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Catch The Wave of Hope Helps Educate Area Nonprofits

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In Photo: Brandon Battle, Case Manager, Boys & Girls Clubs of MC Indiantown Club; Sarah Henry, Community Development Director of CTWH and Patricia Brown, 21st Century Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of MC Indiantown Club

Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos provided by Catch the Wave of Hope
Catch the Wave of Hope (CTWH), the 501(c)(3) with the mission to prevent the sex trafficking of children through awareness, education, restoration and legislation, was honored by Kiwanis Club of Stuart as its September nonprofit of the month.

Sarah Henry, Community Development Director of CTWH, gave a presentation on “Sex Trafficking 101”. She shared tools on how to identify, report and be aware of this heinous issue in Martin County and how members can safeguard themselves and their children. Henry also accepted a generous monetary donation from Kiwanis Club of Stuart.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County invited Catch the Wave of Hope to do a “Two-Minute Teach” to parents and families at student pickups. Henry talked about child exploitation and sex trafficking and distributed flyers and cards with a human trafficking hotline number and information on CWTH, its mission, vision, therapy services and how to protect their children.

Henry interacted with more than 100 families at the Hobe Sound, Port Salerno, Palm City and Indiantown Clubs.

Although most people are certain they know the telltale signs of sex trafficking, they’re often shocked when they are introduced to reality. Henry is available to speak to groups of any size and age to share the information and tips that Catch the Wave of Hope has amassed. Contact her at www.catchthewaveofhope.org.

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In Photo: Cher Fisher, president of Kiwanis Club of Stuart and Sarah Henry, Community Development Director of CTWH

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In Photo: Sarah Henry, Community Development Director of CTWH and Janice Brady, Publicity Chair of Kiwanis Club of Stuart

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In Photo: Vivian Nguyen, Clinical Social Work Intern, Social Services Specialist for Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County and Sarah Henry, Community Development Director of CTWH

Family Promise Bed Race Puts the FUN in Fundraisers

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In Photo: First United Methodist Team in 2021 Bed Race

Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos by: Family Promise of Martin County
The mission of Family Promise of Martin County is a serious one. The non-profit, interfaith hospitality network provides temporary assistance, hospitality and case management to families with children who are experiencing homelessness, which currently affects an increasing number of residents in the county.
But that doesn’t mean that the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser isn’t a roll-in-the-aisles riot.
The third annual Family Promise of Martin County Bed Races is set for Saturday, October 22 at First United Methodist Church of Stuart, located at 1500 South Kanner Highway, Stuart.
The day kicks off with registration from 9-10 a.m., bed judging from 10-10:30 a.m., a fun-filled parade of beds from 10:30-10:45 a.m., race heats starting at 11 a.m. and a closing ceremony at 1:00 p.m.

Five-person teams will race against each other in home-made beds, barreling down the paved roads at First United Methodist. Each winning team will go on to the next heat, until one eventual winning bed is victorious. Participants must be 12 years or older.
There will be fun activities for the kiddos: bounce houses, food truck, pumpkin patch, as well as a silent auction for the adults
Awards for:
• Fastest Bed (overall and by category)
• Best Overall Theme
• Best Construction and Design
• People’s Choice
• Highest Fundraising Merit Award

Have fun and get creative: build your own entry from top to bottom. Easy-to-follow directions and specs are included in the registration packet.
Team entry fee is $150, which includes an event t-shirt for each person on the team. Additionally, it is suggested that each team member raise $150 to benefit Family Promise of Martin County.
Entry deadline is Friday, October 7 and space is limited.
Sponsorships are available at $500, $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000 levels.

More than 600 school age children in Martin County are registered as homeless or in unstable housing, such as couch surfing or staying with a family member temporarily. Guests of Family Promise of Martin County arrive after living in a car or recently evicted from their homes.

Proceeds from the Bed Race Fundraiser are used to help provide shelter and housing for children and their families in the community and also enables the nonprofit to provide counseling and education for parents to gain skills necessary to create long-term stability for their families. Additionally, funding helps supplement rent payment, or provides first/last/security fees as our guests move into housing of their own.

Family Promise is a national organization and the only shelter in Martin County that keeps families together. Dollars raised in Martin County stay in Martin County. For more information, visit www.mcfamilypromise.org.

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In Photo: House of Hope Team in 2021 Bed Race

Faster, Easier, and More Convenient! ONLINE PAYMENTS for AMBULANCE BILLS

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Visit Tax Collector’s office https://govhub.com/fl-martin/fl-martin or
Martin County Fire Rescue https://govhub.com/fl-martin/fire-rescue

Support Your Local Firefighters by Making a Prompt Payment
E-Checks are FREE.
We accept all types of credit/debit cards, samsung pay, apple pay, google pay; however, the credit card vendor receives a 2.5% convenience fee which we get no part of.
Ruth Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector, is proud to offer ambulance payments online NOW! Visit our GOV HUB by clicking on the red payment button on the home page of our website. For information call (772) 419-4543 or (772) 288-5740

4th Annual Fall Flavors to Benefit the Treasure Coast Food Bank

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In Photo: The Winners- Little Jim's & Side Door- Carlyssa White, Brandon Gonzalez, Terrence Williams, Shane Avery, Christy Steinmeier, Donna Qvarnstrom and Dwayne Buchholz

Article & Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham
Fort Pierce - Now in its 4th year, the Fall Flavors & Beer Pairing event benefiting the Treasure Coast Food Bank drew a swarm of participants to the taproom at Sailfish Brewing Company in downtown Fort Pierce.
An extravaganza of culinary and thirst-quenching delights, the event’s fundraising efforts will help provide 24,000 meals to those in need here on the Treasure Coast.
“This is a fun, unifying event amongst our friends at local breweries, wineries, cideries, and restaurants,” said Jera Jarvis, Event Coordinator at Sailfish. “We recognize the importance of all available Treasure Coast Food Bank programs.”

