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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hobe Sound Scrub Preserve Sign Dedication October 24

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Martin County Commissioners, legislators, community leaders and residents will come together on Wednesday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the addition of the Hobe Sound Scrub Preserve (aka the Hamm property) to the county’s inventory of environmentally significant lands. Guests are invited to join us at 12260 SE Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound.

The Hamm property, formerly owned by Jupiter Island resident Edward Hamm, is a biologically significant scrub habitat that has been on the Martin County Land Acquisition Selection Committee’s priority list since 2008. The 27-acre property is located south of Saturn Street between SE Federal Highway and SE Dixie Highway near the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge.

With the assistance and support of Senate President Joe Negron and Representative MaryLynn Magar, the 2017 Florida Legislature approved federally-funded appropriations for acquisition of the biodiverse property. A Department of Environmental Protection grant covers the majority of the purchase price of the property.

Martin County Commission Chairman Edward Ciampi states, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to preserve this pristine scrub habitat for the enjoyment of future generations. This acquisition wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Senator Negron and Representative Magar, as well as Mr. Hamm’s cooperation and generosity. In addition, Commissioner Jenkins’ leadership in negotiating this agreement was vital to its success. I would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts to protect this important piece of Florida’s natural heritage.”

Tentative plans for the property focus on passive recreation and include a loop trail, park benches, a picnic pavilion and educational signage. Plans also include connecting the preserve to existing park and regional trail networks.

For current information on Martin County projects and happenings, residents are encouraged to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners and on Twitter @martincountygov.

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Local Residents Launch The Literacy Collaborative of South Florida Giving Parents Tools for Success

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In Photo: The Literacy Collaborative of South Florida founders Andrea Asciutto-Houck and Nicala Tyo

PALM CITY, Fla. – Local residents and parents Nicala Tyo and Andrea Asciutto-Houck have launched The Literacy Collaborative of South Florida, an organization to help parents give their children confidence and success in reading.

Tyo and Asciutto-Houck are both experienced teachers of multiple grade levels, hold graduate degrees in reading, are published authors and worked as literacy coaches for the Martin County School District. They’re also local mothers who see a need in our community.

“We’re not tutors in the traditional sense, but rather we provide parents with the tools they need to build a reader from home,” said Tyo.

Whether you homeschool your child or want to support literacy after school for your developing reader or even enrich and extend your child’s academic progress, The Literacy Collaborative of South Florida provides support and a plan for you. They believe that parents are educators and have a right to a true understanding of how reading and writing grows from the very beginning.

“We’re ready to share our knowledge with parents and would like to let you in on the secrets of literacy instruction,” said Asciutto-Houck. “We will show you the tricks of the trade so that you can become your child’s best advocate.”

The Literacy Collaborative of South Florida offers one-on-one consulting and parent coaching, modeling instruction for parents with their child, group information workshops that fit almost any schedule and a large social media presence, providing continuous online video support.

For more information on The Literacy Collaborative of South Florida, visit www.theliteracycollaborative.wordpress.com, visit them on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram or find them on Twitter @Literacy_Bosses and @TheLC_Queens.

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SFWMD Governing Board Continues to Preserve America’s Everglades

Out2News.comSFWMD is continuing to purchase environmentally sensitive lands in the Shingle Creek Management Area of Orange and Osceola counties to preserve the headwaters of Florida’s Everglades.

West Palm Beach, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today approved another land purchase to help preserve the Shingle Creek Management Area in Orange and Osceola counties, which serves as the headwaters for America’s Everglades. In the past year, the District has bought about 12.5 acres and is under contract to buy nearly 4 more acres in Shingle Creek from willing sellers. SFWMD now owns nearly 2,500 acres for conservation within Shingle Creek.

This map shows the land owned by SFWMD in the Shingle Creek Management Area in blue as well as the two parcels being purchased from willing sellers for conservation in red.

Out2News.com“This Board is dedicated to ensuring the health of the Everglades, and Shingle Creek is critical to achieving this goal,” said SFWMD Governing Board Member and Orange County resident Dan O’Keefe. “Every parcel we can secure helps preserve Shingle Creek, which is an important step for the Everglades and a worthy investment in the future of our environment.”

The Governing Board approved purchasing 1.27 acres from a willing seller in Shingle Creek as part of an effort to acquire these lands for conservation since 1991. Originally, the purchase of these lands occurred through the Save Our Rivers program and subsequently with mitigation funds. The creek’s unique hydrologic function and environmental value continue to enhance for the Everglades.

About Shingle Creek

Recognized as the headwaters of America’s Everglades, the Shingle Creek Management Area is the largest natural area in the Greater Orlando area. It is comprised primarily of hardwood swamps with some upland habitat and is home to 154 different wildlife species. The swamp plays a critical role in providing regional flood protection and ensuring water quality. This area also offers extensive public recreation opportunities for thousands of residents and visitors each year and includes activities such as kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing and wildlife viewing.

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SFWMD Continues to Move Water South to Combat High Water Emergency

Latest video update highlights District’s ongoing efforts to lower water levels caused by record rainfall

Operations Update: Managing High Water, Oct. 11, 2018

West Palm Beach, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has been working around the clock for months to lower water levels in the water conservation areas and create capacity for sending additional Lake Okeechobee water south, all in an effort to alleviate South Florida’s high water emergency caused by record May rainfall and other recent storms.

As those efforts continue, SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik gave an update about the latest water conditions and ongoing efforts to the SFWMD Governing Board at its monthly meeting. The update can be seen by clicking HERE or visiting the District’s website dedicated to the emergency situation at www.sfwmd.gov/managinghighwater.

Rainfall was 2.03 inches below average in September, Mitnik reported, but for the wet season overall, rainfall was almost 3 inches above average.

Background
Record rainfall in May caused Lake Okeechobee to rise more than a foot, which led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin releases from the lake on June 1 to the northern estuaries. At the same time, this record rainfall inundated the water conservation areas, causing them to rise considerably above their regulation schedules.

To combat this, SFWMD has been taking every action within its authority to lower water levels, including storing water on public and private lands. Additionally, every available structure is being utilized and temporary pumps have been installed to move additional water. Through these ongoing efforts, SFWMD moved hundreds of billions of gallons out of the conservation areas and the water levels in those areas are now at or near their regulation schedules.

Releases by the Army Corps to the St. Lucie Estuary were terminated earlier this month but continue to the Caloosahatchee Estuary.

As more measures are implemented, details will be available on the Managing High Water website.

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Multi-agency Response to Hurricane Michael

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

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

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

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

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Multi-agency Response to Hurricane Michael

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

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

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

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Martin Enterprise Park

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Forecast bright for enhanced business intelligence. Investors worldwide look to the Kiplinger periodicals and website for savvy economic forecasting and financial advice. The Kiplinger family has deep roots here as a landowner, and now they are branching out with the Martin Enterprise Park, a 300-acre development that, upon build-out, will feature more than a million square feet of space, ideally located for research and development, light industry or office needs, on sites ranging from 2.5 acres up to 100 acres. Cited as “among the most advantageously located large properties in South Florida,” Martin Enterprise Park is already attracting interest as a center for life science, energy, aerospace and aviation. An expedited permitting process is one more reason it’s a smart move for forward-thinking companies.

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Martin Enterprise Park

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Forecast bright for enhanced business intelligence. Investors worldwide look to the Kiplinger periodicals and website for savvy economic forecasting and financial advice. The Kiplinger family has deep roots here as a landowner, and now they are branching out with the Martin Enterprise Park, a 300-acre development that, upon build-out, will feature more than a million square feet of space, ideally located for research and development, light industry or office needs, on sites ranging from 2.5 acres up to 100 acres. Cited as “among the most advantageously located large properties in South Florida,” Martin Enterprise Park is already attracting interest as a center for life science, energy, aerospace and aviation. An expedited permitting process is one more reason it’s a smart move for forward-thinking companies.

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Martin Enterprise Park

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Forecast bright for enhanced business intelligence. Investors worldwide look to the Kiplinger periodicals and website for savvy economic forecasting and financial advice. The Kiplinger family has deep roots here as a landowner, and now they are branching out with the Martin Enterprise Park, a 300-acre development that, upon build-out, will feature more than a million square feet of space, ideally located for research and development, light industry or office needs, on sites ranging from 2.5 acres up to 100 acres. Cited as “among the most advantageously located large properties in South Florida,” Martin Enterprise Park is already attracting interest as a center for life science, energy, aerospace and aviation. An expedited permitting process is one more reason it’s a smart move for forward-thinking companies.

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Fire Prevention Week: Red Cross Urges Everyone To Practice Home Fire Drills, Install Smoke Alarms Home Fires Kill 7 People Every Day

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WEST PALM BEACH — Fire Prevention Week begins October 7 and the American Red Cross reminds everyone to take two simple steps – practice fire drills at home and test smoke alarms monthly – to stay safe from the nation’s most frequent and deadliest disaster.

