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Martin County Parks and Recreation After School Programs

21 Mar After School

Martin County Parks and Recreation offers free after school programs in three convenient locations for children ages five and older (children age five must be enrolled in kindergarten). Our after school programs are proudly funded by the Children's Services Council of Martin County.

All of our staff at our program locations are level two background screened by the Department of Children and Families and CPR and First Aid trained and certified. Homework assistance, outdoor playtime, learning and educational opportunities, and other programs are offered daily.

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Fees: Free
Who can attend: Youth residing in Martin County and enrolled in an Elementary School, Middle School, or High School located within Martin County. If you are or know a High School student looking to volunteer, please contact us!
Hours: Hours are the same for all programs:

Regular School Days: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m
Early Release Days: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Non School Days: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (J.A.S.E.), 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (all other programs)
Non-school days = summer, holidays, spring break, winter break, any other week days off from school except county holidays.

LOCATIONS OFFERING AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
G.A.A.P Program (Golden Gate Alternative After School Program)
Cassidy Center in Lamar Howard Park, Stuart
License number: C19MA0027
(772) 288-5683

J.A.S.E. Program (Jensen After School Experience)
Vince Bocchino Community Center in Langford Park, Jensen Beach
License number: C19MA0025
(772) 334-6648

R.E.A.C.H. Program (Residents Empowering All Childrens Hope)
Costella Williams Learning Center in New Monrovia Park, Stuart
License number: C19MA0017
(772) 221-2338

HOW TO REGISTER
To register or for more information regarding the afterschool programs, please select the "Contact Us" button to submit an inquiry.

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Treasure Coast Hospice - Felix Taborda Romero, A Proud American Citizen

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In Photo: Eugenio Rosado, Supervisory Immigration Services Officer with Laura Abitz de Taborda & Felix Taborda Romero

Article & Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham
When Treasure Coast Hospice Social Worker Kelley Thompson first began working with her new patient Felix Taborda three months ago, she never dreamed that she would help facilitate one of his final wishes of becoming a United States citizen.

Last month, from the comfort of home, Taborda raised his right hand and recited the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States. He then said the words he's waited so long to say, "I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God!"

With a small American flag in hand, he said, "I'm very proud!"

Taborda and his wife Laura fled the toxic political situation in Venezuela and, thanks to their sons' sponsorship, became residents of the U.S. The highly-educated couple, he with a Masters and a Ph.D. and she with a Masters, ultimately settled in Stuart a few years ago.

While Laura became a citizen in 2020, Felix Taborda encountered a few issues with his paperwork, causing a delay. Sadly, he was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer last year.

Wanting to enjoy quality time with his family at home, he opted to decline radiation, chemo, and other treatments that would leave him feeling even more ill. Although he generally feels well, ambulation is very difficult for him.

The Taborda family is grateful for the assistance from Treasure Coast Hospice. Without hesitation, Thompson stepped right in, made phone calls, arranged meetings, and helped them navigate the process by securing the necessary documentation, including from the Treasure Coast Hospice physician.

The administration of a citizenship exam and the Oath of Allegiance at home is a rare occurrence. Working hand-in-hand with Eugenio Rosado of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and further assistance from U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Thompson helped make it happen!

"I'm so happy this day is finally here," she said.

Felix Taborda plans to spend his days enjoying his hobbies; writing, reading, engaging in technology, and celebrating his newly found citizenship!

Laura Taborda expressed the family's gratitude, "Kelley, and her team at Treasure Coast Hospice, gave us hope. She is an angel!"

For more information about Treasure Coast Hospice, please visit TreasureHealth.org.

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In Photo: Felix Taborda Romero and Kelley Thompson, Treasure Coast Hospice LCSW

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In Photo: Felix Taborda Romero takes the oath of citizenship

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In Photo: Kelley Thompson, Treasure Coast Hospice LCSW; and Laura Apitz de Taborda & Felix Taborda Romero

Palm City Chamber of Commerce 2nd Annual Cow Plop Bingo

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Palm City - On Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 1:00 - 6:00 pm the Palm City Chamber of Commerce had their 2nd Annual Cow Plop Bingo at the Rockin H Ranch. The Rocking H Ranch is located at 4181 SW Boatramp Avenue in Palm City.

Rockin H Ranch has an authentic ranch atmosphere and world-class client services, which create a destination perfectly suited for any wedding ceremony, reception, private party, or special event. For more information contact them at: info@rockinhranch.farm or call them at 772.485.0089.

Music was provided by The Tom Jackson Band while food trucks, a petting zoo, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center,a magician and of course fairy hair by Joanne Soper. Even though it was warm the weather was definately a bonus!

The starring role of the cow did not disappoint her audience she walked, trotted and galloped through the grid that was drawn out on the field. She was pretty quick plopping. The winner was #254 for a $1,000 check. Congratulations to the lucky winner.

The Palm City Chamber of Commerce strives to promote the continuous improvement of the common good and the quality of life in the community through the pursuit of new business. They are located in Palm City at 3168 SW Martin Downs Blvd. Contact them at: 772-286-8121.

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Bathtub Beach Renourishment to Begin This Spring

21 Feb Bathtub

Stuart - A renourishment project for Bathtub Reef Beach is underway this spring. About 220,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged from the Sailfish Point Marina channel, federal navigation channel and the impoundment basin (located between the north jetty and the navigation channel) and used to replenish the beach, including the northern portion of the beach fronting the Sailfish Point community and all of Bathtub Beach.

Martin County has contracted with national dredging company, Weeks Marine, to conduct the dredging. Sand will be pumped through a combination of 30-inch submerged, floating, and shore pipelines onto the designated beach areas. The company will be using larger, higher production barges and equipment than in previous renourishment efforts, which will shorten the duration of the project. Dredging operations will take place 24/7 and the project will be completed by the beginning of May 2021 in advance of the critical portion of sea turtle nesting season.

The first several weeks will be spent setting up equipment, bringing pipe from the north to the south side of the inlet where the pipeline will be assembled and placed on the bottom of the channel. Once in place, the pipe will be connected to the hydraulic dredge and sand will be redistributed to the beach.

Boaters are asked to be patient and remain safe by avoiding the barges, pipelines (marked by floating buoys) and other equipment, to prevent accidents and unnecessary interruptions to the construction schedule. On land, equipment will be staged in the lots just south of the beach allowing for limited beach access.
Funding for the renourishment project comes from a variety of sources, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Martin County and the Sailfish Point Property Owners Association.

Timely information about beach and parking lot closings, beach access and construction updates can be found on Martin County's website at www.martin.fl.us/BathtubBeach and on the county's Facebook and Twitter accounts. For more information, call 772-221-1387 or email coastal@martin.fl.us.

