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The Fur Seasons Raises $10,500 for Shelter Animals

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In Photo: Expert dog trainer Laurie Volpe provided do’s and don’ts to guests on how to keep their dogs from jumping.

Stuart-Dogs and their owners came out in droves for The Fur Seasons’ Run Fur Fun event, presented by Apex Pavers and Pools. Now its third year, more than 1,000 people attended and all together helped raise $10,500 to benefit the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast in Palm City.

Eighty dogs cooled down by swimming and splashing around in a bone-shaped pool at The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets, an 8,000-square foot luxury doggie day care and dog and cat boarding facility in Stuart. Another 250 dogs ran the multi-dimensional lure/obstacle courses.

Additional activities included expert dog trainer Laurie Volpe’s No Jump Clinic and movies that featured dogs as the stars. The humane society also showcased pets available for adoption and a silent auction and various vendors rounded out the day. To further support the shelter, a raffle was held and one lucky person won two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the continental United States while another person won a $500 Visa gift card.

Over the past 11 years, through its annual Mutt Derby and Run Fur Fun events, The Fur Seasons has raised more than $110,00 for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

This year’s event sponsors were Apex Pavers and Pools, All Creatures Animal Hospital, Comerica Bank, Treasure Coast Legal, Bingman’s Painting Services, Stuart Fence, Waste Management, Ramey Carpet One Floor & Home and Peter’s Hardware.
For more information, call (772) 286-8283.

The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets is an 8,000-square foot luxury doggie day care and dog and cat boarding facility in Stuart featuring private suites, an in-ground swimming pool, pet activities center and much more. For more information, visit the website, http://www.thefurseasonsresort.com.

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In Photo: It was a dog day afternoon of fun for dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds as they ran the lure/obstacle course.

Stuart-Dogs and their owners came out in droves for The Fur Seasons’ Run Fur Fun event, presented by Apex Pavers and Pools. Now its third year, more than 1,000 people attended and all together helped raise $10,500 to benefit the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast in Palm City.

Eighty dogs cooled down by swimming and splashing around in a bone-shaped pool at The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets, an 8,000-square foot luxury doggie day care and dog and cat boarding facility in Stuart. Another 250 dogs ran the multi-dimensional lure/obstacle courses.

Additional activities included expert dog trainer Laurie Volpe’s No Jump Clinic and movies that featured dogs as the stars. The humane society also showcased pets available for adoption and a silent auction and various vendors rounded out the day. To further support the shelter, a raffle was held and one lucky person won two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the continental United States while another person won a $500 Visa gift card.

Over the past 11 years, through its annual Mutt Derby and Run Fur Fun events, The Fur Seasons has raised more than $110,00 for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

This year’s event sponsors were Apex Pavers and Pools, All Creatures Animal Hospital, Comerica Bank, Treasure Coast Legal, Bingman’s Painting Services, Stuart Fence, Waste Management, Ramey Carpet One Floor & Home and Peter’s Hardware.
For more information, call (772) 286-8283.

The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets is an 8,000-square foot luxury doggie day care and dog and cat boarding facility in Stuart featuring private suites, an in-ground swimming pool, pet activities center and much more. For more information, visit the website, http://www.thefurseasonsresort.com.

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The Fur Seasons Raises $10,500 for Shelter Animals

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In Photo: Dogs swam in a bone-shaped pool dedicated just for them.

Stuart-Dogs and their owners came out in droves for The Fur Seasons’ Run Fur Fun event, presented by Apex Pavers and Pools. Now its third year, more than 1,000 people attended and all together helped raise $10,500 to benefit the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast in Palm City.

Eighty dogs cooled down by swimming and splashing around in a bone-shaped pool at The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets, an 8,000-square foot luxury doggie day care and dog and cat boarding facility in Stuart. Another 250 dogs ran the multi-dimensional lure/obstacle courses.

Additional activities included expert dog trainer Laurie Volpe’s No Jump Clinic and movies that featured dogs as the stars. The humane society also showcased pets available for adoption and a silent auction and various vendors rounded out the day. To further support the shelter, a raffle was held and one lucky person won two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the continental United States while another person won a $500 Visa gift card.

Over the past 11 years, through its annual Mutt Derby and Run Fur Fun events, The Fur Seasons has raised more than $110,00 for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

This year’s event sponsors were Apex Pavers and Pools, All Creatures Animal Hospital, Comerica Bank, Treasure Coast Legal, Bingman’s Painting Services, Stuart Fence, Waste Management, Ramey Carpet One Floor & Home and Peter’s Hardware.
For more information, call (772) 286-8283.

The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets is an 8,000-square foot luxury doggie day care and dog and cat boarding facility in Stuart featuring private suites, an in-ground swimming pool, pet activities center and much more. For more information, visit the website, http://www.thefurseasonsresort.com.

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The Fur Seasons Raises $10,500 for Shelter Animals

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In Photo: Drue Pollack and Peter Einhorn, owners of The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets, spearhead the Run Fur Fun event annually and this year raised $10,500 to benefit the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

Stuart-Dogs and their owners came out in droves for The Fur Seasons’ Run Fur Fun event, presented by Apex Pavers and Pools. Now its third year, more than 1,000 people attended and all together helped raise $10,500 to benefit the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast in Palm City.

Eighty dogs cooled down by swimming and splashing around in a bone-shaped pool at The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets, an 8,000-square foot luxury doggie day care and dog and cat boarding facility in Stuart. Another 250 dogs ran the multi-dimensional lure/obstacle courses.

Additional activities included expert dog trainer Laurie Volpe’s No Jump Clinic and movies that featured dogs as the stars. The humane society also showcased pets available for adoption and a silent auction and various vendors rounded out the day. To further support the shelter, a raffle was held and one lucky person won two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the continental United States while another person won a $500 Visa gift card.

Over the past 11 years, through its annual Mutt Derby and Run Fur Fun events, The Fur Seasons has raised more than $110,00 for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

This year’s event sponsors were Apex Pavers and Pools, All Creatures Animal Hospital, Comerica Bank, Treasure Coast Legal, Bingman’s Painting Services, Stuart Fence, Waste Management, Ramey Carpet One Floor & Home and Peter’s Hardware.
For more information, call (772) 286-8283.

The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets is an 8,000-square foot luxury doggie day care and dog and cat boarding facility in Stuart featuring private suites, an in-ground swimming pool, pet activities center and much more. For more information, visit the website, http://www.thefurseasonsresort.com.

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Martin County Parks and Recreation Seeking Sponsors for Successful Free Community Event – Music at The Mansion Concert Series

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Help us keep this wonderful community event free to the public!

Music at The Mansion is a concert series hosted and organized by the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department. The event takes place 6 times a year, the first Sunday of every month from December to May. Located at the amphitheater outside The Mansion at Tuckahoe at Indian RiverSide Park in Jensen Beach, the venue offers the perfect setting for fun.

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The concert series has sparked the interest of thousands in social media and attendance keeps growing from one event to the next. The success can be attributed to the winning combination of outstanding musical entertainment, a venue with unbeatable waterfront views, activities that keep the little ones happily distracted and food and beverage vendors ready to satisfy all cravings.

To keep this admission-free event going and growing, the Parks and Recreation Department is seeking sponsorships from local organizations and individuals interested in supporting family-friendly events that improve the quality of life of Martin County residents and visitors. “At Music at The Mansion, everybody’s happy. Adults are singing and dancing to the music, kids are showing off their face painting and playing with hula hoops and some furry friends are chilling on the grass! Events like this bring happiness to our residents and visitors and help us fulfill the recreational needs of our community,” said Nancy Johnson, Marketing Manager for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Organizations and individuals interested in sponsoring this event may contact Nancy Johnson at 772-419-6945 or at njohnson@martin.fl.us. Find more information on Parks and Recreation’s special events, programs, facilities and activities at www.LoveMCParks.comor on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.

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Learning Center to Be Dedicated to Local Woman

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In 1981, Dorothy Brennan read a newspaper story about a child who nearly died of an overdose because his mother couldn’t read the instructions on a medication bottle. Brennan couldn’t bear the thought of this tragedy happening to one more family, so the Fort Pierce woman created Learn to Read St. Lucie County, a nonprofit organization which would provide free literacy services. Nearly thirty years and thousands of students later, Learn to Read St. Lucie County is honoring Brennan by dedicating its new facility at the Dorothy Brennan Learning Center.
Tuesday, February 26th, the staff at Learn to Read St. Lucie County will host an open house at the new Dorothy Brennan Learning Center, located at 811 Delaware Avenue in Fort Pierce, just a couple of blocks west of US1. The doors will open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at 11 a.m., the guest of honor, Dorothy Brennan, will be on hand as graduates of Learn to Read St. Lucie County, along with several local dignitaries officially dedicate the organization’s new building in her honor.
The Open House will also serve as the Grand Reopening for the organization, which has a new look, new management, and a new passion to help provide the gift of literacy to anyone aged 16 or older through free, confidential instruction in reading, writing, and speaking English. Learn to Read St. Lucie County also provides assistance in helping train individuals in the technological skills necessary to navigate life in the 21st Century.
Since its inception, Learn to Read St. Lucie has assisted thousands of individuals in St. Lucie County through Literacy Services offered by volunteer tutors who are trained and certified in the Laubach method, a four-level, time-tested curriculum which has assisted millions of adults in gaining independence through reading, even those with little or no preliminary skills. Tutors work one-to-one or with small groups of students depending upon the students’ needs. In addition to literacy assistance, Learn to Read St. Lucie County also provides English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutoring and classes, United States Citizenship training and assistance, English Conversation classes, and job and career preparation.
It is estimated that 36 million adults in the United States have reading skills below the third-grade level. Approximately 20 percent of Florida residents over the age of 16 lack even the most basic reading skills. Literacy issues cost the United States $225 billion or more each year because of lack of productivity in the workforce, crime, and the lack of tax revenue due to unemployment. And of course, there are countless stories like the one that inspired Dorothy Brennan to create Learn to Read St. Lucie County nearly 30 years ago.
You don’t have to be a teacher, politician or a millionaire to help change the world. Learn to Read St. Lucie County is always looking for dedicated volunteers who want to become certified tutors, assist with operational duties at the new Dorothy Brennan Learning Center, help with fundraising events and activities, and spread the good word about opportunities to improve reading and English skills through the free tutoring and programs offered at this small, but mighty, grassroots organization. And of course, you can share in honoring a local legend, Dorothy Brennan, on Tuesday, February 26th, at the grand reopening of Learn to Read St. Lucie County at the new Dorothy Brennan Learning Center. To learn more, call Learn to Read St. Lucie County at (772) 464-2747 today.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County Choose & Celebrate their 2019 Youth of the Year

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What lies beyond the threshold of the hallmark blue door at the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County?
A full capacity crowd at Club Talavera at PGA Village Verano discovered the answer first-hand on February 6th as the four Youth of the Year finalists ushered them through their journeys of hardship and challenge and ultimately beyond the blue door that promises, “Great Futures Start Here!”
The Youth of Year Competition, presented by Ken & Aileen Pruitt, is the premier recognition program in which one nominee is chosen to represent each of four neighborhood-based clubs. Nominees are 14- 18 years old, possess demonstrated leadership skills, quality of character, academic achievement and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
This year’s accomplished field of candidates, Christian Galentine, Yan Morrison, Kayla Williams, and Yaluris Torres, acknowledged that The Boys & Girls Clubs positively impacted their lives by helping them overcome the effects of bullying, develop a personal brand, and find stability in a tumultuous world.
Judges Travis Leonard, Jason Berger, Shelley Thomas, Paul Trabulsy, Melissa Corbit, Dr. Monique Mondesir, and James Taylor had the challenging task of selecting a single winner based on essays, interviews, and speeches.
The 2019 Youth of the Year is Kayla Williams of the Ken Pruitt Club!
Kayla shared, “When I started going to my Club I was all around a closed book and didn’t think anyone could help me. Now, I am a leader, and my character has grown for the better. The greatest gift the Club has given me is the understanding that others’ knowledge can greatly improve my life!”
Thanks to the Club’s college tours, Williams’ is confident that her dream of attending college will become a reality. And as the winner, she will represent St. Lucie County at the State Youth of the Year Competition in April!
Williams received a $2,500 scholarship thanks to GL Homes, $1,500 in scholarship from Philip Busch and Southern Eagle Distributing and, thanks to Dr. Shamsher Singh, an Honor Flight experience.
But, each candidate emerged a victor taking home the knowledge that they are a leader and the following prizes: a Boys & Girls Club Padfolio; an experience at Rush Trampoline Park; tumblers and additional goodies: a Natalie’s Orchid Island swag bag; and, tickets to the St. Lucie County Fair. The runner-up was awarded a $1,000 scholarship while the 3rd and 4th place candidates also both received an Apple iPad thanks to Philip Busch and Southern Eagle Distributing.
Candidate Yaluris Torres summed it up best stating, “The Boys & Girls Clubs change every single person who walks through those blue doors!”
Save the date- on April 6th, the PSL Seafood Festival, hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of SLC returns to the PSL Civic Center from 11 am- 7 pm.
For more information, visit BGCofSLC.org

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Library’s Annual BookMania! Celebrates 25 Years March 2

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JENSEN BEACH, FL – The Martin County Library System is excited to announce the return of BookMania! taking place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Jensen Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 2875 NW Goldenrod Road in Jensen Beach, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Support the school by purchasing a juvenile or young adult book and donating it to the book drive at the event. Authors will participate in one of multiple panel discussions featuring emerging and prominent writers, with previous BookMania! guest and best-selling author James Patterson returning to participate. Additional panel themes include: Detective & Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Family & Women’s Literature, and Historical Fiction. Titles by guest authors are represented through the Library’s regular, Martin’s Most Wanted, and eBook collections.

