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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2016-12-08 12:20:44



Give it up for JI Foundation’s
generous donors. P12
Land Trust acquires
a keystone parcel. P9

New trolley proposed to link
dining and drinking districts. P10

MY VERO Parade kicks off holiday season. See special “Christmas on the Island” section, Page 25. PHOTO BY PATRICK RICE FPL takeover of
Shores electric
BY RAY MCNULTY Major donors suspend support of Food Bank moving quickly

More than one lesson BY MEG LAUGHLIN tion, have launched their own Feeding America say that the BY LISA ZAHNER
in Cole Coppola’s death Staff Writer probe of the Food Bank in the Food Bank has been put on Staff Writer
wake of a Vero Beach 32963 “probation” until a forensic
Of all the words spoken last Two major contributors investigation questioning how audit is completed, which Hoping to move swiftly on
week in Circuit Judge Cynthia to the Treasure Coast Food CEO Judy Cruz had spent thou- means no money and no food the purchase of the 3,000 In-
Cox's courtroom, where the Bank, Feeding America and sands of dollars in donations. is currently being given to dian River Shores electric cus-
young woman charged with the Publix Charitable Founda- tomers now served by the City
killing 16-year-old Cole Cop- Sources close to Publix and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 of Vero Beach electric system,
pola in a DUI-related accident Florida Power & Light deliv-
in September 2014 was sen- ered a 92-page letter of intent
tenced to seven years in pris- to Vero last week that outlines
on, none were more compel- terms of the proposed deal.
ling than those uttered by the
boy's grandmother. The document was part of
the backup material for con-
"I want all of you to under- sideration at this Tuesday’s
stand that this is a prevent- City Council meeting, and was
able crime," Mary Lou Ciam- expected to be the topic of
briello told the crowded room much debate and consterna-
at the Indian River County tion by those opposed to sell-
Courthouse, where both she ing off the Shores customers
and Coppola’s father, Nicho- for $30 million cash.
las, were permitted to address
the court. FPL says it would need to
purchase Vero’s transmission
CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 assets that carry power to
residents and businesses in
Property owners the Shores, and those assets
moving to repair
their own beaches CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

BY LISA ZAHNER School Board seeks School credit card
Staff Writer insurance answers spending needs look

County’s beaches from Hur- Staff Writer Staff Writer
ricane Matthew is now esti-
mated to be nearly $14 mil- The Indian River County School Board members Charles Searcy and Shawn Frost. PHOTO BY MITCH KLOORFAIN Five months after the In-
lion, with no certainty where School Board got a break dian River County School
the cash for repairs will come on the School District’s Board approved opening a
from or when the work might employee health insurance $7 million credit card ac-
get done – so some ocean-
front property owners are CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
taking action to repair their
own beaches, using expedit-


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Shores electric lion per year for three years on elec- cussions for the details of the transac- $10,000 per customer price tag!), a de-
tric bills. Shores residents in the north tion.” cision by the PSC, or by the Florida Su-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 portion of the town already served by preme Court on appeal, that the Shores’
FPL would not pay the surcharge. The deal is contingent on the Florida home-rule powers to grant or withhold
need to be free and clear of liens and Public Service Commission amending permission for an electrical provider to
other encumbrances. It states that FPL Under the terms of the deal, because the service boundaries of FPL and Vero operate could have proven problem-
will provide retail electric service to it will take time to complete techni- Beach electric, but this is not seen as atic to municipal-owned and investor-
Shores customers and charge its exist- cal upgrades needed to fully integrate a hurdle, as the Shores has petitioned owned utilities across the state of Florida.
ing rates, as approved and adjusted by the Shores into its own distribution to be carved out of Vero’s territory, and
state regulators. system and bring service in from the PSC Chair Julie Brown has openly en- The second section of FPL’s letter
North Barrier Island, Vero would allow couraged the parties to come to terms talks about the “due diligence” process
In addition, the Shores Town Coun- FPL to wheel power through Vero’s sys- and make a deal. The case was and is that will precede the final deal FPL
cil last week affirmed its previous tem for a few years. a political hot potato for the PSC, in- hashes out with Vero’s management
commitment for the 80 percent of volving sticky constitutional questions staff and new transactional attorney.
town residents that would be switch- Vero City Manager Jim O’Connor and possible federal antitrust issues.
ing from Vero electric to FPL to fund said on the eve of Tuesday’s meeting, The City Council voted 3-2 to fire util-
$3 million of the purchase price via a “The letter said what we expected [it While the outright purchase of the ities attorney Robert Scheffel “Schef”
surcharge. FPL would collect $1 mil- would say] and from the Administra- Shores’ customers would not create any Wright last month over concerns that he
tive side, it is good enough to start dis- sort of precedent (except for the huge would not be the best person to make
the deal happen, since he’d advised
strongly against the $30 million sale.
The letter states FPL expects to execute
the contract with Vero by March 1.

Following the main eight pages of
the letter is a 2007 resolution concern-
ing Vero’s revenue bond covenants,
with lengthy attachments. At the time,
Vero had $56 million in outstanding
tax-free municipal bond debt on its
electric utility. When the city gets its
$30 million in proceeds from the par-
tial sale, the City Council could opt to
pay down the utility’s debt to reduce
long-term operating expenses. 

Food Bank


Treasure Coast Food Bank by either

Meanwhile, managers and check-
out clerks at area Publix stores are
quick to reassure wary customers –
when they asked them to donate to
feed the hungry for the holidays – that
none of the money is going to Trea-
sure Coast Food Bank.

The United Way of Indian River
County has also expressed concern
over where money given to the Food
Bank is going. But rather than proceed
with its own investigation, the United
Way has agreed to let Miguel Cody,
Food Bank board chairman who is a
longtime friend of Cruz, conduct his
own inquiry and share the findings
with the United Way.

After repeated calls from Vero
Beach 32963, Cody’s assistant said he
was unavailable for comment. Cruz
also did not respond, blocking calls
seeking comment.

Meanwhile, Feeding America, the
huge nonprofit which oversees 60,000
food banks and feeding programs
across the U.S., is working with the
Publix Charitable Foundation to in-
vestigate Treasure Coast Food Bank
and decide what action to take, ac-
cording to spokesman Nicole Krauss
in the Publix corporate office.

An independent auditor, who will

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / December 8, 2016 3


be selected by the Food Bank and ap- The Vero Beach 32963 article also self oversaw distribution of expired teers. In the memo, she defined children
proved by Feeding America, will com- reported that the Food Bank repeat- and tainted food to school children, as 8 years old and younger, and said he is
plete an in depth review of TCFB num- edly sent expired food and food con- and even ordered employees to erase only around children older than that.
bers in order to learn where money is taminated with rodent droppings expired dates from packages using cot-
going, sources said. to area elementary schools. In her ton balls and fingernail polish remover. In fact, the only part of the Vero
memo, Cruz blamed that problem on Beach 32963 story that Cruz acknowl-
In early October, about a week after the school nutritionists who received In her memo to staff denying allega- edged as accurate was the finding that
the first Vero Beach 32963 story came the bad food, saying it was their fault tions in the story, Cruz also explained Treasure Coast Food Bank administra-
out detailing examples of how dona- because of poor communications. why she let Treasure Coast Food Bank’s tors had been wrongly listed as donors
tions to the Food Bank had not been volunteer coordinator, who is not al- of $1,000 or more in the annual report.
used for the agreed-upon purposes, But former food bank employees lowed to be around children because In her memo to staff, Cruz attributed
CEO Cruz sent a memo to Food Bank told Vero Beach 32963 that Cruz her- of a sex offense, be around child volun- this mistake to “human error.” 
administrators telling them how to re-
spond if questioned. Exclusively John’s Island

