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Jan 19, 2017Appeals Court Sides with SFWMD in Major Legal Victory
Ruling frees taxpayers from costly permitting obstruction in the operation of South Florida's water management system

In a decision that saves South Florida families potentially billions, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (New York) ruled that entities such as the South Florida Water Management District do not need costly federal permits to transfer water in operating water management systems: Trout Unlimited, Inc. et al, v. EPA et al, Docket No. 14-1823. The SFWMD intervened in this case supporting the EPA.

"For decades, South Florida's network of canals, pump stations and levees have successfully delivered flood protection while supplying water to millions of families, visitors and the environment," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "In this critical ruling, the court has affirmed that SFWMD can continue its crucial work without the burdens of additional federal regulation."

The ruling that impacts water management on a national scale affirms SFWMD's system, which serves 8.1 million people from Orlando to the Florida Keys, is consistent with the Clean Water Act. As such, SFWMD does not need National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to operate its system. Obtaining such permits is a complicated, litigious and costly endeavor.

Background:
In 1998, the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida sued SFWMD, alleging that an Everglades Agricultural Area pump station protecting western Broward County from flooding required an NPDES permit.

In 2003, Friends of the Everglades sued SFWMD, alleging the same permits were needed for several other pump stations that protect communities south of Lake Okeechobee from flooding.

In 2006, the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida ordered SFWMD to apply for NPDES permits for some of these pump stations.

In 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopted a Water Transfers Rule confirming NPDES permits were not necessary for certain water management systems. Later that year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (Atlanta) reversed the Florida court, ruling that the NPDES permitting process did not apply to SFWMD pump stations based on EPA's rule.

In 2014, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York struck down the EPA rule relied on by the 11th Circuit, which threatened the previous decision favoring Florida.

Today, the New York appellate court, in a 2-1 decision, reinstated EPA's rule. This means that NPDES permits are not required to operate South Florida's water control and flood protection system.


 
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Jan 19, 2017Martin County applauds newly-filed Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act
Martin County applauds Senator Debbie Mayfield (R-Melbourne), Representatives MaryLynn Magar (R-Hobe Sound), Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) and Erin Grall (R-Vero Beach) who filed legislation yesterday that will enhance public safety at railroad crossings and alleviate the financial burden put on local governments to upgrade and maintain the crossings for these projects. The Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act addresses Florida's current lack of any law or regulation governing high- speed rail safety and its increasing but unfunded maintenance costs.

"Martin County began its fight to protect its residents from the negative impacts of rail expansion, including the All Aboard Florida/Brightline project, in 2014. The County Commission supports the legislators who have worked to design and introduce this legislation to protect all Floridians from accidents and injuries at these dangerous railroad crossings," said Commissioner Doug Smith, Chairman of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. The proposed All Aboard Florida/Brightline high-speed passenger rail project, is expected to send 32 trains per day in excess of 110 miles per hour barreling through Treasure Coast communities, forcing school children, pedestrians, first responders, and residents to negotiate with these fast trains at crossings, through small downtowns and quiet neighborhoods.

The Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act provides the Florida Department of Transportation with the authority to regulate the operation and maintenance of high-speed passenger trains in Florida, except for the authority preempted by federal laws or regulations. The legislation establishes minimum safety standards for high-speed passenger rail, including the installation of approved safety technology that, at a minimum, must include Positive Train Control and Remote Health Monitoring. It also addresses the costs local governments will incur to not only upgrade and maintain the crossings for high speed rail, but to also install safety technology at rail crossings. Without the legislation, Martin County's costs alone would rise dramatically for the upgrades and improvements necessary for the proposed All Aboard/Brightline project, potentially reaching $13.5 million in 2030 and exceeding $31 million by 2040.

"This legislation will protect our taxpayers from the unfunded mandate of financing safety equipment upgrades and perpetual maintenance costs for these rail projects," added Commissioner Smith.

For more resources and information on the many local and regional issues of concern relating to the proposed AAF passenger rail project, including presentations, studies, letters of concern to state and federal agencies and more, visit www.martin.fl.us. In addition, please visit the County's social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, for updates.



 
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Jan 19, 2017Do You Have an Outstanding Pillar of Character in Your Office?
There’s one in every workplace – the colleague who you can count on to be honest and fair, compassionate and trustworthy. United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! Employee Pillar of Character Awards was created as a way to recognize these outstanding individuals who stand out as exceptional employees, co-workers and role models.

The awards are presented to six employees throughout Martin County who consistently demonstrate one or more of the six character traits that are the cornerstone of the CHARACTER COUNTS! program – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Nominating someone is a great way to boost morale and show your appreciation for their commitment to exemplifying good character and work ethic within your organization.

Past recipients include employees in small and large businesses, educational institutions, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
“It was such a surprise and an honor to be recognized, especially considering that character is essential in the work that we do,” said 2015-2016 Employee Pillar of Character Award recipient Attorney Elizabeth Hunter. “I would definitely encourage others to nominate someone for this award.”
Nomination forms are due Feb. 21, 2017 and can be found online at www.UnitedWayMartin.org/CharacterCounts.

Winners will be surprised in mid-March with an entertainment package and recognized at their workplace with a visit from United Way representatives, co-workers and close friends. For more information, contact Holly Laiben at (772) 283-4800, ext. 234 or hlaiben@unitedwaymartincounty.org.

The Employee Pillar of Character Awards is sponsored by Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith LLC and The Firefly Group.

Although highly identified with schools, United Way’s CHARACTER COUNTS!, program is an initiative for people of all ages and walks of life. The program is embraced by government, law enforcement and businesses in Martin County. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org/CharacterCounts or call 772-283-4800, ext. 234.


 
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Jan 19, 2017Register now for free SKYWARN® Severe Weather Spotter class January 21
Martin County SKYWARN will be hosting a National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN® Spotter Training Class at the Martin County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Room 225, Second Floor, 800 S.E. Monterey Road in Stuart. The free NWS class, taught by a NWS meteorologist, will be held from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (basic class) or 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (advanced) on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Space is limited, so register now at http://www.weather.gov/media/mlb/skywarnclasses.pdf.

At the conclusion of this educational training session, participants will be able to recognize local precursors to severe weather such as storm cloud formations that lead to severe weather and be introduced to weather maps. Participants will be provided NWS SKYWARN Spotter ID cards and a special NWS phone number to report certain observed severe weather parameters and/or storm damage to the office in Melbourne. Participant phone numbers will be placed into the NWS database and they will occasionally receive phone calls inquiring about severe weather heading to their locations, as detected by weather radar.

ABOUT SKYWARN®: SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 300,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® Spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. Since Information provided by SKYWARN® Spotters coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods. For information on local SKYWARN® go to NWS page: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mlb/?n=skywarn

The Martin County SKYWARN® Organization is an all-volunteer public service group dedicated to providing local severe weather information to the National Weather Service and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service personnel via phone and radio communications. Learn more about the Martin County SKYWARN organization or contact us by visiting our website at:
http://www.mcaraweb.com/skywarn.html.


 
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Jan 19, 2017Sea Fest For Kids At the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum!
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is excited to announce its second annual maritime festival Sea Fest For Kids, Saturday February 25, 2017, from 11:00 am -5:00 pm. With sea-inspired fun, education, vendors, land-based activities and demonstrations plus a bounty of adventures, Sea Fest For Kids celebrates our unique coastal heritage with nautical style.

Visit the Lighthouse and Museum, meet lively characters from Jupiter’s past, including Lighthouse Keepers, pioneers at the Tindall Pioneer House and Living History folks telling civil war tales and displaying artifacts on the homestead. Meet a real mermaid and a pirate or two on their pirate ship. Learn about Seminole culture and join in crafts with our friends from the Ah-tah-thi-ki Seminole Museum. Lighthouse climbs will be offered too. Children must be at least 48” to climb and must be accompanied by an adult.

Join in activities geared for the very young and young at heart, listen to children’s book authors as they read their works aloud, dance to live maritime music, paint a lighthouse mural and take a hike through the Outstanding Natural Area. Captain Crossbones and crew will be teaching young Bucs about the pirate life and how to make a really great name for themselves, join in teamwork, tie knots and perfect their… “arghhhh.” Sea Fest kids can perfect craftiness in arts activities, and enjoy an old-fashioned Treasure Hunt gleaned from a real map filled with clues. Come dressed for the event and participate in a Kids mermaid and pirate costumes contest!

Participants already on board for the 2017 event include the Jupiter Community High School Drama students, Pirates of the Treasure Coast, Ah-tah-thi-ki Museum, AustinBlu Foundation, Just Dance Inc, Miss Mermaid, Blueline Surf and Paddle, Bureau of Land Management, Lighthouse ArtCenter, Florida Public Archaeology Network, River Center, Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue, El Sol Community Center, Macaroni Kid, Kid’s Yoga, Wild Blue Sea, Jupiter Outdoor Center, PBC Environmental Resources, Town of Jupiter Recreation, USCG Auxiliary, Professor Clark the Science Shark, Papa Chiropractic, Florida Fishing Academy, and WRMF.

