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Jan 30, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HEAD START OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR
Martin County School District Parents will be able to apply for the Martin County School District’s 2015-2016 Head Start Program during Open Enrollment, which will be held during the months of January and February 2015. To register, parents should schedule an appointment at the following locations:

HEAD START OPEN ENROLLMENT

Perkins Early Childhood Center Salerno Learning Center
16868 SW Palm Beach Street 3400 SE Lionel Terrace
Indiantown Stuart
(772) 597-2685, Ext. 105, 112, or 113 (772) 219-1610, Option #2, Ext. 259

Stuart Learning Center Salerno School House
1050 East 10th Street 3940 SE Salerno Road
Stuart Stuart
(772) 219-1580, Option #2, Ext. 182 (772) 219-1893, Ext. 110 or 112

Head Start is a federally funded program targeting 3 and 4 year-old children from low income families in Martin County. Families who have children with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Children enrolled in the Martin County School District Head Start Program follow the K-12 school calendar and are provided full day, quality learning experiences and instruction. The focus is on school readiness. There is limited enrollment space, so parents are encouraged to apply early.

To register, parents will need to bring:
• Birth Certificate (Must be at least 3 years old by September 1, 2015)
• Proof of residency (FPL or cable bill from Jan. or Feb. 2015)
• Proof of all household income for 2014 (Examples include: W-2, 1040, TANF, SSI, Alimony and Child Support)
• Proof of documented disability (If Applicable)


 
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Jan 30, 2015Representative MaryLynn Magar - Newsletter Committee Week 2
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Jan 30, 201510th Annual Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5k set for March 7


Lace up those running shoes and set a goal to change lives in Martin County on Saturday, March 7.

By participating in the 10th Annual Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5k, runners and walkers will be helping United Way raise funds to support critical needs in the community that strive to: end hunger, strengthen families, enhance healthy living, improve education, create job opportunities and ensure safety.

Proceeds from the Bull Run will also benefit Helping People Succeed, a United Way affiliated agency dedicated to providing choices and opportunities that help children, families and adults improve their quality of life through education, training and employment.

“This is a family-friendly fun run and you don’t have to be a serious runner to participate,” said Wendie Berardi, director of corporate engagement and donor relations. “We’re even offering a team challenge division for families and co-workers, so people of all ages and fitness levels are welcome.”

Registration is $30 per runner before Feb. 21 and $35 after. To register online, visit LIVEUNITEDmc.org and click on the Bull Run link. Check-in starts at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at the Merrill Lynch Building, 2301 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart. The race will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. Top individual finishers will be recognized by age group and teams will be recognized in the following divisions: school, family, all-male, all-female and mixed.

The mission of the United Way of Martin County is to lift the community and change and improve lives through the collective power of fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and character-building. Since 1972, the United Way has been working to address community challenges and provide support to residents by investing in programs that strive to: end hunger, strengthen families, enhance healthy living, improve education, create job opportunities and ensure safety.

For more information the Bull Run 5k, call Sandra Stiger at 772-223-6762. For more information about United Way, call 772-283-4800 or visit LIVEUNITEDmc.org


 
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Jan 29, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOLS CELEBRATE “BLACK HISTORY MONTH” IN FEBRUARY
The Martin County School District’s elementary, middle, and high schools will celebrate “Black History Month” throughout the month of February, exploring exceptional African-American achievements through a number of cross-curricular activities appropriate for grades K through 12.

Students will study past and present, famous and history-making African Americans, as well as those who are not well known, and their contributions to education and literacy, medicine, arts and entertainment, technology and science, and sports and history.

Research projects and presentations, readings, discussions, video productions and more will all focus on milestones in African American history. Activities incorporating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other notable African Americans that were influential in the Civil Rights movement are also planned. Historically important groups such as The Tuskegee Airmen and the Florida Highwaymen will also be studied and analyzed as to their contributions not only for African Americans but for all Americans. Teachers and students are also engaged with projects and activities centering on Rosa Parks for the President of the United States of America issued a proclamation in honor of the 100th anniversary of her birth.

District schools are also incorporating a number of books from the 2015 Black History Month Recommended Reading from Just Read, Florida! list. The list can be found online at http://www.fldoe.org/academics/standards/just-read-fl/recommended-reading-lists.

Of special interest is a traveling exhibit, “Spirits of the Passage: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade” that will rotated amongst the three high schools. Each of the 10-panel display tells an independent story related to the transatlantic slave trade. This exhibit was created by the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, and it has been financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, and Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission. (The contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Florida Department of State, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Florida Department of State.)


 
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Jan 29, 2015Ocean Science Over the Next Decade
FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s Shirley Pomponi Co-chairs New Report on ‘Ocean Science Over the Next Decade’
Sea-level Rise, Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems, and Geohazards Among Priorities in Report

BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 28, 2015) — Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., research professor and executive director of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University, is co-chair of a new report from the National Research Council that identifies ocean science research priorities over the next decade.
“Sea Change 2015-2025 - Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences” identifies eight strategic priorities for the next 10 years that will continue to advance scientific understanding of the ocean as well as assess the infrastructure needed to support this research. In addition, the report provides recommendations for aligning current and planned infrastructure and budgets with science priorities to achieve these research goals. Among the priority areas are the rate and impacts of sea-level rise; climate change effects on marine ecosystems; and better methods for forecasting geohazards such as tsunamis and earthquakes.
“This is a pivotal time for us to advance vital ocean science research over the next decade and beyond,” said Pomponi. “This report incorporates expansive input from the ocean science community to provide the National Science Foundation and other organizations with a strategic direction and vision for ocean science research.”
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the leading funder of basic research in the ocean sciences and the decadal survey was undertaken at the request of the Division of Ocean Sciences at NSF. The committee for the decadal survey gathered input from the ocean sciences community through presentations by scientific and academic leaders, literature reviews, virtual town hall meetings and discussions with scientists. To help determine priorities from the information they collected, the committee applied four criteria: transformative research potential, societal impact, readiness, and partnership potential.
“This report will help to transform how we commit our national resources and further develop infrastructure for ocean science research,” said Daniel C. Flynn, Ph.D., vice president for research at FAU. “Florida Atlantic University is entrenched in marine and coastal research and issues that impact us globally and we are extremely pleased to have an integral role in this important ocean sciences report.”

Over the next several weeks, members of the report’s authoring committee will be presenting a series of seminars at research institutions around the U.S. Pomponi will provide an overview of the report on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at HBOI in Fort Pierce. The seminar will also be webcast and a link will be available on HBOI’s website at http://www.fau.edu/hboi/.
In addition, a public webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 3 p.m. EST. It will feature presentations by co-chairs of the report’s authoring committee Pomponi and David Titley, professor of practice in meteorology and director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, followed by a Q & A session. To register, visit https://nasevents.webex.com/nasevents/onstage/g.php?d=665828853&t=a.
The Committee on Guidance for NSF on National Ocean Science Research Priorities: Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences includes representation from HBOI at FAU, Pennsylvania State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, OceanGeeks, LLC, University of California, San Diego, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Brown University, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Harvard University, Oregon State University, University of South Florida, University of Washington, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, International Maritime, Inc., Princeton University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego.
The study was sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The National Research Council is the principal operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
To download the full report, visit http://nas-sites.org/dsos2015/.



 
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Jan 29, 2015New location- Doris Clements Interiors
Doris Clements Interiors is now in a new location, 718 S. Colorado Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994.

At the Shoppes on Colorado


Specializing in residential and commercial interiors--- Furniture, fabrics, wall covering, flooring, lighting and accessories

-We create an environment as unique as you are. It is our belief that at the end of the day, everyone should come home to a place that reflects their own unique personality and lifestyle.

www.dorisclementsinteriors.com
intdesign15@aol.com
Licensed Interior Designer ID1452

Office 772-288-6699
Cell 772-260-3957

Ample parking


 
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Jan 29, 2015Register now for Martin County's citizens academy- CARES, class starts March 5!
Want to check something off your bucket list? We invite you to participate in Martin CARES, an outreach program recently named by Stuart Magazine as a "Bucket List To Do" item in 2015!

Register now for Martin CARES, the Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series, offered by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. The next class begins on Thursday, March 5, 2015. Citizens must register in advance to participate.

Over the years, approximately 2,200 citizens have participated in this insiders' look into county government. Citizens who wish to familiarize themselves with the function and purpose of their local government are encouraged to register for Martin CARES. There is no charge to participate in the program.

In a series of sessions held over a six week period, citizens will hear presentations from all departments under the Board of County Commissioners and the County's constitutional officers. Participants will spend a day touring several Martin County school and visiting County facilities, so plan to spend some time at a water treatment plant and the emergency operations center.

Would you want to watch planes take off and land from Martin County Airport? Or how about connecting with nature on a tour of a scenic park? If you answered yes to any of these questions, CARES is for you!

Transportation, snacks and lunch are provided. We simply ask for your attention as we look to increase our citizens' awareness and understanding of the variety of services offered by Martin County government.

For more information on Martin County CARES, log on to www.martin.fl.us and click on hot topics, or call 772-220-7129.


 
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Jan 29, 2015Dr. Peter Pertis presents sixth installment of the Beauty of Classical Piano series February 7 at Blake library
Internationally acclaimed Hungarian pianist Dr. Peter Pertis will present the sixth installment of a music series underwritten by Elisabeth Lahti, "The Beauty of Classical Piano," 2:00pm Saturday, February 7 at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart. Free tickets are required and available for pickup at the Blake Library information desk beginning February 2. Limit two tickets per person.

Dr. Pertis will perform selections by Mozart, Rachmanioff and Beethoven in a 45-minute concert with no intermission.

Dr. Peter Pertis was born in Budapest, Hungary. He was awarded both his Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Pertis was a Professor of Piano at the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest, Visiting Artist/Professor at the Musashino Music Academy, Tokyo, Japan and Visiting Artist/Professor at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, CT.

In the past ten to fifteen years Dr. Pertis has considerably reduced his public appearances.
He divides his time between Budapest, Hungary and Stuart, FL.

For more information on Dr. Pertis, please visit www.peterpertis.com.

For more information about the Martin County Library System pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library location, call 772-221-1403, or visit the library website at library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Jan 29, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PRESENT “CAREER ACADEMY SHOWCASE” FEB. 12 AT JENSEN BEACH HIGH SCHOOL
The Martin County School District’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs and Career and Professional Education (CAPE) academies will present the annual “Showcase of Career Academies” on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 in the Jensen Beach High School Gymnasium.

The District offers Career Academy programs among three high schools and five middle schools, ranging from Auto Collision and Repair to Veterinary Assisting and a multitude in between. All high school career programs are state-approved CAPE academies and incorporate a high degree of relevance as well as a high degree of academic rigor. Additionally, each career academy offers an approved industry certification that is recognized nationally in the business world. In 2013-14, over 1,200 high school students participated in a Career Academy earning 703 industry certifications and 55 industry certifications were earned by our middle school students.

The Showcase of Career Academies is a free event and will be held in the Jensen Beach High School Gymnasium from 5-7pm on Feb. 12. It is a wonderful opportunity for community members to interact with teachers and students in action as to workforce preparation underway in our schools. Additionally, parents and students – particularly fifth and eighth grade students –are afforded the opportunity to learn more about the many career academies offered by the District, so they can make informed choices as they prepare to enter middle and high school. The Martin County public schools with career academies and programs to be showcased are:

• Anderson Middle School • Jensen Beach High School
• Hidden Oaks Middle School • Martin County High School
• Indiantown Middle School • South Fork High School
• Murray Middle School
• Stuart Middle School

More information on Martin County’s CAPE Academies can be found online at http://www.martinschools.org/pages/Martin_County_School_District/General_Info/Department_Groups/Career_and_Technical_Education. The site includes a downloadable fact sheet and booklet, as well as a list of all the programs offered.

Jensen Beach High School is located at 2875 NW Goldenrod Rd. Jensen Beach, FL.


 
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Jan 29, 2015FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s Shirley Pomponi Co-chairs New Report on ‘Ocean Science Over the Next Decade’ Sea-level Rise, Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems, and Geohazards Among Priorities in Report
Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., research professor and executive director of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University, is co-chair of a new report from the National Research Council that identifies ocean science research priorities over the next decade.
“Sea Change 2015-2025 - Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences” identifies eight strategic priorities for the next 10 years that will continue to advance scientific understanding of the ocean as well as assess the infrastructure needed to support this research. In addition, the report provides recommendations for aligning current and planned infrastructure and budgets with science priorities to achieve these research goals. Among the priority areas are the rate and impacts of sea-level rise; climate change effects on marine ecosystems; and better methods for forecasting geohazards such as tsunamis and earthquakes.
“This is a pivotal time for us to advance vital ocean science research over the next decade and beyond,” said Pomponi. “This report incorporates expansive input from the ocean science community to provide the National Science Foundation and other organizations with a strategic direction and vision for ocean science research.”
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the leading funder of basic research in the ocean sciences and the decadal survey was undertaken at the request of the Division of Ocean Sciences at NSF. The committee for the decadal survey gathered input from the ocean sciences community through presentations by scientific and academic leaders, literature reviews, virtual town hall meetings and discussions with scientists. To help determine priorities from the information they collected, the committee applied four criteria: transformative research potential, societal impact, readiness, and partnership potential.
“This report will help to transform how we commit our national resources and further develop infrastructure for ocean science research,” said Daniel C. Flynn, Ph.D., vice president for research at FAU. “Florida Atlantic University is entrenched in marine and coastal research and issues that impact us globally and we are extremely pleased to have an integral role in this important ocean sciences report.”

Over the next several weeks, members of the report’s authoring committee will be presenting a series of seminars at research institutions around the U.S. Pomponi will provide an overview of the report on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at HBOI in Fort Pierce. The seminar will also be webcast and a link will be available on HBOI’s website at http://www.fau.edu/hboi/.
In addition, a public webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 3 p.m. EST. It will feature presentations by co-chairs of the report’s authoring committee Pomponi and David Titley, professor of practice in meteorology and director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, followed by a Q & A session. To register, visit https://nasevents.webex.com/nasevents/onstage/g.php?d=665828853&t=a.
The Committee on Guidance for NSF on National Ocean Science Research Priorities: Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences includes representation from HBOI at FAU, Pennsylvania State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, OceanGeeks, LLC, University of California, San Diego, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Brown University, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Harvard University, Oregon State University, University of South Florida, University of Washington, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, International Maritime, Inc., Princeton University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego.
The study was sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The National Research Council is the principal operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
To download the full report, visit http://nas-sites.org/dsos2015/.



 
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Jan 29, 2015ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN 30TH ANNUAL RUSSELL HOLLOWAY TRACK AND FIELD DAY
Elementary school students from across the Martin County School District will soon be getting on their marks, getting set, and ready to go for the 30th Annual Russell Holloway Track and Field Day, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at South Fork High School.

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

“This is our annual track event that children look forward to the entire year. There will be over 600 students and well over 1,000 spectators that will take part in the day. The children have prepared for the friendly competition, which encourages exercise, physical fitness, and healthy habits. It’s a great day for students and the community and we are thankful to our sponsors, Lively Orthodontics and A Treasure Coast Driving School, who help make it possible,” says Larry Green.
South Fork High School is located at 10000 SW Bulldog Way in Stuart. For more information, please contact Pinewood Elementary School Principal Larry Green at (772) 219-1595, ext. 101.


 
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Jan 29, 201510 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MARTIN COUNTY FAIR
The Martin County Fair, under the vision of new
fair manager Jay Spicer, has produced a fair that features more than 30 New
components to the event. It truly is the most entertainment in America for less than
$10! Some of the highlights are:
1. FREE Admission Opening Night until 8pm! With so many changes, we want
people to come “Kick the Tires” and let the community know what we have to
offer this year.
2. Over 70 New Home Arts categories to enter exhibits in, with CASH Premium
money paid out with your ribbons.
3. More Parking. Fair-goers will be shuttled by open tram from the Triumph Air
parking lot to accommodate more cars.
4. More Demonstrations, Exhibitions, and Education. Enjoy scheduled activities
such as Gardening Classes, Demonstrations by the Beekeepers, the
Fire/Sheriff’s Departments, learn about Exotic Bird Care, Preparing your
Home for a Pet Rabbit, Whip Cracking, Goat Milking, Black Powder Rifle
shooting, and much more!
5. Shark Tank/Museum featuring “Celebrity Dips”, including County
Commissioner Doug Smith, Stuart Mayor Kelly Glass Leighton, Anderson
Middle School Principle Brenda Watkins, and others.
6. New Beer Offerings. Now serving Miller Products, such as Miller Lite, Coors,
Coors Light, Heineken, Guinness, Blue Moon, & YuengLing. Plus 5 Florida
IPA beers on draft. All highlighted by the first Martin County Fair Homebrew
Competition!
7. The Miss Martin County Fair Pageant is now a qualifying event for the winner
to continue competition in the Miss Florida USA Teen Pageant!
8. The Martin County Fair is proud to host the Martin County Schools Science
Fair at the Fair! Students science fair projects will be judged and awarded at
the fair.
9. You’ve heard of the TV Show “Fear Factor”, well Mr. Spicer has created an
event he calls “FAIR Factor”. Be sure to enter into the contests.
10. What do we grow here in Martin County? Stop by the new Produce stand
and “Take a piece of Martin County home with you”. Putting the Ag back
into the fair. Also, over 100 elementary students are growing produce from
seeds they chose a while back, and will be bringing it to the fair for judging
and prizes.
We lied, can’t stop at 10, there is too much new to see. For a list of all
scheduled events, check out the new Fair Program, or look for the ads in local
newspapers OR on the brand new www.MartinCountyFair.com website.
11. Living History. Native American group Go Native Now, will be
demonstrating Ancient Indian farming techniques, cooking on rocks, &
traditional dancing/drumming. Stop by and browse their museum of artifacts,
some thousands of years old!
The Martin County Fair is produced by the Martin County Fair Association, a Not
for Profit 501c3 organization, that exists to promote Agriculture and support
multiple charities at its fairgrounds. Advanced Tickets are available now for up to
50% OFF at all Treasure Coast Walgreens, Seacoast Banks, Martin County Schools,
and on the fair website
For information about the Martin County Fair, contact Jay Spicer, Spicer Media,
772-631-2853, jay@spicermediaFL.com

 
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Jan 29, 2015Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida
Making Florida more competitive means making tough choices - putting the long-term security of Florida's future ahead of short-term fixes. When it comes to fixing federal healthcare, we believe this situation is the proverbial of making lemonade out of lemons.

To be clear, the Florida Chamber of Commerce remains significantly concerned about the growth of federal entitlements and resulting erosion of our freedoms, and therefore opposes the traditional expansion of Medicaid unless an alternative plan - one that embraces private solutions with flexible steps to eliminate the $1.4 billion cost shift on Florida families and caps Florida's Medicaid budget at 32 percent - is put in place.

As Florida prepares to welcome six million new residents by 2030, Florida has an important opportunity to get healthcare coverage right. As lawmakers consider ending the $1.4 billion cost shift on Floridians, the Florida Chamber is continuing to plan an integral role in helping reform our state's healthcare system.

The Florida Chamber's Healthcare Task Force took a careful look at Florida's situation and has recommended a seven point comprehensive plan for smarter coverage. That includes eliminating the expensive cost shift on Florida's families and businesses, producing better health and economic outcomes, and improving access to healthcare for uninsured Floridians.

Some believe expanding healthcare coverage is a simple 'yes' or 'no' solution, and some want Florida to accept more than $50 billion in federal tax dollars without any promise of better outcomes and without eliminating the cost shift forced upon Floridians. The federal government had an opportunity to make America more competitive by getting the Affordable Care Act right, instead they created a bureaucratic malaise that is taxing Americans and making our country less competitive.

Currently, Floridians pay an additional $1.4 billion in hidden healthcare taxes to cover healthcare received by the uninsured. That's about $2,000 on insured Floridians for every hospital stay to cover the cost of the uninsured.

The Florida Chamber's Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida plan will help ensure taxpayers benefit from accepting federal dollars instead of being punished by shifting even more costs of extended healthcare coverage to families and businesses. This plan is a cost efficient, sustainable healthcare model that provides coverage to the uninsured and eliminates the cost shift.

Smarter healthcare coverage means limiting the overall financial impact on the Medicaid budget to no more than 32 percent, and providing a "flow through' of savings to Floridians in the form of lower insurance premiums. Ensuring Florida's healthcare delivery system has the capacity to respond at a high level of quality by allowing telemedicine to serve as an alternative delivery system, and nurse practitioners and physician assistants to practice to their fullest potential.

Addressing major healthcare cost drivers through lawsuit abuse reform, healthcare fraud and ensuring Florida's workers' comp system is fair and not inflated by trial lawyer tactics and unnecessary costs.

