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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2018-07-05 13:34:03

07/06/2018 ISSUE 27

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VERO MOVES TO GET OLD 5 6 B5COUNTY SEEKS BIO-SLUDGE
SEWER PLANT OFF LAGOON BAN TO PROTECT LAKE
‘BURGERS & BREWS’ GOES
OFF WITH A BANG BANG

COUNTY VOTERS PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD Whole Family
GET TO CHOOSE Health’s hunt
2 NEW JUDGES Owner sought of second ‘derelict’ sailboat in lagoon for CEO stalls

By Beth Walton | Staff Writer By Ray McNulty | Staff Writer Florida Fish & Wildlife Conser- what mysterious circumstances By Michelle Genz | Staff Writer
[email protected] vation Commission, which was was declared derelict in May. [email protected]
Indian River County voters still trying to locate the owner last
will have the opportunity to A second partially sunken boat weekend. Lt. Dustin Lightsey, who over- What was to have been another
choose new judicial officials in in the Indian River Lagoon in sees FWC patrols of the waters in leap forward in the high-growth
August as they consider candi- Vero Beach – this one, between Another larger boat that caught Indian River and southern Brevard trajectory of Whole Family Health
dates to replace retiring county the city’s two bridges – has been fire and foundered south of the counties, said the second sailboat Center – the hiring of both a new
and circuit court judges. declared a “derelict vessel” by the 17th Street Bridge under some- CEO and a new CFO – will be a
CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 smaller step for the moment af-
Six candidates are vying for ter West Virginia State Police told
two spots – the Hon. Robert Vero Beach 32963 last week that
Pegg’s seat on the circuit court the man selected to be CEO, Bri-
bench, where serious felony an Crist, remains the subject of a
cases are decided, and the Hon. multi-month investigation.
Joe Wild’s seat in county court,
which rules on traffic tickets, The hiring of Crist, which had
landlord/tenant disputes and been announced to staff and board
other less serious matters. members and was slated to be-
come effective July 30, was subse-
Among the contenders for the quently placed “on hold,” accord-
two positions are an openly gay ing to Whole Family Health’s board
former prosecutor, a corporate chairman, Stephan Trooboff.
lawyer turned public defender
and a Haitian woman who was Capt. Reginald Patterson told
the first African-American judge Vero Beach 32963 that as the result
ever to preside in the 19th Judi- of its investigation, apparently trig-
cial Circuit. gered by the Board of Directors of
the rural West Virginia healthcare
This year’s county judge race system he led, a search warrant
has seen three times more funds
raised than for any other coun- CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
ty office, according to the Divi-

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INSIDE MY House of Refuge model for
TAKE proposed lifeguard station
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For circulation or where to pick up [email protected] miston Park, where the facade
your issue call: 772-226-7925 of an L-shaped, 600-square-foot
Vero Beach lifeguards want to structure would resemble the
Artist’s rendering of new Humiston Park lifeguard headquarters. build a centrally located tower Bethel Creek House of Refuge, a
and command center that will al- life-saving station that opened
low them to see more of the city’s in 1876 at the site of what is now
shoreline and, at the same time, Jaycee Park.
provide us with a glimpse of our
history. The Bethel Creek facility was
the first of several similar stations
The Vero Beach Lifeguard As-
sociation’s plan is to build an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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MY TAKE “Besides, we’re a 501(c)(3) organization, counters” with the public.  Or that, in 1950, the federal govern-
so the donations would be tax deductible.” “It would greatly expand our field of vi- ment returned the House of Refuge property
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 to Vero Beach for $200, so it could be used as
The VBLA applied to the county for sion, which is important with our beach- a beachfront park that would become what
built approximately 20 miles – a day’s walk $75,000 in Tourist Development Council es getting busier every year and more and is now Jaycee Park?
– apart along Florida’s then-desolate Atlan- funds, but the request was rejected. The more people going into the water outside
tic coast in the late 1800s, when House of lifeguards also reached out to the corporate the lifeguard-protected areas,” Toomsoo “It would be nice if we could build the new
Refuge keepers would offer safe havens for world, applying for a Lowe’s Community said. “We’ve already set attendance records command center at Jaycee, because that was
shipwreck victims, providing survivors with Partners Grant of $100,000. this year, and we’re probably going to have a the site of the original House of Refuge, but
food, shelter and first-aid. record month for June. it wouldn’t be as functional there,” Toom-
“The city cares about safe beaches,” soo said. “We need a more central location
“The tower and command center is some- Toomsoo said, “but it doesn’t have the mon- “Having this type of facility also would re- to cover as much of the beach as possible,
thing we need, especially with our beaches ey to do it.” duce distractions from the public, improve which is why Humiston works best.”
getting busier and busier every year,” VBLA our command and control during emergen-
President Erik Toomsoo said. “So, we fig- Vero Beach City Manager Jim O’Connor cies and reduce our emergency response Toomsoo said architect Tom Hoos has
ured: Why not combine functional signifi- said the VBLA project would be a “really times,” he added. “In pretty much every way, viewed photographs of the Bethel Creek
cance with historical significance? great addition,” but the city has no plans to it would help us do our jobs better.” House of Refuge and has been instructed to
contribute any funds to it. make the building look as authentic as pos-
“If we’re going to build something, we As for the House of Refuge aspect, Toom- sible.
might as well make it something people will The VBLA has been discussing the possi- soo said the concept goes beyond the
find interesting and appealing.” bility of building a lifeguard tower and com- planned structure’s look and feel, both of “In the 1800s, the House of Refuge here
mand center at Humiston since 2012, but it which he believes would fit well with the ex- helped people in distress, and that’s what
Especially people with money who may wasn’t until this past October that the con- isting beachside architecture. we do now,” Toomsoo said. “The only differ-
want to support the plan. cept gained enough traction – and cooper- ence is that, back then, the people in distress
ation from local design and building profes- It’s a connection to Vero Beach’s past, to were in vessels. Now, usually, they’re not. But
Though the exact numbers aren’t yet sionals offering pro-bono services – to move Florida history, to a time in America that there’s definitely a connection.”
available – the VBLA was still talking with forward. predates the United States Coast Guard,
its architect, engineer and builder last week which evolved from the U.S. Life Saving Ser- So, if Toomsoo and the VBLA can find
– Toomsoo estimated the cost of project According to the VBLA website, the Hu- vice, which supervised the houses of refuge. someone to write the check, the Humiston
would be $250,000. miston Lifeguard Tower and Command Lifeguard Tower and Command Center will
Center would feature an observation tower Did you know: be more than a much-needed asset that
And he’s hoping some local business that juts out over the sand to provide life-  In 1894, the Bethel Creek House of Ref- helps make our beaches safer.
or barrier-island benefactor will write the guards with an elevated, panoramic view of uge played a vital role in saving the lives of
check. the beach from Riomar to Sexton Plaza. 24 sailors stranded on the ill-fated Brecken- It will be a welcomed reminder of our his-
shire, a steamship that ran aground on a reef tory.
“That’s what we’d like to happen,” Toom- It also would include a small administra- 450 yards offshore of what is now our Cen-
soo said, adding that, once he has the final tive office, locker facilities for lifeguards and tral Beach? Along with Hoos Architecture, engineer-
cost projections, he’ll put together a pre- an open room that would be used for train-  Or that it helped protect our shores ing firm Mills Short & Associates, builder
sentation and begin seeking the necessary ing and meetings. during World Wars II, when the Coast Guard Farrow Construction and coastal construc-
donor or donors. “To have your name on a built a 40-foot-high observation tower to tion consultant Coastal Technology are
building in the heart of the beach? It’s really In addition, the building would provide watch for submarines? working with Toomsoo at no cost to develop
not that much money. lifeguards with “enhanced shelter” from the the dual-use project. 
elements and “sometimes dangerous en-