Attendees, tasked with selecting their favorite flavor combination from the following list of pairings, ultimately crowned one lucky pair as the “People’s Choice” winner!
Pierced Cideworks and 2nd Street Bistro
Hop Life Brewing Company and the Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Catering
American Icon Brewery and Importico’s Bakery Café
Islamorada Beer Company and Cobb’s Landing
Sour Sea Cow and Cobalt Restaurant
Walking Tree Brewery and The Cake Lady
Mash Monkeys Brewing Company and The Thirsty Turtle Seagrill
Pareidolia Brewing Company and Crabby’s Dockside
Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery and Sweet Smoke Southern Kitchen
State of Sunshine Brewing and the Fort Pierce Sailfish Kitchen
Sailfish Brewing and Sailfish Kitchen of Vero Beach
Side Door Brewing Company and Little Jim’s Bait & Tackle

And, the palate-pleasing combination of Side Door Brewing Company’s Mango Salsa Fruit Beer and Little Jim’s Bait & Tackle’s “Best F’in Arepa Ever” (birria beef, chicharrons, cheese and slaw arepa) walked away with bragging rights, at least until next year!

The increased food insecurity in our area and the need for programs from the TCFB, especially since the pandemic, has increased nearly 600%,” said Jarvis. “Thanks to all of the participants and attendees for helping our greater community.”
Visit StopHunger.org for more information or donate to the Treasure Coast Food Bank.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Chocolate, Champagne, and Chefs

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September, 2022 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Indian River County is pleased to announce its fourteenth annual Chocolate, Champagne and Chefs event to be held on Monday, October 24, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

The fundraiser, to be held at the Quail Valley River Club, promises to be both elegant and fun. This year the event will include a delicious plated dinner, Champagne and, of course, decadent chocolate dessert samples provided by prominent chefs from the Vero Beach area. The always popular and entertaining live auction is the highlight of the night with several exciting and creative ways to support Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Big Brother Big Sisters is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The Board and Staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters are proud to honor John & Lee Moore for their years of dedication and service to our agency and to all of the children of Indian River County.

Reservations for the event are $200.00 per person and all funds raised will support our one-to-one mentoring programs in Indian River County. If you’d like more information, or to purchase tickets for this event, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at (772) 466-8535, or visit their website www.bbbsbigs.org/events.

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Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector, proudly announces the Tax Collector office’s recent partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to offer “fast-track” intake services for new concealed weapons license applications and printing of renewal licenses on the spot. Both the fingerprinting and photo will be done on site to offer “one-stop fast-track” service.” The license is good for 7 years.

We serve any Florida resident from any Florida county, U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. (Does NOT include work permit status) No appointments are needed. Walk-ins are welcomed.

We place a high value on public service by providing our constituents with a better, more efficient, convenient, easier, and speedier service. We are strongly committed to finding the best ways to serve the public.

The main office at 3485 S.E. Willoughby Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994 and our Hobe Sound branch at 11734 S. E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33455 offer this service. For more information on our services visit our website: https://martintaxcollector.com or CONTACT US: 288-5600 OR #TAX

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Community Re-Build Scheduled October 11-16 at Jaycee Park on South Hutchinson Island, in Fort Pierce

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Fort Pierce - It's all hands-on deck October 11-16 in Fort Pierce as the community comes together to rebuild the children's playground at Fort Pierce's Jaycee Park.
The park brings in over 200,000 visitors every year, including local kids, parents, summer campers and field trips, as well as tourists visiting our beautiful beaches. The current playground was torn down last month, worn out from frequent use and weather, and the new playground will be the first all-access playground in Fort Pierce.

Designed with ideas from local third- and fourth-graders, the playground will be built by community volunteers, led by the Fort Pierce Kiwanis Club, in a week-long process, that will include more than 1.500 volunteers working in shifts between October 11-16.

The ADA-inclusive playground will feature 40 components, including a climbing rock wall, a conch shell tunnel, a giant pirate ship and even a zipline.
Organizers are still seeking volunteers, both novice and skilled, to help build the playground. Sign up at kidsparkatjayceepark.org. Church groups, sports teams, civic organizations are encouraged to sign up together!

For more Information contact: Sue-Ellen Sanders - 772-971-6868

New WPTV Newsroom Exhibit: Children Bringing You Breaking News and Weather

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Article by: Katie Makemson, Exhibit Designer / Photos by: MaryAnn Ketcham
On Sunday, September 4, 2022 The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast opened its newest exhibit; the WPTV Newsroom. News Anchors, Reporters, WPTV Production Staff and Museum Staff all joined together with their families for a delicious breakfast and ribbon cutting ceremony. The lights were on, the camera was ready, and the children were excited to be the first to report the breaking news.

The new News Room exhibit is proudly sponsored by WPTV News Station. With their support, The Children’s Museum was able to build a new creative space for children to learn about reporting breaking news and weather. The new exhibit features a green screen, production area, and headline wall. Visitors are able to select different backgrounds in the production area and learn how producers are able to cut in with breaking news. Then those who are not camera shy can report on stories or give the weather report in front of the green screen. Finally, the news continues as visitors write today’s headlines in a “Mad Libs” style magnet wall.

The purpose of this exhibit is to teach all the roles of producing the local news; on and off camera. And hopefully spark an interest in a future career. Katie Makemson, Exhibit Designer with The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, “It’s been wonderful working on this partnership with WPTV, including News Anchor Ashleigh Walters. After taking a tour of the real WPTV station, I saw the importance of teaching all the behind the scenes action along with the stars on screen. My hopes are that one day in the future we see one of our visitors at the WPTV anchor desk.”

The Children’s Museum would not have been able to complete this exhibit without the help from All About Achieving. Chris Kearns, aka “Washer”, was instrumental in taking ideas above and beyond and creating a more immersive exhibit. We are grateful for his help!

The Museum strives to keep the Children’s Museum evolving and relevant. The Museum continues to grow and flourish each year and we are excited about the exhibits still to come. If you would like to participate or would like more information about future projects on the horizon, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson, Project Manager at 772-225-7575 ext. 205. We look forward to seeing you playing and learning at the Children’s Museum.

