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Village of Indiantown Will Begin Accepting and Processing Building Permit Applications

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Effective Friday, June 1, 2018 the Village of Indiantown will begin accepting and processing Building Permit applications for and within the incorporated boundaries of the Village of Indiantown. The Martin County Building Department will continue to provide services to the areas of Indiantown that remain unincorporated. To determine if your project is located in the Villages, view the Revised Boundary Map.

If you have an existing building permit issued by the Martin County Building Department for a project presently located in the Villages of Indiantown, the Martin County Building Department will continue to service the permit through its final closure.

The Village of Indiantown office is located at:

16550 SW Warfield Boulevard
Indiantown, FL, 34956

Phone: (772) 597-9900
Hours: Thursdays and Fridays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Website: The Village of Indiantown

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Troy McDonald Invites You to a Meet and Greet

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Commissioner Troy McDonald Invites you to join him at Engel & Volkers for a Meet and Greet
Tuesday June 19
5:30 – 7:00pm
600 East Ocean Blvd, Stuart
Paid for by Troy McDonald for Stuart City Commission

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Teens Night Out, Parents Night Off

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The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department and the Teen Advisory Board are excited to announce the 2018 Summer Slam Jam teen-only event will take place on Thursday, June 28, from 6 -10 p.m. at Jensen Beach Bowl, 2303 NE Dixie Hwy, Jensen Beach.

Thanks to funding from the Children’s Services Council of Martin County and a sponsorship from Tykes and Teens, this event is FREE! Teenagers will enjoy unlimited bowling (shoes included), karaoke, Nerf Wars, free pizza and drinks and receive 20 tokens for the arcade for a fun teen-only evening.

Parks and Recreation staff will be chaperoning the event creating a parent-free environment where teenagers can relax and enjoy fun times with their peers, and giving parents a few worry-free hours for themselves, a win-win combination for everyone!

Space at the venue is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please send an e-mail with the name, date of birth and school name to teens@martin.fl.us. For more information about this and other teen events please contact Bryan at bbuxton@martin.fl.us.

Find more information on Parks and Recreation’s facilities, special events, activities and programs at www.LoveMCparks.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.
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Brain Olympics at the Kane Center

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In Photo: Dr. Arif Dalvi, neurologist with Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute, Mark Brody, with Scripps Institute

The 2018 Brain Olympics was held at The Charles and Rae Kane Center in Stuart. The are located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart.

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, working out those brains (and bodies) with chess, trivia, tai chi and much much more. You could even be a gold medalist!

Game directors were Dr. Arif Dalvi, neurologist with Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute; Dr. Corinne Lasmezas, graduate program professor with Scripps Institute; and Donna True, LCSW with the Alzheimer’s Association. A light lunch was served.

The event was sponsored by Elder Home Care Services, Aycock Funeral Homes and Stuart Lodge.

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Brain Olympics at the Kane Center

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The 2018 Brain Olympics was held at The Charles and Rae Kane Center in Stuart. The are located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart.

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, working out those brains (and bodies) with chess, trivia, tai chi and much much more. You could even be a gold medalist!

Game directors were Dr. Arif Dalvi, neurologist with Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute; Dr. Corinne Lasmezas, graduate program professor with Scripps Institute; and Donna True, LCSW with the Alzheimer’s Association. A light lunch was served.

The event was sponsored by Elder Home Care Services, Aycock Funeral Homes and Stuart Lodge.

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Brain Olympics at the Kane Center

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The 2018 Brain Olympics was held at The Charles and Rae Kane Center in Stuart. The are located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart.

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, working out those brains (and bodies) with chess, trivia, tai chi and much much more. You could even be a gold medalist!

Game directors were Dr. Arif Dalvi, neurologist with Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute; Dr. Corinne Lasmezas, graduate program professor with Scripps Institute; and Donna True, LCSW with the Alzheimer’s Association. A light lunch was served.

The event was sponsored by Elder Home Care Services, Aycock Funeral Homes and Stuart Lodge.

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Brain Olympics at the Kane Center

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The 2018 Brain Olympics was held at The Charles and Rae Kane Center in Stuart. The are located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart.

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, working out those brains (and bodies) with chess, trivia, tai chi and much much more. You could even be a gold medalist!

Game directors were Dr. Arif Dalvi, neurologist with Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute; Dr. Corinne Lasmezas, graduate program professor with Scripps Institute; and Donna True, LCSW with the Alzheimer’s Association. A light lunch was served.

The event was sponsored by Elder Home Care Services, Aycock Funeral Homes and Stuart Lodge.

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IRSC Program Showcase to Highlight All the College Offers the Community

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In Photo: Indian River State College (IRSC) is hosting a special community “Program Showcase” Tuesday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Koblegard Student Union (KSU) on the Main Campus to share all that will share all that IRSC has to offer. Music, raffles, and plenty of information will be available at the showcase.

The best time to consider furthering an education is now, and this summer is no exception. Indian River State College (IRSC) is hosting a special community “Program Showcase” Tuesday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Koblegard Student Union (KSU) on the Main Campus to share all that the College has to offer.

Music, raffles, and plenty of information will be available at the Program Showcase. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and speak with IRSC students, faculty, and staff as well as get a glimpse of campus life, academic programs, clubs, and organizations. In addition, they can browse the IRSC River Shop bookstore, grab a bite to eat, or pick up coffee in the café.

Meet the team from faculty and staff representing the IRSC School of Business, IRSC School of Education, Advanced Technology, Health Science, Industrial Education, Performing and Visual Arts, Public Service Education, the DECA club, the Farmworker Career Development Program, the Honors Program, and the LEAP leadership program. Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Student Support Services, and the Bookstore will also take part in the Showcase.

The IRSC Main Campus is located at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. For more information on the IRSC Program Showcase, visit www.irsc.edu, email info@irsc.edu, or call 1-866-792-4772.

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United Way Funds New Programs, Invests More Than $2 Million in Martin County

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Stuart, FL –United Way of Martin County took a major step to make sure children start school ready to learn, graduate more students, lift families and individuals to financial stability and create a healthier community by investing $2,204,848 million in the community in 2018-2019.

As part of this impact, United Way recently announced community impact grant awards for 47 local programs and initiatives totaling $983,042 – a 5 percent increase in these grant awards compared to last year. When you combine this with the amount United Way is investing through donor designations, United Way of Martin County Foundation funding, CHARACTER COUNTS! mini-grants and literacy initiatives, and internal programs such as CHARACTER COUNTS! Martin Volunteers and United Way’s White Doves Holiday Project, United Way of Martin County’s total investment in the community is $2,204,848.

Each year, United Way raises funds through workplace or community campaigns, grants and corporate partnerships. These funds are invested in programs that assist individuals and families in Martin County who are struggling to meet basic needs in the areas of education, financial stability and health.

“Many people are surprised to learn that 41 percent of our households are either living in or on the edge of poverty,” said United Way of Martin County President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez. “Our problems may be well hidden, but at United Way we go looking for our community’s most daunting social crises and we find every dollar we can to address them.”

In education, United Way is investing in programs that increase the quality of preschools available to our kids as well as focus on achieving grade-level reading, and provide the support necessary to see our kids through high school graduation and beyond.

For financial stability, United Way is investing in programs helping individuals and families achieve and maintain financial stability with a focus on workforce development through education, job placement and retention and legal mediation. The goal is to help our community earn it, keep it and save it. United Way is also supporting food and housing assistance programs.

And in the focus area of health, United Way is investing in programs that help our community members prevent trauma, make healthy choices, manage chronic disease and increase access to health care.

United Way invested in a number of new programs this year including:

A challenge grant for Project LIFT Pre-Apprenticeship Certification Program. The Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Carpentry that allows teens access to a career pathway with a livable wage;

Helping People Succeed’s Behavioral Services program. This program will provide Parenting classes, support and outreach for special child populations, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Pre- and post- adoptive and foster children, and children with behavior disorders.

Martin County School District Getting Ready for Kindergarten program. This is a summer program for children entering kindergarten with suspected below level literacy mastery and Professional Development for VPK teachers at child care centers.

Martin County School District Head Start Program. This program will provide culturally sensitive, low literacy materials that will engage and empower families to make healthy decisions.

United Way’s impact goes beyond financial support. Each year the organization helps taxpayers in low-income households keep more of their hard-earned money by providing free tax preparation services. This year, trained volunteers prepared 267 tax returns for Martin County residents. This free tax preparation program brought $298,585 back to residents and into the community through tax refunds while saving $70,000 in tax preparation fees.

United Way’s passionate and hardworking volunteer network also drives meaningful impact in the community. Through United Way of Martin County’s volunteer center, Martin Volunteers, more than 1,200 volunteers devoted nearly 100,000 reported hours in service to nonprofit and public agencies, providing an estimated dollar value of $2.24 million for their volunteer time.

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SFWMD Levees Ready for Hurricane Season

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District-maintained flood control system includes 2,000 miles of levees routinely inspected and maintained to protect families and businesses

West Palm Beach, FL – With the rainy season in full effect and hurricane season fast approaching, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is hard at work inspecting and maintaining 2,000 miles of levees to protect the region’s 8.1 million residents from flooding.

“Our levees are an integral part of our flood protection system,” said SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik. “I am proud to assure residents as we head into the hurricane season that our levees, after having undergone rigorous inspections, are prepared to ensure the safety of all South Floridians.”

