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11/08/2018 ISSUE 45


Vets to the ‘Fore.’ P8 Super sandwiches. P28 ‘CROWNS’
Folds of Honor golf tournament Dining review: Corey’s Bagels
raises funds for families of fallen. for breakfast and lunch on the go. Hats off to

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SATBEACH BASKS Beachsiders trying to recover from red tide’s wrath

STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER Mild weather and clear skies
[email protected] typically mean good business
for Fernando Ontiveros who,
With a solar City Hall and a along with his wife Dina Rulli,
reputation for a progressive at- owns SUP Eco Adventures, of-
titude backed up by concrete fering stand-up paddleboard
action, Satellite Beach has be- tours out of Melbourne Beach.
come a “shining example” for
both sustainability and resil- But when red tide appeared
iency. on the east coast of Florida –
along with the subsequent fish
Leading by example and kills across Brevard’s beaches
made official with a Nov. 2 rib- – the phone stopped ringing,
bon-cutting ceremony, the city during a time of year usually ro-
chose its City Hall and Civic bust with reservations.
Center at 565 Cassia Blvd. for
its first municipal solar array. “It drove away a lot of busi-
Among the reasons: it has a ness,” Ontiveros said. “We still
large flat roof with little to no have not recovered.”
pre-existing rooftop instilla-
tions that would be in the way; But help may be available.
the roof itself has an estimated On Oct. 31, Gov. Rick Scott
17 years of life left in it; and announced that the Florida
there is direct sunlight with no Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
shade allowing for complete tion Commission (FWC) will
optimization of the systems ca- receive $765,000 to fund ad-
ditional scientists and equip-
Red tide affected Dina Rulli and Fernando Ontiveros’ stand-up paddleboard tour business in Melbourne Beach. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER ment aimed at reducing the


EcoSchool explores new approach to learning BREVARD SCHOOLS
pabilities when the sun is out, At the Verdi EcoSchool, digging for
said Environmental Programs worms is a math lesson. Local high school stu-
Coordinator Nick Sanzone. dents are once again getting
Growing plants teaches entrepreneur- the chance to get behind the
But the best reason for the ship. And feeding the chickens? Well, wheel during driver’s educa-
array location may be because that’s just plain fun. tion classes.
the City Hall/Civic Center is
The private, nonprofit school for kids Brevard Public Schools re-
CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 up to eighth grade opened in 2017 with cently accredited eight more
a focus on project-based learning, real- teachers as driver’s ed in-
world skills, sustainability and the envi- Verdi students water butterfly garden. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER structors, which means more
ronment. classes can be offered.

Students, many of whom live beach- “I’m very excited to say we


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VERDI ECOSCHOOL ni and 4-year-old Annabella. attended veterinary school. ganization. The school’s teachers cre-
John Verdi is a survivor of the 9/11
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 When they returned to the U.S. and ate learning plans each year, based on
terrorist attacks. As a New York City
side, spend most of their day outside. police officer, he was a first responder moved to New Jersey, Ayana Verdi said the needs and interests of each child.
“Exploration should happen from at the Twin Towers.
she was struck by the lack of innova- “We don’t use a canned curricu-
the minute they enter education un- “It would take all day to explain my
til they leave it as an adult,” school experience” on that day, Verdi said. tion in traditional public schools. lum,” Ayana Verdi said. “What our ed-
founder Ayana Verdi said during a “But I will say that when I was laying
recent tour of the “schoolhouse,” an under a car and praying to survive, I Ayana asked teachers and other ucators focus a lot on is meeting the
older home on Highland Avenue in said to the man upstairs ‘I promise to
the Eau Gallie Arts District. do something great.’” parents about alternatives to the tra- child where they are.”

Ayana and her husband, John Verdi, He retired from the police depart- ditional school day structure. Several of the teachers have back-
started the school after being frustrat- ment after 9/11. He and Ayana later
ed with educational choices for their married and had their first child. They “They all just said, ‘This is the way it grounds in science and the environ-
own two children, 8-year-old Giovan- moved to New Zealand, where Ayana
is,’” she said. ment. One is an entomologist. Another

They tried public school, and holds a doctorate degree in physics and

homeschooling. They moved to Mi- space sciences. Another is an herbal-

ami, and then Brevard County, where ist. There is also a staff permaculture

they were attracted by the robust expert, who specializes in sustainable

homeschool population. They had a and self-sufficient agriculture.

house in Viera because, Ayana

Verdi said, “that’s where every-

one told us we had to live.”

But they wanted more. The

Verdis were searching for a

community to put down roots

and launch a new mission in


Then they discovered the

Eau Gallie Arts District, where

they began to spend much of

their time. They learned about

education and building a com-

munity by doing their own re-

search. John Verdi says talking

to people in the community,

something he did regularly as a

police officer, was key.

“I was always ‘that cop,’” he

said, engaging with citizens

and neighborhoods.

The EcoSchool’s first “class-

room” was a half-acre plot do-

nated by the Yoga Garden on

Pineapple Avenue, which the

school still uses. They orga-

nized a community action day

on Sept. 11, 2016, where they

planted 15 trees to mark the

anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The Verdis soon bought the

property where the school- John and Ayana Verdi, founders of Verdi EcoSchool. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER

house now sits, and they moved

to the neighborhood as well. Younger kids focus on play as well

Today the EcoSchool has 60 stu- as things like introduction to letters

dents, four full-time teachers and 10 and numbers.

specialists who teach things like mu- “It’s really about making a connec-

sic and martial arts. Tuition is $8,755 tion as early as possible with their en-

a year. vironment,” Ayana Verdi said. “Kids

Ayana Verdi runs the school as a who love nature and love their envi-

full-time volunteer. Neither she nor ronment grow to be good stewards of

her husband draw a salary. that.”

They remain active in the commu- As the students get older they focus

nity, too. John Verdi runs a weekly sto- more on traditional subjects, but in a

rytime at nearby Anaya Coffee. The nontraditional way.

school cohosts the weekly FleaGAD Lucy Pruss, a Satellite Beach resi-

market on the first Saturday of every dent who sends her two sons Ayrton,

month. They also do salsa nights in age 6, and Jenson, 4, to the school,

the Yoga Garden and other activities. cited the math lesson where Ayr-

They are working with local chefs and ton and other kids dug for worms,

NASA on a project to grow food that measured and weighed them as an

could be used in space or on other example of why her family loves the

planets. EcoSchool.

While the EcoSchool draws from “The teachers are allowed to think

curriculums like Waldorf and Mon- outside the box, they don’t have re-

tessori, it’s not affiliated with any quirements, and they are allowed to

particular teaching philosophy or or- do what the kids need,” Pruss said.

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 8, 2018 3


Like the Verdis and others, Pruss The third- through eighth-graders cally apply what they learn.” apprenticeship programs with local
also tried traditional public school. spend a lot of time at the Yoga Garden, Parents have asked them to expand businesses and tradespeople.
Ayrton is autistic and his service dog, focusing on math, science and envi-
Biscotti, goes to school with him ev- ronmental studies. to include high school students. Aya- They believe kids should be better
ery day. na Verdi said she is in discussions prepared to enter the world as adults.
“We’re not asking them to regur- with Eastern Florida State College
“This is the only school that really gitate for a test,” Ayana Verdi said. to possibly offer dual enrollment. “We just want all children, and our
saw Biscotti as a tool,” she said. “We’re asking them to really authenti- The Verdis would also like to create own children, to know the world is
open,” John Verdi said. 

4 Thursday, November 8, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


RED TIDE WOES with their local tourism development ervations. “People cannot af-
boards to be included in the marketing
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 efforts,” Sowerby said. “To date, VISIT ford to be sitting and looking at
FLORIDA has received nine applica-
impact of red tide. In addition, the tions and awarded six grants for a to- dead fish,” Alshaibi said. “I’m
Florida Department of Environmental tal of $445,000. The three applications
Protection (DEP) has set aside $1.3 mil- currently under review are valued at glad it’s over, people are com-
lion in grant funding for coastal com- $157,487.15.”
munities “to mitigate the impacts of red ing back. Folks are enjoying the
tide.” Of that, about $75,000 is being Tiffany Vause, director of communi-
funneled to Brevard County. cations and external affairs for the Flor- beach, even fishing. The weather
ida Department of Economic Opportu-
“The $75,000 we have received will go nity, said that at Gov. Scott’s request, the is great, and we expect the week-
toward beach cleanup and our contract Small Business Administration is offer-
with Keep Brevard Beautiful, which has ing disaster assistance in the form of the end to sell out.”
spearheaded the cleanup of dead fish Economic Injury Disaster Loan to busi-
from our impacted beaches,” said Bre- nesses in 17 counties. Bonnie King, Office of Tour-
vard County spokesman Don Walker.
“We were told today that additional “As impacts from the events contin- ism deputy director and interim
monies are available, so we may be re- ue to be felt, we are encouraging busi-
ceiving more in the days and weeks nesses to utilize the business damage executive director, said she is
ahead.” assessment survey found at FloridaDi-,” Vause said. aware that some hotels have ex-
In addition, $500,000 was included for
VISIT FLORIDA to establish an emer- Raed Alshaibi, hotel manager for both perienced cancelled visits due to
gency grant program related to tourism. the Hilton Melbourne Beach Ocean-
front and the Doubletree Suites by Hil- the red tide.
Sara Sowerby, communications man- ton Hotel, found himself in another role
ager of VISIT FLORIDA, said with that a few weeks ago as he and other mem- “Keep Brevard Beautiful is
money they have created the Tourism bers of his staff walked the beaches ad-
Recovery Grant Program for Red Tide, jacent to the hotels, removing hundreds working hard to clean up the
which provides financial assistance for of dead fish. Along the way, his group
tourism development boards to execute ran into a group of volunteers, includ- beaches. We continue to actively
marketing programs through advertis- ing congressional candidate Sanjay Pa-
ing, direct mail, brochure production, tel, who agreed to assist him; as a thank monitor putting eyes on target
website development, and other related you, Alshaibi bought them lunch.
projects and programs. to ensure we stay ahead of the
He said the effects of red tide caused
“Local tourism businesses in the im- a 15 percent to 25 percent drop in res- situation,” King said. “We have
pacted counties are encouraged to work
tremendous coordination from

across all county staff with a uni-

fied goal of informing, educat-

ing and proactively cleaning our


Bryan Bobbitt, deputy execu-

tive director of Keep Brevard

Beautiful, said that he’s thankful

more than 100 people came out

over several days to assist in the Fernando Ontiveros and Dina Rulli. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER

cleanup efforts that included the

removal of about ten tons of dead fish. clear of the fish death,” Lizardi said.

