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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2019-12-12 16:36:35

12/12/2019 ISSUE 50


Vaping backlash. P3 Breathe easier? P26

Brevard County schools join suit New surgical procedure brings
against e-cigarette giant Juul. hope to lung disease patients.

P. 29

In Dining: Fans of big and colorful
breakfasts should try Breakwater.


SPOKE ABOUT CRIME to lure sizable
IN JAILHOUSE CALLS aviation firm

[email protected] [email protected]

Recordings of jailhouse A RACE TO SAVE Officials with the Mel-
phone calls reveal that ac- OIL-COVERED LOONS bourne Airport Authority,
cused rapist Harry Claude FOUND WASHED ASHORE who in 2010 landed Brazil’s
Page spoke about the February Embraer – the world’s leading
2017 Satellite Beach incident – PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER common loons, were found PHOTO COURTESY OF FLORIDA WILDLIFE HOSPITAL producer of small commercial
and about the possibility of his washed ashore Nov. 19 in jets – say they’re in talks now
spending life in prison – while STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER Melbourne Beach and at key to their survival. Howev- with an aviation company of
incarcerated in Polk County [email protected] 19th Street in Cocoa Beach; er, even under the best con- similar renown to relocate to
on another offense. Nov. 20 in Vero Beach; Nov. ditions, oil-covered loons the Orlando Melbourne Inter-
Five oil-soaked sea birds 21 near 9030 State Road can only last about a week, national Airport.
Case file documents re- found fighting for their lives A1A, Melbourne Beach; and said hospital Executive Di-
quested by the Melbourne on local beaches likely got Dec. 1 near 7935 SR A1A in rector Tracy Frampton. “Embraer has about 1,000
Beachsider included a redact- too close to a large vessel at Melbourne Beach. jobs at the airport right now,”
ed version of a jail phone call sea, according to experts at “The main problem is hy- airport spokesman Rob Him-
collected by Polk County Sher- the Florida Wildlife Hospital Water temperature is the pothermia because of the ler said last week. “And we
iff’s Office investigator Jeremy in Palm Shores. loss of waterproofing. They expect this new company to
Lee Davis, including a tran- bring several hundred new
script of a call to a female Page The birds, identified as CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
identifies as his “momma.” jobs.”
Himler said
According to police reports
and court documents about confidentiality
the Feb. 12, 2017 attack at rules bar him
Hightower Beach Park, the from identify-
59-year-old victim suffered se- ing the airport’s
rious injuries when a man be- proposed new
gan punching her, dragged her Greg Donovan. occupant until
they ink a deal.
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 But for right now, he said,
the Melbourne Airport Au-
Campaign for increased passenger rail safety gains momentum thority got a big lift in the on-
going negotiations earlier this
STORY BY GEORGE ANDREASSI STAFF WRITER Florida House Rep. Tyler Sirois and state Sen. Debbie Mayfield. “While increasing visibility is a step in month when Gov. Ron DeSan-
the right direction,” Mayfield said, “I still tis announced a $3.92 million
State Sen. Debbie Mayfield’s crusade to believe we need gates at crossings, fenc- grant from the Florida Job
decrease train-related deaths prompted ing along high-risk corridors and increased Growth Grant Fund.
Virgin Trains USA and state transporta- training of local emergency service provid- The fund is an economic de-
tion officials last week to unveil new safety ers to assure the public is protected.” velopment program designed
measures. to promote public infrastruc-
VTUSA, also known as Brightline and ture and workforce training
Encouraged by the progress, Mayfield formerly called All-Aboard Florida, intends
(R-Indialantic) said she would keep push- to run 34 high=speed passenger trains per CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
ing for additional safety measures along day through Brevard County by late 2022
the railroad tracks to safeguard Space Coast
from the higher-speed trains. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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JAILHOUSE PHONE CALLS tempted first-degree felony murder, ing to make no excuse. I got information leading to the
aggravated sexual battery, robbery
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 and false imprisonment. Highway to face what I got to face then-upcoming Hightower
toll records show Page traveled from
outside, shoved a towel in her mouth, his Winter Park home to Satellite anyway. No matter what, no charges, but the female re-
threatened to kill her and sexually as- Beach; police say he was apparently
saulted her. looking for his next vulnerable, ran- matter what, I got to do, I got sponded: “Well yeah, they
dom victim.
DNA evidence collected under the to wear these shoes, nobody got enough on you. There’s
victim’s fingernails linked Page, who In a noon recording two days before
was serving time in Polk County for that arrest, Davis cited a paragraph else got to wear what I go to no reason for you to attack
failing to report as a sexual predator, about three minutes into the call when
a status he received after being con- the female asked Page: “How could wear,” to which the female somebody. I wish it would
victed for an attack on a Tampa jogger you do that to somebody, not just to
in 2000. that poor lady, but to your family, peo- replied, “I know, but that’s have been me, because I
ple that care about you?”
For the Hightower incident, Page your choice, you made that Harry Claude Page. would of just pulled out my
was arrested March 15, 2017, in Polk Page replied in part: “I’m not try-
County Jail and faces charges of at- choice.” gun and shot you.”

Later Page began to say “I love …” Judge Nancy Maloney presides over

but was interrupted by the female. “I this case and was set to hear another

know, it’s a shame I never see you again motion for continuance at a docket

and I, I am just so mad. I never thought sounding in his case scheduled for

I’d have to go through this again.” Jan. 15 at the Moore Justice Center in

Page then questioned some of the Viera. 

Greg Donovan, left, executive director of Orlando PHOTO: JULIAN LEEK
Melbourne International Airport, and Gov. Ron DeSantis.
nesses from across the globe to invest

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “Additionally, the Melbourne Air-
port Authority has done an excep-
across the state, according to DeSan- tional job working with their partners
tis’ press office. at the local level to ensure the local
workforce can meet the growing de-
The Melbourne airport is among 58 mand for talent that comes with ad-
community agencies from across the ditional investment.”
state that have won a total of more
than $176 million in jobs grants since Michael Ayers, president of the Mel-
the legislature last year created the bourne Regional Chamber of Com-
program within the Department of merce, said he applauds DeSantis for
Economic Opportunity. acknowledging the airport’s contribu-
tions as the “leading economic driver
Himler said the grant will help de- in our region.”
velop a 60-acre parcel, in the north-
west corner of the airport’s campus, Ayers praised the leadership, both
with water, sewer and other infra- of airport Executive Director Greg
structure so a new occupant won’t Donovan and of Chairman Jack Ryals,
have to provide those basic needs. whom the Chamber had appointed
to the Melbourne Airport Authority’s
“Investing in improvements at the seven-member board.
Orlando Melbourne International
Airport is a smart choice,” DeSantis “The Chamber looks forward to
said during a Nov. 14 visit to the air- supporting their efforts to attract
port. “This Florida Job Growth Grant more jobs to the Space Coast and
Fund award allows the Melbourne continue the positive economic mo-
Airport Authority to make significant mentum they have created,” Ayers
infrastructure improvements that will added. 
attract aviation and aerospace busi-

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, December 12, 2019 3



STORY BY KELLIE LANDI CORRESPONDENT There is no up-front cost, as attor- in our schools about vaping and how ing flavors which were determined
neys will only be paid if the lawsuit can they help, and can they do. This “kid-friendly” and more attractive
In a special meeting on Nov. 26, is successful against Juul. sends a message to our students that to younger audiences such as man-
the Brevard County School Board we care,” Cheryl McDougal, Dist. 2 go, crème, fruit and cucumber on-
voted 4-1 to move forward with liti- Juul is the largest e-cigarette man- board member, said during the Nov. line. The company has kept the tra-
gation against the e-cigarette com- ufacturer on the market, encom- 19 meeting. ditional menthol, tobacco and mint
pany Juul. passing three-fourths of the market. flavors, and the executive branch
In 2017 Juul sold 1 million units, and “A goal of this litigation is to put reversed its ban in mid-November,
BPS is joining actions filed by in 2017 and 2018 Brevard County a fund of money into education making it unclear what will happen
the Kansas City, Mo-based law firm issued 329 suspensions for vaping- aimed at prevention; that’s not the in the vaping industry.
Wagstaff and Cartmell, LLP, and related incidents. The School Board only goal but it’s a goal,” said Jona-
the Maher Law Firm, Winter Park, does not think it is a coincidence. than Kieffer, an attorney with Wag- “What this comes down to, for
as well as two Brevard County law staff and Cartmell. me, is just the core of protecting our
firms. With students missing valuable students,” School Board Vice Chair
school time due to vaping suspen- After a ban on most flavored e- Matt Susin (Dist 4) said.
In a previous board meeting on sions, BPS would like to eliminate cigarette cartridges announced in
Nov. 19, the School Board heard a the culprit to keep their students in September by President Donald The School District of Palm Beach
presentation from the Wagstaff and class. Trump, Juul corporate headquarters County has also joined the lawsuit
Cartmell Law Firm as well as stu- announced on Oct. 17 that — pend- against Juul, with more school dis-
dent representatives from area high “I have people calling me already ing FDA review — it would stop sell- tricts expected to join. 
schools and junior/senior schools. concerned about their own children



after completing track construction be- do route, VTUSA plans to extend service posed for the 2020 legislative session. PHOTO: TIM WIRTH
tween West Palm Beach and Orlando. to Tampa and Jacksonville. Mayfield and Florida House Rep. Ty-
service spreads across Florida boosted
For several years, Mayfield and In- In another rail safety initiative, Flor- ler Sirois (R-Merritt Island) introduced longstanding efforts by Mayfield and
dian River County commissioners have ida Department of Transportation an- companion bills calling for FDOT to ex- the Indian River County commission-
pleaded with state leaders to establish nounced plans on Dec. 5 to spend $60 ert more authority over passenger rail ers to protect public safety vis-a-vis the
regulations for higher-speed passenger million on new warning systems at rail- projects and operations that don’t fall VTUSA project.
trains and exercise greater oversight on road crossings on all state roads. under federal regulation.
the $4 billion VTUSA project linking Or- “Due to the deaths that we have had,
lando to Miami. Brevard County com- The warnings, including signs and The bills would also require tighter it has come to a higher level of atten-
missioners have also expressed con- pavement striping, aim to keep motor- safety mechanisms at railroad crossings, tion to more people,” Mayfield told the
cerns about the high-speed rail project, ists from stopping on or too close to more fencing along train tracks and new crowd of nearly 100 people to kick off
but have avoided open opposition to railroad crossings. “One fatality on our training for local public safety workers, the two-hour meeting.
it, in hopes that a Cocoa or Melbourne rail crossings is one too many,” said among other items.
stop might be added to the route. state Transportation Secretary Kevin “I’m pretty optimistic that we’ll be
Thibault. “What you are doing with this bill able to get some legislation passed this
Longstanding local safety concerns is going to set a precedent for the rest year related to rail safety just simply be-
took on greater urgency Dec. 2 when the “I am committed to doing everything of the country,” David Susan, a former cause of the activity we’ve seen in the
Associated Press reported its analysis of I can as secretary to prevent additional Melbourne Village commissioner, told last few months,” Mayfield said.
Federal Railroad Administration data tragedies.” Sirois and Mayfield.
showed VTUSA had the worst per-mile While the legislation is designed to
death rate of the nation’s 821 railroads. FDOT’s announcement came less “Rail safety as we have it today dates bring Florida into the modern era of
The AP reported 41 deaths. than two weeks after a grandmother back to the 1930s,” Susan said. “It is very passenger train travel, Sirois said the rail
and two Cub Scouts were killed Nov. 23 important that we get a grip around this industry can be expected to oppose ef-
With the vast majority of the deaths when their SUV collided with an Amtrak rail safety.” forts to expand regulations.
attributed to suicide, VTUSA/Brightline passenger train at a remote, ungated
President Patrick Goddard announced railroad crossing west of Jupiter. Former Melbourne City Council- “There is a train full of lobbyists that
Dec. 4 the company would work with woman Molly Tasker said the city’s le- is trying to stop us,” Sirois told the audi-
the 211 Helpline on a new effort to com- Public safety was the top concern gal research shows a speed limit as low ence.
bat suicide-by-rail. of several people who spoke during as 10 mph can be set for trains running
a Dec. 4 meeting at Melbourne City through downtown Melbourne to cope “It’s going to take all of us to get it
“Suicide-by-rail is an industry-wide Hall about the VTUSA project and the with local safety issues. done. Come up to Tallahassee and meet
issue,” Goddard said. “The nationwide passenger rail safety bills that are pro- with (lawmakers) and talk about why
statistics are startling.” The rising death toll as passenger rail you think this is important. That com-
munication can make a difference.” 
VTUSA offered to match $500,000
in state funds requested by state Rep.
Mike Caruso (R-Delray Beach) to spread
awareness about the 211 Helpline as a
suicide prevention resource, particu-
larly near railroad tracks.

If the State Legislature provides the
money, the efforts would include reach-
ing out to homeless people and placing
signs along the tracks promoting the 211
suicide prevention services. To be sure,
VTUSA/Brightline officials have said all
along safety is their top priority.