BookMania! is free and open to the general public. Lunch from the Martin County
Sheriff’s Office BBQ team will be available for cash-only at the event. Additionally, a ticketed sponsors’ event, A Literary Affair, will be held on the evening prior to the festival. This popular program has received national recognition for its stellar authors, record attendance, and impressive Barnes & Noble book sales. Now in its “silver anniversary,” BookMania! remains a favorite destination for a wide and diverse audience and is sponsored by The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc.

For more information (including a complete list of guest authors and full itinerary), visit www.library.martin.fl.us and search for “BookMania!”, call 772-288-5702, or pick up a Library Events Newsletter at any MCLS location.

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Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County, Youth of the Year Leadership Day

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In Photo: Yan Morrison, Yaluris Torres, Scott ( Eagle Luxury Transportation) Christian Galentine, Kayla Williams

Fort Pierce – On January 23rd, 2019, local community business leaders and professionals offered their time and talent to the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County Youth of the Year Candidates as part of Leadership Day. Sponsored by GL Homes, this is a day that honors and celebrates the Clubs most inspiring teens and their journeys. Every introduction and tour throughout the day is strategically planned around each teen’s aspirations for the future.

Making their first stop at St. Lucie Medical Center, the teens arrived in style. Eagle Luxury Transportation provided a white stretch limousine for the candidates to ride in. This was a big surprise and a great way to elevate the day. Upon entering the hospital, the teens were treated to a lovely breakfast in the boardroom and greeted by SLMC CEO, Jay Finnegan and head of nursing Nancy Hilton for a meet and greet with photo opportunities. Afterwards, the teens had a question and answer session with Port St. Lucie Mayor, Greg Oravec, City of Fort Pierce Mayor, Linda Hudson, County Commissioner Linda Bartz, and Vice President of GL Homes, Glenn Ryals. This was a candid and open conversation by which the panelists offered advice and answered questions about mentorship, the importance of education, and personal testimonies. “In life we all make mistakes. Never make the same mistakes or you will be wasting your time. Life is too short,” stated Mayor Oravec.

After breakfast, the candidates were led on a tour of the hospital by Ms. Hilton. Both candidates, Yan Morrison a freshman at Lincoln Park Academy and Kayla Williams a sophomore at Port St. Lucie High School have plans of entering the medical field. They were able to tour the operating room, the orthopedic wing, the emergency room and the birthing center. This was an educational and eye-opening experience that made a huge impression that will not be forgotten.

Stop two, The St. Lucie County Courthouse. This excursion was planned for Yaluris Torres, a senior at Fort Pierce Westwood. Yaluris (YaYa) wishes to attend Florida State University where she will double major in business and law. All of the candidates were mesmerized as they were able to see in person two cases go before Judge Ed Alonzo. Not to steal any thunder from the judicial system, but it would be remiss to say that a highlight of the visit to the courthouse was K9 Kona and his handler Sean Masters. Judge Alonzo also graciously allowed each teen to have a photo op with his robe on while striking his gavel.

Dr. Ed Massey and his assistant Andy Treadwell treated the candidates to lunch with engaging conversation. Dr. Massey shared personal stories of his journey and stressed that even as adults, “we all have to do our homework to be the best,” and “listen more, talk less.” Candidate Christian (CJ) Galentine hopes to attend Indian River State College and pursue a degree in human services. The visit ended with a tour through the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, which included a trip to the green room, wherein the candidates had the opportunity to be filmed during an individual three question interview with Mr. Treadwell. This was a great exercise in preparation for their competition interviews.

The final two stops of the day included The Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Center (ODVC) and Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company. The candidates and chaperones were captivated during the hour-long personal tour of ODVC. Who knew that the fins of a dolphin were as unique as our own finger prints, and that using self-contained tanks, plants can be grown hydroponically? Natalie’s was equally as informative as owner Mary Grace Sexton allowed the candidates on a tour of the facility that is not open to the public. They were also allowed to fill up complimentary thermal bags with everybody’s favorite orange juice, and a few other flavors such as; beet juice, carrot – orange – turmeric, and green tea. Ms. Sexton shared her personal story of success through hard work and determination.

If you are interested in meeting the 2019 Youth of the Year candidates, we encourage you to attend the judging competition on Wednesday, January 30th at Treasure Coast Lexus. Each candidate will perform their speeches beginning at 4:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

You may also attend the Youth of the Year Celebration on Wednesday, February 6th. This event is also free to the public and will be held at PGA Verano. RSVP appreciated. mjohnson@bgcsl.org. Follow the event on Facebook. #YOY2019

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Our Mobile Shower Has Arrived!

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CareBag Inc. Debuts NEW Mobile Shower for Treasure Coast Homeless at Ribbon Cutting & Dedication Ceremony Feb. 28

Port St. Lucie, FL – CareBag Inc., an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of homeless on the Treasure Coast, is set to debut their new mobile shower unit at a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Thursday, February 28 from 4-5 p.m. at 4051 SW Savona Blvd, Port St. Lucie. The public is invited to join the celebration sponsored by Two Men and a Truck and Groza Homes, enjoy light refreshments, learn about CareBag’s mobile shower unit program, and take a tour.

“This was a dream only a year-and-a-half ago, and the completed unit arrived on January 16, one day shy of CareBag Inc.’s second anniversary. I’m very proud of how far the organization has come and the expansion of our services to the homeless community through the incredible support of the Board of Directors, volunteers, our donors, public officials, and the general public,” stated CareBag Inc. Founder and CEO Rozanne “Roxy” Brown.

The mobile shower unit was the idea of a friend of Brown’s who thought this would be an excellent opportunity to help the homeless. After a few months of research, Brown set out to raise funds to build a mobile shower unit that would fill a critical need right here on the Treasure Coast. The mobile shower will also be available to the general public in the event of a natural disaster.

According to Brown, there are upwards of 2,400 residents in need and more than 1,500 children in the school districts registered as homeless. Another service agency with a brick and mortar facility offers showers to the homeless during various hours, but distance is an issue. A mobile shower unit will allow homeless living on the Treasure Coast better access to basic hygiene, new underwear, and toiletries without having to travel far.

“When I go out to visit and meet with our homeless population, they cry when I tell them that our shower is almost here and ready for use,” explained Brown. “A shower may seem like a simple thing, but to people who don’t have access to regular opportunities to bathe, it’s life changing. Showers help increase feelings of self-worth, protect personal and public health, and provide opportunities for employment.”

The mobile shower unit will also give CareBag Inc. staff an opportunity to meet with people and learn how the organization can further help clients connect with other programs and services such as how to apply for food stamps, housing assistance, and more. The organization currently provides food and hygiene packs to homeless and at-risk families as well as college scholarships.

The mobile shower unit features 2 shower units with, toilet, sink, trash bin, soap dispensers, and a mirror. It will be staffed by three people who will undergo a variety of safety, health, sensitivity, and operational training before the unit goes into service. The unit and staff will arrive 30-minutes before scheduled sessions at designated facilities as churches and centers for set up. Clients come intermittently and are served on a first-come, first-serve basis. Upon arrival, the team will gather necessary demographic information from clients. CareBag Inc. provides one towel per person along with a shower room where clients can take a 10 minute shower with of hot water. Once a client has finished taking a shower, he or she leaves the premises. The unit is thoroughly cleaned after each client by staff members before the next client is allowed access to ensure health safety.

“Our goal is to visit a shower site twice a week; however, some sites can only have us come out once a week. It all depends upon site availability and client need,” explained Brown. “We just want to help as many people as we can.”

The mobile shower unit would not have been possible without the support from the Treasure Coast community, local business and Allegany Franciscan Ministries.

To learn more about CareBag Inc., the ribbon cutting ceremony, volunteer opportunities or to donate, visit www.CareBagFL.org or call 772.222.7399.

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In Photo: SFWMD Python Hunters Nearing 2,000 Snakes Eliminated
District program now utilizing additional technologies to efficiently find and eliminate invasive Burmese pythons SFWMD Python Hunter Donna Kalil (left) and her assistant Renee Yousefi captured three Burmese pythons on Wednesday, Jan. 23. This brings the total number of snakes eliminated by the SFWMD Python Elimination Program to 1,971.

West Palm Beach, FL – Hunters for the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Python Elimination Program are closing in on another significant milestone, with the 2,000th invasive snake expected to be eliminated soon.

SFWMD’s python hunters have now eliminated 1,971 of the invasive snakes on District lands, stretching a combined length of almost 2.5 miles and collectively weighing more than 11.5 tons. Brian Hargrove, a Miami native, has dispatched the most snakes with 279 eliminated. Kyle Penniston has the record for the longest snake at 17 feet, 5 inches.

Eliminating invasive species such as Burmese pythons is critical to preserving the rare Everglades ecosystem. Florida taxpayers have invested billions of dollars to restore the water quality and hydrology of the Everglades. Reducing the populations of invasive plants and animals is necessary to ensure this investment results in meeting the shared goals of the overall restoration plan.

SFWMD officials are now utilizing aerial drone technology to survey District lands from above to spot snakes and alert hunters where they have been seen to help find and eliminate them faster. SFWMD is also expanding GIS mapping technology to further enhance existing databases that collect information on where snakes are being found – giving hunters and scientists better data on their whereabouts and behavior in South Florida.

About the District’s Python Elimination Program
A team of professional python hunters was selected from more than 1,000 applicants and given access to District-owned lands in Miami-Dade County for the pilot phase and later in Palm Beach, Broward and Collier counties as the program expanded. These independent contractors are paid $8.46 per hour, up to 10 hours daily, to hunt in the Everglades. Depending on the size of the snake presented, hunters can also receive additional payments of $50 for pythons measuring up to 4 feet and an extra $25 for each foot measured above 4 feet. An additional $200 is given for each eliminated python nest with eggs.

Pythons hunters humanely euthanize each python they catch in the field (according to American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines) and then deposit them at designated drop-off locations. A similar, successful program, called the Python Removal Contractor Program, is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The invasive Burmese python, which breeds and multiplies quickly and has no natural predator in the Everglades ecosystem, has decimated native populations of wildlife. The more that can be eliminated, especially females and their eggs, the better chance future generations of native wildlife will have to thrive in the Everglades ecosystem that Floridians have invested billions of dollars to restore.

Elected officials and celebrities ranging from U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., to superstar chef Gordon Ramsey have taken part in the hunts, bringing international awareness to the issue of this invasive species and efforts to eradicate them. Python hunters were also featured in a Discovery Channel television special, highlighting the program.

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Sport Clips to Bring MVP Hair Care to Stuart Fresh Take on Hair Care for Men and Boys of all Ages

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STUART– Sport Clips Haircuts, the nation’s largest franchise dedicated to men’s and boys’ hair care, will open January 29 in Stuart Center- Konover South shopping center 2297 SE Federal Highway. This new locally-owned business is the latest of the franchise’s more than 1,800 locations across the U.S. and Canada. “Sport Clips offers our clients the expertise of well-trained stylists in a fun, casual environment where they can enjoy watching sports on TV during their haircut. We’re looking forward to introducing clients to our services and distinctive experience,” said Rana Chams, owner of the new Sport Clips. “The Sport Clips concept is growing across the country, and we’re proud to make it a part of Stuart’s retail community.”