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WHOLE FAMILY HEALTH known Crist for 15 years and was “flabber- News of the investigation first broke in the 2015. Hatfield’s LinkedIn profile shows he
gasted” to hear the candidate they recom- Lincoln Journal, a tiny weekly newspaper in joined Lincoln Primary Care in December
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 mended to Vero was under West Virginia West Virginia. It recounted in exacting detail 2015. He and Crist are graduates of West Vir-
State Police investigation. the comings and goings of Lincoln Primary ginia University.
had been served in March on Crist’s home Care Center board members over the course
and office. Patterson declined to provide any According to Trooboff, who said Crist had of several days of meetings in Hamlin, a town Trooboff said he believed Crist’s charac-
details of what they were looking for, but said spoken “candidly” to several Vero interview- of just over 1,100 residents where Crist and terization of the investigation as small-town
the investigation was continuing and “a press ers about the investigation and his resigna- his family live and where Lincoln Primary jealousy of Crist’s success. He said he had
release will follow at the appropriate time.” tion, Crist maintains the allegations made by Care Center is based. found Crist to be “about as good a guy as you
his former company’s board involve credit could possibly find.
Patterson pointed out that one week after card purchases they say he made for himself Neither the Lincoln Journal nor other me-
the search was carried out, Crist resigned as but charged to the company. dia reporting on Crist’s departure said what “What he’s told us is the person who made
CEO of Lincoln Primary Care Center, also prompted his resignation. Lincoln Primary this claim made a legal whistleblower claim.
known as Southern West Virginia Health Sys- Trooboff characterized the purchase Care Center is a major employer in southern The way I understand it is the state police
tem, which has 15 locations and 16,000 pa- amounts Crist named as “so trivial as to be West Virginia. had to be involved,” said Trooboff.
tients. ridiculous – $27, $56, nothing amounts.” The
dispute goes back for “three or four years,” Authorities there would not specify the “The board chair [at Lincoln Primary
Attempts to contact Crist directly were un- Trooboff said. allegations against Crist, though the Lincoln Health Center] is a prosecuting attorney in
successful. Asked to convey a request for an Journal reported state police had used the another county. There’s a lot of information
interview to Crist, Trooboff said Crist would While Crist informed several Whole Fam- phrase “possibility of embezzlement” and about the dynamics of this place that gives
not speak to the press. ily Health officials of the investigation, he according to the weekly, had also said “it is you real pause whether there’s any substance
did not say it remained open, a pivotal dis- possible the case could proceed to the fed- here at all,” said Trooboff.
Whole Family Health Center has a staff of tinction for Trooboff. “I don’t really think he eral level.” A State Police spokesperson on
50 serving more than 4,000 patients from of- thought it was an on-going investigation,” Monday confirmed those quotes. On a recent visit to Vero Beach, Crist met
fices in Vero and Fort Pierce. It evolved from Trooboff said. “He thought the whole issue in person with Trooboff and other board
the Fort Pierce HIV/AIDS clinic founded in with the state police was totally over, and that The West Virginia healthcare system’s risk members. “Feedback was uniformly posi-
1995 by Dr. Gerald Pierone. Whole Fami- when he got to Florida, it was behind him.” manager, Ron Hatfield, also resigned at the tive about his joining Whole Family Health
ly Health now offers free or low-cost adult same time as Crist, according to the Lincoln Center,” Trooboff wrote to staff and board
and pediatric primary care, mental health Trooboff said Whole Family Heath’s attor- Journal. To date, there has been no explana- members in a note last week. That was be-
services and HIV/Aids treatment and other ney will press Crist’s attorney as well as West tion for Hatfield’s resignation. fore learning of the on-going investigation.
services. Virginia State Police to find out if the ques-
tionable charges are as small as Crist main- Hatfield and Crist are members of a pop- Whole Family Health Center appears
Crist, his wife Stephany and two teenage tains. Whole Family had already called state ular Southern rock band in West Virginia. poised for expansion due to a shortage of
sons were planning to relocate to Vero Beach police, but “they wouldn’t tell us anything,” The Lincoln Journal recounted at length low-cost primary care providers in Vero.
this month. Crist’s name came to Whole Trooboff said. the band’s recent schedule, which included Though a CEO decision may be on hold, its
Family Health’s attention through a search a gig at the exclusive Greenbrier Resort and leaders are moving forward with the hiring of
firm, UHC Solutions, retained after the clin- “If we can’t verify that and it turns out to an upcoming performance at a festival in Jose Zirena as Chief Financial Officer. Zirena,
ic’s former CEO, Lydia Sciarrino, left in De- be considerable amounts, we would proba- Charleston, W. Va., in August. It also quoted a native of Peru, has been CFO of Communi-
cember to lead a clinic in Philadelphia. bly press ahead (with the CEO search), and from another news outlet that Hatfield had ty Health Service of Lamoille Valley, a group
if it’s not, we won’t,” he said, adding, “His ex- his law license suspended for three years in of medical, behavioral health and dental
Trooboff said the recruitment firm had planation is very believable.” practices in Stowe, Vt. 

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VOTERS TO CHOOSE NEW JUDGES Leading the fundraising race is Ni- said the 49-year-old Menz. It’s where a She says what distinguishes her from the
cole Menz, an openly gay Minnesota seat belt violation can be disputed and other candidates is this experience as an
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 native who spent nearly nine years with issues between creditors and debtors are arbitrator and her time as both a prose-
the 19th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s hashed out. cutor and a private attorney.
sion of Elections’ online database. The Office in Vero Beach before starting her
primary election is Aug. 28 and already own private practice law firm, Menz & “It’s particularly important,” Menz Among her competitors is Robyn
some $176,000 has been raised by the Battista. said. “You really need to look at the qual- Stone, a prosecutor who currently works
candidates competing for the judicial ifications of the people. Whoever is elect- for the 19th Judicial Circuit. Stone, a
vacancy. There, she represents clients in a vari- ed is likely to have this position for many 39-year-old Vero Beach native and St.
ety of areas including criminal defense, years.” Ed’s alumnus, is the youngest of the can-
In contrast, the second-most-fund- family law, bankruptcy and adoptions. didate pool. The former school teacher
ed contest, the fight for the District 4 Many of her mentors, she said, were Menz claims the support of most of the said she returned to her hometown after
spot on the Indian River County School county court judges. local bar associations and has received law school to be an advocate for chil-
Board, has seen only $57,000 in contri- more than $128,000 in contributions. Be- dren.
butions. County Court is the place where most sides practicing law, she acts as a hearing
citizens interact with the justice system, officer in St. Lucie County Traffic Court. Stone said she wanted to see those
who were negligent and abusive prose-
cuted for their crimes. She worked her
way up in the State Attorney’s Office,
starting in county court and eventually
trying felony cases.

She is now a supervisor in county
court and helps mentor young prose-
cutors. Stone also serves on the mental
health diversion team.

Kiernan Patrick Moylan, 48, of Indian
River Shores is the third candidate run-
ning for county judge. The former cor-
porate lawyer for JM Family Enterprises
said he felt called to public service as his
career grew.

He went to work for Bill McCollum, the
former Florida Attorney General, before
coming to Indian River County and serv-
ing as a public defender.

“I believe in protecting people’s
rights,” he said. “I believe in the system
and if you don’t have balance on both
sides of the equation in a criminal court-
room, it doesn’t work.”

Police officer turned criminal defense
attorney Bob Meadows, 60, shares Moy-
lan’s desire for a fair system. The former
Indian River County Sheriff’s Office de-
tective said he put himself through law
school while raising his children as sin-
gle father. He is now in the running for
Circuit Court judge.

Meadows says his work in law-en-
forcement and as a private defense attor-
ney afford him a unique perspective in
the courtroom. “I know how the grand-
mother feels crying for mercy. I can see it
from a paradigm unlike any other.”

Meadows recalled a time he had to
tell the parents of a 17-year-old girl their
daughter had been killed by a drunk
driver. He then had to take the driver of
the vehicle to jail and help prosecutors
build their case.

“Those kind of experiences, you can’t
buy,” said Meadows. “That experience
you can’t get from sitting at a table.”

Meadows is up against Stuart-based
attorney Lou Larsen and former St. Luc-
ie County Judge Nirlaine Smartt for a
spot on the Circuit bench, where life and
death decisions are made.

Criminal felonies and high-stakes civ-
il actions are arbitrated in Circuit Court.
The 19th Judicial Circuit covers Indian
River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie
counties.

Larsen, 53, said he aspired to be a
judge while he was still attending law

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school. A recent near-fatal bike accident making her the first African-American VERO IS MOVING TO GET OLD
pushed him to take the step and run for to hold that position in the circuit. She SEWER PLANT OFF LAGOON
election now. “I almost died. I am just so was unseated less than a year later after
lucky that I’m alive, that I can walk and a Fort Pierce attorney defeated her in an By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer the city’s fault that a workable deal could
that I’m not brain damaged,” he said. election. [email protected] not be reached.

