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FDOH Address Vermont Death with Possible Link to Martin County

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Stuart, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) on Sunday said they have been in contact with Vermont health officials regarding a recent death reported in Vermont of an individual who had possible contact with suspected hepatitis A cases in Martin County:
“We are aware of this unfortunate death in Vermont,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “Our state and county health teams are in regular communication with the Vermont Department of Health, and at this time, we are awaiting the completion of their investigation. We will provide Floridians with any relevant information as it becomes available.”

“We are working with health officials from Vermont to determine if there is a link between the tragic death of this gentleman and Hepatitis A in Florida,” said Dr. Carina Blackmore, Florida State Epidemiologist.

Ben Truman, spokesperson for the Vermont Department of Health, said Florida and Vermont health officials are keeping each other informed. “Our sympathies go out to the family and friends who are struggling with the loss of their loved ones,” Truman said. “We are working closely with Martin County and Florida public health agencies throughout our investigation and will continue to keep each other updated.

Friday, officials from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Tallahassee and Martin County (DOH–Martin) joined Lieutenant Governor Nuñez, Florida Senator Gayle Harrell, Congressman Brian Mast, and local elected officials for a press conference to discuss the recent outbreak of hepatitis A in Martin County and assure residents they are actively monitoring and investigating recent hepatitis A infections.
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water.

The best way to prevent hepatitis A is through vaccination. To get the full benefit of the hepatitis A vaccine, more than one shot is needed.
Practicing good hand hygiene – including thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food – plays an important role in preventing the spread of hepatitis A.

Not everyone with hepatitis A infection has symptoms. If symptoms develop, they usually appear two to six weeks after infection and can include: fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, joint pain, severe stomach pains and diarrhea, and jaundice. Symptoms are more likely to occur in older children and adults. They usually last less than two months, although some people can be ill for as long as six months. You can spread hepatitis A without having symptoms.

Anyone with concerns about symptoms or possible exposure should contact their health care provider.
Florida residents that have additional questions or concerns about hepatitis A can email the Department of Health at hepa@flhealth.gov or call 1-844-CALL-DOH (844-225-5364) during normal business hours.
For more information about hepatitis A, visit floridahealth.gov/hepa.

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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The most amazing motorcyclist for the Honor Flight yesterday in Washington D.C. he cleared the way for all!

Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

 

 

Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!  So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!   So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

Out2martincounty.com

Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

Out2martincounty.com

Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

Out2martincounty.com

Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

Out2martincounty.com

Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

Out2martincounty.com

Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

Out2martincounty.com

Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

Out2martincounty.com

Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

Out2martincounty.com

Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight April 2019

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Stuart – On April 13, 2019 Southeast Florida Honor Flight had the first of their 2019 flights for America’s military veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

As a business owner who was honored to on this flight, it was a very emotional day! This day had to be one of the highlights of my life! With the day starting a 4:00 am we loaded the bus to the Palm Beach International Airport, where we were escorted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Breezing throughout the streets I was amazing at the many service men and women standing along the many roads saluting our bus. Arriving at the airport, I met my Veteran and started the day!  And what a day it was! On our trip, we were honored to stop at the World War II, Korean War and Statues, The Mural Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The Wall, the Air Force Memorial where there was ample time to visit and reflect on the service and the service of others.   The Trip included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where our group was honored to see the Changing of the Guards. We were also able to see the Lincoln Memorial where afterwards we loaded our bus and started our journey back to West Palm Beach.

Arriving at the airport, all Veterans and Guardians we were greeted by and unbelievable site.  A parade of bagpipers leading the way down the airport terminal. Hundreds of people were lined up along to greet the Veterans and thank them for their serve. I have to say I was so moved to see everyone holding out their hands with love and smiles for all our veterans as they proceeded down the terminal. So many smiles and hugs were overwhelming. What a huge honor for everyone involved. I cannot thank the Southeast Honor Flight for this huge experience. And by the way, photos? You better believe it!!!!!

So many to mark this day and share with my readers.

Guardians serve as trained, traveling companions to the Honor Flight participants, who are all aged in their upper 80’s and 90’s. These volunteers are essential to the success of every Honor Flight. Without them the Honor Flight program would not be able to carry out the dreams of the many veterans, giving them a chance to see the memorials built in their honor.

The moment the veterans are in the guardian hands until they return them to their loved ones in the evening. The guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they are family and ensure that every one of them have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience.

The guardians must go through training prior to the Honor Flight they are going on, this training covers the safety and health concerns, and how to ensure that each Veteran has the best trip possible.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a 100% volunteer organization, is one of the many hubs dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans by flying them to Washington, DC to visit their memorial at absolutely no cost to the veteran. Funds are raised to make sure that every one of the special individuals flies absolutely free. Their journey to Washington, DC includes bus transportation, meals, t-shirts, and any other amenities that are required to travel comfortably.

For more information about the Southeast Honor Flight – Email them at info@honorflightsefl.org

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Mark Satterlee Joins Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Board of Directors

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Treasure Coast Food Bank is pleased to announce that Mark Satterlee has been named to its Board of Directors. Satterlee, a Deputy County Administrator for St. Lucie County, has been a longtime supporter of Treasure Coast Food Bank.

“We’re pleased to welcome Mark to the Board, and look forward to his input,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “His role as the point-person for economic development will be invaluable in helping us focus our workforce development programs to job seekers and job providers in St. Lucie County as well as the entire Treasure Coast.”

Satterlee has worked for St. Lucie County since 2006 where he began as the Transportation Planning Organization director. He also has worked in Planning & Development Services. As Deputy County Administrator, he oversees numerous areas, including Planning & Development, Public Works, Tourism, and Economic Development.

His understanding of St. Lucie County’s economy will aid Treasure Coast Food Bank’s development of programs that help individuals escape poverty.

“We really work hard with all of our partners and target industries to grow and expand here,” he said. “We’re working with our partners to help people get good paying jobs. We understand how important it is to bring the lower-paid echelons of the community up out of poverty.”

Originally from Minnesota, Satterlee graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul with a degree in Urban Studies. He has a master’s degree in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Satterlee is active with the United Way of Indian River County as well as the United Way of St. Lucie County, currently serving as a Chairman’s List Sponsor. He also was a participant in the 2015 Fort Pierce PALs Dancing with the Pals fundraising event.

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The Village Club & Preserve Commemorates Groundbreaking
New Non-Profit Organization Seeks to Serve Through Affordable Youth Swim & Athletics

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In Photo: Sue Andersen, VCP Secretary; Mark Mistarz, VCP Treasurer; Ed Ciampi, Martin County Commissioner (District 5); Rick Mancil, President, Mancil’s Complete Sitework; Krista Singleton, VCP President; Dave Webb, VCP Vice President; and Gary Summers, VCP Project Manager.

Palm City – A year of fundraising and planning culminated in a memorable groundbreaking on March 28 for one of the Treasure Coast’s newest non-profit organizations. A group of supporters converged on the site for an impromptu gathering, sharing their thanks with Martin County Commissioner Ed Ciampi for his commitment of $10,000 on behalf of the county, and local business owner Rick Mancil, for his support.

The Village Club & Preserve (VCP) was established in 2018 by a group of concerned residents seeking to transform a dilapidated piece of land, formerly a tennis and swim club, into an organization with community-focused swim, athletic, and educational programming. A momentus grassroots effort in the spring of 2018 yielded nearly $800,000 in donations–the funds necessary to purchase the 10-acre property upon which the VCP will operate, as well as fund necessary improvements.

Run entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers, the VCP closed on the property in May 2018 and has taken on an ambitious list of capital projects to revitalize the land—rehabbing the two-pool aquatic complex, restoring tennis and pickleball courts, securing the half-mile perimeter and installing new pool fencing, and creating an interior perimeter fitness trail (to start). Most critically, a community building must be built before the pools can be used and programming can begin. The three buildings which historically stood on the property were torn down by a previous owner.

With the help of a growing roster of area businesses, lending a hand to stretch the VCP’s budget, the organization’s building project is well underway. Hearing of the non-profit’s efforts, local business-owner Rick Mancil (Mancil’s Complete Sitework) has worked to help spur on the project in a number of ways through in-kind giving, as well as lending his expertise.

“We first connected with Rick on a need for landscape material and were floored when he offered us around 100 palm trees as a donation,” said Krista Singleton, VCP President. “Since then, he’s become a go-to resource for so many areas of our project–from the initial site work to the creation of a beautiful fitness trail, as well as future projects that will transform the landscape.”

Nearly 400 local households have made donations to the VCP’s capital campaign and pledged their ongoing financial support.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of so many friends and neighbors who have brought us to this milestone,” added Singleton. “I believe all of what we’ve seen so far is just a prelude of the great things to come as we build community and serve others in this new chapter.”

About The Village Club & Preserve
The Village Club & Preserve (VCP) is a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of local families through youth athletics and enrichment programming. It is our mission to provide attainable sports and swimming lessons, as well as foster community engagement through educational programming and activities for all ages, hosted on our grounds. Membership opportunities are available to those who desire to come alongside us in our mission and have access to The Village Club & Preserve grounds upon its restoration and Grand Opening, slated for Summer 2019.