After completing the Miami to Orlan-

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Ivey updates Rotarians on crime initiatives, concerns OIL-COVERED BIRDS

[email protected]
also aren’t able to dive (feed) well and
There was good news and bad news Sheriff Wayne Ivey. PHOTO: TIM WIRTH they can ingest the hazardous oil dur-
to share when Brevard County Sheriff ing preening. It is also a skin irritant,”
Wayne Ivey spoke before a gathering children who have been victimized. particular, a synthetic opioid called she said.
of the Indialantic Rotary Club at the There are no tax dollars spent on the fentanyl that, according to the Na-
Eau Gallie Yacht Club on Dec. 4. program. tional Institute on Drug Abuse, is 50 Florida Wildlife Hospital since 1973
to 100 times more potent than mor- has rescued thousands of animals
Invited to speak about the lat- “When a child has been a victim of phine. In 2017, across the country, it and birds, but this was the first time
est news and current events within a crime, we interview them and only was a factor in nearly 60 percent of all the staff had treated oiled wildlife.
his department, Ivey began with the 34 percent open up and discuss what opioid related deaths, compared to They employed techniques like those
good, including a 30-percent drop in happened,” Ivey said. “These dogs 14 percent in 2010. seen during large oil spills, using
crime across Brevard County since comfort them and help them open Dawn detergent.
2013, something he attributes to up. No one else in the country is do- And, he said, the problem is big ev-
the partnership his department has ing this.” erywhere – even here. In May, after a “It was very unusual. It was quite a
formed with citizens through social six-month investigation his depart- learning experience for us as we have
media and public presentations. According to Ivey, the pilot pro- ment enacted a drug bust that Ivey never dealt with oiled wildlife be-
gram conducted over the course of said yielded enough doses of fentanyl fore,’’ she said.
He said interactive programs like one year in conjunction with the Uni- to kill the entire population of Bre-
“Coffee with a Cop” and “Milk and versity of Central Florida showed an vard County. Every second is critical because be-
Donuts with the Sheriff” give his of- increase in child engagement of up to ing covered in oil is extremely stress-
ficers the chance to meet with peo- 81 percent when they had a therapy “To those suffering from this addic- ful for the birds and can lead to death
ple, discuss issues and share trends dog by their side. tion, we are going to try to get you the just from the stress. Also, the clean-
– while social media has allowed an help you need,” Ivey said. “To those ing process removes the natural oils
almost instant form of interaction. The bad news came with an up- peddling this poison, we are going to on the bird. “They are not waterproof
date about the current state of the find you and lock you up as long as after the bath so must slowly replace
“We’ve had crimes solved though opioid epidemic. With 40 years in we can.” those natural oils,’’ Frampton said.
social media,” Ivey said. “One of my law enforcement, Ivey said he’s been
favorite stories was a guy who went through all the various drug epidem- Concluding his talk, Ivey encour- All five birds were in bad shape
in and stole a donation jar from the ics and though he thought he’d seen aged everyone to continue to stay when found; one had also suffered a
Blueberry Muffin restaurant and I the worst – he was wrong. involved and alert, adding, “It takes severe wing injury. At press time only
was furious.” a community to protect a commu- one of the birds had survived, with its
“This is the worst,” he said, speak- nity.”  prognosis also guarded, she said.
Ivey was able to get a photo of the ing about opioids, or pain killers. In
suspect and posted it on Facebook. Only trained professionals in safe-
ty gear should attempt the cleaning
“Within five minutes we had an ID, process as the oil and detergent are
and within 45 minutes he was arrest- considered hazardous materials and
ed,” Ivey said. special disposal is required.

And with just weeks left until the If you find an oil-covered bird,
end of the year, Ivey believes data will wear disposable gloves and do not
show the crime rate may just have get any oil on your skin, wrap the bird
dropped another 5 percent in 2019.
“We have one of the most aggres-
sive agencies in the country,” Ivey
said. “If you violate the law – you go
to jail.”

Ivey also touted a new program
called the Child Comfort Dog Pro-
gram, which uses inmate labor to
train dogs to serve as therapy dogs for


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Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, December 12, 2019 5


in a towel you don’t want back, place What caused this group of birds to Guard for testing. However, in order they could then compare samples,’’
it in a cardboard box with air holes so be covered in oil may never be offi- to determine the source, “they would she said.
it doesn’t get oil in your vehicle, and cially known, and a limited spill could have to sample every ship in the area
bring it into the Florida Wildlife Hos- happen again at any time. in that time frame which is not pos- Florida Wildlife Hospital is located
pital immediately, even if after hours, sible. 4560 N U.S. 1, in Palm Shores (Mel-
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Good as ‘gold’: Pilot composting program finds success, expands

STORY BY JENNIFER TORRES CORRESPONDENT Parker stopped by to collect. carbon in the soil, and eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides
[email protected] By the end of the program’s first need for fertilizer and pesticides. in Ryckman Park and we are now apply-
ing compost instead.”
During the year – and particularly month, he collected 462 pounds of food In October, Green Earth Compost
over the holidays – plenty of leftovers waste, resulting in a reduction of 396 received the Green Community Grant He’s hoping other towns will follow
and extra indulgences end up in the gar- pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, from Collins Aerospace. Parker said he suit – something Melbourne Beach
bage can. one of the main greenhouse gasses be- will use the grant to provide free com- Mayor Jim Simmons encourages.
lieved to contribute to global warming. post soil to the Surfrider Foundation
But in less than two years, through for their Indian River Lagoon shoreline “Having Green Earth provide a com-
his nonprofit organization Green Earth Initially he was able to operate the restoration and buffer zone project, as posting service to the town has proven
Compost, Scott Parker of Indialantic program free of charge through dona- well as to the Verdi Eco School for their to be very popular as we can see by the
has turned more than 37,000 pounds of tions from local businesses and resi- teaching garden, and the Daily Bread growth in the number of resident par-
food scraps into what many gardeners dents, and also by selling compost for garden. ticipants,” Simmons said.
refer to as “black gold.” residents to use in their own gardens.
“Our focus now is on cleaning runoff Parker plans to launch a website soon
It’s an organic compost made from But over time, as participation in- to the lagoon, as well as reducing GHG at For
spoiled vegetables, rotten fruit and creased, so did expenses, and as Parker emissions, and sharing with the youth more information on the program, visit
many other items we all toss away, like prepares to expand his service to Indi- about the benefits of community scale Green Earth Compost Inc. on their Face-
eggshells, coffee grounds, tea bags and alantic and unincorporated Indialantic, composting,” Parker said. “The Town book Page @lovelivingsoil or email Park-
stale bread. And so far, that’s 37,000 he’s asking for program participants to of Melbourne Beach has eliminated the er at [email protected]
pounds Parker has kept out of the land- make a donation.
fills, preventing more than 15 tons of ‘SOUP’-ER GESTURE: LOCAL EATERY
carbon dioxide emissions. “We rented some land to process the STEPS UP TO PLATE FOR NEEDY KIDS
volume of food scraps we pickup, turn-
The food waste came from residents ing it into rich organic soil,” Parker said. STORY BY KELLIE LANDI CORRESPONDENT a cold sandwich, typically peanut butter
of Melbourne Beach who took part in “We now ask for a $60 donation for six and jelly. All the other kids know you get
Parker’s pilot program that began in months of service, to help cover expens- Lunch time in school cafeterias the sandwich when your lunch account
May 2018 after receiving approval from es, well below the national average of should be a time of replenishment, is in arrears, so there’s a stigma associ-
the Melbourne Beach Town Commis- $15-$40 per month.” refueling and regeneration with class- ated with receiving that free lunch from
sion, which also agreed to provide him mates, an opportunity for a cornucopia the cafeteria. “That is a humiliation no
with two tanks of gas each month to With an array of important nutrients, of social, emotional and mental needs one should ever have to bear, especially
make collections. Every household in compost enriches soil, enhances the to be met. Unfortunately, according to a kid who has no control over their fam-
town wishing to take part was given growth of plants, and can dramatically the hunger relief organization Feed- ily’s financial situation.” Rivera said.
a blue bucket for compostable items increase the yield of healthy organic ing America, one in seven children
to leave outside, and every Thursday produce in a vegetable garden – all while throughout the United States does not Locally, Yoshi’s Izakaya Japanese
reducing methane emissions, retaining know where their next meal is coming Restaurant in Indian Harbour Beach
from. has found a way to quietly and hum-
bly help the students who are caught
In Brevard County, 57 percent of stu- in the middle. “Kids are our future and
dents are qualified for free or reduced kids eating right at school sets them
lunch. Free or reduced lunch gives stu- up for success,” said Jeff Liu Yoshiyuki,
dents, who could not afford to eat oth- owner of Yoshi’s.
erwise, the opportunity for a hot lunch
every day during the school year. What Yoshi’s Restaurant is running a special
happens to the students who do not nightly from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in which
qualify for free or reduced lunch, but customers can bring their own contain-
whose family makes too much to quali- ers to the restaurant and enjoy “pick up
fy but is suffering financially? soup” for a dollar (cash only, please)
with all proceeds to go to school lunch
“Some kids who are in families that debt at Ocean Breeze Elementary. Soups
are financially struggling can’t afford available for pick-up are egg drop, hot
a hot lunch, but do not qualify for free and sour, and wonton.
or reduced lunch. Those are the middle
kids,” said Melissa Rivera, a parent at “It’s just something I know that hap-
Ocean Breeze Elementary. pens within a community and that it
should be known,” Yoshiyuki said.
For a family of four to qualify for
free or reduced lunch, the family can- Parents at Ocean Breeze Elementary
not make more than $3,870 a month. are thrilled at the help from the com-
If a family makes $3,880, they don’t munity for those who cannot help
qualify. With the cheapest rent in Sat- themselves. “If Yoshi’s generosity can
ellite Beach on currently prevent one kid from being hungry and
at $1,650 for a three-bedroom home, humiliated, then I am beyond excited
a family can truly struggle while not that they are choosing to have their
qualifying for assistance. donation go towards this often over-
looked need,” Rivera said.
For students whose families do not
qualify for free or reduced lunch, when Yoshi’s Restaurant hopes to make
their lunch accounts are in the red and further plans with the Ocean Breeze El-
they have no cash on hand, they no lon- ementary PTO and to continue offering
ger receive a hot lunch. Instead they get pick up soups for as long as they can. 

Mayor Jim Simmons with
grandkids Cassandra Grossmann
and Cora Grossmann.

Most wonderful time
at Christmas tree lighting

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Most wonderful time at Christmas tree lighting

STORY BY KELLIE LANDI CORRESPONDENT Mayor Jim Simmons and Laurie Simmons with Blythe Grossmann and Cora Grossmann. PHOTOS: TIMOTHY WIRTH
[email protected]

As the sun set last Friday, the chil-
dren and adults of Melbourne Beach
grew a bit more excited because soon
the town’s Christmas tree would be
lit. Approximately 300 people came
together to celebrate the annual tra-
dition on the lawn at 507 Ocean Ave.

The increase in the crowd could be
felt, as there wasn’t an empty parking
spot for blocks.

Mayor Jim Simmons stood on the
porch of the Community Center,
looking out into the large group hud-
dled around the tree. “This is by far
the biggest crowd,” said Simmons,
who has been the master of ceremo-
nies for the event since 2013.

The Gemini Elementary Chorus
hit the stage to kick off the festivi-
ties. Angelic voices singing of wintery
landscapes and cheerful fires float-
ed softly into the ears of the crowd.
Smiles could be seen forming across
faces, and little ones swayed and
danced as the chorus brought joy to
those in attendance.

Melbourne Beach residents the

Herzogs have attended the annual pathway for the community to stroll
tree lighting for the last three years. through the display and take photos.
Dad Tony Herzog, propped his son, “Snow” blew from a sleigh and for a
Blaise, on his shoulders so he could brief moment you almost forgot you
have a better view. were in Florida.

They come every year because of V.I.P. guest Santa arrived fashion-
the “close-knit community,” said ably late and in glorious style as he
mom Stephanie. “Everywhere else is cruised in on a fire truck with sirens
overwhelming. I love this communi- and flashing lights announcing his
ty.” Blaise and the Herzogs’ other son, arrival. The Melbourne Beach Vol-
Sunny, had big smiles on their faces unteer Fire Department made sure
almost as if proving their mom was that Santa and his guests did not go
correct. hungry. Chocolate Chip cookies were
of course available, and pizza was
Once the Gemini Elementary Cho- for sale, donated by the Melbourne
rus had everyone feeling the holiday Beach Market. Proceeds are to ben-
spirit, it was time to light the tree. efit the volunteer fire department in
purchasing needed equipment.
“I hope everyone really enjoys it,”
Simmons said as Cora and Cassandra “We get such a great response from
Grossmann pulled the lever to light the town that it makes it worth it to
the tree. do the holiday events,” Kelly Rodano,
volunteer firefighter, said. She has
Oohs, aahs and gasps of delight es- been a volunteer firefighter for 15
caped the crowd as the tree was lit. years and has been a part of the tree
Illuminated reindeer, snowmen and lighting ceremony for the last seven.
wrapped presents decked the rest
of the lawn, which also included a Even after the tree was lit, children
climbed through a fire truck and bel-
lies were full, people still lingered,
chatting with neighbors, letting their
dogs play with other four-legged
fluffs and making new connections.

