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Downtown Stuart Streetscape Project 2018

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Downtown Stuart Streetscape Improvement Project

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The Downtown Stuart Streetscape Improvement Project is a four-month, $500,000 project that will update Downtown Stuart’s primary streets for the first time since the 1980’s. It will correct problems with drainage and pavement damage caused by tree roots. It will also replace damaged and dying trees with fresh landscaping, increase parking on Flagler Avenue, and create a raised crosswalk and seating area on Osceola Street. The two streets will also be resurfaced and road and parking striping will be repainted.

The contractor, West Construction, is authorized to work from dawn to dusk, to keep the construction schedule on track. Construction runs from May 21 to August 31, but the entire area will not be under construction all at once.

Work will be completed this summer in four phases:

Phase 1 South (Flagler Avenue next to the railroad tracks) – May 21, 2018 – June 17, 2018

Phase 1 North (Flagler Avenue next to the buildings) – June 18, 2018 – June 29, 2018

Phase 2 (Osceola Street) – July 9, 2018 – August 19, 2018

Phase 3 (Resurfacing and Restriping) – August 20, 2018 – August 24, 2018

Phase 4 (Crosswalks) – August 27, 2018 – August 31, 2018

Questions? For construction related questions call Marc Rogolino, Capital Projects Coordinator, City of Stuart at 772-221-4700. For other project questions call Stuart Main Street Director, Thondra Lanese at 772-286-2848 or email info@StuartMainStreet.org. You can also attend one of our summer information meetings:

DBA Promotional Meeting – 2nd Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at The Gafford

DBA Board Meeting – 4th Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Stuart City Hall

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Sailfish Splash Waterpark Hosts Free World’s Largest Swim Lesson

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Sailfish Splash Waterpark will host the World’s Largest Swimming LessonTM on Thursday, June 21, at Sailfish Splash Waterpark. Participants will receive a free 30-minute swim lesson and valuable information about drowning prevention. The event builds awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning and will be held simultaneously with hundreds of other aquatic facilities in more than 20 countries on 5 continents around the world.

As an incentive for participation, Sailfish Splash Waterpark is offering participants 1-12 years of age, a certificate of completion and a coupon for $3 off admission to Sailfish Splash Waterpark for the day of the event. Additionally, following the World’s Largest Swimming LessonTM, all event participants who register for swim lessons in 2018 will receive a FREE Waterpark day pass.

Residents are encouraged to act quickly and pre-register for the event by completing the registration form available at www.SailfishSplash.com/WLSL. The form can then be submitted via e-mail to events@martin.fl.us or fax at 772-221-1333. Parents or guardians are required to complete one form for every child who will be participating in the event. Onsite registration begins at 9 a.m., with activities beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the 30-minute swim lesson starting promptly at 10 a.m.

According to the Florida Department of Health, Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children 1-4 years of age, and annually in Florida, enough children to fill three to four preschool classrooms drown before their fifth birthday. “Martin County Parks and Recreation takes seriously its role in the prevention of these fatalities and has established a Learn to Swim Program that runs every summer at Sailfish Splash Waterpark and offers swimming and water safety classes for all ages and skill levels provided by certified swimming instructors.” said Kevin Abbate, Martin County Parks and Recreation Director.

The Parks and Recreation Department has also partnered with the Children Services Council and their SPLASH (Swimming Provides Learners with Aquatics Safety and Health) Program, to offer free swim lessons to Martin County children that otherwise could not afford them. In 2018, 130 children will be able to benefit from this partnership.

For more information about the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, please follow Sailfish Splash Waterpark on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SailfisSplash or contact Carlos Morales, Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator at cmorales@martin.fl.us and to find more information about the Sailfish Splash Waterpark Learn to Swim Program please visit our website at www.sailfishSplash.com/swimlessons.Find more information on Parks and Recreation’s facilities, special events, activities and programs at www.LoveMCparks.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.

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IRSC ‘Second Chance GED Project’
Awarded Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant

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In Photo: Raheem Brown receives his diploma at the Indian River State College Adult Education Graduation held this May. Brown served as the student marshal at the ceremony and was a Dollar General Grant recipient. He is also a National Honor recipient, Laura Foster Scholarship recipient and is currently enrolled this summer for college courses at IRSC.

FORT PIERCE – Indian River State College was awarded a $5,000 grant by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support the “Second Chance GED Project.” This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits, and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves. This is the second year the IRSC program has been recognized with a Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

The IRSC Second Chance GED Project provides vouchers to students with a demonstrated financial hardship to cover the cost of taking the GED exam. Through the program, students who successfully complete Adult Education requirements and document a financial hardship, are eligible to receive three vouchers to pay for three sections of the exam.

“We are so delighted to again receive this support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, to assist students in paying for up to 75 percent of the actual cost of the GED Exam,” shares Donna Sizemore, Adult Secondary Education Department Chair. “These funds have the potential to make a significant impact in advancing our students’ opportunities for success with their education, their personal lives, and in the workplace.”

“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 and a legacy of helping people improve their lives through literacy and education. Including this grant, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided more than $154 million in funding to help more than 10 million people. We believe these programs can have a positive impact on the communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

For more information on IRS Adult Education and GED programs, visit aecp.irsc.edu/gedreg-prep or call 772-462-7401.

About Indian River State College
Indian River State College is a public, comprehensive college with a statewide and national reputation for excellence. Located in Florida’s Treasure Coast region, each of the College’s five campuses provide unparalleled educational environments for those residing in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties. IRSC serves approximately 30,000 students annually and offers more than 100 programs leading to Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees, Technical Certificates and Applied Technology Diplomas. For more information on IRSC, visit www.irsc.edu
About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,609 stores in 44 states as of March 2, 2018. In addition to high-quality, private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo.

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New Adult Softball League Begins June 18

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Ignite Sports, Inc. and the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department are proud to announce an all new adult softball league. All games will be played at Halpatiokee Regional Park, 8303 SE Lost River Road in Stuart, and the season begins the week of June 18. Registration cost is $500 per team and teams can choose from six divisions:

Co-ed League (recreational)
Men’s B League (competitive)
Men’s C League (competitive)
Men’s D League (recreational)
Men’s E League (recreational)
Church League (recreational)

All leagues are slow pitch and participants must be 18 years or older to register. Each team in each league will play 10 games followed by a single elimination tournament. Those interested must sign up as a team and a representative (preferably a team manager) must register the team. For individuals (not part of a team) interested in signing up, please contact Ignite Sports.

A team manager’s meeting will take place at the Palm City Community Center, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue in Palm City, on Wednesday, June 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM for a meet and greet, review of league rules and team registration. Registration is $500 per team and payments can be made at this time. Registration is also available online at www.ignitesportsfl.com.

For more details and information, contact:
John or Brian from Ignite Sports at 772-349-5522, Ignitesportsfl@gmail.com
Dave from MC Parks and Recreation Department at 772-221-1419, dgladdin@martin.fl.us

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Team WLSL™ Gears Up to Make A Global Impression on June 21, 2018

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The World’s Largest Swim Lesson™ in 24 Hours Sends the Message

Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ to millions around the globe.

YMCA of the Treasure Coast Serving as an Official Host Location

Stuart, June 7th – On Thursday, June 21st, 2018, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the ninth year in a row to make noise that Swimming Lessons Save Lives.™ A global event, The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), will take place over the course of 24 hours at an estimated 600 locations in more than 20 countries with the goal of generating 1 billion media impressions by 2019.

Since its inception, more than 235,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons generating more than half a billion media impressions about the vital importance of learning to swim. The 2017 WLSL event included 41,068 participants from 26 countries.

Tragically, in the U.S. drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.

YMCA of the Treasure Coast will be serving as an official Host Location Facility for the WLSL 2018 event. Parents are invited to learn more about this phenomenal event by visiting WLSL.org. Registration for the event is available at www.ymcatreasurecoast.org or at the main branch at 1700 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On June 8, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On June 8, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On June 8, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On June 8, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On June 8, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On June 8, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On June 8, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On June 8, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On June 8, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On June 8, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On June 8, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On June 8, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Protect Summer Fun and Forget the Fertilizer

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To protect the water that we love for swimming and fishing, Martin County has an ordinance in place that restricts the application of lawn fertilizer from June 1-September 30. Beginning June 1, fertilizers containing phosphorus and nitrogen are banned. In fact, phosphorus is banned year-round, unless you have a soil or plant tissue test showing a phosphorus deficiency. Adhering to the summertime application ban is one way our citizens can be part of the solution to protect our water resources – one lawn at a time.

Martin County’s fertilizer restrictions aim to reduce the amount of harmful nutrients entering local water bodies, a crucial step toward improving and maintaining water quality. Nutrients-primarily nitrogen and phosphorus-are key ingredients in lawn fertilizer. When it rains, fertilizer can wash into nearby storm drains and canals that empty into the St. Lucie River and contribute to the growth of algae blooms. Once in our waterways, excess fertilizers fuel algae blooms that block sunlight from reaching seagrasses, rob the water of oxygen and threaten underwater life.

The ordinance applies to anyone – personal or professional – landscaping in unincorporated Martin County. The fertilizer ordinance includes exceptions for agriculture, golf courses and athletic fields.

A list of summer safe yard products and tips on creating a Florida-friendly yard can be found on the website http://befloridiannow.org/. For more information on Martin County’s fertilizer ordinance, visit www.martin.fl.us/Fertilizer.

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Summer Programs Offer “Something for Everyone” at Golden Gate Center for Enrichment

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STUART- House of Hope’s landmark program, the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment, has published the summer schedule of expanded offerings now available to the community at no cost. The new summer programming aims to provide something for everyone with unique educational activities for families and individuals wishing to beat the heat while enhancing their education, earning potential, financial stability and/or goals for better health.

House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri, shares, “we continue to look for diverse and relevant programming to impact the community in improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and families. We are fortunate to have so many great partnerships sharing their resources at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment.”

In operation for less than a year, The Center has provided over 1,200 episodes of service to more than 400 participants of all ages. In addition to the normal calendar of programs and services offered year-round such as the computer lab, library services, career coaching, health and nutrition programs and support groups, The Center is proud to add family activities for the summer such as:

· Book Club for Kids

· Free Movie Night series

· Hands-on “Gardening for Healthy Families” workshops

· 2018 Summer Reading Program

Seniors are invited to register for new classes including:

· Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help in Florida

· Preventing Falls

· Positive Thinking: When Life Gives You Lemons

· Battling the Aging Brain

Opportunities for teens and adults include:

· “Ask a Nurse” women’s health screenings and consultations

· “We Know Money” financial literacy workshops

· English for Speakers of Other Languages

· Various health screenings, immunizations and consultations

· Support groups such as smoking cessation, men’s LGBTQ, and sexual abuse survivors
To view the calendar of offerings and register for programs, visit GoldenGateCenterMC.org or contact Kasey Jacobs, Golden Gate Center for Enrichment site coordinator at (772)286-4673 x 1600.

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Goombay Bash

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July 14, 2018
7-11 p.m.
Jensen Beach Causeway
NE Causeway Blvd.
Jensen Beach, FL 34957

Hosted by the Martin Health System LifeSavers, Goombay Bash is one of the most anticipated events on the Treasure Coast and raises funds for maternal child and pediatric services at Martin Health.

The LifeSavers are local volunteers, from Martin and St. Lucie Counties, who dedicate their personal time to raise funds for infant, pediatric and family programs at Martin Health through the annual Goombay Bash. Many committee members have had babies at Martin Medical Center; some were actually born at the hospital themselves! Each and every one of them has a story to tell.

Every summer, the Goombay Bash heats up the Treasure Coast to support healthy families and babies born at Martin Health. Since inception, the LifeSavers have raised $1.15 million total, which has been used to purchase new technology, equipment and facilities for our maternal-child department. Your support of the Goombay Bash will continue to fund programs initially subsidized by the LifeSavers including: swaddler sacks for infants, breast care education for mothers and equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The Martin Health Foundation could not do what it does without the generous support of our philanthropic community. For more information on getting involved with the Goombay Bash, please contact Chelsea Turner, Events Specialist, at 772.223.5693 or Chelsea.Turner@martinhealth.org.