The new Sport Clips will offer:

Haircut services, including the “MVP Experience” that features a precision haircut, massaging shampoo, hot steamed towel treatment, and neck and shoulder massage
Stylists who specialize in hair care for men and boys and stay up-to-date on trends
Large, flat-screen televisions playing sports programming at each haircut station and in the lobby, along with reading materials

Affordable luxuries like special lighting and massaging chairs in the shampoo area
Haircut services without an appointment – walk-ins are welcome
Online Check In now available at www.sportclips.com/checkin or download the app for iPhone/Android

Sport Clips in Stuart will also provide free “MVP upgrades,” including a massaging shampoo, hot steamed towel treatment, and neck and shoulder massage, to all first-time clients who purchase a haircut service. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit https://haircutmenstuartfl.com

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FOUR CHAPLAINS MEMORIAL SERVICE 76th Anniversary

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Sebastian – Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2:00 pm At the Four Chaplains Monument, Riverview Park, Sebastian, Florida

At 12:55 am on February 3, 1943, the USAT Dorchester was tragically sunk. Of the 902 young men on board only 230 survived. Many of those survivors owe their lives to the courage and leadership exhibited by the heroic Four Chaplains, who, in sacrificing their lives, created a unique legacy of united brotherhood. These Four Chaplains gave their own life jackets to save four unknown soldiers and, in so doing, gave up their only means of survival. They were last seen on the deck of the ship with their arms linked together and their heads bowed in prayer as they went to their watery graves in the North Atlantic off the coast of Greenland. Each Chaplain received the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously.

The Four Chaplains Monument in Sebastian is a “Living Monument” created by Dorchester Survivor Ernie L. Heaton and Monument President Larry Wapnick. It is a tribute to the Chaplains, Chaplain George L. Fox, Methodist, Chaplain Alexander D. Goode, Rabbi, Jewish Faith, Chaplain Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed Church and Father John P. Washington, Catholic Priest. Heaton was one of the last survivors to see the Chaplains alive. An official Army Air Corp Document validates this.

In 2010, both Ernie Heaton and Larry Wapnick were elected to the Board of Directors of The Chapel of Four Chaplains, Phila, PA. The Chapel, founded in 1951, is devoted to the “Eternal Chaplains” and “Interfaith In Action”. Their mission is to “Encourage Cooperation and Selfless Service Among All People.” This Memorial Service in Sebastian, FL, honors them, and awards those who stand out in the community for their sacrifices in making it a better place to live with national awards.

There will be a full military ceremony replete with Color Guard, a 21-gun salute and live Taps played by Duke Scales.

The program will open with a Benediction, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by Ardra Rigby, U.S.Marine Corps Dessert Storm, Dessert Shield, and Boy Scout Troop 500 of Sebastian, followed by The National Anthem. There will be a welcome from Sebastian Mayor Jim Hill . The ceremony will have messages and words from Lt. General Bill Welser, USAF Ret., and the Members of the Indian River County Ministerial Committee. They will again honor and perform the rituals of the Chaplains Ceremony. Their presentation is complete and beautiful. There will be many local Veterans Organizations also honoring these “Eternal Men!”

A Highlight of our annual ceremony will be an Award of Honor to Jesse Zermeno of Operation Hope, in Fellsmere; for the past 20 years Jesse and his volunteers have distributed food, clothing, toys and supplies to our areas’ poor and homeless, including our homeless veterans.

The ceremony will be completed with “Echo Taps” played by Duke Scales.

Children and adults of all faiths, colors and creeds, are invited to come together as Americans for this anniversary service. The service should last no longer than one hour. It is a must for all to learn about the Four Chaplains’ sacrifice and why all Americans must stand together as the Chaplains did 76 years earlier.

For more information contact: Larry Wapnick: President of the Four Chaplains Monument at 772 532 8749.

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PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTIES CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS AWARDS
CERTIFICATE OF EXTRAORDINARY ACTION TO CALEB AND MADISON TAYLOR FOR SAVING A LIFE

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WEST PALM BEACH – Yesterday, the American Red Cross Palm Beach & Martin Counties Chapter recognized Caleb and Madison Taylor for using life-saving skills to save their father’s life.

After an early morning workout on July 27, 2018, Andrew Taylor felt severe chest pains right before he collapsed at home. His wife, Heather, found him unconscious and called 911.

Taylor’s children, Caleb and Madison, helped save their father’s life by administering CPR until paramedics arrived and transported Taylor to a nearby hospital.

For their heroic and lifesaving action, Caleb and Madison received the American Red Cross Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action in a ceremony at the Red Cross Chapter office in West Palm Beach, Fla.

“The Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action is given to individuals, like Caleb and Madison Taylor, who step up in an emergency and help save or sustain a life,” said Jennifer Durrant, executive director for the Palm Beach & Martin Counties Chapter. “Caleb and Madison exemplify the mission of the Red Cross to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies and are to be commended for their willingness to help others in distress.”

Red Cross Staff and Volunteers gathered at the Chapter office to recognize Caleb and Madison for their quick and exceptional action. Caleb is 14 years old and his sister, Madison is 17 years old.

Red Cross training gives people the knowledge and skills to act in an emergency and save a life. A variety of online, blended (online and in-person skills session) and classroom courses are available at redcross.org/takeaclass.

Nominate Someone

People can go to LifesavingAwards.org to nominate and recognize an individual or group of individuals who have used the skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Training Services course to help save or sustain a life.

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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PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTIES CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS AWARDS
CERTIFICATE OF EXTRAORDINARY ACTION TO CALEB AND MADISON TAYLOR FOR SAVING A LIFE

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WEST PALM BEACH – Yesterday, the American Red Cross Palm Beach & Martin Counties Chapter recognized Caleb and Madison Taylor for using life-saving skills to save their father’s life.

After an early morning workout on July 27, 2018, Andrew Taylor felt severe chest pains right before he collapsed at home. His wife, Heather, found him unconscious and called 911.

Taylor’s children, Caleb and Madison, helped save their father’s life by administering CPR until paramedics arrived and transported Taylor to a nearby hospital.

For their heroic and lifesaving action, Caleb and Madison received the American Red Cross Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action in a ceremony at the Red Cross Chapter office in West Palm Beach, Fla.

“The Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action is given to individuals, like Caleb and Madison Taylor, who step up in an emergency and help save or sustain a life,” said Jennifer Durrant, executive director for the Palm Beach & Martin Counties Chapter. “Caleb and Madison exemplify the mission of the Red Cross to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies and are to be commended for their willingness to help others in distress.”

Red Cross Staff and Volunteers gathered at the Chapter office to recognize Caleb and Madison for their quick and exceptional action. Caleb is 14 years old and his sister, Madison is 17 years old.

Red Cross training gives people the knowledge and skills to act in an emergency and save a life. A variety of online, blended (online and in-person skills session) and classroom courses are available at redcross.org/takeaclass.

Nominate Someone

People can go to LifesavingAwards.org to nominate and recognize an individual or group of individuals who have used the skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Training Services course to help save or sustain a life.

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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THE TASTE OF LITTLE ITALY CELEBRATES 12 YEARS
WITH LENA PRIMA AND SALVATORE VALENTINETTI

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Port St. Lucie – The Tradition Taste of Little Italy is celebrating twelve years at Tradition on January 26-27, 2019. This year, the “Taste” will be moving into a new location at Tradition as it expands the event. This two-day street festival will be filled with authentic Italian food, shopping vendors, carnival games, festival rides, bocce, and the nonstop performances on the stage featuring entertainers who represent the Italian heritage and culture.

Recently announced is the incredible entertainment coming to this treasure coast festival. The Taste of Little Italy presented by Galbani welcomes national artists and local Italian American performers. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets to watch the talented entertainers throughout the weekend. Taste favorites include “The Voice of Romance” performer Franco Corso, with his smooth vocals performing ballads from Andrea Bocelli and another festival favorite, Philippe Harari who will bring back the sounds of Sinatra and Dean Martin. The party continues to rock the stage with Angelo Venuto who will bring a new flavor of Italian dance party music mixed in with traditional classics that will get the crowd dancing all night.

Get ready for headliner and Taste favorite, Lena Prima, daughter of Louie Prima, she will take the stage Saturday, January 26th at 8pm. Performing her father’s classics and Italian favorites mixed with her standards, she will entertain all night long. Lena is a proud Italian-American and longtime advocate of the Italian-American community, She will be performing songs from her new album where she set out to make an album of quintessential songs for the Italian-American family. Lena has powerful vocals with a touch of jazz just like her father. Returning this year, is Salvatore “The Voice” Valentinetti. This young talent has won over Heidi Klum and hundreds of thousands across the country from America’s Got Talent. Port St. Lucie is excited to welcome him back to the Taste of Little Italy. He has brought Italian classics to the forefront of America and to a new generation by performing songs from Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and Frankie Valli, Dean Martin and many more. Known as “Sal the Voice”, he will be performing Sunday night at the Taste of Little Italy on January 27th at 6:30pm.

Food and Wine Seminars
Each year national and local chef’s come out to Tradition and instruct the public on how to cook a specialty dish. In the Galbani cheese cooking pavilion free cooking demonstrations are offered. Galbani cheese has crafted the finest Italian cheese for over 100 years. Galbani cheese, the festival’s Title Sponsor, is Italy’s favorite cheese brand. The Galbani brand is known worldwide for crafting authentic cheese in the Italian tradition. For over 130 years, Galbani cheese has been delighting families all over Italy. Today, Galbani brings its timeless tradition from Italy to the American table with the delicious taste of mozzarella, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and snack cheese crafted and sold in the United States.
The cooking pavilion will be filled with nationally known chefs most notably, Marco Sciortino from Galbani along with special guests for a taste of Italy throughout the weekend. To compliment the palate of food, Voga Italia is the proud wine sponsor celebrating ten years of taste and style. Their collection ranges from white to red, and sparkling to sweet. Join us as world renowned wine connoisseur Anthony Acampa as he takes you on a journey with your palate at the free wine seminars featuring Bella Bellina, Farmers of Wine, and Luna di Luna. Free wine demonstrations and free cooking demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend.

Food
Port St. Lucie will be filled with food booths and vendors cooking up grandma’s favorites from traditional dishes of pasta, pizza, and sausage and peppers to the authentic food of Italy with shrimp scampi, pinwheels, seafood pescatore, calamari, antipasto platters, arancini’s, fried raviolis, and Philly Cheesesteaks. Then, don’t miss all the Italian dessert with homemade zeppola’s, sfogliatella, cannoli’s and the all new raw clam bar.

Charity
Little Smiles is the official charity of the Tradition Taste of Little Italy. On Saturday, January 26th the Galbani Celebrity Cheese Building for Charity contest featuring local celebrities will be at 4pm. Little Smiles will have a booth on site raising awareness with kid’s activities as well as accepting donations. This is a volunteer driven, non-profit 501(c) 3 children’s charity. Their mission is to help heal hearts and create little smiles by providing gifts and fun activities to children impacted by serious illness, homelessness or tragedy. With the guidance of local professionals such as doctors, nurses, child life specialists and social workers, we strive to help kids escape their unfortunate circumstances, even if only for a short period of time. For more information about Little Smiles visit: www.littlesmiles.org.

About Galbani®
First crafted in Italy by Egidio Galbani in 1882—Galbani® has long been the #1 cheese brand in Italy. For over 130 years, Galbani has been delighting families all over Italy. Today the Galbani brand brings its timeless tradition from Italy to the American table with the delicious taste of mozzarella, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and snack cheese made and sold in the United States. Galbani® cheese is a leading brand of Lactalis American Group, Inc. (“LAG”). Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, LAG is a subsidiary of Parmalat S.p.A., an Italian public entity majority-owned by France-based Groupe Lactalis – the world’s largest producer of premium cheese. LAG produces a wide array of cheese products, including a variety of specialty cheese available to retail, foodservice and industrial customers. For more info on Galbani, please visit www.galbanicheese.com. ©2019 Lactalis American Group, Inc., Buffalo, NY 14220. Galbani is a ® of Egidio Galbani S.r.l.

About the Taste of Little Italy
January 26-27, 2019-12th Annual Taste of Little Italy presented by Galbani at Tradition in Port St. Lucie. The two-day family Italian street festival will have national entertainment, authentic food, festival rides and games, free wine and cooking demonstrations and lots more. Admission is $7.00, discounted multiple day passes are available. Children 12 & under are free and there is free parking. Event hours: Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 11am-8pm. All concerts are free with the price of admission. For more information visit: www.tasteoflittleitaly.net.