Contrary to what the story said – In a setting designed to afford maximum privacy, this timeless 4BR/6.5BA lakefront
that Cruz had used only $65,000 of a home enjoys beautifully landscaped grounds and a tropical pool with fountain and
November 2015 Publix donation of spa. The gracious living room opens onto the expansive, sunlit lanai accessible
$120,000 for a refrigerated truck – Cruz by all principle rooms. Features include 8,878± GSF, handsome paneled library,
told her staff and Publix that most of updated island kitchen, family room with wet bar, office, A/C 3-car garage and
the missing $55,000 was spent on the a 2nd floor with ample storage rooms and bonus guest suite with kitchenette.
lease of a different truck. 150 Sago Palm Road : $3,750,000

But according to documents ob- three championship golf courses : 17 har-tru courts : beach club : squash
tained by Vero Beach 32963, as well as health & fitness center : pickleball : croquet : vertical equity membership
accounts of current and former food
bank employees, the lease for the truck 772.231.0900 : Vero Beach, FL :
was signed approximately five months
before Publix announced the $120,000
donation for purchase of a refrigerated
truck, and had nothing to do with it.

Cruz also denied the accuracy
of other examples of questionable
spending reported in the investigative
story, even though Vero Beach 32963
has documents to back up the allega-
tions, along with supporting informa-
tion from numerous current and for-
mer food bank employees.

Among the findings denied by Cruz,
despite documents and other informa-
tion contradicting her version of events:

T· hat employee pay was sometimes
falsely reported at inflated levels to ac-
count for where money went, and that
at least one volunteer was given a fake
salary on paper for the same reason;

That donated goods were repeatedly
shown as Food Bank purchases in order
to explain how donations were used,
and that employees were often asked to
falsify numbers in documents to incor-
rectly explain where money was going.

Orchid Island residents Joe and Cindy
Scherpf, who gave $50,000 to the Trea-
sure Coast Food Bank in 2014 and 2015
as part of a matching grant from the
Grand Harbor Community Outreach
Program, were among the first donors to
ask what had happened to their money.

To account for the spending of their
$50,000, Cruz provided Grand Harbor
representatives with a written break-
down that said well over $50,000 went to
purchase food for Mobile Pantries, even
though that food, valued at $159,396,
actually had been donated by organiza-
tions including Publix and Winn Dixie,
not purchased by the Food Bank.

In her recent memo to staff, Cruz
denied ever saying that any of the
Scherpfs’ money went to fund Mobile
Pantries – even though Vero Beach
32963 has a document in which Cruz
makes that claim in writing.

4 Vero Beach 32963 / December 8, 2016 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


My Vero struck by Jamie Williams' car near – With good behavior, Williams can Technically, she didn't plead guilty,
the crest of the 17th Street Bridge and expect to be out in six years, possibly though she agreed to go to prison and
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 knocked over the guard rail and into sooner. Whenever she is released, she will live the rest of her life as a felon.
the Indian River Lagoon below. will then be on probation for another
"This is an unnecessary crime," she three years. She also must live the rest of her life
added. "This is a sad and tragic crime, "There's no excuse," she said, "for haunted by what happened on the
not just for us but for her . . . for all of us." getting in a car when you've been drink- – The deal was negotiated by Assis- bridge.
ing." tant State Attorney Steve Gosnell and
Ciambriello went on to cite statistics Williams' Melbourne-based attorney, "She has accepted the role she
she had gathered while researching It was a powerful statement that Alan Landman, after Coppola's family played in the accident," Landman said
the damage done by drunk drivers – a echoed throughout an emotionally agreed to the terms. of Williams, who police say was driv-
mission that she said has been part of draining afternoon filled with sadness, ing with a blood-alcohol content of
her "journey to heal" – and she invited hugs and tears. "This family exhibited a quality of .144, above the legal limit of .08, when
those in the room to go online and do mercy you don't often see in the crimi- she was tested after the crash occurred
the same. For the record: nal justice system," Gosnell said, add- at 1:45 a.m. on Sept. 27, 2014.
– Williams, now 23, formally accept- ing, "They're obviously still very upset.
She then reminded everyone that ed a plea deal that sent her to prison They've lost their son or their grand- However, Landman said Williams
her grandson was only 27 hours into for up to seven years, though the sen- son or their brother, so it's never going maintains that she did not cause the
his 16th year when his bicycle was tence requires she serve a mandatory to be over for them." accident – that her car did not drift
minimum of only four years. into the bike lane and that Coppola's
Said Landman: "Both sides tried to bicycle veered into her lane of traffic,
find a resolution." possibly because he became leg-weary
from pedaling up a long, steep incline.
Had the case gone to trial, Williams
faced a maximum penalty of 15 years Both sides had expert witnesses pre-
in prison, just on the DUI manslaugh- pared to offer opposite opinions on
ter charge. She also was charged with that matter.
possession of less than 20 grams of
marijuana – a misdemeanor for which Without a trial, we'll never really
Cox, in accordance with the plea deal, know. Meaningful questions will re-
sentenced her to the five days in jail main unanswered. Important details
she had already served. will remain a mystery. And, at this
point, maybe it's better this way.
Gosnell said Coppola's family "wasn't
afraid" to take the case to trial, but, One young life was ended. Another
"They wanted this case to be over with." young life has been severely damaged.
No questions, no details, no trial will
Apparently, so did Williams, who, in change what happened on that bridge.
accepting the state's deal, changed her
plea from "not guilty" to "no contest." The only good that can come from
it are the lessons we can learn from

12 Vero Beach 32963 / December 8, 2016 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Give it up for JI Foundation’s generous donors

Dan Macrae, Mark Earle and Ken Wessel. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Jim Smith and Mary Macrae with Carole and Nicho Parks. Mike and Susan McGee with Kim and Evan English.

Jim and Sandy Johnson. Scott and Gail Alexander. Scott and Gail Alexander. Dan and Mary Jane Somers.

Mary Grimm and Griff McClellan. Kathleen and Jim Poole. Mimi and Jerry Rose. Peter and Carol Coxhead.

