Schools surprise. P4 Love of learning. P8 Somethin’ to sneeze at!
Brevard superintendent abruptly Holy Trinity science whiz closer
announces his resignation. to dream of becoming a doctor.
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GeorgeMe[email protected] Base.
community with two-story penthous- Brevard Public Schools will
The northern residential area of Satel- Owner Woodshire-Brevard LLC, the es of more than 4,000 square feet with hire 28 armed school secu-
lite Beach is changing its face these days buyer and developer of the property, is ocean views from the west side of State rity specialists to bridge the
with more than 100 rental houses being based in Memphis, Tennessee. The com- Road A1A. gap in schools that are not
demolished in an annexed area that up pany indicated initially that it wanted to expected to have School Re-
until 2002 served South Housing units design and develop a luxury residential Demolition recently began and should source Officers in place by
take several weeks to complete. No ex- August.
CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 The School Board ap-
proved the plan at its May 8
A big push for tiny meeting, while at the same
houses in Brevard time tabling indefinitely the
school marshal plan, which
would have allowed school
staff who volunteered for
specialized training to carry
weapons in school.
“We are glad that they de-
cided to keep guns out of the
hands of anybody that has
another responsibility at the
school, whether that was an
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ALL ‘SOLAR’ SYSTEMS GO IN SATELLITE BEACH
STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER Electric vehicle charging station behind Satellite Beach City Hall. STORY BY HENRY A. STEPHENS CORRESPONDENT started seeking more affordable,
[email protected] [email protected] simpler lifestyles, Cheatham fol-
lowed the new market and formed
Satellite Beach is living up to the Mike Cheatham, a Mel-
claim of being Brevard’s most solar bourne resident who spent CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
city with several projects complete or years in the construction in-
underway toward achieving its Sus- dustry, can recall having to
tainability Action Plan. scramble for a new line of
work about 10 years ago when
In the plan, adopted in 2017, city the bottom fell out of the housing
staff and members of the city Sustain- market.
ability Board targeted 20 initiatives
for the city government to pursue It became known as the Great
over the next five years to lead by ex- Recession. And as many Americans
ample through accomplishing Green
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Satellite High achieves ‘suicide prevention certified school’ status
STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT es the critical but limited role of educa- earned the certification. Piquero said the district is “aware of 12
tors in the process of identification and Satellite has been rocked by at least suicides over the last two years.”
Satellite High School is one of two referral of potentially suicidal youth,”
Brevard County high schools to earn the said Beth Thedy, assistant superinten- three student suicides during this school However, Piquero said the numbers
status of a “suicide prevention certified dent for student services. year and last. The most recent was that may be inaccurate or incomplete as
school.” of Derek Fortmayer, 15, who took his there is no formal reporting system
Satellite High was recognized at own life on March 7. that requires a cause of death to be
The state certification requires two the May 8 School Board meeting for revealed to schools or districts, and
hours of training with 100 percent par- achieving the certification criteria, That makes this designation even no state law that requires schools or
ticipation of school staff, as well as fol- along with Edgewood Junior/Senior more important, School Board member districts to keep records of that infor-
low up training. The training is done High School. Madison Middle School, Tina Descovich said. mation.
through an online program called “Act as well as Longleaf, Sunrise and Roo-
on Facts.” sevelt elementary schools, have also “I think as a community, as a whole, “I wish to give a disclaimer and that is,
we want to make sure that this never we are not aware of all circumstances,”
“It provides awareness and it address- happens again,” Descovich said. Piquero said in an email. “Meaning if it
was suicide and we are told heart failure,
Overall, at least seven students in that is what we know. Of course there is
Brevard County committed suicide in also always the fact parents do not al-
the 2016-2017 school year, according ways want this information shared and
to school district records released last we respect and abide by the rights and
year. Two of those were confirmed to wishes of the parents.”
be Satellite High students. Citing priva-
cy laws, school district officials would Records from the Brevard County
not release specific numbers for this Medical Examiner’s Office show that
school year, other than to say the num- two people aged 18 or under commit-
ber is less than 10. ted suicide in the 2016 calendar year,
School district spokesperson Casey
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Achievement Targets (GAT). PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
Just look in the City Hall parking
tend events at Pelican Beach Park
lot for progress on the city’s GATs in and will be connected to the grid,
the Energy and Transportation cat- said environmental programs coor-
egory recommendations: two Elec- dinator Nick Sanzone.
tric Vehicle (EV) charging stations
installed in December 2017, and the FPL customers may elect to partic-
city recently purchased a 2015 Chevy ipate in the program by contributing
Volt with about 30,000 miles on it to $9 per month, about 30 cents a day,
be used by city staff on local trips. on their energy bill.
And, on the roof of the same com- Funds will go toward the develop-
plex, there is movement on the long- ment of solar energy projects in local
sought plan to install solar panels to communities.
offset the cost of electricity used in
the facilities and perhaps for day- Other related recommendations
time power generation following a in the GATS: The city should strive
hurricane. After delays and revisions to have 25 percent of its power come
to the project, the Satellite Beach from renewable energy by 2030, and
City Council on May 2 approved an should be completely powered by re-
agreement with ESA Solar Energy newable energy by 2050.
LLC, with installation to occur as
soon as possible.
Out on the beach, construction
has started on the installation of so-
lar car canopy at Pelican Beach Park
as part of a program offered by Flori-
da Power & Light. Satellite Beach will
be renting the space to FPL, which
will build and maintain the canopy
as part of the company’s SolarNow
The canopy will be located over
eight parking spaces along the
southwestern corner of the parking
lot. It will be 16 feet in height and
slope downward toward State Road
A1A facing west for maximum sun
exposure. The canopy, which should
be complete by the end of June, will
offer new outlets to vendors who at-
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, May 17, 2018 3
six in that age group took their own Brevard schools also have another teacher for students at risk, said the dis- on those programs each year.
lives in 2017, and so far in 2018 there suicide prevention program available trict is working to spread that and other “It’s a continuum because every
has been one. The youngest of all those to them called Sources of Strength. As of programs district-wide, but budget con-
was 14. All died of either a gunshot March, Titusville, Astronaut and Space straints are an issue. school has school counselors and
wound or hanging. Coast high schools were certified in that any problems would go to the school
program, as well as Madison and Jack- The district doesn’t have specific bud- counselors,” Ferrell said. “Each school
The medical examiner’s office con- son middle schools. get lines for mental health or suicide has different ways that they would
firmed the single case in their records prevention, Ferrell said, so there’s no provide mental health services to
this year is Fortmayer. Paula Ferrell, a district resource way to track how much money is spent those students.”
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SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT STEPPING DOWN SCHOOL SAFETY
STORY BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER to come up this past Tuesday when Brevard Schools CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the School Board was scheduled to Superintendent
Two days after a Sun-Sentinel hold a workshop. Desmond Blackburn. administrator, a bus driver, a secre-
investigation into Parkland school tary,” Brevard Federation of Teachers
shooter Nicholas Cruz named Bre- School Board member Tina PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER Vice President Anthony Colucci said
vard Schools Superintendent Des- Descovich said Blackburn told her after the board vote.
mond Blackburn as part of a con- last week that he was leaving. “When was also informed prior to Monday
troversial Broward Schools program he first told me, I was extremely dis- that Blackburn would be leaving, “We think in the end that this was
designed to keep school-age offend- appointed,” Descovich said. “We and that no one had ever expected a pretty good compromise, and we’re
ers in class and out of jail, Black- have a great working relationship Blackburn to stay in Brevard long hopeful that it will be a successful
burn announced he was resigning I think he has fantastic leadership term. program that will keep our students
to run a California-based national skills, and he really has set our dis- and teachers safe.”
nonprofit. trict on a course for success in three “We knew Desmond was on to
years and I really wanted to see that bigger and better things from Bre- The Marjory Stoneman Douglas
From 2007 until he was hired to continue.” vard,” Susin said. “That was always Public Safety Act mandates that all
head up Brevard Public Schools in a known factor. The average life of public schools must have armed
July 2015, Blackburn served in vari- Descovich praised Blackburn for superintendents is about 3-6 years. security on campus when the next
ous executive and training capaci- seeking input from stakeholders So we always knew this was going to school year starts in August. The is-
ties in Broward County. The Sun- and creating a strategic plan for the happen.’’ sue has divided parents, teachers
Sentinel reports Blackburn trained district. “It is the guide and the di- and community leaders who have
teachers to implement Superinten- rection for the district and it keeps He said he knows of no connec- strong opinions either way about
dent Robert Runcie’s pet program everybody on task and focused with tion between the Parkland shooting arming school personnel.
called “Promise,” which resulted in the mission,” Descovich said. and Blackburn’s resignation. “No,
more lenient disciplinary measures, no, no,” Susin said. “I mean hon- The new school security special-
and massive declines in reports of After seeing the Sun-Sentinel estly, we wouldn’t in any way make ists will be paid by the school district
in-school incidents to law enforce- piece, Descovich posted this on her a decision based upon Parkland. and will earn about $40,000 a year.
ment. Runcie and Broward schools official Facebook page: “Teachers- There’s no smoking gun in any way They will be trained by the Sheriff’s
have come under fire for not releas- thoughts on Brevard’s discipline as far as we knew. Dr. Blackburn did Office, under the same program
ing all records related to Cruz and plan? I’ve been assured by staff that this on his own because he took a originally intended to train school
any potential connection to the we do not have this happening in position in a higher place.” staff members for the voluntary mar-
Promise program. BPS. Our suspension rates are actu- shal program.
ally increasing. But I want to hear “I think we should look internally
On Saturday, the Sun-Sentinel re- from those in the classrooms.” and there are a lot of good candi- The specialists would be expected
ported, “Desmond Blackburn, then dates internally before we should to respond immediately in an active
Broward’s chief school performance Descovich said she had previ- go externally,” Susin said. “We need shooter situation.
and accountability officer, specifi- ously asked district officials about to move fast to make a decision
cally instructed teachers and staff in how Brevard compares to Broward because we don’t want next year’s But, unlike SROs, they would also
a video years ago to challenge and County. school year to start without a really be responsible for monitoring over-
nurture students, while using sus- good new superintendent who has all school security measures such as
pensions, expulsions and arrests as Board member Matt Susin said he the time he needs or she needs in cameras, perimeter fences, and en-
‘absolute last resorts.’” order to get a strong footing.” try and exit doors.
Blackburn’s statewide profile was Correspondent Jan Wesner Childs “I believe we need a proactive se-
elevated in March when Gov. Rick contributed to this report. curity force, and this gets us there,”
Scott appointed the career educator School Board chair John Craig said
to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas before the vote.
