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Feb 11, 201631st Annual Leadership Dinner & Award Program


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Feb 10, 2016House of Hope's fashion show is one of a kind


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Feb 5, 2016BARN THEATRE PRESENTS A VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL CONCERT
The Barn Theatre, as part of its concert series, is presenting a gala one show only Barn Theatre fundraiser Valentine's Day concert on Sunday, Feb. 14th, at 2:00 p.m.. The show is called “Everything Old is New Again.” This production, directed by Jeanette Mazzella, celebrates Valentine's Day by taking a nostalgic journey through the Great American Songbook, with a sprinkling of romantic Mediterranean music, and love songs from those wonderful 50's doo-wop days, all this followed by a very unique show stopping climax.
“Everything Old is New Again” features six vocalist headliners, including Josephine Lovaglio, Marilyn Raymond, Chris Mazzella, Rob Lastovica, Frank Lillo, and the crowned Ms. Senior Florida Julie Lendon Stone. Also appearing on stage will be the very popular Treasure Coast Tappers and nationally renowned dancer, Betsy Wickard. The program includes a song dedication for the safe return of Robert Levinson, retired FBI Agent, abducted nine years ago in Iran.
Reserved seats are only $15.00. Call the Barn box office at 772-287-4884 or check out the Barn Website at www.barn-theatre.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the Barn Theatre, 2400 S.E. Ocean Blvd, Stuart, Fl., M – F, from noon to 4:00 p.m.


 
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Feb 5, 2016Business ACCELERATOR Program Of Martin County

The ACCELERATOR program provides business counseling, technical assistance and training for small business owners, and the opportunity to attain an allocation of grant funding for small business growth. The purpose of the ACCELERATOR program is to enhance entrepreneurial skills and activities, create jobs and assist in the expansion and growth of our existing business community.

Schedule: Tuesday Evenings from 6pm- 9pm at the Chastain Campus
1. February 23 - Exceptional Customer Service
2. March 1 - Introduction to Internet Marketing and Customer Engagement through Social Media
3. March 8 - Sales Training
4. March 22 - Marketing your Business
5. March 29 - Legal Issues in the Workplace
6. April 5 - Dealing with Difficult People
7. April 12 - Small Business Finance; Part 1
8. April 19 - Small Business Finance; Part 2
9. April 26 - Management and Supervision
10. May 3 - Time/Stress Management
11. May 10- Talent Search: Recruitment and Retention
12. May 17- Intro to Writing a Business Plan

How do you apply for the program?
• The business must be located in Martin County
• Complete and return the ACCELERATOR application (No fee to apply)
• Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program

What if I'm accepted into the program?
If accepted into the program, participants will be required to attend the ACCELERATOR business training program. The program consists of one weeknight class a week for 3 hours for a duration of 12 weeks. All classes will be held at Indian River State College at the Chastain Campus in Stuart. The program fee is $25 and includes membership at the Business and Technology Incubator at IRSC. Participants who successfully complete the program will be eligible to apply for a small business microloan grant through the ACCELERATOR program.

For more information, please contact 772-221-1380
or email jill@bdbmc.org



 
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Feb 5, 2016Mardi Gras and Year One Anniversary Celebration at The Keyes Company - Stuart
The Keyes Stuart Office is in its first full year in business boast a high-level professional team of over 60 sales associates, including the recent additions of Heidi and Julio Sanchez and the Andrew Sesta Teams. Dan and Karen Kittrell were the Top Performers in 2015 with over $8 million in business and were the first powerhouse team to join this elite office. The success of this year deserves a celebration where everyone is welcome, and what better time to do it than Mardi Gras? Join us on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 4:30PM and see why everyone who’s anyone is coming to Keyes.
Just in case you missed it this year, highlights of the first year in the Dunn Building include an art fair supporting local Treasure Coast artists and the first of many annual fashion show supporting local shops while raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. We love being part of the Stuart committee and want to show you our appreciation for your support! Dance on down to 309 SE Osceola Street, Suite 204 and enjoy drinks, cake, food, jazz, and the legendary Mardi Gras beads!

About The Keyes Company:
Whether you’re a first-time buyer, seasoned homeowner or multi-property investor, the team at The Keyes Company is your go-to resource for all things real estate. Family-owned and in business since 1926, The Keyes Company has grown across the state of Florida. We have captured accolades such as being ranked 31st Best Real Estate Company in the Nation, and our highly-qualified real estate professionals are ready to share our experience and expertise across a broad range of services to every client we meet. Today, Keyes has more than 2,200 associates in 35 plus branch offices located throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St Lucie, and Volusia counties.


 
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Feb 5, 2016Martin County working proactively to prevent locally-acquired Zika virus


Martin County Mosquito Control is working proactively to prevent the Zika virus from being acquired locally. At this time, there are no cases of the Zika virus in Martin County.

Mosquito Control is testing this particular virus-carrying mosquito, Aedes Aegypti, with available insecticides to learn which chemicals are most effective. Mosquito Control is also performing door-to-door inspections and is educating residents on how to keep mosquitos from breeding around their homes.

Martin County is also working with its partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health in Martin County. Here's what you can do to prevent disease-carrying mosquitos from breeding:

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying
• Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
• Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
• Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
• Protect boats and vehicles from rain withtarps that don't accumulate water (bail out the bilges, weekly).
• Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
COVER skin with clothing or repellent
• CLOTHING - Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who work in areas where mosquitoes are present or for those who spend time outside.
• REPELLENT - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
o Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.
o Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house
• Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
To schedule an inspection of your home and property for mosquitos, call Martin County Mosquito Control at 772-288-5657.

For more information on preventing mosquitos, visit http://martin.floridahealth.gov/index.html.


 
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Feb 4, 2016Physicians Immediate Care news
Eliminate Processed Food From Your Life

For many of us, each new year usually brings with it a new list of resolutions and, of course, renewed enthusiasm to “finally follow through on them this time!” Besides the old standby's of losing weight, working out, and maybe study a new language, as we learn more and more about the long-term health effects of the modern American diet, one very popular new year's resolution is drastically reducing or even eliminating processed food entirely. Is it possible? You bet it is, and we'll show you how.

Practical Approach to a Non-Processed Food Diet
How easy is eliminating processed food from your diet? You may be surprised.

Non Processed Food Shopping List
One of the easiest paths to eliminating processed food is to shop the outside perimeter of your grocery store. If you think about it, that's where the fruits and vegetables are kept, right? Up and down the aisles is where the packaged foods filled with additives, dyes, and preservatives call home. Whole and bulk foods items such as beans, nuts, and grains can be found outside of the aisles, as well. Stick with grass-fed, hormone-free beef, if possible, and also try treating meat as more of a side dish than the entire focus of a particular meal.

Gradually Shift to a No Processed Food Diet
You can also try the switch to a "No Processed Food Allowed" eating plan in smaller, weekly steps - like promising yourself to eat two vegetables or two fruits or a fruit and veggie with every meal of the day. Or perhaps you could cut out fast food as your first weekly step. One thing you may not think about doing (but should) is committing to not consuming any products that claim to be diet, lite, low-, reduced-, or non-fat. Though they may be lower in calories and/or fat, they are actually loaded with artificial sweeteners and additives.

But probably the best piece of advice we can offer for eliminating processed food from your diet is if what you're interested in purchasing contains an ingredient on the label you can't pronounce or have never heard of – leave it on the shelf.


Taste of Little Italy Italian Festival

Physicians Immediate Care was proud to sponsor the Medical Tent at the Taste of Little Italy Italian Festival held in Tradition Square January 29-31, 2016. We offered on-site first aid to all who attended the festival. This family filled event was packed with many festival goers listening to the classic Italian music, enjoying carnival rides and eating the delicious Italian food. If you missed it this year, definitely an event to attend next year.



Ocean Breeze Resort

We would like to send a big thank you to the residents of Ocean Breeze Resort for welcoming Physicians Immediate Care with open arms. We were very appreciative to be able to speak with the residents of this community and look forward to a future relationship with them.



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Feb 4, 2016Rhett Buttle to Join Small Business Majority
Rhett Buttle to Join Small Business Majority
as President & Managing Director
Small Business Majority is pleased to announce that Rhett Buttle will rejoin the organization as President & Managing Director, ushering the organization into a period of growth as we begin our second decade. Rhett will manage the operations and staff of the growing national small business advocacy organization.

Rhett returns to Small Business Majority from serving in the Obama Administration as the Director, Private Sector Engagement in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and member of the White House Business Council. In his role, Rhett was the main liaison between the Secretary’s office and the business community, working to engage the private sector on a variety of healthcare policy issues, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Previously, Rhett served as Small Business Majority’s Vice President, External Affairs. During his four years of service, Rhett led the effort to grow the organization in size and scope, launching eight regional offices and expanding the organization’s range of policies and activities. His efforts led to sustained engagement with small business leaders across the country on a wide variety of issues, including healthcare, taxes, clean energy, retirement and non-discrimination.

Additionally, we'd like to announce the promotion of two of our long-time leaders. David Chase, formerly Small Business Majority’s California Director and National Outreach Director, will be Vice President, National Outreach. He will manage the operations of the organization’s 11 offices in nine states. And, Conan Knoll, formerly Small Business Majority's Director of Policy & Strategy and Director of Entrepreneurship, who has built the organization’s rapidly-growing access to capital and retirement planning programs, will be Vice President, Entrepreneurship.

We are very excited to have Rhett back on our team and to move forward with some of our long-standing leaders, and we look forward to continuing our work with you on the small business front. For more information, please read our press release announcing our new senior leadership and see Rhett's bio below.
About Rhett Buttle

Rhett Buttle is the incoming President & Managing Director of Small Business Majority. In this role, Rhett manages all of the operations and staff for Small Business Majority. This includes the organization’s policy, communications, development and small business engagement work which has eleven (11) operation field offices in nine (9) states across the country.

Previously, Rhett served as the Director of Private Sector Engagement in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In his role, he was the main liaison between the department and the business community. In addition, he was a member of the White House Business Council, where he worked to engage the business community on a variety of healthcare policy issues, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Rhett also played key roles in many of the Administration’s public-private partnerships and efforts to increase the quality of care and spending of public healthcare dollars more wisely.

Before joining the Administration, Rhett was Vice President, External Affairs at Small Business Majority. During his tenure, Rhett led the effort to grow the organization in size and scope, launching eight regional offices and expanding the organization’s policy issue set. Rhett has also served in the Office of the President at George Washington University, worked on presidential, state and local campaigns and in the office of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Rhett frequently engages with the media and has spoken on business issues at the Harvard Institute of Politics, the Aspen Institute, and the Center for American Progress. He also serves on the boards of several different organizations, including the Board of Directors at the University of San Diego.
Small Business Majority - Smallbusinessmajority.org - 866-597-7431


 
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Feb 4, 2016Local contractor receives prestigious award a second time


Ronnie Kirchman of Kirchman Construction Co. is honored once again to be named “Builder of the Year” by the Treasure Coast Builders Association (TCBA). Mr. Kirchman is one of only two builders within the TCBA’s 40-year history to be honored for a second time. As outgoing president for the association, Kirchman has been a driving force over the past year in leading the TCBA in membership retention and growth. His involvement in membership this year recently received recognition from the National Association of Home Builders for recruiting 137 new members. Mr. Kirchman is also a Pinnacle Builder Award winner where more than 85% of his subcontractors are TCBA members. Kirchman Construction Co. has been a member of the association for over 25 years and has served on the TCBA board of directors since 2006. He continues to support the Future Builders of America program and other TCBA special projects including sporting clays and our annual fishing tournament. Kirchman Construction Co. has also been awarded numerous design and construction accolades from the Florida Home Builders Association.

For more information about Kirchman Construction Co., call 772-283-4256 or visit www.kirchmanconstruction.com


 
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Feb 4, 2016Thrivent Action Team announces results from Love Center Regeneration Ministry Action Team
A Thrivent Action Team, led by Bob and Martha Hatter, hosted an event where their team raised money to help pay off the purchase of a new mechanical stump grinder allowing another six man crew to work daily alongside the lawn and garden teams already employed daily.

The event took place on January 11, 2016.

The local Love Center Regeneration Ministry Group is an organization that helps homeless and unfortunate men who are determined to turn their lives around, and to re-enter society with skills and a positive attitude. Love Center gives these men a home, food and daily worship, while training them in landscaping skills. Those men physically able to work daily-- form crews that provide local residents low cost landscape services throughout the area. Thrivent Action Team Leader Bob Hatter said, “Our project allowed six men to continue on the road to rehabilitation and that crew in turn will help make our community environment cleaner and more beautiful. “

This event was hosted by a Thrivent Action Team, a local group led by a member of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Action Teams allow members to quickly identify a need, receive resources and put a plan together to help others in their community. The mission of Thrivent is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

Thrivent Action Teams are member-led projects – fundraisers, one-time service activities or educational events – that can be completed within 90 days.

To learn more about Thrivent Action Teams visit Thrivent.com/actionteam.



Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Mark Valinote and Amy Whitlach at 367 NE Baker Road, Stuart, FL, (772) 408-0771,

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com/why. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent. For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.



 
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Feb 3, 2016FAU Harbor Branch to Host Public Forum on Lagoon Health
The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) spans 40 percent of Florida’s east coast and has an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion, supporting an estimated 15,000 full- and part-time jobs while providing recreational opportunities for more than 11 million people per year. Next week, FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) will bring this estuary of national significance to the forefront of local conversation by hosting a public forum on lagoon health.
The public is invited to attend this public outreach day of the 2016 Indian River Lagoon Symposium on Friday, Feb. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at HBOI’s Johnson Education Center Auditorium, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce.
The forum, “Engaging the Public: It’s Our Lagoon!,” is centered on the Indian River Lagoon Council Meeting, which also will take place that day at 9:30 a.m. The event is designed to provide interested individuals with an opportunity to learn more about the plans of the IRL National Estuary Program, and how to become more involved in the various efforts of organizations along the lagoon.
The forum is free and open to the public. Registration is required and closes Wednesday, Feb. 10. To register, visit https://fauf.fau.edu/irls2016.
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu, or visit www.fau.edu/hboi.


 
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Feb 2, 2016Florida Chamber: Did You Know Florida's Tax Climate Ranks 4th Best in the Nation?
Florida has one of the most desirable tax climates in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation’s recently released 2016 State Business Tax Climate Index. The report, which compares state’s tax systems structures and provides a roadmap for improvement, ranked Florida #4 in the nation for overall tax climate, tied for #1 on individual income tax and ranked #3 for unemployment insurance tax.
Tax climate is a key driver in economic growth, as it's a contributing factor to attracting new businesses and allowing existing businesses to expand. With six million more residents expected and two million more jobs needed by 2030, how can we best market Florida's competitive tax climate and continue to grow the economy?

Get Involved:
To add your voice to the conversation on taxes, join the Business Climate and Competitiveness Caucus today.

About Florida Wins:
When Florida’s tax climate attracts new business and creates more jobs, Florida Wins. Share this email to ensure that Florida remains globally competitive. Learn more at FloridaWins.Org.




 
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Feb 2, 2016Florida Chamber-Backed Economic Development Bill Moving Forward


Today, a Florida Chamber-backed growth management bill that will help make Florida more competitive passed its committee.
HB 1361, sponsored by Rep. Mike La Rosa (R- Saint Cloud), will allow approved construction plans to change in size without having to go through another approval process. This will help ensure that developers can continue with valuable construction efforts without unnecessary regulatory roadblocks.
This legislation is important to Florida’s business community because it:
• Creates flexibility in construction projects without a reduction in environmental safety,
• Ensures that businesses do not lose their vested rights, and
• Prevents unnecessary government regulation and costs.
We commend Rep. La Rosa for his efforts to make Florida more competitive.



 
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Feb 2, 2016Bike Tours and Florida Scrub-jay Walks – Jonathan Dickinson State Park


Bike Tours – Wednesdays 4:00 p.m., and Sundays 10:00 a.m. Take a leisurely ride and visit some less visited areas of the park while learning about the park’s unique natural and cultural history. The tour is about 5-6 miles on paved roads and trails, will last about 2 hours, and may not be appropriate for young children cycling on their own. Meet at Pine Grove Pavilion past Pine Grove Campground. Bikes can be rented at the park’s concession, 4 miles from the bike start.

Scrub-jay Walks - First and third Wednesday of each month, 8:30 a.m.; learn about the globally imperiled sand pine scrub ecosystem and its inhabitants. Meet at the Camp Murphy Bicycle Trailhead parking lot located between the front entrance and Pine Grove Campground.

Walk through the globally imperiled Florida scrub and learn about this unique ecosystem and the wildlife that depend on it to survive. Jonathan Dickinson contains one of the largest tracts of scrub remaining in Florida and is home to the endangered Florida scrub-jay, which is often seen in the park. The challenge of scrub land management will be discussed while looking for the endangered Florida scrub jay and other wild scrub inhabitants.

The walk will last approximately one hour and takes place on an old paved road and some sandy roads.

Park entry fee applies for both programs. Comfortable shoes, water, sun protection, and binoculars are recommended. For details, contact Kimbell Center, 561-745-5551, or email libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Kimbell Center
16450 SE Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, Florida 33455
561-745-5551.


 
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Feb 2, 2016FPL to reduce rates again in April
Dear Community Partner,

Today, we filed a request with the Florida Public Service Commission to reduce customers' bills thanks to anticipated savings from lower projected natural gas prices and increased fuel-efficiency - the fourth rate decrease in 16 months. The reduced bills are expected to be in effect from April through the end of 2016.
We also announced the FPL Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center is expected to enter service on April 1, bringing the benefits of clean, efficient power generation to customers about two months ahead of schedule and on budget. While base rates will increase to pay for the new plant, our proposal to reduce bills as a result of lower fuel costs will create an estimated net savings of $1.65 on the typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill compared to current rates.
As FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy shared with you last month, we are proposing a four-year rate plan with new base rates that would be phased in beginning in 2017, upon the expiration of our current base rate agreement. This would allow us to continue building a stronger and smarter electric grid that's more reliable and resilient in the face of Florida's extreme weather.
The long-term proposal would also help us to continue modernizing our power generation fleet, including the future FPL Okeechobee Clean Energy Center. Our strategy of investing in advanced, fuel-efficient new power plants has been successful, helping us to keep bills lower today than they were a decade ago.
We will contact you in March when we know more about the specific impacts the 2017-2020 proposal would have on your constituents' bills. In the meantime, please visit FPL.com/answers or contact your external affairs manager if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Pam Rauch
Vice President of External Affairs & Economic Development
Florida Power & Light Company



 
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Feb 2, 2016Commissioner Anne Scott to host town hall meeting in Hobe Sound February 17


The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting on Wednesday, February 17 hosted by Martin County District 3 Commissioner Anne Scott. The Commissioner invites residents and business owners to have an open discussion and address any issues they feel she should know about.

The town hall meeting will be held:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Hobe Sound Community Center
8980 S.E. Olympus St. in Hobe Sound

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.
If you would like additional information regarding this meeting, please call 772-221-2357 or email Sherilyn Scraders at sscrader@martin.fl.us


 
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Feb 2, 2016PARKWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD RESTORATION
PARKWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD RESTORATION
INTERMITTENT LANE & DRIVEWAY CLOSURES

The Martin County Engineering Department will be performing drainage and roadway restoration work within the Parkwood Subdivision starting February 1, 2016 until June 30, 2016. This $1.3 Million infrastructure reinvestment project is funded through the Martin County Board of County Commissioners.

The restoration work includes removing and replacing existing pipe in the ground, replacing effected sidewalk, and resurfacing the existing pavement. This work will require lane closures throughout the duration of the project with intermittent driveway closures for safety measures. All residents shall have adequate means of ingress and egress within the subdivision.

Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution.


 
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Feb 1, 2016Suicide: The Treasure Coast’s Dirty Little Secret
There is a major public health crisis in Martin County that no one is talking about. From 2011-13, 13.8% of deaths in Florida were suicides. In Martin County, 20% of deaths were suicides. Currently, 1 in 5 deaths in Martin County is by suicide, and during a recent school year, 5 Martin County teens died by suicide.
On Friday March 11, non profit Tykes & Teens will partner with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and The Children’s Services Council of Martin County to host SafeTALK, a free training designed to help community members and professionals recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide, and direct those at risk to life saving resources. The training will be held at the Indian River State College Chastain Campus at 2400 SE Salerno Road in Stuart. Participants can choose from two sessions, 9:30-noon or 1:30-4:00.
“People tend to think that Martin County doesn’t have many residents in mental health crisis. They are often surprised to hear that Martin County ranks very high in the state of Florida for suicides, and has a significantly higher number of suicides per capita annually than surrounding counties including St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Miami Dade,” said Jeffrey Shearer, ACSW, LCSW, CAP, Executive Director of Tykes & Teens .
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, through education and community programs, developing suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and providing support for those affected by suicide.
“While suicide is a complex health issue, AFSP believes it is preventable. When we train members of our community to become alert to the warning signs that someone is considering suicide, and teach them how to connect those people with life-saving resources, then together we can save a life. It starts right here in our backyard with neighbors helping and caring about neighbors.,’” said Jill Harrington, AFSP Florida Southeast & Florida Southwest Chapters Area Director. Learn more about AFSP at www.afsp.org.
The training is open to anyone age 15 and older. Pre registration is required by visiting www.tykesandteens.org or calling Dr. Agnieszka Marshall at 772-220-3439.


