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.com In This Issue: Brian Heady speaks about the recent Election Day results (p. 3) Now you can pay your property taxes online with the county’s new TaxSys service (p. 3) Restaurant Review: Patti’s Bistro (aka Schnitzel Heaven) is worth the drive to Sebastian! (p. 4) New district boundaries are set for the Indian River County Elections Office and the School Board (p. 6) Learn about the luscious, fullbodied Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine (p. 7) Movie Reviews: Christmas Classics w/Byron Gray; Neal Stannard takes a look at the Martian Chronicles (p. 9) Rhett’s interview with two veterans on their Honor Flight trip to DC – in our Tribute to Veterans section (p. 12-13)

Healthy, helpful gift ideas for getting and staying fit (p. 17) Keeping the faith if you are unemployed and facing tough times (p. 19) Lovable Vinnie Boombatz recalls a Christmas Past and a surprise from Santa (p. 20) Helpful gift ideas for your loved ones in assisted living facilities (p. 21)

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Interview with SANTA CLAUS

RHETT PALMER: We’re talking to Gary Hartley and he’s probably the best Santa I’ve ever seen - and I used to go to Gimbels and Macy’s when I was a boy in New York City. I’ve got to tell you, you look like the real McCoy!  SANTA CLAUS: Oh, my my my!  I feel so purdy when you say that!  RP:  How many years you been Santa Claus, Gary? SC:  I did it the first time Christmas of 1995 at a mall over in Tampa. It was my first time in the barrel, and I had a real good time with it. RP:  It’s kind of odd talking to him now, because he’s got the pure white hair and he’s got the pure white beard - and it isn’t that fake stuff like he has on his jacket. Now, where are you from originally with that southern accent? SC:  Well, actually I like to tell people that Santa Claus, being from the North Pole, has a southern accent in order to “assimilate”, because when you live at the North Pole, everybody is a southerner.  RP:  Do the kids ever, when they’re on your lap, say, “Hey, you don’t sound like Santa”? SC:  Well, I don’t get much of that. The kids are pretty spellbound. They’re pretty easy, they love to believe.   RP:  We all love to believe.  SC:  That first year being Santa Claus, I had one of the most wonderful Santa experiences ever. The very first day that I was there two teenagers came up to me, and one boy was wearing a halo around his head, from a broken neck, so he couldn’t move.  So, I said, Santa said, “What do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas?” And the boy said, “Well, I want you to heal me, Santa Claus.”  And I says, “Aw, Santa Claus wishes he could heal you.” I said, “That’s not my department. But that is my Savior’s department, and we can pray together.”  So we prayed and asked the Lord to heal his broken neck. And that was like in mid-November. He came back, without the halo, on the 23rd of December and said that the doctor told him he’d had a miracle, and that

the Lord had healed him, that his broken neck was fixed and he had an appointment to come back and get looked at in six months, but to just go live his life. And, we just honor the Lord for that -RP: It’s a bona fide miracle for Christmas! Gary, how did you first become Santa? What precipitated you growing your beard and growing your hair? SC:  Anyway, it’s been 16 years and it’s been wonderful. And we have good stories, lots of good stories. It’s fun to take a child, when they’re just on the edge of non-belief, and be able to preserve them for another year. I had this young fellow, the name of Austin, and one of my helpers came to me one day, and she says, “You see that boy in line? His name is Austin, and he said that if you don’t know his name, he’ll know you’re a fake.” So, it comes to his turn to get up on my knee, and I set him down on my knee like I do, and I said, “Well, sweetheart, Santa Claus is very glad to see you, you’ve been such a good boy this year. You want to tell Santa what you want for Christmas?”

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Senate Inaction Stalls Job Creation, Saddles Economy with Harmful Regulations By Congressman Bill Posey

Last month I wrote about the negative impact that overregulation is having on economic growth and job creation. Bureaucrats in Washington are busy drafting more than 4000 new regulations each and every year with approximately 200 of these new rules adding significant costs to American businesses, further hampering job creation. This year the U.S. House of Representatives went to work, uncovering the hidden costs of proposed regulations, and how they were contributing to high unemployment and harming U.S. competitiveness. The U.S. House has passed more than fifteen pieces of legislation to help spur job growth by removing unnecessary barriers created by cumbersome new federal rules. It’s now up to the U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to prevent the Senate from becoming the graveyard for job creation legislation so American’s can get back to work.

One bill awaiting a Senate vote is H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act which would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing unnecessary increased energy costs on American businesses and families in the name of fighting climate change. With much of the science surrounding climate change research increasingly in dispute and no cost

benefit analysis detailing the economic impact of EPA regulations; it makes no sense to raise energy prices. In fact, our nation should be focused on ways to meet the rising demand for cheap energy by enacting proposals to unlock Congressman Bill Posey America’s energy resources and grow our economy. Once again, the Senate is blocking several bills which passed the House by wide margins. Those initiatives include a bill to help expedite permits for oil and natural gas exploration on U.S. soil, legislation to allow a new oil pipeline in the U.S., and another allowing safer drilling off the U.S. coast. Furthermore, the Senate is refusing to consider Housepassed legislation to block new EPA rules for cement manufactures which threaten to shut down many U.S. cement facilities and forcing those jobs overseas.  The Senate should also act on legislation to stop proposed draconian rules on industrial boilers, process heaters, and incinerators. Those EPA rules will have an immediate costly impact on public utilities and energy generating companies resulting in higher electricity bills. It was recently revealed that the late Steve Jobs had discussed with President Obama the need to create a more business-friendly environment and the fact that unnecessary costs and regulations have been driving American businesses overseas. The President and his advisors would be wise to heed Mr. Jobs’ advice. The fact is American companies can’t compete when government purposefully packs on the dead weight of thousands of expensive regulations and their massive compliance costs.  With our economy in such dire straits, more regulation increases the burden already faced by businesses and consumers. The best and quickest way to increase jobs is for the U.S. Senate to act immediately on these Housepassed bills and stem the tide of costly regulations that limit our production of domestic energy sources, kill jobs and seriously impair our ability to compete around the world.


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“Brian, we need to protect your political capital so you are reelected,” a well-meaning constituent advised. Clearly his focus was on the smaller issue. I shook my head indicating a clear no. But not wanting body language to be my only response, I stated flatly, “I was not elected to protect my political capital; I was elected to protect and represent the majority of the citizens. When Election Day rolls around I’ll sleep well, regardless of the results, if I honor that sacred trust. However, if, as an elected representative, my official actions are aimed at self-promotion, a win at the polls will have little personal value.” During the run up to Election Day I refused offers of monetary contributions to my campaign, day after day. In consideration of supporters’ request, I did purchase some signs and a few promotional flyers. I spent my own money. The simple sign message was Yes Heady Yes. I wanted voters to vote yes to a referendum question and I wanted voters to vote yes to a second Heady term. The voters responded Yes, Heady No. Yes to the larger referendum question and no to a second term. I was successful on the big prize: approval of the referendum question which will serve and protect the majority of the citizens in the community. The selfpromoting second yes for a second Heady term was less successful.I slept well election eve.

Will I run again? Hard to predict. Newspaper columnists have started speculation publishing conjecture I may run for other positions or return to the public podium in what they call “tired refrains”. Letters to the editor and post on internet sites refer to me in a series of personal attacks that have nothing Brian Heady to do with any official action. Again they focus on the smaller issues. A larger issue for the greater us is: will the future bring qualified candidates willing to submit themselves to the slings and arrows of these outrageous few? For the greater good, I pray the answer is that many understand it is nobler to take arms against the sea of troubles we face. And finally, the words of Abraham Lincoln are as true today as when he spoke them: “If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

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Online Censoring is NOT Okay! By Gabriella Rojas

Startling news has recently come to the fray of American media about a bill proposed by Congress. Called S.O.P.A. (Stop Online Piracy Act), the bill is supposed to stop online piracy from occurring. However, the bill doesn’t propose a way to stop piracy. It would simply censor Gabriella Rojas sites that are considered “piracyfriendly”. The wording of this bill is very vague, so this could mean censoring sites like Twitter and Facebook. So who is to decide what should be blocked? Government officials who have lobbyists slyly entreating them into making the “right” decision? And if I don’t agree with their choices, will I be able to express my opinion on a website? I know that the opinion of a little high school senior probably isn’t one that people want to hear, but doesn’t there seem to be some Amendment 1 infractions here? We are guaranteed Freedom of Speech by the Constitution, and the Internet is one of the biggest forums for speaking your mind. Yes, I’m aware that most people use the Internet to look up funny videos of cats and watch old episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. But those of us who use social networking sites and blogs for the expression of our thoughts and opinions would like to keep it that way, thank you very much. So, if you’d like to keep the Internet and America one of the last places where you can freely express your opinion, find an Anti-SOPA petition to sign - while you still have the freedom to do it!

