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Martin County PAL Cornhole Tournament 2021

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Jensen Beach - On July 22, 2021 The Martin County PAL held their first Annual Cornhole Tournament for a cause. The event was held at Indian Riverside Park, located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach.

Prizes were give to the 1st - 3rd placing teams. The tournament was open to youth and adults. Tickets were sold to participate, $50.00 per adult team and $40.00 for youth teams.

Martin County Police Athletic League was created with a goal of helping local youth through a program dedicated to sportsmanship, friendly competition, and fitness. Their program and the numerous benefits that are held, both for the children it will serve and for the community.

Their current programming includes Boxing, Youth Leadership and Wrestling. Martin County PAL Inc. is a charitable organization registered with the State of Florida #CH62931. They are located at: PH: 772-919-2441 MARTINCOUNTYPAL@GMAIL.COM

1284 SW 34th St. in Palm City For more information contact them:772-919-2441 / MARTINCOUNTYPAL@GMAIL.COM

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Proclamation of Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup Week

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Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties Awards $9,000 to Tykes & Teens for Infant Mental Health Consultation

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Palm City – The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties has awarded a $9,000 grant to Tykes & Teens, a leading provider of the highest quality, evidence-based mental health services and programs for children and adolescents for 25 years. The funding will support the agency’s Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation program. Tykes & Teens is the only provider of this high-fidelity, evidence-based programming on the Treasure Coast, and the only Infant Mental Health provider in the region serving clients from newborn to age five and their families.

“We are grateful to the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties for their support as we collaboratively strive to promote a long-term system’s change for children, families and the community as a whole by fostering social emotional development in early childcare settings,” says Tykes & Teens CEO Eric Garza, MHA, LCSW.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Tykes & Teens to support children and families in Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties,” said Marsha B. Powers, CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties. “Our collaboration will provide additional supports to our Early Learning providers and the children and families we serve.”

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Tykes & Teens CEO Erica Garza, MHA, LCSW; Tykes & Teens Director of Childcare Mental Health Consultation Elizabeth Appleton; Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties CEO Marsha B. Powers; Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties Director of Provider Services Pat Houston

As part of its Infant Mental Health programming and services for individuals and families, Tykes & Teens collaborates with childcare centers throughout the Treasure Coast by providing Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC). The goal of IECMHC is to build the capacity of adult caregivers to strengthen and support the healthy social and emotional development of young children within the classroom setting. Through this evidence-based prevention approach, highly specialized child development therapists work with childcare center caregivers to promote social competence and addressing challenging behavior, early and before formalized intervention is needed. Through on-site Mental Health Consultation, therapists are able to create safe relationships with childcare center staff to address teacher stress, use of culturally responsive classroom practices, and the use of a trauma-informed care lens.

For more information on Tykes & Teens’ Infant Mental Health services, visit www.tykesandteens.org/infant-mental-health/ or call 772-220-3439.

To learn more about how you can support children’s mental health in our community, visit www.tykesandteens.org/give-help/ or donate now.

Elliott Museum Opens Seminole Indians Exhibit

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Stuart — The Elliott Museum has unveiled the “Seminole People of Florida — Survival & Success,” an exhibit that shows the remarkable history of the Seminoles’ endurance, survival and adaptation. The exhibit, which is part of the Museum of Florida History’s Traveling Exhibits (TREX) Program, will remain through October 4, 2021 at the Elliott Museum, 825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart.

This exhibition will examine the Seminoles’ unique history, art and traditions. Specifically, it will focus on the rich material culture that the Seminoles created and sustained during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From isolation in the mid-1800s to the establishment of two sovereign tribes that oversee modern, successful businesses, the Seminole people have experienced an extraordinary journey.

The exhibit also will include artifacts from the nonprofit organization, Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists. These artifacts show The Battles of the Loxahatchee, which occurred west of what is now Jupiter, Florida, in January 1838 between the United States military and the Seminole Indians. Additionally, guests will see artifacts from the museum’s own Seminole collection, including Willoughby’s expedition across the Everglades in 1897, a dugout canoe, and artwork by noted artist James Hutchinson from the time he spent living with the Seminoles in the Everglades.

In 1966, Hutchinson received an Arthur Vining Davis Foundation grant to produce a total of 50 paintings depicting the lives of the Seminole Indians. To fully immerse himself in the subject matter, he and his wife moved into a Seminole community on the Brighton Reservation near the northwest shore of Lake Okeechobee where they remained for six years. He produced the first paintings of tribal elders and their families at then-remote camps in the Everglades, capturing this traditional culture in a time of rapid disappearance.

After a tragic period of warfare and forced deportation, around 200 Seminoles remained in Florida in 1860. Today in Florida, there are two sovereign tribes — the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, whose members are descended from these survivors. The Seminole people operate successfully in today’s world and they have preserved a number of their traditions. They continue to be an important part of Florida’s diverse cultural landscape.

Museum visitors also can take in two additional exhibits now on display. “Portfolios – Jane Lawton Baldridge, A Sea Story Girl,” highlights the art of Jane Baldridge, an award-winning sailor, licensed boat captain, and accomplished mixed media artist. This exhibit will remain on display through October 30, 2021. “Exquisite Miniatures” features 50 exquisite miniature paintings by artists Wes and Rachelle Siegrist with subjects ranging from still lifes and landscapes to artist self-portraits and will remain through December 15, 2021.

For more information, call the museum at 772-225-1961 or visit the website, www.hsmc-fl.com.

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Habitat for Humanity of Martin County To Dedicate 150th Home

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The milestone home dedication will take place in Carter Park, Martin County’s first affordable housing neighborhood

Thirty years ago, a small group gathered in East Stuart to dedicate the first Habitat for Humanity of Martin County home.

Three decades and 149 homes later the community is invited to Carter Park, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County’s 40-home neighborhood in Indiantown, to celebrate the organization’s affordable housing legacy.

“Building 150 homes is a feat in itself, but the real milestone is the fact that 150 families now have a safe, affordable home in which to raise their children,” said Margot Graff, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County. “Habitat homeowners provide stability to their communities, form strong foundations for their children to succeed and are self-reliant.”

On Saturday, July 17 at 10 a.m. Habitat for Humanity of Martin County will dedicate homes Nos. 149 and 150 in a special dual ceremony, highlighting the important impact affordable housing has had in Martin County over the past 30 years.

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County 150th Home Dedication

When: Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m.

Where: 14810 SW Carter Lane, Indiantown, 34956. The dedication will take place at the two homes next to the Community Garden at the north end of Carter Park.

Please RSVP to mreadling@habitatmartin.org or call Mike Readling at (772) 631-2679.

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Time to Apply for Live Your Dream Awards

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In Photo: Glenda Edwards, 1st Place winner of 2020 Live Your Dream Award

Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photo provided by: Soroptimist of Stuart
Since 1972, Soroptimist International’s Live Your Dream Awards program has been helping women who are working to better their lives through additional schooling and skills training.

The financial support they receive is often the difference in whether or not they can continue with the education that is so precious to them.