 
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Feb 1, 2016Empty Bowls event fills plates for families in need of food
There are bowls in the shape of flower petals. There are bowls in animal motifs. Some are elaborately carved while others are simply designed. In all, more than 500 hand-made ceramic bowls are being crafted for the annual Empty Bowls event that will take place on Saturday, March 12 at the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market.
This is the ninth year that St. Lucie County’s students have created bowls for the annual hunger-fighting project that benefits Treasure Coast Food Bank. The project now involves 11 schools, with students from elementary through high school participating. Out of their art, culinary skills, and participation comes a greater understanding of hunger in the community, says coordinator Heather Blackmon-Gordon, a teacher at Fort Pierce Central High School and 2016 Empty Bowls Chairwoman.
“The Empty Bowls Project is very close to my heart because it allows everyone, regardless of cognitive ability, age or language barriers to participate in creating art and serving the community,” she said. “The entire event is run by students – from the bowls made by students from all over St. Lucie County to the culinary students at Fort Pierce Central making soup and bread to the students wrapping and selling the bowls and serving the soup!
“Also, my deepest thanks goes out to the Educational Foundation for the start-up grant for this project, along with the teachers and students of St. Lucie County and staff and volunteers at Treasure Coast Food Bank,” she said.
The St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Project has become a powerful hunger-fighting tool, raising enough each year for Treasure Coast Food Bank to provide more than 35,000 meals. In exchange for a $15 donation, each patron will get a bowl of homemade soup and a piece of bread, along with the handmade ceramic bowl of their choice. In addition to the soup from Fort Pierce Central’s culinary program, the Original Tiki Bar will be preparing soup for the Empty Bowls Project.
Although the soups at the event make a hearty meal, the empty soup bowl is a reminder that many go hungry each day. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger, using hand-crafted bowls to raise money for hunger relief.
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WHAT: St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Project
WHERE: Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market
WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 12, 2016
COST: $15 donation for a meal of homemade soup and the handcrafted bowl of your choice

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ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on the Treasure Coast, providing millions of pounds of food to over 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties that serve those most in need. In addition to food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank coordinates a suite of programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.




 
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Feb 1, 2016All Aboard Florida
All Aboard Florida this week got the official thumbs-up from the city of Orlando on several agreements, laying the groundwork for the passenger rail system's final destination.
Coral Gables-based All Aboard Florida finalized several lease and usage agreements with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority late last year, and on Jan. 25, got the sign-off from the city to allow the firm to use land at Orlando International Airport to complete the $3.1 billion intercity train system.
All Aboard Florida's Brightline train project is gaining steam in Orlando.
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All Aboard Florida's Brightline train project is gaining steam in Orlando.

When complete, All Aboard's Brightline train will travel 235 miles from downtown Miami through Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, ending at the Orlando airport. The first phase of the project, which includes all three South Florida stations, already is under way and foundations have been poured at those stations, an All Aboard spokeswoman confirmed to Orlando Business Journal.
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FEBRUARY 23, 2016
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Here's the latest on what’s happening with the rail system in Orlando and beyond:

All Aboard is upgrading its existing system between Miami and Cocoa, adding capacity to support passenger service and installing new safety enhancements along the route.
Construction is under way on the airport’s $215 million Intermodal Transportation Facility, where the Brightline Orlando station will be. Construction manager Turner-Kiewit Joint Venture will build the infrastructure for the Brightline station, including HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, fire alarm, communications/IT and the rail platform. Check out the remaining packages available to subcontractors from Turner-Kiewit Joint Venture.
All Aboard earlier this month made its first of an unknown number of installments of $8 million to the aviation authority toward the construction of its station at the intermodal facility.
The land lease was finalized for All Aboard to use about 80 acres of airport property to build a vehicle maintenance facility. The agreement includes an option for All Aboard to increase its footprint in the future.
Siemens completed the first stainless steel passenger coach car shell, an 85-foot-long car made at Siemens’ Sacramento, Calif., facility. This is part of the first of Brightline's initial five train sets that will carry 240 passengers. Each train set will include four cars. Siemens has been working on this project since fall 2014.
All Aboard earlier this month got a one-year extension to try to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds, a move expected to help the company finalize long-term financing, as reported by sister paper South Florida Business Journal.
All Aboard in August got the construction go-ahead from the Federal Railroad Administration on its plans to build 35 miles of new tracks alongside State Road 528 from its sister company's existing freight rail corridor in Cocoa into the Orlando airport. The administration on Aug. 4 issued what’s known as the final environmental impact statement, which was required because All Aboard applied for a loan through the federal Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program.
The Central Florida portion of the passenger rail system is expected to have the biggest impact, with about $400 million in construction value and 6,600 jobs. Archer Western Contractors Ltd. in July was chosen as construction manager for rail infrastructure at the airport, which was expected to create 75 jobs, as OBJ previously reported. All Aboard hasn't released any information yet about construction of the new train tracks.

Brightline is set to begin operations from Miami to West Palm Beach in mid-2017, and the Orlando portion will come online after the airport debuts its Intermodal Transportation Facility, which is expected in late 2017.

 
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Feb 1, 2016JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER CLOSES OUT FOURTH QUARTER OF 2015 WITH NOTABLE RECOGNITION IN RANKINGS AND INNOVATION
Jupiter Medical Center today announced a variety of achievements in the fourth quarter, from five-star rankings to new technological advancements. “Jupiter Medical Center had many notable successes at the end of 2015,” said John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center, “and none of this would have been possible without the continued commitment and dedication of our world-class health practitioners.”
Jupiter Medical Center Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center Secures Awards and Accreditation
The Jupiter Medical Center Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 120-bed not-for-profit facility, has been recognized for its deep commitment to patient care with two five-star ratings. The first is from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the second is from the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration through their Florida Nursing Home Guide. The goal of both rating systems is to help consumers make meaningful distinctions among high- and low-performing nursing homes. The CMS data is available online at www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare; the state ratings are posted at www.floridahealthfinder.gov. Additionally, the hospital was ranked among the “Best Nursing Homes of 2015” by US News and World Report. These achievements affirm that Jupiter Medical Center excels in three key dimensions of nursing home care: health inspection results, staffing and quality measures.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score
Jupiter Medical Center received an A-rating from The Leapfrog Group in their Hospital Safety Score publication, recognizing Jupiter Medical Center’s strong commitment to patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
Dr. Gonzalo Loveday Voted 2015 Physician of the Year
Gonzalo Loveday, MD, was named the “Physician of the Year 2015” by his colleagues at Jupiter Medical Center. This award, presented at the Jupiter Medical Center’s bi-annual Medical Staff Meeting, recognizes a physician whose values align with those of the Jupiter Medical Center mission of leadership, teamwork and a dedication to quality patient care. Dr. Loveday was specifically chosen for this honor because of his excellent leadership, respect for and willingness to educate his team, the pride and seriousness he takes in his medical director role, his affable and approachable nature, and his innovative thinking when it comes to seeking the best outcomes for his patients. In response to this award, Dr. Loveday said, “The team at Jupiter Medical Center is made up of the most committed and skilled physicians, and I could not be more honored that they chose me for this award.” Dr. Loveday is the Medical Director of Mount Sinai Heart New York at Jupiter Medical Center.
The da Vinci® Si™ and Xi™ Surgical Stapler
Jupiter Medical Center is the first hospital in the state of Florida to implement the da Vinci® Si™ and Xi™ Surgical System Stapler. Physicians use surgical staplers to close skin wounds as well as to connect or remove parts of the bowel or lung. The da Vinci® Si™ and Xi™ Surgical System Stapler is the first and only fully wristed and articulating stapler that contains SmartClamp technology. This technology allows doctors to determine when the jaws of the instrument are completely closed on the targeted tissue. The stapler is then able to differentiate tissue depth and perfusion, giving the surgeon the utmost knowledge when making his or her decisions on what type of stapler length to use. The stapler is also equipped with 3/D vision, enabling doctors to work with precision deep inside the body. This stapler makes surgery easier for doctors because it allows for total control over the procedure. Additionally, patients require a shorter length of stay in the hospital and recover more quickly with less pain when operated on with the stapler.
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.
Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 600 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.


 
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Jan 29, 2016Helping Lower Unemployment Rates for Individuals with Unique Abilities
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New data from the Florida Chamber Foundation shows a shockingly high unemployment rate for Floridians with disabilities. While Florida is home to more than 1.13 million Floridians with unique abilities between the working ages of 16 to 65, more than 62.9 percent - 700,000 - are unemployed and may want to be part of Florida's workforce.
The results of the report, Quantifying the Unemployment Rate for Workers with Disabilities in Florida, show that not only is the unemployment rate for Floridians with unique abilities substantially higher than the overall unemployment rate, the rates across counties are also extremely high. While the annual average unemployment rate for 2014 was 6.3 percent, the unemployment rate for Floridians with disabilities in the 40 most-populated counties was 18.1 percent. Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish's groundbreaking data has been a missing piece of important information in measuring progress among Floridians with disabilities.

With six million more residents expected to call Florida home by 2030, and two million more jobs that will also need filling, it's important to help every Floridian that wants to work find a job. Recently, in an interview with POLITICO Florida, Senate President Andy Gardiner spoke of the Chamber Foundation's new research and said he is:
"Confident young people with unique abilities will have an opportunity to
fill those two million
jobs and that the disproportionately high unemployment rate among the disabled
will be lowered."
At the Florida Chamber, we're leading by example, and have joined forces with The Able Trust and local Chambers to launch a Unique Abilities Internship Program to assist Floridians with disabilities in finding meaningful employment opportunities. Just this week, Whitney Harris joined the Chamber Foundation team, and she'll be leading our statewide internship program. Whitney is incredibly gifted, and knows firsthand the importance of encouraging job creators to engage in helping Florida's disabled community to find meaningful employment.

We're proud to have Whitney as a member of our team and proud to be helping set the example.
Won't You Join Us?
Help provide a pathway toward meaningful employment for an individual with unique abilities by contacting Whitney at wharris@flfoundation.org.


 
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Jan 29, 2016An Update on Florida Chamber-Backed Education Bills K-12
An Update on Florida Chamber-Backed Education Bills
K-12, STEM, Higher Education, Workforce and Innovation Bills See Progress

The Florida Chamber believes a talented workforce is Florida’s best long-term economic development strategy. This week, several Florida Chamber-backed education bills progressed:
K-12
• HB 835 sponsored by Rep. Eric Eisnaugle (R-Orlando)
o Would authorize school districts to provide a home education student greater access to career and technical courses and programs
• HB 719 sponsored by Rep. Ross Spano (R- Riverview)
o Calls for providing liability coverage for all full-time public school instructional personnel
• HB 7021 sponsored by Rep. Janet Adkins (R- Fernandina Beach)
o Will help schools identify struggling readers more quickly in order to allow students to receive the help they need to be successful
• HB 837 sponsored by Rep. Michael Bileca (R- Miami)
o Establishes improvements to the John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program
• SB 1088 sponsored by Sen. Kelli Stargel (R- Lakeland)
o Helps empower parents to choose the best learning environment for their students
STEM
• SB 290 sponsored by Sen. Chris Smith (D- Fort Lauderdale)
o Advocates for improving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teacher initiatives
HIGHER EDUCATION
• SB 1670 sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean (R- Jacksonville)
o Would establish guidelines for grants to Florida College System institutions for the creation of new apprenticeship programs
WORKFORCE
• SB 1068, sponsored by Sen. John Legg (R- Lutz)
o Allows more investments into a highly-trained workforce
• SB 836 sponsored by Sen. Don Gaetz (R- Destin)
o Would establish the Rapid Response Education and Training Program
• SB 1060 sponsored by Sen. John Legg (R- Lutz)
o Would allow for greater opportunities for adult education
INNOVATION
• HB 1365 sponsored by Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R- Fort Myers)
o Would help develop a competency-based innovation pilot program
LEARN MORE
For in depth details on where these bills are headed next, sign up to receive the Florida Chamber’s Weekly Legislative Update by emailing bhunt@flchamber.com.




 
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Jan 29, 2016FAU Harbor Branch News
FAU Harbor Branch Releases 2015 Annual Impact Report
FAU Harbor Branch's official year-in-review for 2015 is now hot off the press! The 2015 Annual Impact Report covers top research stories from the institute, and also provides a look at financials along with a listing of donors and peer-reviewed publications. Click here to read it!

Harbor Branch Hosts 2016 IRL Symposium and Public Forum


A panoramic view of the 2015 IRL Symposium, shared on Twitter by Dr. Joshua Voss' laboratory.
On February 11, FAU Harbor Branch will host the 2016 Indian River Lagoon Symposium: Indian River Lagoon: Linking Research with Management. The day-long event, sponsored by proceeds from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation's annual Love Your Lagoon gala, will include oral presentations and posters on all aspects of science relating to the IRL at the Johnson Education Center auditorium from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Click here for more information.
The symposium will be followed up on February 12 with the 2016 Indian River Lagoon Public Forum on Lagoon Health: Engaging the Public: It's Our Lagoon! This free event is designed to provide the public with an opportunity to participate in informal dialogue with representatives from various IRL organizations. The forum will also take place at the Johnson Education Center Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
FAU Harbor Branch, Aquaculture without Frontiers Partner to Alleviate Poverty and Malnutrition


The old proverbial saying, "Give a Man a Fish and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man to Fish and You Feed Him for a Lifetime," aptly describes the newly-formed partnership between FAU Harbor Branch (HBOI) and Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF), a global nonprofit organization. HBOI and AwF will work jointly to support and promote responsible and sustainable aquaculture farming to help enhance food security and alleviate poverty and malnutrition in developing and impoverished countries.
Discussions between HBOI and AwF are under way for the first joint project, which is expected to commence mid-year and will involve a number of countries in Africa. It is expected that the partnership will concentrate efforts on Africa and Latin America in the early stages. Working together, the organizations will advance aquaculture in these developing countries to provide much-needed protein sources as well as economic stimulus through diversification of livelihoods and sustainability of coral reefs that are vital to maintaining healthy ecosystems. The farming of aquatic organisms include fish, mollusks, crustaceans and aquatic plants.
"Facilitating self-sufficiency and sustainability is critical in helping to alleviate hunger and malnutrition worldwide, and we are very excited to join forces with Aquaculture without Frontiers to address this important need," said Dr. Megan Davis, HBOI Interim Executive Director and a leading aquaculture researcher. "Aquaculture is perhaps our best hope to feed our ever-growing global population. As a good source of protein, fish are much more efficient to raise than other leading sources of protein, which require huge amounts of grain and water to grow big enough to eat."
HBOI has well-established multi-species aquaculture production, nutrition research, and aquatic animal health laboratory infrastructures, and is a world leader in aquaculture research, development, training and education.
"Aquaculture without Frontiers believes that by collaborating and working with like-minded organizations such as Florida Atlantic University, we will be able to make major contributions to the core of our main objectives," said Roy Palmer, executive director of AwF. "We are very excited about the arrangement and discussions we are having about the future with FAU."
AwF is a member of the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA),which is a global network of experienced volunteers who are committed to be a catalyst for change as a means to improve the nutrition and health of people and to foster social and economic development through supporting responsible and sustainable aquaculture. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) founded VEGA in 2004 to be a procurement partner. More than 10 years later, VEGA stands on its own as a respected non-governmental organization with alliances with other member institutions. AwF believes that aquaculture is critical to underpin the future health of all humans by providing the essential nutrients and vitamins currently missing from many diets, and at an affordable price.
"In addition to the health benefits of fish, aquaculture can contribute to poverty alleviation, food security, and social well-being," said Dr. Marty Riche, HBOI Research Professor in fish nutrition. "By teaching and training farmers to grow native fish species, to incorporate locally available feed ingredients, to develop and follow bio-security protocols and to reuse fish effluents to irrigate row crops, vegetables, and tree crops, fish farmers can develop truly sustainable farming methods."
According to the Hunger Project, 795 million people, or one in nine people worldwide, do not have enough to eat, and 98 percent of the world's undernourished people live in developing countries. Seventy-five percent of the world's poorest people, 1.4 billion women, children and men, live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood. The World Food Programme states that hunger is the No. 1 cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
Harbor Branch Unveils New Ocean Technology Exhibit


This month, FAU Harbor Branch unveiled the new Sight, Sound and Dynamics in the Sea: The Role of Technology in Ocean Exploration exhibit at the Ocean Discovery Visitor's Center (ODVC). Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly (pictured, above) was among the speakers at a VIP reception for the opening of the exhibit, which was attended by more than 100 people. The exhibit officially opened to the public on Saturday, January 16 and will remain open through August during regular ODVC business hours each Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free.


FAU Harbor Branch staff who helped in the creation of the exhibit, from left: Jack Yager, Nelson Beaman, Ginny Blossom, Jeremy Ledlow, Anna Brady and Jeff Smith.

Davis Travels to Japan to Represent Harbor Branch at POGO Meeting


Dr. Megan Davis took part in a tour of Japan's oceanographic ship the R/V Mirai
FAU Harbor Branch is one of the newest oceanographic institute members of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans' (POGO), an organization which has 38 members from 19 different countries that promote global oceanography. Dr. Megan Davis, Harbor Branch Interim Executive Director, attended POGO's annual meeting this week in Yokohama, Japan, where they launched their new strategy (click here to view it). During the meeting, Davis provided an overview of Harbor Branch and she participated in the Observations in Estuary workshop with a presentation on Harbor Branch's Indian River Lagoon Observatory.
Introducing...the Mini Brown Bag Lunch Series
Next week marks the second talk in FAU Harbor Branch's new Mini Brown Bag Lunch Series - where you bring your lunch, and science is served! FAU Harbor Branch graduate student Danielle Dodge presents on February 5 with her talk: Monitoring impacts of estuarine discharge on Saint Lucie Reef, FL. Presentations will be held every other Friday at the Ocean Discovery Visitor's Center from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.


 
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Jan 29, 2016COUNTY NEWS
Town hall meeting in Indiantown
The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting on Wednesday, February 10 hosted by Martin County District 3 Commissioner Anne Scott. The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm (or immediately following the Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting) at the Indiantown Civic Center, located at 15675 SW Osceola Street. Residents are invited to join this open discussion.

@YOUR LIBRARY
For more library news, visit the library website

Jane Miller presents: Educating Rita
Join Jane Miller for a showing of Educating Rita on Thursday, February 4 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the Blake Library. This brilliant, bittersweet comedy, adapted from the stage play, features Julie Walters as an unlikely student and Michael Caine as a delusional professor. Call 288-5702 for details.

Valentine's fun @ the Blake
Join Ms. Corina for some Valentine's Fun on Saturday, February 6 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the Blake Library. Kids ages 2 to 9 will enjoy some Valentine's Day themed books and crafts. To register or for more information, call 221-1407.

Apps for Art
Join us at the Hobe Sound Library on Wednesday, February 3 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm and find how the best tools for creating works of art may be right at your fingertips! From exploring museums to design, there is an app that will bring out your inner artist. Call 546-2257 for more.

Paint It! with Susie Parriott
Enjoy a morning of painting fun with Susi Parriott at the Morgade Library on Saturday, February 6 from 10:30 to 11:45 am. Children ages 6-12 years old will enjoy step-by-step instruction to create a painting to keep or give as a Valentine's Day gift. For details or to register, call 463-3245.

IT STARTS IN PARKS

Free Family Movie Night: Goosebumps
The Martin County Parks and Recreation REACH After School Program is proud to present Family Movie Night featuring Goosebumps on Friday, February 5 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at New Monrovia Park. Free popcorn for all and free hot dogs for the kids.


AROUND TOWN

Native Tree Sale
The Martin County Cooperative Extension will be hosting a Native Tree Sale on Thursday, February 4 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the Extension Office, located at the northern end of the Martin County Fairgrounds. Trees for sale include Fiddlewood, Cocoplum, Spicewood, and more.


Chase some classic cars
On Friday, February 12 at 7:00 pm, attend a presentation by Wayne Carini, master car restorer and host of the Discovery Channel's Chasing Classic Cars. Join Wayne at the Elliott Museum as he talks about "Classic Cars and Your Family


HEALTH & SAFETY

Go Red for Women
The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is encouraging everyone to support Go Red for Women by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 5. Wear the color red to raise awareness about the risks of heart disease and stroke in women.


Free rapid HIV testing in February
In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Florida Department of Health is offering a series of free rapid HIV testing events during the month of February. No appointment is needed and results are available in 15 minutes. Get the facts, know your status.


THE CONE ZONE

Port Salerno Seafood Festival road closures
On Saturday, January 30, the Port Salerno Seafood Festival will necessitate the closure of SE DeSoto Avenue, from SE Salerno Road to SE Seaward Street, and SE Park Drive, from SE DeSoto Avenue to SE Mulford Lane, from 6:00 am until 11:00 pm.


 
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Jan 29, 2016SEACOAST BANK SETS COMPANY RECORD FOR UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN

Thursday, January 28, 2016

For more than 40 years, Seacoast Bank has held an annual United Way campaign to raise funds that help improve the lives of Martin County residents. This year, Seacoast and its associates contributed $100,000 for United Way of Martin County—a 60 percent increase over last year’s results!

Seacoast associates always put a lot of energy into their campaign, however this year they hit a home run for our community, achieving unprecedented results. Seacoast’s leadership encouraged associates to raise the bar for local contributions and rewarded those who donated their “fair share.” Additionally, the integration of an online giving portal made it even easier for associates to participate, increased communication and generated buzz for the campaign.

“Supporting our communities has been an important priority for Seacoast since our founding in 1926,” said Chuck Shaffer, Seacoast’s Executive Vice President of Community Banking. “As a local bank focused on serving customers and communities, we are proud to support the United Way and thrilled with the impact this support provides in Martin County. I want to thank our associates in particular, whose contributions demonstrate a strong commitment to this very important cause.”

Seacoast’s support of United Way does not stop with financial contributions. Volunteerism is a large part of its year-round investment and associates serve as board members, committee members and volunteers for United Way and its programs.

“It's businesses like Seacoast that provide the backbone of financial support and contribute a tremendous wealth of talent year-round that enable United Way to improve people’s lives and lift the community," said United Way CEO Jim Vojcsik.

Funds raised from Seacoast’s campaign will be invested in programs that strive to end hunger, strengthen families, promote good health, support financial stability, ensure safety and improve education.

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

About United Way of Martin County

United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of advancing the common good. Since 1972, United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to: end hunger, strengthen families, promote good health, support financial stability, ensure safety and improve education.

 
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Jan 29, 2016UNITED WAY’S WHITE DOVES HOLIDAY PROJECT/TOYS FOR TOTS
UNITED WAY’S WHITE DOVES HOLIDAY PROJECT/TOYS FOR TOTS SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER TO 2,427 CHILDREN


Holiday cheer is hard to come by for families who struggle financially in Martin County.