That’s about 20,000 pounds of dead Gina Solow and her family actually

fish for anyone keeping score. had to leave their home in Melbourne

“The volunteers have been wonder- Beach for several days when red tide

ful, and I couldn’t ask for more,” Bob- initially hit the area.

bitt said. “We were in my back yard for only a

“I’m so grateful to the KBB staff. few minutes and it was hard to breathe

They have performed amazingly well without coughing. My dog started

through all this and fingers crossed, sneezing, coughing and foaming at the

we may see an end here shortly.” mouth and refused to go outside after

“Today I have noticed that this red that,” Solow said.

tide seems to be subsiding and I even “We ended up going to Orlando from

went to the beach area of Spessard Hol- Wednesday to Sunday. Thankfully it is

land, and the beach area seemed to look better now.” 

SOLAR CITY HALL Justin Vandenbroeck.
ESA Solar’s original focus was on
large solar farms up to 300 acres, and
highly visible to the public and now is the company also has done hundreds
equipped with a live display in the lob- of homes in Florida and elsewhere.
by showing residents real-time proof of
the progress. In in only 35 days the ar- “Even though this array is relatively
ray generated 7,263 KW of energy and small with 232 panels, it is about 10
abated 5.5 tons of CO2, he said. times larger than the average home
and it’s going to offset 95 percent of the
And Sanzone noted during the cere- city’s electric build over the 25-year life
mony that the progress has been made of the project,’’ he said.
in a relatively short period of time.
One unique aspect for the Satellite
The city’s Sustainability Action Plan, Beach project is special hardware, cabi-
including the idea for a municipal so- nets and closures to combat the corro-
lar array, was adopted on May 3, 2017. sive saltwater environment, he said.
A request for proposals for the project
was sent out on June 16, 2017. ESA So- The first phase of the City Hall proj-
lar won the bid for the work early this ect is for power generation, with fu-
year and the solar array became opera- ture phases possibly including battery
tional on Sept. 27. storage for use when all other power is
out. Currently the city has a large gen-
It was the first municipal building erator at City Hall. “When the grid goes
with a solar array installed by ESA So- down, the solar project shuts down,
lar, but they had discussed a similar but the generator kicks on so they
but larger project for the Orlando City still have emergency backup facilities
Hall building, said ESA Vice President there,’’ he said. 

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DRIVER’S ED CLASSES members during a recent workshop availability and if the school has an includes the state-required Traffic
meeting. on-site driving course. Law and Substance Abuse Education
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 training that is required of all new
The expansion is targeting schools Most students in Florida currently drivers.
have been expanding it rather aggres- with the highest number of students take the online Driver Education/
sively,” Stephanie Soliven, assistant on reduced or free lunches first. But Traffic Safety course through Flor- “But there’s no driving in it,” said
superintendent for secondary lead- whether or not a school offers driver’s ida Virtual School before they get Melbourne High athletic director and
ing and learning, told School Board ed also depends largely on teacher their learner’s permit. That course

6 Thursday, November 8, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


DRIVER’S ED CLASSES The cost is $120 and there is no cently paved over. Students can at- Southeastern University.
class credit offered. tend driver’s ed at any other school, Driver’s ed has been on the decline
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 though, as long as there are openings.
Astronaut High is the only school nationwide for several years, thanks
driver’s ed instructor Fred Keeney. currently to offer driver’s ed during Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy to issues like budget cuts and difficul-
The in-school courses combine the the school day. Other schools, in- also offers a summer driver’s ed class, ty with kids fitting it into a busy high
cluding Edgewood and Viera, offer and several private driving schools of- school schedule. In addition, students
traffic safety course with driving on a it either during the summer like Mel fer teen driving courses as well. are choosing to get licenses later than
controlled course on school property. High, or on Saturdays or during an in years past.
They don’t drive outside of the course extra period before school. Palm Bay, Driver’s ed was phased out several
during class, but can take the state Heritage, Cocoa and Cocoa Beach years ago and, since then, certified School Board chairman John Craig
driving test from their instructor at also currently offer driver’s ed or will teachers have retired or moved on to told the board that he was impressed
the end of the course. begin offering it soon. other positions. with the driver’s ed course his daugh-
ter recently completed at Edgewood.
Keeney said Mel High is one of a Satellite High isn’t likely to see the In Florida, instructors must take
handful of Brevard schools that cur- course offered anytime soon, because three college-level classes to be cer- “She walked away much more con-
rently offer driver’s ed, during a one- the school’s driving course was re- tified in driver’s ed. Those classes are fident and, I know, a better driver,”
week course over the summer. currently offered only through Nova Craig said. 


From left: Shawn Riggan, Bill Miller and Lance Grenevicki Sr. at the hog roast for veterans. PHOTO: RYAN CLAPPER

Ten volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 380 of Holy Name of Jesus
Catholic Church in Indialantic hosted a hog roast last Saturday for ap-
proximately 150 veterans to thank them for their service to America. The
event was held at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4206 on Dairy Road in
Melbourne, where longtime scout leader and Brevard Scout Shop man-
ager Bill Miller is a member. Miller earlier this year saw that the veter-
ans’ group and the Boy Scouts had much in common in terms of values
and forged a partnership with Troop 380 Scoutmaster Shawn Riggan, a
longtime Indian Harbour Beach resident. Riggan and his scouts camped
out at the VFW so they could prepare the hogs, and begin cooking at
daybreak. The Scouts also cooked breakfast and enjoyed fellowship with
the veterans, in the lead-up to Veterans Day next week. 

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Tommy, Charlotte
and Chloe Milbourne.

struts its stuff at
Founders Day Parade

P. 10

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Vets come to the ‘Fore’ in Folds of Honor golf tourney

Rita Meltzer, Tammy Lussier, Sara Maguire and Sue Rogers. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER Loretta Reiss, Laura DeWitte and Gayle Riddle.

[email protected]

It was cool and cloudy as the crowd
of golfers gathered around their carts
Saturday morning down at the Aqua-
rina Club in South Melbourne Beach.

And though there was a chill in the
air, a welcome warmth radiated from
the smiling foursomes, who joked and
laughed while waiting for the 9 a.m.
shotgun start.

It was the first annual Folds of Hon-
or golf tournament, hosted by Aquari-
na golf pro Jonas DeWitte, to honor our
nation’s veterans while raising money
for the families of the fallen.

The 18-hole scramble format event
had only one main requirement: each
team must include at least one veteran.
The 21 foursomes included more than
50 vets, all of whom played for free.

“This is our first annual Folds of
Honor,” said DeWitte, who though
not a veteran himself, says he has im-
mense respect and appreciation for
those who served.

“It’s a 501(c)3 set up by Maj. Dan

Rooney to raise scholarship money golfers in their carts zoomed off to
for families of veterans,” he said. “So their starting tees.
we’re out here trying to raise $5,000
for that.” Shortly after start time, the sun
emerged from the clouds, bathing the
While Aquarina sponsored the golf beautiful wind-blown oaks and lush
portion of the tournament for the vet- green grass in golden light.
erans, an anonymous sponsor pro-
vided the food prepared by Chef Josh; Laughter could be heard from be-
Carroll distributed donated 10 cases hind stands of trees, as a jovial mood
of beer; Aquarina resident Michael spread around the course. Once the
Prado of Stanley Black and Decker teams began to trickle back in from
donated a $1,000 tool set for the raffle; the greens, Chef Josh and his crew
and Titleist provided a custom red, served a delicious All-American cook-
white and blue golf bag. out lunch, and prizes were awarded.

After a tribute by the Palm Bay For more information on golfing at
American Legion 117 Honor Guard, Aquarina, please visit them online at
and opening remarks by DeWitte, the or by
phone at 321-676-8923. 

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Matt Zirwas, Ed Milnor and Leo Belanger. Dale Helmer. Steve Smith and Bill Johnson.

Jonas DeWitte.

Charles and Peter Tortorello.

Jane Garrard, Vikki Ferris, Jo-Anne Harrison and Nancy Coalter.

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SatBeach struts its stuff at Founders Day Parade

Satellite High football players. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER Girl Scout Troop 229.

Zach Anderson, Mike Lamarine and Lou Iervas. Satellite High Air Force ROTC.

Satellite Beach Councilwoman Mindy Gibson. Satellite High Marching Scorps.

The Satellite Beach Woman’s Club and the City of Satellite Beach
put on the annual Founders Day Parade that’s pure Norman Rockwell
Americana. It was fun for young and old, with a parade forming Sat-
urday morning at Delaura Middle School and winding through the
neighborhood, to stop and show off their best for judges, and then spill
out into the Schecter parking lot.

The Satellite High School Marching Scorps Band is always one of the
highlights of the parade, filling the crisp air with its big brass sound
and heart-pounding drumbeats. Police and fire vehicles, horses, cos-
tumed kids and hula dancers rounded out the colorful entries, with
not a few politicians waving to the crowd as well. Festivities continued
into the afternoon with a DJ, live entertainment, tempting crafts and
the aroma of good eats. 

Hats off to ‘Crowns,’
Henegar’s powerful,

poignant musical

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Hats off to ‘Crowns,’ Henegar’s powerful, poignant musical

STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT Nina Jones, Carol Chisolm, Brian Handcock,
Donnie Gethers, Nichole Savage,
Tradition endures in the musical
“Crowns,” set to open Friday at the Hen- Shanteria Strowbridge and J’Renee Dickson.
egar Center in its second-floor Studio

The 2002 musical, written by Regina
Taylor and based on the book by photog-
rapher Michael Cunningham and jour-
nalist Craig Marberry, explores the lives
of six African-American women, their
traditions and how their hats reveal their
personal stories.

“The show warms my heart because
of the tradition,” said director Keenan
Carver. “The stories the women tell re-
mind me of my sister, my mother, a lot of
people in my community.”

And it’s fitting that “Crowns” should
imply they sit atop a regal woman be-
cause “queen” is a common term for
women in the black community, said
Nichole Savage, who plays the role of
Wanda in the show.

“It’s a way of lifting
us up, a way of
revering our
she said.
“It’s a

Nichole Savage way we to the south to live with her grandmoth- dle Passage, into slavery, into America,
as Wanda. do that for er. The grandmother turns to her own into “field hollers,” then into blues and
ourselves.” friends and, together, they tell their sto- rap and yes, church.
The musi- ries to Yolanda and evoke change.
cal revolves “The African-American church tradi-
around Yolan- In a YouTube video, Taylor, the award- tion took those tunes and married them
da, a 17-year-old winning playwright and actress ex- to Christianity,” she said.
young woman who, plained: “I think this piece speaks to us
along with her brother, about the tenacity of the human spirit. The cast for the Henegar production
runs wild on the streets. How do we get through the dark times … is “100 percent perfect” for the musical,
Her brother is killed and how we can bond together, grow togeth- said director Keenan Carver.
her mother, hoping to protect er, support each other.”
her daughter, sends Yolanda While this is Carver’s first time direct-
Regarding the songs, Taylor said the ing, he’s known to the Henegar audienc-
music crossed with slaves into the Mid- es for his fine performances in musicals
and plays including “Smokey Joe’s Café,”

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Nina Jones. Carol Chisolm as Mother Shaw and Director Keenan Carver.
Shanteria Strowbridge as Yolanda.