With the Florida Chamber's smarter healthcare plan, Florida can become more competitive and families can save billions. It's the right thing to do.

Get Involved:
• Download The Florida Chamber's Plan for Making Florida More Competitive by Bending the Cost Curve for Florida's Families and Job Creators
• Attend the Florida Chamber's Board of Governors Capitol Days event in Tallahassee on March 4-6, 2015, to hear the latest during our "Prescription for a Cure: Smarter Healthcare Coverage in Florida" presentation.


 
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Jan 27, 2015All About Achieving Learning Centers
It's here! All About Achieving Learning Centers brand new website. www.allaboutachieving.com and check out our new February calendar.


 
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Jan 27, 2015Lost Lakes Woman's Club Welcomes Voices for the Children OTC
The members of the Lost Lakes Woman’s Club in Hobe Sound recently welcomed Jim Pawluk, president of Voices for the Children of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast. Jim explained the mission of the non-profit : to raise funds in support of the efforts and activities of the Florida state-funded Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program of Florida's 19th Judicial Circuit Court. To learn more, visit www.voicesforchildrenotc.org.

 
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Jan 27, 2015Treasure Coast Fashion Night comes to Stuart March 26
The Spring edition of Treasure Coast Fashion Night will offer a night of runway fashions to benefit Women Supporting the Arts on March 26 at the Flagler Place in Downtown Stuart.

The evening will commence ArtsFest 2015 and will showcase the theme “art in fashion.” Designers and boutiques interested in showcasing their looks should contact info@tcfashionnights.com or visit www.tcfashionnights.com for a designer packet.

Treasure Coast Fashion Night takes place on March 26 from 8:00pm-11:00pm at the Flagler Place, with a ticket-only after party.

General admission tickets are available for $25, with a limited amount of VIP seating available for $50 and can be purchased at www.tcfashionnights.com. Tickets include after party admission, appetizers, and a gift bag. VIP tickets include a VIP gift bag, prime seating, and complimentary drinks.

A portion of all proceeds benefit Women Supporting the Arts, an organization dedicated to building a community of women philanthropists who inspire, educate and encourage women to strengthen the arts and cultural environment in Martin County.

For more information, visit www.tcfashionnights.com or email info@tcfashionnights.com.


 
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Jan 26, 2015Stuart Acupuncture Moves to New Office
Stuart Acupuncture Moves to New Office
Stuart Acupuncture, a low-cost community acupuncture clinic offering acupuncture on a sliding scale from $20 to $40 a visit, has recently moved to its new office at 7000 SE Federal Highway Suite 205 in Stuart. We are 2 miles south of Cove Road. Please visit us online at www.stuartacupuncture.com to book an appointment, or phone Hillary at 772-266-8165.


 
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Jan 26, 2015Humane Society of the Treasure Coast offers free microchip clinic
For those who have lost a dog, the chances of finding their furry friend more than doubles if the pet has been microchipped and registered, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. That statistic alone may provide pet owners the motivation to get their dog or cat microchipped, and they can have this simple procedure done at no cost from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sun., Feb. 15, at a free microchip clinic at the Indiantown Sub Station 16550 SW Warfield Ave. This “Show You Love Your Pet” event is a joint effort between the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and Animal Control.
“This is a great opportunity for those who have not microchipped their pet due to financial difficulty,” said HSTC Operations Manager Candice Veach. “Getting your pet microchipped takes away some of the worry should your pet get lost.”
The pet microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected by the veterinarian underneath the surface of the pet’s skin. The procedure is painless. Once the pet is microchipped, the identification number of the microchip is entered into a pet recovery database. Should the pet become lost, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Animal Control, or any veterinarian can scan the animal to identify the owner.
Discounted spay-neuter vouchers will also be available for sale at the clinic.
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 homeless, abused and abandoned animals. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs, dynamic humane education services, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no animal is turned away for any reason because the HSTC believes that is the humane thing to do. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822.


 
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Jan 26, 2015A chair is just a chair …. or is it?
A chair is just a chair …. or is it? Learn about the historical, cultural, engineering and artistic significance of this item with which we all come in contact on a daily basis, but about which we actually know very little.

With the knowledgeable Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts at the prestigious Winterthur Museum as featured speaker, this event is sure to be a sold-out success.

It takes place from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on February 7 at the Elliott Museum, 825 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart. Tickets are $50 per ticket

For more, visit http://www.elliottmuseumfl.org/ or call (772) 225-1961.


 
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Jan 26, 2015FAU Harbor Branch Events to Focus on the Indian River Lagoon
For the fourth year, FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) will host a series of special events in February focused on the Indian River Lagoon. The events include a scientific symposium, “Meet the Scientists” poster session and a public meeting on lagoon health.
The series will kick off with the “Indian River Lagoon Symposium 2015: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities” on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the HBOI Johnson Education Center, 5600 U.S. 1 North, in Fort Pierce. The draft schedule is posted at indianriverlagoon.org/symposium.html. People interested in attending can register online at fauf.fau.edu/irls2015.
The community is encouraged to attend the “Meet the Scientists” poster session following the symposium from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Johnson Education Center Annex. Admission to the poster session is free.
The public is also invited to attend a public forum to discuss “Engaging the Public: Citizen Science” on Friday, Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the HBOI Johnson Education Center, 5600 U.S. 1 North, in Fort Pierce. The focus of the forum is how the public can participate in scientific research on the Indian River Lagoon. The event is free and open to the public, and registration is required at https://fauf.fau.edu/irls2015.
For more information on HBOI’s February event series, visit indianriverlagoon.org


 
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Jan 26, 2015Humane Society of the Treasure Coast offers free microchip clinic
For those who have lost a dog, the chances of finding their furry friend more than doubles if the pet has been microchipped and registered, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. That statistic alone may provide pet owners the motivation to get their dog or cat microchipped, and they can have this simple procedure done at no cost from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sun., Feb. 15, at a free microchip clinic at the Indiantown Sub Station 16550 SW Warfield Ave. This “Show You Love Your Pet” event is a joint effort between the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and Animal Control.
“This is a great opportunity for those who have not microchipped their pet due to financial difficulty,” said HSTC Operations Manager Candice Veach. “Getting your pet microchipped takes away some of the worry should your pet get lost.”
The pet microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected by the veterinarian underneath the surface of the pet’s skin. The procedure is painless. Once the pet is microchipped, the identification number of the microchip is entered into a pet recovery database. Should the pet become lost, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Animal Control, or any veterinarian can scan the animal to identify the owner.
Discounted spay-neuter vouchers will also be available for sale at the clinic.
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 homeless, abused and abandoned animals. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs, dynamic humane education services, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no animal is turned away for any reason because the HSTC believes that is the humane thing to do. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822.


 
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Jan 23, 2015Meet Kate - she's helping Treasure Coast Food Bank educate everyone about hunger
Treasure Coast, meet Kate.
Kate is a little girl with smiling eyes, orange pigtails and a sobering
story about her life. She’s the poster child for food banks across the
nation and the families they are helping.
Kate seems like any other kid on the playground, but her dad lost his job and now her family is
struggling to make ends meet. They often don’t have money for food, and sometimes Kate is
hungry.
Kate may be just a cartoon, but her story is reality for more than 33,000 children in Indian River,
St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties who don’t know where their next meal will come
from. A donation to Treasure Coast Food Bank is a symbolic plate for Kate – a meal she and
other hungry children otherwise might not have. Won’t you set a plate for Kate?
Kate is helping Treasure Coast Food Bank educate the community about hunger by visiting retail
partners who support Treasure Coast Food Bank’s mission of a hunger-free community. Already,
Kate has visited Publix in US Highway 1 in Sebastian and a Winn Dixie on 9th Street in Vero
Beach.
If you see Kate, stop by to say hello, and learn a bit about the struggles for families who don’t
have enough to eat. Tag your photo with Kate with the hashtag #setaplateforkate.
Find out everywhere Kate is visiting at stophunger.org, or Facebook.com/tcfoodbank,
twitter.com/tcfoodbank, or @tcfoodbank via #tcfoodbank on Instagram..

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Jan 22, 2015TERRY BARBER STARS IN “CLASSICAL FOR EVERYONE” FEBRURY 18 AT THE KANE CENTER
Internationally renowned countertenor Terry Barber will demonstrate his remarkable vocal range for one performance only at the Kane Center on Salerno Road in Stuart on Wednesday, February 18 at 7 p.m., when he presents “Classical for Everyone.” Tickets, which are $18 for Kane members and $20 for non-members, are on sale now by calling 772-223-7807 or online at www.kanecenter.org. Group rates are also available.

The multi-faceted program will feature Barber performing an array of musical pieces in every vocal range. Highlights include “Ave Maria,” works by Verdi and Brahms, “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, a medley from West Side Story and David Foster’s “The Prayer.” He will be accompanied by Alina Kiryayeva on piano. The entire program is available on the Kane Center web site, www.kanecenter.org. Seating is general admission; a cash bar will be available.

A past member of the Grammy-winning group Chanticleer, Barber can be heard on every major record label, performing with a range of artists from Madonna to the London Philharmonic. Whether he sings opera, jazz or popular music, Barber delivers what the Los Angeles Times calls “performances of great vitality and verve.”

Savor an evening with one of the most incredible voices in the world, and discover why Barber’s audiences continually say, “Terry makes classical fun!”

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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Jan 22, 2015Digital Photography Workshop with Paul Salazar


For the Birds
The Art of Photographing Our Feathered Friends
Saturday, January 24th, 10 am - 2:30 pm

Professional photographer, Paul Salazar, has mastered the art of photographing birds, often elusive and difficult subjects. In this unique workshop, Paul will teach participants his tips and tricks for getting great bird photos, and even how to attract birds to your own backyard.

Participants must have their own digital cameras, lenses, and equipment. Bring a lunch to enjoy while you discuss your morning shoot and compare notes. More info provided at sign-up. Outstanding photos from the class will be printed and displayed in The Studio at the Elliott Museum!

Level: All - no experience or talent necessary!
Ages: Teens 16+ and Adults
Fees: Museum Members - $75; non-members - $95
Space is limited!

Register for the Workshop by Friday:
772-225-1961 or at www.elliottmuseum.org

Coming in February:
Digital Photography for Artists
with Paul Salazar

Artists will learn how to improve their paintings and create their own source images in this unique Workshop,
Saturday, February 21st from 10 am - 2:30 pm.
Download the Class List for details.

Contact Art Studio Coordinator, Robin Lee Makowski with questions: RMakowski@elliottmuseum.org

Don't Forget...

Time is running out to see Genome: The Secret of How Life Works!
Exhibit closes this Sunday, January 25th at 5:00 pm.


The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design
opens Saturday, February 7th.


The Elliott Museum is open every day from 10 -5.



 
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Jan 22, 2015Significant Changes Result from Final Regulations Governing Repairs and Capitalization

The IRS has issued final regulations to help to distinguish capital expenditures from those incurred for supplies, repairs, maintenance and/or other deductible expenses. Although the final regulations are more taxpayer-favorable than were the temporary regulations, they still require a significant investment in time to assure compliance. Virtually every business must comply with these new rules for its first tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2014.
Automatic consent procedures for changing various accounting methods required and/or permitted under these IRS rules have also been issued. Automatic consent procedures streamline the approval process by allowing business owners to switch accounting methods by filing the proper information with the IRS and without having to wait for the IRS to grant its consent.
The accounting method changes addressed in the automatic consent procedures deal with the rules for materials and supplies; repairs and maintenance; general capital expenditures; the acquisition or production of tangible property; and the improvement of tangible property. These include (but are not limited to) changes in:
• Deducting amounts paid or incurred for repair and maintenance;
• Capitalizing amounts paid or incurred for improvements to tangible property;
• The method of identifying a unit of property (UOP);
• Deducting non-incidental materials and supplies when used or consumed;
• Deducting incidental materials and supplies when paid or incurred; and
• Deducting non-incidental rotable and temporary spare parts when disposed of.
Generally, to make one or more of the preceding changes required by the IRS, business owners must file one or more Form(s) 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method. As a result, most businesses must file one or more Form(s) 3115. The completion of these Forms will require additional time and effort to prepare your 2014 income tax return. The amount of time needed will vary depending on your fixed assets, your repair, maintenance, and supplies expenses, and the time required to calculate the impact on your tax return.
While the implementation of the final regulations seems burdensome, the regulations also contain many taxpayer-friendly provisions that create tax planning opportunities. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any questions regarding these new regulations and how they will impact your business.
Best regards,
HBK CPAs & CONSULTANTS


 
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Jan 22, 2015USPS "Grow Your Business "
We've got good news for you! Come and hear from the experts on how to Grow Your Business with Every Door Direct Mail and USPS Shipping & Mailing Products.

Learn about Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM), a simple, low-cost service that allows local businesses to market to every address in their neighborhood without the need to rent mailing lists. EDDM Retail is ideal for any kind of local business that is not currently using the mail as a marketing tool. EDDM saves mail preparation time and is delivered by the local, trusted Postal Service carrier.

Presenter: Curlita Rogers-Sanders is a USPS Field Sales
Representative. Curlita is responsible for assisting companies with their shipping and mailing, as well as growing their business using Direct Mail. Curlita covers territories from Ft. Pierce to West Palm Beach.

January 14, 2015 @ IRSC Main Campus, Ft Pierce 5:30-8 pm
February 11, 2015 @ IRSC Chastain Campus, Stuart 6:00-8 pm
March 4, 2015 @ IRSC Main Campus, Ft Pierce 6:00-8 pm


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=EDIWO01444&seg=3

or Call 772-462-7630

The FSBDC at Indian River State College is a member of the Florida SBDC network, a statewide service network funded in part through cooperative agreement with the US small business administration (SBA), Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners; hosted by the University of West Florida; and nationally accredited by the association of SBDCs.



 
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Jan 22, 2015Helen Sagan Presents Special Discover Opera Lecture Series at the Blake Library continues through March 13

Helen Sagan, a retired music teacher and member of Boston's renowned Chorus pro Musica, will continue a special five-part "Discover Opera" lecture series from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, January 9, January 23, January 30, February 4, and March 13 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Using humor and anecdotes about opera stars as well as DVD excerpts with English translations, Sagan's presentation is for all those interested in learning more about opera. This year, Sagan will include a special Book Discussion Group (1/23), Film Screening (1/30), and lecture (2/4) including staff from the Palm Bach Opera. All three of which focus on the novel, film and operatic-adaptation of Enemies, a Love Story by Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer in celebration of the World Premiere at the Palm Beach Opera. The programs are free and open to the public.
The remaining schedule is as follows:


January 23
Enemies, A Love Story Book Discussion Group
Enemies, A Love Story by Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer. Imagine post-World War II NYC, within a bustling community of refugees. Herman Broder, a Holocaust survivor, carries a secret and a burden: he has three wives! Singer weaves a provocative story of intermingled relationships filled with humor and pathos.

January 30
Enemies, A Love Story Film Screening
Based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer and directed by Paul Mazursky. Starring Anjelica Huston, Ron Silver, Lena Olin and Alan King. This award-winning film centers around a group of Holocaust survivors trying to adjust to their new lives in post-WWII New York City. Among them is Herman Broder. His problem: he has three wives!

February 4
Enemies, A Love Story Opera World Premiere Discussion
A staff member from The Palm Beach Opera will present background information to the inception and staging of the premiere performance of Enemies, A Love Story by Ben Moore and Nahma Sandrow.

March 13
Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment
Marie is a feisty orphan, adopted by a local regiment, and Tonio a bumbling country boy. They fall in love, but the path to marriage is full of twists and turns. Donizetti's music is delightful, especially the aria "Pour mon âme," with nine high C's, a Pavarotti favorite.
Sagan has been giving opera lectures for more than 17 years and is a performer herself. As a member of the Boston's renowned Chorus pro Musica, she has been in numerous staged and concert operas, appearing with such stars as Joan Sutherland, Leontyne Price, James McCracken and Jerry Hadley as well as Sarah Caldwell's Opera Company of Boston. This will be Sagan's fifth year of presenting opera lectures at the Blake Library.
For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South Brochure at any library location, or visit the library website at library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Jan 22, 2015Helen Sagan Presents Special Discover Opera Lecture Series at the Blake Library continues through March 13
Helen Sagan, a retired music teacher and member of Boston's renowned Chorus pro Musica, will continue a special five-part "Discover Opera" lecture series from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, January 9, January 23, January 30, February 4, and March 13 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Using humor and anecdotes about opera stars as well as DVD excerpts with English translations, Sagan's presentation is for all those interested in learning more about opera. This year, Sagan will include a special Book Discussion Group (1/23), Film Screening (1/30), and lecture (2/4) including staff from the Palm Bach Opera. All three of which focus on the novel, film and operatic-adaptation of Enemies, a Love Story by Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer in celebration of the World Premiere at the Palm Beach Opera. The programs are free and open to the public.
The remaining schedule is as follows:


January 23
Enemies, A Love Story Book Discussion Group
Enemies, A Love Story by Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer. Imagine post-World War II NYC, within a bustling community of refugees. Herman Broder, a Holocaust survivor, carries a secret and a burden: he has three wives! Singer weaves a provocative story of intermingled relationships filled with humor and pathos.

January 30
Enemies, A Love Story Film Screening
Based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer and directed by Paul Mazursky. Starring Anjelica Huston, Ron Silver, Lena Olin and Alan King. This award-winning film centers around a group of Holocaust survivors trying to adjust to their new lives in post-WWII New York City. Among them is Herman Broder. His problem: he has three wives!

February 4
Enemies, A Love Story Opera World Premiere Discussion
A staff member from The Palm Beach Opera will present background information to the inception and staging of the premiere performance of Enemies, A Love Story by Ben Moore and Nahma Sandrow.

March 13
Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment
Marie is a feisty orphan, adopted by a local regiment, and Tonio a bumbling country boy. They fall in love, but the path to marriage is full of twists and turns. Donizetti's music is delightful, especially the aria "Pour mon âme," with nine high C's, a Pavarotti favorite.
Sagan has been giving opera lectures for more than 17 years and is a performer herself. As a member of the Boston's renowned Chorus pro Musica, she has been in numerous staged and concert operas, appearing with such stars as Joan Sutherland, Leontyne Price, James McCracken and Jerry Hadley as well as Sarah Caldwell's Opera Company of Boston. This will be Sagan's fifth year of presenting opera lectures at the Blake Library.
For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South Brochure at any library location, or visit the library website at library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Jan 22, 2015Meet Our 2015 Youth of the Year Candidates!
Youth of the Year Ceremony to be Held February 10!

Dinner begins at 6 pm
IRSC Chastain Campus
Wolf High Technology Center
2400 SE Salerno Road, Stuart

No Fee to Attend~Donations are Welcome

RSVP to Renee Booth at
RBooth@BGCMartin.org or 772.545.1255


Sponsorship Opportunities Here!


Now, let's meet the candidates!


Cassandra Davilmar, Palm City, 17: Cassie is a sophomore at Martin County High School who plans to attend the University of Central Florida when she graduates. A National Honorary Society Member, she has received a Character Counts! award and has been named Student of the Month.

Cassie has been a member of the H. Wayne Huizenga Palm City branch for eight years and she currently serves as the President of the Keystone Club, which promotes character and leadership qualities among Club teens. Actively engaged in community service projects with the Club, Missionary Flights International, UNICEF, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Cassie has set a personal goal to complete 1,000 volunteer service hours by her senior year.

Looking ahead, Cassie plans to have a career in pediatrics which is no surprise to her mentors at the Palm City Club: "Cassie is great with younger Club members and demonstrates leadership abilities that everyone admires and respects."



Bridget Duignan, Port Salerno, 16: Bridget has been a previous Youth of the Year candidate at BGCMC so many of you will recognize her name--and achievements.

A member at the John & Marge Bolton branch in Port Salerno for five years, Bridget is the current President of Keystone Club and is also active in S.M.A.R.T. Moves, Money Matters, Positive Sprouts, and Career Launch. A bit of a health nut who walks the a local bridge every night for exercise, Bridget says the Clubs' Healthy Habits program inspires her to eat plenty of fruits and veggies.

The current sophomore class president at Martin County High School, Bridget is also involved in National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Debate Team, and Health Occupations Students of America. After high school, she plans to attend the University of Central Florida and fulfill her dream of being a dentist.




Adrian Mendez, 16, Indiantown: Adrian has been a member of the Bill & Barbara Whitman Indiantown branch for nine years. Giving back to the community is very important to Adrian, and he is involved with Club-organized volunteer projects for Habitat for Humanity and Lion's Club. "I am always thinking about my community, and I love giving back to my community every chance I get," he says.