SFWMD operates and maintains the regional water management system known as the Central and Southern Florida Project, which was authorized by Congress more than 60 years ago to protect residents and businesses from floods and droughts. This primary system encompasses more than 2,100 miles of canals, 2,000 miles of levees and berms and more than 600 water control structures and 70 pump stations. Community drainage districts and hundreds of smaller neighborhood systems connect to SFWMD’s regional system to effectively manage floodwaters during heavy rain events.

These crucial levees include those built by SFWMD as well as those built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and later transferred to SFWMD to operate and maintain.

SFWMD routinely inspects its levees to ensure their structural integrity and ability to provide flood protection. Many of the highest-priority

levees in the system have had refurbishment work performed to keep them in optimum condition.

An example of the safety inspection protocols and how well SFWMD’s levees perform was evident last summer when heavy rains filled up the water conservation areas whose eastern containment feature is the East Coast Protective Levee that separates the conservation areas from residents of western Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. SFWMD inspectors continually inspected this stretch of levee during those months of high water and found no deficiencies or problem areas.

In 2014 and 2015, SFWMD invested nearly $30 million upgrading approximately 71 miles of the East Coast Protective Levee that protects millions of residents in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The upgrades to improve the levee’s ability to hold water included flattening levee slopes, raising the levee heights in areas, building seepage berms, replacing older structures and minimizing encroachments on the levee. The work performed by the District addressed the findings of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements for the East Coast Protective Levee upgrades. District ad valorem revenues funded the entire project.

The upgrades meet all FEMA standards and SFWMD certified the levee to FEMA as being able to withstand a 100-year storm event, which helped avoid potential increases in flood insurance costs for residents living in the levee floodplain. These efforts complement other works in Miami-Dade County, where the District is in the process of raising the banks of the C-4 Canal improving flood protection for approximately half-a-million residents.

 

Hurricane Season Coming: Red Cross Shares Steps to Take Now for Hurricane Safety

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MIAMI-The 2018 Hurricane Season begins June 1 and the American Red Cross has steps people should take now to get ready. Hurricane season runs until November 30.

Hurricanes cause problems for people in coastal areas and can also cause damage hundreds of miles inland. “These are dangerous storms that can affect people living here in South Florida,” said Joanne Nowlin, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross South Florida Region. “It’s time to get ready now, before a storm threatens.”

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

Build an emergency kit with a gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for an infant if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information. Many of these items are available through the Red Cross Store at redcrossstore.org.

Talk with household members and create an evacuation plan. Practicing the plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.

Be informed. Learn about the community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for pets. Take a First Aid and CPR/AED course (redcross.org/takeaclass) so you know what to do in case emergency help is delayed.

Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to select up to 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts on their mobile device. The content includes expert guidance on what to do before, during and after different emergencies or disasters from home fires to hurricanes. The app can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross, texting ‘EMERGENCY’ to 90999, or by going to redcross.org/apps.

If someone already has a disaster kit, now is the time make sure the food and water is still okay to consume and that copies of important documents are up to date. If they already have an emergency plan for their household, they should talk about it again with family members, so everyone knows what to do if an emergency occurs.

HELP FOR BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS

The Red Cross Ready Rating™ program helps businesses, schools and other organizations prepare for emergencies that can disrupt daily operations. Ready Rating™ offers specific steps that organizations can take to be better prepared. It includes a planning tool to help their employees or members know what their roles are in the early hours of an emergency, what their next steps are, and a resource center with tools that help businesses, employees and students develop and practice preparedness plans. More information about this valuable program can be found at readyrating.org.

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Fair Connects the Behavioral Health Pieces

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Port St. Lucie – In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Devereux Community Based Care and the area’s managing entity for mental health and substance abuse services teamed up this month to host the area’s first behavioral health fair.

About 60 people attended the event, which was coordinated by Devereux CBC and Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network to educate local providers of one another’s resources and to create awareness of those resources among child-welfare professionals.

“We thought this event would help educate and connect community providers – those who work with families daily but who may not be aware of certain available resources,” said Melanie Baculima, event coordinator and Devereux CBC behavioral health supervisor. “It also allows those same providers to connect faces to names as we all are working together to ensure the safety and well-being of our families.”

The event definitely met its goals, Baculima said, adding that plans for next year’s fair are already underway. Many providers who attended the fair started forging new relationships and even planning upcoming trainings together.

Some of the 16 vendors who attended the fair include Sequel Care of Florida, New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, Suncoast Mental Health and Sunshine Health.

“We’re going to work on better attendance next year,” Baculima said. “And we want to include more professionals working in the schools, child protective investigators from the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Juvenile Justice.”

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Waste Management of Florida Ready for 2018 Hurricane Season
Bagster® Service Available for On-Demand Hurricane Debris Removal and Disposal

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TREASURE COAST, Fla. — May 29, 2018 — It’s the type of service you rarely think about until it’s truly needed. Much like electricity for your home or gasoline in your vehicle, most Florida residents may take their garbage or recycling collection for granted under ordinary daily circumstances.

“Following a powerful hurricane, one of the most essential needs for a community to begin recovery is the reliable return of its most vital services,” said Dawn McCormick, Community Affairs Director for Waste Management Inc. of Florida. “That’s why we spend a lot of time in the weeks and months prior to the start of hurricane season focusing within our company on annual hurricane preparation and recovery planning.”

The company also issues public advisories to residents and businesses about storm preparation. This information includes:

NOW:

• Trim your trees, hedges and other landscaping now. Do not wait for the approach of a major storm.

• Clean out your garage and storage areas at home now and donate your unneeded items or discard them. Do not wait for the approach of a major storm.

AT LEAST THREE DAYS BEFORE THE APPROACH OF A MAJOR STORM:

• Secure garbage and recycling containers. Place empty containers in a secure location away from open spaces.

• Stop all yard maintenance and tree trimming activities when there is a named storm with a predicted Florida landfall.

• Bundle and tie down all loose trash such as tree limbs, wood planks or building and roof tiles. Place these materials in a location where debris cannot become hazardous to homes and automobiles in high winds.

• Waste Management will continue to collect household garbage and recycling materials in the neighborhoods it serves according to designated schedules until a hurricane warning is issued.

AFTER THE STORM:

• After the storm passes, separate normal household garbage such as food refuse, diapers and regular household waste from storm debris caused by high winds, hail and rain. Storm debris including tree limbs, carpet and padding, aluminum and wood fencing, and household appliances should be placed curbside in a separate pile or piles.

• Separating normal household waste from storm debris will allow Waste Management employees to collect your household garbage more quickly and safely, and help prevent odors and safety hazards that would be created by mixing your household garbage with storm debris. The separation is also necessary to allow Waste Management to collect normal household waste and to permit other firms to collect storm debris in accordance with arrangements made by local municipalities and/or the County with contractors independent from Waste Management.

• Waste Management will restart curbside garbage and recycling collection of normal household waste on the streets that are passable upon approval from law enforcement and municipal officials. The company will expand its routes to additional areas as more streets become clear of debris and other impediments.

“After a hurricane or significant storm blows through a community, there are few more welcome signs of things getting back to normal than seeing our people doing their jobs,” said McCormick. “Once public safety is restored, the rapid recovery of a town or city begins with the startup of routine services. While contractors from other companies are contracted to pick up storm debris, Waste Management focuses on restoring regular household collection from the curbside.”

Also available in Waste Management’s mix of hurricane preparedness and recovery services is the Bagster® bag. An innovation in waste removal, Bagster is ideal in situations where there is a need to discard more debris than can fit in a typical bin or garbage receptacle, but not enough to require a dumpster. Available at local home improvement stores, Bagster bags are strong enough to hold 3,300 pounds of severe storm and hurricane debris items, such as tree stumps, large tree limbs, roofing shingles, full sheets of plywood and sheetrock.

“Our value to a community is not always apparent unless collection stops,” added McCormick. “Doing everything we can to prepare before, and return to service after a crisis, is what being a good community partner is all about.”

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Interim Chief of Police Announced

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Stuart – The Stuart Police Department  introduced their new Interim Chief of Police, Joseph Tumminelli.

Interim Chief Tumminelli has served with the Stuart Police Department for the past 21 years. He has held numerous positions over the years including Sergeant, Special Response Team Commander, as well as Captain over road patrol and support divisions.

Whether tenure as Chief is temporary or long term, he will remain committed to providing citizens and visitors of Stuart exceptional police service while building relationships and creating trust.”

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Our Passion Gets a New Name, and it is…

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Port St. Lucie – One month and 114 suggestions later, Devereux Community Based Care has a new name – Communities Connected for Kids.

Names were submitted to a renaming contest hosted by Devereux CBC earlier this month as part of a larger re-branding initiative called New Name, Same Passion.

“The point of our re-branding is to be fully integrated into the communities we serve, so we thought it was important to include those communities in the process,” said Christina Kaiser, community relations director for Devereux Community Based Care.

A short list of submissions was created and voted on by the organization’s employees and contracted dependency case managers with the winning entry going to Devereux CBC Road to Success Supervisor Chris Martinez.

Martinez, whose program prepares teens and young adults for life outside foster care, was awarded a $50 gift card for his submission.

“We think this is the name that best captures who we are,” Kaiser said. “We are four counties, four communities working together to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of abused, abandoned and neglected children.”

The new name and brand will officially go into use July 1, when all accompanying changes will be finalized. Until then, the organization will continue to go by the name Devereux Community Based Care.

