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Aug 28, 2015SFWMD to Update Media on Tropical Storm Erika Preparations

Water managers will provide information on actions being taken ahead of the storm

(See www.sfwmd.gov for updated information.)
WHAT: Following Thursday’s briefing on the operation of South Florida’s flood control system, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will hold a second media briefing to provide updates on planning actions related to the latest Tropical Storm Erika track.
SFWMD water managers and the warning coordination meteorologist from the National Weather Service Miami/South Florida Forecast Office will be on hand to answer questions. Representatives from the Lake Worth Drainage District, one of the many local flood control districts, will also be available to provide updates.
The District will provide media updates via email, www.sfwmd.gov and Twitter as necessary following Friday’s briefing, including the weekend.
WHEN: Friday, August 28, 2015
TIME: 11 a.m.
CALL IN: (855) 682-6800/Meeting ID: 990 685 125
WEBCAST: www.sfwmd.gov
WHERE: SFWMD Headquarters
B1 Auditorium
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
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About the South Florida Water Management District
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional, governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state – 16 counties from Orlando to the Keys. It is the oldest and largest of the state’s five water management districts. The agency mission is to manage and protect water resources of the region by balancing and improving water quality, flood control, natural systems and water supply. A key initiative is cleanup and restoration of the Everglades.

 
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Aug 28, 2015Florida Realtors® 99th Annual Convention & Trade Expo
Florida Realtors® 99th Annual Convention & Trade Expo
Local Realtors® Attend Florida’s Largest Real Estate Event of the Year


John B. Gonzalez, Broker/Owner of Sailfish Realty of Florida and Kathleen Murphy, Realtor® at Sailfish Realty of Florida located in Stuart, attended Florida Realtors® 98th annual Conference & Trade Expo held Aug. 19-23, 2015, at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla.
Each year, the Conference & Trade Expo brings Realtors® from around the state together to discuss key issues that shape their profession and the state association. Members attend more than 35 education sessions on topics such as new trends in real estate, effective property management and converting leads into business.
One of this year’s highlights was a general session featuring Lou Holtz, an inspirational coach who revitalized the Notre Dame football team to win nine bowl games and a national championship. Conference-goers also enjoyed a “Party on the Moon” dance concert, and were inspired by Walt Disney’s “5 Secrets for Success,” shared by Orlando Magic Senior Vice President Pat Williams in the opening session. Meanwhile, world-class guitarist and personal development expert Mike Rayburn challenged Realtors to access their potential during the Keynote Awards Luncheon. Real estate professionals also visited this year’s Trade Expo, featuring more than 17- exhibitors with the latest products, technology and other business tools.
Sponsors for the 2015 conference were: My Florida Regional MLS; Robert Palmer Companies; All My Sons Moving & Storage; PS Financial Services; iMortgage; NU World Title; Veterans United Home Loans; Sun Trust Mortgage; Farelo Group; Lowen Sign Company; Bert Rodgers Schools of Real Estate, Inc.; Citibank; CRS Data; Herbert H. Landy Insurance; IFREC Real Estate Schools; Osceola County Association of Realtors; PropertyKey.com, Inc.; VHT Studios, Inc.; Fidelity National Home Warranty & Home Inspection (BPG); First American Home Warranty Co.; Florida CCIM Chapter; Florida Health Choices, Inc.; Florida Homes and Lifestyles LLC; Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance; Ontivero Law & Title, PA; Pillar to Post Home Inspectors; Referral Exchange; Resort Vacation Certificates by Endless Vacation Rentals; and Short Sales For America.

Florida Realtors®, formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors®, serves as the voice for real estate in Florida and provides programs, services, ongoing education, research and legislative representation to its 140,000 members in 58 local boards/associations throughout Florida.


 
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Aug 28, 2015CIOERT Explores Pulley Ridge on NOAA-Funded Research Cruise



This week, the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT) at FAU Harbor Branch is once again involved in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funded project aimed at investigating the role that healthy mesophotic reefs off the southwest coast of Florida play in replenishing ecosystems further downstream.
For the past 4 years, research has been conducted on the project: "Connectivity of the Pulley Ridge-South Florida Coral Reed Ecosystem: Processes to Decision-Support Tools," which is led by the University of Miami and represents a collaboration of over 35 scientists at 11 different universities pooling their expertise with state and federal agency scientists through NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at the University of Miami. The project is focused on investigating how the relatively healthy mesophotic reefs of Pulley Ridge affect the health of corals, sponges, and fish, such as grouper and snapper in the downstream reefs of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas.

State-Funded Water Quality Monitoring Units in SLE Officially Online!
FAU Harbor Branch's network of remote-controlled sensors in the St. Lucie Estuary is now disseminating real-time information, available online to anyone, anytime at fau.loboviz.com. On an hourly basis, these sensors are measuring temperature, salinity, depth (to measure tidal fluctuations), turbidity (particles in the water), water color, dissolved oxygen, pH (a measure of acidity), nitrate, phosphate, and chlorophyll fluorescence, that is a measure of algal chlorophyll in the water.
Last month, scientists and engineers installed five Land Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory units in and around the St. Lucie Estuary, as part of a $2 million project funded by the state legislature via Florida's Department of Environmental Protection.
Lapointe Featured on NPR for Sargassum Research


FAU Harbor Branch Research Professor Dr. Brian Lapointe was the featured expert in a story on National Public Radio recently concerning Sargassum, or seaweed, in the Caribbean. Click here to listen/read!

O'Corry-Crowe and Team Publish Two Papers on Beluga Whale Research


FAU Harbor Branch Associate Research Professor Dr. Greg O'Corry-Crowe and his Population Biology and Behavioral Ecology team recently published two papers in Marine Fisheries Review. The work was focused on a small, resident reproductive group of beluga whales in Alaska, which was conducted over several years in collaboration with the local community of Yakutat. The study focused on the genetic ecology, population origins and traditional knowledge of the unusual, isolated group of whales, which was also the first study of its kind in that area.
Harbor Branch Communication Team Wins State Award


Carin Smith, FPRA President Rachel Smith and Cara Perry
The FAU Harbor Branch Communication Team was honored this month with a Judge's Award for their internal weekly eNewsletter, the eNews. Assistant Vice President of Communication for the Northern FAU Campuses, Cara Perry, and Harbor Branch's Associate Director of Communication, Carin Smith, received the award at the Florida Public Relations Association Golden Image Awards ceremony in Orlando, an event which honored outstanding public relations work conducted over the past year throughout the state.
Harbor Branch Team Tests New Bluefin Technology


The Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology at FAU Harbor Branch (Project PIs: Fraser Dalgleish, Anni Dalgleish, Bing Ouyang, Mingshun Jiang, with collaborators Aleck Wang, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Bluefin Robotics) is working to adapt a new technology for benthic mapping capability: the Bluefin U-4000, an innovative ROV/AUV hybrid that can operate both in a conventional fully autonomous mode and a supervised autonomy mode using a fiber optic tether. The team, along with Chief Scientist for the cruise, John Reed, recently conducted dives with the new technology and other traditional instruments off of Florida's east coast from nearshore to mid-shelf to Oculina reefs.
The long-term goals of this work are to establish a southeast US autonomous vehicle test bed, to develop an underwater autonomous platform and a sensing package that can effectively survey and monitor critical deep coral habits and to understand the health and ecosystem dynamics of deep corals in a warming and more acidic ocean.
The project is sponsored by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.
Harbor Branch to Launch Public Tour Program
FAU Harbor Branch will soon launch a new Immersion Tour program, inviting the public to experience Ocean Science for a Better World® beginning on September 2. Public tours will be held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, and topic areas include aquaculture, ocean engineering, biomedical research, marine mammal rescue, the Indian River Lagoon and marine resources. Visitors will be given "behind-the-scenes" tours of the lab areas related to the selected topic, with presentations by the researchers working in them. Space will be limited to 12 guests per tour to ensure an intimate experience. Cost for the research-related tours is $15/adult and $10/child, and cost for the HBOI overview tour is $10/adult and $5/child.
Click here or a full schedule of dates and topics, or to make reservations, contact the HBOI Ocean Discovery Center at 772-242-2293. Payment will be required in advance of tour date.
Volunteer tour assistants are being sought to help with the program.


 
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Aug 28, 2015Hooray! Stuart Air Show is Just 2 Months Away!
Just 2 Months Away!

Act Now

Fall is coming... and so is the 2015 Stuart Air Show! Make sure you act now so that you don't miss out on great ways to be a part of the show.

Become a Sponsor
With a captive audience of over 50,000 spectators, the Stuart Air Show is the greatest marketing opportunity on the Treasure Coast of Florida. Sponsors enjoy a VIP experience from start to finish.

Printed materials, including the Official Poster and the Official Event Guide for the 2015 Stuart Air Show, will go to print in mid-September.

Want your company name/logo featured? Call 772-781-4882 to become a sponsor today!
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Tickets & Upgrades

Pre-sale Ticket Price: $15
* available online until Wednesday, October 28!

Gate Price: $25

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

Upgrade Options
Spectator Seating
Upgrade your experience with Spectator Seating (individual seat on the flight line).

Heineken Beer Garden Watch the excitement from the Heineken Beer Garden, which includes flight line seating in a shaded area and two (2) complimentary beers. Valid for Saturday or Sunday.

Bombers Squadron Enhance your experience at the Bombers Squadron, which includes great views of the action from flight line seating, lunch catered by Southern Pig & Cattle Co., adult beverages, and soda. Valid for Saturday or Sunday.

Additional details about our fantastic upgrade options can be found online.

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Vendors & Exhibitors

What better way to highlight your business than at the Stuart Air Show!

Applications to become a Vendor & Exhibitor are now being accepted.
Discounted rates are offered for non-profit organizations!

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Volunteers

Over 700 people volunteer at the Stuart Air Show! Become a part of the air show family and sign up online today!

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Performers
This year's air show, scheduled for October 30 - November 1, will feature the US Navy F-18, the US Air Force F-16, and the
US Army Golden Knights as well as many other exciting acts.
A list of ALL of our exciting performers can be found online!



* The US Navy F-18 and US Air Force F-16 will perform Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1. The US Army Golden Knights will perform at the Friday Night Air Show on October 30 as well as on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1.
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Stay Tuned...

Once again the Stuart Air Show will be partnering with Southeast Florida Honor Flight to host the Honor Run on the Runway, a 5K held on the runways of Martin County Airport-Witham Field followed by a USO-themed after party. Stay tuned for more info regarding dates, race registration, and party tickets!
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The Stuart Air Show proudly supports the community. Proceeds benefit non-profit organizations including The Road to Victory Military Museum, Martin County Community Foundation, Special Olympics, ARC of Martin County, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America, and many other deserving community charities. Stuart Air Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.



 
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Aug 27, 2015St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant quarterly siren test on September 3
Martin County Fire Rescue Emergency Management Agency, St. Lucie County Department of Public Safety and Communications, and Florida Power & Light Company will conduct quarterly testing of the outdoor warning sirens for the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3.

The test will involve a one-minute sounding of all 90 sirens within the 10-mile St. Lucie Plant emergency planning zone. Before and after the sirens sound, a message will be broadcast on the sirens' public-address system stating, "This is only a test."

FPL and St. Lucie and Martin counties regularly test the siren system to improve public awareness of its function and ensure its operability.

In the unlikely event of an actual emergency at St. Lucie Plant, the sirens would sound for at least a five-minute period. Official instructions or information would follow on local radio and television.



 
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Aug 27, 2015FORCE NEWSLETTER - August 2015

AUGUST RIVERS COALITION MEETING

Joining us as the special guests at our August meeting will be Tom Kenny from the Caulkins Water Farming Project and Jeff Sumner, PE, Director of Agricultural Policy at South Florida Water Management District.

We hope to see you Thursday August 27th at 11 am, Stuart City Hall.

Tom Kenny will be talking about the Water Farming Pilot Project known as "Caulkins", located in Indiantown. The Caulkins Water Farm proposes to expand it's existing 413 acre pilot project – Tom will explain how water farming is an alternative water storage option that adds to, and supplements, other existing and proposed water retention, storage and diversion projects designed to reduce destructive discharges from Lake Okeechobee and local drainage.

Jeff Sumner will be providing data and analysis from the SFWMD of the Water Farming Project.

The Rivers Coalition meeting, as always, is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available. We'll even have coffee and donuts for you.


Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved!

Missed a past meeting? Go to our Youtube channel!

Agenda for Thursday August 27th, 2015
Meeting - Thursday, August 27th, 2015
11:00am – 12:30pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994

Business Matters
• Chairman’s Comments - Leon Abood
• Special Presentation - Tom Kenny, Caulkins Water Farm & Jeff Sumner, PE, SFWMD
• River Kidz of Martin County - Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
• River Kidz of St. Lucie County - Katy Lewey
• Speakers Bureau - Todd Weissing
Government & Agency Progress Reports
• Martin County - Deborah Drum/Don Donaldson
• South Florida Water Mgmt District - Kathy LaMartina
• FDEP -
Coalition Reports
• Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality - Mark Perry
• WRAC “Water Resources Advisory Commission” - Mark Perry
• Indian Riverkeeper Update - Marty Baum
• Federal & State Issues-CERP/IRL & Lake Okeechobee - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray


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

September 23 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm

October 29 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

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


Martin County River Kidz
RIVER KIDZ HONORED AT
ECONOMIC COUNCIL BREAKFAST

The River Kidz founders, Evie Flaugh and Naia Mader were very honored when asked to speak at the Economic Council of Martin County on August 13th. The event promoted leadership in youths at the annual Kids of the Council breakfast at Willoughby Country Club. The breakfast included many other children of the members of the Economic Council, ages 2-16, along with 5 of our River Kidz who have had a long history with us. All the kids were introduced by name, with age, school attended and hobbies added.

The Kids of the Council breakfast was very special because, as Charles Gerardi put it, this breakfast is solely about the kids and making them feel important.

Sheriff William Snyder, also a guest speaker, spoke about inspiring leadership in all of us by encouraging us to do our part, however big or small, in our community.

River Kidz Dates to Note for September

Saturday, September 19th: Ohana Surf shop and River Kidz pair up for the international coastal clean-up at Stuart beach - a morning of fun! Clean up and surf!

Saturday, September 26th: the Indian River Lagoon Science Fest in Ft Pierce - the River Kidz will have a booth there with their spin the Indian River Lagoon wheel environmental education game.

Additional details will follow by email and River Kidz Face Book page.


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


Speakers Bureau
If you are interested in having a representative of the Rivers Coalition speak to your group, please contact Todd Weissing at 772-223-6743 or by email at info@riverscoalition.org
Get informed, be active and be part of the solution to help our river!


Pass this Newsletter on!

Thank you for all your support.

Editors: Olivia Sala
Katherine Luger

PO Box 2627
Stuart, Fl 34995

772-225-6849
www.RiversCoalition.org





 
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Aug 27, 2015Thrivent Financial’s Whitlach receives long-term care designation

C. Amy Whitlach is now Certified in Long-Term Care® (CLTC®)

Stuart, FL (08/27/15) – Amy Whitlach, Financial Advisor with Thrivent Financial has been awarded a professional designation in the field of long-term care, Certified in Long-Term Care® (CLTC®). The program is independent of the insurance industry and focuses on providing financial service professionals the tools needed to meet their client’s long-term care needs.
The Certified in Long-Term Care® program is the long-term care insurance industry's only independent professional designation. Created in 1999, the course is focused on the field of long-term care planning and provides legal, accounting, insurance and financial service professionals the critical tools necessary to address the subject matter with their middle-age clients.
The goal of the designation is to teach financial professionals how to create a plan that preserves the emotional, physical, and financial well-being of a client's family, should care be necessary. Once established, options to fund that plan, including, Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, self-funding and long-term care insurance, are reviewed and recommended where appropriate.

“I strive to provide clients with a financial strategy that meets their needs,” said FR Name. “My ability to do that well depends on my understanding of their unique situation,” FR Name explained.

Participants are provided the information and training needed to offer guidance to families on a range of issues including home care, assisted living, nursing homes, social services, and most importantly, establishing a plan for what will pay for these resources. Ensuring that retirement assets are protected is a primary focus of long-term care conversations, and a long-term care plan of action should be a part of every retirement strategy.

“It is my responsibility to help people explain the emotional, physical and financial consequences associated with providing or paying for care over an extended period of time. It is essential they have this information so they can take action to protect those they love while they have options. I am committed to helping my clients create an appropriate plan to meet their specific needs,” said FR Name.

Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Amy Whitlach. She has offices at 367 NE Baker Road in Stuart and can also be reached at 772-408-0771.

For more information about CLTC® please visit www.ltc-cltc.com.

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

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


 
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Aug 26, 2015September 2015 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for September 2015. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at the meetings or hearings of any board, committee, agency, council, or advisory group, that person will need a record of the proceedings and, for such purpose, may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record should include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
September 1 and 22, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FISCAL YEAR 2015/2016 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARINGS
Wednesday, September 9 at 5:05 pm
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE - joint meeting
September 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
September 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
September 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
September 2, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
September 16, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
September 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
September 16, 2015 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE AWARENESS COMMITTEE
September 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Location: Community Services Conference Room, 435 SE Flagler Avenue, Stuart

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL
September 3, 2015 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
September 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Cassidy Center, 2895 Fairmont Street, Stuart

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
September 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
September 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
September 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
September 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
September 3 and 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings 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
September 21, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
September 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
September 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
September 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
September 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

UF/IFAS MARTIN COUNTY EXTENSION OVERALL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
September 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: UF/IFAS Martin County Extension Office, 2614, SE Dixie Highway, Stuart

This notice dated: August 26, 2015.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Aug 26, 2015Request for Letter of Commitment in Support of the Housing Authority
Request for Letter of Commitment in Support of the Housing Authority of the City of Stuart’s Application for the ROSS Service Coordinator Grant

The Housing Authority of the City of Stuart is applying to HUD for funding to hire a full-time Service Coordinator to assist public housing residents who are living within the city to access community services and gain financial independence. The grant program is the Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) - Service Coordinators Program, and it pays for a full-time Service Coordinator for three years. The Service Coordinator’s primary function is to connect public housing residents with agencies and services within the community that can address their needs.

To be successful in this application, the Housing Authority must demonstrate strong community support and ongoing partnerships in the form of actual services from its community partners.