“I’m proud of Melbourne Beach,”
Simmons said while standing next to
the tree in a festive Hawaiian shirt,
with his two granddaughters who
wanted to run and play in the snow.
“Every year is my favorite year.” 

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Darlene Burton and Bryce Burton (kneeling and in wagon), Stephanie Drapeau and Ella Drapeau (standing). Tony Herzog and Blaise Herzog (on shoulders) with Stephanie Herzog and Sunny Herzog.

Donna and Roger Simons. John and Marylin Carlson.
Gemini Elementary School Chorus.

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Festival gives beachsiders their ‘fill’ of reef awareness

Joey Joseph and Jeff Kennedy. PHOTOS: TIMOTHY WIRTH Alec Buchnuss, Coleen Seitter, Bill Deluccia and Jamie Savage. Robin Swindle and Mark Johnson and Emma Cleveland.
Olivia Lenox and Reese Lenox.
Mrs. Claus and Mr. Claus (Sue and Dan Bender). Jeff Thomas and Addy Finnegan. and food trucks.
“The whole reason we started this
[email protected] was to bring awareness to the reef,”
Alec Buchnuss, chair of Surfrider
Last Saturday at Pelican Beach Foundation Sebastian Inlet, said.
Park the Surfrider Foundation Se-
bastian Inlet sponsored the 8th An- The Surfrider Foundation is hoping
nual Ocean Reef Beach Festival with to make the public more aware of the
vendors, food trucks, live music and fill which is currently being dumped
educational demonstrations to not on the Satellite Beach Reef, a living
only raise awareness of the Satellite worm rock reef.
Beach Reef, but also celebrate the
ocean lifestyle. Originally the Surfrider Founda-
tion’s goal was to educate the com-
Festival attendees were reminded munity about the plans for the dump-
of their role in the conservation of ing of fill on the Mid-Reach Reef, but
our area. The coquina sculpture in since fill has already been placed on
Pelican Park was set to be removed, the reef, the hope now is to advocate
so Diane Douglas encouraged ev- for better fill to be utilized. Buchnuss
eryone to fill a bucket with the co- explained that lower-quality, cheap-
quina rock from the sculpture and er fill will cover the reef like a clay,
take it back to the ocean. The ges- which will be worse for the reef.
ture was to serve as a reminder it
is illegal to remove coquina from Many other environmental orga-
beach. nizations were on hand to educate
and raise awareness for their cause
Reese and Olivia Lenox, who both in Brevard County as well. The Wild
said surfing was their favorite part Florida Rescue brought their ambu-
of the beachside lifestyle, put as lance to the OBR Festival. The WFR is
much coquina as they could carry self-sustaining and relies on funding
in their buckets. The two girls re- from the community.
turned the coquina to the beach
and then went back to do it all over “We are the only rescue that will
again. transport sick or injured wildlife,”
Robin Swindle, WFR volunteer, said
“Every beach has something that as she stood in front of the ambu-
makes them special. This makes lance.
our beach special, this is our rock,
let’s keep it,” Douglas said. Each booth was a show of support
from the community for the local
It was a sentiment which seemed environment by raising awareness
to be felt as attendees shopped vari- of environmental needs in Brevard
ous vendors, educational booths County. The reef was among many
environmental causes promoted,
such as the lagoon, sea turtles, mana-
tees and whales.

At the end of the day hundreds of
residents were outside enjoying the
festive month of December Florida-
style, while learning how to protect
all that enables this community to
continue to live the ocean lifestyle.

If you are interested in volunteering
or learning more about the organiza-
tions present at the OBR Festival, visit
http://oceanreef b e a chfe st ival .c om /
for a list. 

Words on birds:
Author ‘exposes’
Florida’s feathered fliers

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Words on birds: Author ‘exposes’ Florida’s feathered fliers

STORY BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF CORRESPONDENT on those photographed in Indian River Juanita Baker. an attractive location for the amaz-
County and its immediate environs. ingly diverse variety of birds that ei-
Juanita Baker, Ph.D., is proof positive PHOTOS BY KAILA JONES ther call the state home or visit as
of the old adage: “Birds of a feather flock “It’s a wonderful book as a result of snowbirds during the winter months;
together.” To best illustrate her avian all 50 of the photographers’ efforts,” Richard Baker, Ph.D., president of the whether staying or just stopping over
affinity, she has compiled a captivating notes Baker. Pelican Island Audubon Society, enjoy on their way further south.
book that captures the beauty of some doing together.
of Florida’s finest feathered friends. Baker says that while she hadn’t ini- She used the Cornell Laboratory of
tially thought about writing a book, In fact, the couple previously collab- Ornithology’s ‘All About Birds’ website
“Florida Birds Exposed” is a compila- once she retired she had more time to orated on “Reflections of Blue Cypress: as a resource for some of the scientific
tion of ‘Bird Photo of the Month’ sub- devote to the effort. As an added bo- Photographs, History, and Poems of the data. The book includes information
missions to the Pelican Island Audu- nus, birdwatching and photography Headwater Lake of the St. Johns River.” such as the birds’ descriptions, their
bon Society from 2009 to 2019. Each are pastimes that she and husband, That book pays homage to one of their habits, adaptations, diet, habitats and
is accompanied by poems and essays favorite places to explore. preferred nesting grounds. The poetry,
describing the unique attributes of the penned by Baker, delves into the beau-
featured birds. In “Florida Birds Exposed,” Baker ty and character of the birds.
delves into what makes Florida such
The book evolved out of an Intro- The commonly spotted anhingas
duction to Birdwatching talk and field and red-winged blackbirds, the elusive
trip Baker had given to the Indian painted bunting and reddish egrets, ro-
River Photography Club a decade ago. seate spoonbills, Florida grasshopper
Considered by many to be the “mother sparrows, wild turkeys and common
hen” of birding photography in Indian yellowthroats are just some of the birds
River County, Baker wanted a way to that soar through the pages.
share her love of birds and photogra-
phy with others – to promote the im- In the foreword, Florida Park Ser-
portant role birds play in our lives, as vices director Eric Draper notes that
well as to demonstrate the sheer joy of “birds excite us and stir curiosity, ad-
watching them. venture and companionship.”

Baker had taken the group to the Se- “I hope people will appreciate this
bastian Inlet early one morning during book and let the birds inspire them to
low tide. After that field trip, Baker be- make changes. I want them to see that
came inundated with photos of birds, these birds are really special,” says
as the photographers became more and Baker, who migrated to Florida from Il-
more adept at capturing the fascinating linois – by way of Pakistan.
creatures on film. It didn’t take long for “It was mosquitoes that brought us
a little birdie to whisper in her ear that to Vero Beach,” she explains. “My hus-
a Florida Bird Photo of the Month was band Richard is a mosquito geneticist,
in order, with photos published in the and that has taken us around the world.
PIAS newsletter the Peligram. During the Vietnam War, the State De-
partment got very interested in what
“This book is important,” says Baker. diseases the troops could contract and
“We have some really wonderful birds, bring back to America. So, they wanted
and everyone needs to know how pre- to set up five research centers in tropi-
cious our birds are. What’s happening cal regions, and we ended up in Paki-
to the birds tells us what’s happening to stan, where we lived for 13 years.”
us. If the birds go, we will go, too. We’ll Today, the couple is so comfort-
be in very deep trouble. We need to pay able living among their fine-feath-
attention to our birds.” ered friends that they built their own
“nest” along the Sebastian River in a
All of the photographs in the book are home that is somewhat akin to a tree-
of Florida birds, with a heavy influence

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house. Even the unique PIAS head- ornithology to the encouragement lighten us about human behavior were an invaluable resource.
quarters on Oslo Road was made to of an eighth-grade science teach- done on birds and rats. Behavior is what Proceeds from book sales help sup-
look like a birdhouse. er. Later, while spending time in psychology is about,” says Baker.
India during college, she became port the Pelican Island Audubon Soci-
She points to their outdoor deck, Whether you’re a serious birdwatcher ety. They can be purchased for $29.95
where a painted bunting had just flown a shutterbug, chronicling the [an observer interested in contributing at the Audubon House, the Vero Beach
to one of their bird feeders, and half- people and animals she encoun- toward the collective bird knowledge] Book Center or online.
jokingly says, “That’s my office.” tered during her travels. or a twitcher [someone whose goal is to
rack up the number of rare birds they For more information, visit pelican-
Baker says her fascination with feath- She attributes her adventur- have seen], “Florida Birds Exposed” is 
ered creatures goes back much further, ous exploits to her parents,
initially taking hold when she began who, she explains, allowed her
collecting birds’ nests as a young girl. to fly freely – exploring nature.

“As a child, I wouldn’t sleep during “I was so interested in the
nap time at school. Instead, I’d lie there world,” says Baker. “I’m a cu-
and listen to a cardinal sing. I can still rious person by nature. My
remember; it was so beautiful.” mother was an artist and

Baker credits her soaring interest in read philosophy. She was
quite a woman; she gave
me the art influence. I’ve loved art
all my life.”
Her artistic interests are varied, but
all demonstrate her passions for travel,
photography and the environment.
Her paintings are interspersed among
numerous artifacts she has collected
during extensive travels, and she is
equally adept at writing prose and sci-
entific literature.
A professor emeritus at Florida Insti-
tute of Technology, Baker holds a Ph.D.
in clinical psychology and draws paral-
lels between birds and humans.
“When I was going through gradu-
ate school, we learned about birds, and
some of the key studies that helped en-

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It’s a holly, jolly, jazzy Christmas at Scott Center

1 At Scott Center this Saturday.

STORY BY SAMANTHA ROHLFING BAITA STAFF WRITER divine “Waltz of the Flowers” becomes from our community.” A review of last of dance awaits this coming Friday,
a glitzy Vegas showstopper, “Dance of year’s production raved that it “rivals Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20-22, at
1 Put a little cool in your Yule: Oh, the Floreadores.” To make absolutely any production in New York City or the Cocoa Village Playhouse, when
yeah. This Saturday, Dec. 14, at certain this holiday jazz evening is the elsewhere.” Curtain: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. the Galmont Ballet presents its
jazziest, Wosar and the orchestra will Tickets: start at $25. Military, first “brisk, witty, sparkling production”
the Scott Center for Performing Arts also perform “holiday favorites with a responders and children age 12 and of the enduring classic. This year
New Orleans twist.” Time: 2 p.m. Tick- under, start at $23. Everyone, includ- marks the company’s 25th produc-
at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in ets: adults, $25 through SpaceCoast- ing infants and toddlers, must have a tion of “The Nutcracker,” including or at Marine Bank and ticket. 321-242-2219. 16 years in Brevard. The theater’s
Suntree, the cool jazz sounds of pia- Trust in Suntree; at the door, $30; 18 promo states: “The renewed pro-
and under or with student ID, free. 855- duction injects a fresh and vibrant
nist/composer/bandleader extraordi- 252-7276. magic displayed through the stun-
ning set designs and elaborated cos-
naire Duke Ellington and the jazz hot tumes. With scores of children, mice,
and snowflakes, this spectacular
talents of the Space Coast Symphony achievement offers a perfect comple-
ment to Tchaikovsky’s glorious musi-
Jazz Orchestra come together to bring 3 Eschew red and green for a cal score.” Telling the story of a young
couple of holiday season hours girl’s Christmas dream coming to
you a swinging version of a holiday life will be 50 performers, wearing
more than 130 costumes. We’ll thrill,
classic: “Duke Ellington’s Nutcrack- and opt for Hot Pink. This eclectic again, to those leaping Russians,
twirling snowflakes, exotic Arabian
er and A New Orleans Christmas.” 2 As necessary to include in your rock band will be bringing the live dancers, Mother Ginger and all the
holiday celebration as hot cocoa other beloved characters we recall
Those of you familiar with the SCS music this Saturday, Dec. 14, at one from Christmases past. Founding
director and ballet mistress Lucia
Jazz Orchestra know you’re going to and twinkling lights: a production of of the most unique and beautiful Montero will appear as the Sugar
Plum Fairy; and founding director
hear “Central Florida’s top jazz musi- “The Nutcracker.” The 17th Annual venues around, the Sebastian In- and choreographer Frank Galvez
himself will come out of retirement
cians, grooving – holiday style – under Space Coast Ballet Company’s pro- let State Park. It’s December’s Night to perform the pivotal role of Herr
Drosselmeyer. The theatre promo
the direction of trombone professor duction of this Christmas must-see Sounds Concert, the very popular says that this production “balances
classical dance, cozy drama and the-
Frank Wosar. Here’s a bit of backstory, will be performed at the King Center series hosted by the Friends of Se- atrical showmanship in all the right
proportions.” With its eye-popping
related by the show promo: In 1960, this Saturday, Dec. 7, for what the King bastian Inlet State Park “under the set, strong dancing and, of course,
all those adorable mice and snow-
Ellington’s colleague Billy Strayhorn says will be “one of the most beautiful moon and stars.” This band of sea- flakes, Galmont’s “The Nutcracker
2019” is sure to delight. The company
suggested doing a jazz arrangement Nutcracker productions of all time.” soned musicians has been bringing was founded in 2003 and, in 2008,
became Resident Ballet Company of
of Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece. This season, “the beloved artistic its unique sound and their passion Cocoa Village Playhouse. Curtain:
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sat-
Done and done. So “The Dance of the masterpiece is directed by Ekaterina for music and performance to Cen- urday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets:
$18 to $26. 321-636-5050 or
Sugar Plum Fairy” becomes the swing- Shchelkanova, of the Kirov Ballet and tral Florida audiences for almost a 

ing “Sugar Rum Cherry”; “The Dance American Ballet Theatre, and features decade. Says the park promo, “With

of the Reed Pipes” transforms into the internationally acclaimed principal a perfect blend of soulful guitar and

sassy “Toot Toot Tootie Toot”; and the dancers along with talented dancers powerful vocals,” Hot Pink delivers

songs of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, “from

Worship With us Stevie Wonder to Elton John, from

Soul to Rock and Roll.” Night Sounds

concerts take place at the pavilions

on Coconut Point, on the south side

of Sebastian Inlet, and they’re free

with regular park entry fees. Time: 6

p.m. to 9 p.m. park admission: $8 per

vehicle, limit 8 people per vehicle; $4,

Christmas Eve Services single occupant vehicle; $2, pedestri-

4PM Family Candlelight Service ans, bicyclists, extra passengers. 772-
6PM Candlelight Service
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4 Another beloved must-do holi-
day tradition to circle on your

already stuffed winter calendar –

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(321) 723-8371 •
of Tchaikovsky’s joyful ballet, “The