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Young Literary Leader Awards

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In Photo: The 2018 Young Literary Leaders Award winners:  Clockwise from top left – Luke Reyburn and Addison Monaco, Jensen Beach Elementary; Eva Sanchez and Charles Woodward, Seawind Elementary; Aidan Flores and Sara Kautz, Felix A. Williams Elementary; Yojana Mendoza and Luis Perez-Moreno, Warfield Elementary; Camryn Bruno and Gerald Garner, Pinewood Elementary; Alyxia Garza and Jared Baer, Port Salerno Elementary.  Not pictured – Micaela Cristoforo and Zachary Rekowski, Bessey Creek Elementary; Jaime Garcia and Bryar Stoney, Citrus Grove Elementary; Emilee Ault and Jacob Tremblay, Crystal Lake Elementary; Chase Burr and Areon Dames, Hobe Sound Elementary; Lexie Laverty and Nico Rocha, J.D. Parker Elementary; Vivian McCollough and Reis Elenbass Smith, Palm City Elementary.  

Martin County, May 31, 2018 – The Library Foundation of Martin County (LFMC) presented 24 young readers from Martin County’s 12 public elementary schools with Young Literary Leaders Awards during the final weeks of the school term.

The awards are presented to a fifth-grade girl and boy in each school in recognition of their exceptional reading achievements and love of learning. The award goes to fourth graders in Warfield Elementary as fifth graders in Indiantown attend the middle school.

In addition to a Literary Leaders certificate, the students received a $50 gift card for Barnes & Noble bookstore.

“Giving out these awards is one of my favorite things,” said Michael Kenny, LFMC executive director. “With all the distractions and entertainment options kids have today, it is terrific to see these young people embrace a love of books and reading.”

The 2018 Young Literary Award winners are Micaela Cristoforo and Zachary Rekowski, Bessey Creek Elementary; Jaime Garcia and Bryar Stoney, Citrus Grove Elementary; Emilee Ault and Jacob Tremblay, Crystal Lake Elementary; Aidan Flores and Sara Kautz, Felix A. Williams Elementary; Chase Burr and Areon Dames, Hobe Sound Elementary; Lexie Laverty and Nico Rocha, J.D. Parker Elementary; Luke Reyburn and Addison Monaco, Jensen Beach Elementary; Vivian McCollough and Reis Elenbass Smith, Palm City Elementary; Camryn Bruno and Gerald Garner, Pinewood Elementary; Alyxia Garza and Jared Baer, Port Salerno Elementary; Eva Sanchez and Charles Woodward, Seawind Elementary; and Yojana Mendoza and Luis Perez-Moreno, Warfield Elementary.

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Bacteria Advisory: Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and Stuart Sandbar

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An advisory is now in effect for the waters near Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar. Results from samples taken on Thursday show higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria. The Roosevelt Bridge has been under advisory since May 25.

Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution. The presence of these bacteria may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.

Potential health risks for those who ingest or come in contact with the water include upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes.

The advisory will remain in effect until results show consistent readings in the good range. The areas will be tested again on Monday, June 4.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been notified of the rise in bacteria levels for review and follow-up.

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County conducts weekly water sampling at four sites along the St. Lucie River including the Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar.

Martin County beach sites are sampled every other week.

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Got Windows? Need Blinds! Inc.

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Got Windows? Need Blinds! Inc., and Rene’ Grissom Interiors are direct sellers of home decor. We offer exceptional values on an extensive selection of window treatments, select furniture pieces, fabrics, area rugs, lighting and accessories, available by website, and direct purchase.

We offer the best prices and fast reliable service on Graber blinds and shades, Kirsch rods, fabrics, trim, metal sculptures, South Florida blinds and plantation shutters.

We can ship directly to you anywhere in the Continental United States. If you live in Martin, Saint Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, or Palm Beach counties we can measure, and install promptly to your home or office. If you are moving to the South Florida area and would like to use our Turn-Key service we can have your home completely furnished and ready for you when you arrive, just drop the suitcases, relax, and there will be food and drinks in the refrigerator waiting for you! We can completely furnish homes with silverware, bed linens, towels, appliances, televisions, artwork in three weeks or less. We will email you progress reports and photos as your home progresses.

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Waste Management of Florida Ready for 2018 Hurricane Season

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Bagster® Service Available for On-Demand Hurricane Debris
Removal and Disposal

TREASURE COAST-It’s the type of service you rarely think about until it’s truly needed. Much like electricity for your home or gasoline in your vehicle, most Florida residents may take their garbage or recycling collection for granted under ordinary daily circumstances.
“Following a powerful hurricane, one of the most essential needs for a community to begin recovery is the reliable return of its most vital services,” said Dawn McCormick, Community Affairs Director for Waste Management Inc. of Florida. “That’s why we spend a lot of time in the weeks and months prior to the start of hurricane season focusing within our company on annual hurricane preparation and recovery planning.”
The company also issues public advisories to residents and businesses about storm preparation. This information includes:
NOW:
• Trim your trees, hedges and other landscaping now. Do not wait for the approach of a major storm.
• Clean out your garage and storage areas at home now and donate your unneeded items or discard them. Do not wait for the approach of a major storm.
AT LEAST THREE DAYS BEFORE THE APPROACH OF A MAJOR STORM:
• Secure garbage and recycling containers. Place empty containers in a secure location away from open spaces.
• Stop all yard maintenance and tree trimming activities when there is a named storm with a predicted Florida landfall.
• Bundle and tie down all loose trash such as tree limbs, wood planks or building and roof tiles. Place these materials in a location where debris cannot become hazardous to homes and automobiles in high winds.
• Waste Management will continue to collect household garbage and recycling materials in the neighborhoods it serves according to designated schedules until a hurricane warning is issued.

AFTER THE STORM:
• After the storm passes, separate normal household garbage such as food refuse, diapers and regular household waste from storm debris caused by high winds, hail and rain. Storm debris including tree limbs, carpet and padding, aluminum and wood fencing, and household appliances should be placed curbside in a separate pile or piles.
• Separating normal household waste from storm debris will allow Waste Management employees to collect your household garbage more quickly and safely, and help prevent odors and safety hazards that would be created by mixing your household garbage with storm debris. The separation is also necessary to allow Waste Management to collect normal household waste and to permit other firms to collect storm debris in accordance with arrangements made by local municipalities and/or the County with contractors independent from Waste Management.
• Waste Management will restart curbside garbage and recycling collection of normal household waste on the streets that are passable upon approval from law enforcement and municipal officials. The company will expand its routes to additional areas as more streets become clear of debris and other impediments.
“After a hurricane or significant storm blows through a community, there are few more welcome signs of things getting back to normal than seeing our people doing their jobs,” said McCormick. “Once public safety is restored, the rapid recovery of a town or city begins with the startup of routine services. While contractors from other companies are contracted to pick up storm debris, Waste Management focuses on restoring regular household collection from the curbside.”
Also available in Waste Management’s mix of hurricane preparedness and recovery services is the Bagster® bag. An innovation in waste removal, Bagster is ideal in situations where there is a need to discard more debris than can fit in a typical bin or garbage receptacle, but not enough to require a dumpster. Available at local home improvement stores, Bagster bags are strong enough to hold 3,300 pounds of severe storm and hurricane debris items, such as tree stumps, large tree limbs, roofing shingles, full sheets of plywood and sheetrock.
“Our value to a community is not always apparent unless collection stops,” added McCormick. “Doing everything we can to prepare before, and return to service after a crisis, is what being a good community partner is all about.”
ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT
Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.

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We are proud to provide the Treasure Coast with the finest in elder care services at affordable rates.

We provide carefully selected caregivers for a variety of services: companionship, home care, meal preparation or respite relief. We will custom tailor a plan of care to meet individual needs.

We can provide service plans from as little as 2 hours to 24-hours a day, hourly or live in. Acorn Caregivers provide the personal touches that are so important: a steady hand, a bright smile, and the willingness to go the extra mile. These are all hallmarks of our elder care service.

Please call us today and explore how Acorn Elder Care might be of service. You may schedule a free, no obligation in home consultation where we will review your individual needs. It is our privilege and honor to serve the elders of Martin and Saint Lucie Counties

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Poor Seniors May Be More Vulnerable to Dementia

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Being poor later in life may boost the risk of dementia by 50 percent, new research suggests.

“Our study confirms that the risk of dementia is reduced among well-off older people compared with those who have fewer economic resources,” said lead researcher Dorina Cadar.

“Public health strategies for dementia prevention should target socioeconomic gaps to reduce health disparities and protect those who are particularly disadvantaged,” Cadar added.

She’s a research associate at University College London’s department of behavioral science and health.

Many factors could be involved in the findings, including differences in lifestyle and overall health. Also, affluent people have greater social and cultural opportunities that allow them to remain actively engaged with the world, Cadar explained.

And the study did not prove that poverty directly causes dementia risk to rise, just that there’s an association.

Dr. Sam Gandy, director of the Mount Sinai Center for Cognitive Health and NFL Neurological Care in New York City, said it’s possible that one sign of dementia is losing control over your finances.

“Poor financial management may be an early sign of dementia, such that financial resources are depleted late in life,” he suggested.

“This may also be a manifestation of executive thinking dysfunction, such as paying bills multiple times, or poor judgment and vulnerability to scam artists,” Gandy said.

But Gandy also agreed that financial status may be a stand-in for a poorly managed diet and lifestyle, both of which are linked to the risk for dementia.

Cadar said that in “an English, nationally representative sample, the incidence of dementia appeared to be socioeconomically patterned, primarily by the level of wealth.”

In the study, she and her colleagues collected data on more than 6,200 men and women aged 65 and older.

Seven percent developed dementia in the 12 years between 2002-2003 and 2014-2015.

The risk of dementia was 50 percent higher among the poorest, compared with the richest people, the researchers found.

This finding was independent of level of education, amount of deprivation and overall health factors.

Rebecca Edelmayer is director of scientific engagement at the Alzheimer’s Association. She said, “This paper adds credence to the growing list of evidence suggesting that access to good health care and the ability to make healthy lifestyle decisions can really impact our risk of developing dementia.”

The report was published online May 16 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

More information

Visit the Alzheimer’s Association for more on dementia.

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Mimi McCallum’s Art Reflection

Out2martincounty.comThrough my art I aspire to capture moments in time that relate to memories that touch our hearts. I aspire to create images of objects, places and figures with pleasing shapes and energetic color.

My “people stories” are paintings including figure in them. This is a subject I enjoy painting. My people are All People and an experience we can share. The “At the Beach” series provides glimpses of sensual and relaxing times that are the beach. The beach offers a refuge from the routine and mundane. The figures enjoy the warm sun, the wind blowing their hair, umbrellas, towels, sand in their toes and the beauty of the ocean.

Contact: Mimi McCallum at 772-334-3492… Cell No. 772-341-1021… Fax No. 863-983-5484

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NEW OUTREACH CENTER SERVING LOCAL FOSTER FAMILIES TO BE A COMMUNITY “HUB” FOR PLACE OF HOPE TREASURE COAST

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Harris L. Weinstein left a legacy to provide hope and a brighter future for local foster children. Through Place of Hope’s newest building, The Harris L. Weinstein Outreach Center, his legacy continues.

Hobe Sound, FL – May 2018 – A once overgrown acre of land will soon be a place to train and license foster families. On June 8, Place of Hope will celebrate its highly anticipated Treasure Coast outreach center with a ground breaking ceremony. In January 2015 Place of Hope expanded its traditional foster care program from Palm Beach County to the four county circuit – Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee.

“Through a gracious gift from the C. Kenneth & Laura Baxter Foundation in memory of Harris L. Weinstein, we were able to purchase the land. With the support of the community and state legislators, we have been able to raise the majority of the costs to build. We still have a small funding gap, but we are confident when these doors open we will be debt free.” states Founding CEO Charles L. Bender, III.

The new facility will offer a co-shared workspace with a coffee shop/lounge retail concept, a large meeting room for local business functions and trainings, as well as serve as the main hub for community outreach and foster family trainings. “It will be where residents and local businesses can have a meeting, catch up on emails and have a good cup of coffee in a welcoming environment – all while supporting the mission of Place of Hope.” Business Development & Community Relations Jamie Bond.

“Through love and faith, Place of Hope ensures that children have the security, nurturing and guidance that they deserve. It is inspiring to see how our community is responding to children in need, giving hope for their bright future.” – MaryLynn Magar, State Representative

Capital Naming opportunities are available. Contact Jamie Bond at 561-775-7195 or jamieb@placeofhope.com to learn more.

Since expanding into the Treasure Coast, Place of Hope has cared for 209 children, licensed 80 foster families and witnessed 21 of those foster families become forever families through adoption. Place of Hope is a unique, faith-based, state-licensed children’s organization providing family-style foster care (emergency and long-term); family outreach and intervention; maternity care; safety for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking; transitional housing and support services for youth aging out of foster care; housing and support services for homeless families; foster care recruitment and support; hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect through our region.

