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Vero Beach, Fl - Ed. 06.25.2015   


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It's hard to believe that this is the last week in June, isn't it? It's been a month of special times that will leave behind many memories. Recent graduates have probably already hung those tassels from  graduation caps on rear-view mirrors and June   brides will be returning from their honeymoons and settling into married life.  And with the warmer temperatures, we know we are definitely in the midst of summer!  Some of you are probably looking forward to vacations soon; to cool off in the mountains or setting out on a breezy cruise to the Bahamas.  I will be leaving soon on a long road trip with my sister and niece. We will head to Washington, DC where we will leave my niece Mandy for a special weeklong experience with other teens interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting. (She's thrilled that Hoda Kotb will be one of the celebrity speakers!) Sister Suzy and I will proceed on to the cool coast of New Hampshire to visit my BFF for a few days before we return to Washington to pick up Mandy and head home. 


I love a summer road trip! For those FLASHERS with young traveling companions, you will find some tips in a post below that will make the hours on the road not only bearable, but a lot of fun! I have shared the ideas before, however; since we have added nearly 1,500 in the last six month...it is worth repeating. 


I am typing this week's editors note from my daughters' apartment in Atlanta. I am staying here after picking up the new addition to our family last night in Tennessee. Meet Gracie, our new German Shorthaired Pointer pup who is two months old today. After losing two of our family shorthairs in the last 18 months, husband Howell was feeling a bit of an absence. Sweet Annie is missed terribly! One of her pups recently had a litter and we couldn't pass up the chance to get a part of  'Ann' back in our lives! I am sure sweet Gracie will provide content for future editor notes. So....stay tuned!


Lastly, next week's issue will be the first issue published in July. It has been my plan for some time to forgo publishing FLASH during July. This would allow me time to focus on a couple of things that we will be sharing with all of you shortly! I just love the 4th of July though. So, there is no way I wouldn't publish next week. Chances are I won't be able to 'stay away' and will continue to publish a more abridged version throughout July. 


Enjoy your summer, FLASHERS!

Valerie Watkins


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Street Vero Beach will host the June Downtown Friday on 14th Ave on Friday night. The Youth Sailing Foundation is the charity this month.   It will be a fun and lively evening with music presented by Mixed Notes who play a mix of R & B, 
Pop, Hip Hop, Oldies, Motown, Jazz, Funk, Caribbean music (all types) and alternative music.  Look for American Freedom celebrations all up and down the street. Military Moms will be there and there will be lot's of surprises. Help Main Street Vero Beach celebrate our freedom ... Call 772-643-6782 for more information. 

Friday, June 26
6pm - 9pm

5% Of proceeds to benefit Safe Space
We will have a large collection of antiques at our Grand Opening Weekend! 
Artwork, Furniture,18th Century Pieces, Vases, Fabric and so much more.

1st Monthly Antique Sale Dates: 
Friday, June 26th -6:00 pm-9:00 pm 
Saturday, June 27th -9:00 am-3:00 pm 
Sunday, June 28th -10:00 am-2:00 pm


5% of proceeds will be donated to SafeSpace! Safespace is a private non-profit, United Way organization that provides services to victims of domestic violence and their children. 
For any questions on this event please call: 
Jodi Simon (772) 205 - 4760 or Gwen Perrotti (203) 627-7947


Taxes should factor into your retirement plan.  Some retirement savings vehicles have you pay taxes on contributions but are typically tax free upon a qualifying withdrawal.  Some allow tax free contributions, but charge tax when you withdraw funds.  You should diversify your investments and keep in mind how you will spread out your tax burden upon retirement.

Contact me if you would like to learn more!   

rose.spytek@raymondjames.com or call (772) 567-6060


LIFE WELL PLANNED  Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC

Raymond James and its advisors do not offer tax advice.  You should discuss any tax matters with the appropriate professional.  Diversification does not ensure a profit or guarantee against a loss.