A sophomore at South Fork High School, he is enrolled in a number of honors classes. Adrian plans to study at Florida State University and pursue a career in law enforcement.

Adrian believes the Clubs are also having a positive impact on his loved ones. For instance, he is sharing what he learns in Healthy Habits programs with his family and is proud of directly helping them feel better. "The Club has contributed to many aspects of my life. One of the most important things has been the development of my leadership skills."



Arius Onassis, Hobe Sound, 17: Arius Onassis has been at the Cole-Clark branch for two years but has already made a big splash with his peers through the leadership he's demonstrated through community service projects he's helped coordinate, most notably the construction of a park for disabled people. Arius is also active in the White Doves project and volunteers for the Red Cross and the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

A sophomore at South Fork High School, Arius is enrolled in several honors classes and is a member of his school's junior varsity basketball team. He has plans to attend the University of Florida and study business.

Academic success is at the very top on his personal agenda, and his vision is to see a higher graduation rate and he strongly believes the Clubs are a leading force for change in this arena-and so many others. "My Boys & Girls Club is a like a second home to me."


Elijah Vance, East Stuart, 16: Elijah has been attending the East Stuart branch /East Stuart Youth Initiative for six years.
A freshman at Jensen Beach High School, he is a cadet in the school's Air Force JROTC. He is also active in sports, and dreams of one day being a professional athlete (and then a lawyer) after attending Florida State University.

At the Clubs, he lists Money Matters, Career Launch, Passport to Manhood, and Junior Staff as his favorite programs. Elijah was also the president of the branch's Torch Club where Club members learn to enrich their lives and the lives of others through service, leadership, and demonstrating good character. "The Club has helped me overcome many challenges and obstacles such as my academics, and has increased my understanding of teamwork and being active in the community," he says.

Having lost a family member to drugs, Elijah wants all youth across America to embrace a drug-free lifestyle and one day be known as one of the people that stood up for America's youth by leading the fight against drugs.





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Formed in 1991, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. To achieve this, trained youth development professionals offer children ages 6 to 18 a very low-cost, comprehensive, and high-yield curriculum after school and during the summers.

All of our programming takes a holistic approach, ensuring Club Members are thriving in all aspects of their lives. Programming is offered in five core areas: Education & Career Development, Character & Leadership Development, Health & Life Skills, Sports, Fitness & Recreation, and The Arts. In the most recent school year, we served 1,717 registered Members. We charge just $35 a year though the total cost per Club Member is more than $1,800. And we never turn a child away for his or her family's ability to pay and 70% of Members receive full scholarships to attend the Clubs.

BGCMC is supported by the Children's Services Council of Martin County, Hobe Sound Community Chest, United Way of Martin County, private foundations, corporations, and individual donors. To learn more, call 772.545.1255,visit www.bgcmartin.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram .

To help support BGCMC, please consider making an online donation.



 
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Jan 22, 2015Parks & Recreation to begin Master Planning Process
Martin County Parks and Recreation is looking for public input on planning the future of the Parks and Recreation Department. With an online public town hall forum and ten (10) public input meetings planned, stake from the community is vital to analyzing the needs and wants of the community as it relates to parks, recreation, leisure, safety, the environment and much more. Join the online town hall by registering at http://martincountyparks.mindmixer.com set to go live Friday, January 23rd to participate in engaging conversation and earn rewards for your participation. Rather participate in person? Public input meetings will be held throughout the County from February 16 - 28. To be notified of exact dates and locations, complete the request form at http://tinyurl.com/mcmasterplan.

What is a master plan? A master plan is a detailed planning guide that is specifically focused on the future of parks and recreation in Martin County. The document strategically examines the following areas by analyzing collectible data and public input: Existing community resources; parks, recreation and open space criteria; needs concerning parks, recreation, greenways and conservation lands; county objectives with an action plan for implementation.

Be an integral part of Martin County's future. Join the conversation!

For more information please contact Shannon Nazzal at 772-221-2328 or by email snazzal@martin.fl.us. Follow us on Twitter @MyMCParks or like us on facebook.com/MyMCParks.



 
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Jan 22, 2015Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park Stargazing and Drum Circle Event

Come see your “neighborhood” stars and planets up close at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. On Friday, February 20th, the Friends of the park are sponsoring a Stargazing Bonanza along with the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches.
The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the covered Kitching Creek Pavilion with a potluck-style dinner. The Friends will provide non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine will be available for a suggested donation. Bring a favorite dish and join in.
After we eat, “The Drum Circle” (led by Michael Moses) will begin and continue during and after the viewing of the sky. This is the first time that we’ve added a “Drum Circle” and look forward to adding this experience to our pot luck and Stargazing Event.
As soon as darkness settles over the 10,500 acres of natural area, Friends will take a short walk to the viewing site and peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the Astronomical Society. Typical sightings include the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, and whole galaxies not visible to the naked eye!
The event is free, including park entry, for members of the Friends. Non-members can join for $30 (which also includes 12 free entries into the park and a free boat ride on The River).
Space is limited! RSVP at the Kimbell Education Center at 561-745-5551 or email friendsjdsp@gmail.com. All funds collected at this and other events sponsored by the nonprofit Friends organization are used to support environmental education and special projects within the park.


 
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Jan 21, 2015SHREK, The Musical
Martin County High School Fine Arts Drama Department proudly presents DreamWorks Theatricals: SHREK, The Musical, at the Wanda H. Yarboro Performing Arts Center, Martin County High School, 2801 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994. Please join us, come out to see SHREK! Our largest theatrical production of the year!

Performance dates: February 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28 at 7 PM and
February 22 at 2 PM
Tickets: $15.00 Adults/ $10.00 Student/Senior Citizens. Reservations Required.
Visit new website: martincountyhighschooldrama.com
For more information, call the Box Office: 772-219-1800 Ext. 282
or email: eckhark@martin.k12.fl.us


 
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Jan 21, 2015FAU Offers Advanced Nursing Degree Programs on the Treasure Coast to Address Critical Nursing Shortage
In an effort to address the national critical nursing shortage, Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is recruiting Treasure Coast nurses for its Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and master’s level Family Nurse Practitioner programs at its Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce. Application deadlines are approaching.
“We are thrilled to offer these programs to the Treasure Coast, providing needed access for nurses to advance their careers while addressing the critical nursing shortage,” said Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing. “We encourage local nurses to consider taking their next steps with us. We’re committed to providing flexible learning options right here on the Treasure Coast.”
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the U.S. is projected to experience a shortage of nurses that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows.
The Family Nurse Practitioner program provides the preparation, knowledge and skills needed for the care of children and adults in a primary care setting. Advantages of this affordable program include a flexible schedule with some online classes and clinical sites on the Treasure Coast. FAU College of Nursing students have had a proven 100 percent pass rate on the Nurse Practitioner Certification exam for the last five years. The deadline to apply for the Family Nurse Practitioner program is Sunday, Feb. 15.
The MSN program also prepares graduates for advance nursing practice as a holistic nurse, clinical nurse leader, administrator or educator. These concentrations offer flexibility for full or part-time Treasure Coast students. The deadline to apply to these MSN program concentrations is Monday, June 1 for a fall 2015 start.
The RN-to-BSN track in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program also offers a flexible schedule, and is for applicants who have completed a diploma or associate’s degree nursing program at an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Education, Inc., accredited institution and possess an unencumbered RN license. The deadline to apply to the RN to BSN program for the summer 2015 term is Wednesday, April 15 for University undergraduate admission, and Thursday, April 30 for the College of Nursing.
For more information on the degree programs offered at FAU’s College of Nursing, call 561-297-3887 or visit nursing.fau.edu.


 
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Jan 21, 2015Social Media Classes Now Available - Register Today!
Social Media Marketing Classes
Spring 2015


Last Chance to Register

Introduction to Internet Marketing & Customer Engagement through Social Media

This course will teach you the tools to market yourself online! Learn how to reach your target market online, establish a content strategy to effectively communicate and utilize not only Social Media but Blogging, YouTube, Google Places and your website to establish relationships with your customers and prospects, listen to their conversations and establish yourself as a subject matter expert. Attend this workshop to establish or improve your online marketing for your business or organization.

Date(s): Thurs., Jan. 22 @ Main Campus | 9:00AM - 12:00PM | Rm. Y208
Investment: $59

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=2011601504&seg=1!


All About Google: YouTube, Google+ and Using Blogging to Drive Higher Search Engine Rankings

Are you effectively utilizing the #1 search engine and all the tools it has to offer? While Bing and Yahoo are important search engines, 80% of search traffic is generated through Google. Come learn how to utilize all the tools Google has to offer to grow your business presence online.

Date(s): Thurs., Feb. 12 @ Main Campus | 9AM- 12PM|Rm. Y-208 12PM
Investment: $59

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=2011601711&seg=1


Facebook Intensive

Please note: This is an intensive,advanced level Facebook for business workshop. If you do not already have a Facebook business page and/or a Facebook account, we recommend you attend the Intro to Internet Marketing workshop.
Come learn everything you have been wanting to know about Facebook. Mak e sure you are taking advantage of all the features the world's largest social network has to offer! This 3 hour class will be an open forum so bring your questions.



Date(s): Thurs., March 5 @ Main Campus | 9:00AM - 12:00PM | Rm. Y208
Investment: $59

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=2011601710&seg=1

LinkedIn, Twitter & Pinterest

Do you know how to effectively market yourself on LinkedIn, the world's leading business network? What is Twitter and should you use it in your internet marketing strategy? How can you use Pinterest for your business? Come learn all about these three important social networks in this 3 hour workshop!



Date(s): Thurs., March 26 @ Main Campus | 9:00AM - 12:00PM | Rm. Y208
Investment: $59

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=2011601712&seg=1

Mobile Marketing to Smart Phones & Why Email is Still Important!

Browsing and shopping on the internet via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is growing exponentially. Make sure you know the steps you need to take to get your business mobile-ready. Email is being checked by users on their mobile devices multiple times per day. Don't miss the opportunity to be in front of this captive audience. Email marketing is a significant part of your success on the mobile marketing front as well as being a part of your promotional toolbox.

Date(s): Thurs., April 16 @ Main Campus | 9:00AM - 12:00PM | Rm. Y208
Investment: $59

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=2011601772&seg=1




 
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Jan 21, 2015OPUS in concert at St. Christopher's Church
The Martin County High School OPUS Boosters announce that the award-winning OPUS 2015 Choir under the direction of Shane Thomas will be appearing in concert at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, 12001 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33455, on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 4:00 PM

For more information contact: Glenn Webber, at glenn@webberfl.com, or visit the OPUS website: http://mchs.martinschools.org (click on community), or visit us on Facebook: MartinCountyHighSchoolOPUS.

Donations will be accepted and funds raised support OPUS 2015 chorale.

OPUS – OUTSTANDING PEOPLE UNITED TO SING!


 
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Jan 21, 2015February 2015 - Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for February 2015. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding are entitled, at no cost, to the provision of certain assistance. This does not include transportation to and from the meeting. Please contact the Office of the County Administrator at (772) 221-2360, or in writing to 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL, 34996, no later than three days before the hearing date. Persons using a TDD device, please call 711 Florida Relay Services.

An agenda of items to be considered will be available to the public in the Administrator's Office, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida. Items not included on the agenda may also be heard in consideration of the best interests of the public's health, safety, welfare, and as necessary to protect every person's right of access.

If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at the meetings or hearings of any board, committee, agency, council, or advisory group, that person will need a record of the proceedings and, for such purpose, may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record should include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
February 10 & 17, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION
February 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
February 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
February 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
February 4, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
February 18, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
February 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
February 18, 2015 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
February 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
February 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

JENSEN BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
February 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

JENSEN BEACH SIGN COMMITTEE
February 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
February 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
February 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
February 23, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
February 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
February 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
February 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Rio Civic Center, 1255 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
February 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

This notice dated: January 21, 2015.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us


 
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Jan 21, 2015February 2015 - Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for February 2015. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding are entitled, at no cost, to the provision of certain assistance. This does not include transportation to and from the meeting. Please contact the Office of the County Administrator at (772) 221-2360, or in writing to 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL, 34996, no later than three days before the hearing date. Persons using a TDD device, please call 711 Florida Relay Services.

An agenda of items to be considered will be available to the public in the Administrator's Office, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida. Items not included on the agenda may also be heard in consideration of the best interests of the public's health, safety, welfare, and as necessary to protect every person's right of access.

If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at the meetings or hearings of any board, committee, agency, council, or advisory group, that person will need a record of the proceedings and, for such purpose, may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record should include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
February 10 & 17, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION
February 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
February 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
February 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
February 4, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
February 18, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
February 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
February 18, 2015 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
February 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
February 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

JENSEN BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
February 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

JENSEN BEACH SIGN COMMITTEE
February 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
February 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
February 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
February 23, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
February 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
February 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
February 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Rio Civic Center, 1255 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
February 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

This notice dated: January 21, 2015.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us


 
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Jan 21, 2015FREE SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR SET FOR FEBRUARY 10 AT THE KANE CENTER
The Council on Aging of Martin County, in partnership with Treasure Coast Advocates for Seniors, will host their second annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Tuesday, February 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kane Center in Stuart. Over 40 health care and community vendors, along with the Veterans Administration, will participate in the free event, which is open to all area seniors and their families.

The Health and Wellness Fair will also feature:
• Free services, including blood pressure checks, memory screenings and massage therapy
• Flu and pneumonia shots
• Fall prevention and balance training
• Demonstrations by the Kane Center’s Zumba Gold, tap dancing, senior fitness and Tai Chi classes
• A cookout
• A Chinese Auction
• A seniors-only 50/50 raffle

No reservations or RSVPs are necessary to attend this free event, which will be held at the Charles and Rae Kane Center, located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart. Call 772-223-7800 with any questions.

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

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


 
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Jan 20, 2015United Way of Martin County - Seeking Citizen Review Panel Volunteer
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United Way.pdf
 
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Jan 20, 2015Women Supporting the Arts Announce 2015 Grant Recipients
Members of Women Supporting the Arts are proud to announce that in 2015, 22 grant awards will be funded, totaling $27,470. Since our first grant cycle in 2004, the cumulative total (11 grant cycles) is 173 grant awards, totaling $229,000.

In 2014, WSA-Public Art dollars were contributed to the City of Stuart’s Waterbird installation that will be installed later this year. WSA is proud to support this new and exciting public art project along Colorado Avenue to beautify our main entry to downtown Stuart.

2015 Grants & Scholarships:
Alchemy Fine Art Restorers: Restoration of Theater Backdrop at Environmental Studies Center
Allison, Lisa Jill: HEART part 3
Artists for a Cause: School Clubs
Arts Council of Martin County: Cultural Conversations
Arts Council of Martin County: High School Juried Art Show
Atlantic Classical Orchestra: Spring Sectionals - Inspiring Young Musicians
Bach's Children Music School: Scholarships for Music Students
Building Bridges to Youth: Creation of an arts program for children in this organization
Building Bridges to Youth: UMOJA-Tile Murals in East Stuart
Duck in the Truck Puppets, Inc.: Camp Puppet: Sock it To Me
Florida Arts & Dance Company: Dance Me a Story
Friends of the Martin County Library System: Cultural Explosion: Music in the Park Concert Series
Library Foundation for Martin County: Three Wyeths: N.C., Andrew and Jamie
Martin Youth Leadership: Art & Culture Day
Swinton, Robert: Music Ala Carte
Treasure Coast Community Singers: Community Chorus presents John Purifoy's "Chronicles of Blue and Gray"
Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association: Concert & Master Class by Gareth Johnson /Amazing Steinway Artist Tao Lin
Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association: Concert Pianist David Crohan - Performing "Beethoven to the Beatles"
Treasure Coast Youth Symphony: Scholarship & Grant Program
Tykes & Teens: Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Art Contest
Visionary School of the Arts: Scholarships with Shows
Wong, May and Ellen Bates: Exhibit of Functional Ceramics

Applications are judged by the members of WSA on the following criteria:
Value to the community in strengthening the arts; merit of the program, project, scholarship, or internship; increase of public awareness and participation in the arts; and partnerships and collaborations with existing community resources.

Women Supporting the Arts' mission is to build a community of women philanthropists who inspire, educate and encourage women to strengthen the arts and cultural environment in Martin County. Members contribute $1000 which is combined together to make up the grant pool available for grants annually.

Women Supporting the Arts is affiliated with the Arts Foundation of Martin County, a 501(c)3 organization, and offers grants to support arts enhancement opportunities for Martin County artists and arts-related projects, programs, scholarships and internships. For more information about the Foundation or WSA, visit www.martinarts.org.


 
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Jan 20, 2015Mr. Stud Finder Charity Auction to benefit Habitat’s 2015 ‘Women Build’

Up for bid: be a firefighter or sheriff for a day; private cruise aboard the Schooner Lily,
a flight for two in the Goodyear Blimp, private chef-prepared dinners and more

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County’s most entertaining event of the year is right around the corner and it stars the philanthropic ‘studs’ of the Treasure Coast.

Prestigious businessmen and esteemed professionals will donate their time and talent at the Mr. Stud Finder Charity Auction to benefit Habitat's 2015 ‘Women Build’ program. The event is Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. at an elegant new venue, Mariner Sands Country Club, 6500 S.E. Mariner Sands Drive in Stuart. Guests will enjoy live music by Gregg Jackson, cocktails, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, and the main event: a live auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds will help build a home for the Perez Family in the Carter Park community of Indiantown.

“The Women Build committee has orchestrated this one-of-a-kind auction featuring unique items donated by some of the Treasure Coast’s finest and most charitable gentlemen,” said Margot Graff, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County. “I’m always touched to see so many familiar faces participating in this auction, and to welcome a few new faces to the lineup. We’re also thrilled to host our largest event of the year at the beautiful Mariner Sands Country Club.”

It’s NOT a bachelor auction – it’s better – because everyone can participate and bid. The Mr. Stud Finder Charity Auction features a lively group of gentlemen, nominated by their peers and selected to present a valuable item or package for bid, valued from $500 to $5,000. Items include firefighter or sheriff for a day packages, a private cruise for up to 30 guests aboard the Schooner Lily, a flight for two in the Goodyear Blimp, artwork, gourmet chef-prepared meals, private sports lessons, and much more.

Auctioneer Drew Pittman will serve as master of ceremonies, introducing Habitat’s illustrious list of “Stud Finders.” The 2015 lineup includes Martin County Firefighters Neil Amerson, Max Sprauer, Matt Liner, Mike Diapoules, and Jim Diapoules; Stephen Leighton from the Martin County Sheriff’s Department; tennis pro Cullen de Windt of Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club; Chef Adam Fatigate of Chef’s Table; Peter Jones of StarStruck Academy and Theatre; Chef Taylor Wilson of The Gafford; Fred Newhart, captain of the Schooner Lily and Treasure Coast Sailing Adventures; Michael Flaugh, landscape architect; Jason Franklin of Cove Garden Landscaping; photographer Mitch Kloorfain; Chef Jimmy Cunningham of Harvest Table; Shannon Andersen of Keller Williams Realty; and musician Gregg Jackson.

Special recognition goes to Drew Pittman Auctions, Cardita Formal Wear, Nis Air, Mary Resnick, Goodyear, Twisted Tuna, and Philip DeBerard Injury Attorney for sponsoring this event.

Tickets are $100 per person and include admission to the auction, live music, cocktail reception and heavy hors d’ oeuvres. To purchase tickets, learn more about the event or sponsorships opportunities, visit HabitatMartin.org or call 772-223-9940.

About Women Build
The 2015 Habitat for Humanity of Martin County Women Build home will be built for the Perez Family in the new community of Carter Park in Indiantown. The family is already contributing to Habitat’s sweat equity requirement of 300 volunteer hours. They will purchase the home with a no-profit loan and their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat homes.

Women Build is a Habitat for Humanity International program that encourages women and girls to have fun and make a difference by building homes and communities. Women crews around the world have built thousands of homes since Women Build’s official creation in 1998. Each year, more homes are added as affiliates, donors and sponsors discover the impact of women volunteers and their resources.

About Habitat for Humanity of Martin County
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since its inception as a not-for-profit organization in 1986, Habitat has built 112 homes in Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno and Stuart. Learn more at HabitatMartin.org or call 772-223-9940.



 
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Jan 20, 2015OPUS in concert at St. Christopher's Church
The Martin County High School OPUS Boosters announce that the award-winning OPUS 2015 Choir under the direction of Shane Thomas will be appearing in concert at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, 12001 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33455, on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 4:00 PM

For more information contact: Glenn Webber, at glenn@webberfl.com, or visit the OPUS website: http://mchs.martinschools.org (click on community), or visit us on Facebook: MartinCountyHighSchoolOPUS.

Donations will be accepted and funds raised support OPUS 2015 chorale.