Nutcracker.” A wonderful weekend

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SAN MIGUEL CANOA, Mexico – percent, in a region where many lead- “A very clear majority of Mexicans thousands in the largely indigenous
Elsewhere, Latin America is burning. ers struggle to reach half that. think his government is their govern- community who sat expectantly in
ment,” said Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, folding chairs waiting for López Obra-
In other places – Chile, Colombia, And yet, as the veteran leftist consoli- a political scientist. The downside? dor’s arrival.
Bolivia, Ecuador – presidents are be- dates power, critics worry he is threat- “Mexico today is a country much more
sieged by demonstrators. ening some of Mexico’s hard-won dem- dependent on one man’s will.” “He pays so much more attention to
ocratic gains. They say López Obrador the pueblos,” said Flores, a construction
But when Mexico’s leader rolled into is weakening institutions that safeguard López Obrador arrived in San worker. “We’ve always been forgotten.”
this mountain town one recent Friday, the human rights and clean elections and is Miguel Canoa on a recent afternoon
crowds were adoring. Peasants walked for exerting more control over funding to the same way everyone else does: On a López Obrador has enhanced his
miles to greet him. Angel Roldán Pérez, a the states. crowded, two-lane road stippled with man-of-the-people reputation by slash-
62-year-old farmer in a red baseball cap, speed bumps. The town of 25,000 is ing traditional perks – giving up the
had recently received a singular blessing: He is steering cash grants to the just 12 miles from Puebla, a thriving presidential jet and mansion and cut-
an agricultural grant of $84. poor and vulnerable and saying he city southeast of the Mexican capital ting officials’ salaries, including his own.
is going around bureaucrats to limit with sleek auto-part plants and pres-
“It was the president,” the farmer insist- corruption. Detractors say he is using tigious universities. But in San Miguel, To Mexicans, the 66-year-old is not
ed. “He helped us. Before, they wouldn’t public money to build a massive base burros still clomp up narrow streets, just accessible; he’s practically un-
give us the aid. There was a lot of corrup- of loyalists such as Roldán Pérez. and 1 in 5 homes lack running water. avoidable. He holds a 7 a.m. news
tion.” conference nearly every weekday,
López Obrador, known by his ini- It was the 225th city that López Ob- and his running commentary on the
A year after taking office, President tials AMLO, remains popular despite rador had visited since taking office state of Mexican affairs, much like
Andrés Manuel López Obrador looms little progress in resolving Mexico’s Dec. 1, 2018, part of an effort to travel President Trump’s tweets, dominates
larger than any Mexican president in major problems, such as the record- to rural hospitals, indigenous centers the news. AMLO uses the platform to
decades – setting the nation’s agenda high number of homicides or the and farm communities. In part, he has rebuke independent media that are
with daily news conferences, reshap- stalled economy. At a moment of tur- managed that by passing up all foreign critical of him. The sessions also allow
ing the government with a drastic moil across Latin America, perhaps trips – even the Group of 20 summit of him to project the image of a plain-
overhaul of the budget and introduc- his greatest accomplishment has been world leaders in June. spoken grandfather – the opposite of
ing a raft of programs to help farmers, to revive the hopes of the many citi- the country’s formal, jargon-spouting
the elderly and students. zens who had soured on democracy. Raymundo Flores, 27, was one of politicians.

His approval ratings regularly top 60

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Below: Angel Roldán the National Human Rights Commis- Supporters of President He has vowed to funnel support di-
Perez, 62, and his sion and other institutions. Andrés Manuel López rectly to farmers, rather than through
wife, Dominga Mar- Obrador celebrate agricultural organizations long tied to
cial, 55, say their lives “There is a clear intention on the part during a rally in the former ruling party.
have improved under of the federal government to weaken Mexico City.
López Obrador. They and control them,” said Markos Cor- “In the past, this aid was distributed
took their grandsons tés, national director of the opposition litical clout to overhaul the state ap- through intermediaries and organiza-
Francisco and Leon- National Action Party. paratus – slashing jobs and salaries, tions, and it didn’t reach the people
ardo to a recent rally squeezing funds out of scientific and – it got stuck en route or didn’t arrive
for the president in López Obrador has defended the cuts, academic research, and channeling in full because of kickbacks,” López
San Miguel Canoa. saying that the institutions wasted mon- money into new projects, including an Obrador told the crowd in San Miguel
ey and produced few results. But there’s 80,000-strong National Guard and a Canoa. “That’s over.”
But if López Obrador appears to be a little doubt he sees them as crimping the train across Mexico’s narrowest point.
“super-president,” it’s not just because of power he won at the ballot box. For Roldán Perez, the corn farmer,
his marketing skills, said Jorge Buendía, “What he has done is take control and his wife, Dominga Marcial, the
a prominent pollster. AMLO is also prac- Gibrán Ramírez, a Morena party in- of the government, take control of change brought by the president is
tically the last man standing in a politi- tellectual, said the institutions reflected the bureaucracy, eliminate all sources palpable. Two disabled relatives have
cal landscape transformed by Mexicans’ a bygone era, in which activists sought of autonomous power, any counter- started receiving cash transfers. Then
growing disgust with corruption. to strip powers from an authoritarian weights, with a long-term plan of po- there is the agricultural subsidy the
president. litical control,” said Luis Rubio, head couple received recently – 1,600 pe-
López Obrador won the 2018 presi- of the Mexican Council of Interna- sos, or about $84. They had not seen
dential election in a landslide, as his “A lot of the substantive functions of tional Affairs. such aid for years.
reform-minded party, Morena, took the state remained outside political con-
control of congress. The country’s oth- trol,” he said. “This is undemocratic.” López Obrador denies having author- “It comes from him,” Marcial said.
er main parties have shriveled. itarian tendencies. He says he’s trying to For all the president’s popularity,
Ramírez defended López Obrador’s fix a government that long benefited a plenty of Mexicans are dissatisfied.
“These counterweights no longer move to exert greater control over how small elite while ignoring the country’s López Obrador’s party is new to gov-
exist,” Buendía said. states spend federal funds. Several many poor. ernment, frequently disorganized and
governors, he noted, have wound up working with an austerity budget so
In some ways López Obrador’s party behind bars for diverting government “We are introducing changes the tight that at times there is no one to
has assumed the role held by the In- money. Decentralization “allowed a lot country needs so that everyone – from answer the main telephone line at the
stitutional Revolutionary Party toward of the corruption of the Mexican po- the bottom up – can create a new coun- president’s office.
the end of its 71 years of rule, when the litical system,” he said. try,” he said this month. Adriana Pérez García, 31, a street
country was becoming more demo- vendor, turned out for López Obra-
cratic but most major political offices López Obrador has used his po- Among his changes, López Obra- dor’s recent rally. She was disappoint-
were still in the hands of a single party. dor has ripped up longtime programs ed her son had not received a prom-
aimed at providing school subsidies ised school subsidy.
“It seems a lot like the 1990s,” Buendía and medical checkups for the poor, “We voted for change. We haven’t
said. opting for cash sent directly to parents. seen anything,” she said.
The civic group Mexicans Against Cor-
That’s not the only echo of the past. ruption and Impunity has studied some
Civic activists say the government is of the new social programs. It has found
undermining autonomous bodies cre- sloppy record-keeping, poor planning
ated during the transition to democra- and a lack of transparency, said María
cy. Congress last week slashed the bud- Amparo Casar, who heads the group.
gets for the National Electoral Institute, “The big question is how much of
the money is getting to the people, and
whether the people really need it,” she
A lack of experience is just one of the
constraints on López Obrador’s gov-
He has pledged not to spook inter-
national investors by increasing debt
or raising taxes, which limits his abil-
ity to expand social programs.
Mexico is so reliant on U.S. trade that
when Trump threatened to impose pun-
ishing tariffs earlier this year, López Ob-
rador quickly acceded to his demands to
crack down on U.S.-bound migrants.
There is a potential hazard to domi-
nating Mexico’s political landscape:
López Obrador might not be able to
blame the opposition for whatever
failures occur. The president’s approv-
al ratings, Buendía noted, dipped a bit
after the botched operation to arrest
the son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman
last month.
The president’s daily news confer-
ences highlight how much one man
represents Mexico’s government.
“He seems to be the one making all
the decisions,” Buendía said. 

Comfort care is anything that can be done to soothe and relieve
Medical Decisions to Consider suffering. It includes managing shortness of breath, offering ice
chips for dry mouth, limiting medical testing, providing spiritual
This column continues discussion regarding medical decisions and emotional counseling and giving medication for pain, anxiety,
to consider while you are healthy. By letting others know your nausea or constipation. It’s often provided at home or in a hos-
wishes now about how you would want to live at the end of your pice facility, skilled nursing center or hospital.
life, you’ll all gain peace of mind.
In review, an advance directive is a legal document that includes Additional considerations include:
a living will and appointment of a healthcare surrogate to be your WHAT IF…
spokesperson. It’s only used if you are unable to communicate and I HAVE A PACEMAKER OR IMPLANTABLE
need certain emergency or special measures to keep you alive. CARDIOVERTER-DEFIBRILLATOR (ICD)?
Some medical decisions covered previously are do not resuscitate If you have a pacemaker and are near death, it may not necessar-
(DNR) orders, organ and tissue donation and cardiopulmonary re- ily keep you alive. But, if you have an implantable cardioverter-
suscitation (CPR). defibrillator (ICD) placed under your skin designed to shock your
Other important decisions relate to ventilator use, artificial nutri- heart back into regular beatings and the decision has been made
tion, hydration and comfort care. to discontinue other life-sustaining measures, you or your health-
DO I WANT… care surrogate may need to decide if the ICD should be turned off.
Ventilators are machines that help you breathe. A tube is put I OR SOMEONE I LOVE HAS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?
through your throat in the trachea (windpipe) so the machine Many people are unprepared to deal with the legal and financial
can force air into your lungs. Because the tube is uncomfortable, consequences of a serious illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. Ad-
medicines are used to keep you sedated (unconscious) while on vance planning can help clarify wishes and make well-informed
the ventilator. decisions about healthcare and financial arrangements.