More often than not, families are faced with the difficult decision of putting food on the table or buying Christmas presents for their children. Thanks to the generosity of the entire community 1,010 families didn’t have to make any of those difficult decisions this past December.

For almost three decades, the White Doves Holiday Project has provided at-risk families with toys and food during the holidays. Organized by United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program, White Doves relies on the compassion of donors and volunteers to see that thousands of local children wake up Christmas morning with presents under the tree or even a shiny new bicycle.

“Martin County is a generous community and the spirit of giving is strong year-round. The number of businesses and organizations participating in the toy drive has grown substantially over the years. White Doves Holiday Project is a volunteer-driven project that engages the entire community: businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, students and retirees. It takes all of us working together to make a collective impact that lifts our community.” Jim Vojcsik, President/CEO, United Way of Martin County.

Each year in fall, organizers reach out to area nonprofit agencies, faith-based organizations and schools to identify families in need. Referrals are then carefully checked with other service providers to avoid client duplication before being approved. As the local Toys for Tots coordinating organization, White Doves collects toys for children with the help of 120 businesses and communities serving as official Toys for Tots drop-off locations.

This year, qualifying families were given a specific time to shop for free from Dec. 18 to 19 at either the White Doves warehouse in Stuart or Indiantown. With the help of more than 368 volunteers, White Doves distributed 41,571 pounds of food and provided 12,991 toys to 2,427 children in Martin County. White Doves also distributed 320 bicycles thanks to the support of the Zweben Law Group, Publix Supermarkets, Martin County Fire Rescue and many other donors.

“I’ve been working on the White Doves Holiday Project for over 25 years and each year is just as rewarding as the last,” said Carol Hodnett, United Way Vice President of Community Impact and Martin Volunteers.

“The families are grateful for the support because it gives them hope that there are people in this world who care. At United Way, we’re focused on providing donors and volunteers with opportunities to make an impact in the community and this project would not be possible if not for their continued support.”

United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program engages people of all ages and backgrounds in volunteer service that enriches the individual and strengthens the community. Martin Volunteers is funded in part with grant dollars from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Hobe Sound Community Chest.

For more information, to make a donation, or to volunteer at any time of the year, visit MartinVolunteers.org, call 772-220-4472 or email kstacey@martinvolunteers.org.



 
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Jan 29, 2016Note time change: Commissioner Anne Scott to host town hall meeting in Indiantown
Note time change: Commissioner Anne Scott to host town hall meeting in Indiantown

The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting on February 10, 2016 hosted by Martin County District 3 Commissioner Anne Scott. The Commissioner invites residents and business owners to have an open discussion and address any issues they feel she should know about.

The meeting will be held:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Civic Center - 15675 SW Oseola Street, Indiantown
6:30 p.m. or immediately following the NAC meeting

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
If you would like additional information regarding this meeting,
Please call 772-221-2357 or email Sherilyn at sscrader@martin.fl.us.


 
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Jan 29, 2016Vegetation management to benefit scrub jays underway along Green River Parkway


Martin County Engineering's Ecosystem Restoration & Management Division will be performing permit-required vegetation management activities on the 20-acre "Gables Property" along Green River Parkway, south of Jensen Beach Boulevard. Work will consist of selective thinning of vegetation to enhance scrub jay habitat. In addition to habitat management, the work will also consist of wildlife mitigation activities to protect surrounding communities in the event of naturally occurring wildlife or prescribed burns.

Equipment has been staged on the site and the vegetation shredding will begin today. The work will continue through the month of February.


 
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Jan 28, 2016Martin Health System and Indian River State College partner f
Martin Health System and Indian River State College
partner for expansion of nursing education on Treasure Coast
Financial commitment from Martin Health System opens seats for nursing students at IRSC

Anticipating the need for additional nurses at Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Martin Health System has partnered with Indian River State College for expansion and enhancement of the IRSC nursing program. Owned and operated by Martin Health System, Tradition Medical Center will require 200 additional nurses to be hired by 2018. To meet this challenge, Martin Health System has made a financial commitment to IRSC of $750,000 to hire additional nursing faculty and enroll 80 additional Associate Degree in Nursing students.

“IRSC has long been a valued partner with Martin Health System in developing a skilled workforce that provides exceptional patient care,” said Robert L. Lord Jr., Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Martin Health System. “This collaboration will also have a beneficial impact on our local economy, with a significant number of new jobs being created for Treasure Coast residents.”

The partnership expands access to nursing education in the region with 40 new students admitted to the IRSC nursing program for the current Spring 2016 Semester and 40 new students for the Fall 2016 Semester. The students will benefit from enhanced clinical experiences and hands-on learning at Martin Health System in preparation for employment as Registered Nurses.

“We are very thankful for the collaborative relationship with Martin Health System. Their support enables IRSC to expand access to nursing education and opens up opportunities for a rewarding nursing career on the Treasure Coast, providing far-reaching benefits for the economy and delivery of health care in our region,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President.

The Martin Health System and college partnership was announced at the IRSC District Board of Trustees meeting on January 26, with a Resolution of Appreciation presented to Rob Lord.


 
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Jan 28, 2016Marathon of the Treasure Coast to be held March 6, 2016
Marathon of the Treasure Coast to be held March 6, 2016
Weekend Includes Fitness Expo, Marathon Rock and Run Festival and Races

The 2016 Marathon of the Treasure Coast, hosted by Seacoast National Bank, will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016, beginning and ending in Memorial Park. The racecourse is certified as a Boston Marathon Qualifying course. Pre-event activities will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5. The 26.2-mile course will give runners the opportunity to see all of the beauty the Treasure Coast has to offer including water views, residential neighborhoods and historic downtown Stuart. For complete details and registration, visit www.treasurecoastmarathon.com.
Race Director Frank Fender is working with a team of volunteers to help plan and execute the myriad details involved in an event of this scope for the Treasure Coast community. “Our team of nearly 100 staff members, 300 volunteers, and local Treasure Coast runners is excited and honored to work with the strongest community leaders, including members of the City of Stuart, Martin Health System, Seacoast Bank, Terra Fermata, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, SunTrust, Wallace, Akerman, Martin County and Sewall’s Point, to continue to develop a world-class event on the Treasure Coast. Last year we had 1082 participants from 27 states and eight countries, and we hope to increase that participation this year,” says Fender. “Whether you are an athlete, music enthusiast, philanthropist or a local business professional, we want to make this an event the Treasure Coast is proud to host each year to show off the great community we have here.”
A big addition to this year’s event is the American Olympian Jeff Galloway, who will be a keynote speaker and also run in the marathon. Galloway was a member of the 1972 US Olympic Team and, in 1973, set a world record in the 10,000-meter distance. Today, he remains a competitive athlete in Masters races and is best known as the founder of the Galloway Run-Walk-Run endurance method and for conducting a broad range of training programs. He has written over 20 books and writes a monthly column for Runner’s World magazine.
Terra Fermata will be hosting the Marathon Rock & Run Festival which will feature live music in a variety of venues including Terra Fermata on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and the Pasta Party on Saturday event.
Other race events on Marathon weekend will include: the Care Net 5K in Memorial Park, March 5 at 7 am; a Kid’s Race, following the 5K around 7:30 am; and a Runner’s Expo with fitness and related vendors at Flagler Place beginning at 8 am until 6 pm on Saturday.
The Marathon of the Treasure Coast will benefit 12 charities who are participating with fundraising activities. Charities participating this year are: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Elev8hope, Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, Suncoast Mental Health Center, M.E.'s Team Charitable Foundation, Bart's Blue Star Foundation, Care Net, Florida Oceanographic Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Palm Beach, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Voices for Children of Okeechobee, and the Southeast Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. In 2015, the Marathon of the Treasure Coast donated $15,000 to 12 local organizations who collectively raised $23,040.


 
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Jan 28, 2016JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER OPENS NEW DE GEORGE PEDIATRIC UNIT

Medical Center Teams up with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to
Open World-Class Children’s Pediatric Wing

Jupiter Medical Center announced the opening of the De George Pediatric Unit, a new wing of the hospital that features state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient medical and therapeutic services for children and adolescents through age 17. The De George Pediatric Unit is a continuation of a dynamic partnership between Jupiter Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of Miami Children’s Health System, and was made possible thanks to an extraordinary gift from the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.

“The Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust is proud to partner with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Jupiter Medical Center. The vision for the pediatric unit began several years earlier for the trust,” said Lawrence F. De George, trustee. Michael De George, trustee and grandson of the founders, explained, “It was fortuitous that the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, Jupiter Medical Center, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and my grandparents’ trust all shared the same vision. ‘Perfect Storm’ is overused”, he added, “but the validation is that all four of us were able to collaborate to deliver this world-class pediatric facility to our community.”

“We strongly believe that there is nothing more important than helping children in need of medical care and supporting the families that love and care for these children,” golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara said in a shared statement. “In addition, it is gratifying to be able to help the children in our own neighborhood. We are thrilled to support the De George Pediatric Unit in providing expanded high-quality pediatric services in Palm Beach County.”

The De George Pediatric Unit features 12 inpatient rooms, two state-of-the-art pediatric surgery suites, pediatric therapeutic services, a children’s playroom, and a room for resting called the “Bear’s Den,” a name inspired by Jack Nicklaus, who is widely known as the “Golden Bear.” A Child Life Specialist is also on-site to help children cope with the stress of their hospital stay. Patients benefit from the collaboration of local pediatricians, the Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, who worked together to implement the highest quality clinical protocols.

“The creation of the De George Pediatric Unit is part of our ongoing strategy to increase the breadth and depth of high-quality, cost-effective medical services that we provide to Palm Beach County,” said Jupiter Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John D. Couris. “Children in our community can now receive world-class medical treatment in an environment that has been designed with kids and their families in mind, right here in their own neighborhood.”

“The De George Pediatric Unit and the further expansion of our work with Jupiter Medical Center build on the vision we share with the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation to provide access to unparalleled care for the region’s children. It is part of our longstanding commitment to be where the children are in South Florida,” stated M. Narendra Kini, MD, MHA, CEO of Miami Children’s Health System.

The De George Pediatric Unit represents the continued growth and expansion of the existing pediatric services Jupiter Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital currently provide. In addition to the two designated pediatric ER physicians, who are in place in Jupiter Medical Center’s Emergency Department during peak times, Jupiter Medical Center currently offers telehealth technology in its Emergency Department, which allows Jupiter Medical Center physicians to interact with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital physicians remotely on complex cases. This gives them the ability to consult on patient care—colleague to colleague—in real time. Physicians in Miami can review images, lab results and vital assessment information, while discussing the patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan. Also as part of the collaboration, Jupiter Medical Center currently offers pediatric MRI services.

Jupiter Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, both not-for-profit organizations, are grateful to the generous community for sharing in their vision to offer their youngest patients and their families world-class care without having the added stress and financial burden of leaving the area to seek treatment.

About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,600 team members, 600 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10 percent of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call 561-263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.

About Jupiter Medical Center Foundation
The Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, the fundraising arm of Jupiter Medical Center, is dedicated to obtaining philanthropic resources to fulfill the critical health care needs of our rapidly growing community. Revenues generated through tax-deductible contributions are reinvested in Jupiter Medical Center for new technologies, innovative programming, sophisticated outreach and enhanced facilities to sustain a healthy community.

About Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.

About Miami Children's Health System
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, operates South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed nonprofit hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine and routinely has many programs ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. The organization has grown and evolved into the Miami Children's Health System (MCHS) which includes Miami Children's Health Foundation, the organization's 501c3 fundraising arm; a network of eight nonprofit outpatient centers situated in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties; Pediatric Specialty Group, Inc., a nonprofit physician practice subsidiary; a management services organization, and an ambulatory surgery center, as well as an e-commerce line of children's wellness and safety products that support the hospital's mission of serving the region’s pediatric population. MCHS is the region’s only health care system exclusively for children.

About the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust
The mission of the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust is to support seriously ill and at-risk children. The legacy of Larry and Florence De George includes two Florence De George Boys and Girls Clubs in Broward County and Palm Beach County; founders of Camp Boggy Creek, along with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf and actor Paul Newman, a camp for seriously ill children located in Eustis, Florida; a seven year grant to the American Heart Association’s research on fetal heart development and congenital heart disease; and the Kravis Center’s De George Academy for Performing Arts heralded as a shining star for economically-disadvantaged students. In June 2015, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County implemented a five year remedial reading and mathematics program for students in grades 1-6. In January 2015, the $46 Million Florence A. De George Pavilion opened at Jupiter Medical Center, an 85,000 square foot state-of-the-art tower with 44 patient rooms. The tower includes an entire floor dedicated to the Anderson Family Orthopedic & Spine Center of Excellence, as well as the Florence A. De George Children’s and Women’s Services obstetrics unit.

About the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation
Jack and Barbara Nicklaus founded the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation in 2004, in an effort to provide families access to world-class pediatric health care in their own communities. The Foundation has grown from a vision to reality, supporting innovative programs focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood illnesses. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.nchcf.org.



 
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Jan 28, 2016UF/IFAS Extension Martin County to present educational events during the Martin County Fair
Could you use some tips on vegetable gardening in small spaces? Are you wondering how to manage your landscape in this strong El Niño year? Have you ever wondered about what you can do to make your coastal garden Florida-friendly? These are just a few of the educational topics that will be presented by the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener, Florida Yards & Neighborhoods, and Family Nutrition programs this year during the Martin County Fair. Come on out to the fair, and learn while you play! Take a break from the noise of the midway to learn what resources are available to help you with your gardening questions throughout the year or learn about the nutritional value of fresh versus frozen foods. Attend a lecture on invasive plants and learn what these plants are and why it is important to avoid using them in the landscape. Learn about how to grow delicious tomatoes in our South Florida climate.

The Martin County Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds on Dixie Highway from February 12 through February 20. All of the lectures will be held in the Fairgrounds’ Environmental Building (Building B). For a schedule of lectures, please contact the Extension office or look through the Martin County Fair brochure. And while you are at the fair, please stop by and visit the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener, Florida Yards & Neighborhoods, and 4-H booths, as well as the Junior Master Gardener plant displays in the Exhibit Halls.

For more information, visit http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu or call 772-288-5654.

Article Contributed by Beth Kacvinsky, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Volunteer and Yvette Goodiel, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Sustainability & Commercial Horticulture Agent

All programs and related activities sponsored, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons without discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/University of Florida/Dr. Nick Place, Dean and Director for Extension.


 
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Jan 28, 2016Martin County working to prevent flooding in vulnerable areas


Martin County Engineering staff is actively engaged to address flooding in vulnerable areas of the County, including in Jensen Beach, near Savannas State Park, where the 5,200 acre wetland that extends into St. Lucie County has received significant rainfall.

Neighborhoods around NE Hyline Drive have remained dry thus far due to a pump system and other drainage structure blocks that Martin County set up yesterday. These actions prevented water from the Savannas from backflowing onto NE Hyline Drive.

Additionally, staff is mobilized to the Warner Creek/Savannas drainage basin to document existing conditions and identify any improvements available to maximize stormwater flow.

In other areas of Martin County, Engineering/Field Operations staff will continue to inspect all drainage outfalls and neighborhoods and clear blockages that they encounter.


 
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Jan 28, 2016Up Up and Away at The Children’s Museum
We are excited to announce a brand new interactive flight lab display, located inside the Cracker House. The flight lab, sponsored by RE/MAX of Stuart, have been partnered with The Children’s Museum for over a decade. This dedicated support has made it possible for the museum to continue to bring new and fresh educational based exhibits to the Treasure Coast. RE/MAX has also recommitted for another 5 year ($15,000.00) sponsorship for the front porch of the Cracker House exhibit. The new flight lab display will introduce children to the basics of flight through the use of a parachute and a wind cone. These parachutes will be associated with the RE/MAX balloon that is well known throughout the country as the premier real estate organization. For more details on sponsorship opportunities call 772-225-7575 or visit our website at www.childrensmuseumtc.org.


About The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast
The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach in the center of Indian Riverside Park. They are a non-profit organization that opened its doors in August of 2008 and have hands-on exhibits for children to explore, learn, and play through interactive activities and imagination. The Children’s Museum remains a premier venue for education, exploration, and fun for children.


 
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Jan 28, 2016Volunteer Days at Jonathan Dickinson State Park - Help keep Jonathan Dickinson State Park Beautiful!


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Jan 27, 2016Bathtub Reef Beach and Sailfish Point beach restoration projects to begin

With permit in hand from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the pending permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers, major restoration work will begin soon on a vital project to enhance one of our community's local treasures, Bathtub Reef Beach, as well as the northern half of Sailfish Point Beach. Martin County has selected Ferreira Construction to perform the work which will use sand from the St. Lucie Inlet and nearby flood shoals to build the beach.
Funding for this project will come from multiple sources, including, a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that was included in this year's state legislative budget and a 50 percent cost share with the Sailfish Point Property Owners Association. A FEMA reimbursement from hurricane damage sustained in 2012 is also under review and may provide additional funding. The goal is for the project to be completed in May 2016, prior to the start of the new sea turtle nesting season.
Martin County's Coastal Engineering Division plan for the restoration effort is the most cost-efficient as well as the most environmentally sensitive approach. Sand will be dredged from the flood shoals and the impoundment basin of the St. Lucie Inlet located immediately south of these beaches. This will help maintain the safety and navigability of the Inlet for local boaters. The sand will then be piped to the beach and distributed from that point across 4,900 feet of coastline, from just north of Bathtub Beach and extending south into Sailfish Point. "This approach provides a high quality recreational beach, increased storm protection and is designed to protect the integrity of the fragile Sabellariid worm reef that serves as both a critical marine habitat and protective barrier at Bathtub Beach," explained Martin County coastal engineer Kathy FitzPatrick.
Part of the project will restore the Bathtub Beach parking lot that was lost over the last several years as the beach eroded and sand had to be piled up in the parking area. "Essentially, visitors to the beach have had very little parking available. This project will restore 100 parking spaces," said FitzPatrick. "We know this may be frustrating to some beach visitors in the short-term, and cause inconveniences. However, the end result will be a bigger and better Bathtub Reef Beach - one that more closely resembles the way the beach used to be."
As preparation for restoration begins, the south section of the parking lot will be closed, beginning on January 27, with the entire parking lot expected to be closed beginning February 8 until the restoration work is complete. Additionally, the beach itself will have extremely limited access for the duration of the project. It is suggested that residents use the Chastain and Santa Lucea beaches until restoration work for Bathtub Reef Beach is completed.
"We know how beloved the Bathtub Reef Beach is to Martin County residents and visitors and are excited about being able to move forward jointly with our critical beach renourishment projects for Bathtub Reef Beach and Sailfish Point," said Edward J. (E.J.) Ewing, Jr., Sailfish Point General Manager.
Information about beach and parking lot closings, access and construction and restoration updates will soon be available.
About Bathtub Reef Beach
Martin County's Atlantic beaches span nearly 22 miles along our coast and include Jensen Beach, Stuart Beach, Sailfish Point, St. Lucie Inlet State Preserve, Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, and the Town of Jupiter Island.
These beaches are an integral part of the quality of life in Martin County, generate considerable revenue to the economy of Martin County, and support homes, businesses and related infrastructure (roads, utilities) for many residents and visitors.
Bathtub Reef is located just offshore at Bathtub Beach Park and is a popular spot for snorkelers due to the large numbers of marine creatures and fish that congregate there. Its presence is also a key factor in creating the "bathtub effect" of very shallow waters during low tide that make it such a favorite swimming location for families with young children.
Bathtub Reef is a fascinating reef system, created by tiny tube-building Sabellariid sea worms. It is not only an incredibly unique system, but also an extremely fragile one. The worms cement sand grains together, creating a vast network of tube dwellings. Colonies build on top of one another over time and create a reef system that helps break waves and reduce beach erosion. This habitat is used by more than 500 marine species including endangered sea turtles that forage on and around the reef.


 
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Jan 27, 2016JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING
JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF THE DE GEORGE PEDIATRIC UNIT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NICKLAUS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Medical Center Hosts Reception in Honor of New Children’s Unit in Partnership with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

WHO: Jupiter Medical Center

WHAT: Jupiter Medical Center will host a private reception celebrating the opening of the De George Pediatric Unit, a new wing of the hospital that features state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient medical and therapeutic services for children. The De George Pediatric Unit represents a proud partnership between Jupiter Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of Miami Children’s Health System, with the generous support of the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. The January 28th event will include a tour of the new facility, as well as remarks from several individuals, including John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center, Dr. M. Narendra Kini, CEO of Miami Children’s Health System, Lawrence F. De George, and Jack and Barbara Nicklaus.

The De George Pediatric Unit features 12 inpatient rooms, two state-of-the-art pediatric surgery suites, therapeutic services, a children’s playroom and the “Bear’s Den” for resting, named after Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus. A Child Life Specialist also will be on-site to help children cope with the stress of their hospital stay. Patients benefit from the collaboration of local pediatricians, the Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, who worked together to implement the highest quality clinical protocols. The new unit is set to open on February 1, 2016.

WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Press to arrive at 4 p.m. for interviews, tours and a private ribbon cutting.

WHERE: The Main Entrance of Jupiter Medical Center, 1210 S. Old Dixie Hwy., Jupiter, FL

About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.
Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10 percent of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call 561-263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.

About Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.



 
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Jan 27, 2016New Year, New Name!

We are excited to announce that Chapman & Plymale Law, P.A. is now Treasure Coast Legal. We are the same Firm Still Committed to the Justice You Deserve and dedicated to providing legal services in the areas of:
• Accidents & Personal Injury
• Bankruptcy
• Civil Litigation
• Foreclosure Defense
• Real Estate Transactions
• Criminal Law
• Estate Planning
• Divorce & Family Law
• Workers Compensation
The attorneys and staff at Treasure Coast Legal are committed to zealously advocating for each our clients, handling all of your legal needs and continuing to serve both our clients and the community.

Our contact information has remained the same and you can reach us by calling 772-283-2626, visiting us online at www.treasurecoastlegal.com or we are available for consultation by appointment at any of our convenient Treasure Coast locations.

