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MY VERO John’s Island seeks
to build a pipeline
BY RAY MCNULTY under the lagoon
Popular King of the Hill
tourney begins Tuesday
There’s something special – sVtiasrittswtiothIRClMevCel’asnfodu,rOsrulaitnodros BY KATHLEEN SLOAN
and very Vero – about the King Staff Writer
of the Hill tennis tournament, BY MICHELLE GENZ toured eight hospitals in four IRMC and Hospital District board
which begins Tuesday at The Staff Writer days. members touring Cleveland Clinic. John’s Island wants to build
Moorings. a $6 million, 5-mile-long
An arduous schedule of They visited two campuses community hospital. IRMC of- pipeline, about a mile of it
Maybe it’s the charitable na- travel and meetings wrapped – the health system flagship, ficials will make their decision under the Indian River La-
ture of the annual, in-season up Tuesday as Indian Riv- and a recently acquisition – for about who to partner with goon, to meet long-term irri-
affair that began in 1996 and, er Medical Center officials each of four prospective part- near the end of this month. gation-water needs. The pipe
for more than 20 years, has ners vying to take over Vero’s will carry “reclaimed” water
raised money for Youth Guid- Keeping straight the swirl- from Indian River County’s
ance of Indian River County. ing images of hospital cor- wastewater plants that has
ridors and conference rooms been treated to a high level
Maybe it’s the enthusi- will be of critical importance of purity, just shy of drinking
asm with which current and in the days ahead as board water.
former teaching pros from members and trustees meet
throughout the area continue to discuss their impressions The 1,650-acre barrier island
to support the cause, dutifully and make their final choice. gated community – which un-
showing up every year and til now has been getting most
treating a tennis-loving com- Four Indian River Hospi- of its irrigation water from
munity to six weeks of spirit- tal District trustees and four the City of Vero Beach – needs
ed, fun-filled and entertaining IRMC board members made more reclaimed water for its
doubles competition. the tours, with two or three two island golf courses, and
more joining by conference for its 1,382 residents, who live
Maybe it’s simply the won- in large single-family homes
derful way so many of us here CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 with big lawns and in condo-
have embraced this evening miniums with acres of lushly
event and made it the can’t- planted communal land.
miss, small-town happening
it has become. Vero Beach is unable to
Probably, it’s some combi- CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 Crisis intervention
training pays off
$9.9 million oceanfront spec home attracting interest
BY BETH WALTON
BY STEVEN M. THOMAS Staff Writer
Two Vero Beach Police offi-
Developer Marianne Casa- cers were honored last Tues-
rella seems to have timed her day for their work diffusing a
firstVero spec house perfectly. potentially dangerous situa-
The brand new 8,400-square- tion at an Ocean Drive resort
foot oceanfront home that
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Crisis intervention utilize skills of compassion, patience, When hotel staff contacted police, fectuating an arrest. She went willingly
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 communication and collaboration to Roberts and Russell were able to lo- and even ended up calling the police
de-escalate and resolve an incident. cate the woman’s therapist, who went “nice guys,” he said.
and getting help for a mentally un- to the hotel with a family friend. It
stable island resident. A 53-year-old woman who is a sea- turned out the woman was manic bi- Weeks later, Vero Beach Police were
sonal resident of the Moorings was polar and off her medication. called to Quail Valley Club where the
Sergeant Chris Roberts and Officer staying at the Costa d’Este Beach Re- woman was again acting disturbed.
Russell Laconic were recognized at the sort and Spa when she began acting She was suspicious of the police A second Baker Act was instituted,
Indian River County Courthouse for irrationally, Vero Beach Police Chief when they approached her but the which hopefully got her the help she
outstanding implementation of Crisis David Currey told the group. two officers used their Crisis Interven- needs, Currey said.
Intervention Training during a gather- tion Training to calm her down, work-
ing of the Mental Health Court Team. Over a two-day period, the woman, ing in collaboration with the therapist, Florida’s Baker Act allows judges,
who was confused and complaining, Currey said. law enforcement, physicians and
CIT allows police to better respond went into the hot tub naked, bizarrely mental health professionals to invol-
to calls involving people with mental recited nursing rhymes and tried to Once the situation was under con- untary commit someone for up to 72
illness. It challenges officers to rethink trade pebbles collected from outside trol, they instituted the Baker Act, hours for mental health assessment
traditional law-enforcement tactics and for a toothbrush. She was pacing back taking the woman into custody for a if they are unstable and a danger to
and forth. mental health assessment without ef- themselves or others.
The officers’ work prompted acco-
lades from the hotel management, the
woman’s psychotherapist and people
at the island club. The general man-
ger of Costa d’Este Beach Resort and
Spa wrote to say the officers’ patience
and compassion was “amazing,” some-
thing he had never before witnessed in
his long career in hospitality, according
to a letter read by the chief at the court-
The psychotherapist wrote to say she
was proud to live in a town where the
police “respect the needs of the men-
tally ill.” Quail Valley also commented
on a third officer’s professionalism.
Law enforcement made a commit-
ment to Crisis Intervention Training
along the Treasure Coast in 2006, Cur-
rey said after the ceremony. Officers
from a host of agencies are recognized
Forty-four of the 55 sworn Vero
Beach Police officers have undergone
the training, including members of the
administration, Currey said.
It’s estimated that 1 in 5 people have
an undiagnosed mental illness that re-
quires treatment, the chief continued.
Years ago, the incidents at the hotel
and club would have likely ended in
jail, charges for disorderly conduct,
trespassing or resisting arrest.
There wouldn’t have been much
consideration of the individual’s men-
tal state or whether or not incarcera-
tion would get her the help she needs.
High recidivism rates among the
mentally ill have forced police to re-
think how they do their job, creating a
paradigm shift. Officers now try to find
help for mentally ill people.
Better training is the first step. Good
officers are key, Currey said.
“We can train in all different parts
of law enforcement – firing arms, driv-
ing the vehicles, all different types of
things – but you know what, if you ask
me, it’s the person prior to the training,
as well,” Currey told those assembled.
“What they bring when they are
hired, their compassion, and their up-
bringing, the way they treat people . . .
I think that goes a long way. Now you
have coupled it with CIT and it’s a win-
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My Vero Youth Guidance in 1997. Twenty years nate their winnings to Youth Guidance. it means something to club members
later, it raised $37,000. Casapu said the “They enjoy playing and they’re hap- who come out to root for their guys
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 money is used for recreational, educa-
tional and cultural programs, as well as py to give something back to the com- “They’re competing,” Collins said,
nation of all of the above. for summer camps and college schol- munity,” Casapu said. “Besides, the “but it’s a friendly competition.”
“Over the years, little by little, be- arships. champions also get their name on the
trophy.” Which is fitting: Vero Beach is a
cause of the players and the sponsors A small percentage of the funds friendly town, and the King of the Hill is
and the spectators, the King of the Hill raised goes to prize money for the pros That means something, too, even if a friendly event.
has become a traditional community – $5,000 has been set aside this year – the pros tend to play down the competi-
event,” said Gigi Casapu, the longtime but Casapu said the players often do- tive side of the event. They surely don’t “This is a special place,” Casapu said.
local teaching pro who founded and want to play poorly. And you can bet “I tell people all the time: There is no
still organizes the tournament.
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“Not only do people look forward to
it every year, but everybody respects
what we’re doing, particularly in the
tennis community,” he added. “No-
body schedules things during those
weeks that would create a conflict.”
Ask anyone who has attended a King
of the Hill night in recent years and
they’ll tell you: There is a Rockwellian
feel to the event.
There’s the support for a worthwhile
cause. There are local pros playing in
front of a local crowd that, in most
cases, knows them personally. There’s
also a social aspect.
“A lot of people go out there to see
their friends in the tennis commu-
nity and socialize,” said Tom Collins,
a former John’s Island tennis director
whose Vero Beach insurance agency
has been a King of the Hill sponsor for
nearly 20 years. “At the same time . . .
the level of tennis is excellent.”
Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation,
which runs the annual United States
Tennis Association Futures tourna-
ment at Grand Harbor in April, will of-
fer the King of the Hill’s Open Division
winner and runner-up a wild-card
spot in the main draw of the Pro Cir-
cuit event’s doubles competition.
Last year, that berth went to King
of the Hill champion James Van De-
inse of the Vero Beach Tennis Club
and runner-up Andrew Butz, a former
St. Edward’s School and University of
This year, 32 pros will compete in
three divisions – 16 in the Open and
eight each in the 40-and-over and
50-and-over divisions. The semifinals
in both the 40s and 50s are scheduled
to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Play in the
Open Division starts Jan. 23.
“Gigi asked me to play in the King of
the Hill for the first time in 1997, and
I’ve been playing ever since,” said Joe
Biedenharn, head pro at John’s Island.
“It’s always fun to play in front of a
crowd and compete. Everybody takes
it seriously, but it’s not like playing a
match that means a lot.
“Everybody on the court is a friend
and, while we’re trying to win, we’re
out there to have a good time, too,” he
added. “I enjoy playing. I also enjoy
coming out to watch on nights when
I’m not playing.
“It’s just a fun event for everyone.”
The King of the Hill raised $2,000 for
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My Vero Hospital visits hospitals like IRMC, with a total of $8 How IRMC patients and employees
billion in revenues and 53,000 em- would fit into that matrix dominated
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ployees. As stunning as the Cleveland the discussion Thursday.
campus was, Vero officials saw a much
other tennis town like Vero Beach. call at District offices in Vero. more down-to-earth facility in Akron, In the elegant executive offices,
There are so many clubs, so many The first leg of the tours began last its homey atmosphere little changed the Vero group pulled off jackets and
people playing tennis, and there’s no since it was bought just over two years greeted top hospital officials, some fa-
other place where the pros work to- Thursday with Cleveland Clinic’s stun- ago, though Cleveland Clinic has in- miliar from their own December visit
gether and help each other the way ning main campus in East Cleveland, vested nearly $50 million in a nearly to IRMC. Missing among them was
they do here. Then, you throw in the in tandem with its relatively recent completed new emergency depart- the recently retired Dr. Toby Cosgrove,
support we get from the community acquisition, Akron General. Cleve- ment. perhaps the best-known hospital CEO
. . . that’s why we’re still doing this 23 land Clinic’s main campus is a world- in the country.
years later.” renowned academic and research Immediately after seeing the Ohio
center focused on treating high acuity hospitals, officials flew back to Vero Cosgrove had much to do with the
That’s why you’ll find a lot of your patients. and got up the next morning to drive current look of the clinic, the color,
friends spending the next six Tuesday to Orlando. There, they toured two or lack of it (staff calls it 50 shades of
nights at The Moorings. The rest of the 10 hospitals in its sys- hospitals of Orlando Health, one of white), the soaring spaces, the care-
tem, including Akron, are community Florida’s top healthcare systems. fully crafted minimalism that extends
to keeping monitoring equipment
Ryan and Melissa Weaver, Agency Owners IRMC’s leaders saw the flagship hos- out of sight in patient rooms and hid-
Ryan Weaver Insurance Inc. is a locally owned pital, Orlando Regional Medical Cen- ing the power outlets in the confer-
and operated independent agency. Located in the ter, a large teaching hospital in down- ence room behind a back-lit floating
CenterState Bank Building, just off of Miracle Mile town Orlando, and a second hospital wood panel. Instead, the eye is drawn
and across from Classic Car Wash in Vero Beach. purchased from a Health District five to contemporary art of a caliber high
years ago, Health Central, in Okoee. enough to warrant free guided tours
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from Vero Beach, Florida. Pity the Vero said one staffer.
official who has a winter meeting of
the board there. And professionals don’t want to
work in silos, corporate-ese for divi-
It was so cold in Cleveland during sions and departments. Beginning in
the visit that the snow-edged side- 2006, Cosgrove tore down those desig-
walks on the vast hospital campus nations and changed the clinic from a
were virtually deserted, most everyone profession-oriented institution to one
opting for the heated glass-walled sky- that focused on patients and diseases.
walks connecting one building to an- In so doing, he opened “collaboration
other. A helpful PR executive reached between physicians and nurses, edu-
out by text to offer hats and gloves for cation and research,” said Brian Don-
any ill-equipped Floridians. ley, the Clinic’s COO.
In black SUVs, the Vero group ar- “It seemed very destructive at the
rived at the main entrance of the time, because we changed the entire
C-shaped, glass-front building, just structure of the entire enterprise on a
across from a signature feature in the very short notice, but it was actually
landscape: a tree-lined rectangular warmly welcomed by all providers,”
pool, its neat rows of boulders emerg- said Tomislav Mihaljevic, a cardio-
ing not from water but from snow. thoracic surgeon, and since Jan. 1, the
Clinic’s CEO – the Vero visit was on his
Cleveland Clinic sees the highest- first official day at the office as CEO.
acuity patient population in the U.S., He joined the clinic in 2004 and wit-
“the sickest of the sick,” and during nessed the change under Cosgrove.
the visit it was impossible not to imag-
ine the suffering or improvement, the “They rallied around those two
fear or hope of the people passing words: patients first,” continued Don-
through its halls. ley.
Caring for those patients, thousands The new “matrix” environment al-
of whom travel from much further lowed input across multiple special-
away than Florida (the Clinic boasts ties and care levels to exchange opin-
medical translators in dozens of lan- ions and information about a single
guages), as well as for patients at Cleve- patient. So critical was the shift that it
land Clinic’s nine community hospitals put the brakes on a new cancer center,
and other healthcare facilities, is the designed with the old mode of silos of
task of some 53,000 employees. care – radiation, oncology, etc. “Five
years ago, we were about to put the
shovel in the ground,” said Ann Hus-
ton, chief strategy officer.
