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May 22, 2015GOVERNOR SCOTT SIGNS TWO OF REPRESENTATIVE HARRELL’S BILLS
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May 22, 2015Glenn Siegel and Chad Hastings have been named Partners at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC
Glenn Siegel and Chad Hastings, Attorneys at personal injury law firm Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC (LLL&S) were announced as partners of the Firm. Glenn and Chad have been with the Firm for 10 and 8 years respectively.
“Glenn and Chad have a passion for helping the clients and families that we serve. With their vast experience in the personal injury field, natural leadership abilities, and genuine devotion to our community, it was clear that adding them as partners would continue to strengthen our Firm and help up better serve our clients,” said Gary S. Lesser, Managing Partner of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith.
After graduating from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and becoming a member of the Florida Bar, Glenn Siegel came to work at Lesser & Lesser, P.A. (now Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC), in the area of personal injury litigation. He left for a brief time to work on Personal Injury Protection (PIP) cases for Progressive Insurance. After Progressive, Glenn represented the plaintiffs, both health care providers and their patients directly, in the area of PIP litigation. In August of 2006, Glenn rejoined Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, returning with his experience and skills in PIP litigation, and he is now Chair of the Firm’s PIP Litigation Department. Glenn has handled thousands of PIP cases over the years and has been featured as a guest lecturer for other attorney and community organizations. He has several published legal opinions involving various PIP issues. Glenn also continues to handle automobile negligence, premises liability, and general personal injury cases at the Firm. Glenn’s passion for helping our community is admirable. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of West Palm Beach, as well as an avid volunteer at Big Dog Ranch Animal Rescue.
“I am honored to be named a partner at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith,” Glenn said. “It has been very rewarding to have seen this firm grow throughout the years, while still maintaining a close-knit family environment. All of the attorneys and employees at the Firm work so hard to give our clients the personal attention they deserve, and also give back so much to our community. In sharing these same beliefs and values, I feel privileged to be part of this firm and to have been named partner.”
Chad Hastings is a member of the Florida Bar and Georgia Bar Association and has been inducted into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Less than one percent of U.S. lawyers are members, as membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Since joining the Firm in 2007, Chad has represented injured clients and their families in auto negligence, premises liability cases, and related liability cases. He currently helps manage the Firm’s Stuart office and is the 2015-2016 Martin County Bar Association President.
“Gary Lesser, Joe Landy, and Mickey Smith are amongst the greatest attorneys in Florida,” Chad said. “They are lawyers who are committed to excellence and achieving great results for their clients. With the highest standards of ethical and moral character in both the practice of law and in their personal lives, I am humbled and grateful that they have asked me to be their partner.”
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, the third oldest law firm in Palm Beach County, was established in 1927 by Joseph H. Lesser in West Palm Beach, and has been serving clients throughout Florida for over 88 years, focusing on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. LLL&S (http://www.lesserlawfirm.com) enjoys a reputation in the community for superior legal skills, hard work, client service and high ethical standards. All Firm partners are "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in ethics and legal ability. LLL&S is active in the community, and has donated significant time and financial support to numerous charities. The Firm has obtained substantial settlements and verdicts over the years and is well known to insurance companies and insurance defense lawyers as skillful advocates. This experience and reputation allows the Firm to obtain the best possible results for its clients.


 
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May 22, 2015Bank of America and United Way fighting hunger in Martin County


Ending hunger in Martin County is one of United Way’s top priorities.

Each year, United Way raises money through donations and grants, and then invests those dollars into programs at local nonprofits that: end hunger, strengthen families, enhance healthy living, improve education, support employment and ensure safety.

Recently, Bank of America awarded United Way a $6,000 grant to fight hunger in Martin County. The grant will be used to support hunger relief programs at local nonprofits that distribute nutritious food to individuals and families in need.

Bank of America’s grant, combined with funds raised during United Way’s 2014-15 campaign, will enable providers of hunger relief programs to distribute 2 million pounds of food and serve 1.2 million meals to more than 20,000 unduplicated Martin County residents.

“Support from community-minded corporate partners like Bank of America help us provide funding that addresses these critical needs,” said Jim Vojcsik, executive director of United Way of Martin County. “We truly appreciate Bank of America’s financial support of United Way and its commitment to the residents of Martin County.”

Bank of America works to connect communities to better economic futures by strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs. To provide a comprehensive approach to fight hunger, the bank has mobilized a full array of assets including philanthropy, volunteerism and local nonprofit board service. Beyond these activities, Bank of America has raised public awareness of the issue of hunger through various communications, marketing, and sponsorship channels, and offered customers a way to help fight hunger.

United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and character-building. 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, enhance healthy living, improve education, support employment and ensure safety.

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

PHOTO CREDIT: LISA SWYRYN

PHOTO CAPTION: Bank of America awards United Way a $6,000 grant to fight hunger in Martin County. From left, Bill Mccullough, Merrill Edge; Christine Delvecchio, US Trust; Tammy Matthew, Bank of America; Susan Mott, Bank of America; Lisa Foreman, Bank of America; Kevin Staten, Bank of America; Wendie Berardi, United Way; and Bonney Johnson, US Trust.


 
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May 22, 2015A message from Congressmen Murphy
May 21, 2015

Last Memorial Day, I was honored to join five of my congressional colleagues and visit the men and women serving our nation in Afghanistan. There, I had the opportunity to discuss the challenges our service members face--both on the battlefield and once they return home. Unfortunately, too many of our troops wind up in circumstances where they are unable to use the skills and expertise they have learned to restart their post-military lives.

It is for that reason I introduced the Reducing Barriers to Veterans Education Act with Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN). This legislation makes a practical change to the Post-9/11 GI Bill so that service members may use up to $750 for college, graduate, and vocational school application fees, which previously had to be paid out of pocket. With an average undergraduate application fee of $40 and graduate program applications going up to $275, these expenses are a significant barrier to some veterans utilizing their hard earned educational benefits. I am proud to have the support of 100 Members of Congress, the American Legion, Student Veterans of America, and the Military Officers Association of America for this important legislation.

Today, the Veterans Affairs Committee approved this legislation. I am hopeful that it will come before the House of Representatives soon.

On Monday, our nation will come together to recognize the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and renew our commitment to all veterans and service members who never failed to answer the call of duty. Please know that I will always stand up to keep that promise.

Sincerely,


Patrick E. Murphy
MEMBER OF CONGRESS


 
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May 22, 2015Memorial Day - Honoring the Past & Inspiring the Future

Honoring The Past Recognizing Our Heroes

This Memorial Day Weekend, we reflect on the brave men and women who have selflessly served our Country.

We at the Stuart Air Show are proud to celebrate these heroes.

From the WWII weapons demonstration and full battle reenactment to the dozens of static aircraft on display representing aviation through the decades, their bravery is reflected throughout the Stuart Air Show each year.

To our Veterans, THANK YOU!

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Inspiring The Future
A New Generation of Heroes

"A few years back, I spoke to a young man who told me that coming to our air show as a kid inspired him to become a pilot. To me, that says it all." - Don McGlynn, Stuart Air Show Board President.

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Discounted Tickets
for Veterans & Active Military

Tickets for all Veterans and Active Military
to the 2015 Stuart Air Show are only $5.00 and can be purchased online or at the gate with proof of status.

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Buy Early & Save

Get your tickets online
while discounted pricing is available.
Pre-sale Price: $15 *
* available until Wednesday, October 28!
Gate Price: $25

All ticket info, including special pricing for
Children, Youth, and Veterans/Active Military as well as fantastic Upgrade Options, can be found online.


Come Out for the Excitement of THREE
Military Performances!

US Navy F-18
US Air Force F-16
US Army Golden Knights

* The US Navy F-18 and US Air Force F-16 will perform Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1.

* The US Army Golden Knights will perform during the Friday Night Air Show on October 30 as well as on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1.

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The Stuart Air Show proudly supports the community. Proceeds benefit non-profit organizations including The Road to Victory Military Museum, Martin County Community Foundation, Special Olympics, ARC of Martin County, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America, and many other deserving community charities. Stuart Air Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


 
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May 22, 2015Water safety a priority this summer in Martin County
As summer swimming season begins this Memorial Day holiday weekend, parents and children are encouraged to stay safe around water.
One of the best ways to ensure fewer drowning deaths is to teach families basic water safety skills, so again the Children’s Services Council of Martin County will be funding lessons for children and parents this summer.
Since 2012, the Council has overseen the SPLASH water safety program, which stands for “Swimming Provides Learners with Aquatics Safety & Health,” as accidental injury is a leading cause of child death in Martin County.
Entry level water safety and swimming lessons are available for free for children ages 0-17 who are Martin County residents and qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch at school or Medicaid. There is also a requirement that parents must also attend a 30-minute water safety class.
The eligibility process began May 18, and lessons run through the summer.
“We are helping the quality of life in Martin County by reducing water-related accidents and keeping our children safe this summer,” said David Heaton, the executive director of the Children’s Services Council. “While basic water skills for children are crucial, it is very important to remind parents of their role in safety, too.”
Since its inception, the SPLASH program has provided nearly 1,000 lessons to children in Martin County. This year, the program will be able to provide at least 300 lessons at three pool sites: Martin County’s Sailfish Splash Waterpark and both the Stuart and Indiantown YMCA pools.
The lessons are first-come, first-served, and they often fill up fast. Private donations will be accepted by the Children’s Services Council to increase the number of lessons available.
The process for parents is simple. First, they must complete an eligibility form at one of the following locations: the Whole Child Connection, the Early Learning Coalition, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County in Hobe Sound, Martin County Healthy Start Coalition, or the YMCA in Indiantown.
Once their eligibility form is complete and in hand, parents can visit the pool of their choice to schedule registration and lessons.
Contact information for all participating locations for the SPLASH program is available on the Children Services Council of Martin County’s web site, www.cscmc.org.
The Children’s Services Council is an independent special district dedicated to providing funding for children’s programs that make a measurable impact on the quality of life in Martin County. To learn more about the other 36 programs funded by Martin County homeowners, log on to www.cscmc.org.


 
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May 22, 2015Tickets On Sale to Members Tuesday, May 26th!


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If you are a Lyric Member and you have not given us your email, please contact the Box Office today to be able to purchase tickets online. 772-286-7827 or LyricBoxOffice@LyricTheatre.com

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Tickets are available to the public on September 8th.

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Gary Arbuthnot
November 7, 2015 7:00pm
World-class entertainer and pupil of James Galway, Gary Arbuthnot is a master of the flute. Ranging from classical, pop, and jazz styles, Arbuthnot has brought his unparalleled talents to audiences across the globe, from Belfast to Sao Paulo. For his performance at The Lyric Theatre this November, the award-winning musician will perform a range of standards, from classic movie hits to traditional Irish tunes.

Lee Greenwood
November 8, 2015 4:00pm & 7:00pm
The Lyric welcomes award-winning country music star Lee Greenwood to the stage this season. Best known for his signature song “God Bless the USA,” Greenwood has released more than twenty major-label albums over his long and impressive career. Winner of multiple Male Vocalist of the Year awards, Lee Greenwood has built a reputation as one of the most successful country music artists of all time. This season at The Lyric Theatre, Greenwood will perform hits such as “Somebody’s Gonna Love You” and “Going Going Gone.”

The Jew, The Old Jew, and The Guy from Jersey (An Evening of Clean Stand-Up Comedy)
November 13, 2015 7:00pm
Three of the greatest comedic minds come together for a night of laughs at The Lyric Theatre this season. Featuring Bruce Smirnoff, Freddie Roman, and Jeff Norris as The Jew, the Old Jew, and the Guy from Jersey, this show is filled with some of the best comedic talent America has to offer. But don’t tell them that! A trio of hilarity, Smirnoff, Roman, and Norris will have you laughing your tuchus off all the way back to Newark.

Kathleen Madigan
December 2, 2015 7:00pm
Named Funniest Female Stand-up Comic by the American Comedy Awards, Kathleen Madigan may be barely over five feet, but her comedy presence looms large. Influenced by Ron White, Richard Jeni, and Lewis Black, Madigan has appeared on such television specials as Last Comic Standing, I Love the 90s, and Celebrity Poker Showdown just to name a few. Her irreverent sense of humor and dark honesty characterize her unique style of stand-up comedy beloved by devoted fans and new listeners alike.

National Chinese Circus and the Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China
December 4, 2015 5:00pm & 8:00pm
From feet juggling to high chair balancing, the National Chinese Circus and the Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China take the ancient acrobatic art to the next level in “Peking Dreams.” The operatic production incorporates acrobatics, music, mime, and dance together in an incredible visual spectacle. Featuring international award-winning performance artists, “Peking Dreams” will explore the sights, sounds, and magic of the city now known as Beijing.

7 Bridges – The Ultimate Eagles Experience
December 7, 2015 7:00pm
Named the “best Eagles tribute on Earth” by Rolling Stone Magazine, 7 Bridges – The Ultimate Eagles Experience offers an authentic recreation of an Eagles concert from start to finish. Based in Nashville Tennessee, 7 Bridges – The Ultimate Eagles Experience covers some of the Eagles greatest hits, from “Take it Easy” to “Hotel California.” Their ability to recreate the sound of one of the most successful bands of all time, note for note, without backing tracks or harmonizers, has earned them the reputation as the best Eagles tribute band in existence.

A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair
December 9, 2015 6:00pm & 8:30 pm
Always a holiday favorite in downtown Stuart, Peter White, Rick Braun, and Mindi Abair are back for A Peter White Christmas. Fusing pop, jazz, and classical genres, A Peter White Christmas offers a new take on Christmas classics from “Greensleeves” to “The Little Drummer Boy.” Led by veteran session musician Peter White, this beloved holiday special featuring trumpet player Rick Braun and saxophonist Mindi Abair gets better every year.

Paul Tanner “12 Personalities and No Waiting”
December 15, 2015 7:00pm
Considered the next “Man of Many Voices,” Paul Tanner has astonished audiences from Las Vegas to Broadway with his impeccable impressions of singers, celebrities, and comedians alike. From Mick Jagger to Barry Manilow, Paul Tanner excels at the art of impressions, making every performance a tour through the musical history books. His incredibly accurate impressions of all the biggest stars, from Louis Armstrong to Englebert Humperdink, will have you doing double-takes.

Tom Wopat & John Schneider: RETURN OF THE DUKES Christmas
December 16, 2015 6:00pm & 8:30pm
What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with the Duke boys in Tom Wopat & John Schneider: RETURN OF THE DUKES Christmas. Best known for their roles as Luke and Bo Duke on the wildly successful television show The Dukes of Hazzard, Tom Wopat and John Schneider have also forged careers as highly accomplished musicians. Now they’ve come together again to perform some of your favorite Christmas classics, including “Silver Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” all with a country twist.

Live in Central Park [Revisited]: Simon and Garfunkel
December 17, 2015 7:00pm
Relive one of the largest and most memorable concerts in history this season at The Lyric Theatre with Live in Central Park [Revisited]: Simon and Garfunkel. Vocalist Lee Lessack and singer-songwriter Johnny Rodgers bring the classic set list to life, revisiting the biggest hits of the greatest folk rock duo of all time. From “Sound of Silence” to “Mrs. Robinson,” Live in Central Park [Revisited]: Simon and Garfunkel showcases two international vocal talents as they recreate the legendary, original 1981 reunion concert that brought Simon and Garfunkel back together again.

On the Radio
December 29, 2015 7:00pm
Taking you back to a time when mood rings and bell bottoms reigned supreme, On the Radio relives all the most memorable sounds of the 1970s, from “I Will Survive” to “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Starring Miami vocalist and powerhouse Mimi J, On The Radio is a groovy trip down memory lane, featuring exciting costume changes and state-of-the-art video projections. On the Radio features dozens of ‘70s hits from the likes of ABBA, Carole King, and Stevie Wonder for a night that will have you stomping your platform boots.

Brad Ross Family Magic Show
December 30, 2015 7:00pm
Merlin Award winner and innovative illusionist Brad Ross offers a new approach to classical magic. In his latest production Unbelievable, Ross encourages audiences to look for the wonder in everyday life, performing creative and impressive tricks with a modern flair. Performed in venues big and small on over five continents, Brad Ross’- Unbelievable features all of your favorite illusions, from levitations to impossible escapes, in a way you’ve never seen before. Ross gets viewers young and old involved with audience participation, so prepare for a night of magic and wonder.

Menopause the Musical
January 4, 2016 7:00pm & January 5, 2016 4:00pm & 7:00pm
From hot flashes to chocolate cravings, Menopause: The Musical explores the good and the bad of The Change in a way you’ve never seen before. Prepare to get out of your seat and sing along to parodies of all the biggest pop songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. After first debuting in Orlando, Florida, Menopause: The Musical has swept the world, touring in 13 different countries for over 11 million people. Proud to empower women for over 13 years,

An Intimate Evening with Faith Prince
January 7, 2016 7:00pm
A Broadway legend, An Intimate Evening with Faith Prince is not to be missed. Winner of multiple Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Faith Prince will perform some of the greatest show tunes of all time offering decades of experience and a wealth of vocal talent. In a rare performance on The Lyric stage, Faith Prince, with her powerful and unique vocals, will bring the songbook of Broadway to life in a refreshing way. An Intimate Evening with Faith Prince is sure to be a royal affair. Opening Act for Faith Prince – Nicholas King

The Hot Sardines
January 21, 2016 7:00pm
The spiciest jazz ensemble out of New York City, The Hot Sardines have brought the jazz of the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s to a whole new generation with their innovative takes on classic standards. Led by Evan “Bibs” Palazzo with vocals by “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, The Hot Sardines combine sounds from New York, Paris, and New Orleans to create a sound different from any other. Called “one of the best jazz bands in NYC today” by Forbes Magazine, The Hot Sardines have already revolutionized the genre, and they’re just getting started.

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour
January 22, 2016 7:00pm
Back again after an incredible show at The Lyric Theatre last season, singer-songwriter and folk musician Arlo Guthrie will perform the 1967 song that brought him fame: “Alice’s Restaurant.” Guthrie’s performance this January is a rare opportunity to see the eighteen-minute long peace anthem performed live, so if you missed the show last season, don’t miss out this time. In addition to the Thanksgiving favorite, Guthrie will perform a number of his other big hits, including “Massachusetts” and “Coming into Los Angeles.”

Capitol Steps
January 25, 2016 6:00pm & 8:30pm
What started as a group of Senate staffers poking fun at the absurdity of Washington D.C. politics is now one of the hottest political comedy shows in the country. Back again after popular demand, Capitol Steps has a punchline for all the latest headlines, leaving no presidential candidate or international leader safe from ridicule. Appearing on national television and public radio, Capitol Steps has become a national sensation, beloved for its witty political

A Conversation with Jessica Fellowes “The Chronicles of Downton Abbey”
January 28, 2016 7:00pm
The world’s foremost expert on the series Downton Abbey, Jessica Fellowes comes to The Lyric Theatre this season to give a taste of the stories and history behind the wildly successful British television show. The author, journalist, and public speaker explores the social and historical context of the time period, focusing on class, gender, and technology in post-WWI England. Writer of the official companion books to Downton Abbey, Jessica Fellowes also offers a look into the behind-the scenes drama from the beloved historical drama.

Joshua Bell
January 29, 2016 7:00pm
Always a favorite at The Lyric Theatre, Joshua Bell returns this season for another brilliant performance. Known as the “poet of the violin” Bell takes the instrument to new heights, reinterpreting classical, pop, and cinematic compositions in unique and refreshing ways. Since becoming an overnight internet sensation for his videos featuring his undercover subway performance in Washington D.C., Joshua Bell has continued growing as a musician, recently becoming the Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Always…Patsy Cline
February 5, 2016 7:00pm & February 6, 2016 2:00pm & 7:00pm
The music of legendary country singer, Patsy Cline, is brought to life in Always…Patsy Cline, set to the story of Cline’s close friendship with Texas housewife and pen pal Louise Seger. Featuring some of Patsy Cline’s greatest hits, including “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces,” Always…Patsy Cline combines country humor, heart-wrenching drama, and audience participation in a thoughtful look at the tragically short life of one of the most influential female singers in history.

Mark Russell
February 13, 2016 4:00pm & 7:00pm
Ripping material from today’s headlines, political satirist and pianist Mark Russell will perform at The Lyric Theatre this season. Unafraid to target politicians on both sides of the aisle, Russell’s unique approach to political comedy has earned him national recognition. Winner of the Mark Twain Award, Mark Russell has inspired the likes of Stephen Colbert and John Stewart for decades with his unflinching insight into the absurdity of the American political system.

Atlantic City Boys
February 14, 2016 7:00pm
Straight out of “America’s Favorite Playground,” the Atlantic City Boys revive the sounds of the 1960s. With four lead singers and a live band, the Atlantic City Boys perform some of the greatest rock-n-roll hits of all time, including the Four Seasons’ “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” and “Sherry.” The Boys have performed hundreds of shows to sold out audiences across America, loved for their “non-stop energy…and unlimited excitement!”

Ballroom: South Beach Style
February 17, 2016 7:00pm
Imagine Dancing with the Stars with a Latin flair and you have Ballroom: South Beach Style. From the streets of Miami, Ballroom: South Beach Style explores the art of ballroom dancing in a fresh and exciting way. The fast-paced production features a variety of styles, including salsa, merengue, rhumba, mambo, and even the jive. Incorporating elaborate sequined costumes and music from various decades, Ballroom: South Beach Style is an exhilarating journey through the history of ballroom dance.

Tito Puente, Jr. “Keeping the Legacy Alive”
February 20, 2016 7:00pm
To anyone who hears Tito Puente, Jr. perform, it is immediately clear that he is his father’s son. Continuing in the Tito Puente tradition of bringing salsa music and joy to audiences around the world, Tito Puente, Jr. has managed to craft a flavor of his own, incorporating modern Latin styles into the traditional mambo sound. Best experienced live, Tito Puente, Jr. will return to The Lyric Theatre this season to perform some of his greatest Latin jazz hits in Tito Puente, Jr. “Keeping the Legacy Alive.”

Darlene Love
February 22 & 23, 2016 7:00pm
After a powerful debut performance at The Lyric Theatre last December, vocalist and diva Darlene Love returns for another night of soaring vocals and heart-wrenching emotion. Considered “one of the greatest singers of all time” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Love is known for her vital role as a vocalist in the biggest hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s, from The Ronnette’s “Be My Baby” to Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash.” Darlene Love will perform some of her greatest singles, including “Christmas Baby (Please Come Home)” and “He’s a Rebel” in downtown Stuart this February.

Beginnings: The Music of Chicago
February 28, 2016 7:00pm
Born out of a passion for the music of the American rock band Chicago, Beginnings: The Music of Chicago prides themselves on being the best in the business. Comprised of a group of eight professional New York musicians, Beginnings recreates the magic of Chicago, performing all of the group’s greatest hits from every decade. Performing hits from “25 or 6 to 4” to “You’re the Inspiration,” Beginnings: The Music of Chicago is perfect for music lovers of all ages.

Steve Solomon
March 1, 2016 7:00pm
He’s back again, and better than ever. American comedian Steve Solomon returns for another night of side-splitting comedy. As the creator and star of the three-time award-winning Broadway comedy My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy, Steve Solomon has won the hearts, and guts, of audiences across America with his witty one-liners and incredible collection of voices.

A Conversation with Jeffrey Tambor
March 2, 2016 7:00pm
Throughout his extensive career in the film and television industry, award-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor has learned a great deal about life, success, and happiness. Perhaps best known for his comedic roles in The Hangover, Arrested Development, and Transparent among others, the entertainment veteran takes audiences on an exploration of their greatest fears and limitations, inspiring his listeners to turn passion into action. More like a conversation than a seminar, Jeffrey Tambor’s lectures incorporate humor, wisdom, and storytelling, helping individuals overcome their biggest fears and achieve success.

Magic of Motown
March 7, 2016 7:00pm
With four of the best male Motown singers touring today and one incredible leading lady, the Magic of Motown recreates the culture-defining pop songs of the 1960s. Featuring delicate harmonies, charming choreography, and a six-piece back-up band, the Magic of Motown accurately and honestly covers the most recognizable tunes from the Motown era as a tribute to one of the most influential periods in American music.

Kander & Ebb…And All That Jazz
March 8, 2016 6:00pm & 8:30pm
Celebrate the 40-year career of one of the most prolific songwriting duos of all time in Kander & Ebb…And All That Jazz. Director Barry Day and the gifted cast from last season’s More of Loesser, have come together again in this dazzling production of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s biggest hits, from “New York, New York” to “Chicago” and more! Starring Billy Stritch, Marissa Mulder, and Klea Blackhurst, Kander & Ebb…And All That Jazz shows why the timeless music of Kander and Ebb has dominated the stage and the screen, earning the composing twosome countless Academy, Tony, and Grammy awards.
Tony Orlando
March 10, 2016 7:00pm
Top-selling recording artist and ground-breaking entertainer Tony Orlando will perform some of his greatest hits this season at The Lyric Theatre. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the wildly popular “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree,” Tony Orlando is best known as the lead singer of the beloved 1970s group Tony Orlando and Dawn. In his performance at The Lyric, Orlando will take you through the decades of his career, performing classics such as “Knock Three Times” and “Candida,” among others.

Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
March 12, 2016 7:00pm
The premier North American Bee Gees tribute band comes to The Lyric Theatre this March for an evening of disco classics, from “Night Fever” to “You Should Be Dancing.” Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees is the perfect chance to relive the magic of the 1970s, as vocalists Todd Sharman, Tony Mattini, and Mitch Seekins recreate the falsetto harmonies of one of the greatest pop groups of the 20th century with incredible accuracy.

The Doo Wop Project
March 13, 2016 7:00pm
From the stars that brought you the Broadway hit musical Jersey Boys, The Doo Wop Project elevates the sounds of doo wop to a whole new level. Exploring the history of the doo wop style from its beginnings, with songs by the classic vocal groups the Belmonts and the Crests, to its contemporary alternatives, from Amy Winehouse to Michael Jackson. With some of the brightest up-and-coming Broadway performers, The Doo Wop Project puts an old-fashioned twist on the biggest hits of today while reinventing the doo wop classics.

Savannah Jack
March 15, 2016 7:00pm
From playing in Nashville bars to becoming national stars, country music band Savannah Jack has delighted audiences from Texas to New Jersey with their tight three-part vocal harmonies and wild, southern attitude. A favorite of singer-songwriter and music star Kenny Rogers, the quintet has opened for a number of major recording artists including John Fogerty and Vince Gill. Drawing influence from Tom Petty, the Eagles, and the Beatles, Savannah Jack offers a new and refreshing take on the country music genre.

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
March 18, 2016 6:00pm & 8:30pm
Created by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords fame, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra combines talented musicians with wild and crazy costumes and a splash of Kiwi humor for a show unlike any other. Covering popular hits of all genres and eras, from “Hey Ya” to “Jolene,” the four-string ensemble causes audiences to go wild, inspiring spontaneous conga lines, break dances, and more.

Robert Navarro and his Latin Jazz Orchestra “A Night at the Palladium”
March 19, 2016 7:00pm
Led by the Grammy-award winning Robert Navarro, A Night at the Palladium recreates the atmosphere of the Palladium Ballroom, the second-floor dance hall on Broadway in New York City famous for its Latin music and dancing from 1948 until its closing in 1966. Showcasing mambo, chachacha, pachanga, and merengue, Robert Navarro and his Latin Jazz Orchestra bring together twenty musicians, dancers, and singers for a night of Latin fun.

Fiesta Mexico-Americana featuring Los Lobos
March 21, 2016 6:00pm & 8:30pm
Celebrating the long tradition of Mexican culture in America, the Grammy-award winning Chicano rock band Los Lobos join together with the renowned Ballet Folklorico Mexicano to bring you Fiesta Mexico-Americana, A Celebration of Mexican-American Heritage. The once-in-a-lifetime collaboration explores the contributions and achivements made by Mexican-Americans throughout history using the art of music, song, dance, and film. The exciting and inventive multi-media production uses visual display and spectacle to communicate the vibrant Mexican-American experience.