Now closing in on the million-dollar fundraising milestone, The Village Club & Preserve recently announced their 2019 “Match to a Million” campaign for households interested in membership. For more information on The Village Club & Preserve and how you can support their mission, visit www.villageclubpreserve.com, “How to Give.”

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The Village Club & Preserve Commemorates Groundbreaking
New Non-Profit Organization Seeks to Serve Through Affordable Youth Swim & Athletics

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In Photo: Supporters and friends gather to commemorate the groundbreaking milestone on March 28, 2019 at The Village Club & Preserve property.

Palm City – A year of fundraising and planning culminated in a memorable groundbreaking on March 28 for one of the Treasure Coast’s newest non-profit organizations. A group of supporters converged on the site for an impromptu gathering, sharing their thanks with Martin County Commissioner Ed Ciampi for his commitment of $10,000 on behalf of the county, and local business owner Rick Mancil, for his support.

The Village Club & Preserve (VCP) was established in 2018 by a group of concerned residents seeking to transform a dilapidated piece of land, formerly a tennis and swim club, into an organization with community-focused swim, athletic, and educational programming. A momentus grassroots effort in the spring of 2018 yielded nearly $800,000 in donations–the funds necessary to purchase the 10-acre property upon which the VCP will operate, as well as fund necessary improvements.

Run entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers, the VCP closed on the property in May 2018 and has taken on an ambitious list of capital projects to revitalize the land—rehabbing the two-pool aquatic complex, restoring tennis and pickleball courts, securing the half-mile perimeter and installing new pool fencing, and creating an interior perimeter fitness trail (to start). Most critically, a community building must be built before the pools can be used and programming can begin. The three buildings which historically stood on the property were torn down by a previous owner.

With the help of a growing roster of area businesses, lending a hand to stretch the VCP’s budget, the organization’s building project is well underway. Hearing of the non-profit’s efforts, local business-owner Rick Mancil (Mancil’s Complete Sitework) has worked to help spur on the project in a number of ways through in-kind giving, as well as lending his expertise.

“We first connected with Rick on a need for landscape material and were floored when he offered us around 100 palm trees as a donation,” said Krista Singleton, VCP President. “Since then, he’s become a go-to resource for so many areas of our project–from the initial site work to the creation of a beautiful fitness trail, as well as future projects that will transform the landscape.”

Nearly 400 local households have made donations to the VCP’s capital campaign and pledged their ongoing financial support.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of so many friends and neighbors who have brought us to this milestone,” added Singleton. “I believe all of what we’ve seen so far is just a prelude of the great things to come as we build community and serve others in this new chapter.”

About The Village Club & Preserve
The Village Club & Preserve (VCP) is a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of local families through youth athletics and enrichment programming. It is our mission to provide attainable sports and swimming lessons, as well as foster community engagement through educational programming and activities for all ages, hosted on our grounds. Membership opportunities are available to those who desire to come alongside us in our mission and have access to The Village Club & Preserve grounds upon its restoration and Grand Opening, slated for Summer 2019.

Now closing in on the million-dollar fundraising milestone, The Village Club & Preserve recently announced their 2019 “Match to a Million” campaign for households interested in membership. For more information on The Village Club & Preserve and how you can support their mission, visit www.villageclubpreserve.com, “How to Give.”

 

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New Non-Profit Organization Seeks to Serve Through Affordable Youth Swim & Athletics

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In Photo: The property upon which The Village Club & Preserve will operate, located at 2261 SW Racquet Club Dr. in Palm City. Three original buildings had been torn down by a previous owner, with the pools and property in a state of disrepair upon purchase. Photo taken in May 2018.

Palm City – A year of fundraising and planning culminated in a memorable groundbreaking on March 28 for one of the Treasure Coast’s newest non-profit organizations. A group of supporters converged on the site for an impromptu gathering, sharing their thanks with Martin County Commissioner Ed Ciampi for his commitment of $10,000 on behalf of the county, and local business owner Rick Mancil, for his support.

The Village Club & Preserve (VCP) was established in 2018 by a group of concerned residents seeking to transform a dilapidated piece of land, formerly a tennis and swim club, into an organization with community-focused swim, athletic, and educational programming. A momentus grassroots effort in the spring of 2018 yielded nearly $800,000 in donations–the funds necessary to purchase the 10-acre property upon which the VCP will operate, as well as fund necessary improvements.

Run entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers, the VCP closed on the property in May 2018 and has taken on an ambitious list of capital projects to revitalize the land—rehabbing the two-pool aquatic complex, restoring tennis and pickleball courts, securing the half-mile perimeter and installing new pool fencing, and creating an interior perimeter fitness trail (to start). Most critically, a community building must be built before the pools can be used and programming can begin. The three buildings which historically stood on the property were torn down by a previous owner.

With the help of a growing roster of area businesses, lending a hand to stretch the VCP’s budget, the organization’s building project is well underway. Hearing of the non-profit’s efforts, local business-owner Rick Mancil (Mancil’s Complete Sitework) has worked to help spur on the project in a number of ways through in-kind giving, as well as lending his expertise.

“We first connected with Rick on a need for landscape material and were floored when he offered us around 100 palm trees as a donation,” said Krista Singleton, VCP President. “Since then, he’s become a go-to resource for so many areas of our project–from the initial site work to the creation of a beautiful fitness trail, as well as future projects that will transform the landscape.”

Nearly 400 local households have made donations to the VCP’s capital campaign and pledged their ongoing financial support.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of so many friends and neighbors who have brought us to this milestone,” added Singleton. “I believe all of what we’ve seen so far is just a prelude of the great things to come as we build community and serve others in this new chapter.”

About The Village Club & Preserve
The Village Club & Preserve (VCP) is a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of local families through youth athletics and enrichment programming. It is our mission to provide attainable sports and swimming lessons, as well as foster community engagement through educational programming and activities for all ages, hosted on our grounds. Membership opportunities are available to those who desire to come alongside us in our mission and have access to The Village Club & Preserve grounds upon its restoration and Grand Opening, slated for Summer 2019.

Now closing in on the million-dollar fundraising milestone, The Village Club & Preserve recently announced their 2019 “Match to a Million” campaign for households interested in membership. For more information on The Village Club & Preserve and how you can support their mission, visit www.villageclubpreserve.com, “How to Give.”

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The Village Club & Preserve Commemorates Groundbreaking
New Non-Profit Organization Seeks to Serve Through Affordable Youth Swim & Athletics

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In Photo: (Rendering by Raul Ocampo & Associates)
Rending is a likeness of what the The Village Club & Preserve plans to build-out over the years (improvements will take place in stages, as fundraising and reserves allow). Upon Grand Opening, slated for Summer 2019, the planned property features are: a restored aquatics complex (two pools and a hot tub), 1,600 sq/ft open-air pavilion, 2,250 sq/ft community building with wrap-around porch, half-mile perimeter fitness trail, dog park, and four marked pickleball courts. A few of the priority future features are a double-battery of clay tennis courts, a multi-purpose sport court, and a historical-themed handicap accessible playground.

Palm City – A year of fundraising and planning culminated in a memorable groundbreaking on March 28 for one of the Treasure Coast’s newest non-profit organizations. A group of supporters converged on the site for an impromptu gathering, sharing their thanks with Martin County Commissioner Ed Ciampi for his commitment of $10,000 on behalf of the county, and local business owner Rick Mancil, for his support.

The Village Club & Preserve (VCP) was established in 2018 by a group of concerned residents seeking to transform a dilapidated piece of land, formerly a tennis and swim club, into an organization with community-focused swim, athletic, and educational programming. A momentus grassroots effort in the spring of 2018 yielded nearly $800,000 in donations–the funds necessary to purchase the 10-acre property upon which the VCP will operate, as well as fund necessary improvements.

Run entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers, the VCP closed on the property in May 2018 and has taken on an ambitious list of capital projects to revitalize the land—rehabbing the two-pool aquatic complex, restoring tennis and pickleball courts, securing the half-mile perimeter and installing new pool fencing, and creating an interior perimeter fitness trail (to start). Most critically, a community building must be built before the pools can be used and programming can begin. The three buildings which historically stood on the property were torn down by a previous owner.

With the help of a growing roster of area businesses, lending a hand to stretch the VCP’s budget, the organization’s building project is well underway. Hearing of the non-profit’s efforts, local business-owner Rick Mancil (Mancil’s Complete Sitework) has worked to help spur on the project in a number of ways through in-kind giving, as well as lending his expertise.

“We first connected with Rick on a need for landscape material and were floored when he offered us around 100 palm trees as a donation,” said Krista Singleton, VCP President. “Since then, he’s become a go-to resource for so many areas of our project–from the initial site work to the creation of a beautiful fitness trail, as well as future projects that will transform the landscape.”

Nearly 400 local households have made donations to the VCP’s capital campaign and pledged their ongoing financial support.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of so many friends and neighbors who have brought us to this milestone,” added Singleton. “I believe all of what we’ve seen so far is just a prelude of the great things to come as we build community and serve others in this new chapter.”

