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May Smyth Honored at 2019 Kiplinger Luncheon

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In Photo: May Smyth, center right, was honored as the 2019 recipient of the Kiplinger Literacy Award on January 28; with Knight Kiplinger, editor-in-chief of Kiplinger Publications, right; Stacy Ranieri, president of the Library Foundation of Martin County, left; and Michael Kenny, foundation executive director.

Palm City – The Library Foundation of Martin County and Knight Kiplinger honored May Smyth as the 2019 recipient of the Kiplinger Literacy Award on January 28 at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City.

The Literacy Award Luncheon is a highly anticipated annual event as Kiplinger, editor-in-chief of Kiplinger Publications, serves as keynote speaker and provides attendees with some of his well-informed perspectives on finance and politics.

This year, Kiplinger’s remarks to a full-capacity audience focused on the aging of the U.S. population, immigration policy and private savings rates.

On accepting her award, May Smyth said she wished everyone could enjoy the benefits of literacy, regardless of their status. “I think literacy and libraries are made for each other, even in this age of high tech.” In closing, Smyth acknowledged the efforts of all supporters of literacy programs. “To all of you who actively support the Library Foundation of Martin County, thank you so much. Please know that you are helping change lives and society for the better.”

Kiplinger had warm words of praise for Smyth’s contributions to the foundation’s work. “What a remarkable honoree you are, and we’ve had a decade of wonderful honorees,” he said. “Rarely have we seen the combination of professional service and volunteer service that you bring to this. It’s really a model to emulate for all of us.”

May Smyth and her husband Vincent discovered Martin County as tourists more than 25 years ago. Five years later, they began a new life here as snowbirds when they joined the Sailfish Point community.

May has a master’s degree in library science and was active in arts in education programs in New York. She served on the Library Foundation board of directors for three three-year terms, chaired three consecutive fundraising galas and was instrumental in the establishment of the Founders Society, the crucial fundraising arm of the Library Foundation.

“May’s contributions to literacy in Martin County go far beyond fundraising and board service,” said Stacy Ranieri, president of the foundation’s board of directors. “Her enthusiasm, leadership and creativity have inspired us all. We are delighted to have this opportunity to recognize May for all of her past and current contributions to literacy in Martin County.”

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Residents and Visitors Welcome by Air and Sea U.S. Customs & Border Protection Facility Now Open

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Martin County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce the opening of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility at Martin County Airport. Customs officially opened its doors to aircraft and marine vessels today, receiving it’s first customer by air at 11:55 a.m. this morning. “It’s truly exciting,” said Sam Carver, Martin County Airport Manager. “This allows Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach,” Mr. Carver continued.

The 3,200 sq. foot facility is operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection with regular operating hours Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Customers may contact Customs at 772-210-0420 during regular operating hours and after hours at 772-210-0797. Procedures for pilots and boaters as well as user fees can be found at https://www.martin.fl.us/Customs.

Funding for the project was provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund.
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IRSC Economics and Business Roundtable Focuses on the Changing Landscape of American Business

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Reflecting on decades long changes in American business and gaining informed perspectives on changes on the horizon are the focus of the 2019 Indian River State College (IRSC) Economics and Business Roundtable. “The Changing Landscape of American Business: What Has Changed and What Changes are Yet to Come,” Roundtable takes place on Wednesday, February 20, at 1:00 p.m. at the IRSC Pruitt Campus, Room S-108, at 500 N.W. California Blvd., in Port St. Lucie.

Sponsored by the Dean of Liberal Arts, the Economics Club at IRSC, and the Center for Applied Economics (CAE) at IRSC, the Roundtable will allow guests to hear from senior leaders from some of the nation’s largest businesses as they share their thoughts on changes affecting American business, skills required for our future workforce, and careers of tomorrow.

Roundtable members include:

• John Klein, former Chairman (and current member) of the Board of Cognizant.

• Robert Preschel, retired Manager of Worldwide Sales for John Deere Power Systems.

• Charles Reynolds, retired retail executive, formerly with Allied Stores, Denver Dry Goods, and
Partner at Reynolds Brothers Department Stores.

• Joseph Harding, President, Harding & Associates, Inc., a CCIM-accredited commercial real estate development, property management and brokerage firm.

This event is free and open to IRSC students and to the public. For more information on the IRSC 2019 Economics and Business Roundtable, contact Stephen Dansky at sdansky@irsc.edu.

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See Free Screening of Acclaimed Documentary “RBG” at IRSC March 11

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The Indian River State College (IRSC) Pre-Law Pioneers club and IRSC Libraries in partnership with the St. Lucie County Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) welcomes the public to the McAlpin Fine Arts Center located on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce on Monday, March 11 at 6 p.m. to view a free screening of the acclaimed documentary film “RBG” which follows the unique personal and professional journey of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

At the age of 85, Justice Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown—until now. From Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films, this one-of-a-kind film follows the life and career of Justice Ginsburg.

Prior to the film screening, the Pre-Law Pioneers will host a special “cookie hour” for IRSC students at 5 p.m. in the McAlpin Lobby where students with interest in the law can meet and network with local legal professionals and IRSC faculty.

For more information, contact Kate Bradford, Assistant Professor Criminal Justice Department, at 772-462-7984 or email kbradfor@irsc.edu.

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Treasure Coast Food Bank is seeking partners to expand its 2019 Summer Meals Program

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Treasure Coast Food Bank is seeking partners to expand its 2019 Summer Meals Program across the Treasure Coast. The program provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks to children once schools close for the summer and access to school cafeterias no longer is available. It lets kids be kids without worry about where their next meal will come from.

More than 46,000 students in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties are eligible for free and reduced price meals at school, and once schools close for summer, families who don’t always have enough food to eat can struggle to provide the additional meals.

Through the Summer Meals program, kids have access to healthy, nutritious food in locations near their homes. Treasure Coast Food Bank partners with social service agencies, faith-based organizations, summer camps and others to provide easy access for kids throughout the Treasure Coast.

Typically the meals include fresh-made sandwiches and wraps, hand-made salads, and fresh cut fruits and vegetables. All the meals are made daily in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Food Production Plant.

With the opening of the new facility, Treasure Coast Food Bank has set a goal of doubling the number of summer feeding sites. To become a Summer Meals site, you must be able to:

· Distribute the pre-made meals to children

· Provide a sheltered, supervised area for eating

· Conduct outreach to encourage kids to come to your site

· Attend training through Treasure Coast Food Bank

· Keep daily records of meals served

For more information, please visit stophunger.org/sfsp or contact Homer Gutierrez, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Senior Director of Program Service at hgutierrez@tcfoodbank.org.

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Treasure Coast Food Bank is seeking partners to expand its 2019 Summer Meals Program

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Treasure Coast Food Bank is seeking partners to expand its 2019 Summer Meals Program across the Treasure Coast. The program provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks to children once schools close for the summer and access to school cafeterias no longer is available. It lets kids be kids without worry about where their next meal will come from.

More than 46,000 students in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties are eligible for free and reduced price meals at school, and once schools close for summer, families who don’t always have enough food to eat can struggle to provide the additional meals.

Through the Summer Meals program, kids have access to healthy, nutritious food in locations near their homes. Treasure Coast Food Bank partners with social service agencies, faith-based organizations, summer camps and others to provide easy access for kids throughout the Treasure Coast.

Typically the meals include fresh-made sandwiches and wraps, hand-made salads, and fresh cut fruits and vegetables. All the meals are made daily in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Food Production Plant.

With the opening of the new facility, Treasure Coast Food Bank has set a goal of doubling the number of summer feeding sites. To become a Summer Meals site, you must be able to:

· Distribute the pre-made meals to children

· Provide a sheltered, supervised area for eating

· Conduct outreach to encourage kids to come to your site

· Attend training through Treasure Coast Food Bank

· Keep daily records of meals served

For more information, please visit stophunger.org/sfsp or contact Homer Gutierrez, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Senior Director of Program Service at hgutierrez@tcfoodbank.org.

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Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith Selected to Serve on the Florida Association of Counties Water Policy Committee

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Committee will be responsible for providing solutions to Florida’s widespread water crisis

District 1 Commissioner Doug Smith was selected to serve on the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Water Policy Committee. Commissioner Smith will serve alongside 36 other county commissioners from across the state.