Celtic Nights – Spirit of Freedom
April 9, 2016 4:00pm & 7:00pm
From the hills of Eire to the shores of Ellis Island, Celtic Nights – Spirit of Freedom weaves a tale of Irish strength and pride through the medium of song and dance. Featuring six vocalists, six international dancers, and a talented troupe of musicians, Celtic Nights – Spirit of Freedom draws from the folklore of Ireland to tell the legacy of their forefathers. The two-hour showcase includes favorite Irish pieces, such as “Danny Boy” and “Whiskey in a Jar,” as well as an exploration of the influence Ireland music has had on American sounds, from bluegrass to western genres.




 
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May 21, 2015Florida Chamber Foundation Announces Chair of Innovation Research Report

The Florida Chamber Foundation and the Florida Research Consortium have partnered to develop a research report addressing the future of Florida's innovation economy ecosystem. “Blueprint for an Innovation Economy in Florida" will assess the impact of expanding innovation activity on Florida’s economy and create a roadmap for state-level policy and investments.
J. Charles “Charlie” Gray, Chairman of the Board and Founding Director of GrayRobinson law firm, has been selected to serve as co-chair of the report. Gray will provide counsel and guidance on research activities and lead the rollout of the report, which is expected to be released in October 2015.

“Charlie Gray has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to improving Florida’s economy through innovation,” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “His history of success as a business and civic leader make him the perfect choice for co-chairing this report.”
As a business-led, solutions development and research organization dedicated to securing Florida’s future, the Florida Chamber Foundation has had a long and successful history of partnering on a number of important studies such as "Florida Trade & Logistics Study 2.0," "Closing the Talent Gap" and others. “Blueprint for an Innovation Economy in Florida" will be a vital component of the Chamber Foundation’s upcoming Cornerstone 2030 strategic plan to shape Florida's future economy.

“I am honored to be a part of this important project,” said Gray. “This report will provide recommendations on how to expand Florida’s innovation economy and propel our state's investment in advanced technology research."
We invite leaders in the fields of business, technology, venture capital and education to join us in our effort to improve Florida's innovation economy. If you are interested in contributing your expertise or support, please contact jparrish@flfoundation.org.


 
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May 21, 2015DINNER/DANCE FUNDRAISER ON JUNE 12 AT THE KANE CENTER TO BENEFIT THE COUNCIL ON AGING’S ADULT DAY PROGRAM
The Council on Aging of Martin County will be cooking up some fun on Friday, June 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kane Center, when it hosts its quarterly dinner/dance fundraiser benefiting the Adult Day Club. Tickets, which are $12, include a meal prepared by Chef Christopher Collier featuring sautéed chicken with rice, a spring vegetable medley and dessert. Entertainment is by singer Daryl Magill. A 50/50 raffle and cash bar will also be available. Tickets are on sale at the Kane Center or by calling 772-223-7807, and must be purchased prior to the event. The Adult Day Club dinner/dance series is sponsored by Aycock Funeral Home, The Brennity at Tradition, Family Private Care and LifeCare Therapy Services. All proceeds benefit the Adult Day Program at the Kane Center.

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, Kane Cuisine, an adult day program, senior-focused primary medical care at the Kane Clinic, care management and caregiver support. The Council, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014, is the longest standing organization in the county dedicated to serving our senior population.

The Kane Center, the home of the Council on Aging of Martin County, 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 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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May 21, 20157th Annual Golf Outing To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The 7th Annual Golf Outing will be held Saturday, June 6th at Abacoa Golf Club to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). On June 6th friends will come together again to host the 7th and final year of their Golf Outing in memory of family who have lost their fight against lymphoma and other blood cancers.

After losing his father, Milt Thackaberry, to lymphoma, Mike Thackaberry decided he wanted to do something in his memory. Mike, with the help of friend, Brian Muller, founded an Annual Golf Outing that benefits the LLS. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 6th at the Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.

The tournament, which was founded in 2009, has continued to grow and after six years, has successfully raised nearly $100,000 and includes more than 100 participants each year.

Saratoga Roofing, a national commercial roofing and construction company, will again be the title sponsor of this year’s Golf Outing. Saratoga President, Denver Green said, “We are happy to be the title sponsor and support such a worthy cause. Any time we can give back to the community, and help an employee, we know we are making a good investment.” Thackaberry, who is an employee of Oklahoma based Saratoga, said he is overwhelmed by the amount of support given by his company, Saratoga, and other local merchants.

“We have a lot planned for this year’s tournament,” said Thackaberry. The tournament will include a $10,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one as well as raffle prizes and awards for lowest team score and closest to the pin and long drive. “This is always a fun tournament and something that is near to my heart,” said Thackaberry.

Major annual supporters of the outing include SE Florida based Therma Seal Roof Systems, LLC owned by Dave Wikel and Factory Direct Supply, a construction products and metal fabrication company. “We look forward to this outing every year. Each year it gets bigger and better and best of all it’s for a great cause,” says Gary Muller part owner of Factory Direct Supply.

The tournament, which is a four man scramble, will have a shotgun start at 8:00am. Lunch will be provided with an awards ceremony directly following. All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to participate in the Golf Outing, please contact: Mike Thackaberry at (405) 595-7908 or mike.thackaberry@gmail.com or Brian Muller at (561) 262-5864 or brianm@lkdcpa.com.


 
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May 21, 2015Gifting Stock to Embrace Kids Foundation


Would you like to make a large gift to the Front & Center Scholarship Fund or another program at Embrace Kids?
Before writing that check, consider looking through your investment portfolio and donating appreciated stock.

Many investors who purchased publicly traded stock more than a year ago are very likely to own shares that have substantial unrealized gains. Upon the sale of this stock an investor would pay a minimum 15% federal capital gains tax on the long term realized gain. In addition, the gain would be subject to state income taxes.

Instead of selling the appreciated stock, consider donating it to Embrace Kids Foundation; it's a win-win situation. Tax benefits include avoiding the 15% capital gains tax and deducting the fair market value of the donated shares as a charitable donation.

For example, Jane Doe purchased ABC Company stock for $10,000 last January; the value of the stock today is $20,000. Since Jane no longer wishes to hold this stock, she therefore has two choices - either sell the stock and recognize a gain, or donate the stock. If Jane was to donate the stock rather than sell the stock, she would avoid paying the $1,500 ($10,000 realized gain x 15% capital gain tax rate) capital gains tax that would be generated. In addition, Jane will also receive a charitable deduction for the fair market value of the stock on the date donated. Let's say Jane is in the 25% federal tax bracket, this could ultimately result in an additional $5,000 of tax savings ($20,000 fair market value x 25% tax rate). Together, Jane would save a minimum of $6,500.

When considering a donation of stock instead of cash, it is very important to be mindful that the stock must be held for more than one year otherwise there is significantly different (and less beneficial) tax treatment.

Please contact Executive Director Glenn Jenkins at Glenn@EmbraceKids.org for more information.
Please contact your tax professional for formal counsel on your particular situation.


 
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May 20, 2015Come Up and See Our Etchings! Art Exhibit and Lecture Thursday
The work of depression-era artist, Samuel L. Margolies (1897 - 1974) is held in the collections of galleries and museums world-wide. In 1968, the Jensen Beach resident donated one of the largest collections of his etchings and watercolors to the Elliott Museum. Professional journalist Jane Margolies will give us a fascinating look at the life and career of her grandfather, celebrating an exhibit of selected pieces from the Elliott's own Margolies collection, the first showing at the Museum since 1976.

There will be a short reception for the exhibit and our speaker, and time to view the collection at 6:30.
Lecture in the Theater at 7:00.

Seating is Limited, RSVP required: Call 772-225-1961
Free to Museum Members; $14 for non-members.

Special invitation for this event only - Museum Member privileges extended to Martin County art organization members!
Members of Art Associates of Martin County, Palm City Art Associates,
Hobe Sound Fine Art League, Jensen Beach Art League, or
Arts Council of Martin County may also attend this event at no charge.
Please share the news!
RSVP required.


 
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May 20, 2015Come Up and See Our Etchings! Art Exhibit and Lecture Thursday
The work of depression-era artist, Samuel L. Margolies (1897 - 1974) is held in the collections of galleries and museums world-wide. In 1968, the Jensen Beach resident donated one of the largest collections of his etchings and watercolors to the Elliott Museum. Professional journalist Jane Margolies will give us a fascinating look at the life and career of her grandfather, celebrating an exhibit of selected pieces from the Elliott's own Margolies collection, the first showing at the Museum since 1976.

There will be a short reception for the exhibit and our speaker, and time to view the collection at 6:30.
Lecture in the Theater at 7:00.

Seating is Limited, RSVP required: Call 772-225-1961
Free to Museum Members; $14 for non-members.

Special invitation for this event only - Museum Member privileges extended to Martin County art organization members!
Members of Art Associates of Martin County, Palm City Art Associates,
Hobe Sound Fine Art League, Jensen Beach Art League, or
Arts Council of Martin County may also attend this event at no charge.
Please share the news!
RSVP required.


 
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May 20, 2015Bank of America and United Way fighting hunger in Martin County
Ending hunger in Martin County is one of United Way’s top priorities.

Each year, United Way raises money through donations and grants, and then invests those dollars into programs at local nonprofits that: end hunger, strengthen families, enhance healthy living, improve education, support employment and ensure safety.

Recently, Bank of America awarded United Way a $6,000 grant to fight hunger in Martin County. The grant will be used to support hunger relief programs at local nonprofits that distribute nutritious food to individuals and families in need.

Bank of America’s grant, combined with funds raised during United Way’s 2014-15 campaign, will enable providers of hunger relief programs to distribute 2 million pounds of food and serve 1.2 million meals to more than 20,000 unduplicated Martin County residents.

“Support from community-minded corporate partners like Bank of America help us provide funding that addresses these critical needs,” said Jim Vojcsik, executive director of United Way of Martin County. “We truly appreciate Bank of America’s financial support of United Way and its commitment to the residents of Martin County.”

Bank of America works to connect communities to better economic futures by strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs. To provide a comprehensive approach to fight hunger, the bank has mobilized a full array of assets including philanthropy, volunteerism and local nonprofit board service. Beyond these activities, Bank of America has raised public awareness of the issue of hunger through various communications, marketing, and sponsorship channels, and offered customers a way to help fight hunger.

United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and character-building. 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, enhance healthy living, improve education, support employment and ensure safety.

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


 
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May 20, 2015Free community CPR training event at Blake Library
In recognition of Emergency Medical Services Week, Martin County Fire Rescue will be hosting a free community based CPR training event.

Where: Blake Library
2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

We will conduct demonstrations and give hands on instruction to all that attend on the procedures of performing cardio pulmonary resuscitation on both adult and children as well as how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). This is a non-certification level training and there is no pre-registration requirements to attend. The training will be on a continual basis, so you can attend anytime during the hours listed. Click here for additional details.


 
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May 20, 2015Sailfish Splash Waterpark hosts 6th annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson with a FREE 30 minute swim lesson
On Thursday, June 18, 2015, children and parents will come to Sailfish Splash Waterpark to join tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the globe to set a new Guinness World Record™ for "The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL)".

"We want to help spread the word that swimming lessons save lives," explained Kevin Abbate, Director, Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation. "Research shows that formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive swimming or water safety training."

Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended injury related death for children ages 1-5, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14.

Sailfish Splash Waterpark encourages parents to register each child in advance for the free 30 minute swim lesson by downloading and completing the registration form (one per child) found on www.SailfishSplash.com/WLSL. Email or fax completed forms to splash@sailfishsplash.com or (772) 419-4096.

For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/SailfishSplash/events

Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Sailfish Splash Waterpark; the lesson will begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.


 
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May 20, 2015'Medical Marijuana' Pill Falls Short in Dementia Study
Researchers had hoped to ease anxiety, agitation and wandering

'Medical Marijuana' Pill Falls Short in Dementia Study
By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter


WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- So-called medical marijuana pills may not ease the common behavioral symptoms that affect people with dementia, a small study suggests.

In a trial of 50 dementia patients, researchers found that pills containing the main active ingredient in marijuana were no better than placebo pills in easing agitation, aggression and wandering.

However, that doesn't mean the approach is a failure, the investigators report in the May 13 online edition of Neurology.

The researchers say the medical marijuana pills were well-tolerated, so it seems safe to test a higher dose in future studies.

The lack of side effects suggests the dose was too low, according to Dr. Marcel Olde Rikkert and his colleagues at Radboud University Medical Center, in the Netherlands.

In the United States, more than 5 million people have Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Association. That number is expected to swell to more than 7 million in the next decade.

Besides memory loss, most patients with dementia also develop behavioral and psychiatric problems, said Dr. Norman Relkin, an associate professor of clinical neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

That can include anxiety and depression, sleep problems, agitation and aggression, hoarding and delusions.

"Right now, there are no medications specifically approved for these types of symptoms," said Relkin, a spokesperson for the American Federation for Aging Research.

"The medications we use are all 'borrowed' from the armamentarium for other conditions that are similar to these dementia symptoms," Relkin explained. So people with dementia may take antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs, for example.

But those medications have limited effectiveness and can cause side effects.

"We need better interventions," Relkin said. "This is a major unmet need."

Relkin, who was not involved in the new study, said there were early hints that THC -- the substance responsible for marijuana's "high" -- could help. Animal research suggested it might protect brain cells from Alzheimer's-like damage, and one study of dementia patients found that a pill version of THC seemed to ease sleep disturbances.

In this latest research, though, THC pills looked no better than placebo (inactive) pills.

The study included 50 seniors with dementia. About half lived at home; the others were in care facilities.

Olde Rikkert's team randomly assigned them to take either 1.5 mg of THC or a placebo pill three times daily, for three weeks.

The researchers focused on two types of behavioral symptoms: agitation and aggression; and wandering. They found that over three weeks, patients in both groups showed a small improvement, on average.

But the medical marijuana group was no better off than the placebo group, the investigators said.

"The improvement in the placebo group was remarkable, as dementia is a progressive disease," noted Olde Rikkert, who is chair of geriatrics at Radboud Alzheimer Center. "The improvement might have been caused by the fact that the patients received a lot of support during the study, or to the placebo effect."

The other positive news, said the researchers, is that the THC pills seemed well-tolerated. They found no effects on memory or heart rate, and potential side effects such as sleepiness and dizziness were no more common in the medical marijuana group than the placebo group.

Because of that, they say studies testing a higher THC dose are warranted.

"We currently plan to do another study in the same patient group using a higher dose of THC, although the exact dose has not yet been determined," Olde Rikkert said.

At a high dose, however, "there could be negative effects on behavior or cognition," Relkin said.

To Relkin, the findings highlight a bigger issue. "When (existing) drugs are tested in dementia patients, they just don't work the same as they do in other contexts."

The same may be true with medical marijuana, Relkin said.

"The fact that something has a calming effect on a person without dementia does not necessarily mean it's the good, or compassionate, thing to do for a person with dementia," he said. "The brain is very much altered in dementia."

There are non-drug options for addressing dementia patients' behavioral issues, Relkin said. They center on changing the environment: In a nursing home, for example, exit doors can be painted the same color as the walls, so it's more difficult for patients to wander away.

The room doors, Relkin said, can be painted different colors, to help residents find their room and avoid becoming disoriented.

At home, families can take steps, too, he said. If a dementia patient sees a home health aide as a stranger invading the house, for example, families can reintroduce the aide every morning.

"It's important to try to see things through the eyes of the person with dementia," Relkin said.


 
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May 19, 2015Media advisory: Commissioners to hear railcar chemical release vulnerability study
At its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m., the Martin County Board of County Commissioners will hear a railcar chemical release vulnerability study. Martin County Fire Rescue staff will provide an informational presentation on the community's risks of a railcar crash involving the release of chemical and fuel cargos commonly transported by the Florida East Coast rail line. The timing of this presentation is in response to the All Aboard Florida proposal and the potential increase in passenger and freight traffic.

What: Railcar Chemical Release Vulnerability Study.

Where: Martin County Commission Chambers.

When: Tuesday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m.


 
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May 19, 2015Capt. Carl D. Keske, USNR (ret.) to present Summer WWII Film Screening at Blake library June 5
Capt. Carl D. Keske, USNR (ret.) will present a special World War II Film Screening Friday, June 5 from 10am to 11am at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, FL 34996. The screening will show "Day of Days" from the Band of Brothers series. This event is in honor of the seventy-first anniversary of D-Day, a day observed in memory of the Normandy landings in France on June 6, 1944, in which American soldiers and other Allied forces fought to end World War II in Europe.

Capt. Carl D. Keske, USNR (ret.) served as a gunnery officer on the "tin can," the USS Eversole. Following 18 months of nuclear submarine training he served on the USS George Washington, USS Tautog and USS James Monroe.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Summer Connection at any library location or visit the library website at library.martin.fl.us.


 
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May 19, 2015Kiwanis Club of Martin County hosted our First- All American Soap Box Derby Rally Race
Kiwanis Club of Martin County hosted our First- All American Soap Box Derby Rally Race on the Earnest Lyons Bridge in Stuart this weekend while the Sailfish Regatta hydroplane races roared under the bridge! Many spectators walking up the bridge clapped and enjoyed the children race the 730' track. .Sixteen Drivers and Race Families traveled from Stuart, Palm City, Ocala, Ft. Meyers and Sanford to participate in the race. The double elimination race produced the following results.

Stock Division
1st Place-Jamison Geisler-
2nd Place- John Dye
3rd Place-Shaun Dabbs

Super Stock
1st Place-Tyler Dye
2nd Place-Xavier Roberts
3rd Place-CJ Holland


Having clinched 190 points racing this season, Eight year old Jamison Geisler who is a 2nd grader at Bessy Creek Elementary School, will represent Stuart as Local Champ of Region 7 and now compete for World Rally Champion in the Stock Division in Akron, Ohio July 19-25th, 2015

The Kiwanis Club of Martin County, is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. Everyone is welcome to join them for breakfast at the Harvest Table on Denver Avenue downtown Stuart 7:30 am on Friday mornings.


 
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May 19, 2015Susanne Sopko Joined the Real Estate Staging Association
Susanne Sopko, owner of Life Beautifier joined the Real Estate Staging Association in February. Real Estate Staging Association™ (RESA), a national professional development organization with over 1,000 members.

Susanne and her business partner, Jessica Zyak are professional stagers. They help homeowners and Realtor prepare property for sale and in many cases sell for more money.

“With Life Beautifier Home Staging we design interiors that create a luxurious picture for buyers showing the full potential of the home that is for sale. We offer multiple staging options to fit into different budgets & home styles - Contemporary, Traditional or Coastal! And all furniture is for sale if the buyer is interested!,” said Ms. Sopko.

The Life Beautifier team is actively involved in the community, supporting many great causes. They also use many local businesses and artists for their home staging business.

For more information contact Susanne at 440-789-8021 or visit www.lifebeautifier.com or the national RESA Web site at www.RealEstateStagingAssociation.com or call 800-245-08512.


 
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May 19, 2015Lifting Up Leaders - Classes
Dawn Connelly has a passion for lifting up leaders on the Treasure Coast. She will teach a 4-week series for business professions called Lifting Up Leaders this Summer. Dawn is a Founding Member of the John Maxwell Team, a lawyer, and a leadership expert. Friday May 15 Dawn was the keynote speaker on leadership at the 7th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit. Lifting your lid on leadership will open so many doors and opportunities! Everything rises and falls on leadership! If you are ready to lift your lid on your leadership and join the tidal wave of leadership rising up on the Treasure Coast, Lifting Up Leaders is for you! The class will run for 4 weeks from June 15-July 6. It meets at 7:30am-9am at the Visionary School of Arts in Stuart. Cost for the 4-week series is $399. It is a wonderful networking time. You can register at www.LiftingUpLeaders.com

 
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May 19, 2015NAI Southcoast’s Boyd Bradfield, Jr. Attendend RECon in Las Vegas
35,000 attendees at RECon a sign of healthy retail industry, strong economy. The event, attended by Boyd Bradfield, Jr. President/Broker of NAISouthcoast showcased the growing retail industry. “We’re seeing an inflow of retail into markets that where stalled during the recession,” said Boyd Bradfield. “This is very encouraging and opens up new opportunities for investors across the commercial real estate spectrum.” The event is coinciding with a flurry of announcements. The Ascena Retail Group said today it will acquire Ann Taylor, Loft and Lou & Grey, for $2.16 billion. Nordstrom is opening five full line and 27 Nordstrom Rack stores this year, and several more next year.

About NAISouthcoast

Established in 1982, we have a total of eight (8) sales associates, and five (5) professional staff members. We take pride in our local knowledge and expertise in the Martin County and surrounding areas. NAI Southcoast reinforces this local knowledge with a staff with strong backgrounds in brokerage and investment analysis.

About NAI Global

NAI Global is the single largest, most powerful global network of owner-operated commercial real estate brokerage firms. NAI Global provides a full range of corporate real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain and logistics consulting and related advisory services. NAI Global Member firms, leaders in their local markets, are actively managed to work in unison and provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. Founded in 1978, today NAI Global has more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, with over 6,700 local market professionals, managing over 380 million square feet of property. Supported by the central resources of the NAI Global network, Member firms deliver market-leading services locally and combine their in-market strengths to form a powerful bond of insights and execution for clients with multi-market challenges.

NAI Global was acquired in 2012 by C-III Capital Partners, a commercial real estate services company engaged in a broad range of activities, including primary and special loan servicing, loan origination, fund management, CDO management, principal investment, title services and multifamily property management.


To learn more, visit www.naisouthcoast.com.


 
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May 18, 2015Stuart Sunrise Rotary kickoff event for "Be a Tourist in Stuart"

On May 1, Stuart Sunrise Rotary Club kicked off its 2nd Annual” Be a Tourist in Stuart” fundraiser at Stuart Toyota. Amber Woods facilitated the event, along with co-chairs Ellen Peitz and Elmira Gainey. Neriss Okiye, marketing Manager of Martin County’s Tourist Development Agency discussed area tourist attrations.
Proceeds of the raffle benefit Rotary’s scholarship fund for college-bound Martin County graduating high school seniors.
An amazing 32 raffle tickets were sold at the Kick-off, out of the total of 200 that will be offered.
The “Be a Tourist in Stuart” Raffle includes everything a tourist could want: a week’s lodging at the Pirates Cove, a ride in a private jet to West Palm Beach, complete with VIP luncheon and return limo ride to Stuart, golf, kayaking, meals at our finest restaurants – and lots more special surprises to come.
The Kick-off featured artwork by local artists Larry Lavargna, Dr. Rex Sentell and Kelly Arnold, as well as photographs by Brenda Gerdes and Paul Salazar. Several were purchased on the spot, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Rotary Scholarship Fund.
Catering was by Manero’s and music was provided by The Mean Machine, under the direction of Jeff Means and sponsored by Rotarian Mike Searle.
Drawing of the winning ticket takes place October 9 at the ClubCorp Golf Tournament at Monarch Golf and Country Club.


 
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May 18, 2015Every Hero Has a Story at Martin County libraries this summer starting June 6
Martin County, FL -Beginning Saturday, June 6 young readers will discover their inner hero as MCLS presents the "Every Hero Has a Story" Summer Reading Program. Children ages birth through fifth grade are eligible to receive a reading log to track their reading and earn free books all summer long! Those who log 30 days of reading will receive a special gift and an invitation to the finale party at the end of summer. Thanks to a special partnership with Children's Services Council and YMCA of the Treasure Coast, this year's reading logs also double as a free ticket for an open skate session or rock wall climbing pass at YMCA Sportsworld. A list of Summer Reading Kick Off events are listed below:

Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart
Saturday, June 6, 10am-11am - Splash into Summer: Kick off the summer swimming season learning about beach safety, a day in the life of a lifeguard, and more from one of our very own Martin County lifeguards.
Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave, Indiantown
Saturday, June 6, 11am-12pm - Summer Reading Kick-Off Party: Get ready for summer reading! Join us for some sweet refreshments, crafts, displays and more while registering for our summer reading program.
Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound
Saturday, June 6, 10am-5:30pm - Boom! Bang! Pow! Family Day: Superheroes assemble! Kick off the summer reading program by transforming yourself into a superhero! Stop by anytime for some super crafts, a library scavenger hunt, and superhero movies.
Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach
Saturday, June 6, 2-3pm - Mad Science: Heroes of Science: Einstein, Jane Goodall, Galileo, Thomas Edison...these are scientists that you hear about a lot! But, did you know that there are thousands of scientists who have discovered all kinds of things that we take for granted every day? This show will uncover what amazing things many scientist heroes have discovered!
Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City
Saturday, June 6, 11am-12pm - Mad Science: Heroes of Science: Einstein, Jane Goodall, Galileo, Thomas Edison...these are scientists that you hear about a lot! But, did you know that there are thousands of scientists who have discovered all kinds of things that we take for granted every day? This show will uncover what amazing things many scientist heroes have discovered!
Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr, Stuart
Saturday, June 20, 11am-12pm - Balloons and Bubbles: Presented by South Florida Science Museum. If you're fascinated with bubbles, this chemistry program is for you! Using dry ice, participants will be amazed as we "magically" blow up a balloon and make bubbles filled with smoke. Attendees will also make their own bubble solution and try it out outside. Registration required. Online registration requires an email address. If you do not have one, please call 463.3245.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Summer Connection at any library location or visit the library website at
library.martin.fl.us



 
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May 18, 2015Fire Rescue seeks public input on Local Mitigation Strategy
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, which mandates that all communities have a FEMA approved hazard mitigation plan. Martin County's Unified Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) provides the tools for the County and its municipalities, as well as non-governmental agencies and residents to continue in ongoing efforts to reduce vulnerabilities to disasters and provides for mitigation priorities and eligibility for mitigation funding when it becomes available. In order to receive federal funding the County is mandated to have a current LMS.



The LMS must be updated every five years. The current Martin County LMS will expire in December 2015. The LMS Working Group has drafted an update to the countywide Local Mitigation Strategy. The plan must be submitted for review and approval by the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management and FEMA, so it must be submitted in June 2015 to begin the review process.



A meeting will be held at the Martin County Public Safety Complex, Fire Rescue Administration, 2nd floor 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34994 on May 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm. The meeting is to review the final draft of the strategy and seek comments and input. The public is invited to attend and provide comments on the strategy. If you wish to participate or have mitigation ideas that should be included in the LMS, please join us for the meeting and presentation, or you can contact the Emergency Management Agency at 772-287-1652.



For more information on the LMS or to review the draft, visit the Martin County website at www.martin.fl.us then select the Emergency Information link under GOVERNMENT SERVICES and click on Local Mitigation Strategy. Or you can call Emergency Management at 772-287-1652.



 
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May 18, 2015Art Classes & Workshops in The Studio at the Elliott


Looking for a creative outlet? Have you "always wanted to try" watercolor? Sculpting? Ceramics? Raku? Drawing? Oils? Acrylics? Want to learn how to use that new Digital Camera? Most of our adult classes are No Talent or Experience Necessary!. No more excuses - check out our Art Class Schedule. If interested in purchasing a gift certificate for a class or workshop for that special creative person in your life, stop by the front desk or call 772-225-1961 and we will be happy to help you!

Click the link for a full description of our current Art Class Schedule. Sign up at the front desk in the Museum, or on line with PayPal by clicking here. Please check back often - new classes and workshops are always being added. Get on our email list to stay up-to-date on what's new.


Summer Art Camp Schedule Announced!

The Studio is pleased to announce our Summer Creativity Classes for young artists, 6-17. For complete schedule and to register on line, click here. You may also register by calling the Museum at 772-225-1961, or come in and register at the Information Desk.


Special Guided Tours: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM

Join Museum CEO, Jennifer Esler for a guided tour of The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design every Tuesday in May at 11:00 AM. Meet at the front desk.

Join Associate Car Curator, John Giltinan for a special tour of the Auto Gallery and Garage every Thursday at 11:00 am. Meet at the front desk.