Thank you for your support during this transition,


Shaun Plymale
Managing Partner of Treasure Coast Legal
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Jan 27, 2016Please Welcome Attorney Laura Scala!
Please join us in welcoming attorney Laura E. Scala as the firm's newest attorney! Laura is focusing her practice on personal injury, premises liability, motor vehicle and wrongful death cases.
She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law. While in law school, she was a member of Miami Law Women (the student division of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers), a member of the Florida Bar Young Student Lawyers Division, and a participant in the HOPE Pro Bono Challenge, a challenge where each participant pledges to complete 75 hours of pro bono service before graduation. Additionally, Laura was the Symposium Editor for the National Security and Armed Conflict Law Review. In the Fall of 2014, Laura was responsible for planning and organizing a Symposium titled: Veterans Affairs: Issues Impacting Active Duty and Retired Military Members, where expert panelists from all over the country discussed the wide array of medical, legal, and political issues affecting soldiers and veterans.
Born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, Laura’s mother is a Palm Beach County Judge, and her father is a criminal defense attorney. Laura began working as a law clerk at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith in the summer before her third year through the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Diversity Internship Program. The Diversity Internship Program provides diverse law students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in the legal field and exposure to the Palm Beach County legal community at local law firms and governments agencies.
Laura has a busy case load and has also become very involved in the community. Continuing her lifelong interest in soccer, Laura is the Game Scheduler and Assistant Director of Marketing and Sponsorship for AYSO’s National Games Tournament, which will be held in Wellington in July 2016. She is also involved with the Palm Beach County Bar Association and The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL).
Laura will be a panelist for the annual Palm Beach County “Bench Bar Conference” on February 19th, 2016.
For more information about Laura, please see http://www.lesserlawfirm.com/laura-scala
For more information about Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, please see http://www.lesserlawfirm.com/our-firm


 
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Jan 27, 2016Book Drive Boosted
Book Drive Boosted with help from
Realtor ® Arati Hammond of Re/Max of Stuart

Your help is needed to make this year’s public school book drive the most successful yet with your contribution of new or gently used books. Arati Hammond, Realtor ® with Re/Max of Stuart, is collecting books at her office in Palm City through March 4. “ As an active member of the Library Foundation of Martin County and someone who cares a lot about children’s education, I wanted to help make this year’s book drive, even more, successful,” Arati commented.
Last year was the first year for the book drive held in conjunction with BookMania!, underwritten by the Library Foundation of Martin County. This year’s BookMania! will take place on March 5 at Jensen Beach High School and attendees are asked to bring book donations with them. The free event brings together authors from around the country who discuss their books and writing styles in panels and solo presentations. For details visit www.LibraryFoundationMC.org.
Arati wanted to provide an alternate location for book donations over a longer period, so more people would be able to donate. Books for Kindergarten through 12th grade are gladly accepted. Her office at 3341 SW Martin Downs Blvd. is open from 9 am to 5 pm near the Turnpike entrance.
Arati Hammond, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, with RE/Max of Stuart is a long time Treasure Coast resident who focuses on residences in Palm City, Jensen Beach, Sewall’s Point and Stuart. She has an outstanding record of selling higher-priced properties more quickly and closer to the asking price than the average rates of the Realtor® Association of Martin County. Her website is www.PremierMartinCountyHomes.com, the phone is 772-342-5599, and e-mail is Arati@PalmCityForSale.com.


 
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Jan 27, 2016Expressive Exhibition at PBIA


Using bold colors, delicate brushstrokes and dramatic lines, 22 artworks by local artists are currently on exhibition through April 6, 2016 Concession Level 2.

Selected by guest judge Ellen E. Roberts, curator of the Harold and Anne Berkley Smith of American Art at the Norton Museum of Art, this exhibition features paintings, illustrations, photographs and mixed media compositions which express a broad array of moods from joy and conflict to tension and whimsy.

Artists include: From Boca Raton: Elliott Block, Ron Garrett, Darin Roney, Suzanne Schwartzman. From Boynton Beach: Robert Catapano, Reed Dixon, Budd Parker. From Delray Beach: Stephanie Brown, Karen Hanley Colbert, Juan Manuel Nino. From Jupiter: Kris Davis, Jacquie Medeiros. From Lake Worth: Susan Oakes. From Lantana: Hedy McDonald. From Royal Palm Beach: Marc Beauregard. From Wellington: Vicki Cohen, Sherry Stephens. From West Palm Beach: Beverley Johnstone, Andrea Krausz, Carol Roberts, Ashleigh Walters, Bonnie Wilburn

For a virtual tour of the exhibition visit:
http://www.pbcgov.com/fdo/art/exhibitions/ArtAtAirport.htm

The public is invited to attend a free Artist Reception on March 2, 2016, from 5:30-7 p.m.

Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2.
Complimentary parking in Short Term lot. Pull a ticket, do not use SunPass to receive parking voucher.
Best of Show awarded at 6:30 p.m.

Follow PBI on Facebook (/FlyPBI) and Twitter (@PBI_Airport) for updates, Meet the Artists Reception information and to see the featured art! Use #PBILOVESART to connect with the Artists and PBI.

Artists interested in receiving “Calls to Artists” for upcoming airport exhibitions and other Art in Public Places projects can submit their contact information through the Artists’ Registry page of Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places website: http://www.pbcgov.com/art/FDORegistry.aspx


 
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Jan 26, 2016Commissioner Anne Scott to host town hall meeting in Indiantown


The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting on February 10, 2016 hosted by Martin County District 3 Commissioner Anne Scott. The Commissioner invites residents and business owners to have an open discussion and address any issues they feel she should know about.

The meeting will be held:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Civic Center - 15675 SW Oseola Street, Indiantown
6:15 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
If you would like additional information regarding this meeting,
Please call 772-221-2357 or email Sherilyn at sscrader@martin.fl.us.


 
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Jan 26, 2016Whitlach named to Million Dollar Round Table

Whitlach named to Million Dollar Round Table
Thrivent Financial representative recognized for excellence in financial services industry

Amy Whitlach, FIC, CLTC, of Jensen Beach, a Financial Representative with Thrivent Financial, has earned membership in the prestigious 2016 Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). Whitlach qualified for this honor based on her outstanding client service, ethical conduct and professional knowledge in 2015. The MDRT is an international, independent association of leading life insurance and financial services professionals.

Whitlach is associated with Thrivent Financial’s Florida/Georgia Regional Financial Office.

A photo is available upon request.

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com/why. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thrivent Financial is the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, Wis.

About Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT)
The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is an international, independent association of nearly 38,000 members of the world's life insurance and financial services professionals from 450 companies in more than 79 nations and territories. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.



 
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Jan 26, 20162016 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Application Cycle
Good afternoon,

The Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization is pleased to announce the 2016 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) application cycle. TAP is authorized under Federal Legislation and provides funding for projects, including on-/off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities and infrastructure projects for enhanced mobility. (Please note: TAP funding does not cover design costs, permitting, environmental or archaeological reports/documentation, and certain construction items, such as utility relocations/adjustments and as-built surveys.)

This year our budget for projects within Martin County is $358,091.60. Funding for the 2016 cycle will be available in the FY 19/20 Work Program.

An applicant can be any group or entity that submits a complete and accurate application for which there is a Local Agency Program (LAP) project sponsor that has been certified by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Currently, Martin County Board of County Commissioners is the only LAP-certified entity within Martin County. To submit a TAP application, Martin County would need to serve as the project sponsor through an Interlocal Agreement.

Several files are attached for your use. As you compile your applications, please make sure you submit the following materials:

1. Completed application checklist
2. Completed application (one PDF file)
3. Aerial Location Map depicting the project limits (one PDF file)
4. Scope (one PDF file)
5. Typical section (one PDF file)
6. Right-of-Way ownership verification (one PDF file)
7. Plats, deeds, prescriptions, certified surveys and/or easements (one PDF file)
8. Completed cost estimate using the revised format (one Excel file) prepared and signed by a Professional Engineer from the Agency’s Engineering Office


All project applications must be submitted to the Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) office by close of business on Friday, March 4, 2016. Before going through the MPO process, all applications will be reviewed by a Screening Committee to determine project accuracy and feasibility. If the project application is approved by the Screening Committee, the applicant will be required to present the project application at the MPO advisory committee and Policy Board meetings in April.

If you have any questions, please contact Alice Bojanowski, Martin MPO Planner II, at (772) 320-3015 or abojanow@martin.fl.us .

Best Regards,


Beth Beltran
MPO Administrator
Martin MPO
Martin County Board of County Commissioners
(772) 288-5484



Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, disability or family status. Persons with questions or concerns about nondiscrimination, or who require special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act or language translation services (free of charge) should contact Bonnie Landry, Senior Planner (Title VI/Non-discrimination Contact) at (772) 223-7983 or blandry@martin.fl.us. Hearing impaired individuals are requested to telephone the Florida Relay System at #711.




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Jan 26, 2016Skin Serenity Spa Reveals New Digital Facial Imaging Equipment
Skin Serenity Spa Reveals New Digital Facial Imaging Equipment
February 23 event Benefits Soroptimist International of Stuart

Candace Lopes, owner of Skin Serenity Spa, is a woman with a mission: to be your skin’s best resource. She believes it is important to educate clients about their particular skin issues and provide customized solutions. Now to aid her in that mission, she has acquired the Canfield Reveal Imager, a high-tech system that will show your skin’s sun damage, brown spots and red areas, in a 3D view.
The “Big Reveal” event is being held on Tuesday, February 23 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Spa, located at 740 Colorado Avenue in Stuart. Guests will learn from a variety of demonstrations, enjoy refreshments, and receive a voucher they can redeem for a Reveal Imaging.
A $15 admission will be donated to the Human Trafficking program of Soroptimist International of Stuart. Tickets will also be sold for a raffle prize valued at $800. The winner will receive a Reveal Image and a customized package of PCA Skin care products designed to give you great, glowing skin.
RSVP by February 19 by phoning 772-600-8613. Learn more about Skin Serenity Spa at www.skinserenityspa.com


 
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Jan 25, 2016Public Art Advisory Board Vacancy


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Public Art Advisory Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, February 12, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant position: Landscape architect or land use planner. This term will expire in March 2019.

Committee Powers & Duties:
The Board shall have the duty and responsibility to review the Public Art Master Plan and the Art in Public Places Five-Year Plan for review and approval by the Board of County Commissioners and to hold public meetings to solicit public comment for specific public art projects and those contained in the Art in Public Places Five-Year Plan.

Meetings are held as needed at 5:00 PM at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.


 
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Jan 25, 2016Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Vacancies


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, February 12, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant positions: Citizen actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing; Citizen actively engaged as a real estate professional in connection with affordable housing; Citizen actively engaged in the banking/mortgage banking industry in connection with affordable housing; and Citizen who represents essential service personnel. These terms will expire in March 2018.

Committee Powers & Duties:
Recommend specific actions or initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing while protecting the ability of the property to appreciate in value. Evaluate the incentives contained in the Martin County local housing incentive plan and make recommendations for its amendment as needed to encourage or facilitate the creation or maintenance of affordable housing. Review the Martin County Local Housing Assistance Plan (SHIP) before its submission for adoption or amendment to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). Review applications for SHIP funds by community-based organizations or eligible sponsors and provide recommendations for funding of these applications to the BCC. Function as the review committee set forth in the local housing assistance plan to advise and monitor the SHIP program, evaluate requests for exceptions from the regulations in accordance with the procedures set forth in the local housing assistance plan, and to hear appeals from decisions made by the SHIP program administrator.

Meetings are typically held every other month at 3:30 pm at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.


 
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Jan 25, 2016Stuart Main Street to Kickoff Martin Arts Month at January 28 Mornings on Main Street

Sailfish Realty to Host Bi-Monthly Downtown Networking Breakfast at the Courthouse Cultural Center

Stuart Main Street is pleased to announce the popular Downtown Stuart networking breakfast, "Mornings on Main Street" is coming to the Courthouse Cultural Center January 28, 2016. The breakfast will kick off Martin Arts Month with updates on February’s celebration of the arts in Martin County from Martin County Tourism and Marketing Manager, Nerissa Okiye. Retired Martin Arts Council Director, Mary Shaw will also speak about the role of the arts in the revitalization of Downtown Stuart.
The January breakfast is also Stuart Main Street’s annual membership meeting. A special membership raffle will give new and renewing members of Stuart Main Street an opportunity to win tickets to upcoming cultural events.
“Mornings on Main Street” is hosted by Stuart Main Street, a non-profit community membership organization that focuses attention on the downtown corridor and making it user friendly and fun. The FREE networking and social breakfasts are a Downtown Stuart “must attend” with real information on current topics and an opportunity to meet like-minded people with a shared concern for downtown – plus breakfast from our local businesses. This month’s breakfast is sponsored by Sailfish Realty. Coffee and a light breakfast provided by Stuart Coffee Company.
Where is Main Street?
Main Street is an organization, not a place. It’s an idea. It reflects and expands the spirit of downtown residents and businesses. It includes people who love and are inspired by Historic Downtown Stuart! It’s everywhere local business owners and residents are! Our mis¬sion is simple, yet vital: to improv¬e the appear¬ance and eco¬nomic sta¬bil¬ity of His¬toric Down¬town Stuart through historic preservation, downtown improvements and community events.
Embracing the Future While Preserving the Past
Build a brighter economic future for Downtown Stuart. Preserve Stuart’s heritage and historic attractions. Beautify the streets, businesses and public spaces downtown. Help create new partnerships between community organizations, government entities and individual citizens. Be a part of Stuart Main Street!


 
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Jan 25, 2016Florida Chamber Weekly Legislative Update: Week 2
Continuing its focus on a comprehensive legislative agenda that advances jobs, growth and greater economic opportunities for Floridians, this week the Florida Chamber saw two of its priority bills signed into law- the Gardiner Scholarship for individuals with unique abilities and a comprehensive water bill.

The Florida Chamber's lobby team stormed the hill testifying in support of permanently eliminating the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment, and continuing efforts to phase out the Business Rent Tax. We pushed back against burdensome and costly regulations by opposing changes to how Floridians bag their groceries, and we testified against a patchwork of municipal regulations and in support of a statewide framework for hydraulic fracturing.

Building on efforts to create a competitive and highly-skilled talent pool that meets business needs, we joined our partners at the State University System in kicking off Think Florida: A Higher Degree for Business. In honor of Florida Tourism Day at the Capitol, and the strong economic engine tourism provides to Florida's economy, the Florida Chamber Foundation released its weekly DID YOU KNOW - announcing that Florida is expected to surpass 100 million visitors for the year. And we partnered with local chambers of commerce from Stuart-Martin County, Indian River, Jensen Beach, Bonita Springs, Ocala-Marion County and Greater Brandon to strengthen our pro-jobs, pro-business message.

Below is a review of legislative activity from Week 2 of the 2016 Legislative Session.

At the Florida Chamber, we believe a quality education and workforce development system is Florida's best long-term economic development strategy. We need to work toward filling the gap created between Florida's current education system and the needs of Florida's employers by diversifying our economy and creating job opportunities for future generations.



PERSONAL
LEARNING
ACCOUNTS
SB 672
Sen. Don Gaetz

HB 7011
Rep. Erik Fresen

Expands the pool of students eligible for the Florida Personal Learning
Scholarship Account Program, known as The Gardiner Scholarship.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 672
SIGNED
by Governor Scott on
January 21, 2016

HB 7011
Substituted for SB 672.



COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION

SB 1714
Sen. Jeff Brandes

HB 1365
Rep. Ray Rodrigues



Authorizes select pilot programs to implement a competency-based and personalized learning education system in which each student progresses upon demonstrating mastery of the subject, not based on seat time.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 1714
Passed the Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee

HB 1365
In the House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee. The House did not take action this week.


DUAL ENROLLMENT
SB 824
Sen. Kelli Stargel
HB 835
Rep. Eric Eisnaugle

SB 1522
Sen. Kelli Stargel




Addresses inconsistencies for dual enrollment courses taken by public, private and home education students.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 824
Received three
committees of reference.
HB 835
In Education Appropriations Subcommittee. The House did not take action this week.

SB 1522
The Senate did not
take action this week.


K-3 READING INITIATIVES
HB 7021
Rep. Janet Adkins

SB 1068
Sen John Legg



Improves reading performance by requiring
the State Board of Education to re-focus on K-3
reading skills.

FLORIDA CHAMBER
SUPPORTED

HB 7021
In Education Committee. The House did not take action this week.

SB 1068
The Senate did not
take action this week.
SCHOOL CHOICE/ CHARTER SCHOOLS
SB 830
Sen. Kelli Stargel

HB 7029
Rep. Bob Cortes

SB 808
Sen. Jeff Brandes

HB 1255
Rep. Darryl Rouson

Revises public school choice options for students and establishes a charter school institute to provide technical assistance to charter school applicants.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 830
Received three committees of reference.
HB 7029
Passed the House Education Committee.

SB 808
Received four committees
of reference.
HB 1255
In House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee. The House did not take action this week.




BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIPS

SB 520
Sen. Tom Lee

HB 793
Rep. Marlene O'Toole

High school students would be allowed to work in certain internships to satisfy volunteer requirements for a Bright Futures Scholarship.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 520
On the Senate Calendar.
The Senate did not
take action this week.
HB 793
In House Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
The House did not
take action this week.




EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
SB 894
Sen. Nancy Detert

HB 719
Rep. Ross Spano

SB 524
Sen. Don Gaetz

Requires the Department of Education to establish an educator liability insurance program. Additionally, it creates the Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program.

FLORIDA CHAMBER
SUPPORTED

SB 894
Passed Senate Education Pre-K-12.
HB 719
In House Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
The House did not
take action this week.
SB 524
In Senate Appropriations.
The Senate did not
take action this week.




STEM

SB 290
Sen. Christopher Smith

HB 15
Rep. Ed Narain

SB 432
Sen. Travis Hutson

HB 189
Rep. Manny Diaz
Creates a loan forgiveness program for STEM teachers who complete eight years of consecutive employment as a teacher of STEM courses at a public school in Florida.

Provides alternative requirements for earning professional educator certificate for individuals who are not certified educators, but who hold specified STEM degrees, to teach courses related to his or her degree.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 290
Passed Senate Education Pre-K-12, and is now in Appropriations Subcommittee
on Education.

HB 15
The House did not
take action this week.
SB 432
Passed the Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee.
HB 189
On the House Calendar.
The House did not
take action this week.




WORKFORCE

SB 726
Sen. Jeremy Ring

SB 836
Sen. Don Gaetz

SB 1060
Sen. John Legg

HB 7017
Rep. Jake Raburn

SB 1670
Sen. Aaron Bean

HB 1343
Rep. Janet Adkins

Revises provisions relating to apprenticeships and job-training programs, high school equivalency programs, the Higher Education Coordinating Council, applied technology diploma programs, adult general education programs, CAPE digital tool certificates and career centers. Additionally, it creates the Florida Apprenticeship Grant (FLAG) and Rapid Response Grant programs.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED

SB 726
The Senate did not take action.

SB 836
On the Senate Higher Education Committee agenda.

SB 1060
Passed the Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee, and is now in Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.
HB 7017
On the House Calendar.
The House did not
take action this week.
SB 1670
On the Higher Education Committee agenda for a
January 25 hearing.
HB 1343
In House Higher Education
and Workforce Subcommittee.
The House did not
take action this week.




JOHN M. McKAY
SCHOLARSHIP
SB 1088
Sen. Kelli Stargel

HB 837
Rep. Bileca and
Rep. Cortes

SB 1062
Sen. Kelli Stargel



Establishes a transition-to-work program for young adults with disabilities, and includes academic instruction, work skills training and a paid or volunteer work experience. Also eliminates the ceiling on McKay Scholarship awards.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 1088
The Senate did not
take action this week.
HB 837
In House Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
The House did not
take action this week.
SB 1062
The Senate did not
take action this week.




INNOVATION & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
With two out of three new jobs in Florida created by small businesses specializing in areas from international trade to rural economic development, Florida needs to stay the course of diversifying our economy.


MANUFACTURING

SB 98
Sen. Dorothy Hukill

HB 115
Rep. MaryLynn Magar
Makes the sales tax exemption for manufacturing machinery and equipment permanent.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 98
On the Senate Finance and Tax agenda for January 25.
The Senate did not
take action this week.
HB 115
The House did not
take action this week.




RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

HB 311
Rep. Ed Narain

SB 508
Sen. Jeff Brandes
Increases the
amount of research
and development tax
awarded annually to $23 million.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 311
The House did not
take action this week.
SB 508
The Senate did not
take action this week.




QUALIFIED DEFENSE
& SPACEFLIGHT INCENTIVE
SB 1704
Sen. David Simmons


Extends the Qualified Defense Contractor and Spaceflight tax refund program.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED


SB 1704
The Senate did not
take action this week.




ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SB 1325
Sen. Jim Boyd
MONITORING
CLOSELY
Makes changes to Florida's economic development incentives.

MONITORING CLOSELY
SB 1325
In Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee. The House did not take action this week.




ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SB 1646
Sen. Jack Latvala

MONITORING
CLOSELY
Improves Florida's entertainment industry incentive and makes changes to Florida's economic development incentives.

MONITORING CLOSELY

SB 1646
On the Senate Commerce and Tourism agenda for January 25. The Senate did not
take action this week..




INFRASTRUCTURE & GROWTH LEADERSHIP
More than 94 million visitors come to Florida each year and it's estimated that by 2030, more than six million new residents will call Florida home. We must prepare for this growth in smart and sustainable ways. Securing Florida's future will require changing the way we view issues such as water and energy supply, agriculture, land development, roads, bridges, ports and telecommunications.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES

HB 7005
Rep. Matt Caldwell

SB 552
Sen. Charlie Dean


Calls for a comprehensive and science-based water policy that will help secure Florida's water resources.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 552
SIGNED
by Governor Scott
on January 21, 2016.





FREIGHT AND MOBILITY PROJECTS
HB 529
Rep. Lake Ray

SB 1268
Sen. Wilton Simpson

Provides that certain fees collected by DHSMV go to trade and ports projects.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 529
In House Transportation and Ports Subcommittee. The House did not take action this week.
SB 1268
The Senate did not
take action this week.