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things By Dale Glading

I remember being in a state prison in Colorado a few years ago – as a volunteer, mind you – and gawking at the majestic mountains that surrounded the institution as well as the spectacular sunsets that seemed Dale Glading to set the peaks aflame. However, I appeared to be alone in my admiration and so, I asked one of the senior prison employees if after all these years he simply took nature’s fireworks display for granted. “Yes, I guess I do,” he responded. Our family just relocated to Vero Beach a few months ago, and I found myself in a similar situation. Having lived in New Jersey all of my life, I love being able to pull on a pair of shorts and slip into some sandals in the middle of November. I can’t get enough of the refreshing sea breezes, the billowing clouds or the breathtaking sunsets. Even the world-class thunderstorms leave me speechless. Aside from nature’s beauties, I have also been taken aback by the sheer kindness of the people here. Whether it’s at Winn-Dixie or the local bank, folks have gone out of their way to welcome us to Vero. I even called over a supervisor at the Department of Motor Vehicles to let her know how kindly we had been treated and how pleased we had been with their service. Space doesn’t allow me to mention all of the other facets of life in Vero that I find so appealing. Let me just say that we love our church, our neighborhood, the parks, the restaurants, the well-maintained golf courses and the low greens fees that go with them. I even love listening to Rhett Palmer every day! You may have lived here long enough to take all of this for granted, but as a newbie, I can’t get enough of my new home town. Dale Glading is an ordained minister and the president of Risk Takers for Christ, based in Vero Beach. For more information about his ministry, please visit

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Interview with SANTA CLAUS (continued from page 1)

And he bowed his head down a little bit, and he goes, “Santa‘s a fake.” And I said, “I am so sorry you feel that way, Austin. Does that mean you don’t want anything for Christmas?” And he turned absolutely white, his eyes were huge, and he said, “Noooooo!” And he gave me his Christmas list then and we had him preserved for another year. RP: That’s a good story! SC:  They’re children. I was a used car salesman for twentysome years, so, you know, I can look you straight in the eye and tell you an untruth. But you just do that with the children and they just want to believe. RP:  Everybody wants to believe.  Santa, you spend a lot of time down in Fort Pierce, Florida, don’t you? You like to holiday down there? SC:  Oh, I do indeed. I love South Florida. RP:  Now, you spend 11 months out of the year here in Florida, most people don’t know that, and of course you like to spend some other time up there in the North Pole. Now, you’re flying to somewhere in the United States to perform as Santa. Where will you be going? Do you have an agent who books you for these events? SC:  I do. I have a photo company. RP:  Now, can I ask you what Santa gets paid? SC:  It pays pretty good. RP:  It’s only once a year and you had to grow this big white beard, which is genuine hair. Now, I suppose there’s a lot of fakey-looking Santas, but you have the genuine article.  SC:  You have to look like this all year. It won’t all grow in a month.  RP:  So you deserve to be compensated. What are you compensated? SC:  Right at $2,000 a week.  RP:  And you do this for what, four weeks? SC:  Five weeks this year. RP:  Tell us another Santa story, if you would. SC:  Oh, I have a bunch of them. I had a little girl come with her two big brothers some years back, and she was a believer in Santa Claus. But she believed that all the mall Santa Clauses and what-have-you were fake. And they’d had her to two or three malls already and she was not convinced that she had seen the real Santa Claus. So I got the heads-up, this little girl is trying to find the real Santa Claus. And she had her two older brothers with her. So they went to work on her, and I went to work on her, and I did my best Santa Claus act, I was twinkling away at her. And I thought I did a real good job with her. And she’d told Santa what she wanted for Christmas and everything. Well, when we went to say our goodbyes, and the two boys stepped down, the little girl stopped, and she turned around and looked at me and she said, “Your hair is yellow.” So I didn’t win that one!  So she’s still looking for the real Santa Claus!  RP:  That is really your hair, your hair is really a yellowish white.  Do you color your hair at all? SC:  Oh, yeah.

RP: Oh, you do color your hair? SC:  I started bleaching my hair and my face when I was 50 years old. And so I’ve been getting the senior citizen’s discount since I was 50. Who’s going to argue with an old grey haired guy, you know? So I bleach my hair, and I’ve got to keep it bleached all year, because if you don’t, you look really weird, half white and half darker. And I let it all grow out this year. I cut all my bleached hair off this year and I just let everything be grey and natural, and I just looked like another old man. I didn’t like it at all, so I went and bleached it and now I look like Santa Claus again. I’m much happier in that mode. Santa Claus is a more likeable guy than Gary, you know? Santa Claus is a trip! RP:  Tell us another story. SC:   Very nice, beautifully dressed family came out for their annual Santa Claus picture. And the son, the oldest one, was 19 years old. So I’m asking – they’ve got a big spectrum of children, six or seven children, and the oldest one was 19. And we got around to him: “What do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas?” And he says, “Santa, if you can just get me approved to go to Julliard, I’m trying to get into Julliard.”  RP:  At what age? SC:  He was 19.  I said, “So you’re a musician,” I said, “What do you play?” And he said, “Well, I don’t play an instrument; I sing.” And I said, “Oh, really?” I said, “Well, would you want to sing a song for Santa Claus?” And he said, “What do you want to hear?”  And I said, “Well, how about Silent Night?” Man, he lit up the mall! I mean, that boy could sing! And I love it when I get the little children - if I get a gymnast, I want them to do cartwheels;  if you get a dancer, you know, if they come in their little ballet suit, I want them to do a few little pirouettes or something. But this boy here, he sang, and everybody in the mall just stopped and listened to him sing.  RP:  What do you want people to know about you being Santa? What do you think they don’t know about a typical mall Santa? What do you want them to know, Gary? SC:  It’s lonely.  RP:  It’s what? SC:  Santa Claus is lonely.  RP:  Why? SC:  You leave home. I’m going to leave all my family and everybody and go to South Carolina to be Santa Claus. And I’ll go to the mall and be Santa Claus all day and get all the attention in the world. But then, 9 o’clock, you just go to the motel and sit there till tomorrow morning, and go do it again. And that’s what the Christmas season is for Santa Claus at the mall.  And Santas mostly work out of town. Very seldom do you work locally, because it is such a demanding job that you can’t really have two lives. You’ve got to get into character and stay in character because it’s so intense. If you had to deal with the day to day minutiae of home, you couldn’t do it. You have to be out of town. And it’s very lonely. Santa Claus is -- if you get a chance to run out to the mall, Santa Claus is probably from Texas or some

Rhett interviews Santa Claus with co-host Dave Walsh from Dave Walsh Real Estate and Associates thing. Invite him for Thanksgiving dinner. That’s the only day off that Santa Claus gets the whole Christmas season. RP: Ohhhhh! Santa’s lonely. SC:  And I’ll be sitting in my motel room Thanksgiving Day by myself, eating TV dinners. Poor Santa Claus. But I’m getting 2 G’s a week, so we live with it.  I’ve been a Santa Claus for so long and I’ve never been invited to church. Nobody’s ever said, “Where are you going to church, Santa Claus? You want to come to church Sunday?”  Nobody’s ever said that to me. RP:  Well, of course, you have your evangelicals that are maybe anti Santa because they think Santa replaces Jesus. SC:  I’m real touchy about that, as a matter of fact, myself, because I’m an evangelical guy. I love the Lord, and realize that Santa Claus is awarded the attributes of the Savior Jesus, the Omnipresence, the All Knowing. And so I am very careful about that. And I am quick to wish people a Merry Christmas. And if a child is wearing a cross around their neck, I’ll always comment about Jesus and how he’s my Savior, too. And, you know, Santa Claus is a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s Santa’s gig – he’s a preacher.  RP:  Teaching us to give.  SC:  Yeah, it’s about the giving thing, sure. And there’s nothing better than giving. So I am a believer in giving myself, and I love being Santa Claus and sharing the message of the gospel. And I especially like to wish Muslims a Merry Christmas. Anyway, it’s a privilege being a Santa Claus.  RP:  Well, good talking to you, Gary!  SC:  Well, it’s good to be here, Rhett. RP:  If people want to get in touch with you, do you have a website or an email address or something? SC:  Well, actually from my tall car thing, I have that website, that’s RP: Well, thanks for meeting with us today. SC:  It was good to be here, Rhett. You have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas!


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Indian River

Home Center


By Janet Winikoff, Director of Education We’ve all heard sayings such as “beauty is skin deep,” and “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Even the famed poet Khalil Gibran remarked that “beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” It seems only natural that each of us wants to be loved and appreciated for our inner beauty - who we are rather than by how we look. We believe it’s the same for animals. Many of the animals who enter through the doors of The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County have wonderful personalities yet are passed over for other pets who may have a higher “cute” factor.  To help level the “pretty” playing field, the shelter instituted “Meet Your Match.” Something like an “E-Harmony” for pets and people, MYM is a clever program created by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that helps determine some of the personality traits unique to individual dogs and cats.

It doesn’t take long for our staff and volunteers to figure out which animals are shy, outgoing, playful or calm. Just as fascinating is the short survey that prospective adopters receive. It has the ability to reveal a person’s interests when it comes to pets as well as which pet might be most suitable for someone’s lifestyle.  To make things easy, both pets’ and people’s personalities are color-coded in purple, orange and green for convenience. If a prospective adopter’s survey shows an interest in a cat who is quiet or bashful, he or she might be encouraged to look for cats with purple ID cards. For dog lovers with an active lifestyle, a canine with a green card on his or her kennel might be the perfect fit, while pets who fall somewhere in between usually are colored orange.  If you have not visited the shelter in a while, we encourage you to do so. There are hundreds of wonderful animals eagerly awaiting loving and caring homes. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll stop by for a visit - and MEET YOUR MATCH. For more information, visit the Humane Society at 6230 77th Street, or call 772-388-3331.

Redistricting in Indian River County By Leslie Swan, I.R.C. Supervisor of Elections The Indian River County Board of County Commissioners and the Indian River County School Board have completed the process of redrawing their district boundaries. Under Article VIII, Section 1(e) of the Florida Constitution, each board of Leslie R. Swan county commissioners must divide the county into districts of contiguous territory as nearly equal in population as practical, after each decennial census. The School Board made an intentional decision to rely on the County and Supervisor of Elections with respect to redistricting, allowing the proposed school board district boundaries to be consistent with the proposed county commissioner districts. On October 18th, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a new County Commission District Map. The adopted map was one of two options proposed by the BOCC. The Indian River County School Board approved

the same district boundaries. Upon recommendation from the Supervisor of Elections office, the School Board voted to change district numbers to coincide with the County Commissioner Districts. With the changes, Matt McCain moves from District 2 to District 3, Carol Johnson moves from District 3 to District 4, Claudia Jiminez moves from District 4 to District 5, and Jeff Pegler moves from District 5 to District 2. Karen Disney-Brombach’s district number remains the same. Indian River County elects both county commissioners and school board members “at large,” meaning all citizens vote on the slate of candidates regardless of district. The candidate must live in the district that they represent. The Florida legislature continues to work on drawing new congressional and legislative districts throughout the remainder of this year and into the first quarter of next year. Voters affected by the changes will receive a new voter information card.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape, A Most Seductive Wine By Glenn Sudnick, Certified Sommelier There are many reasons why Châteauneuf-du-Pape is most desirable. Let’s begin with the richness, earthly mineral quality which is apparent from the terrior and the 13 grape varietals that can be used to make such Glenn Sudnick an exuberant wine. The name Châteauneuf-du-Pape translates to “new castle of the Pope”, in France’s Rhone Valley. The wine got its name when the capital city of Avignon became the new home of the Pope in the 14th century.