The attorney has spent more than 26 The longtime prosecutor and one- After 60 years of having a wastewater The other option Howle investigated
years in private practice, working crim- time pharmaceutical sales rep said she treatment plant on the shore of the Indi- was a privately-owned utility, but he said
inal defense, probate and personal in- isn’t ready to put the gavel down. “When an River Lagoon at 17th Street, the City of there was a big downside to that approach.
jury cases. His colleagues call him the I win this election, I will make history Vero Beach has taken the first steps to con- “You’ve lost control over the ability to im-
“Swiss army knife of the office” due to again,” Smartt said. “It’s important for struct a new plant at the airport and dis- prove service, try to keep rates under con-
the breadth of his experience, he said. the bench to reflect the community it mantle the aging waterside facility, freeing trol, etc.,” he said.
serves. I see the need for a person like up valuable riverfront land and eradicat-
The attorney started elawyer.com and myself to do this.” ing a smelly eyesore that has been a nota- With options narrowed significantly,
would like to see technology improve ef- ble flaw in Vero’s cityscape. Howle said, building a new plant at the
ficiencies and access in the court system. Smartt came to the United States Vero Beach Regional Airport property the
“The world is changing so fast and in so from Haiti when she was 4 years old. The council authorized Water and Sew- city already owns seems like the best solu-
many ways,” he said. “I will always be She was enrolled in Head Start, a public er Utility Director Rob Bolton to com- tion.
open to listening to suggestions of any- early childhood education program for mission initial engineering work, which
thing that can improve the lives of our low-income kids and their families. It will take about 90 days. In November, the Councilman Val Zudans ran on a prom-
citizens.” was there she learned English. project should be in the financial planning ise to get the sewer plant off the river and
stage, Bolton said, with a proposal coming said he wants it done sooner than later.
Larsen was hit by a vehicle while rid- “I’ve had to work hard to get to where I back to the council for a vote in December. Mayor Lange Sykes, too, has been con-
ing along A1A. The driver has since been am. Nothing was ever given to me,” said cerned about having the treatment facili-
criminally charged with being under the Smartt, who returned to her job as an Mayor Harry Howle has been working ty on the lagoon, from an environmental
influence of drugs or alcohol and leaving Assistant State Attorney after losing the on the issue with Bolton for almost four standpoint as well as an aesthetic one.
the scene of the accident. election. She is now a criminal felony years. “It’s time, obviously,” Howle said, “to Councilwoman Laura Moss and Council-
prosecutor in St. Lucie County, investi- get an industrial eyesore off the river.” man Tony Young also backed the idea of
The experience, Larsen said, not only gating and prosecuting major crimes. moving the plant. Young had previously
gave him a new lease on life, but also Howle said he spoke to Indian Riv- spoken out against proposals to sell the
showed him what it is like to be a victim. “I’ve always felt this need to serve the er County officials about the idea of the utility to the county or privatize it.
He asked prosecutors to take his case to community in this capacity. I always try county taking Vero’s waste into its own
trial. to help administer justice, to uphold the system and, in his opinion, that’s not The existing plant, designed to treat 4.5
constitution,” she said. “To me, being a a mutually beneficial solution. “In my million gallons per day, was built in 1977 to
“I trust the system. I believe in the sys- judge is the epitome of being an attor- mind, that ask is over,” Howle said, add- replace an obsolete 1958 plant that treat-
tem. I want to see it play out.” ney. It’s the highest form of service.” ing that it’s neither the county’s fault nor
CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
Smartt, 51, is the only one of the Cir- More information about the upcoming
cuit Court candidates who has sat on the elections and candidates is at www.vo-
bench before. teindianriver.com. 

She was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott
as a St. Lucie County judge in 2015,

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County seeks to ban bio-sludge polluting Blue Cypress Lake DERELICT BOAT

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By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer treatment plant discharges, stormwater ing before testing for those chemicals. has been placed in the agency’s database
[email protected] runoff, septic tanks, and fertilizer runoff “Our staff has talked to their chemical and that a “diligent investigation” was on-
from both urban and agricultural lands,” going.
With scientists increasingly alarmed said FDEP spokesperson Dee Ann Miller. consultant and the FDEP has no list that
that bio-sludge is polluting Blue Cypress would confirm a biosolid source, but Lightsey said the owner, once located, will
Lake while the Florida Department of The lake is part of the headwaters of they said they would look into it,” O’Bry- be issued a citation for abandoning a dere-
Environmental Protection sits on its the St. Johns River water basin, and St. an said. lict vessel – under Florida law, a first-degree
hands, Indian River County is crafting Johns River Keeper Lisa Rinaman raised misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of
an ordinance to ban its use in farming. the alarm about sludge in April, asking Ten days later O’Bryan had no reply. one year in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.
the FDEP for an immediate moratorium “I would like to see a little more ur-
Several environmental groups and on sludge application. gency in the FDEP response,” O’Bryan “After that’s accomplished,” Lightsey
state agencies believe bio-sludge – treat- said. said, “the vessel will be posted with a sticker
ed human waste loaded with nitro- Her call for a halt to human waste ap- The amount of bio-sludge dumped in and the 45-day count to removal will begin.”
gen and other chemicals – that’s being plication came in the wake of a St. Johns Indian River County has been increas-
spread on fields in Indian River County River Water Management study released ing as the substance has been banned in The due process protections under fed-
is feeding toxic algae blooms in Blue Cy- in February that found the sludge likely other watersheds. eral law require that the owner, after being
press Lake, a water body remote from is polluting the lake. The 3,000-acre Pressley Ranch is notified by authorities, be given 45 days to
urban areas that has been environmen- among three ranches near the lake ac- remove the boat and pay any civil claims
tally pristine until very recently. “Knowing this, the FDEP reapproved cepting bio-sludge, and it receives the before the vessel can be seized by the state.
a 10-year sludge application permit a greatest amount.
Dr. Eddie Widder of the Ocean Re- month later to the Pressley Ranch,” Ri- More than 11,000 tons of human Lightsey said he could not identify the
search and Conservation Association, naman said. waste from 12 sources in Miami-Dade boat’s owner or provide further details be-
Dr. Richard Baker, head of Pelican Island and Broward counties have been spread cause the owner hadn’t yet been cited and
Audubon Society, and St. Johns River “They’re allowing Blue Cypress Lake at the ranch since 2015. the case was still under investigation.
Water Management District believe the to die on their watch.” “I don’t want to criminalize sludge,”
human waste, which other counties are County Commissioner Bob Solari said, However, multiple local boaters said the
legally dumping here, is contributing to Seeking to clarify the situation, Indian “but the amounts being applied don’t sailboat has been abandoned in the lagoon
algae blooms in the lake. River County wants to perform scientific have anything to do with farming. It has – approximately 250 yards south of the Bar-
tests to determine the source of pollu- to do with the disposal of human waste.” ber Bridge and less than 15 yards west of the
But the Florida Department of Envi- tion in the lake, but the FDEP has failed Faced with inaction by FDEP, the Intracoastal Waterway channel – since early
ronmental Protection, which issues per- to provide testing guidelines. commission tasked County Attorney April.
mits that allow bio-sludge to be spread Dylan Reingold with drafting an ordi-
on agricultural land as fertilizer, main- At the June 19 county commission nance prohibiting the application of The boat remains visible from the south
tains the sludge is not harming the lake. meeting, Commission Chairman Peter bio-sludge in the county, which will be side of the Barber Bridge.
O’Bryan said the artificial sweetener su- presented at a July meeting. 
“As I am sure you know, the sources cralose and the pharmaceutical chemi- Boaters said the sailboat had been an-
of excess nutrients in a waterbody can cal acetaminophen are usually accept- chored near Memorial Island before break-
include many sources, such as water ed as human-sewage markers, but the ing free and drifting across the lagoon and
county needs FDEP’s procedural bless- getting stuck in a sandbar.

REMOVING SEWER PLANT water treatment thousands of feet down expires. So we’re looking at a transition of A 35-foot catamaran, which was aban-
into the ground. this without having any impact on the fees doned in the lagoon south of the 17th Street
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 that we charge today,” O’Connor said. Bridge after being damaged by fire on the
Bolton said the debt on the existing morning of April 10, remained half-sub-
ed 2.2 million gallons a day. Prior to that, plant will be paid off in 2022, and that it Zudans urged the city staff to fast-track merged offshore from the Fairlane Harbor
a 1920s plant and a World War II-era U.S. would take two years to construct the new the project, saying 2022 is too far away, neighborhood’s seawall last weekend.
Navy wastewater facility dumped treated plant, plus time to test it before waste- and O’Connor said he did think there were
wastewater into a relief canal. water can be diverted from the riverfront some creative things the city could do fi- The FWC cited the catamaran’s owner,
plant so decommissioning can begin. nancially prior to the existing debt being Douglas Robert Silvera of the Bahamas,
Both the 1977 and 1958 plants dis- Payments on the new debt – likely tens of paid off. with abandoning a derelict vessel. Howev-
charged treated wastewater directly into millions for the airport plant – can kick in er, the boat’s local caretaker blamed a U.S.
the lagoon, as was the practice until 2010, when the old debt payments roll off, City Bolton pointed out that there are sav- Coast Guard crew for the mishap.
when the Indian River Lagoon Act prohib- Manager Jim O’Connor said. ings to be had by waiting a year or two for
ited such discharges and Vero invested in inflation in the construction market to Vero Isles resident Doug Sweet said the
a deep-injection well at the airport that “The structure of the debt can deter- shake out. catamaran was anchored “safely and se-
deposits both wastewater and brine from mine when we want to have that debt and curely” 1,000 yards south of the bridge and
still time it around when the existing debt “It’s a great time to be designing some- 250 yards outside the channel for three
thing; it’s not a great time to be bidding days. Then the Coast Guard showed up.
something,” Bolton said.
Sweet, who planned to do some resto-
Once both the sewer plant, Big Blue ration and maintenance work on the cat-
and the electric substation and switching amaran, said the crew moved the boat too
equipment are dismantled, the city will close to the power lines near the bridge and
own 23.7 acres of prime riverfront prop- didn’t properly anchor the vessel.
erty with a total of 1,120 linear feet on the
water – not including the canal south of “So, when the winds shifted and the
the wastewater treatment plant – accord- current shifted,” he explained, “the boat
ing to a report previously prepared for the must’ve come loose and swung around, and
council by Vero’s Chief Surveyor David Gay. it got pushed into the power lines.”

No decisions have been made yet about The fire is believed to have started when
what Vero and its citizens want to see built the boat’s mast struck the power lines.
– or not built – on that land, but it could
end up giving Vero an attractive riverfront The FWC, which has police jurisdiction
sector with the appeal of the nicely devel- over Florida waters, stated in its report that
oped riverfronts in places like Stuart, Fort the Coast Guard had “boarded the vessel
Pierce, Sebastian and Melbourne. the night before the fire” in response to a
call claiming the boat was moored in the
“Something great can happen on both channel.
of those sites,” Zudans said. 
The Coast Guard has not responded to
a voice message left by Vero Beach 32963
seeking information regarding the decision
to move the catamaran. 