DRI SECTORS
SB 1190
Sen. Miguel
Diaz de la Portilla

HB 1361
Rep. Mike La Rosa

Allows companies to fairly adjust already approved development plans in light of changing economic conditions without starting a new approval process.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 1190
Placed on the Senate Community Affairs Committee for January 26.







NATURAL GAS
REBATE PROGRAM
SB 90
Sen. Wilton Simpson

HB 285
Rep. Lake Ray



Allows the Department of Agriculture to use allocated, unspent funds from the natural gas fuel fleet vehicle rebate program on qualified businesses.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED

SB 90
Passed Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, and now is in Appropriations.
HB 285
The House did not
take action this week.




WELL STIMULATION TREATMENTS

HB 19
Rep. Evan Jenne

SB 166
Sen. Darren Soto

Prohibits the use of
hydraulic fracturing technology in Florida.

FLORIDA CHAMBER
OPPOSED

HB 19
In the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee. The House did not take action this week.
SB 166
The Senate did not
take action this week.




HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
SB 358
Sen. Jeremy Ring


Proposes a constitutional amendment to ban hydraulic fracturing.
FLORIDA CHAMBER
OPPOSED

SB 358
The Senate did not
take action this week.




DISPOSABLE
PLASTIC BAGS
SB 306
Sen. Dwight Bullard

HB 143
Rep. David Richardson

Could lead to a patchwork of local regulations on the use of disposable plastic bags.
FLORIDA CHAMBER OPPOSED
SB 306
Passed the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation, and now in Community Affairs.





BUSINESS CLIMATE & COMPETITIVENESS
Florida is on the right track toward a more competitive and global economy and businesses are taking notice. Last year several large employers moved their headquarters or expanded to Florida because of Florida's attractive business climate. Instead of short-term solutions from well-funded trial lawyers with special interest agendas, the Florida Chamber is focused on creating long-term sustainable solutions so Florida can continue to attract, add and grow the top businesses in the nation.

FAIR SETTLEMENT
HB 5
Rep. Mike Hill

SB 632
Sen. Garrett Richter


Helps reform Florida's broken legal system by providing a certain time limit for an insurer to assess and remedy a claim.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 5
The House did not
take action this week.
SB 632
Temporarily postponed in Senate Banking and Insurance Agenda. Back on the agenda for January 26.



CORPORATE
INCOME TAX
SB 76
Sen. Dorthy Hukill

HB 219
Rep. Jennifer Sullivan
Reduces the corporate income tax by increasing the amount of income that is exempt.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 76
The Senate did not
take action this week.





BUSINESS RENT TAX
SB 116
Sen. Dorthy Hukill

HB 247
Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen and Rep. Greg Steube


Begins the phase out of the business rent tax by reducing the sales tax levied by one percent.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 116
The Senate did not
take action this week.

HB 247
The House did not
take action this week.




COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TAX
SB 256
Senator Dorothy Hukill


Further reduces the communications services tax - a tax charged on all cell phones, land lines and cable services.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 256
The Senate did not
take action this week.




STREAMLINED
SALES TAX
SB 292
Sen. Gwen Margolis


Realigns Florida's tax definitions to join the national Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement so Florida can collect internet sales tax from remote sellers.
FLORIDA CHAMBER
SUPPORTED

SB 292
The Senate did not
take action this week.




SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
HB 721
Rep. Jay Fant

SB 1236
Sen. Rene Garcia

Eliminates the collection of sales tax for small businesses on "Small Business Saturday."

FLORIDA CHAMBER
SUPPORTED
HB 721
In Finance and Tax Committee.
The House did not
take action this week.

SB 1236
The Senate did not
take action this week.




PROPERTY TAX RELIEF
HB 7015
Rep. Ray Rodrigues

SB 1074
Sen. Don Gaetz

Fixes an unintended consequence of "Save Our Homes" by prohibiting increases in assessed value when property values are in decline.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 7015
Passed the House Appropriations Committee, and is now on
the House Calendar.
SB 1074
Placed on the Senate Finance and Tax Committee for January 25.




ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS
SB 596
Sen. Dorothy Hukill

HB 1097
Rep. Matt Caldwell

Fights insurance fraud and increased costs by reforming the post-loss "assignment of benefits."
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 596
Placed on the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee for January 26.

HB 1097
On the Senate Insurance and Banking Subcommittee
for January 26.



UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION
HB 1017
Rep. Mike La Rosa

SB 1216
Sen. Kelli Stargel

Prevents unemployment compensation fraud, which drives up the tax paid by Florida job creators.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 1017
The House did not
take action this week.
SB 1216
The Senate did not
take action this week.




ACCURACY IN DAMAGES
HB 1271
Rep. Jay Fant

SB 1474
Sen. Garrett Richter

Helps reform Florida's broken legal system by reforming damages awarded for personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 1271
The House did not
take action this week.
SB 1474
Received three
committees of reference.




PROHIBITED INSURANCE PRACTICES
HB 671
Rep. Doug Broxson

SB 1248
Sen. Miguel
Diaz de la Portilla


Reduces insurance fraud by prohibiting kickbacks and referral fees for mitigation and repairs.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED


HB 671
On the Insurance and Banking Subcommittee for January 25.
SB 1248
The Senate did not
take action this week.




PRE-JUDGEMENT INTEREST
HB 1005
Rep. Carlos Trujillo

SB 1086
Sen. Rob Bradley
Drives up the cost of Florida's broken legal system by allowing plaintiff trial attorneys to collect interest on damages.
FLORIDA CHAMBER
OPPOSED

HB 1005
The House did not
take action this week.
SB 1086
Passed Senate Judiciary, and is now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice.




CIVIC & GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS
At the Florida Chamber, we believe efficient and transparent government systems allow businesses to grow in a globally competitive economy. As our state grows, taxpayers deserve an efficient government that provides the highest return to taxpayers with the lowest burden on job creators.

MINIMUM WAGE
SB 6
Sen. Dwight Bullard
HB 109
Rep. Victor Torres and
Rep. Hazelle Rogers

Increases the cost of doing business by increasing the minimum wage.

FLORIDA CHAMBER
OPPOSED
SB 6
The Senate did not
take action this week.
HB 109:
The House did not
take action this week.




MANDATED PAID
SICK LEAVE
HB 205
Rep. Alan Williams
SB 294
Sen. Geraldine Thompson

Interferes with the business to employee relationship by mandating paid sick leave. FLORIDA CHAMBER OPPOSED
HB 205
The House did not
take action this week.
SB 294
On the Senate Commerce
and Tourism Committee
for January 25.




CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS


SB 448
Sen. Jeff Clemens

HB 353
Rep. Bobby Powell


Prohibits job creators from considering or asking about criminal background history during initial application.
FLORIDA CHAMBER OPPOSED

SB 448
The Senate did not
take action this week.

HB 353
The House did not
take action this week.




PAID FAMILY LEAVE
SB 384
Sen. Dwight Bullard

HB 603
Rep. Janet Cruz

Requires employers to provide paid family leave for the birth or adoption of a new child.
FLORIDA CHAMBER OPPOSED
SB 384
The Senate did not
take action this week.

HB 603
The House did not
take action this week.




PRIVATE
PROPERTY
RIGHTS
HB 163
Rep. Matt Gaetz

SB 300
Sen. Don Gaetz

MONITORING CLOSELY
Maintains and protects the rights of business owners and individuals over their private property while expanding open carry laws in Florida.

MONITORING CLOSELY
HB 163
The House did not
take action this week.

SB 300
The Senate did not
take action this week.




QUALITY OF LIFE & QUALITY PLACES
Florida's unique quality of life is one reason Florida is consistently ranked as an attractive place to visit, live, learn, play and work. Retaining and attracting the right employers who fuel jobs and great communities are key to Florida's long-term success. Families, students and businesses alike cause us to examine the policies that can either strengthen or harm Florida's future job growth.

SCOPE OF
PRACTICE
SB 152
Sen. Denise Grimsley

HB 423
Rep. Cary Pigman

SB 946
Sen. Denise Grimsley

HB 1241
Rep. Rene Plasencia
Increases the healthcare system capacity by allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to practice to their fullest potential.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 152
Passed Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and is now in Appropriations.
HB 423
Passed Health and Human Services Committee, and is now on the House Calendar.
SB 946
The Senate did not
take action this week.
HB 1241
Placed on the Health Innovation Subcommittee agenda for January 25.





RELATING TO HEALTHCARE

HB 963
Rep. Shawn Harrison

SB 1084
Sen. Don Gaetz

Eliminates the long-standing medical protocol known as "step therapy," which provides patients with access to care while also controlling costs.

FLORIDA CHAMBER
OPPOSED
HB 963
The House did not
take action this week.
SB 1084
Passed the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, and is now in Health Policy.




PATIENTS COMPENSATION SYSTEM
HB 1065
Rep. Cary Pigman

SB 1308
Sen. Alan Hays

The Florida Chamber opposes any move that would increase medical liability litigation. Patients Compensation System (PCS) is based on the false premise that physician liability payments are escalating and that the system is in crisis.
FLORIDA CHAMBER
OPPOSED


HB 1065
The Senate did not
take action this week.

SB 1308
The Senate did not
take action this week.







 
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Jan 25, 2016Molly’s House Polo Classic

Molly’s House Polo Classic will be held at Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee, FL, March 5, 2016 from 12-4pm. This annual
fundraiser hosts international polo players, memorable paella, best hat contest, raffle and of course the traditional half
time champagne divot stomp. Gates open at 11:30pm.
Tickets: $50 Carload General Tailgating, $100 VIP Reserved Seating with Food & Beverage. Tickets can be purchased online
at www.mollyshouse.org, by calling Molly’s House at 772-223-6659 or stopping in at 430 SE Osceola St., Stuart, FL 34994.
The proceeds from the event will go towards Molly’s House Adopt A Family Program. Molly’s House has seen over 17,000
guests since its inception in 1996 with over 35% of those unable to pay the $20 a night donation. The Adopt A Family
Program subsidizes those families.
Molly’s House is a 501©3 hospital hospitality house that offers affordable, temporary accommodations for adult and
children patients and their families receiving medical care on the Treasure Coast. The House services Martin, St. Lucie,
Palm Beach, Okeechobee and Indian River Counties. The Victorian style house features 14 bedrooms with private baths, a
living room, two kitchens, a laundry facility, a chapel, a library and outside areas for relaxing. Molly’s House has been
keeping families together since 1996 providing a home-away-from-home for more than 16,000 individuals. For more
information about Molly’s House Polo Classic, call 772.223.6659 or visit http://www.MollysHouse.org.

Molly’s House, Polo & Paella Fundraiser
12499 SW Conners Hwy, Okeechobee, FL 34974

facebook
https://www.facebook.com/events/480992665375292/

Tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mollys-house-polo-classic-tickets-20505216655


 
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Jan 25, 2016St Patrick's Day Parade
JOIN IN ON THE FUN...SUNDAY MARCH 13TH - 9AM-5PM, PARADE AT 3PM.

LIMITED VENDOR SPACE THIS YEAR!

TWO SHOWS IN ONE:
This year we are mixing the regular arts/craft show with an antiques show.
Please review attached documents and fill out what best suits your product.

St. Patrick's Vendors only have 25 spots this year - so get your space quick!
We also only one 1 non-profit space available this year.

Lots of attachments and information for you to review.
You can also visit us at www.jbstpatricksparade.com to sign up!


 
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Jan 25, 2016State issues final Inlet Management Plan for County, allowing restoration projects to move forward


The final component needed for the economic and environmentally sensitive management of the St. Lucie Inlet is now in place. Along with a Memorandum of Understanding agreement between Martin County and the Town of Jupiter Island, the new and improved Inlet Management Plan (IMP) from the State now provides Martin County with the clarity required for the successful, long-term management of these valuable sand resources. Over the years, the State Statutes that govern Inlet Management Plans have changed. In the case of the St. Lucie Inlet, originally, only the impacts downdrift (or south) of the Inlet had been considered as part of the IMP.

The new plan estimates the annual loss of sand to the south and north that occurs as a result of the existence of the Inlet at approximately 161,000 cubic yards and 34,000 cubic yards respectively. Notably, the total of these north and south impacts exceeds the County's estimates of 150,000 cubic yards deposited in the Inlet on an average basis and will require supplemental sand to be acquired from other sources. The new plan establishes guidance for the County to make the best decisions possible for the environmental and economic well-being of the inlet.

"Years of hard work, data collection, and science-based discussions helped to inform the process of updating the plan," explained Martin County coastal engineer Kathy FitzPatrick. "The State acknowledges that there are impacts to beaches both north and south of the Inlet, and these impacts have been taken into consideration as part of the updated St. Lucie Inlet Management Plan which has now officially been issued by the State. We are pleased with the end result," FitzPatrick added.

This paves the way for use of Inlet sand in the upcoming restoration work on one of the County's local treasures, Bathtub Reef Beach, as well as the northern half of Sailfish Point Beach. More details on the temporary impacts to beach parking and access to the beach will be available this week.

About the St. Lucie Inlet

The St. Lucie Inlet is vital to Martin County both environmentally and economically. It is one of the richest and most diverse estuaries in North America. The Inlet is where the exchange of fresh and salt water occurs, providing essential habitat for estuarine and marine fish nurseries. The Inlet also serves an essential environmental function, flushing water discharged from Lake Okeechobee via the St. Lucie Canal into the Atlantic Ocean

From an economic standpoint, our waterways provide approximately $362 million in annual sales, $123 million in personal income, and $588 million in property values. One out of every 10 jobs in Martin County is marine related and safe navigation of the Inlet is vital to those who rely on our Inlet for their livelihoods. Martin County is committed to ensuring the St. Lucie Inlet is properly managed and maintained for the benefit of the entire community.



 
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Jan 22, 2016Latest in "Inspired By ....." series to be present by Arts Council of MC
The Arts Council of Martin County’s “Inspired By…” is a series designed to inspire our creativity and connect us with our passions. It is part of the “Cultural Conversations” series, sponsored by Wilmington Trust and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Each “Inspired By….” is a special and intimate conversation with one of Martin County’s finest artists, performers or arts patrons. Modeled on successful television programs such as “Inside the Actor’s Studio”, each presentation features 30 minutes of direct interview and performance (if applicable) with the featured artist or arts patron. Networking and a question-and-answer period with the audience follows.
The next “Inspired By …..” will present Peter Lawson-Johnston, honorary chair of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Senior Partner at Guggenheim Brothers and Chair of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Lawson-Johnston is the author of “Growing up Guggenheim.”
It will take place on Jan. 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Jupiter Island Town Hall, with a reception to be sponsored by the Jupiter Arts Council. Tickets are $15 per person in advance* via MartinArts.org Reservations Required. Seats are limited.
Contact Nancy Turrell at nturrell@martinarts.org or 772-287-6676, ext. 4
*Arts Council members and guests are invited to attend. Members are free, $15per person for non-members. Purchase your membership or tickets online at MartinArts.org, via the Donate Now!


 
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Jan 22, 2016Treasure Coast Food Bank, in partnership with Executive Chef Jason Stocks
Treasure Coast Food Bank, in partnership with Executive Chef Jason Stocks, owner of the popular District Table & Bar, invites the community to a unique farm-to-table brunch celebrating Florida’s Spring Harvest.
The event puts a focus on all the food available through local farmers. All the items used to create the menu has been acquired from local sources. Chef Stocks, borrowing from his own 'farm-to-table' restaurant menu, has created the extensive menu for the brunch.
It includes a variety of hot food stations, including a Shrimp and Grits bar with assorted garnishes, Vegetable and Goat Cheese Frittata, Local Egg Station, and Stocks’ famous Sweet Tea Fried Chicken.Guests also will enjoy complementary Bloody Marys or Mimosas.
Spring Forward for Hunger takes place on Sunday, March 13 at Ground Floor Farm in Stuart.


 
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Jan 22, 2016Lake Point case enters new phase
As the Lake Point case enters a new and critical phase, the Martin County legal team has been fortified with a top-ranked statewide law firm, De La Parte & Gilbert, P.A., led by Attorney Ed De La Parte, a board certified government and administrative practice lawyer with over 35 years of experience in environmental land use and water law.

De La Parte & Gilbert, P.A., will work with Martin County Attorney Michael D. Durham and Senior County Attorneys Amy T. Petrick and Ruth A. Holmes to prepare for trial of the litigation that was filed nearly three years ago by the owners of the Lake Point property in western Martin County. The three-week trial is scheduled to begin in September.

The Lake Point Ranches was approved as a 20-acre equestrian residential development on the property off State Road 76 near Lake Okeechobee in 2007 but the equestrian community was never built.

Lake Point Phase I, LLC, and Lake Point Phase II, LLC - owned by Jud Laird, Harry Rusbridge, George Lindemann, Jr. and George Lindemann, Sr. - bought the property in 2008 for more than $50 million. The new owners converted the project to a rock mining operation under a land acquisition and development agreement with the South Florida Water Management District, which entered into a separate agreement with the County to allow the rockpit to operate with mining permits issued by state and federal agencies.

The Lake Point venture was touted as a public-private partnership that would allow the owners to operate a for-profit rockpit to mine and sell aggregate for construction projects while donating the 2,200-acre property to the District for environmental and water management purposes. A 150-acre recreation area was to be given to Martin County. Storm water treatment areas (also known as STAs) were supposed to be created from excavated areas to cleanse water from Lake Okeechobee and divert it to the Loxahatchee River. Lake Point claimed that its project was a critical part of Everglades restoration efforts.

Years after purchasing the property and entering into the land acquisition agreement with the District, Lake Point decided to try to generate revenue by conveying water from Lake Okeechobee through its property to the City of West Palm Beach and other municipalities south of Martin County for sale to utility customers. Lake Point never tried to amend its agreement with the District to allow the project to be converted from and environmental restoration project to a water supply project.

In any event, the City of West Palm Beach was ultimately not interested in the Lake Point proposal and there were no other customers waiting in the wings.

In February of 2013 - even though not a single STA had been built and no property donated to the District or the County - the Lake Point property owners sued the District and the County claiming that these governments failed to keep promises that were made in the agreements. At the same time, Lake Point filed suit against former County Commissioner, Maggy Hurchalla, claiming her criticism of the environmental aspects of the Lake Point mining project interfered with Lake Point's business plan and caused the District and the County to violate the agreements. Hurchalla has asserted her First Amendment right to speak out against a project that she believes is environmentally unsound. Moreover, Lake Point claims that the District, the County and Hurchalla are responsible for millions of dollars in lost revenue from the rock mining operation and loss of future profits from a water supply conveyance proposal. Meanwhile Lake Point's mining operation has continued without interruption since the mining permits were issued.

As to some of the specific aspects of the case, the Court dismissed one claim against Hurchalla, in which Lake Point sought to prohibit her from continuing to criticize the project. The County won a victory last year when, after a two-day hearing, the Court rejected Lake Point's claims that the County violated the Public Records Act in delaying production of records related to the project.

Dozens of depositions have been taken by lawyers for both sides in which District and County employees, Maggy Hurchalla, owners, consultants and lobbyist for Lake Point have been extensively questioned.

What is likely to be the final phase of the litigation is now beginning. Attorney De La Parte and the County Attorney's legal staff are gearing up for the final months leading to the conclusion of this contentious but also amorphous litigation.

The South Florida Water Management District is represented by the agency's former general counsel, Kirk Burns, and Maggy Hurchalla is represented by Virginia Sherlock and Howard Heims of the Stuart law firm of Littman, Sherlock & Heims, P.A.



 
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Jan 21, 2016House of Hope is open to serve
House of Hope continues to expand its hours of operation to better serve the community.

On Feb. 1, the Jensen Beach branch will begin opening on Mondays, joining House of Hope’s Hobe Sound and Indiantown locations in the following schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Each of these locations contains a thrift store, a food pantry and access to Project HOPE (Helping Others Progress through Empowerment). Project HOPE is a collection of services that cover basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance – and offer longer-term case planning to help people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future.

In addition to the Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound and Indiantown locations, House of Hope has two facilities in Stuart: a thrift store that is open seven days a week and its main service center that is open five days. However, renovations to this central facility – at the corner of Bonita Street and Dixie Highway in Golden Gate -- are soon to begin that will result in the ability to offer weekend and/or evening hours.

Enhancements to the building will re-locate the welcome center and food pantry to the front of the building – creating a single entry point. Plans also include increasing refrigeration to offer more fresh produce and frozen meat, as well as building a clean room to repackage bulk food products.

The address of each House of Hope location is as follows:

Jensen Beach: 1090 NE Jensen Beach Blvd.
Hobe Sound: 8937 SE Bridge Rd.
Indiantown: 15549 SW Warfield Blvd.
Stuart office/services: 2484 SE Bonita St.
Stuart thrift store: 2525 SE Federal Hwy.

Founded in 1984, House of Hope is a Martin County nonprofit agency that now touches the lives of more than 5,000 people per month.

House of Hope relies heavily on the services of volunteers, and more are always needed, especially as the agency continues to grow. To volunteer, please contact Lauren Mustelier, (772) 286-4673, ext. 1004, or lauren@hohmartin.org.

More information about House of Hope is available at www.hohmartin.org or by calling (772) 286-4673.


 
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Jan 21, 2016Lyric Magazine Ad Deadline next week - Jan.27!
It's time to reserve your place in The Lyric Magazine Spring 2016 Issue. Our Art Work Deadline for the Spring Issue is January 27th. Commit to 2 or more issues and SAVE 20% on each ad!

Things will be going full steam through the end of May at The Lyric, assuring thousands will see your ad in our quarterly! That's a tremendous amount of traffic, not just to the theater (one of the MANY places our magazine is distributed), but also to our website!

Attached is our media kit. Space is limited. Reserve your ad today!

For more information, please contact me at 772-220-1942, ext 205 or karin@lyrictheatre.com.

Thanks!
Karin

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Here's the scoop........