“Forever Plaid” and “I and You.” He also you can really flirt with a hat.” gan studying at age 4, Xavier-Gantt said couple actors loaned him their hymnals.
played an astronaut in “Dark Side” this Nina Jones is Velma, who says “Some- the reason he “took on the gig” was be- “This is the opportunity for me to
summer in the space now known as the cause his mother has always urged him
Not Quite Right Theatre. times under those hats there’s a lot joy to play in church. delve into gospel,” he said. “So I’m ex-
and a lot of sorrow.” tremely excited about it.”
The biggest directing challenge for However, he stuck with classical mu-
Carver was sharing time with the Hen- J’Renee Dickson is Mabel, who quickly sic, meaning he learned to read music “Crowns” runs Nov. 9-18 in the second-
egar’s recent production of “The Wiz.” warns “Listen – never touch my hat. Ad- rather than to play by ear, which is the floor Studio Theatre at the Henegar Cen-
Half of his cast was in that big main- mire it from a distance.” standard for gospel music. ter, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
stage show. Tickets are $29 general, $26 senior/military
Donnie Gethers is The Man, who plays To take on this part, Xavier-Gantt took and $19 for students. Call 321-723-8698 or
“It was excruciating,” he said, laughing. multiple characters and, at one point, as the score and learned about the struc- visit 
“But I loved coaching on monologues. A a husband laments to his hat-loving wife: ture and pattern of gospel music. And, a
lot of directors hate monologues and I “You don’t have but one head.”
love them. It was very heart-warming to
feel the response and trust from my cast. And Mother Shaw, the grandmother,
To pull it out of them.” is played by Carol Chisolm. She knows
the power and confidence a good hat can
It may be his first time out at di- bring: “I bought that hat – and strutted
recting, but he’s already won over the out just like I strutted in.”
hearts of his actors, says Nichole Sav-
age of West Melbourne. Orlando actress Shanteria Strow-
bridge plays Yolanda. As her character
Savage, who grew up in Brevard, has becomes more moved by the stories
been working on a career as a singer in a she hears, she says “the more I study
classic rock band in South Florida. This is Africa, the more I see that African-
her first time in a dramatic setting. Americans do very African things
without even knowing it. Adorning the
“Oh my gosh, (Carver) is amazing,” head is one of those things.”
Savage said. “This is probably my first
show where the character has so many As a Jamaican-American, Savage
layers. He has really pulled the character was thrilled that the Henegar decided
out of me. I’m so thankful he’s my first to mount a production of “Crowns”
acting director.” because it rich in African-American
history. She’s also happy that the pro-
The actors all have favorite lines duction is being done in November
which speak to the tradition of the rather than February, which is typi-
hats and to the women’s mighty col- cally when cultural and community
lection of them. organizations have programming
exploring African-American history
Savage got the part of Wanda, a wom- and issues.
an whose life has been steeped in the
tradition of church and who says it’s “It is refreshing that they chose this
righteous to get dressed up in your best time of year,” she said. “It’s not just Afri-
Sunday clothes. “When I get dressed to can-American history, or Black history,
go to church, I’m going to meet the King this is American history. It should be im-
so I must look my best.” portant to everyone.”

Brian Hancock, who plays the In addition to the eight actresses, there
Preacher, said his favorite line is: are two musicians on stage throughout
“You’re supposed to go to be refreshed the show. They are keyboardist Cedieu
and renewed in the Lord, but I’ve heard Xavier-Gantt, a junior studying bio-
many a woman say, ‘I can’t go this year. medical engineering at Florida Tech,
I don’t have the wardrobe.’” and percussionist Jordan Fuqua, a senior
studying organizational management at
Angela Harper is Jeanette in the Eastern Florida State College.
musical. Her line is one that is often
quoted: “You can flirt with a fan, but A classically trained pianist who be-

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Coming Up: Chamber Orchestra showing its ‘Bohemian Spirit’

STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER quently performed orchestral works. 3 Hear him for yourself at the
Time: 3:30 p.m. Tickets: free and re- King Center this Friday Nov. 9.
quired. Reserve at www.RiversidePres.
1 Music by the Romantic-era org or 321-525-7825. (And bring your castanets.) The tor-
Czech composer Antonin Dvorak
rid chords of flamenco music are

will be among the pieces spotlighted not what you’d immediately associ-

this Sunday Nov. 11, when the River- 2 The powerful 2,196-pipe, 36- ate with a German guitarist. Until
rank Schleuter pipe organ will
side Chamber Orchestra, under the you get an earful of multi-faceted,

baton of Richard Sabino, presents resound throughout the Advent Lu- Grammy-winning, platinum-selling

its fall concert, “Bohemian Spirit,” at theran Church sanctuary in Suntree, guitarist, songwriter and producer

Riverside Presbyterian Church in Co- under the skilled hands of Oliver Brett, Ottmar Liebert, who is actually best

coa Beach, as part of its Dr. Vernon organ scholar of King’s College, Cam- known, says Wikipedia, for his Span-

Boushell Concert Series. Bohemia, bridge, U.K., in recital Sunday, Nov. 11, ish-influenced music. He has 38 gold

the promo explains, is an “artistically to open the church’s 2018-2019 concert and platinum certifications in the 3 Ottmar Liebert at King Center
Friday, Nov. 9.
rich region now contained within the season. You’ll hear organ composi- United States, and certifications in
found a Flamenco LP in the bargain
Czech Republic,” and was Dvorak’s tions by Bach, Schumann, Duruflé, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. bin at a local supermarket.” The in-
timate King Center Studio Theatre
birthplace. Opening the concert will Buxtehude and others performed by His 1990 debut album “Nouveau Fla- seems the perfect setting in which
to thoroughly enjoy an evening with
be Anton Arensky’s “Variations on a the talented young musician who, menco” became the biggest-selling Liebert and his band, Luna Negra,
as they bring Liebert’s intellectual,
Theme of Tchaikovsky” for string or- explains organist and concert series guitar album of all time. Liebert’s yet visceral spin to the music: “from
rumba to Bossa Nova to classical to
chestra. Melbourne resident and alto coordinator Betty Jo Couch, “has won fascinating background certainly Christmas tunes to lullabies,” Li-
ebert has explored and expanded
sax player Andrew Cleaver will be so- numerous competitions, and given set the stage for his musical lean- them all. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets:
start at $79.50. 321-242-2219. 
loist for the “Concerto for Saxophone organ performances in venues across ings. According to Wikipedia, Li-

and String Orchestra,” by Russian five continents, including Washing- ebert was born in West Germany

composer Alexander Glazunov. Cleav- ton National Cathedral, Westminster to a Chinese-German father and a

er was a member of several U.S. Air Abbey, St. Albans Abbey, Westminster Hungarian mother, and spent most

Force bands during his 20-plus years Cathedral and more.” Brett is cur- of his childhood traveling through-

in the military. Dvorak’s “Serenade rently completing his studies at the out Europe and Asia with his family.

for Strings,” which he wrote in only prestigious Eastman School of Music He began playing classical guitar

12 days, comprises the second half of in Rochester, N.Y. Time: 3 p.m. Admis- at 11, and studying flamenco gui-

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An oil spill that has been quietly An aerial image of an oil slick in the
leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf Gulf of Mexico, taken in April 2018.
of Mexico has gone unplugged for so
long that it now seems likely to become gas industry, with the potential to open
one of the worst offshore disasters in nearly the entire outer continental
U.S. history. shelf to offshore drilling. That includes
the Atlantic coast, where drilling hasn’t
Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per happened in more than a half century.
day have been spewing from a site 12
miles off the Louisiana coast since 2004, The Taylor Energy spill is largely un-
when an oil-production platform owned known outside Louisiana because of
by Taylor Energy sank in a mudslide the company’s effort to keep it secret,
triggered by Hurricane Ivan. All that is according to a lawsuit that eventu-
left of the doomed Taylor platform are ally forced the company to reveal its
rainbow-colored oil slicks that are often cleanup plan. The spill was hidden for
visible from the air for miles. six years before environmental watch-
dog groups stumbled on oil slicks while
Many of the Taylor wells have not monitoring the BP Deepwater Horizon
been capped, and the broken wells are disaster a few miles north of the Taylor
releasing so much oil that researchers site in 2010.
need respirators to study the damage.
The Interior Department is fighting
Federal officials estimate that the an effort by Taylor Energy to walk
spill could continue through this away from the disaster. The company
century. With no fix in sight, the Taylor sued Interior in federal court, seeking
offshore spill is threatening to overtake the return of about $450 million
BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster as the left in a trust it established with the
largest ever. government to fund its work to recover
part of the wreckage and locate wells
As oil continues to spoil the Gulf, the buried under 100 feet of muck.
Trump administration is proposing a
large expansion of leases for the oil and Taylor Energy declined to comment.
The company has argued that there’s
no evidence to prove any of the wells

