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Nov 26, 2014Shop Local |Shop Smart to Give Away Reusable Shopping Bags
Shop Local |Shop Smart to Give Away Reusable Shopping Bags at “Christmas on Main Street” Tree Lighting Festival in Downtown Stuart

Program Highlighting Locally Owned Businesses on Black Friday

November 21, 2014 – Downtown Stuart’s Shop Local Program, Shop Local | Shop Smart will highlight the benefits of shopping local by giving away reusable shopping bags at Christmas on Main Street, Stuart’s downtown Christmas tree lighting festival, Friday, November 28 from 4-7 pm. The festival falls on Black Friday, the first day of the traditional Christmas shopping season.
“Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the holidays and the start of ‘season’ for our downtown merchants,” explained Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency Administrator, Teresa Lamar-Sarno. “So it’s an excellent time to highlight the benefits of shopping locally.” 500 shopping bags will be given away along with inserts explaining the benefits of patronizing local businesses.
“Supporting local stores, restaurants, and services doesn’t just keep more money in the local economy, it’s also good for tourism, the environment, and the community.” explains Patty O’Connell of the Downtown Business Association. “For example, small businesses give more than twice as much to non-profit groups as big businesses, so when you support a local business you are helping them to help others.”
Shop Local | Shop Smart is a joint effort by the Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency, Downtown Business Association of Stuart, and Stuart Main Street. Launched in 2013, the awareness campaign is intended to educate shoppers about the benefits of shopping and dining at locally owned brick-and-mortar businesses. The educational program uses local media, social media, and in store materials to highlight benefits to the local community and economy.
The City of Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency was created in 1986 to eliminate slum and blighted conditions in its communities and re-established and expanded in 1998 and 2002. The CRA is directed by the Community Redevelopment Board (CRB) and implements the objectives, programs, and projects defined in the CRA Plan adopted by the City of Stuart in August 2002. The CRB meets the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, please visit www.cityofstuart.us.
The Stuart Downtown Business Association (DBA) formed to market the shops, galleries, restaurants, and professional businesses of Stuart’s Historic Downtown and the surrounding areas. The group advocates for business owners and promotes a positive image of the downtown business district as a unique alternative to “cookie cutter” mall shopping through marketing, events, and other promotions. The DBA meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, visit www.historicdowntownstuart.com.
Stuart Main Street is a preservation-based program dedicated to building a healthy, vital downtown area through community self-reliance and a focus on the downtown’s traditional assets: personal service, local ownership, unique architecture, and sense of community. Formed in 1987, the group follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach® as established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center and practiced in over 1600 communities across the country. Stuart Main Street meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, visit stuartmainstreet.org or call 772-286-2848.


 
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Nov 26, 2014Ring in the holidays on Main Street November 28
Stuart Main Street and The Downtown Business Association of Stuart present Christmas on Main Street Friday, November 28 from 4:00-7:00pm. The event kicks-off the holiday season with the historic lighting of the Stuart Christmas Tree, and includes fun activities and performances for the entire family.

Christmas on Main Street will include do-it-yourself photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, performances by the Martin County High School Tigerettes and Florida Arts and Dance Company, face painting, a petting zoo and bounce house, balloon artists, crafts, and cookies and milk courtesy of the Duffy’s Sports Grill.

This free event takes place in Haney Circle in Historic Downtown Stuart. It is sponsored by Seacoast National Bank, Courthouse Commons, A Law Firm of Goldstein, Schmitt & Cambron, PL, Coast 101.3, City of Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency, Stuart Main Street, and the Downtown Business Association. For more information call (772) 286-2848 or visit www.facebook.com/DowntownStuart.



 
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Nov 26, 2014Harbor Branch - eBulletin
HBOI Marine Mammal Rescue Assists Dolphin Intervention

Last week, FAU Harbor Branch's Marine Mammal team assisted with an intervention involving two entangled dolphins...one was a calf with fishing gear caught around its dorsal fin and the other was an adult male dolphin that appeared to have something wrapped around his jaw.
The multi-agency response team was able to locate and safely capture both animals. They removed fishing line from the calf's dorsal fin and released him back to his mother. When they caught the adult male, rescuers found no entanglement, but verified that the animal was scarred from what was assumed to be a previous entanglement injury.
Other agencies involved in the intervention included Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA Fisheries Service and FWRI.
HBOI's Marine Mammal team also has a new tool to help in their work with stranded dolphins and whales...a new state-of-the-art marine mammal ambulance. The truck is equipped to haul much larger animals than the previous ambulance, and has a built-in crane that will allow for ease of loading. The ambulance will also serve as an important resource throughout the southeast stranding region.


FAU President John Kelly, Marine Mammal Rescue team member Steve Burton, HBOI Interim Executive Director Dr. Megan Davis, HBOI Epidemiologist Adam Schaefer, Provost Gary Perry, FAU Vice President for Public Service Jorge Calzadilla and FAU Assistant Vice President for Public Service Tony Cantone with HBOI's new Marine Mammal Ambulance.

PBBE Awarded Grant for Polar Bear Research

FAU Harbor Branch's Population Biology and Behavioral Ecology (PBBE) program recently received a grant for polar bear research in the Arctic. The $170,000 award comes from the North Slope Borough-Shell Baseline Studies Program. PBBE researchers will be using SNP genotyping in genetic mark-recapture studies of Polar bears, Ursus maritimus, in the Alaskan Arctic, and is the first research project of its kind for the program.
"The polar bear is the iconic species of the north and of global climate change," said Dr. Greg O'Corry-Crowe, principal investigator. "This work not only solidifies PBBE's overall research presence in the Arctic, but puts the Institute and the University on the front lines of major research efforts on global issues such as climate change with major conservation, societal and even geopolitical impact."
"I am looking forward to getting this project started," said Dr. Robert Suydam, senior scientist at the North Slope Borough's Department of Wildlife Management. "Using genetic data to estimate the population size of polar bears in Alaska is an important project with applied need. Subsistence hunting is being restricted despite the lack of information on polar bear population size or trend. A good estimate of the number of polar bears in northern Alaska is important for conserving polar bears and protecting subsistence hunting rights and needs."
HBOI Co-Hosts "Ocean Discovery Day"

FAU Harbor Branch, in collaboration with the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) and Indian River State College (IRSC), recently co-hosted "Ocean Discovery Day." This event grew out of a key recommendation from the National Society Foundation-funded "Broadening the Spectrum" diversity workshop held two years ago, which focused on addressing the very low number of African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans in ocean and environmental science graduate programs and professional careers across Florida, despite the state's very diverse population.
Ocean Discovery Day was designed as a pilot to introduce more than 100 Upward Bound/Talent Search high school students in Indian River and St. Lucie counties to ocean careers and the importance of the ocean to Florida communities. The morning session was held at IRSC, followed by an afternoon session at HBOI with a focus on hands-on activities, mostly developed and led by "near-peer mentors" (graduate students or early career professionals in the ocean sciences and engineering). Drs. Dennis Hanisak and Jim Masterson joined forces with IRSC in this event, by bringing in their students from this year's Natural History of Indian River Lagoon course to do shoreline explorations, seining activities with the high school students and assisting with plankton and sea turtle interactive activities designed by some of the near-peer mentors, who came from the University of Miami, University of Central Florida, Savannah State University, and FAU. Other participants were from ORCA, the Marine Technology Society, Eidos Education, the Institute for Broadening Participation, and NOAA.


Give the Gift that Supports HBOI Lagoon Research

Looking for that perfect holiday gift for your favorite lagoon-lover? Buy the "Our Indian River Lagoon" coffee table book and Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers will donate $15 from each sale to FAU Harbor Branch's lagoon research. Sales must be made online and buyers must use the code: HBOI at the time of purchase. Go to tcpalm.com and click on "Lagoon book" under the Helpful Links section.


 
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Nov 26, 2014December 2014 ~ 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 December 2014. 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
December 2, 9 & 16, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The December 16 meeting will include Comprehensive Plan Amendments (2nd Set Adoption).
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 EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS
December 1, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
December 17, 2014 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.

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
December 17, 2014 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE AWARENESS COMMITTEE
December 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm
Location: Community Services Conference Room, 435 SE Flagler Avenue, Stuart

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL
December 4, 2014 at 8:30 am
Location: Fire Rescue Administration at the Public Safety Complex, Conference Room 286, 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

GOLDEN GATE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Cassidy Center, 2895 Fairmont Street, Stuart

JOINT HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND BANNER LAKE CLUB
December 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Banner Lake Club, 12212 SE Lantana Avenue, Hobe Sound

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED
December 1, 2014 at 10:00 am
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
December 11, 2014 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
December 15, 2014 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.

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
December 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
December 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

All Board of County Commission Offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, December 25 & 26 due to the Christmas holiday as well as Thursday, January 1 due to the New Year's Day holiday.


 
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Nov 26, 2014Pooches to take the plunge at Sailfish Splash Waterpark
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and Sailfish Splash Waterpark are joining forces to create a new event — Santa Paws Holiday Pooch Plunge. Dogs will literally have the opportunity to make a splash at this fun-filled affair when they dive into the pool. The fun will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 6, at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke Street, in Stuart. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
Open to the public, admission is $10 or a new, unwrapped gift for a local child in need. Proceeds will benefit the HSTC’s shelter animals and the House of Hope will gather the toys and distribute them. This new event will feature pictures with Santa, food trucks, face painting, music, a 50/50 raffle and more. Swimming sessions will take place from 11-11:45 a.m., noon-12:45 p.m., 1-1:45 p.m., and 2-2:45 p.m.
The only animals allowed are dogs, which must be at least three months old. Aggressive or overly timid dogs, as well as those in heat, should be left at home. Vaccinations must be current, including rabies licensing. Other than when they’re in the pool, dogs must be leashed (maximum length six feet and no retractable leashes). Owners also must clean up after their dogs.
For more information, call Courtney Zanetti at (772) 600-3211.
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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Nov 26, 2014Shop Local |Shop Smart to Give Away Reusable Shopping Bags at “Christmas on Main Street” Tree Lighting Festival in Downtown Stuart
Downtown Stuart’s Shop Local Program, Shop Local | Shop Smart will highlight the benefits of shopping local by giving away reusable shopping bags at Christmas on Main Street, Stuart’s downtown Christmas tree lighting festival, Friday, November 28 from 4-7 pm. The festival falls on Black Friday, the first day of the traditional Christmas shopping season.
“Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the holidays and the start of ‘season’ for our downtown merchants,” explained Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency Administrator, Teresa Lamar-Sarno. “So it’s an excellent time to highlight the benefits of shopping locally.” 500 shopping bags will be given away along with inserts explaining the benefits of patronizing local businesses.
“Supporting local stores, restaurants, and services doesn’t just keep more money in the local economy, it’s also good for tourism, the environment, and the community.” explains Patty O’Connell of the Downtown Business Association. “For example, small businesses give more than twice as much to non-profit groups as big businesses, so when you support a local business you are helping them to help others.”
Shop Local | Shop Smart is a joint effort by the Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency, Downtown Business Association of Stuart, and Stuart Main Street. Launched in 2013, the awareness campaign is intended to educate shoppers about the benefits of shopping and dining at locally owned brick-and-mortar businesses. The educational program uses local media, social media, and in store materials to highlight benefits to the local community and economy.
The City of Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency was created in 1986 to eliminate slum and blighted conditions in its communities and re-established and expanded in 1998 and 2002. The CRA is directed by the Community Redevelopment Board (CRB) and implements the objectives, programs, and projects defined in the CRA Plan adopted by the City of Stuart in August 2002. The CRB meets the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, please visit www.cityofstuart.us.
The Stuart Downtown Business Association (DBA) formed to market the shops, galleries, restaurants, and professional businesses of Stuart’s Historic Downtown and the surrounding areas. The group advocates for business owners and promotes a positive image of the downtown business district as a unique alternative to “cookie cutter” mall shopping through marketing, events, and other promotions. The DBA meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, visit www.historicdowntownstuart.com.
Stuart Main Street is a preservation-based program dedicated to building a healthy, vital downtown area through community self-reliance and a focus on the downtown’s traditional assets: personal service, local ownership, unique architecture, and sense of community. Formed in 1987, the group follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach® as established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center and practiced in over 1600 communities across the country. Stuart Main Street meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, visit stuartmainstreet.org or call 772-286-2848.
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Nov 26, 2014Spectacular Martin County sunrise featured in FAC's 2015 Calendar
Martin County is proud to be a "Calendar County", included in the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) 2015 Calendar: Sunrises & Sunsets. The photograph of a sunrise over a small lake off Citrus Boulevard in Palm City was taken by Phil Owen, with the County's Growth Management Department. Owen's photo is featured on the September 2015 page.

"We are thrilled that Phil's beautiful image was selected for the calendar," said Ed Fielding, Chairman of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. "This sunrise is example of the natural beauty that makes Martin County so special."

Over the summer, FAC members were asked to choose a theme for the 2015 FAC Calendar. The vote was overwhelmingly for Sunrises & Sunsets. Following the selection of a theme, Florida's 67 counties were asked to submit their best photos of sunrises and sunsets in their county. The theme created a record response of photo's submitted for consideration - more than 500. From the submissions fifteen were selected for the 2015 FAC Calendar.

The Florida Association of Counties is a non-profit association representing the diverse interests of Florida's 67 counties. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.

Calendars are available for sale and can be purchased for $15.00 on the FAC website.


 
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Nov 26, 2014Ocean Science Lecture Series – 2015
The Ocean Science Lecture Series provides a forum for the community at large to learn about
Harbor Branch's most recent discoveries directly from the scientists and engineers who make
them. The invited speakers from other institutions are colleagues who work on topics relevant to
our Harbor Branch research themes. Lectures are held in the auditorium of the Johnson
Education Center on the Harbor Branch campus, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce, 4:00 p.m. and
7:00 p.m. followed by a meet-the-speaker reception. There is no charge to attend. For more
information about the Ocean Science Lecture Series, please contact Jill Sunderland at (772) 242-
2506.
January 7 Discover: From Estuaries to the Deep Blue Ocean
Megan Davis, FAU Harbor Branch
January 14 Telepresence and Robots: New Paradigms for “Virtual” Ocean Exploration?
Shirley Pomponi, FAU Harbor Branch
January 21 The Peace of Blue: Water Journeys
Bill Belleville, Nature Writer & Documentary Filmmaker
January 28 Drugs from the Sea: Marine Natural Products as Potential Treatments for
Pancreatic Cancer
Esther Guzmán, FAU Harbor Branch
February 4 Melting Ice, Rising Seas, Shifting Shorelines: The New Reality
John Englander, Oceanographer & Author
February 11 Determining Sources and History of Eutrophication on Coral Reefs at the Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Brian Lapointe, FAU Harbor Branch
February 18 The Manatee Project at Harbor Branch: Insights into Manatee Behavior and
Student Involvement in the Project
Jon Moore & Sue Richardson, FAU Honors College
February 25 Ecosystem Tipping Points, Chemical Ecology, and the Death Spiral of Coral
Reefs
Mark Hay, Georgia Institute of Technology
March 4 SPRING BREAK – NO LECTURE
March 11 Indian River Lagoon Observatory: Phase 2 – Expanding Real-time Observations
for Everyone
M. Dennis Hanisak, Kristen Davis, and Ben Metzger, FAU Harbor Branch

 
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Nov 26, 20149th Annual Treasure Coast Bike Fest to benefit The ARC of Martin County is in the works!
The ARC of Martin County’s 9th Annual Bike Fest is quickly shaping up to be the best-ever weekend-long fundraiser that the non-profit has rolled out.
Set for the weekend of February 7-8 in Memorial Park in Stuart, it will be comprised of two separate events.
On Saturday, February 7, “Rev Up in the Park” will feature the music of Roll the Stones (a Rolling Stones tribute band) and Green River (a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band), as well as food and beverages. Entry will be $10 per person, with childre under 10 admitted for free.
Then on Sunday, February 8, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., a day-long family-friendly celebration takes place. There will be live music by The Southern Rock Society and The Marshall Brothers Band. If you’re proud of your tattoos, you’ll want to take part in the contest sponsored by Twisted Image Tattoo Studios and see how your body art compares with that of other attendees.
Everybody loves the Bike Parade, with bikes at the north end gathering at Goldenrod Road and U.S. 1 in Jensen Beach and bikes at the south end gathering at Bridge Road and U.S. 1 in Hobe Sound. They’ll all proceed to Monterey Road and U.S. 1, from where they will proceed to East Ocean and go on to Memorial Park. What a sight to behold!
The highlight of this exciting day will be the drawing of the name of the winner of a new 2015 Toyota Tacoma, presented by Treasure Coast Toyota. Tickets are on sale at www.treasurecoastbikefest.com and cost $20 each. .
For details and information, visit www.treasurecoastbikefest.com.


 
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Nov 25, 2014New Staff Member at Treasure Coast Primary Care
Dr. Michele Libman is pleased to welcome Kelly Carbonaro ARNP-¬C as the newest staff member at Treasure Coast Primary Care.

Kelly is Board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and completed both her graduate and undergraduate studies at the University of Tampa on Florida’s west coast. Her background includes surgery, hematology/¬oncology and primary care, with 13 years experience as a registered nurse.
Kelly is a native of Martin County and a graduate of South Fork High School.

She is pleased to return to her home town to provide the highest quality medical care to her patients, and has a particular interest in caring for the elderly.

When she’s not working, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, horseback riding and other outdoor activities.
Dr. Libman says of Kelly Cabonaro, "Kelly has this smile and aura about her that makes it impossible for you not to feel comfortable with. She truly listens and cares."

Learn more at http://www.tcurgentcare.com/port-st-lucie/meet-the-staff/


 
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Nov 25, 2014Holiday Open House-Ameriprise Financial
Join us in celebrating the holiday season with our friends, neighbors, business associates, and Chamber of Commerce members.

Holiday eggnog and other delights will be served.

Where: Ameriprise Financial
6530 S. Kanner Hwy
Stuart, FL. 34997

When: Hosted by
Landwersiek & Associates,
a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc
Thursday December 11th
5:30pm-7:30pm

RSVP: Monday December 8th. (772) 233-4315

Directions: From Downtown Stuart: Take Kanner Hwy west to the Publix Shopping center located at the corner or Kanner Hwy and Salerno Road
From Interstate 95: Take exit 101 east towards downtown Stuart. Follow Kanner Hwy to the Publix Shopping center located at the corner or Kanner Hwy and Salerno Road.


 
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Nov 25, 20142015 BCC holiday schedule
See attached

2015_holidays.pdf
 
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Nov 25, 2014DID YOU KNOW? Florida job creators added 32,000 private-sector jobs
DID YOU KNOW? Florida job creators added 32,000 private-sector jobs during October, which helped lower the state’s unemployment rate to 6.0 percent.
Low tax, pro-growth policies are making a difference for families. Consider that:
• Nine out of Florida’s 10 major industries saw positive over-the-year job growth in October,
• 59 of Florida’s 67 counties saw their unemployment rate drop, and
• Florida has experienced 56 consecutive months of positive job growth.
Since December 2010, Florida has added 679,000 private-sector jobs, and has dropped its unemployment rate by 5.1 percentage points. In fact, since April 2012, Florida’s annual job growth rate has been better than the national rate.
And more jobs are on the horizon. Projections from the Florida Economic Estimating Conference show that, assuming no significant changes, Florida is forecasted to add approximately 178,000 jobs throughout the coming year.
Florida is not only growing again, but according to Mark Vitner, a Senior Economist with Wells Fargo Securities, it's doing it the right way. "We've made tremendous strides in moving up the value chain," said Vitner. "It's a far different world today than it was 10 or 20 years ago, a far healthier mix of jobs and far more promising future."
With the release of October’s employment numbers, Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio commented on Florida’s economic indicators and stated, “Florida is showing the nation that low tax, pro-growth policies make a difference for families. The 32,000 new private sector jobs, the 268,000 job openings, and an unemployment rate down to 6.0 percent mean that Florida is getting back to work.”
But we must continue to plan for the future.
• By 2030, Florida will need to create nearly two million net new jobs across the state to maintain a six percent unemployment rate, according to the Florida Chamber Foundation.
“It is essential that communities and job creators across Florida stay focused on diversification and building the economy of tomorrow to attract high wage jobs, achieve global competitiveness, and maintain our high quality of life and the vibrant and sustainable communities we have grown accustomed to,” said Florida Chamber Foundation Executive Vice President Tony Carvajal.
We’re now turning the tables on you. How is your community and industry preparing for the economy of tomorrow? Tell us your story.
Want to Take Part in Securing Florida’s Future? The Florida Chamber Foundation is currently recruiting the brightest minds from industry across the state to help us secure Florida’s future. If you would like to have your voice heard as we prepare the Cornerstone 2030 report, contact Tony Carvajal today.
Are you interested in your community joining a Six Pillars Caucus or becoming a Six Pillars Community? Want to learn how The Florida Scorecard can work for your organization? Let us know by emailing us at tlowe@flfoundation.org.


About the Florida Scorecard Did You Know:
The Florida Scorecard, located at www.TheFloridaScorecard.com, presents metrics across Florida’s economy? Each month, the Florida Chamber Foundation produces a Scorecard Stat that takes an in-depth look at one aspect of Florida’s economy. If you would like additional information on the Weekly Scorecard Stat or on the Florida Scorecard, please contact Tracey Lowe with the Florida Chamber Foundation at 850.521.1226 or TLowe@FLFoundation.org. You can also follow the Florida Chamber Foundation on Twitter at @FLChamberFDN.


 
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Nov 25, 2014Martin County Tax Collector Extends 4% discount
Because November 30th falls on a Sunday this year, we will extend the 4% discount period to anyone who
“brings in” a 2014 payment to one of our offices on Monday, December 1st.

Mailed payments MUST be postmarked in November.

Office locations:
3485 SE Willoughby Blvd., Stuart, FL 34994
16550 Warfield Blvd., Indiantown, FL 34956
3003 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City, FL 34990
11734 SW Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound, FL 33455


 
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Nov 25, 2014Staying Safe this Holiday Season - Don't Text and Drive!

Next week begins the busiest travel season of the year. Please be aware of distracted drivers and don't be one of them.
According the National Safety Council 1.6 million accidents a year in our country are caused from texting while driving.

In 2013 Florida was one of the last states to pass a law against texting and driving. Unlike other states the law is considered a secondary violation, which means officers cannot pull over a driver for texting, only for speeding, running a stop sign or other violations first.

Recently a State Representative from Weston Florida proposed a harsher bill that would give police officers more power to pull over drivers who are texting while driving, making this form of distracted driving a primary offense. The bill also calls for fines to double in school zone areas.

Regardless of the current law, if you are injured in a car accident by a distracted driver, you still have a legitimate claim against the negligent party.

Please remember to keep safe this holiday season!

Tips on avoiding post holiday credit card debt!
• Always try to spend cash instead of using a credit card.
• Set a budget before you shop.
• Layaway is a great way to extend payments over a period of time without paying high interest rates.
• Shopping online means you are less likely to make impulse purchases.d More

Making a Difference!

If you would like to ensure needy families have a holiday meal please consider one of following organizations in our community that will help!

The Big Heart Brigade

House of Hope

Treasure Coast Food Bank


Chapman & Plymale Law, P.A. | (772) 283-2626 | splymale@treasurecoastlegal.com | www.treasurecoastlegal.com
100 SW Albany Ave, Suite 310
Stuart, FL 34994


 
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Nov 25, 2014Closed Thanksgiving, OPEN on Friday, SHOP ON SATURDAY!
ELLIOTT MUSEUM CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY so that thier emplyees have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday with their families.

We are Thankful for Your Business and look forward to seeing you on Friday!

BUT TAKE A BREAK FROM BLACK FRIDAY
AND COME TO THE ELLIOTT MUSEUM!
WE ARE OPEN ON FRIDAY FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM,
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THEN!

SAVE YOUR SHOPPING FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Elliott Museum Store during small business Saturday with discounts of 10% off for everyone and extra 10% off for members.
*** excludes books




 
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Nov 25, 2014#GivingTuesday is December 2!

Double Your Impact - Double Their HOPE!
#GivingTuesday gifts to TCFB will be matched up to $20,000!

Most everyone is familiar with Black Friday and even Cyber Monday but did you know there is a global movement called #GivingTuesday? It takes place on December 2, the day after Cyber Monday. There's a day of giving thanks, and two days for getting deals. This day, #GivingTuesday, is recognized nationally an dedicated to the true spirit of giving during the holiday season, people are encouraged to volunteer and donate to worthy causes.

On a weekly basis, the Treasure Coast Food Bank serves over 100,000 individuals that are struggling to put food on their table, including nearly 35,000 children and 12,000 seniors.

Treasure Coast Food Bank invites you - our treasured supporters - to take action in the fight against hunger by participating in #GivingTuesday. An anonymous donor has generously offered to match #GivingTuesday donations up to $20,000. So you can double your impact on December 2 by making a donation to the Treasure Coast Food Bank!

With $1 providing seven meals to hungry residents, imagine the number of people the Food Bank could feed! That equals 280,000 meals for those who do not have the means to provide food for their families this holiday season.

How You "Tue" Can Help:
• Use #GivingTuesday
• Change your Facebook cover photo and profile picture to TCFB's #GivingTuesday images
• Share posts/tweets with your friends
• Forward this email
• Include @TCFoodBank and @GivingTues when tweeting and retweeting
We appreciate all of your support throughout the year, and #GivingTuesday will be no different. Please donate at stophunger.org this #GivingTuesday!

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving,






 
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Nov 25, 2014Free Workers' Compensation and Workplace Safety Seminars and Webinars
The State of Florida, Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation offers Free Seminars and Webinars for Florida employers regarding Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety.
In addition, the Division of Workers’ Compensation has partnered with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the University of South Florida’s “Safety Florida Consultation Program” to bring valuable safety information to Florida employers.

Free Seminars are held in various locations around the state. Please see the attached Flyer and Registration forms for more information.

Free Webinars are also available to Florida employers. The Webinars contain the same information as the classroom settings and are held monthly via your computer and telephone.

CEUs
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to contractors licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation: Construction Industry Licensing Board; Electrical Contractors Licensing Board; and the Board of Accountancy

Dates & Locations
Please find attached flyer and registration forms with the dates, times and locations for the Seminars (classroom settings) and dates/times for the Webinars December 2014 through June 2015.

To register for any of our events please complete the appropriate registration form and email it to me at BocSeminars@MyFloridaCFO.com or fax it to (813) 233-3742.

If you would like to publish or forward this information to other interested parties, please do so. We would appreciate your help in getting the word out regarding these events.

Should you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you.

Sheryle Birdsong
Compliance Bureau
Division of Workers’ Compensation
Dept. of Financial Services
813.221.6518

SEE ATTACHED

2015 Jan - June Education
 
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Nov 25, 2014New health show on MCTV debuts, first program tackles the flu season, childhood obesity
Martin County Television (MCTV) has just launched a new series called Health Matters in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Martin County. The show's mission is to provide important health and safety information for Treasure Coast residents.
The first episode of Health Matters covers flu season, including tips for preventing the flu. A local organic farm, dedicated to helping residents grow fresh and affordable food, is also featured.