2015 Classics at the Beach Car Show

Thank you to everyone who made the show on April 12th a success! Last year's event, generously sponsored by Blue Marlin Motors, featured over 80 classic cars, showcasing some of the best vehicles from the Treasure Coast and beyond. To see the 2015 Classics at the Beach Award List click here.

Mark your calendars for next year's car show, which will be Sunday, April 3, 2016.


 
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May 18, 2015Lyric's AWESOME! Summer Camp


Register now for The Lyric's award winning summer camp ~ a performing arts camp for kids of all backgrounds and interests, offered at an affordable rate! A typical day at L.A.S.C. is anything but typical. Each day campers will rotate to drama, dance and music groups where they learn new skills, materials and work on their presentations for the grand finale – The Sharing!

Students are encouraged to express themselves, embrace their talents, quirks and individuality. Some of the things campers can expect to learn in Drama include basic acting principles, creative writing, staging, improvisation and stage presence. In Music, campers will learn the fundamentals of singing, rhythms, terminology and vocal performance. In Dance, instructors will introduce campers to various styles of dance – including music theater dance, jazz, ballet and hip-hop.

Camp Hours: 9AM - 4PM
Tuition: $375 + $25/Reg. Fee
(Reg. fee is waived for returning campers)

CAMP THEMES:a
All You Need Is Love
June 8th - 26th, 2015
Love makes the world go round.
Join us as we celebrate love of self, family, country, friends and our planet.
Love can move mountains and doesn't cost us a thing!

Imagine That
July 6th - 24th, 2015
What do you want to be when you grow up? The sky is the limit!
Campers will contemplate the INFINITE possibilities the future holds, when you allow yourself to dream!



 
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May 18, 2015MARTIN COUNTY'S MOST OUTSTANDING EMPLOYERS RECOGNIZED AT THE 2015 BEST PLACES TO WORK AWARDS LUNCHEON.
All great employees want to know where everyone else wants to work. Thanks to CareerSource Research Coast and a host of sponsors, we now know who some of those companies are. After months of questioning, six companies have been recognized as the "Best Places to Work" in Martin County and were honored at a prestigious awards luncheon yesterday, May 14th.

The winners in the "Under 50 Employees" category were the Children Services Council of Martin County, Tykes and Teens Mental Health Clinic, and RV Johnson Insurance.

In the "Over 50 Employees" category, the winners were Optima Health Care Solutions, Sailfish Point, and STS Aviation.

In a special study commissioned by CareerSource Research Coast all six employers were found to excel in areas of employment attraction and retention.

CareerSource Research Coast requested Personnel Dynamics Consulting of Fort Pierce, to calculate turnover rates, growth percentages, employee development spending, promotion percentages, insurance packages and retirement plans; a total of 37 different measurements. Each measurement was entered into a specially designed computer program which determines the county's Best Places to Work.

Participating companies were required to answer a 40-question survey about their organization; they received a detailed report documenting the results of the survey and samples of some of the best practices used in the community.

CareerSource Research Coast assists businesses in building better workplaces and, as an extension of that work, there was no cost for companies to participate in the Best Places to Work Program.

CareerSource Research Coast presented the 2015 Martin County Best Places to Work program with support from the Palm City Chamber of Commerce, the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce, the Indiantown Western Martin County Chamber of Commerce, and the Business Development Board of Martin County .

"We've been conducting the program in Indian River for years but hadn't had the opportunity to present it in Martin County," said Marcelo Dossantos, Business Services Director at CareerSource Research Coast.

"We were happy to take over the program in Martin County this Spring and hope to see it grow more and more each year. It's a great way for companies to see how they measure up against similar employers in the area, plus it allows us to celebrate those who are truly doing an outstanding job at keeping a happy and productive work environment."




Gerry Hoeffner, the creator of the Best Places to Work program, explains how the winners were chosen.




Gerry Hoeffner, of Personnel Dynamics Consulting, announces the winners of Best Places to Work.




One of the winning companies, STS Aviation Group, accepts their award.

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CareerSource Research Coast is a private, non-profit, Florida corporation with a Board of Directors consisting of private business, economic development and education representatives, community and state agencies, and elected officials. Members of the Board represent the diversity of businesses, organizations and trades that operate in the Research Coast Region, including Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie County. Chartered by the State of Florida to create and manage a workforce development service delivery system responsive to the needs of businesses and job seekers, CareerSource Research Coast offers award-winning complimentary programs and partnerships recognized locally, statewide, and nationally. Our staff members are certified workforce professionals often recognized by their peers as leaders in workforce development and can be reached by calling 1-866-4U2-HIRE or 1-866-482-4473 or learn more about us on the web by logging on to www.careersourcerc.com.
An equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.



 
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May 18, 2015God of Carnage closes Barn Theatre season
“God of Carnage,” a comedy of manners without the manners by Yasmina Reza, will close the Barn Theatre’s 2014-2015 season. On stage from May 29-June 14, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday, this 90-minute play is performed in one act. Adult language.
Tickets are $20 and are available Mondays through Fridays at the Barn Theatre box office, 2400 S.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be obtained by calling 772-287-4884 or on-line at www.barn-theatre.com.


 
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May 18, 2015Make Martin County Your Memorial Day Destination

Looking for something to do this Memorial Day? You came to the right place. Martin County has everything from fun in the sun at one of our many beaches and parks, or if you want a break from the heat, there are plenty of opportunities to learn and play while enjoying the A/C. Do Memorial Day right this year in Martin County.

Memorial Day Parade and Service

A great way to start Memorial Day is to celebrate what it's all about, honoring our armed forces and those who sacrificed everything for this country. The parade recognizes the sacrifices made in all national conflicts of war including the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars. Memorial Day Services will begin with a parade led by veterans and veteran service organizations followed by various community groups.
Location: 10:00 a.m. - Parade starts at SE Amerigo Avenue on East Ocean Boulevard and ends at Memorial Park in Stuart, Florida. 11:00 a.m. - The ceremony will be held at Memorial Park on East Ocean Boulevard.
Contact: 772-288-5448 Website: www.StuartParades.com



The Reef System

With numerous thriving natural and artificial reefs along Martin County's shores, the area truly lives up to its reputation as the Treasure Coast. Each reef offers a bounty of rich aquatic life, creating ideal locales for saltwater anglers and recreational divers. Offshore, the prevailing north current allows boaters to begin at the southern end of a 1-mile long series of 14 artificial reefs that provide excellent fishing opportunities. Martin County's Artificial Reef Program offers over 100 outstanding sites for fishing and dive exploration.

Website: http://www.martinreefs.com/


Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast

The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast's (TCM) mission is to offer children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on, interactive activities. The museum is located in the heart of Indian RiverSide Park in Jensen Beach. Make it a day at the park and visit the museum as a break from the fun in the sun. Admission is free for members, $8.50 for ages 3+ and $4.25 for ages 12 months to 2 years. Open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Memorial Day.

Location: 1707 NE Indian River Drive - Jensen Beach
Contact: 772-225-7575 Website: http://www.childrensmuseumtc.org

The Parks

Halpatiokee Park is one of many Martin County parks offering tons of family fun. Whether you want to play soccer, baseball, or tennis, Halpatiokee has all the facilities you need. The park also featuress hiking and bike trails if you're feeling adventurous. Pavilions are available and can be reserved, with outside grills just waiting to be fired up.

Location: 8303 SW Lost River Road - Stuart

Sailfish Splash Waterpark

Imagine floating down a lazy river or launching yourself down a four-story water slide. Children of all ages will enjoy the interactive water playground, where little ones can splash around in sprays and slides. For those with athletic interests, the competitive pool is host to numerous swimming and diving meets, as well as water polo competitions. Open Monday 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $12.95 for adults and $10.95 for kids and seniors.

Location: 931 SE Ruhnke Street - Stuart
Contact: 772-320-3100 Website: www.sailfishsplash.com

Elliott Museum

The Elliott Museum aims to inspire creativity through exhibitions and programs about art, history, and technology for the people who live in and visit the Treasure Coast of Florida. It hosts a dynamic and interactive collection of antique automobiles, vintage boats, and an impressive baseball collection. The Elliott Museum is open Monday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Located at the entrance to Stuart Beach, it's a great way to cool off and learn about Treasure Coast history. Admission is free for members, $14 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 and $12 for seniors.

Location: 825 NE Ocean Boulevard - Stuart
Contact: 772-225-1961 Website: http://www.elliottmuseumfl.org

The Beaches

Martin County's numerous Atlantic beaches span nearly 22 miles along the coast and include individual access strips that allow for more private spots to enjoy the surf and sand or larger, guard-protected areas like Stuart Beach, Hobe Sound Beach and Sea Turtle/Jensen Beach.

Florida Oceanographic Society

Whether you're 2 or 92, there's something extraordinary about touching a stingray, seeing a sea turtle up close, or witnessing a feeding frenzy in a 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon. Visit Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center for a family-friendly day of fun and learning - with aquariums, nature trails, a butterfly garden, children's pavilion, visitor center, gift shop and more! Open Monday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children between 3-12 years and under 3 years is free.

Location: 890 NE Ocean Boulevard - Stuart
Contact: 772-225-0505 Website: http://www.floridaocean.org/

The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is the official tourism marketing arm of Martin County, Florida. The goal of the Office of Tourism and Marketing is to provide information to those interested in Martin County and to spread the word about this one of a kind destination. Visitors services are provided at the office at 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart.

Telephone 772-288-5451 | Toll Free 1-877-585-0085 | Email info@discovermartin.com



 
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May 18, 2015Tourist Development Council Vacancies
Contact: Donna Gordon, Administration, 772.288.5756

Tourist Development Council Vacancies

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Tourist Development Council. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, May 22, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Positions- owner or operator of a motel, hotel, recreational vehicle park, or other tourist accommodation that is subject to the tourist development tax AND a citizen involved in the tourist industry and who has demonstrated an interest in tourist development, but who is not an owner or operator of motels, hotels, recreational vehicle parks, or other tourist accommodations in the County that are subject to the tourist development tax. All members must be registered Martin County voters. These terms are for four years; terms may be renewed at the decision of the County Commission.

Members of the Council shall be automatically removed for lack of attendance - failure to attend three consecutive meetings and failure to attend more than one-half of the meetings scheduled during a calendar year. Participation for less than three-fourths of a meeting shall be the same as a failure to attend a meeting.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL:
Conduct public hearings to receive information from the public with respect to the effectiveness of the existing tourist development efforts by both public and private agencies, organizations and businesses and the need for additional or different tourist development efforts. Recommend a method of coordination of existing tourist development efforts by both public and private agencies, organizations and businesses and of new or additional tourist development efforts to obtain maximum economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the tourist development efforts in and for Martin County. Create, prepare, and submit to the Board of County Commission a Tourist Development Plan in the manner meeting the requirements of F.S. 125.0104 and, from time to time thereafter, make recommendations to the Board of County Commission for changes to the Tourist Development Plan.

Meetings are held quarterly on the second Wednesday of the month at 3:00 pm in the Commission Chambers. The next few meetings are scheduled for: May 13, July 8, September 9 and November 4.


 
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May 15, 2015Martin County statement on FDFC's cancellation of May 28 meeting


Martin County Attorney Michael Durham says, "Today, we learned the Florida Development Finance Corporation cancelled the May 28 public hearing in Orlando where it intended to approve the $1.7 billion in private activity bonds for All Aboard Florida (AAF). AAF's statement indicated that they had to cancel due to a "scheduling conflict." That conflict is in reference to a hearing that is taking place on May 29 at 10:00 a.m. at the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. where Martin County as well as Indian River County are scheduled to make oral arguments. We look forward to the court hearing."


 
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May 15, 2015All Aboard Florida Selects Archer Western to Begin Rail Construction

Private Passenger Rail Returns to Florida on Historic Flagler Rail C
Miami – May 13, 2015 – orridor


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: All Aboard Florida
Lynn Martenstein
305.520.2379
Lynn.Martenstein@allaboardflorida.com

Archer Western
Joshua Vidro
312.492.1522
jvidro@walshgroup.com
More than 100 construction workers will soon begin upgrading the 66-mile rail corridor between Miami and West Palm Beach. All Aboard Florida announced today that it has selected Archer Western to improve rail infrastructure on the corridor for its new passenger-rail service scheduled for early 2017. The contractor will provide construction-management and general-contracting services for the project, which include safety improvements and upgrades, track work, rail signalization and structural construction. It will also perform work on 185 grade crossings; install quiet zones, where applicable; and build a new Running Repair Facility in West Palm Beach.

“Modernizing the rail infrastructure is central to All Aboard Florida’s new rail operations and to our commitment to public safety,” said Mike Reininger, president of All Aboard Florida. “Archer Western is one of the top firms in the industry and brings to this project a depth of experience and history of results unparalleled in rail operations.”

All Aboard Florida is investing $1.5 billion to modernize the historic Henry Flagler rail corridor, improvements needed for its passenger-rail trains. Once work begins on the line, work crews will adhere to pre-set work schedules that All Aboard Florida has coordinated in advance with local communities along the corridor. Work on safety upgrades at grade crossings and quiet zones will be performed at the same time. The incremental funds needed for quiet zones will be funded through a partnership with the three South Florida Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).


“Archer Western is proud to partner with All Aboard Florida to create this new passenger-rail system,” said Daniel P. Walsh, president of Archer Western. “We believe the service will transform the way people move between South and Central Florida, and will give residents and visitors a safe and comfortable alternative to highway-and-air travel. We are pleased to be a part of this team and are committed to delivering a safe and quality project.”

Archer Western has led multiple landmark transportation projects across Florida and throughout the country, including SunRail, the popular transit system in Orlando. Engineering News-Record, a respected news source in the industry, ranks Archer Western as the 12th largest builder of rail and mass-transit projects in the United States.Construction for the All Aboard Florida project is expected to create more than 10,000 new jobs annually during construction, and 2,000 permanent jobs once service begins. Both Archer Western and All Aboard Florida are committed to employing DBE and MBE subcontractors on the project.


All Aboard Florida’s passenger-rail service is the only privately-owned-and-operated rail project in the country. Siemens, another leader in transportation, is manufacturing the trains for the service, featuring design and engineering advances today found only in Europe and Asia. Once service is fully operational, All Aboard Florida will connect Florida’s two most popular travel destinations in less than three hours, making intermediate stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Construction has already started at the three South Florida stations.

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About All Aboard Florida

All Aboard Florida is an intercity passenger-rail project being developed by Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (FECI), owner of Florida’s premier passenger-rail corridor. The service will connect Miami to Orlando with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. It will also provide Floridians and visitors with a viable transportation alternative to congested highways and airports, and deliver a high‐quality onboard experience to passengers. All Aboard Florida will be the only privately-owned-and-operated, passenger-rail system in the United States. For more information, visit www.AllAboardFlorida.com.





About Archer Western

Archer Western, a construction management, general contracting and Design-Build firm, was established in 1983 in Miami. Archer Western is a subsidiary of The Walsh Group, a 117-year-old, family-owned business, currently ranked by Engineering News-Record as the country’s 12th largest builder of mass transit and rail projects. Recent projects completed or underway in Florida include the Orlando Central Florida Commuter Rail (SunRail), Orlando SunRail Station Finishes, I-95 Overland Bridge, I-10/I-95 Interchange (The Big I), Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, and I-4 Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Connector.






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May 14, 2015VA Toiletry Drive Going on Now! April 27th-May 21st
See attached

Veterans donations.pdf
 
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May 14, 2015Calling All Volunteers!


CALLING ALL
VOLUNTEERS!

On Saturday May 9th, Letter Carriers picked up food from mailboxes across the Treasure Coast for their annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. The Treasure Coast Food Bank received around 150,000 pounds of food from the National Association of Letter Carriers in just one day!

Now we need your help! We need volunteers right away to help sort the food so that we can get it out to our partner agencies and to the families that we serve.

Will you volunteer for at least one shift? There are two possible shifts daily to chose from: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and again from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

To sign up please visit www.stophunger.org and click on "Give & Volunteer" link. Scroll down and you can select the day and time that you wish to come in and help us sort.

For more information, please contact Gary Porter, Director of Community Relations at (772) 489-3034 or email Gary at gporter@tcfoodbank.org.







FAMILY DAY IS COMING
Saturday - June 6, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Treasure Coast Food Bank on Saturday June 6, 2015 for our monthly "Family Day" event. This day is open to families and individuals who want to make a difference in their community. We have many opportunities available including food sorting, packing back packs (as needed), and re-packaging pet food. This month we will also be sorting food collected at this years National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive. Ages 8 and up and please no open toed shoes, flip flops or sandals. To sign up go to www.stophunger.org and click on "Give & Volunteer" then "Donate Time". Scroll down to "Family Volunteering".

For more information please contact Gary Porter, Director of Community Relations (772) 489-3034 or email Gary at gporter@tcfoodbank.org.



MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Volunteers Needed
Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Treasure Coast Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help with our Drive Thru Mobile Food Distribution on Saturday June 13th located at the Martin County Fair Grounds, 2616 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart, Florida.

Volunteers will arrive at 8:00 am and the distribution will begin promptly at 9:00 am. To sign up, please visit our webpage www.stophunger.org and click on the "Give & Volunteer Link.

For more information please contact Gary Porter, Director of Community Relations 772-489-3034 ext. 15 or by email gporter@tcfoodbank.org







 
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May 14, 2015FAU Harbor Branch Scientists Explore New Reefs Off the Coast of Florida
Scientists at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) are in the Gulf of Mexico exploring and mapping previously unchartered deepwater coral reefs and essential fish habitats on the southwest Florida Shelf. The exploration is part of a two-week scientific cruise being conducted by the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT), which is headquartered at HBOI.
Researchers are also using a new “tool sled” that was designed and built at HBOI, which is attached to a remote operated vehicle (ROV) and allows them to pick up items from the ocean floor. These new deepwater coral reefs coupled with the ability to collect specimens provides HBOI scientists with a unique opportunity to continue their decades-long search for sea sponges that produce chemicals that have the potential to combat an array of diseases including Alzheimer’s and several types of cancers.
“The value of collecting samples of marine life from the seafloor with this ROV can't be overstated,” said Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., FAU research professor and CIOERT executive director. “From being able to accurately describe the biota in a given region to driving the search for cures to diseases in our labs at Harbor Branch, collecting has always been profoundly important to our mission.”
The sled was designed and built by HBOI and FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, along with the University of North Carolina Wilmington. HBOI has a long history in the discovery and development of marine natural products that could be developed into drugs, having collected more than 30,000 samples from the sea with the Johnson Sea-Link submersibles.
For details on the cruise, visit fau.edu/hboi/cioert/cioert_at_sea.php. Videos and photos of the “tool sled” are available for download at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gev03d0atkwuj8m/AADtYDe4q8RxES7RWgRgCLX_a?dl=0.
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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May 14, 2015GARY S. LESSER RECEIVES 2015 JURISPRUDENCE AWARD FROM THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE
Personal Injury Attorney, Gary S. Lesser, Managing Partner of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC in West Palm Beach was proud to receive the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) 2015 Palm Beach Jurisprudence Award. The event co-chaired by Brian Seymour and Robin Bresky, the Palm Beach Jurisprudence Award dinner took place on Tuesday, May 12th at 6:00 pm at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion located at 701 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

“ADL is proud to salute Gary Lesser, 2015 Palm Beach Jurisprudence Award recipient, whose passion for excellence, high ethical and professional standards, dynamic leadership and social responsibility are all values embodied in this award,” stated Hava L. Holzhauer, ADL Florida Regional Director. “Mr. Lesser is a strong advocate in his daily personal and professional life, seeking to achieve justice and fair treatment for all.”

“I am humbled to receive this honor from the ADL which does such great work combating hatred and protecting our civil rights in this country,” noted Gary Lesser. “I am glad to be one person working with so many other good people who have made a difference in our community.”

About the Jurisprudence Award
ADL established the Jurisprudence Award to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the legal profession and the community at large, while exemplifying the principles on which the ADL was founded.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is one of the nation’s premier human relations and civil rights organizations, fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds. Visit our websites: www.adl.org/ florida.adl.org

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, the third oldest law firm in Palm Beach County, was established in 1927 by Joseph H. Lesser in West Palm Beach, and has been serving clients throughout Florida for over 88 years, focusing on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. LLL&S (www.lesserlawfirm.com) enjoys a reputation in the community for superior legal skills, hard work, client service and high ethical standards. All Firm partners are "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in ethics and legal ability. LLL&S is active in the community, and has donated significant time and financial support to numerous charities. The Firm has obtained substantial settlements and verdicts over the years and is well known to insurance companies and insurance defense lawyers as skillful advocates. This experience and reputation allows the Firm to obtain the best possible results for its clients.

For more information on LLL&S with offices in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Stuart, call Meghan Fielder at 561-655-2028 (office) or 978-821-1930 (cell) or visit www.lesserlawfirm.com.


 
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May 14, 2015House of Hope honored as Organization of the Year


House of Hope took home the trophy as Martin County Organization of the Year -- an honor received at the second annual Jewels of the Treasure Coast awards ceremony.

This celebration of Treasure Coast non-profit organizations was conducted on May 7 by 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, whose 211 HelpLine provides information, referral and crisis intervention 24 hours a day.

The selection of Organization of the Year in each county -- Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee – was based on the nominee’s proven track record of positive impact in the community, outstanding performance and financial sustainability.

House of Hope’s nomination described the many services and partnerships that help the agency carry out its mission to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship. Among the highlights:

- House of Hope touches the lives of more than 5,000 people per month, including low-wage workers, fixed-income senior citizens, veterans, victims of domestic abuse, and people who are unemployed, disabled and/or homeless. One-third of those benefiting from House of Hope services are children.

- House of Hope services are available at four services centers throughout Martin County – Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. Services include Client Choice food pantries; the Clothes Closet program for clothing, housewares and furniture; financial assistance for rent, mortgage, utilities, critical medical expenses and prescriptions; information & referral; and basic life skills training and long-term planning through case management.

- Numerous partnerships with local agencies reflect the trust and dependability that defines House of Hope. Collaborations include the VNA mobile clinic, the Council on Aging, the Martin County Veterans Services Office, The Salvation Army, Martin Health System, Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Treasure Coast Food Bank, Project LIFT and many faith-based organizations.

- House of Hope is supported by 180 volunteers per month (500 volunteers on an annual basis). Volunteers contribute nearly 40,000 manpower hours yearly and are a key factor in keeping the organization’s administrative costs to 89 cents on every dollar going to direct client services.

Because of its many services that provide basic human needs to people in crisis, House of Hope is consistently among the top referral agencies from the 211 HelpLine in Martin County.

Each month, about one-quarter of the 211 HelpLine referrals in Martin County go to House of Hope, and House of Hope was the leading referral agency during the 2013-14 service year.

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



 
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May 13, 2015Children's Services Council Annual Report Released
Imagine the Possibilities!

The Children's Services Council of Martin County is pleased to announce the release of our 2014-2015 Annual Report! Please read the full document, which outlines the impact this dedicated funding source makes for our community on behalf of all residents!


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May 13, 2015Stuart Air Show Honors the Past and Inspires the Future


Martin County, Florida: It’s no secret that the Stuart Air Show has become the largest community event on the entire Treasure of Coast of Florida. What may be the best kept secret about the event is the team of volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to make it all happen.

With seven members on the Board of Directors, a committee of nearly 30, and a volunteer army of over 700 volunteers, the Stuart Air Show encapsulates a true sense of community and volunteerism.

Members of the Stuart Air Show Board include Don McGlynn, President, a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch; Michael Roberts, owner of Special Forces Restoration and Construction and President of the Road to Victory Military Museum; Dr. Peter Dayton, Treasurer, a Physician with Physicians to Women; Doug Davis, Secretary, owner of D-R-D Technical Solutions and part-owner of CSM Engineering, LLC; and Michael Moon, an aviation consultant with Hanson Professional Services. Recent additions to the Board include Nick Blount, recently retired from FPL, and Ron Rowars, a trial attorney. Their combined backgrounds and years of experience lend the expertise necessary to orchestrate the region’s most highly anticipated event.

Why do they do it? To honor the past and inspire the future. From the WWII weapons demonstration and full battle reenactment to the dozens of static aircraft on display representing aviation through the decades, the lives of those before us is echoed throughout.

And then, of course, there are the jets. The 2014 Stuart Air Show marked the fierce comeback of military jets at the event after a hiatus due to the military sequestration. Record-breaking crowds flocked to the event to see the US Air Force F-22 Raptor and USMC Harrier. This year’s event will surely be just as thrilling as three military acts are confirmed: the US Navy F-18, the US Air Force F-16, and the US Army Golden Knights.

“My family has been involved with the air show since its inception,” said Don McGlynn, Air Force Veteran and President of the Board. “My dad, Walt, was one of the founders of the event. Since becoming a Board member, I see how inspiring this event is. A few years back, I spoke to a young man who told me that coming to our air show as a kid inspired him to become a pilot. To me, that says it all.”

The 2015 Stuart Air Show will be held October 30 – November 1 at Martin County Airport – Witham Field. Pre-sale tickets are available for $15 online at www.stuartairshow.com. Ticket prices at the gate will be $25. Tickets for Veterans and Active Military are only $5.00.

Images:
1. (L-R) Board Members Don McGlynn, Michael Roberts, Peter Dayton, and Doug Davis review logistics for the Stuart Air Show.
2. (L-R) Stuart Air Show Volunteer Coordinator Amy Bottegal, Board Members Doug Davis, Michael Moon, Don McGlynn, and Nick Blount, and Executive Director Elisabeth Glynn.
3. A patriotic scene from the 2014 Stuart Air Show.
4. Members of the USMC Harrier demo team inspiring a future hero at the 2014 Stuart Air Show.

Full press release and images attached.

Thanks for your time and consideration!!

Elisabeth

Elisabeth Glynn
Executive Director

Stuart Air Show
2400 SE Monterey Road, Suite 300
Stuart, FL 34996
772-781-4882 x402
772-781-5434 fax
Elisabeth@StuartAirShow.com



 
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May 13, 2015Mayor's Town Hall Meeting May 19th
As a leader in our community and a concerned and engaged citizen, we’re hoping you can attend the Mayors Town Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at City Hall on All Aboard Florida.
We’re reaching out to representatives from All Aboard Florida, the nonprofit groups opposing it and city and countywide business and civic organizations impacted by rail expansion. We want to provide a forum for everyone to ask questions, raise concerns and gather insights.
In addition to attending, we’re inviting members of the public to submit questions via The City of Stuart website link: http://www.cityofstuart.us/index.php/help/contact-us

We look forward to your participation and thank you for your time.


Kelli Glass Leighton
Mayor of the City of Stuart


 
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May 13, 2015Reminder -Sign up now for the 2015 Stuart Memorial Day Parade
Hi all!

This is another reminder that the Memorial Day Parade is coming soon! If you have not already signed up, please fill out the attached form and send back to us via email or fax. If you have already signed up for the parade, please disregard.

Also, if you would like to show your car after the parade, we have room for 46 cars on the grass field between the Memorial Park and the courthouse. Several military vehicles will also be on display. You can send an email to Jim Serra at jimserra117@yahoo.com or call his cell, 772) 285-3320, and he will assign you a spot number. Show participants can stay as long as they want or leave whenever they desire. There are a couple of restaurants located nearby, if you'd like to have lunch or feel free to pack a cooler.

If you would like to be removed from our mailing list, please contact us.