High School Public School Safety
Commission, drawing attention to “It is not, I believe, a compromise.
his track record in Broward. One It is a way to harden our schools and
main job of the commission is to add another layer.”
examine all the systematic failures
leading up to the Feb. 14 shooting. The Sheriff’s Office is responsible
for SROs in about one third of Bre-
A BPS statement released Monday vard’s schools. The rest are covered
said Blackburn gave 90 days’ notice. by municipal law enforcement agen-
Hiring a replacement was expected cies including the Satellite Beach,
Melbourne Beach and Indian Har-
RENTALS DEMOLISHED “There is no proposal yet on the old not force those aspects to be included, bour Beach police departments.
base housing but we expect one very she said.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 soon,’’ she said. Thirty-eight schools currently have
The origins of the project go back to SROs. The Sheriff’s Office and other
act plans have been submitted to the Unless they want to change their zon- a request by PAFB to be annexed into law enforcement agencies have told
city so far, but city officials recently met ing, the owners only have to receive site the city. “We required the development School Board officials they expect to
with the owners to discuss what type of plan approval, environmental permits, agreement for them to do so,’’ Barker have 60 schools under SROs by the
development would be allowed on the and building permits, a process that said. first day of the 2018-19 school year.
property as per a 2004 development can take about six months if all goes That would leave 28 schools to be
agreement, said City Manger Courtney well, she said. Patrick still has rights to about 100 covered by security specialists.
Barker. acres of property in Satellite Beach that
The city would like to request certain likely will sit vacant in case of emergen- The School Board voted unani-
As part of that agreement, the site is aspects of the plan be designed with cy housing needs for the base, she said. mously in favor of the security spe-
zoned for townhouses or condos to be environmental concerns in mind but, cialist program.
a maximum of 85 feet tall, said Satellite until those rules are officially approved, “We aren’t that mad that they are be-
Beach City Manager Courtney Barker. the city can only make the request and ing demolished. Some of the units were The motion to indefinitely table
in pretty bad shape,’’ Barker said. the marshal plan passed by 3-2 vote,
with members Matt Susin and Tina
Descovich voting against it.
“I voted against tabling it because
I think the community needed to
know and hear from all of us on
where we stand,” Descovich said.
Descovich told the School Board
she still supports the idea of the vol-
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, May 17, 2018 5
untary marshal program, in schools us in their prior jobs. I can’t help but and I know there’s no credible can- said after the meeting that she thinks
that have the right people for the job. think they’re already in our schools,” didates. But we do have them within the security specialists should be a
she said. our district.” permanent addition.
“What we would be identifying and
the what the sheriff would be iden- “No, they’re not in every school. I It’s not clear if the security special- “I want to see an SRO in every
tifying are people that have already have plenty of my own schools in my ists would remain in place once ev- school and the school safety officer
served in positions of protection of own district that I can walk through ery school has an SRO, but Descovich in every school,” she said.
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TINY HOUSES There just weren’t many places And on May 8, they voted
here where they would be allowed 5-0 to have Calkins’ staff
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 under zoning regulations, he said. develop new regulations,
such as eliminating the
Movable Roots with his wife, Nikki, and And County Commissioner John minimum floor area, and
brother, John. They would specialize in Tobia, who explored the model in report back in the future
what a growing number of customers late 2016 at Eau Gallie’s Rocky Water for approval.
wanted: tiny houses, with floor areas Brew Fest, says he wants to change
less than 500 square feet. that. “I’m extremely happy at
just the potential” of new
The company builds the homes in “I got really impressed with the laws, Cheatham said. “This
its Melbourne warehouse and, so far, tiny house,” Tobia, whose district in- PHOTO COURTESY OF MOVABLE ROOTS is something we definitely
has sent one to Orlando, one to San- cludes the South Beaches, said last need. We welcome regula-
ford, and two to Austin and Houston week. “I asked where you could find Commissioners in February 2017 tion and inspection.”
in Texas. But apart from the compa- one in Brevard County. (Cheatham) asked Planning and Development So far in Brevard County, only the
ny’s model home, he said, Movable said in a 55-plus community, and I’m Director Tad Calkins to prepare a city of Rockledge has approved rules
Roots has “absolutely zero” in Bre- not 55, or in an RV park. I told him I’d report on how to allow tiny homes. for a tiny-house neighborhood.
vard County. stay in contact.” Tiny homes come in two basic
Those on foundations, whether
built on site or manufactured and
placed on a foundation.
THOWs, or Tiny Homes on
Wheels, which are manufactured on
a chassis and towed to a homesite.
They are built for permanent resi-
dence, but limited by Florida law to
180-day occupation. That’s the rule
governing recreational vehicles, the
closest the state comes to tiny homes
At the meeting, Pritchett said she
didn’t have a problem working the
foundation version of tiny houses
into existing county rules, but said
the wheeled version poses questions.
“We would need new zoning for
the ones on wheels,” she said. “It all
sounds like RVs to me.”
And even if the county devel-
oped rules for THOWs, Calkins said,
they would need to be certified by
an engineer that they meet those
rules. And that’s more difficult when
they’re manufactured in a factory,
sometimes in other states, rather
than built on site.
“Our engineers could certify their
plans,” Calkins said.
And Florida recognizes the cer-
tifications of engineers in 37 other
states, he said, so their engineers
could certify the manufacturing of
tiny homes in those states.
Barfield, of Merritt Island, said
tiny homes could appeal to the large
number of service workers in the
“A lot of people in the hospitality
industry don’t ever have the oppor-
tunity for homeownership,” he said.
“This gives them that opportunity.
We need to get out ahead of this with
Isnardi, of Palm Bay, hailed the
idea of tiny homes “for 150 reasons,”
but said she wanted to see more zon-
“I’m OK with them in agricultural
and residential areas,” she said. “I
could see 15 houses in my neigh-
borhood that look worse than these
Love of learning
has science whiz
fulfilling her dream
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SEEN & SCENE
Love of learning has science whiz fulfilling her dream
STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy student Nikitha Balaji will be attending the accelerated medical school program at George Washington University. PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD
When Nikitha Balaji was about 8
years old, she picked up a book called
“Evidence-Based Physical Diagnosis,”
looked at her physician dad and said:
“If I read this, can I become a doctor
Fast forward 10 years, and Balaji’s a
graduating senior at Holy Trinity Epis-
copal Academy, and well on her way to
her dream. She was accepted into the
accelerated medical school program
at George Washington University. That
means she’s already been accepted
into medical school, which usually
doesn’t happen until a student is well
into her undergraduate degree, and is
on track to complete both her under-
graduate and medical degree is seven
“I kind of just followed the kinds of
things I’m interested in and let it lead
(me),” said Balaji, who lives with her
family in Satellite Beach.
Specifically, she is fervent about
healthcare advocacy, public health,
and societal determinants of health –
things like racial disparities, income, describing how he carefully draws out
social stigmas and access to health- easy-to-understand explanations on a
care. She enjoys the challenge of some- white board for his patients. “He deals
thing less cogent than traditional lab with entire families. The questions
research. he asks are so nuanced to the person
themselves. I really appreciate seeing
“Hard science is very analytic,” Balaji that.”
said. “Societal determinants of health
are a little more varied and a little more Balaji’s resume – yes, she has one – is
nuanced.” a long list of impressive achievements.
She attended the University of Florida
Balaji’s been shadowing her dad, a Student Science Training Program two
family practice physician at the Bre- summers in a row, and has spent sum-
vard Health Center, since she was 7 mers doing research projects at Florida
years old. Her mom manages the of- Institute of Technology. She’s taken
fice, meaning the whole family is im- classes with the University of Florida
mersed in the healthcare field. and John Hopkins. She has numerous
awards for scholarship and grades.
Balaji credits her dad with instilling
in her a sense of empathy and caring. Balaji completed 10 advancement
placement classes, including five this
“I definitely love to shadow him, es-
pecially at his own practice,” she said,
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new major in healthcare public policy.
She’s also volunteered in the emer-
gency department at the Viera Hospital Balaji’s dad, Gobivenkata Balaji,
since the beginning of her junior year credits the teachers and counseling
of high school. The ED is where she staff at Holy Trinity, as well as teachers
honed her keen sense for listening to at Indian Harbour Montessori School,
people by chatting with nurses about with encouraging and enabling his
their 12-hour shifts. daughter to follow her instincts to-
ward what she loves.
“Hearing from nurses and lab techs
and how they interact with patients, it’s He’s also noted four important char-
cool to see the other side,” Balaji said. acteristics about his daughter during
his time with her at his practice.
Between all that, she likes to read
and spend time with her brother. “She’s compassionate, she’s caring
and she is smart and hardworking,”
“Being well read about the things he said. “She was always wanting to
you want to talk about helps you talk be a doctor to help people. She likes
about those things,” Balaji said. to interact with people and help with
Hanging out with her brother
Raghav, a seventh-grader at Holy Trin- Nikitha Balaji’s says all students
ity, is what she’ll miss the most from should find their passion, and dog-
home. She drives him to school, and gedly follow it without hesitation. She
Balaji said they have the same interests applied to 22 colleges. Balaji’s advice
and personality. for those who might not be as focused
and are trying to decide where to go to
“He’s so sweet,” she said, not joking college?
at all. “He’s the light of my life.”
“You should be thinking about it
Balaji hopes to eventually work at a from the other side,” she said. “What
grass-roots health center, and become are your interests and how can that
a research director in the nonprofit institution serve those?”
sector. She feels strongly that health-
Paul Jaynes and Brian Wright.
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SEEN & SCENE
Gemini spices things up with Nacho Average Fundraiser
Rudy Zervigon, Jason Judge and George Walters Paul Jaynes and Brian Wright. Stacey Zabinski and Jennifer Mitz.
Joanna Walters and Alisa Zervigon.
Alisa Zervigon and Mindy Hartley.
On the eve of Cinco de Mayo,
the Gemini Elementary School
PTO held its Nacho Average
Fundraiser with Mexican food,
libations, music and a raffle
at the scenic Up the Creek
Farms in Grant-Valkaria. Co-
chaired by Gemini moms Sta-
cey Zabinski or Jennifer Mitz,
the festive event raised money
to replace equipment on the
school’s south playground,
which is currently closed after
a safety inspection. Earlier in
the school year, the PTO held
a popular spaghetti dinner
in the cafeteria for the play-
12 Thursday, May 17, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
ARTS & THEATRE
Wheeze with laughter at Coward’s witty ‘Hay Fever’
STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT Robert Berry, Kathy Minzenberger,
Steve Budkiewicz and Victoria Terhune
Sophistication and wit take cen-
ter stage at Melbourne Civic Theatre PHOTOS BY RYAN CLAPPER
with its production of “Hay Fever” by
Set in the 1920s in a country home
outside London, “Hay Fever” is a dizzy-
ing comedy of manners complete with
suggestions of naughtiness and slinky
high-style posturing all tied up in three
acts. Not to fear, since that third act is
more of a quick denouement, there’s
only one intermission.
The story revolves around the cele-
brated Bliss family. There is Judith Bliss,
a histrionic actress who has been re-
tired from the theater for a year, but for
whom the whole world remains a stage.
Her husband is David Bliss, an ac-
claimed author of popular novels.
Their children are 19-year-old daugh-
ter, Sorel, for whom the world is a tad
boring; and Simon, a young man who
yearns to be an artist.