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THE TASTE OF LITTLE ITALY CELEBRATES 12 YEARS
WITH LENA PRIMA AND SALVATORE VALENTINETTI

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Port St. Lucie – The Tradition Taste of Little Italy is celebrating twelve years at Tradition on January 26-27, 2019. This year, the “Taste” will be moving into a new location at Tradition as it expands the event. This two-day street festival will be filled with authentic Italian food, shopping vendors, carnival games, festival rides, bocce, and the nonstop performances on the stage featuring entertainers who represent the Italian heritage and culture.

Recently announced is the incredible entertainment coming to this treasure coast festival. The Taste of Little Italy presented by Galbani welcomes national artists and local Italian American performers. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets to watch the talented entertainers throughout the weekend. Taste favorites include “The Voice of Romance” performer Franco Corso, with his smooth vocals performing ballads from Andrea Bocelli and another festival favorite, Philippe Harari who will bring back the sounds of Sinatra and Dean Martin. The party continues to rock the stage with Angelo Venuto who will bring a new flavor of Italian dance party music mixed in with traditional classics that will get the crowd dancing all night.

Get ready for headliner and Taste favorite, Lena Prima, daughter of Louie Prima, she will take the stage Saturday, January 26th at 8pm. Performing her father’s classics and Italian favorites mixed with her standards, she will entertain all night long. Lena is a proud Italian-American and longtime advocate of the Italian-American community, She will be performing songs from her new album where she set out to make an album of quintessential songs for the Italian-American family. Lena has powerful vocals with a touch of jazz just like her father. Returning this year, is Salvatore “The Voice” Valentinetti. This young talent has won over Heidi Klum and hundreds of thousands across the country from America’s Got Talent. Port St. Lucie is excited to welcome him back to the Taste of Little Italy. He has brought Italian classics to the forefront of America and to a new generation by performing songs from Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and Frankie Valli, Dean Martin and many more. Known as “Sal the Voice”, he will be performing Sunday night at the Taste of Little Italy on January 27th at 6:30pm.

Food and Wine Seminars
Each year national and local chef’s come out to Tradition and instruct the public on how to cook a specialty dish. In the Galbani cheese cooking pavilion free cooking demonstrations are offered. Galbani cheese has crafted the finest Italian cheese for over 100 years. Galbani cheese, the festival’s Title Sponsor, is Italy’s favorite cheese brand. The Galbani brand is known worldwide for crafting authentic cheese in the Italian tradition. For over 130 years, Galbani cheese has been delighting families all over Italy. Today, Galbani brings its timeless tradition from Italy to the American table with the delicious taste of mozzarella, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and snack cheese crafted and sold in the United States.
The cooking pavilion will be filled with nationally known chefs most notably, Marco Sciortino from Galbani along with special guests for a taste of Italy throughout the weekend. To compliment the palate of food, Voga Italia is the proud wine sponsor celebrating ten years of taste and style. Their collection ranges from white to red, and sparkling to sweet. Join us as world renowned wine connoisseur Anthony Acampa as he takes you on a journey with your palate at the free wine seminars featuring Bella Bellina, Farmers of Wine, and Luna di Luna. Free wine demonstrations and free cooking demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend.

Food
Port St. Lucie will be filled with food booths and vendors cooking up grandma’s favorites from traditional dishes of pasta, pizza, and sausage and peppers to the authentic food of Italy with shrimp scampi, pinwheels, seafood pescatore, calamari, antipasto platters, arancini’s, fried raviolis, and Philly Cheesesteaks. Then, don’t miss all the Italian dessert with homemade zeppola’s, sfogliatella, cannoli’s and the all new raw clam bar.

Charity
Little Smiles is the official charity of the Tradition Taste of Little Italy. On Saturday, January 26th the Galbani Celebrity Cheese Building for Charity contest featuring local celebrities will be at 4pm. Little Smiles will have a booth on site raising awareness with kid’s activities as well as accepting donations. This is a volunteer driven, non-profit 501(c) 3 children’s charity. Their mission is to help heal hearts and create little smiles by providing gifts and fun activities to children impacted by serious illness, homelessness or tragedy. With the guidance of local professionals such as doctors, nurses, child life specialists and social workers, we strive to help kids escape their unfortunate circumstances, even if only for a short period of time. For more information about Little Smiles visit: www.littlesmiles.org.

About Galbani®
First crafted in Italy by Egidio Galbani in 1882—Galbani® has long been the #1 cheese brand in Italy. For over 130 years, Galbani has been delighting families all over Italy. Today the Galbani brand brings its timeless tradition from Italy to the American table with the delicious taste of mozzarella, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and snack cheese made and sold in the United States. Galbani® cheese is a leading brand of Lactalis American Group, Inc. (“LAG”). Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, LAG is a subsidiary of Parmalat S.p.A., an Italian public entity majority-owned by France-based Groupe Lactalis – the world’s largest producer of premium cheese. LAG produces a wide array of cheese products, including a variety of specialty cheese available to retail, foodservice and industrial customers. For more info on Galbani, please visit www.galbanicheese.com. ©2019 Lactalis American Group, Inc., Buffalo, NY 14220. Galbani is a ® of Egidio Galbani S.r.l.

About the Taste of Little Italy
January 26-27, 2019-12th Annual Taste of Little Italy presented by Galbani at Tradition in Port St. Lucie. The two-day family Italian street festival will have national entertainment, authentic food, festival rides and games, free wine and cooking demonstrations and lots more. Admission is $7.00, discounted multiple day passes are available. Children 12 & under are free and there is free parking. Event hours: Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 11am-8pm. All concerts are free with the price of admission. For more information visit: www.tasteoflittleitaly.net.

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Financial Planning: Helping You See the Big Picture

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Out2News.comDo you picture yourself owning a new home, starting a business, or retiring comfortably? These are a few of the financial goals that may be important to you, and each comes with a price tag attached.

That’s where financial planning comes in. Financial planning is a process that can help you target your goals by evaluating your whole financial picture, then outlining strategies that are tailored to your individual needs and available resources.

Common financial goals

Saving and investing for retirement
Saving and investing for college
Establishing an emergency fund
Providing for your family in the event of your death
Minimizing income or estate taxes

Why is financial planning important?

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A comprehensive financial plan serves as a framework for organizing the pieces of your financial picture. With a financial plan in place, you’ll be better able to focus on your goals and understand what it will take to reach them.

One of the main benefits of having a financial plan is that it can help you balance competing financial priorities. A financial plan will clearly show you how your financial goals are related–for example, how saving for your children’s college education might impact your ability to save for retirement. Then you can use the information you’ve gleaned to decide how to prioritize your goals, implement specific strategies, and choose suitable products or services. Best of all, you’ll know that your financial life is headed in the right direction.

The financial planning process

Creating and implementing a comprehensive financial plan generally involves working with financial professionals to:

Develop a clear picture of your current financial situation by reviewing your income, assets, and liabilities, and evaluating your insurance coverage, your investment portfolio, your tax exposure, and your estate plan
Establish and prioritize financial goals and time frames for achieving these goals
Implement strategies that address your current financial weaknesses and build on your financial strengths
Choose specific products and services that are tailored to help meet your financial objectives*
Monitor your plan, making adjustments as your goals, time frames, or circumstances change

Some members of the team

The financial planning process can involve a number of professionals.

Financial planners typically play a central role in the process, focusing on your overall financial plan, and often coordinating the activities of other professionals who have expertise in specific areas.

Accountants or tax attorneys provide advice on federal and state tax issues.

Estate planning attorneys help you plan your estate and give advice on transferring and managing your assets before and after your death.

Insurance professionals evaluate insurance needs and recommend appropriate products and strategies.

Investment advisors provide advice about investment options and asset allocation, and can help you plan a strategy to manage your investment portfolio.

The most important member of the team, however, is you. Your needs and objectives drive the team, and once you’ve carefully considered any recommendations, all decisions lie in your hands.

Why can’t I do it myself?

You can, if you have enough time and knowledge, but developing a comprehensive financial plan may require expertise in several areas. A financial professional can give you objective information and help you weigh your alternatives, saving you time and ensuring that all angles of your financial picture are covered.

Staying on track

The financial planning process doesn’t end once your initial plan has been created. Your plan should generally be reviewed at least once a year to make sure that it’s up-to-date. It’s also possible that you’ll need to modify your plan due to changes in your personal circumstances or the economy. Here are some of the events that might trigger a review of your financial plan:

Your goals or time horizons change

You experience a life-changing event such as marriage, the birth of a child, health problems, or a job loss
You have a specific or immediate financial planning need (e.g., drafting a will, managing a distribution from a retirement account, paying long-term care expenses)
Your income or expenses substantially increase or decrease
Your portfolio hasn’t performed as expected
You’re affected by changes to the economy or tax laws

Common questions about financial planning
What if I’m too busy?

Don’t wait until you’re in the midst of a financial crisis before beginning the planning process. The sooner you start, the more options you may have.

Is the financial planning process complicated?

Each financial plan is tailored to the needs of the individual, so how complicated the process will be depends on your individual circumstances. But no matter what type of help you need, a financial professional will work hard to make the process as easy as possible, and will gladly answer all of your questions.

What if my spouse and I disagree?

A financial professional is trained to listen to your concerns, identify any underlying issues, and help you find common ground.

Can I still control my own finances?

Financial planning professionals make recommendations, not decisions. You retain control over your finances. Recommendations will be based on your needs, values, goals, and time frames. You decide which recommendations to follow, then work with a financial professional to implement them.

*There is no assurance that working with a financial professional will improve investment results.

If you’re looking for an advisor who can assist you in this time of change, give me a call.

Steven W Landwersiek is a Registered Representative with and Securities and Advisory Services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC

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Transferring LLC Membership Interests Part 1—An Overview

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Out2News.comArticle by: Brandon Woodward, P.A.
Say you are a member of an LLC. You own membership interests in the LLC. But what if you want to leave the LLC? What if you get a divorce? What if you have creditors seeking immediate repayment? What can you do with your membership interests? The answer depends on how transferable those membership interests are.

A transfer of LLC membership interests can mean selling, donating, assigning, or gifting—basically one LLC member turning over his or her membership interests to another individual or entity. The transfer can be voluntary or involuntary.

Examples of voluntary transfers include selling membership interests to a third party or to the remaining members, donating membership interests to a charity, or leaving membership interests to a trust upon death.
Examples of involuntary transfers include those prompted by divorce, bankruptcy, and termination of employment.

The transferability of LLC membership interests is subject to competing interests. On the one hand, freely transferable membership interests can be more attractive to members because they are easier to dispose of or cash out of—in other words, the membership interests are more liquid and marketable.

On the other hand, LLC members usually want to maintain the right to “pick their partners.” If membership interests are freely transferable, the remaining members have no control over who comes in as a business partner when a member decides to transfer membership interests. Restricted transferability places limits on transfers and the status of the recipient.

Are Membership Interests Freely Transferable or Restricted?

The members decide. The good news about forming an LLC is how flexible the structure is. At the outset, the founding members can adopt transferability provisions— either in the operating agreement or in a separate buy-sell agreement.

If neither document addresses transferability, the default provisions of state law prevail.

In other words, if the founding members fail to address transferability in the operating agreement or in a buy-sell agreement, they’ve relinquished control and subjected the members and the LLC to the state law default provisions.

Although planning for a member’s departure from the LLC when you’re just forming it may be difficult, thinking through all the possible exit scenarios—and planning for them—is essential.

If your LLC is already up and running and you don’t have transferability provisions in place, the members can amend the operating agreement or adopt a buy-sell agreement. Look to the operating agreement for directions on how to amend the LLC’s terms.

How are Membership Interest Transfers Restricted?

While membership interests are freely transferable in the sense that any member generally can transfer his or her economic rights in the LLC (subject to the operating agreement, a stand-alone buy-sell agreement, and state law), the management or voting rights in the LLC are usually what are restricted—otherwise, other members would be forced to become “partners” with someone not of their choosing. Typically, a recipient of restricted membership interests can receive economic and management rights—a full membership interest—only with unanimous member consent.

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5 Signs of Elder Abuse

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Article by: ProActive Legal Care Law Office

Out2News.comAs your loved ones get older, it is often necessary to get them help with their day to day care. Whether this means moving them into a nursing home, or simply bringing people into their home to help with various tasks, it is a critical part of their care. While most people providing care for the elderly are truly loving individuals, some take advantage of the vulnerability of those they should be caring for. Unfortunately, elder abuse isn’t always blatantly obvious, so you need to know the signs of this terrible problem.