Thank you,

Assistant to Coordinator
Stuart Parades

Visit our Website:
www.stuartparades.com


MDAY_Sign-up_2.pdf
 
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May 13, 2015BloomingDeal's Consignment hosts fundraiser for Tykes & Teens
Paulina Alvayay learns about the mission of Tykes and Teens while shopping at BloomingDeal’s Consignment in Jensen Beach on May 2. This was the first of the special summer shopping days the upscale consignment store will offer, with a selected 501(c )3 receiving 10-percent of all sales at the store for the day. Tykes and Teens will receive $105 for its share of the proceeds.
To learn more about BloomingDeals, or for more information on its special summer shopping days, call (772) 692-1885 or visit www.BloomingdealsConsignment.com



 
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May 13, 2015Visionary School of Arts Summer Camp

The Visionary School of Arts is place of learning, expansion, and launching for artists of all levels. Everyone can be a visionary!
The Stuart-based non-profit will offer a fine arts summer camp and workshops from 10 a.m.3 p.m. on June 22-26 for ages 5-teens that is designed to do just that.
Let your child discover his or her full potential with fun and a spirit of excellence. Explore Caricatures, Plein Air and New Experimental Technique Painting, to name just a few. Total cost is $255 for the week. Please bring lunch, drinks and snack. Call 772-834-8844 for more information or to register.

Thanks!


 
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May 13, 2015DAWN CONNELLY LECTURE SERIES TP BENEFIT VSOA
No matter what your age or what your profession, why not perform with excellence and effectiveness? Learn from a leadership expert when Dawn Connelly, Esq. conducts a four-part series, “Communicate, Connect & Lead with Excellence”. Scheduled for 7:30-9 a.m. from June 15-July 6, you will learn such things as how to harness your potential to lead and how to create a person plan for growth to maximize your success. Partial proceeds go to Visionary School of Arts scholarship program. Visionary School of Arts, 1724 SE Indian Street, Stuart. $399 for series. Enroll at www.LiftingUpLeaders.com.


 
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May 13, 2015Florida Oceanographic News

"Oyster Restoration: From Restaurant to Reef"

Learn more about our local oysters and their importance to the environment in "Oyster Restoration: From Restaurant to Reef," an article by Zack Jud, Director of Education & Exhibits.

May 15 - 16: Oyster Shell Bagging & Deployment

Volunteers Needed! Get involved with one of our upcoming Oyster Restoration projects. Contact Karla at 772-225-0505 ext. 104 or visit FloridaOcean.org.

Coastal Discovery Camp & Teen Specialty Immersions Program

Discover the wonders of Hutchinson Island this summer by experiencing it hands-on! Visit our website or contact Shannon at 772-225-0505 ext. 118

Scholarship Opportunities Now Available
Register Now

Nighttime Sea Turtle Walks

Our Nighttime Turtle Walks are back - Wednesdays and Thursdays in June and July! Program fee is $10 and spaces fill fast! Visit our website or contact Michelle at (772) 225-0505 ext. 116.
RSVP Online

May 20: Adopt a Highway

Volunteers Needed! May 20th, 9:00-10:30am, wear closed toe shoes and help us clean up our stretch of Ocean Blvd. RSVP online or to Karla at 772-225-0505 ext. 104


Barefoot on the Beach Was a Success!

It was a gorgeous evening for Barefoot on the Beach! Thank you again to everyone who came out and supported Florida Oceanographic Society this past weekend. Be sure to check out the photos!

Stuart Voted #3 Best Small Town in US

If you haven't already, check out this recent Smithsonian article, "20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015," highlighting the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center as a must-see spot!

VISIT US
890 N.E. Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, Florida 34996
772-225-0505
FloridaOcean.org

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
See our daily schedule for program times

ADMISSION
Adults: $12
Children (3-12): $6
Children under 3: FREE
Members FREE



 
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May 13, 2015AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY MAKING STRIDES
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER ANNOUNCES 2015 PINK PREMIER SPONSOR CARL’S BUICK-GMC FOR 6th CONSECUTIVE YEAR

The Public is Invited to Join Carl’s Buick-GMC on May 16 for the Free Spring Into Strides Fun & Food Event


Carl’s Buick-GMC, the Pink Premier Sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Martin County, will launch its sixth consecutive year as the premier sponsor by hosting Spring Into Strides on May 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The family-friendly festivities are free and include food, prizes, music and more. “In addition to an afternoon of fun, the event is a great way to learn more about how you can participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk this coming October,” said Carl Fischer, president, Carl’s Buick-GMC. The event is being held at the dealership located at 2245 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, FL. For more information about the event contact Rose-Ann Coghlan at Carl’s Buick-GMC: rcoghlan@trycarls.com or 772-201-7939.

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Martin County is scheduled for Oct. 24, 2015. Teams for the walk are being formed now and fundraising has begun.

“We are proud to support the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and to lend our resources to help educate the local Martin County community about breast cancer,” said Fischer.

In addition to walking in the October Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, there are a number of ways to show support including volunteering during the event or raising funds beforehand. “However you choose to participate in the walk you will be helping to raise awareness about breast cancer’s risks and help the American Cancer Society continue to raise funds for research and programs. Just a few hours of your time will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families,” Fischer added.

More than 3000 people participated in last year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Martin County, raising over $150,000. This year, 15,710 women in FLORIDA will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 232,672 women will be diagnosed in the U.S. Although breast cancer has a 98 percent survival rate with early detection, 40,000 will die this year from the disease.

During the 2015 5K, non-competitive Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in October, thousands of Martin County, FL residents, breast cancer survivors, businesses and community members will join together to fight breast cancer and provide hope to all people facing breast cancer. This is a fantastic team fundraising event that unites our community in celebrating breast cancer survivors, educates men and women about the importance of early detection and prevention, and raises money to fund lifesaving research and support programs that will further the progress against this disease. Together, we are creating more birthdays!






About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. This event also supports the American Cancer Society’s unique mission to fight breast cancer on all fronts and save lives by helping people stay well by reducing breast cancer risk or finding it early; helping people get well by providing information and support during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. To get involved in the fight to save lives, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/martinfl.


 
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May 12, 2015KDW Fishing Tournament to benefit The ARC of Martin County
THE KDW Fishing Tournament to benefit The ARC of Martin County is right around the corner.
Set for Saturday, June 13 with a Gentleman’s Start at 7 a.m. at St. Lucie and Jupiter and Palm Inlets, this is an outstanding multi-county fundraising event.
The Captain’s Meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 11 at the popular Twisted Tuna in Port Salerno, followed on June 13 by the first-class fishing event and an Awards Dinner at 5 p.m. following the weight-in back at the Twisted Tuna.
Your participation will support the works of the ARC of Martin County. The 501 (c) 3 non-for-profit organization is dedicated to empowering children and adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential through residential, vocational, educational, behavioral and other healthcare services.
And here’s some more great news: you may be the lucky person who wins the Raffle that gives a free boat entry into the tournament. Register at http://contest.io/fb/b9jqejob

Registration fee is $250 per boat until May 27 and $300 thereafter. Additional dinners are $35 per person. Sponsorships on all levels are available. For information, call (772) 283-2525 or visit www.arcmc.org



 
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May 12, 2015Special Admission Pricing! 2015 Treasure Coast Business Summit!

This Friday - May 15th - 8 am - 4 pm

Why YOU should attend...
*150+ Business-to-Business Exhibitions
* Tremendous Networking Opportunity
* Keynote and Educational Speakers


Dawn Connelly is a native of the Treasure Coast and is a certified and founding member of the John Maxwell Leadership Team. She has experience conducting Master Mind groups, workshops, coaching, speaking, and teaching leadership.
Maximizing Your Leadership Potential

with Dawn Connelly

How well you lead determines how effective you are. Dawn will share her 5 key steps to maximizing your leadership that will change the way you live and lead. Each of us has unique gifts and strengths but very few of us actually utilize our potential. Learn to tap deep within yourself to fulfill the potential already within you.


A few life-changing principles will give you the insight to take yourself, your team, your family and your business to new levels of prosperity you didn't think possible. Leadership is the great separator between being ordinary and being extraordinary.
Learn the steps to lead with confidence, passion, vision and effectiveness that will profoundly impact your organization.

Panel Discussion:
"The BUSINESS of
Health Care as an Economic Driver"

The BUSINESS of Health Care is a vital component of the overall regional economy. Learn more about the economic impact created from products and services to the actual provision of health care services and how you can participate and profit as part of the economic infrastructure that drives the business of health care in the Treasure Coast / Research Coast.
Featuring these knowledgeable panelists:







Don't miss the official Emcee
FELICIA RODRIGUEZ
of Channel 25 WPBF Special Presentation By
JESSE PANUCCIO
Executive Director - FL Dept. of Economic Opportunity


WPBF Meteorologists will be on hand to teach you about the weather and help you with your reporting!
Try your hand at being a
METEOROLOGIST
FOR A DAY
Jump in front of the green screen and try your
hand at the television news weather report!




Congressman Murphy 2014 TCBS
Terrio Group will be returning this year with their popular
GOLF SIMULATOR
Test your swing on the simulated course in
the comfort of the air conditioning!

VISIT OUR FANTASTIC SPONSORS!


 
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May 12, 2015Stuart Main Street to Highlight the Downtown Economy at May’s Mornings on Main Street

The Plan for Life to Host Bi-Monthly Downtown Networking Breakfast in the Lobby at Royal Palm Financial


Stuart Main Street is pleased to announce the popular Downtown Stuart networking breakfast, "Mornings on Main Street" is coming to Royal Palm Financial Center May 28, 2015. Nik Schroth of NAI Southcoast and Brian Stephens of Florida Commercial Realty/Stuart Main Street Economic Restructuring Chair will speak about current vacancies in the downtown area of Stuart and Main Street Economic restructuring. Land Development Code and Roof Top Dining will also be on the agenda.
“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 Joe Duerr of The Plan for Life. Coffee and a light breakfast from Stuart Coffee Company will be featured.
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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May 12, 2015Fire Rescue seeks public input on Local Mitigation Strategy


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, which mandates that all communities have a FEMA approved hazard mitigation plan. Martin County's Unified Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) provides the tools for the County and its municipalities, as well as non-governmental agencies and residents to continue in ongoing efforts to reduce vulnerabilities to disasters and provides for mitigation priorities and eligibility for mitigation funding when it becomes available. In order to receive federal funding the County is mandated to have a current LMS.

The LMS must be updated every five years. The current Martin County LMS will expire in December 2015. The LMS Working Group has drafted an update to the countywide Local Mitigation Strategy. The plan must be submitted for review and approval by the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management and FEMA, so it must be submitted in June 2015 to begin the review process.

A meeting will be held at the Martin County Public Safety Complex, Fire Rescue Administration, 2nd floor 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34994 on May 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm. The meeting is to review the final draft of the strategy and seek comments and input. The public is invited to attend and provide comments on the strategy. If you wish to participate or have mitigation ideas that should be included in the LMS, please join us for the meeting and presentation, or you can contact the Emergency Management Agency at 772-287-1652.

For more information on the LMS or to review the draft, visit the Martin County website at www.martin.fl.us then select the Emergency Information link under GOVERNMENT SERVICES and click on Local Mitigation Strategy. Or you can call Emergency Management at 772-287-1652.
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May 12, 2015Project Graduation keeps graduates safe this May
As graduation approaches, the Project Graduation Foundation is hard at work planning this year’s celebrations May 27, 28, and 29 for all of the graduating seniors in Martin County.

Project Graduation was developed in 1996 to keep graduates safe the night of graduation.

Over the past 19 years, more than 13,000 seniors from the public high schools in Martin County have participated in Project Graduation. Police reports of incidents due to graduates on graduation nights have been insignificant, and there have been NO DUI arrests or deaths. Each year, nearly 75% of the graduating class from each school attends their respective events.

This year, Project Graduations will be held on May 27 for Jensen Beach High School, May 28 for Martin County High School, and May 29 for South Fork High School. After each high school’s graduation, graduating seniors flock to the YMCA Sportsworld to check-in to the “locked down” event, where they remain until 4:00am the next morning. There, they enjoy a night with their classmates, with catered meals, a D.J., skating, an activity zone, and the chance to win one of the many prizes donated by community sponsors. The primary goal of the event is to keep students safe, but the experience is much more for the students who attend.

“Project graduation was a great way to end my high school experience,” said South Fork High School graduate Lily Tysinger. “It gave everyone a chance to celebrate and hang out before we went our separate ways. There is no other setting where your entire senior class can get together to just enjoy the last part of high school.”

The Project Graduation Foundation Board of Directors works year-round to plan and raise funds to host these events each year. Sponsorships and donations from community members make Project Graduation possible.

“Project Graduation has made a significant impact on our community over the past 19 years,” said Board Chair Linda Fitzpatrick. “The event would simply not be possible without the generous support of our community, and for that we owe our gratitude and the gratitude of Martin County graduates for generations to come.”

Project Graduation is sponsored by the Frances Langford Foundation, Keiser University, Certified Collision Experts, LLC, Advantage Ford of Stuart – John Hall, Indian River State College, Mark Brechbill, PLLC, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Martin County Fire Fighters and Paramedics, The Allstate Foundation, Tami Karol Insurance Agency, Inc., Publix Supermarkets, Plantation Beach Club at Indian River Plantation, Keiser College of Golf and Sport Management, Tykes and Teens, Inc., C.O.R.E. Program, Jensen Beach Volunteer Fire Co. Association, Tri-County Golf Cars, Inc., Armellini Express Lines, Inc., Armstrong Family, Jenson-Johnson Family, and many others. View a complete list of sponsors at www.mcpgf.org.

To learn more about Project Graduation, to make a donation, or to get involved, visit www.mcpgf.org or email info@mcpgf.org.


 
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May 12, 2015CELEBRATE WORLD OCEAN DAY WITH THE SMITHSONIAN MARINE ECOSYSTEMS EXHIBIT
Everyone is invited to join in on the global celebration of World Ocean Day with the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit on Saturday, June 6 from 10:00am to 3:00pm! The ocean is the heart of our planet, connecting people across the Earth, no matter where they live. We play in it, eat food from it, work on it, and breathe because of it – what better reasons can you think of to celebrate the world’s ocean?

Come to the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium, on June 6th from 10:00am – 3:00pm and enjoy learning stations, crafts, face painting, seining demonstrations in the Indian River Lagoon, and other activities all centered around the Earth’s indispensable marine resources. The first 50 children twelve years old and under will receive a free gift bag filled with educational materials.

Seining demonstrations will be offered every hour on the hour from 11:00am-2:00pm. The demonstrations will give families the opportunity to get their feet wet (literally!) in the Indian River Lagoon by collecting animals - including crabs, pipefish, sea slugs and more - in the same manner as Smithsonian researchers and aquarists! Participants wishing to enter the water must wear protective footwear, such as water shoes or old sneakers, to participate in seining demonstrations and children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission to the Aquarium, located at 420 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, is $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors (55+) and children. World Ocean Day activities are included with Aquarium admission. Please contact Jasmine Wanek at 772-465-3271 for more information.

The Smithsonian is proud to be a part of The Ocean Project, an international network of about 2,000 aquariums, zoos, museums, and conservation organizations working to coordinate meaningful events worldwide. World Oceans Day – held on June 8 of each year – is an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea. This year’s theme is “Healthy oceans, healthy planet”, focusing on the actions we can take to ensure a healthy ocean future. For more information on this global initiative, visit: www.worldoceansday.org. For more on the Ocean Project, visit www.theoceanproject.org.

The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit is located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce. The Smithsonian Marine Station teamed with St. Lucie County and other community partners to create this unique educational facility. The Ecosystems 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.


 
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May 11, 2015May 1st Gateway School of Real Estate opens doors in Hobe Sound.


25 year teaching veteran Jennifer Segala has opened a real estate licensing school in Hobe Sound
Jennifer hopes to bring the Realtor community some fresh education with lots of personal experience having been a licensed broker in New England for over 30 years. The school will bring a new choice for Martin county residents to obtain a real estate license with live, local and personal education by an industry expert. A grand opening celebration will be forth coming.


 
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May 11, 20155th Annual Stock-Up Party
5th Annual Stock-Up Party to benefit ARC of Martin County. Food by Anthony’s Coal Fire Grill, unlimited beer and wine, music, dancing, fashion show, raffles. Bring gift card from Publix, Target, Home Depot, etc. to be entered in raffles. Ground Floor Farm, Stuart. $25 per person in advance, $30 at door. Tickets online at www.arcmc.org. For information, call 772-283-2525

 
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May 11, 2015Ethel Christin named President Emerita at The Lyric


Ethel Christin has served The Lyric Theatre as President of the Board of Directors for an incredible 10 years. At the recent annual meeting of The Lyric Board, she was named President Emerita – For Life.

Newly elected Board President, Patty Downing praised Christin. “Ethel is an inspiration, a friend and mentor to me. She, along with John Loesser, has been the spirit, the drive, and the reason The Lyric is where it is today,” commented Downing.

Daisy Carter, Past Board member and current Advisory Board member adds that “Ethel is great …We all love and thank her for her good work!”

Christin, a popular and much sought after philanthropic force in Martin County, proudly identifies herself as a “Pittsburgher” having been born in Pittsburgh, PA. When she and her husband Jack arrived in Martin County in 1996, she immediately became involved and supportive of many organizations including Women Supporting The Arts, Tykes & Teens and the Library Foundation of Martin County. But since joining The Board of Directors in 2002, her primary emphasis has been to support The Lyric Theatre.

While leading The Lyric’s Board, Christin’s focus has remained to find new friends for The Lyric, new donors and supporters. She attends most performances and often brings guests to experience and enjoy the theatre. John Loesser, Artistic Director commented on Ethel’s importance when he said “I am honored and blessed to have had, and always will have, Ethel as a partner and friend in guiding The Lyric into the future,”

Ethel’s energy seems boundless and even though her position on the Board has changed, she says, “I’m not going anywhere.” The Lyric will continue to benefit from her love of life, love of The Lyric and commitment to Martin County.


 
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May 11, 2015Kirchman Construction Co. Wins National Remodeling Award for Veterinarian Facility

Continuing to set new standards of professionalism, 92 remodeling companies from across the United States were named winners at the 2015 Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence. Among the selected winners, Kirchman Construction Co. of Stuart, Florida earned the overall national award in the Commercial Remodel category. Entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.
Kirchman Construction Co.’s winning project, the VCA Promenade Animal Hospital located in Lauderhill, Florida, consisted of an interior remodel of a multi-level retail space totaling 8,626 square feet. During the remodeling process, most of the interior walls and ceilings were removed to allow for the new work to be done. The newly remodeled building is now home to a state of the art veterinarian facility which was designed to meet the client’s unique specifications. Among the client’s requests were: multiple exam areas, separate cat and dog waiting areas, surgical and dental suites, a reception and retail area, and boarding areas.
The Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation’s best work in fifteen general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The Chrysalis Awards are open to any professional remodeler and design professional in the United States. Kirchman Construction Co. is honored to have added another award-winning animal facility to their résumé.
Kirchman Construction Co. is a family owned and operated business located in Stuart, Florida. Since its incorporation in 1971, the general contracting firm has been building quality commercial and high-end residential projects; specializing in animal care facilities. Visit www.kirchmanconstruction.com to learn more.

 
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May 8, 2015Shangri La Day Spa Under New Management
Dr. Sheetal Kumar and staff are pleased to announce that Shangri La Day Spa is under new management! Aranda W. Wendell, originally from New York and raised in Vermont, moved to Florida in September 2013, making her way to Stuart after discovering all that this dynamic yet relaxed Martin County area has to offer.
Ms. Wendell is excited to apply her business management skills to the Spa, which include marketing expertise, business organization and operations, finance administration, as well as thirty years of customer-service experience. With a reputation for demonstrating outstanding work ethic and service, Ms. Wendell is dedicated to leading the best team of spa professionals in the area.
The Shangri La Day Spa offers a thoughtful and thorough menu of services for ladies and men. Services include facial and body treatments, massage therapy, nail and waxing services, and medical assisted services, such as clinical peels. Our Hair Salon will be open for business in the near future, as well!
"I am so thrilled to be joining the Shangri-La Day Spa team. It is my goal to continue striving for spa excellence and a memorable service experience for each of our guests," said Ms. Wendell. She extends a personal invitation to stop by the Spa to connect with her, our professionals, and our beautiful space on the second floor of 1000 Southeast Federal Highway in Stuart. If you would like a menu of services, please request one by phone or visit our website at www.shangrilaspastuart.com.
The Shangri La Day Spa is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday with after-hour services by appointment only.
Stop in soon, and count on Shangri La Day Spa for an experience that will leave you refreshed, renewed, and excited to return!


 
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May 8, 2015Financial Record Keeping for Small Business

Workshop Description
Are you a small business owner or looking to start a small business and need to know more about financial recordkeeping and reporting? This workshop will not take the place of an accounting firm you might use but it will give you as the owner things to ask of your CPA to better understand your business and its financial condition.

You will have the opportunity to learn the differences between cash vs. accrual method of accounting; sales tax reporting; learn how to interpret financial statements; learn about various means and methods of keeping your company's "books" from simple and inexpensive to more complicated and more costly and in between; records retention, etc.

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=SCORE01634&seg=3

John Hosler
Presenter
Experience in the manufacturing business area with over 35 years experience in financial management, operations, and general management. Specialist in acquisitions, divestitures, company start-ups and project management. Administration and Business planning, risk management, joint ventures, and compensation and benefits compliance. Specialist in non-profit development, governance, bylaw creation/ revisions, financial development and executive management. SCORE Business Counselor since 2000.


 
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May 8, 2015Commissioner Anne Scott to host town hall meeting in Hobe Sound

The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting on May 14 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:



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hobe Sound Community Center

8980 S.E. Olympus St. in Hobe Sound

5:30 p.m.



We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

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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May 8, 2015Lionfish
Lionfish are an invasive species that threaten our
reef systems throughout the Caribbean and along the southeastern seaboard of the United States.

Lionfish Facts:
· Lionfish (Pterois volitans and Pterois miles) are a venomous, spiny fish with a native habitat range in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
· They are popular with aquarium enthusiasts around the world. It is likely these fish were introduced to the Atlantic via the aquarium trade or ballast tanks of transoceanic vessels.
· Lionfish are known to be highly territorial and can be found offshore or in estuaries. In Florida, lionfish have been found in all water depths; on hard bottom, mangrove, seagrass, coral, artificial reefs, oyster reefs, seawalls and other manmade structures.
· These areas provide a perfect concentrated food source that is comprised of a wide variety of small fish (including economically important gamefish) and crustaceans (notably lobster, crabs and shrimp). They also furnish excellent structure and hiding areas from which the lionfish can ambush and corner prey with its large fins before swallowing it whole. Lionfish can consume prey over 50% of their own body size and expand their stomachs to 30 times their normal size.
· Reproduction can occur every 4 days with up to 30,000 eggs per spawn. The lionfish eggs hatch in just 2 days and settle within a month.

 
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May 8, 2015Martin Volunteers offering fraud and scam prevention seminar
United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers and RSVP programs are offering a free seminar, geared toward seniors, on how to avoid scams, fraud and identity theft.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office will present Senior Seminar: Avoiding Scams and Fraud. Presenters will discuss ways to protect yourself from fraud, internet and phone scams, and identity theft. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday, May 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to lmustelier@martinvolunteers.org or 772-220-4472, ext. 228.

Martin Volunteers is funded in part with grant dollars from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Hobe Sound Community Chest. Its mission is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in volunteer service that enriches the individual and strengthens the community. RSVP is the nation’s largest volunteer network for people 55 and older.


 
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May 7, 2015Positions available at House of Hope

Complete job descriptions for the following opportunities are available by contacting Deidra Kinnaman: deidra@hohmartin.org

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JOB TITLE: PROJECT HOPE PROGRAM ASSISTANT
(Project HOPE = Helping Others Progress through Empowerment)
STATUS: Non-exempt. Part time or full time.

JOB SUMMARY: Assist House of Hope clients and others by providing Project HOPE-related services, including food pantry, financial assistance, Clothes Closet, case management and holiday programs. Screen and assess clients to determine their needs and to arrange for appropriate services. Provide quality customer service by giving assistance, information, and technical support to internal and external customers.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Associate’s degree in a related field (such as human services). One to two years of related experience. A bachelor’s degree in a related human service field (e.g., psychology, social work, sociology, etc.) may substitute for the experience requirement. Two years of directly related experience may substitute for each year of the education requirement. The candidate must have knowledge of community resources as well as the principles and practices of social work interviewing and case management methods and techniques.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Interested applicants must submit a resume and a House of Hope application. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check and drug screening.
To obtain an application, please call (772) 286-4673 or download one at www.hohmartin.org/jobs.

Send application and resume by e-mail: deidra@hohmartin.org
Send by mail: Deidra Kinnaman, House of Hope, 2484 SE Bonita St., Stuart, FL 34997




PROJECT HOPE CASE MANAGER 1
(Project HOPE = Helping Others Progress through Empowerment)
STATUS: Non-Exempt. Part time or full time.

JOB SUMMARY: Assist House of Hope clients and others by providing services such as financial assistance, Clothes Closet, food pantry, case management, information & referral, and holiday programs -- all of which fall under Project HOPE (Helping Others Progress through Empowerment). Responsible for screening and assessing clients to determine needs, develop plans and arrange for appropriate services. Provide information and referral to other social service programs.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: A minimum of an associate's degree with two to three years of case management experience in a social work setting. A bachelor's degree in a related human services field (e.g., psychology, sociology) can substitute for one year of experience. Fluency in English and Spanish preferred. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check and drug screening.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Interested applicants must submit a resume and a House of Hope application. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check and drug test.
To obtain an application, please call (772) 286-4673 download one at www.hohmartin.org/jobs.

Send application and resume by e-mail: deidra@hohmartin.org
Send by mail: Deidra Kinnaman, House of Hope, 2484 SE Bonita St., Stuart, FL 34997


JOB TITLE: HOUSE OF HOPE FLOATING BRANCH ASSISTANT
STATUS: Exempt, part time
(As needed within hours of operation Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: As needed at House of Hope service centers and thrift stores
(Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach)

JOB SUMMARY: Oversee the operations of a House of Hope branch in the absence of the branch manager. These duties include guiding the provision of Project HOPE social services, a food pantry and operating a thrift store. Project HOPE social services management includes working with case managers and volunteers to assess people seeking help and provide services such as food, financial assistance, clothing and household items and long-term case management.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Bachelor’s degree preferred, with five years of management experience. Retail store management experience and/or social services experience preferred. Experience managing volunteers also preferred.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Interested applicants must submit a resume and a House of Hope application. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check and drug test.
To obtain an application, please call (772) 286-4673 or download one at www.hohmartin.org/jobs.

Send application and resume by e-mail: deidra@hohmartin.org
Send by mail: Deidra Kinnaman, House of Hope, 2484 SE Bonita St., Stuart, FL 34997


 
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May 7, 2015Taking Control Of Windows 8
This course is designed to help students transfer from an older windows operating system (windows 7, Windows XP) to using and understanding Windows 8 interface. Topics include customize start screen, using Apps, windows setting, control panel, search, charms, navigate files, folders, desktop and more. The course is also packed with short cuts, tips and trick in using Windows 8.

Date: Tues. & Thurs.
May 12 - May 19, 2015@ Main Campus

6PM - 9PM - Y208
Cost: $109.00
CLIhttp://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=CMPTR01800&seg=1CK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!



 
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May 6, 2015We've Got Cucumbers And We Need Your Help!

Thanks to Thomas Farm's, we are bringing in fresh cucumbers on a daily basis and we need volunteers to help sort and re-box them so that we can get them out to our agencies!
This project is taking place at our facility located at 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce.
To set up a time to volunteer or for more information, please contact Gary Porter, Director of Community Relations at 772-489-3034 ext. 15 or by email gporter@tcfoodbank.org.








Treasure Coast Food Bank
401 Angle Road
Fort Pierce, Florida 34947
772-489-3034
www.stophunger.org







 
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May 6, 2015Commissioners declare Tourism Week in Martin County


At its regular meeting today, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners declared May 2-10 Travel and Tourism Week. Members of the Martin County Tourism Development Council and industry stakeholders were present and recognized for their role in working within and to promote tourism.

Tourism is the No. 1 industry in Florida. Visit Florida reports that every 85 visitors support one Florida job.

The US Travel Association reports that travel is one of the top 10 employers of American workers in 49 of the 50 states. Annually, travel generates $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy. Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averages $2.5 billion a day, $105.8 million an hour, $1.8 million a minute and $29,398 a second.