Health Matters airs Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 a.m., Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m., and Sundays at 5:00 p.m. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live at www.martin.fl.us. It is also available on Martin County's YouTube Channel at http://youtu.be/5GbxWpSJPiE.


 
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Nov 25, 2014All About Achieving Learning Centers Special Events
December Special Events:

*12/3 Kids Coding-Holiday Card 5:30pm - 7:00pm $25
Students will learn Scratch Coding and create an interactive holiday card!

*12/4 Story Science: Snowball Fight! by Jimmy Fallon (K-2)
5:30pm - 7:00pm $25
Young Engineers will learn the elements of a story and build a catapult
capable of competing in AAALC's first SNOWBALL FIGHT!

*12/5 and 12/12 Minecraft: Stop Motion Movie Making
Two Sessions: 12/5 5:30pm-7:00pm and 12/12 5:30-8:00 $50
Students will build, write and direct their own stop motion animated movie
using characters from Minecraft.


*12/8 Minecraft-Christmas 6:00pm - 7:30pm $20
Students enter our Minecraft Education module to help save Christmas!

*12/8 Story Science: Snowball Fight! by Jimmy Fallon (3rd-5th)
5:30pm - 7:00pm $25
Young Engineers will learn the elements of a story and build a catapult capable
of competing in AAALC's first SNOWBALL FIGHT!

*12/9 Minecraft-Frozen Tundra! 6:00pm - 7:30pm $20
Students enter our Minecraft Education Frozen Tundra!

*12/10 Kids Coding: Winter Wonderland 4:30pm - 6:00pm $25
Students will learn Scratch Coding and create a winter scene.

*12/11 and 12/18 Lego Christmas: Stop Motion Movie Making
Two Sessions: 12/11 and 12/18 4:30pm-6:30pm $50
Students will build, write and direct their own stop motion animated movie
using Lego Holiday scenes.

*12/12 Minecraft-Winter Wonderland 8:00pm - 9:30pm $20
Students enter our Minecraft Education Winter Wonderland!

*12/15 Story Science: Snowmen at Night by Caralyn and Mark Buehner
(3-5) 5:30pm - 7:00pm $25
Young chemists will learn the science of snowflakes with lessons
in supersaturation, capillary action and crystallization!

*12/16 GALS-Girls Actively Learning STEM! (K-2nd)
THEME: FROZEN 4:30pm - 6:30pm $30
Our girls will learn the science behind snowflakes, ice and other wintry
weather phenomenon. They will learn coding skills to create a scene from
Frozen and work together to engineer solutions to "cool" problems!

*12/17 GALS-Girls Actively Learning STEM! (3rd-5th)
THEME: FROZEN 4:30pm - 7:00pm $30
Our girls will learn the science behind snowflakes, ice and other wintry
weather phenomenon. They will learn coding skills to create a scene from
Frozen and work together to engineer solutions to "cool" problems!

*12/18 Minecraft-Winter Wonderland! 4:15pm - 5:45pm $20
Students enter our Minecraft Education Winter Wonderland!

These are stand alone classes. Please know the date and time of the class for which you wish to register. Class sizes are limited and will be closed once maximum enrollment is reached. Register by calling 772-341-1400.

FULL or HALF DAY WINTER STEM CAMPS Grades: K-2 and 3-5
12/29 Frozen 12/30 Winter Wonderland
9am-12pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm $30/half day $50/day
(Full day campers should bring a lunch and snack. Half day campers should
bring a snack. Snacks are available for purchase in the facility.)
Camps will be theme based each day. Students will read, write and complete hands on science and math activities related to the theme. Coding, Minecraft, Writing, Legos, Robotics and other related activities will support the daily theme.

Also Registering Now:
*12/1 Coding: Design Your Own Website
5:45pm - 7:15pm Mondays 14 week class $299
*12/4 Keyboarding/Beginner Typing Class 11 week class $139


 
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Nov 25, 2014Memories of Christmas celebrated at the Barn Theatre
“Christmas Is…2014,” a variety show featuring holiday music, dance, and comedic skits, will be presented at the Barn Theatre for four performances only on December 12 at 8 p.m., December 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 8 p.m., and December 14 at 2 p.m. Ruby Lynn Productions (RLP) has partnered with the Barn Theatre to produce the show. For the past 11 years, RLP has delighted Treasure Coast audiences with an annual show to benefit children. This year, RLP will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Stockings of Love, a local project which provides beautifully filled holiday stockings to children in need. The cast of “Christmas Is … 2014” includes Angel Broennimann, Don Brown, Rob Lastovica, Frank Lillo, Chris and Jeanette Mazzella, the Celebration quartet and many more. General admission tickets are $15, students $8, and are available by calling the box office Monday-Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. at 772-287-4884, visiting www.barn-theatre.com or one hour prior to performances at the Barn Theatre box office, 2400 S.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart.

 
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Nov 25, 2014SAT Tips and Tricks Workshop - Register Today!

SAT Exam Prep:
Upon completion of this workshop, students will have a better understanding of how to successfully complete the SAT: Math, Critical Reading, Writing and Essay sections.

Learning Outcomes:
• Learn tips & tricks to maximize test-taking time
• Develop a study plan and road map up until test day
• Review and practice each section of the exam
• Identify student's strengths & areas where improvement is needed
• Improve test-taking skills for this very important exam
Date: Sat., Dec. 6 | Main Campus, Ft. Pierce Room Y-102 | 9:00A - 3:00P |$139

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW! http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=SATAC01650&seg=0

ACT Exam Prep:
Upon completion of this workshop, students will have a better understanding of how to successfully complete the ACT: English, Math, Reading, Science and Essay sections.

• Learn tips & tricks to maximize test-taking time
• Develop a study plan and road map up until test day
• Review and practice each section of the exam
• Identify student's strengths & areas where improvement is needed
• Improve test-taking skills for this very important exam
Date: Sat., Dec. 13 | Main Campus, Ft. Pierce, Room Y-102| 9:00A - 3:00P |$139

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW! http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=SATAC01651&seg=0





 
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Nov 24, 2014Club Families Are Grateful!
When a child becomes a member at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, our programming is designed to have a positive impact not just on the child--but the entire family.
On many occasions, parents have told us that we've been a lifeline for their families. They've thanked us for keeping our annual membership fee at $35 or providing scholarships for those who need us most; for opening our Club doors on days schools are closed and parents are needed at their workplace; for coordinating family literacy workshops that provide parents and grandparents with instruction on how they can directly improve their children's reading skills; and for playing a small yet important part in their family's noble pursuit to raise conscientious, trustworthy, and kind sons and daughters.

On behalf of thousands of local Club families, we want to say Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and express our heartfelt gratitude for enabling us to continue serving these families.

--The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County



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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Nov 24, 2014Thank you all for your input on local charities.

There are so many great local organizations helping our community that it was hard to choose. I had some remaining campaign funds from my recent Hetherington for county commission campaign -- approximately $900, that came in near the last day of collection. Despite our attempt at making every penny count, last minute media buys and campaign phone calls, there are some funds remaining in the campaign account. Per the supervisor of elections rules, those funds must be disbursed by next week.

Some campaigns pay consultants. With your help, I wanted to put the small amount of funds remaining and the large amount of faith that many of you entrusted in me during my campaign back to work in our local community where it came from. I am proud to say we were extremely successful raising funds from local residents during the campaign and I thank all of you for your support.

With that being said, I chose the following 4 organizations which represent a diverse demographic in Martin County to divide the money evenly among to benefit local Martin County efforts:

Meals on Wheels -
A Council on Aging program which provides seniors and others in need a hot meal.

Operation 300 -
A local not for profit which hosts camps for children who have lost their parent as a result of military service and honors families of the fallen, in honor of SOC Aaron Vaughn.

Safe Space -
Serving victims of domestic violence in Martin County.

River Kidz -
a division of the Rivers Coalition for their efforts to educate our next generation on the importance of cleaning and protecting our river.


 
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Nov 24, 2014ROBERT PRESTER JAZZ TRIO TO PERFORM AT THE KANE CENTER ON DECEMBER 7
The Robert Prester Jazz Trio will perform “Jazz Interpretations on the Great American Songbook” at the Kane Center in Stuart on Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets, which are $15 for Kane members and $20 for non-members, are available online at www.kanecenter.org, or by calling 772-223-7807 (Monday-Friday).

The performance is part of the Kane Cabaret entertainment series, which is held one Sunday afternoon each month through March 2015. All proceeds benefit the non-profit Council on Aging of Martin County. Other upcoming performances include:

• On the Lighter Side – Stand-Up Comedy with Dean Napolitano January 25, 2015

• “My Funny Valentine to You” – Wayne Hosford February 15, 2015
A Retrospective in Song and Comedy of Love Past and Present

• “Isn’t It Romantic?” – Katie Angell Thomas March 22, 2015
Songs from Movies, Divas and Leading Ladies

All shows begin at 2:00 p.m., and are held in the Frances Langford Theatre and Auditorium at the Kane Center at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Light refreshments and drinks will be available for purchase.

The Kane Cabaret is underwritten by season sponsor Nightingale Private Care, Inc.; media sponsors, The Stuart News/TCPalm.com and Goldstein, Schmitt & Cambron, PL; and additional sponsors Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center; WellMed; Allegro; Champion Home Health Care, Inc.; Sandhill Cove Retirement Living; Seniors Helping Seniors; Stuart Lodge Assisted Living; and Treasure Coast Ear, Nose & Throat.

The Kane Center is a multi-generational facility offering a wide range of services for seniors, their families and caregivers, and the greater Treasure Coast community. The Kane Center is designed to serve all seniors, 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 Kane Center is operated by the Council on Aging of Martin County.

The not-for-profit Council on Aging of Martin County provides programs that help seniors live independently in their own homes, including: Meals on Wheels, Kane Cuisine, an adult day program, senior-focused primary medical care, 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.

For more information on the Kane Cabaret, the Council on Aging or the Kane Center, call 772-223-7807 or visit www.kanecenter.org


 
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Nov 24, 2014Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Training to be offered at UF/IFAS Extension Martin County


On December 11, 2014 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County will offer a Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance (LCLM) training workshop at their offices, located at 2614 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart. The workshop provides participants with the six-hour training required in order to apply for LCLM certification. Following the training, participants will be offered the opportunity to take the state LCLM exam.
Per Chapter 482 of the Structural Pest Control Act, commercial landscape maintenance workers are required by law to be licensed for application of any pesticides, including herbicides, in the landscape. The LCLM Certification Program was designed to allow commercial landscape maintenance personnel to make pesticide applications (using materials, such as Roundup, with a signal word of Caution) to ornamental plants and plant beds only. It does not allow landscape maintenance workers to make any kind of pesticide applications (including weed control) to any turf areas. There are also restrictions on application equipment. Examples of pesticide applicators that are impacted by this regulation include commercial (for hire) landscape maintenance individuals who apply pesticides to ornamental plants in plant beds associated with residential, governmental, or commercial structures, such as homes, schools, municipal/agency offices, banks, grocery stores, apartments, condominium common areas, hotels, restaurants, etc. This certification does not allow or authorize the company or the applicator to operate a pest control business.

Register on-line at http://www.eventbrite.com or by calling 772-288-5654. The registration fee is $35, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Please register by Tuesday, December 9, 2014. For more information, visit http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu or call 772-288-5654.


 
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Nov 24, 2014Public tours of historic Captain Henry Sewall's Home and Mansion at Tuckahoe are in full swing

The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting ongoing tours of the historic Mansion at Tuckahoe and Captain Sewall's Home in Indian RiverSide Park in Jensen Beach every Wednesday.

Visit the Mansion at Tuckahoe Wednesdays from 9 a.m-12 p.m.
Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners.

Tours of the Mansion at Tuckahoe run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Friends of Mount Elizabeth Volunteer docents provide tours and a video presentation on the history of the Mansion, entitled "Windows of the Past."


Visit the Captain Henry Sewall's Home on Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00 p.m.






Tours of Captain Sewall's home follow from 12:00-2:00 p.m. As part of the tour, local historian Sandy Thurlow will give a presentation about the house, its occupants through the years and the colorful history of Martin County.

The public is invited to bring their lunch and sit under the oaks that shade the deck beside the house, chat with Thurlow and enjoy the adjacent boardwalk that leads through a mangrove forest. There is no charge for the public tours.



 
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Nov 24, 2014MCHS CULINARY ARTS STUDENTS COOK UP HOLIDAY PIE SALE
The Academy of Culinary Arts at Martin County High School has pies up to the sky this week as they took in 1,148 orders for their annual Holiday Pie Sale. Nearly 150 students in grades nine through 12 have been measuring, mixing, pouring, baking, decorating, and packaging the desserts for folks who placed their orders by the Nov. 17 deadline.

The Academy offered 12 varieties of pies, from the traditional pumpkin and apple crumb pie ($10 each), to the Florida favorite key lime, to the modern twist of maple bacon crème ($12 each). For those who couldn’t decide on just one flavor, the Academy offered a four-pie sampler of smaller, six-inch pies for $15. A sugar-free apple pie and gluten-free crusts were also options.

According to Chef Shaun Southwick, the most popular pie orders were: pumpkin, apple crumb, and Oreo crème (in that order). Customers are picking up their pies on Nov. 24-26 from the school’s “Tiger’s Den” restaurant, a student-operated enterprise of the Martin County High School Academy of Culinary Arts.

Revenue generated through the operation support the on-going instruction and Academy scholarship fund for future hospitality industry professionals. Chef Southwick points out that students learn valuable lessons from this project as well.

“They practice their career readiness skills, such as teamwork, planning, organization, and time management,” Southwick said. “More importantly, students are using many mathematical practices, perhaps without even realizing it, including dimensional analysis in determining required inventory and converting recipes to such large quantities, calculating inventory usage, waste, and net profits.”


 
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Nov 24, 2014MURRAY MIDDLE SCHOOL TO HOLD RE-DEDICATION CEREMONY COMMEMORATING 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Murray Middle School will hold a re-dedication ceremony to commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 5-7pm. The school is located at 4400 Murray Street in Stuart, Florida and the event will take place in the cafetorium. Organizers welcome visitors to share their good wishes and memories.

Principal Douglas Peterson, his faculty and staff, PTA, current students, and an illustrious list of former students and community members have organized the special occasion. Murray Middle School has a rich history and the ceremony committee’s goal is tell that story and celebrate it. Speeches, readings, and music will be performed.

In addition, the school’s TV production class, led by Mrs. Carlson and Mrs. Simplicio, is creating a “Voices of Murray” project, documenting interviews and memories from past students, administrators, and teachers.




 
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Nov 20, 2014VGTI Florida to Collaborate with TapImmune
VGTI Florida to Collaborate with TapImmune to Advance Targeted Breast and Ovarian Cancer Vaccines into Phase II Clinical Trials
-VGTI Florida to coordinate cancer study design and trial sites selection

The Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida), a leading, non-profit biomedical research institute, today announced a new collaborative research agreement with TapImmune, Inc. (OTCQB: TPIV), forming a partnership to advance TapImmune’s proprietary, targeted cancer vaccines into mid-stage, Phase II human clinical trials for the treatment of breast and ovarian cancers.
These highly promising therapeutic cancer vaccine candidates were developed by VGTI Florida’s Director of Cancer Vaccines and Immune Therapies Program, Keith Knutson, Ph.D. The goal is to prevent breast and ovarian cancer recurrence for patients who achieve remissions following standard-of-care treatment. The vaccine works by enabling the immune system to target and eradicate any residual cancer cells or newly arising cancer cells that express the antigens delivered by the vaccine. VGTI Florida will work with TapImmune to design and execute the Phase II clinical programs. This includes the design of the clinical protocols, selection of clinical trial sites, recruitment of key opinion leaders as clinical advisors, and selection of external manufacturing and clinical resources. TapImmune has the exclusive commercialization rights for these vaccines.
Dr. Knutson explained the urgent need for a targeted cancer vaccine approach, “While modern cancer treatment regimens have significantly improved remission rates in patients diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancers, the stark reality is that cancer survivors continue to have a substantial risk of disease recurrence. This is largely because of tumor cells that escape from being destroyed during primary treatment. All it takes is a few malignant cells to continue to circulate in the body until they eventually anchor and metastasize. Because these cancer cells already survived primary therapy, they are typically drug-resistant and much more difficult to treat.”
Dr. Knutson’s cancer vaccine technology offers a solution because the vaccine targets proteins expressed on the patient’s tumor cells. Antigens contained in each vaccine are genetically matched to the antigens expressed on the surface of the individual’s tumor cells, determined by genetic and molecular profiling. This results in a targeted, potent immune response with few side-effects.
About TapImmune, Inc.
TapImmune Inc. (OTCQB: TPIV) is an immunotherapy company specializing in the development of innovative vaccine technologies for the treatment of cancer and infectious disease. The Company’s vaccine compositions, peptide or nucleic acid-based, comprise one or multiple naturally processed epitopes (NPEs) designed to comprehensively stimulate a patients’ killer T-cells, helper T-cells and to restore or further augment antigen presentation by using proprietary nucleic acid-based expression systems. The Company’s vaccine compositions may be used as stand-alone medications or in combination with current treatment modalities. Please visit the Company’s website at www.tapimmune.com for details.
About the Center for Diseases of Aging at VGTI Florida:
The Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) biomedical research institute that is positioned for its next stage of growth with the launch of the Center for Diseases of Aging (CDA). The CDA is a joint mission with researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute (KI), known for awarding the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology annually. This initiative was made possible by a $3 million follow-on investment by the State of Florida and will accelerate the advancement of VGTI Florida’s core competencies in developing genome-based approaches that target the treatment of infectious disease, cancers, neurodegenerative conditions, cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders using next-generation approaches such as regenerative medicine and personalized immunotherapies. For more information, please visit: www.vgtifl.org

To sign-up for VGTI Florida’s social media feeds, please visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VGTIFlorida
Twitter: @VGTIFlorida


 
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Nov 20, 2014TC Food Bank offers health care sign-up events beginning THURSDAY
Need health insurance? Treasure Coast Food Bank can help you get covered and stay covered.
Several events are scheduled beginning THURSDAY evening so individuals can talk to a healthcare navigator about options under the Affordable Care Act.

Thursday’s event takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Virginia College in Fort Pierce.
Healthcare navigators also will be available on Saturday at Harley Davidson of Stuart.

Attached is more information and many more dates for the sign-up events. Please let me know if I can help you schedule an interview with Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judy Cruz.
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Nov 20, 2014Martin County seeks user feedback for new website to be launched in 2015
Martin County is beginning the process of redesigning the county's website and is looking for user feedback. Residents and visitors are encouraged to take a few minutes to respond to a brief survey to help us build a new County website. Goals of the new website include transparency, user-friendliness, mobility and effective delivery of services and information.

Look for the survey button on our homepage at www.martin.fl.us. It is also available directly by clicking this link.

The new site is scheduled to be launched in 2015.



 
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Nov 20, 2014United Way elects officers, new board members
Much of United Way of Martin County’s success derives from strong volunteer leadership.

For more than 40 years, United Way has relied on the guidance and expertise of community leaders to make a positive impact in Martin County through fundraising, advocacy, volunteerism and character-building.

Each year, United Way elects new officers to help set organizational goals and to ensure that funds raised through the annual campaign are being invested wisely in United Way’s strategic priority areas – ending hunger, strengthening families, improving people’s health, creating job opportunities, improving education for all and ensuring safety.

At the annual board of directors meeting, United Way elected Stacy Ranieri, president and chief illuminator of The Firefly Group, as board chair and FPL executives Crystal Stiles and Amy Albury as vice chair and chair-elect, respectively.

“I’ve worked with many non-profit organizations over the years and our local United Way truly serves as a model for best practices in terms of governance, fiscal responsibility and community engagement,” Ranieri said. “Having been involved with the United Way in varying capacities for more than a decade, it’s truly an honor to serve as this year’s Chairman of the Board and lead this dynamic group of volunteers as we all work together to achieve our shared community improvement goals.”

United Way also elected the following new board members at large: Kherri Anderson, Martin County Supervisor of elections; Thomas Campenni, City of Stuart Commission; Denise Ehrich, US Trust; Ruth Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector; Rachel Scott, United Way of Martin County Foundation; Chuck Shaffer, Seacoast National Bank; Diane Tomasik, Interagency Coalition of Martin County.

The following board members were elected to serve another year: Lynn Blackard, Roegiers, Goldin, Chappel, Nall & Associates; Ademil Castrillo, Wells Fargo; Jane Cebelak, Indian River State College; Lillian Cook, Publix Super Markets; Sgt. James Foster, Martin County Sheriff’s Office; Laurie Gaylord, Martin County School District; Chad Hastings, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith; Tim Kinane, Vistage Florida; Taryn Kryzda, Martin County Board of County Commissioners; Teresa Lamar-Sarno, City of Stuart; Elias Moawad, Pratt & Whitney; Kimberly Perron, Decorating Den Interiors; and Robyn Vanover, Martin County School District.

The United Way thanked the following board members for their dedicated service: Miguel Coty, Martin Health System; Vicki Davis, Martin County Supervisor of Elections; Denise Eldredge, Martin County Board of County Commissioners and Bruce Farren, Mass Mediacom.

United Way of Martin County is determined to improve lives and lift the community by ending hunger; strengthening families; improving people's health; creating job opportunities; improving education for all; and ensuring safety. For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call 772-283-4800.


 
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Nov 20, 2014Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Training to be offered at UF/IFAS Extension Martin County
On December 11, 2014 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County will offer a Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance (LCLM) training workshop at their offices, located at 2614 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart. The workshop provides participants with the six-hour training required in order to apply for LCLM certification. Following the training, participants will be offered the opportunity to take the state LCLM exam.
Per Chapter 482 of the Structural Pest Control Act, commercial landscape maintenance workers are required by law to be licensed for application of any pesticides, including herbicides, in the landscape. The LCLM Certification Program was designed to allow commercial landscape maintenance personnel to make pesticide applications (using materials, such as Roundup, with a signal word of Caution) to ornamental plants and plant beds only. It does not allow landscape maintenance workers to make any kind of pesticide applications (including weed control) to any turf areas. There are also restrictions on application equipment. Examples of pesticide applicators that are impacted by this regulation include commercial (for hire) landscape maintenance individuals who apply pesticides to ornamental plants in plant beds associated with residential, governmental, or commercial structures, such as homes, schools, municipal/agency offices, banks, grocery stores, apartments, condominium common areas, hotels, restaurants, etc. This certification does not allow or authorize the company or the applicator to operate a pest control business.

Register on-line at http://www.eventbrite.com or by calling 772-288-5654. The registration fee is $35, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Please register by Tuesday, December 9, 2014. For more information, visit http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu or call 772-288-5654.


 
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Nov 19, 2014Dr. John T. Lanza, M.D. awarded most honorable distinction of “The 2014 Florida Otolaryngologist of the Year Award”
Drs. Berghash & Lanza, P.L., d/b/a South Coast Ear, Nose & Throat (SCENT) is very proud to announce that
John T. Lanza, M.D.
was awarded a most honorable distinction of
“The 2014 Florida Otolaryngologist of the Year Award”
by the Network of Florida Otolaryngologists.
It recognizes His Outstanding Dedicated Service to, and Promotion of The Specialty of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in the State of Florida for the Benefit of His Colleagues and Patients.
Dr. Lanza has been in Practice on the Treasure Coast for twenty (20) years with offices in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and Okeechobee. To schedule an appointment, call 772-979-4035.

 
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Nov 19, 2014Treasure Coast Sports Commission to make major announcement Friday
The public is invited to attend a press conference hosted by the Treasure Coast Sports Commission, in partnership with the Treasure Coast Athletic Association, on Friday, Nov. 21 at 10:00 a.m. at Martin County's Pineapple Park in Jensen Beach.

The press conference is to announce that the Babe Ruth World Series Softball 16U (girls softball, 16 years old and under) is coming to Jensen Beach August 5-12, 2015. Officials from the Babe Ruth League will be in attendance.

Twenty to twenty-four teams from all over the country, one of which is a local team from Jensen Beach, will be competing. The event is expected to generate over 950 out of state visitors, 1,425 projected hotel room nights and an estimated direct economic impact of $1.3 million.


 
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Nov 18, 2014Stuart Martin County Chamber Kicks off the Annual Holiday Business after Hours and Trade Show Season in Style
The start of the holidays began with the Annual Holiday Trade Show and after hours, as more than 350 chamber members, vendors and friends enjoyed the beautiful Kane Center as its backdrop, on the evening of November 12th. The night was spent admiring art work, tasting locally made chocolates, chatting over cheer, power mingling, dining on delicious gourmet foods provided by our local chefs and picking up early shopping ideas from over 40 unique vendors.
The Annual Holiday Trade Show was made possible by our major sponsors; The Kane Center, Bluewater Editions, Southeastern Printing, Villar Plastic Surgery, Kim Melzer: RV Johnson Insurance, Cove Gardens, Silver Platter Catering, Scripps, and Your Voice. A special thank you to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the helpful Transportation Deputy that kept all our guests safe.
Thank you to our chamber restaurants and chefs for providing amazing culinary delights; Benihana, Cuisine 256, Di Capos Market & Foodery, Ellie’s Downtown Deli, Longhorn Steakhouse, Silver Platter Entrée Catering, Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza and The Kane Center, Chef C. Collier.
Shop local and buy from a chamber member was the theme of the evening. Chefs specialties, retail boutiques, business services, hotels, entertainment and more were represented. The variety of exhibitors and the festive atmosphere made for another successful gathering. A good time was had by all.


 
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Nov 18, 2014Stuart Community Concert Band to perform free holiday concerts
The Stuart Community Concert Band will perform its annual free holiday concerts on Saturday, December 13 at the Blake Library in the John F. Armstrong Wing Auditorium, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart. Celebrate the season listening to holiday favorites including a version of The Ukranian Bell Carol, A Chanukah Celebration, A Canadian Brass Christmas and a medley from How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Because of the overwhelming popularity of these concerts, the Stuart Community Concert Band has again scheduled two performances at the Blake Library. The first concert will be held at 11 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. Seating is limited, so free tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed Monday, December 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Blake Library. A maximum of two tickets per person will be available. Any remaining tickets after that date and times will be available at the Blake Circulation Desk.

For your added enjoyment, the Palm City Cookie Ladies will provide an assortment of 1,000 cookies to the Blake Library concert attendees. This wonderful group of ladies has been baking and serving refreshments and decorating the stage for the Band’s holiday performances at the Blake Library since 2004. As a special treat, the Treasure Coast Classical Children’s Choir will perform during both concerts.

The Band’s members under the direction of Chris Kalwa are volunteers who get together to share their talents, enthusiasm and love for music. The Band performs for many holiday and community celebrations. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Stuart Middle School. The Band welcomes new members.
The Band continues its 2014 – 2015 season with concerts at the Charles Rae Kane Center on February 22, March 15 and May 26, 2015. For further information go to the Band’s website at http://Stuartcommunityconcertband.org or call the Kane Center at 772-223-7800.


 
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Nov 18, 2014House of Hope benefits from creative businesses
Two local family-owned businesses recently presented House of Hope with proceeds from creative service promotions that helped their customers and their community.