BY MARY SCHENKEL $5,000 to the foundation. computers, vehicles, furniture and beach here to find out what’s going on
Staff Writer “Out of a donor base of 550 peo- major equipment. in the rest of the county,” said Earle.
“Being on the site team is when I got a
John’s Island residents are among ple, these are 55 people who rep- “Somebody has to make sure these chance to meet the people at the agen-
the most generous in the county, resent more than 50 percent of the expenses are taken care of,” added cies who are really doing great work.
their largess touching the lives of contributions. It’s pretty powerful,” Johnson. “A select group of people at It’s more than just shaking hands. You
the entire community through quiet agreed Jim Johnson, current board John’s Island respond to it as I do. We walk around and meet people and
philanthropy, both individually and president, noting that last year they have very generous donors.” find out what they really do.”
through funding groups such as the awarded more than $550,000. “The
John’s Island Foundation. fundamental mission appealed to “It gives me a sense of joy to live “When I first moved here I started
me. Somebody in the community has in a community wherein caring for doing site visits with Impact 100,” said
Last Thursday evening the foun- to provide money for capital expendi- the basic life needs of our fellow In- Sandy Johnson. “Then I did site visits
dation’s top donors were feted at a tures.” dian River residents is valued and with the foundation and now I’m on
cocktail party at the lovely riverfront meaningfully addressed through the the board of the Boys and Girls Club.
home of Sandy and Jim Johnson to The John’s Island Foundation, John’s Island Foundation grant pro- The whole of Vero Beach is unbeliev-
thank them for their particularly which is now entering its 18th year, cess,” said Jim Smith. ably philanthropic.”
philanthropic support. has granted more than $9.2 million to
local nonprofits, but the job ahead is The process includes putting to- “I am proud to be a member of the
“This is the Leadership Circle. It a big one; this year they have received gether site teams which will begin board of directors of the John’s Island
was established a couple of years ago 25 grant requests totaling more than visiting the various agencies in Janu- Foundation,” said Ken Wessel. “The
to recognize the people who are giv- $800,000. ary to review agency needs, effec- John’s Island community is extremely
ing especially generously to the foun- tiveness and finances. They then generous and the foundation iden-
dation,” explained Mark Earle, past Johnson noted that the long-term communicate their findings through tifies specific needs within Indian
board president of those donors who capital expenses requested include reports to determine which grants River County that improve the qual-
annually contribute a minimum of everything from replacing roofs and will be distributed in April. ity of life for all.” 
air-conditioning units to purchasing
“I really enjoyed getting off the

14 Vero Beach 32963 / December 8, 2016 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Holidays take flight at Sebastian’s Light Up Night

BY MARY SCHENKEL A slight nip in the air and thousands
Staff Writer of twinkling lights at storefronts and
buildings along the way fostered the
Parking was at a premium along A1A festive feelings of participants and
in Sebastian, and even off the beaten visitors alike.
path a bit, as crowds came out to kick
off the holiday season at the 28th an- Many attendees made the newly
nual Light Up Night hosted by the Se- renovated Chamber & Visitors Center
bastian River Area Chamber of Com- their first stop to pick up event maps
merce and its member businesses. and, while they were at it, a few bro-
chures on the area’s recreational,

Johnathan and Tiffany Cook. PHOTOS: HOLLY PORCH 4:30. The food is so good; it’s unbeliev-
business, lifestyle and tourism oppor-
tunities. The office is a “Visit Florida Mitchell wasn’t kidding. Long lines
Certified Tourism Information Cen- of people snaked through the parking
ter,” one of 30 in the state. lot, waiting to chow down on the Se-
bastian River Medical Center’s boun-
“We have 41 businesses partici- tiful buffet, prepared by their own
pating this year,” said SRA Chamber cafeteria and served by the hospital’s
President/CEO Beth Mitchell. “Some leadership team.
of them have had their own unique
flavor for years. Lisanne [Robinson, “I believe we’ve been doing it ever
owner of Beyond Useless Boutique] since the beginning,” said Angela
and her mother have been serving Dickins. “Typically, we get somewhere
mom’s eggnog since 2000. And then between 500 and 600 people come
the hospital has busloads of people through.”
that start lining up for their buffet at
Some of the businesses, such as
Coldwell Banker Paradise, went all out

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / December 8, 2016 15


with their décor and refreshments. Woman’s Club, always up for a sea-
Offices and cubicles were decorated to sonal challenge, was a study in red,
the hilt, with flat-screen “fireplaces” right down to the crimson-clad Santa
and even a life-sized sleeping Santa listening patiently to all the wishes of
on a bench, along with lots of goodies little ones. He would be busy the next
to munch on while taking it all in. day, too. “We’ll be bringing Santa in
tomorrow at the parade; we built a
And at almost every site there were sleigh on a float,” said member Teddy
cookies – oodles and oodles of cookies Hulse.
– with yummy liquid refreshments to
wash it all down. First-place winners in the annual
decorating contests were: Christmas
Over at the Living Healthy Studio Fantasy indoor - Florida Eye Institute;
folks could, as Kristen Beck put it, Christmas Fantasy outdoor - Sebas-
“work off their indulgences,” and ease tian Center; Traditional indoor - Cold-
the guilt of all those cookies with a few well Banker Paradise; Traditional out-
on-the-spot workouts. door - Marine Bank and Trust. 

The GFWC Sebastian River Junior

16 Vero Beach 32963 / December 8, 2016 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Xmas marks the spot at
airport fete, boat parade


Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / December 8, 2016 17



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1. Brianna D’Andrea with her mom, Linda With Santa’s reindeer resting up before the big night, the Big Guy came to town last Friday morning in style
D’Andrea. 2. Jacob Herzoff. 3. COVB Christmas – aboard Piper Aircraft’s newest plane, the M600. He alit from the aircraft at a Christmas at the Airport event
Boat Parade. 4. Eric Menger, Harry Howle, Jackie hosted by the City of Vero Beach and the Vero Beach Regional Airport. Before his arrival, the talented Oslo
Carlon, and Craig Masters. 5. Kelly Menger with Middle School Choir performed for the appreciative gathering and later enjoyed juice and cookies while wait-
Connie Menger and Heidi Evans. 6. Mikayla ing to share their secret Christmas desires with Jolly St. Nick.
Tillman, Mercedes Brooks and Shyanne Buhr
7. Santa arrives on a Piper M600. “It’s a kickoff for Christmas by the City,” said Airport Ambassador Catherine Caddell, adding that the oc-
casion also marked the unveiling of a flat-screen monitor donated by the Indian River Historical Society for
PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE visitors to view historical photos of the airport and Vero Beach. And then Friday evening, viewers lined all
along Indian River Lagoon to watch the annual Vero Beach Boat Parade. Participants had ‘decked the decks’
with holiday décor and literally lit up the lagoon as the creative and colorful twinkling lights on their craft
reflected off the water. 

18 Vero Beach 32963 / December 8, 2016 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Holiday spirit abounds at CASTLE Jingle Mingle

BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF ue its important mission of preventing
Staff Writer child abuse through education and
CASTLE has been serving children
and families on the Treasure Coast for Guests mingled to the sounds of
the past 35 years, and this year they the Vero Beach High School musi-
added a little jingle to their step with cal ensemble, No Strings Attached, as
an inaugural Jingle Mingle hosted by they enjoyed an assortment of hors
Dyer Mazda. Organizers hoped to raise d’oeuvres and bid on silent-auction
funds to assist the nonprofit to contin- items. A festive array of gift baskets
with everything from cigars to wine

Theresa Garbarino-May and Janie Graves Hoover. Stephen and Jean Blank. PHOTOS: STEPHANIE LaBAFF

and jewelry tempted bidders to jingle Executive Director Theresa Garbarino-
the change in their pockets in sup- May. “They don’t understand why San-
port of CASTLE (Child Abuse Services ta Claus isn’t coming to their house.
Training Life Enrichment). They want to be treated just like every-
one else. This is a very commercialized
They hoped to raise $25,000 to en- time of year and people are talking
sure that it will be a magical holiday about the holidays and Christmas, and
for all the children who benefit from these kids just want to be like every-
CASTLE programming, which in In- body else.”
dian River County amounts to close to
1,000 children and parents. Every dollar that was spent at Jingle
Mingle and every donation made be-
“The reality is that everybody’s do- tween now and the end of the year will
nation is going to make a big difference benefit CASTLE families directly.
for a lot of our children,” said CASTLE

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / December 8, 2016 19


Judy and Bob Van Saun with Marilyn Wallach. Bill and Michelle Bollinger with Amy Selby. Karen Schlitt, Katie Kirk, Cynthia Hancock and Christy Bell.