In 2014, this economic impact directly generated $141.5 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments. In fact, each U.S. household would pay $1,147 MORE IN TAXES without the tax revenue generated by the travel industry.

The Martin County Proclamation refers to economic impact figures reported by Visit Florida and the US Travel Association.

In the most recent Visit Florida report, travel spending of $432,460,000 in Martin County generated $33.5 million in state and local taxes. Each of the 59,891 households here in Martin County benefit from this tourism impact. It would take an additional $559.85 in taxes to keep the current level of services our residents enjoy on a state and countywide basis.

There are over 5,130 jobs sustained by tourism in Martin County. Tourism equates to 4% of all jobs held by those 18 or older in our county.

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners acknowledged the vital role travel and tourism play in Martin County's economic prosperity and the quality of life for all Martin County residents.


 
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May 6, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SETTLES CONTRACT WITH TEACHERS’ UNION
The Martin County School District is pleased to announce that it has a tentative 2014-2015 contract with the Martin County Education Association (MCEA). The tentative agreement includes resolutions to 26 contract language issues.

In addition, the agreement will result in $2.5 million in savings for the School District making it possible to reach a four percent general operating unassigned fund balance, while still providing a financial incentive to the employees. When Superintendent Gaylord assumed her role in 2012, the District had a 2.5 percent general operating unassigned fund balance, while Florida statute 1011.051 requires a three percent minimum.

“I appreciate both sides making strides for the long term financial health of the School District,” said Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent, Martin County School District. “Ultimately, I want to meet the school board policy of a five percent fund balance and continue to provide an excellent education for students while also supporting our teachers.”

The proposed 2014-2015 MCEA contract must still be ratified by the members of the Instructional Bargaining Unit and approved by the Martin County School Board.


 
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May 6, 2015Commissioner Anne Scott to host town hall meeting in Hobe Sound


The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting on May 14 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:

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Hobe Sound Community Center
8980 S.E. Olympus St. in Hobe Sound
5:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, May 14, 2015.
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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May 6, 2015Education Foundation of Martin County
Dear Friends,

Please join me in supporting the Education Foundation of Martin County during today's GREAT GIVE. Every donation between now and 5 p.m. on May 6 will be MULTIPLIED with bonus dollars to help us reach our $15,000 goal.

Every donations helps...big and small.

To donate, please visit https://www.greatgiveflorida.org/#npo/education-foundation-of-martin-county

You can also help us decide which school will get our next $5,000 grant. Just type in the name of your favorite school in the comment box...just under the Payment Details section.

Your support makes it possible for the Education Foundation to deliver world-class learning opportunities and to support our dedicated teachers.

Robo-Engineering Labs
MakerSpaces
Career Tech Experiences
Literacy Resources
State-of-the-Art Technology
Artist Residencies
Professional Development
Re-Engineering Algebra
Classroom Materials
Elementary Book Bowl
Robotics at all levels...elementary, middle and high school
STEAM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)
and so much more!

These programs really deliver. Student motivation skyrockets, enthusiasm builds, grades go up, test scores rise, and students discover how their lessons in school tie into the world around them.

Thank you for your support!

Lisa
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Lisa Rhodes
Executive Director
Education Foundation of Martin County
PO Box 291
Stuart, Florida 34995
772.600.8062
LRhodes@EducationFoundationMC.org
www.EducationFoundationMC.org


 
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May 6, 2015The GREAT GIVE is LIVE - Donate Now!
It's time! The Great Give campaign has just gone live and will remain live until tomorrow at 5 p.m. Please give what you can to support FAU Harbor Branch. Remember - all gifts of $10 or more made during this 24-hour period will leverage bonus funding for our important work.

DON'T FORGET TO DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT to Harbor Branch by selecting Florida Atlantic University (FAU) as your chosen non-profit and noting Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in the "NOTES" section of the online giving form. If you prefer to make a donation by phone at 1-844-448-3329 (1-844-GIVE DAY), be sure to note that you would like your gift to FAU to be directed specifically to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

Click here to link to the online donation page and make a gift now!
All of us at Harbor Branch thank you for your support and for celebrating GREAT GIVE DAY.








FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
5600 U.S. 1 North
Fort Pierce, Florida 34936
772-242-2506
www.fau.edu/hboi














 
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May 6, 2015May 1st Gateway School of Real Estate opens doors in Hobe Sound.


25 year teaching veteran Jennifer Segala has opened a real estate licensing school in Hobe Sound
Jennifer hopes to bringing the Realtor community some fresh education with lots of personal experience having been a licensed broker in New England for over 30 years. Also a new opportunity for Martin county residents to obtain a real estate license with live, local and personal education . A grand opening celebration will be forth coming.


 
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May 5, 2015Elliott Museum
Two Great Lectures in May!

Michael Grunwald is a senior staff writer for POLITICO Magazine and editor-at-large of The Agenda. Before joining POLITICO in November 2014, Mike was a staff writer for The Boston Globe, a national staff writer for The Washington Post and a senior national correspondent for TIME Magazine. He is also the best-selling author of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era (Simon & Schuster, 2012) and The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise (Simon & Schuster, 2006). Michael will present a century of Everglades history, based on the research for his book, The Swamp, and will reflect on how current problems involving the Treasure Coast's waterways tie into the Everglade's living history.
Lecture sponsored by www.bullsugar.org and anonymous donors.

Seating is limited, RSVP required.
Special Event pricing:
$10 for Museum Members; $14 for non-members.
Call 772-225-1961 to reserve your seats

The work of depression-era artist, Samuel L. Margolies (1897 - 1974) is held in the collections of galleries and museums world-wide. In 1968, the Jensen Beach resident donated one of the largest collections of his etchings and watercolors to the Elliott Museum. Professional journalist Jane Margolies will give us a fascinating look at the life and career of her grandfather, celebrating an exhibit of selected pieces from the Elliott's own Margolies collection, the first at the Museum since 1976. Participants who wish to view the Margolies Exhibit prior to the lecture may arrive at 6:30.

Seating is Limited, RSVP required: Call 772-225-1961
Free to Museum Members; $14 for non-members.

Special invitation for this event only:
Members of Art Associates of Martin County, Palm City Art Associates,
Hobe Sound Fine Art League, Jensen Beach Art League, or
Arts Council of Martin County may attend at no charge.
RSVP required.

Wilmington Trust Lecture Series

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The Great Give!
5pm May 5th through 5pm May 6th


Once again this year, the Elliott Museum will be participating in the Great Give! This exciting, 24-hour fundraiser is designed to raise as much money as possible for local non-profits in a single day. The Great Give! will start on Tuesday, May 5th at 5 pm and end on Wednesday, May 6th at 5 pm. Any contributions made through the Great Give! website on that day will be eligible for matching funds from the Community Foundations and United Ways of Martin and Palm Beach Counties. To give to either the Elliott Museum or the House of Refuge, go to the web site at www.GreatGiveFlorida.org and search for Historical Society of Martin County. Thanks in advance for your participation!

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Thursday mornings at 11:00, join Associate Car Curator, John Giltinan
for a special behind-the-scenes guided tour of
the Auto Gallery and Car Garage!
Meet just prior to 11:00 at the Information Desk.
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Showing through May 31st in the Changing Exhibits Gallery:
The Art of Seating:
Two Hundred Years of American Design

The Elliott Museum is open every day from 10 - 5



 
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May 5, 2015Just Like Humans, Dolphins Have Social Networks

Researchers from FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Publish Findings of Six-year Study in Marine Mammal Science

They may not be on Facebook or Twitter, but dolphins do, in fact, form highly complex and dynamic networks of friends, according to a recent study by scientists at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) at Florida Atlantic University. Dolphins are known for being highly social animals, and a team of researchers at HBOI took a closer look at the interactions between bottlenose dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and discovered how they mingle and with whom they spend their time.
Through intensive photo-ID surveys conducted along the IRL, which were carried out over a six- and-a-half year period, the researchers were able to learn about the association patterns as well as movement behavior and habitat preferences of some 200 individual dolphins.
In a paper recently published in the journal Marine Mammal Science (available online: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mms.12222/abstract), the team found that individual dolphins exhibited both preference and avoidance behavior – so just like humans, they have dolphins they like and associate with and ones they avoid.
The study also found that IRL dolphins clustered into groups of associated animals, or “communities,” that tended to occupy discrete core areas along the north-south axis of the lagoon system.
“One of the more unique aspects of our study was the discovery that the physical dimensions of the habitat, the long, narrow lagoon system itself, influenced the spatial and temporal dynamics of dolphin association patterns,” said Elizabeth Murdoch Titcomb, research biologist at HBOI who worked on the study with Greg O’Corry-Crowe, Ph.D., associate research professor at HBOI; Marilyn Mazzoil, senior research associate at HBOI, and Elizabeth Hartel. “For example, communities that occupy the narrowest stretches of the Indian River Lagoon have the most compact social networks, similar to humans who live in small towns and have fewer people with whom to interact.”
In addition to providing a unique glimpse into dolphin societies, this novel study provides important insight and knowledge on how dolphins organize themselves, who they interact with and who they avoid, as well as when and where. It also gives scientists and resource managers the roadmap needed to understand how dolphin populations perceive and use their environment, and how social networks will influence information transfer and potentially breeding behavior and disease transmission.
The IRL is a 156-mile long estuary located on Florida’s east coast. The lagoon is long and narrow and composed of three distinct water bodies; Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River, and the Indian River. There are five inlets and one lock (Cape Canaveral lock) connecting the IRL to the Atlantic Ocean. The estuary ranges in width from a few meters to 9 kilometers and averages in depth at approximately 1.5 meters with maximum depths at around 4 meters. In 1990, the United States Environmental Protection Agency designated the IRL as an “Estuary of National Significance” to help preserve one of the most biodiverse estuaries in North America. Researchers from HBOI have been conducting photo identification studies of IRL bottlenose dolphins since 1996, identifying more than 1,700 individual dolphins. Among the findings enabled by this data is identification of a distinct IRL stock now breeding its third generation since the study began, and insights into breeding and social behavior.
Photos and video b-roll are available at pubweb.fau.edu/media/dolphinresearch/. For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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May 5, 2015Latest Pets on Parade features "An afternoon with Dr. Jane"
Pets on Parade features segments about local animals up for adoption at the Humane Society of Martin County as well as items of interest to animal lovers. In this special edition of Pets on Parade, Martin County Television (MCTV) staff was fortunate to have the opportunity to film Dr. Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist and activist, when she spoke recently at an event. In "An Afternoon With Dr. Jane," Dr. Goodall shares stories with local children about her time in Africa and speaks to attendees at a luncheon about her lifelong pursuit of knowledge.

Pets on Parade airs regularly on MCTV on Sunday at 8:00 pm, Tuesday at 9:00 pm, Thursday at 6:00 pm and Saturday at 9:00 am.


MCTV is available to Comcast Cable System (Channel 20) and U-verse (Channel 99) subscribers and through live streaming or On Demand online at www.martin.fl.us. Check out all the MCTV listings on the Martin County website at www.martin.fl.us. Just click on the MCTV icon on the bottom right corner of the page to see the show schedule.

LB/ADM


 
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May 5, 2015SCORE Workshop
An Excellent Business Plan
Morgade Library, Stuart, FL
May 6, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Presented by Treasure Coast Score

An Excellent Business Plan
Workshop Description
Congratulations on your decision to open a small business or change your existing one! Now you must take the step of putting your thoughts down on paper. In doing so, your business idea is now expressed as a plan - a living document that outlines every critical aspect of its operation. Taking this crucial step may sound intimidating, but it's important to help you make major business decisions or demonstrate the health of your business to lenders or investors. Sign up for this workshop today and reduce your stress and intimidation!
William Malleson
Presenter
Masters in Business Administration with thirty-five years experience in hotel and resort development and management. Leadership development, fiscal planning, business retention and employee relationship and retention management.

Treasure Coast SCORE Mentoring

You can meet with us at any of our offices spread throughout the Treasure Coast. Call our main Treasure Coast SCORE number, 772 489-0548 or Request Free Mentoring, to schedule a free appointment at the office nearest you. You'll want to specify what type of help you need (starting a business, marketing, accounting, etc.) so that you can talk with an expert who has the specialized knowledge to assist you. After your initial appointment, you may wish to schedule future meetings with either the same or different mentors, depending on your needs. Remember, all our mentoring is free and confidential.














 
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May 4, 2015Tourist Development Council Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Tourist Development Council. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, May 22, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Positions- owner or operator of a motel, hotel, recreational vehicle park, or other tourist accommodation that is subject to the tourist development tax AND a citizen involved in the tourist industry and who has demonstrated an interest in tourist development, but who is not an owner or operator of motels, hotels, recreational vehicle parks, or other tourist accommodations in the County that are subject to the tourist development tax. All members must be registered Martin County voters. These terms are for four years; terms may be renewed at the decision of the County Commission.

Members of the Council shall be automatically removed for lack of attendance - failure to attend three consecutive meetings and failure to attend more than one-half of the meetings scheduled during a calendar year. Participation for less than three-fourths of a meeting shall be the same as a failure to attend a meeting.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL:
Conduct public hearings to receive information from the public with respect to the effectiveness of the existing tourist development efforts by both public and private agencies, organizations and businesses and the need for additional or different tourist development efforts. Recommend a method of coordination of existing tourist development efforts by both public and private agencies, organizations and businesses and of new or additional tourist development efforts to obtain maximum economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the tourist development efforts in and for Martin County. Create, prepare, and submit to the Board of County Commission a Tourist Development Plan in the manner meeting the requirements of F.S. 125.0104 and, from time to time thereafter, make recommendations to the Board of County Commission for changes to the Tourist Development Plan.

Meetings are held quarterly on the second Wednesday of the month at 3:00 pm in the Commission Chambers. The next few meetings are scheduled for: May 13, July 8, September 9 and November 4.


 
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May 4, 20152015 GREAT GIVE
Dear friends,

We hope you've enjoyed your weekend.

We just wanted to remind you that the 2015 GREAT GIVE starts Tuesday (May 5) at 5 p.m. and runs through 5 p.m. on Wednesday (May 6).

With summer right around the corner, we're mindful of the 52,000 children in our community who unfortunately are expected to struggle with hunger when they'll have little or no access to breakfast and lunch programs that are shut down during the 3-month break.

But you can help support our goal to end summer hunger in Martin County and throughout the Treasure Coast by being a part of the 2015 GREAT GIVE, a 24-hour online giving campaign where ALL donations are matched from a $500,000 bonus pool that make donations go further than any other day of the year.

Want to join the 2015 GREAT GIVE? It's easy to donate and you can do so here. And if you know folks equally dedicated to alleviating hunger in Martin County and throughout the Treasure Coast, please consider sharing this link with them!

Every donation is important, and we are grateful for each and every one of you.

Sincerely yours,


Judith Cruz
Chief Executive Officer
Treasure Coast Food Bank


 
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May 4, 2015The Florida Chamber Update
With the 2015 regular legislative session now in the history books, the upcoming special session gives our state's political leaders an important second chance to make Florida more competitive. The Florida Chamber remains hopeful that Governor Rick Scott, Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli will start the special session with the same spirit of cooperation as the regular session began.

The $4.2 billion difference in the Senate and House budget ended progress on major items such as costs cuts in healthcare, statewide water policy, targeted tax reforms, meaningful lawsuit abuse reforms, education initiatives that include school choice and opportunities for children with unique abilities, fixing Florida's broken pension system and more. Of course, the one constitutional requirement that legislators must complete is to pass a state budget by July 1.

Both the Senate and the House want to expand healthcare coverage, but the approaches couldn't be more different. At the Florida Chamber, we believe in smarter healthcare that lowers cost, expands access, ends the $1.4 billion cost shift from hospitals and improves outcomes. I would like to thank all the local chambers of commerce who are championing the Florida Chamber's push for Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida. I would especially like to thank Jacob Stuart, President of the Central Florida Partnership, for convening the Smarter Healthcare Coverage Rally in Orlando, and convening leaders to discuss Smarter Healthcare Options in Florida - especially the requirement of ending the eight percent cost shift.

While we are disappointed the 2015 regular session didn't produce the anticipated results, lawmakers did pass priorities on the Florida Chamber's Competitiveness Agenda. Chief among those is an education accountability measure requiring fewer and better tests, a smart infrastructure bill designating freight and logistics zones, a growth leadership measure and private property rights bill.

During the regular session, lawmakers filed 1,754 bills (for comparison, in 2014 1,811 bills were filed during regular session) - 881 in the Senate (885 in 2014) and 873 (926 in 2014) in the House. The Senate passed 190 and the House passed 168 - with 231 bills passing both chambers (both chambers passed 264 in 2014).

As Winston Churchill said, "A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

We will continue to encourage our state's leaders to rally around a common bipartisan cause-- stronger and sustainable economic growth in order to expand opportunities for all Floridians. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at mwilson@flchamber.com or call me at 850-521-2128. The Florida Chamber will keep you posted with the most up to date information as the special session moves forward.

To review the more than 30 Florida Chamber competitiveness priorities of this session go to the Florida Chamber website http://www.flchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/FloridaChamber_2015LegislativeSummary.pdf


 
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May 4, 2015United Way of Martin County

United Way Invests Wells Fargo Grant Into Community
With support from community-minded corporate partners such as Wells Fargo, United Way is able to provide funding for local programs that address critical needs.
Recently, Wells Fargo awarded United Way with a $5,000 grant to enhance financial education and economic empowerment of low- to moderate-income residents.


Excellence in Volunteer Management Training

Make your volunteer program the best around!

Join us for the Excellence in Volunteer Management Training on June 2 and June 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Stuart and learn best practices to increase the effectiveness and productivity of your volunteer program.

Some benefits of the program include:
• Improved volunteer administration and management skills
• Increased ability to select, place and train volunteers
• Higher volunteer job satisfaction and effectiveness
• Opportunity to engage with a network of volunteer administrators
• Enhanced staff productivity and enjoyment when working alongside volunteers
The program costs $275 and will take place at Indian River State College Chastain campus in Stuart.
Register for Volunteer Management Training


Senior Seminars: Scams and Fraud, Fall Prevention

Mark your calendar for two upcoming free seminars.

Avoiding Scams and Fraud
Tuesday, May 19
1 - 3 p.m.
Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Rd., Stuart

The Martin County Sheriff's Office will present ways to protect yourself from fraud, internet and phone scams, and identity theft. Bring your questions! Light refreshments will be served.

Fall Prevention
Wednesday, May 27
1 - 3 p.m.
Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Rd., Stuart

Floridians Fighting Falls will talk about how to prevent falls and services offered, such as smoke detectors, eye care, etc. There will be a Tai Chi demonstration and group exercise, as well as balance assessments. Light refreshments will be served.

Info & RSVP
lmustelier@martinvolunteers.org
772-220-4472, ext. 228




Job Fair a Success

More than 40 employers were present at the regional career fair held by the Business Development Board of Martin County, Martin Volunteers and Martin Veterans on April 22.

A great turnout of 432 job seekers, including 58 veterans, came to Indian Riverside Park to check out the opportunities!

See job fair photos on Facebook




Great Golf at Tee It Up for Character

The 13th Annual Tee It Up for Character golf outing, held at Monarch Country Club in Palm City, brought the community together in support of CHARACTER COUNTS!

The event committee, Holly Laiben, Phyllis Kordick, Blake Norman, Barbara Sundblad, Liz Snyder and Wendie Berardi, creatively came up with various challenges for the golfers fortunate enough to play this course.

Pictured above are the overall winners, John Koval, Tom Bissonette, Howard Frank and Jim Parrish.

GIVE



We’re inviting 100 local businesses to join the LIVE UNITED movement by donating $100 dollars to United Way of Martin County.

Together, the collective impact of these charitable donations will raise $10,000 to help United Way create lasting changing in right here in our community.

Businesses that are up for the Challenge will be recognized for participating in upcoming eNewsletters, United Way’s Facebook page and in The Stuart News.

Click here if your business would like to participate in United Way’s 100 x $100 Challenge.

For more information, contact Wendie Berardi at 772-283-4800, ext. 227 or email wberardi@ unitedwaymartincounty.org.



ADVOCATE

As an unbiased advocate for the community’s needs, United Way works to improve the lives of Martin County’s ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) population.
United Way’s ALICE Report identifies households in our community where individuals and families are employed, but struggle to make ends meet.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helps this population of low- to moderate-income residents keep more of their hard-earned money by preparing and filing their taxes for free.
Thanks to the help of a team of IRS trained volunteers, United Way was able to file more than 300 tax returns this year, generating $342,877 in total taxpayer refunds. The average household wages of the clients served was $23,054 and the average tax return was $1,731.
For more information about the VITA program or United Way, contact Jim Vojcsik by email or call 772-283-4800, ext. 229.







 
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May 4, 2015Welcome to the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing Newsletter!
Welcome to the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing's Industry Newsletter. We hope this newsletter will provide you with information on upcoming events, programs of services, and items of interest. These newsletters will continue on a regular basis and will have a few standard features. The Tourist Development Council/Industry Spotlight will focus on each member of the Tourist Development Council and then move on to spotlight members from the tourism industry.
We are working on making the Event Calendar more interactive, but while we are working on this effort we have created a calendar view of upcoming events. You will also find an additional sheet providing more details on these events.





National Travel and Tourism Week
The 32nd Annual National Travel and Tourism Week will take place May 2-10, 2015. The Martin County Board of County Commissioners will issue a proclamation on May 5th commemorating this event. The Office of Tourism and Marketing will be participating in educational and advocacy efforts led by the U.S. Travel Association.





Tourism Ordinance
On January 20, 2015, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners enacted changes to the Local Option Tourist Development Act (Florida Statute 125.0104), amending Chapter 71, Finance and taxation, Article 6, Tourist development taxes, Martin County Code.
Starting on July 1, 2015 the bed tax in Martin County will change from four to five cents. For those individual businesses that collect bed tax, this change will be reflected in the July 2015 statement from the Martin County Tax Collector's Office.




Recent PR Coverage
The Smithsonian's list of "The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015" was released earlier this month. In this fourth annual version of the list, the Smithsonian rated Stuart as the third best small town to visit. When asked more about this honor Bess Lovejoy, Contributing Editor for www.Smithsonian.com, said, "Our annual list highlights some of the most special small communities in America. We were impressed by Martin County and Stuart's great mix of opportunities for exploring nature, culture, and history, all in a charming setting."
Martin County was also recently featured in the travel section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this coverage highlighted places to stay, dining establishments, and things to do in the affordable, moderate, and luxury categories. The newspaper offers a highly engaged audience of over 2.1 million readers; this demographic aligns with the traditional Martin County visitor as their audience is slightly older and affluent.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-small-towns-2015-180954993/?no-ist





Tourist Development Council/Tourism Industry Spotlight
Anne Scott is the Martin County Commissioner for District 3 and serves as chair of the Tourist Development Council. Prior to being elected to the Martin County Board of County Commissioners she served as a Commissioner for the Town of Jupiter Island. Commissioner Scott was also an Associate Circuit Court Judge, appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court, and a former judicial ethics lecturer for the Illinois Supreme Court. She believes strongly in protecting our quality of life in Martin County.
Commissioners Scott's perspective on tourism - "We place a very high value on preserving our legacy - both natural and historical - and thus we offer visitors an experience we believe is unique to Martin County. Our visitors return again and again to experience and enjoy our lifestyle, making us more than just a place to come see. Martin County is a place to come and be."




Free Online Hospitality Training Program
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is one of 11 DMO's selected to administer the first wave of this program. We are happy to offer you and your front-line employees free access to this unique guest service training. The first program module, "The Power of One: Creating Memorable Guest Experiences in the Sunshine State," takes front-line employees through a 45-minute online training, exam, and certification.
Your staff will learn:
* The power of empathy in assisting visitors,
* The importance of being present and focused on guest interactions,
* Responding to inquiries with in-the-know info and recommendations,
* 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 May
With so many organizations planning and promoting events throughout the county it can be difficult to keep track of events. 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 hereto 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.




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.





Thank you
Please send any comments, suggestions, or questions to nokiye@martin.fl.us. We thank you for your continued support and input as we work together to promote our beautiful area.



 
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May 4, 2015The Florida House Adjourns Sine Die
On Tuesday, we concluded the business of the Florida House for the 2015 Legislative Session. I believe that while this regular session ended without resolution on the state budget, we still were able to accomplish a great deal for our state, especially addressing issues such as Sober Homes and improving our Child Welfare system. However, I want to take this opportunity to explain why I believe it was necessary to ad-journ prior to May 1.
The Speaker, as well as myself, believes the state budget and ongo-ing negotiations with the federal government over the future of the Low Income Pool (LIP) should be separate from the debate over Medicaid ex-pansion, while the Senate President believes that these issues should be addressed together. Recognizing that this is a process based on two equal legislative partners, the House submitted multiple legitimate offers to begin budget negotiations. However, the Senate President disagreed and continued to include Medicaid expansion as part of the budget negotia-tions.
In addition, the Federal Government has tied the negotiations over the Low income Pool to Medicaid expansion. In my opinion, they are es-sentially leaving our state on the hook for over a billion dollars to get a specific policy outcome that the Supreme Court has already ruled they cannot mandate on states.
Given this impasse, the House made what I believe was the right decision to Sine Die and reset for a Special Session to address the budget before July 1, 2015.
I am very proud of the work we accomplished this Session, and I look forward to returning to Tallahassee in the next few months to pass a balanced budget. I will continue to keep you up-to-date as we receive fur-ther information. As always, thank you for your confidence in my service. It is an honor and a privilege to serve our district in Tallahassee

 
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May 4, 2015JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF THE MARGARET W. NIEDLAND BREAST CENTER

Hosts Spring Fling In Honor Of State-of-the-Art Imaging and Diagnostic Services in Elegant LEED Certified Facility

WHO: Jupiter Medical Center

WHAT: Jupiter Medical Center invites the community to a Spring Fling in honor of the opening of the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, a brand new 26,000 square foot state-of-the-art home for breast health services and outpatient imaging services. The event will include a variety of fun activities for the whole family, including tours of the state-of-the-art breast center and imaging center, as well as live music, breakfast, manicures, mini-makeovers, chair massages, free blood pressure, BMI and blood glucose screenings and DEXA heel scan for osteoporosis. Experts will be on hand to discuss breast health, cancer risks and genetics, bone health, gynecology, heart disease, diabetes, weight management and more.

Attendees can relax in the healing garden and enter a raffle to win four one-day Park Hopper passes to Disney World, all while children are supervised as they enjoy the bounce house, face painting, arts and crafts and balloon sculpting. Children are also welcome to bring their favorite bear to the Teddy Bear Clinic.

The Center will house Jupiter Medical Center’s existing leading-edge breast diagnostic technology and will also include a Caring MRI Suite and a tranquil healing garden. With the full continuum of breast health services under one roof—from mammography to biopsies, PET scan to MRI, and even genetic testing and counseling for cancer risk—the Center enables the patient to experience a more seamless integration of preventive and diagnostic services.

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 9 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Jupiter Medical Center Outpatient Campus, 2111 Military Trail, 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% 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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May 4, 2015All Aboard Florida’s - In The News
All Aboard Florida’s pursuit of its express passenger rail line has been dogged by one persistent, unshakable criticism — the idea that the Orlando to Miami train is a ruse to increase Florida East Coast Railway’s capacity for freight.

Opponents have latched onto the widening of the Panama Canal as proof that the more than 100-year-old train corridor needs beefed-up tracks to handle shipments from the expected arrival of post-Panamax mega-vessels.





+ All Aboard Florida: No logic to all about freight argument photo

A double-stacked freight train speeds by a home on El Vedado in West Palm Beach.








With dueling reports from both sides on the viability of the $2.6 billion project, and trade secrets, such as ticket prices, still unknown, Joshua Schank, of the Eno Center for Transportation, said it’s understandable that people may conjure alternative motives for All Aboard Florida.

