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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 The Palm Beach Post m SECTION D What do Lisa Marie Presley and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler have in common? What is Madonna's latest fashion statement? And who did Minnie Driver have on her arm Sunday night? Find out in Wednesday's Accent section, as Palm Beach Post staff writer Staci Sturrock files her first report from New York's lineup of spring fashion shows. MartinSt. Lucie County Living ACCENT York FASHION SHOWS l iiii u i Emily J. Minor Real Life 75-year-old fiddles as Floyd churns ' Monday morning, as most of South ', Florida rose and clicked on the Weather , 'Channel and then shuffled around, aim- lessly, and made some lists and contin-: , ued that tired debate with the better- half: Are putting up plywood or not?, 75-year-old Alyce Wilcinski got up and '.fixed herself a bowl of Raisin Bran. . ri & r i V: m) 9 .-jP- f' . - :::.mt ; '' , I BOYS TXT nruT? ' Then she had her coffee and her ! toast. . . "What do I have to be afraid of?" she ' asked. As you and I got the kids out of bed and tried to explain all about the big ) : V1 1999 AP file photo storm and how its name is Floyd and how it's huge, really huge, and how there could be some horrid, horrid weather coming our way. As we explained calmly, of course how we might lose the big mango tree in the back and the tree house and mav- 11 JLj BACKSTREET BOYS Wilcinski be even the back porch that daddy and grandpa built, Alyce Wilcinski threw in a load of laundry. ' "Well, actually I did two," she said. I She changed the sheets on the bed and watched a little television. Her sister called, all nervous and aflutter, and Alyce tried to calm her down. Alyce had some leftover meatloaf for lunch and then she talked to the neighbor across 4 lw, . T,, 1. 1 l W Cin'i Ot Floyd washed out the Backstreet Boys concerts, but we'll help you weather the emotional storm: Pore over our guide to the guys who reign supreme. By Loretta Grantham Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Members from left): Howie Dorough, 26, the "sensitive" one; Nick Carter, 19, the "baby"; Kevin Richardson, 26, the "hunk"; Brian Littrell, 24, the "sweet" one; and AJ. McLean, 21, the "bad boy" Formed: In 1993 by Lou Pearlman, head of Trans Continental, an Orlando-based conglomerate that includes charter planes, a travel agency and Chippendale dancers. Sappy lyric: "From the first day that I saw your smiling face, honey, I knew that we would be together forever." I'll Never Break Your Heart Trivia: Their first gig: Sea World. Then came opening slots for RE0 Speedwagon and the Village People. Their first single, We've Got It Goin' On, proved otherwise when it peaked at No. 69 on the charts and sank. Quote: "I wish people would realize that we have the goods, and we're legit. We're talented, and we're not some flash in the pan." Richardson in Rolling Stone If Happy Meals were human, they'd be boy bands. Targeted to their audience, cleverly packaged and promoted, and easy to digest. Toss in a teenage girl's insatiable appetite for all things cute, and you've manufactured a marketing dream. Example A The Backstreet Boys' sold-out show tonight and Wednesday (now postponed until Dec. 5 and 6) at the 19,088-seat National Car Rental Center in Fort Lauderdale. (Tickets for tonight will be good Dec. 5; tickets for Wednesday are good Dec. 6.) Example B: West Palm Beach radio station Wild 95.5 (WLDI-FM), which recentiy rounded up a handful of young hunks to spoof the Backstreet Boys, right down to their overwrought poses and boytoy roles the "bad boy," the "sensitive one" and so forth. After a name change from Too Wild to Lattitude (as in Latin attitude) and losing one member ("typical boy band Please see BOY BANDS, 4D LATTITUDE f Yw f.( jii J I 1 If -JLf,',-'. "., X I uic oucci. i3 uiai wuman oo or 01 : one can never remember. And Alyce tried to persuade her to take cover with her if the big storm remains as big as everyone thinks it will and if it continues to Come right this way. "It just never occurred to me to be afraid," Alyce said. While the majority of South Florida ran about in one rude, anxiety-fueled madcap of a rush, battling long lines at the lumber yard and making panicky decisions right there on the spot: Half-inch plywood or fiveeighths? While we answered telephone calls from our nervous relatives to the north and argued with husbands, or wives, that we should have spent the money for the $3,000 metal hurricane shutters that bolt right into place, Alyce Wilcinski stayed tucked in her tidy little house all day long. She didn't have to go to the store. Not once. She has enough canned goods and candles and batteries and cat food. She has a hurricane lantern and shutters