ARTIFICIAL NUTRITION OR ARTIFICIAL HYDRATION? These are difficult questions. By thinking about them and letting
If you are recovering from an illness and are unable to eat or drink, others know how you feel now, the better prepared you and your
a feeding tube and/or intravenous (IV) liquids can sometimes be loved ones will be.
used to provide nutrition. However, if you are near death, these
could actually make you more uncomfortable, increasing the bur- Next time: Questions to ask yourself about how you want to live
den on failing kidneys and necessitating surgery to insert a feed- at the end of your life, and what you value the most. 
ing tube into the stomach.
Your comments and suggestions for future topics are always wel-
come. Email us at [email protected]

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When the sec- discussions about AIDS and talked about made lucrative speaking tours, wrote her memoirs and
ond volume of the need for international conferences soon entered the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher.
Charles Moore’s on climate change and global warming. In her public role, she annoyed John Major with unwant-
monumental biog- ed advice and criticism and went to 116 funerals.
raphy of Margaret She supported free speech. Although
Thatcher came out Salman Rushdie belonged to a group of In 2001, she had a few small strokes, and some people
in 2015, she had two British writers ferociously opposed to noticed a mental decline, although her enemies would
indisputable claims Thatcher and had created a character later say that like all women, she was always irratio-
to preeminence: in his novel “The Satanic Verses” called nal. Denis died suddenly in 2003; her dearest ally, Ron-
She was the only “Mrs. Torture,” when the Ayatollah ald Reagan, died of Alzheimer’s in 2004, and, suffering
woman to have been Khomeini declared a fatwa on Rushdie from early dementia herself but superbly dressed and
prime minister of the for blasphemy, her government gave coifed by her devoted household team, she attended
United Kingdom and the funeral, where her prerecorded eulogy protected her
the most reviled po- him full police protection, moving him from making embarrassing slips of the tongue. Moore
litical figure of mod- among 57 safe houses in five months. presents these last years as particularly sad, calling her
ern British history. After Khomeini’s death in June 1989, “The Lioness in Winter.” Her adult children, Mark and
Now Theresa May they helped him negotiate with the Carol, gave her more worry than help, and she could
has joined Thatcher Iranian government to get the fatwa never get the hang of country-house weekends. “She
on that short list of lifted, although Harold Pinter op- played no games or sports,” notes Moore, and “dressed
female PMs, and Tony posed any concessions and “wanted with intimidating formality.” In her retirement, she was
Blair, David Cameron like a woman “unwillingly divorced” and “isolated in a
and a fast-moving to fight to the last drop of Salman’s man’s world.” These feminizing metaphors trivialize her
Boris Johnson have blood.” (Although never resolved, the strength and disregard comparisons to her male peers,
knocked her off the top threat became dormant, and after including Reagan and French President François Mitter-
of the hate list. It seems Thatcher’s death Rushdie expressed rand, massively protected in retirement and decline by
long ago that she was wielding her symbolic handbag some gratitude that she had offered their wives and even mistresses. Thatcher had no model
of power in Parliament and bestriding the world stage as him unquestioning support.) for being a lioness at leisure.
the Iron Lady of a still-great peacetime Britain. She worked with white South African leaders
to end apartheid, and Nelson Mandela’s release was a To be sure, Moore is aware of the sexism and overt
Yet Thatcher is one of a tiny number of women in high point of her term. In his first official visit to Down- misogyny Thatcher suffered throughout her career. He
history to deserve and receive the accolade of a three- ing Street on July 4, 1990, they talked for so long that frequently points out that her ability to establish solid
volume biography. Moore’s massively researched, el- the press waiting outside started to chant “Free Nelson relationships with world leaders was often described
egantly written and admirably balanced book, covering Mandela!” Although the Brexiteers claim her as their Eu- as feminine flirtatiousness and infatuation, rather than
the years from her triumphant reelection in June 1987 roskeptic patron, it’s unclear how she would have voted. thorough preparation. When she judiciously hosted So-
to her fall, decline and death in 2013, does justice to her She was concerned about a centralized bureaucracy run viet President Mikhail Gorbachev in April 1989, for ex-
courage and complexity. True, his minutely detailed ac- out of Brussels and a European single currency, and she ample, the Soviets said she looked at him with “sheer
count of Tory politics, with its Jacobean skirmishes and was strongly opposed to German reunification, but she rapture and adoration.” Yet Moore himself too often
fraught cabinet reshuffles, will probably mean little to also believed that “Britain was part of European civiliza- casts her in a stereotypically feminine, besotted role,
most American readers. And Moore, a former editor of tion” and that its destiny was “in Europe, as part of the calling her “girlishly effusive about Reagan” and as awk-
conservative media outlets from the Spectator to the Community.” ward when she met with his successor, George Bush, as
Daily Telegraph (nicknamed the Torygraph), introduces But Thatcher’s extraordinary run came to an end with “a girl on a new date after many happy years with her
every British man (and woman) he names by noting a series of disasters and misjudgments at home, espe- previous boyfriend.”
their education, often Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, cially the hugely unpopular poll tax. On Nov. 22, 1990,
but including a few outliers like John Major, educated she stood down. She was a vigorous 65, and the loss of Thatcher died in April 2013 and chose not to have a
only at a school called Rutlish. Like Thatcher, it can seem status was an abrupt transition, Moore writes, for which state funeral to which heads of state were invited, al-
a bit stuffy and remote. she was “unprepared emotionally, domestically, finan- though the queen and many statesmen came to the sol-
cially and practically.” She had no permanent home, emn ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral. 
But Thatcher’s final term encompassed many events office or staff, and a meager income from government
of transatlantic and global significance. Despite her pensions. Her husband, Denis, had plenty of money but MARGARET THATCHER
reputation as rigid and unfeeling, she took progressive, hadn’t paid a bill himself since they moved to Down-
empathetic stands on many issues, often ahead of her ing Street. Out of sync with modern technology, fuming HERSELF ALONE: THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY
party. Trained as a scientist, she took an early interest in about those who had forced her out, she had to make
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Bonz bonds with bud Benji, a peppy Papillon

Hi Dog Buddies! da, I just stand in the

The minute I spotted the doormat hall an bark. Me an
at Benji Fulford’s apartment, I knew it
was gonna be a fun innerview: it said Mommy leash walk
“WOOF!” in great big letters. PAW-
some! around the pond ev-

There was lotsa barkin’ soon as we ery evening. I have a
rang. When the door opened, Benji
anna lady were right there to greet BFF, Pippa, who lives
us, Benji uttering a few more barks,
while peeping out from behind the across the street. She’s
lady’s legs. He’s an ex-treemly han-
some, ex-treemly amiable snowbird- a Papillon like me.
dog: a Papillon, brown an white, with
a small, charming triangular face When she comes over,
decorated with a scattering of freck-
les, a tail that looks like a waterfall, we chase each other
and those amazin’ really long wavy
ears that stick up, an then flow down all around the apart-
like budderfly wings. (I found out Pa-
pillon is French for “budderfly.” Cool ment.”
Kibbles, right?)
“What kinda food do
Soon as his Mom assured him that
we were from The Newspaper and, you like?”
thus, OK, Benji stepped forward.
“WELL-come, Mr. Bonzo! I’m always “I eat Orijen kibbles
cautious of you Big Dogs at first. No
offense. This is my Mommy, Jutta. from CANNA-duh.
Let’s go sit over by the couch, OK?”
An Mommy cooks me
Benji’s Mom, me an my assistant
did so. Benji, however, took the sce- chicken, liver an ham-
nic route. At a gallop. He flew from
the front door, shot down the hall, burger. I very much
through living room and kitchen,
made a coupla loops, then skidded to enjoy the occasional
a stop. His Mom tossed a ball down
the hall a coupla times, prompting bok choy stem, which
Benji to sail after it, execute a 4-point
skid-turn, an zoom back. At one Mommy cuts in into
point, I noticed he now had a yellow
rubber chicken in his mouth. teeny pieces. I am also

“Mayg yourselbbs add hobe,” he a fan of Arugula. An co-
said, slinging the chicken around
with such enthusiasm I thought his conut flakes. An cheese.
ears (or the chicken’s face) would fly
off. Benji.PHOTO: KAILA JONES For special treats, I get

“Don’t those amazing ears get kin- “Woof! So you’re some kinda Inner- duh-lishus liver-an-berry
da heavy?” national Dog of Mystery,” I said.
crisps. Wouldja like to try
Benji petooied the chicken out. “Naw. Not me. I don’t do those fan-
“You just hafta get used to ’em. When cy shows or anything. But I do speak one?”
I was a puppy, before my ears got so French, since that’s all I heard till I
fluffy, I looked sorta like baby Yoda. was 12 weeks old. You see, Mommy They sounded tasty.
I was only 3 pounds when Mommy hadda Papillon pre-me – Gigi. When
first got me.” she went to Dog Heaven at 16, Mom- “Don’t mind if I do.”
my wanted another girl, just like Gigi.
“So, Benji, how DID you an your She went back to the breeder, who They were tasty.
Mom get together.” had a new litter: two boys, includ-
ing me, anna grrrl. Mommy woulda Post-snack, I asked,
“Well, I was born near Mon-tree- picked the grrrl ’cept somebody’d al-
ALL (which is inna big place called ready called dibs, lucky for me. Now Mommy says. When we make The Big “Where do you sleep?”
CANNA-duh). I’m a purebred with a Mommy’s glad, cuz I’m so bouncy
buncha of fancy, champion ancestors. an frenly an smart an cute an cud- Drive, we stop overnight at this nice “In the kitchen.”
My Mommy an Daddy have those long, dly, you know, all those things hu-
weird kennel names but everybuddy mans love. Well, sometimes Mommy pooch-frenly place. I have my own “The kitchen?”
calls ’em Quiz an Boss. Mommy has calls me a Scatterbrain, but I prefer to
Japanese an Swedish ancestors and think of myself as having a Healthy cozy liddle carrier. I still ride in it and “Well, see, when I’m in Mommy’s
Daddy has Russian an Polish.” Curiosity.”
even sleep in. I have my bunny rab- room, I wake her up a lot when it isn’t
I nodded. Suddenly, something be-
hind the chair caught Benji’s atten- bit, too. It makes me feel suh-CURE! the right time. I’m not exactly sure
tion. “’Scuse me,” he said. He ran to
the chair, an came back dragging a I gotta admit, though, when Mommy why. But, in the kitchen, I’m totally
munched-on, green stuffed shark al-
most as big as him. gets my carrier out for a regular ride, fine. I just curl up in my cozy car-

“Ib’s by FAY-brut!” he explained, I’m a liddle hezzah-tunt cuz it usu- rier with my Bunny Rabbit and go to
rolling around on the floor with the
shark. ally means a trip to the doctor or the sleep.”

“Do you like it down here? What’s groomer, which are the opposite of Heading home, I was thinkin’
the trip like?” I inquired.
my favrite places. I know they’re For about energetic liddle Benji, butter-
Benji petooied the shark. “I really
like ridin’ in the car with Mommy, My Own Good, but still. Anyway, the fly ears swinging side to side, shak-
even though it’s a long way, 26 hours,
groomer just clips my nails and gives ing the daylights out of his rubber

me a dumb ol’ bath. I’m pretty much chicken. An wonderin’ if I’d have the

a wash-and-wear kinda pooch, so it’s nerve to try bok choy. Whatever it is.

not that bad. Or maybe ask about getting some of

“Down here’s nice cuz I don’t hafta those liver-an-berry crisps.

wear clothes or boots. Mommy pa-

per-trained me at first, AN took me Till next time,

outside every couple hours, just to be

-The Bonzon the safe side. Now I’m older (I’m

gonna be 3 in Feb-you-arry) so I Do
My Duty outside only. Here, If I hafta
go, an Mommy’s on the computer, I

lick her feet to remind her. In Cana-

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

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A97 KJ53 864
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist 8 10 5 2 9643
8753 A J 10 2 Q64
Thomas C. Haliburton, a Nova Scotian politician, judge and author who died in 1865, said, A J 10 7 6 82 K93
“When a man is wrong and won’t admit it, he always gets angry.”
Some bridge players who get cross with partner are guilty, adopting the “offense is the best Q 10 2
defense” policy. In contrast, sometimes making the “wrong” bid or play does not cost. In AKQJ7
today’s deal, critique the auction. K9
South might have opened one no-trump; the heart suit was a plus value, but the black-suit
holdings were minuses. If he had, though, maybe three no-trump would have been the final Dealer: North; Vulnerable: North-South
contract. After West led the club jack (or seven), that would have gone down two.
The Bidding:
North might have responded two clubs, Reverse Drury, showing three-plus heart support
and a maximum pass. Then South would have insisted on game, reaching four hearts one SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
way or another. Pass Pass
1 Hearts Pass 2 Hearts Pass LEAD:
Finally, South was aggressive in going straight to game. Two no-trump would have been a 4 Hearts Pass Pass Pass 8 Hearts
better rebid, but North would have jumped to four hearts.

West did well to lead a trump. How should South have played?

He immediately cashed the diamond king and played his nine to dummy’s 10. However, East
took that trick and shifted to clubs for down one.

South would have done better first to try for a club ruff on the board: heart 10, club two. If
East rose with the king and returned a trump, South would have next led the club queen.
Here, that would have worked nicely. But if the defenders could have denuded dummy’s
trumps, the diamond finesse was still available.