“We realized we didn’t have the care
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / January 11, 2018 5
model yet, and we put it on hold for to the commitment of patients first, anything, you always improve,” said with nine in northeastern Ohio (a
two years while we actually built out and to always challenging how we do, Donley “Every time you get better 10th, in Union, Ohio, is expected to
those programs.” Now, the design of and what we do, and making sure it’s quality and safety, the cost is less. It be announced any day), and one in
the cancer center “supports that in- the best that it can be.” all goes together.” Weston, Florida, west of Fort Lauder-
terdisciplinary work. They live as in- dale.
terdisciplinary teams; they’re not in Standardization of care was an- That standardization and patient-
functional silos anymore. That speaks other theme in Cleveland Clinic’s first philosophy trickles down to its It would also trickle down to Vero
transformation. “If you standardize growing list of community hospitals,
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Hospital visits Dr. P. Phillips, a general hospital like story of a recent strategy session in past the wall of paintings, accom-
ORMC – were named Top Hospitals which he involved more than 2,500 panied by small photos of the artists
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 by Leapfrog, a widely-known group people “in deep ways” by making up and brief descriptions of their battles.
that acts as an industry watchdog a board game of potential projects.
Beach, were the Cleveland Clinic to and monitors safety and outcomes. The placement of those paintings
take over IRMC. But Vero would not “We gave people Monopoly money on the wall, small in comparison to
be long alone as Weston’s companion There are stunning buildings at the and the list of projects and they had the decision to acquire the innova-
facility. Instead, it would be only the Orlando hospital and at the Health to decide how to allocate it,” Strong tive device they celebrate, speaks
start of a Florida expansion. Central campus in Okoee, where of- told the Vero group. “In doing so, we to the emotional heart of Orlando
ficials of capital-starved IRMC eyed disclosed the big rocks of our strate- Health.
“We are contemplating an analog” to with envy $100 million in new con- gic plan, but what we traded in con-
the northeast Ohio cluster of Cleveland struction. fidentiality we got back in engage- In evidence also at its earlier Vero
Clinic hospitals, said Huston. Asked ment.” presentation, the empathy, humility
for a timeline, she said the expansion What Vero doctors also know, or and respect officials showed seemed
would come “in short order . . . within at least have heard, is that Orlando Even little decisions can make a dif- to pervade the system’s approach to
the next couple of years.” Health supports its physicians. ference. When it came time to deco- healthcare.
rate the walls of the orthopedic wing,
“If it were under our control, it would Last Friday, when Vero officials nurses and doctors got to choose the Whether those intangibles could
be last week.” toured the healthcare system’s flag- framed photos. And in the Orlando sway IRMC officials, they appear to
ship, ORMC, Orlando Health’s rela- Health/UF Health Cancer Center, pa- have affected at least one vote by a
Vero doctors know the best-known tively new CEO, David Strong, was tients painted their own concept of trustee of a different health district,
of Orlando Health’s nine owned, given considerable credit for chang- the protons used to attack their tu- this one in West Orange County. It
leased or affiliated hospitals is out- ing the culture of a system that itself mors. Those paintings now line one was that district that three years ago
standing. ORMC, as the sprawl- was considering partners just a few hallway of the 15,000-square-foot chose Orlando Health over much
ing downtown Orlando flagship is years ago; it ultimately decided to building, some of it underground and larger offers by other health sys-
known, tied for a ranking of fourth heal itself and has greatly expanded with four-foot concrete walls, hous- tems to take over its Okoee hospital,
in Florida by U.S. News. That hospi- since, doubling in size. Strong now ing the proton accelerator. Health Central.
tal and three others in the Orlando oversees some $3.8 billion in rev-
Health system – Arnold Palmer Chil- enues. The facility cost $25 million, and Carolyn Karraker, a former school
dren’s Hospital, Winnie Palmer Hos- the ability to offer proton therapy is principal and associate school su-
pital for Children and Babies, and One major draw for physicians, in- a source of pride to Dr. Mark Roh, a perintendent is now a member of
cluding the hundreds who work at the world-renowned liver cancer sur- Health Central’s board of directors.
hospital but remain independent, is geon who is president of the cancer She spoke to Vero officials Friday of
Strong’s openness and inclusiveness center. her vote as a District trustee.
when it comes to key decisions.
It was Roh who led Vero visitors “For me, it was the culture,” she
He amused IRMC visitors with a told the group. “Some people had a
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / January 11, 2018 7
whole lot of flashy money and that cular surgeon and physician repre- was just blocks away from Pulse; ing, we’re still kind of overwhelmed
was tempting. But I voted my comfort sentative, Pranay Ramdev, who was of the 35 victims who made it there by,” said Dr. Michael Cheatham, a sur-
level. It had to do with relationships, on the tour. alive, all survived. geon and chief surgical quality officer
people you knew you could pick up at ORMC. At Strong’s impromptu des-
the phone and call and get it right. “A lot of healthcare systems think That unimaginable feat, the ef- ignation, Cheatham served as media
their physicians are problems to be fort it required, and the counseling spokesperson after the shooting. “It
“I got so many calls from physi- solved, or a variable in the algorithm that followed the very next morning shouldn’t have gone that well. I think it
cians, and it came down to the people rather than a solution,” he said. “We’re and would eventually include 2,000 was directly connected to the fact that
and were they accessible. I knew from interested in you [the doctors] be- ORMC staff members – earned the our family went 120 percent. That’s
the people I met that if there was a cause we think you already care about hospital great praise in the Orlando just the culture here. That’s what drew
problem, I knew where to go and they those things we care about.” community, and in emergency rooms me here and keeps me here.”
would want to fix it. And I didn’t know nationwide.
with the other two. The chain of com- That philosophy extends to the AHEAD: Next week, coverage of
mand was very unclear.” partner hospitals as a whole. “If we The video and its visible effect on
didn’t have alignment in those core the still-traumatized hospital leaders, IRMC visits to HCA hospitals in Aven-
Today, Health Central officials told ideals, how would you collaborate in brought the already heartfelt session tura and Miami, as well as Adventist
IRMC visitors, the hospital had fully a disciplined way?” to a near-halt. “I want to applaud. You Health System’s Florida Hospitals in
integrated into the system’s culture of are heroes,” said District Trustee Kar- Orlando and Daytona.
top-to-bottom inclusion. Physicians, Those partners could one day ex- en Deigl, breaking the long silence as
often considered the most intran- tend well beyond central Florida, guests and officials, including several The District Board meets on
sigent in aligning with a corporate into not only the rest of the state but doctors, worked to regain their com- Thursday, Jan. 17 to “debrief” the
cultural shift, instead have been po- in the southeast regionally, as far as posure. trips. The IRMC board is expected to
sitioned as the cornerstone of qual- North Carolina, Orlando Health offi- do the same on Jan. 22. Consultants
ity in patient care. It was the same cials told the Vero group. “We debated long and hard about from Juniper Advisory will be present
thread as in Orlando Health’s first showing it,” said CEO David Strong, for both meetings. Then, on Jan. 30,
presentation in Vero, when an Orlan- “We’re not shopping generally,” he finding his voice. “Our intent was to Juniper will present to both boards
do orthopedic surgeon not employed said with a level eye cast to Vero of- show you part of the fabric of who the results and summary of the sec-
by the hospital system breathlessly ficials. “We’re interested in those peo- we are.” He said the video has been ond-round proposals. Following that
expounded on Orlando Health’s in- ple that share those central ideas.” shown 200 times around the country meeting, the two boards will meet
clusion of physicians’ needs and sug- as part of a mass-casualty prepared- separately to come up with a recom-
gestions. There was no stronger feeling of ness seminar given by ORMC clini- mendation. “Hopefully both boards
connection, though, than when Or- cians, including a presentation at an will come up with the same suitor,”
Orlando Health’s board of trustees lando Health showed a video on the HCA hospital in Las Vegas just two said Cunningham.
chair Sandy Shugart put it this way, hospital’s response following the weeks before the mass shooting there.
answering a question from Vero vas- Pulse nightclub shooting in June
2016. ORMC’s Level One trauma cen- “What we accomplished that morn-
ter, the only one in central Florida,
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NEW PUSH TO CONTROL FERTILIZER RUNOFF INTO THE LAGOON
BY LISA ZAHNER levels of pollution that endanger many members of The Moorings Club who lawns, which require lots of water and
Staff Writer of the species that call it home. saw disturbing images of the canals tend to be over fertilized. There are
feeding into the lagoon in and around 630 HOAs throughout the county, and
Though the plight of the Indian Now the Pelican Island Audubon the south barrier island community. all the presidents have been invited to
River Lagoon has faded from the news Society is aiming to reawaken aware- the conference, Baker added.
somewhat in the several years since ness and help solve some of the un- The Moorings waterways appeared
widespread illness among bottlenose derlying problems, inviting local resi- red on the images, indicating high “We have to create the demand for
dolphins was first discovered and un- dents to attend a lagoon conference quantities of nitrogen in the water. native plants,” that require much less
precedented algae blooms decimated focused on native landscaping and Since that part of the Moorings is on a water and fertilizer. “You can make na-
the waterway’s extraordinary ecology, responsible use of fertilizer. sewer system, the most likely culprits, tive plants look just as well as the alien
the lagoon is still plagued with high Baker said, are lawns and fertilizers. plants we’re planting.”
Local Audubon President Dr. Rich-
ard Baker said he was approached by “One of the residents of The Anchor “It’s beautiful what can be done with
in The Moorings gave me a call and native plants,” Councilwoman Laura
said, ‘We are embarrassed, and we’d Moss said in agreement, when Baker
like to do something about it with you presented the conference plan to the
as the Audubon organization,’” Baker Vero Beach City Council. Moss praised
said. the speakers and urged residents at-
tend the conference to learn what they
Audubon responded by organiz- can personally do to help the lagoon.
ing a two-day educational conference
scheduled for Jan. 19 and 20 at the Em- Councilman Val Zudans said he is
erson Center on 27th Avenue. The key- hopeful that doing things like choos-
note speaker is Dr. Doug Tallamy, an ing native plants comes more natu-
ecologist at the University of Delaware rally to the younger generations who
and author of “Bringing Nature Home have been educated about the lagoon.
and How You Can Sustain Wildlife With “The kids know more about this than
Native Plants.” we do, which is good,” he said.
Edie Widder, a world-renowned Conference sponsors include Flori-
scientist who founded and runs the da Power & Light, the Grand Harbour
Ocean Research and Conservation As- Audubon Society, Sunrise Rotary Club,
sociation, Inlet, is another high-pro- National Estuary Program, the U.S.
file speaker. “Edie is going to be talking Environmental Protection Agency and
about the quality of the lagoon that we the Environmental Learning Center.
have now,” Baker said.
Because of the support of those and
Other speakers include Steve Tur- other organizations, the conference
nipseed, who founded a thriving na- registration fee is only $25, which
tive plant society in The Villages near Baker said covers a wine and cheese
Ocala, and attorney Jacob Ensor of reception on Friday night and a con-
Ross Earle Bonan and Ensor P.A., who tinental breakfast and box lunch on
will speak on how to deal with home- Saturday.
owner associations with regard to
landscaping regulations. A full list of speakers and programs,
as well as online registration, is avail-
Baker said “HOAs are a problem,” able at pelicanislandaudubon.org.
because many of them mandate grass
Prosecutor says fatal road-rage
shooting still under investigation
BY RAY MCNULTY was waiting for more evidence to be
Staff Writer gathered.
Seven weeks after a man emptied "I'm still waiting on materials that
his pistol at a busy Route 60 inter- haven't come in yet," Assistant State
section, killing one man he said had Attorney Steve Gosnell said. "When I
threatened him and spraying another have everything – when I have all the
car with bullets, no charges have been facts available – I'll go through it and
brought in the case. make a determination.
Despite the lack of action, the lead "I understand that when there's a
prosecutor handling the fatal road- shooting and someone gets killed, every-
rage shooting denied there was any body wants to see an arrest," he added.
conflict between the State Attorney's "But, as a prosecutor, you have to make
Office and Sheriff's Office, saying late sure you can establish there's probable
last week that the November incident cause that there was an unlawful killing.
was still under investigation and he
"In this case, the claim of self-de-
fense has been raised."
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / January 11, 2018 9
Claiming he felt threatened and chael Clemente, nor his young son discharging a weapon the way he did." sheriff's detectives to complete a full
“opened fire” in self-defense, Timo- were injured. Sartori, who pulled into a parking investigation. Last week, he said he
thy Daniel Sartori shot and killed was still waiting.
Dennis Wayne Hicks while their vehi- A week after the incident, Sheriff lot adjacent to the intersection and
cles were stopped at the intersection Deryl Loar told Vero Beach 32963 he dialed 911 to report the shooting, was "There's no timetable," he said. "I'm
of State Road 60 and 53rd Avenue. believed "there should be some type interviewed by deputies for several not going to take any shortcuts."
of charge, possibly for recklessly dis- hours immediately after the incident
Four of Sartori’s bullets traveled charging a firearm in public. but was not charged with a crime. Once the investigation is complete
across traffic lanes and struck a third and all the evidence gathered, Gosnell
vehicle in which a 3-year-old boy was "It wasn't like it was one or two or Gosnell, who was summoned to the said he will consult with other prosecu-
a passenger. three rounds," Loar said. "It was 10 scene, said at the time there wasn't tors – including State Attorney Bruce
to 15 rounds. He emptied the gun enough probable cause to charge the Colton – and decide whether Sartori
Neither the driver of that car, Mi- . . . We can't condone someone just shooter and that he would wait for should be charged with any crime.
Wicked nor’easter brings pounding 11-foot waves, damaging beaches
BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD O'Connor noted that the storm had apparently
Staff Writer caused sand accretion at South Beach, which is
According to Vero Beach City Manager Jim situated to catch sand washed off beaches to its
Island beaches already damaged by Hurricane O'Connor, city beaches still recovering from Irma north.