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The Do’s and Don’ts Of Getting Raided By The FBI

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The prospect of a visit or raid from law enforcement officials can strike terror in the hearts of even the most battle-scarred business owners. The fact is that local police officers or agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) can come calling at any time. They may or may not have a search or arrest warrant in hand. They could land on your doorstep to search your home or business, make an arrest or simply chat with you. Or they may approach you on the street.

What should you do to protect yourself and your business in these circumstances? Here is a succinct overview of what to expect on the day that the FBI comes knocking at your door and ten (10) specific do’s and don’ts to keep you out of trouble.

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The FBI has federal jurisdiction as an agency under the United States Department of Justice to investigate federal crimes including white collar crime, terrorism, cybercrime, organized crime, weapons of mass destruction amongst others and, as a result, has broad investigatory powers. If the FBI believes there is probable cause, they must first present it to a judge, who will then decide if there is sufficient information to issue a search warrant. Only after a judge decides there is probable cause will a search warrant be issued that narrowly describes the place to be searched and the persons or things that may be legally seized. Any search that takes place outside the description contained in the search warrant may be deemed illegal.

A valid description of the areas and items to be searched needs to be quite specific. A warrant will typically provide information about (i) location of business and offices to be searched; (ii) specifics of any vehicles to be searched; (iii) information concerning cabinets, containers or storage units to be searched; or (iv) the IP addresses of specific computers to be searched.

How to React in the Face of an FBI Raid?

Here are ten (10) specific steps to take (or not take) in the face of an FBI raid:

Find out who is at the door and ask for identification and a copy of the search warrant. You have the right to confirm the identities of the agents at the door by requesting to see their credentials. Ask to see the search warrant and agents’ badges. Every FBI agent is required to carry an FBI badge and photo identification.
If the FBI agents have proper identification and a legally authorized search warrant, you are obligated by law to allow them to search within the specific parameters of the search warrant.
Read the search warrant to confirm what the FBI agents are looking for and where they are permitted to search. It will be important for you to confirm that the FBI agents are not overstepping their bounds and what the search warrant allows them to do.
Immediately contact your lawyer. During an FBI raid and any criminal investigation that follows, you have a constitutional right to counsel. You can request that the FBI agents wait until your lawyer arrives if the wait does not unreasonably delay the search.
If the FBI agents lack a search warrant and simply ask for permission to enter or search your business, you have a right to refuse entry. Voluntarily allowing FBI agents into your business when they do not have a search warrant increases your exposure for criminal charges or investigation. Under these circumstances, step away from your business and close the door behind you while you identify the FBI agents and the reasons for their visit.
Do not communicate with the FBI agents beyond the logistics of their search as outlined above without your lawyer present. You have an absolute right to refuse to speak with the FBI agents without your lawyer present.
Remember that the phrase “anything you say, can and will be used against you” applies whether or not you are under arrest.
Remain calm and respectful when interacting with the FBI. Do not attempt to take the law into your own hands when faced with an FBI raid as it will not end well for you. Keep your hands visible at all times and avoid sudden movements or taking any actions that could escalate into an altercation.
Take photos after the FBI raid is over and all of the FBI agents have left in order to show the exact location of pieces of evidence and to demonstrate any discrepancies in the trial testimony of any FBI agent.
Under no circumstances should you do anything to interfere with the FBI agents and their search because doing so may result in a charge of obstruction of justice.

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It's Peak Hurricane Season in Florida. What You Need to Know About Driving Around After a Storm

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We can all hope that a hurricane never hits us. Unfortunately, the threat is real, so it is best to be prepared. After a storm, the best thing to do is stay home. There are going to be down power lines, trees, and debris that may be hazardous if you are driving around. Additionally, areas could be flooded, which leads to dangerous situations.

If you see any puddles, try to avoid them. It is very difficult to tell how deep a puddle is, and you could get stuck in it. Not only could you be hurt by it, but the water could damage your car. The same goes for fallen tree limbs. Power lines may be stuck in tree limbs and electrocute you should you come in contact with them. So it's critical to be aware of these obstacles and avoid them.

Hurricanes also cause power outages, which means you may encounter traffic lights that aren't working if you're driving around. Treat intersections with non-working traffic lights as four-way stops.

Your best course of action is to stay home until things are cleared, but if you must leave your house, be careful, and remember these safety tips.
If you have any further questions, feel free to give us a call at Zweben Law Group.

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Party Time on Friday Night at the Stuart Air Show

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Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos by: Stuart Air Show

Before the jaw-dropping and eye-popping aerial activities and sleek aircraft take over at the Stuart Air Show on Saturday-Sunday, November 12-13, Friday night will be party time.

You can choose from two exciting events set for November 11, before the weekend’s action.

The Twilight and Fireworks Show is included in the general admission price: $25 through September 30, $30 from October 1-31 and $35 thereafter. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the show itself will start at around 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a beautiful, magical twilight performance against the setting sun, a spectacular fireworks presentation and – at the end – the infamous Wall of Fire to cap the night.

The Twilight and Fireworks Show is a very different experience from the day time shows and something you definitely won’t want to miss.

Some of the teams and aircraft that will be performing will be decorated with dazzling twinkling lights, flares, and fireworks. They include Aeroshell, Matt Younkin, Vertigo Airshows, All Veteran Group Jump Team and in a special appearance by one of the military jet teams.

Following the show, enjoy a rockin’ fun concert by the Rotorheads, performing on the White Claw Stage. Vendors and concessions will be open.

The TD Bank Dirty Flight Suit Party takes place in the VIP area at Witham Field and includes front row center seats from which to view the Friday Night Air Show and fireworks, buffet dinner, open bar and a meet and greet with show performers, sponsors, VIPS and pilots. The ideal location from which to watch the Rotorheads and access to air-conditioned bathrooms will add to your enjoyment.

Wondering where that name came from? Pilots and crew come to the party directly following their twilight performance, even if they’re sweaty or stained with grease. It’s a longstanding and fun tradition of the Stuart Air Show that kicks things off in supersonic style.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets to the TD Bank Dirty Flight Suit Party are $115 per person and include general admission to the Air Show that night. Children aged 5 and under are free.