Without announcing it to anyone,
each member of the family has invited a
guest for a weekend stay in their English
country home. As if on cue, flirtations
Kate Schwartz. Steve Budkiewic and Kristin Springer.
ensue with each oth- and through, said di-
er’s guests and what rector Peg Girard.
would have been a
weekend’s tedium “I have always
turns into exciting had a great affec-
games, at least for the tion for Noel Cow-
Bliss family. ard’s plays,” Girard
Rob Kenna and said. “I have directed
“It’s a little bit like Kathy Minzenberger. ‘Private Lives’ and
‘Who’s Afraid of Vir- thought it was time
ginia Woolf’ with to do one of his best
George and Mar- loved plays, ‘Hay Fe-
tha going at it with the guests, but it ver.’ I can’t wait to show it to another
doesn’t turn dark or mean,” said Kathy generation and to others who might
Minzenberger, who plays Judith Bliss. have forgotten how fun it is.”
“It’s high comedy, over the top with While it’s one thing to have on pa-
that dry English humor.” per a great comic souffle and deli-
cious little quips for which Coward
It’s definitely Noel Coward through
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ARTS & THEATRE
Kathy Minzenberger,Steve Budkiewicz, Victoria Terhune, Kristin Springer,
Robert Berry, Jonathan Bonesteel, Tracey Thompson and Steve Budkiewicz.
was known, it’s another bringing that get moved around them. The guests “Blithe Spirit” (1941). “Hay Fever” opens this Friday and
to life. are pawns in the Bliss’ game that they But it was “Hay Fever” that estab- runs through June 24 at Melbourne
amuse themselves with. Civic Theatre, 817 E. Strawbridge
“Noel Coward said this play, he felt, lished that Noel Coward style, filled Ave., Melbourne. It performs 8 p.m.
was one of the hardest for an actor be- “And the set is beautiful. Wow. The with witty repartee and divine under- Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m.
cause it’s not plot-driven, it’s character- costumes are period with three-piece statement. Sundays. Tickets are $31 general
driven,” Minzenberger said. “That’s my suits and women dressed like the and $29 seniors, military and stu-
challenge as Judith Bliss, to have the roaring ’20s.” “It’s hilarious,” Minzenberger said. dents. Call 321-723-6935 or visit
freedom to be as large as you want to “The audience is going to love it. It’s like MyMCT.org.
be. I find that exciting but at the same Of course, with all these theatrical, a helicopter has dropped you into this
time sort of daunting. high-style eccentric characters, patrons midst of all this Bohemian, 1920s fun.”
to MCT’s recent production of “It’s Only
“My character is overbearing but cu- a Play” will find themselves getting a
riously lovable. All the characters are second glimpse into the eccentricities
like that in the Bliss family.” of artsy, unconventional people.
For sure, though, the setting and Terrence McNally’s “Only a Play”
plot do offer a platform for the quirky brought audiences into a behind-the-
to be revealed. scenes setting after a play opening
and introduces a wealth of histrionic
Sorel (played by Tori Terhune) has in- personalities. Coward’s “Hay Fever”
vited Richard Greatham (Rob Kenna), a brings audiences into the home of his-
proper man who happens to be an Eng- trionic personalities.
lish diplomat. Despite his manners, he
finds himself laying a kiss on Judith’s “There is a similarity except one is
neck, causing her to inflate the trifle New York town home Broadway 2015
into a full-blown affair. while the other is English country-
side 1920s,” Kenna laughed. “And of
Sorel, though, is not upset by this flir- course, you have the English and that
tation because she has one of her own suppressed emotion as opposed to
with Sandy (Jonathan Bonesteel), a in-your-face.”
boxer who received his invitation to the
Bliss home from Judith. Still, according to biographer John
Kenrick, the “over-the-top theatrical
Simon (Robert Berry) has invited lifestyle” Coward experienced in the
Myra Arundel (Tracey Thompson) for “home of playwright Hartley Man-
the weekend; but he turns his roman- ners and his wife, the eccentric ac-
tic sights onto Jackie Coryton (Kristin tress Laurette Taylor” in a 1921 trip
Springer), a flapper invited by David to New York inspired Coward three
Bliss (Steve Budkiewicz) … who in turn years later to write Hay Fever” (www.
shares a dalliance with Simon’s guest. musicals101.com).
Then there’s the maid, Clara (Kate Coward reportedly wrote the play in
Schwartz), who was once Judith’s dress- three days in 1924 but wasn’t produced
er when she was in the theater. until after the success of his drama,
“The Vortex,” which explored drug use
Whew. in high society, an uncommon theme to
But not to worry, says Kenna … he’s say the least, in the early 1920s.
the diplomat Richard Greathem, re-
member? ... the audience will keep it Ironically, that heavy drama, in
all straight. which Coward starred, opened the
“Peg sees that (possible confusion) door to the witty, sophisticated com-
and works the direction so that peo- edies for which Coward is best known,
ple can understand it,” Kenna said. including “Private Lives” (1930) and
“It’s basically the family unit and we
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ARTS & THEATRE
Coming Up: Turtle walks and talks at Carr refuge
STORY BY MARY SCHENKEL STAFF WRITER your spot for guided sea-turtle nest-
[email protected] ing walks that take place every June
and July at the Archie Carr National
1 Turtle-nesting season is nearly Wildlife Refuge, one of the most prolific
upon us, so it’s time to reserve nesting areas in North America. Space
is limited for these nighttime walks,
offered by Friends of the Carr Refuge,
Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park
and the Sea Turtle Conservancy. Walks
begin at 9 p.m. with turtle talks before
turtle walks, while volunteer scouts
2 Coming to Maxwell C. King Center on Saturday.
and park rangers keep an eye out for Days in Moscow.” Following on the
nesting loggerheads as they lumber up heels of “Three Days in January,” which
out of the water. The whole process can focused on President Dwight D. Eisen-
take several hours, so pack your pa- hower and his efforts to chart a “course
tience – and bug spray – and leave the toward permanent peace and human
littlest ones at home. So as not to inter- betterment,” this latest book explores
fere, flashlights and flash photography a series of summits between President
are not allowed. To reserve your spot, Ronald Regan and Soviet General Sec-
visit carrrefuge.org, fsispturtlewalk. retary Mikhail Gorbachev, leading up
org and conserveturtles.org/barrier- to the dissolution of the USSR. Auto-
island-center-educational-programs- graph line tickets will be provided with
sea-turtle-walk-reservation. a book purchase. 772-569-2050 or visit
2 Children of the ’70s might know
that Fleetwood Mac has two
Florida shows scheduled in Febru-
ary in Tampa and Sunrise, but those
who don’t want to wait or travel can
catch the closest thing to a bona fide
live performance of the “Rumours”
album at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Max-
well C. King Center for the Performing
Arts on Wickham Road in Melbourne.
Classic Albums Live takes classic al-
bums and recreates them live, on stage
– note for note, cut for cut. Founded in
2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums
Live has become the ultimate destina-
tion for music lovers wanting to hear
the greatest albums performed live
without all the gimmickry and cheesy
impersonations. Relying only on the
music, using what Martin refers to as
“the world’s best musicians,” Clas-
sic Albums Live has defined itself as a
mainstay in Performing Arts Centers
across North America. Tickets start at
$29.75 and at 6 p.m. before the show
the King Center and WSBH host Picnic
on the Patio. www.kingcenter.com.
3 Bret Baier, host of Special Report
with Bret Baier on the Fox News
Channel, will visit the Vero Beach Book
Center at 1 p.m. this Saturday, May 19, 3 Bret Baier at Vero Beach
Book Center May 19.
to introduce his newest book, “Three
16 Thursday, May 17, 2018 THE MELBOURNE
INSIGHT COVER STORY
A SECRET LOCATION OUTSIDE health officials dub “Disease X” – or Monday, officials announced plans to hearing, lawmakers expressed con-
WASHINGTON, D.C. – From the other major public health emergency. add more anthrax antitoxin. cern that a change could risk the gov-
outside, it looks like an ordinary com- ernment’s ability to deliver lifesav-
mercial warehouse, only much bigger, There are antibiotics, including the For nearly two decades, the reposi- ing medical supplies to what public
about the size of two super Walmarts. powerful medication Ciprofloxacin, tory has been almost exclusively man- health officials call “the last mile” – to
vaccines for smallpox and anthrax aged by the Centers for Disease Con- people in need during a disaster.
Inside it’s dark except when motion and antivirals for a deadly influenza trol and Prevention. That will change
sensors are triggered. When the lights pandemic. under a Trump administration plan to “You have spent years planning and
come on, hundreds of thousands of shift oversight of the $575 million pro- exercising and training because you
shrink-wrapped boxes of medicines The need for biodefense has become gram to a different part of the Depart- need to know what to do if 100,000
emerge from the gloom, stacked on more clear in the wake of outbreaks of ment of Health and Human Services. doses of Cipro showed up in your
shelves nearly five stories high. Ebola in West Africa, Zika in the Ameri- Doing so, proponents say, will keep the state,” said Ali Khan, who used to
cas, devastating wildfires and hurri- program intact but streamline deci- oversee the program and now is dean
This is quite a different kind of ware- canes, and the poisonings of the North sion-making and create “efficiencies.” at the University of Nebraska Medi-
house. It and several others across the Korean leader’s half brother in Malaysia cal Center’s College of Public Health.
country are part of the $7 billion Stra- and former Russian spies in England But some public health officials and “How would you get it out? Who
tegic National Stockpile, a government with nerve and radiological agents. members of Congress in both parties would dispense it? These parts are as
repository of drugs and supplies ready worry the move will disrupt a complex critical as maintaining the medicines
for deployment in a bioterrorism or Last year, the federal government process that relies on long-standing re- in pristine condition.”
nuclear attack, or against an infectious added three new chemicals to its list of lationships between the federal program
disease outbreak – of either a known high-priority threats, including chlo- and the state and local agencies respon- He and other public health experts
pathogen or some unknown threat rine and blister agents, such as mus- sible for distributing the medicine. also question whether the adminis-
with pandemic potential, which global tard gas, that have been used in deadly tration’s plan will politicize decision-
chemical weapons attacks in Syria. On During a recent congressional
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, May 17, 2018 17
INSIGHT COVER STORY
making about products bought for lism antitoxins are stored at minus-4 ulism antitoxin in the United States, it natural disasters and threats from dirty
the stockpile. The office of the assis- degrees Fahrenheit, workers wear full- also sends medicine for about 100 cases bombs or crude biological or chemical
tant secretary for preparedness and body insulated suits. Because of the a year of severe food poisoning. weapons, he said.
response (ASPR) oversees the process intense cold they are limited to 20 min-
by which the government awards con- utes inside the two enormous freezers, The inventory exceeds 1,000 cat- But since then, the world has changed,
tracts to private biotechnology com- just enough time to drive a forklift in egories of drugs and other items, but with many more unpredictable threats.
