Author: Mary Beth Vallar

Right Place at the Wrong Time

Anthony DeChellis entered Saint Edward’s School in the fall of 1974 as a sixth grader. It was shortly after the DeChellis family moved from New Jersey, settled in The Moorings and enrolled the four boys in the school.

Memories of a Forgotten Hotel

Jamie Ford is clear about his debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – it’s a love story. Also clear to his readers in Vero Beach, whom he recently addressed, is that Ford is just the type of guy to write a good love story. He’s sensitive and sentimental, and he understands the emotional quality that goes into the genre. “I get it,” he says.

The Man Who Couldn't Retire

After a successful 21-year career advising high net-worth clients on life insurance and estate tax mitigation issues from offices in Florida, California and Pittsburgh, Bill Corry sold his business, and at age 44 retired. He could now kick back in the tranquil atmosphere of Vero Beach, which he and his wife Darcy love, and relax.

Three Schools United

Consolidating Saint Edward’s Upper, Middle and Lower Schools onto one campus played a vital part in the financial restructuring of the private school. Beyond the fiscal considerations, however, the single-school model has helped to energize the administration and student body alike.

The Philosophy And Fiction Of Dr. Verghese

“Often people want to put two hats on me; one of a writer and one of a physician,” Dr. Abraham Verghese tells his audience at a recent meeting of the Indian River Literary Society. “But I will tell you honestly that I don’t see myself that way at all. I see myself completely as a physician. For me, all the writing comes out of the great privilege of being a physician.”

From The Ashes, A Center Reborn

Before the intense fire was brought under control, the Wet Lab, a classroom and a second building that housed bathroom facilities, were totally consumed – a total of 4,500 square feet of space and half of the ELC’s structures.