“Nearly every day our Red Cross volunteers are responding to a home fire,” said Joanne Nowlin, Regional Chief Executive Officer of the South Florida Region. “It is important that our community understands that a fire can start at a moment’s notice and they should take steps now to stay safe.”

On average, seven people die every day from home fires, which take more lives each year than all other natural disasters combined in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association. But working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

That’s why the Red Cross is working with community partners to install free smoke alarms, help families create home fire escape plans, and provide public fire prevention and safety resources through its Home Fire Campaign, a nationwide effort to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries. Since the campaign began in October 2014, it’s reached more than 1.6 million people and is credited with saving 472 lives nationwide.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

Experts say that today’s home fires burn faster than ever, leaving people with only as little as two minutes to escape a burning residence. But many mistakenly believe they have more time, according to a Red Cross survey last year. During Fire Prevention Week, the Red Cross urges everyone to take these lifesaving steps:

Develop a fire escape plan with everyone in your household and practice it at least twice a year. Need help with your plan? Use these free Home Fire Campaign resources.
Install smoke alarms in your home, on every level and outside each sleeping area. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year if required.
Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what they should do if they hear one.
Make sure all household members know two ways to escape from every room.
Establish a family meeting spot outside.

1.6 MILLION PEOPLE SERVED—AND GROWING

Through the Home Fire Campaign, Red Cross volunteers and community partners continue to mount a nationwide effort across the country to save lives and curb fire-related injuries. Over the past four years, Red Cross volunteers and more than 4,500 partners have gone door-to-door in high-risk neighborhoods to deliver free preparedness resources through the campaign’s Sound the Alarm canvassing events. So far, we have:

Reached more than 1.6 million people through home visits in nearly 14,000 cities and towns
Installed 1.4 million free smoke alarms
Replaced more than 67,550 smoke alarm batteries
Helped families make more than 514,200 fire escape plans
Reached almost 1.2 million children through youth preparedness programs

The Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to fulfill its crucial mission. If someone would like to help, please consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift.

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Cases Unpack Comfort for Local Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Audi Stuart Air Show – Elevate Your Experience

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Elevate your experience at this year’s Audi Stuart Air Show, with once-in-a-lifetime flight upgrades! Take your seat in history this November 2-4.

STUART – It is October and that means that we are just four weeks away from takeoff! This year the Stuart Air Show is delighted to offer numerous ways for you to channel your inner Top Gun pilot from the best seats in the house: the cockpit. Take your seat in history by flying high above the air show action in a vintage aircraft or military helicopter.

Over the three-day air show (Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018) several exclusive and limited opportunities will give you the opportunity to check this remarkable experience off your bucket list:
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NEW THIS YEAR, The Memphis Belle. Join us for a flight into history aboard the famous B-17, “The Movie Memphis Belle.” Experience first-hand what it may have been like to be a crew member flying over Europe during World War II. Ride in the fuselage, or, upgrade your seat to the nose section and watch the Pilot and Co-pilot fly the plane. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the sights and sounds aboard a WWII bomber. Flights available October 31st – November 5th.
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Cobra Attack Helicopter. Both standard (6-7 minutes) and extended (13-14 minute) flights available Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and throughout the day.

UH-1 Huey Helicopter. One of the most recognizable and iconic helicopters in history! Flights are 8-10 minutes; available Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and throughout the day.

Robinson R44 Helicopter. Take to the skies to get a gorgeous view of Stuart and the airshow on a R-44 Robinson Helicopter. Rides are available between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday with other available times during the day.

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T-6 Texan. Fly like the ‘aces of yester-year’ in this classic fighter-trainer of World War II. Flights are available between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. Two ‘instructional’ flight options are also available: a pattern-only-flight, lasting for 15 minutes, and an aerobatic flight, lasting for 20-30 minutes.

There are also lots of ways to upgrade your experience on the ground this year as well! Celebrate your triumphant flight with some of our VIP ticket upgrades, starting with special Spectator Seating on the show line ($8/day per person upgrade). You can also cool off with two frosty, complimentary beers in the shaded seating of the Heineken Beer Garden ($25/ day per person upgrade). Kick it up a notch and treat yourself to our Florida Craft Beer Experience, featuring show-line seating paired with 2 complimentary unique and delicious craft beers hosted by brewery representatives from Walking Tree, Tequesta Brewing Company and new this year, Pierced Cider ($25/day per person upgrade). Flying can be exhausting, so refuel with access to the Bombers Squadron sponsored by CenterState Bank, which offers lunch, adult beverages and soda, and great views of the action from show line ($60/day per person upgrade).

Start the weekend with our traditional Friday Night air show, complete with a crowd-pleasing firework spectacular and twilight aerobatics. Treat your friends and family to show line Spectator Seating ($8 per person) or the highly popular, TDBank Dirty Flight Suit Party, complete with a buffet dinner, complimentary beer and wine, live entertainment, and a premier viewing for the night time action in the skies. Besides offering the best seats in the house, at this VIP party, you’ll mix and mingle with the performers and pilots of the show, as well as our sponsors, supporters, and aviation aficionados. Tickets to the TDBank Dirty Flight Suit party are $115 per person.

Standard pre-purchase ticket options are $5 for veterans/military (military ID required) and children 6-12 (5 and under free), $15 for children 13+ and adults. Tickets at the gate will be $25 (age 13+) and $5 for veterans/military (military ID required). Premium parking is $20.
All Stuart Air Show tickets for entry, Dirty Flight Suit Party, premium parking and upgraded options are available for purchase at www.StuartAirShow.com. For all ride options and details, please visit www.StuartAirShow.com/rides.

The 2018 Audi-Stuart Air Show thanks Diamond Sponsor Audi, Platinum Sponsors Pratt & Whitney-A United Technologies Company, Sikorsky Aircraft-A Lockheed Martin Company, and Martin County Airport – Witham Field, Gold Sponsors, Alpha Zeta Landscaping & JJ Taylor, Silver Sponsors: City of Stuart, Stuart Jet Center, CenterState Bank, Dunkin Donuts, Atlantic Aviation, Southern Pig and Cattle, and Visiting Nurse Association.

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Ready, Set, go! WaterFest and Mutt March Grow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ready, Set, go! WaterFest and Mutt March Grow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Year Later, Red Cross Still Helping Hurricane Irma Survivors in South Florida

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MIAMI – One year after Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys and carved a path of destruction through South Florida, the American Red Cross is still helping people affected by the powerful storm, the strongest to make landfall in the U.S. since 2005.

Through the extraordinary support of the American public, the Red Cross raised $97 million, including the value of critical donated goods and services, to help Hurricane Irma survivors. As of September 6, 2018, the Red Cross had already programmed approximately $60.4 million, or 62 percent, on emergency relief and recovery efforts for people affected by Hurricane Irma. The remaining funds will be used to help with unmet needs for individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Irma, as well as to expand longer-term community-based recovery services in the affected areas. And, 91 cents of every dollar received for Hurricane Irma will be spent on our services to people affected by Hurricane Irma.

“The Red Cross continues to provide vital services and financial assistance to our communities in South Florida that were the most affected by Hurricane Irma,” said Joanne Nowlin, Regional CEO of the South Florida Region. “It is because of the generosity of each donor that we can focus on recovery efforts long after a disaster. Together with community organizations with whom we have longstanding partnerships, we can continue to provide hope and help.”

Full details are available in the Red Cross’ Hurricane Irma One-Year Update. View personal stories of how the Red Cross helped people after this devastating storm in this video.

EMERGENCY RELIEF

More than 7,000 American Red Cross disaster workers from across the U.S. – over 90 percent volunteers – answered the call to help impacted residents in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida and states across the Southeast. During the emergency response, the Red Cross:

Provided more than 555,300 overnight shelter stays with partners
Served over 1.6 million meals and snacks with help from our partners
Distributed more than 1.8 million relief items
Made more than 62,500 health and mental health contacts

RECOVERY EFFORTS ONGOING

One year after Hurricane Irma’s devastating impact, the Red Cross continues working with government and non-profit partners, community and faith-based organizations, and Long-Term Recovery Committees to support recovery for affected residents.

In Florida, donated dollars are being used to provide financial assistance for households that need extra help and grants to partners with specialized expertise to support community-based recovery services.

We have reached out to thousands of households whose primary homes suffered major damage or were destroyed. As of September 6, 2018, the Red Cross had already approved $2,000 each to more than 3,000 households, and we continue to work with more residents every day. This assistance is helping individuals and families pay for temporary housing, make essential repairs to flood-damaged homes, replace lost appliances and furniture and much more.