This spring, Soroptimist International of Stuart (SIS) was able to present three women with 2020 awards in spite of the fact that the nonprofit’s fundraising abilities had been seriously impacted by Covid.

On August 1, the application process for the 2021 Live Your Dream Awards begins and the enrollment process – which is completely online – couldn’t be simpler.

The parameters for the Live Your Dream award specify the recipient be a primary breadwinner for themself and their dependents, be attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program and have a financial need.

Recent winners have used their monetary awards at local schools such as IRSC and Keiser University to pursue degrees and careers in nursing, digital media, health care management and social work, among other fields.

Eligible applicants can submit their application between August 1 - November 15.

Ultimately, a Live Your Dream Awards finalist has the potential receive up to $16,000 to help offset tuition costs, purchase books, get transportation, or find reliable childcare so she can worry less about how to pay her bills and focus on reaching her dreams.

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Hope Lives Foundation Donates to Port St. Lucie PAL Program

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In Photo: PAL Board Treasurer Bryan Lloyd, PAL Chairman of the Board Bill May, Executive Director Hope Lives Foundation Chris Robertson and PSL PAL Executive Director

Article and Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

Thanks to a recent $5,000 grant from the Hope Lives Foundation, the Port St. Lucie Police Athletic League will expand its RadKIDS® Personal Empowerment Program.

A national leader in children’s safety education, the program, which is offered free to children within the community, teaches kids to Resist Aggression Defensively through personal empowerment and safety education. Kids learn how to avoid or what to do with a possible abductor, plus how to handle many other safety hazards.

Certified instructors teach a 5-day (two hours per day) class in two age groups, ages 5-7 and 8-12.

“We very much appreciate the Hopes Lives Foundation and their partnership with the PSL PAL,” said PAL Chairman of the Board Bill May. “The grant will allow us to take our program to the next level. With more certified trainers, we hope to off the program all year long.”

After the program, kids demonstrate their acquired skills against instructors, donning REDMAN® suits of foam, escaping and fighting against scenarios of being tricked, tricked with a prop, and being held against their will.

Hope Lives Executive Director Chris Robertson said, “Hope Lives Foundation is a local nonprofit that is helping our smaller local agencies with small yearly grants.”

“The RadKIDS program and PAL fit our mission and objectives, and we are excited to form this partnership with such a wonderful organization!”

“The Police Athletic League is a staple in our community,” added Hope Lives Board President Dr. Stephen Blank. “Whatever we can do to help out local children and keep them safe from danger, we are on board.”

For more information about the RadKIDS program, please contact the Port St. Lucie Police Athletic League at 772 389-9436,

For more information about the Hope Lives Foundation, its grant process and upcoming events, please visit our website (www.HLives.org).

The Hope Lives Foundation is a local 501c(3) that to Support and Strengthen community organizations that serve children and families on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee Counties.

Humane Society Brings Back the Live Pup Crawl

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In Photo: Kellie Berthiaume with Pizza Beans, Katie Brezinski with Max, and Taylor Emerick with Max

Media Contact: Doreen Poreba, 772-215-2333/The PR Czar® Inc./prczar@prczar.com

Stuart - The seventh annual Pup Crawl is returning, live and in person, on Saturday, August 7. Presented by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, last year’s event had to be modified due to the pandemic.

For $25 in advance, or $30 at the door, participants will gain VIP access to five venues in Stuart’s downtown district on Saturday, August 7. They will get to enjoy one free drink at each stop. Pre-register at www.hstc1.org/event/Pup-Crawl or register at the door from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, 131 SW Flagler Ave. in Stuart, which is one of the participating businesses. Joining Mulligan’s is Spritz City Bistro, Vine & Barley Stuart, Sneaki Tiki and The Crafted Keg. There also will be a "Back To The Future" costume contest with prizes and giveaways all night long.

“It’s a fun opportunity for our supporters and friends to come together in a casual setting for a great cause,” said HSTC Community Outreach Director Courtney Zanetti. “All of the stops are within walking distance that allows participants to take their time and stroll through the area.”

The event is dog-friendly but 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. The humane society stresses the importance of pet owners being able to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion, aggressive behavior, overstimulation and other problematic areas as pet health is a top priority. Pets will not be permitted indoors at any of the establishments so participants with dogs are encouraged to have a buddy system.

The Pup Crawl is being sponsored by the Law Offices of John Mangan, P.A.; Stuart Fence Co.; Camp Bow Wow; and the Rick Carroll Insurance Agency. Proceeds benefit the shelter animals at the humane society’s Palm City shelter. For more information, email Courtney Zanetti at czanetti@hstc1.org or call 772-600-3211.

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In Photo: Sam Ruo with Tessa, Steven Luriea & Cassidy Johnston with Bingo

Innovative College Prep School Trains Students for Emerging Careers

21 July Synergy School

The Synergy School of Tomorrow Junior College embraces an educational concept unlike any other on the Treasure Coast. Now offering scholarships, the school is accepting students in grades 6-12.

Fort Pierce - When it comes to a forward-thinking, team-oriented approach to education, The Synergy School of Tomorrow is one of the Treasure Coast’s best-kept secrets.

Located at 2810 S. Federal Hwy. in Fort Pierce, the college-preparatory, nationally accredited, faith-based school provides students the opportunity to pursue vocational pathways and trade programs with certified teachers. With the ability to utilize the facility’s state-of-the-art equipment hands-on, students develop self-confidence, a sense of pride, and the concept of teamwork and problem resolution. Students can select from the following Training Academies: Cosmetology/Barbering; Pre-Med; Multimedia Production; Culinary and Baking; Technology; and Esports.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines synergy as the combined power of a group of things when they are working together that is greater than the total power achieved by each working separately. The Synergy School of Tomorrow wholeheartedly embraces this concept and strives to personalize each student’s individual educational experience by combining standard, college preparatory, vocational, and trade disciplines. Dual enrollment is also available for eligible students.

“Inspiring young leaders will create a better future for all of us,” said Superintendent/CEO Dr. Donnelyn Khourie. “At Synergy School of Tomorrow, we not only teach the skillsets for future jobs and careers, but we also teach how to tap into innovative ideas and recognize global opportunities.”

In addition to providing no charge breakfasts, lunches and snacks, transportation, dance, sports, and a variety of after-school clubs, Synergy also arranges apprenticeships so that students may work and study in their field of interest!

“Part of the mission at Synergy School is to raise up entrepreneurs that are ready to take on economics and revitalize our cities. I believe great days are ahead, and our young people will lead the way!”

Synergy School of Tomorrow is currently accepting students grades 6-12, while its feeder school, Florida State Christian Academy, located on Oleander Ave. in Fort Pierce, accepts students grades K-5. Scholarships are available for eligible students.

For more information, please visit SynergySchoolofTomorrow.com or call 772-801-5522.