They’ll be plenty of live music with the Porch Jammers and the Sea Shanties with the Peg Legs & DJ music. Fest-goers can chow down on kid-friendly food truck favorites featuring BBQ, chicken, seafood & sushi, burgers, dogs, waffles, sandwiches and soft serve ice cream, shakes, malts, floats, sundaes and cones at your favorite hometown Lighthouse. Kids 18 & under are admitted free and adults are $10 per person, tickets are available online and at the door.

Parking available at Lighthouse Park, North Parking: Paradise Park in Tequesta (US Hwy 1 & Tequesta Drive), South Parking: Jetty’s Restaurant (A1A-Jupiter). Molly’s Trolleys will run shuttle service from North and South Parking areas from 11am-6pm.
Presenting sponsor for Sea Fest For Kids is Best Version Media and The Holtec Center event sponsors include the Jupiter Courier Newsweekly, Stuart News/TCPalm, 97.9 WRMF, 103.1 WIRK, Sunny 107.9, X 102.3, Beatz 96.3, 850WFTL, FoxSports 640AM, Bureau of Land Management, Michael Rybovich & Sons Boat Works, Jupiter Medical Center, Florida Sugar Cane League Inc., Ocean Magic Surf Shop, Pirates of the Treasure Coast, Tidy Coast Event Services, Jupiter Minuteman Press, Microwgraphics, Macaroni Kid, and Atlantic T-shirts. This event is sponsored in party by the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
Don’t miss this waterfront festival for Kids celebrating our maritime heritage! Visit our facebook page for updates and additional Sea Fest For Kids information or visit our website at www.jupiterlighthouse.org.


 
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Jan 19, 2017Stuart Hearing Specialist gets National Certification
Christopher Partlow, hearing aid specialist for Audibel Hearing Care Centers, Inc., successfully completed the National Board Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS).

Passing this exam grants him the designation Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences. This designation attests to Partlow’s experience, dedication, professionalism and commitment to quality care to the hearing impaired, announced the National Board for Certification.

Partlow has been employed by Audibel Hearing Care Centers for nearly 10 years, serving residents of Sebastian, Okeechobee, Ft. Pierce and Stuart. He has developed the Stuart office from the ground up since its opening six years ago and now it is one of the most successful offices in the local Audibel Hearing Care group.

Audibel Hearing Care Centers has five offices on the Treasure Coast (Okeechobee, Stuart, Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Sebastian) and three on the Space Coast (Melbourne, Merritt Island and Titusville.). Hearing care specialists in those offices bring a total of 75 years of experience and caring to their patients.

Partlow welcomes your inquiries regarding hearing health. Contact him at 772-220-8302 The Stuart office is at 47 SW Monterey Rd.


 
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Jan 19, 2017Sea Grant is seeking research proposals in support of coastal community and ocean-themed science and education. Deadline for submittal of statements of interest is 3 p.m. on Feb 13.
See attached

Florida Sea Grant 2018-20
 
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Jan 18, 2017ArtsFest selected as top tourism event for second year
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Arts Council of Martin County are proud to announce ArtsFest has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2017 by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS). The best events across the southeast Unites States compete to receive a Top 20 designation. The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Arts Council of Martin County collaborated on the application for this prestigious designation.

The 30th annual ArtsFest will be returning to Memorial Park on February 11-12. This popular festival attracts more than 300,000 guests to downtown Stuart. The Arts Council of Martin County produces ArtsFest annually to offer this art and cultural event to the public.

"ArtsFest is a signature event for the Arts Council and our community where we celebrate the arts in all forms! We are always looking for ways to expand upon our success and offer outstanding cultural events for residents and visitors," said Nancy Turrell, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Martin County.

The STS Top 20 Events program has highlighted events and festival around the Southeast since 1985. Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: EscapeToTheSoutheast.com and Travel Media Press Room.

"This is the second time Artsfest has received this prominent designation. It speaks to the passion and creativity of Nancy and her team in creating a first class event for our visitors and residents alike. It is a tremendous honor." said Nerissa Okiye, Tourism and Marketing Manager for Martin County.

The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing was established in 2014 and strives to work as a proactive, effective and efficient division within the Department of Administration. The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing creates collateral, programs of services and promotions that inspire travelers to visit Martin County.

The Arts Council of Martin County has been a leader in the arts community for more than 30 years. By providing services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public, the Arts Council strives to instill a passion for and participation in the arts.



 
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Jan 18, 2017Local Realtor Invited to Presidential Inauguration & Inaugural Ball
Local realtor Caroline Barca has been invited by Florida congressman Brian Mast to attend both the inauguration of Donald Trump/ Mike Pence and the inaugural ball. Caroline Barca met Brian Mast during her campaign for Martin County Tax Collector last year and the two became fast friends. When it came time for the inauguration of Donald Trump, Brian made available 3 tickets to attend both the inauguration and inaugural ball. Caroline will attend with her husband, John Barca, long time Martin County Sheriff's deputy and son, Noah, student at Jensen Beach High School.

Caroline is excited to be able to be a part of such an historic event. She states, “Being a patriotic American, I am appreciative of being able to witness history first hand. I am very appreciative of Brian Mast for making this opportunity available to me and plan on sharing my experience with Martin County through social media”.

Caroline will be live-tweeting, posting status updates and videos to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram while she attends the inaugural events. Follow her progress as she visits Congress to pick up her tickets, attends the inaugural ball and attends the inauguration ceremonies. You can find her social media accounts by visiting her on Facebook @carolinebarcarealtor, Instagram @carolinebarca and Twitter @carolinebarca.


 
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Jan 18, 2017Treasure Coast Indian® Motorcycle of Hobe Sound Welcomes Riders and Neighbors at Season Grand Opening
Saturday, January 21 from 11 AM - 4 PM
Neighbors, dignitaries and Motorcycles!


Who: Indian Motorcycle of Treasure Sound

What: Season Grand Opening and Community Welcome Open House

Where: 8401 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound FL

When: Saturday, January 21 -- 11am to 4 pm

Fun Stuff: Music by Slip & The SpinOuts South Florida's King of Rockabilly
Also by DJ Car Show Lew & Lew's Crew Car Pro Auto Show,
Vintage Iron Motorcycle Club's display of stunning motorcycles, Corvette Corral's collection of classic Corvettes
Raffle - WIN a 1980 Honda Street Racer--also great prizes from
Biker's Choice and
Bikini Bike Wash ALL to benefit The Paley Foundation

Corn Hole, horse shoes and VENDORS with great accessories and services!

Serious stuff: The raffle will benefit the Paley Foundation, established by a local surgeon who helps children and adults with rare orthopedic disabilities avoid amputation.

Pet lovers will enjoy the display of rescue animals from A Second Chance Puppies & Kittens Rescue, a local, all-volunteer non-profit organization that arranges foster homes and adoptions for needy animals. So, be ready to find a motorcycle seat for your new 4-legged riding companion!



 
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Jan 18, 20173rd SATURDAY GOURMET IN HOBE SOUND
The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a brand new community event coming to Hobe Sound in February through May 2017 –3rd Saturday Gourmet will include food trucks & craft vendors from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm in downtown Hobe Sound. Patrons can park along Dixie Highway and peruse the local shops as they walk to the vendors located on Mars and Apollo Streets.

Featuring approximately 15 different vendors including unique food trucks from all over south Florida and local crafters, 3rd Saturday Gourmet begins Saturday, February 18th and will continue through May 20th.

Event Dates for 3rd Saturday Gourmet:
Saturday, February 18
Saturday, March 18
Saturday, April 15
Saturday, May 20

The event will feature many local establishments participating with extended hours, sales, specials, door prizes and more! Visit boutiques, Hobe Sound Art Gallery, jewelry stores and other businesses. Make an entire evening of it and visit Taste Casual Dining for cocktails & entertainment.

Have a Pet? Don’t forget! They are welcome too! Hobe Sound Veterinarian Clinic will have surprises for your furry friend.

You’ll be sure to see and taste something new in Hobe Sound for 3rd Saturday Gourmet.

For GPS Directions – Please use Juno Shoe Girls’ address in your GPS, 11766 SE Dixie Highway, Hobe Sound.

For more information please call the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce at 772-546-4724.