Forward Electric & Air Conditioning (www.forwardelectricandair.com) gave House of Hope a check for $270, which represented the total from an AC service promotion. The Palm City-based company set aside a $10 donation to House of Hope for each scheduled AC maintenance performed this past summer.

Paradise Tire & Service (www.paradisetireandservice.com) regularly conducts a “Change Oil, Change Lives” promotion to benefit local nonprofits. Paradise raised $225 on the day it devoted to House of Hope, passing along the total price ($25) of each oil change it did that day. Paradise Tire & Service is located in Stuart along with Palm Tree Auto Sales.

House of Hope appreciates these creative fund-raising campaigns, which set a great example for other businesses. The Carson and Compagno families are to be congratulated for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

Founded in 1984, House of Hope 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 recently moved its Stuart thrift store to 2529 S.E. Federal Hwy.

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



 
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Nov 17, 2014JENSEN BEACH HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER TONY FERRO NAMED 2014-15 EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF MARTIN COUNTY’S TEACHER OF THE YEAR
The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) and the Martin County School District (MCSD) are proud to announce that Jensen Beach High School social studies teacher Anthony “Tony” Ferro has been named the District’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year.

The winner was announced during the Education Foundation of Martin County’s Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration on Friday, November 14 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The event is presented by Infiniti Stuart and Audi Stuart.

Mr. Ferro currently teaches Advanced Placement European and World History to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders at Jensen Beach High School, where he has taught for four years. Mr. Ferro is also a product of the District himself, having attended Martin County schools from elementary through high school.

Mr. Ferro is also a member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, serving as the Boys/Girls Varsity Cross County Co-Head Coach and Flag Football Varsity Head Coach at JBHS. He has been a leader on a number of professional development projects at his school, including the Social Studies team, AdvancED accreditation team, School Advisory Council, and professional learning communities.

As a teacher, Mr. Ferro built the Advanced Placement European History classes from scratch and his students’ pass rates far exceed the national average. His United States History students demonstrate stellar performance in their End-of Course exams as well.

“As evidenced by these achievement results, Mr. Ferro instills very high expectations to ensure his students reach their maximum potential,” said Jensen Beach High School principal Greg Laws. “Mr. Ferro has established an authentic learning environment built upon positive relationships, which fosters a culture of engaged learners,” he added.

Upon learning of his being nominated as a candidate for Martin County Teacher of the Year, Mr. Ferro commented, “This without question will forever be one of my greatest accomplishments. I have tried to do everything that I can to change the lives of everyone that I meet and to represent JBHS in the best possible light. To achieve this honor is truly humbling, and inspirational at the same time, because I know that all of the hard work that I am doing on a daily basis is having a positive impact on my students, school, and community around me.”

Mario Murgado, President/CEO of Infiniti Stuart and Audi Stuart, presenting sponsors of The Education Foundation of Martin County Teacher of the Year Celebration, said, “Children are our future and the foundation for their success is a good education. We are proud to support teachers and the Martin County Teacher of the Year Celebration and we extend our sincere and heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Ferro.”

Raúl Ocampo, president of the EFMC, added, “On behalf of the board members of the Education Foundation of Martin County, congratulations to Tony Ferro on this incredible accomplishment. Tonight we celebrated all of our teachers…it was a tremendous celebration and a great expression of our appreciation for the amazing teachers we have in Martin County.”

Martin County School District Superintendent Laurie Gaylord said, “Tony Ferro is an exceptional educator with proven results in and out of his classroom who demonstrates the model of professionalism and leadership in education today. I commend him for his efforts to involve parents and the community in activities with his students that have a meaningful and lasting impact. I am proud to have Tony represent us as the Martin County Teacher of the Year in 2014-15.”

Mr. Ferro will now represent the Martin County School District in the competition to become the Florida Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year. More information on this program can be found online at http://www.fldoe.org/profdev/yeartch.asp.

In addition to honoring the District’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year, winners were named Friday night in the categories of Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers of the Year:

Elementary School Teacher of the Year
Kim Wendisch, Citrus Grove Elementary, First Grade Teacher
Ms. Wendisch has been teaching for 16 years, 11 in the state of Florida, and has been a teacher at Citrus Grove Elementary since the school opened in 2008. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Wendisch participates in a number of professional development and educational activities, including serving as the Team Development Leader for the American Cancer Society, the K-2 Teacher Representative Executive Board Member of the PTA, the chair of the School Improvement Plan Parent Involvement Committee, and a Voting Board Member of the School Advisory Council. She volunteers with several after-school programs and is the chair of CGE’s Volunteer Appreciation Committee.

Middle School Teacher of the Year
Kimberly Gray, Murray Middle School, 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher
Ms. Gray started her teaching career five years ago as a high school teacher, but has been instructing students at Murray Middle School for the last three years. She is a member of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) Committee and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Committee, and has been the Student Council Advisor since 2012. Her experience and comfort with technology has provided her with several opportunities for professional development, both giving and receiving. She was selected to pilot two computer-based programs at her school and is a committee member of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Committee at MMS, helping to organize the roll-out of increased personal device usage in the classroom.

High School Teacher of the Year
Anthony “Tony” Ferro, Jensen Beach High School, 10th, 11th and 12th Grade Social Studies Teacher
(MCSD Teacher of the Year)












The Education Foundation of Martin County’s Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration
is presented by Infiniti Stuart and Audi Stuart.



This year’s event is also made possible with the support of the following sponsors:








Publix Super Markets Charities
Keiser University – College of Golf & Sport Management
A Law Firm of Goldstein, Schmitt & Cambron, PL


The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), community investment organization comprised of business leaders, community volunteers, and school officials with the common goal of enriching and enhancing educational opportunities for all students and teachers, in the Martin County School District, through effective fundraising efforts, positive collaborative partnerships, innovative programming, and efficient allocation of resources. For more information, visit www.educationfoundationmc.org.


 
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Nov 17, 2014Ross Foundation Will Double Your Impact And Match Your Community Gifts


The Richard and Yvonne Ross Charitable Foundation is challenging the Treasure Coast community this Fall by matching, dollar for dollar, the first $50,000 raised between now and the end of the year. This challenge was first offered last year and the goal was surpassed, raising $102,000 for Helping People Succeed.

The 2014 campaign kicked off October 1 and runs until December 31. The funds will be used to support Helping People Succeed’s many programs, including Baby Steps, Healthy Families and the new Autism Services Program.

“Community giving is so important to us! Your contributions and support carries us into another successful year and allows us to give to those who need it most in our community,” said Glenna Parris, Gift Planning Officer for Helping People Succeed. “Our programs are growing and are connecting families to the resources they need when they need them. It is because of Rich and Yvonne’s generosity that your contribution has the potential to double the impact and take us not just steps, but leaps closer to our goals.”

To meet the community challenge, contributions may be mailed to Helping People Succeed at 1100 S.E. Federal Highway in Stuart, or donated online at www.hpsfl.org. For additional information, please contact Gift Planning Officer Glenna Parris at 772.320.0778.

Founded in 1964, Helping People Succeed is a community-based non-profit and serves more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.



 
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Nov 17, 2014Lovin' the Lyric - The Lyric returns as an elegant concert hall
After over 5 months of construction to renovate The Lyric, the almost 90-year-old theater has reopened. An extensive facelift has taken place with all new seating in the orchestra section, new walls, and a completely remodeled lobby. Executive Director, John Loesser, explained it this way, “Every improvement we’ve made was to help make The Lyric a more comfortable and elegant facility. For those who know New York, we turned the Fillmore into Carnegie Hall.” The Lyric’s lobby has a brand new bar, full large glass doors at the entrances, more box office windows, and better lighting. “It’s like a new theater,” said Loesser “but it’s still The Lyric we all know and love. We have the same number of seats in the same locations; it will be the same intimate experience to enjoy a show, only with a look that will make you feel warm and comfortable.”

Construction began right after Memorial Day last summer after The Lyric’s Board of Directors had raised a substantial part of their $3 million dollar campaign to remodel and pay off all debt for the organization. Initially the improvements were estimated at around $1 million dollars, but it was shortly discovered that it was necessary to repair some of the old structure which lead to some significant additional costs. The Lyric Theatre’s Board President, Ethel Christin, said, “We needed to make sure our Lyric would be standing for another 90 years, so we didn’t hesitate to strengthen the bones when we had the chance, even though it would cost us a great deal more money. We believe our donors will be there for us when they see what we’ve accomplished.”

In addition to all the cosmetic improvements The Lyric made, they have added a new line array sound system, a digital sound board, and a 9-foot concert Steinway piano. “We now also have a new logo for The Lyric, a treble clef design representing the ‘L’ for The Lyric and the music it brings. With all that we’ve done and all the hard work so many people have put into this, we are convinced our community now has the elegant concert venue it deserves and will be proud to have for the future,” Loesser said.

On Tuesday, The Lyric began its new life with a three-day Grand Reopening Celebration for its donors. After a chance to tour the facility, a curtain speech to thank them, and a presentation of a few images of the construction process, the audience was treated to a performance by “Solid Gold’s Dancing thru the Decades” show. The theater opens to the public tonight with Lorrianna Colozzo’s “A Night at the Opera.”


 
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Nov 17, 2014Holiday Home Tour Set for December 7
The Woman’s Club of Stuart’s sixth annual Holiday Home Tour presented by Audi Stuart will be Sunday, December 7. Six gorgeous homes, beautifully decorated for the holidays, will be on view from 12 noon to 5 p.m. for ticket holders to enjoy the spirit of the season. A program, map and directions can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Stuart, 729 East Ocean Blvd. After touring the homes, ticket holders are invited to return to the Woman’s Club after 4 p.m. for entertainment and a wine and cheese reception. They also can get a start on holiday shopping during a silent auction featuring a variety of goodies, including gift certificates and holiday home décor.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets are available on the club website, www.womansclubofstuart.com, or by calling 772-245-2148. They are also available at several Seacoast National Bank branches.
For those who want to leave the driving to someone else, VIP Bus Tour packages are available for $60. The VIP Bus Tour ticket includes transportation to the six homes on the tour, plus the chance to see a seventh, additional house in a beautiful gated community, available only with the Bus Tour package. And, there will be some surprise “extras” for those aboard the bus.
“Each year, the Holiday Home Tour gets better and better,” said Polly Pharo, Holiday Home Tour chair. “We have a limited number of tickets, so I urge everyone to purchase your tickets early.”
Much of the expense of the Holiday Home Tour is underwritten by generous corporate and individual sponsors. “We’re so grateful for the support from Devin Carlson, general manager of Audi Stuart,” Ms. Pharo said. “We’re delighted that Audi Stuart will be our Presenting Sponsor. It truly demonstrates Audi’s commitment to and investment in our community.”
“We are very pleased to support the Woman’s Club of Stuart’s Holiday Home Tour as Presenting Sponsor,” Mr. Carlson said. “It will be a fun and festive event, and in the spirit of the season, Audi Stuart is giving back to the community.”
There are sponsorship levels to fit all budgets, according to Ms. Pharo. For information about Holiday Home Tour sponsorship, call the Woman’s Club at 772-288-3227, or Ms. Pharo at 772-545-7780.
Funds raised by the Woman’s Club provide college scholarships for senior girls at four Martin County public high schools. Last year, $18,000 in scholarships was awarded, and during the past five years, $70,000 has been awarded to 17 high school students.
The Woman’s Club has received numerous thank-you letters from the scholarship recipients. One wrote: “There is no way I would have been able to afford college this year without your help, and I am SO grateful for the help from my community – a community I decided I never want to leave.”
“Knowing that our Holiday Home Tour makes such a difference in students’ lives makes all the hard work we put into it worth it,” Ms. Pharo said.


 
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Nov 17, 2014Give thanks by giving time or turkeys to Treasure Coast Food Bank
Families who have a lot to be thankful for can celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving by giving their time – or a turkey.
Treasure Coast Food Bank is hosting several opportunities for people to volunteer or learn about those in need, including two upcoming Backpack-a-thons to fill bags for the Child Nutrition Program.
Nearly 35,000 local children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Many rely on free and reduced-price meals at school. But what happens when school is out for the weekend? Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Backpack program provides children with nutritious food when they are out of school.
Volunteers are needed to fill the packs that are distributed to local school children in need. Backpack-a-thons are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday, Nov. 25th from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. They take place at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s headquarters, 401 Angle Road in Fort Pierce.
Also, the annual Turkey Drop takes place Saturday, Nov. 22. Treasure Coast Food Bank will have its refrigerated trucks stationed at several locations throughout the Treasure Coast between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Drop off turkeys at Harley Davidson in Stuart, Archie’s Seabreeze in Fort Pierce, Enchanted Florist In Tradition, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Port St. Lucie, CVS Pharmacy in Vero Beach, or Winn Dixie in Sebastian.

Turkeys also can be dropped off at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Fort Pierce headquarters Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Treasure Coast Food Bank will distribute thousands of turkeys to families in need so each can share in a hearty holiday meal. It’s all part of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food and Fund Drive, which runs through the end of December and provides not only holiday meals but helps stock area food pantries to ensure that hungry people have access to food throughout the upcoming months.

Want to learn more about Treasure Coast Food Bank and the fight to end hunger on the Treasure Coast? Join an upcoming “Food for Thought” tour on Friday, Nov. 21 or Dec. 19.
To volunteer or join a tour, contact Evelyn Miller at 772-489-3034 or email emiller@tcfoodbank.org.

TURKEY DROP-OFF SITES
Thursday, Nov. 22
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Archie's Seabreeze
401 South Ocean Drive
Fort Pierce, FL

CVS Pharmacy
1706 US Highway 1
Vero Beach, FL

Perkin's Restaurant and Bakery
9202 S Federal Highway
Port St. Lucie, FL

Enchanted Florist
10797 SW Tradition Square
Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Winn-Dixie
995 Sebastian Blvd.
Sebastian, FL 32958

Harley Davidson
4967 SE Federal Hwy.
Stuart, FL 34997

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ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief agency on the Treasure Coast, providing millions of pounds of food to over 200 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties serving those in need. In addition to food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772-489-3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.


 
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Nov 17, 2014Redeemer Lutheran Church and School Presents: “A Journey to Bethlehem”
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 12, 13 and 14.

Continuous live performances 6 PM to 8 PM.


2450 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Florida. Free Admission.

Start your Christmas with CHRIST at Redeemer Lutheran

Church and School with your Journey to Bethlehem.

Enjoy the walk thru of the Journey to Bethlehem, takes

about 20 minutes. Inspirational experience for all ages.


 
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Nov 17, 2014Harbor Branch Events for December 2014 and January 2015
Wed Dec 10 VIP Tour for FoHB Members & Their Guests – Reservations required. 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Ocean Discovery Center at 9:30 a.m. Call 772-242-2559 for information and reservations. Ages 12 & up.

Wed Dec 10 OSLS: Dive Into the Story: Ocean Science Fun for All Ages. Ellen Prager, Marine Scientist and Author. 7pm Johnson Education Center Dr. Ellen Prager will share some of her favorite ocean science stories and give the audience a peek into her new fiction series, Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians. She'll discuss how she is integrating real-life adventures, geography, and science into fiction and share a first look at the upcoming action packed sequel, which highlights the British Virgin Islands. The Shark Whisperer is the first book in the series and will be available for sale after the lecture, and Dr. Prager will be available to sign books. Free event.

Sat Dec 13 Ocean Discovery Center’s Holiday Open House. 10am – 1pm A seasonal celebration of marine science. Holiday treats, music, and crafts for all ages. Visit the Ocean Discovery Center gift shop. Free event.

Tue Dec 16 Palm Beach’s Flagler Museum and Whitehall Mansion. 9am-5pm Travel aboard Academy Coach to Palm Beach and then lunch (on your own) at the Gardens Mall + time for shopping. $45 members, $50 nonmembers. Early registration is appreciated to secure the charter bus. Call Friend of Harbor Branch at (772) 242-2559

Thu Jan 8 Tour Save the Chimps Sanctuary. Meet at the Ocean Discovery Center 12:15pm - 4pm For Friends of Harbor Branch only by special invitation. Please register early as space is limited. $60 charge includes transportation and exclusive, walking, guided tour by Jen Feuerstein, Sanctuary Director. Ages 12 and up. Call (772)242-2559 for information and reservations.

Tue Jan 13 The Colorful Characters and History of St. Lucie Village with noted historian Ann Sinnott. 10am – 1:30 pm $30 members, $40 nonmembers. Includes transportation and lunch. Tour requires moderate walking. Ages 12 and up. Call (772) 242-2559 for information and reservations.


Wed Jan 14 VIP Tour for FoHB Members & Their Guests – Reservations required. 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Ocean Discovery Center at 9:30 a.m. Call 772-242-2559 for information and reservations. Ages 12 & up.

Thu Jan 15 Adams Ranch Tour and BBQ Meet at the ranch at 9:45am – Depart 1:30 pm. Bring your cameras. Reservations required. $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Ages 12 and up. Call (772) 242-2559 for information and reservations.

Thu Jan 22 A Land Remembered with Patrick Smith, Jr. A multimedia show about the spirit and history of Florida presented by the son of the author of A Land Remembered. Admission includes a delicious, sustainable seafood paella plate, seated dining. Beer and sangria available for purchase. Silent auction of HBOI lab chairs upcycled by Art Mundo artists. Dinner 5-6:15pm. Presentation begins at 6:30pm. Tickets available in advance ONLY. $20 members, $30 non-members. Call (772) 242-2559. Ages 9 and up.

Authentic Bahama Fish Fry and Boat Tour with Capt. Chop and Little Jim Bait and Tackle Shop. Depart Ft. Pierce Marina at 3pm and return at 5:30pm. Boat to Little Jim Bait and Tackle where Chef Danny will prepare a fish fry of sustainable seafood complete with hush puppies and coleslaw. Buy your brew and relax on the deck before heading back to the marina. $50 members, $60 nonmembers. Ages 12 and up. Call (772) 242-2559 for reservations.

Thu Jan 29 Explore the Kissimmee River and Restoration Project. Enjoy an all day trip of natural beauty, wildlife, exploration and adventure on a pontoon boat, along with a presentation about Florida environmental history and water resource management. Box lunch and transportation included. $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Call (772) 242-2559 for information and reservations. Ages 9 and up.


 
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Nov 17, 2014Stuart Community Concert Band to perform free holiday concerts


The Stuart Community Concert Band will perform its annual free holiday concerts on Saturday, December 13 at the Blake Library in the John F. Armstrong Wing Auditorium, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart. Celebrate the season listening to holiday favorites including a version of The Ukranian Bell Carol, A Chanukah Celebration, A Canadian Brass Christmas and a medley from How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Because of the overwhelming popularity of these concerts, the Stuart Community Concert Band has again scheduled two performances at the Blake Library. The first concert will be held at 11 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. Seating is limited, so free tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed Monday, December 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Blake Library. A maximum of two tickets per person will be available. Any remaining tickets after that date and times will be available at the Blake Circulation Desk.

For your added enjoyment, the Palm City Cookie Ladies will provide an assortment of 1,000 cookies to the Blake Library concert attendees. This wonderful group of ladies has been baking and serving refreshments and decorating the stage for the Band’s holiday performances at the Blake Library since 2004. As a special treat, the Treasure Coast Classical Children’s Choir will perform during both concerts.

The Band’s members under the direction of Chris Kalwa are volunteers who get together to share their talents, enthusiasm and love for music. The Band performs for many holiday and community celebrations. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Stuart Middle School. The Band welcomes new members.
The Band continues its 2014 – 2015 season with concerts at the Charles Rae Kane Center on February 22, March 15 and May 26, 2015. For further information go to the Band’s website at http://Stuartcommunityconcertband.org or call the Kane Center at 772-223-7800.


 
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Nov 17, 2014House of Hope benefits from creative businesses

Two local family-owned businesses recently presented House of Hope with proceeds from creative service promotions that helped their customers and their community.

Forward Electric & Air Conditioning (www.forwardelectricandair.com) gave House of Hope a check for $270, which represented the total from an AC service promotion. The Palm City-based company set aside a $10 donation to House of Hope for each scheduled AC maintenance performed this past summer.

Paradise Tire & Service (www.paradisetireandservice.com) regularly conducts a “Change Oil, Change Lives” promotion to benefit local nonprofits. Paradise raised $225 on the day it devoted to House of Hope, passing along the total price ($25) of each oil change it did that day. Paradise Tire & Service is located in Stuart along with Palm Tree Auto Sales.

House of Hope appreciates these creative fund-raising campaigns, which set a great example for other businesses. The Carson and Compagno families are to be congratulated for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

Founded in 1984, House of Hope 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 recently moved its Stuart thrift store to 2529 S.E. Federal Hwy.

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



 
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Nov 14, 2014THE ARC’s right on the money!

The ARC of Martin County is looking out for your finances while they make a little money for themselves!
Jeff Teach, president of Teach Wealth Management and Joe Matson, CEO of Matson Financial will partner for a Financial Coaching Series to be held at Piper ‘s Landing Yacht & Country Club in Palm City, with all contributions benefiting the ARC of Martin County,
Although the first seminar was on November 21, the others will take place on December 5, January 9 and 23 and February 6 and 10. There will be a different topic each week, including Choosing your Investment Philosophy, Gearing Up for the Next Crash and Rebalancing your Portfolio.
Refreshments will be served and the total cost for the entire series is $75 per individual or $100 per couple. All classes are from 9-10:30 a.m. and include all work materials, books and videos.
RSVP to Jeff Teach at (772) 419-2008 or Jeff@teachwealthmanagement.com. Call Tracy Howse at (772) 283-2525 with any questions.




 
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Nov 14, 2014CEO Forum November 20 at CSRC
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Nov 14, 2014Upgrade to the FAU specialty license plate


Upgrade to the FAU specialty license plate and
we’ll send you a $25 check to cover the upgrade fee!

Follow these four easy steps:
1. Upgrade to the FAU tag in person at your local tax collector’s office, by mail or online.*
2. Make a copy of your new auto registration.
3. Print and complete the FAU voucher.
4. Email the copy of your auto registration showing an upgrade to the FAU specialty
plate, a photo of the plate, and the FAU voucher to fauplate@fau.edu OR mail to:
FAU Office of Alumni Relations
Attention: Owls Plate Program
777 Glades Road, FA 207
Boca Raton, FL 33431

That’s it! A $25 check will be mailed to you.

Thank you to all of our PROUD OWLS who already have an FAU license plate!
Email a photo of you with your plate to fauplate@fau.edu (include your name and address), and we’ll send you an FAU flash drive keychain.

When you purchase or renew your FAU license plate, proceeds directly benefit FAU's scholarship fund, which has received more than $865,000 from the plate program so far!

*To find the address of your nearest tax collector’s office, visit http://www.flhsmv.gov/locations or call 800-922-9000. For mail-in renewal with upgrade: Your additional payment for upgrade to the specialty plate will include a one-time upgrade fee and an annual renewal fee. Add the appropriate amount to your normal renewal fees and indicate on the form that you wish to upgrade to the FAU Specialty Tag. For online renewal with upgrade: an additional processing fee is added. Online orders are managed by My Florida Specialty Plate, a private company that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has contracted with to offer online transactions for the replacement of existing Florida license plates. Florida Atlantic University assumes no responsibility for the materials or information on the My Florida Specialty Plate website. Transactions are solely between you and My Florida Specialty Plate.




RESTRICTIONS: The $25 voucher is nonrefundable and is redeemable only toward the initial upgrade to the FAU Specialty License Plate (subject to verification). Maximum value of $25, must be submitted within one year of initial upgrade and received in the FAU Alumni Relations office prior to expiration date of voucher. This voucher is intended to cover a portion of the initial specialty license plate charge. The FAU Alumni Relations office is NOT responsible for paying annual renewal fees or any future fees incurred. This offer is not valid on existing FAU Specialty License Plates (including logo updates) or for license plate upgrades prior to January 1, 2014. This voucher may not be combined with any other offer. This offer expires on June 30, 2016. For more information, visit fau.edu/plate.



 
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Nov 14, 2014Florida Chamber 2014 Post-Election Wrap-Up and Analysis


Jobs matter. With voting results in, Florida voters made it clear they want to keep Florida moving in the right direction with a private-sector jobs agenda, and so do we.
When it comes to securing Florida’s future, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Fighting for free enterprise and focusing on policies that support jobs and strong families is the Florida Chamber’s mission. Beyond the legislative battles in Tallahassee or Washington, pro-jobs policies need champions, and that is why we engage in elections.
As I said before the mid-term elections, we estimated about half of the electorate wouldn’t turn out to vote. We knew this would be one of the most expensive election cycles in the country, and traditional television advertising would need bolstering by strategic digital and social media efforts to Get out the Vote (GOTV).
The Florida Chamber’s strategy was to engage early in targeted campaigns, create an employer to employee (E2e) GOTV program and coordinate with local chambers of commerce and businesses across Florida in support of free enterprise candidates. We also partnered with former Governor Jeb Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and others to strengthen our message opposing issues bad for Florida’s quality of life.
Overall, we engaged in 95 races and invested more than $7 million to help elect Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, 71 members to the Florida House of Representatives and 13 members to the Florida Senate.
The Florida Chamber’s involvement in backing candidates that support free enterprise was widely covered by national and Florida media. Plus, voter education efforts by the Florida Chamber helped defeat four trial lawyers – gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and three primary election candidates for the Florida House.
Florida Chamber polling indicated voters don’t trust trial lawyers and believe (8-to-1) that trial lawyers care more about money than taking care of individuals. Click here to read more on the post-election wrap-up from the Florida Chamber’s Political Operations Team.


 
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Nov 14, 2014Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center reveals gender of resident green sea turtles
The gender of the resident sea turtles at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center weighs heavily on the future of the marinelife nature center’s sea turtle program. The state of Florida will soon require long-term sea turtle care facilities to become gender specific to prevent captive mating.

To determine gender, the Coastal Center’s three green sea turtles recently received a blood test. Sea turtle gender is not decided by chromosomes, but instead is temperature dependent while in the nest, making testing a bit tricky. In the past, facilities had to wait until a turtle became an adult and measure the tail length for gender determination, but that has changed thanks to advancements in veterinary medicine. Dr. Camryn Allen, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration affiliate, tested the green sea turtles’ hormone levels in plasma samples. Currently, only two labs in the entire country offer these tests.

This week, Brittany Biber, aquarium and life support manager at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, revealed the gender of the facility’s three green sea turtles. “We’re excited to announce that Turtwig is a male; Anna Belle is a male; and Hank is a female... we think. Both Anna Belle and Turtwig had very high testosterone levels so we’re certain of their gender, however, Hank is proving a bit of a challenge,” Biber explains. “Hank’s testosterone is much lower than the other two, but still on the scale. Dr. Allen believes this could be a result of Hank being in warm water and causing the production of a little extra testosterone without aromatase to convert it to estrogen. Hank will be retested in the winter once the water in the Game Fish Lagoon (sourced from the ocean) cools down.”

Since the aquarium team is just discovering who is who, names don’t necessarily match their gender. Turtles are named as soon as they enter the hospital and this can mean males end up with feminine names and females with masculine names. The names of Florida Oceanographic’s turtles will not change, but gender-specific nicknames will be used to make things easier.

With the gender announcement, the aquariums team also announced that the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center will become an all male sea turtle facility in early 2015.

