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Pack The House Presented by Wells Fargo Helps Treasure Coast Food Bank Prepare Holiday Meals For Those In Need

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Treasure Coast Food Bank welcomes the community back to its warehouse for its fourth annual 24-hour sorting and packing event from Friday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

This year, Pack The House is presented by Wells Fargo, and the focus is on preparing for the holidays by helping to pack 10,000 holiday meal boxes for those in need on the Treasure Coast.

“The holidays are just around the corner, and we’ll be packing holiday meal boxes that help ensure that those struggling with hunger won’t miss out on celebrating,” said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO. “We’re extremely grateful to Wells Fargo, this year’s presenting sponsor, and we look forward to seeing Wells Fargo volunteers and everyone who comes out for Pack The House. We can’t do it without you.”

Marking its 30th year in service to those struggling with hunger, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides meals for 100,000 individuals each week. During the holiday season, that number rises with requests for help with holiday meals.

Pack The House presented by Wells Fargo kicks off with an opening ceremony and lunch on Friday, Oct. 26th at noon. The lunch will be provided by Healthy Harvest Catering, a program of Treasure Coast Food Bank. Keeping with the tradition that began four years ago, the ceremony will include a tribute to first responders and a moment of silence for the victims of 911. The event wraps 24 hours later with the final count of meals prepared during the event.

More than 500 volunteers are expected to help sort and pack holiday meals and food for other Treasure Coast Food Bank programs during the event at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s headquarters, 401 Angle Road in Fort Pierce. Volunteer spots still are available. Come with a group, or meet new friends while helping during one of the three-hour shifts. To sign up, please visit stophunger.org/volunteer.

Many other businesses help support the event. Ceremonial sponsor is Walmart Distribution Center #7038. Shift sponsors are: American Public Works Association, Bank of America, CAPTEC Engineering, Inc., Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Healthy Harvest Catering, Martin Health System, and Southern Eagle Distributing. For more information about volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, visit stophunger.org/events.

In addition, several businesses will be providing food, entertainment and other services throughout the 24-hours. Thanks to Costa Azul Mexican Restaurant, Dixie Cream Donuts, Dunkin’ Donuts, Healthy Harvest Catering, Moonswiners Bar-B-Q, Pappy’s Pizza, Pepsico/Tropicana and Starbuck’s, volunteers will eat well no matter when they’re helping.

The event also includes music by DJ Elextra and Karaoke, complements of Top Clown Karaoke, and raffle prizes. DragonFly Graphics and Sunbelt Rentals also have provided services for the event.

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Pack The House Presented by Wells Fargo Helps Treasure Coast Food Bank Prepare Holiday Meals For Those In Need

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Treasure Coast Food Bank welcomes the community back to its warehouse for its fourth annual 24-hour sorting and packing event from Friday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

This year, Pack The House is presented by Wells Fargo, and the focus is on preparing for the holidays by helping to pack 10,000 holiday meal boxes for those in need on the Treasure Coast.

“The holidays are just around the corner, and we’ll be packing holiday meal boxes that help ensure that those struggling with hunger won’t miss out on celebrating,” said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO. “We’re extremely grateful to Wells Fargo, this year’s presenting sponsor, and we look forward to seeing Wells Fargo volunteers and everyone who comes out for Pack The House. We can’t do it without you.”

Marking its 30th year in service to those struggling with hunger, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides meals for 100,000 individuals each week. During the holiday season, that number rises with requests for help with holiday meals.

Pack The House presented by Wells Fargo kicks off with an opening ceremony and lunch on Friday, Oct. 26th at noon. The lunch will be provided by Healthy Harvest Catering, a program of Treasure Coast Food Bank. Keeping with the tradition that began four years ago, the ceremony will include a tribute to first responders and a moment of silence for the victims of 911. The event wraps 24 hours later with the final count of meals prepared during the event.

More than 500 volunteers are expected to help sort and pack holiday meals and food for other Treasure Coast Food Bank programs during the event at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s headquarters, 401 Angle Road in Fort Pierce. Volunteer spots still are available. Come with a group, or meet new friends while helping during one of the three-hour shifts. To sign up, please visit stophunger.org/volunteer.

Many other businesses help support the event. Ceremonial sponsor is Walmart Distribution Center #7038. Shift sponsors are: American Public Works Association, Bank of America, CAPTEC Engineering, Inc., Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Healthy Harvest Catering, Martin Health System, and Southern Eagle Distributing. For more information about volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, visit stophunger.org/events.

In addition, several businesses will be providing food, entertainment and other services throughout the 24-hours. Thanks to Costa Azul Mexican Restaurant, Dixie Cream Donuts, Dunkin’ Donuts, Healthy Harvest Catering, Moonswiners Bar-B-Q, Pappy’s Pizza, Pepsico/Tropicana and Starbuck’s, volunteers will eat well no matter when they’re helping.

The event also includes music by DJ Elextra and Karaoke, complements of Top Clown Karaoke, and raffle prizes. DragonFly Graphics and Sunbelt Rentals also have provided services for the event.

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Pack The House Presented by Wells Fargo Helps Treasure Coast Food Bank Prepare Holiday Meals For Those In Need

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Treasure Coast Food Bank welcomes the community back to its warehouse for its fourth annual 24-hour sorting and packing event from Friday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

This year, Pack The House is presented by Wells Fargo, and the focus is on preparing for the holidays by helping to pack 10,000 holiday meal boxes for those in need on the Treasure Coast.

“The holidays are just around the corner, and we’ll be packing holiday meal boxes that help ensure that those struggling with hunger won’t miss out on celebrating,” said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO. “We’re extremely grateful to Wells Fargo, this year’s presenting sponsor, and we look forward to seeing Wells Fargo volunteers and everyone who comes out for Pack The House. We can’t do it without you.”

Marking its 30th year in service to those struggling with hunger, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides meals for 100,000 individuals each week. During the holiday season, that number rises with requests for help with holiday meals.

Pack The House presented by Wells Fargo kicks off with an opening ceremony and lunch on Friday, Oct. 26th at noon. The lunch will be provided by Healthy Harvest Catering, a program of Treasure Coast Food Bank. Keeping with the tradition that began four years ago, the ceremony will include a tribute to first responders and a moment of silence for the victims of 911. The event wraps 24 hours later with the final count of meals prepared during the event.

More than 500 volunteers are expected to help sort and pack holiday meals and food for other Treasure Coast Food Bank programs during the event at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s headquarters, 401 Angle Road in Fort Pierce. Volunteer spots still are available. Come with a group, or meet new friends while helping during one of the three-hour shifts. To sign up, please visit stophunger.org/volunteer.

Many other businesses help support the event. Ceremonial sponsor is Walmart Distribution Center #7038. Shift sponsors are: American Public Works Association, Bank of America, CAPTEC Engineering, Inc., Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Healthy Harvest Catering, Martin Health System, and Southern Eagle Distributing. For more information about volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, visit stophunger.org/events.

In addition, several businesses will be providing food, entertainment and other services throughout the 24-hours. Thanks to Costa Azul Mexican Restaurant, Dixie Cream Donuts, Dunkin’ Donuts, Healthy Harvest Catering, Moonswiners Bar-B-Q, Pappy’s Pizza, Pepsico/Tropicana and Starbuck’s, volunteers will eat well no matter when they’re helping.

The event also includes music by DJ Elextra and Karaoke, complements of Top Clown Karaoke, and raffle prizes. DragonFly Graphics and Sunbelt Rentals also have provided services for the event.

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Pack The House Presented by Wells Fargo Helps Treasure Coast Food Bank Prepare Holiday Meals For Those In Need

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Treasure Coast Food Bank welcomes the community back to its warehouse for its fourth annual 24-hour sorting and packing event from Friday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

This year, Pack The House is presented by Wells Fargo, and the focus is on preparing for the holidays by helping to pack 10,000 holiday meal boxes for those in need on the Treasure Coast.

“The holidays are just around the corner, and we’ll be packing holiday meal boxes that help ensure that those struggling with hunger won’t miss out on celebrating,” said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO. “We’re extremely grateful to Wells Fargo, this year’s presenting sponsor, and we look forward to seeing Wells Fargo volunteers and everyone who comes out for Pack The House. We can’t do it without you.”

Marking its 30th year in service to those struggling with hunger, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides meals for 100,000 individuals each week. During the holiday season, that number rises with requests for help with holiday meals.

Pack The House presented by Wells Fargo kicks off with an opening ceremony and lunch on Friday, Oct. 26th at noon. The lunch will be provided by Healthy Harvest Catering, a program of Treasure Coast Food Bank. Keeping with the tradition that began four years ago, the ceremony will include a tribute to first responders and a moment of silence for the victims of 911. The event wraps 24 hours later with the final count of meals prepared during the event.

More than 500 volunteers are expected to help sort and pack holiday meals and food for other Treasure Coast Food Bank programs during the event at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s headquarters, 401 Angle Road in Fort Pierce. Volunteer spots still are available. Come with a group, or meet new friends while helping during one of the three-hour shifts. To sign up, please visit stophunger.org/volunteer.

Many other businesses help support the event. Ceremonial sponsor is Walmart Distribution Center #7038. Shift sponsors are: American Public Works Association, Bank of America, CAPTEC Engineering, Inc., Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Healthy Harvest Catering, Martin Health System, and Southern Eagle Distributing. For more information about volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, visit stophunger.org/events.

In addition, several businesses will be providing food, entertainment and other services throughout the 24-hours. Thanks to Costa Azul Mexican Restaurant, Dixie Cream Donuts, Dunkin’ Donuts, Healthy Harvest Catering, Moonswiners Bar-B-Q, Pappy’s Pizza, Pepsico/Tropicana and Starbuck’s, volunteers will eat well no matter when they’re helping.

The event also includes music by DJ Elextra and Karaoke, complements of Top Clown Karaoke, and raffle prizes. DragonFly Graphics and Sunbelt Rentals also have provided services for the event.

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Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K raises $11,000 to Fight Hunger

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Tom Nisa of Stuart won the top male masters with a time of 20:18.2, Chelsea Hollingsworth of Stuart won the top overall with a time of 18:56.5, Kurt Barnhill of Palm City won the top male finisher with a time of 18:56.7, and Shari McGlynn of Palm City won the top female masters with a time of 24:04.7.

Photo Credit – Dave Young, Dave’s Airport Shuttle Service

Stuart, FL – On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, 100 runners and walkers participated in the Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K to Fight Hunger. Merrill Lynch partnered with United Way of Martin County to revive the successful race that was last held in 2015. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors and runners nearly $11,000 was raised that will provide holiday meals for over 1,000 families in need through United Way of Martin County’s White Doves Holiday Project.

“We are thrilled with the support from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and we know that these holiday meals will mean so much to the families here in Martin County who are struggling to make ends meet,” said United Way of Martin County President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez.

Chelsea Hollingsworth of Stuart won the race with a time of 18:56.5 and Kurt Barnhill of Palm City was the top overall male winner with a time of 18:56.7.

For more than 30 years United Way of Martin County has provided toys and food to families in need through its White Doves Holiday Project. Last year, United Way distributed 14,335 toys to 2,767 local children as well as a traditional holiday meal to more than 1,000 families served.

Sponsors include: Amundi Pioneer Asset Management; Thornburg Investment Management; PIMCO; Jeremiah Baron & Co. Commercial Real Estate,LLC.; Pipeline Utilities, Inc; Sweatspiration; Federated Investors, Inc.; Turning Point Counseling Services; Treasure Coast Legal; Fleet Feet Stuart; Nuveen and Zweben Law Group.

For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org or www.Facebook.com/UnitedWayMartin.

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Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K raises $11,000 to Fight Hunger

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The team at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management coordinated the Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K to Fight Hunger. Photo Credit: United Way of Martin County

Stuart, FL – On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, 100 runners and walkers participated in the Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K to Fight Hunger. Merrill Lynch partnered with United Way of Martin County to revive the successful race that was last held in 2015. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors and runners nearly $11,000 was raised that will provide holiday meals for over 1,000 families in need through United Way of Martin County’s White Doves Holiday Project.

“We are thrilled with the support from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and we know that these holiday meals will mean so much to the families here in Martin County who are struggling to make ends meet,” said United Way of Martin County President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez.

Chelsea Hollingsworth of Stuart won the race with a time of 18:56.5 and Kurt Barnhill of Palm City was the top overall male winner with a time of 18:56.7.

For more than 30 years United Way of Martin County has provided toys and food to families in need through its White Doves Holiday Project. Last year, United Way distributed 14,335 toys to 2,767 local children as well as a traditional holiday meal to more than 1,000 families served.

Sponsors include: Amundi Pioneer Asset Management; Thornburg Investment Management; PIMCO; Jeremiah Baron & Co. Commercial Real Estate,LLC.; Pipeline Utilities, Inc; Sweatspiration; Federated Investors, Inc.; Turning Point Counseling Services; Treasure Coast Legal; Fleet Feet Stuart; Nuveen and Zweben Law Group.

For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org or www.Facebook.com/UnitedWayMartin.

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Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K raises $11,000 to Fight Hunger

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Sunny Stephan, Amber Stephan and Shannon Smith check in with Rachel Terlizzi.

Photo Credit: Dave Young, Dave’s Airport Shuttle Service

Stuart, FL – On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, 100 runners and walkers participated in the Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K to Fight Hunger. Merrill Lynch partnered with United Way of Martin County to revive the successful race that was last held in 2015. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors and runners nearly $11,000 was raised that will provide holiday meals for over 1,000 families in need through United Way of Martin County’s White Doves Holiday Project.

“We are thrilled with the support from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and we know that these holiday meals will mean so much to the families here in Martin County who are struggling to make ends meet,” said United Way of Martin County President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez.

Chelsea Hollingsworth of Stuart won the race with a time of 18:56.5 and Kurt Barnhill of Palm City was the top overall male winner with a time of 18:56.7.

For more than 30 years United Way of Martin County has provided toys and food to families in need through its White Doves Holiday Project. Last year, United Way distributed 14,335 toys to 2,767 local children as well as a traditional holiday meal to more than 1,000 families served.

Sponsors include: Amundi Pioneer Asset Management; Thornburg Investment Management; PIMCO; Jeremiah Baron & Co. Commercial Real Estate,LLC.; Pipeline Utilities, Inc; Sweatspiration; Federated Investors, Inc.; Turning Point Counseling Services; Treasure Coast Legal; Fleet Feet Stuart; Nuveen and Zweben Law Group.

For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org or www.Facebook.com/UnitedWayMartin.

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Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K raises $11,000 to Fight Hunger

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Nancy McCarthy, Lora duPlooy, Carol G. Houwaart-Diez (in Bull costume) and Kelly Tullidge were three of 100 runners who participated in the Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K.

Photo Credit-United Way of Martin County

Stuart, FL – On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, 100 runners and walkers participated in the Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K to Fight Hunger. Merrill Lynch partnered with United Way of Martin County to revive the successful race that was last held in 2015. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors and runners nearly $11,000 was raised that will provide holiday meals for over 1,000 families in need through United Way of Martin County’s White Doves Holiday Project.

“We are thrilled with the support from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and we know that these holiday meals will mean so much to the families here in Martin County who are struggling to make ends meet,” said United Way of Martin County President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez.

Chelsea Hollingsworth of Stuart won the race with a time of 18:56.5 and Kurt Barnhill of Palm City was the top overall male winner with a time of 18:56.7.

For more than 30 years United Way of Martin County has provided toys and food to families in need through its White Doves Holiday Project. Last year, United Way distributed 14,335 toys to 2,767 local children as well as a traditional holiday meal to more than 1,000 families served.

Sponsors include: Amundi Pioneer Asset Management; Thornburg Investment Management; PIMCO; Jeremiah Baron & Co. Commercial Real Estate,LLC.; Pipeline Utilities, Inc; Sweatspiration; Federated Investors, Inc.; Turning Point Counseling Services; Treasure Coast Legal; Fleet Feet Stuart; Nuveen and Zweben Law Group.

For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org or www.Facebook.com/UnitedWayMartin.

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Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K raises $11,000 to Fight Hunger

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Shannon Murphy, Pam Dallas and Meredith Dallas made sure the refreshments are stocked so runners could refuel after the race.

Photo Credit-Dave Young, Dave’s Airport Shuttle Service

Stuart, FL – On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, 100 runners and walkers participated in the Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K to Fight Hunger. Merrill Lynch partnered with United Way of Martin County to revive the successful race that was last held in 2015. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors and runners nearly $11,000 was raised that will provide holiday meals for over 1,000 families in need through United Way of Martin County’s White Doves Holiday Project.

“We are thrilled with the support from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and we know that these holiday meals will mean so much to the families here in Martin County who are struggling to make ends meet,” said United Way of Martin County President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez.

Chelsea Hollingsworth of Stuart won the race with a time of 18:56.5 and Kurt Barnhill of Palm City was the top overall male winner with a time of 18:56.7.

For more than 30 years United Way of Martin County has provided toys and food to families in need through its White Doves Holiday Project. Last year, United Way distributed 14,335 toys to 2,767 local children as well as a traditional holiday meal to more than 1,000 families served.

Sponsors include: Amundi Pioneer Asset Management; Thornburg Investment Management; PIMCO; Jeremiah Baron & Co. Commercial Real Estate,LLC.; Pipeline Utilities, Inc; Sweatspiration; Federated Investors, Inc.; Turning Point Counseling Services; Treasure Coast Legal; Fleet Feet Stuart; Nuveen and Zweben Law Group.

For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org or www.Facebook.com/UnitedWayMartin.

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Treasure Coast Food Bank Receives $75,000 Grant from Publix Super Markets Charities for Childhood Hunger Programs

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Treasure Coast Food Bank is pleased to announce it has received a $75,000 grant from Publix Super Markets Charities to expand its childhood hunger initiatives. The money will be used to expand both school-based pantries and the BackPack program.

“We’re extremely grateful to Publix Charities for its support of our mission and our programs,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank President & CEO Judith Cruz. “Publix has been a longtime partner with Treasure Coast Food Bank in numerous capacities, and this most recent grant underlines that continued support for solving hunger on the Treasure Coast.”

School-based food pantries, along with the BackPack program, are two of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s most effective programs to address childhood hunger. Both programs work in partnership with area schools to identify students who struggle with hunger and provide food for them.

“This grant will assist us in creating the critical infrastructure necessary to scale our program across our service area, including before- and after-program surveys to determine the impact of the School Pantry and BackPack programs,” Cruz said.

Each school food pantry provides a place for a parent to select food items for children as well as the entire family in a location convenient to the parent. The BackPack program provides a pack of nutritious food in child-friendly containers for the individual child to eat when school is closed and there’s no access to school meals, like on weekends and school holidays.

“Childhood hunger has serious repercussions not just for children but for the entire community,” Cruz said. “Childhood hunger is linked to poorer performance in school and more incidences of illness. We see these programs as vital for both their immediate needs and long-term success.”

Waste Management Receives Highest Scores in Industry on the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) North America and World Top Performing Company in the World in Commercial Services and Supplies Sector

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OKEECHOBEE, FL. – OCT. 09, 2018– Waste Management (NYSE: WM) has been listed on the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for North America and the World. This distinction marks a recognition of the company’s corporate sustainability leadership within the industry.
“It is quite an honor to be among one of the first companies to be recognized by Dow Jones as a sector leader on the DJSI World Indices,” said Jim Fish, president and CEO of Waste Management. “Since 1993, we have been reporting on company-wide, environmental innovations, and since have increasingly focused on all aspects of sustainability. We have come a long way since then, and our continued success is due to the dedication, hard work and passion of our employees.”