 
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Jan 18, 2017Treasure Coast Food Bank Joins National Campaign to End Senior Hunger
When it comes to eating a healthy diet, millions of Americans 65 and over face a double whammy: a fixed income, and rising food costs.
Nationally, adults age 65 and older have an average annual income of $46,627, and they spend more than $5,500 – nearly 12 percent - on food. Additionally, this year those who rely on Social Security received just a 0.3 percent increase in their Cost of Living Adjustment. Their friends just 10 years younger have a greater income averaging $75,262 annually, and they spend less - 9.3 percent - on groceries.
Treasure Coast Food Bank recently was awarded a grant to support a nationwide effort by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to help older adults struggling to buy groceries apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to supplement their food budget.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that just 2 out of every 5 seniors who are eligible for SNAP are enrolled in the program. This means that millions of low-income older adults are missing out on this vital program, which provides an average monthly benefit of $110 to help participants buy healthy food.
Treasure Coast Food Bank is one of more than 30 community organizations across the country that is stepping up its efforts to assist seniors in applying for SNAP. The organizations will use NCOA’s free online BenefitsCheckUp® tool (www.BenefitsCheckUp.org) to screen older adults with limited income for SNAP eligibility. Since 2014, the initiative has screened almost 400,000 people for SNAP eliegibility, and helped nearly 70,000 seniors apply for SNAP.
“We’re excited to be part of this proven effort that has the potential to help low-income older adults on the Treasure Coast improve their health and financial security,” said Judith Cruz, CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Treasure Coast Food Bank has a strong history of helping seniors in need. We’re confident that increasing SNAP enrollment with BenefitsCheckUp® and other proven outreach methods will have a profound effect on lives of seniors in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties.”


 
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Jan 18, 2017Division of Water Restoration Assistance

TMDL Water Quality Restoration Grant Opportunity

Application Deadline is March 1, 2017 (5:00 pm EST), for electronic or hard copy version to be submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Nonpoint Source Management Program for inclusion in the March 2017 review.

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

Application(s) can actually be submitted at any time to the Department. However, they are not reviewed until the next review date (March, July or November). More than one project application may be submitted at a time. Please note that there is a TMDL Supplemental Information Page that will also need to be completed and submitted with each project application. Also note, the grant awards from the November review period have not yet been chosen. If your project is not selected it will be reconsidered for the March review period.
• Applications and their corresponding Supplemental Information Pages can be submitted electronically via e-mail to Katherine.Britt@dep.state.fl.us
To view information on the grant eligibility requirements, criteria, and the overall grant information go to the TMDL Water Quality Restoration Grant Website.
• Download the Application Documents, Evaluation Form, and Supplemental Form
• For more information contact Katie Britt at 850-245-2938

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

ftp://ftp.dep.state.fl.us/pub/outgoing/Nonpoint%20Source/March%202017%20TMDL%20Grant%20Solicitation/


 
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Jan 17, 2017RACE, RACISM & THE COURTS
MONDAY, JANUARY 30th, 6:00-8:00 PM, at Ground Floor Farm
Everyone is welcome – Light supper served beginning at 5:30

Four well-respected attorneys with extensive experience in the criminal justice arena will share insights and personal perspectives on “Race, Racism & The Courts” at this Community Allies Forum

This the second in a 3-part series that examines the legal system. The first focused on law enforcement and the arrest process, and was held last August. The third will address incarceration and the prison system later on this year.

Questions to be addressed by the panel include the following:
- What’s reasonable when it comes to bail? What’s excessive?
- Can you afford an attorney? What happens if you can’t?
- How well do our judges reflect our demographics? Is there a “Gavel Gap”?
- Do people of color get stiffer/longer sentences?

These and other issues will be discussed by a panelist of four local lawyers:
- John Hetherington, Martin County Public Defender
- Michael Lewis, Lewis & Williams.
- Jerome Stone, Stone & Capobianco
- Robert Watson, Robert J. Watson PA

After the panelists have spoken, audience members will be encouraged to ask questions and exchange their own ideas and observations.

The forum is the seventh in an on-going series presented by the Community Allies Forum Committee, an informal group of local residents who are exploring race relations and how racism may be seen in the local community.

All Community Allies programs are open to any interested person at no charge.


 
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Jan 17, 2017Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Architectural/Engineering Services to Design the MCSD Central Administrative Center and New Buildings at Stuart Middle School RFQ -3002-0-2017/NA
Notice is hereby given that sealed qualifications shall be received at the Martin County School District Purchasing Office for evaluation to provide design services as stated in the Scope of Work.
Scope of Work: Solicit Architectural/Engineering Services to Design the MCSD Central Administrative Center and New Buildings at Stuart Middle School. The total construction budget for both projects is approximately twenty two million ($22,000,000) dollars. See Detailed Scope of Work in the RFQ documents. IF YOU SUBMITTED QUALIFICATIONS FOR 3001-0-2017NA, YOU MUST RE-SUBMIT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROJECT.
Ordering Instructions: This package can be downloaded from Onvia DemandStar at http://www.demandstar.com.
Bid Bond: NO
Pre/Bid Proposal Conference: NOT APPLICABLE.
Due Date/Time: 1/31/2017 @ 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time School District of Martin County, Florida must receive proposals no later than said date and time.
NOTE: ALL PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS/RESPONDENTS ARE HEREBY CAUTIONED NOT TO CONTACT ANY MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF MARTIN COUNTY OR DISTRICT STAFF, OTHER THAN THE SPECIFIED CONTACT PERSON.
Local contractors are encouraged to submit proposals. Contractors are encouraged to offer bidding opportunities to local subcontractors. The School Board of Martin County reserves the right to reject any and all bids; and to waive minor technicalities and irregularities.
Contact: Neil Appel, C.P.M.
Purchasing Supervisor

 
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Jan 17, 2017Author to present writing workshops at Peter & Julie Cummings Library
Liz Coursen, award-winning Sarasota author, editor, and publisher, will lead two workshops for writers on January 28, 2017 at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue.

The first lecture, "Man Up! A Men's Memoir Workshop," will be held from 10:30am to 12:00pm and will give participants the tools they need to organize, start, and complete memoir projects either written from men's perspectives or written about men who featured in the lives of others. The second workshop, "The Book Tourist: Seven Steps to a Wildly Successful Book Tour," will be held from1:00 to 2:30pm. This workshop will discuss how authors should organize book tours with information on how to prepare polished programs, generate enthusiastic audiences, and sell books.

These workshops are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. They are sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. For more information, pick up a Library Events newsletter at any Martin County Library location, visit: www.library.martin.fl.us, or call 772-463-2883.


 
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Jan 17, 2017STATEMENT ON EVERGLADES FOUNDATION RESPONSE LETTER
"The scientists and engineers of the South Florida Water Management District welcomed Dr. Tom Van Lent's letter clarifying that his modeling and published article about Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) storage were, in fact, merely an academic exercise which does not account for numerous real world challenges or obligations. Enthusiastic advocates should be cautioned about repeating the piece's conclusion that an EAA reservoir would reduce the volume of harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the estuaries by nearly 50 percent, while northern storage reduces the volume of discharges by only 6 percent. It is sufficient to say that Dr. Van Lent's "one solution" modeling is based on undisclosed assumptions and incomplete science. For an independent, objective look at the science behind storage around Lake Okeechobee, please see the University of Florida Water Institute's Dr. Wendy Graham's Jan. 11, 2017 testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources and the Independent Technical Review by the University of Florida Water Institute."

 
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Jan 17, 20175TH GRADER FROM FELIX A. WILLIAMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINS LILLIAN A. DASSORI ELEMENTARY SPELLING BEE
Jensen Beach, FL – Eleven-year-old Laila Mayfield, a fifth grade student at Felix A. Williams Elementary, won the 51st Annual Lillian A. Dassori Elementary Spelling Bee held at Jensen Beach High School on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Sixty-five fourth and fifth grade students from the Martin County School District’s 12 elementary schools and fifth graders from Indiantown Middle School participated in the spelling bee. Special guest, Ashleigh Walters, news anchor with WPTV News channel 5, was the enunciator for the event.

Mayfields’ final championship word was “nescience.”

Julia Adkins, also from Felix A. Williams Elementary finished second in the spelling bee.

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


 
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Jan 17, 2017AWARD WINNING MUSICAL “THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE” HITS BARN STAGE
The Tony Award winning smash hit musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” with an all star cast, opens at The Barn Theatre January 27th through February 12th. And because of ticket demand, The Barn has already added five additional shows dates. With an all star cast, including recording artist Vallerey Valentine, who stars as the sultry night club proprietor Muzzy Van Hossmere, innovative sets, upgraded lighting and projectionist effects, and a new sound board, you'll enjoy this lavish story of young Millie Dillmount from Salina, Kansas, as she romps her way through the 1922 New York City flapper era with a grand plan to find a job as a secretary to a wealthy man, then marry him. But, of course, “Millie” is a romantic comedy and the guy she falls in love with doesn't have a dime, or so he tells her. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, a villainous dragon lady you will love to hate, and that sultry nightclub proprietor, this musical has it all. And wait till you experience all the incredible songs, over the top vocalists, dancers, and, of course, tappers. Hold onto your hats!!!

Our cast is amazing to say the least. The Barn is so happy to have Vero Beach Theatre Guild players Kelly Clemenzi (Millie), Sara Gordon (Mrs. Meers) and Ben Earman (Jimmy Smith) join us for this production. The cast also includes veteran actors Kristen Whalen, Brian Pecci, Aiden McDonnell, Keith Lawson, and Mary Murphy, and a strong ensemble cast of dancers, tappers, and singers, including Caroline Crain, Edie Guida, Patti Mindin, Kendal Simpson-Jones, Victoria Blank, Zoe Flagg, Jeanette Mazzella, Rozanne Sehayik, Jennifer Critchlow, Robert Lastovica, and Chris Mazzella.