panies that develop and manufacture and retrieve a pallet of medicine. An CDC’s budget hasn’t always been able The ASPR office needs to change to
medicines such as anthrax vaccine. intensely loud vibrating sound makes to keep up with the program’s ever- meet these threats. “The decision to
conversation impossible. growing list of needs. move the stockpile, I think, was just a
The CDC then is responsible for natural one,” Kadlec said.
buying and replenishing the materi- Nationwide, the repository contains “It’s a mission among many pressing
als. Eligible medicines are tested by enough medical countermeasures to missions among the CDC,” said Tara Yet Congress has some bipartisan
the Food and Drug Administration to add up to more than 133,995 pallets. O’Toole, who was undersecretary for concerns about the stockpile’s future.
check if, and for how long, the expira- Laid flat, they’d cover more than 31 science and technology under Presi- Republican and Democratic appropri-
tion date can be extended. football fields – or 41 acres of land. They dent Barack Obama and chaired a Na- ators, who just gave the program bud-
contain enough vaccine to protect ev- tional Academy of Sciences, Engineer- get a slight boost for this year, signaled
Come October, however, the ASPR ery person in America from smallpox. ing and Medicine committee in 2016 their unease as part of the recently
will be in charge of choosing the prod- that reviewed the challenges facing the passed spending bill. They specifically
ucts and then purchasing them for The stockpile program was created program. “Bottom line, it’s a good idea highlighted CDC’s “unique expertise
the stockpile. Proponents say the shift in 1999 under President Bill Clinton to to lay the responsibility of the cost of in public health preparedness and
makes sense operationally to place key respond to terrorist events, including maintaining it on the same people who response, science-based policy and
decisions about the repository under decide what to put in the stockpile.” decision-making, public health com-
one office. INSIDE ONE OF THE WAREHOUSES OF THE munication, and coordination with
STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE ARE CON- The group of federal agencies mak- state and local groups.”
“I think this is a very good move,” TAINERS OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES READY FOR ing decisions about what goes in the
said Irwin Redlener, director of the Na- SHIPMENT IN THE EVENT OF A LARGE-SCALE repository is led by the ASPR office, Lawmakers also “strongly urged”
tional Center for Disaster Preparedness PUBLIC HEALTH INCIDENT. THESE SUPPLIES which is headed by former Air Force HHS Secretary Alex Azar to “maintain
at Columbia University. “It will help co- CAN BE SENT OUT WITHIN 12 HOURS OF A physician Robert Kadlec. He is a former a strong and central role for CDC” in
ordinate and organize the delivery of FEDERAL DECISION TO DEPLOY. special assistant to President George W. the program.
vital medical responses.”
the first World Trade Center bombing, Bush on biodefense and former deputy Kadlec testified April 18 at a House
But critics say it will allow biotech the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo sub- staff director of the Senate Intelligence Appropriations subcommittee hear-
companies to lobby for more of their way and the Oklahoma City bombing. Committee. ing on next year’s HHS biodefense
specialized, and often more expen- budget. Rep. Tom Cole, (R-Okla.), who
sive, drugs to be included because the The original goal was to be ready Kadlec stresses that the impending chairs the health subcommittee, told
federal government is often the only for chemical, biological, radiological change has nothing to do with CDC’s Kadlec his main concern is “that we
purchaser. Just because the govern- and nuclear threats. The repository performance. “The question here is make this organizational change in a
ment can buy these products, they say, includes nearly 2,000 caches of nerve whether we can get better efficiencies,” way that makes [the stockpile] stron-
doesn’t mean it should do so given the agent antidotes, known as Chempacks, he said in an interview. At the same ger, not one that’s duplicative, let alone
parallel need for medications, like an- that are stored and maintained sepa- time, he said he will be able to advo- something that might disrupt the rela-
tibiotics, that have much broader use. rately from the warehouses at more cate most effectively for the program tionships we have.”
than 1,300 locations around the coun- to give it greater visibility, which could
And it’s not clear, they caution, try where they can be accessed quickly. lead to more funding. Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), ranking
whether the new structure will make Democrat on the Senate Health, Edu-
Americans safer. Over time, the stockpile’s mission has “Quite frankly, by the back of the en- cation, Labor and Pensions Commit-
expanded to include natural disasters velope, they need more money,” he said. tee, faults the administration for fail-
The stockpile should contain “the and emerging infectious disease threats. ing to get “any input from Congress”
stuff we need for the disasters we The stockpile deployed antiviral medi- When the stockpile was established, despite the fact that lawmakers are in
know we’re going to have – like gloves, cine during the 2009-2010 swine flu pan- CDC was the only major public health the process of reauthorizing the law
syringes, Cipro, penicillin, antibiotics, demic, and vaccines, portable cots and agency in the federal government. that includes the Strategic National
and influenza vaccines – versus the other supplies during the hurricanes The ASPR office, created in 2006 in the Stockpile.
newest, sexiest version of the anthrax that devastated Houston and Puerto wake of Hurricane Katrina to manage
vaccine,” said Georges Benjamin, ex- Rico last year. As the only source of bot- emergency responses across the gov- “We have yet to see proof this large-
ecutive director of the American Pub- ernment, was historically focused on scale public health program with
lic Health Association, who was Mary- complex state, local and federal part-
land’s health secretary during the 2001 nerships would be better served at
terrorist and anthrax attacks. ASPR than at CDC,” Murray wrote in
a letter in February to Mick Mulvaney,
Officials won’t say how many stock- President Trump’s budget director. At
pile warehouses exist. But there are at the CDC, she said, the program “may
least six, according to a 2016 indepen- be better protected from politicization
dent report. All the locations are se- and therefore better able to be scien-
cret, including this one in an industrial tifically driven.”
complex off a busy highway. A reporter
allowed to tour the facility had to agree Mulvaney defended the plan in his
not to disclose the location. No cam- response, saying it will “streamline op-
era, video equipment or cellphone is erational decisions during responses to
permitted inside. public health and other emergencies
and improve responsiveness.” It is un-
In the early hours of a crisis, the likely Congress could derail the move,
warehouse can send an affected city but appropriators have to fund it and
or region a “12-hour push package,” a still can provide direction and oversight.
pre-configured cache of 130 contain-
ers of antibiotics, syringes and oxygen At CDC, the program’s current di-
tubing, enough to fill the belly of a rector is hoping its planned move this
widebody plane. “About 50 tons of ma- fall will provide new ways to improve
teriel,” said Shirley Mabry, the stock- the stockpile’s capability. Regardless
pile’s chief logistics officer. of where it is located within HHS, Greg
Burel said, in an emergency “we will
In the section of the warehouse not change the way we respond.”
where biologic drugs such as botu-
NUTRITION, PART II Corn sweeteners and high-fructose Buying canned fruit packed in water or juice,
corn syrup not syrup. If you buy fruit packed in syrup,
ADDED SUGARS (CONTINUED) Fruit juice concentrate and nectars drain and rinse with water to remove excess
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is Malt syrup Snacking on vegetables, fruits, low-fat
requiring manufacturers to add a new category Molasses cheese, whole-grain crackers and low-fat,
called “added sugars” to nutrition labels. The low-calorie yogurt instead of candy, pastries
government has given most manufacturers until Although you may have heard otherwise, there’s and cookies.
July 26, 2018 to start using the new nutrition la- no nutritional advantage to honey, brown sugar,
bel format, which includes other changes as well. fruit juice concentrate or other types of sugar OTHER SURPRISING
over white sugar. SOURCES OF ADDED SUGAR
HOW TO RECOGNIZE “ADDED SUGARS” Added sugars also hide in a lot of your favor-
While current nutrition labels report total grams REDUCE ADDED SUGAR IN YOUR DIET ite foods: barbecue sauce, chocolate milk, cole
of sugar in a serving of a product, until the new If you are able to keep added sugars to a mini- slaw, dried fruit, granola, instant oatmeal, jelly
nutrition labels are in use, the amount of added mum, you can decrease your risk of obesity, dia- and fruit jams, ketchup, protein bars, spaghetti
sugars is not listed. (On the new label, added sug- betes and other health problems by: sauce and sweetened teas.
ars will be a subcategory of sugars.) For now, the
only reliable way to identify added sugars is to Drinking water or other calorie-free drinks ONE LAST TIP TO HELP LOWER
look at the ingredient list. If you see sugar listed instead of sugary sodas, sports drinks and YOUR ADDED SUGAR INTAKE
among the first few ingredients, the product is coffee drinks. Cut out processed foods. These are often high in
likely to be high in added sugars. Making sure your fruit juice is 100 percent added sugar, fat and sodium.
fruit juice – not juice drinks that have
ADDED SUGAR HAS MANY NAMES added sugars. Even better, eat the fruit We’ll conclude this nutrition series next time
Even when you read ingredient lists and food la- rather than drink the juice. with practical step-by-step instructions to help
bels, it’s difficult to identify added sugars. Check Choosing breakfast cereals with less sugar. you actually use the information listed on a nu-
for ingredients ending in “ose”– that’s the chemi- Skip sugary and frosted cereals. trition label to make better food choices.
cal name for many types of sugar, such as fruc- Opting for reduced-sugar varieties of syrups,
tose, glucose, maltose and dextrose. Other com- jams, jellies and preserves. Your comments and suggestions for future topics are
mon types of added sugars are: Choosing fresh fruit for dessert instead of always welcome. Email us at [email protected].
Cane juice and cane syrup cakes, cookies, pies, ice cream and other sweets.
