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Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect

Foster Lampert is about to do some projects around the house, but he stops at the dining room table when he sees my voice recorder set in front of his wife, Judi. “She kind of downplays herself, but she’s extremely talented,” he says, slowly and clearly, looking at me and then the recorder. “In everything she’s an extreme overachiever, and she’s always been the best at everything she’s done.”

May 2016
A Diamond In The Rough

A Diamond In The Rough

In 2013, Hugh Aaron moved to Vero Beach from Richmond where he had been president of a more than 1,100-member bike club. Eager to connect with other area cyclists and begin enjoying group rides, Aaron soon met Giorgio Res who was already working on organizing Vero Cycling Inc., a club for cyclists of all levels. The two joined forces to get the group incorporated, and they began organizing more and more group rides as the club’s membership steadily grew.

May 2016
Serving Our Seniors

Serving Our Seniors

Take May Brandt, whose husband, Fred, a retired college professor of philosophy and business management, is considered a “regular” at the association’s Adult Day Care Center on 14th Street in Vero Beach. It, like the center on Davis Street in Sebastian, is a veritable hub of happiness where music, dancing, art, exercising, trivia, puzzles, card and table games provide mental and physical stimulation as well as social interaction. With a 5 to 1 client-to-staff member ratio, the care and attention is extraordinary.

May 2016
Honor The Fallen, Celebrate The Living

Honor The Fallen, Celebrate The Living

A seemingly limitless line of blossoms and bouquets and letters at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall. The solemn wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Such images are inexorably tied to Memorial Day, originally dubbed Decoration Day, the day set aside to remember those who died while serving in our armed forces. The ancient custom of adorning with flowers the graves of those who made the ultimate sacrifice lives on, and Lincoln’s famous words from the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg echo in the background: “It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.”

May 2016
Holding Court

Holding Court

Presiding in her third-floor courtroom at the St. Lucie County Courthouse, Judge Janet Croom’s petite frame seems almost dwarfed by her long, black judicial robe. But the attorneys who practice before her and the jurors who decide civil cases in her court soon understand her true stature.

May 2016
A Special Place That Feels Like Home

A Special Place That Feels Like Home

It’s often been said that a house is a place, but a home is a feeling. Thanks largely to some pretty amazing synergy with their talented renovation team, New Yorkers Sandy and Mike ended up with a Vero Beach residence that is not only a visually stunning place, but a warm, inviting one that’s sure to make anyone who walks through the door feel welcome.

May 2016
The Doctors' Doctor

The Doctors' Doctor

For someone who has performed six demanding one to one-and-a-half hour surgeries today, Dr. Vipul Patel seems extremely chipper as he greets me outside his state-of-the art operating theatre on the fourth floor of Florida Hospital in the Disney-designed town of Celebration. It’s just after 3 p.m. and Patel, dressed in light green surgical scrubs and brown clogs, ushers me into a nearby conference room where he explains that he has one more surgery on today’s schedule – one of the more than 1,000 that he performs each year. “It’s good to take a break,” he says as we sit down. “I started operating at seven this morning.”

May 2016
The Art Of Cherishing Children

The Art Of Cherishing Children

When you enter the galleries of the Vero Beach Museum of Art, you are just as likely to encounter a youngster sitting on a beanbag chair making art on an iPad as to see an equally absorbed adult studying a priceless painting. And you are just as likely to see a docent leading a tour of young mothers with tots in strollers as you are to see that docent conducting a tour for residents of a retirement community. While the docent may talk to the latter group about the exhibition in one way, she will engage the mothers in another way, emphasizing to them how to talk to their children about art.

April 2016
Pieces of History

Pieces of History

From just a few feet away, Russ Hahn’s “Dutch Treat” looks like a painting of a windmill. But up close you can see words among the wood. “NEDERLAND” peeks out of the mill’s walls, and “AMSTERDAM” is a clear, white curve on an orange roof. You blink, and then you notice letters on indistinct houses and numbers in the reeds. As your eyes adjust, you realize this is no ordinary painting. In fact, it’s not a painting at all. It’s a collage of thousands of pieces of postage stamps.

April 2016
Investing In The Future

Investing In The Future

Susanne and Doug Sweeny, Bill Hamlin and Charlene Friedman were strangers when they moved to Grand Harbor. That changed once they became involved with Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program, working together on fundraising events and eventually joining the board of directors.

April 2016
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