Main Street announces new Executive Director Reply

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Main Street Vero Beach announces that Elaine Jones is the new executive director starting Jan 4th, 2016. Elaine has worked part time since June 2014 and has been a tremendous asset to the Main Street program.

Elaine is a BellSouth retiree of 32 years and a Vero Beach resident since 1979. She helped form the new Vero Beach Oceanside Rotary Club in 2009. She organizes big fundraising projects such as the famous Wild Game Feast, Community Service Projects including Veterans Socials and of course club parties. She is a member of The Republican Women of Indian River County, the Republican Executive Committee, and Elks Lodge of Vero Beach.

She is not a stranger with volunteering for other non-profits and organizations around the Community including United Way, Treasure Coast Healthy Start, Harbor Branch Oceanographic, Plumbago, IRNB,  The Cultural Council, Treasure Coast Community Health, Sunset Saturday.

Elaine has been employed by several non-profits including Alzheimer/Parkinson’s Association as Program Director; The SunUp Center as an Administrative Assistant organizing big fundraisers such as The Road Rally and Casino Night for several years. When SunUp merged with ARC she became an Events Coordinator; In 2014 she began volunteering at Main Street Vero Beach where she became employed as an Office Manager.

​You can reach Elaine Monday through Friday 10-4pm 772-643-6782. Main Street is located at 2036 14th Ave. Vero Beach, FL.

Shaping beauty from the formless Reply

JANIE GOULD

Glenda Taylor working in her studio on 14th Avenue

Glenda Taylor working in her studio on 14th Avenue

For more than four decades, Glenda Taylor of Vero Beach has been taking lumps of clay and turning them into incredibly beautiful and inventive works of art.

She is a potter, a ceramics artist who takes her inspiration from sea life in the Florida Keys and Caribbean as well as from the classic lines of Greek and Minoan forms that she studied in art history.

But like Thomas Edison, who famously is reported to have said that genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration, Taylor says she learns best just by getting her hands dirty. If she’s not particularly inspired, she heads to her studio anyway and calls it her “make an ugly pot day.”

“The best thing is to have a great idea,” she said. “I always have ideas. Some of them aren’t that great. If I sit around at home and wait for inspiration to come, it really does not come, so I am kind of sequestered here.” More…

People: Rev. Michael Goldberg has at least 130 reasons to celebrate Reply

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Rev. Michael Goldberg

Rev. Michael Goldberg

The Rev. Michael Goldberg, rector at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Vero Beach, is celebrating a triple play this fall: the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, his 65th birthday and the 25th anniversary of his church.

The baseball analogy would make sense to anyone who is acquainted with the affable priest or has heard some of his sermons. A die-hard baseball fan, he’s followed the New York Yankees since he was a kid living in the Northeast. He played baseball, basketball and football in high school and college.

“I was no star,” he insists. “I had the heart of the athlete but not the skills.”

Goldberg moved to Vero from New Jersey in 1997 to head the church at 475 43rd Avenue. Under his watch, the parish undertook a $1 million renovation project and finished it ahead of schedule. He says it “left us nearly debt free.”

Walter Burns, a charter member of St. Augustine’s, served on the committee that offered Goldberg the job. More…

Youth Profile: Charter High’s Andrea Soscoso Luppi is a rising star Reply

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Andrea Moscoso

Andrea Moscoso Luppi

For high school senior Andrea Moscoso Luppi, every day since her arrival from Ecuador at age five has been an opportunity to excel. As a student at Indian River Charter High School (IRCHS), she has had extraordinary freedom to develop herself academically as well as artistically.

Through participation in the dual enrollment program, Andrea has been attending college courses since her freshman year, starting with one college class each semester, and working her way up to four courses per semester on top of the four AP classes she takes at IRCHS. She is currently just one credit short of her AA (Associate of Arts) degree from Indian River State College- by the time she reaches her high school graduation she will have 90 college credits already under her belt.

