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



 
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Apr 27, 2015GET THERE FASTER - REGISTER NOW IRSC
GET THERE FASTER - REGISTER NOW
FOR SUMMER AND FALL SEMESTERS.
NEW – REGISTER FOR SUMMER AND FALL SEMESTERS AT THE SAME TIME.
Convenient - secure your spot in the classes you need at the times you want.
Fast - avoid the last-minute rush.
Affordable - Apply and receive financial aid early, or pay over time through Nelnet.
Summer I 2015
May 5 Registration Deadline for Summer I – Last day to pay.
May 6 Classes Begin.
May 10 Last day to drop classes. No refunds after this date.
June 4 First deadline to pay for Fall Semester classes. If
tuition and fees are not paid, students will need to
re-register for Fall classes.
Summer II 2015
June 22 Registration Deadline for Summer II – Last day to pay.
June 23 Classes begin.
June 28 Last day to Drop classes. No refunds after this date.
Fall 2015
March 30 Registration Begins.
June 4 First deadline to pay for Fall classes, or students will need to re-register.
July 16 Priority Deadline for Baccalaureate applications.
August 17 Registration Deadline for Full Term Schedule - last day to
pay without a late fee.
August 18 Late Registration Begins for Fall Term - $30 late fee beginning today.
August 19 Virtual Campus Orientation for Online Students.
August 25 Last Registration Deadline for Full Term Schedule - last day to pay.
August 26 Classes begin – Full Term Schedule.
September 2 Last day to drop classes from Full Term Schedule.
September 8 Registration Deadline for Express Schedule – last day to pay.
September 9 Classes begin – Express Schedule.
I R S C
www.irsc.edu | 1-866-792-4772

 
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Apr 27, 2015Hometown News - Hurricane Preparation Guide

Dear Reader,

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

Hurricane Preparation Guide

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

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

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

Your business does not have to be directly related to the hurricane industry. This supplement will be read by hundreds of thousands of readers. Take this opportunity to introduce your business to these readers. Get the most 'Bang for Your Buck' with one of the most read special sections of the year.

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

Thank you for your continued support!
Lee Mooty
General Manager
Hometown News

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

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

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

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


About NAISouthcoast

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

About NAI Global

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

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


To learn more, visit www.naisouthcoast.com.


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


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

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


NOSTALGIA PICK SERIES SHOWS

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 
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Apr 27, 2015FORCE

Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter

April 2015

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

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

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

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

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

May 28 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

June 24 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm

July 30 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

August 27 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

September 23 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm

October 29 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

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


Lost River Fishing Tournament

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

Martin County River Kidz

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



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













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







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



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

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

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

Follow RiverKidz on Facebook!
Click here for Facebook

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



River Kidz of St. Lucie County


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

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

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



Speakers Bureau

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



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

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

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

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

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



 
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Apr 27, 2015CULTURAL CONVERSATION TO BENEFIT ARTS COUNCIL OF MARTIN COUNTY
Martin County’s own Tony DiTerlizzi, a nationally-recognized author/illustrator of children’s books, comes home to share reminiscences about growing up on the Treasure Coast, where he attended Hobe Sound Elementary, Murray Middle School and South Fork High School.
On May 14 at 7 p.m., this New York Times best-selling author will be featured in the Cultural Conversation, “Inspired By … Tony DiTerlizzi”, to benefit Arts Council of Martin County. Look for some surprise guests! The event will be moderated by Samia Ferraro, with a book signing to follow.
This special event takes place at StarStruck Theatre in Stuart. Tickets are $15 per person in advance. Reserve yours at www.martinarts.org.
Sponsorship is provided by Wilmington Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts and Women Supporting the Arts.


 
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Apr 27, 2015Business Insurance for Small Business Owners

SCORE Workshop

Business Insurance for Small Business Owners
IRSC Chastain Campus, Stuart, FL
April 28, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Presented by Treasure Coast Score

Business Insurance for Small Business Owners
Workshop Description
This is a workshop designed for just about anyone interested in learning more about business insurance. Whether thinking of starting a business or operating an existing business, business insurance is an important tool in your toolbox.
Topics covered are: types of business insurance available like casualty insurance which includes property and workers compensation insurance or liability insurance and various specialty forms of insurance; where to get insurance coverage; what is claims made form vs. occurrence form; what is an agent versus a broker and do all companies require a broker involvement; and, bonding.

Proper levels of business insurance are very important to any business regardless of form of legal structure in order to protect the company assets and protect the company from errors and omissions, improper action or inaction by employees; and, officers' and directors' liability insurance.
John Hosler
Presenter
Experience in the manufacturing business area with over 35 years experience in financial management, operations, and general management. Specialist in acquisitions, divestitures, company start-ups and project management. Administration and Business planning, risk management, joint ventures, and compensation and benefits compliance. Specialist in non-profit development, governance, bylaw creation/ revisions, financial development and executive management. SCORE Business Counselor since 2000.

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=SCORE01515&seg=3

Treasure Coast SCORE Mentoring

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


 
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Apr 27, 2015BookMania! 2015 on MCTV
The 21st Annual BookMania! was held in March at Jensen Beach High School and Martin County Television (MCTV) was on hand to film the events. BookMania! is an informative and entertaining event held annually to celebrate the written word, bringing authors from around the country to a community of booklovers who delight in hearing them share their stories.

Over the next several weeks, BookMania! presentations will air on MCTV every Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm and will continue to run at various times throughout the year.

• HISTORY: HAMPTON SIDES
o Presentation by Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette.
• HISTORICAL FICTION PANEL
o Panel featuring Scott Cheshire, Patricia Harman and Mary Doria Russell.
• MYSTERY PANEL
o Panel featuring Cara Black, Lisa Black and Lis Wiehl.
• DISCOVER GREAT NEW WRITERS
o Presenting emerging authors Marie-Helene Bertino, Mira Jacob and Jack Livings.
• FROM BOOK TO FILM
o Panel featuring Joseph Kanon, Laura Lippman and Peter Swanson.

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



 
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Apr 24, 2015LEADERship Martin County celebrates 25 years
An evening of celebration is planned for May 12, as LEADERship Martin County reaches its 25th year. The program, operated by the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce, trains future leaders and engages them in all aspects of Martin County, including business, civic, cultural, environmental, and educational fields.
For the past 25 years, LEADERship classes have explored their community and developed several beneficial task forces, including the St. Lucie River Initiative Clean-up, the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, the Youth LEADERship program, and the Martin County Education Foundation. The LEADERship program is volunteer-driven and 25 years of graduates are still actively involved in the program planning and fundraising for the foundation.
Graduates include CEOs of many local businesses, along with elected officials such as City and County Commissioners, Sheriff, City Police Chief, Property Appraiser, Clerk of the Court, Superintendent of Schools, School Board Members, and many State Legislators.
The celebration will take place on May 12 from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Mariner Sands Country Club. The evening’s festivities include heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a special recognition presentation emceed by local LEADERship Alumni Tim Kinane, Elliot Paul, and Chamber President Joe Catrambone, along with LEADERship Martin County Alumni President Jason Berger.
The event is sponsored by Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce, LEADERship Martin County Alumni, Law Office of Jason Berger, Water Pointe Realty Group, and the Law Office of Chapman & Plymale, and Martin Health Systems.
Guests are encouraged to wear a hint of red to celebrate. Tickets are available for $45 per person or $85 per couple online at www.leadershipmcalumni.com.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Leslie Haviland at lhaviland@keiseruniversity.edu
For more information on LEADERship Martin County Alumni, visit www.leadershipmcalumni.com.


 
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Apr 24, 2015JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER OPENS NEW MARGARET W. NIEDLAND BREAST CENTER

Moves State-of-the-Art Imaging and Diagnostic Services into Elegant LEED Certified Facility

Jupiter Medical Center today announced the opening of the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, a new 26,000 square foot state-of-the-art home for its full spectrum of breast health services, as well as outpatient imaging services.

The Breast Center, located at 2111 Military Trail, will house Jupiter Medical Center’s cutting-edge breast diagnostic equipment. Importantly, the Breast Center integrates the diagnostic equipment, a Caring MRI Suite, soft lighting, feng-shui elements and a tranquil healing garden into comforting surroundings designed to simplify and enhance the patient experience. With the full continuum of breast health services housed in one location — from mammography to biopsies, PET (positron emission tomography) scan to MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), and even genetic testing and counseling for cancer risk — the Breast Center enables the patient to experience seamless integration of preventive and diagnostic services all under one roof.

The Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center is named in honor of Suzanne Niedland’s mother, Margaret, who lost her battle with breast cancer in March of 2011. Suzanne Niedland’s comprehensive donation funded Jupiter Medical Center’s purchase of the Breast Center’s advanced diagnostic equipment and the construction of the new building.

“Jupiter Medical Center and I strived to create a relaxed, peaceful patient environment that will reduce anxiety at what can be a stressful and emotional time,” said Niedland. “The Center’s environment, inspired by my mother, will support each patient throughout the world class diagnostic center. Our neighbors and community deserve, and now have access to, state-of-the–art care, which begins with a deep sense of compassion and respect for the dignity of every patient. My husband, Larry, and I are extremely honored to be a part of this momentous occasion for Jupiter Medical Center and our community.”

The Breast Center’s environmentally-focused overall design places it in a special architectural category as a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified silver project and as such, it is one of a handful of medical office buildings in South Florida with this designation. The LEED silver certification attests to the building’s certification for its energy-efficiency and environmentally-friendliness.

“The Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center speaks perfectly to our commitment as one of the guardians our community’s health and wellness,” said Jupiter Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John D. Couris. “The new center will be a national model for community-based patient care and the first center in the region to combine next generation technology and seamless delivery of breast health and diagnostic services – distinguishing it from other breast centers in the area. We are so very grateful to Suzanne who made this invaluable resource in our community possible.”

The first floor of the Breast Center houses two 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) rooms, three breast ultrasound rooms, technology for stereotactic biopsies, PET/PEM (breast positron emission tomography/positron emission mammography), MRI, X-ray and bone densitometry.
Jupiter Medical Center was the first facility in Palm Beach and Martin Counties to offer tomosynthesis. Tomosynthesis produces a 3D image of the breast, increasing the level of diagnostic accuracy, which allows physicians to find breast cancer at an earlier stage.
“We have made tremendous advances in the last several years to acquire state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and provide the highest quality medical care to our patients. The new Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center is the next stage of our development—allowing us to offer a facility and system of services that match the quality level of our equipment and the care we provide,” said Dr. Lee Fox, Chief of Radiology at Jupiter Medical Center. “Significantly, the Breast Center is one of the few facilities in our region now providing low-dose tomosynthesis. This exciting, new technology ensures women all the benefits of 3D mammography at a radiation dose nearly equal to a digital 2D mammogram and much smaller doses of radiation than with traditional x-ray procedures. Should patients need additional diagnostic tests following a mammogram, such as an MRI or biopsy, the most advanced technology for these procedures is right down the hall. For example, the Breast Center’s Affirm™ breast biopsy guidance system uses 3D technology to easily locate and target regions of interest for biopsy.”
A focal point of the center is the Caring MRI Suite, which features a calming setting to make the patient experience more pleasant and help reduce stress. Patients who require breast MRI can design their own personalized theme in the exam room. With the touch of an iPad they can customize lighting, music and soothing images that can be projected onto the ceiling.
Cancer prevention is also a priority. The second floor of the Breast Center will house the Cancer Genetics & High Risk Program, allowing patients to be screened and counseled in a private, comfortable and serene setting.
The Breast Center is nationally accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and has been designated as an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The Breast Center is also designated as a Pink Ribbon Facility. Pink Ribbon Facilities are digital imaging centers recognized as providing excellence in breast health paired with their exceptional commitment and support to the community.
“When deciding to sign on as the Medical Director for the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, it was the opportunity to take care of patients using cutting-edge technology in an environment that was designed with the patient in mind that brought me here,” said Dr. Lynda L. Frye, who is Board Certified, in Diagnostic Radiology and received her fellowship training at the University of California. “The resources, as well as the Center itself, are amazing and as I look five years down the road, I am confident that the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center will be regarded as the gold-standard in South Florida, continuing to offer cutting-edge care that puts the needs of the patient first.”

In addition to a full complement of breast health services, the new building also includes a new Outpatient Imaging Center. Here, patients will conveniently find health imaging services not related to the breast—from MRI to CT, ultrasound, PET/CT and digital x-rays.
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health. Jupiter Medical Center sets high standards for the hospital and the services it provides. Its accreditations are symbols of quality that proves that Jupiter Medical Center consistently meets or exceeds performance standards.
Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.