The Lyric Magazine: Our quarterly publication. (Our sales kit is attached for your reference)

LyricTheatre.com Home Page: Check out the new banners at: http://lyrictheatre.com/
Distributed to over 60,000 Treasure Coast residences.
Inserted in a Sunday Edition of Scripps newspapers.
Direct mailed to over 1,600 Lyric Theatre members.
Boasts an average of 19,000 visits per month!
The Specifics:
Ad Placement: Lyric Theatre Homepage Masthead
Ad Size: Rectangular Banner: 300px x 100px - Will link to the URL of your choosing.
Ad will placed in continuous rotation with a maximum of 5 other ads. Each ad will display for 5 seconds.
Minimum Requirement: 1 week
Cost: $100/week, paid in advance
Discounts offered for long-term commitments (3 mo. minimum)


LYRIC Media Kit 2015-16.p
 
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Jan 20, 2016You are invited to join the Martin County Taxpayers Association
FYI: Attached please find an invitation to our Annual Luncheon on February 11, 2016 at The Twisted Tuna Restaurant. We have limited seating available and ask that you RSVP as soon as possible. Simply e-mail your name and number of guests to:
mctaxpayers1950@gmail.com. You can pay at the door with either check or cash. The cost is $15 per person.





You are invited to join the Martin County Taxpayers Association
For their Annual Luncheon Meeting
Featured Speaker: Commissioner John Haddox

Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Time: 11:30 Meet & Greet
12:00 Luncheon

RSVP: mctaxpayers1950@gmail.com
Simply email your name and
number of guests
By February 8th 2016

Price: $15/ Pay at door, checks or cash only

Location: Twisted Tuna Restaurant
4290 SE Salerno Rd.
2 Floor
Stuart, Fl.


Presented by the Martin County Taxpayers Association
For more information, please contact: mctaxpayers1950@gmail.com (772)288.0474


 
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Jan 20, 2016Hibiscus Annual Golf Tournament to benefit abused children
The mission of Hibiscus Children’s Center is to maintain a safe shelter for children who are abused, abandoned, and neglected by providing prevention, residential, assessment, and recovery programs. Hibiscus Children’s Center also prepares our children for their future by constructing programs so that our children acquire an education, attain emotional and physical well-being, achieve career readiness, and gain independent living skills.

Visit www.HibiscusChildrensCenter.org to learn more about helping the children we serve,
to volunteer, to donate or to Leave A Legacy by remembering Hibiscus in your estate plan.

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This electronic transmission and any documents accompanying it, contain information intended solely for the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may include confidential information. Unauthorized disclosure of confidential information is prohibited by Federal Regulations (42 CFR Section 480.101), HIPAA, and state law. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender by e-mail immediately and destroy the message and accompanying documents.


 
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Jan 20, 2016Florida Artists Hall of Fame Inducts Jane Davis Doggett


For Immediate Release, (January 20, 2016), Stuart, FL: Secretary of State Ken Detzner is pleased to announce the selection of artist and environmental graphic designer Jane Doggett for induction into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. The artist will be inducted in a ceremony February 2, 2016 at the Convening Culture Conference to be held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

The Arts Council of Martin County’s executive director Nancy K. Turrell nominated Ms. Doggett for this prestigious recognition. Ms. Turrell stated “She is an inspiration to me and many others with her pioneering role in the field of art and architecture in modern airport design as well as her continuing work as a fine artist to this very day. Jane is a graphic artist and environmental designer who has more than 40 airport projects to her credit, with several in Florida and I am so pleased to be a part of this recognition of her life, work and career.”

About Jane Davis Doggett: Artist and Environmental Graphic Designer, Jupiter Island (1919 - ). Jane Davis Doggett studied at the Yale School of Art and Architecture during its modernist heyday, and has since become one of America’s leading graphic designers. Her work includes thematic graphics and wayfinding systems seen by 20 million airport passengers per year at 40 international airport projects, including Tampa, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Miami. Doggett pioneered the use of color-coding and letters to identify and index airport terminals, creating iconic graphics for both interior and exterior signage. She has been honored for her design with multiple awards, including the American Institute of Architects’ National Award of Merit, Progressive Architecture Design Award, American Iron and Steel Institute’s Design in Steel Citation, and two design awards co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her creative two- and three-dimensional artworks have been featured in 15 exhibitions, including the Armory Center in West Palm Beach, FL, the Elliott Museum in Stuart, FL, the Tennessee State Museum, The University of Maine Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery. Her artworks are in the permanent collections of the Elliott Museum and Yale University.

For more information about the Florida Artists Hall of Fame and the artists in all disciplines who have received this honor, visit
http://dos.myflorida.com/cultural/programs/florida-artists-hall-of-fame/.

The Arts Council is the designated local arts agency for Martin County. The Arts Council provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public and strives to instill a passion for and participation in the arts. For more information, please call 772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org.

The Arts Council is sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment of the Arts, the City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.


 
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Jan 20, 2016For as low as $135, Advertise and Help the Shelter Pets!
Tax-Deductible advertising just got even more reasonable!
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is offering steep discounts on their advertising rates for the Spring Issue of Wagging Tales Magazine. (hyperlink Wagging Tales Magazine to http://www.hstc1.org/wagging-tales-magazine)
This beautiful, full color publication is the only magazine of its kind in our area.
Your business will reach over 6,000 of our donors who are invested in our cause, who in turn will become invested in your business. Statistics show that people in our community support businesses that support causes that are near and dear to their hearts.
One Issue Two Issues Four Issues
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Gain social media exposure as a bonus when you purchase a full year of advertising! HSTC Social Media has over 15,000 followers!
HURRY! Offer Deadline is January 29th!
Contact: Candace Callahan, 772-600-3216 or by email at ccallahan@hstc1.org.


 
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Jan 19, 2016Carrabba's to host 6th annual luncheon to benefit Sarah's Kitchen


Enjoy a delicious lunch and help Sarah's Kitchen take a bite out of hunger.

Bring an appetite and come to lunch on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 from 11:30-2:00 at Carrabba's Italian Grill in St. Lucie West! Tickets are just $20 per person and all proceeds benefit Sarah's Kitchen of the Treasure Coast. Come out and dine on a delicious meal of caesar salad, chicken marsala and penne pomodoro, knowing that with each bite you are helping provide hot food for the hungry in St. Lucie and Martin County's.
"Sarah's Kitchen is primarily funded through community support, so we are very thankful to Danielle Piazza and her crew at Carrabba's for hosting this luncheon for the 6th year." says Executive Director Daphne Stewart.
Grab your neighbors and bring your co-workers and friends to lunch while helping us raise money to feed our hungry neighbors. To purchase tickets, call Bob and Rochelle Fiebelkorn at (772) 618-3817.
Sarah's Kitchen operates five soup kitchens and a mobile feeding unit in St. Lucie County to serve those who are hungry and hurting. In the summer of 2015, they expanded their mobile feeding program to reach out to the homeless in Martin County.
Over 67,000 meals were provided in 2015! For soup kitchen locations, visit SarahsKitchen.org.


 
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Jan 19, 2016Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal Receives Recognition as a Member of AICPA G400
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has recently recognized Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, CPAs & Associates as one of the 500 largest CPA firms in the United States, out of 46,000 firms in its membership nationwide. The AICPA identifies the country's 100 largest CPA firms and classifies this group as The G100. The G400 represents the 101-500 largest firms in the United States that serve America's small and mid-sized businesses.
The G400 will provide Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, P.A. with direct access to leaders at the AICPA and in the accounting profession. The G400 also provides a wealth of valuable and timely information related to the regulatory, legislative and standards-setting landscape for accounting matters. As a member of the G400, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, P.A. is recognized as a leader in the industry and will be part of an influential forum of forward thinkers that are shaping and growing the accounting industry.
We are honored to be a part of the G400 group and look forward to enhancing our services to our clients through increased direct communication and collaboration with the accounting industry leaders.


 
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Jan 19, 2016Prescribed Fire Awareness
Prescribed Fire Awareness
Lunch, Lecture and Q & A Session
Robert Morgade Library
Saturday, January 23, 2016
-Sponsored by Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park -

Stuart, FL – January 23, 2016. If you want to learn about the importance of fire in Florida, join the members of the Florida Park Service and the Florida Forest Service for an intriguing presentation over a free lunch. You will receive an explanation of what exactly a prescribed burn is. You will also learn how such fires are actually planned, started and controlled in a safe manner. In addition, you will hear the fascinating and surprising ways that Florida’s plants and animals cope with and survive devastating fires.

There is no cost for this event but registration is requested. Call Natasha Warraich, 561-745-5551 or email Natasha.Warraich@dep.state.fl.us.

Sponsored by the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization. The Friends promotes the historical, educational, and ecological enhancement of Jonathan Dickinson State Park and is directly responsible for funding many park programs and improvements.

The program will take place:
Saturday, January 23, 2016
at the Robert Morgade Library
5851 SE Community Drive
Stuart, FL


 
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Jan 19, 2016ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN 31ST ANNUAL RUSSELL HOLLOWAY TRACK AND FIELD DAY
On your mark, get set, go …. for the 31st Annual Russell Holloway Track and Field Day, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Jensen Beach High School.

The event starts with a welcome from Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord at 8:15am. Approximately 600 students in grades three through five representing all 12 elementary schools and the fifth grade from Indiantown Middle School will participate in field and running events that include the long jump, softball throw, relays and dashes. Volunteers from throughout the District are serving as coordinators, scorekeepers and announcers.

“The kids really look forward to and prepare for the friendly competition, which encourages exercise, physical fitness and healthy habits,” says Larry Green, principal at Pinewood Elementary School who organizes the event. “This is a huge event every year, drawing about 1,000 spectators. It’s a great day for students and the community and we are thankful to our major sponsors, A Treasure Coast Driving School and Lively Orthodontics, who help make it possible,” he said.

Jensen Beach High School is located at 2875 NW Goldenrod Rd in Jensen Beach. For more information, please contact Pinewood Elementary School Principal Larry Green at (772) 219-1595, ext. 101.


 
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Jan 19, 2016TMDL Water Quality Restoration Grant Opportunity


Application Deadline is March 1, 2016 (5:00 pm EST), for electronic or hard copy version to be submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Nonpoint Source Management Program for inclusion in the March 2016 review.

Three times a year (March, July, and November) funding is awarded for the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) designed to reduce pollutant loads to impaired waters from urban stormwater discharges. This funding is administered by the Department as the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Water Quality Restoration Grant, which is set out by rule in Chapter 62-305, F.A.C., and authorized by Section 403.890(2), F.S.

While one may submit an application(s) at any time to the Department, it will not be reviewed until the next upcoming review date (i.e., July 2016). More than one project application may be submitted at a time. Please note that there is a TMDL Supplemental Information Page that will also need to be completed and submitted with each project application.
• Applications and their corresponding Supplemental Information Pages can be submitted electronically via e-mail to Katherine.Britt@dep.state.fl.us
To view information on the grant eligibility requirements, criteria, and the overall grant information go to the TMDL Water Quality Restoration Grant Website.
• Download the Application Documents, Evaluation Form, and Supplemental Form (opens FTP site)
• For more information contact Katie Britt at 850-245-2938

Nonpoint Source Management
Division of Water Restoration Assistance
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 3570 (mailing)
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, 4th Floor (physical)
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000
850-245-2836



 
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Jan 19, 2016Thrivent Action Team announces results from the Neighborhood Clean-up Action Team
A Thrivent Action Team in Hobe Sound hosted a Neighborhood Clean-up.

The event took place on January 10, 2016.

Neighbors came together to clean up trash in neglected areas of the community. Volunteers passed out invitation to neighbors to help. On the day of the event, volunteers picked up trash and got to know one another.

This event was hosted by a Thrivent Action Team, a local group led by a member of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Action Teams allow members to quickly identify a need, receive resources and put a plan together to help others in their community. The mission of Thrivent is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

“We had kids and adults working together. It was a great day and we all had a nice time together”, said Mark Valinote, a Financial Associate with Thrivent Financial. “We’re proud to be able to serve our community and are grateful for Thrivent’s support.”

Thrivent Action Teams are member-led projects – fundraisers, one-time service activities or educational events – that can be completed within 90 days.

To learn more about Thrivent Action Teams visit Thrivent.com/actionteam.



Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area Mark Valinote and Amy Whitlach. They have an office at 367 NE Baker Road in Stuart and can also be reached at (772) 408-0771.

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com/why. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent. For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.


 
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Jan 15, 2016FPL begins process for setting base rates for 2017-2020
Dear Community Partner,

Today, FPL started the process of setting base rates for 2017. I wanted to share with you a note from our President and CEO Eric Silagy on this important issue.
Please contact me or your external affairs manager if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Pam Rauch
Vice President of External Affairs & Economic Development
Florida Power & Light Company


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We work every day to provide you with electricity that's cleaner and more reliable than ever before at an affordable price. In fact, our typical customer bill today is lower than it was 10 years ago and among the lowest in the nation.
Our current base rate agreement expires at the end of 2016, and today, we began the process for setting new rates for 2017 and beyond. We will be proposing a four-year rate plan that would phase in three base rate adjustments. Based on our current projections, we expect that our typical customer bills will continue to be lower than they were in 2006 through the base rate proposal timeframe (2020). Our goal is to ensure that we can continue to deliver the affordable, reliable service you expect from us as we support the needs of our state's growing economy.
Our rate plan is being designed to keep costs down for customers over the long term while supporting continued investments to further enhance its infrastructure and improve the efficiency of its system. This includes building a stronger and smarter grid that's more reliable and resilient in the face of Florida's extreme weather. It will also help us continue to replace older, less-efficient power plants with cleaner, more fuel-efficient energy generation - a strategy that has produced $8 billion in fuel cost savings for customers since 2001 while preventing 95 million tons of carbon emissions.
At this time, we are just beginning the rate-setting process, which takes the better part of a year. We will contact you in March once the formal request is filed with the Florida Public Service Commission. In the meantime, please visit FPL.com/answers to learn more about the proposed plan.



Thank you,

Eric Silagy
President and CEO
Florida Power & Light Company




 
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Jan 15, 2016SAVE THE DATE! CHARACTER COUNTS! TEE IT UP FOR CHARACTER CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT! - Thursday, April 21, 2016
UNITED WAY OF MARTIN COUNTY’S CHARACTER COUNTS! PROGRAM IS CELEBRATING ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY IN MARTIN COUNTY PROVIDING CHARACTER-BUILDING RESOURCES AND SPECIAL PROJECTS IN OUR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO REDUCE SUBSTANCE ABUSE, STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY VALUES AND GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP, AND DEVELOP RESPONSIBLE DECISION-MAKING CITIZENS OF ALL AGES.

PLEASE JOIN US AT THIS YEAR’S “TEE IT UP FOR CHARACTER” CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT ON THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 1:00PM, AT MONARCH COUNTRY CLUB, PALM CITY
AS WE CONTINUE OUR CELEBRATION WITH A ROUND OF GOLF, PAR 3 CONTEST, FABULOUS RAFFLE PRIZES, DELICIOUS AWARDS DINNER, LIVE AUCTION, AND A 20TH ANNIVERSARY 50/50 RAFFLE!

REGISTRATIONS AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED. PLEASE CONTACT ME SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF CHARACTER COUNTS! – HOLLY

Holly E. Laiben
Director, CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County
10 SE Central Parkway, Suite 101, Stuart, FL 34994
(772) 283-4800, ext. 234; (772) 220-7771 (FAX)
www.charactercounts.net; www.unitedwaymartincounty.org
https://www.facebook.com/LIVEUNITEDmc
CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County is a program of United Way of Martin County


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Jan 15, 20167-Eleven is recruiting
7-Eleven Hosting Franchise Give-A-Way Competition for Veterans
Posted by BDBMC on Friday, January 15, 2016


7-Eleven is recruiting qualified men and women who have been honorably discharged to enlist in the company's second Operation Take Command competition. One deserving and luck veteran will be awarded a 7-Eleven fee-free franchise, a value of up to $190,000.

CLICK HERE to learn more. http://franchise.7-eleven.com/VeteransGiveaway/TakeCommand/

 
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Jan 15, 2016LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND OF THE PALM BEACHES CELEBRATES 70 YEARS
LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND OF THE PALM BEACHES CELEBRATES 70 YEARS OF HELPING THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED IN OUR COMMUNITY

When people in our community feel a loss of independence or decreased quality of life because of their visual impairment, they turn to Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches. The West Palm Beach based non-profit has been serving the visually impaired in our community since 1946 -- that’s 70 years.
The Lighthouse helps people regain their independence and develop their capabilities to the fullest under their new circumstances, sometimes including complete loss of sight. “At the Lighthouse, people do everything from relearning basic skills to learning the latest technologies to reintegrating into social settings. We also have children’s services to help the younger people in our community,” says director of vision services Mary Allen.
Commonly confused with other organizations that include the word “lighthouse” in their names, Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches is the only organization of its kind based in West Palm Beach, FL, and serving Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties.
These other agencies come into our community to fundraise for their programs, but the money follows them back to the states in which their organizations are based. “When you support Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches, your contributions stay local and help your neighbors,” says president and CEO Marvin Tanck.
The Lighthouse was originally located on Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach and called Lions Industries. The name was changed to Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches in 1978. In 2008, Lighthouse for the Blind moved its offices into its current location just off of 45th Street in West Palm Beach.
On Tuesday, Mar. 1, the Lighthouse will be holding its 70-year celebration at Royal Poinciana Chapel, 60 Cocoanut Row in Palm Beach. Tickets may be purchased through the Lighthouse’s event planning manager Julie Katzenberg at (561) 586-5600, ext. 3248 or marketing@lighthousepalmbeaches.org. Come celebrate with us!
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About Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches:
Founded in 1946, the Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches is a private, non-profit agency based in West Palm Beach, FL, providing direct education and rehabilitation services to people who are blind or visually impaired in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. The Lighthouse assists persons with visual impairments to develop their capabilities to the fullest and to utilize them in the pursuits of life which are the right and privilege of all.


 
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Jan 14, 2016Overcoming Obstacles Thru Art
Overcoming Obstacles Thru Art
The most compelling art story ever

Meet Johnson Simon
this Friday 1/15 7 pm (for half hour) at Visionary School of Art

Painting Dreams: The Story of Johnson Simon




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Garden Club of Stuart Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations!

Courtney Jones
Michael Mikati
Grace Fenniman
Ava Ledon

Their art will be displayed as posters throughout Martin County,
in restaurants and local businesses and at The Home & Garden "plant sale" during the Home & Garden Show March 5-6
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Home & Garden and Orchid Show
March 5-6

VSOA students will be participating
Awards will be given


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Teachers will be giving free drawing lessons in our booth
for children and adults.
Invite your friends.

Arts Fest
February 20

Home & Garden Show
March 5-6

Lynne Barletta's Trick-eye wave will be there.
Get your photo surfing on it!

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Workshops

New concept - texture workshop


 
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Jan 13, 2016WHAT’S THE BUZZ ALL ABOUT?

LILLIAN A. DASSORI ELEMENTARY SPELLING BEE TAKES PLACE JAN. 14

Stuart, FL – Five contestants from each of the Martin County School District’s 12 elementary schools and fifth grade students from Indiantown Middle School will compete in the 50th Annual Lillian A. Dassori Elementary Spelling Bee on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at Jensen Beach High School Auditorium at 10:00am. Special guest, Ashleigh Walters, news anchor with WPTV News channel 5, will be the enunciator for the event.

The top three spellers will receive a 50th Annual Lillian A. Dassori Spelling Bee award and each participant will receive a participation certificate. Each elementary school has the option of registering one student for the Treasure Coast Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on March 12, 2016 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center.

The bee was named after Lillian A Dassori, a founding member and charter president of the Soroptomist International of Stuart and a Martin County Supervisor of Schools

Parents and members of the media are invited to attend the Spelling Bee after checking in at the school’s front office. Jensen Beach High School is located at 2875 NW Goldenrod Road in Jensen Beach.


 
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Jan 13, 2016STORAGE WARS SIGNATURE FUNDRAISING EVENT TO BENEFIT GULFSTREAM GOODWILL INDUSTRIES
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries will hold its signature fundraising event, Storage Wars, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 at Elite Stor in West Palm Beach. Storage Wars is a unique event, which raises both awareness of Gulfstream Goodwill’s mission as well as necessary funds to support its various health and human service programs.

The event will showcase a creative takeover of storage bays transformed by local designers using an array of items found in Goodwill stores. All items will be auctioned to the highest bidders. There will also be a “Goodwill Pop-Up Shop”, which will be selling jewelry, accessories and designer collectibles.

Among the local designers are Trisha Estabrook from Bandon Blue Designs, Jack Fhillips from Jack Fhillips Interior Design, Francisco Rios from Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Pamela Tatti, and Renée Webley from RAW Design & Consulting, LLC.

The presenting sponsor for the event is Elite Stor. Other sponsors are Valley National Bank, South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., Donald R. Mandich, DataPrint of Palm Beach, Hyvac Mechanical Contractors, Forte Interactive, Inc. and Kenney Property.

Committee members for the event are Jack Fhillips, Renée Webley, Trisha Estabrook, Francisco Rios, Pamela Tatti, Bettye Perrine, Scott Simmons, Stewart Auville and Jackie Hall.

General admission tickets will be sold in advance for 25$ and $35 at the door. This includes two beverage tickets and “lite bites” from area restaurants. VIP tickets will be sold in advance for $50 and $65 at the door. This includes access to the preview party and complimentary wine and beer.

To purchase tickets, visit gulfstreamgoodwill.org/events or contact Julie Katzenberg at (561) 848-7200, ext. 3248 or jkatzenberg@gulfstreamgoodwill.org.

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About Gulfstream Goodwill Industries:
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries is a non-profit organization that assists people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to become self-sufficient, working members of our community. We provide more than two dozen health, human and social service programs for individuals in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties.
About Elite Stor
Elite Stor provides premiere self-storage service with locations in Kentucky, Ohio, Florida, and South Carolina. All facilities have a wide variety of air and non-air conditioned units and an assortment of moving and packing supplies. Select properties offer state of the art Vineyard Vault™ wine storage lockers, truck rental services and parking for RV’s, boats, motorcycles and vehicles. All locations are staffed with friendly and professional storage consultants.