“I’ve been supportive of water quality projects in Martin County for many years and am honored to serve with my peers from around the state on the FAC Water Policy Committee. We’ll play a key role in addressing the widespread water crisis affecting Florida coastlines, lakes, springs, estuaries and rivers. I look forward to working together to advance these critical legislative priorities,” said Commissioner Smith.

“A number of local leaders from across the state stepped forward to participate,” said FAC President and Hendry County Commissioner, Karson Turner. “This committee represents the diverse water needs from every water basin in the state and their commitment to their communities and willingness to address these recurring issues head on.”

The Water Policy Committee was created for counties to set policy priorities at the local, state and federal levels. The committee will take the lead in working with the state and Governor Ron DeSantis, who signed Executive Order 19-12 shortly after taking office, which emphasizes the need to engage local government officials to help protect Florida’s vulnerable coastline and natural resources.

The FAC Water Policy Committee will meet for the first time during the Association’s Legislative Day in Leon County on March 27, 2019. To see a list of FAC’s committees and chairs, please visit the Florida Association of Counties’ website.

Founded in 1929, the Florida Association of Counties has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best.

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The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s Seventh Annual ‘Love Your Lagoon’ Another Sold-Out Success

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FORT PIERCE – Once again, the work of local graduate students conducting research on the Indian River Lagoon will continue, thanks to proceeds from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s (HBOIF) highly successful “Love Your Lagoon” event. The eight annual sold-out event recently took place at the Quail Valley River Club, raising critical funding to benefit research and outreach on the Indian River Lagoon by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU (HBOI).

Proceeds from the event will fund the 2019 Indian River Lagoon Graduate Research Fellows program, supporting the work of graduate students involved in direct Indian River Lagoon research at HBOI. Each student will be mentored by an HBOI Faculty Member at the HBOI campus. The competitive process will result in support for salary, tuition, travel to present research, and/or necessary materials. Fellows will ultimately present their research at the 2020 Indian River Lagoon Symposium as well as the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science Graduate Research Day.

In addition, proceeds from this year’s event will support the 2010 Indian River Lagoon Symposium: Quo Vadis. The Indian River Lagoon Symposium is a multi-institutional, multi-agency effort to provide a forum for discussing Indian River Lagoon science and its application to management of the lagoon. To be held February 7 and 8, 2019 at HBOI, the Symposium is attended by more than 600 over the course of two days.

Traditionally, HBOIF has named an honoree at each of its previous events. The 2019 Leadership and Achievement Award Honoree was former Senate President Joe Negron. Senator Negron’s greatest local accomplishment was SB 10, which secured funding and set deadlines to build a reservoir to reduce Lake Okeechobee discharges to coastal estuaries. It was approved in 2017, the year after toxic algae closed the St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon and — for the first time — Atlantic beaches. In addition, Senator Negron fought for the Florida Forever environmental land-buying program and beach re-nourishment, which is expected to receive additional funding this year as part of the state budget.

Past honorees have included the Florida environmental pioneer, Nathaniel Reed, in 2012;; The late, great land and lagoon protector, Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr. in 2013; Vero’s First Lady, Alma Lee Loy, in 2014; lagoon advocate, Florida Oceanographic Society’s Mark Perry, in 2015; the Smithsonian’s early lagoon champion Dr. Mary Rice, in 2016; the woman who coined the name “Indian River Lagoon” as well as so much more, Diane Barile, in 2017; and for 2018 the Principal Investigators proudly funded by HBOIF: Matt Ajemian, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor; Steve Burton, M.S., Marine Mammal Stranding Manager; Laurent Chérubin, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor; Fraser Dalgleish, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor; Nick Dickens, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor; Esther Guzmán, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor; Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., Research Professor & Director of Marine Ecosystem Health Research; Mingshun Jiang, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor; Brian Lapointe, Ph.D., Research Professor; Susan Laramore, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor; Marilyn Mazzoil, B.S., Research Associate; Peter McCarthy, Ph.D., Research Professor & Associate Director for Education; Greg O’Corry-Crowe, Ph.D., Research Professor; Bing Ouyang, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor; Annie Page-Karjian, DVM, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor/Clinical Veterinarian; Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., Research Professor & Executive Director, NOAA Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research & Technology; John Reed, M.Sc., Research Professor; Marty Riche, Ph.D., Research Professor; Adam Schaefer, M.P.H., Research Coordinator & Epidemiologist; Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., Research Professor; Michael Twardowski, Ph.D., Research Professor; Joshua Voss, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor; Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor; Guojun Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor; Paul Wills, Ph.D., Research Professor & Associate Director for Research; and Amy Wright, Ph.D., Research Professor. Their collective and collaborative research and activities have contributed to a healthier Indian River Lagoon for us all.

Sponsors for this year’s “Love Your Lagoon” included: Mangrove Sponsors: Mr. Joseph Z. Duke, III and Mrs. Jennifer Johnson Duke; Mr. Michael O’Reilly and Mrs. Marie O’Reilly. Seagrass Sponsors: Parker; Ms. Marjorie Raines and Mr. Harold Baker; Dolphin Sponsors: Evans Properties, Inc.; John C. and Marilyn McConnell, Jr.; William J. Stewart, Esq. and Mrs. Laurie Kaneb Stewart and the Law Firm of Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Lacey & Oliver, P.L.; Mr. Michael Toner and Mrs. Carol Toner. Manatee Sponsors: AT&T; Mr. Michael Brown, Sr. and Mrs. Mimi Brown; Florida Power & Light; Mr. Michael Minton and Mrs. Misty Minton and the Law Firm of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer; Mr. Ed Michelson and The Atlanta Consulting Group; Wells Fargo. Seahorse Sponsors: Adams Ranch; Mr. C. Amos Bussmann and Sea Technology Magazine; DZ Advertising; Dr. Joseph Ferro and Mrs. Olivia Ferro; Ms. Katha Kissman; Kmetz, Elwell, Graham & Associates, PLLC; Dr. Ed Lippisch and Mrs. Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch; Martin Community Foundation; Martin Health Systems; Metz, Husband & Daughton, P.A.; The Mikita Foundation; Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums – ORA; Mr. John Papa and Mrs. Barbara Papa; Dale Sorensen Real Estate; Ms. Isabelle Tapley; Vero Insurance; Windsor; Wyland.

Mark your calendars now for the ninth annual “Love Your Lagoon” Gala, which is tentatively set for Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. For more information on next year’s event, call 772-466-9876 ext. 200 or visit www.hboifoundation.org.

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February is the Month of love – and Foster Care Recruitment

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Stuart – February is more than the month of love.

It’s the second stop on a year-long truth journey to dispel common myths and ideas surrounding foster care.

The multi-agency awareness campaign began last month as a way to draw more people into foster care. A different theme will be featured each month and discussed in newsletters and social media platforms across several agencies.

Participating agencies include CCKids, the Guardian ad Litem Program, 4Kids of the Treasure Coast, Camelot Community Care, Mount Bethel Human Services, and the Roundtable of St. Lucie County.

This month’s theme explores the common statement, “I could never be a foster parent.”

Catch more stories, interviews and posts on Facebook as we demonstrate that the hard work is worth the effort and that, as adults, we can be as resilient as the children who need our help.

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CCKids Attended Rally in Tally this Week, Visiting Several Key Legislators.

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From left are CCKids Chief Operating Officer Cheri Sheffer, Indian River County Director for CCKids Caryn Toole, Chief Executive Officer Carol Deloach, Sen. Gayle Harrell, Clinical Director Josie Kirchner, and Chief Financial Officer Lauren Hahn.
Child-welfare professionals rally for change
Tallahassee – The halls of Florida’s Capital were brimming with the excited chatter of young adults, caregivers and child-welfare professionals who gathered in Tallahassee this week for the sixth annual Rally in Tally.

Among them were members of Communities Connected for Kids’ executive and senior management team who traveled to the state’s capital in support of key 2019 child-welfare priorities.

Rally in Tally is an advocacy event coordinated by the Florida Children’s Coalition, the membership body and advocacy arm for the state’s 20 Community Based Care Lead Agencies, like CCKids. Priorities this year are outlined below:

Aligning the Guardianship Assistance Program passed into law last year with federal changes taking place this summer. The measure would allow Florida to draw down federal dollars for children in foster care who are placed into a long-term placement called “permanent guardianship.”

Researching capacity demands to ensure children served by CCKids and other Community Based Care agencies receive the resources needed to achieve safety and permanency.

Expanding the menu of services available to children in care.

Sharing information with law enforcement. The measure would inform law enforcement of any active child-protection investigation prior to entering a home.