Tykes & Teens Preparing Parents and Students for Return to School with Free Summer Series

21 July Childrens Services

Palm City – There is no question COVID-19 has been a very long and devastating pandemic. Despite the lifting of restrictions, vaccinations and returning to schools, the pandemic’s aftermath is continuing to have an impact on the mental health of our children, families, teachers, childcare providers and the community as a whole. The need has never been greater to focus on mental health awareness and removing the stigma and shame often associated with seeking mental health treatment.

To prepare parents and students for a mentally resilient return to school, Tykes & Teens, a leading provider of the highest quality, evidence-based mental health services and programs for children and adolescents for 25 years, is launching a free summer video series. “Mental Health Matters – Returning with Resilience” will premiere on Tykes & Teens Facebook channel @TykesTeens during July and August, and features 15-minute video segments with leading mental health experts, educators and students that will include conversations with practical tips, tools and resources to help parents and students navigate back into a routine and emerge from the pandemic with resilience.

“As we emerge from the pandemic and students prepare to return to more in-person school and other activities following over a year of isolation, many are struggling with feelings of being overwhelmed, and feeling anxious and depressed,” says Tykes & Teens Director of Prevention Services Dorothy Oppenheiser. “Our goal is to provide prevention services that give students and parents tools and resources that allow them to navigate these challenging times and emerge with resilience.”

“Mental Health Matters – Returning with Resilience” Facebook Premiere Schedule

Wed., July 14 at 1:00 pm – “Coming Out of the Woods”
• Eric Garza, MHA, LCSW - Tykes & Teens CEO
• Jay Biscanin, M.A., CBHCMS – Tykes & Teens Manager of Targeted Case Management, Certified Wraparound Coach and Facilitator, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
• What can we expect as we emerge from the pandemic and return to in-person school and activities? There is hope! Children are resilient! Practical tips and resources to support your child coming out of the pandemic strong and in good mental health. Plus local resources available in our community to support you.

Wed., July 21 at 1:00 pm – “Feeling Anxious? You’re Not Alone”
• Dr. Alethia DuPont, Psy. D. - Tykes & Teens Director of Outpatient Services
• A Teen Perspective
• Overwhelmed, stressed and worried about going back to in-person school and activities? How to best prepare, anxiety signs for parents and students to look for, and how to move forward with resiliency.

Wed., July 28 at 1:00 pm – “Depressed or Just Down?”
• Tamie Gilarski, LCSW, RPT-S - Tykes & Teens School Based Program Coordinator, Psychotherapist, Play Therapist Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor
• How do you support a student who is experiencing depression? How do you know if you're depressed or just down? How do you know when to reach out for professional help? Signs to look for and tools to create a resilient return.

Wed., August 4 at 1:00 pm – “Creating Routines for Stability”
• Andrea Greenlee, LCSW – Tykes & Teens Director of School Based Services and Psychotherapist
• Monique Coleman, MS – Tykes & Teens Prevention Coordinator
• Hannah Greenlee - A "Changing Vibes, Changing Lives" Student Perspective
• How to develop routines that create stability and resiliency as you return to in-person school and activities. Tips to creating a path toward preparing to return to school.

Wed., August 11 at 1:00 pm – “Practical Steps for Students”
• Dorothy Oppenheiser – Tykes & Teens Director of Prevention Services
• Monique Coleman, MS – Tykes & Teens Prevention Coordinator
• Anthony Ferro – Jensen Beach High School Teacher
• Following more than a year of crisis and uncertainty, we'll provide practical steps from an educator's perspective on how students can overcome the stress and anxiety of returning to in-person school.

Wed., August 18 at 1:00 pm – “Enhancing Young Children & Family Resilience”
• Elizabeth Appleton – Tykes & Teens Director of Childcare Mental Health Consultation
• Tools for childcare staff and parents to support children ages 0 to 5 through day-to-day transitions and as start or return to school. Tykes & Teens is the sole provider of Infant Mental Health Services and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation on the Treasure Coast.

To watch the new “Mental Health Matters – Returning with Resilience” series, visit Tykes & Teens on Facebook @TykesTeens. Have a question you would like answered during the series? Email mistys@tykesandteens.org.

Tykes & Teens’ Prevention Services programming has provided more than 500 community events for adolescents and parents to prevent substance use, bullying, dating violence, suicide and other dangerous behaviors among youth, and also administers prevention and social emotional learning curriculum in schools. The agency’s prevention programming focuses on raising community awareness to remove the stigma and shame often associated with seeking mental health treatment; engaging youth in fun, safe and healthy activities; and providing free educational events for parents and youth. Tykes & Teens’ prevention programs include:

• ALTOSS (Alternative to Out of School Suspension Program)
• Trauma-Informed Care
• Moms for Mental Health
• Youth Service Learning
• TEAMS – Teacher Empowerment And Meaningful Support
• Project Graduation

For more information on Tykes & Teens Prevention Services, visit www.tykesandteens.org/prevention-services, call 772-220-3439 or email gethelp@tykesandteens.org.

The Children’s Services Council of Martin County and C.O.R.E. (Comprehensive Offender Rehabilitation and Education) provide funding for Tykes & Teens’ prevention programming and services.

To learn more about how you can support children’s mental health in our community, visit www.tykesandteens.org/give-help/.

Martin County Total Market Value Increases by More than $2 Billion

21 July Jenny Fields

Stuart – With 2021 tax roll figures in today, the Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office announced that the County saw an increase in total market value to more than $36 billion. This is an increase of more than $2.1 billion or 6.42% as compared to last year’s figure of $34 billion. Taxable value increased more than $1.2 billion or 5.27% as compared to last year’s figure of $23.8 billion. Reported values are based on market conditions as of January 1, 2021.

Residential properties experienced one of the largest growth years since 2006 with 7.89% increase over last year. The median sale price of single-family homes increased to $388,945 compared to $365,000 in 2019. Median condominium sale prices increased to $168,500 compared to $148,750 in 2019.

“This year’s residential market value growth may be attributed to the overwhelming amount of demand which has far outpaced local supply,” said Martin County Property Appraiser Jenny Fields. “Listing times have shrunk significantly, properties are receiving offers above asking prices, and many properties are being purchased sight unseen. Home buyers are relocating to Martin County from out of state and highly populated counties in Florida.”

Commercial and industrial properties logged another year of growth this year with a 5.9% increase compared to last year.

“Net new construction growth was $297 million this year which is comparable to the past three years,” said Fields. “We are however, seeing many multi- family projects in the pipeline that may finish construction this year and will go on the 2022 tax roll.”

Fields and her team of professionals certified the 2021 Preliminary Tax Roll to the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) on Friday, June 25. This is the earliest the Office has ever submitted preliminary numbers to the DOR. A deadline is set for July 1 each year for all property appraisers’ offices throughout the State to submit their values. The early tax roll submission was a result of a multi-year conversion project to upgrade the software used for appraisal and assessment administration. The new system is already creating efficiencies by reducing the time to run and validate technical tax roll reports.

Taxing authorities will use these values next to help them prepare for their upcoming budgets and to determine their proposed millage rates.

