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Mayor Karen M. Ostrand Honored with 2020 Home Rule Hero Award

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Town of Ocean Breeze official recognized for advocacy efforts during the 2020 legislative session

The Florida League of Cities recently recognized Karen M. Ostrand, Mayor, with a 2020 Home Rule Hero Award. Mayor Ostrand earned this prestigious award for her tireless efforts throughout the legislative session to promote local voices making local choices, protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s municipalities and advance the League’s legislative agenda.

Home Rule is the ability for a city to address local problems with local solutions with minimal state interference. Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials, both elected and nonelected, who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective on an issue.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating Mayor Ostrand!

Paddle Tour Company Offers Experiences During Time of Pandemic

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In Photo: Owner - Kara Muzia leads tour
Stuart - There’s a new eco-tour company in town. Started by a local marine biologist, Stuart Paddle Tours is making a splash with beginner-friendly tours of Martin County’s waterways.

“I wanted to offer a way for people to get out and experience our amazing watery trails,” says owner Kara Muzia, “it’s a bonus that paddling is inherently a physically distant activity.”

Stuart Paddle Tours offers a variety of tours to choose from, and all tours are led by a knowledgeable guide. Discover the sandbar flats, take a step back in time in the backwater, or wind through the mangroves and out to a secluded beach.

On tour, guests can expect to learn about some of the incredible creatures that call Martin County home such as sea turtles, dolphins, manatees, and a myriad of birds and fish. There’s always a good chance you’ll see at least a couple of these characters while paddling. All equipment is provided, including complimentary photos of your group while on tour. Just show up ready to have a great time!

Contactless booking and gift certificates are available. For more information, please call (772) 324-9394 or visit stuartpaddletours.com

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In Photo: Private group enjoying the signature mangrove tour

Self Care for Sanity In this week's, "In the Clinic"

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Article by: Lisa McBride, RN, BSN

St. Lucie West - I would like to continue this month with another way to keep us healthy and sane. How about a little meditation! And no, I don’t mean that you have to sit cross-legged for hours at a time and chant phrases. There are many ways to meditate.

First, let’s start with the benefits, which include a reduction in stress and anxiety, improved self-image and outlook on life, enhanced self-awareness, greater attention span, improved sleep, lower blood pressure and better cognition.

There also are studies that show meditation is thought to help with ADHD because it thickens the prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain involved in focus, planning and impulse control.

Meditation can be done anywhere and in any position: standing, sitting, lying down -- even walking. As a matter of fact, Japanese physicians have been prescribing “forest therapy” for patients with high blood pressure, stress and anxiety problems. This too is a form of meditation comprised of two hours a week meandering on a forest path! (Sign me up if it means cooler weather!)

There is no one right way to meditate; it's is truly personal choice. I encourage you to explore some of the links below to see what works for you. Most are free or have free sections to use! Check them out at:

Mindful.org, headspace.com, smilingmind.com

Until next time...ouuuummmmm.

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COVID Can't Stop Christmas

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In Photo: Retired Educators of St. Lucie County President Harry Williams and his wife, Bonita Williams
Article by: Christina Kaiser - CCKids' Community Relations Director

St. Lucie West – It was a little dicey at first, but Communities Connected for Kids' annual Christmas toy drive is on track for a record year of paper, packages and perennial smiles.

The first load of gifts arrived to the CCKids St. Lucie West offices Tuesday, delivered by Santa's Elves Harry and Bonita Williams. The Williamses represent the Retired Educators of St. Lucie County, one of dozens of local community groups organizing gift drives for children in local foster care and protective services.

The Retired Educators always kick off the season for CCKids, the organization that oversees child-welfare services in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. They coordinate early and usually bring their gifts to the group's November meeting.

Ms. Williams said they were unsure how the project would work this year because all their group meetings still are attended remotely. But they identified a few physical locations and scheduled times for members to bring their toys. In the end, she said, it seemed a little easier.

Gift collection begins in earnest December 7, when CCKids - together with partner agency Guardians for New Futures - begins collecting from businesses, churches and community groups throughout the four counties. Much of that work is possible thanks to Rytech Treasure Coast, the mold remediation company that lends its trucks and drivers to the project.

It's an intensive labor of love, and there is no possible way that CCKids could do this without the Guardians or Rytech -- or any of the groups coordinating drives on our behalf.

If you are interested in learning more about the gift drive, including how to get involved, email christina.kaiser@cckids.net.

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APRIL & MAY 2021 HONOR FLIGHTS CANCELED AMID VIRUS CONSTRAINTS

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight to Recommence Honor Flights Fall 2021

Stuart - In another precautionary measure, Southeast Florida Honor Flight announces the cancellation of their scheduled 2021 Honor Flights for April 10th and May 15th to Washington, DC. Both of the one-day trips of honor, each scheduled for 80 local WWII, Korean & Vietnam War veterans, will be postponed due to a myriad of factors stemming from the COVID-19 virus.

With the November 19th determination by the National Honor Flight Board of Directors to suspend all Honor Flight-related travel through April 30, 2021, the Southeast Florida Honor Flight Board made the decision to cancel the May flight, as well. This decision was based upon many factors including, but not limited to: Current CDC guidelines and information regarding the timing considerations of the federal rollout of possible vaccines; Washington, DC’s current visitor requirements for testing and group gatherings; and the fact that the National Park Service is not currently issuing group gathering permits and there is no indication when NPS will resume permitting for group gatherings for the memorials that are the cornerstone of the program.

After cancelling their two Spring 2020 and their two Fall 2020 Honor Flights, the Southeast Florida Honor Flight Board of Directors also made the weighty call to cancel the Spring 2021 flights based on risk assessment and the possibility of exposing the older veterans to the virus, as well as no allowed crowd gatherings to welcome the veterans at the airports, another key component of the program. As much as the decision displeases the organization to again forego honoring awaiting veterans, the health and safety of the veterans, guardians and volunteers is paramount.

Veterans and guardians who were scheduled for the Spring 2021 flights will be contacted and transferred to the organization’s Fall 2021 Honor Flights, with exact dates forthcoming.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight is again heartbroken to have to make this third flight postponement decision, yet are as revved as ever to honor the deserving, local veterans when it is possible to fly again, anticipated to be in the Fall of 2021.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, part of the National Honor Flight Network, is one of nine Honor Flight chapters/hubs in Florida. Based in Stuart, FL, this hub serves veterans in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is dedicated to flying local WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight ,

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

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Martin County Mosquito Control to Conduct Aerial Spray Monday Evening

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Stuart - Martin County Mosquito Control has scheduled an aerial spray mission for Monday, November 23, to reduce adult mosquito populations. Aerial spraying will occur during evening hours, between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m., weather permitting. Approximately 9,000 acres in Palm City Farms (Zones G-3, G-4, G-5), will be treated. The aerial mission may continue until all scheduled areas have been sprayed.

To sign up for notification of spraying and locate spray zone maps, visit martin.fl.us/MosquitoControl. Contact Mosquito Control at 772-419-6974 for questions. Residents are encouraged to visit www.martin.fl.us.

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United Way of Martin County Honors Senior Volunteers at a Drive-through Event

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Stuart – The sun shone brightly as United Way of Martin County honored over 120 senior volunteers during a drive-through recognition event – the first of its kind for Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers in Martin County. This unique event, sponsored by Amicus and Humana of Stuart, celebrated the impact of volunteers age 55 and older who contributed 63,880 hours of donated time in 2019, saving local nonprofit agencies $1,624,468.

“Now more than ever, we want to thank our volunteers for their time, commitment and compassion and for making service to their community a priority despite obstacles,” said United Way of Martin County RSVP Director Kathleen Stacey.

Music filled the air as volunteers drove slowly through the event path and were greeted from a distance by representatives from the Stuart Police Department, Florida Oceanographic Society, Molly's House, Humana, Amicus, and United Way of Martin County. Volunteers were showered with gifts, including buffs, masks, sanitizer, wipes, chocolate, free passes, volunteer opportunities, shirts, and prepackaged ice cream from Culver's.