To attend the ceremony, RSVP to Jamie Bond at jamieb@placeofhope.com or call 561-775-7195. The ground breaking will take place at 9:00AM at the NW Corner of Adonis & Dixie Highway in Downtown Hobe Sound.

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Martin Youth LEADERship Graduates its 21st Class!

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Stuart, FL– On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 39 students of this year’s Martin Youth LEADERship Program participated in their ninth and final session of the 2017-18 school year.

Martin Youth LEADERship Program Chair Diana Bruton kicked off the session at Treasure Health in Stuart. She introduced Craig Perry and Deborah Kotrady, who each gave an overview of the support services and volunteer opportunities at Treasure Health. Students then gave their own presentations through their Capstone Projects. Student groups tackled diverse community problems, gave Power Point Presentations and participated in a peer-to-peer question and answer sessions. Their session ended with MYL’s version of Jeopardy. Topics covered categories derived from the previous eight program sessions. The fierce competition was a creative way of giving students a “final exam” for all that they had learned this year.

The day continued with a luncheon and Graduation ceremony at Stuart Yacht & Country Club. Keynote speaker, the Honorable Steven J. Levin of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court, gave inspiring advice to students which resonated soundly with both the parents and students in the audience.

Class 21 is made up of students from all four of Martin County’s public high schools, as well as The Pine School. Congratulations to the following young leaders:

Hope Ali                                Jordan Ashley                             Daniel Ballinger
William Baratta                   Dalton Berner                             Jasmine Bonilla
Clara Boyer                          Ella Burgener                              Randi Cass
Noah Chaban                       Nicholas Ciampi                         Cole Darrow
Emily Derrenbacker           Hunter DeSantis                        Maria DiEgidio
Amanda Dill                         Kylie Eaker                                 Jeremey Galinis
Zachary Galinis                   Maggie Gilheney                        Dominique Jadusingh
Marley Johnson                  Kaeli Ladwig                               Lauren Langley
Miranda Melians                 Tyler Melton                               Isabella Moore
Lily Orazi                              Eric “Jimmy” Peterson             Caitlin Reams
Kate Ross                             Jonathon Rubin                          Elizabeth Russell
Allison Sanchez                  Nichole Shakoor                          Sheila Sleigh
Addison Textor                   Dyllan Thomas                            Jack Ungerland

The program would not be possible without the support of our many Sponsors, particularly: LEADERship Martin County Alumni, the Martin County School District and the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the program’s success is due to the dedication of a Planning Committee, which meetings monthly to organize the sessions.

The Martin Youth LEADERship Program for high school students is concluding its 21st year. The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted into the program. The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for local high school sophomores and juniors to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply and only a maximum of 40 are selected to participate in this comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Upon completion, these young Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through leadership enhancing activities. .

For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you might become a sponsor, donor, advisory board member or obtain a student application, please go to: http://www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth-leadership/, or contact Jeanne Dunn at MartinYouthLeadership@gmail.com or at (772) 486-4695.

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Local Law Enforcement Participates in Community Support Program Addressing Poverty

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STUART – Local agencies have partnered to bring the renowned “Bridges Out of Poverty” community support program to Martin County. This multifaceted model actively involves the public, law enforcement, social service agencies and their clients to participate in learning the effect that poverty has on the entire community and provide a better understanding of how to help people move out of poverty. Hosted by House of Hope and funded by the Martin County Community Foundation’s Francis Langford Fund, the Law Enforcement Training segment of the Bridges Out of Poverty program took place May 11 at the City of Stuart Police Department.

The law enforcement element of the training stems from Jodi Pfarr’s industry-standard book, Tactical Communication, which guides first responders to better utilize communication skills to control the scene, stay safe, and garner cooperation and respect with the people they encounter from all socio-economic backgrounds. The workshop is tailored to help first responders understand the driving forces in poverty in order to be more effective on each call and receive fewer complaints. Having local law enforcement eager to learn from this course is a critical component to the effectiveness of the program overall given their daily interaction with the community and various situations they are tasked with managing.

Staff from City of Stuart Police, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, and House of Hope participated in a daylong session facilitated by Gary Rudick. The 35-year veteran of law enforcement informs “This isn’t a hug-a-thug program, instead it serves to create better communication and understanding between police officers and members of the community. [This training] can help officers create a better perception and reputation which helps to build trust. Everything works better when everyone trusts and works together.”

City of Stuart Chief of Police, David Dyess states “The training will prove to be extremely helpful to the officers when working with the public. Communication is the key to every successful law enforcement officer, and the Bridges out of Poverty course certainly provides officers tools to enhance our skills with all citizens of the community.”

President and CEO of the Martin County Community Foundation, Elizabeth Barbella adds “Our local experts identified this investment as essential to enhancing the way organizations and first responders, including law enforcement, interact with and empower those who are struggling to overcome poverty and hunger to achieve stability and self-sufficiency. We salute House of Hope for taking a leadership role in guiding this game changing work for our community and applaud our local law enforcement community for embracing this valuable opportunity.”

Other components of the Bridges Out of Poverty curriculum have been underway since early this year including a series of poverty simulations which invited the general public to participate. Local leaders and influencers who were in attendance consistently reported that the experience was enlightening and important as it has inspired a different outlook and concern for the community around them. House of Hope will soon be rolling out the client portion of the training, “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World” which is a facilitated program to help individuals build their own personal plan to get out of poverty and create sustainability. The objective is to provide an all-inclusive learning program that will benefit the individual and the community.

To learn more about the project and upcoming opportunities to participate, visit hohmartin.org.

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INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE NAMED TOP TEN NATIONAL FINALIST FOR 2019 ASPEN PRIZE FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE EXCELLENCE

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FORT PIERCE – Indian River State College (IRSC) was named today as a top-ten national finalist for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. This marks the third time IRSC has been selected as a top ten finalist. In 2017, the College advanced to the Aspen Prize Top 3 as a Finalist with Distinction.

“The selection of Indian River State College as a three-time Aspen Prize Top 10 Community College is a tremendous honor recognizing the exceptional commitment to student success and results achieved by our college’s faculty, staff and administration,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. “Advancing to the final round of this competition for the third consecutive time brings increased national attention to our college and community, and more importantly, validates our drive to continuously improve for our students. IRSC’s sustained excellence is a credit to our people — students, employees, and community partners — who strive every day to be the best college in America. This honor is truly theirs.”

IRSC was selected from more than 1,000 state and community colleges following a rigorous review of data, strategies and outcomes related to student learning, degree and certificate completion, high rates of graduate employment, earnings for graduates, and exceptional access and success for minority and low-income students.

“Congratulations to Indian River State College for being named as one of 10 finalists for the coveted 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence,” said Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega. “This outstanding recognition is a testament of the dedication and commitment to excellence of the College faculty, staff and students, as well as Florida’s collective priority on student success.”

“With the nearest alternatives at least 60 miles away, Indian River State College is the only public higher education option for many of its students, and it delivers what they need whether their immediate goal is workforce preparation or earning a bachelor’s degree,” said Joshua Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen
Institute’s College Excellence Program in Washington, D.C. “IRSC has achieved strong results by engaging in scaled reforms in multiple areas – from training everyone on customer service to ensuring that graduates have the skills they need for a job and have a clear map of the courses that they need to get to their chosen career. The College’s consistent drive to improve translates into what matters most: strong and improving levels of student success.”

According to the Aspen Institute, Indian River State College stands out as one of the nation’s top community colleges for many reasons, including:
• Impressive three-year graduation/transfer rates for all students (49 percent as compared to 40 percent nationally).
• IRSC offers 17 bachelor’s degrees in its world-class facilities, all aligned to high-demand jobs in the region.
• Exemplary work in developing clear programs of study that help students successfully complete classes and graduate, strengthened by intensive advising, progress tracking, and early interventions that keep students on track all the way to graduation.

Additional factors underscore IRSC’s commitment to student success:
• During the 2017-2018 academic year, IRSC’s graduating class—3,951 students—was the largest in the College’s 58-year history;
• 94% of IRSC graduates find employment or continue their education, typically earning more than twice the average entry wage in the four-county area; and
• IRSC is designated as the 3rd Most Affordable College in the U.S. by the Department of Education, with no tuition increase in six years.

The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is awarded every two years.. In April 2019, the $1 million Prize purse will be awarded at an event in Washington, D.C., to the winner, two or three finalists-with-distinction, and a “Rising Star” that has achieved exceptional levels of improvement. The 2019 Aspen Prize is generously funded by the Joyce Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Siemens Foundation.

Three Florida colleges—Indian River State College, Broward College, and Miami Dade College—are among the 2019 finalists. The 2019 Aspen Prize Finalists, listed in alphabetical order are:

• Alamo Colleges District – Palo Alto College – San Antonio, TX
• Broward College – Fort Lauderdale, FL
• CUNY Kingsborough Community College – Brooklyn, NY
• Indian River State College – Fort Pierce, FL
• Miami Dade College – Miami, FL
• Mitchell Technical Institute – Mitchell, SD
• Odessa College – Odessa, TX
• Pasadena City College – Pasadena, CA
• Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom – Lakewood, WA
• San Jacinto College – Pasadena, TX

Indian River State College is a public, comprehensive college serving Florida’s Treasure Coast with campuses in Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Vero Beach. IRSC has earned a statewide and national reputation for quality, innovation and responsiveness to community needs, inspiring more than 30,000 people to enroll in courses, training and enrichment each year. Every aspect of IRSC is focused on student success with small classes, personalized guidance, convenient campuses and online programs. IRSC is ranked as the 3rd Most Affordable College in the country by the U.S. Department of Education, and in recognition of its strong commitment to student success, was named a Top-Ten Nationalist Finalist for the prestigious Aspen Award in 2015 and 2017, a Top-Three Aspen Award Finalist with Distinction in 2017, and an Achieving the Dream Leader College in 2017. For more information, visit www.irsc.edu.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices, policies, and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award, and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses. For more information, visit http://highered.aspeninstitute.org/.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.

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CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER STUDENTS GRADUATE WITH HEAD START ON COLLEGE AND CAREERS

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STUART – Ninety-four high school seniors will graduate from Clark Advanced Learning Center Saturday, May 26, with a head start on college, expertise in the latest technology, and with real-world experience gained through more than 11,000 hours of service learning and community engagement. The Graduation Ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m. at the Jensen Beach High School Wellness Center/Gymnasium at 2875 Northwest Goldenrod Road in Jensen Beach.

Clark Advanced Learning Center—a public charter high school for sophomores, juniors and seniors—is among the top-scoring Treasure Coast schools based on Florida’s school grading system and among the top 20 high schools in all of Florida. Clark has been designated a Grade “A” school by the State of Florida for nine consecutive years and is recognized as a High-Performing Charter School and a School of Excellence for 2017-2018 by the Florida Department of Education.

Conveniently located at the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College in Stuart and organized in partnership with the Martin County School District, Clark students can take full advantage of the resources of a college campus and earn tuition-free college credits through dual enrollment with the College. As a result, many Clark students graduate with their high school diploma and a year or more of college completed. This year, 67 percent of the senior class (63 students) have earned Associate degrees from IRSC, enabling them to continue their studies as juniors at the college or university level. Twenty-eight Clark graduates have elected to attend IRSC in the fall with college credits already in hand.

Collectively, Clark seniors earned over $160,000 in local college scholarships and over $489,000 in Bright Futures Scholarships and many seniors received local, state, and national honors and recognition.

Brian Barral and Jordan Poe will be honored as co-valedictorians. Barral will attend University of Florida, majoring in Biochemistry, and Poe will attend the University of Florida, majoring in Health Sciences. The salutatorian is Gwenyth Altman. Altman will attend University of Florida, majoring in Criminology. All three honorees will graduate with their Associate in Arts Degree along with their high school diploma.

Timothy Webster, a graduate of the Clark Class of 2012, will give the Commencement address. Webster studied Business Management at Indian River State College, before studying Graphic Design at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, from where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree and several awards for his portfolio work. Webster is currently the graphic designer at the Foundation for Economic Education in Savannah, Georgia.

Congratulatory remarks will be extended by Dr. Christina T. Hart, IRSC Vice President of Enrollment & Student Services and Dr. Ginger L. Featherstone, Deputy Superintendent of the Martin County School District.

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Albert Wilson Donates Books to Devereux CBC

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Port St. Lucie – It’s not all football all the time with Albert Wilson, the Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver who recently signed with the Miami Dolphins. This spring, it’s about books, literacy and child abuse prevention.