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are leaking. Last month, the Justice That investment was obliterated on catastrophe on the scale of the BP disaster deeper truth. Taylor Energy had been
Department submitted an independent Sept. 15, 2004, when Hurricane Ivan a few miles south. That precaution playing down the severity of the spill. An
analysis showing that the spill was much unleashed 145 mph winds and waves slowed the pace of the salvage operation. Associated Press investigation in 2015
larger than the one-to-55 barrels per that topped 70 feet as it roared into the determined that it was about 20 times
day that the U.S. Coast Guard National Gulf. Deep underwater, the Category Taylor Energy spent a fortune to worse than the company had reported.
Response Center (NRC) claimed, using 4 storm shook loose tons of mud and pluck the deck of the platform from
data supplied by the oil company. buckled the platform. the ocean and plug about a third of the Taylor Energy had argued that the leak
wells. It built a kind of shield to keep the was two gallons per day; the Coast Guard
The author of the analysis, Oscar The avalanche sank the colossal crude from rising. finally said it was 84 gallons or more.
Garcia-Pineda, a geoscience consultant structure and knocked it “170 meters
who specializes in remote sensing of oil down slope of its original location,” But no matter what it did, the oil kept “There’s a fine for not reporting, but
spills, said there were several instances researcher Sarah Josephine Harrison leaking. none for underreporting,” Amos said.
when the NRC reported low estimates wrote in a postmortem of the incident. “If it’s only three gallons a day, who
on the same days he was finding heavy In 2010, scientists studying the cares, that’s a trivial problem.”
layers of oil in the field. More than 620 barrels of crude oil BP Deepwater Horizon spill realized
stacked on its deck came tumbling down something was amiss with the oil Nearly a decade after the oil platform
“There is abundant evidence that with it. The sleeves that conducted oil slicks they were seeing. went down, the government determined
supports the fact that these reports from from its wells were mangled and ripped that the actual level of oil leaking into
NRC are incorrect,” Garcia-Pineda wrote. away. A mixture of steel and leaking oil “We were flying to monitor the BP the Gulf was could be as much as 55
was buried in 150 feet of mud. disaster and we kept seeing these slicks, barrels per day. Now, the new estimate
The Gulf is one of the richest and but they were nowhere near the BP spill,” dwarfs that: up to 700 barrels per day.
most productive oil and gas regions Less than two months after the storm, said Cynthia Sarthou, executive director Each barrel contains 42 gallons.
in the world, expected to yield more of the Gulf Restoration Network, which
than 600 million barrels this year Scott Eustis of the Gulf Restoration Despite that finding, NOAA is still in
alone, nearly 20 percent of the total Network checks the Gulf of Mexico The drill ship Rowan Resolute, in the the early stages of a resource assessment
U.S. oil production. Another 40 billion during a flight out of New Orleans. Gulf of Mexico near the Louisiana coast. of marine life that could explain the
barrels rest underground, waiting to be impact of the Taylor Energy spill, and is
recovered, government analysts say. Patrick F. Taylor died of a heart infection monitors the water from boats and planes. more than three years behind a deadline
at 67, leaving a fortune for philanthropy Satellite images confirmed the oddity. to issue a biological determination of
About 2,000 platforms stand in the and a massive cleanup bill. “It was there all the time, longer than the BP spill’s impact on marine life.
waters off the Bayou State. Nearly
2,000 others are off the coasts of its Taylor Energy reported the spill to the BP spill,” said John Amos, founder In July, Earthjustice, a nonprofit
neighbors, Texas and Mississippi. On the Coast Guard, which monitored the and president of Sky Truth, a nonprofit legal organization that represents
top of that are nearly 50,000 miles of site for more than half a decade without organization that tracks pollution. conservation groups, sued NOAA for
active and inactive pipelines carrying making the public fully aware of the failing to produce a timely study.
oil and minerals to the shore. mess it was seeing. Under the Oil Pollution Act, companies
are obligated to report hazardous spills Against this backdrop, Amos said
For every 1,000 wells in state and But four years after the leak started, to the NRC, which maintains a database Atlantic coast residents should be
federal waters, there’s an average of in July 2008, the Coast Guard informed of chemical pollution. wary of the Administration’s proposal
20 uncontrolled releases of oil – or the company that the spill had been to expand offshore leasing. But in that
blowouts – every year. A fire erupts deemed “a continuous, unsecured No law compels the companies or region, where beaches and tourism
offshore every three days. crude oil discharge” that posed “a the federal government to raise public enrich nearly every state, distrust over
significant threat to the environment,” awareness, but the Clean Water Act offshore drilling is bipartisan.
On average, 330,000 gallons of crude according to a lawsuit between Taylor clearly calls for citizen involvement. So
are spilled each year in Louisiana from Energy and its insurer. environmentalists took Taylor Energy Governors, state lawmakers and
offshore platforms and onshore oil to court. attorneys general have lashed out at
tanks, according to a state agency that Taylor Energy made a deal with federal the administration’s proposal. New
monitors them. officials to establish a $666 million trust The accused Taylor Energy and Jersey passed a law that forbids oil and
to fund efforts to stop the spill. the Coast Guard – which is part of a infrastructure in state waters three
BP has paid or set aside $66 billion Unified Command of federal agencies miles from shore, crippling any effort
for fines, legal settlements and cleanup It would be a delicate, risky operation. that includes the Interior Department, to run pipelines from platforms to the
of the 168 million-gallon Deepwater Taylor and the contractors it hired were National Oceanic and Atmospheric shore. Other states passed similar laws.
Horizon spill – a sum that the oil giant asked to somehow locate wells in a Administration and the Environmental
could, painfully, afford. But many nearly impenetrable grave of mud and Protection Agency – of failing to“provide In the Carolinas, where Hurricane
companies with Gulf leases and drilling debris, then cap them. Failing that, it the public with information regarding Florence’s winds topped 150 mph
operations are small, financially at-risk could create a device to contain the leak. the pace and extent of the oil leaks and and produced a monster 83-foot
and would be hard-pressed to pay for Taylor’s efforts to control the leaks.” wave as it neared landfall, governors
an accident approaching that scale. But they were forbidden from boring who represent both political parties
or drilling through the muck for fear that It would take another three years implored Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
One of these smaller companies was they would strike a pipe or well, risking a before the government revealed an even to rethink the plan.
Taylor Energy.
Meanwhile, in the Gulf, Taylor Energy
Owned by Patrick F. Taylor, a magnate was down to a single employee – its
and philanthropist who launched an president, William Pecue.
ambitious college scholarship program
for low-income students, it was once At a 2016 public forum in Baton
the only individually owned company Rouge, Pecue made the case for allowing
to explore for and produce oil in the company to walk away from its
the Gulf of Mexico, according to his obligation to clean up the mess. Taylor
namesake foundation. Energy had been sold to a joint venture
of South Korean companies in 2008, the
Taylor made what was arguably his same year it started the $666 million
most ambitious transaction in 1995, when trust. A third of the money had been
he took over an oil-production platform spent on cleanup, and only a third of the
once operated by BP. Standing in more leaking wells had been fixed. But Pecue
than 450 feet of water, it was about 40 wanted to recover $450 million, arguing
stories tall. Its legs were pile-driven into the spill could not be contained.
the muddy ocean floor and funnels were
attached to 28 drilled oil wells. “I can affirmatively say that we do
believe this was an act of God under the
At its peak, the oil company helped legal definition,” Pecue said. In other
make Taylor and his wife, Phyllis, the words, Taylor Energy had no control
richest couple in New Orleans. over the hurricane. 

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There’s an old joke about the golden age of sci- ing. From then on, like sic of creeping, surreal menace
ence fiction being 12 – that is, the age when young and horror.”
people discover and then devour as much of it as other groundbreaking
they can find. Alec Nevala-Lee even quotes the re- Throughout the book “As-
mark in this enthralling account of science fiction’s editors, he focused tounding,” Nevala-Lee smooth-
other golden age – the period between 1939 and the ly interweaves a wide variety
mid-’50s when John W. Campbell Jr. edited the mag- all his creative energy of sources, written and oral, as
azine Astounding. he tracks the careers of his four
on the magazine, tire- Golden Age giants. Did you
Until recently, science fiction took particular know that Heinlein, Asimov
pride in its past. New fans were expected to know lessly passing along and L. Sprague de Camp (co-
such influential works as Robert Heinlein’s Future
History stories, A.E. van Vogt’s “Slan” and Isaac plot ideas to his con- author, with Fletcher Pratt, of
Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. Contrary to a present- the humorous fantasy “The
day misperception, the genre – while overwhelm- tributors. For instance, Incomplete Enchanter”) all
ingly a boys club – didn’t post a sign on its tree- worked together in a Philadel-
house reading “No Girls Allowed.” Nevala-Lee lists Campbell suggested to phia Navy laboratory during
just some of the distinguished female writers that World War II? Or that Hein-
Campbell published, among them Leigh Brackett a young Asimov that lein practiced nudism and
(who mentored the young Ray Bradbury and at the
end of her career scripted “The Empire Strikes Back” there might be a story open marriage? Asimov, alas,
) and Catherine L. Moore (creator of the sexy and relentlessly pawed young
formidable warrior Jirel of Joiry), as well as Kath- in Ralph Waldo Emer- women, fancying himself a
erine Maclean, Judith Merril, Anne McCaffrey and lovable Dirty Old Man, and,
James Tiptree Jr., a.k.a. Alice Sheldon, one of Wash- son’s speculation about shockingly, died from AIDS
ington’s two supremely influential science fiction acquired from a blood trans-
writers. (The other, Paul M.A. Linebarger, also used how humanity would fusion. Hubbard, no sur-
a pen name, Cordwainer Smith.) A few years back, prise, enthusiastically participated in sexual rituals
Maclean – who is still with us – attended Readercon, react if the stars ap- masterminded by the legendary Jack Parsons, co-
where the reverence paid to her would have excited founder of California’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
the envy of a movie star or member of the British peared only once in a Sad to say, in his later years Campbell fell for vari-
royal family. ous harebrained schemes to transform mankind
thousand years. The re- and even foolishly changed the name of his maga-
Still, I once heard a Hugo Award-winning author zine to “Analog: Science Fact and Fiction.” Still, not
declare that the only American science fiction that sult? The haunting clas- long before he died at age 61 in 1971, he managed
mattered appeared after 1960. Nonetheless, he was one last major coup by serializing an epic novel
proud to accept his award named after Hugo Gern- sic “Nightfall.” Campbell about a desert planet called Arrakis, Frank Herbert’s
sback, who founded Amazing Stories in 1926. (For “Dune.”
details, see “The Gernsback Days: A Study of the largely formulated the Yet Campbell’s influence persists even now. When
Evolution of Modern Science Fiction from 1911 to George R.R. Martin was asked whether “A Game of
1936,” by Mike Ashley and Robert A.W. Lowndes.) Three Laws of Robotics, Thrones” had been inspired by the ideas of mythol-
During the 1920s and ’30s, Amazing, along with the ogist Joseph Campbell, he answered, “The Campbell
early Astounding and other pulp magazines, duly which energize many of that influenced me was John W., not Joseph.” In the
fed the imaginations of adolescents who would grow end, Nevala-Lee’s “Astounding” isn’t just Arrakisian
up to write science fiction’s early masterpieces. Asimov’s early stories, spice for science-fiction fans – it’s also a clarion call
to enlarge American literary history. 
One of these masterpieces was young Campbell’s and even helped fashion
1938 novella, “Who Goes There?,” which Nevala-Lee ASTOUNDING
calls “the greatest science fiction suspense story of what became the Foun- da-
all time.” In it a murderous shape-shifting alien dev- JOHN W. CAMPBELL, ISAAC ASIMOV, ROBERT A. HEINLEIN,
astates an Antarctic expedition. Though an excep- tion Trilogy, long judged the best science fiction se-
tional writer, Campbell set aside his own work when L. RON HUBBARD, AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENCE FICTION
he was asked to take over and reinvigorate Astound- ries of all time.
BY ALEC NEVALA-LEE | 532 PP. $28.99
Though Asimov worshipped Campbell, the editor REVIEW BY MICHAEL DIRDA, THE WASHINGTON POST

probably felt closest to Heinlein, the genre’s greatest

natural-born storyteller since H.G. Wells. Heinlein

could do it all, whether writing about a generation

starship in “Universe,” playing with time paradox in

“By His Bootstraps” or turning out the best juvenile

science fiction novels ever, including my favorite,

“Citizen of the Galaxy,” which opens unforgettably:

