Catch Sister Act at Riverside asap! Reply

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MILT THOMAS

There are two excellent reasons for you to catch Sister Act at the Riverside Theatre before its successful run ends on May 1. First of all, the show is brilliant and more than entertaining. Based on the hit 1992 film of the same name (starring Whoopi Goldberg), Sister Act the musical was a Broadway smash as well. If you haven’t seen either, you can rent the movie anytime, but it would be a crying shame if you didn’t see the performance in these last few days it lights up the Stark Stage. Literally.

The production quality is as close to Broadway standards as you will ever see on a local stage. The story, acting, singing and dancing are superb, especially the vocal artistry of lead character, Deloris Van Cartier, played with heart and soul by Dan’yelle Williamson. As good as she is, Ms. Williamson is not the only voice among the cast that reaches out and touches the audience. And the music is original and contemporary, composed by Alan Menken (The Little MermaidBeauty and the BeastAladdin, and Pocahontas, Little Shop of Horrors) and lyricist Glenn Slater.

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Slight Uptick in County’s Cost of Living Reply

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It costs slightly more to live in Indian River County in 2014 than it did in 2013, according to the latest Cost of Living figures released by The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).

Among the 281 urban areas participating in the 2014 Cost of Living Index survey, the standard of living cost for a professional ranged from more than twice the national average in Manhattan, NY to almost 19 percent below the national average in Harlingen, TX.  The Cost of Living Index is published quarterly by C2ER – The Council for Community and Economic Research. The data represents average prices submitted by participating local organizations for the first three quarters of 2014.

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Experience what it is like to suffer from dementia Reply

Partially obstructed glasses, gloves with fingers taped and headphones help simulate dementia.

Partially obstructed glasses, gloves with fingers taped and headphones help simulate dementia.

MILT THOMAS

Did you ever wonder what it is like to suffer from dementia? Not that anyone would want to, but if you knew how this debilitating affliction can change the life of a loved one, you might better understand how to deal with it. And chances are fairly good you will deal with it at some point in your lives, either with a parent, or spouse or yourselves.

You can go to a place right here in Vero Beach and experience what it is like to have the illness by taking a Virtual Dementia Tour. No, this is not an Edgar Allen Poe theme park. It is a service provided at the Center for Memory and Motion in the offices of the Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of Indian River County located at 2300 5th Avenue, Suite 150.

According to Executive Director Peggy Cunningham, “It is important for caregivers or potential caregivers to know what the sufferer is dealing with, so that’s why we developed the Virtual Dementia Tour.”

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Questions answered about Habitat for Humanity 2

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Andy Bowler, Director Indian River County Habitat for Humanity

Andy Bowler, Director Indian River County Habitat for Humanity

Some misconceptions continue to exist regarding the Habitat for Humanity’s home ownership  program and executive director Andy Bowler has written an information sheet to clarify this important and successful program. Key points are presented below:

Mission Statement:

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Indian River Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. More…

Twenty-year tradition threatened by city budget cuts 5

Kids and parents enjoy Kiwanis fishing tournament under Barber Bridge

Kids and parents enjoy Kiwanis fishing tournament under Barber Bridge

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For the past 20 years, Vero Beach’s Kiwanis Club has held the Take a Kid Fishing tournament under the Barber Bridge. The tournament has become something of a tradition in the community. It is open to all kids between 6-12 years old along with a parent, grandparent, or in the case of troubled kids, a mentor or Youth Guidance counselor. Many of these kids have never fished before. Kiwanis pays for all the fishing equipment and provides a free hamburger and hot dog cookout before awarding prizes. This year almost 200 kids participated and Kiwanis fed over 300 people at club expense.  So what’s the problem?

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Youth Profile: Haley Glaab 1

Haley Glaab

Haley Glaab, who will graduate from VBHS, is headed to the University of Florida where she plans to study environmental engineering.

BY CHRISTINA TASCON

Indian River County is an ecologically diverse community with countless natural resources at hand.  The Indian River Lagoon has been in the news constantly lately with ecologists, naturalists and water enthusiasts all calling for reform to clean up our waters.