“It isn't often we have ice cream in the middle of the day," said volunteer Charlie Beagan. “We appreciated the recognition.”

RSVP is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and is administered locally by United Way of Martin County. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org.

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Palm City Chamber of Commerce Veterans Memorial Bridge 5K Run

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Palm City - On November 14, 2020, the Palm City Chamber of Commerce had their first 5K Run. The run started at Jock Leighton Park on Mapp Road. Martin County Sheriff Department had many of their officers along the route to help with any traffic issues.

The event started at the park and went over the Veterans Memorial Street Bridge. Winners and participants all received a medal for finishing the race. Congressman Brian Mast was at the race to support the event as well as the runners. It was a beautiful day with sunny beautiful skies. The Chamber plans on having this event next year on November 13, 2021.

The Palm City Chamber of Commerce strives to promote the continuous improvement of the common good and the quality of life in the community through the pursuit of new business. Located in Palm City at 3168 SW Martin Downs Blvd. Contact them at: 772-286-8121.

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Advanced Workforce Training Complex Groundbreaking Set for December 4

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The groundbreaking for phase one of Indian River State College’s newest building—the Advanced Workforce Training Complex—is set for Friday, December 4, at 1:00 p.m. The purpose-built facility will link advanced technology and leading-edge industry training in specialized technical career fields such as advanced manufacturing; automotive, aviation and marine technology; welding; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; and more. The 50,000 square-foot Complex will be set on the southeast side of the College’s Massey Campus in Fort Pierce, uniquely situated across from the Kight Center for Emerging Technology and the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Together these buildings complete a campus “triangle” of advanced learning environments critical for closing the regional skills gap and preparing residents for high-wage, in-demand careers.

“The resurgence and reshoring of manufacturing across our nation is accelerating, and the Advanced Workforce Training Complex will make sure that our region has the highly skilled labor to meet current and future needs,” said Dr. Tim Moore, IRSC President. “We can realize tremendous economic growth in manufacturing and the industrial trade fields, but we first need to grow the pipeline of talent. IRSC’s newest complex will get the job done.”

Previously known as the Treasure Coast Advanced Manufacturing Center, the more aptly named Advanced Workforce Training Complex is expected to go online by Spring 2022. The building was designed by Florida Architects and Proctor Construction Company is construction manager.

“Proctor Construction Company is proud and grateful to partner with Indian River State College on this exciting project,” shared Donald Proctor, Chairman and CEO, Proctor Construction. “In our industry, we know firsthand how important it is to give people the opportunity to learn trades. Our industry is in serious need of educated tradesman. We have done many fine projects for IRSC, but we are especially looking forward to this one that will help improve the construction industry.”

The Florida Legislature has awarded $10.7 million in funding for the project in three of the past five budget sessions. Another $2 million was secured through an Economic Development Administration grant, presented to the College by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in May. The IRSC Foundation has committed to raising $3 million in donations from individuals and corporations to provide the advanced technology equipment needed to train students for these highly skilled positions. IRSC will be working with legislative leaders to secure the remaining $10.6 million to construct phase two of the complex.

Those interested in joining IRSC at the December 4 groundbreaking event should R.S.V.P. to Susan O’Brien, IRSC Foundation, no later than Monday, November 30, 2020, at 772-462-4786 or sobrien@irsc.edu.

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2020 Stuart Memorial Park Veterans Day Ceremony

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Stuart - The sun was out during the Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11, 2020. The Veterans Day Ceremony & Parade was held at Memorial Park, 300 SE Ocean Blvd., at 11:00. There was an informal parade of military vehicles from the Road to Victory Military Museum. Many Dignitaries and well as many service man and women from the area attended.  John Haddox with the Veterans Council of Martin County was the Meecee for the ceremony.  Mr. Haddox had the pleasure of introducing John Snyder, newly elected State Representative for District 82.

A check presentation was also done during the ceremony. The Vietnam Veterans of America presented Southeast Honor Flight with a $2,000 check.  This will help the Honor Flight for future servicemen to be able to go on flights to Washington, D.C.

For more information about the Southeast Honor contact at: 855-359-2838 or email them: Info@honorflightsefl.org

For more information about the Vietnam Veterans of America call them at: 301-585-4000.

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Council on Aging and Better Life Homecare of St. Lucie County Holiday Angels Gift Drive

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In Photo: Members of the No Name Car Club with Council on Aging SLC CEO Darrell Drummond in center

Article by Yvette Cruz and Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

The Council on Aging (COASL) and Better Life Homecare of St. Lucie County invites the community to bring some comfort and holiday cheer to over 500 local seniors through its Holiday Angels Gift Drive for seniors which will benefit COASL’s clients

Research suggests that feelings of loneliness can have a real effect on both mental and physical health, “said Antoinette Josue, Administrator of Better Life Homecare. The holidays are a prime time for people to feel lonely and that may be especially true for seniors who can’t travel or have lost their support network.”

Holiday Angeles Gift Drive provides a thoughtful gift that seniors might not otherwise receive. More importantly, “Ms. Antoinette Josue said, we deliver those gifts with a warm friendly face and kind words to remind them that their community cares about them.”

St. Lucie County’s Better Life Homecare has partnered with the Council on Aging of St. Lucie County’s Meals on Wheels, St. Lucie County Property Appraiser’s Office, the City of Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce Police Department, Wellmed, New Life Pharmacy, Physicians Choice Respiratory Services, Seacoast Bank, BB&T Bank. The Port Saint Lucie Christmas House has also partnered with the Holiday Angels Gift Drive to collect gifts for seniors. Stop by the Christmas House at 716 SE Walters Terrance, in PSL. Pick a name from the Dreams and Wishes Tree, purchase the requested gift and return it to the Christmas House by December 18th.

Place an appropriate new unwrapped gift in Holiday Angels donation boxes at participating locations until December 11th.

Gift Suggestions (must fit in a 10x5x13 gift bag):

• Non-Skid Socks/Slippers
• Neck Pillows
• Magnifying Glass
• Gloves
• Hot/Cold Pack
• Eucerin body lotions
• Candy or Cookies
• Adult Games, Cards Coloring books or Puzzles
• Blankets

Volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver gifts in time for the holidays.

Holiday Angels gift boxes may be found in the following locations:

• Council on Aging in Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce – 2501 SW Bayshore Blvd. Port Saint Lucie, FL, 34984 and 1505 Orange Ave, Ft. Pierce, FL, 34950
• City of Port St. Lucie – 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port Saint Lucie, FL, 34984
• Ft. Pierce Police Department – 920 US Hwy. 1 Ft. Pierce, FL, 34950
• Seacoast Bank’s throughout Port St. Lucie, FL, 34984
• BB&T Bank 10585 SUS Highway 1, Port Saint Lucie, FL, 34984
• St. Lucie County Property Appraiser’s office in Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce
• New Life Pharmacy – 11200 SW Village Pkwy. #100, Port St. Lucie, FL, 34987
• Physicians Choice Respiratory Services – 1472 SE Huffmand Rd. PSL, FL 34952
• The Christmas House – 716 SE Walters Terrace, Port Saint Lucie, FL, 34983

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In Photo: CEO Council on Aging SLC Darrell Drummond and Ass't Police Chief PSL Rich Del Toro

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In Photo: Jerome Sangalli, J.W. Salveson and Ass't Police Chief PSL Rich Del Toro

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In Photo: Expressing a bit of Christmas Spirit at the Kick-off event!

SENATOR BOB DOLE CHAIRS NEW HONOR FLIGHT AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

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ARLINGTON – The Honor Flight Network announced former Senator Bob Dole will serve as the first member and inaugural chair of the organization’s newly formed Ambassadors Program. The Honor Flight Ambassadors will be a collection of accomplished leaders, high-profile personalities, and patriotic celebrities who will generate greater awareness and support of the Honor Flight Network’s mission to send veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the national memorials built in their honor.