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1 Attention (5) 1 Banquet (5)
4 Joy (7) 2 Provide food (5)
8 Factual (13) 3 Boaster (4-3)
9 Attendance (7) 4 Twee (6)
10 Concluded (5) 5 Depart (5)
11 Rock-faces (6) 6 Peppermill (7)
13 Extent (6) 7 Foot-lever (7)
16 Best (5) 11 Bathe (7)
18 Clothes (7) 12 First (7)
21 Community (13) 14 Ends (7)
22 Registers (7) 15 Well-known (6)
23 Panache (5) 17 Beliefs (5)
19 Spacious (5)
20 Chalet (5)

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 movie 44 Balsam or Douglas The Washington Post
94 Maître d’s word 46 Sultry Sommer
1 Crushed cooler 47 Calligraphy ruiner OPPOSITE ATTRACTION By Merl Reagle
4 Where things may go 98 Pen point 49 Israeli legislature
100 Cab or caboose 52 Record
swimmingly 101 Like brie or Neufchatel 54 Nest request?
7 Abstract beings (anagram of 102 Carport stain 55 “___ victory!”
104 Solver’s cry 56 Weapon for Bogie
EAT IN) 105 Periodic chart info: abbr. 58 It means “race”
12 B flat’s alter ego 107 Flag-thrower 60 Of a certain fraternal order
109 Early years 64 Comings and goings
18 Seeks the highest bidder 111 Coal vessel 65 What the saver’s savings did
21 Suborder of lizards 112 Staccato’s opposite 66 1979 Clayburgh-Reynolds
22 Has a hole in one’s mitt? 114 Metric measures, briefly
23 Rapid, in music 117 Hash (it out again) film
25 Please, to Klaus 119 Skilled type 68 Nova
26 Aliens, briefly 120 ___ Man in Havana
27 Propyl ending 122 CD followup? 70 Bach works, to Bach
28 House sitter? 123 Marcel Marceau’s everyman 74 Mr. Mickelson
29 Back-wall markings at a 124 Money of India 75 Approvals
127 Great score for a duffer 77 Of the dawn
lineup: abbr. 129 Peachy pact 79 Zero
30 Make soda water, e.g. 132 Mighty serious 80 Rejected, slangily
32 Fats Waller tune, “Your 133 Why the starlet’s brother 86 English elevators
87 Palm fruit
___ Too Big” became a movie producer? 89 Slippery little fellow
34 Good name for a tennis (5 wds.) 92 Peregrination
134 Player transactions 93 Danse Macabre, for one
player? 135 Gets hooked on? 95 Johnny Carson predecessor
36 Do a Consumer Reports job 136 Walked-on welcomer 96 “Now I see!”
38 Trigger puller 137 Regret 97 767 deviation
40 Intro to Na Na 99 Long scarf
42 Parks and Ponselle DOWN 103 Believer’s suffix
43 Mr. Lilly 1 Poe’s foot? 105 Brenner Pass locale
44 It keeps an eye on finance 2 D halved, minus 48 106 Like Cheech and Chong

cos. 3 On cloud nine characters
45 Pinocchio’s downfall 4 Third Reich architect 108 History-making deeds
48 Confident solver’s medium 5 Skating ratings: abbr. 110 Remarque or Segal
6 Essenes, e.g. 111 Drink noisily
50 Menace to mice 7 Newt’s friends? 113 Bizarre
51 Flora from Tucson 8 Football div. 115 Deficient in
53 Not licked yet 9 Giggle 116 Last letter
57 Trav. path 10 Castle or Cara 118 “I swear I use no ___ all”
59 Pitching power 11 Things of value
61 Max Schreck in Batman 12 Quickly, quickly (Hamlet)
13 Hair care lair 121 Bread types
Returns 14 Grain machine 123 Mayo-topped sandwiches
62 “Call ___ taxi!” 15 “You ___ here ...” 125 Beige
63 Not at home, to a Scot 16 Plays the superhero 126 Sermon addition
64 Kitchen meas. 17 Sum before tax is added 128 Longoria or Mendes
67 Prop ending 19 Ms. Lauder 130 Charley horse site
69 Wolf food? 20 Horse opera 131 Arms assn.
71 Unknown ordinal 24 Psych finish
72 Repetition 31 Ship direction
73 Causing leaks 32 Optional item
76 Blowouts 33 Ignoble knife
77 Actor Richard 35 A number’s homophone
78 Saver’s option 36 ___ room
79 Common sentence starter 37 In the style of
81 “Fancy that!” 39 Director Kazan
82 European capital 41 Make move, as Mickey
83 According to
84 Sit or stand ending
85 Tristan’s love
88 Jetsam in 1773
90 Take a loge
91 1946 Abbott and Costello

The Telegraph

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Her feeling of being slighted doesn’t pass the sniff test

BY CAROLYN HAX How might I best view all this? There’s another get-
Washington Post
together there this summer.
Dear Carolyn: I recently had can-
cer surgery with a number of com- –Feeling Excluded
plications, including severe asthma.
It is triggered by,among other things, pointless. I would be stuck in a hotel room costing hun- Feeling Excluded: But … it really must be hard for
the slightest exposure to fragrances. dreds of dollars, unable to attend gatherings in their you to go anywhere these days.
house with everyone else.
Months ago, my beloved partner I say that snark-free. It’s an observation made in
of nine years and I scheduled a multiday visit with his My partner told his brother we couldn’t visit, and to sympathy for how terribly limiting this can be.
brother and sister-in-law, at their invitation. They are get a sub for the three-day sporting event they were sup-
very well-off and have a grand house in a beach com- posed to play in together. Brother really worked on my That was my first thought while reading your letter.
munity. Sister-in-law has been communicating often partner to make the trip, so he felt compelled to go, and And maybe I misread her intent, but my next
about how excited she is to have us as guests. We have off he went. thought was, your sister-in-law gave a pragmatic re-
stayed with them in the past, every three years for a sponse to an impractical request. “Temporarily” re-
brothers’ reunion. I am trying mightily to not feel slighted, without suc- moving scented products from a home heavily layered
cess. If the situation were reversed, I would certainly with them won’t create anything close to a “fragrance-
A few days ago, I recalled her flair for decorating in- temporarily remove scented products. free environment.” Remove every peel, fluff and pfft
cludes bowls of potpourri, plug-in air fresheners, can- from the place and it’ll still stink for weeks.
dles and a permanent holiday tree laden with scented You’ve conflated inclusion – which is realistic and
ornaments. I contacted her and said I understood this deserved – with scent-purging, which is unrealistic.
might be perceived as a lot of drama, but I must avoid Maybe if you say reality disinvited you, not your
triggers that cause my airways to shut down. sister-in-law, that will help you not feel slighted.
Meanwhile, this is your partner’s family – his going
Sis-in-law responded that we would be better off at solo was both unfortunate and appropriate.
a nearby hotel, so I can have a fragrance-free environ- But that also means you and he need to start brain-
ment. In other words, she is not willing to remove her storming now, with another event always on the way:
scented products while we are visiting, so I am now es- Different host? Same host, with gatherings off-site or
sentially disinvited. She did phrase it very nicely – with outdoors? A resort? If you can get past taking person-
the exception of one slightly snarky comment about ally what is meant logistically, then you’ll think and
how it must be really hard for me to go anywhere these negotiate better.
days. It’s also OK to tell your partner this is for the broth-
ers to figure out while you focus on getting well.
My partner and I concluded that it makes the visit In fact, that’s exactly what I hope you’ll do. 

Surgical procedure brings hope
to lung disease patients

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Surgical procedure brings hope to lung disease patients

STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER gressive diseases – left untreated they
[email protected] only get worse.

Veteran Cleveland Clinic Indian River Until recently, according to Dr. Al-
Hospital pulmonary and critical care bert Rizzo, chief medical officer of the
specialist Dr. Diego Maldonado clearly American Lung Association, treatments
has a new spring in his step these days. If for advanced COPD were largely limited
you ask him why, he’ll likely say, “ELVR.” to inhaled corticosteroids, oral steroids
like prednisone or hydrocortisone, anti-
ELVR stands for “endoscopic lung vol- biotics, oxygen therapy, pulmonary re-
ume reduction,” a newly approved sur- hab classes and, in the most severe cas-
gical procedure which, in Maldonado’s es, a risky form of “open-lung” surgery.
eyes, will be a game-changer for many
people with advanced chronic obstruc- But the status quo changed last
tive pulmonary disease (COPD). year when ELVR garnered FDA ap-
proval and Cleveland Clinic launched
Johns Hopkins Medicine defines a program for the new procedure at its
COPD as “a group of lung diseases that Weston hospital.
can interfere with normal breathing.
According to the American Lung As- It worked so well there, the pro-
sociation, more than 16 million Ameri- gram was brought to Cleveland’s In-
cans suffer from COPD. It is the third dian River hospital.
leading cause of death in the U.S.”
Maldonado practically beams when
The two most common forms of he says, “so far we’ve done three [here
COPD are chronic bronchitis and em- in Vero] and tomorrow we’re going to
physema. As Maldonado starkly states, do our fourth procedure. Cleveland
“emphysema means the destruction of Clinic at Weston, I think, has done 15
the lung tissue.” cases already.”

The National Heart, Lung and Only a handful of hospitals nation-
Blood Institute at the National Insti- wide currently offer this advanced
tutes of Health adds that both emphy- treatment, but if the results from
sema and chronic bronchitis are pro- Weston and Vero continue, it will

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YOUR HEALTH Zephyr Valve.

doubtless be introduced to more and Finally, when asked if ELVR might not hospital, Maldonado offers a simple re- monary services at the Cleveland Clinic
more medical facilities. have been available to local residents for ply. “Correct. Correct. You’re very right.” Indian River Hospital. His office is at 3450
months or even years had the Cleveland 11th Court, Suite 306. The phone number
As NIH states, “endoscopic lung vol- Clinic not taken over the Indian River Dr. Diego Maldonado is director of pul- is 772-794-5800. 
ume reduction has been shown to im-
prove lung function, quality of life, and
exercise tolerance,” in patients with se-
vere COPD including emphysema.

Patients with advanced emphysema
have difficulty getting fresh oxygen into
their bloodstream and trouble exhaling
fully to get carbon dioxide out of their
bodies. That is true in part because the
disease causes the lungs to increase in
size, making them too large for the chest
cavity and that severely restricts the pa-
tients’ ability to take deep breaths.

The ELVR procedure deflates the
most seriously damaged sections of the
lungs by inserting tiny Zephyr valves
through a bronchoscope, which allows
the healthier lobes to function better.

And it’s a minimally invasive pro-
cedure which means shorter hospital
stays and less risk of infection.

But if you ask Maldonado, he might
say the best thing about ELVR is the
smiles he’s gotten already.

He recalls one of his first ELVR pa-
tients walking the hospital halls just
two days after the procedure and, with
a wide grin, telling him, “‘I feel better. I
don’t know if it’s normal that I feel this
much better this fast, but I do.’”

That grin was natural enough, con-
sidering that patients with advanced
COPD have spent years with severe
shortness of breath from just minimal
exertion. They cannot stand up from a
chair and take few steps without huffing
and puffing and in many cases they are
tied to an oxygen tank.

That said, Maldonado is quick to
point out that – for now, anyway – ELVR
is not for everyone with COPD.

There is a screening process to iden-
tify good candidates for the procedure.

As Maldonado explains, “we know
that patients who are candidates for
this procedure are stage three or four –
severe or very severe – but not everyone
within that category is a candidate.

“We do a series of studies once we
think a patient is a candidate and or-
der a series of tests to see if the patient

COPD patients should consult their
pulmonologist or primary care physi-
cian for information about this new pro-
cedure, which is now covered by Medi-
care, to see if they qualify.

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Angst for the holidays? Simple tips to minimize stress

STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER for coping with holiday stress. Anne Posey.
[email protected] “I think the first thing to do,” says
While December ’tis the season to be Posey, “is to look at why people feel
jolly … it’s also the season of extra stress stressed. We all have our normal stuff:
and that is not a good thing for your We have our work stress. We have what’s
mental or your physical health. going on in our families. We may have
money trouble. All those things exist all
Indeed, according to a December year round and we’re dealing with them
2016 study published in Circulation, a all year round. But during the holidays
journal of the American Heart Associa- we get some added ‘bonus’ stresses. Our
tion, “the winter holiday season is con- to-do lists grow like Santa’s belly.”
sidered a risk factor for both cardiac and
non-cardiac deaths.” “I looked at my [own] calendar this
month,” Posey continues, “and I have
Add lapses in diets and good eating several functions that I wouldn’t nor-
habits, increased alcohol consumption, mally have during my normal work
seasonally strained finances, unreason- week. There’s shopping to be done.
ably high expectations and intra-family There are meals to be cooked. There’s
conflicts to that mix and it’s clear “the family that comes in. And we don’t
most wonderful time of the year” can be tend to eat and drink normally during
anything but wonderful. the holidays. There are always good-
ies everywhere.”
Psychology Today goes even further
by saying holiday stress and anxiety can The American Heart Association
“lead us all to behave in ways we’re sure echoes that thought, saying “every
to regret later.” year, during the Christmas/New Year’s
holiday season, millions of Americans
Anne Posey, a licensed mental abruptly change their patterns of travel-
health counselor and the administra- ing, eating, drinking, exercising, work-
tive director of the Cleveland Clinic ing and vacationing,” and the Mayo
Indian River Hospital’s Behavioral Clinic adds, “during this time of year,
Health Center in Vero Beach, agrees
and offers some observations and tips

people often resort to bad habits – they flood the airwaves this time of year, this
may cave into sugar cravings, go for the mental health expert reminds everyone
booze and overdose on caffeine.” that you can “take a break from family.
That’s OK to do. Take a solo shopping
The first step in dealing with holiday trip. Or go with a friend.”
stress, in Posey’s view, is to “manage
your expectations.” And, Posey contends, getting a little
outside help can’t hurt, either.
We need to understand that the holi-
days don’t have to be perfect. Or just like Instead of climbing ladders to put up
last year. Or the year before. decorations or getting boxes out of the
attic, it’s OK to hire someone to do that
Families change. Traditions and ritu- for you. Better safe than sorry.
als also change. Be open to creating new
ones and remember, you may very well And remember, Posey says, when it
not get along with everyone in your ex- comes to all those Christmas cookies
tended family. and sugary treats, “when you eat a lot
of carbs and simple sugars, then you
“People that, generally, you could get the mood swings that come along
avoid during the year, you may not be with that.”
able to avoid over the holidays,” Posey
points out. It reduces stress to simply She also advises against what she
recognize that and accept it rather calls “conversational landmines” and
than worrying about it or bemoaning reminds everyone: “Best behavior
the fact. wins. If you’re together with people,
that’s when we should mind our man-
“And if you’re going to go some- ners. Cut your family some slack and
where where there’s food and drink learn to say no. You don’t have to say yes
being served, have a plan before you to everything.”
go on how many drinks you’re going
to have,” Posey advises. If you should But most of all Posey’s advice goes
exceed your pre-set limit, Posey’s ad- back to her first step. “Manage your ex-
vice is, “Get a driver or an Uber, be- pectations,” because real life is not the
cause one of the worst things that can Hallmark Channel.
happen during the holidays is to get a
DUI on top of all your normal holiday Anne Posey is the administrative direc-
stress.” tor of the Cleveland Clinic Indian River
Hospital’s Behavioral Health Center at
And while Posey’s next suggestion is 1190 37th Street in Vero Beach. The cen-
something you won’t see in those clas- ter’s phone number is 772-563-4666. 
sic Hollywood Christmas movies that

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, December 12, 2019 29


Backwater: A treat for fans of big and colorful breakfasts

REVIEW BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER The Color Pack Buttermilk Pancakes
[email protected] with Blueberries and Strawberries.