Irma got slammed again last week by the nor'easter “did see some erosion, but seem to be stable. Hu-
that nailed the eastern seaboard, bringing high miston Park did lose a couple of trash containers, Beaches in the Town of Orchid also suffered
winds and pounding seas from New England to but we found them, headed south.” serious dune erosion in the January storm, ex-
South Florida. acerbating the major damage suffered in last
year's hurricane. “With much of the slope already
Indian River County Coastal Engineer James gone,” there was little protection when the win-
Gray says south county beaches suffered the most ter storm hit, said Town Manager Noah Powers.
significant damage, with dunes eaten up by 10-
and 11-foot waves that peaked last Tuesday. The Town Council recently raised taxes to create
an emergency beach repair fund.
Beaches “are still being impacted by the con-
tinuing wind and rough surf. We're still assess- The Sebastian Inlet, too, sustained “quite a
ing the damage. We're hearing from a few homes bit” of damage. "We lost an additional five feet
with acute erosional impact,” Gray said. of dune height south of the inlet,” Sebastian Inlet
State Park Manager Kevin Jones said.
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John’s Island pipeline going rate, not the discounted price,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 for water exceeding 1 million gallons
fully meet John’s Island’s reuse water
needs. The county will also benefit by di-
versifying how it disperses 4.8 mil-
The John’s Island Property Owners lion gallons of daily effluent from its
Association, formed in 1969, created wastewater treatment plants.
John’s Island Water Management,
Inc. around 1990 to handle irrigation Director of Utilities Vincent Burke
water, said Jim Moller, whose duties told county commissioners effluent
as general manager include oversee- is increasing with the push to con-
ing both, which he has done for 25 vert residences from septic to county
The original irrigation infrastruc- John’s Island will benefit by diver-
ture in the club cost about $3 million, sifying where it gets irrigation water.
Moller said, including pipes, three For nearly 30 years the community
pumping stations, a retention pond has gotten most of its reclaimed wa-
and lake. The water management ter from the City of Vero Beach, which
company is nonprofit. It sells irriga- produces 3.2 million gallons a day for
tion water only, not potable water, at irrigation, but the city doesn’t have
a price that covers its operations and any more to spare for John’s Island’s
maintenance. The current rate is $2.26 increased needs.
per 1,000 gallons, and there are no
plans to raise the rate to pay for the John’s Island has an agreement with
new infrastructure. the city to purchase 1 million gallons
of reclaimed water a day, said Moller.
The Indian River County Commis- “But in the middle of summer, we only
sion approved selling 1 million gal- get about three-fourths of that and we
lons a day of reclaimed water to John’s have to make up the difference with
Island for 25 years at half the going well water.”
rate at a recent meeting. The current
rate is .67 cents per 1,000 gallons. In “We want to get off well water and
exchange, John’s Island will build the keep it as a backup,” Moller said.
16-inch piping system and then turn it
over to the county, recouping the cost John’s Island’s wells tap into the Up-
over the 25-year period via the differ- per Floridan Aquifer, which is increas-
ential between what it pays and what ingly contaminated with salt due to
it charges for the water. rising seas, and salt-laden water can
be harmful to plants. In addition, use
Deeding the pipeline to the county of water from the aquifer for irrigation
simplifies the permitting process be- is restricted by the Florida Department
cause the county owns the needed of Environmental Protection and St.
right of way where a bridge, no lon- John’s Water Management District.
ger in existence, crossed the lagoon.
Moller said the U. S. Army Corps of Those agencies say the Upper
Engineers has already granted a per- Floridan must be conserved primar-
mit for the project and the Florida De- ily for current and future drinking-
partment of Environmental Protec- water needs. “Every time we renew
tion permit “is pretty close.” our Consumptive Use Permit we
spend about $60,000 in engineering
The pipe will start at the county’s fees and they restrict our use more,”
3-million-gallon effluent tank at 77th Moller said.
Street, near Old Dixie Highway, where
there is a pumping station. The pipe The pipeline deal still needs the
will then run down Old Dixie Highway blessing of Indian River Shores Town
to 71st Street, than take a jog east to Council. John’s Island is within the
U.S. 1, running south three blocks to town limits and must be granted a
69th Street. franchise agreement allowing it to sell
county reclaimed water within its bor-
It will connect to Old Quay Bridge ders.
Road, about half a mile in from the
river. The pipe then runs at a north- “The Town is in the process of re-
east angle 80 feet under the lagoon. viewing existing contracts with the
On the island, the pipe follows City of Vero Beach and seeking to un-
Shores Drive and Sea Oak Drive and derstand how the water is to be dis-
then runs south to its final destina- tributed and sold, particularly outside
tion, Lake Rheams, which also has a the John’s Island area,” Town Manager
pumping station owned by John’s Is- Robbie Stabe said.
Indian River Shores has an exclusive
The county will benefit by gaining contract with Vero Beach for drinking
infrastructure reaching reclaimed- water and sewer service but a non-
water customers on the island. John’s exclusive agreement with the city for
Island will get 20 percent of the rev- reclaimed water, according to Moller,
enue from these new customers for Burke and Vero Beach Water and Sew-
25 years. John’s Island will pay the er chief Rob Bolton.
“We are moving forward with our
review,” Stabe said, “and hope to have
it addressed by council in the Febru-
ary time frame.”
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / January 11, 2018 11
$9.9 million spec home cubic yards of fill used to raise the lev-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 el of the lot 20-feet above sea level.
debuted last month – listed for $9.9 mil- Developer Marianne Casarella “The views from the first floor are
lion – has little competition in its price like second-floor views in most hous-
range, and has already been shown to PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE es,” said Lombardi.
seven qualified buyers.
For a full-scale oceanfront estate on French said the accreting beach be-
“I have one buyer who has been to the a deep private lot in a desirable loca- hind the house is the widest in south
house three times, and another agent in tion, “this is the perfect home price- Florida and Casarella said the views
town has had her buyer in three times wise, size-wise, and in terms of style of the ocean, at different times of year
as well,” said Premier Estate Proper- and quality,” says O’Dare. “The owner and in different weather, are “mes-
ties broker associate Cindy O’Dare, did not spare any expense.” merizing.”
who shares the listing with her partners
Richard Boga and Clark French. “It is Casarella, owner of Sonnett Manor “I took a picture of the water when it
highly unusual to have this much inter- Construction, has a strong track re- was a clear turquoise and had the up-
est in the first few weeks.” cord as a luxury home developer in stairs carpet custom-made to match
New York. that color,” she said.
The 5-bedroom, 8-bath transitional
style house designed by Casarella, en- “I have developed approximately That detail exemplifies the care
gineered by Bill Stoddard and built by 40 new-build homes and done full- and creativity Casarella lavished on
Vic Lombardi of Waters Edge Estates, gut renovations on approximately 30 the house, which has white limestone
has plenty of inherent virtues. homes,” she said. “These new-build floors, tumbled marble exterior pav-
homes were at the top of the market ing, two two-car garages, two mag-
It sits on a rolling 2.3-acre lot that is for the areas in which they were locat- azine-quality master suites, and an
the deepest in Vero’s prestigious Estate ed – primarily in Westchester in com- off-the-charts kitchen that includes
Section – 1,000 feet from A1A to the At- munities such as Rye, Purchase, Har- among its features a $17,000 La Cor-
lantic Ocean – and has exceptional de- rison, Armonk, Bedford, Pound Ridge, nue La Flamberge gas rotisserie four
sign features and finishes, expansive New Rochelle, Tarrytown and White French workmen traveled across the
outdoor living space and gorgeous Plains. I have also built in the Naples ocean to install.
landscaping. area of Florida.”
“I have a sense of what will be aes-
But if there were half a dozen other Casarella decided to do a project in thetically appealing in today’s mar-
oceanfront homes in the $10 mil- Vero after visiting the town and falling ket,” Casarella said. “I am a devoted
lion range on the market, it could under its spell. She bought the Estate reader of trade magazines. I belong to
still be a tough sell. As it is, there is Section lot for what she viewed as a the Builders Association and I go to all
only one house that offers more or bargain price of $1.97 million in Octo- the national trade shows.”
less direct competition, a beautiful ber 2015.
6-bedroom, 9.5-bath in Orchid Island “We think this will sell quickly,” said
Golf and Beach Club that is listed for “Clark took us to the right place at French.
$9,995,000. the right time,” she said. “We had an
offer written up within 15 minutes
O’Dare said the lack of inventory after arriving at the property that the
is a tremendous benefit to Casarella’s owner accepted.”
house at 1840 S. A1A, and helps ex-
plain why a crowd of potential buyers Nine months later, in August 2016,
have gathered around it so quickly. permits were issued and work began
at the site, with retaining walls going
The home’s price point is another up to hold in place more than 10,000
key selling point, in and of itself. Specs
on the island priced closer to $20 mil-
lion or higher often have not fared well
in the market.
Two houses built in the estate sec-
tion by Beachlen Development a few
years back that started with list prices
around $18 million languished for more
than 1,000 days and ended up selling
for around $10 million each. Another
estate section home that was listed for
$45 million sold at auction last month
for less than half that amount.
“You’ll likely see the days on market
increase as the price rises,” said Jay
Parker, CEO of Douglas Elliman’s Flor-
ida brokerage, in a recent article on
globalmansions.com. “When you get
into the realm of properties priced at
$20 million and above, you can expect
that timeline to increase even more.”
“We think this is in a sweet spot
in terms of price,” said French. “The
math obviously works more in your fa-
vor at $10 million than at $20 million.
There are many more people who can
afford $10 million than can afford $20
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Construction issues again delay St. Paul’s Church opening
BY RAY MCNULTY PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD
problem was the operational failure of
County officials' final inspection of smoke detectors in the church's heat-
the new St. Paul's Church, currently ing, ventilation and air-conditioning
nearing completion on Flamevine ducts.
Lane, was postponed last Friday be-
cause of construction issues that still "In HVAC systems of that size, the
need to be addressed. building code requires detectors in
the ducts so that, if there's a fire, the
According to Scott McAdam, a coun- sensors detect the smoke and shut off
ty building official, the most serious the unit," McAdam said. "You don't
want to blow smoke through the vents
and into the building.
"The Fire Department inspected
the system on Dec. 21, and it failed the
smoke test. Apparently, the detectors
didn't go off."
A fire official also found, while in-
specting the alarm system, that attic-
access ladders weren't "fire rated,"
McAdam said. In addition, the church
hadn't yet submitted the necessary
proof of a termite inspection, he said.
McAdam said the county cannot is-
sue a Certificate of Occupancy until
the building passes all the required
"There are still a few things that
need to be done on the CO checklist,"
McAdam said. "They still need to pass
inspections, and there's still stuff they
need to get done before we can in-
St. Paul's Rector Jon Robbins de-
scribed the inspection setbacks as
"just normal construction stuff" and
said he anticipated county officials
would issue a CO for the new building
"We're looking at getting the CO
around Jan. 15 and, barring any un-
foreseen issues, holding our first ser-
vices in the new church on Jan. 21,"
Robbins said. "We're also planning
to have a consecration of the build-
ing – kind of a grand opening – on
Robbins said Bishop Ron Kuykend-
all of St. Andrew's Church in Gaines-
ville will attend the consecration, a
service during which the building will
be sanctified and dedicated for use as
"We're very excited to serve the vil-
lage beach community," Robbins said,
"and we're grateful for everyone's pa-
tience during construction."
‘YOUTH SAILING’ ACCOMMODATES
WAVE OF NEW STUDENTS
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‘Youth Sailing’ accommodates wave of new students
Don Reeser gives instructions to the VBHS sailing team. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE PHOTOS CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
Nita Holloway and Karis Gaponiuk.
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF Keiller says their goal is to build a go fast out on the water and it’s a nice Youth Sailing hopes to build a Com-
sailing culture here, adding, “the only way to relieve stress. You’re one with munity Sailing Center to enable them
Staff Writer way to do that is to get people out on nature,” she says. “I’ve learned a lot to expand their programs into all the
the water. If we can get the kids out on from sailing – how to work as a team elementary and middle schools, in-
Having already enjoyed great suc- the water, the parents will follow. The with your crew, good communication crease the number of adult programs
cess collaborating with the Vero Beach kids will grow up, come back to town skills and how to be competitive. I plan and offer sailboat rentals. But first they
High School and Charter High School and be sailors.” to sail for the rest of my life and hope- need to secure a site.