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8th Annual JRC Consulting Group Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Quantum House and Molly’s House

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In Photo: John Carr, Gibran Sanchez, Debora Fiske, Jon Sands, Janice Brunson, Bill West, Robi Jurney, Michelle Martin-Carr;
Not pictured: Christina Hunter and Pete Lashenka

PALM CITY, Fla – The 8th annual JRC Consulting Group Charity Golf Tournament will take place on June 2, benefiting Quantum House and Molly’s House to support families in medical crisis.

This year’s tournament takes place at the upscale Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club in Palm City. Registration starts at 7 a.m. and includes a continental breakfast. The entry fee is $125 per golfer or $450 per foursome.

Both benefiting charities provide much-needed resources to families facing a medical crisis.

For over 20 years, Molly’s House has provided a home away from home to over 22,500 people while they or a loved one were going through medical crisis.

Quantum House, located in West Palm Beach, is a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition.

This year’s tournament is presented by Venture Construction Group of Florida.

“We are very proud to partner with John and his foundation on this golf outing to benefit Quantum House and Molly’s House,” said Steve Shanton, President of Venture Construction Group of Florida. “We give back to the communities we serve in many ways and as a company that puts homes and businesses back together after storms and other disasters, it makes perfect sense for us to assist these organizations that assist so many families in a time of need.”

To register for the tournament, visit birdeasepro.com/jrccharitygolf or call 561-541-0947 for more information.

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Irene Villa brings Insurance Agency Knowledge to Advocate for Property Owners at Recovery Insurance Adjusters

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PALM CITY-Irene Villa has joined the team at Recovery Insurance Adjusters.  Having moved to Florida in 2007, Irene missed the opportunity to assist with the prior hurricane claims but is welcoming the influx of inquiries regarding the recent Irma devastation to Florida, among other claims.    Recovery Insurance Adjusters is pleased to welcome aboard Irene, a licensed Insurance Agent who is a graduate from the University of Notre Dame and a prior business owner herself.  Irene brings not only her expertise in insurance language, but she is also bilingual in Spanish opening the door to assist the Hispanic community.   Irene has worked on the Agency side of insurance, earning her 2-20 Agent license while assisting, educating and offering insurance solutions on the Independent side. At Recovery Insurance Adjusters, Irene looks forward to representing Florida property owners. Her experience and expertise will serve the community in ensuring property claims are satisfactorily settled.  Recovery Insurance Adjusters work on insurance claims in the residential, commercial and marine industries. Recovery Insurance Adjusters proudly serves all of Florida, focusing efforts on the Treasure Coast and Collier County. The company strives to provide world-class assistance for clients to resolve fire, water/flood, hurricane, theft and mold related claims.   Irene and Recovery Insurance Adjusters are eager to share their ability to serve the community and advocate for policyholders to guide them through the claim process.

Details can be found at https://riadjusters.com/.  Irene’s license number is W207936.  Inquiries are welcome at 772237-0892.

Contact Joseph Patrick Connelly Lic# E157037 Recovery Insurance Adjusters Phone: 772-237-0892 Website: https://riadjusters.com/

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Treasure Coast Food Bank Recruiting Summer Meal Sites for Kids

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The idyllic summer should be carefree – and hunger-free. But that’s not always the case for kids who rely on the school cafeteria for meals.

Treasure Coast Food Bank wants to ensure that kids won’t have to worry about getting a meal because school’s out for summer. The Food Bank is recruiting partners who want to help by participating in its Summer Meals program to ensure that students whose families don’t always have enough food are able to eat nutritious meals all summer.

The Summer Meals program provides meals to youth 18 years and younger at no cost to them. Treasure Coast Food Bank partners with churches, community centers, youth development organizations, and other agencies that can offer a place to feed the kids.

Treasure Coast Food Bank prepares each meal daily throughout the summer. The meals typically include fresh-made sandwiches and wraps, hand-made salads, and fresh cut fruits and veggies. The program will run every week day from May 29 to August 10. Meal times vary depending on the location. The program also is available to organizations that run programs for limited times, such as Vacation Bible School programs.

“Our goal is not only to provide nutritious food but to ensure the children in our community have a worry-free summer and enjoy summer vacation the way it’s meant to be,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO Judith Cruz.

More than 50,000 students are eligible for free meals from local school districts on the Treasure Coast. Only about 6 percent participate in a Summer Meals program. Treasure Coast Food Bank has set a goal of once again providing 30 sites for Summer Meals.

There will be an informational webinar at 3 p.m. on May 8th for organizations interested in learning more about participating as a site for the Summer Food Service Program. To learn more, please visit https://stophunger.org/sfsp.

The program is supported in part through donations. Anyone wanting to support Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Summer Meals Program can make a donation through www.stophunger.org.

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First Presbyterian Church of Stuart Hosts Community Day

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Stuart, Fla. — Each year, First Presbyterian Church of Stuart organizes a community outreach event promoted as “Shredding Day.” The idea evolved in the wake of tax season as an opportunity to give the public a free way to shred their documents they no longer need. But it’s much more than that.

At the same time, it’s an opportunity for families to come out to enjoy activities that this year included pony rides, a bounce house, face painting and fire truck tours for the kids along with free food and beverages for all.

“It’s really an excuse to hang out together and have fun,” said Rev. David Grachek. “We view this as a community service day.”

Little did the pastor know that the fire truck and firefighters would be put to actual use during the event. Toward the event’s end, guests began smelling smoke and then saw smoke pouring out of the shredding truck. Somehow the truck’s contents sparked a fire and luckily, the firefighters on site immediately shifted from tour duty into work mode. They were able to quench the fire to avert any damage to the truck or guests.

“Our shredding day almost became an incinerator day,” said Grachek, who was grateful for the firefighters who responded so quickly.

Although the event was free, the church collected $865 in donations from guests and more than 3,000 pounds of documents were shredded.

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Martin County Residents to Help Stamp Out Hunger May 12

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MARTIN COUNTY- Local residents are urged to join in the nation’s largest single-day food drive, Stamp Out Hunger, which will be conducted Saturday, May 12, 2018. Stamp Out Hunger is organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers, and House of Hope is the primary recipient of the food collected in Martin County.

The public is encouraged to participate by putting nonperishable food items in bags by their mailbox for their letter carrier to pick up May 12. Recommended food items include tomato products (sauce, paste, whole, diced, etc.), canned fruit, dry pasta, boxed or bagged cereals, peanut butter & jelly, and canned meats.

The drive typically provides over 60,000 pounds of food to House of Hope that is donated by local residents, collected by letter carriers and sorted by volunteers. The community’s support for Stamp Out Hunger comes at a critical time for stocking House of Hope’s Client Choice pantries, as a spike in need typically occurs during summer months when children are not receiving school lunches and many workers have their hours cut back because of seasonal employment.

According to House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri, “The latest reports tell us that there are 17,704 Martin County residents living below the poverty line and an additional 19,600 that are “food insecure”. Every bag left for your postal carrier to pick up creates a significant local impact by helping House of Hope to provide these individuals and families with adequate nutrition.”

Joining in the thousands of generous participants involved nationwide May 12, hundreds of local volunteers have registered to lend part of their Saturday to help collect, transport, sort and organize the anticipated tens of thousands of pounds of donated food. Community-minded sponsors have stepped up to help support House of Hope’s important day including: Hooks Construction, Brooklyn Joe’s Pizza, Waste Management, Cassidy’s Ice, Circular Recycling, Impact Designs, Crary Buchanan Attorneys at Law, and the Martin County Fairgrounds.

For more information about how the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive impacts Martin County residents striving to overcome hunger and hardship, visit hohmartin.org or call (772)286-4673 x 1004.

About House of Hope

Founded in 1984, House of Hope touches the lives of about 6,000 people per month with services that include basic needs — food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance — and long-term case management that help people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. House of Hope recently opened the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offering the community free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health and overall well-being.

For more information about House of Hope, visit www.hohmartin.org or call (772) 286-4673.

About the National Association of Letter Carriers

The 280,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions. The Letter Carriers’ food drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. It remains as important as ever, with many people facing economic struggles. Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. For more information, visit nalc.org

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Flood Insurance Rates to Decrease in Martin County

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Local lenders, insurance and real estate agencies were notified that the premium cost of flood insurance for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies issued or renewed in Special Flood Hazard Areas on or after May 1, 2018 will be given an additional 5 percent discount, for a total discount of 20 percent.

“The discount confirms the county continues to implement activities which go above and beyond the minimum flood protection standards,” said Lisa Wichser, County Engineer/ Flood Plain Administrator. As a result of the county’s efforts, the floodplain management activities implemented by our community qualify Martin County as a Class 6 in the NFIP Community Rating System (CSR).

Martin County provides digital copies of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) at www.martin.fl.us/Flood. For questions regarding flood zone determination, residents can request assistance through the county’s website at http://bit.ly/FloodZoneInfo or contact the county at (772) 219-4945.

Residents are encouraged to follow us on Twitter @martincountygov and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners to stay current on all county news and happenings.

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Acuity Home Watch Earns Accredited Status from National Home Watch Association

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PALM CITY – Acuity Home Watch has earned Accredited Member status from the National Home Watch Association. The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada (www.nationalhomewatchassociation.org). Home Watch is a service that “keeps an eye on things” at your vacation or primary home while you are not in residence.

Co-owner Deborah Rieback has a true passion for working with people and helping others. As a longtime homeowner in South Florida, she knows the importance of protecting a home and property during a storm. Following a career as a special education teacher and personal assistant, Deborah relocated to Palm City from Delray Beach. She identified the need for a trustworthy, detail-oriented company to care for seasonal residents’ homes while they are away. Deborah is an active member of the International Concierge & Lifestyle Management Network.