But Schank, and two other rail experts interviewed by The Palm Beach Post, believe the freight theory is far fetched, arguing All Aboard Florida’s passenger pitch would be an incredibly elaborate and expensive Trojan Horse if all FECR wanted to do was grow its freight business.

Not only can FECR support a substantial increase in freight traffic under current conditions, but if it needed money to grow, it’s “not lacking in any way for investment capital to improve the freight line,” said Reason Foundation Director of Transportation Robert Poole.

“The reason (All Aboard Florida) could be susceptible to such a charge is people are very suspect as to whether it will make money, because passenger rail has never made money,” said Schank, who is CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Eno Center. “But it would seem a very roundabout way to get money for freight improvement.”

All Aboard Florida plans to run 32 trains per day on the FEC tracks that bisect coastal towns from Jacksonville to Miami. Its route will take passengers from a new Miami station to Orlando International Airport with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Traveling at speeds between 79 mph and 110 from Miami to Cocoa and up to 125 mph to Orlando, the trip is expected to take about three hours. Trains are expected to start running from Miami to West Palm Beach in late 2016. The second leg to Orlando is scheduled to open in 2017.

While the project has largely been supported in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, some residents of northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast are fighting it. They are alarmed by the prospect of traffic delays at crossings, safety hazards, and dangerous queues forming for boats that have to wait at railroad drawbridges that block the Intracoastal Waterway when trains pass.

“I don’t think we can definitively say their plan is to only increase freight,” said Robert Crandall, the former American Airlines CEO who is on the steering committee of the All Aboard Florida opposition group Citizens Against Rail Expansion. “I think we can definitively say we don’t think their business plan makes any sense and we have to assume freight is profitable since they are going to increase it.”

There is no doubt more freight will be traveling on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks.

According to a 2012 environmental assessment and a 2014 draft environmental report on the All Aboard Florida project, the number of freight trains will grow from the current average of 14 per day to 20 by 2016 and to 22 by 2019.

The reports also note that All Aboard Florida would enhance freight operations by allowing freight trains to travel at higher speeds. Florida East Coast Railway is the only railroad that connects to the key terminals of Port Miami and Port Everglades, both of which are dredging to accommodate post-Panamax ships.

But All Aboard Florida, Florida East Coast Railway and the experts interviewed counter that it’s still not “All About Freight” as opponents insist.

• FECR ran 24 to 26 freight trains per day in 2007. That’s down to an average of 14 today following the economic crash, the use of longer trains, and the practice of stacking containers. Even without any infrastructure changes or the second line of tracks proposed with All Aboard Florida, FECR says it could substantially increase its capacity back to 2007 levels and beyond.

• If FECR wanted to add capacity, it would likely have an easier time raising capital for a known freight endeavor over a passenger rail. An April report from Moody’s Investor Service says that while Florida East Coast Holdings has sizable debt, it also has a “solid growth trajectory and good levels of profitability that the company has demonstrated in recent years.”

• The 32 miles of new rail between Cocoa and Orlando cannot be used for freight under agreements with the Central Florida Expressway and Florida Department of Transportation.

• The tracks and hefty safety upgrades at road crossings needed for All Aboard Florida go beyond what would be required for freight. The current tracks can accommodate passenger trains traveling up to 79 mph.

Another point: The $1.6 billion Federal Railroad Administration loan the company first pursued to pay for its passenger train, is also available for freight projects. Although All Aboard Florida still has its loan application pending, it is hoping tax exempt bonds sold to private investors with no risk to taxpayers will supplement or replace the requested loan.

“If this were about freight you would not spend $1.5 billion in infrastructure that’s not needed or subject yourself to the environmental impact statement process just for fun,” said Michael Reininger, president of All Aboard Florida. “If they wanted money for freight, there are any number of ways to get capital because it is a very straightforward return on investment.”

If anything, All Aboard Florida is as much about real estate as ferrying tourists from Miami to DisneyWorld, said Robert Poole, the South Florida-based director of transportation for the Reason Foundation.

All Aboard Florida owns land in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach where it is building stations and transit-oriented development, such as residential space, offices and shopping. In addition to a $29 million station in West Palm Beach, All Aboard Florida struck an agreement with the City of West Palm Beach last week allowing it to build a 285,000-square-foot residential tower downtown.

The Miami station plan shows four buildings, including a proposed super tower taller than the Chrysler building in New York, with 11.2 acres of development, apartments and entertainment.

“My speculation is they realize the value of real estate in Miami would be maximized by creating passenger service and all of the adjacent facilities,” Poole said. “The whole freight conspiracy always struck me as bizarre and reflects a lack of understanding about railroads.”

Poole has been a proponent of All Aboard Florida. He believes it can be a viable business because it has identified a “market niche where fast passenger rail is quicker than auto travel and less of a hassle than air travel.” Also, All Aboard Florida’s parent company, Florida East Coast Industries, already owns most of the right of way and track the trains will run on.

KC Traylor, a Palm City resident who founded the group Florida Not All Aboard, said she believes All Aboard Florida’s underlying plans are more nuanced than just increasing freight, although she thinks that is a key motivation.

Owned by New York private-equity fund Fortress Investment Group, she said the goal may be to build a polished new company and sell it before problematic passenger patterns arise.

“You can pump it up for a while, but at some point I think the ridership will be questionable,” Traylor said.

For its part, Fortress Investment seems a true believer in its express passenger rail endeavor. In an October earnings call, Fortress Investment co-chairman Wes Edens spoke enthusiastically about the train and transit oriented development, saying the South Florida stations and surrounding areas are “some of the best real estate prospects on the planet.”

“The notion that All Aboard Florida is a project fabricated to increase freight traffic for FECR is patently ludicrous,” said Gordon Runte, managing director and spokesman for Fortress. “The very real vision of All Aboard Florida is to create the nation’s only privately funded, maintained and operated passenger rail line, to create jobs and increase economic vitality in the region.”































“If this were about freight you would not spend $1.5 billion in infrastructure that’s not needed or subject yourself to the environmental impact statement process just for fun.” — Michael Reininger, president of All Aboard Florida.


 
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May 4, 2015Divas to delight at Barn Theatre
Three Divas of Song, a one-time-only, concert will be performed at the Barn Theatre on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m.
The concert features Amaya Crichton, Mary Murphy, and Sharon Owens performing Broadway favorites, contemporary and classical music. Murphy sang opera in New York City, with companies such as Dicapo Opera and Amato Opera, and in the chorus of the Palm Beach Opera. Owens has appeared in many area musicals, including “Jesus Christ, Superstar,” “Annie Get your Gun,” and “Grease.” Crichton was featured in the Barn Theatre’s holiday show, “Angels & Cowboys
The concert series is directed by Jim Docter and Jeanette Mazzella. Tickets are $10 and are available Mondays through Fridays at the Barn Theatre box office, 2400 S.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be obtained by calling 772-287-4884 or on-line at www.barn-theatre.com.
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May 4, 2015United Way invests Wells Fargo grant into community


Identifying community needs and creating long-lasting solutions is the foundation of United Way’s work in Martin County.

With support from community-minded corporate partners such as Wells Fargo, United Way is able to provide funding for local programs that address critical needs. Recently, Wells Fargo awarded United Way with a $5,000 grant to enhance financial education and economic empowerment of low- to moderate-income residents.

“It’s great when a company’s corporate social responsibility goals align perfectly with our strategic priorities,” said Jim Vojcsik, president and CEO of United Way of Martin County. “We already have programs in place that can help individuals and families get on more solid financial ground, and this grant will help us build a strong community by offering assistance to more people.”

Because of the grant, United Way was able to expand the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program by filing more than 300 federal income tax returns at no cost to residents. A total of $342,877 in taxpayer returns was generated and the average return for each client was $1,731. Individuals and families also received assistance with money management, budgeting improving credit and building a savings account.

Nationally, Wells Fargo does its part to build strong communities in a variety of ways. Last year, its team members volunteered 1.74 million hours, and for six straight years, Wells Fargo has had the largest annual workplace giving campaign in the world by pledging $97.7 million to 30,000 nonprofits and schools.

United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and character-building. 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, enhance healthy living, improve education, support employment and ensure safety.

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


 
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May 4, 2015STUART SAILFISH REGATTA ERNEST LYONS BRIDGE- SR-A1A (OCEAN BLVD) CLOSURE


On Saturday, May 16, 2015 and Sunday, May 17, 2015, the American Power Boat Association will host the Stuart Sailfish Regatta. The Ernest Lyons Bridge - SR-A1A (Ocean Blvd) will be closed between NE Sewall's Point Road and NE MacArthur Boulevard beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 15, 2015 and will reopen at 9:00 pm on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and and to expect delays through this area.


 
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May 4, 2015Thrivent Asset Management wins 2015 Lipper Fund Award

Award recognizes Thrivent Asset Management in the Best Mixed-Assets Small Fund Family

Thrivent Asset Management has been honored with a prestigious Lipper Fund Award for Best Mixed-Assets Small Fund Family.

The award recognizes the performance of six mutual funds managed by Thrivent Asset Management. All four of the Thrivent Asset Allocation funds, as well as the Thrivent Balanced Income Plus Fund and Thrivent Diversified Income Plus Fund, are part of the category for which Thrivent received the award, announced March 31. The award recognizes Thrivent for its consistently strong three-year risk-adjusted performance (as of November 30, 2014) relative to its peers and based on Lipper's performance-based methodology, in the Mixed-Asset Lipper category.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Lipper for our performance,” said Russell Swansen, chief investment officer at Thrivent. “Our Asset Allocation and Income Plus funds provide a simple and sophisticated choice for two very typical investment needs--asset growth and income generation.”

Since they were launched nearly ten years ago, the asset allocation funds have become some of Thrivent Asset Management’s most successful offerings and have helped shareholders meet their retirement and other financial goals.

Thrivent Asset Management was honored at an awards gala in New York City on March 31. Senior investment officers from Thrivent participated in panel discussions, round-table sessions and interviews to promote Thrivent’s strategy of long-term, disciplined investment management.

This is Thrivent Asset Management’s sixth Lipper award since 2008. For more information, you can visit Thrivent.com/Lipper.

Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Amy Whitlach and Mark Valinote at 367 NE Baker Road in 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. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Lipper Fund Awards
The Lipper Fund Awards are part of the Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence, a global family of awards that celebrate exceptional performance throughout the professional investment community. The Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence recognize the world's top funds, fund management firms, sell-side firms, research analysts, and investor relations teams. The Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence also include the Extel Survey Awards and the StarMine Analyst Awards. For more information, please contact markets.awards@thomsonreuters.com or visit excellence.thomsonreuters.com

Investing in a mutual fund involves risks, including the possible loss of principal. The prospectus contains more complete information on the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the fund, which investors should read and consider carefully before investing. Prospectuses are available from a Thrivent Financial representative or at Thrivent.com.

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. If requested, a Thrivent Financial representative may contact you and financial solutions, including insurance, may be solicited.

Asset management services provided by Thrivent Asset Management, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI.


 
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May 4, 2015The Lyric Theatre Welcomes Three New Directors



At their recent annual meeting, The Lyric Theatre welcomed three new directors to the Board of Directors. Priscilla Baldwin, Stephen McGovern and Olene Stuart joined the eighteen other directors.

A Palm City resident, Baldwin moved to Stuart in 1990. She has been involved in real estate development, owned her own real estate business and is currently a Realtor. She served on the Library Foundation of Martin County for eight years, recently ending a two year term as President of the Board. Baldwin has served as a Realtor Association of Martin County Board Director and is actively involved with equestrian groups in Martin County.

McGovern is Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America Corporation in Stuart. He has held Financial Services positions in Palm Beach, Tampa and was a Financial Analyst for the Walt Disney Company. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and currently is a member and volunteer at Christ Fellowship Church and a Trustee of St. Lucie Regional Medical Center Board. McGovern previously served on the Finance Committee of the First United Methodist Church in Stuart, the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club in Tampa and was a Loaned Executive for United Way.

Working her way south from the Buffalo, NY area, Stuart earned her degrees in Pennsylvania and accepted a position as a secondary instructor in Uniontown, PA. She was responsible for establishing and overseeing a federally-funded, “Project Intercept: Student at Risk.” She served as President of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Arts Council. She moved to Stuart in 2003 and in November 2014, Stuart concluded a second term on the Board of Directors for the Library Foundation of Martin County.


 
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May 1, 2015Martin County celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week


This week, the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Tourist Development Council (TDC) will commemorate the 32nd annual National Travel and Tourism Week along with other communities across the country. This tradition began in 1984 to recognize the impact of tourism on the economy of the United States.

To help commemorate National Travel and Tourism Week, which runs from May 2-10, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners will issue a proclamation on May 5. The Office of Tourism and Marketing will be participating in educational and advocacy efforts led by the U.S. Travel Association.

To celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week 2015, May 2-10, the travel industry is underscoring how travel impacts us all with the theme: "Travel is ___________." Travel is vacationing. Travel is making memories. Travel is essential to the U.S. economy. Travel is a job creator. No matter how you complete the sentence, the bottom line is that travel is vital.

"Travel is a pillar of Florida's economy and the cornerstone of our economy in Martin County," said Commissioner Anne Scott, chair of the TDC in Martin County. "We place a very high value on preserving our legacy - both natural and historical - and thus we offer visitors an experience we believe is unique to Martin County. Our visitors return again and again to experience and enjoy our lifestyle, making us more than just a place to come see. Martin County is a place to come and be."

The numbers tell the story. Recent figures reported by Visit Florida show the impact of tourism in Florida:
* $82 billion in travel spending
* $4.9 billion in sales tax collections
* 23% of all sales tax generated is from travel spending in 2014
* 1,135,700 Floridians employed

In Martin County, the most recent figures reported indicate:
* $43.46 million in travel spending
* $33.53 million in state and local tax collections
* 5,130 Martin County residents employed

According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel is America's number one services export generating a total of $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy. The U.S. Travel Association further reports the following figures:
* $2.1 trillion in economic output and $927.9 billion in direct travel-related spending in the U.S.
* $141.5 billion generated in federal, state and local tax revenues.
* 15 million American jobs supported-8 million direct tourism jobs and 7 million indirect and induced jobs.

"Travel contributes to the fabric of America and continues to do wonders for our businesses and personal lives," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the umbrella organization representing the travel industry in the U.S.



 
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May 1, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HONORS VOLUNTEERS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS OF THE YEAR
The Martin County School District honored its 2014-15 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year and Business Partners of the Year at a recognition ceremony on April 29 at Stuart Middle School.
Youth, adult and senior volunteers from the schools in the District were recognized and the following individuals were named “Outstanding Volunteers of the Year:”
Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year: Daniel Fischman, South Fork High School
Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year: Cynthia Paluszek, Hobe Sound Elementary

Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year: Michael Groom, Jensen Beach Elementary
Outstanding Business Partners: Extreme Performance, nominated by Bessey Creek Elementary
and
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, nominated by J.D. Parker Elementary

Family and Community Involvement Award Jensen Beach Elementary
“We are exceptionally fortunate in Martin County to have such a strong network of volunteers and business partners that support our public education system. It is our privilege to honor these individuals,” says Laurie Gaylord, Superintendent, Martin County School District. “On behalf of the entire School District, I congratulate our winners and thank them for their tremendous dedication and hard work to benefit our schools and students.”


 
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May 1, 2015Representative Mary Lynn Magar Sine Die Newsletter
See attached

Final Session Newsletter
 
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May 1, 2015Naturalist in the Savannas.
The Savannas Preserve State Park offer A Naturalist in the Savannas. It is a 3-part interpretive training program that will take place during three Saturday mornings: May 2, 9 & 16th from 8am until Noon. The course will cover the dominant natural communities in the park: flora & fauna, exotic species, hydrology, fire ecology and more. Instruction includes both classroom and outdoor segments. Participants are asked to dress for the weather, including a hat. Closed toe shoes are highly recommended. Please bring water and a snack.
Non-volunteers/staff pay a $10 donation to the Friends of Savannas Preserve State Park. Space is limited. Please call (772) 398-2779 for reservations.


 
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May 1, 201550 Schools Set to Compete in 29th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship


Bethune-Cookman Aims to Extend Record; Women Vie For Symetra Tour Event Exemption

Bethune-Cookman University is aiming for a four-year sweep for its women's team seniors—and a three-peat for its men—when the 29th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship convenes at PGA Golf Club, May 8-10. More than 230 student-athletes representing 50 schools are expected to compete in the Championship, which began at Highland Park Golf Course in Cleveland in 1987.

Both the men's and women's teams from Bethune-Cookman University claimed titles in 2014, sweeping for the second consecutive year and the fourth time overall. It was a Championship-record 11th title for the women; and the seventh for the men.

"We have a group of men and women who are committed to our program and buy into it," said Bethune-Cookman Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach Loritz "Scooter" Clark, a PGA member who competed during the Championship's first three years. "It's the same goal for us this year, for both the men and women to win it all."

Also among the returning champions are:
• Men's Team Division II - Lincoln University
• Women's Individual Invitational Medalist Tiana Jones, a University of Maryland-Eastern Shore PGA Golf Management University Program student
• Women's Team Division Medalist Heather Shake, University of Houston-Victoria
• Men's NAIA - University of Houston-Victoria and Medalist Steve Jones
The PGA of America and the LPGA will jointly award the woman with the lowest overall score in the 2015 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship an exemption into the Symetra Tour's Mission Health Wellness Classic, May 15-17, at the Country Club of Asheville in North Carolina.

The PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship has elevated golf in minority colleges and universities by providing opportunities for players to compete in a national championship. In 2006, the PGA of America was granted complete ownership and management by the National Minority Collegiate Golf Scholarship Fund.

Two events will set the stage for the Championship one day prior on Thurs., May 7:
• Welcome Dinner: The student-athletes will enjoy an evening hosted by Miami Heat announcer Jason Jackson that will feature PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua. In addition, a multi-generational, multi-gender panel will discuss how they used golf in their career paths: Former White House Staff Member Spencer Overton, who competed in the Championship for Hampton University in the 1980s; Shasta Averyhardt, the first African-American to qualify for the LPGA Tour through qualifying school, and a former Jackson State University standout; and Earl Cooper, a PGA Assistant Professional at Detroit Golf Club and children's book author.
• Business of Golf Career Expo: Conducted in conjunction with the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, the Business of Golf Career Expo will be held at the nearby Island Club, Thurs., May 7, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The Expo will enable the student-athletes to learn about additional employment opportunities in the industry with leading golf associations and sports industry companies.
For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org, follow @PGAofAmerica on Twitter and Instagram, and find us on Facebook. Join the conversation about the 29th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship on Twitter at #MinorityChamp.

Contact:

Michael Abramowitz, PGA of America, 561/389-4647, mabramowitz@pgahq.com
Bob Denney, PGA of America, 561/624-8582, bdenney@pgahq.com



 
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May 1, 2015We Won!  We Won!
That’s right, everybody. Our little monthly newsletter (the one you’re reading right now) is now our AWARD-WINNING newsletter according to the Florida Public Relations Association. Many thanks to Kim Nash who helps me get it out the door, and into your inbox, every month. We now reach over 600 business professionals all over Florida, and around the world, with each issue. And you know what? You can do it too! Email marketing can give your company a huge boost in sales, for not a lot of money. It absolutely trumps radio, TV and direct mail in terms of return on investment. The secret simple: don’t be spammy, don’t be pushy, and follow the law. Meanwhile, I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) so I thought I’d put out a quick guide to how it works and what some of the legal lingo along the way actually means.

Call us anytime.
Brandon


 
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May 1, 2015Martin County celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week


This week, the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Tourist Development Council (TDC) will commemorate the 32nd annual National Travel and Tourism Week along with other communities across the country. This tradition began in 1984 to recognize the impact of tourism on the economy of the United States.

To help commemorate National Travel and Tourism Week, which runs from May 2-10, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners will issue a proclamation on May 5. The Office of Tourism and Marketing will be participating in educational and advocacy efforts led by the U.S. Travel Association.

To celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week 2015, May 2-10, the travel industry is underscoring how travel impacts us all with the theme: "Travel is ___________." Travel is vacationing. Travel is making memories. Travel is essential to the U.S. economy. Travel is a job creator. No matter how you complete the sentence, the bottom line is that travel is vital.

"Travel is a pillar of Florida's economy and the cornerstone of our economy in Martin County," said Commissioner Anne Scott, chair of the TDC in Martin County. "We place a very high value on preserving our legacy - both natural and historical - and thus we offer visitors an experience we believe is unique to Martin County. Our visitors return again and again to experience and enjoy our lifestyle, making us more than just a place to come see. Martin County is a place to come and be."

The numbers tell the story. Recent figures reported by Visit Florida show the impact of tourism in Florida:
* $82 billion in travel spending
* $4.9 billion in sales tax collections
* 23% of all sales tax generated is from travel spending in 2014
* 1,135,700 Floridians employed

In Martin County, the most recent figures reported indicate:
* $43.46 million in travel spending
* $33.53 million in state and local tax collections
* 5,130 Martin County residents employed

According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel is America's number one services export generating a total of $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy. The U.S. Travel Association further reports the following figures:
* $2.1 trillion in economic output and $927.9 billion in direct travel-related spending in the U.S.
* $141.5 billion generated in federal, state and local tax revenues.
* 15 million American jobs supported-8 million direct tourism jobs and 7 million indirect and induced jobs.

"Travel contributes to the fabric of America and continues to do wonders for our businesses and personal lives," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the umbrella organization representing the travel industry in the U.S.


 
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May 1, 2015Purple Heart Recipient Sgt. John McAfee Named PGA HOPE Coordinator For Military Outreach
Purple Heart Recipient Sgt. John McAfee Named
PGA HOPE Coordinator For Military Outreach

PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, announced that decorated military veteran Sgt. John McAfee will serve as its PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Coordinator. McAfee brings both extensive military and philanthropic experience to his position, where he is charged with expanding the number of facilities that offer PGA HOPE programs nationwide.

PGA HOPE, the flagship military program of PGA REACH, is designed to use the game of golf as a therapeutic avenue to support veterans' rehabilitation and assimilation back into their local communities. HOPE programming is closely aligned with local VA hospitals, as both strive to best meet the needs of all military veterans.

A Purple Heart recipient, Sgt. McAfee was also awarded two Commendation and Achievement Medals during his tenure in the U.S. Army.

"It's an honor for the PGA of America to bring in Sgt. John McAfee to lead our PGA HOPE outreach for our nation's veterans, so they can discover how golf can serve as mental, physical and social rehabilitation," said PGA REACH Senior Director Scott Kmiec. "Having a decorated military veteran share the powerful impact that golf has had on his own life will open doors for other members of the military to embrace the game."

A Louisville, Kentucky native, McAfee attended Murray State University, where he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Agriculture and was a member of the football and rodeo teams. He later coached football for Murray State and Quincy University, as well as with the L.A. Avengers and Indiana Firebirds of the Arena Football League. Afterwards, McAfee joined the U.S. Army, graduating from Air Assault School in 2009.

From 2012-2015, McAfee served as National Liaison Officer, and most recently, as Acting Executive Director for On Course Foundation USA in Orlando. Here, McAfee implemented a five-year military golf programming strategic growth plan; managed and recruited a member base of injured service members and veterans; and fostered relationships between military veterans and host golf facilities.

"I've experienced the life-changing benefits of golf, and I'm looking forward to helping fellow veterans do the same through PGA HOPE," said McAfee, who will be based in Orlando. "The game has opened my eyes to new possibilities, and I can't wait to expand PGA HOPE's outreach across the 41 Sections of the PGA of America."

PGA HOPE is a two-step program, beginning with an introductory "Down Range Clinic" that provides military heroes with free golf experiences taught by PGA Professionals. Upon completion, formal PGA HOPE sessions are offered and administered by PGA Professionals, who are certified in golf instruction for the military. There are currently 40 programs across 20 states.

For more information on PGA REACH and PGA HOPE, visit www.pgareach.com.

About the PGA of America
For more information about the PGA of America, visit www.pga.org.

Media Contact
Emily Claypool, PGA of America, eclaypool@pgahq.com 561/624-7671


 
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May 1, 2015JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF THE MARGARET W. NIEDLAND BREAST CENTER

Hosts Spring Fling In Honor Of State-of-the-Art Imaging and Diagnostic Services in Elegant LEED Certified Facility

WHO: Jupiter Medical Center

WHAT: Jupiter Medical Center invites the community to a Spring Fling in honor of the opening of the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, a brand new 26,000 square foot state-of-the-art home for breast health services and outpatient imaging services. The event will include a variety of fun activities for the whole family, including tours of the state-of-the-art breast center and imaging center, as well as live music, breakfast, manicures, mini-makeovers, chair massages, free blood pressure, BMI and blood glucose screenings and DEXA heel scan for osteoporosis. Experts will be on hand to discuss breast health, cancer risks and genetics, bone health, gynecology, heart disease, diabetes, weight management and more.

Attendees can relax in the healing garden and enter a raffle to win four one-day Park Hopper passes to Disney World, all while children are supervised as they enjoy the bounce house, face painting, arts and crafts and balloon sculpting. Children are also welcome to bring their favorite bear to the Teddy Bear Clinic.

The Center will house Jupiter Medical Center’s existing leading-edge breast diagnostic technology and will also include a Caring MRI Suite and a tranquil healing garden. With the full continuum of breast health services under one roof—from mammography to biopsies, PET scan to MRI, and even genetic testing and counseling for cancer risk—the Center enables the patient to experience a more seamless integration of preventive and diagnostic services.

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 9 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Jupiter Medical Center Outpatient Campus, 2111 Military Trail, 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% 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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Apr 30, 20157th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Boat Sale

Marine Flea Market - Boat Display and Sale
May 30-31, 2015
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Memorial Park
300 S Ocean Blvd and Georgia Ave
Stuart, Florida
www.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com

7th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Boat Sale

Stuart, Florida…The 7th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Boat Sale will be held May 30-31, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Memorial Park, 300 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart Florida 34994. There is no better place to hold this once a year fishing and boat event than in the sailfish capital of the world!

Beautiful Memorial Park is the perfect venue with its close proximity to upscale downtown and its shady, winding paths, making it a perfect location to spend a leisurely day of shopping and relaxing in the park. Memorial Park hosts some of the largest events on the area making it a well known venue attracting local and out of town attendees.

One of the highlights of this year’s two day event is a boat area where new and used boats will be on display and for sale.

Bargain hunters looking for great deals can visit vendors exhibiting and selling their nautical and marine related merchandise and services during the two day festival. The nautical flea market will have a great selection of rods, reels, lures and lines, boating apparel, nautical clothing and jewelry, taxidermy, diving equipment, and much more. Come by for some super discounts on liquidation, closeouts, new, and used boating and fishing supplies.

Applications are still being accepted for vendors and sponsorships.

Visit the Martin County Nautical Flea Market website http://www.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com for more information, discount tickets, vendor applications, special hotel rates and specific driving directions. Contact Under the Sun Promotions, Inc. at 954-205-7813, FAX: 561-395-5389

Larry Burdgick
(954) 205-7813


 
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Apr 30, 2015Small Business Majority Newsletter
Letter from John Arensmeyer
This month we’ve been working around the clock to ensure our inaugural Small Business Leadership Summit, taking place May 11-13 in Washington, D.C., is a huge success for our small business attendees.

With its theme “Shaping the Future of the American Economy,” this event will bring 100 small business leaders from across the country to our nation’s capitol for three days of education, collaboration and action. It will feature unique opportunities for small business owners to discuss important issues facing small business today, inform and shape Small Business Majority’s policy platform for the coming year, and learn about resources and programs to strengthen their businesses.

Meanwhile, we’re still working hard to make sure the small business voice is being heard in Washington and in the states. Over the past month, I’ve had numerous meetings with policymakers at the White House and on Capitol Hill to discuss important issues like access to capital, tax and budget policy and Small Business Majority’s overall economic agenda. Our efforts to expand our voice in state capitals continue as well.