Sailing Teams, the Youth Sailing Foun- fully retire, buy a boat and sail around
dation of Indian River County set sail Students meet after school once a the world.” “Once people learn how to sail,
into uncharted waters this year with week to learn the ropes at the YSF wa- they want to sail. Right now there’s no
an expansion of its programs into the terfront facility on the southwest side The young sailors get more than place to rent a sailboat in Vero Beach,”
elementary and middle school levels. of the Alma Lee Loy Bridge. just their feet wet in the Indian River says Keiller. “We’ve pitched to the City
Lagoon, the most diverse estuary in Council and all the civic organiza-
The nonprofit was founded in 2009 “We meet first in the classroom for North America, as science, math and tions as much as we can about getting
by Charlie and Chris Pope to provide ‘chalk talk’ to explain and teach con- environmental concepts from the U.S. a piece of the power plant. That would
youngsters with free sailing instruc- cepts in regard to sailing, and then Sailing STEM Education Initiative cur- be an ideal spot because there is a slip-
tion, initially just on single-handed we get on the water as fast as we can,” riculum are incorporated into the pro- way there. We can put floating docks
sailing dinghies known as Optis. In the explains YSF instructor Donathan Wil- gram. down and there’s actually a building
process of learning how to rig and pilot liams. sitting out by the water that would be a
their own sailboats, the young sailors “We think they can be stewards of perfect boat storage. We see it as part of
have also acquired life skills, confi- Williams was taught to sail by his the water if we get them early and get a marine park.”
dence and a love of the sport. grandfather and became a volunteer them interested. They have their noses
to share the experience with son Bren- in the water,” says Keiller. “What better Preliminary plans call for an
The organization has continued to dan, who joined the program two years time to start talking to them about the 8,000-square-foot building, with re-
grow through the hard and fast deter- ago. Williams says Brendan, a junior at environment, particularly just focus- pair facilities and limited storage on
mination of volunteers eager to share VBHS, has gained a great deal of self- ing on the lagoon. We’re in the process the bottom floor, plus an open class-
their passion for sailing, and today the confidence, adding, “He’s not fearful of of developing a more sophisticated room area, small galley and offices on
sight of a small squadron of variously new experiences anymore. He just said program with Harbor Branch right the upper level. A second-floor porch
sized sailboats zipping down the river to me a couple days ago, ‘Dad, let’s sail now that we hope to introduce in the would provide a great viewing plat-
is a common occurrence. around the world.’ He’s learned to love spring.” form.
the water. There is no experience like it
“We’ve just started what we hope when you feel the wind take your boat Their annual five week sailing camp “We need a facility if we want to truly
will be an expanded program of after- and launch you off. If you can control at The Moorings Yacht and Country sustain the sailing culture where we
school sailing for elementary and mid- it, understand the mechanics of sailing Club was augmented this past summer can have boats available for all ages,”
dle schools with the Beachland Sharks and harness that, it’s amazing.” by three additional weeks at Quail Val- says Keiller.
and the Gifford Dolphins. If we can ley River Club, piquing the interest of
get them young, we can build a base,” Holly Gandolfo, a senior and captain even more children. The foundation will host its Steve
explains Stu Keiller, YSF executive di- of the VBHS Sailing Team, joined three Martin Memorial Regatta March 3 and
rector, noting that they exceeded their years ago after moving to Vero Beach. Keiller says that all told, there were their annual Rock the Boat fundraiser
initial expectation of 12 students from roughly 100 students sailing this past at the Moorings Yacht & Country Club
each school, hosting 20 from Beach- “They didn’t have sailing where I fall; more than twice what they had the on March 18. For more information
land and 22 from Gifford. used to live, so it was something new. year before. visit ysfirc.org.
I love sailing because it’s fun. You can
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PHOTOS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15
Donathan Williams assists the VBHS sailing team with sailboat rigging.
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / January 11, 2018 17
Karis Gaponiuk, Brendan Williams Brendan Williams, Stu Keiller, Donathan Williams,
and John Mark Gaponiuk. Ian Jupin and Freddie Hamwey.
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‘Youth Guidance’ team wins big with bigger facility
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF zation has supported disadvantaged in various venues to run its weekly need for additional space. The non-
Staff Writer children in Indian River County since programs. Now, after nearly 44 years, profit had already begun to look for an
1973 through its mentorship pro- they have found a permanent home expanded location when the county
As motivational speaker Josh Shipp grams, where positive adult role mod- for their Mentoring Academy without announced it would sell the building
asserted in his TEDx talk, “Every kid els enrich, inspire trust and promote even having to change their address. where they rented office space. The
is one caring adult away from being a the self-esteem of youngsters from four county agencies that previously
success story.” low-income, single-parent families. Felix Cruz, who was appointed ex- shared the space had relocated to the
ecutive director this past summer, Indian River County Administration
The Youth Guidance Mentoring and Throughout its history, the non- was hired several years ago to develop Complex.
Activities program staff and volun- profit has primarily operated out of programs for the Mentoring Academy.
teers couldn’t agree more. The organi- a small office and has leased space As the program grew, so too did the “The county has always been one of
our best supporters and negotiated a
good price on the building. We closed
in October and now we have the whole
building,” says Cruz, whose cramped
office was previously located in the
kitchen. “I would be on the phone or
writing a grant and people would be
working around me preparing meals
for the kids.”
Cruz says he is working with the
Vero Beach Historical Society in hopes
of having the building, an early home
of the Indian River County Library,
designated for historic preservation.
During a groundbreaking ceremony
on March 8, the nonprofit will rename
the facility the Rita Dion Mentor-
ing Academy in honor of the founder
and first executive director of Youth
Guidance. They hope to complete the
building’s redevelopment by the fall of
Board members shared their vision
for the space – which has expanded
their footprint from 150 square feet
to 8,000 square feet – with Vero Beach
High School drafting students, who
have agreed to render a floor plan.
Plans include a large-group, multi-
purpose room that can be parti-
tioned off for smaller scale gather-
ings. Five rooms will be designated for
S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, En-
gineering, Arts and Math) activities,
including a quiet place for academic
enrichment tutoring, an art studio,
computer lab, Rube Goldberg lab and
a graphic design room.
Cruz envisions a 16-station com-
puter lab, 3D computer setup, art
classes and space where students will
be challenged each semester to build
the best “better mousetrap-type” in-
Students currently participate in
programs such as the Chartered Ju-
nior Exchange (Excel) Club, 3D mod-
eling and printing, Minecraft and
coding, cooking, dance, sewing, jew-
elry making, sports, academic enrich-
ment and tutoring.
Cooking classes will be taught in a
remodeled kitchen and an adjacent
dining area will provide space for
them to eat.
“We feed all of our children in all of
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / January 11, 2018 19
Felix Cruz, Holly Forde and Alex Pulido. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE our programs. For many of them it’s
the only meal of the day,” adds Cruz.
“The mentors have the opportunity to
actually learn how to mentor within
this dynamic. The kids become more
comfortable with the mentors. When
a child is comfortable with an adult,
they learn to trust. If they trust, then
they will listen. Once you get a child
to listen to you, then you’ve got them.
They’ll open up and receive assis-
tance, guidance and mentoring.”
An upcoming Capital Campaign
will help fund improvement costs for
construction, roof, air conditioner,
CONTINUED ON PAGE 20
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 PEOPLE
computers, flooring and exterior re- million dollars to put this building purchase comes more overhead: elec- Cruz was born in Puerto Rico and
furbishment. Cruz has also submitted like it should be. We need equipment. tricity, garbage, cleaners, lawn care later moved to Brooklyn and Newark
an application in hopes of receiving a We need state-of-the-art electronics. and security. where he and six siblings were raised
2018 Impact 100 grant. And, to defer As a social service agency, we need to by a single mother who had just a
costs, volunteers are assisting with the step into the 21st century. We want to “We have a good plan, we have good third-grade education. He knows
painting and carpeting was donated. put these children at the forefront,” people and a great board that is com- firsthand the obstacles the children
explains Cruz, adding that with the mitted to doing the fundraising to they serve are up against.
“Our goal is to raise about half a make this work,” says Cruz.
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Alex Pulido helps with the cookie decorating.
“I lived in poverty my whole life,”
he recalls, sharing that he lived in rat-
infested slums, had to shake roaches
out of cereal boxes each morning and
quit school at 16. “I was lost until an
adult male intervened in my life. If not
for that person, I don’t know where I
would be now.”
Following the advice of his mentor,
Cruz joined the military and later at-
tended Rutgers University, where he
stumbled into what would become
his lifelong career and discovered the
rewards of helping disadvantaged
Approximately 200 children are
enrolled in Youth Guidance mentor-
ing programs each year, mentored
by about 35 volunteers who learn the
ropes in a group mentoring format
before working one-on-one with stu-
dents. Mentors can volunteer for a sin-
gle eight-week semester or year round,
whatever works best for them.
Support Youth Guidance by attend-
ing the annual King of the Hill Tennis
Tournament at The Moorings Yacht
& Country Club, 6 p.m. Tuesday eve-
nings from Jan. 16 through Feb. 20.
For more information, visit youth-
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All about ‘Eve’: Vero merrymakers toast 2018
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF in-between. The one constant: Every-
Staff Writer one was excited to welcome in 2018.
Vero Beach rang in the New Year Early birds headed over to the Heri-
with a big bang at festivities rang- tage Center for a VIP pre-party to meet
ing from intimate gatherings of fam- and greet members of the Landsharks
ily and friends to parties spilling out band. Afterward, partiers sat by a
into the streets. There was something roaring fire as they listened to trop-
for everyone and attire ran the gamut rock tunes and competed in a Parrot-
from sequins to shorts and everything head costume contest. Proceeds from
the evening supported Vero Heritage
Gwen Lamothe, Dr. Darrell and Susan Horn, Laurel Briggs, Marie Healy, Sherry Eisert and Doris Kwek.
Brandee Anthony and Zeke Motta. and lifted their steins to a better 2018.
Rough seas fizzled out the planned
Inc. and its efforts to preserve and
manage the Heritage Center and ad- beachside fireworks sponsored by
joining Indian River Citrus Museum. Costa d’Este, Vero Beach Hotel and
Spa and Waldo’s, but smaller displays
Catering to the stout of heart, Walk- up and down the beach still lit up the
ing Tree Brewery hosted a Brew Year’s night sky. And revelers made their
Eve celebration where party-goers own sparks, taking advantage of the
danced to the music of Man Made proximity of various venues by stop-
Weather and played games as they ping for dinner at favorite haunts be-
waited for a barrel drop at midnight fore wandering from one party to the
At the Vero Beach Hotel guests had
the best of both worlds; sitting inside
at Cobalt to enjoy the sounds of the
Shanaphy Family Band or heading
outside to dance the night away un-
der the stars. Costa d’Este down the
street drew quite a crowd poolside
as the band Jahzilla got things go-
ing while next door at Waldo’s the
gathering was energized by Uproot
Hootenanny. Just across the street,
a spotlight drew people like moths
to the flame at Grind + Grape, where
merrymakers rocked in 2018 to the
sounds of East Harbor.
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Norman Wells and Dr. Deborah Brown with Gwen and Toby Turner. Kennon, Paulette and Hillary Boudrias. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Jennifer Mazzali, Dino Ceccucci, Lisa Grubmayr and Matt Gutelius.
Morgan Reynolds-Szall and Edward Szall. Vincent and Angela Iorio.
New Year’s revelers at the Vero Beach Hotel.
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Attention on intentions at the Resolution Run 5K
Meredith Van Veen gets ready for the start of the Resolution Run 5K. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE BY MARY SCHENKEL actually going to take tap dancing
lessons; try something new.”
Sage Morrow and Oliver Dobson. Kim Metz, Dawn West and April Muller. Staff Writer
“I want to run another 100-mile
Hundreds gathered at Riverside race,” said Mehta. “Last January I
Park in front of the Vero Beach Mu- ran the Skydive 100 in Clewiston
seum of Art on New Year’s morning and did it in under 24 hours.”
to start the year off right at the Run-
ner’s Depot Resolution Run 5K to The Resolution Run drew partici-
benefit the Education Foundation pants of all ages, including 11-year-
of Indian River County. old Nuala Hart, who said running
the race was her resolution, and her
Looking spiffy in his gold se- brother Quinn, 13. Despite it being a
quined jacket, Runner’s Depot’s Jim first 5K for both of them, they each
Van Veen shared, “My resolution is ran impressive times; Nuala at 28:22
to have everybody on the Treasure and Quinn at 27:40.
Coast out here to run a race.”
“I was shocked; there she goes!”
He was off to a good start, an- said their grandmother, Randi
nouncing to participants before a Walsh, with a laugh. “Delighted but
countdown that ended with con- shocked.”
fetti canisters shot overhead, “More
than 460 people pre-registered, The overall winner was Joseph
which is a new record.” Granberg, who bested his younger
brother with a time of 16:50. Jimmy
As they helped to set up refresh- Granberg at 17:16. Top female was
ments before the runners returned, Megan Valentine at 19:52.
Education Foundation volunteers
Donna Palmquist and Deni Gil- The race was the fourth in the
lespie shared their own resolutions. Runner’s Depot 2017-18 Run Vero
Race Series, which included the
“My New Year’s resolution is to September Twilight 2-Mile, Octo-
get closer to God every day in every ber’s Frightening 4K and Decem-
way,” said Palmquist. ber’s Candy Cane 3K preceding the
Christmas Parade on Ocean Drive.
“My resolution is to teach 64
adult beginners to swim by March Still to come in the series are the
through my new Swimmin’ Women Feb. 10 Cupcake ‘Short-N-Sweet’
and Men Indian River County,” said 2-Mile from AW Young Park to ben-
Gillespie. efit the Vero Beach Police Depart-
ment Foundation, and the March 24
Although both are runners, Mary Citrus Classic 5K from Pocahontas
Lunn and Tony Mehta opted out of Park to benefit Girls on the Run of
this one, but were on hand to cheer the Treasure Coast.
on the others and shared their reso-
lutions. For more information visit run-
“I have a couple,” said Lunn. “I’m
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Alex Bounassi and Mary Miner.
Ashley Davis. Ruel, Raejon, Takise and Giovan McKnight. Female overall winner Megan Valentine. Noah Strong, Ariana Strong,
Gavin Ross and Bethany Stein
Mary Lunn, Linda Soresi, Karen Gore and Leslie Howard.