Giving equal justice to caregivers. Today, when a person from the child-welfare system is assaulted, the crime is a misdemeanor. This proposed law would apply the same charges for an assault in these cases as it does for the general public.

Enabling equal access to medicine for foster children. Florida statute allows psychiatric nurses to prescribe medicine to children in the general public – but not to children in the dependency system. This measure would align statutes to end the exclusion of children in foster care, creating equal access for all children.

Adding foster parents and child-welfare personnel to the list of people whose contact information is protected. This proposed law was suggested by local CCKids staff and adopted by the Coalition as one of its priorities after a Florida foster parent in South Florida was shot by the mother of a child living in her home.

Defining the percent of direct services a community based care agency is allowed to provide. Many child-welfare professionals argue that the point of community based care is to engage the community through a service network of different agencies.

Communities Connected for Kids staff will head back to Tallahassee next month, when the state celebrates Children’s Week, beginning March 24.

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Martin County Pickleball Championships a Big Dill

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The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department is excited to announce the 3rd Annual Martin County Pickleball Championships. In partnership with Treasure Coast Tennis, this premier two- day event will take place Saturday, March 23 – Sunday, March 24 at beautiful Halpatiokee Regional Park, located at 8303 SE Lost River Road in Stuart. The championships will include divisions for Men’s & Ladies’ Doubles, Men’s & Ladies’ Senior Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Matches begin at 9 a.m. The schedule is:

Saturday, March 23 – Men’s & Ladies Doubles 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 & 4.0
Saturday, March 23 – Men’s & Ladies 65 + Senior Doubles 3.0 & 3.5
Sunday, March 24 – Mixed Doubles 2.5, 3.0 & 4.0

Entry Fee is $40 per participant for one event or $50 for two events. Each entry fee includes a fabulous t-shirt, lunch, awards & fun competitive play! For more details please call Karin at 772-405-7505. Register at www.pickleballtournaments.com. Registration deadline is March 17.

Find more information on Parks and Recreation’s facilities and activities at www.LoveMCParks.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.

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Treasure Coast Food Bank Announces 2019 Schedule for Culinary Classes

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Take the joy of sharing food, pair it with education of how to help run a commercial production kitchen, and you’ve built a career path to solid employment.

That is the basis of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Green Apron Program for people wanting a career in the culinary arts and in the hospitality industry. Registration is open for the 2019 schedule of classes, which begin March 13.

“If you have a kitchen and a teacher, you can build a training center where people can learn not only how to prepare food but how to help run an entire commercial catering or dining operation,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “This program provides an opportunity for people to improve their skills to qualify for good employment on the Treasure Coast.”

Over the next 8 years, the Treasure Coast is expected to add about 2,400 jobs in food service, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The Green Apron Program prepares people with little to no skills in food service to be qualified to work as a head line cook with a track toward management in restaurants, hotels, assisted living facilities, or banquet halls. It is one of several programs that Treasure Coast Food Bank has developed to help local residents achieve higher levels of independence and self-sufficiency by providing them with job skills that match a growing employment sector.

“It’s our goal to work with people who are unemployed or underemployed and who may have had to rely on Treasure Coast Food Bank to make ends meet and give them a path toward a more self-sustaining future,” Cruz said. Other programs are being developed in supply chain operation, and all training programs at Treasure Coast Food Bank are available to anyone 18 or older.

Under the direction of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s executive chef, the 12-week Green Apron Program will cover all aspect of working in and helping run a commercial production kitchen, along with career prep on building a resume and interviewing. Students will learn about budgeting, business management, and efficiency necessary to running a production operation. Students will get hands-on experience by working in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Healthy Harvest Catering program and by assisting with food prep for the after-school meals program and other prepared meal programs. Students also will obtain ServSafe manager’s certification upon successful completion of the program and a passing score on the test. All materials and texts are included in the cost of the program.

The class will meet from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from March 13-May 29. A second series of classes runs from June 12-Aug. 28. . It culminates in a community event to showcase the students’ skills. For more information or to register for classes visit stophunger.org/green-apron.

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SFWMD to Close North Shore Navigation Locks as Lake Okeechobee Levels Continue to Drop

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Four locks will close if lake drops below 12 feet, fifth lock will close if lake drops below 11 feet

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This map shows navigation locks that could be closed or see operating hours reduced because of low water levels in Lake Okeechobee.

West Palm Beach – For boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will soon close several navigation locks on the north shore for safety reasons. The closures are a result of persistent drier-than-average conditions that have reduced water levels in Lake Okeechobee. Injury and lock damage could occur when boats pass through these structures at water levels below any of the designated safety limits.

Today, the water level in Lake Okeechobee is 12.32 feet. If the lake falls below 12 feet, these locks along the north shore will be closed:

Martin County: S-135 structure, J&S Fish Camp.
Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek.
Glades County: S-127 structure, Buckhead Ridge.
Glades County: S-131 structure, Lakeport.

Also on the north shore, if the lake falls below 12 feet, the operating hours for the S-193 lock at Taylor Creek in Okeechobee County will be reduced to Saturdays and Sundays between 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. The S-193 lock will close if lake levels fall below 11 feet.

Changing conditions on site may warrant SFWMD closing these locks before the lake drops to these levels.

On the south shore, the S-310 lock at Clewiston in Hendry County will remain open even as low lake levels continue. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the locks leading from the lake to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

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Rose Ball to Benefit Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Celebration Supports Pediatric Hospice Program

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Stuart – Join us for a night of dinner, dancing and light-hearted fun in a garden-party setting at the Rose Ball: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saturday, February 9, starting at 5 p.m. at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart. This event will support the Little Treasures Pediatric Program of Treasure Coast Hospice.
Since 2014, event chair Charity Parsons has organized a themed fundraiser for the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation. This year, Parsons and her committee decided to name the annual benefit the Rose Ball.

“Our event has become an annual tradition, so we wanted to name it to ensure the community recognizes this important fundraiser in support of Treasure Coast Hospice’s Pediatric Care program,” said Parsons. We selected the Rose Ball in honor of Kamden Rose Brownie, who earned her angel wings in the care of Little Treasures in 2017, and Rosemarie Barnes, a major sponsor of the event.”

Tickets are $150, which includes an open bar from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. The Rose Ball also features live and silent auctions and exciting raffles. Dress for the evening is cocktail attire; guests also have the option to wear costumes reflecting the theme.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to get tickets, please contact Chairperson, Charity Parsons at 586-945-9041 or cappyspice14@gmail.com.
Little Treasures is the pediatric care program of Treasure Coast Hospice. It focuses on enhancing the quality of life for children and their families with a chronic and/or life-threatening illness. Treasure Coast Hospice’s pediatric care program addresses medical, psychosocial, spiritual and financial concerns by providing intensive pain and symptom management along with guidance, education, and support from an interdisciplinary team.

About Treasure Coast Hospice
Treasure Coast Hospice is a non-profit community organization of skilled professionals and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to provide access to compassionate, caring, expert and professional hospice and grief support services to patients and families at the end of life. Founded in 1982, Treasure Coast Hospice has grown to serve 3000 patients annually in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Thanks to the generous support of the community, the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation is able to fund indigent hospice care, a pediatric hospice program, music therapy, and comprehensive grief support programs, including individual and group bereavement services and Camp Good Grief for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

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V.A. RESIDENT VETERANS TO BE HONORED IN SECOND VIRTUAL HONOR FLIGHT BY SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT & SUNCOAST COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

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Stuart – Southeast Florida Honor Flight and partner Suncoast Community High School are making final preparations for a special Virtual Honor Flight on Saturday, January 26th. This unique “flight” has been planned and tailored specifically for the veterans who reside at the CLC or Community Living Center at West Palm Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center. A virtual Honor Flight is designed to bring the memorials to those veterans who are unable to physically make the journey to Washington, DC on a regular Honor Flight. Through the magic of video, the organizations are bringing the memorials to the veterans, in a program of honor right in their own “home”. The program will match as closely as possible to what an Honor Flight to Washington would entail, however, much abbreviated for the special needs of these ailing veterans.

This special Virtual Honor Flight is the second such event for Southeast Florida Honor Flight and Suncoast Community High School, although slightly different than the first endeavor executed one year ago due to the focus this year on the CLC veteran group. These veterans will have their pictures taken by Honor Flight trip photographer, Gary Sellers, just as they would on a regular Honor Flight and then paired with their student “guardians”. This year, students from Suncoast will be joined by students from Benjamin High School (Palm Beach Gardens) and South Fork High School (Stuart) to act as guardians to the CLC veterans. They are each assigned a veteran with whom they have the opportunity to interact, interview and befriend for the program. Students from these three high schools will also be volunteering to help decorate the CLC and VA Food Court where the highlight of the program will be shown.

