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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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Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States

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If you plan to travel internationally, get tested before you travel by air into the United States (US), or be prepared to show proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel.

On January 12, 2021, CDC issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This Order will go into effect at 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on January 26, 2021.

This Order applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents.

The CDC order does not replace the Presidential proclamations. Therefore, a negative test result for COVID-19 or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight does not exempt a foreign national from the travel restrictions outlined in the Presidential proclamations.

With specific exceptions, several Presidential proclamations suspend and limit entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, all aliens who were physically present within specific countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.

Get tested no more than 3 days before your flight to the US departs. Make sure to be tested with a viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19. Also make sure that you receive your results before your flight departs and have documentation of your results to show the airline.

CDC does not recommend getting tested again in the three months after a positive viral test, as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have had a positive viral test in the past 3 months, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”

CDC recommends that travelers get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home or otherwise self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days. If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days. Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

All travelers (including those who have recovered from COVID-19) should remember to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart from people who are not in your household, and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating. Travelers should look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick. Anyone sick with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and delay further travel.

Website Layouts That Work February 10, 2021

21 Jan ZOOM Webinars Score

Did you know that people look at a website in a specific way? They do, which means your website needs to be laid out in a way that is compelling and draws attention. A well designed website will help you grow your revenue.

What You Will Learn

What you need to have on your website.
What NOT to put on your website.
How to lay out your website correctly.
Different features and functions you should have on your website.
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There Is A Registration Fee Of $15.00 For This Event

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Basics For Starting A New Business - February 16, 2021

21 Jan ZOOM Webinars Score

Thinking of Owning Your Own Business?
Join us for an introduction to what it takes to start and run a successful small business.

Do you dream of starting a business? Do you know what it takes to turn that dream into a reality? It takes courage but it also requires basic knowledge. Let us help you acquire the knowledge to make your dreams of business ownership come true.

This introductory “Basics to Starting a New Business” workshop is a two-hour Zoom webinar that deals with the key information you need to consider in developing your small business venture.

Topics include:

Risks, benefits and myths of entrepreneurship.
What does it take to establish a successful business?
Know your options: different types of business models.
The nuts & bolts of launching a new business.
What the bank lending officer expects.
Are you prepared to start a business - Self Assessment?
Business plan basics - Why you need a business plan.
This is a solid introduction that will help you understand what is involved in starting and running a business.

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The Women's Refuge Third Annual Love 5k Run/Walk

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Love 5k Run/Walk planning committee and Lift Fitness members gear up to spread the love!

Photo Credit: Photo Provided by Lift Fitness

Love is in the air! The Women’s Refuge third annual Love 5k Run/Walk is back with a new theme— Love!

Our world needs hope now more than ever - this is your chance to join a movement of LOVE on Saturday, February 13th, 2021, at Riverside Park, Vero Beach, 7:30 AM.

The race will take you on a course that travels along Riverside Park, offering many areas where your family and friends can cheer you on.

RACE AMENITIES: Theme t-shirts, excellent awards, delicious food, and beverage after the race. All amenities are subject to change due to COVID protocols.

For the Virtual 5K participants, you can run or walk your 5K anywhere and at any time to support the Women's Refuge! Choose a safe course, socially distance appropriately as the current regulations dictate, and have some fun! You will be able to submit your virtual 5K results starting on Saturday, February 13th, through Sunday, February 21st, at 11:59 PM.

Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/VeroBeach/WomensRefugeAnnualLoveRunWalk5K.

Event Co-Chairs Steve & Bonnie Pfiester are excited to partner with Women’s Refuge and be a part of its annual Love Run/Walk. “We are thrilled to help lead such an amazing team filled with people so passionate about life, love, community, and service at a time when people need love and support the most,” Bonnie said.

The agency extends an enormous thank you to its event top sponsors: Agri Services International, Perkins Medical Supply, Levco Technologies, Marshall and Claire Evans, Darling Construction, Surfaces Flooring, and the Wetter Foundation. A big shout out also goes out to the Love Run’s planning committee, in-kind, media, and all event sponsors.

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S REFUGE
Since 1997, the Women’s Refuge mission has provided help, hope, and lifelong healing for the emotionally, mentally, and spiritually wounded. Find out more at womensrefugevb.org or call 772.770.4424.

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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.

Taking this crucial step may sound intimidating, but it's important to help you make major business decisions or demonstrate the health of your business to lenders or investors. Sign up for this workshop today and reduce your stress and intimidation!

What you will learn:

What to include in a business plan.
Identifying the mission and/or objectives of your business.
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Al Sammartino 2021 President of The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast

21 Jan All Kiwanis Pres

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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Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, & Port Salerno Neighborhood Advisory Committee Vacancies

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The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Neighborhood Advisory Committees (NAC). The Committee makes recommendations to the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) regarding implementation of each area's Community Redevelopment Plan.

To qualify, you must be an individual who is either:
1. A resident of the respective Community Redevelopment Area, as evidenced by being a registered voter in the respective Community Redevelopment Area for at least one year, or
2. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who is also a business owner of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
3. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least two years, who is also a senior manager of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
4. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who also owns real property within a mile of the respective Community Redevelopment Area. No more than two members of any respective Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be appointed from this category.
Jensen Beach meetings are typically held on the first Wednesday of every other month at 5pm at the Jensen Beach Community Center. Next few meetings are January 6, March 3, May 5, and July 7.
Hobe Sound meetings are typically held on the second Wednesday of every other month at 6pm at the Hobe Sound Community Center. The next few meetings are January 13, March 10, May 12, and July 14.
Port Salerno meetings are typically held the second Thursday of every other month at 6pm at the Port Salerno Civic Center. Next few meetings are February 11, April 8, June 10, and August 12.