that fasten down. "They're more for looks than protection," she says about the Key West-looking shutters that she put down herself. She has gas in the car and cash in her pocketbook and, well, she's just not the kind of person to . . . How should she put this? "I'm not going to go ape," she says. If her husband was still alive, God rest his soul, things might be different If he were still alive, she might be more afraid about how he would make it through the storm. What would she do if he needed help right as the middle of Floyd was blowing through? "Don't you think that most people, when they worry, they worry about others?" she asks. Please see MINOR, 4D Members (from left): Danny Rodriquez, 18, the "baby"; former member Micah Moore, 20, the "mysterious" one; Boris Jofre, 20, the "bad boy"; Danny Marques, 23, the "hunk"; June Hernandez, 20, the "sensitive" one; and Kevin Cross, 26, the "clown" Formed: In May by Kevin Cross a DJ for West Palm Beach station Wild 95.5 who set out to spoof bands such as Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. First called Two Wild, the group morphed into Lattitude, "a combination of Latin and attitude." "The problem with these guys," Cross jokes, "is that they actually have talent." (Cross plays the triangle "we're the only boy band with a triangle" and provides "sexy voice-overs like Barry White.") Sappy lyric: Well, none so far. The band hasn't cut a demo yet, but two songs have been written one a ballad, the other up-tempo. Stay tuned. (They have, however, crooned a rendition of a 98 song. "You're my sunshine after the rain. You're the cure against my fear and my pain." Because of You) Trivia: Lattitude copied a Backstreet Boys photo in this shot, which was taken in black and white to be "artsy," Cross says. (The reason he does all the talking? "The other members aren't media savvy yet.") Quote: "This started out as a joke with Too Wild, but we see real marketability with Lattitude. We realize, though, that we're not going to be the next Beatles." Cross Photo by Greg Ross Studios Entertaining, important events on tap right behind the storm A - mi-r hiir - Jeri Butler The whole Treasure Coast is glued to the movement of Hurricane Floyd, and we wish everyone well. Let's hope we'll be as lucky as we were in 1979 when the eye of Hurricane David made landfall in Martin County but there was not extensive damage. After the storm passes and life gets back to normal, we can consider some upcoming dates. The deadline for applying for a grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is Oct 1. The foundation gives thousands of dollars every year to nonprofit organizations, supporting arts and culture, education, the environment, community de velopment and other groups that improve the quality of life here. But to secure a grant, you need to write a clear proposal how your organization will use the money. If you would like to learn how to improve your grant writing skills, the Community Foundation will have a workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the Blake Library in Stuart. To register or for information about the writing workshop, call Carolyn Jenco 659-6800 or (888) 853-4438. Last year the foundation gave $736,374, and among the Martin County projects that received grants were the United Way's Character Counts program, Cri- If you would like to be a tutor, call the council 219-4960. Beach cleanup Saturday After the expected high tides from Hurricane Floyd, this weekend should be a good time for the annual beach cleanup at the Hobe Sound Refuge Beach. It's scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. If you can help, call the Center for Marine Conservation, 546-2067. Locals starring in Barn show Two high school students and a husband-and-wife team are among the cast members of the upcoming Barn Theatre's production of Postmortem. Dan White of Martin County High School and Sarah Conner of South Fork High School have roles in the thriller directed by veteran thespian Ray Hilton. Hope and Paul Morgan, who are a couple, play a couple. Well, that should work. Postmortem opens on Friday and runs until Oct 9 at the Barn, 2400 E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Call 287-4884. To sliareyour news about people or events on the Treasure Coast, call Jeri at 223-3552, e-mail her at jeributlerpbpost.com, or write her at The Palm Beach Post, 2101 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, Fla. 34994. Please include any photos. sis Line's call center, and the Literacy Council's tutoring program for juvenile offenders. By the way, the Martin County Commission proclaimed September Literacy Month. At a recent meeting Russ OverhoK, the director of the Literacy Council, spoke to the commission, reporting that one in five adult residents cannot read.