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Department of Health Recognizes World Aids Day December 1

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Get tested and learn more about HIV/STDs and Hepatitis C

Martin County – In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County will partner with Midway Specialty Care Center to offer free testing for HIV/STDs and Hepatitis C.

World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 as an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and remember those who have died from an HIV-related illness.

Increasing HIV prevention awareness, as well as testing and treatment are the first steps to stopping the spread of the virus.

Free HIV/STD & Hepatitis C testing: no appointment is needed

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Wednesday, December 1, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Pettway Grocery, 10230 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound.

Founding Friends of Treasure Coast Hospice Support Treasure Coast Hospice Grief Programs

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In Photo: Glenda Byrne, Lisa O'Neill and CEO Jackie Kendrick

Article & Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

Once again, the Founding Friends of Treasure Coast Hospice opened their door and extended a warm welcome to Treasure Coast Hospice staff and those from the community who wanted to learn more about the organization. The recent gathering, which drew a houseful of Founding Friends, their spouses and neighbors, took place at the home of Chris and John Kaufman in the Harbour Ridge Community in Palm City.

Staunch supporters of Treasure Coast Hospice since its inception in 1982, the legion of members continue their tradition of raising funds to further the mission of Treasure Coast Hospice to provide compassionate care, grief support, and a wide variety of innovative programs for those facing a life-limiting illness.

Past President and Founding Friends Treasurer Glenda Byrne presented a check for $50,000 to Treasure Coast Hospice CEO Jackie Kendrick. The donation, made in honor of long-time donor Richard Nelson who recently passed away, will help support youth and family grief support programs.

"Richard donated $50,000 a year for many years," said Byrne. "He always said it meant the world to him, and he understood the sincerity of hospice."

Administrative Coordinator Barbara Kirkpatrick shared the scope and significance of the Treasure Coast Hospice approach to grief support.

"We offer family, individual, and group counseling for youth and children and adults as well," she said. "Treasure Coast Hospice offers special programs, family retreats, Camp Good Grief, holiday, and youth and family bereavement programs."

Attendees learned about the teen support groups that help teenagers realize that they are not alone in their grief through outdoor sessions, nature walks, and various other activities. Treasure Coast Hospice currently hosts several support groups within the local schools. So far this year, the organization has received 300 grief support referrals for children from area schools.

Harbour Ridge resident and Treasure Coast Hospice Board Member and volunteer Ted Kenny espoused the diversity of volunteer opportunities from assisting in the office, working within the Level 5 We Honor Veterans Program, helping with the Treasured Pets Program, being a patient visitor, and much more.

"Hospice is so much more than end of life," Kenny said. “It’s about quality of life and spending time with loved ones doing what matters most.”

For more information, to donate to, or volunteer for Treasure Coast Hospice, please visit

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In Photo: FF Committee- Glenda Byrne, Roberta Kulas, Lisa O'Neill, Ginny Salamy, Chris Kaufman, Kathy Kenny, Denise Boyle, Rosanne Wallrath and Susan Griffin

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In Photo: Louise Yarvis, Lisa O'Neill and Chris Kaufman

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In Photo: Tom Domagala, Diane Spencer and Rita May Wright

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In Photo: Nancy Troisi and CEO Jackie Kendrick

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In Photo: Mike and Holly Cook, Dennis Wallrath and John Griffin

Floridians Find Hope at Alzheimer's Community Care

MRC Volunteers Promote & Protect Health in Martin County

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The Kristin West Family prepares to deliver needed resources to local foster families through the Hands and Feet project, started last summer.

Port St. Lucie – You might call it the Door Dash of foster care. Almost.

Unlike the food-delivery service rendered indispensable by the Covid pandemic, these deliveries are free to any good foster home.

Started this past July, Hands and Feet of the Treasure Coast fills and delivers orders for new caregivers in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties.

The idea is to do the running around – to be the hands and feet – for new caregivers, said St. Lucie County foster parent Kristin West, who adapted the project to the Treasure Coast this summer after discovering it in Palm Beach County.

“We want to be the hands and feet of our foster care community, running around for them while they’re dealing with everything that comes with receiving a child into the home,” West said.

The Hands and Feet project served its first Treasure Coast family in July and has since served 119 children, collecting and delivering everything from a washer and dryer and a dining room table to essential clothing. The project works in partnership with the Stuart-located Foster Closet, a resource founded by another foster mother.

“When we get a request, we go to the Foster Closet and the community first,” West said. If that doesn’t work, the request is posted to a following of Amazon “wish listers,” people who follow the project and purchase needed items.

The project is simple and easy to access:

Caregivers, including both foster families and relative and non-relative caregivers, fill out a Hands and Feet request form at specifying their family’s material needs after a child has been placed in their home.