“‘Lot ninety-seven,’ the auctioneer announced. ‘A


While Heinlein’s fiction frequently imagined “the

competent man,” a protagonist who could cook a

gourmet meal or lead an army, L. Ron Hubbard ac-

tually seemed to bring him to life. Campbell and

Heinlein were certainly taken in by Hubbard’s self-

mythologizing accounts of his derring-do as an ex-

plorer and naval officer. But, hard though it may be

to swallow, the founder of Scientology really was a

major pulp author, and novels such as “Final Black-

out” – set in the aftermath of a future nuclear war

– and “Fear” are still worth reading. The latter, first

published in Campbell’s wonderful fantasy maga-

zine Unknown, is – to quote Stephen King – “a clas-


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Bonzo says Vader is a playful ‘Force’ of nature

Hi Dog Buddies! Job! An Dad has a sign store right next

This week I had a fun yap with an door, so I do my rounds in both plac-
energetic, happy liddle rat terrier/
chihuahua mix, Vader Crawford, who es.”
has a really fun job: Chief Security
Officer an Official Greeter in a kite Just then, a man walked in. Vader
store! An, Dog, can he greet! Soon
as me an my assistant walked in, he jumped up, grabbed his ball, and
pranced right over with some wel-
coming woofs and the most enthusi- brought it to the man.
astic Wag-an-Sniff EVER. It was ack-
hully a WagWagWagWagWag-n-Sniff. “This is my co-worker, Walter,” he
An it wasn’t just Your Basic Tail Wag.
It was a Full Body Wag, sniffer to ca- said.
boose. Impressive. And a liddle diz-
zying. Vader’s a middle-sized pooch, Vader an Walter enjoyed a brief
short black coat, wearin’ a Cool Kib-
bles black vest with the word ‘SECU- game of Fetch, after which Vader an
RITY’ in white.
his ball had a quick roll on the carpet.
“WELLcome Mr. Bonzo an Mr.
Bonzo’s Assistant! I’m Vader Craw- “Are you an Only Pet?”
ford. THIS is my Mom,
Lisa, an my Dad, Brian. “I have a step-sister. She never
Just sit anywhere you
want. I hope you found us comes to work. She’s fine stayin’
Vader. home all day. I think that’s cuz she’s
“We sure did,” I told
him. “Soon as we spot- PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER a cat. Her name’s Maggie-the-Cat.
ted those colorful kites an
flags an twirly thingys out mans feel much better, you She’s got short black-an-white fur in
by the road, we knew it was know.”
your place.” a kinda cow pattern. I sometimes call
“You’re absolutely right,” I agreed.
“Ah mumpf pfo,” he said. “It’s probly the most important thing her ‘Cow-cat.’ But she doesn’t really
“’Scuse me?” Vader had we do.”
grabbed a chartreuse tennis have a sense of humor. We get along
ball, which filled his entire “I was livin’ with Mom’s frens
mouth. He dropped it at his at the time. They’d named me OK as long as everybody remembers
Mom’s feet an took off like Yaeger(meister), for Lassie’s Sake. I
rocket toward the back of was like, ‘What’s up with THAT?’ she’s Boss.”
the store, past rolls of shiny
material in all colors. His “Mom came to see me, and we “Do you swim?”
Mom tossed the ball. After a liked each other right away. She was
coupla rounds of Fetch, Va- like, ‘You’re gonna be my dog! But we “I’m sorta tryin’ to learn, but I’d
der, the ball firmly clutched in gotta change that name!’ An I’m like,
his mouth, plopped down on ‘Work’s for me!’ So pretty soon Mom rather just float on my body board. I
a liddle square of carpet and took me home, an changed my name
began to roll. An roll. An roll. Then he to Vader, cuzza my black coat (she do enjoy rollin’ in the sand. I wouldn’t
popped up, an came scootin’ back. mostly calls me Darth Vader-roosky).
“It’s my favrite toy! I sleep with it, To tell you the truth, Mr. Bonzo, I mind goin’ in the water so much if it
even!” He gave the soggy ball a nudge woulda been totally okey-dokey with
with his nose. “I also like paper just wasn’t so – WET.
plates. An those spinny things. Mom
calls ’em tops. She has ’em for the hu- “Mom gives me special food with
man kids, but I sometimes sneak one
to play with. Mom says I’m a Dork. meat an vege-tubbles, made by a lady
Anyway, you’re gonna ask me some
stuff, right?” Fido or Rover, or even Fred, called Rachel. An occasionally (he
“Let’s start with how you met your
Forever Famly.” cuz I got the perfect Mom lowered his voice) some People Food
“OK. Well, about three years ago
Mom’s brother went to Heaven, an an Dad. You know what us accidently falls off Dad’s plate. Then
Mom was real, real sad. Her frens
decided she needed puppy therapy. pooches say: ‘You can call that rule applies.”
Us dogs have a gift for making hu-
me anything, as long you “Which rule was that?”

call me for dinner.’” “You know, the one that states once

“Seriously, Vader? That People Food hits the floor, it’s of-

one’s older than Lassie.” ficially considered Fair Game. Dad

We laughed. “Anyway, you knows the rule. But don’t tell Mom,

did end up with a Totally OK?”

Cool Kibbles name! So, “Oh, THAT rule. My lips are sealed.”

tell me a liddle about your “I also get the teensiest bit spoiled

routine: playin,’ workin,’ whenever Mom an Dad go elsewhere

eatin,’ stuff like that.” an I can’t go with ’em. Then I stay

“I always wanna be with Gramma Annette an Grampa

wherever Mom is, which Robert. Dog, are they ever FUN. An,

is mostly right here at of course, what happens at Gramma

work. So I started on-the- an Grampa’s STAYS at Gramma an

job training right away. I’m a natch- Grampa’s.”

rull: I can tell frenly humans from “Word,” I said.

not-nice ones. When a cus-tummer Heading home, I was wonderin’

comes in, I give ’em my Welcome whether my Gramma an Grampa

Woofs. But, if there was ever a Bad know about the Fair Game rule. 

Guy, I would use my Other, Fuh-ROE-

-The Bonzshuss Woof! So far, all the humans

have been nice. I notice that pretty
kites an flags make humans happy.
PLUS, the cuss-tummers are always

givin’ me Treats. That’s a Perk of the

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By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist KQ654 92 J873
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Albert Einstein said, “Nature hides her secrets because of her essential loftiness, but Q8 97643 K
not by means of ruse.”
Bridge experts sometimes hide their secrets by means of ruse — as in this week’s deal. K53
It was played by Australian junior international Andy Hung (South) and was described A 10
by Ron Klinger, that country’s most prolific writer-teacher-player. A Q 10
A J 10 5 2
East’s two-diamond opening showed a weak major two-suiter. (This gadget is becoming
increasingly popular in the tournament world.) Hung started with a takeout double, Dealer: East; Vulnerable: North-South
being a tad wary about his short holdings in the majors, but when West pre-empted to
three hearts, Hung bid three no-trump, hoping for the best. The Bidding:

After West led the heart king, and East encouraged with the three (upside-down SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
signals), what did declarer do? 2 Diamonds
Dbl. 3 Hearts Pass Pass LEAD:
South had eight winners: two spades, one heart, four diamonds and one club. Extra 3 NT Pass Pass Pass K Hearts
winners could have been established in clubs, but that involved losing the lead and,
presumably, watching the opponents run their hearts. Was there a possibility?

Hung found a play that would have occurred to almost no one. At trick two, he returned
the heart 10! Yes, West, given his partner’s signal at trick one, should have played low,
but he won with his queen and shifted to a spade.

Declarer won with dummy’s ace, cashed the diamonds, then played the ace and another
club. The heart suit was blocked, so the defenders took only one club and three hearts.

If South’s ruse had not worked, he would have rued not being in five — or, here, six! — clubs.


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1 Consequently (4) 1 Traffic queue (8)
3 Circular band (4) 2 Natural (8)
9 Lots of paper (5) 4 Musical dramas (6)
10 Not genuine (9) 5 Plot in advance (3-4)
11 Puzzle (5) 6 One-liners (4)
12 A station shop (9) 7 Russian ruler (4)
15 Pillar (6) 8 Burden (4)
17 Smooth out (eyebrows)(6) 13 Maintained firmly (8)
19 Illusion (9) 14 Acts as sub (6,2)
21 Trunk (5) 16 The Virgin Mary (7)
23 Proposes (9) 18 Shrewdness (6)
24 Find out (5) 20 Rosé colour (4)
25 Skin problem (4) 21 Story (4)
26 Norse god (4) 22 Authentic (4)

The Telegraph

How to do Sudoku:

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

The Telegraph

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ACROSS 106 Lemony cooler 61 Talked and talked The Washington Post
1 Cusack and Rivers 107 77 65 Imparting a false true to
6 “Co-starring ...” 114 Start of a Faulkner title 66 Salt Lake players
10 Slug, for example 115 Tall folks do it 67 “___ sow ...”
14 High one from Hingis 116 71 + 79 68 Eldest of the Pleiades
17 Classified info? 120 Marsh 69 Certain capture, in old chess
19 Mental morsel 121 Agreement
20 Aware of 122 Director Riefenstahl notation
21 Family Ties production 123 They’re in the army now 70 “Mio” intro
124 Work unit 71 Trade
company 125 Setting 72 Rice dish
22 78 126 Actor Morales 76 Inits. on some jets
24 Photographer Adams 127 “No turn ___” 77 Kelly’s possum
25 “Peace,” to Pasternak 79 Uh-uh, in Ulm
26 75 DOWN 80 Huguenot’s “huh?”
29 Wood whacker 1 Moonbeam carrier, 81 Extremely
32 Bible bk. 82 “___ a vacation”
33 Farm girls? in a song 83 Cup, in Caen
34 Fanny follower, 2 Lyric poem 86 N.Y.C. div.
in finance 3 Rainbow, for one 90 Driving force
35 Buy alternative 4 Lye formula, in chem. 91 Paint using dots
37 72 5 Great advances 92 Marner and Lapham
43 Collar 6 “As a man ___ a dish” (II 94 Conductor
45 Hero of The Knight Templar 96 Spanish article
46 “___ way!” Kings 21:13) 97 Like Robin’s men
47 Lili St. ___ 7 Day in Caesar lore 98 “___ gettin’ through to ya,
49 Norma Rae director Martin 8 Cranky infant, perhaps
50 Hinge part 9 “If this ___ an actual kid?”
53 Entrance hall 99 Year da Vinci was born
55 ___ San Lucas emergency ...” 100 With “school,”
56 73 10 Old gas-pump sound
60 Dollar bill image 11 Facto lead-in a teacher
62 Ancient Greek theaters 12 British gun 105 Sleeveless attire
63 Throw ___ 13 Part of a Chinese menu? 107 In there, at Fenway
14 Chopping centers 108 Exploitive one
(get really mad) 15 “Alice’s Restaurant” officer 109 Vocalist Tennille
64 The fruit of Chapman’s 16 Godzilla star Raymond 110 Houlihan portrayer
18 Slight lead 111 Head over there?
labors 20 Medieval merchants’ guild 112 Comedian Carvey
65 76 23 Not ajar 113 Not quite immediately
71 Malice 27 Gary’s place: abbr. 117 Rocky hill
73 With “ball,” a boardwalk 28 ___-jongg 118 Pal of George of the Jungle
29 Tocsin 119 Subject of Huxley’s The
game 30 Having desertlike conditions
74 Dog breed, Lhasa ___ 31 Jimi Hendrix’s “third stone Doors of Perception
75 Learns one’s lesson
78 74 from the sun” PUZZLE OF THE DECADE By Merl Reagle
84 Cry of regret 36 Bristle
85 Like a judge 38 All ears
87 First name in English tea 39 Cheer word
88 Radius’s partner 40 One of 12, in AA
89 Comrade 41 Modest reply
90 Shakespearean ensign 42 Danning, but not Shepherd
91 Govt. checks to those in 44 Jack Webb Marine drama of

need 1957
93 Plays to the balcony 48 Took Greyhound
95 70 51 In ___ (quickly)
101 Part of a South American 52 K-ration stuff
53 More clement
capital 54 Reversible name
102 Space 55 Fear or Horn
103 Literary boy detective 57 Gets the short end
104 Early man’s home 58 She’s a loaner, sometimes
59 Have a pot ___