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid, TD Bank is once again sponsoring this popular event. “We are proud to sponsor the TD Bank Dirty Flight Suit Party with the Stuart Air Show and their mission of supporting children, veterans, aviation and local civic organizations. At TD, our purpose is to enrich the lives of our customers, colleagues and communities in which we live play and work”, said Trisha Hawthorne, Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager of TD Bank.

After you’ve decided which of these lively events you’d like to attend, it’s easy to purchase your tickets at www.stuartairshow.com/tickets.

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Glow in the Dark Will Benefit Education Foundation of Martin County

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In Photo: EFMC board members and event attendees at 2021 tournament

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

What began as a 2020 fundraiser that could satisfy social distancing needs during the pandemic’s early stages while raising much-needed funds for one of the Treasure Coast’s most esteemed nonprofits has returned.

On Saturday, October 1, Glow in the Dark will take place at Hammock Creek Golf Club in Palm City to benefit Education Foundation of Martin County.

This fun-filled nine-hole golf tournament kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with registration and cocktails. A shotgun start with a scramble format will follow.
Scheduled ending time is 8:30 p.m.
Roaming beverage carts will dot the greens and food stations will be featured throughout the course, allowing players to stop for a bite in between holes.

Entry fee for individual golfers is $250 and premium team foursomes are $1,000. Love a great party but don’t want to golf? Consider purchasing a foursome for your favorite school or district level staff, becoming a sponsor, or registering as an attendee. Hacker attendee entrance is $100 per person and allows you to be part of the festivities as you eat and drink your way around the course in support of Martin County’s students and teachers.

All Martin County School Teachers of the Year will be on hand, sporting around in school spirit-themed carts. A cash grant will be awarded to the cart/team showing the most spirit. Help make it happen by purchasing a $250 cart sponsorship for your favorite school.

The winning foursome will take away a trophy and a complimentary golf foursome at one of our local premier courses. The last place team will also take home a one-of-a-kind prize.

A $10,000 Hole-in-One prize sponsored by MIDFLORIDA Credit Union is up for grabs.

Sponsorship opportunities costing from $250-$3,500 are available. Benefits vary and can include a premium team foursome, decorated golf carts, photo opps, event signage, social media posts, logo inclusion on the EFMC website and email news blasts and more

For information about Glow in the Dark or questions about sponsorships, visit www.EducationFoundationMC.org or contact Lisa Rhodes, Executive Director, at 772-600-8062 or LRhodes@EducationFoundationMC.org.

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Aanya New Fashion Boutique in Palm City

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Aanya means inexhaustible, limitless, and resurrected. It is the chosen name of Palm City’s new and only fashion boutique because owner Michelle Klemm always wanted a daughter to name Aanya. Instead, Michelle gave birth to her dream of offering style and fashion advice to women from sizes 0-22. Michelle made Palm City home in 2010 with her husband and two sons.

Michelle found the fashion choices on the Treasure Coast limited, and started researching designers, trends, and sourcing to fill this beautiful new boutique.
Featuring women’s contemporary luxury looks, Aanya’s Boutique carries the fashions of Frank Lyman, Seven for all Mankind Jeans, Chaser, Nouvelle, High Gorgeous, Hippie Beach Bum, Bululu, Grey Violet, Sofia, Fashion Nova, Moving Forward, Joseph Ribikoff, along with costume jewelry and accessories including shoes to match. She even is selling Homecoming dresses and will be doing sip and shop and girl night out events soon.

Aanya’s Boutique store hours:
Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday-Friday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday - Noon – 8 pm
1129 SW Martin Downs Boulevard, Palm City, FL 34990

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RUFS Foundation Fashion Show 2022 Was A Splash

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Article by: Terry Hughey / Photos by: MaryAnn Ketcham

In honor of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault here on the Treasure Coast, beautifully, talented models hit the runway raising their voices in fashion.

An evening of fashion with a full house of spectators enjoying fashion, food, music, fun, and our VIP vendors with their unique products.

Our four model categories included mini models, teen models, adult fashion models, and designer models along with our featured designer Lynn Moga owner of Allettante Bellezza Bridal and Designer Gowns.

Our judge panel was put to the test in selecting the top model for each category. One Hundred Percent of all proceeds from this fundraising event will directly impact the victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities.

Up next - RUFS 3rd. Annual Elegant, Saturday, November 26, 2022, at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center.

Tickets are now on sale at www.Rufsfoundation.com.

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Visionary School of Arts Mural Brightens Light of the World Dentistry Offices

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Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos by: VSOA
Do you suffer from dentophobia? Lots of people do: it’s fear of visiting the dentist.
Now imagine that you’re eight or nine years old – maybe older. You’ve never been to a dental office – probably never even heard of one. Your teeth and gums hurt so much that you can’t even eat. Maybe they’re so diseased that they even make you ill.
One day, you find yourself at Little Lights Dentistry in Stuart. There are strange people in uniforms with tools you’ve never seen, telling you to do things in a language you may not understand. You’re petrified.
That was the situation facing the multi-lingual staff at Light of the World Charities (LOTW), the nonprofit under which Little Lights Dentistry operates, providing free dental care for uninsured, low-income children living on the Treasure Coast from their first birthdays through high school graduation.
Executive Director Lori Sang thought that gaily colored whimsical murals might help alleviate the stress and fear and applied for a grant from Impact 100 Martin to seed the project and purchase supplies and equipment for one year. In 2022, LOTW received the grant and the search for an artist/muralist was on.
That’s where Lynne Barletta and the talented folks from Visionary School of Arts (VSOA) came in.
Barletta is well-known for the stunning murals she has created in Martin County and received the commission to do the Little Lights Dentistry project. In July, 2022 she, Alicia Jones, staff teachers and artist teachers of VSOA began the spectacular project, finishing on Labor Day weekend. One Saturday, VSOA interns and some of the experienced children who study at the school were invited to participate.
Virtually every room and wall at Little Lights Dentistry is a colorful creative wonder, eliciting excitement and joy from patients and staff alike. Barletta developed the concept for each mural. Alicia Jones contributed the treasure map design of Martin County.
There are spots designed to take selfies in front of the paintings and a special Impact 100 Martin room as a tribute to the women who made the project a financial possibility.
Barletta was thrilled to be a part of this transformative project. She says “This mural has been a labor of love for children, as well as a powerful collaboration of local non-profits.”
“The mural and support for Little Lights Dentistry will impact children for generations to come”, said Sang.
For more about Visionary School of Arts, visit www.visionaryschoolofarts.org.
For more about Little Lights Dentistry, visit