That’s because Wilson, a St. Lucie County native wants to give back to the community that helped shape the man he is today.

His Albert Wilson Foundation —established in 2016 to help provide opportunities to children in foster care – closed the books on its third annual football skills camp earlier this month. The camp is open and free to all children in the community, but spots are always held open for children in foster care.

“He grew up here, he was in foster care here, so he was going to make sure any kid in foster care who wanted to play ball with him had that opportunity,” said foundation director Jamaal May.

Wilson also feels strongly that all children should have access to books, May said. That’s why the foundation collaborated with Great Expressions Dental Care during the month of April for a book drive.

“We are grateful for all who were able to participate,” May said. The ability to donate books to encourage our youth to read, grow their vocabulary, and present stories that are everlasting is very rewarding to The Albert Wilson Foundation.”

About 150 new books were donated May 5 to Devereux CBC, which oversees the foster-care system in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties.

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SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS VICKI DAVIS ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS OF THIS YEAR’S SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAMS

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Stuart – On Tuesday, May 8th at the Martin County Board of Commission office Vicki Davis Supervisor of Elections announced the results of the Middle
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SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS VICKI DAVIS ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS OF THIS YEAR’S SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAMS

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Stuart – On Tuesday, May 8th at the Martin County Board of Commission office Vicki Davis Supervisor of Elections announced the results of the Middle
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SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS VICKI DAVIS ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS OF THIS YEAR’S SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAMS

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Stuart – On Tuesday, May 8th at the Martin County Board of Commission office Vicki Davis Supervisor of Elections announced the results of the Middle
school-Chick-fil-A poster contest and High School art contest.Each year the Supervisor of Elections sponsors a Middle School-Chick-fil-A poster contest and High School art contes
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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On May 11, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On May 11, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On May 11, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Jensen Beach – On May 11, 2018 A Friday Night Cocktail Power Hour was hosted by the Women’s Power Lunch at The Dolphin Bar. Guys and Gals for our MAY 2018 Cocktail Power Hour.

Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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Women’s Power Lunch Cocktail Power Hour

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Their was casual networking over Happy Hour priced cocktails and appetizers were available also. For more information about the Women’s Power Lunch go to their website at www.womenspowerlunch.biz.

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SFWMD Completes Restoration of Historic Loxahatchee River Dams

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Jupiter – Today the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Water Resources Analysis Coalition received a detailed presentation about the recently completed restoration of two historic dams on the Loxahatchee River in northern Palm Beach County.

The dams, first built in the 1930s by local families, control and regulate upstream flow stages of the Northwest Fork of the river, the state’s first designated “wild and scenic” river. The dams also maintain the hydrology of the riverine floodplain ecosystem. Modeling has shown that without the two dams in place, the upstream water levels would be about 1.5 feet lower, draining the freshwater swamp and encouraging saltwater intrusion.

“One of SFWMD’s primary missions is the protection of natural systems and these dam renovations are crucial to ensuring the future of the Loxahatchee River,” said Governing Board Vice Chair Melanie Peterson, a Palm Beach County resident and former member of the Loxahatchee River Management Coordinating Council. “These dams are not only living parts of Palm Beach County’s history, but they are essential to protecting the cypress swamp floodplain that makes the Loxahatchee so unique.”

In February of 2017, the SFWMD Governing Board approved $2.5 million worth of restoration work to the two historic dams. Restoration work began in March 2017 and was completed in January, approximately six months ahead of schedule. The work was originally not expected to be completed until July 2018 but the contractor worked through last summer’s wet season to speed up the completion and bring the restoration benefits to Palm Beach County residents sooner.

The repairs, which came after extensive public input and thorough review, minimize any impact to the river’s natural resources and preserve the historical integrity of the dams. Areas of the dam that have decayed were repaired and soil under and around the dams were stabilized to reduce seepage.

“I wanted to specifically thank the water management district for how they approached this project,” said Albrey Arrington, Executive Director of the Loxahatchee River District. “They engaged the community at multiple levels and really sought genuine input from the community on how to restructure this important facility.”

In addition to protecting the unique river ecosystem of the Loxahatchee River, the dam restoration work also included reconstructing the canoe and kayak portages to improve recreational access for all users.

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Martin County’s Rio CRA Designated as an Opportunity Zone

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Governor Scott recently designated the Rio Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) as one of 245 Opportunity Zones in the State of Florida. Part of a new federal program established by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Opportunity Zones are designed to strengthen economically struggling communities by encouraging long-term private investment.

“Martin County is extremely fortunate to receive the designation of an Opportunity Zone by Governor Scott and we’re very excited about what it will bring to Rio and the CRA,” said Commissioner Doug Smith. Smith continued, “Rio has the potential to expand upon its’ already wonderful quality of life that the residents have worked for so many years to enhance and protect.”

“The Rio Community Redevelopment Plan provides the vision and development standards necessary to create a vibrant, livable community,” said Assistant County Administrator George Stokus. He added that “significant investments in sewer, water and roadway improvements in Rio are helping create a town center for this historic community, which is now ready for enhanced growth and opportunity.”

To learn more about Governor Scott’s announcement, visit http://bit.ly/FLOppZone. For information on Martin County’s seven CRA neighborhoods, visit https://www.martin.fl.us/CRA. To stay up-to-date on other County news, follow us on Twitter @MartinCountygovFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/.

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UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Summer Best Management Practices Workshops

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UF/IFAS Extension Martin County, in partnership with the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Stuart, will be offering a series of workshops this summer for municipal and industry professionals. The program, Protecting Florida’s Resources Best Management Practices Summer Series, provides municipal and industry professionals with training in Florida-Friendly Landscaping Best Management Practices and related topics applicable to their work. CEU’s will be offered for most sessions. Classes are held each Tuesday, June 5 through July 17, from 12:30 p.m. til 2:45 p.m. A full schedule of topics and presenters is available on the Eventbrite registration page at the link below.

Most classes are held at Indian Riverside Park, 1707 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. The July 3rd class, focusing on playground safety, will be held at Jensen Beach Elementary.

Municipal Employees – Registration not required
Industry Professional – Advance registration required via Eventbrite; $20 per day
https://mcsummerbmp2018.eventbrite.com

For more information, contact UF/IFAS Extension Martin County at (772) 288-5654.

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Celebrating Bartending Fundraiser for Stamp Out Hunger 2018

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Palm City – On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Manero’s Restaurant in Palm City a fundraiser for House of Hope enjoyed a fun evening of cocktails, raffle prizeds & lots of conversations.

Local volunteer bartenders from the area included; Hilary McKeich, Jill Marasa at 5:00 pm. Melissa Zolla, Scott Moore at 6:00 pm. Commissioner Ed Ciampi and Stacy Ranieri at 7:00 pm. This year the 26th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive iso on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.

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Celebrating Bartending Fundraiser for Stamp Out Hunger 2018

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Palm City – On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Manero’s Restaurant in Palm City a fundraiser for House of Hope enjoyed a fun evening of cocktails, raffle prizeds & lots of conversations.

Local volunteer bartenders from the area included – Hilary McKeich, Jill Marasa at 5:00 pm. Melissa Zolla, Scott Moore at 6:00 pm. Commissioner Ed Ciampi and Stacy Ranieri at 7:00 pm. This year the 26th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive iso on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.

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Celebrating Bartending Fundraiser for Stamp Out Hunger 2018

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Palm City – On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Manero’s Restaurant in Palm City a fundraiser for House of Hope enjoyed a fun evening of cocktails, raffle prizeds & lots of conversations.

Local volunteer bartenders from the area included – Hilary McKeich, Jill Marasa at 5:00 pm. Melissa Zolla, Scott Moore at 6:00 pm. Commissioner Ed Ciampi and Stacy Ranieri at 7:00 pm. This year the 26th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive iso on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.

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Celebrating Bartending Fundraiser for Stamp Out Hunger 2018

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Palm City – On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Manero’s Restaurant in Palm City a fundraiser for House of Hope enjoyed a fun evening of cocktails, raffle prizeds & lots of conversations.

Local volunteer bartenders from the area included; Hilary McKeich, Jill Marasa at 5:00 pm. Melissa Zolla, Scott Moore at 6:00 pm. Commissioner Ed Ciampi and Stacy Ranieri at 7:00 pm. This year the 26th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive iso on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.

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Celebrating Bartending Fundraiser for Stamp Out Hunger 2018

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Palm City – On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Manero’s Restaurant in Palm City a fundraiser for House of Hope enjoyed a fun evening of cocktails, raffle prizeds & lots of conversations.

Local volunteer bartenders from the area included; Hilary McKeich, Jill Marasa at 5:00 pm. Melissa Zolla, Scott Moore at 6:00 pm. Commissioner Ed Ciampi and Stacy Ranieri at 7:00 pm. This year the 26th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive iso on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.

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Celebrating Bartending Fundraiser for Stamp Out Hunger 2018

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Palm City – On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Manero’s Restaurant in Palm City a fundraiser for House of Hope enjoyed a fun evening of cocktails, raffle prizeds & lots of conversations.

Local volunteer bartenders from the area included; Hilary McKeich, Jill Marasa at 5:00 pm. Melissa Zolla, Scott Moore at 6:00 pm. Commissioner Ed Ciampi and Stacy Ranieri at 7:00 pm. This year the 26th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive iso on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.

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Celebrating Bartending Fundraiser for Stamp Out Hunger 2018

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Palm City – On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Manero’s Restaurant in Palm City a fundraiser for House of Hope enjoyed a fun evening of cocktails, raffle prizeds & lots of conversations.

Local volunteer bartenders from the area included; Hilary McKeich, Jill Marasa at 5:00 pm. Melissa Zolla, Scott Moore at 6:00 pm. Commissioner Ed Ciampi and Stacy Ranieri at 7:00 pm. This year the 26th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive iso on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.

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Celebrating Bartending Fundraiser for Stamp Out Hunger 2018

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Palm City – On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Manero’s Restaurant in Palm City a fundraiser for House of Hope enjoyed a fun evening of cocktails, raffle prizeds & lots of conversations.

Local volunteer bartenders from the area included; Hilary McKeich, Jill Marasa at 5:00 pm. Melissa Zolla, Scott Moore at 6:00 pm. Commissioner Ed Ciampi and Stacy Ranieri at 7:00 pm. This year the 26th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive iso on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.

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County Celebrates our Area’s Colorful History During Historic Preservation Month

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Martin County Commission Chairman Edward Ciampi presenting Historic Preservation Month proclamation to Douette Pryce, Chair of the Martin County Historic Preservation Board.

Stuart – At their meeting this morning, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners presented a proclamation declaring May as Historic Preservation Month in Martin County. “In issuing this proclamation, we recognize the important role that historic preservation plays in our lives in Martin County,” said Board Chairman and District Five Commissioner Ed Ciampi. “The events that have been planned for this very special month are a great way for our community to celebrate the people and places that have made Martin County so unique.”

This year marks the Martin County Historic Preservation Board’s (HPB) tenth year of coordinating Historic Preservation Month events on behalf of the commission. According to HPB member, Joette Lorion Rice, who has been there for all of them, “It was the board’s hope, when we launched the first celebration a decade ago, that public education about our historic treasures would help a preservation ethic take root in Martin County. The 2018 Schedule of Events, that lists more 36 events by a diversity of groups, is proof that a preservation ethic has, indeed, taken root.”

The festivities will kick off on Tuesday, May 1 at 5 p.m. at the Stuart Heritage Museum, housed in the historic Stuart Feed Store (1901), where preservationists will gather to celebrate the beginning of Historic Preservation Month. Two other highlights of the month include: a plaque dedication at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (1898) on May 13 to commemorate placing Martin County’s oldest church on the Martin County Register of Historic Landmarks, and a reception at the Mansion at Tuckahoe on May 17 to present the Preservationist of the Year Award to Julie Preast.

The Captain Sewall House (circa 1889) will be open each Wednesday with historian Sandra Thurlow on hand to tell its story on May 2, and Bruce and Barbara Osborn appearing in period costume as Captain and Mrs. Sewall each week. There will also be tours of the Mansion at Tuckahoe offered each Wednesday. Open houses will be held at the Apollo School (1924), Martin County’s only surviving two-room schoolhouse; the Salerno Colored School (circa 1930), Martin County’s only surviving one-room schoolhouse; the Audubon House; the Environmental Studies Center; the House of Refuge (1876), Martin County’s oldest structure; and All Saints’ Episcopal Church (1899). There will be an open house at the Golden Gate Building (1925) with a lecture on Preserving the Golden Gate Building by Julie Preast and Saadia Tsaftarides that will culminate with a plaque unveiling to commemorate the building’s placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

Other lectures on Martin County’s rich history include: Dr. Porter of Stuart, John Wilkes Booth and the President Lincoln Conspirators by local historian Alice Luckhardt, and The History of Salerno and Its Commercial Fishing Village by John Hennessee. The historic Lyric Theatre (1926) will also offer a lecture by its Executive Director, Kia Fontaine, on Preserving the Lyric for Stuart Heritage’s monthly meeting.