The crown jewel of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is Chateau de Beaucastel which produces wine from $25 to $450 a bottle. The winery makes use of all 13 grape varietals. This wine is very aromatic with notes of vanilla, cinnamon and blackberry. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a complex full-bodied wine that is always a favorite of the Holiday Season. The wine pairs well with a soft, creamy Roquefort cheese, and with an assortment of nuts and figs. This wine is a favorite if your traditional Holiday meal is Roast beef or Coq au Vin.

Grenache is typically the dominant grape used to make this luscious wine along with Mourvѐdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Muscardin, Cournoise, Picpoul, Rossanne, Terret Noir, Picardan, Vaccarese, Clairete, and Bourboulenc. One reason why the grapes are so special would be the contribution of the Rhone wind called “Le mistral”. It allows for much sunshine and helps the vines to be free of disease. The other would be the huge stones in the vineyards called galets, which help retain the heat in the soil.

• Call a cab or use other public transportation. • Be a good host. Make sure to offer your guests a cab ride and offer non-alcoholic beverages and food to offset alcohol intake. • Call for a ride. Call a friend or family member to pick you up or call Safe Drive Tow to Go at 1-800-AAA-HELP. Tow to Go is a program designed to protect both the intoxicated driver and the motoring public from avoidable car crashes. This program is a Partnership between AAA Auto Club South & Budweiser. The program is FREE and 100% confidential.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Mom, if you are reading this, I will bring the wine!

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Movie Reviews There’s No Place Like Home (Video) For the Holidays By Byron Gray

We all look forward to seeing Hollywood’s classic Christmas movies every year, as if they were a far-flung relative or friend come home for the holidays. And why not? They’re full of warmth and good cheer. And, at their best, overtly or not, celebrate the true meaning of the season: The gift of the Christ child and how that gift changes Byron Gray men’s hearts.   This was never truer than in the holiday films of Hollywood’s Golden Age when unabashed sentimentality came beautifully gift-wrapped andtied with a bow of artistic integrity. But before I start to indulge in a narration longer than Charles Dickens’ public readings of A Christmas Carol, it’s time for me to unwrap Hollywood’s presents to the world, a list of some of Tinselttown’s greatest holiday films that I particularly hold dear, the friends I look forward to seeing every year.   The Bishop’s Wife (1947) - My best friend. And, I believe, the best Christmas movie of Hollywood’s Golden Age. But before admirers of It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street  pistol-whip me with candy canes, hear me out. Director Henry Koster’s delightful piece of Christmas whimsy has a lot of heart. Besides, who could resist Cary Grant, at the peak of his suave comedic talents, as Dudley, a mischievous angel come to earth to repair a bishop’s troubled marriage?      A 1947 best picture nominee for the Academy Award, Wife is often (and unjustly) overshadowed by another best picture nominee that year, Miracle on 34th Street. Both are glittering and bright, like a Christmas bauble. But whenever I’m having trouble getting into the holiday mood, I turn to Koster’s Christmas comedy first.

Scrooge (1970) - Albert Finney, then 36 years of age, done up in credible old-man makeup and walking around with a stoop, is astonishing as the miserly Scrooge. (Even his fingernails are grimy: Finney’s interpretation of Scrooge is of a man too busy counting coins to wash his hands.)   No doubt a response to the Academy Award-winning success of Oliver! two years before, Scrooge is a spectacle of sight, sound and dance. The big musical number at the finish, Thank You Very Much, gives you goosebumps, while the look of the film, in the days when sets were sets and not computer drawn, is a triumph of the art director’s art. 

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) Holiday Inn (1942) - Although essentially a highly entertaining romantic romp with Irving Berlin musical interludes, it’s that inn to drool for and the mellow Crosby that makes us return to Holiday Inn at Christmastime. When Crosby sits down at the Inn’s piano to sing White Christmas to love interest Marjorie Reynolds, a candlelit Christmas tree nearby and a cozy fire in the fireplace, it’s more than an artfully executed sentimental moment; it’s a peerless moment in the history of the old studio system

REMAKES From Mission: Impossible to Hawaii Five-O to Charlie’s Angels to CSI: Yeehaw Junction, both film and television are running dry on original ideas—or those willing to finance original ideas—so they turn increasingly to past successes and bankable titles. Rarely, it’s done well: the Coen BrothersNeal Stannard Jeff Bridges version of True Grit, reviewed here a few months back, both honored and expanded upon the Henry Hathaway-John Wayne original. But that’s the exception that proves the rule

In the NBC miniseries, released just after Star Wars revolutionized the look of all sci-fi, the special effects are not only pedestrian, they’re downright perfunctory: present in order to set the story, period. And that’s right and proper, because Bradbury’s story is about neither rocket technology nor alien landscapes. It’s about how people treat one another: how they ought to, and how they too often do. Somehow, this basic idea translates onto the screen, largely because the adaptation was entrusted to Richard Matheson. Himself an extraordinary author (Duel, I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come), Matheson is respectful enough to preserve Bradbury’s ideas, and original enough to adapt them efficiently and successfully. Matheson was aided by an extraordinary cast that worked hard to communicate those ideas: Bernie Casey

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He lives, and he lives forever in the annals of 20th Century Fox where he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. - Byron Gray was the film critic for the Vero Beach Press Journal from 1987-2003 and is the recipient of the Florida Press Association award for criticism. What is the secret of life? There is no secret. Anyone with eyes can see the way to live: by watching life—observing nature and cooperating with it—making common cause with the process of existence—by living life for itself, don’t you see, deriving pleasure from the gift of pure being. Life is its own answer. Accept it and enjoy it, day by day. Live as well as possible. Expect no more. Destroy nothing. Humble nothing. Look for fault in nothing. Leave unsullied and untouched all that is beautiful. Hold that which lives in all reverence, for life is given by the Sovereign of our universe—given to be savored, to be luxuriated in, to be respected.

By Neal Stannard

One original that should be left alone is The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury’s classic science fiction opus, filmed as a television miniseries for NBC in 198O. When you read that a remake of The Martian Chronicles is slated for theatrical release in 2O13, you just know that it’ll be loaded down with fast-cut special effects, juvenile humor and pulse-pounding violent action—all of which would totally miss the point of Bradbury’s story.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) - Who else but populist director Frank Capra could have turned this rather bleak tale of a suicidal businessman into wholesome, accessible art? And who else but the beloved Jimmy Stewart, the ultimate “everyman” actor, could have played George Bailey?   So what makes Life so wonderful, anyway? Capra’s direction, certainly. Stewart’s performance, definitely. (It’s the best of his long, storied career). But it goes deeper, of course. When Clarence shows George how many lives he’s touched for the good, how much he means to the small-town community of Bedford Falls, it strikes a chord. George’s lesson is our lesson. It speaks to the best that is in us, the person we hope to be. If there’s any goodness in us at all, we all would like to be like George Bailey. I don’t think Capra set out to preach the Gospel. But his Life is as instructional and as spiritually fulfilling as any story in the Bible.   Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - Such a whimsical gift is this beloved tale of a sweet old man who claims to be Santa Claus, it seems to have been directed and delivered to theaters by Santa himself.   The endearing, rotund Brit Edmund Gwenn won an Academy Award as Street’s Kris Kringle. As did George Seaton and Valentine Davies for their clever, touching story and screenplay. The picture is also notable for providing Natalie Wood her first major film role (as an ever-doubting six-year-old). But she learns to believe. And you will, too, if you tap into your inner-child. The picture is Darryl F. Zanuck’s answer to little Virginia’s immortal question: Is there a Santa Claus?

Beauty and wisdom worth sharing with everyone, everywhere. The DVD is hard to find in the “red boxes” and video stores, but easy and affordable on eBay. Why not share it for the holidays? Or perhaps just share the quote above. It’s far too important to keep to yourself.

as the astronaut who is overwhelmed by Martian ideas and “goes native,” Fritz Weaver and Roddy McDowell as missionaries who attempt to impose Terran religious ideas where they’re not necessarily welcome, Darren McGavin as the astronaut-turned-diner operator who cannot overcome his basic fears and prejudices, Christopher Connelly as the settler nearly driven mad by loneliness, and Bernadette Peters as the supposed woman of his dreams, who turns out to be the ultimate narcissist, even in the face of tragedy. The performance that holds the pieces together comes from Rock Hudson as the astronaut commander. Hudson would fall ill and die in five years; the part of Colonel Wilder offered him a rare elder-statesman role: Wilder eagerly courts the very “native” ideas that brought his subordinate (Casey) to a violent end. And he finds them, spoken by a Martian from a different time period (Terence Longdon). The words, a true collaboration of Bradbury and Matheson, shine with beauty and wisdom, when Wilder asks the Martian,

Neal Stannard is the author of Now & Then, The Movies Get It Right, subtitled “A Dozen Films that Dazzle, Delight...and SAY Something,” published by the niche house, BearManor Media. It is available via Amazon. com and The Vero Beach Book Center (and makes a great holiday gift). He appears regularly on stage at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild, most recently as Lou, the stage manager in The194O’s Radio Hour.


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piling cap form crew. We went to work at 4:30 in the morning. We drove 50 miles north to start, then 10 miles west, then 50 miles south as the highway moved along. Quen and I were so tired that we could only work on the boat on the weekends.