Helping People Succeed Offers Art for Living Online Gallery

21 Feb Julie Kelly

Article by: Jackie Holfelder
Photo provided by Helping People Succeed
Artist: Julia Kelly gets help hanging one of her paintings in the Art for Living Online Gallery

For 22 years, Helping People Succeed’s Art for Living Calendar has brought exceptional paintings from some of the Treasure Coast’s most esteemed artists into homes and offices.

In spite of Covid-19, the 2021 Art for Living calendar was offered once again – this time with a unique twist lets you view the artwork that comprised the calendar in an exciting new way.

Helping People Succeed has created the Art for Living Online Gallery, in which the original paintings are available for purchase.

Presenting artists are:
• Pam Patterson
• Susan Roberts
• Mary Neal
• Marian Vitale
• Diane Raymond
• Dan Mackin
• Chris Kling
• Pay Hoshino
• Stacy Ranieri
• Julia Kelly
• Sue Ann Saleeby-Mosley
• Arundathi Wijetilleke
• Amber Moran

In addition to each calendar selection, all artists have a collection of their work hanging in the gallery and each piece is also available for sale.

The Art for Living Gallery is easy to access and navigate, offering you the opportunity to pause and get close-up views.

Both Helping People Succeed and the artists will benefit from all sales, with 35-percent going to the nonprofit and 65-percent going to the artists.

Monies raised will help the 501(c)(3) in its goal by helping each child, family and adult they serve reach their fullest potential. This nonprofit helps develop healthy families by providing new parents with education and resources and school-age children with mental health support. Helping People Succeed provides assistance to adults with special needs in order to achieve community participation and employment.

Visit the Art for Living Online Gallery at www.hpsfl.org. For information, call Glenna Parris at 772-320-0778.

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Guardians For New Futures & Baron Real Estate Co. Team Up for Guardians for First Annual Chili Cook Off

21 Feb Baron

GUARDIANS FOR NEW FUTURES, a Port St. Lucie based 501c3 non-profit organization, Baron Real Estate Co., and local vendors/partners are teaming up to help maltreated and abused children on the Treasure Coast. Baron Real Estate will host a first annual Chili Cook Off Fundraising event with all proceeds going towards the new GFNF4Kids Child Advocacy Center located in St. Lucie West and will serve abused and neglected children from St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.

Port St. Lucie -The Chili Cook Off Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, March 14th from 1:00-5:00 pm at the Baron Real Estate Campus located at 8555 Commerce Centre Drive, Port St. Lucie.

This will be a fun community event for the entire family and will include 30 different Chili recipes to sample, as well as raffles, live music, game booths, dessert tables, a chili eating contest and more. The event is open to the public and there will be a $10 donation entry fee per person for ages 11 and up, children under the age of 10 are free. Tickets are available for purchase at the event as well as online beforehand at www.eventbrite.com under Baron Chili Cook Off.

If you are a local business interested in entering the chili competition, please contact Anna Bach at 772-257-1691 for details.

The GFNF4Kids Child Advocacy Center provides all needed resources for a maltreated child at a single location - from the initial forensic interview, physical exam, mental health resources, and more. Currently, in the 19th Judicial Circuit, a child is required to go to multiple locations to tell and retell the story of their abuse and receive needed resources, which creates more trauma for the child. With a CAC, a child only needs to tell their story one time and will receive all the needed resources in one location to begin their healing process.

The 19th Judicial Circuit is one of three Judicial Circuits in Florida without an advocacy center, and GFNF4kids is committed to change that for the Treasure Coast and surrounding areas.

Please visit GFNF4kids website for more information at www.gfnf4kids.org

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2021 Annual Benefit & Auction!

Hope Lives Foundation, 3rd Annual Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament

21 Feb 24 Apr Cornhorn

Article by MaryAnn Ketcham
Spilling the beans during a game of cornhole is certainly not the desired outcome. Spilling the beans about the 3rd Annual Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament to benefit the Hope Lives Foundation is essential to the organization's mission of supporting and strengthening community organizations that serve children on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County.

Gather some friends, family members, and teammates and head to The Barn at Oleander on April 24, 2021, for this fun for all ages competition! This event is limited to 50 teams, and spots are sure to fill up quickly as cash prizes will go to the top three teams. A three-game minimum will be in place, and St. Pete Cornhole will officiate play.

Registration and practice time begins at 10 am. The tournament kickoffs at 11 am. The price is just $50 per team of two.

Whether novice or professional, young or old, please join the games, spectate, participate in the 50/50 raffle or enjoy the venue's lush surroundings while savoring some of the tasty cuisine, soft drinks and adult beverages available for purchase from sponsor Bonner Mobile Bar!

Funds raised help support local children’s nonprofits.

To register or become a sponsor, please visit HLives.org/events and click on the RSVP icon.

The Book Worms Radio Show and Podcast Coming Soon

21 Feb Book Worms

Ralph Nathan Oko and Gary Roen to host a new radio show and podcast focused on books and the joy of reading, appealing to a possible population of nearly 600,000 from Stuart to Melbourne, Florida on broadcast stations

Ralph Nathan Oko is the long-time host of Our Veterans Voice Radio and The Treasure Finders Roadshow programs, in addition he is an author, critic, book collector/reader, and speaker.

Gary Roen is an author, nationally syndicated book critic speaker, and radio TV personality. Their mutual interests have led them to launch The Book Worms Radio Show.

Beginning February 27th and 28th, The half-hour program will air Saturday evenings at 9:00 pm EST on REAL Radio 101.7 FM and Sunday mornings at 6:30 am EST on WAXE Radio 107.9 FM and 1370 AM. Podcasts will be available on iHeart Radio.

Interview guests will include authors, publishers, editors, readers, book sellers and store owners, scholars and bibliophiles. Ralph Nathan Oko and Gary Roen are currently booking interviews.

To secure a guest spot, suggest a book to review or for sponsorship information, connect with Ralph Nathan Oko at 954 557 6226 or RalphOko@hotmail.com or Gary Roen at gsroen@aol.com

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St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Event Goes Online to Help Treasure Coast Food Bank Fight Hunger

2021 Empty Bowls_Rebecca Rodriguez Manager of Social Engagement TCFB

An empty bowl – an empty belly. The annual St. Lucie County Empty Bowls event has more significance than ever this year as Treasure Coast Food Bank works to feed people facing hunger amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year as in the past, the event will feature the creative art of students in St. Lucie County public and private schools, who have handcrafted bowls. But it will take place online. Buy or bid on the bowl of your choice between Feb 19 and 28, 2021.

“This is the 17th year that we’ve partnered with student artists and their teachers from throughout St. Lucie County for the annual Empty Bowls event,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We love the creativity that the students put into their bowls. But we all know it’s not just a bowl. It’s meals for children, seniors, and families in need.”