“Senator Dole has long been Honor Flight’s biggest champion because he knows first-hand the life-changing experience of seeing our nation’s military memorials up-close in the company of fellow veterans,” said Meredith Rosenbeck, CEO of Honor Flight Network. “We are honored and grateful that the Senator is now going even further in his support, particularly when our mission has never been more urgent.”

Every year, the Honor Flight Network takes more than 20,000 veterans to Washington, D.C., all at no cost to the veterans. The wait list for these trips has only grown in the last year as most 2020 flights were postponed due to COVID-19 precautions. The Honor Flight Network is also battling against time as our nation loses nearly 250 World War II veterans every day. Those who served in the Korean War and Vietnam War are also increasingly at risk of missing their chance to make the trip. The Honor Flight honors and arranges travel for veterans of all three generations.

“It’s certainly a privilege to chair the new Honor Flight Ambassadors Program. Since 2006, visiting with Honor Flight veterans at the World War II Memorial has been a real highlight for me,” said Dole. “The entire experience greeting and thanking these American heroes is a heartwarming one. I encourage anyone who isn’t familiar with Honor Flight to learn more about this incredible organization.”

Senator Dole served as a United States Senator from Kansas for 27 years, including his time as Senate Majority Leader. In 1996, he received the Republican Party’s nomination for President. The Senator has since dedicated his life to supporting numerous causes, including serving as national chairman of the National World War II Memorial. In 1942, the Senator joined the United States Army where he served in the 10th Mountain Division. He received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal for his sacrifices and bravery in combat.

The Honor Flight Network is currently planning to resume its trips to Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2021. Veterans interested in traveling with Honor Flight should contact their nearest hub. A map and list of the network’s nearly 125 hubs can be found on the organization’s website.

For WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans residing in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach and Okeechobee Counties, please go to www.honorflightsefl.org/veterans to fill out an application for your Honor Flight with the Southeast Florida hub. Their next scheduled Honor Flights are April 10 and May 15, 2021. For questions in these local areas, please call 1-855-FLYAVET or email info@honorflightsefl.org.

Kathy Sreenan
Public Affairs
Southeast Florida Honor Flight
561.758.0722

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Treasure Coast Food Bank Establishes Program to Help People Still Recovering from Hurricane Irma

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Although Hurricane Irma hit in 2017, some families have yet to recover from the storm now considered the costliest in Florida history – including damages of more than $220 million on the Treasure Coast.

Treasure Coast Food Bank has established a program to help people still struggling to recover from the destruction left in Irma’s wake, thanks to assistance from the Volunteer Florida Foundation’s Florida Disaster Fund.

The program is designed to provide people with comprehensive support. Beyond offering food assistance, people can obtain home appliances, household necessities like cleaning and hygiene supplies, and financial assistance for home repairs, utilities, and moving expenses.

“Hurricane Irma caused devastation to many residents on the Treasure Coast, including many who have yet to fully recover,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “For people struggling to make ends meet, the hurricane compounded already difficult circumstances and left many families with damage, costly repairs, and in some cases, total displacement from their homes. Because of this assistance from the Volunteer Florida Foundation, we’re prepared to help people with low income who were impacted by Irma and still need help today.”

In addition to providing household items, each family will get a tailored household action plan and one-on-one mentoring to guide them on a path to full recovery. There will be opportunities for them to attend monthly workshops to improve health, wellness, nutrition and financial literacy. And families who qualify will be given assistance in applying for benefits, including SNAP, Medicare and Florida KidCare.

The program is expected to help about 200 families. People who suffered damage from Hurricane Irma can see if they qualify for assistance by visiting stophunger.org/irmarelief/ and completing an eligibility survey.

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2020 Stuart Air Show Has Begun!

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Stuart - On November 7th the 2020 Stuart Air Show had their first full day! Skies were cloudy with off and on rain, but crowds came out to view an amazing treat! The air show did not disappoint and  featured 5 military jet performers and many others such as The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight and USASOC Black Daggers Parachute Team, the featured fighter jets include A10 "Thunderbolt II" Demo Team, F16 "Viper" Demo Team, F22 "Raptor" Demo Team, and F35 "Lightning II" Demo Team. 

Attendees were able to book rides in two helicopters, a Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Nicknamed Huey),and the classic Bell 47 Helicopter, any fans of the show M*A*S*H will definately recognize it and can take a rides in the medical helicopter. Ground demostrations were also going on such as attendees could sit in a cockpit of the F-18 Hornet from the upcoming film “Top Gun Maverick."

The 2020 Stuart Air Show this year is honoring Dr. Joseph Masessa, the pilot who was suppose to perform in 2019. Dr. Masessa died on November 1st when his plane crashed at Witham Field hours before the show was set to start. This year's Air Show is honoring Dr. Masessa with their logo, redesigned to include his 1968 Grumman OV-1 Mohawk.

On Sunday, November 8th a race on the Runway 5K is back. You can run, walk, stroll, runners can participate however they would like and all will receive finisher medals and top tier runners will get one-of a-kind awards.

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A Woman of Distinction

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Give her a mission—and Joan Murphy is relentless in pursuit! So when the Soroptimists of Stuart put out an invitation for nominees for the prestigious 2020 Women of Distinction Awards, the Elliott Museum was delighted to honor Joan for her dedicated service on a number of fronts.

As a former teacher, Joan was an entertaining and knowledgeable docent, and also served in a leadership role as a member of the Board of Directors for the Historical Society of Martin County. President & CEO Rob Steele tapped Joan to “lend a hand” to give lagging sales a boost in the Elliott’s Museum Store.

Despite no previous experience in retail sales, Joan jumped in and worked tirelessly to learn all she could about successful museum stores. From changing the name to redirecting the marketing, she revamped the entire retail operation — reorganizing the layout and merchandise display, expanding inventory to correlate with current exhibits, and establishing the “Sterling Art Studio” featuring original art for sale by local artists.

She also trained, scheduled and oversaw 14 volunteers to operate the shop. Thanks to Joan, sales were up a whopping 65% in 2019! Our gratitude is immeasurable for Joan’s significant accomplishments to help make the Elliott Museum a richly engaging experience for visitors of all ages.

Advanced Workforce Training Complex Groundbreaking Set for December 4

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The groundbreaking for phase one of Indian River State College’s newest building—the Advanced Workforce Training Complex—is set for Friday, December 4, at 1:00 p.m. The purpose-built facility will link advanced technology and leading-edge industry training in specialized technical career fields such as advanced manufacturing; automotive, aviation and marine technology; welding; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; and more. The 50,000 square-foot Complex will be set on the southeast side of the College’s Massey Campus in Fort Pierce, uniquely situated across from the Kight Center for Emerging Technology and the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Together these buildings complete a campus “triangle” of advanced learning environments critical for closing the regional skills gap and preparing residents for high-wage, in-demand careers.

“The resurgence and reshoring of manufacturing across our nation is accelerating, and the Advanced Workforce Training Complex will make sure that our region has the highly skilled labor to meet current and future needs,” said Dr. Tim Moore, IRSC President. “We can realize tremendous economic growth in manufacturing and the industrial trade fields, but we first need to grow the pipeline of talent. IRSC’s newest complex will get the job done.”

Previously known as the Treasure Coast Advanced Manufacturing Center, the more aptly named Advanced Workforce Training Complex is expected to go online by Spring 2022. The building was designed by Florida Architects and Proctor Construction Company is construction manager.

“Proctor Construction Company is proud and grateful to partner with Indian River State College on this exciting project,” shared Donald Proctor, Chairman and CEO, Proctor Construction. “In our industry, we know firsthand how important it is to give people the opportunity to learn trades. Our industry is in serious need of educated tradesman. We have done many fine projects for IRSC, but we are especially looking forward to this one that will help improve the construction industry.”

The Florida Legislature has awarded $10.7 million in funding for the project in three of the past five budget sessions. Another $2 million was secured through an Economic Development Administration grant, presented to the College by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in May. The IRSC Foundation has committed to raising $3 million in donations from individuals and corporations to provide the advanced technology equipment needed to train students for these highly skilled positions. IRSC will be working with legislative leaders to secure the remaining $10.6 million to construct phase two of the complex.