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Founded in 1925, The Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office (MCPAO) is one of 67 county appraisal offices in the State of Florida. Governed by the Department of Revenue, the MCPAO values more than 100,000 real, commercial, industrial and tangible personal properties throughout the County for a total of 543.46 land area square miles. The MCPAO is one of 52 offices in the United States and Canada to receive the prestigious Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration from the International Association of Assessing Officers.

Palm City Mapp Road Highlights

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Article by Missi Campbell - Executive Director Palm City Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to Palm City Highlights, an opportunity to be up to date on the happenings of our fabulous Palm City community so many of us call home.  As the Executive Director of the Palm City Chamber of Commerce and a Martin County local for 47 years, I am honored to be able to write this article for you.  We have many exciting things happening in Palm City currently. I will focus on the improvements to Mapp Road for this segment.

The Community Redevelopment Agency, CRA, has been working very hard to create a wonderful Town Center for the residents of Palm City on Mapp Road.  This project has been in the works for many years, and we are finally able to see it come to fruition.  We are grateful to District 5 Commissioner Ed Ciampi, the Palm City Neighborhood Advisory Committee and Sunshine Land Design for their dedication to this amazing project.  Many Mapp Road merchants including Dr. Rex Sentell and Mike DiTerlizzi have kept this project in the forefront with their countless hours of volunteering on committees and their constant commitment to the betterment of Palm City.

The Mapp Road Town Center Project includes generous 10-foot-wide sidewalks, beautiful landscaping, decorative streetlights, trash/recycling receptacles, benches, curb and gutter drainage, on-street parking and a well-connected corridor that safely accommodates vehicles, bicycles, and people.  The project should be completed in August with a Grand Opening to be scheduled.  This event will feature a children’s area, food, and merchandise from neighborhood shops and a Ribbon Cutting with community leaders at the soon to be Patio of Palm City Place between the fire station and Palm City Animal Medical Center.  The Patio, in front of the lake, will be the location of many future events.  The Palm City Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Neighborhood Advisory Committee has plans for a Holiday Village in December and other family activities to showcase the new walkable corridor in Palm City.  We look forward to welcoming The Barn Restaurant from the owners of Kork Restaurant in Hobe Sound. We hope to attract new shops, restaurants, and other merchants to the area with the completion of the Mapp Road Town Center.

If you have any questions concerns regarding the happenings in Palm City, please check out our website at www.palmcitychamber.com or contact Missi at 772-286-8121.

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IRSC Leadership Conference Features Renowned Military Leaders

Sergeant Major Kyle Lamb visits the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex to talk to law enforcement.
Photographed on Thursday, June 24, 2021 on the Massey Campus in Fort Pierce.

In Photo: Sergeant Major Kyle Lamb speaks to the audience in the Bailey Auditorium at the IRSC Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex

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Sergeant Major, Kyle Lamb visit the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex to talk to law enforcement.
Photographed on Thursday, June 24, 2021 on the Massey Campus in Fort Pierce.

In Photo: IRSC President Dr. Timothy Moore with Sergeant Major Kyle Lamb and Lieutenant General Reynold Hoover

Walk Through the Pages of Your Favorite Storybook

21 June Parks

Stuart - During this week's meeting, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners officially proclaimed July as Park and Recreation Month in Martin County.

To celebrate our park facilities and inspire families to enjoy the outdoors while building interest in reading, Martin County Parks and Recreation and the Martin County Library System have partnered to bring a StoryWalk® Challenge to park trails throughout Martin County!

Take the Challenge
Follow the designated StoryWalk® path, page by page, until you find yourself at the end of the story - and the path! Participants who complete all 5 StoryWalks® and submit photos to the Parks and Recreation Department will have a chance to win cool prizes!

How it Works:
Pages from a children's book will be installed along a designated StoryWalk® path at the following parks:

Halipatiokee Regional Park

Indian RiverSide Park

LCpl. Justin Wilson Memorial Park

Maggy's Hammock Park

New Monrovia Park

Read the story along the trail and take a picture at "The End" marker.

Once you have completed ALL 5 StoryWalks®, submit your photos with your name and phone number via email to events@martin.fl.us. The deadline for submissions is July 30, 2021. One email entry per family/group, incomplete entries will not be considered.
For more information please visit www.LoveMCParks.com

Our Park and Recreation Story
Every person has a park story and every park has a history made up of thousands of stories that help to define it. Parks are at the center of so many experiences and memories. Parks are often our first experiences in nature and our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity. They are places to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life's special moments, spots of respite and healing, sites that connect us with essential community services, and so much more. The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department would like to hear stories from our residents and visitors about their favorite memories at our parks. Join this initiative by sharing your park story on social media using #LoveMCParks and #OurParkAndRecStory.

Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation Announces New Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFREs)

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In Photo: Agnes Palmer - Manager of Philanthropic Partnerships

Stuart – The Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation today announced that Director of Development Christine Birkett, Annual Giving Officer Ashley Haughton, and Manager of Philanthropic Partnerships Agnes Palmer have each earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation by CFRE International, an organization dedicated to setting global standards in philanthropy.

“I am extremely proud of Christine, Ashley and Agnes and the commitment they have to their continuous professional education,” said VP of Philanthropy and Administrative Operations Murray Fournie, MEd, CFRE, FAHP. “The CFRE designation indicates the high level of professionalism and knowledge of fundraising responsibilities that our team exemplifies with all of the donors served by the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation.”

Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International, which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

Birkett, Haughton and Palmer join only 7,200 other professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.

Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation is a nonprofit, community-based organization that raises funds to support hospice and grief support programs for patients and families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. Since 1982, Treasure Coast Hospice has provided access to compassionate, caring, expert and professional hospice, and grief support services to patients and families at the end of life. Thanks to the support of generous donors, the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation can fund indigent hospice care, a pediatric hospice program, music therapy, and comprehensive grief support programs, including individual and group bereavement services and Camp Good Grief for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

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TC Masterminds of Stuart & Port St. Lucie Summer Splash & Happy Hour at the Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House

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Jensen Beach - On June 24, 2021 the TC Masterminds of Stuart & Port St. Lucie joined together to have the first of their Summer Splash and happy hour events. The Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House hosted the event. The Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House is located in Jensen Beach at 1401 NE Indian River Drive. The Dolphin Bar offers waterfront dining with a delicious menu. For more information contact them at 772-781-5136.

Gary Owen is the mastermind behind the TC Masterminds group, which is a business, professional and social networking organization comprised of small business owners, executive leaders and non-profit organizations, all of whom display and promote the highest values of ethics, integrity and professionalism.

Treasure Coast Masterminds has two group that meet in Stuart and Port St. Lucie. For more information to join one of the group contact Gary Owen at: 772.210.1020.

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Kiwanis Club of Stuart at Stuart Commission Meeting

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Stuart - On June 14, 2021 a check for $127,000 was presented to City of Stuart, it will be combined with other funding from the City of Stuart and Stuart Fire Rescue Benevolent.