Physical Abuse

One would think that physical abuse would be the easiest to spot, but that is not always the case. The elderly often bruise easier, have more delicate bones, and are more prone to accidents. That being said, any unexplained physical injuries need to have a reasonable explanation. If the person providing care is giving explanations that don’t seem to fit what you know about your loved one, don’t be afraid to investigate further. Make sure to write down every bruise, broken bone, burn, abrasion, pressure mark, or other type of injury so you can track potential patterns. A good care provider will welcome the concern you are providing for your loved one.

Financial Abuse

If the people providing care for your elderly loved one have any type of access to their finances, you need to keep a close eye on all accounts. Financial abuse can be unauthorized use of funds, convincing the elderly to give unreasonable financial tips, selling or stealing of valuable items, and more. All financial activity on your loved one’s accounts should be tracked and justified to not only spot financial abuse when it occurs, but also to help prevent it. If those providing care know that you are watching closely, they are less likely to attempt anything illegal.

Verbal & Emotional Abuse

This is often the most difficult to spot, which is why you need to watch for it immediately. Looking for changes in behavior, depression, apathy, and other things is a good place to start. If your loved one’s mood or behavior changes when their caregiver is in the room, that is another sign of potential abuse. When caregivers attempt to isolate your loved one, or limit how often you can see them, that should be of great concern as well.

Neglect

Hiring a caregiver to help your loved one, whether in their home or at a facility, is a big decision. Sadly, even once that decision has been made, some caregivers fail to meet their obligations. Watching for signs of neglect will not only protect your loved one, but will also help ensure you are getting what you paid for. Signs of neglect can include wearing dirty clothes, unusual weight loss, bedsores, soiled diapers, an unreasonably messy home or room, or lack of medical needs such as medication, hearing aids, and glasses.

What to Do if You Suspect Abuse

If you suspect any type of abuse, you need to act quickly. If your loved one is in immediate danger, don’t hesitate to call the police to come and help with the situation. If the danger isn’t immediate, or you aren’t sure if there is really abuse, work to gather additional evidence. Make more frequent and unannounced visits to your loved ones. Let friends or family know of your concerns so they can watch for signs as well. In some situations, you can even install “nanny cams” in your loved one’s home to look for proof. If you need legal help with this situation, please contact us to speak with an experienced elder care attorney.

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What is a Revocable Living Trust? When Would I Need One?

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Molly’s House to Host Free Family FunFest

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STUART, Fla. – Molly’s House will be opening their doors for a FREE Family FunFest on Saturday, January 26.

The event, scheduled for 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., will feature a bounce house, face painting, a magician, a craft station with Macaroni Kid, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, a YMCA Tumble Zone, plus a free lunch cooked up by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office Grill Team!

Molly’s House, a healthcare hospitality house in Historic Downtown Stuart, was the dream project of Molly Sharkey, who was diagnosed with chronic myelocytic leukemia when she was twelve-years-old. During the next six years Molly and her family traveled the country trying to find treatment for her rare type of leukemia, and found that some cities had nowhere convenient for the family to stay.

Guests are invited to enjoy the free Family FunFest at Molly’s House, located at 430 SE Osceola Street in Stuart, on Saturday, January 26 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For more information, visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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Seniors vs Crime

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Since 1989, Seniors vs Crime, A Special Project of the Florida Attorney General’s Office has been an effective advocate for Florida’s seniors. Seniors vs Crime assists the Florida Attorney General in preventing crime against seniors. The project educates seniors about consumer frauds, con games, scams and other criminal acts. Providing complaint resolution services and recovering losses for victims is a major task for Senior Sleuths to the extent that Seniors vs Crime has recovered more than $28 million for Florida’s seniors since 1989.
Complaints may be filed on line at www. Seniorsvscrime.com or by calling 1-800-203-3099.

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2019 DeSantis-Nuñez Inaugural Committee Donates $150,000 to Operation 300

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Tallahassee, Fla. –  Governor-elect Ron DeSantis announced today the 2019 Inaugural Committee is donating $150,000 to Operation 300, a non-profit organization that provides aid to military families who have lost loved ones in combat. As both a father and veteran, Governor-elect DeSantis is proud to support the work of Operation 300 for all it does on behalf of our military families.

Based out of Port Salerno, Florida (Martin County), Operation 300 was founded in the memory of Navy Seal, Aaron Carson Vaughn, who lost his life in action in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan. To honor his memory, Vaughn’s family chose to give back to the families of those who lost their loved ones in service to our country. Parents Billy and Karen Vaughn, along with Aaron’s widow, Tara Vaughn Baldwin, continue to run Operation 300 in his memory.

“Without the generosity of so many, Operation 300 would not have the resources to achieve their incredible mission,”said Governor-elect Ron DeSantis. “Thanks to our dedicated Inaugural Committee and sponsors, Operation 300 will be able to further their mission to honor the memory of our fallen heroes and brighten the lives of those they have left behind.”

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MMA Fighters want to “Knock Out” Dog Fighting

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In Photo-(bottom row):Anthony Baldocchi (with Ernie), Kendly St. Louis (with Isaac), Jordan Young (with Jetta), Mateo Perry, Bruce Lutchmedial, Landon Quinones, Trey Krahl, Albert Mindel, Andrea Soraluz (with Simba), Stephen DeFalle (with Rea) and Anna Hyvarien.

Top Row: Rodrigo Serrano, Kevin Heijile, Coach Chuck Isen, Dr. Gloves, Paulie Gavoni, Roger Krahl (with Daisy), Dilano Taylor, Robert Torres.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters from the Treasure Coast and South Florida recently gathered for a very special training day at their local gym. In between the training matches, competitions, skills workouts, and very physical activity going on at the gym was some four-footed bonding with a very important message. A variety of dogs who have been rescued from horrible circumstances and are looking for a fresh, loving start in life, bounded into the ring and found unconditional love with MMA heroes who are dedicated to sharing the message that, “Real men play real sports. Dog fighting is not a sport; it’s a crime.”

And while the photo shoot was a challenge and a whole lot of fun for everyone involved, it was the message of the MMA fighters that really took center stage and helped energize the group. Their answer to the often-bandied around question, “Who’s the man?” was loud and clear. “Men who neuter and spay their dogs are the real heroes,” said an MMA fighter named Paulie Gavoni, who has been working with St. Lucie County’s United for Animals for many years and coordinated the gathering and photo shoot. “We know that MMA fighters are serious and tough athletes,” he continued. “But while MMA fighting is our sport, dog fighting is not now and never has been a sport. It’s a crime. Everyone who came out to the gym today is committed to being an ultimate winner and helping to Knock Out dog fighting.” On hand for the special ‘dog day’ were dogs from Bullies and Beyond, United Dog Rescue, and some rescues from United for Animals.

Susan Parry, founder of United for Animals, a nonprofit organization which helps rescue and rehome neglected and abused animals throughout St. Lucie County, echoed the message that dog fighters are animal abusers. “Far too often, we see the sweetest animals who have been neglected, abused, or trained to fight, when all they really want is to be loved and to share their loyalty with an owner who cares for them. And it’s not just fighting that we hope to ‘knock out,’ said Parry. “According to the ASPCA, an unspayed female dog and her offspring can produce 97,000 puppies in just seven years’ time.” And a female pit bull, who can begin her reproductive cycle as early as six months of age, stays in heat for 21 days. Combine that with the number of dogs who are left outside or tied to a house or tree, and you’ve got a formula for a whole lot of tragedy and the early demise of these beautiful, innocent creatures who want nothing more than to please their people.

Though spaying and neutering pets can be an expensive prospect for some families, St. Lucie County has a program that will help cover the costs for residents of the different municipalities. The forms are easy to fill out and could save you hundreds of dollars and a lifetime of misery for a dog. Simply visit www.stlucieco.gov, and click on the Animal Safety, Service & Protection link. The guidelines are listed under the Pet Registration link, where you can download a Spay Neuter Program Application, which is super-easy to fill out. Pets participating in the program can be spayed or neutered in the morning and picked up the same afternoon, and that’s exactly how the MMA Fighters hope you’ll get involved.

You don’t have to train three times a week or put on a pair of boxing gloves or mouth guard to help become an ultimate winner. All you have to do is care enough to help Knock Out dog fighting and give your four-legged friend the gift of better health and a better life through spaying and neutering. If you’d like to learn more or find out how you can help, call United for Animals at (772) 979-4008.

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Benefits of Smart Lighting

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Article by: Monica Landrini

Let’s explain what a smart bulb is and how they work. When we talk about a smart light bulb, we’re referring to an internet-capable LED light bulb that allows lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely using a smart phone, tablet, or smart home automation system via an app. The app enables you to change the brightness of the bulbs, and if the bulbs have colored LEDs you can change their colors, too. Smart bulbs require a smartphone, tablet, or home automation hub to operate because they use wireless communication standards such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, or ZigBee to connect to an app on your device or to your automation system.

More expensive, but more features

Compared to LED bulbs, smart light bulbs give you access to a host of features far beyond flipping a switch on and off, and can be used in existing lamps and fixtures. While smart light bulbs are more expensive than traditional light bulbs or even regular LED bulbs, they use less energy and should last as long as traditional LED bulbs (that’s around 10 years). They are available in standard white or with a color-changing feature, depending on brand.

Benefits of smart lighting
Smart lighting is lighting that you can control from an app, usually on your Apple or Android phone. It is designed for energy efficiency. This may include high efficiency fixtures and automated controls that make adjustments based on conditions such as occupancy or daylight availability. The app enables you to change the brightness of the bulbs, and if the bulbs have colored LEDs you can change their colors too.

Smart lighting incorporates many technologies so that either indoor or outdoor lights will work automatically under certain conditions. Different smart lighting networks do different things, but some of the more popular solutions feature smart lights that are capable of instantly switching on when someone enters a room or changing color when something occurs. Smart lighting networks often allow lights to interact with each other, so that they can be calibrated as a group, or even individually through a remote control setup.

Overall, the biggest thing to keep in mind is that smart lighting allows you to upgrade your space with features like dimmers and the ability to turn lights on and off with the touch of a button. Cool, yes, but even better, these features will actually save you money on your energy bill when you use them wisely. Just a few examples are:

Dimmers: Dimming lights means you use less power. Particularly when it comes to LEDs, using them with a dimmer cuts down on energy at a 1:1 ratio; dimming it 25% will use 25% less energy, and so on.
App Control: Remotely turning lights on and off when you enter and leave rooms means you can become your own personal movement sensor. Need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night? Avoid stumbling or leaving on a night light, and instead, control the bathroom light from bed with your smartphone.
Exterior options: Outdoor lighting is a major consideration for homeowners since a dark yard is a perfect place for unwanted things to hide. When you need to take the dog out late at night, you can easily turn lights on and off – without having to install a complicated system – making sure you always feel safe, minus the cost.

Energy savings potential

When you go from an incandescent to an LED bulb, you’re going from let’s say 100 watts down to 12 or 15 watts. That’s where the savings are. Squeezing out more energy savings with smart controls is tough because LEDs are so efficient on their own. There are not many studies on the energy savings of residential lighting controls, including switches, dimmers, timers, and vacancy/occupancy sensors. However, in general, controls can save energy if you’re motivated and the system is properly setup.

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Live Life To Your Full Capacity – Remove the Lid

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We often hold ourselves back because of preconceived notions as to how life should be and what our ideal life should look like.

What do you do on a daily basis with living a full life in mind? If you’re struggling to think of anything, that’s okay, you’re not alone. The reality is that you aren’t going to enjoy every minute of every day, bad things will happen to you or to someone you know. It could be a car accident, a fall, illness, financial struggles or the loss of a loved one.

Unfortunately those are part of life and these things don’t stop you from living your life to the fullest. Further, there is no need for you to have a monumental achievement on a daily basis.

The Big Three Questions

If you’re trying to determine what it is that you really want from your life and what will help you live a full life, then ask yourself these questions and rely on your intuition to understand what you’re trying to tell yourself.

1. What Does Your Heart Want Right Now?
Right now, at this very moment – what do you want? Empty your feelings onto a sheet of paper and review it later. It might not make a whole lot of sense initially, it’s essentially free writing to direct you. It isn’t about doing something because your brain is telling you to, it’s about allowing your intuition, your gut feeling, to guide you.