The historic Art Deco style Martin County Court House (1937) Cultural Center will open its doors as well, by hosting a Sunset Concert, the Marvin S. Cone 32nd Annual Juried Art Show, Cultural Conversations about Edith Wharton and a panel discussion on Historic Buildings Repurposed by the Arts Community.

Other activities include: a Remembrance and Re-Dedication Ceremony at the Hobe Sound Allen Temple Cemetery, a National World War I Centennial Memorial Tree Dedication and a Dedication Ceremony for the sailfish statues that have been placed around the city. On May 12, Stuart Main Street, in partnership with the Stuart Heritage Museum, will host Stuart Heritage Day featuring a tour of vintage locations with an emphasis on Seminole Street.

According to Douette Pryce, Chair of the Martin County Historic Preservation Board, “Historic Preservation Month is a great way to celebrate the rich history that contributes to our sense of place here in Martin County. Our board invites Martin County residents to join us as we commemorate this very special month along with the rest of the country.”

For more information or a detailed Schedule of Events, call 772-221-1329 or visit www.martin.fl.us/historicpreservation.

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2018 Top Chef Martin County

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Stuart – The Top Chef Martin County 2018 to benefit House of Hope was Saturday, April 29th at St. Joseph Family Center. The sizzling battle started with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors had 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish to prove their culinary skills were worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A selected panel of local notables and professional chefs critiqued the cuisine. The contest took place in the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. Guests enjoyed gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, music, dancing. The 170 attendees raised over $23,000 for House of Hope during the event.The Chefs were cheered on during the spirited battle!

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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2018 Top Chef Martin County

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Stuart – The Top Chef Martin County 2018 to benefit House of Hope was Saturday, April 29th at St. Joseph Family Center. The sizzling battle started with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors had 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish to prove their culinary skills were worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A selected panel of local notables and professional chefs critiqued the cuisine. The contest took place in the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. Guests enjoyed gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, music, dancing. The 170 attendees raised over $23,000 for House of Hope during the event.The Chefs were cheered on during the spirited battle!

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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2018 Top Chef Martin County

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Stuart – The Top Chef Martin County 2018 to benefit House of Hope was Saturday, April 29th at St. Joseph Family Center. The sizzling battle started with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors had 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish to prove their culinary skills were worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A selected panel of local notables and professional chefs critiqued the cuisine. The contest took place in the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. Guests enjoyed gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, music, dancing. The 170 attendees raised over $23,000 for House of Hope during the event.The Chefs were cheered on during the spirited battle!

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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2018 Top Chef Martin County

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Stuart – The Top Chef Martin County 2018 to benefit House of Hope was Saturday, April 29th at St. Joseph Family Center. The sizzling battle started with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors had 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish to prove their culinary skills were worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A selected panel of local notables and professional chefs critiqued the cuisine. The contest took place in the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. Guests enjoyed gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, music, dancing. The 170 attendees raised over $23,000 for House of Hope during the event.The Chefs were cheered on during the spirited battle!

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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2018 Top Chef Martin County

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Stuart – The Top Chef Martin County 2018 to benefit House of Hope was Saturday, April 29th at St. Joseph Family Center. The sizzling battle started with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors had 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish to prove their culinary skills were worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A selected panel of local notables and professional chefs critiqued the cuisine. The contest took place in the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. Guests enjoyed gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, music, dancing. The 170 attendees raised over $23,000 for House of Hope during the event.The Chefs were cheered on during the spirited battle!

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2018 Top Chef Martin County

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Stuart – The Top Chef Martin County 2018 to benefit House of Hope was Saturday, April 29th at St. Joseph Family Center. The sizzling battle started with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors had 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish to prove their culinary skills were worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A selected panel of local notables and professional chefs critiqued the cuisine. The contest took place in the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. Guests enjoyed gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, music, dancing. The 170 attendees raised over $23,000 for House of Hope during the event.The Chefs were cheered on during the spirited battle!

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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2018 Top Chef Martin County

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Stuart – The Top Chef Martin County 2018 to benefit House of Hope was Saturday, April 29th at St. Joseph Family Center. The sizzling battle started with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors had 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish to prove their culinary skills were worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A selected panel of local notables and professional chefs critiqued the cuisine. The contest took place in the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. Guests enjoyed gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, music, dancing. The 170 attendees raised over $23,000 for House of Hope during the event.The Chefs were cheered on during the spirited battle!

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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2018 Top Chef Martin County

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Stuart – The Top Chef Martin County 2018 to benefit House of Hope was Saturday, April 29th at St. Joseph Family Center. The sizzling battle started with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors had 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish to prove their culinary skills were worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A selected panel of local notables and professional chefs critiqued the cuisine. The contest took place in the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. Guests enjoyed gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, music, dancing. The 170 attendees raised over $23,000 for House of Hope during the event.The Chefs were cheered on during the spirited battle!

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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2018 Top Chef Martin County

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Stuart – The Top Chef Martin County 2018 to benefit House of Hope was Saturday, April 29th at St. Joseph Family Center. The sizzling battle started with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors had 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish to prove their culinary skills were worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A selected panel of local notables and professional chefs critiqued the cuisine. The contest took place in the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. Guests enjoyed gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, music, dancing. The 170 attendees raised over $23,000 for House of Hope during the event.The Chefs were cheered on during the spirited battle!

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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2018 Top Chef Martin County

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Stuart – The Top Chef Martin County 2018 to benefit House of Hope was Saturday, April 29th at St. Joseph Family Center. The sizzling battle started with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors had 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish to prove their culinary skills were worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A selected panel of local notables and professional chefs critiqued the cuisine. The contest took place in the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. Guests enjoyed gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, music, dancing. The 170 attendees raised over $23,000 for House of Hope during the event.The Chefs were cheered on during the spirited battle!

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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2018 Top Chef Martin County

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Stuart – The Top Chef Martin County 2018 to benefit House of Hope was Saturday, April 29th at St. Joseph Family Center. The sizzling battle started with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors had 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish to prove their culinary skills were worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A selected panel of local notables and professional chefs critiqued the cuisine. The contest took place in the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. Guests enjoyed gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, music, dancing. The 170 attendees raised over $23,000 for House of Hope during the event.The Chefs were cheered on during the spirited battle!

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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2018 Top Chef Martin County

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Stuart – The Top Chef Martin County 2018 to benefit House of Hope was Saturday, April 29th at St. Joseph Family Center. The sizzling battle started with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors had 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish to prove their culinary skills were worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A selected panel of local notables and professional chefs critiqued the cuisine. The contest took place in the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. Guests enjoyed gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, music, dancing. The 170 attendees raised over $23,000 for House of Hope during the event.The Chefs were cheered on during the spirited battle!

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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Stuart – The Top Chef Martin County 2018 to benefit House of Hope was Saturday, April 29th at St. Joseph Family Center. The sizzling battle started with five amateur chefs and five surprise baskets of ingredients found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors had 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish to prove their culinary skills were worthy of the coveted distinction as Top Chef! A selected panel of local notables and professional chefs critiqued the cuisine. The contest took place in the art kitchen at St. Joseph’s Family Center. Guests enjoyed gourmet tasting stations from area restaurants, two free drink tickets, fabulous raffle prizes, music, dancing. The 170 attendees raised over $23,000 for House of Hope during the event.The Chefs were cheered on during the spirited battle!

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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Prestley Blake Shares his Friendly Story

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In Photo: Pres Blake – greets friends prior to the presentation about his autobiography “A Friendly Life” at the Blake Library in March

Stuart– Martin County philanthropist S. Prestley “Pres” Blake served up a multimedia presentation of his autobiography “A Friendly Life” in March at the Blake Library in Stuart.

The co-founder of the Friendly Ice Cream Corporation signed copies of his book and treated the audience to a sprinkling of the 82 years he spent creating, growing, and ultimately rescuing the Friendly Ice Cream Corporation.

The Blakes came to Martin County over 30 years ago and currently reside in Sailfish Point. “A Friendly Life” is the story of how Blake and his brother founded the company in Springfield, Massachusetts with $547 during the Great Depression, grew it into a chain of more than 500 stores, ultimately selling it to the Hershey Corporation. It’s also a chronicle of the seven-year battle Blake undertook at age 86 to wrest the company away from the management team who had purchased it from Hershey, the subject of a classic Harvard Business School case study in corporate governance and activist shareholders.

Blake and his wife Helen are major benefactors of The Library Foundation of Martin County and the Martin County Library System. “Helen and Pres Blake were instrumental in the success of the capital campaign to build new libraries for Martin County. The Blakes’ contribution to that campaign is memorialized with the name of our flagship library but their commitment goes much further,” said Stacy Ranieri, president of the foundation’s board of directors.

In his book, Blake explains his dedication to libraries. “I’ve been a lucky guy. My brother and I had loving parents, good health, ambition, and self-discipline. Those were my advantages. Success in business, in the courtroom, and in life came to me mainly because of these. I always remember I came from an ordinary background. That’s why I give to schools and libraries. I want to help other people who are looking for the tools to do well in life.”

About The Library Foundation of Martin County

Founded in 1992, the mission of The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. is to acquire and administer funds to enrich library services and facilities not met by public funding and to endow the library system for future generations. In addition to the Kiplinger Literary Award Luncheon, the foundation hosts the annual A Literary Affair dinner in March in conjunction with the Book Mania! Festival and a Young Literary Leaders awards event. For more information, visit http://www.libraryfoundationmc.org.

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NAI Southcoast Announces the Sale of 21.7 Acres in Palm City for a Future Residential Subdivision

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STUART, Fla – NAI Southcoast is proud to announce the sale of two infill land parcels in Palm City that will be developed as the Berry Grove subdivision.

In Sunshine State Carnations selected Nikolaus M. Schroth with NAI Southcoast to represent the sale of the 9.8 acre parcel that originally served as a flower farm, but had since gone fallow.

The land was quickily sold to DR Horton, a home construction company, at which time Schroth teamed up with local commercial realtor John Leighton to present an additional 12.5 adjacent acres to DR Horton.

“DR Horton is now the owner of a 21.7 acre property with a prime location in Palm City,” said Schroth. “The site will be the home of the future Berry Grove community, providing much-needed housing for families looking to reside in Palm City.”

The approval process was handled by Rod Kennedy and Brad Currie of EDC and was navigated successfully, securing site plan approval for Berry Grove, a 62-lot single family home subdivision.

For more information on this transaction and other opportunities, contact Nikolaus M. Schroth CCIM at NAI Southcoast 772-403-3752.

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Molly’s House Polo Classic

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Port Mayaca – Polo Classic brings internationally known polo players to the Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee for a day of competition and fun, including a polo clinic, a best hat contest, a dressage presentation, a special VIP party, a car show and the traditional halftime Champagne divot stomp.

Proceeds from the Polo Classic support the mission of Molly’s House — keeping families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients.

Guests enjoyed the great polo experience with Premier VIP seating.Molly’s House Polo Classic was presented by The Herold-Cadorette Family and is sponsored by Port Mayaca Polo Club, Southern Eagle Distributing, NAPA Auto Parts, Northern Trust, Karen Rogers & Frank Byers, Engel & Völkers Stuart, U.S. Sugar, Sandy Pines, Florida Power & Light, Sharkey Air, Arati Hammond Real Estate, Mari Huff, Fox Wacheen, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogel, PA, The Real Estate Book, Lauri Goldstein, Treasure Coast Legal, WQCS, Coast 101.3, Stuart Magazine, St. Lucie Voice and Kinane Printing.

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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Molly’s House Polo Classic

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Port Mayaca – Polo Classic brings internationally known polo players to the Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee for a day of competition and fun, including a polo clinic, a best hat contest, a dressage presentation, a special VIP party, a car show and the traditional halftime Champagne divot stomp.

Proceeds from the Polo Classic support the mission of Molly’s House — keeping families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients.

