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United Way Campaign Cabinet Members Brighten Up the Hibiscus Shelter

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Martin County - When the members of the United Way of Martin County Campaign Cabinet heard the Hibiscus Shelter was in need of assistance with cleaning, they grabbed their cleaning supplies and went to work! Members Dee Blount, Sarah Powers, Elisabeth Glynn, Amy Bottegal, Leslie Warren, Patty McAuley, Tom Whittington and Lisa Satur helped make the Tilton Family Children’s Shelter in Jensen Beach sparkle for the kids! They cleaned walls, baseboards, windows, light switches, tables and chairs throughout the Shelter. The Shelter is a 36-bed safe haven for abused children removed from their own homes. This dynamic group of community movers and shakers did an amazing job in brightening up the children’s home. The Shelter staff do an outstanding job taking care of the children and keeping the Shelter clean, but with 75 children annually living in the Shelter, extra helping hands are a blessing!

“As community leaders it’s important to set an example and give back. Being Involved with the United Way of Martin County allows us to support so many different organizations including Hibiscus Children’s Center,” said Amy Bottegal, SouthState Bank, and United Way of Martin County Campaign Chair.

Hibiscus Children’s Center is grateful to this group who worked hard to help give the children a beautiful home where they feel safe and loved. Please visit us at to learn more about how you can get involved or contact Michelle King, Chief Development Officer, at (cell) 561-452-5791 or LLC. is your Treasure Coast online newspaper, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”?

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Palm City Chamber of Commerce September Business After Hours Sponsored by HJ Simms

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Palm City - On September 22, 2022 the Palm City Chamber of Commerce celebrated their first Business After Hours in their new location. The Business After Hours was sponsored by Rebecca Beckett, CPA with HJ Simms. HJ Simms is a wealth management, investment banking, and institutional services firm helping individual investors, organizations, municipalities and institutions realize their potential since 1935. From building wealth to building communities, they help clients... Click here for additional photos of this event.

YOU Can Help Select the Next Martin County Teacher of the Year

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In Photo: 2022-23 Teacher of the Year candidates 

Photo by: Education Foundation of Martin County / Article by: Jackie Holfelder

Martin County Teacher of the Year: the election that everyone looks forward to with a smile!

The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) has announced the honorees for the 2022-23 school year.

2022-2023 Candidates
• Dorothy Hyland - Bessey Creek Elementary School
• Natalie Martin - Citrus Grove Elementary School
• Alexandria Gribble - Clark Advanced Learning Center
• Rebekah Synakowski - Crystal Lake Elementary School
• Carol-Lee Holland - Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School
• Carissa Berkely - Felix A. Williams Elementary School
• Danielle Buddin - Hidden Oaks Middle School
• Alayna Woolley - Hobe Sound Elementary School
• Jodi Cooper - Hope Center for Autism
• Olga Leonard - Indiantown Middle School
• Jessica Addorisio - J.D. Parker School of Science, Math & Technology
• Morgan Foohs - Jensen Beach Elementary School
• Michelle Hance - Jensen Beach High School

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Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce September Luncheon Hosted by Olive Garden of Jensen Beach

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Jensen Beach - On Thursday, September 15, 2022 the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce held their September monthly luncheon at Olive Garden in Jensen Beach. Olive Garden has more than 850 restaurants nationwide, they recognize their unique position to help provide hunger relief in the local communities they serve. They have created a Harvest program, where
all restaurants gather wholesome, surplus food every day and carefully prepare for a weekly donation to a local non-profit organization. Olive Garden restaurants have donated over 40 million pounds of food, and also partner with Feeding America to help children and families facing hunger in our communities. For more information contact them at 772.692.1593. They are located in Jensen Beach at 3447 NW. Federal Highway.

Ron Rose, President CEO of the Jensen Beach Chamber started the luncheon out by inviting the members to introduce themselves and tell a little bit about their businesses. The Student of the month was Presley Ellis - Jensen Beach High School and Teacher of the month was Michelle Hance - Jensen Beach High School. Both Student of the month and teacher of month were given....Click here for additional photos of this event.

Palm City Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Before Hours

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Palm City – On September 13, 2022, the Palm City Chamber of Commerce held their first Breakfast Before Hours at their newly renovated location. A wonderful breakfast assortment that Wiz Home Services provided. The Sponsor/Speakers for the breakfast was Robin Norris, owner of Wiz Home Services. Some of the services they offer are Window Cleaning Services, Gutter Cleaning Services working to clean your gutters, they will also assess them for needed repairs or replacement and identify trouble spots. They also will do....Click here for additional photos.

Martin Youth LEADERship Welcomes 40 Students to Class 24

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Stuart, FL– On Thursday, September 8, Martin Youth LEADERship (MYL) resumed its prestigious program after a two and a half year Covid hiatus. MYL welcomed 40 students to this year’s class.