OPUS – OUTSTANDING PEOPLE UNITED TO SING!


 
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Jan 20, 2015Humane Society of the Treasure Coast offers Winter Furries Special
There may be plenty of flurries in northern climates, while there are many “furries” at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Because the shelter is getting filled with cats and kittens, it’s offering a Winter Furries Special. From now through Jan. 31, the HSTC’s adoption special will mean approved adopters can take home the cat or kitten of their choice for just $10 — a $30 savings. The normal adoption fee for cats is $40. Dogs may be adopted at the regular price of $120.
The HSTC is the only open access shelter from Vero Beach to Ft. Lauderdale that does not euthanize animals when the facility becomes overcrowded. No animal is ever turned away for any reason. Dog and cat adoptions are available at the HSTC shelter, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., in Palm City. Cats also may be adopted at Thrift Store Central, 2585 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, and at Thrift Store North, 1099 NW 21st St., Stuart. The shelter and thrift stores’ adoption hours are Mon. through Sat. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., (Wed. until 7 –p.m.) and on Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Each adoption includes sterilization (spay or neuter), an overall wellness check, age-appropriate vaccinations including rabies, first de-worming of hookworms and roundworms, microchip and registration, heartworm test for dogs (six months and older), feline leukemia test for cats, free 30 days of Pet Health Inc. pet insurance, one $5 off Hill's Science Diet pet food and $30 off one HSTC dog obedience class. To see photos and descriptions of available animals, visit the website, http://www.hstc1.org. For more information, call 772-223-8822.
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 homeless, abused and abandoned animals. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs, dynamic humane education services, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no animal is turned away for any reason because the HSTC believes that is the humane thing to do. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822.


 
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Jan 20, 2015NE MacArthur Blvd-Intermittent Lane Closures
On Monday, January 26, 2015, the Martin County Field Operations Division will be performing tree and vegetation trimming maintenance on both sides of NE MacArthur Blvd. The work will necessitate intermittent lane closures on NE MacArthur Boulevard between NE Plantation Road and SE Sailfish Point Boulevard, between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. The work is expected to be complete by January 30, 2015. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.



 
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Jan 20, 2015PORT SALERNO SEAFOOD FESTIVAL ROAD CLOSURES
On Saturday, January 24, 2015, the Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority will host the Port Salerno Seafood Festival, which will result in the closure of SE DeSoto Avenue, from SE Salerno Road to SE Seaward Street and SE Park Drive, from SE DeSoto Avenue to SE Mulford Lane from 6:00 am until 11:00 pm.

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


 
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Jan 20, 2015COUNCIL ON AGING OF MARTIN COUNTY TO OFFER ADULT DAY PROGRAM ON SATURDAYS
The Council on Aging of Martin County has announced that it will expand its Adult Day Program schedule at the Kane Center in Stuart from Monday through Friday to Monday through Saturday, effective February 2015. The program, which provides therapeutic and social support for seniors who need assistance with daily living, currently serves an average of 70 elders daily. Seniors can attend on Saturdays only, or up to six days/week. Pre-registration is required by calling 772-223-7843.

The state-certified program offers a medical model with several levels of care, and is staffed by a Registered Nurse and Certified Nursing Assistants. It provides a safe, secure and fun “home away from home” for elders who need extra support. It is the longest serving program of its kind in Martin County.

Saturday hours for the Adult Day Program are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Although door-to-door transportation is available Monday through Friday, no bus transportation will be offered on Saturdays at this time. For more information, call 772-223-7843 or visit www.kanecenter.org.

The mission of the Council on Aging of Martin County is to help seniors live young at any age by remaining independent, healthy and living in their own homes. The not-for-profit Council provides programs in support of this mission, including Meals on Wheels, Kane Cuisine, an adult day program, senior-focused primary medical care at the Kane Clinic, care management and caregiver support. The Council, which celebrates 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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Jan 16, 2015To Honor Captain Leroy Washington 7th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Event Rescheduled

“Faith, Fun & Family Festival” Moved to Monday, January 19 to Accommodate Officer’s Funeral Services Saturday

To Honor recently deceased Stuart Police Captain Leroy Washington, East Stuart Main Street has rescheduled it’s Faith, Fun & Family Festival from Saturday, January 17 to Monday, January 19. The change will allow the community to attend Captain Washington’s funeral services on Saturday.
Captain Washington, one of the first black police officer to serve in the City of Stuart, and the first black Captain, died earlier this month. “Captain Washington was known throughout the community as a kind and humble man,” said East Stuart Main Street President, Philip Harvey. “Moving the festival to Monday will allow everyone to honor him appropriately.”
The 7th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration includes events at various Stuart locations January 15-17, 2015. The multi-day celebration includes youth and family activities, reception and art exhibit, and an interfaith gospel service. Events will culminate with Martin County’s only Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Monday, January 19, followed by a speaker program and the rescheduled family festival. A schedule follows:
• Opening Reception And Highwaymen Art Exhibit – Thursday, January 15, 2015 6:00 p.m., Law Offices of Laws Scott & Gillespie, 872 S. Colorado Avenue, Stuart, FL
• Faith, Fun & Family Festival with DJ, Youth Performances, Children’s Activities, Community Information and Food Vendors – Rescheduled from Saturday, January 17 to Monday, January 19, 2015 12:00-3:00 p.m., 10th Street Community Center, 724 SE 10th Street, Stuart, FL
• Interfaith Church Service – Sunday, January 18, 2015 4:00 p.m., Love Temple Church of God by Faith, 505 SE Florida Street, Stuart, FL
• Parade – Monday, January 19, 2015 10:00 a.m., 10th Street Recreation Complex to Tarpon Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Georgia Avenue to Memorial Park Band Shell, 100 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL
• Commemorative Program – Monday, January 19, 2015 11:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker City of Stuart Commissioner, Thomas Campenni, Memorial Park Band Shell, 100 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL
The Martin Luther King Celebration is presented by East Stuart Main Street, a private, non-profit organization committed to the preservation and development of the East Stuart community. Goals of the organization include creating a positive image for the community through outreach, education, special events, and economic development. For more information or to become a member please call 772-600-1248 or 772-485-9568.


 
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Jan 16, 2015BESSEY CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINS LILLIAN A. DASSORI ELEMENTARY SPELLING BEE
Bessey Creek Elementary School student Avinash Kumar won the 49th annual Lillian A. Dassori Elementary Spelling Bee held at Jensen Beach Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Sixty-six fourth and fifth grade students from the Martin County School District’s 12 elementary schools and fifth graders from Indiantown Middle School participated in the spelling bee.

Kumar’s final championship word was “pancreas.”

“My sister helped me study,” said Kumar after the victory. He added that his eighth grade sister has helped him prepare for many years.

His brother, Akash, also placed in the bee.

Kevin O’Brien from Port Salerno Elementary finished second in the spelling bee.

A complete list of the top twelve elementary school spellers:

(1) Avinash Kumar Bessey Creek Elementary
(2) Kevin O’Brien Port Salerno Elementary
(3) Peyton Hand SeaWind Elementary
(4) Akash Kumar Bessey Creek Elementary
5) Kai Kozlov Palm City Elementary
(6) Nicole Wroblewski Crystal Lake Elementary
(7) Bella Childre Felix A. Williams Elementary
(8) Hannah Greenlee J.D. Parker Elementary
(9) Mardochee Deralus SeaWind Elementary
(10) Isabel Garcia Palm City Elementary
(11) Sierra Curl Crystal Lake Elementary
(12) Fabian Rangel Port Salerno Elementary


 
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Jan 16, 2015Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization - Transportation Alternatives Program

The Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking applications for projects for the 2015 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Application Cycle. The TAP program provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives. This includes on- and off- road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail program projects; safe routes to school projects; and projects for the planning, design or construction of boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.

The 2015 budget for projects within Martin County is $362,000.00. Funding for the 2015 cycle will be available in the FY 18/19 work program.

The Florida Department of Transportation will be hosting a MANDATORY workshop for all applicants on Thursday, February 5, 2015 @ 1:30 PM. The workshop will be held at the following location:

Martin County Administrative Center
Engineering Capital Improvements Conference Room (2nd Floor)
2401 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, FL 34994

The full application packet is available for download at www.martinmpo.com or by calling the Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization at 772-320-3015 or send email to mdekle@martin.fl.us.



 
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Jan 15, 2015ArtsFest 2015 set for March 28-29
The Arts Council of Martin County has announced ArtsFest 2015 will take place on Saturday, March 28 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, March 29 from 10am-5pm on East Ocean Blvd at Memorial Park in downtown Stuart.

The 28th annual ArtsFest is an outdoor arts event showcasing a juried exhibition of 125+ outstanding fine artists and features live entertainment, artist demonstrations, and interactive art activities for youth. This year’s festival will also include a chalk art showcase and a local green market.

The two-day arts festival kicks off with an ArtsFest After Dark party on Friday, March 27 from 7:00pm-11:00pm. The kick-off party features a juried pop up art show and live entertainment. Advance tickets are available for $35 per person and include a paella paired with sangria or a craft beer of your choice.

Sponsorships and Tickets are on sale now for both ArtsFest and ArtsFest After Dark at www.martinarts.org.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, community booth applications, and artists, please visit www.martinarts.org or call 772-287-6676 x3.


 
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Jan 15, 2015Learn About the ‘Real’ Florida at HBOI’s ‘A Land Remembered’ Event
When it comes to Florida history, few books tell the tale like the best-selling novel “A Land Remembered,” written by author Patrick D. Smith. The historical fiction will be brought to life by the author’s son, Rick Smith, on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m., when he brings his multimedia show “Florida is a Land Remembered” to FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI).
The event will take place at HBOI’s Johnson Education Center, 5600 U.S. Highway 1 North, in Fort Pierce. Tickets, which include a seated dinner before the show, are $20 for members of the Friends program and $30 for nonmembers. Event proceeds will benefit a new ocean exploration exhibit of the Johnson SeaLink II and other HBOI undersea artifacts. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 772-242-2559.
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Jan 15, 2015Martin MPO Seeks Public Input for Transportation Plan
The Martin County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has announced the dates for a series of Open House Meetings to be held across the county. The purpose of these meetings is to give the public an opportunity to express their views on transportation choices, priorities and gain a better understanding of how this plan will define Martin County’s future transportation needs.
This is an opportunity for any and all members of the public to help guide the planning process around roads, bike lanes, sidewalks and more, all across Martin County. Your input will help connect communities, ease transportation challenges and make transportation safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
The meetings are scheduled as follows:
• Wednesday, January 21 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
WOLF HIGH-TECHNOLOGY CENTER INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE
2400 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997
• Wednesday, January 28 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
STUART CITY HALL
121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994
• Wednesday, February 11 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
INDIANTOWN CIVIC CENTER
15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown, FL 34956
The MPO has started developing the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Every five years, as required by federal law, the MPO works to update and improve the County’s LRTP to ensure the needs of the community continue to be met in a cost effective manner. Input from the public is vital to a successful planning process, and the MPO staff will be making a concerted effort to connect with residents and businesses for feedback and suggestions throughout the planning process.
The Martin MPO works to coordinate the improvement of all facets of the transportation network in Martin County. This effort includes the monitoring and evaluation of existing conditions, the development of improvement strategies, the facilitation of meaningful public input, and the implementation of evaluated and funded strategies. For more information on the LRTP process, please visit the website at www.martin2040.com or blandry@martin.fl.us

2040 LRTP ad Jan 2015 (2
 
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Jan 15, 2015Transportation Alternatives Program
See attached pdf for various report and presentations.

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Jan 15, 2015Early success of Martin County's water quality projects- exceeding State's requirements for reducing pollutants in our waterways


The numbers tell a profound story. The Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is pleased to announce its water projects have well exceeded the State's requirements for reducing the harmful pollutants in the St. Lucie Estuary in the first five years of implementing the St. Lucie Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP).

A BMAP is a "blueprint" for restoring impaired waterways by reducing pollutant loads. The St. Lucie BMAP was adopted in June 2013. The required reductions are spread out over a 15-year period and are implemented in three 5-year phases. The first phase ends in 2018. The BMAP is enforceable, and failing to meet the State requirements could result in penalties.


(Source: Martin County Ecosystem Management & Restoration Division)

In summary, by 2018, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection required Martin County, though its water quality projects, to reduce the harmful pollutants nitrogen and phosphorous in the St. Lucie Estuary by 30 percent. TO DATE, WE HAVE ACHIEVED A 94 PERCENT REDUCTION IN TOTAL NITROGEN AND 35 PERCENT REDUCTION IN TOTAL PHOSPHOROUS. Martin County was required to reduce phosphorous by 4,377 pounds of phosphorous per year by 2018, Martin County has EXCEEDED that by reducing phosphorous by 5,173 pounds per year. The State also required Martin County to reduce total nitrogen by 9,647 pounds per year by 2018; Martin County has EXCEEDED that by reducing nitrogen by 30,161 pounds per year. Fifty percent of these reductions are due to septic to sewer conversions at North River Shores, Seagate Harbor, and Rio.

Since 2000, Martin County has invested $50 million in over 25 water quality projects. Martin County BOCC Chair and District 2 Commissioner Ed Fielding said, "Martin County has long-focused on water resource issues. We want to continue to remain in compliance, and that means continuing to invest in water quality treatment projects. We want to do our best to leverage Martin County's dollars to the extent possible by partnering with other governmental entities that share responsibilities and interest in improving water quality for the good of our environment, economy, and citizens. We all accomplish more by working together."

What and where are some of these successful water quality projects? They can be seen in all corners of Martin County, from trenches and swales in Jensen Beach, to stormwater treatment ponds in Port Salerno to floating wetlands in Palm City. A $2.3 million water quality project in Coral Gardens in Stuart is treating 2,000 acres of watershed and has reduced nitrogen load by 1,376 pounds per year and phosphorous by 936 pounds per year. An approximate $4 million multi-phase project in Rio is treating over 1,400 acres of watershed and has resulted in nitrogen reductions of 1,527 pounds per year and phosphorous reductions of 647 pounds per year.

Martin County staff has identified $11 million in stormwater quality improvement projects through 2018. The Bessey Creek Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology (HWTT) project is currently under construction which will utilize innovative water quality technologies to clean water before it reaches the St. Lucie River. A similar HWTT project will be under construction in the next few months in the Danforth Creek area. Martin County has secured over $1 million in grant funding for their next priority project, and in the coming months, plans to break ground on a water quality project for All American Ditch in Palm City, identified as a pollution hot spot. The project consists of installing a pipe system that will send stormwater south to a 36-acre parcel of land where it will be stored and cleaned before it is discharged into St. Lucie River.

"We are pleased we are exceeding the requirements, but we have more work ahead. We have State-required BMAP goals to meet over the next 14 years, and with our state and federal partners, we are confident that we can improve water quality for the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon meeting those goals." Commissioner Fielding said.


 
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Jan 15, 2015Florida Oceanographic Society's 2015 Coastal Lecture Series begins January 5 at Blake Library
Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS), in partnership with the Martin County Library System, will present an eight-part lecture series at 6:30 pm on Mondays, Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Feb. 2, Feb. 16, Mar. 2, Mar. 16, Mar. 30 and Apr. 6 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The illustrated talks are free and open to the public. A schedule follows.


January 5
Mark Perry, Executive Director; Michelle Byriel, Education & Exhibit Specialist; & Brittany Biber, Director of Animal Care & Life Support, FOS - "The Florida Oceanographic Commitment to Sea Turtle Conservation & Education"

January 12
Aaron Adams, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Florida Institute of Technology; Bonefish & Tarpon Trust - "The Science of Fishing and Conservation"

February 2
Nancy Kim Pham Ho, Site Manager & Research Associate, Vero Beach Marine Lab - "Seahorse Rodeo: Researching Seahorses for Conservation"

February 16
Kevin Gidusko, Florida Archaeology Network - "Technology in Archaeology"

March 2
Greg Braun, Professional Ecologist - "Bird Island"

March 16
Cody Mott, Biologist, Inwater Research Inc. - "Where are the 99%? Studying Sea Turtles in the Water"

March 30
Dr. Zachary R. Jud, Director of Education & Exhibits, FOS - "Living with Lionfish: What we've learned about the unprecedented marine fish invasion affecting Florida's reefs and estuaries"

April 6
Vincent Encomio, PhD, Director of Scientific Research, FOS - "Our Florida Reefs: A community-based effort to protect Southeast Florida's coral reefs"

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection and Chautauqua South brochure at any Martin County library location or visit library.martin.fl.us. To learn more about Florida Oceanographic Society, call 772-225-0505 or visit floridaocean.org.


 
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Jan 15, 2015Why does Martin County need a new website?


Like most things in the technology world, they are continuously changing. In this case, the technology that is used to build and maintain our current website has been abandoned by the vendors; the term is "end of life", which happened 4 years ago. The system that runs the current website is more than 10 years old. Due to other fiscal priorities the work has been delayed, but now is the time to move forward and rebuild a new website developed using modern technology.

Currently, many of the features on our website are not available to people using different browsers or different computers, such as tablets and other mobile devices. Since our website is no longer supported, we will be unable to repair the site if something were to go wrong with our current infrastructure. For more detailed information, click here.



What to expect on 'your' new website:



Our new website will allow us to grow and implement new technologies for another ten years. We will strive to create an online experience that is even more useful, easier to use, more responsive and available on any mobile device or web browser.



We appreciate your comments and invite you to help us meet these goals. Based on the feedback website survey, we will be facilitating a citizen focus group in the near future to engage the community about how we can best meet their needs. If you would like to see the feedback provided on that survey, please click here.



We will continue to share more details here as we work with a team of MC staff, the vendor and the citizen focus groups to provide useful functionality to 'your' new website!


 
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Jan 15, 2015Martin County News & Upcoming Events
Public notice
Martin County Utilities and the City of Stuart will temporarily change the method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of the water. Utility water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water from January 18 through January 25.
For more library news, visit the library website

Blake Library closing for improvements
The Blake Library will be closing for maintenance from Friday, January 16 through Saturday, January 17. The library will also be closed as scheduled on Sunday, January 18, and for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 19.


Sock hop celebrating 60 years
Saddle shoes and poodle skirts rule! Don your best 50's attire and come to the Blake Library on Thursday, January 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for a sock hop! Rock, roll and remember as you enjoy tunes, games and prizes at this free, family-friendly event! Call 221-1403 for more info.

Kids' yoga at the Morgade Library
On Saturday, January 17 from 10:00 to 11:00 am, bring your children to the Morgade Library for "Busy Little Hands: Kids' Yoga." This is a fun, creative and playful way for your child to exercise as they explore their mind, body and spirit. Recommended for ages 4-8. For details, call 463-3245.

Harpist returns to Martin County
Internationally-renowned Paraguayan harpist Marcos Vega, joined by Clark Hower on guitar, will present a selection of Latin American music and more from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on January 17 at the Morgade Library and on January 31 at the Elisabeth Lahti Library. No tickets required.


Movies @ your library
Kids are invited to the Morgade Library on Saturday, January 24 at 2:00 pm to watch Dolphin Tale 2. This family-friendly film sees the team of people who saved Winter's life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother's passing to find her a companion. For details, call 463-3245.

Become a library volunteer
Got time to spare? Become a shelving expert, a computer coach guru, a library docent, assist with special events, adopt a shelf, become a Digital Literacy Lab assistant, and much more! A commitment of two to four hours per week for a period of six months is required.


IT STARTS IN PARKS

Baseball for tots
The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting a preschool baseball program for ages 3, 4 and 5 at Halpatiokee Regional Park. This six-week instructional program will meet from 5:30-6:30 pm on Wednesdays, starting on January 21.


HEALTH & SAFETY

Flu advisory still in effect for Martin County
An influenza advisory remains in effect for our area following higher than normal rates of influenza. Symptoms of the contagious disease include fever, headache, severe cough, runny nose or body aches. Take some time today and learn what you can do to fight the flu.


THE CONE ZONE

Road closure information
Use caution in the "cone zone!" Check out the latest info and an interactive map on road and lane closures to plan your route around town this week. The road conditions web application shows roads and lanes that may be closed due to construction or events.


 
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Jan 14, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT VOLUNTARY PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM REGISTRATION
See Attached

VPK registration 2015-16
 
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Jan 14, 2015FPL Community Update
I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year!

As we move into 2015, here are some highlights from last year's final quarter:

FPL breaks ground on new Manatee Education Center
Sitting beside FPL's new Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center on the Lake Worth Lagoon, manatees have long gathered at this spot to keep warm during the winter months. See how the manatee education center will raise awareness about this beloved species and its habitat.