We would appreciate a “Letter of Commitment”, describing the services and programs that your agency already provides to Housing Authority residents, and any additional services and programs that you anticipate being able to provide in the future. In addition, please be specific about the needs that your programs and services address. For the purposes of the ROSS Service Coordinator Grant, the value of such programs and services (cash and/or in-kind value) over the next three years, needs to be specified within the Letter of Commitment.

We have attached an example Letter of Commitment with a listing of needed programs and services. The example letter is provided in Microsoft Word, to make it easy to copy and paste the text and fill in the needed information. Please make sure that the letter is printed on your agency letterhead and signed by the head of the agency.

If you have any questions, or need any additional information, please feel free to contact me at the numbers above, or our grant writer, Ian Tink at 508-245-1881, or by e-mail at: InTandemWU@aol.com. We would appreciate receiving this letter by Monday, August 31st,at the latest if possible.

We greatly appreciate your support of this grant application.

Best Regards,

Ms. Maria A. Burger, President/CEO

(The Letter of Commitment must be on your Agency Letterhead)

(Please mail the Letter of Commitment to Ms. Maria A. Burger, President/CEO, at the address below, and please scan or fax the Letter of Commitment to Ian E. Tink, Grant Writer, (e-mail: InTandemWU@aol.com, or Fax # 508-986-7040)—Thank you very much for your support.)

(Current Date)

Ms. Maria A. Burger, President/CEO
Housing Authority of the City of Stuart
611 Church Street
Stuart, FL 34994

RE: Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) - Service Coordinators Grant—Letter of Commitment

Dear Ms. Burger,

The (AGENCY) is providing this letter of commitment in support of the Housing Authority’s Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) - Service Coordinators Grant application to HUD.
It is our understanding that the Housing Authority will use these HUD grant funds to expand education, health, job development, self sufficiency opportunities and supportive services programs within its Federal public housing developments by hiring a full-time ROSS Service Coordinator who will connect public housing residents with needed community services over the next three years.
(AGENCY) commits to support the Housing Authority’s residents by providing services and accepting referrals of public housing residents for the following programs and services. (Examples are provided below.)
(Please specify and describe the list of programs and services to be provided and the specific needs that they address.)
(AGENCY) commits the following resources in support of this endeavor:
Please state the total in-kind value and/or cash value that will be committed by your agency in support of this grant application on a one year basis. And then please multiply the amount of the commitment by three (3) to indicate the total value over the three (3)-year period of this grant.
These resources are “Firmly Committed” contingent on the awarding of the Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) - Service Coordinators Grant to the Housing Authority by HUD. As (OFFICER/POSITION), I am legally able to make commitments on behalf of (AGENCY).
Sincerely,
(NAME)
(TITLE)

Examples of Services to be Provided

Life-Skills Training.

Public Safety Training and Services.

Job Training, Job Search, and Placement Assistance.

Employer Linkage and Job Placement.

Provision of Professional Clothing or Uniforms related to new employment.

Career Advancement and Planning Programs.

Support for Career Advancement and Long-term Economic Self-Sufficiency.

After School or Summer Programs.

Child Care.

Early Childhood Education.

Parenting Courses.

Nutrition Courses.

Health Care Coordination, and referrals to health care services such as medical, mental health, or substance abuse services.

Health Care Services, such as medical, mental health, or substance abuse services.

Coordinating Services necessary for elderly or disabled residents to age-in-place.

Assistance with activities of daily living for elderly/disabled residents.

Meal services to meet nutritional need for elderly/disabled residents.

Personal emergency response resources.

Disability Services Counseling.

Wellness Programs for Families and Seniors.

Resident Organization Empowerment and Capacity-building resources and training.

Community Safety.

Transportation.

Civic Engagement resources and training.



_____________________________________________________________________
Ian Tink, MBA, MEd, MPA
President

Tandem Care, Inc.

Best Contact: InTandemWU@aol.com
508-245-1881 Fax: 508-986-7040

P. O. Box 1330
Westborough, MA 01581


 
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Aug 26, 2015Golden Gate building getting new lease on life


The historic Golden Gate building recently has made major strides toward becoming a community hub for education, career training and resources for the neighborhood.

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners last week granted House of Hope a 15-year lease for the historic building, which is at the corner of Dixie Highway and Delmar Street in Stuart.

The agency, whose main office is just two blocks away on the corner of Dixie and Bonita Street, leads a group of collaborative partners that will help residents of Golden Gate access services and enrichment opportunities.

"We will move quickly to develop plans, apply for permits and get construction moving,” said House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri. “We are hopeful construction will start before the end of the year.”

At the same time, Ranieri said, “House of Hope will be working on plans for programs, additional partners, more funding, and other opportunities to improve and enrich the lives of our clients and the community as a whole.”

House of Hope will have a leadership role in the partnership and in the building’s maintenance and staffing -- which will include many volunteers.

Other partners in the Golden Gate project include United Way of Martin County, Habitat for Humanity, Indian River State College, Martin County Library System and Project LIFT.

Some of the potential programs and classes that may occur at the Golden Gate building include:
• Classes on budgeting, home repair, health, nutrition, etc., by Habitat for Humanity.
• English as a second language classes by the Martin County Library System.
• Library services and resource drop for library materials.
• The technology offerings of the library system’s Idea Lab.
• Vocational training through IRSC.
• Arts and cultural programs.
• Parenting classes.
• Health and wellness trainings.
• Connection to vocational training by Project LIFT.
• Volunteer work toward career training.
• Classes and programs from other nonprofit partners.
Surveys will be conducted within the Golden Gate community to determine high-level needs.

The Golden Gate building was constructed in 1925 as the office for the area’s development company. Over the years, it has served as a post office, a church and an art studio. The building has not been occupied since about 1959. The county purchased the building in 2002 to prevent the historic building's destruction. The Friends of the Historic Golden Gate Community were a driving force behind getting work done on the exterior, including shoring up the walls, which were in danger of collapse.

Renovations are needed to the interior to make it usable, including electrical and plumbing work.

Renovations are estimated to cost $200,000. An anonymous family foundation has pledged $120,000 through the United Way, and the county commission has allocated an $80,000 Community Redevelopment Agency grant for the remainder. Furthermore, Stuart-based N2 Architecture + Design has pledged to donate architectural services.

"I believe that a big reason for the approval from the county commissioners was the strong reputation and success that House of Hope has had and continues to have across the county," Ranieri said.

Commissioner Ed Fielding, who joined Doug Smith and John Haddox in support of the project, voiced that confidence.

"I believe that this opportunity for using the historic Golden Gate building with House of Hope and the various groups that will be involved is a fantastic opportunity for the community,” Fielding said. “It will be a source of support for the families and the young folks. ... It will be an impetus for community growth that so many projects will come about as a result of this. I am extremely supportive and glad we're making this good progress."

Also in support of the project is Saadia Tsaftarides, a Golden Gate resident and longtime neighborhood advocate. “I’m over-the-moon!” she said. “This has been a long time coming — hundreds and hundreds of hours spent working to make this happen. I am so excited for the community.”

About House of Hope

House of Hope has been helping Martin County residents overcome hunger and hardship since the agency was founded in 1984. Today, House of Hope touches the lives of more than 5,000 people per month with services that include food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, information & referral, and case management services to guide people toward greater self-sufficiency.

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

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Diane Tomasik
Communications director, House of Hope
2484 SE Bonita St., Stuart, FL 34997
(772) 286-4673, ext. 1013
diane@hohmartin.org

www.hohmartin.org
www.facebook.com/hohmartin

90-second video about House of Hope: http://youtu.be/fsGPrr3TMVQ


 
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Aug 26, 2015mARTies Awards promises to be Outstanding!


STUART The annual mARTies event to benefit the Arts Council of Martin County takes place from 6-9 p.m. on October 20 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stuart.

With a timely theme of “Fall in Love with the Arts,” the always-popular awards evening celebrating visual and performing arts will be chaired by Elliot Paul and Debi Owens, ably assisted by committee members Thomas Winter, Doug Smith, Mitch Kloorfain, Bridget Glass, Karen Janson, Francine Beckstead, Sherry Webber and Karen Barnes.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served in the courtyard at St. Mary’s, after which guests will enjoy dessert and coffee in St. Mary’s Pittenger Center while the awards are presented.

The Terrio Group is lead sponsor. Ticket prices will be $50 per person for members of the Art Council, $75 for non-members and $20 for students. Order tickets online at www.martinarts.org. For information, call 772- 287-6676


 
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Aug 26, 2015A library card is the coolest card - September is Library Card Sign-up Month
Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Martin County Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all - a free library card.

Resources at the Martin County Library System are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement. MCLS offers the Homework Helper program, early literacy computers and iPads, Science Fair Project resources, and so much more.

Today's libraries aren't only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies, learn computer programming or just relax with peers. MCLS libraries offer access to a variety of print and digital resources, including e-books, Tutor.com, Khanacademy, and TumbleBooks that can be accessed in person or online.

"Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages," says Jayme Kostandinu, Children's Assistant at the Blake Library. "For preschool age children we offer early literacy and lap sit storytimes to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM ) programs and idea labs, and for older teens we have information and tools to help prepare for college. There's really something for everyone and it's all free with a library card."

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit any MCLS library location in person or visit MCLS online at library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Aug 26, 2015Where Martin County stands in the fight against All Aboard Florida


On August 4, 2015, hours before the Florida Development Financial Corporation's decision to issue the tax free bonds regarding the All Aboard Florida (AAF) passenger rail project, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). However, Martin County believes the claim that the document is "final" is not actually true in several respects and needs public examination.

The FEIS is part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process which requires that federal agencies assess the environmental, social and economic impacts of a proposed action or project like AAF. It is supposed to be a final, full disclosure document that details the process through which a transportation project was developed, including full consideration of a range of alternative routes, analysis of potential impacts resulting from the alternatives, and demonstrating compliance with other applicable environmental laws and executive orders.

With respect to the AAF FEIS, the 646-page document fails to address even the most basic concerns of Martin County and its citizens.

County experts are currently assessing the FEIS, comparing it to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was issued by the FRA on September 19, 2014, and the DEIS comments that Martin County submitted to the FRA on November 18, 2014. Martin County's comments challenged the proposed findings of the DEIS on a wide range of issues, ranging from impediments to maritime navigation on the St. Lucie River, to the project's impact on reduced property values, environmental flaws and concerns impacting public health and safety.

The County's initial analysis is overwhelmingly clear: the FEIS fails to address the myriad of public safety, navigation, environmental, fiscal and other concerns that Martin County, other local governments, and community groups such as Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL) previously conveyed to the FRA during the DEIS comment period.

For example, the findings in the FEIS with respect to maritime navigation are simply incorrect and internally inconsistent. The FEIS concludes that wait time for vessels at the rail bridges will increase only 0.1 percent, yet the data tells a far different story. From 2013 to 2018, the bridge closure times (the amount of time that boaters will be unable to cross under the bridge) will increase by more than 100 percent-from less than 4 hours a day to 9.8 hours each weekday.

There are many other examples where the FEIS does not address the County's legitimate concerns, and claims no adverse impact on public safety, no growth in hazardous materials, no disproportionate impacts to environmental justice communities and no direct or indirect effects on historic resources-to name a few. These findings are directly at odds with the painstaking expert analyses that have been conducted over the course of the last year by reputable issue area experts.

As part of the typical NEPA process, the FRA had the option of issuing a Record of Decision (ROD) with the FEIS, which would clearly make the document a "final agency action." This finality would allow an immediate legal challenge to the adequacy of the FEIS/ROD. But for now, while there is no ROD issued, AAF is permitted to sell tax exempt (subsidized bonds) and use the proceeds.

There are many federal agencies that will be involved in the permitting process for AAF and have not 'signed off' on the FEIS, -such as the U.S. Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers-and Martin County, along with other local governments, and community groups such as CARE FL will be examining options with respect to challenging the entire FEIS, and/or each of these permit decisions.

For those who have legitimate and serious concerns about the proposed All Aboard Florida project, the FEIS is yet another disappointing and disturbing example of the federal government's unwillingness to protect its citizenry. The entire process has been questionable in its fairness to the public.

So, what does all of this mean for Martin County and its citizens? It means that the community's concerns about AAF are not resolved, and that those who have concerns about the project must continue to research and employ all viable options to ensure that this ill-conceived passenger rail project and related increase in freight rail traffic does not destroy the quality of life for the half million people who live throughout the Treasure Coast.

FDFC Decision

After months of delay, on August 5, 2015, the day after the FEIS was released, the Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) met in Orlando to consider the issuance of $1.75 billion in tax-free, private activity bond to AAF.

Despite hearing hours of thoughtful, coordinated and factual presentations from Martin County, its citizens and the other local governments, elected officials and community groups in opposition to AAF, the FDFC Board of Directors voted to approve the bond issuance in a matter of minutes while providing minimal comments about their reasoning. Martin County believes this action was nothing more than an expected rubber stamp. Click here to read the transcript from the FDFC meeting.

Some of Martin County's concerns are procedural, and affect the substantive outcomes - such as the FDFC violating its own bylaws, as three of the four appointees are not confirmed by the Senate. Some are about fairness - the FDFC directors all chose to meet privately with AAF, but each one chose not to attend a public hearing in April 2014 where community objections were raised. Finally, the FDFC was paid to play with $1.8 million provided by AAF to FDFC for approving the bonds, a windfall that FDFC had incorporated in its budget even before it voted.

For more resources on Martin County's fight against All Aboard Florida, visit www.martin.fl.us/hottopics.


 
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Aug 26, 2015The Barn Theatre's Upcoming 2015 - 2016 Season
Barn Theatre 2015-2016 season begins September 25
Stuart, August 24 – Season Tickets for The Barn Theatre’s 45th season are now on sale. Regular individual tickets go on sale on September 8th.
“The Female Odd Couple” opens the season, running from September 25 through October 11. Unger and Madison are at it again – Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is! A feminine twist to Neil Simon’s hilarious comic classic.
“Laura” runs from November 6 through 22. This intricate mystery/drama about the murder investigation of a beautiful and successful New York City ad executive revolves around the growing obsession of a police detective with the crime’s victim.
“Sex Please, We’re Sixty” will be performed from January 22, 2016 through February 7. This wildly funny comedy/farce takes place in a bed and breakfast frequented by mature women whom the inn’s silver-tongued next-door neighbor believes come looking for romance with him.
The Barn’s musical will be “Guys and Dolls.” Running from March 4 through 20, this very popular musical has it all – glitz, gambling, love, and fabulous music and lyrics by the incomparable Frank Loesser.
The comedy “Send Me No Flowers” runs from April 15 through May 1. A hypochondriac mistakenly believes he’s dying, puts his affairs in order and even arranges for a second husband for his soon-to-be widow.
“The Convertible Girl” closes the season with a May 27 through June 12 run. This charming comedy centers around a gentile girl learning all she needs to know to convert to Judaism to please her prospective mother-in-law, who her fiancé believes is far more religious than she really is.
Season ticket holders receive preferred seating for all six shows for only $100. Modified season tickets (four shows) are also available for $72.
Season tickets can be purchased by calling the Barn Theatre at 772-287-4884 or at the box office at 2400 SE Ocean Boulevard in Stuart weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at www.barn-theatre.com.


 
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Aug 26, 2015SEPTEMBER IS LITERACY MONTH!

Celebrate at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Jonathan Dickinson State Park is celebrating literacy with special outdoor reading programs in September:
• Saturdays, September 5 & 12 Wild about Reading 10 -11:30 am
Discover Reading Scavenger Hunt 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Program participants can enter a raffle for a Florida State Park FREE Entry Pass!

• Tuesday, September 8 Celebrate International Literacy Day!
Wild about Reading programs 10 - 11: 30 a.m. & 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
FREE ENTRY all day for all visitors who participate in a program, present a library card or library book, or donate a gently used, family friendly book at the entrance gate.

Wild About Reading: Relax in the shade with lemonade and cookies and read with a Ranger, then go on a nature walk adventure! Program may also include a creative take home craft. Registration is requested for this program.

Discover Reading Scavenger Hunt¬: Explore the river area on this self-guided walking tour and learn about the park’s unique wildlife and natural and cultural history.

Contact the Kimbell Center for registration and more information, 561-745-5551, libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us or visit friendsofjdsp.org and follow the Friends on Facebook.


Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Kimbell Education Center
16450 SE Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, Florida


 
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Aug 26, 2015Centennial Time Capsule Installed at Stuart Heritage Museum
The City of Stuart’s Centennial Time Capsule is now installed in the Stuart Heritage Museum. The City of Stuart celebrated 100 years of being incorporated on May 8, 2014. The year was filled with many festivities including the presentation of a time capsule.
The time capsule is filled with significant items that are related to the City’s Centennial and other memorabilia such as the Mayor’s Centennial speech, Stuart Magazine’s Centennial edition, Kiwanis Club Centennial ornament, Congressional record recognizing the City’s Centennial, and the House of Representatives Proclamation are to name a few of the items in the time capsule.
Stuart Heritage Museum is thrilled to have such a great addition to their museum and it is displayed with all things Stuart. The public is invited to view the time capsule at the Stuart Heritage Museum located at 161 SW Flagler Avenue open daily from 10-3pm.


 
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Aug 26, 2015Martin County Emergency Management monitoring Tropical Storm Erika


Martin County Emergency Management officials are closely monitoring reports provided by the National Weather Service Melbourne office on Tropical Storm Erika. Residents may call the Emergency Public Information phone at 772-287-1652 with any questions.

As of 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, the storm is approximately 1,500 miles away from Martin County and is continuing to move west. Erika could threaten Florida as soon as Sunday. Heavy rain and wind could impact Martin County on Monday. It is too soon to predict the storm's path or anticipated strength.

Martin County reminds residents to take this time to review your hurricane plan, stock up on storm supplies and make arrangements for family and friends with special needs. Arrangements for sheltering pets should be made with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Hurricane resources and guides may be found at the County's website at www.martin.fl.us/em.

In addition, citizens should register their cell phone numbers and/or landlines for Martin County's CodeRED emergency notification system, which public safety officials use in the event the public needs to be notified with weather warnings and public safety messages. Visit www.martin.fl.us/em to sign up for this free service provided by Martin County to residents and business owners.

Martin County will share information on Tropical Storm Erika as needed. Information related to emergency preparedness is also being shared on the County's social media sites. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.


 
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Aug 21, 20153 ways to find a balance between school and sports
Nearly every parent preaches books before balls. However, sometimes practice interferes with completing school projects.

That’s when parents have to step back and find ways to strike a balance between academics and athletic performance.