The Telegraph

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Couple’s all over the map about the decision to move

BY CAROLYN HAX imity to his people, so there’s no net gain for you as but what do I actually want? Suggest the same exer-
Washington Post a couple as far as family. cise to your husband.

Hi, Carolyn: Is the chance of a better job worth all this angst? You have to know your priorities to know how
Hello, Carolyn: My husband Or is this really about your preference for your best to serve them.
and I are at a crossroads, try- family over his? And if so, is he OK with that?
ing to decide between staying in Maybe you’re clear about what you ultimately Built into the process of setting priorities is ac-
our current city, near his family want, but your letter isn’t. And if the letter is a re- ceptance that you won’t get everything; you can’t be
and where we have established flection of your state of mind, then it makes perfect near both your family and his, so which do you pre-
friends, or moving back to where I am from origi- sense that you don’t know where to live. fer? You can’t both maximize your career potential
nally. We would be closer to my parents and in a So, stay right where you are and go back a few and remain near your established friends, so which
(hopefully) better job market. steps in your thinking. Not this place vs. that place, matters more to you?
We are both torn by the decision. My siblings and
friends no longer live in that city so we would be Plus, any decision needs to include as broad a
starting over in many ways. There will always be vision as possible, to minimize unintended conse-
reasons to stay here and always reasons to leave. quences. A job-market upgrade can mean a higher
Any advice on how to make the decision and cost of living; family proximity changes the calcu-
when to know it is right? Sometimes I feel if we lus of major illness; culture and climate can dictate
don’t move now we never will, even though I know how you feel, whom you meet and where you spend
that’s not necessarily true, but each year we are your time – doing what. “Home” is a simple feeling
more ingrained in our lives here. I have applied that comprises more variables than we know.
your advice about making the decision and living
with that for a while to see how it feels, but I still If you cite the job market because you’re strug-
feel so torn. gling financially, to the point it’s wearing on you,
then skip the introspection and just apply for jobs
– Moving Cities. in your parents’ city. Give yourselves an actual point
of comparison.
Moving Cities: So, by my count, the only reason
to move is the possibly better job market? You’d And, don’t be so quick to backpedal on this:
gain proximity to your parents, yes, but lose prox- “Sometimes I feel if we don’t move now we never
will.” There’s a lot of truth to it. Ask anyone who
planned to move “soon” and now has, say, re-
sponsibility for an ailing nearby relative or a kid
who just started high school: The longer you stay,
the more connections you form, and the harder it
gets to leave. 

Biologics: The benefits and risks
of new asthma drugs

26 Thursday, November 8, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Biologics: The benefits and risks of new asthma drugs

STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER Dr. Diego Maldonado. The biologic drugs that counter
[email protected] eosinophils don’t come in the inhal-
PHOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE ers people are familiar with seeing.
Dr. Diego Maldonado, a pulmo- Of these drugs – Fasenra, Nucala
nologist and critical care specialist some 439,000 people are admitted to and Xolair – two are delivered by in-
at Indian River Medical Center, is the hospital. jection and one is administered in-
among a growing chorus of doctors travenously.
trying to spread awareness about a Another grim statistic: 3,400 people
new generation of asthma drugs. die from asthma attacks each year in Like most medications, these bio-
the United States. logics come with risks.
These drugs target a specific type Until quite recently, says Maldo- “We give this therapy in what’s
of inflammation that affects a major- nado, the first – and sometimes only called infusion centers,” Maldonado
ity of asthma patients. – line of defense against asthma at-
According to the National Insti- tacks was high doses of inhaled corti- says, because “they can create a
tutes of Health, “asthma is the result costeroids such as prednisone. lot of reactions. You know, lo-
of an exaggerated immune response.” cal reactions, so they need to
As NIH explains, “when the mu- However, as researchers at the Fire- be observed for around 30
cous membranes lining the lungs stone Institute for Respiratory Health minutes or so.
come into contact with certain ir- point out, prolonged use of cortico- “There’s a 1 percent
ritants, the muscles of the airways steroids is “associated with serious
contract. Typical symptoms include side effects, including multi-organ chance of developing an anaphy-
episodes or ‘attacks’ of wheezing, toxicities and suppression of the im- lactic reaction” to these medications.
coughing and shortness of breath.” mune system.” “Anaphylaxis is a severe, poten-
Roughly 25 million Americans – tially life-threatening allergic reac-
including 7 million children – suffer So, for years, respiratory scientists tion,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
from some form of asthma, and Asth- and physicians have been looking for “It can occur within seconds or min- says these allergic reactions an alternative – or, at the very least, utes of exposure to something you’re
are responsible for nearly 2 million an adjunct medication to reduce de- allergic to, such as peanuts or bee
emergency department visits each pendence on corticosteroids. stings” or even to medications like
year. Of those 2 million ER visitors, these.
Now, according to Maldonado, “And that’s what I have to explain to
Collins & Montz “they came out with this idea called my patients,” Maldonado says. “Some
‘eosinophilic asthma phenotypes.’ of them ask, ‘Why can’t you give me
DCOESMNETTICI&SFTAMRILYY They started measuring eosinophil [the shot] here? Why not do it in the
Experience the fusion of traditional levels [particularly interleukin five] doctor’s office?’ And the answer is be-
values and modern dentistry. in the patient’s blood.” cause you need to be in a controlled
At Collins & Montz, DMD, environment,” where, if you were to
Eosinophils are a type of inflam- suffer an anaphylactic reaction five,
we will focus on improving every aspect of your smile for optimal appearance, matory cell and Maldonado says pa- 15 or 20 minutes after you get the
function, and comfort through our general family dentistry, and restorative tients who have elevated levels of eo- medicine, you could be treated with
procedures such as dental implants. Our comprehensive range of services and sinophils are possible candidates for epinephrine immediately.
dedication of quality set us apart. Call today to schedule your appointment. these biologic medications. Current FDA regulations for Fasen-
ra, Nucala and Xolair mandate that
524 OCEAN AVENUE, MELBOURNE BEACH, FL 32951 That is good news since, according patients must be at least 12 years old
to research, a majority of adults with for the shots and 18 years old or older
(321) 725-6565 • MELBOURNEBEACHDENTISTRY.COM asthma have eosinophilic asthma, for the IV. And they aren’t cheap.
also called e-asthma. Xolair can cost as much as $20,000
a year. Even with various pharma-
ceutical company programs and
insurance, the out-of-pocket cost
still runs somewhere around $200-
to-$400 per month. Fasenra and Nu-
cala can be even pricier at $15,000 to
$35,000 a year.
And while Maldonado says Medi-
care will help cover the cost for its
enrollees, that’s no help for younger
Moreover, these new biologic drugs
do not replace inhalers for those with
asthma. Their job, in essence, is to
help asthmatics reduce their intake of
corticosteroids while – hopefully – im-
proving overall breathing functions.

Dr. Diego Maldonado is the direc-
tor of pulmonary service at the Indian
River Medical Center. His office is at
3450 11th Court, Suite 306. The phone
number is 772-794-5800. 

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Are allergy shots right for you? Check with a specialist

STORY BY FRED CICETTI COLUMNIST out the body. While there is no cure for We don’t know why
allergic disease, there are many medi- some substances trigger
Q. Is it worth getting shots for my al- cations available to lessen symptoms. allergies and others do
lergies? About 50 million Americans suffer not. We also don’t un-
from an allergy. derstand why every per-
Immunotherapy, also known as al- son does not react to al-
lergy shots or vaccinations, can allevi- Major allergic diseases include: al- lergens. A family history
ate allergy symptoms. However, shots lergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, of allergies is the single
don’t work on all allergies or all people. asthma, atopic dermatitis (eczema), most important factor
hives (urticaria), and reactions to sub- that predisposes a person
Doctors advise against allergy shots stances such as food, latex, medica- to develop allergies. 
if you take a beta blocker for high blood tions and insect stings.
pressure or heart problems. If you’re
considering immunotherapy, seek the
advice of a good allergist.

Allergy shots are a series of sched-
uled injections meant to desensitize
you to specific allergens – the sub-
stances that trigger an allergic re-
sponse. The usual schedule is a shot
once or twice a week for about three
to six months. After that, you’ll need a
shot about once a month for three to
five years.

Allergy shots are commonly used to
treat allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and
asthma. Allergy shots may also control
allergic reactions to stinging insects,
such as bees, yellow jackets, hornets
and wasps. But the shots are not effec-
tive for food allergies.

If you have seasonal hay fever, you
may be allergic to pollens from trees,
grasses or weeds. If you have year-
round discomfort, you may be sensitive
to indoor allergens such as dust mites,
cockroaches, mold or pet dander.

The common symptoms of allergic
rhinitis are itchy eyes, nose or throat;
nasal congestion, runny nose, watery
eyes, chest congestion or wheezing. If
your eyes also become red and swollen,
you suffer from allergic conjunctivitis.

Before starting allergy shots, your
doctor may use a skin test to confirm
that you have allergies and determine
which specific allergens cause your
signs and symptoms. During the test, a
small amount of the suspected allergen
is scratched into your skin and the area
is then observed for about 20 minutes.
Swelling and redness indicate an al-
lergy to the substance.

The shots won’t give you immediate
relief. You’ll probably see improvement
in the first year of treatment. The most
noticeable improvement often happens
during the second year. By the third
year, most people are desensitized to
the allergens contained in the shots.