2. What Are You Feeling Right Now?
Emotions aren’t always wise, but your intuition often is, so listen to your gut. This will help you filter out some of what you have written as you’ve let yourself flow onto the paper. It’s part of the process required to make sense of what you’ve put down on paper.

3. What If It’s Different Than I Imagined?
Nothing is ever as you expect it to be. If you are truly following your purpose it won’t matter whether it unfolds as you imagined.There’s a good chance that it will be even better. It’s important to remember, though, that even when chasing your dreams there will be bumps along the way. Life can never be perfect, but there is something about life’s imperfections that make it worth living.

What Limits You

We all feel held back by assumptions and expectations at various points in our lives. We are comfortable in the box that we have created for ourselves, at least, that’s what we tell ourselves. In truth, we’ve allowed ourselves to become trapped in a box with a trap lid. What assumptions could be limiting you from making progress in life?

• I can’t earn less than X to live a happy life
• I’m too old for this
• I’m not good enough
• My marriage won’t survive this change
• I don’t have what it takes
• I don’t have the necessary skills
• I don’t have anything to offer
• I’m too tired
• My life won’t be better than this
• There’s nothing special about me

Getting Started

If you’re considering something career related, why not volunteer in a place related to that purpose? It’s a great way to see if it really is what you want and get a better feel for things. Alternatively, you could shadow someone who is in the career you want for yourself and see what happens.

If your purpose isn’t career-related, it should be much easier to launch yourself headfirst into it. Avoid self-imposed limits.

The key to living a full life is finding out what really matters to you, determining what you want, and going after it full force.

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Farm-City Luncheon Hosted by One Martin, Martin County Farm Bureau and Economic Council of Martin County

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Article by: Rick Hartman – One Martin

Pardon me a moment as I brag a bit about the Farm-City Luncheon last month hosted jointly by One Martin, the Martin County Farm Bureau and the Economic Council of Martin County. It was exceptional, not only due to our highly accomplished speakers and panelists, but due to the members of our audience.

A survey of our guests that day, sitting together for a flavorful farm-to-table lunch at Kai-Kai farm, revealed a cross-section of Martin County residents. More than 120 attended from a variety of professions and walks of life, including a smattering of elected officials – although the election was finally behind us – and, of course, a number of farmers and ranchers, which you’d expect at such an event.

However we also recognized environmentalists, educators, chamber of commerce officials, and a number of highly respected local entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers, as well. Their presence was an essential element in the success of this luncheon.

That observation may be surprising to some, especially considering the unparalleled expertise of our speakers and panelists, but likely not to the members of One Martin. Our mission is to bring together those with diverse ideas, to listen and learn from each other, and to go forward with decisions based on fact for the betterment of all of Martin County.

That’s easier said than done, but on Nov. 14, we got one step closer to accomplishing that mission.

Our keynote speaker, Cody Beard, Manager of Precision Agriculture for Florida Crystals, addressed how technology has changed farming, particularly when it comes to conserving water and using fertilizer or pesticides.

It’s an important change, yet few outside the agricultural community are aware of it. The heightened awareness of water issues here often places the blame for their degradation solely on the backs of farmers. We saw the reality of today’s farming presented by Mr. Beard in a straight-forward, much-needed and highly enlightening presentation for all us, even for those familiar with precision agriculture.

Our panelists included citrus farmer and entrepreneur Ron Edwards, owner of Evans Properties and founder of SoBe drinks and Blue Buffalo, as well as CEO of Aquafiber Technologies in Vero Beach; Reed Hartman, a rancher, real estate auctioneer, former member of the Martin County Local Planning Agency, president of the Martin County Farm Bureau and One Martin board member; and Ted Astolfi, former executive director of the Business Development Board of Martin County and the current executive director of the Martin County Economic Council.

Panel moderator was Mitch Hutchcraft, Vice President of Strategic Planning for King Ranch and Consolidated Citrus, a former member of the South Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board and One Martin board member.

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Farm-City Luncheon

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Article by: Rick Hartman – One Martin

Pardon me a moment as I brag a bit about the Farm-City Luncheon last month hosted jointly by One Martin, the Martin County Farm Bureau and the Economic Council of Martin County. It was exceptional, not only due to our highly accomplished speakers and panelists, but due to the members of our audience.

A survey of our guests that day, sitting together for a flavorful farm-to-table lunch at Kai-Kai farm, revealed a cross-section of Martin County residents. More than 120 attended from a variety of professions and walks of life, including a smattering of elected officials – although the election was finally behind us – and, of course, a number of farmers and ranchers, which you’d expect at such an event.

However we also recognized environmentalists, educators, chamber of commerce officials, and a number of highly respected local entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers, as well. Their presence was an essential element in the success of this luncheon.

That observation may be surprising to some, especially considering the unparalleled expertise of our speakers and panelists, but likely not to the members of One Martin. Our mission is to bring together those with diverse ideas, to listen and learn from each other, and to go forward with decisions based on fact for the betterment of all of Martin County.

That’s easier said than done, but on Nov. 14, we got one step closer to accomplishing that mission.

Our keynote speaker, Cody Beard, Manager of Precision Agriculture for Florida Crystals, addressed how technology has changed farming, particularly when it comes to conserving water and using fertilizer or pesticides.

It’s an important change, yet few outside the agricultural community are aware of it. The heightened awareness of water issues here often places the blame for their degradation solely on the backs of farmers. We saw the reality of today’s farming presented by Mr. Beard in a straight-forward, much-needed and highly enlightening presentation for all us, even for those familiar with precision agriculture.

Our panelists included citrus farmer and entrepreneur Ron Edwards, owner of Evans Properties and founder of SoBe drinks and Blue Buffalo, as well as CEO of Aquafiber Technologies in Vero Beach; Reed Hartman, a rancher, real estate auctioneer, former member of the Martin County Local Planning Agency, president of the Martin County Farm Bureau and One Martin board member; and Ted Astolfi, former executive director of the Business Development Board of Martin County and the current executive director of the Martin County Economic Council.

Panel moderator was Mitch Hutchcraft, Vice President of Strategic Planning for King Ranch and Consolidated Citrus, a former member of the South Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board and One Martin board member.

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Seniors vs Crime

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Seniors vs Crime, A Special Project of the Florida Attorney General, reaches out to the victims of crime but preventing crime is part of our mission as well. One of the most common categories of consumer complaints especially aimed at seniors is auto repair rip-offs.

The Florida Motor Vehicle Repair Act requires a repair facility to the provide the consumer, a written estimate or required notification for auto repairs exceeding $100.00. The repair shop must contact the customer if the repair will cost $10.00 or more or if it exceeds the estimate or by 10%.

If there is a violation of the act, the consumer may take a copy of the invoice to the Clerk of Court. The customer shall place the disputed charges in escrow. The customer will receive a certificate that requires the repair facility to return the vehicle immediately. (Law enforcement may accompany the customer.) The shop has 60 days to file suit in response to your filing if they elect to do so. Failure to return your vehicle may result in criminal charges against repair facility personnel.

Marty Jacobson, Deputy Director-Region I
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Fall Home Considerations to Make Before Winter

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It’s that time of year again. The fall season is winding down and we’re about to hit the thick of winter. Are you ready to stay warm and cozy, or does your home need a once over to be prepared? A final run at refreshing your living space before winter can pay real dividends. Here are a few ideas.

Safety first. Did you know that three in five home fire deaths are the result of fires in homes without smoke alarms, or with no working smoke alarms? Oftentimes, this is due to intentional device deactivation. Instead of getting frustrated at your beeping alarm, make sure the batteries are working now or install new alarms where needed. You should have a smoke alarm on every floor of your house, and in every bedroom.

Stay warm. Is your furnace in working order? You don’t want to find out the answer to that question when the temperature really drops. A maintenance appointment from a certified technician should cost about $80-$100 and will ensure that everything is functioning and that your furnace will be operating efficiently. The tech should also measure to see if there’s any carbon-monoxide leakage from your furnace.

Stop the leaks. Drafty doors and windows are not only a huge annoyance, they’re costly. Why pay all that money to just let the heat escape? You can find problem areas by running your hands close to windows and trying to feel a breeze. Use a quality silicon caulk or weather stripping to seal up any leaks. And if you notice a draft on an exterior door, consider installing a door sweep.

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Inaugural Wayne Huizenga Entrepreneur Day

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On December 1st, 2018, The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast hosted the Inaugural Wayne Huizenga Entrepreneur Day. The first group of young entrepreneurs showed up eager to make some money and win amazing prizes. The presenting sponsors, Sunset Bay Marina and Four Fish Marina, and prize package sponsors, UBU Brands and Advanced Technologies Program at Indian River State College made this wonderful event possible. The top winner was Playful Pets and they will be able to develop their brand and film a commercial! The event was created to honor a local iconic entrepreneur, Wayne Huizenga, and highlight the young ideas of our community. Daughter of Mr. Huizenga said, “Our father always reminded us if we wanted to be more successful than the “other guy” we had to work twice as hard. It is true. As an entrepreneur you must be willing to work hard to bring your dream to life and then surround yourself with smart, loyal people to keep it growing.” The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast appreciates the family’s support of this new event and are eager to see the businesses presented next December.

The mission of The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is to offer children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs and cultural experiences.

Contact Katie Makemson at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast for more information at 772-225-7575 Ext. 201.

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Inaugural Wayne Huizenga Entrepreneur Day

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On December 1st, 2018, The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast hosted the Inaugural Wayne Huizenga Entrepreneur Day. The first group of young entrepreneurs showed up eager to make some money and win amazing prizes. The presenting sponsors, Sunset Bay Marina and Four Fish Marina, and prize package sponsors, UBU Brands and Advanced Technologies Program at Indian River State College made this wonderful event possible. The top winner was Playful Pets and they will be able to develop their brand and film a commercial! The event was created to honor a local iconic entrepreneur, Wayne Huizenga, and highlight the young ideas of our community. Daughter of Mr. Huizenga said, “Our father always reminded us if we wanted to be more successful than the “other guy” we had to work twice as hard. It is true. As an entrepreneur you must be willing to work hard to bring your dream to life and then surround yourself with smart, loyal people to keep it growing.” The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast appreciates the family’s support of this new event and are eager to see the businesses presented next December.

The mission of The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is to offer children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs and cultural experiences.

Contact Katie Makemson at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast for more information at 772-225-7575 Ext. 201.

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Inaugural Wayne Huizenga Entrepreneur Day

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On December 1st, 2018, The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast hosted the Inaugural Wayne Huizenga Entrepreneur Day. The first group of young entrepreneurs showed up eager to make some money and win amazing prizes. The presenting sponsors, Sunset Bay Marina and Four Fish Marina, and prize package sponsors, UBU Brands and Advanced Technologies Program at Indian River State College made this wonderful event possible. The top winner was Playful Pets and they will be able to develop their brand and film a commercial! The event was created to honor a local iconic entrepreneur, Wayne Huizenga, and highlight the young ideas of our community. Daughter of Mr. Huizenga said, “Our father always reminded us if we wanted to be more successful than the “other guy” we had to work twice as hard. It is true. As an entrepreneur you must be willing to work hard to bring your dream to life and then surround yourself with smart, loyal people to keep it growing.” The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast appreciates the family’s support of this new event and are eager to see the businesses presented next December.

The mission of The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is to offer children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs and cultural experiences.

Contact Katie Makemson at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast for more information at 772-225-7575 Ext. 201.

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Inaugural Wayne Huizenga Entrepreneur Day

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On December 1st, 2018, The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast hosted the Inaugural Wayne Huizenga Entrepreneur Day. The first group of young entrepreneurs showed up eager to make some money and win amazing prizes. The presenting sponsors, Sunset Bay Marina and Four Fish Marina, and prize package sponsors, UBU Brands and Advanced Technologies Program at Indian River State College made this wonderful event possible. The top winner was Playful Pets and they will be able to develop their brand and film a commercial! The event was created to honor a local iconic entrepreneur, Wayne Huizenga, and highlight the young ideas of our community. Daughter of Mr. Huizenga said, “Our father always reminded us if we wanted to be more successful than the “other guy” we had to work twice as hard. It is true. As an entrepreneur you must be willing to work hard to bring your dream to life and then surround yourself with smart, loyal people to keep it growing.” The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast appreciates the family’s support of this new event and are eager to see the businesses presented next December.

The mission of The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is to offer children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs and cultural experiences.

Contact Katie Makemson at The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast for more information at 772-225-7575 Ext. 201.