Phase 1 renovation of the “tot lot” and building of a new small area for those on the autism spectrum or with physical disabilities-Maddie’s Garden is expected to begin soon and be complete by this fall.

Phase 2 renovation of the playground area for older children will be dependent on acquiring donations. To see a drone integrated 3-D panorama of the finished park, go to https://kiwanisclubofstuart.org/ where donations can also be made for the renovation.

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart, one of Martin County’s most active and involved community service organizations, previously raised $71,000 that will go towards the construction of a Sensory Sensitive Garden Play area as part of a renovation of Kiwanis Youth Park at Woodlawn in downtown Stuart.

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Eagle Scout Troop 802 Gives Education Workstations a Much-Needed Makeover

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On April 17, 2021 an amazing group of young men from Eagle Scout Troop 802 came to the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast to complete their community project. Taking the lead on the project is long-time Museum visitor, member, volunteer and supporter, Michael Lovett. The Children’s Garden, opened since 2010 needed some TLC so Michael and his troop jumped into action. Michael began planning and organizing back in December 2020 as it takes some time to get Eagle Scout Projects approved.

The troop focused their energy on the Education Pavilion’s and Pizza Garden’s workstations, both needing cleaning, sanding, sealing and painting. After a full day of work, the workstations received a full makeover. “The Eagle Scouts have always been such a valuable resource for the Museum. Individual troops have completed 4 large Museum projects since 2010, saving the Museum over $5000.00 in materials and labor. I applaud our local Eagle Scouts and leaders for displaying such a strong connection in the community, we cannot thank them enough.” says Tammy Calabria, Executive Director.

If you would like to volunteer or learn more about how to make an impact at the Children’s Museum, please feel free to contact Tammy Calabria at 772-225-7575 ext. 203. To learn more about the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, visit our Facebook, Instagram and Website, all links provided at www.children’smuseumtc.org.

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Star Struck Academy Theatre Host Mrs. & Ms. US Continental Pageant 2021

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Stuart - On Saturday, June 12, 2021, the US Continental Pageant was hosted at Star Struck Academy Theatre. Located 2101 S. Kanner Highway in Stuart Florida. Star Struck Academy Theatre is a non-profit Children’s Performing Arts Center developed to recognize the modern woman of the 21st century. It is the only children's theatre on the Treasure Coast for 20 years. The Theatre is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3). For more information contact them at: 772.283.2313.

The US Continental Program with its authentic purpose not only gives women a chance to promote their passion for service, but it is the the key ingredient that elevates them into an elite class of strong, successful, and intelligent women. The US Continental Pageant was developed to recognize the modern woman of the 21st century.  These women are recognized for their strengths, accomplishments achieved in their lives.  The pageant promotes intelligent women, women of integrity, women with strong moral values, and inner beauty.  The US Continental Pageant provides unique opportunities to women as they strive to reach their goals and dreams in life. 

The US Continental State and National Pageants give families, friends, and their community an opportunity to celebrate the success and accomplishment of these outstanding women.

Private Interviews with each contestant were held at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Stuart the night before the actual pageant.

The pageant started out with an opening number where each contestant dressed in beautiful cocktail length dresses. Next was the fitness competition where contestants modeled aerobic wear of their choice of many colors and styles. This showed off personality and appearance.

Last but not least the evening gown competition.  Each contestant was judged on their poise, posture and overall look.

Also, performing at the pageant was the Frost Family who performed many singing numbers for the audience to enjoy.

Crowning of the new Ms. US. Continental is Ms. Stephanie Tide, the new Mrs. US Continental is Phaedra Pistone and Ms. Elite US Continental is Susan Nardone, all were crowned at the end of the pageant.  Congratulations to all the lucky winners!

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United Way Launches New Student Group

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Stuart – During a most remarkable year amidst a global pandemic, United Way of Martin County launched an innovative new program to cultivate the next generation of philanthropic pioneers. The inaugural class of Students United was comprised of six students from the four Martin County high schools. Student members met monthly to learn about the community's needs and how United Way works to improve education, financial stability and health. They also participated in volunteer opportunities and served on a United Way citizen review panel to help decide where United Way funds are invested.

“Being a part of Students United has been a way for me to learn firsthand how to be of service and make a difference at the local level,” said Ty Raimann, a founding member of Students United and student at South Fork High School.

As part of the citizen review panel, the students reviewed a grant request from House of Hope for its client choice pantry – one of 43 grant requests that United Way of Martin County received this year. During the site visit, they listened to a presentation from House of Hope staff, took a tour of the food pantry and spent an hour volunteering in the nutrition center packaging sandwiches for House of Hope clients.

United Way plans to get feedback from members and expand the program to include more students and activities in the upcoming school year. For more information about the program and how to get involved, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org/StudentsUnited

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• Sophie Bennet, Jensen Beach High School
• Natalie Diez, Martin County High School
• Jocelyn Hlywa, Martin County High School
• Evan McCarthy, Clark Advanced Learning Center
• Tiffany Miller, Martin County High School
• Ty Raimann, South Fork High School

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Kiwanis Club of Stuart raised $71,000 for Construction of Sensory Sensitive Garden Play Area in Stuart

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Stuart - The Kiwanis Club of Stuart, one of Martin County’s most active and involved community service organizations, recently raised $71,000 that will go towards the construction of a Sensory Sensitive Garden Play area as part of a renovation of Kiwanis Youth Park at Woodlawn in downtown Stuart.

Partnering with March for Maddie, a fund established by Jeff and Malia Schramm in 2013 after their two-1/2-year-old daughter, Maddie, passed away from medical issues since birth, the two organizations held a Park After Dark dinner at Kiwanis Youth Park featuring dinner, auctions and raffles. The Sensory Sensitive Garden play area, which is geared towards children with autism, sensory or physical issues, will be named Maddie’s Garden.

According to Cher Fisher, president of the Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Maddie’s Garden will be just one part of the overall planned $700,000 renovation of the park built in the ‘90s. The renovation will also include a separate ‘tot lot’ for two-to-five year old children as well as an area for 5-12 year-olds which will feature a two-story slide, rock climbing wall and a ropes course.

“Kiwanis Youth Park is an extremely popular part of the culture here in Stuart,” Fisher explained. “But as the popularity has grown, so has the need to make certain areas more accessible to physically challenged kids and kids with sensory issues. For those children, Maddie’s Garden will be a small, quiet area for two or three kids at a time.”

So far, with proceeds from the Manatee Island Ladies Fishing Tournament, online magic show and the Park After Dark event, along with donors and funds accumulated, the club has raised $127,000 and a check will be presented to City of Stuart June 14. Work will begin on Maddie’s Garden and the tot lot-with plans to be finished by Fall, 2021. Work on the other area will be dependent on acquiring donations.

To see a drone integrated 3-D panorama of the finished park, go to www.kiwanis clubofstuart.org. While you’re there you may scroll down to the donate button and donate towards the park renovation.