For some people, successful treat-
ment leads to a life without allergy
symptoms. For others, shots must con-
tinue on a long-term basis to keep al-
lergy symptoms at bay.

An allergic reaction is a complex
chain of events that involves many
cells, chemicals and tissues through-

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Corey’s Bagels on the Beach: For breakfast, lunch on the go

[email protected]
Now that you’re wide awake a whole
hour earlier than usual due to the time
change, it’s time to grab a real breakfast
on the way to work or school.

You could opt for a fast-food or
trendy chain restaurant, but for a real
delicatessen experience, stop by Co-
rey’s Bagels on the Beach. Beachsiders
who have lived in a big, northern city
and like the energy of a busy deli will
feel right at home at Corey’s.

We stopped in for breakfast and were
hit with yummy aromas when we walked
through the door. It’s a tiny place, you
can sit in one of three booths inside, or at
the counter, or on the patio. Most people
in line were getting takeout breakfast or
lunch for later
— or both.

Italian Sub.

Breakfast Special. Lox Bagel. Cheese-Steak Grand Slam.
Almost all the could sample Corey’s lunch menu. The BagelsCOREY’S
people waiting for staff made the sub to order, with a cup Our receipt was not itemized, so I’m
food were men on their way to work, and of pasta salad and a dill pickle spear. The guessing, but our breakfast sandwich- RESTAURANT HOURS
they looked like regulars, so I suspected sub was terrific, the Boar’s Head roast es were in the $5 neighborhood. Two 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Daily
generous portions of no-nonsense food, beef was rare and tender, the toppings sandwiches, two coffees and two muf-
and a good value. fresh and the sub roll nice and slightly fins, plus the sub, a bag of chips and the ADDRESS
crusty, and it held up well and did not get smoothie came out to $40. About half 692 E. Eau Gallie Blvd,
The bakery case was filled with vari- soggy. The pickle was crisp, the pasta sal- the bill was for breakfast and half for Indian Harbour Beach
ous types of bagels made fresh on site, ad was just OK. We’ll try the potato salad my son’s lunch.
and on top were large muffins and gor- next time. I watched my son’s berry- PHONE
geous red, vine-ripened tomatoes, and mango smoothie being made and I can- I welcome your comments, and en- 321-777-7074
also in bushels inside the case. Dry erase not believe how much fresh fruit went courage you to send feedback to me at
boards display the specials. The regular into it! Don’t be scared off by the price [email protected]
menu is on the wall behind the counter. of around $7; there is that much fruit in
your cup. The reviewer is a Brevard resident who
I ordered the Philly cheesesteak bagel dines anonymously at restaurants at the
sandwich, which was excellent. Every- expense of this newspaper. 
thing you love about a good cheesesteak
on a tender, toasted bagel, I opted for an
onion bagel which was a good choice.
My companion ordered the low-fat egg
white bagel sandwich on an everything
bagel, which she said was also terrific.
The muffins were good and extremely
fresh, mine had big, juicy blueberries.

The brewed coffee is self-serve, so
you can grab a cup while you wait. If
you prefer fancy, sweet or frozen coffee
concoctions, Corey’s can whip those up
for you as well.

On the way out I ordered my son’s rare
roast beef sub to take to school so we

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Making your wine last longer after the bottle’s open

The Washington Post

One of the biggest myths about wine is It’s easy to use, and the slight hiss when There’s a caveat: The wine needs to be el that guarantees quality, unfortunately.
that it starts to fall apart the instant we I pull the rubber stopper from the bottle good to start with. A strong, healthy wine We need to find the good wines ourselves
open the bottle. is a reassuring sign that the vacuum has will not only survive a few days after – another reason to consult your local re-
indeed protected the wine. But lately I’ve opening, but might even improve. tailer.
Sure, a really old wine may gasp and questioned whether even this simple
die as soon as it touches air, but how often step is necessary. This is a very informal, unscientific Although the wine industry would love
are we opening one of those? The maxim test I use to evaluate wines to recom- to sell us those gadgets to preserve a half-
that oxygen is the enemy of wine, or that I’ve found that merely resealing the mend in this column. A well-made wine emptied bottle of wine, there are other
wine really wants to turn to vinegar, is ir- bottle with its original cork or screw that tastes as good or better two or three options for those of us who just want a
relevant to us in our daily consumption cap works perfectly well in protecting days after opening as it did when it was glass or two at dinner. Cans, pouches
of wine, because the decay doesn’t hap- the wine, at least for several days. This first opened is demonstrating its quality. and boxed wines offer some flexibility in
pen that fast. is true whether I leave the wine on my Poorly made wines tend to fall apart and portion sizing, and better-quality wines
kitchen counter or stick it in the refrig- accentuate their flaws. are increasingly available in these for-
And that’s a good thing, because many erator. Wines with screw caps, which mats. So the industry is finally packag-
of us do not finish a bottle every eve- create a tight seal, can last for weeks This is another reason to search out ing wine to match the way many people
ning. I hear this all the time: One spouse and still be good. quality wines and not settle for the drink it. 
drinks beer, the other prefers wine. Or a cheapest. There’s no minimum price lev-
wine lover lives alone, but still wants to
enjoy a glass or two with dinner. Some
people show remarkable restraint in not
finishing a bottle in a single sitting.

If that’s you, the wine industry has
some gadgets it would like to sell you.
From cans of inert gas (nitrogen or ar-
gon) that you squirt into the bottle to
blanket the leftover wine and protect it
from oxygen, to the popular Vacu Vin,
rubber stoppers and a pump that allow
you to create a vacuum that protects the
wine for several days, these products of-
fer you peace of mind that your leftover
wine will be as pristine when you return
to it as it was when you first opened it.

I wrote about several of these gizmos
a few years ago, including the Coravin,
an elaborate vampiric device favored
by collectors that sucks a sample of
wine through the cork, filling the re-
sulting void with argon gas to protect
the wine. This way you can drink the
wine, glass by glass over time, without
ever pulling the cork.

The Vacu Vin has been my favorite.

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Please send calendar information November 11 | The Jewish Federation of Brevard 30th Annual “Taste of Jerusalem” Food Festival. Marx, 7 p.m. at Florida Tech in the Gleason Audi-
at least two weeks prior to your torium, open to the public.
with an adult admission. Bring chairs or a blan- 14 Irish Culture Night, 6 p.m. at The Cot- or (321)674-8096.
event to ket, no coolers allowed. tage Irish Pub on Highland Ave in the
[email protected] Eau Gallie Arts District. Family-friendly event to 17 Indian Harbour Beach 2018 City Art
11 The Jewish Federation of Brevard 30th learn about Ireland and its music, storytelling & Craft Show, 9 a.m. at Gleason Park.
ONGOING Annual “Taste of Jerusalem” Food Festi- and hospitality. Rain Date Nov. 18. Many vendors displaying art-
val, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wickham Park Com- work, woodworking, hand-crafted jewelry, mixed
Satellite Beach Farmers‘ Market, 10 a.m. to munity Center. Enjoy traditional Jewish cuisine 14-15 Victorian Christmas Sip & media, acrylics and mosaics, pottery, homemae
5 p.m. Thursdays at Pelican Beach Park on A1A, (food and pastries) vendors, live entertainment, Shop, 6 to 8 p.m. at Grace soap. Vendors wishing to enter the show can call
(321) 773-6458 children’s activities, bounce houses, petting zoo, Preschool in Melbourne Beach. (321)728-4709. (321)773-0552 or email [email protected].
face-painting and crafts. Free parking and free
Friday Night Lights, watch tennis competi- admission. 15 Strength in Stillness during changing 17 Festival of Trees by the Junior League
tion and exhibition, 6 p.m. most Fridays at Kiwi times, a free public lecture on the Tran- of South Brevard, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
Tennis Club, 30 Tradewinds Dr, Indian Harbour 12-14 The South Beach Players’ scendental Meditation technique, an evidence- the Viera Regional Park Community Center. See
Beach. hilarious comedy, Hurricane based, effortless way to improve cardiovascular beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, shop
Helga, will take place at the Sebastian Inlet State health, brain acuity, and happiness. 4:30 p.m. vendors at holiday marketplace, enter raffle for
NOVEMBER Park’s Banquet Hall above the Surfside Grill (NOT at the Melbourne Beach Library, 324 Ocean Ave. prizes, have photos taken with Santa, fun for
Coppola’s/SBI, which closed). Shows will take kids and adults. Register online for Cooking with
8 Sparkle Party Open House to benefit Bre- place Nov. 5, 6 & 7 and 12, 13, & 14 at 7:30. Din- 15 Melbourne Athletic Club 5K run at The Mrs. Claus event. Donations and sponsorships
vard Alzheimer’s Foundation, 6:30 to 8:30 ner and drinks and gorgeous sunsets are avail- Cottage Irish Pub 6pm. For details go to needed.
p.m. hosted by Dr. Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS, able. Your ticket gets you entrance to the park. or call Anna E.
along with his associate Dr. Amy Simon, MD, Tickets on sale now for $10 at Melbourne Beach Udell, Manager at (321)425-5838. 17 Book Talk with author Marshall Frank,
FACS and the team at Clevens Face and Body Properties at 6680 A1A (near the flashing light noon at the Melbourne Beach Public
Specialists at the Melbourne office in the Eau in Floridana Beach). For ticket information, call 15 Shipwreck treasure lecture by deep- Library. Frank is a retired homicide detective and
Gallie Arts District located at 707 W. Eau Gallie Barbara Van Dam at 321-727-1404. water archaeology pioneer Sir Robert author of 14 books.
Blvd. Admission is complimentary to this eve-
ning featuring music, gifts, bubbles and bites, Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN 17 Downtown Melbourne Food and Wine
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encouraged to wear sparkling attire and bring a 8 ACROSS 2 VENISON town Melbourne. A limited number of $100 tickets
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vided. For more information or to RSVP to the 11 DRILL 4 ACADEMY
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com or call (321)727.3223. 13 JAMMY 6 PSALM 18 American Legion Auxiliary of the 12th
17 GLASS 9 ADNAUSEAM District Female Veterans Luncheon, 11
9 Melbourne Regional Chamber Pro-Am 18 DASH 14 FLIGHTY a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brevard County Veterans
Golf Tournament, 7 a.m. at Duran Golf 22 CLANG 15 PATIENT Memorial Museum on Sykes Creek Parkway,
Club in Viera. Play alongside golf professionals. 23 ATHEIST 16 SHUTEYE Merritt Island. Speaker from Patrick Air Force
24 BOUNTY 19 SCUBA Base and a tour of the museum. Lunch is free
9 The Melbourne Chamber Music Society 25 SKINNY 20 VAGUE to past or present active-duty or retired females,
will present the Calidore String Quartet in 21 KHAKI $10 for American Legion Auxiliary members.
a concert of the music of Haydn, Mendelssohn, RSVP to Dara Oliver (321)543-1069.
and Beethoven, 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s United Sudoku Page 2520 SudokuPPaaggee2531 CrosswordPPaage 5202
Methodist Church, Indialantic. Tickets are $35 Crossword Pagee 2531 (WORDINGTON BOULEVARD)
adults, and $10 students and are available at
321-213-5100, online at Melbourne Chamber
Music Society. org or at the door.