Those interested in joining IRSC at the December 4 groundbreaking event should R.S.V.P. to Susan O’Brien, IRSC Foundation, no later than Monday, November 30, 2020, at 772-462-4786 or sobrien@irsc.edu.

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Martin County Partners with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

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Stuart - The Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing and the Martin County Tourist Development Council are teaming up with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) to bring FRLA's numerous benefits, including COVID-19-specific training and other programs, to our small locally-owned restaurants and hotel properties.

This is an exciting addition to the tourism office's COVID-19 rebound program, designed to assist Martin County businesses in recovery efforts. "Working together with FRLA, Martin County restaurants and hotels will have access to the official FRLA Seal of Commitment certification program. This recognized safety program will help businesses demonstrate their dedication to meeting safety standards and ensuring staff is properly trained," said Nerissa Okiye, Tourism Director.

"The safety of our employees and guests is paramount for Florida's hospitality industry," said Carol Dover, FRLA President and CEO. "We are thrilled to partner with Martin County to bring the FRLA Seal of Commitment to local establishments and highlight their adherence to rigorous safety and sanitation standards and training. Restoring consumer confidence is essential to bring back our guests and rebuild our industry and economy, and FRLA is proud to lead these efforts."

Utilizing CARES Act funding allocated to tourism rebound efforts, Martin County will cover the cost for the certification for current FRLA members. Businesses that are not current members will also be eligible for funding to cover the membership portion, which would enable them to participate in the Seal of Commitment certification and training program.
Martin County is on the road to recovery, and all businesses with a tourism component are encouraged to sign up at www.Martintogether.com to be involved with additional rebound efforts. "The more we work together, the faster we'll emerge on the other side of this monumental challenge, united as a community and more resilient than ever," said Ms. Okiye.
The Tourism Office is requiring businesses follow similar criteria already established for the Martin County Business Renewal program, with the following requirements:
• has been operating since October 1, 2019 and still operating as of date of application
• is located in Martin County
• is not a publicly traded company
• is not a franchised location
• was subject to emergency orders at the state and/or local level requiring closure or limiting service
• has an active Martin County Business Tax Receipt or is exempt from filing a Business Tax Receipt with the Martin County Tax Collector
• has filed IRS Income Tax Returns for 2019 or 2018
• has payroll forms submitted to the IRS for 2020 (if applying for reimbursement of salaries/payroll)
• does not exceed $5 million in total gross receipts or sales

Businesses interested in participating should contact Nerissa Okiye, with the Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing at nokiye@martin.fl.us or Jodi Cross with FRLA at jcross@FRLA.org. Businesses with questions about the criteria or that do not meet the above criteria are encouraged to reach out as other programs may be available.

About FRLA
FRLA is Florida's premier hospitality industry trade association. Their mission is to Protect, Educate & Promote Florida's hospitality industry which represent 23% of Florida's economy and more than 1.5 million employees-making it the state's number one industry and employer.

The association offers regulatory compliance and food safety training through SafeStaff® and FRLA's subsidiary, RCS Training. The FRLA Educational Foundation provides industry-developed, career-building high school programs throughout the state.

Seal of Commitment
FRLA's highest designation for hospitality safety and sanitation standards, Seal of Commitment is a promise that your restaurant or hotel meets safety and sanitation standards as designated by FRLA. Awarded establishments have invested resources to ensure that the location, staff, and guests remain safe and healthy. In a post COVID-19 atmosphere, when guests see an FRLA Seal of Commitment decal on an establishment's door, they have confidence the business is sanitary and safe, and that staff are well trained.

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Soroptimist International of Stuart’s Women of Distinction Rising Star Award

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Martin Youth LEADERship extends its congratulations to Abbie Nauss, the most recent winner of the Soroptimist International of Stuart’s Women of Distinction Rising Star Award. The prestigious awards have been given annually since 1992, with the Rising Star category added in 2003.

Abbie is a graduate of Martin Youth LEADERship’s Class 22. Additionally, she maintained a 4.0 while a student at Clark Advanced Learning Center. During her years at Clark, Abbie was Vice President of her school’s chapter of UNICEF, President of Clark’s chapter of Best Buddies International, and volunteered at Cleveland Clinic Martin Health. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech, majoring in Clinical Neuroscience, with a double minor in Women & Gender Studies and Medicine & Society.

Abbie personifies some of the many ideals of Martin Youth LEADERship, which is an exciting program designed for sophomores and juniors from local high schools to learn all about their community and to develop leadership skills. This is accomplished through participation in a nine-month, structured, experiential program that meets one day a month. The mission of Martin Youth LEADERship is to inform, challenge and stimulate students to develop the qualities necessary to become the next generation of leaders.”

The objectives of MYL are to identify potential high school leaders, to nurture young people’s leadership skills, to provide opportunities to practice leadership skills, to give young leaders opportunities to establish effective dialogue in peer group relationships and in relationships with local leaders, to promote leadership in the participants’ schools, to raise awareness of critical community issues, to promote involvement as young citizens, to provide opportunities for students from different areas to interact and develop a level of mutual trust and respect , to offer programs that will acquaint the participants with community needs, opportunities, issues and resources and will allow interaction with community leaders and decision makers, and to promote mentoring of young people with current LEADERship Martin County class members.

MYL readily recognized Abbie’s academic and civic potential, awarding her with the Nancy Sailer Youth LEADERship scholarship this spring. This four year scholarship is available only to those who graduate from the MYL program. For more information about MYL, please go to http://leadershipmcalumni.com/youth-leadership/ or email Jeanne Dunn at martinyouthleadership@gmail.com.

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Nominate a Vet to WIN Free Service From Stryker!

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Nominate a Veteran
Stryker is proud to participate in Honor Flight each year — a special mission to transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country.

Honor Flight Network has postponed trips in response to COVID-19 so we’re honoring 50 veterans with one Free Full Residential AC Preventative Maintenance Service instead!

If you have a vet in your life who deserves this award, nominate them by filling out the form below.

Nominations close November 9th so don’t delay! Winners announced on Veteran’s Day.

The Prize
Stryker will be gifting 50 veterans with One Free Full Residential AC Preventative Maintenance Service.

A Preventative Maintenance consist of the following:

Check and Start the AC Split System Unit
Check All Amperages and Voltages
Check All Electrical Connections
Check All Bower components and Adjust as needed
Check and Clean Condenser & Clean Coil
Check and Clean Condensate Drain
Check Refrigerant levels and add any required refrigerant up to 1lb at no Charge
Lubricate as necessary
Change Owner provided Filters
Check Thermostat Calibration and Batteries
Should Additional Services be required Stryker shall offer those services at the discounted prices extended to Current Preventative Maintenance Customers.

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CYCLING FOR ARC OF MARTIN COUNTY

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ARC of Martin County, Angels at Work!
Join ARC of Martin County and Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC as we support attorney Charles Geary’s great cause, “Cycling for ARC”.

Charles “Chuck” Geary will begin his 250-mile “Cycle for ARC” journey on October 23, 2020 when Chuck will put the pedal to the pavement from Florida City to Key West and back in seven days. This is Geary’s 14th annual ride to the Keys, and to commemorate this special occasion he has chosen ARC of Martin County as a beneficiary of the proceeds raised from his ride.

An avid cyclist since he was a teenager, Chuck has been an advocate for cyclists not only in Martin County but statewide. He has advocated for safer bike lanes in Stuart, donated bikes, and helmets to children in need, and now represents cyclists injured in bike accidents all over Florida as a personal injury attorney with Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC.

FOLLOW CHUCK’S 250-MILE JOURNEY ON AT ANY OF ARC’S SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES:
https://www.facebook.com/ARCofMartinCounty/ OR https://www.instagram.com/thearcofmartin/ OR https://www.linkedin.com/arcofmartincounty

DONATION NOW!!