TRANSITIONAL CARE CRITICAL
TO PATIENTS’ LASTING WELL-BEING

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Transitional care critical to patients’ lasting well-being

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer end up back in the hospital again.”
[email protected] A typical transitional care patient could

“Transitional care,” says registered nurse be a hip or knee replacement patient who is
Virginia (Ginny) Currier, director of nursing still unsteady on their feet or someone who
at Sebastian River Medical Center’s transi- is otherwise too weak or fragile – due to age,
tional care unit, “is the bridge between hos- anesthesia, prescription medications or sur-
pital and home” for patients that need addi- gical-related complications – or someone
tional care after an operation or illness. who lives alone and has no one to help care
for them at home upon release.
According to Currier, the goal of the pro-
gram and its skilled nursing facility “is to The need for transitional care and its suc-
help people regain their strength and safe- cess in helping patients is well documented.
ty awareness, so that they can return home
safely. And, hopefully, stay at home and not Beckers Hospital Review writes that on
average, 20 percent of Medicare beneficia-

Nursing home administrator Gloria Tausch and TCU Director of Nursing Virginia Currier.

ries discharged from hospitals are re-hos- patient-centered discharge instructions,
pitalized within 30 days, but a large series follow-ups with primary care providers and
of “randomized controlled trials” have medication reconciliations.
shown that transitional care programs like
the one at SRMC can “significantly low- SRMC’s transitional care unit is located at
er those readmission rates,” according to the hospital, but not in the acute care part of
American Nurse Today. the building.

These programs incorporate services “They’re actually discharged as a hospital
such as comprehensive discharge plan- patient and then they come here for a brand-
ning, post-discharge telephone outreach, new admission,” Currier says. “They come
from upstairs straight down to us, after they

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are discharged,” to do physical therapy, occu- PHOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE we try to follow-up with that too, and with the
pational therapy, speech therapy and other- families, to make sure that patients follow-up
wise prepare to return home. ‘Everybody goes home with home health with their physicians when they go home and
nursing and home health physical therapy make sure they have all the documentation
“This is a skilled nursing unit,” Currier they’re going to need,” says Tausch. “We give
continues, “so, it’s the same as if they were to and occupational therapy.’ them a card so they can feel free to call us
go outside to a stand-alone skilled unit. It’s back if they have any questions.”
the same principle. Except we’re under the – TCU Director of Nursing Virginia Currier
hospital license.” “We also give them also an entire print-out
fore any of our people are discharged home, makes follow-up discharge appointments of their medications and we tell them to take
Which has obvious advantages – few, if we’ve already made their follow-up appoint- with primary care doctors. If they have a that to their follow-up appointment so their
any, stand-alone skilled nursing units have ments for them, and the dates and times are specialist that is following them, such as an doctor can review and make any changes [he
fully staffed emergency departments, op- written on their discharge paper work.” orthopedic surgeon, she also makes that fol- or she] wants. And, if they are put on any new
erating rooms and a full-time staff of high- low-up appointment. medications while they are in our care, we do
ly-trained physicians and surgeons just a few “Our discharge planner,” Currier contin- a complete educational print-out of the new
steps away in the same building. ues, “who is also our case manager, calls and “Even if [the patient is from] out-of-state, medication for them.”

The transitional care unit’s administrator, Currier adds that “any equipment pa-
Gloria Tausch, joins the conversation to point tients used while they were in therapy, if
out “there aren’t that many transitional care they don’t have that at home, we get that
units in Florida.” for them before they leave. Everybody goes
home with home health nursing and home
For that reasons, SRMC’s TC unit takes health physical therapy and occupational
patients from other area hospitals, as well. therapy. If they don’t want it they can cancel
“We take patients from all the surrounding it, but it is ordered and set up for everyone
areas, and we do direct admits from physi- that leaves here.”
cians’ offices.”
Both Currier and Tausch are keenly aware
The availability of the unit is vital given that patients want to leave the hospital and
this area’s high concentration of retirees. return home as soon as possible. They just
“High-quality transitional care is especially want that return to be as safe and long-last-
important for older adults,” according to the ing as possible.
National Library of Medicine.
Both Tausch and Currier are with Stew-
The need for transitional care is reinforced ard Health’s Sebastian River Medical Cen-
by American Nurse Today, which reports ter transitional care unit at 13695 U.S. 1 in
“fewer than 50 percent of patients see their Sebastian. The hospital’s phone number is
primary care provider within two weeks of a 772-589-3186. 
hospital discharge.”

That’s a figure that clearly raises Currier’s
hackles. “We don’t allow that,” she says. “Be-

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The risks and consequences of high blood pressure

By Fred Cicetti | Columnist It can enlarge the heart, create small bulges Your chances of getting high blood pres- dure stress for too long. Obviously, chang-
(aneurysms) in blood vessels, damage the sure are higher if you are African-Ameri- ing your diet, exercising and altering your
Q. Why do they call high blood pressure the blood vessels in the kidneys, harden arteries, can or if you are overweight, don’t exercise, lifestyle will help.
silent killer? produce bleeding in the eyes and lead to heart eat too much salt, drink too much alcohol,
attack, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. don’t consume enough potassium or en- When you go to your doctor to have your
High blood pressure – known as hyper- blood pressure taken, there are a few things
tension – is very sneaky. It’s called the silent you can do to get an accurate reading. First,
killer, because it usually has no symptoms. don’t eat, drink coffee or smoke cigarettes
for an hour before your pressure is taken.
Doctors say you have high blood pres- (What are you doing smoking anyway?)
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lower is considered normal. Prehyperten- minutes before the test.
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The first number represents your systolic proaches you. If your doctor knows this, he
pressure when the heart beats. The second or she may recommend a home blood-pres-
number represents the diastolic pressure sure monitor or ambulatory monitor that is
when the heart rests. If only one number is worn around the clock and takes your pres-
elevated, you still have high blood pressure sure every half hour.
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Isolated systolic hypertension (ISH) is lifestyle changes don’t reduce it, there
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IRMC unveils its latest hi-tech imaging equipment

Dan Cameron, director of
Diagnostic Imaging Services.

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By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer says, “now allows us to do something that
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According to Dan Cameron and Dr.
Heather Nagel, “the Force” is now officially Cameron, the hospital’s director of im-
with the Indian River Medical Center. aging services, is clearly pleased with all
three of the new devices but seems most
They don’t mean a “Star Wars” charac- excited about the Siemens machine.
ter has arrived armed with a light saber, but
rather that the Siemens Somatom Force – a “In the CT scanner, we’re [now] able to do
384 slice, dual-source, dual-energy comput- any type of imaging. Cardiac, neuro, ortho-
ed tomography (CT) scanner – is now in op- pedic, oncology, urology,” says Cameron.
eration at the hospital. It is one of the newest, “What it means is that we’re now prepared
most powerful and flexible imaging devices for any programs here at the hospital, now
on the market. And it’s just one of three new and in the future. We’ll be able to provide
imaging devices recently installed there. the best imaging possible and it prepares
us for probably five or 10 years out, as far as
There’s also a new positron emission to- our capabilities.”
mography (PET) scanner by General Elec-
tric and an upgraded 3D tomosynthesis Nagel, the director of the Women’s Im-
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Dr. Heather Nagel. ‘... if we can’t scan the
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right now.’
– Dan Cameron

and a five-star rated diagnostic radiology with acute symptoms to see what’s going on every possible vendor. What they had and riod and then add those up and say ‘OK,
specialist on Healthgrades.com, jumps in – on a physiologic level – in their brain.” what they could provide. that’s what it’s going to cost us to run this
to point out, “the new Siemens’ applica- thing for six, seven years.’”
tions for oncology imaging are tremendous And, perhaps best of all, Cameron says, “John Skalko and Dan [Cameron] did
for differentiating tumors and differentiat- “the new CT scanner reduces the radiation a tremendous job working these vendors Then, says Cameron, a “cage match” be-
ing cancer versus hemorrhage.” dose [patients receive] up to 80 percent.” against each other, getting the best possible gins.
deal. It wasn’t like we were a kid in a candy
Pausing only for a quick breath, she adds, With his new equipment up and run- shop or we can get whatever we want. It was Line item by line item, Cameron and
“the cardiac imaging is tremendous, [too]. ning, the normally soft-spoken Cameron really, what can we get and who can provide Skalko pointed out to vendors that their
We can image the heart in one beat. We no makes a bold claim: “I say if we can’t scan the best quality machine at the best price? It competition has a lower price here or there
longer have to give [patients] a drug to slow the patient, nobody can scan the patient. really came down to economics.” and after much haggling, they’re confident
their heart rate down to get that snapshot We’ve got the best machine, literally, in the they reached the lowest price on the best
image of the heart.” world right now.” Cameron explains the bidding and buy- machines.
ing process by saying, “we do this thing
The new equipment will be a boon to the These new capabilities, however, didn’t called total cost of ownership when we do Dr. Heather Nagel is the director of the
hospital’s nascent stroke center, as well. come cheap. these projects. We look at the purchase of women’s Imaging center at Vero Radiology
the equipment, and then we look at what is Associates at 3725 11th Circle. The phone
“We’re now developing a very aggressive Cameron puts the collective price tag for called the service maintenance agreement. number is 772-562-0163. Dan Cameron is
stroke program,” Nagel reveals, “and the the Siemens and GE devices at more than We negotiate not only on the purchase, but the Indian River Medical Center’s director of
new CT scanner – the ‘Force’ – has profusion $5 million – which Nagel says was a good also on the servicing over a five-year pe- imaging services. 
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Bonz inspired by Tucker, who’s blind but blessed

Hi Dog Buddies! car or going on leash walks, I was Tucker “Woof! So you can run
Very Nervous at first, so nervous around an play with Hershey
This week’s innerview reminded me
what a lucky dog I am. that I’d tuck my caboose under. So an stuff like that?”