With this week's FLASH Deal your outward beauty will equal your inward beauty...in a permanent kind-of-way! You can choose from two options or you are certainly welcome to purchase both options.

  • $225 for permanent makeup for the brows (a $375 value)
  • $225 for permanent full lip color (a $450 value)

Performed by Katy Jankauskas, a licensed and insured permanent make-up artist, Aesthetician and Electrologist at Radiance by Shannon located at The Pointe. The service includes state-of-the-art digital tattooing equipment and anesthetic and pigments designed for maximum safety and comfort. Katy specializes in Hair-Stroke micro-bladding which ensures a natural look. This process is not only perfect for those individuals who would like the permanent make up look, but also those who would like help correcting asymmetrical features or sparse hair or brow lines.


A decision on anything 'permanent' should never be made in haste. This FLASH Deal will stay 'live' for a week and you are welcome to a complementary consultation where Katy will answer all of your questions and concerns. There are some situations that will prevent an individual from being an eligible candidate for this treatment. If that is the case, a 100% of the cost will be refunded by FLASH if for any reason treatment is not scheduled after your initial free consult.


Fine Print:

* Voucher expires October 31, 2015

* This deal does not include touch up.

* Feel free to visit skinologybykay.com for more information on permanent makeup.

Katy Jankauskas ~ Skinology By Katy LLC ~ 29 Royal Palm Pointe ~ Suite 5
Vero Beach, Fl 32960 ~ PH: 772-766-3353
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Turn a dreaded road trip into a wonderful memory! Here are three tips that I used every summer on the long road trips from Miami to Blowing Rock North Carolina with three little ones in tow.   
1) I went to AAA to get a triptik of our route  for each child.  As we set out on our adventure, I gave each child their triptik with a marker tied to the coil so that they could track our progress.  When things on the interstate got a little boring, the kids used their triptik maps to chart a detour that would take us off the Interstate and onto some entertaining back road! One of our favorite memories was when we came upon an ostrich farm!  
2) I would pack a picnic lunch and we would stop at a start park or a rest stop to enjoy our brown bag lunch and some active game that would provide some energy release! (Simon Says or Red light, Green Light)
3) This one took some prior planning, but was the favorite! I would pick up several  little gifts, one per hour of drive time. Each was individually wrapped and placed in a travel bag labeled for each child.  Most gifts came from the dollar store and were an activity such as a coloring book, word puzzle, magic trick, piece of candy etc. As long as they were well behaved, they were allowed to open a surprise an hour. (A little bribe works wonders! :) A couple of the surprises were a group surprise. This would be a fun CD we would all sing along to or a movie...something that would be enjoyed by all three children.

I miss our road trips! I ALWAYS enjoyed them and believe strongly in the song from Sesame Street with the lyrics that so profoundly state that 'Getting there is half the fun come share it with me!".... Movin' Right along!

Quiz of the Week

Have some extra time on your hands now that it's summer? While away the time by trying to find the answers to these 50 riddles. ENJOY!

Anyone who would like to get a little exercise and fresh air is welcome and kids are encouraged but must be accompanied by responsible adult. Last month we had 27 riders turn out to enjoy our group ray kind of bike is fine but a helmet is mandatory. Meet at the parking lot at 1975 12th Ct. across rom Jetson Appliances. Group departs at 5:30 so assemble at 5:15.
Ride Leader - 573-470-2148

This Week's Live Music
Friday: Ladies of Soul
Wednesday: Sybil Gage
Check out new pub menu for lighter fare!


I'm sure we've all been horrified by the recent reports of shark attacks in Florida and rightfully so, but don't let it keep you out of our beautiful ocean. A report from  The Florida Museum of Natural History states, "The yearly average of unprovoked shark attacks (in the whole world) on humans is 75, resulting in about 10 deaths. You have a better chance of dying from a bee sting, a dog, a snake bite, or lightning than from a shark attack." The Museum published this warning guide on how to avoid shark attacks. Be sure you pass it on to your family and friends.  Click here

Next Saturday will be the 4th of July. That means you have just over a week to create the perfect setting for a patriotic tribute. Click the image to the left for how-to instructions on the projects pictured here. Let your American spirit soar and share that pride with your children and enlist their help to create the perfect 4th of July setting!   