Scoring a griddle table at Backwa-
ter on the weekend can mean a 30- to
45-minute wait, but the memories are
worth it. Making silly, colored pan-
cakes is one of those things I suspect
my middle-schooler might be way too
cool to do with me very, very soon, so
we settled in and waited on a cold,
rainy morning last month. Thank you
to the angel of a server behind the
counter who handed me a mug of hot,
black coffee while we waited.

Winter is definitely the season to
have a hot griddle on in the middle of
your table, and the Christmas break
from school is the perfect opportunity
to gather with family for breakfast. The
griddle tables easily fit six people, more
if you’ve got little kids.

If you’re not interested in making your
own pancakes, Backwater has tempting
breakfast and lunch menus loaded with
Southern favorites. This is definitely
the type of restaurant to spend a “cheat

Left to right: Wild Caught Canaveral Shrimp and Grits. Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict with Black Cherry Grits. Deep Fried French Toast. Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich with Tomato Bisque.

meal” on if you’re watching your diet gator gumbo, country-fried pork chop ways opt for The Color Pack ($15.95) service is always friendly, and as fast as
the rest of the week. As we know in the and grilled macaroni and cheese. Ev- which comes with one squeeze bottle it can be despite the crowd.
South, everything is better deep fried. erything that went whizzing by our ta- each of yellow, blue, green and red but-
You’ll find fried green tomatoes, fried ble looked and smelled wonderful, but termilk pancake batter, enough to feed I welcome your comments, and encour-
chicken (or gator) and waffles and deep- pancakes were our main mission. three to four people, maybe five or six age you to send feedback to me at lisamel-
fried French toast. There’s lots of ham, if you also select a couple side items. [email protected]
pork, sausage and sausage gravy on the You can get vegan or gluten-free We always make lots of extra pancakes
menu, and the omelettes are excellent. pancake batter, whole wheat pancake and warm up the leftovers at home. The reviewer is a Brevard resident who
For lunch there are op- batter or naturally colored buttermilk With our pancakes we chose strawber- dines anonymously at restaurants at the
tions like shrimp ries and blueberries ($1.50 each top- expense of this newspaper. 
and grits, pancake batter, but we al- ping), plus sides of bacon ($3.49) and
home fries ($2.49). RESTAURANT HOURS
Fried Green Tomato 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday-Friday;
Caprese Sandwich. We each ordered a glass of yummy 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;
fresh-squeezed orange juice ($3.49) and
I got my coffee warmed up. Our pan- Breakfast served all day
cake batter and the fresh fruit toppings BEVERAGES
arrived in just a few minutes and the
sides of bacon and home fries were not Beer, Mimosas, Bloody Marys and
far behind. The bacon was thick and Vodka Cocktails
cooked crisp the way we like it and the ADDRESS
home fries were very good.
1904 Municipal Lane
The pancakes always turn out fluffy (Historic Downtown Melbourne)
on the griddles and it’s great fun being
creative with shapes and colors. The PHONE
squeeze bottles are easy to work with for 321-837-3925
kids or adults. I can’t imagine ordering
dessert at Backwater with all that hearty
food. You will not leave hungry, and the

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Five tips to help you celebrate with sparkling wine

The Washington Post

The holidays are for celebration. With
joy in our hearts and our smiles, we
raise our glasses to toast friendships old
and new, the accomplishments of the
year now ending, and the possibilities
that lie ahead.

Our glasses most likely contain liq-
uid joy, a wine that sparkles with prom-
ise, its bubbles lifting our spirits as they
climb steadily, inexorably from the
bottom of the glass. Nothing can keep
them down. As the famous Benedictine
monk Dom Pérignon exclaimed while
enjoying his own champagne, “I’m
drinking stars!”

Here are five things to know about a rainy vintage. ability as the great Bordeaux and Bur- your palate. A rich champagne can ac-
sparkling wine as you prepare to toast Some producers use a solera system, gundies. company a fancy meal, while a lighter
your loved ones. Spanish cava pairs well with tapas and
similar to what’s used in making sherry If you get hooked on champagne, you appetizers.
1. It ain’t champagne unless it comes or aged tawny Port. A solera is a blend can spend some glorious days divin-
from Champagne. of several vintages; each year, a portion ing the terroir nuances of the Cotes des Bubbles also have an affinity for fat,
is used to add complexity and an aged Blancs, where the vibrant fruit of char- salt and crunch. Fried chicken, french
Those of us of a certain age tend character to the new blend, while some donnay reigns supreme, or the more fries and even popcorn. If you want to
to call any bubbly champagne, the fresh wine is added. It’s rather like a minerally wines of the Montagnes de be truly decadent, in a wine geek way,
way we used to call any cola Coke or sourdough levain for bread. Reims, based on pinot noir and pinot try champagne with a Popeye’s chicken
any copier a Xerox machine. But true meunier. Or the wines of the Marne Val- sandwich.
champagne comes from the Cham- Vintage-dated sparkling wines are ley, where the sandier soils have their
pagne region of northern France, from better years, or more consistent own softer expression. If you want to ex- 5. Don’t drink it in a coupe.
where producers have been zealous climates. Vintage champagnes are plore the region, start with Peter Liem’s Does anyone have coupes today?
about protecting their brand. aged longer to give the complexity that masterful work, “Champagne” (com- These are the wide, shallow glasses in
reserve wines add to a multi-vintage plete with topographical maps). And those Belle Epoque posters. Tall, narrow
What makes champagne the world’s blend. They are priced accordingly. then check your bank account – this will glasses called flutes are more common
top sparkling wine? Marketing is the be expensive research. now. Flutes channel the bubbles directly
cynical answer. We’ve all seen those 3. Wine is the noun, sparkling is the to the top. They’re great for toasting, but
Belle Epoque-era posters showing modifier. 4. Because it’s not just about the bub- if you want to enjoy your sparkling wine
champagne as the luxurious drink of bles, it’s not just about toasting. as wine (see above, Nos. 3 and 4), use a
the upper class. We tend to value sparkling wines tulip-shaped glass.
for their bubbles and the celebrations “Bubbles go with everything” is my With these points in mind, I hope
Winemaking is important, too. In they mark. But bubbly is – first and mantra. (Well, one of them.) Sparkling you have a wonderful, bubbly holiday
the champagne method, now more foremost – wine. This is especially true wine is extremely food-friendly, be- season. 
commonly called the traditional of the finest champagnes, which show cause the bubbles and acidity refresh
method (because “champagne meth- as much depth, complexity and aging
od” allows other regions to link their
wines with champagne), the bubbles
are formed during a second fermenta-
tion in the bottle.

Other sparkling wines are made in
the Charmat, or bulk, method. Essen-
tially, they are carbonated under pres-
sure with carbon dioxide in large tanks.
This is obviously cheaper. Prosecco is
made this way, and can be quite good.

2. Vintage isn’t (always) important.
Many sparkling wines do not carry a
vintage date on the label. They are “non-
vintage” wines, or as some producers
prefer, “multi-vintage,” blending wines
from several harvests.
The multi-vintage blending practice
developed as a hedge against Cham-
pagne’s uncertain northern climate,
but also because producers wanted to
develop a consistent house style. By
blending reserve wines from older vin-
tages with the new harvest, they could
guard against the excessive ripeness of
a hot year or the more anemic wines of

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, December 12, 2019 31


How to put the underestimated hand mixer to work for you

STORY BY BECKY KRYSTAL the path of the handheld mixer. Often Know its limits. Need to whip a amount of aeration. Moreover, the ex-
The Washington Post when I use a hand mixer, I hold the large number of egg whites or put to- tended time can be a strain on your
machine with one hand and the bowl gether a heavy cookie dough? Think arm, especially with heavier models.
There are few pieces of kitchen with the other. This can be tricky if twice before pulling out the hand Luchetti also says hand mixers may be
equipment with as much prestige and you’re supposed to gradually add an mixer, if you have a choice. Whipping too aggressive for recipes in which you
cachet as the stand mixer. If you’re a ingredient into the bowl. To ensure large amounts of ingredients will take want to paddle the ingredients just to
serious baker, you should have one, the bowl doesn’t hop around once you a very long time with a hand mixer and gently break them up, such as for a tart
the conventional wisdom goes. I’m not take your hand off it, you can nestle may not end up giving you the same dough. 
going to disagree with that. My par- the bowl in a damp towel shaped into
ents bought me my stand mixer as a a ring to hold it in place. Fine Dining, Elevated
gift for my first apartment more than
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and used it frequently – ever since. strengths. A stand mixer doesn’t nec- Award Winning Wine List
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That said, it can be easy to give short if you have both, sometimes the little Unparalleled Service
shrift to its smaller cousin, the hand- guy is preferable. “For smaller amounts
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a recipe that calls for a stand mixer, a stand mixer,” says cookbook author Wine Spectator Award
the question inevitably arises: Can I Rose Levy Beranbaum in “The Baking 2002 – 2017
make this using a handheld machine? Bible.” As great as a stand mixer is, its
attachments may not make enough
“When I write a recipe, it’s always, contact with whatever is in the deep
always on my mind,” says pastry chef bowl if there isn’t a lot of it. The por-
and cookbook author Emily Luchetti, tability of a handheld mixer is a major
who has tested many models of hand- asset when you need to beat ingredi-
held mixers over the years but has yet ents in a bowl set over a saucepan of
to fall in love with any particular one. hot water (i.e. a double boiler) on the
“I want to be inclusive. I want to en- stove top, such as for some sponge
courage everyone to bake.” cake batters or a boiled/seven-minute
Even though Luchetti’s loyalty lies
with the stand mixer, she says you can
do just about everything using a hand
mixer, with a few caveats and adjust-
ments. Here’s some advice on how to

Expect a difference in time. “You
have to be patient with it,” Luchetti
says of the handheld mixer. Beating
egg whites, creaming butter and sugar
together – just about everything will
take longer with the small appliance.
In a head-to-head test, America’s Test
Kitchen found that whipping whole
eggs for a génoise cake took twice as
long with a handheld mixer as its stand
mixer competition. (The batter from
the stand mixer ended up with a high-
er volume, although the cakes baked
up nearly identical.) Luchetti says that
many recipes are written with times
based on a stand mixer, which is why
it’s so important to pay attention to
the visual cues provided in a recipe to
know whether you’re done.