 
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Apr 24, 2015Martin County Commission to proclaim May Historic Preservation Month


During its regular meeting on April 28, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners will proclaim May as Historic Preservation Month in Martin County. During May, Martin County and its Partners in Preservation (the City of Stuart and the Town of Sewall's Point, among others) will celebrate the special places and people that have made Martin County so unique.

"In proclaiming May as Historic Preservation Month here in Martin County, we recognize the important role that historic preservation plays in our lives," said Board Chair and District 2 Commissioner Ed Fielding. "During this special month, residents will be able to celebrate the contributions made by the dedicated individuals who have helped to preserve the unique heritage that has shaped us."

It is the Martin County Historic Preservation Board's (HPB) seventh year of coordinating Historic Preservation Month events with its Partners in Preservation that are intended to increase public awareness of our local treasures.

"The Historic Preservation Board has moved our annual celebration from October to May, so that Martin County can celebrate with the rest of the country," said Nicole Norton, HPB Chair. "Historic Preservation Month is a great way to recognize our historical treasures, such as the Mansion at Tuckahoe (1938) and the Apollo School (1924), which will both receive plaques to commemorate their placement on the Martin County Register of Historic Landmarks."

The festivities will kick-off on May 1 at 5:00 p.m. at the Stuart Heritage Museum, housed in the historic Stuart Feed Store (1901), where preservationists will gather to celebrate Historic Preservation Month 2015. Other activities will include: tours of the historic Seminole Inn in Indiantown; tours of the Mansion at Tuckahoe (1938); and tours of the Martin County Supervisor of Elections offices that are housed in a building that once served as the post office for Stuart.

There will also be an open house and lecture by local historian Sandra Thurlow every Wednesday at the Captain Sewall House (circa 1889) with Bruce and Barbara Osborn portraying Captain and Mrs. Sewall; and another Open House at the Salerno Colored School - Martin County's only surviving one-room schoolhouse that was built during the era of segregation. Lectures on Martin County history include: the history the Indian River Lagoon; the history of the flower industry in Martin County; and the pioneers of Jensen Beach; and the fishing heritage of Port Salerno. Additionally, there will be an archeological tour of Mount Elizabeth.

The month will culminate with an Awards Ceremony to honor the Preservationists of the Year, the Wall family, who lovingly restored and operate the historic Seminole Inn that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. There will also be plaque presentations at the Mansion at Tuckahoe (1938), listed on the National Register in 2005, and the Apollo School (1924), listed on the National Register in 2002, to commemorate their placement on the Martin County Local Register of Historic Landmarks.

According to Nicole Norton, "Historic preservation is about more than saving old buildings. It is about protecting places that tell the stories of our past."

For more information, or a calendar of events, contact: 772-221-1329 or visit www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Apr 24, 2015Delta and US Airways/American Airlines See Strong Growth at Melbourne International Airport

Number of passengers using MLB jumps dramatically during first quarter of 2015

Commercial air travel is on the rise at Melbourne International Airport (MLB). During the first quarter of 2015, the number of passengers using MLB increased considerably over 2014, led by strong growth for Delta and US Airways/American Airlines. Both major airlines reported double-digit passenger increases during the first three months of 2015.

Delta posted a 28 percent year-over-year increase in passengers at MLB for January, with February and March enjoying single-digit increases [see attached]. The number of US Airways/American Airlines passengers jumped 25 percent in March, 2015. Overall, Delta has enjoyed a 14 percent increase during the first quarter of 2015, as the number of passengers increased from 42,671 in 2014 to 49,385 in 2015. US Airways/American Airlines experienced an 11 percent increase during the start of this year, with 10,917 passengers using MLB compared to 9,696 one year ago.

“Savvy travelers, particularly business travelers that value their time and convenience, are choosing MLB. Our airport is working hard building upon our exceptional customer services and terminal amenities,” stated MLB Executive Director Greg Donovan.

About Melbourne International Airport
Melbourne International Airport is located on the Atlantic coast of Central Florida and is credited with generating more than $1 billion per year in economic activity for the Space Coast region. Known as “America’s fastest growing Aviation/Aerospace Manufacturing Center”, a newly constructed 83,000 sq. ft. maintenance hangar designed to house the largest commercial aircraft is part of a growing airfield complex. MLB boasts tenants such as aviation giants Harris Corp., Embraer, Northrop Grumman and Rockwell Collins. It is the closest airport to Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center/NASA and the surfing capital of Cocoa Beach. Currently served by Delta Airlines, USAirways/American Airlines, Baer Air and Elite Airways, the facility features three runways, a 200,000 sq. ft. terminal, a 40,000 sq. ft. fully-outfitted customs facility and is part of FTZ #136. For more information, visit www.MLBair.com.


 
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Apr 24, 2015Be a Part of the GREAT GIVE on May 5-6!
On May 5-6, from 5 p.m. to 5 p.m., BGCMC
will participate in the GREAT GIVE, a 24-hour online giving campaign that celebrates the
spirit of philanthropy by raising precious
funds for non-profit charities in our
community.

Any donation made during this 24-hour period will be matched from a $500,000 bonus pool--and make your dollar go even further than
it would on any other day of the year!

To make your online donation on May 5-6, go
to www.GreatGiveFlorida.org, and then click on
the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County logo
where you will be prompted to make your gift.
If you prefer, you may call our office at
772.545.1255 any time with your credit card information and we will be happy to
process your donation during the campaign
on your behalf.

With your GREAT GIVE support on May 5-6, you'll be having a profound and enduring
impact on more than 1,700 children and teens from our community who so critically need structured enrichment programming each day afterschool and throughout the summer.
These programs, delivered by dedicated,
caring professionals, are specifically designed
to inspire these young people to achieve
immediate and real success in the classroom
and the community at large-and lay the foundation for them to be productive, contributing citizens as adults.

We hope you will consider supporting Club members on May 5th and May 6th! Thank you!




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

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

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



 
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Apr 24, 2015Martin County Historic Preservation Month May 2015 Schedule of Events
Historic Preservation Month 2015 Calendar of Events

A few months ago, the Historic Preservation Board wrote to let you know Historic Preservation Month would be moving to May to coordinate our Martin County celebration with National Historic Preservation Month. Attached is a Schedule of Events for Historic Preservation Month 2015, which will be updated with information on the Awards Ceremony when it becomes available.

We hope to see you at the Kick-Off on Friday May 1st from 5pm-6pm at the Stuart Heritage Museum, 161 SW Flagler Avenue, in downtown Stuart. For more information on this event, please call the Historic Preservation Board Chair, Nicole Norton, at 772-220-4411.

This is the Historic Preservation Board’s seventh year of coordinating Historic Preservation Month events with our Partners in Preservation. Celebration of this very special month has provided our community with a unique opportunity to recognize our proud history here in Martin County. The Board wants to thank our Partners in Preservation who have scheduled an event in May and hopes that all of our friends of historic preservation will participate in the celebration. If you have any questions, or would like to pick-up printed copies of the calendar to help with the distribution, please contact Nicole Norton at niki@n2archdesign.com and/or Robert Steiner at bsteiner@martin.fl.us.

We look forward to seeing you in May 2015, when we will celebrate Historic Preservation Month along with the entire country.

Sincerely,

Joette Lorion Rice
Martin County Historic Preservation Board
305-281-0429


MC Historic Preservation.
 
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Apr 24, 2015Girls Rock to Benefit Tykes & Teens
Local female powered bands Sister Baby and Take Warning will be joined by Lake Worth based Shotgun Betty at Girls Rock the Stage, a fundraiser for non-profit Tykes & Teens. The event takes place at Terra Fermata on Friday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m., and $5.00 tickets include appetizers.
There will be a variety of musical styles showcased, with Sister Baby starting the show with their mix of R& B, pop and blues, followed by Shotgun Betty’s edgy folk Americana sound featuring stand up bass and mandolin. Take Warning will close out the night covering punk rock artists from Joan Jett to Green Day.
All proceeds benefit Tykes & Teens mental health counseling and substance abuse prevention and treatment services for local children and families in need. The agency has helped more than 20,000 kids cope with the trauma of domestic violence, sexual abuse, depression, grief, addiction and more.
Tickets are available at the Taco Shack, Terra Fermata and Tykes & Teens. Advance ticket holders will receive a complimentary raffle ticket. Tickets will also be available at the event. Sponsors include Terra Fermata, Taco Shack, Gothic City Tattoo, Storing up Treasures Photography, Maggie Mogler at Abyss Salon, Yoga Tree Studio, Body Alive Training, ProCuts, Coldwell Banker Realtor Carolina Narbutas, Longneck Brew House, Lotus Loft Yoga and Wellness, and Southern Eagle Distributors.
For information, call 772-631-7653.


 
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Apr 24, 2015The State of Florida, Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation offers Free Seminars and Webinars
The State of Florida, Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation offers Free Seminars and Webinars for Florida employers regarding Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety.
In addition, the Division of Workers’ Compensation has partnered with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the University of South Florida’s “Safety Florida Consultation Program” to bring valuable safety information to Florida employers.

Free Seminars are held in various locations around the state. Please see the attached Flyer and Registration forms for the events scheduled from May 2015 through December 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


2015 May - Dec Seminar Fl
 
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Apr 24, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HOST COMMUNITY FORUM ON SUCCESS PLANNING
Martin County School District Superintendent, Laurie J. Gaylord announced today that a community forum will be held to gather comments for the purpose of helping guide the District’s current Success Plan strategic initiative. The community forum will take place Thursday, April 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Martin County High School Auditorium. Participants will share ideas around creating excellence in education for our Martin County schools.

“We welcome and encourage community involvement in the creation of Martin County School District’s first-ever Success Plan. This plan will become our road map for supporting high-performance schools and a culture of success for students and their parents, success for staff and success for community stakeholders,” Superintendent Gaylord said. “This forum will provide a platform for dialogue and idea sharing.”
If you are unable to attend our community forum, please send your ideas for success to the School District or School Board members to the following:

Martin County School District successplan@martin.k12.fl.us
Christia Li Roberts, District 1 robertscl@martin.k12.fl.us
Marsha Powers, Vice Chair, District 2 powersm@martin.k12.fl.us
Rebecca Negron, District 3 negronr@martin.k12.fl.us
Tina McSoley, District 4 mcsolet1@martin.k12.fl.us
Michael DiTerlizzi, Chair, District 5 diterlm@martin.fl.k12.fl.us
Martin County High School is located at 2801 Kanner Hwy, Stuart.

 
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Apr 24, 2015Celebrities Fore Kids . . . "We are so grateful for you."
Countdown to The Great Give . . .
12 DAYS
On May 5th (5:00PM) - May 6th (5:00PM),
Celebrities Fore Kids will participate in
Great Give Palm Beach and Martin Counties!

Your Support = Relief to Families In Need
________________________________________
BJ'S STORY

BJ is a young man with a great attitude and plans to be a graphic designer. Imagine his relief, and his mom's, when Celebrities Fore Kids arranged for Highway Tire to replace the tires and brake pads on their 2003 Dodge Ram.

Now, BJ and his mom have safe and reliable transportation throughout the day, including his doctor's appointments. BJ's mom expressed their gratitude in this way, "[BJ] and I are overwhelmed with joy to have so many caring people on our side. We are so grateful for you."
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Buy or Lease a Toyota, Support Celebrities Fore Kids!

Television Commercial:
Treasure Coast Toyota of Stuart Supports Celebrities Fore Kids!

Celebrities Fore Kids is grateful to Treasure Coast Toyota of Stuart for supporting our community's medically fragile children and families.

This month, Treasure Coast Toyota of Stuart will donate $100, per vehicle sold or leased, to Celebrities Fore Kids! So, stop in and drive away in your new Toyota TODAY!

Treasure Coast Toyota
5101 SE Federal Highway
Stuart, Florida 34997

Additionally, the supportive members of the Treasure Coast Toyota of Stuart Sales Team will, individually, donate $ 5.00 on "Business Casual Fridays" to Celebrities Fore Kids. An added benefit . . . they will enjoy wearing their newly designed Treasure Coast Toyota of Stuart polo shirts!

Thank you, Amber Woods, Mark Feldman and the entire Treasure Coast Toyota of Stuart Team for your generous support!


November 29 & 30, 2015
You are invited to join us for the 17th Annual Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic hosted by Larry Laoretti & Jim Kaat.

