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Star Struck Academy Theatre Host Mrs. & Ms. US Continental Pageant 2021

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Stuart - On Saturday, June 12, 2021 the US Continental Pageant was hosted at Star Struck Academy Theatre. Located 2101 S. Kanner Highway in Stuart Florida. Star Struck Academy Theatre is a non-profit Children’s Performing Arts Center developed to recognize the modern woman of the 21st century. It is the only children's theatre on the Treasure Coast for 20 years. The Theatre is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3). For more information contact them at: 772.283.2313.

The US Continental Program with its authentic purpose not only gives women a chance to promote their passion ..Click here to view additional photos of this event.

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Dump the Pump - Free Public Transit Day!

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Martin County - Thursday, June 17, National Dump the Pump Day, for a fare-free service day on MARTY! Riders may request a free children's pass for Sailfish Splash Waterpark (limit one per adult, while supplies last). Take advantage of this day and ride public transit for free while doing your favorite activities around town!

Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce June Monthly Breakfast Hosted by Miles Grant Country Club

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Hobe Sound - On Thursday, June 10, 2021 the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce had their June monthly breakfast. The breakfast was hosted by Miles Grant Country Club located at 5101 SE Miles Grant Road in Stuart.

The breakfast was sponsored by Tami Karol with Tami Karol Insurance. Tami was very informative...click here for additional photos of this event.

Representative Overdorf Applauds Governor DeSantis for Signing the First Jet Fuel Safety Legislation in U.S.

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Stuart - Representative Overdorf (R- Stuart) commends the Governor for signing House Bill 77, the first bill introduced in the United State to address jet fuel safety. HB 77 aims to prevent the contamination of jet fuel, which has led to multiple aircrafts in Florida losing power at altitude. “HB 77, is the first language of its kind in the United States that regulates the storage and usage of several engine chemicals on airports. This bill makes Florida number one in jet safety, and I am proud that the Florida Legislature passed this language unanimously and our Governor took a firm stand to make Florida the first in the nation to address this issue. I look forward to seeing our Federal partners step up to the plate in the near future to ensure we are protecting lives even above 30,000 feet,” Overdorf said. HB 77 will go into effect on October 1st and require the full compliance of airports by January 1st, 2021.

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Loutos Law, PLLC Host June Jensen Beach Ribbon Cutting & After Hours Mix & Mingle

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Jensen Beach - On Tuesday, June 8, 2021 the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new member of the Jensen Beach Chamber with a ribbon cutting and Business After Hours Mix & Mingle.

Ms. Cassidy Loutos and staff of Loutos Law, PLLC gave a warm welcoming to chamber members...click here for additional photos of this event.

Once Upon a Child Grand Opening & Proclamation From the City of Stuart

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Stuart- On Saturday, June 5, 2021 Once Upon a Child celebrated their Grand Opening in their new location. The new store is located at 1011 NW 21st Street in Stuart. Rain could not keep the event from happening even though it did rain at the beginning of the event. Before you knew it the sun can out and the event was a huge success!

Suzanne Mogavero is the owner of the newest Once Upon a Child. From 10:00 am - 2:00 pm vendors from..Click here for additional photos from this event.

Ocean Republic Hosts Treasure Coast Mastermind Networkers

Stuart - On June 4, 2021 The Treasure Coast Mastermind networkers met for their morning meeting. Gary Owen the mastermind behind the group conducted the first  in person meeting at the Ocean Republic Brewery in Stuart. For additional photos of this event click here.

Jensen Beach Chamber & Stuart/Martin County Chambers Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for HOPE Health & Wellness

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Stuart - On Thursday, May 27, 2021 the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce and Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce joined together to celebrate new member HOPE Health & Wellness with a grand Opening and ribbon cutting.

Hope Health & Wellness is located at 688 SE Monterey Road...Click for additional photos of this event

Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Host Business Before Breakfast

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Jensen Beach - On May 27, 2021 the Jensen Beach Chamber host Business Before Breakfast in their new meeting room. The new meeting room is the perfect place to host wedding...Click here for additional photos of this event

Martin County Council on Aging SAGE Awards

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In Photo: Robin Bisi, Matt Markley, Claire Siefker, Dan Mackin, Ellyn Stevenson and Karlette Peck

Article by: Chelsey Matheson / Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

The Council on Aging of Martin County, with presenting sponsors Dr. Reza and Georgianna Khatib, held the 5th Annual Sage Awards on Wednesday, May 19 at the Kane Center in Stuart. Each year, the Council recognizes and awards remarkable individuals who—well into their senior years—continue to make exceptional contributions to the betterment of our Treasure Coast communities. The celebration was led by guest emcee Martin County Commissioner Ed Ciampi and Honorary Chair Bill Lichtenberger. The event also featured a keynote address by Dr. Mark Brody, President and Founder of Brain Matters Research, on the topic “Getting Close to a Cure for Alzheimer’s.” To view additional photos of this event click here.