Waste Management’s 2018 Total Sustainability Score leads the Commercial Services & Supplies industry, based on the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment used to compile the DJSI. The report provides a broad overview of the performance of the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the relative positioning of Waste Management at the dimension and criteria level.
In the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment, Waste Management received a score of 90% or above in 13 categories, and a score of 100% in 7 categories including:
• Climate Strategy
• Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy
• Human Rights
• Labor Practice Indicators
• Materiality
• Policy Influence
• Risk & Crisis Management

The RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment is a comprehensive annual evaluation of companies’ sustainability practices and performance. Every March, RobecoSAM extends invitations to over 3,500 of the largest, listed companies globally to participate in the assessment by completing an in-depth questionnaire. Assessment results are published in September.

For further information, please visit RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment website.
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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Library to Unveil Brand New Quiet Reading Space at Peter & Julie Cummings Library on October 30

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PALM CITY, FL – Martin County Library System is pleased to announce the first
in a series of new and improved quiet reading areas that will eventually be implemented at all library locations. A welcome reception is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue in Palm City. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.

This endeavor from the Library’s Future Spaces Plan will allow the Library to meet the expectations of our visitors by providing desirable areas conducive to reading and relaxing. Comfortable seating, flexible partitions, and other aesthetically pleasing yet functional furnishings will define these areas so that they are easily recognizable by guests. Funding for the quiet space at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library was made available by Chairman, Edward V. Ciampi’s District Five Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) funds. Future quiet spaces will be funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.

For more information on this and other events, pick up a Library Events Newsletter
at any Martin County Library location, visit www.library.martin.fl.us, or call 772-288-5702.

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Commissioners Show Support for Domestic Violence

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Showing their support for domestic violence awareness, Board Chairman Ed Ciampi and Commissioner

Doug Smith, along with Jill Borowicz, CEO of SafeSpace, sported red shoes at today’s board meeting.

Recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Martin County, the board expressed

sincere appreciation for those committed to promoting peace and preventing domestic violence in our

community.

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SOUTH FLORIDA RED CROSS SENDS STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST WITH HURRICANE MICHAEL RELIEF EFFORTS

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (October 9, 2018) – The American Red Cross is preparing for a large relief effort as Hurricane Michael approaches the Florida panhandle, even while continuing efforts in the Carolinas for families still trying to recover from Hurricane Florence. The South Florida Region of the American Red Cross has quickly mobilized to send support. To date, more than 20 South Florida Red Cross staff members and volunteers have deployed to Tallahassee and Alabama to assist in Red Cross relief efforts.

“Even though Hurricane Michael won’t directly affect our region, we are ready to send support to our neighbors in North Florida,” said Joanne Nowlin, Regional CEO of the South Florida Region. “We are One Red Cross and we come together when disaster strikes.”

Michael is predicted to be life-threatening, and is expected to hit parts of Florida Wednesday with strong winds, devastating flooding and storm surge as high as 12 feet in some places. The storm is still strengthening with winds already close to 110 mph. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate, and governors in Florida and Alabama have already declared states of emergency.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Help people affected by Hurricane Michael. Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. Visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word MICHAEL to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Michael relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.
The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on redcross.org with your check.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/southflorida or visit us on Facebook and Twitter at @SFLRedCross.

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Dinner in Darkness Gives Participants a Clearer View

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Omar Shareef, creator of the ‘Helping Hand’ glove, shows Mary Morris how it works.

A family trip to India several years ago inspired a passion in Vero Beach sixteen year-old Omar Shareef. During the childhood trip, Shareef visited an orphanage which was home to a number of blind and visually-impaired students. Seeing the many challenges the children faced simply in navigating the details of everyday life sparked an idea for something that might be able to provide assistance.

Shareef, a student at St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, designed and created a ‘helping hand’ glove as a science fair project. When worn by a blind or visually-impaired user and pointed in a direction, the glove identifies objects, people’s faces and written text utilizing built-in cameras. While there are other items on the market which accomplish many of the same tasks, Shareef’s imagination, ingenuity, and computer coding skills helped to cut the cost of creating the glove by thousands of dollars, making the end product something affordable for everyone, something he says is critical because of the financial challenges already faced by members of the blind and visually-impaired community.

As part of the creation of the glove powered by artificial intelligence, Shareef also created Second Sight, a nonprofit organization which will help to make the product available to those most in need. The project garnered local and international awards for Shareef, but he is as quick to attribute his success to those who helped and encouraged him as he is to deflect any praise.

The glove was introduced to a group of nearly 200 individuals who gathered at a ‘Dinner in Darkness’ event hosted at the Pelican Yacht Club by Shareef, using his winnings from national and international science competitions and his earnings from repairing iPhones, building iPhone applications, and making websites for the community. Portions of the dinner were held in darkness to help participants become aware of one of the many challenges facing individuals who cannot see. During the course of the evening, Shareef invited a number of speakers to the podium to share knowledge, experience, and feedback on the device he’d created, including representatives from the Lighthouse for the Blind, the Indian River Education Foundation, the blind community, and St. Edward’s School. Shareef also answered questions and provided hands-on demonstrations to the invited guests.

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A family trip to India several years ago inspired a passion in Vero Beach sixteen year-old Omar Shareef. During the childhood trip, Shareef visited an orphanage which was home to a number of blind and visually-impaired students. Seeing the many challenges the children faced simply in navigating the details of everyday life sparked an idea for something that might be able to provide assistance.

Shareef, a student at St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, designed and created a ‘helping hand’ glove as a science fair project. When worn by a blind or visually-impaired user and pointed in a direction, the glove identifies objects, people’s faces and written text utilizing built-in cameras. While there are other items on the market which accomplish many of the same tasks, Shareef’s imagination, ingenuity, and computer coding skills helped to cut the cost of creating the glove by thousands of dollars, making the end product something affordable for everyone, something he says is critical because of the financial challenges already faced by members of the blind and visually-impaired community.

As part of the creation of the glove powered by artificial intelligence, Shareef also created Second Sight, a nonprofit organization which will help to make the product available to those most in need. The project garnered local and international awards for Shareef, but he is as quick to attribute his success to those who helped and encouraged him as he is to deflect any praise.

The glove was introduced to a group of nearly 200 individuals who gathered at a ‘Dinner in Darkness’ event hosted at the Pelican Yacht Club by Shareef, using his winnings from national and international science competitions and his earnings from repairing iPhones, building iPhone applications, and making websites for the community. Portions of the dinner were held in darkness to help participants become aware of one of the many challenges facing individuals who cannot see. During the course of the evening, Shareef invited a number of speakers to the podium to share knowledge, experience, and feedback on the device he’d created, including representatives from the Lighthouse for the Blind, the Indian River Education Foundation, the blind community, and St. Edward’s School. Shareef also answered questions and provided hands-on demonstrations to the invited guests.

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A family trip to India several years ago inspired a passion in Vero Beach sixteen year-old Omar Shareef. During the childhood trip, Shareef visited an orphanage which was home to a number of blind and visually-impaired students. Seeing the many challenges the children faced simply in navigating the details of everyday life sparked an idea for something that might be able to provide assistance.

Shareef, a student at St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, designed and created a ‘helping hand’ glove as a science fair project. When worn by a blind or visually-impaired user and pointed in a direction, the glove identifies objects, people’s faces and written text utilizing built-in cameras. While there are other items on the market which accomplish many of the same tasks, Shareef’s imagination, ingenuity, and computer coding skills helped to cut the cost of creating the glove by thousands of dollars, making the end product something affordable for everyone, something he says is critical because of the financial challenges already faced by members of the blind and visually-impaired community.

As part of the creation of the glove powered by artificial intelligence, Shareef also created Second Sight, a nonprofit organization which will help to make the product available to those most in need. The project garnered local and international awards for Shareef, but he is as quick to attribute his success to those who helped and encouraged him as he is to deflect any praise.

The glove was introduced to a group of nearly 200 individuals who gathered at a ‘Dinner in Darkness’ event hosted at the Pelican Yacht Club by Shareef, using his winnings from national and international science competitions and his earnings from repairing iPhones, building iPhone applications, and making websites for the community. Portions of the dinner were held in darkness to help participants become aware of one of the many challenges facing individuals who cannot see. During the course of the evening, Shareef invited a number of speakers to the podium to share knowledge, experience, and feedback on the device he’d created, including representatives from the Lighthouse for the Blind, the Indian River Education Foundation, the blind community, and St. Edward’s School. Shareef also answered questions and provided hands-on demonstrations to the invited guests.

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A family trip to India several years ago inspired a passion in Vero Beach sixteen year-old Omar Shareef. During the childhood trip, Shareef visited an orphanage which was home to a number of blind and visually-impaired students. Seeing the many challenges the children faced simply in navigating the details of everyday life sparked an idea for something that might be able to provide assistance.

Shareef, a student at St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, designed and created a ‘helping hand’ glove as a science fair project. When worn by a blind or visually-impaired user and pointed in a direction, the glove identifies objects, people’s faces and written text utilizing built-in cameras. While there are other items on the market which accomplish many of the same tasks, Shareef’s imagination, ingenuity, and computer coding skills helped to cut the cost of creating the glove by thousands of dollars, making the end product something affordable for everyone, something he says is critical because of the financial challenges already faced by members of the blind and visually-impaired community.

As part of the creation of the glove powered by artificial intelligence, Shareef also created Second Sight, a nonprofit organization which will help to make the product available to those most in need. The project garnered local and international awards for Shareef, but he is as quick to attribute his success to those who helped and encouraged him as he is to deflect any praise.

The glove was introduced to a group of nearly 200 individuals who gathered at a ‘Dinner in Darkness’ event hosted at the Pelican Yacht Club by Shareef, using his winnings from national and international science competitions and his earnings from repairing iPhones, building iPhone applications, and making websites for the community. Portions of the dinner were held in darkness to help participants become aware of one of the many challenges facing individuals who cannot see. During the course of the evening, Shareef invited a number of speakers to the podium to share knowledge, experience, and feedback on the device he’d created, including representatives from the Lighthouse for the Blind, the Indian River Education Foundation, the blind community, and St. Edward’s School. Shareef also answered questions and provided hands-on demonstrations to the invited guests.

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Omar Shareef presents to the group

A family trip to India several years ago inspired a passion in Vero Beach sixteen year-old Omar Shareef. During the childhood trip, Shareef visited an orphanage which was home to a number of blind and visually-impaired students. Seeing the many challenges the children faced simply in navigating the details of everyday life sparked an idea for something that might be able to provide assistance.

Shareef, a student at St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, designed and created a ‘helping hand’ glove as a science fair project. When worn by a blind or visually-impaired user and pointed in a direction, the glove identifies objects, people’s faces and written text utilizing built-in cameras. While there are other items on the market which accomplish many of the same tasks, Shareef’s imagination, ingenuity, and computer coding skills helped to cut the cost of creating the glove by thousands of dollars, making the end product something affordable for everyone, something he says is critical because of the financial challenges already faced by members of the blind and visually-impaired community.

As part of the creation of the glove powered by artificial intelligence, Shareef also created Second Sight, a nonprofit organization which will help to make the product available to those most in need. The project garnered local and international awards for Shareef, but he is as quick to attribute his success to those who helped and encouraged him as he is to deflect any praise.

The glove was introduced to a group of nearly 200 individuals who gathered at a ‘Dinner in Darkness’ event hosted at the Pelican Yacht Club by Shareef, using his winnings from national and international science competitions and his earnings from repairing iPhones, building iPhone applications, and making websites for the community. Portions of the dinner were held in darkness to help participants become aware of one of the many challenges facing individuals who cannot see. During the course of the evening, Shareef invited a number of speakers to the podium to share knowledge, experience, and feedback on the device he’d created, including representatives from the Lighthouse for the Blind, the Indian River Education Foundation, the blind community, and St. Edward’s School. Shareef also answered questions and provided hands-on demonstrations to the invited guests.

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Educators from St. Edward’s School who have helped encourage Omar Shareef were invited to share in the celebratory evening. Back Row (L-R) Ken Hudson, Terry Mitchell (History Teacher), Krissie Fojtik (Middle School Dean), Barbara Mohler (Head of Lower School), Kerryane Monahan (Head of Science), Omar Shareef, Joanie Wachter (Retired Technology Teacher), Laxmikant Pathade (Chemistry Teacher), Jeanette Gallery-Kain (School Nurse) Front Row (L-R) Kelly Hudson (Science Teacher), Lori Van Roekel (Front Desk), Maureen MacMullen, Jack MacMullen (Head of Upper School), Michele Sterberg (Director of College Counseling)

A family trip to India several years ago inspired a passion in Vero Beach sixteen year-old Omar Shareef. During the childhood trip, Shareef visited an orphanage which was home to a number of blind and visually-impaired students. Seeing the many challenges the children faced simply in navigating the details of everyday life sparked an idea for something that might be able to provide assistance.

Shareef, a student at St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, designed and created a ‘helping hand’ glove as a science fair project. When worn by a blind or visually-impaired user and pointed in a direction, the glove identifies objects, people’s faces and written text utilizing built-in cameras. While there are other items on the market which accomplish many of the same tasks, Shareef’s imagination, ingenuity, and computer coding skills helped to cut the cost of creating the glove by thousands of dollars, making the end product something affordable for everyone, something he says is critical because of the financial challenges already faced by members of the blind and visually-impaired community.

As part of the creation of the glove powered by artificial intelligence, Shareef also created Second Sight, a nonprofit organization which will help to make the product available to those most in need. The project garnered local and international awards for Shareef, but he is as quick to attribute his success to those who helped and encouraged him as he is to deflect any praise.

The glove was introduced to a group of nearly 200 individuals who gathered at a ‘Dinner in Darkness’ event hosted at the Pelican Yacht Club by Shareef, using his winnings from national and international science competitions and his earnings from repairing iPhones, building iPhone applications, and making websites for the community. Portions of the dinner were held in darkness to help participants become aware of one of the many challenges facing individuals who cannot see. During the course of the evening, Shareef invited a number of speakers to the podium to share knowledge, experience, and feedback on the device he’d created, including representatives from the Lighthouse for the Blind, the Indian River Education Foundation, the blind community, and St. Edward’s School. Shareef also answered questions and provided hands-on demonstrations to the invited guests.

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Cynthia Falardeau from Indian River Education Foundation addresses the gathering. 

A family trip to India several years ago inspired a passion in Vero Beach sixteen year-old Omar Shareef. During the childhood trip, Shareef visited an orphanage which was home to a number of blind and visually-impaired students. Seeing the many challenges the children faced simply in navigating the details of everyday life sparked an idea for something that might be able to provide assistance.

Shareef, a student at St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, designed and created a ‘helping hand’ glove as a science fair project. When worn by a blind or visually-impaired user and pointed in a direction, the glove identifies objects, people’s faces and written text utilizing built-in cameras. While there are other items on the market which accomplish many of the same tasks, Shareef’s imagination, ingenuity, and computer coding skills helped to cut the cost of creating the glove by thousands of dollars, making the end product something affordable for everyone, something he says is critical because of the financial challenges already faced by members of the blind and visually-impaired community.

As part of the creation of the glove powered by artificial intelligence, Shareef also created Second Sight, a nonprofit organization which will help to make the product available to those most in need. The project garnered local and international awards for Shareef, but he is as quick to attribute his success to those who helped and encouraged him as he is to deflect any praise.

The glove was introduced to a group of nearly 200 individuals who gathered at a ‘Dinner in Darkness’ event hosted at the Pelican Yacht Club by Shareef, using his winnings from national and international science competitions and his earnings from repairing iPhones, building iPhone applications, and making websites for the community. Portions of the dinner were held in darkness to help participants become aware of one of the many challenges facing individuals who cannot see. During the course of the evening, Shareef invited a number of speakers to the podium to share knowledge, experience, and feedback on the device he’d created, including representatives from the Lighthouse for the Blind, the Indian River Education Foundation, the blind community, and St. Edward’s School. Shareef also answered questions and provided hands-on demonstrations to the invited guests.

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Members of the Indian River Education Foundation share a moment with inventor Omar Shareef. Left to Right: Lisa Presti, Brian Mayo, Omar Shareef, Cynthia Falardeau, Pat and Peggy Hiser, EF Board Chair Cathy Filusch and Heather Holden

A family trip to India several years ago inspired a passion in Vero Beach sixteen year-old Omar Shareef. During the childhood trip, Shareef visited an orphanage which was home to a number of blind and visually-impaired students. Seeing the many challenges the children faced simply in navigating the details of everyday life sparked an idea for something that might be able to provide assistance.

Shareef, a student at St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, designed and created a ‘helping hand’ glove as a science fair project. When worn by a blind or visually-impaired user and pointed in a direction, the glove identifies objects, people’s faces and written text utilizing built-in cameras. While there are other items on the market which accomplish many of the same tasks, Shareef’s imagination, ingenuity, and computer coding skills helped to cut the cost of creating the glove by thousands of dollars, making the end product something affordable for everyone, something he says is critical because of the financial challenges already faced by members of the blind and visually-impaired community.

As part of the creation of the glove powered by artificial intelligence, Shareef also created Second Sight, a nonprofit organization which will help to make the product available to those most in need. The project garnered local and international awards for Shareef, but he is as quick to attribute his success to those who helped and encouraged him as he is to deflect any praise.

The glove was introduced to a group of nearly 200 individuals who gathered at a ‘Dinner in Darkness’ event hosted at the Pelican Yacht Club by Shareef, using his winnings from national and international science competitions and his earnings from repairing iPhones, building iPhone applications, and making websites for the community. Portions of the dinner were held in darkness to help participants become aware of one of the many challenges facing individuals who cannot see. During the course of the evening, Shareef invited a number of speakers to the podium to share knowledge, experience, and feedback on the device he’d created, including representatives from the Lighthouse for the Blind, the Indian River Education Foundation, the blind community, and St. Edward’s School. Shareef also answered questions and provided hands-on demonstrations to the invited guests.

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A family trip to India several years ago inspired a passion in Vero Beach sixteen year-old Omar Shareef. During the childhood trip, Shareef visited an orphanage which was home to a number of blind and visually-impaired students. Seeing the many challenges the children faced simply in navigating the details of everyday life sparked an idea for something that might be able to provide assistance.

Shareef, a student at St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, designed and created a ‘helping hand’ glove as a science fair project. When worn by a blind or visually-impaired user and pointed in a direction, the glove identifies objects, people’s faces and written text utilizing built-in cameras. While there are other items on the market which accomplish many of the same tasks, Shareef’s imagination, ingenuity, and computer coding skills helped to cut the cost of creating the glove by thousands of dollars, making the end product something affordable for everyone, something he says is critical because of the financial challenges already faced by members of the blind and visually-impaired community.

As part of the creation of the glove powered by artificial intelligence, Shareef also created Second Sight, a nonprofit organization which will help to make the product available to those most in need. The project garnered local and international awards for Shareef, but he is as quick to attribute his success to those who helped and encouraged him as he is to deflect any praise.