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Indian River State College Awarded $485,842 from National Science Foundation

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Fort Pierce — Indian River State College (IRSC) is developing a three-course curriculum to assist incumbent photonics technicians in acquiring new quantum-related competencies. Funding for the project comes from a three-year National Science Foundation grant totaling $485,842 (NSF2055061).

"Recent advances in quantum research have created a significant mismatch between quantum scientists and industry, as there is no sizable trained workforce in this field," states Mo Hasanovic, IRSC Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator on the grant. "The proposed curriculum is expected to help American businesses maintain their world leadership in advanced laser and quantum technologies in an era of accelerated change and disruption."

IRSC will develop, test and disseminate a three-course hybrid curriculum in quantum research-enabled technologies. It will begin by assessing the industry demand for quantum-related skills, continuing with the curriculum development and course content creation, and ending with establishing a sustainable, open-access educational platform.

"The open-access platform will reduce geographical barriers between colleges, students and industry and help academic institutions with recruitment, retention and completion," continues Hasanovic. "More diversity will be added to this high-tech workforce, thus removing social barriers and fostering equal economic growth across our nation."

The National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education program focuses on the education of technicians for the advanced technology fields that drive the nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions like IRSC and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary institution school levels. IRSC's "Develop Curriculum in Advanced Optics and Quantum Research-Enabled Technologies" project contributes toward new quantum STEM workforce development goals.

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Local Couple Honored as Historic Preservationists of the Year

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Stuart - As Martin County wraps up a month-long celebration of historic proportion, the spotlight shines on the most recent recipients of the Historic Preservationist of the Year awards. The Martin County Historic Preservation Board was proud to present this year's award to Rick and Donna Crary at the Elliott Museum.

The Crarys have been instrumental in preserving and sharing Martin County's history through published works and community service. Rick and Donna began publishing articles in Indian River Magazine in 2012, with Rick's first article on Governor John W. Martin, Martin County's namesake. Donna's first article, published in 2014, was on preserving Martin Grade as a historic highway. Rick published his book "A Treasure We Call Home," in 2015 and they continue be sought after contributors to Indian River Magazine.

Rick and Donna have participated in Historic Preservation Month for more than a decade, giving lectures and leading tours of the historic Crary House in downtown Stuart. Rick has gladly donated time and talent, serving on the steering committee for the House of Refuge Museum and the board of directors for the Historical Society of Martin County. Together, this dynamic duo has helped preserve, share and raise interest and awareness of the many historic treasures located in our community.

To learn more about historic preservation in Martin County, visit the county's website at www.martin.fl.us/historicpreservation. The website offers virtual tours of county-owned and managed historic sites, meeting dates and times for the Historic Preservation Board and information on digitization sessions offered by the county to help us gather the history of Martin County and help residents digitally preserve their personal images of historic significance. Learn how to participate at www.martin.fl.us/Digitization.

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Baron Academy, Concert and Cocktails Fundraiser

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In Photo: Kristine Erice and Debbie Butler

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A chance encounter, an introduction, and a handshake at a local restaurant brought Kristine Erice, Founder of the Exceptional Academy for Differently-Abled Learners, and Jeremiah Baron, President, and CEO of Jeremiah Baron & Co. Commercial Real Estate, LLC. into a partnership of possibilities for children on the autism spectrum.

In January 2020, Erice opened the Exceptional Academy in St. Lucie West. The private school was born out of frustration with the lack of choices in learning facilities dedicated to teaching children, like her son Dylan, diagnosed with autism.

“We knew from the very beginning that we needed to expand,” said Erice. “We had a waitlist for our school before we even opened our doors.”

The prospect of expansion appeared grim, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the cancellation of several fundraising events.

Enter Jeremiah Baron, who turns out to be a fellow autism parent. A conversation and a few text messages gave birth to the Baron Academy, located at 8556 Commerce Centre Dr. in Port St. Lucie. Erice will run the new, larger school that can serve nearly four times the amount of students as the current facility.

The recently held Concert and Cocktails event, sponsored by Baron Real Estate, A/C Now, Renegade Signs, LLC., Guardians for New Futures, Once Upon a Child, Bonner Mobile Bar, Collaborative Behavior Group, and AAPEX Electric Inc., raised funds for a playground for the new school. Music by the Catfish Hunter Band, raffles, a 50/50, and a cash bar provided an afternoon of fun and philanthropy!

“Our students need a place to play and burn off energy,” said Erice. “The playground allows them to learn social skills and demonstrates how their bodies can react to different heights and speeds. It also helps the children learn how to handle various kinds of inputs and sensory integration.”

The Baron Academy is currently enrolling students in grades K-8 for the 2021-2022 school year.

For more information, please email Kristine Erice at KErice@ExceptionalAcedemyPSL.com

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Soroptimist of Stuart Awards Allow Women to Live Their Dreams

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Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos by: Soroptimist of Stuart

The women who are awarded with Soroptimist International of Stuart’s (SIS) annual Live Your Dream Awards have overcome so many challenges to reach the places they’re at today that the changes that Covid-19 concerns made to the usual awards ceremony were but a blip on the radar screen.

Winners of these greatly appreciated monetary awards were notified by phone and received certificates and checks by mail, rather than at the festive dinner celebration held prior to 2020.

This year’s recipients received the welcome calls during Soroptimist’s recent monthly meeting.

Soroptimist national headquarters requested that each chapter present as many Live Your Dream as financially possible to compensate for Covid-related hardships.

The parameters for the Live Your Dream award specify the recipient be a primary breadwinner for themselves and their dependents and be attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program and have a financial need.

This program has been in effect since 1972.

The first-place award recipient was Glenda Edwards, who is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Digital Media at IRSC. She has two boys, one of whom is a senior in high school and the other a teenager who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three.

When Glenda grew up, education was not a priority nor was it encouraged. Her philosophy now is that you can be whatever you want to be if you have a good support system.

She earned her GED as an adult before going on to IRSC. At 40 years of age, she wants to be there to support her two sons and their dreams and goals.

Second-place Live Your Dream Award winner Sara McGaha is enrolled in a full-time nursing program at IRSC. She returned to school after 20 years to pursue her dream. Her goal of becoming a nurse was put on hold until her children were older and more self-sufficient.

She enrolled in IRSC during the summer of 2019 after enduring domestic violence and abuse for several years.

As a survivor who is currently a massage therapist, Sara looks forward to serving the community as an RN. She was also recognized as an award recipient for the Women in Transition category, which is for an individual 40 or older, overcoming obstacles, to go to school to change her career path.

Third place Live Your Dream Award recipient Nicole Mayer is currently in Thailand in a program for students who have PTSD. She is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Keiser University.

She, herself, knows many individuals who are affected by mental health or brain disorders. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and PTSD at 11 years of age and giving birth to a son with Autism, asthma and seizures, Nicole found a passion for understanding mental health and illness.

The Youth Service Award recognizes young women from sophomore to senior year of high school who have had a significant impact through volunteer activity in the area of drug prevention, crime, environment, and poverty.

This year’s recipient was Jenny Nguyen who moved to California from Vietnam with her dad 12 years ago. The immigration process delayed her mother’s arrival for two years.