Actually, on a serious note now, it was Herman Melville who got me started on my adult journey in life. Melville, Conrad, London. These authors pointed the way to my personal inspiration.

We built the boat in a barnyard in Onarga, Illinois. Toward the fall, we quit the highway and worked on the boat seven days a week, hoping to launch and get south before the winter got too bad. We launched the Quee Queg on New Year’s Day 1968. That night, the temperature went down to 25 degrees below zero, and for the first time in 54 years the Illinois River froze up.

In my college years, I thought about dropping out and joining the Navy at one point, but I stuck it out. After graduation, I enlisted in the Army. I was told that the Navy was not taking any more people, and being young, I took “No” for an answer. A word to the wise: never take “No” for an answer. Anyway, when I was discharged, honorably I am proud to say, I was back to the plan of going to sea. NOW, I was free and responsible only to myself. I went to work to get my nest egg going, and at about that time I met Quen Cultra. We hit it off right away. He had just recently been separated from the Marine Corps and also had the dream of going to sea. Together, over the next 14 months, we planned to build a boat and sail around the world. We worked as laborers on I-55 in Illinois. I worked with a paving crew, then as a carpenter with a

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Local Nonprofits Have Missing Money By Mary Pitman

Donations are down in Indian River County during this Season of Giving, but hope can come from unexpected places. Florida’s unclaimed property site is holding cash for some local nonprofits! The list below is not meant to be complete. If you work with a nonprofit and don’t see it listed, go to and search. The name may not be entered correctly. The less you enter, the broader the search. Narrow your search as needed by clicking on Advanced Search and enter the city where your charity is located. However, some organizations have no address listed. Entering the city will eliminate these.

Each of these names should be entered under the Last Name exactly as they appear here. Association for Retarded Citize Children Home Society Christopher Foundation Community Church of Community Deliverance Temple Inc First Church of God First Presbyterian Church First United Pentoco Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival Fellsmere New Testament C Fellsmere School for Chil Garden Club Gifford Little League Harvest Christian Ranch Hibiscus Children Holy Name Church Homeless Assista Inc Enter Humane Society Humane Society of Vero Be Indian River Co on Aging

Indian River Conservancy Inc Indian River Conservancies Indian River Festival Committee Indian River Land Trust Indian River Medical Center Indian River Memorial Hospital Indian River Ostomy Assoc Indian River Toys Salvation Army Sebastian Clam Bake Tabernacle Baptist Church Treasure Coast Pilot Club Vero Bch Church of Christ Vero Beach Church of Christ Vero Beach Senior League Vero Beach Volunteer Fire Dept Youth Grace Methodist Enter this final listing as follows: Last Name: Fellsmere First Name: Y Teens

ALERT….Vero, You are Famous! By Jane B. Howard, Professor and Travel Consultant When I first moved to Vero Beach, I heard people say,” Welcome to Zero Beach” and it made me feel badly that people thought about their beautiful city in this manner. What they didn’t know is that Vero Beach, according to a French publication of history in 1942, cites Vero as an international place of fame since it was where ”Vero Man” was discovered back in 1915. To be more specific, several skeletal pieces, including two complete skeletons, were found somewhere along US 1 near the airport. They were the skeletons of a female and a male. The other two fragments were incomplete and most of the bones have found their way to University of Florida, Smithsonian, various universities, and into the hands of private collectors.

have been found with artwork dated in the same timeframe. This put us on the map internationally as being a very significant find in the archeological and paleontology arena. However, local folks were not very excited back then as the Jane Howard war was on and they had other things on their mind besides a collection of old bones.

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What is so important is that after a mammoth carving was found in the area, it was dated to about the same time as early humans who lived alongside of the now-extinct animals. Vero is a special place as it is thought to be one of the only places in North America where human remains

Cardiovascular Diseases Internal Medicine Cardiac Rehabilitation Bones discovered at the famous "Vero Man" site on US 1 near the airport. Time has a way of revisiting old ideas. The Old Vero Ice Age Site Committee was formed to raise money to aid experts in excavating to see what other bones or fossils might be found. “Zero Beach” has become “Hero Beach” as it is famous in the world for what may lie beneath the ground. With the help of our community it can be a place full of educational opportunity. If you are interested in this effort, please visit and sign up for membership or donation.

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Rep. Debbie Mayfield with Alma Lee Loy at First Annual Vietnam Vet’s Ball

John Michael Matthews, Marine and Local Jeweler, with Linda and Mel Teetz, at the First Annual Vietnam Vet’s Ball

Why Do Americans Hate America? By Marijo Tinlin

The short answer: because many people forget to teach why we should love it. Through today’s public education and media, we, as a society, are constantly teaching our citizens that America is not great, that its people are not exceptional and that it’s cool to bash America. Wrong. As parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, we have to take the initiative and teach our children why they should LOVE this country. They need to know how privileged they are to live in the greatest country on the planet. We forget that kids may not even say the pledge in school anymore. We forget that we need to teach our younger generations about what the flag symbolizes, the significance of George Washington, and why we stand for the “Star Spangled Banner” because again, they

aren’t taught why anymore. Former Attorney General Ed Meese speaks in my book about his experiences growing up with ALL of his teachers proudly loving this country during World War II and passing that to their young students. Red State Editor Erick Erickson speaks about how he was captivated by the American history he learned while a student in an American school in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. And Gold Star mom and founder of America’s Mighty Warriors Debbie Lee tells the story of her ultimate patriot son, Marc Allan Lee who was the first SEAL to die in Iraq. Let’s stop the hatred and be a part of the re-education of America by passing along patriotism to friends, family and, most importantly, our future leaders: the children. Marijo Tinlin is the author of the book “How to Raise an American Patriot”. Please visit www.

Vero’s Newly-Elected Mayor Pilar Turner with Alma Lee Loy at the First Annual Vietnam Vet’s Ball


Here’s to you, Band of Brothers! Brother, life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forgive the ones who don’t, just because you can. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. Those of you who served in Viet Nam know this. If it changes your life, let it. Take a few minutes to think before you act when you’re mad. Forgive quickly. God never said life would be easy; He just promised it would be worth it.   Today is Band of Brothers’ Day; send this to all your brothers, fathers, sons and fellow veterans you know. Happy Brothers’ Day! To the good men who have touched my life. Here’s to you!! I was never a hero, but I am thankful to know some. A real Brother walks with you when the rest of the world walks on you.

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HONOR FLIGHT INTERVIEWS Jack Delancy and Lou Saparito

Rhett Palmer: I’m so proud of my Uncle Jack, Jack Delancy. He just came back from a special trip to Washington, DC for something called Honor Flight with his friend Lou. He and Lou both served in World War II. Of course, this is the war that really saved America. Without those who served, like Jack and Lou here, we might be speaking German or Japanese. Uncle Jack, how are you? Jack Delancy: I’m fine. RP: Introduce us to your friend here. JD: Lou Saparito. RP: Lou, how are you? Lou Saparito: Oh, I’m great, I feel great. RP: You both flew up the other night for Honor Flight. What is that exactly and how did you connect with it? LS: lt’s an organization that was started a few years ago with the intent of taking all of the World War II veterans to the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC while they could still do it. They want to try to get all Vets up there, and anybody that’s able to should apply and try to go, because they’re a wonderful organization. They’ve done this with donated money. In fact, the flight that we were on, the firemen in Martin County raised something like $65,000 towards this trip. RP: Explain to me what happened the other day. Your one son flew in to take you down to the airport; your other son actually drove all the way from Connecticut to Washington. Tell us this heartwarming story. Because after it was all done, I was thinking, “Wow! That’s love in action.” JD: Well, that was the part of the day, what I’ll never forget for as long as I live, because my oldest son flew down here and drove Lou and I, at 2 o’clock in the morning, we had to get up to get down to Stuart, to make our meeting for the buses. RP: What about the buses? Did the buses go to the airplane? JD: The buses took us to the VA Hospital in West Palm, where they gave us a late breakfast, and they had a ceremony with a color guard and the Pledge, and then they took us to the airport in a huge motorcade, with fire companies and police and motorcycles! And we got there -RP: Wait a second. How did that feel? How did that feel, Lou? LS: I tell you something. We left our house in Vero Beach at 2 o’clock in the morning, we got down to Stuart where we were supposed to meet the buses and whatnot. The first thing we saw was two fire engines, two police cars, and about eight motorcycles. We thought it was Christmas, the way it looked, the lights flashing and everything. I said, “This is something else!” But, before we get to that. Jack and I went down for the first meeting we had, where they were going to arrange for the guardians at that time. We went there, and we parked the car. And after we parked the car, two young kids, and they’re no bigger than 7th or 8th grade, and they came up to us… and I’m wondering, “What’s this gonna be?” The little guy put out his hand, and he says, “I want to thank you very much for giving us the freedom that we have now.” I’d like to fell through the parking lot. It really brings tears to your eyes. They took the two of us and walked into what then was the library, and the ROTC was lined up on both sides of the sidewalk. We went in and there’s where we got our first meeting with the guardians and all of that stuff. There were 183 people there. RP: Where did you serve, Uncle Jack? JD: I joined the Navy in February 1945; I was just shy of 18 years old. I was 18 in April. I volunteered for the Seabees, and they sent me for training over in Davidsonville, Rhode Island, where they trained us for most any possibility. And that means we were shipped out pretty soon. So I got out pretty fast in the Pacific. RP: How about you, Lou? Where did you serve? LS: I served over in the Philippines, mostly in the Pacific. RP: Listen, you’re telling me stories right here – I’ve almost got tears in my eyes. I tell you what. It touches my heart to think that you guys are the heroes, as that