The glove was introduced to a group of nearly 200 individuals who gathered at a ‘Dinner in Darkness’ event hosted at the Pelican Yacht Club by Shareef, using his winnings from national and international science competitions and his earnings from repairing iPhones, building iPhone applications, and making websites for the community. Portions of the dinner were held in darkness to help participants become aware of one of the many challenges facing individuals who cannot see. During the course of the evening, Shareef invited a number of speakers to the podium to share knowledge, experience, and feedback on the device he’d created, including representatives from the Lighthouse for the Blind, the Indian River Education Foundation, the blind community, and St. Edward’s School. Shareef also answered questions and provided hands-on demonstrations to the invited guests.

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  Paul Trabulsy, Omar Shareef, Dana Trabulsy

A family trip to India several years ago inspired a passion in Vero Beach sixteen year-old Omar Shareef. During the childhood trip, Shareef visited an orphanage which was home to a number of blind and visually-impaired students. Seeing the many challenges the children faced simply in navigating the details of everyday life sparked an idea for something that might be able to provide assistance.

Shareef, a student at St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, designed and created a ‘helping hand’ glove as a science fair project. When worn by a blind or visually-impaired user and pointed in a direction, the glove identifies objects, people’s faces and written text utilizing built-in cameras. While there are other items on the market which accomplish many of the same tasks, Shareef’s imagination, ingenuity, and computer coding skills helped to cut the cost of creating the glove by thousands of dollars, making the end product something affordable for everyone, something he says is critical because of the financial challenges already faced by members of the blind and visually-impaired community.

As part of the creation of the glove powered by artificial intelligence, Shareef also created Second Sight, a nonprofit organization which will help to make the product available to those most in need. The project garnered local and international awards for Shareef, but he is as quick to attribute his success to those who helped and encouraged him as he is to deflect any praise.

The glove was introduced to a group of nearly 200 individuals who gathered at a ‘Dinner in Darkness’ event hosted at the Pelican Yacht Club by Shareef, using his winnings from national and international science competitions and his earnings from repairing iPhones, building iPhone applications, and making websites for the community. Portions of the dinner were held in darkness to help participants become aware of one of the many challenges facing individuals who cannot see. During the course of the evening, Shareef invited a number of speakers to the podium to share knowledge, experience, and feedback on the device he’d created, including representatives from the Lighthouse for the Blind, the Indian River Education Foundation, the blind community, and St. Edward’s School. Shareef also answered questions and provided hands-on demonstrations to the invited guests.

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Florida SBDC at IRSC Hosts Free Cyber Security for Small Business Session October 30

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Cyberattacks against small businesses are on the rise. In fact, 43 percent of all attacks worldwide target businesses with less than 250 employees, according to Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report.

To prepare for these threats, small business owners are encouraged to attend the “Cyber Security for Small Business” lunch-and-learn style session Tuesday, October 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Indian River State College (IRSC) Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West (500 N.W. California Blvd, building F-144). An RSVP is required for the free event and can be completed at www.cctiirsc.com.

Participants will ascertain valuable information and learn necessary skills to mitigate threats, including the latest phishing and malware attacks; implement remediation practices; and understand the new and ever-changing cyber insurance landscape.

The Florida SBDC at IRSC serves as the principal provider of local business assistance offering valuable cybersecurity training at no-cost to small businesses. The “Cyber Security for Small Business” session is offered as a part of the SBDC Network Byte-Size Program established to provide small business owners with a sound understanding of the risks of cyberattacks, common cybersecurity threats, and strategies to safeguard their business.

Funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, State of Florida, and other public and private partners, IRSC is home to the Florida SBDC Network Treasure Coast office. The Florida SBDC at IRSC provides credentialed consulting, training, and research to help aspiring and existing small businesses grow and succeed. For more information about the Florida SBDC at IRSC email fsbdc@irsc.edu.

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In the Clinic with Nurse Pam

Out2News.comAs October clouds roll in, we are reminded that winter is on its way. And with winter comes flu season – and your friendly Nurse-Pam reminder to have your children vaccinated.

On the fence about it? Consider this: 140 children in the United States died from flu last year, the deadliest flu season on record.

Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months, and Tamiflu can be used to treat flu symptoms within 48 hours of onset for infants 2 weeks or older. Here are some other flu facts:

· It takes two weeks for the body to produce antibodies sufficient to fight the disease – so get your shot early

· Flu activity begins to increase in October, with the worst time between December and February

· Flu vaccines cannot cause the flu virus; they are made with non-living viruses or with just a gene from the virus

· The vaccine may reduce the severity of symptoms if you do get sick

Finally, Publix is giving $10 gift cards with every flu vaccination this year. If you are a foster parent, be sure to get consent from your child’s parent before getting the vaccine.

Originally from Canada, Pam became a nurse in 2011 after graduating from York University in Toronto. Her clinical experience includes emergency medicine, community nursing and sexual assault care. Pam moved to Florida with her husband (and IT wizard) Jody Boyer in 2014 and began work with Communities Connected for Kids the next year. She coordinates, assists and monitors the medical needs of children served by C.C.Kids.

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SAD IS NOT BAD

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SAD IS NOT BAD is a memoir based on letters I wrote to my husband after his sudden death,

It is a love story, embracing the importance of honest communication, relationships, gratitude,

healing, coping mechanisms and ritual in an easy to read style.

Perhaps you know someone who might benefit from this book, available on AMAZON in print,

Kindle or Audible.

HARRIET VOGEL Author – grief counselor – speaker

Website: harrietvogel.com

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Martin County Takes Action on Red Tide

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Water samples taken at Hobe Sound Beach, Bathtub Beach and Jensen Beach confirmed the presence of red tide in the very low and low ranges.

What this means for Martin County

Possible effects in the very low (1,000 – 10,000 cells per liter) and low (10,000-100,000 cells per liter) ranges include respiratory irritation and fish kills.
Beaches are guarded, however conditions may change. Residents and visitors are encouraged to call the beach hotline at 772- 320-3112 for current conditions and seek the assistance of EMT/Lifeguards with any questions or concerns.

What we’re doing

Sampling at locations along the Martin County coastline, from Hobe Sound Beach to Jensen Beach, and sending samples to labs for analysis.
Educating EMT/Lifeguards about the signs and symptoms of red tide.
Posting advisory signs near beaches.
Updating the existing, algal bloom-related local state of emergency to include red tide.
Working with DEP to utilize available funds to help mitigate the effects of red tide in our area.
Executing best management practices provided by FWC for red tide related beach cleaning.
Communicating with FWC, DEP and other counties and municipalities from Miami-Dade to St. Lucie counties on regularly scheduled status calls to share information and institute best practices.
Partnering with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Florida Department of Health in Martin County and other local agencies to monitor and provide the most accurate information for residents and visitors. We will continue utilizing best practices from communities on the west coast of Florida who have extensive experience dealing with red tide.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit www.martin.fl.us/redtide for more information related to this issue, and follow us on Twitter at @martincountygov and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/. We request that beachgoers use this information to make informed decisions about visiting local beaches.

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How Habitat for Humanity Answers Affordable Housing Question

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Out2News.comArticle by: Tom Lucido
So much to be grateful for. And so much to so easily take for granted.
These thoughts ran through my mind during the great day my staff and I spent this summer helping build a home for a family in Indiantown with Habitat for Humanity of Martin County.
Fifteen employees of Lucido & Associates — from front-desk personnel to designers — enjoyed working outdoors and away from the office. We volunteered for Habitat for the same reason so many other local businesses do — to give back to our community and help others in need.
As we were quickly reminded, giving is its own gift.

In addition to savoring that special sense of satisfaction that comes from lending a helping hand, we experienced the joys of genuine appreciation in return. We also got a great deal of insight into how Habitat works. Within Habitat’s approach — which makes a meaningful, long-term impact on the homeowners and our community at large — lies lessons for addressing the larger affordable-housing concerns facing Martin County.

Habitat doesn’t give away homes. Before providing a “hand up but not a handout,” the nonprofit carefully screens its applicants, ensuring they’ve lived or worked in Martin County for the previous 12 months, passed a criminal background check, established U.S. citizenship or permanent residence status, and currently endure substandard housing (everything from Section 8 housing to structural problems to overcrowded conditions).
Most famously, they must also donate 300 hours of sweat equity to Habitat.
Those chosen for home ownership must demonstrate an ability to repay Habitat’s no-interest monthly mortgage and attend Habitat’s home maintenance and budgeting classes to ready for the responsibilities of home ownership.

The results? For more than 32 years, Habitat has dedicated 136 homes throughout Martin County — and only once did a homeowner fail to honor their obligations. In addition to children of Habitat homeowners showing better grades and higher rates of graduation, Habitat communities such as Carter Park in Indiantown report fewer crimes and calls to 911 than comparable, nearby neighborhoods.

Taxpayers win, too. All told, Habitat has generated more than $115 million in assessed taxable value for Martin County.

While Habitat’s formula is uplifting families on the lower end of the economic scale, answers for much of Martin County’s middle class remain evasive. A tip of the hat to my old friend, Rick Hartman, of the advocacy organization One Martin, whose recent email to supporters cited several studies showing nearly 70 percent of jobs in the county pay less than $50,000 annually.

Compare that against the average home sale price, which in June was $512,588 — a $60,000 increase over the previous year. Townhouses and condos proved more promising entries to home ownership, with average sale prices of $158,102. But the rate of appreciation isn’t remotely comparable to a home.
So, how to help this demographic attain home ownership? Nationally, employers are experimenting with varying benefit packages aimed at the answer. Ideas and initiatives cover the gamut: employer-provided loans, mortgage guarantees and down-payment assistance.
Martin County’s many small businesses would surely struggle to offer substantial options, particularly businesses that are reliant on our seasonal economy. More importantly, the high cost of land in Martin County can render the above measures virtually meaningless.

The most successful approach likely involves a public-private partnership that addresses all facets.

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In the meantime, there’s value and virtue in applying efforts where the results are evident. That’s why I enthusiastically encourage every business owner in Martin County to dedicate time to Habitat. More than a home, you’ll build a family’s future, company morale, team spirit and personal self-esteem.
In giving back, you get so much more in return.

Thomas Lucido is the owner of Lucido & Associates, a land planning and landscape architecture firm in Stuart.

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Florida Health Advises CAUTION WHEN RED TIDE IS PRESENT

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Martin County – The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is reminding residents and visitors to use caution when on the beach or in waters with high concentrations of red tide. Protect your family and pets by staying away from affected areas until the blooms move further offshore or they go away. Red tide is a naturally occurring algae that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840s and occurs nearly every year. Because the blooms are patchy, other local beaches may be okay to visit.

The department encourages everyone to review these tips to stay safe while enjoying Florida’s beaches:

In Florida, red tide is caused by a naturally occurring microscopic alga called Karenia brevis.

Red tide algal blooms can change rapidly, staying in one place for months or just a few days or weeks.

Symptoms from breathing red tide usually include coughing, sneezing and watery eyes. For most people, symptoms are temporary and typically go away when the person leaves the area. Wearing a particle filter mask may lessen the effects, and over-the-counter antihistamines decrease symptoms.

People with chronic respiratory problems, like asthma, should avoid areas with active red tides. People with symptoms that persist should seek medical attention.

Pet owners are advised that red tide poses a risk to animals brought to the beach. Red tide can affect animals if they drink affected water, lick their wet paws or fur, or breath marine aerosols.

Residents sensitive to red tide and living in beach areas affected by blooms are advised to close windows and run the air conditioner (making sure that the AC filter is maintained according to the manufacturer’s specifications).

Seafood, including shellfish, in restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, and markets is safe to eat. Cooked shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels) thoroughly to prevent exposure to Vibrio vulnificus. Shellfish should not be harvested or eaten from areas with active red tide.

Beachgoers are encouraged to check conditions before they go to the beach as conditions can change daily.

Important Phone Numbers:

Martin County Beach Hotline: 772-320-3112

Red Tide Status Reports: http://myfwc.com/redtidestatus

Red Tide Health Concerns: 1-800-222-1222 (Florida Poison Control Center)

Report Fish Kills: 1-800-6360511 (FWC)

Shellfish Harvesting Areas: http://shellfish.floridaaquaculture.com/seas/seas_statusmap.htm

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Audi Stuart Air Show – Experience Aviation History

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Experience Aviation history as the B-17 “The Movie Memphis Belle” flies into the Martin County Airport Witham Field as part of the Audi Stuart Air Show November 2-4 2018

STUART – The Stuart Air Show is right around the corner and we are delighted to be able to add yet another piece of history to our already rich line up of static aircraft displays and performers: The Movie Memphis Belle. This B-17 is one of 47 left in the world and only a dozen or so are still flying.

When you hear the mighty Wright engines come to life you will know the sensation of being on an American airfield where brave boys who would become men led blazing trails of invincibility through the flak and fighter-filled skies of the Third Reich to preserve the freedom we enjoy today.

ABOUT:

The Real “Memphis Belle” flew with the 324th Bombardment Squadron of the 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force, from USAAF Station 121 at Bassingbourn, England. Her first mission was to Brest, France on 7 November 1942. Her twenty-fifth and final combat mission was to Kiel, Germany on 19 May 1943.

This aircraft is not the real “Memphis Belle,” as this B-17 was completed too late for WWII combat. It served as a personal transport in the Korean Conflict, and was later acquired by the late David Tallichet in September 1982. Mr. Tallichet was a wartime B-17 pilot with the 100th Bombardment Group in Britain and was a pioneer in the preservation of WWII military aircraft.

This plane was painstakingly brought back to its military configuration: including the acquisition, restoration, and installation of original, working gun turrets. The B-17 is under a constant state of restoration to return it to complete authenticity.

This B-17 is the star of the 1990 Warner Brothers film appropriately titled “Memphis Belle”. Mr. Tallichet was the brother-in-law of William Wyler, the director of the original 1944 documentary released by the War Department, “The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress”, which showcased the original “Memphis Belle”. Mr. Tallichet’s niece Catherine Wyler, daughter of William Wyler, produced the 1990 film.

TAKE A RIDE BACK IN TIME:

This aircraft will be at the airfield for air show ticket holders to explore, and it will be hitting the sky for rides for purchase. Take your seat and experience first-hand what it may have been like to be a crew member flying over Europe during World War II. Ride in the fuselage where the Waist Gunners, Tail Gunner, Ball Turret Gunner and Radio Operator were, or, upgrade your seat to the nose section and watch the Pilot and Co-pilot fly the plane, as well as checking out the view from the Bombardier and Navigator positions.

Riding in one of the 12,731 Flying Fortresses ever built for WWII, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we are happy to be able to offer to our community, as they get to experience the sights and sounds aboard a WWII bomber.

(Ride prices are $450 per person for the fuselage and $650 per person for the nose section. There are 6 fuselage seats and 4 nose seats.)

General Admission ticket is required and not included in price of ride. To purchase tickets see our website: https://bit.ly/2MQpcp7. This aircraft is being provided by the National Warplane Museum, Geneseo, NY www.NationalWarplaneMuseum.com

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AMERICAN RED CROSS SOUTH FLORIDA REGION ANNOUNCES TWO PROMOTIONS TO THEIR REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM

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WEST PALM BEACH – The American Red Cross South Florida Region has announced the promotion of Charles Parker to Regional Disaster Officer and Heidi O’Sheehan to Regional Director of Service to the Armed Forces.

Parker brings a wealth of experience with the American Red Cross to his role as Regional Disaster Officer. Originally from Indiana, Chuck has lived in Florida for over 20 years, currently making his home in Highlands County. He spent many years as a director of operations and general manager for several printing operations, including 13 years for Gannett Co. and four years for The Flyer in Miami. He first joined the Red Cross in 2008 as a board member and disaster volunteer, and became a staff member in August 2011 as the Disaster Specialist in Okeechobee. He has also served as Disaster Program Manager, Regional Mass Care Manager and most recently Regional Senior Disaster Program Manager for South Florida.

O’Sheehan brings an impressive military and leadership background as the Director of Service to the Armed Forces. She joined the South Florida Region in May as the SAF Specialist with a true passion for helping military members, veterans and their families. She is a retired Army Officer with 21 years of combined service split between active duty and the Ohio and Florida Army National Guards. Her service highlights include attending U.S. Army Airborne School, serving as the officer in charge of the South Area Command Emergency Operations Center immediately following 9/11, performing humanitarian operations in the wake of six major disasters and serving as a Company Commander for a one-year deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Heidi retired from the military in 2005.

“We are delighted to have Chuck and Heidi part of our Regional Leadership Team said Joanne Nowlin, Regional CEO of the South Florida Region. “They both provide valuable skills and experience to our organization and we are excited to welcome them in their new roles.”

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AMERICAN RED CROSS SOUTH FLORIDA REGION ANNOUNCES TWO PROMOTIONS TO THEIR REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM

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WEST PALM BEACH – The American Red Cross South Florida Region has announced the promotion of Charles Parker to Regional Disaster Officer and Heidi O’Sheehan to Regional Director of Service to the Armed Forces.

Parker brings a wealth of experience with the American Red Cross to his role as Regional Disaster Officer. Originally from Indiana, Chuck has lived in Florida for over 20 years, currently making his home in Highlands County. He spent many years as a director of operations and general manager for several printing operations, including 13 years for Gannett Co. and four years for The Flyer in Miami. He first joined the Red Cross in 2008 as a board member and disaster volunteer, and became a staff member in August 2011 as the Disaster Specialist in Okeechobee. He has also served as Disaster Program Manager, Regional Mass Care Manager and most recently Regional Senior Disaster Program Manager for South Florida.

O’Sheehan brings an impressive military and leadership background as the Director of Service to the Armed Forces. She joined the South Florida Region in May as the SAF Specialist with a true passion for helping military members, veterans and their families. She is a retired Army Officer with 21 years of combined service split between active duty and the Ohio and Florida Army National Guards. Her service highlights include attending U.S. Army Airborne School, serving as the officer in charge of the South Area Command Emergency Operations Center immediately following 9/11, performing humanitarian operations in the wake of six major disasters and serving as a Company Commander for a one-year deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Heidi retired from the military in 2005.

“We are delighted to have Chuck and Heidi part of our Regional Leadership Team said Joanne Nowlin, Regional CEO of the South Florida Region. “They both provide valuable skills and experience to our organization and we are excited to welcome them in their new roles.”

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Treasure Coast Food Bank Holds Fall Harvest Dinner to Celebrate Bounty of the Season

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Treasure Coast Food Bank will host a Fall Harvest Dinner to celebrate the bounty of the season and its focus on providing nutritious, locally grown fresh produce to those struggling with hunger.

The farm-to-table dinner takes place on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Schacht Groves, 6100 12th Street in Vero Beach. Gather under the lakeside pavilion for a hearty dinner created by Wild Thyme Catering and featuring the flavors of the season. Guests will enjoy the sounds of the Blue Cypress Bluegrass Band while perusing silent auction items as chefs prepare a hearty dinner under the stars.

The meal will feature Pork Loin with Dijon crème sauce, Chicken Marsala, garlic mashed potatoes, and green bean almandine, Wild Thyme Runner Punch with Tito’s Vodka, and craft beers donated by Walking Tree Brewery. Dessert will be provided by Healthy Harvest Catering – a program of Treasure Coast Food Bank. Event sponsors are the George E. Warren Corporation, John and Joyce Slavsky, Berry Fresh Café and EcoTone Farms.

Marking its 30th year in service to people struggling with hunger, Treasure Coast Food Bank spotlights its mission to end hunger by providing nutritious food to those in need through collaborations with area farmers and offering programs for a holistic approach to solving hunger.

Tickets are $100 per person, with limited seating available. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. All proceeds benefit the children, seniors, and families struggling with hunger on the Treasure Coast. Visit www.stophunger.org/event/falldinner2018 or call 772-446-1757.