The empty bowl serves as a reminder of the meager meals often eaten by people struggling with hunger. Each year, the event raises enough to provide about 60,000 meals for people on the Treasure Coast.

For a $30 donation, participants can select their favorite bowl, and it will be shipped to them free of charge. In addition, a selection of stand-out bowls will be auctioned. The auction will include bowls autographed by baseball players from the New York Mets and other celebrities, including Charlie Daniels, Tony Bennett, and Kris Kristofferson.

The event starts promptly at 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, and concludes at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28. Buy or bid at stophunger.org/emptybowls.

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2021 Empty Bowls_Mark Williams Receptionist of TCFB
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Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Vacancies

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The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, February 26, 2021. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to Donna Gordon.

VACANT POSITIONS: Two at-large members who must be Martin County residents and shall not be employed by the County nor be related to a County employee or have a business relationship with Parks and Recreation vendors.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

It shall be the function of the Board to advise the Board of County Commissioners on the planning and implementation of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and to make recommendations on programs, services, acquisition and uses of parkland, sports and recreation facilities as well as such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of County Commissioners.

Members who miss more than 50 percent of regularly scheduled or three consecutive meetings in a given calendar year will be automatically removed from the Board.

Meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month at 5:00 pm at Indian RiverSide Park or the Port Salerno Civic Center. The next few meetings are scheduled for February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, and June 17,

Virtual Water Ambassador Webinar Series is Back!

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The Water Ambassador lunch and learn webinar series is back for 2021!

Join UF/IFAS Extension for the Virtual Water Ambassador lunch and learn webinar series. The Water Ambassador Program is an educational partnership between Martin County and UF/IFAS Extension that unites and empowers residents who have an interest in protecting local waterways and giving back to their communities. The program provides a way for motivated individuals to learn more about specific water resource topics.

Webinars take place every other Tuesday from 12 pm to 1 pm EDT starting January 12th. The series brings in guest speakers to speak about a variety of local (Indian River Lagoon) and statewide water resource and management topics in Florida. Webinars include water quality, water conservation, and restoration topics. Recordings from past webinars can be found here.

Webinar Dates and Topics
Registration is required for each webinar. Password (when required) is “water”. Registered participants will receive the web link via email at the time of registration.

February 23: The Indian River Lagoon Report Card, Dr. Leesa Souto, Marine Resources Council

March 9: Old Palm City Ripple Eco-Art Project, Lucy Keshavarz, Art & Culture Group, Inc.

March 23: Clam Restoration in the Indian River Lagoon, Dr. Todd Osborne, University of Florida, The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience

Lure of Florida Fishing Exhibit and New Café Open at Elliott Museum

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Article & Photos: Doreen Marcial Poreba, APR
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Stuart — There’s something fishy going on at the Elliott Museum on Hutchinson Island in Stuart — the Lure of Florida Fishing exhibit, which was just unveiled along with a recently opened restaurant — Philly Down South Café. The exhibit will remain through May 31, 2021 at the museum, 825 NE Ocean Blvd. Daily museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

“This fishing exhibit fits in perfectly within Martin County because our area is noted as the Sailfish Capital of the World,” said Rob Steele, president of the Historical Society of Martin County, which operates the Elliott Museum and House of Refuge Museum.

The Lure of Florida Fishing exhibit showcases the rich history, evolution and art of this age-old sport and its impact on a local and statewide scale. Guests may explore vintage and state-of-the-art equipment, mounts, sculpture, old photographs depicting fishing history, and handcrafted lures for fresh and saltwater fishing. Visitors also can cast a line on a fishing simulator to see what they can reel in!

The Philly Down South Café at the Elliott offers visitors a chance to take a break for a tasty snack, meal, a sweet treat, or a glass of wine or beer. Proprietor Jim Leary also welcomes guests who are looking to enjoy an afternoon or evening out for lunch or dinner. There is no museum admission for those coming solely to the restaurant, which is located on the museum’s second floor.

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Grant Provides Digital Access to Local Newspapers From 1913 at all Libraries

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The Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) awarded the Friends of the Martin County Library Inc. with a Breakthrough Digitization Award so the Martin County Library System could finish a local newspaper scanning project. Led by Librarian Phil Hackman, the goal is to provide a searchable collection of historic local newspapers on a library catalog computer at every Martin County Library location.

Previously only accessible on microfilm at the Blake Library, the local newspaper collection is now available in a digital format at all library locations. The award funded the purchase of solid-state drives that provide the speed to scan the archives as well as the capacity to store them. As staff completes the scanning of The Stuart News from 2007 to present, these will be added to the archive on a special library computer. Relatedly, current issues of The Stuart News and The Palm Beach Post are available from home through the Library's NewsBank subscription

The historic local newspapers collection currently includes: The Stuart Times/Messenger from 1913 to 1925, South Florida Developer from 1925 to 1931, the Martin County Sun from 1962 to 1964, The Courier Highlights (Jupiter Island) from 1966 to 1968, The Jensen Beach Mirror from 1961 to 1985, The Port St. Lucie Mirror from 1970 to 1981 and the Stuart News from 1925 to 2007.

This project has been funded under the provisions of the Library Cooperative Grant program, administered by the Florida Department of State Division of Library and Information Services. The collection complements our NewsBank, New York Times, and Value Line subscriptions that are available online to all library patrons from martin.fl.us/library-news-sources.

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Red Cross Helps 5 People Affected by Mobile Home Fire in Stuart

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Stuart — This afternoon local American Red Cross volunteers from the Palm Beach & Treasure Coast Chapter responded to a  mobile home fire on S.E. Madrid Street in Stuart, Fla.

Local Red Cross volunteer members of the Disaster Action Team helped coordinate emergency aid to those affected. Fire officials say three (3) people were impacted by the blaze, including two (2) children.

The Red Cross provided emergency financial assistance, relief items like toiletries, health and mental health services, one-on-one support to connect people to available recovery assistance and will continue to provide additional support to the family to meet their disaster-caused needs.

Red Cross Volunteers have been trained to follow proper safety procedures and protocols to continue serving communities impacted by local disasters, during the coronavirus outbreak. At this time, volunteers are supporting individuals on a virtual basis through phone and the use of video conferencing technology.

The Red Cross’ physical presence may not be the same across the country, but the emergency help we provide will continue, including financial assistance as well as other resource like health and mental health services which may be provided over the phone.

Families in our community, across the country and around the world turn to the Red Cross every day for help because #EmergenciesDontStop. Hospital patients still need lifesaving blood; neighbors still need food, shelter and care after disasters; and military families still need support. Your help is needed to fulfill the urgent needs of our mission today at redcross.org/SouthFlorida. 

WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO:
• Make a financial donation to their local Red Cross to help people affected by home fires and other disasters in the United States and around the world. Visit redcross.org/donate.
• Visit redcross.org/homefires to find out how to protect themselves and their homes from fire.
• Become a Red Cross volunteer by applying at redcross.org/sflvolunteer.  
• Download the Red Cross Emergency App by visiting redcross.org/apps or texting 'GETEMERGENCY' to 90999. This all-inclusive app combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe. And the Monster Guard mobile app is specially designed for kids, teaching them to prepare for emergencies at home by playing an engaging game.

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"Breaking the Cycle" for Project LIFT

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In Photo: Attorney Chuck Geary purchased and donated a new bike for a Project LIFT graduate, as a kickoff to his 250 mile charity ride from Homestead to Key West. The young woman was chosen to receive the bike in recognition of her excellent character and work ethic.

Palm City - For one young graduate of the Project LIFT program in Palm City, getting to and from her new job in Indiantown will be much easier, thanks to a gift from attorney Chuck Geary of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC. Geary presented the young woman with a new bicycle as part of his commitment to support the non-profit in their efforts to "break the cycle" of generational poverty. The bike presentation kicked off a 250 mile cycling trip that Geary will take from January 29th- Feb 5th as a fundraiser for Project LIFT, which provides mental health counseling and mentoring for at-risk youth through the unique platform of vocational training.

The trip from Homestead to Key West will be Chuck's 15th journey to benefit charity, and will take him over 88 bridges, with a crew of 20 accompanying him.

It is fitting that Geary chose to support Project LIFT with this ride, as the non-profit has repaired and donated more than 2,000 bicycles as part of their vocational skills training program for teens, which also includes welding, HVAC, auto repair and construction. The bicycle repair program has been on hiatus, but funds raised from this journey will be used toward reinstating the program, as Project LIFT aims to replace substance abuse and other negative behaviors with skilled trades.

You can follow Chuck's 250 mile journey on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ProjectLIFT/ or on Instagram at @projectlift.florida, and donations to Project LIFT in honor of his effort can be made at https://www.projectliftmc.com/happenings

About Chuck: An avid cyclist since he was a teenager, Chuck has been a proponent for cyclists throughout Florida. He has advocated for safer bike lanes in Martin County, donated bikes & helmets to children in need, and represents cyclists injured in bike accidents all over Florida as a personal injury attorney with Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC. The firm represents clients and their families who have suffered serious injury or the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another. Their team of experienced trial attorneys offer their clients personalized service and communication, guiding them through the process from beginning to end, with a track record of significant case results.

For more information, or to donate in support of Chuck's ride for Project LIFT, visit projectliftmc.com or call 772-221-2244.

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"A Big Supporting Cast" - Team Tomo's Disney Marathon

21 Jan Highlight ALS

Jerry Tomasso lives in Bradenton, Florida with his wife and kids. "Tomo" is his biker name, as he is a part of The Widow Sons Masonic Riders Association.

When David, his brother, found out that Jerry had ALS, he sold his house in North Carolina and moved to Florida to help out. David took him to different neurologists, such as Dr. Richard Bedlack at Duke Health in North Carolina, Dr. Tuan Vu at the University of South Florida Morsani Advanced Health Center, and Dr. Gregory Hanes at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.David responded that family is for getting each other through rough times. The whole family was in tears at this moment; Jerry noted that they were "happy tears."

The family are huge fans of Disney and planned a trip in January 2021 to cheer David on in the annual Disney Marathon - while making memories in the park. Disney canceled the marathon for health/safety reasons, but allowed people to have their own virtual run instead.

Due to COVID-19, Jerry has "pretty much been under house arrest," according to his daughter Danielle. The family has attended the Sarasota Walk to Defeat ALS for the past two years, with groups of more than forty people. Unfortunately, that event went virtual this year as well, and they participated by doing a walk around the house.

But the pandemic didn't stop their group of supporters from continuing to show Jerry and his family how much they care.

On December 26, 2020, David will start the run at his house and end in Jerry's front yard with family members and friends riding motorcycles, bicycles, golf carts, and more. There will be several signs and people cheering along the way.

Choosing to raise money for The ALS Association Florida Chapter while running was something David chose to do independently. The Tomassos are a big, Italian family, originally from New Jersey. Each family member has contacted their several friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. to raise money for ALS. They have created email campaigns, Facebook fundraisers, and called and texted everyone they know. As of December 8, 2020, over $22,000 was raised. They have a goal of $26,200 - and with your support - they can not only reach it, but exceed it!

Sending Love to Break The Isolation VIP America Home Health Referrals Launches 2nd Annual Love Notes & Roses Campaign

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Stuart– The professionals at VIP Home Health Referrals are urging Central Florida area residents and visitors to gather Valentine’s Day Love Notes and Roses for seniors and veterans.

“Valentine’s Day should be a special day for everyone especially during what for many has been a time of isolation and loneliness. That’s why we are asking area churches, schools, businesses, senior centers, and many others to send love notes and gather roses for seniors and veterans,” said Jill Ball, President, VIP America.

This is the Second Annual VIP Roses & Love Notes campaign organized and implemented by VIP America Home Health Referrals. The First Annual VIP Roses & Love Notes was an overwhelming success prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a proven fact that isolationism is having a devastating impact on those who have been cut off from not only their loved ones but people from the outside world. Isolationism leads to loneliness and depression. Many of our seniors and veterans need the emotional and spiritual boost a caring note, Valentine’s Card or even a simple rose can have on their lives as we continue to live under the COVID-19 cloud,” said Ball.

VIP America will make sure their staff of professionals deliver your loving messages directly to seniors and veterans who otherwise may not get a little reminder they are loved on Valentine’s Day. If deliveries of Love Notes and Roses exceed the number of seniors receiving care by VIP America, the home health referral professionals will share your love with senior care and veterans’ organizations throughout the region.

“We thought it appropriate to take the lead in this special project because seniors should be everyone’s special VIP’s – Very Important People – no matter where you live in southeast Florida,” said Ball.

If your church, school, business, or organization cannot take part in the VIP Love Notes and Roses campaign there are other ways you can help bring hope and caring compassion to our seasoned residents.
• Have flowers delivered, or deliver them yourself if you live nearby to a senior citizen or veteran
• If your loved one has old letters from the love of their life, dust them off and read them together
• A special treat is even sweeter when it’s shared, so sit awhile and share something yummy
• Get the kids involved – seniors love homemade valentines, even better if they include a recent photo
• Share a special breakfast or lunch and stories of a loved who one has shown they love you
• Frame an old photo of you with your senior, include a card about how much they mean to you – this can be extra special if your loved one is quarantined in a home or senior facility
• Continue a tradition they may have shared with their late spouse – make it a new tradition
• Just be there for them! Your time and presence can add happiness to a day that may have otherwise been lonely

“These are simple but effective ways to let our senior citizens, or anyone, know they are important and loved on Valentine’s Day. Let’s all work together to bring hope that we all will soon be out from under the COVID-19 cloud, ” concluded Ball.