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Indian River State College Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) Program Headquarters Moves to Blackburn Educational Building in Fort Pierce

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Fort Pierce - Indian River State College has moved its Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) program headquarters to the Blackburn Educational Building in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Fort Pierce. The decision is attributed chiefly to the success of the Lincoln Park Career Pathways Initiative (LPCPI), housed at Blackburn. LPCPI offers eligible residents of the Lincoln Park community eight-week, tuition-free industry certification programs—C.N.A. among them—in growing and expanding careers in healthcare, logistics and manufacturing.

“The (C.N.A.) program has changed many lives in this community,” says Dr. Heather Belmont, IRSC Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs and CAO. “It’s a difference-maker, and our students are getting better jobs. For those seeking upward mobility for themselves and their families, training to become a C.N.A. is the first rung on the ladder toward a great-paying career in healthcare.”

The new headquarters also functions as the official training site for the program in St. Lucie County. IRSC will continue to offer C.N.A. programs at branch campuses to serve students in Indian River, Okeechobee and Martin counties.

In December 2021, in response to the statewide nursing shortage, IRSC announced that it would double the size of its Nursing program. The Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide programs have already moved to the Blackburn Educational Building. The Practical Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing (R.N.) and the Registered Nurse (R.N.) to B.S.N. programs will move to expanded facilities on the IRSC Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie by spring 2023.

“I’m incredibly excited about this move,” shares Adriene Jefferson, Dean of the IRSC Northwest Center. “The Northwest Center has such a great impact on our community, and it is time to dedicate an IRSC program to run exclusively out of this location. Making the Blackburn Educational Building the headquarters for the Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide programs makes it even easier for our community members to begin a rewarding career in the in-demand healthcare field.”

Fort Pierce Commissioner Curtis Johnson, Jr. concurs. “Investment in the historic Lincoln Park community of Fort Pierce is very important for the continued uplift of this resilient community. IRSC’s move to place the Nursing Assistant program headquarters in the heart of the historic Lincoln Park community means affordable, career-changing educational opportunities that provide economic and career success are right here. The facilities are here; the instructors are here; the support system is here. Pathways for residents seeking a career in healthcare now start here in Lincoln Park.”

Outcomes for students graduating from the IRSC Nursing Assistant program are outstanding. One hundred percent of those graduating from the program in 2021 were working in either a full or part-time position nine months after graduation.

IRSC offers day and evening Nursing Assistant classes and is now accepting applications for students who want to begin the programs in August. Financial assistance for eligible students may be available through the LPCPI or scholarship programs, including those offered through the IRSC Foundation. Interested students are encouraged to attend a free, online IRSC Nursing Information Session on September 15 or October 20.

To learn more at irsc.edu or send an email to IRSCCNAinfo@irsc.edu.

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Inflation Reduction Act: What You Should Know


The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law on August 16, 2022, includes health-care and energy-related provisions, a new corporate alternative minimum tax, and an excise tax on certain corporate stock buybacks. Additional funding is also provided to the IRS. Some significant provisions in the Act are discussed below.

The legislation authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate Medicare prices for certain high-priced, single-source drugs. However, only 10 of the most expensive drugs will be chosen initially, and the negotiated prices will not take effect until 2026. For each of the following years, more negotiated drugs will be added.
Starting in 2025, a $2,000 annual cap (adjusted for inflation) will apply to out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part D prescription drugs.
Starting in 2023, deductibles will not apply to covered insulin products under Medicare Part D or under Part B for insulin furnished through durable medical equipment. Also, the applicable copayment amount for covered insulin products will be capped at $35 for a one-month supply.

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Starting in 2023, a high-deductible health plan can provide that the deductible does not apply to selected insulin products.
Affordable Care Act subsidies (scheduled to expire at the end of 2022) that improved affordability and reduced health insurance premiums have been extended through 2025. Indexing of percentage contribution rates used in determining a taxpayer's required share of premiums is delayed until after 2025, preventing more significant premium increases. Additionally, those with household incomes higher than 400% of the federal poverty line remain eligible for the premium tax credit through 2025.

Energy-Related Tax Credits
Many current energy-related tax credits have been modified and extended, and a few new credits have been added. Many of the credits are available to businesses, and others are available to individuals. The following two credits are substantial revisions and extensions of an existing tax credit for electric vehicles.
Starting in 2023, a tax credit of up to $7,500 is available for the purchase of new clean electric vehicles meeting certain requirements. The credit is not available for vehicles with a manufacturer's suggested retail price higher than $80,000 for sports utility vehicles and pickups, $55,000 for other vehicles. The credit is not available if the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) of the purchaser exceeds $150,000 ($300,000 for joint filers and surviving spouses, $225,000 for heads of household). Starting in 2024, an individual can elect to transfer the credit to the dealer as payment for the vehicle.
Similarly, a tax credit of up to $4,000 is available for the purchase of certain previously owned clean electric vehicles from a dealer. The credit is not available for vehicles with a sales price exceeding $25,000. The credit is not available if the purchaser's MAGI exceeds $75,000 ($150,000 for joint filers and surviving spouses, $75,000 for heads of household). An individual can elect to transfer the credit to the dealer as payment for the vehicle.

Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax
For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2022, a new 15% alternative minimum tax (AMT) will apply to corporations (other than an S corporation, regulated investment company, or a real estate investment trust) with an average annual adjusted financial statement income in excess of $1 billion.
Adjusted financial statement income means the net income or loss of the taxpayer set forth in the corporation's financial statement (often referred to as book income), with certain adjustments. If regular tax exceeds the tentative AMT, the excess amount can be carried forward as a credit against the AMT in future years.