Learn more at redcross.org/irma.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Environmental Studies Council Announces 2018 FREE Open House Funfest

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In Photo: Guests can meet Joey VII at the Environmental Studies Center Open House on October 6 – Photo by Kim Nash

JENSEN BEACH – The Environmental Studies Council will be hosting their Annual Open House on Sat., October 6 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Center, located at 2900 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach, features saltwater aquariums, hands on learning and is home to a releasable juvenile loggerhead sea turtle.

Students in the Martin County School District enjoy the environmental learning opportunities provided each year at the center, and at the Annual Open House, families can take part in the fun as well! On October 6, guests will enjoy interactive activities, refreshments and sign-ups for the year’s many special events.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet Joey the alligator, tour the wet labs, visit the new educational sea turtle display, visit a special plankton display, tour the school grounds and shop the gift shop, which is fully stocked with new toys, jewelry, and kids science kits.

“The Open House offers families the chance to enjoy all the wonderful environmental learning activities that students take part in during their annual field trips to the Center,” said event co-chair Farah Daye. Daye, a trustee of the Environmental Studies Council, is planning the event along trustees Mary Radabaugh and Coltin Radabaugh.

The Open House is presented free of charge by the Environmental Studies Council, the non-profit organization established in 1978 to support, protect, and enhance the unique environmental education programs of the Environmental Studies Center. Donations are accepted and Council memberships will be available throughout the day.

For more information, visit www.escmc.org or call 772-219-1887 x 121.

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Environmental Studies Council Announces 2018 FREE Open House Funfest

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In Photo: Get up close to the nurse sharks and other marine animals in the Wet Lab at the Environmental Studies Center Open House on October 6-Photo by Kim Nash

JENSEN BEACH – The Environmental Studies Council will be hosting their Annual Open House on Sat., October 6 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Center, located at 2900 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach, features saltwater aquariums, hands on learning and is home to a releasable juvenile loggerhead sea turtle.

Students in the Martin County School District enjoy the environmental learning opportunities provided each year at the center, and at the Annual Open House, families can take part in the fun as well! On October 6, guests will enjoy interactive activities, refreshments and sign-ups for the year’s many special events.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet Joey the alligator, tour the wet labs, visit the new educational sea turtle display, visit a special plankton display, tour the school grounds and shop the gift shop, which is fully stocked with new toys, jewelry, and kids science kits.

“The Open House offers families the chance to enjoy all the wonderful environmental learning activities that students take part in during their annual field trips to the Center,” said event co-chair Farah Daye. Daye, a trustee of the Environmental Studies Council, is planning the event along trustees Mary Radabaugh and Coltin Radabaugh.

The Open House is presented free of charge by the Environmental Studies Council, the non-profit organization established in 1978 to support, protect, and enhance the unique environmental education programs of the Environmental Studies Center. Donations are accepted and Council memberships will be available throughout the day.

For more information, visit www.escmc.org or call 772-219-1887 x 121.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Celebration of the New U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 a celebration for the new U.S. Customs Facility coming to Witham Field was held.

The event was sponsored by the Economic Council of Martin County. The U.S. Customs Facility at Witham Field will process international travelers arriving in Martin County via aircraft and marine vessels. The facility will allow Martin County boaters, pilots, residents and visitors to conveniently clear U.S. Customs without having to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach.

Funding for the project is provided through an 80/20 grant partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation (Multimodal) Division and the Airport Enterprise Fund. The facility will be operated by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection. As it is with Witham Field, user fees will cover the cost of operations expenses. The U.S. Customs facility is located at 2011 SE Airport Rd. in Stuart.

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Bubbles & Breakfast for Babies

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 – 9-12 at Banyan 320 Kitchen & Bar, located at 320 SE Denver Avenue in Stuart. Chef Rachel of Banyan 320 served

a delicious breakfast along with bottomless mimosas. There were raffle items, as well as a Chinese auction. A portion of the food and beverage costs

went to Martin County Healthy Start Coalition.

The fundraiser collected diapers, wipes for the Prenatal Outreach Center. A Helicopter ride or a Golf Foursome at Willoughby & Country Club were

also donated for the raffle.

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Bubbles & Breakfast for Babies

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 – 9-12 at Banyan 320 Kitchen & Bar, located at 320 SE Denver Avenue in Stuart. Chef Rachel of Banyan 320 served

a delicious breakfast along with bottomless mimosas. There were raffle items, as well as a Chinese auction. A portion of the food and beverage costs

went to Martin County Healthy Start Coalition.

The fundraiser collected diapers, wipes for the Prenatal Outreach Center. A Helicopter ride or a Golf Foursome at Willoughby & Country Club were

also donated for the raffle.

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Bubbles & Breakfast for Babies

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 – 9-12 at Banyan 320 Kitchen & Bar, located at 320 SE Denver Avenue in Stuart. Chef Rachel of Banyan 320 served

a delicious breakfast along with bottomless mimosas. There were raffle items, as well as a Chinese auction. A portion of the food and beverage costs

went to Martin County Healthy Start Coalition.

The fundraiser collected diapers, wipes for the Prenatal Outreach Center. A Helicopter ride or a Golf Foursome at Willoughby & Country Club were

also donated for the raffle.

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Bubbles & Breakfast for Babies

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 – 9-12 at Banyan 320 Kitchen & Bar, located at 320 SE Denver Avenue in Stuart. Chef Rachel of Banyan 320 served

a delicious breakfast along with bottomless mimosas. There were raffle items, as well as a Chinese auction. A portion of the food and beverage costs

went to Martin County Healthy Start Coalition.

The fundraiser collected diapers, wipes for the Prenatal Outreach Center. A Helicopter ride or a Golf Foursome at Willoughby & Country Club were

also donated for the raffle.

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Bubbles & Breakfast for Babies

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Stuart- On Saturday, September 15 – 9-12 at Banyan 320 Kitchen & Bar, located at 320 SE Denver Avenue in Stuart. Chef Rachel of Banyan 320 served

a delicious breakfast along with bottomless mimosas. There were raffle items, as well as a Chinese auction. A portion of the food and beverage costs

went to Martin County Healthy Start Coalition.

The fundraiser collected diapers, wipes for the Prenatal Outreach Center. A Helicopter ride or a Golf Foursome at Willoughby & Country Club were

also donated for the raffle.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday, September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday, September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday, September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday, September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday, September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday, September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday,September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday,September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday,September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday, September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday,September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday, September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday, September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday, September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday,September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Annual 9/11 Candlelight Tribute

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Palm City – On Tuesday, September 11th a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11. The ceremony was held at the Peter & Julie Cummings library in Palm City, located at 2551 SW Matheson Avenue. Mr. Dennis McKenna with America 9/11 First Responders, Inc. Commissioner Ed Campi was the emcee for the evening.

The tribute for this year was to pay tribute to the children of 9/11. Guest speakers, bagpipers were present along with a candlelight tribute and butterfly release in all of their honor. This event is held each year on 9/11 to pay patriotic tribute to the victims and survivors that were lost in the World Trade Centers.

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Grand Opening of Concealed Weapons Permits In Hobe Sound

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

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

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

We care about the people we serve!

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SEPTEMBER 1ST HONOR FLIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO 82 LOCAL WWII & KOREAN WAR VETERANS

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In Photo: Welcome for veterans upon arrival at DCA in Washington, DC

Stuart-South Florida Honor Flight takes to the skies again to recognize the contribution and sacrifices made by our nation’s WWII and Korean War veterans with an Honor Flight on Saturday, September 1st , the third of four flights for 2018. This special one-day tribute, which will honor 82 local veterans–14 from WWII and 68 from the Korean War–will leave Palm Beach International Airport at 6:00AM to spend the day in Washington, DC and return that Saturday evening. Every Honor Flight is designed to fly local veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

The day that many veterans say is one of the best days of their lives begins early with a 4:30AM check-in of veterans, their guardians and Honor Flight staff. The chartered American Airlines Airbus 321 flies into DCA where the group will board four police-escorted motor coaches. The day’s agenda includes visits to the Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

The September 1st trip is made up of veterans who served during WWII and the Korean War (with a few serving in both Korea and Vietnam) from these military branches: Army (45), Navy (10), Air Force (15), Marine Corps (8) and Coast Guard (3). Just a few of the wartime/service positions represented are tank gunner, cook, radio operator, special agent CIC, aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, infantry, tail gunner, flight instructor, welder, Japanese linguist, crypto equipment maintenance, parachute rigger, construction foreman, plumber, tank driver, stenographer, truck driver, veterinary officer, fire control expert, mail clerk, radio maintenance, diving and explosive ordinance disposal. Veterans on this trip served wherever ordered, whether that was stateside or in combat in battles around the globe, including: Central Europe Campaigns, Battle of Leyte, Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, the May Massacre, Battle of Punchbowl, Battle of Heartbreak Ridge.