Fall Harvest Dinner

A farm-to-table dinner celebrating the local bounty

WHERE: Schacht Groves, 6100 12th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32966

WHEN: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS: A hearty dinner created by Wild Thyme Catering featuring the flavors of the season and served under a tranquil, lakeside pavilion. Enjoy a handcrafted cocktail, silent auction, and the sounds of the Blue Cypress Bluegrass Band

TICKETS: $100 per person

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Martin County Beach Conditions

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Preliminary results indicate the presence of the red tide organism in the coastal waters of Palm Beach County. Martin County is awaiting additional tests and results.

Martin County beaches will be guarded beginning Tuesday, October 2, however, conditions may change. Residents and visitors are encouraged to call the beach hotline at 772- 320-3112 for current conditions before going to local beaches and beachgoers are encouraged to seek the assistance of EMT/Lifeguards with any questions or concerns.

What is red tide?
Florida red tide is a higher-than-normal concentration of a naturally occurring, microscopic algae called Karenia brevis, often abbreviated as K. brevis. At high concentrations, the organisms may discolor the water, sometimes red, light or dark green, brown or the water may appear clear. According to the Florida Department of Health, people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions should avoid areas with red tide.

How long will it last?
Red tide blooms can last from several days to weeks or months, and can change daily due to wind conditions. Onshore winds normally bring red tide near the shore, and offshore winds drive it out to sea.

Can people swim in red tide?
Most people can swim in red tide. Symptoms may include skin irritation and burning eyes. If you experience any irritation, thoroughly wash off with fresh water.

Can pets swim in red tide?
If your pet swims in a red tide bloom at the beach, rinse thoroughly with fresh water as soon as possible. Don’t let your pet play in sea foam near a red tide bloom.

What are symptoms from breathing in red tide toxins?
For most people, symptoms are temporary and include coughing, sneezing and teary eyes. People with chronic respiratory problems, like asthma and COPD, should avoid red tide areas.

Important Numbers

For the latest information on Martin County beaches, call the beach hotline, updated daily at 772- 320-3112
To find out about red tide conditions throughout the state of Florida, please call 866-300-9399
To report health issues related to red tide, please call 800-222-1222

Martin County continues to work with our partners at Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Department of Health in Martin County to provide the most accurate information for residents and visitors, and requests that beachgoers use this information to make informed decisions about visiting local beaches.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit www.martin.fl.us/redtide for more information and news related to this issue, and follow us on Twitter at @martincountygov and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners/.

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4 Social Media Mistakes that May Put Your Company’s IP at Risk

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Being active on social media is hardly a choice anymore for small to medium sized businesses—it’s a given. After all, your customers are there. Connecting with your target audience in the social web can boost your brand and level the playing field between you and big competitors with larger advertising budgets. But before you rush out to tweet a deal or share pics of your new logo on Instagram, take a minute to learn about common mistakes smaller businesses make with their intellectual property (or IP) in social media—and how you can avoid them.
Mistake # 1: Not having a plan

It’s important to remember that when you tell your customers something on social media, you’re telling your competitors too. Think through what you want to disclose and whether you have taken the right protective steps to register or claim your branded IP (more on that below). Make sure you have a social media policy in place both for site visitors and the employees who are able to post to your accounts. Your social media policies must take IP into account and clearly state the ways in which your content, images and logos may and may not be used.

Mistake # 2: Under protecting your IP

Have you considered filing trademark or trade name applications for the proprietary names or logos you’ll be sharing in social media that are critical to your brand? While it’s certainly not essential to register every word you write or every image you use, socializing a compelling motto or a trendy logo without protecting it first can be a risk. Sure, it may go viral. It also may go on your competitor’s next product– and there will be little you can do about it. Registration heightens your chances of prevailing if you need to ask a third party to cease and desist from using your IP or go a step further and file a Digital Media Copyright Act (DCMA) infringement notice to have the offending website blocked from search engines.

Mistake # 3: Not displaying ownership marks, or using the wrong ones

Most of us are so accustomed to seeing those little superscript marks next to brands, logos and content, that we hardly notice them. But these tiny icons can have a big impact on your ability to protect IP from infringement and abuse. For the protections to apply, it’s important to use the right kind of mark for the given situation. For trade names and logos, use the symbol ™ if you claim ownership but either have not filed an application or have filed and are waiting on approval. Only use the ® symbol if you have an approved and unexpired trademark or tradename registration on file with the U.S. patent and trademark office. For your original written content, you can use a © symbol whether or not you have filed a copyright application. For audio files, use a ℗ symbol.

Mistake # 4: Not monitoring third party use of your IP

Once you have planned your strategy for protecting your IP in the social media world and taken the right steps to register for protections and display ownership marks, you’re still not done. Continuous monitoring of the ways in which your IP shows up in social media is critical too. Setting google alerts for your unique branded phrases can help you track where content ends up and whether it’s been properly attributed to you. Tools like Hootsuite and Topsy can help you track mentions across social platforms. Copyscape.com can tell you when your fantastic blog post or article has been the victim of a cut, paste and repost.

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Stuart-Sunrise Rotary Club Host “Our Water” Rotary Forum

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Palm City- On Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Monarch Country Club – located at 1801 SW Monarch Club Dr. in Palm City, a Forum was held by the Stuart-Sunrise Rotary to discuss the water situation. A panel consisting of Congressman Brian Mast, Mayor Kevin Runae with the City of Sanibel, Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds with the Army Corps. of Engineers,Florida Representative Gayle Harrell, Capt. Daniel Andrews with the Captains for Clean Water, Chris Wittman-Captains for Clean Water, Ms. Jacqui Thurlow Lippisch board member witht the River Coalition and Mr. Brandon Tucker board member with the South Florida Water Management District.

Opening remarks with made by President of the rotary, Michael Costopoulos. District Governor for the Rotary District 6930 Julia Babbitt spoke about the history of the rotary. The speakers for the forum made presentations regarding the conditions of the water and their plans to help makes improvements. A panel discussion with questions and answers for the attendees to the forum was done at the end. For more information about the rotary please visit the at www.stuart-sunriserotary.org. The organization meets at 7:30 am every Thursday at Monarch Country Club.

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Stuart-Sunrise Rotary Club Host “Our Water” Rotary Forum

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Palm City- On Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Monarch Country Club – located at 1801 SW Monarch Club Dr. in Palm City, a Forum was held by the Stuart-Sunrise Rotary to discuss the water situation. A panel consisting of Congressman Brian Mast, Mayor Kevin Runae with the City of Sanibel, Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds with the Army Corps. of Engineers,Florida Representative Gayle Harrell, Capt. Daniel Andrews with the Captains for Clean Water, Chris Wittman-Captains for Clean Water, Ms. Jacqui Thurlow Lippisch board member witht the River Coalition and Mr. Brandon Tucker board member with the South Florida Water Management District.

Opening remarks with made by President of the rotary, Michael Costopoulos. District Governor for the Rotary District 6930 Julia Babbitt spoke about the history of the rotary. The speakers for the forum made presentations regarding the conditions of the water and their plans to help makes improvements. A panel discussion with questions and answers for the attendees to the forum was done at the end. For more information about the rotary please visit the at www.stuart-sunriserotary.org. The organization meets at 7:30 am every Thursday at Monarch Country Club.

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Stuart-Sunrise Rotary Club Host “Our Water” Rotary Forum

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Palm City- On Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Monarch Country Club – located at 1801 SW Monarch Club Dr. in Palm City, a Forum was held by the Stuart-Sunrise Rotary to discuss the water situation. A panel consisting of Congressman Brian Mast, Mayor Kevin Runae with the City of Sanibel, Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds with the Army Corps. of Engineers,Florida Representative Gayle Harrell, Capt. Daniel Andrews with the Captains for Clean Water, Chris Wittman-Captains for Clean Water, Ms. Jacqui Thurlow Lippisch board member witht the River Coalition and Mr. Brandon Tucker board member with the South Florida Water Management District.

Opening remarks with made by President of the rotary, Michael Costopoulos. District Governor for the Rotary District 6930 Julia Babbitt spoke about the history of the rotary. The speakers for the forum made presentations regarding the conditions of the water and their plans to help makes improvements. A panel discussion with questions and answers for the attendees to the forum was done at the end. For more information about the rotary please visit the at www.stuart-sunriserotary.org. The organization meets at 7:30 am every Thursday at Monarch Country Club.

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Stuart-Sunrise Rotary Club Host “Our Water” Rotary Forum

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Palm City- On Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Monarch Country Club – located at 1801 SW Monarch Club Dr. in Palm City, a Forum was held by the Stuart-Sunrise Rotary to discuss the water situation. A panel consisting of Congressman Brian Mast, Mayor Kevin Runae with the City of Sanibel, Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds with the Army Corps. of Engineers,Florida Representative Gayle Harrell, Capt. Daniel Andrews with the Captains for Clean Water, Chris Wittman-Captains for Clean Water, Ms. Jacqui Thurlow Lippisch board member witht the River Coalition and Mr. Brandon Tucker board member with the South Florida Water Management District.

Opening remarks with made by President of the rotary, Michael Costopoulos. District Governor for the Rotary District 6930 Julia Babbitt spoke about the history of the rotary. The speakers for the forum made presentations regarding the conditions of the water and their plans to help makes improvements. A panel discussion with questions and answers for the attendees to the forum was done at the end. For more information about the rotary please visit the at www.stuart-sunriserotary.org. The organization meets at 7:30 am every Thursday at Monarch Country Club.

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Opening remarks with made by President of the rotary, Michael Costopoulos. District Governor for the Rotary District 6930 Julia Babbitt spoke about the history of the rotary. The speakers for the forum made presentations regarding the conditions of the water and their plans to help makes improvements. A panel discussion with questions and answers for the attendees to the forum was done at the end. For more information about the rotary please visit the at www.stuart-sunriserotary.org. The organization meets at 7:30 am every Thursday at Monarch Country Club.

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Stuart-Sunrise Rotary Club Host “Our Water” Rotary Forum

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Palm City- On Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Monarch Country Club – located at 1801 SW Monarch Club Dr. in Palm City, a Forum was held by the Stuart-Sunrise Rotary to discuss the water situation. A panel consisting of Congressman Brian Mast, Mayor Kevin Runae with the City of Sanibel, Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds with the Army Corps. of Engineers,Florida Representative Gayle Harrell, Capt. Daniel Andrews with the Captains for Clean Water, Chris Wittman-Captains for Clean Water, Ms. Jacqui Thurlow Lippisch board member witht the River Coalition and Mr. Brandon Tucker board member with the South Florida Water Management District.

Opening remarks with made by President of the rotary, Michael Costopoulos. District Governor for the Rotary District 6930 Julia Babbitt spoke about the history of the rotary. The speakers for the forum made presentations regarding the conditions of the water and their plans to help makes improvements. A panel discussion with questions and answers for the attendees to the forum was done at the end. For more information about the rotary please visit the at www.stuart-sunriserotary.org. The organization meets at 7:30 am every Thursday at Monarch Country Club.

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Palm City- On Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Monarch Country Club – located at 1801 SW Monarch Club Dr. in Palm City, a Forum was held by the Stuart-Sunrise Rotary to discuss the water situation. A panel consisting of Congressman Brian Mast, Mayor Kevin Runae with the City of Sanibel, Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds with the Army Corps. of Engineers,Florida Representative Gayle Harrell, Capt. Daniel Andrews with the Captains for Clean Water, Chris Wittman-Captains for Clean Water, Ms. Jacqui Thurlow Lippisch board member witht the River Coalition and Mr. Brandon Tucker board member with the South Florida Water Management District.

Opening remarks with made by President of the rotary, Michael Costopoulos. District Governor for the Rotary District 6930 Julia Babbitt spoke about the history of the rotary. The speakers for the forum made presentations regarding the conditions of the water and their plans to help makes improvements. A panel discussion with questions and answers for the attendees to the forum was done at the end. For more information about the rotary please visit the at www.stuart-sunriserotary.org. The organization meets at 7:30 am every Thursday at Monarch Country Club.

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Audi Stuart Air Show Gearing up for the 2018 Show

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Preparations for the 29th Annual Audi Stuart Air Show are well underway. Dates for this year’s show are November 2 – 4, 2018.

Once again, the show promises thrilling aerobatic performances that will be sure to excite audiences young and old. Already confirmed to perform is the US Airforce F-16 Demo Team. Also confirmed are fan-favorites Phillip 66 AeroStars, Rob Holland, Matt Younkin, Bob Carlton, and Cheffpitts Airshows. New performers include Kyle Franklin with a Dracula Solo Bi-Plane, Vampire Airshows, and the Class of 45, an act that incorporates a Corsair and P-51 Mustang.

In preparation for another successful air show, event organizers have announced their newly reorganized Board of Directors. Amy Bottegal, with CenterState Bank, has been named President of the Board. Bottegal has over a decade of leadership experience with the air show overseeing a multitude of key areas of the event. She has served on the Board since 2016, most recently in the position as Vice President. This marks the first time in the show’s 29 year history that a woman has been named Board President.

Dewey Vinaya, with Clean Slate Inspections, LLC., has been named Vice President. Vinaya first became involved with the air show in 2012 as a performer with the US Army’s elite Black Daggers parachute team. Vinaya retired from the Army in 2015 after serving 23 years. Vinaya will also be serving as Air Operations Coordinator and acting as a military liaison to secure additional military acts and static displays for the air show.

Chuck Cleaver, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Martin Health System, will continue in his role as Board Treasurer. Cleaver has been involved with the air show since the 1990’s. In addition to the air show, Cleaver is actively involved in several community organizations including the United Way of Martin County Foundation, Council on Aging of Martin County, the Friends of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic and the Library Foundation of Martin County.

Doug Davis, owner of D-R-D Technical Solutions, Inc. in Stuart, FL will serve as Board Secretary. Davis has been involved with the air show since 2004 and has been a member of the organization’s Board of Directors since 2013. With an extensive background in engineering, Davis also coordinates the logistical site maps for the show.

Renewing their service as members of the Board of Directors are Nick Blount and Desiree Bonnie. Blount has been involved as a member of the air show’s Board of Directors since 2015. Retired from Florida Power & Light, Blount has been actively involved with a number of organizations throughout the Treasure Coast, including the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce, Indiantown Chamber of Commerce, Palm City Chamber of Commerce, Martin County Red Cross, United Way of Martin County, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Indian River, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties. He is also active with the United Way of Okeechobee, First United Methodist Church, University of Tennessee Alumni Association and most recently became a commissioner for the City of Stuart.

Desiree Bonnie is a local Realtor with RE/MAX of Stuart. A resident of Martin County for over 36 years, Bonnie has a great knowledge of this community. After being the air show’s event organization from 2010-2015, Bonnie has remained involved with the show as a member of the Key Leader Committee, assisting with Ground Operations of the show and serving as a member of the Board of Directors.

Also returning is Susan Cunnane as Executive Director. Cunnane joined the team as a volunteer at the 2015 show and was hooked. She assumed the role of director for the 2016 show and last year led the organization to the most successful year to date.
“It’s an honor to work with such a committed group of volunteer Board members,” said Amy Bottegal, President. “I don’t think people realize that year-long commitment it takes to organize a safe and exciting air show for this community. Our air show is recognized as one of the top shows in the nation. We’re excited to maintain this high standard for the 2018 show.”

The Audi Stuart Air Show will be held November 2-4 at Martin County Airport – Witham Field. The three-day event will feature thrilling performances by nationally recognized military and civilian performers as well as captivating static displays. Festivities will kick off on Friday, November 2 with the highly anticipated night show featuring spectacular aerobatic performances at sunset and fireworks display as well as the exclusive Dirty Flight Suit Party sponsored by TD Bank.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $15 online at www.stuartairshow.com . Tickets at the gate will be $25. Special pricing is offered to Veterans / Military and their spouses as well as for youth. Children under age 5 are admitted free. A limited number of tickets for the Dirty Flight Suit Party are available online only.

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Business Trademarks: What’s Really in a Name?

Article by: Brandon Woodward, P.A.

Out2News.comIf you’re thinking of starting a business (or already have a business in the works), make sure that the name you use is not already taken. Original names are essential for three reasons: marketing power, clarity, and trademark infringement avoidance. For example, if you’ve decided to open a coffee shop, it’s fairly easy to determine that the name “Starbucks” is not an option. But, what about “Smith’s?” And what happens if the “Smith’s” trademark is an auto insurance company in your town?

What’s Really in a Name When it Comes to Business Trademarks?

Before attempting to trademark your business’s name, find out if the name is available on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s website. TESS, the Trademark Electronic Search System database, will indicate whether someone else has already claimed the name or symbol you want to use.

While U.S. trademark protection is granted to the first company to use it in its operational geographic area (regardless of registration), a company that grabs the trademark first will generally have a stronger case in court.

In some situations, the similarities between names or symbols may be negligible. That’s where an experienced business attorney with intellectual property experience can help.

Often, there’s generally a way to accommodate both companies – especially when it comes to businesses with similar names, but dissimilar products (the “Smith’s” example above); those whose geographical locations may not conflict; and those whose names are too generic (for example, “The Clothing Store”).

Domain Extensions as Trademarks

In today’s marketplace, many businesses have both a physical location and an online presence. The question then becomes whether to trademark the company name (for example, Amazon), the URL (www.amazon.com), or both. It’s generally recommended that companies with an internet presence not register their web extensions (such as .com, .net, etc.) with their name unless planning to register the mark both with and without the web extension. The reason is that other businesses registering the same name can do so by just adding a different (non-registered) extension and cause a great deal of confusion for customers.

A prime example is Craigslist. The multi-purposed classified ad site is technically a “.org” site, but those who searched for craiglist.com or craiglist.net were often led astray. The company now has trademarks for all, so typing in the latter extensions now brings you to the main .org site.

If you have questions about business trademarks, call our office and we’ll guide you through trademark protections so your business and your efforts are protected.

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Social Media Matters to Your Brand

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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
www.50andWiserCoaching.com

Social media is all about content, conversation, and socialization online. It has also become the primary way to share all types of information whether it’s a funny, cute photo or video, or a thoughtful motivational quotation.
Sharing on Social Media
Social media is all about sharing and this can be all types of information. People love to share especially if it is something that they like or find amusing. They don’t think twice about using the share button to let their friends know about the funny or cute photo they just saw. Sharing can go viral and it is not uncommon for posts to generate thousands of shares and views if the content is right. This is also true of videos.
At the same time, customers and clients are not hesitant to share their experiences with their friends and connections. It therefore means that your brand can be affected by how you interact online and offline with your customers, whether it’s through your conversations, products, or services.
“If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell six friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.” ~ Jeff Bezos, Amazon.
Social Media for Business
Companies and small businesses are now incorporating social media into their marketing plans. These platforms allow a business owner to perform research, to stay on top of current trends and to post information pertaining to their own business such as new products and special sales.
Any business can set up a social media presence and then use these accounts for marketing and promotional methods. It is important, though, to keep your sites up to date and full of relevant information. Make sure you add plenty of images and photos as these are the ones people like to share most often.
Posting feedback from your customers and clients is another way to promote your business or service. Don’t forget to let your customers know about your social sites and add share buttons to your website and blog as well.

Yvonne A Jones
Personal Business Coach/Relationship Marketing Strategist
https://50andWiserCoaching.com
https://YvonneAJones.com

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Hobe Sound Golf Club to Celebrate 30th Anniversary and Prepare for 2019 Summer Renovation

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Hobe Sound-Hobe Sound Golf Club, a private golf club in southern Martin County, FL, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this coming 2018-19 season, which will set the stage for a major course renovation in the summer of 2019.

