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Hibiscus Children’s Center Celebrates Children at the 30th Annual Jo Covelli Luncheon

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In Photo: Grand Benefactor Jo Covelli and Annette Ford

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Martin County – Hibiscus Children’s Center is excited to present the 30th Annual Jo Covelli Luncheon on Monday, March 6, 2023. Held annually at the prestigious Sailfish Point Country Club, the festivities will begin at 11am with a cocktail reception while guests peruse terrific silent auction items including original artwork by local artists, raffle baskets, and vendors displaying clothing, jewelry and more. This year our theme is the Pearl, the symbol of wisdom gained through experience and the 30th Anniversary gemstone.

Guests will enjoy a delicious gourmet luncheon and creative hat contest! The highlight of the afternoon will be a special musical performance by Daryl Magill. Daryl is an energetic local and national performer who brings his amazing talent to Hibiscus Children’s Center. Daryl performed at the previous Jo Covelli Luncheon and the ladies enjoyed the fabulous entertainment, some were even on their feet dancing! This year’s affair will no doubt be just as fun and exciting!

Special thanks to co-chairs Alicia Weber and Terri Cole and the entire committee for their hard work in planning this lovely event. As always, Hibiscus is honored to host this signature event with heartfelt gratitude to our Grand Benefactor, Mrs. Jo Covelli and the Albert M. Covelli Foundation, who continue to be a beacon of light and love for children in our community. All proceeds of the event directly support Hibiscus’ programs for children and families.

Tickets are $175.00 per person. Please contact us for more information and to purchase your tickets by February 17th. Don’t miss this exciting event, your support will help fulfill children’s dreams. Please contact Lori Swift at lswift@hcc4kids.org or (772) 634-1312 or visit us at: HibiscusChildrensCenter.org.

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Library’s Annual BookMania! Back In-person on April 1


Stuart – The Martin County Library System is excited to announce that the 2023 BookMania!, sponsored by The Library Foundation of Martin County, will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at the Jensen Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 2875 NW Goldenrod Road in Jensen Beach, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Authors, whose names will be announced soon, will participate in one of multiple panel discussions featuring emerging and prominent writers. Panel themes will include: Thriller & Suspense, Rom/Com, Historical Fiction, and Florida Nonfiction. Titles by guest authors are represented through the library’s regular, Martin’s Most Wanted, and eBook collections.

BookMania! is free and open to the general public. Lunch from the Martin County Sheriff's Office BBQ team will be available for cash-only at the event. This popular program has received national recognition for its stellar authors, record attendance, and impressive Barnes & Noble book sales.

For more information (including a complete list of guest authors and full itinerary), visit www.library.martin.fl.us and search for “BookMania!” or call 772-288-5702.

Residents are encouraged to visit www.martin.fl.us, Martin County’s online resource for services, news and information, and connect with us on social media. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Kicking Off the New Year at the Kaleidoscope Opening Party

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Article by: Jackie Holfleder / Photos by: Martin Artisans Guild
There was no sign of post-holiday blues at the opening reception for Kaleidoscope, Martin Artisan Guild’s first exhibit of the year.
A celebratory crowd was on hand on January 4 at the Palm Room Art Gallery and Artisans Boutique, located at 3746 SE Ocean Boulevard in Harbour Bay Plaza in Stuart.
Music was provided by Chris King and the Guild’s sensational gourmet spread and adult beverages did not disappoint.
Congratulations to Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez, Patricia Pasbrig, and Barbara Bucci, for earning first, second, and third places respectively in the evening’s awards ceremony. Each exhibit has an anonymous art professional judge the show and pick the three top artworks for recognition.
The exhibit continues until March 4.
The Palm Room Gallery is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from noon - 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.martinartisansguild.org.

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15th Annual St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Project Brings Community Together to Fight Hunger

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St. Lucie County - One of the biggest community collaborations to fight hunger – the St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Project – will be marking its 15th year on Saturday, March 11th at the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market.