Aside from her collegiate accomplishments, Andrea is also very active in several extracurricular activities, which allow her to express her artistic capabilities. She plays the violin, and cites her favorite class as AP Music Theory, where students are allowed the opportunity to experiment with other junior musicians in areas like music composition and arrangement.Truly a multi-talented young woman, Andrea dreams of a minor in Music More…

New season for Dancing with Vero’s Stars announced Reply

Couples paired for the new season of Dancing with Vero’s Stars are: (On staircase from top to bottom) Jan Mason Cilento and Robert Scott; Deb Polackwich and Barry Trammell; Marianella Tobar and Bobby Sexton; Jackie Savell and Bob Kane; Eric Flowers (partner Beth Shestak missing from photo), Susie O’Toole and Joe Wynes; Shari Tessier and Lee Olson; Karren Walter and Andy White. (Bottom of stairs) Amy Trammell and Tom Lowther; Karen Franke and Joe Tessier - Photo courtesy of the Indian River Photo Club

Couples paired for the new season of Dancing with Vero’s Stars are:
(On staircase from top to bottom)
Jan Mason Cilento and Robert Scott; Deb Polackwich and Barry Trammell; Marianella Tobar and Bobby Sexton; Jackie Savell and Bob Kane; Eric Flowers (partner Beth Shestak missing from photo), Susie O’Toole and Joe Wynes; Shari Tessier and Lee Olson; Karren Walter and Andy White.
(Bottom of stairs) Amy Trammell and Tom Lowther; Karen Franke and Joe Tessier – Photo courtesy of the Indian River Photo Club

 

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The Vero Beach Hotel & Spa was the venue for the annual Meet & Greet for Dancing with Vero’s Stars on Sunday, November 16, where all dancers, instructors and the pairing of dancing couples were announced. More…

YOUTH PROFILE: Saint Edward’s senior finds balance in a busy schedule

Morgan Benson

Morgan Benson

As adults, most of us take on more than our fair share of responsibility. We start off as worry free kids, and life quickly evolves into a never ending challenge for each and every one of us. Add all our other interests, activities and engagements to the mix, and you’ve got a full plate. Now imagine trading work for school, which means similar daily hours plus the addition of homework. Then throw in a half dozen extracurriculars, several clubs and a few international engagements, all while still a teenager. Now you have Saint Edwards High School senior Morgan Benson’s approximate schedule – yet she balances it all with an easy smile.

Her entire high school career, Morgan has pushed herself to achieve success in every arena of her life. Each year she has taken classes both in the honors program and the AP (college level) program, sometimes even doubling up on advanced sciences. For example, last year she took Honors Physics and AP Chemistry at the same time, which brought her to a total of three Honors classes and three AP classes.

This past year, she has again taken on a challenging course load, taking three AP classes as well as three Honors classes. Morgan has also received a commendation from the prestigious National Merit Scholars for making the top 3% of all high school students in the US. This means that not only does Morgan tackle the advanved classes, she does exceptionally well in them. And all the while she’s excelling in school, she is participating in numerous academic extracurriculars. More…

PEOPLE: Documentary of Roosevelt family has special meaning for Ted Chenault

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Ted Chenault

Ted Chenault

The Ken Burns documentary about the Roosevelt family that aired recently on PBS had special meaning for retired Vero Beach trust officer Ted Chenault, because of a place called Warm Springs.

FDR received treatment at the Warm Springs Foundation, a facility in Georgia that he started after he was crippled by polio in 1920, when he was 39. Thirty five years later, Chenault underwent treatment there too after polio paralyzed him from the waist down.

“My involvement with polio was very much like Roosevelt’s,” Chenault said. “I think mine was a little bit worse. I   always greatly admired Roosevelt even before I had polio. I grew up as a kid during World War II, so we all felt like he saved the country.” More…

Rev. Scott Alexander is riding for a reason – to beat hunger in Indian River County 1

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Rev. Scott Alexander

Rev. Scott Alexander

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Scott Alexander will embark on his fourth bicycle ride across this great country. Riding with the prevailing winds and as many as 25 other cyclists, Scott will dip the rear wheel of his bicycle into the Pacific Ocean at Costa Mesa, California where he will begin a 30 day, 3500 mile bike ride that will end in Amesbury Massachusetts on May 21st.