Excise Tax on Repurchase of Stock
For corporate stock repurchases after December 31, 2022, a new 1% excise tax will be imposed on the value of a covered corporation's stock repurchases during the taxable year.
A covered corporation means any domestic corporation whose stock is traded on an established securities market. However, the excise tax does not apply: (1) to a repurchase that is part of a nontaxable reorganization, (2) with respect to certain contributions of stock to an employer-sponsored retirement plan or employee stock ownership plan, (3) if the total value of stock repurchased during the year does not exceed $1 million, (4) to a repurchase by a securities dealer in the ordinary course of business, (5) to repurchases by a regulated investment company or a real estate investment trust, or (6) to the extent the repurchase is treated as a dividend for income tax purposes.

Increased Funding for the IRS
Substantial additional funds are provided to the IRS to help fund operations and business systems modernization and to improve enforcement of tax laws.

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Hit By a Car While Walking? What You Should Do Next

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Article by: Zweben Law
What Should You Do After a Car-Pedestrian Accident?
A car accident involving pedestrians can have severe consequences and legal fallout. You’ll want to act quickly and correctly to protect yourself both physically and legally. If you get struck by a car while walking, if possible, we recommend following these steps right after the incident:
1. Call 911. Seek medical attention immediately. Human life and personal safety should be your number one priority.
2. Exchange insurance and contact info. You’ll need the vehicle driver/owner’s information, and they’ll need yours. It’s important to note that the driver might not be the owner of the vehicle.
3. Contact local authorities. Law enforcement should always come to investigate the incident and file a police report.
4. Take pictures. You never know what may play a key role in your injury claim, so take plenty of pictures for proof. Take photos of the car, your injuries, and the location.
5. Collect names and numbers from bystanders. If someone witnessed the collision, you should get their name and contact info. They may help your case.
6. Contact your car insurance company. If you have car insurance, you’ll want to contact the provider.
We recommend not discussing who caused the incident and their legal obligations. This can be done later after you have had time to seek medical attention and think about what happened.
Who Pays Your Medical Bills?
In Florida, if you own a vehicle, your vehicle’s insurance will cover your medical bills under the personal injury protection portion of the policy. This will cover up to $10,000 in medical bills. If you don’t own a vehicle and aren’t otherwise covered, the vehicle that hit you will provide this benefit.
What If the Incident Is Partially Your Fault?
If a car runs into you, the fault doesn’t necessarily lie with the driver. Pedestrians don’t have legal rights to walk wherever they please and then blame it on motor vehicles when they get hit. For example, you may be partially responsible for an incident if you’re dangerously walking along a highway or jaywalking. Even if the incident is partially your fault, you may still have reasonable grounds to build a case and file a claim. It is important not to automatically assume that you don’t have a claim if you believe you had some fault for the accident. The law in Florida may still allow you to recover at least some of your damages.
What Compensation Can You Expect?
Being hit by a car while walking doesn’t mean you should demand compensation right away. It is important to know exactly how badly you are hurt prior to settling a claim. If the driver is at fault, you may get compensation for the following:
• Past, current, and future medical expenses
• Mental and emotional trauma and pain and suffering
• Reimbursement for damaged property
• Lost income
Get Professional Help from Our Florida Legal Team
Being involved in an accident can be scary and confusing. Fortunately, our auto accident lawyers at Zweben Law Group can help you face the road ahead. Don’t worry about fees—you’ll only have to pay us if we successfully get you money. Call us at 772-223-5454 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.

Meet Summer Sea Turtle Scout Amy Isenhower

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Article & Photo by: Amy Isenhower
Sea turtles return to the same beaches year after year to lay their eggs, and for Amy Isenhower, that’s an exciting aspect of volunteering as a Summer Sea Turtle Scout for Florida Oceanographic Society’s Nighttime Sea Turtle Walks. Amy has volunteered since 2014, and will have 200 hours of service completed by the end of this summer.

“I love the idea that I might be seeing the same turtles year after year,” says Amy, “and that by the time my daughter Ruby grows up and becomes a volunteer, she’ll see the next generation.”

As a Sea Turtle Scout, Amy walks the beaches on South Hutchinson Island after dark in June and July to spot the signs of a nesting turtle. The beach walks are a highly regulated activity to protect the turtles, and Amy participated in extensive training. When Amy and her Turtle Scout teammates come across a loggerhead turtle at a specific stage of nesting, they alert the Coastal Center turtle walk team to quietly guide guests to watch the process.

Summer nights are an ideal service time for Amy, who is a middle school band teacher at Oak Hammock K8 School in Port St. Lucie. For 17 years she has led one of the largest school bands in St. Lucie County. Amy plays the flute in the Treasure Coast Symphony, and before COVID, was also in the Port St. Lucie Band. The Florida native earned her bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education at Florida State University, where she was a member of the Marching Chiefs band. One of her favorite traditions is returning to march in the FSU alumni band each year.

Amy and her husband, Saint Lucie County Court Judge Daryl Isenhower, live with their daughter Ruby in Port St. Lucie. At age six, Ruby is too young to participate in Florida Oceanographic Society’s turtle walks, but she can’t wait for that day to come and has plans to walk in her mom’s volunteer footsteps. The family recently visited Disney World to spend the gift card Ruby earned as the top fundraiser for her Girl Scout Council.

“Being out on the beach at night, finding a turtle that’s nesting is a magical experience,” says Amy. “It’s exciting to bring others out to experience it too, and I know that the education we’re providing helps people understand how to share the beaches with these amazing turtles.”

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Martin County Receives $2 Million for Water Quality Project Senator Gayle Harrell Championed Funding Request

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Stuart – With strong support from Senator Gayle Harrell, Martin County was recently awarded an appropriations earmark through the Fiscal Year 2022/23 budget in the amount of $2 million to eliminate 22 commercial septic systems and service county landfill operations. “The reduction and elimination of septic systems is one tangible way we can proactively improve the health of our environment,” said Don Donaldson, Martin County Administrator. “And the funding approved by Governor DeSantis and the legislature shows their commitment to enhancing water quality in the St. Lucie River and Estuary and complements the county’s existing Connect to Protect program to convert 10,000 septic systems in 10 years,” he continued.