The St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Project combines the artistic talents of community students with the culinary flair of local restaurants for an event that reminds everyone that 1 in 4 people on the Treasure Coast don’t always have enough nutritious food to eat.

More than 500 ceramic bowls hand-crafted by St. Lucie County public and private school students will be on display at the Farmers’ Market. For a $25 donation, patrons may select the bowl of their choice, along with a serving of tasty soup donated by area restaurants. All proceeds benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank’s programs for children, seniors, veterans, and families in need of food.

“The St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Project brings together so many people, including the students and their teachers, the restaurants, supporters, and everyone who comes out to choose a bowl and help us fight hunger,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We’re very excited to be hosting this event for the 15th year, and we thank everyone who takes part.”
Sponsors of the 15th Annual St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Project are Crist Construction, Dannahower Family Foundation, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, St. Lucie Mets, The Sunrise Theatre, and Wynne Charitable Foundation.

The restaurants providing soup this year are Cobbs Landing, Crabby’s Dockside Fort Pierce, and Little Jim Bait & Tackle.
Another longstanding tradition will continue this year with a silent auction of bowls that have been autographed by New York Mets Players, and entertainers who performed at The Sunrise Theatre. Bid on bowls signed by Johnny Mathis, David Foster, Katharine McPhee, Daniel Tosh, and the Oak Ridge Boys.
The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market is located at 101 Melody Lane.

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IRSC’s Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex Named Best in Florida

1. Presentation of the Skull Award to the Women’s Swim & Dive Team –
Scott Kimmelman, Stephanie Skidmore & Sion Brinn
2. Governor DeSantis and the Cabinet of the State of Florida recognizes the IRSC Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex as the 2021 Training Center of the Year – Dr. Ray Socorro
3. Recognition of Team Members of the Month – Dr. Tim Moore  December 2022 – Angela Snow
 January 2023 – Joseph Gilreath

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Fort Pierce - The Indian River State College (IRSC) Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex was distinguished as the Best in Florida during the 2022 Fire Service Awards, held in the Senate Chamber at the Florida Capitol on December 13, 2022. The award program recognized Florida’s firefighting community for its outstanding accomplishments in the fire service industry.

“Our Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex was selected from more than 40 centers around the state as an exemplary site for the quality of its training and its exquisite learning environments,” said IRSC President Dr. Timothy Moore. “We are grateful to Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis for recognizing our outstanding facility and its critical role in ensuring that our first responders are well-prepared to protect our citizens and each other.”

The 50-acre Complex provides immersive experiences for students in IRSC Public Safety Education programs and certified first responders who seek advanced training opportunities and continuing education in a highly versatile environment. Facilities include a 10,000-square-foot fire station; a six-story fire training tower; a Class-A burn building and a burn field (LP and natural gas) for outdoor fire suppression scenarios utilizing props such as fuel tankers, automobiles, barbeque grills and broken gas lines; and a tactical training village with traffic intersection, buildings, and collapse structure within a road system.

The facility is erecting an additional permanent four-story tower to accommodate the growing enrollment in its A.S. in Fire Science Technology and Basic Recruit Fire Academy and to serve as training grounds for firefighters preparing for the World Fire Fighter Challenge games. IRSC sponsors the reigning World Champions—the St. Lucie County Fire District Combat Challenge Team.
“This accolade is a testament to our dedicated IRSC faculty, staff and students and a reflection of the strength of our partnerships with regional fire service agencies,” adds Dr. Raimundo Socorro, IRSC Dean of Public Safety Education. “We are honored to share this designation with them.”

In addition to serving the training needs of Florida’s firefighting community, the IRSC Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex offers a wide range of educational and professional development opportunities in criminal justice—including the Florida Law Enforcement Academy—and degree and certificate programs in emergency management, homeland security, paralegal and human services. The comprehensive facility features a virtual reality use-of-force training simulator, an Emergency Operations Center, a three-story tactical shoot house, an indoor tactical firearms range, a dive training lake, a mock courtroom, booking and jail cells, a computer crime investigations lab, tactical vehicle training range, human services suite, classrooms and a 450-seat auditorium.