Jack Delancy young fella said. Out of the mouths of babes. Because of what you guys did, and because of the others who can’t take the Honor Flight, in recognition of them, we’d be remiss if we didn’t say God Bless those who never came home, or who spent the remainder of their lives in VA hospitals. So in the dark of night, with the fire engines going, and the lights flashing in the police cars, how did that make you feel when you arrived? JD: It was the beginning of a wonderful experience. And it was only the beginning, because the way they took care of us all day was almost unbelievable. We were kings for a day, we really were. RP: When you’re going through this whole thing that day, when you’re on the bus and you’re on the plane, and you’re going up to Washington on this Honor Flight, did you think about those guys that couldn’t make it? JD: Of course, we always think about them. There are so many of them. RP: I hear there are guys like you who won’t even talk except to other vets. Today I had an earlier interview with the guy who heads up the Veterans Affairs in town here, and he said a lot of vets won’t even talk to their families about what really went down over there. JD: Well, it depends on what you’ve been through. I didn’t lose any comrades, to be honest, but I did see a lot of things happen. I went through a lot of training, and I ended up, my biggest experience was we landed in the LSTs in Nagasaki, we were the first group to land there. And we didn’t know what to expect. RP: And you saw the devastation of the atomic bomb? JD: I certainly did. We didn’t know what it was at that time, because it was only called our “secret” weapon. No, we didn’t have any idea what an atomic weapon was. It was a brand new weapon. And we didn’t realize that there were no civilians when we landed because they were all up in the mountains. Well, we saw policemen and firemen. We had no place to stay, so we had to sleep out on the dock for a few days, and we ended up in an abandoned warehouse from a Mitsubishi ship factory, a boat factory, where they made ships there. The building was finally condemned; we had to get out of there. Anyhow, it was a very interesting experience and one that I’ll always remember because, it was a mess. RP: Let’s get back to Honor Flight. Your son flies down from Connecticut and he drives you to the airport. You and Lou end up getting on the plane. What happens next? JD: After we get on the plane, we go out on the tarmac, ready to take off, and these two huge fire trucks come out and gave us a water salute with tons of water, each side of the plane. You couldn’t even see out the window. The salute was unbelievable! And then we took off for Washington. We got to Washington, and we got off the plane, and there were people waiting for us, with flags and children and

families, saying “Thank you for serving,” and signs like that. Actually, I was in a wheelchair getting off the plane, they furnished a wheelchair as we needed it, and all of a sudden I looked up and there’s my youngest son, David, with his wife, my daughter-in-law, and my two grandchildren, and I was just -- I couldn’t believe it! I was just so surprised I couldn’t believe it. And they had the whole itinerary so they arranged – RP: Did you cry? JD: No, I didn’t cry. No, but I was very emotional, of course. Oh, I tell you, it was unbelievable. That was my biggest experience of the day. And they had the itinerary -- they couldn’t travel of course with us, but they visited at each stop with us; they met me at each stop. The first one was the Changing of the Guard at the Arlington Cemetery, and we had a special ceremony there because they also changed the wreath and they had a bugler and a color guard, and they played Taps. That’ll make you cry. That’ll just about make you cry. The tomb is never unguarded, not even for any second, even. It’s an unbelievable site. RP: Lou, do you want to comment on the visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier? LS: First of all, I’ve never seen as many tombstones as I’ve seen in the world in that place. And on this one side of the hill, a steep hill, there were tombstones there about every 6 or 8 feet apart, and the people that were giving us the narration about all the places that we went to, said there are tombstones of eight or nine or ten soldiers that never came back. And their names are on every one of those stones. And I thought, my God, all the tombstones that we saw, I just couldn’t believe that there were that many there. And they are bulldozing down the Marine barracks, isn’t it, Jack? JD: I think it’s the Navy barracks. There’s a Navy barracks near the Air Force Museum, I know that. LS: It’s near the Air Force Museum they’re bulldozing down those three big buildings to make room for more soldiers, servicemen, being buried there. I said to myself, “My God, I thank God that that day that I was able to get home. Remember, like Jack says, we went in at 17 years old. I was in there the day after my birthday. It was in early 1944. And, like he says, we trained to get on an LST, and I didn’t even know what an LST was RP: What’s an LSD? It was a drug back in the ‘60s that I knew about. LS: No, that was LSD; this is an LST. To me, it’s Large Stationary Target. But it’s really the large Landing Ship Tanks. Anyhow, it was only six months after we learned how to operate on one of those ships, we were out of the country. We went through the Panama Canal, we went overseas, we went from one island to the other; we covered a good 40 islands before the war was over. And the first time that we actually saw -- we in the Philippines, in Leyte Harbor, we were there on D-Day plus 2 or 3, I think it was 3. And a suicide plane landed alongside the ship, and I got out of the hatch to get up to my gun – RP: Crashed? You don’t mean landed; you mean crashed? LS: Crashed. It was a suicide diver. They had 85 suicide planes on one of our excursions to the one island. They don’t go back to Japan. None of them ever went back. They all came three and four at a time. RP: Like modern day terrorists. LS: Exactly. I saw one land, he went right along the water’s edge, and he went into a tanker and hit him right in the broadside. I watched the guys on the ship, abandon ship before he even hit, because they knew that was what he was going to do. And, oh God! RP: Jack and his friend Lou are both World War II vets, World War II heroes. They secured our freedoms, that generation, and we salute them. Whoever put this Honor Flight together, God Bless them, God Bless America, and God Bless our Vets.

World War II Heroes Lou Saparito and Jack Delancy, recent recipients of Honor Flight after returning from Washington, DC Memorial, with Rhett Palmer


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Staunch supporters/donors. Back row, Lynne and Charlie Clippert; Jeff and Donna Lockhart; seated Dick Winkler and Brad Burnham

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Cox (an original founder); Ray Scent (an original founder); current Board Vice-Chair Earl Morgan. (Charlie is 102!)

Women Build head and current Board member Sue Croom, volunteer coordinator Jessica Schmitt, from Grand Harbor Jim and Bette Maxwell and Debbie Fletcher.

Jackie and County Commission Chair Bob Solari with Vero Beach Mayor Pilar Turner

Susan (current board member) and Gene (past board member) Billero with County Commissioner Wesley Davis

Board of Advisors members Susan and Ben Bailey III

County Administrator Joe Baird and Sheriff Deryl Loar (we served hors d’oeuvres, lemonade and iced tea ONLY)

Carol Pearson, Joan Elliott and Indian River Habitat’s first president, David Pearson

Joan and Bill Elliott (he is an original founder); Pete (current board member) and Kim Clements. Mr. Bill still works HARD here at Habitat

Mel and Nancy Goodes, a major donor couple; Nancy is current Board of Advisors member, sponsor of our lobby, standing in the lobby by their donor plaque

Eric and Doris Plym, donors, Copy and Supply Room sponsor

Donors Joan and Jerry Weick

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Monthly Luncheon

Steve Schwartz VBCBA Board Member with Kristin Sposato From Harvest Food and Outreach Center with some of the food donated to Harvest at VBCBA Luncheon.

Beth Erikson and Sally Hubbard, both with Florida Family News, and Rhett Palmer

Dixie Powell, VBCBA Treasurer; Ginny Rhodes of Youth Guidance; Maureen Nicolace, VBCBA President, with gifts donated by VBCBA Members

Walk To Remember 2011 Benefiting Alzheimer/Parkinson’s Association of IR County

Chaplain Louie Tropf and his wife at Walk to Remember

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees, Linda Downing, Executive Director of Education of Riverside Children’s Theatre, and Oscar Sales, Head of Marketing, Riverside Theatre

Vicki Suplizio from Aloha Health Care and Tom Michaels from Champion Home Healthcare pass out balloons at The Walk To Remember

Starting Life Over

Founder of Starting Life Over, Larry Cooper, with supporter Merry Parent, and Reverend Jerome Ryant, Starting Life Over fundraiser

Billy Mure’s 96


(At DOCKSIDE GRILLE) Amy Patterson, Chair of Wine and Dine, to benefit Hibiscus Children’s Center; Tom Maher, President of Hibiscus; Sandy Divine, Volunteer; and Jerry Maher, Owner of Dockside Grille

Sheriff Deryl Loar and Jeff Luther, Public Relations, Sheriff’s Department, at Walk to Remember with two volunteers

Billy Mure, famous guitarist who has played on 24 #1 hit records celebrates his 96th Birthday, with gal pal singer Debbie Murphy

Shelagh McCracken, Very Fitting; Jay Hart, Wells Fargo; Penny Chandler, Chamber of Commerce; Cliff Norris, Penny's husband, attendees at the Starting Life Over fundraiser


AnnMarie Chiarenza and daughter Emma at booksigning for their new book YIPPEE DAY, the story of a young girl’s special day with mom. The gift that gives twice: a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Homeless Family Center. Visit

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THE SALVATION ARMY’S RED KETTLES Everyone has seen them. Every year people come to expect them. They are in the malls and the grocery stores, accompanied by the sound of ringing bells. The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle campaign has begun at over 20 locations throughout Indian River County, ushering in the holiday season. The proceeds from the campaign primarily help the Salvation Army’s numerous programs, including the mobile feeding canteen, social services, rental and utilities assistance, food pantry, and children’s after school activities for the 2012 year. The tradition of the red kettle is nearly as old as the Salvation Army itself, going back more than 100 years. 