About The Village Club & Preserve
The Village Club & Preserve (VCP) is a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of local families through youth athletics and enrichment programming. It is our mission to provide attainable sports and swimming lessons, as well as foster community engagement through educational programming and activities for all ages, hosted on our grounds. Membership opportunities are available to those who desire to come alongside us in our mission and have access to The Village Club & Preserve grounds upon its restoration and Grand Opening, slated for Summer 2019.

Now closing in on the million-dollar fundraising milestone, The Village Club & Preserve recently announced their 2019 “Match to a Million” campaign for households interested in membership. For more information on The Village Club & Preserve and how you can support their mission, visit www.villageclubpreserve.com, “How to Give.”

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Kiwanis Wins Keep Indian River Beautiful Environmental Award

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Florida April 9, 2019. At the third annual Keep Indian River Beautiful Environmental Awards Ceremony on March 1, Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast won in the Youth Group category for its Kiwanis Youth in Action activities.

According to Kiwanis Club president, Richard Schlitt, “We have sponsored Youth in Action for 21 years as a way to get kids involved in making our community a better place. We work on all kinds of projects, from beach and spoil island cleanup to painting or repairing homes for those who can’t afford to do it themselves, to building ramps at public recreational facilities for the handicapped. Every project involves 50 or more students from area schools and churches.”

This year the club received its award for work they completed helping to beautify an ARC group home. “The kids removed overgrown weeds and dried out landscaping,” says Schlitt. “Then they planted 400 new flowering shrubs and created a sensory garden for the residents.”

The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast mission in our community is to help support children’s education, activities and charities. Besides giving annual college scholarships, our club actively sponsors Key Clubs in Vero Beach High School, Indian River County Charter High School, and Sebastian River High School. We also conduct community service work days involving teenagers from schools and churches. Since 1991, we have sponsored the Annual Take-a –Kid-Fishing Tournament and since 1998, the above-mentioned Youth in Action.

Kiwanis is a 100-year old global service organization based in the US with clubs in 80 countries, all dedicated to improving the lives of children. Kiwanis has served Vero Beach and Indian River County since 1935. For more information on our activities, members and membership information, visit our website at www.verokiwanis.comor call Tom McCauley at (772) 234-4284.

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APRIL 13TH HONOR FLIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO 81 LOCAL VETERANS FROM WWII, KOREAN & VIETNAM WARS

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In Photo:Group of all veterans honored on the October 13 2018 Honor Flight at the Air Force Memorial in Washington, DC.

Stuart, FL (April 8, 2019) Southeast Florida Honor Flight’s first flight of 2019 will honor veterans from three different wars: WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The Stuart-based, 100% volunteer organization conducts four Honor Flights per year to transport local war veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

This April flight will be the second time the organization has dipped into their Vietnam War veteran list to honor those service members on the one-day trip to Washington, DC. Veterans on the Southeast Florida Honor Flight waiting list are called in chronological order of wars in time and date of receipt of application, with top priority given to WWII and terminally ill veterans of any war. As of today’s writing, there are 81 total veterans scheduled to be honored on the April 13th Honor Flight—13 from WWII, 60 from the Korean War and 8 from the Vietnam War.

The day that many veterans say is one of the best days of their lives begins early with a 4:30AM check-in of veterans, their guardians and Honor Flight crew at Palm Beach International Airport. The chartered American Airlines Airbus 321 flies into DCA where the group boards four police-escorted motor coaches. The day’s agenda includes visits to the Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial. From beginning to end, the day is filled with thanks, appreciation and tribute to their service.

The October 13th Honor Flight is made up of veterans who served in these military branches: Army (42), Navy (13), Air Force (22) and Marine Corps (4). Just a few of the wartime positions represented are: B-47 turret system mechanic, combat medic, infantry machine gunner, aviation electrician, weapons specialist, counterintelligence coordinator, squad leader, rifleman, HSS-1 helicopter pilot, radar maintenance, signalman, land surveyor, architectural draftsman, bar rifleman and field interrogator. Veterans on this trip served wherever they were ordered to go, whether that was stateside or in combat in battles around the globe, including: the Invasion of Southern France, Battle of Pork Chop Hill, Inchon Invasion, combat on the Solomon Islands, the Battle of the Bulge, Invasion of Okinawa, Operation Shenandoah II, Invasion of Peleliu, Battle of Old Baldy, Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, and Battle of Punch Bowl.

There are two veterans on this flight who were captured and taken as POW’s—one from WWII and one from the Korean War.

Most of these veterans never received a thank you or a welcome home when they returned home from the wars. Honor Flight changes all that with Operation Homecoming—a big, heart-warming, red, white and blue welcome home for the veterans when they return to Palm Beach International Airport. The public is invited and encouraged to come show their gratitude by welcoming the veterans home from Washington on the evening of Saturday, April 13th. Operation Homecoming takes place on Level 2, Concourse A/B.

The Honor Flight is scheduled to arrive at 8:20PM from DCA. Please note the arrival time is one hour later than last year’s flights. Early arrival is suggested.

Bring family and friends, flags, “Thank You” and “Welcome Home” signs and cheers. Shake hands with these heroes. This patriotic welcome home is the icing on the cake of a day that most veterans say ranks with the day they were married and the birth of their children. The Palm Beach Pipes & Drums will be leading our veterans to Operation Homecoming, creating quite the emotional presentation of the veterans. We are also fortunate to have the Generation Gap Band playing a few songs to celebrate our veterans, the crowd and our country.

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

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, part of the National Honor Flight Network, is one of nine Honor Flight chapters in Florida, with another chapter just to the south called Honor Flight South Florida. Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart, FL serves veterans in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. Honor Flight South Florida serves veterans in Broward, Dade and Monroe counties.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight needs the public’s help to find local WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who have not yet taken an Honor Flight. Without a federal veteran database, the organization relies on word of mouth, public education via presentations and civic and veteran groups to find these veterans to sign up for their Honor Flight. If you are, or if you know of a WWII, Korean War or Vietnam War veteran who would like to take their Honor Flight (and has not already done so), please either call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838) or fill out the veteran application online at www.honorflightsefl.org.

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

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, along with the 133 other hubs in the nationwide Honor Flight Network, is dedicated to flying America’s veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight ,

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

The next scheduled Honor Flights for Southeast Florida Honor Flight in 2019 are May 11, September 21st and November 2nd.

ABOUT SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT

Honor Flight is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, 100% volunteer organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for their service and sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials. All funds raised for Honor Flight ensure every veteran flies absolutely free. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight or call 1-855-359-2838.

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APRIL 13TH HONOR FLIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO 81 LOCAL VETERANS FROM WWII, KOREAN & VIETNAM WARS

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In Photo:A veteran shaking hands with the crowd at the October 13 2018 Operation Homecoming at PBI

Stuart, FL (April 8, 2019) Southeast Florida Honor Flight’s first flight of 2019 will honor veterans from three different wars: WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The Stuart-based, 100% volunteer organization conducts four Honor Flights per year to transport local war veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

This April flight will be the second time the organization has dipped into their Vietnam War veteran list to honor those service members on the one-day trip to Washington, DC. Veterans on the Southeast Florida Honor Flight waiting list are called in chronological order of wars in time and date of receipt of application, with top priority given to WWII and terminally ill veterans of any war. As of today’s writing, there are 81 total veterans scheduled to be honored on the April 13th Honor Flight—13 from WWII, 60 from the Korean War and 8 from the Vietnam War.

The day that many veterans say is one of the best days of their lives begins early with a 4:30AM check-in of veterans, their guardians and Honor Flight crew at Palm Beach International Airport. The chartered American Airlines Airbus 321 flies into DCA where the group boards four police-escorted motor coaches. The day’s agenda includes visits to the Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial. From beginning to end, the day is filled with thanks, appreciation and tribute to their service.

The October 13th Honor Flight is made up of veterans who served in these military branches: Army (42), Navy (13), Air Force (22) and Marine Corps (4). Just a few of the wartime positions represented are: B-47 turret system mechanic, combat medic, infantry machine gunner, aviation electrician, weapons specialist, counterintelligence coordinator, squad leader, rifleman, HSS-1 helicopter pilot, radar maintenance, signalman, land surveyor, architectural draftsman, bar rifleman and field interrogator. Veterans on this trip served wherever they were ordered to go, whether that was stateside or in combat in battles around the globe, including: the Invasion of Southern France, Battle of Pork Chop Hill, Inchon Invasion, combat on the Solomon Islands, the Battle of the Bulge, Invasion of Okinawa, Operation Shenandoah II, Invasion of Peleliu, Battle of Old Baldy, Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, and Battle of Punch Bowl.

There are two veterans on this flight who were captured and taken as POW’s—one from WWII and one from the Korean War.

Most of these veterans never received a thank you or a welcome home when they returned home from the wars. Honor Flight changes all that with Operation Homecoming—a big, heart-warming, red, white and blue welcome home for the veterans when they return to Palm Beach International Airport. The public is invited and encouraged to come show their gratitude by welcoming the veterans home from Washington on the evening of Saturday, April 13th. Operation Homecoming takes place on Level 2, Concourse A/B.