"During the fourth quarter of 2014, Celebrities Fore Kids distributed over $55,000, for much needed relief, to our families during a time of giving. Our ongoing Patient Assistance Program, which provides one-on-one relief to families in need of car repairs, emergency household items or medical necessities, addressed significant needs within our families," states Marlene Filer, Celebrities Fore Kids Co-Founder and President.

She continues, "The need for support is tremendous. Our Patient Assistance and Rehabilitative Support programs willingly respond to families with valid, 'basic support' needs. This is just the beginning of our journey to help our children within our South Florida community. Insurance shortfalls prevent many from receiving the medical treatment that will literally 'put them back on their feet'".

Style Encore - Stuart Launches "HELPING HANDbags" to Benefit Celebrities Fore Kids
Do you have designer (i.e. Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, Dior, Valentino) handbags, shoes, clothing and accessories that are just collecting dust in your closet?

Style Encore – Stuart will turn those seldom used items into a top dollar donation and “make a difference in the lives of children battling, and affected by, cancer and other life-altering or life-threatening illnesses and/or conditions.”

NOTE: Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc. - a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization - will prepare and mail a donation acknowledgement letter directly to you. Thank you, in advance, for your generous support!

Please consider bringing us your “HELPING HANDbags” today!
Style Encore – Stuart
2414 SE Federal Highway
Stuart, Florida 34994

Thank you, Leslie Levy and the Style Encore - Stuart Team!

Celebrity Committee

Celebrity participants in past golf classics include: Rick Ankiel, Bob Apodaca, Warren Bottke, Gary Carter (deceased), Bobby Cole, Kevin Compare, Judy Dickinson, Ken Duke, Bobby Floyd, Jackie Gallagher-Smith, Clark Gillies, Bill Gullickson, Tommy Hutton, Tony Jacklin, Howard Johnson, Jim Kaat, Larry Laoretti, Carl Mason, Michelle McGann, Lonnie Nielsen, Randy Nieman, Pete Oakley, Bobby Orr, Jim Palmer, Brett Quigley, Dana Quigley, Dan Quinn, Paul Runge, Laurie Rinker, Mike Schmidt, Tommy Shaw, Tim Teufel, Jim Thorpe, Tico Torres, Bob Toski, Tom Underwood, Tom Wargo, Maggie Will and Larry Ziegler.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Confirm your foursome - guaranteed to play with a celebrity - TODAY!
772.781.7943 x. 100
OR
855.5CFKGOLF (TOLL-FREE)



 
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Apr 24, 2015May 2015 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for May 2015. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
May 5, 12 & 19, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE - joint meeting
May 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
May 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
May 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
May 6, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

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

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
May 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
May 20, 2015 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

GOLDEN GATE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Cassidy Center, 2895 Fairmont Street, Stuart

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 13, 2015 at 11:00 am
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

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

JENSEN BEACH SIGN COMMITTEE
May 6, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
May 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City

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

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
May 18, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
May 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

PUBLIC ART ADVISORY BOARD
May 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room
One or more members of the Rio Neighborhood Advisory Committee may be in attendance at some of this meeting.

PUBLIC SAFETY COORDINATING COUNCIL
May 29, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Workshop Meeting Room

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Rio Civic Center, 1255 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

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

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
May 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

This notice dated: April 22, 2015.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Apr 24, 2015Join Coast Spine Center and Dr. John Brown at the “Stomp Out Child Abuse 5K/10K”

Did you know a child is abused in the state of Florida every 11 minutes?
Castle is an organization dedicated to “preventing child abuse and neglect through education and awareness”.
Visit the Castle website for more information about the race, Castle as an organization or how you can be involved. http://www.castletc.org.
Run with the doctor and other supporters in this fun event, Saturday, April 25th in support of this worthy cause. The race is being held at Tradition Field. Registration is at 6am, the race starts at 7:30am. Dr. John will be available to tape your ankles, shins or knees just as if you were an elite athlete. Get a little exercise, network with some great people or maybe set a new PR.

Coast Spine Center
3216 SE Federal Hwy
Stuart, FL 34997
772.873.8595
www.coastpainrelief.com


 
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Apr 24, 2015Jupiter Medical Center today announced numerous accomplishments and accolades
Jupiter Medical Center today announced numerous accomplishments and accolades it has achieved as well as programs it has developed so far in 2015.

Receives Diabetes Education Grant

Jupiter Medical Center received its first Diabetes Education Grant from the Quantum Foundation, a private grant-making organization that funds approved charities and certain government agencies in Palm Beach County. The $58,624 grant to Jupiter Medical Center will allow the hospital to continue to provide diabetes education out in the community as well as on-site at the hospital on an inpatient and outpatient basis. As part of their comprehensive Diabetes Education Program, Jupiter Medical Center also provides the services of a registered nurse and a Certified Diabetic Educator to MyClinic, a local nonprofit free medical clinic for the Jupiter community, to help facilitate a Family Diabetes Education program and a monthly Diabetes Clinic.



Jupiter Medical Center Partners with University of Massachusetts Medical Center’s Center for Mindfulness

Jupiter Medical Center, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center Center for Mindfulness, a world leader in mind-body medicine and mindfulness-based treatment and research investigation, is offering Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes. MBSR is a comprehensive, eight-week training in mindfulness meditation, based on ancient healing practices. This program will help participants understand the unity between the mind and the body, helping to alleviate both the physical and mental responses to stress. For more information, or to register for a class, please call (561) 263-5778 or visit jupitermed.com/mindfulness .


Orthopedic Golf Assessment Program

Jupiter Medical Center now offers recreational golfers screenings that will allow them to avoid injury, improve form, and ensure they can continue to participate in the sport for years to come. These screenings will provide the help of a certified golf medical professional, a personal biomechanical assessment and a sports psychologist in an effort to reduce golfers’ susceptibility to repetitive strains and pains, aggravation of orthopedic problems, and help them to stay fit so they’re physically able to hit the links with the desired frequency and duration they wish to play. Golfers can choose from a number of screenings to fit their needs, including: prophylactic screening, diagnostic screening, K-VEST Kinematic Swing and physical evaluation, and golf rehabilitation. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact (561) 263-5775.

About Jupiter Medical Center

A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.



Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com .


 
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Apr 24, 2015Thrivent Asset Management wins 2015 Lipper Fund Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Amy Whitlach and Mark Valinote at 367 NE Baker Road, Stuart FL 34994, 772-408-0771


About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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

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

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


 
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Apr 24, 2015Lionfish
Lionfish are an invasive species that threaten our
reef systems throughout the Caribbean and along the southeastern seaboard of the United States.

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


 
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Apr 24, 2015DON’T WAIT: VACCINATE
DON’T WAIT: VACCINATE
Protecting Against Measles
(Martin County, FL) – The Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to protect against measles. The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is encouraging all residents who have not been immunized to get vaccinated.
Residents should contact their private health care provider to obtain the MMR vaccine. Residents who do not have a private health care provider can call Florida Community Health Center at 772-219-1222.
Those who are fully immunized, with two doses of the MMR vaccine, have very little risk of developing measles.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, sore throat and rash that spreads over the body.
The measles virus can live up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface then touch their eyes, noses or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears.
For more information, visit the Florida Department of Health in Martin County website, www.MartinCountyHealth.com, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/measles/.

 
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Apr 21, 2015FREE MONTHLY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS AT THE KANE CENTER
The Council on Aging of Martin County has announced that it will host two free monthly caregiver support groups. The groups will be held the third Wednesday of each month at the Kane Center, 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart, and are facilitated by Laura Zel Kremer, LCSW, Caregiver Counselor with MorseLife Counseling program. The first support group meets from 10:30 a.m. until noon, and is open to anyone who is caring for an ill or aging family member. The second group meets from 4:00pm to 5:30 p.m., and will focus specifically on the dynamics of adult children who are caring for their aging parents.

Those interested in attending do not need to RSVP prior to coming to a meeting, unless they will be requiring free respite care for their senior loved one while they attend. If so, they should RSVP to Crystal Collier, Program Manager of Adult Day Health at the Council on Aging, at 772-223-7843 or at cecollier@kanecenter.org. For more information about either caregiver support group, contact Laura Zel Kremer at 561-209-6124 or laurak@morselife.org.

The mission of the Council on Aging of Martin County is to help seniors live young at any age by remaining independent, healthy and living in their own homes. The not-for-profit Council provides programs in support of this mission, including Meals on Wheels, Kane Cuisine, an adult day program, senior-focused primary medical care at the Kane Clinic, care management and caregiver support. The Council, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014, is the longest standing organization in the county dedicated to serving our senior population.

The Kane Center, the home of the Council on Aging of Martin County, is a multi-generational facility offering a wide range of services for seniors, their families and caregivers, and the greater Treasure Coast community. The Kane Center is designed to serve all seniors in Martin County, from the active to the frail, through social, wellness, medical, nutritional, educational and cultural programming. Intergenerational events for the general public are also offered. The on-site Frances Langford Theatre and Auditorium, the Town Center and other spaces are available for rent for special events. The Kane Center is owned and operated by the Council on Aging of Martin County.

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


 
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Apr 21, 2015Florida Chamber's Mark Wilson Testifies in Support of All Aboard Florida

Chamber Leaders from Central and South Florida Also Share Support

Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson provided testimony at the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act Hearing taking place before the Florida Development Finance Corporation. The Florida Chamber’s testimony was in support of approving All Aboard Florida’s bond application.



“The All Aboard Florida passenger rail project represents a once in a generation opportunity for Florida,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “The system will be privately constructed and operated, so the many benefits to the public will come at no risk to taxpayers.”

For your information, below is Mr. Wilson’s testimony.

Good morning and thank you Mr. Spivey. My name is Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
At the Florida Chamber, we’re focused on securing Florida’s future by making our state more competitive through free enterprise. Thanks to strong private-sector job creation, our state’s moving in the right direction.
Florida recently surpassed New York to become the third most populous state in the nation. In fact, if Florida were a nation, we’d be the 19th largest economy. By 2030, Florida will have six million more residents, and we’ll need two million more jobs. Preparing Florida’s infrastructure for smart growth is important.
All Aboard Florida represents a giant leap forward in that mission. With an entrepreneurial spirit reminiscent of Henry Flagler, Henry Plant and Walt Disney, All Aboard Florida is transforming Florida, undertaking the largest infrastructure challenge in this state perhaps since the Interstate system was built.
All Aboard Florida puts the long-term security of our state ahead of the short-term – especially when it comes to mobility. On our east coast and in Central Florida, road congestion is no longer the exception, it is the daily norm. Intercity rail is essential to coping with that growth and preserving Florida’s place as America’s number one tourist destination.
Since 1984, when the Florida Legislature and Governor Bob Graham created the Florida High Speed Rail Commission, our state has attempted to build a viable High Speed Rail system. Thankfully, we have Florida East Coast Industries and the All Aboard Florida system that can bring intercity passenger rail service to this state. And they will do it without taxpayer funds or subsidies.
Last August, a coalition of Chambers of Commerce across Florida, led by the Florida Chamber sent a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration supporting All Aboard Florida. Support for this system is not confined just to those counties where All Aboard Florida intends to invest Private Activity Bond dollars. Support is evident beyond the initial Miami to Orlando segment.
Communities such as Tampa and Jacksonville look forward to being connected by All Aboard Florida. Brevard County is conducting their own study of potential station sites, supported by the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce and local governments.
The All Aboard Florida passenger rail project represents a once in a generation opportunity for Florida. The system will be privately constructed and operated, so the many benefits to the public will come at no risk to taxpayers. Congress made rail and highway projects eligible for Private Activity Bonds in 2005 with just this type of investment in mind. All Aboard Florida’s system will succeed because they are doing it smartly.
They recognize the unique ridership potential that comes from connecting America’s most visited city with South Florida’s commercial centers. And like the Florida Chamber, they recognize that Florida’s east coast will continue to attract new residents who demand a quality of life that includes a first-rate transportation system.
Without All Aboard Florida, decades from now, we might see another attempt to build an expensive, inefficient, taxpayer-funded and subsidized rail system. More likely, Florida will face a future of growing highway gridlock and a deteriorating quality of life.
On behalf of the Florida Chamber, we encourage you to approve this project. Approve the All Aboard Florida bond application.

Thank you.


 
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Apr 21, 2015Volunteer opportunities in Martin County Administration


Looking to help your county government with your time and talent? The Administration Department of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners is currently seeking volunteers for several opportunities in the County Administrative Center in Stuart. Volunteers are sought to work in Human Resources and at our Information Desk. Other opportunities are available.