The Club was first established in 1988, with its 18-hole course designed by Joe Lee. The original architect was directed by developers to retain the naturalness of the terrain and to create a topflight course suitable for private membership, both hallmarks that continue to this day.

Hobe Sound Golf Club is situated on a natural sand ridge that stands out alongside the Treasure Coast’s usually flat terrain and the region is home to some of the most exclusive clubs in the country. Tom Fazio II Golf Design has been selected for the 2019 project, which will include wall-to-wall re-grassing, adjusting the teeing grounds to add length to the course, improving the bunkers, and installation of a new, state-of-the-art irrigation system.

“I am thankful to be starting with such a good palette. The natural characteristics of this property are what golf designers dream of,” said Fazio II, a third generation golf architect based in Jupiter, FL, whose portfolio of courses includes Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach, FL; Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ; Trump National in Briarcliff Manor, NY; Great River in Milford, CT; and Tequesta Country Club in Tequesta, FL.

“The sandy white soil, pines, oaks and scrub oak are the ideal site for golf,” continued Fazio. “We will be working to exploit these features to create a more sustainable and environment-friendly course.

“My goal is to create a strategic golf course that is more challenging for the better players, less penal for the higher handicapped players, but a course that plays different each day to all players,” added Fazio.

Hobe Sound Golf Club is owned by its Equity Members. Club President Skip Willis and the Board of Governors have been working on a multi-year plan to increase membership while at the same time maintaining a no tee time environment and an ideal pace of play for all.

“Hobe Sound Golf Club is a dream golf club,” said Mr. Willis. “We’re here to play golf and enjoy each other’s company. The game is what brings us together and we are thrilled to have Tom Fazio II, with his expertise and reputation, work on our prized possession – our golf course.”

Hobe Sound Golf Club prides itself on presenting the game of golf as it was meant to be: an impeccably maintained course…a warm and friendly membership…and exceptional attention and service. Fine dining and congenial social activities complete the experience for members and their friends and family.

The Club is accepting a limited number of applications for the upcoming 2018-19 season and inquiries can be made to Membership Director Michele Blanco at (772) 545-3017 or mblanco@hobesoundgolfclub.com. Additional information can be found at www.hobesoundgolfclub.com. HSGC is located at 11671 SE Plandome Drive in Hobe Sound; on Bridge Road, one-half mile west of US 1.

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SFWMD Issues Environmental Resource Permit Clearing Path for Alico To Deliver Water Storage Project in Caloosahatchee Watershed

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District issues permit for private landowner project that stores 92,000 acre-feet of water on an annual average basis, including flows from the Caloosahatchee River

West Palm Beach, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) issued an environmental resource permit (ERP) to Alico Inc., allowing the private landowner to provide a dispersed water management project that will store approximately 92,000 acre-feet of water on an annual average basis on its property, including approximately 56,000 acre-feet of water from the Caloosahatchee River.

“By approving their permit application for this critical project, the west coast communities will receive additional relief from local basin runoff and regulatory releases from Lake Okeechobee,” said SFWMD Executive Director Ernie Marks. “We look forward to our partners expediting construction so that we can realize this much needed relief as soon as possible.”

Alico submitted an application for a project that would turn 35,186 acres of agricultural land within the East Caloosahatchee, Okaloacoochee Slough and C-139 East Ranch drainage basins into a water storage project. The primary objective of the project is to pump excess water from the Caloosahatchee River during wet periods when that water is not needed by the river and estuary and store it on Alico’s property.

The project is intended to reduce excess water deliveries to the estuary and help improve water quality to assist in meeting Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) limits for nutrients in the Caloosahatchee River.

Now that SFWMD has issued the ERP, Alico has received all of the state authorizations required. Project operation is estimated to begin one year from start of construction.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, Septemberr 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, Septemberr 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, Septemberr 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, September 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, September 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, September 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, September 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, September 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, September 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, September 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, September 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, September 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, September 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, September 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, September 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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Autumn Adventure at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast

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Jensen Beach – On Saturday, September 15th the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast had the Autumn Adventure for everyone! Cost of Admission was $5.00, members were FREE!

The day had crafts & health related activities for all the kids to enjoy. Mallory with Affordable Face Painting and Sunny Creek Ranch had pony rides for the kids to enjoy. The event was sponsored by Martin Health System. The Children’s Museum is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information contact them at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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I Need To Hire Someone for My Business; What Do I Need To Know?

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Article by: Brandon Woodward, P.A.

The goal of most businesses is to grow – at least somewhat. However, in order to grow or to be able to step away from the business for a personal life, vacation, or other ventures, you’ll need help with day-to-day operations. If you’ve never hired someone before – or it’s been a long time – don’t worry – here’s the information you need to get started.

Comply With Federal & State Regulations

Hiring a new employee means complying with federal and state regulations. Although the following list may seem long, it won’t be a daunting process when you have our assistance.

Here’s an overview of what’s generally required. You are invited to check out the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) or call our office for assistance. We commonly walk businesses like yours through the hiring process.

Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Often referred to as an Employer Tax ID or Form SS-4, this nine digit number is issued by the S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and used when paying taxes or reporting information to state agencies.

Keep Records. The IRS requires employers to keep the following employment tax records for at least four years: 1) federal income tax withholding, 2) federal wage and tax statements, and 3) state wage and tax statements. Additional records may be required.

See the IRS Employer Tax Guide and the IRS State Government Website links for specifics.

Verify Employee Eligibility. All employers must verify an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States. This is done via the I-9 form that can be obtained and filed online or completed using the paper form. Verification must be completed within three days of employment and kept on file for three years.

Register with Your State’s New Hire Reporting Program. All employers must report new and re-hire employees to their state’s New Report Hiring System. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) publishes a list of state new hire reporting websites.
Obtain Workers’ Compensation Insurance. All employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance when they have employees. Now, there are some exemptions that may or may not apply to you and your company, but that’s a whole different blog post. This insurance can be obtained through a commercial carrier, through their state’s workers’ compensation program, or on a self-insured basis (where the employer assumes the financial risk for providing benefits to employees).

Post Required Notices. Employers must display posters in their workplace that inform employees of their employer’s responsibilities and employees’ rights. For example, you must use posters identifying federal and state minimum wage (Fair Labor Standards Act, “FLSA”), equal employment opportunity (“EEO”), and safety (Occupational Safety & Health Administration, “OSHA”).

File Your Taxes. Employers who pay wages are generally subject to taxes and income tax withholding, Social Security, and Medicare taxes. The specific form(s) needed depends upon the facts and circumstances of your situation.

Be sure to discuss your situation with our experienced business law attorneys to make sure you’re in federal and state compliance. Failing to do so could result in unnecessary fines, fees, and litigation.

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Indiantown Rodeo: A Ropin’, Wrestlin’, Ridin’ Good Time

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Indiantown – The popular Indiantown Rodeo, presented by ITS Fiber, will showcase both national and local riders on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 at Timer Powers Park, 14000 SW Citrus Boulevard.

Crowd favorite Jerry Todd will be returning as announcer. Todd has been announcing rodeos on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) circuit for over 25 years. He is a nine-time Southeastern Circuit award-winning announcer and the 2004 Women’s Pro Rodeo Association (WPRA) announcer-of-the-year.

Texan Hollywood Harris, this year’s rodeo clown, is regarded as one of the most innovative clowns in rodeo. Harris won a record six events at the International Finals Rodeo Contract Act Show – including comedy, dress and barrel man competitions. Hollywood’s cast of characters include Quick Draw McGraw, a mechanical outlaw, and Dino the rope-a-saurus, a six-foot-tall inflatable dinosaur.

The Indiantown Rodeo itself can claim several awards. It has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society in multiple years. The rodeo’s Kids Corral won first place for new/improved agricultural education exhibit from the Florida Federation of Fairs when it was reprised at the Martin County Fair in 2016.

General admission tickets will be on sale in mid-September at Treasure Coast Seacoast Bank locations, the Indiantown Chamber offices at 15545 SW Warfield Boulevard, online at www.indiantownrodeo.com, and at other locations. Advance ticket prices are $18; available through October 18. Ticket prices include parking and tax and will be $25 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free. Gates open at 5 p.m. each day, the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

A very limited number of exclusive Rodeo VIP tickets will also be on sale online only for $75 each. The package ticket includes two beer or wine drinks, light refreshments, an exclusive arena-side seating area, air-conditioned restrooms, parking and sales tax.

The Indiantown Rodeo is a PRCA and WPRA sanctioned event featuring bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and more.

Before the official events start at 7:30 p.m., there will be plenty of opportunities to get into the cowboy spirit with food, drink, and specialty shopping starting at 5 p.m.

For more information, call the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce at 772-597-2184 or visit www.indiantownrodeo.com.

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RED CROSS SOUTH FLORIDA PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST DEPLOYS TO SOUTH CAROLINA AHEAD OF HURRICANE FLORENCE

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MIAMI – A local Red Cross public affairs specialist has been deployed to Columbia, S.C., in preparation of Hurricane Florence making landfall on Thursday. Rebecca Torriani is part of the Red Cross’ Advanced Public Affairs Team (APAT), a select group of Red Cross staff members and volunteers who are specially trained to respond to disasters across the United States.

APAT members are on site to assist with national media interviews, story gathering and social media messaging both before and after the storm hits. APAT is responsible for getting accurate and timely information out to the public.

“Even though we’re getting ready for hurricane season in our region, we also deploy staff and volunteers to where they are most needed at a moment’s notice,” said Grace Meinhofer, Regional Marketing and Communications Director of the South Florida Region. “We are proud to be able to support our colleagues in South Carolina with the resources we have.”

HOW YOU CAN HELP: You can help people affected by Hurricanes by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. The Red Cross honors donor intent.

You can also support the Red Cross mission by becoming a Red Cross volunteer. If it weren’t for trained disaster workers who are ready to go where help is needed at a moment’s notice, the Red Cross would not be able to deliver its mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies. Sign up at redcross.org/sflvolunteer.

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HISTORIC OCTOBER 13TH HONOR FLIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO 82 LOCAL VETERANS FROM WWII, KOREAN & VIETNAM WARS

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In Photo: September 1, 2018 Honor Flight veterans at the Air Force Memorial in Washington, DC.

Stuart, FL – Southeast Florida Honor Flight’s fourth and final flight of the 2018 season will be a historic one, honoring veterans from three different wars, with the long-awaited addition of Vietnam War veterans. As numbers of WWII and Korean War veterans wane and are being located, the next veterans in line, the Vietnam War veterans, will also be honored for the first time on the one-day trip to Washington, DC with the Stuart-based organization. As of today’s writing, there are 82 total veterans scheduled to be honored on the October 13th Honor Flight—14 from WWII, 41 from the Korean War and 27 from the Vietnam War.

“The mission of our many volunteers is to honor our war veterans with a trip of celebration and reflection to visit their memorials at no cost to them,” said Todd Tucker, Southeast Florida Honor Flight Chairman. “Since 2008, we have taken just over 2,650 WWII and Korean War veterans and feel proud and privileged that we can now also honor our Vietnam War veterans, who we all know never received a welcome or gratitude, in fact much more of the opposite.”

The day that many veterans say is one of the best days of their lives begins early with a 4:30AM check-in of veterans, their guardians and Honor Flight staff at Palm Beach International Airport. The chartered American Airlines Airbus 321 flies into DCA where the group will board four police-escorted motor coaches. The day’s agenda includes visits to the Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial. Every Honor Flight is designed to fly local veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

The October 13th trip is made up of veterans who served in these military branches: Army (40), Navy (19), Air Force (19) and Marine Corps (4). Just a few of the wartime positions represented are A-4 pilot, infantryman, medical laboratory technician, company clerk, truck driver, aviation mechanic, air police, intelligence operations specialist, B-36 electrician, deckhand, radio operator, radar repairman, F-4 air crew chief, presidential honor guard, air traffic controller, boatswain’s mate, navigator and motor pool mechanic. Veterans on this trip served wherever ordered, whether that was stateside or in combat in battles around the globe, including: Battle of Iwo Jima (there are two veterans who fought in this battle on this flight), the Cambodian Invasion, battles around Haiphong and Khesangh, north and south China Seas, and battles in the “jungle”, South Vietnam.

Another special “first” for the historic Honor Flight includes a grand welcome home with the performance of The King’s Regiment Marching Band from The King’s Academy from West Palm Beach, FL. The 32-student marching band will greet the 82 veterans at the traditional Honor Flight “Operation Homecoming” in full red, white and blue regalia trumpeting their appreciation for the veterans’ service with their gift of music.

“It is a great honor to participate in the festivities as our community welcomes back our military veterans,” said David Skinner, Director of Instrumental Arts at The Kings Academy. “I am especially grateful that my students have been given the opportunity to learn the importance, firsthand, of honoring the brave men and women who have given so much to secure the freedom we enjoy every day. Seeing the faces of our veterans being welcomed home will no doubt leave a lasting impression on the band members, and will help to instill this value in their young hearts and minds.”

As with every Honor Flight, the public is invited and encouraged to come show their gratitude by welcoming the veterans home from Washington at Palm Beach International Airport the evening of Saturday, October 13th. Operation Homecoming takes place on Level 2, Concourse A/B. The Honor Flight is scheduled to arrive at 7:20PM from DCA. Early arrival is suggested.

Please come be part of a heart-warming evening. Bring family and friends, flags, “Welcome Home” signs and cheers. Shake hands with these heroes. This festive welcome home tops off a day that most veterans say ranks with the day they were married and the birth of their children.

The King’s Academy Drum Major Lauren Arrington states, “It is a distinct privilege to welcome home these veterans. As students, we enjoy the result of the multitude of sacrifices by the men and women who fought for our freedom.” And as citizens, we do, too.

For more information on Operation Homecoming, please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).

Southeast Florida Honor Flight needs the public’s help to find local WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who have not yet taken an Honor Flight. Without a federal veteran database, the organization relies on word of mouth, public education via presentations and civic and veteran groups to find these veterans to sign up for their Honor Flight. If you are, or if you know of a WWII, Korean War or Vietnam War veteran who would like to take their Honor Flight (and has not already done so), please either call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838) or fill out the veteran application online at www.honorflightsefl.org. It is the goal of Southeast Florida Honor Flight to transition veterans of wars by the sequence of the conflicts. Accordingly, WWII veterans will continue to have top priority, with Korean War veterans next, followed by Vietnam War veterans as flights are scheduled. Terminally ill veterans from any era are also always top priority.

Honor Flight also needs those who wish to give back as guardians—trip escorts for the veterans–for the four flights per year. For those interested, please visit www.honorflightsefl.org and complete the online guardian application. It is an extremely meaningful day for both guardian and veteran.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, along with the 133 other hubs in the nationwide Honor Flight Network, is dedicated to flying America’s veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is a 100% volunteer organization based in Stuart, FL and serves Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight ,

or call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).

The next scheduled Honor Flights for Southeast Florida Honor Flight are April 13 and May 11, 2019.

ABOUT SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT
Honor Flight is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for their service and sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials. All funds raised for Honor Flight ensure every veteran flies absolutely free. Southeast Florida Honor Flight, part of the National Honor Flight Network, is based in Stuart, FL and serves Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight or call 1-855-359-2838.

For more information on this release, contact:

Kathy Sreenan
Public Affairs
Southeast Florida Honor Flight
561.758.0722

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HISTORIC OCTOBER 13TH HONOR FLIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO 82 LOCAL VETERANS FROM WWII, KOREAN & VIETNAM WARS

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In Photo: The King’s Regiment Marching Band of The King’s Academy of West Palm Beach will be performing at Operation Homecoming to welcome home the 82 Honor Flight veterans on the evening of October 13th at Palm Beach International Airport.

Stuart, FL – Southeast Florida Honor Flight’s fourth and final flight of the 2018 season will be a historic one, honoring veterans from three different wars, with the long-awaited addition of Vietnam War veterans. As numbers of WWII and Korean War veterans wane and are being located, the next veterans in line, the Vietnam War veterans, will also be honored for the first time on the one-day trip to Washington, DC with the Stuart-based organization. As of today’s writing, there are 82 total veterans scheduled to be honored on the October 13th Honor Flight—14 from WWII, 41 from the Korean War and 27 from the Vietnam War.

“The mission of our many volunteers is to honor our war veterans with a trip of celebration and reflection to visit their memorials at no cost to them,” said Todd Tucker, Southeast Florida Honor Flight Chairman. “Since 2008, we have taken just over 2,650 WWII and Korean War veterans and feel proud and privileged that we can now also honor our Vietnam War veterans, who we all know never received a welcome or gratitude, in fact much more of the opposite.”

The day that many veterans say is one of the best days of their lives begins early with a 4:30AM check-in of veterans, their guardians and Honor Flight staff at Palm Beach International Airport. The chartered American Airlines Airbus 321 flies into DCA where the group will board four police-escorted motor coaches. The day’s agenda includes visits to the Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial. Every Honor Flight is designed to fly local veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

The October 13th trip is made up of veterans who served in these military branches: Army (40), Navy (19), Air Force (19) and Marine Corps (4). Just a few of the wartime positions represented are A-4 pilot, infantryman, medical laboratory technician, company clerk, truck driver, aviation mechanic, air police, intelligence operations specialist, B-36 electrician, deckhand, radio operator, radar repairman, F-4 air crew chief, presidential honor guard, air traffic controller, boatswain’s mate, navigator and motor pool mechanic. Veterans on this trip served wherever ordered, whether that was stateside or in combat in battles around the globe, including: Battle of Iwo Jima (there are two veterans who fought in this battle on this flight), the Cambodian Invasion, battles around Haiphong and Khesangh, north and south China Seas, and battles in the “jungle”, South Vietnam.

Another special “first” for the historic Honor Flight includes a grand welcome home with the performance of The King’s Regiment Marching Band from The King’s Academy from West Palm Beach, FL. The 32-student marching band will greet the 82 veterans at the traditional Honor Flight “Operation Homecoming” in full red, white and blue regalia trumpeting their appreciation for the veterans’ service with their gift of music.

“It is a great honor to participate in the festivities as our community welcomes back our military veterans,” said David Skinner, Director of Instrumental Arts at The Kings Academy. “I am especially grateful that my students have been given the opportunity to learn the importance, firsthand, of honoring the brave men and women who have given so much to secure the freedom we enjoy every day. Seeing the faces of our veterans being welcomed home will no doubt leave a lasting impression on the band members, and will help to instill this value in their young hearts and minds.”

As with every Honor Flight, the public is invited and encouraged to come show their gratitude by welcoming the veterans home from Washington at Palm Beach International Airport the evening of Saturday, October 13th. Operation Homecoming takes place on Level 2, Concourse A/B. The Honor Flight is scheduled to arrive at 7:20PM from DCA. Early arrival is suggested.

Please come be part of a heart-warming evening. Bring family and friends, flags, “Welcome Home” signs and cheers. Shake hands with these heroes. This festive welcome home tops off a day that most veterans say ranks with the day they were married and the birth of their children.

The King’s Academy Drum Major Lauren Arrington states, “It is a distinct privilege to welcome home these veterans. As students, we enjoy the result of the multitude of sacrifices by the men and women who fought for our freedom.” And as citizens, we do, too.

For more information on Operation Homecoming, please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).