The Honor Flight is scheduled to arrive at 8:20PM from DCA. Please note the arrival time is one hour later than last year’s flights. Early arrival is suggested.

Bring family and friends, flags, “Thank You” and “Welcome Home” signs and cheers. Shake hands with these heroes. This patriotic welcome home is the icing on the cake of a day that most veterans say ranks with the day they were married and the birth of their children. The Palm Beach Pipes & Drums will be leading our veterans to Operation Homecoming, creating quite the emotional presentation of the veterans. We are also fortunate to have the Generation Gap Band playing a few songs to celebrate our veterans, the crowd and our country.

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

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, part of the National Honor Flight Network, is one of nine Honor Flight chapters in Florida, with another chapter just to the south called Honor Flight South Florida. Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart, FL serves veterans in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. Honor Flight South Florida serves veterans in Broward, Dade and Monroe counties.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight needs the public’s help to find local WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who have not yet taken an Honor Flight. Without a federal veteran database, the organization relies on word of mouth, public education via presentations and civic and veteran groups to find these veterans to sign up for their Honor Flight. If you are, or if you know of a WWII, Korean War or Vietnam War veteran who would like to take their Honor Flight (and has not already done so), please either call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838) or fill out the veteran application online at www.honorflightsefl.org.

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

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, along with the 133 other hubs in the nationwide Honor Flight Network, is dedicated to flying America’s veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight ,

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

The next scheduled Honor Flights for Southeast Florida Honor Flight in 2019 are May 11, September 21st and November 2nd.

ABOUT SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT

Honor Flight is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, 100% volunteer organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for their service and sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials. All funds raised for Honor Flight ensure every veteran flies absolutely free. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight or call 1-855-359-2838.

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APRIL 13TH HONOR FLIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO 81 LOCAL VETERANS FROM WWII, KOREAN & VIETNAM WARS

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In Photo:The Palm Beach Pipes & Drums Band who will lead the April 13 Honor Flight veterans to Operation Homecoming at PBI.

Stuart, FL (April 8, 2019) Southeast Florida Honor Flight’s first flight of 2019 will honor veterans from three different wars: WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The Stuart-based, 100% volunteer organization conducts four Honor Flights per year to transport local war veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

This April flight will be the second time the organization has dipped into their Vietnam War veteran list to honor those service members on the one-day trip to Washington, DC. Veterans on the Southeast Florida Honor Flight waiting list are called in chronological order of wars in time and date of receipt of application, with top priority given to WWII and terminally ill veterans of any war. As of today’s writing, there are 81 total veterans scheduled to be honored on the April 13th Honor Flight—13 from WWII, 60 from the Korean War and 8 from the Vietnam War.

The day that many veterans say is one of the best days of their lives begins early with a 4:30AM check-in of veterans, their guardians and Honor Flight crew at Palm Beach International Airport. The chartered American Airlines Airbus 321 flies into DCA where the group boards four police-escorted motor coaches. The day’s agenda includes visits to the Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial. From beginning to end, the day is filled with thanks, appreciation and tribute to their service.

The October 13th Honor Flight is made up of veterans who served in these military branches: Army (42), Navy (13), Air Force (22) and Marine Corps (4). Just a few of the wartime positions represented are: B-47 turret system mechanic, combat medic, infantry machine gunner, aviation electrician, weapons specialist, counterintelligence coordinator, squad leader, rifleman, HSS-1 helicopter pilot, radar maintenance, signalman, land surveyor, architectural draftsman, bar rifleman and field interrogator. Veterans on this trip served wherever they were ordered to go, whether that was stateside or in combat in battles around the globe, including: the Invasion of Southern France, Battle of Pork Chop Hill, Inchon Invasion, combat on the Solomon Islands, the Battle of the Bulge, Invasion of Okinawa, Operation Shenandoah II, Invasion of Peleliu, Battle of Old Baldy, Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, and Battle of Punch Bowl.

There are two veterans on this flight who were captured and taken as POW’s—one from WWII and one from the Korean War.

Most of these veterans never received a thank you or a welcome home when they returned home from the wars. Honor Flight changes all that with Operation Homecoming—a big, heart-warming, red, white and blue welcome home for the veterans when they return to Palm Beach International Airport. The public is invited and encouraged to come show their gratitude by welcoming the veterans home from Washington on the evening of Saturday, April 13th. Operation Homecoming takes place on Level 2, Concourse A/B.

The Honor Flight is scheduled to arrive at 8:20PM from DCA. Please note the arrival time is one hour later than last year’s flights. Early arrival is suggested.

Bring family and friends, flags, “Thank You” and “Welcome Home” signs and cheers. Shake hands with these heroes. This patriotic welcome home is the icing on the cake of a day that most veterans say ranks with the day they were married and the birth of their children. The Palm Beach Pipes & Drums will be leading our veterans to Operation Homecoming, creating quite the emotional presentation of the veterans. We are also fortunate to have the Generation Gap Band playing a few songs to celebrate our veterans, the crowd and our country.

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

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, part of the National Honor Flight Network, is one of nine Honor Flight chapters in Florida, with another chapter just to the south called Honor Flight South Florida. Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart, FL serves veterans in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. Honor Flight South Florida serves veterans in Broward, Dade and Monroe counties.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight needs the public’s help to find local WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who have not yet taken an Honor Flight. Without a federal veteran database, the organization relies on word of mouth, public education via presentations and civic and veteran groups to find these veterans to sign up for their Honor Flight. If you are, or if you know of a WWII, Korean War or Vietnam War veteran who would like to take their Honor Flight (and has not already done so), please either call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838) or fill out the veteran application online at www.honorflightsefl.org.

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

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, along with the 133 other hubs in the nationwide Honor Flight Network, is dedicated to flying America’s veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight ,

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

The next scheduled Honor Flights for Southeast Florida Honor Flight in 2019 are May 11, September 21st and November 2nd.

ABOUT SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HONOR FLIGHT

Honor Flight is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, 100% volunteer organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for their service and sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials. All funds raised for Honor Flight ensure every veteran flies absolutely free. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight or call 1-855-359-2838.

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Humane Society of The Treasure Coast Expanding its Campus

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In Photo: HSTC board members Katie Astras and Kit Haas, Frank and Millie Savastano, Ron Kirchman and Brian Hose of Kirchman Construction, HSTC board member Gary Ober and chairman Terry McCarthy, HSTC President & CEO Frank Valente

Palm City-The adoption campus of The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) is growing, thanks to a quarter-million dollar donation. The HSTC recently broke ground on the Mildred and Frank Savastano Dog Play Areas at its Palm City shelter.

The new area will feature six brand new fenced in outdoor play areas that will combine fresh air, shade and a place for dogs to play and enrich their lives while being nurtured and cared for at the shelter.

“Thanks to a generous donation from the Savastano family we were able to initiate a new construction and renovation plan that will start with phase 1 and the building of these outdoor play areas,” said HSTC President & CEO Frank Valente. “Frank and Millie Savastano have been longtime supporters of ours and because of their substantial contribution, we are growing and making our shelter dogs even more comfortable here until they get adopted.”

Following the construction of the new play areas, which is targeted for this summer, the Jane and Shirley Wurz Obedience Training Center will be built. In addition, the HSTC’s dog, cat and rabbit adoption centers will be renovated.

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.

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Humane Society of The Treasure Coast Expanding its Campus

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In Photo: Frank and Millie Savastano digging in!

Palm City-The adoption campus of The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) is growing, thanks to a quarter-million dollar donation. The HSTC recently broke ground on the Mildred and Frank Savastano Dog Play Areas at its Palm City shelter.

The new area will feature six brand new fenced in outdoor play areas that will combine fresh air, shade and a place for dogs to play and enrich their lives while being nurtured and cared for at the shelter.

“Thanks to a generous donation from the Savastano family we were able to initiate a new construction and renovation plan that will start with phase 1 and the building of these outdoor play areas,” said HSTC President & CEO Frank Valente. “Frank and Millie Savastano have been longtime supporters of ours and because of their substantial contribution, we are growing and making our shelter dogs even more comfortable here until they get adopted.”

Following the construction of the new play areas, which is targeted for this summer, the Jane and Shirley Wurz Obedience Training Center will be built. In addition, the HSTC’s dog, cat and rabbit adoption centers will be renovated.

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.

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Humane Society of The Treasure Coast Expanding its Campus

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In Photo: Donors Frank and Millie Savastano and HSTC President & CEO Frank Valente are excited about the new dog adoption and play areas that are being built at the humane society’s Palm City shelter.

Palm City-The adoption campus of The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) is growing, thanks to a quarter-million dollar donation. The HSTC recently broke ground on the Mildred and Frank Savastano Dog Play Areas at its Palm City shelter.

The new area will feature six brand new fenced in outdoor play areas that will combine fresh air, shade and a place for dogs to play and enrich their lives while being nurtured and cared for at the shelter.