Agreement reached for Babcock Ranch - enabling development to continue
FPL, Babcock Ranch and Lee County Electric Cooperative reached an agreement enabling the Babcock Ranch development to proceed - paving the way to another large scale solar facility in Florida. Read how this agreement will provide clean, affordable electricity to Babcock Ranch in Charlotte and Lee Counties.





Efficient Clean Energy Center Rising in Port Everglades
More than a year after the red and white striped stacks at FPL's Port Everglades plant were demolished, a new clean energy center is taking shape in South Florida. See the construction progress on the new plant that will help keep customer bills low and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.





FPL receives ReliabilityOne Awards
FPL was the recipient of two 2014 ReliabilityOne™ Awards: Outstanding Technology and Innovation in the U.S. and Outstanding Reliability Performance in the southeast region of the U.S., by the PA Consulting Group, Inc. Learn more about FPL's outstanding reliability performance and reliable electric service.





FPL leads a "Safer Homes, Fewer Burns" event in Miami
Volunteers from the City of South Miami, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Jackson Health System, South Miami Hospital and FPL joined forces to help customers make their homes safer from electrical fires and more energy efficient. Watch how more than 60 volunteers traveled from house to house, performing home safety makeovers and counseling residents on safety and energy efficiency.





Local veteran surprised with a "Winter Wonderland"
As a way to thank the men and women who have served, and are currently serving our country, FPL worked with the Wounded Warriors of South Florida to deliver an energy-efficient winter wonderland for U.S. Marine Corps veteran William Fleuridor and his family. Experience the surprise.





 
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Jan 14, 2015Custom Agronomics, a Palm City Based Company is Awarded a Target Sector Trade Grant from Enterprise Florida, Inc.
The Business Development Board of Martin County (BDBMC) is pleased to announce that Custom Agronomics has been awarded a $3,100 target sector trade grant through Enterprise Florida, Inc. The grant will be utilized by the company to exhibit at BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME). BTME is Europe’s leading showcase for turf professionals and buyers, and also provides an opportunity for continued education through a series of programs offered at the show.
One of the goals of the BDBMC is to market the resources available at both the local and state level that assist companies relocate and expand. “The BDBMC helped to facilitate the application for Custom Agronomics”, said Tim Dougher, Executive Director-BDBMC. “This is the perfect opportunity for a local company to expand into international markets” Dougher said.
“This trade grant will help offset the cost of exhibiting at the show in a few weeks”, said Mike Williams, President-Custom Agronomics, Inc. “Thank you to the Business Development Board and Enterprise Florida for their assistance and continued support of our business in Martin County.
About Custom Agronomics, Inc. Custom Agronomics, Inc. is a Palm City, Florida based formulator of liquid nutrients, specialty chemistries and high performance wetting agents and surfactants. The products are specialized for professional turf management, agriculture and lawn/gardens, using the highest quality materials to formulate technologies that are truly unique. The company’s specialty soil health product line and proven foliar technologies provides increased nutrient availability, stress resistance, advantageous root development and increased yields. www.customagronomics.com
About the BDBMC
The Business Development Board of Martin County is the county’s official economic development organization, and Enterprise Florida, Inc. partner. More information about the organization can be found by visiting www.bdbmc.org.
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Jan 14, 2015Spring 2015 HA Show Basketball Florida USA Tour
Dear Florida Chambers of Commerce Local Leadership,

Is your organization looking for an world class, entertaining fundraising/community event that focuses on kids staying in school, staying drug free and the dangers of bullying? The Harlem Ambassadors Show Basketball Team has performed fundraising events throughout the United States and 19 foreign countries since 1997. The Harlem Ambassadors feature a “Harlem-style” basketball show, including ball handling tricks, slam dunks and amusing comedy routines entertaining kids & families alike. Our team is composed of both male and female professional athletes that make amazing role models for youth of all ages.

We have worked and continue to work extensively with non-profit organizations including, but not limited to: Booster Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, Boys & Girls Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, Crimestoppers and service organizations across the board. Our main goal is to help your community organization reach its fundraising potential through these unique basketball events.

We will be touring through FLORIDA and wanted to inform your organization of this opportunity to host a special fundraising event with the Harlem Ambassadors this FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015.

With this inclusive package we supply media and promotional tools. We will send you a fundraising guide that consists of a step-by-step process to help plan, promote and advertise the event. We provide you with 1,000 game tickets printed specifically for your organization to use and Harlem Ambassadors’ press releases, photos and logos to distribute to your local media. Additionally, you will receive an autographed Harlem Ambassadors team basketball, which is great for a fundraising raffle. Then, the Harlem Ambassadors play a team your organization assembles, making this an event the whole community can rally around.

Please let me know if you are interested in receiving our fundraising package, which includes video, reference letters and all financial information regarding the Harlem Ambassadors show. You can also visit our website at harlemambassadors.com for updated information concerning our traveling tours.

Cheers,


Brooks
Brooks Phillips
Director of Events & Marketing

2629 Redwing Road, Suite 250
Fort Collins, CO 80526
O: 970-472-1000 |
F: 970-472-9297 |
bphillips@qwestoffice.net
www.harlemambassadors.com


 
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Jan 14, 2015Acclaimed Paraguayan harpist Marcos Vega returns to MC with concerts at Robert Morgade and Elisabeth Lahti libraries
Internationally-renowned Paraguayan harpist Marcos Vega,joined by Clark Hower on guitar,will present a selection of Latin American music and more Saturday, January 17 from 3 to 4pm at the Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr, Stuart and Saturday, January 31 from 3 to 4pm at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave, Indiantown.These concerts are part of the Martin County Library System's 2015 Chautauqua South Series. No tickets or reservations required.

Born in Paraguay, of Guarani, Italian and Spanish descent, Marcos Vega started playing the Paraguayan harp at age ten, when his father directed him to take lessons. He went on to study music at the Conservatory of Asuncion, Paraguay, and the Conservatory of Cincinnati. Vega toured throughout Mexico, Central and South America, and performed at the World International Fair in San Salvador, as well as several television program, and numerous nightclubs and hotels.

Since 1979, he has performed as a solo harpist at the Jupiter Beach Resort Hilton, The Breakers International Hotel, the Ritz Carlton Hotel, and the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

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


 
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Jan 14, 2015New Elliott Museum spotlights “Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design,”
A unique and exciting new exhibit puts chairs front and center at The Elliott Museum from February 7-May 31. In the “Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design,” every interesting facet of the history, innovation and construction of American chair design from the 1800s to the present is presented. You’ll get to see iconic and historic chairs from private collections, items rarely seen by the public. The Art of Seating was developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, in collaboration with the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation, and is organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. Local sponsors include the Bauman Family Foundation, TC Palm and Steven M. Swann/Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
The Elliott Museum is located at 825 NE Ocean Boulevard in Stuart and is open Monday-Sunday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission is $14 per person for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children ages 6-12 and children under 6 are free.
Three special events are being planned to celebrate the exhibit :
February 7 – 11:30 a.m. Luncheon Lecture by Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts, Winterthur Museum in Delaware. To celebrate the opening of the Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, Mr. Jobe, nationally recognized authority on American furniture, will provide “edge-of-your-seat” information about early American chairs. The luncheon will take place at the Elliott Museum. $125 per person. www.elliottmuseum.org .
February 27 – 6-8:30 p.m. The Chair and the Pendulum: Reserve your spot for this evening event to celebrate both The Art of Seating exhibition and the installation of a Foucault Pendulum in the lobby of the Elliott. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and activities during this fun and mysterious event. The event takes place at the Elliott Museum. $150 per person. www.elliottmuseum.org.
March 14 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Appraisal Day. Bring your family heirlooms and find out what they are worth.. $20 per item, $35 for two items, $45 for 3. Takes place at the Elliott Museum. www.elliottmuseum.org


Thank you.


 
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Jan 14, 2015“A NIGHT AT THE OUTRIGGER” SET FOR FEBRUARY 7 AT THE KANE CENTER
It’s back, by popular demand! A Night at the Outrigger, the Council on Aging of Martin County’s signature fundraising gala, was such a success last year that plans are underway to bring it back bigger and better than ever on February 7 at the Kane Center in Stuart. Co-chairs Joanne Zarro and Linda Hake invite everyone to don their most colorful tropical attire and get ready to party like a Polynesian at this fun event, which re-creates an authentic Hukilau with a themed menu and Mai-Kai style dinner show. Dancing will follow the dinner performance, with Solid Gold playing hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today.

A Night at the Outrigger is the primary fundraiser for the Council in support of its many services for seniors, including Meals on Wheels (delivering over 100,000 meals annually to at-risk seniors), an adult day program, senior-focused primary medical care, care management, caregiver support and in-home services. The Council also provides a wide range of social, wellness, nutritional, educational, intergenerational and cultural programming for seniors and their families at the Kane Center.

The winner of a necklace designed and handmade by Diamonds by Terry will be drawn at the event. The custom palm tree pendant, valued at $7,250, is crafted in 14 kt. yellow gold with ten round brilliant diamonds, and is hanging from an 18” strand of cream colored pearls. Raffle tickets, which are $20 or three for $50, are on sale now at the Kane Center at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart or by calling 772-223-7846.

A Night at the Outrigger sponsors include The Frances Langford Foundation, Martin Health System, the Nearing Management Group of Merrill Lynch, CenterState Bank, Joe and Ann Day, Saelzer/Atlas Wealth Management, the Susan R. and John W. Sullivan Foundation, Tim and Maureen Cotter, Crary Buchanan, Seacoast Bank, The Stuart News/TCPalm, Emil and Shirley Baer, The Estate Trust and Elder Law Firm, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Follmer, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Martino, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ripper, Ross, Earle & Bonan, P.A.,, Lynne W. Spraker, Esq., and Mrs. Gertrude Rodgers.

Honorary chairs are Evans Crary, Jr. and Margaret Whitney-Smith and John and Barbara Turner on behalf of The Frances Langford Foundation. The Outrigger committee includes Jennifer Ahern, Marty Blazie, Karen Bracken, Donna Crary, Donna DeMarchi, Ellen Earle, Mary Ennis, Denise Ehrich, Laurie Gaylord, Betsy Gibson, Debi Kuiper, Bonnie Landry, Paula Nicoletti, Martha Poznerowicz, Karen Satur, Debbie Schmidt, Preethi Sekharan, Terry Seyffart, Lynne Spraker, Carolyn Timmann and Leslie Warren.

Tickets are $300, and select sponsorships are available. For more information, call 772-223-7846 or visit www.kanecenter.org.


 
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Jan 14, 2015WALKERS TAKE TO THE STREETS TO PREVENT SUICIDE
More than 250 people from throughout the Treasure Coast are expected to participate in the upcoming Out of the Darkness Community Walk on February 21. The fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) by helping to support local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs.

The Martin County Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 300 Out of the Darkness Community Walks being held this year nationwide. The walks are expected to unite more than 100,000 walkers nationally and raise more than $17.5 million for suicide prevention efforts.

“Much more needs to be done to prevent suicide. Yet, suicide and the underlying mental disorders that can sometimes lead to suicide continue to be surrounded by misinformation and stigma,” said Jill Harrington, Florida Southeast Chapter Area Director . “This walk is about reducing that stigma, raising awareness and raising needed funds for research and local prevention programs.”

The Martin County community walk will begin at Flagler Park, 201 W Flagler Ave. in Stuart at 10:00 a.m. with check in beginning at 9:00 a.m. AFSP is partnering with local non-profit mental health agency Tykes & Teens, who will host a free educational presentation about the signs and symptoms of suicide following the walk. Lunch will be provided for those who register for the presentation.

According to AFSP, close to 700,000 people will make a suicide attempt requiring medical care and more than 38,000 will die by suicide in the U.S. every year. Martin County ranks high in the state of Florida for number of suicides. From 2011-2013, 13.8% of deaths in Florida were suicides, while in Martin County, 20% of deaths were suicides.

“Despite the troubling statistics, an important goal of the walk is to stress that suicide can be prevented. The walk is also a call to action that more must be done to prevent suicide, nationally and in communities across the country,” said Robert Gebbia, Executive Director for the foundation.

“We know that the best way to prevent suicide is through the early recognition and treatment of the mental disorders that can contribute to suicide. Unfortunately, stigma about disorders such as depression, bipolar illness, and alcohol and substance abuse, keeps people from getting the treatment they need. The walk is about eliminating that stigma. It’s about bringing hope to those who have been affected by suicide,” he continued.

To register for the walk, visit www.outofthedarkness.org , and to register for the presentation, visit www.tykesandteens.org


 
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Jan 14, 2015Port Salerno Elementary School partners with Eli’s House to Offer Spectacular Artists and Authors Speakers Series for Students
Port Salerno Elementary School, in partnership with Eli’s House, is proud to announce the continuing Artists and Author’s Speakers for the school’s Elementary Speaker and Arts in Education Series. The speakers and artists will be speaking and performing to students at Port Salerno Elementary School in Stuart, FL.

Featured speakers and artists:

o January 15 - Marc Brown: Beloved children’s author and creator of Arthur the Aardvark
o February 9 - James Patterson: Prolific and record-breaking author for adults and kids
o February 10 - Ailey II: The second dance company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the “next generation of dance”
o March 23 - Tom Chapin: GRAMMY Award-winning musician

About the Speaker Series: A cornerstone of the Eli’s House holistic approach to literacy is to regularly expose children to the extraordinary experiences that can be found in a book, a piece of music, a dance, or another art form. The innovative Speaker Series does just that for the children of Port Salerno Elementary School. By offering children these magical, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, Eli’s House hopes to create a belief that school is transformative and an important, vibrant part of the community. Past speakers have included: Elizabeth Alexander, Angélique Kidjo, Carl Hiaasen, and Anna Quindlen.

About the Arts in Education Program: Eli’s House believes that the arts should be accessible to all children and is proud to partner with the Lyric Theatre through their Discovery Series. The children of Port Salerno Elementary School will be treated to a wonderful performance by Ailey II Dance Company. More artists will be added as they are confirmed.

If you would like to attend and report on one of the upcoming events, please contact Principal Patricia Harvey at Port Salerno Elementary School (772) 219-1610.
Eli’s house is a non-profit organization that seeks to ensure that all children in the Port Salerno, FL community have access to books and resources, and exposure to literacy and enrichment programs in school, as well as a quality, well-built home. For additional information about Eli’s House, visit www.elis-house.org.


 
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Jan 14, 2015Florida Cabinet Names New St Lucie Veterans Nursing Home
Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet officially named the new Veterans Nursing Home, scheduled for construction in St Lucie County, yesterday at the Cabinet Meeting. The new VA Home will be named in honor of Sgt. Ardie Ray Copas, born August 29, 1950 and who died in combat in Viet Nam on May 12, 1970. Copas was from Fort Pierce, FL.
Attending the naming ceremony was Copas’s widow and daughter, who now live in Tennessee. In March of 2014, Sgt. Copas was finally awarded the Medal of Honor. His daughter Shyrell proudly carries his medal with her everywhere she goes.

This is truly a great day, not only for St Lucie County but for the entire Treasure Coast. This is just another step toward the reality of our area hav-ing the newest Veterans Nursing Home in Florida. And the selection of naming it after one of our own is just so special.



 
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Jan 14, 2015Phil Kavanaugh Scholarship Winner Announced
Stephanie Piccino, Library Specialist employed at the Cummings Branch of the Martin County Library System, is this year's recipient of the Phil Kavanagh Scholarship.

Funded by the Fred and Betty Kopf Foundation in memory of Phil Kavanaugh, former library employee who passed away in 2008, the scholarship's intention is to provide assistance to a Martin County Library System employee pursuing a master's degree in Library and Information Studies.


Past recipients include Marissa Kings, Library Specialist; Pat Riker, Branch Manager of the Hobe Sound Library; and Richard Reilly, Library Operations & Services Administrator.


 
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Jan 13, 2015Harbor Branch Foundation’s 4th Annual “Love Your Lagoon” Dinner to Benefit IRL Seagrass Restoration Project and IRL Symposium
Those attending the fourth annual “Love Your Lagoon” dinner, sponsored by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Foundation (HBOIF), will be supporting seagrass restoration in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). The event will be held on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at 6 p.m. at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI), 5600 US 1 North, in Fort Pierce. Proceeds will fund the development of a land-based seagrass nursery facility at HBOI, along with other lagoon-based initiatives including the fourth annual IRL Symposium.

The goal of the seagrass project is to develop the initial infrastructure and technical capabilities to successfully cultivate and transplant seagrass as part of a collaborative effort to restore the IRL.

“These funds will be used to help reverse the 60% of seagrass losses the Lagoon suffered in 2011-2012 due to massive algal blooms,” said FAU Harbor Branch scientist and project lead Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D. “Our goal is to catalyze environmentally responsible efforts to restore seagrass habitat, so vitally important to the IRL’s fisheries and ecosystem services.”š

In addition, proceeds from the 2015 “Love Your Lagoon” dinner will support the fourth annual IRL Symposium, a multi-institutional, multi-agency effort to provide a forum for discussing IRL science and its application to management of the lagoon. The theme for the 2015 symposium is Indian River Lagoon: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities.š For more information, visit www.indianriverlagoon.org/symposium.html.

“Over the past three years the HBOIF’s “Love Your Lagoon” event has raised over $180,000 for Indian River Lagoon research and education,” said Katha Kissman, HBOIF President & CEO. “The Foundation’s Board of Directors sincerely thanks all past sponsors and attendees for supporting the important work being led by Harbor Branch researchers and students to protect and preserve our Indian River Lagoon and warmly welcomes new sponsors and attendees to our 2015 event to achieve an even greater impact.”

Major sponsors for this year’s event include: Mangrove Sponsors: Anonymous, Mr. Joseph Z. Duke, III and Mrs. Jennifer Johnson Duke; Seagrass Sponsors: šMr. and Mrs. Michael and Marie O’Reilly; Oyster Sponsors: Florida Atlantic University, PNC Bank, Treasure Coast Newspapers; Dolphin Sponsors:š Mrs. Colleen Brennan, Evans Properties, Ms. Katha Kissman, Dr. Ed Lippisch and Mrs. Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch; Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. and Misty Minton and The Law Firm of Dean, Mead, Minton and Zwemer; Manatee Sponsors: Aesthetic Dentistry of Palm City and Drs. Thomas and Shannon Plymale Galinis and Dr. Thomas Plymale, AT&T, Atlanta Consulting Group, Ms. Marjorie Raines, Mr. and Mrs. William J. and Laurie Stewart, Esq., Stuart Magazine, Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Carol Toner, Wyland Foundation; Seahorse Sponsors: Mr. C. Amos Bussmann and Sea Technology Magazine, Chapman and Plymale Law and Mr. and Mrs. Shaun and Stacey Plymale, Dr. Megan Davis and Mr. Gary Hodgkins, Florida Power & Light Company,š Mr. andš Mrs. Patrick and Nancy Higgs, J.J. Taylor Companies, Inc., Kmetz, Nuttall, Elwell, Graham, PLLC, Dr. John and Mrs. Mary Beth McDonald, OTT Hydromet, Mr. & Mrs. Kevin & Marsha Powers, Mr. Robert Stilley and The Honorable MaryLynn Magar, Dr. and Mrs. Val and Tracey Zudans.

For sponsorship or ticket information, please call 772-466-9876 ext. 200, email kkissman@hboifoundation.org or visit http://www.hboifoundation.org/p/50/love-your-lagoon-dinner.


 
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Jan 13, 2015Sales Manager position
Job Description

The Sales Manager position is responsible for generating top line revenue to meet or exceed budget expectations for this first class, select service hotel. The sales office consists of one sales manager selling multiple markets such as Corporate, SMERF, Tour and Travel, intermediaries, etc. Other primary responsibilities include:
Achieving monthly top line revenue goals and increasing the STAR market share of the hotel.
Proactively selling the hotel through face to face appointments with customers, tele-prospecting, etc.
Participates in sales blitzes and utilizes available business tools to prospect for new business.
Evaluates potential business opportunities for the hotel and presents findings as necessary to the GM, Corporate Director of Sales and Revenue Manager.
Gains contacts and business intelligence and shows community spirit through involvement in appropriate organizations.
Maintains awareness of the sales practices of the hotel's competitive set and is a "product expert" when selling against them.
Ensures that he/she adheres to all sales administrative processes that are in place including preparation and submission of reports or internal communications and meets deadlines.
Builds strong relationships and loyalty with top producing clients and maintains professional integrity.

Job Requirements

To be considered for this position, you must:
Must have previous hotel sales experience including outside/direct sales experience
All applicants must complete a skills assessment via the following URL: http://rdr.devinegroup.com/?VPNNSF
Have reliable transportation for outside sales calls
Have a stable work history
Be well-organized and have strong client follow-up
Be competitive, self-motivated and a self-starter.
Exhibit exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Have fully functional computer skills including experience with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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Jan 13, 2015COUNTY NEWS
January 13 BOCC meeting agenda available:
The agenda for the January 13 Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting is now available online. If you would like to attend the meeting, it begins at 9:00 am in the Commission Chambers at the County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart.