About VIP America
VIP America Home Health Referrals is premier southwest, central and southeastern Florida regional company that offers caregiver registry for home care services through the provision of innovative solutions in each community we serve. VIP America delivers on its core values and embraces the commitment of "people helping people stay independent" by compassionately and skillfully servicing clients and caregivers at their point of need.

You may contact VIP America by visiting their website at www.vipamerica.com. Please contact our Stuart office at 2500 South Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 3499, Phone: (772) 220- 6005 for a confidential conversation about your or a loved-one’s home health care needs.

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Writing A Business Plan- February 23, 2021

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Congratulations on your decision to open a small business or change your existing one! Now you must take the step of putting your thoughts down on paper. In doing so, your business idea is now expressed as a plan - a living document that outlines every critical aspect of its operation.

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Al Sammartino 2021 President of The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast

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The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast is pleased to announce our new club President Mr. Al Sammartino. Past President, Tom Maher recently passed the duties to Sammartino and praised him on his ongoing efforts and support for the Kiwanis mission and helping children throughout Indian River County.
Sammartino is a very familiar face on many community projects here in the county. As the leader of Kiwanis Youth in Action, established over 25 years ago, he coordinates engagement of hundreds of youth volunteers to assist community residents in need. Working with the high school Key Clubs, other youth and adult volunteers, and club members Sammartino responds to residents who need home repairs. These may include house painting, building ramps, and making other home hammer and nail repairs all at no cost to the residents. Additionally, Kiwanis Youth in Action helps to regularly clean Indian River County beaches. Last year they also painted rooms and built benches at the Environmental Learning Center. Maher says “if you want a job done well get Sammartino involved.” A few years back Sammartino and fellow Kiwanis member Richard Schlitt took youth and adult volunteers to Puerto Rico and rebuilt a pre-school for children. The list of Sammartino’s dedicated efforts to well serve Indian River County is long.
The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast looks forward to Sammartino’s leadership in 2021 and we welcome those who would like to learn more about Kiwanis to visit our website at www.verokiwanis.com. Join us in helping serve our youth and community.

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Martin County Tourism and Marketing Director Brings Creativity, Expertise to Southeast Tourism Society Board

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Stuart - Nerissa Okiye, Martin County Tourism and Marketing Director, has been elected to a two-year term on the board of the Southeast Tourism Society (STS), a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of tourism throughout the Southeast United States. Okiye, who has been with Martin County since November 2014, will serve through 2022. "I'm honored to serve with my colleagues on the board of the Southeast Tourism Society and work together to promote safe travel throughout the region," said Ms. Okiye.

The STS focuses on education, advocacy, recognition and networking. Advocacy is an important component of the Southeast Tourism Society and the agency develops an annual legislative agenda, creates informational guides, monitors federal legislation and keeps members informed about policy issues impacting tourism.

Ms. Okiye has a long history of launching successful advocacy campaigns to support local businesses in response to events that negatively impact travel and tourism. "Tourism is a vital component of the Martin County economy and can be a catalyst to help with our economic recovery," said Ms. Okiye. "We're proud to leverage funds, work with industry partners, travel news and industry sites, trade publications and influencers to help local businesses rebound," she continued.

Under the direction of Ms. Okiye, the office was named Tourism Office of the Year in 2016, by the STS. And in subsequent years, several advocacy campaigns were recognized by the STS with Best Marketing Shining Example Awards, a Bronze Flagler Award and a coveted Best of Show Flagler Trophy, showing strong dedication to local businesses and an excellence in Florida tourism marketing.

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Corps Awards Contract for Maintenance Dredging of the Okeechobee Waterway

20 Dec Waterway

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, awarded a contract for maintenance dredging of the Okeechobee Waterway in sections of the St. Lucie River in Martin County. Work is expected to begin in early 2021.

The Corps awarded the Okeechobee Waterway, Reach 3 and 4 on the St. Lucie River, Maintenance Dredging Project contract on December 8, 2020 for $3,082,230 to Cavache, Inc., of Pompano Beach, Florida. This contract was a set-aside for Small Businesses.

The project work consists of dredging shoal material from Reaches 3 and 4 of the Okeechobee Waterway in Martin County, Florida, to an 8-foot depth plus 1-foot allowable over depth. The project will begin 1.6 miles east of the US1 Highway/Roosevelt Bridge and continue westward along the St. Lucie River and the St. Lucie Canal to the I-95 Bridge. A cutter suction dredge will perform the work, and the dredged material will be piped and placed in an existing upland Dredge Material Management Area (DMMA) O-7, located on the northwest side of the St. Lucie Lock and Dam. Additional work includes clearing vegetation for the dredge pipeline corridor, turbidity monitoring, endangered species monitoring, and other related work.

“This maintenance dredging project will help ensure safe navigation for those utilizing the Okeechobee Waterway from the St. Lucie Lock and Dam all the way through to the St. Lucie River east of the U.S. 1 Bridge,” said Senior Project Manager Shelley Trulock. “Boaters should exercise caution when traveling through the project area, since there will be a dredge, at least 1 booster barge and associated pipeline within the Okeechobee Waterway.

Work on this project is expected to begin in early 2021 and be complete no later than July 2021.

For more information on this Okeechobee Waterway maintenance dredging contract, visit:
• https://beta.sam.gov/opp/c14602126c5446bca0db08d8ddbd4e9b/view?keywords=w912ep21c0003&sort=-relevance&index=&is_active=true&page=1
• https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/2449744/corps-awards-contract-for-maintenance-dredging-of-the-okeechobee-waterway/

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Availability of Additional Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Funds

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Due to FWC's Derelict Vessel Grant Program having several projects completed for less than the anticipated amounts awarded, the program is announcing the addition of $24,069.00 available for DV Removal Application(s) submitted by city or County Governments. If you have a removal grant application ready to submit and this additional funding will support your anticipated project, please immediately submit your application to Phil.Horning@MyFWC.com for consideration. As these funds are being awarded on a First Come / First Served basis, the additional funds will be awarded to the first received eligible application(s) until funding has been exhausted.

Please contact Phil Horning at 850-617-9540 for any questions pertaining to this application process.

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GL Homes/Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County

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Article by Sarah Alsofrom and Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

Old St. Nick delivered an early present to the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County. Just in time for the holidays, GL Homes donated a professional-quality playground with all the bells and whistles including two slides, a mini rock climbing wall and shade structures.

The Boys & Girls Clubs Ken Pruitt Unit in Port St. Lucie hosted a socially-distanced, outdoor ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of this $50,000 project. The project was a labor of love, which took 10 months and 100 hours to design, develop and build.