Sounds simple. Yet parents often find themselves torn between playing sports spoiler or undoing ultimatums.

Drawing a line at a letter grade and then pulling the plug on sports to punish poor academic performance is reactionary and possibly counterproductive.

Parents must determine what a balanced life means for their family. Avoid keeping athletics and academics at odds. Instead, establish priorities and give academics and athletics their proper place. Here are three things to help achieve harmony:

Identify the motivation
It helps if parents identify the motivation behind athletic pursuits. Has mom or dad decided that their son has to become a star lacrosse player to pay for college? Do you spend thousands on lacrosse gear, instruction, leagues and camps, yet won’t spring for a math tutor?

Read this Back to School story and others at Youthletic.com

Perhaps as parents, you need to address your motivation. According to Brooke de Lench, founder and director of MomsTeam and author of Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports “Schoolwork should always come first. Remember that there are 30 times more dollars available for financial aid based on academics than for athletics.”

De Lench encourages parents to be honest with themselves and their kids about whether sports has taken a toll on the family’s schedule and the child’s school work.

Routinely, take your child’s motivational temperature to see whether they have a fever
for sports or feel obligated to perform for your benefit. If they love what they are doing, they are less likely to stress out. Disdain for the sport will impede athletic and academic performance.

Preserve childhood
Another reason to balance sports and academics is to help preserve childhood as long as possible. Juggling too many obligations can put adult-sized anxiety on juvenile minds.

Playing games for the sake of play is part of being a child. When pressured into earning scholarships or worse, a living, children may lose site of the joyous aspects of sports and school.

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Betty Blake, mother of retired tennis star James Blake, once told the Stamford Advocate that she felt bad for children who "are uprooted from their families and whisked off to a tennis academy. There they spend more time on the court than on school work."

Blake’s son, who played on public courts and stayed away from these tennis academies that double as boarding schools, went on to become the No. 1 American tennis player in the 1990s. He was ranked as high as No. 4 in the world and earned nearly $8 million in career prize money.

Similarly, tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams were home schooled and kept out of international juniors tournaments.

Their parents, Oracene Price and Richard Williams, took criticism for keeping their young girls off the international circuit. Many thought this would hamper their tennis career. Instead, the two have become sports icons. Serena Williams has gone on to earn more $67 million in prize money, the most by any woman in the history of sports.

Meanwhile, tennis star Jennifer Capriati, pushed by her father into professional competition at age 13, suffered through drugs addiction and several run-ins with the law.
Capriati’s disastrous personal life and overbearing father prompted the Women’s Tennis Association to enact the “Capriati Rule,” in 1995. The rule limits the amount of
professional tournaments a player can enter until they turn 17.

Make play a privilege
Former college gymnast Shelly Goldberg credits her parents for keeping her priorities straight went it came to academics and sports.

In a video posted on the Development Zone of the Positive Coaching Alliance site, Goldberg, a three-time NCAA Academic All-America for Stanford, talks about how her parents held her accountable for her academic success. They required that she maintain grades for the “privilege of pursuing gymnastics.”

By making the pursuit of sports a privilege instead of an investment, Goldberg’s parents put the responsibility on their daughter to justify access to the “gift of gymnastics.”

Goldberg had to earn access to gymnastics in the same way a teen might have to prove they deserve a new car.

By making academics a priority and sports a privilege, Goldberg’s parents struck the
proper balance without diminishing the importance of either.


 
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Aug 21, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT WINS THE CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Association of School Business Officials International has awarded the Martin County School District its Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability.

“We have worked diligently over the past three years to strengthen the long-term financial health and reporting of the Martin County School District,” says Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent. “I am proud of the progress we have made thus far and look forward to continuing our efforts.”

The District was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2014. As the only award program specifically designed for school district financial reporting, the Certificate of Excellence (COE) represents a significant achievement and reflects a high level of commitment to fiscal integrity and transparency.


 
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Aug 20, 2015Fiorella Insurance Expands Health Insurance Division
Fiorella Insurance Expands Health Insurance Division
Local Agency has added Licensed Agents for Open Enrollment

Locally owned and operated Fiorella Insurance Agency has expanded its health insurance division to accommodate increased demand for Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance for Open Enrollment starting November 1. In response to increased calls from across the state of Florida, Fiorella Insurance has hired multiple new licensed agents who focus on assisting consumers looking for health insurance.
Fiorella Insurance receives requests from consumers with diverse backgrounds and language needs. Many new licensed agents are fully able to assist consumers in both English and Spanish.
The company is committed to providing excellent service that makes the process of purchasing insurance both personalized and simple. For more information, please visit www.fiorellainsurance.com.
In the early 1980’s Nick and Sharon Fiorella moved to Florida with little more than an entrepreneurial spirit and a growing family to feed. They opened a very small “Mom and Pop” agency and saw growth year after year by pouring in lots of hard work and always treating their clients fairly. The family run agency is now overseen by their son, Nick Fiorella, Jr., and his childhood friend, Cory Lloyd. The company has shared incredible success through a commitment to the community, corporate culture and core values. Today, Fiorella Insurance is one of the fastest growing agencies in the entire country.

Contact: Kristen Studebaker
Kristen@FiorellaInsurance.com
515 SE Central Parkway
Stuart, FL 34994
Ph: 772-283-0003


 
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Aug 20, 201530 Ways to Help Fight Hunger in September


Friends,

On behalf of the 100,000 working families, children, seniors, and Veterans we serve each week, Treasure Coast Food Bank invites you to participate in #HungerActionMonth this September.

A 30-day calendar with action steps to take each and every day in September is available here. Please consider sharing it with a friend!

#HungerActionMonth events are planned throughout the Treasure Coast:

To commemorate Hunger Action Day® on the evening of Thursday, September 3, TCFB has coordinated a free screening of "A Place at the Table," a 2012, award-winning documentary concerning hunger in three American communities, at Ground Floor Farm in downtown Stuart.

In Vero Beach on Wednesday, September 9, TCFB will hold a "Roots of Hunger" breakfast roundtable discussion with local experts in Vero Beach that's free and open to the public.

And beginning at noon on September 11, TCFB will challenge staff and volunteers to "Pack the House" by packing and sorting 100,000 pounds of food at TCFB's Ft. Pierce warehouse in just 24 hours.





Can't make an event but still want to make a direct, local impact? Participate in The Great Treasure Coast Virtual Food Drive where with a few clicks, you can purchase food for those in need at a fraction of the cost you'd pay in the grocery store. Thanks to a donor, your donation will be doubled if we reach $10,000!

And want to help spread the message on Facebook and Twitter? Download our #HungerActionMonth social media tips and images here.

We hope you'll join us this September. Together, we can solve hunger.



Judith Cruz, CEO
Treasure Coast Food Bank










Treasure Coast Food Bank
401 Angle Road
Fort Pierce, FL. 34947
(772) 489-3034
stophunger.org



 
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Aug 20, 2015JOHN S. GENUA JOINS LOCAL OFFICE OF AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL
John S. Genua, has joined the Stuart office of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., as a financial advisor. His office is located at 6530 S. Kanner Hwy in Stuart, FL. Genua will be part of Landwersiek & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

As a financial advisor, Genua provides financial advice that is built on a solid understanding of client needs and expectations, and provided in one-on-one relationships with his clients. For more information, please contact Steven Landwersiek at (772) 233-4315. Their office is located at 6530 S. Kanner Hwy, Stuart FL. 34997.

At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for over 115 years. With outstanding asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities and a nationwide network of 10,000 financial advisors, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of individual and institutional investors' financial needs. For more information, visit ameriprise.com or www.ameripriseadvisors.com/steven.w.landwersiek/
Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC.

© 2014 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.


 
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Aug 20, 2015JOHN S. GENUA JOINS LOCAL OFFICE OF AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL
John S. Genua, has joined the Stuart office of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., as a financial advisor. His office is located at 6530 S. Kanner Hwy in Stuart, FL. Genua will be part of Landwersiek & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

As a financial advisor, Genua provides financial advice that is built on a solid understanding of client needs and expectations, and provided in one-on-one relationships with his clients. For more information, please contact Steven Landwersiek at (772) 233-4315. Their office is located at 6530 S. Kanner Hwy, Stuart FL. 34997.

At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for over 115 years. With outstanding asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities and a nationwide network of 10,000 financial advisors, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of individual and institutional investors' financial needs. For more information, visit ameriprise.com or www.ameripriseadvisors.com/steven.w.landwersiek/
Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC.

© 2014 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.


 
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Aug 20, 2015JOHN S. GENUA JOINS LOCAL OFFICE OF AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL
John S. Genua, has joined the Stuart office of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., as a financial advisor. His office is located at 6530 S. Kanner Hwy in Stuart, FL. Genua will be part of Landwersiek & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

As a financial advisor, Genua provides financial advice that is built on a solid understanding of client needs and expectations, and provided in one-on-one relationships with his clients. For more information, please contact Steven Landwersiek at (772) 233-4315. Their office is located at 6530 S. Kanner Hwy, Stuart FL. 34997.

At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for over 115 years. With outstanding asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities and a nationwide network of 10,000 financial advisors, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of individual and institutional investors' financial needs. For more information, visit ameriprise.com or www.ameripriseadvisors.com/steven.w.landwersiek/
Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC.

© 2014 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.


 
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Aug 20, 2015JOHN S. GENUA JOINS LOCAL OFFICE OF AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL
John S. Genua, has joined the Stuart office of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., as a financial advisor. His office is located at 6530 S. Kanner Hwy in Stuart, FL. Genua will be part of Landwersiek & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

As a financial advisor, Genua provides financial advice that is built on a solid understanding of client needs and expectations, and provided in one-on-one relationships with his clients. For more information, please contact Steven Landwersiek at (772) 233-4315. Their office is located at 6530 S. Kanner Hwy, Stuart FL. 34997.

At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for over 115 years. With outstanding asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities and a nationwide network of 10,000 financial advisors, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of individual and institutional investors' financial needs. For more information, visit ameriprise.com or www.ameripriseadvisors.com/steven.w.landwersiek/
Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC.

© 2014 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.


 
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Aug 20, 2015JOHN S. GENUA JOINS LOCAL OFFICE OF AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL
John S. Genua, has joined the Stuart office of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., as a financial advisor. His office is located at 6530 S. Kanner Hwy in Stuart, FL. Genua will be part of Landwersiek & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

As a financial advisor, Genua provides financial advice that is built on a solid understanding of client needs and expectations, and provided in one-on-one relationships with his clients. For more information, please contact Steven Landwersiek at (772) 233-4315. Their office is located at 6530 S. Kanner Hwy, Stuart FL. 34997.

At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for over 115 years. With outstanding asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities and a nationwide network of 10,000 financial advisors, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of individual and institutional investors' financial needs. For more information, visit ameriprise.com or www.ameripriseadvisors.com/steven.w.landwersiek/
Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC.

© 2014 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.


 
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Aug 20, 2015Learning Disabilities Today Meeting Announcement


Jonathan Mittleman, Learning Disabilities Today, announces a meeting of the Learning Disabilities Today, a group for adults with learning disabilities offering them the opportunity to share experiences and opportunities with each other. The next meeting of the group will take place on Saturday, August 29 at 10:30 am. Adults who have completed high school, attending college or are older are invited to attend. The meeting will be hosted by Helping People Succeed, 1100 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, Florida.

The group plans to invite speakers, attend various community events and gain friendships working together, as well as sharing ideas about employment opportunities, resources available and just having an opportunity to talk with one another. Adults who have a learning disability are invited to attend.

For more information, please call Jonathan Mittleman at 772-219-1941 or Suzy Hutcheson at 772-320-0777.


 
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Aug 19, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY PROVISION SITES
The Martin County School District announced today its list of sites where students will be served breakfast and lunch at no charge under the National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs for the 2015-2016 school year. This program is a part of the USDA’s Community Eligibility Provision. The sites are:

• Willoughby Learning Center (formerly Challenger School)
• J.D. Parker Elementary
• Pinewood Elementary
• Port Salerno Elementary
• Warfield Elementary
• Indiantown Middle

For additional information, please contact:
Laura Roberts, Director, Food and Nutrition Services
772-223-2655 or RobertL@martin.k12.fl.us

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Martin County School District • 500 East Ocean Boulevard • Stuart, FL 34994
An Academically High-Performing School District in Florida


 
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Aug 19, 2015Martin County joins nationwide effort to boost early reading prowess
Martin County is one of 11 communities joining the nationwide Campaign for Grade-Level Reading this month, committing collaborative work for increasing the number of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

The Grade-Level Reading Communities Network (GLR Network) now includes organizations operating in 232 cities, counties and states. All told, cities and counties in 42 states across the country - plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands -- now have recognized this problem and are determined to do something about it.

National tests show that two-thirds of U.S. fourth graders, and four-fifths of those from low-income families, are not reading proficiently. Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a milestone on a child's path to high school graduation and later success as it marks the transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." Students who have not mastered reading by that time are more likely to drop out of school and struggle throughout their lives.

The partner organizations participating in Martin County's campaign include the Shared Services Network, the Martin County School District, the Martin County Library System, United Way of Martin County, Children's Services Council of Martin County, Martin County Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and many other funding, literacy and arts organizations within our community.

In joining the GLR Network, the partner organizations developed a formal plan to address three underlying challenges that can keep young children, especially those from low-income families, from learning to read well:
* School readiness - too many children are entering kindergarten already behind.
* School attendance - too many young children are missing too many days of school, especially in our early learning centers.
* Summer learning - too many children are losing ground academically over the summer.
Although Martin County can boast a higher than state average percentage of third grade students reading at third grade level, the reality is that 42% of our children are not performing at that level.

"We're joining the Campaign because we know we have a problem here that can be addressed if we all work together," said Dave Heaton, Executive Committee member of the Shared Services Network, which is leading the effort in Martin County. "All of us here have come to understand the critical importance of ensuring that our children gain the reading foundation they need before 4th grade."

"Our public schools can't do this on their own," added Ralph Smith, managing director of the national GLR Campaign and senior vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. "If we're going to increase our graduation rates and close achievement gaps, we need mobilized communities working with schools, city agencies, nonprofits, civic leaders and parents to focus on third grade reading. It's great to have Martin County on board."

The GLR Communities Network is dedicated to narrowing the gap between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers. According to the U.S. Department of Education, that gap has widened significantly in recent years, with 80 percent of low-income kids failing to read proficiently in 4th grade compared to 49 percent of those from more affluent households.

Launched in May 2010, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort of funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation working to ensure that many more children succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship.

For media inquiries, contact Jennifer Salas at jsalas@martin.fl.us or 772-221-1410.


 
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Aug 19, 2015A surprising way to volunteer in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease
Remember candy stripers? Those sweet hospital volunteers in the red and white striped pinafores, who delivered flowers and fluffed pillows and read stories to patients? I was one, mercifully briefly, when I was 14.

I came from a healthy family and had never seen people who were very ill. I didn’t know what to say to them. I would rush in, deliver their flowers, and rush out. I was surely one of the worst candy stripers in candy striper history.

But I learned an important lesson: if you want to volunteer, make sure it’s something you’ll be able to stick with.

Before my mother was well into the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease, it never occurred to me that participating in medical research was a type of volunteering I could and should consider. But when I called the nearest Alzheimer’s research center to see if I could set up some interviews for the documentary film my husband and I were making, the nurse who returned my call suggested I consider volunteering as a control subject.

And so I did. I took memory tests. I was given a neurological exam. And—the scariest part—I agreed to undergo a spinal tap, which I discovered was not painful and not scary, except for the anticipation. My big job was to curl up on my side and lie still. After I was numbed with a local anesthetic, a doctor drew a few tablespoons of cerebrospinal fluid from my spine. That fluid became 50 samples for use in Alzheimer’s research.

Unlike candy-striping, volunteering for medical research was something I could do. And it felt so, so useful.


In twelve years, I’ve had five spinal taps, an MRI and a PET scan, all for Alzheimer’s research. I also go in for annual memory and neurological exams. Imagine: an English major like me contributing, in my tiny way, to an eventual vaccine, treatment or cure for the relentless disease that killed my mother, that is currently affecting 5.2 million Americans and, as the Baby Boomers age, is well on its way to becoming an epidemic.

Many companies encourage employees to volunteer by giving them time off or flexible hours to do it. This can and should include volunteering for medical research. The need is huge— the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 50 thousand more volunteers could be enrolled in the more than 130 studies it is currently tracking.

All kinds of volunteers are needed: people who have Alzheimer’s in their family and people who don’t; those who are cognitively healthy as well as those who are having memory problems; people who have other health issues, such as diabetes, that may be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s. Not all studies involve invasive procedures such as spinal taps. Some are focused on exercise, others on watching educational films, still others on participating in blind studies of potential breakthrough medications.

Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the country: $226 billion dollars, this year alone, and that number is expected to increase dramatically, unless we can find ways to prevent, curb or cure it. If you’re ready to find out more about volunteering for research, the Alzheimer’s Association’s Trial Match page is an excellent place to start.


 
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Aug 19, 2015Martin County joins nationwide effort to boost early reading prowess
Martin County is one of 11 communities joining the nationwide Campaign for Grade-Level Reading this month, committing collaborative work for increasing the number of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

The Grade-Level Reading Communities Network (GLR Network) now includes organizations operating in 232 cities, counties and states. All told, cities and counties in 42 states across the country - plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands -- now have recognized this problem and are determined to do something about it.

National tests show that two-thirds of U.S. fourth graders, and four-fifths of those from low-income families, are not reading proficiently. Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a milestone on a child's path to high school graduation and later success as it marks the transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." Students who have not mastered reading by that time are more likely to drop out of school and struggle throughout their lives.

The partner organizations participating in Martin County's campaign include the Shared Services Network, the Martin County School District, the Martin County Library System, United Way of Martin County, Children's Services Council of Martin County, Martin County Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and many other funding, literacy and arts organizations within our community.

In joining the GLR Network, the partner organizations developed a formal plan to address three underlying challenges that can keep young children, especially those from low-income families, from learning to read well:
* School readiness - too many children are entering kindergarten already behind.
* School attendance - too many young children are missing too many days of school, especially in our early learning centers.
* Summer learning - too many children are losing ground academically over the summer.
Although Martin County can boast a higher than state average percentage of third grade students reading at third grade level, the reality is that 42% of our children are not performing at that level.