11 Sunday Fun Day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
the Melbourne International Airport
to benefit the United Way of Brevard with car
show, food trucks, live music, face painting,
bounce house, robots, wind tunnel, kids STEM
center and coding. Admission is $10 in advance
for adults, $15 at the door, kids admitted free


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$249,000 $485,000 $489,000 $495,000

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Fountains home boasts
Grand Canal frontage

685 Barcelona Court in Satellite Beach: 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 2,762-square-foot waterfront home
offered for $660,000 by Coldwell Banker Paradise realtor Tony Scaramouche: 321-536-2775

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Fountains home boasts Grand Canal frontage

STORY BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER CORRESPONDENT The large, 2,762-square-foot home, his friend both wanted the same The generous master bedroom fea-
listed for $660,000, was built in 1973 property. They tossed a coin and tures not only a walk-in closet but a
A toss of a coin landed The Fountains and has remained in the same family my father won. The other man built large closet for linens and blankets.
property at 685 Barcelona Court in the all this time, lovingly maintained. next door.” Sliders to the private patio offer yet
hands of a family that is just now selling another view of the waterways. The
the home. Located on the corner of the “The property was very desirable The home’s front entrance opens

Grand Canal and a merging navigable as it was among the first developing into an ample foyer with an immedi- master bath includes a large, newly-
waterway, the choice property with ter- areas near S. Patrick Drive and the ate view of the Grand Canal as seen remodeled tiled walk-in shower.
razzo floors offers opulent water views first street in The Fountains,” said through the sliders on the far side of
with 215 feet of Grand Canal frontage. the owner’s daughter. “My dad and the living room. Take a step down Laundry facilities are inside and
into the living room – a generous placed in a room along the main hall-
Todd Ostrander Top 1% of Brevard space offered as a formal family gath- way between the kitchen and bed-
“Door to the East Shore” ® County Agents ering place. rooms.
Over 150 Million Left from the foyer are the home’s The kitchen has a large horseshoe
three bedrooms, including the mas- layout and generous space for eating.
SOLD! ter. The two guest bedrooms have A window view over the sink is out to
walk-in closets and large windows. the patio, across the backyard and on
Hall of Fame They share a charming bathroom to the canal.
Producer with a retro feel; with sage green tile,
tub, commode and dual vanity sinks, Pocket doors separate the kitchen it is in pristine condition, giving a nod from the generous family room fea-
[email protected] to an architectural past well worth re- turing a large brick wood-burning
taining. fireplace flanked by built-in wooden
shelving. Wide sliders open to the pa-


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Neighborhood: The Fountains
Year Built: 1973

Concrete block/stucco; tile roof
Lot Size: 13,068 square feet
Home Size: 2,762 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
HOA fee: $250 annually
Additional Features: Corner

lot with 215 ft. on Grand Canal
and a merging deep waterway;
wood-burning fireplace; two-
car garage; pocket doors into

family room, terrazzo floors.
Listing agency:

Coldwell Banker Paradise
Listing agent:

Tony Scaramouche, realtor,
321-536-2775 or

[email protected]
Listing price: $660,000

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Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: Oct. 26 to Nov. 1

The real estate market had a good week in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937. Satellite Beach led
the way with 11 sales, followed by Indian Harbour Beach with 5, Melbourne Beach with 4 and Indialantic
reporting 3 transactions.
The top sale of the week was of a waterfront home in Melbourne Beach. The residence at 8300 South
Highway A1A was placed on the market April 10 with a price of $2.475 million. The sale closed Oct. 31 for
$2.35 million.
The seller was represented by Michael Grayson of RE/MAX Alternative Realty. The purchaser in the
transaction was represented by Louise Muller of RE/MAX Crown Realty.



HARBOR EAST SEC 3 AM 449 SANDY KEY 9/19/2018 $625,000 $625,000 10/31/2018 $625,000
OCEAN DUNES AQUAR P2 130 WARSTEINER WAY 502 8/17/2018 $609,000 $609,000 10/29/2018 $575,000
CRYSTAL LAKES SUBD 340 RIGGS AVE 4/13/2018 $649,000 $599,000 10/31/2018 $575,000

BEACH CLUB CONDO 1951 ISLAND CLUB DR 41 9/17/2018 $718,800 $718,800 10/26/2018 $716,000
7/19/2018 $749,000 $749,000 10/30/2018 $685,000
SOMERSET OCEANFRONT 2075 HIGHWAY A1A 2704 9/4/2018 $133,000 $133,000 10/29/2018 $133,000
VILLA DEL MAR S6 U2 145 SATELLITE AVE 7/12/2018 $639,900 $624,900 11/1/2018 $615,000
SEMINOLE HEIGHTS 1ST 313 SCHOOL RD $489,900 10/29/2018 $465,000
MONTECITO PHASE 2B 73 REDONDO DR 6/1/2018 $499,900 $450,000 10/26/2018 $445,000
SORRENTO VILLAGE 57 SORRENTO CT $425,000 10/31/2018 $401,750
MONTECITO PHASE 2B 94 REDONDO DR 9/12/2018 $450,000 $377,900 10/29/2018 $357,500
BUCCANEER CONDO APTS 1175 HIGHWAY A1A #405 $334,500 10/30/2018 $310,000
MONTECITO PHASE 2B 88 REDONDO DR 8/14/2018 $450,000 $320,478 10/30/2018 $300,000
MONTECITO PHASE 2B 90 REDONDO DR $299,000 10/26/2018 $292,500
S PATRICK SHORES 5S 164 SE 2ND ST SE 8/24/2018 $377,900 $285,226 10/29/2018 $281,044
OCEANUS CONDO 199 HIGHWAY A1A A 105 $299,500 10/26/2018 $278,000
BURNS VILLAGE PARTIA 1104 ASHLEY AVE 4/20/2018 $349,500 $267,546 10/30/2018 $268,836
THE JAMESTOWN CONDO 125 E COLONIAL CT D $264,447 10/30/2018 $259,447
4/16/2018 $320,478 $235,000 11/1/2018 $230,000
$224,900 10/31/2018 $210,000
7/20/2018 $309,000 $199,900 10/31/2018 $190,000
$129,900 10/26/2018 $122,500
12/18/2017 $261,990

8/5/2018 $299,500

12/18/2017 $254,990

12/18/2017 $254,990

9/16/2018 $245,000

8/31/2018 $224,900

7/31/2018 $205,000

9/1/2018 $129,900

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, November 8, 2018 37


Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Ocean Dunes Aquar P2, Address: 130 Warsteiner Way 502 Subdivision: Crystal Lakes Subd, Address: 340 Riggs Ave

Listing Date: 8/17/2018 Listing Date: 4/13/2018
Original Price: $609,000 Original Price: $649,000
Recent Price: $609,000 Recent Price: $599,000
Sold: 10/29/2018 Sold: 10/31/2018
Selling Price: $575,000 Selling Price: $575,000
Listing Agent: Laura Dowling Roy Listing Agent: Elliott Grozan & David Curri

Selling Agent: Premier Properties Real Estate Selling Agent: Curri Kirschner R. E. Grp. LLC

Paulina Hill & Clifford Howes Carole Gonzalez

Aquarina Properties BHHS Florida Realty

Subdivision: Eau Gallie Shores, Address: 398 Sheridan Ave Subdivision: Montecito Phase 2B, Address: 90 Redondo Dr

Listing Date: 9/12/2018 Listing Date: 12/18/2017
Original Price: $450,000 Original Price: $254,990
Recent Price: $450,000 Recent Price: $264,447
Sold: 10/26/2018 Sold: 10/30/2018
Selling Price: $445,000 Selling Price: $259,447
Listing Agent: Joseph Friedman Listing Agent: Cristina Quintana

Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty,Brevard Selling Agent: Mercedes Premier Realty, LLC

Jeff Richardson Sylvia H. Cooney P.A.

Coldwell Banker Paradise Coldwell Banker Paradise

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Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Harbor East Sec 3 Am, Address: 449 Sandy Key Subdivision: The Marenda, Address: 755 N Highway A1A 105

Listing Date: 9/19/2018 Listing Date: 9/17/2018
Original Price: $625,000 Original Price: $718,800
Recent Price: $625,000 Recent Price: $718,800
Sold: 10/31/2018 Sold: 10/26/2018
Selling Price: $625,000 Selling Price: $716,000
Listing Agent: Pamela Wise Listing Agent: Terry Theodorou

Selling Agent: Dreyer & Associates R.E. Grp. Selling Agent: RE/MAX Elite

Bridget Sentz & Carolyn Smith Terry Theodorou

RE/MAX Elite RE/MAX Elite

JUST LISTED IN THE CLOISTERS! Subdivision: The Club Residences, Address: 2855 N Highway A1A C Listing Date: 7/19/2018
Original Price: $749,000
Sold: 10/30/2018
BUYING OR SELLING Selling Price: $685,000
WE’LL GET YOU WERE YOU NEED TO GO. Listing Agent: Anthony Romero
Selling Agent: Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc
PRICE REDUCED! - $619,000
4 BEDROOM / 3 BATHROOM 2,715 SF Denise Contella

Subdivision: Somerset Oceanfront, Address: 2075 Highway A1A 2704

Listing Date: 7/12/2018
Original Price: $639,900
Recent Price: $624,900
Sold: 11/1/2018
Selling Price: $615,000
Listing Agent: Carl Guettler

Selling Agent: Guettler Realty Group

Eileen Smith

Hart To Hart Real Estate, Inc.

David Curri


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tio and backyard, again making the of northeast and southwest, you have or a place to raise a net for a rousing location at the end of a cul-de-sac.
most of that Grand Canal view. that natural lighting throughout the game of volleyball. The wide-open Sidewalks offer walking on both sides
home,” said listing realtor Tony Scara- yard is perfect for any additions the of Barcelona Court so strolling for ex-
Off the kitchen is a large formal mouche. “The 4-foot overhang gives new homeowner may desire. ercise or just walking the dog will be
dining room with window facing the shade without blocking the light.” a pleasure.
front lawn and cul-de-sac. There is The home has a large two-car ga-
plenty of space to include buffet and The expansive backyard could eas- rage with extra storage space. To view this home, contact Tony Scara-
china cabinets in addition to a large ily accommodate the addition of a mouche, realtor with Coldwell Banker
table to seat eight or more. swimming pool with room to spare Surrounding homes and the com- Paradise, at 321-536-2775 or email: an-
for lawn games, children playing tag munity are neat, quiet and well- [email protected]. 
“With the home built on an angle maintained. The home is in a secure





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