Guests enjoyed the great polo experience with Premier VIP seating.Molly’s House Polo Classic was presented by The Herold-Cadorette Family and is sponsored by Port Mayaca Polo Club, Southern Eagle Distributing, NAPA Auto Parts, Northern Trust, Karen Rogers & Frank Byers, Engel & Völkers Stuart, U.S. Sugar, Sandy Pines, Florida Power & Light, Sharkey Air, Arati Hammond Real Estate, Mari Huff, Fox Wacheen, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogel, PA, The Real Estate Book, Lauri Goldstein, Treasure Coast Legal, WQCS, Coast 101.3, Stuart Magazine, St. Lucie Voice and Kinane Printing.

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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Molly’s House Polo Classic

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Port Mayaca – Polo Classic brings internationally known polo players to the Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee for a day of competition and fun, including a polo clinic, a best hat contest, a dressage presentation, a special VIP party, a car show and the traditional halftime Champagne divot stomp.

Proceeds from the Polo Classic support the mission of Molly’s House — keeping families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients.

Guests enjoyed the great polo experience with Premier VIP seating.Molly’s House Polo Classic was presented by The Herold-Cadorette Family and is sponsored by Port Mayaca Polo Club, Southern Eagle Distributing, NAPA Auto Parts, Northern Trust, Karen Rogers & Frank Byers, Engel & Völkers Stuart, U.S. Sugar, Sandy Pines, Florida Power & Light, Sharkey Air, Arati Hammond Real Estate, Mari Huff, Fox Wacheen, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogel, PA, The Real Estate Book, Lauri Goldstein, Treasure Coast Legal, WQCS, Coast 101.3, Stuart Magazine, St. Lucie Voice and Kinane Printing.

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Molly’s House Polo Classic

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Port Mayaca – Polo Classic brings internationally known polo players to the Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee for a day of competition and fun, including a polo clinic, a best hat contest, a dressage presentation, a special VIP party, a car show and the traditional halftime Champagne divot stomp.

Proceeds from the Polo Classic support the mission of Molly’s House — keeping families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients.

Guests enjoyed the great polo experience with Premier VIP seating.Molly’s House Polo Classic was presented by The Herold-Cadorette Family and is sponsored by Port Mayaca Polo Club, Southern Eagle Distributing, NAPA Auto Parts, Northern Trust, Karen Rogers & Frank Byers, Engel & Völkers Stuart, U.S. Sugar, Sandy Pines, Florida Power & Light, Sharkey Air, Arati Hammond Real Estate, Mari Huff, Fox Wacheen, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogel, PA, The Real Estate Book, Lauri Goldstein, Treasure Coast Legal, WQCS, Coast 101.3, Stuart Magazine, St. Lucie Voice and Kinane Printing.

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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Molly’s House Polo Classic

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Port Mayaca – Polo Classic brings internationally known polo players to the Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee for a day of competition and fun, including a polo clinic, a best hat contest, a dressage presentation, a special VIP party, a car show and the traditional halftime Champagne divot stomp.

Proceeds from the Polo Classic support the mission of Molly’s House — keeping families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients.

Guests enjoyed the great polo experience with Premier VIP seating.Molly’s House Polo Classic was presented by The Herold-Cadorette Family and is sponsored by Port Mayaca Polo Club, Southern Eagle Distributing, NAPA Auto Parts, Northern Trust, Karen Rogers & Frank Byers, Engel & Völkers Stuart, U.S. Sugar, Sandy Pines, Florida Power & Light, Sharkey Air, Arati Hammond Real Estate, Mari Huff, Fox Wacheen, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogel, PA, The Real Estate Book, Lauri Goldstein, Treasure Coast Legal, WQCS, Coast 101.3, Stuart Magazine, St. Lucie Voice and Kinane Printing.

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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Molly’s House Polo Classic

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Port Mayaca – Polo Classic brings internationally known polo players to the Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee for a day of competition and fun, including a polo clinic, a best hat contest, a dressage presentation, a special VIP party, a car show and the traditional halftime Champagne divot stomp.

Proceeds from the Polo Classic support the mission of Molly’s House — keeping families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients.

Guests enjoyed the great polo experience with Premier VIP seating.Molly’s House Polo Classic was presented by The Herold-Cadorette Family and is sponsored by Port Mayaca Polo Club, Southern Eagle Distributing, NAPA Auto Parts, Northern Trust, Karen Rogers & Frank Byers, Engel & Völkers Stuart, U.S. Sugar, Sandy Pines, Florida Power & Light, Sharkey Air, Arati Hammond Real Estate, Mari Huff, Fox Wacheen, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogel, PA, The Real Estate Book, Lauri Goldstein, Treasure Coast Legal, WQCS, Coast 101.3, Stuart Magazine, St. Lucie Voice and Kinane Printing.

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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Molly’s House Polo Classic

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Port Mayaca – Polo Classic brings internationally known polo players to the Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee for a day of competition and fun, including a polo clinic, a best hat contest, a dressage presentation, a special VIP party, a car show and the traditional halftime Champagne divot stomp.

Proceeds from the Polo Classic support the mission of Molly’s House — keeping families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients.

Guests enjoyed the great polo experience with Premier VIP seating.Molly’s House Polo Classic was presented by The Herold-Cadorette Family and is sponsored by Port Mayaca Polo Club, Southern Eagle Distributing, NAPA Auto Parts, Northern Trust, Karen Rogers & Frank Byers, Engel & Völkers Stuart, U.S. Sugar, Sandy Pines, Florida Power & Light, Sharkey Air, Arati Hammond Real Estate, Mari Huff, Fox Wacheen, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogel, PA, The Real Estate Book, Lauri Goldstein, Treasure Coast Legal, WQCS, Coast 101.3, Stuart Magazine, St. Lucie Voice and Kinane Printing.

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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Molly’s House Polo Classic

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Port Mayaca – Polo Classic brings internationally known polo players to the Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee for a day of competition and fun, including a polo clinic, a best hat contest, a dressage presentation, a special VIP party, a car show and the traditional halftime Champagne divot stomp.

Proceeds from the Polo Classic support the mission of Molly’s House — keeping families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients.

Guests enjoyed the great polo experience with Premier VIP seating.Molly’s House Polo Classic was presented by The Herold-Cadorette Family and is sponsored by Port Mayaca Polo Club, Southern Eagle Distributing, NAPA Auto Parts, Northern Trust, Karen Rogers & Frank Byers, Engel & Völkers Stuart, U.S. Sugar, Sandy Pines, Florida Power & Light, Sharkey Air, Arati Hammond Real Estate, Mari Huff, Fox Wacheen, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogel, PA, The Real Estate Book, Lauri Goldstein, Treasure Coast Legal, WQCS, Coast 101.3, Stuart Magazine, St. Lucie Voice and Kinane Printing.

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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Molly’s House Polo Classic

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Port Mayaca – Polo Classic brings internationally known polo players to the Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee for a day of competition and fun, including a polo clinic, a best hat contest, a dressage presentation, a special VIP party, a car show and the traditional halftime Champagne divot stomp.

Proceeds from the Polo Classic support the mission of Molly’s House — keeping families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients.

Guests enjoyed the great polo experience with Premier VIP seating.Molly’s House Polo Classic was presented by The Herold-Cadorette Family and is sponsored by Port Mayaca Polo Club, Southern Eagle Distributing, NAPA Auto Parts, Northern Trust, Karen Rogers & Frank Byers, Engel & Völkers Stuart, U.S. Sugar, Sandy Pines, Florida Power & Light, Sharkey Air, Arati Hammond Real Estate, Mari Huff, Fox Wacheen, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogel, PA, The Real Estate Book, Lauri Goldstein, Treasure Coast Legal, WQCS, Coast 101.3, Stuart Magazine, St. Lucie Voice and Kinane Printing.

For more information about Molly’s House visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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Sailfish Splash Waterpark Selected to Host Florida High School Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Finals for Three More Years

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Stuart – Martin County is pleased to announce Sailfish Splash Waterpark’s Aquatic Center was selected to host the Florida High School Athletic Association’s (FHSAA) Florida High School Swimming & Diving State Championships. The proposal was submitted in partnership with the Treasure Coast Sports Commission and Martin County Parks and Recreation Department. “Sailfish Splash Waterpark has consistently fulfilled the recreation and fitness needs of our community and that of our state high school swimming and diving community, all of which create substantial economic impact for Martin County,” County Administrator Taryn Kryzda said.

To achieve the final ranking, the top three proposals were reviewed individually by a four-person committee, with scores awarded in eight different categories. The committee was comprised of the FHSAA’s Associate Executive Director for Athletic Services, Associate Executive Director for Financial Services, Associate Executive Director for Administrative Services and the Director of Athletics for Swimming & Diving. After the committee met to discuss individual scoring justifications, Sailfish Splash Waterpark scored 91out of a possible 100 points, besting facilities in Orlando and Coral Springs.

“The three-year contract award highlights the fact that Sailfish Splash Waterpark has a showcase aquatic venue for athletics,” said Rick Hatcher, Executive Director Treasure Coast Sports Commission. “We have a winning combination of great staff delivering exceptional customer service, wonderful partners and sponsors and a championship- quality facility, set in the convenient, affordable and family-friendly environment of Martin County and the Treasure Coast,” explained Kevin Abbate, Director of the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department.

Sailfish Splash Waterpark has served as the host facility for this prestigious event for the last five years. The new contract is for three years, with two, 1-year options.

For more information about Sailfish Splash Waterpark and the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department, please visit www.SailfishSplash.com and www.martin.fl.us/parks.

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Midnight Masquerade Raises $90,000 for Pediatric Care Program

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Stuart -Almost 300 came together for a night of dinner, dancing, and intrigue at the Midnight Masquerade at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart. The event raised $90,000 for the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation in support of Treasure Health’s specialized pediatric care program, Little Treasures, which focuses on the unique needs of children facing serious illness.

Amid a flurry of fanciful masks, participants heard about the lives touched by the Little Treasures’ program. Oralea Marquardt, the mother of William Marquardt, was the keynote speaker. William received hospice care for seven years beginning in 2007 after he was diagnosed with Gm1 gangliosidosis. Oralea shared how Treasure Health’s pediatric care program provided her son and the entire family with support and guidance to help William live his life to the fullest until his death at the age of eight and a half in 2014.

U.S. Representative Brian Mast made a visit to the event, aiding the Little Treasures program by offering “A Day with a Congressman” for the live auction. The event also featured a silent auction, a best dressed/mask contest and music from The Incredible Johnny L.

Agnes Palmer, Treasure Health Development Officer, said “We are blessed to have Event Chair Charity Parsons and her wonderful committee of dedicated volunteers. The success of this event reflects their hard work as well as the generosity of many donors in our community who support Treasure Health’s pediatric program, which provides individualized palliative and hospice care to children with serious illness.”

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Stuart -Almost 300 came together for a night of dinner, dancing, and intrigue at the Midnight Masquerade at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart. The event raised $90,000 for the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation in support of Treasure Health’s specialized pediatric care program, Little Treasures, which focuses on the unique needs of children facing serious illness.

Amid a flurry of fanciful masks, participants heard about the lives touched by the Little Treasures’ program. Oralea Marquardt, the mother of William Marquardt, was the keynote speaker. William received hospice care for seven years beginning in 2007 after he was diagnosed with Gm1 gangliosidosis. Oralea shared how Treasure Health’s pediatric care program provided her son and the entire family with support and guidance to help William live his life to the fullest until his death at the age of eight and a half in 2014.

U.S. Representative Brian Mast made a visit to the event, aiding the Little Treasures program by offering “A Day with a Congressman” for the live auction. The event also featured a silent auction, a best dressed/mask contest and music from The Incredible Johnny L.

Agnes Palmer, Treasure Health Development Officer, said “We are blessed to have Event Chair Charity Parsons and her wonderful committee of dedicated volunteers. The success of this event reflects their hard work as well as the generosity of many donors in our community who support Treasure Health’s pediatric program, which provides individualized palliative and hospice care to children with serious illness.”

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Midnight Masquerade Raises $90,000 for Pediatric Care Program

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Stuart -Almost 300 came together for a night of dinner, dancing, and intrigue at the Midnight Masquerade at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart. The event raised $90,000 for the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation in support of Treasure Health’s specialized pediatric care program, Little Treasures, which focuses on the unique needs of children facing serious illness.