 
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Jan 13, 2016Arts’ National Study
The Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Arts Council of Martin County and Art Mundo of St. Lucie County Join Americans for the Arts’ National Study of the Economic Impact of Spending by Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations and Their Audiences
In Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties, The Arts Mean Business. That is the message being delivered today by the Cultural Council of Indian River County, Arts Council of Martin County and Arts Mundo of St. Lucie County, who announced they have joined Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences.
The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education. It is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments.
As three of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the three Treasure Coast Arts Organizations will collect their county’s detailed financial data about their local nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as theater and dance companies, museums and galleries, concerts, opera and orchestras, lectures, literary, and arts education organizations.
“Many people don’t think of nonprofit arts organizations as businesses,” said Keith Kite, Managing Partner, Kite Properties LLC, “but this study will make clear that the arts are a formidable industry in our community—employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and helping to drive tourism and economic development.”
The Cultural Council, Arts Council and Art Mundo will also collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event. Previous studies have shown that the average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Those studies have also shown that on average, 32 percent of arts attendees travel from outside the county in which the arts event took place, and that those cultural tourists typically spend nearly $40 per person—generating important revenue for local businesses and demonstrating how the arts drive revenue for other businesses in the community.
The Treasure Coast Art Councils believe that “This study will show that when we support the arts in our communities we are making an investment in an industry, one that supports jobs and generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.”
According to Americans for the Arts’ most recent national study, the nonprofit arts industry generated $135.2 billion in total economic activity and supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs during 2010, resulting in $22.3 billion in federal, state, and local government revenues. The $135.2 billion total included $61.1 billion in spending by arts organizations and $74.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences on items such as meals, local transportation and overnight lodging. Complete details about the fiscal year 2010 study are available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org/economicImpact.
“Our Arts & Economic Prosperity series demonstrates that the arts are an economic and employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Leaders who care about community and economic vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts. Nationally as well as locally, the arts mean business.”
Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study is supported by the Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. In addition, Americans for the arts’ local and statewide study partners are contributing both time and a cost-sharing fee support to the study. For a full list of the nearly 300 Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study partners, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/AEP5Partners.


 
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Jan 13, 2016Hobe Sound Nature Center

The Hobe Sound Nature Center invites you to join them for a RECYCLED CRAFTS program at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 30. Join us to make colorful and creative wildlife- themed treasures out of plastic bottles. This is a FREE event. All supplies and even some ideas will be provided to get you started!

Families are welcomed, ages 5 and up. Reservations are required and
must be made in advance by calling the Nature Center at (772) 546-2067 or via our website at www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com. The Hobe Sound Nature Center is a private, non-profit organization, located at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge on U.S. 1 in south Martin County.


 
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Jan 13, 2016Tickets On Sale Now for 6th Annual Molly’s House Polo Classic
Tickets are now on sale at www.MollysHouse.org for the 6th Annual Molly’s House Polo Classic, brought to you again this year by Presenting Sponsor, The Herold-Cadorette Family.

Scheduled for March 5, 2016, from Noon-4 p.m. (gates open at 11:30 a.m.), the event is taking place at the Port Mayaca Polo Club, 12499 SW Conners Hwy, Okeechobee. The annual fundraiser features international polo players, a dressage presentation, VIP party, best hat contest, car show (weather dependent) and the traditional halftime champagne divot stomp. The day will also include several trophy presentations. Proceeds support the mission of Molly’s House to keep families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients.

A variety of ticket options are available for sale now at www.MollysHouse.org. Premier VIP Seating (Tables of 8) is the ultimate polo experience including a reserved table for eight people with a covered front line view of the polo field, two complimentary bottles of champagne, your name on the reserved table sign, paella and appetizers, and complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks for $800. Premier VIP Seating is limited and must be purchased by February 25, 2016.

Molly’s House is running a special for Valentine’s Day so you can treat your sweetie to a day of polo in March! The VIP Ticket Valentine’s Day Special for $200 includes two VIP tickets, one bottle of wine and a box of chocolates in addition to beer, wine, champagne, and a delicious paella lunch under a private tent including seating with an exceptional view of the day’s activities. The Valentine’s Day Special expires on February 14, 2016.

VIP tickets are $100 per person and include complimentary beer, wine, champagne and a delicious paella lunch under a private tent. VIP tickets must be purchased by February 25, 2016 to guarantee your spot under the tent.

Reserved Fieldside Admission for $50 per carload includes tailgating and a champagne toast during the halftime divot stomp. Reserved Fieldside ticket holders may pre-purchase three types of boxed lunches (turkey, ham or veggie sandwiches) at www.MollysHouse.org by February 25, 2016 or bring their own to the event. Guests may purchase event tickets at the gate, but food is pre-sale only.

2016 Molly’s House Polo Classic sponsors include The Herold-Cadorette Family, Port Mayaca Polo Club, Southern Eagle Distributing, CenterState Bank, NAPA Auto Parts (on Monterey Road in Stuart), Martin Health Systems, Northern Trust Bank, HBKS, Fox Wackeen, Florida Power & Light, Sharkey Air, Dan Parz, Stuart Magazine, and Your Voice Weekly. A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit www.MollysHouse.org or call Bill West at 772.223.6659 for more information.

Form more information about the polo event, visit www.MollysHouse.org or call the Molly’s House lobby at 772.223.6659.

About Molly’s House
Molly’s House, a nonprofit hospital hospitality house, celebrates 20 years of keeping families together in 2016. Molly’s House supports patients who are receiving medical care on the Treasure Coast by providing affordable, temporary accommodations to those patients and their family members. Since opening its doors in 1996, Molly’s House has provided a home-away-from-home for more than 17,000 individuals. For more information, call 772.223.6659 or visit www.MollysHouse.org.



 
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Jan 13, 2016New Social Media Classes at IRSC
Hello,
We have added some exciting 6hr Social Media Classes to our schedule. In an attempt to provide you with all the great information about Social Media outlets and how to utilize them to better your business, we have added more classes and another instructor (Kimball Stadler).

We will be offering these classes at our Vero Beach Campus and our Okeechobee campus. Please see the attached flyers for course descriptions, dates and times for these New Classes. Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the semester, from 6pm-9pm.

We will also continue to offer the daytime, 3 hour classes at Fort Pierce, with Leanna Haag as the instructor.


Bob O’Brien
Coordinator
Corporate and Community Training Institute
Indian River State College

Phone: (772)462-7574
Fax: (772)462-4830
E-Mail: robrien@irsc.edu
3209 Virginia Ave
Fort Pierce, FL 34947
www.irscbiz.com


ATTACHED: ALL Locations flyers


Social Media.pdf
 
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Jan 13, 20165th Annual “Love Your Lagoon” Gala
Local Graduate Students Studying IRL to Benefit from 5th Annual “Love Your Lagoon” Gala

Those attending the fifth annual “Love Your Lagoon” gala, sponsored by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation (HBOIF), will be supporting graduate student-based
research on the Indian River Lagoon conducted at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI). Tickets are now available for the event, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at 6 p.m. at HBOI, 5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce.
Proceeds from the 2016 event will fund the work of students involved in HBOI’s Indian River Lagoon Graduate Research Fellows program. The competitive process will result in support for salary, tuition, travel to present research, and/or materials necessary for the research project. Fellows will ultimately present their research at the Indian River Lagoon Symposium as well as at the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science Graduate Research Day.
In addition, proceeds from the 2016 “Love Your Lagoon” gala will support the fifth annual IRL Symposium, a multi-institutional, multi-agency effort to provide a forum for discussing IRL science and its application to management of the lagoon. This year’s symposium will be held on Feb. 11 and 12 at HBOI. For more information, visit http://www.indianriverlagoon.org/symposium.html.
“Over the past four years, HBOIF’s “Love Your Lagoon” gala has raised over $290,000 for Indian River Lagoon research and education,” said Katha Kissman, HBOIF President & CEO. “The Foundation’s Board of Directors sincerely thanks all past and current sponsors and attendees for supporting the important work being led by Harbor Branch researchers and students to protect and preserve our Indian River Lagoon. We warmly welcome new sponsors and attendees to our 2016 event to achieve an even greater impact.”
The Smithsonian’s emeritus senior research scientist, Mary E. Rice, Ph.D., will be this year’s guest of honor. Rice is known locally for her long-term scientific studies of invertebrates of the Indian River Lagoon and offshore waters of Florida and the Caribbean, and as the first director of the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce.
Honorary Host Committee Co-Chairs for the 2016 event are: Mr. William J. Stewart, Esq. and Mrs. Laurie Kaneb-Stewart. Honorary Host Committee members include: Dr. Ralph W. Alewine, III and Mrs. Betty C. Alewine, Mr. Bob Brunjes and Mrs. Amy Brunjes, Mr. John Connors and Mrs. Sheila Connors, Mr. Brad Emmons and Mrs. Rebecca Emmons, Mr. George Kahle and Mrs. Sandy Kahle, Mr. Trent Leyda and Mrs. Rachel Leyda, Mr. John Orcutt and Mrs. Judy Orcutt, Mr. Toby Overdorf and Mrs. Maggie Overdorf, Mr. Jim Swann and Mrs. Jonnie Swann, and Mr. Pete Tesch.
Major sponsors for this year’s event include: Mangrove Sponsors: Mr. Joseph Z. Duke, III and Mrs. Jennifer Johnson Duke; Seagrass Sponsors: Mr. Michael O’Reilly and Mrs. Marie O’Reilly; Oyster Sponsors: Mr. James Johnson and Mrs. Gretchen Johnson, PNC Bank, Treasure Coast Newspapers; Dolphin Sponsors: Dr. Ralph W. Alewine, III and Mrs. Betty C. Alewine, Mr. Howard Brennan & Mrs. Colleen Brennan, Evans Properties, Inc., Ms. Katha Kissman, Dr. Ed Lippisch and Mrs. Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Mr. John N. McConnell, Jr. and Mrs. Marilyn McConnell, Mr. Michael D. Minton & Mrs. Misty Minton and The Law Firm of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer, Ms. Marjorie Raines, Mr. William J. Stewart, Esq. and Mrs. Laurie Kaneb-Stewart, Mr. Michael Toner and Mrs. Carol Toner, 93.7 WGYL, 97.1 Ocean FM, and Newsradio 1490 WTTB; Manatee Sponsors: Adams Ranch, AT&T, Mr. John Connors and Mrs. Sheila Connors, Dr. Tom Galinis and Dr. Shannon Plymale-Galinis and Aesthetic Dentistry of Palm City, The Kahle Foundation, Ms. Marilyn C. Link, Martin Health Systems, Mr. Patrick J. McDougal and Ms. Denise Battaglini, Mr. Ed Michelson and The Atlanta Consulting Group, Wells Fargo, Windsor; Seahorse Sponsors: Bottom’s Up Beverage, Mr. C. Amos Bussmann & Sea Technology Magazine; Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Florida Power and Light, Mr. Patrick Higgs & Mrs. Nancy Higgs, Dr. Megan Davis & Mr. Gary Hodgkins, J.J. Taylor Companies, Inc., Kmetz, Nuttall, Elwell, Graham CPAs, Mrs. Clare Kremer, Metz, Husband & Daughton, Mikita Foundation, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, OTT Hydromet, Mr. Shaun Plymale and Mrs. Stacey Plymale and Treasure Coast Legal, Mr. Robert J. Stilley and The Honorable MaryLynn Magar, Stuart Magazine, Mr. Jim Swann and Mrs. Jonnie Swann, UniFirst-Uniform Services.
For sponsorship or ticket information ($200 per person), call 772-466-9876, ext. 200, email kkissman@hboifoundation.org or visit http://www.hboifoundation.org/p/50/love-your-lagoon-dinner.

About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation:
The mission of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation is to support Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, a research institute of Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation (HBOIF) supports marine science and engineering research and education by funding HBOI-FAU efforts to advance understanding of oceans and coastal areas through exploration and scientific inquiry. HBOIF is a 501(c) 3 organization and a Direct-Support Organization (DSO) of Florida Atlantic University benefitting Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. For more information, visit www.hboifoundation.org.

About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute:
Founded in 1971, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research community of marine scientists, engineers, educators and other professionals focused on Ocean Science for a Better World. The institute drives innovation in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, ocean observing systems and marine education. For more information, visit www.fau.edu/hboi.

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.


 
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Jan 13, 2016Affordable Care Act - Information Reporting Deadlines Extended

Applicable large employers have until March 31, 2016 (previously February 1, 2016), to provide Form 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) to each full-time employee. Applicable large employers are generally those with 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalents, in the previous year. Form 1095-C is used to report information on health insurance coverage offered (or not offered) to employees. Additionally, the forms do not have to be filed with the IRS until May 31, 2016 (previously February 29, 2016), if filing on paper, or June 30, 2016 (previously March 31, 2016), if filing electronically. Similar extensions are provided for entities that must report information on Form 1095-B (Health Coverage).




If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (772) 283-2356 or info@pcc-cpa.com.







Sincerely,


PROCTOR, CROOK, CROWDER & FOGAL, P.A.


 
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Jan 13, 2016OPENING SMITHSONIAN SCIENCE LECTURE FEATURES SEAGRASS BIOLOGISTS
The Smithsonian Marine Station opens its annual Marine Science Lectures Series at the Pelican Yacht Club on Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 PM with Dr. Justin Campbell, Research Biologist at the Smithsonian Marine Station, and Dr. James Douglas, Assistant Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. This is a free public event and reservations are not required. The lecture will be held in the Indian River Room of the Pelican Yacht Club at 1120 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce.

Seagrasses are found in coastal waters around the world, and provide a number of critical ecological services, ranging from production of food and oxygen for marine organisms to nutrient cycling and shoreline stabilization. These underwater meadows are in a state of decline due to a rapidly growing human population. During their lecture, Seagrass Ecosystems in a Changing World, Dr. Campbell and Dr. Douglas will discuss the environmental pressures impacting these fragile systems and highlight how scientific research has contributed to a greater understanding of seagrass resilience.

The Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce is pleased to once again partner with the Pelican Yacht Club to offer the Smithsonian Marine Science Lecture Series to the Treasure Coast community. As a part of the world’s largest museum and research complex, SMS hosts many of the Smithsonian’s most exemplary researchers in the natural sciences and this year’s speakers are no exception.

Additional lectures in the series include:

Thursday, February 18 - Dr. Carol Baldwin, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP).

Thursday, March 17 - Dr. Stephen Box, Smithsonian Marine Station, Marine Conservation Program.

A reception will follow the presentation and a cash bar is available. Please call Joan Kaminski at 772.462.6220 with any questions.

The Smithsonian Marine Station, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, has been a fixture in the Fort Pierce community for over 40 years. The Marine Station is dedicated to understanding the character and diversity of the marine and estuarine habitats of Florida. The Smithsonian Marine Station teamed with St. Lucie County and other community partners to create the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium at 420 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce. For more information about the Smithsonian Marine Station or the Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, please visit www.sms.si.edu.


 
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Jan 12, 2016January E-Newsletter 2016

"Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer."
~Author Unknown


Resolve to Fight Hunger in 2016

Two loads of laundry. One episode of Orange is the New Black. Pinning a collection of new slow cooker recipes. All of these things can be done in an hour's time. You know what else you can do with an hour? Pack hundreds of pounds of food. Fill 100 backpacks for kids. Sort healthy, local produce. Fill boxes of food for struggling local families.

Cathy Greene has been volunteering at TCFB since August of 2014. Why does she do it? "I want to make a difference and the food bank gives me that opportunity." says Cathy. "I also like the flexibility of being able to volunteer when the time is convenient for me."

It doesn't take a big commitment to make a big impact. Together, with thousands of other volunteers, your time adds up and helps TCFB serve over 100,000 people every week. We invite businesses, organizations, families and individuals to participate. We have a variety of days and time-slots available To see our volunteer opportunities and sign up, visit stophunger.org or contact Gary Porter at 772-489-3034 for more information.





Spotlight: TCFB's Whole Child Connection

The Whole Child Connection Program is a key part of TCFB's direct service strategy. Our case management focus assists Martin County families in gaining resources for long-term self sufficiency.

Since taking over the program in July, we have expanded the service hours to include Saturdays and evenings to help connect working families to vital services in the areas of food security, health, employment and more. Additionally, we have increased our coverage to Palm City, East Stuart, Indiantown and Hobe Sound. From the initial Needs Assessment to a customized Success Plan, TCFB's Whole Child Connection's bilingual staff is making an impact on approximately 4,000 Martin County families.
To learn more, click here or call 772-463-2168.






Holiday Food & Fund
Drive Results Are In!

We are so grateful to our donors for their generosity during the holiday season. Our annual Holiday Food & Fund Drive was an outstanding success. From October 15th to December 31st, businesses, churches, schools, individuals and other organizations came together to ensure needy families, children, seniors and Veterans would have nourishment and hope this holiday.

Thanks to those who participated, TCFB was able to provide an astonishing 346,420 meals to our neighbors most in need.


Hunger is a Year-Round Issue

From the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas, food drives were everywhere. Food and money pour in. Our food bins were displayed in offices, schools, gyms, grocery stores, churches and more. People were encouraged to attend events and bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. TCFB is so appreciative of the community's engagement and their heartfelt support throughout the holiday season.

As people get back to their busy lives, it's easy to forget that food insecurity is still a constant concern for the over 100,000 low-income residents we serve every week. By February, our shelves are bare. Your donation of $25.00 can provide 175 nourishing meals to the children, seniors, adults and Veterans of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee, who still struggle with hunger long after the holidays are over.



TCFB Joins Feeding America's Advocacy Hall of Fame

The Advocacy Hall of Fame is a yearlong challenge to Feeding America network members to complete a set of advocacy tasks before the end of the year. An inaugural member since its inception in 2013, Treasure Coast Food Bank was recently named to the 2015 Feeding America Hall of Fame . TCFB joined an elite group of other Food Banks across the country who have engaged elected officials and the public on critical legislation affecting food-insecure children, families, and seniors along the Treasure Coast and throughout the country.

TCFB is the only food bank in Florida to achieve this honor and is the result of the hard work TCFB continually demonstrates on behalf of the people we serve. "The advocacy work we do can affect public policy with a direct impact to the food insecure population in our community." states Krista Garofalo, Chief Programs Officer. "We work diligently to increase awareness to legislators, community leaders and concerned citizens," she continues. "We know that together, we can affect positive change through our advocacy efforts."


Save the Date!

Our monthly Food For Thought tour is scheduled for Friday, January 29th at 10 am. This informative, 45-minute tour is an eye opening experience about the work we do. Space is limited so please RSVP to Jordan Rupp at 772-489-3034 or via email at jrupp@tcfoodbank.org.

Manatee Academy K-8 Student Council & Honor Society presents Once Around The Block to Fight Hunger 5K to benefit TCFB, on January 23rd, at 7:30 am. Sign up at active.com. For more information about sponsorships contact Charles Pilson at Manatee Academy, 772-340-4745 Ext. 1106.

Seafood on The Square at Tradition in Port St. Lucie will take place Saturday, Feb. 6th from Noon to 9 pm. Join us for great oysters, lobster, local fish and lots of fun, family activities. Bring 3 non-perishable food items and admission is free.

The 10th Annual Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls Project will take place Sunday, February 28th from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 623 E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL. Click here to learn more.

St. Lucie County's Annual Empty Bowls will take place on Saturday, March 12th, from 8:00 am to noon at the Fort Pierce Farmer's Market. You will have the opportunity to purchase artisan bowls made by St. Lucie County art students for $15 each. Every bowl comes with delicious soup.

"Spring Forward for Hunger" is a unique farm-to-table brunch featuring local, seasonal fare and beverages to be served at Ground Floor Farm (100 SE M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Stuart, FL), Martin County's first urban farm. The menu for the brunch as been designed by Jason Stocks, head chef at District Table & Bar. Complimentary mimosas or Bloody Marys. The brunch will be held Sunday March 13. 2016 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Tickets are $45 per person and all proceeds benefit TCFB. RSVP by March 4 by calling 772.489.3034.

The 3rd annual Canstruction competition is back and will take place at Treasure Coast Mall in Jensen Beach from April 2nd through the 16th. This unique event is open to students, designers, contractors, architects and you. We are looking for teams and space is limited! For more information, contact Wendie Berardi at 772-489-3034 cell: 772-971-6972 or via email at wberardi@tcfoodbank.org.


We are always looking for volunteers!
To sign up, visit stophunger.org
or call our office at 772-489-3034.

Treasure Coast Food Bank | 401 Angle Rd, Fort Pierce, FL | 772-489-3034
stophunger.org



 
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Jan 12, 2016The Florida Chamber Supports Governor Scott
The Florida Chamber Supports Governor Scott’s Call for Tax Cuts
and Economic Development Investments
“Our competitiveness agenda is trying to… position Florida to be the state
of choice for high-wage, high-skill jobs.” – Mark Wilson

As the Florida Chamber enters the 2016 Legislative Session, one thing remains clear—people matter and jobs matter. The Florida Chamber’s Competitiveness Agenda, along with Governor Scott’s Florida First Budget, will further grow jobs and make Florida more competitive through targeted tax reforms and diversifying Florida’s economy.

In an editorial published today in the Orlando Sentinel, Chamber: Tax cuts will lift revenue, Florida Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson shares:

“Florida has added one million new jobs in five years. And nationally, one in 11 jobs that were added in 2015 were added in Florida. We have cut taxes 50 times in five years in Florida. And every time we cut taxes, contrary to what a lot of people would like to believe, our economy grows. And when our economy grows, we actually generate more tax revenue.”

The Florida Chamber’s Competitiveness Agenda, commonly referred to as the Florida Business Agenda, is a set of policy priorities that will help grow private sector jobs, continue to improve Florida and diversify our economy. Although there are more than 30 scored items in the Florida Chamber’s 2016 agenda, they include items that will help our state’s competitiveness, such as:
• A tax climate that helps generate job growth (we support a $1 billion cut),
• A talented workforce to fill those jobs (continued education reform),
• A diversified economy, and further improving Florida’s business climate (we support the $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund and other improvements to EFI),
• A quality of life that includes science-based water policy, and
• Smarter healthcare outcomes through transparency, competition and ending the cost shift.