Tucker Davis is a 9-year-old Rat Terrier. Mom an Dad changed my name “Sure, since Hershey
Last September, he got a disease that made
him blind, an a couple weeks ago he Woof- (Victor) to Tucker. (Which I like showed me how to play. I
mailed me to ask if he could share some of
the tricks he learned to help him find im- better anyway.) I didn’t even know don’t do as much zoomin’
portant stuff like his food an water bowls,
an bed, an Mom an Dad, and not bump how to play, if you can believe it. around as she does, though.
into things.
I only knew how to watch TV and I’m a Momma’s Boy. I like
When the door opened, a chocolate-col-
ored pooch was standing there, next to snuggle on the couch. snoozin’ on the grass, in the
a lady, an Tucker was right behind, real
close. He had a black sniffer and very big, “When I first got here, Mom an sun. Hershey says I snore,
very dark eyes. An the BEST. EARS. EVER.
Big pointy ones that looked like sails onna Dad had another pooch, Idaho, a but I’m not so sure. She’s a
boat. He may not be able to see, I thought,
but I bet he can hear a mouse in sneakers, Jack Russell. We weren’t what you’d Daddy’s Girl. They watch
tip-toeing.
call come-PAT-ibble. It was sorta football, an she helps him
After a coupla woofs, they came up for
Wag-and-Sniffs, Tucker leaning against the my fault, I guess, cuz, see, since I in the garden. She’s a hunt-
chocolate-colored pooch a liddle bit.
didn’t understand Playin’ back then, er, too. She’ll hunt anything
“I’m Tucker, this is my liddle sister, Her-
shey, an this is our Mom, Sandra. Our Dad’s I kept trying to save Mom from that moves. Lizards, squir-
Tom. Thanks for coming, Mr. Bonzo.”
Idaho when they were just playin’ rels, snakes.”
“Thanks for having me,” I replied. “I got-
ta say, you seem to get around nicely. If I Tug-of-War. We finally worked out “You got THAT right!”
didn’t know you were blind, I don’t think I
wudda suspected.” a Semi-Peaceful Co-existence, and, Hershey interjected. “I’m

“Well, I hadda learn a lot pretty quick. It when Idaho went to Dog Heaven, I good at it, too. Except, one
was frustrating for a while, but, with Mom
and Dad an Hershey and my special trainer really missed her, and I moped and time, on the beach, I ate one
helpin’ me, it’s all good now.”
moped. of those blue, bubble-look-
“So why don’t you start from when you
first got your Forever Family,” I suggested. “Mom an Dad figured I needed ing thingys with the long

“K. Well, I was 5 anna half when Mom another pooch pal, so they went to blue strings on ’em. THAT
and Dad found me at the Brevard Hu-
mane Society. I’d been very well cared for a Rat Terrier rescue down in Miami PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD was a BIG Mistake.”
by my previous owners, probly even a little
spoiled, but they had to let me go cuz of and found Hershey. Only half of her “HUGE!” Tucker agreed.
Unavoidable Circumstances. I wasn’t mad
at ’em or anything, but I was sad. And kinda is a Rat Terrier. I’m not sure which “She was sicker than a –
concerned. But my new Mom an Dad were
super nice. Since I wasn’t used to ridin’ in a half. The rest is Jack Russell and Chi- peppermint on the furniture feet and pa- well, you know. She hadda have SUR-gery.

huahua. She’s a wunnerful liddle sister. She tio dog door so I could find the exit. And Now we’re mostly back to normal. We share

even taught me how to play by running vanilla on my water dish. An lavender on everything. Except food. When we hear

laps around the coffee table, an bouncing pathways to Important Places. So by the Mom running the bath water, we run an

at me, an waggin’ an stuff. An, when I got time my lights went out, I knew how to use hide together. But it doesn’t do any good.

blind, she figured out how to help me by my nose to find stuff.” When we figure out we’re going to the vet,

stickin’ real close and kinda bumpin’ me “Woof! Tucker, that’s uh-MAZ-ing!! we sit and give Mom the ‘No, we don’t think

along. She’s Awesome Dog Biscuits!” YOU’RE amazing. But I thought I heard so,’ look. That doesn’t work either.”

Hershey trotted over and licked Tucker bells, when we first came in. What’s up “Well Thank Lassie, things turned out

on the nose. “Awwww, thanks, bro.” with that?” OK,” I told them. “I sure appreciate you

“Well, it’s true,” he told her. “Anyway, last “I also learned to use my ears more. sharing your experiences, so maybe it’ll

September, Mom an Dad ree-lized some- Mom an Dad an Hershey wear bell brace- help other pooches in the same spot. It’s

thing was wrong, an took me to a special- lets so I always know where they are.” been a pleasure.”

ist. When they found out it was SARDS and Heading home, I was feeling fortunate.

I was probly gonna totally lose my sight, DON’T BE SHY And inspired. And, just in case your hu-
they got a special trainer for me, A.J., to mans wanna know: SARDS is Sudden Ac-

help us Prepare. A.J. taught us some Cool We are always looking for pets quired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome. I
Kibbles stuff. Like using my sniffer: while I with interesting stories. Googled it.
could still see a liddle, Mom’d put different
smelly stuff (she calls ’em Essential Oils) To set up an interview, email The Bonz
on places I need to be able to locate. She [email protected]

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Retiring judge seeks to build housing for vets in Vero

By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer Roger Nettles and Harry Swift at the Courtyard Villas. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
[email protected]
said. She plans to do construction and “He suggested I buy some place out in tain number of units to cover my costs.
Sandy McLaughlin, soon to retire as demolition in phases, so that current res- the county if I wanted higher density. Den- I’ve got the will, drive and interest to ad-
a district judge in Louisville, Kentucky, idents are not made homeless during the sity push-back is usually related to park- dress a problem here in such a way that
wants to tear down the existing buildings renovation process. ing, but these veterans don’t have cars. will improve the aesthetics. I’m not asking
at 1055 Royal Palm Blvd. and double the And it has to be in an area where they can for anything but permission. Just let me
number of housing units on the rental “I bought to rebuild the apartments to get to services. We can’t put them out in improve the lives of veterans and the land.
property so she can house more homeless house veterans,” she said. “Tim McGarry the country. Where is the harm in that? Take a chance
or struggling veterans. said I can tear them down and don’t have on looking at a plan.”
to go through Planning and Zoning to re- “I don’t want to go broke doing this,”
So far, the City of Vero Beach is not going build 20 units. McLaughlin added. “I need to build a cer- McLaughlin has hired Vero Beach ar-
along with idea.

“I have entered the ‘City of No,’” Mc-
Laughlin said, fresh from a meeting with
Vero Beach Director of Planning and De-
velopment Tim McGarry, who told her an
application for a variance to increase den-
sity would have “no chance” of succeeding.

McLaughlin bought the Courtyard Villas
and Apartments of Indian River two blocks
east of U.S. 1 nearly a year and a half ago
for $1 million. There are several buildings
on the 1.5-acre site with a total of 20 units,
all built in 1950, according to the county
appraiser’s web site.

The land is zoned RM 10/12 – medi-
um-to-high-density residential – which
allows up to 12 units an acre. The existing
complex is a tad over current code allowanc-
es with 20 units, but McLaughlin’s land use
is “grandfathered in,” according to McGarry.

The property used to be a hotel in the
“motor court” style, which explains the
size range from one-bedrooms to tiny ef-
ficiencies.

“Some people only have 100 square
feet and no kitchen,” McLaughlin said,
“and they’re in bad shape. They’re coming
down, no matter what happens.”

Those who are not veterans currently
living there would not be kicked out as a
result of the rebuilding, but replaced by
veterans “through attrition,” McLaughlin

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MAINLAND REAL ESTATE SALES: JUNE 25 THROUGH JUNE 29

TOP SALES OF THE WEEK

The last week of June in the mainland real estate market saw an astonishing 67 single-family resi-
dences and lots change hands (some shown below).
The top sale of the week in Vero Beach was the home at 6990 1st Street SW. First listed in May for
$1,295,000, the 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, 2,825-square-foot residence sold for $1,000,000 on
June 29.
In Sebastian, the week’s best sale was the house at 709 S Easy Street. Originally listed in May for
$350,000, this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,912-square-foot home sold for $330,000 on June 29.

SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS

ORIGINAL SELLING
PRICE
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
$1,000,000
VERO BEACH 6990 1ST ST SW 5/4/2018 $1,295,000 6/29/2018 $775,000
VERO BEACH 7646 S POLO GROUNDS LANE 3/5/2018 $825,000 6/27/2018 $610,000
VERO BEACH 7682 S POLO GROUNDS LANE LANE 2/26/2018 $739,000 6/27/2018 $470,000
VERO BEACH 2243 6TH AVENUE SE 11/1/2017 $514,900 6/29/2018 $407,300
VERO BEACH 5020 GREEN ISLAND PLACE 2/26/2018 $420,000 6/25/2018 $385,000
VERO BEACH 4925 55TH STREET 3/31/2018 $39,500 6/26/2018 $371,000
VERO BEACH 384 11TH SQUARE SW 4/11/2018 $390,000 6/25/2018 $341,240
VERO BEACH 2665 ANTILLES LANE 2/11/2018 $360,678 6/25/2018 $338,000
VERO BEACH 421 24TH AVENUE SW 1/12/2018 $375,000 6/25/2018 $335,000
VERO BEACH 5441 BARBADOS SQUARE 2/6/2018 $345,000 6/29/2018 $330,000
SEBASTIAN 709 S EASY STREET 5/2/2018 $350,000 6/29/2018 $310,000
VERO BEACH 2008 GREY FALCON CIRCLE 5/19/2018 $319,900 6/29/2018 $307,000
VERO BEACH 4764 SAINT ELIZABETH TER UNIT S 6/9/2017 $350,000 6/29/2018 $306,000
VERO BEACH 4400 9TH MANOR SW 3/19/2018 $335,000 6/29/2018

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7646 S Polo Grounds Lane, Vero Beach 7682 S Polo Grounds Lane, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 3/5/2018 Listing Date: 2/26/2018
Original Price: $825,000 Original Price: $739,000
Sold: 6/27/2018 Sold: 6/27/2018
Selling Price: $775,000 Selling Price: $610,000
Listing Agent: Josh Stalls Listing Agent: Josh Stalls

Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

Claire Higgins Steven Rennick

Keller Williams Realty of VB Rennick Real Estate

2243 6th Avenue SE, Vero Beach 5020 Green Island Place, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 11/1/2017 Listing Date: 2/26/2018
Original Price: $514,900 Original Price: $420,000
Sold: 6/29/2018 Sold: 6/25/2018
Selling Price: $470,000 Selling Price: $407,300
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Coming Up! Far out! Astrophotography show
amazes at Museum PAGE B2
GUILD’S ‘DIXIE SWIM
CLUB’ IS A STROKE
OF COMEDIC GENIUS

By Samantha Rohlfing Baita | Staff Writer
[email protected]

1 Dive into the Vero Beach
Theatre Guild’s summer
comedy splash: “The Dixie Swim
Club” is about lifetime friendships
– at once hilarious and touching;
raucous and poignant. Opening
this coming Tuesday, July 10, for a
two-week run, it is the story of five
Southern women who have been
friends since they were teammates
on their college swim team. Since
those days, they’ve met for a week-
end every August at a beach house
on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to
“catch up, laugh and meddle in each
other’s lives,” according to drama-
tists.com. The play covers three of
those weekends over 33 years. Still
the “team leader” is Sheree, focused
on her “organized and perfect life.”
Wisecracking Dinah is a career dy-
namo with a frustrating personal
life; pampered, oft-married Lexi
strives to maintain her looks and
youth; sharp-tongued Vernadette is
determined to “embrace” her cha-
otic and challenging life; and gentle,
accommodating Jeri Neal surprises
her friends with some unexpect-
ed news. “The Dixie Swim Club”
show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays
through Fridays; and 2 p.m. Satur-
days and Sundays. Tickets are $15 to
$30. 772-562-8300.

2 It’s time again for the wonder-
ful Vero Beach International
Music Festival, four days of “world-
class bluegrass and Americana” by
the Mike Block String Camp students
and the gifted and experienced facul-
ty folk musicians, shares the church’s
concert promo. Each summer, First
Presbyterian Church hosts this sum-
mer musical event to support the

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Far out! Astrophotography show amazes at Museum

By Ellen Fischer | Columnist
[email protected]

Direct from England’s Royal Observatory
in Greenwich, a show that will have you see-
ing stars is on view now at the Vero Beach
Museum of Art. The exhibition continues
through Sept. 16.

The Holmes Gallery exhibit comprises 55
photographic images of the heavens, from
neighboring planets to galaxies trillions of
miles from our little earth. All of the images on
display were snapped by amateur astropho-
tographers and represent the finest examples
of their kind, selected from thousands of en-
tries submitted to the 2017 Astronomy Pho-
tographer of the Year competition, conducted
annually by the Royal Observatory.

Dr. Kevin Fewster, director of the Roy-
al Greenwich Museums (of which the ob-
servatory is part), spoke about the context
for the competition during his visit to the
VBMA earlier this month.

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17TH ANNUAL

space phenomena in astounding detail. servatory, the VBMA was able to print the im- INDIALANTIC
Although the photos in the exhibit show ages larger and hang the framed pictures in
a single, generously spaced row. Fewster re- FeCsrtaivfat l
nothing new about the contents of the uni- marked on this with pleasure when he visited An Outdoor Craft Show
verse, their ‘wow’ factor – directed to a di- the show here. at Nance Park
verse audience of scientist and non-scien- July 7th – 8th
tist alike – is astronomical. It brings the best The decision to mount some of the pho- Sat./Sun.
of artistic and scientific space imagery to tos as back-lit transparencies and some as 10am – 4pm
the public, Fewster says. opaque prints was evidently made by the N. Miramar Avenue
VBMA curatorial staff. This effectively high- in Indialantic
The competition began in 2009 with most lights some prints over others. In the case (near Melbourne, FL)
of the entries coming from England, Aus- of the competition’s 2017 overall winner, a Free Admission
tralia and the U.S. The 2018 competition photo of deep space titled “The Rho Ophiu-
attracted 4,300 entries from photographers chi Clouds” by Russian Artem Mironov, this ArtFestival.com
in 80 countries and all eight continents – in- makes sense. Not all of the 31 prize winners
cluding Antarctica. in the show are displayed as transparencies. American Craft Endeavors
Some of them are not even displayed as single
Fewster notes that the exhibition was first prints in their own frames. (561) 746-6615
exhibited only in England at Greenwich; later
traveling to a few other English venues as well. Of the framed images on paper, 16 were
printed half the size of the others on display.
This is the first year the show has been In framing, those smaller prints were dou-
taken outside Britain, to cities in Russia and bled-up, two to a frame. The eight frames
Portugal, as well as to Vero Beach and New containing the twosomes are scattered
York City in the U.S. throughout the gallery. Their presentation is
confusing at best. At worst, it devalues the im-
Fewster says he hopes that the Green- portance of the images thus displayed.
wich exhibition will continue to travel inter-
nationally in the future. The prints that were doubled-up were
matched, it would seem, by like colors – and
“This show could be at a science center, for no other purpose that can be discerned
an observatory, an art museum. And that’s by this viewer. At first glance, it is easy to
what I like about it.” mistake the pictures as companions in con-
cept or subject matter.
According to Fewster, what intrigued
VBMA director Brady Roberts about the Take, for example, one such pairing: a
show was the way it arrived at the museum. stunning image titled “Nacreous Clouds”
by Bartlomiej Jurecki of Poland, which is
And that, museum goers, is what is really contained within the same frame with the
new and different about this show. equally fascinating “Wanderer in Patagonia”
by Yuri Zvezdny of Russia.
The pictures were sent to the VBMA not
as objects in heavy crates, but as electronic Fewster singled out “Nacreous Clouds”
files via email. A commercial printing com- for special praise during his visit here. Taken
pany in Miami converted the files into inkjet in Lofoten, Norway, on the last day of 2016,
prints, which were framed in-house at the the picture shows the gentle, hill-like curves
VBMA and installed in the Holmes Gallery. of polar stratospheric clouds prismatically
refracting sunlight.
In all there are 55 photos on display. Of
those, 37 are ink-jet prints on opaque sub- After marveling at the beauty of this rarely
strates (i.e., digital prints on plastic “paper”), seen cloud formation, and likening the im-
and 18 are printed on transparent plastic and age’s composition to that of a fine art painting,
mounted in wall-hung lightboxes. There is Fewster said “this shows you how this show
also a flat-screen monitor in the gallery that works. This was taken by a Polish photogra-
displays brief interviews with some of the pher in Norway. This says something about
show’s photographers. our development as a species and about us as
world citizens.”
A photo of the show as installed at the
Royal Observatory Greenwich – displayed The image was highly commended (aka,
by Fewster during his opening lecture at the given an award of merit) in the competi-
VBMA – revealed a small exhibition space,
where the pictures – all of them mounted in CONTINUED ON PAGE B4
light boxes – were hung salon style.

Because the Holmes Gallery is a much
larger exhibition room than that at the ob-

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1

Mike Block String Camp Scholarship Fund.
The camp faculty will perform Wednesday
and Friday, July 11-13; and Saturday, July 14,
they’ll join their camp students for a concert
and barn dance. Concert times are: Wednes-
day and Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m. Ad-
mission is via donation. 772-562-9088.