Visit the Coastal Center, located at 890 N.E. Ocean Blvd. on Hutchinson Island in Stuart to learn more about these amazing creatures. Daily sea turtle programs, feeding programs for the game fish lagoon and stingray touch tank occur seven days a week on the 57-acre property. Visitors can enjoy guided trail walks through the coastal swamp and hammocks, as well as additional exhibits and educational displays that inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children, and free for children under 3 and members. For program times and additional information, visit FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505.

About Florida Oceanographic Society
Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1964 with the mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education and research. Their Coastal Center is a 57-acre marine life nature center located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. As a leading state- and nationally-recognized environmental organization, Florida Oceanographic offers educational programs for all ages and conducts advocacy, research and restoration programs that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems. Learn more at FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505.



 
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Nov 14, 2014United Way News
Make a child's holiday brighter through White Doves

For more than two decades, the White Doves Holiday Project has been spreading cheer to thousands of children each year in Martin County.
As a service provided by United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program, the White Doves Holiday Project collects toys for families and children in need through a partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Each year, thousands of toys are collected from more than 120 businesses that serve as Toys for Tots collection sites and are distributed to families in need.
Families are identified and screened in advance by agencies, schools, and faith-based organizations.


Much of United Way of Martin County’s success derives from strong volunteer leadership.

For more than 40 years, United Way has relied on the guidance and expertise of community leaders to make a positive impact in Martin County through fundraising, advocacy, volunteerism and character-building.

Each year, United Way elects new officers to help set organizational goals and to ensure that funds raised through the annual campaign are being invested wisely in United Way’s strategic priority areas – ending hunger, strengthening families, improving people’s health, creating job opportunities, improving education for all and ensuring safety.

At the annual board of directors meeting, United Way elected Stacy Ranieri, president and chief illuminator of The Firefly Group, as board chair and FPL executives Crystal Stiles and Amy Albury as vice chair and chair-elect, respectively.


Enormous Yard Sale is this weekend!

This Saturday, Nov. 15, check out the Enormous Yard Sale and Craft Fair at Martin County High School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is open to the community and will offers crafts, fresh produce, household items and more!

Proceeds go to the United Way of Martin County!


Martin Health System recognized as Business of Character
Martin Health System was recently honored with the fourth annual Business of Character Award from United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program.

The award, presented on October 29, in partnership with Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith, and the Business Development Board of Martin County, was given to Martin Health System for its Project Search internship program and was accepted by Mark Robitaille, president and CEO of Martin Health System.

Project Search exemplifies compassion, teamwork and collaboration by helping high school students with disabilities obtain real world experience and employment. The internship program is in collaboration with Helping People Succeed, ARC of Martin County, and the Martin County School District.

Don't Miss
Art in the Park
Nov. 29, 30

Enjoy art and crafts by local artists and craftspeople the weekend of Nov. 29 and 30 in Memorial Park in downtown Stuart.
The 19th Annual Art in the Park takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission and parking are free. A portion of the proceeds benefit United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program.
For more information, call 330-493-4130.


Good character celebrated
with grants, activities

The importance of good character was observed in our schools and community the week of Oct. 19 through 25 during CHARACTER COUNTS! Week.

Job fair gets postive feedback

The job fair on Oct. 24 at the Indian River State College Chastain Campus was attended by 362 job seekers, of which 12 percent were veterans. More than 40 employers were there recruiting, with about 65 percent indicating they plan to make a job offer to someone who attended the fair.

All who helped organize and provide services -- from our resume helpers to our veteran volunteers -- are much appreciated! One job seeker said, "The orientation and resources your staff provided were excellent. This model should be replicated by other counties."



 
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Nov 14, 2014COUNTY NEWS


November 18 BOCC meeting agenda available
The agenda for the November 18 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. Learn more >


Commissioner Inauguration Ceremony planned
You are cordially invited to attend the Inauguration Ceremony for Commissioners Heard and Fielding at the next Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, November 18. Watch as the Commissioners renew their commitment to the citizens of Martin County.

Building permit update
During the month of October, there were 861 residential and 86 non-residential permits issued for a total construction value of $25,092,876.55. For comparison, a total of 848 residential and 125 non-residential permits were issued in September of 2014, with 823 residential and 97 non-residential permits issued in October of last year.


To eat or not to eat, that is the question
The colon plays an essential role in your health and colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. Join guest speaker Dr. Marvin Singh on Monday, November 17 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Morgade Library and learn how diet and lifestyle can affect your colon's health and what you can do to prevent colon cancer.

Busy Little Hands: Thanksgiving Art Collages
Need some fun one-on-one time with your little one? Join us at the Morgade Library on Saturday, November 22 from 10:30 to 11:30 am for Busy Little Hands. Each parent and child will create a Thanksgiving-themed collage using paint, patterned papers, stamps and buttons. Call 463-3245 to register.

Movies @ your library: Maleficent
Catch a showing of Maleficent at one of the library branches this month. Kids will enjoy this tale of a vengeful fairy who is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land. Call your local branch library for dates and times.

IT STARTS IN PARKS

Get a glimpse of local history
Captain Henry Sewall's Home, now located in Indian RiverSide Park, is one of Martin County's most important historic structures. After sitting at the tip of Sewall's Point where it served as the Sewall's Point Post Office, as well as the pioneer home of Henry and Abbie Sewall, it was moved to Willoughby Creek in Port Sewall where it stood 90 years. Take some time to visit this local gem and learn about its rich history. The home is open to the public for tours on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

HEALTH & SAFETY

News you need during hurricane season
Do you know where to get your local hurricane information? During an emergency, find Martin County-specific information by tuning to WQCS-88.9 FM at 9:00 am, 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Residents can also tune to MCTV - Comcast Channel 20 and U-verse Channel 99 - for up-to-date local info.

AROUND TOWN

New exhibition at the Court House Cultural Center
An Opening Reception will be held at the Court House Cultural Center on Thursday, December 11 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. The exhibition, titled SELECTED WORK, features the artwork of Aida Fry, Molly Potter, Jussi Pöyhönen, Paula Rubino and Eleanor Woolems.


Children's Museum hosts fall festival
Come to the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast for a free Fall Festival on Saturday, November 15 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There's something for everyone with carnival games, pony rides, a scavenger hunt, bounce houses, a petting zoo and more! Call 225-7575 for details.

Going native! Native plants for landscaping
On Monday, December 1 at 6:00 pm, join the University of Florida IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardeners for an educational event at the Blake Library. Dr. George Rogers will share his passion for Florida native plants in a lecture entitled "Going Native.


Fresh Market event comes to Indiantown
Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 30 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm to attend the first Fresh Market at the Seminole Inn in Indiantown. Buy locally grown produce and arts and crafts from great vendors featuring everything from herbs and jams to goat cheese and quail eggs. Learn more >


COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Children's Services Council gives thanks
With nearly 77% of the vote supporting the reauthorization of the Children's Services Council of Martin County, the 10-member Council and its staff have re-committed to working on behalf of Martin County homeowners for healthy children, strong families, safe communities and success in school and in life. Residents are encouraged to attend a Council public meeting, which are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 10:00 am at Council offices. To learn more, log on to www.cscmc.org.


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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Nov 13, 2014FLORIDA’S STEADY CLIMB TO THE TOP FOR STRONGEST LAWS AGAINST TRAFFICKING
Child sex trafficking affects an estimated 100,000 American children each year in the U.S. but Florida is
fighting back. Florida improved its laws to address child sex trafficking every year since 2011. Today, anti-trafficking organization
Shared Hope International released its fourth annual study on the state of child sex trafficking laws in America. The research found
that Florida scored an 87.5 per cent on the report, up from 71.5 per cent in 2011. The improvements in Florida’s law reflect the
commitment of key stakeholders in addressing the issue. Watch the release of the state grades.
“Florida is determined to end the trafficking of our kids,” Representative Gayle Harrell (FL-83) said. “Shared Hope’s report card for
Florida provides guidance to help keep us on track with keeping our kids safe from the predators who seek to steal their
innocence. We will be examining the report carefully and introducing legislation to make our laws even stronger.”
While Florida has made substantial law changes in four years, the state has more work to do. Earning nearly a perfect score on most
categories of the assessment, Florida must strengthen criminal provisions addressing demand and protective provisions for child
victims. Florida’s human trafficking statute provides substantial penalties for buyers, individuals who purchase sex acts from minors
and fuel the sex trafficking industry by making it a profitable market. However, in a recent study by Shared Hope International which
documented criminal justice outcomes for buyers of sex acts with minors in four target site locations, no buyers were convicted
under state sex trafficking laws. Florida offers other applicable laws for buyers, including “Lewd or lascivious battery” which carries a
maximum penalty of 15 years in prison but only if the minor is younger than 16. Buyers who purchase sex with 16 or 17-year-old
minors only face up to 60 days in prison under Florida’s “patronizing a prostitute” statute, failing to protect victims and deter those
who seek to purchase sex with minors.
The Protected Innocence Challenge was first conducted in 2011 and found 26 states earned failing scores. However, after four years
of sweeping legislative advancements, 42 states have raised their grade. Three states, Louisiana, Tennessee and Washington, have
earned “A” grades. Only nine states have not raised their grade since 2011 and California, Maine, Michigan and South Dakota are the
only remaining states earning failing scores.
MEDIA CONTACT:
Taryn Offenbacher
Communications Director
703.351.8062 office / 602.818.3955 cell
Taryn@sharedhope.org
ABOUT THE PROTECTED INNOCENCE CHALLENGE: The Protected Innocence Challenge is a 41-component, comprehensive analysis
of each state’s existing laws on domestic minor sex trafficking.
MEDIA MATERIALS
For media convenience, a variety of video clips and resources, including sex trafficking survivor comments, are available at this
location: https://vimeo.com/user12564384/videos. Videos are password protected, please enter password sharedmedia1 to access
media clips.
Shared Hope International is an anti-trafficking organization focusing on prevention, restoration and justice for victims of
sex trafficking. Founded in 1998 by Congresswoman Linda Smith, Shared Hope is a trusted leader for training, research,
restorative development, and legislative development

 
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Nov 13, 2014All Aboard Florida’s downtown West Palm Beach station.
Today, we were joined by several dignitaries from Palm Beach County and the City of West Palm Beach to mark the start of construction for All Aboard Florida’s downtown West Palm Beach station. The existing building was demolished so construction on the approximately 60,000 sq. ft. station and platform can begin. This milestone marks the start of construction on the second of its three South Florida stations along the Miami-to-Orlando corridor, and is the latest in a series of significant milestones for the highly-anticipated passenger rail project that will revolutionize travel throughout Florida.

The West Palm Beach station will be located on 2 acres of land adjacent to the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) corridor on Quadrille Boulevard, between Datura and Evernia Streets. Located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, the station will be located near the thriving CityPlace mixed use development, the shops and restaurants of Clematis Street, and several arts institutions such as the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The station will drive new visitors and tourists directly into the shops and attractions of this bustling downtown area and serve as a transportation hub so those visitors can reach cultural, economic and shopping destinations throughout Palm Beach County.

“All Aboard Florida will be transformative for West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County and the State of Florida, marking a new and exciting beginning for rail travel and the regions it will serve,” said Michael Reininger, President and Chief Development Officer of All Aboard Florida. “Palm Beach County is now one step closer to becoming part of a more mobile, connected region that will feel the economic benefits from the creation of thousands of jobs during construction and expanded business and tourism opportunities.”

We invite you to view the new renderings of the West Palm Beach station on our website, photos from today’s event on our Facebook page and video coverage from WPTV Channel 5 West Palm Beach


 
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Nov 13, 2014IRSC Distinguished Lecture Series- Indian River State College Foundation
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Nov 13, 2014IRSC HOLDS FREE CONFERENCE TO IGNITE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BUSINESS SUCCESS
Entrepreneurs and small business owners are invited to a free conference at Indian River State College to gain insight, discover resources, and adopt best practices for business success. Featuring national and regional business leaders, “Resources and Best Practices to Ignite Your Business,” is sponsored by IRSC and PNC, and will be held on Thursday, November 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies on the 35th Street side of the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and lunch is included.
Mekael Teshome, Assistant Vice President and Economist for the PNC Financial Services Group, will serve as a keynote speaker, presenting a 2015 economic forecast and outlook from a national, regional and local perspective, with predictions about the direction of economic growth or contraction. He is responsible for contributing to PNC’s regional, national and international economic analysis.
Amanda Hanks, Founder and Owner of The “E” in STEM, will also serve as a keynote speaker, focusing on her personal entrepreneurial journey. After 20 years in the civil engineering industry, Hanks attended the Entrepreneurship Conference at IRSC in 2013 and was inspired to start her own business, acquiring the Treasure Coast license for “Engineering for Kids.”
Following the keynote speakers, a panel discussion featuring economic development experts from St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will address the “Research Coast Entrepreneurial EcoSystem. Other panel discussions will address IRSC Entrepreneurial Resources and Seeking Fundraising. During lunch, Josh Folds, Business Banking Senior Vice-President/Market Manager for PNC Bank will provide information on the small business services offered by PNC Bank.
Beginning at 1 p.m. in the adjacent Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a select group of IRSC Incubator clients will present their business plans to Richard Licursi, Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Spectrum Bridge, Inc., an Orlando Venture Capital Group. Tours of the Brown Center and its new Fab Lab with 3D printer will be available throughout the day.
In cooperation with PNC Bank, the 2nd Annual Entrepreneurship and Small Business Conference is sponsored by the Dan K.Richardson Entrepreneurship Institute at IRSC, which incorporates IRSC Business Incubators at the Main Campus and Chastain Campus in Stuart, the Small Business Development Center, offering free business counseling, and the Corporate and Community Training Institute (CCTI), for professional development, employee training and customized business support.
To register for the Conference, contact Jo Ann Balsamo at jbalsamo@irsc.edu, (772) 462-7172 or visit www.irscbiz.com.


 
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Nov 13, 2014Turkey Drop! Treasure Coast Food Bank collects turkeys so all can share in America’s holiday
A Thanksgiving without turkey is like…no Thanksgiving at all!
That’s why Treasure Coast Food Bank strives to provide turkeys for every family who otherwise wouldn’t be able to share in the iconic American tradition. Help Treasure Coast Food Bank provide turkeys for families who don’t have enough to eat by bringing a frozen turkey to one of several locations on Nov. 22.
Treasure Coast Food Bank will have its refrigerated trucks stationed at several locations throughout the Treasure Coast between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Drop off turkeys at Harley Davidson in Stuart, Archie’s Seabreeze in Fort Pierce, Enchanted Florist In Tradition , Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Port St. Lucie, CVS Pharmacy in Vero Beach, or Winn Dixie in Sebastian.
“While whole turkeys aren’t a part of the food we have available on a regular basis for those in need of food, we strive to help everyone celebrate the traditions of Thanksgiving, including turkeys for as many families in need as possible,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judy Cruz. “We expect to distribute thousands of turkeys to families this year.”
The Turkey Drop is part of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food and Fund Drive, which runs through the end of December. The donations of dollars and food not only provide holiday meals but will help stock area food pantries to ensure that hungry people have access to food throughout the upcoming months.
In addition to dropping off a turkey, people can get involved by hosting an online or traditional Food & Fund Drive. Set up your food drive through Treasure Coast Food Bank’s website, stophunger.org.
All money donated to Treasure Coast Food Bank is tax-deductible, and donors receive a receipt for each monetary gift. This is also an easy way for departments, companies, schools, or organizations to compete against each other. Each group can set up their own team page and keep track of donations.
For more information about the Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food and Fund Drive or to register your online or traditional food drive, please visit www.stophunger.org. To contact our Food Drive Coordinator Evelyn Miller, call 772-489-3034 or email emiller@tcfoodbank.org.

TURKEY DROP-OFF SITES
Thursday, Nov. 22
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Archie's Seabreeze
401 South Ocean Drive
Fort Pierce, FL

CVS Pharmacy
1706 US Highway 1
Vero Beach, FL

Perkin's Restaurant and Bakery
9202 S Federal Highway
Port St. Lucie, FL

Enchanted Florist
10797 SW Tradition Square
Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Winn-Dixie
995 Sebastian Blvd.
Sebastian, FL 32958

Harley Davidson
4967 SE Federal Hwy.
Stuart, FL 34997


 
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Nov 13, 2014Voices for Children of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast
Passionate and committed volunteers donate countless hours serving the needs of the children to whom they are assigned in the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program of Florida’s 19th Judicial Circuit Court. However, many times financial burdens arise that are not covered by the GAL program, itself.

To help meet those needs, Jim Pawlak recently resurrected the long-dormant Voices for Children of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast (Voices OTC) and was awarded 501(c)3 status in 2014. Voices OTC was originally founded in 2008, but with no one at the helm, it offered little, if any, support to GAL.

Now, the non-profit is building vigorous and productive relationships with the business community as well as private, public, civic, and faith-based groups as a means to identifying and developing resources and support. The goal is 100-percent representation of abused, neglected, and abandoned children under the 19th Judicial Circuit Court’s jurisdiction.

Voices OTC is dedicated to raising the funds needed to cover costs and expenses for children that are simply not covered by state monies. That could include such things as a class photo, prom dress, tickets to a movie, sporting event or play, soccer uniform, football, new outfit for the first day of school or the most basic needs, like properly-fitting shoes or a bed.

Without the support of Voices and its GALs, plus the generosity of the community, these things that most of us consider “normal” would be beyond the reach of these children.

In 2013, Voices sponsored successful “Back to School Backpacks for Kids” and “Christmas Toy Drive” programs, which helped children to prepare for a new school year with backpacks filled with supplies and to experience a happier holiday season.

During 2014-15, exciting events such as The Guardians’ Angel Fund and springtime “Love is All You Need” Fashion Show” at Harbour Bay Plaza in Sewall’s point are planned.

Voices OTC also contributes to GAL volunteer recruitment, training and recognition for their dedication.
More than 1,200 children in our region are in need of GALs. Although 800 of them are represented by 330 GALs, more volunteers are essential to ensure that all our region’s most vulnerable children are given “a voice”.

Voices for Children of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast is looking for new members. If you would like more information on how you can become a member of this wonderful group that supports the hard work of the Guardian ad Litem program, visit www.voicesforchildrenotc.org.


 
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Nov 13, 2014White Doves Holiday Project begins with virtual bike ride
For more than two decades, the White Doves Holiday Project has been spreading cheer to thousands of children each year in Martin County.

As a service provided by United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program, the White Doves Holiday Project collects toys for families and children in need through a partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Each year, thousands of toys are collected from more than 120 local businesses that serve as Toys for Tots collection sites and are distributed to families in need.

Since the White Doves Holiday Project relies solely on the generosity of others, donations are often hard to predict and this year’s toy drive has already suffered a huge loss. Organizers were recently notified by a longtime supporter that due to circumstances beyond their control they would no longer be able to donate the nearly 100 bicycles and helmets that they had contributed over the past few years.

“Bicycles are hard to come by so we were devastated when we received the news,” said Carol Hodnett, director of the White Doves Holiday Project. “Needless to say, it forced us to rethink how we were going to make up the shortfall of bicycles and thanks to the Zweben Law Group we should still be able to distribute bicycles this year.”

Gene Zweben , managing partner of the Zweben Law Group, and his wife, Tara, learned of the bad news and they knew something had to be done, so they decided to organize a virtual bike ride via social media to help raise the funds needed to purchase bikes.

“I am so excited to share my passion of cycling and give back to the community at the same time,” said Gene Zweben. “This is a great opportunity for families to spend time together and to share the joy of cycling with those who cannot afford it.”

To participate in the virtual bike ride, visit MartinVolunteers.org and click on the #ZLGWhiteDovesRide icon, then make a minimum donation of $50 using the secure online form. The $50 donation allows the White Doves Holiday Project to purchase one bicycle and one helmet for a child. Then take a family bike ride between now and Dec. 13, and post a picture of your ride to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #ZLGWhiteDovesRide. Using this hashtag will automatically enter the participant’s photo into a contest for great prizes!

To ensure that families receive toys in time for the holidays, donations should be made before Dec. 16. For a list of official Toys for Tots drop-off locations, visit MartinVolunteers.org. For more information about the White Doves Holiday Project or to find out more about volunteer opportunities, call 772-220-4472, ext. 225.

White Doves Holiday Project is coordinated by Martin Volunteers, a program of United Way, and is the local coordinator for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The mission of the White Doves Holiday Project and Toys for Tots is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

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

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpmRbXM93bY

 
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Nov 13, 2014BackPack-A-Thon

November 19th and 25th

Nearly 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 for the weekend? Treasure Coast Food Bank's Back Pack program provides children in need food when they
are out of school. Help Treasure Coast Food Bank by participating in our BackPack-a-thon to benefit our Child Nutrition Program.

Volunteers are needed to fill bags with nutritious
food that will be distributing to local school children in need.


When
Thursday, November 19th, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

Tuesday, November 25th from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.
Where
Treasure Coast Food Bank warehouse
at 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34947



If you are interested in participating in this or another volunteer opportunity, please contact Evelyn Miller, emiller@tcfoodbank.org or 772-489-3034

All volunteers MUST wear closed toed shoes.

Together, we can solve childhood hunger!




 
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Nov 13, 2014LANDOLINA JOINS FLORIDA COMMERCIAL

Janine Landolina has joined Florida Commercial Enterprises, LLC with offices located in downtown Stuart, Florida. Landolina is an established commercial real estate agent with over ten years experience in Retail and Office sales & leasing. She has represented several REIT-based grocery-anchored & power centers throughout the Treasure Coast and is an active member of International Center for Shopping Centers (ICSC), with specialties including asset management, construction management, and tenant retention. Established in 1999, Florida Commercial Enterprises, LLC is the leading commercial real estate asset brokerage firm on the Treasure Coast and currently manages over 800,000 sq. ft. of Commercial & Industrial property in Martin, St. Lucie & Indian River Counties. For further company and property listing information visit www.florida-commercial.net or contact Ms. Landolina at 772-223-3646.



 
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Nov 13, 2014COUNCIL ON AGING TO HOLD “POINSETTIA POWER!” - A LUNCHEON, FASHION SHOW AND HOLIDAY GIFT BAZAAR ON DECEMBER 4 AT THE KANE CENTER
The Council on Aging of Martin County will host “Poinsettia Power!” – a luncheon, fashion show and holiday gift bazaar – on December 4 at the Kane Center in Stuart. The event benefits the full range of programs offered by the Council on Aging, including Meals on Wheels, an Adult Day Program, senior dining centers, care management, senior-focused primary medical care and caregiver support. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. for the holiday gift bazaar, with over two dozen local vendors featuring unique or handcrafted items for sale. The noon luncheon follows in the Langford Theatre and Auditorium, featuring holiday fashions from the shops at Harbour Bay Plaza, including Chico’s and Patchington.

Tickets are $85 per person; you can also be an “Angel” and purchase a $125 ticket (giving a larger gift to charity). For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 772-223-7846, visit www.kanecenter.org, or come to the Kane Center at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart.

Bazaar vendors include Ana Mari, Art Gumbo Gallery, Artist Lisa P. Young, Artwork by Susan Clifford, Adirondack Chairs by the LAHIA Workshop, Avon, Beach Daisy Art and Craft Studio, Beachy Bags & Totes, Benay’s 3G Delites Specialty Gift Baskets & Chocolates, Big Pine Nursery of Martin County, Clayworks, Doll Clothes Boutique, Gateway to Tibet, Havana Beads, Jewelry from Treasure Coast Estate Buyers, Jimmy’s Woodcrafts & Planters, Kip Kennedy Studio, Little Shop of Chic, Martin County Quilters, Romagosa Dermatology Group, Ronnacard, Sally Eckman Roberts’ Art for Gifts & Home Décor, Silpada Designs, Straight from the Heart, The Olive Tap and Xylem Crafts.

The event is underwritten by The Albert M. Covelli Foundation through Josephine Covelli, Gabriella Aune, Patricia A. Borg, Carroll Ann Brennan, William E. Carlson, Ann Corwell, and
Allen and Nancy Forbes. Business Partners include Mistletoe Sponsors – Mederi Caretenders Home Care, Oxypros Plus/Legacy Private Care and Sandhill Cove Retirement Living; plus Holly Sponsors – South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, The Manors at Hobe Sound and Palm City Nursing and Rehab.

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.


Denise Belizar
Marketing Manager
The Council on Aging of Martin County
at the Kane Center
A Private, Non-Profit Organization
900 SE Salerno Road I Stuart, FL 34997 I office 772.223.7841 I cell 772.971.0430 I fax 772.223.7758
dbelizar@kanecenter.org

Living Young . . . at Any Age!


 
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Nov 13, 2014Martin County Commissioners tour restored natural area


Over the last several days, Martin County Commissioners have received a firsthand look at the restoration of conservation lands after touring the Allapattah Flats Restoration Area in northwest Martin County. Staff from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and the United States of Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agencies leading restoration the effort, accompanied Commissioners on the tours.



Martin County Commissioner John Haddox (left) on his tour of the Allapattah Flats Restoration Area. Staff from the South Florida Water Management District and the United States of Department of Agriculture, the agencies leading the restoration effort, accompanied Commissioners on the tours.
Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners.

The Allapattah Flats natural area is composed of nearly 21,000 acres of marshes and slash pine flatwoods. It is included within the Indian River Lagoon South Restoration Plan, which is a component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. The restoration benefits the St. Lucie Estuary by reducing harmful discharges and nutrients from entering the water. SFWMD is restoring natural water flow on the site by filling in some of these manmade waterways and installing water control structures on others. Also, they are constructing berms to protect adjacent waterways and are planting pines in some areas to reestablish uplands.

Martin County District 4 Commissioner and Chair Sarah Heard said, "We are pleased to see significant progress on this project and proud to work with our partners in our shared vision of returning this property to is natural state."

The property is jointly owned by Martin County and SFWMD. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (an agency of the USDA) holds a conservation easement over much of the property, and is providing funding through the Wetlands Reserve Program for the restoration of the site. Public use of the area is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A portion of the funds generated from the ½ cent sales tax enabled the purchase of the Allapattah Flats area.


 
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Nov 12, 2014Central Marine Properties East, LLC purchases St. Lucie Marine Property
Central Marine Properties East, LLC has purchased the St Lucie Marine Property located at 200 NW Alice Avenue in the City of Stuart. Central Marine Stuart, LLC will continue to operate a marina on the property and plans to upgrade the property’s appearance and expand the services offered there. The marina, located on the North Shore of the St. Lucie River, has been owned by the sellers since 1984. The purchasers are affiliated with Central Marine Service, Inc. of St Petersburg, Florida (www.centralmarineservice.com), which is excited to add this East Coast location to its operations.

The seller was represented by Bruner Real Estate and McCarthy Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A. Terry McCarthy, Esq. was instrumental in overcoming some of the challenges presented in the due diligence process.Central Marine Properties East, LLC was represented by Nikolaus M. Schroth, CCIM of NAI Southcoast and Harper, Kynes, Geller, Greenleaf & Frayman, P. A. Allen Kynes, Esq. ensured a smooth transaction and successful closing of the transaction.

For additional info contact Nikolaus M. Schroth, CCIM at 772-286-6292 or Central Marine Services at 727-347-9999.