Millie is Directed by Bryan Childe and Produced by Jeanette Mazzella. The Musical Director is Michael Robbins and Choreographers are Merilee Lawrence and Gigi Coyne. The Stage Manager is Jennifer Critchlow and the Costumers, Design and Construction are Marcia Molinari & Tina Blanksteen. The Sound Technician is Patti Mindin. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8PM with matinee shows also on Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM. Tickets are only $30 and group and student discounts are available. For tickets, visit or call the Barn Box Office at 287-4884, or visit the Barn website at www.barn-theatre.com.


 
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Jan 17, 2017Wings of Freedom 2017 Nationwide Tour
: A living history display of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, B25 Light Bomber, and P 51 fighter... America's backbone bomber aircraft of World War II. Please contact Hunter Chaney at 978-562-9182 for additional information.

Seventy Two years after their use over the skies of enemy territory, they embark on a new mission over the skies of America to honor our veterans of World War II, promote education of our future generations about the role of the aircraft and the flight crews of World War II, and to preserve these treasures of American aviation history where they belong: the sky.

January 20 @ 2:00 pm - January 22 @ 4:30 pm

 
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Jan 13, 20175TH GRADER FROM FELIX A. WILLIAMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINS LILLIAN A. DASSORI ELEMENTARY SPELLING BEE
Eleven-year-old Laila Mayfield, a fifth grade student at Felix A. Williams Elementary, won the 51st Annual Lillian A. Dassori Elementary Spelling Bee held at Jensen Beach High School on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Sixty-five fourth and fifth grade students from the Martin County School District’s 12 elementary schools and fifth graders from Indiantown Middle School participated in the spelling bee. Special guest, Ashleigh Walters, news anchor with WPTV News channel 5, was the enunciator for the event.

Mayfields’ final championship word was “nescience.”

Julia Adkins, also from Felix A. Williams Elementary finished second in the spelling bee.

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


 
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Jan 12, 2017Check-in items for Martin County Fair Home Life exhibits
It’s time to decide on your entries for the Martin County Fair! This year’s Fair will be held February 10 - 18, 2017, and welcomes all area residents age 8 and up to show off their talents in the area of Home Arts. This year’s Fair classes and categories include fine arts, crafts, sewing and Photography, and such old-time fair entries as flowers, vegetables, vegetables, canning and preserves, baking and confectionery, even wine and beer.

There is no charge to enter and each entry will be judged on its own merit, receiving a Blue, Red, White or Honorable Mention ribbon, with Cash Awards for Blue, Red & White awards. Complete information is on the Fair's website, www martincountyfair.com/fair/home arts, or call the Fair office at 772-220-3247 for a catalog.


 
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Jan 12, 2017A Night at the Rhinestone Rodeo to Benefit Treasure Coast Hospice
Gather ‘round for a boot scootin’ evening of fun at A Night at the Rhinestone Rodeo, Saturday, February 11, starting at 5 p.m. at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart. The western-themed dinner dance will support the Little Treasures Pediatric Program of Treasure Coast Hospice.
Event chair Charity Parsons, who has organized a themed fundraiser for Treasure Coast Hospice since 2014, and committee are preparing a night of good ol’ country fun with a Down Home Dinner, Boot Scootin’ Boogie, Cowboy-up Live and Silent Auctions and a Diamond Dazzling Raffle.
“It is truly an honor to help raise funds and awareness about Treasure Coast Hospice’s specialized pediatric care program,” said Charity Parsons. “I am continually inspired by the heartwarming stories of support that children and families have received from the Little Treasures Pediatric Care Team as well as the extraordinary generosity of donors who support our fundraising efforts in order to make these programs available to our community.”
Tickets are $90 per person for a Designated Rider (Cash Bar) or $120 for the Doc Holiday (Unlimited Saloon Access). Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their most glamorous diamonds and denim.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to get tickets, please contact Chairperson, Charity Parsons at 586-945-9041 or cappyspice14@gmail.com.
Little Treasures is the pediatric care program of Treasure Coast Hospice. It focuses on enhancing the quality of life for children and their families with a chronic and/or life-threatening illness. Treasure Coast Hospice’s pediatric care program addresses medical, psychosocial, spiritual and financial concerns by providing intensive pain and symptom management along with guidance, education, and support from an interdisciplinary team.


 
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Jan 12, 2017Fitch affirms Thrivent Financial’s AA+ (Very Strong) rating with stable outlook
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Thrivent Financial’s Insurer Financial Strength rating to AA+ (Very Strong), the second-highest of Fitch’s 19 categories, and given the organization a stable outlook.

Fitch cited Thrivent’s extremely strong level of capitalization, and their belief that management is committed to maintaining statutory capital levels in excess of rating guidelines. As part of the affirmation, Thrivent was also recognized for its consistently solid profitability and favorable position within the Lutheran market as well as its growing franchise within the broader Christian community.

These ratings reflect Thrivent Financials’ overall financial strength and claims-paying ability, but do not apply to the investment performance of investment products. The ratings were affirmed December 20, 2016.

Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Mark Valinote and Amy Whitlach. They have offices in Stuart and can also be reached at (772) 408-0771.



 
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Jan 12, 2017STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO MEET IN MARTIN COUNTY

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STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO MEET IN MARTIN COUNTY
Tallahassee, Fla., January 10, 2017 – The State Board of Education will meet next week in Martin County.
The agenda may be viewed at State Board Meeting.
The meeting will be webcast at www.fldoe.org and The Florida Channel.
WHAT: State Board of Education Meeting
WHEN: 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 17, 2016
WHERE: Martin County School Board Office 500 E. Ocean Boulevard Stuart, FL 34994
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For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit www.fldoe.org.

 
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Jan 11, 2017Mara Liasson is coming to town
STUART - On Friday, March 3, Mara Liasson of Fox News and National Public Radio will be guest speaker at a luncheon to be presented by the Elliott Museum. Liasson will discuss, “A View from Washington.” which – just a few weeks after the inauguration – is bound to include some very interesting and timely tidbits. Drew Mello of WQCS will emcee. The event will take place at Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart and details are being worked out by committee members Jennifer Esler, Debbie Banta, Lisa Baxter, Amy Brunjes, Sharyon Daigneau, Deborah Owens, Michele Reilly, Polly Wilcox-DeLater and Jackie Holfelder. Sponsorships are available at various levels, with Wilmington Trust already committing as Presenting Sponsor at $10,000. Tickets are $100 per person. Call 772-225-1961 for information.

 
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Jan 11, 2017Woman Who Lost Dogs, Home on Christmas Day to Join Fire Safety Event
Hobe Sound, FL – On Christmas Day, Shelly and her husband Eddie left their home for dinner with her parents. Shortly after, their neighbor saw flames and called 911. Their home of 16 years, and their two beloved dogs Jasmine and Lola, were lost in a blaze. The Red Cross assisted with a temporary place to stay. It was a devastating event, and one that she doesn’t want another family to experience.
That’s why a week after the loss, she has decided to join the Palm Beach and Martin County Chapter of the American Red Cross and Martin County Fire Rescue to go door-to-door in three mobile home neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms and offer fire prevention tips. This is the fifth event in the region for the Red Cross’ Home Fire Preparedness Campaign made possible with generous donations from U.S. Sugar. This fire safety event is only three miles from the site of the house fire.

WHEN: Thursday, January 12. Media interviews at 9:15 a.m. (Red Cross volunteers and firefighters will continue going door-to-door until 2 p.m. or supplies last.)
WHERE: The Club House of Hobe Village Mobile Home Park, 11411 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33455
WHO: The media is invited to attend. Shelly is planning to be there, and will be available for interviews along with Martin County Fire Rescue, American Red Cross and U.S. Sugar volunteers.
WHAT: Free smoke alarms and fire prevention tips will be offered door-to-door in the neighborhood.

Through the support of U.S. Sugar, the Red Cross has installed almost 2,000 smoke alarms in the past year. Every year, the Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters across the country - and more than 90 percent are fire-related.


 
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Jan 11, 2017Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Welcomes Three New Members to Its Board of Directors
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties (CFPBMC) elected three new members to its board of directors for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

The three new board members are Susan P. Brockway, Dennis S. Hudson, III, and Jane M. Mitchell. CFPBMC’s board of directors is elected by the organization’s membership. Election to the board reflects a respect among community peers and an acknowledgement that these individuals can be trusted to make decisions that benefit the entire community. Members serve three-year terms.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome these three outstanding business leaders to our board,” said Bradley Hurlburt, president and CEO at CFPBMC. “They represent the growing diversity of the Palm Beach and Martin County area and will help to guide and ensure the continued strength and growth of our vibrant community through philanthropy.”