Jennifer Bates and Elisa Goss.

The festivities ended with a very
merry battle as auctioneer Lynette
Marraffa created a snowstorm of bid-
ding during the live auction. A lottery
tree, Caribbean cruise and several
themed Christmas trees were fought
over in good-natured holiday spirit.

The evening was designed to raise
both money and awareness about the
various programs and services offered
along the Treasure Coast. The cycle of
poor parenting, abuse, divorce and do-
mestic violence affecting families can
be stopped through education, coun-
seling and support – changing lives for
generations to come.

“We have children in every ZIP code
that depend on CASTLE to be there for
them,” said Garbarino-May. “We are
there to help parents who are going
through divorce, are suffering because
they want to be better parents and we
couldn’t do that without the aid of our
friends in the community.”

She said she was thrilled to have
the opportunity to meet people in the
community and share the mission of
CASTLE adding, “There are more chil-
dren than we can possibly serve. We
have created this event to generate in-
come so that we will be able to support
larger numbers of families.”

The evening was a success, but sadly
there are ever more children who need
assistance and parents who could ben-
efit from CASTLE’s effective parenting
classes and counseling sessions. 

20 Vero Beach 32963 / December 8, 2016 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Model behavior at Library Friends Fashion Show

Staff Writer

The Indian River County Main Li-
brary took on a new look last Wednes-
day, where instead of perusing book se-
lections, guests checked out items from
the Library Friends Gift Shop at the
second annual Library Friends Fashion
Show hosted by Friends of the Library.

Patty Giddings, Angela Ahlf and Irene Moretti. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Patti Fuchs and Hollie McDougall.

Paula Sadlon and Pamela Cooper. Tanya Huff, Mary D. Snyder and Pansy Jhagroo.

Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™

“The show came about when
Friends of the Library board mem-
ber and Gift Shop co-manager Irene
Moretti had a brilliant idea last year
to host a fashion show to showcase
all the beautiful ladies apparel and
accessories the gift shop has to offer,”
explained Hollie McDougall, Brack-
ett Library branch manager. “Since
the show was such a big success we
decided to make it an annual event.”

The fashionable read was a collab-
orative effort between Friends mem-
bers, volunteers and library staff to
benefit the Indian River County Pub-
lic Library System, which includes
the Main Library in Vero Beach,
North County Library in Sebastian,
Brackett Library at Indian River State
College and the Gifford Library at the
Gifford Youth Achievement Center.

Friends of the Library raises and
donates approximately $80,000 an-
nually, supplementing county fund-
ing for such expenditures as the lease
of books and eBooks, purchase of
software programs and funding pro-
grams for children and adults.

“The Gift Shop is completely run
by volunteers,” explained Paula Sad-
lon, Gift Shop co-manager. “Proceeds
from the shop and Used Book Depot
help us to provide the library with
things the county can’t.”

Children’s Librarian Patti Fuchs
served as a festive emcee, introduc-
ing the models and giving a detailed
description of each of the 24 outfits,
all available at the Gift Shop, which
ranged from palazzo pants and vests
to jewelry, handbags and accessories.
The grand finale included pajama-
clad volunteers and staff parading in
comfy jammies and slippers, holding
an array of cuddly stuffed animals.

During wardrobe changes, guests
enjoyed a challenging game of hol-
iday-themed trivia, yummy snacks
and a baked good sale, purchased
raffle tickets and bid on silent auc-
tion items.

Two special guests were also hon-
ored at the event: Library Services
Director Mary Snyder and Supervisor
of the Archive Center and Genealogy
Department Pamela Cooper, who
will both retire this month. These
‘models’ of literary advocacy will be
greatly missed, having each served
the Library System for more than 30

After the show items flew off the
shelf as guests took advantage of a
special 25 percent discount and free
gift wrapping for all their purchases.
Friends membership ($15) is open to
everyone and supports the entire li-
brary system. Members receive a 10
percent discount at the Gift Shop.

For more information call the Gift
Shop at 772-770-9184 or the Used Book
Depot at 772-562-0043. 

22 Vero Beach 32963 / December 8, 2016 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™


Feels like Christmas at Tea Up for Nutcracker event

Staff Writer

With a sprinkling of holiday mag- Linda Downey and Adam Schnell. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Andrew and Rossana Harper with their son, George.
ic, nutcrackers and sugar plum fair-
ies came to life at the Oak Harbor day’s event that his first taste of the here, from New York City. Instead of Audrey and Victoria Dowdell.
Clubhouse during Tea Up for the Nutcracker came at age 10, when he a second act with candy characters,
Nutcracker, a holiday-themed event was dragged to an audition and was dances will center around flora and one to enjoy during Saturday’s event.
to support Ballet Vero Beach’s debut cast as the bratty little brother, Fritz. fauna of the Indian River Lagoon.” Golfers could tee up for 9 holes or
production of “The Nutcracker on the putt indoors, cravings were satisfied
Indian River.” “Watching those professional To give added weight to the perfor- at a vast dessert bar, cookies were
dancers was one of the most trans- mance, he shared that they are part- decorated, and bidders brought home
For several years, Ballet Vero Beach formative experiences in my life,” nering with the Indian River Land great items from a silent auction.
has enchanted audiences with their recalled Schnell, before relating his Trust, adding, “Taking the produc-
version of the original production vision for the local production. tion beyond the stage to teach ev- More than 150 guests enjoyed a
“The Nutcracker: In Swingtime!” and eryday citizens what they can do to lovely luncheon and fashion show
next December they will take things “The libretto sets the action in make sure that Vero Beach exists in featuring holiday attire from beach-
to a whole new level. 1919, the year Vero was chartered. this capacity for generations to come. side boutiques. Also highlighted were
The eccentric uncle character is land Dancing manatees and all.” costumes designed by Travis Halsey
“‘Nutcracker on the Indian River’ prospecting in Vero and invites the for the new production, and children
will be Ballet Vero Beach’s first Nut- heroine’s family to spend the holidays There was something for every- and adults watched with delight as
cracker project, and will be the only Clara, the Mouse King and the Sugar
annual resident professional pro- Plum Fairy flitted across the stage.
duction between Palm Beach and
Orlando,” explained artistic director Santa closed the show, walking the
and CEO Adam Schnell. “This pro- runway in his signature red and white,
duction has always been a part of accompanied by Mrs. Claus and bal-
Ballet Vero Beach’s strategic plan. I lerina Kendra Nagy. He later listened
had performed in some local-themed patiently as boys and girls whispered
Nutcrackers while I was dancing and wishes in his ear; all claiming to have
I knew something along those lines earned their spot on the “nice” list.
would really sing in Vero.”
At 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Riverside
The holiday classic evokes child- Theatre, Ballet Vero Beach will pro-
hood memories of Christmases past duce a final Gold Watch Gala Perfor-
for Schnell and holds a special place mance of “The Nutcracker: In Swing-
in his heart. He told guests at Satur- time!,” followed by a champagne
reception. The production will fea-
ture alumni Megan Callahan, Shan-
non Maloney, Patrick Schlitt, Camilo
Rodriguez and, for the first time
since his 2009 retirement, Schnell in
his Vero Beach debut. Visit balletver- for tickets. 