Many of us may think that the youth of today tune out this important discourse, but in truth many of them feel the impact of the changing eco-system and also worry for the future of the lagoon deeply.

It helps that many of our local kids not only have lived and played in an area rich with natural habitats.  They also are surrounded by a multitude of passionate people all rooting for Mother Nature here in Indian River County.

Haley Glaab, 18, daughter of Sherri and Lance Glaab, is going to be graduating from Vero Beach High School this year.  She plans on attending University of Florida to study Environmental Engineering. More…

Hurricane Preparedness Expo and Home Show June 8 1

The 10th annual Hurricane Preparedness Expo and Home Show will be held at the Indian River Mall on Saturday, June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Residents can meet with representatives from over 40 vendors to receive valuable tips on how to prepare their homes for a potential disaster. Products including shutters, generators, roofing and new technology in hurricane preparation will be demonstrated. The American Red Cross will sponsor a children’s activity zone and will be taking donations.

Presented again by the Indian River Mall and 93.7 The Breeze radio station, last year’s event attracted more than 2,000 people and gained valuable advice for preparing their home, family and pets for a potential disaster.

For more information check out the Indian River Mall Facebook and Twitter pages. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, call 770-9404 or email ugunter@simon.com.

One of many exhibits from the 2012 Expo

One of many exhibits from the 2012 Expo

Are we insanit-izing ourselves to death? 2

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I am not into idolatry, but there are a few people I do look up to. Currently, my favorite is Anthony Bourdain – author, chef, traveler – and his new show on CNN, Parts Unknown. I’ve read his books and enjoy his foul-mouthed, alcohol imbibed narratives. I even have a Bourdain app on my iPhone, so when I travel I can frequent places he has visited. I also enjoy writing, traveling and eating local foods wherever I go, just like him.  When in another country, I never eat at a McDonald’s, KFC or any restaurant I can visit right here in Vero Beach.

I’ve learned that it takes an iron stomach and everything south of that to eat certain things when traveling out of the country, at least for most people. My prescription for avoiding those problems has always been a yogurt regimen, one cup per day, for the ten days or so before leaving home. At least I thought that was the reason I rarely have any kind of stomach or lower tract distress.

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Crowd gathers in Old Riomar to celebrate New Year’s, trade tales, hear storyteller Reply

Monday afternoon’s clear skies and mild temperatures made for the perfect weather for a gathering of friends at J.J. Wilson’s home on Riomar Drive.  After enjoying a barbeque lunch catered by Saussie Pig, washed down with Florida craft beers offered by Kitty Wagner of Blue Star Wine Bar, and Florida wines served by David Rodriquez of Cork and Tapas, the New Year’s celebrants moved inside.  There they gathered round master storyteller Cahryn Fairlee, who spun old tales for a new year.

Fairlee, and internationally acclaimed actress and storyteller, will be impersonating Queen Kateryn Parr, the sixth wife of King Henry VIII, at a special performance to be held at the Emerson Center Friday, January 4 at 5:00 p.m.  For information call 772-778-5249.

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J.J. Wilson, DorothyBuckley, Ellen Kealy, Beverly Tyson

J.J. Wilson, Dorothy
Buckley, Ellen Kealy, Beverly Tyson

Richard Winger and Eileen Liedholm.  Eileen and her husband, Bill, are new residents of Vero Beach.

Richard Winger and Eileen Liedholm. Eileen and her husband, Bill, are new residents of Vero Beach.

Ken, Deborah and Annora Daige help host what felt something like a "Cracker New Year."

Ken, Deborah and Annora Daige help host what felt something like a “Cracker New Year.”

Kitty Wagner of Blue Starfish served Florida craft beers.

Kitty Wagner of Blue Star Wine Bar serves Florida craft beers.

A resident of Old Riomar contributes  books to the "Little Library" in front of J.J. Wilson's home on Riomar Drive.

A resident of Old Riomar contributes books to the “Little Library” in front of J.J. Wilson’s home on Riomar Drive.