“A playground is a special place to create happy memories and provide a sense of normalcy for our children. Never has that been more important than during this pandemic when physical activity is limited and our lives upended,” commented Vice President of St. Lucie Division for GL Homes Ryan Courson.

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In Photo - Cooper Price and Penelope Price

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In Photo - Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Will Armstead cuts the ribbon to the new GL Homes playground.

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In Photo - The GL Homes team front row: Chris Heelan, Joe Stein, Brett Ashley, Charlie Saenz, Cooper Price with Penelope Price and Azlina Siegel. Top row—Lucas Cuartas, Sarah Alsofrom and Ryan Courson

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In Photo - Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County CEO Will Armstead, Cooper Price, GL Homes Director of Community Relations Sarah Alsofrom and Vice President of St. Lucie Division for GL Homes Ryan Courson

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In Photo - Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County CEO Will Armstead and Vice President of St. Lucie Division for GL Homes Ryan Courson

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In Photo - Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County CEO Will Armstead, St. Lucie County Commissioner Linda Bartz and Vice President of St. Lucie Division for GL Homes Ryan Courson

4Kids, Inc. Launch of Care Portal with Community Partners

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In Photo: 4Kids, Inc. President Kevin Enders with Carol DeLoach and Christina Kaiser

Article by: Michael Keen
Photos by: MaryAnn Ketcham

We face a crisis in our nation. It’s not a new crisis but one which currently affects millions of families. Over 4 million children and millions of adults are touched by Child Welfare each year. With more than 400,000 children in foster care, our nation is experiencing the collapse of the nuclear family. This is very significant because society is healthiest when it is built upon and sustained by strong families. The causes of the “Foster Care Crisis” are numerous. Families struggling with substance abuse, major mental health concerns such as intense depression, or domestic violence are the most common sources of abuse and neglect allegations. When determined to be true, often situations warrant children being removed from their dangerous situations into loving foster homes where they will be nurtured, cared for, and cherished. But what about the children who have to be displaced because of poverty, or because their parents were just under resourced? Certainly, a percentage of those 4 million children in

Child Welfare and 400,000 in foster care could have been help by simply having their resource needs known and met by their community at the right time.

It is with great enthusiasm that 4KIDS, in collaboration with many other child welfare organizations, churches, and ministries, is leading a new initiative geared towards the prevention of child being removed from their families, when they can safely remain in the homes and preservation of the families in crisis. In partnership with The Global Orphan Project, 4KIDS is now the implementing organization of CarePortal, a technology platform which connects child welfare agencies to the Christian community with the objective of meeting the needs of families and children to enable them to stay safely at home.

Last week, CarePortal was launched across the 6 counties that 4KIDS serves: Broward, Palm Beach, and the Treasure Coast, which is comprised of Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Indian River Counties. The launch events, in Broward on 11/30/2020 and in Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast on 12/3/2020, were a major success and a huge step forward in the direction of reversing the “Foster Care Crisis”. With more than 75 people representing 4 Child Welfare agencies and over 25 churches in attendance, CarePortal is already exceeding expectations in gaining widespread attention.

At the Treasure Coast launch event, held at Keiser University in Port St. Lucie, a representative each of the collaborating partners including the Florida Department of Children and Families, Communities Connected for Kids, 4KIDS, and a local church – Westside Church, shared about their vision to use CarePortal in cooperation with other partners to transform the futures of children and their families. Communities Connected for Kids entered the first requests into the CarePortal platform which ensured that 2 children stayed safely at home with appropriate sleeping arrangements. Calvary Chapel Port St Lucie subsequently responded to the request, committing to meet the needs of each family in St. Lucie County, thus putting the system to its intended use. The right resource, meeting the right need, at the right time.

CarePortal is bridging the gap in our communities so that children and families in crisis; our neighbors, will no longer go unnoticed and be without support. If you are interested in knowing more about how you can be involved in CarePortal, please follow the link https://www.4KIDS.us/CarePortal or email us at CarePortal@4KIDS.us.

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In Photo: Pastor Ames Pittman, Westside Church

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In Photo: Bob McPartlan, DCF

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In Photo: Mat John, 4Kids, Inc. of the TC

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In Photo: Carol DeLoach, Communities Connected for Kids

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In Photo: Event participants and community partners

HONOR FLIGHT & POW-MIA-OREE TO HOST SPORTING CLAYS FUNDRAISER

Southeast Florida Honor Flight

Stuart - Southeast Florida Honor Flight and POW-MIA-OREE are partnering to host Pull! For Our Veterans Sporting Clays Tournament on February 27, 2021 at the South Florida Shooting Club in Palm City, FL. Sponsorships and shooter support for this event will help raise funds for both organizations to honor veterans. Southeast Florida Honor Flight pays tribute to living WWII, Korean & Vietnam War veterans by flying them to their memorials in Washington, DC, while POW-MIA-OREE remembers veterans who have passed by marking their gravestones with a special coin and a live reading.

The overall Event Sponsor is Shamsher Singh, MD who has lovingly dedicated the event to Vietnam War veteran John Knox Bailey, late husband of current Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson. Many other levels of sponsorship are available for this outdoor event.

The tournament will begin at 8:00AM at 500 SW Long Drive, Palm City, with a light breakfast and registration. There will be a safety briefing at 8:45AM and a shotgun start at 9:00AM. BBQ lunch, raffles, silent auction and awards to follow.

The Sporting Clays Tournament is currently open to shooter registration and sponsorships which can both be found at www.honorflightsefl.org/events. Teams or individual shooters can register now through January 15th at the cost of $150 per shooter. After January 15th, the entry fee will be $175 per shooter. Shooter registration includes: light breakfast, BBQ lunch, ammo, targets, cart per four-person team and ear protection. Shotguns are available for rent at the club. First 75 registrants will receive a goody bag.

The tournament is proud to have a $10,000 event sponsor, generously given by Shamsher Singh, MD. Many other sponsorships are available, such as Grand, Station, Lunch, Cart, Breakfast, Beverage, Vendor and Course Sponsorships, all available for sign up at www.honorflightsefl.org/events

or for more information, please call 561.329.3877 or email info@honorflightsefl.org.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight's mission is to fly local WWII, Korean & Vietnam War veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices. An Honor Flight is a day honoring local veterans with the appreciation, honor and welcome home most never received. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is a 501c3, 100% volunteer organization based in Stuart, FL, serving Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach and Okeechobee counties. All funds raised go to supporting four Honor Flights per year and to ensure that every veteran flies absolutely free of charge.