New tourism show debuts, highlights Port Salerno
Martin County Television (MCTV) has launched a new series called Destination Treasure Coast in partnership with the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing. Each edition of the program will feature unique places to eat, play and stay on Florida's Treasure Coast.

Public notice
Martin County Utilities and the City of Stuart will temporarily change the method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of the water. Utility water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water from January 18 through January 25.

Building permit update
During December of 2014, there were 731 residential and 68 non-residential permits issued for a total construction value of $22,380,457.37. For comparison, a total of 554 residential and 59 non-residential permits were issued in November of 2014, with 638 residential and 92 non-residential permits issued in December of 2013.

BookMania!
The most prestigious literary event on the Treasure Coast, BookMania!, will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Jensen Beach High School. The free book festival will feature 14 authors in five, one-hour panels. This year's event will also feature music between panels.

Snakes: friend or foe?
Join us at the Elisabeth Lahti Library at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 24 as the Hobe Sound Nature Center presents "Snakes: Friend or Foe?" This presentation will focus on the role of snakes in the environment and the identification of snakes found in South Florida. For details, call 221-4650.

Learn to knit @ your library
Want to learn how to knit? Join us for a weekly introductory knitting class at the Morgade Library! Knitters should bring one ball of yarn and a set of needles to the first class. The class will be held on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. For more info, call 463-3245.

Jane Miller presents History Spot: London Series
Join Jane Miller at the Blake Library on Thursday, January 15 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm for a screening of two shows unlocking the secrets of some famous English landmarks, the Tower of London and Scotland Yard. Step inside the walls to uncover their secrets. For details, call 221-1403.

The Waterpark is now hiring!
Martin County Parks and Recreation has ongoing employment opportunities at Sailfish Splash Waterpark. Check out our job listings today! Currently, available student positions include cashier, lifeguard and concession attendant.

County hazard mitigation plan to be updated
Martin County's Unified Local Mitigation Strategy provides the tools for the County to continue in ongoing efforts to reduce vulnerabilities for disasters and provides for mitigation priorities. Residents are encouraged to participate in the process to update the plan.

Flu advisory still in effect
An influenza advisory remains in effect for Martin County following higher than normal rates of influenza. Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, severe cough, runny nose or body aches.

Arbor Day tree giveaway
If you'd like to help expand our tree canopy, attend this year's annual Florida Arbor Day Tree Giveaway on Saturday, January 17. The event will be held from 9:00 am to noon at the UF/IFAS Extension office located at the north end of the Martin County Fairgrounds on Dixie Highway.

Road closure information
Use caution in the "cone zone!" Check out the latest info and an interactive map on road and lane closures to plan your route around town this week. The road conditions web application shows roads and lanes that may be closed due to construction or events.


 
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Jan 13, 2015Register now for preschool baseball hosted by Martin County
The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting a preschool baseball program for ages 3, 4 and 5 at Halpatiokee Regional Park, Field A. This is an instructional program, not a league. This six-week program is held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting on January 21, 2015. Cost is $80 for residents and $90 for non-residents.

Register here: https://econnect.martin.fl.us.

Visit us on Facebook @MyMCParks.


 
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Jan 13, 2015House of Hope luncheon features ‘upscale resale’ fashions


House of Hope’s 16th Annual Hearts for Hope luncheon is returning to its roots as a fashion show this year.

The event, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart, will feature models in "upscale resale" fashions. Guests also will be able to shop for unique jewelry, accessories and decorative items.

A key component in the annual fund-raiser is a special prize drawing. Diamonds by Terry once again has donated a custom jewelry item as the grand prize. The diamond-and-ruby “Heart of Hope” necklace can also be worn as a brooch and is valued at more than $5,000. Second prize is a $1,000 gift certificate from Fun Tours Travel.

The Hearts for Hope committee is led by chairwomen Jennifer Feltman and Laura Keech. The event’s presenting sponsor once again is The Pedersen Family Foundation, represented by Gail Pedersen Pfister.

Other sponsors include Seacoast Bank, Bobbie Trimble, Elaine Matts, The Frederick P. Bartlett Charitable Fund, and Teach Wealth Management.

Reservations for the luncheon are $100 per person and can be made online at www.hohmartin.org/hearts or by calling (772) 286-4673, ext. 1011.

Founded in 1984, House of Hope now touches the lives of more than 5,000 Martin County residents per month with services that include food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, information & referral, and life-changing case management to help people work toward greater stability and healthier lifestyles.

House of Hope has its main food pantry/service center at 2484 S.E. Bonita St., Stuart, and also has combined service centers/thrift stores in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach and Indiantown. House of Hope has recently moved its Stuart thrift store to 2529 S.E. Federal Hwy.


 
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Jan 13, 2015Martin County hosts adult flag football league


Martin County Parks & Recreation and Seven on Seven Flag Football will be hosting a men's flag football league (for ages 18 & older) at Halpatiokee Regional Park in Stuart on Thursday evenings. Games will start on Thursday, January 15, 2015. Cost is $550 per team (players: 7 minimum, 15 maximum). The league is a ten game season with an end of the season tournament. 7-on-7 rules will be in effect.

For more details contact:
Darol Wornock at 772-224-0176, sevenonsevenflagfootball@yahoo.com
Dave Gladding at 772-221-1419, dgladdin@martin.fl.us

Register online http://econnect.martin.fl.us



 
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Jan 12, 2015Representative MaryLynn Magar Newsletter - January Committee Week 1
See attached

Jan 2015.pdf
 
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Jan 12, 2015A New Year, a New Opportunity to LIVE UNITED
15 Reasons for Volunteering in 2015
1. Find purpose
2. Enjoy a meaningful conversation
3. Connect with your community
4. Feel involved
5. Contribute to a cause that you care about
6. Use your skills in a productive way
7. Develop new skills
8. Meet new people
9. Explore new areas of interest
10. Learn from others
11. Help others
12. Expand your horizons
13. Get out of the house
14. Make new friends
15. Feel better about yourself
Where will you volunteer in 2015?

>> Call Martin Volunteers today at 772-220-4472, ext. 225
to find a place to volunteer!




White Doves Holiday Project and Toys for Tots
BY THE NUMBERS

250+ volunteers
1,947 volunteer hours
38,413 pounds of food distributed
341 bikes raffled
13,605 toys distributed
1,164 families served
2,759 kids with bigger smiles on their faces this holiday!


Holiday cheer is hard to come by for families who struggle financially in Martin County.
More often than not, families are faced with the difficult decision of putting food on the table or buying Christmas presents for their children. Thanks to the generosity of the entire community 1,164 families didn’t have to make any of those difficult decisions this past December.

Free Tax Preparation

United Way of Martin County will be starting its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program on Mon., Feb. 2.
United Way’s IRS-trained VITA volunteers offer free tax preparation help at the United Way office, 10 S.E. Central Parkway, Suite 101, Stuart, from 6 to 8 p.m. by appointment only.
The VITA program helps Martin County residents with a household income of $53,000 or less keep more of their hard-earned money by utilizing the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Call 772-283-4800 between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to schedule an appointment at United Way’s VITA site or dial 2-1-1 for more information.

The Great Give:
24 Hours Can Change Our Community
Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is a 24-hour online giving event led by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, May 5 at 5 p.m. until May 6 at 5 p.m. to raise critical funds for local nonprofits.

ADVOCATE

The 2015 Florida United Way Consensus Legislative Agenda represents the priorities that Florida’s 32 local United Ways will collectively pursue during the 2015 Florida Legislative Session.

The priorities are:
• Advocating for working families
• High quality early learning
• Improving access to health care
• Promoting financial prosperity programs that help hard-working Floridians maintain economic self-sufficiency

United Way staff and volunteers will meet individually with our Treasure Coast legislative delegates to educate and inform them about these issues. For more information, email Jim Vojcsik.


VOLUNTEER

Volunteer Opportunity

We need help passing out flyers about our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program!

Volunteers are needed on Mon., Jan. 19 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in east Stuart to hand out flyers to those who can benefit from this service.

Call 772-220-4472, ext. 228 for more information.

LIVEUNITEDmc.org
772-283-4800


UPCOMING EVENTS

March 7
Bull Run 5K and Walk


March 21
Stuart Single Fin Showdown


April 24
Tee It Up for Character
Golf Tournament








 
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Jan 12, 2015Florida Yards & Neighborhoods and Martin County Master Gardeners offer Florida Arbor Day educational tree giveaway
If you’d like to help expand our tree canopy here in Martin County, you’re invited to attend this year’s annual Tree Give-away, hosted by the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Florida Yards & Neighborhoods and Master Gardener Programs, on Saturday, January 17, 2015. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County office, which is located at the north end of the Martin County Fairgrounds (2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart). The trees being offered were purchased by Val Martin of Florida Classics Library and Fred Burkey, UF/IFAS Extension Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Multi-county Agent. A variety of 1-gallon native trees will be available for attendees to choose from. Featured plants include two native pine species, South Florida slash pine (Pinus elliottii var. densa) and longleaf pine (Pinus palustris). Living native pines are the preferred nesting trees for bald eagles in Florida; according to unpublished data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), 75 percent of all eagle nests surveyed during 2006 were built in living native pines. Other native trees being offered will include fiddlewood (Citharexylum fruticosum), spicewood (Calyptranthes pallens), and Simpson’s stopper (Myrcianthes fragrans), all of which have fragrant blooms and berries attractive to birds. Another featured tree, Jamaican caper (Capparis cynophallophora), produes showy flowers and unique bright red fruits borne on long, cylindrical pods. Lastly, firebush (Hamelia patens), offers tubular orange-red flowers, which are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Fred Burkey and Master Gardener volunteers will provide educational information to discuss best management practices for planting success with your trees.

The tree give-away has been an annual event here in Martin County for at least the past seven (7) years. Since 2008, a total of 6,650 native trees have been distributed to the community. According to UF/IFAS, properly located trees can reduce air pollution, improve water quality, lower heating and cooling costs, minimize storm water runoff, decrease soil erosion, lessen the urban heat island effect, buffer noise pollution, provide habitat for wildlife, increase property values, and contribute to the psychological and social health of communities. The National Tree Benefit Calculator (http://www.treebenefits.com), developed by Davey Tree Expert Company and Casey Trees, can be used to estimate the monetary value of trees’ ecosystem and societal benefits. For the primary tree species offered over the years at the annual tree give-away, South Florida slash pine saplings, the National Tree Benefits Calculator estimates that once the tree reaches 1-inch diameter, it will yield a value of $5 per year in overall benefits, including the interception of 31 gallons of stormwater runoff and a two (2) pound reduction in atmospheric carbon in a one-year period. Once they reach a 12-inch diameter, the National Tree Benefits Calculator estimates their ecosystem and community services value at $52 per year. Therefore, the total economic benefits for the trees given away thus far, assuming about 50% reach a 12-inch diameter, is estimated at approximately $172,900 per year ($52 per tree at 3,325 trees).

For more information, call (772) 288-5654 or visit http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu/. The event is free and open to the public; advance registrations will not be taken. Trees will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Article contributed by Yvette Goodiel, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator


 
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Jan 12, 2015Blake Library Closing for Improvements January 16 through 19
The Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd Stuart, will be closing for maintenance from Friday, January 16 through Saturday, January 17. The library will also be closed as scheduled on Sunday, January 18, and for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 19. Improvements include replacement of the central air conditioning unit to improve efficiency. The south entrance of the library will be closed to traffic. All regular Blake Library patrons are encouraged to visit one of the five other MCLS library locations while these improvements are made.

For the convenience of patrons, the outside book drops at the Blake Library will remain accessible, and no fines will accrue on these dates.

What: Blake Library Closing for Improvements

Where: 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart, FL

When: Friday, January 16 - Monday, January 19


 
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Jan 12, 2015Getrude Walden Child Care Center Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
The Spaghetti Dinner & Raffle Fundraiser to benefit the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center (GWCCC) is a lip-smackin’ event that’s become a community favorite!
For just $5 per person, you’ll get a lovingly-prepared homemade dinner – and the proceeds benefit the children who attend GWCCC.
Scheduled for 3-6 p.m. on February 20th at the Center, 601 SE Lake Street in Stuart, there will also be an array of delightfully themed gift baskets that get better every year. For just $1 per ticket, you can win a basket valued at $150 that is filled with baby items, kitchen goods, entertainment treats or other exciting offerings. Winners of the baskets will be announced at 5:45 p.m. and you need not be present to win.
Lunch-time deliveries of the delicious spaghetti dinner are also available for orders of five or more.
Invite your friends and family to join you for dinner on February 20th at Gertrude Walden Child Care Center – you’ll get a great meal and help support one of the most successful children’s programs on the Treasure Coast.
For information, call 772-283-6321 or visit www.gertrudewalden.org. Like Gertrude Walden Child Care Center on Facebook


 
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Jan 12, 2015White Doves Holiday Project provides holiday cheer to 2,759 children
Holiday cheer is hard to come by for families who struggle financially in Martin County.

More often than not, families are faced with the difficult decision of putting food on the table or buying Christmas presents for their children. Thanks to the generosity of the entire community 1,164 families didn’t have to make any of those difficult decisions this past December.

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

“I’ve been working on the White Doves Holiday Project for 25 years and each year is just as rewarding as the last,” said Carol Hodnett, director of the project and vice president of community impact and Martin Volunteers at United Way.

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

Each year in fall, organizers reach out to area nonprofit agencies, faith-based organizations and schools to identify families in need. Referrals are then carefully checked with other service providers to avoid client duplication before being approved. As the local Toys For Tots coordinating organization, White Doves collects toys for children with the help of more than 150 businesses and communities serving as official Toys For Tots drop-off locations.

This year, qualifying families were given a specific time to shop for free from Dec. 18 to 20 at either the White Doves warehouse in Stuart or Indiantown. With the help of more than 250 volunteers, White Doves distributed 38,413 pounds of food and provided 13,605 toys to 2,759 children in Martin County. White Doves also distributed 341 bicycles thanks to the support of the Zweben Law Group, Martin County Ocean Rescue Lifeguards, Martin County Fire Rescue and many other donors.

“It feels good helping these parents give their children a fun Christmas,” said Amy Moyer, a lead volunteer with White Doves. “Our volunteers especially loved ‘shopping’ with moms and dads for their children amongst the tables full of donated toys.”

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

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

WHITE DOVES BY THE NUMBERS:
250+ volunteers
1,947 volunteer hours
38,413 pounds of food distributed
13,605 toys distributed
341 bikes distributed
1,164 families served
2,759 kids with bigger smiles on their faces!


 
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Jan 9, 2015Florida Chamber Bottom Line: Smart Prop Insurance Reforms Equal Consumer Savings

"We are in the best position as a marketplace that we have been
in for about 10 years now."


- MICHAEL CARLSON
Executive Director, Personal Insurance Federation of Florida (PIFF)


Watch the video to learn about Florida's insurance markets. http://www.flchamber.com/article/smart-property-insurance-reforms-equal-consumer-savings/


Florida's insurance markets are moving in the right direction, in part because of smart reforms that allow families and business to save money. Michael Carlson, Executive Director of Personal Insurance Federation of Florida (PIFF), shares with the Florida Chamber Bottom Line the three major reforms that have been beneficial to our state, but also the very real dangers that could cost your family and business more money.


Share Your Story
Register for the Florida Chamber's Insurance Summit in Orlando on January 26-28.




 
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Jan 9, 2015Lyric Magazine - Spring Issue - Art Work deadline January 15th ~ Reserve your place today!
Dear Advertiser,

The newly renovated Lyric is busier than ever, don't miss this chance to reach our area's most affluent residents. Our next quarterly magazine is our Spring Issue, slated to be inserted in Scripps Newspapers on February 22nd. We have a show almost every night thru the month of April. That's a tremendous amount of traffic, not just to the theater (one of the MANY places our magazine is distributed), but also to our website!

There are discounts for committing to multiple magazine issues, or a minimum of 3 months online. Or commit to both and save with package pricing!
Attached is our new media kit. Space is limited. Reserve your ad today!

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



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Jan 9, 2015Opening of ARC of MC Thrift Shop
The ARC of Martin County will add another first to its formidable list of accomplishments with the opening of its first upscale boutique-inspired thrift shop.

Located at 613 Colorado Avenue in Stuart’s bustling downtown, the shop offers clothing, furniture, sporting goods, home décor and housewares, among other things. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

The thrift shop is a win/win situation for the community: not only does the sale of items provide a much-needed revenue stream to ARC, but the individuals served by the non-profit also can work there. It gives them a chance to hone their employment skills and become part of the workforce, plus they get to earn pocket money.
Monica Worrell, who is managing the new ARC of Martin County Thrift Shop says volunteers are needed to work there and schedules can accommodate the times and days individuals are available. She also recommends you park behind the store in the public parking on MLK Boulevard, since spaces in front are limited.

For information or to learn how you can help, call 772-324-5424.


 
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Jan 8, 2015Indiantown Education Coalition Holds Annual Luncheon To Benefit Local Student Scholarships
The Indiantown Education Coalition will celebrate its 19th year in serving the students and educators of Indiantown with their Annual Scholarship Luncheon on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015 sponsored and catered by Manero’s Restaurant of Palm City. Each year, teachers, business leaders, and community supporters and donors gather for a delicious 3-course meal, a fantastic prize drawing and to celebrate the students/teachers who benefit from the IEC Scholarship Fund.

To date, the Indiantown Coalition has awarded over $300,000 in scholarships, instructional enhancement programs and teacher recognition efforts. The public is welcome to join the Coalition for this year’s lunch held this year at THE FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER IN INDIANTOWN and themed: “Share the Love of Learning” on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

This event sells out each year, so get your tickets now by contacting Hilary McKeich at the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce: itowncc@itspeed.net or (772) 597-2184

Annual Scholarship Luncheon to benefit the IEC Scholarship Fund
Friday, February 6, 2015; Doors Open 11:30 AM • Lunch 12:00 p.m.
Family Worship Center
15285 SW Indian Mound Drive, Indiantown, FL 34956
3-course meal • Prize drawing including many creative gift baskets!
$20 per person or $160 per table (8 seats)

Contact: Hilary McKeich 772-597-2184 , itowncc@itspeed.net or
Denise Lechner 772-597-3383, denisel@itstelecom.net

The Indiantown Education Coalition and the entire community are most appreciative to the many business partners and individual donors who have given their support to the IEC for the past 19 years.



IEC Luncheon Invite 2015
 
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Jan 7, 2015Martin County News
January 6 BOCC meeting agenda available
The agenda for the January 6 Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting is now available online. If you would like to attend the meeting, it begins at 9:00 am in the Commission Chambers at the County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart.

Register now for a bucket list "must-do"
We're so proud of our award-winning citizens academy! Martin CARES was just listed by Stuart Magazine as a "2015 Bucket List Must-Do." Our January class is full, but we are now accepting participants for our March class. Resolve to learn more about your County government!

BookMania!
The most prestigious literary event on the Treasure Coast, BookMania!, will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Jensen Beach High School. The free book festival will feature 14 authors in five, one-hour panels. The year's event will also feature music between panels.

Input needed on library hours of operation
"What is the best library time for you?" The Martin County Library System wants residents to answer this question by taking a brief survey. While the survey's main targets are residents that do not use the library, existing users are encouraged to complete it as well.

Coastal Lecture Series at the Blake
Florida Oceanographic Society, in partnership with the Martin County Library System, will present a free, eight-part illustrated lecture series at 6:30 pm on Mondays, Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Feb. 2, Feb. 16, Mar. 2, Mar. 16, Mar. 30 and Apr. 6 at the Blake Library in Stuart.

Be happy. Be healthy. Go to a park!
Start the new year off right! Strong evidence shows that when people have access to parks, they exercise more. Regular physical activity has been shown to improve overall health and reduce the risk of a wide range of diseases, as well as enhance psychological well-being.

Flu advisory issued for Martin County
An advisory is now in effect for Martin County following higher than normal rates of influenza. Seasonal influenza is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms of the flu include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose or body aches.

New Discover Martin County newsletter
Would you like to find out more about things going on in your own backyard? The new Discover Martin County newsletter will keep you up-to-date on all the local happenings. Take a look and discover new and exciting events and activities offered throughout the year.

Spend a night at the museum
Kids are invited to spend a fun night at The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast while their parents enjoy a night out on the town. Join us from 6:00 to 9:30 pm on Friday, January 9 for a movie, dinner, popcorn and museum exploration. Register now by calling 225-7575.