Project Lift Show Gratitude for Women In Construction

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Palm City - On May 20, 2021 from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Project Lift joined together with supporters and friends to show gratitude for the support of Project Lift and the women in construction. Recent women recognized for their outstanding fundraising and construction of the giant beach chairs for all the generous supporters at this year's Project Lift Clambake. The women who raised monies for this wonderful organization were: Tami Karol, Evie Klaassen, Candace Lopes and Niki Norton. Niki Norton was declared the winner of raising the most money for the 2021 Clambake's organization. All women were really winners for their donated design skills and time!

The women and many contributors were invited to celebrate together with cocktails and appetizers were the winner was announced. The event was held at Project... Click here for additional photos of this event.

Townies Tavern Hosts Palm City Chamber Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting

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Palm City - On Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm the Palm City Chamber of Commerce welcomed one of their new members Townies Tavern...for additional photos of this event click here.

Supterintendent, School Board Set Mitigation Strategies That will Take Effect June 1, 2021

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Stuart - During the Emergency Meeting of the School Board held May 12, 2021, Superintendent John D. Millay presented his summer transition risk mitigation plan. Dr. Millay's recommendation was approved by the School Board.

Highlights of the plan include:

In August 2021, the District will make a full return to traditional, in-person learning. All students attending a District-operated school will attend classes on campus each day. Florida Virtual School remains an option for families wanting a non-traditional alternative.

Masks will be optional for seniors and guests attending the Class of 2021 graduation ceremonies that are scheduled for next week. Seniors should continue to monitor their Class of 2021 Google Classrooms for additional information about graduation ceremonies. Social distancing will be practiced to the greatest extent possible during each ceremony.

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has recommended masks be voluntary for the 2021-2022 school year. Barring an unusually high spike in positive COVID-19 cases or change in pandemic circumstances, the District plans to follow this recommendation. As the District begins planning for the 2021-2022 school year during the summer months, recommendations from the Florida Department of Health in Martin County (DOH Martin) and the District's Pandemic Crisis Response Team will be shared with the School Board. Effective June 1, 2021, masks will be optional for students and staff during the summer months. Masks will be voluntary for students participating in any District-operated program or activity, including summer school and Extended Day. Optional masks will be available for students and staff at each site and campus.

Vaccines are encouraged. The CDC and Florida Department of Health advise that obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine is the best, long-term way to combat the virus. Once fully vaccinated, students/staff will not be required to quarantine following contact with a positive case.

Families are encouraged to continue monitoring the District's website and social media accounts for the latest information.

School Board Approves One-Time Bonuses for Eligible Employees Who Work District-Approved Summer Programs

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Stuart - The Martin County School Board voted unanimously to approve the funding of one-time, lump-sum bonuses of up to $1,000 (subject to required taxes) for bargaining unit-eligible employees who work a District-approved summer program assignment during the month of June.

"We are extremely proud of all of our teachers and support staff who have dedicated themselves to our mission of educating all students for success in this unprecedented school year," Superintendent John D. Millay said. "As the District continues preparing for summer instruction and other enrichment opportunities to address gaps and prevent learning loss, we recognize the importance of providing our bargaining unit-eligible employees with the opportunity to earn additional compensation for continuing to serve our students and schools during the month of June."

The language approved by the AFSCME Local 597 and Martin County Education Association (MCEA) employee unions will allow bargaining unit- eligible employees of the District to receive a rate of $9.25/hour above their summer school rate of pay (hourly rate + 5%) up to a maximum of $1,000 for hours worked during the time period of June 2 - July 1, 2021. Eligible employees who are interested in participating in summer programs should complete the electronic survey via the link distributed by the District.

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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is Coming to Martin County

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Stuart – The Library Foundation of Martin County, in Partnership with Martin County Library System is excited to announce that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will be available to all children living in Martin County who are 5 years old and under, starting this summer. Registration opens Monday, May 10, 2021.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Return to Traditional In-Person Learning for 2021-2022 School Year

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St. Lucie –Superintendent E. Wayne Gent announced at the Tuesday, April 13th Board Meeting, that the school district will return to traditional, in-person learning for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Gent’s announcement means that the MySchool Online distance learning option will not be available next year.

Families that would still like a virtual option for the upcoming school year can enroll their child in Mosaic Digital Academy K-12 which includes distance learning options that will continue to be available next school year. Parents who wish to learn more about this option should call (772) 429-5504 and apply by June 15th.

Superintendent Gent commented, “Currently, we have over 70% of our students back in our brick and mortar classrooms and we are looking forward to welcoming all of our students back to the building next year. We will continue to follow all current and future recommendations from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health to support a healthy teaching and learning environment for students and staff.”