Volunteers are coordinated through the United Way's Martin Volunteers program. If interested, please call Martin Volunteers at (772) 220-4472 extension 225.


 
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Apr 21, 2015Summer Programs, Jonathan Dickinson State Park


The following programs will be offered at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, beginning May 1 through August 31:

Every day, Film Presentations, 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. and by request at the Kimbell Center. Topics vary.

Every Friday, Guided Paddling Tour on the Loxahatchee River, 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard from the park’s concession or bring your own. Registration is required.

Every Saturday
Family Adventure Programs, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Topics vary, most programs are both indoors and outdoors. Registration is suggested.
Evening Ranger Programs for overnight campers. Time and topics vary.

First Wednesday of the Month, Scrub-jay Walks, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Meet at the Camp Murphy Bicycle Trailhead between the front entrance and Pine Grove Campground.

Last Saturday of the Month, Guided Paddling Tour on the Loxahatchee River, 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Rent a
canoe, kayak, or paddleboard from the park’s concession or bring your own. Registration is required.

Park entry fee applies for all programs. For program details and how to be prepared, please contact the Kimbell Center, 561-745-5551, libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us.

Learn more about programs and events at www.friendsofjdsp.org. Park programs and events are sponsored by the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization that advocates for the historical, educational, and ecological enhancement of Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Kimbell Education Center
16450 SE Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, Florida 33455
561-745-5551


 
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Apr 21, 2015Arthur Rutenberg Homes Invites Home Buyers
Arthur Rutenberg Homes Invites Home Buyers to it April 30th Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration from 4:00-6:00pm.

The Thursday April 30th Marbella III Model ribbon cutting with the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce marks the official grand opening of Arthur Rutenberg Homes newest luxury custom home model in Florida.

The public is invited to join the celebration between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m, to experience a happy hour and view the professionally interior designed model home with some of the newest custom home features on the market.

Oakmont Custom Homes, LLC, an independent franchisee of Arthur Rutenberg Homes, is proud to offer the Marbella III home for sale in the exclusive gated community at the Enclave at Copperleaf. The model home address is
4594 SW Sand Ave in Palm City Florida, 34990. The ½ acre home sites at the Enclave are easily accessible from I-95 and the Florida Turnpike.

Contact Cheryl Nevius at 772-323-0253 for full details on the event and for more information on the Marbella III or building custom homes at the Enclave.



About the Model Home

The Marbella is the newest fully furnished Arthur Rutenberg model in Palm City. This 4,000 square foot model offers an open floor plan with a California contemporary theme. The pool/spa area features a covered lanai/cabana, outdoor kitchen and fireplace.

At the heart of this home is an expansive great room-kitchen-living room casual dining combination, ideal for entertaining family and guests. This area is designed with 2 sliding glass door systems. One consisting of 4 10'
tall sliding glass door/wall and the other a 90 Degrees sliding glass door which allows the facade to be completely opened, allowing guests to move freely from the interior to the exterior of the home.

The gourmet kitchen has a large island under a back lit ceiling tray. The kitchen has GE Monogram stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, a decorative tile back splash, and Arthur Rutenberg Homes' trademark concealed pantry.

The master suite offers recessed ceilings, as well as separate his and hers walk in closets. The master bath offers separate vanities, a double entry walk-in shower, a freestanding tub and private water closet.

This custom model home offers a club room with a wet bar. The vaulted ceilings in the foyer and den have exposed decorative wood beams. Off the kitchen and casual dining area there is a wine room and a second wet bar.



About the Enclave at Copperleaf

The Enclave at Copperleaf is located in Palm City. This neighborhood features 71, 1/2 Acre homesites on Preserve and Waterfront lots. The surrounding area is known for its outstanding schools and small town appeal.

Copperleaf is about eight miles from historic downtown Stuart, offering shopping, dining and entertainment. If one prefers the outdoors, Hutchinson Island beaches are about 10 miles away and offer fishing and boating opportunities.

Copperleaf also has easy access to I-95 and the Florida Turnpike in just minutes.



About Oakmont Custom Homes, LLC

Oakmont Custom Homes is a builder of fine custom homes. We can build on customer lots or in one of our 3 exclusive gated communities on the Treasure Coast. Our Management Team has a combined experience of over 70 years of homebuilding and the group has built one of a kind luxury homes all over Florida and on the Treasure Coast. They have won numerous customer satisfaction awards. It is our privilege to have the opportunity to represent the Arthur Rutenberg Homes brand.



About Arthur Rutenberg Homes

Arthur Rutenberg has over 60 years in the homebuilding industry and has been a respected name in custom luxury homes since 1953, when he built his first home upon the four "cornerstones" that would make him legendary: design, craftsmanship, service and responsibility.

Today, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Inc. is one of the largest networks of independently owned and operated luxury custom home building companies in the nation, with franchised homebuilders throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee. For further information, contact Erik Cocks at 727-536-5900.




 
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Apr 21, 2015Love The Lyric!
Love The Lyric!
Donate on The Great Give, May 5th!

On May 5th, 2015 from 5pm to May 6th at 5pm, The Lyric Theatre is participating in the GREAT GIVE, a 24 hour online giving event designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in the allotted time as part of a nation-wide program called Give Local America.

This community-wide event will celebrate the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to strengthen our community while raising critical funds for local nonprofits.

Every donation will be stretched further if you
DONATE TO THE LYRIC through www.GreatGiveMartin.org.

Your donation will go a long way in helping us! Plus, gifts made that day will receive a portion of bonus funds - making your dollar go even further than it would on any other day.


We hope you will consider supporting us on May 5th!



 
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Apr 20, 2015Five-Year Anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Five-Year Anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Researchers at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Publish Findings on Impacts to Marine Organisms on the Gulf Coast

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) rig caused a release of 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico before the well was capped on July 15, 2010. Close to 100,000 kilometers, including more than 1,000 total linear miles of coastlines in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida were affected. A number of methods were used to prevent the oil from reaching the shoreline, including an estimated 1.9 million gallons of dispersant. Dispersants are one of the most controversial of these methods and are typically used when other methods are not adequate.
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute conducted several studies to determine the impacts of the DWH on marine organisms such as oysters, conch, shrimp, corals as well as marine plankton (microalgae or phytoplankton, rotifers or zooplankton), which provide the basis of coastal and oceanic food webs. Findings from their oyster and phytoplankton studies were published in 2014 in the Journal of Shellfish Research and the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.
Chemical dispersants do not remove oil from water, but merely accelerate its natural dispersion. Although the use of dispersants decreased the impact of oil to shorelines and surface-dwelling organisms, such as birds, dispersants allowed the oil to be more easily taken up by organisms that live in the water column. Rather than disappearing, the dispersed oil ended up in bottom sediments, where it remains, posing future threats to pelagic and benthic organisms.
“Oil releases may affect marine organisms in a number of ways including physically, through toxic effects known to produce carcinogenic and mutagenic effects by modifying behavior, or through modifications in their natural habitats,” said Susan Laramore, Ph.D., an author in both of the publications, assistant research professor, and a marine and molecular biologist who studies aquatic animal health issues at FAU’s Harbor Branch Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory. “The Deepwater Horizon oil spill happened to coincide with the spring spawning season for a number of aquatic organisms, including shrimp and the eastern oyster.”
In the study published in the Journal of Shellfish Research, Laramore and her collaborators conducted studies to assess fertilization success, development, survival, and swimming behavior as well as sub-lethal exposure laboratory experiments to assess the impacts of brief exposures on the growth and survival of oysters (average lifespan of two years in the Gulf of Mexico). Findings from this study show that the DWH oil and dispersed oil impacted all of the factors listed above, although the extent of the impact varied depending on oyster life stage, amount of exposure and oil concentration.
Fishermen report that the population of oysters have not come back to pre-spill levels. Diminished populations of oysters also affect marine coastal food webs and associated ecosystems.
In the second published study, Laramore and her collaborators examined two species of algae, used to feed molluscs, crustaceans and fish. These two species served as “models” for phytoplankton species in the Gulf of Mexico that were exposed to crude oil and weathered oil, dispersant and dispersed oil during the DWH oil spill. Results from this study revealed that the dispersant and dispersed oil affected the growth and motility of the algae, which may have had negative impacts on the food chain.
“Although the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may not have long-term consequences especially for short-lived species, the effects of oil and dispersant on lower trophic food sources impacted fisheries recruitment in the short-term, and longer term impacts are likely to be seen in some species and ecosystems,” said Laramore.


 
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Apr 20, 2015Insurance Agency to Donate Thousands
Local Agency Calls Community to Vote for Charities

Fiorella Insurance Agency, Inc has made a commitment to the community and will be donating $1 for every new insurance policy it sells to a local non-profit organization. In the past, Fiorella Insurance has already been donating to crucial organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Hibiscus House. For 2015, Fiorella Insurance has a goal of donating $12,000 to local charities.

This year, they are asking their clients and community members to vote for a charity to which they will give their donations. To vote for a local charity, community members can visit www.fiorellainsurance.com and voice their opinion on how Fiorella Insurance should support the community.

"We recognize and are humbled by how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to do business within the communities we serve," says Nick Fiorella, CEO of Fiorella Insurance. "It is our responsibility to give back to these communities."

In recent months, the number of individual health insurance policies bought has increased exponentially for Fiorella Insurance. Experts believe this trend will continue, as people are complying with the Affordable Care Act.

Nick Fiorella feels that affordable insurance is attainable. "We are dedicated to contributing to our community and want to make our clients feel good about their insurance. We treat all our clients with kindness and respect and want to help them with their individual needs at the lowest cost possible."

Fiorella Insurance Agency, Inc is a Contracted General Agency for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida offering individual health insurance, group health insurance, homeowners insurance, auto insurance, as well as tax free retirement, life, and disability insurance products. For over 27 years, Fiorella Insurance has been serving Florida’s residents and providing them with straightforward advice, speedy service, and delivering solutions that make insurance choices clearer.

Contact: Cory Lloyd
cory@fiorellainsurance.com
515 SE Central Parkway
Stuart, FL 34994
Ph: 772-283-0003


 
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Apr 20, 2015Marketing Your Business

Hobe Sound Library, Hobe Sound, FL
April 21, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Presented by Treasure Coast Score

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=SCORE01337&seg=3

Marketing Your Business
Workshop Description
If you're currently running your business, you believe that you're the best kept secret in town, or you're just not getting the amount of business that you think you should, then sign-up of this workshop!! By doing so you will learn how to assess your marketplace, better understand your competition, target your customers, differentiate your business, and develop your marketing plan.
Frank Tidikis
Presenter
Healthcare field experience of over 35 years. Successfully built, opened, and managed hospitals and multi-hospital systems in both the proprietary and not-for-profit sectors. Experience also includes several startup healthcare companies that were either taken public or sold to strategic buyers, which ranged from physician practice management and concierge medicine to medical education. Latest focus has been primarily on startup and turnaround situations, which has required an emphasis on business development, cost control, and strategic goal setting. Been working with SCORE since 2009.




 
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Apr 20, 2015“Barefoot on the Beach”
May 9: Florida Oceanographic hosts “Barefoot on the Beach”
Proceeds benefit Florida Oceanographic Society research, education, restoration and advocacy initiatives

If you have an interest in the health of our local waterways and want to kick off your shoes and celebrate in true Florida style, don’t miss “Barefoot on the Beach.”

This seaside soiree takes place Saturday, May 9 from 6-10 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 10978 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach. Listen to live music by South Florida beach band, Woody and the LongBoards, while drinking ice cold beer, sipping wine or a signature cocktail, and savoring delectable hors d' oeuvres. There will also be chances to win great prizes. After sunset, the party will continue poolside on the patio, to avoid disturbing the sea turtles (nesting season is March 1 - October 31).

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our members and those in the community to spend time with friends and celebrate by the sea,” said Mark Perry, executive director of Florida Oceanographic Society. “All proceeds support Florida Oceanographic’s mission and I hope you can join us on the beach!”

Tickets are $75 per person, $70 for Florida Oceanographic members (21 and older) and can be purchased at FloridaOcean.org, or call 772-225-0505, ext. 106. Advance purchase is required; ticket sales end May 4.

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


 
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Apr 20, 2015Volunteer to Stamp Out Hunger on May 9


House of Hope is calling for volunteers to help sort food during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 9.

The annual drive is organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers and typically delivers more than 60,000 pounds of food for House of Hope’s food pantries.