Suncoast student videographers, who traveled to Washington, DC on an Honor Flight in 2017, captured the day on video and created a virtual experience of visiting the memorials from a veteran’s perspective, which will be shown in the program to the CLC veterans, along with an Honor Guard, Suncoast Jazz Band and Chorus performances, and a special thank you video for the veterans.

Suncoast History teacher David Traill is coordinating the event along with Southeast Florida Honor Flight. He educates his students on the importance of the service of our veterans and has challenged his classes in an annual competition to raise funds for Southeast Florida Honor Flight each year. Since 2011, these history classes have raised over $65K to help Honor Flight transport local WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans to Washington, DC for a day of honor.

As normal for any Honor Flight, these veterans will get their special Homecoming. On their way back to the CLC, all volunteers will be cheering and thanking the veterans in decorated hallways of the VA. Most veterans never received a welcome home. These organizations believe saying Thank You and Welcome Home is long overdue and could well be the final exclamation point to the service that highlighted their lives.

It is the goal of Southeast Florida Honor Flight to accomplish in the Virutal Honor Flight what an Honor Flight strives to do. For the veterans, it is a day to reflect on those heroes that never came home and to know that they and their service are not forgotten. For everyone else, it is day focused on thanking these courageous men and women for serving our Nation, for stepping up when the world needed them most and for helping to preserve our freedom and way of life.

For more information on Honor Flight, please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838), email media@honorflightsefl.org or visit www.honorflightsefl.org.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, along with the 133 other hubs in the nationwide Honor Flight Network, is dedicated to flying America’s veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is based in Stuart, FL and serves Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. With America’s WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans now in their later years of life, Honor Flight is truly in a race against time to honor these veterans by bringing them to see their memorials, especially the WWII memorial, which was not completed until 2004. Top priority continues to be given to WWII veterans and terminal veterans of any war.

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ArtsFest is Once Again Selected as a Top Tourism Event in the Southeast

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For the fourth time in a row, ArtsFest has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS). The best events across the southeastern United States compete to receive a Top 20 designation. The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Arts Council of Martin County collaborated on the application for this prestigious designation.

Celebrating its 32nd year, ArtsFest will return to Stuart’s Memorial Park February 9-10. Each year this award-winning event provides the opportunity for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to discover and embrace the arts!

“ArtsFest offers guests many ways to succumb to their senses. You can experience artistic creations and dance, taste food from around the world, hear amazing music and feel inspired with hands on activities. It’s a festival not to be missed,” said Nancy Turrell, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Martin County.

The STS Top 20 Events program has highlighted events and festivals around the Southeast since 1985. Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: EscapeToTheSoutheast.com and Travel Media Press Room.

“Nancy and the Arts Council of Martin County go above and beyond to add new and creative components to this outstanding event for visitors and residents alike to enjoy,” said Nerissa Okiye, Tourism and Marketing Manager for Martin County.

January starts a season for the arts, with festivals taking place almost every week through February. Art festivals offer something for everyone – from the young collector to those seeking gallery-quality pieces. To learn more about happenings in Martin County, visit www.discovermartin.com. Come and Discover Martin County!

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Stuart Police Department Start Stuart Business Crime Watch

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The Stuart Police Department has started visiting businesses to help create a Stuart-wide Business Crime Watch.

This program will allow the exchange of important information between business owners and the Police Department as well building positive relationships with the Department.

We would like to thank Rick Wilson of The Gafford Restaurant for becoming our first participant.

If you would like to schedule a meeting with Officer Corey Lee to become a member of the Business Crime Watch or discuss any problems or concerns please call 772-287-1122 or by email at Clee@ci.stuart.fl.us.

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2019 Stuart Boat Show Presented by Infiniti of Stuart

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Stuart- On January 11- 13 the 2019 Stuart Boat Show was located in Stuart at 54-290 NW Dixie Hwy. Hours for the show were Friday: 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm. Admission for the show was $14.00 for adults, $12 for veterans and children 12 & under $7.

The largest boat show on Florida’s Treasure Coast featuring over 175 local, national and international exhibitors displaying hundreds of boats in-water and on land. Many boat brands are represented at the show, including the latest models of motor yachts, cruisers, center consoles, speedboats, sport fishing boats, and pontoons ranging in size from 12 feet to over 90 feet in length. Additional exhibits include the latest in personal watercraft, marine electronics, outboard and inboard engines, safety equipment, accessories, boat lifts, fishing gear, nautical clothing and jewelry, as well as financing and insurance companies. Plenty of seminars, music, delicious food and drinks add to the festivities.

For more information contact them at 954.522.5288 or email admin@stuartboatshow.com

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2019 Stuart Boat Show Presented by Infiniti of Stuart

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Stuart- On January 11- 13 the 2019 Stuart Boat Show was located in Stuart at 54-290 NW Dixie Hwy. Hours for the show were Friday: 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm. Admission for the show was $14.00 for adults, $12 for veterans and children 12 & under $7.

The largest boat show on Florida’s Treasure Coast featuring over 175 local, national and international exhibitors displaying hundreds of boats in-water and on land. Many boat brands are represented at the show, including the latest models of motor yachts, cruisers, center consoles, speedboats, sport fishing boats, and pontoons ranging in size from 12 feet to over 90 feet in length. Additional exhibits include the latest in personal watercraft, marine electronics, outboard and inboard engines, safety equipment, accessories, boat lifts, fishing gear, nautical clothing and jewelry, as well as financing and insurance companies. Plenty of seminars, music, delicious food and drinks add to the festivities.

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2019 Stuart Boat Show Presented by Infiniti of Stuart

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Stuart- On January 11- 13 the 2019 Stuart Boat Show was located in Stuart at 54-290 NW Dixie Hwy. Hours for the show were Friday: 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm. Admission for the show was $14.00 for adults, $12 for veterans and children 12 & under $7.

The largest boat show on Florida’s Treasure Coast featuring over 175 local, national and international exhibitors displaying hundreds of boats in-water and on land. Many boat brands are represented at the show, including the latest models of motor yachts, cruisers, center consoles, speedboats, sport fishing boats, and pontoons ranging in size from 12 feet to over 90 feet in length. Additional exhibits include the latest in personal watercraft, marine electronics, outboard and inboard engines, safety equipment, accessories, boat lifts, fishing gear, nautical clothing and jewelry, as well as financing and insurance companies. Plenty of seminars, music, delicious food and drinks add to the festivities.

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Join the Environmental Studies Center for Grandparent’s Day

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Jensen Beach, FL – The Environmental Studies Council will be hosting “Grandparent’s Day” on Saturday, February 2 from 9am-12pm. The Center, located at 2900 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach, features salt water aquariums, hands on learning, and is home to releasable Loggerhead Sea Turtle, “Luna.”

Students are encouraged to bring their grandparents to tour all of the exhibits, sharing what they’ve learned on their yearly visits to the center, where they are able to see the alligator, sea turtle, gopher tortoises, creatures in the wet lab, and much more up close!

Visitors on February 2 will also enjoy a light brunch, crafts, activities, games, and more, as well as the opportunity to visit the Center’s gift shop.

For more information, visit www.escmc.org or call 772-334-4643.

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Join the Environmental Studies Center for Grandparent’s Day

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Jensen Beach, FL – The Environmental Studies Council will be hosting “Grandparent’s Day” on Saturday, February 2 from 9am-12pm. The Center, located at 2900 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach, features salt water aquariums, hands on learning, and is home to releasable Loggerhead Sea Turtle, “Luna.”

Students are encouraged to bring their grandparents to tour all of the exhibits, sharing what they’ve learned on their yearly visits to the center, where they are able to see the alligator, sea turtle, gopher tortoises, creatures in the wet lab, and much more up close!

Visitors on February 2 will also enjoy a light brunch, crafts, activities, games, and more, as well as the opportunity to visit the Center’s gift shop.

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Martin Health Officially Joins Cleveland Clinic Health System

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Martin Health Systems are pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2019, Martin Health System has become part of the Cleveland Clinic health system. For nearly 80 years, we’ve been dedicated to improving the health and well being of our community. Now we’re taking the next step to elevate our care for the Treasure Coast today and tomorrow.