You can help enrich the lives of more than 500 children and adults with disabilities by following along with Chuck on his annual ride! Your donation, no matter how small, will mean so much to the lives of these very special children and adults with I/DD. It will help ensure ARC of Martin County can continue our life-changing programs and services during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

The ARC of Martin County, (Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential through residential, vocational, educational, behavioral and other healthcare services. “Our goal”, said ARC President & CEO Keith Muniz, “is to provide support, assistance and training that will enhance the abilities for children and adults with disabilities to thrive each day and achieve their fullest potential.”

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC represents clients and their families who have suffered serious injury or the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another. Their team of experienced trial attorneys offer their clients personalized service and communication, guiding them through the process from beginning to end, with a track record of significant case results. With no formal advertising, the Firm continues to grow from the referrals of satisfied clients, other professionals, and friends in the community. They have the experience, skill, and reputation for more than 92 years to aggressively represent you and your family during difficult times.

For more information, please contact Tish Gelineau at 772-283-2525, tgelineau@arcmc.org or Chuck Geary at 772-834-6712, chuckgeary@ymail.com.

Treasure Coast Food Bank Opens Doors to New Storage Facility With Kickoff of Pack the House

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Treasure Coast Food Bank welcomed guests to its new 25,000 square-foot storage and volunteer packing facility Friday morning with the kickoff of its annual Pack the House pack-a-thon.

“I want to thank you and welcome you to Pack the House,” said Ed Skvarch, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Board Chair. “I’m excited about the new facility and all the great things Treasure Coast Food Bank is doing. The value of a volunteer per hour exceeds $25, so your contribution to Treasure Coast Food Bank is very powerful.”

Volunteers, sponsors and local dignitaries were the first to see the new space on Kings Highway that will enable Treasure Coast Food Bank to meet the expanded need for food more efficiently. This year, Pack the House Presented by Wells Fargo is a weeklong event, and throughout the week, volunteers will work in socially distanced shifts to pack 10,000 holiday food boxes in the new space.

At the kickoff, Treasure Coast Food Bank thanked sponsors and volunteers with a breakfast provided by students from its Culinary Training Academy. Walmart Supply Chain is this year’s Ceremonial Sponsor, and the American Public Works Association is the Kick-Off Sponsor. Humana is a Supporting Sponsor, and Shift Sponsors are Cleveland Clinic Martin Health and Fort Pierce Utilities Authority.
The COVID-19 pandemic proved that Treasure Coast Food Bank could not sustain the long term need for food in its existing space, which also couldn’t allow for volunteers to work within the guidelines of safe social distances, said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. With the help of corporate and government partners, Treasure Coast Food Bank had found other places to store the overflow of food over the last few months, she said.

“That’s why it’s so important that you’re all here today,” Cruz added. “Last year, volunteers donated approximately 40,000 hours to use, which is almost the equivalent of 25 full-time employees. Without you, we would not be able to do our work.”

Having the additional space will enable Treasure Coast Food Bank to store an additional 900 pallet racks of food and expand its freezer storage capacity at its headquarters on Angle Road.

“We expect to be in this space for a couple of years while working on our long-term plan for a consolidated facility of at least 100,000 square feet,” Cruz said.

Morning and afternoon shifts are available each day through Oct. 30 for a limited number of volunteers to pack the holiday boxes. Registration is required in advance, and to ensure that everyone is able to work while safely distanced, no walk-up registrations will be allowed.

While the number of in-person participants will be limited, everyone can participate in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Virtual Pack the House by sponsoring a holiday meal box. A $30 gift will provide a meal box for a family this holiday season.

To participate in person, make a donation, or to become a Pack the House sponsor, visit www.stophunger.org/PTH2020.

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In Photo: Cindy Silva and Susan Coyne of Cleveland Clinic Martin Health pack boxes

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In Photo: Members of the American Public Works Association in orange shirts and other volunteers packing holiday boxes.

Nominate a Student for an Annual Youth Character Award

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Article by: Nancy McCarthy, APR, Director of Marketing and Communications United Way of Martin County

Stuart – Instilling good character in children as they prepare for the real world is a big deal in Martin County.

United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program sits at the forefront of this effort. It recognizes local students for exemplifying good character during the annual Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards.

Each year, United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! presents the Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards to honor students whose lives and achievements demonstrate an enduring commitment to any or all of the Six Pillars of Character – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

Examples of qualities associated with good character include uncompromising integrity and courage shown by a willingness to do the right thing despite social pressures or personal risk; generosity of spirit and a willingness for self-sacrifice in devotion to helping others; community service in working for the common good; or perseverance and inner strength to overcome physical, financial or other difficulties.

Nominations for this year’s Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards Friday, November 14, and can be submitted either by the student’s school, or any community member who has seen the student continually display good character.

Nominees must be Martin County public school students in 8th or 12th grades. Once nominated, students will receive application information. Middle school award recipients will be presented with a plaque, and high school award recipients will receive a $1,000 cash award. Nomination forms and guidelines are available at www.unitedwaymartin.org/JKYCA or by contacting Tara Zweben at 772-283-4800, ext. 234 or tzweben@unitedwaymartin.org

About United Way of Martin County
United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of advancing the common good. Since 1972, United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to enhance healthy living, improve education and support financial stability.

For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org or call 772-283-4800.

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In Photo: Javaris Hampton, Indiantown Middle School, was a 2019/2020 Joe Kordick Youth Character Award Winner.

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ARC of Kindness, a Virtual Event Celebrating World Kindness Day

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Love & Kindness is Inspiration for the ARC of Martin’s ARC of Kindness, a Virtual Event Celebrating World Kindness Day

COVID-19 has become a household name, creating new daily routines, new ways of doing business, new ways of thinking and unique challenges for the disabled community.

In many ways, COVID-19 has brought our families closer together than ever. But for children and adults who live with disabilities, their COVID-19 reality has meant higher levels of social isolation because of underlying or secondary aspects of their disability. Struggling with intensified feelings of loneliness and concern, these children and adults need our support now more than ever. Our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our residents, students, participants, and team members.

Due to COVID-19, the ARC of Martin has had to cancel all in person events for 2020, threatening our ability to raise much needed funds in support of the programs and services we provide for intellectually and developmentally disabled children and adults within the several counties that comprise the Treasure Coast area of South Florida.

The ARC of Martin County, therefore, is excited to present our first ever virtual event, ARC of Kindness, a Virtual Event Celebrating World Kindness Day. Kicking off October 30th with an online auction, the event will culminate on Friday, November 13, 2020 with a live stream finale that guests will be able to ‘attend’ via YouTube while bidding on their mobile phone from the comfort of their home. The live stream finale will feature entertainment, special guests, a talent show, raffles and more to engage our community and supporters near and far.

You can help enrich the lives of more than 500 children and adults with disabilities by joining us for our virtual event in November. Your donation, no matter how small, will mean so much to the lives of these very special children and adults with I/DD. It will help ensure ARC of Martin County can continue our life-changing programs and services during this crisis and beyond.

The ARC of Martin County, (Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged) is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential through residential, vocational, educational, behavioral and other healthcare services. “Our goal”, said ARC President & CEO Keith Muniz, “is to provide support, assistance and training that will enhance the abilities for children and adults with disabilities to thrive each day and achieve their fullest potential.”

For more information, to be an event sponsor or to donate to our online auction please contact Tish Gelineau at 772-283-2525, tgelineau@arcmc.org. or visit www.arcmc.org/events.

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Martin County Expands Eligibility for Business Renewal Program

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Martin County is pleased to announce expanded eligibility requirements for the Business Renewal Program. Local businesses that previously did not meet requirements, may now be eligible for grant funds.

George M. Stokus, Assistant County Administrator said, "As we continue to adapt to the ongoing pandemic, we remain committed to strengthening our community through the support of local businesses. Small business owners in particular, are facing extremely difficult circumstances, and we are fortunate to have the ability to offer this opportunity to more business owners."

Businesses that had ongoing expenses while closed may be eligible to apply for a grant of up to $20,000. Eligible reimbursements include wages, spoiled inventories, mortgage or rent payments, or other expenses directly related to the virus.