Amid a flurry of fanciful masks, participants heard about the lives touched by the Little Treasures’ program. Oralea Marquardt, the mother of William Marquardt, was the keynote speaker. William received hospice care for seven years beginning in 2007 after he was diagnosed with Gm1 gangliosidosis. Oralea shared how Treasure Health’s pediatric care program provided her son and the entire family with support and guidance to help William live his life to the fullest until his death at the age of eight and a half in 2014.

U.S. Representative Brian Mast made a visit to the event, aiding the Little Treasures program by offering “A Day with a Congressman” for the live auction. The event also featured a silent auction, a best dressed/mask contest and music from The Incredible Johnny L.

Agnes Palmer, Treasure Health Development Officer, said “We are blessed to have Event Chair Charity Parsons and her wonderful committee of dedicated volunteers. The success of this event reflects their hard work as well as the generosity of many donors in our community who support Treasure Health’s pediatric program, which provides individualized palliative and hospice care to children with serious illness.”

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Midnight Masquerade Raises $90,000 for Pediatric Care Program

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Stuart – Almost 300 came together for a night of dinner, dancing, and intrigue at the Midnight Masquerade at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart. The event raised $90,000 for the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation in support of Treasure Health’s specialized pediatric care program, Little Treasures, which focuses on the unique needs of children facing serious illness.

Amid a flurry of fanciful masks, participants heard about the lives touched by the Little Treasures’ program. Oralea Marquardt, the mother of William Marquardt, was the keynote speaker. William received hospice care for seven years beginning in 2007 after he was diagnosed with Gm1 gangliosidosis. Oralea shared how Treasure Health’s pediatric care program provided her son and the entire family with support and guidance to help William live his life to the fullest until his death at the age of eight and a half in 2014.

U.S. Representative Brian Mast made a visit to the event, aiding the Little Treasures program by offering “A Day with a Congressman” for the live auction. The event also featured a silent auction, a best dressed/mask contest and music from The Incredible Johnny L.

Agnes Palmer, Treasure Health Development Officer, said “We are blessed to have Event Chair Charity Parsons and her wonderful committee of dedicated volunteers. The success of this event reflects their hard work as well as the generosity of many donors in our community who support Treasure Health’s pediatric program, which provides individualized palliative and hospice care to children with serious illness.”

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Midnight Masquerade Raises $90,000 for Pediatric Care Program

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Stuart – Almost 300 came together for a night of dinner, dancing, and intrigue at the Midnight Masquerade at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart. The event raised $90,000 for the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation in support of Treasure Health’s specialized pediatric care program, Little Treasures, which focuses on the unique needs of children facing serious illness.

Amid a flurry of fanciful masks, participants heard about the lives touched by the Little Treasures’ program. Oralea Marquardt, the mother of William Marquardt, was the keynote speaker. William received hospice care for seven years beginning in 2007 after he was diagnosed with Gm1 gangliosidosis. Oralea shared how Treasure Health’s pediatric care program provided her son and the entire family with support and guidance to help William live his life to the fullest until his death at the age of eight and a half in 2014.

U.S. Representative Brian Mast made a visit to the event, aiding the Little Treasures program by offering “A Day with a Congressman” for the live auction. The event also featured a silent auction, a best dressed/mask contest and music from The Incredible Johnny L.

Agnes Palmer, Treasure Health Development Officer, said “We are blessed to have Event Chair Charity Parsons and her wonderful committee of dedicated volunteers. The success of this event reflects their hard work as well as the generosity of many donors in our community who support Treasure Health’s pediatric program, which provides individualized palliative and hospice care to children with serious illness.”

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Midnight Masquerade Raises $90,000 for Pediatric Care Program

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Stuart -Almost 300 came together for a night of dinner, dancing, and intrigue at the Midnight Masquerade at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart. The event raised $90,000 for the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation in support of Treasure Health’s specialized pediatric care program, Little Treasures, which focuses on the unique needs of children facing serious illness.

Amid a flurry of fanciful masks, participants heard about the lives touched by the Little Treasures’ program. Oralea Marquardt, the mother of William Marquardt, was the keynote speaker. William received hospice care for seven years beginning in 2007 after he was diagnosed with Gm1 gangliosidosis. Oralea shared how Treasure Health’s pediatric care program provided her son and the entire family with support and guidance to help William live his life to the fullest until his death at the age of eight and a half in 2014.

U.S. Representative Brian Mast made a visit to the event, aiding the Little Treasures program by offering “A Day with a Congressman” for the live auction. The event also featured a silent auction, a best dressed/mask contest and music from The Incredible Johnny L.

Agnes Palmer, Treasure Health Development Officer, said “We are blessed to have Event Chair Charity Parsons and her wonderful committee of dedicated volunteers. The success of this event reflects their hard work as well as the generosity of many donors in our community who support Treasure Health’s pediatric program, which provides individualized palliative and hospice care to children with serious illness.”

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Midnight Masquerade Raises $90,000 for Pediatric Care Program

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Stuart – Almost 300 came together for a night of dinner, dancing, and intrigue at the Midnight Masquerade at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart. The event raised $90,000 for the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation in support of Treasure Health’s specialized pediatric care program, Little Treasures, which focuses on the unique needs of children facing serious illness.

Amid a flurry of fanciful masks, participants heard about the lives touched by the Little Treasures’ program. Oralea Marquardt, the mother of William Marquardt, was the keynote speaker. William received hospice care for seven years beginning in 2007 after he was diagnosed with Gm1 gangliosidosis. Oralea shared how Treasure Health’s pediatric care program provided her son and the entire family with support and guidance to help William live his life to the fullest until his death at the age of eight and a half in 2014.

U.S. Representative Brian Mast made a visit to the event, aiding the Little Treasures program by offering “A Day with a Congressman” for the live auction. The event also featured a silent auction, a best dressed/mask contest and music from The Incredible Johnny L.

Agnes Palmer, Treasure Health Development Officer, said “We are blessed to have Event Chair Charity Parsons and her wonderful committee of dedicated volunteers. The success of this event reflects their hard work as well as the generosity of many donors in our community who support Treasure Health’s pediatric program, which provides individualized palliative and hospice care to children with serious illness.”

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Treasure Health Honors Volunteers with Appreciation Celebrations

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STUART – Treasure Health kicked off the new year by honoring the service of their many volunteers at two appreciation parties held in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Last year, 375 volunteers collectively provided more than 42,000 hours to support the mission of Treasure Health by visiting patients, working in thrift stores, caring for patients’ pets, preparing materials to educate families and caregivers, serving on boards and committees and helping with other services.

In a show of appreciation, clinical leadership and members of the executive team served lunch to the volunteers and personally expressed their gratitude for the important role volunteers play within the organization.

“Volunteers are an integral part of our team and their contributions are invaluable to the work we do each and every day to deliver care to patients and families in our community,” said Angella Williams, Vice President of Human Resources. “It is an honor to recognize and thank so many dedicated volunteers who inspire us daily with their warmth and generosity.”

Many members of the community share their time and talents at Treasure Health as a way to give back after receiving services that can include hospice, palliative care, grief support counseling and pediatric care.

“I love what I do,” said volunteer Pat Andrini. “I enjoy giving back for the care I received. It feels good to be making a difference.”

During the appreciation celebrations, volunteers were introduced to Treasure Health’s new Volunteer Manager Deborah Kotrady. In addition to lunch and the presentation of service pins and certificates, volunteers enjoyed entertainment from Joe Sapienza, June and Gordon Pickett, and Balloon Masterz.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Treasure Health, call 772.403.4500 or visit treasurehealth.org.

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Treasure Health Honors Volunteers with Appreciation Celebrations

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STUART – Treasure Health kicked off the new year by honoring the service of their many volunteers at two appreciation parties held in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Last year, 375 volunteers collectively provided more than 42,000 hours to support the mission of Treasure Health by visiting patients, working in thrift stores, caring for patients’ pets, preparing materials to educate families and caregivers, serving on boards and committees and helping with other services.

In a show of appreciation, clinical leadership and members of the executive team served lunch to the volunteers and personally expressed their gratitude for the important role volunteers play within the organization.

“Volunteers are an integral part of our team and their contributions are invaluable to the work we do each and every day to deliver care to patients and families in our community,” said Angella Williams, Vice President of Human Resources. “It is an honor to recognize and thank so many dedicated volunteers who inspire us daily with their warmth and generosity.”

Many members of the community share their time and talents at Treasure Health as a way to give back after receiving services that can include hospice, palliative care, grief support counseling and pediatric care.

“I love what I do,” said volunteer Pat Andrini. “I enjoy giving back for the care I received. It feels good to be making a difference.”

During the appreciation celebrations, volunteers were introduced to Treasure Health’s new Volunteer Manager Deborah Kotrady. In addition to lunch and the presentation of service pins and certificates, volunteers enjoyed entertainment from Joe Sapienza, June and Gordon Pickett, and Balloon Masterz.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Treasure Health, call 772.403.4500 or visit treasurehealth.org.

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Treasure Health Honors Volunteers with Appreciation Celebrations

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STUART – Treasure Health kicked off the new year by honoring the service of their many volunteers at two appreciation parties held in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Last year, 375 volunteers collectively provided more than 42,000 hours to support the mission of Treasure Health by visiting patients, working in thrift stores, caring for patients’ pets, preparing materials to educate families and caregivers, serving on boards and committees and helping with other services.

In a show of appreciation, clinical leadership and members of the executive team served lunch to the volunteers and personally expressed their gratitude for the important role volunteers play within the organization.

“Volunteers are an integral part of our team and their contributions are invaluable to the work we do each and every day to deliver care to patients and families in our community,” said Angella Williams, Vice President of Human Resources. “It is an honor to recognize and thank so many dedicated volunteers who inspire us daily with their warmth and generosity.”

Many members of the community share their time and talents at Treasure Health as a way to give back after receiving services that can include hospice, palliative care, grief support counseling and pediatric care.

“I love what I do,” said volunteer Pat Andrini. “I enjoy giving back for the care I received. It feels good to be making a difference.”

During the appreciation celebrations, volunteers were introduced to Treasure Health’s new Volunteer Manager Deborah Kotrady. In addition to lunch and the presentation of service pins and certificates, volunteers enjoyed entertainment from Joe Sapienza, June and Gordon Pickett, and Balloon Masterz.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Treasure Health, call 772.403.4500 or visit treasurehealth.org.

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Treasure Health Honors Volunteers with Appreciation Celebrations

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STUART – Treasure Health kicked off the new year by honoring the service of their many volunteers at two appreciation parties held in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Last year, 375 volunteers collectively provided more than 42,000 hours to support the mission of Treasure Health by visiting patients, working in thrift stores, caring for patients’ pets, preparing materials to educate families and caregivers, serving on boards and committees and helping with other services.

In a show of appreciation, clinical leadership and members of the executive team served lunch to the volunteers and personally expressed their gratitude for the important role volunteers play within the organization.

“Volunteers are an integral part of our team and their contributions are invaluable to the work we do each and every day to deliver care to patients and families in our community,” said Angella Williams, Vice President of Human Resources. “It is an honor to recognize and thank so many dedicated volunteers who inspire us daily with their warmth and generosity.”

Many members of the community share their time and talents at Treasure Health as a way to give back after receiving services that can include hospice, palliative care, grief support counseling and pediatric care.

“I love what I do,” said volunteer Pat Andrini. “I enjoy giving back for the care I received. It feels good to be making a difference.”

During the appreciation celebrations, volunteers were introduced to Treasure Health’s new Volunteer Manager Deborah Kotrady. In addition to lunch and the presentation of service pins and certificates, volunteers enjoyed entertainment from Joe Sapienza, June and Gordon Pickett, and Balloon Masterz.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Treasure Health, call 772.403.4500 or visit treasurehealth.org.

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Treasure Health Honors Volunteers with Appreciation Celebrations

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STUART – Treasure Health kicked off the new year by honoring the service of their many volunteers at two appreciation parties held in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Last year, 375 volunteers collectively provided more than 42,000 hours to support the mission of Treasure Health by visiting patients, working in thrift stores, caring for patients’ pets, preparing materials to educate families and caregivers, serving on boards and committees and helping with other services.

In a show of appreciation, clinical leadership and members of the executive team served lunch to the volunteers and personally expressed their gratitude for the important role volunteers play within the organization.

“Volunteers are an integral part of our team and their contributions are invaluable to the work we do each and every day to deliver care to patients and families in our community,” said Angella Williams, Vice President of Human Resources. “It is an honor to recognize and thank so many dedicated volunteers who inspire us daily with their warmth and generosity.”