Next, Hands and Feet staff receive the request and then gather the requested items from local foster closets and community donors.

Finally, the items are delivered to the family within 48 hours.

For more information, or to become a supporter, follow the program on Facebook @thehandsandfeet:deliveringhelpandhope, or visit the website at

Department of Health Recognize Volunteers

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In Photo: MRC Sonya Crosby, Dr. Kathy Petteruti and Dr. Mary Starzinski

Martin County – In the season of giving thanks, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County proudly recognizes the volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), who support emergency preparedness and public health initiatives in the community.

“Medical and non-medical volunteers support us in so many ways.” said MRC Coordinator Sonya Crosby. “Their service, especially in the past year in response to COVID-19, has been incredibly valuable.”

Recently, Stuart residents Dr. Kathy Petteruti and Dr. Mary Starzinski were recognized for their service to Martin County through the MRC. In the past year, the pair have provided 400 service hours each, supporting COVID-19 education, community outreach and vaccination.

The MRC is a national network of volunteers organized at the local level to improve health and safety in their communities. Volunteers, both medical and non-medical, serve alongside public health and emergency personnel in special needs hurricane shelters, dispensing medication/vaccination and more. Information about the MRC is available here:

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In Photo: Dr. Kathy Petteruti and Dr. Mary Starzinski

19th Annual Cocktails For Compass Returns with Tribute to Fashion Legend Alfred Fiandaca and a Distinguised Guest of Honor

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Proceeds to benefit Palm Beach County’s only LGBTQ Community and Health Center

Palm Beach - Compass, Palm Beach County’s only LGBTQ Community and Health Center, has announced its plans for its major fundraiser, Cocktails for Compass. This signature event began 19 years ago, with a small, simple cocktail gathering around the Christmas tree at Club Colette. Spearheaded by the late fashion designer Alfred Fiandaca and fellow Palm Beach designer and author Steven Stolman, the event grew into a must-go gala.

This year, the event is pivoting away from its traditional sit down dinner to a less structured but equally glamorous cocktail party. “The pandemic allowed us to take a pause and revisit Cocktails for Compass,” says Julia Murphy, Chief Development Officer. “We are so grateful by the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the new format, and have already exceeded our best years in terms of funds raised.”

An expansive host committee, along with an energized junior host committee, have been formed instead of traditional chairs and honorary chairs. Another new addition is a special Guest of Honor: the Honorable Rufus Gifford, former ambassador to Denmark and Chief of Protocol designee, will be in attendance. Gifford, and his husband, veterinarian Dr. Stephen DeVincent, live in suburban Boston and Nantucket.

To further the Boston vibe, the event will feature a retrospective of the designs of Alfred Fiandaca, whose fashion showrooms and ateliers were located on Boston’s Newbury Street, Manhattan, Nashville, and a much-loved boutique in Via Mizner off Worth Avenue. Junior Host Committee members will be modeling pieces on loan from the designer’s loyal Palm Beach clientele. “Alfred was the heart and soul of Compass,” says Murphy. “He was so generous to us with his time and financial support throughout his extraordinary lifetime. We are humbled to have the opportunity to showcase his genius.”

Annually, Cocktails for Compass raises awareness and dollars to fund Compass’ much needed programs and services to forward Compass’ mission: to engage, empower and enrich the lives of LGBTQ people and those affected by HIV/AIDS.

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St. Lucie County Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Center Relocating to Fairgrounds

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St. Lucie County – The state-run Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Treatment Center at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce is relocating to the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds.

The Fenn Center location will stop treating patients this weekend. Treatments will resume at the St. Lucie Fairgrounds – Building C, located at 15601 Midway Road in Fort Pierce, on Monday, Nov. 1, operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.

This state-run Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Treatment Site is for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or considered high risk if infected. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged and can be made at

The administered antibodies help the immune system recognize and respond effectively to the COVID-19 virus. According to treatment guidelines, they should be administered as soon as possible after diagnosis. By providing access to these treatments at these new sites, Governor DeSantis is alleviating demand on hospital resources and further making sure that Floridians have access to all potential treatments that can help them recover from COVID-19.

Monoclonal antibody treatments can be prescribed by health care providers to individuals 12 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are at high risk for severe illness and hospitalization. However, to support Gov. Ron DeSantis’ initiative, there is currently a standing order in Florida signed by the State Surgeon General that allows patients to receive this treatment without a prescription or referral if administered by an eligible health care provider. Such referrals are not required at any of the State of Florida monoclonal antibody treatment sites and treatments are available at no cost to patients.