"We're joining the Campaign because we know we have a problem here that can be addressed if we all work together," said Dave Heaton, Executive Committee member of the Shared Services Network, which is leading the effort in Martin County. "All of us here have come to understand the critical importance of ensuring that our children gain the reading foundation they need before 4th grade."

"Our public schools can't do this on their own," added Ralph Smith, managing director of the national GLR Campaign and senior vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. "If we're going to increase our graduation rates and close achievement gaps, we need mobilized communities working with schools, city agencies, nonprofits, civic leaders and parents to focus on third grade reading. It's great to have Martin County on board."

The GLR Communities Network is dedicated to narrowing the gap between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers. According to the U.S. Department of Education, that gap has widened significantly in recent years, with 80 percent of low-income kids failing to read proficiently in 4th grade compared to 49 percent of those from more affluent households.

Launched in May 2010, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort of funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation working to ensure that many more children succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship.

For media inquiries, contact Jennifer Salas at jsalas@martin.fl.us or 772-221-1410.


 
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Aug 18, 2015Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Vacancy


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, September 4, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant positions: Citizen actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing; Citizen actively engaged as a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing; Citizen actively engaged as a real estate professional in connection with affordable housing; Citizen actively engaged as an advocate for low income persons in connection with affordable housing; Citizen actively engaged in the residential homebuilding industry in connection with affordable housing; Citizen representative of areas of labor actively engaged in homebuilding in connection with affordable housing; Citizen who represents essential service personnel. These terms will expire in October 2017.

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

Meetings are typically held every two months at 3:00 pm at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The next meetings are scheduled for August 27, September 17, and November 19.


 
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Aug 18, 2015Request for Letter of Commitment in Support of the Stuart Housing Authority’s


Application for the ROSS Service Coordinator Grant

The Housing Authority of the City of Stuart is applying to HUD for funding to hire a full-time Service Coordinator to assist public housing residents who are living within the city to access community services and gain financial independence. The grant program is the Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) - Service Coordinators Program, and it pays for a full-time Service Coordinator for three years. The Service Coordinator’s primary function is to connect public housing residents with agencies and services within the community that can address their needs.

To be successful in this application, the Housing Authority must demonstrate strong community support and ongoing partnerships in the form of actual services from its community partners.

We would appreciate a “Letter of Commitment”, describing the services and programs that your agency already provides to Housing Authority residents, and any additional services and programs that you anticipate being able to provide in the future. In addition, please be specific about the needs that your programs and services address. For the purposes of the ROSS Service Coordinator Grant, the value of such programs and services (cash and/or in-kind value) over the next three years, needs to be specified within the Letter of Commitment.

We have attached an example Letter of Commitment with a listing of needed programs and services. The example letter is provided in Microsoft Word, to make it easy to copy and paste the text and fill in the needed information. Please make sure that the letter is printed on your agency letterhead and signed by the head of the agency.

If you have any questions, or need any additional information, please feel free to contact me at the numbers above, or our grant writer, Ian Tink at 508-245-1881, or by e-mail at: InTandemWU@aol.com. We would appreciate receiving this letter by Friday, August 21st, if that is convenient for you.

We greatly appreciate your support of this grant application.

Best Regards,

Ms. Maria A. Burger, President/CEO

(The Letter of Commitment must be on your Agency Letterhead)

(Please mail the Letter of Commitment to Ms. Maria A. Burger, Executive Director, at the address below, and please scan or fax the Letter of Commitment to Ian E. Tink, Grant Writer, (e-mail: InTandemWU@aol.com, or Fax # 508-986-7040)—Thank you very much for your support.)

(Current Date)

Ms. Maria A. Burger, President/CEO
Housing Authority of the City of Stuart
611 Church Street
Stuart, FL 34994

RE: Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) - Service Coordinators Grant—Letter of Commitment

Dear Ms. Burger,

The (AGENCY) is providing this letter of commitment in support of the Housing Authority’s Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) - Service Coordinators Grant application to HUD.
It is our understanding that the Housing Authority will use these HUD grant funds to expand education, health, job development, self sufficiency opportunities and supportive services programs within its Federal public housing developments by hiring a full-time ROSS Service Coordinator who will connect public housing residents with needed community services over the next three years.
(AGENCY) commits to support the Housing Authority’s residents by providing services and accepting referrals of public housing residents for the following programs and services. (Examples are provided below.)
(Please specify and describe the list of programs and services to be provided and the specific needs that they address.)
(AGENCY) commits the following resources in support of this endeavor:
Please state the total in-kind value and/or cash value that will be committed by your agency in support of this grant application on a one year basis. And then please multiply the amount of the commitment by three (3) to indicate the total value over the three (3)-year period of this grant.
These resources are “Firmly Committed” contingent on the awarding of the Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) - Service Coordinators Grant to the Housing Authority by HUD. As (OFFICER/POSITION), I am legally able to make commitments on behalf of (AGENCY).
Sincerely,
(NAME)
(TITLE)

Examples of Services to be Provided

Life-Skills Training.

Public Safety Training and Services.

Job Training, Job Search, and Placement Assistance.

Employer Linkage and Job Placement.

Provision of Professional Clothing or Uniforms related to new employment.

Career Advancement and Planning Programs.

Support for Career Advancement and Long-term Economic Self-Sufficiency.

After School or Summer Programs.

Child Care.

Early Childhood Education.

Parenting Courses.

Nutrition Courses.

Health Care Coordination, and referrals to health care services such as medical, mental health, or substance abuse services.

Health Care Services, such as medical, mental health, or substance abuse services.

Coordinating Services necessary for elderly or disabled residents to age-in-place.

Assistance with activities of daily living for elderly/disabled residents.

Meal services to meet nutritional need for elderly/disabled residents.

Personal emergency response resources.

Disability Services Counseling.

Wellness Programs for Families and Seniors.

Resident Organization Empowerment and Capacity-building resources and training.

Community Safety.

Transportation.

Civic Engagement resources and training.


_____________________________________________________________________
Ian Tink, MBA, MEd, MPA
President

Tandem Care, Inc.

Best Contact: InTandemWU@aol.com
508-245-1881 Fax: 508-986-7040

P. O. Box 1330
Westborough, MA 01581


 
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Aug 18, 2015Pop legend Taylor Dayne to perform at Dancin’ in the Streets
Taylor Dayne will take the stage at the 28th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets. Stuart’s old¬est and best-loved music festival returns to the streets on Saturday, August 22 for a full day of live musical performances, food, drinks, vendors, kids’ activities, and more!

Grammy nominated, Gold and Platinum selling artist, Taylor Dayne, will be performing two shows at The Lyric Theatre at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

From platinum pop songs to chart-topping dance hits, Taylor Dayne is one of the most popular vocalists of the modern age. She has enjoyed Top 10 hits in three consequent decades, selling a combined 75 million singles and albums along the way. Originally signed by music mogul Clive Davis in the 1980s, Dayne has become a true crossover artist, someone whose popularity spans multiple generations and many different music formats.

Special tickets for the Taylor Dayne performances are available for $50, which includes admission to Dancin' in the Streets, at The Lyric Theatre Box Office.

Dancin’ in the Streets will take place in Historic Downtown Stuart, on the Riverwalk Stage, Osceola, and Colorado from 3pm-midnight.

This year’s event promises something for everyone with 5 stages and over 20 local bands. The lineup includes Victoria Leigh, The Inverted, Summer Gill, Spred the Dub, Sierra Band, Revelry, Relapse Band, Raquel Renner & the Ramblers, Public Sounds Collective, Moska Project, Lucky Dogs, Lili Lavon Band, Killbillies, Jupiter Trailer Trash, Jerry Tillman Talent Show, Hurricane Hawk & the Invaders, Gravel Kings, Fresh Catch, The Ellameno Beat, Deal James Band, Chris Springer, and Bryce Allyn Trio.

Street performers promise to thrill the crowd, and guests will also enjoy an interactive kids zone, food, vendors, cocktails, and more.

Tickets are available at all Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach branches of Seacoast Bank, online at www.thelyrictheatre.com, The Lyric Theatre Box Office, Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream on Osceola Street, and Terra Fermata. Advance tickets are available for $10 each and children 12 and under are free. Tickets at the gate will be $15. Pets and coolers are not permitted.

Dancin’ in the Streets is presented by the Downtown Business Association of Stuart and Stuart Main Street. It is sponsored by Courthouse Commons, Seacoast Bank, Budweiser, Treasure Coast Newspapers/The Stuart News, Seabreeze Publications, Coast 101.3, Audi Stuart, Infiniti Stuart and Martin Health Systems.

For more information, visit www.StuartDancinIntheStreets.com, www.facebook.com/stuartdancininthestreets or email dayna@snydermarketingsolutions.com.



 
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Aug 18, 2015What's new on MCTV: Heroes Among Us


A new edition of "Heroes Among Us" is airing on MCTV. The program, "Heroes Among Us: 228 Stories from the USS Drum," is a tribute to the sailors that served on the submarine the USS Drum during World War II. Watch "Heroes Among Us: 228 Stories from the USS Drum" on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Produced in conjunction with the County's Veterans Services Office, this program focuses on human interest stories about active military service personnel, veterans who live in our community and veterans issues.

MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live at www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Aug 18, 2015Court upholds Glades area sugar farmers’ runoff permits
The 2nd District Court of Appeal recently upheld the existing best management practices that Glades area sugar cane farmers are using, rejecting arguments from the Florida Audubon Society that they weren’t stringent enough.

Specifically, the appellate court in Lakeland noted that the BMPs, are working and leading to phosphorus reductions that exceed state requirements.

The court said that additional water quality improvements should be focused on the Stormwater Treatment Areas outside the Everglades Agricultural Area, as envisioned in the state’s restoration strategy.

The Aug. 7 ruling applied to permits issued in 2012 by the South Florida Water Management District to U.S. Sugar Corp., the Sugar Farms Co-op and the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative. In upholding the permits, the court rejected arguments by the Florida Audubon Society that the permits fail to protect the Everglades.

Instead of implementing more aggressive practices, which were sought in a lawsuit filed by the Florida Audubon Society, growers should stay the course with existing BMPs, the panel ruled.

“This is a cohesive plan to address phosphorous pollution in the Everglades,’’ the court wrote. “…the BMP program has far exceeded its goal of reducing phosphorous levels by 25 percent.’’

The court expressed confidence that the corrective steps already under way as part of the state’s Everglades restoration plan will achieve mandates to decrease the amount of phosphorus in the water to 10 parts per billion. It also noted that in addition to using the highly successful Best Management Practices, growers are paying a special agricultural tax of $25 per acre to help fund the long-term plan for restoring the Everglades.

“Audubon argues that the permits violate the Everglades Forever Act. But because the permits align with the District’s permissible interpretation of the EFA, we must affirm,’’ the ruling states.

The permits allow sugar cane growers to discharge water from their farms into a series of canals leading to Stormwater Treatment Areas where the water is further treated before being released into the Everglades. The STAs are man-made wetlands built and managed by the water district. The appeals court noted that further enhancements to the Stormwater Treatment Areas, not imposing tougher standards on sugar farmers, is what is needed now to help the state achieve its water quality goals for the Everglades.

The 17-page ruling affirmed the Feb. 10, 2014 findings of an Administrative Law Judge.

To access the ruling, go to:

http://www.2dca.org/opinions/Opinion_Pages/Opinion_Pages_2015/August/August%2007,%202015/2D14-2328.pdf


 
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Aug 18, 2015Do You Have a Will? Make your Plan Today!

Do You Have A Will?

Most of us don't. In fact over 65% of American's over the age of 60 do not yet have a will, trust or any kind of estate plan. Unfortunately, most people tend to procrastinate when it comes to estate planning. Let's face it, deciding who gets your assets when you are gone, and who will manage your assets if you become disabled, are tasks most people would rather ignore. But if you're reading this, you're probably ready to take that first step toward greater peace of mind.

DEATH IS CERTAIN
Disability Happens
Make Your Plan Today!

This biggest misconception people have is that Estate Planning is only for the wealthy- that is not true.
If you own a business, own a home or property, anticipate a future inheritance, have minor children or grandchildren, have adult children that have their own marriages, or have been divorced, then Estate Planning is for you.

Recent cases in our office have highlighted the importance of having a plan in place. A little bit of effort can save a lot of trouble and expense in the event the unthinkable happens.

Statistics show that people spend more time planning their vacation then they do planning for end of life.

If you die or become incapacitated without a plan you have NO VOICE to direct the distribution of property, NO VOICE in appointing the guardian of your children, NO VOICE in deciding who will handle your children's money and NO VOICE in appointing the person to make ANY decisions for you.


Most people would rather make important decisions themselves rather than the government or a judge. Our will packages include the documents you never knew you need to let your voice be heard.

Take the first step and call Attorney Lou Larsen at
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Aug 13, 2015Nursing home wrongful death case upheld on appeal, Managing Partner challenges McDonald's
The Final Tomahawk Chop:
Appellate Court Confirms Nursing Home Verdict
George “Chief White Owl” Dahmer spent the bulk of his life as a world renowned professional wrestler, known for his finishing move – the Tomahawk Chop. After retirement, he battled Alzheimer’s and, pursuant to the discharge instructions of an area hospital, was admitted to Lake Worth Manor Nursing Home. During his admission to the nursing home, he suffered from horrific bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration, and was overly medicated. The medical care, and the lack thereof, subsequently led to his untimely death.
The family sought the help of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC to pursue a wrongful death case in order to prevent other residents from becoming victims in the future. From the beginning of the case until its very end, the nursing home attempted to avoid liability every way possible, including threatening bankruptcy. After tens of thousands of pages of documents and countless depositions, partners Joe Landy and Mickey Smith obtained a jury verdict of $1.775 million dollars. The nursing home filed an appeal which was struck down by the 4th District Court of Appeals. During this entire process, the firm never stopped aggressively pursuing the case. Ultimately, the firm collected every penny on behalf of its clients from this uninsured facility, including interest and costs, which ultimately totaled in excess of $2 million dollars. The family is now attempting to effectuate changes to the nursing home laws by lobbying in Tallahassee. Since the verdict was entered in this case, the quality rating of the nursing home issued by the government went from being a one star to a four-five star facility.

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Managing Partner Gary Lesser Featured in Palm Beach Post

Firm Managing Partner Gary S. Lesser serves on the national board of the Parents Television Council and was featured in the Palm Beach Post article about the organization's efforts to encourage McDonald's to stop supporting and advertising the Family Guy television show. The Palm Beach Post writes that Gary "is at the center of a brewing standoff between a popular cartoon, a powerful television advocacy group, and a global brand." Gary authored a letter to Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama's former White House press secretary who now heads the fast-food chain's communications office.
"If McDonald’s wants more families, if McDonald’s wants to reach out to that market, why are they advertising on a show that makes jokes about child rape and child sexual assault?” Lesser said during an interview for the article.


 
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Aug 13, 2015BDBMC 3rd Quarter Update for Fiscal Year 2014/2015
BDBMC 3rd Quarter Update for Fiscal Year 2014/2015

The Business Development Board of Martin County has been involved in several new and exciting activities during the past three months.

In partnership with Indian River State College, Paradigm Precision and Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1041, the
BDBMC provided specialized training grants for veterans and high school seniors to attend a local manufacturing training program. We also held our first ever “Shark Tank” competition for eligible participants that completed the thirteen-week Business Accelerator Program, two of whom were each awarded a $5,000 grant.

Please find this quarter’s editions of “Martin County Business”, the BDBMC’s weekly business page found on
3B each Wednesday in the Stuart News. This weekly page profiles local companies, business briefs, available commercial properties, partner events and BDBMC activities.

We hope this information keeps you apprised of what’s been happening in your local business community and encourages you to share your stories for future publications.

Best Regards,
Tim Dougher
Executive Director



 
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Aug 13, 2015Everglades Water Quality Improvement Program Marks 20 Years of Success

Everglades Agricultural Area consistently achieves phosphorus reduction goals

For a milestone 20th year, water flowing from farmlands in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) achieved phosphorus reductions that significantly exceed those required by law.

Implementation of improved farming techniques, known as Best Management Practices (BMPs), produced a 79-percent phosphorus reduction in the 470,000-acre EAA farming region south of Lake Okeechobee for the Water Year 2015 monitoring period (May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015). The requirement is a 25-percent phosphorus reduction.

Over the program’s 20-year compliance history, the overall average annual reduction from the implementation of BMPs is 56 percent, more than twice the required amount.

“Two decades of successfully meeting and exceeding phosphorus reductions to improve Everglades water quality is a great accomplishment,” said Daniel O’Keefe, Chairman of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board. “South Florida’s agricultural communities are clearly demonstrating a long-term commitment to restoration efforts.”

Examples of BMPs include refined stormwater management practices, on-farm erosion controls and more precise fertilizer application methods. These and other management practices by agricultural growers reduce the amount of phosphorus transported in stormwater runoff that reaches the Everglades and its connected water bodies.

BMP Program Delivering Successful Results
To meet the requirements of Florida’s Everglades Forever Act, the amount of phosphorus leaving the EAA must be 25 percent less than before reduction efforts started. A science-based model is used to compute the reductions and make adjustments that account for variable rainfall.

When measured in actual mass, 147 metric tons of phosphorus were prevented from leaving the EAA and entering the regional canal system, which sends water into the Everglades, during the Water Year 2015 monitoring period. Over the past 20 years, the BMP program has prevented 3,001 metric tons of phosphorus from leaving the EAA.

Just west of the EAA, in the 170,000-acre C-139 Basin, a BMP program has been in place for the past 11 years. In November 2010, the program requirements were enhanced to better control the nutrient runoff. For the Water Year 2015 monitoring period, data show the actual mass of phosphorus discharged from the basin during that time was 27 metric tons. Ongoing work continues to focus on improving phosphorus reductions in this basin, which historically has reported elevated nutrient levels in its soils and runoff.

Stormwater Treatment Areas Provide Additional Improvements
Water leaving the EAA and C-139 Basin receives additional treatment in one of several Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) before entering the Everglades. These constructed wetlands are filled with native vegetation that serve as “green technology” to further reduce phosphorus levels.

Since 1994, the network of five STAs south of Lake Okeechobee — currently with 57,000 acres of effective treatment area — have treated more than 16 million acre-feet of water and retained approximately 2,012 metric tons of phosphorus that would have otherwise entered the Everglades. Last year, the STAs treated approximately 1.4 million acre-feet of water, retaining 83 percent of phosphorus from water flowing through the treatment cells.