Nearly 200 volunteers are needed to sort the food at the Martin County Fairgrounds on May 9. Shifts are 2 p.m.-5 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. To sign up as a volunteer, contact Kelly McIntyre at House of Hope, at (772) 286-4673, ext. 1004, or kelly@hohmartin.org.

People also can help by donating nonperishable food items – placing bags of food near their mailbox for their letter carrier to pick up on May 9.

Recommended food items include tomato products (sauce, paste, whole, diced, etc.), pasta, canned fruit, peanut butter & jelly, and canned chicken or ham. Do not include items that have expired, require refrigeration or are in glass containers.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is essential to House of Hope and the people who seek help from the agency. House of Hope serves about 5,000 people each month with services that include food, clothing, financial assistance, information & referral, and life-changing case management.

Throughout last year, House of Hope provided Martin County residents with 500,000 pounds of food – the equivalent of about 390,000 meals – through its food pantries in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.

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


 
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Apr 20, 2015Create The Future


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Apr 17, 2015Medical Coding for Professionals

Coding for Professional Services

Students will be introduced to the medical coding systems utilized to report professional (physician) and hospital services within all healthcare entities where physicians and practitioners treat patients. Students will learn how to code using CPT (procedures), ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM (diagnoses) and HCPCS (supplies) coding systems. Detailed training on the new ICD-10-CM coding system that will be implemented October 1, 2015 will also be provided. Students will learn about medical record documentation requirements and various Electronic Medical Record systems used to document services rendered to patients, how to use various electronic encoder products used within the healthcare industry and how to comply with national fraud and abuse initiatives for all coding disciplines. The class will also touch on insurance and reimbursement methodologies within the billing cycle. Upon completion of the class students may sit for any of the following National outpatient coding certification exams- Certified Professional Coder, Certified Professional Coder-Hospital, Registered Medical Coder, Certified Medical Coder, Certified Billing and Coding Specialist or Certified Coding Associate.



This class is perfect for those looking to advance their careers within the medical field and for those seeking to enhance their knowledge in current coding and billing.


Date: June 6, 2015 - August 22, 2015
Location: Fort Pierce Main Campus / Y-205
Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Click here to register today!

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=CNACE01713&seg=0




 
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Apr 17, 2015MCLS presents Money Smart Week 2015 with personal finance management events for adults and kids Apr 20-25
In celebration of Money Smart Week® the Martin County Library System is hosting five special events at three libraries geared toward educating children on the importance of personal finance management and adults on how to get the most out of retirement. These special events are as follows:


Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart
• Monday Apr 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm, Raising Money Savvy Kids - Talking about money is hard, especially with children. Where do you start? We're going to help you begin, by giving you a strategy for how to talk to your kids about money. Registration recommended. To register, please call 772-288-5702.
• Wednesday, April 22 at 4:00pm, Money Smart for Elementary Students - This workshop includes age-appropriate activities designed to teach children about "paying yourself first," "wants versus needs," and other important lessons for being "Money Smart". Registration recommended. To register, please call 772-288-5702.
• Thursday Apr 23, 2015 at 6:00pm, Retirement: Making Your Money Last - Presented by Doug Marcello of Edward Jones Investments. This seminar is designed for those who are thinking about retiring or who have retired recently. Discusses the considerations/tradeoffs when developing a withdrawal strategy -- working longer, spending less and delaying social security. Also covers ways to plan for expected and unexpected expenses with insurance.
Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City
• Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm, Raising Money Savvy Kids - Talking about money is hard, especially with children. Where do you start? We're going to help you begin, by giving you a strategy for how to talk to your kids about money. Registration recommended. To register, please call 772-288-2551.
Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach
• Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 at 2:00pm, Raising Money Savvy Kids - Talking about money is hard, especially with children. Where do you start? We're going to help you begin, by giving you a strategy for how to talk to your kids about money. Registration recommended. To register, please call 772-463-2870.

Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country.


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



 
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Apr 17, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT CELEBRATES LITERACY WITH SUMMER BOOKDRIVE THIS SATURDAY
MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT CELEBRATES LITERACY WITH SUMMER BOOKDRIVE THIS SATURDAY

On Saturday, April 18, the Martin County School District will be celebrating literacy with a Summer Bookdrive. Between the hours of 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, all Martin County students and educators are invited to Barnes & Noble in Jensen Beach to hear guest readers, mingle and shop for books. Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord, Mary White, Director of Elementary Programs, along with a few special guest Principals will be on hand to read their favorite children’s stories for our Martin County Students.

The goal is to collect children’s book donations, which will go directly to the homes of students in Martin County that currently have few or no books of their own. Barnes & Noble will also contribute a percentage of the sales to the school district. Educators will be able to sign up for an Educator Discount Card and receive a 25% discount on book, music, movie, toys & games purchases.

Barnes & Noble is located at 3001 NW Federal Highway. The event will take place in the children’s department.

SCHEDULE OF READERS:
11:00 – Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord
11:30 – Mary White, Director of Elementary Schools
12:00 – Don Merritt, Principal, Jensen Beach Elementary
12:30 – Tracey Miller, Executive Director, Instructional Services
1:00 – Howard Marder, Principal, Felix A. Williams Elementary
1:30 – Laura Husnander, Principal, Challenger School
2:00 – Brenda Watkins, Principal, Crystal Lake Elementary


 
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Apr 17, 2015News from FPL
Dear members,

Two things I wanted to make you aware of that I think you will find of interest. Would you be so kind to share with your Board of Directors too?

1) The Public Service Commission yesterday approved our request to reduce customer rates by about $3 starting May 1, thanks to savings on fuel costs. As you know, we have invested heavily to improve the fuel-efficiency of our power plants, and this is paying off for customers. With this latest rate decrease, our typical customer bill is now 30 percent lower than the national average. Here is a link to our press release about this great news.


2) In addition, it is widely known that Florida Power & Light Company’s nuclear power plants are an important part of strategy to deliver safe, reliable, affordable power. For the first time, however, we now have an independent analysis that illustrates the economic benefits of these plants to our state and the communities we serve.

While the study is extensive, I would like to highlight that FPL’s nuclear operations, which include the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant, Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant near Homestead and nuclear headquarters operations in Juno Beach:

• Support nearly $1.4 billion of economic activity annually in Florida;
• Generate 1,600 direct nuclear jobs and nearly 6,000 total jobs statewide at higher-than-average wages;
• Prevent nearly 15 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. This is equivalent to taking 3 million cars off the road; and,
• Create a huge positive ripple effect through Florida’s economy.

The full study can be accessed at www.FPL.com/NuclearBenefits for your reference. Further, here is a link to a nice media clip about the economic study: TC Palm: FPL’s St. Lucie nuclear plant pumps $630 million into region's economy.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.


Social Media to share if desired

https://twitter.com/insideFPL/status/588688294596243456

https://twitter.com/Nuclear_policy/status/588683197208076288

https://twitter.com/insideFPL/status/588679483730845696

https://twitter.com/Nuclear_policy/status/588694658009595904

Best,
Amy

Amy Brunjes
External Affairs Manager/Treasure Coast
Florida Power and Light Company
772.337.7006 office
561.603.8378 cell
amy.brunjes@fpl.com


 
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Apr 17, 2015St. Lucie Nuclear In the News... In case you missed it
Dear friend,

Recently, you may have seen news coverage highlighting a new independent economic study that formally quantifies FPL’s St. Lucie and Turkey Point nuclear plants’ positive impact on Florida’s economy. We are very proud of our work and the positive relationship we have had with the community during the past 40 years and look forward to continuing to support local, clean energy jobs and our local economy in the future.

For your convenience, below, please find a link to the study itself, as well as some highlights of the news coverage. As you will read, the study notes that St. Lucie and Turkey Point:

• Support nearly $1.4 billion of economic activity annually in Florida;
• Generate 1,600 direct nuclear jobs and nearly 6,000 total jobs statewide at higher-than-average wages;
• Prevent nearly 15 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. This is equivalent to taking 3 million cars off the road; and,
• Create a huge positive ripple effect through Florida’s economy.

For a more detailed look at St. Lucie’s many benefits, you can access the full study by clicking here

I am very proud of our world-class team at St. Lucie and the role we play here on the Treasure Coast. As always, should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Communications Manager Doug Andrews at 772-467-7315.

Most Sincerely,

Chris Costanzo
Site Vice President, St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant


Doug Andrews
Site Communications Supervisor
St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant

Florida Power & Light Company
(772) 467-7315 (office)
(772) 214-0049 (mobile)
Doug.Andrews@FPL.com


 
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Apr 17, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED
The Martin County School District (MCSD), in response to the recently approved House Bill 7069, will not be adjusting the 2015-2016 school year calendar. In order to encourage daily attendance and protect instructional time, the MCSD publishes the upcoming school year calendar at least seven months in advance to allow families to make personal plans around the school calendar.

“We understand the planning needs of our families and community and respect the plans they have already made based on the calendar that was published in December 2014,” said Tracey Miller, Executive Director of Instructional Services. “Therefore we will not change the calendar for the 2015-16 school year even though legislation allows such modification.”
The Martin County School Board approved the 2015-16 school year calendar at its regular school board meeting on December 16, 2014.

The calendar is available on the school district’s web site at http://www.martinschools.org/pages/Martin_County_School_District/Design_Resources/EDT051_Template/Main_Nav/Parents_and_Students/School_Year_Calendar/School_Year_2015-2016
The first day for students in the 2015-16 school year will be Monday, August 24.


 
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Apr 16, 2015Martin County School District to Honor Volunteers and Business Partners of the Year
The Martin County School District will honor its 2014-15 Outstanding Volunteers and Business Partners of the Year at a recognition ceremony on Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 pm at Stuart Middle School.

Volunteers in the following categories from each school will be recognized and Outstanding Volunteers in each category will be named: Senior, Adult, and Youth.

Business Partners from each school will also be honored, as well as the recipient of the Family and Community Involvement Awards.

Stuart Middle School is located at 575 Georgia Ave Stuart, FL 34994. The event will take place in the cafeteria.


 
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Apr 16, 2015BloomingDeal's Consignment kicks off Special Summer Shopping Days supporting Tykes & Teens

BloomingDeal's Consignment kicks off Special Summer Shopping Days supporting Tykes & Teens

The first of the monthly BloomingDeals Consignment special summer shopping days to benefit local non-profits is right around the corner!
On May 2, Tykes & Teens will be the beneficiary of 10-percent of ALL store sales for the day, so not only BloomingDeals regular customers will be contributing to the total, so will all the loyal fans and supporters of Tykes & Teens who are expected to join in the special day.
BloomingDeals is an upscale consignment shop featuring ladies’ clothes, accessories and shoes, as well as beautiful, mint-condition furniture and home accessories.
The mission of Tykes & Teens is to support and strengthen the community through quality prevention, education and social-emotional healing services for children and their families.
Honorees for the balance of 2015 are:
Caring Children Clothing Children - June 6
Gertrude Walden Child Care Center – July 11
Helping People Succeed – August 1
Florida Oceanographic – September 12
Elliott Museum – October 3
Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast – November 7
Domino's Cat Rescue – December 5


BloomingDeals Consignment is located at 3591 NW Federal Highway in Jensen Beach (in the Home Depot plaza). Store hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information, call (772) 692-1885 or visit www.BloomingdealsConsignment.com


 
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Apr 16, 2015Martin County Tourism Office works with national magazine to bring exposure to area
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is pleased to announce the release the Smithsonian's Fourth Annual Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015. The Office of Tourism worked with Bess Lovejoy, Contributing Editor on this article that features Stuart as the #3 destination.

It is a great honor to be recognized in such a prominent publication. This recognition is sure to help us attract even more visitors to enjoy the accommodations, restaurants and attractions Martin County has to offer.

"Our annual list highlights some of the most special small communities in America. We were impressed by Martin County and Stuart's great mix of opportunities for exploring nature, culture, and history, all in a charming setting," said Bess Lovejoy, Contributing Editor for www.Smithsonian.com.

For more information, contact Nerissa Okiye at 772-288-5445 or nokiye@martin.fl.us.