About NAI Southcoast
Headquartered in Stuart, NAI Southcoast provides a full spectrum of services available to regional, national and international clients via our global network of independent commercial real estate brokerage companies. These include dispositions, leasing, management and receiver work for Industrial, Office, Retail, Investment and Land properties. The firm also represents Tenants and Owners and currently manages nearly 730,000 SF of commercial property. For more information about NAI Southcoast, please visit www.naisouthcoast.com.

About NAI Global
NAI Global is the single largest, most powerful global network of owner-operated commercial real estate brokerage firms. NAI Global provides a full-range of corporate real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain consulting and related advisory services. NAI Global member firms, leaders in their local markets, are actively managed to work in unison and provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. Founded in 1978, today NAI Global member firms span the US and 54 other countries, with 400 offices and more than 5,000 local market experts on the ground, completing $55 billion of transactions annually. Supported by the central resources of the NAI Global organization, member firms deliver market-leading services locally and combine their in-market strengths to form a powerful bond of insights and execution for clients with multi-market challenges.

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

To learn more, visit www.naiglobal.com.


 
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Nov 12, 2014Family Volunteer Day ~ Make a Difference at Jonathan Dickinson State Park! ~
November 22, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

22 years ago Points of Light dedicated a day of service to provide opportunities for “families to help communities create supportive environments for their children and each other” (pointsoflight.org). In recognition, Jonathan Dickinson State Park and the Florida Conservation Corps would like to invite families to assist park staff with removal of exotic, non-native plants. This project will help the park with its on-going mission of restoring natural lands to their original condition. Park staff will provide a brief orientation about the park, exotic plants, and the projects’ benefits to wildlife.

Park entry is free for participants! Participants do not need to stay until 1:00 p.m. The park will provide water and Gatorade. For registration and additional information please contact the Kimbell Education Center in the park, 561-745-5551, or email libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us.

The event takes place at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455, www.floridastateparks.org/jonathandickinson.


 
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Nov 12, 2014Treasure Coast SCORE Announces Counseling in Sebastian!
Treasure Coast Chapter of SCORE is pleased to announce we will once again have face-to-face counseling available in Sebastian at the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce, 700 Main St. beginning Tuesday November 18, 2014.

SCORE Mentors Dick Duch and Ken Koziol will be staffing this location every Tuesday and will be offering counseling on a scheduled appointment basis at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 am each week - please no walk-ins. This counseling is available to everybody whether or not they belong to the Sebastian River Area Chamber.

Dreamers, entrepreneurs, start-ups & existing businesses regularly utilize SCORE nationally since 1964 and locally since 1973 as a sounding board for information and advice. For our most recent Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2014, Treasure Coast SCORE provided 3,066 total services to its clients and workshop attendees.

Appointments can be made by calling the Chamber at 772-589-5969 or the SCORE office at 772-489-0548.

Our 23 local SCORE counselors have direct experience in business start-ups, manufacturing, high technology, insurance, public relations, retail operations, textiles, pharmaceuticals, legal, banking, finance, tax, distribution, information technology, materials, engineering, sales & marketing, customer service, commercial leasing, electrical contracting, health & nutrition, human resources, specialty retailing, hospitality, acquisitions, turnarounds, divestitures, business valuations, public relations, turnarounds, promotional products, environmental and non-profits.

SCORE also offers free & low cost workshops in such areas as: How to Start a Small Business, Cash Management, Financial Recordkeeping, Marketing, Florida Sales Tax, All About Non-Profits, Commercial Insurance, Business Law, Commercial Credit, Business Planning, Corporate & LLC Reporting & Recordkeeping, & Personal Credit/Identity Theft.

SCORE Chapter 308, has its main office in Ft. Pierce and other counseling locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Vero Beach and Sebastian.

SCORE provides free, confidential business counseling with expertise in a wealth of business and business-related areas. SCORE Chapter 308 is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration Florida Small Business Development Center and services Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Glades and Okeechobee Counties on the Treasure Coast.

Please phone our office at 772-489-0548 to make an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced volunteer SCORE counselor and when we are away you will be forwarded to our answering service.

Our website www.treasurecoast.score.org can also be used to make an appointment at any of our seven (7) locations for face-to-face counseling and also to register for any of our workshops.


 
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Nov 12, 2014CUT-A-THON AND TOY DRIVE
We are extremely excited to be announcing a
partnership between Rock Paper Salon and Toys For Tots! Join us for our 1st Annual
CUT-A-THON AND TOY DRIVE

Every year In preparation for the holiday season, The White Doves Holiday Project and Toys For Tots raises funds and collects toys so that families in need can still have the holiday that every child dreams of all year long. Last year they collected and distributed 13,728 toys and 265 Bikes for Martin County families. This year Rock Paper Salon is joining the cause to make the holiday brighter for everyone. on November 30th from 10-3pm, we will be doing cuts for only $12 with
100% of the proceeds being donated to the cause. Bring a toy to the event and get your cut for only $10. everybody wins. Remember it must be a new, unwrapped toy. We hope to see you there when we all make a statement that every child deserves some holiday magic!

EVEN MORE WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Now through December 13th Rock Paper Salon will also be a donation site for Toys For Tots and will be giving a 10% discount on all their services that day to anybody who comes with a toy for the drive.



 
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Nov 12, 2014Gastroenterologist to discuss importance of colon health at Morgade Library Nov 17
The colon plays an essential role in your overall health and colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. Learn how diet and lifestyle can affect your colon's health and what you can do to prevent colon cancer Monday, November 17 from 2pm to 3pm at the Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart.


Dr. Marvin Singh, MD, Gastroenterologist of Martin Health System will be discussing colon health with his presentation, "To Eat or Not to Eat, That is the Question". This event is free and open to the public.


Dr. Marvin Singh Bio:
Dr. Marvin Singh practices general gastroenterology with Martin Gastroenterology and also has a special clinical interest in inflammatory bowel disease. While completing his gastroenterology fellowship, Dr. Singh was sponsored by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America to participate in a national visiting IBD fellow program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Dr. Singh also completed additional training through an inflammatory bowel disease observership at the University of Chicago. His previous experience includes being an Assistant Professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins and the Associate Director of Gastroenterology/Hepatology for Johns Hopkins at Howard County.
For more information about this event or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403 or visitwww.library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Nov 12, 2014PERSONALIZED GOLF SPECIFIC FITNESS

With Jeff Kroop

We love this game.
LET’S TRAIN SPECIFIC TO THE SPORT WE LOVE!

FREE GOLF FITNESS ASSESSMENT WITH THE PURCHASE OF (4) TRAINING SESSIONS!

Jeff has been active as an athlete and trainer in the Health & Fitness industry for the past 35 years. He is known for ability to bring Peak Performance to the beginner as well as the advanced Golf fitness enthusiast.

• Level 3 Golf Fitness Instructor - TPI (Titleist Performance Institute)
• Health/Fitness Specialist - American College Sports Medicine
• Certified Personal Trainer - National Strength and Conditioning Association

I am excited to offer Golf specific fitness to the Martin/Stuart County. I Come To You!
Training sessions are one hour in length and are scheduled and billed monthly. (Minimum (4) sessions per month)
Training takes place in the privacy of your home or facility (if permitted). All equipment is ordered as needed.

Phone: 954 439 6242
Email: jeff@golffitnesslifestyle.com
Website: www.golffitnesslifestyle.com


 
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Nov 10, 2014Salute All Veterans
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County would like to salute all veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice by serving the American people.

We are humbled by the courage you've shown, and are equally awed by the leadership you actively demonstrate in our community as volunteers, colleagues, small business owners, and concerned citizens.

There's always been a strong connection between Boys & Girls Clubs and our armed forces.

Each year, more than 460,000 children and teens attend one of 500 Clubs located on U.S. military bases around the world.

Notable Boys & Girls Club alumni include such dignitaries as Gen. Wesley K. Clark (former NATO commander), Major General Charles Hines (US Army), Major General Darren W. McDew (Air Force), and Major General Alfred A. Valenzuela (US Army).

At BGCMC, we work every day to build children's character and sharpen their desire to give back to society through community service and civic engagement. And its America's Veterans who are inspiring us to achieve this mission.

With Pride & Gratitude,

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County


 
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Nov 10, 2014Martin Health System recognized as Business of Character
Martin Health System was recently honored with the fourth annual Business of Character Award from United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program.

The award, presented on October 29, in partnership with Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith, and the Business Development Board of Martin County, was given to Martin Health System for its Project Search internship program and was accepted by Mark Robitaille, president and CEO of Martin Health System.

Project Search exemplifies compassion, teamwork and collaboration by helping high school students with disabilities obtain real world experience and employment. The internship program is in collaboration with Helping People Succeed, ARC of Martin County, and the Martin County School District.

The goal of the Business of Character Award is to raise awareness of the importance of core ethical business practices. It recognizes local businesses that encourage and reward mutual respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

Also recognized at the luncheon for their commitment to serving Martin County with character were finalists Harbor Community Bank and Salerno Bay Health & Rehab. Other businesses nominated for the award were Gold’s Gym; Kaleidominds Marketing; Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales; Physicians Immediate Care; Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club; Proctor, Crook, Crowder and Fogal; R3 Recycling; Sign Store & More; and Zweben Law Firm.

For more information regarding CHARACTER COUNTS!, please visit www.charactercounts.net or call (772) 283-4800, ext. 234.

Although highly identified with schools, CHARACTER COUNTS!, a program of United Way of Martin County, is an initiative for people of all ages and walks of life. The program is embraced by government, law enforcement and businesses in Martin County.

 
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Nov 10, 2014The Shops of Hanley Square in Downtown Stuart Host Fund Raisers for Local Non-Profits
Straight From the Heart, Art Tee Da, The Open Armoire and Louronso’s Restaurant Sponsor fund raisers for Little Treasures, Treasure Coast Humane Society, The Jerome Golden Center for Behavior Health and the ARC of Martin County

Commentary appetizers, beverages, and live music will be provided for each fundraiser starting in November, 5:30PM to 8:30PM. Guests will enjoy an evening of shopping and fun while raising money for local non-profits. Shoppers can walk from shop to shop, sample food, and beverages while listening to live music in Hanley Square. Each shop will donate a percentage of their sales from each event to the non-profit. In addition the shops will donate gifts for a raffle. All proceeds from the raffles will go directly to the organization.

Who and When –
Little Treasures, A Pediatric Palliative Care Program. Thursday, November 13, 2014

Treasure Coast Humane Society, Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Jerome Golden Center for Behavior Health, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The ARC of Martin County, Wednesday March 11, 2015

“I have always believed that local businesses should give back to their community. Hosting these fund raisers for local non-profits comes straight from our hearts.” We always continue to pay it forward”, said shop owner Sherrye Sammons, of Straight From the Heart.

Admission is Free, come join the Shops of Hanley Square for an evening of shopping, food and fun!


 
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Nov 10, 2014The Education Foundation of Martin County to unveil next Martin County Teacher of the Year
The Education Foundation of Martin County is making preparations for the Education Foundation of Martin County's Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration. On Friday, November 14, three teachers out of a group of 22 nominees who have been selected by their peers at the elementary, middle and high school levels will receive recognition at the Education Foundation of Martin County's Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration. One of the three category winners will win the overall Martin County Teacher of the Year title. This event will take place at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center.

Competition is intense to win the coveted distinction of Martin County Teacher of the Year. Once a teacher has been nominated, each must submit a comprehensive written portfolio and participate in an intensive interview process. This year, a “Community Choice” component was also added to the process which allowed community members to share how the candidates made a difference to their child(ren), at their school, and in the community. It's a competition that is willingly entered.

“Our schools are the reason why many of us came to Martin County, but it's our teachers that keep us here. I have never seen a more dedicated group of professionals. It is a daunting task to select just one to be our Teacher of the Year,” says Raúl Ocampo, President of the Education Foundation of Martin County.

“As is often said - children are our future and the foundation for their success is a good education, which is why supporting our teachers is not only necessary, it’s our responsibility. We are proud to support teachers and the Education Foundation of Martin County’s Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration,” explains Mario Murgado, President/CEO of Audi Stuart and Infiniti Stuart.

“Our Teacher of the Year awards event is not just a celebration…it is an expression of the appreciation for all of the teachers in Martin County. They are all Teachers of the Year in my book,” adds Ocampo.

School spirit abounds at this festive event as everyone cheers, dances, and struts to the beat of specially selected music as each nominee ascends to the stage in anticipation of hearing the winning names.
Thanks to support from our sponsors, Audi Stuart/Infiniti Stuart, Publix Super Market Charities, Keiser University – College of Golf & Sport Management, and A Law Firm of Goldstein, Schmitt, & Cambron, PL, a winning teacher from each of the elementary, middle, and high school levels will be recognized before the grand unveiling of the Martin County Teacher of the Year.
The district winner will then represent the Martin County School District in the competition to become the Florida Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year.

For more information contact Lisa Rhodes, Executive Director, Education Foundation of Martin County at (772) 600-8062, or by e-mail at LRhodes@EducationFoundationMC.org. School sites and candidates are listed below.

The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), community investment organization comprised of business leaders, community volunteers, and school officials with the common goal of enriching and enhancing the quality of education for students and educators in Martin County's public schools. For more information, visit www.educationfoundationmc.org.

Candidate School

Kelly Middleton Bessey Creek Elementary School
Patricia Beers Challenger School
Kim Wendisch Citrus Grove Elementary School
Elaine Sanchez Crystal Lake Elementary School
Janine Malavasi Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School
Donna Robinson Felix A. Williams Elementary School
Beverly Burns Hidden Oaks Middle School
Christina Rynasko Hobe Sound Elementary School
Christy Duane Indiantown Middle School
Dorothy Castle J.D. Parker School of Science, Math & Technology
Michelle Gaucher Jensen Beach Elementary School
Tony Ferro Jensen Beach High School
Mindy Soich Martin County High School
Kim Gray Murray Middle School
Kathryn White Palm City Elementary School
Maureen Mannion Pinewood Elementary School
Cindy Sands Port Salerno Elementary School
Christine Baer Riverbend Academy
Mariann Primus SeaWind Elementary School
Michael Lavelle South Fork High School
Sue Rager Stuart Middle School
Susan Wardell Warfield Elementary School


 
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Nov 10, 2014Boat ramp closed for maintenance Nov. 10-11
The Owen K. Murphy Memorial Boat Ramp, also called Broward St. Boat Ramp, at 4973 SE Dixie Hwy in Port Salerno will be closed Monday, Nov. 10 and Tuesday, Nov. 11. The parking area of the park is going to be repaved. Boaters should use the nearest boat ramp at Sandsprit Park, 3443 S.E. St. Lucie Blvd. in Stuart. The boat ramp will reopen on Wednesday, November 12.

 
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Nov 10, 2014CROWN CAR CARE AND CROWN COLLISION CELEBRATE STUART AIR SHOW SILVER ANNIVERSARY
Crown Car Care and Crown Collision brought their best talents and patriotic spirit to the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Stuart Air Show on November 1 and 2 at Witham Field in Stuart. Todd Harris, owner, has participated in the show for the last five years and was excited to be a sponsor and have a 20’ x 20’ tent open to the public and bustling with activity.
For the third year, Harris and his team, including John Cecere, the new general manager of Crown Collision, donated a “new” vehicle to a deserving Martin County veteran, a refurbished silver 1999 Crown Victoria. The car was awarded on Saturday, following the WWII battle re-enactment presented by the Road to Victory Military Museum. This year’s winner was 25 year-old Charles Moon who served five years in the Army including 15 months in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan where he saw combat action and was injured by an IED. Fortunately, he was able to complete his tour of duty and was honorably discharged. Charles has been coming to the Stuart Air Show for years and this past week was working security at the air show. He attended Martin County schools and was a member of AJROTC for four years. After high school he enlisted in the US Army and did basic training and advanced training in the field of Military Police at Camp Leonard Wood.
After Army duty, he returned to his hometown of Stuart. Charles has successfully completed EMT school and Police Academy at Indian River State College (IRSC, Stuart and Ft. Pierce, FL) and is now full time student at IRSC pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. He is the son of Kathy and Michael Moon of Stuart.
The Wheels to Warrior Program has become a tradition at the air show and is presented in association with the Road to Victory Military Museum in Memorial Park in Stuart. Todd Harris serves on the board of directors of the organization.
A selection committee reviewed eligible veterans who live in Martin County to make their selection. Todd stated, “ It’s our way of giving a real helping hand to a veteran right here. Transportation is essential to getting a job and getting your life on track and we are proud to be able to do this again this year,” Todd stated. Mike Fiorenza, also of Crown Car Care, donated the 1999 Crown Victoria. Other sponsors included Car Pro Auto Spa, Romar Auto Headliners, Tami Karol Insurance, Keystone Automotive, NAPA Auto Supply of Stuart, Robert & Connie Harris, St. Lucie Battery and Tire and Diana Werdebaugh.
Crown Car Care also hosted the 8th Air Force Historical Society of Florida whose members served in WWII and have been coming from across Florida for a reunion at the Stuart Air Show for the past several years. Crown Car Care provides hospitality for the members and their spouses and provides them with front row seats to watch the amazing air show. Todd also interviews the men for the audience gathered to hear their amazing stories of bravery and daring for the audience gathered in the tent.
Military jets dominated this year’s show thanks to the Air Force F-22 Raptor and the Marine Corps AV-88 Harrier. Both provided outstanding demonstrations that had everyone gasping and applauding for their incredible agility and maneuvers.
The cherry on the cake was the display of seven fire engine red classic cars courtesy of Earl Dempsey, a customer of Crown Car Care and owner of Stuart Plumbing. Visitors stopped to pose for photos all weekend and were in awe of the magnificent cars and their pristine condition. The cars included a 1967 Corvette, 1963 Impala, 1957 Chevy Belair, 2005 Ford F350, 1940 Ford panel truck, 1956 Pontiac and a 1939 Oldsmobile.
Todd promises to return next year to the greatest show in town with more amazing displays of community pride, spirit and generosity.
Crown Car Care is located in Palm City at 3982 SW Bruner Terrace, over the turnpike bridge and off of CR 714. Their phone number is 772-781-8000. The south Stuart shop is located at 4455 SE Cove Road, east of US one. Their phone number is 772-283-4707. Crown Downtown is located at 712 SE Dixie Highway, at the southeast corner of Dixie Highway and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Their phone number is 772-463-7745.
All of the locations offer complete diagnostic services for all makes and models of automobiles and also provide towing services.
Crown Collision is located at 3438 SW Deggeller Court in Palm City.
Crown Collision and Crown Car Care are involved in many charitable events and activities including Rockin’ on the Riverwalk in downtown Stuart, United for Families, the Road to Victory Military Museum and the Stuart Air Show. For more information visit their website at www.crowncarcare.net.


 
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Nov 10, 2014Martin County News & Upcoming Events
Nearly 8,000 athletes, spectators, coaches and officials from every corner of the state will flock to Sailfish Splash Aquatic Athletics Center over the next two weekends for the Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA Swimming and Diving Finals.

You are cordially invited to attend the Inauguration Ceremony for Commissioners Heard and Fielding at the next Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, November 18. Watch as the Commissioners renew their commitment to the citizens of Martin County.
9:00 AM Martin County Commission Chambers 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart Reception in the lobby to follow ceremony

County approves agreement regarding inlet
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners has approved an interlocal agreement with the Town of Jupiter Island relating to the St. Lucie Inlet. The parties have agreed to work together regarding Department of Environmental Protection permits and the development of a new Inlet Management Plan.

Do business with Martin County!
Martin County encourages participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) in the public contracting process. Bid opportunities for the Martin County Board of County Commissioners are posted here. It is also recommended that you register with Demandstar.com to receive notification of upcoming bid opportunities by e-mail.

Now is the time to weigh in on All Aboard Florida
County staff is closely examining the Federal Railroad Administration's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding All Aboard Florida's proposal to provide intercity passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando. Residents are urged to review the DEIS and provide comments.

"Causes of the First World War"
On June 28, 1914 a single bullet changed history forever. How did an assassination send the dominoes falling into a world war after a hundred years of relative peace? Join local historian Josh Liller at the Blake Library on Monday, November 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm for a look at the kings, crises, plans and politicians that led to the World War I.

Wild turkey tales at the Hobe Sound Library
Did you know that the turkey was once in the running to become our national symbol? Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to the Hobe Sound Library on Friday, November 14 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm for a presentation by the Hobe Sound Nature Center. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about turkeys!

Mockingjay movie release party
Teens are invited to the Robert Morgade Library on Saturday, November 15 for a party celebrating the release of the next movie in The Hunger Games series. Mockingjay Part I will be in theaters in November. Come celebrate with other fans to prepare for release day! For details, call 219-4908.

How emotions affect your health
Dr. Mary Holtz will explain the traditional Chinese medicine philosophy which states that emotions and physical health are closely connected. Unbalanced emotions are regarded as one of the inner root causes of disease and degeneration. Join Dr. Holtz at the Cummings Library from 2:00 to 3:30 pm on Thursday, November 13.

Sailfish Splash WaterBARK is going to the dogs!
Plan to bring your best friend to Sailfish Splash Waterpark on Tuesday, December 9 for the inaugural "Santa Paws Holiday Pooch Plunge!" Dogs will get a chance to wade, slosh and frolic in the park's interactive splash playground. Additional details available soon.

Bathtub Reef Beach currently unguarded
Recent weather conditions have eroded Bathtub Reef Beach, resulting in the need to remove the lifeguard stand from the shoreline. Bathtub Reef Beach will not be guarded until conditions improve. The beach is currently open to the public, however, swimmers are reminded to use caution.

Fire Rescue 9-1-1 is there for you
Accidents, fires and illnesses happen. With the diverse population Martin County Fire Rescue serves, Fire Rescue 9-1-1 handles over 20,000 requests for service each year. And while not every call is life threatening, the majority of callers need immediate fire and/or medical assistance.

News you need during hurricane season
Do you know where to get your local hurricane information? During an emergency, find Martin County-specific information by tuning to WQCS-88.9 FM at 9:00 am, 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Residents can also tune to MCTV - Comcast Channel 20 and U-verse Channel 99 - for up-to-date local info.

Fresh Market event comes to Indiantown
Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 30 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm to attend the first Fresh Market at the Seminole Inn in Indiantown. Buy locally grown produce and arts and crafts from great vendors featuring everything from herbs, jams and honey to goat cheese, quail eggs and organic produce.

"GENOME: The Secret of How Life Works"
Come to the Elliott Museum to view this fascinating exhibit that explores the human genome and how a person's set of genes explains what makes us who we are. Visually rich environments, interactive displays and family friendly activities reveal the mysteries of our genes.

Agricultural Producers' Meeting
On Monday, November 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the University of Florida IFAS Extension Martin County, located at 2614 SE Dixie Highway, will be hosting the first in a series of meetings for local agricultural producers (growers, suppliers, and related businesses).

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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Nov 10, 2014Truck driver/mover job available at House of Hope
TRUCK DRIVER/MOVER
STATUS: Non-Exempt, Full-Time (Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm) (Part time also available)
LOCATION: House of Hope, Stuart, FL

JOB SUMMARY: Pick up, move, transport and deliver furniture, food and other items to House of Hope, a Martin County nonprofit agency that helps local people in need. Move items between branch locations (Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach). Assist with the coordination and placement of inventory in the House of Hope warehouse, thrift stores and food pantries. Provide assistance with routine facility maintenance, keep accurate records and DOT vehicle logs. Enjoy working for an agency doing good in your community!

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent and at least three months of related experience. Must have a valid Florida driver’s license and clear motor vehicle record for a minimum of three years. Must be physically able to move and/or lift 150 pounds.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Interested applicants must submit a resume, a House of Hope application, and a copy of driving history for a minimum of three years. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check and drug screening.
To obtain an application, please call (772) 286-4673 or download one at www.hohmartin.org/jobs.
Send information by e-mail to deidra@hohmartin.org or send by postal mail tp Deidra Kinnaman, House of Hope, 2484 SE Bonita St., Stuart, FL 34997.


 
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Nov 6, 2014More than 8,000 out-of-town visitors bound for Sailfish Splash for FHSAA Swimming & Diving Finals
Nearly 8,000 athletes, spectators, coaches and official from every corner of Florida will flock to Sailfish Splash Aquatic Athletics Center over the next two weekends, November 7-8 and 14-15, for the Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA Swimming and Diving Finals.


The Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA Swimming and Diving Finals is coming to Sailfish Splash Aquatic Athletics Center Nov. 7-8 and Nov. 14-15. Photo credit: Martin county Board of County Commissioners.

Last year, competitors broke one national and two state records, so in addition to generating substantial positive economic impact from visitors staying in hotels, dining out, fueling, shopping, and having fun, the events will provide exciting entertainment.

This is the second consecutive year that the Florida High School Athletic Association has hosted its signature meet at the Sailfish Splash Aquatic Athletics Center.

In collaboration with the local host school, Jensen Beach High School, the Martin County Parks & Recreation Department will provide operational management and coordination, with support from the Treasure Coast Sports Commission. Chick-fil-A of Stuart is serving as the lead hospitality sponsor, complemented by major contributions from Hurricane Grill & Wings of Stuart and Sonny's BBQ of Stuart.

"High School swim meets at Sailfish Splash Aquatic Athletics Center are the ideal venue for Chick-fil-A to continue to build and cultivate the sense of community we enjoy here in Stuart," explained Bruce Herchenroder, Restaurant Marketing Director. "These events allow us to engage young people and their families to exemplify the ideals upon which our company was built. Additionally, the Chick-fil-A brand is strengthened locally and across the state as participants return to their home cities. By engaging every guest with honor, dignity, and respect we are helping to build a better future for all. We look forward to more opportunities to serve."

Sports tourism at the high school and collegiate level, as exemplified by the FHSAA Swimming and Diving Finals, continues to grow in importance as a driver of business for Martin County and the Treasure Coast. The area has played host this year to the largest invitational swimming and diving meet in Florida, as well as large, multiday, cycling, softball, soccer and lacrosse tournaments, all at Martin County Parks & Recreation venues. Moreover, at least eight (8) college swim teams (225 athletes plus coaches), each staying an average of seven nights, will conduct their winter training at the Sailfish Splash Aquatic Athletic Center during December and January.

"Sports tourism, especially at the high school and collegiate level, puts heads in beds," noted Rick Hatcher, Executive Director, Treasure Coast Sports Commission. "Out of necessity and devotion, enthusiastic entourages of coaches, parents, boosters, and peers accompany high school and collegiate athletes. Consequently, these sorts of sporting events lend themselves to efficient and productive destination marketing."

"A good measure of credit for the quality of this year's event will go to our hospitality sponsors, led by Chick-fil-A, our 'Host Sponsor,' complemented by Hurricane Grill & Wings of Stuart and Sonny's BBQ of Stuart," said Craig Jon Anderson, Marketing Coordinator, Sailfish Splash Waterpark and the Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation. "We do everything we can to encourage visitors and the local community to patronize our sponsors, all of which can be found online at the following address http://joom.ag/SSNb."

For more information about the Sailfish Splash Aquatic Athletics Center and water park and the Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation, call 772-463-2840 or email canderso@martin.fl.us.