Susan P. Brockway graduated from Stetson University with a degree in business, became a CPA, and worked at a national public accounting firm, and later as the financial controller for a real estate land developer. Brockway has resided in Boca Raton for the last 30 years. Susan actively serves in the community including Saint Andrew's School as a member of the board of trustees for six years, and chair from 2006-2008. She has served on the parents committee for the University of Virginia and on the college board of visitors for Wake Forest University, and is currently active in P.E.O. which supports women's education; the Boca Raton Pi Beta Phi alumnae club; and serves as a deacon at Grace Presbyterian Church. Brockway is also an active member and volunteer with donor advised fund Impact 100 Palm Beach County.

Dennis S. Hudson, III, was named chairman of Seacoast in July 2005 and has served as chief executive officer of the company since June 1998. Mr. Hudson has also served as chairman and chief executive officer of the bank since 1992. He served as president of Seacoast from June 1998 to July 2005, after serving in various positions with the company and the bank since 1978. A resident of Stuart, Hudson also serves on the board of directors and the audit committee of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (ticker: CPK), a public gas and electric utilities company headquartered in Dover, Delaware, which merged with Florida Public Utilities Company ("FPU") in 2009. Prior to that time, he served as a member of the board of directors of FPU.

He was also a member of the board of directors of the Miami Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 2005 through 2010. Hudson is actively involved in the community, having served on the boards of the Martin County YMCA Foundation, Council on Aging, The Pine School, the Job Training Center, American Heart Association, Martin County United Way, the Historical Society of Martin County and as chairman of the board of the Economic Council of Martin County, on which he still serves. He has been recognized for his achievements with several awards including the Florida Senate Medallion of Excellence Award in 2001.

Hudson is a graduate of Florida State University with dual degrees in finance and accounting, and a master's degree in business administration.

Jane Mitchell graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in English literature and settled in the San Francisco area. She joined her family in 1977 to build their start-up company Midas Rex, which invented the first powered equipment for surgery, a surgical bone drill. This new technology led to the need for training, and the family’s background as performing musicians produced a hands-on skills course, offered internationally in universities and major medical centers. This educational approach built Midas Rex into the global market leader and created a new sector within the medical device industry. Mitchell became the chairman and CEO of the company and she eventually led the company through its sale to Medtronic.

Mitchell began serving on the Kravis Center’s board of directors in 2006. During her board years, she received the Center’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos Award, chaired its development committee and served on the governance/nominating committee. Mitchell was the 2010 Award Recipient as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2013 she was elected as chair of the board of the Kravis Center and served for 3 years. In addition to local involvement, Mitchell is a Graduate Gemologist (GIA) and has served as founding chair of the Smithsonian Gemstone Collectors, a philanthropic support group for the National Gem Collection, where she and her husband gifted the Dom Pedro, the world’s largest cut aquamarine. A resident of North Palm Beach, Palm Beach County has been Mitchell’s home for 38 years.

As one of the largest community foundations in Florida, CFPMBC manages an endowment of $154 million and has been serving the region for over 40 years. Together with its donors, the Foundation makes grants, awards scholarships and leads community efforts to improve the lives and opportunities of residents – both now and in the future.

For more information on the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, please visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.


 
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Jan 11, 2017Wellington Art Society will present its Art Fest on the Green, Wellington, Florida
The Wellington Art Society will present its 11th Annual Art Fest on the Green at the Wellington Amphitheater at 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, FL on Saturday, January 28th from 9am-5pm and Sunday, January 20th from 10am-4 pm.

Wellington, FL is home to the Winter Equestrian Festival, Polo capital of the world, and a unique destination for tourists and Florida residents.

Art Fest is a celebration of life , art, and continuing the tradition of bringing art and community together in a beautiful outdoor setting.

The juried fine art and fine craft show will feature professional artists from around the country showing outstanding original artwork across multiple mediums, including painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, metal, and mixed media. Many of the artists will be working on site doing demos and interacting with the visitors. The fine artists participating in the festival were chosen for their creativity ,mastery of technique, and degree of excellence.

This year several artists will be presenting their latest art works exclusively at the Show offering original and limited editions for sale.

Len Jagoda, elected member of the American Artists Professional League and Juried member of the American Academy of Equine Artists will unveil his recently completed commissioned painting of "American Pharaoh" . www.backstretchstudio.com

Deborah La Fog, award winning nature/animal artist, recently won Best in Show at the National Park Art Exhibition and awards at the 16th annual Pastel 100 Competition. The artist will present her most recent work: "Three Amigos". www.lafogg.com

Illustrator, educator, and award winning artist and top Art Show favorite, Laurie Snow Hein will present her most recent oil paintings of the Southern Landscapes-alive with sparkling light and vibrant color. Her work is published and licensed worldwide. www.lauriesnowhein.com

With a wide variety of excellent original art for sale there is artwork sure to delight and inspire everyone. Art Fest is a fantastic opportunity to take home original artwork and have a great story to share about the artists.
Children will have a great time creating their own artwork to take home at the Children's Art Activity Area. The kids will work with local Art Teachers and explore new ways of artistic expression.
Bobby G. and his musician friends will perform live acoustic favorites to add to the festivities. Food Trucks will be on site offering a delicious variety of food.

The Wellington Art Society, a 501 c 3 charitable organization, has over 100 members -artists and art enthusiasts. WAS provides a platform for artists of all mediums to share their work, learn more about their craft, and serve the community through their art.

Proceeds from Art Fest help fund the Wellington Art Society's long standing Scholarship Program and other art outreach programs.


 
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Jan 10, 2017HOBE SOUND GOLF CLUB JUNIOR MEMBER HANNAH FOSTER NAMED “GIRLS’ GOLFER OF THE YEAR” BY SENTINEL, POST
Hobe Sound Golf Club Junior Golfer Hannah Foster was recently recognized as the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post Girls’ Golfer of the Year. The 15 year old is a student and member of the golf team at The Benjamin School in Palm Beach Gardens, which she represented earlier this year to win the high school district championship and advanced to the state championship.

Miss Foster first started playing golf at age seven when she and a friend wanted an activity to spend time with each other after she changed schools so they wouldn’t lose touch with each other. They decided on golf lessons with the Head Golf Professional at Hobe Sound Golf Club, Tom Yeager. She then became a Junior Member at the Club.

“I love the fact that golf is a life-long sport,” says Miss Foster. “Golf has introduced me to many different people from around the world, and I love experiencing all of the different golf courses.

“My parents are my biggest influence,” she continues. “They have sacrificed and have put so much time into me so that I can achieve my goals. In golf, Tom Yeager is my biggest influence. He has been with me from the beginning, almost eight years, through all of my ups and downs. He has helped me with my mental strength and also has impressed upon me the importance of integrity. Both have helped me tremendously in golf and in life as well.”

In the interview with the Palm Beach Post, Yeager said, “Hannah is a very even-keeled person and never gets rattled. She is tournament tough. She is so strong fundamentally and has the potential and desire to go to the highest level if she wants.”

Because her father is from Jamaica, Miss Foster has also played as a member of the Jamaican Junior National Team. In 2016, she placed first in her division in the Caribbean Junior Golf Championships at Barbados Golf Club and 15th overall in the ANNIKA Invitational Latin America tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Miss Foster is on an engineering track of study at school, wants to attend a Division 1 college to play golf, and aspires to one day play on the LPGA. In addition to golf and school, she is a currently a member of the Key Club and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, the South Florida PGA, and the Honda Classic.


 
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Jan 10, 2017The Barn Theatre - Donations
The Barn is happy to announce that it received a very generous donation of $2,500. In the accompanying note, the donor said, “We believe in the performances of our neighborhood community theater. Therefore, our 2017 donation is to assist you in the continuation of these entertaining programs.” We graciously thank all our patrons for their support and want to remind you that our next fund raising event is Feb. 18th & 19th with the continuation of our concert series, this time “That's Entertainment.” Our previous six shows sold out quickly, indeed last season's “That's Life” concert sold out three weeks before the show opened. Tickets are now on sale for only $20. So let us “entertain” you alla Glenn Miller era music right through the Carpenters, with lots of tap dancing thrown in for good measure. For tickets, call our box office at 287-4884 or visit our website at www.barn-theatre.com.

The Barn Theatre is a 501c3 community theater and your donations are tax deductible. To donate call our box office or visit our website. Thank you.


 
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Jan 10, 2017THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT
Feb. 18th 8 pm.....Feb. 19th 2pm
Solos, Duets, Medleys, Dances from Glen
Miller, Andrew Sisters, Carpenters, Pat Boone,
Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Kline,
Ronettes, Broadway Shows and Much More
STARRING
Frank Lillo, Chris Mazzella
Donna Roselli, Josephine LoVaglio, Kim Brown Moebus
and
The Treasure Coast Tappers (under direction of Bette Cushman)
You don't want to miss our talented performers as they sing and dance through
musical productions of the 30's, 40,s, 50,s and 60's
Puttin On the Ritz, In the Mood, Sentimental Journey,
On The Street Where You Live, Love Letters in the Sand,
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don't Be Cruel, Close to You, Mack the Knife, Cabaret,
Big Spender, Just a Gigilo, Going to the Chapel, and many more
Plus comedy bits.
Get your tickets early before they sell out. Only $20
THE BARN THEATRE
287-4884
www.barn-theatre.com

 
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Jan 10, 2017WHAT’S THE BUZZ ALL ABOUT? LILLIAN A. DASSORI ELEMENTARY SPELLING BEE TAKES PLACE JAN. 12
Stuart, FL – Five contestants from each of the Martin County School District’s 12 elementary schools and fifth grade students from Indiantown Middle School will compete in the 51st Annual Lillian A. Dassori Elementary Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Jensen Beach High School Auditorium at 10:00am. Special guest, Ashleigh Walters, news anchor with WPTV News channel 5, will be the enunciator for the event.