“Thanks to a generous donation from the Savastano family we were able to initiate a new construction and renovation plan that will start with phase 1 and the building of these outdoor play areas,” said HSTC President & CEO Frank Valente. “Frank and Millie Savastano have been longtime supporters of ours and because of their substantial contribution, we are growing and making our shelter dogs even more comfortable here until they get adopted.”

Following the construction of the new play areas, which is targeted for this summer, the Jane and Shirley Wurz Obedience Training Center will be built. In addition, the HSTC’s dog, cat and rabbit adoption centers will be renovated.

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.

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Tykes & Teens Awards Winners in Youth Alcohol Prevention Poster Contest

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In Photo: Photo: Students from David L. Anderson Middle School took first place in the Tykes & Teens 6th grade alcohol prevention poster contest. Back row L to R: Teacher Diana Romero, Tykes & Teens Prevention Coordinator Dot Brooking, School Resource Deputy Fritsche, Superintendent Laurie Gaylord, Tykes & Teens Director of Prevention Dr. Agnieszka Marshall, Principal Tim Aitkens. Front row: Student winners Milena Santos, Sydni Parenteau, Sophia Maestre, Elizabeth Stockero, Jude King

Stuart, Fl- April 5, 2019- One of the most effective ways to prevent underage drinking is to encourage youth to research the dangerous effects of alcohol use on the teen brain, and to involve them in educating their peers. As a supplement to the Alcohol Literacy Challenge curriculum implemented by Tykes & Teens in Martin County schools, 6th grade students work in groups to create posters to help educate and empower their peers to make healthy choices and avoid tragedies related to underage drinking. Winning posters from each school are then displayed at the Martin County Fair with the public voting for their favorite. The poster contest is hosted by Tykes and Teens Prevention Services in partnership the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the Children’s Services Council of Martin County, and Martin County Schools. The winning poster for 2019 was created by Anderson Middle School students Milena Santos, Sydni Parenteau, Sophia Maestre, Elizabeth Stockero and Jude King. The students received prizes courtesy of the poster contest sponsors.

For more information about Tykes & Teens Prevention Services, contact Dr. Agnieszka Marshall at 772-220-3439.

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2019 National Junior College Athletic Association National Champions!
Indian River State College Extends Winning Streaks

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Indian River State College Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams recently finished competing at the NJCAA Swimming & Diving National Championships in Buffalo, NY where both teams continued their winning tradition
bringing home their 41st (women) and 45th (men) National Championship Titles. The men’s record is the longest winning streak of any sport in the nation.

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Library Fosters a ‘Strong Community’ Throughout April

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Martin County-During National Library Week from April 7 to 13, the Martin County Library System (MCLS) urges everyone to experience its enriching services. This year’s theme, “Libraries = Strong Communities,” illustrates how today’s libraries are at the heart of our community to provide critical resources, programs, and expertise. They also provide public spaces where all community members, regardless of age, culture, or income level, can come together to connect and learn.

MCLS depends on feedback from the community and invites our library users to share their opinions via our Annual Satisfaction Survey beginning April 8. The survey will be available in both print and online formats. Coinciding with National Library Week is National Volunteer Week, during which MCLS will highlight the contributions of our active and dedicated volunteers via social media. Please like and comment at: www.facebook.com/MartinCountyLibrarySystem and https://www.instagram.com/mc_library_system.

For those that have not been to the library in a while, we encourage visiting our idea labs. These energetic, interactive spaces offer technology ranging from digital cameras to sewing machines, and much more! Residents have the opportunity to upgrade library cards to a free idea lab card and take advantage of the state-of-the-art offerings. During our “Caring For Fines” campaign, from April 22 to April 29, MCLS will cancel overdue fines with a donation of immediate/continuous needs items for SafeSpace shelters (visit or call the library for additional information and a complete list of items).

Be part of a strong community by allowing us to inform, inspire, and connect you!

For additional information about the Martin County Library System, visit www.library.martin.fl.us, call 772-288-5702, or pick up a Library Events Newsletter at any library location.

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MCM Timing Adopts Tobacco Free Policy for Local Races

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Stuart – Local race timing company, MCM Timing, is making big strides in health and wellness by adopting a tobacco free event policy for local 5k, 10k and marathon races.

QuitDoc Foundation’s Dr. Barry Hummel at December’s Sugar Plum Run, timed by MCM Timing!

The policy will prohibit all tobacco use, including smoking, chew, cigars and electronic nicotine delivery device usage at races in Martin County, increasing enjoyment for children and families in attendance and ensuring breathe-easy races for participants.

Signage displayed at each of the races will specify traditional cigarettes, as well as chew tobacco and electronic cigarettes. Tobacco use in public places can aid in increasing youth’s perception of tobacco as a normal substance to use. This dangerous perception often leads to a minor’s own initiation of tobacco use. Prohibiting use of cigarettes, chew tobacco, and electronic cigarettes at local races, particularly since they are viewed as health-focused events, will have a tremendously positive result, with fewer youth exposed to tobacco use and the elimination of secondhand smoke exposure.

Local tobacco-free policies are a big step in reducing the normalization of tobacco use in our community. As a result, it is more likely that fewer youth will begin using tobacco products. In addition to decreasing youth exposure, the health benefits of reducing secondhand smoke at the popular and well-attended festival has an immediate and positive impact on the residents of Martin County.

For information on implementing a tobacco-free policy, contact Kim Nash at KNash@QuitDoc.com or by calling 561-452-5555.

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Firehouse Subs Donates Lifesaving Equipment

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Martin County Fire Rescue received a grant valued at $23,490 from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to purchase three thermal imaging cameras.
These lifesaving tool helps see through smoke and monitor the fire’s spread, so we can quickly visualize our plan of attack. This is a great example of a community partnership.

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Tobacco Free Florida Encourages Communities to “Skip the Dip” during Through With Chew Week

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Stuart – This Through With Chew Week, Feb. 18-24, Tobacco Free Florida and the QuitDoc Foundation are encouraging smokeless tobacco users to set a quit date and create a personalized quit plan using Tobacco Free Florida’s free Quit Your Way tools and services. Through With Chew Week raises awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco use (chew, dip and snus) and the many effective resources available to quit.

“Our local SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) Clubs are dedicated to educating their peers about the dangers of smokeless tobacco,” said SWAT Coordinator Kim Nash. “They are dedicated to helping end tobacco use among their generation.”

Smokeless tobacco is not harmless and can lead to nicotine addiction. Smokeless tobacco causes cancer of the mouth, throat and pancreas, as well as increased risk of death from heart disease or stroke. In fact, smokeless tobacco users have an 80 percent higher risk of oral cancer and a 60 percent higher risk of esophageal cancer and pancreatic cancer compared to non-users

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Tobacco Free Florida Encourages Communities to “Skip the Dip” during Through With Chew Week

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While smokeless tobacco use among Florida youth (11-17) has decreased throughout the years, many rural communities have significantly higher prevalence rates. The current youth smokeless tobacco rates in some of Florida’s rural counties are two to four times higher than the state average .

In Martin County, 1.4% of youth currently use smokeless tobacco products, down from 3% in 2012.

Tobacco Free Florida offers free tools and services for Floridians looking to quit any form of tobacco, including smokeless. Those looking to quit can call 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669) or visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway.

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Community Redevelopment Areas Update

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Golden Gate Pedestrian/Bicycle Pathway planning underway
The first of two public workshops was held recently to get public input on the Golden Gate Pedestrian/Bicycle pathway. Golden Gate has a number of exciting projects moving forward and we look forward to your participation. Expect the next meeting in May. The next Neighborhood Advisory meeting in Golden Gate is April 1, 2019 at 6:00 PM.

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Residents of District 2

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Dear Residents,
It is an honor to be blessed with the opportunity to serve you and advocate on your behalf.
I am focused on developing open processes in my district to help the public better understand our budget, our programs and our choices. It is important for the residents of District 2 and all residents to be kept informed of what is taking place in the county. Therefore, I present to you this periodic newsletter.
It was my pleasure to speak to thousands of residents on the campaign trail and these residents expressed that they would like leaders to solve some of our most daunting problems: management of our precious water, traffic, job development, community redevelopment and protection of our green spaces.
For the next four years I promise to listen, learn and serve as a steward for our residents, our planet and our economy. I hope we can work together to build a community that will work for all our residents. This serves as an open invitation to you to fully engage and participate in this process.
I look forward to working with the residents of District 2 and all the residents of Martin County. Please contact my office at 772-288-5421 if I may be of assistance to you.
As always, my doors are open.

Sincerely,
Commissioner Stacey Hetherington

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What’s Happening on Kanner Highway?

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For years residents have wondered when the construction will end on Kanner Highway. The contractor and FDOT representatives have indicated the project should be completed in approximately six weeks. More than 120 residents of South River Condo Assoc. showed up at recent BOCC and MPO meetings expressing their safety concerns navigating in and out of their neighborhood and requested action.
The following actions have been taken:

The matter was brought to the attention of fellow commissioners at two different board meetings and we voted unanimously to pursue a traffic light, both through FDOT and Martin County.
Our engineering staff has contacted FDOT district 4 traffic services regarding the issue and we are awaiting a traffic study.
At the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization), our board unanimously voted to pursue a FDOT traffic light, consider a southbound turning lane, and ask the BOCC to consider a parallel track of pursuing a traffic light.
I have met with the FDOT District 4 secretary to express my concerns.