Arbor Day tree giveaway
If you'd like to help expand our tree canopy, attend this year's annual Florida Arbor Day Tree Giveaway on Saturday, January 17. The event will be held from 9:00 am to noon at the UF/IFAS Extension office located at the north end of the Martin County Fairgrounds on Dixie Highway.

Harvesting rainwater
Want to know how to harvest rainwater using rain barrels and rain gardens? Join Cooperative Extension Agent Fred Burkey for an installment in the Your Florida Yard lecture series. Catch "Farmer Fred" at various locations in Martin County throughout January.

Road closure information
Use caution in the "cone zone!" Check out the latest info and an interactive map on road and lane closures to plan your route around town this week. The road conditions web application shows roads and lanes that may be closed due to construction or events.


 
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Jan 7, 2015Media advisory: Elected officials and community leaders participate in Indiantown/Western Martin County Visioning Day
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners and USDA Rural Development will host an Indiantown / Western Martin County Visioning Day tomorrow, Wednesday, January 7. The visioning day consists of two parts - a community bus tour for Rural Development staff and public officials to acquaint participants with areas of interest in the community and a discussion forum led by area leaders and representatives from Rural Development and other invited federal agencies.

Media is invited to participate in the bus tour. The bus will depart from Seminole Inn on Warfield Boulevard at 9:30 a.m. In addition, media may attend the discussion forum which will begin at 12:45 p.m., also at the Seminole Inn.

Those participating will learn about economic and community development environment in the area and available programs and partnering opportunities.

What: Indiantown/Western Martin County Visioning Day.

Where: Media invited to meet group for bus tour. Bus will depart from Seminole Inn, located at 15885 Southwest Warfield Boulevard, Indiantown.

When: Wednesday, January 7 at 9:30 a.m.


 
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Jan 7, 2015"Dinner With Your Daughter"
On February 4 from 5:30-8 p.m., you’re invited to attend Dinner With Your Daughter, a free event that is geared to helping pre-teen and teenage girls develop tactics for healthy dating relationships.
Presented by Soroptimist International of Stuart as part of its TRUST Program (Teen Relations Using Safe Tactics), the evening will feature a program for the girls, Empowering Teens in Their Relationships, presented by Sue Dockerill, CEO of International Network for Children & Families and one for adults called Parenting with Love & Logic, presented by Virginia O. Jones of Helping People Succeed.
Everyone will come together at the end of the programs to learn what was discussed and hear closing remarks.
Adults can be moms, dads, guardians, grandparents or any interested and involved party. Girls can attend with non-custodial families, but each must be in the company of an adult. The target age is 12-16, but all teen girls are welcome.
Dinner With Your Daughter takes place at Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Avenue in Stuart. Dinner will be served, but you must register by January 30 and space is limited. Email your registration request to sistuarttrust@gmail.com.


 
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Jan 7, 2015Identify Theft, Fraud, Scams, Pillowcase Burglaries, How can I secure my home when I am away?
Identify Theft, Fraud, Scams, Pillowcase Burglaries, How can I secure my home when I am away? These are topics that concern all of us in Martin County, and will be addressed on Wednesday, January 28, by the Martin County Sheriff’s Dept. in a presentation by Tricia Kukuvla, Public Affairs Coordinator, and I urge all residents of Martin County to attend this valuable and informative program.

Two sessions will be held – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - at the Clubhouse of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Stuart, 729 SE Ocean Blvd. Stuart, This is offered as a free service by the Woman’s Club to the Martin County community . Reservations are requested, but not required, by calling 772-545-2624 or 772-288-3227 or emailing abcde2tl@yahoo.com.

I look forward to welcoming you to this program.

Bobbi Demers
Home Life Chair,
Woman’s Club of Stuart


 
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Jan 7, 2015Need Affordable Health Insurance? Get answers, sign up at January enrollment events
In 2015, resolve to get healthy. A good starting place is the Health Insurance Marketplace where you can get answers about affordable health insurance.

Treasure Coast Food Bank in partnership with the Health Council of Southeast Florida is hosting several enrollment events this month. At each event, you can work with a navigator who can guide you through the online marketplace to find insurance that fits your needs and budget.

Whether you’re uninsured, or simply want to explore new options, the Health Insurance Marketplace can offer choices that work for you. Register online or call for more information about any of the following events:

Jan. 10: YourPlate Health & Wellness Center, 1203 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Connector.getcoveredamerica.org or call 561-400-3726

Jan. 15: Virginia College, 2810 South Federal Highway, Fort Pierce, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Connector.getcoveredamerica.org or call 772-464-9617

Jan. 20: Gifford Youth Activity Center, 4875 43rd Ave., Vero Beach, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Connector.getcoveredamerica.org or call 772-332-4727

Jan. 27: Parent Academy of St. Lucie County, 2940 South U.S. Highway 1, Suite C-12, Fort Pierce, 1 – 7 p.m.
Connector.getcoveredamerica.org or call 772-466-0523

Jan. 31: 8th Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo, 4601 Florida 710, Okeechobee, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Connector.getcoveredamerica.org or call 772-464-9617


 
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Jan 7, 2015Martin County Best Places to Work
The Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce has partnered with CareerSource Research Coast to present the 2015 Martin County Best Places to Work program. This annual program provides a confidential forum for local employers to participate in an evaluation of workplace best practices. Participating companies receive a complimentary benchmarking report summarizing the survey responses. This valuable tool provides a blueprint on workplace initiatives and best practices. The program kicks off on January 28th at 7:30 a.m. at the Indian River State College Chastain Campus in Stuart with the Florida House of Representatives-District 82, the Honorable MaryLynn Magar, as the keynote speaker. A complimentary continental breakfast will be served. Call Brian Dulemba at 866.482.4473 extension 605 or email bdulemba@careersourcerc.com to confirm your attendance.

See Attached

Martin County Best Places
 
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Jan 7, 2015Art photography supports House of Hope


An “Images of Hope” exhibit by local photographers has lived up to its name, raising nearly $1,000 so far for House of Hope in the fight against hunger and hardship in Martin County.

Members of the Treasure Coast Photography Group have been displaying their artwork at Alice’s Restaurant, 2781 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, and the exhibit will continue indefinitely.

The exhibit opened Oct. 19, 2014, and 14 photos have been sold so far. Patrons have been enjoying the beauty of the photographs and appreciate that all or part of the sale of each photo goes to House of Hope.

The art photography includes a variety of styles and subjects, from local scenes to historic landmarks, from black-and-white images to colorful digital montages.

For more information about the photo show, contact Jeff Kaplan, a member of the Treasure Coast Photography Group and a House of Hope volunteer, (772) 834-9337.

House of Hope is a Martin County agency that has been helping local people in need since 1984. Today, the agency touches the lives of more than 5,000 people per month with services that include food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, information & referral, and life-changing case management. The agency has four service centers – Stuart, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach and Indiantown – and partners with many other nonprofits to help people work toward healthier lifestyles and greater stability.

For more information about House of Hope, call (772) 286-4673 or visit www.hohmartin.org.


 
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Jan 7, 2015Volunteers Needed!


Almost 35, 000 local children don't know where their next meal is coming from. Many are on free and reduced lunch at school, but what happens when school is out?

Treasure Coast Food Bank's Back Pack Program provides food to help children get through the weekend. You can help those children by participating in our BackPack-a-Thon to benefit our Child Nutrition Program.

Volunteers are needed to fill bags of nutritious food that will be distributed to local children in need.

Wednesday, January 21st from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

To reserve a space, contact Theresa Taylor, ttaylor@tcfoodbank.org or call 772-489-3034

Join us Wednesday, January 21st for a
BackPack-A-Thon, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.





 
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Jan 6, 2015Keep Martin Beautiful announces nominees for annual Environmental Stewardship Awards
Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2015 Environmental Stewardship Awards. This year’s lineup includes more than 40 nominations including: individuals; businesses; nonprofit, civic and youth groups; and government agencies. While the types of projects and activities vary widely, the common thread is that all of the nominees are doing something to improve the environmental quality of life in Martin County.

“We are always impressed with the diversity and ingenuity of Martin County’s environmental stewards and this year is no exception. They are from every walk of life, young and old, and many are the unsung heroes in our community, doing their part with little fanfare to make a difference in our corner of the world,” said Jim Dragseth, KMB president.

This year’s nomination applications were reviewed by eight judges: City of Stuart Commissioner Tom Campenni; KMB President Jim Dragseth; Martin County Commissioner John Haddox; South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Member Mitch Hutchcraft; Ed Killer of TCPalm’s Environmental Team; Jason Matson of Kimley-Horn; Wendy Parker of Martin County Utilities and Solid Waste; and Martin County School Board Member Marsha Powers.

A list of this year’s nominations, as well as winners from previous years, is available online at keepmartinbeautiful.org. Winners will be announced Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club. Tickets to attend the Environmental Stewardship Awards are $75 each. For more information or to register online go to www.KeepMartinBeautiful.org, call 772-781-1222 or events@keepmartinbeautiful.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available.

About Keep Martin Beautiful
Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization founded in 1994 as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Its mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Martin County through litter prevention, the promotion of recycling, improvement of solid waste management practices, and beautification and community revitalization activities. KMB signature events and programs include the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards Ceremony, the International Coastal Cleanup, the Great American Cleanup, the Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Street programs, and other educational and outreach activities. Find KMB on Facebook at facebook.com/KeepMartinBeautiful, follow KMB on Twitter at twitter.com/KMBmartin, or visit KeepMartinBeautiful.org.

Suggested Photo Caption: Winners and nominees from the 2014 Environmental Stewardship Awards.






2015 Nominations

Youth

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County
• Bessey Creek Elementary Team Green Ambassadors
• Veronica Dalton
• The Pine School
• Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida - Sea Star Unit


Business

• Florida Cattlemens Association (FCA)
• Indian River Lagoon Team
• Jenkins Landscape Co.
• N2 Architecture + Design
• Ocean Blue Yacht Sales
• Pipers Landing


Non-Profit/Civic

• Children's Museum
• Habitat Angel
• Indiantown Non-Profit Housing, Inc.
• Inwater Research Group
• Jensen Beach Community Playground Committee
• Marine Industries Association
• Michelle Byriel & Leslie Blanchard - Nighttime Sea Turtle Walks
• Michelle Maguire with Pipers Landing
• Pipers Landing Garden Club
• The Rio Civic Club


Individual/Unsung Hero

• Marty Baum
• Nicholas E. Cocoves
• Michelle Maguire
• Janeen Mason
• Celeste Norup
• Russ Overholt
• Mark Perry
• Beverly Poppke
• Julie Preast
• Eve Samples
• Ron Shewmaker
• Captain Don Voss


Government Agency
• City of Stuart - Biennial Calendar - "Creating a Healthier River Day-By-Day"
• City of Stuart - Public Works Department - Poppleton Creek Tidal Wetlands Creation and Restoration
• City of Stuart in partnership with Florida Oceanographic Society - Oyster Shell Recycling Program
• Martin County Airport - Runway 25 Obstruction Removal and Clearing Project
• Martin County Engineering Department Ecosystem Restoration & Management Division - Hoke Library Rain Garden
• Martin County Engineering Department, Ecosystem Restoration - Brochure - A Citizen's Guide to Protecting our Waterways
• Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization - Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization & Saint Lucie Transportation Planning Organization Regional Waterways Plan
• Peter Schaller, MCTV Producer - "Your Environment"


 
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Jan 6, 2015May’s Certified Services, LLC
Serving Martin and St Lucie Counties for over 40 years May’s Certified Services, is the premier water extraction company providing 24 hour, 365 day service availability. We use state of the art equipment to accomplish quick and efficient services. Certified Services bases it business philosophy on exceeding the customer’s expectations in quality of service and price. We work within the insurance industry pricing guidelines and provide invoicing for the customer, should they wish to file an insurance claim. We have been here for over 40 years and built our business on doing the right thing for the customer. We plan to be here for the next 40 years and are here to build relationships and continue our commitment to the community.
Please call us for water extraction and floor cleaning needs.
We are at your service.
Phone: 772-334-4156
Email: infor@certifiedemergencyservice.com
Website: Certifiedemergencyservice.com
Facebook: facebook.com/certifiedemergencyservice

 
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Jan 6, 2015Media advisory: Elected officials and community leaders participate in Indiantown/Western Martin County Visioning Day
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners and USDA Rural Development will host an Indiantown / Western Martin County Visioning Day tomorrow, Wednesday, January 7. The visioning day consists of two parts - a community bus tour for Rural Development staff and public officials to acquaint participants with areas of interest in the community and a discussion forum led by area leaders and representatives from Rural Development and other invited federal agencies.

Media is invited to participate in the bus tour. The bus will depart from Seminole Inn on Warfield Boulevard at 9:30 a.m. In addition, media may attend the discussion forum which will begin at 12:45 p.m., also at the Seminole Inn.

Those participating will learn about economic and community development environment in the area and available programs and partnering opportunities.

What: Indiantown/Western Martin County Visioning Day.
Where: Media invited to meet group for bus tour. Bus will depart from Seminole Inn, located at 15885 Southwest Warfield Boulevard, Indiantown.

When: Wednesday, January 7 at 9:30 a.m.


 
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Jan 5, 2015Solid Economy Causes Small-Business Optimism to Surge
Roughly half of small business owners, such as Chris Sugai of Niner Bikes in Fort Collins, Colo., said they expect conditions to improve. Isaac Brekken for The Wall Street Journal
Chris Sugai is exploring whether to rent a bigger warehouse early this year to expand his mountain-bike business.
He anticipates that revenue at Niner Bikes, his nine-year-old Fort Collins, Colo., high-end mountain-bike company, will reach $17 million in 2015, up from $15 million last year.
Until now, the company has relied on a third-party logistics service to store and deliver the bikes, which sell for $3,000 to $6,000 each. But the 34-employee firm is now big enough to consider bringing the operation in house at an upfront cost of roughly $85,000 in software, scanners, forklifts and other equipment—and with at least two new hires.

The Year Ahead
Indeed, more small-business owners are starting the new year with a rosier economic outlook, and their optimism is due in large part to stronger sales during the 2014 second half.
Roughly half of 830 small-business owners and executives said they expect economic conditions to keep improving in the year ahead, up from 38% who felt that way at the end of last year, according to The Wall Street Journal and Vistage International. The latest survey was conducted online from Dec. 8 to Dec. 17 and involved firms with less than $20 million in annual revenue.
In addition, roughly 80% said they anticipate better sales in 2015, up from 77% who felt that way heading into 2014.
In contrast to the “fits and starts” of economic growth in recent years, Mr. Sugai says, recent steady gains in the U.S. this time around “feel more solid,” especially following an upturn in his sales. “The time is right” to boost capital spending and hire new workers, Mr. Sugai adds.
The upbeat forecasts for the coming year should be tempered by dashed expectations a year ago, when a similar rise in optimism among small firms was dampened by a harsh winter and weak sales. Apart from the weather, the issues facing small firms in the year ahead include health care, access to capital and hiring, and each one is capable of deflating a buoyant outlook.
Health-Care Quandary
Starting in January 2015, businesses with more than 99 full-time employees must offer affordable health plans to their workers, while those with 50 or more employees have until January 2016 to get plans in place or face fines under the federal health-care law.
Many small employers are worried about added costs. In a recent survey of 900 businesses with fewer than 100 workers, 60% said employee participation in workplace health plans increased to 75% this year, up from 54% a year earlier, according to the National Federation of Independent Business, a Washington lobbying group that led a failed lawsuit against the federal health-care law two years ago.

Limited Access to Capital
Finding capital remains a big challenge for many small companies in the economic recovery. Banks held roughly $590 billion of small-business loans in the third quarter, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. That is still 17% below 2008 highs. Meanwhile, just 18% of banks eased standards for small-business loans in 2014, according to a report released in December by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Entrepreneurs are still waiting for the Securities and Exchange Commission to finalize rules required by the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act of 2012 that will allow them to raise small sums from everyday investors, an arrangement known as equity crowdfunding.
Already, 17 states have enacted laws that let entrepreneurs raise funds from average investors in their state, but few firms have taken advantage of the new fundraising tool, state securities regulators say.
Taking up the slack for small-business borrowers are alternative lenders, which typically make small but costly loans online. Many alternative lenders provide little transparency about the effective cost of their loans.
But the U.S. Small Business Administration is exploring allowing these nontraditional lenders to reach borrowers via an SBA website if they meet certain standards for disclosure and cost. according to the agency’s chief, Maria Contreras-Sweet, who is a former banker.
Hiring Challenges
Efforts by President Barack Obama to raise the federal minimum wage by 2015 to $10.10 an hour from its current $7.25 have been stalled in Congress. But small employers—especially franchise owners in the service sector—are facing minimum-wage increases in more than two dozen states, including five that approved increases in November.
A more competitive job market is likely to put pressure on wages and make it harder for small employers to find qualified applicants. Many small firms don’t have a dedicated human-resources department to tackle such issues head on.
Keith Walters, the chief operating officer at a Dallas real-estate-market research firm Axiometrics Inc., expects to hire 30 new employees next year, including analysts and sales and technology staff. “We’re on a fairly good growth path,” he says about the 80-employee firm, which he says posted a sales increase of roughly 50% in 2014.
“We’re looking at what’s next and feeling very good about the future,” adds Ken Ward, chief executive of Fireside21, a Washington, D.C., firm with 15 employees that designs online platforms aimed at helping lawmakers connect with their constituents.
He is expecting $3 million in revenue next year, up from $2.25 million in 2014. The firm hired two new customer-support workers in December, he says, and it plans to add one or two software developers next year.



 
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Jan 5, 2015Friends in Pink Gala takes a swing against breast cancer January 31
A 50s inspired Friends in Pink Gala will raise critical funds for patients with breast cancer on January 31 from 6pm-10pm at the Flagler Place in downtown Stuart.

The Inaugural Friends in Pink Gala promises a swingin’ good time with 50s inspired cuisine, entertainment, and atmosphere. Guests will dance the night away to Professor Pennygoode's Mighty Flea Circus and enjoy professional swing dance performances. Cuisine 256 will be serving up a delectable meal, finished off with a not-to-be-missed dessert station, including root beer float shooters, pineapple upside down cake, chocolate fondue, and much more! The evening also features a silent auction you’re sure to enjoy.

Tickets for the Gala are $100 and are all-inclusive. Dress is cocktail casual, and guests are encouraged to don their favorite pink or black duds. Fifties attire will be well received!

All proceeds go to those in need of financial support during their battle with breast cancer.

Sponsors include Martin Health System, Greenspoon Marder Law, Jewelry Design Studio, and The Stuart News/TCPalm.com.

For more information or the purchase tickets, visit www.FriendsinPink.net or call 772-284-3007.


 
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Jan 5, 2015Tax Extenders Become Law
In the recently enacted "Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014," Congress has once again extended package of expired or expiring individual, business, and energy provisions know as "extenders." The extenders are a varied assortment of more than 50 individual and business tax deductions, tax credits, and other tax-saving laws which have been on the books for years but which technically are temporary because they have a specific end date. Congress has repeatedly temporarily extended the tax breaks for short periods of time (e.g., one or two years), which is why they are referred to as "extenders." The new legislation generally extends the tax breaks retroactively, most of which expired at the end of 2013, for one year through 2014.

We are writing to give you an overview of the key tax breaks that were extended by the new law. Please call our office for details of how the new changes may affect you or your business.


Individual extenders
The following provisions which affect individual taxpayers are extended through 2014:

... the $250 above-the-line deduction for teachers and other school professionals for expenses paid or incurred for books, certain supplies, equipment, and supplementary materials used by the educator in the classroom
... the exclusion of up to $2 million ($1 million if married filing separately) of discharged principal residence indebtedness from gross income
... parity for the exclusions for employer-provided mass transit and parking benefits
... the deduction for mortgage insurance premiums deductible as qualified residence interest
... the option to take an itemized deduction for State and local general sales taxes instead of the itemized deduction permitted for State and local income taxes
... the increased contribution limits and carryforward period for contributions of appreciated real property (including partial interests in real property) for conservation purposes
... the above-the-line deduction for qualified tuition and related expenses and
... the provision that permits tax-free distributions to charity from an individual retirement account (IRA) of up to $100,000 per taxpayer per tax year, by taxpayers age 70 and 1/2 or older


Business extenders
The following business credits and special rules are generally extended through 2014:

... the research credit
... the new markets tax credit
... the work opportunity credit
... 15-year straight line cost recovery for qualified leasehold improvements, qualified restaurant buildings and improvements, and qualified retail improvements
... 50% bonus depreciation (extended before Jan. 1, 2016 for certain longer-lived and transportation assets)
... the election to accelerate alternative minimum tax (AMT) credits in lieu of additional first-year depreciation
... the enhanced charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory
... the increase in expensing (up to $500,000 write-off of capital expenditures subject to a gradual reduction once capital expenditures exceed $2,000,000) and an expanded definition of property eligible for expensing.
... special expensing rules for certain film and television productions
... the exclusion from a tax-exempt organization's unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) of interest, rent, royalties, and annuities paid to it from a controlled entity
... the special treatment of certain dividends of regulated investment companies (RICs)
... the definition of RICs as qualified investment entities under the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act
... exception under subpart F for active financing income
... look-through treatment for payments between related controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) under the foreign personal holding company rules.
... the exclusion of 100% of gain on certain small business stock
... the basis adjustment to stock of S corporations making charitable contributions of property
... the reduction in S corporation recognition period for built-in gains tax
... the empowerment zone tax incentives and
... the two provisions dealing with multiemployer defined benefit pension plans (dealing with an automatic extension of amortization periods and shortfall funding method and endangered and critical rules), are extended through 2015.