The top twelve spellers will receive a 51st Annual Lillian A. Dassori Spelling Bee award and each participant will receive a participation certificate. The bee was named after Lillian A Dassori, a founding member and charter president of the Soroptomist International of Stuart and a Martin County Supervisor of Schools

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


 
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Jan 10, 201714th Annual Greek Festival
January 19th-22nd
Festival Starts Everyday at 11AM
Located at St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church
10605 S.E. Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound, Fl 33455
- Traditional Music and Dancing Performances!
- Full Menu of Classical Greek Meals!
- Authentic Greek Coffee and Frappes!
- Delicious Greek Pastries!
- Boutique Shops
- Kid Zone

 
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Jan 10, 2017Store or Shred: How Long Should I Keep Tax Records
In my line of business, I am often asked “how long should I retain my personal income tax records”. You may have to produce those records if the IRS audits your return or seeks to collect a tax. In addition, lenders, or other private parties may require that you produce copies of your tax returns as a condition to lending money, approving a purchase, or otherwise doing business with you.
Keep tax returns indefinitely and the supporting records for six years. In general, except in cases of fraud or substantial understatement of income, IRS can only assess tax for a year within three years after the return for that year was filed. For example, if you filed your 2015 individual income tax return by its original due date of April 18, 2016, IRS will have until April 18, 2019, to assess a tax deficiency against you. If you file your return late, IRS generally will have three years from the date you filed the return to assess a deficiency.
However, the three-year rule is not ironclad. The assessment period is extended to six years if more than 25% of gross income is omitted from a return. In addition, where no return was filed for a tax year, IRS can assess tax at any time (even beyond three or six years). If IRS claims that you have never filed a return for a particular year, keeping a copy of the return will help you prove that you did.
While it is impossible to be completely sure that IRS won’t at some point seek to assess tax, retaining tax records indefinitely and important records for six years after the return is filed should, as a practical matter, be adequate. If you file a return electronically, the company that prepared and/or filed your return is required to provide you a copy of the return. Be sure to get and retain a copy.
Electronic record storage. You may keep your records in electronic form instead of or in addition to keeping paper copies. The periods for which the records should be kept are the same as for the paper records. If your tax records are stored on your computer’s hard drive, you should back it up to an external storage device or on paper.
To safeguard your records against loss from theft, fire or another disaster, you should consider keeping your most important records in a safe deposit box or another safe place outside your home. In addition, consider keeping copies of the most important records in a single, easily accessible location so that you can grab them if you have to leave your home in an emergency.
Whether you decide to use old-fashioned manila folders, a flash drive or cloud storage, tax authorities agree on the importance of saving documents and records in an orderly fashion and in a safe place.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss this or any other tax matter further, feel free to give me a call.
Christopher A. Gall, EA
HBK CPA’s & Consultants
(772) 287-4480


 
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Jan 10, 2017Tis the Season to be RIDING! - Treasure Coast Indian Motorcycle of Hobe Sound Welcomes Riders and Neighbors Saturday, January 21 from 11 AM – 4 PM, a post-holiday celebration – No Resolutions – Just Recreation!
Hobe Sound, FL -- To follow its soft opening in June of 2016, Treasure Coast Indian Motorcycle of Hobe Sound is hosting a community celebration to open the season—the RIDING season -- as well as to have the Treasure Coast community meet one of its newest businesses.

“Since we opened the dealership in the summer, we thought we’d wait to throw our ‘grand opening’ party when more of our seasonal visitors are here. They really appreciate being able to ride in the winter months!” said Mike Cantor, the owner, who transformed the former Dodge dealership property into an impressively stylized Indian Motorcycle dealership in a matter of months.

The celebration will feature live music by as well as the popular sounds from DJ Lew who will also bring his own Lew’s Crew, the longest running classic car show on the Treasure Coast, to expand the horsepower draw. An assortment of food by the Food Truck Invasion and other vendors will add a tasty flair to the event.

Cantor’s neighboring business, the Corvette Coral of Stuart will showcase an assortment of classic Corvettes to complement a bike show by Vintage Iron--a collective of vintage motorcycle owners. Vintage Iron will be selling tickets to win an original 1980 Vintage Honda Street Racer to benefit the Paley Foundation, a local surgeon who helps children and adults with rare orthopedic disabilities.

A Bikini Bike Wash will also raise money for the Foundation a cause supported by Treasure Coast Indian Motorcycle who has also generously supported Toys for Tots and The Dream Ride.

The dealership invites all riders, non-riders, friends, neighbors, motorcycle clubs and U.S. Military veterans to attend. Attendees with active duty military ID will receive a free Treasure Coast Indian t-shirt.

Bring the whole family! Come play horse shoes, corn hole and enjoy the assorted vendors with a wide variety of motorcycle-related accessories, gear and members of the area Chambers of Commerce will bring local wares and services to the celebration. Pet lovers will enjoy the display of rescue animals from A Second Chance Puppies & Kittens Rescue, a local, all-volunteer non-profit organization that arranges foster homes and adoptions for needy animal. So, be ready to find a motorcycle seat for your new 4-legged riding companion!

Join us!
January 21, 2017
11am – 4pm
4801 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, Florida,
Visit on Facebook or at www.treasurecoastindianmotorcycle.com
772 252-5000


 
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Jan 9, 2017Detailed Inspection of S-310 Navigation Lock Scheduled Inspection will close the Clewiston Lock for two days
WHAT: A comprehensive inspection of the S-310 navigation lock near Clewiston will require the lock to be closed to boat traffic Jan. 10 and 11.

The S-310 navigation lock provides for navigation to and from Lake Okeechobee and the C-21 Canal, which is the site of the Clewiston Public Boat Ramp. The lock also provides access to marinas, commercial fishing facilities and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tug Boat Basin of the Industrial Canal.

WHEN: The work will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and conclude in time to resume boat traffic by the following Thursday, Jan. 12. Operation of the lock will not be possible during the inspection to ensure the safety of the divers.

S-310 was originally constructed in 1934 as hurricane-gated structure No. 2 on the Herbert Hoover Dike. In 1977, it was modified and converted to a reinforced concrete navigational boat lock. The inspection will provide engineers with detailed information regarding the condition of the lock so that it can continue to provide reliable service.

WHERE: See map above for location of the S-310 Lock.


 
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Jan 9, 2017EXPERIENCED SALES REPRESNTATIVE:
Are you a boater who is a sales entrepreneur who has always wanted to combine the two into a fun rewarding business? We are looking for individuals with experience Mom and Pop sales, someone accustomed to selling to individuals - not business to business. Experience networking and guerrilla marketing.

Candidates with local ties to the community are encouraged to apply. Candidates from out of area will not be considered.

Have you been responsible for driving revenue in your own service oriented business?

If you are looking for a career change, the Freedom Boat Club may have an opportunity for you. FBC has an immediate job opening in Stuart, FL. We are hiring enthusiastic boaters who are interested in turning their passion for boating into a new career. Our ideal membership candidate is not a career sales person but someone who has real world business experience selling non-tangible services, preferably through their own company.

Membership Executive Expectations and Career Description
• A successful Membership Executive possesses the ability to thoroughly explain the Freedom Boat Club experience and ultimately convert the prospect into a member.
• They must be able to “close” the deal!
• As a service oriented business that emphasizes a hassle free membership experience, FBC sales professionals must be available 7 days a week and after hours. They must be available when the prospective member is available.
• An entrepreneurial spirit is paramount. The most successful Membership Executives are not career salespeople; they are well-rounded business professionals many of whom have owned their own businesses.
• A background in the service industry or non-tangible product sales is extremely beneficial.
• In order to truly appreciate the Freedom Boating experience a qualified Membership Executives will have some boating experience. Former boat owners are preferred.
• All applicants must be computer literate with experience using Microsoft Office and some type of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) program.
• Relentless customer follow-up skills are a must. This will be handled over the phone and via email, so exceptional oral and written communication skills are required. Until a prospect asks to be removed from our database, they are a solid prospect and should be treated as such.
• In addition to the company-generated leads provided, Membership executives are responsible for proactive lead generation. You will be required to participate in boat shows, trade show, open houses, member socials and many additional off-site events. * Networking and Guerilla Marketing experience is a must.
• Continuous interaction with current membership dockside is required. The most inexpensive and highest quality leads come by way of member referrals.
• As an evolving industry, Membership Executives must be extremely flexible to internal and external changes. We invented this concept.
Compensation:
• Commissions: $600 per Membership.
• Monthly Bonus: If the monthly sales goal is exceeded by a minimum of one sale, an additional $100 will be paid on all sales finalized in that month.
• Quarterly Bonus: If quarterly sales goal is exceeded by a minimum of one sale, an additional $100 will be paid on all sales finalized in that quarter.