Southeast Florida Honor Flight needs the public’s help to find local WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who have not yet taken an Honor Flight. Without a federal veteran database, the organization relies on word of mouth, public education via presentations and civic and veteran groups to find these veterans to sign up for their Honor Flight. If you are, or if you know of a WWII, Korean War or Vietnam War veteran who would like to take their Honor Flight (and has not already done so), please either call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838) or fill out the veteran application online at www.honorflightsefl.org. It is the goal of Southeast Florida Honor Flight to transition veterans of wars by the sequence of the conflicts. Accordingly, WWII veterans will continue to have top priority, with Korean War veterans next, followed by Vietnam War veterans as flights are scheduled. Terminally ill veterans from any era are also always top priority.

Honor Flight also needs those who wish to give back as guardians—trip escorts for the veterans–for the four flights per year. For those interested, please visit www.honorflightsefl.org and complete the online guardian application. It is an extremely meaningful day for both guardian and veteran.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, along with the 133 other hubs in the nationwide Honor Flight Network, is dedicated to flying America’s veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is a 100% volunteer organization based in Stuart, FL and serves Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight ,

or call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).

The next scheduled Honor Flights for Southeast Florida Honor Flight are April 13 and May 11, 2019.

ABOUT SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT
Honor Flight is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for their service and sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials. All funds raised for Honor Flight ensure every veteran flies absolutely free. Southeast Florida Honor Flight, part of the National Honor Flight Network, is based in Stuart, FL and serves Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight or call 1-855-359-2838.

For more information on this release, contact:

Kathy Sreenan
Public Affairs
Southeast Florida Honor Flight
561.758.0722

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5 Reasons to Have a Blog on Your Website

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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
www.50andWiserCoaching.com

What is a brochure? It’s a piece of literature that tells what the business is about, the products and/or services it offers, location and phone number. It may also include prices for products and services.

What then is a brochure website? It’s a website that is rarely updated with new content and does the same thing that a paper brochure. There is no new content to attract readers,

human and search engine robots.

Like a brochure you may see in your doctor’s office time after time, you stop picking it up because you know what it says and there’s nothing new to read. And so you stop visiting the website, if you ever did, because there’s nothing new.

How do you change that? By adding a blog. I know! One more thing to do and you have no time to write. You also do not know where to get ideas to start blogging. That will be a topic for another time.

Today I want to share with you 5 Reasons to Have a Blog because it does not matter what type of company or business you have, you should be blogging on a regular basis. Here are they:

1. A More Personal Connection

Like social media, your blog gives you a chance to connect with your customers on a more personal level. While your website is a static page that simply tells them about your business, your blog is interactive. It’s a way to start a dialog where they can leave comments and get to know you better. Your blog gives your business a human face. Make sure that you use it that way and reply to each comment your readers leave. Note: I recommend having the blog on the same website because by updating the content on the blog the website is getting updated.

2. Expertise and Credibility

One of the best things about a business blog is that it gives you an opportunity to establish your expertise and build your reputation. You can blog about things you know. For example, if you’re a law firm, blog about simple legal questions people have. If you’re a cleaning company, share some easy house cleaning tips. Your blog shows your website visitors what you know and this helps people to trust you and your business.

3. Customized Marketing

Blogging offers a much more effective and lower cost way to promote your business than other methods. If you want to place advertisements on other sites, this costs a bit of money. Other costly methods don’t make the same kind of impact that a blog written by you makes. You also get information on your target market through their reading behavior and comments.

4. Search Engine Benefits

Adding a blog to your static website is a great way to attract traffic from search engines. The search engines favor sites that have fresh, updated content. If you write just one blog post per week, you’ll see more searches coming your way, especially if you choose a few good keywords for each post. Write two or three blog posts a week and you’ll really see your traffic climb.

5. Visibility for Your Products and Services

Through your blog, you can tell your customers about your products and services. Let them know about discounts, special offers, new inventory items and offline events that you’re participating in. You can also add a feed to your social media sites so that every blog you post shows up there as well.

Focus on the wants, needs, interests and questions of your customers. This post is over 600 words. You can aim for 350-400 words and an occasional post that goes deeper. Write short, conversational posts as if you’re speaking directly to your readers. Pick something related to your business and share your expertise with them. Your business blog doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel; it just needs to be helpful and engaging.

Yvonne A Jones
Personal Business Coach/Relationship Marketing Strategist
https://50andWiserCoaching.com
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Article by: Martin Jacobson

The Seniors vs. Crime Project operates as a Special Project of the Florida Attorney General’s Office. The primary goal of the Seniors vs. Crime Project is to reduce the victimization of senior citizens who are often targeted for specific crimes or scams based on their age. The Seniors vs Crime Project assist people involved in civil disputes with businesses or individuals who may have defrauded or taken advantage of them financially. There is no charge or fee for the services of the Senior vs. Crime Project.

Services must be requested by the victim in the complaint. Third party referrals cannot be accepted. Victims may be assisted in filing their complaint by family, friends or power of attorneys but the victim must sign the request.

More information about the project may be found at www.Seniorsvscrime.com.

Seniors requiring assistance may call 1-800-203-3099.

Martin Jacobson-Deputy Regional Director 1
Seniors vs Crime
A Special Project of the Florida Attorney General
250 NW Country Club Dr.- Port St. Lucie, Fl 34986

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Open House Symphony at Stuart

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Stuart – On Wednesday, Sept 5, 2018 an Open House was held at Symphony at Stuart to introduce the New Executive Directo,r Debbie McCourt.

With a very warm welcome from the Ms. McCourt and staff and tours of the facility.

Symphony at Stuart will be having more events coming up in September. They are located in Stuart at 4900 SE Willoughby Blvd.

To find out more information contact them at 72.618.1565.

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Open House Symphony at Stuart

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Stuart – On Wednesday, Sept 5, 2018 an Open House was held at Symphony at Stuart to introduce the New Executive Directo,r Debbie McCourt.

With a very warm welcome from the Ms. McCourt and staff and tours of the facility.

Symphony at Stuart will be having more events coming up in September. They are located in Stuart at 4900 SE Willoughby Blvd.

To find out more information contact them at 72.618.1565.

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Rejuvenated Historic Building Reaches New Milestones as Enrichment Center

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GOLDEN GATE – This August a community milestone was reached, it has been a year since the long-awaited opening of House of Hope’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment, the distinct two-story historic building at the corner of SE Dixie Highway and Delmar Street in Stuart. Within the beautifully restored walls of the once blighted building, hundreds of local residents have now accessed life enhancing programs, services and other opportunities bringing House of Hope’s vision to fruition. The building’s previous identities as a realty office, art gallery, private home and post office before being deserted for over 50 years are commemorated in framed mementos and artifacts throughout the building, now sharing space with a modern computer lab, library outpost and versatile classroom space.

Since officially opening the doors of this collaborative community resource last summer, over 650 individuals have benefited from The Center’s cost-free offerings including: students completing their iReady assignments for school, job seekers working with career coaches to achieve employment, multiple Health Department services for all ages, financial stability workshops, health and wellness seminars, interactive nutrition and cooking classes, English as a Second Language programs, various support groups and more.

House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri shares, “The Center is everything we thought it would be. Great programs, staff, volunteers, and partners have made it a hub of activity, providing impact and results for those we serve.”

The diverse programming offered to the community is made possible by House of Hope’s collaboration with several partnering nonprofit agencies, local businesses and organizations. Currently 10 active program partners fill The Center’s calendar including: All About Achieving Learning Centers, Coalition for Independent Living Options, Everglades Area Health Education Center, Treasure Coast Financial Education Bank Collaborative, Florida Department of Health Martin County, Hispanics in Action, Humana, Indian River State College, Martin County High School, and the Martin County Library System. Additional resources and opportunities are being added monthly and are published on House of Hope’s website, www.hohmartin.org/goldengatecenter.

Financial support for House of Hope’s innovative project has been made possible through several generous private donations as well as grant funding from the United Way of Martin County, Martin County Community Foundation, Bea Rais Merkle Community Fund, Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, and Bank United.

The Golden Gate Center for Enrichment is located at 3225 SE Dixie Hwy in Stuart and is open to the public offering free enrichment opportunities Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. For more information and to view the calendar of programs, visit hohmartin.org/goldengatecenter or call (772) 286-4673, ext. 1600

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PROTECT YOUR PRECIOUS CARGO
Get a Free Car Seat Safety Check

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Contact: Renay Rouse Renay.Rouse@FLHealth.gov 772-631-6008

Martin County, FL – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States.

One of first steps to ensuring that your child is safe inside a car is to ensure that they are secured in the correct car seat for their weight and age and that the seat is properly installed.

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is proud to partner with Safe Kids St. Lucie County, City of Stuart Fire Rescue, Martin County Tax Collector and the City of Stuart Police Department to offer free car seat safety checks.

To schedule a free car seat safety check, call 772-462-3501. When scheduling your appointment, please have the following information: age/weight of child, make/model/year of vehicle, manufacturer/name/model of the car seat.

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Healthy Lifestyle Without the Hefty Price Tag

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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
www.50andWiserCoaching.com

Today we bring you the third in a three-part series on living a Healthy Lifestyle.

Most of us believe there are advantages to eating organically grown foods, mainly because we believe that they are not subject to as many pesticides and hormones that are detrimental to our health.

However, we also know that these are tough economic times and money is tight for many.

Yes, it might cost more for you to eat organic, and a gym membership might be an expense you will need to avoid, but wait! Here are some great tips to help you save money and continue to enjoy your healthy lifestyle.

Organically Grown Foods

If you want to save money on your organic food purchases choose organically grown, rather than certified organic. There are many farmers who grow organic but who chose not to go through the expense and red tape of becoming certified. You can save as much as 50% by simply buying organic.

In addition, you can save more by not buying organic fruits and vegetables that have a protective layer, like bananas or watermelon, or foods that aren’t generally sprayed with pesticides.

Take Advantage of Coupons

Taking advantage of discounts and coupons can be very helpful in saving money. Seek out coupons/discounts specific to what you want. There are excellent websites to find coupon codes. You can save as much as 20%. Buy the smallest size that’s permitted with the coupon to maximize your savings.

Fitness

If your gym membership is an expense you can’t afford right now, you can still get a great workout. Bootcamps are regularly held outside in group settings and require minimal equipment. They are also very inexpensive. In an hour you can burn as many as 600 calories, which is excellent value for your money.

You can also take up walking as your exercise program. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes or runners and you can stay in shape. If you have a Wii, another option is to use Wii Fit to stay in shape. If you don’t have a Wii you can buy a used one for a fraction of the cost of new.

You can also consider setting up your own home gym if you have the space. Used equipment can be found in places like Craigslist and often it’s free. All you have to do is pick up the equipment.

Prescription Drugs

If you need prescription drugs, you can save a little here too. Sign up and participate in a prescription saving program. The enrollment fees are usually low and renew annually. Shop around and compare prices among pharmacies. For example, Wal-Mart has some of the lowest pricing.

The above are just a few examples of how you can live healthy even when you’re on a budget. You may need to think outside the box and be creative, but it can be done.

Which of these tips will you put to good use? Maybe you’re not on a budget but you know someone who is. Please share this article with them.

Yvonne A Jones
Personal Business Coach/Relationship Marketing Strategist
https://50andWiserCoaching.com
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TC Food Bank Kicks Off Hunger Action Month

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In Photo: St. Lucie Mets player Luis Carpio says “On an empty stomach, I can’t play baseball.”

FORT PIERCE-This September, Treasure Coast Food Bank and the Feeding America network of food banks are joining forces in a nationwide effort to bring an end to hunger and asking the community to join in during Hunger Action Month.

The annual month-long campaign brings attention to the reality that 41 million Americans, including nearly 13 million children don’t always know where their next meal will come from. It inspires people to get involved in solving the problem that affects the health and success of everyone it touches.

On the Treasure Coast, more than one in seven people struggle with hunger. That includes more than 26,000 children who may not have enough to eat. For each of them, there’s a greater likelihood of health problems and a risky future.

“We all know what it feels like to be hungry – even if for just a few hours or minutes. Can you imagine feeling that painful hollow sensation all the time,” said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank President & CEO. “We work every day to make sure people, especially children, have enough nutritious food to learn, stay healthy, and succeed.”

September will be filled with events and activities focused on raising awareness and getting the Treasure Coast to take action. Local governments are proclaiming September as Hunger Action Month, restaurants are donating through an Eat, Drink & Give program, neighbors are collecting food and donations, and the whole community is turning orange – the symbolic color of hunger. Look for orange buildings, orange lighting, orange-tinted fountains, and orange clothing. Treasure Coast Food Bank offers a month full of ideas for people to get involved through its Hunger Action Month calendar. Download one at stophunger.org/ham.

On Thursday, Sept. 13th, everyone is asked to go orange for hunger in person and on social media and take part in a special Hunger Action Day activity: Share what you couldn’t do without adequate nutrition by writing on a paper plate: “On an empty stomach I can’t _______,” and fill in the blank with something you couldn’t achieve without enough nutrition to thrive. Post your photo to social media using #HungerActionMonth, #FeedTC, and @FeedingAmerica to join the conversation.

Other events benefiting Treasure Coast Food Bank this September include:
• Bingo at Tin Roof Bar & Grill – Sept. 6
• Hops Against Hunger, a friendly food drive competition among Vero Beach gathering spots – Sept. 13-15
• Eat, Drink & Give, various Treasure Coast restaurants donate the price of an item for the entire month of September
• Cans for a Cause – Downtown Fort Pierce businesses creating structures from canned food items – Sept 8-30

To learn more about Treasure Coast Food Bank’s events and ways to get involved in Hunger Action Month, please visit www.stophunger.org.

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TC Food Bank Kicks Off Hunger Action Month

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In Photo: Jen Feuerstein and Darrell Winfree with “On an empty stomach” plates.

FORT PIERCE-This September, Treasure Coast Food Bank and the Feeding America network of food banks are joining forces in a nationwide effort to bring an end to hunger and asking the community to join in during Hunger Action Month.

The annual month-long campaign brings attention to the reality that 41 million Americans, including nearly 13 million children don’t always know where their next meal will come from. It inspires people to get involved in solving the problem that affects the health and success of everyone it touches.

On the Treasure Coast, more than one in seven people struggle with hunger. That includes more than 26,000 children who may not have enough to eat. For each of them, there’s a greater likelihood of health problems and a risky future.

“We all know what it feels like to be hungry – even if for just a few hours or minutes. Can you imagine feeling that painful hollow sensation all the time,” said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank President & CEO. “We work every day to make sure people, especially children, have enough nutritious food to learn, stay healthy, and succeed.”

September will be filled with events and activities focused on raising awareness and getting the Treasure Coast to take action. Local governments are proclaiming September as Hunger Action Month, restaurants are donating through an Eat, Drink & Give program, neighbors are collecting food and donations, and the whole community is turning orange – the symbolic color of hunger. Look for orange buildings, orange lighting, orange-tinted fountains, and orange clothing. Treasure Coast Food Bank offers a month full of ideas for people to get involved through its Hunger Action Month calendar. Download one at stophunger.org/ham.

On Thursday, Sept. 13th, everyone is asked to go orange for hunger in person and on social media and take part in a special Hunger Action Day activity: Share what you couldn’t do without adequate nutrition by writing on a paper plate: “On an empty stomach I can’t _______,” and fill in the blank with something you couldn’t achieve without enough nutrition to thrive. Post your photo to social media using #HungerActionMonth, #FeedTC, and @FeedingAmerica to join the conversation.

Other events benefiting Treasure Coast Food Bank this September include:
• Bingo at Tin Roof Bar & Grill – Sept. 6
• Hops Against Hunger, a friendly food drive competition among Vero Beach gathering spots – Sept. 13-15
• Eat, Drink & Give, various Treasure Coast restaurants donate the price of an item for the entire month of September
• Cans for a Cause – Downtown Fort Pierce businesses creating structures from canned food items – Sept 8-30

To learn more about Treasure Coast Food Bank’s events and ways to get involved in Hunger Action Month, please visit www.stophunger.org.

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Treasure Coast Foster Closet Opens In Stuart

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Stuart -Treasure Coast Foster Closet is a non-profit organization that provides gently used children’s items to foster families and their foster children. They solely rely on the communities donations to bless their families. It takes a village to raise a child and we merely serve to bridge the gap between our giving community and foster families!
They have a storage unit in Stuart where foster families are welcome to come and “shop” for their families any day or time! Children are usually placed in foster homes without much notice and only the clothes on their backs. The foster closet helps provide that child with their needs. The Treasure Coast Foster Closet has been a huge bless in our fostering community.

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Treasure Coast Foster Closet Opens In Stuart

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Stuart -Treasure Coast Foster Closet is a non-profit organization that provides gently used children’s items to foster families and their foster children. They solely rely on the communities donations to bless their families. It takes a village to raise a child and we merely serve to bridge the gap between our giving community and foster families!
They have a storage unit in Stuart where foster families are welcome to come and “shop” for their families any day or time! Children are usually placed in foster homes without much notice and only the clothes on their backs. The foster closet helps provide that child with their needs. The Treasure Coast Foster Closet has been a huge bless in our fostering community.

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Treasure Coast Foster Closet Opens In Stuart

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Stuart -Treasure Coast Foster Closet is a non-profit organization that provides gently used children’s items to foster families and their foster children. They solely rely on the communities donations to bless their families. It takes a village to raise a child and we merely serve to bridge the gap between our giving community and foster families!
They have a storage unit in Stuart where foster families are welcome to come and “shop” for their families any day or time! Children are usually placed in foster homes without much notice and only the clothes on their backs. The foster closet helps provide that child with their needs. The Treasure Coast Foster Closet has been a huge bless in our fostering community.

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Treasure Coast Foster Closet Opens In Stuart

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Stuart -Treasure Coast Foster Closet is a non-profit organization that provides gently used children’s items to foster families and their foster children. They solely rely on the communities donations to bless their families. It takes a village to raise a child and we merely serve to bridge the gap between our giving community and foster families!
They have a storage unit in Stuart where foster families are welcome to come and “shop” for their families any day or time! Children are usually placed in foster homes without much notice and only the clothes on their backs. The foster closet helps provide that child with their needs. The Treasure Coast Foster Closet has been a huge bless in our fostering community.

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Healthy Lifestyle – 5 Recommendations from Psychologists

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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
www.50andWiserCoaching.com

In last week’s article, we discussed six simple daily activities you can easily incorporate into your life in order to live a healthy life.

In this article we’ll look at 5 recommendations a from psychologists for healthy living.

Today we’re overwhelmed with technology, and unless a deliberate effort is made, it seems that we’re never disconnected from technology. It has got to the point where many people no longer place their phone in the handbag or briefcase, they carry it in their hand, as if it’s an extension of their person.

This, plus the fast pace of life most people lead these days, have contributed to many health problems for a lot of people. Irritability, sleeplessness, and stress are just a few of the problems that seem to be commonplace.

Here are five simple tips for healthy living.

1. Deep breathing – Most of us breathe from our chest rather than deep in the diaphragm. Breathing from the diaphragm involves breathing deep from our bellies in a slow paced manner. It is one of the best stress management tools you have. If you are not sure how to carry out deep breathing and you have a smartphone you can find apps to help you. Here is a link to the Cleveland Clinic’s website with an article which includes instructions on Diaphragmatic Breathing: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/9445-diaphragmatic-breathing

2. Be present in the moment – Forget about the fight you had with your friend, your growing To Do list, or the insults hurled on Facebook. Be mindful of the present moment. To help you focus on the moment, list five things you see, feel, hear or smell. This can help you stay in the moment. In addition, practice BEing in the moment so that you’re focused on the people around you. Really listen as they speak so you can give well-meaning responses and carry on a great conversation.