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Holiday Scams: What Seniors Should Look Out For

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Scammers and con artists are all around us these days. It seems that no matter where we turn, there’s a nefarious individual or group looking to scam us. To make matters worse, they’re becoming more sophisticated in their approach. As we rely more heavily on the technology at our fingertips, sometimes all it takes is a wrong click and suddenly our personal information and money is up for grabs.

And what’s the most wonderful time of the year for scammers? The holiday season, of course. It’s a time of giving, charitability, and all-around goodwill – but all of that can make us more vulnerable to the schemes that are out there. Seniors are certainly no exception. It’s common for scammers to target seniors because they often have large nest eggs and exceptional credit scores, but little financial management. Additionally, memory issues and cognitive decline may make them more willing to give up valuable information.

Knowing what to look out for can save seniors from having their finances or even identity compromised. Below are some of the more common scams that target older adults during the holiday season. Share these with senior clients so that they can stay guarded and safely enjoy the holiday season.

Common Scams to Look Out for During the Holidays

“Emergency” Calls: This tactic, which has gained considerable traction over the last few years, involves the scammer calling a senior, claiming to be a grandchild or other family member in need of money. They often say that they’ve been arrested, in an accident, or just need emergency funds in general. Seniors who receive such calls should ask specific questions that will trip up the caller. In most cases, the scammer will not be able to answer these questions and hang up in frustration. When in doubt, the best thing to do when an unknown number pops up is to simply not answer.

Phony Email Offers: Most personal email inboxes are full of promotional offers, and this certainly ramps up during the holidays. First and foremost, if the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers create emails that looklegitimate but contain links that lead to pages requesting personal information. Seniors should look every promotional email offer over carefully, paying close attention to the sender address (it should have a proprietary address such as @amazon.com or @target.com) and anything unusual like misspellings. A good rule of thumb when it comes to entering sensitive information into any website is to ensure that the URL begins with “https.” This signifies that the site is secure and encrypted.

Free Gift Cards: Speaking of offers that are too good to be true, seniors may come across emails or flashy website ads that advertise free gift cards. While some companies have deals where you receive gift cards after purchase, you can safely assume the ones that say ‘free’ without purchase are entirely illegitimate. Seniors should not click on the accompanying links or ads for these offers.

Illegitimate Charity: It’s the season of giving, but it’s important to know where exactly your charitable donations are going. Seniors should be wary of any unfamiliar organizations or those whose appeals are overtly emotional. To confirm the legitimacy of an organization, seniors can utilize the website give.org.

Comfort Keepers®Can Help
The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends, family, neighbors, and all others who bring joy to our lives. That makes it all the more difficult to imagine that there are those out there who wish to rob people of that joy – but they are out there. At Comfort Keepers®, our aim is to preserve the joy, warmth, and wonder that seniors and other adults cherish during the holiday season. We will work to reduce their risk of being conned, not only from the schemes above, but also any others that may exist. Our caregivers can also provide help with togetherness tasks and daily routines.

Call your local Comfort Keepers location to learn more about how we can help seniors and other adult clients this holiday season.

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YMCA Announces 2019 Easter House

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STUART – The YMCA of the Treasure Coast has announced its 2019 YMCA Easter House, with one lucky winner getting the keys to a new Masterpiece Design Build home on Becker Road in Port St. Lucie.

Now in its 32nd year, the Easter House is celebrating with big prizes for an even bigger cause! With the purchase of YMCA Easter House tickets, participants could win a new house, cash or a 2019 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But win or lose, those $10 tickets are winners for the entire community.

The YMCA Easter House project supports youth development, healthy living and social responsibility – the core programs of the YMCA of the Treasure Coast.

“Participants in the YMCA Easter House contribute to all the kids and families on the Treasure Coast,” said Charlene Lyons, Vice President of the YMCA of the Treasure Coast. “Everyone is a winner!”

Tickets can be purchased online at ymcaeasterhouse.org, by calling 1-877-WIN-YMCA (946-9622) or at the YMCA of the Treasure Coast. Plus, anyone who purchases a ticket before December 15, 2018 will receive a free ticket for the chance to win $2500 cash.

This year’s prize house is located at 1333 SW Becker Road in Port Saint Lucie and the design center is located at the YMCA Treasure Coast location at 1700 SE Monterey Road in Stuart.

The drawing will be held on April 18, 2019 and the winner will be notified by phone that evening.

For more information, visit ymcaeasterhouse.org.

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Today’s Sugarcane Farming Not Your Grandfather’s Sugarcane Farm

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Amy Perry of Perry Farms writes the Clewiston News about cutting edge technology and precision agriculture implemented by sugarcane farmers today.

“This year marks nearly 30 years of consecutive harvest at Perry Farms, one of U.S. Sugar’s 34 independent sugarcane farms in South Florida’s Glades farming region. While our farm has been growing and harvesting sugarcane for U.S. Sugar for generations, much has changed since my grandfather first planted sugarcane here in the late 1980s. Significant advancements have been made in precision agriculture and farming information technology, ensuring that farmers not only specialize in growing crops, but also in technology, weather science and biochemistry.

Like the smartphones we all use every day to stay connected to our friends and family, today’s sugarcane harvesters, tractors and other “smart” equipment also stay connected under U.S. Sugar’s Wi-Fi network, which is the largest private Wi-Fi network in the world. The network spans more than 200,000 acres of sugarcane farms, continuously sending data that allow farmers to plant, grow and harvest more efficiently. Technology using GPS guidance to precisely plant, till and harvest saves time, money and greatly reduces fuel consumption in our fields.

Prior to harvest, sugarcane farmers review up-to-the minute weather data showing current weather patterns, wind speed and atmospheric conditions before fields are selected for a pre-harvest burn. This process is closely regulated through the Florida Forest Service to protect workers, equipment and surrounding communities. South Florida’s soil, climate and crop conditions are not conducive to leaving large amounts of leaf material on the fields, either to run the risk of an uncontrolled wildfires prior to harvest or left to rot and provide a fertile breeding ground for odors, pest and disease if left on the field. The current process has served our communities well for decades, with public health data showing there are very few complaints annually and no increases or association between health issues and the sugarcane harvest season.

As to air quality, our sugarcane growing region in Hendry and Glades counties enjoy some of the best air quality in Florida, ranking annually among the top of Florida’s 67 counties for air quality — with fewer sources of air pollutants than our urbanized neighbors.

Once harvested, our sugarcane is brought to the mill in Clewiston by rail on one of the most efficient private transportation systems in agriculture today. Each rail car bringing cane to the mill includes radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology with the specific farm, field, variety and grower information to ensure everyone involved has all the data needed to track the cane through the milling process. That data is used to gauge the efficiency of harvest, sugar yield and other important metrics.

Florida’s sugarcane processors utilize the post-processing sugarcane stalk to produce clean green energy to fuel the entire sugar milling and refining process. Excess cane fiber is also used to fuel South Florida homes and create consumer food service products.

While sugarcane farming is rooted in history in Florida, it’s exciting that it also continues to be transformed by technology. As a recent college graduate, I appreciate the opportunity to learn from a partner on the cutting edge of precision agriculture and technology such as U.S. Sugar. The next time you drive through South Florida’s Glades farming communities, remember that you are driving through one of the most technologically advanced farming regions in the world!

Amy Perry works on her family farm, Perry Farms, in Moore Haven. She is a recent graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga.”

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Revisit Your Goals From Time to Time

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In my previous article I wrote about Goal Setting to get the desired results in your business.

Today we will look at some specific areas in your business where you should take a good hard look to make sure that these are included in the goals you set for 2019.

One of the areas in the S.M.A.R.T goal-setting system is that it must be Realistic. Sometimes we set unrealistic expectations and these could lead to frustration as they may be attainable but not in the time-frame you selected.

“Grow my business to one million customers” can either be an accurate, positive goal… or an unrealistic, stressful one. If you have 50 loyal customers at the moment, given the nature of your business, it is possible that you could grow your customers to one million? In what time frame? Would a more reasonable number me more realistic? As you reach your goals, you can increase the expectations to the next level.

Let’s examine more closely some goals that you may want to include in the goal-setting process:

Financial – How much do you want to make, a year from now? Five years from now? How much do you need to make? What responsibilities do you have to meet – sending a child to college? Paying for a home? Providing security for staff? For a special needs dependent or elderly parent?

…Or are you happy living in your condo, hanging out with friends on the weekend and playing cards with a group of other like-minded singles, with a pet as your only dependent? (And if this is indeed the case, how soon do you see this state changing?)

Emotional – Know why you want your business to be as large or as small as you do. Is your reasoning a healthy process… or are you making your conclusions from a negative basis? If you find there is a negative reason for wanting to expand or stay small (such as low self-esteem or a compulsion to “succeed” that ignores emotional goals) you need to re-frame your thinking, building in measures to combat negative reasoning.

Personal – How is personal different from emotional? Sometimes, it isn’t. “Personal” means simply what works best for you – not for your husband, your kids or your clients. Your ideal business may look very different if you remove the emotional component. It does not mean you’re selfish if you create a business that brings you joy and not one that meets the expectations of others. You must know your Why for being in business as this is what is going to keep you going when challenges arise.

All these aspects of goal-setting need to be examined carefully – and re-examined, once in a while, to ensure they are still meeting your needs and expectations.

Yvonne A Jones is a Personal Business Coach/Relationship Marketing Strategist who helps highly motivated entrepreneurs and professionals get rid of limiting beliefs and create a business they love so they make more money and have more fun in their business. Her favorite client is the woman 50 and Wiser who has been in business at least one year. You can reach Yvonne at: Yvonne@YvonneAJones.com. www.50andWiserCoaching.com

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Truck Show Benefits Shooting Victim

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At just three years old, little Preslie of Port St. Lucie should be focused on trick-or-treating, Thanksgiving, and behaving like the small angel she is because Santa and the elf on the shelf are making their Christmas gift lists. Instead, this tiny child is spending her days and nights in the hospital, hooked up to tubes and monitors, slowly being reawakened from an induced-coma designed to help save her life after she was shot in the head during a road rage incident. While Preslie and her family focus on recovery, the staff at Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce wanted to do something to help ease at least some of her family’s burdens and mounting medical costs.

On Saturday, November 17th, Dyer Chevrolet will be hosting a Truck Show dedicated to the tough little girl with proceeds benefiting #PreslieStrong. The event is free to everyone, but donations will be accepted throughout the day to help Preslie and her family during what is an unimaginably difficult time. Preslie’s mom will be on hand during the day to present the trophy to the special, PreslieChoice winner of the truck show competition, and the event is family friendly and sure to be loads of fun. In addition to the #PreslieStrong truck show, Dyer Chevrolet has offered to donate $100 to Preslie’s family for every vehicle sold during the event on the 17th.

The weather forecast looks like sunshine, cooler temperatures, and even cooler trucks to check out on Saturday, November 17th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dyer Chevrolet, at 4200 US1 in Fort Pierce, so grab the family, and come out to enjoy some family fun, cool trucks, and community support for the plucky little Preslie on her road to recovery. For information, call Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce toll-free at (888) 908-1912, or find us online at www.dyerchevyftpierce.com or on Facebook.

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Project LIFT Expands to Belle Glade

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Since 2010, Project LIFT Martin County has modeled the success of an innovative and creative approach to teenagers and young adults. We have worked diligently to provide a program that would be scaleable to work in areas where young Americans are at risk of limited mental health services, bullying, increased dropout rates, teen pregnancy, and community. In an attempt at continuing to build on the success that Project Lift has experienced in Martin County we have expanded to the city of Belle Glade,Florida.Located in western Palm Beach County, Belle Glade has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.87% of its population below the federal poverty line and a high crime rate -top 4% of the country.

Our intended purpose is offering teens alternative options to traditional treatment specifically through the introduction of vocational skills –as a key to “opening up” and participating in substance abuse therapy. We provide intensive 14 week sessions and continued after-care with small groups of teens ages 14-19 who have a high potential for exposure to drug or alcohol abuse, academic failure, or delinquency. In these sessions, we combine occupational and service industry skills, job readiness, job placement, mentoring, tutoring, skill development, and substance abuse treatment in group and individual sessions, providing both intervention and prevention for these at-risk teens.