Living conditions were not good for Jenny prior to her mother’s arrival. Her father had fallen into addiction and when her mother finally got to America, she and Jenny moved to Florida.

This experience led to Jenny’s desire to pursue a career in mental health. While a senior at Treasure Coast High School simultaneously pursuing a degree at IRSC, she founded a psychology interest and mental health awareness club, organized fundraisers to provide resources like a hotline/helpline, a counselor and a bulletin board to encourage conversation and remove the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Jenny recently helped sponsor legislation and advocated to state legislators through American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Florida in Tallahassee on Florida Day.

Jenny will be attending Stanford University in California.

To learn more about these awards, visit www.soroptimistofstuart.org.

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Tykes & Teens Receives $3,000 Dyer Difference Award

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The Dyer Difference Award is all about celebrating the beauty and kindness in our midst. Dyer’s generous donations are all about helping to make a positive difference in the community and are an acknowledgement of a recipients’ tireless efforts to do the same.

Tykes & Teens truly appreciates the recognition and the $3,000 financial contribution is helping us serve our mission of serving children and families in the community.

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First Impression Everything With Patty D Photography

21 May Patty Marchesi

Article by: Kaitlin Hall
For Patty D Marchesi, getting to know a variety of people and hearing their amazing stories is the best part about being a professional photographer. She started her career as a computer programmer, but her love of technology combined with her artistic nature led her to starting Patty D Photography over 15 years ago.
Growing up in New Jersey as one of six kids, she was taught the importance of striving to be the best and making a good first impression. She’s got being ‘one of the best’ covered. She loves to learn and has taken courses at The International Center of Photography in NYC as well as various workshops with some well known photographers. Her computer skills come in handy when learning the latest trends in digital dark rooms,
including Photoshop.

She takes her philosophy of making a good first impression with her to every photoshoot. Not only does she make a good first impression with her top-of-the-line equipment and prepared shot lists, but she’s very intentional about her photos helping others make a good first impression as well. “Whether your photos are personal or for business, I concentrate on the person, and the settings and background are secondary,” she said. “I don’t take photos, I create them.” Since moving to Florida a little more than a year ago, she has continued her focus as a Portrait Photographer
helping businesses with their branding, including website images. She’s also the photographer for the one and only Ridge Life!

In addition to portraits, PattyD has added ‘Drone Photography’ to her tool kit. She recently earned her FAA 107 commercial drone ‘pilot’s license’ giving her a leg up on the competition. This is especially beneficial to her real estate clients.

“If you are a business owner, you need a great looking website, especially today when so many people only do business online,” said PattyD “I like thinking outside the box to get some unique images that help people and businesses stand out.”

PattyD said her real forte is making clients feel comfortable. Her sense of humor and patience are her best attributes which helps put people at ease so that she can get natural shots that highlight their personality and make them shine.
Some of her most memorable jobs include going up in a small Cessna aircraft to photograph the damage to the Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy. She also took 300 head shots in one day at the ‘PA Conference for Women’ and was on Morgan Stanley’s ‘preferred’ photographer list.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family. As many Floridians do, she has recently taken up golf. Her and her husband Jack both love to cook. He is very supportive of her business and she refers to him as her ‘Roadie’ as he often helps carrying equipment and studio set ups.

Cleveland Clinic and Project LIFT Partner to Offer Nutrition Program to At -Risk Youth

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Palm City - There is growing evidence that nutrition plays a critical role in mental wellness, and thanks to a generous grant from Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, teens in the Project LIFT program in Palm City are now receiving hands-on education in nutrition, health, and food preparation in addition to high quality mental health services. The grant allowed Project LIFT to purchase commercial kitchen equipment and create a functional space for ongoing nutrition and culinary programming. As part of the collaboration, a Registered Dietician provided by Cleveland Clinic Martin Health and assisted by students from Keiser University is administering a 12-week nutrition curriculum to both the Boys and Girls Programs at Project LIFT.

“We are grateful for this amazing opportunity to partner with thought leaders like Cleveland Clinic,” said Project LIFT CEO Bob Zaccheo. “Working with Kellie and her team to put a fully functioning commercial grade prep kitchen into Project LIFT was a pleasure. We are excited to offer a Cleveland Clinic led health and nutrition program to our participants to complement our 11 skilled trades and robust mental health services.”

The curriculum includes both classroom instruction and hands-on food preparation activities. Topics range from Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables to Body Positivity and Managing Stress, and the teens have the opportunity to put their knowledge to use preparing smoothies, wraps, and more.

“Cleveland Clinic Martin Health is excited to collaborate with Project LIFT to benefit the community we serve,” said Cleveland Clinic Regional Director of Events & Community Partnerships Kellie Hensley. “Project LIFT does outstanding work to address serious health issues with at risk teens through their counseling, mentoring, and skills training. We look forward to positively impacting youth through education on nutrition and wellness.”

For more information about Project LIFT, a non-profit organization providing mental health and vocational training services to at-risk teens, visit projectliftmc.com or call 772-221-2244.

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Dredging for Bathtub Beach Renourishment Project Begins

21 Feb Bathtub

Stuart- With the staging of submerged, floating and shore pipeline now complete, dredging operations will begin for the Bathtub Reef Beach Renourishment project this week.

Dredging will begin in the Sailfish Point Navigation Channel and move to the impoundment basin located at the mouth of the St. Lucie Inlet. Martin County's contracted dredging company, Weeks Marine, will dredge approximately 220,000 cubic yards of sand through the pipelines onto designated beach areas. The company is using larger, high production barges and equipment than in previous renourishment projects, to shorten the duration of the project timeline.

During the renourishment process, the beach itself will remain closed. Boaters are asked to be patient and remain safe by avoiding the barges, pipelines and other equipment, to prevent accidents and unnecessary interruptions to the construction schedule.

Dredging operations will be conducted 24/7 and the project will be completed by April 30, 2021, in advance of the beginning of sea turtle nesting season.

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United Way of Martin County Foundation Announces John Loewenberg has Joined its Board

21 Apr Loewenberg

United Way of Martin County Foundation has announced John Loewenberg has joined the United Way of Martin County Foundation Board of Directors. Loewenberg has had extensive senior management experiences with IBM, Mass Mutual, Capital Holding, Aetna, and Connecticut Mutual. After retirement, he became very active with the Venture Capital firm Safeguard Scientifics.

He was non-executive chairman of Applix, NEIC, Precision Systems, and Wang Healthcare Information Systems, as well as being a Director of Sherwood International; a public London, UK, based Software Company, and a Director of four other US-based Public Companies including, CompuCom, Diamond Partners International, DocuCorp and CompuCom.

Over the years, Loewenberg has volunteered extensively. He was a Trustee of Springfield College, the National Computer Museum, The Clarke School for the Deaf, the Pioneer Valley United Way, a Director of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, and participated in several Treasure Coast nonprofit advisory committees.