‘FOUR’ STARS FOR RIVERSIDE’S
‘MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET’ P. 30
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Aflutter with anticipation for ‘Madama Butterfly’
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF Soprano María Antúnez. Local resident Tiziana Lahey plays Kate Pinkerton. mance. “He knows the opera world. He
Staff Writer knows wonderful singers, and through
areas. After all these years, the stars fi- ration, “I’m looking forward to the ex- those relationships, he’s able to get
The Vero Beach Opera takes flight nally aligned perfectly.” perience. This brings a sense of com- them to do these performances.”
with a banner year presenting “Ma- munity to both the orchestra and the
dama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini He notes that ACO President and CEO opera company by working together. Uruguayan soprano María Antúnez
in the first performance of the season. Alan Hopper brings a lot to the table. Román and Joan made a huge commit- has taken on the role of Madama Butter-
Adding to the intensity of this colossal “He’s a musician and administrator. ment to make this opera company the fly. Critics have noted her “dark voice” as
performance is the opera’s first-ever Having the knowledge of the working success that it is.” having “dramatic weight” with “… ster-
collaboration with the Atlantic Classi- side of it makes a big difference. Added ling silvery high notes, a creamy middle
cal Orchestra. to that, Alan also has a lot of experience He credits Román Ortega-Cowan register and aristocratic bearing.”
with the opera genre.” with the talented cast the opera was
For nearly three decades, the op- able to put together for the perfor- Madama Butterfly’s love interest,
era and the orchestra have co-existed Hopper says of this historic collabo- Lt. Benjamin F. Pinkerton, will be per-
in Vero. The husband-and-wife opera formed by Martin Nusspaumer. The
impresarios, artistic director Román Uruguayan tenor has been called “one
Ortega-Cowan and Vero Beach Opera of the outstanding singers of his gen-
President Joan Ortega-Cowan, say the eration” and compared to Domingo
collaboration with ACO has been a long with “his effortless high notes and full
time coming. mature color make him a heartbreak-
“Both organizations are very excited
about working together and anticipate The cast has performed under the di-
future productions,” says Joan Ortega- rection of some of this century’s most
Cowan.“This is something both orga- celebrated conductors and graced the
nizations have wanted to do for years.” stages of premiere opera houses around
the world. Under the direction of re-
“It’s the natural thing,” adds Román nowned conductor and pianist Caren
Ortega-Cowan. “They are an estab- Levine, those singers along with the
lished orchestra. We are an established ACO and Stetson University Opera The-
opera company. We operate in the same atre Chorus will weave their skills to
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share the woeful libretto of “Madama fidence from the orchestra that they’re Vero Beach performance in 2004, Voigt the Vero Beach Museum of Art to bring
Butterfly.” not going to ever be the problem. Added founded the Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach adult opera education to the commu-
to that you’ve got soloists on stage who Opera Foundation as a means to men- nity and awards vocal scholarships to
Levine will be a guest conductor for are singing from memory and moving tor young opera singers. And in 2016 the draw younger voices to the opera.
the collaboration and brings with her around on the stage. All kinds of things diva was named Vero Beach Opera’s Ar-
the resume of an accomplished mu- can go wrong in an opera.” tistic Advisor. On March 21 she will kick The Vero Beach Opera production
sician and conductor. The two-time off the Deborah Voigt 2nd International of “Madama Butterfly” is on Jan. 14 at
Grammy Award winner has been on the According to Román Ortega-Cowan, Vocal Competition with a live perfor- 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center
roster of the Metropolitan Opera House it works because the cast is comprised mance. at Vero Beach High School. For the full
as Assistant Conductor and Prompter of accomplished professionals. “We 2018 season and to learn more about the
since 2003. only have seven days to put an opera to- A large part of the opera’s mission is Vero Beach Opera, visit verobeachop-
gether which usually takes a minimum to increase awareness and apprecia- era.org.
During her 2016-2017 season Levine’s of a month. When the performers come tion of opera to audiences of all ages.
work included the Metropolitan Opera here, they know the role.” In that vein, Vero Beach Opera part- The Atlantic Classical Orchestra sea-
production of L’Amour de Loin and Die ners with the Majestic Theater bringing son opens on Jan. 17 with Ode to Love ~
Zauberflöte, La Bohème at the Charles- Local resident Tiziana Lahey has been The Met Opera Live in HD simulcasts Ode to Joy (Bernstein and Beethoven).
ton Opera Company, Il Barbiere di Sivi- cast as Kate Pinkerton. The Italian so- to the screen. It also collaborates with For the full schedule, visit atlanticclassi-
glia with Opera San Antonio, The Turn prano moved to Vero Beach in 2000 with calorchestra.com.
of the Screw, La Bohème, Les Contes her husband, Patrick Lahey, the presi-
d’Hoffmann and Le Nozze di Figaro at dent of Triton Submarines. Tiziana put ROCK ON
The Miami Music Festival. “The ACO her career on hold as they started a fam-
will supply the opera with some of the ily and is making her return to the stage Unleash your inner rock star with our amazing
best freelance players in south Florida,” for this Vero Beach Opera production. new collection from Jamie Joseph.
promises Hopper. “I’ve managed six dif-
ferent orchestras, and I would say player “Vero Beach is a fantastic place to
for player this is probably the best.” live, and I am so excited to share my joy
and passion for the opera here,” says La-
Opera is a very complicated art form, hey. “I am thankful for this opportunity
says Hopper. “There’s so much visual; to come back to the stage and hope to
it’s acting, set designs, costume designs continue with future performances.”
and the music. We’re delighted to be a
part of that from the musical stand- The Vero Beach Opera has more to
point.” offer this season after Lt. Pinkerton
breaks the heart of his geisha wife, Ma-
Levine has a massive job in front of dama Butterfly, or Cio-Cio-San. Over
her, explains Hopper. “You have to know the years the opera has cultivated a
the score very well; and when you’re relationship with Metropolitan Opera
conducting, you need to feel the con- soprano Deborah Voigt. Since her first
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‘Four’ stars for Riverside’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet’
BY PAM HARBAUGH Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Pre-
Correspondent sley and Johnny Cash – as they let
loose with a thrilling presentation
Face it. You’re going to surrender of “Blue Suede Shoes.”
to the joy of rock ’n’ roll in Riverside
Theatre’s tightly crafted production Indeed, you’ll have to fight the
of “Million Dollar Quartet.” urge to sing and even dance along.
But pace yourself. This is just the
The foot tapping begins almost beginning of a jukebox musical
instantly when the curtain rises about an actual event: a December
on America’s own “fab four” – Jerry evening in 1956 when these four
young musical icons, all in their Both James Barry, who plays rock-
early 20s, found themselves meet- abilly great Carl Perkins, and Scott
ing with their mentor, Sam Phillips, Moreau, who plays Johnny Cash,
at Sun Records in Memphis. were in national tours of the Tony
Award-winning Broadway produc-
Just as that legendary evening tion. And they’re brilliant.
brought together great musical tal-
ent, so, too, does Riverside’s pro- Barry, who is also the produc-
duction. tion’s gifted musical director, carves
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out some fine Perkins-esque styl- drives with gleeful relentlessness, also brings out a surprise – a mean ments don’t rise above serviceable
ings and makes the electric guitar as the musician bounds over the harmonica. and, except for Loughlin and Zegree,
sing. Listen to the seductive whine piano, jumping into place in front challenge the cast. Fortunately libret-
he gets from it in the “Fever” num- of a microphone and into someone Director/choreographer Keith tists Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
ber, sung with fabulous allure by else’s business. Andrews and lighting designer Yael do what they need to do – get out of
Sarah Ellis, another fine talent who Lubetzky keep the stage electrified the way and let us listen to the music.
toured in “A Gentleman’s Guide to He’s exhausting. He’s exhilarat- with energy and crisp precision.
Love and Murder.” ing. He’s, well, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Derek McLane’s scenic design sets And that’s what this show is about,
Louisiana bad boy who still gets the perfect backdrop of a record- from beginning to its spectacular
Moreau, who performed in the America rocking to “Great Balls ing studio but slyly interjects a the- ending – American music that opens
show five years ago at the Bob Carr of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ matic concept with the word “Sun” doors in our memory and shows us
Theatre in Orlando, is strong and in Goin’ On.” hovering above (we don’t know it how to have fun.
deep, rich voice while making it all it’s rising or setting). Molly Walz’s
look so easy, especially in “I Walk Of course, keeping all these big costumes are period perfect. And “Million Dollar Quartet” runs
the Line” and “Riders in the Sky.” talents in line is Sun Records owner sound designer Craig Beyrooti cer- through Jan. 21 at Riverside Theatre,
Sam Phillips, the man who became tainly needs to take a bow as well. 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach.
While Sam Cieri, who was in like a father to the four country Tickets start at $35. Call 772-231-6990
the national tour of “Once,” may boys, helping them discover their It’s a shame the expositional mo- or visit RiversideTheatre.com.
not look like Elvis Presley, he sure own uniqueness and setting them
serves up the gyrations and nails on the path to stardom. But tonight,
the sound in “That’s Alright” and he accepts that ultimate parental
“Hound Dog.” truth – before they can fly, you have
to let them go. After all, at this point,
But oh my, here comes Nat Zegree they range in age from 21 to 24 and
as Jerry Lee Lewis. Just as in previ- are in hot demand by Columbia and
ous productions, from Broadway to RCA.
national tours, this character and
the performer inhabiting him steal Holding this dramatic line as
the show. Phillips is Jason Loughlin, who
made such a smart Elyot Chase last
And that’s the way it should be. season in Riverside’s production of
Mr. Lewis was a bundle of untamed “Private Lives,” and who appeared
energy and so is Zegree, a regular onstage with Helen Mirren as the
performer at New York’s 54Below queen’s footman in the Broadway
and Joe’s Pub. The musician basi- production of “The Audience.” Here,
cally has his way with the piano, Loughlin brings a sympathetic por-
pounding on it with his hands, his trayal of Phillips to the stage but
feet and his backside. The music
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Coming Up: ‘All Rodriguez’ celebrates ballet master
BY SAMANTHA BAITA 19 and 20 at the VBHS Performing company’s ballet master and prin- grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
Staff Writer Arts Center. If you’ve seen previous cipal dancer Camilo A. Rodriguez, and trained at Ballets de San Juan
Ballet Vero Beach performances, you and features his works exclusively. and Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico,
1 On the heels (and toes) of its know what the buzz is all about, as Described fondly by the company before moving to New York City with
lauded premiere performances this exciting, talented young com- as its “unexpected, irreverent, and a full scholarship at the prestigious
pany further enriches Vero’s already prolific dance maker,” Rodriguez Joffrey Ballet School. Rodriguez has
of “Nutcracker on the Indian River,” exceptional cultural opportunities.
“All Rodriguez” is a tribute to the
which launched its 2017-2018 Fifth
Anniversary Season, Ballet Vero
Beach presents “All Rodriguez” Jan.
1 “All Rodriguez”
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2 The Vero Beach
Theatre Guild’s new
show, “Lend Me a Tenor,”
described by its director,
Art Pingree, as “a fast-
paced comedy with a
little opera on the side,”
opens this Thursday,
Jan 11. A couple of hours
2 enjoying (aka laughing
your way through) this
appeared professionally with the farce is a fine, upbeat way to launch
Eglevsky Ballet and Virginia Ballet
Theatre, and toured internation- the new year, and “Lend Me a Ten-
ally with the all-male comedy bal-
let troupes Ballets Grandiva and the or” is certainly a genre at which the
fabulous, world-famous Les Ballets
Trockadero de Monte Carlo, where Guild excels. After a West End pre-
he demonstrated a gift for parody.
Vero audiences will see Rodriguez’s mier in 1986, the show’s Broadway
choreographic skills in action with
dances he created for Ballet Vero run produced nine Tony noms and
Beach: “An Afternoon in the Pad-
dock,” “Sheer Vibration” and “The a pair of wins, and, to this day, its
Swan,” as well as a world premiere
work to the music of local composer witty dialogue continues to enter-
Paul Gay, who collaborated last sea-
son with Ballet Vero Beach Artistic tain audiences in 25 countries (and
Director Adam Schnell on Schnell’s
original work, “In Which Cio-Cio 16 languages). “Lend Me a Tenor”
San Goes With Pinkerton.” Curtain
is 8 p.m. Jan. 19, and 2 p.m. and 8 opens as the Cleveland Grand Op-
p.m., Jan. 20. Tickets are $10 to $75.
era Company prepares for the most
important opening night in its his-
tory: the world-famous Italian tenor
Tito Mirelli will perform the title
role “Otello,” to a sold-out house.
Of course, nothing goes as planned,
sending the already harried compa-
ny manager, Henry, into a stressed-
out tizzy. His assistant, Max, it turn
out, is not only a nervous, young fel-
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low, but also a “secret tenor extraordi- ning. Tickets are $40 to $60. Curtain 6 likely want to see it again. If you
naire.” When, following a major, very is at 7:30 p.m. 772-460-0850. haven’t, you really don’t want to
vocal fight, Mirelli’s hot-tempered miss this five Tony Award-winning
Italian wife storms out in a jealous 4 This Friday, Jan. 12, at the same show (including Best Musical), dur-
rage, leaving a Dear John letter be- venue, Vero Beach Commu- ing its run on Riverside Theatre’s
hind, the linguini hits the fan. Trying Waxlax stage, opening this Tuesday.
to calm down before going in stage, nity Church, London’s famed Royal According to Wikipedia, the first
Mirelli inadvertently takes a double modern major theatrical adapta-
dose of tranquilizers. Henry mistakes Philharmonic Orchestra will be in tion was a musical comedy by Ru-
him for dead, Max steps into the Otello pert Holmes. And here’s the cool,
role and nails it, Tito awakens and co- concert, launching the Indian River interactive part: Since Dickens him-
medic disaster ensues, enhanced by self either never wrote or never dis-
an ambitious, female co-star; Max’s Symphonic Association’s 25th Anni- closed the ending prior to his death
giddy girlfriend; Julia a flirty head of in 1870, the musical hinges upon a
the opera guild; and a meddling bell- versary season. Wielding the baton novel idea – the audience (that’s you)
hop, all fighting for Tito’s attention. decides by vote which of the charac-
“Lend Me a Tenor” runs through Jan. will be renowned Israeli violinist, ters murdered the charming Edwin
21. Tickets are $13 to $26. Drood (and a couple of other deci-
violist and conductor Pinchas Zuker- sions as well) from a hilarious and
challenging suspect pool. Holmes
man, who will also be the featured so- himself wrote brief alternate end-
ings for every possible voting out-
loist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 come, even the most unlikely. Thus
is the mystery, night after night: who
in A Major. The program will include committed the dastardly deed? Rosa
Bud, Neville Landless, Helena Land-
Beethoven’s Egmont Overture Op. 84; less, Rev. Crisparkle, Mr. Bazzard,
Dick Datchery? Was it a romantic
Elgar’s Serenade for Strings in E Mi- rival? The purveyor ofopium and
vice? The newly-arrived twins from
nor, Op.20; and Beethoven’s Sympho- the east, perhaps? Murder has rarely
been so entertaining. “The Mystery
ny No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92. Curtain is of Edwin Drood” run through Feb. 4.