Started in San Francisco by Salvation Army Capt. Joseph McFee, the officer wanted to provide 1,000 free Christmas dinners to the poor but had no way to pay for it. As the story goes, McFee positioned a large black pot on the docks near ferry boat landings, drawing donations from passersby and those who traveled by ferry. Thus, the longstanding tradition was born. Indian River County’s branch of the Salvation Army has been providing Christmas assistance for the past 16 years. The Indian River County Salvation Army collected $150,000 last year through kettle donations and kettle sponsorships. It is bracing for a tough year this time out, especially with the increased demand of the services and the stagnate economy.  Volunteer Bell Ringers are still needed for the campaign, which will total more than 30,000 hours. Some of the locations for Red Kettles are Publix, Sam’s Club, WalMarts,Walgreens, post offices, Indian River Mall and Winn Dixie. For more info on how to help The Salvation Army this holiday season call 772-978-0265 or on facebook. com/pages/The-Salvation-Army-of-Indian-River-Co-Fla

A Christmas Reminder From THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Each Christmas for the past five years, The Knights of Columbus of Indian River County have financially supported radio messages explaining the true meaning of Christmas. We recognized that materialism has distorted the celebration of the Christ Child’s birthday. His message is to remember and assist the poor and needy in our midst, as our brothers and sisters.  We urge parents to remind their children that it is better to give than to receive and to think of the needs of others. Further, we wish to encourage people to wish others “a Merry and Holy Christmas” rather than Happy Holidays.  During this joyous time of the year, it is truly a time to thank God for what we have and to share it with others less fortunate. 

We wish all the people of Indian River County a Merry, Happy and Joyous Christmas!

Bart Mc Donnell, Holy Cross Council Knights of Columbus

Fundamental Flaw #1 in Government Health Care

Spending Other People’s Money Back in the mid ‘80s when I was a young Chiropractor fresh in practice, I was quick to recognize a recurrent phenomenon. Like most chiropractors, I could spot a “slipped disc” even while the patient was still in the waiting room. Those patients have a way of walking, moving, etc. It probably cost a few dollars out of a $35 office visit to tell the patient Dr. Art Argenio and lay out a plan of care. Some of those patients would disappear and spend thousands of dollars on testing only to return with the same diagnosis. When they eventually would find their way back to my office, I would ask them about this added expense. Their answer was always the same: “My insurance paid for it.” In other words, we all pay for it in the form of higher insurance premiums. The sad fact is people are not as prudent with other people’s money as they are with their own. If a patient has no insurance, he is not going to overutilize or go to the doctor for every runny nose. He will shop for the x-ray that cost $100 instead of $200. He will shop for value. He is less likely to smoke and do unhealthy things. He will also be more likely to do healthy things: exercise, eat healthy, lose the extra ten pounds, and, my favorite, see his chiropractor. All this would be done in the name of saving his own money. Now picture that same patient with insurance and paying for his own premiums. He won’t watch as closely, but will still be somewhat careful because he doesn’t want his insurance premiums to go up. However, if his employer pays his premiums, he will care a little bit less. But if the government pays for his premiums, he could care less. He will over-utilize. He will not shop for value. He will be more likely to smoke, eat poorly and do unhealthy things. He will be less likely to exercise or lose the extra ten pounds. The current trend to government health care will follow the latter, yielding higher costs and less health. Please read next month for Fundamental Flaw #2. Dr. Art Argenio is a former State Legislator. He owns Argenio Chiropractic and Fit 24/7. You can reach him at (772)228-8131, or visit his website:

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10 Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas


There are a lot of great gift ideas, but healthy gifts keep on giving for days, weeks, and months to come. With the New Year around the corner, there’s no doubt most people are already regretting consuming all the Holiday Fare and are already thinking about their New Year’s Resolutions.

Are you stressed out? Are you on the rat race that keeps going faster and faster, spinning out of control? Are stresses, anxiety and pressures of life building up inside you until you feel like a time bomb about to explode?

by Bonnie Pfieseter, owner of Max Fitness Club and BCx Boot Camp home workout DVD system will work just fine. If they need accountability and personal guidance, then a local program or trainer will be the best bet. 5. Home Gym – You don’t have to break the bank to start a home gym. You can get a full workout system by Bodylastics starting at $45 or you can get a great adjustable dumbbell set for under $300. The important thing to understand is anything is too expensive if it doesn’t get used. Bonnie Pfieseter Here are 10 healthy Holiday gift ideas to help your special someone take a healthy step into 2012:

6. Starter Package – A great gift idea for someone who really wants to get fit is a starter package. Instead of spending money on a 1-year membership, get quality not quantity. A 3-month membership with some personal training to get them comfortable, a massage to make them feel special, and a new pair of tennis shoes to kick-start their new workout is a lot more exciting and inviting than a lonely membership. 7. iTunes Gift Card – Many people already have an iPhone or iPod, but everyone enjoys new music or new fitness apps. For the person that seems to have it all when it comes to the health and fitness gadgets, an iTunes Gift Card is the perfect gift.

1. iAnything – Whether it’s an iPod, iPhone or iPad – they all can make a workout more fun. You can listen to the workout station on Pandora or watch your latest episode of your favorite ABC show on your iPad while doing cardio. 2. Gym Membership – Gym memberships can be like undergarments. You need them, but you hate to spend money on them. A gym membership can be that special place where your loved one can go to work on how they look and feel. Everyone needs a little “me time” and what better place to have that time than in the gym. 3. Heart Rate Monitor – If your special someone is a walker or a runner, one of the best gadgets you can get is a heart rate monitor to help track calories burned and progress. If they also workout indoors, get a POLAR brand so they can sync automatically to the treadmill. 4. Workout Program – You can get a gift certificate to a Boot Camp program or buy a home workout program like P90x for $150-$300. The key is knowing what your loved one needs. If they are a disciplined self-motivator, then a

8. Netflix Membership – One thing that makes time on the treadmill go by fast is watching movies on your iPad. Netflix makes it easy to watch movies and burn calories too! 9. Quality Earphones – Ear buds can fall out easily when working out or running, so it’s important your fitness friend has headphones that sound good and stay put. Look for key words like sport, active, sport clip, neckband, clip-on or ear canal ear buds. Tip: Since everyone’s ears are shaped differently, be sure to keep the receipt. 10. Athletic Clothing – Whether someone is starting a workout program for the first time or they are a gym rat, new athletic clothing is a welcomed gift. Target, sports outlets and TJ Maxx have some of the best clothes for the money - and you can’t go wrong with a Gift Certificate.

By Aaron Van Hoven

The stress in your life is killing Aaron Van Hoven you; little by little it is eating away at your health, destroying your body like termites eating away at your house. Ninety percent of all diseases are caused by being under too much stress. Like “the straw that breaks the camel’s back”, some day, somewhere, you will come down with some type of disease. When those little things set you off and those molehills are now mountains, you know you have a problem. It is up to you to make that change in your life before it is too late. How can we deal with the stresses that life heaps upon us? 1) Identify the sources of stress in your life. Do we really need to do all the things we are doing? 2) Time management. Make priorities. 3) Spend time with God and loved ones. Take time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Stop and smell the flowers, walk in nature. 4) Get enough sleep and rest. Take that relaxing hot bath to calm down. 5) Focus on the positives of life. Have a cheerful attitude. 6) Drink more pure water. Improve your diet. Avoid junk food. Eat more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. B-vitamins are helpful. 7) Exercise: walking, running, lifting weights, stretching, deep breathing in the fresh air and sunshine. 8) Massage Therapy is a great way to de-stress and relax Massage is a “Stress Buster” counteracting your negative responses to stress so you can face the cold cruel world again. Aaron Van Hoven is a Licensed Massage Therapist serving the Vero Beach/Ft. Pierce area.  Please contact 1-888-U-REVIVE.


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INTERVIEW WITH DR. WILLIAM J. MALLON AND DR. ADAM M. KATZ - PART 3 Rhett Palmer: We are continuing the series “Getting and Staying Healthy Together” from the Center for Advanced Eye Care. We are talking to Dr. William J. Mallon and Dr. Adam M. Katz. Dr. Katz, we’ve talked about your specialty, the retina, the back of the eye, and diseases found that area of the eye. Dr. Mallon, what is your area of specialization?

William J. Mallon, MD: I really have two main focuses in my practice. I would say first and foremost is cataract surgery. That is really what an ophthalmologist is known for in terms of general ophthalmologists and what our defining operation is. So, cataract surgery. I love cataract surgery. It’s just an amazing procedure to do something with eye drops, and literally have someone stand up and walk out of theoperating room and be able to see immediately without a patch or stitching. I think one of the things that differentiates our practice -obviously most ophthalmologists in most practices provide cataract surgery, and if someone were to ask me why would we want to go to your office, what would make your office unique in terms of what’s out there, I would say there are two main things that differentiate our office: one is the staff training that we have. Our staff are extremely well trained and they are vital to the success of what we do. So, staff training is number one, from the beginning. And the testing that we do. We do duplicate testing and there are certain tests that we do that are very much dependent on the quality of the test in terms of the final outcome. As far as what we do in the operating room, we have two operating rooms, and we have, again, excellent staff in the operating room. We do eye drop anesthesia here, and that is something a lot of people talk about - no stitch, no patch - all these different kinds of buzz words that have been thrown around for the last several years, but we’ve done eye drop anesthesia exclusively for over fifteen years now. And what that means is, we are not sedating our patients. Now, some patients may hear this and think, “There’s no way I’m having somebody operate on my eye without my being completely out.” I’ve had patients tell me they want to be completely out during their surgery. First of all, it’s not necessary.