With your help, we have accomplished a lot of great things in that time and have become a model health care system for health centers around the country.

As part of the Cleveland Clinic Florida region, one that spans over five counties, we will now embark on a thoughtful process to create a premier academic health system. This is a tremendous opportunity to enhance access to the highest quality care and advancing healthcare throughout southeast Florida.

We will continue to update you on new developments as this transition takes place.

On behalf of Cleveland Clinic and Martin Health, thank you for making this new development possible, and for your continued support in helping serve the health care needs of Martin and St. Lucie counties.

Here’s to your future health.

Robert L. Lord, Jr., President, Martin Health System

Wael Barsoum, MD, CEO and President, Cleveland Clinic Florida Region

Tom Mihaljevic, MD, CEO and President, Cleveland Clinic

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TREASURE COAST HOSPICE FOUNDATION RECEIVES GRANT FROM
DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY FOUNDATION TO ENHANCE COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE

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STUART-Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation announced today that it received a generous grant from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation for Treasure Coast Hospice in support of hospice care as an important part of the health delivery system in our area.

The grant is part of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation’s support to local communities where employees and retirees live. The grant is made in recognition of the value of hospice in a community’s health care system and to honor the hospice volunteers for their special contribution.

“The Dow Chemical Company Foundation recognizes the valuable service hospice provides Treasure Coast residents,” says Dennis Kompare, Retiree Corps member, “and we also recognize the vital role volunteers play in providing these services. We are proud of the Dow and Dow subsidiary employees and retirees who dedicate their time as hospice volunteers.”

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Does the “Corporate Veil” Really Protect Your Personal Assets?

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Out2News.comYou may have done your homework and weighed your options. Perhaps you’ve even considered the tax and non-tax implications for common business entities. We bet you’re also intrigued by the protections certain business entities afford their owners. The “corporate veil” that protects personal assets of the business owners can make a corporation or limited liability company (LLC) look very attractive.

To many, the word “veil” conjures up a sheer, flimsy, ethereal piece of material—perhaps fluttering behind a beautiful bride. And yet, this same term is used by many business owners to describe the personal asset protection provided to owners of a corporation or LLC. Of course, with the right strategy you can make your veil much stronger than the one worn by a bride.

Here’s what you can do to make your veil puncture proof.

Corporation and LLC Asset Protection Background

Corporations and LLCs are statute-created business entities, meaning they have been created by the legislature of your state. Courts view corporations and most LLCs as distinct entities, separate from the people—the owners—who comprise them. For this reason, the owners are not held personally liable for the business debts . . . unless a court decides to “pierce the corporate veil.” “Piercing the corporate veil” involves the court disregarding the entity’s separate status and holding its owners liable for the business debts, putting the owner’s personal property on the line.

Bottom line: When the veil is pierced, you can lose personal assets (your home, car, bank accounts, or more), even if you did nothing wrong.

WARNING: The smaller and more closely held the business, the more intensely the court will scrutinize it. Small business owners must pay particular attention to this issue.

How to Make Your Corporate Veil Strong

Corporations and LLCs are excellent business entity choices for protecting the owner’s personal assets from creditors. But the protection is only as good as the commitment to operate the entity as a proper business entity. Here are some specific business practices you should consider implementing if you have not already done so.

Uphold all statute-mandated formalities.

Keep business funds in separate bank accounts from personal funds.

For business transactions, always use the business’s full legal name and sign all documents in your formal capacity.

Follow the corporate bylaws or LLC operating agreement and amend them when necessary.

Make sure the business is adequately capitalized.

Ensure the business and all related parties comply with all applicable rules, policies, and laws.

This upkeep is essential to maximizing the protection the corporation or LLC provides to its owners. If you are relying on a corporate veil to protect your personal assets, make sure that veil is made of Kevlar®.

How We Can Help

We are here to help your business meet all of the formal statutory requirements to protect your corporate veil and offer additional guidance. With our expertise and experience, you can leave the compliance headaches to us and focus on what matters most to you, growing your business.

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Martin County Fire Rescue Welcomes Home First Responders After Hurricane Michael Relief Mission

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Stuart -Martin County welcomed home the first of two teams assisting with Hurricane Michael relief efforts. This two-member team is part of Ambulance Strike Team 502, which deployed on October 10 with crews from Osceola, Kissimmee, Apopka, St. Cloud, Ocoee, Seminole, Sanford and New Smyrna fire departments.

“We’re proud to take part in providing lifesaving efforts to residents and visitors in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael,” said Chief Bill Schobel. Florida put together a massive relief effort, with multiple ambulance and engine strike teams, including more than 140 fire rescue responders from the Central Florida region. It is believed to be the largest fire rescue deployment since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

The team returning home today worked in some of Florida’s hardest hit areas by Hurricane Michael, including Mexico Beach, supporting hospital evacuations and transports, and providing critical medical services in the community.

Residents are encouraged to follow Martin County Fire Rescue on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyFireRescue and Twitter @MartinCountygov.

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Martin County’s Revenue Bonds Receive Strong “AA” Rating

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Fitch Ratings, a global leader in financial information services, recently announced a “AA” rating for Martin County’s water and sewer revenue bonds. According to Fitch, “AA” ratings indicate high credit quality, representing a very strong capacity for payment of financial commitments along with expectations of very low default risk.

Key rating drivers in affirming the “AA” rating include solid financial performance, flexible rate structure and a stable operating profile. In addition, a well-structured capital improvement plan contributed to the rating outlook.

For state and local governments, bond ratings are one of the most important indicators of fiscal and leadership performance. Governments issue bonds to secure financing for a wide range of capital improvement projects, ensuring the viability and sustainability of county infrastructure. A high credit rating translates into lower borrowing costs.

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Roseann Gregory Cancer Foundation Donates $12,000 to Molly’s House

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STUART, Fla. – The Roseann Gregory Cancer Foundation has donated $12,000 to Molly’s House, a healthcare hospitality house in Historic Downtown Stuart.

Molly’s House 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.

Molly passed away in 1992 at the age of eighteen, but she left behind her journal filled with ideas of building Molly’s House in her hometown of Stuart. Generous donors along with the Sharkey family saw her dream to its fruition on Sept. 21, 1996 – providing patients and their families the comforts of home during a medical crisis – when they need it most.

Board members from the Roseann Gregory Cancer Foundation went on a second tour of Molly’s House on September 24, where they presented the organization with a $12,000 donation.

“We at Roseann Gregory Cancer Foundation wanted to help ease the burden and expenses of having to travel for cancer treatment,” said Mary Freitas, president of the foundation. “Hotel stays are costly and when your medical bills are piling up, it is an added source of stress that takes away from a family already going through so much. We choose Molly’s house as one of our benefactors because it is a home away from home where you are loved on and supported by an amazing group of volunteers and staff. As soon as you walk in those doors, you feel the spirit of community, love, hope and are refueled, so that you can keep on fighting. You never feel alone at Molly’s House, it is a safe place that helps you through the darkest times. The dream and vision of a special girl taken too early by cancer, this home provides a place of refuge and support where families can concentrate on their health and loved ones. We are honored to be able to support this amazing dream and assist families right here in our community.”

The Roseann Gregory Cancer Foundation, Inc. is committed to finding a cure for cancer. It promotes public education about cancer as a disease and the emotional adjustments for the patients and their families.

To learn more, visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.

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Multi-agency Response to Hurricane Michael

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EMS Captain Chris Hester and Firefighter Paramedic Michael Lutz (2 men pictured on right) have joined the massive multi-agency response to

Hurricane Michael. They have been assigned to the Tallahassee area and have been responding to heavily damaged areas since last night. The men are

a few of the most highly trained firefighters in the county, as EMS Capt. Hester is also an RN and Mr. Lutz is one of our LIfestar flight medics. We are

proud to call them our own. Keep up the good work fellas and stay safe!

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Multi-agency Response to Hurricane Michael

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Stuart-EMS Captain Chris Hester and Firefighter Paramedic Michael Lutz (2 men pictured on right) have joined the massive multi-agency response to

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Cases Unpack Comfort for Local Children

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Port St. Lucie -They’ve been featured on Ellen, the Today Show and on news broadcasts throughout the country.

Now Comfort Cases is coming to Okeechobee & the Treasure Coast.

Communities Connected for Kids is one of the latest partners in the Comfort Case craze, which had its start eight years ago when founder Rob Scheer and his husband, Reece, became foster parents and noticed that some of the children coming to their Maryland home brought their belonging in garbage bags.