To find other locations offering monoclonal antibody treatments, visit

Launching a National Non-Profit Called

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Article by: Gary Owen - Owen Insurance Group
I’m excited to announce that we have launched a national non-profit called The reason for this is because of unbridled and unethical business practices related to Medicare insurance sales which are causing undue hardship to many Medicare beneficiaries. The website is user-friendly with explanation videos intended to make Medicare easy to understand.

Many have seen the outrageous Joe Namath and JJ Walker (plus other big-name celebrity) commercials espousing all these “FREE” Medicare benefits that “you’re entitled to…call now”. Like most of us, I’m sure you’re beyond tired of this noisy nonsense. Oh, and you can bet your bottom dollar that we will find none of these celebrities on any of these types of Medicare plans they are pushing on you!

Most consumers have no idea what plan they have, but you need to know the differences between Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplement plans. I always tell my clients, “The decisions you make today can last a lifetime, so it’s important to get it right the first time”. Most Medicare beneficiaries have no idea that if they end up not liking their (Advantage) plan and/or are having issues with their plan, they most likely would not be able to go to a Supplement plan unless they can qualify with health underwriting.

Many unsuspecting consumers have been bamboozled into a plan that they really don’t know anything about, nor do they know anything about the person on the other end of that phone in a call room situated in another country or state, trying to push the sale just to make a commission. It’s important to work with a duly licensed insurance professional with experience, who specializes in Medicare, is unbiased, offers both Supplement, Advantage, and PDP (Rx) plans, and who will provide a thorough needs analysis and review to determine the best solution. Remember, there is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to your Medicare insurance.

Consumers can go to the website to get unbiased information and education and if they are interested in working with an independent insurance agent, they will have the ability to choose one from the website. They can choose their state and find an agent near them that they believe will be a good fit for them. All independent agents on the Medicare Journey website are vetted and we confirm that they have at least 2 years of experience in Medicare, offer both Supplement and Advantage plans, are professional, ethical, and promote the high standards of professionalism that we demand. Medicare Journey agents will be your guide and help you along your journey and will never push you into any plan.

Go to the website at to peruse the videos and information so you can make the best decision for your specific needs.

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Medicare beneficiaries can make new choices and pick plans that work best for them during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period. Each year, Medicare plan costs and coverage typically change. In addition, your health-care needs may have changed over the past year. The Open Enrollment Period — which begins on October 15 and runs through December 7 — is your opportunity to switch your current Medicare health and prescription drug plans to ones that better suit your needs.

During this period, you can:

Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan

Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan to Original Medicare

Change from one Medicare Advantage Plan to a different Medicare Advantage Plan

Change from a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers prescription drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn't offer prescription drug coverage

Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn't offer prescription drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that does offer prescription drug coverage

Join a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D)

Switch from one Part D plan to another Part D plan

Drop your Part D coverage altogether

Any changes made during Open Enrollment are effective as of January 1, 2022.

Review plan options

Now is a good time to review your current Medicare benefits to see if they're still right for you. Are you satisfied with the coverage and level of care you're receiving with your current plan? Are your premium costs or out-of-pocket expenses too high? Has your health changed? Do you anticipate needing medical care or treatment, or new or pricier prescription drugs?

If your current plan doesn't meet your health-care needs or fit your budget, you can switch to a new plan. If you find that you're satisfied with your current Medicare plan and it's still being offered, you don't have to do anything. The coverage you have will continue.

Information on costs and benefits

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the average monthly premium for Medicare Advantage plans will be $19, and the average monthly premium for Part D prescription drug coverage will be $33. CMS will announce 2022 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs soon.

You can find more information on Medicare benefits in the Medicare & You 2022 Handbook on LLC. is an your online newspaper, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”?

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In Photo: Bonnie Russo, LCSW, QS, Clinical Director of Helping People Succeed Children’s Behavioral Health Services Division

Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos by: Helping People Succeed

You’re probably familiar with Helping People Succeed’s many programs – including job skills preparation and healthy families’ initiatives – but did you know the nonprofit also has a children’s behavioral health services program?

Geared towards building a strong alliance between therapist, child and family, Children’s Behavioral Health Services has recently added two important new team members.

Bonnie Russo, LCSW, QS, the new Clinical Director, has more than a decade of experience treating complex trauma cases.

Joining Russo is Vonetta Erskine, BSN, MSN-PMHNP, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Erskine brings 11 plus years of experience working with diverse patient populations in acute care settings.

“To say I love what I do would be an understatement. I see the way that therapy transforms the lives of the children and families we serve and I am very excited to be involved in improving the mental health and quality of life for our clients”, says Russo.

Erskine’s enthusiasm is contagious. “My calling is to help kids who are underserved”, she says. “I can’t wait to be able to share my Helping People Succeed success stories.”

They join a team of highly skilled therapists who are providing specialized outpatient mental counseling to children and teens ages five through 18.