Benefits:
Supplemental health and life insurance
Access to Freedom Boat Club boats



 
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Jan 9, 2017Environmental Studies Council announces 30th annual Lecture Series
The popular lecture series, presented by the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County, kicks off on February 6, and will take place on six Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. through March 27, with no lecture scheduled for February 20 or March 13. All lectures will take place at the Environmental Studies Center auditorium, located at 2900 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach.

The Environmental Lecture Series is FREE and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come first-served basis.

This year’s speaker schedule features Grant Baysinger, Environmental Specialist with Ecological Associates, Inc., on February 6 discussing the role of the environmental consultant; Sandra Thurlow, author and local historian, on February 13 discussing US Life Saving Service - Florida's East Coast; Wendy Parker on February 27 discussing Martin County Solid Waste programs; Laura Engleby, chief of the Marine Mammal Branch of the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region, on March 6 discussing dolphins and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; Beau Yeiser, biological scientist, on March 20 discussing the status and research of Florida's Smalltooth Sawfish; and Irene Arpayoglou, M.S. on March 27 discussing Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves.

All lectures are free and open to the public. The Lecture Series is by the Environmental Studies Council, the non-profit organization established in 1978 to support, protect and enhance the unique environmental education programs of the Environmental Studies Center. Donations are accepted and Council memberships will be available at each lecture.

Each year the Environmental Studies Council provides funding for college scholarships, a teaching position at the Center, educational outreach programs, new exhibits at the Center and much more. Most recently, the Council raised funds for the Center's new sea turtle exhibits and secured funding from the Save the Sea Turtles Foundation to restore the River Scout boat.

For more information, visit escmc.org or call 772.334.4643.


 
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Jan 9, 2017Meet your new District 3 Commissioner Harold Jenkins
The public is invited to meet new District 3 Commissioner Harold Jenkins on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in Tequesta. Commissioner Jenkins invites residents and business owners to discuss and address any issues they feel he should know about.

The meeting will be held:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Sheriff Sub-Station
18339 County Line Road, Tequesta
5:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
If you would like additional information regarding this meeting, please call 772-221-2357 or email Sherilyn Scraders at sscrader@martin.fl.us.



 
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Jan 9, 2017The Barn Theatre Auditions for Chapter Two


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Jan 9, 2017WHAT’S THE BUZZ ALL ABOUT?

LILLIAN A. DASSORI ELEMENTARY SPELLING BEE TAKES PLACE JAN. 12

Five contestants from each of the Martin County School District’s 12 elementary schools and fifth grade students from Indiantown Middle School will compete in the 51st Annual Lillian A. Dassori Elementary Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Jensen Beach High School Auditorium at 10:00am. Special guest, Ashleigh Walters, news anchor with WPTV News channel 5, will be the enunciator for the event.

The top twelve spellers will receive a 51st Annual Lillian A. Dassori Spelling Bee award and each participant will receive a participation certificate. The bee was named after Lillian A Dassori, a founding member and charter president of the Soroptomist International of Stuart and a Martin County Supervisor of Schools

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

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Jan 5, 2017Fire Rescue responds to six structure fires in ten days
The 2016 Holiday Season and the beginning of 2017 has been an exceptionally busy time for Martin County Fire Rescue after firefighters respond to six structure fires in ten days. The most recent structure fire occurred in a single-family home in Stuart yesterday causing heavy damage and displacing a family. In the last week, Fire Rescue has responded to structure fires in every corner of the County, from Tequesta to Palm City. As a result of these fires, at least a dozen Martin County residents have been left homeless. The Red Cross is assisting some families.

Most notably, on December 31 in Stuart, a large, well-known outdoor Nativity display composed of natural material was destroyed by fire and caused exposure damage to an adjacent mobile home, leaving an elderly couple homeless. Fire Rescue believes fireworks being discharged in the area at the time caused this fire.

"During the holidays and winter months, we see an increase in structure fires. Possible causes being investigated of the most recent fires include: electrical, fireplace malfunction, lithium ion batteries, a gas grill and a space heater," said Doug Killane, Bureau Chief of Fire Prevention for Martin County.

Martin County recommends residents visit http://www.nfpa.org/safetytips for tips to keep homes and families fire safe in 2017.


 
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Jan 4, 2017FRONTIER ADDS ROUTES AT PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING BREAK TRAVEL
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Frontier Airlines is adding additional spring break service to the Northeast just in time for spring break travel. “The Spring Break season lasts for a number of weeks, and customers are always looking for great deals to warm weather getaways,” said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president – commercial, “With this new service, even more travelers will get to experience Low Fares Done Right to many popular Spring Break destinations in Sunny Florida or the Historic Northeast.”

This Spring Break, Frontier will offer more than 50 daily departures from throughout the United States to eight great Florida destinations including Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando, Punta Gorda, Tampa and West Palm Beach.

Four-time weekly service between West Palm Beach (PBI) and Philadelphia (PHL) gives West Palm Beach locals access to two airports in the Northeast. This new route will compliment daily service to Trenton, NJ, (TTN) which can serve as a gateway to both New York and Philadelphia.

Below is a summary of the new service.

WEST PALM BEACH (PBI) – PHILADELPHIA (PHL)
F9 1034 Leave PBI: 11:10 a.m. Arrive PHL: 1:54 p.m.
F9 1035 Leave PHL: 7:25 a.m. Arrive PBI: 10:22 a.m.
Aircraft: A319
Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Start Date: March 13
End Date: April 19

In addition, Frontier also serves Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) three times weekly and Denver (DEN) four times weekly from West Palm Beach. Travelers have the ability to connect to the West Coast and other destinations when traveling through Denver.


 
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Jan 3, 2017Sewall's Big Shred


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Jan 3, 2017Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Certification Training
On February 9, 2017, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County will offer a Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Certification Training. This workshop will be offered as two concurrent sessions; one session will be offered in Spanish and the other in English. Este entrenamiento se ofreceràn dos sesiones concurrentes; una sesión se ofrecerá en español y otros en inglés. At the end of both sessions, the exam will be offered in English, per state requirements. Al final de ambas sesiones, el examen se ofrecerà en Inglés, por requisitos del estado. Para obtener màs instrucciones en Español, por favor consulte la pàgina 2.

The Structural Pest Control Act (Chapter 482, FAC) requires commercial landscape maintenance workers to be licensed for application of any pesticides, including herbicides, in the landscape. To obtain a Chapter 482 Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance License, the operator must provide to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Bureau of Licensing & Enforcement the following:

1. A Limited Certification for Commercial Landscape Maintenance Personnel application, with attached photo;
2. Proof of business insurance;
3. Attendance records from a certified 6-hour commercial landscape maintenance training course; and
4. Check for $150, made payable to FDACS

The applicant must also successfully pass a Limited Certification Landscape Maintenance exam with a score of 70% or higher (Exam given same day as class).

This UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Certification training program will provide the attendee with the 6-hour certified training records required by FDACS Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement. Attendees should also study in advance of the class. Recommended study materials, license information, and the license application are available at: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/23511/484250/limited_landscape_pkt.pdf

When: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Palm City Community Center at Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Ave., Palm City
Registration: On Line at https://mclclmfeb2017.eventbrite.com.
Please register by Tuesday, February 7.
Registration Fee: $55 (includes continental breakfast, lunch, and snack)

Call UF/IFAS Extension Martin County at (772) 288-5654 for more information.


 
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Jan 3, 2017Harry and Snowman movie
Date & Time: January 11, 2017, 6: 30 pm to 9:00 pm
Exact location with address: Lyric Theatre, 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart
Contact name and email: eraf2000@gmail.com
Website: www.eraf.org
Details:
The Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation (ERAF) will present a showing of the movie Harry and Snowman at The Lyric Theatre on January 11 as a fundraiser. The movie follows the Cinderella story of Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer and his transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse, named Snowman, that he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. In less than two years, Harry and Snowman, would go on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nation’s blue bloods and traveling the world together as they became the media darlings of the 1950s and 60s. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and forged a friendship that would last a lifetime, as told by 86-year-old Harry firsthand for the first time.
“ This is a wonderful movie that everyone, horse lovers and more, will love. The story of rescuing a horse off a slaughter –bound truck and training him to become a triple crown winner of show jumping is inspiring to say the least. We have rescued several wonderful horses from slaughter and we know this firsthand,” commented Denise LeClair -Robbins, President of the non-profit organization that is based in Palm City.
Guests will enjoy cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 and VIP seating is $100. All proceeds will benefit ERAF.
Tickets may be purchased on their website at www.eraf.org.
The Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation, Inc. (ERAF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation, re-education and adoption of abused, slaughter-bound, abandoned and neglected horses that was founded in 2000. Over the past 16 years they have rescued over 182 horses and made more than 160 adoptions throughout southeast Florida.