In Honor Flight tradition, the public is invited and encouraged to show how they remember these veterans by welcoming them home from Washington at “Operation Homecoming” at Palm Beach International Airport, the evening of Saturday, September 1st. All are invited to greet the veterans’ arrival and give them a true welcome home, a welcome that most never received years ago. Bring signs of thanks, flags, cheers and handshakes.

Operation Homecoming takes place at Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2, Concourse A/B. The Honor Flight will arrive at PBIA at 7:20PM. Early arrival is recommended. Please come be part of a heart-warming evening. This red, white and blue welcome home tops off a day that most veterans say ranks with the day they were married and the birth of their children.

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

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

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

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

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

The next scheduled 2018 Honor Flight for Southeast Florida Honor Flight is October 13th.

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SEPTEMBER 1ST HONOR FLIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO 82 LOCAL WWII & KOREAN WAR VETERANS

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In Photo: A Korean War veteran with his guardian at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC.

Stuart-South Florida Honor Flight takes to the skies again to recognize the contribution and sacrifices made by our nation’s WWII and Korean War veterans with an Honor Flight on Saturday, September 1st , the third of four flights for 2018. This special one-day tribute, which will honor 82 local veterans–14 from WWII and 68 from the Korean War–will leave Palm Beach International Airport at 6:00AM to spend the day in Washington, DC and return that Saturday evening. Every Honor Flight is designed to fly local veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

The day that many veterans say is one of the best days of their lives begins early with a 4:30AM check-in of veterans, their guardians and Honor Flight staff. The chartered American Airlines Airbus 321 flies into DCA where the group will board four police-escorted motor coaches. The day’s agenda includes visits to the Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

The September 1st trip is made up of veterans who served during WWII and the Korean War (with a few serving in both Korea and Vietnam) from these military branches: Army (45), Navy (10), Air Force (15), Marine Corps (8) and Coast Guard (3). Just a few of the wartime/service positions represented are tank gunner, cook, radio operator, special agent CIC, aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, infantry, tail gunner, flight instructor, welder, Japanese linguist, crypto equipment maintenance, parachute rigger, construction foreman, plumber, tank driver, stenographer, truck driver, veterinary officer, fire control expert, mail clerk, radio maintenance, diving and explosive ordinance disposal. Veterans on this trip served wherever ordered, whether that was stateside or in combat in battles around the globe, including: Central Europe Campaigns, Battle of Leyte, Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, the May Massacre, Battle of Punchbowl, Battle of Heartbreak Ridge.

In Honor Flight tradition, the public is invited and encouraged to show how they remember these veterans by welcoming them home from Washington at “Operation Homecoming” at Palm Beach International Airport, the evening of Saturday, September 1st. All are invited to greet the veterans’ arrival and give them a true welcome home, a welcome that most never received years ago. Bring signs of thanks, flags, cheers and handshakes.

Operation Homecoming takes place at Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2, Concourse A/B. The Honor Flight will arrive at PBIA at 7:20PM. Early arrival is recommended. Please come be part of a heart-warming evening. This red, white and blue welcome home tops off a day that most veterans say ranks with the day they were married and the birth of their children.

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

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

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

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

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

The next scheduled 2018 Honor Flight for Southeast Florida Honor Flight is October 13th.

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SEPTEMBER 1ST HONOR FLIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO 82 LOCAL WWII & KOREAN WAR VETERANS

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In Photo: Welcome home at Operation Homecoming upon return from Washington, DC at PBIA.

Stuart-South Florida Honor Flight takes to the skies again to recognize the contribution and sacrifices made by our nation’s WWII and Korean War veterans with an Honor Flight on Saturday, September 1st , the third of four flights for 2018. This special one-day tribute, which will honor 82 local veterans–14 from WWII and 68 from the Korean War–will leave Palm Beach International Airport at 6:00AM to spend the day in Washington, DC and return that Saturday evening. Every Honor Flight is designed to fly local veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

The day that many veterans say is one of the best days of their lives begins early with a 4:30AM check-in of veterans, their guardians and Honor Flight staff. The chartered American Airlines Airbus 321 flies into DCA where the group will board four police-escorted motor coaches. The day’s agenda includes visits to the Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.

The September 1st trip is made up of veterans who served during WWII and the Korean War (with a few serving in both Korea and Vietnam) from these military branches: Army (45), Navy (10), Air Force (15), Marine Corps (8) and Coast Guard (3). Just a few of the wartime/service positions represented are tank gunner, cook, radio operator, special agent CIC, aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, infantry, tail gunner, flight instructor, welder, Japanese linguist, crypto equipment maintenance, parachute rigger, construction foreman, plumber, tank driver, stenographer, truck driver, veterinary officer, fire control expert, mail clerk, radio maintenance, diving and explosive ordinance disposal. Veterans on this trip served wherever ordered, whether that was stateside or in combat in battles around the globe, including: Central Europe Campaigns, Battle of Leyte, Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, the May Massacre, Battle of Punchbowl, Battle of Heartbreak Ridge.

In Honor Flight tradition, the public is invited and encouraged to show how they remember these veterans by welcoming them home from Washington at “Operation Homecoming” at Palm Beach International Airport, the evening of Saturday, September 1st. All are invited to greet the veterans’ arrival and give them a true welcome home, a welcome that most never received years ago. Bring signs of thanks, flags, cheers and handshakes.

Operation Homecoming takes place at Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2, Concourse A/B. The Honor Flight will arrive at PBIA at 7:20PM. Early arrival is recommended. Please come be part of a heart-warming evening. This red, white and blue welcome home tops off a day that most veterans say ranks with the day they were married and the birth of their children.

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

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

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

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

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

The next scheduled 2018 Honor Flight for Southeast Florida Honor Flight is October 13th.

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LOCAL RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS DEPLOY TO HAWAII TO ASSIST IN HURRICANE LANE RESPONSE

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Local American Red Cross volunteers of the South Florida Region have deployed to Hawaii to help residents affected by Hurricane Lane. The Red Cross has deployed nearly 200 trained disaster workers across the United States, including an experienced leadership team and IT professionals to support emergency communications equipment.

Red Cross South Florida Region volunteers Gloria Mejia and Gaenor Speed are currently assisting the Hawaii Chapter of the Red Cross in evacuation shelters as Hurricane Lane reaches landfall.

Originally, Mejia assisted Hawaii Red Cross to provide support to the families affected by the Kilauea Volcano lava flow. Since then, her position has shifted as Shelter Manager for one of the evacuation centers on the island.

Speed is an active volunteer in Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter and was the shelter lead for Hurricane Irma overseeing 10 shelters. She then deployed to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria for five weeks.

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LOCAL RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS DEPLOY TO HAWAII TO ASSIST IN HURRICANE LANE RESPONSE

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Local American Red Cross volunteers of the South Florida Region have deployed to Hawaii to help residents affected by Hurricane Lane. The Red Cross has deployed nearly 200 trained disaster workers across the United States, including an experienced leadership team and IT professionals to support emergency communications equipment.

Red Cross South Florida Region volunteers Gloria Mejia and Gaenor Speed are currently assisting the Hawaii Chapter of the Red Cross in evacuation shelters as Hurricane Lane reaches landfall.

Originally, Mejia assisted Hawaii Red Cross to provide support to the families affected by the Kilauea Volcano lava flow. Since then, her position has shifted as Shelter Manager for one of the evacuation centers on the island.

Speed is an active volunteer in Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter and was the shelter lead for Hurricane Irma overseeing 10 shelters. She then deployed to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria for five weeks.

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

 

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

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The Children’s Museum Turned 10!

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Jensen Beach -The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated it’s 10th Birthday on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the museum with a fun adults only event called Shipwrecked. The Museum was decked out in true island style with guests coming dressed in spectacular pirate, castaway, and mermaid attire. Attendees enjoyed delicious cuisine provided by Patrice with Elegant Catering, drinks and cocktails from Southern Eagle, as well as live music by Warren Joseph.

Before the event, Executive Director, Tammy Calabria and 20 other individuals were captured as “Castaways” and stranded on an island. Each castaway raised at least $250 to get off the island and join the party and pirate themed games. Castaways Kathy Carmody and Tara Biek held raffles to get themselves off the island while others made a donation before the event to rescue themselves. A fun part of the night was when castaway Brian Bossio wanted to remain on the island as long as possible to enjoy the free drinks and grilled shrimp. The Children’s Museum appreciates and extends a huge thank you to all castaways and their rescue crew donations.

The purpose of this 1st annual event was to allow adults to enjoy the fun of the Children’s Museum and raise funds for The Children’s Museum’s Educational Community Outreach, Scholarship Programs and Future Exhibits. This year’s event raised $10,000 gross for our 2 brand new exhibits; a library and bank. Visitors and field trip groups will get to enjoy these new exhibits starting in September. We are so thankful to our sponsors and underwriters for making this event possible: ME’s Team, David Smythe, Hooks Construction, Barron Graphics, & Second Nature Landscaping.