 
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Apr 16, 2015Treasure Coast Food Bank wins Summer BreakSpot Challenge Award for Summer Food Service Program
Treasure Coast Food Bank’s summer feeding program has received a Summer BreakSpot Challenge Award for Innovation in Operation of its Summer Feeding Program, which fed children more than 82,600 meals last summer.
Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz and Chief Programs Officer Krista Garofalo were on hand for the award presentation by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which took place in Apopka.
The 2014 Summer Feeding Program expanded from 3 to 23 sites in three counties, offering food for breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized for our Summer Feeding Program,” Garofalo said. “We worked hard to build a program to provide nutritious and appetizing meals that children would want to eat, and the success showed as our average daily attendance more than doubled.”
The program kicked off with a party at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s YourPlate Health & Wellness Center where families could sign up for summer meals for their children at several locations.
Treasure Coast Food Bank is launching a Summer Hunger Campaign this month with a goal of raising $250,000 to expand its 2015 Summer Feeding Program to provide for more than 52,000 students who rely on the school system for low-cost meals and who may not have adequate food over the summer.
“We’re thankful for the Florida Department of Agriculture’s recognition of our 2014 Summer Feeding Program, but that was just a small step compared to what we want to accomplish,” Cruz said. “Our goal is for every child to have enough healthy food every day.”
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ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief agency on the Treasure Coast, providing millions of pounds of food to over 200 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties serving those in need. In addition to food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772-489-3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.



 
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Apr 15, 2015Be The Voice For Our Local Estuaries
The #1 recommendation of the University of Florida Water Institute report on reducing discharges to our estuaries is to accelerate funding and completion of existing approved projects.

Let the Florida Legislature know that the priority for our Amendment 1 dollars should be to finish the essential water quality projects already underway.

Ask lawmakers to fund/accelerate: •The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Projects (CERP)
•The Central Everglades planning Project (CEPP)
•Kissimmee River and the Herbert Hoover Dike (Lake Okeechobee) Restorations

Let's finish the job!
Contact these Florida legislative leaders today!

Senator Tom Lee: (850) 487-5024, lee.tom@flsenate.gov

Senator Andy Gardiner: (850) 487-5013, gardiner.andy@flsenate.gov

Rep. Steve Crisafulli: (850) 717-8051, steve.crisafulli@myfloridahouse.gov
Senator Joe Negron: (850) 487-5032, negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov


 
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Apr 15, 2015Historic Preservation Board Vacancy


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Historic Preservation Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, May 1, 2015. For an application, please call 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITION: an architect with professional or educational experience related to historic preservation. Appointments shall be in the sole discretion of the Board of County Commissioners. Each member of the Board shall be a resident of Martin County. This term will expire in February 2016.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
Adopt or amend rules of procedures not inconsistent with the LDR or Chapter 267, Florida Statutes; Designate individual sites, districts, and archeological zones pursuant to Section 4.13.4; Approve historical markers and issue Certificates of Designation; Establish procedures for the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness and Certificates to Dig; Recommend zoning and building code amendments to the proper authorities; Promote an awareness of the benefits of historic preservation and its benefits to the community; Perform periodic updates to the historic architectural survey; Perform periodic updates to the archaeological survey; Record and maintain records of the Board's actions and decisions; Provide an annual report to the Board of County Commissioners; Review, develop, and recommend ordinances to the Board of County Commissioners that promote the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings; Seek out worthy projects for matching grants-in-aid from sources which have as their purpose the preservation for public benefit of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, and culture; Review applications for all buildings, properties, and site in unincorporated Martin County nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places; Establish criteria and procedures for the expedited review of certain projects by staff; and Seek expertise on proposals or matters requiring evaluation by a professional or a discipline not represented on the Board.

Meetings are typically held every other month on the second Monday of the month at 4:00 pm at the General Services Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart. The next meetings are scheduled for August 24, September 14, October 12, and November 9.


 
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Apr 15, 2015Microsoft Office Training - Register Today!

Advanced Excel 2010

The CCTI "Advanced Excel 2010"course will help you create templates for many of your business needs, as well as succeed in managing your data. This class focuses on formulas and functions to perform calculations on cell data. Formulas, when designed well, can make a spreadsheet most useful and efficient. Create and edit formulas using relative, absolute, and mixed cell references. Create 3-D formulas and use functions like Auto calculate, COUNT, PMT, IF, DATE, and Now. It is recommended that students have Excel experience before taking this course.
Discover:
• Advanced features and functions including charts
• Names functions
• Data functions such as sorting & filtering
• V lookup
• Lists
• Dropdowns, etc.T
Date: Tuesday, Thursday, April 21 - April 28, 2015,
@ Main Campus |6PM - 9PM| Y208
Investment: $109

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!
http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=CMPTR00698&seg=0


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




 
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Apr 15, 2015WM of Martin County Quarterly Enewsletter
Dear Valued Customer:

With spring well underway, you are probably getting your spring cleaning checklist ready so you can tackle that next project. As you clean out your house, garage, or shed, we want to take a minute to remind you to Recycle Often and Recycle Right.

While many of the items you collect can be reused or recycled, some cannot be recycled in your WM cart. For example, hangers can be reused if you drop them by your closest dry cleaner, however WM does not recycle them. Take a few minutes to visit RecycleOftenRecycleRight.com to learn more and make the pledge to become a Recycling Ambassador.

In our campaign to educate and engage Martin County residents about protecting our environment, we are proud to partner with local non-profit organizations. Scroll down to see some pictures from our first entry into the annual Main Street "Squeeze Off" event as well as the recycle bin project with Hobe Sound Elementary "Nature Know it Alls".

In addition, for the eighth year in a row, Waste Management has been recognized as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company. We are the only company in the Environmental Services industry being honored this year.

We look forward to continuing to serve you!

Have a great day!

Ron Pruim
Sr. District Manager

It's Time to Rethink Recycling


Did you know…
• 69% of plastic bottles don't get recycled.
• 45% of aluminum cans end up in the garbage.
• Liquids often spoil a whole load of otherwise recyclable paper.
That’s why it’s time to get back to the basics of good recycling with these simple recycling rules:
1. Recycle all bottles, cans and paper.
2. Keep items clean and dry.
3. No plastic bags.
The fact is that some recycling actions make a bigger impact than others. The Recycle Often. Recycle Right.SM Recycling Rules will help you rethink recycling to make a sustainable impact!
Whether you’re a homeowner, teacher, city official, business, kid, or a recycling enthusiast, you can easily share the message about recycling correctly by visiting our resources page:
• Download a recycling poster for your kitchen or break room.
• Download a sign to place on your waste and recycling containers.
• Share a link to this Recycle Often Recycle Right video on your social media networks.
• Teach children about reusing with these recycled art projects.

WM of Martin County launches Service Delivery Optimization
As the leading environmental services company, Waste Management is constantly striving to improve processes for increased safety and improved customer service. In recent months, Waste Management of Martin County has implemented a new Service Delivery Optimization (SDO) program.

The SDO program is an intensive multi-week training initiative to streamline driver deployments with additional safety checks and a revamped daily briefing with an emphasis on developing drivers through coaching. With a focus on continuous improvement, route managers and drivers discuss performance goals to proactively identify and correct behavior as a team.

"This is about working smarter," said Sr. District Manager Ron Pruim. "SDO gives us the tools to be more efficient and to use positive reinforcement to change behavior. We can identify our Most Help Needed (MHN) drivers and routes, and give them the attention and coaching they need to be successful."


Sr. District Manager Ron Pruim, Sr. District Fleet Manager Nick Castoro, Route Managers Ken MacDougall, Tom Bankert, Manuel Beltran and Operations Specialist Chris Webster. Not Pictured: Route Managers Duane Robinson and Robert Rodriguez.
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In the Community
Ready, Set, Squeeze!
The WM team was "juiced up" to participate in the 2015 Main Street Fort Pierce Squeeze Off event. While WM has been a long-time sponsor, this was the first year the company competed in the grapefruit juicing competition and the team took 3rd place with 13 cups!

WM's Government Affairs Director Jeff Sabin, Public Affairs Manager Teresa Bishop, and Sr. District Manager Tony Bishop.


Hobe Sound Elementary Celebrates Recycling
Students from Hobe Sound Elementary School "NATURE KNOW IT ALLS" club celebrated the first step in a successful two-year campaign to bring recycling to Hobe Sound Beach. Waste Management donated the four 64-gallon containers and The Town of Jupiter Island is providing the collection services to Hobe Sound Beach for a six-month trial period.

Partners of the program include Martin County Parks & Recreation Director Kevin Abbate, Solid Waste Program Manager Wendy Parker, Town of Jupiter Island Town Manager Gene Rauth, Director of Public Works Bobby Hurst and Martin County Communications and Outreach Coordinator Gabrielle Ferraro.


Fourth and fifth grade students in the "Nature Know It Alls Club", their teacher Mrs. O'Connor and representatives of Waste Management Teresa Bishop and Jeff Sabin complete a recycle container installation at Hobe Sound Beach.
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Get Ready for Spring Cleaning with this DIY Before-You-Start-Checklist
A little bit of planning before you start your project can save you a lot of time and aggravation down the line. Here's a simple list of things to consider that will help make your project a success.
1) Get the required permits
You may need a permit for anything more than just painting and wallpapering. When in doubt, go online or call your local building department.
2) Get all of your tools and supplies
Research your job fully, from demolition to waste collection. Make sure you have all the right tools and supplies on hand. Nothing slows down a job more than not having all the materials you need.
3) Clear your work area
• Minimize disruptions by sealing off rooms.
• Make sure children are out of the work area.
• Have the right waste solution ready to help keep your work area clear.
4) Be prepared for the debris
Make sure you have the right waste solution ready before the debris starts to pile up. Getting a Bagster bag ahead of time is a smart move because you can stash it on a shelf until you're ready to start. Fill it with up to 3,300 lb of debris. Then schedule a collection and it's gone.
5) Safety First!
• Wear safety goggles when using power tools.
• Open windows when you're painting, staining, or stripping old finishes.
• Wear gloves when carrying wood, metal and rock, or when hammering.
• Don't wear loose-hanging clothing, especially when using power tools.
6) Know your experience limits
• Don't work beyond your knowledge or experience. Even the best DIY-ers can use an experienced hand now and then.
• Create a "task inventory" for your job and be brutally honest about determining what you can and cannot do. For example, if you don't know how to do plumbing or electrical work, seriously consider calling a pro.
7) Know your physical and mental limits
• Most accidents happen when you're physically and mentally tired.
• Schedule breaks. Approaching a task with a fresh eye can be worth an extra hour of labor.


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Waste Management Named to World's Most Ethical Companies for Eighth Consecutive Year
Waste Management, has once again been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, as a 2015 World's™ Most Ethical Company®. This is the eighth time Waste Management will be honored with this award, which recognizes organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior.
This is a great honor for us and is a testament to the character and commitment of the entire Waste Management team to keeping safety, ethics and compliance front and center in all they do. Waste Management is the only company in the Environmental Services industry being honored this year.