Many members of the community share their time and talents at Treasure Health as a way to give back after receiving services that can include hospice, palliative care, grief support counseling and pediatric care.

“I love what I do,” said volunteer Pat Andrini. “I enjoy giving back for the care I received. It feels good to be making a difference.”

During the appreciation celebrations, volunteers were introduced to Treasure Health’s new Volunteer Manager Deborah Kotrady. In addition to lunch and the presentation of service pins and certificates, volunteers enjoyed entertainment from Joe Sapienza, June and Gordon Pickett, and Balloon Masterz.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Treasure Health, call 772.403.4500 or visit treasurehealth.org.

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Garber Buick GMC & Madison’s Miracles Partner to Donate a Cuddle Cot to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center

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In Photo : Tiffany Thompson, Blake Thompson & Ward Thompson

Ft. Pierce – After Tiffany Thompson experienced the tragic still born death of her daughter, her employer Garber Buick GMC assists in fundraising to purchase a Cuddle Cot for Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.

Not feeling movement of her unborn baby, the family drove to Martin Health System where she was told the heartbreaking news, “I am sorry, there is no heartbeat”. After her delivery, Mrs. Thompson was offered to use a Cuddle Cot. A Cuddle Cot keeps the baby cool so no signs of the physical changes that happen shortly after death are noticed. This gives the family more time if they choose too and promotes health closure. Martin Health System was the very first hospital in the state to have a Cuddle Cot in October of 2016 by Madison’s Miracles. Mrs. Thompson chose to use the Cuddle Cot and said, “This really made a huge difference. I was able to spend time cuddling. We got pictures and family members and friends came to say goodbye.”

Shortly after returning to work, Mrs. Thompson brought literature educating her fellow co-workers, customers and anyone who asked about her baby. The service department at Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce, FL became very interested in the Cuddle Cot and how it helped Mrs. Thompson. They allowed her to display brochures and even sell bracelets. One day, the service manager, Mike Mantovi and his staff surprised Mrs. Thompson with a poster that hangs in the lobby still today encouraging anyone who would like to support efforts to raise funds for a Cuddle Cot to be donated in her daughter’s name. General Manager, Ralph Lenoci and owner, Dick Garber also contributed funds towards the Cuddle Cot.

On Friday, February 2nd just one month shy of Mrs. Thompson’s loss, Mrs. Thompson along with Garber Buick GMC and Madison’s Miracles will donated a Cuddle Cot to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in honor of Taylor Estelle Lee Thompson. Mrs. Thompson said, “There is an importance to this. I want families to have the opportunity I did. It helped me so much in my own grieving process”. The dedication will be a public event held at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center located at 1700 S 23rd St, Fort Pierce, FL on Friday, February 2nd at 9:00am.

Madison’s Miracles is a 501 (c) 3 founded by Chris and Christina Stamper after the loss of their daughter, Madison Elizabeth Stamper. Mrs. Stamper wanted to use her tragedy and turn it into helping other families who experience loss. Madison’s Miracles is dedicated in helping families who experience pregnancy and infant loss. They strive to honor all babies gone too soon every day. For more information on the Cuddle Cot and Madison’s Miracles, please visit www.madisonsmiracles.org.

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Heroes Among Us – By: Robert Kampert

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Treasure Coast Legal Recognized for Pro Bono Efforts

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Photo ID: Katherine Mish, Esq. and Shaun Plymale, Esq. of Treasure Coast Legal

STUART, Fla. – The team at Treasure Coast Legal was recently recognized by the Southern District of Florida US Bankruptcy Court for its commitment to pro bono work in the community.

Attorneys Katherine Mish, Esq. and Shaun Plymale, Esq. were each awarded for their contributions to pro bono representation in the US Bankruptcy Court. Both Mish and Plymale are actively involved in the community, serving with organizations like LEADERship Martin County Alumni Foundation for Youth, Impact 100 and more.

“Through our firm’s community service efforts, we recognize that many people need these services, but can’t afford it,” said Plymale. “We appreciate the Southern District of Florida US Bankruptcy Court’s recognition of our efforts. It is a priority of ours to serve those in need.”

Treasure Coast Legal is a local litigation firm handling personal injury law, bankruptcy, foreclosures, real estate law, family law, civil litigation and criminal defense.

To learn more about Treasure Coast Legal, visit www.treasurecoastlegal.com.

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Premier Jet Training Moves to New, Enhanced Facility in Stuart

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STUART, Fla. – Premier Jet Training (PJT) has moved to a new facility at the Stuart Airport to make room for its expanding training program.

Premier Jet Training is a leading provider of professional citation training in the combination of simulator and in-aircraft training segments.

The new 3800 square foot facility provides space for the training program’s growth, as well as upgrades to the latest technologies available in the multiple PJT classrooms, a break room and a student lounge. The Stuart-based training center is well-known in the Aviation Insurance community, and its courses are approved by all major carriers.

The facility features Redbird Flight Simulators, which provide expansive visual displays and a full motion electric platform for advanced training courses.

Training courses are personalized and take into account the student’s previous experience. PJT offers a five-day course for initial type rating and a two-day course for recurrent training. Courses offered include, but are not limited to the CE-500, CE-510 and CE-525 and CE-650 series.

PJT also offers the Single Pilot Exemption in the CE-500 series, which allows students to fly all CE-500 aircraft as a single pilot.

To learn more about Premier Jet Training, visit premierjettraining.com.

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Hunting Mullets On The Treasure Coast

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In photo: (L to R) Rose Patterson/Veria and Bary Britton

Tiger Shores — These people come from all over the world to the Treasure Coast to follow the Mullet.

Rose the reseacher and Barry the cameraman, working for Plimsoll Prductions, Bristol, UK on a subcontract to that TV Channel the shows us what it would be like to drain the oceans, were caught be me today at Tiger Shores hunting down Mullet.

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Our Ocean And Coastal Ecosystems
Are Of the Utmost Importance

Out2News.comBy: Mark Perry

We should do everything we can, individually and collectively, to stop the pollution and destruction of our oceans and the planet where we live.

The ocean holds 98 percent of the water and provides 95 percent of the living space here on Earth. It is a home to many creatures, and is our life support system.

The ocean feeds billions of people around the world, it drives our climate, it absorbs heat and carbon dioxide and it produces 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe. Every breath we take and every drop we drink depends on a healthy ocean. Every life here on Earth depends on the ocean and now, the ocean’s life depends on every one of us.

There are many threats to our ocean, but our largest concern is related to an increase in the Earth’s temperature.

The ocean regulates the earth’s temperature, with roughly 90 percent of climate heating being absorbed by the ocean. This leads to an increase in ocean temperature, which impacts both the delicate health of organisms such as coral reefs, as well as increasing the ocean volume by thermal expansion and causing a physical rise in sea level.

We are causing the global changes to our atmosphere and the ocean. Since 1970 ocean temperatures have increased by 1 degree, and since 1950, the sea level has risen 7.5 inches.

More disturbingly, since 1993 the rate of sea level rise has accelerated to roughly twice as fast as the long-term trends have predicted. We are now on track for forecasted sea level rise to reach 20 inches by 2050 and 60 inches by 2100.

Our ocean also functions as a filter for our atmosphere by balancing and absorbing carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide concentrations in our atmosphere have risen 46% since 1950 due to the burning of fossil fuels. Human-generated CO2 emissions are currently 66 million tons per day and our ocean only absorbs 22 million tons per day.

We are out-producing the amount of carbon dioxide that can naturally be absorbed by the planet. Additionally, the carbon dioxide that is absorbed is saturating the ocean waters forming carbonic acid, a process called ocean acidification.

The historical pH of the ocean was 8.16 and has declined to 8.05, a 25 percent increase in acidity. Acidity levels in this range start to dissolve the shells of plankton, corals, oysters, clams, shrimp, crabs and lobsters.

We must take action now for the future of Florida’s ocean and coastal environments and for our ocean planet.

We must stop the land-based activities that are directly polluting our ocean and coastal waters.

We must significantly reduce and ultimately stop our emission of carbon dioxide and similar greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

We must invest in and support the growing economy of innovative renewable, clean energy companies in the United States and around the world.

Here in the US we produce 3.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Rather than leaving the Paris Climate Agreement, we should be leading the initiative to reduce CO2 and protect our planet, preserving our environment for life in the future.

Let’s do everything we can, individually and collectively, to stop the pollution and destruction of our oceans and the planet where we live. We must all work to increase awareness and inspire stewardship of our living ocean and coastal ecosystems.

Mark D. Perry is executive director of Florida Oceanographic Society.

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What Are We Doing to Protect Our Oceans?

Out2News.comBy: Vincent Encomio

We are currently celebrating Oceans Month at Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, a time for us to honor and reflect upon our oceans, their health and their value to us.

To put the importance of our oceans in perspective, we can start by looking out to space. Much of the planetary research has focused on finding the existence or at least previous existence of water on other planets in our solar system.

Why is that important? Because the presence of water points to the potential for the existence of life. And if water is key to supporting life, then our oceans, containing 97 percent of the Earth’s water and covering 70 percent of the surface of the planet, are critical to our survival on this planet.

We are able to breathe because of our oceans (70 percent of the world’s oxygen is produced by marine plants).

Our climate is regulated by the ocean.

We are fed by the ocean.

But the oceans are in peril. Climate change is pushing the ocean’s capacity to regulate our climate. Fisheries are depleted. And pollution, especially plastics, is now found in the most remote areas of the ocean.

What are we doing to help protect and conserve our oceans? At Florida Oceanographic, we are trying to do our part by, first, looking outside our front door. The ocean is but a stone’s throw away from us, and so are two estuaries (the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon) that feed into the ocean, connecting land with the ocean and serving as the nurseries of the sea.

These bodies of water simultaneously represent the good and the bad phenomena associated with their connectivity.

The good are: the biological diversity and the bounty it has yielded for us; the waterways are useful for transport and commerce; the recreational opportunities afforded by living so close to waterways that connect with the ocean.

The bad are: the over-fishing of that bounty; the many artificial connections made in the attempt to expand transport and commerce — leading to excessive freshwater and nutrients in our estuary and ocean — and our overuse and alterations to these waters and their shorelines in our attempt to live in, but not with, such a beautiful and wondrous place.

So what do we do? What can we do?

We build oyster reefs, plant sea grass, mangroves and other native plants and monitor water quality and coastal habitats. But more importantly, we do those things with the community. At Florida Oceanographic Society, our goal is to take actions that not only help restore and conserve our ocean’s precious resources, but engage and directly involve our community in those efforts.

We hope each action taken not only results in our oceans being left in a better state, but that the people who helped us learned something new about why that action was important; and that they will, in turn, be inspired to take another action (for example, clean a beach, recycle, teach someone else what they learned, vote, etc.) that will ultimately lead to a cleaner, healthier ocean.

So on World Oceans Day on June 8, we celebrated every action, great or small, that helps restore and improve our oceans. That seagrass you planted or that oyster shell you dropped in the water causes a ripple that builds and builds into a wave of inspiration across our community and beyond.

Vincent Encomio is director of scientific research and conservation at Florida Oceanographic Society in Stuart.

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Not Just A Routine Traffic Stop!

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Article by: Robin Hall – Out2News

Port St. Lucie – You know that feeling in your stomach when you see those lights flashing behind you when a cop is pulling you over? Yup! That’s the one!

Today on U.S. Federal Highway I in Port St Lucie, I had that happen to me, I had that feeling in my stomach and I wasn’t even driving! Coming back from the Fort Pierce Women’s Club driving home. The officer pulled my friend over.

She knew right away what the problem was,she had just purchased her new license plate the day before but had not put it on because she did not have a screwdriver!

The officer came over to her window and ask for her license, insurance, etc., which she gave him. She asked him if she was being pulled over because the plate was out-of-date (yesterday). The officer replied, “yes.” She told him that the plate was in the car and he asked her to show it to him, which she did.

He then went back to his cruiser and came back with a screwdriver started putting her new license plate on her car. That was too cool! I own Out2News a local online newspaper in St. Lucie County so I thought this is way too cool for this officer to do this, so I asked him if I could take a photo. I took the photo of the “Good Samitarian” act of kindness the Port St.Lucie officers’ name is B. Cuevas. There were four of us in the car before everything was done we were all out of the car thanking the officer and his back up officer B. Saliba, for doing such a good deed. So, you see don’t always need to think that you are getting pulled over and it’s going to be a awful experience, sometimes it’s just too cool.

Thank you once again to the Port St. Lucie Police Department for the kindness and thoughtfulness to four crazy ladies on a Friday afternoon!

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