By eliminating these commercial septic systems and drain fields, the project will enhance water quality in the St. Lucie River and Estuary by helping achieve the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) goals for nutrient criteria. The reduction of nutrients will also contribute toward the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) goals as well as complement the state's Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program. Additionally, the county will be able to convert an increased amount of water to reuse-quality water for irrigation.

“Working with Martin County and the Martin County Delegation, I was pleased to sponsor this important budget item. It will have a significant impact on enhancing water quality in the St. Lucie River and Estuary. Our rivers and estuaries are truly the treasures of the Treasure Coast,” Senator Gayle Harrell said.

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners, Leadership team and staff work to advance the legislative priorities of the county at the state and federal levels while building diverse partnerships across state and federal agencies, regional local government entities and community stakeholders, as well as our Martin County legislative delegation. “Working alongside Senator Harrell as she supported this request further strengthened relationships with agencies that are working toward enhanced protections for Florida’s precious resources,” added Legislative Coordinator James Kennedy.

Hibiscus Children’s Center Career Pathways Program Helps Provide Successful Futures

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Vero Beach – If you are a local business in Vero Beach, you can help improve the lives of abused youth and give them a brighter future. Hibiscus Children’s Center invites you to partner with our Career Pathways to Independence Program, a youth skill development and career preparation training program located at the Hibiscus Village. Hibiscus is looking for local businesses to provide internships to youth, ages 15-17. Through local grants, Hibiscus is able to provide youth a small stipend throughout their time as interns. Community business partners provide internships for the teens at local sub shops, cleaners, pet stores, and more. Other career choices or fields of interest shared by youth include athletics, cosmetology, counseling, culinary, engineering, fashion, forensics, finance, law, medical, performing arts, and various trades. Youth also attend seminars on a variety of career and independent living topics and are provided the opportunity to participate in various work experiences including job shadowing and on-site internships in the Hibiscus Graphic Design Impact Center and Culinary Center.

Career Pathways was launched in 2011 through a generous Indian River Impact 100 grant. The program helps alleviate some of the stresses foster care youth face as they approach 18. This creative youth education program provides youth with innovative support, structure, and guidance they need to receive a high school diploma or GED and to prepare youth for independence. The teens participate in forward-thinking career exploration, testing, and assessments related to career interests, self-esteem, and work-related personality. Local internships are a crucial part of this development and growth process and help build a solid foundation for the future of the teens. In addition, teens prepare for college by visiting local and state schools. This summer, Career Pathways Program Director Frank Avilla (aka Mr. Frank), took six youth on three separate college tours visiting schools in Orlando, Ft. Pierce, and West Palm Beach!

When Caitlin (name changed) was placed at the Hibiscus Village at 15 years old, she had been in foster care for three years and was very angry and defiant. The staff and mental health counselor began working with Caitlin and she began to flourish. Caitlin obtained her GED diploma and then college followed, with the hopes of obtaining a nursing degree. This resilient teen said, “Hibiscus provided me freedom and structure. Career Pathways has helped me fill out job applications, obtain and keep a job and complete a resume. This program has given me motivation to work.”

For more information, please contact Frank Avilla, Director of Career Pathways Program, at favilla@hcc4kids.org or 772-299-6011, ext. 387.

The Right Way to Dissolve a Corporation in Florida

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Generally, a corporation in Florida that wishes to dissolve must file with the Division of Corporations (DOC) articles of dissolution signed by an authorized officer of the corporation. The articles of dissolution must include 3 basic pieces of information: the name of the corporation, the date the corporation authorized the dissolution, and (if the dissolution was specifically approved by the shareholders) a separate statement that the proposal to dissolve was duly approved by the shareholders in the manner required by Article 14 and by the articles of incorporation.

However, if the corporation has not yet issued any shares, then its board of directors (or if it has no board of directors, a majority of the incorporators) must still file articles of dissolution with the DOC, but they must contain additional information. Specifically, these articles must state all of the following:

The name of the corporation.
The date of incorporation.
That none of the corporation’s shares have been issued.
That the corporation has paid all its debts.
That the corporation’s net assets remaining, if any, after winding up have been distributed.
That a majority of the incorporators or directors authorized the dissolution.
Actions By Directors or Shareholders to Dissolve

At any time, a corporation’s board of directors may propose dissolution for submission to the shareholders. For the shareholders to adopt the director’s proposal to dissolve, a majority vote by shareholders entitled to vote is required, UNLESS the corporation’s articles of incorporation (or the board of directors, if required as a condition for approval) require a greater vote,

Per above, if a corporation has not formally issued any shares, then a majority of its board of directors (or incorporators there is no board), can agree to dissolve the corporation by filing articles of dissolution with the DOC.

Alternatively, without action of the board of directors, the corporation’s shareholders are permitted to act independently to dissolve a corporation by either majority vote, or written consent.

Filing Requirements

The articles of dissolution must be filed with the DOC. The corporation must also pay a filing fee, which, as of the date of this article, is $35. Rushed or expedited filing services are not available.

Under § 607.1407, Fla. Stat., a dissolved corporation may file a Notice of Corporate Dissolution to resolve payment of unknown claims. A fee (currently $35) is required to file this notice.

Life Insurance Living Benefits

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When thinking about life insurance, you might focus on the death benefit that can be used for income replacement, business continuation, and estate preservation. But life insurance policies may include other provisions that allow you to access some or all of the death benefit while you are living. These features are often referred to as living benefits, which are usually offered as optional add-ons called riders.

Some living benefit riders are added to a life insurance policy at no additional cost. Other riders are optional and come with an added cost to your basic policy premium. Living benefits vary depending on the type of life insurance and the company issuing the policy. Generally, living benefits are available to the policy owner, but using your living benefits will reduce the life insurance death benefit available for policy beneficiaries.