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Thanks to that life satisfaction In a paper Blanchflower co-authored that drives the 218 pages of text, which
modern medicine, the lifespan of the is U-shaped, with with British colleague Andrew Oswald, become somewhat redundant once
average adult has increased by more contentment high they wrote: “We show that wellbeing the curve is substantially established.
than a decade and will probably ex- in the 20s, plung- reaches its minimum around the mid- Similarly, interviews Rauch conduct-
pand even more in years to come. If ing at mid-age and dle of life. The regularity is intriguing. ed, sprinkled throughout the book,
that isn’t enough of a silver lining, taking a turn for The U shape is similar for males and sometimes detract from the far more
journalist Jonathan Rauch offers even the better after 50. females, and for each side of the At- compelling scholarship. Many of the
more good news about aging in his lantic Ocean.” Analysis of the Gallup interviewees are introduced by only a
book “The Happiness Curve: Why Life The ample World Poll of 99 percent of the world’s first name and occupation that serve
Gets Better After 50.” scholarship on adult population between 2010 and to underscore their obscurity. At times
the “happiness 2012 also showed that people got hap- Rauch chronicles the trajectory of his
The optimistic, breezy title could curve” debunks pier over time. own life, presumably to show that it
easily be dismissed as wishful think- many long-stand- tracks with the book’s central premise.
ing. However, Rauch’s rosy projection ing beliefs about In a study of the data of 1 million
is based less on new-age optimism aging and happi- Britons between the ages of 16 and “In my own forties,” he writes, “my
than a review of a series of multi- ness and shows 70, scholars found that the probability life satisfaction was low, and much
country, big-data studies on happi- that contrary to of depression peaked in the mid-40s. lower than I thought it should be.”
ness conducted over the past few de- In yet another study of two states in Like the other personal stories, the
cades. The findings by scholars from a being over the the United States, the highest prob- reflection seems immaterial given the
range of disciplines consistently show hill, people over ability of consuming antidepressants range of experiences that contribute
50 are generally occurred between ages 45 and 49. So, to one’s personal contentment at a
happier than contrary to popular perceptions, de- given age. The utility of the anecdotes
they were dur- pression is less common among the is further undermined by Rauch him-
ing their 30s elderly than the middle-aged. self, who writes that the happiness
and 40s. curve “shows up more clearly and
And the U is not unique to humans; consistently after filtering out peo-
For example, it is also found in apes, according to ple’s life circumstances than before.”
the Office of a 2012 study by Oswald; Alex Weis, a For instance, while unemployment
National Sta- comparative psychologist; and several substantially affects life satisfaction,
tistics in Eng- collaborators. The study, “Evidence for Blanchflower and Oswald found that
land surveyed a Midlife Crisis in Great Apes Consis- going from age 20 to 45 “decreases life
more than tent with the U-Shape in Human Well- satisfaction by about a third as much
300,000 peo- being,” says the U “may lie partly in the as becoming unemployed.” And the
ple of differ- biology we share with closely related World Values Survey, which polls peo-
ent ages in 2014 and 2015 and asked, great apes.” ple in 150 countries about their life
“Overall, how satisfied are you with satisfaction, found that social interac-
your life nowadays?” Like other stud- Not all of the research cited by Rauch tion was among the factors that most
ies cited by Rauch, the results showed is surprising. Research on wisdom, for contributed to wellbeing.
that life satisfaction was high between example, suggests its correlation with
20 and 34 and hit its lowest point age, and in the United States, people in The strength of the book, then, is less
around 49 or 50, then began to rise, the highest income group were found the personal anecdotes than what ap-
peaking in the mid-60s. to be almost twice as likely as people pears to be overwhelming evidence of
Similarly, research on data sets from in the lowest group to describe them- a happiness curve after 50 that could
37 countries by David Blanchflower, a selves as “very happy.” inspire a societal reassessment of later-
Dartmouth College economics profes- life planning.
sor, found the same U in response to But given the variables among peo-
the question “If you were to consider ple’s experiences, it is impossible to THE HAPPINESS CURVE
your life in general, how happy or un- meaningfully apply the curve found
happy would you say you are, on the in large data sets to an individual. An WHY LIFE GETS BETTER AFTER 50
whole.” In another data set of 305,000 unhappy 60-year-old who was more
people in Britain, the U bottomed at content at 30 or 40 could find the BY JONATHAN RAUCH | 244 PP. $26.99
age 49, which is also when stress and conclusions irrelevant. The U-curve, REVIEW BY PAMELA NEWKIRK,
anxiety peaked. Rauch cautions, “is not an inevitabil- THE WASHINGTON POST
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Bonz basks in the presence of lovely Lily Rose
Hi Dog Buddies! “That’s also when I socialize with
This week I met a liddle lady pooch, Gracie and my other pooch frens, ’spe-
Lily Rose Erickson, an, I must admit,
I hadda keep remindin’ myself I was cially Bruno. He’s Hun-GARI-en. He’s
there in a Professional Capacity. Woof!
Lily Rose is a Shetland Sheepdog, a
tidy Scottish breed, but she’s not the She sighed.
usual white with red/gold color. She’s
mostly white, with a more rare blue “Hungarian Goulash,” I thought to
merle color, which is sorta a mixture of
blue-ish, black-ish an gray-ish patches. myself.
REALLY pretty on Lily Rose, who was
very delicate and ladylike. “We have CHEM-us-tree. Except
When the door opened, Lily Rose when there’s a rabbit. Then I might as
was standing behind her Mom doin’ a
liddle barkin,’ but I couldn’t see her. well be invisible. Can you buh-LEAVE
“Good morning,” I said. “I’m Bonzo he’s more intrested in a rabbit than
the Columnist and this is my …”
In the middle of my intro, Lily Rose
stepped out from behind her Mom and “I REALLY, REALLY couldn’t!”
looked up at me. Her face was white
’cept for a swoop of cocoa across her “We do a great deal of travlin,’ which
left eye and some merle-y places on
the other side. She had eye liner, too, I a-DOOR! The Hilton in Nashville is
and her eyes were real miss-tear-eee-
us and unusual. very Pooch Frenly. Same with the Four
I went blank. Seasons in Chicago, where there’s a
She tilted her head an smiled. I told
myself to Snap Out Of It! (She musta lovely dog park. An there’s one Seri-
thought I was a Total Doof).
“Um ... assistant! This is my assis- ous thing me an Mommy do in Illi-
tant. And you’re Miss Lily Rose, I pre-
sume.” Lily Rose. nois. There’s a pet sem-uh-terry where
“Well, of course, silly.” She trotted PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
up for the Wag-an-Sniff. “This is my Mommy goes to remember all her oth-
Mommy, Leigh, an my Daddy, Wayne. off, weill get this out of the way. Yes,
Welcome to our home. Would you like I’m a sheepdog, but I wouldn’t know er Shelties. All their names are carved
some water? A Greenie?” a sheep if I tripped over one, so don’t
“Thank you, no. I’m good. And ea- ask.” onna stone: Ahna, Lady Annie, Sam,
ger to hear your story whenever you’re
ready.” I opened my notebook and put “Got it,” I said. Emma, Capezio, Tyler, Tennille, Tally
on what I hoped was a Pleasant-Yet- “I’m 11 in ‘Human,’ although I’m
Businesslike Face. told I don’t look it. I’m also a 100 Per- an Laddy. Me an Mommy sit onna
Lily Rose arranged herself next to cent Mommy’s Girl. You see, Mom-
her Mom and crossed her paws. “First my’s had Shelties for years. Her previ- ledders for a long time. I’ll always re- bench an Ponder. I know those other
ous Sheltie, Ahna, required a special
wheelchair toward the end. She went member that.” pooches had a wunnerful life with
to Dog Heaven on Christmas. Once
Mommy was feeling Up To It, she went “What was it like, comin’ here?” I in- Mommy an Daddy, like I’m havin.’
on line to find another Sheltie.
“When she found a gorgeous pick- quired. “Even though I look great, I’ve had
sure of ME, from Sioux Falls, South Du-
KO-tuh, that was that. Mom’s fren Jan- “I was a pretty well-behaved puppy. some ISSUES. I hadda have eMER-
ice flew out to meet me an the breeder
(an a liddle girl). I don’t remember the I did do a lot of poking about, cuz I’m gency SUR-jury in MELburn a coupla
liddle girl’s name, I was just a puppy,
but she had snuggled me an played natch-ully NOSE-y. I gulped my food years ago. The nice human dokter took
with me since I was born, and she was
sad to say goodbye. She even wrote me at first, an, I did have one teeny bad a couple of my parts out. I forget which
habit: when my water bowl was getting ones. Daddy usta have a Secret Treat
empty, I’d alert Mommy by flipping it Drawer in his desk for me when Mom-
over with my paw. I still occasionally my was away, but now I hafta have
do that, I’m afraid. Oh, an the vacuum only special water an special food.
cleaner really annoys me, so I bite it. I Mommy drizzles honey on top so it’s
don’t care for toys much. I’m more in- still yummy. An my daily supplement
trested in what the humans are doing. tastes like baNAna. But I sure miss
“As you can see, the ocean is smack that Treat Drawer. I hafta get another
in my backyard. I often sit an watch it. SUR-jury soon, so wish me Good Luck,
I don’t EVER ackshully go OUT there, Mr. Bonzo.
though. The waves are wet an scary “You bet, Miss Lily Rose. I’ll call to
an I DISLIKE sandy paws. Ick! One of check up on you, too.”
my favorite pastimes is lying under the “That is so sweet,” she said.
piano, when Mommy’s playin.’ I think Heading home, I was thinking
it’s still a puppy piano cuz Mommy about, well, about Miss Lily Rose: that
calls it a baby gran. An I think its white cute liddle head tilt thing she does.
color goes nicely with my coat, don’t An those eyes. Then I thought about
you?” Bruno. An reminded myself that I’m
“Absolutely! You look very fit, too.” a carefree, happy bachelor. But I still
“Well, I get lots of exercise. Me an plan to call to see how she’s doin.’
Mommy take two walks along Ocean
Drive up to the boardwalk each an
-The Bonzevery day. Humans always stop to tell
Mommy how beautiful I am.”
“Indeed,” I thought to myself. Lily
Rose licked her paw daintily.
Don’t be shy!
We are always looking for pets with interesting stories. To set up
an interview, please email [email protected].
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INSIGHT GAMES BRIDGE
MORE INSTRUCTION ON DECLARER-PLAY WEST NORTH EAST
K974 5 J 10 6 3
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist QJ94 76532 AK
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Another good book is “Six Steps to Winning Declarer Play” by Jay Apfelbaum (Master QJ52 K97 10 6 4 3
Point Press). It is purportedly aimed at intermediate players, but these 52 declarer-play
problems would really tax my intermediate students; even the better players would trip SOUTH
up occasionally. AQ82
The analysis of each deal is comprehensive. The author advises that declarer always ask K J 10 8 4
himself six questions: How many tricks can I take right now? How many tricks can the A8
defense take right now? Where can I get more tricks? Where can the defense get more
tricks? How many tricks do I need for a good score? (More relevant in a pair event, Dealer: South; Vulnerable: North-South
where overtricks can be so valuable.) What is the best way to play the contract?
Apply those to this deal from the book. South is in five diamonds, and West leads his
trump. SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
1 Diamonds Dbl. 1 Hearts 1 Spades
Note that three no-trump makes only if West leads a spade. 1 NT Pass 3 Diamonds Pass LEAD:
3 Spades Pass 5 Diamonds All Pass 3 Diamonds
Now let’s answer Apfelbaum’s questions. South has eight top tricks. The defenders have
two. There are three ways to try for extra tricks: establish hearts, take a winning spade
finesse or ruff spades on the board. The defense will triumph if declarer does not or
cannot find a successful line. To score well, South needs to get home.
It should be clear from the bidding that ruffing spades on the board is the best line. Win
the first trick in hand, cash the spade ace, ruff a spade, play a club to the ace, ruff a
second spade, cash the club king, ruff dummy’s last club and trump the spade queen.
South wins one spade, two clubs, five diamonds in hand and three ruffs in the dummy.