This aggressive and challenging coast to coast bike tour for advanced cyclists will take the riders over some of the most beautiful and scenic areas in America as they average over 110 miles per day cycling through 14 states. But that is only one aspect of what is motivating Scott to embark on such an arduous and dedicated journey. Using his cycling skills and ability to see the country in such spectacular style is part of Scott’s mission to address local poverty – specifically, to fight hunger. More…

An interview with a young scholar – “Making the most of what you are given” Reply

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Saint Edward's Peter Benedict Scholar Jake Corvino

Saint Edward’s Peter Benedict Scholar and rising senior Jake Corvino

It is truly a pleasure to be in the presence of a young person who is busy making the most out of life using and sharing the gifts and talents that he has been given. A hopeful attitude and inspiration to live each day to the best of your ability is a gentle reminder that life is precious and worth living without regrets. Upon meeting Saint Edward’s School Peter Benedict Scholar, Jake Corvino, it is quite easy to understand why he was chosen as the most recent recipient of the award.

A student at Saint Edward’s since the sixth grade, Jake and his parents Kerry and Steven moved to Vero Beach when Jake was three. “I think Saint Edward’s is the best place for me. The teachers are amazing and Mr. Mersky and the administrative staff and college counselors are all very supportive. I feel at home here …and, that’s why I get involved in the School as much as I can,” shares Jake. More…

A good read: This old man Reply

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Roger Angell and Andy; Central Park, January, 2014. CREDIT PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIGITTE LACOMBE.

Roger Angell and Andy; Central Park, January, 2014.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIGITTE LACOMBE.

Check me out. The top two knuckles of my left hand look as if I’d been worked over by the K.G.B. No, it’s more as if I’d been a catcher for the Hall of Fame pitcher Candy Cummings, the inventor of the curveball, who retired from the game in 1877. To put this another way, if I pointed that hand at you like a pistol and fired at your nose, the bullet would nail you in the left knee. Arthritis.

Now, still facing you, if I cover my left, or better, eye with one hand, what I see is a blurry encircling version of the ceiling and floor and walls or windows to our right and left but no sign of your face or head: nothing in the middle. But cheer up: if I reverse things and cover my right eye, there you are, back again. If I take my hand away and look at you with both eyes, the empty hole disappears and you’re in 3-D, and actually looking pretty terrific today. Macular degeneration. MORE…

Saint Edward’s junior, Cassidy Layton, full speed ahead Reply

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Cassidy Layton

Cassidy Layton

Our local population of young adults here in Vero is generally of a high grade; with positive test scores countywide and relatively high numbers of high school grads going to college, this community has been spared many of the issues that plague larger and less affluent areas. But, no matter how you slice it, the typical sixteen year old still spends his or her time marching through each school day, avidly awaiting the sound of the final bell that marks the end of the days obligations. On the other hand, Cassidy Layton is no typical teen.

A Florida girl for nearly her entire life, Cassidy has attended St. Edwards here in Vero Beach since the first grade. She is exceedingly well rounded for any age really, but as a sixteen year old high school junior, her academic and extracurricular achievements are that much more impressive. When she’s not waking up at five in the morning to run for Varsity cross country, Cassidy is practicing for a musical theater production or volunteering around town at one of the local nursing homes. More…

Museum’s curator interpreting art to the public Reply

Williams with Walter Wick in April, looking at the scale model of Holmes Gallery and discussing the final layout of works of art in his summer exhibition.

Williams with Walter Wick in April, looking at the scale model of Holmes Gallery and discussing the final layout of works of art in his summer exhibition. PHOTOS SUPPLIED

 

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Jay Williams

Jay Williams

When Jay Williams was growing up in Fort Myers, his parents expected him to take over the family’s Ford tractor dealership, where he worked until he was a college sophomore.