Through the end of April 2015, more than 4,860 metric tons of phosphorus have been prevented from entering the Everglades through treatment wetlands and the BMP program combined. Overall, Florida has invested more than $1.8 billion to improve Everglades water quality since 1994. Additional improvements in Everglades water quality are being achieved by Governor Scott’s Restoration Strategies initiative, which includes more than 6,500 acres of STA expansions and construction of 116,000 acre-feet of additional water storage.

For more information:
• BMPs and Source Controls
• Improving Water Quality
• Restoration Strategies for Clean Water for the Everglades


 
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Aug 12, 2015Food drives stock House of Hope in fight against hunger
House of Hope is on pace to exceed the half-million pounds of food it distributed last year to Martin County residents in need.

At the half-way mark of 2015, the total of food distributed was 332,316 pounds. That’s the equivalent of
about 27 7,000 nutritionally balanced meals to local people in need.

House of Hope services touch the lives of about 5,000 Martin County residents per month. About a third of the people helped
are children, and the summer months have been busy with kids out of school. In June, House of Hope's food pantries – in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach – distributed a record total of 63,883 pounds of food.

About two-thirds of the food House of Hope receives is donated. Many generous neighborhoods, organizations and individuals
conduct food drives to collect canned and dry goods. These staples are combined with meat, produce and other fresh food acquired by House of Hope.

Some staples are in short supply right now, notably pasta sauce and jelly. Food drives and individual donations of food are always welcome.

Here are just a few examples of the food- and fund-raisers that have recently benefited House of Hope:

- Young Taekwondo students at the Master Amy Reed Black Belt Academy in Stuart conducted a creative campaign in which the students sought sponsors and then used their skills to break boards. The "Give Them a Break" fund-raiser collected $1,512.

- Marasco Ranch in Palm City conducted a food drive during summer camp, collecting 638 pounds of food.

- The offices of the Martin County Tax Collector, Ruth Pietruszewski, added to their year-round food bin collections
, bringing the total to 429 pounds.

- St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stuart conducts a food drive on several weekends throughout the year. The collection in July
resulted in 1,605 pounds of food and $196. Since last September, the parishioners have donated a grand total of 14,327 pounds.

- Lt. Col. Tom Bridges of Palm City donated 525 pounds of food in July. He regularly purchases food for House of Hope in tribute to someone the agency helped in the past
.
For information about conducting a food drive, please visit
hohmartin.org/food or call (772) 286-4673, ext. 1011.


 
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Aug 12, 2015Upcoming Events from Corporate and Community Training Institute @ Indian River State College
Medical Coding for ICD-10-CM Diagnosis System

This class focuses on preparing students for the implementation of ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding system on October 1, 2015.

Students will be taught the similarities between ICD-9 and ICD-10, the changes with the ICD-10 system and the changes required for medical record documentation, coding, practice management system upgrades, reimbursement (medical necessity), and compliance. This class is designed to provide clinical, coding and billing staff with the knowledge needed to ensure that preparedness for the new code sets is both timely and specific to "need to know" concepts as it relates to their own areas of expertise.

The goal of the class is to prepare coders for National ICD-10-CM certification exam that is mandated before implementation in October 2015 and to prepare providers for the documentation and process changes required within their own medical practices.

ICD-9-CM coding knowledge is recommended but not required to take this course.

Location: Main Campus, Fort Pierce
Room Y-205
Date: August 14, 2015 - September 4, 2015
Day: Friday
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $695
**Cost: $550
**Discounted Rate for Students that have taken
"Coding for Professional Services" Class with CCTI @ IRSC

Register today!


LinkedIn, Twitter & Pinterest

Do you know how to effectively market y ourself on
LinkedIn, the world's leading business network?

What is Twitter? Should you use it in your internet marketing strategy?

How can you use Pinterest for your business?

Come learn all about these three important social networks in this 3 hour workshop!

REGISTER TODAY!
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ Main Campus| 9:00AM - 12:00PM |
Rm. Y208
Investment: $59

Critical Care Training and ACLS Re-certification
Register Today!
The Corporate & Community Training Institute at IRSC is hosting an 11-day/44 hour Critical Care Course. This program will assist the Registered Nurse, experienced or novice RN's, Recovery (PACU), Progressive Care RN's, Nurses out of practice for one year, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in Critical Care Nursing, but not necessarily working in Critical Care. This course focuses on obtaining skills for advancement into a Critical Care setting. While each student candidate may be familiar with critical care, this Critical Care Course expands and provides the necessary assessment and skills required to care for the critically ill patient.
This course is taught by clinically astute CCRN faculty leaders and industry experts.

The following systems are covered in detail:
• Neuroscience Review
• Cardiovascular/Basic EKG Review
• Pulmonary Part 1, Part 2
• Gastrointestinal/Pain
• Critical Care Pharmacology
• Hematological/Renal/Endocrine Review
• Multi-system failure and Shock, Critical Care Jeopardy
What's New and Improved!!!!
Included in the Critical Care Course is an ACLS/ALS recertification that, along with didactic in prior classes, would re-certify the student in the American Heart Association ACLS/ALS course. By providing a review of current scientific guidelines, pharmacology review, arrhythmias pertinent to resuscitation and review of current resuscitation algorithms, successful completion will earn the student an AHA ACLS/ALS card.
Date: Monday, August 24 - November 16, 2015 @ IRSC Main Campus
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $550

Register today!


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Medical Coding
for
ICD-10-CM Diagnosis System



This class focuses on preparing students for the implementation of ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding system on October 1, 2015.

Students will be taught the similarities between ICD-9 and ICD-10, the changes with the ICD-10 system and the changes required for medical record documentation, coding, practice management system upgrades, reimbursement (medical necessity), and compliance. This class is designed to provide clinical, coding and billing staff with the knowledge needed to ensure that preparedness for the new code sets is both timely and specific to "need to know" concepts as it relates to their own areas of expertise.

The goal of the class is to prepare coders for National ICD-10-CM certification exam that is mandated before implementation in October 2015 and to prepare providers for the documentation and process changes required within their own medical practices.

ICD-9-CM coding knowledge is recommended but not required to take this course.

Location: Main Campus, Fort Pierce
Room Y-205
Date: August 14, 2015 - September 4, 2015
Day: Friday
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $695
**Cost: $550
**Discounted Rate for Students that have taken
"Coding for Professional Services" Class with CCTI @ IRSC

Register today!



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LinkedIn, Twitter & Pinterest

Do you know how to effectively market yourself on
LinkedIn, the world's leading business network?

What is Twitter? Should you use it in your internet marketing strategy?

How can you use Pinterest for your business?

Come learn all about these three important social networks in this 3 hour workshop!

REGISTER TODAY!

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ Main Campus| 9:00AM - 12:00PM |
Rm. Y208
Investment: $59

________________________________________________________________________________________________
Critical Care Training and ACLS Re-certification
Register Today!
The Corporate & Community Training Institute at IRSC is hosting an 11-day/44 hour Critical Care Course. This program will assist the Registered Nurse, experienced or novice RN's, Recovery (PACU), Progressive Care RN's, Nurses out of practice for one year, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in Critical Care Nursing, but not necessarily working in Critical Care. This course focuses on obtaining skills for advancement into a Critical Care setting. While each student candidate may be familiar with critical care, this Critical Care Course expands and provides the necessary assessment and skills required to care for the critically ill patient.
This course is taught by clinically astute CCRN faculty leaders and industry experts.

The following systems are covered in detail:
• Neuroscience Review
• Cardiovascular/Basic EKG Review
• Pulmonary Part 1, Part 2
• Gastrointestinal/Pain
• Critical Care Pharmacology
• Hematological/Renal/Endocrine Review
• Multi-system failure and Shock, Critical Care Jeopardy
What's New and Improved!!!!
Included in the Critical Care Course is an ACLS/ALS recertification that, along with didactic in prior classes, would re-certify the student in the American Heart Association ACLS/ALS course. By providing a review of current scientific guidelines, pharmacology review, arrhythmias pertinent to resuscitation and review of current resuscitation algorithms, successful completion will earn the student an AHA ACLS/ALS card.
Date: Monday, August 24 - November 16, 2015 @ IRSC Main Campus
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $550
Register today!


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Advanced Excel
Increase your MSExcel knowledge with this Advanced Excel class.
This advanced course focuses on:
• tables, pivot tables, & macros
• formulas and functions to perform calculations on cell data
• Creating and editing formulas using relative, absolute and mixed cell references
• Creating 3-D charts
• Using functions and features such as VLOOKUP, COUNT, IF, DATE and NOW.
It is recommended that students have MSExcel experience before taking this course.

Date:
Tuesdays & Thursdays, August 25, 27, Sept. 1, 2015
Main Campus | 6PM - 9PM | Y208
Investment: $109

REGISTER TODAY!
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This is just a selection of the classes and workshops coming soon to a campus near you. Please visit our website at www.IRSCbiz.com for a complete listing.

Corporate and Community Training Institute @ Indian River State College
http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main.welcome









 
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Aug 12, 2015Welcome to the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing Newsletter!
Welcome to the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing's Industry Newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide industry stakeholders with information on upcoming events, programs of services, and items of interest.

Summer Promotion
Did you know about our summer promotion? A huge thank you to the ten hotel properties and ten tourism partners helping us this summer. Visitors staying at one of the participating properties receive a brass replica Spanish coin and have the opportunity to take part in a Treasure Hunt. This promotion is being digitally promoted to the Florida drive market and our target markets to the east and south. Contact us at info@discovermartin.com for more information.


Recent PR Coverage
PR works and we are working diligently to keep promoting Martin County using an aggressive PR strategy. We are delighted that the accolades continue to build. The publication ONLY IN YOUR STATE ranked Stuart as one of the "8 Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns in Florida" in late July and earlier this month, Stuart was listed at #8 in the "12 Amazing Places in Florida that are a Photo-taking Paradise" article by the same publication.
http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/florida/photogenic-places-fl/

Hotel Update!
It has been another impressive month for the hotel industry in Martin County. The latest data from Smith Travel has occupancy up 11.8% for the month of June. Revenue was up 21.70% for the month of June, this increase is almost double most areas in Florida.

Year- to- date we are having a strong year with occupancy up 9.70% and revenue up 20.10% this is ahead of most areas in Florida.


Tourist Development Council/Tourism Industry Spotlight- Dan Brady
As a native of Martin County, my perspective of tourism may be a little different. I feel that there is a fine balance between promoting our natural and historic treasures while preserving the local culture that we embrace.

As a Realtor, I am privileged to share with many first time visitors, some who eventually move here, historical facts and features that make this county a very special place to call home. We have five major waterways providing for more than 200 miles of shoreline. We have an abundantly diverse wildlife which is supported by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucie River. The beautiful and untouched South Fork of the St Lucie River, commonly referred to as the Olde Florida Waterway, was often used as a backdrop for many of our local artists such as Beanie Backus, James Hutchinson, and The Highwaymen.

We have a unique approach to preservation and conservation while embracing responsible growth that is the envy of other Florida counties. Tourism does provide a valuable asset to our community and offers us the opportunity to share and educate our visitors about what makes our county so special.


Upcoming Event

Are you interested in learning more about sports tourism? In September, the Treasure Coast Sports Commission will be hosting the first Sports Tourism Summit. The event will focus on the impact of sports tourism on the Treasure Coast.

Scheduled Speakers and Presenters:
John Webb; President, Florida Sports Foundation
Jeff Mielke; Executive Director, Lee County Sports Authority; Ft. Myers, FL
Mike Chandler; CEO, Altitude Event Consulting; Colorado Springs, CO

Where: PGA Golf Club - Wanamaker Room
When: Thursday, September 10, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $30.00 per person includes lunch
RSVP: rhatcher@treasurecoastsports.org or 772-871-5458


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

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


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


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



 
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Aug 12, 2015Tax Return Filing Due Dates Changes
On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed into law P.L. 114-41, the "Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015". Although this new law was primarily designed as a 3-month stopgap extension of the Highway Trust Fund and related measures, it includes a number of important tax provisions, including revised due dates for partnership and C corporation returns and revised extended due dates for some returns. This notice provides an overview of these provisions, which may have an impact on you, your family, or your business.


Revised Due Dates for Partnership and
C-Corporation Returns
Domestic corporations (including S corporations) currently must file their returns by the 15th day of the third month after the end of their tax year. Thus, corporations using the calendar year must file their returns by March 15 of the following year.

The partnership return is due on the 15th day of the fourth month after the end of the partnership's tax year. Thus, partnerships using a calendar year must file their returns by April 15 of the following year. Since the due date of the partnership return is the same date as the due date for an individual tax return, individuals holding partnership interests often must file for an extension to file their returns because their Schedule K-1s may not arrive until the last minute.

Under the new law, in a major restructuring of entity return due dates, effective generally for returns for tax years beginning after December 31, 2015:
• Partnerships and S corporations will have to file their returns by the 15th day of the third month after the end of the tax year. Thus, entities using a calendar year will have to file by March 15 of the following year. In other words, the filing deadline for partnerships will be accelerated by one month; the filing deadline for S corporations stays the same. By having most partnership returns due one month before individual returns are due, taxpayers and practitioners will generally not have to extend, or scurry around at the last minute to file, the returns of individuals who are partners in partnerships.
• C corporations will have to file by the 15th day of the fourth month after the end of the tax year. Thus, C corporations using a calendar year will have to file by April 15 of the following year. In other words, the filing deadline for C corporations will be deferred for one month.
Keep in mind that these important changes to the filing deadlines generally won't go into effect until the 2016 returns have to be filed. Under a special rule for C corporations with fiscal years ending on June 30, the change is deferred for ten years - it won't apply until tax years beginning after December 31, 2025.


Revised Extended Due Dates for
Various Returns
Taxpayers who can't file a tax form on time can ask the IRS for an extension to file the form. Effective for tax returns for tax years beginning after December 31, 2015, the new law directs the IRS to modify its regulations to provide for a longer extension to file a number of forms, including the following:
• Form 1065 (U.S. Return of Partnership Income) will have a maximum extension of six-months (currently, a 5-month extension applies). The extension will end on September 15 for calendar year taxpayers.
• Form 1041 (U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts) will have a maximum extension of five and a half months (currently, a 5-month extension applies). The extension will end on September 30 for calendar year taxpayers.
• The Form 5500 series (Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan) will have a maximum automatic extension of three and a half months (under currently law, a 2½ month period applies). The extension will end on November 15 for calendar year filers.
FinCEN Report Due Date Revised
Taxpayers with a financial interest in or signature authority over certain foreign financial accounts must file FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). Currently, this form must be filed by June 30 of the year immediately following the calendar year being reported, and no extensions are allowed.

Under the new law, for returns for tax years beginning after December 31, 2015, the due date of FinCEN Report 114 will be April 15 with a maximum extension for a 6-month period ending on October 15. The IRS may also waive the penalty for failure to timely request an extension for filing the Report, for any taxpayer required to file FinCEN Form 114 for the first time.


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


Sincerely,


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


 
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Aug 12, 20157-Eleven delivers pizzas, partnership

Representatives from 7-Eleven stores recently visited House of Hope to deliver pizzas and launch a partnership with the agency.

Several 7-Eleven local and district managers brought 221 frozen pizzas to the House of Hope food pantry in Stuart on Aug. 7.

This treat for food pantry clients was thanks to the contributions of 7-Eleven customers and employees in Martin County.

“This is just the beginning,” said Corzell White, a 7-Eleven field consultant. Local 7-Eleven stores are planning future Pizza Donation Days as well as volunteer activities with House of Hope.

“We want to use our resources to help feed the communities that support our businesses,” the company said in a presentation announcing the goals of the first Pizza Donation Day.

House of Hope touches 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 planning & guidance. The agency’s food pantries in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach and Indiantown provide a nutritionally balanced array of canned and dry goods, frozen meat, fresh produce, deli, dairy and bakery items.

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



 
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Aug 11, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HOST “PARENT UNIVERSITY”
The Martin County School District will host its second annual “Parent University” on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 8am-12pm at Martin County High School. This program is designed to provide important information to parents and other caregivers as they strive to support their child’s academic life.

Sessions will focus on academic and support programs in the Martin County School District as well as effective strategies families can use to help every child succeed.

Parent University will start with a General Session for all parents/guardians, followed by break-out sessions with topics relative to elementary and secondary schools. Topics include literacy, science, and math strategies, family involvement, school and cybersafety, college and career readiness and career and technical education.

The Martin County School District encourages all parents and guardians to attend this free event, which will also include information provided by community partners. (The event is designed for parents and guardians and not intended for attendance by students or children.)

The host site of Parent University, Martin County High School, is located at 2801 Kanner Hwy in Stuart. Transportation for parents/guardians of students at Warfield Elementary School and Indiantown Middle School will be provided.

Special thanks to our sponsors Lively Orthodontics, A Treasure Coast Driving School, Sign Store & More, The Stuart News/TCPalm.com, Coca-Cola and Chapman & Plymale Law, P.A.


 
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Aug 11, 2015Commissioner Anne Scott to host town hall meeting in Tequesta


The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting on August 19 hosted by Martin County District 3 Commissioner Anne Scott.
The Commissioner invites residents and business owners to have an open discussion and address any issues they feel she should know about.

The meeting will be held:
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Sheriff Sub Station
County Line Road in Tequesta
5:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. If you would like additional information regarding this meeting, please call 772-221-2357 or email Sherilyn at sscrader@martin.fl.us.


 
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Aug 11, 2015Our 3rd National Award
The Heveron Group, Inc. DBA: Beachland Cleaning Service has been selected as a winner of the 2014 BSCAI Safety Award: Category A. BSCAI is proud to recognize member companies like yours whose safety record furthers the reputation of the building service contractor industry as a whole.

As part of this award, your company will be recognized in our e-newsletter SmartBrief that reaches over 2,500 industry professionals and on our website. Please consider responding to this e-mail with a short testimonial (short phrase or paragraph) on what receiving the 2014 BSCAI Safety Award means to your company. Some of these testimonials may be featured on our website.


 
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Aug 11, 2015Zweben Law Group Broadens Scope of Services As Attorney Robert Shaffer Joins Firm
With the arrival of attorney Robert Shaffer, Zweben Law Group has expanded the capabilities of the firm to include trust and probate and real estate, in addition to personal injury and family law.

Shaffer, who joined the firm on August 1st, has been practicing in Stuart for several years in the areas of wills and trusts, estate planning, probate administration and real estate. A member of the Martin County Bar Association, he currently serves as chairman of the association’s Trust and Probate Committee.