3 If you have yet to see a performance by 4 Penny Creek at Waldo’s this Saturday along with other bands.
the young performers who have gone
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B3 through Riverside Theatre’s excellent summer 5 This Saturday at Capt. Hiram’s Sandbar.
camp program, you might very well be sur-
tion’s “Skyscapes” category; its default com- prised and amazed at their exuberance and sicians who play select covers and write and starting at 3:30 p.m., the Day After Duo will
panion, “Wanderer in Patagonia,” won the the level of talent in these gifted young actors, perform their own stuff as well. According to shake the Sandbar with ’80s, ’90s dance, pop
“People and Space” category. singers and dancers. If you’re already familiar their website, even when they’re playing ma- and classic rock hits with a punk rock twist.
with the program, you know how much fun terial from other bands and writers,“creativity At 7:30 p.m., get ready for high-energy rock
In the latter picture, the figure of a man and well-done these summer kid shows are. and self-expression lie at our core.” Souljam “straight from Sebastian” with 21 to Burn. On
stands before a cave-like opening in a rocky This coming Friday, July 13, definitely bring blends classic rock – think Phish, the Grateful Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Ramp Lounge, it’s gui-
landscape. Above the scene, an infinity of the family to iRascals Pop, a Riverside Rascals Dead, Tedeschi Trucks Band – as well as “the tar man Ricky Ray; then, at 7:30 p.m., batten
stars glitters in the Milky Way. Revue that showcases these emerging young new and exciting.” down your hatches for Metalucious, billed as
stars, who’ll be performing “kid friendly” “The Ultimate ’80s party band.” They’re bring-
The exhibition labels contain a few words songs from the pop charts. Show times on the 5 Weekends are full of music at Capt. Hi- ing songs from such rockin’ groups as Poison,
by the photographers about their pictures. Stark Stage are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are ram’s Sandbar, on the beautiful Indian Motley Crue,Van Halen,Warrant,Whitesnake,
Yuri Zvezdny wrote that his shot was taken $10. 772-231-6990. River Lagoon up in Sebastian. This Friday, Bon Jovi, Ratt, GNR and others. 
in the vicinity of the Piedras Blancas glacier
in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. 4 If you’re looking for somewhere to hang
out this weekend with a laid-back vibe
He wrote, “Alone in the darkness, I made and live music, give a thought to Waldo’s over
my way over huge rocks with the mountain on the beach. (Smack on the ocean, actual-
river roaring under my feet and the gla- ly.) Of all Vero’s cool watering holes, Waldo’s
cier rumbling nearby. This place lives and is among the coolest, and “laid back” is its
breathes, and the forces that live here in- middle name. Along with food and bever-
spire awe.” ages, there’s live music on the poolside stage
weekends. Friday, July 6, at 8 p.m., it’ll be the
Now, doesn’t that picture, as well as each long-time southeastern favorite, the acoustic
one of the other doubled-up works, rate its duo HairPeace, at 8 p.m. Chrystine on vocals,
very own frame? guitar, harmonica and percussion, and Ray
adding vocals, guitar and mandolin are ex-
Fortunately for the museum, the possi- perienced singer/songwriters who keep the
bility of amending the oversights of this year spirit of the ’60s alive with an original blend
beckons on the horizon. According to Brady of folk/rock, Americana, bluegrass and a
Roberts, the 2018 Astronomy Photographer seemingly endless cover play list, says their
of the Year Exhibition will be shown at the bio. On Saturday, Category Five out of Port
VBMA next summer.  St. Lucie brings blues, swing, R&B and jazz
instrumental covers, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. From
Melbourne, the contemporary bluegrass
band Penny Creek takes you into the night, 8
p.m. to 11 p.m., with “heart-felt, hard-driving
bluegrass music with tons of variety.” And on
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. it’s Soul Jam: five mu-

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Tasty ‘Burgers & Brews’ goes off with a Bang Bang

Tesia and Devin Poirier. Doreen and Bob Chapman. PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE B6
Sidney Wilkins, Chase Anderson and Audrey Plante.

Shotsie Lajoie and Doug Dangerfield. Lou Kolbauer and Tiffany Hanson. Rachel Vomero. keep the hungry masses away for long.
Folks shopped at more than 50 vendors
By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer “We’re breaking the burgers down A VIP Lounge inside the Heritage Cen-
[email protected] layer by layer, tasting it all and hoping ter offered a welcome respite from the showcasing their wares, while others
for some surprises,” added Lynne. heat along with a Bloody Mary bar by found shady spots to watch a Vero Beach
Saturday sizzled as burgers were Filthy’s Fine Cocktails & Beer for spon- Police Department K-9 unit demonstra-
flipped by 10 local chefs vying for the ti- Chef Jarrett Bass and the Bonefish sors and top-level ticket holders. tion and listen to entertainment by the
tle of Best Burger in Indian River County Grill Team won the Judges’ Award for Ladies of Soul, East Harbor and Ballyhoo.
during the third annual Burgers & Brews their Bang Bang burger, created with Outside, crowds filled the streets,
– An American Heritage Celebration Wagyu beef on a potato bun, topped soaking local celebrities in the dunk United Against Poverty, UP for short,
Street Festival in Historic Downtown with cheddar cheese and fried shrimp tank, trying out food truck fare, keeping strives to break the cycle of poverty by
Vero Beach to benefit United Against tossed in their signature Bang Bang children busy in the kids zone, and im- providing individuals with the skills
Poverty. sauce. mersing themselves in the Apple Pie Eat- needed to lift themselves and their fam-
ing Contest. ilies to economic self-sufficiency. In In-
Chefs from American Icon Brewery, “This was the most flavorful and dian River County, 22,197 families earn
Bonefish Grill, The Green Marlin, Out- cleanest burger,” explained Lynne. “The An afternoon thunderstorm rolled well under the amount needed to afford
back Steakhouse, Post & Vine, Sean Ryan beef tasted good and it was cooked per- in, cooling things off and clearing the basic housing, child care, food, health-
Pub, The Source’s Dining with Dignity fectly. It was really clean; they nailed streets for a bit. care and transportation, according to
Program, Southern Social, The Tides it.” Robertson.
and Wilke’s 14 Bones created meaty But not even the summer storm could
masterpieces, each with their own spe- Burger aficionados also weighed in, “We are serving about 640 people a
cial twist. voting for their favorites in the People’s day on the campus in Indian River Coun-
Choice competition. The Source’s Din- ty. That’s an increase over last year,”
Activities began with slider tastings ing with Dignity Program students and said Robertson. To meet the increasing
for the masses, as competing burger ar- Chef Joe Wiser took home that honor demands and expand their services,
chitects lined up along 14th Avenue to with their Homeless Haymaker, which the nonprofit recently purchased a
present mini versions of the juicy burg- featured pork and beef with bacon, 46,000-square-foot facility.
ers that would later be judged during the cheese sauce, pork roll, Havarti cheese
Best Burger competition. During a blind and aioli sauce. The Source provides “That’s a big step in our campaign to
tasting, Chef Cassandra Lynne, Execu- numerous services to assist the home- expand the availability of our programs.
tive Chef Jeff Mather and food blogger less, including the culinary skills pro- We’ll be moving all our current campus
Thomas Miller considered presentation, gram, mirroring UP’s model of offering activities into that building, as well as
creativity, taste and technique before se- a hand up, not a handout. having 12 collaborative partner agencies
lecting the Judges’ Choice winner. housed in there with us. Our goal is to
“Dining with Dignity participated make a one-stop shop as it were.”
Explaining his personal judging pro- this year, which was a really fun way to
cess, Miller said, “Eat first with your partner with another nonprofit. They’ve For more information, visit upirc.org. 
eyes. Your nose is second and then third actually been winning a lot of compe-
is taste. Then, everything combined to- titions around the state,” said Annabel
gether.” Robertson, UP executive director.

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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE B5 Annabel Robertson and Angela Novak. David and Sandra Dvorak.
Bobby Del Campo and Kaz Kidwell.

Michelle Knight and Kurt Gradel. Megan Warren and Jayce Miley. Abi Harbin with Jackson. Luka Kulikowski and Roxane Pagliaroli.

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Katrina Nickell, Nikki Cameron and Erin Vazquez. Antwan Leonard and Nick Mathews. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD Amanda Calhoun, Robert Sweers and Gregg Halacy.

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First Bites: Jake’s Tex-Mex & Tequila Bar on 14th Ave.

By Tina Rondeau | Columnist Mexican
[email protected] Street Corn.

Over the years, serial restaurateur Roger
Lenzi has opened a wide variety of dining
spots in Vero. Some, like Avanzare and Vero
Prime, have been major hits; others, like
Burp, have had shorter runs.

But with Lenzi’s passion for hands-on
culinary experimentation – creating such
Vero favorites as short rib lasagna – it was
probably only a matter of time until he tried
an eatery featuring his take on the tastes of
the southwestern U.S. And that’s what we
now have on 14th Avenue in Jake’s Tex-Mex
& Tequila Bar.

Headline news: This restaurant has Ribeye Fajitas.
come a long way since we first tried it a
couple of months ago. Then, it occupied PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD
the back area of Avanzare, and had a pretty
limited selection of Tex-Mex bar offerings.
Now, Jake’s has taken over all of the space
of Avanzare, and its menu offers a growing
variety of border-state fare.

Look & Feel: With bright colors, a vari-
ety of cacti, and southwestern-inspired art,
Jake’s has the look and feel of a casual Tex-
Mex eatery. And while things get a bit too
loud on a night when the restaurant is full,
it is on the whole a pleasant place to dine
and drink.