The heart of the Children’s Museum’s mission is to offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs, cultural experiences, and to spark discovery and creative thinking, regardless of their ability to pay and this event helps the Museum fulfill that mission! Thank you for bringing education to life along the Treasure Coast and beyond. For more information about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson (772)225-7575 ext. 201 or edudirector@childrensmuseumtc.org.

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SFWMD Emergency Actions Making Progress to Lower Water Levels and Move Additional Water South

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AUDI STUART AIR SHOW RECOGNIZED WITH AWARDS CELEBRATING AVIATION

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Honoring its Past & Inspiring its Future. After a thorough review of the 12 states in the Southeast Region, the Southeast Tourism Society has once again named the Stuart Air Show as their award recipient for “STS Top 20 Event” for the third consecutive year. “The Southeast is home to unique and memorable events throughout the year. In spotlighting the Top 20 festivals and events each month, STS is not only giving these events the recognition they deserve but we’re also creating a quick reference guide to some of the best festivals in the Southeast,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society. “These events are important to the economic vitality of our communities and this is a way for us to acknowledge the time and resources organizers have tirelessly spent to create memories for their attendees.” Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000.

In addition, the Stuart Air Show has also been voted Best Festival of the Region by Stuart Magazine.

“We are honored to be named the recipient of the Southeast Tourism Society Award for a third consecutive year as well as being named Best Festival of the Region by Stuart Magazine,” stated Amy Bottegal, President of the Stuart Air Show Board of Directors. “Each year, the Stuart Air Show continues to grow and thrill audiences near and far. We are so grateful to be given these distinctions and look forward to continuing our legacy of bringing an exciting, high-quality family adventure to the Treasure Coast.”

This year’s show marks the 29th anniversary and will be held November 2-4 at Martin County Airport – Witham Field.

Aerobatic performances include Phillip 66 AeroStars, Rob Holland, Matt Younkin, Bob Carlton, and Chef Pitts Airshows as well as new acts such as Kyle Franklin with a Dracula Solo Bi-Plane, Vampire Airshows, and the Class of 45, an act that incorporates a Corsair and P-51 Mustang. Also confirmed to perform both Saturday and Sunday of the air show is the

U.S. Air Force F-16 Demo Team.

Pre-sale tickets for the 2018 are $15 each. Prices jump to $25 at the gate. Special pricing for Veterans and Youth is also available.

For more information about the Audi Stuart Air Show, visit stuartairshow.com. If you would like more information about the Stuart Air Show, please contact Susan Cunnane at 772-781-4882 or at Susan@stuartairshow.

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Rehmann Among Best Companies to Work for in Florida

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Stuart – Rehmann is one of Florida’s Best Companies to Work For according to Florida Trend Magazine. Rehman has been the recipient of several other workplace recognitions this year as well, truly exemplifying its value of putting people first.

To participate, companies or government entities have to employ at least 15 workers in Florida and have been in operation at least one year.

Companies that chose to participate underwent an evaluation of their workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

Firms were divided into three groups – large companies of 250 or more employees, medium-sized companies of 50 to 249 employees, and small companies of 15 to 49 employees. Rehmann ranked No. 9 among the top 28 large companies.

“At Rehmann, each of our associates plays an integral part in delivering the best possible client experience,” said Gene Goldin, regional managing principal. “Their wellbeing is a priority, so to learn that we have been honored with this designation is affirmation of our efforts to provide the best possible work environment for our team. Our growth in Florida over the past 10 years has been complemented by combining with like-minded firms who carry a long, rich history in the state and we have no doubt that we will continue to be a great place to work.”

The Best Companies to Work for In Florida program was created by Florida Trend and Best Companies Group and is endorsed by the HR Florida State Council.

The annual Best Companies list is featured in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine. For a list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Florida, go to www.FloridaTrend.com/BestCompanies.

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Major Grant from Mariner Sands Supports Literacy

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In Photo: Jennifer Salas, Martin County Library System Director; Terry Dick, library Volunteer Manager; Michael Kenny, LFMC Executive Director; Robert Kung, Mariner Sands Charity Week Chairman; Pat Ditmars, LFMC Board Member; Jack Flanagan, Charity Week Committee Member

Stuart – A $25,000 grant raised during Mariner Sands Charity Week will kick off a pilot literacy program for families from the Golden Gate area of Stuart.

The grant to the Library Foundation of Martin County underwrites the cost of certified teachers and supplies for an August-to-May twice weekly program to be held at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment. The goal is to provide 3- and 4-year old children with pre-literacy skills in preparation for kindergarten.

This program differs from standard voluntary pre-K education because the family members also participate in the lessons. “Some families do not enroll their children in voluntary pre-K programs because of transportation issues or because they are not comfortable with the child entering a school setting that young,” said Martin County Library System Director Jennifer Salas.

“We will be providing family activity bags to extend the lessons at home, as well as sending home a set of age-appropriate books for the family to keep,” said Salas. Translators will be provided for Spanish-speaking parents.

“When I learned about the Golden Gate community and the potential of offering a literacy program for some of the families there, it excited me so much that I knew I needed to go out and find the funding for it,” said Pat Ditmars. Ditmars serves on the Library Foundation board and is a past member of the Mariner Sands Board of Governors. Her experience with both organizations led her to believe a match could be made.

“Mariner Sands has many people who wholeheartedly support our library system but who didn’t realize that libraries and literacy programs are so different today,” said Ditmars. “The Charity Week committee was astonished when they heard about what the library does from Jenn Salas and Foundation Executive Director Michael Kenny; even those people who go to the library every week themselves were amazed at all the programs.”

“Mariner Sands Charity Week’s mission is to help needs-based charities. With this program, we wanted to try to break the cycle of poverty,” said Bob Kung, the current chairman of Charity Week. “Funding this program broadens Charity Week’s mission statement to include changing the cycle of poverty. A great way to do that is to teach literacy skills to preschool children. We support Indiantown-focused programs and have been learning more about the needs of the Golden Gate area, which is an even closer neighbor.”

Families will be selected for the program with the assistance of House of Hope, a nonprofit that is very active in serving Golden Gate, said Salas. Assessments will be done of the children at the beginning and end of the program. Adults with concerns about their own literacy skills can also obtain help at the Golden Gate Center through a different program.

“The goal is to prepare the children to be reading at grade level by third grade but that starts young. It is an impossible task to expect schools to catch children up by third grade if they enter kindergarten without any literacy skills,” said Salas. “This pilot program will help us identify successful literacy activities, figure out what can be tweaked, gauge our success and then expand the program to other parts of Martin County.”

One of the ways Mariner Sands Charity Week keeps in touch with community needs is through participation with the Funders Council of Martin County. “Through contact with these leaders, Charity Week has learned the importance of clearly focusing on specific causes and supporting the strongest organizations that effectively address the needs,” said Kung. “We believe that funding this project will help the Library Foundation create a truly effective program to reduce poverty through early childhood literacy. In addition, many retired educators from Mariner Sands have volunteered their time and experience to the program.”

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Share a Haircut with Local Children in Foster Care

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Port St. Lucie—Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will donate back-to-school haircuts to children who need it most this summer.

From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s 16 local salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to a foster child and other special-needs children in the community.

Certificates will be distributed through local government and non-profit organizations, such as Communities Connected for Kids. C.C.Kids, which recently changed its name from Devereux Community Based Care, oversees child-welfare services in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties.

Since 2003, foster children in the four counties have received nearly 5,000 free haircut certificates valued at $60,000.

“Hair Cuttery has been very generous to us over the years, but we need the community to do its part again this year – we need to see lots of kids in Hair Cuttery chairs this month,” said Christina Kaiser, CC Kids community relations director.

For more information about CC Kids, please visit www.cckids.net.

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Local Couple Represents the Best in Adoption

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Rose and Brian Bailey have been foster and adoptive parents on the Treasure Coast for more than 20 years.

Port St. Lucie – A Port St. Lucie couple who adopted eight children and fostered many more during the last 20 years were recognized for their contribution July 1 during the 2018 Florida State Foster and Adoptive Parent Association Conference.

Rose and Brian Bailey received the 2018 Forever Hearts Award, an accolade given annually to honor those who provide permanency and a loving family to children in care.

“The award is given with a specific focus on those who help adopted children maintain connections and who support and mentor other adoptive families,” said Communities Connected for Kids Caregiver & Adoption Support Supervisor Jill Poole, who nominated the Bailey’s for the award.

The Bailey’s were Treasure Coast foster parents for almost 20 years, adopting their eight children during that time.

“They made lifetime connections with all their children’s families, some of whom they are still in contact with,” Poole said.

Even after they stopped fostering, the Bailey’s still opened their home to care for a talented teenage football player who would later go on to join the NFL and the Miami Dolphins.