Co-owner Peter Van Alstyne comes to Acuity Home Watch with an extensive and varied professional career. He retired early from a major Northeast bank and purchased a second home on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. After moving to South Florida in 2012, he accepted a position at a large hotel in Jupiter, Florida. During this time, he also became a licensed Community Association Manager.

Acuity Home Watch serves Martin, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach Counties. You can reach them at (772) 288-0972 or at info@acuityhomewatch.com. Learn more at www.acuityhomewatch.com.

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Rehmann Supports Culinary Arts Through Cooking Competition

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On Monday, April 23, Rehmann’s Vero Beach, FL office hosted its third annual Indian River State College (IRSC) Chef Challenge at Quail Valley River Club. The event offered students an opportunity to showcase their culinary talents in an effort to win a scholarship.

Students were divided into four groups of two, and were required to create a specialty dish and a mystery dish. The mystery dish included a secret ingredient, quail eggs, that was presented to the chefs during the competition.

Event attendees judged the dishes based on taste, presentation, texture and creativity.

Rehmann associates Cheri Jones, CPA and Jeff Phillips, CFA, CPA and managing director of Rehmann Financial presented the coveted championship trophy along with scholarships, to winners Tamesha Hamilton and Garrett Boone.

Hamilton and Boone’s winning dish was braised collard greens, Southern crusted scallops with pickled green tomato relish and Cajun cream sauce.

“It is a joy to get together with members of the community to celebrate, recognize and support the exceptional culinary school we have right here in Indian River County,” said Phillips. “This is a fun and competitive event that provides these students an opportunity to utilize their talents and provide all of us with a sampling of their skills.”

Rehmann also presented a donation to the IRSC Foundation to benefit the culinary program at the college.

“Competitions in general are a great experience for our students,” said Bill Solomon, IRSC culinary instructor. “When we partner with Rehmann, our students benefit from the competition as well as the generosity of the folks at Rehmann who contribute towards scholarships intended for culinary students.”

About Rehmann

Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann has over 800 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

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Rehmann Supports Culinary Arts Through Cooking Competition

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On Monday, April 23, Rehmann’s Vero Beach, FL office hosted its third annual Indian River State College (IRSC) Chef Challenge at Quail Valley River Club. The event offered students an opportunity to showcase their culinary talents in an effort to win a scholarship.

Students were divided into four groups of two, and were required to create a specialty dish and a mystery dish. The mystery dish included a secret ingredient, quail eggs, that was presented to the chefs during the competition.

Event attendees judged the dishes based on taste, presentation, texture and creativity.

Rehmann associates Cheri Jones, CPA and Jeff Phillips, CFA, CPA and managing director of Rehmann Financial presented the coveted championship trophy along with scholarships, to winners Tamesha Hamilton and Garrett Boone.

Hamilton and Boone’s winning dish was braised collard greens, Southern crusted scallops with pickled green tomato relish and Cajun cream sauce.

“It is a joy to get together with members of the community to celebrate, recognize and support the exceptional culinary school we have right here in Indian River County,” said Phillips. “This is a fun and competitive event that provides these students an opportunity to utilize their talents and provide all of us with a sampling of their skills.”

Rehmann also presented a donation to the IRSC Foundation to benefit the culinary program at the college.

“Competitions in general are a great experience for our students,” said Bill Solomon, IRSC culinary instructor. “When we partner with Rehmann, our students benefit from the competition as well as the generosity of the folks at Rehmann who contribute towards scholarships intended for culinary students.”

About Rehmann

Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann has over 800 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

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Rehmann Supports Culinary Arts Through Cooking Competition

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On Monday, April 23, Rehmann’s Vero Beach, FL office hosted its third annual Indian River State College (IRSC) Chef Challenge at Quail Valley River Club. The event offered students an opportunity to showcase their culinary talents in an effort to win a scholarship.

Students were divided into four groups of two, and were required to create a specialty dish and a mystery dish. The mystery dish included a secret ingredient, quail eggs, that was presented to the chefs during the competition.

Event attendees judged the dishes based on taste, presentation, texture and creativity.

Rehmann associates Cheri Jones, CPA and Jeff Phillips, CFA, CPA and managing director of Rehmann Financial presented the coveted championship trophy along with scholarships, to winners Tamesha Hamilton and Garrett Boone.

Hamilton and Boone’s winning dish was braised collard greens, Southern crusted scallops with pickled green tomato relish and Cajun cream sauce.

“It is a joy to get together with members of the community to celebrate, recognize and support the exceptional culinary school we have right here in Indian River County,” said Phillips. “This is a fun and competitive event that provides these students an opportunity to utilize their talents and provide all of us with a sampling of their skills.”

Rehmann also presented a donation to the IRSC Foundation to benefit the culinary program at the college.

“Competitions in general are a great experience for our students,” said Bill Solomon, IRSC culinary instructor. “When we partner with Rehmann, our students benefit from the competition as well as the generosity of the folks at Rehmann who contribute towards scholarships intended for culinary students.”

About Rehmann

Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann has over 800 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

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Law Enforcement Torch Run

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Fort Pierce – On Saturday, April 21st St Lucie Country Sheriffs, Port St. Lucie Police Department, Fort Pierce Police Department and friends of Publix at St Andrew’s. All the athletes and supporters that helped make this awareness event a huge success. Food, drinks and a celebration was enjoyed by all. Changing lives!!

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Law Enforcement Torch Run

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Fort Pierce – On Saturday, April 21st St Lucie Country Sheriffs, Port St. Lucie Police Department, Fort Pierce Police Department and friends of Publix at St Andrew’s. All the athletes and supporters that helped make this awareness event a huge success. Food, drinks and a celebration was enjoyed by all. Changing lives!!

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Law Enforcement Torch Run

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Fort Pierce – On Saturday, April 21st St Lucie Country Sheriffs, Port St. Lucie Police Department, Fort Pierce Police Department and friends of Publix at St Andrew’s. All the athletes and supporters that helped make this awareness event a huge success. Food, drinks and a celebration was enjoyed by all. Changing lives!!

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Law Enforcement Torch Run

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2018 Soroptimist Of Martin County Women Of Distinction

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In photo:Winners of  Women of Distinction 2018 -Volunteer – Marion McKinney Carpenter, Civic/Professional  – Anita Cocoves, PH.D, Rising Star – Caroline Nolan, Business/ Professional -Lisa Grassam-Smith

Stuart – On Tuesday evening Martin County Soroptimist held their annual “Women of Distinction” recognition celebration at Mariner Sands Country Club. Recognition is given in four categories; “Business Professional”, Civic Professional”, “Volunteer”, and “Rising Star” women ages 17 – 21 the future of all our communities.

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best

Congratulations to the four recipients of the Soroptimist Women of Distinction awards. They are Lisa Grassam-Smith the Business category, Anita Cocoves, PH.D for the Civic/Professional category, Marion McKinney Carpenter in the Volunteer category and Rising Star category winner, Caroline Nolan from Jensen Beach High School.

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Stuart – On Tuesday evening Martin County Soroptimist held their annual “Women of Distinction” recognition celebration at Mariner Sands Country Club. Recognition is given in four categories; “Business Professional”, Civic Professional”, “Volunteer”, and “Rising Star” women ages 17 – 21 the future of all our communities.

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best

Congratulations to the four recipients of the Soroptimist Women of Distinction awards. They are Lisa Grassam-Smith the Business category, Anita Cocoves, PH.D for the Civic/Professional category, Marion McKinney Carpenter in the Volunteer category and Rising Star category winner, Caroline Nolan from Jensen Beach High School.

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2018 Soroptimist Of Martin County Women Of Distinction

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In photo:Janice Norman, Caroline Nolan – Women of Distinction Rising Star, Suzy Hutchsen, Elizabeth Bonan

Stuart –  On Tuesday evening Martin County Soroptimist held their annual “Women of Distinction” recognition celebration at Mariner Sands Country Club. Recognition is given in four categories; “Business Professional”, Civic Professional”, “Volunteer”, and “Rising Star” women ages 17 – 21 the future of all our communities.

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best

Congratulations to the four recipients of the Soroptimist Women of Distinction awards. They are Lisa Grassam-Smith the Business category, Anita Cocoves, PH.D for the Civic/Professional category, Marion McKinney Carpenter in the Volunteer category and Rising Star category winner, Caroline Nolan from Jensen Beach High School.

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Stuart – On Tuesday evening Martin County Soroptimist held their annual “Women of Distinction” recognition celebration at Mariner Sands Country Club. Recognition is given in four categories; “Business Professional”, Civic Professional”, “Volunteer”, and “Rising Star” women ages 17 – 21 the future of all our communities.

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best

Congratulations to the four recipients of the Soroptimist Women of Distinction awards. They are Lisa Grassam-Smith the Business category, Anita Cocoves, PH.D for the Civic/Professional category, Marion McKinney Carpenter in the Volunteer category and Rising Star category winner, Caroline Nolan from Jensen Beach High School.

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2018 Soroptimist Of Martin County Women Of Distinction

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Stuart – On Tuesday evening Martin County Soroptimist held their annual “Women of Distinction” recognition celebration at Mariner Sands Country Club. Recognition is given in four categories; “Business Professional”, Civic Professional”, “Volunteer”, and “Rising Star” women ages 17 – 21 the future of all our communities.

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best

Congratulations to the four recipients of the Soroptimist Women of Distinction awards. They are Lisa Grassam-Smith the Business category, Anita Cocoves, PH.D for the Civic/Professional category, Marion McKinney Carpenter in the Volunteer category and Rising Star category winner, Caroline Nolan from Jensen Beach High School.