To learn more, visit irsc.edu.

Indian River State College's Fire Academy Class 154  held a family night on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex on the main campus of IRSC in Fort Pierce. The event included a barbecue dinner and a liquefied petroleum burn demonstration.  (Molly Bartels/IRSC)

Arbor Day Foundation Names Fort Pierce 2022 Tree City USA

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Fort Pierce was named a 2022 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Fort Pierce achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree care ordinance, dedicating an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and hosting an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

"Tree City USA communities see the positive effects of an urban forest firsthand," said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The trees being planted and cared for by Fort Pierce are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of Iife. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."
If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use, and extreme heat and flooding. Fort Pierce is doing its part to address these challenges for residents both now and in the future. More information on the program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA

About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Since 1972, almost 500 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods communities, cities, and forests throughout the world.

Our vision is to lead toward a world where trees are used to solve issues critical to survival. As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners, and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing, and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org

IRSC to Host 2nd Annual Women's Conference

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IRSC to Host Women's Conference on February 10

Port St. Lucie - Indian River State College (IRSC) will host the 2nd Annual Women's Conference on Friday, February 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the William and Helen Thomas STEM Center at IRSC's Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie.
The Event is hosted by the College's School of Continuing Education and STEM Pioneers and features the following speakers:
• Ana Seltenright, M&R Engineering Contractor at Kennedy Space Center
• Amani Rohman, Organazational Development Manager with Lockheed Marti
• Anna Cummins, Co-Founder of the 5 Gyres Institute
• The Professor Sko Show, feturing Dr. Kerryane Monahan, Dr. Helen Wiersma-Koch, Dr. Tina Thomas, Leslie Sterret, Dr. Julie Neisler and Merle Litvak
Seating for the conference is limited to 150 attendees. Attendees are asked to R.S.V.P. by January 27 online here:

The conference sponsor is Proctor Construction. The William and Helen Thomas STEM Center is located in Building S, room 108, at IRSC'S Pruitt Campus, 500 N.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information contact Lynne O'Dell, Director of STEM Pioneers project, by email at lodell@irsc.edu or by calling 772-462-7785.

Harbour Ridge Mah Jongg Tournament will Benefit the Education Foundation of Martin County

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In Photo: Annette Theriault, Lois McGuire and Carolyn Caiola

Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos by Education Foundation of Martin County
In only four short years, the Harbour Ridge Mah Jongg Tournament has become one of the most popular events of the season – a sellout every year. This year’s event on March 3 is sure to be a repeat success.
Since its lauded debut in 2020 under the expert guidance and leadership of Lois McGuire, a resident of the upscale community, longtime supporter of Education Foundation of Martin County, and now foundation board member, the event is more eagerly anticipated every year.
Mah jongg is so popular around the world that it has its own special day of recognition on August 1. And that even though it’s called National Mah Jongg Day, it is – in fact – celebrated internationally.
Registration and continental breakfast kick things off at 9:30 a.m., followed by rules review and morning play at 10:30 a.m.
A sumptuous lunch prepared by the skilled Harbour Ridge chefs will be served from 12:30-1:20 p.m., and play resumes at 1:30 p.m.
An awards ceremony wraps up the day’s events at 3:45 p.m.
The $75 entry fee includes cash prizes, breakfast and lunch, awards, and valet parking at the clubhouse.
Enrollment is limited to 100, with no cancellations accepted (substitutions will be accommodated).
The event supports The Education Foundation of Martin County and its many educational enrichment programs which benefit teachers and students in the Martin County’s public schools.
Current sponsors include Sandhill Cove Retirement Living, Pinder’s Nursery, and MIDFLORIDA Credit Union.
For information about how you can sponsor or play in the tournament, call 772-600-8062 or visit EducationFoundationMC.org. Make plans to join other players who believe that good friendships are like Mah Jongg —easy to play, hard to win.
To learn more about Education Foundation of Martin County, visit www.EducationFoundationMC.org.