There’s no way I would have been able to do what I’ve done for the last fifteen years if people were unhappy with it or if it was too difficult for someone to go through. There’s a lot of history behind that. The trend is, and the advanced surgeons, the ones who are really moving along, are doing eye drop anesthesia. They’ve realized that they don’t need to put a patient under the risk of anesthesia in order to have surgery. Patients can have serious reactions to anesthesia; they can become ill from it, they can go home and throw up, they can fall and break their hip. We are dealing with a lot of elderly patients that have very fragile medical conditions. I’ve had patients come to me who had been told that they cannot have cataract surgery because they couldn’t pass their pre-operative examination with the risk of anesthesia. And I’ve said, “Well, we put an eye drop in your eye, we do your cataract surgery, and you can literally stand up and walk out of the office and play bridge in the afternoon.” So, that is what cataract surgery has become. The other thing that I think differentiates us is the type of incision that we use. We use an incision called a “temporal clear corneal incision”. There are some significant differences in terms of where the incision should be made, and how it’s made on the eye that really determines the outcome and how quickly it heals. Some of the older type incisions that we used to use were at the top of the eye, at the twelve o’clock position if you were talking about a clock, up towards your eye brow. That type of incision is really not what we use anymore because we know that long-term it’s not as stable an incision; it causes irregularity of the eye. So instead of an eye being perfectly round, it starts to become more oblong, and decreased vision follows. So you can have an excellent result with your surgery at first, and then two or three years later you’re wondering why your vision isn’t as good as it used to be. Well, if you had a ‘superior’ incision, or that twelve o’clock incision, you start to develop astigmatism and a decreased quality of vision. So, we know that over time the best incision is the incision that’s made on the side. So, those are some of the things that really differentiate us. I think the things that we do here are somewhat unique to this area. The other thing is that I trained as an ophthalmic plastic surgeon. There are probably 15 or 20 ophthalmic plastic surgeons trained in any given year. I was very fortunate to train with someone at the University of Tennessee, in Memphis, who had actually been head of the department there for over 20 years. His training was that he had trained with some of the real founders in ophthalmic plastic surgery. So he had an incredible experience, we had a great time, I had a great year spent with him after finishing residency, and I learned some of the finer points of ophthalmic plastic surgery. My expertise is in dealing with reconstructive surgery around the eye. And that can be a basic cosmetic blepharoplasty or an eye job. Someone would say, “Well, I want my eyelids done.”

One of the things I do a lot of is where people have droopy eyes that actually get in the way of their vision. They feel they can’t see to the side, or it gets in the way of their reading. Droops – we fix that. I fix lower eyelids that turn inward or roll outward that cause tearing problems. I work on the tear ducts, so when the tears don’t drain down properly, we do bypasses of the tear ducts. I’ve had extensive experience in eye trauma, broken bones around the eyes, cancers, orbital tumors, things like that. I had a really very good experience in residency - and actually Dr. Katz and I joke about this a little bit. You know, you look at different experiences and at what shapes you. I went into residency thinking I was going to be a retina specialist; Dr. Katz went into residency thinking he was going to be an ophthalmic plastic surgeon. It’s kind of funny to look at where we ended up. I had an unbelievable experience just as a resident. My three years in residency I saw trauma like you couldn’t believe. We had a referral center from multiple states. Dr. Katz trained in Manhattan; he basically didn’t see oculoplastics when he was there. So his three years up there was spent basically not seeing oculoplastics, but he had a good retina experience, and that sort of shaped where he went. My oculoplastics experience was unbelievable. I had a young staff guy there that had just come out of fellowship that was gung-ho. We used to operate all night long. We’d have these traumas coming into the trauma center and I’d call him and we would operate just non-stop. So, that was my experience. He was really kind of a mentor. So all your experiences get shaped a lot by your residency, and that sort of pushed me in my direction, and Dr. Katz got pushed in his different direction. RP: You’ll find they are “Advanced”, not just a name, but in fact. Center for Advanced Eye Care. Dr. Adam Katz and Dr. Mallon. And we also have Dr. Schnell here who works with children. They are on U.S. 1, just south of 36th. Telephone 772-299-1404. You and I in a series of “Getting and Staying Healthy Together.” Who do you trust with your eyes? I trust these guys at Center for Advanced Eye Care.

William J. Mallon, M.D

Adam M. Katz, M.D

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Recession Survival Tips By Pam Grant

The American Dream is so 1980’s. Work hard, own your home, financial security; been there, done that. Long-term under-employment and increasing unemployment leave many facing eminent poverty over a protracted course. Clearly, relief is not forthcoming. In the new millennia, Americans have been displaced by a changing global economy. Housing foreclosures and lay-offs increased the demand for entitlements, dependence on food banks and social services. Previously stable families face years of struggle to regain any semblance of financial stability and security. Occupy Wall Street protesters call for sweeping change to restructure the economic checks and balances or replace them with something better. But no one has a plan. Testimony before a Senate subcommittee in 1967 predicted by the 21st century the work week would be cut in half. Progress, they assumed, in the form of labor-saving

devices; technology and advanced automation would lead to increased productivity. Wages would increase while the work week decreased. The prediction was based on good science and statistics. It was wrong. Instead, people are working harder and making less money. The unemployed and under-employed are weary. It brings little comfort to know you are not alone in this nationwide crisis. Millions are in the same boat. Unfortunately, the boat is the Titanic. Optimism and confidence evaporate when your kids go to bed hungry. It’s difficult to go to job interviews if you can’t put gas in your car. It’s hard to accept that you earned $50,000 a year in 1990 and today your only opportunity may be for a job that pays $9 an hour. Here are some practical tips to ease the pain. Rediscover Kool-Aid, at 27₡ still a bargain. Identify needs vs. wants and then accept that some needs won’t be met. Comprehensive healthcare and dental is off the table, but drug manufacturers have patient assistance programs to pay for prescription medications. When faced with a choice, pay the electric bill and cable bill, forget the gas bill and


trash collection. It’s better to take cold showers and haul your own trash than sit in the dark missing an episode of X-Factor. Walk, bike or carpool. Get to know Community Gold and Jewelry Buyers at the Indian River Mall. They are the best source for quick cash. It’s hard to give up sentimental keepsakes, but they make it less painful. You can double your grocery purchase with Publix’s buy-oneget-one specials. Go to the beach to re-group; it’s free. Pray. Nothing else has the power to sustain you for the long haul.

Platinum gem drop earrings from Tiffany’s can pay the electric bill.

Facing Unemployment—Part Four By Walter Manning

Having a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) acts like a catalyst that releases enthusiasm when we’re seeking gainful employment. Consider the following.

consequently reducing employment opportunities, a PMA frees us to see the potential and experience the hope that lies just over the horizon. Let’s look at an example.

Negative thinking often fosters failure. However, maintaining a Walter Manning healthy PMA cultivates a mindset that’s oriented toward success by empowering us to think more clearly and rationally about our specific circumstances. A strong PMA launches a can do outlook, thereby offering hope and expectation for a successful outcome. As has been written, “As a man thinks in his heart, so he becomes.” Another reason to maintain a PMA is that it refocuses our attention from the past to the future. Whereas a negative attitude tends to corral and chain us to the past,

Have we ever tried to drive a car forward while looking in the rearview mirror? If we do, it won’t be long before we have an accident. To reach our destination safely requires that we look through the front windshield. Whereas what we see through the windshield is indicative of the future, what we see in the rearview mirror reflects the past. Does that make sense? If so, then why do we continue to cling to the past while attempting to move forward with our life?

Here’s a thought to remember: Being unemployed is an opportunity waiting for the right attitude to unlock its potential!

Without becoming mired in the mud of medical mutterings, suffice it to say that continued negative thinking can trigger and hasten poor health; but positive thinking can precipitate and help maintain better health. It’s a safe bet that every one of us has experienced the truth of this statement at some point in our life.

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1. I like Caesar, the dog whisperer, a lot. I never see his dogs protesting, they all do the job he assigns them with a maximum amount of calm and a minimum amount of violence. He’s definitely a leader. 2. I also like George Clooney. If he could play a corrupt politician in real life as well as he did in his latest movie, he would definitely be a shoe-in. 3. Bill Gates would be good because we wouldn’t have too many financial difficulties, AND it would eliminate the need for expensive IT people. 4. So that no one will think I’m chauvinistic in my thinking, I also really like Kim Kardashian. I think she could make an economic empire out of nothing, which we need. She would get all the “young” vote and it would take the entire population of this country to educate her on American history and government. Therefore, there would be zero unemployment. 5. Once I made a phone call to the Wal Mart in Sebastian. A young man answered the phone with a huge amount of enthusiasm. When I inquired about the store hours he politely informed me, and I will quote him: “MA’AM, THIS IS SUPER WAL MART, WE ARE OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY. WE ARE HERE TO SERVE YOU!” I definitely think that young man should be president. I would also like to add that if you are currently in politics, you should not be president, ever. Chances are you are already corrupt. We would like someone clean please!

Christmas 1956

My father went to great lengths to make Christmas extra special. I was at the age when kids began to question the whole Santa Claus thing. It was a real dilemma for me. I couldn’t ask my friends. What if they all knew there was no Santa? I would be teased for Vinnie Boombatz decades. It would be worse than the time I refused to play pin the tail on the donkey at a birthday party because I was afraid to be blindfolded. I guess it has something to do with my Sicilian heritage. Being blindfolded was usually was followed by gunfire! I couldn’t ask my parents. If I told them about my doubts and they broke down and confessed the gifts came from them, I could be destined to unwrapping socks and underwear on Christmas morning for the rest of my life! One slip of the tongue and I could really mess up a good thing! I decided to seek the council of my older and not much wiser brother, Big Vinnie. I poured my heart out to him. I explained the whole Santa dilemma and listed all the pros and cons of asking Dad or Mom. I went into painstaking detail showing him the lists of facts about Santa Claus I had compiled over the past year. Finally, when I was done, I stared into his eyes searching for an answer. They were blank and glazed over; I mean, way more than they normally were. After what seemed like an eternity he responded, “God, you’re one messed up kid - get away from me!” I mean, Wally never said anything like that to the Beaver.

productions like The Nativity Story and they were always sponsored by DuPont Chemical (Better Living through Chemistry). Now, there’s a slogan you don’t hear bandied around much anymore. Or Kraft Cheese. Year after year there was one common thread in all these productions: Raymond Burr (later best known as Perry Mason) first appeared as a Roman soldier, then a shepherd, and finally as one of the Three Kings, the one that spoke. You had to know he would one day achieve entertainment greatness. Well, suddenly, at the stroke of midnight, upstairs in the living room there arose such chatter. “HO… HO… HO….!” was bellowed by someone up there! The sleigh bells rang out and the front door slammed shut. For an instant everyone froze. Brooklyn Tony was caught in mid burp; all he got out was a “Burrr”. The rest of the gas must have been stuck behind his eyeballs because they bulged out of his head. Then, as if someone fired a starter’s pistol, everyone lurched for the stairs; it looked like an overstuffed cannoli, but instead of ricotta oozing out, it was Italian elbows and rear-ends. There in the living room sat a pile of brightly wrapped presents. It stood five feet high and practically filled the room. Snow-shaped footprints led to the front door, and outside on the snow-covered lawn was the distinct outline of sleigh tracks, Santa’s footprints and the pawprints from four of Santa’s reindeer. Later, when thing had calmed down, I mentioned to my father that there were only enough pawprints for four reindeer. My dad looked at me, smiled, and said “Ayee… forget about it, Vinnie!”