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Seas the day! Vero lifeguards dive into projects

BY MARY SCHENKEL Shaun Dibble, Colter Hanawalt, Erik Toomsoo, John Amyette, Rokas Cesnaukaukas, Todd Rapp, Vero Beach Lifeguard Association Presi-
Staff Writer Scott Adams and Stephen Harkness. PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE dent Eric Toomsoo.

Vero Beach lifeguards are gearing up The nonprofit VBLA was formed in
for another busy season, anticipating 2011 and is comprised of lifeguards,
beaches filled with year-round resi- residents and businesses concerned
dents, holiday visitors and returning with promoting lifeguarding and wa-
snowbirds enjoying what the Old Farm- ter safety. Adhering to that mission, the
er’s Almanac predicts will be a milder VBLA raises funds and awareness in an
than normal winter. effort keep our local beaches, the area’s
No. 1 attraction, well-equipped and
“Crowds are starting to come,” said well-protected.

“One of the projects we’re working on
right now is we’re about to release the
area’s first-ever water safety video,” said
Toomsoo, noting that the free video will
be made available to the public on their website. They hope to release
the video shortly after the new year and
envision it as something that could be
broadcast on local access channels at
area hotels so that guests know a little
about our waters, particularly rip cur-
rents, before venturing out.

They plan to give copies to all the
schools and Toomsoo adds, “We also
have a mermaid, Teale the Mermaid,
who is one of our lifeguards. She will go
to the schools using the video to teach
kids about water safety. It was shot right
here in Vero. Jeff Zachery is producing
it with lifeguard Todd Rapp as executive

Additionally, the group is actively
fundraising to erect a lifeguard tower
and headquarters at Humiston Beach,
to replace the current small shack on
the boardwalk. They are waiting for
approval from the Department of En-
vironmental Protection and will then
need approval from the City of Vero

“That’s our big thing,” said Toomsoo.
“Vero Beach had the first House of Ref-
uge on the whole east coast of Florida in
1876, right here at Jaycee Park. We want
the design of the tower to look like the
old Houses of Refuge that we had along
our coast. So it will have a functional as-
pect but also a historical significance.”

Plans call for the lower floor to house
administrative offices, with the second
floor becoming a lifeguard tower, af-
fording an enhanced, elevated view of
the beach and better protection from
the elements.

There were 10 Houses of Refuge, or
life-saving stations along the Atlantic
coast of Florida, each staffed by keepers
and their families to assist victims ship-
wrecked on the ocean’s hidden reefs.
They were run by the U.S. Life-Saving
Service, which in 1915 became the U.S.
Coast Guard. The first one built was the
Bethel Creek House of Refuge and the
only one remaining is the House of Ref-
uge on Gilbert’s Bar, now a museum on
Hutchinson Island in Stuart. 

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Christmas cheers at Vero Beach’s jolly good parade

BY CHRISTINA TASCON “This was such an awesome pa- Sherrif Deryl Loar (L) and Police Chief David Currey (C) waved to the crowds.
rade,” said Arthur McGileray, sitting
Correspondent at Grind & Grape with his wife and PHOTOS: J PATRICK RICE
friend, all Boston transplants. “People
Parade participants waved from are always saying how much they like Miss Hibiscus Melanie Coppola.
boats, a Piper airplane, horseback, Christmas in the north, but nothing
Harleys, Jeeps, a locomotive and even looks more beautiful than lights on a
a Triton submarine, thrilling the es- palm tree.”
timated 6,000 to 7,000 cheering rev-
elers who lined the streets of Ocean “Watching all the children’s faces
Drive for the 32nd annual Vero Beach light up was the best part,” said Marie
Christmas Parade sponsored by the Gillis. “When you don’t have grand-
Oceanside Business Association and kids around you it is so nice to see all
Sunrise Rotary Club. the children.”

The event was preceded by the Organizers were thrilled with the
Runner’s Depot Candy Cane 3K, and attendance and smooth execution,
as the festivities ramped up, children many crediting it to parade coordina-
swarmed Humiston Park and worked tor Karen Dodson.
off pre-parade excitement and energy
while adults indulged in some tailgat- “We actually begin planning seven
ing, enjoying the superb weather. months ahead,” said Dodson. “The
hardest part is getting everyone to
More than 75 floats and 30 other come to the mandatory pre-event
parade entries participated, passing meeting and then getting them in the
by their appreciative hometown sup- right order.”
porters and filling the air with the
sounds of music and holiday saluta- Booking Santa is also vitally impor-
tions. From the opening police and tant and organizers were fortunate to
fire rescue sirens to the final Dubose get Piper Aircraft to fly Santa into Vero
& Son sleigh float carrying Treasure Beach Airport.
Coast Santa (aka Ron Davidson), the
crowd showed their delight as they “I was lucky enough to stay over-
waved to family and neighbors in the night at a private residence in Se-
parade. bastian; very top secret,” said Santa
with a twinkle. “It is a big event and
For 15-year Vero resident Lisa it is like being a rock star. You have
Hughes, the parade is a never-missed to say hello to all the people. I make
family tradition shared with her a point of stopping by all the floats
daughter. before the parade since the kids in
the parade usually don’t get to see
“She is 13 now and we come and me in my sleigh. You have to put 110
sit in this same spot in front of Crav- percent into it.”
ings every year and get a cookie,” said
Hughes. “Right now she is off with her Every entry was outstanding, but
friends but I can just wait here and she in the end, the following were cho-
knows where to find me. This is what sen as the winners: Most Holiday
starts our Christmas.” Spirit: Dubose & Son; Most Enthusi-
astic: Mardy Fish Foundation; Most
The parade is also a warm commu- Original: Triton Submarines; Best
nity connection for residents new to Performance: Vero Beach Senior
the area or who miss their own home- High School Band; and Best of Pa-
town traditions. rade: Masters Academy. 

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2nd Place Top Finisher Aurellia Yoblonski and 1st Place Top Finisher Joseph Granberg. PHOTOS: CHRISTINA TASCON

Carol Kairo and Jennifer Jones. Kristy Reschak, Melinda Mangieri and Suzi Howard.

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Radiant Messenger: Artist Marks seeks a complex truth

BY ELLEN FISCHER oil paint or bronze.
As the art-viewing public has
done with that earlier assertion,
Subversive, surreal, soapy, so- today’s viewer is bound to agree
ciopolitical. Those words spring to that Marks’ drawings, despite their
mind upon viewing “Radiant Mes- thread and fabric construction and
senger: Drawings by China Marks” painstaking attention to craft, have
at Florida Institute of Technology’s the spontaneity of a master’s pen-
Foosaner Art Museum. cil sketch. The stories the drawings
tell are just as deftly drawn – point-
The subversive part of the exhibi- ed like daggers, in fact.
tion is evident immediately. While
the word “drawings” is part of the The medium in this case fits the
exhibition’s title, some viewers will message. Marks’ offbeat combos
be surprised to see that all 57 of of clashing colors and patterns,
the artworks on display are made bizarre sense of relative scale, and
of machine-embroidered thread on stagey compositions fit her ab-
fabric. surdist narrative and dark sense of
humor to a tee.
As I did, you might ask yourself
why this show is installed at the A work in the show titled “Bar-
Foosaner rather than Florida Tech’s bara’s Boyfriend” combines sur-
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. real imagery with soap-opera the-
Wouldn’t the latter have been a
more logical venue? tato is saying, “Perhaps Barbara’s Boyfriend.