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In Photo: MaryLou Owen, Edwardine Tasco and Kathy Tierney

Governor DeSantis Signs Executive Order for Florida's Waters

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A win for Florida's environment!

On Tuesday, January 10th, Governor DeSantis recommitted to protecting Florida’s waterways by signing Executive Order 23-06, vowing to continue the historic momentum of the last four years.
$3.5 Billion over the next 4 years has been pledged to Everglades restoration and Florida’s water resources. This ups the ante from the $2.5 Billion pledged four years ago and exceeds the actual amount of funding topping out at $3.3 Billion. This money will go toward expediting projects that will restore the natural southerly flow of water into the Everglades. More importantly, the hope is that it will be used to ensure that the water flowing south is clean and free from pollution. Water flowing south benefits the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries and the Indian River Lagoon by eliminating the need for polluting discharges from Lake Okeechobee.
Protecting the Indian River Lagoon is a top priority. This is made clear by the promise of $100 million each year over the next four years that have been directed to aid the most biodiverse estuary in North America after years of water quality struggles. Water quality in the Indian River Lagoon has thwarted seagrass restoration efforts, and iconic marine life, such as manatees, have suffered as a result in past years. Every incremental improvement in water quality allows seagrass preservation and restoration to succeed and the Indian River Lagoon to heal.
The Executive Order specifically states support for a key focus of the Research and Restoration team at Florida Oceanographic. Our scientists have spent years studying best practices for seagrass restoration to arm themselves and partner organizations with the knowledge needed for restoration success. When the water quality improves, they will be ready to support large-scale restoration projects that will improve habitat quality and provide food for wildlife, including manatees, turtles, and numerous recreational and commercial fish species.

“Supporting innovative nature-based solutions including living shorelines, freshwater and coastal wetland restoration, and seagrass recovery utilizing strategic propagation and planting efforts.” -Executive Order 23-06

The governor also directly named nonpoint source pollution as a threat to water quality. He has directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to “address impacts from nonpoint sources such as stormwater and agricultural runoff” and directed the South Florida Water Management District to “annually identify regional projects to improve water quality”.
Finally, a key issue that Florida Oceanographic brought to the governor’s attention last year made the list of commitments in today’s Executive Order. The flow of pollution into our waterways must be stopped at the source, and when pollution limits are exceeded, there must be accountability. Strengthening Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs) and Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce pollution upstream in regional watersheds is essential in finally improving water quality, stopping harmful algal blooms, and allowing our coastlines to recover. Stopping pollution at the source will benefit the coasts and will also advance Everglades restoration, making the record funding for the Everglades go even further. Our waterways are all connected, and we must use a cohesive approach to addressing our pollution issues. We hope that this Executive Order coupled with strong legislation will succeed in making our state the Pollution Free State of Florida.

Rob Lord Receives Tom Warner Advocacy Award from Helping People Succeed

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Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photo by: Helping People Succeed
Tom Warner was a dedicated and fierce champion of all people with disabilities, working to ensure that they had the opportunity to be a part of - not a part from - the community. He advocated tirelessly on their behalf during his career as a prominent Martin County attorney and during his term on the Florida Legislature.

From 1970 until 2019, he was a stalwart supporter of Helping People Succeed, serving not only as a board member but also as a friend.

Upon his passing, his colleagues at the 501(c)(3) could think of no better way to honor Warner than by creating an award in his name to be presented each year at the Helping People Succeed Annual Meeting.

The recipient would embody the same love of family, God and community that Warner did.

The 2022 Tom Warner Advocacy Award was presented to Rob Lord, retired President/CEO of Cleveland Clinic/Martin Health Systems.

A lifelong resident of Martin County, Lord has been active in community organizations including the Roundtable of St. Lucie County, Friends of the Blake Library, St. Lucie County Community Board, Martin County Community Board, Hibiscus Children's Center, United Way of Martin County and the chambers of commerce for both St. Lucie and Martin counties.