“I could never see myself as a tractor dealer, but I can still drive a tractor,” he said. “I know how to run a backhoe and a front-end loader, too.”

He used his hands-on knowledge of farm equipment to do the mowing of his mother’s citrus grove near Fort Myers. Ultimately, though, he decided to pursue his passion for art and now, four decades later, is curator of collections and exhibitions at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. More…

Interview with Vero Beach City Council candidate, Randy Old Reply

Randy Old, candidate for Vero Beach City Council

Randy Old, candidate for Vero Beach City Council

Editor’s Note: To date, Vero Beach City Council candidate, Randy Old, has raised nearly $30,000 in campaign contributions.  Those Old is a newcomer to politics, his base of support appears to be broad and growing.  Inside Vero first published associate editor Milt Thomas interview with Old May 21.  An video interview with candidate Old is also available on line.  See: Video interview with City Council candidate Randy Old More…

Vintage Vero: Victims of Yarmouth Castle fire remembered 5

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Janie Gould

Janie Gould

Even though it led to tough new safety standards for cruise ships, the fire that killed nearly 100 passengers on the S.S. Yarmouth Castle in 1965 has been all but forgotten, with a few exceptions.

Bob and Marge Jackson of Vero Beach are among those who have never forgotten the night of Nov. 13, 1965. They lost two family members when the ship caught fire and sank while heading from Miami to Nassau. In April, from her balcony on a Disney cruise ship, Marge was able to see the approximate spot where the ship went down about 60 miles northwest of Nassau. She looked out at the sea and said a prayer for Louise Jackson, whose remains still rest inside the sunken ship.

Louise Jackson, Bob’s stepmother, was an active community volunteer and Welcome Wagon hostess who delivered gifts and good wishes to Vero newcomers. She arranged to take her daughter, Marty, on the cruise. Twenty-one year old Marty had graduated from Vero Beach High School and attended the new Indian River Junior College in Fort Pierce. She was working for Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., when her mother offered her the trip. More…

People: Rev. Cliff Melvin is making a difference by going the extra mile Reply

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Rev. Cliff and Lisa Melvin

Rev. Cliff and Lisa Melvin

Many people can remember a time when they knew what they were meant to do …they knew their calling and how to use their talent or that thing that “makes them tick”. It is not uncommon for people to pursue their calling or interests when it comes to choosing occupations. Some even end-up coming full circle – spending a good portion of their career in another field only to be led later back around to that place or thing that they always love or loved to do. Pursuing that heartfelt passion gives each one of us hope, encouragement and enthusiasm to forge ahead in life. It has been said that *a Christian reveals true humility by showing the gentleness of Christ, by being always ready to help others, by speaking kind words and performing unselfish acts, which elevate and ennoble the most sacred message that has come to our world. Living his life with the day to day desire to help others is something one Vero Beach Christian leader has made into a lifestyle. MORE…

Rabbi Michael Birnholz: A little bit of hobby and a lot of passion Reply

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KELLY COLEMAN

Rabbi Michael Birnholz, Temple Beth Shalom

Rabbi Michael Birnholz, Temple Beth Shalom

If you were looking for a Rabbi, you would expect to find him in the temple where he teaches. You also might not be too surprised to find a Rabbi leading the youth in his congregation – engaging in social and educational activities with the youngest sector of a faith community. Logically, you would even look for him in the temple library or his study, where he researches and reads inspirational books on theology, liturgy and prayer. All seem like likely locations to find a leader and teacher of Jewish faith. But if you are looking for the only Rabbi in Vero Beach, Michael Birnholz, you might start by looking outside – in a place of beauty, solace and shared community – in the Biblical gardens on the campus of Temple Beth Shalom. More…

There is something about a horse 2

 

Cindy Devine, executive officer of the Florida Equestrian Foundation, with Vinny Henry, who is giving 19 year old Napolean a big hug.