For updates on these issues and our Small Business Leadership Summit, visit our website and follow along through our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Setting the Record Straight on the Healthcare Law
On April 29, Healthcare Policy Director David Chase submitted comments to the IRS on proposed regulations to the excise tax, or “Cadillac tax,” on employer sponsored health coverage. Read our comments.

On April 28, a group of Small Business Majority’s network members sent a letter to the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee on the healthcare law’s impact to small businesses. Read the letter.

On April 14, Small Business Council Member Mike Brey, owner of Hobby Works, testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor & Pensions on the healthcare law’s impact to his small business and employees.
Public lands vital to small businesses and local economies in the West
On April 16, Small Business Majority released an economic report that examines the benefits of protecting public lands to small businesses and local economies in the West, and provides recommendations policymakers can use to take further steps toward ensuring the protection of public lands. To learn more, check out the report or read CEO John Arensmeyer’s op ed in The Hill that discusses the importance of protecting public lands in the face of legislative attempts to privatize some federal lands.


Noah's Ark Adventure Company, Buena Vista, CO
On April 22, Partnerships & Government Affairs Director Chris Armstrong attended a Senate hearing on reauthorizing the Land & Water Conservation Fund, which receives its funding from fees paid by oil and gas companies drilling offshore and protects national forests and parks. Reauthorizing the Fund is included as a policy recommendation in our new public lands economic report.

Press Highlights
On April 8, Small Business Majority’s paper on the economic impact of the freelance economy was published in ICOSA Magazine. The paper examines how emerging technologies are paving the way for more people to work for themselves and how the U.S. can update broadband policies that address the needs of this new workforce. Read the full paper here.

On April 8, CEO John Arensmeyer’s opinion piece, co-authored with CAMEO, was published in the San Francisco Chronicle. This op-ed was written in response to an article claiming that, among other things, small businesses' impact on the economy has been overblown and that they are just another special interest group with an agenda. Our op-ed discusses how this couldn’t be further from the truth, and it outlines exactly how small businesses help grow our economy and some of the real obstacles they face.
Webz 4 Small Biz


Photo Credit: Jennifer Leahy
Small Business Majority is pleased to announce a new partnership with Hack the Hood, a nonprofit that works to introduce low-income youth to careers in tech by hiring them to build websites for small businesses. This Oakland-based organization serves the Greater Bay Area and works to deliver functioning and innovative websites to small businesses that don't have one, or are not satisfied with their current one. What's more, all services are free!

If you are a business in the Bay Area and need a new or revamped website, or know of one in your community, please check out our new Webz for Small Biz page and fill out the inquiry form for more information. You'll be one step closer to getting the website that will take your small business to the next level.

For more information about the program, contact Rhea Aguinaldo, Manager of Entrepreneurship, at raguinaldo@smallbusinessmajority.org.

State-side Legislative Action
California

On April 28, California Director David Chase testified in front of the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions in support of AB 525, which would create a more level playing field for franchisees and protect their business against abuses from franchisors.

On April 28, Project Manager/Central California Outreach Manager Mark Herbert testified in front of the Assembly Judiciary Committee in support of AB 722, which would allow equity crowdfunding in California to expand small businesses' access to capital.

On April 21, California Director/Healthcare Policy Director David Chase testified in front of the Assembly Health Committee in support of AB 1425, which would require all California health insurance carriers to allow small businesses to establish a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) or a flexible spending account (FSA) alongside their carrier’s high deductible health plan.

On April 7, we submitted a letter to the Senate Health Committee in support of SB 323, which would expand nurse practitioners’ scope of practice to include services currently only allowed by physicians.

On April 7, we submitted a letter to the Assembly Health Committee in support of AB 463, which seeks to bring more transparency and accountability to the pricing of specialty drugs in California—resulting in more stability to the pricing of health coverage in the marketplaces.

Colorado

On April 29, Colorado Outreach Manager Tim Gaudette submitted a letter to the House Affairs committee opposing SB 258, which would add unnecessary bureaucratic oversight and requirements to the state’s implementation of carbon standards under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

On April 16, Gaudette and Small Business Council Member Lisa Goodbee submitted testimony to the House Committee on Finance in support of the FAMLI Insurance Wage Replacement Act (HB15-1258), which will establish a state-administered paid leave program in Colorado. The FAMLI Act will benefit businesses by lowering turnover, boosting productivity, and enhancing employee morale.

On April 15, Gaudette submitted testimony to the Legislative Health Benefit Exchange Implementation Review Committee on the impact of Colorado’s small business marketplace to small firms.

Missouri

On April 29, Missouri Outreach Manager Mary Timmel submitted testimony to the House Committee on Energy and Environment opposing SB 142, which would add unnecessary reporting requirements to the state’s process of implementing carbon emissions standards under the Clean Power Plan.

Preparations for our inaugural Small Business Leadership Summit are in full swing, and none of it would be possible without the support from our generous sponsors. Their contributions are integral in providing this unique opportunity for our nation's job creators. We thank them for their support and look forward to a productive, engaging Summit.







 
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Apr 30, 2015Martin County issuing quarterly budget reports

In the spirit of transparency and open government, Martin County is now issuing a quarterly budget status report and is sharing the report online on our website at www.martin.fl.us. The quarterly report is prepared by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners' Office of Management and Budget and reviews revenue collections and spending by County department.

County Administrator Taryn Kryzda said, "We are providing this information for the purpose of timely and transparent publication of Martin County's financial information within the primary government and for the general public's benefit."

The content of the report includes an overview of the budget, as well as unaudited accounting data for actual revenues and expenditures. The County's accounting system, Banner, is the sole source of numeric data for this report.

The quarter two update for the fiscal year 2015 is available for viewing and download. Visit www.martin.fl.us and click on Hot Topics or click on Departments-->Administration-->Budget.



 
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Apr 30, 2015Martin Volunteers offering volunteer management training


United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program is offering an educational course designed to enhance the skills of individuals who manage volunteers.

Once completed, the trained volunteer managers will have a better understanding on how to provide high-quality service to volunteers and clients.

The Excellence in Volunteer Management Training program is conducted locally by Martin Volunteers.

Some benefits of the program include:
• Improved volunteer administration and management skills
• Increased ability to select, place and train volunteers
• Higher volunteer job satisfaction and effectiveness
• Opportunity to engage with a network of volunteer administrators
• Enhanced staff productivity and enjoyment when working alongside volunteers

Developed by the HandsOn Network and Points of Light Institute, the largest volunteer network in the United States, the program’s core curriculum includes: program management, program planning, recruitment and placement, training, supervision and program evaluation.

The program costs $275 and is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 and 4. Class will take place at Indian River State College Chastain campus in Stuart. For more information and registration, visit martinvolunteers.org and click on “Volunteer Management Training,” or contact Lauren Mustelier at 772-220-4472, ext. 228 or lmustelier@martinvolunteers.org.

Martin Volunteers is funded in part with grant dollars from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Hobe Sound Community Chest. Its mission is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in volunteer service that enriches the individual and strengthens the community.


 
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Apr 30, 2015FORCE Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
April 2015

The public is invited and urged to join the dedicated volunteers of the Rivers Coalition this Thursday April, 29, 2015 at 11:00am at Stuart City Hall.
This month’s special presentation is the “Algae Video.” Get the background of what initiated the investigation, a Florida Sportsman gem presented by Karl Wickstrom. Meet the producer, River Warrior Kenny Hinkle and the star of the video, a Rivers Coalition member, Capt. Mike Conner. This video is said to be the catalyst for the recent suspension of the discharges from Lake Okeechobee.
Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved!

There is plenty of free parking and our famous, coffee and donuts.

Agenda for Thursday April 30th, 2015
Meeting - Thursday, April 30th, 2015
11:00am – 12:30pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994

Business Matters
• Guest Chairman’s Comments - Darrell Brand
• Special Presentation: Introduction - Karl Wickstrom
• Special Presentation: Algae Video - Kenny Hinkle Jr & Mike Conner
• River Kidz of Martin County - Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
• Speakers Bureau - Todd Weissing
Government & Agency Progress Reports
• Martin County - Deborah Drum/Don Donaldson
• South Florida Water Mgmt District - Kathy LaMartina
• FDEP - Jason Storrs
Coalition Reports
• Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality - Mark Perry
• WRAC “Water Resources Advisory Commission” - Mark Perry
• Indian Riverkeeper Update - Marty Baum
• Federal & State Issues-CERP/IRL & Lake Okeechobee - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray

2015 Meeting Schedule
The 2015 meetings will be held at
City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34994

May 28 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

June 24 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm

July 30 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

August 27 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

September 23 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm

October 29 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

* Please note that evening meetings are held on Wednesdays instead of the usual Thursdays


Lost River Fishing Tournament

We are participating again in this years 6th annual Lost River Fishing Tournament and Chili Cook off!
Please come out to see us and enjoy the good food and fishing on May 23rd

Martin County River Kidz

The River Kidz Founders had the exciting opportunity to meet Dr. Jane Goodall at Adams Ranch, by invitation of The Pegasus Foundation's head, Barbara Birdsey, on April 1st. The Kidz were able to tell Dr. Jane about the destruction of our waterways and present her with the new River Kidz Workbook, tote bag, and tee shirt. She spreads wonderful messages across the globe of people and kids bringing hope and encouragment to environmental situations and animal welfare.

On Saturday, April 11th, The Kidz were face painting again at Environmental Studies Center Earth Day Celebration in Jensen Beach, bringing lots of joy to little ones! We displayed all of our information and got many sign ups for our email blasts. Kiele Mader even got to play ukulele with Mr. Bo Reynolds for all to hear!

Mrs Jacobson’s 2nd grade class from Citrus Grove Elementary graduated as River Kidz on Earth Day!
They displayed their Kissimmee River Lake Okeechobee glitter-water toxic algae project, created art, wrote letters to Congressman Murphy, and celebrated completing their River Kidz Second Edition Workbooks. Yeah Kidz! Yeah Mrs Jacobson!

Mrs Maya Gebus-Mockabee led JD Parker 1st graders in a 2 week program which included River Kidz together with the Ocean River Institute teaching: "Save Our Sharks." The IRL is the 2nd most important bull shark nursery in North America and many endangered sharks live off our beaches. The students are working for a shark protection zone off the St. Lucie Inlet's reefs. The Kidz came up with the motto: "Protect and Respect!" The have learned that sharks are important to ocean ecology and often misunderstood.

Speakers Bureau

Our area has one of the world’s most diverse animal and plant life and its condition affects all of us. For ways you can help, please visit www.RiversCoalition.org. For more information on the Rivers Coalition Speakers Bureau, contact Todd Weissing at (772) 223-6743 or ctodd_weissing@ml.com

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Thank you for all your support.

Editor: Olivia Sala

PO Box 2627
Stuart, Fl 34995

772-225-6849
www.RiversCoalition.org







 
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Apr 30, 2015Marvin S. Cone 29th Annual High School Juried Art Show Awards Announced

Event: Marvin S. Cone 29th Annual High School Juried Art Show

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Where: Court House Cultural Center, 80 E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart

April 30, 2015, STUART, FL – The Arts Council is proud to announce the award recipients for the Marvin S. Cone 29th Annual High School Juried Art Show. These awards recognize the artistic talents of our high school students and were presented on Thursday, April 23, at the Court House Cultural Center.

The works will be on exhibit at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show continues through Saturday, May 23, 2015.

Reactions to the exhibit from education leaders in our community:

“Each year the High School Juried Art show reveals the surface of the talent pool found in Martin County. The messages in the submissions show the passion of our young adults. While I get to enjoy student art every day on my campus, the general public can only get a glimpse of the students’ creative depth in this show. “
David Hall, Principal South Fork High School

“The Pine School was absolutely thrilled with the awards and recognitions that our students and other local students received in the HS Juried Art Show. It is a testament to their talent as well as to the strength and growth of the arts programs in our local high schools and the growth of support for those programs in Martin County. For many students, this is the first time they have taken part in the excitement and prestige of a real gallery experience and I am honored to be part of this great annual event with them.”
Phyllis Parker, Head of School, The Pine School

“Truly one of my favorite events showcasing our student’s visual artistry. It reflects the quality of our educators who cultivate each students’ creativity as well as a tribute to our youth!”
Ginger Featherstone, Assistant Superintendent, Martin County School District

Awards were presented for the Best of Show as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each of five mediums: sculpture, drawing, photography/digital prints, painting, and mixed media.

Student artists had their works purchased for the collections at Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, The Pine School, Clark Advanced Learning Center, the Martin County Superintendent’s office, Elliott Museum, Children’s Services Council, Senator Joe Negron’s office, and in the Martin County Supervisor of Elections office.

The student exhibit is sponsored by Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Kilbride, Waters, Robison, and McCluskey L.L.P.; Publix Super Market Charities, Palm City Art & Frame, Women Supporting the Arts, Karen L. Barnes, and Vianne Nichols.

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, City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.

Photos available upon request.

Awards List – 2015
Marvin S Cone High School Juried Art Show

Honorable Mention Awards (across category):
1) “Stranger in the Mirror” by Courtney Foster
2) “Identifying Beauty” by Alexandra Hegley
3) “Lead the Way” by Shelby Baillie
4) “Kaiju” by Coral Rose
5) “Lives in Separation” by Olivia Brogdon
6) “Cráneo del Pasado” by Gabriela Blanco
7) “Inner Demons” by Jason Ajucum
8) “Saltwater Cowboys” by Meghan Reddick
9) “Halsey” by Sofia Perez Yudin
10) “Beautiful Destination” by Anna Perelli-Minetti
For Drawing:
3rd Place: “Form: A Direct Comparison between Drawing with the Hand and Foot” by Brett Taylor
2nd Place: “Ariyana Blows a Bubble” by Alyssa Macchia
1st Place: “Death of Nature” by Andrew Huh
For Mixed Media:
3rd Place: ”Lingua Narcotica” by Liv Damm
2nd Place: “Mortiply” by Nina Vukic
1st Place: “Suspended in the Human Plane” by Bliss Rose
For Painting:
3rd Place: “Portrait of a Teacher” by Mike Hadhazy
2nd Place: “Commentary” by Madelene Wishart
1st Place: “Goodbye Old Friend” by Shelby Baillie
For Sculpture:
3rd Place: “Mother of Nature” by Morgan Matthews
2nd Place: “Octopot” by Daisy Sutherland
1st Place: “Old-Fashioned Camera” by Maryn Washer
For Photography/Digital Prints:
3rd Place: “Into the Mysteries” by Kimberly Ramirez
2nd Place: “Canned” by Brandon Golden
1st Place: “Mind & Body Connection” by Austin Aguilar

For Best of Show: “Lord of War” by Casey Witte

PURCHASE AWARDS:
Superintendent’s Purchase Award: “Ariyana Blows a Bubble” by Alyssa Macchia
Jensen Beach High School Purchase Award: “Warming Sun” by Amanda Wind
“Voyage thru Paradise” by Kimberly Ramirez
Martin County High School Purchase Award: “Stranger in the Mirror” by Courtney Foster
“Saltwater Cowboys” by Meghan Reddick
South Fork High School Purchase Award: “Identifying Beauty” by Alexandra Hegley
“Death of Nature” by Andrew Huh
Clark Advanced Learning Center Purchase Award: “Enchanted Forest” by Rileigh Ward
Pine School Purchase Award: “Unique Expressions” by Ryan Chimelis
Senator Joe Negron’s Purchase Award: “Old-Fashioned Camera” by Maryn Washer
Supervisor of Elections Purchase Award: “Lives in Separation” by Olivia Brogdon
Elliott Museum Purchase Award: “Lord of War” by Casey Witte
Children’s Services Council: “Into the Mysteries” by Kimberly Ramirez

ADDITIONAL AWARDS:
Stuart Art Supply Gift Certificate $100: “Blessed are the Pure in Heart” by Hailey Ingeman


 
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Apr 29, 2015Martin County Community Foundation receives $2.6 million gift,
Martin County Community Foundation receives $2.6 million gift, accepts grant applications
Beatrice M. Rais Merkle Endowments will forever support community needs

A gift of $2.6 million will soon be making a big difference in the Martin County community and beyond thanks to the generosity of the late Beatrice M. Rais Merkle of Fort Pierce, Fla.

Beatrice Merkle’s legacy will forever honor her commitment to philanthropy and her community. With the help of her wealth advisor, Bud Jordan of Merrill Lynch, Merkle donated a portion of her estate as an unrestricted gift to the Martin County Community Foundation.

“Beatrice Merkle wanted to help others and make a difference in her community,” said Jordan. “She was a dear client who wanted to be sure her gift would continue to make a difference long after she was gone. The Martin County Community Foundation provided a perfect vehicle to support her philanthropy and honor her legacy.”

MCCF’s Board Chairman, Kenneth Norman, Esq. said, “Our board thought carefully about how best to use these resources to honor Ms. Merkle while also responding to community needs. Her generosity in providing these funds without restriction will provide resources for continued impact in our communities. By creating several endowments in her name, we look forward to seeing the outcome of her compassion in the community.”

As the endowment earnings of the Merkle gift increase, MCCF, the community, and designated organizations will continue to benefit from Ms. Merkle’s generosity. A portion of the gift was used to create a designated endowment fund which will provide annual grants to support organizations that Merkle was passionate about, including the American Cancer Society, Florida Division; American Heart Association; Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children; Salvation Army of Fort Pierce; and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“We are grateful for the generous support of Beatrice Merkle. It will help us further our mission of saving lives from cancer, which will be diagnosed in more than 114,000 Floridians this year,” said Arleen Uria-Speed, American Cancer Society senior director, community engagement.

The Beatrice M. Rais Merkle Community Fund will allow MCCF to award grants in response to the community’s changing needs and allows the foundation to address issues as they emerge, while a portion of the resources will also help MCCF expand its own services. By creating unrestricted funds, donors create a legacy that will grow and change as their community does. MCCF grants are awarded from endowed funds, such as the Merkle Fund, with priorities established by individual donors.

Organizations wishing to apply for funding should contact Jillian Vukusich, MCCF executive director, at jillian@yourmccf.org. MCCF is accepting Letters of Inquiry until May 8 through an online application process at YourMCCF.org.

Thanks to her gift to the Martin County Community Foundation, Beatrice Merkle’s legacy and giving spirit lives on, continuing to make a positive impact in our community for years to come.

To learn how the Martin County Community Foundation can assist with your personalized philanthropy plan or for grant opportunities, call 772-288-3795 or visit YourMCCF.org.

About the Martin County Community Foundation
The mission of the Martin County Community Foundation is to facilitate philanthropy. Established in 1988, it is a nonprofit, charitable foundation consisting of named funds established by many separate donors to support the common good. The Martin County Community Foundation serves as a vehicle for donors to make positive, long-term change by supporting causes and organizations they are passionate about. For more information, call 772-288-3795 or visit YourMCCF.org.


 
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Apr 29, 2015Sunshine Sprint Triathlon Prepares for 6th Annual Event to Benefit Kids with Cancer
Ready! Set! Sprint! Preparations are underway for the 6th Annual Sunshine Sprint, held at the Stuart Beach on Saturday, October 3. The mini triathlon event has earned kudos from local athletes, fitness enthusiasts and families looking for healthy activities to do together while providing needed funds to children with cancer.

The course is a ¼ mile swim along the ocean beach followed by a 9.5 mile bike ride through Hutchinson Island and ending with a 5K run. Participants register on www.active.com as an individual to complete the entire course alone or as part of a team of three. Each individual participant and all team members will receive a race bag, transition towel, event T-shirt and a finishing medal.

The Sunshine Sprint, organized by the Stuart office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, raises money for The Sunshine Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer providing exciting group activities, trips, events and emotional support to kids receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across North America.

The Sunshine Kids has been Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty’s designated charity since 2001 having raised over $2,000,000 for the Kids and continues to be the #1 contributor in Florida. Last year, The Sunshine Sprint was the #2 company contributor raising over $30,000 for The Kids. Celebrating our sixth year, the Sunshine Sprint’s 2015 fundraising goal is $50,000.

Merit Title, for the sixth year running is our premier “Sunshine Hero” sponsor.

Tri-Athletica Sports, located at 417 SW Federal Highway, Stuart, is one of the Sunshine Sprint’s many generous sponsors and will be the race bag pick up location. -Athletica team members will also participate in this year’s race.

Mike Melton with MC Timing is coordinating the race again this year. The Sunshine Café will have fruits fruit and beverages.

All sponsors, participants and their families are invited to the Kick-Off BBQ held at the Stuart Beach on Thursday, October 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. where they can meet and greet over picnic fare, pick up their race bags and review the course.

For more information visit www.sunshinesprint.com or call 772-283-2800.


 
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Apr 29, 2015Treasure Coast Food Bank kicks off Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive with local letter carriers

High Rates of Food-Insecurity Call for Much Needed Community Support

Letter carriers across the Treasure Coast are preparing for the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive by encouraging the community to get involved by donating non-perishable food items on Saturday, May 9. Hosted each year by the National Association of Letter Carriers, it’s the largest single-day food drive in the country and helps Feeding America and its network of local food banks help the one in six Americans who struggle with hunger.

Treasure Coast Food Bank staff met the letter carriers at area branches this week to say “thank you” for their efforts and share the impact that Stamp Out Hunger has on the local community.

“Our recent report from Map the Meal Gap shows that more than 100,000 people, or 16.5 percent of the population on the Treasure Coast, don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said Director of Community Relations Gary Porter. “Stamp Out Hunger plays a huge role in helping Treasure Coast Food Bank provide for those individuals. Last year, Stamp Out Hunger provided us with enough food for 125,000 meals.”

Soon, letter carriers will be delivering to each mail box specially marked bags supplied by Publix for the annual food drive. And from 1 to 3 pm on Thursday, May 7, letter carriers and community leaders will join Treasure Coast Food Bank for a kick-off at First Baptist Church of Jensen Beach. The event will include a Mobile Distribution of food to area families.

“Stamp Out Hunger is extremely important to us, our partners, and the 100,000 plus individuals who rely on our network for food each week,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judy Cruz. “This food drive is a way for the entire community to participate together in an event that will help feed hungry families all summer long. The letter carriers do a tremendous job of collecting food along with delivering the mail during the event, and we are so grateful to work with them.”

Summer is a time of great need as donations typically decline at this time, and with schools closed, children who rely on the schools for low-cost meals add to the number of food-insecure.

On Saturday, May 9, everyone can participate by leaving non-perishable food items in the bags and placing the bags near their mailboxes. A letter carrier will collect the bags while delivering the mail. All food collected remains in the community from which it was collected.

The national event done in partnership with Feeding America, the national’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, brought in more than 70 million pounds of food in each of the previous two years.

"Hunger affects every community in the country,” said Fredric Rolando, NALC president. “At least six days a week, our letter carriers are a local touch point in communities everywhere and we are thrilled to be able to support our neighbors in need though the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.”

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks and pantries nationwide. The event is held on the second Saturday of May each year.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Last year, letter carriers collected over 70 million pounds of food donations to be donated to their local food bank and pantries.

The United States Postal Service, AFL-CIO, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way, Valassis and Valpak are all supporting this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.


 
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Apr 29, 2015Two Great Lectures in May!
Michael Grunwald is a senior staff writer for POLITICO Magazine and editor-at-large of The Agenda. Before joining POLITICO in November 2014, Mike was a staff writer for The Boston Globe, a national staff writer for The Washington Post and a senior national correspondent for TIME Magazine. He is also the best-selling author of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era (Simon & Schuster, 2012) and The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise (Simon & Schuster, 2006). Michael will present a century of Everglades history, based on the research for his book, The Swamp, and will reflect on how current problems involving the Treasure Coast's waterways tie into the Everglade's living history.
Lecture sponsored by www.bullsugar.org and anonymous donors.

Seating is limited, RSVP required.
Special Event pricing:
$10 for Museum Members; $14 for non-members.
Call 772-225-1961 to reserve your seats

The work of depression-era artist, Samuel L. Margolies (1897 - 1974) is held in the collections of galleries and museums world-wide. In 1968, the Jensen Beach resident donated one of the largest collections of his etchings and watercolors to the Elliott Museum. Professional journalist Jane Margolies will give us a fascinating look at the life and career of her grandfather, celebrating an exhibit of selected pieces from the Elliott's own Margolies collection, the first at the Museum since 1976. Participants who wish to view the Margolies Exhibit prior to the lecture may arrive at 6:30.

Seating is Limited, RSVP required: Call 772-225-1961
Free to Museum Members; $14 for non-members.

Special invitation for this event only:
Members of Art Associates of Martin County, Palm City Art Associates,
Hobe Sound Fine Art League, Jensen Beach Art League, or
Arts Council of Martin County may attend at no charge.
RSVP required.



Wilmington Trust Lecture Series

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The Great Give!
5pm May 5th through 5pm May 6th


Once again this year, the Elliott Museum will be participating in the Great Give! This exciting, 24-hour fundraiser is designed to raise as much money as possible for local non-profits in a single day. The Great Give! will start on Tuesday, May 5th at 5 pm and end on Wednesday, May 6th at 5 pm. Any contributions made through the Great Give! website on that day will be eligible for matching funds from the Community Foundations and United Ways of Martin and Palm Beach Counties. To give to either the Elliott Museum or the House of Refuge, go to the web site at www.GreatGiveFlorida.org and search for Historical Society of Martin County. Thanks in advance for your participation!

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Thursday mornings at 11:00, join Associate Car Curator, John Giltinan
for a special behind-the-scenes guided tour of
the Auto Gallery and Car Garage!
Meet just prior to 11:00 at the Information Desk.
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Showing through May 31st in the Changing Exhibits Gallery:
The Art of Seating:
Two Hundred Years of American Design

The Elliott Museum is open every day from 10 - 5



 
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Apr 29, 2015Guardian ad Litem volunteers honored at appreciation tea
No organization relies on its volunteers more than the Guardian ad Litem program. Without these dedicated and compassionate individuals, the program simply wouldn’t and couldn’t exist.
This year’s Volunteer Appreciation Tea took place at St. Bernadette’s Church in St. Lucie West and it was sweet in many ways. From the recognition of the many deserving individuals to a table laden with delectable goodies, the afternoon was all about good times and saying thanks.
This outstanding Guardian program won three statewide awards for excellence out of a total of ten!
The tea was funded and presented by the Voices for Children of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast, the non-profit that supports the efforts and activities of the Guadian ad Litem Program of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court.
For information on the Guardian ad Litem program, call 772-785-5804. For information on Voices for Children, email jpawlak@voicesforchildrenotc.org.



 
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Apr 28, 2015Martin County files federal lawsuit challenging All Aboard Florida funding plan


Martin County took a significant, dramatic step today in its opposition against All Aboard Florida (AAF) when it filed a Complaint in the U.S. District Court against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) challenging the DOT's allocation of private activity bonds (PABs) for the proposed passenger rail project, the largest PAB issuance in DOT history. By filing this Complaint, Martin County becomes the second local government to sue the federal government over the $1.75 billion bond allocation. Additionally, the Complaint brings in two residents from Palm Beach County because tax free bond allocations and proceeds from the bonding reportedly will be used by AAF and Florida East Coast Railway to improve the track infrastructure in Palm Beach County. Read Martin County's full Complaint here.

The Complaint asserts that the DOT unlawfully allocated PABs to AAF under Title 23 of the United States Code. The DOT claims that because the AAF project has many highway-rail grade crossings, a key safety defect, it therefore qualifies for $1.75 billion of highway-related bonds to fund the entire passenger rail project-a rail project that will travel at speeds too high for the area but too slow to meet the 150 miles per hour statutory requirement for high-speed rail.

"The DOT tried 'to force, or rather hide, an elephant in a mouse hole' by allocating $1.75 billion in PABs to a passenger rail project that does not qualify for the bonds as high speed rail under the applicable federal statutes," said County Attorney Michael Durham.