The mission of the POW-MIA-OREE is to show respect to veterans and their families, for the sacrifices made supporting the American way of life. POW-MIA-OREE annually live reads the names of the veterans interred in our National Cemeteries and places a Custom Challenge Coin on the headstones of those interred for their families (as a keepsake) in support of National POW-MIA Remembrance Day because "No Soldier Should Ever Be Forgotten". POW-MIA-OREE, Corp. is a registered 501c3 organization based in Palm Beach, FL, that covers most of the National Cemeteries in the state of Florida, with eyes on covering the nation. All funds raised support the annual live reading service events and the growth of the program to every National Cemetery, with the goal that one day, "No Soldier Will Ever Be Forgotten".

Both organizations are eager to get back to honoring veterans after their 2020 and Spring 2021 events were cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus. The next scheduled Honor Flights for Southeast Florida Honor Flight out of PBIA will be in the Fall of 2021—dates to be determined. The next scheduled POW-MIA-OREE event is scheduled for September 11, 2021 at the South Florida National Cemetery.

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A Passion Becomes a Career

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Photos by: Jacqueline Kenney

Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Culinary Training Academy is job training for a new future

Natasha Morrison’s joy is serving people and putting smiles on their faces. She experienced that joy with each plate she filled for guests at a recent event hosted by Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Culinary Training Academy. Now in the final weeks of her training, Morrison also is joyful about her path to a more abundant future.

“My dad was a chef. He could cook anything,” she said, adding that he passed away before she could learn everything about the business from him. “I am trying to walk in his footsteps and carry on his passion for food.”

After her hours as a flight attendant were cut this year, she decided the time right to hone her skills for the career she’s passionate about. Morrison and her cohorts are just the most recent group of students in the job training program that is changing lives on the Treasure Coast.

“For people like Natasha with a passion for the culinary arts, our Culinary Training Academy gives them the knowledge to turn a passion into a career,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Food service and hospitality are some of the most in-demand job opportunities on the Treasure Coast, and this program prepares people to run food operations such as catering, banquet halls or hotels.”

The comprehensive course covers a range of topics. In addition to learning principles of cooking and how to prepare stocks, soups and sauces, students learn how to work the front and back of the house, and meet customer needs. The course also includes essential employment skills such as writing a resume, mock interviews, teamwork, and time management.

Students in the program get hands-on experience preparing food and serving guests for TCFB events and other private catered events.

“For someone who does not know what direction their life is going, this program would be awesome,” Morrison said.

The next session begins on Jan. 11, 2020. Classes are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Deadline to apply is Jan. 8, 2020. For more information or to apply, visit stophunger.org/culinary-training-academy/. Interested in observing a class? Contact Chef Leslie Moyers directly at 772-446-1802.

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Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization Receives National Recognition, Award

Stuart - The Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) recently announced at their national conference that the Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) won the Award for Outstanding Overall Achievement for a Small Transportation Management Area MPO. The award recognized the collaborative effort between the public and private sectors in the development of the first stand-alone Martin County Freight & Goods Movement Plan.

Transportation freight mobility is critical to the economic success of all communities - large and small. Stores and restaurants need to be stocked appropriately, small manufacturers need to get raw materials and local businesses need to receive packages, office supplies and other goods. The collaboration on the Freight & Goods Movement Plan shows how the private and public sectors can come together and inspire and educate the community about the importance of goods movement and the critical role that trucking plays in their lives.

Working to coordinate the improvement of transportation in Martin County, Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization staff monitors and evaluates existing conditions, facilitates public input opportunities and develops and implements improvement strategies.

"We're proud of the work we're doing to improve trade and transportation logistics and promote economic development in Martin County," said Beth Beltran, MPO Administrator. "This award recognizes our agency's commitment to efficient and reliable mobility throughout Martin County," she continued.

To learn more about the Martin MPO and their projects, including the plans and ways to get involved, visit www.martinmpo.com. Visit www.martin.fl.us, Martin County's online resource for services, news and information, and connect with us on social media. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

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Derecktor Ft. Pierce Receives Army Corps Approval, Clearing Significant Hurdle

20 Oct Fort Pierce Boat

Fort Pierce – Plans to convert the nearly 100-year-old Port of Fort Pierce into a full-service repair and refit facility for the global fleet of megayachts are moving ahead at full speed.

After 11 months of review, the engineering and plans for Derecktor Ft. Pierce’s new haul-out basin have been officially approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, paving way for construction to commence once the City of Fort Pierce Building Department gives its final approval.

“Securing a permit from the U.S. Army Corps was no easy feat, especially during a global pandemic, as it required review from several different departments,” Justin Beard, marketing manager for Derecktor Shipyards, said. “The haul-out basin is a critical piece of infrastructure at Derecktor Ft. Pierce and it will allow us to lift vessels up to 250 feet in length with our 1,500-ton mobile boat hoist.”

The haul-out basin measures 220 feet in length and 50 feet wide, comparative in size to one of the two concrete silos located adjacent to the Derecktor facility at the Port of Fort Pierce. Existing upland will be excavated from the concrete pier making way for 288 auger cast piles needed to support the relieving platform surrounding the perimeter of the haul-out basin.

Construction includes the installation of an intricate system of tiebacks, whalers and sheet pile, all of which will support the 1,500-ton lift under a full load of approximately 4.5 million pounds - or roughly the same weight as a fully fueled space shuttle preparing for launch.

“An extensive amount of engineering and logistics have gone into this project, and we’re looking forward to breaking ground,” Beard said. “Once construction of the haul-out basin begins, it will take 4 to 5 months to complete, so it won’t be long until the shipyard is able to service large yachts on the hard.”

The 1,500-ton mobile boat hoist will be shipped from Northern Italy to Port Everglades later this year and will be delivered to Fort Pierce by barge. Assembly of the massive machine will take 6 to 8 weeks to complete. Standing 85 feet tall, 75 feet wide and 120 feet long, the lift will be nearly as tall as Fort Pierce’s South Causeway and as wide as a six-lane highway.

Founded in 1947, Derecktor Shipyards has since become a worldwide leader for excellence in the construction, repair and refit of yachts, commercial and military vessels. Today, four Derecktor facilities span the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. from Maine to South Florida, offering vessel owners and operators everything from marina space to megayacht construction. For more information about Derecktor Shipyards, visit www.derecktor.com, email jbeard@derecktor.com or call 772-595-9326.

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Eggplant for Your Fall Garden

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Article by: Pinder's Nursery
Eggplant is ready to add to your garden! We have them in 1-gallon containers and they look great. We have two varieties that we’re excited about. You’ll find a classic eggplant variety, similar to what you find in the grocery store in Black Beauty. The eggplant grows to about 4″-5″ long and is a dark purplish-black. The plant itself tops off at around 24″ tall. We also have an eggplant called Orient Charm that grows in a light lavender to light purple hue. It’s longer and thinner than the classic sort. Both varieties do excellent in our Martin and St. Lucie County gardens.