3. Share hugs – Give a hug and get a hug. According to recent research we need at least four hugs a day. Hugging makes us live longer. As humans we need touch – it calms us, and brings down our reactive arousal system – fight or flight – that can be activated when we are stressed or feel threatened. The good news is our hugs do not have to all be from humans. The hugs we get from our dogs or cats count too.

4. Take care of your physical needs – You need 30 minutes a day of exercise, or 10,000 steps a day to keep your body in a healthy state. You can break your time into shorter periods if you like, which can make it easier to sneak your 30 minutes in.

5. Stop being mean to yourself!We are our worst critics, attacking ourselves – about the money we make, the clothes we wear, our weight, our shyness, etc. In fact it is at epidemic levels. What you say and believe about yourself becomes your reality. If you call yourself stupid and give yourself that label, you find yourself feeling stupid.
As of today, you no longer say negative things about yourself or to yourself. Instead empower yourself with positive thoughts.

Are you thinking right about now that these are all too simple to make a difference? Big mistake! These 5 strategies, implemented on a daily basis, can make a significant difference in your life. Instead of being skeptical, why not make a start by implementing one or two for a few days. Take notice of any changes, then implement another one or two until you create a habit?

One simple strategy I know works is: SMILE. Make eye contact and really smile with at least three people everyday! Try it, if you’re not doing it already.

Yvonne A Jones
Personal Business Coach/Relationship Marketing Strategist
https://50andWiserCoaching.com
https://YvonneAJones.com

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A DAY AT THE BALLPARK TO BENEFIT QUANTUM HOUSE & AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

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In Photo: Gary Lesser, Beth Kigel, Dave Markarian, Mike DeB…Cara DeBock

JUPITER–Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith are excited to announce “A Day at the Ballpark” on Saturday, August 18th with proceeds from the event benefitting local non-profits Quantum House and American Cancer Society.

With longstanding ties to the community, a strong belief in giving back, and the goal of a unique way to create awareness for two local charities, the idea for “A Day at the Ballpark” was born.

“We have been longtime community partners with the Quantum House and the American Cancer Society of Southeast Florida and have seen the change they make for families within our community. By partnering with Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and the Jupiter Hammerheads, we hope to raise much-needed funds and awareness for these two great organizations,” stated, Managing Partner for LLL&S, Gary S. Lesser.

Quantum House, located on the grounds of St. Mary’s Medical Center, opened its doors in May 2001 to families going through difficult times. The House continues to be where “hope has a home” for more than 1,000 family members every year. Additionally, American Cancer Society has programs and services to help manage cancer treatment and recovery, as well as find the emotional support needed.

The afternoon will include local cancer survivors recognized before the game as the stadium’s Baseball Buddies, in which the survivors will get to take the field with the Jupiter Hammerheads for the National Anthem. Rebecca Lesser, a member of the Young Singers of Palm Beach County, will provide that afternoon’s rendition of the National Anthem. Children from the Quantum House will have the opportunity to assist Hammerheads’ Manager Smoke Randel with the exchange of lineups and will kick off the game with “Play Ball”. In addition, attorneys from Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith will be bar-tending for the cause, with all proceeds going to the two charities. There will also be games, raffles, and other fun activities for fans of all ages to enjoy.

That day, the Jupiter Hammerheads will take on the Bradenton Marauders with some of the players wearing specialty gear to be auctioned off following the game, with the proceeds to benefit the charities. In light of the special event, the game time has been moved up from its originally scheduled start time of 5:30 PM and will now begin at 1:00 PM.

Fans can purchase tickets for $10 with the proceeds from every ticket going back to the two charities. Additionally, businesses have the opportunity to purchase a $250 package that includes 25 tickets, the company’s logo on the videoboard and a special shout out from the stadium press box.

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A DAY AT THE BALLPARK TO BENEFIT QUANTUM HOUSE & AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

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In Photo: Amanda Atwater and Robie Jurney

JUPITER–Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith are excited to announce “A Day at the Ballpark” on Saturday, August 18th with proceeds from the event benefitting local non-profits Quantum House and American Cancer Society.

With longstanding ties to the community, a strong belief in giving back, and the goal of a unique way to create awareness for two local charities, the idea for “A Day at the Ballpark” was born.

“We have been longtime community partners with the Quantum House and the American Cancer Society of Southeast Florida and have seen the change they make for families within our community. By partnering with Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and the Jupiter Hammerheads, we hope to raise much-needed funds and awareness for these two great organizations,” stated, Managing Partner for LLL&S, Gary S. Lesser.

Quantum House, located on the grounds of St. Mary’s Medical Center, opened its doors in May 2001 to families going through difficult times. The House continues to be where “hope has a home” for more than 1,000 family members every year. Additionally, American Cancer Society has programs and services to help manage cancer treatment and recovery, as well as find the emotional support needed.

The afternoon will include local cancer survivors recognized before the game as the stadium’s Baseball Buddies, in which the survivors will get to take the field with the Jupiter Hammerheads for the National Anthem. Rebecca Lesser, a member of the Young Singers of Palm Beach County, will provide that afternoon’s rendition of the National Anthem. Children from the Quantum House will have the opportunity to assist Hammerheads’ Manager Smoke Randel with the exchange of lineups and will kick off the game with “Play Ball”. In addition, attorneys from Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith will be bar-tending for the cause, with all proceeds going to the two charities. There will also be games, raffles, and other fun activities for fans of all ages to enjoy.

That day, the Jupiter Hammerheads will take on the Bradenton Marauders with some of the players wearing specialty gear to be auctioned off following the game, with the proceeds to benefit the charities. In light of the special event, the game time has been moved up from its originally scheduled start time of 5:30 PM and will now begin at 1:00 PM.

Fans can purchase tickets for $10 with the proceeds from every ticket going back to the two charities. Additionally, businesses have the opportunity to purchase a $250 package that includes 25 tickets, the company’s logo on the videoboard and a special shout out from the stadium press box.

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A DAY AT THE BALLPARK TO BENEFIT QUANTUM HOUSE & AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

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In Photo: Angel Adams, Steven Dixon and Jody Dixson

JUPITER–Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith are excited to announce “A Day at the Ballpark” on Saturday, August 18th with proceeds from the event benefitting local non-profits Quantum House and American Cancer Society.

With longstanding ties to the community, a strong belief in giving back, and the goal of a unique way to create awareness for two local charities, the idea for “A Day at the Ballpark” was born.

“We have been longtime community partners with the Quantum House and the American Cancer Society of Southeast Florida and have seen the change they make for families within our community. By partnering with Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and the Jupiter Hammerheads, we hope to raise much-needed funds and awareness for these two great organizations,” stated, Managing Partner for LLL&S, Gary S. Lesser.

Quantum House, located on the grounds of St. Mary’s Medical Center, opened its doors in May 2001 to families going through difficult times. The House continues to be where “hope has a home” for more than 1,000 family members every year. Additionally, American Cancer Society has programs and services to help manage cancer treatment and recovery, as well as find the emotional support needed.

The afternoon will include local cancer survivors recognized before the game as the stadium’s Baseball Buddies, in which the survivors will get to take the field with the Jupiter Hammerheads for the National Anthem. Rebecca Lesser, a member of the Young Singers of Palm Beach County, will provide that afternoon’s rendition of the National Anthem. Children from the Quantum House will have the opportunity to assist Hammerheads’ Manager Smoke Randel with the exchange of lineups and will kick off the game with “Play Ball”. In addition, attorneys from Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith will be bar-tending for the cause, with all proceeds going to the two charities. There will also be games, raffles, and other fun activities for fans of all ages to enjoy.

That day, the Jupiter Hammerheads will take on the Bradenton Marauders with some of the players wearing specialty gear to be auctioned off following the game, with the proceeds to benefit the charities. In light of the special event, the game time has been moved up from its originally scheduled start time of 5:30 PM and will now begin at 1:00 PM.

Fans can purchase tickets for $10 with the proceeds from every ticket going back to the two charities. Additionally, businesses have the opportunity to purchase a $250 package that includes 25 tickets, the company’s logo on the videoboard and a special shout out from the stadium press box.

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A DAY AT THE BALLPARK TO BENEFIT QUANTUM HOUSE & AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

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In Photo: Breon Phillips, Bruette Ragosa, Thegn Debolt, Jorda…dzey Varga

JUPITER–Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith are excited to announce “A Day at the Ballpark” on Saturday, August 18th with proceeds from the event benefitting local non-profits Quantum House and American Cancer Society.

With longstanding ties to the community, a strong belief in giving back, and the goal of a unique way to create awareness for two local charities, the idea for “A Day at the Ballpark” was born.

“We have been longtime community partners with the Quantum House and the American Cancer Society of Southeast Florida and have seen the change they make for families within our community. By partnering with Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and the Jupiter Hammerheads, we hope to raise much-needed funds and awareness for these two great organizations,” stated, Managing Partner for LLL&S, Gary S. Lesser.

Quantum House, located on the grounds of St. Mary’s Medical Center, opened its doors in May 2001 to families going through difficult times. The House continues to be where “hope has a home” for more than 1,000 family members every year. Additionally, American Cancer Society has programs and services to help manage cancer treatment and recovery, as well as find the emotional support needed.

The afternoon will include local cancer survivors recognized before the game as the stadium’s Baseball Buddies, in which the survivors will get to take the field with the Jupiter Hammerheads for the National Anthem. Rebecca Lesser, a member of the Young Singers of Palm Beach County, will provide that afternoon’s rendition of the National Anthem. Children from the Quantum House will have the opportunity to assist Hammerheads’ Manager Smoke Randel with the exchange of lineups and will kick off the game with “Play Ball”. In addition, attorneys from Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith will be bar-tending for the cause, with all proceeds going to the two charities. There will also be games, raffles, and other fun activities for fans of all ages to enjoy.

That day, the Jupiter Hammerheads will take on the Bradenton Marauders with some of the players wearing specialty gear to be auctioned off following the game, with the proceeds to benefit the charities. In light of the special event, the game time has been moved up from its originally scheduled start time of 5:30 PM and will now begin at 1:00 PM.

Fans can purchase tickets for $10 with the proceeds from every ticket going back to the two charities. Additionally, businesses have the opportunity to purchase a $250 package that includes 25 tickets, the company’s logo on the videoboard and a special shout out from the stadium press box.

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A DAY AT THE BALLPARK TO BENEFIT QUANTUM HOUSE & AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

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In Photo: Charlotte Kiner, Melissa Hudson, Harper Hudson, Morris Glickman

JUPITER–Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith are excited to announce “A Day at the Ballpark” on Saturday, August 18th with proceeds from the event benefitting local non-profits Quantum House and American Cancer Society.

With longstanding ties to the community, a strong belief in giving back, and the goal of a unique way to create awareness for two local charities, the idea for “A Day at the Ballpark” was born.

“We have been longtime community partners with the Quantum House and the American Cancer Society of Southeast Florida and have seen the change they make for families within our community. By partnering with Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and the Jupiter Hammerheads, we hope to raise much-needed funds and awareness for these two great organizations,” stated, Managing Partner for LLL&S, Gary S. Lesser.

Quantum House, located on the grounds of St. Mary’s Medical Center, opened its doors in May 2001 to families going through difficult times. The House continues to be where “hope has a home” for more than 1,000 family members every year. Additionally, American Cancer Society has programs and services to help manage cancer treatment and recovery, as well as find the emotional support needed.

The afternoon will include local cancer survivors recognized before the game as the stadium’s Baseball Buddies, in which the survivors will get to take the field with the Jupiter Hammerheads for the National Anthem. Rebecca Lesser, a member of the Young Singers of Palm Beach County, will provide that afternoon’s rendition of the National Anthem. Children from the Quantum House will have the opportunity to assist Hammerheads’ Manager Smoke Randel with the exchange of lineups and will kick off the game with “Play Ball”. In addition, attorneys from Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith will be bar-tending for the cause, with all proceeds going to the two charities. There will also be games, raffles, and other fun activities for fans of all ages to enjoy.

That day, the Jupiter Hammerheads will take on the Bradenton Marauders with some of the players wearing specialty gear to be auctioned off following the game, with the proceeds to benefit the charities. In light of the special event, the game time has been moved up from its originally scheduled start time of 5:30 PM and will now begin at 1:00 PM.

Fans can purchase tickets for $10 with the proceeds from every ticket going back to the two charities. Additionally, businesses have the opportunity to purchase a $250 package that includes 25 tickets, the company’s logo on the videoboard and a special shout out from the stadium press box.

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A DAY AT THE BALLPARK TO BENEFIT QUANTUM HOUSE & AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

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In Photo: Claudie Richard and Silvia Pariseltti

JUPITER–Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith are excited to announce “A Day at the Ballpark” on Saturday, August 18th with proceeds from the event benefitting local non-profits Quantum House and American Cancer Society.

With longstanding ties to the community, a strong belief in giving back, and the goal of a unique way to create awareness for two local charities, the idea for “A Day at the Ballpark” was born.

“We have been longtime community partners with the Quantum House and the American Cancer Society of Southeast Florida and have seen the change they make for families within our community. By partnering with Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and the Jupiter Hammerheads, we hope to raise much-needed funds and awareness for these two great organizations,” stated, Managing Partner for LLL&S, Gary S. Lesser.

Quantum House, located on the grounds of St. Mary’s Medical Center, opened its doors in May 2001 to families going through difficult times. The House continues to be where “hope has a home” for more than 1,000 family members every year. Additionally, American Cancer Society has programs and services to help manage cancer treatment and recovery, as well as find the emotional support needed.

The afternoon will include local cancer survivors recognized before the game as the stadium’s Baseball Buddies, in which the survivors will get to take the field with the Jupiter Hammerheads for the National Anthem. Rebecca Lesser, a member of the Young Singers of Palm Beach County, will provide that afternoon’s rendition of the National Anthem. Children from the Quantum House will have the opportunity to assist Hammerheads’ Manager Smoke Randel with the exchange of lineups and will kick off the game with “Play Ball”. In addition, attorneys from Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith will be bar-tending for the cause, with all proceeds going to the two charities. There will also be games, raffles, and other fun activities for fans of all ages to enjoy.

That day, the Jupiter Hammerheads will take on the Bradenton Marauders with some of the players wearing specialty gear to be auctioned off following the game, with the proceeds to benefit the charities. In light of the special event, the game time has been moved up from its originally scheduled start time of 5:30 PM and will now begin at 1:00 PM.

Fans can purchase tickets for $10 with the proceeds from every ticket going back to the two charities. Additionally, businesses have the opportunity to purchase a $250 package that includes 25 tickets, the company’s logo on the videoboard and a special shout out from the stadium press box.

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A DAY AT THE BALLPARK TO BENEFIT QUANTUM HOUSE & AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

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In Photo: Mickey Smith,Oren Gross, Alicia Zweig, Sam Cohen,Gary Lesser

JUPITER–Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith are excited to announce “A Day at the Ballpark” on Saturday, August 18th with proceeds from the event benefitting local non-profits Quantum House and American Cancer Society.

With longstanding ties to the community, a strong belief in giving back, and the goal of a unique way to create awareness for two local charities, the idea for “A Day at the Ballpark” was born.

“We have been longtime community partners with the Quantum House and the American Cancer Society of Southeast Florida and have seen the change they make for families within our community. By partnering with Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and the Jupiter Hammerheads, we hope to raise much-needed funds and awareness for these two great organizations,” stated, Managing Partner for LLL&S, Gary S. Lesser.

Quantum House, located on the grounds of St. Mary’s Medical Center, opened its doors in May 2001 to families going through difficult times. The House continues to be where “hope has a home” for more than 1,000 family members every year. Additionally, American Cancer Society has programs and services to help manage cancer treatment and recovery, as well as find the emotional support needed.

The afternoon will include local cancer survivors recognized before the game as the stadium’s Baseball Buddies, in which the survivors will get to take the field with the Jupiter Hammerheads for the National Anthem. Rebecca Lesser, a member of the Young Singers of Palm Beach County, will provide that afternoon’s rendition of the National Anthem. Children from the Quantum House will have the opportunity to assist Hammerheads’ Manager Smoke Randel with the exchange of lineups and will kick off the game with “Play Ball”. In addition, attorneys from Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith will be bar-tending for the cause, with all proceeds going to the two charities. There will also be games, raffles, and other fun activities for fans of all ages to enjoy.

That day, the Jupiter Hammerheads will take on the Bradenton Marauders with some of the players wearing specialty gear to be auctioned off following the game, with the proceeds to benefit the charities. In light of the special event, the game time has been moved up from its originally scheduled start time of 5:30 PM and will now begin at 1:00 PM.

Fans can purchase tickets for $10 with the proceeds from every ticket going back to the two charities. Additionally, businesses have the opportunity to purchase a $250 package that includes 25 tickets, the company’s logo on the videoboard and a special shout out from the stadium press box.

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Healthy Lifestyle: Healthy Habits to Help You Live Longer

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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
www.50andWiserCoaching.com

I am not a Fitness or Health Coach. I am an Entrepreneur/Solopreneur/Small Business Owner, just like you. I serve others by combining life and business coaching to help clients achieve maximum results, and I help individuals and organizations build strong relationships with their clients and customers.

However, my qualifications to share with you the benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle come from the fact that I am all of the above. I know the consequences of not paying enough attention to incorporating small elements to create healthy habits and a healthy lifestyle.

I understand that as entrepreneurs and small business owners, we wear many hats. We often feel that we have to do everything in our business, which is far from the truth, but we’ll talk about that another time. We’re always busy.

Because of this busyness, it’s easy to overlook or put on the back burner, the proper care of the most important person in the business. YOU.

Some business owners are great about scheduling time for periodic doctor’s visits, eye examinations, and dental check-ups. Those are the big things. But what about the little daily activities that we should and could easily incorporate into our lives?

Over the next three weeks, I’ll share some simple but easily-adopted steps you can take to enhance your healthy lifestyle; habits that also contribute to a longer life. Let’s begin:

#1 Start by just moving. Get active even a little – take the stairs, park further away, ride a bicycle, rake the leaves, and just get out there and walk. We are supposed to get 10,000 steps per day. Walking is a great form of exercise that anyone can do.

#2 Cut your calorie intake by 20%. Serve up your food, and then put all the food away before you sit to eat. Use bowls, glasses, and plates that are smaller. Make sure that you sit down to eat rather than standing or eating in the car.

#3 Have a glass of red wine with your meal, if you wish, because it has been shown to have some heart health benefits. Of course, it should always be in moderation with no more than two servings a day.

#4 Becoming a vegetarian is your choice, but think about significantly increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables that you eat. In addition, make sure you eat at least 2 ounces of nuts daily.

#5 Identify your purpose in life. What is your why? What makes you rise in the morning and go through your day? What drives you? Create your own personal mission statement to live by. Give yourself a challenge regularly. It helps to keep you fresh and on your toes. When you have a purpose in your life, you tend to want to live longer and it is good for your psychological health.

#6 Make sure you make time to deal with stress in your life. Learn relaxation techniques to help you de-stress at the end of your day. That might be meditation, deep breathing, a long soak in the tub, or whatever works for you. You can also reduce the stress in your life through better planning. Leave earlier, limit the time spent in noisy environment, etc.