The Bailey household is a little quieter these days, with four of their children now grown and living successful, independent lives. But four teenagers at home, including 19-year-old twins, and Rose’s job mentoring other foster and adoptive parents keep the Bailey’s busy.

“Rose attends all St. Lucie County foster parent meetings, assists with appreciation events for our families and is always available for any other event, committee or activity we need her for,” Poole said. “Rose and Brian have spent a lifetime dedicated to children and families in the child-welfare system, and they don’t have any plans of slowing down soon.”

The award was a surprise of colossal proportion, said Ms. Bailey, who thought she was there to witness her colleague, Jerra Wisecup, receive the award.

“I’m smiling at her, she’s looking at me,'” Ms. Bailey said. “Then they call my name, and I’m thinking, ‘Now, that can’t be right’.”

In fact, Ms. Wisecup, Ms. Poole and even Mr. Bailey were in on the surprise.

“I was floored, very surprised and deeply honored,” Ms. Bailey said. “The award is sitting proudly on my mantel.”

For more information on becoming a foster parent, please visit us at cckids.net.

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Treasure Coast Food Bank Offers Tour and Lunch at Produce Processing Plant

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FORT PIERCE- Treasure Coast Food Bank invites the public to a special Food for Thought tour and luncheon at its produce processing plant on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. The tour will highlight the future of feeding the Treasure Coast featuring locally sourced, nutritious produce.

The produce processing plant enables Treasure Coast Food Bank to significantly increase the amount of fresh, nutritious food for people who are food-insecure. It is the heart of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Florida Agriculture and Nourishment Collaborative, a program that has created jobs and training opportunities, and provided a new market for area farmers. It became fully operational last fall. During summer, the focus is on preparing hundreds of nutritious meals each day for area children fed through Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Summer Meals program.

The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the plant, located at 3051 Industrial 25th Street in Fort Pierce, and includes a lunch featuring the same fresh produce and hand-made sandwiches and wraps that are helping the kids in the Summer Meals program eat healthy.

“The processing plant is the culmination of a long-time goal for us at Treasure Coast Food Bank, and the result is more nutritious food to more people who are food-insecure on the Treasure Coast and throughout South Florida,” said President and CEO Judith Cruz. “This season, Treasure Coast Food Bank marks its 30th anniversary, and we’re excited that the future of feeding the Treasure Coast will include fresh local food processed in our plant.”

The produce processing plant extends the shelf life of produce, thus expanding the number of people who have access to it through two systems – a wash/chop/packaging system to convert whole produce into pre-cut portions, and a cook/vacuum-pack system to convert raw vegetables into ready-to-use products, such as tomato sauce, sautéed vegetables, or soups.

While the processing plant’s operation fluctuates with the South Florida growing season, the focus always turns to feeding children during summer. Each day, hundreds of fresh-made sandwiches and wraps, hand-made salads, and fresh cut fruits and vegetable go out to sites across the Treasure Coast. The meals fill the hunger void for kids who rely on the school cafeteria and whose families don’t always have enough to eat.

The tour and lunch is free, but registration is required, and space is limited. To reserve a spot, please contact Rebecca Rodriguez at rrodriguez@tcfoodbank.org or 772-446-1757.

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4th Annual Pup Crawl to Benefit Humane Society of the Treasure Coast

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In Photo: Matthew and Megan Billitti with Hannan at last year’s Pup Crawl – Photo by: Shaun Kelly

STUART – The ever-popular Pup Crawl is coming to downtown Stuart on Sat., Aug. 4. Now in its fourth year, this event benefits the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Anyone may participate — with or without a dog. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. downstairs by the water at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, 131 SW Flagler Ave., in Stuart. The event runs from 6 to 11 p.m.

Participants will gain VIP access to five bars in the downtown Stuart district. This includes a free drink at each stop along the way. This year’s theme is “Harry Pawwter” and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed.

Although the event is dog-friendly, all dogs must be kept on a non-retractable leash and the owner must make sure the dog is properly being cared for at all times. Owners should prioritize their pet’s health and be aware if their pet is prone to heat exhaustion, aggressive behavior, overstimulation or other conditions that might have a negative effect.

Guests can save $5 if they pre-register online at www.hstc1.org. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 per person at the door (must be 21 and older). Participating bars include Mulligans Beach House Bar & Grill, Spritz City Bistro, Vine & Barley Stuart, Sneaki Tiki and the Crafted Keg.

Sponsors include Young Professionals of Martin County and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Sponsorships are still available by calling Corporate Gifts Officer Candace Callahan at (772) 600-3216 or emailing her at ccallahan@hstc1.org.

For more information, contact Director of Community Outreach Courtney Zanetti via email at czanetti@hstc1.org or by calling (772) 600-3211.

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

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4th Annual Pup Crawl to Benefit Humane Society of the Treasure Coast

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In Photo: Aileen Flanagan, Liz Flanagan with Bryan, and Kelli Wilson with Hawkins at the 2017 Pup Crawl – Photo by: Shaun Kelly

STUART – The ever-popular Pup Crawl is coming to downtown Stuart on Sat., Aug. 4. Now in its fourth year, this event benefits the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Anyone may participate — with or without a dog. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. downstairs by the water at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, 131 SW Flagler Ave., in Stuart. The event runs from 6 to 11 p.m.

Participants will gain VIP access to five bars in the downtown Stuart district. This includes a free drink at each stop along the way. This year’s theme is “Harry Pawwter” and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed.

Although the event is dog-friendly, all dogs must be kept on a non-retractable leash and the owner must make sure the dog is properly being cared for at all times. Owners should prioritize their pet’s health and be aware if their pet is prone to heat exhaustion, aggressive behavior, overstimulation or other conditions that might have a negative effect.

Guests can save $5 if they pre-register online at www.hstc1.org. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 per person at the door (must be 21 and older). Participating bars include Mulligans Beach House Bar & Grill, Spritz City Bistro, Vine & Barley Stuart, Sneaki Tiki and the Crafted Keg.

Sponsors include Young Professionals of Martin County and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Sponsorships are still available by calling Corporate Gifts Officer Candace Callahan at (772) 600-3216 or emailing her at ccallahan@hstc1.org.

For more information, contact Director of Community Outreach Courtney Zanetti via email at czanetti@hstc1.org or by calling (772) 600-3211.

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

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4th Annual Pup Crawl to Benefit Humane Society of the Treasure Coast

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In Photo: “Pup Crawlers” Amanda and Juan Piedrahita with Finley and Sean Ashley with Aspen at last year’s event – Photo by: Shaun Kelly

STUART – The ever-popular Pup Crawl is coming to downtown Stuart on Sat., Aug. 4. Now in its fourth year, this event benefits the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Anyone may participate — with or without a dog. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. downstairs by the water at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, 131 SW Flagler Ave., in Stuart. The event runs from 6 to 11 p.m.

Participants will gain VIP access to five bars in the downtown Stuart district. This includes a free drink at each stop along the way. This year’s theme is “Harry Pawwter” and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed.

Although the event is dog-friendly, all dogs must be kept on a non-retractable leash and the owner must make sure the dog is properly being cared for at all times. Owners should prioritize their pet’s health and be aware if their pet is prone to heat exhaustion, aggressive behavior, overstimulation or other conditions that might have a negative effect.

Guests can save $5 if they pre-register online at www.hstc1.org. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 per person at the door (must be 21 and older). Participating bars include Mulligans Beach House Bar & Grill, Spritz City Bistro, Vine & Barley Stuart, Sneaki Tiki and the Crafted Keg.

Sponsors include Young Professionals of Martin County and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Sponsorships are still available by calling Corporate Gifts Officer Candace Callahan at (772) 600-3216 or emailing her at ccallahan@hstc1.org.

For more information, contact Director of Community Outreach Courtney Zanetti via email at czanetti@hstc1.org or by calling (772) 600-3211.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Providing flood control and hurricane/storm response

Improving water quality and implementing projects to restore the Everglades

Meeting ongoing water supply and water resource development needs

Administering streamlined regulatory programs

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

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

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

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HBKS Wealth Advisors Named to 2018 Financial Times 300 Top Out2News.com

HBKS® Wealth Advisors (HBKS) is pleased to announce it has been named to the 2018 edition of the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers. The list recognizes top independent RIA firms from across the U.S.

This is the fifth annual FT 300 list, and the fifth appearance on the list for HBKS, the wealth management business of HBK CPAs & Consultants (HBK). The Top 300 is produced independently by the Financial Times in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the Financial Times that provides business intelligence on the asset management industry.

“We are pleased to be included again in this prestigious collection of firms,” noted HBK CEO and Managing Principal Chris Allegretti. “The Financial Times Top RIA 300 is a good starting point for an investor looking for a capable, reliable advisor with a superior track record.”