 
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Apr 15, 2015Law Enforcement to Support Mental Health Awareness Walk
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the Stuart Police Department have recognized the vital need for mental health services in our community by supporting the Tykes & Teens iRock the Walk for Mental Health Awareness. The event will take place Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 a.m. at Gazebo Park located at 80 E. Ocean Blvd. in Downtown Stuart. A leisurely 3 mile walk will be followed by breakfast donated by Panera Bread, children’s activities courtesy of The Home Depot, music, and much more. Adults walk for $25, students are $10, and children under 5 are free. Additional sponsors include Martin Health System, Law Offices of Crary Buchanan, The Stuart News/TC Palm, Renu Medical Aesthetics, Road ID, Ice Legal, City of Stuart, Dennis Root Public Safety Foundation and South Fork High School Army JROTC. All proceeds directly benefit Tykes & Teens counseling and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs for local children and families in need. To register for the walk, please visit www.tykesandteens.org or call Paula at 772-220-3439


 
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Apr 15, 2015Treasure Coast SCORE Announces New Workshops in Martin
Sales Training for Small Business, Time Management of Small Business and Process Improvement for Small Business
Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 is pleased to announce three new workshops for small businesses in the area. Starting June 4 these workshops will all be provided free of charge in the Trustee Room at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd. in Stuart.
These workshops will all be presented by Lonnie Koyama of the Small business Administration (SBA).
All workshops will be held during the day from 10:30 am – Noon. Please register by going to www.treasurecoast.score.org and click on Free and Low Cost Workshops which will take you to our workshop listing which is in chronological order.
For 2015 we have 130 free & low cost workshops scheduled on a wide variety of topics such as How to Start a Small Business, Marketing Your Small Business, Managing Your Business’s Cash, An Excellent Business Plan, Financial Recordkeeping for Small Business, Understanding Florida Sales & Use Taxes, Affordable Care Act & What It Means to Your Small Business, Business Law, Business Insurance, Commercial Credit and Understanding Non-Profits!
Our local SCORE mentors have direct experience in business start-ups, manufacturing, high technology, insurance, public relations, retail operations, textiles, pharmaceuticals, legal, banking, finance, tax, distribution, information technology, materials, engineering, sales & marketing, customer service, commercial leasing, electrical contracting, health & nutrition, human resources, specialty retailing, hospitality, acquisitions, turnarounds, divestitures, business valuations, public relations, turnarounds, promotional products, environmental and non-profits.
SCORE Chapter 308, has its main office in Ft. Pierce and also offers counseling in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Vero Beach & Sebastian.
In the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014, Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 served 466 new clients face-to-face & 208 new clients through email counseling. Also we held 86 workshops with 1,156 attendees. Total services were 3,066 and our total services were up 12.3% year over year!
SCORE provides no-cost, confidential business counseling with expertise in a wealth of business and business-related areas. SCORE Chapter 308 is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration and covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Glades and Okeechobee Counties on the Treasure Coast.
Please call the SCORE office at 772-489-0548 to set up an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced SCORE counselor. Also please feel free to contact the following chambers for an appointment with a SCORE counselor at their office: Indian River County Chamber (Vero Beach) at 772-567-3491; Sebastian River Area Chamber 772-589-5969; Jensen Beach Chamber 772-334-3444; Hobe Sound Chamber 772-546-4724, and St. Lucie County Chamber 772-595-9999.
Treasure Coast SCORE 308 – Professional Center, Suite 2, 3220 South US 1, Fort Pierce FL 34982
Tel. 772-489-0548 Email: score308@bellsouth.net Web Site www.treasurecoast.score.org

 
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Apr 15, 2015SCORE Workshop
Managing Your Business's Cash
Morgade Library, Stuart, FL
April 29, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Presented by Treasure Coast Score


Managing Your Business's Cash
Workshop Description
Are you currently in business or dreaming of starting one but are confused by the financial statements necessary to move forward? This is the workshop for you! On completion of this workshop, you will have learned how to interpret those statements and become aware of the information they contain. You will be provided with some great tools and techniques for financial analysis - and be instructed on how to use these valuable tools to manage your business based on the results.

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=SCORE01335&seg=3

John Hosler
Presenter
Experience in the manufacturing business area with over 40 years experience in financial management, operations, and general management. Specialist in acquisitions, divestitures, company start-ups and project management. Administration and Business planning, risk management, joint ventures, and compensation and benefits compliance. Specialist in non-profit development, governance, bylaw creation/ revisions, financial development and executive management. SCORE Business Counselor since 2000.



 
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Apr 15, 2015Infiniti Stuart/VSOA fundraiser
Infiniti Stuart hosted the first-ever fund raising event for Visionary School of Arts (VSOA) with 12 top artists ages nine-17 creating 12 beautiful paintings onsite in various mediums. The completed pieces were then offered at an auction led by Elliott Paul.
The Infiniti showroom morphed into an art gallery studio while the dozen emerging artists painted live and met the crowd of more than 250. VSOA teachers, themselves talented artists, sold small originals that had served as center pieces during the event.
More than $8.000 was raised, with some individual student work going for an impressive $1,1000.
Gregg Herbst, general manager of Infiniti Stuart purchased a pastel of an orchid painted by Christopher Carnes, age 9, which will be on display at Infiniti Stuart. Each of the artists has a resume of awards, some of which are local, some national and some international.
VSOA lists awards on its website (www.visionaryschoolofARTS.org) and since 2011, students have won more than 300 awards.
Audi Stuart will be hosting a similar event in the fall of 2015.
Lynne Barletta, founder and director of Visionary School of Arts, stated “I have never seen a crowd so overwhelmed and excited about the talent displayed in these young artists… The way Infiniti Stuart joined the hands of business and art is the way to expand our future and economy, especially with the next generation!”


 
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Apr 15, 2015Infiniti Stuart/VSOA fundraiser
Infiniti Stuart hosted the first-ever fund raising event for Visionary School of Arts (VSOA) with 12 top artists ages nine-17 creating 12 beautiful paintings onsite in various mediums. The completed pieces were then offered at an auction led by Elliott Paul.
The Infiniti showroom morphed into an art gallery studio while the dozen emerging artists painted live and met the crowd of more than 250. VSOA teachers, themselves talented artists, sold small originals that had served as center pieces during the event.
More than $8.000 was raised, with some individual student work going for an impressive $1,1000.
Gregg Herbst, general manager of Infiniti Stuart purchased a pastel of an orchid painted by Christopher Carnes, age 9, which will be on display at Infiniti Stuart. Each of the artists has a resume of awards, some of which are local, some national and some international.
VSOA lists awards on its website (www.visionaryschoolofARTS.org) and since 2011, students have won more than 300 awards.
Audi Stuart will be hosting a similar event in the fall of 2015.
Lynne Barletta, founder and director of Visionary School of Arts, stated “I have never seen a crowd so overwhelmed and excited about the talent displayed in these young artists… The way Infiniti Stuart joined the hands of business and art is the way to expand our future and economy, especially with the next generation!”


 
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Apr 14, 2015Humane Society of Treasure Coast achieves highest charity ranking possible
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) has achieved the coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management from Charity Navigator, America's premier and largest independent charity evaluator. The 4-star rating is the highest rating possible. Using an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system, the nonprofit organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the financial health and accountability and transparency of roughly 5,500 mid-to-large sized charities that garner roughly 50 percent of all private contributions made in the USA each year (not including houses of worship).
In a letter written by Ken Berger, president & Chief Executive Officer of Charity Navigator, he stated, “Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Approximately a quarter of the charities we evaluate have received our highest rating, indicating that Humane Society of the Treasure Coast outperforms most other charities in America.”
“We have been rated 4 stars five out of the last seven years, and never below 3 stars, which is excellent,” said HSTC President and CEO Frank Valente. “Additionally, we have always been rated 4 stars for fiscal transparency. I am proud of our organization for achieving such an exceptional designation.
Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded a 4-star rating to only the most fiscally responsible organizations. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its website for each of the charities it evaluates. The A&T metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data.
“The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” said Berger. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars — a rating that, now, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. The Humane Society’s supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”
“In the current economic environment, it’s important our donors trust that we’re using our funding wisely to help the shelter animals,” said Valente. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”
The HSTC’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge at www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about the HSTC’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs, dynamic humane education services, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no animal is turned away for any reason because the HSTC believes that is the humane thing to do. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822.


 
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Apr 14, 2015Sidesplitting comedy classic on stage at the Barn
The zany comic tour-de-force, “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman is on stage at the Barn Theatre from April 17-May 3, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Famous radio personality Sheridan Whiteside is recuperating at the home of a small town businessman after a slip-and-fall accident. But, instead of relaxing, Whiteside runs his broadcast and social empire from his host’s living room, complete with an irascible maid, a mummy case, penguins, a glamorous actress, an octopus in the cellar and much more.
Brian Pecci, who plays Whiteside, has over 100 theatrical credits – from the Barn Theatre, professional stage, touring productions, feature films, network television, commercials and more. Nicole Leonard, who plays Lorraine Sheldon, has performed in many productions, including La Cage Aux Folles, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, and Guys and Dolls. She also does improv and stand-up comedy and works as a singing bartender, musician and painter.
Other members of the large and talented cast include LuAnn Bolnick, Jerre’ Bolnick, Mena Doyle, Sarah Grosz, Rachel Hunt, Daniel Kies, Rob Lastovica, Andrea Mastellone, Chris Mazzella, Jeanette Mazzella, Marcia Molinari, Joe Moore, Tony Richards, Carmen Rossello, Tyler Sloan, and Ryne Tantillo.
The director is Trinna Pye. In addition to acting locally at the Barn Theatre and Starstruck, Pye has directed shows at the Little Palm Theater, Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival and others. Kathleen Weaver is the stage manager, Chris Mazzella is the producer, J. Pat Montgomery is the technical director, Susie LeClair is the costumer and Amanda Wheeler is the assistant costumer.
Tickets are $20 and are available Mondays through Fridays at the Barn Theatre box office, 2400 S.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be obtained by calling 772-287-4884 or on-line at www.barn-theatre.com.


 
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Apr 14, 2015Treasure Coast Food Bank


2015
Letter Carriers' Food Drive
May 9, 2015

The 2015 National Association of Letter Carriers' Food Drive is right around the corner and we need your help!

Join the Treasure Coast Food Bank on May 9th as we work side by side with Postal Carriers across the Treasure Coast to collect food for those in need in our community.

In 2014, the Treasure Coast Food Bank was able to collect over 150,000 pounds of food from this single day food drive, our largest food drive of the year, creating more than 125,000 meals.

We have several locations in Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie and Jensen Beach for you to help out.

To sign up for this incredible volunteer opportunity or for more information, please contact our Director of Community Relations, Gary Porter at gporter@tcfoodbank.org or call (772) 489-3034 ext. 15.






National Volunteer Appreciation Week Barbecue
April 17, 2015
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Don't forget to sign up for the National Volunteer Appreciation Week Barbecue this Friday at our facility located at 401 Angle Road in Fort Pierce. We will have lots of food, music, door prizes and a special gift for all of our valuable volunteers who make a difference in our community. To RSVP or for more information please contact Gary Porter at gporter@tcfoodbank.org or call (772) 489-3034 ext.15.





Treasure Coast Food Bank Family Day
May 2, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Just a reminder to sign up for Family Day which will be held on Saturday May 2nd from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. This is a great way to get your family involved and educate your children on the issue of hunger in their community. Ages 7 up with proper adult supervision is required. For more information or to sign up, please contact Director of Community Relations Gary Porter at gporter@tcfoodbank.org or call (772) 489-3034 ext.15.




 
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Apr 14, 2015VISIT FLORIDA
As Florida continues to experience increased visitation year over year, VISIT FLORIDA recognizes the importance of exceptional guest service and ensuring visitors have a memorable and enjoyable vacation in our state.

This year, VISIT FLORIDA is beginning some initiatives to provide the industry with hospitality training resources--one being a series of monthly guest service tips to empower your front line staff.
The April Guest Service Tip of the Month is...Be Family Friendly.

Did you know families make up roughly a quarter of the domestic visitors to Florida? To attract these visitors, your business needs to be family friendly. Hotels and accommodations might consider designating a "kid's corner" in the lobby with activities about Florida, coloring sheets or games. Restaurants can provide a little something to nibble on as soon as a family is seated to keep kids happy and occupied, making everyone's dining experience more enjoyable. No matter your type of tourism business, remember that traveling with children isn't always easy, and anything you can do to help your guests' vacation be stress-free will definitely be appreciated, increasing the likelihood they will return on their next family vacation to Florida.


 
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Apr 14, 2015Spring cleaning needed for your finances, too

By Jeff Atwater
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/sfl-spring-cleaning-20150413-story.html

Before I was Florida’s chief financial officer, I worked as a banker, so helping others learn about finances has been a part of my life for a long time, and it is something I’m passionate about. I’ve made it my mission to give people the resources they need to improve their personal financial management.

This month is Financial Literacy Month, and it is the perfect time to take a look at your budget, learn about money management, and perform a spring cleaning on your finances. That is — if you have one. Chances are you don’t. In fact, 61 percent of U.S. adults don’t have a budget or keep close track of their spending.

It’s so easy to forget the value of a dollar in this electronic age when people rarely see a dollar bill. Many young people do not know the difference between a credit card and a debit card, and many older Americans are falling prey to the perils of online gambling.

The good news is that it’s never too late — or too early — to improve your financial literacy. From a child saving money earned at a lemonade stand to a couple saving for retirement to a retiree learning how to stretch every saved dollar, everyone has something to learn about financial literacy.

On my Your Money Matters website, you can learn more about budgeting, saving, debt, and retirement. And you can play learning games with your children to help them begin to understand the basics of money management.

Research shows our young people don’t know enough about saving money. According to a 2012 study, one in five U.S. 15 year olds does not meet a basic level of financial literacy. In fact, the U.S.’s teens ranked in the bottom half of studied countries, tied with Russia.

That’s why we provide youth-focused tools on our website. Before kids leave the nest, they must understand the benefits of sticking to a budget and the difference between a want and a need. Learning how to manage finances is as important as learning how to do laundry or how to cook basic meals.