However, most riders let you take a portion of the total amount available — you don't have to take the full amount so you can preserve a portion of the death benefit for your life insurance beneficiaries. Generally, living benefits are received free of income tax. Here are some common living benefits.

Accelerated Death Benefit for Terminal Illness
An accelerated benefit rider for terminal illness allows you to access a portion or all of the death benefit if you are diagnosed with a terminal illness or medical condition with a life expectancy of six to 24 months, depending on specific policy provisions. Most accelerated death benefit riders do not restrict how you use the money from the death benefit — you can use the money to help pay medical bills or other expenses arising from your illness. Or you can use the money to pay for funeral expenses.

Potential Drawbacks to Living Benefits: Eligibility: To qualify, you must meet policy requirements; Rider fees: Many living benefit riders charge a fee in addition to your premium; Limit on benefit amount: What you can receive may be limited to a maximum dollar amount or percentage of the death benefit.; Reduction in death benefit: Living benefit amounts received reduce the death benefit.
Chronic Illness Rider
A chronic illness rider allows you to use a portion of your death benefit if you become chronically ill and cannot perform at least two of six activities of daily living (ADLs). These ADLs include bathing, continence, dressing, toileting, eating, and transferring. You may file a claim using this rider to receive a portion or possibly all of the death benefit. Usually, the insurance company will want to evaluate your claim and may require that you be examined by a medical professional chosen by the insurer. Often there are no restrictions on how you use the proceeds.

Critical Illness Rider
Similar to the chronic illness rider, the critical illness rider allows you to receive some or all of the death benefit if you are diagnosed with an illness or medical condition specified in the policy. Common critical illnesses include heart attack, stroke, cancer, end-stage renal failure, ALS, major organ transplant, blindness, or paralysis. With some critical illness riders, the percentage of death benefit available to you is based on the type of illness you have.

Long-Term Care Rider
A long-term care rider can be added to a life insurance policy, generally for an additional cost, to help cover qualifying long-term care expenses. Like the chronic illness rider, you must be unable to perform at least two of six ADLs to claim a benefit. Unlike the chronic illness rider, the long-term care rider usually pays a portion of the death benefit on a periodic basis, commonly monthly. Some riders have a waiting period during which you must incur long-term care expenses before you can receive any proceeds. Other riders may only require that you cannot perform at least two of six ADLs, after which you receive periodic payments to use any way you wish.

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Residents and Businesses Encouraged to Create Life Safety Profiles

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Stuart – In honor of Public Safety Telecommunicators week, Martin County Fire Rescue reminds residents to utilize a new tool, Community Connect, designed to enable rescue personnel to respond more efficiently and effectively. Responding to emergencies requires detailed information and effective communication, which can be difficult for callers during an emergency. Community Connect streamlines the process, helping first responders from the initial call through on-site response.

Community Connect is a secure, easy-to-use platform by public safety company, First Due, that allows residents and businesses to share critical information with emergency services personnel. With both residential and business portals, Martin County Fire Rescue telecommunicators and responders will have access to lifesaving resources and documents such as evacuation procedures, occupant rosters, hazardous material lists and more. Additionally, designated contacts at properties that join the program will receive immediate alerts via text message when first responders are dispatched to the address.

“We are always looking for ways to better serve the citizens in Martin County. For this reason, we are reminding residents of this important program to protect our residents and their property in the most effective way possible. By providing information about your household or business that you feel is important for us to know about at the time of an emergency, we can ensure you and everything you care about is protected to the best of our ability,” said Fire Chief Chad Cianciulli.

Community Connect is completely voluntary; residents and business owners can decide which information they are comfortable sharing by creating a profile and entering property and occupant information, which is then made available to emergency responders at the time of dispatch.

Data within Community Connect is secure and is used only for the purpose of better serving the community during emergency situations. If you are a resident or business owner in Martin County, please visit www.communityconnect.io/info/fl-martincounty to find out more information and register your household or business today.

Residents are encouraged to visit www.martin.fl.us, Martin County’s online resource for services, news and information, and connect with us on social media. Follow Martin County Fire Rescue on Facebook and the Martin County Board of County Commissioners on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

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IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium Announces the 2021-’22 Season

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Photographed on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, on the Massey Campus in Fort Pierce.

Photo Credit: IRSC/Molly Bartels

The Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College (IRSC) announces the 2021–2022 “Starlight Series” season, continues the popular “KID SPACE” and shares a unique series of STEAM talks addressing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) and the humanities.

Starlight Series shows are presented Fridays at 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. Here are this season’s shows:

The Secret Life of Fish— November 6, 6:00 p.m.

Learn about coral reefs and reef fish behavior as Dr. William Tyler, IRSC Professor of Biological Sciences, shares his vast experiences garnered from years of studying Florida’s marine environment. Hear his marine biologist’s perspective on Finding Nemo—what’s right, and what’s not, about this popular movie.

From the Big Bang to Puppy Dogs, the Story of Chemistry—January 22, 6:00 p.m.

Be amazed as Dr. Paul Horton, IRSC Professor of Chemistry, dynamically demonstrates the interaction of elements and compounds in a presentation sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

The popular ‘Kid Space’ series, for children ages four to 12 at 11:00 a.m., is offered on select Saturdays. All adults must be accompanied by at least one child. Shows are planned for October 23, November 20, December 4 & 11, January 8, February 12, March 5, April 9, May 14, June 11.

“Starlight Series” planetarium shows, “Saturday Afternoon STEAM Talks,” and “KID SPACE” are presented in the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium. The planetarium features a 360-degree immersive digital OmniStar projection system and a state-of-the-art Spitz automated planetarium projector used to recreate the sky, sun, moon and planets among the stars on the 40-foot, domed ceiling during planetarium shows. Visit www.irsc.edu for a complete schedule.

Planetarium shows are recommended for adults and children over the age of 10. The air temperature is maintained at 72 degrees. Guests may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket.

Most planetarium shows are $5 and tickets can be purchased online at www.irsc.edu or at the box office located in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center lobby on the IRSC Massey Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by phone. Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box Office at 1-800-220-9915 to reserve seats.