 
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Nov 6, 2014The ARC of Martin County is looking for merchandise vendors for its 9th Annual Treasure Coast Bike Fest
The ARC of Martin County is looking for merchandise vendors for its 9th Annual Treasure Coast Bike Fest on Feb. 8, 2015 at Memorial Park in Stuart.

The eagerly-anticipated event attracts between 6-7,000 attendees yearly, and merchandise that is motorcycle-related and non-motorcycle related is offered. Booth prices start at just $75 each.
The party will feature live music, a tattoo contest, a Bike Parade, food, beer and wine and lasts from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
For information, visit www.treasurecoastbikefest.com or call Dawn at 631-747-1061 or Kevin at 772-486-2964



 
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Nov 6, 2014Florida Chamber Fights for Workers’ Comp Attorney Fee Caps in Supreme Court
Florida Chamber Fights for Workers’ Comp Attorney Fee Caps in Supreme Court

When the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a high profile workers’ comp case (Castellanos v. Next Door Company,) a Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida Justice Reform Institute joint amicus brief served as a defense tool in a battle to maintain caps on attorneys’ fees in workers’ comp cases.
Former Justice Raoul Cantero, arguing on behalf of employer Next Door Company, cited the Florida Chamber/Justice Reform Institute joint amicus brief to refute arguments the petitioners made regarding the reasonability of attorneys' fee caps.

Florida Chamber Executive Vice President David Hart, and I attended the proceedings on behalf of Florida’s employers.
This is the third workers’ comp case currently before the Florida Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the workers’ comp system. Another case is pending before the Third District Court of Appeal.

The Florida Chamber and our partners at the Florida Justice Reform Institute have filed an amicus curiae brief on each of these cases. These cases challenge the gap between temporary and total permanent disability, whether bad faith applies in workers’ comp and whether workers’ comp should serve as an exclusive remedy.
A decision against the business community in any one of these cases could have a significant impact on workers’ comp rates.
Oral arguments have been completed on each of the three cases before the Florida Supreme Court, and it is not clear on when the Supreme Court will make a decision. The Florida Chamber is committed to fighting on behalf of Florida employers. We are actively involved and monitoring these cases closely and are ready to take action when a decision is made.

ARE WORKERS’ COMP ISSUES IMPACTING YOUR BUSINESS?
We want to hear from you. Share your workers’ comp story by emailing me at cjohnson@flchamber.com.


Workers' Comp Featured at 2015 Insurance Summit:
Workers’ comp will be a featured program during the Florida Chamber’s Annual Insurance Summit. Click here to learn more about Insurance Summit sponsorship opportunities.


 
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Nov 6, 2014Martin County Commissioner awarded for efforts to help Indian River Lagoon
Martin County Commissioner District 2 Ed Fielding was awarded the "Maggy Bowman Award for Outstanding Service to the Indian River Lagoon by an Elected Official" by the Marine Resources Council (MRC). The MRC is a Brevard County-based charitable organization whose purpose is to maintain and enhance the quality of marine systems for the economic, recreational, aesthetic, and environmental use of the people of Florida.

Named for former Indian River County Commissioner and environmentalist Maggy Bowman, the award goes to an elected official who has provided leadership in helping the Indian River Lagoon.

"The Marine Resources Council is thrilled to provide Commissioner Fielding with the Maggy Bowman Award because of his on-going dedication and commitment to efforts that protect the Indian River Lagoon," said Dr. Leesa Souto, executive director of the Marine Resources Council.

Commissioner Fielding was recognized for his leadership in growth and environmental policies that help protect the Indian River Lagoon coastal estuary. Commissioner Fielding established and is Chair of the Indian River Lagoon County Collaborative, an organization of regional county commissioners and council members who prioritize water quality and habitat issues, propose actions for improvement, implement solutions, and request legislation to facilitate remedial actions. For more information on the Marine Resources Council visit www.mrcirl.org.



 
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Nov 6, 2014Business Law for Small Business Owners - Workshop Description

I've got an attorney so why do I need to take this workshop?
Small businesses in the ordinary course of always have a whole host of legal questions from the very beginning even after incorporating or forming a limited liability company.
By acquiring general legal knowledge you will learn what you need to know and how to apply it to your business and when it is best to call your attorney.
This workshop does not attempt to make you an attorney but rather to help you understand your rights and responsibilities and to explain how things work within the law such as but not limited to: Contract Governing Law; Common Law And Uniform Commercial Code; Common Contractual Terms and Provisions; Termination Of Contracts; Breach And Remedies; Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation And Arbitration
You will learn about things such as What Kinds of Contracts Are There? Common Business Contracts you might know but take for granted; Are there verbal contracts and are they enforceable? What about fraud and what affect does that have? What are my rights when a service provider has broken a contract? Contract terms, damages, statutory exceptions, remedies, etc.
John Hosler
Presenter
Experience in the manufacturing business area with over 35 years experience in financial management, operations, and general management. Specialist in acquisitions, divestitures, company start-ups and project management. Administration and Business planning, risk management, joint ventures, and compensation and benefits compliance. Specialist in non-profit development, governance, bylaw creation/ revisions, financial development and executive management. SCORE Business Counselor since 2000.


 
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Nov 6, 2014Registration for Career Showcase Spring 2015 is NOW OPEN! Gator Greetings!

The University of Florida Career Resource Center invites you to attend Career Showcase on February 3rd (non-technical day) and February 4th (technical day), 2015 in Gainesville, Florida.
Last spring, this premier career event connected 256 companies of varying sizes with 6,389 students and alumni.
Career Showcase presents an ideal opportunity for your company to:
• Recruit highly talented students and alumni at the largest career fair in the Southeast and one of the largest career fairs in the nation.
• *Supplement your visit with brand building activities before and after Career Showcase. A list of opportunities to participate in Pre-Showcase educational events coming your way soon.
• Attract diverse candidates.
• Further your campus brand by sponsoring Career Showcase.
• Fill ALL of your opportunities at this two-day event.
• Work with the #1 Best Career Center for 2010 and 2012 (Princeton Review).
Early Registration deadline is January 13th.
REGISTER TODAY!
If you should have questions, please contact us at 352-273-2331 or CRCFairs@crc.ufl.edu.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Go Gators!

Jasmin Robinson
Assistant Director for Career Events
*On-Campus Interview and Information Sessions are now also open. Due to campus construction we have a limited amount of interview space available. For this reason we highly encourage all employers to submit reservation requests early and with alternate dates. An employer's ideal interview location and date may be unavailable due to construction. We ask for your flexibility and patience in the process. We apologize for this possible inconvenience.
*Open to UF Students and Alumni Only.


 
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Nov 5, 2014Art in the Barn to Benefit Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation (ERAF) barn and property in Palm City, you have the perfect opportunity to do so on Saturday, November 15 from 4 pm to 7 pm. ERAF is located at 6400 SW Martin Highway in Palm City.
That’s the date for the highly popular Art in the Barn event that will feature beautiful artwork, horses, heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. You may even see some of the rescued horses sporting berets and posing for photos.
Thanks to Denise LeClair- Robbins, a board member of ERAF and the owner of Unique Art Gallery in Jupiter, the Artists Association of Jupiter will offer their work for sale
to benefit ERAF. This isn’t the first time that the gallery has hosted a fundraiser for ERAF.
In fact, the gallery hosts special monthly exhibits featuring one or more of their artists with a portion of the proceeds and a 50/50 raffle donated to a local charity.
ERAF’s mission is to rescue and rehabilitate horses and place them through adoption and they are dependent on donations to pay for all of the expenses of caring for the dozen horses in their care.
A new feature of this year’s event will be hand-etched wine glasses and beer mugs available for a donation of $25. Undoubtedly they will make the beverages taste even better.
Grand Prix rider, Heather Bender, owner of Treasure Coast Dressage in Palm City, will perform a dressage exhibition at 5 pm. She will be riding her horse, co-owned with Palm City resident Priscilla Baldwin, Zairo Interagro. Zairo Interagro is a beautiful, charismatic Lusitano white Stallion, imported from Brazil. He is currently a top competitor in the Dressage ring!
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased in advance at www.eraf.org. For more information please call 772-220-0150 or email eraf2000@eraf.org.


 
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Nov 5, 2014Martin County Master Gardeners, in cooperation with the Martin County Library System
Martin County Master Gardeners, in cooperation with the Martin County Library System, will present “Going Native”, an educational lecture by Dr. George Rogers

On Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Volunteers, in cooperation with the Martin County Library System, will present an educational event at the Blake Library’s Armstrong Wing in Stuart. Their speaker, Dr. George Rogers, will share his passion for Florida native plants in a lecture entitled “Going Native”. Dr. Rogers has a rich horticultural history. He grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia and earned his Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of Michigan, and following that, completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Dr. Rogers has worked in a number of academic and administrative jobs, including time spent at the University of the West Indies. He has been a Professor and Department Chair at Palm Beach State College (PBSC) in Palm Beach Gardens and has been teaching about native plants for nearly ten years.

Dr. Rogers specializes in plant identification and classification. He is the author of “Landscape Plants for South Florida: A Manual for Gardeners, Landscapers and Homeowners”, which provides taxonomic and landscape information on nearly 500 plants. He also collaborates on a web project, www.plantbook.org, which includes contributions from students and staff at PBSC and is closely allied with the book. Anyone who wants to learn more about native plants in the Florida landscape should come to hear Dr. Rogers speak. It is sure to be an enlightening and educational evening.

The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Martin County administers the Martin County Master Gardener program, training and providing continuing education for horticulture volunteers. These trained Master Gardener volunteers provide residents with environmentally sound, research-based horticultural information. The goals of this program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of Martin County through horticultural volunteer activities.

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

Article contributed by Beth Kacvinsky, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Volunteer


 
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Nov 5, 2014FLORIDA WINS!

Florida Voters Put Jobs & Education First & Believe Florida Is On The Right Track

Florida wins at the ballot box on Election Day by putting Florida’s private sector job creation and positive education reforms ahead of the Washington, D.C.-style gridlock, absence of leadership and policy failures, the Florida Chamber announced today.
“Voters saw a clear distinction between Washington’s mismanagement and the positive movement Florida is making with Governor Rick Scott’s focus on private sector job creation and education reforms, and voted to put Florida first,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Voters are smart, and they voted to send a clear message to keep Florida moving in the right direction.”
Voter approval that Florida is on the right track is also a green light for elected leaders to work in a bipartisan fashion to tackle other big issues important to securing Florida’s future:

• Water & Energy – Preparing now to meet Florida’s growing population demands with a consistent and coherent energy policy and a plan to provide 28 percent more water by 2030.
• Healthcare – Producing smarter outcomes and bending the cost curve in healthcare.
• Transportation & Infrastructure – Investing to meet future population needs while improving and expanding major trade and freight corridors.
• Environment – Working with lawmakers to implement Amendment 1 in a manner that doesn’t take away investments in education, economic development, healthcare and other priority areas.
• Education – Continuing to reform at all levels of Florida’s education system to help diversify our economy, create job opportunities for future generations and meet the needs of Florida’s businesses.
• Government Pensions – Modernizing public pensions to create fiscally stable state and local governments.
• Economic Development – Continuing to focus on growing the private sector while diversifying Florida’s economy.

“The Florida Chamber congratulates Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for their victories tonight,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber.
GET OUT THE VOTE WAS THE KEY:
“Voter turnout was the key to helping job creators win their respective races,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber’s employer to employee get out the vote program FloridaWins.org was the most aggressive GOTV program in the Florida Chamber’s history. FloridaWins.org made a difference, and I’m grateful to all the employers who made it all possible.”
REELECTION OF FLORIDA CHAMBER-BACKED GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT:
“The Florida Chamber congratulates Governor Rick Scott on his reelection, and we look forward to working with Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature to accelerate private sector job growth through even more economic development,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
VOTERS AGREE WITH THE FLORIDA CHAMBER, SAY NO TO AMENDMENT 2:
“Legalizing drugs is not the type of business Florida needs. It’s bad for employers and bad for Florida’s brand. The Florida Chamber thanks Mel and Betty Sembler for their vision and courage to stand up against the deep pockets of billboard trial lawyers, and commends former Governor Jeb Bush, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and other leaders for helping defeat this bad idea,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
PASSAGE OF AMENDMENT 1:
“The Florida Chamber has long-supported efforts to protect Florida’s natural resources and scenic beauty, including the Florida Forever program and Preservation 2000. While we opposed putting a 20-year spending mandate in Florida’s Constitution, we congratulate the passage of Amendment 1. We look forward to working with the Florida Legislature on a bipartisan strategy to secure Florida’s future while also ensuring it does not compromise investments in education, healthcare and economic development,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
FLORIDA CHAMBER POLITICAL OPERATION RESULTS:
During the 2014 election cycle, the Florida Chamber and its Political Operation team:

• Endorsed Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, CFO Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Putnam,
• We engaged in 29 primary election races and 62 general election candidates for House and Senate,
• Invested $7 million in voter education programs, including a TV advertisement,
• Defeated three trial lawyer candidates for the House of Representatives,
• Launched the game changing employer to employee www.FloridaWins.org,
• Engaged in digital and social media get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts,
• Conducted automated phone GOTV calls,
• Conducted routine political polling, and more.

A complete listing of 2014 General Election Results, including Florida Chamber-endorsed candidates for Governor, Cabinet, House and Senate are available at www.FloridaChamber.com.





 
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Nov 4, 2014St. Lucie and Martin County Legislative Delegation
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Press Realease SLC.pdf
 
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Nov 4, 2014Stuart Main Street Gets in the Holiday Spirit for November Mornings on Main Street

The Gafford to Host Bi-Monthly FREE Downtown Networking Breakfast

Who: Anyone who loves Downtown Stuart and wants to shape its future!
What: Bi-monthly networking breakfast Mornings on Main Street presented by
Stuart Main Street.
This month’s focus: celebrating the Holiday Season in Downtown Stuart with special events and Shop Local | Shop Smart.
When: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 8:00 a.m.
Where: The Gafford, 47 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994
How: Call 772-286-2848 for more information

STUART, FL – November 3, 2014 – Stuart Main Street is pleased to announce its next bi-monthly networking breakfast, Mornings on Main Street, will focus on celebrating the holiday season downtown. Topics will include making your holiday shopping dollars work for the local economy by shopping local, and downtown holiday events including the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade. Stuart Main Street will hold the popular FREE networking breakfast at 8:00 a.m. November 20, 2014 at The Gafford at 47 SW Flagler Avenue. The bi-monthly event is held the fourth Thursday of every other month. Mornings on Main Street is a “must attend” event focusing on Downtown Stuart with real information on current topics and an opportunity to meet like-minded people with a shared concern for Downtown Stuart. For more information, call Stuart Main Street at 772-286-2848.




 
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Nov 4, 2014AAA: 'TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE
Are you looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Give a Gift Membership and you and your recipient each earn 20 AAA Dollars®. This season, remind your loved ones how much you care with member discounts and roadside assistance that will last them throughout the year. You’ll all enjoy a new found peace of mind, and with every Gift Membership you give, you and your recipient each earn 20 AAA Dollars to be applied to upcoming renewal dues. Show them that you care with the heartfelt gift that gives back all year.
Give a Gift Membership Today!

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.


 
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Nov 3, 2014Marties Awards Student Edition - Class of 2015 Nominees Announced
The Arts Council of Martin County announced today the nominees for the mARTies Awards, “Student Edition – Class of 2015.” Recipients of the award and scholarship in the categories of Student Performing and Student Visual Artist will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to take place November 19, 2015 at the Barn Theatre.

“Join us to roar and applaud the most talented young artists of our community! This special night of the mARTies lets us celebrate the importance a strong and rich arts education makes in creating smart, talented, civic-minded and passionate young citizens,” stated executive director, Nancy K. Turrell.

The 2014 Nominees for Student Performing are Colleen Broome from Jensen Beach High School, Christina Reagan from The Pine School, Katie Rodgers from The Pine School, Juliet Sharpe from South Fork High School, Reagan Slater from The Pine School, and Savanna Webber from Martin County High School. Student Performing Arts nominees will be performing during the awards ceremony.

The 2014 Nominees for Student Visual/Digital Artist are Jessia Hester from Martin County High School, Britney McNally from Martin County High School, Penny Parnevik from The Pine School, Austin O'Reilly from Clark Advanced Learning Center, Ellie Serafini from Martin County High School, Brett Taylor from Martin County High School, and Madelene Wishart from South Fork High School. Works from the Visual/Digital Media artist nominees will be displayed at the event.

A panel of distinguished judges are currently reviewing the applications and will be interviewing each candidate, prior to making a final selection. Judges include photographer, Thomas Bollinger; artist and digital media sculptor, Marcia Moore; painter and 2014 Outstanding Visual Artist Award recipient, Jane Blatt; council board member, Tim Kimes; music educator and the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Arts Education Award, Bridget Glass; and dancer, Anna Preston.

The mARTies were created to celebrate and applaud the creative people who make our community more enriched. You can purchase tickets for the mARTies event online on the Arts Council’s website: martinarts.org. Tickets are $25 for non-members, $22.50 for Arts Council members, and $15 for students 18 years and under. Proceeds from the mARTies support year-round initiatives of the Arts Council including arts education, the Court House Cultural Center, and cultural information services and support.
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The Arts Council is the designated local arts agency for Martin County. The Arts Council provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public and strives to instill a passion for and participation in the arts. For more information, please call 772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org.

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


 
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Nov 3, 2014Sailfish Splash Waterpark's "Fundraising Affiliate" program helps schools, PTAs, children's organizations raise money
On Tuesday, October 21 at the Martin County School Board meeting, Splash B. Sailfish, the Waterpark's mascot, presented checks totaling more than $2,200 to the PTA and two schools that participated in Waterpark's pilot "Fundraising Affiliate" program. The successful pilot opens the program for all schools, PTAs, youth sports, and other not-for-profit organizations to earn a share of online Waterpark ticket sales.

"This is the easiest fundraising I have ever done," said Sarah Gast a teacher at Crystal Lake Elementary School. "Teachers have a million things to do, so a fundraising program like this makes life as a teacher easier. I simply post to social media, send an occasional email, and hand out cards."

The "Fundraising Affiliate" program works as follows. Each school, PTA, or organization applies through the webpage shown at the end of this article. Parks & Recreation staff reviews applications and, presuming approval, collaboratively sets discount and commission rates. Staff then creates an online ticket ordering webpage unique to the organization. Finally, with the help of Sailfish Splash Waterpark marketing, the organization encourages its community of families and supporters to buy tickets to the water park through the organization's unique ordering page. At the end of each fiscal quarter, the county pays each organization based on that quarter's ticket sales flowing through the organization's unique ordering page.

Sailfish Splash Waterpark sets up and manages the webpage, delivers tickets to customers via email, handles refunds and customer interactions, tracks and reports on sales, and issues checks.

The program works because:
* Schools, groups and PTAs do what they do best, communicate.
* Parks & Rec manages technology, inventory, payments, and customer service.
* Organizations do not take title to or need to account for inventory or cash.
* The program comports with School Board Bylaws and Policies.
* The message, "Have Fun, Save Money, Help Out" appeals to parents.
* The program works year round. Season passes make great holiday gifts, the water park re-opens in sprint, and in summer the water park is a natural place to go.
* Sailfish Splash Waterpark marketing assists groups in their promotional efforts.

"We are very excited about this program. It's a total win, win situation. People get to save a little money while enjoying their summer with friends and family all while supporting a great cause," commented Jennifer Schroeder, Jensen Beach Elementary School PTA Communications. "Sailfish Splash Waterpark has been a wonderful addition to Martin County and this program seems like the natural next step."

Organizations may apply online to participate. Go to www.SailfishSplash.com. Click "Store" then "Fundraisers" then "Apply for Store", or click this link (www.sailfishsplash.com/public/pricing/online_tickets/fundraising/apply.cfm).


 
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Nov 3, 2014County Health Care Review Board Vacancy
The Martin County Health Care Review Board is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the County Health Care Review Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, November 21, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant position: At-large member.


Powers & Duties of the County Health Care Review Board
Recommends to the Board of County Commissioners those indigent individuals whose hospitalization costs shall be paid from the hospitalization fund. There are no qualifying requirements.

Created pursuant to Chapter 2001-295, Laws of Florida & Code Section 163.33.

The five member Board is comprised of two Board of County Commissioners, two members of the Hospital Board, and one at-large member chosen by the majority of the four members so appointed.
Meetings are held at 11:00 am on the third Wednesday of each month in the Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor) of the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.


 
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Nov 3, 2014Hobe Sound Neighborhood Advisory Committee Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commission seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Hobe Sound Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC). The Committee makes recommendations to the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) regarding implementation of each area's Community Redevelopment Plan.
To qualify, you must be an individual who is either:
i. A resident of the respective Community Redevelopment Area, as evidenced by being a registered voter in the respective Community Redevelopment Area for at least one year, or
ii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who is also a business owner of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least two years, who is also a senior manager of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iv. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who also owns real property within a half mile of the respective Community Redevelopment Area. No more than two members of any respective Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be appointed from category iv. above.
This term will expire in September 2017. All members are expected to attend each and every meeting of the committee. If a member is absent from three meetings within a 12 month period, said member is automatically removed from the committee but may apply for reappointment by the Board of County Commissioners.
Hobe Sound meetings are held quarterly (fourth Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Hobe Sound Community Center. Next meeting will be held in January.
All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, November 21, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Nov 3, 2014County Health Care Review Board Vacancy
The Martin County Health Care Review Board is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the County Health Care Review Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, November 21, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant position: At-large member.


Powers & Duties of the County Health Care Review Board
Recommends to the Board of County Commissioners those indigent individuals whose hospitalization costs shall be paid from the hospitalization fund. There are no qualifying requirements.

Created pursuant to Chapter 2001-295, Laws of Florida & Code Section 163.33.

The five member Board is comprised of two Board of County Commissioners, two members of the Hospital Board, and one at-large member chosen by the majority of the four members so appointed.
Meetings are held at 11:00 am on the third Wednesday of each month in the Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor) of the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.



 
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Nov 3, 2014Hobe Sound Neighborhood Advisory Committee Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commission seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Hobe Sound Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC). The Committee makes recommendations to the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) regarding implementation of each area's Community Redevelopment Plan.
To qualify, you must be an individual who is either:
i. A resident of the respective Community Redevelopment Area, as evidenced by being a registered voter in the respective Community Redevelopment Area for at least one year, or
ii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who is also a business owner of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least two years, who is also a senior manager of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iv. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who also owns real property within a half mile of the respective Community Redevelopment Area. No more than two members of any respective Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be appointed from category iv. above.
This term will expire in September 2017. All members are expected to attend each and every meeting of the committee. If a member is absent from three meetings within a 12 month period, said member is automatically removed from the committee but may apply for reappointment by the Board of County Commissioners.
Hobe Sound meetings are held quarterly (fourth Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Hobe Sound Community Center. Next meeting will be held in January.
All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, November 21, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Nov 3, 2014Martin County Commission approves Interlocal Agreement for St. Lucie Inlet
At its October 28 meeting, he Martin County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-0 to approve an interlocal agreement with the Town of Jupiter Island relating to the St. Lucie Inlet, with Commissioner Anne Scott recusing herself. With this agreement, the parties will work collaboratively regarding Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) permits and the development of a new Inlet Management Plan(IMP).

The current Inlet Management Plan (IMP) was developed by the State of Florida in 1995 as part of their statewide comprehensive beach management plan. The intent was to evaluate each of the state's improved or modified inlets to determine the extent of erosion and recommend corrective measures to mitigate beach erosion.

Since the current IMP was implemented, Martin County has participated in dredging projects on five occasions in 1998, 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2014. The County also completed construction of the impoundment basin in the Inlet in 2002 and performed improvements to the North Shore Jetty in 2009. In addition, Martin County and the Town of Jupiter Island, Sailfish Point, and other partners have been meticulously collecting data in order to gain a better understanding of how sand travels, both north and south, along our coast along with the impacts of man-made structures, waves and tidal currents on that process.

The data will be used as Martin County and its partners create a more comprehensive IMP with FDEP for the benefit of the entire county. A draft version of the IMP is expected to be circulated early in 2015 for comments by stakeholders.

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

From an economic standpoint, our waterways provide approximately $362 million in annual sales, $123 million in personal income, and $588 million in property values. One out of every 10 jobs in Martin County is marine related and safe navigation of the inlet is vital to those who rely on our inlet for their livelihoods.


 
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Nov 3, 2014IRSC HELPING ENTREPRENEURS FROM DESIGN TO PRODUCT
The 3D printer housed in the new Fabrication Lab, or Fab Lab, at Indian River State College is bringing futuristic technology within the reach of entrepreneurs and business owners on the Treasure Coast. Through the College’s Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurial Development Institute, business start-ups receive assistance with design, graphics, and prototypes.

“The best thing about the 3D printer is that it allows you to design and fabricate a part that you can use instantly,” said Nick Rotondo, an IRSC engineering student who worked on a project for James Knoska, founder of Yacht Watchman in Stuart.

Knoska has taken advantage of the services available through the IRSC business incubator and is one of the first to utilize the 3D printing technology to launch his product line of monitoring devices for yachts in dock and marina. IRSC students designed the packaging and label designs, using the 3D printer to test the form and functioning of the packaging before it went into production. “The assistance of IRSC saved me a great deal of time and expense,” Knoska said.

Another Incubator client, DV8, is using the equipment for design and testing of its product, portable golf clubs.

“Fab Labs and the technologies they support, such as 3D printing, are gaining a lot of momentum across industry sectors,” said Dr. Kevin Cooper, IRSC Director of Applied Research and Entrepreneurial Activities. “Having these resources available for business start-ups and training students how to use them reinforces the role of IRSC as a leader in support of entrepreneurship and economic development.”

Fab Lab users may utilize the equipment through the IRSC Business Incubator and the Corporate and Community Training Institute (CCTI). For more information, call (772) 462-7172.


 
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Oct 31, 2014County Connection: Watch MCTV on Election Day, show off your talent in Tampa and submit your comments on AAF by December 3
Got talent? Martin County enlisted to help recruit locals for talent show auditions in Tampa



The Martin County Film and Television Office has been enlisted by the producers of America's Got Talent to help spread the word that auditions for Season Ten of the show are coming to Tampa on November 2nd and they seeking talented individuals and groups from all over Florida. Martin County's Film and Television Commissioner, David Graham, noted that this was the first time AGT has reached out to Martin County and that the show's producers were enlisting the notification assist from Film and Television offices throughout Florida. "They were really emphasizing wanting residents from all over Florida to audition, not just the greater Tampa Bay area," Graham noted.

Locals interested in auditioning on November 2nd at the Tampa Convention Center can register at www.agtauditions.com.
Live, local general election coverage on MCTV


MCTV
On Tuesday, November 4, Martin County Television (MCTV) will be broadcasting General Election night coverage live beginning at 7:00 p.m. with hosts Gabriella Ferraro and Peter Schaller. MCTV will be bringing returns to the viewing audience as soon as they are available. Coverage includes races for U.S. Representative District 18, Governor, State Senate District 32, County Commission, School Board and various state and local referendums.

AT&T U-verse subscribers may watch MCTV on channel 99. Comcast subscribers may watch MCTV on channel 20. MCTV also streams live through the Martin County website at www.martin.fl.us.