Prepare to be more hands-on. As
the name indicates, you’ll be using
those trusty appendages more with
your handheld mixer, and that can
make things slightly more complicat-
ed. “You have to chase stuff all around
the bowl,” Luchetti says. Make sure
you run the mixer around the edges of
the bowl as well as through the center.
Luchetti sometimes adds extra insur-
ance by using a spatula to push ingre-
dients into the middle of the bowl and

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Please send calendar information org. 14 Submissions for the 14th annual juried
at least two weeks prior to your exhibition, 100% Pure Florida, are due for the
February 2020 exhibit. The competition is open
event to to all Florida artists, 18 years of age and older
with no subject limitation. Cash prizes and ex-
[email protected] hibition awards available. For more information
please visit:
ONGOING call-for-art/

Satellite Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 5 14 City of Satellite Beach Sustainabil-
p.m. Thursdays at Pelican Beach Park on A1A. ity Board and Keep Brevard Beautiful is
hosting a composting program, learn about com-
Melbourne Beach Rotary Club meets at 7:30 posting and how it helps the environment. Event
a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month is free. To register, please visit https://www.event-
at Oceanside Pizza, 300 Ocean Avenue, Suite 6,
Melbourne Beach. shop-tickets-83723903449?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Space Coast Lightfest every night until Janu- Dec. 11 | Selfies with Surfing Santa and Mrs. Claus at Long Doggers Satellite Beach. 14 Fitness on Fifth, Spring Forward for
ary 1 from 6:30-10 p.m., Wickham Park. Bring a Autism, and Coastal Bloom, hosts a
new unwrapped toy for Toys For Kids and revive and lighting of candles. For more information call again and Right Whales on the Brink of Extinction” Holiday Celebration. Raffle, from 8:30 a.m. un-
a ticket discount. A portion of proceeds from 321-242-2585 or visit Sebastian Inlet State Park admission fees apply. til 1:30 p.m. at Fitness On Fifth, Indialantic. For
Dec. 13 event attendance benefits Boy Scout For more information visit more information, please visit, https://www.
Troop 309 of Satellite Beach. For more informa- 11|12 The Melbourne Munici-
tion visit pal Band (MMB) will again 13 Sound Healing Symphony with Anthony 83841114029?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
delight all ages with its annual holiday concert, Profeta will include the Singing Bowls,
DECEMBER “Songs of the Season,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday harp and flute at the Foosaner Art Museum, 7-9 15 Indialantic Chamber Singers presents
and Thursday at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 p.m. For tickets visit https://www.eventbrite. “Sing We Now of Christmas,” a Christ-
11 Selfies with Surfing Santa and Mrs. E. Hibiscus Blvd. Concert is free, no tickets re- com/e/sound-collage-the-sound-healing-sympho- mas concert. 3 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyte-
Claus at Long Doggers Satellite Beach quired. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Attendees are in- ny-tickets-79596572491?aff=ebdssbdestsearch rian Church, Indialantic. Free with suggested
from 6 to 8 p.m., T-shirts on sale and giveaways vited to bring a new toy for the Brevard Sharing donation of $10. For more information, please
of stickers and pins. For more information, Center. Pre-show by the Sunshine Brass Quintet. 14 Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra pres- call 321-426-0360 or visit www.Indialantic-
please call 321-773-5558. Call 321-724-0555 or visit http://www.Melbour- ents “Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker & A New Orleans Christmas” at 2 p.m. at the Scott Center for
11 Blue Christmas service at Suntree United Performing Arts in Suntree. Tickets are $25 in ad- 15 The Space Coast Symphony Youth
Methodist Church at 6 p.m., featuring qui- 12 Free lecture “Marine Resources Council - vance/$30 at door. For more information, please call Orchestra presents “Holiday Magic”
et, reflective music, comforting scripture readings Making the Indian River Lagoon Healthy 855-252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony. 3:30 p.m. at the Scott Center for the Perform-
ing, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in Suntree, free. For
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8 THAILAND 4 RENOWN “Winter Wonderland Christmas” at 3
10 FANG 6 ORATORIO p.m. at Suntree United Methodist Church. Con-
11 EAR 7 TOGETHER cert is free. For more information visit www.
13 UBOAT 9 HABIT or call 321-385-7236.
16 ATE 14 TANGIBLE 17 Skydiving Santa’s of Cocoa Beach will
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22 PIN 22 PACT 19 Sound Bath Meditation with Anthony Pro-
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Sprawling riverfront home
features oversized pool

1000 S. Riverside Dr. in Indialantic: 6-bedroom, 7-bath, single-story riverfront home offered
for $1,980,000 by Kathy Heyl of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty: 321-223-5223

34 Thursday, December 12, 2019 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Sprawling riverfront home features oversized pool

[email protected]

The updated riverfront home at
1000 S. Riverside Dr. in Indialantic
comes with six bedrooms, six full
baths, two half-baths, 4,436 of air-
conditioned living space and a sepa-
rate guest apartment.

Built in 1950 and expanded in
1985, the home has high-end details
throughout, including a variety of
vaulted and tray ceilings, upscale
window treatments, built-in cabi-
netry and shelf systems. The front
entrance features two custom-built
beveled glass doors.

The house is highlighted by a mas-
sive screened lanai/patio that ex-
tends 85 feet across the back of the
home with a dining table and other
furniture on the covered portion of
the patio, which also features an out-
door shower and summer kitchen.

Other rooms with patio access in-
clude the living room with wood-
burning fireplace, the formal dining
room and the large Florida room – a
favorite hangout for sellers Richard
and Dianne Quinby, who have lived
in the home since 2002. The Florida
room has a nostalgic feel with original
diamond-polished terrazzo floors.

“When it’s nice weather we open up
all the doors for the breeze,’’ Dianne
Quinby said.

The eat-in island kitchen features
new granite countertops, stainless-
steel appliances and a butler’s pantry
with custom cabinets and storage.
There is a laundry room with outdoor

The main master bedroom suite
has patio access and an upgraded
bathroom with columns, an over-
sized jetted tub, a large irregularly
shaped shower with double shower
heads at different heights, twin vani-
ty sinks and two large walk-in closets.
There’s also a second master suite.

Separated from the rest of the
house by pocket doors is a guest suite
consisting of two bedrooms connect-
ed by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom.

Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, December 12, 2019 35




The Quinbys have enjoyed the privacy of the The former butler’s quarters have been renovat- Neighborhood:
home and backyard, which is buffered by mature ed and equipped with new appliances to serve as a Indialantic by the Sea
landscaping, and the view of the sunsets across the small apartment for guests or relatives.
Indian River just south of the Melbourne Causeway Year Built: 1950
during the nearly two decades they have lived in Between the detached two-car garage and main Bedrooms: 6
the home. house and throughout the yard are mature plants Bathrooms:

CONTINUED ON PAGE 39 6 full bathrooms, 2 half-baths
Home size:

4,436 square feet under air;
8,129 square feet under roof

Concrete block with stucco

Roof: Tile
Lot size: 30,492 square feet, 0.7 acres
Pool: 40-foot concrete, solar-heated, saltwa-

ter, screened-in swimming pool
Additional features: Island kitchen with
granite countertops, stainless steel appli-
ances, high-quality wood cabinetry, wood-
burning fireplace, master bathroom suite
with oversized jetted bathtub and shower,
two walk-in closets, summer kitchen, outdoor
shower, patio slab, large screen lanai/patio,

private dock with boat lift
Listing agency:

ONE Sotheby’s International Realty
Listing agent:

Kathy Heyl, 321-223-5223
Listing price: $1,980,000

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Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

The real estate market was relatively quiet the week after Thanksgiving in ZIP codes 32951, 32903
and 32937. Indialantic led the way with nine transactions, followed by Indian Harbor Beach with five,
Melbourne Beach with three and Satellite Beach reporting two.
Our featured sale this week was of a corner condo with a direct oceanfront view in Indian Harbour Beach.
Unit 1301 at 2065 Highway A1A was placed on the market May 1 with an asking price of $675,000. The sale
closed on Dec. 3 for $641,480.
The seller in the transaction was represented by Louie Polsinelli of D. Basile Real Estate. The purchaser was
represented by Thomas Downs of Downs Investment Properties.


RIVER COLONY WEST SE 509 HARLAND AVE 9/20/2019 $579,000 $559,000 12/2/2019 $329,000
RIVER COLONY EAST 607 CITRUS CT $425,000 12/5/2019
AVERILL FARMS SUBD 160 5TH ST 10/31/2019 $425,000 $349,000 12/5/2019 $698,500
12/3/2019 $349,000 $475,000
SALES FOR 32903 $459,000
NONE 244 MICHIGAN AVE 12/3/2019 $698,500 $698,500 12/3/2019 $215,000
OCEAN SD VIL P3 RPLT 3960 POSEIDON WAY $539,900 12/2/2019 $208,000
INDIALANTIC BY SEA 132 SEVENTH AVE 7/16/2019 $565,000 $475,000 12/2/2019 $180,000
JADE PALM CONDO 1345 N A1A HWY 206 $499,000 12/5/2019
INDIALANTIC BY SEA 404 WAYNE AVE 10/14/2019 $475,000 $459,000 12/3/2019 $779,900
PART OF GOVT LOT 5 A 290 PARADISE BLVD 69 $239,900 12/2/2019 $630,000
OCEANVIEW CONDO 2150 N HIGHWAY A1A 309 4/26/2019 $595,000 $225,000 12/2/2019 $530,000
OCEANVIEW CONDO 2160 N HIGHWAY A1A 206 $214,900 12/4/2019 $420,000
PARADISE BEACH VILLA 180 PARADISE BLVD 1804 10/7/2019 $459,000 $180,500 12/3/2019 $305,000
10/19/2019 $239,900

5/29/2019 $225,000

7/21/2019 $214,900

7/1/2019 $184,900


OCEANA OCEANFRONT SAT BCH 1025 HIGHWAY A1A 401 6/5/2018 $779,900 $779,900 12/4/2019
5/22/2019 $629,900 $629,900 12/5/2019
OCEANA OCEANFRONT SAT BCH 1045 HIGHWAY A1A 803 8/19/2019 $549,000 $549,000 12/4/2019
10/14/2019 $424,900 $424,900 12/3/2019
SOMERSET OCEANFRONT 2085 HIGHWAY A1A 3603 8/16/2019 $320,000 $320,000 12/4/2019
8/5/2019 $315,000 $289,900 12/2/2019



Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, December 12, 2019 37


Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: Averill Farms Subd, Address: 160 5th St Subdivision: Indialantic by Sea, Address: 132 Seventh Ave

Listing Date: 12/3/2019 Listing Date: 10/14/2019
Original Price: $349,000 Original Price: $475,000
Recent Price: $349,000 Recent Price: $475,000
Sold: 12/5/2019 Sold: 12/2/2019
Selling Price: $329,000 Selling Price: $475,000
Listing Agent: David Settgast Listing Agent: Robert & Christina Geiger

Selling Agent: ONE Sotheby’s International Selling Agent: ONE Sotheby’s International

David Settgast Amy Ustjanowski

ONE Sotheby’s International Richards Real Estate

Subdivision: None, Address: 244 Michigan Ave Subdivision: Jade Palm Condo, Address: 1345 N A1A Hwy 206

Listing Date: 12/3/2019 Listing Date: 4/26/2019
Original Price: $698,500 Original Price: $595,000
Recent Price: $698,500 Recent Price: $499,000
Sold: 12/3/2019 Sold: 12/5/2019
Selling Price: $698,500 Selling Price: $460,000
Listing Agent: Not Provided Listing Agent: Bob Sirounis

Selling Agent: Not Provided Selling Agent: Harbor City Business Brokers

Brandon Chesser Sandra Sheibani

Curri Kirschner R. E. Grp. LLC ONE Sotheby’s Intl

38 Thursday, December 12, 2019 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly


Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.

Subdivision: River Colony West SE, Address: 509 Harland Ave Subdivision: Ocean Sd Vil P3 Rplt, Address: 3960 Poseidon Way

Listing Date: 9/20/2019 Listing Date: 7/16/2019
Original Price: $579,000 Original Price: $565,000
Recent Price: $559,000 Recent Price: $539,900
Sold: 12/2/2019 Sold: 12/2/2019
Selling Price: $525,000 Selling Price: $530,000
Listing Agent: Cindy Walker Listing Agent: Sue Girard

Selling Agent: ONE Sotheby’s International Selling Agent: Mercedes Premier Realty, LLC

Gregory Ellingson Eric Downes

Ellingson Properties Keller Williams Rlty

WATERFRONTBREVARD.COM Subdivision: Somerset Oceanfront, Address: 2085 Highway A1A 3603

5 BEDROOMS! Listing Date: 8/19/2019
Original Price: $549,000
Recent Price: $549,000
Sold: 12/4/2019
Selling Price: $530,000
Listing Agent: Toie Crespi & Jeff Chancey

Selling Agent: BHHS Florida Realty

Rita Mahesh Soni

Vista Florida Realty LLC

517 Andrews Dr, Melbourne Beach · $729,000 Subdivision: Oceana Oceanfront Sat Bch, Address: 1025 Highway A1A 401
5 Bedrooms PLUS Office, 4 Bathrooms · 3,373 SF
Renovated POOL home located South of Fifth Ave! Listing Date: 6/5/2018
Original Price: $779,900
David Curri 321.890.9911 Recent Price: $779,900
Sold: 12/4/2019
JUST LISTED! Selling Price: $779,900
Listing Agent: Jason Soares

Selling Agent: Blue Oceans Realty LLC

Barbara Guest

RE/MAX Aerospace Realty

508 River Oaks Dr, Indialantic · $549,000 Subdivision: Oceana Oceanfront Sat Bch, Address: 1045 Highway A1A 803
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms · 2,198 SF
Listing Date: 5/22/2019
Huge Double Lot, Enclosed Pool, Fully Renovated! Original Price: $629,900
Brandon Chesser 321.216.7232 Recent Price: $629,900
Sold: 12/5/2019
CALL US TO SCHEDULE YOUR Selling Price: $630,000
PRIVATE SHOWING! Listing Agent: James Kinsey

David Curri Broker/Owner Selling Agent: Palm Realty Properties,LLC

321.890.9911 Bridget Sentz RE/MAX Elite

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• 325 Fifth Ave, Indialantic
• Downtown Eau Gallie Arts District

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Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, December 12, 2019 39


that have been meticulously main- heated swimming pool. A walkway has modern updates but also reflects “You can buy or build a larger and
tained, with some areas showing ac- connects the pool area to a private classic architectural themes from newer home, but this home has char-
cents of English garden design. dock on the river that is equipped 1950 to present, each executed with acter,’’ he said.
with a 5,000-pound boat lift. a strict attention to the finest ma-
There is a large patio entertain- terials and workmanship, Richard The home is being offered by ONE
ment area located next to the screen- With the 1985 expansion and years Quinby said. Sotheby’s International Realty agent
enclosed 40-foot saltwater, solar- of additional refinements, the home Kathy Heyl for $1,980,000. 





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