Cindy Devine, executive officer of the Florida Equestrian Foundation, with Vinny Henry, who is giving 19 year old Napolean a big hug.

KELLY COLEMAN

There is something remarkable happening in Fellsmere at the Florida Equestrian Foundation. Lives are being changed, minds are being rescued and hearts are being healed through a type of therapy work that dates back to WWII and the special gift of understanding as only a horse can give.

More…

Arts & Entertainment: Marlene Putnam’s journey Reply

KELLY COLEMAN

Marlene Putnam, an accomplished portraiture and seascape painter, poses in front of a portrait of her late husband, Herald Putnam.

Marlene Putnam, an accomplished portraiture and seascape painter, poses in front of a portrait of her late husband, Herald Putnam.

Marlene Putnam is determined.  She has learned to persevere in all things.  With a recent break to her left hand just following a six month period of health issues, the accomplished painter has had time to restock her mental storehouse with fresh ideas bursting forth from her imagination.  A respected teacher at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, Marlene is looking ahead to the day she can pick up a paint brush again and continue telling stories through the art she loves.

A resident since 1980, Marlene and her late husband Harold moved to Vero Beach after finding a growing art culture with a thriving art club.  Drawn to the active and enthusiastic art club members, Marlene served as the President of the Art Club in the early 80’s while she and Harold also lived in the north during our warm summer months. At that time, the Putnams  MORE…

Artist Profile: Davis transitions from the classroom to the easel Reply

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Many people visit Vero Beach, fall in love with it and return permanently.  It is not an unfamiliar story in this town.  When one finds a community as unique and special as Vero in this day and age, it’s a secret that is hard to keep and hard to forget.  Such was the experience fourteen years ago for local marine artist Paul Davis and his wife, Cynthia.  While visiting Vero in search of a home for a retired family member, the couple fell in love with the beachside community, the Vero Beach Museum of Art, its art club and the home that they unexpectedly purchased. More…

People: Al Benkert – settling into “a little piece of paradise” Reply

 

Al Benkert

Al Benkert

 

Anyone considering moving to a new area is most likely looking for an idyllic place to live, work and raise a family. Often times, beautiful weather, a charming local atmosphere and a favorable real estate market also come into play when someone is searching for the perfect place to build a life. When potential property buyers narrow their search to Florida, Vero Beach stands above the rest as a jewel mine of beautiful real estate and luxury homes.

Al Benkert, owner of Vero Beachside Sales-Rentals, is one of many local residents who feels he has found a little piece of paradise here in Vero Beach. Al was born and raised in Whitestone, New York, where he worked in his father’s bakery all through his childhood. After graduating from Holy Cross High School, Al enlisted in the Marine Corps at age seventeen and was deployed. When he completed his tour with the marines in Vietnam, he attended St. Francis College and graduated with a degree in Psychology in three years. More…

Bill Penney, pedaling, rolling, working for good 1

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Bill Penney, President of Marine Bank & Trust.

Bill Penney, President of Marine Bank & Trust.

What do a bank, a bicycle and a blue lagoon have in common?  Bill Penney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marine Bank and Trust. 

Native Floridian Bill Penney has been a commercial banker for over 36 years.  Banking and building relationships with people is his business.  Formerly as an inline skater and now as an avid cyclist with a passion for philanthropy, Bill has also peddled far and often for charitable causes such as United Way and the Red Cross.  Connected to the pulse of Vero Beach, he is involved in the community serving on boards such as the IRC Economic Development Council and the IRC Chamber of Commerce.  Most recently, Penny was appointed Treasurer of the Board for ORCA, who along with many other organizations and private citizens is working toward solutions to clean-up the Indian River Lagoon. More…

Are the original Americans still among us? 1

MILT THOMAS

With the recent Vero Man excavation and annual Thunder on the Beach Pow Wow, attention has focused lately on the first Americans. After all, when Columbus “discovered” America in 1492, it had been long inhabited by millions of people organized into 500 or more nations, whose ancestors discovered America many thousands of years earlier. More…

51 years a Vero Beach lawyer 1

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Chester Clem

Chester Clem

When Chester Clem was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1963, JFK was in the White House, no one on this side of the pond had even heard of the Beatles and there were a total of 18 lawyers in Vero Beach.  Today a Google search of Vero Beach attorneys yields results of 567 lawyers with city addresses.  Clem maintains his law practice within a stone’s throw of his initial office that he began with one of the local 18 attorneys, Robert Jackson, upon his admission to the Bar.