Food: Last Friday night, our party of four San Antonio Prices: Prices for starters range from $5 Fire Grilled
sampled an assortment of appetizers, four Baby Back Ribs. to $12, with tacos running as low as $5.50 Southwest Swordfish.
entrées and two desserts. and entrées topping out around $20.
learn that Jake’s had run out of churros (re- age you to send feedback to me at [email protected]
For appetizers, we tried the chips and ferred to by some as “Mexican crullers”), Initial impressions: Jake’s is still a work obeach32963.com.
salsa ($3), the guacamole ($7), the queso su- so we sampled the limoncello ($7) and the in progress, but there are some excellent
preme ($10), the San Antonio ribs ($10) and flan ($6). Both were a tad sweet. dishes on the menu now, and we expect to The reviewer dines anonymously at
the Mexican street corn ($6). see more Lenzi southwestern creations as restaurants at the expense of Vero Beach
Drink: As you might guess from the things move along. We miss Avanzare, but 32963. 
We gave high marks to all of these, but the name, Jake’s offers a wide variety of Mex- Jake’s is certainly an interesting addition to
best were the ribs – baby backs rubbed with ican drinks as well as most any cocktail, Vero’s downtown dining area. Hours:
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poblano barbecue sauce, and cooked to I welcome your comments, and encour-
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corn on the cob, which was rolled in butter, was more than attentive. Address:
then brushed with mayo along with cotija
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For entrees, I had the southwestern sea-
food stew ($16), my husband opted for the (772)925-1354
fire-grilled southwest swordfish ($20), one
of our companions went for the pulled pork
quesadilla ($16), and the other tried the
grilled chicken fajita ($16).

While my husband’s swordfish was pre-
pared with a tasty blend of southwest spic-
es, my seafood stew – a well-seasoned med-
ley of shrimp, scallops, swordfish, mahi,
tuna and corn in a southwest tomato broth
– was dominated by too many large chunks
of potato.

But the chicken fajita was sizzling and
superb, and the pork in the quesadilla was
cooked to perfection and was not overpow-
ered by the melted cheese. The quesadilla
got raves.

For dessert, we were disappointed to

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TRY TO VISUALIZE THE END-POSITION WEST NORTH EAST
93 74 Q J 10 8 6
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist 4 J 10 8 5 2 96
K Q 10 6 5 AJ3 98742
Robert L. Schwartz said, “The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer. He K Q J 10 5 A63 7
can visualize something, and when he visualizes it, he sees exactly how to make it happen.”
SOUTH
A top bridge player is good at visualizing where the missing key cards lie. AK52
AKQ73
West used the Unusual No-trump to show at least 5-5 in the minors. North’s three-club —
cue-bid (the cheaper) promised at least game-invitational values in the lower-ranking of the 9842
other two suits; here, hearts. (A response of three hearts would have indicated the values for
a single raise. A three-diamond cue-bid would have guaranteed five-plus spades and game- Dealer: South; Vulnerable: Neither
going values. A response of three spades would have been natural but nonforcing.)
The Bidding:
After East leapt aggressively to five diamonds, South closed his eyes and bid a slam, hoping
that if the opponents could cash the club ace and king, West would start with a diamond. SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
1 Hearts 2 NT 3 Clubs 5 Diamonds
When West led the club king, South experienced a sinking feeling — until he saw the club 6 Hearts Pass Pass Pass LEAD:
ace on the board. Still, though, he seemed to have two club losers. What did he do? K Clubs

South possessed a key piece of information: that East had only one club. So, declarer won
with dummy’s club ace, drew trumps ending on the board, cashed the diamond ace, ruffed a
diamond, took the top spades, ruffed a spade and ruffed the diamond jack. Then he led the
spade five and discarded a club from the board.

East took the trick, but on his spade or diamond return, South ruffed in his hand and sluffed
dummy’s remaining club to gain the slam bonus.

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SOLUTIONS TO PREVIOUS ISSUE (JUNE 29) ON PAGE B16

ACROSS DOWN

1 Garish (5) 1 Writing on the wall (8)

5 Scottish lakes (5) 2 Brings together (6)

8 Overweight (5) 3 Sprightly (8)

9 Farewell (5) 4 Sauce; savour (6)

10 Width (9) 5 Seep; disclose (4)

11 Enemy (3) 6 Convincingly argued (6)

12 Too compassionate? (4-7) 7 Bodies of water (4)

15 Acting without mercy (2,4,5) 13 Explosive causing huge cloud (4,4)

19 Atmosphere (3) 14 Humiliates (8)

20 Explosive causing little cloud 16 Oven (6)
(5-4) 17 Busted (6)
22 Greased (5)
18 Flower, often ball-shaped (6)
23 Shine brightly (5)
20 Comic routine (4)
24 Small number (5)
21 Border; advantage (4)
25 Big animals (5)

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ACROSS 79 Contribute, as to 6 It’s going around 68 “Full of” suffix The Washington Post
1 Famous last a 401(k) the office 71 Gallery eyeball-
IS THAT YET ANOTHER CHICKEN JOKE? By Merl Reagle
words 80 Wonderland 7 Redness benders
6 Entrepreneur’s vehicles, standard 72 Front for cene or

deg. at Disneyland 8 Quick lithic
9 Jeanne’s last 82 Lorgnette event 9 Get in here? 73 Every ___ the
84 Cinema computer 10 Stockpile
name 85 Aristocrat 11 Noted riveter way
13 “___ Slow Boat to 88 Crow’s-feet 12 Stashable bed 75 Expel, as lava
89 Plop preceder 13 Petro faction 76 Thessaly peak
China” 90 Large omelet 14 From Mexico 78 Inflatable vessels
16 Chicks’ favorite that’s 81 Hebrew letters
just for show? City to Monterrey 82 Slices of slime in
snack food? 94 Int’l carrier 15 Chicken feed?
19 Melville novel 95 Home, not bus. 17 Move like a joey gumbo
20 Visit briefly: slang 96 Drum along the 18 Oprah in The 83 “Quiet, you
23 What chickens Mohawk
Color Purple chicks!”
always hope 97 Newshounds 21 So what, to a 84 Kin of compost
Farmer Brown 99 Jungle-movie suit 86 Luxuriates
won’t do? 100 Mustangs’ chicken? 87 K-P contents
25 Brave souls, to 22 Designer’s initials 91 Sex appeal
Kipling campus: abbr. 24 The 92 Letters on a
26 Cole Porter was 101 Chinese dish that
one Fountainhead Detroit truck
27 High weed? chickens never author 93 Parking place
28 Iranian language order? 29 Wedding setting 98 Mercedes model
29 Real 107 Rx scribblers 31 Earth Day prefix 102 Solemn promise
30 Window sections 109 Sibilant “hey you” 32 FX’s ___ 103 Has a Chiclet
33 Idolatry, for one 112 Hot tubbers’ Anarchy 104 Actress Ryder
34 Market words 33 Clockmaker 105 “Let me ___
36 Antlered animal 113 ___ mickey Thomas et al.
37 Hen’s favorite (incapacitate) 35 Truman’s saying ...”
Saturday Night 114 “God ___ a birthplace (speaker’s intro)
Live sketch? cheerful giver” (II 38 Artist’s deg. 106 TV’s Sagal et al.
42 ___ distance Cor. 9:7) 39 ___ tears (fill with 108 Flower part
44 Mon. night scores 116 Banana box ennui) 110 Joe, the jerk
46 Hiking 118 Mayberry aunt 40 Elaborate 111 Process for
47 Unanimously 121 Take-home fabrication Shapiro
50 Oldsmobile 122 Filch 41 Violin sec. 114 Shreveport
ancestor 123 Reassurance to 43 Choice words campus: abbr.
51 Essen an antsy fried- 45 “... out of a ___ 115 Hardy heroine
exclamation chicken lover? ear” 117 Metropolis near a
54 Hen’s favorite 127 Last of the 48 Mid-broadcast marble
actress? Mohicans 49 Spanish mausoleum
57 Missile wobble 128 Decorated statesman and 118 Like a tuna’s fin
58 South American Bradley dramatist, 119 Old Persian Gulf
plain 129 Chicken’s favorite López de ___ kingdom (with a
60 Former legislator, Dionne Warwick 51 Crooked, old- matriarchal social
in headlines hit? style system, despite
61 Swiss river 130 Subway relatives 52 Board game what it spells
62 Australian gems 131 J’accuse author that’s murder backward)
64 Groggy 132 Coll. term 53 Chick raiser’s 120 Charlotte’s Web
66 Put ___ on 133 Pencil shadings greeting? author: inits.
(follow) 55 Small and round, 123 From A ___
68 Utah city DOWN as eyes 124 Mental
69 Iron-pumper’s 1 Don’t fight (it) 56 Beginning the yardsticks,
pride 2 Smackeroos betting familiarly
70 What French 3 Henhouse raider 59 Citadel denial 125 Reading from the
hens 4 DC-10 course 63 Joe of heart?
sit on? 5 100 Across GoodFellas 126 Cannes Film
74 Indifferent 65 The ___ Age Festival award,
77 Take on or 114 Down 67 Ex-San the Palme ___
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