So now here it was Christmas Eve and I needed some sort of a sign. Was Santa real or just some scam made up by a medieval genius juvenile delinquent invented to force his parents to buy him a Nintendo made out sticks and twigs? The entire family was gathered in (where else?) our basement. All the Aunts and Uncles and of course my four cousins named Vinnie, and three named Tony and three female cousins, Rose, Mary and Rosemary were all in attendance. As it neared midnight we all sat around watching TV. In those days we watched made-for television Christmas

Ayee….. Have a Very Merry Christmas from my family to yours….!!!

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Gift Ideas for those in Assisted Living and Nursing Home Communities

Pranay T. Ramdev, M.D., F.A.C.S. Board Certified Vascular Surgeon • Dartmouth Medical School • Harvard University Vascular/Endovascular Surgery Fellowship Specializing in: • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) • Carotid Surgery • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms (TAC) • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

By Vicki Suplizio, MS, RN, BC During this holiday season, many people ask me for gift ideas for those relatives and friends who reside in nursing homes or assisted living communities.

• Airtight canister to keep “goodies”

My first response is to say, the gift of your time is the most precious gift you can provide to someone Vicki Suplizio who is no longer able to get out and about independently. Make a point to call or visit occasionally, not just during the frantic holiday season where visitations and activities are booked almost every day.

• Bird feeder that suction cups to window

Here are some gift ideas for your consideration: • A gift certificate for a visit to the beauty salon • A gift certificate for a manicure and/or pedicure • A homemade coupon for a ride to the beach with YOU!! • Add to that a coupon for a favorite take-out meal delivered by you • Note cards with stamps and writing pens • Assorted cards for birthday, anniversary, get well with stamps to send them

• If diabetic, bring sugar-free hard candy or cookies • Individual wipes to clean glasses • Hand sanitizer • Slippers that are non-skid • Toiletries: cologne, lotions, shampoo • Sweaters that are easy on and easy off


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Electing to Auction Your Property Can Be a Game-Changer! By Steve Rennick

As a seller in today’s real estate market, you can face an uphill battle, which is why an Auction may be your best marketing alternative when selling real estate. It’s difficult to get noticed amongst the crowd of countless ‘for sale’ Steve Rennick signs throughout our area. There is an oversupply of homes for sale and a limited demand, creating a competition among fellow sellers to attract scarce buyers. One alternative when selling a home is to accelerate the process by considering an Auction. This accelerated method of selling real estate has been time tested and has proven to be an effective, efficient way to sell a property for its market value. The price is determined by open competitive bidding -- live and in person -- at your property. The property gets put in the spotlight by a concentrated advertising campaign making it stand out to all serious buyers in the market. Urgency is created for your property that may otherwise not garner widespread interest. When you attend or sell at Auction, you get to see the market unfold in real-time.

The seller does not pay any commission at Auction; the buyer does. At Auction, the buyer pays the commission called a buyer’s premium. That premium is added to the winning bid, thus the seller actually receives the entire top bid on the home without having to also deduct a broker fee. The seller still usually covers the customary title insurance cost to assure clear title. The Auctioneer handles offering a percentage to the buyer’s agents Something else to consider: Many times in a real estate transaction, the buyer may have contingencies in place (i.e. obtaining financing, having a home inspection, the sale of another property) - all of which can make a valuable transaction fall through. With Auctions, obstacles are completely eliminated because the terms of the sale are boiled down to a simple sale – no contingencies whatsoever, which eliminates uncertainty. The terms of an Auction are always cash, as-is, and 30 days to close. Given the difficulties many non-cash buyers can have in obtaining financing with the current tight lending conditions, this can be invaluable when you have had other deals fall through. The strongest buyers are attracted to your property at Auction. And finally, Auctions tilt the balance back to the seller’s favor in this tough buyer’s market. Rather than being uncertain when your property will sell, or potentially how much in carrying costs will be lost while the property is on the market for countless months, at Auction, the seller dictates the day that they will sell their property. Furthermore, the overwhelming majority of sellers are very relieved and satisfied with the results when the Auction day has come and gone.

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SMOKIE’S RESCUE By Maureen Nicolace

We’ve all heard it be said, “It takes a community to raise a child.” Well, add to that, “It takes a community to rescue a cat!”

Smokie began her life in the woods, had her kittens in our bushes, and I was afraid she would come full circle and end her life in the woods as well. But many folks in this community of Vero Beach came to her aid, and for that I say THANK YOU! (And Smokie says MEOW!)

Key West 1963 - Part One

Off-duty Firefighter Dustin Hawkins and cat owner Maureen Nicolace just minutes after Hawkins rescues Smokie-the-cat (in the cat carrier) from a 65-foot dead-end drainage pipe, after more than 3 days of the cat being stranded and injured in the pipe.

Anyway, I was sitting on the front porch of my bar All that Jazz studying the only male sable palm tree in the Western Hemisphere, that, for some unknown reason, had decided to grow in my front patio, when the tinkling of a piano interrupted my thoughts. Then they came into view. The tinkler playing with one hand and pushing with the other; his helper, some husky guy with a deep tan stripped to the waist wearing only shorts with a white pith helmet on his head; and a guy on a bicycle who was riding in front of the duo who were pushing a piano across Duval Street.

My cat Smokie decided to take a joyride into town one morning inside the engine of my car, unbeknownst to me. She hopped out 10 miles from home, and I despaired of ever finding her. So many individuals came to my aid during the threeand-a-half day ordeal, ensuring a happy ending. “Shout outs” go to the following individuals who contributed in some way to finding, and rescuing her: •

To Felisha Wallace, Debbie Wallace and Rhonda Stang who provided a cat trap with food during the search to entice Smokie to come out of hiding.

To Radio Rhett Palmer, who enlisted the aid of his listeners and his Facebook friends to keep their eyes open, calling me during his morning shows that week to get updates on Smokie.

To Bruce Dangerfield, Animal Control Officer extraordinaire.

To Battalion Chief Dan Dietz for spending time with me, scouting out the area and making calls to determine how the drainage system meandered.

To Lt. Kevin Slade, who heard about my plight and contacted Firefighter Dustin Hawkins, knowing that Dustin loved animals as much as he.

To off-duty Firefighter Dustin Hawkins, who took time to help a stranger, belly-crawling into a dead-end, rotten, smelly, infested drainage pipe under a RR track to rescue a cat who greeted him with claws. Smokie was injured and sick from the car ride and would have never been able to crawl out of that pipe on her own. Dustin Hawkins literally saved Smokie’s life. And to the doctors and staff at Florida Veterinary League for whisking Smokie away after 5 p.m. on a Friday to begin the healing process.

It was about 5:30 am when I first heard the tinkling sounds of a piano. It was somewhere off in the distance so I didn’t give it my full attention. Whatever that was these days. I wasn’t sure just how long I had been here in the Keys. Somewhere along the way I had been indoctrinated to think the Key West way, which consists of who cares what day it is, or, for that matter, what month it is. About all I was sure of at the present was the year. It was 1963. Christmas had come and gone, followed by a New Year that had done the same. If I were a betting man, I’d bet it was possibly January or it could be February. Who knew? Who cared?

I should have just continued with my intent study of the only male sable palm tree in the Western Hemisphere. A fact I had become aware of from the tourist bus operator who made a daily stop at my place telling his captive tourists the history of my tree. They would ooh and aah for awhile, order a drink, then reboard the bus and off they’d go to wherever.

One of Smokie’s favorite spots is perched on the couch at home, looking out the back window.

Instead I yelled out to the piano pushers, “Hey, guys!” They stopped and looked at me. They no doubt mistook me for a leftover drunk from the closed bar. (See you at Blondie’s!)

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It was winter wonderland, wall-to-wall glamour, glitter and glitz with costumed carolers singing, strolling musicians playing, and truffles passed on silver trays by Santa’s elves. A super-sized red sleigh, pulled by animated flying reindeer was suspended from the ceiling. I didn’t unpack my boxes of Christmas ornaments or decorate my home. Any attempt would have sadly paled in comparison. Being a personal shopper is the dream job of shopping with someone else’s money. Each purchase was giftwrapped and delivered by messenger. The sanctity of the dressing room was equivalent to the confidentiality of the confessional and there was a stash of secrets. Handing me a red snakeskin Chanel clutch bag, a client

hinted, “Please ask my husband to surprise me with this.” A frantic last-minute shopper wanted a full-length ranch mink for his girlfriend and an ermine ski jacket for his wife. The only day off was Christmas, which I slept most of, then it was back to business on the 26th for the After Christmas Sale, where I did all of my personal shopping. My presents may have been late, but when the best of the rest was reduced forty percent, plus my thirty percent employee discount, I could give great gifts. Now, no longer held captive, I have reclaimed Christmas. I shop at my leisure, decorate the tree, bake cookies, enjoy holiday parties, travel and entertain with fine wines, courtesy of generous clients. Personal Shopping was fun and frivolous, and given the same circumstances, I would cheerfully do it all again. A very Merry Christmas to all! Jean Sanders Torrey is author of Best Friends Forever and Why Men Marry and Why Men Don’t, former Fashion Editor of Movieline magazine, social columnist for Beverly Hills Today, Personal Shopper at Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue and current Wedding Director at the historical Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church. website: email:


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