Students from Clark Advanced Learning Center, Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School and South Fork High School and their parents were welcomed by MYL Program Chair Diana Bruton at the Martin County Realtors of the Treasure Coast during an informative Orientation. Both students and parents participated in ice breaker sessions coordinated by Ms. Bruton and Jim Atkinson. Students learned that they had been selected for their leadership potential amongst a large pool of applicants...Click here for additional photos.

IRSC to Host Martin County Career Fair on Sept. 30 More Than 50 Local Companies Will Be On-Site

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Stuart - Is a career in Aerospace Mechanics in your future? How about a career in Nursing or Engineering? Find out if these or other jobs may be within your grasp at Indian River State College’s Martin County Career Fair, set for 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, at IRSC’s Chastain Campus in Stuart.

More than 50 Martin County companies will be represented at the Fair from the marine, aerospace, construction, healthcare, financial, government, education, sales, hospitality, and manufacturing industries, among others. The Fair will be held in the Johnson Auditorium of the Wolf High-Technology Center, Building C, on IRSC’s Chastain Campus, located at 2400 S.E. Salerno Road in Stuart. Click here for a list of all companies.

Miles Grant Country Club Host Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce September Monthly Breakfast

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Hobe Sound – On Thursday September 8, 2021 The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce had their September Breakfast at Miles Grant Golf & Country Club. The event was well attended with approximately eighty attendees. Staff of the country club served breakfast. Miles Grant is located at: 5101 SE Miles Grant Road in Stuart. For more information contact them at:772.286.2220.

The Sponsor for the breakfast was the Stuart Air Show. Dewey Vinaya Vice President spoke about all the different airplanes that will be coming to the airshow this year. Approximately 6,000 people attend the three-day event. Executive Director Inez van Ravenzwaaij, is a longtime air show fan and volunteer with 30 years’ experience with marketing and event planning. The 2022... Click here for additional photos of this event.

Palm City Chamber of Commerce and New Hope Fellowship Hosts the First Housing Symposium

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Palm City - On Wednesday, September 7, 2022 the Palm City Chamber of Commerce and New Hope Fellowship hosted the first housing Symposium. Executive Director of the Chamber Missi Campbell started the symposium with a warm welcome to all who attended. Ms. Madeleine Bozonne Greenwood with Housing Solutions Council and Commissioner Ed Ciampi also welcome everyone.

The topic to discuss at the event was, Martin County's unique struggle with affordable housing.

The first panel to discuss Non-Profits and their needs were, Captain Deanne Jones - Salvation Army, April Young - Family Promise, Rob Ranieri - House of Hope, Madeleine Greenwood - LAHIA and moderator Carol Houwaart-Diez. The panel spoke for fifteen minutes... Click here for additional photos of this event.

Martin County Property Appraiser Office Cautions New Property Owners About Solicitation Letters

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Stuart – The Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office cautions property owners about solicitation letters periodically mailed to residents. These letters are being targeted to new property owners and encourage them to pay a service fee for a copy of their recorded deed and a Property Profile, which includes property information such as legal description, parcel ID number, assessment, and tax information.

Below is a sample solicitation letter. In this instance, a $89.00 service fee is charged for this information.

IMPORTANT: All this property information can be obtained for FREE from the Martin County Property Appraiser’s website ( and a copy of your recorded deed can be obtained from the

Martin County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s website ( You do not have to pay for these services.

“With such an active real estate market, new property owners may feel this is a necessary expenditure. It is not.” said Martin County Property Appraiser Jenny Fields. “In addition, I caution property owners that these data reports can be inaccurate. It is always best to call, visit or email our Office if you have questions about your property and we will be happy to provide you the  information you need.”

For more information about the Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office, please visit their website at, call (772) 288-5608, or email at

Turn Up the Heat Dance Foundation Thrives

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In Photo: Turn Up the Heat Dancers

Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos provided by Turn Up the Heat
An Indian proverb says, “To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak”.
That’s the perfect description of the founders, teachers, students and supporters of Turn Up the Heat Professional Dance Company, which was formed in 2021 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the Turn Up the Heat Dance School.
Its mission is to cultivate a diverse community of students, educators, artists and audiences by promoting dance in schools, expanding community awareness, and increasing professional development and performance arts.
Since 2020, Turn Up the Heat Dance School has instructed Treasure Coast children in multiple...Click here for additional information.

Martin County High School Student Sophie Araque-Liu Wins National Google Doodle Contest

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Martin County - On Tuesday, August 16, 2022, Martin County High School Junior Sophie Araque-Liu was announced winner of the 2022 Doodle for Google National Competition.

Google has awarded Sophie a $30,000 college scholarship and Martin County High School will receive a $50,000 technology award.

Google made the announcement Tuesday - Sophie was named the Florida state winner in May.

Doodle for Google is an annual contest that encourages students in grades K-12 to submit their own versions of the Google logo. Doodle for Google is an annual contest where K-12 students create their own versions of the Google logo. A nominee is selected from each state and U.S. territory, and from... Click here for additional information.