Displayed alongside her as a pet, if you can be Although the dialogue ends there,
works, a text panel bearing the story of the artist’s craft has
Marks’ artist’s statement does sure he’s housebroken, only begun to beguile. Marks used
not explain why her artworks bright yellow and green batik in
are called drawings. That the but not as a boyfriend!” contrasting patterns for the scene’s
artist says they are, is enough backdrop, while a stew of rusty red,
for her. At center stage, a brown and cream threads weave
the carpet beneath the characters’
“I draw with an industrial zig- chrysanthemum-eyed feet. The players themselves are a
zag sewing machine and thread, confection of commercially printed
starting with patterns and imag- Barbara sobs, “Why not? and embroidered fabrics and lace,
ery I find on commercially avail- topped with the artist’s own mix
able printed fabric to realize He’s affectionate, eager of free motion and computer-pro-
complex narratives,” she states. grammed machine-embroidery.
to please, and faith-
Marks is an artist who refus- Marks’ career in art has shown
es to be hemmed in by the old ful, which is more than that in whatever medium she works,
art-versus-craft dichotomy. By process is central to her art.
showing this work in a venue I can say about most of
that has “art museum” in its Born and raised in Kansas City,
name, Marks, in concert with The Brushoff. the men I’ve dated!” Missouri, Marks was educated at the
the Foosaner’s administrative Kansas City Art Institute, where she
staff, are updating the position tak- The creature stand- majored in sculpture and earned
en by the artists of the 1960s Studio
Craft movement: Art is art, whether ing by our heroine’s side
it is made with glass, clay, wood,
thread or the traditional media of (a cock-eyed Clark Kent

on four pegs) gallantly

atrics. In a stage-like setting, three defends her.

odd personages express themselves “Your sister is a fine one to talk!

via speech bubbles over their heads. Look at her baby!” he says, referring

As we enter the work, a woman to the swaddled duckling in Potato

whose head resembles a boiled po- Head’s arms.

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a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her Master She also buys second-hand clothing Live music fans, Bobby
of Fine Arts, also in sculpture, was with interesting printed fabric that Owen’s got you covered!
awarded in 1976 by Washington she can repurpose for her art.
University in St. Louis. BY KATE SHANAPHY MAINGOT young. In truth, the crowds are there
Several of the drawings in the ex- Correspondent because this Owen has talent for a
With degrees in hand, Marks de- hibition are created atop commer- particular craft: cover music.
parted the Midwest for New York and cially woven tapestry copies of Old Dancing among the crowds of
environs. During the first 24 years of Master paintings. Marks has given loyal fans at a Bobby Owen show, While the art of covering another
her career she exhibited sculpture, her own surreal twist – and message you might assume Owen was one artist’s song may not earn a musician
drawings, prints and paintings in – to the works. They include Ver- of Vero Beach’s native sons, playing a lot of ink in Rolling Stone magazine,
private galleries in New Jersey. The meer’s “The Milkmaid” of 1657-58 to packed houses here since he was it is far from undervalued by bar own-
Morris Museum, Newark Museum that Marks reinterpreted as “Dinner
and the Robeson Gallery at Rutgers at Our House,” and “The Battle of CONTINUED ON PAGE 36
University are three of the public in- Anghiari,” a 1603 copy by Peter Paul
stitutions that gave her solo shows. Rubens of a lost painting by Leonar-
do da Vinci. Re-envisioned by Marks
During this time she also amassed as “The Patchwork Pug Rides Again,”
honors for her art, including five fel- the speech bubble above one of the
lowships from the New Jersey Coun- scene’s mounted warriors reads, “15
cil for the Arts, two fellowships from minutes till the parade starts, time
the New York Foundation for the to get high!”
Arts, and a Mid-Atlantic/NEA Re-
gional Fellowship. All is not fun and games in these
parodies, however. A tapestry of the
It was at the end of the year 2000, “The Holy Trinity” by El Greco once
Marks says, when her drawings “told depicted God the Father, surround-
me they had to be sewn.” ed by mourning angels, supporting
his crucified Son’s lifeless body.
That’s when she traded in her
power tools and paint brushes for a In her variation, “What’s Going
portable home sewing machine, on On?”, Marks has transformed God
which she taught herself to create and the angels into concerned, Da-
the drawings on fabric with which li-esque bystanders who react to the
she is now widely known. inert body of a semi-nude man with
a brown face.
When her portable machine was
no longer up to the artist’s increas- The speech bubbles in this pic-
ingly complex drawings, Marks (aid- ture say in part: “The second one in
ed by a Pollock-Krasner Foundation a week!” and “Another man of color
grant) purchased a computerized D.O.A. who didn’t have a gun after all
embroidery machine and a Win- …”
dows-based laptop computer. The
latter runs a design program that If you find this or some other of the
tells the machine – which Marks messages in “Radiant Messenger” to
refers to as an extension of her ner- be brutally frank, shockingly auda-
vous system – to embroider the texts cious or just plain off the wall, it’s
she uses in her drawings. time to go back and reread part of
Marks’ artist’s statement.
Of her free-motion (artist-di-
rected) stitching, Marks has writ- “I am after as complex a truth as
ten, “The industrial zig-zag sewing possible. My drawings reflect the
machine I draw with has only one world in all its glory, horror and ab-
stitch, a mechanized version of an surdity, its workers and slugs, sleep-
artist’s scribble, which can lay in walkers and prophets.”
solid color or produce a thin line.”
Radiant Messenger: Drawings by
As to the supports for her draw- China Marks is on view until Jan. 7,
ings, Marks’ neighborhood in 2017. The Foosaner Art Museum is
Queens, N.Y., places her in proxim- located at 1463 Highland Avenue, in
ity to fabric stores all over the city. Melbourne’s Eau Gallie Arts District. 


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 35 it was his older brother Johnny whom
Owen credits with being his initial
ers and music venue operators. Cov- musical influence. His brother’s inter-
er bands draw in enthusiastic – and est in music and natural talent were
thirsty – audiences, many eager to inspirational. “I wanted to play like my
jump onto dance floor and flail with big brother,” says Owen, smiling at his
nostalgia at the first notes of songs own nostalgia.
they’ve known for years.
The Owen family finally settled in
That shared knowledge – part of the Miami and the early 1970s found Owen
fun at events like Riverside Theatre’s and his brothers John and Monroe
Howl at the Moon soirees – is best un- teaching each other chords, new songs
derstood by musicians like Owen, who and practicing regularly. The trio
knows how to work a room starting formed their first musical group and
from his opening song. Tapping into called it The Cat House Band, named
pop music, classic rock and even stan- for the backyard structure where their
dards, Owen takes care that his band mother kenneled her feline pets and al-
never strays too far from the original, lowed her boys to practice. “We played
and turns its talent to replicating the all the popular tunes from the ’60s and
sounds people already love. ’70s and, of course, we played a lot of
Beatles,” recalls Owen. “They were my
How he came to understand those favorite. They still are.”
nuances of American tastes in music is
something of a marvel. Owen was born As Owen navigated the demands of
Tokyo, far from the tranquil shores of academics and athletics – he was quar-
the Treasure Coast on the grounds of terback for Southwest Miami High – he
the Johnson Air Force base. It was 1959. still found time to practice guitar. With
Bobby was one of six children born to his band of brothers, he was soon asked
Bobby Joe Owen, an expert marksman to play house parties for neighborhood
in the U.S. Army’s 6th Pistol Team and families. After graduation, Owen’s
Bobby’s mother, Haruko, whom Bobby connections with the Central Bible
Joe met on tour. Church provided him the opportunity
to lead the Praise and Worship Team.
The young couple eventually moved As leader of a Christian rock band, he
their growing family to Fort Huachuca began to learn a great deal about music
in Arizona. Although young Bobby has theory, performance and songwriting.
fond memories of his father playing
steel guitar throughout his childhood,