The Complaint also claims that the DOT's provisional December 2014 PAB allocation to AAF violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This claim is similar to the NEPA claim in Indian River County's lawsuit filed last month, but it highlights the specific harms that Martin County and its residents will suffer as a result of the AAF project. "Like our neighbors in Indian River County who also filed suit against the DOT for violating NEPA, we believe the DOT unlawfully circumvented the NEPA process by approving the bonds before the environmental review process was completed," Durham added.

"This Complaint is an additional tool as Martin County works aggressively to stop the All Aboard Florida project, as proposed," stated Ed Fielding, Chairman of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. "With the possibility of 32 additional trains running through our community on a daily basis, Martin County has justified, significant concerns dealing with public safety, the environment, our economy, and impacts to our quality of life. The proposed project route would have substantial negative effects on our residents and on County operations. Citizens are deeply concerned and it is our responsibility to do whatever we can to ensure the place we call home is protected from undue harm."

This Complaint paves the way for Martin County to have the courts review the actions of All Aboard Florida in conjunction with the federal government agencies.

For more resources with respect to Martin County's concerns with
All Aboard Florida, visit www.martin.fl.us/hottopics.


 
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Apr 28, 2015Humane Society invites rabbit and guinea pig lovers to BunFest
Bunny and guinea pig lovers will want to hop on over to this year’s Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s (HSTC) BunFest on Sat., May 16, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Flagler Place, 2616 201 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart. Event admission is $2 per person and 10 years and under get in free. Donations will be appreciated for some of the activities.
For a small contribution, those looking for a “Bunny Glamour Shot” can have a professional photo taken using props and a fun background. A number of bunnies and other critters also will be available for adoption.
Special educational seminars will be offered at this year’s event. Bunny Basics 101, 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. is hosted by Tampa Bay House Rabbit Rescue and Amber Behanna. Dr. Alicia Emerson, D.V.M. will host Rabbitt and Guinea Pig Health Part 1, 11:30-12:15 p.m. Guinea Pig 101, 12:30-1:15 p.m. is hosted by Clover Patch Sanctuary and Andrea Biggs. Dr. Emerson returns for Rabbit and Guinea Pig Health Part 2,1:30-2:15 p.m. and Bunny Grooming and Care, 2:30-3:15 p.m. is hosted by Patti Brant of Gainesville Rabbit Rescue and Aimee Dotson of Angel Maggie’s Memorial Sanctuary.
Pet owners are invited to bring their healthy bunnies and/or guinea pigs to the event but they must be in a pet stroller, pet carrier or carried in a proper harness at all times. Pets are not permitted to run loose. Rabbits and guinea pigs will be checked for fur lice/mites prior to entry. Owners are responsible for their pet’s safety, care and comfort. No other animals are permitted to attend BunFest.
A rabbit spa, food trucks, a live DJ, giveaways and raffles are also features of this event. For more information, call Sara Kornegay at the HSTC at 772-708-9668 or e-mail Skyle@hstc1.org, or visit www.hstc1.org.
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for animal welfare in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the Humane Society relies on donations, wills and bequests to support its programs and services. As a local Humane Society, HSTC is independently run from any national welfare or humane organization with no financial assistance from these groups. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hstc1. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822. Media inquiries: 772-221-2425 • http://www.prczar.com.


 
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Apr 28, 2015Calling all Volunteers for the Court House Cultural Center Galleries
Be a part of the arts, and join the Arts Council of Martin County in welcoming and greeting visitors to the Court House Cultural Center Galleries in downtown Stuart which hosts five exhibitions a year.

Recent exhibitions include artwork by abstract artists in all media, a yearly Florida juried art show, and the summer “Color” show by local art groups. The current exhibition featuring local area high school students, Marvin S. Cone 29th Annual Juried Art Show, continues through May 23, 2015. The gallery is located in the historic Court House Cultural Center which

 
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Apr 28, 2015Photography Classes
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Beginning Photography 1

This course is the first in a continuing series of studies in photography. The intent is to learn about the camera, how it works, and how it can work for you to take better pictures faster and more creatively. Studies include, Depth of Field, shutter speeds, apertures, ISO, correct exposures, basic composition, lenses, metering, along with basic flash.


REQUIREMENTS: A fully manual FILM or DIGITAL camera with Manual Exposure Mode; a camera with complete control over the shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Film Cameras are available on loan from the instructors at a first come first serve basis.

For questions specific to this program, please call the Instructor at 772-340-4443 or email drussell@irsc.edu.

Date: Monday, May 11 -August 3, 2015 @ IRSC Main Campus - 600PM - 8:00PM
Cost: $229

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*Prerequisite(s): Beginning Photography

Discussions will include:The Principles and Elements of Good Composition ---Studying the Masters---Critique---Find your own style; Color temperatures, Zone System, Studio Set ups, Flash, Black and white; How to show mood in your photos using light, color and special techniques; How to add interest with special effect filters and screens, compositional framing, and unusual angles; How to make your scenes look 3 dimensional; How to show action using still or moving subjects; How to work in low light conditions; How to arrange a portrait or still life; Build a working portfolio of diversified subjects which showcase techniques and creativity.

Equipment: Fully manual, 35mm, medium or large format film or digital camera.

For questions specific to this program, please call the Instructor at 772-340-4443 or email drussell@irsc.edu.

Date: Monday, May 11 - August 3, 2015 @ IRSC Main Campus - 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Cost: $229

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Advanced Photography
*Prerequisite(s): Beginning & Intermediate Photography

This class provides an updated source of information about the ever changing field of photography. Classes are designed for serious amateurs and professionals. They involve in-depth studies into the applications of various techniques using film and/or digital, equipment, and camera formats; with emphasis on improving technical proficiency through "hands-on" experiences and critique. This is a continuous program of 6 week classes. Students can attend year round or just 6 weeks a year.

For questions specific to this program, please call the Instructor at 772-340-4443 or email drussell@irsc.edu.

Date: Tuesday, May 12 - June 16, 2015 @ IRSC Chastain Campus
6:00PM - 8:00PM

Cost: $125

Click here for details on upcoming Advanced sessions
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Apr 28, 2015COUNCIL ON AGING TO SPONSOR FREE WILL REVIEWS AT STUART LODGE ASSISTED LIVING
The Council on Aging of Martin County will sponsor free will reviews on Friday, May 29 from 9 a.m. until noon at Stuart Lodge Assisted Living, located at 1301 SE Palm Beach Road in Stuart. Individual appointments must be scheduled prior to each session by calling the Council on Aging at 772-223-7800.

The free, confidential reviews are approximately 30 minutes in length. Participants should bring copies of their wills, codicils, powers of attorney and other pertinent legal documents to the appointment.

The will reviews are being conducted by attorney Beth Teardo Prinz, a Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Estates lawyer with a practice concentrated in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Guardianship law.

Participants are reminded that the hiring of an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertising. Before you decide, ask the attorney to provide written information about his or her qualifications and experience.

For more information on Council on Aging services, call 772-223-7800 or visit www.kanecenter.org.


 
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Apr 28, 2015Stuart Causeway Park and Boat Ramp closed to the public for Stuart Sailfish Regatta May 13-18
The 4th Annual Stuart Sailfish Regatta will take place the weekend of May 15-17, 2015 at the Stuart Causeway. Set-up for the event will close the park and boat ramp to public use beginning Wednesday, May 13 and will reopen to the public on Tuesday, May 18. Vehicles and trailers under the bridge at the time of the closure will be towed at the owner's expense.

Alternative boat ramps are at the following locations: Jensen Beach Causeway Boat Ramp, NE Causeway Blvd, Jensen Beach; Broward Street Boat Ramp, 4973 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart, Charlie Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Ave., Palm City, Hosford Park, 7474 SE Gaines Ave., Stuart, Jimmy Graham Park, 8555 SE Gomez Ave., Hobe Sound, Phipps Park, 2175 SW Locks Rd., Stuart, Sandsprit Park, 3443 SE St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart, Timer Powers Park, 14100 SW Citrus Blvd., Indiantown.
Visit www.martin.fl.us and click on "Parks & Recreation" under "Departments" for complete information on facilities and activities. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks or on Twitter @MyMCParks.


 
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Apr 27, 2015Soroptimist Intl of Stuart's Women of Distinction winners
The 25th Anniversary Women of Distinction awards dinner to benefit Soroptimist International of Stuart was a red carpet affair from beginning to end.
Guests and nominees were treated to a paparazzi-style entrance into the Hutchinson Island Marriott, as cameras flashed.
Co-chairs Jean Laws Scott, Lisa Satur and Kristina Feil made good on their promise to make the evening fun and festive, featuring the nominees and winners as the stars of the evening.
Winners were Preethi Sekharan on the Business/Professional category, Thelma Washington in the Civic/Professional category, Gina Golino in the Volunteer category and Lauren Maunus in the Rising Star category.
All money raised will be used to carry out the missions and programs of Soroptimist International of Stuart.



 
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Apr 27, 2015GET THERE FASTER - REGISTER NOW IRSC
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Apr 27, 2015Hometown News - Hurricane Preparation Guide

Dear Reader,

Hometown News is proud to have once again teamed up with the American Red Cross and other important groups in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Volusia and Brevard Counties to publish our annual...

Hurricane Preparation Guide

This comprehensive supplement will give the residents in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard and Volusia Counties the critical information they will need to best deal with the trials and tribulations, if we should be so unfortunate as to experience a hurricane this season or any other natural disasters.

Over 200,000 copies will be delivered to the residents in the counties served by Hometown News and another 15,000 will be distributed by the local chapters of the Red Cross, Emergency Management departments, and other agencies that support emergency preparedness efforts.

7 local editions will be distributed, each with specific information for that market. Each edition will contain important information such as evacuation maps, shelter locations, supply lists and much more......specific to each area and will have an extended shelf life of up to 6 months.

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Contact your local Hometown News office to get more details or to secure one of the coveted premium position pages. But hurry, deadline is April 29th and premium pages go fast.

Thank you for your continued support!
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Apr 27, 2015NAI Southcoast’s announces Islamorada Beer Company and Vision Boats to locate in the Airport Industrial Park
NAI Southcoast is pleased to announce that Runways End Commerce Center at 3200 St. Lucie Boulevard, Fort Pierce FL will be the future home of Islamorada Beer Company’s new brewery operation and the expanded location of Vision Boats and Spectre Power Boats. STB Runways End purchased the property today from DCR Real Estate IV Sub 1, LLC who acquired the property out of foreclosure. Terry Torres of SLC Bird Realty represented the seller and Nikolaus M. Schroth of NAI Southcoast represented the buyer.

The 50,000 square foot project was built in 2007 and most of the property has never been occupied. Vision Boats and Spectre Powerboats plan to move their operation to the property immediately while Islamorada Beer Company (islamoradabeerco.com) will be constructing their brewery operation over the remainder of the year.

Islamorada Beer Company is looking forward to bringing its brewing operation in house and in state. Fort Pierce is ideally suited from both an economical and logistical standpoint due to the pricing of real estate and the connectivity to areas slated for expansion by IBC such as the west coast, Panhandle, Orlando and the remainder of the east coast. “It would be impossible to locate such a facility in Islamorada due to a lack of real estate and environmental constraints. We will keep all of our new product development in Islamorada and Fort Pierce will serve as the production facility for our products that make it into distribution channels.” Said Tyrone Bradley co-founder of Islamorada Beer Company.

Vision Boats and Spectre Power Boats will be joining a robust boat building industry already located in the Airport Industrial Park. Chris Ivey, of Vision and Spectre (spectrepowerboats.com), is expanding after receiving lots of interest and pre-orders at the past round of South Florida boat show events. Vision offers a catamaran hull bay boat with shallow water capabilities and an efficient hull design offering a smooth ride in any sea. Spectre has long been known as a leader in the offshore power boat arena and Chris’ plans are to bring them back to the top.


About NAISouthcoast

Established in 1982, we have a total of eight (8) sales associates, and five (5) professional staff members. We take pride in our local knowledge and expertise in the Martin County and surrounding areas. NAI Southcoast reinforces this local knowledge with a staff with strong backgrounds in brokerage and investment analysis.

About NAI Global

NAI Global is the single largest, most powerful global network of owner-operated commercial real estate brokerage firms. NAI Global provides a full range of corporate real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain and logistics consulting and related advisory services. NAI Global Member firms, leaders in their local markets, are actively managed to work in unison and provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. Founded in 1978, today NAI Global has more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, with over 6,700 local market professionals, managing over 380 million square feet of property. Supported by the central resources of the NAI Global network, Member firms deliver market-leading services locally and combine their in-market strengths to form a powerful bond of insights and execution for clients with multi-market challenges.

NAI Global was acquired in 2012 by C-III Capital Partners, a commercial real estate services company engaged in a broad range of activities, including primary and special loan servicing, loan origination, fund management, CDO management, principal investment, title services and multifamily property management.


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Apr 27, 2015The Lyric Theatre is proud to present the 2015 - 2016 Nostalgia Concert Pick Series!
SAVE UP TO 20% OFF SINGLE TICKET PRICES
Build your own Nostalgia Series by picking 5 or more shows to save on individual ticket prices!


To Download the Nostalgia Concert Pick Series schedule of shows and Subscription Order Form:
DOWNLOAD ORDER FORM HERE.

If you should have any questions about the NEW Nostalgia Concert Pick Series,
call the Box Office 772-286-7827 or email lyricboxoffice@lyrictheatre.com.


NOSTALGIA PICK SERIES SHOWS

Tom Wopat & John Schneider: RETURN OF THE DUKES Christmas
Wednesday, Dec 16th 2015 6:00pm & 8:30pm
What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with the Duke boys in Tom Wopat & John Schneider: RETURN OF THE DUKES Christmas. Best known for their roles as Luke and Bo Duke on the wildly successful television show The Dukes of Hazzard, Tom Wopat and John Schneider have also forged careers as highly accomplished musicians. Now they’ve come together again to perform some of your favorite Christmas classics, including “Silver Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” all with a country twist.


Live in Central Park [Revisited]: Simon and Garfunkel
Thursday, Dec 17th 2015 7:00pm
Relive one of the largest and most memorable concerts in history this season at The Lyric Theatre with Live in Central Park [Revisited]: Simon and Garfunkel. Vocalist Lee Lessack and singer-songwriter Johnny Rodgers bring the classic set list to life, revisiting the biggest hits of the greatest folk rock duo of all time. From “Sound of Silence” to “Mrs. Robinson,” Live in Central Park [Revisited]: Simon and Garfunkel showcases two international vocal talents as they recreate the legendary, original 1981 reunion concert that brought Simon and Garfunkel back together again.


An Intimate Evening with Faith Prince
Thursday, Jan 7th 2016 7:00pm
A Broadway legend, An Intimate Evening with Faith Prince is not to be missed. Winner of multiple Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Faith Prince will perform some of the greatest show tunes of all time offering decades of experience and a wealth of vocal talent. In a rare performance on The Lyric stage, Faith Prince, with her powerful and unique vocals, will bring the songbook of Broadway to life in a refreshing way. An Intimate Evening with Faith Prince is sure to be a royal affair. Opening Act for Faith Prince – Nicholas King


The Hot Sardines
Thursday, Jan 21st 2016 7:00pm
The spiciest jazz ensemble out of New York City, The Hot Sardines have brought the jazz of the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s to a whole new generation with their innovative takes on classic standards. Led by Evan “Bibs” Palazzo with vocals by “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, The Hot Sardines combine sounds from New York, Paris, and New Orleans to create a sound different from any other. Called “one of the best jazz bands in NYC today” by Forbes Magazine, The Hot Sardines have already revolutionized the genre, and they’re just getting started.

BALLROOM: South Beach Style
Wednesday, Feb 17th 2016 7:00pm
Imagine Dancing with the Stars with a Latin flair and you have Ballroom: South Beach Style. From the streets of Miami, Ballroom: South Beach Style explores the art of ballroom dancing in a fresh and exciting way. The fast-paced production features a variety of styles, including salsa, merengue, rhumba, mambo, and even the jive. Incorporating elaborate sequined costumes and music from various decades, Ballroom: South Beach Style is an exhilarating journey through the history of ballroom dance.

Tito Puente, Jr. “Keeping the Legacy Alive”
Saturday, Feb 20th 2016 7:00pm
To anyone who hears Tito Puente, Jr. perform, it is immediately clear that he is his father’s son. Continuing in the Tito Puente tradition of bringing salsa music and joy to audiences around the world, Tito Puente, Jr. has managed to craft a flavor of his own, incorporating modern Latin styles into the traditional mambo sound. Best experienced live, Tito Puente, Jr. will return to The Lyric Theatre this season to perform some of his greatest Latin jazz hits in Tito Puente, Jr. “Keeping the Legacy Alive”.

Beginnings: The Music of Chicago
Sunday, Feb 28th 2016 7:00pm
Born out of a passion for the music of the American rock band Chicago, Beginnings: The Music of Chicago prides themselves on being the best in the business. Comprised of a group of eight professional New York musicians, Beginnings: The Music of Chicago recreates the magic of Chicago, performing all of the group’s greatest hits from every decade. Performing hits from “25 or 6 to 4” to “You’re the Inspiration,” Beginnings: The Music of Chicago is perfect for music lovers of all ages.

Magic of Motown
Monday, Mar 7th 2016 7:00pm
With four of the best male Motown singers touring today and one incredible leading lady, the Magic of Motown recreates the culture-defining pop songs of the 1960s. Featuring delicate harmonies, charming choreography, and a six-piece back-up band, the Magic of Motown accurately and honestly covers the most recognizable tunes from the Motown era as a tribute to one of the most influential periods in American music.

Tony Orlando
Thursday, Mar 10th 2016 7:00pm
Top-selling recording artist and ground-breaking entertainer Tony Orlando will perform some of his greatest hits this season at The Lyric Theatre. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the wildly popular “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree,” Tony Orlando is best known as the lead singer of the beloved 1970s group Tony Orlando and Dawn. In his performance at The Lyric, Orlando will take you through the decades of his career, performing classics such as “Knock Three Times” and “Candida,” among others.

The Doo Wop Project
Sunday, Mar 13th 2016 7:00pm
From the stars that brought you the Broadway hit musical Jersey Boys, The Doo Wop Project elevates the sounds of doo wop to a whole new level. Exploring the history of the doo wop style from its beginnings, with songs by the classic vocal groups the Belmonts and the Crests, to its contemporary alternatives, from Amy Winehouse to Michael Jackson. With some of the brightest up-and-coming Broadway performers, The Doo Wop Project puts an old-fashioned twist on the biggest hits of today while reinventing the doo wop classics.

LYRIC SUMMER BOX OFFICE HOURS:
Monday through Saturday, 10am - 3pm


 
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Apr 27, 2015FORCE

Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter

April 2015

The public is invited and urged to join the dedicated volunteers of the Rivers Coalition
this Thursday April, 29, 2015 at 11:00am at Stuart City Hall.
This month’s special presentation is the “Algae Video.” Get the background of what initiated the investigation, a Florida Sportsman gem presented by Karl Wickstrom. Meet the producer, River Warrior Kenny Hinkle and the star of the video, a Rivers Coalition member, Capt. Mike Conner. This video is said to be the catalyst for the recent suspension of the discharges from Lake Okeechobee.
Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved!

There is plenty of free parking and our famous, coffee and donuts.

Agenda for Thursday April 30th, 2015
Meeting - Thursday, April 30th, 2015
11:00am – 12:30pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994

Business Matters
• Guest Chairman’s Comments - Darrell Brand
• Special Presentation: Introduction - Karl Wickstrom
• Special Presentation: Algae Video - Kenny Hinkle Jr & Mike Conner
• River Kidz of Martin County - Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
• Speakers Bureau - Todd Weissing
Government & Agency Progress Reports
• Martin County - Deborah Drum/Don Donaldson
• South Florida Water Mgmt District - Kathy LaMartina
• FDEP - Jason Storrs
Coalition Reports
• Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality - Mark Perry
• WRAC “Water Resources Advisory Commission” - Mark Perry
• Indian Riverkeeper Update - Marty Baum
• Federal & State Issues-CERP/IRL & Lake Okeechobee - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray

2015 Meeting Schedule
The 2015 meetings will be held at
City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34994

May 28 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

June 24 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm

July 30 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

August 27 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

September 23 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm

October 29 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

* Please note that evening meetings are held on Wednesdays instead of the usual Thursdays


Lost River Fishing Tournament

We are participating again in this years 6th annual Lost River Fishing Tournament and Chili Cook off!
Please come out to see us and enjoy the good food and fishing on May 23rd
More info here

Martin County River Kidz

The River Kidz Founders had the exciting opportunity to meet Dr. Jane Goodall at Adams Ranch, by invitation of The Pegasus Foundation's head, Barbara Birdsey, on April 1st. The Kidz were able to tell Dr. Jane about the destruction of our waterways and present her with the new River Kidz Workbook, tote bag, and tee shirt. She spreads wonderful messages across the globe of people and kids bringing hope and encouragment to environmental situations and animal welfare.



On Saturday, April 11th, The Kidz were face painting again at Environmental Studies Center Earth Day Celebration in Jensen Beach, bringing lots of joy to little ones! We displayed all of our information and got many sign ups for our email blasts. Kiele Mader even got to play ukulele with Mr. Bo Reynolds for all to hear!













Mrs Jacobson’s 2nd grade class from Citrus Grove Elementary graduated as River Kidz on Earth Day!
They displayed their Kissimmee River Lake Okeechobee glitter-water toxic algae project, created art, wrote letters to Congressman Murphy, and celebrated completing their River Kidz Second Edition Workbooks. Yeah Kidz! Yeah Mrs Jacobson!







Mrs Maya Gebus-Mockabee led JD Parker 1st graders in a 2 week program which included River Kidz together with the Ocean River Institute teaching: "Save Our Sharks." The IRL is the 2nd most important bull shark nursery in North America and many endangered sharks live off our beaches. The students are working for a shark protection zone off the St. Lucie Inlet's reefs. The Kidz came up with the motto: "Protect and Respect!" The have learned that sharks are important to ocean ecology and often misunderstood.



Click here to view a copy of the Marty the Manatee Workbook!

10 Things Every River Kid Should Know!
Click here to view/download the PDF

How to Become a RiverKidz Member!
Click here to become a member

Follow RiverKidz on Facebook!
Click here for Facebook

Check out what we are up to!
Click here for the calendar



River Kidz of St. Lucie County


Upcoming Events:
Coastal Cleanup Day
April 11 from 8am – 12:00pm at Harbour Pointe Park in Ft. Pierce
We’ll be joining the Gulf Stream Council, Boy Scouts of America and Troop 772 and cleaning up our shoreline one piece a trash at a time. Lunch is provided. This is also a great opportunity to check out St. Lucie County’s staging area where we bag oyster that are placed in the lagoon.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1073666722660293/

Explore the Outdoors with the River Kidz SLC
April 19 @ 11am in Spruce Bluff Preserve in Port St. Lucie.
Bring the kids out for a fun exploratory day in the woods. Families will participate in scavenger hunt and learn all about the trails and their history.
https://www.facebook.com/events/585627561539605/

Earth Day “It’s Our Planet, It’s Our Time”
April 18 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Ft. Pierce
The River Kidz of St. Lucie County will be present examining and exploring MUCK. This event is free for the public and perfect for all ages. We will be among many other fantastic and EARTHY exhibitors from St. Lucie County.
http://www.stlucieco.gov/erd/oxbow/



Speakers Bureau

Our area has one of the world’s most diverse animal and plant life and its condition affects all of us. For ways you can help, please visit www.RiversCoalition.org. For more information on the Rivers Coalition Speakers Bureau, contact Todd Weissing at (772) 223-6743 or ctodd_weissing@ml.com



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Editor: Olivia Sala

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Apr 27, 2015Taking Control Of Widows 8
This course is designed to help students transfer from an older windows operating system (windows 7, Windows XP) to using and understanding Windows 8 interface. Topics include customize start screen, using Apps, windows setting, control panel, search, charms, navigate files, folders, desktop and more. The course is also packed with short cuts, tips and trick in using Windows 8.

Date: Tues. & Thurs.
May 12 - May 19, 2015@ Main Campus

6PM - 9PM - Y208
Cost: $109.00
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=CMPTR01800&seg=1

The CCTI also offers a full line of on-line computer workshops.
Visit our website for more information.



 
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Apr 27, 2015CULTURAL CONVERSATION TO BENEFIT ARTS COUNCIL OF MARTIN COUNTY
Martin County’s own Tony DiTerlizzi, a nationally-recognized author/illustrator of children’s books, comes home to share reminiscences about growing up on the Treasure Coast, where he attended Hobe Sound Elementary, Murray Middle School and South Fork High School.
On May 14 at 7 p.m., this New York Times best-selling author will be featured in the Cultural Conversation, “Inspired By … Tony DiTerlizzi”, to benefit Arts Council of Martin County. Look for some surprise guests! The event will be moderated by Samia Ferraro, with a book signing to follow.
This special event takes place at StarStruck Theatre in Stuart. Tickets are $15 per person in advance. Reserve yours at www.martinarts.org.
Sponsorship is provided by Wilmington Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts and Women Supporting the Arts.


 
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Apr 27, 2015Business Insurance for Small Business Owners

SCORE Workshop

Business Insurance for Small Business Owners
IRSC Chastain Campus, Stuart, FL
April 28, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Presented by Treasure Coast Score

Business Insurance for Small Business Owners
Workshop Description
This is a workshop designed for just about anyone interested in learning more about business insurance. Whether thinking of starting a business or operating an existing business, business insurance is an important tool in your toolbox.
Topics covered are: types of business insurance available like casualty insurance which includes property and workers compensation insurance or liability insurance and various specialty forms of insurance; where to get insurance coverage; what is claims made form vs. occurrence form; what is an agent versus a broker and do all companies require a broker involvement; and, bonding.

Proper levels of business insurance are very important to any business regardless of form of legal structure in order to protect the company assets and protect the company from errors and omissions, improper action or inaction by employees; and, officers' and directors' liability insurance.
John Hosler
Presenter
Experience in the manufacturing business area with over 35 years experience in financial management, operations, and general management. Specialist in acquisitions, divestitures, company start-ups and project management. Administration and Business planning, risk management, joint ventures, and compensation and benefits compliance. Specialist in non-profit development, governance, bylaw creation/ revisions, financial development and executive management. SCORE Business Counselor since 2000.

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=SCORE01515&seg=3

Treasure Coast SCORE Mentoring

You can meet with us at any of our offices spread throughout the Treasure Coast. Call our main Treasure Coast SCORE number, 772 489-0548 or Request Free Mentoring, to schedule a free appointment at the office nearest you. You'll want to specify what type of help you need (starting a business, marketing, accounting, etc.) so that you can talk with an expert who has the specialized knowledge to assist you. After your initial appointment, you may wish to schedule future meetings with either the same or different mentors, depending on your needs. Remember, all our mentoring is free and confidential.


 
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Apr 27, 2015BookMania! 2015 on MCTV
The 21st Annual BookMania! was held in March at Jensen Beach High School and Martin County Television (MCTV) was on hand to film the events. BookMania! is an informative and entertaining event held annually to celebrate the written word, bringing authors from around the country to a community of booklovers who delight in hearing them share their stories.

Over the next several weeks, BookMania! presentations will air on MCTV every Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm and will continue to run at various times throughout the year.

• HISTORY: HAMPTON SIDES
o Presentation by Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette.
• HISTORICAL FICTION PANEL
o Panel featuring Scott Cheshire, Patricia Harman and Mary Doria Russell.
• MYSTERY PANEL
o Panel featuring Cara Black, Lisa Black and Lis Wiehl.
• DISCOVER GREAT NEW WRITERS
o Presenting emerging authors Marie-Helene Bertino, Mira Jacob and Jack Livings.
• FROM BOOK TO FILM
o Panel featuring Joseph Kanon, Laura Lippman and Peter Swanson.

MCTV is available to Comcast Cable System (Channel 20) and U-verse (Channel 99) subscribers and through live streaming online at www.martin.fl.us. Check out all the MCTV listings on the Martin County website at www.martin.fl.us. Just click on the MCTV icon on the bottom right corner of the page to see the show schedule.



 
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