Energy-related extenders
The following energy provisions are retroactively extended through 2014:
... the credit for nonbusiness energy property
... the second generation biofuel producer credit (formerly cellulosic biofuels producer tax credit)
... the incentives for biodiesel and renewable diesel
... the renewable electricity production credit, and the election to claim the energy credit in lieu of the renewable electricity production credit
... the credit for construction of energy efficient new homes
... the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction.
... the incentives for alternative fuel and alternative fuel mixtures and
... the alternative fuel vehicle refueling property credit


We hope this information is helpful. If you would like more details about these changes or any other aspect of the new law, please do not hesitate to call.

Sincerely,

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


 
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Jan 5, 2015LOCAL NON-PROFITS BENEFIT FROM CLARKE CAMPAIGN FUNDS
With more than $4,000 left in her campaign account after this fall’s successful re-election campaign, Stuart City Commissioner Eula Clarke had several options under Florida’s election laws, but decided to share the proceeds with a dozen local non-profits.
Donations ranging from $200 to $500 were made by Clarke to Audubon of Martin County, Big Heart Brigade of the Treasure Coast, Building Bridges to Youth, Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, HPS/Helping People Succeed, Mary’s Shelter, Molly’s House, Safespace, Treasure Coast Wildlife Hospital, Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, The Willow House and Families Against Drunk Driving.
Clarke raised $17,646 for her campaign, but spent only $13,400 to win her election for a third term.
Candidates in such circumstances can choose from a menu of alternatives, including making refunds to contributors on a pro rata basis and giving the money to a political party or political subdivision, such as a local government.
“My focus is always on the local community, but it’s hard to pick just one or two organizations,” said Clarke, “so I decided to donate to as many as I could.”
Clarke is an attorney who specializes in family law, immigration and probate. She was originally elected in 2010 to the non-partisan city commission. Her current term will end in 2016.


 
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Jan 5, 2015“Toast” for the Win at the Stuart Sailfish Club’s 61st Annual Light Tackle Tournament at Sailfish Point
Six boats, each with six releases, led the pack just after lines in on the last day of fishing during the 61st annual Stuart Sailfish Club’s Light Tackle Tournament held at Sailfish Point December 11-14, 2014. This was a very fitting finale to one of the closest tournaments in club history.

The energy was palpable as boats pulled in transom to transom at the end of each day. The fleet of 16 enjoyed complimentary dockage in the prestigious gated community of Sailfish Point. Rounds of Golf, Incredible dinners, and plenty of fish tales complimented this longstanding, traditional, dead-bait release tournament.
The Stuart Sailfish Club was proud to introduced a newly formed sister tournament, the Florida Sailfish Amateur Championship. This brought an additional 9 boats to the docks who competed two of three days rather than the three of three day format set by the Light Tackle.
Friends and family followed the standings online as the boats battled it out fish by fish. The field remained even throughout the tournament with a double release enough to take the lead at anytime. When it all shook out “Toast” with Captain Ross Clark, and owner, Ron Martin took the first place finish with 10 fish, Apava with Captain Scott Fawcett, and owner, David Przysinda took the second place finish with 9 fish, and J-Hook Captained by Michael “Dewey” Price, took the third place spot with owner, Ed Jillson and 8 sailfish releases.

The Florida Sailfish Amateur Championship had a big finish with Tokatomist owner Thomas Howd and anglers releasing 5 fish in their two days of fishing followed by Fintasim, owner Mike Rawd, and Class One, owner Bill Fitchett, each releasing one sailfish. The Amateur Championship, with boats ranging in size from 29’ to 61’, proved to be a great success introducing new teams to the tournament circuit.
For more information, call Tournament Director, Allison Wigley at 772-341-6737 or visit www.StuartSailfishClub.com and https://www.facebook.com/LightTackleTournament?ref=hl for highlights.


 
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Jan 5, 2015Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County would like to wish its extended family of board members, volunteers, staff, community partners, and the thousands of Club families we serve a Happy Holidays!

We also want to say Happy New Year! In 2015, our 24th year in Martin County, we pledge to continue our relentless work on behalf of children and teens that yearn for success in the classroom, the neighborhood, and throughout the entire community!

YOUTH FOR UNITY BEGINS IN INDIANTOWN
Program teaches tolerance, diversity, self-expression

Thanks to a three-year grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, children and teens at our Bill & Barbara Whitman branch in Indiantown are participating in Youth for Unity, a program designed to promote tolerance and diversity and promote self-expression, especially through creative media.

In the program's inaugural year, the initiative will run from November 2014 through May 2015. Supplementing arts and cultural workshops led by local artists are field trips that highlight local culture and programming led by Indiantown's youth development staff that help reinforce themes of diversity and inclusion through research projects, high-yield learning activities, mentoring, and group discussion.

ANNUAL BENEFIT IS JANUARY 29!
An Enchanted Evening on Jupiter Island

BGCMC will host its 21st Annual Benefit on January 29, 2015 at the Jupiter Island Golf House.
This year's Benefit, An Enchanted Evening, is chaired by Maria Bayazid, Heidi Cox, Kathy Parsons, and Debbie Textor.

For tickets and other information, please call 772.545.1255.


NOW SERVING HER COUNTRY!
Former member & staffer visits BGCMC

Stephany Serrano, a former Club member who went on to work at BGCMC as a program specialist at our East Stuart, Port Salerno, and Palm City branches while she attended college, recently came back to BGCMC to pay a visit.

Today, Stephany is proudly serving her country in the U.S. Navy! After attending boot camp in Illinois, she received Advanced Technical Training to learn electronics. Since then, she's undergone additional training, specializing in satellites.

Stephany's next stop is Hawaii where we're sure she'll continue to excel and of course make us so proud. And we were so moved to hear the Club has never left her heart.

"I can't tell you how much I miss working with the kids," Stephany said. "They're just so happy!"


MEMBERS EXPLORE S.T.E.M. CAREERS
Children learn about engineering & technology

Members at the Port Salerno and Palm City Club branches recently completed the "Building Blocks: Engineering our Future STEM" program, generously funded by Samsung. S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

"I learned a lot more about civil engineering and now have a better understanding of traffic lights and how they make a city safer. I also enjoyed studying the process of how sky scrapers are built," said Pedro, who is also an 11-year old Club member.

Click here to read more about our S.T.E.M. program!


INDIANTOWN SAYS THANK YOU!
A Nov. 15 breakfast recognized supporters

BGCMC held a special donor and community partner appreciation on November 15, 2014 at the new Bill & Barbara Whitman branch in Indiantown.

More than 150 were in attendance as BGCMC staff and board members recognized individual donors, foundations, and community partners who were instrumental to the campaign to build a new 22,000 square foot facility in the heart of Indiantown's Carter Park.

You may view more photos on our Web site or our new Flickr page!



IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER

Did you know that you can reduce your taxes by making a gift from your IRA to charity?

The IRA Charitable Rollover permits individuals who are 70½ to rollover up to $100,000 from their IRA to charity free from federal income tax.

Better yet, an IRA rollover gift qualifies for your required minimum distribution, permitting you to lower your income and taxes for this year while helping our cause.


Formed in 1991, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. To achieve this, trained youth development professionals offer children ages 6 to 18 a very low-cost, comprehensive, and high-yield curriculum after school and during the summers.

BGCMC is supported by the Children's Services Council of Martin County, Hobe Sound Community Chest, United Way of Martin County, private foundations, corporations, and individual donors. To learn more, call 772.545.1255,visit www.bgcmartin.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

To help support BGCMC, please consider making an online donation.


 
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Jan 5, 2015January 2015 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for January 2015. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding are entitled, at no cost, to the provision of certain assistance. This does not include transportation to and from the meeting. Please contact the Office of the County Administrator at (772) 221-2360, or in writing to 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL, 34996, no later than three days before the hearing date. Persons using a TDD device, please call 711 Florida Relay Services.

An agenda of items to be considered will be available to the public in the Administrator's Office, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida. Items not included on the agenda may also be heard in consideration of the best interests of the public's health, safety, welfare, and as necessary to protect every person's right of access.

If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at the meetings or hearings of any board, committee, agency, council, or advisory group, that person will need a record of the proceedings and, for such purpose, may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record should include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
January 6 & 13, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

JOINT MEETING WITH THE MARTIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THE CITY OF STUART COMMISSIONERS, AND THE MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
January 20, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
January 20, 2015 immediately following the 9:00 am joint meeting
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during this meeting as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE - joint meeting
January 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

AIRPORT NOISE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
January 22, 2015 at 10:00 am
Location: Airport Maintenance Building, 1895 SE Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
January 21, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
January 20, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commission also sits as the Community Redevelopment Agency.
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
January 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
January 21, 2015 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
January 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm
The Golden Gate Building Charrette will follow this meeting.
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
January 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
January 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
January 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Library, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
January 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
January 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
January 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

USDA INDIANTOWN/WESTERN MARTIN COUNTY VISIONING DAY
January 7, 2015 - Discussion Forum to begin at 12:45 PM after lunch
Location: Seminole Inn
One or more Martin County Commissioners may be present at this event.
One or more members of the Martin County Business Development Board may be present at this event.
One or more members of the Indiantown Neighborhood Advisory Committee may be present at this event.
One or more members of the Enterprise Zone Development Agency may be present at this event.

All Board of County Commission Offices will be closed on Thursday, January 1 due to the New Year's Day holiday and on Monday, January 19 due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

This notice dated: December 24, 2014.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Jan 5, 2015FLAGLER PLACE IN DOWNTOWN CELEBRATES 1 YEAR
On January 1, 2015, Flagler Place in downtown Stuart will celebrate its first birthday.
Under the direction of Jade Smith, who leases the building from the City of Stuart, Flagler Place has hosted over 70 events in the last year alone. These events include weddings, plays, retirement parties, jazz nights, baby showers, and celebration of life ceremonies, to name a few. The list goes on.
Flagler Place has served as the home of many non-profit events and fundraisers as well. From Drag Queen Bingo, to the Florida Mainstreet Conference and Owl’s Howl Ghoula, the waterfront venue is versatile and can accommodate a variety of occasions.
According to Smith, the best part of running the nearly 10,000 square foot building is being able to connect with the community and give back.
“Hands down my favorite event was the clambake and comedy show held in May to benefit Project L.I.F.T.”, she says. “We raised more than $30,000 and I was thrilled to be able to be a part of it. It simply makes me proud.”
To reserve the venue or take a tour please call 772-214-1846. Nonprofit rates available. Visit us online at www.flaglerplace.net


 
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Jan 5, 2015Florida Oceanographic Society's 2015 Coastal Lecture Series begins January 5 at Blake Library
Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS), in partnership with the Martin County Library System, will present an eight-part lecture series at 6:30 pm on Mondays, Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Feb. 2, Feb. 16, Mar. 2, Mar. 16, Mar. 30 and Apr. 6 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The illustrated talks are free and open to the public. A schedule follows.
January 5
Mark Perry, Executive Director; Michelle Byriel, Education & Exhibit Specialist; & Brittany Biber, Director of Animal Care & Life Support, FOS - "The Florida Oceanographic Commitment to Sea Turtle Conservation & Education"

January 12
Aaron Adams, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Florida Institute of Technology; Bonefish & Tarpon Trust - "The Science of Fishing and Conservation"

February 2
Nancy Kim Pham Ho, Site Manager & Research Associate, Vero Beach Marine Lab - "Seahorse Rodeo: Researching Seahorses for Conservation"

February 16
Kevin Gidusko, Florida Archaeology Network - "Technology in Archaeology"

March 2
Greg Braun, Professional Ecologist - "Bird Island"

March 16
Cody Mott, Biologist, Inwater Research Inc. - "Where are the 99%? Studying Sea Turtles in the Water"

March 30
Dr. Zachary R. Jud, Director of Education & Exhibits, FOS - "Living with Lionfish: What we've learned about the unprecedented marine fish invasion affecting Florida's reefs and estuaries"

April 6
Vincent Encomio, PhD, Director of Scientific Research, FOS - "Our Florida Reefs: A community-based effort to protect Southeast Florida's coral reefs"

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection and Chautauqua South brochure at any Martin County library location or visit library.martin.fl.us. To learn more about Florida Oceanographic Society, call 772-225-0505 or visit floridaocean.org.


 
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Jan 5, 2015LOCAL NON-PROFITS BENEFIT FROM CLARKE CAMPAIGN FUNDS

With more than $4,000 left in her campaign account after this fall’s successful re-election campaign, Stuart City Commissioner Eula Clarke had several options under Florida’s election laws, but decided to share the proceeds with a dozen local non-profits.
Donations ranging from $200 to $500 were made by Clarke to Audubon of Martin County, Big Heart Brigade of the Treasure Coast, Building Bridges to Youth, Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, HPS/Helping People Succeed, Mary’s Shelter, Molly’s House, Safespace, Treasure Coast Wildlife Hospital, Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, The Willow House and Families Against Drunk Driving.
Clarke raised $17,646 for her campaign, but spent only $13,400 to win her election for a third term.
Candidates in such circumstances can choose from a menu of alternatives, including making refunds to contributors on a pro rata basis and giving the money to a political party or political subdivision, such as a local government.
“My focus is always on the local community, but it’s hard to pick just one or two organizations,” said Clarke, “so I decided to donate to as many as I could.”
Clarke is an attorney who specializes in family law, immigration and probate. She was originally elected in 2010 to the non-partisan city commission. Her current term will end in 2016.


 
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Jan 5, 2015January 2015 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for January 2015. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding are entitled, at no cost, to the provision of certain assistance. This does not include transportation to and from the meeting. Please contact the Office of the County Administrator at (772) 221-2360, or in writing to 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL, 34996, no later than three days before the hearing date. Persons using a TDD device, please call 711 Florida Relay Services.

An agenda of items to be considered will be available to the public in the Administrator's Office, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida. Items not included on the agenda may also be heard in consideration of the best interests of the public's health, safety, welfare, and as necessary to protect every person's right of access.

If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at the meetings or hearings of any board, committee, agency, council, or advisory group, that person will need a record of the proceedings and, for such purpose, may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record should include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
January 6 & 13, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

JOINT MEETING WITH THE MARTIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THE CITY OF STUART COMMISSIONERS, AND THE MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
January 20, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
January 20, 2015 immediately following the 9:00 am joint meeting
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during this meeting as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE - joint meeting
January 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

AIRPORT NOISE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
January 22, 2015 at 10:00 am
Location: Airport Maintenance Building, 1895 SE Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
January 21, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
January 20, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commission also sits as the Community Redevelopment Agency.
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
January 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
January 21, 2015 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
January 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm
The Golden Gate Building Charrette will follow this meeting.
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
January 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
January 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
January 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Library, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
January 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
January 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
January 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

USDA INDIANTOWN/WESTERN MARTIN COUNTY VISIONING DAY
January 7, 2015 - Discussion Forum to begin at 12:45 PM after lunch
Location: Seminole Inn
One or more Martin County Commissioners may be present at this event.
One or more members of the Martin County Business Development Board may be present at this event.
One or more members of the Indiantown Neighborhood Advisory Committee may be present at this event.
One or more members of the Enterprise Zone Development Agency may be present at this event.

All Board of County Commission Offices will be closed on Thursday, January 1 due to the New Year's Day holiday and on Monday, January 19 due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

This notice dated: December 24, 2014.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us


 
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Jan 5, 2015JENSEN BEACH ART & CRAFT SHOW ROAD CLOSURE
On Saturday, January 10, 2015 and Sunday, January 11, 2015, the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Jensen Beach Art & Craft Show, which will result in the closure of CR 707A (Jensen Beach Boulevard), from N.E. Pineapple Avenue to CR 707 (Indian River Drive). The closure is scheduled to begin at 6:00 am on Saturday, January 10, 2015 and will reopen by 9:00 pm on Sunday, January 11, 2015.

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


 
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Jan 5, 2015Thrivent Financial Event to benefit Voices for Children of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast
Thrivent Financial of Stuart hosted Voices For Children Of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast (Voices OTC) and The Guardian ad Litem Program at a cocktail party and friend-raising event at Monarch Country Club in Palm City on the evening of Dec. 10. Gail Griffith, GAL recruitment director and Jim Pawlak, president of Voices OTC spoke to the group of the important work being done for the 1,200 children in dependency care on the Treasure Coast, the need for more volunteer Guardians ad Litem and the philanthropic mission of Voices and The Guardians' Angel Fund. For information, visit http://www.voicesforchildrenotc.org/

 
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Jan 5, 2015NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR LIVELY, FAST-PACED WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARDS CEREMONY SET FOR APRIL 26, 2015
Soroptimist International of Stuart (SIS) will present its annual Women of Distinction (WOD) Awards event on April 26, 2015.
Co-chairs Jean Laws-Scott, Lisa Satur and Kristina Feil have announced several changes designed to make the evening a lively and fast-paced one.
Stressing the importance of the nominees and ultimate winners, the name has been changed to “The Women of Distinction Awards Show – A Red Carpet Event.”
Though once again taking place at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Resort starting at 6 p.m., a new floor plan and reception area will allow for easier networking and mingling with other guests. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards!
Now in its 25th year of recognizing women in Martin County who have made outstanding contributions to the community in the Business/Professional, Civic /Professional, Volunteer and Rising Star (teens) categories, a call has been issued for qualified nominees.
SIS has devised an easy, online nomination form that limits your submission information to 150 words or less – how easy is that! So put your thinking caps on and start putting together a list of colleagues, friends and co-workers you feel deserve this “Distinction.”
A Women of Distinction nominee is a woman who:
• • Demonstrates high ethical standards personally
• • Is a recognized role model
• • Has a strong sense of community responsibility
• • Is outstanding in her contributions within Martin County
For information or to download a nomination application, visit http://www.soroptimistofstuart.org/


 
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Jan 5, 2015Martin County working to protect public's health and safety by confirming address numbers on homes and businesses


An ambulance or fire truck arriving at a home or business in the fastest time possible saves lives!

An important project is underway that will ensure emergency services can quickly and easily locate your home or business. Martin County Fire Rescue and Property Appraiser's Office personnel are going door-to-door in unincorporated areas of Martin County confirming address numbers are located on every structure.

Following the field verification of address numbers, property owners will receive a letter with an explanation of any needed changes, based on the addressing code. The following are guidelines to ensure that life safety needs can be met:

* Address numbers must be placed conspicuously on the front of the structure, so the numbers can be seen plainly from the street.
* When the house or building is more than 50 feet from the street line, the address must also be placed near the driveway or a common entrance, on a post or mailbox, so it is easily visible from the street.

Depending on the issue, some letters will be informational only. For others, the County will confirm completion of the requirement and once confirmed this issue will be resolved.

Please help us help you by ensuring that your property numbers are correctly located on your home or business, so we can find you when you need us most! For more information, please call (772) 419-5363.

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GBF/ADM


This notification can be reproduced in an alternative format upon request by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772-221-1396),
the County Administration Office (772-288-5940) or Florida Relay 711.







 
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Jan 5, 2015May’s Certified Services, LLC

Serving Martin and St Lucie Counties for over 40 years May’s Certified Services, is the premier water extraction company providing 24 hour, 365 day service availability. We use state of the art equipment to accomplish quick and efficient services. Certified Services bases it business philosophy on exceeding the customer’s expectations in quality of service and price. We work within the insurance industry pricing guidelines and provide invoicing for the customer, should they wish to file an insurance claim. We have been here for over 40 years and built our business on doing the right thing for the customer. We plan to be here for the next 40 years and are here to build relationships and continue our commitment to the community.
Please call us for water extraction and floor cleaning needs.
We are at your service.
Phone: 772-334-4156
Email: infor@certifiedemergencyservice.com
Website: Certifiedemergencyservice.com
Facebook: facebook.com/certifiedemergencyservice

 
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