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ACROSS protector 4 Compare years!” The Washington Post
1 Part of a journey 73 Kings of Spain 5 Leaped (at) 69 Cheshire cat’s
4 Napoleon’s 74 Slangy money 6 Showed respect
76 Singer’s effect 7 Tennis-play edge leftover
island getaway 79 Was in the 8 Country address, 72 Bay city
8 Like wintry 75 Nationality
vanguard for short
weather 80 Haunters of the 9 Loser ending
11 Mongolia’s 10 Teapot Dome 77 Brownish-gray
Himalayas 78 Path opening?
capital, ___ Bator 81 Hoofer’s clicker scandal’s state 80 Source of
(the old spelling) 84 Building wing 11 Without much
15 Mauna ___ 85 Majestic African Christmas
18 Lizzie’s weapon 87 Of mice thinking warmth
19 Part of QED 88 “Whadja say?” 12 Egg size: abbr. 82 Like today’s
20 Kites bought in 89 Scheming 13 Stopped fasting tellers
Detroit? 90 Finishes a kite? 14 Presider over 83 Calling cost
23 Finished first 93 Palindromic 86 Says, “Aren’t you
24 Relaxes with Greek expected
kites? name contests somewhere?”
26 Hiking heading: 94 “Robot” coiner 15 Slow, in music 87 Word with paper
abbr. 95 Tunesmith 16 Judge’s or pepper
27 Booster rocket insistence 91 “You’re wrong,”
28 Dodge model Harold 17 Favorable in the sticks
29 Lauder of 96 ___ the possession 92 Watercolor
cosmetics 21 Traveler’s stop exhibit, e.g.
30 Deserved barrelhead 22 Romantic 93 Columbus
32 Ms. Garr 98 Like a kite adventure story campus, for short
34 Workout haven 101 Dawn goddess 25 Basic qualities 94 A major, for one
37 Civil wrong 102 “Aw, ___ never 31 Addams Family 96 Witch cliques
38 Declaimed cousin 97 In ___ (sort of)
39 Omdurman’s work” 33 Correct 98 Start of many a
country 103 Court challenge? 35 Stage Confucianism
40 Chuckling 104 Olivia’s frequent paraphernalia 99 “... is what ___
Muppet 36 A year in France in the papers”
42 Mickey and co-star 39 Famed 100 Sheepskin
Minnie’s “dad” 106 Sardine gatekeeper clutchers
43 What kite fans 41 Sikorsky and 103 Italian commune
bring? containers Stravinsky 105 False testimony
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48 Airport monitor 110 Hecatomb Caldwell to Snuffy Smith
abbr. 44 Up 109 Take quickly
49 Peeved causer 45 Lost, like a kite? 112 Hush-hush org.
51 Blood I.D. 111 What an 46 Staggering 113 Jazz job
52 Rough stuff 47 Convy and Parks 114 Chem. ending
53 Brief thing? overabundance 49 Hospital ward, for
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55 Bush found in cause, 50 Drug agent:
Florida grass-wise? slang
57 More placid 115 Call ___ day 55 Kidded
59 Painter who 116 Was illustrated, 56 New Haven
inspired kitewise? alumni
Sondheim 117 Blyth and 58 Ancient Persian
61 ___ eclipse Sheridan Gulf kingdom
63 December 118 Hair holder 60 Water pitcher
hazard 119 Goes overboard, 61 ___ terrier
64 Harbor a beef slangily 62 1970 Bronson
66 Advice to would- 120 Type of palm thriller, ___ the
be hobbyists? 121 Have obligations Rain
70 Hole-punching 122 Litmus-test result 64 Relief pitcher
tools 123 White House stats
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DOWN 67 Alice, all mixed
1 Blade-cutting up
blades, perhaps 68 “___ a million
2 Clear of charges
3 Simple kite
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INSIGHT BACK PAGE
Mom has trouble confronting her feelings of dread
BY CAROLYN HAX those battles, then that’s where you start.
Washington Post If you’re starting over, then tell your primary-
Hi, Carolyn: care physician about the dark thoughts you’re
having and how they affect daily life. Enlist his or
I am 49 and live with my hus- her help in a diagnosis and treatment plan.
band and 5-year-old son. We just That you’ve found your way to happiness
through depression, addiction and infertility says
bought our first house, and we’re you have the health savvy and emotional stamina
to take this on (with some to spare for the rest of
doing well. I have battled addic- us!). Think of this next phase as training to main-
tain the beautiful things you’ve built.
tion and depression in the past. I
Dear Carolyn: My sister thinks that if I confide
still do, but I feel I have it under control. My hus- in her, then my confidences are no secret to her
husband. He is a nice guy, but I don’t particularly
band is semiretired at 50, and I’ll be working in the WANT my innermost secrets known to my brother-
in-law. I’ve told her this to no effect. I have nobody
local schools soon. We are not hurting financially. else I can talk to about things that bother me. Do I
have to stop talking to my sister about my deepest
Our son is adopted after many years of trying to feelings?
have our own. He is everything to us. – Lonely Sister
So why do I feel like the other shoe is about to Lonely Sister: Regrettably, yes. Or you have to
accept that her husband will know everything.
drop? I have everything I’ve always thought I want- So which do you want more: a confidante or
ed, and yet I worry daily that something horrible
Of course you want both, but your sister’s stub-
will happen to my husband or son. I’ve imagined bornness rules that out, which is her call but,
again, regrettable. So choose one and don’t tor-
every possible way they could die. I know this is the ment yourself with what-ifs.
happiest I’ve ever been and yet feel like it’s only a And please consider, long term, cultivating
more relationships you can count on.
matter of time before it all goes away. Why can’t I This can feel less bearable the more we have to
just enjoy my life and not be so damn fretful?
It takes some mental conditioning, but we can
– Nervous Nelly use our understanding of change to train our minds
to appreciate where we are and what we control.
Nervous Nelly: The tough part about such dread
is that some of it is rational. Healthy, even … in Yet when an awareness of impermanence swells
fact, it’s the engine driving the whole concept of into preoccupying death visions of the people you
living in the moment, the very one you’re trying so love most, it goes beyond mental retraining or self-
hard to embrace. flagellation for not enjoying your life as you think
you’re supposed to. It’s time to treat it as no less a
Life is cyclical. Your ups will be followed by health issue than addiction or depression.
downs. The whole reason we’re supposed to be
mindful of now is the unreliability of later. If you still have access to a care network from
Vero surgeon fixes sight
for sore eyes in Mexico
26 Thursday, May 17, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Vero surgeon fixes sight for sore eyes in Mexico
STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER From left: Dr. Aaron Pittard, Dr. Avery Rush, Dr. Ryan Rush, Dr. Alan McCarty and Dr. Robert Reinauer. On right: Dr. Robert Reinauer performing surgery on a patient in Mexico.
tional Eye Institute says “affects blood glaucoma to the mix, and the picture about 700 miles north of the Mexican
If luxury travel is your thing, don’t vessels in the light-sensitive retina that gets even worse. border, takes these training and sur-
even think about taking your next “va- lines the back of the eye.” gery trips with four to five other eye
cation” with Vero Beach’s Dr. Robert Which probably is why Reinauer, a surgeons for the Christian Ophthalmo-
Reinauer, a fellowship-trained vitreo- Add diabetic macular edema and small-town guy from Hereford, Texas,
When Reinauer packs his bags – of-
ten brimming with medical supplies –
and travels some 1,500 miles to Monte-
morelos in northeast Mexico, it isn’t to
relax in the sun with a drink in hand,
but rather to teach, mentor and advise
medical students at the Vision Insti-
tute Hospital La Carlota and to perform
sorely needed eye surgeries.
And “sorely needed” is something of
According to the World Health Orga-
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racts are diagnosed each year in Mex-
ico, while many times that number go
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We’ve operated from 8 a.m. until 10 at night.
We just keep going as long as the patients keep
coming. It’s hit or miss as to when patients arrive
... so they may not show up that day and then the
next day we have everybody show up.
– Dr. Robert Reinauer
logic Surgical Network. River Medical Center. The phone num-
Reinauer says he and the other trav- ber is 772-257-8700.
eling doctors are trying to bring the lat- For more information on the Christian
est techniques in eye surgeries to our Ophthalmologic Surgical Network, go to
neighbors south of the border. http://www.choseneyemission.com.
The Vision Institute Hospital La Car-
lota in Montemorelos “has one of the
best [ophthalmologic] residency pro-
grams in Mexico,” according to Reinau-
er, so he and his fellow surgeons are not
performing operations “in some tent in
But the schedule can be grueling.
As Reinauer explains, “We’ve oper-
ated from 8 a.m. until 10 at night. We
just keep going as long as the patients
keep coming. It’s hit or miss as to when
patients arrive, because their bus can
get stuck or break down, so they may
not show up that day and then the next
day we have everybody show up.”
One a week-long trip in March, Rein-
auer and his colleagues performed an
astonishing 600 eye surgeries, and he
plans to go back again this summer to
do more sight-saving operations.
“I feel very blessed to do what I do,”
he says. “I feel very blessed that I have
the skills that I have.”
He’s also thankful for the help and
support of New Vision’s founder, Dr.
Paul Minotty, and other New Vision
colleagues, including Drs. Stephen Tate
and David O’Brien.
New Vision donates needed medi-
cal supplies to the missions, which
is a big help since Reinauer and the
other physicians pay their own way.
“The people who go with us,” Rein-
auer explains, “like my surgical tech-
nician and scrub nurses, they all go for
no cost. Doctors pay for everything, be-
cause we figure they’re giving up their
vacation and they’re going to work to
So, don’t bet on “champagne wishes
and caviar dreams” on a Reinauer “va-
About the only things he brings with
him on these missions are his skills,
his donated medical supplies, a surgi-
cal support staff and – as anyone who
knows this soft-spoken Texan is prob-
ably aware – a collection of outlandish
socks that are his trademark.
Dr. Robert Reinauer is with New Vi-
sion Center at 1055 37th Place in Vero
Beach, directly across from the Indian
28 Thursday, May 17, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
The Healthy Senior
Doctors have many
detection tools for colon cancer
COLUMN BY FRED CICETTI COLUMNIST colonoscopy. Usually we switch to
grandchildren, which is a lot more fun.
Q. When seniors gather, it doesn’t
seem to take long before we get to our But, while we are on the subject of
aches and pains. You must get more colons …
than your share of that.
Colorectal cancer – cancer of the
My friend, Pete, has instituted a colon or rectum – is the second lead-
colonoscopy rule. He insists that, if a ing cause of death from cancer in the
bunch of us geezers are talking about United States. Early detection of colon
aches, maladies and visits to the doc- cancer is especially important be-
tors, everyone has to change the sub- cause, if it is found in its early stages,
ject as soon as someone uses the word it can be cured nine out of 10 times.