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Owen Grey, continuing to play we do,” Owen says. COMING UP:
In fact, it is his talent that does that JAKE OWEN PLAYS
alongside his brothers. It allowed
talking. His pitch-perfect vocals and AT VERO HIGH
him to meet and gig with talented extensive repertoire, which includes
songs from Elvis, the Allman Brothers,
musicians from the Miami area. Sinatra, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker and
Clapton make him a favorite for the
When Owen married a high fun-loving music crowds at Sebastian’s
Riverview Park events, Riverside The-
school girlfriend, Theresa, the two atre’s Live in The Loop, and at bars like
Earl’s and Grind & Grape. The Bobby
left Miami for Okeechobee, where Owen Band includes Owen on rhythm
guitar and vocals as well as three other
Theresa could ride horses and musicians who live and work locally.
Holt Sutherland, broadcast coordina-
Owen could fish and hunt. Owen tor and webmaster for the City of Vero
Beach, is lead guitarist and vocalist;
found steady work as a construction Dave Bressett, who is employed by a BY MICHELLE GENZ
Vero law firm, provides drums and vo- Staff Writer
manager and served as praise and cals; and Dave Bookamer, who works
for Piper, fills out the band on bass.
worship leader at Fort Drum Com-
In addition to their heavy schedule
munity Church. of regular paying gigs, Owen often
plays for charity. Blue Ribbon Chari-
It was during those years that the ties, Habitat for Humanity, Taste of 1 Country
Vero, The Love Doctors, Toys for Tots crossover
Owens began visiting Vero Beach, and Booze Fighters all have raised
money to their musical backdrop.
visiting with friends including mu- star Jake Owen
“We love music,” says Owen. “The
Bobby Owen. P HOTOS BY DENISE RITCHIE sician pals who had moved up from fact that we can do what we love and is giving a fund-
help others and just give back to this
Miami. community is really special. It’s impor- raising concert
tant to me and we feel really lucky to be
“Church music tends to be much Finally, in 2003, the Owens moved able to do it. All of it.”  at Vero Beach

more technical and the arrangements to Vero. Owen joined up with his mu- Jake Owen. High School Fri-

are more involved than what I had sic friends and soon were perform- day night, after

been used to playing rhythm guitar ing at house parties once again. A gig an announcement last week that

and singing in our band locally,” ex- at the Elks Club in Sebastian led to a his planned two-day music festival,

plains Owen. “So being part of the party for the Sebastian Chamber of thwarted by Hurricane Matthew,

church music program was very pow- Commerce, then a night at the Pelican won’t take place until December

erful for me because it improved my Yacht Club, then a gig at The Moorings 2017. The Nashville-based, Vero-

musicianship and, of course, because Yacht & Country Club. Finally, after raised Owen has a new album out,

I got be a part of this great brother- an appearance at Vero’s Downtown “American Love,” his first recording

hood and was able to give back to my Friday and another at the Saturday in three years apart from the single

community.” night concert series for Vero’s Oceans- “Real Life” in 2015.

Throughout the ’80s, Owen pur- ide Business Association, a following

sued his professional interests in con- began to form. 2 Raw Space at Edgewood, the
downtown Vero gallery, is hav-
struction management in Miami. On “The positive power of word of

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 formers, an outdoor food and drink upcoming Palm Beach Opera season. ing Twenties-themed act, the Hot
market, a craft market inside and The program features Austra- Sardines, touring the country and
ing an opening reception Friday for a things set up for the kids to do. stopping at West Palm’s Kravis Cen-
group exhibition of Miami-based Cu- lian opera star Stuart Skelton, who ter on Monday night.
ban artists who go way back together. With an instructional kitchen, opened the Metropolitan Opera’s
“We’ve known each other since we Ground Floor Farm is known for its season this year in the title role They have played for 6,000 at Lin-
were 14 years old in Havana,” says food-related workshops – there’s one of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.” coln Center’s Midsummer Night’s
Gustavo Acosta. The 58-year-old art- coming up Dec. 12 on fermented Skelton is the featured guest artist, Swing on Bastille Day, and for 25,000
ist will show his paintings based on condiments like hot sauce and mus- performing along with the opera’s at the Festival d’Ile de France. They’ve
the cityscapes of Havana and Miami tard making. That isn’t to say the young artists, apprentice artists, or- played the Montreal International
alongside the work of his genera- Farm doesn’t grow things. It certain- chestra and chorus. Jazz Festival and Boston’s Symphony
tional peers José Bedia, Rubén Torres ly does, using small-plot-intensive Hall with the Boston Pops.
Llorca and Rogelio López Marin. farming techniques and selling the This is the fourth year in a row for
produce every Wednesday at its on- the Opera@The Waterfront. People 6 Also in West Palm, at Palm
Organized by Vero-based indepen- site farm stand as well as at the Stu- bring chairs and blankets and picnic Beach Dramaworks, Rob Dono-
dent curator Silvia Medina, the exhi- art Green Market Sunday mornings with their friends – food and bev-
bition will continue through January. at City Hall. Wednesday, Thursday erage trucks are also on site. Palm hoe plays Truman Capote in the one-
Raw Space is in the plaza on the cor- and Friday evenings, Ground Floor Beach Opera has found it’s a great
ner of Old Dixie and 18th Street. Farm is open for food and drinks. way to introduce new people to op- man play “Tru,” written by Jay Pres-
Beyond that, you can hire the space era and they offer translations and
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live on their website. There’s also a
V.I.P. tent with Champagne and hors Barkley. The play concerns the scan-
d’oeuvres, and a meet and greet with
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An old U.S. foe is ready to ruin Trump’s perfect day