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Stuart – On Tuesday evening Martin County Soroptimist held their annual “Women of Distinction” recognition celebration at Mariner Sands Country Club. Recognition is given in four categories; “Business Professional”, Civic Professional”, “Volunteer”, and “Rising Star” women ages 17 – 21 the future of all our communities.

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best

Congratulations to the four recipients of the Soroptimist Women of Distinction awards. They are Lisa Grassam-Smith the Business category, Anita Cocoves, PH.D for the Civic/Professional category, Marion McKinney Carpenter in the Volunteer category and Rising Star category winner, Caroline Nolan from Jensen Beach High School.

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2018 Soroptimist Of Martin County Women Of Distinction

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Stuart – On Tuesday evening Martin County Soroptimist held their annual “Women of Distinction” recognition celebration at Mariner Sands Country Club. Recognition is given in four categories; “Business Professional”, Civic Professional”, “Volunteer”, and “Rising Star” women ages 17 – 21 the future of all our communities.

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best

Congratulations to the four recipients of the Soroptimist Women of Distinction awards. They are Lisa Grassam-Smith the Business category, Anita Cocoves, PH.D for the Civic/Professional category, Marion McKinney Carpenter in the Volunteer category and Rising Star category winner, Caroline Nolan from Jensen Beach High School.

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2018 Soroptimist Of Martin County Women Of Distinction

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Stuart – On Tuesday evening Martin County Soroptimist held their annual “Women of Distinction” recognition celebration at Mariner Sands Country Club. Recognition is given in four categories; “Business Professional”, Civic Professional”, “Volunteer”, and “Rising Star” women ages 17 – 21 the future of all our communities.

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best

Congratulations to the four recipients of the Soroptimist Women of Distinction awards. They are Lisa Grassam-Smith the Business category, Anita Cocoves, PH.D for the Civic/Professional category, Marion McKinney Carpenter in the Volunteer category and Rising Star category winner, Caroline Nolan from Jensen Beach High School.

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2018 Soroptimist Of Martin County Women Of Distinction

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Stuart – On Tuesday evening Martin County Soroptimist held their annual “Women of Distinction” recognition celebration at Mariner Sands Country Club. Recognition is given in four categories; “Business Professional”, Civic Professional”, “Volunteer”, and “Rising Star” women ages 17 – 21 the future of all our communities.

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best

Congratulations to the four recipients of the Soroptimist Women of Distinction awards. They are Lisa Grassam-Smith the Business category, Anita Cocoves, PH.D for the Civic/Professional category, Marion McKinney Carpenter in the Volunteer category and Rising Star category winner, Caroline Nolan from Jensen Beach High School.

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2018 Soroptimist Of Martin County Women Of Distinction

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Stuart –  On Tuesday evening Martin County Soroptimist held their annual “Women of Distinction” recognition celebration at Mariner Sands Country Club. Recognition is given in four categories; “Business Professional”, Civic Professional”, “Volunteer”, and “Rising Star” women ages 17 – 21 the future of all our communities.

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best

Congratulations to the four recipients of the Soroptimist Women of Distinction awards. They are Lisa Grassam-Smith the Business category, Anita Cocoves, PH.D for the Civic/Professional category, Marion McKinney Carpenter in the Volunteer category and Rising Star category winner, Caroline Nolan from Jensen Beach High School.

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2018 Soroptimist Of Martin County Women Of Distinction

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Stuart – On Tuesday evening Martin County Soroptimist held their annual “Women of Distinction” recognition celebration at Mariner Sands Country Club. Recognition is given in four categories; “Business Professional”, Civic Professional”, “Volunteer”, and “Rising Star” women ages 17 – 21 the future of all our communities.

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best

Congratulations to the four recipients of the Soroptimist Women of Distinction awards. They are Lisa Grassam-Smith the Business category, Anita Cocoves, PH.D for the Civic/Professional category, Marion McKinney Carpenter in the Volunteer category and Rising Star category winner, Caroline Nolan from Jensen Beach High School.

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Premier Private Jets Adds Hawker 800XP to its Luxury Fleet

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STUART, Fla. – Premier Private Jets is once again elevating the private jet experience by adding the Hawker 800XP to its luxury fleet.

Designed to complete transcontinental and international flights as needed, the Hawker 800XP is one of the most popular mid-sized private jet aircraft available, offering improvements in cruise and climbing speeds, cabin comfort and weight limits.

This spacious aircraft holds room for eight passengers, usually in the form of a four-person club section, a three-person divan and one forward-facing seat. The seats swivel 360° offering a true stand-up cabin. The aircraft also includes a full galley and private enclosed lavatory.

“We are constantly looking to offer our clients the most and best options for their travel needs,” said Josh Birmingham, owner of Premier Private Jets.

Flights are available on demand, or through jet card membership.

Founded in 2013, Premier Private Jets is the culmination of industry best practices and unparalleled luxury service. Built upon the foundation of personalized charter jet experiences catering to passengers’ every need, the company boasts over 1000 clients, 980,000+ miles flown and a 100% customer satisfaction rate. Prominent individuals and leading corporations trust Premier Private Jets for aircraft management, charter, maintenance and more. Premier Private Jets’ commitment to safety has also earned them the ARGUS GOLD Safety Rating.

Premier Private Jets’ corporate headquarters is located at the Stuart Jet Center at 2580 SE Aviation Way Suite 201, Stuart FL 34996. The company also maintains offices in Palm Beach, FL, Boston, MA and Ontario, CA.

For more information, please visit www.premierprivatejets.com or call 772-223-1219

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Sporting Clay Shoot Raises $45,000 for Patient Care at Treasure Health

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In Photo: The top scoring team was Waterfront Properties. From left, Trace Scuderi, Treasure Health VP of Philanthropy Murray Fournie, and Tom Pledger.

STUART-Participants in the 2nd Annual Sporting Clay Shoot helped raise $45,000 for patient care at Treasure Health . Proceeds from the tournament went to benefit Treasure Health’s palliative care, hospice and grief support programs for children and adults facing chronic or serious illness.

The tournament was held on South Florida Shooting Club’s 15-station sporting clay course. Winners of the clay shoot were as follows: Highest scoring team was Team Waterfront Properties which included Tom Pledger, Trace Scuderi, Rob Thompson and Taylor Thompson. First Place Individual Shooter was Tom Pledger, Top Lady Shooter was Emmy Zerby. Top Youth Shooter was Brayden Wojcieszak.

“Events like these help us provide care throughout the community regardless of the patient’s ability to pay,” said Agnes Palmer, Treasure Health Development Officer. ” We are so grateful to our committee, South Florida Shooting Club, all of our event sponsors and everyone that came together to make this event a success.”

Sponsors for the shoot included SunTrust Wealth Management, TCPalm, Freedom Waste, US Sugar, Gerelco, Bray Realty Advisors, Brownie Companies, Wallace Chevrolet, Aycock Funeral Homes, Horizon Care Services and Ryan Baum Painting.

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Sporting Clay Shoot Raises $45,000 for Patient Care at Treasure Health

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In Photo: The top scoring youth shooter was Brayden Wojcieszak pictured with Treasure Health VP of Philanthropy Murray Fournie.

STUART-Participants in the 2nd Annual Sporting Clay Shoot helped raise $45,000 for patient care at Treasure Health . Proceeds from the tournament went to benefit Treasure Health’s palliative care, hospice and grief support programs for children and adults facing chronic or serious illness.

The tournament was held on South Florida Shooting Club’s 15-station sporting clay course. Winners of the clay shoot were as follows: Highest scoring team was Team Waterfront Properties which included Tom Pledger, Trace Scuderi, Rob Thompson and Taylor Thompson. First Place Individual Shooter was Tom Pledger, Top Lady Shooter was Emmy Zerby. Top Youth Shooter was Brayden Wojcieszak.

“Events like these help us provide care throughout the community regardless of the patient’s ability to pay,” said Agnes Palmer, Treasure Health Development Officer. ” We are so grateful to our committee, South Florida Shooting Club, all of our event sponsors and everyone that came together to make this event a success.”

Sponsors for the shoot included SunTrust Wealth Management, TCPalm, Freedom Waste, US Sugar, Gerelco, Bray Realty Advisors, Brownie Companies, Wallace Chevrolet, Aycock Funeral Homes, Horizon Care Services and Ryan Baum Painting.

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Sporting Clay Shoot Raises $45,000 for Patient Care at Treasure Health

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In Photo: The top scoring lady Shooter was Emmy Zerby pictured with Treasure Health VP of Philanthropy Murray Fournie.

STUART-Participants in the 2nd Annual Sporting Clay Shoot helped raise $45,000 for patient care at Treasure Health . Proceeds from the tournament went to benefit Treasure Health’s palliative care, hospice and grief support programs for children and adults facing chronic or serious illness.

The tournament was held on South Florida Shooting Club’s 15-station sporting clay course. Winners of the clay shoot were as follows: Highest scoring team was Team Waterfront Properties which included Tom Pledger, Trace Scuderi, Rob Thompson and Taylor Thompson. First Place Individual Shooter was Tom Pledger, Top Lady Shooter was Emmy Zerby. Top Youth Shooter was Brayden Wojcieszak.

“Events like these help us provide care throughout the community regardless of the patient’s ability to pay,” said Agnes Palmer, Treasure Health Development Officer. ” We are so grateful to our committee, South Florida Shooting Club, all of our event sponsors and everyone that came together to make this event a success.”