Resident’s SAFETY is my number one concern!

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2019 Humane Society of the Treasure Coast Mutt March

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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2019 Humane Society of the Treasure Coast Mutt March

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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2019 Humane Society of the Treasure Coast Mutt March

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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2019 Humane Society of the Treasure Coast Mutt March

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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Stuart – On Saturday, March 23, 2019 was held in downtown Stuart. The event was held in Memorial Park on Ocean Blvd. The event started with a Mutt March 5K – $35.00 per runner and started at 8:00 am. The Mutt March & Waterfest was free to the public and it started at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There was a morning walk along with family fun festivities, pet photo booth, Food trucks, Costume contest, raffle and lots of vendors for doggie parent to see new and interesting thing for their fur babies! This event was to support shelter dogs and learn about Water Conservation.

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House of Hope Urges the Public to Help Improve Health and Nutrition for Local Residents

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In Photo: Bannerlakebounty – BLAST students at Banner Lake show off the bounty they grew during their afterschool program.

STUART – House of Hope is announcing a new Hope for Health and Nutrition Initiative designed to raise awareness about the high levels of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease in the community while helping to provide new solutions, enhance current solutions, and improve the general understanding of the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri states, “We are seeking to add ambassadors and partners to help advance the initiative for all residents, especially low-income families and individuals who currently suffer from these challenges in greater numbers and are at higher risk levels. For many local individuals and families, the health of the household is an obstacle to success.”

As for House of Hope’s role, the agency is working to improve and expand access to healthier foods for their clients and partner agencies, while also offering information and education on health and nutrition by providing the following programs: four client choice pantries offering a variety of fresh produce at no cost to clients; community nutrition gardens in East Stuart, Golden Gate and Banner Lake used for food production as well as gardening and nutrition programming; the Gardening to Grow Healthy Children program which reaches over 500 children and adults annually; free health and nutrition programs at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in conjunction with The Florida Department of Health; and the Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center, a state licensed facility used to prepare and package healthy food options for both residential households in need and clients experiencing homelessness.

Founding partners in the Hope for Health and Nutrition Initiative include The Children’s Services Council of Martin County, Community Foundation of Martin & St. Lucie Counties, Hobe Sound Community Chest, Palm City Farms Produce & Market, United Way of Martin County, and the Florida Department of Health Martin County.

The public is invited to join the cause via the Health and Nutrition Ambassador Program, a countywide initiative designed to raise awareness and understanding of major health concerns, especially those that relate to diet and nutrition and to assist in providing and enhancing solutions and opportunities to drive improvements. Ambassadors may be an individual or family, as well as businesses, churches, youth groups, schools, social groups or others. Multiple opportunities are available to participate as an ambassador. Those interested in signing on to become an ambassador or to learn more about House of Hope’s Health and Nutrition Initiative are invited to visit hohmartin.org/HopeforHealth or call Chelsea Paine at (772) 286-4673 x 1002.

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In Photo: Garden volunteer Diane Pawliczek harvests fresh hydroponic greens at the Agricultural and Vocational Training Farm in Palm City.

STUART – House of Hope is announcing a new Hope for Health and Nutrition Initiative designed to raise awareness about the high levels of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease in the community while helping to provide new solutions, enhance current solutions, and improve the general understanding of the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri states, “We are seeking to add ambassadors and partners to help advance the initiative for all residents, especially low-income families and individuals who currently suffer from these challenges in greater numbers and are at higher risk levels. For many local individuals and families, the health of the household is an obstacle to success.”

As for House of Hope’s role, the agency is working to improve and expand access to healthier foods for their clients and partner agencies, while also offering information and education on health and nutrition by providing the following programs: four client choice pantries offering a variety of fresh produce at no cost to clients; community nutrition gardens in East Stuart, Golden Gate and Banner Lake used for food production as well as gardening and nutrition programming; the Gardening to Grow Healthy Children program which reaches over 500 children and adults annually; free health and nutrition programs at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in conjunction with The Florida Department of Health; and the Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center, a state licensed facility used to prepare and package healthy food options for both residential households in need and clients experiencing homelessness.

Founding partners in the Hope for Health and Nutrition Initiative include The Children’s Services Council of Martin County, Community Foundation of Martin & St. Lucie Counties, Hobe Sound Community Chest, Palm City Farms Produce & Market, United Way of Martin County, and the Florida Department of Health Martin County.

The public is invited to join the cause via the Health and Nutrition Ambassador Program, a countywide initiative designed to raise awareness and understanding of major health concerns, especially those that relate to diet and nutrition and to assist in providing and enhancing solutions and opportunities to drive improvements. Ambassadors may be an individual or family, as well as businesses, churches, youth groups, schools, social groups or others. Multiple opportunities are available to participate as an ambassador. Those interested in signing on to become an ambassador or to learn more about House of Hope’s Health and Nutrition Initiative are invited to visit hohmartin.org/HopeforHealth or call Chelsea Paine at (772) 286-4673 x 1002.

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In Photo: The East Stuart Community Garden yielded a rainbow of healthy fruits, vegetables and herbs for the neighborhood. 

STUART – House of Hope is announcing a new Hope for Health and Nutrition Initiative designed to raise awareness about the high levels of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease in the community while helping to provide new solutions, enhance current solutions, and improve the general understanding of the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri states, “We are seeking to add ambassadors and partners to help advance the initiative for all residents, especially low-income families and individuals who currently suffer from these challenges in greater numbers and are at higher risk levels. For many local individuals and families, the health of the household is an obstacle to success.”

As for House of Hope’s role, the agency is working to improve and expand access to healthier foods for their clients and partner agencies, while also offering information and education on health and nutrition by providing the following programs: four client choice pantries offering a variety of fresh produce at no cost to clients; community nutrition gardens in East Stuart, Golden Gate and Banner Lake used for food production as well as gardening and nutrition programming; the Gardening to Grow Healthy Children program which reaches over 500 children and adults annually; free health and nutrition programs at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in conjunction with The Florida Department of Health; and the Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center, a state licensed facility used to prepare and package healthy food options for both residential households in need and clients experiencing homelessness.

Founding partners in the Hope for Health and Nutrition Initiative include The Children’s Services Council of Martin County, Community Foundation of Martin & St. Lucie Counties, Hobe Sound Community Chest, Palm City Farms Produce & Market, United Way of Martin County, and the Florida Department of Health Martin County.

The public is invited to join the cause via the Health and Nutrition Ambassador Program, a countywide initiative designed to raise awareness and understanding of major health concerns, especially those that relate to diet and nutrition and to assist in providing and enhancing solutions and opportunities to drive improvements. Ambassadors may be an individual or family, as well as businesses, churches, youth groups, schools, social groups or others. Multiple opportunities are available to participate as an ambassador. Those interested in signing on to become an ambassador or to learn more about House of Hope’s Health and Nutrition Initiative are invited to visit hohmartin.org/HopeforHealth or call Chelsea Paine at (772) 286-4673 x 1002.

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In Photo: GGCEcookingclass – The well-attended Gardening to Grow Healthy Families class taught parents and children how to grow and harvest basil and tomatoes in order to prepare their own healthy pesto dinner.  

STUART – House of Hope is announcing a new Hope for Health and Nutrition Initiative designed to raise awareness about the high levels of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease in the community while helping to provide new solutions, enhance current solutions, and improve the general understanding of the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri states, “We are seeking to add ambassadors and partners to help advance the initiative for all residents, especially low-income families and individuals who currently suffer from these challenges in greater numbers and are at higher risk levels. For many local individuals and families, the health of the household is an obstacle to success.”

As for House of Hope’s role, the agency is working to improve and expand access to healthier foods for their clients and partner agencies, while also offering information and education on health and nutrition by providing the following programs: four client choice pantries offering a variety of fresh produce at no cost to clients; community nutrition gardens in East Stuart, Golden Gate and Banner Lake used for food production as well as gardening and nutrition programming; the Gardening to Grow Healthy Children program which reaches over 500 children and adults annually; free health and nutrition programs at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in conjunction with The Florida Department of Health; and the Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center, a state licensed facility used to prepare and package healthy food options for both residential households in need and clients experiencing homelessness.

Founding partners in the Hope for Health and Nutrition Initiative include The Children’s Services Council of Martin County, Community Foundation of Martin & St. Lucie Counties, Hobe Sound Community Chest, Palm City Farms Produce & Market, United Way of Martin County, and the Florida Department of Health Martin County.