Upon presenting Lord with the prestigious award, Suzy Hutcheson, President/CEO of Helping People Succeed, said “Rob Lord’s impact on the community has been incredible: his leadership with Martin Health Systems, (now Cleveland Clinic), the many nonprofit boards to which he has gifted his time, knowledge and efforts, his support of Helping People Succeed’s Project Search (a collaborative internship program for students with various disabilities) and his ongoing championing of our many programs and services. We were proud to present the Tom Warner Advocacy Award to Rob!”

Serving the Treasure Coast for over 58 years, Helping People Succeed helps develop healthy families in Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River counties by providing numerous parenting, mental health and behavioral support programs. Helping People Succeed also provides support services designed to enable adults with special needs to fully participate in volunteer and employment roles in our community.

For information, visit www.hpsfl.org or call Glenna Parris at 772-320-0778.

IRSC, Local Experts Provide Training to Investigate Unexplained Infant Deaths College Partners with State Attorney’s Office and Child Abuse Death Review Committee

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Fort Pierce - Indian River State College (IRSC) is partnering with experts from the State Attorney’s Office for the 19th Judicial Circuit and the Child Abuse Death Review Committee to train first responders in investigating unexplained infant deaths. The Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigations (SUIDI) training will take place on Tuesday, February 7, and Wednesday, February 8, at IRSC’s Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex in Fort Pierce.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 3,400 babies in the United States die suddenly and unexpectedly each year. Many of these deaths are attributed to accidental suffocation in a sleeping environment—sometimes called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). But the specific causes of these deaths can be more complex and varied, so investigators have come up with the broader term Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) to describe any sudden and unexpected death of a baby less than one year old.

Connie Shingledecker, a retired major with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, will provide the training at IRSC. The first day of training will instruct participants how to understand the different types of SUID and how to differentiate those deaths from incidents of abuse. Participants also will: learn the in-depth history of SUID and SIDS and the status of these deaths in Florida; learn the stages of normal infant development; learn how to conduct a comprehensive scene investigation; understand the Medical Examiner’s role and response to SUIDs; learn how products may play a role in infant deaths; and learn how to use the SUIDI Reporting Form and follow SUIDI Guidelines.

On day 2, participants will: review SUIDI video reenactments; and learn how to use dolls to reenact and reconstruct the scene using Role Play Scenarios, along with the SUIDI Reporting Form and Guidelines.

The guidelines used in this training are endorsed by the National Sheriff’s Association, the National Association of Medical Examiners, the International Coroners and Medical Examiners Association, and the American Board of Medico-legal Death Investigators.

“No parent should have to bury their child, and during what I consider the most unfortunate and difficult cases to investigate, it is paramount that IRSC partners with the State Attorney’s Office and the Child Abuse Death Review Committee,” said Dr. Raimundo J. Socorro, Dean of Public Service Education at IRSC.

For more information about the training program, contact Dr. Socorro at rsocorro@irsc.edu.
Media interested in covering the second day of training, which involves doll reenactments, should contact Jon Pine at jpine@irsc.edu.

Search Projects in Martin County

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Wondering what is happening in your community? The Project Portal allows residents to search for county projects prioritized within the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and for proposed development projects, which are private developer projects. All projects shown are for unincorporated Martin County.


23 Jan County Projects

County projects prioritized within the CIP include roads, bridges, wastewater and stormwater systems, and other projects that serve the public good and help ensure safe and thriving communities. CLICK HERE!


23 Jan Proposed Develpment Projects

Private developer projects found in the Proposed Developments map include residential, commercial and industrial applications which are currently under review or have been approved. CLICK HERE!

Cancer Nutrition Consortium Releases Cookbook of Recipes Designed for People in Treatment

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The holiday season is a time when food is central to many festivities. But for people fighting cancer, that can be a struggle as treatment often affects taste, smells, appetite, nausea and digestion. In fact, one of the biggest challenges for people undergoing cancer treatment is getting proper nutrition.