The web is a big wide world and sometimes search results can be overwhelming. There are a few easy tips that will help you narrow your results. If you want to search for green apples, instead of just apples, then in your google search you will type apples +green. This will provide you with a list of apple sites that also contain the word green. You can go a step farther and eliminate apple computer sites by typing apples +green -computers. To narrow even farther, you can include quotation marks to include a word or words that you want included in your search. In our apple search it could be the words granny smith. Your search will now look like this: apple +green - computers "granny smith". Conducting a search in this way will be much more efficient. In our apple example we reduced the search results from  22 million web pages for "apples" to around 220,000 that were the result of your narrowed search for green granny smith apples ... not computers. Try it.... :)  


Getting ready for some 4th of July grilling? Have you checked your grill lately?  If it looks like the before picture, we have a simple tip to get you cleaned up! I checked with poison control and this is a safe method to cleaning your grill. 

Pour 1 cup ammonia in a thick garbage bag, place your grate inside the bag and seal tightly. Use a rubber band to seal garbage bag. It is important you seal the bag tightly. The fumes from the ammonia is what gets your grate clean. If you do not seal your garbage bag tightly the fumes will escape and your grate will not get clean. Place your bag in the sun and let it sit there until the following day. The blogger from 'Good Ideas For You' where I saw this tip called  poison control who suggested wearing gloves and safety glasses when working with household ammonia. Be careful to turn your face away when you open your garbage bag the next day. The fumes will be strong and can make your eyes burn. Remove your grate and rinse it off until it's clean. For proper disposal of ammonia the Poison Control Center recommends disposing your ammonia down a sink where there is plenty of ventilation. If  you do not have a garage sink they recommend opening a window near the sink you are using for 10 to 15 minutes. DO NOT pour it in your yard! 



Chances are you know an older person who has a hearing loss. However, this is not necessarily inevitable as we get older. Here are some excellent tips from WebMD that could help you preserve your hearing. Make sure you send the ones about noise levels at concerts to the teens in your life! Click here.


Giving the Bride Away

We were told this is a true story.


All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom. The bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand. The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. Even the priest smiled broadly.


As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card. 

 With puppies and water balloons featured in this issue...I thought this the perfect video.  It seems this pup knows exactly how to enjoy a hot summer day!  'Man's Best Friend' is quite remarkable! Just watch the video and witness the agility and intelligence.
Don't overlook the fact that we can learn a lot from our four legged friend. They do always make time to have fun and they're the best at practicing unconditional love! 
I think I will fill some water balloons for Gracie tomorrow and see what happens! :) 

 Sponsored by: Center for Facial Aesthetics     

 Skin Care: Women In Their Early To Late Fifties


Just because you're celebrating another decade of life, don't think you can skimp out on skin care. It's important you continue to actively prevent sun damage and stop the progression of skin damage already done. At this age, your cell turnover is much slower so you may have dryness in your skin. Your pores might be more visible on your nose and cheeks, as well. You may have spider veins or age spots.


For skin care, concentrate on a morning and night non-soap cleanser like Image Skincare's  Ageless Cleanser or Vital C Hydrating Cleanser. Then ensure you use a peptide and antioxidant rich moisturizer while your face is still damp. Moisturizers that come in serum form are often easier for your skin to absorb than are creams or lotions. Always be sure you also use another moisturizer that has SPF of at least 15, meaning you might need more than one daily moisturizer to get the entire job done. For additional skin care assistance, use a nighttime treatment while your skin is resting.

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                                     $16,500 Pearl Found in Soup!