In 2011, Loewenberg joined the Martin Health System Board of Directors and was chairman from 2015 to 2019. As chairman, he played a key role in the merger of Martin Health System with the Cleveland Clinic.

He and his wife Linda have lived on the Treasure Coast for the past 25 years.

“We are so honored to have John Loewenberg join our Foundation Board of Directors,” said United Way of Martin County Director of Philanthropy Elisabeth Glynn, CFRE. “His vast professional experience and commitment to this community will help guide the Foundation’s mission to build an endowment fund to meet the current and future unmet needs of Martin County.”

The United Way Foundation is solely focused on building a permanent endowment to support the work of our local United Way here in Martin County for generations to come. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org/Foundation.

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IRSC Names Room at Pruitt Campus for VITAS Healthcare

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Port St. Lucie - A room at the Indian River State College Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie has been named in recognition of VITAS Healthcare—a leading provider in end-of-life care with locations ranging across 14 states and the District of Columbia. The VITAS Healthcare Simulation Room houses a state-of-the-art, end-of-life human patient simulator donated by VITAS, providing immersive and true end-of-life patient encounter experiences for students in IRSC Nursing program.

“VITAS is proud to support the next generation of healthcare and hospice professionals,” said Susan Acocella, General Manager for VITAS. “With a growing focus on compassionate end-of-life care, this kind of technology exposes students to patient symptoms and end-of-life scenarios that are instructive, safe, and as real as possible. Providing this technology is one way that we can contribute to students’ understanding and delivery of empathetic hospice care.”

The IRSC Nursing program takes a holistic approach to prepare students for a career in healthcare. This includes the critical aspect of palliative care education. In the VITAS Healthcare Simulation Room, students train on how to respond in scenarios that include communication skills and understanding family dynamics between the patient’s family members regarding how to proceed with their loved one’s care. Students can evaluate their performance with the professor post-simulation, tracking progress as they go through their clinicals.

To learn more information about the donation, visit https://www.irsc.edu/news/articles/irsc-receives-vitas-donation-for-hospice-simulator-052820.html.

Head, Heart and Hands of Indian River Club Awards $10,000 to Tykes & Teens to Support Infant Mental Health Program

21 Mar Tykes and Teens

In Photo: Tykes & Teens Director of Infant Mental Health Laura Girlando; Head, Heart and Hands Board Member Marybeth Cunningham; Head, Heart and Hands Board Member Sally Bryan; Head, Heart and Hands Board Member Becky Stiles; Tykes & Teens Board Member Theresa Kelso; Tykes & Teens CEO Eric Garza; Head, Heart and Hands Donor Linda Braun

Article & Photo by: Misty Stoller

Palm City – Head, Heart and Hands of Indian River Club has awarded $10,000 to Tykes & Teens, a leading provider of the highest quality, evidence-based mental health services and programs for children and adolescents for nearly 25 years. The funding will support the agency’s Infant Mental Health Programming in Indian River County.

“We are truly grateful to Head, Heart and Hands for their generosity and sharing our commitment to serving children and families throughout the Indian River community who are in need of mental health services,” said Tykes & Teens CEO Eric Garza, MHA, LCSW. “The need has never been greater and this funding allows us to further our mission of prioritizing children’s mental health in our families, schools and communities through prevention, education and treatment.”

“Head, Heart and Hands of Indian River Club is very pleased to present a grant to Tykes & Teens to further their work in the area of infant and toddler mental health,” said Head, Heart and Hands Board Member Marybeth Cunningham. “Mental health is a growing concern in our county and, while we need to support it for all age groups, it is vitally important to start at birth to support our children at their most vulnerable age while helping parents raise a healthy happy child.”

The first few years of a child’s life are a blueprint for their entire future. When very young children are exposed to traumatic events, it increases their risk of long-term mental and physical health problems. Addressing traumatic issues early means healthier children who will require less intervention later in life and can reach their full potential. The Tykes & Teens Infant Mental Health Program is an evidence-based program for children from birth to age five that is typically done in the child’s home or in select childcare centers. The primary goal is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her parent or caregiver in order to restore the child’s sense of safety and attachment, and to improve the child’s cognitive, behavioral and social functioning. It helps improve a child’s behavior and ability to regulate emotions; strengthens the relationship between the child and the parent or caregiver; helps healing from a traumatic experience for the parent or child that is interfer
ing with a healthy attachment; and helps avoid suspension or expulsion from childcare or preschool.

In addition to Infant Mental Health, Tykes & Teens’ Indian River programming includes Healthy Families Indian River County, School-Based Services and Prevention Services, including Trauma-Informed Care and ALTOSS (Alternative to Out of School Suspension), as well as Psychiatric Services and Targeted Case Management.

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A Financial Wellness Plan Can Help Pave the Road to Retirement

21 Mar Financial

If we've learned any lesson over the past year, it's that no matter how carefully we plan and prepare, we'll likely encounter unexpected hurdles. While a global pandemic has certainly underscored the need to pay close attention to our physical wellness, it has also revealed the need to shore up our financial wellness.

According to PwC's 9th Annual Financial Wellness Survey conducted in January 2020, financial matters were the top cause of stress for employees even well before the pandemic hit in earnest. More than one-third of full-time employed millennials, Gen Xers, and baby boomers had less than $1,000 in emergency savings. Only 29% of women said they would be able to cover their basic necessities if they found themselves out of work for an extended period, compared with 55% of men. And more than half of millennials and Gen Xers and 35% of baby boomers said they would likely use their retirement funds for something other than retirement, with most noting it would be for an unexpected expense or medical bills.1

Although tapping your retirement savings can help you get through a crisis, it can hinder your ability to afford a comfortable retirement. Having a plan to guard your financial wellness throughout your working years can help you avoid putting your retirement at risk.

What Is Financial Wellness?
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) defines financial well-being as:2

1) Having control over day-to-day and month-to-month finances. In order to achieve this, your expenses need to be lower than your income.

2) Maintaining the capacity to absorb a financial shock. This typically refers to having adequate emergency savings and insurance.

3) Being on track to meet financial goals, meaning you have either a formal or informal plan to meet your goals and you are actively pursuing them.

4) Having the financial freedom to make choices that allow you to enjoy life, such as a splurge vacation.

The CFPB has identified several key factors that contribute to an individual's ability to achieve financial well-being. Among them are: (1) having the skills needed to find, process, and use relevant financial information when it's needed; and (2) exhibiting day-to-day financial behaviors and saving habits.

Assistance Is Available
Many employers have begun offering financial wellness benefits over the past decade. These programs have evolved from a focus on basic retirement readiness to those addressing broader financial challenges as health-care costs, general finance and budgeting, and credit/debt management.3

If you have access to work-based financial wellness benefits, be sure to take time and explore all that is offered. The education and services can provide valuable information and help you build the skills to make sound decisions in challenging circumstances.

In addition, a financial professional can become a trusted coach throughout your life. A qualified financial professional can provide an objective third-party view during tough times, while helping you anticipate and manage challenges and risks and, most important, stay on course toward a comfortable retirement.