Who’s at risk? The chances of getting it
increase with age. But other risk factors
include polyps, your history, diet and many detection tools. These include:
whether you’ve had ulcerative colitis. a test to check for hidden blood in
the stool; a sigmoidoscope, a lighted
Polyps are benign growths on the instrument for examining the rec-
inner wall of the colon and rectum. tum and lower colon; a colonoscope,
Not all polyps become cancerous, but a lighted instrument to examine the
nearly all colon cancers start as polyps. rectum and entire colon; a barium en-
ema with a series of X-rays of the co-
Colorectal cancer seems to run in lon and rectum; a digital rectal exam
families. And, someone who has al- to feel for abnormal areas.
ready had colorectal cancer may de-
velop this disease a second time. So Two recent studies showed that
greater vigilance is a good idea if you colonoscopy can find many pre-can-
or your relatives have had it. cerous polyps that sigmoidoscopy
misses. Another major advantage of
This form of cancer is more likely the colonoscopy is that it enables the
among people on a diet high in fat, doctor to remove any polyps found
protein, calories, alcohol, and both during the procedure.
red and white meat. Low-fat, high-fi-
ber diets seem better for the colon. There is a virtual colonoscopy, a
minimally invasive procedure. Doc-
Ulcerative colitis is a condition in tors are able to see the entire colon
which there is a chronic break in the using 3-D computer graphics from a
lining of the colon. Having this con- computerized tomography scan, or
dition increases a person’s chance of CT scan.
developing colorectal cancer.
Known as CT colonography, this
The following are some symptoms exam is an alternative for patients who
of colorectal cancer: blood in the stool, are at risk of complications from colo-
diarrhea, constipation, stools that are noscopy such as patients who are frail.
narrower than usual, frequent gas If a virtual colonoscopy finds signifi-
pains or cramps, unexplained weight cant polyps, they have to be removed
loss, unrelieved fatigue, vomiting. by conventional colonoscopy.
Go to your doctor if you have symp-
toms. The medical profession has
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, May 17, 2018 29
FINE & CASUAL DINING
Ocean Grille at Hilton Melbourne Oceanfront: Treat yourself
REVIEW BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER pays attention to the details like how Snow Crab
[email protected] the vegetables are cooked almost al- Special.
ways produces a home run with the
Hotel restaurants are like a box steak or other entrée. Filet Mignon.
of chocolates, you never know what
you’re gonna get. Several times a week The dining room interior is RESTAURANT HOURS
we drive by the Hilton Melbourne bright, clean and a pretty ge- 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Oceanfront and see the marquee sign neric hotel dining room
out on A1A touting the Wednesday with nice cherry wood BEVERAGES
night crab leg special. Last Wednesday tables and comfort- Full Bar
we finally got over there for an early able seating. That
Mother’s Day dinner because we knew room serves triple ADDRESS
we were heading out Friday for a week- duty for breakfast, 3003 N. Hwy A1A,
end of rustic camping. lunch and dinner. The
lovely ocean view en- Indialantic
My son loves snow crab. Loves the joyed by hotel guests isn’t PHONE
taste and loves the whole challenge of really visible from the Ocean (321)777-5000
cracking the shells and ferreting out Grille dining room due to the
the biggest possible intact pieces of dunes and sea grapes, but that
crabmeat. It’s the perfect food for an just means an after-dinner stroll
adventurous 10-year-old boy, or for out onto the deck is in order to take
anyone who enjoys playing with their in the salt air and the scenery.
food for a sweet reward. He also knows
good, fresh snow crab from the medio- We want to come back for break-
cre kind, and was elated with his din- fast sometime as the breakfast buffet
ner at the Ocean Grille at the Hilton. area boasts a huge number of gleaming
stainless-steel serving pieces and we’re
It’s a good deal, a whole pound of curious to find out what kind of goodies
crab with cole slaw, corn on the cob come out of the kitchen each morning.
and herb-roasted red potatoes for Overall, we would definitely rec-
$18.95. Plus a basket of warm yeast ommend the Ocean Grille at the
rolls and butter, which were served hot Hilton to locals or visitors, espe-
and yummy. The crab was served pip- cially for the Wednesday night
ing hot with a cracker, a dish for shells, crab special.
lemon and plenty of drawn butter. The
potatoes were quite tasty. The only We encourage you to
complaint we had was that the corn send feedback to lisamel-
was a tiny bit overcooked. Our server bournebeachsider@gmail.
substituted a nice, crisp green salad for com.
the cole slaw at no charge, as my son
hasn’t yet acquired a taste for cole slaw. The reviewer is a Brevard
resident who dines anony-
For a treat, he also ordered a straw- mously at restaurants at the
berry-mango swirl virgin daiquiri ($7), expense of this newspaper.
and I highly recommend the Hilton’s
frozen drinks and cocktails, whether Green Salad with
inside the restaurant or the outdoor bar. Candied Pecans.
We had eaten baskets of bar food before
– chicken strips, fried shrimp and fish
dip, outdoors at the poolside tiki bar
– when we had a friend staying at the
Hilton on a business trip and headed
up there for a swim in the pool and a
soak in the hot tub. It’s nice to feel like
you’re on vacation in your hometown
for a few hours, and the Hilton is a
great spot for a stay-cation or a week-
end couples’ getaway.
For my pre-camping Mother’s Day
meal I ordered a glass of the house
Pinot Noir ($12) and the filet mignon
($32), medium rare, with broccoli
and red the herb-roasted red pota-
toes. My steak was perfectly cooked
– nicely seasoned and seared on the
outside, juicy on the inside, and al-
most falling apart it was so tender. The
broccoli was cooked just how I like it
– not crunchy and not mushy – a dif-
ficult feat to achieve. I always try my
vegetables first because a chef who
30 Thursday, May 17, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
So what if mega-rich Steven Mnuchin likes a $20 wine?
STORY BY DAVE MCINTYRE Arbalest does qualify as “affordable,” he gave it 91 points out of 100. as the bottle of wine, so work may have
The Washington Post given that the sweet spot for value tends “It offers a perfumed, gorgeous bou- been involved. With work on the agenda,
to be between $15 and $25. Buying up to you wouldn’t want an expensive wine
I write in defense of Steven Mnuchin. get into that range is often rewarding, quet of plums, incense, spice and hints of that would distract attention and domi-
The U.S. treasury secretary, worth a while the increase in quality becomes forest floor,” Dunnuck wrote. “Full-bod- nate the conversation. A delicious, un-
reported $300 million and criticized for more subtle as you go above $25. (This is ied, ripe and rounded, with a sexy, opu- pretentious bottle will fuel the conversa-
his expensive travel on the taxpayer’s my opinion; others may slide that value lent style, lots of mid-palate depth and a tion without commandeering it.
dime and his wife’s Marie Antoinette- window one way or the other.) great finish.” Who could object to that?
like connection to the common people, Mnuchin may not have made head-
was recently ridiculed by the British tab- And Mnuchin is smart in choosing a Third, let’s remember the occasion. lines with his taste in wine if he hadn’t
loids for his taste in wine. 2015 Bordeaux. I have raved about this Well, OK, we don’t really know what visited Kushner on a slow news day. But
Mnuchin, dressed down in jeans and vintage, as has just about everyone. the occasion was, as neither the White despite the easy and silly ridicule, we’ve
a polo shirt – just like you and me! – was It offers exceptional value at all price House nor the Treasury Department has learned one thing about our treasury
snapped by a paparazzo showing up at ranges. I have not tasted the Arbalest, issued a statement clarifying why the secretary. Given an appropriate occa-
the home of Jared Kushner, President but wine writer Jeb Dunnuck has, and two were meeting and drinking togeth- sion, he has a nose for value.
Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, er. Mnuchin was carrying an iPad as well
with a “cheap” bottle of wine.
The Daily Mail got a shot of the label
as Mnuchin was greeted by Kushner,
who evidently saw the photographer
and had an “Oh what now?” expression
as he greeted the treasury secretary with
a hug. The wine was the 2015 Arbalest, a
red blend from Bordeaux that retails for
about $20 to $23.
“A taste for budget booze! Steven
Mnuchin dresses down to visit Jared
Kushner and takes along a $22 bottle of
wine, despite being worth $300 million!”
the Daily Mail crowed. “It appears even
Steven Mnuchin can’t say no to a cheap
bottle of wine,” it added.
U.S. news outlets picked up the story,
hyperventilating that Mnuchin wasn’t
bringing an expensive first growth or a
rare bottle of DRC Burgundy.
Let’s get a few things straight. First,
$22 is not “cheap” for a bottle of wine.
Not when the average price paid for 750
milliliters – the standard bottle size – is
Second, rich people don’t have to drink
filthy expensive wine all the time. The
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Please send calendar information less transcending is key to brain-heart health and
at least two weeks prior to your longevity, 6 p.m. at the Melbourne Beach Library,
324 Ocean Ave. To RSVP call (772) 480-0047.
26 Satellite Beach PAL Adult Mini BUNKO
[email protected] at the D.R. Schechter Recreation Cen-
ter. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the dice roll at 7
ONGOING p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the
door. Dinner includes hot dogs with the top-
Satellite Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 4 pings, and potato salad, homemade desserts,
p.m. Thursdays at Pelican Beach Park and beverages.Tickets can be purchased at the
Rec Department, Teen Zone Offices or can be re-
Beach Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tues- HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS served by calling(321) 777-8336 and picked up
days at Oceanside Pizza, 300 Ocean Ave. #6, at the door.
Melbourne Beach. www.melbeachrotary.org Melbourne High School • 7 p.m. May 18 at Bulldog Stadium, 74 Bulldog Blvd., Melbourne.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy • 10 a.m. May 19, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne, Florida 32940 27 Sixth Annual Mike Oliveri Invitational Golf
MAY Classic at Aquarina Golf & Beach Club.
Satellite High School • 7 p.m. May 19 at Scorps Stadium, 300 Scorpion Court, Satellite Beach
18 Satellite Beach Police Athletic League Melbourne Central Catholic High School • 7 p.m. May 25 at the Maxwell C. King Center for the 30 US-TOO Prostate Cancer Support
Third Friday Family Fest, 5 to 9 p.m. in Group meets from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.
the parking lot of the D.R. Schechter Recreation Performing Arts, 3865 N Wickham Road, Melbourne the last Wednesday of the month at the Mel-
Center, 1089 South Patrick Drive. Food trucks, bourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Avenue. Call
local vendors and Kidz Korner. gether individuals and organizations to promote periences of her Jewish family and their escape Vanita Gagliani at (321)432-5573 for details.
a clean energy future across the world and end from Nazi Germany. Other speakers include
19 Yellow Dog Cafe Love Our Lagoon our dependence on dirty fuels. Gather with Native-American author and lecturer, Will Da- JUNE
Foodie & Wine Tasting Fundraiser to thousands of Americans and global citizens at vis; Director for the Melbourne DOCK program
benefit the Marine Resources Council, 2 to 5 beaches and cities to draw metaphorical and for disadvantaged youth, Trevor Howard; and 6-7 Melbourne Municipal Band “En-
p.m. Each $60 ticket includes complimentary actual lines in the sand; human lines in the sand retired Melbourne Police Department officer, core!” Concert by 80-member band,
food and delectable wine tastings, live Car-ibbe- against fossil fuels that threaten our future. Help Carol Latifah Rashid. RSVP to 321-831-2145. 6:30 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Mel-
an steel drum music, artisan rain barrel auction, us to move local, state, national and world lead- bourne Auditorium. Free, tickets not required.
preview of the first ever interactive Indian River ers to adopt policies encouraging the growth of 20 Thirteenth Annual Genesis House Golf Call 321-724-0555 or go to www.melbournemu-
Lagoon Health Update and showcase of MRC clean and renewable energy. Tournament, 7:00 am Registration 8:00 nicipalband.org
programs to help save the lagoon! For event de- am Shotgun Start at the Duran Golf Club, 7032
tails and tickets visit www.savetheirl.org 20 Interfaith Connections of Brevard Stadium Parkway, Melbourne, FL. Hole sponsors 9 March to Save Our Ocean, 11 a.m. at Cano-
County will join forces with the Inter- and event sponsorships availa-ble. Contact Kris- va Beach Park in Indialantic, by the Sebas-
19 Hands Across the Sand For Clean Ener- faith Alliance of Brevard to host Healing Through ten Snyder at 321-288-4754. tian Inlet Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
gy demonstration, 11 a.m. at Howard Our Stories: Personal Reflections on Freedom &
E. Futch Memorial Paradise Park in Indialantic. Faith, an interfaith event from 5:00 - 8:00 PM 22 Free health lecture on Transcendental 10 Second Sunday Coin Stamp and Col-
Participants will be linking hands on the water’s featuring stories of hope, faith and healing by Meditation for Health: Heart, Brain, and lectible Show 9:30 to 3 p.m. at the
edge at 11:30 am. This annual event brings to- diverse community speakers and faith leaders at Happiness. Learn ways to lower blood pressure Azan Shrine Center, 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd.