He gathered family and friends for a “packing day” and assembled the first Comfort Cases – backpacks full of pajamas, books, writing material and toiletries. The idea caught on, more packing days were planned and the project quickly grew into a 501c3 non-profit organization serving more than 40,000 youth in 39 states.

“We were so excited when our bags were delivered,” said C.C. Kids Community Relations Director Christina Kaiser. “They are bright, sturdy, high-quality bags, and we can’t wait to get them out to children.”

Kaiser said overnight bags have been made available to children in the local foster care system for more than a decade thanks to the generosity of local donors. But Comfort Cases adds consistency to the project and expands it to more children and partners.

“We will share our bags with local protective investigators, who are usually the first responders to incidents of child abuse and neglect,” Kaiser said. “They can keep a few in their cars, so they have them when they remove children from home.

Learn more about Comfort Cases, including the assembly process, or visit, www.comfortcases.org.

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Ready, Set, go! WaterFest and Mutt March Grow

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In Photo: Ryan Veach with Cocoa, the one eyed wonder pug, won “Best Overall” in last year’s Mutt March costume contest

STUART — The City of Stuart, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and Students4H20 are joining forces to combine two of their signature events — WaterFest and Mutt March — into one free event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 23, 2019 at Memorial Park. Students4H20 has been a part of WaterFest in the past and also will be a part of this new collaboration.

“Water is everything for both pets and people,” said Adriana Mancini, founder and president of Students4H2O. “It’s the root of all living things.”

Humane Society of the Treasure Coast Director of Community Outreach Courtney Zanetti added, “Combining our efforts allows us to present an even bigger, better event that will be both fun and educational.”

The Mutt March will continue to offer a 5K run for both people and their furry friends to kick off the event. Afterwards, guests can parade their pets around the park, compete in a pet costume contest, shop at the flea-‘less’ market with local vendors and their wares, have their pets participate in a lure course and derby races and get a pet pic in the humane society photo booth.

WaterFest and Students4H20 will focus on promoting awareness of water conservation and environmental stewardship. Various exhibitors and school groups will provide activities, demonstrations and contests.

Food trucks will be on site and music will fill the air to create a festival atmosphere. More details will be unveiled closer to the event date.

For more information regarding Mutt March, contact Courtney Zanetti at czanetti@hstc1.org or (772) 600-3211. Call Adriana Mancini at (772) 220-0279 or email her at adrianamancini@aol.com regarding Students4H2O. Anne Ellig is the WaterFest contact and may be reached at (772) 600-1206 or via email, aellig@ci.stuart.fl.us.

About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.

About WaterFest – Since 2012, Water Fest has been an environmental festival hosted by the City of Stuart in Memorial Park. The outdoor expo, which is free to the public, focuses on promoting water conservation and bringing awareness of current and future water quality and supply issues. Festival goers visit booths staffed by respected environmental professionals, local educators and peers, rising leaders, and utility personnel who provide interactive environmental lessons, demonstrations, contests, and games. The City of Stuart collaborates with Students4H2O to produce the springtime event, which among other endeavors, facilitates a walk-for-water to depict the challenge women and children face in many third world countries to obtain drinking water. For more event information, please direct all questions to the Public Works Department at (772) 600-1206 or visit www.cityofstuart.us.

About Students4H20– Students4H20was established in Martin County with the mission to enhance education, stewardship, and citizenship for all students in our community. We believe every individual matters and a sustainable community will in turn lead to a sustainable planet by following the mission of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. By doing so, we strive to empower our children by saving the earth, one student at a time.

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Ready, Set, go! WaterFest and Mutt March Grow

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In Photo: Sammi Sailfish and Smurfette are all smiles about water conservation at the Water Fest in Stuart Memorial Park.

STUART — The City of Stuart, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and Students4H20 are joining forces to combine two of their signature events — WaterFest and Mutt March — into one free event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 23, 2019 at Memorial Park. Students4H20 has been a part of WaterFest in the past and also will be a part of this new collaboration.

“Water is everything for both pets and people,” said Adriana Mancini, founder and president of Students4H2O. “It’s the root of all living things.”

Humane Society of the Treasure Coast Director of Community Outreach Courtney Zanetti added, “Combining our efforts allows us to present an even bigger, better event that will be both fun and educational.”

The Mutt March will continue to offer a 5K run for both people and their furry friends to kick off the event. Afterwards, guests can parade their pets around the park, compete in a pet costume contest, shop at the flea-‘less’ market with local vendors and their wares, have their pets participate in a lure course and derby races and get a pet pic in the humane society photo booth.

WaterFest and Students4H20 will focus on promoting awareness of water conservation and environmental stewardship. Various exhibitors and school groups will provide activities, demonstrations and contests.

Food trucks will be on site and music will fill the air to create a festival atmosphere. More details will be unveiled closer to the event date.

For more information regarding Mutt March, contact Courtney Zanetti at czanetti@hstc1.org or (772) 600-3211. Call Adriana Mancini at (772) 220-0279 or email her at adrianamancini@aol.com regarding Students4H2O. Anne Ellig is the WaterFest contact and may be reached at (772) 600-1206 or via email, aellig@ci.stuart.fl.us.

About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.

About WaterFest – Since 2012, Water Fest has been an environmental festival hosted by the City of Stuart in Memorial Park. The outdoor expo, which is free to the public, focuses on promoting water conservation and bringing awareness of current and future water quality and supply issues. Festival goers visit booths staffed by respected environmental professionals, local educators and peers, rising leaders, and utility personnel who provide interactive environmental lessons, demonstrations, contests, and games. The City of Stuart collaborates with Students4H2O to produce the springtime event, which among other endeavors, facilitates a walk-for-water to depict the challenge women and children face in many third world countries to obtain drinking water. For more event information, please direct all questions to the Public Works Department at (772) 600-1206 or visit www.cityofstuart.us.

About Students4H20– Students4H20was established in Martin County with the mission to enhance education, stewardship, and citizenship for all students in our community. We believe every individual matters and a sustainable community will in turn lead to a sustainable planet by following the mission of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. By doing so, we strive to empower our children by saving the earth, one student at a time.

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IRSC Establishes Institute for Cold Case Investigation,Launches Partnership with Martin County Sheriff’s Office

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In Photo: Martin County Sheriff William Snyder and IRSC President Dr. Ed Massey sign an agreement recognizing MCSO as the Institute for Cold Case Investigation’s first law enforcement agency partner.

Fort Pierce – Indian River State College (IRSC) on Tuesday announced the establishment of the Institute for Cold Case Investigation (ICCI), an applied-learning initiative that gives students enrolled in its Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree program real-world experience as they work with local law enforcement agencies toward resolutions on open, unsolved criminal investigations. The Institute is the first of its kind for a college or university in Florida and the only higher-education-led cold case investigation institute in the southeastern United States.

The Institute for Cold Case Investigations is housed at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce, one of the most comprehensive, technologically advanced public safety training facilities in the nation. The initiative emerged as a result of a proposal by Dr. Kimberlie Massnick, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, who was recently named an Endowed Teaching Chair in support of this program. Dr. Massnick holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, a Master of Human Services, and a Doctorate in Criminal Justice all from Nova Southeastern University.

“Part of preparing our students for success is giving them an opportunity to take what they learn in the classroom into real-world situations,” said Dr. Ed Massey, President of Indian River State College. “The Institute not only offers our criminal justice students a unique professional experience, and it has the potential to bring long-awaited resolutions to victim’s families in our community. It truly is an innovative applied learning program.”

With this week’s announcement, the IRSC District Board of Trustees approved an agreement between the College and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), recognizing MCSO as ICCI’s first law enforcement agency partner.

“The concept of including criminal justice students into cases that have gone cold allows us to expose the investigation to a broader subset of minds,” said Sheriff William Snyder. “Often times, these cases hinge on one detail which has been overlooked, and requires that fresh perspective. This joint effort stands to benefit the students, our seasoned detectives, and the victims’ families, who have already waited, in some cases, decades for closure.”

Under the agreement, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office will provide actual cold cases, agency expertise, and opportunities for students to participate in field research and investigations, among access to other experiences and investigative techniques that allow students to actively solve local cold cases. Students will work side-by-side with law enforcement professionals such as detectives and crime scene investigators and deeply examine sections of the cold case and share knowledge regarding process, procedure and legalities of the case.