Sponsors for the shoot included SunTrust Wealth Management, TCPalm, Freedom Waste, US Sugar, Gerelco, Bray Realty Advisors, Brownie Companies, Wallace Chevrolet, Aycock Funeral Homes, Horizon Care Services and Ryan Baum Painting.

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Tykes & Teens to Take Over Project Graduation in Martin County

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Stuart-More teens lose their life in alcohol related traffic accidents during prom and graduation season than any other time of year. Since Project Graduation was started in Martin County 22 years ago, there have been no DUI arrests or deaths relating to graduates on graduation nights. When funding for the project began to dry up, Palm City based nonprofit mental health agency Tykes & Teens agreed to take over management of the program, which provides overnight activities for Jensen Beach, South Fork and Martin County High School graduates on their graduation nights.

Project Graduation is a locally run, nationally developed drug and alcohol-free program designed for graduating seniors that encourages graduates to stay off the streets on graduation night. Project Graduation has raised the consciousness of the entire community as it pertains to substance abuse and driving. Over the past 22 years more than 13,000 seniors from the public high schools in Martin County have participated in Project Graduation.

Project Graduation was begun in Martin County by teacher Stella Boland and managed for years by a group of dedicated volunteers. While Tykes & Teens will be managing the program, the dedicated volunteers will stay on as the committee that will plan the events and raise funds for each graduation evening. These events occur immediately after graduation for 3 consecutive nights at the YMCA of the Treasure Coast.

“Project Graduation is the perfect culmination of the prevention work that we do for children and adolescents in Martin County throughout their schooling”, said Tykes & Teens CEO Jeff Shearer. “We believe that it is a meaningful, fun, and potentially life-saving event, and we are excited to make sure that it remains a priority in Martin County.”

To learn more about Project Graduation, or to volunteer or make a tax deductible donation to support the project, please visit www.tykesandteens.org

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Hobe Sound Early Learning Center celebrates Ms. Mary King, Director 25th Anniversary

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Hobe Sound, FL – The Hobe Sound Early Learning Center is honored to recognize Director Mary King’s 25 years of leadership and dedication. Since 1993, Mary has guided HSELC to become the gold standard for Early Childhood Development on the Treasure Coast. She has given tirelessly to the Center and the Hobe Sound Community and has made it her mission to educate the Board of Directors, parents, community leaders and philanthropists on the importance of early childhood education and development. Her love for the staff, children, and their families has been evident on a daily basis for the last 25 years.

Ms. King has raised the level of excellent of education for children age 1 – 5 years old attending the center. Every year 95% – 100% of the children eligible to take the Kindergarten Readiness Test (required of all students entering kindergarten) has passed.

The Center’s curriculum based programs and individual specialized instruction are having a profound effect on students as they ready to transition to Kindergarten. The fact that they have been given a solid foundation for learning and social interaction will allow them to be leaders in their classrooms. As they progress thru elementary school they will

perform well on the state standardized tests, which in turn will help raise the school’s grade and funding levels. Additionally, our students should require less attention from teachers allowing the teachers to focus on those students that need more instruction

Ms. King has partnered with Barts Blue Star Foundation, bringing the Conscious Discipline® program to students and their parents at Hobe Sound Early Learning Center. The Conscious Discipline program was created by Dr. Becky Bailey, an internationally renowned expert in child development psychology. This life changing approach to parenting and education develops discipline within children rather than apply discipline to them.

The Hobe Sound Early Learning Center is a private non-profit provider of quality early childhood education for children ages one through five. Founded in 1962, it currently enrolls 140 children in full-day programs in its child-friendly center in Hobe Sound, FL. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors drawn from parents and community members, The Hobe Sound Early Learning Center is fully accredited for early childhood education and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten.

Hobe Sound Early Learning Center offers all families, regardless of background or income, affordable early-childhood nurturing, education and recreation that stimulates healthy emotional and social development and helps prepare their children to excel in school and life. To learn more about HSELC contact 772.546.5462.

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Peter’s Ecowater Systems Presents $10K Winner With Prize, Who in Turn Gives to Charity

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In Photo: Peter Wernick, owner of Peter’s Water Treatment & Irrigation/Ecowater Systems in Stuart, presents Bienvenido “Rubén” Ottenwalder with a larger-than-life $10,000 check for winning his free sweepstakes before giving him the actual check.

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. — Sometimes giving money away doesn’t come easily. Such was the case for local businessman Peter Wernick, owner of Peter’s Water Treatment & Irrigation/Ecowater Systems in Stuart. For the past year, he collected thousands of entries in his free sweepstakes where one lucky person would win either $10,000 cash or a fancy Golf Car valued at $13,000. Registration was free.

When the time came to randomly draw a winner, Wernick drew the first name, called the person, left a message on her voicemail, and didn’t hear back from her. He left several more messages and she never returned his calls. So he moved on and picked a second entry and that person promptly hung up on him, presumably thinking it was a sales or ROBO call.

He then drew a third name — Bienvenido “Rubén” Ottenwalder — who, after initial skepticism, accepted the call and his prize. On Sun., Feb. 25, Wernick presented him with his winning check at the Treasure Coast Mall. Ottenwalder plans to donate the entire amount to a nonprofit organization he founded called Project Hearts, which is based in the Dominican Republic.

“The first thing that went through my mind was, it’s too good to be true,” said Ottenwalder. “The $10,000 prize will feed many hungry children and elderly and also help the foundation in the many programs we run.”

From Wernick’s perspective, the giveaway has been rewarding in many ways.

“I came up with a way to advertise my business and at the same time give back to the local community,” Wernick. “As it turns out, it’s an amazing story … giving it to a gentleman like this who then turns around and says to me, ‘I’d like to give this money to people who are in need.’”

Project Hearts, located in the town of Baitoa, Dominican Republic, works closely with Grace Cares, Inc.

“I was inspired, counseled, seven years ago, to start the foundation by Zoe Kopp, president of Grace Cares,” said Ottenwalder. “God has blessed me greatly with a life full of adventure and passion to serve, and I am grateful.”

To enter the 2018 $10,000 Giveaway, go through the Ruby Tuesday entrance at the Treasure Coast Mall in Jensen Beach and look for the $10,000 giveaway sign near the Golf Car. Entries will be accepted through Dec. 31, 2018. The next winner will be drawn in January 2019.

Peter’s Water Treatment & Irrigation/Ecowater Systems, part of Crystal Water Systems, has been in business on the Treasure Coast since 1981, providing clean water to families in the community. Wernick also owns and operates Peter’s Hardware and Peter’s Paint Center in Palm City. For more information, call (772) 692-1037 or www.peterswatertreatment.com.

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Shamus Gordon Named Director of the Father and Child Resource Center

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STUART, Fla. – The Father and Child Resource Center has named their new director, Shamus Gordon.

After nearly two decades of social work in London, England, Gordon relocated to Stuart, Florida in 1997, where he continued his work with families and youth. Gordon helped establish several programs, assisting families impacted by drug abuse, working with individuals with disabilities and providing counseling and support to homeless clients.

Most recently, Gordon served as the President and CEO of The CANDLE Project, creating and implementing activities and programs for young men and fathers in schools, churches, jails, prisons and local community settings.

At the Father and Child Resource Center, Gordon will continue efforts to strengthen fatherhood relationships in the community through the program’s activities in fatherhood education and counseling, role modeling and teen prevention.

“My goal is to get as many dads in Martin County as possible engaged with their children,” said Gordon.

The Father and Child Resource Center was created in 2000 by the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition to address the issue of father absence within the county. The center provides valuable support to encourage men to become more involved and committed fathers by offering parenting classes to all fathers, legal assistance for those fathers who are separated from their children and also parenting workshops to other agencies.

Plans are already underway for the inaugural Father Fest in Memorial Park, a father and child festival to highlight responsible fatherhood, featuring a variety of activities, food, vendors and entertainment. Father Fest will take place on June 16, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For more information on the Father and Child Resource Center, or to get involved or volunteer, visit mchealthystart.org or call 772-463-2888.

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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STUART, Florida–Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation announced today that it received a generous grant from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation for Treasure Health’s flagship program, 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.”
About Treasure Health
Treasure Health is a non-profit community organization of caring professionals and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to enable well-being through compassionate patient and family-driven care, professional support services and life-enhancing education. Founded in 1982 as a hospice organization, Treasure Health has grown to serve 3000 patients annually in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Today, thanks to the generous support of donors to the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation, Treasure Health offers a family of services that includes Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support.

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Martin Youth LEADERship:
Students Gain Insight Into Martin County’s Economy

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Stuart, FL– On Tuesday, November 14, 37 students from this year’s Martin Youth LEADERship class held their third monthly session of the school year, ECONOMICS DAY. The day provided students with on-site visits and hands-on leadership activities incorporating the themes of how our local community is impacted by the economic decisions of Martin County businesses and residents, and what choices students will have as future professionals of the Treasure Coast. Special thanks go to Session Leader Ted Astolfi, President of the Economic Council of Martin County, for coordinating the visits and the speakers.

Students were welcomed at the Stuart Jet Center by George, Stokus, Assistant County Administrator and former Witham Field Airport Manager. Mr. Stokus spoke on the economic impact of the airport, giving a simple lesson in economics regarding the financial impact of primary businesses in our community. Students were also treated to a walking tour of local planes on the tarmac.