The public is invited to join the cause via the Health and Nutrition Ambassador Program, a countywide initiative designed to raise awareness and understanding of major health concerns, especially those that relate to diet and nutrition and to assist in providing and enhancing solutions and opportunities to drive improvements. Ambassadors may be an individual or family, as well as businesses, churches, youth groups, schools, social groups or others. Multiple opportunities are available to participate as an ambassador. Those interested in signing on to become an ambassador or to learn more about House of Hope’s Health and Nutrition Initiative are invited to visit hohmartin.org/HopeforHealth or call Chelsea Paine at (772) 286-4673 x 1002.

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In Photo: Harvest Day East Stuart – Neighbors and volunteers from the East Stuart neighborhood gathered to share in the bounty grown on the once barren plot of land.

STUART – House of Hope is announcing a new Hope for Health and Nutrition Initiative designed to raise awareness about the high levels of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease in the community while helping to provide new solutions, enhance current solutions, and improve the general understanding of the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri states, “We are seeking to add ambassadors and partners to help advance the initiative for all residents, especially low-income families and individuals who currently suffer from these challenges in greater numbers and are at higher risk levels. For many local individuals and families, the health of the household is an obstacle to success.”

As for House of Hope’s role, the agency is working to improve and expand access to healthier foods for their clients and partner agencies, while also offering information and education on health and nutrition by providing the following programs: four client choice pantries offering a variety of fresh produce at no cost to clients; community nutrition gardens in East Stuart, Golden Gate and Banner Lake used for food production as well as gardening and nutrition programming; the Gardening to Grow Healthy Children program which reaches over 500 children and adults annually; free health and nutrition programs at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in conjunction with The Florida Department of Health; and the Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center, a state licensed facility used to prepare and package healthy food options for both residential households in need and clients experiencing homelessness.

Founding partners in the Hope for Health and Nutrition Initiative include The Children’s Services Council of Martin County, Community Foundation of Martin & St. Lucie Counties, Hobe Sound Community Chest, Palm City Farms Produce & Market, United Way of Martin County, and the Florida Department of Health Martin County.

The public is invited to join the cause via the Health and Nutrition Ambassador Program, a countywide initiative designed to raise awareness and understanding of major health concerns, especially those that relate to diet and nutrition and to assist in providing and enhancing solutions and opportunities to drive improvements. Ambassadors may be an individual or family, as well as businesses, churches, youth groups, schools, social groups or others. Multiple opportunities are available to participate as an ambassador. Those interested in signing on to become an ambassador or to learn more about House of Hope’s Health and Nutrition Initiative are invited to visit hohmartin.org/HopeforHealth or call Chelsea Paine at (772) 286-4673 x 1002.

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First Presbyterian Church of Stuart Hosts Community Event That Includes Free Shredding

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Stuart-First Presbyterian Church of Stuart is offering a free event at a time when most people have either completed or nearly finished doing their taxes. Known as “Shredding Day,” organizers of this free community outreach event invite the public to bring boxes of paper that need shredding from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, to the church, 1715 NW Pine Lake Drive.

It’s also a time for families to bring the kids for children’s activities that will include a bounce house, face painting, fire truck tours, books offered by Poetic Justice and refreshments.

“This is an opportunity to safely dispose of your personal paper documents at our shredding event and bring the family out for a couple hours of fun,” said Rev. David Grachek. “We offer this as a community service day.”

Papers should be free of paper clips, metal binders and rubber bands. For more information, call (772) 692-0500.

The event is free although donations to the church are gratefully accepted.

About First Presbyterian Church of Stuart – Its first service was held in 1925 and the church was established in 1926. Through the years, services have been held in different buildings and locations and in 1961, the church as it stands today was built. Located at 1715 NW Pine Lake Drive in the community of North River Shores, Stuart, this family-oriented church is open and affirming to all. At the heart of its message is a conviction that God wants to encourage and inspire everyone. Its traditional worship service is held every Sunday at 10 a.m. and various programs are held throughout the week. For more information, call (772) 692-0500 or visit the website, www.stuartpres.org.

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Have you Paid Your Property Taxes Yet?
Tax Collector Extends Deadline

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March 31, 2019 is the last day to pay property taxes for the 2018 tax roll

On April 1, 2019 all unpaid accounts are required by law to be charged 3% interest plus feesAvoid the additional interest and fees by paying on time

Payment can be made online until 11:59pm on March 31st at http://taxcol.martin.fl.us/ws/ (E-checks are FREE)

Payment by mail MUST be postmarked on or before March 31, 2019.

Because March 31st falls on a Sunday, we will EXTEND payments at all locations for WALK-INS (hand-delivered) ONLY, to Monday, April 1st and not charge the interest and fees.

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Kiwanis Scholarship Golf Tournament a Huge Success

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In photo: One Kiwanis Scholarship Golf Tournament foursome: Jerry Rott, Kevin Rott, Michael Giessert and Joe Schebal.

Vero Beach- One hundred golfers participated in the 33rd annual Kiwanis Scholarship Golf Tournament held this past January 26 at Pointe West. According to event chairman, Matt Hamilton, “It was a great success! This is our most important fund raising event of the year and 100% of the revenues go towards scholarships for deserving Indian River County high school seniors.We want to give a special thanks to Club Pro, Steve Lupcho and Pointe West’s event coordinator, Russell Van Wyk, for all their efforts making the tournament go off without a hitch. We also want to give a shout out to the more than 50 individuals and businesses who contributed sponsorships and prizes. “

The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast was established in 1973. Its mission in our community is to help support childrens’education, activities and charities. Besides scholarships, our club actively sponsors Key Clubs in Vero Beach High School, Indian River County Charter High School, and Sebastian River High School. We also conduct community service work days involving Key Clubbers, have sponsored the Annual Take A Kid Fishing Tournament since 1991 and Youth In Action since 1998.

Kiwanis is a 100-year old global service organization based in the US with clubs in 80 countries, all dedicated to improving the lives of children. Kiwanis has served Vero Beach and Indian River County since 1935. For more information on our activities, members and membership information, visit our website at www.verokiwanis.com or call Robi Robinson at (772) 460-0925.

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45th Annual Music in Our Schools

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STUART, FL “Music in Our Schools” is March 26 at Martin County High School
The Martin County School District will sponsor the 45th Annual “Music in Our Schools” program on Tuesday, March 26 at 7pm. The free event will be held in the gymnasium at Martin County High School and will feature performances by elementary, middle, and high school music students.

The program is in recognition of the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) “Music In Our Schools” Month®.

The District’s 12 elementary schools will have their choruses perform as one team. Additionally, the choruses and bands from the District’s five middle schools will perform, as well as the choruses and bands from the District’s three high schools. There will be a special performance by the county-wide chorus, “FRIENDS.”

This year’s theme is “All Music, All People” which is NAfME’s way of encouraging schools to support music education in our communities and throughout the Nation.

“Music in Our Schools is time-honored event, for it demonstrates the District’s commitment to educate all students for success” says Dr. Tracey Miller, Chief Academic Officer for the Martin County School District.

“We understand and value the importance of broadening our efforts to reach the needs of each student, whether through the arts, career-technical education, or core academics to include Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs” she adds.

Co-organizer Joe Flanagan, the Assistant Principal at Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School, will serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. He has been involved with Music in Our Schools since 1988, when he was the band director at South Fork High School.

The public and the media are invited to attend this enjoyable evening of musical entertainment. The program will provide a special opportunity for members of the community to experience the music education throughout the District’s schools.

Martin County High School is located at 2801 South Kanner Highway in Stuart.

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Mutt March and Waterfest Join Forces on March 23

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STUART-Mutt March, the largest pet walk on the Treasure Coast, is coming to Memorial Park on March 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and for the first time, organizers will be combining this event with Waterfest, which is hosted by the City of Stuart and Students4H2O. Admission to the events is free. The only charge will be for runners who participate in a 5K race that will kick off the events.

“It made perfect sense to combine the two events because water is essential for not just people but for pets as well,” said Humane Society of the Treasure Coast Director of Community Outreach Courtney Zanetti.

A 5K run for both people and their furry friends will kick off the festivities with a 7 a.m. check in. The race will begin at 8 a.m. Awards will be presented at 9:30 a.m. Runners are encouraged to register in advance online for $35 at www.hstc.org/muttmarch.

At 10 a.m., the event gates will open. At 10:20, guests can parade their pets around the park in a group walk. Other activities include a flea-‘less’ market with local vendors and their wares, a lure course, mini derby races, food trucks, AKC Canine Good Citizen testing, a pet photo booth and the “famous canine costume contest,” which will begin at noon. A raffle drawing will be held at 1 p.m.

WaterFest and Students4H2O 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.

The Mutt March is presented by the Renee Silvester Foundation. Sponsors include Sunny 107.9, Stryker Electric & Air, Carl’s Buick GMC, Apex Pavers & Pools, Treasure Coast Legal, Northern Trust, Rick Carroll Insurance, Stuart Fence, Saelzer Atlas Wealth Management Group of Raymond James, and Monterey Animal Clinic.

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 info@students4H2O.org regarding Students4H2O. Anne Ellig is the WaterFest contact and may be reached at (772) 600-1206 or via email, aellig@ci.stuart.fl.us

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For the Love of Books and Readers

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In Photo: Bookmania! 2019 authors 

Jensen Beach – The Library Foundation of Martin County and the Martin County Library System celebrated the 25th anniversary of BookMania!, a free event for the public, on March 1 and 2.