BY MICHAEL GERSON | WASHINGTON POST gime of vast, bottomless cruelty, run- hard to distinguish from paralysis in camps – into a single approach. They
ning gulags that contain more than the face of bad choices. If the incoming argue that the threat of North Korea
When Donald Trump first strides 100,000 people subjected to violent president is searching for options to emerges from the nature of the regime
into the Oval Office as president, his punishment, rape, hard labor, mal- jump-start American policy, he could itself and that human rights criticism
perfect day is likely to be ruined by a nutrition and execution. These ongo- do worse than a new report from the can be a source of leverage.
file marked “North Korea.” ing crimes against humanity can be Human Freedom Initiative at the Bush
watched via satellite. (The cremato- Center. “Light Through the Darkness” What matters more than incremen-
Trump’s term in office may include rium in Camp 25 recently got an up- was written by two Korea experts, Vic- tal policy choices, however, is where
either a messy confrontation with an grade.) tor Cha and Robert Gallucci, who come the American red line is really, truly
unpredictable and highly combusti- from different party backgrounds. placed – not the announced one, but
ble regime, or a rogue nation gaining The picture is bleak, but not com- the red line in the back of the presi-
the power to destroy large portions of pletely bleak. South Korean President The authors make a strong case that dent’s mind. Is it acceptable to have
Los Angeles with nuclear weapons. Or Park Geun-hye, in the midst of her cri- leadership in confronting the problem North Korean nuclear weapons target-
both. sis, has taken the unpopular but neces- can’t be subcontracted to China. They ed on American cities?
sary step of strengthening military ties set out smart proposals such as target-
Consider the viewpoint of North Ko- with Japan, including the pooling of in- ing the North Korean regime’s export of Plenty of experts will give a firm
rea’s leader Kim Jong Un – which is not telligence. A landmark 2014 U.N. Com- slave labor (which helps fund prolifera- “no.” Accommodating the North Ko-
easy since the exercise, properly done, mission of Inquiry report on North tion) and increasing information flows rean nuclear threat to America would
should include platform shoes, Den- Korean human rights abuses has sub- into the closed and isolated country. send the message that anti-prolifer-
nis Rodman and a “pleasure squad” of jected the regime to increased scrutiny ation efforts are essentially dead. It
teen virgins. and criticism. But Cha and Gallucci are most cre- would put immense destructive power
ative in the way they integrate a focus in the hands of a psychopathic leader.
Kim looks at South Korea and sees But the Obama administration’s on security and a focus on human It would invite and enable emulation.
political chaos, as its president is over- policy of “strategic patience” has been rights – normally contending policy It might provide North Korea with a
whelmed by a corruption scandal. sense of impunity, encouraging cata-
He looks at the United States and sees strophic miscalculations.
massive uncertainty, created by a lead-
er who has promised to reconsider se- But some experts would reluctantly
curity arrangements with South Korea argue that North Korea is deterrable.
and Japan and may begin a trade war Kim’s government is essentially a crime
with China. family, not a death cult, and would re-
spond to the disincentive of incinera-
America’s new president will look at tion. In a certain sense, North Korea is
North Korea and see a sworn enemy already being deterred, because its mis-
from a bloody war that has never of- siles can already reach Seoul and Tokyo.
ficially ended, sprinting toward the ca-
pability to mount nuclear weapons on Would the American people be
long-range missiles. ready for the effective resumption of
the Korean War? Would South Korea be
The regime is not in need of new willing to risk the shelling of its capi-
technologies or facilities; it is adapting tal to enforce an American nuclear red
capabilities that it already possesses. line?
Between 2009 and 2016, North Korea
conducted 64 missile tests and nuclear Strategic realities and hard choices,
detonations. By some estimates, it may not business-book negotiating skills,
have the ability to strike the West Coast will determine the outcome of the Ko-
in four years. Or less. rea crisis. This is reality television – mi-
nus the television. 
President Trump will also see a re-

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the case. o Coughing blood
ASPIRIN o Dizziness
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CLASSES: NSAIDS AND NON-NSAIDS Company prompted a new age of pharmacology by converting o Heartburn
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anti-inflammatory effects. o Aches and pains CHILDREN AND TEENS
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Popular NSAIDs include: o Menstrual pain and teens, especially when they are suffering from a fever.
o Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) o Muscular pain For some children aspirin can be fatal. This condition is
o Ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) o Rheumatic pain called Reye’s syndrome.
o Naproxen (Aleve) o Thinning blood for patients at high risk for heart
attack or stroke (low dose taken daily for prevention) ASPIRIN OVERDOSE
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pirin combined with antiplatelet drugs (such as clopidogrel side effects.
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The soldier must have thought he was another car. He was Demerol to the mix, alternating down- ed at No. 1 on the 1951 Billboard Hot
dreaming. There he was, driving down 29 years old. ers to numb himself with uppers so he Country Singles list.
a pitch-black road outside Shreveport, could perform. From childhood on,
La., in the early hours of Oct. 18, 1952, Except musically, Hank suffered terribly from back pain, Perhaps because he was always com-
when he saw a figure in a hat, boots and almost every choice but it wasn’t until he was an adult that posing in his head, Hank struck others
white suit. It was Hank Williams, out of he made was wrong, he was diagnosed with spina bifida, as distant. People who worked with him
gas and hitchhiking to the nearest fill- as Mark Ribowsky a condition not many rural Alabama found him impossible to know. And
ing station. Williams was at the height shows in “Hank,” a doctors knew about back then. in one of her more charitable moods,
of his fame, but at that moment, he compassionate yet Audrey recalls him sitting by himself in
was like any other chump who forget clear-eyed study of Like many a roots musician, Williams clubs and arenas “like a little boy lost.”
to check the gauge before heading out the iconic country got his start singing in church as a child.
into the darkness. He had also just got- star. Williams didn’t In the early days of country music and Ribowsky is the author of a number
ten married; he and his latest woke up a always know where the blues, the distinction between the of highly acclaimed books, including
justice of the peace who performed the he was or what he was doing, but he two genres wasn’t as hard and fast as it ones on the Supremes and the Tempta-
ceremony at 1 a.m., even though the did it so damned well that he continues is now, and Williams learned from per- tions, and it’s to his credit that he gets
bride’s previous marriage wouldn’t be to drift through our culture like a ghost, formers as different as Rufus Payne, who as close to Williams as any writer could.
dissolved until 10 days later. And Wil- a raggedy, knee-walking drunk who played guitar in the streets of Montgom- Ribowsky is a master of the appropriate
liams was less than three months away sang like an angel when he was sober ery for spare change, and Jimmie “the image, pointing out that hard-drinking
from his death by heart attack in the enough to stand in front of a mic, which Singing Brakeman” Rodgers, a country Hank was “as skinny as a swizzle stick”
darkness, on another country road, in was less and less often. He was the last star known for his yodeling. and at one point describing Hank’s
person on earth you’d want for a broth- cantankerous mother, who was at least
er-in-law, and he might have worn us Hank’s list of hits is astonishing, giv- as much of a handful as Audrey was, as
out and allowed us to forget him if only en his short life. It includes foot-stom- “two hundred pounds of horned-toad
he had lived longer. pers such as “Jambalaya (On the Bay- complication.”
But there was never much chance of ou)” and come-to-Jesus rousers such
that. One of the musicians who played as “I Saw the Light,” as well as what In a variation of the story where hitch-
with him in the early days said, “Hank’s just might be the saddest song in the hiking Hank is picked up by a soldier,
drinking problem was getting worse,” world, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” David Allan Coe’s song “The Ride” tells
and Hank was only 17 at the time. Not As a songwriter, Hank always seemed of a drifter getting a lift from a hollow-
much later, he was kicked off a regu- to be on duty. After yet another monu- eyed stranger driving an ancient Cadil-
lar radio gig when he showed up con- mental spat with his first wife, Audrey, lac. The driver lets him out just south of
tinually drunk for the show’s 6 a.m. Hank said, “She’s got the coldest heart Nashville, and when the speaker in the
start. Later, he added Nembutal and I’ve ever seen,” and then sat down and song calls him mister, the gaunt figure
wrote “Cold, Cold Heart,” which chart- at the wheel says there’s no need, that
everyone simply calls him Hank.

As figures such as Poe, Melville, Ker-
ouac and Springsteen have shown,
there’s a shadowy restlessness to Ameri-
can culture, a yen to go where nobody
is quite sure where you are, especially
yourself. The next time there’s no moon,
step out your front door and don’t be
surprised if a car rolls by and a skinny
guy in a cowboy hat touches the brim
and gives you a knowing smile. Hank
Williams was a tortured poet who died
before most Americans today were
born, but he’ll outlive us all. 


Liveright. 472 pp. $29.95.

Review by David Kirby,
The Washington Post



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