RIA firms that apply for the list have met a minimum set of criteria. Applicants are then graded on six factors: assets under management (AUM); AUM growth rate; years in existence; advanced industry credentials of the firm’s advisers; online accessibility; and compliance records. There are no fees or other considerations required of RIAs that apply for the FT 300.

The final FT 300 represents an impressive cohort of elite RIA firms, as the “average” practice in this year’s list has been in existence for over 22 years and manages $4 billion in assets. The FT 300 Top RIAs hail from 38 states and Washington, D.C.

HBKS is the wealth management business of HBK CPAs & Consultants (HBK), offering the collective intelligence of more than 400 professionals in a wide range of tax, accounting, audit, business advisory, valuation, financial planning, wealth management and support services from 12 offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, New York and Florida. As an RIA, HBKS operates in accordance with the highest ethical standards and according to the strictest interpretation of fiduciary responsibility.

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CenterState Bank Hires Karen Gilmore as Residential Loan Officer

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Palm City- July 9, 2018 – CenterState Bank is excited to announce that Karen Gilmore joined the company as a Residential Loan Officer in June 2018. Ms. Gilmore is a veteran in the mortgage industry and has been hired by CenterState to continue providing exceptional service and quality loans to those purchasing a new home.

Karen Gilmore joins CenterState Bank with more than 24 years of mortgage experience. Ms. Gilmore has been awarded the Realtor Association Affiliate of the Year three times and nominated for Affiliate of the Year by the Women’s Council of Realtors and Women of Distinction Award by Soroptimist of Martin County. Ms. Gilmore has chaired and served as a board member of several charities in the area. She enjoys giving back to her community and supporting local families in times of need.

Mike Brown Jr., Residential Business Development Officer, says, “We are extraordinarily pleased that Karen Gilmore has joined CenterState Bank. Karen is a veteran mortgage banker and household name among Martin County real estate professionals and homeowners alike. Her passion for the mortgage business and remarkable energy will no doubt help us to continue to deliver on our unwavering commitment to world class customer service”.

CenterState Bank is a Florida based community bank and one of Florida’s largest publicly traded banks providing online banking, commercial lending, residential mortgages and investment services. CenterState has a history of quality service and community focus. Our core values at CenterState focus on themes of sustainability, a long-term horizon and the career development of our team. We believe that local ownership and local management translate into a better bank. For more information on CenterState Bank, please visit, www.CenterStateBank.com.

Contact: Karen Gilmore Residential Loan Officer karen.gilmore@centerstatebank.com

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AMERICAN RED CROSS PALM BEACH AND MARTIN COUNTY CHAPTER ANNOUNCES THEODORE PEROULAKIS AS NEW BOARD CHAIR

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WEST PALM BEACH – The Palm Beach and Martin County Chapter of the American Red Cross has named Theodore Peroulakis as the new Chair of its Board of Directors.

Theodore Peroulakis is a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch and has over 17 years of experience in the financial industry. He is a member of the Girard, Kovarik & Associates team and is a Certified Financial Planner, awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

Peroulakis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Florida State University and a master’s degree from the University of Miami.

Theodore Peroulakis began his notable work in the community in 2001 as a Red Cross volunteer. He served as Team Leader of the Disaster Action Team, where he responded to local emergencies and assisted families in need.

“I joined the Red Cross as a volunteer to get involved with an organization that helps people when they need it most, after disaster strikes” said Theodore Peroulakis, Board Chair. “I liked how the Red Cross helped people after they were affected from everything from home fires to hurricanes.”

Peroulakis takes great pride in his volunteer work, so much so, that he became a Lead Shelter Manager during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and last year, during Hurricane Irma. In addition, he volunteered his time during Hurricane Isaac in 2012 as an Assistant Shelter Manager.

“I continue to support the Red Cross because volunteering gives me a great sense of purpose in building safer communities and is driven by the desire to create a better world by helping people” said Peroulakis.

Currently, Peroulakis is a board member of the American Red Cross Palm Beach and Martin County Chapter where he serves as their Volunteer and Mission Committee Chair and previously as their Philanthropy Committee Chair. In addition, he serves on the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County Board and the local Aging & Disability Resource Center Board.

“Our organization is very fortunate to have Ted serving in this leadership position. He brings a wealth of experience and insight” said Jennifer Durrant, executive director of the Palm Beach and Martin County Chapter. “His dedication to the mission will enable us to continue to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.”

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Update on SFWMD Efforts to Alleviate High Water Emergency Situation

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Latest measures taken to lower water levels include installing temporary pumps, raising water level in L-29 Canal

West Palm Beach – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today released its latest video update to inform the public of the latest efforts to alleviate the high water emergency caused by record rainfall throughout South Florida.

SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik explains current water conditions as well as the actions taken to lower lake levels and move more water south through the conservation areas.

The record rainfall in May caused Lake Okeechobee to rise more than a foot, which led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to begin releases from the lake on June 1 to the northern estuaries. At the same time, this record rainfall inundated the water conservation areas, causing them to rise above their regulation schedules.

In response to this record rainfall, Gov. Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to issue an emergency order that expedites the ability of SFWMD and other agencies to take action to lower water levels in the conservation areas, creating capacity to take water from Lake Okeechobee to reduce the need for estuary releases.

SFWMD is taking every action within its authority to lower water levels, including storing water on public and private lands, utilizing every available structure and installing temporary pumps to move water.

SFWMD has installed several temporary pumps to increase the amount of water that can be moved out of the water conservation areas, creating capacity to take water from Lake Okeechobee. This week, USACE officials also agreed to raise the water levels in the L-29 Canal in Miami-Dade County, a measure requested by SFWMD that will significantly increase the amount of water that can be moved south out of Water Conservation Area 3A.

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Managing High Water Levels in the Wet Season

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South Florida’s annual wet season got off to an intense start with 300 percent of normal rainfall across the region in May 2018, a record for the month. Locally, Martin and St. Lucie counties alone received 450 percent of the historical average for the month, with more than 16 inches of rain. This rainfall inundated the Water Conservation Areas and caused Lake Okeechobee to rise more than a foot. As a result, the USACE began making releases from the lake to the northern estuaries on June 1 for public safety.

New measures enabled by the emergency order include:

Moving water out of the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area in Palm Beach County into the C-18 Canal to create additional capacity to move water south.
Installing temporary pumps near the S-39 Structure to move additional water out of Water Conservation Area 2 to the Hillsboro Canal on the Palm Beach-Broward county line, creating capacity in the conservation area.
Installing temporary pumps at the S-151 Structure to move an additional 200 cfs of water out of Water Conservation Area 3A in Miami-Dade County.
Operating the S-152 Structure to move 400 cfs out of Water Conservation Area 3A.
Installing temporary pumps at several locations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties that will move water from the conservation areas into the L-29, L-28 and C-4 canals.

All of these emergency measures, coupled with actions SFWMD already had underway, help create capacity in the Water Conservation Areas to take water south from Lake Okeechobee. These ongoing actions include:

Using the S-5A Pump Station in Palm Beach County to move 400 cubic feet per second (cfs) out of the L-8 Canal to prevent water from gravity flowing back into Lake Okeechobee.
Moving water to tide through every available structure, including the Hillsboro, North New River and Miami canals.
Using the S-34 Structure to move 200 cfs out of Water Conservation Area 2A into the North New River in Broward County.
Fully utilizing the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin and L-8 Flow Equalization Basin, both components of Gov. Scott’s Restoration Strategies Plan, to store water.
Storing water on public lands through the Dispersed Water Management program.
Working with private landowners to store water on their properties.

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SFWMD Keeps Public Apprised of Efforts to Alleviate High Water

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West Palm Beach – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) this week unveiled its latest tool to inform the public about the ongoing efforts to alleviate the high water emergency caused by record rainfall throughout South Florida.

The new website, www.sfwmd.gov/managinghighwater, will contain weekly video updates from SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik on the latest water conditions and measures implemented to lower lake levels and move more water through the conservation areas. To view the latest update filmed this week, click HERE.

The Managing High Water web page also contains more detailed information on the ongoing efforts to protect the public and the environment after 300 percent of the average amount of rainfall fell throughout South Florida in May.

This record rainfall caused Lake Okeechobee to rapidly rise more than a foot, which led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to begin releases from the lake on June 1 to the northern estuaries to ensure flood protection for the citizens that live south of the lake. At the same time, this record rainfall inundated the water conservation areas, causing them to rise above their regulation schedules.

In response to this record rainfall, Gov. Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to issue an emergency order which expedites the ability of SFWMD and other agencies to take action to lower water levels in the conservation areas, creating capacity to take water from Lake Okeechobee to reduce the need for estuary releases.

