come ratio, down payment and other gage companies, brokers and others. rower more than $29,000 over the life
factors in your application. Tom Quinn, FICO’s vice president of  Do not open any new accounts, of a $234,000 loan.
scores, said in an interview that it may so that your average length of estab-
But let’s say you’re like many other be offered “for a fee or free of charge,” lished credit history ages to four years To access the Score Planner pilot
would-be buyers: Your FICO score depending on the source. and three months. on Experian, visit
isn’t quite where it needs to be. The s u m e r-p r o d u c t s/c r e d i t- s c or e . ht m l .
question then becomes: How do I How does it work? For this column,  Reduce your total revolving Note, however, that the FICO planner
push my score high enough for a FICO prepared an example based on a credit-card balances of $7,250 by $805 is part of a package that will cost you
mortgage? You may know the credit hypothetical consumer’s credit report. each month for nine months. $4.99 the first month and $24.99 per
missteps that caused your score to be The borrower currently has a subpar month thereafter, cancelable anytime.
low, but you lack a precise set of steps 623 score but needs a 675 or higher  Continue to make monthly loan As an alternative, you could wait until
to move your score up. Dozens of web- for a mortgage at an affordable inter- payments on time to reduce the total lenders and mortgage brokers offer the
sites offer “credit repair” suggestions est rate. As with all the Score Planner’s installment-loan balance of $163,780 planner at a more modest cost or free
and scores, but none has access to scenarios, the home buyer sets a dead- that you owe. of charge. 
proprietary FICO-score algorithms. line – anywhere from a few months to a
 Do not apply for any new cred-
it and pay all bills on time for nine

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Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: Aug. 10 to Aug. 16

The real estate market came back to life last week in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937. Indialantic
led the way with 10 transactions, followed by Satellite Beach with 6 sales, Indian Harbour Beach with 5,
and Melbourne Beach reporting 3.
The top sale of the week was of a home in the Turtle Bay subdivision of Melbourne Beach. The residence
at 229 Loggerhead Drive was placed on the market April 4 with an asking price of $1.095 million. The sale
closed Aug. 14 for $985,000.
The seller in the transaction was represented by Steven Munich and Mike Struttmann of RE/MAX Alternative
Realty. The purchaser in the transaction was represented by Sarah Munkacsy of Coldwell Banker Paradise.


WINGATE RESERVE 180 SEAGLASS DR 6/19/2018 $425,000 $425,000 8/13/2018
SUNNYLAND BEACH SEC 7 86 MOHICAN WAY 7/3/2018 $469,900 $469,900 $41,865 $750,000
SALES FOR 32903 $550,000

NONE 2165 N HIGHWAY A1A N 8/14/2018 $750,000 $750,000 8/14/2018 $610,000
CORAL REEF 1177 N HWY A1A 203 4/2/2018 $679,500 $665,000 8/13/2018 $510,000
THE CASUARINA CLUB C 1101 S MIRAMAR AVE 406 4/1/2018 $675,000 $620,000 8/15/2018 $500,000

LANTANA OCEANFRONT 1831 HIGHWAY A1A 3306 8/9/2018 $610,000 $610,000 8/15/2018
LANTANA OCEANFRONT 1831 HIGHWAY A1A 3402 7/4/2018 $529,900 $529,900 8/10/2018
MONTECITO PHASE 1B 239 MONTECITO DR 7/12/2018 $524,900 $524,900 8/10/2018
SOMERSET OCEANFRONT 2065 HIGHWAY A1A 1503 4/3/2018 $499,990 $480,001 8/10/2018

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, August 23, 2018 37


Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Wingate Reserve, Address: 180 Seaglass Dr Subdivision: The Casuarina Club C, Address: 1101 S Miramar Ave 406

Listing Date: 6/19/2018 Listing Date: 4/1/2018
Original Price: $425,000 Original Price: $675,000
Recent Price: $425,000 Recent Price: $620,000
Sold: 8/13/2018 Sold: 8/15/2018
Selling Price: $425,000 Selling Price: $550,000
Listing Agent: DeWayne Carpenter & Kirk Kessel Listing Agent: Laura Dowling Roy

Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc Selling Agent: Premier Properties Real Estate

Sarah Munkacsy David Cable

Coldwell Banker Paradise RE/MAX Elite

Subdivision: Indialantic Hghts 2, Address: 435 Seabreeze Dr Subdivision: Sandy Kaye Condo, Address: 2835 N Highway A1A 603

Listing Date: 7/18/2018 Listing Date: 3/22/2018
Original Price: $459,000 Original Price: $475,000
Recent Price: $459,000 Recent Price: $450,000
Sold: 8/10/2018 Sold: 8/15/2018
Selling Price: $445,000 Selling Price: $420,000
Listing Agent: Corey Craigie & Elliott Grozan Listing Agent: Patricia Bouchard

Selling Agent: Curri Kirschner R. E. Grp. LLC Selling Agent: Coldwell Banker Res. R.E.

DeWayne Carpenter Tina Murphy

Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl

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Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Coral Reef, Address: 1177 N Hwy A1A 203 Subdivision: River Shores East, Address: 561 Coconut Dr

Listing Date: 4/2/2018 Listing Date: 6/8/2018
Original Price: $679,500 Original Price: $500,000
Recent Price: $665,000 Recent Price: $500,000
Sold: 8/13/2018 Sold: 8/10/2018
Selling Price: $635,000 Selling Price: $510,500
Listing Agent: David McWilliams Listing Agent: DeWayne Carpenter & Kirk Kessel

Selling Agent: McWilliams Const.Corp&Realty Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc

Kalli Kamholz Josie Rekab

Hart To Hart Real Estate, Inc. BHHS Florida Realty

JUST LISTED IN THE CLOISTERS! Subdivision: None, Address: 2165 N Highway A1A N Listing Date: 8/14/2018
Original Price: $750,000
Sold: 8/14/2018
BUYING OR SELLING Selling Price: $750,000
WE’LL GET YOU WERE YOU NEED TO GO. Listing Agent: Jay Alford

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Satellite Beach Realty

Subdivision: Lantana Oceanfront, Address: 1831 Highway A1A 3402

Listing Date: 7/4/2018
Original Price: $529,900
Recent Price: $529,900
Sold: 8/10/2018
Selling Price: $510,000
Listing Agent: Roger Hall

Selling Agent: Brevard Properties

Roger Hall

Brevard Properties

Subdivision: Lantana Oceanfront, Address: 1831 Highway A1A 3306

2 BEDROOM / 2.1 BATHROOM Listing Date: 8/9/2018
Sold: 8/15/2018
David Curri Selling Price: $610,000
Listing Agent: Gregory Ellingson &
Broker/Owner Christopher Taylor Longworth
Selling Agent:
[email protected] Ellingson Properties

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