“The institute for Cold Case Investigation provides students an experiential learning opportunity that aligns with learning outcomes,” states Dr. Massnick, IRSC Assistant Professor and ICCI founder. “We are delighted that our students can get right to work alongside the law enforcement professionals in the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and further develop their own professionalism, advance their critical thinking skills, and enhance their ability to work with diverse populations. We look forward to adding more cases, more students and additional agency partners over time.”

Indian River State College is a public, comprehensive college with a statewide and national reputation for excellence. A premier institution for higher education, IRSC is a key partner in the continuing development of Florida’s Treasure Coast region and is cited nationally as a model for innovative use of technology in education. It expects that the addition and uniqueness of the Institute for Cold Case Investigation will be a key factor in and attracting new students to its growing Criminal Justice Program and preparing graduates for future careers.

For more information about Indian River State College, its criminal justice program, or its Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Facility, visit www.irsc.edu.

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IRSC Establishes Institute for Cold Case Investigation,Launches Partnership with Martin County Sheriff’s Office

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In Photo:Dr. Kimberlie Massnick, IRSC Assistant Professor, addresses students and guests at the College’s new Institute for Cold Case Investigation.

Fort Pierce – Indian River State College (IRSC) on Tuesday announced the establishment of the Institute for Cold Case Investigation (ICCI), an applied-learning initiative that gives students enrolled in its Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree program real-world experience as they work with local law enforcement agencies toward resolutions on open, unsolved criminal investigations. The Institute is the first of its kind for a college or university in Florida and the only higher-education-led cold case investigation institute in the southeastern United States.

The Institute for Cold Case Investigations is housed at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce, one of the most comprehensive, technologically advanced public safety training facilities in the nation. The initiative emerged as a result of a proposal by Dr. Kimberlie Massnick, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, who was recently named an Endowed Teaching Chair in support of this program. Dr. Massnick holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, a Master of Human Services, and a Doctorate in Criminal Justice all from Nova Southeastern University.

“Part of preparing our students for success is giving them an opportunity to take what they learn in the classroom into real-world situations,” said Dr. Ed Massey, President of Indian River State College. “The Institute not only offers our criminal justice students a unique professional experience, and it has the potential to bring long-awaited resolutions to victim’s families in our community. It truly is an innovative applied learning program.”

With this week’s announcement, the IRSC District Board of Trustees approved an agreement between the College and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), recognizing MCSO as ICCI’s first law enforcement agency partner.

“The concept of including criminal justice students into cases that have gone cold allows us to expose the investigation to a broader subset of minds,” said Sheriff William Snyder. “Often times, these cases hinge on one detail which has been overlooked, and requires that fresh perspective. This joint effort stands to benefit the students, our seasoned detectives, and the victims’ families, who have already waited, in some cases, decades for closure.”

Under the agreement, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office will provide actual cold cases, agency expertise, and opportunities for students to participate in field research and investigations, among access to other experiences and investigative techniques that allow students to actively solve local cold cases. Students will work side-by-side with law enforcement professionals such as detectives and crime scene investigators and deeply examine sections of the cold case and share knowledge regarding process, procedure and legalities of the case.

“The institute for Cold Case Investigation provides students an experiential learning opportunity that aligns with learning outcomes,” states Dr. Massnick, IRSC Assistant Professor and ICCI founder. “We are delighted that our students can get right to work alongside the law enforcement professionals in the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and further develop their own professionalism, advance their critical thinking skills, and enhance their ability to work with diverse populations. We look forward to adding more cases, more students and additional agency partners over time.”

Indian River State College is a public, comprehensive college with a statewide and national reputation for excellence. A premier institution for higher education, IRSC is a key partner in the continuing development of Florida’s Treasure Coast region and is cited nationally as a model for innovative use of technology in education. It expects that the addition and uniqueness of the Institute for Cold Case Investigation will be a key factor in and attracting new students to its growing Criminal Justice Program and preparing graduates for future careers.

For more information about Indian River State College, its criminal justice program, or its Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Facility, visit www.irsc.edu.

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Grand Opening of Concealed Weapons Permits In Hobe Sound

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We are strongly committed to finding the best ways to serve the public!

We place a high value on public service by providing our constituents with better, more efficient, convenient, easier, and speedier service.

Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski is proud to announce the grand opening of Concealed Weapons permits at the Martin County Tax Collector’s Office in Hobe Sound.

We care about the people we serve!

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SFWMD Governing Board Announces Eighth Consecutive Year with No Property Tax Increase

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Property owners will pay no more in District taxes next year after Governing Board locks in rolled-back rates

West Palm Beach- For the eighth consecutive year, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board has acted to protect taxpayers from increased taxes.

The Governing Board reviewed a tentative budget for the next fiscal year and approved locking in a property tax rate where residents will pay the same amount of property taxes as last year or, in some cases, slightly less than last year.

“Taxpayer dollars and water are both precious resources and this Governing Board is committed to managing both,” said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Federico Fernandez. “By eliminating nonessential costs and limiting administrative overhead, this Governing Board proudly continues its tradition of not raising taxes while achieving flood protection, water supply and environmental restoration.”

The Governing Board locked in a “rolled-back” rate reduction that compensates for the increases in property values measured by property appraisers in the District’s 16 counties. This keeps the actual amount of taxes paid by existing property owners the same as last year.

For property owners in the Okeechobee Basin, which includes most of the District’s 16 counties, the Governing Board rolled back the tax rate from $31 per $100,000 of taxable value this year to $29.36 per $100,000 of taxable value next year, a reduction of $1.64 or about 5.3 percent.

For property owners in the Big Cypress Basin which includes Collier and parts of mainland Monroe counties, the Governing Board rolled back the property tax rate from $25.45 per $100,000 of taxable value to $24.40 per $100,000 of taxable value, a reduction of $1.05 or about 4.1 percent.

The property tax revenue collected, along with state and federal funding, will fund an estimated $809 million budget that will pay for programs in the 2018-2019 budgeted fiscal year including:

Providing flood control and hurricane/storm response

Improving water quality and implementing projects to restore the Everglades

Meeting ongoing water supply and water resource development needs

Administering streamlined regulatory programs

Meeting ongoing debt service payments, with no new additional debt proposed

Managing more than 600,000 acres of SFWMD-owned land to ensure public access and combat the spread of exotic and invasive species

The Governing Board will finalize its tax assessments and budget during two public hearings in September.

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The Genesis of Manero’s New Bar & Grill

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Palm City-Manero’s in Palm City, a local favorite for classics like Prime Rib, has a fresh new look!

The remodeled bar and adjacent dining area will be a platform for more casual lunch or dinner dining. It will also offer additional amenities including live music & entertainment, a new moderately priced grill menu, open seating (walk-in), expanded hours of operation and weekday happy hours, sports & news tv programming, a stronger guest wifi signal, and special events.

The new platform has been affectionately re-branded as Manny’s Rebellion. To a certain extent, “Rebellion” refers to challenging the convention of the traditional and well-established Manero’s brand. The change will provide a greater variety in menu, pricing and atmosphere. The two brands will be complementary with the same mission of delighting guests with food and service, and the overall company values of helpfulness, respect, consistency of high quality, and gratitude. The long overdue improvements were in discussion for ten years, and in planning for almost two. The update required a group effort from multiple local small businesses.

Owner John Mahoney felt fortunate to have met the contractor responsible for the overhaul through a mutual friend who knew of the project, the unique requirements and the surrounding frustrations. The Spears Construction Group worked every day to bring to life the functional and bold bar space designed by Jill Maraist. The beautiful flooring in the new space was proved by International Wholesale Tile, a Palm City company, through a marketing arrangement, and Harbor Community Bank (now CenterStreet Bank) provided the financing.

Expect continued improvements over the coming months, especially in menus, decoration, entertainment and member exclusive events.

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Madison’s Miracles Donates a Cuddle Cot to St. Lucie Medical Center in Honor of Parker Lee Coleman

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Stuart, FL –Since losing her daughter, Madison in February 2007. Christina Stamper has made it her mission to help families who lose a child
from still birth, pregnancy and infant loss. In June of 2016 she began her mission by starting Madison’s Miracles, a non-
profit 501 (c) 3. In October of 2016 the very first Cuddle Cot in the State of Florida was donated to her local hospital, Martin Health System. Since then Madison’s Miracles has placed
three Cuddle Cots, one in Tradition Medical Center and one in Jupiter Medical Center. A Cuddle Cot is a small unit that can be placed in a bassinet, crib or small bed. It keeps the baby cool slowing down the chemical breakdown that happens so soon after a baby has passed. This gives the family more time
to say goodbye and promotes healthy closure.