“As the needs of our clients change and grow, our practice responds by increasing our ability to accommodate them,” said managing partner Gene Zweben. “In Mr. Shaffer, we now have an associate who possesses the range of skills and knowledge required to offer services in several important areas of law.”

Shaffer earned his Juris Doctorate from Miami’s St. Thomas University School of Law after graduating from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in criminology. He also served as
a clerk in the 19th Judicial Circuit, working for Circuit Judge Gary Sweet.


 
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Aug 11, 2015Martin County Airport/Witham Field earns General Aviation Airport of the Year award
Martin County is proud to announce Martin County Airport/Witham Field has been named General Aviation Airport of the Year by the Florida Department of Transportation. General aviation airports from around the state are considered for this prestigious award based on the categories of safety, aesthetics, and airport management. The winners were announced last month at the Florida Airports Council awards ceremony.
Martin County Airport/Witham Field has earned the General Aviation Airport of the Year award from the state.
Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners.

"Everything from the condition of the runways to the professionalism of airport staff is taken into account," Airport Manager George Stokus said. "We are proud to have earned this award and to be recognized statewide as providing outstanding aviation transportation services."

For more information on the Martin County Airport, visit http://www.martin.fl.us/portal/page?_pageid=413,1&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


 
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Aug 10, 2015Martin County Legislative Delegation
State Representative Gayle Harrell will be hosting this year’s Martin County Legislative Delegation meeting. In order to participate in the delegation meeting, you must first obtain a request form along with the information and instructions from Representative Harrell’s office. Then all corresponding materials, including the request form and appropriate number of copies of the presentation, must be completely filled out and delivered to Rep. Harrell’s district office, located at: 900 SE Federal Highway, Suite 325, Stuart, FL 34994, by noon on Septem-ber 17, 2015. Please keep in mind public comment will be available to everyone who wishes to speak at the meeting:
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Martin County Legislative Delegation
9:00am - 12:00pm
Martin County Administration Center
County Commission Chambers
2401 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, FL 34994

For more information or to receive a Participant Request Form, please do not hesitate to contact the district office of Rep. Gayle Harrell at (772) 221-4011 and all appropriate forms can be emailed to you.

 
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Aug 10, 2015August Newsletter - Magar


2015 August.pdf
 
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Aug 10, 2015New train station to connect South Florida to Orlando
Downtown Miami will be home to a new train station that will connect South Florida passengers to Orlando.

All Aboard Florida is the company behind the massive project that will bring the new Miami Central Train Station to the public beginning in early 2017. "We bring the trains up in the air, so they're 50 feet up in the air, and they spread out into five platforms," said Scott Sanders, the Executive Vice President of Development and Construction of All Aboard Florida.

What used to be six blocks of parking space on Northwest First Street, between Northwest Third and Eighth streets in Downtown Miami will be where commuters can take the train to Orlando with stops in West Palm Beach as well as downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The $3 billion project will include three towers above the train station. One of them is a 200,000 square-foot office building next to two other residence buildings with about 300 units. The All Aboard Florida project includes a second part. "The All Aboard Florida is the train," said Sanders. "It's the train service between downtown Miami and Orlando airport."

In Downtown Fort Lauderdale, construction of the station is located north of Broward Boulevard, next to its main bus terminal. For many, the station will provide a more convenient option over driving, and for others, an opportunity to explore different South Florida cities. "This is Miami Central, you know," said Sanders. "It's dropping you off right in the middle of Downtown Miami."


 
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Aug 10, 2015Hunger Action Month.
Treasure Coast Food Bank invites you to the kick-off of an exciting community hunger-fighting program in conjunction with our month-long celebration of Hunger Action Month.

At 12 noon on Friday, Sept. 11, Treasure Coast Food Bank kicks off “Pack the House,” a 24-hour event to sort and pack 100,000 pounds of food. Throughout the ensuing 24 hours, teams of volunteers will help sort and pack food that will help feed the roughly 100,000 people struggling with hunger every week on the Treasure Coast. Thousands are expected to participate in keeping with the selfless spirit of the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Please join us for the starting ceremony at our main office, 401 Angle Road, in Fort Pierce. There will be a color guard and some brief remarks. It is expected to last about 30 minutes. We would appreciate it if you could arrive at 11:30 a.m. so we have an opportunity for a few photos.

“Pack the House” is one of many efforts Treasure Coast Food Bank is initiating during Hunger Action Month - a nationwide awareness effort and call to action throughout September.
You’ll see many public and private community features, such as building lights, fountains, and structures, “go orange” to symbolize the fight against hunger. Many people across the Treasure Coast will wear orange clothing and make donations of food or dollars to help in the fight against hunger.

Please let us know if you’ll be attending by responding to this email or calling Angie at 561-837-3251 or Natalie at 772-489-3034.

We look forward to seeing you!


 
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Aug 10, 20152015 General Aviation Airport of the Year
Hello All,

On July 28, 2015 the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation Division awarded Martin County Airport/Witham Field with the General Aviation Airport of the Year. This recognition is based on the categories of Safety, Aesthetics, and Airport Management.

A Proclamation by the Board of County Commissioners will be presented to the Airport Staff at their next meeting on August 18, 2015.

You are cordially invited to attend Board of County Commission meeting for the presentation of this proclamation. Proclamations are typically given out after opening the meeting and prior to public comment. Due to the significant amount of agenda items and work to be completed, there will be a small presentation by the Chair to Airport Staff. Public Comment will follow the proclamations, so if you wish to speak that would be the proper time to do so.

We look forward to sharing this achievement with you. If there are any questions please contact Pat Spaulding at 772-221-1458.


Respectfully,



George M. Stokus, A.A.E.
Airport Manager
Martin County Airport/Witham Field
Martin County Board of County Commissioners
772-221-2374 (o)



 
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Aug 10, 2015What does a Habitat home really mean?


Community. Commitment. A hand up. A brighter future.
But let’s not stop there. Let’s hear directly from those who work so hard to create decent, affordable places to call home.
Jeimy Pachon and her family live in a home that she renovated with the help of Habitat for Humanity Colombia.

I heard a phrase that says there’s no big dream or small dreamer. And the truth is, it stuck with me. It is a phrase that I adapted for myself. Why? Because I’ve done what I’ve set out to do. It’s been a struggle, but I have set out to do it. If I hadn’t been ready to help myself, Habitat’s help could only take me so far. I lent my hand to Habitat so they would lend me theirs.
— Habitat homeowner Jeimy Pachon
As a homeowner going to the build day after day, I worked side by side with a diverse group of neighbors, each with their own experiences and points of view. In spite of our differences, or maybe because of them, bridges were built. A space is created that wasn’t there before. What binds us are not the superficial labels that we often use to define ourselves, but something deeper and universal: our humanity.
— Habitat homeowner Karolyn McClelland
After working side by side with future Habitat homeowners — seeing the sweat on their brows, the hope in their eyes and the gratitude in their souls — I’ve learned that I’m the one who is on the receiving end of things more than anyone else.
— Habitat volunteer Rolf Waller
Building a Habitat home isn’t as simple as getting the keys and walking into a new home. We were required to commit 1,500 sweat-equity hours building our home and other Habitat families’ homes. We walked across town — my mother didn’t have a car — every Saturday morning to work on the build site.
— Antonia Cuffee, who grew up in a Habitat house
With Habitat, right away, they ask you a lot of questions of where you are at that moment. The whole process is making sure that you’re ready for homeownership. I was really grateful that they were able to help me understand the whole process. What is a credit score? What can you do to save money? Where can you cut back? What are the necessities? I felt like it went from the unknown to the known. The wisdom of, “I get it, I know exactly what it’s going to take to be a homeowner.”
— Habitat homeowner Angel Meza
We have a yard so my son was able to go out and throw around the football. My daughter actually started wanting to have more people over. I just thank God that he gave me the opportunity. I was paying a lot of rent before. Now, I put my money into my house. I can say, “This went into my home.” It makes a difference.
— Habitat homeowner Shenita Hart
Habitat allowed the 4-year-old me to dream, to really know that I could achieve. It’s truly hard to express what having a Habitat home has done for my family, but I know I would not have gone on to a great four-year university, I wouldn’t have the same aspirations, I wouldn’t be as ambitious as I am without having had that home. That home has blessed me with a wonderful life.
— Adriana Resendez, who grew up in a Habitat house


 
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Aug 10, 2015One More Chance to Buy Your "Out Laugh Hunger" Tickets!
Friends,

We know very well that hunger is no laughing matter--but we can try to "Out Laugh Hunger" next Friday night.

A handful of tickets are left for the very first "Out Laugh Hunger" to support Treasure Coast Food Bank and the 100,000 local residents it serves each and every week.

The comedy show, presented by the Saraniti Family, is Friday, August 14 at 7 PM, and will be held at the Sunrise Theatre Black Box Venue in historic downtown Ft. Pierce.


Buy Your Tickets Here! https://www.choicesecure03.net/mainapp/eventschedule.aspx?clientID=sunrise

Your evening's headliner will be nationally-known, award-winning comedian Chris Young who'll be flying in from Michigan with his uncanny knack for turning real-life experiences into laughs--and even keep it clean!

Also appearing on stage is the Treasure Coast's very own Casey Peruski from Casey N Spaz Comedy who has performed alongside the likes of Kevin Nealon, Richard Lewis, Tom Arnold, Frank Caliendo, Carlos Mencia, Russell Peters, and Rich Vos.

Tickets to "Out Laugh Hunger" are $25 and VIP tickets (two drinks and reserved seating area) are $50. Adults 18 and over are welcome. General admission tickets can be purchased online and for VIP tickets, please call 772.489.3034 M-F after 8 AM.

We want to thank TLC Experts, Wells Fargo Advisors, Indian River Magazine, and St. Lucie County Chamber for their sponsorships.

Treasure Coast Food Bank
401 Angle Road
Fort Pierce, FL. 34947
(772) 489-3034
stophunger.org



 
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Aug 10, 2015First Baptist Christian School is accepting applications
First Baptist Christian School is accepting applications for the fall term for the new high school program grades 9th- 12th.
Stuart Shumway, Headmaster of First Baptist Christian School, is pleased to announce that James Drake will be the High School Teacher.

Jim graduated from Southern Baptist Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education. Jim was recently a substitute teacher for the St. Lucie County School District. Jim was a senior pastor in Haines City, Florida for 5 years after serving for 3 years as the Minister of Education in Evansville, Indiana. Jim will pilot the new start of First Baptist’s High School for the 2015-2016 year.

Open House is Thurs. August 20th @ 6:30pm at 201 W.Ocean Blvd. Stuart, FL.

First Baptist Christian School is fully accredited and will offer High School accredited
Online classes, with on-campus electives: P. E., Computers, Science and more.

FBCS also has:

Small Student-to-Teacher Ratio
SUFS & McKay Scholarships accepted
Certified Teaching Staff



Call the school office today at 772-287-5161
www.fbcs-stuart.org


 
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Aug 10, 2015Giving Hope a Hand
Hope Awards Luncheon
11:30 a.m., Sept. 25, 2015, St. Mary's Pittenger Center
House of Hope has selected this year's Hope Award recipients. Please join us in celebraing the agencies, businesses, individuals, faith-based organizations, civic groups, neighborhoods and schools that perform extraordinary work hand-in-hand with House of Hope.

Getting Thrifty

When House of Hope moved its Stuart thrift store to Federal Highway last fall, it helped to boost funds, donations and awareness -- all helping the agency provide more and better services to Martin County residents in need.

Here are some upcoming activities at the Stuart thrift store, 2525 SE Federal Hwy. -- all designed to attract funds and friends to House of Hope.

National Thrift Store Day, Aug. 17: House of Hope's Stuart thrift store will be one of eight area thrift stores participating in a Passport program on Aug. 17-18. The passports offer a 20% discount and an opportunity to enter a special prize drawing. Other participating agency thrift stores are ARC, Mary’s Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Hibiscus Treasure House, Humane Society, Martin Health Auxiliary and Hospice.



Thrift Store Masterpieces: House of Hope's Stuart thrift store will host an after-hours Art Sale 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 27. There'll be paintings, sculptures and blown glass at a wide range of prices. Plus, auctioneer Reed Hartman will do a live auction of some special pieces.

Sunday added to schedule: The Stuart thrift store is now open seven days a week. Also, you can check the schedule of the Stuart thrift store and all our other stores, branches and service centers on the Locations page of our website.

House of Hope’s thrift stores produce about one-third of the money that the agency needs to operate its vital human services, which include a food pantry, financial assistance, information & referral, and life-changing case management to help people work toward greater stability in their lives. House of Hope assists about 5,000 people per month.

Making an Impact

In an effort to communicate the impact of our programs, House of Hope will be adding a second email newsletter each month to provide service statistics and stories of how people have been helped.

Also, look for updates about renovations at our Indiantown branch, people who help our cause, and House of Hope's distribution of school supplies the week of Aug. 17.



Volunteer!

House of Hope is supported by more than 200 volunteers each month across our five locations. But we always need more, and there are always new and special opportunities. (Plus, look how happy our volunteers are! The photo above features three volunteers sorting clothes at our Indiantown branch.) Join the team! Read more volunteer opportunities >>

Also, here's a simple form to contact us about volunteering. >>




HOUSE OF HOPE
(772) 286-4673 + hope@hohmartin.org

THRIFT STORES AND SERVICE CENTERS:
Main office/service center: 2484 SE Bonita Street, Stuart, FL 34997-5004
Hobe Sound: 8937 SE Bridge Road, (772) 286-4673, ext. 1200
Indiantown: 15549 SW Warfield Blvd., (772) 286-4673, ext. 1300
Jensen Beach: 1090 Jensen Beach Blvd., (772) 286-4673, ext. 1400
Stuart thrift store: 2525 SE Federal Hwy., (772) 286-4673, ext. 1500

For free pickup of furniture in Martin County: (772) 286-4673, ext. 1019

www.hohmartin.org + Facebook + Twitter

Mission: To empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.




 
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Aug 10, 2015Parks and Recreation Department hosts Kids Triathlon
The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department will host the Annual Sailfish Splash Kid's Triathlon at Sailfish Splash Waterpark on Sunday, August 30 at 7:00 a.m. Kids from the surrounding counties can compete as a first time triathlete or show their skills as a veteran racer. The triathletes will snap on their swim caps, saddle up on their bikes and run their way to a fun, healthy and exciting Treasure Coast event. Click here to view photos from last year's event.

Participants must pre-register before August 24. There will be no registration on race day. Participants must have USA Triathlon (USAT) membership or purchase a one-day USAT membership on race day for $10.00.

The cost to register is $35.00. Registration includes Waterpark admission for the day for the participant and 30 percent off Waterpark admission for triathlon families for the day.

Age divisions will be 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. There will be awards for first, second and third in each age group as well as finishers medals (medals for ages five and six only) and t-shirts for all participants.

Call for more information 772-221-1419 or sign up online http://econnect.martin.fl.us.

Visit www.martin.fl.us and click on "Parks & Recreation" under "Departments" for complete information on facilities and activities. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks or on Twitter @MyMCParks.


 
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Aug 7, 2015FREE Rain Barrel to the first 40 individuals who register for the workshop!

Stormwater Education and Rain Barrel Workshop
August 20, 2015
5:30 pm
Robert Morgade Library
Anderson Community Room
The Martin County Engineering Department has spent over $50 million to improve water quality discharging to the St. Lucie River and Estuary within the County since 2000. Over 25 stormwater retrofit projects have been constructed in communities within the County that were developed prior to today’s stormwater regulations and standards. Stormwater treatment areas (STA) and other water quality improvement structures have been constructed to treat water prior to discharging to the river. We invite you to attend a Stormwater Education and Rain Barrel Workshop so you can learn more about the function of these important water quality treatment features that have been constructed in Martin County. In addition, the first 40 participants to sign up for the workshop will receive a free rain barrel. You will learn the benefits of having a rain barrel in your landscape and how to install the barrel to your rain gutter downspout system.
If you are interested, please R.S.V.P. to Dianne Hughes at DHughes@martin.fl.us or at 772-288-5927, extension 3.

 
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Aug 7, 2015JOSÉ FARINOS APPOINTED IRSC VICE PRESIDENT OF APPLIED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY


José Farinos has been appointed Vice President of Applied Science and Technology at Indian River State College. Farinos will oversee the College’s programs in business and industrial technology, advanced technology, public service education and health science.

“José brings extensive experience in applied science and technology education to his new position, with a strong track record in development of business and industry partnerships, as well as regional and national affiliations that support economic development,” said Dr. Edwin Massey, IRSC President. “He will play an important role in the College’s continued emphasis on preparation of a highly skilled workforce.”

A Stuart resident, Farinos joined IRSC in 1993 as an Assistant Professor of Drafting & Design Technology. He served as Dean of Advanced Technology since 1998, overseeing programs such as Electrical Power Technology, Robotics and Photonics, Cyber Security, Digital Media, Electronics, Computer Science, Manufacturing, Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Building Construction. He is an active member of the Florida Energy Workforce Consortium, the Center for Energy Workforce Development, the St. Lucie County and Treasure Coast Research Park Authorities, and the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami.


 
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Aug 7, 2015Summer at FOS: Shark Truths, Discount Memberships & More!
Why We Fear Sharks (And Why We Shouldn't)

Sharks have been receiving a lot of negative press lately. Despite the astronomically low odds of ever having a bad encounter with a shark (we’ve all seen the statistics showing that you have a better chance of being killed by vending machines, champagne corks, or falling coconuts than a shark), sharks still elicit a deep-seated emotional response in many people. Perhaps it’s a fear of the unknown that hits us when we move from the safety of land back into our watery origins – scientists know more about the surface of Mars than the deep sea floor. Maybe it’s the graphic nature of shark bites – no matter how rarely they occur – that causes people to hold onto an irrational fear of an animal they’ll most likely never have a run-in with. Like snakes and spiders, it’s possible that people are just hardwired to fear sharks. TV and the internet certainly haven’t helped the shark’s reputation. Thanks to a media that’s obsessed with the sensational, even relatively minor shark bites turn into horrific, fear-evoking headlines on the national news. Then there’s the cable network that used to run a much-anticipated week of factual, science-based shark programming every summer. That week has now morphed into a virtual horror fest of murdering sharks, zombie sharks, man-eating sharks… You get the idea.



