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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.

Flower Power

Flower Power

Spring Fashions and Home Furnishings are as colorful as the flowers blooming in our gardens.

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

Dress For Mess, Artistic Mess, That Is

Dress For Mess, Artistic Mess, That Is

The museum Summer Art Camp encourages fun and creativity for all ages and all levels of ability and interest, and this year runs from June 13 to July 29. It has built-in flexibility to allow families to take part in the entire seven-week event or just a week or two, so parents can plan vacation getaways and grandparents can accommodate their young visitors’ schedules. Further, optional early drop-off and late pick-up and lunch breaks are available to accommodate working parents.

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.

A Dining Landmark

A Dining Landmark

George and Denise Shinn, part-time residents of Vero Beach, are sitting in their home overlooking the ocean, discussing their recent purchase of Vero Beach’s iconic restaurant, The Lemon Tree on Ocean Drive. Cocoa, a miniature poodle curls up quietly on Denise’s lap while Louis, a very regal-looking standard poodle, busily sniffs the voice recorder that sits on the table between us.