All members are expected to attend each and every meeting of the committee. If a member is absent from three meetings of the Committee within a twelve-month period, said member is automatically removed from the Committee but may apply for re-appointment by the Board.

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

All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, January 22, 2021. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to Donna Gordon.

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Historic Preservation 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 a vacancy on the Historic Preservation Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, January 22, 2021. For an application, please call 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
Adopt or amend rules of procedures not inconsistent with the LDR or Chapter 267, Florida Statutes; Designate individual sites, districts, and archaeological zones pursuant to Section 4.13.4; Approve historical markers and issue Certificates of Designation; Establish procedures for the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness and Certificates to Dig; Recommend zoning and building code amendments to the proper authorities; Promote an awareness of the benefits of historic preservation and its benefits to the community; Perform periodic updates to the historic architectural survey; Perform periodic updates to the archaeological survey; Record and maintain records of the Board's actions and decisions; Provide an annual report to the Board of County Commissioners; Review, develop, and recommend ordinances to the Board of County Commissioners that promote the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings; Seek out worthy projects for matching grants-in-aid from sources which have as their purpose the preservation for public benefit of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, and culture; Review applications for all buildings, properties, and site in unincorporated Martin County nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places; Establish criteria and procedures for the expedited review of certain projects by staff; and Seek expertise on proposals or matters requiring evaluation by a professional or a discipline not represented on the Board.

VACANT POSITIONS: a general contractor with professional or educational experience related to historic preservation and an at-large Martin County resident who, by virtue of their profession or business, have demonstrated interest and experience in historic preservation and/or archaeological resources; however, appointments shall be in the sole discretion of the Board of County Commissioners.
These are four-year terms.

Meetings are typically held on the second Monday of each month at 4pm at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Their next few meetings are scheduled for February 8, March 8, April 12, and June 14.

If any member fails to attend three consecutive meetings in one year without cause or prior approval of the Chair, the Historic Preservation Board shall declare the member's seat vacant.

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

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Health Facilities Authority Vacancy

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The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Health Facilities Authority. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, January 22, 2021. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to Donna Gordon.

The purpose of the Authority shall be to assist not-for-profit health facilities in the acquisition, construction, financing, and refinancing of projects in any corporated or unincorporated area within the geographical limits of the local agency.

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

Meetings are held as needed but always once each year at the Administrative Building, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida.

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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

20 Dec B&G Club 1

In Photo - Playground standalone

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

20 Dec 4 Kids 1

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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Treasure Coast Hospice, A Celebration of Love

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In Photo: Gloria & Max Schoenbrot

Photos & Article by: MaryAnn Ketcham

On November 2, 2020, Max & Gloria Schoenbrot reached a milestone that few others realize - they celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary!

Because family members were hesitant to travel or visit due to COVID-19, their friends at Treasure Coast Hospice, prompted by long-time employee CNA Bobby Dennis, created a plan to observe the couple's dedication to one another.

In early December, at the Watercrest Senior Living Facility in St. Lucie West where the sweethearts share a cozy apartment, Max & Gloria ventured down to the spacious social room where several Treasure Coast Hospice staff members greeted them.

A beautifully crafted wedding cake, balloons, and other decorative items also awaited the couple.

Before slicing into and sharing the cake, Gloria shared a few slices of her life with Max. Jokingly she said, "The secret to our long and happy marriage is, shhh, it's a secret!"

"It's just love," she added.

For his part, Max said, "I'm looking forward to beginning our next 72 years together - we don't give up so easily!"

"Max escaped Nazi Germany," said Gloria, "and fled, first to England, then to Stockholm and, finally, ended up back in England. There, he met my Aunt, who encouraged him to come to the United States. We met after he arrived in New York Harbor."

Originally planning only a brief visit, Max decided to stay after meeting Gloria. The two married on November 2, 1948, raised three boys, and now have five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Before retiring to Florida, Max worked for the Queens Jewish Community Council (QJCC) as a political advisor working with Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.

As Gloria cut into the decorative layers of the two-tiered cake, she graciously expressed her thanks to the dedicated staff of Treasure Coast Hospice for their thoughtful considerations and attentiveness.

And, just as they first did 72 years ago, the trueloves fed each other a slice of cake while looking forward to many more!

“The Schoenbrots are the essence of all that love should be,” said CEO Jackie Kendrick. “Today’s celebration is a heartwarming example of how our hospice team looks for ways to honor and celebrate our patients. It’s a privilege to support our patients and their families in such thoughtful ways so that they can enjoy special moments together.”

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

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In Photo: Gloria & Max Schoenbrot receive flowers from CNA Bobby Dennis and Terry Fessler

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In Photo: Gloria & Max Schoenbrot are presented with a certificate from CEO Jackie Kendrick

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In Photo: Gloria Schoenbrot is fed by husband Max

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In Photo: TC Hospice Staff- CEO Jackie Kendrick, CNA Bobby Dennis, RN Danielle Alphonse and Manager of Bus. Devel. Terry Fessler

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In Photo: Gloria Schoenbrot cuts the cake as Watercrest's Maureen Gomes and husband Max

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.

The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax planning or legal advice. We suggest that you consult with a qualified tax or legal professional.

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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