Eggplant likes warm weather, and is happy not to be planted in the middle of a scorching Summer season. Now’s the time for Eggplant to shine and as you know, it is a shiny, beautiful plant to grow and there are so many hearty recipes that make eggplant the star. We grow ours on-site and carry the two varieties mentioned here and though they look different, the taste is very similar.

Here’s the recipe for growing delicious eggplant in your home garden:

Find a sunny spot that receives at least 7 – 8 hours of sunlight each day.

Use Marvin’s Magic Mix to amend your current soil because Eggplant will grow best in soil with good drainage.

Plant your Eggplant starts around at least 2′ apart.

Water them in well after planting. Don’t overwater Eggplant. They don’t need as much water as a tomato plant, for instance.

When the fruits begin to show on the plant, you may need to add stakes to keep the plants from falling.

When it comes to pests, Eggplants are pretty safe from them, though you’ll want to watch for aphids and mealy bugs. If you find any of these pests, use neem oil to treat them.

Harvest the fruit when they are plump and shiny. Even though they will look very beautiful in the garden, you will want to bring them in to eat!

Clean them and prepare them for Eggplant Parm or Baba Ganoush or brush them with oil for grilling. Is this making you hungry?

We have Eggplants in stock and ready for planting. Ian recommends a slow release granular fertilizer like 18-6-12 and occasionally a balanced 20 liquid feed.

If you have any additional questions about eggplant or other edibles, ask us!

Baby Boomers Buying More Online

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced consumers to change many habits, including how they shop. This is particularly true for baby boomers (ages 56 to 74). Nearly half (45%) said they shop online more, with some product categories seeing a large shift in online purchases. Content in this material is for general information only and not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. All indices are unmanaged and may not be invested into directly.

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BIKE ACCIDENTS IN THE AGE OF COVID

Article Courtesy of Chuck Geary Esq.

In the age of COVID 19, cycling has become a social distancing sport of choice. People are purchasing bicycles more than ever and bike shops are having trouble keeping up with the demand. Many new cyclists have hit the streets and unfortunately, we are seeing a rise in cycling accidents.

Our firm handles all kinds of accidents and injury cases including bicycle accidents. Firm attorney, Charles Geary (“Chuck”) is a lifelong cyclist who has personally seen his share of accidents and has even been in a few cycling accidents himself.

Chuck has the following tips for fellow cyclists who become involved in a bicycle accident:

• CALL 911 AND GET HELP FOR ALL INJURED PEOPLE
• GATHER ALL THE INFORMATION YOU CAN AND WRITE IT DOWN AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT
• TAKE PICTURES OF THE ENTIRE ACCIDENT SCENE INCLUDING ALL INJURIES, ALL VEHICLES AND ALL BICYCLES
• TAKE PICTURES OF RELEVANT STREET SIGNS AND SKID MARKS
• DRAW A DIAGRAM OF THE ACCIDENT SCENE
• GET NAMES AND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ALL WITNESSES
• DO NOT DISCUSS THE ACCIDENT WITH ANYONE EXCEPT THE POLICE OFFICER
• DO NOT TAKE ANY BLAME OR FAULT
• PRESERVE ALL EVIDENCE, INCLUDING THE BICYCLE AND HELMET AND CLOTHING
• CALL OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

It is important to call us as soon as possible because we can assist you with preserving your rights and with preserving the evidence for your case. Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith, PLLC can employ private investigators who will quickly and thoroughly investigate the scene and interview witnesses on your behalf. They can take pictures of any skid marks and all vehicles involved. It is crucial to do these things immediately after the accident. You will not be charged these costs unless and until we recover compensation for you.

Remember that it is a good idea to always wear personal identification and medical information (on your person) so that you can be identified and cared for in the event you are injured while riding solo.

The firm of Lesser Lesser Landy and Smith, PLLC has over 92 years of experience in handling accident cases. Feel Free to call any time (at no cost) to discuss your cycling accident with Chuck at 772-283-6839. We take phone calls “24/7”.

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Officials Hopeful Initiatives Improve Experience for Prospective Foster Parents

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Port St. Lucie - Several changes are in store for Florida's foster-care system, including systems to improve access to resources among caregivers and a centralized hotline number to make it easier for prospective foster parents to get information.

Those systems will be available from an online hub set up on the state's MyFloridaMyFamily website. The hub was established in partnership with the governor's Faith and Community Based Initiative, the Department of Children and Families and local Community Based Care agencies, like CCKids.

They include Aunt Bertha, a 211-type program that makes it easier for families to access mental health and other services, and CarePortal, which connects families being served through the child-welfare system of care to a network of faith-based donors in the community.

Most recently, the website began directing interested visitors to the newly-established Florida’s Foster Information Center, a hotline staffed with current or former foster parents who answer callers’ questions based on their own experiences and provide information about fostering.

CCKids' Licensing and Caregiver Support Coordinator Jerra Wisecup is the local contact for hotline calls and has received four calls this week from people interested in learning more about foster care.

"Instead of being left to surf the Internet alone - and trying to find the correct local agency to begin the process - prospective foster parents are given one central telephone number," Wisecup said. "They make a human connection with someone who knows the road they're about to travel, and they are directly connected to an agency point of contact assigned to help them begin the journey."

Wisecup, like most child-welfare professionals, hope the centralized hotline and a more organized network of community resources and services will help draw more people into foster care and adoption.

There are 22,781 children in Florida's foster-care system. About 250 of them live in Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast.

If you are interested in learning more about foster parenting, call Florida's Foster Information Center toll-free at 1-833-678-3735, or 1-83-FosterFL.

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7 Best Image Editing Tools to Use for Your Photos

20 May Editing Tools

A picture can be priceless when it comes to storytelling. It allows us to “show” instead of “tell” and it also allows us to express ourselves differently.

I am a sucker for compelling images, and I’m not ashamed to admit that. I will flip through a book with an interesting cover, read magazine articles because the photos caught my eye and clicked through to read a blog post because of the photo I see on a Facebook ad.

I can say, with conviction, that none of the images that compelled me to act in some way either by picking up a magazine or clicking through to an article, came straight from a camera without being edited in some way. Even with perfect lighting conditions, high-quality photography equipment, and cooperative subjects, a photo may still warrant an adjustment.

Every photo I post on social media or in a blog post has been edited prior to its publication. Using the proper tools have helped me manipulate an image in order to achieve the full effect. This post will introduce you to my top “go to” photography editing apps that will help you optimize an image like a rock star. Editing can only do so much. You should be starting with a photo that already has “good bones.” Some things to be mindful of are using lighting effectively, eliminating unnecessary clutter around the subject of your photo and making sure your image is in focus. This helps ensure that your rough draft prior to editing is already a strong start.
Below are several FREE options to get you started!

Snapseed,VSCO,Enlight,PS Express,Canva,Adobe Spark Post,eZy Watermark