ALL ABOARD FLORIDA




While All Aboard Florida is proposed to travel through Martin County, no stop is planned at this time. The Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has expressed serious concerns about the impacts of the proposed service. The BOCC continues to determine the impacts of this project as more information becomes known and advocate for Martin County's interests. The following documents and links have been provided to keep residents informed.
In March 2012, Florida East Coast Industries (FECI), a private company, introduced a proposal for a high-speed passenger rail service known as "All Aboard Florida" (AAF). The project proposes "express" rail service between Miami and Orlando, with additional stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The service is proposed to operate on the Florida East Coast (FEC) rail corridor from Miami to Cocoa and along SR 528 from Cocoa to the Orlando International Airport. The company proposes to operate hourly service from 6 AM until 9 PM, with 16 daily trains in each direction, totaling 32 trains per day. FECI indicates the service would operate at speeds up to 79 MPH from Miami to West Palm Beach, up to 110 MPH from West Palm Beach to Cocoa (including Martin County), and up to 125 MPH from Cocoa to Orlando.

FECI has applied for a Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan, which is a financing source administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The Federal Railroad Administration has released the draft "Environmental Impact Statement" (EIS) to evaluate the potential impacts of constructing and operating the proposed All Aboard Florida project from Miami to Orlando. The EIS will address project improvements to the existing FEC rail corridor from Miami to Cocoa, construction of a new double-track from Cocoa to Orlando, station development, and improvements to bridges and grade crossings. The FRA is the federal agency responsible for collecting and addressing comments from other federal, state, regional, and local agencies as well as the public. Click here to view the EIS. In addition, a copy of the EIS is available for viewing at the Blake Library in Stuart.

With the draft EIS available, FRA has opened a 75-day public comment period. You may submit comments via email (AAF_comments@vhb.com) or by mail to:

Mr. John Winkle
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Room W38-311
Washington, DC 20590

All comments must be submitted by December 3, 2014.

Additionally, the FRA announced four local meetings regarding the AAF EIS in West Palm Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie (see details below). Residents are encouraged to participate in these meetings to express their comments or concerns before the final EIS is released.

•West Palm Beach - October 28, 3:30-7:30 pm
West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd.
•Stuart - October 30, 3:30-7:00 pm
The Kane Center, 900 SE Salerno Rd.
•Vero Beach - November 5, 3:30-7:00 pm
Indian River State College, Richardson Hall, 6155 College Lane
•Port St. Lucie - November 6, 3:30-7:00 pm
Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Place

Mockingjay movie release party
Teens are invited to the Robert Morgade Library on Saturday, November 15 for a party celebrating the release of the next movie in The Hunger Games series. Mockingjay Part I will be in theaters in November. Come celebrate with other fans to prepare for release day! For details, call 219-4908.

Operation Enduring Freedom:The War in Afghanistan
Come to the Blake Library on Wednesday, November 5 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to meet veterans and see a documentary film on the Allied Campaign to promote democracy in Afghanistan by fighting Islamic terrorism. A very timely program to take in just before Veterans Day. For more info, call 288-5702.

Make your own mummy!
Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to the Blake Library on Saturday, November 8 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm to follow the steps of ancient Egyptians to create your own mummy from a stuffed animal. Stuffed animals required, but please note that they will go through the process of mummification so leave your favorite at home. Call 221-1407 for details.

World War II and the Treasure Coast
History buffs are invited to the Hoke Library on Saturday, November 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm for this fascinating talk. Ronald Grenville Frazer, adjunct history professor at IRSC, will lead this lecture about life on the Treasure Coast during the war. Call 463-2872 for details.

IT STARTS IN PARKS

Health and Wellness Fair
Come to Log Cabin Senior Center in Langford Park for the Health and Wellness Fair on Friday, November 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Get free blood pressure checks, blood sugar screenings and flu shots. The event will also include free seminars on estate planning, Medicaid and Medicare roll out plans and Five Wishes, as well as host a Licensed Social Worker, have 10-minute chair massages and light refreshments.

Bathtub Reef Beach currently unguarded
Recent weather conditions have eroded Bathtub Reef Beach, resulting in the need to remove the lifeguard stand from the shoreline. Bathtub Reef Beach will not be guarded until conditions improve. The beach is currently open to the public, however, swimmers are reminded to use caution.

HEALTH & SAFETY

News you need during hurricane season
Do you know where to get your local hurricane information? During an emergency, find Martin County-specific information by tuning to WQCS-88.9 FM at 9:00 am, 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Residents can also tune to MCTV - Comcast Channel 20 and U-verse Channel 99 - for up-to-date local info.






 
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Oct 31, 2014Canned food competition collects over 2,500 pounds of food
Canned food competition collects over 2,500 pounds of food
Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Canstruction® provides over 2,000 meals for hungry Treasure Coast residents

Teams of students and professionals recently competed to design and build structures created completely out of canned goods as part of an international competition called Canstruction®. The competition gave local students and experts an opportunity to not only win an award from the most widely known food drive event in the world, but more importantly, it allowed these groups to provide 2,087 meals for hungry residents on the Treasure Coast.

The teams - composed of builders, contractors and students - created giant structures made entirely from canned goods and other food items at the Treasure Coast Square Mall in Jensen Beach. The structures were on display from October 13 through October 25 at the Mall in the Old Navy Plaza. At the close of the event, the structures were dismantled and more than 2,500 pounds of food was donated to the Treasure Coast Food Bank for distribution to hungry residents.

On a weekly basis, the Treasure Coast Food Bank serves over 100,000 individuals that are struggling to put food on their table, to include nearly 35,000 children and 12,000 seniors.

“We were delighted to see the energy of the two teams as they built their structures and the commitment the students had to helping to end hunger through their participation in Canstruction. This is the next generation of young people who will be helping us in the fight to eliminate food insecurity on the Treasure Coast,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz.

Treasure Coast Square was actively involved in this year’s competition throughout the Canstruction event. Not only did they serve as the venue for the competition, but they also provided promotional support to spread awareness about the event and hunger on the Treasure Coast.


“Treasure Coast Square was thrilled to team up with such an impactful charity like the Treasure Coast Food Bank to host Canstruction,” said Sean Carroll, Treasure Coast Square director of marketing and business development. “We always enjoy hosting events such as this, which allow our guests to give back to the community while having fun. Canstruction was a huge success and brought out the creativity in the Treasure Coast community, and we look forward to hosting the event again next year.”

This year’s competition included the South Fork Chapter of Future Builders of America working in partnership with members of the Treasure Coast Builders Association. The second team was the Speed, Power, and Manueverability (S.P.A.M.) Robotics Team 180. The S.P.A.M. Robotics team included students from Martin County High School, Jensen Beach High School, South Fork High School, Community Christian, the Clark Advanced Learning Center, and members of the homeschool community.

Judges reviewed the structures and selected winners in a variety of categories in addition to a “People’s Choice award” which was based on spectators at the mall being able to select their favorite by texting their choice to Treasure Coast Square. This year’s judges included Patricia Roebling, P.E., City of Port St. Lucie interim assistant city manager and city engineer, Port St. Lucie City Manager Jeff Bremer, owner of Electronics by Design Nick Vlangas, Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith, Martin County School Board Member Marsha Powers, and WPTV Newschannel 5 Reporter Jon Shainman.

The South Fork Chapter of Future Builders of America took home trophies in design and structural integrity, best use of labels, and juror’s favorite. SPAM Robotics won best meal, honorable mention and the People’s Choice Award.

About Treasure Coast Food Bank
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the largest hunger relief agency on the Treasure Coast, providing 10 million of pounds of food to over 200 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties serving those in need. In addition to food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772-489-3034, log on to www.stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tcfoodbank.

About Canstruction®
Canstruction® is a unique competition that has teams designing and building structures built only from canned goods. After the structures are built, they go on display in the teams’ local community. At the end of Canstruction®, all food used is donated to local hunger relief organizations such as the Treasure Coast Food Banks. This year, the Treasure Coast Food Bank was joined by more than 100 cities around the world coordinating Canstruction® competitions. For more information on Canstruction®, visit www.canstruction.org.

About Treasure Coast Square
Treasure Coast Square is an indoor mall with an exterior Lifestyle Center conveniently located at the intersection of NW Federal Hwy & Jensen Beach Blvd. Anchored by Macy's, Dillard's, JCPenney and Sears, it also features more than 120 specialty stores including Forever 21, PANDORA, Victoria's Secret PINK, Teavana, Buckle, Francesca's Collections, hhgregg, Express, Old Navy and many more. While at Treasure Coast Square, guests can also see the latest movies at the Regal 16 Cinemas theater complex. Shoppers can dine at Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries, Ruby Tuesday or one of the grab and go choices such as Chick-fil-A, Cinnabon, or Tropical Smoothie Café. The mall is open Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sun., 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 772-692-9401 or visit www.simon.com.


 
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Oct 31, 2014ALL ABOARD FLORIDA - Ft. Lauderdale
Yesterday Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and other dignitaries joined All Aboard Florida to mark the start of construction for All Aboard Florida’s downtown Fort Lauderdale station. The existing building was demolished so construction on the nearly 60,000 square foot station and platform can begin. This represents the first groundbreaking for one of its three South Florida stations along the Miami-to-Orlando corridor and is the latest announcement in a series of significant milestones as plans for the highly-anticipated project move full steam ahead.

The Fort Lauderdale station will be located on 4.8 acres of land adjacent to the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) corridor on NW 2nd Avenue, between Broward Boulevard and NW 4th Street. Located at the northern end of downtown Fort Lauderdale, the station will stimulate a currently underutilized area, driving new visitors into downtown and the surrounding cultural, economic and shopping destinations.

“Today marks the start of progress on what will be one of the most transformative, history-making endeavors for Fort Lauderdale and the State of Florida,” said Michael Reininger, President and Chief Development Officer of All Aboard Florida. “Now that construction has begun, Broward County is one step closer to becoming a more mobile, connected region that will realize the economic and environmental benefits from the creation of thousands of jobs during construction, expanded business opportunities and an enhanced quality of life.”

Providing a new gateway into the city and all of Broward County, the Fort Lauderdale station was planned and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in association with Zyscovich Architects and includes a modern, multi-story lobby spanning an elevated passenger lounge area for travelers and parking facilities. The station, located between NW 2nd street and Broward Boulevard, was chosen as it provides convenient connections to the Sun Trolley, Broward County Transit system, future Wave Streetcar and the planned Tri-Rail station.

Click here to see news coverage from yesterday’s event. Please visit our website to see updated renderings of the station!


 
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Oct 31, 2014Ripple Effect News
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Oct 31, 2014“ROBO-CROCS” GET EXPERT ADVICE FROM TOP EXEC AT REGAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Through the Education Foundation of Martin County's Elementary Robotics Program, the Martin County Extended Day robotics team at Bessey Creek Elementary School – the “Robo-Crocs,” – received a special visit from Randy Smith Jr., the chief administrative officer for Regal Entertainment Group, on Thursday, Oct. 30, which prepares them for a field trip to the Treasure Coast Square Mall Regal Cinemas on Wednesday, Nov. 5.
The Robo-Crocs are working on a project for the District robotics tournament in December: “Everyday, Everywhere – Close-Captioned Glasses” to aid the hearing-impaired and deaf at the cinema, in the classroom and beyond.
Last year, Regal Cinemas started distributing closed-captioning glasses to 6,000 screens in theaters across the country, enabling deaf people and hard-of-hearing moviegoers to view display captions of films. The Robo-Crocs want to expand on this idea, creating glasses that would have a sort of speech-to-text recognition function and that could be worn all of the time, not just in theaters.
The fourth and fifth graders had lots of questions for Mr. Smith about the technology and its implementation in his company’s theaters.
“How long does it take to produce a pair of glasses?” “How are the glasses powered and are they rechargeable?” “Can you change the size of the text being displayed?” “How many prototypes were reviewed before selecting this one?” “Are they waterproof?” The Robo-Crocs asked more than 20 questions of Mr. Smith, who graciously answered each and every one.
The team will next have an opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Treasure Coast Square Mall Regal Cinemas on Nov. 5 to get a hands-on demonstration of the existing closed-captioning glasses and gain knowledge for their own project.
Ms. Salena Sizemore, a second grade teacher at Pinewood Elementary School, has been the robotics coach at Bessey Creek for two years. “STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] is my niche,” says Ms. Sizemore. “The kids really motivate me to do this. Science and math are the future. And besides, it’s fun.”
The Robo-Crocs decided on their project idea by way of filling out anonymous check-lists, followed by brainstorming, and then voting on it. Part of their research is to engage with experts and, fortunately for the team, Mr. Smith – whose office is in Knoxville, Tennessee – was available to meet the group in Palm City, Florida.
“There are a lot of bright kids in this room,” said Mr. Smith at the end of the session, while giving them advice on some specific focus areas. “You have a tall challenge…are you up for it?” he asked encouragingly.


 
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Oct 31, 2014Comedy “Amateurs” entertains at the Barn Theatre
Comedy “Amateurs” entertains at the Barn Theatre in November Stuart, FL, October 30 -- “Amateurs,” a bittersweet comedy/drama about an amateur theatre troupe by Tom Griffin will be presented by the Barn Theatre from November 7 through 23 with performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Dorothy and Charlie host a gathering of friends and actors after the opening night show of the Timberly Troupers’ musical. During the festivities, a theater critic suffers a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital, leaving behind his as-yet-unpublished review of the show. When the actors read it and confront its harsh realities, well, some are better at controlling their emotions than others! Director Althea Christine Wilson has an MFA in directing from Penn State and has worked in Off-Off Broadway, regional and community theaters across the country as both a director and actress. She appeared in “Deathtrap” and “Curtains” last season at the Barn Theatre. Jeannette Mazzella plays Dorothy; Mazzella directed “Pin Curls” last season and appeared in “Curtains.” Mark Elliot, who was also in “Curtains” plays Dorothy’s slightly daft husband Charlie. Also performing in “Amateurs” are Paul Harwood as Nathan, Joe Pierson as Wayne, Cristin Suntzenich as Jennifer, LuAnn Bolnick as Irene, Joe Moore as Ernie, Marty Dillis as the critic, and Andrea DeHeute as Mona. The producer is Francine Beckstead. Kathleen Weaver is the stage manager and set dresser, J. Pat Montgomery is the technical director. Set construction was done by Don Cantrell. Tickets are $20 and are available Mondays through Fridays at the Barn Theatre box office, 2400 S.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be obtained by calling 772-287-4884 or on-line at www.barn-theatre.com. ###

 
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Oct 31, 2014Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County
Tending a Garden in Hobe Sound


"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun,
heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on
the body, but the soul."
-- Alfred Austin

Summer is over and here in south Florida that means beautiful, cooler weather and time to think about our gardens. And here at BGCMC, we're always thinking about how we can inspire Club members to eat more veggies.

At our Cole-Clark branch in Hobe Sound, volunteers from the community began working this summer to create a community learning garden for Club members.

Before the school year began, Christopher Blancher and his father, Patrick, constructed seven large raised garden beds made of untreated wood as part of Christopher's Eagle Scout community service project.

Then at the beginning of the school year, Jenny Banks, a master gardener and volunteer at BGCMC, began helping Club members learn gardening from a "seed-to-fork" perspective.

"I believe that teaching kids about where food comes from is the only way to get them to eat more vegetables," says Jenny.

Working with Jenny, aspiring gardeners planted a variety of seeds and seedlings for a soon-to-be fall harvest: lettuce, corn, cucumbers, squash, cabbage, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, melons, eggplant, collars, potatoes, and perfect for Halloween, native Seminole pumpkins!

Children are not only learning about which vegetables grow well in our tropical climate but also what's needed to nurture a vegetable garden on a day-to-day basis. Accordingly, Club members are or will be receiving lessons on plant identification, plant anatomy, how to save seeds (especially heirloom seeds) for future seasons, and weeding.

In addition, there are plans to soon build a "Pollinator Paradise" of flowering plants adjacent to the raised beds so children can learn about bees and their contributions to a healthy garden.

Please let us know if you'd like to come by and visit the garden some beautiful afternoon in Hobe Sound!


Retired U.S. Navy Captain & Astronaut Winston E. Scott To Address Club Supporters

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County is proud to announce that Captain Winston E. Scott will headline the 2015 Distinguished Speakers Luncheon to benefit BGCMC.

The luncheon will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015 at noon at Sailfish Point Country Club in Stuart. Luncheon tickets are $100 per person. To purchase tickets, please call 772.545.1255.


A native of Miami and a Club kid growing up, Captain Scott's "largely segregated education provided little access to resources, but his own determination combined with the dedication of his teachers set him on an inspiring path of achievement" according to his biography.
Captain Scott entered Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School after graduating from Florida State University in 1972. After being designated a Naval Aviator in 1974, he served a 4-year tour of duty with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Thirty Three at the Naval Air Station in North Island, California, flying the SH-2F Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System helicopter.

After earning a graduate degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and jet training, Captain Scott served a tour of duty with Fighter Squadron Eighty Four in Oceana, Virginia, flying the F-14 Tomcat.

In 1986, Scott became an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer. In Jacksonville, he served as a production test pilot flying the F/A-18 Hornet and the A-7 Corsair aircraft. Next, he became the Deputy Director of the Tactical Aircraft Systems Department at the Naval Air Development Center at Warminster, Pennsylvania.

During his career, Captain Scott has collected more than 5,000 hours of flight time in 20 different military and civilian aircraft, and 200 more hours in shipboard landings.

In 1992, Captain Scott began his NASA career, reporting to the Johnson Space Center in August. Serving as a mission specialist, he logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including three spacewalks that amounted to 19 hours and 26 minutes.

Captain Scott retired from NASA and the Navy in 1999, and became the VP for Student Affairs at Florida State University. He also served as an associate dean in the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering, and is currently the Dean of the College of Aeronautics at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

Academic Enrichment Programming Kicks Off!

BGCMC, as part of its expanding role in Club members' academic development, is coordinating a number of education programs this school year.

"As we planned our academic offerings this year, we increased our dialogue with teachers and the School District as part of our strategy to support Club members where they need the most help," said Stephanie Redditt, Chief Education & Compliance Officer at BGCMC.

• Be READy ("Reading Enrichment & Achievement for Dedicated Youth"), the Club's targeted early literacy program that was named this August as top overall Boys & Girls Club program in the state by the Florida Area Council, is now in its third year at BGCMC. Approximately 150 Club members in grades K-2 have enrolled in the 2014-2015 program, which is delivered Monday and Wednesday each week at all five Club locations.
• The Club's Stride Academy program will again leverage fun, interactive and sophisticated software in order to elevate children's reading levels. It is offered twice a week (for a total of 60 minutes each week) to all Club members in grades K-5. Looking ahead to November, BGCMC staff is also identifying members in grades 6-8 who will benefit from the program. And in November, assessments will be analyzed for high school students so that Stride Academy programming engages them in Algebra, economics, world history and other subject areas where their evaluation data demonstrates the most specific need.
• Stride + is a new academic initiative at BGCMC for the 2014-2015 school year. It is designed for 32 children in grades 3-5 who will participate in math and reading enrichment activities.
• BGCMC has also rolled out a "Building Blocks: Engineering our Future STEM" program for Club members ages 10-13. The program is funded by Samsung. The program, which will utilize project-based learning, has enrolled 20 members at our Port Salerno and Palm City Club locations. Members will complete hands-on projects like designing a plan to build a bridge and will also explore various careers in the STEM field. Program staff has also been trained so that children can use tablets for their projects and research.
• Meanwhile, our Paws to Read program is underway as well. The program, which has been offered for several years at BGCMC through a Club partnership with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, pairs struggling readers with caring volunteers and their therapy dogs in a quiet space where children can read out loud with confidence and without judgment, and gradually improve their skills.
• And one other program is in the works: chess clubs at both our Hobe Sound and Port Salerno clubs! There are a number of benefits to learning to play chess at an early age, including the development of analytical and decision-making skills, improving children's ability to recognize complex patterns vital to math and science, and helping them gain insights into the nature of competition. Check mate!
To learn more about our academic offerings, please contact Stephanie Redditt at 772.545.1255.


BGCMC Set to Coordinate Gang Prevention Program in Martin County


A new gang prevention initiative in Martin County, coordinated by BGCMC, will assist 70 young people ages 11-14 who are at risk of gang involvement in Indiantown, East Stuart and throughout Martin County.

The prevention program, which begins November 15, is designed so that participants will be steered away from negative and potentially violent behavior.

The Gang Prevention through Targeted Outreach (GPTTO) initiative offers positive, structured activities for these young people in their non-school hours, while aiming to measurably improve their school performance.

"Young people have a need for a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness and influence, which they try to fulfill by being involved in a gang," said Anne McCormick, BGCMC's Chief Professional Officer. "The GPTTO initiative satisfies those same needs through constructive alternatives here at the Clubs, while enabling them to resist a dangerous gang life."

Funded by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, GPTTO recruits adolescents via referrals from courts, police, school and other community agencies. BGCMC is one of 12 Club organizations statewide selected to implement this initiative.

"The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County was chosen because of its proven record of providing effective youth development programs," says Joe Mollner, Senior Director, Delinquency Prevention for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "The success of the Club's efforts will serve as a model for other Clubs interested in starting a gang prevention initiative."

For more information, please contact Genaris Haston (pictured below), BGCMC's Prevention Director, at 772.597.5088 or 772.288.5340.


Teen Night on 11/7


BGCMC will host a Teen Night Friday, November 7 from 7 to 10 pm at its Hobe Sound branch. There will be a Best Shoe Contest in two categories: Best Kicks and Dress Shoes.

Great music and food, too. Free admission and the event is for teens 13-18 only.




 
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Oct 31, 2014The 2014 TAX ROLL opens for collection November 1st, 2014!

Online payment options are available. E-checks are FREE. Credit cards are accepted; however, a 2.5% convenience fee is charged by the electronic processing company, which we get no part of.

To Pay in person, Visit any of our convenient locations:
Stuart Office- 3485 S.E. Willoughby Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994
Hobe Sound-11734 S.E. Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455
Palm City-3003 S.W. Martin Downs Blvd, Palm City, FL 34990
Indiantown-16550 S.W. Warfield Blvd, Indiantown, FL 34956

Pay by mail-Please send the bottom portion of your tax bill with your check or money order to:
3485 S.E. Willoughby Blvd
Stuart, FL 34994

For individuals who are unable to pay the full amount, partial payments are offered; however, restrictions apply, and the affidavit located on the back of your tax bill must be signed. Relevant information is included on the back of your tax bill. Please carefully read both the enclosed flyer and the back of your tax bill.
Over $3.2 million in net income was earned this year above our operating costs by our office through effective management, increased efficiencies, streamlined operations, controlled spending, and motivated teamwork. Those funds were distributed to the taxing authorities in Martin County.
For questions or further assistance, please call our information center-288-5600


 
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Oct 31, 2014Amendment 2 is a Trick- Not a Treat
Readers beware - you’re in for a scare! Amendment 2’s language is a trick to voters and may allow for the widespread legalization of marijuana.

Local newspapers are warning their readers of the many problems with Amendment 2. Here’s what some of them had to say.

The Florida Times Union “overly vague amendment”
Orlando Sentinel “potentially littered with loopholes”
Tampa Bay Times “too broad”
Tampa Tribune “too many risks”
Panama City News Herald “will cause more problems than it solves”
Daytona Beach News-Journal “giant, open-ended loophole”

Florida voters are smart. They know that a NO vote will help ensure Floridians don't get tricked.
On November 4, vote NO on 2.

Paid political advertisement paid for by Florida Chamber of Commerce PAC, Post Office Box 11309, Tallahassee, Florida 32302 independently of any committee.



 
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Oct 30, 2014UF/IFAS Extension Martin County to host agricultural producers’ meeting

On Monday, November 17, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County, located at 2614 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart, will be hosting the first in a series of meetings for local agricultural producers (growers, suppliers, and other related businesses). The meetings will offer an opportunity for local agribusinesses to network with one another and connect with resources. For the first meeting, the focus will be on opportunities for growers to expand their businesses via new relationships with distributors and consumers. From 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., attendees will be able to network with one another and enjoy light refreshments provided by Extension. From 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. the following presenters will provide information on specific opportunities for local growers:
• Yvette Goodiel, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Commercial Horticulture Agent, will speak on plans for a new Farmers’ Market in Indiantown
• Beth Owens, UF/IFAS Extension South District Farm to School Coordinator, will speak on Florida Food Connect, which is a new tool for producers to connect with consumers online
• Robert Wall, Erneston’s Produce, will discuss opportunities for local producers to distribute via this locally-owned company
• Geoffrey Sagrans, Localecopia, will discuss opportunities for local producers to reach a larger marketplace via this Florida-based company
The event is free, but pre-registration is requested. Attendees can sign up on Eventbrite (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/martin-county-agricultural-producers-meeting-tickets-13967046813) or by contacting the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County at 772-288-5654.


 
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Oct 30, 2014USPS "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.



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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Oct 30, 2014Good character celebrated with grants, activities
The importance of good character – including trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship – was observed in our schools and community the week of October 19 through 25 during CHARACTER COUNTS! Week.

The week’s special activities and recognition included:

• A total of $10,000 in CHARACTER COUNTS! mini-grants were presented to staff at local schools and agencies to help them implement or expand character-building programs for children. The CHARACTER COUNTS! mini-grant program, now in its eighth year, funds projects to promote, implement, and enrich CHARACTER COUNTS! character education programs. Since 2007, this program has awarded more than $80,000 to implement 132 individual agency, classroom, school-wide and district-wide projects which have impacted more than 35,000 individuals throughout Martin County. This year, 15 grants were awarded to:
• The ARC of Martin County, Brian Mercurio, Living CHARACTER COUNTS!
• The ARC of Martin County, Wendy Jackson, Discover, Learn, and Experience the Wonderful World of Character
• Citrus Grove Elementary School, Mark Scholl, CHARACTER COUNTS! Video Library
• Clark Advanced Learning Center, John Stiles, CHARACTER COUNTS! Lanyards
• Father & Child Resource Center, David Cardno, CHARACTER COUNTS! in Re-Entry, Phase 3
• Hobe Sound Early Learning Center, Mary King, CHARACTER COUNTS! Increase Awareness
• Hope Rural School, Alli Newman, Hope Bear’s CHARACTER COUNTS! Club
• Martin County High School, Dorcas Boucher and Niki Aronoff, CHARACTER COUNTS! Corner
• Pinewood Elementary School, Hillary Schommer, CHARACTER COUNTS! Corner
• SafeSpace, Monique Robbins, Connecting to Character
• SafeSpace, Monique Robbins, Does YOUR Relationship Have Character?
• Spectrum Jr. / Sr. High School, Janice Mills, Stand Tall, Stand Proud
• Spectrum Jr. / Sr. High School, Tera Riva, Learning To Be Green
• Treasure Coast Hospice, Jacki Nardone, National Children’s Grief Awareness Day
• Warfield Elementary School, Jennifer Goddard, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Part 2

• Kindergarten students in the Martin County School District and Hope Rural School in Indiantown wore their CHARACTER COUNTS! t-shirts. (Sponsored by Lively Orthodontics and Ampersand Shirt Shack.)