Tickets are $75.
3 The Atlantic Classical Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Call 772-778-1070 for ticket
opens its 2018 Masterworks Se-
ries this coming Thursday, Jan. 18, at
Vero Beach Community Church. “Ode 5 Should your musical mood be
a little more informal, put on
to Love, Ode to Joy” features a pair of
gorgeous works – Leonard Bernstein’s your woolies and head to Sebastian’s
“Serenade” (after Plato’s “Sympo- always pleasant Riverview Park this and original material, delivered with
energy and excitement. The concert is
sium”), featuring violinist Leonid Si- Friday for the Sebastian River Area free. Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
gal; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Chamber of Commerce’s Concert in
op. 125, D minor (Choral). The orches- the Park. This month, the very popu-
tra, led by music director and con- lar series features the Penny Creek 6 If you’ve seen “The Mystery of
Edwin Drood,” an interactive
ductor David Amado, will be joined Band, a contemporary bluegrass band
by Treasure Coast choirs and soloists from Melbourne with a “heart-felt, musical based on an unfinished
from the Palm Beach Opera, assuring hard driving” sound that combines story by Charles Dickens, you know
audiences an exciting musical eve- traditional bluegrass, vintage country what jolly good fun it is and you’ll
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FIRST THE TOWN LOST ITS MACY’S.
THEN ITS SEARS. NOW, ALL EYES
WERE ON J.C. PENNEY. BYJESSICACONTRERA
HERMITAGE, PA – Barbara Cake had made the sounded as if she were revealing a sworn secret, she
sale. A man was hovering near the gold bracelets at delivered her favorite line.
the J.C. Penney jewelry counter when she said, “Hi,
sir, how are you?” Before long, he was swiping his “Just wait till you see what you saved.”
credit card for both a bracelet and a pair of diamond There were four days until Christmas, and this
earrings for his wife. But Barbara wasn’t done. customer had decided against shopping online to
come to a real store and talk to real people. To Bar-
“If she doesn’t like these,” she told the customer, bara, that meant she had to provide something he
“then tell her you know a lot of ladies who would.” couldn’t get from clicking buttons on a computer.
Could the Internet assure the customer that he was
“I just want my husband to buy me a watch,” she making the right choice? Could it praise him for
continued. “She should be truly happy with these.” being a thoughtful husband? Could it make sure
that he was getting the best possible deal?
Barbara ripped the receipt from the register,
pointed at the flimsy paper and, in a tone that
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That was what Barbara could offer at the last re- so they would feel like they should. “And that will be position from someone who needed it more than
maining department store in the only mall in Her- on your Penney’s card, sir?” She survived Black Friday, she did. For many of her co-workers, Penney’s was a
mitage, a city of 16,000 in Western Pennsylvania. J.C. perfecting her response to unhappy customers: a second job. Amanda in jewelry had four children to
Penney used to be one of three anchor stores at the hand over her bedazzled brooch and a sincere apol- support. Tina in home goods was taking care of her
Shenango Valley Mall. Then, one day last March, both ogy. “I’m sorry, ma’am, we don’t have the Fitbit here.” sick mother. Marcia in the men’s department had
Sears and Macy’s shut down, becoming two of the been laid off when Macy’s left. The employees bris-
more than 500 department stores that closed across Sometimes she worried she might be taking this tled every time a customer
the country in 2017.
Barbara Cake shows The question was being asked constantly during
Headlines have called the shrinking of these Amer- watches to customers the holidays, as customers returned to the Shenan-
ican staples the “retail apocalypse.” In Hermitage, at the J.C. Penney go Valley Mall and saw, some for the first time, the
employees called it “the funeral,” because of the way jewelry counter. hallways of empty storefronts. There was nowhere
it sounded as customers lined up to make their final except Penney’s to buy men’s dress clothes. The store
purchases. “I’m so sorry,” they said. “I’m in shock.” J.C. Penney offered big sales known for its elastic waistband pants for “mature
“What are you going to do?” “What am I going to do?” around the holidays to entice women” was still thriving, but staples such as Bath
shoppers into the store in & Body Works and the Hallmark store kept report-
What might have been just a sign of the times in a Hermitage. ing drops in profits to their corporate owners. Fewer
bigger city was a life-changing and economy-alter- than 100 people still worked at the mall year-round.
ing loss for Hermitage, the kind of place too far from The Shenango Valley Mall has multiple empty stores.
anywhere to be considered a suburb, but too devel- One of them was Don Howell, the man some
oped to be considered rural. shoppers called the rent-a-cop, but who called him-
self director of public safety. Don roams the wide
The retail industry is the third-largest employer halls for hours a day, wearing a round-brimmed hat,
in town. When Macy’s and Sears closed, nearly 200 a gold badge and a radio to page the mall office, be-
people lost their jobs – the equivalent of 1 in 5 retail cause there is really a need for only one officer at a
positions in the city. In the months that followed, time.
strips of tape kept appearing on the mall directory,
blacking out the names of stores that followed suit: When the mall tenants kept complaining that
FYE, Rue 21, GNC, the local antiques store, Jammin the building’s New Jersey-based owner wasn’t do-
Jac’s pizza shop. At many of the businesses that re- ing anything to improve the mall’s situation, Don
mained, foot traffic and sales numbers plummeted. decided to give himself another title: assistant mall
manager. That is how he introduces himself when
But come November, J.C. Penney was still open, he emails established retail giants in hopes they will
and the most important season in retail was about to take a chance on the mall.
begin. Sharon Loughner, the general manager, was
confident that the rush of holiday customers was on He has contacted Target and Rural King, Boscov’s
its way and that they would be coming to her store. and Dick’s Sporting Goods. He has been in talks with
She would need more workers to do all the extra a local bakery that might be interested in the old
fetching, folding, stacking and selling, and so she put GNC space. So far, the biggest success has been a
out a call for seasonal employees. local coffee shop that opened in what used to be an
Among the parade of well-qualified applicants
from Hermitage and towns nearby came Barbara, a When he hears shoppers complaining about the
67-year-old woman who seemed to represent all that state of the mall, he offers them a simple solution:
retail used to be. She was impeccably dressed for her “Use it,” he says, “or lose it.”
interview. She planned to wear a pantsuit each day.
She talked about catering to the customer’s every Three days before Christmas, Barbara arrived in
need. She addressed everyone, no matter their age, as the J.C. Penney break room to find her co-workers
“sir” or “ma’am.” huddled around the local newspaper.
For J.C. Penney to succeed, it needed employees “Wow, look at this,” she said, picking it up. A photo
like Barbara, whose necklace and bracelet, Sharon of the mall was at the top of the page.
noticed, coordinated perfectly with her outfit. Sharon
thought of the department where the sale of a single The article said the county had decided that the
item could equal a dozen sweaters in ¬revenue. mall building and the property it sits on is no lon-
ger worth what it once was. Soon, the amount of
“How would you like,” she asked Barbara, “to work taxes the mall owners pay the city would be cut by
behind the jewelry counter?” more than half. This would make the mall easier to
sell – but would mean huge losses in revenue for
Barbara accepted, not thinking about the arthri- the city and its schools.
tis in her hands that would make it hard to work the
small clasps, the plantar fasciitis in her right foot “Yep, people’s home and property values are going
that would act up if she stood for hours, the reading to be going down now,” said Lori Ost, who had been
glasses she would need to see the small numbers on working at J.C. Penney for four years.
the price tags.
“Is that what it’s saying?” Barbara asked, thinking
She had been an executive secretary for 30 years, of her home four miles from the mall.
and now, a few years into her retirement, had done
the math on her savings, her mortgage payment and “Hermitage has nothing; this is what Hermitage
her grandchildren's Christmas gifts and decided it has,” Lori said. “I would be out there hustling every
was time to return to work. day to get business in here. Maybe a lower price will
attract potential buyers.”
The job at J.C. Penney was guaranteed only un-
til the new year, but if she worked hard enough, she Barbara nodded, opening up the paper to find the
thought, they might keep her on. As a “sales associ- rest of the article.
ate,” she would be expected to sell about $1,500 worth
of merchandise a day and would bring home $8.50 an “If I had that kind of money,” Lori said, “I’d just
hour, before tax. buy it and tear it down and build something new.”
She studied up on diamond ratings and learned to Barbara closed the paper. “That’s really scary,”
lock the jewelry counter’s glass cases to help prevent she said, and then she went down to the sales floor,
shoplifting. She learned not to ask if customers had where nearly every customer she met would be af-
J.C. Penney credit cards, but to assume that they did, fected if someone did decide to tear down the mall.
Here came the “mall walkers,” who arrived for
their exercise every day at 9 a.m. There was John and
STORY CONTINUED ON PAGE 38
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Marty, two older gentlemen, accompanied by Jim, From left, co-workers Holly, Barbara Barbara placed her hand over her brooch. “Not for
the younger one whom they let join their routine and Angie laugh together behind the $50,” she apologized.
after he lost his job at the Cooper Bessemer engine- jewelry counter at J.C. Penney.
making plant nearby. There was Tom and Lorene, a She walked them back to the case of gold anyway,
couple who had been walking in the mall every cold Security officer Don Howell patrols the Shenango Valley Mall on Dec. 23. opened it and started taking out each box, scanning
day since 1991. They hadn’t yet been to the mall’s bar codes and adding all the coupons she could.
new coffee shop, where coffee is $2.50 more expen- his grandparents to take him to buy her some jewelry.
sive than it is at Auntie Anne’s. “We’re not really fancy “She likes pink,” A.J. told Barbara. “His mom doesn’t have too much real stuff,” A.J.’s
Starbucks people,” they explained. “She likes earrings that dangle,” his grandmother said. grandmother said.
Barbara walked them to the cases of sterling silver
Here came the kind of shoppers malls have always In the corner of the case, Barbara found a $124 pair
depended on: the browsers, who saw shopping as hoops, to the bracelets, to the pendants with 1/10 of earrings on sale for $31.79. The jewels were cubic
something fun to do. Liz and Bob Adams planned karat of a diamond on special for $25. zirconia, but the thin metal loops were 10-karat gold.
on picking up a Paw Patrol toy for their grandson but
ended up at the jewelry counter. “Nothing gold?” the grandmother asked. “A bargain,” she promised. A.J. gave her a thumbs up.
Barbara looked at her watch as she rang them up.
“There are some great deals today. You would be She had spent nearly 40 minutes helping them. She
shocked,” Barbara told them. knew she wouldn't meet her sales goal today.
By Dec. 23, the slowdown had begun. Barbara’s
Liz hovered near the diamond rings. She and Bob manager posted a sign at the counter saying the fine
had both been widowed before they met. Usually at jewelry department was less than $8,000 from its hol-
Christmas, they said, “We are each other’s gift.” But iday season goal. “Ladies!” she wrote. “Keep pushing,
these rings, Liz told Bob, were really beautiful. we’re almost there!”
But the snow was coming down during Barbara’s clos-
Barbara showed them the “Holiday Extra Effort” ing shift, and she knew it would stop her customers from
deal that meant they could get an extra 30 percent visiting. She was already worried about driving to her
off if they spent more than $500. They walked out daughter’s house on Christmas Day. She had saved up
with a $612 ring, $1,887 off the retail price. enough to buy her 8- and 10-year-old granddaughters
iPads, which she had purchased online with discounts.
Then came the type of customer Barbara loved help- Barbara watched the last-minute shoppers browse
ing most: those for whom a trip to the mall was a spe- – too late to buy things online now, she thought. She
cial occasion that had to be saved for, as it had been tried to sell a $60 watch to a mother looking for her
for her growing up in Shamokin, Pa. She was one of son but quickly pulled out the $29 one when the
eight children. Her mother would send her to scour woman grimaced at the price. “A steal!” she said as
the Woolworths, W.T. Grant and Newberry stores to see she handed over the receipt.
which had the best price before they bought anything. A husband bought a necklace and earring set
at nearly 70 percent off. “She’s going to think you
Now she met a 7-year-old named A.J., whose moth- robbed the bank to get her gift,” Barbara said.
er had given him $50 from her Social Security check,
her only income, to buy her a Christmas gift. A.J. asked
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She rang up purchases for customers who didn’t hours come January. After customers finished their She pointed him in the right direction. There were
want to wait in the regular checkout line, selling post-Christmas returns, things would be slow, at least still two hours to go until midnight and closing. She
them jeans and socks and pajama bottoms. until Valentine’s Day. They just weren’t sure how slow. slipped a foot out of her heels and stretched. Then
she reached for a roll of paper towels, picked up a
“I feel weird just standing here,” she said. “Excuse me?” a customer said, and Barbara turned spray bottle and began to polish the glass counters,
In a few days, the store managers would call Barba- around. trying to make everything as shiny as she thought it
ra to ask if she would like to stay on after the holidays. ought to be.
They would warn her that the job would be far fewer “Yes, sir,” she said. “What can I do for you today?”
“Where’s the men’s bathroom?” he asked.