On Friday evening, the foundation’s popular A Literary Affair hosted the BookMania! authors for an evening of fine dining and literary conversation at the Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. Guests mingled with the authors during the cocktail hour and then were seated with authors at each table for more intimate conversation during the three-course dinner.

“This year’s BookMania! was our 25th anniversary year and headlined the prolific and ever-popular James Patterson. The funds we raise during A Literary Affair underwrite BookMania!,” said the foundation’s president, Stacy Ranieri. BookMania!, including transportation and accommodation expenses for the authors, as well as facility expenses and other hard costs are covered through the generosity of the foundation’s sponsors and dinner attendees.

“Thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction and more were served up alongside a delicious dinner at this year’s A Literary Affair,” said Michael Kenny, the foundation’s executive director. “The event supports so much of what we do all year long while providing our guests with the opportunity to talk literature with some of the leading authors of the day.”

“Proceeds from this event and other foundation fundraising underwrote many other programs,” said Ranieri. “Over the last year these programs helped more than 1,400 adults in Martin County improve their literacy skills, 2,800 adults and children increase their art and cultural literacy through Gateway to the Arts classes, provided nearly 3,100 Martin County children with a critically needed summer reading program and an impressive 41,260 educational enrichment programs were provided to Martin County children with through our vibrant library system.”

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For the Love of Books and Readers

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In Photo: Author James Patterson was the keynote speaker at Bookmania!

Jensen Beach – The Library Foundation of Martin County and the Martin County Library System celebrated the 25th anniversary of BookMania!, a free event for the public, on March 1 and 2.

On Friday evening, the foundation’s popular A Literary Affair hosted the BookMania! authors for an evening of fine dining and literary conversation at the Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. Guests mingled with the authors during the cocktail hour and then were seated with authors at each table for more intimate conversation during the three-course dinner.

“This year’s BookMania! was our 25th anniversary year and headlined the prolific and ever-popular James Patterson. The funds we raise during A Literary Affair underwrite BookMania!,” said the foundation’s president, Stacy Ranieri. BookMania!, including transportation and accommodation expenses for the authors, as well as facility expenses and other hard costs are covered through the generosity of the foundation’s sponsors and dinner attendees.

“Thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction and more were served up alongside a delicious dinner at this year’s A Literary Affair,” said Michael Kenny, the foundation’s executive director. “The event supports so much of what we do all year long while providing our guests with the opportunity to talk literature with some of the leading authors of the day.”

“Proceeds from this event and other foundation fundraising underwrote many other programs,” said Ranieri. “Over the last year these programs helped more than 1,400 adults in Martin County improve their literacy skills, 2,800 adults and children increase their art and cultural literacy through Gateway to the Arts classes, provided nearly 3,100 Martin County children with a critically needed summer reading program and an impressive 41,260 educational enrichment programs were provided to Martin County children with through our vibrant library system.”

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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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Martin County Sheriff’s Office Teaches Foster Parents How to Keep Children Safe Online New Course Offered to All Parents

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Stuart – Parenting teens has never been a soft-pitch game. Throw in trauma and the curve-ball nature of social media, and today’s foster parents are playing in a league of their own.

But thanks to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, they now have a new tool to help make things easier.

Representatives from the sheriff’s office visited caregivers during last week’s Martin County Foster Parent Association meeting, bringing with them a new course designed to help parents keep up with their children’s safety online.

“We’re here tonight to find out what your children are doing online,” Corporal Brian Broughton said to the group of about 15 CCKids staff and foster parents, urging them to investigate their children’s online presence.

Through the course, trainers encourage parents to check privacy settings, to know whether their children’s online friends are friends in real life and to be wary of special apps designed to hide content.

“This is an important training for any parent, but there’s a particular need among foster parents,” said Jill Poole, CCKids Caregiver and Adoption Support Supervisor. “Children in foster care have experienced significant trauma and are more vulnerable to human trafficking and other crimes that are perpetrated online.”

Any group of parents interested in learning more about online safety for their children can contact the sheriff’s office and schedule a training.

For more information, call the non-emergency line of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office at (772) 220-7000.

Interested in becoming a foster parent? Call Jerra Wisecup at (772) 249-3188 or visit cckids.net. Or, if you are interested in being a Volunteer Child Advocate, call Nicole Hughes at (772) 785-5804.

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Ladies’ Night Out

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Our Purse Party is getting a makeover! Grab your girlfriends and get ready for a fun night of shopping and pampering on March 21st from 5:30-8:30 PM. Yes, it’s Purse Party time, with a fun new spin to benefit The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast!

This modified Purse Party is welcoming women throughout the Treasure Coast at the gorgeous Mansion at Tuckahoe in the heart of Indian Riverside Park overlooking the water. The Treasure Coast community has been incredibly supportive by donating to our Gift Card Tree (valuing at over $2,000), our Silent Auction featuring designer bags, facial packages, painting classes, and more, as well as passed appetizers from Kyle G’s Prime Seafood, The Chef’s Table, Elegant Catering, Sonny’s BBQ, Carmela’s, Michelina’s, Baked by Crissy, LLC, and Red Lobster, to name a few. The bar will feature wine, a Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco Signature Drink provided by donor and board member Kristin Crall, wine, and beer donated by Sidedoor Brewing Company.

We are taking shopping, pampering, and auction winning to a completely new level so we hope to see the Treasure Coast join us for this fundraiser to benefit The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. Tickets are available on our website calendar at www.childrensmuseumtc.org. Proceeds from the event will be used to update and improve the Museum’s existing exhibits, as well as new educational programs.

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

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Our Purse Party is getting a makeover! Grab your girlfriends and get ready for a fun night of shopping and pampering on March 21st from 5:30-8:30 PM. Yes, it’s Purse Party time, with a fun new spin to benefit The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast!

This modified Purse Party is welcoming women throughout the Treasure Coast at the gorgeous Mansion at Tuckahoe in the heart of Indian Riverside Park overlooking the water. The Treasure Coast community has been incredibly supportive by donating to our Gift Card Tree (valuing at over $2,000), our Silent Auction featuring designer bags, facial packages, painting classes, and more, as well as passed appetizers from Kyle G’s Prime Seafood, The Chef’s Table, Elegant Catering, Sonny’s BBQ, Carmela’s, Michelina’s, Baked by Crissy, LLC, and Red Lobster, to name a few. The bar will feature wine, a Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco Signature Drink provided by donor and board member Kristin Crall, wine, and beer donated by Sidedoor Brewing Company.

We are taking shopping, pampering, and auction winning to a completely new level so we hope to see the Treasure Coast join us for this fundraiser to benefit The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. Tickets are available on our website calendar at www.childrensmuseumtc.org. Proceeds from the event will be used to update and improve the Museum’s existing exhibits, as well as new educational programs.

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

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LUNAFEST®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted by the Junior League of Martin County at Flagler Place in Downtown Stuart, 201 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994 on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through eight short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. All proceeds from LUNAFEST will go directly to the League to help support their mission of giving back to the local communities.

WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2019, Festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a Cocktail Reception and the Films begin at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994

TICKETS: Tickets are $50 for advance purchase and include viewing of the films, light bites and open bar during the cocktail reception and intermission, live entertainment, amazing silent auction items, a swag bag, and more! If available, tickets may be purchased at the door for $60. Tickets are available to purchase at bit.ly/LUNAFESTStuart.

CONTACT: For more information please contact Kathleen Dempsey, LUNAFEST Chair, lunafest@jlmcflorida.org or (772) 618-0751.

The Junior League of Martin County is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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South Fork HS Student Selected to Compete in 2019 Special Olympics

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For South Fork High School senior Cori Davis, the month of March will forever represent more than just the start of spring. As a renowned Special Olympics equestrian who has been selected to compete in next month’s World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March will always hold a special place in Cori’s heart.

Cori is an active member of Martin County’s chapter of Special Olympics Florida. As an organization, Special Olympics Florida has been invited to send 22 athletes to the 2019 World Games, which will bring together more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries in the spirit of inspiring, friendly competition. Athletes will compete in 24 events throughout the week of March 14 – 21, 2019, including basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, sailing and swimming.

While representing one’s county, state and nation on a global stage would seem like a daunting task to most people, Cori isn’t fazed. She’s happy to compete, sharing that the best part of her experience in the Special Olympics program has been meeting so many new people who do not care about each other’s differences.

“I love sports, and this [participating in the Special Olympics program] gives me an avenue to do that,” she shares.

Cori’s trip to Abu Dhabi will cost approximately $5,000. Those interested in learning more or donating funds to help defray the cost of travel and other expenses are encouraged to visit the Special Olympics Florida website.

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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.
Visit www.martin.fl.us, Martin County’s online resource for services, information and news, and follow us on social media for daily updates. Follow us on Twitter @MartinCountygov and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners.

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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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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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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.

The Law Office of Brandon Woodward,P.A.
27 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34994
772.497.6544 / brandon@woodwardcounsel.com

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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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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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