Florida is in competition for private-sector jobs with other states, and therefore the Florida Chamber believes we must ensure a tax and business climate that is welcoming to gob growth. To help achieve this goal, the Florida Chamber supports the $250 million investment in the Florida Enterprise Fund.

“The reason the Florida Chamber helped start Enterprise Florida in the mid-'90s is that we knew we needed to target seven or eight industries that grow high-wage jobs. The $250 million enterprise fund request is actually a multi-year request. We would like to set aside the dollars now so the world can see we're serious about diversifying Florida’s economy,” Wilson explains in the Orlando Sentinel editorial.


The Florida Chamber looks forward to working with Governor Scott, members of the Florida Legislature, Attorney General Pam Bondi, CFO Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to further build on Florida’s success and make our state even more competitive.



 
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Jan 11, 2016Indiantown Community Trust Fund Special Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Indiantown Community Trust Fund Special Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, January 29, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITIONS: a resident from the Indianwood Development and a resident from Booker Park. These are four year terms.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE:
The Committee shall review and rank the projects to be funded by the income generated by the Indiantown Community Trust Fund. Members shall annually compile a prioritized list of proposed projects to be funded by the income from the Trust.

Meetings are generally held as needed at 9:00 am at the Indiantown Library (usually once or twice a year in the summer [July/August]).


 
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Jan 11, 2016Drug & Alcohol Abuse Awareness Committee Vacancies


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Drug & Alcohol Abuse Awareness Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, January 29, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Positions: a Treatment Representative and a youth member (non-voting). The terms will begin immediately and end August 31, 2016, which may be renewed at the discretion of the Board of County Commissioners.

Powers & Duties:
This is an advisory committee to the Board of County Commissioners regarding substance abuse issues and provides suggestion with regard to direction the Board of County Commissioners could consider assisting the community in combating use/abuse of drugs/alcohol and gives direction regarding the expenditure of Drug Abuse Trust Fund dollars and grant initiatives and subsequent funding expenditures.

Meetings are held quarterly at 3:30 pm at the Community Services Conference Room, 435 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. The next meetings are scheduled for March 2, June 1, and September 7.


 
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Jan 11, 2016Airport Noise Advisory Committee Vacancy


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Airport Noise Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, January 29, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Position: Resident of the Noise Program Area (Phase 1-7) as defined by the 2012 Noise Compatibility Program Update. Each member shall be a Martin County resident.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE:
The Committee was created pursuant to the recommendation of the Part 150 Noise Study Planning Advisory Team. The Committee shall have the duty and responsibility to make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners concerning the implementation of the operational and land use mitigation measures adopted in the Federal Aviation Regulation Part 150 Study.

Meetings are typically held quarterly on the fourth Thursday of the month at 10:00 am at the Airport Maintenance Building Conference Room, 1895 Flying Fortress Way, Stuart. The next meetings are scheduled for January 28, April 28, July 28, and October 27.


 
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Jan 11, 2016Get the most out of new Martin County website by attending tutorials Jan. 22 and Feb. 22


Martin County recently launched its new website and we want to make sure residents and visitors are getting the most out of it. The Martin County Library System is offering two website workshops on Friday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. and on Monday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart. These workshops are open to the public but registration is required. Register online at http://eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MARTIN#4413446.
Online registration requires an email address, if you do not have one please call 772-288-5702, option 5.


 
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Jan 11, 2016Drum Circle with Michael Moses

Campfire, Cookout & Guided Drum Circle
Saturday, February 6, 2016
-Sponsored by Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park -

Hobe Sound, FL –February 6, 2016. Feel the excitement of the beat of the drums while at the same time experiencing the meditative tranquility of the glowing campfire. Michael Moses is a renowned local musician who will transport participants through a magical evening. Michael will also guide them in finding their own way to capture the rhythm of the drums.

The Drum Circle is preceded by a burger and hot dog cookout at 6:00 PM, provided by Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Participants are encouraged to bring a side/salad/dessert to share. At 7:00 PM, participants will find a place by the campfire and join the Drum Circle. While a drum is not required, participants are welcome to bring their own. Some drums will be made available for use.

Registration for this event is required and can easily be accomplished on-line at Eventbrite.com by searching for “Jonathan Dickinson”. The cost is $16.00 per person. Cost for members of Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park is $11.00. Children under 6 years old are free! The fee includes park entry, food entrée and Drum Circle.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization. The Friends promotes the historical, educational, and ecological enhancement of Jonathan Dickinson State Park and is directly responsible for funding many park programs and improvements.

The program will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Kitching Creek Pavilion, 16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455.


 
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Jan 11, 2016Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing Newsletter


Welcome to the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing Newsletter!


Happy New Year
The New Year is starting off with a bang with some exciting tourism projects. We hope that you will contact us with any comments, ideas, or suggestions as we work to diligently promote Tourism in Martin County!




Legislative Update

January 20, 2016 is Tourism Day in Tallahassee. Tourism Day is an opportunity for the industry to educate the legislature on the importance of Florida's tourism industry.

Each year the Partnership for Florida's Tourism hosts this special event to educate the legislature, media and Floridians on the significant role tourism plays in the success of our state's economy. As the state's No. 1 industry, it is important to let our lawmakers know just how vital tourism is to the Sunshine State.

The day's activities will include a briefing by the CEOs of the Partnership for Florida's Tourism and other sponsoring organizations, as well as legislative appointments at the Capitol. New this year, Tourism Day will begin at the Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center and end, as always, with the much-anticipated downtown street festival.

Early registration for Florida Tourism Day closes at 5 pm on January 13, 2016, but on-site registration will be available for $65 on the day of the event.

The attached document outlines the tourism priorities and current legislation regarding tourism.



Recent PR Coverage

The area was featured in Deep South this past winter. The article featured a picture of the Hobe Sound Nature Center and discussed our beautiful waterways, but then went on to discuss the unique shopping opportunities available for holiday shoppers.

Visit Florida Travel Guide and Official Transportation Map

Martin County will be back in these two major Visit Florida publications. We noticed that both Hobe Sound and Indiantown were not listed and we have requested these locations be added to the map. The ad set for the Visitors Guide will feature making "Reel Memories," while the transportation map features the Martin Grade and promotes slowing down and "Taking the Scenic Route." The Office of Tourism and Marketing will have copies available for partners. Please contact us in advance if you are requesting a larger quantity.

Coastal Living

The City of Stuart was recognized as one of the top-ten "Happiest Seaside Towns" by Coastal Living. This exposure to Stuart will increase and benefit our entire area. Also, Stuart is representing not just Martin County but ALL of Florida. We have the opportunity to be the first Florida location to get the #1 spot. Florida has come close with #2 and #3 slots, but has never captured the #1 slot.

Also, we found out from Stuart Mainstreetthat they are the first active Mainstreet program in Florida to be nominated. Delray Beach was nominated in the past but did not have an active Mainstreet program, so that is yet another reason we want to be #1.

So we ask you to please take time to vote and vote often! Voting will close at 11:59pm PST on January 25th. The "Happiest Seaside Towns" are featured in both the January and April print editions of Coastal Living.

Click here to vote - http://www.coastalliving.com/travel/happiest-seaside-town.





Free Online Hospitality Training Program
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is continuing our partnership with Visit Florida to offer our partners and stakeholders free hospitality training. We are happy to offer you and your front-line employees free access to this guest service training. The second module, "Resolving Guest Conflict," demonstrates how to overcome and resolve conflict to make a situation right.

Your staff will learn:
*The power of empathy in assisting visitors through crisis and calm,
*The importance of being present and focused in guest interactions,
*Listening to guest inquiries and responding with in-the-know info and recommendations,
*Knowing the components to resolve a guest conflict and when to escalate it,
*And much more.
At the end of this program, upon successful completion of the course, each employee with receive a downloadable certificate they can print and display. To get started today, simply email training@discoverMartin.com to receive your complimentary promo code for use by your employees.
Learn more about this program at VISITFLORIDA.org/training.




Event Calendar for January
With so many organizations planning and promoting events throughout the county it can be difficult to keep track of everything going on in our area. We have pulled together a list of events with as much additional information as possible. We hope having this information in one location will make it easier and more useful for your organization. Click here to view this calendar.
If we are missing an event or you would like to have your event listed on discovermartin.com at no charge, please email info@discovermartin.com.




Martin Arts Month - February 2016

Martin Arts Month brings together a diverse cross section of arts and culture programs from organizations throughout the county for a month-long celebration of the arts. Throughout the month of February there will be art-centric events at galleries, museums, theatre events, concerts, literary events, educational science activities, film, fashion, and festivals. Learn more at www.martinartsmonth.com.




Let's Get Social
Social media is undeniably one of the past decade's biggest trends in travel marketing. We are in the process of audience acquisition and are active on five of the largest social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Follow us and join the conversation using #discovermartin.







 
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Jan 11, 2016HOBE SOUND GOLF CLUB INTRODUCES JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP
Hobe Sound Golf Club has created a new membership category for junior golfers age 21 and under who are serious about the game. This membership is designed for the younger golfer whose parents do not play golf.

The Junior Golfer has full use of golf facilities (course and practice areas) with certain restrictions. This membership is offered to the Junior Golfer with a Social Membership (or Summer/Social Membership) of the parent sponsor.

Junior Golf Members must abide by all rules and regulations of the Club and meet golf-ready standards set by the Head Golf Professional.

Interested applicants can find more information about HSGC on the Club’s website at www.hobesoundgolfclub.com or by contacting Membership Director Michele Blanco at (772) 545-3017 or mblanco@hobesoundgolfclub.com. Tours of the clubhouse and golf course can be gladly arranged.

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Hobe Sound Golf Club is currently offering non-equity golf memberships with no initiation fee. Discerning golfers will find that HSGC offers the best private club value on the Treasure Coast. Equity, Executive, and Social Memberships are also available.


 
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Jan 11, 2016Singing with the Stars
Dear Friends,

I have been cast in the third annual Singing with the Stars! It’s a fundraiser for Artists for a Cause (A4AC), a national non-profit organization that improves communities through the arts. This performance, competition and fundraiser will take place at the StarStruck Theatre in Stuart on February 27 at 7 p.m. I will be singing a duet with Carla Holbrook a local professional favorite on stage in front of a panel of judges and I hope to blow them away!

There is also an award for fundraising. I hope you'll help me reach my goal! Artists for a Cause is a very important non-profit in our community doing great things. To make a donation please go to http://www.a4ac.org/Singing-with-the-Stars.html click on my picture or if you would like I have attached a donation form to send by mail.
To order your tickets go to http://www.starstruckfl.com/tickets.html
Please make sure you give them my name
Or if you’d like I can order the tickets for you and you can send me a check. Call 772-985-1407
Bringing music and culture to the elderly and children or raising food for the poor. This particular event is a fundraiser for A4AC so that they can continue to grow and cultivate their programs which improve our community through culture and the arts.
You should know that A4AC:
• Dance For Food program has raised nearly 25,000 pounds of food to feed the needy
• Therapeutic Arts program uses the arts to heal, with 150 services per season
• Classical for Schools program impacted 10,000 students in the USA and Canada last season
• A4AC Clubs empower students, helping them to use their talent to meet critical needs in their communities
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
I hope to see you there!


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Jan 11, 2016Stockings of Love Brings Happy Faces
Stockings of Love Brings Happy Faces
To Children During the Holiday Season

Stockings of Love provided 370 stockings for Helping People Succeed children this holiday season, spending countless hours collecting supplies and thousands of gifts.

Stockings Founder Lynn Flynn and her helpers donated the gifts for the sixth year. "Helping People Succeed is so grateful for the partnership with Stockings of Love," said Kathy Derringer, heading up the children's programs. "This makes a huge difference in the lives of families who struggle to have gifts for their children during the holidays."

Stockings of Love gifts amounted to more than 2,000 stockings generously provided for Helping People Succeed families. The nonprofit children's programs at Helping People Succeed include Baby Steps, Healthy Families and the Children’s Mental Health Program, serving Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River Counties.


 
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Jan 11, 2016FREE SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR SET FOR FEBRUARY 9 AT THE KANE CENTER
FREE SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR SET FOR FEBRUARY 9 AT THE KANE CENTER

STUART, FL (January 8, 2015) – Treasure Coast Advocates for Seniors (TCAS) invites seniors to “Love Yourself by Improving Your Health”! Get started by attending the third annual TCAS Senior Health and Wellness Fair on February 9, 2016 at the Kane Center, 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart. The free event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is open to all seniors and their families and will feature over 40 health care and community vendors, as well as:

• Free services, including blood pressure checks, memory screenings, balance screenings and blood glucose checks
• Flu and pneumonia shots
• Fall prevention and balance training
• Demonstrations by the Kane Center’s exercise classes
• A Chinese auction
• A seniors-only 50/50 raffle

Food will be available for purchase. No reservations or RSVPs are necessary; call 772-223-7800 or visit www.kanecenter.org for more information.

The mission of Treasure Coast Advocates for Seniors is to be the proactive voice of consensus to mobilize local leadership and community resources and to ensure the optimum quality of life for our senior population. Its primary function is to provide information and education resources on issues concerning senior citizens. For more information, visit www.tcadvocates.org.
The mission of the Council on Aging of Martin County is to help seniors live young at any age by remaining independent, healthy and living in their own homes. The not-for-profit Council provides programs in support of this mission, including Meals on Wheels, an adult day program, geriatric specialty primary medical care, care management, caregiver support and in-home services. The Council, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014, is the longest standing organization in the county dedicated to serving our senior population.

For information on Council on Aging services, or to learn how you can support the Council and be a part of the Kane Center, call 772-223-7800 or visit www.kanecenter.org.


 
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Jan 11, 2016The Barn Theatre presents the uproarious comedy “Sex Please, We’re Sixty”


The uproarious, award winning comedy, “Sex Please We’re Sixty,” by Michael Parker and Susan Parker is on stage at The Barn Theatre from Jan. 22nd thru Feb 7th 2016. Our Wednesday thru Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

This wildly funny comedy/farce takes place at Mrs. Stanciffe’s Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast, which is frequented by mature women with whom the inn’s elderly silver-tongued next-door neighbor, “Bud The Stud” Davis, enjoys romantic liaisons. However, Bud’s prowess depends upon a well-known little blue pill. Mrs. Stancliffe’s other neighbor and long-time “Gentleman Caller,” retired chemist Henry Mitchell, has developed his own “little blue pill” to counter the effects of menopause in women “of a certain age.” When the women staying at Rose Cottage switch the pills, they turn the table on the men, and the results are…. Well, you have to see it to believe it! True romance (it would appear) doesn’t come from a bottle of pills, but never mind – it’s all-out laughter from beginning to end!

H.G. Brown, an award-winning playwright, whose works have been produced in California, the Midwest, Texas, Florida and New York City, and on public radio and commercial television, directs the play. Says he, “This play is a regular burlesque show,
raunchy and funny, but fully clothed (for the most part)! I feel more like a traffic cop and ringmaster than a director! The cast is superb. Like last season’s “Bus Stop,” we have a terrific mix of newcomers and old timers, each well suited to their role in this comedy.”

The cast includes veteran actors Tony Richards, Mike Tenzyk, Greta Goldstein, and Jennifer Sade; and stage newcomers Meredith Osborn and Susan Haase Carnasiotis.
The Producer is Chris Mazzella and the Stage Manager is Donna Wyse.

Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased at The Barn box office located at 2400 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, Florida from Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m.
Tickets can also be purchased by calling 772-287-4884 or on The Barn’s website, www.barn-theatre.com. Student and group discounts are available.


 
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Jan 11, 2016UPCOMING CONCERTS AT THE KANE CENTER: MOTOWN AND ELVIS TRIBUTE SHOWS
The Kane Center has announced that two tribute shows are returning to its stage by popular demand:

N2NATION will present “The Ultimate Motown Tribute” on Saturday, January 23. Show times are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, with V.I.P. seats (first five rows) available for $35. N2NATION is a dynamic group of musicians and vocalists who have performed at such venues as the Wellington Amphitheatre, Clematis by Night and BB King’s. Their high energy show features hits from The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, The Commodores and more.

Darrell Dunhill as Elvis will take the stage on Saturday, February 6, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Kane Members and $25 for non-members. Dunhill has wowed audiences everywhere from Las Vegas and Memphis to Japan with his interactive show, which features authentic costumes and sound tracks that re-create Elvis’ original arrangements.

All shows will be held at the Kane Center at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart. Tickets can be purchased online at www.kanecenter.org, or via phone at 772-223-7800, Monday through Friday. All seats are general admission. A cash bar will be available.

The Kane Center is a multi-generational facility offering a wide range of services for seniors, their families and caregivers, and the greater Treasure Coast community. The Kane Center is designed to serve all seniors in Martin County, from the active to the frail, through social, wellness, medical, nutritional, educational and cultural programming. Intergenerational events for the general public are also offered. The on-site Frances Langford Theatre and Auditorium, the Town Center and other spaces are available for rent for special events. The Kane Center is owned and operated by the Council on Aging of Martin County. For more information, call 772-223-7800 or visit www.kanecenter.org.


 
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Jan 8, 2016Florida Yards & Neighborhoods and Martin Florida Arbor Day educational tree giveaway County Master Gardeners offer

If you’d like to help expand our tree canopy here in Martin County, you’re invited to attend
this year’s annual Tree Give-away, hosted by the University of Florida Institute of Food &
Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Martin County Florida Yards & Neighborhoods and
Master Gardener Programs, on Saturday, January 16, 2016. The event will be held from 9
a.m. until noon at the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County office, which is located at the north
end of the Martin County Fairgrounds (2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart). The trees being
offered were purchased by Val Martin of Florida Classics Library and Fred Burkey, UF/IFAS
Extension Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Multi-county Agent. A variety of one-gallon native
trees will be available for attendees to choose from.
One of this year’s featured plants will be the native bald cypress tree (Taxodium distichum
var. distichum). Though commonly seen in forested wetland habitats, UF researchers note
that the trees will also grow remarkably well on almost any soil, including heavy, compacted
soils, so long as the soil pH is below 7.5. Cypress are relatively maintenance-free and
drought-tolerant, though will need additional water during establishment and times of
severe drought. Bald cypress trees can live for hundreds of years, growing to about 150
feet tall and six feet in diameter. Geologists believe that cypress have been growing in
Florida for about 6,500 years. Though logging has since removed most of the oldest
cypress here, some of the remaining old-growth cypress trees in Florida are over 500 years
old. Currently, cypress trees are harvested from our state’s wetlands mainly for saw timber
and landscape mulch. While mulch is often made from waste wood generated in the
manufacture of other wood products, increased demand for cypress mulch has led to an
increase in harvesting of whole trees cut from wetlands specifically for mulch. These
younger trees do not have the natural pest resistance of old-growth wood. UF/IFAS
Extension does not recommend purchasing cypress mulch for your landscape, as its origins
may be difficult to determine. Cypress trees are needed in our swamps, where they serve
important ecological functions, including providing wildlife habitat, removing excess
nutrients from water, and absorbing stormwater runoff. In our urban landscapes, cypress
and other trees can offer similar benefits for wildlife and water quality, so come to the tree
giveaway and bring home a cypress to plant in your yard, lakeshore, or rain garden.
Other native trees being offered will include fiddlewood (Citharexylum fruticosum),
spicewood (Calyptranthes pallens), and Simpson’s stopper (Myrcianthes fragrans), all of
which have fragrant blooms and berries attractive to birds. Another featured native tree,
pitch-apple (Clusia rosea), is also known as the “signature tree”, because words and figures
can be etched into the leaves. Pitch-apple has fruits which are attractive to birds and can
create dense shade to cool the home or patio. Lastly, cocoplum (Chrysobalanus icaco), is a
native salt-tolerant tree or shrub which is able to grow well on a wide range of soils and
needs little irrigation once established.
Extension Agents, Fred Burkey and Yvette Goodiel, and Master Gardener volunteers will
provide educational information on best management practices for successfully establishing
your trees. Presentations will cover when and where to plant your new trees, how to plant
and mulch young trees, and how to care for trees during their establishment period. Fact
sheets will be provided, discussing the unique features of each of the trees offered and their
cultivation. The UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Help Desk volunteers
will also be available to answer your landscape and garden questions.
For more information, call (772) 288-5654 or visit http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu/. The event is
free and open to the public; advance registration is not required nor accepted. Trees will be
offered on a first come, first served basis.

 
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Jan 8, 2016SMITHSONIAN HOSTS AFTER HOURS EVENTS AT AQUARIUM IN JANUARY, FEBRUARY
If you have ever wondered what happens when the lights go dark in the St. Lucie County Aquarium, the Smithsonian is offering you a chance to find out! On Friday, January 22, join Smithsonian education staff for a pizza dinner and brief presentation before venturing into the Aquarium to explore the tanks with flashlights. Doors open at 5:45pm and the program will begin promptly at 6:00pm. Aquarium After Dark is recommended for adults and children ages 5 and up. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children for Aquarium members; nonmember prices are $12 for adults and $10 for children.

“The Aquarium is a completely different place when you’re here at night,” said Jasmine Fox, Marine Biology Educator at the Smithsonian. “Aquarium After Dark provides visitors with the unique opportunity to see nocturnal animals that they otherwise wouldn’t see, as well as other fascinating surprises, such as glowing corals!”

Advance registration is required as space is limited. If you are unable to make the January event, a second Aquarium After Dark program is scheduled for Friday, February 19, 2016. To register for either program date, please call 772-465-3271 or email SMSEducation@si.edu.

The Smithsonian Exhibit, located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium at 420 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm, Sunday from 12pm-4pm and seasonally (January through March) on Monday from 10am-4pm. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for children and seniors. Annual memberships are available, starting from $15.

The Smithsonian Marine Station has teamed with St. Lucie County and other community partners to create this unique educational facility. The Exhibit is an outreach effort of the Smithsonian Marine Station, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. A fixture in the Fort Pierce community for over 40 years, the Marine Station is dedicated to understanding the character and diversity of the marine and estuarine habitats of Florida. For more information about the Exhibit, or to learn about volunteering opportunities, call 772-465-3271.


 
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