 
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Jan 3, 2017Martin County Local Planning Agency Public Hearings
Proposed amendments to Article 3, Zoning Districts and Article 4, Division 4, Barrier Island and Sea Turtle Protection regulations, concerning the measurement of building height will be presented to the Local Planning Agency on Thursday January 5, 2017. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard.

The meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers on the first floor of the Martin County Administrative Center at 2401 S.E. Monterey Road. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM. For more information call 772-288-5495. The meeting agenda is available at the following link https://www.martin.fl.us/agendas/local-planning-agency

Public comment, email or US mail, should be addressed to Nicki van Vonno, AICP, Growth Management Department Director. The email address is: nikkiv@martin.fl.us . Public comment sent by US Mail should be addressed to County Administrative Center, 2401 S.E. Monterey Rd. Stuart, FL 34996.


 
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Jan 3, 2017Helping People Succeed Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer
With Helping People Succeed’s long-time Chief Financial Officer in retirement, the local nonprofit organization has hired Ann Mehling to handle its finances, budgets, strategic planning for funding and more.

Mehling came to Martin County, with her family, in 1991. She worked with Mark Brechbill, CPA, as his partner for 20 years, handling clients for their business issues, including Helping People Succeed. When Bob Deyo retired in April after 24 years with Helping People Succeed, Mehling was interested in the Chief Financial Officer, the opened position due to her long-time connection with the nonprofit. She has already handled audit work for the nonprofit.

“The finance part of the position deals with strategic and fiscal health, gaining more financial stability conducive to expanding services or challenges,” explained Mehling. “We will also focus now on revenue sources and just thinking outside the box.”

Mehling is a graduate of Adelphi University, with a degree in Business Administration. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and worked six years for Wells Fargo Bank, and KPMG Peat Marwick – a “Big 4” CPA firm where she became a CPA.

Her duties will include monthly bill paying, reports on the financial state for the Board of Directors, working with others monitoring finances. “I knew I would enjoy working at Helping People Succeed, having known Suzy Hutcheson and others who handled the finances for the organization,” she said. “Now Helping People Succeed donors are becoming a great value. There is a huge need to really help the families and children in the various programs.”

Mehling has been a Big Sister for the last three years in the Big Brothers / Big Sisters organization in Hobe Sound and serves on the Board of the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center. She also assists with the Dennis Root Public Safety program. Her son, Nicholas, works in Cairo, Egypt as a journalist.

Helping People Succeed is 52 years old now, serving more than 4,000 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. Due to more families participating in St. Lucie County, the Helping People Succeed Board is hoping to expand its services into St. Lucie County with larger offices for clients and social workers. For additional information, contact Helping People Succeed through Glenna Parris at 772.320.0778 or go online at hpsfl.org.




 
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Jan 3, 2017Photography lecture series coming to the Hobe Sound Public Library
HOBE SOUND, FL - Terryl Best Lawrence, professor at the Digital Media Arts College in Boca Raton, will present a four-part lecture series on photography as part of the Chautauqua South series of events at the Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy. The series will be held on select Saturdays from 2:00 to 3:00pm.

The first lecture, "The Artist and the Photograph," will be held on January 21 and will focus on the impact of photography on painters and sculptors. The second lecture will be held on February 18 and will go over the work of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, and other pioneers in photography. The third lecture, "Paparazzi: The Art of Public Exposure," will be held on March 18. The fourth and final lecture will be held on April 15 and will focus on fashion photography.

These events complement the Hobe Sound Public Library's idea lab and are freely open to the public. These Chautauqua South events are sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.

For more information, pick up a Library Events Newsletter at any Martin County Library location, visit: www.library.martin.fl.us, or call (772) 221-1403.


 
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Jan 3, 2017Founding Friends of Treasure Coast Hospice to Host Sail Away Luncheon
All aboard … the Founding Friends of TCH will host its annual luncheon, Sail Away, on Monday, January 16, 2017, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club in Palm City. Last year’s luncheon attracted more than 200 guests to support Treasure Coast Hospice’s Counseling Services Youth and Family program.
Under the leadership of event chair Ginny Salamy and co-chair Kathy Soukup, along with their committee, guests will enjoy a delightful nautical-inspired luncheon, silent auction, an exciting raffle and wonderful entertainment from Street Talk, one of the premier live bands in the South Florida area.
“We are very excited about this year’s luncheon,” Event Chair Ginny Salamy said. “TCH Counseling Services Youth and Family program provides support and comfort to grieving families throughout Martin and St. Lucie and we are proud to be a part of making sure those families continue to get the support they need.”
Tickets to join this enchanting luncheon are $125 each and can be purchased individually or by table. To purchase tickets, sponsor the event or donate raffle items, contact Ginny Salamy at VMS875@yahoo.com or visit www.tchospice.org/events/sailaway/


 
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Jan 3, 2017Grand Oaks of Palm City Ribbon Cutting
Newly opened assisted living community, Grand Oaks of Palm City will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony presented by the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at 12PM. Mid-day bites and light refreshments will be provided. Come out and support a local business in your community.

 
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Jan 3, 2017“A Tribute to the Music of the Beatles” From Academy Orchestra, McCartney Mania
South Florida’s popular Beatles tribute band, MCCARTNEY MANIA comes together again with the Academy Orchestra for the second performance of their symphonic/rock extravaganza dedicated to the music and legacy of the Beatles.

This highly popular show includes many great hits like Penny Lane, She’s Leaving Home, I Am The Walrus, Here, There, Everywhere, A Day In A Life, Drive My Car, When I’m Sixty-Four, and even post Beatles McCartney favorites like Live And Let Die. Arrangements and orchestration for this collaboration are directed by Thomas Servinsky, the Academy Orchestra’s innovative conductor.

There are two concerts on Sunday, January 8th 2017 at 4 and 8 PM at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart. Tickets are $28.00 through the box office. To purchase tickets by phone or for student rates, call 286-7827. Tickets may also be purchased on-line by visiting www.lyrictheatre.com.

MCCARTNEY MANIA is a five-piece band whose members have performed up and down the Treasure Coast for many years. The band includes Sir Jack Maravell bass player and volunteer at the Police Athletic League in Fort Pierce; Ear, Nose and Throat physician Dr. Jimmy Autin on piano, trumpet and guitar; Jackson Chiarelli, Vero Beach pharmacists, guitar; Scott Benge, guitar player, base baritone, banjo, trombone, drums, tuba and more; and drummer Dean Lopes.

The Academy Orchestra is the mentoring orchestra of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony that includes south Florida professional musicians, a number of Treasure Coast Youth Symphony’s alumni, and advanced musicians from the current youth orchestra. The performance will be conducted by Tom Servinsky.

For additional information or youth symphony contact information, go to the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony website at www.treasurecoastsymphony.com


 
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Jan 3, 2017A.C.T. Studio Theatre presents Martin McDonagh’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”
Recipient of four Tony Awards, Martin McDonagh’s 1998 black comedy “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” will be on stage at A.C.T. Studio Theatre Jan. 20 – 29. Set in a cottage in the Irish village of Leenane in the early 1990s, Maureen—a 40-year-old spinster—lives under the demanding weight of her 70-year-old mother Mag but dreams of being swept away by a handsome man. Enter Pato, a salt-of-the-earth gentleman, who is not dissuaded by rumors of Maureen's troubled past or her tart tongue and sour worldview. Mag, hoping to continue having her daughter wait on her hand and foot, will do anything to thwart Maureen's plans for marriage and keep her on the farm. What Mag fails to realize is that even a gentle rabbit, when backed into a corner, may act in ways wholly surprising and far from pleasant.

Director Dennis O’Donovan says Beauty Queen is delightfully witty and humorous—until the stakes are raised. Veteran actress Pat Burgemeister, Clelia Patrizio, Mitch Price and Michael Ladewig star in this award-winning play by Martin McDonagh, the first in Mr. McDonagh’s famous Leenane Trilogy.

“The Beauty Queen of Leenane” will be presented at A.C.T. Studio Theatre two weekends: Jan. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.

A.C.T. Studio Theatre is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call 772-932-8880. Discount, group sales and student pricing are available by calling the box office.




 
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Jan 3, 2017Martin County Parks & Recreation to hold first job fair at Sailfish Splash Waterpark
Are you looking for a job or know someone who might be looking? The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting its first job fair on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Sailfish Splash Waterpark 931 S.E Ruhnke Street in Stuart.

Whether hoping to find a fresh start, a seasonal job, or a new career direction, job-seekers will find a wealth of exciting opportunities at this free job fair. The Department is looking for hard working, dedicated, enthusiastic, team players who enjoy all aspects of parks and recreation. Positions are available in aquatics, golf, facility services, park maintenance, and recreation.

At the fair, attendees will have a chance to connect with hiring managers who will be providing more information about their facility, open positions, and receiving resumes.

Application for these positions must be submitted online through the following website: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/martinfl. No paper resumes will be accepted.

Employment offers for all positions will be contingent upon passing a level II background check. For more information about these and other open positions, and to apply online, visit www.governmentjobs.com/careers/martinfl.



 
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