From there, it was a brief trip to Martin Health Systems (North), where students were greeted by Liz Bishop, Education Manager and Dr. Michael Romano, Hospitalist. Dr. Romano spoke about health-related careers, including not only the obvious choices such as doctor and nurse, but also the abundant career options available at the MHS and other hospitals nationwide:: technicians, computer support specialists, security personnel, food preparation workers, transportation workers, innovators of medical devices, and much more. Students learned a little about how to prepare for a career in healthcare, as well as the economic impact of MHS along the Treasure Coast.

Students then took a bus to tour American Stairs, a Stuart-based company that works with residential developments all over Florida. Students were introduced to a vocation which does not require an undergraduate degree, and were able to tour the warehouse to learn more about the intricacies of stair building and working with residential and commercial clients. Special thanks go to Jamil Mikati, owner of American Stairs, who also sponsored lunch for the students and teacher chaperones.

The day concluded back at MHS, with an informative presentation and exercise in local county politics from Marcela Camblor. Ms. Camblor, an urban planner, is working with Knight Kiplinger, to develop a 3400 acre parcel of land in western Palm City known as Pineland Prairie. Ms. Camblor gave a brief overview of the demographics of Generation Y, and the logic behind the planning of Pineland Prairie, before allowing students to present their own ideas to a mock County commissioner panel.

The Martin Youth LEADERship Program for high school students is in its 21st year. The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted in the program. The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply, and no more than 40 are selected to participate in this comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Upon completion, these young Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s Effective Habits and other leadership enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially, gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience.

For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you too might become a sponsor, donor, event coordinator or advisory board member, please see the group web site at: http://www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp, or contact Coordinator Jeanne Dunn, at MartinYouthLeadership@gmail.com or (772) 486-4695.

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Ranieri to Lead Library Foundation Board

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In Photo: Christine DelVecchio, left, Michael Kenny, Stacy Ranieri, Denise Erich, William Gilcher and Joan Amerling at The Library Foundation of Martin County’s annual meeting.
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Stuart – Martin County public relations and marketing professional Stacy Ranieri was installed as president of The Library Foundation of Martin County at the organization’s 26th annual meeting.

Ranieri succeeds Noreen Fisher who led the board for three years. Also installed as officers were Denise Erich as vice president, Charles Cleaver as treasurer, and Pat Ditmars as secretary. Alishia Parenteau and Xenobia Poitier-Anderson were reappointed to a second term as directors. In addition to Fisher, Scott Konopka and Lois McGuire retired from the board.

“Noreen Fisher’s contributions to the Library Foundation and to our libraries are incalculable,” said Ranieri. “She served on the board for six years and as our president for three. Her leadership reinvigorated our fundraising and events and she served as our guiding light during the executive director search which brought Michael Kenny to the Library Foundation.”

Ranieri recapped the foundation’s successes during 2017: A 12.5 percent increase in contributions; an increase in membership to 800; the Founder’s Society reaching 126 people with lifetime contributions of $10,000 or more; excellent participation in the Gateway to the Arts project in Golden Gate; a sold-out Kiplinger Literacy Award luncheon; a noteworthy Literary Affair fundraising event.

The Library Foundation funds library system program needs not met through public funding, including literacy services, young literary leader awards, homework helpers, STEM, after-school and summer reading programs, as well as Dr. Seuss Day, Book Mania! Festival, Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series and the Gateway to the Arts project.

“This is an exciting time to take the helm as president of the Library Foundation board,” added Ranieri. “We have an engaged board of directors and a creative and enthusiastic new executive director. The Library Foundation is poised to increase its fundraising efforts and its positive impact on enhancing enrichment programs through our local library system that will benefit residents of all ages.”

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

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Future of Historic Downtown Stuart Depends on Waterfront

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Preservation and Revitalization Group, Stuart Main Street, Supports Planned Projects Building on Unique Downtown Character

STUART, FL– What do curbside patios filled with diners, joggers winding their way around the downtown waterfront on the Riverwalk boardwalk, and weekly free concerts next to city hall and the Stuart Green Market, have to do with each other? They are all part of Stuart Main Street’s unique vision for the future of Historic Downtown Stuart – a future that revolves around an active outdoor and waterfront experience for all.

The Downtown preservation and revitalization group, now celebrating its thirtieth year, has been a driving force behind Historic Downtown Stuart since 1987. Early projects included restoring Woodmen Hall and organizing a celebration of the city’s 75th anniversary. “In recent years, Stuart Main Street has increasingly focused on downtown experiences that highlight the waterfront and outdoors,” says Board President, Michael Houston.

• A 2011 Stuart Main Street study by Marcela Camblor & Associates, Inc. led to converting underutilized landscape islands and parking areas to outdoor dining patios

• In 2014 Stuart Main Street hosted a public input workshop to look at the Flagler Avenue peninsula. With public input, the stakeholder group supported relocation of City Hall within the Downtown, extension of Osceola Street, and maintenance of public space on the waterfront.

• In 2015, as part of its partnership with the Downtown Business Association of Stuart, Stuart Main Street helped expand the Rock’n Riverwalk concert series to a year-round waterfront event. That Fall the Riverwalk extension officially opened, a new section of boardwalk connecting the Riverwalk Stage to a mini park at the foot of Colorado Avenue, thanks to a Stuart Main Street initiative to help secure riparian rights from property owners on Seminole Street to allow construction of the boardwalk extension.

• In 2017 Stuart Main Street polled over 300 community members and held two days of workshops as part of a 30 year planning exercise. The resulting community- and market-based transformation strategy focus on a Waterfront Outdoor Active approach to keeping Downtown Stuart strong.

“Now we are seeing those Stuart Main Street initiatives being matched by private developers,” Houston added. This year the Stuart City Commission approved two waterfront projects on Seminole Street in Downtown Stuart. Seminole Bluff, a 20 unit luxury waterfront property featuring traditional design is slated to begin construction later this year. Hollub Investments, a mixed use project featuring just over 4,000 square feet of retail space and 20 residential units

will be built on vacant land on southeast Seminole Street. A third residential project previously approved by the city commission is now in permitting; the 49 unit residential property, Azul, will be located on the site of the former Triangle Bar.

The future of a fourth project, NorthPoint, lies in the hands of Stuart voters. The project, located on 2.6 acres of city-owned property on the St. Lucie River just north of the old Roosevelt Bridge, would include offices, a restaurant, and a retail plaza. Other plans for a boardwalk, dock, and water taxi would add connectivity to the historic downtown. At its July meeting, the Stuart Main Street board unanimously passed a motion of support for the project. A referendum vote on November 7 asks city voters if the City should sell the property for at least its appraised value, in compliance with the City’s Community Redevelopment plan and providing tax relief to tax payers. Two other questions on the ballot ask if voters support long-term leases for other city-owned waterfront properties where Mulligan’s Beach House and the Pelican Café are currently located.

Stuart Main Street is a 501(c)3 historic preservation-based economic development program dedicated to creating and promoting a positive downtown experience for residents, businesses and visitors. First recognized as a Florida Main Street program in 1987, Stuart Main Street uses the Main Street Four-Point Approach® as established by Main Street America and practiced in over 1600 communities across the country. Specifically Stuart Main Street works to: Build

community consensus and use resources collaboratively; Maintain a distinctive appearance in keeping with downtown’s Old Florida charm; Stabilize the economic environment, strengthening and retaining existing businesses and filling vacancies; and Market a positive image of the downtown through advertising, public relations and digital media, and retail and special events. Recent projects include the Shop Local | Shop Smart program, expansion of the Riverwalk to Colorado Avenue, the downtown outdoor dining platforms, and the Rock’n Riverwalk free weekly concerts. Stuart Main Street meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, call 772-286-2848 or visit stuartmainstreet.org.

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Martin County Launches Mooring Field Project;
Invites Public To Open House

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Stuart — To protect the environment and encourage boaters to enjoy all that Martin County offers, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announces plans to establish a mooring field at

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Martin County Master Gardeners Host Library Lecture on Proper Pruning to Reduce Storm Damage

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Stuart – Properly pruned trees and plants are one of the best safeguards a homeowner has to limit damage to property during storms. When trees are pruned properly, they tend to be healthier and more eye-catching, thus enhancing the curb appeal of your property, along with increasing the property’s value.

Too often trees are “hat-racked” (cutting through the majority of branches to leave the tree with the appearance of a hat rack), and palms are often “hurricane-cut” (where all but a few fronds are removed). These and other improper pruning practices can jeopardize the health and structural integrity of trees and palms in the landscape.

At the next library lecture presented by the UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Martin County Program on Monday, December 4, Laurie Albrecht will discuss “Lessons Learned from Hurricanes: Preventing Future Tree Damage”.

Discover how to restore damaged trees and get tips on how to avoid future storm damage. Ms. Albrecht will also discuss wind-resistant trees and proper tree maintenance, including pruning. Find out the proper pruning techniques for your own use or when you hire a tree-trimming service.

Join us in the John F. and Rita M. Armstrong Room at the Blake Library, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments, followed by the lecture from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Laurie Albrecht is the UF/IFAS Extension Environmental Horticulture Agent for Palm Beach County. Before moving to Florida, she was an instructor at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Ms. Albrecht has made numerous presentations throughout Martin and Palm Beach County.

The goals of the Master Gardener program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of Martin County through horticultural volunteer activities. Volunteers share University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) research-based information with Martin County residents, to help them to make informed decisions when designing and maintaining their landscapes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS REMEMBRANCE SUPPORTS ENTIRE FAMILY, BRINGS HOPE AND HONORS BABIES

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Walk of Remembrance & Bubble Release gives community a positive way to honor and celebrate babies who are no longer with us
Palm City, FL – On Sunday, October 15th at 4:00 pm the Forever in Our Hearts Walk of Remembrance & Bubble Release took place at Forest Hills Funeral Home-Palm City Chapel, 2001 SW Murphy Road in Palm City, FL 34990.