It’s important to remember that most shark bites in Florida are a case of mistaken identity. Simply put, sharks don’t eat people! Even huge white sharks, which do naturally feed on human-sized prey, don’t seem to like how we taste, and rarely come back for a second bite. By following the below precautions, you can greatly reduce your chances of being mistaken for something edible by a hungry – but not murdering, man-eating, or zombified – shark. Please don’t let your fear of sharks prevent you from enjoying the ocean this summer! To set your mind at ease, think about the millions of marine biologists, surfers, and scuba divers who practically live in the ocean, but have never been bitten by a shark.



1. Avoid swimming during low-light conditions

Sharks do much of their feeding around dawn and dusk. Being in the water during those hours probably isn’t the best idea. Whether you see them or not, sharks have a constant presence on Florida’s beaches. When the light is low, there’s a much better chance that these sharks are actively hunting rather than just cruising around on autopilot. In low-light conditions, the splash of a hand or foot might be mistaken for a baitfish. Remember that sharks home in on vibrations and minute electrical fields created by their prey, and when light is low, vision plays a very small role in hunting (or separating a mullet from a swimmer’s foot).



2. Avoid murky or dirty water

Along the same lines, murky or dirty water conditions greatly reduce the role of a shark’s vision in hunting. Sharks need to react quickly in order to catch their dinner. A hand or foot shooting past a shark’s face in dirty water can trigger a reaction bite. Color contrasts – like a tan foot sticking out of a black wetsuit leg – can trick a shark’s eyesight in dirty water. That baitfish-sized foot stands out more than the wetsuit, creating an easy target for a shark to focus on. In clear water, most of our local sharks are actually pretty shy, and will give you a wide berth.



3. Don’t swim near baitfish schools

If you see baitfish schools off the beach, it’s a safe bet that predators, including sharks, are nearby. Swimming in or near bait schools can lead to accidental encounters with sharks. When sharks feed, a protective eyelid (nictitating membrane to be exact) slides over their eyes, essentially rendering them blind for a split second before they bite. If a shark is feeding in a bait school and accidentally bumps into you, there’s a good chance that it will react by closing its eyelids and biting. To the shark, you are just another baitfish. Surfing during the fall mullet run has sent more than a few unlucky people to the emergency room.



4. Use common sense when spearfishing

Spearfishermen account for a large percentage of shark bites. Sharks are attracted by the smell of blood in the water and vibrations produced by speared fish. Think about it – you’re essentially creating an underwater chum slick that follows you everywhere you go. A stringer of speared fish can be irresistible to a hungry shark – which might accidentally bite the hand that’s holding the stringer. If you are spearing, and sharks start acting overly curious or aggressive, pull up and move to another spot. A few fish in the cooler aren’t worth a trip to the hospital.



In honor of Shark & Ray Month at Florida Oceanographic Society, Visit the Coastal Center to learn more about our seven large nurse sharks, or try your hand at feeding our cownose, southern and Atlantic stignrays. Feedings are conducted twice daily and are included in the cost of admission. Visit us online or call (772) 225-0505 for more information!









"Adopt" a Shark or Stingray at the Coastal Center!



Looking for ways to get involved? "Adopt" a Shark or Stingray at the Coastal Center! Your gift goes directly to help support the animals in our care.



Adoption packages begin at just $25 and include the following:
•Personalized Certificate of Adoption
•"Fun Facts," an educational fact sheet about your selected animal.
•Monthly updates from Florida Oceanographic regarding our animals, exhibits, events and volunteer opportunities.
•Plush Animal Friend and More!

Father Seahorse Gives Birth at the Coastal Center



On May 23, 2015, a male seahorse in our Life Support Building gave birth to a brood of seahorse fry - the first generation of captive reared seahorses at Florida Oceanographic Society!



Viable babies were quickly scooped into their own special tank where Animal Care Staff started the tedious task of rearing the fry (that were much smaller than a grain of rice!). Seahorse fry are so small that they can't fight the surface tension, so their special tank (a homemade kreisel) kept them flowing in a circular pattern unable to stick to the surface of the water.



Now, with over 70 water changes, 3 variations of live feed and almost 4 months of daily coddling, the fry are ready to move onto exhibit! Some of this brood was also donated to FIT for further genetic diversity research. Survival rate for seahorse fry in the wild is only around 1% - we were happy to have 6 fry reach a strong and healthy size for the public to see!



Come see the first generation of captive reared seahorses in our Seagrass exhibit at the Coastal Center - and see the responsible father in our Oyster Tank at the admissions desk.







"Adopt" a Seahorse at the Coastal Center!



Looking for ways to get involved? "Adopt" a Seahorse at the Coastal Center! Your gift goes directly to help support the animals in our care.



Adoption packages begin at just $25 and include the following:
•Personalized Certificate of Adoption
•"Fun Facts," an educational fact sheet about your selected animal.
•Monthly updates from Florida Oceanographic regarding our animals, exhibits, events and volunteer opportunities.
•Plush Animal Friend and More!




 
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Aug 6, 2015Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Returning to Treasure Coast
After a wildly successful inaugural event in 2014, the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival will return to the Treasure Coast on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The second annual event will once again be held at Museum Pointe Park on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce. Festival-goers can explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on, minds-on activities.
This FREE family-friendly community celebration aims to show that science is not only meaningful and relevant, but also fun! Participants will delight in the chance to dig for real fossils, construct oyster mats, and watch crystals grow, dissolve, and grow again before their very eyes. Dozens of exhibitors from throughout the IRL region will have hands-on activities and demonstrations exploring different areas of science, including agriculture, chemistry, entomology, computer science, ecology, marine science and more!
“We had such a fantastic inaugural event, but we are planning an even bigger celebration of our region’s STEM resources this year,” shared Laura Diederick, Co-Chair of the Festival. “Science is so much fun and we want to make sure every resident of the Treasure Coast has an opportunity to learn that first hand.”
Highlights of the event include:
• Explosive chemistry stage shows with Miracle of Science
• Board breaking demonstrations by Sidekick Martial Arts Studios
• Live animal presentation by Treasure Coast Wildlife Center
• Free admission to the St. Lucie County Aquarium and St. Lucie Regional History Center
• Food trucks from area vendors
• Free parking at event site
Additionally, there are a number of science-focused satellite events taking place across Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties leading up to the Festival day. For more information on these events, visit the IRL Science Festival website at www.irlsciencefest.org.
“The Treasure Coast is incredibly fortunate to have such a diversity of science and technology re-sources,” said Festival Co-Chair Cristin Krasco. “The IRL Science Festival and the pre-Festival events are a fantastic way for the community to learn about the wealth of opportunities in our own backyard.”

The IRL Science Festival has been made possible through funding from the Smithsonian Marine Station, Friends of the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch, the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, and the generous support of Treasure and Space Coast Radio, St. Lucie County, Indian River State College, and the City of Fort Pierce. Exhibitor registration is open online until September 4 at www.irlsciencefest.org/exhibit. Festival planners are still looking for additional event sponsors. For more information on how individuals, groups and businesses can support this event, please contact Festival Co-Chair Laura Diederick at 772.462.6216.
Established in 2014, the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival is a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that culminates with a large-scale community event on the last Saturday of September each year. The festival aims to demonstrate that science is meaningful, relevant, and fun, to make science accessible to all residents of the Treasure Coast, and to highlight STEM resources in the IRL region. The Festival planning committee is made up entirely of volunteer organizers from local governments and research, education and non-profit organizations, and administrative support is largely provided by the Smithsonian Marine Station. A member of the Science Festival Alliance (www.sciencefestivals.org) since 2013, the IRL Science Festival serves as a leader in promoting science and science festivals across the state Florida. For more information about all Festival partners, sponsors, and scheduled activities, visit www.irlsciencefest.org. #IRLsciencefest

 
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Aug 5, 2015Humane Society of the Treasure Coast has record-setting adoption weekend
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast experienced a record-setting adoption weekend during a time when the shelter was undergoing a wave of overcrowding. During the recent free adoption weekend, 108 animals were adopted, which shattered all previous numbers: 51 dogs, 40 cats and 17 small critters (rabbits, hamsters and Guinea pigs). The adoption success can be attributed to the generosity of an anonymous donor, which enabled free adoptions to take place during one designated weekend.
This is the second year in a row the HSTC has seen an increase in animals being surrendered during the summer months. Prior to the free adoption weekend, the HSTC had been sheltering up to 200 animals, almost double the normal number of shelter animals.
The HSTC is the only open access shelter from Vero Beach to Ft. Lauderdale that does not euthanize animals when the shelter gets overcrowded. Instead, they house them in crates in the hallways and depend on their foster program. Open access means the shelter accepts every animal that is brought to it, unlike other pet agencies that turn away animals they deem to be unadoptable or that come from other counties or states.
Interested adopters may visit the shelter at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., Palm City, Mon. through Sat. from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., (Wed. until 7 p.m.) and on Sunday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. All parties must go through the HSTC adoption interview and review process to qualify as an adopter. Cats also may be adopted at Thrift Store Central, 2585 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, and at Thrift Store North, 1099 NW 21st St., Stuart. The shelter and thrift stores’ adoption hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. To see photos and descriptions of available animals, visit the website, http://www.hstc1.org. For more information, call 772-223-8822.
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs, dynamic humane education services, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no animal is turned away for any reason because the HSTC believes that is the humane thing to do. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822.


 
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Aug 5, 2015Kozan and Bourdage Capture 2015 South Florida Junior PGA Championship
Andrew Kozan of Palm Beach Gardens and Jillian Bourdage of Tamarac, FL won the 2015 South Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks Wednesday and Thursday, June 17-18 at St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL.

Palm Beach Gardens native Andrew Kozan went wire to wire with rounds of 69-70 to capture his first South Florida Junior PGA Championship. Kozan jumped out to fast start after birding the opening hole and was able to keep the momentum going all day. Weston native Jordan Reeves started to put pressure on Kozan after rattling off birdies on holes 10, 12, 13 & 18. Despite Reeves outstanding back nine, Kozan’s strong lead was too much to overcome for Reeves.

Tamarac naitve Jillian Bourdage finished off a strong week at the year’s first junior major with a big playoff win over 2012 South Florida Junior PGA Champion Valentina Haupt of Weston. Bourdage opened up with a birdie to build on her lead. As the day went on, Bourdage grinded out a four-over par 76 to finish tied for lead with Haupt. Bourdage was able to birdie the second playoff hole and capture her first South Florida Junior PGA Championship.



By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Kozan and Bourdage qualified for the 40th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, Aug. 3-6, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Kozan, 17, posted a final-round 2-under par 70 for a two-day total of 5-under par 139 and a four-stroke victory over Jordan Reeves of Lake Worth. Bourdage, 13, had a final-round 76 for a two-day total of 150.

Click HERE for digital results

The Junior PGA Championship, Presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, champions of the nine PGA Junior Series events, select national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have yet not reached their 19th birthdays as of the final round of the championship.

The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping-stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: Inbee Park, Luke Guthrie, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Jordan Spieth, Lexi Thompson, David Toms, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.

Taplow Pub History

The origin of The PGA of America can be traced to Jan. 17, 1916, when a group of New York-area golf professionals, accompanied by several prominent amateur golfers, attended a luncheon at the Taplow Club in New York City. The host was department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker. Among those in attendance were prominent golfers Walter Hagen and Francis Ouimet, and acclaimed golf course designer, A.W. Tillinghast. PGA Golf Club honors its rich history by renaming the previous Champions Grille 'Taplow Pub'.

Summer Hours of Operation:

Open Daily 6:30AM - 6:30PM

6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast
10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Happy Hour



 
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Aug 4, 2015Local Law Enforcement Looks Forward to “Ticketing” Youth
Most people get nervous when a law enforcement officer approaches. Everyone dreads the possibility of getting that “ticket”. But what happens when law enforcement starts rewarding young citizens who are making healthy and helpful choices? It creates an opportunity to build a positive connection between local law enforcement and youth. It’s called “Positive Ticketing” and its coming to Martin County thanks to a collaboration between Tykes & Teens, The City of Stuart, the Stuart Police Department, Jupiter Island Public Safety, Sewall’s Point Police Department, The Children’s Services Council of Martin County and the Martin County Sherriff’s Department.
Dr. Agnieszka Marshall, Director of Prevention Services at Tykes and Teens, came across the idea of Positive Ticketing in her Developmental Asset Training at the Search Institute of Minnesota. The Institute conducted studies and identified 40 developmental assets that are essential to youth becoming productive adult members of society. These assets are a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful adults. The Positive Ticketing program has been identified as a project that helps build these assets.
The idea is for local leaders and law enforcement to make a positive connection with youth. The City of Stuart Police Department, Jupiter Island Public Safety, Sewall’s Point Police Department and the Martin County Sherriff’s Department have shown great skill at building relationships between citizens and law enforcement in our community, and are now partners in the positive ticketing program. Officers will look for youth who are making healthy and helpful choices in the community, and will then issue a POSITIVE TICKET with a special prize provided by local businesses including the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, YMCA of the Treasure Coast, Chick fil-A of Stuart, Hurricane Grill and Wings of Stuart, Dairy Queen of Stuart, Luna Restaurant, Kilwin’s of Downtown Stuart and Big Apple Pizza of Stuart. Ticket recipients will also be entered into a bi-annual raffle for a chance to be further recognized and rewarded.
This is not just a ticket and a prize, but a way for young people to receive support from a non-parent individual, and a chance for youth to perceive that adults in the community value them. When implemented in other locations, positive ticketing has been known to improve the community’s relationship with law enforcement and decrease juvenile crime rates. For more information about the positive ticketing program or to learn how your business can get involved, call Dr. Agnieszka Marshall at 772-220-3439.


 
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Aug 4, 2015Physician's Immediate Care
Open 7 Days a Week!
Monday-Friday 8am-8pm
Saturday & Sunday 8am-5pm

888.274.9113
immedcare.com
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Physicians Immediate Care is the leading brand of independent, physician-owned neighborhood urgent care clinics, with five convenient locations serving northern Martin and St. Lucie Counties that are open seven days a week. For more than 10 years its outstanding team of medical providers have administered cost-effective, compassionate care to Treasure Coast residents and visitors. Physicians Immediate Care also offers employers professional services for workers compensation, routine exams, and drug testing. For additional information call (888) 274-9113, or visit their website at www.immedcare.com. "Like" us on Facebook for additional health
Physicians Immediate Care appoints Chief Operating Officer ---
Rebecca DeLoach

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla., (July 3, 2015) — "Physicians Immediate Care, the leading brand of independent, physician-owned neighborhood urgent care clinics in Florida’s Treasure Coast, has appointed Rebecca DeLoach its Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, DeLoach oversees management of day-to-day operations for the company’s corporate headquarters and five urgent care clinics with respect to administration, finance and accounting, team development, policy and procedure.

“Becky has been instrumental in elevating Physicians Immediate Care from a single urgent care clinic into one of St. Lucie County’s largest employers,” said company Founder and CEO Kenneth Palestrant, M.D. “Her leadership and knowledge of every facet of our business makes her ideally suited for the role of Chief Operating Officer.”

A native of Florida, DeLoach has been with Physicians Immediate Care since January of 2003 when she became office manager of its first urgent care clinic in Port St. Lucie. Demonstrating an innate propensity for the unique nature of urgent care, she made rapid advancements through the company, receiving promotions to practice manager, regional practice manager and, most recently, regional practice administrator. She is a member of the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) and founding member and former secretary of the Urgent Care Association of Florida (UCAOF).

DeLoach has extensive training and numerous certifications in many clinical and clerical areas of the medical practice spectrum. Her work experience includes eight years in a multi-specialty group; seven years in a private rheumatology practice; and 16 years in urgent care management and administration."

What you need to know about
Alzheimer's Disease
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It seems some people are just forgetful. Car keys, sunglasses, purse – apparently they can’t remember where they put anything. Naturally, that’s not really the case. They eventually retrace their steps and find what they were looking for. But what if that happened to you and you couldn’t retrace your steps? Not because you couldn’t remember your exact path and actions from when you got home from work yesterday, but because you couldn’t remember walking into the room ten minutes ago or why you’re even there in the first place?
With aging, people sometimes seem to be a bit more forgetful than in younger years. Occasional slips of the mind are one thing, but when those slips occur more and more often and begin to interfere with daily life, combined with moodiness and behavioral changes, you may be seeing some of the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
What causes Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia we see in America, today, and the damage probably begins long before any sort of odd outward behavior is displayed. In its earliest stages, a gradual buildup of plaque blocks the tiny neurons in the brain that allow communication, resulting in a slow degradation of functionality over time. As that blockage between neurons increases and gradually spreads, mood and memory (especially short term) can start to reveal clues, but often in such small doses they may still be dismissed as a simple memory slip or not noticed at all.
What happens now?
Over time the disease will progress, continuously eroding brain cell function as its symptoms and consequences become more and more evident. Increased moodiness, confusion, and shying away from or frustration with mentally demanding tasks or situations might all become more common, although how quickly that happens is difficult to say as it varies from person to person. Though early diagnosis may benefit in slowing the disease’s advance, at the moment there is no cure. A diet low in saturated fats and high in antioxidants combined with a healthy cholesterol level do seem to decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s, though.
If you find yourself forgetting things more often or occasionally experiencing a moment of confusion when you’re out and about, see your primary care doctor or stop by one of our Physician's Immediate Care locations for an initial evaluation.



 
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Aug 3, 2015Value Adjustment Board Vacancy


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Value Adjustment Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, August 21, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Citizen Position: The citizen must own homestead property within the County, may NOT be a member or an employee of any taxing authority, and may NOT be a person who represents property owners in any administrative or judicial review of property tax. The term for this position will begin September 22 and end when the Board completes their functions for 2015.

Powers & Duties:
The Value Adjustment Board hears petitions relating to assessments, hears complaints relating to homestead exemptions, hears appeals from exemptions denied or disputes arising from exemptions granted, and hears appeals concerning ad valorem tax deferrals, classifications.

Meetings are typically held twice a year, during the daytime, at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.


 
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Aug 3, 2015Tourism marketing grant applications now being accepted


The Office of Tourism and Marketing is currently accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations promoting special events within Martin County to be considered for the Martin County Tourist Development Council Grant.

The Tourism Marketing Grants Program was created to provide grants to tourism-related organizations in order to fund marketing campaigns for:
• The development of overnight tourism-related activities in Martin County.
• Advertising and promotion of Martin County.
• Activities promoting Martin County as an overnight vacation destination throughout the year with an emphasis on the off-season or shoulder season.