Unity of Melbourne, 2401 N. Harbor City Blvd. and avert cognitive decline naturally. Hear about Free Admission. Buy, sell, trade and free apprais-
German-born Gerda Stokler will recount the ex- research on Transcendental showing that effort- als. South Brevard Coin Club. (321)428-5850.
Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN 23 Shark in the Park 5k, 7:30 a.m. at Glea-
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15 ULNA 11 SOW of the Melbourne Municipal Band Summer Pro-
17 WARY 13 GASOLINE gram, 6 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625
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Spacious home near beach
perfect for young family
200 Second Avenue in Indialantic by the Sea: 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 2,142-square-foot mid-century
home a block from the beach offered for $435,000 by Coldwell Banker Paradise Realtor
Rolando Rodriguez: 561-707-6473
34 Thursday, May 17, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Spacious home near beach perfect for young family
STORY BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER CORRESPONDENT UNPARALLELED MARKETING ered patio. The great room walls are ture Florida feature, accent the three
bathed in a neutral tone. Ceramic tile bedrooms found off a hallway from
Just a hop, skip and a short walk floors run throughout the main living the great room. Two guest bedrooms,
to downtown Indialantic’s unique areas. one larger and one smaller, have large
shops, the post office, City Hall and closets and big windows to allow
the ocean waves, the 3-bedroom, An efficient kitchen with 42-inch plenty of light. The larger bedroom
2-bath home at 200 Second Ave. is in oak cupboards and ceramic tile can accommodate a queen bed. The
a perfect location in a lovely beach countertops features all stainless ap- smaller bedroom would make an ide-
community. pliances, from the dishwasher to the al office/guest room with space for a
kitchen sink, microwave and side-by- Murphy bed and large desk.
Set back from the street on a large side refrigerator.
corner lot, the 2,142-square-foot sin- The guest bath benefits from a
gle-family house has a spacious lawn, The dining room is connected to skylight bringing in abundant natu-
a circular driveway and a parking the great room on one side and the ral light for grooming. The all-white
pad. kitchen on the other. The view from room is a decorator’s dream, able to
the dining room is out a large picture combine with any color décor, and
Simple, clean lines, long and low window to see a trellis of blooming features white single sink and com-
with a tropical feel, define the archi- orchids and other plants in a garden bination bathtub and shower with
tecture of this lovely island home, setting. Plenty of space in that room white tile surround.
which is being offered for $435,000 by allows for a buffet, server and china
Coldwell Banker Paradise Realtor Ro- cupboard. A generous linen closet is found in
lando Rodriguez. the hallway on the way to the master
Original terrazzo floors, a signa-
Upon entry, the open foyer offers
a view into the spacious great room.
The scene through the slider doors
of the great room is of a large cov-
Please call today!
321-795-4860Melbourne Beach Real Estate Specialist
See more at SearchMelbourneBeach.com
Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. 436 Fifth Ave. Indialantic, FL 32903
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REAL ESTATE VITAL STATISTICS
200 SECOND AVE.,
Year Built: 1963
Lot Size: 10,019 sq. ft.
Home Size: 2,142 sq. ft.
Additional features: Spacious
lawn, circular driveway, large
parking pad, storm shutters,
stainless appliances, one block
from the Atlantic Ocean, close
to all that Indialantic by the Sea
has to offer in terms of shops,
restaurants, parks and other
Coldwell Banker Paradise
Rolando Rodriguez, realtor,
Listing price: $435,000
36 Thursday, May 17, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
bedroom that accommodates a king lights the master bathroom and fea- deck. If a new owner fenced the yard, “You are a half block from the James
bed. Two large his and her closets tures a bench at one end. A single sink there would be plenty of room for L. Nance Park beach access. In fact,
feature the mirrored slider doors that with spacious vanity and a commode young children and the family dog to you can see it from the house. Chil-
have come back into vogue and the complete the room. run and play. dren can walk to the elementary
charming terrazzo floors. Two sets of school a couple blocks away and you
windows allow plenty of bright sun- A double-car garage finishes the What makes this choice property, can walk or bike to the post office and
light throughout the day. layout of the home. besides all the attractive features, the shops downtown.”
is the convenience of “being in the
A massive walk-in shower high- The yard offers endless possibili- heart of Indialantic,” said Rodriquez. Families will like that there are a lot
ties, with space for a large pool and
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, May 17, 2018 37
SPRING SELLERS: TRY ‘COMING SOON’ STATUS
of children in this quaint Florida-style STORY BY MICHELE LERNER WASHINGTON POST can contact their buyers to inform the country. “I just employed this
neighborhood with an abundance of them of the new listing so that they strategy for a house in Bethesda
well-cared for homes on quiet streets. In the hot, early spring market of are ready to aggressively pursue and have received five calls from
2018, sellers in many regions have the house when it becomes active people who saw the sign and three
To see the house contact Rolando the upper hand on buyers, especial- in the MLS. calls from agents representing in-
E. Rodriguez, realtor with Coldwell ly in more desirable neighborhoods terested buyers,” Burr says.
Banker Paradise, at 561-707-6473 or close to commercial centers, public “This gives a seller the best op-
Rolando.Rodriguez@ColdwellBanker. transportation and other attrac- “This activity has resulted in four
com. tions, says Corey Burr, a senior vice portunity to create an initial buzz scheduled showings once the prop-
president at TTR Sotheby’s Interna- about the property, which often re- erty is activated in the MLS.
tional Realty in Chevy Chase, Md. sults in increased activity right off
the bat,” Burr says. This seller is well on the way to
To maximize the initial excite- getting a quick offer on the prop-
ment of a new listing coming on the The “coming soon” practice is erty.”
market, sellers should discuss with used in many markets throughout
their agent the use of the “coming
soon” status, Burr suggests. Sim-
ply put, this feature enables the
agent to list the home in the Mul-
tiple Listing Service (MLS) and put
a sign in front of the seller’s home
well before it hits the market. MLS
rules stipulate that this status may
not be used for more than 21 days
and that the property may not be
shown during the “coming soon”
Burr says the major benefit to
this strategy is that buyer agents
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acres of land full of privacy. dence; located on a private/ premiere lot with 140 ft of river
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38 Thursday, May 17, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: May 4 to May 10
The real estate market in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937 slowed a speck last week. Satellite
Beach led the way with 8 sales, closely followed by Indialantic with 7. Melbourne Beach and Indian
Harbour Beach had 4 each.
The top sale of the week was of a riverfront home on Lansing Island in Satellite Beach. The residence
at 331 Lansing Island Drive was placed on the market Aug. 7, 2017, with an asking price of $2.895
million. The price was subsequently reduced to $2.499 million. The sale closed May 7 for $2.07
Both the seller and the purchaser in the transaction were represented by John Curri of Curri Properties.
SALES FOR 32951
SUBDIVISION ADDRESS LISTED ORIGINAL MOST RECENT SOLD SELLING
ASKING PRICE ASKING PRICE PRICE
WILCOX PLAT OF MELBO 306 ORANGE ST 12/20/2017 $429,000 $399,000 5/4/2018 $360,000
WEXFORD CONDO PH II 215 BALLYSHANNON ST 102 2/15/2018 $399,000 $379,000 5/4/2018
ROMAC SUBD 407 SURF RD 4/19/2018 $389,000 $389,000 5/10/2018 $349,900
SALES FOR 32903 $279,000
ISLAND VILLAS 341 PROVINCIAL DR 2/1/2018 $359,900 $359,900 5/7/2018 $665,000
THE CASUARINA CLUB C 1101 S MIRAMAR AVE 203 3/22/2018 $349,900 $349,900 5/8/2018 $605,000
BAR HARBOR COLONY 161 DIANE CIR 3/17/2018 $299,000 $289,000 5/10/2018 $522,000
SALES FOR 32937
SOMERSET OCEANFRONT 2075 HIGHWAY A1A 2405 1/24/2018 $699,995 $669,995 5/4/2018
MOORINGS SUBD THE 460 PORT ROYAL BLVD 3/23/2018 $629,900 $629,900 5/8/2018
SOMERSET OCEANFRONT 2075 HIGHWAY A1A #2603 3/14/2018 $537,500 $537,500 5/4/2018
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Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.
Subdivision: Wilcox Plat of Melbo, Address: 306 Orange St Subdivision: Romac Subd, Address: 407 Surf Rd
Listing Date: 12/20/2017 Listing Date: 4/19/2018
Original Price: $429,000 Original Price: $389,000
Recent Price: $399,000 Recent Price: $389,000
Sold: 5/4/2018 Sold: 5/10/2018
Selling Price: $385,000 Selling Price: $360,000
Listing Agent: Claudine Sloms Listing Agent: Katherine Lee
Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Selling Agent: Sea Turtle Real Estate, LLC
Cindy Walker Gibbs Baum
Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl
Subdivision: Somerset Oceanfront, Address: 2075 Highway A1A #2603 Subdivision: Somerset Oceanfront, Address: 2075 Highway A1A #2405
Listing Date: 3/14/2018 Listing Date: 1/24/2018
Original Price: $537,500 Original Price: $699,995
Recent Price: $537,500 Recent Price: $669,995
Sold: 5/4/2018 Sold: 5/4/2018
Selling Price: $522,000 Selling Price: $665,000
Listing Agent: Todd Ostrander Listing Agent: Carl Guettler
Selling Agent: RE/MAX Elite Selling Agent: Guettler Realty Group
Christopher Martin Todd Ostrander
Palace Properties Intl RE/MAX Elite