A new cookbook is now available with recipes created especially for people undergoing cancer treatment. Cooking Through Treatment contains 43 convenient, nutritious recipes tailored to meet the various needs of people during cancer treatment and recovery.

What makes this cookbook unique is that all the recipes were developed by chefs in conjunction with oncology dietitians at some of the nation’s leading cancer treatment institutions, including the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, New York University Langone’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, and The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

Based on the results of a groundbreaking multicenter clinical research study, each recipe was designed to address issues that cancer patients might face, including difficulty swallowing or the need for mild flavors, which often interfere with getting enough good nutrition. Using a system of nutrition indicators, each recipe is coded for specific nutritional needs, including heart health, high-protein, and energy boosting.

Cooking Through Treatment was developed by the Cancer Nutrition Consortium, a non-profit that works to promote and better understand the importance of nutrition for positive medical outcomes for patients during cancer treatment and recovery.

“The whole key behind the CNC is a scientific approach to maintaining good nutrition at any stage of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer,” said Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, a primary care physician in West Palm Beach and founder of the CNC.

Faced with questions about food and nutrition from patients fighting cancer, Moskowitz discovered how little research and science-based information existed. The CNC was created to develop and share that knowledge. In addition to working with nutrition experts at leading cancer institutions, the CNC also has underwritten multiple scientific research studies of food and nutrition in people undergoing cancer treatment.

“Whether you’re just diagnosed, undergoing treatment, or are a survivor, having knowledge-based information is extremely important,” Moskowitz said.

The Cancer Nutrition Consortium, Inc. is approved as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation organized in the State of Florida.

Learn more and find the cookbook at www.cancernutrition.org.

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Southern Eagle Distributing, Beer and Benevolence

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In Photo: Philip Busch, President of Southern Eagle Distributing/Busch Family Foundation, and Jimmy Patel (of Jimmy's GK Foodmart, Vero Beach) stand front and center in celebration!

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Twenty-four million bottles of beer on the shelf means one million cases of beer! In celebration of the sale of its one-millionth case of Constellation Brands beer, several employees of Southern Eagle, including President and CEO Philip Busch, traveled to Jimmy's GK Foodmart in Vero Beach to mark the milestone occasion.

Constellation owns the US national distribution rights for brands such as Modelo, Funky Buddha, Victoria, the Corona family of beer, and others.

Shaving several years from the timetable, the determined efforts of Account Manager Ryan Episcopo and his gung-ho team made the landmark sale well ahead of schedule!

The relationship between Southern Eagle Distributing and Constellation Brands stretches beyond the sale of alcohol and is mutually beneficial. Constellation Brands is a substantial sponsor of the Busch Family Foundation's Wild Game Dinner through product and financial donations.

Formed in 1993 by Southern Eagle Distributing's owner Peter W. Busch, the Busch Family Foundation believes that "we all must give back to the very people who help keep us in business and survive."

The Wild Game Dinner began 11 years ago. Each year, it raises tens of thousands of dollars that help fund other nonprofits.

Since the event's inception, Constellation has provided product and financial donations that, in turn, have helped support organizations such as the Navy Seal Museum, the Veteran's Relief Fund, and other veteran and first-responder-focused nonprofits.

"Constellation is a great partner, not only in their simplified approach to selling great products but also in the community," said Philip Busch

Jack Swader, Market Manager at Constellation Brands, has also prioritized supporting the growth of St. Lucie County through generous donations and sponsorship of the Economic Development Council's annual Leaders on the Links golf tournament.

For many years, Constellation has partnered with Southern Eagle as the event's title sponsors, donating countless raffle items, including their most recent donation of a state-of-the-art Echelon Exercise Bicycle valued at over $2,000.

Busch, Swader, and the others in attendance raised a bottle of Corona and exclaimed a toast of gratitude for an impressive accomplishment and a mutually beneficial partnership!

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Martin County Wins Best Restored Shores Award Twin Rivers Park Shoreline Protection Phase 1


Stuart – Martin County was recently awarded a 2022 Best Restored Shores Award from the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) for Phase 1 of the Twin Rivers Park Shoreline Protection and Enhancement project.