Helping People Succeed’s Children’s Behavioral Health Services program has the ability to meet online, in schools or homes, or in neutral safe spaces, like parks.

Importantly, appointments are available almost immediately, not six to nine months in the future like some other facilities require. Residents of Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties can avail themselves of services.

Any child can receive services; they need not be a previous or current Helping People Succeed client.

For any youngster dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, reconnecting after COVID isolation or any related issues, help is just a phone call away.

Payment options include private insurance and Florida Kid Care. Helping People Succeed bills for its services on a sliding scale and also provides links to social services agencies that may be able to provide financial support.

Contact Helping People Succeed at 772-320-0770 or for information.

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In Photo: Vonetta Erskine, BSN, MSN-PMHNP, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Helping People Succeed Children’s Behavioral Health Services Division

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21 Aug Out2News Recipes

Parmesan Cauliflower Bites


1 1/2 c. panko bread crumbs (or regular bread crumbs)
1/2 c. finely grated Parmesan
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
3 large eggs, lightly whisked
Marinara, for serving


Preheat oven to 400°. Add panko, Parmesan, and Italian seasoning to a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper, then mix everything together until thoroughly combined.

Dip cauliflower pieces in egg and then roll in bread crumb mixture until fully coated and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You may need to press on the coating to help it stick to the cauliflower bites. Repeat until all cauliflower florets are coated.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until coating is golden brown and crunchy. Serve with marinara.

Shrimp Orzo with Feta


1-1/4 cups uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1-1/4 pounds uncooked shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


Cook orzo according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add tomatoes and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Stir in shrimp. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until shrimp turn pink, 4-5 minutes.

Drain orzo. Add orzo, cilantro and pepper to shrimp mixture; heat through. Sprinkle with feta cheese.

Italian Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

21 Aug Stuffed Zucchini


6 medium zucchini (about 8 ounces each)
1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Additional minced fresh parsley, optional


Preheat oven to 350°. Cut each zucchini lengthwise in half. Scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-in. shell; chop pulp. Place zucchini shells in a large microwave-safe dish. In batches, microwave, covered, on high 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender.

In a large skillet, cook sausage and zucchini pulp over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking sausage into crumbles; drain. Stir in tomatoes, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, herbs and pepper. Spoon into zucchini shells.

Place in 2 ungreased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Bake, covered, 15-20 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5-8 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. If desired, sprinkle with additional minced parsley.

Shrimp & Nectarine Salad


1/3 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1-1/2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon

4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
1 pound uncooked shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined
1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 cups torn mixed salad greens
2 medium nectarines, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

In a small bowl, whisk orange juice, vinegar, mustard and honey until blended. Stir in tarragon.

In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat. Add corn; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from pan.

Sprinkle shrimp with lemon pepper and salt. In the same skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add shrimp; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Stir in corn.

In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Drizzle with 1/3 cup dressing and toss to coat. Divide mixture among four plates. Top with shrimp mixture; drizzle with remaining dressing. Serve immediately.

Overnight Oatmeal

21 Aug Overnight oatmeal


1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
3 tablespoons fat-free milk
3 tablespoons reduced-fat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup assorted fresh fruit
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted


In a small container or Mason jar, combine oats, milk, yogurt and honey. Top with fruit and nuts. Seal; refrigerate overnight.

Chocolate-Cherry Oats: Use cherry-flavored yogurt, add 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder, and top with fresh or frozen pitted cherries.

Banana Bread Oats: Replace honey with maple syrup and stir in half a mashed banana and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Top with toasted pecans.

Carrot Cake Oats: Add 2 Tbsp. grated carrots, and substitute spreadable cream cheese for the yogurt.

Pina Colada Oats: Add half a mashed banana, 2 Tbsp. crushed pineapple and 1 Tbsp. shredded coconut to oat mixture.

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

21 Aug Choc Chip Cookies


3/4 cup Softened butter or coconut oil
2/3 cup Granular Sweetener (Click here to see my favorite on Amazon)
2 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 cups almond flour (click here to see my favorite on Amazon)
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 9 Ounce Bag Sugar free Chocolate Chips (Click here to see my favorite brand on Amazon)


Pre-heat oven to 350F

Add softened butter (or coconut oil) and swerve sweetener in a stand mixer (or hand mixer with a large bowl), mix on medium until combined

Add 2 eggs and vanilla and mix until combined

Combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined

Fold in Chocolate Chips

Scoop 18-21 cookies onto lined baking sheet (you may need 2 depending on how big your sheets are). Flatten them out by pressing down on the top slightly.

Bake for 10-12 minutes

Let cool on the cookie sheets for 30 minutes. These will stay soft and delicious for at least 4 days in an air tight container. See notes for freezing instructions.