If this all sounds too simple to make a difference in leading a healthy life, it really is not. One note of caution! Do not attempt to make too many changes at once. It can lead to frustration. Select one or two and make them a habit, then another two.

See you next week for Part 2.

Yvonne A Jones
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Benefits of a Marketing Plan

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In last week’s article, “3 Keys to a Successful Marketing Plan, we defined what Marketing is and touched on some reasons why you need a Marketing Plan for your business, regardless of whether you’re a business of one or 100…or more.

Today, we cover four distinct benefits of having a Marketing Plan.
1. Achieve Business Goals

A good marketing plan helps you achieve your business goals because it puts all of the parts together so that you can implement your plan more easily. It puts together and presents all of the important data you need to make decisions regarding your business’s marketing, which is the core of any business success.
2. Keep Up with Changes

If you have a good marketing plan in place, it’s easy to alter your marketing strategy and tactics when required. As your market or industry changes, you may have to tweak your strategy in order to keep up with these changes. It also allows you to evaluate new opportunities so you can make smart decisions.
3. A Hub for Your Business

Like your business plan, a marketing plan keeps everyone on the same page. New employees or team members can use the marketing plan to take in your strategy at a glance. The same goes for new business partners and investors. You can easily see where you’ve been, where you are now and where you’re going.
4. Opportunities for Reflection

When you get the marketing ideas that are inside your head onto paper, you have a chance to see them with a fresh perspective. With everything clearly spelled out, you may notice gaps or weaknesses in your plan that you hadn’t noticed before.

We have only covered four here. There are many other significant benefits. What are some other reasons you can think of.

Your marketing plan gives you a view of the big picture, therefore allowing you to exercise greater control over your marketing. It’s absolutely essential for any type of business, whether large or small.

If this is a topic of interest to you, please send an email to the Editor requesting more tips and strategies, or even how to create a Marketing Plan and I’m happy to go into more details in future articles.

Thank you for reading.

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Announcing The Farm Dog Rescue to Martin County

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Announcing The Farm Dog Rescue to Martin County. The Farm Dog Rescue will support the no kill movement and animal welfare in Martin County, Florida. We rescue and adopt dogs, educate people and help animals in need within our community. The Farm Dog Rescue has made it a priority to provide spay and neutering to help reduce pet overpopulation in Martin County.

The animals of Martin County will have an advocate on hand to help where needed. Educational programs for children within the community are key to making sure animals will be cared for with love and dignity. We have an “I need help” link on our website for those that might need help feeding a dog, surrendering a pet or for answering general questions.

“I am beyond excited to launch The Farm Dog Rescue and provide some unique services to Martin County while saving dogs. The Farm Dog Rescue was designed with you in mind and we will be counting the miracles as they are made. Animal Rescue is my lifelong dream and I am blessed to have so many wonderful volunteers that will help us succeed,” stated Keri Burgess, Founder and President of The Farm Dog Rescue. Burgess has been involved in animal rescue for over 15 years, she has served on the Board of Directors for Dogs and Cats Forever in Fort Pierce and has volunteered for four other shelters. Burgess has been a long-time advocate for animals in Martin County, being a part of the Martin County Animal Task Force and getting the “no tether” ordinance instituted in Martin County in 2015.

We are just getting started but will be announcing Spay/Neuter events and other educational opportunities as they come available. Thank you all for your support!

The Farm Dog Rescue is qualified as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. The Farm Dog Rescue ensures that your hard-earned dollars go toward improving the lives of animals.

Checks can be sent to The Farm Dog Rescue, PO Box 1542, Palm City, FL 34991 or donate online from our website thefarmdogrescue.com. Email us at thefarmdogrescue@gmail.com or check us out on facebook to watch our story unfold.

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Seniors Vs Crime Project

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Article by: Martin J. Jacobson
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Seniors Vs Crime

Martin County – The primary goal of the Seniors Vs Crime Project is to reduce the victimization of senior citizens who are often targeted for specific crimes or scams based on their age. The project accomplishes this goal by providing various educational and crime prevention programs to senior citizen groups; investigating complaints and seeking restitution for seniors in appropriate instances and by providing investigative agencies with senior volunteers to assist them with specific investigations. The Seniors Vs. Crime project handles thousands of cases for seniors every year. Since opening local project offices in 2001, Seniors Vs. Crime has handled over 39,000 cases and has recovered over $28,000,000 in real dollars and realized gain. No charge (free) assistance may be acquired by contacting Seniors Vs. Crime at 1-800-203-3099 or at www.Seniorsvscrime.com.

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3 Keys to a Successful Marketing Plan

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When you started your business, you likely created a business plan. Did you also create a Marketing Plan? You may wonder if you really need both.

Marketing creates an awareness about your business. It is one of the key components of a successful business. The challenge is that most entrepreneurs and small business owners are not marketing nearly enough. One of my mentors taught that 60% of your time and effort should be spent on marketing. Whatever percentage you chose to spend, it should be done consistently and in line with your vision and goals.

Marketing is often confused with Sales, but they’re really two different things. For sales to be realized, effective marketing must take place first.

What is Marketing?

The American Marketing Association defines Marketing as:

“… the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.”

The definition by Wikipedia is a little more complex but really sums up, in a few short sentences, what you need to know about marketing your business, and how it can be done effectively to meet the needs of your target market and your business.

“Marketing is the process of communicating the value of a product or service to customers, for the purpose of selling that product or service.

Marketing can be looked at as an organizational function and a set of processes for creating, delivering and communicating value to customers, and customer relationship management that also benefits the organization. Marketing is the science of choosing target markets through market analysis and market segmentation, as well as understanding consumer behavior and providing superior customer value. From a societal point of view, marketing is the link between a society’s material requirements and its economic patterns of response. Marketing satisfies these needs and wants through exchange processes and building long-term relationships.”

Why You Need Marketing Plan

Whether you’re just starting a business or have been in business for a while, it takes an investment in time, energy, and financial resources. These are basically your most important resources, and you would not want to squander them by approaching your business without a goal, a plan and strategies to achieve those goals.

Your marketing plan, not to be confused with a business plan, is a roadmap or path for one of the key components of your business – marketing. It helps you refine your strategies and maximize your efforts to get your products and services in front of the right people who will then want to buy what you have to offer.

Having a clear and thorough marketing plan is essential if you want to maximize your marketing efforts and make the most of your precious resources. When you do not have a simple, but well-outlined and structured marketing plan, you could end up wasting a lot of time, effort, and money.

In my next article, we will discuss benefits of having a Marketing Plan.

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“Help Save the Bees Project”

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Waste Management and The Home Depot partner to construct and install a”Bee Pollinator Hotel” as an addition to the 2,000 acre certified wildlife habitat at Okeechobee Landfill. Pollinators play a special role in native ecosystems and in managed agricultural systems.

Unfortunately, pollinators such as bees, bats, butterflies and ants have slowly suffered from loss of habitat and diseases. Approximately 1,000 of the plants grown for food, beverages, fibers and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we rely. In fact, one out of every three bites of food, from vegetables to fruits to edible oils, are a direct result of pollination services. In the U.S. alone, bees and other insects produce $40 billion worth of products annually through the process of pollination.

In addition to their value to agriculture, these animals also play a vital role in maintaining our ecosystems. Other wild animals rely on pollinators for the production of food sources such as wild fruits, and they benefit from the conservation of pollinator habitat. Flying from flower to flower and transferring pollen along the way, pollinators have had substantial historic, economic, social and
cultural impacts in our world. Waste Management provides over 26,000 acres company to wildlife habitats.

“We are thankful to the labor and donation of materials from The Home Depot to help with our new bee pollinator structure,” said Community Relations Manager Teresa Bishop. WM employees worked over the weekend to install and collect native materials to add to the project. The “Bee Drop Inn” is located at the entrance of the landfill for all visitors to enjoy.

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Customer Experience: Going The Extra Mile

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“Everybody is breaking ground, but you must break through!

Everybody is scratching it, but you must scratch hard.

Everybody keeps going, but you must keep going extra miles.

Dare to be exceptionally excellent, and why not?”

~ Israelmore Ayivor

In today’s digital world businesses can no longer be content to deliver ‘satisfactory’ or what may be perceived by their customers as mediocre customer service. You must be prepared to go the extra mile.

Never lose sight of the fact that in many instances your competition is just a click away.

The customer’s perception is important. Many times businesses feel that they’re delivering excellent customer service, while their customers think the opposite.

While there is always going to be a place for excellent customer service, in today’s economy people are more concerned about the experience they have with your business. Therefore, in order to stand out, it’s imperative that you deliver and create amazing experiences and interactions with you business online or offline.

For example, a business may say that they strive for one-time resolution. Imagine that a customer calls a brick and mortar store where they recently purchased an electronic device. They encountered a problem during the setting up process and the employee assists the caller through the process. The business confirms that they resolved the customer’s issue and is happy about that.

As the customer continues the set-up and installation process she encounters another problem and has to call again. Now she’s getting annoyed as this is her second call. The company sees it differently as this is about another issue.

What if you know that a segment of your market is not tech-savvy? What if the second challenge is a known one? What if your business made it a part of your Customer Service Policy to include some information about that second challenge when people call about the first? You could add, ‘And when you get to Point B, here is what you should do…’

Those few minutes could have tremendous value because, people talk! They are willing to share great experiences. The same way they had a great meal at XYZ Restaurant and told their friends and relatives about their experience with the delicious food and the waiter who went the extra mile; they will share their experience about your business with their friends and relatives.

The customer who encountered the challenge but was told ahead what to do will share that your customer service is the best. You did not wait for them to experience the issue and have to call. You anticipated it and told them beforehand what to expect and how to resolve it. In her eyes, you went the extra mile.

What can you do in your business to go the extra mile and create a WOW experience for your customers?

Yvonne Jones-Business Coach & Mentor. Founder of 50 and Wiser Coaching
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ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT THE AUDI STUART AIRSHOW CELEBRATING AVIATION

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Honoring its Past & Inspiring its Future

STUART – The Audi Stuart Air Show continues to be recognized as one of the top events on the Treasure Coast. To keep this event new and exciting, event organizers offer an array of options for air show fans to further enhance their air show experience.

Back by popular demand is the air show’s Florida Craft Beer Garden. This year, the Florida Craft Beer Garden will be even closer to the show line for maximum viewing of the show’s thrilling aerobatic performances as well as covered seating. Air show fans have a chance to enjoy the show side by side with brewery representatives from both Walking Tree and Tequesta Brewing Company for a selection of unique and delicious craft beers – two complimentary craft beers are included with the upgrade. The upgraded ticket is $25 per person (good for one day). Availability is limited.

Also back by popular demand is the Bombers Squadron upgrade, sponsored by CenterState Bank. This option includes special show line seating, a catered lunch, drinks and adult beverages. The upgraded ticket is $60 per person (good for one day). Availability is limited.

The Beer Garden, sponsored by Heineken, will also return for the 2018 air show. This upgraded $25 ticket option includes show line seating and two complimentary beers.

Start and end your air show experience with the ease and convenience of Premium Parking. At only $20 per day, this upgrade provides guests the ability to park closer to the show gate. Premium parking spots are limited and can be purchased online or onsite.

Upgraded Spectator Seating is also available for an additional $8 per day.

All upgrade options may be purchased online at www.StuartAirShow.com .

The 2018 Audi Stuart Air Show thanks Diamond Sponsor – Audi Stuart, Platinum Sponsors Pratt & Whitney-A United Technologies Company, Martin County Airport, Witham Field and Heineken, Gold Sponsor Alpha Zeta and Silver Sponsors – Centerstate Bank, Dunkin’ Donuts, Atlantic Aviation, City of Stuart, Southern Pig & Cattle, Stuart Jet Center & Visiting Nurse

Association for helping to ensure that the 29th consecutive air show is another tremendous success

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No Horsin’ Around! Equine Rescue Seeks Vendors for 3rd Annual Country Festival

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Palm City – Palm City’s Equine Rescue & Adoption Foundation is planning now for its third annual Country Festival, scheduled for Oct. 21. Artists and crafters, businesses, nonprofits, political groups – vendors of all kinds are encouraged to sign up now for this popular, family-friendly event.

Entry fee is $35 for a 10 X 10 booth (no electric provided). Deadline to reserve space is Sept. 30. For more information, go to ERAF.events@gmail.com or call 772-220-0150. The noon-5 p.m. event will be held rain or shine; set up begins at 9:30 a.m. Festival will be at the ERAF Community Center, 6450 S.W. Martin Highway in Palm City.

Festival features live music, barn tours, kids’ activities, pony rides and more. Come be part of the fun! All proceeds benefit rescue horses.

All vendor applications are reviewed to avoid duplication of services/products. Vendor will provide certificate of insurance.

Equine Rescue & Adoption Foundation is a 501(3)c nonprofit dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of at-risk equines.

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Elder Law 101: How to Ensure Your Home Goes to Your Loved Ones

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Article By: ProActive Legal Care/ Law Office, LLC.

When planning the future of your assets after you pass away, your home is often the most important one. It will certainly have a very significant financial value associated with it, but in many cases, it is the emotional value that is most important. Many people mistakenly think that when they pass away, their home will just naturally be passed on to their children; but that is often not the case. Even when this does eventually happen, it will be far more time consuming and costly for your loved ones than it needs to be. With proper estate planning, you can ensure your home is passed on to the correct person without any difficulty for them.

A Will is Not Enough

It is possible to leave your home to a loved one using a standard will. Simply naming your loved one as the beneficiary will make it legally known that this is what you want to happen to your house; however, a will has to go through the probate process. This means your loved one will have to appear in court and go through time-consuming steps. In addition, the probate process is a public event so all the details of this will be known to anyone who is interested.

Consider a Revocable Living Trust

In most cases, a better option is placing your home into a revocable living trust. Because it’s revocable, you will be able to make changes to it without any trouble as long as you are living. Once you pass away, the person you named in the trust will become the owner without having to go through the probate process. A trust also makes it possible for you to leave the home to a minor child by simply naming someone as a trustee to manage the home until the heir is old enough to take on that responsibility. Legal trusts are far more flexible and powerful than wills, which makes them a much better option for handling large assets like a home.

Get the Help You Need

Whether you are setting up a simple will or a revocable living trust, you need to make sure it is done correctly to avoid any unnecessary complications. Contact ProActive Legal Care at http://proactivelegalcare.com/contact-us/ to discuss the specifics of your situation and get the assistance you need. We can help you through every step of estate planning and elder law processes in Florida.

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The Importance of Knowing Who Your Customers Are

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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
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As a business owner, you must know who your customers are? If you have been in business for any length of time you may easily conclude that your customer is the person who buys from you. You would not be wrong, but it would be an incomplete answer.

In today’s social world, it’s important to avoid generalizations. Getting to know your customers on an individual basis has become more important than ever, for this is the way you can build a relationship with them so that you can meet their expectations and satisfy their needs.

While this can be done much more easily by entrepreneurs and small businesses, larger organizations can put customer relationship management (CRM) systems in place, which will help them identify their customers.

Your message or brand must be directed to a specific person or group of persons so that it’s targeted and appeal to the persons to whom it’s intended.

An Exercise for You

Write a summary of your typical customer, what they like, where they live, their income and age, what their challenges are?

Whether your business is online or offline, your customers are going to be online. So, it makes sense to do this yourself, or hire someone to do it for you. Find out what places they like to visit when online. Do they visit certain forums or are they all members of certain groups? When you discover where they hang out, get into the habit of visiting those places.

It will take time, but it will be time well-spent. This will provide you with even more valuable insights into who your customer truly is, what her pain points are, and allow you to create solutions to solve the pain she’s experiencing.

Peter Drucker, who has been referred to as the father of business consulting said, “the purpose of business is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two–and only two–basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs. Marketing is the distinguishing, unique function of the business.”

As you “create the customer” make sure that you clearly understand who your customers really are.

Yvonne A Jones is a Personal Business Coach and Relationship Marketing Strategist
and Founder of the 50 and Wiser Community on Facebook
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Networking to Build Relationships

 

 

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One of my favorite relationship marketing strategies is networking.

While you may do the bulk of networking offline, keep in mind that there are many opportunities to network online. And by networking online, I mean actually meeting each other in face to face situations, as if you were offline, except that you may be hundreds and even thousands of miles apart.

Social Media allows you to meet people who share your interests. It provides opportunities for you to reach out to influencers and others who you may not have been able to connect with previously.

Facebook and LinkedIn Groups allow you to connect with others as you can introduce yourself and participate in discussions.

You may be thinking that you like face to face connection rather than just speaking with people through writing.

You have many opportunities to do this. For example, Facebook Messenger allows you to make phone calls to just about anywhere in the world. There is a gentleman on my subscriber list in Ghana and he asked me a question through email. We both got on Messenger and I was able to speak with him directly and answer his questions satisfactorily. It did not cost me a dime.

What if you were to expand your thinking and decide that each week you’d reach out to five people and schedule a phone call with at least two of them? That would be a great networking opportunity, wouldn’t it? Of course, you’d need to make sure of your goals and factor in the amount of time you devote to this.

In addition, there are specific Networking Groups online that meet on services like Zoom.us. This service allows you to see each other, speak as a group, and speak directly to each other.

Just as Follow-up is key to networking offline, it’s important to networking online. As you discover commonalities, or you discover that someone is having a challenge, take the time to send them a follow-up note, or make a phone call to demonstrate that you’re interested in connecting further.

By taking advantage of networking opportunities, you provide the space and opportunities to develop the know, like and trust factor, all of which are important to building strong relationships with your network, offline and online.

Yvonne Jones-Business Coach & Mentor. Founder of 50 and Wiser Coaching
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Building Customer Relationships for Long-Term Success

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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
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Building relationships with your customers is of utmost importance. Businesses know that their competition will gladly service their customers if they fail to do so correctly.

Customer attraction is rarely an issue because companies, large and small, are well-equipped with sales and marketing strategies to attract new clients and customers.

Failure to build strong relationships with customers is a mistake. Michael Denisoff, Business Consultant; Founder and CEO of Denisoff Consulting Group in Redondo Beach, California noted that all successful small businesses–regardless of what they do or sell–have one thing in common: their owners know how to build and maintain relationships. He continued, “Without strong relationships, it is impossible to have success as a business owner.”

Like any other relationship, building strong relationships with your clients, customers, and your network takes time and work. However, once all of these stakeholders recognize that you’re serious about this and are willing to enhance the value you bring to them, you’ll find that you’ve built a community that will be loyal to you.

If you had a friend and the only time you contacted him or her was when you were in distress and needed his/her help, how long do you believe that friendship would last? Eventually your friend would begin to see you as a ‘user’ who only contacts her when you need help. The same is true for your business.

Following are some important questions to ask yourself, if you are a business owner:

Have I set up a database of my customers with as much information as possible?

Do I have a system in place so that I contact my customers on a regular basis?

Is my system flexible so that I can add notes from conversations I, or any member of my team, have with customers for effective follow-up where necessary?

Do I ask for feedback from my customers so that they feel that they have an active part in the growth and success of my company?

Do I carefully listen to the feedback objectively and seek to implement where necessary?

It’s important to remember that as business owners, we’re often so close to our business regardless of the size and scope, that others can often see what we cannot. In addition, your customers need to be made to feel they are important to your business. The reality is that they are. So by seeking their feedback, listening, and implementing where necessary, you’ll be building and cementing the relationship with your customers.

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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.

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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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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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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

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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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