In order to be eligible for consideration for grant funding:
• The organization must show evidence (i.e. IRS Form 990, sunbiz.org status, Tax Exemption Certificate, non-profit documentation) of its status as a public or not-for-profit organization.
• The event, activity or promotion proposed must be directed toward increasing overnight tourism, therefore targeting out-of-region markets.

The grant application is available by contacting the Office of Tourism and Marketing at info@discovermartin.com.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 27 before 5:00 p.m.

Grant applications should be mailed to the Martin County Office of Management and Budget, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996 or emailed to nokiye@martin.fl.us.

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Jul 31, 2015FAU eBulletin (July 31, 2015)
Harbor Branch Installs State-Funded Water Quality Monitoring Units in SLE

This month, FAU Harbor Branch scientists and engineers installed five new Land Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) units in the St. Lucie Estuary, adding to a water quality monitoring network in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). Once complete, FAU Harbor Branch's LOBO network will be the largest LOBO network anywhere. The project in the St. Lucie Estuary is being funded in part by $2 million from the state legislature via Florida's Department of Environmental Protection.
"This is a monumental day for Florida and our nation as we embark on a project that will transform our long-standing research to monitor the health of this biodiverse estuary and national treasure," said Megan Davis, Ph.D., interim executive director and a research professor at FAU Harbor Branch.
The network of remote-controlled sensors offers real-time data from the IRL that is accessible online to anyone, anytime at fau.loboviz.com. On an hourly basis, these sensors will be measuring temperature, salinity, depth (to measure tidal fluctuations), turbidity (particles in the water), water color, dissolved oxygen, pH (a measure of acidity), nitrate, phosphate, and chlorophyll fluorescence, that is a measure of algal chlorophyll in the water.
"In 2011 and 2012, we conducted surveys of the estuary and confirmed that waters off Brevard contained more nitrogen than is acceptable, and levels were much higher there than in the estuary's southern waters," said Brian Lapointe, Ph.D., an expert on harmful algal blooms and a research professor at FAU Harbor Branch.
The new LOBOs will help Lapointe's current work in Martin County which is addressing nutrient pollution.
FAU Harbor Branch has a long history of conducting research and monitoring the Indian River Lagoon. For decades, scientists at FAU Harbor Branch have studied causes of macroalgae and harmful algal blooms, seagrass productivity and water quality, marine mammal health and population studies, and mercury in the food web. The lead scientist on this project, Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., said he looks forward to using and sharing this data with anyone who wants to better understand the Indian River Lagoon.
"These data will help us all better understand and appreciate the lagoon, how it works, and how we can do a better job of conserving it for today and for future generations," he said.
On July 22, reporters from WPTV, CBS12, WPBF and TCPalm joined FAU Harbor Branch to watch the final LOBO installation.

.Vibrio Info Now Available Online
FAU Harbor Branch Ph.D. student Gabby Barbarite and Research Professor, Dr. Peter McCarthy, along with researchers from Florida Sea Grant and the University of Florida's IFAS Extension office have compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding Vibrio. Vibrio bacteria occur naturally in Florida waters and are capable of causing wound infections or seafood sickness. They can be encountered through activities like fishing and swimming or by eating raw oysters and fish.

Oculina Reefs Protected Thanks to the Work of Reed and Farrington

Last week, NOAA announced the passage and publication of Amendment 8 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, thanks in part to the work of FAU Harbor Branch scientists John Reed and Stephanie Farrington. This amendment protects the newly discovered Oculina coral reefs north of Cape Canaveral from bottom trawling.
In 2011 during a NOAA-funded research expedition, Reed and Farrington discovered that these deepwater coral reefs extended nearly up to St. Augustine, Florida. Prior to that it was thought that they ended at Cape Canaveral. A small portion (90 sq. miles) of the Oculina reefs were made a marine protected area (Oculina Habitat Area of Particular Concern- OHAPC) in 1984 based on the research of scientists, including Reed, at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. This was the first marine protected area in the world to protect deepwater coral. The OHAPC was expanded to nearly 300 sq. miles up to Canaveral in 2000, and now this new discovery nearly doubles the size.
"This is a major step forward in allowing these fragile reefs to recover from decades of destructive bottom trawling," said Reed. "The Oculina coral banks are essential habitat for not only the coral, but to various grouper and snapper species which use these reefs as spawning grounds."
This month, Reed shared his coral expertise in a guest column for TCPalm.


Harbor Branch Researchers to Use Waveglider to Determine Fish Aggregations

FAU Harbor Branch Research Faculty Dr. Fraser Dalgleish, Dr. Laurent Chérubin, Dr. Bing Ouyang and Dr. Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish are working together on a project that will utilize the acoustic data collected by a Waveglider to estimate how many groupers there are in certain areas of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Keys. The project is being funded by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation and includes the purchase of a Waveglider, which was delivered to Harbor Branch later this week. Vuorenkoski, Ouyang and Dalgleish, together with the engineering team consisting of Brian Ramos, Mario Miranda and volunteer engineer Tom Gale recently traveled to Kona, Hawaii for a Waveglider operations, piloting and software training (pictured, above) in advance of the platform being delivered. They'll begin testing the equipment in the fall when they join efforts with Florida International University for work that is taking place off the coast of Jupiter. In collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean Coral Reef Institute, the team was also recently awarded an additional $400,000 in funding from NOAA to apply the new technology to red hind spawning aggregations.


Harbor Branch Hosts H20 To Go

FAU Harbor Branch is partnering again this summer with FAU Pine Jog Center and FAU Riverwoods Laboratory to host the H20 to Go program...a unique, week-long, residential research institute for high school-aged students. This program pairs students with scientists who are working in the field of environmental research. Over the course of June and July, three different groups of students particpated in the camp, with Harbor Branch being one of the stops along the way. The first group came in late June, with two more groups visiting this month. Activities included things like visiting seagrass beds to learn sampling techniques and spending time in a lab learning about plankton and taxonomy.
License Plate Program Sponsors Chamber Breakfast
Harbor Branch's Specialty License Plate Program, granted through the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation, recently sponsored the Indian River County Chamber Breakfast. The event included a short talk by Harbor Branch Stranding Coordinator Steve Burton on HBOI's Marine Mammal rescue work, which is funded in part by proceeds from the Protect Wild Dolphins and Protect Florida Whales specialty license plates. Indian River County Tax Collector Carole Jean Jordan and her staff member Lori Bloom were invited as special guests of Harbor Branch, and were publicly thanked for their longstanding support of the license plate program.






 
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Jul 31, 2015SE DIXIE HIGHWAY INTERSECTION & INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
Beginning at 9:30 pm on Monday August 6, 2015, the City of Stuart Public Works Department will begin repairing a broken sewer line on CR-A1A (SE Dixie Highway) near the SE Fifth Street intersection. This work will necessitate closing the entrance to the Kiwanis Park and may require traffic to be detoured along SE Sixth Street and SE Delaware Avenue. The work is expected to be complete by 5:30 am on Tuesday August 7, 2015. Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are encouraged to use caution and follow the marked detour through this area.




 
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Jul 30, 2015Quick update on budget hearings, CRAs and Pitchford's Landing
Friends,

Just received this bad news in my Inbox. It's a disgrace what the Martin County Commission majority is doing to our community. This report doesn't include the tax increases to be inflicted on commercial properties. I don't know about you but this will effect my "quality of life" or at least my wallet. I think that is what they want. They want to make Martin County unaffordable to the middle class and drive us out. God Bless us all.

D. Bell


In the tentative budget hearings today, the funding for the Salerno Road sewer line expansion in the Port Salerno CRA was killed by Heard, Fielding and Scott, because it benefits only restaurant owners.

The commission majority, Heard, Fielding and Scott, also discussed reducing the TIF funding to 50 percent (currently 75 percent), but Anne Scott joined Haddox and Smith in a vote rejecting Heard's motion to reduce it. (Scott wants to have the impact of reducing the TIF analyzed before she makes up her mind to do that, but the reduction still may come at a later date.)

The Rio sewer line extension is on hold while Freeman evaluates how landowners can share in the cost, but if today's budget hearing is an indicator, the Rio sewer project extension likely also will not be approved.
Fielding and Heard are pushing to have the CRA boundaries reduced to include only the mixed-use overlay portions of each CRA, which are the commercial areas only. The commission majority also wants to control how CRA projects are selected. No question that the CRAs will no longer be structured as they have been in the past, although every indication is, at this point, that the Community Development Department will be retained to oversee projects that the commissioners want done in the CRAs.
--The Business Development Board Budget request for an additional $60,000 than originally contracted by the county was rejected by the commission majority, even though Anne Scott sits on the BDB board and approved the BDB budget request originally. They approved an additional $12,000, however, which was to continue the full page BDB Business page in the Stuart News, but decided at Doug Smith's suggestion that the BDB has the discretion to spend that on other kine items, if they so choose.
-- The Pitchford's Landing redevelopment project in Jensen Beach was rejected. Originally approved almost 10 years ago, the project would have reduced its 150-unit RV park to an 83-unit subdivision of Key West-style houses and condos on 17.7 acres, thus broadening the county's tax base and representing an approximate $30 million in private investment. John Haddox joined the commission majority to vote against the project.

The owners filed a lawsuit yesterday against the commission board in Martin County Circuit Court, and the commission anticipates an additional $200,000 in legal fees for outside counsel in 2016 to defend against the Pitchford's suit. Doug Smith proposed that since legal expenses are now reaching nearly $1 million annually that perhaps it would be more cost effective to add another attorney to the legal staff.
-- Commissioners John Haddox and Doug Smith fought against a millage rate increase, but it was defeated on a vote by Anne Scott, Ed Fielding and Sarah Heard. The commission majority voted instead for a 2.3 percent increase to the millage rate, and also plan to add a sales tax referendum to the 2016 election ballot. (Anne Scott said that if she had her way, she would vote for the highest possible tax rate increase PLUS the sales tax.)

They also will be adding another sales tax referendum on the 2016 election ballot.
I did not watch Monday's budget hearing, so I cannot fill you in on that.
Sad days ahead for Martin County, folks.
Barbara Clowdus


 
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Jul 30, 2015It’s Toyota Time at “Be a Tourist in Stuart” Raffle!
Treasure Coast Toyota's Amber Woods teams up with the Stuart Sunrise Rotary Club in support of their fund raiser, "Be A Tourist In Stuart." The “Be a Tourist in Stuart” Raffle includes everything a tourist could want. All proceeds will benefit Stuart Sunrise Rotary’s Scholarship program.
Drawing of the winning ticket takes place October 9 at the ClubCorp Golf Tournament at Monarch Golf and Country Club in Stuart

To buy your ticket and see what all you can win go to the club's website www.Stuart-SunriseRotaryClub.org.




 
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Jul 30, 2015Tools for Schools prepares local students for school
Publix Super Markets and its employees have been longtime supporters of United Way.

Whether it comes to raising more money, creating more awareness or rallying more volunteers, Publix employees go above the call of duty to make their community a better place for all.

Once again this year, all Publix locations in Martin County are participating in the Tools for School event during which Publix shoppers can donate a few dollars while checking out to help purchase school supplies for local students in need. The campaign will run through August 12.

"Publix is proud to support the United Way of Martin County and the many organizations, schools and children they serve through our Tools for Schools program,” said Nicole Maristany Krauss, Media and Community Relations Manager. “Together with the help of our passionate customers, 25 schools will receive supplies to help students have a successful school year and we're thrilled to support the important work the United Way does in our community."

Last year, Publix customers donated more than $36,300 during the Tools for School drive. When this year’s fund drive is complete, Publix will order the school supplies with the money, and United Way of Martin County will help coordinate the delivery and distribution of purchased school supplies to Martin County School District schools and teachers in September. Students in need of school supplies are asked to notify their guidance counselor for more information.

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

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


 
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Jul 30, 2015Venture Construction Group of Florida educates the community with storm damage preparedness tips

Local construction and restoration company equips businesses, property owners with knowledge to
protect their properties
Stuart, Fla.– Venture Construction Group of Florida holds a Hurricane & Storm Damage Preparedness
seminar on August 4, 2015 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Hutchinson Island Marriot Beach Resort & Marina
located at 555 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, Florida. The educational event is open to homeowners,
businesses, commercial property owners, property management companies, real estate agents, and
community members. The seminar will feature speakers from nationally recognized property and storm
damage repair companies from 4 - 6 p.m., networking mixer from 6 - 7:30 p.m., raffles, prize giveaways,
and refreshments. RSVP is required. Please call 866-459-8351 to reserve your space.
The Hurricane & Storm Damage Preparedness seminar includes expert speakers in construction, real
estate, law, insurance restoration and storm damage repairs. Topics include hurricane and storm damage
preparedness; how to obtain an accurate assessment for hail, water, wind damage; community tips on
obtaining an accurate inspection from certified professionals. The speaker lineup kicks off with Joe
Radcliff, CEO of the National Insurance Restoration Council, a non-profit organization devoted to
protecting and educating property owners and restoration contractors. Radcliff, a Florida native, will
discuss how to protect your property before, during, and after a storm. Radcliff will review hurricane
season predictions in Florida, hurricane preparedness, how to choose a qualified and vetted construction
and restoration company. Michael Duffy, partner at the Childress Duffy Law Firm, will discuss how to
obtain proper insurance policies and protection for your home or commercial property. Steve Shanton,
CEO of Venture Construction Group of Florida will discuss storm damage repairs, assessments, and
preparedness, particularly for property owners who were hit by the April hail storm in Stuart and Martin
County.
“We have worked extensively with property owners throughout Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River
Counties, and after the April hailstorm here, there is a real need to help the community rebuild right now,
especially being in the middle of hurricane season. Many property owners simply aren’t aware of hail and
wind damage,” says Steve Shanton, president and founder of Venture Construction Group of Florida.
The National Insurance Restoration Council (NIRC) is a non-profit organization devoted to protecting and
educating property owners and restoration contractors when dealing with insurance claims. Venture
Construction Group of Florida has worked extensively with homeowners, commercial businesses, and
property management companies throughout Florida for over 15 years.
“Venture Construction Group of Florida is an esteemed member and preferred contractor with the most
respected organizations in the industry. They are highly regarded throughout the nation for their
expertise, quality workmanship, and commitment to educating and informing the communities they serve,”
says Joe Radcliff, CEO of the National Insurance Restoration Council.
– MORE –
About Venture Construction Group of Florida
Venture Construction Group of Florida is a leader in residential and commercial construction, renovations,
insurance restoration, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services throughout the state of
Florida. We are a full-service general contractor and assist residential and commercial property owners
with all of your construction and restoration needs. Operational excellence is our mission in every project
we undertake, and we pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service. Venture Construction
Group of Florida is proud to be an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center preferred contractor,
a certified contractor with the National Insurance Restoration Council, and a member of the United
Association of Storm Restoration Contractors. Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida
services commercial and residential properties throughout the state. For more information call 866-459-
8351 or visit us online at www.vcgfl.com.
Media Inquiries:
Nina Tomaro
Elev8 Consulting Group
Ph: 702-706-8250
Em: nina@elev8cg.com
Web: www.elev8cg.com

 
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Jul 30, 2015Venture Construction Group of Florida educates the community with storm damage preparedness tips

Local construction and restoration company equips businesses, property owners with knowledge to
protect their properties
Stuart, Fla.– Venture Construction Group of Florida holds a Hurricane & Storm Damage Preparedness
seminar on August 4, 2015 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Hutchinson Island Marriot Beach Resort & Marina
located at 555 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, Florida. The educational event is open to homeowners,
businesses, commercial property owners, property management companies, real estate agents, and
community members. The seminar will feature speakers from nationally recognized property and storm
damage repair companies from 4 - 6 p.m., networking mixer from 6 - 7:30 p.m., raffles, prize giveaways,
and refreshments. RSVP is required. Please call 866-459-8351 to reserve your space.
The Hurricane & Storm Damage Preparedness seminar includes expert speakers in construction, real
estate, law, insurance restoration and storm damage repairs. Topics include hurricane and storm damage
preparedness; how to obtain an accurate assessment for hail, water, wind damage; community tips on
obtaining an accurate inspection from certified professionals. The speaker lineup kicks off with Joe
Radcliff, CEO of the National Insurance Restoration Council, a non-profit organization devoted to
protecting and educating property owners and restoration contractors. Radcliff, a Florida native, will
discuss how to protect your property before, during, and after a storm. Radcliff will review hurricane
season predictions in Florida, hurricane preparedness, how to choose a qualified and vetted construction
and restoration company. Michael Duffy, partner at the Childress Duffy Law Firm, will discuss how to
obtain proper insurance policies and protection for your home or commercial property. Steve Shanton,
CEO of Venture Construction Group of Florida will discuss storm damage repairs, assessments, and
preparedness, particularly for property owners who were hit by the April hail storm in Stuart and Martin
County.
“We have worked extensively with property owners throughout Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River
Counties, and after the April hailstorm here, there is a real need to help the community rebuild right now,
especially being in the middle of hurricane season. Many property owners simply aren’t aware of hail and
wind damage,” says Steve Shanton, president and founder of Venture Construction Group of Florida.
The National Insurance Restoration Council (NIRC) is a non-profit organization devoted to protecting and
educating property owners and restoration contractors when dealing with insurance claims. Venture
Construction Group of Florida has worked extensively with homeowners, commercial businesses, and
property management companies throughout Florida for over 15 years.
“Venture Construction Group of Florida is an esteemed member and preferred contractor with the most
respected organizations in the industry. They are highly regarded throughout the nation for their
expertise, quality workmanship, and commitment to educating and informing the communities they serve,”
says Joe Radcliff, CEO of the National Insurance Restoration Council.
– MORE –
About Venture Construction Group of Florida
Venture Construction Group of Florida is a leader in residential and commercial construction, renovations,
insurance restoration, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services throughout the state of
Florida. We are a full-service general contractor and assist residential and commercial property owners
with all of your construction and restoration needs. Operational excellence is our mission in every project
we undertake, and we pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service. Venture Construction
Group of Florida is proud to be an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center preferred contractor,
a certified contractor with the National Insurance Restoration Council, and a member of the United
Association of Storm Restoration Contractors. Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida
services commercial and residential properties throughout the state. For more information call 866-459-
8351 or visit us online at www.vcgfl.com.
Media Inquiries:
Nina Tomaro
Elev8 Consulting Group
Ph: 702-706-8250
Em: nina@elev8cg.com
Web: www.elev8cg.com

 
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