Twin Rivers Park is located on the St. Lucie River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Faced with an eroding shoreline, Martin County worked with Applied Technology and Management to stabilize the shore and create salt marsh and mangrove habitat. What was once an eroding shoreline is now a vibrant habitat flourishing along a natural shoreline.

Phase 1 of the Twin Rivers project was funded with a Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) grant and demonstrates the effectiveness of using natural features to mitigate shoreline erosion while also providing the added benefit of public recreation. Twin Rivers Park is slated for a Phase 2 project to further strengthen natural infrastructure against impacts from erosion and sea level rise.

And with shoreline along both the beach and intracoastal waterway, Martin County continues to bring forward creative solutions to coastal management, so critical to our community. “This is one of many projects our staff is working on to build a more resilient community,” said Jim Gorton, Martin County Public Works Director. “We are actively planning for future conditions and risks by identifying the most effective and fiscally responsible responses to changing conditions.”

Residents can learn more about how Martin County is building community resiliency at www.martin.fl.us/Resilience.

Martin County was one of four recipients across the country to receive a Best Restored Shores Award for 2022. Other projects were Lightning Point Shoreline Restoration Project, Bayou La Batre, AL; Living Shoreline and Wetland Enhancement Project at Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, Dagsboro, DE and Galveston Island State Park Marsh Restoration and Protection Phase II, Galveston, TX.

“Coastal communities need to creatively adapt to changing conditions. These award winners demonstrate how innovative thought processes, design, and materials result in projects that improve resilience to benefit people and the environment every day,” said Shannon Cunniff, co-chair of Best Restored Shores Award committee.

First time in Florida! Elliott Museum to Present Groundbreaking J.C. Leyendecker and Norman Rockwell Exhibit

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Credit Line:© 2022 National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI, www.americanillustration.org, and the American Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY, www.americanillustrators.com

Stuart — For the first time in Florida, visitors will have the unprecedented opportunity to view an exceptional collection of artworks by Norman Rockwell and his mentor, J.C. Leyendecker, at the Elliott Museum, 825 NE Ocean Blvd. 

The exhibit will run through March 3, 2023 and include 20 original works of art —10 by Norman Rockwell and 10 by J.C. Leyendecker — along with each artist’s complete collections of vintage Saturday Evening Post covers — 323 by Rockwell (321 unique illustrations and 2 repeated covers) and 322 by Leyendecker. The magazine covers range from 1899 through 1963, giving an interesting visual history of the United States through an ever-changing time. Major events such as both World Wars, the Great Depression, and 16 presidential terms, as well as timeless scenes of family life and childhood, are represented.

This exhibit, presented by the Historical Society of Martin County, is being made possible through the generosity of these sponsors: The Lichtenberger Foundation, The Kiplinger Family Foundation, Henry & Rachelle (Rocky) Grady, Bob Massey, Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Activities and The Community Foundation Martin/St. Lucie.

“We are thrilled that the Elliott Museum promotes classic Americana, and what’s more American than Norman Rockwell,” said Judy Goffman Cutler, director of the National Museum of American Illustration. “This configuration has never been seen before in Florida. The scope and poignancy … it’s really brilliant.”

Through this exhibition, Cutler hopes to highlight the mentorship and influence that Leyendecker had over the more well-known Rockwell. She encourages visitors to compare their artworks. Throughout their careers, both artists reflected the currents of American life and its times.

“I hope the viewers will gain an appreciation for the wider world of American illustration and take an interest in all the illustrators of the Golden Age,” said Cutler.

Starting in October, the Elliott Museum will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 825 NE Ocean Blvd. in Stuart. For more information, visit the website, www.hsmc-fl.com or call the Elliott Museum at 772-225-1961.

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In Photo: NORMAN ROCKWELL (1894-1978), THREADING THE NEEDLE, 1922, oil on canvas, 25 1/2" x 20 1/2", signed lower right. Saturday Evening Post, April 8, 1922 cover