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Make the Right Call During A Flood

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LOCAL FISHING TOURNAMENT SHOWS APPRECIATION FOR THE SACRIFICES MADE BY FLORIDA SOLDIERS WHO SERVED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

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Now in its 6th year, the Treasure Coast Bonito Blast (TCBB) works with over one hundred Treasure Coast businesses to create an event that brings our community together in appreciation and support of

local veterans. The tournament includes $2,500 in prize money, dinners, live music, auction items, and a raffle for a grand prize – a customized TCBB golf cart. What started as a small event has gained popularity over the past

five years, becoming the largest one-day tournament on the Treasure Coast. Most importantly, the Bonito Blasts have raised $250,000 for Wounded Veterans Relief Fund (WVRF) https://wvrf.org.

WVRF was founded in 2009 to help wounded veterans transition back home in a productive, meaningful way. They provide immediate emergency financial assistance to eligible disabled veterans who have

served in the wars and conflicts since 9/11. More than 85% of all funds donated to WVRF go directly toward veteran assistance, earning them GuideStar’s platinum level recognition for performance in

serving Florida’s veterans. They do what’s needed to help get lives back on track by helping with job training, housing, transportation, past-due bills, child needs, and other ways too numerous to list.

“The veterans’ stories are why we do what we do,” said Mike Durkee, Executive Director of WVRF. “When they return home after fighting for our freedom, a new journey begins, often fraught with hardships. We

are grateful to the community for their incredible generosity in support of these heroes after all they’ve done for us.” The Bonito Blast Awards Party on Saturday night will include dinner, a silent auction, and music by rising local country star, JessLee.

Recently a contestant on NBC’s The Voice, she’s

bringing her band and their innovative country-rock style she calls “Punktry” to the Bonito Blast. JessLee is passionate about supporting our veterans and has recently partnered with WVRF. She says, “American Veteran’s choose

every day to put their lives in harm’s way to ensure the freedom of our country.”

Manatee Island Bar and Grill will host the Captain’sMeeting, August 17th at 6 pm and the Award Party on August 18th at 5 pm. Tournament Weigh-in will be held on the dock at The Twisted Tuna from 12-3 pm.

Captain Billy Black and Karen Hermanspan are once again organizing many of whom have never fished in a tournament before. Volunteer boat captains who are able to host veteran anglers, Treasure coast bonito Blast is a 501c3 event. Contributions are tax

deductible. EIN# 46-2993288 TOURNAMENT DETAILS:

Entry Fee:

$100.00 for 4 anglers BEFORE 8/17 (registration at Captain’s meeting will be $125). $25.00 for each additional angler. Junior anglers (under 12) fish for free, and will be recognized for their catch.

Prizes as follows:
1st Prize $1,500.00
2nd Prize $750.00
3rd Prize $250.00

There will be two calcuttas, largest dolphin and largest edible bottom fish.

Visit our website for more information or to register:
www.TreasureCoastBonitoBlast.com

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LOCAL FISHING TOURNAMENT SHOWS APPRECIATION FOR THE SACRIFICES MADE BY FLORIDA SOLDIERS WHO SERVED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

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Now in its 6th year, the Treasure Coast Bonito Blast (TCBB) works with over one hundred Treasure Coast businesses to create an event that brings our community together in appreciation and support of

local veterans. The tournament includes $2,500 in prize money, dinners, live music, auction items, and a raffle for a grand prize – a customized TCBB golf cart. What started as a small event has gained popularity over the past

five years, becoming the largest one-day tournament on the Treasure Coast. Most importantly, the Bonito Blasts have raised $250,000 for Wounded Veterans Relief Fund (WVRF) https://wvrf.org.

WVRF was founded in 2009 to help wounded veterans transition back home in a productive, meaningful way. They provide immediate emergency financial assistance to eligible disabled veterans who have

served in the wars and conflicts since 9/11. More than 85% of all funds donated to WVRF go directly toward veteran assistance, earning them GuideStar’s platinum level recognition for performance in

serving Florida’s veterans. They do what’s needed to help get lives back on track by helping with job training, housing, transportation, past-due bills, child needs, and other ways too numerous to list.

“The veterans’ stories are why we do what we do,” said Mike Durkee, Executive Director of WVRF. “When they return home after fighting for our freedom, a new journey begins, often fraught with hardships. We

are grateful to the community for their incredible generosity in support of these heroes after all they’ve done for us.” The Bonito Blast Awards Party on Saturday night will include dinner, a silent auction, and music by rising local country star, JessLee.

Recently a contestant on NBC’s The Voice, she’s

bringing her band and their innovative country-rock style she calls “Punktry” to the Bonito Blast. JessLee is passionate about supporting our veterans and has recently partnered with WVRF. She says, “American Veteran’s choose

every day to put their lives in harm’s way to ensure the freedom of our country.”

Manatee Island Bar and Grill will host the Captain’sMeeting, August 17th at 6 pm and the Award Party on August 18th at 5 pm. Tournament Weigh-in will be held on the dock at The Twisted Tuna from 12-3 pm.

Captain Billy Black and Karen Hermanspan are once again organizing many of whom have never fished in a tournament before. Volunteer boat captains who are able to host veteran anglers, Treasure coast bonito Blast is a 501c3 event. Contributions are tax

deductible. EIN# 46-2993288 TOURNAMENT DETAILS:

Entry Fee:

$100.00 for 4 anglers BEFORE 8/17 (registration at Captain’s meeting will be $125). $25.00 for each additional angler. Junior anglers (under 12) fish for free, and will be recognized for their catch.

Prizes as follows:
1st Prize $1,500.00
2nd Prize $750.00
3rd Prize $250.00

There will be two calcuttas, largest dolphin and largest edible bottom fish.

Visit our website for more information or to register:
www.TreasureCoastBonitoBlast.com

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SFWMD Temporary Pump Installation

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SFWMD Temporary Pump Installation to Lower Water Levels in Water Conservation Areas Pump installation will close two boat ramps and part of parking lot at Loxahatchee Road Boat Ramp

The South Florida Water Management District will begin work on Friday to install two temporary pumps. These pumps will be located in southern Palm Beach County just west of the S-39 structure on the border of Water Conservation Area (WCA) 2A and Water Conservation Area 1, also known as the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Measuring in at 42 inches in diameter, these pumps will move a combined 170-200 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water from WCA-2A north into WCA-1 and then to tide. This is one of several measures enabled by an emergency order from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to help move more water out of the conservation areas and lower levels in Lake Okeechobee following record May rainfall.

The temporary pump installation will require the temporary closure of two of the four boat ramps located at the Loxahatchee Road Boat Ramp on the southern border of the Loxahatchee Refuge and the western part of the parking lot. These closures are expected to begin on Friday and last for the duration of the emergency pumping. The remaining two boat ramps will stay open for access.

Beginning Friday, June 22, 2018

Loxahatchee Road Boat Ramp
15000 block of Loxahatchee Road
Parkland, FL 33076

Learn more about SFWMD’s efforts to alleviate high water levels in the water conservation areas at www.sfwmd.gov/managinghighwater

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The Genesis of Manero’s New Bar & Grill

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

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

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

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

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

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BACTERIA ADVISORY LIFTED

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Martin County, FL – The bacteria advisory for the waters near the Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar has been lifted following a series of samples in the acceptable range. The areas will be tested again on Monday, June 25.

Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution. The presence of these bacteria may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County conducts weekly water sampling at four sites along the St. Lucie River including the Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar.

Martin County beach sites are sampled every other week.

River and beach water sample results can be viewed at:

http://martin.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-health/beach-and-river-sampling/results/index.html

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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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House of Hope Named Highest Rated Four-Star Charity on Treasure Coast

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STUART -With new milestones being reached almost monthly this past year at House of Hope, staff and volunteers are now celebrating the agency’s most significant rating from Charity Navigator- a coveted four star score of 98.23 percent. By measuring House of Hope’s transparency, efficiency, financial stability and integrity, America’s largest and most-utilized charity evaluator has deemed House of Hope to be the highest ranked organization on the Treasure Coast. While the agency has maintained a four-star status consistently since 2014, the latest score has tied House of Hope for eighth place in the state of Florida and granted the 11th best numerical ranking in the nation among Human Services organizations with a Social Service focus.

“We are proud of the fact that our supporters can trust House of Hope to be responsible stewards of every dollar and donation as we strive to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship, ” House of Hope chairman of the board, Stephen Schramm, said. “We continuously strive to enhance our agency’s impact and Charity Navigator’s independent scrutiny has once again led to earning another four-star rating and stellar score.”

The rating process for Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, has become increasingly more rigorous since its four-star program began in 2002. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics to its ratings methodology, focusing on governance, ethical practices and measures of openness. These accountability and transparency metrics account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of charities bearing the four star distinction.

“House of Hope’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds House of Hope to a pre-eminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support House of Hope.”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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.

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

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

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

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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.
Photo by Liz McKinley

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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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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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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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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