The Business Renewal Program opened its doors August 3 to help Martin County businesses that suffered financial hardship resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic. In the two months since opening, program staff has worked with over 200 businesses and distributed $1.4 million in grants funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

For more information and to apply, visit www.martin.fl.us/BusinessRenewal. For questions or additional information, please call the Business Renewal Program at 772-288-5951 or email sbrc@martin.fl.us.

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2020 Big Taste of Martin County Dine- In, Takeout and Delivery MONTH OF OCTOBER

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 Stuart– The Big Taste of Martin County: Dine-in, Takeout, and Delivery is presented by Publix Super Markets Charities, as an annual fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties for the entire month of October.

After many years of having the premier food and wine event of the Treasure Coast, BBBS promises to deliver by taking on a new twist to the event by helping the restaurant and food industry who have supported them. The 2020 Big Taste of Martin County: Dine-in, Takeout, and Delivery will offer the community a "Big Deal Pass" with a variety of offers from area restaurants offering "big deals." People who purchase the pass will be able to redeem the offers all month long. Throughout the month, BBBS will host an online raffle and release silent auction items (10/19-10/23) for the chance to win BIG!

"The Big Taste of Martin County: Dine-in, Takeout, and Delivery is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters in support of their mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the potential and promise of youth throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties. "We are excited to launch this new event aspect to support the talented chefs and restaurant owners in Martin County who have given selflessly to us every year," said Yvette Flores, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Event Sponsors Include: Presenting sponsor Publix Supermarket Charities.
Media Sponsors: Stuart Magazine, Local Dines, Seabreeze Publications, Hubbard Media, Hometown News, Coast 101.3 fm radio.
The "Big Deal Pass" is $40, and the card will feature "Big Deals" from area restaurants and support the nonprofit organization at the same time. The "Big Deal Pass" will go on sale, September 10, and BBBS is currently seeking event sponsorships with details at www.mentorbig.org.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties:
BBBS provides children facing adversity aged 6-17 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models. Since 1986 the organization has provided mentors to children in Martin County and since July 2010 in Palm Beach County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies nationwide. Visit www.mentorbig.org to learn more.

E-Scooters in Downtown Stuart?

20 Oct Stuart Mainstreet Scooters

The City of Stuart is considering the implementation of battery powered mobility devices and wants your input!The mission of Stuart Main Street is to create and promote a positive and vibrant downtown experience.

To help the City, we are conducting a survey to ask stakeholders of

downtown Stuart about the City's implementation for e-Scooters and e-Bikes.
• The devices would be hub stationed, which means pedestrians cannot leave them anywhere they would like.
• They would have to be returned to a pre-approved location/station with several hub stations throughout the designated zone.
• The designated zone of usage is Palm Beach Rd west to Colorado Ave and north to the river (Downtown).
• Geo fencing would prevent them from usage on boardwalks, sidewalks and wherever else they are not deemed suitable.

Please help us by answering three questions!

TAKE THE SURVEY!

RACCOON TESTS POSITIVE FOR RABIES IN JENSEN BEACH

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Residents of the Sugar Hill neighborhood urged to take extra precautions when outdoors and avoid contact with wildlife
Contact:
Renay Rouse Renay.Rouse@FLHealth.gov 772-631-6008

Martin County, FL – The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is confirming that a raccoon found in the Sugar Hill neighborhood in Jensen Beach has tested positive for rabies. Fortunately, a dog who came in contact with the raccoon was vaccinated for rabies and was treated with a booster shot. There was no human exposure to the raccoon.

All residents and visitors should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and should avoid contact with wildlife.

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans. The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate treatment started soon after exposure, will protect the person from the disease.

Take precautions and avoid being bitten:

• Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.

• Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood. Martin County Animal Control at 772-463-3211.

• Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.

• Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.

• Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Martin County Animal Control at 772-463-3211.

• Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, schools, and other similar areas, where they might come in contact with people and pets.

• Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Martin County at 772-221-4000, option # 6.

• Information about Bats in Buildings: https://myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/bats/bats-in-buildings/

About the Florida Department of Health The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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Martin County Fire Rescue's Lifestar Celebrates 20 Years

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Martin County Fire Rescue's (MCFR) LifeStar aeromedical transport program celebrates 20-years of providing service to Martin County and surrounding communities. In lieu of an in-person celebration due to COVID-19 recommendations, current and past crew members took time individually to relish in the program's successes and achievements over the last two decades.

Originally projected to take flight at midnight on October 1, 2000, MCFR's LifeStar program was called to action late in the evening on September 30, 2000 when rapid response was requested for a critically injured patient needing expedited transport to a trauma facility. With approval and authorization from proper parties, LifeStar was given the "go" for their first flight, marking a new era of service provision for MCFR and the Martin County community.

After 20 years of service, the LifeStar program continues to pave the way, currently existing as a private/public partnership between MCFR and PHI Air Medical. As part of the public/private partnership, the unit itself, pilots and supplemental mechanics are provided by PHI Air Medical, while MCFR staffs the emergency medical service flight medics and provides the necessary medical equipment. Together, treatment and critical care transport services by helicopter are provided for Martin and surrounding counties.

Serving as a flight medic for over 5 years, now EMS Bureau Chief Chris Kammel said, "this is an incredible milestone to reach for our agency and our community. Providing such necessary care has allowed us to build our program to best fit our community's needs as best as we can."

In fiscal year 2019 (October 2018 to September 2019), LifeStar responded to more than 460 calls, providing rapid air transport from scenes or providing interfacility transports to specialized healthcare facilities. Additionally, the LifeStar program has maintained cutting-edge protocols and continued to further service opportunities to increase patient support and outcome with its recent addition of whole blood products and ultrasound technology in April of 2020.

LifeStar Fact:
Martin County Fire Rescue named the aeromedical helicopter unit, "LifeStar," to highlight the visual representation of the unit in the night sky coming down to land when responding to a critical illness or injury; a star approaching ground to save a life.

Locals Nominate Their 'Hometown Hero' for a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience at the 2020 Stuart Air Show

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Stuart - The Stuart Air Show and DUNN Capital Management are teaming up to give back to the incredible community we are lucky enough to call home. As a part of the 2020 Stuart Air Show, we would like to honor some of our "hometown heroes" who give selflessly to make our community a better place.

Starting on September 29th, the Stuart Air Show will be taking nominations from the residents in our community for their personal "Hometown Hero." Thanks to our partnership with DUNN, chosen participants will be invited to the air show's practice performances on Friday, November 6th, before the public is allowed on the site. Our heroes will get to meet performers, get a sneak peak of this year's attractions, and so much more. We are offering these heroes the exclusive VIP experience they deserve.

The Stuart Air Show and DUNN are looking to honor members of our community like educators, first responders, essential workers, or a hero from any profession. To nominate your hometown hero for this incredible experience, visit our website: stuartairshow.com/hometown-heroes.

The Stuart Air Show is returning to the skies November 7th and 8th. This year, in addition to assembling rare aerial military performers, we will be honoring the memory of air show performer, Dr. Joseph Masessa, who passed away when his plane crashed at Witham Field hours before the 2019 show was set to start.

The show's featured fighter jets are air combat aircraft that have not performed at the same event in the United States for the last eight years, making this year's lineup truly something special. In addition to the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight and USASOC Black Daggers Parachute Team, spectators will enjoy the A-10 "Thunderbolt II" Demo Team, F-16 "Viper" Demo Team, F-22 "Raptor" Demo Team, and F-35 "Lightning II" Demo Team.

Not all the excitement will be exclusively in the air! Stuart Air Show patrons will get to experience an incredible Freestyle Motocross (FMX) show, which will include a motorcycle jumping over a moving aircraft. There will be three FMX shows each day: two on the crowd's side of the air field and one on the tarmac. The three FMX performers will be Cody Elkins, TJ Tiffany, and Jerad LaRue. The "Race the Runway 5K" is back by popular demand, allowing runners the chance to race through Martin County Airport in the hours before the show on Sunday, November 8th. Runners will watch the sunrise over the show's aircraft in this special experience.