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The Iranian regime can’t keep winning forever
BY DAVID IGNATIUS | WASHINGTON POST popular leader who speaks for an un- Green Movement, it must face real tical pipeline to its proxy forces in Ye-
happy country. A week ago, that might consequences. men, Syria and Lebanon. In challeng-
After visiting Tehran in 2013, I wrote have been Rouhani, but he seems to ing Iranian proxies, the United States
that the Iranian capital seemed sus- have lost his chance. The West should also help keep and its allies will amplify the protest-
pended somewhere between Pyong- communications open with Iran. The ers’ chant: “Not Gaza, Not Lebanon, I
yang and Los Angeles. We’ve seen this Western governments are split about regime is restricting messaging, but give my life for Iran.”
past week how passionately Iranians how vigorously to support the Iranian it will have trouble blocking it entire-
want the latter, not the former – as protesters. President Trump’s boister- ly. Iran has an estimated 48 million Iran’s leaders undoubtedly will
they denounced their impoverished ous tweets have offended European smartphones today, compared with blame the United States and its allies,
garrison state and demanded a pros- governments, which argue that they 1 million in 2009. regardless of what Trump and the Eu-
perous, modern future. make it easier for the regime to blame ropeans say. Ali Shamkhani, secretary
the “Great Satan” and other outside Iranians can access more encrypted of Iran’s supreme national security
Asking whether Iran’s demonstra- meddlers. Last week, France, Germany messaging apps than the regime can council, said in a television interview
tions create a “pre-revolutionary” situ- and Britain balked at a U.S. request for block. From some southern points, this week, with spurious precision,
ation may miss the larger point. The a joint statement on Iran. Although cellphones can reach networks in the that 27 to 29 percent of the protest
process of change has already begun. Trump’s rhetoric is often recklessly ir- United Arab Emirates and elsewhere. hashtags were generated by the Saudi
The regime will use its instruments of responsible, on this question he’s right. The number of cellphone videos post- government. Saudi Arabia is certainly
repression, and the unrest may wane. ed from Iran seems to have declined delighted by the protests, but the idea
But the protests have been so wide- The West certainly should be careful sharply through last week, but a total that nationwide demonstrations are
spread, taking place in what a former about statements that encourage Ira- digital blackout will probably be im- the result of a foreign conspiracy is
U.S. intelligence officer says are 80 cit- nians to open rebellion. There’s moral possible. self-deluding and also logistically im-
ies, that it will be impossible to put the hazard in such cheerleading. But si- possible.
whole country back in a box. lence is wrong. With the world focused on the re-
pressive, destabilizing nature of the What’s the lesson of the past week
The Iranian protests have drama- The West should urge Iranian pro- Iranian regime, the Trump administra- for the Middle East? I put that ques-
tized the contradictions that have been testers to remain peaceful (they’re tion would be idiotic to shift the subject tion to Prince Khalid bin Salman, the
deepening since the 1979 revolution – more likely to succeed that way) and to the Iran nuclear agreement. Trump Saudi king’s son and ambassador to
between aged theocratic rulers and a also warn the regime that it will be should leave the pact in place and con- Washington, and here’s his answer:
restless young country, between Iran’s held accountable for violence against centrate on Iranian meddling abroad. “The Iranian regime tried to block the
immense economic capabilities and its citizens. If the government cracks future. They’re waging a backwards
its poor performance, and between its down hard, as it did during the 2009 With Tehran distracted at home, this revolution. We want to go the other
foreign adventures and its domestic is an ideal time to squeeze Iran’s logis- way.” If the Saudis really are betting on
needs. youth and modernization, they’re go-
ing in the right direction.
The government is split, with Presi-
dent Hassan Rouhani expressing sym- The Iranian regime was rocked last
pathy with the protesters and Supreme week, and it will fight back ruthlessly.
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hoping But it’s hard to imagine the theocracy
to crush dissent. prevailing indefinitely in a society so
hungry for change. The West can’t wage
In today’s world, it’s hard to argue this fight. But it shouldn’t be afraid to
that repression won’t work in the short say who’s right and wrong.
run. But this is a long game, and while
the mullahs have the guns, they seem The views of guest columnists do
to have lost the public’s trust. As the not necessarily reflect the views of Vero
regime weakens, there’s space for a Beach 32963.
POP QUIZ 2018 B Hepatitis C is the leading cause of cirrhosis an ANSWERS © 2018 Vero Beach 32963 Media, all rights reserved
liver cancer and the most common reason for
As we welcome in the new year, let’s see how much infor- liver transplantation. 1.TRUE. Hot vs. Cold for Injuries, Part II. 1/11/17
mation from last year’s How Healthcare Works columns C Hepatitis C is not curable. 2.FALSE. Today patients can have combined pacemakers
you have retained. Good luck! D With more screening and treatment, researchers and ICDs if they need both. Pacemakers and I
estimate that hepatitis C could become a rare plantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs).
POP QUIZ 2018 disease in the U.S. by 2036. 3/23/17
3.B. Stroke is the second-leading cause of death in
1. The more you stimulate blood flow, the more you stimu- 6. Most insurance companies will pay for a second opinion. the world, behind heart disease. Stroke, Part I:
late the healing process. TRUE FALSE Pre-Test. 6/01/17
TRUE FALSE 4. TRUE. Are You an Inpatient or Observation Patient?
7. Gout occurs when high levels of uric acid circulate in the Part III. 7/27/17
2. Patients can have either a pacemaker or an implantable blood which causes urate crystals to settle in the tissues of 5. C. As of 2013, hepatitis C is curable. Hepatitis, Part
cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), but not both. the joints. V, Hepatitis C. 9/07/17
TRUE FALSE TRUE FALSE 6. TRUE. The Power of a Second Opinion, Part II. 9/28/17
7. TRUE. Arthritis, Part II. 10/12/17
3. Pick the ONE statistic that is not true about stroke: 8. Nicotine in cigarette smoke causes cancer. 8. FALSE. Nicotine is the addictive agent. Smoking, Part III.
A Someone has a stroke about once every 40 TRUE FALSE 11/16/17
seconds. 9. TRUE. Happy Holidays? 12/07/17
B Stroke is the leading cause of death in the world. 9. Common effects of stress include: 10. TRUE. Gifts of Giving. 12/14/17
C Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term Fatigue
disability. Headache SCORING
D Strokes can be prevented and treated. Muscle tension or pain
Sleep problems A+ (10 correct) Bravo!
4. Generally, patients enrolled in Original Medicare foot Upset stomach A (9 correct) Are you sure you didn’t go to medical
more of the bill if their hospital stay is deemed observation Chest pain school?
rather than inpatient status. TRUE FALSE B (8 correct) Excellent.
TRUE FALSE C (5-7 correct) You’re a good source of information.
10. Giving creates a “warm glow” that doctors can actually D (3-4 correct) Take a family member with you when
5. Pick the ONE statement that is incorrect about hepatitis C: see on a scan in the areas of the brain associated with plea- you go to the doctor’s office.
A About 75 percent of U.S. adults who have sure, connection with other people and trust. Under 3 correct Keep learning.
hepatitis C are baby boomers. TRUE FALSE
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INSIGHT BOOK REVIEW
“The Vanity Fair Diaries” sounds like “‘Tina,’ he shouted. ‘What do you But first, Brown married the man she birthday party after she published a
more fun than it reads. Billed as a cheeky think of the Newsweek cover story on wanted to become: Harold Evans, 25 book review dismissing Sally Quinn’s
romp through the excesses of 1980s me?’ years older, her onetime boss and the novel as “cliterature.” The unflappable
America (The money! The greed! The most important newspaper editor in Brown was unflapped. C’est la vie.
glamour!), it’s more a cautionary tale of “‘I haven’t read it,’ I told him. London. The two wed after a scandalous
gilded ambition, a book best saved for a “‘You know, Tina, I could have had affair, and the union opened doors and The book has a lot of insider base-
gray winter weekend when the news is Time. They wanted me and I saw them, gave her invaluable contacts. “I know it’s ball about the politics of Conde Nast,
too stressful and binge-watching Netflix too. But Newsweek scooped them. Who the wrong feminist answer,” she writes, the grind of turning out issues every
feels like work. If you’re going to be de- do you think’s better, Tina, Newsweek “but most of my role models have been month, reshoots and sackings and
pressed, it’s better to be snuggled in your or Time?’ men. They always had the lives I want- fussy writers, which will interest … oh,
reading chair with a cup of cocoa and a “‘Time,’ I said mischievously. ed.” maybe a few thousand people in New
cat on your lap. “‘You really think so, Tina, you really York’s publishing world. More interest-
think so?’ His pouty Elvis face folded She turned the magazine into a mix ingly, there’s a lot of Brown – the acerbic
Tina Brown did not, of course, set into a frown of self-castigation. ‘I guess of celebrity profiles, murder mysteries, Brit with the outsider’s gimlet eye – be-
out to write a depressing book. The it sells more,’ he said in a tormented and tales of power and money, all by coming the very person she mocked.
legendary editor set out to write a gos- tone. ‘I guess it does.’” the best writers and accompanied by
sipy tell-all about her tenure at Vanity It’s deja vu all over again. beautiful, often shocking photos. She Early in her tenure, Brown is ad-
Fair, where she splashed sexy, buzzy “Vanity Fair Diaries” is actually three convinced Ronald and Nancy Reagan monished by her boss that her lunch
celebrities on the cover and ran dishy, books in one: the story of Brown’s talent to dance for the cover and chose the table at the Four Seasons is in “Siberia.
semi-intellectual articles inside from and success, a memoir of publishing iconic image of a naked, very pregnant … It’s very bad for your image and the
1983 to 1992. Brown shares her stories a splashy magazine in a spare-no-ex- Demi Moore a few years later. She was magazine’s for you to be seated there.”
of the very rich and the very famous, pense era, and a name-dropping social smart, she was driven, she was fear- She becomes obsessed with New York
tales from 30 years ago that are oddly history of New York in the 1980s.“Tax less, and she managed, in five years, to real estate, jumping from apartment
familiar to a 2018 reader. Here’s Don- cuts for the wealthy in 1981 unleased negotiate a contract for $600,000 a year to apartment until she finds her dream
ald Trump at a dinner party in 1987: animal spirits on Wall Street,” Brown ($1.2 million in today’s dollars), plus a place for just under $1 million. There’s
writes. “As Senator Daniel Patrick million-dollar bonus. the cottage in the Hamptons, of course,
Moynihan put it when asked to define and the personal trainer and the celeb-
the eighties, we ‘borrowed a trillion dol- Brown’s job made her the toast of rity hairdresser. Along the way, she’s
lars from the foreigners and used the Manhattan, besieged with invitations juggling her job with her marriage to
money to throw a big party.’” from the rich and powerful. “At dinner Evans, two babies and aging parents,
The most successful aspect of the I was at a great table, between Henry none of which slows her down one bit.
book is Brown’s self-portrait of her un- Kissinger and William Safire, along
apologetic ambition and determina- with Barbara Walters, Dick Snyder, After Vanity Fair, Brown jumped
tion. Born in Britain to a movie produc- Lally Weymouth, George Weidenfeld at the chance to edit the New York-
er and a housewife, she was educated and Princess Michael.” Every party er (a less-successful star turn), then
at Oxford and working as a writer while was inspiration for a story or, at the launched Talk and the Daily Beast and
still in college. At age 25, she became very least, a scathing one-liner. New is now, at 64, running empowerment
wunderkind editor of the fading Tatler York Times social writer Charlotte conferences for powerful women.
and turned the old society magazine Curtis was a “coiffed asparagus, exud-
into a lively must-read. Conde Nast took ing second-rate intellectualism.” On For someone so clearly opportunis-
notice, and by 29, she was summoned to trophy wife Carolyne ¬Roehm: “She tic, her book seems like a missed op-
New York to jump-start the relaunched has to look wonderful, have inventive portunity for the gravitas Brown has
Vanity Fair, where she deftly muscled sex with [financier husband Henry] always craved.
out her predecessor and went to town, Kravis, and go to a black-tie dinner ev-
on the town. ery night of the week. No wonder she THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES, 1983-1992
Brown quotes Gloria Steinem: “Be- looks like a zombie.” BY TINA BROWN
come … the man you want to marry.”
There was occasional fallout: Brown Henry Holt. 436 pp. $32.
was disinvited from Ben Bradlee’s Review by Roxanne Roberts,
The Washington Post
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INSIGHT ON FAITH
Fear not: God has the whole world in His hands
BY REV. DRS. CASEY AND BOB BAGGOTT ourselves to God. We never face our
Columnists problems alone, after all. Of course
our capabilities are limited. But we
We don’t get to New York City very of- trust in One whose strength and
ten. We always feel a little like country whose resources are far greater than
mice dazzled by the city lights when we our own, One who says to us: “Do not
arrive. But we love every bit of the city: fear for I am with you, do not be afraid
the soaring architecture, the grand pub- for I am your God; I will strengthen
lic works, the bridges, the skyscrapers, you, I will help you, I will uphold you
the statuary. with my victorious right hand.”