On December 20, 2017 at 2:00pm St. Lucie Medical Center will be receiving a Cuddle Cot. This Cuddle Cot will be donated in memory of a child that was lost at that hospital early this year. Parker Lee Coleman was born
November 15, 2016 and passed at St. Lucie Medical Center on February 1, 2017.Monique Coleman, Parker’s mom said. “If we had a Cuddle Cot, it would have given us time to say goodbye to Parker and have him
properly blessed. The nurses rushed us out of the room because he needed to be taken to the morgue. We had less than two hours and other family members could not see him either. This Cuddle Cot will help give
time to other families who experience a tragic loss.” Madison’s Miracles raises money through two major fundraising events like the 5K Run and Family Walk
for Babies Gone too soon which was held this past November and The Celebrity Chef Event that will be held this upcoming March. They also receive private donations. Stamper said, “I want to give an opportunity for other
families to donate in memory of their child. Some of these families are very active in our fundraising efforts. I want them to experience the sense of healing as I have by donating the Cuddle Cot in my Madison’s name.”
Madison’s Miracles also aids with funeral expenses, support groups and grief counselling. For more information on their services and about the foundation, please visit their website at www.madisonsmiracles.org

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Local PR Pro Inducted Into College’s Media Hall of Fame

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In Photo: Stuart PR executive Doreen Poreba (right) displays the award she received after being inducted in to the Slippery Rock University Media Hall of Fame by her sister, Dr. Melita Schuster.

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Doreen Marcial Poreba, APR, president of The PR Czar® Inc. in Stuart, has been inducted into the Slippery Rock University Media Hall of Fame (formerly the SRU Radio Hall of Fame). A 1980 SRU magna cum laude graduate, Poreba became the first female sports director of the college’s AM radio station, WRCK, and was the first woman to ever broadcast a men’s basketball game on the station.

The Slippery Rock University Media of Fame was established to recognize outstanding professional achievements by SRU alumni and former undergrad students who were members of the campus radio station and pursued a career in media including radio, TV, print, digital, public relations, marketing and education.

During the college’s homecoming weekend, Poreba and other honorees served on a media panel and provided tips to students majoring in various media fields. Later that evening, a dinner was held and the honorees were inducted.

Poreba selected one of her sisters, Dr. Melita Schuster, to be her inductor, who gave a lively introduction citing some of Poreba’s professional achievements through the years. These included her first career as a television news reporter through the founding of her own PR firm in 1998 and writing and publishing her first book in 2015, “Unlocking Your Creativity.”

The other Class of 2017 honorees are CNN and The Weather Channel editor and producer Barb Spryn; Forever Media WGTY (Froggy 107.7)/Gettysburg morning co-host Kim Cosden; Butler Media Group/Butler, PA program director/host Bob Cupp; and Hugh Slack, credited with saving student-run WSRU by moving it from carrier current to FM.

The inaugural Mike McHugh Media Undergrad Award For Excellence also was awarded to SRU senior Morgan Koziar for her work as anchor/reporter/social media director for the school’s WSRU-TV. The SRU Media Lifetime Achievement Award went to longtime radio personality Mark French and the inaugural Jim Aronson Founder’s Award recognized Aronson, the chairperson of the SRU Media Alumni Committee.

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SFWMD Moving Forward Ahead of Schedule on Central Everglades Planning Project to Send More Water South

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District’s acceleration of construction of the new flood control structure and Tamiami Trail modifications are part of the plan to dramatically increase conveyance of water south through the Everglades

SFWMD is moving forward with design and construction of a new flood control structure next to the existing S-333 structure. When completed, the project will increase the amount of water that can be moved south out of Water Conservation Area 3A. This and the power-line relocation along Old Tamiami Trail are part of the congressionally approved Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) to move more water south. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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West Palm Beach, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today announced that it is moving forward with two major components of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), the congressionally approved plan to move more water south.

“We have the funds, we have the plan, what we don’t have is time when it comes to protecting these valuable resources,” said SFWMD Executive Director Ernie Marks. “As the state leader in Everglades restoration, this District must step up to protect the Everglades and complete components of CEPP that will ultimately send more water south to Florida Bay.”

Marks briefed SFWMD Governing Board members at their regular monthly business meeting on Thursday about the progress being made concerning the implementation of CEPP. Marks announced that the District will begin design of the new water control structure, which will be located next to the existing S-333 structure in western Miami-Dade County.

This additional structure will double the amount of water that can be moved south out of Water Conservation Area 3A into the L-29 Canal. Construction of this additional structure is expected to begin next year.

Heavy rainfall in 2017 has resulted in high water emergencies and wildlife endangerment concerns in Water Conservation Area 3A due to limitations in moving water out of the existing flood control gates. This project component will help address that concern.

Marks also announced that the District will begin working with Florida Power and Light (FPL) to expedite power-line relocation from

A nearly six-mile section of Old Tamiami Trail in Miami-Dade County will be removed. SFWMD will work closely with Florida Power and Light Co. to remove the power lines along the old roadway. The project will allow more sheetflow south into Everglades National Park. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Old Tamiami Trail. This is a crucial step in modifying the trail to remove barriers to flow. SFWMD would work with FPL to remove the power lines along nearly 6 miles of the former roadway. Restoration efforts would then be able to modify the stretch of Old Tamiami Trail, which acts as a dam inhibiting the natural sheetflow of water from the conservation area south into Everglades National Park.

“Along with bridging the Tamiami Trail, these two projects are essential to moving clean water south into Everglades National Park,” said Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein. “We’re proud to partner with the District to accelerate yet another critical Everglades restoration project under the leadership of Governor Scott.”

The Central Everglades Planning Project is a $1.9 billion slate of storage and conveyance projects on land already in public ownership south of Lake Okeechobee. The southern components of this plan will allow additional water to be directed south to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay and provide additional opportunity to reduce releases to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries. CEPP is congressionally authorized and awaiting funding. Other elements of CEPP include increasing southern storage, degrading sections of several levees, backfilling more than 13 miles of the Miami Canal and modifying the S-356 pump station to increase pumping capacity.

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$1M in Gold And Treasure Recovered From Treasure Coast Shipwreck Sites

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Treasure Coast — Over $1 million worth of gold artifacts and a rare coin destined for the king of Spain have been recovered from the 1715 Treasure Fleet which sank along the Treasure Coast on July 31, 1715.

The artifacts were discovered in shallow waters about 15 feet deep off Fort Pierce, approximately 30 miles north of West Palm Beach, the release said.

A Sanford family of treasure hunters has found more than $1 million worth of gold artifacts off the coast of Fort Pierce.

Multiple media outlets reported Monday that boat captain Eric Schmitt and his family made the find June 17 in about 15 feet of water off Fort Pierce.

Brent Brisben is the co-founder of 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels LLC, the company that owns the treasure’s salvage rights. He says the items recovered include

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What Are Those little Guys

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Tiger Shore– Hutchinson Island — Stuart– I went strolling on the beach one day… today as a matter of fact and what did I see, an Atlantic Black Sea Hare.

What is that you say, well look at the photo above and it will give you some idea.

With 18 hours of Biology on my school resume my guess was some kind of Leach. Then I saw the ink, the color of transmission fluid and I immediately decided it was part of the Mollusk family.

Since the Florida Oceanographic Society was simply down the street why not ask Mark Perry.

Atlantic Black Sea Hare, what the hell is that? It appears that was what I was dealing with.

This time of year beach goers may see the Atlantic black seahare out in the surf or washed ashore.

Classification: Marine gastropod mollusks related to snails, but lacking a shell

Description: Dark brown to black in color, with possible darker lines/stripes on head and sides. Mantle flaps, that look like wings, can spread widely for swimming. Two ten-tacles located on the mouth and a pair of rhinophones on the head.

Size: Up to 15 inches (40cm) long

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Habitat: Shallow intertidal areas abundant in algae but low in wave activity

Range: Known from Bermuda and the eastern USA from Rhode Island to Florida and Texas

Please help return them to the water if they exhibit signs of life.

Diet: Algae

Did you know?

Aplysia secrete a toxic purple ink for defense and waste removal.

Commonly used in medical research, due to a well understood neural circuit.

Due to a poor grasping ability, strong storms can cause the habitats to stir up and wash the seahares ashore.

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