Tickets are available on our website at stuartairshow.com/tickets or by calling 877-588-9463.WHAT: Stuart Air Show

WHERE: 1895 Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart, Florida, Witham Field
WHEN: Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, 2020
TICKETS: Purchase tickets online at www.stuartairshow.com/tickets or by calling 877-577-9463

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The Junior League of Martin County Announces its 2020-2021 Board of Directors

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Stuart - The Junior League of Martin County is thrilled to kick-off its 28th year, introducing its new board of directors and committee chairs who will spend the year focused on community improvement projects.

The Junior Service League (JSL) of Martin County, Inc. was founded in the spring of 1992 with the purpose of providing an ongoing program of education to train volunteers and encourage leadership in community service. Beth Conway, Kim Deulemeester, and Suzanne Karr were the driving force behind the establishment of the organization. These three women – along with twenty-two dedicated volunteers – became the charter members to address the needs of our community through volunteer service.

“Each year our members set strategic goals around areas of need identified in the community,” said president Teena White. “All of our members contribute their time and resources to volunteer and raised funds needed for vital community projects. They each have a vote on where our resources will make the biggest impact.”

In its twenty-eight years, the Junior League of Martin County has contributed to countless organizations, including the 4C’s, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Council On Aging, Department of Children & Families, the ESE Program at Martin County High School, Florida Oceanographic Society, Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, Samaritan Center for Young Boys & Families, Habitat for Humanity, Hibiscus Children’s Center, Hobe Sound Boys & Girls Club, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, House of Hope, Keep Martin Beautiful, Martin County Arts Council, Martin County Fire Rescue, Martin Health Systems, Moore Family Benefit, Mothers and Infants Striving for Success, PACE Center for Girls, Port Salerno Boys & Girls Club, Redeem The Shadows, Safe Space, Sailfest at Felix A. Williams, Stuart HRS, The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, The Elliott Museum, Tykes & Teens, United Way White Dove Holiday Project and Volunteers In Medicine.

This year’s board of directors includes Teena White, president, Kat Dempsey, president-elect, Emily Karr, executive vice president, Keri Gustafson, treasurer, Jessica Barnett, secretary, Erin Heck, assistant treasurer, Donna Follmer, sustainer director and Ilona Scully, nominating chair.

Each year, the Junior League welcomes new prospective members who will spend the year learning about the organization and developing a service project with other new members.

“Our league has accomplished so much in its twenty-eight years in Martin County, but each year we work to raise the bar and make an even bigger impact,” said Ashley Connors, membership chair of the league. “Those interested in learning more about the league can join us this year at a series of recruitment events.”

The league is hosting a new member “Charcuterie and Chill” event, socially distanced at Indian Riverside Park, on October 8 at 6:00 p.m. Come out and learn about developing your leadership skills, creating long lasting relationships, and making a difference in the community. To RSVP or learn more, call or text Ashley Connors at 772-834-7875.

For more information, visit jlmcflorida.org. You can also follow the Junior League of Martin County on Facebook & Instagram at @JuniorLeagueMC.

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The Stuart Air Show is returning to the skies Nov. 7 and 8. Celebrating our delayed 30th anniversary, the beloved regional event—sidelined last year by heavy flooding, which proceeded the tragic pre-show crash of a performer—will highlight performances from more elite military fighter jets than ever before.

Not all the action will take place exclusively in the air. The event will debut a freestyle motocross performance in which one rider jumps over a biplane—in flight! And one of the static aircraft gives festivalgoers the chance to sit in the replica cockpit of the Top Gun Maverick F-18 Hornet popularized by Tom Cruise in the famous film.

This year we will be assembling aerial military performers generally so in-demand they’ve not appeared together in North America in nearly a decade; crafting and coordinating with leading health professionals comprehensive COVID-19 safety and sanitization protocols; and honoring the memory of Dr. Joseph Masessa, the pilot set to perform last year, who died Nov. 1 when his plane crashed at Witham Field hours before the show was set to start. The Stuart Air Show is also paying homage to Masessa through our logo, which was redesigned to include his 1968 Grumman OV-1 Mohawk.

As the scope of the COVID-19 virus threat emerged, air-show leadership consulted closely with other event organizers. Incorporating multiple safety measures—including encouraging pre-event ticket sales, going cashless, installing numerous personal sanitization stations, requiring masks in select covered areas, frequent cleaning of key high-touch areas and regular temperature and wellness checks for volunteers—the Stuart Air Show team also met with health professionals from the Martin County Health Department and other health-industry experts to review our procedures which can be viewed here: stuartairshow.com/safety.PERFORMERS

Performers
In addition to the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight and USASOC Black Daggers Parachute Team, the featured fighter jets—air combat aircraft that have not performed at the same event in the United States before —include:
· A10 “Thunderbolt II” Demo Team
· F16 “Viper” Demo Team
· F22 “Raptor” Demo Team
· F35 “Lightning II” Demo Team

The freestyle motocross show features acclaimed riders from across the country, including:
· Cody Elkins
· TJ Tiffany
· Jerad LaRue
Static displays of aircraft include:
· DreamBig Top Gun exhibit of the Maverick F-18 Hornet Experience—an exact replica of the fighter jet featured in the famous movie—invites guest to pose for pictures in the cockpit.
· C-47 Tico Belle is a memorial to the aircraft that 75 years ago took part in the D-Day invasion.
· TBM Avenger, a Grumman designed torpedo bomber like the aircraft flown by George H.W. Bush when he was shot down by the Japanese during World War II.
· M*A*S*H helicopter
· Douglas DC-3, which served as a wartime transport in the 1940s and deemed vital by Gen. Dwight Eisenhower for winning World War II.Calling all businesses!

Air Shows are the second most popular spectator sport in North America. Annually, millions of people attend nearly 350 air shows nationwide. The award-winning Stuart Air Show has become the largest event on the Treasure Coast. Last year’s air show attracted over 30,000 people making it the single most significant marketing opportunity in the region. Become a friend of the Stuart Air Show to promote your business to the attendees of the 2020 show - November 7 & 8.

Stuart Air Show Board of Directors
Amy Bottegal, President
Nick Blount, Vice President
Chuck Cleaver, Treasurer
Doug Davis, Secretary
Lee Potter
Desiree Bonnie
Susan O'Rourke
Angela Clarke
Deanna Usidek

Executive Director:Skylar Gorman
The Stuart Air Show proudly supports the community. Past proceeds have benefited non-profit organizations including United Way of Martin County, Special Olympics, Civil Air Patrol, J.D. Parker S.T.E.M program and many other deserving community charities. Stuart Air Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County Appoints 2020-2021 Advisory Council

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Stuart - The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County, a coalition of community members focused on the prevention of tobacco use, has appointed its 2020-2021 Advisory Council. Advisory Council members assume a leadership role regarding tobacco control and advocacy, education, and prevention and policy change in Martin County.

This year’s advisory council members include Dawn Cabrera and Nicole Scrivani of Tykes and Teens, Emily Gregory of American Cancer Society, Ellie Nicholas, Laura McBride of the Martin County Health Department, Adolfo Diaz of the Martin County School District, Samantha Suffich of Martin County Healthy Start, Pat Szcesny of Sandhill Cove and Jennifer Ahern of the Children’s Services Council.

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is dedicated to the creation of tobacco-free social norms through a combination of community education, youth advocacy and changes in local tobacco policies. The mission of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County reflects the goals of the CDC Best Practices. They primarily work towards changes in local tobacco policies to create and promote tobacco-free social norms.

Currently, the partnership focuses on tobacco free environments, tobacco free workplace policies, tobacco free multi-unit housing policies, counteracting tobacco marketing at the point of sale, and Students Working Against Tobacco ((SWAT) Clubs for middle and high school youth.

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is facilitated by the QuitDoc Foundation. Learn more at www.quitdoc.com. To learn more about the partnership or to get involved, visit www.tfp-martin.org.