If you thought pearls were only found in oysters, think again. The latest Kovel Report tells of a rare quahog pearl found in a bowl of clam chowder.  They are so rare only four are known to have been found since 2002 and all were found while eating or cleaning clams.  The quahog pearls are lavender and lustrous and big enough to mount in a ring. This pearl was sold to a Japanese collector for $16,500. 
The darker the fish...The better the fishing!
Some of you requested a tide chart. We heard you! :)



This perfect summer entrée comes from the creative people at the 

Campbell's Soup Kitchen.



What You'll Need
4 cups cooked broccoli florets
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
(A rotisserie chicken from the store is fine.) 
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup or  Campbell's® Condensed 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup or Campbell's® Healthy Request® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 2 ounces)
2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter, melted
How to Make It


Place the broccoli and chicken into a 9-inch pie plate.


Stir the soup and milk in a small bowl.  Pour the soup mixture over the broccoli and chicken.  Sprinkle with the cheese.  Stir the bread crumbs and butter in a small bowl.  Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the cheese. 


Bake at 450°F. for 20 minutes or until the chicken mixture is hot and bubbling.


Serve with this delicious watermelon salad.



1 5-ounce package baby arugula

8 cups 3/4-inch cubes seedless watermelon

1 7-ounce package feta cheese, crumbled

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar  

Arrange arugula over large platter. Scatter watermelon, then feta over. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with pepper.


Ingredient tip: Balsamic vinegar glaze can be found in the vinegar section at many supermarkets. If unavailable, boil 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan until reduced to 3 tablespoons, 6 to 7 minutes.

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Dyer Auto Group is pleased to announce the recipient of this month's Dyer Difference Award along with a $3,000.00 check to Vero Beach Veterans Parade.  The Dyer Difference Award is helping to sponsor the first annual Vero Beach Veteran's Parade.  This event will honor all veterans highlighting each military branch represented with its own float.  The parade will kick off the 4th of July celebration weekend on July 3rd  at 7pm.  The one mile route will proceed on Ocean Drive to Sexton Plaza, west one block on Beachland Blvd. and return via Cardinal Drive.  Dyer Auto Group will represent Chevrolet as an American icon leading the parade as Grand Marshal with Honor Moms.


L to R:   Will and Tatiana Dyer; Jane Burton, Head Chairman Vero Veterans Parade; Peter Sayles, Victory Center President; Dr. Tim McNamee, VBLA Board Member; John Dyer; Craig Waskow, Veterans Council Indian River County.

Youth Sailing Foundation of IRC is in it's second week of summer camp at the Moorings Yacht Club. Twelve new sailors showed up Monday morning at 9am ready to learn...First a photo then a name game and then the swim test... Thanks to our T-shirt sponsors, Fidelity Investments and New Vison Eye Center.
Youth Sailing Foundation of IRC is a nonprofit located at the Water Treatment facility on Indian River Blvd at the 17th St Bridge. You can learn to sail an Opti pram if you are between 9-12 years old, or a laser 13-15 years old, or become a sailing team member and sail a class 420 and even still adult sailing classes will begin this fall.  www.YSFIRC.org, ysfirc@gmail.com , 772-925-2521

Barbara Freund, Editor of Vero's Voice, and Rhett Palmer, Publisher, were honored last month with the Military Moms Prayer Group's 3rd Annual Braveheart Award for their extraordinary service to our troops. Since Vero's Voice's inception in November 2010, the magazine has run a "Heroes" section, featuring the exploits of veterans and servicemen and women currently serving around the world. FLASH applauds Vero's Voice and joins the Military Mom's Prayer Group in thanking them for their patriotism and commitment to our military. Pictured above: R to L - Dr. Joyce Desrosiers, 2013 winner; Pam Proctor, MMPG President; Rhett Palmer, Publisher-Vero's Voice; Barbara Freund Editor-Vero's Voice; and Pauline Adams, 2014 winner. 
Photo Credit: Tania Ortega-Cowan
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