A favorite sight of ours has always Interestingly, the mighty Atlas
been the towering statue of Atlas who struggles beneath the crushing
which stands outside Rockefeller Cen- weight of the world stands across the
ter in mid-town Manhattan. Standing street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in
an imposing four stories high, this New You City. And inside the cathe-
iron Atlas makes an unambiguous dral is a small statue of the boy, Je-
statement. The well-muscled figure, sus, at perhaps 7 or 8 years old. This
head bent and heavy laden, is carry- little statue stands as a challenge, or
ing across his shoulders an enormous maybe a corrective, to viewing life as
globe. He carries the whole weight of simply a grueling endurance test. It
the world. shows the child with one hand lifted
in blessing and the other confidently
Now, we say the statue of Atlas tells and easily holding the whole world.
an unambiguous message because
we would venture to guess that most So, when life seems too heavy to
of the people who pass by recognize bear, remember, you can safely take
Atlas’ dilemma. At one time or anoth- the weight of the world off your shoul-
er, most all of us have felt like Atlas, ders.
haven’t we? We, too, have struggled
with tasks that seemed over-sized. After all, He’s got the whole world in
We’ve balanced enormous respon- his hands.
sibilities. We’ve struggled with prob-
lems so weighty that they’ve exhaust- serious danger of dropping the ball.
ed us and spent our last ounce of What can we do when it seems we
energy. We’ve felt as if everything de-
pended upon us, though we were in carry the whole weight of the world
and we’re starting to feel a little
shaky? It’s at moments like those that
the assurances that have come down
to us through the ages are most im-
portant to remember. Like the mil-
lions before us that felt themselves
on the verge of collapse, we can take
comfort from timeless words our
scriptures have preserved for us –
words like these: “nothing will be im-
possible with God,” and “I can do all
things through him who strengthens
Remembering those words is criti-
cal because it changes our focus from
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Relaxed airline rules may add stress for flyers
BY CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT and, inevitably, additional confronta- legroom and missed connections top-
The Washington Post tions with unhappy customers. No one ping the list. But there are other annoy-
may be able to persuade the airline in- ances that will almost certainly emerge in
If you thought 2017 was a challenging dustry to change its flight plan, but pas- the year ahead.
year for airline passengers, just wait until sengers can take steps to ensure their
you see what’s ahead. vacations are relatively surprise- and To get a preview of 2018, scroll back
problem-free in 2018. to just before the holidays, when Delta
That’s the consensus of airline experts, Air Lines dropped a bombshell on its
consumer advocates and frequent travel- Air travelers griped about the usual Europe-bound passengers. Starting April
ers. They say the domestic airlines have hassles in 2017, according to a year-end 10, it will charge basic economy passen-
charted a course for this year that in- survey by Berkshire Hathaway Travel gers fees for checked bags – $60 for the
cludes more fees and ticket restrictions Protection, with canceled flights, lack of first one and $100 for the second.
2018 About the same time, the U.S. Trans- line to quote a ticket price that includes
portation Department quietly aban- all taxes and fees. If that happens, it may
Travel Expo doned two proposed consumer rules, be even harder to determine the actual
one that would have required airlines cost of a ticket, persuade an airline to
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM to disclose baggage fees at the start of a cover your expenses when you’re delayed
ticket purchase and one that would have or get a ticket refund.
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Come Speak One-On-One With Representatives From: determine what is – or is not – included
While the government’s decisions with each fare they purchase when they
Celebrity Cruises Oceania Cruises had no immediate effect on passengers are comparison shopping,” said Craig
Princess Cruises Royal Caribbean – after all, they were still on the draw- Fichtelberg, president of AmTrav Corpo-
Silversea Cruises Norwegian Cruise Line ing board – they signaled to the airline rate Travel of Chicago.
Crystal Cruises industry that the Transportation De-
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would allow families to sit together or ing to fear from being photographed on
regulations that would require airlines to the job, but someone who is doing pas-
refund checked-baggage fees when they sengers wrong, and knows it, will try to
lose luggage. “It’s as if the police decided force you to stop filming, citing a bogus
not to do their job,” said Charles Leocha, “interfering with the flight crew” excuse.
chairman of Travelers United, aWashing- Use your camera and leverage the power
ton passenger-advocacy group. of social media when necessary. It may
be your only option when the courts and
That’s the framework for flying in 2018: regulators have failed.
Airlines, emboldened by a government
that can’t or won’t regulate it in the way Also, keep a calculator handy when
most customers expect it to, will try to you’re shopping for airfares. Airlines
squeeze passengers for every dollar. Leo- have scored an important victory when
cha said he expects airlines to ask the it comes to how they can display fares.
federal government to begin disman- Next, they’ll probably go after the Trans-
tling the few existing rules on the books, portation Department’s full-fare adver-
which they have derisively referred to as tising rule, which requires airlines to
“command-and-control” regulations. In- quote an airfare that includes taxes and
deed, they’ve already formally asked reg- all mandatory fees. When that happens,
ulators to discard two of the most signifi- we’ll go back to the days of seeing a $199
cant consumer-protection rules recently fare that many clicks later, after adding
enacted: a 24-hour refund rule and a “full fuel surcharges and taxes, costs $599.
fare” advertising rule that requires an air-
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HOW WELL DO YOU SPOT THE SPOTS? INSIGHT BRIDGE
Mark Twain said, “I was born modest; not all over, but in spots.” WEST NORTH EAST
53 874 962
One aspect of bridge that separates the top players from others is taking full advantage QJ9 A52 K 10 7 4
of the useful spot cards (2 through 10) — in particular, knowing when a low spot is a Q83 K96 J 10 5 2
winner. KQJ76 10 8 4 3 52
How is that relevant in today’s deal? After West leads the club king, how should South SOUTH
proceed in four spades? Did West have a more successful opening lead? A K Q J 10
South’s jump to four spades was a slight overbid with a six-loser hand, but we tend to A74
bid game with any excuse. Of course, here, if South had chosen to rebid three no- A9
trump, North would surely have passed, and declarer would have had nine top tricks.
(Also, there was a case for West’s making a takeout double over one spade, not a two- Dealer: South; Vulnerable: North-South
club overcall. It would not have made much difference here, but the double would have
been more flexible.) The Bidding:
In four spades, though, South has only those same nine tricks; he is faced with four SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
losers: two hearts, one diamond and one club. Is there any hope? 1 Spades 2 Clubs 2 Spades Pass
4 Spades Pass Pass Pass LEAD:
Look at those interesting club spots. Declarer should win the first trick, draw trumps and K Clubs
return the club nine. Suppose West finds the best defense, taking the trick and shifting
to the heart queen. South wins on the board, leads the club 10 and discards a heart
loser. Yes, West takes that trick and cashes a heart winner, but South’s diamond loser
evaporates on the now-high club eight.
If West had led anything other than a club, the contract would have failed.
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SOLUTIONS TO PREVIOUS ISSUE (JANUARY 4) ON PAGE 68
1 Fertilizer (6) 1 Arrangement of rows
4 Near (4)
9 Hughes, poet laureate (3) and columns (6)
10 Clear of blame (9) 2 Blyton creation (5)
11 Picturesque (7) 3 Small stream (7)
12 Great enthusiasm (5) 5 Cake topper (5)
13 Sudden increased quantity(5) 6 Rumour (7)
15 Japanese city (5) 7 Rap (5)
20 Trouble (5) 8 Criminal (5)
22 One of two limiting 14 Plait of hair (7)
16 View (7)
horse’s vision (7) 17 Sauce; dance (5)
24 Pasta type (9) 18 Lessen (5)
25 Starchy tuber (3) 19 Gosh! (6)
26 Lie in wait (4) 21 Alternative (5)
27 Asps? (6) 23 Inuit canoe (5)
How to do Sudoku:
Fill in the grid so the
numbers one through
nine appear just once
in every column, row
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / January 11, 2018 49
ACROSS safeguard on (Dr. Strangelove 68 Latin verb The Washington Post
some U.S. cars? sign) 70 Grocery store:
1 Precarious perch 80 Vanity Fair 3 Film or phone NEW ENGLAND-STYLE CHATTER 2 By Merl Reagle
5 Coffee coast author’s preceder abbr.
9 Made crow monogram 4 Turkish treat 72 “... devil and the
82 Iliad suicide 5 New Zealander
sounds 86 Old undercover 6 Shaggy ape, deep ___”
14 Heart problem? org. briefly 75 Pear variety
18 Where the ounce 87 Bristol break 7 The best, briefly 76 Stamp ctr.
88 Actor Tognazzi 8 Poe’s Lee 77 ___ large (hasn’t
can pounce 89 1987 Coppola 9 Store sign
19 A No. 2, on the film, 10 Commotion been caught)
Gardens ___ 11 Typist’s stat: abbr. 78 Cabbage or
green 91 Place with good 12 Edit, sometimes
20 Veteran circulation? 13 “___ under the moolah
21 Old mother 92 Uses, as a futon apple tree ...” 79 Not too receptive
95 Lovable eccentric 14 Tirana’s land: 81 Early keyboard
Hubbard’s son 96 Sit or shut abbr.
22 Huck Finn endings 15 Stevens or T. synthesizer
97 Rollers in Nelson 83 Enlist in
parodies? barracks? 16 Mandel or Morris 84 Dustin’s Graduate
24 Bordello special? 101 One-time Miracle 17 “The ___ near ...”
26 Filch a la Poe Gro pitchman? 20 Spoken costar
27 Science org. 104 Certain pol: abbr. 23 1992 World 85 Illiterate John
29 R-V center? 105 Meadow Series champs
30 William who wed 107 Corn-eater’s 25 Singer Springfield Hancocks
leftover 28 Chief monk 90 Black bomber
Mary 108 Lover Come Back 33 Rice U. team 93 Winnie ___ Pu
31 Verb in “I Am star 34 Penalized 94 Sleep time, in
109 What a nail feels? amount
Woman” 115 Car-collecting 35 Paw Stuttgart
32 Perennial phone comedian 36 Animal you can 95 Market-watching
118 Pal, to Pascal sit on
problem at Goats 119 Cinco de mayo, 38 Display to good cable channel
R Us? e.g. advantage 98 Of Human
37 Your, in Tours 120 Inning enders 42 Cherokee, for
39 Fly catcher of a 121 Go along with one Bondage author’s
sort Marie Antoinette 43 Son of Rebecca initials
40 ___ double take 124 With 128 Across, 44 Capital on a fjord 99 Takes to heart
41 “___ a date!” good advice at 45 Baylor 100 Henry, in
42 Actress who felt the Medicine Man University’s city Hermosillo
empty inside? Ball? 47 Binet-Simon, for 102 Ohio college town
46 Rival whisky of 128 See 124 Across one 103 Vision supervision
Old Argyle? 130 African Nobelist 48 Crude org. 106 12
51 Guy’s name or 131 U.K. hotspot 49 Express-lane 109 “It ___ Be You”
French word 132 Who-knows-how- requirement, 110 Love in Paris
52 Have a rough long often 111 Like a julep
night 133 Bank take-back 50 Bended part 112 Bank-job scores
53 Deck a Dolphin 134 African antelope 51 Previous 113 Litigant
55 Rex Reed 135 European steel records? 114 Sharpens
rejection center 54 Cut of beef 116 Title giver
56 Family of fancy 136 Others 57 Nest-egg 117 Giraffe’s cousin
birds 137 Goddess of guarantor: abbr. 122 Della, to Perry:
58 Written twice, a discord 60 Insurance city abbr.
dance 61 Ecol.-minded 123 Early grandson,
59 Distaff reference DOWN entity in the Bible
62 Language ending 1 Reading aid 65 Route 125 Rented outfit
63 Idaho staple 2 “Peace ___ 66 Pre-osculated 126 Man of Steel
64 Moon jumper princes emblem
66 Battled Cochise? profession” 67 Start of many 127 Summer, in Lyon
69 “___ drunkard” questions 129 Mortar mixer
71 Shortened, as a
73 Capt. of industry
74 Butt heads
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INSIGHT BACK PAGE
Holding the line when a friend crosses it
BY CAROLYN HAX though what ails her does matter. Someone who management to designate a few days a month, but
Washington Post can’t handle being close is much more sympathet- not to make it daily
ic (and of course a better candidate for continued
Hi, Carolyn: My girlfriend friendship) than someone who needs to sabotage – Dogged
recently mentioned, in a very others to feel good about herself. You probably
respectful way, that my re- know her well enough to know which she is. Dogged: Sounds fine. Or how about a trial period
lationship with my female – canine Fridays? – so you can see how it goes?
friend “K” makes her uncom- Either way, the next time K crosses a line, speak
fortable, using reasonable up. A gentle but decisive, “Hey – stop,” or even I am pro-dog but amazed at how inconsiderate
examples of physical contact “What are you doing?” won’t embarrass her. Then, people are about foisting them on others, partic-
and things K has said. enforce that limit by walking away if she persists. ularly those with allergies but also with anyone
We both acknowledge that K, who is single, crosses If she pushes you to a kind of line-drawing that who’s not a fan.
lines with the married and coupled men in her social embarrasses her, then that’s on her, not you.
circle (oddly, not the single ones), but I had been some-
what naive and hadn’t noticed I was one of them. And don’t bring your girlfriend into it for any rea-
What to do now? My girlfriend asked me to talk to son – no, no, no. The reason for boundaries is that K
K, which seems like a recipe for creating drama where doesn’t have them, not that your girlfriend is the one
there isn’t any. I am capable of just sort of boxing her out who noticed.
of my life, but that seems cruel, and making a statement
the next time it happens would probably embarrass her Maybe when K’s friends hold the line, K will get
– or both of them, if I bring my girlfriend into it. the message about how often she crosses it.
– Maryland You may ultimately need to distance yourself,
even if her actions elicit more sympathy than an-
Maryland: The possibilities you list are all, to my ger or annoyance. That’s because the specifics of
eye, about treating the symptom of K crossing the line. someone’s neediness eventually become second-
ary to a lack of interest in being part of it anymore.
But what about the underlying ailment? There’s
no “oddly” to the part about K’s cozying up to cou- Dear Carolyn: Earlier this week, management said
pled men. It’s quite common and usually means K they were considering allowing people to bring their dogs
fears intimacy and sees paired-off men as “safe,” to work and were open to comments on the matter. Peo-
or she gets a power jolt by making inroads with ple got really excited, especially three people on my team.
other women’s men.
I do not like dogs. I’m not allergic; I just prefer
Both point to a K who isn’t emotionally healthy, not to be around them. Service or therapy dogs, I
would be fine with.
I want to approach them with my concerns, but I
am worried about backlash. I am considering asking