“I had never been to Vero Beach until Bob Jackson came up to the University and recruited me during my last year of law school in Gainesville,” Clem said.  “Bob showed me plans of the office he was building and offered me a job.  I was raised in Gainesville and ready to move to another area so I accepted Bob’s offer and we moved to Vero Beach.  While we were waiting for the office building to be completed, I worked my first six months as an attorney using the library of Judge D. C. Smith in the old courthouse as my base of operations.” More…

National archery champion, Caleb Lundeen, a straight shooter Reply

Thirteen-year-old Caleb Lundeen is a national champion archer.

Thirteen-year-old Caleb Lundeen is a national champion archer.

YOUTH PROFILE

STEPHANIE HERZOG 

Imagine standing in front of a crowd of people, staring down an arrow at your target, trying to ignore the noise and your competitors long enough to take your shot. Once the arrow starts on it’s path, the effort is over and all there is left to do is watch to see if your arrow finds it’s target- making you the victor or leaving you disappointed before an audience. Intense, high pressure situations such as this are more than many of us could handle, or indeed than we have had to face. More…

People: Dalton Stokes is a young man on a mission Reply

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Vero Beach High School senior Dalton Stokes

Vero Beach High School senior Dalton Stokes

With the holidays just barely behind us, it’s especially important that we all try our best to give back to our community and continue the spirit of charity into the new year. Although we all know the importance of helping others, it seems that life and responsibility often times get in the way. Dalton Stokes, a senior at Vero Beach High School, manages to help out people in need both locally and across the globe while excelling at school, both in academics as well as sports. MORE…

Admiral Mike Mullen talks about his stellar military career and our country’s future 1

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Admiral Mike Mullen

Admiral Mike Mullen

Admiral Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with InsideVero on December 12. He will present the first program in the 2014 Emerson Center Celebrated Speaker Series, appearing January 18.

Admiral Mullen’s Naval career spanned 43 years, including three warship commands, as well as commanding a Battle Group and the U.S. Second Fleet. He served in four different four star assignments (only the third in U.S. history to do that) as  Vice Chief of Naval Operations and Allied Joint Force Command Naples from August 2003 to August 2004, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe from October 2004 to May 2005  and then two terms as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest ranking officer in the U.S. Armed Forces and the president’s principal military advisor. More…

VBHS senior, Genna Defalco, maturing as a leader Reply

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VBHS Senior,Genna Defalco

VBHS Senior,Genna Defalco

More often than not, people develop an interest in politics and community affairs in the later stages of life- most of us take decades to mature to the point that we realize our responsibility to those around us….Genna Defalco is a definite exception to that rule.

At only eighteen years old, this senior from Vero Beach High School approaches her role in life with an ambition that is scarcely seen in adults these days. Genna has campaigned for and been awarded student body president her freshman, sophomore & junior years, and is currently serving her fellow students as president of the entire student government.  More…

Popular local radio show host began life half a world away Reply

 MILT THOMAS

Ralph Oko

Ralph Oko

If you know Ralph Oko, you are captivated by his smile and easy going manner. You can even hear it on his WAXE radio show, Treasure Coast Collectibles. What you may not know, is how Oko ended up in Vero Beach after uncertain beginnings.

“My father left Germany in 1934. He worked in a factory and when the Nazis took over, a friend told him not to come in the next day. So he and some friends rode their bikes to Switzerland that night.

“He eventually moved to Palestine and joined the kibbutz movement up in Galilee. There he made friends with Teddy Kollek, who would become a famous mayor of Jerusalem. More…