Organized in recognition of National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, the Forever in Our Hearts Walk of Remembrance & Bubble Release was a free community event open to the entire public. Parents, Grandparents, Loved Ones and Friends were all welcome to attend this free community event. Anyone who has ever experienced such a loss at any time in their life was welcome and encouraged to attend. Those who have not experienced this type of loss were encouraged to attend in support of others.

The hour-long program included the opportunity to share and honor babies, a therapeutic activity for parents and grandparents, activities for siblings, a walk of remembrance, ribbon pinning ceremony, dessert reception and more. Each registered adult received a free awareness bracelet and lapel pin.

As an important part of the Remembrance, guests heard inspiration from local resident, Christina Stamper, founder of Madison’s Miracles, a non-profit organization that provides support and resources to grieving parents who have experienced still birth and infant loss and also local author, grief counselor and speaker, Harriet Vogel. Additionally guests experienced a video message from International Bereavement Speaker & Author, Sherokee Ilse. As a respected international speaker/trainer on grief and loss, Ms. Isle has written/co-written over 17 books and booklets on infant loss and bereavement as the result of her miscarriages and the full term stillbirth of her son. Ms. Ilse has been a guest on Oprah and many local, regional, and national radio and television shows.

Forest Hills Funeral Home Director & Manager, Susan Niemi said this, “On National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day we came together with our local community in memory of all the precious babies that have been lost during pregnancy or in infancy. Our desire is to create awareness and to support those who have experienced this type of loss.”

The Forever in Our Hearts Walk of Remembrance & Bubble Release is part of many activities and events conducted throughout the year by Forest Hills Community Outreach, a program of Forest Hills Funeral Home-Palm City Chapel.

This remembrance was a joint effort between Forest Hills Community Outreach and local non-profit organization, Madison’s Miracles.

For information on free community events intended to enhance the overall well-being of the Martin County, FL community contact Community Outreach Coordinator, Karina Danessi at (772) 287-8484.

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Forest Hills Community Outreach is a program of: Forest Hills Funeral Home-Palm City Chapel 2001 SW Murphy Road, Palm City, FL 34990 (772) 287-8484 foresthillspalmcityflorida.com

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Celebrating Kids and Culture with the Dyer Difference Award

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In Photo: Jonathan Holmes, Will and Tatiana Dyer, Raul and Mayra Irizarry, Mildred and Lucy Irizarry, and Christian Jiminez.

It’s natural for mothers-to-be and new moms to feel overwhelmed and nervous about the monumental responsibility ahead of them, so it’s nice to know there are resources available to help educate and guide women through pregnancy and the early days of motherhood. The Indian River Healthy Start Coalition does just that, providing referrals and support for pregnant women, helping to encourage and support pregnant mothers to quit smoking to ensure the health of their babies, and even to act as an advisor to help facilitate access to insurance coverage and healthcare for themselves and their bundles of joy. Healthy Start has helped encourage 83 percent of new moms in Indian River County to initiate breastfeeding and is responsible for education that has helped substantially decrease findings of child abuse or maltreatment in Indian River County. Because of these tremendous gains, the Indian River Healthy Start Coalition was honored with the October Dyer Difference Award and a $3,000 donation.

December 9th marks the date of the Treasure Coast Puerto Rican Day Parade – a day filled with cultural activities, live music, dance, food, games, and fun in celebration of the Puerto Rican culture which is so rich and alive here on the Treasure Coast. This year, there is much need for celebration and festivities to recognize and pay homage to the strength and resilience of Puerto Rico, which is still rebuilding months after being ravaged by Hurricane Irma. As part of the free, daylong family event at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, the staff and management of Dyer Chevrolet recognized the Treasure Coast Puerto Rican Day Parade organization for its efforts and honored the group with St. Lucie County’s October Dyer Difference Award, along with a check for $3,000.

Since relocating to the area in 2008, each month, Dyer Chevrolet staff members at Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce and Dyer Chevrolet Mazda Subaru in Vero Beach meet to review the applications which have been submitted in their respective counties and select one non-profit organization to receive that month’s recognition and a $3,000 award in each county. For the Dyer family and the members of the Dyer staff, the award and the $6,000 in donations between the two counties are all about helping to make a positive difference in the community. For the recipients, it’s an acknowledgement of their tireless efforts to do the same and a much-needed financial boost to help further their missions. If you’d like to nominate a non-profit organization for the Dyer Difference Award, please visit www.dyerdifference.org or find Dyer Difference on Facebook.

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Celebrating Kids and Culture with the Dyer Difference Award

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In Photo: Will and Tatiana Dyer, Bob Savage, Eddie Branigan, and Jonathan Hardie.

It’s natural for mothers-to-be and new moms to feel overwhelmed and nervous about the monumental responsibility ahead of them, so it’s nice to know there are resources available to help educate and guide women through pregnancy and the early days of motherhood. The Indian River Healthy Start Coalition does just that, providing referrals and support for pregnant women, helping to encourage and support pregnant mothers to quit smoking to ensure the health of their babies, and even to act as an advisor to help facilitate access to insurance coverage and healthcare for themselves and their bundles of joy. Healthy Start has helped encourage 83 percent of new moms in Indian River County to initiate breastfeeding and is responsible for education that has helped substantially decrease findings of child abuse or maltreatment in Indian River County. Because of these tremendous gains, the Indian River Healthy Start Coalition was honored with the October Dyer Difference Award and a $3,000 donation.

December 9th marks the date of the Treasure Coast Puerto Rican Day Parade – a day filled with cultural activities, live music, dance, food, games, and fun in celebration of the Puerto Rican culture which is so rich and alive here on the Treasure Coast. This year, there is much need for celebration and festivities to recognize and pay homage to the strength and resilience of Puerto Rico, which is still rebuilding months after being ravaged by Hurricane Irma. As part of the free, daylong family event at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, the staff and management of Dyer Chevrolet recognized the Treasure Coast Puerto Rican Day Parade organization for its efforts and honored the group with St. Lucie County’s October Dyer Difference Award, along with a check for $3,000.

Since relocating to the area in 2008, each month, Dyer Chevrolet staff members at Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce and Dyer Chevrolet Mazda Subaru in Vero Beach meet to review the applications which have been submitted in their respective counties and select one non-profit organization to receive that month’s recognition and a $3,000 award in each county. For the Dyer family and the members of the Dyer staff, the award and the $6,000 in donations between the two counties are all about helping to make a positive difference in the community. For the recipients, it’s an acknowledgement of their tireless efforts to do the same and a much-needed financial boost to help further their missions. If you’d like to nominate a non-profit organization for the Dyer Difference Award, please visit www.dyerdifference.org or find Dyer Difference on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Martin County Tourism Manager Appointed to VISIT FLORIDA Committee

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Stuart – Nerissa Okiye, tourism and marketing manager for Martin County, was recently appointed to serve on VISIT FLORIDA’s promotions committee. This committee provides input on strategic matters related to VISIT FLORIDA’s consumer promotions programs, which include promotions with media partners on a market-specific, regional and national basis.

Committee positions consist of VISIT FLORIDA board members and partners who have an interest or possess strong knowledge in each specific committee’s discipline or product segment. All appointments are volunteer positions held by industry leaders and are key to providing insight, feedback and counsel on matters relating to Florida destination marketing.

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MC Commission Opens The Way To Move Fair

 

Boys Club/Girls Club Hosts
Judge Michael Mukasey

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Stuart — Sailfish point — Monday for lunch comes the judge who presided over the “Blind Sheikh” trial and the first bombing of The World trade Center in 1993.

Here comes the judge, to coin a phrase, whose Southern District of New York is in the news as we speak with Attorney General Sessions asking for the resignation of Preet Bhrarara and all that that implies. When in 1992 it was Janet Reno who asked for Judge Mukasey’s resignation.

He admitted that of the past few years when he spoke before large audiences the subject was always the “Blind Sheikh” trial. Not today however, today we have President Donald Trump which gives the judge a whole new rage of material to discuss.

Michael B. Mukasey served as the 81st Attorney General of the United States, the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, from November 2007 to January 2009. During that time, he oversaw the U.S. Justice Department and advised on critical issues of domestic and international law.

From 1988 to 2006, he served as a district judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, becoming chief judge in 2000. While on the bench, he handled numerous cases, including the trial of Omar Abdel Rahman, the so-called “Blind Sheikh,” and others, convicted of a wide-ranging conspiracy that included the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and a later plot to blow up New York landmarks; and the case of Jose Padilla, arrested on a material witness warrant and believed to have returned to the United States to commit terrorist acts.

Judge Mukasey is currently in private practice in New York City.

With humble beginnings in the Hobe Sound Winn-Dixie Plaza, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County began with just 165 children. It has now grown to five Clubs — in Hobe Sound, Port Salerno, Palm City, Indiantown and Stuart, serving nearly 2,000 children and families within the Clubs and close to 3,000 through community outreach initiatives every year.

Times have changed and programs have grown since 1989, but the need identified by Peggy Cole and Hays Clark for affordable youth development opportunities remains strong. Today, parents agree Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County is benefiting their children and preparing them for Great Futures!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Size: Up to 15 inches (40cm) long

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

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

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

Diet: Algae

Did you know?

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

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

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

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