• Students at Jensen Beach Elementary School celebrated CHARACTER COUNTS! Week and Red Ribbon Week (a national drug prevention campaign) by wearing the colors of the Six Pillars of Character throughout the week, and signing and displaying their pledges to be drug-free. Led by music teacher Donna Vojcsik, kindergarten students learned songs and danced the Six Pillar Shuffle.

• Hobe Sound Elementary School students celebrated the week with visits from mascots Trustworthy Elephant, Respect Owl, Responsibility Bear, Fairness Turtle, Caring Raccoon, and Citizenship Seal.

• CHARACTER COUNTS! street pole banners lined streets in downtown Stuart.

For more information regarding CHARACTER COUNTS!, please visit www.charactercounts.net or call (772) 283-4800, ext. 234.

Although highly identified with schools, CHARACTER COUNTS!, a program of United Way of Martin County, is an initiative for people of all ages and walks of life. The program is embraced by government, law enforcement and businesses in Martin County.


 
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Oct 30, 2014LAST DAY TO VOTE EARLY
Martin County Supervisor of Elections, Vicki Davis, would like to remind all Martin County registered voters that this Saturday, November 1st, 2014, at
5:00 pm is the last day to vote early for the November 4th general election.

Early voting is available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the following seven locations:

 Martin County Elections Center
135 S.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Stuart, FL-Stuart
 Hobe Sound Library
10595 SE Federal Hwy
Hobe Sound, FL-Hobe Sound
 County Line Civic Center-NEW Location
18530 SE County Line Rd- Tequesta
 Elisabeth Lahti Library
15200 SE Federal Hwy- Indiantown
 Hoke Library
1150 NW Jack Williams Way- Jensen Beach
 Peter and Julie Cummings Library
2551 SW Matheson Ave- Palm City
 Robert Morgade Library
5851 SE Community Dr.-Stuart

Voters should remember to bring signed, photo identification when voting early. The following are approved forms of photo identification per Florida Statutes. Voters may combine two forms of ID to meet this requirement.
• Florida’s driver’s license
• Florida ID card issued by Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
• U.S. Passport
• Debit/Credit Card
• Military ID
• Retirement Center ID
• Student ID
• Neighborhood Association ID
• Public Assistance ID

For further information, visit MartinVotes.com or call the Elections Center at
772-288-5637.


 
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Oct 29, 2014Veterans Day Parade
Attached is our Veterans Day Form for those who have not yet signed up (please disregard if not interested). If you signed up on our website, but received an error message or did not receive a confirmation, PLEASE CONTACT US ASAP. I was given word on Friday from one person who had this happen and we didn’t have their info. for the parade or that they were planning to participate. It’s better to check with me to make sure, I don’t mind!
Please let me know if you have any questions 

Laura Girlando
Assistant to Coordinator
Stuart Parades

Visit our Website:
www.stuartparades.com


2014 VDay Sign-up Sheet.p
 
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Oct 29, 2014Florida Chamber Update
International Update

In the coming weeks, the Florida Chamber will be launching a new program – GLOBAL FLORIDA. This is an exciting new effort designed to inform and promote business opportunities, collaboration and advance policy initiatives in each of four major geographic regions: Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East and Sub-Sahara Africa. The program will present quarterly intelligence briefings around the state on each of the global regions. We will additionally, develop web pages w/in the Florida Chamber website highlighting the global regions, their assets, trends and other key information. The briefings will feature speakers and panel discussions that will cover the future of doing business in that particular region of the world, context on Florida’s position with respect to that region and the global marketplace, highlight opportunities to strengthen the state’s global economic competitiveness, particularly around trade, freight and logistics, and offer insight into initiatives, programs and other tools that can help companies to engage and expand internationally. We will also have a special focus on policy initiatives that are pertinent to the specific global region being covered and/or overall US Policy. This includes but is not limited to: free trade agreements, federal regulatory issues, federal and state agencies that impact trade and goods movement, market access issues, export control, and trade finance. Below is a small preview on the type of information we will be covering in GLOBAL FLORIDA.
Two significant reports on the state of international trade have recently been released: World Trade Organization’s World Trade Report on global trade and the International Monetary Fund issued its world growth forecast. Both reports offer a mixed bag in their respective outlooks - citing global uncertainty such as the impact of Ebola, geopolitical turmoil, a slowdown in emerging economies coupled with an improved outlook on the U.S. World trade has not fully recovered to levels before the financial crisis and while it increased in the first quarter of 2014, trade growth estimates have been reduced in both reports. Trade is expected to improve in the final months of the year.
Key takeaways are as follows:
1 Emerging markets are showing mixed results. While expectations for growth in these markets remain higher than in developed markets, other factors have impacted growth. China is holding up. Middle East turmoil has disrupted trade flows and could lead to an increase in oil prices, Latin American trade contracted but Mexico remains strong and growing. India and Indonesia have not fared as well as in prior years and Russia has seen a steep drop in trade due to a weak currency and sanctions. (Financial Times)
2 Trade in Services should not be overlooked. In 2013, China became the second-largest importer of commercial services, valued at $329 billion last year, according to the WTO. This is tied to a shift in the Chinese economy from export-oriented manufacturing and infrastructure to being more consumer and consumption based. Additionally, nearly a third of all U.S. export jobs this year will be in services. In 2013 the US had its 20th consecutive services trade surplus, a record $231.3B driven by a record $699.4B in total services exports (Wall Street Journal & BEA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce)
3 A New catalyst is needed. Trade liberalization and reduced customs regulations will help spur trade growth. Major regional trade agreements being negotiated such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have the potential of sparking needed reforms and reducing barriers to market access that can give world trade a much needed boost. (WSJ & Financial Times)
4 US outlook has improved. The U.S. trade gap unexpectedly narrowed in August to its smallest level in seven months on an increase in exports, supporting views of sturdy economic growth in the third quarter. The Commerce Department recently stated that the trade gap narrowed 0.5 percent to $40.1 billion. July's trade deficit was revised to $40.3 billion. U.S. trade deficit with China is also narrowing and the U.S. continues to have a strong services export surplus. The U.S. continues to recover from the recession as well as improve its unemployment numbers. (The Hill, Enterprise Florida, U.S. Dept. of Commerce)
What is Florida’s current trade outlook?
Florida Merchandise Trade (source Enterprise Florida)
• Florida's total merchandise trade through August 2014 was down by 4.4% versus the same period last year.
• Trade is showing improvement though as the shortfall is shrinking month-by-month.
• Exports were down by 5.5% ($3.2 billion) while imports were down by 3.0% ($1.4 billion).
• Exports of gold to Hong Kong are replacing exports of gold to Switzerland and imports of microchips from Costa Rica are declining due to Intel's withdrawal.
See attached to read more.
What does this mean for Florida?
A competitive transportation system is critical for increased global trade and tourism. Florida’s investments in its trade and transportation infrastructure will position the state and help promote international trade growth.
According to a recent report conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, manufacturing trends are shifting away from Asia and toward North America. Florida firms can leverage this to expand their growth as and be at the nexus of the an emerging North American global supply chain. Florida’s existing logistics infrastructure makes us uniquely suited to capture a good portion of this shift. The Florida Chamber Foundation explored this opportunity and you can read more. See attached document.
Recognizing this shift and other trends as well as their implications for Florida is the first piece – how we strategically plan for leveraging the dynamic changes in the global market will make the difference between being a passive participant and a global leader. The Florida Chamber is taking the lead in this effort. You will be receiving more information on GLOBAL FLORIDA. Sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact us should you be interested or have any questions.



Fl chamber update.pdf
 
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Oct 29, 2014VA Fundraiser and Tablet Giveaway!
The firm is raffling off a new Kindle Fire HD6 Tablet for Veterans Day. All of the proceeds will be donated to American Legion Post 318.

Ally Stewart, Director of Community Relations
THE ESTATE, TRUST & ELDER LAW FIRM, P.L.
"Serving Treasure Coast Seniors and Those Who Love Them"
240 NW Peacock Blvd., Suite 304
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986


VA-Giveaway-Flyer.pdf
 
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Oct 29, 2014Rivers Coalition Update
Here's Your Chance To Learn About Election Issues

With election day looming on November 4th, the Rivers Coalition is providing a special look at some of the key choices voters will make, including Amendment One.

Dr. Paul Gray and other leaders will review the subjects at the general membership meeting on Thursday October 30th at 11 a.m. at Stuart City Hall. The issues include Amendment One to the Florida Constitution which would dedicate a portion of documentary tax revenue to purchases of property for conservation purposes.

The new acquisitions would be expected to include property for a wide variety of uses to benefit the environment such as wetlands that now collect and disperse large amounts of toxic runoff pollution.

Gray, director of Florida Audubon's Lake Okeechobee offices, is a leading expert on tracking problems caused by nitrogen and phosphorus discharged from agricultural areas.

The Rivers Coalition meeting is open to the public at no charge and there is plenty of public parking available. We'll even have coffee and donuts for you.

Agenda for Thursday, October 30
Meeting - Thursday October 30
11:00am-12:30pm at: Stuart City Hall - Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, Fl 34994

Business Matters
• Chairman’s Comments - Leon Abood
• Special Presentation - Dr. Paul Gray
• River Kidz of Martin County - Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
• Stuart Seafood Festival - Lainey Ruskay

Government & Agency Progress Reports
• Martin County - Deborah Drum/Don Donaldson
• South Florida Water Mgmt District - Kathy LaMartina
• FDEP - Jason Storrs

Coalition Reports
• Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality - Mark Perry
• Indian Riverkeeper Update - Marty Baum
• WRAC “Water Resources Advisory Commission” - Mark Perry
• Federal & State Issues-CERP/IRL & Lake Okeechobee - Kevin Henderson/Paul Gray
• ROGER “River of Grass Estuary/Everglades Restoration” - Ted Guy/John Marshall


2014 Stuart Seafood Festival

We will be participating again in this year's Stuart Seafood Festival as the benefiting charity and with a booth to educate the public. Please join us for amazing food, live music and family fun!

Martin County River Kidz:

River Kidz joined up with Lines in the Lagoon on Saturday, Oct. 18th for a Catch and Release Tri-County kids fishing tournament and face-painted for the event! It was very successful with the expected 100 registered fisherman and all proceeds went to ORCA (Ocean Research Conservation Association) and The Everglades Foundation. Carl Hiassen signed his newest book for all the entered kids; a pre-teen and teen book titled Skink No Surrender! Thank you to Fenia Hiassen for including us and doing such a fantastic job with hosting the event!

The "River Kidz 2nd Edition Workbook" will be coming out this fall and Jan 2015. It is a collaboration of "kids teaching kids" as the Marine Biology Class of Crystal Lucas at Jensen Beach High School reworked the first workbook for elementary students based on their high school learning experience of the SLR/IRL.

This new art work is by artist Julia Kelly were made into bumper stickers and will be available at our event at Bluewater Editions on Saturday, November 15th that will be celebrating the completion of River Kidz second edition workbook. The event will include Julia Kelly's beautiful artwork and Justin Riney and his photography, along with lots of fun, food, drinks, games, music and raffle items. Time to be determined. Please come out and join us!!!

Who is the mascot for the new workbook? MARTY THE MANATEE!

Please check on River Kidz Facebook and Riverscoalition.org for more information.

St. Lucie County River Kidz:

The River Kidz in St. Lucie County got to participate in their Fish Halloween Party and Trunk or Treat. They made jellyfish out of plastic bags and bottles and their jellyfish actually swam in the bottles. We showed the kids just how dangerous plastic pollution can be. We had over 50 kids present who left more knowledgeable of another form of pollution that we need to work hard keeping out of the lagoon, rivers, streams and oceans.

About 25 homeschoolers from Indian River County came to Jaycee Park to learn all about the issues happening. We talked about the lagoon, the problems, the solutions and completed our day with a fun scavenger hunt. Our original plan was to go seining. Considering bacteria levels have had been all over the place, we chose to play it safe and stay on land.

Some of the River Kidz from both Martin and St. Lucie County were present during former Governor Crist visit to Sandsprits Park. They were able to ask him a questions prior to him boarding a boat to tour the St. Lucie River. Upon braving the heat that day, Zach and Hannah collected trash along the shore. No one prompted them, they just pondered on the task themselves.


Speakers Bureau

The Rivers Coalition Speaker’s Bureau had the pleasure of speaking to the Garden Club of Stuart on 10/13/14. Mark Perry provided an informative speech to an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 75 members and guests.

Thank you to everyone’s continued interest in our river!

If your organization is interested in having a speaker come to your meeting or event, you can request via email info@riverscoalition.org or by phone 772-225-6849



Rivers Coalition is an Eco-Voice Sponsor!
How to Become a Member?

Membership is free! If you are interested in helping save the environment of SW Florida, you may join Eco-Voice by going to www.eco-voice.org and selecting subscribe.




 
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Oct 29, 2014Special Techniques – A Photography Class, Photoshoot, & Critique
Nov. 8, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Take the next step in your journey learning how to create interesting, everlasting, and creative images with this next in a series class that focuses on special advanced techniques. The class is led by photographers Bruce Bain and Durga Garcia. Bruce Bain, the curator for the Jonathan Dickinson State Park Art Gallery, teaches and presents at various locations in the Palm Beaches. Bruce’s photos have won awards domestically and internationally for Best of Show, Best of Category and Honorable Mention in domestic and international galleries. Durga Garcia, a well-known portrait photographer, has also earned numerous domestic and international awards and presents at various European seminars.

“Techniques” covers topics for depth of field, correct exposures, focus stacking, HDR, panoramas, sharpening, and special creative processes. These subjects are then incorporated into a photo walk exercise supplemented by professional and peer commentary.

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

The four-hour program is $35* per person and includes park entry, class instruction, an outdoor photo shoot, and light refreshments. All levels welcome ~ group rates and schedules are available. Advanced payment and registration are required - please visit jdsptechniques.eventbrite.com (transaction fees apply). Contact the Kimbell Center for additional information, 561-745-5551, friendsjdsp@gmail.com.

The program will take place at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Kimbell Education Center, 16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455.


 
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Oct 29, 2014Live, local general election coverage on MCTV
On Tuesday, November 4, Martin County Television (MCTV) will be broadcasting General Election night coverage live beginning at 7:00 p.m. with hosts Gabriella Ferraro and Peter Schaller. MCTV will be bringing returns to the viewing audience as soon as they are available. Coverage includes races for U.S. Representative District 18, Governor, State Senate District 32, County Commission, School Board and various state and local referendums.

AT&T U-verse subscribers may watch MCTV on channel 99. Comcast subscribers may watch MCTV on channel 20. MCTV also streams live through the Martin County website at www.martin.fl.us


 
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Oct 29, 2014FAMILY FUN DAY: Saturday, November 8th, 11 a.m.
Come and find out: WHAT MAKE 'YOU' SO YOU?
at the Elliott Museum, 825 NE Ocean Boulevard

Ever wanted to don a white coat and pretend to be a scientist? What if your whole family could pretend together?

Bring your parents, your grandparents on Saturday, November 8th at 11 a.m. at the Elliott Museum. Come and learn all about DNA, how it makes us unique and different at the same time. And learn about YOUR DNA as you swab your own cheek and isolate your families DNA.

Scientists from Scripps Florida help and share what they do to in this fun and exciting field of science. Drs. Deborah Leach-Scampavia and Rosie Albarran-Zeckler of Scripps Research Institute, will guide participants through the steps to isolate their own DNA. Along the way, you will learn about the composition of DNA, its function in the human body, and how biomedical researchers study DNA to learn more about human disease and new ways to develop treatments.

Seating is limited. RSVP today! rsvp@elliottmuseumfl.org



 
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Oct 29, 2014Small study suggests supplement may support memory in aging
Cocoa Drink May Improve Age-Related Memory Loss
Findings don't apply to regular chocolate or hot cocoa, however

By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter

HealthDay News) -- A lab-created cocoa drink appears to improve normal age-related memory loss, a small study suggests.

After three months of consuming the special cocoa concoction, someone with the typical memory of a 60-year-old improved their memory to that of a 30- or 40-year-old, the researchers reported.

But, these findings don't mean the average person can boost their powers of recall with commercially available chocolate or cocoa products, the researchers cautioned.

And a senior official with the Alzheimer's Association questioned the ultimate significance of the research.

"This is really not about chocolate," said study co-author Dr. Scott Small, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center with the Taub Institute at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "And it would be detrimental to one's health to try and run out and get flavanols from chocolate, which exist in chocolate, but in miniscule amounts."

The study authors pointed out that flavanols are found (to varying degrees) in many types of foods, including tea leaves, fruits and vegetables, as well as raw cocoa.

However, the manner in which most consumer chocolate products are produced renders them flavanol-free. The study therefore relied on a process -- developed by the food company Mars Inc. -- that could specifically preserve and isolate the flavanol in powder form, before being mixed into either water or milk for consumption.

The new study included 37 healthy volunteers between the ages of 50 and 69 and placed them on diet enriched with raw cocoa flavanols.

Participants were randomly assigned to receive either a high-flavanol diet (900 milligrams) or low-flavanol (10 milligrams) diet for a period of three months.

Both before and after the study period, each volunteer underwent brain scans, to monitor changes to a specific area of the brain called the dentate gyrus region, an area suspected to be important in age-related memory loss.

Also, all of the volunteers completed a modified version of a well-established 20-minute memory test based on pattern recognition skills. This type of memory is known to be modulated by the dentate gyrus region.

The result: those in the high-flavanol diet group ended up scoring significantly higher in post-diet testing than those in the low-flavanol diet.

The high-flavanol group also demonstrated improved memory at the end of the three-month experiment, relative to their own abilities before starting the diet.

"What is interesting here," he continued, "is that this is the first study to show a causal connection between a specific area of the brain and age-related memory loss."

The investigators said more research is needed to further confirm and expand on the findings among a larger pool of participants.

"The byproduct of our main finding that links this part of the brain to memory decline is that our dietary intervention did appear to ameliorate the situation," said Small. "Yes, we need to replicate the finding in a larger population, in order to see how fast the effect takes hold and how long it lasts. But this study took us six years to complete because it was carefully done. So, I really have very little doubt about the replicability."

Still, Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach with the Alzheimer's Association, raised questions regarding how broadly the findings should be interpreted.

"This work was conducted at the very highest level of medical evidence that there is," he acknowledged. "But it's not clear whether the dietary intervention they identify would have any effect whatsoever on any other measure of [memory], other than on what they specifically measured. And those measures, I would say, were rather narrowly drawn."

At the same time, Fargo said that the general notion that diet might affect brain health is "very plausible."

"Many groups have pursued a link between dementia and heart health," he noted. "And we all know how much diet and exercise can affect your heart health. So it's very possible that diet can also affect brain health as well. It's certainly something that we need to research more."

Small and his colleagues discuss their work, which was funded in part by Mars Inc., in the Oct. 26 issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience.

More information

For more information on memory loss, visit the U.S. National Institute on Aging.

SOURCES: Scott A. Small, M.D., professor of neurology, departments of radiology and psychiatry, and director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Taub Institute, Columbia University Medical Center, New York City; Keith N. Fargo, Ph.D., director, scientific programs and outreach, Alzheimer's Association; Oct. 26, 2014 Nature Neuroscience

TREASURE COAST

The Caregiver Education meeting: Conversations About Dementia
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Treasure Coast Hospice
1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997
Guest speakers will present on working with people with dementia and their
caregivers and a research project that strives to identify the genetic causes of
Alzheimer’s Disease. Our meeting is not only an educational opportunity,
but also a chance to meet and talk with other caregivers from our community.
Bring a friend! No RSVP needed. Respite available. For more information,
call Donna True at 1-800-272-3900.

The Caregiver Education meeting: Caregiver Education (various topics)
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Treasure Coast Hospice
1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart 34997
Quarterly education meeting with a variety of guest speakers geared towards
those taking care of a loved one with a memory loss disorder, or seeking
information about memory loss disorders. No RSVP needed.



 
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Oct 29, 2014The Pointer Sisters and Cole Swindell to headline Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival
2014 marks the twenty-seventh year for what has become one of the most highly regarded music events on the Treasure Coast. The Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival will take place November 7-9, in the streets of downtown Jensen Beach.

With past festival performances by world-class concerts like Marie Osmond, Justin Moore, Chubby Checker, .38 Special, Kellie Pickler, Lee Greenwood and Three Dog Night, festival goers are always treated to a family-friendly event with a unique variety of music for all ages.

This year is no exception. Performing at this year's Pineapple Festival on the Infiniti Stuart Stage will be The Pointer Sisters, Cole Swindell, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Before You Exit and Natural Vibrations. The 3-day event is also packed full with performances by some of the regions hottest bands.

Residents from Eleuthera, Bahamas will present an authentic Bahamian Market. The market showcases island crafts and live music by one of the most popular bands in the Bahamas, The Brilanders and also a crowd favorite, Dr. Sea Breeze. Festival goers look forward to the ever-popular, colorful Junkanoo parade. Home Depot will once again present a "Kids Workshop" adjacent to the Bahamian Market on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The festival lights-up with spinning, twisting and turning midway rides operated by locally owned spectacular "Big Fun Amusements" midway. Several popular rides will return. The Ferris Wheel always gives riders a fabulous view of the Indian River Lagoon and downtown Jensen Beach. On Saturday and Sunday from 12pm - 6pm, midway lovers can ride all rides non-stop for only $20.

Free shuttle bus service will be available from the Treasure Coast Square Mall in Jensen Beach during all hours of the festival. Shuttle buses will run every 20 minutes. There are also several parking lots within walking distance of the Festival located along Jensen Beach Boulevard, Candice Avenue, Indian River Drive, Pineapple Avenue and the Jensen Beach Causeway.

“The 27th Pineapple Festival will be among the most memorable,” said Ron Rose, Executive Director of the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce. Rose, who founded the festival in 1988 went on to say, "Those who attend the Pineapple Festival for the first time are always impressed with our main concert stage and the charming atmosphere downtown Jensen Beach provides. Many return and patronize our businesses throughout the year.”

Discounted advance general admission tickets will be available for purchase at all Seacoast National Bank locations from Monday, October 20 through Thursday, November 6. Gates open and the music begins at 6:00pm on Friday, November 7 and the festival concludes at 9:30pm on Sunday, November 9. The festival location is downtown Jensen Beach, 1900 NE Ricou Terrace. General Admission tickets are $20, children 12-years and under are admitted free with a paying adult, and students 13-18 (with an I.D.) can purchase $15 advance tickets or pay $15 at the gate. Also available are $65 VIP Premium tickets that entitles you to not only festival admission, but also the STS Aviation Group hospitality area, premium concert seating, complimentary drink ticket, light appetizers, parking lot pass and restrooms. A $35 Preferred Seating ticket guarantees you an assigned seat for the specified concert of your choice and also includes festival admission. VIP Premium and Preferred Seating tickets are available for purchase online at www.pineapplefestival.info.

Find out more about the Pineapple Festival concert line-up, tickets and events schedule by visiting the official festival website at www.pineapplefestival.info.

To learn more about becoming a festival volunteer, exhibitor, vendor or sponsor call 772-334-3444 or sign up online www.pineapplefestival.info. Contact Elaine Hirsch with Fun Tours Travel 772-287-8200 to become a festival volunteer.

The Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival is owned and operated by the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization dedicated to “keeping the Jensen Beach and Hutchinson Island business communities vibrant and successful." All festival proceeds benefit Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce business, education and membership programs and local tourism development and promotion. In the past 27-years local economic impact due to the Pineapple Festival has surpassed two-million dollars.

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ABOUT THE JENSEN BEACH PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL
The signature event of Jensen Beach, the Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival is the largest regional festival on the Treasure Coast and one of the few remaining true street festivals in South Florida.
Growing in popularity every year and celebrating twenty-six years in 2013, the weekend long festival salutes the community’s rich pineapple heritage and celebrates the people, visitors and friends of Jensen Beach. The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce produces the Pineapple Festival, which features events for the entire family, world-class concerts, arts, crafts, midway rides, local bands, student musicians and street performers. The inaugural Pineapple Festival was held in the fall of 1988 in conjunction with the Jensen Beach Centennial Celebration. The first event drew approximately 15,000 people to the historic downtown Jensen Beach during its’ 3-day run.

In 1990 Jensen Beach and Gregory Town, Eleuthera, Bahamas established a sister city relationship. In 2010, Jensen Beach celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the friendship. Gregory Town residents host their own Pineapple Festival each June. During the Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival a delegation from Eleuthera creates an authentic Bahamian Market featuring island music, crafts, food and the heart pounding rush of the Junkanoo parade.

During the past 25-years, the Pineapple Festival has featured headline concerts by: Marie Osmond, T.G. Shepard, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, Peter Noone, B.J. Thomas, Lee Greenwood, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (Mark Wahlberg), Molly Hatchet, The Commodores, Chubby Checker, Three Dog Night, Nestor Torres, Bad Company, Kansas, Gary Puckett, Juice Newton, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Laura Branigan, Jefferson Starship, Georgia Satellites, Ronnie McDowell, The Spinners, H-Town, Mark Collie, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Charlie Daniels Band, Kellie Pickler, Drew Seeley, Bucky Covington, Morris Day & The Time, Ethan Bortnick, Chuck Wicks, Pat Green, Justin Moore, The Dirty Heads, Honor Society, .38 Special, Ballyhoo!, The Outlaws, Uncle Kracker, Chris Cagle, Eddie Money, Vanilla Ice, Little River Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Joel Crouse, Kidz Bop Kids, Jerrod Niemann and The Expendables

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Oct 29, 2014Annual Minorities & Women In Business Summit at IRSC “Providing Tools to Grow Your Business
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) will be holding its
Fifth Annual Minorities and Women in Business Summit on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Y Building, Room Y-102 located on the IRSC Main Campus,
3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981 (head south on 35th Street). The event will be from 8:30AM AM to 4:00PM.

The theme of the Summit is “Providing Tools to Grow Your Business”. Local businesses will have the opportunity to meet industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs who will share unique insights to help their business grow and succeed. It will also be an excellent forum to network with local businesses and professionals.

Speakers will present valuable information on topics that are critical for small business success. Attendees will learn how to develop their marketing strategy and create an effective marketing budget. They will gain insights on how to run a successful family-owned business with highlights of the keys to success. A presentation will be made on government contracting, certification, and the value of mentorship. For non-profits who are seeking to streamline their operations, they can learn how to run a non-profit like a business and review details that are necessary for growth. The event will include a “secrets to success” panel comprising industry insiders from various backgrounds.

Attendees can register for the Summit at www.IRSCBiz.com by clicking on the Events Calendar under the month of November. The investment to attend the Summit is $49.00 and includes breakfast, lunch, and full admission to the event. Exhibitor sponsorships are available for $100.00 and include an exhibit table and all the benefits listed above for one attendee. For more information, please call 772-462-7630 or visit www.IRSCBiz.com.

This event is proudly supported by FCB Florida Community Bank and Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.

About the SBDC: The SBDC is the official state designated provider of small business assistance in the State of Florida via consulting and informational workshops. SBDC clients receive one-on-one strategic consulting at no cost. The services extend to the four counties of St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee. The SBDC offers assistance in areas of general business, growth acceleration, government contracting, and international trade. For more information and to register to be a client, visit http://fsbdc.irscbiz.com.


 
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