Our key staff are supported by dedicated volunteers and mentors from the Belle Glade community.Theteens learn new skills like screen printing, small engine repair, carpentry, barber shop skills and more –earning a small stipend, while participating in evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interview Therapy.Raquel Lumia, Project LIFT Therapist, has over 15 years of experience working with vulnerable children and their families. Mrs. Lumia focuses on having a trauma informed care approach when working with our selected population. “From the moment I stepped foot in Belle Glade in 2002 I felt a connection to “We have been working with the Belle Glade leaders over the past year. It is vitally important to the success of the Project LIFT program to be embraced by the community,” says Bob Zaccheo, Executive Director.Project LIFT’s expansion to Belle Gladehas come from the visionary insight of our initial founders such as Impact the Palm Beaches, Sheriff’s Office of Palm Beach and several Family Foundations.

For more information on Project LIFT please call 772-221-2244 www.projectliftmc.com.

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Jack Hanna Kicks Off Local Cat Rescue’s Fundraising Events

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A visit and presentation from world renowned animal advocate Jack Hanna will be the lead-into Caring Fields Felines’ (CFF) annual fundraising

activities at the Palm City cat sanctuary. On December 6, 2018, Mr. Hanna will sign autographs at a VIP invitation only cocktail party for sponsors at

the $5,000 level.Two days later, the 5th annual Merry Meows 2018, will be held on December 8th from 4pm to 9pm. This is the signature fundraising

event for the non-profit and tickets are on sale now.

Staff and volunteers are busy turning the cat sanctuary into a magical,enchanted forest. Attending Merry Meows is a great way to get into the holiday

spirit and benefit the community. Enjoy food, drinks, live music and a silent auction. If you’ve never been to CFF, you’re in for a treat!

The setting is very unique with the cats living in colorful homes all over the property.Much to everyone’s amusement,the cats enjoy Merry Meows as

much as the guests! The cats line up along the fence and enthusiastically greet guests as they arrive. For those who want to get even closer to the cats,

tours of the property will be available throughout the evening. Party goers can also mingle with cats and kittens in our indoor cattery.

Established in 2000, CFF has rescued and provided medical help for over 400 cats and kittens through our Foster/Adoption program.

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Set Goals that Bring You the Desired Results in Your Business

Out2News.comEvery year, around this time of the year, people begin to set goals. And there is nothing wrong with that. It’s actually a good thing to start planning early so you can hit the ground running in the following year.

The problem in goal-setting is the way most people set goals. There is no system to how they set their goals and therefore it’s hard to measure and determine if they’re on the right track.

Do you have a system for goal-setting? Here is the system that I use. I’ll tell you truthfully that I did not start using this system until about four or five years ago, and it has made a huge difference in my results.

Prior to using this system, I would set goals and could never understand why the goals were not achieved. There were many gaps missing from the process, but I did not know it. You know how they say, ‘You don’t know what you don’t know?’ That was my story.

The system that has made a difference in my results is the S.M.A.R.T Goal Setting System. If you’ve not already implemented it, could it make a difference in your results?

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Achievable
R = Realistic
T = Time-Sensitive

Let’s break this down:
Specific: Goals that are specific provide the space to increase your awareness of what you really want to accomplish so that you can clearly transfer these to the written word. Because they’re specific, you can easily share them with a business partner.
Your goals are clear when you can answer: Why, What, Where, How, and Who?
Measurable: This is where numbers and dates are important. It’s important to measure your objectives. This involves including a system where you’re able to do periodic checks to make sure that you’re on track. These check-ups may be monthly, quarterly, or other periodic checkpoints specific to you and your business.
Achievable/Attainable: You must determine what you can accomplish based on your ability, skills, resources, and time-frame. Do you already have the skill, or will you need to get additional training?
Goals should make you stretch; they should challenge you, but should not be so unattainable that they frustrate you.
Realistic/Relevant: In order to set a goal that you want to achieve it must be relevant or meaningful to you. You decide if this is a realistic goal that’s relevant to your personal life or your business. If not, why include it? Your goal should be something you believe you can reach and an important part of your strategy in your life and/or business.
Time-Specific: Your goal must have a deadline. Not all your goals will start on the same date so it’s important to include a start date and a deadline.
Next Steps
The S.M.A.R.T goals you set for 2019 should be a reflection of where you want to be at the end of the year, and could even extend beyond that. It does not matter if they fit on a single page document, or three pages or more. However, it’s crucial that you do the following:

1. Make a list of the steps you’ll need to take to accomplish each goal
2. Decide which goal you will make a priority – the one you’ll work on first.

Article by: Yvonne A Jones

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Yvonne A Jones is a Personal Business Coach/Relationship Marketing Strategist who helps highly motivated entrepreneurs and professionals get rid of limiting beliefs and create a business they love so they make more money and have more fun in their business. Her favorite client is the woman 50 and Wiser who has been in business at least one year. You can reach Yvonne at: Yvonne@YvonneAJones.com. www.50andWiserCoaching.com

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IF It’s in a Pawnshop, Does it Mean its STOLEN?

Out2News.comArticle by: Steve Klaassen-Owner/Operator – Colorado Pawn & Jewelry- STUART & PORT ST LUCIE.

I have been in the PAWN business for over 18 years now. I prefer to call our “COLORADO PAWN & JEWELRY” stores–“Pawn Stores”! Why? Because they are clean, have beautiful jewelry, and provide great services for our community. We pride ourselves in being honest and trying to help our Customer as best as we can.

So why the stigma that stuff in a Pawn Store is stolen? Because we work with our local police department, reporting every transaction that comes into our stores. Daily, all transactions with complete descriptions of items purchased or pawned are reported to the local Sherriff’s and Police Departments. Therefore, if someone does bring something stolen into our Pawn Stores, they will get caught and prosecuted. In our Pawn Stores, less than 1% of our transactions are stolen. Most transactions are our regular Customers, either selling or pawning their items for cash. On “pawns” it’s just a short-term loan—30 to 60 days. On “buys”, its just customers getting rid of items that they no longer use, and would rather have cash. Every Customer that “Pawns” or “Sells”, has to have a valid ID, & sign paperwork. So if someone brings stolen items in, they will get caught and prosecuted.

So what can you REALLY find in a COLORADO Pawn Store? Bargains! Neat stuff! Rolex Submariner! A 1.5CT Diamond ring! Tiffany & Co. bracelet & necklace. A Gibson Les Paul, 1960 reissue. EVERLAST Boxing trunks signed by Muhammad Ali! A Bose wave radio… “You just never know what treasures you will find!” So PLEASE, come in and check us out! Don’t be the 93% of population that has NEVER stepped into a Pawn Store!

So do not be a stranger to “Pawnshops”… come in and browse, and see “What Treasures You’ll Find!” Talk to our teammembers, and see how a “Pawn Store” really works!

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American Red Cross Launches First Aid for Opioid Overdoses Course

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New online training helps people respond to opioid overdoses and save lives

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (October 25, 2018) — The American Red Cross has launched First Aid for Opioid Overdoses – an online course to teach people how to respond to a known or suspected opioid overdose.

“An opioid overdose is a life-threatening emergency,” said Grace Meinhofer, Regional Communications and Marketing Director. “When you suspect an opioid overdose, it’s important to start providing care immediately.”

The 45-minute course contains content on how to identify the signs and symptoms of a suspected opioid overdose and the appropriate care to provide based on the responsiveness of the person. Information on how to use several different naloxone products – including a nasal atomizer, Narcan® Nasal Spray and EVZIO® – to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose is also included.

People can register and access the course at https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/opioidoverdose. Because an opioid overdose can lead to cardiac arrest, people are also encouraged to take a Red Cross CPR/AED course.

Recently, the Red Cross had the opportunity to share its commitment and efforts to help address this public health crisis at a White House opioids event. Learn more about the event, and the involvement of the Red Cross here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/year-historic-action-combat-opioid-crisis/

Red Cross has also prepared guidance on opioid use and overdose response for those working in the organization’s shelters during disasters. Recently, these efforts empowered a Red Cross volunteer to help save the life of a person in a shelter during Hurricane Florence.

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Better Ways to Serve You! –TAX EXPRESS

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The 2018 tax roll is OPEN for collection.

“We continue to look for efficiencies, conveniences, and ways to serve the taxpayers better and save tax dollars while improving services” reported Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector.

If you choose to pay your tax bill in person, we have a new drive-thru window at our Palm City location with staff waiting to speedily take your tax payment. Your taxes may be dropped off at our Palm City location 24/7, since a drop box is outside near the drive -thru window, available at all times.

For those taxpayers who like to walk-in and hand deliver their tax payment, we are ready and staffed to take your payments quickly and efficiently.

We have a “TAX PAYMENT EXPRESS” office set-up in our business collections department at our Willoughby location. Please look for the large blue “TAX PAYMENT EXPRESS” banner above the entrance door (Next to our DMV office). We are waiting to serve you!

Express lines will be set-up at our main office at Willoughby, and at all branch offices; Hobe Sound, Palm City, and Indiantown. Our customer wait time at our Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, and Indiantown offices can be viewed LIVE on our website.

Your tax bill may also be paid online, mailed, or dropped off at one of our convenient inside drop boxes which have been placed at all four locations. Future tax bills have the option to receive an e-bill instead of a paper bill.

Taxpayers who own multiple parcels will receive their bills combined in one envelope this year. This effort saved the taxpayer’s $5,000 in postage, $835.00 in envelopes, and $825.00 in brochures. Taxpayer’s with multiple parcels will save the time it took to open all those separate envelopes. We continue to look for efficiencies to save tax dollars.

Over 4.1 million in net income was earned above operating costs this year by our office through effective management, increased efficiencies, and motivated teamwork. The funds were distributed to the taxing authorities of Martin County.

We continue to look for better ways to serve our taxpayers!

 

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HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN SAVES LIVES

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Through the national Home Fire Campaign, the American Red Cross works with community partners to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires, which take more lives each year than all other natural disasters combined in the U.S. In high-risk neighborhoods throughout the South Florida Region and across the country, Red Cross volunteers and partners go door-to-door year-round to install free smoke alarms and help residents create home fire escape plans.

Since the campaign began in 2014, South Florida Red Cross has reached more than 32,600 people in our region by:

Installing nearly 24,000 free smoke alarms
Replacing more than 900 smoke alarm batteries
Helping families make more than 10,500 home fire escape plans
Reaching 17,000 children through youth preparedness programs

People can visit redcross.org/homefires to learn more about how to protect themselves and their loved ones, or contact their local chapter office by visiting redcross.org/southflorida to find out about smoke alarm installation events in their community.

People can also help families in need by volunteering their time or making a donation today to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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 or Twitter at @SFLRedCross.

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Strategies for Every Business Owner

*How to Make Client Attraction a Priority*

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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
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Every business owner should make client attraction your number one priority.

You already know that it takes work to get clients into your business and if you give it only minimal effort, the results will speak for themselves.

The interesting aspect of finding clients and customers is that sometimes they are right in front of us, yet we spend lots of time and money chasing new customers.

In fact, just by offering a service or product you already have a wide open opportunity for gaining more customers and clients.

How, you may ask?

By delivering superior customer service to your existing customers, you have an opportunity to stand out from the crowd so that one-time customers become regular customers and clients.

Because they are impressed and excited about the level of customer service and the quality of their experience with you, they will talk about you and become your loyal advocates.

In a world where Ho-Hum and just above average customer service is common, you will stand out!

For a long time the statistics were that it takes 5 times more investment to attract a new customer than to keep an existing one. The estimates have increased. Now, they’re saying it takes six to seven times more.

Therefore, as part of your business model, you want to make customer retention a priority. Because these two areas are aligned so closely with each other, there is no extra work involved.

Here are time-tested steps you need to incorporate:
1. Make sure your message is clear
2. Check that you’re targeting the right people
3. Determine who your ‘competitors’ are (another way of saying who is doing the same thing and offering similar products or services)
4. Decide how you will get your message out into the marketplace
5. Deliver knock-out customer service
6. Have concrete follow-up strategies in place
7. Retain your customers

If you’d like to discuss this topic, I offer a Free 45-minute strategy session, with no obligation, where we can review your strategy for attracting clients. This is my way of giving back to my community. Yvonne@YvonneAJones.com

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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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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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Business Trademarks: What’s Really in a Name?

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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
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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.

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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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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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5 Reasons to Have a Blog on Your Website

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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
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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.

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Healthy Lifestyle Without the Hefty Price Tag

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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
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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.

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Healthy Lifestyle – 5 Recommendations from Psychologists

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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
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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
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Healthy Lifestyle: Healthy Habits to Help You Live Longer

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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
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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.

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Benefits of a Marketing Plan

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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
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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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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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Article by: Yvonne A Jones
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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?

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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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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
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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.

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Building Customer Relationships for Long-Term Success

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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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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?

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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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