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House of Hope Evolves During Pandemic to Better Serve Struggling Households

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Stuart- House of Hope has always embraced change by recognizing opportunities and evolving to incorporate new ways to help empower thousands of local residents to overcome hunger and hardship each month. Most recently, by exponentially growing the number and scale of food partners, utilizing generous donations efficiently, and tackling the ambitious realm of producing farm-fresh food – House of Hope’s model has grown to position itself as a reliable food bank to fellow agencies. This shift has been in the making for months, however, the COVID-19 Pandemic created the pressing need to hit the ground running in order to meet the drastic increase in assistance being sought after. The agency jumped from serving 5,500 local residents monthly to averaging a staggering 7,000 per month through four House of Hope food pantries as well as thousands more via partnering agencies.

Traditionally, area charities had a struggle procuring the needed pantry staples and supplies to serve those in need usually resorting to purchasing these items. This expense being a significant chunk of budgets limited the resources available to fund other programs offered by those organizations. House of Hope’s substantial food distribution to partners exponentially increases the variety, quality and quantity of food items available and they are shared with House of Hope’s program partners at no cost. This not only improves the offerings for each of these various feeding programs, it frees up funding for these agencies to offer more robust and impactful additional services to the Martin County households they help. Approximately 7000,000lbs of food have already been provided by House of Hope to area organizations during the COVID response.

Partners such as Farm Share, Restoration Bridge International, Publix, CROS Ministries have helped provide thousands of pounds of fresh food, much of it direct from growers across the Southeastern U.S. Dairy and eggs, for example, used to be next to impossible to procure and now House of Hope has such a steady supply that not only do the agency’s four Martin County pantries offer it often, program partners such as LAHIA, First United Methodist's Manna Kitchen, Safespace, and the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County have been able to access the previously impossible inventory.

House of Hope’s most unique game changers have been its new Growing Hope Farm and the Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center, both having exceeded the expectations set for these assets producing and preparing 8,000 units of nutritionally balanced meals and snacks each month. Hydroponically and aeroponically grown produce is harvested and prepared on the same day by staff and volunteers pairing with donated food items to create nutritionally balanced salads, sandwiches, meal kits and snacks to be distributed by House of Hope pantries and partner agencies. The initial goal of these programs was to improve the health and stability of families through nutrition, an initiative promoted as “Hope For Health.” The successes of these programs have helped that initiative to stretch far beyond House of Hope’s own pantry clientele now also impacting fellow agencies' recipients.

House of Hope Board Chairman, Hans VanDerlip shares, “House of Hope continues in its quest to serve the residents of Martin County to the best of our ability. In this time of unparalleled unpredictability, the staff and volunteers of House of Hope consistently go above and beyond. As the needs of our community change and evolve so will the manner in which we proudly and humbly serve.”

ABOUT HOUSE OF HOPE

Founded in 1984, House of Hope touches the lives of over 7,000 people per month with services that include basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance -- and long-term case management which helps 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. Several nutrition gardens and the newly constructed Growing Hope Farms provide a sustainable source of fresh produce for clients as well as nutrition education and vocational opportunities to the community. House of Hope’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offers free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health and overall well-being.

For more information, visit hohmartin.org or call (772) 286-4673. House of Hope updates and announcements can also be found on Facebook and Twitter @hohmartin.

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Program partner Boys and Girls Club of Martin County work in the House of Hope food distribution center preparing meal kits for their participants to take home on weekends ensuring they have food to eat when not at the Club.

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Bottled water is always in the highest demand by agencies during both hurricane season and the heat of the Summer for clients experiencing homelessness. House of Hope distributed pallets of bottled water to food partners this Summer.

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House of Hope CEO, Robert Ranieri mans the forklift to unload thousands of pounds of shelf-stable food items generously provided by Publix.

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Salad Kits to Food Partners: House of Hope provides hundreds of pounds of fresh produce kits to fellow agencies.

Helping Friends Provide HOPE

20 Sept Alzeimer

Stuart - Alzheimer’s Community Care is so thankful for our many friends and supporters. This past year has made us even more grateful for these amazing friendships.

One of our longest standing supporters is the Shepards Quilt Team. They are an incredibly talented group of quilters who, over the years, have donated over 800 handmade pieces to our patients and their families. These quilts not only bring physical warmth, but they warm the soul and give our families hope, knowing that people care so much about them.

#MyMoneyStaysLocal Launches on the Treasure Coast & Nationwide To Jump-Start Small Business Recovery

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Article by: Linda Horstmyer - SeaShell Digital

Stuart -SeaShell Digital is joining other local business owners in support of the new #MyMoneyStaysLocal movement.#MyMoneyStaysLocal is a grassroots movement encouraging business owners and community members alike to spend more money on purchases close to home. The movement was created by Alignable.com, the largest online referral network for small businesses with 5 million+ members, to raise awareness for how spending our money locally has a direct impact on how quickly and completely our community recovers.

Local businesses really need support from each other and the members of our community to survive the devastating effects of the COVID-19 epidemic, which has already forced several businesses in our area and thousands nationwide to close for good. The first step everyone should take is to become more aware of where they buy products and services and how their spending habits directly impact the ability of our community to rebuild and eventually prosper again.

During the first couple of months of the Coronavirus Outbreak, businesses and consumers went into survival mode, altering purchasing behavior and shifting to major online providers who could deliver purchases to their doors with little to no personal contact.

While this behavior was necessary to slow the spread of the virus, it had a disastrous impact on our local economy. In short, a vast amount of money left our community and ended up at Amazon in Seattle. And now we all need to switch back to shopping locally to recover. Why? Because, on average our local businesses spend 50% or more right here in our community, injecting much-needed cash back into our local economy. We at SeaShell Digital are also big supporters of local businesses. In our case, last month 78% of what my business spent went to locally-owned businesses. And sadly, as a consumer, I spent only 49% on local purchases. My goal is to raise that number to 70%.

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Members of our community hold the key to Rebuilding and Recovering from this crisis in their wallets. Whenever we get ready to buy something, we should think how #MyMoneyStaysLocal. We hope you’ll do the same for the sake of our community’s future. Tools are available at the Treasure Coast Reboot website. For more information or help with graphics and messaging on our local campaign, please contact me, Linda Horstmyer, at Linda@seashelldigital.com and 772-214-1048

For more details about the national movement, contact Chuck Casto at Alignable.com via email:chuck@alignable.com or text (508-314-3284).

Making it Happen for Martin County

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Longtime supporter and two time Hope Award winners (Macy's and Geoff Leoberman, Jensen Beach store manager) generously provided House of Hope with over 300 garments to be distributed via Project HOPE and partnering agency, 4C's. These formal fashions will be offered to Martin County clients in need for celebratory occasions that often pose financial burdens to households such as graduation, prom, homecoming, Quinceañera and weddings. Maintaining dignity has always been a hallmark of House of Hope's client choice pantries and this generous donation will help the agency supply local residents with a way to attend important milestones without taking on financial strains to participate.

“Macy’s is committed to giving back, sharing joy and being there for the community in times of need. This unprecedented time has brought challenges to many families in the communities Macy’s colleagues live and work, and Macy’s is proud to support House of Hope, an incredible organization whose impactful work plays a vital role in strengthening and enriching the local community and beyond,” said Geoff Lieberman, Macy’s Jensen Beach store manager.

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We have shifted our one-on-one Career Coaching program normally offered at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment to allow for a virtual format.
Through this FREE program we will help you with your goals for:
• Career path exploration
• Job searching
• Filling out applications
• Resume writing and/or updating
• Creating a cover letter
• Building interview skills
• Current job retention
To register - hohmartin.org/careercoaching

Pastries and produce for everyone! Our Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center has been busy cranking out tasty and balanced meals from all of the generous donations along with impressive garden and farm harvests.

Thanks to dutiful volunteers and staff braving the heat to keep #GrowingHope, we are seeing a very bountiful summer in our nutrition gardens and greenhouses. This abundance of fresh food provides a steady supply of sandwiches, salads, and meal kits for residential households and clients experiencing homelessness.