By making our website fun and interactive, we have created a way for Floridians of any age to become more involved in their own finances. I encourage you to take time this Financial Literacy Month to explore our webpage, engage your family, and create a plan of action for your family’s financial future.

Jeff Atwater is Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and head of Florida’s Department of Financial Services. Find the department’s Your Money Matters website by visiting http://www.myfloridacfo.com/ymm/


Kathy Salerno
Senior Regional Manager - Southeast Florida
Office of Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater
Florida Department of Financial Services
Phone: 850-766-8678
Cell: 954-661-1885
kathy.salerno@myfloridacfo.com
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Apr 14, 2015Spring cleaning needed for your finances, too

By Jeff Atwater
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/sfl-spring-cleaning-20150413-story.html

Before I was Florida’s chief financial officer, I worked as a banker, so helping others learn about finances has been a part of my life for a long time, and it is something I’m passionate about. I’ve made it my mission to give people the resources they need to improve their personal financial management.

This month is Financial Literacy Month, and it is the perfect time to take a look at your budget, learn about money management, and perform a spring cleaning on your finances. That is — if you have one. Chances are you don’t. In fact, 61 percent of U.S. adults don’t have a budget or keep close track of their spending.

It’s so easy to forget the value of a dollar in this electronic age when people rarely see a dollar bill. Many young people do not know the difference between a credit card and a debit card, and many older Americans are falling prey to the perils of online gambling.

The good news is that it’s never too late — or too early — to improve your financial literacy. From a child saving money earned at a lemonade stand to a couple saving for retirement to a retiree learning how to stretch every saved dollar, everyone has something to learn about financial literacy.

On my Your Money Matters website, you can learn more about budgeting, saving, debt, and retirement. And you can play learning games with your children to help them begin to understand the basics of money management.

Research shows our young people don’t know enough about saving money. According to a 2012 study, one in five U.S. 15 year olds does not meet a basic level of financial literacy. In fact, the U.S.’s teens ranked in the bottom half of studied countries, tied with Russia.

That’s why we provide youth-focused tools on our website. Before kids leave the nest, they must understand the benefits of sticking to a budget and the difference between a want and a need. Learning how to manage finances is as important as learning how to do laundry or how to cook basic meals.

By making our website fun and interactive, we have created a way for Floridians of any age to become more involved in their own finances. I encourage you to take time this Financial Literacy Month to explore our webpage, engage your family, and create a plan of action for your family’s financial future.

Jeff Atwater is Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and head of Florida’s Department of Financial Services. Find the department’s Your Money Matters website by visiting http://www.myfloridacfo.com/ymm/


Kathy Salerno
Senior Regional Manager - Southeast Florida
Office of Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater
Florida Department of Financial Services
Phone: 850-766-8678
Cell: 954-661-1885
kathy.salerno@myfloridacfo.com
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Apr 13, 2015April is Awesome at United Way!

Mayor Glass Leighton Joins Nationwide Effort to Recognize Volunteer Service

On April 7, Mayor Kelli Glass Leighton joined a group of volunteers who took time out of their day to read stories to the children at Gertrude Walden Child Care Center in Stuart. The volunteers also donated more than 50 books to Gertrude Walden’s library.

>> See more photos on Facebook








Donated Computers Help Gertrude Walden Students Shine

Jim Vojcsik, Jim Noble and Ella Johnsen celebrate the official opening of the Exploration Station Computer Lab at Gertrude Walden Child Care Center. The lab and its 10 new HP computers, donated by Jim Noble, will be instrumental in helping pre-kindergarten students learn how to use a computer and mouse in preparation for kindergarten placement tests.
Ninety-two percent of Gertrude Walden students do not have computers at home, but now they will be able to enter kindergarten with the proper computer and reading skills to succeed. In addition, adults in the community can access the computers for building resumes and seeking jobs. Also, a special thank you to Bob and Ralf Massey for donating new carpet for the computer lab!



Champions of the Community Awards Dinner is May 14

Join us for a special evening as we celebrate this year's success with our dearest friends. Awards will be presented to invidivuals, businesses and partner agencies who made significant contributions to United Way of Martin County, United Way of Martin County Foundation, Martin Volunteers, and/or CHARACTER COUNTS!.

Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call Wendie at 772-283-4800, ext. 227.

Date: May 14, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. President’s Reception (cash bar), 6:30 p.m. Dinner & Awards
Place: Willoughby Golf Club, 3001 S.E. Doubleton Drive, Stuart



RSVP volunteers honored for service
during annual luncheon

Martin County is home to a wonderful group of retired and senior volunteers who take pride in giving back to their community.

Last year, 553 RSVP volunteers contributed 47,711 hours of service to nonprofit agencies in Martin County. Their accomplishments included mentoring 334 youth, tutoring 198 students, and helping 10,000 people receive food or clothing.
The following volunteers were recognized for volunteer service:
20 Years: Louise Brush, Charles Heinzman, Mim Huffam
15 Years: Germaine Alger, Jerry Felton
10 Years: Allen Simon
5 Years: Mary Lou Barnes, Jan Boyer, Gail Cifrodella, Oray Esiner, James E. Field, Jr., Joyce Gherlone, Tom Gilmore, Herbert W. Krupp, Audrey Lejambre, Lesley Ludlam, James R. McGoogan, Dennis O’Connell, Sharon Z. Russell, Hannelore Smith, Lynn F. Snyder, Dale Spencer


United Way, HPS benefit from
Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5k

On the morning of March 7, dozens of runners braved light rain and overcast skies during the 10th Annual Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5k benefiting United Way of Martin County and Helping People Succeed. Thanks to the support of these dedicated runners and sponsors, more than $1,800 was raised for the two Martin County-based nonprofit organizations.



Volunteers Needed in the Event of a Disaster

When disaster, such as a hurricane or flood, strikes our community, it pays to be prepared.
That is why United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program is seeking volunteers who are willing to be trained and ready to help when the time comes. In the event of a declared disaster, Martin Volunteers’ reception center will greet and deploy volunteers who come to our area to help. Volunteers are also needed who can train others to be prepared for disaster.
Anyone interested in learning how to help is welcome to attend a meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 15 at the Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Ave., Palm City. Refreshments will be served, and there will be giveaways and door prizes.
For more information, or to RSVP for the meeting on April 15, call 772-220-4472, ext. 228 or email lmustelier@martinvolunteers.org.

GIVE

Boost Your
United Way Donation!
United Way is participating in Great Give 2015, a 24-hour online giving event designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits.
From 5 p.m. May 5 to 5 p.m. May 6, anyone who visits United Way’s page on the Great Give website to make a donation will increase the impact of their gift thanks to a pool of matching funds!
Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in what’s sure to be the largest online giving event in Martin County history!


Eliminating Hunger

"Comfort" and "food" go together nicely, and yet for many families this is often not the case.
Many households are struggling to provide nutritious meals for their families, but earn too much to qualify for benefits.
The quantity and quality of food impacts health and productivity for parents and children alike.
The United Way ALICE Report highlights the trade-offs and costs that hunger forces families and communities face.
For more information about how you can get involved in eliminating hunger in Martin County, contact Jim Vojcsik at 772-283-4800.



VOLUNTEER


April 12-18 is
National Volunteer Week!

Last year, United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program engaged 1,256 volunteers for a combined total of 128,000 hours – a value of more than $2.85 million!
This year marks the 42nd anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions.
In an effort to thank volunteers throughout Martin County during National Volunteer Week, April 12 through 18, Martin Volunteers is encouraging businesses and other organizations to use their outdoor signs to display, “Thank you, Martin volunteers!”
Those who display a message of thanks are also encouraged to take a photo and post it to Facebook and tag United Way of Martin County.



JOB FAIR

Pre-register to get in at 9 a.m.
Veterans get in at 8:30 a.m.



LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!

WHAT: 13th Annual Tee It Up for Character Golf Tournament
WHEN: Friday, April 24, 1 p.m. shotgun start
WHERE: Monarch Country Club, 1801 S.W. Monarch Club Drive, Palm City
REGISTRATION: $150 per golfer includes a dinner buffet, goodie bag and return round of golf







 
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Apr 13, 2015Customer Service with 5 Star Hospitality


Would you like to consistently experience five star customer service on the Treasure Coast?
Would you like to know all the great things there are to do and see in St. Lucie County?
Do you know someone that would benefit from a customer service upgrade at a restaurant, hotel, store, or bank?
If you answered yes, please register today for:

Customer Service with 5 Star Hospitality
• Learn techniques that customer service skills to the next level.
• Become a tourist resource ambassador in St. Lucie County
In this interactive and fun course you will discover customized techniques that will allow you to offer a high level of customer service. Exposure will be gained to key resources that allow customers to fully enjoy all that makes
St. Lucie county a desirable place to live and to visit.

The St. Lucie County Tourism Development Council has donated thirty, $50 scholarships to those wishing to attend this training, making the cost $49 for the first thirty registrations. The cost will return to $99 once these thirty spaces are filled.
Scholarship eligibility requirement: You must be employed in St Lucie County or seeking employment in St Lucie County.

Date: April 29th, May 6th, and May 13th, 2015
@ Main Campus 12PM - 3PM
Investment:
$49
(Cost returns to $99 once all 30 scholarships are claimed)

Click Here to Register Today
http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=1234601717&seg=1


 
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Apr 13, 2015We've been busy at Artists for a Cause.
We've been busy at Artists for a Cause.

Take a look!

Cellist Jackie Robbibns created her own success story through Artists for a Cause...
And you can too!

A4AC acts as a Fiscal Sponsor to support artists interests in community improvement.

Jackie Robbins, a professional cellist (who has played in the Atlantic Classical Orchestra and The Palm Beach Opera orchestra locally, as well as playing for Tony Bennett, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews, and more) has been very involved in the A4AC network. She recently went back to school and has received her Level 1, Clinical Musician certification. Through a restricted grant specifically to support her work, she has been able to use her talents as healing properties to improve the lives of others.

So far, she has completed eight therapeutic care services at Treasure Coast Hospice for people at the end of their lives, and in the Intensive Care Unit at Martin Health Systems. She additionally uses her talent in a therapeutic way at assisted living facilities both locally and nationally. Through this special A4AC restricted donation, Robbins will complete at least 40 Therapeutic Arts program services and plans to continue as long as donations that support the program are available.

There are many artists similar to Robbins who have the ability and desire to use art and music to help heal people but have never been compensated for those efforts. That’s where A4AC comes in to facilitate partnerships. Support from individuals, corporations and private foundations to A4AC can be restricted to a particular artist or program.

A4AC wants artists to be aware of this opportunity and encourage those who might have access to this kind of support to reach out so that A4AC can become part of their success.

We applaud Jackie Robbins and welcome all donors who want to support her efforts, and those artists who wish to follow suit!

Call 917.419.8778 or email info@a4ac.org for more information.
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Support for Charities Program

We reported in our March e-news that Mikaela Danchenko, member of the Southfork High School A4AC Club, and student of Maribel Soriano, was going to perform "Hallelujah" at SafeSpace's annual Every Woman is My Sister event to raise awareness to the issue of domestic violence.

Mikaela shared this poignant story about her experience:

It was incredibly moving to hear these courageous ladies tell their stories involving their domestic abuse situations; how they were effected and still had enough strength to finally fight back with the help of SafeSpace. After the last women spoke, it was my turn to sing. When I approached the stage, I could feel the heightened emotions running through the room. As I began to sing, I felt like the audience was captivated with the message and feeling received from the song. I felt the connection between all these women and men as I hit the last high note of Hallelujah. After I finished there was a hesitation and total silence and slowly everyone stood up and started clapping. I felt like the song was the final piece of a puzzle that made the evening align and brought out feelings of hope.
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Boys & Girls Clubs Update


"I am so privileged to have the opportunity to teach art to my young students. It gives me so much joy to see their enthusiasim.

Art is an adventure that never ends, is the freedom to be.

Art classes awaken imagination, teaches kids to respect themselves and others. They are learning from their mistakes and how to correct them.

They are learning to have an opinion, to reflect on their work, to see another point of view, to appreciate beauty, to experiment with different materials, to observe, envision solutions and have freedom of expression. My job is to inspire and bring enthusiasm to the kids."


This inspiration has not gone unnoticed. Heidi Soares from the Boys & Girls Clubs said of Danuta, "To quote Pablo Picasso, 'There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.' That is what Danuta has been able to convey with our members. She has inspired the artistic nature in each of them, individually and collectively. To see how proud they are of their creations; to know that this has made a lasting impact on their lives, is nothing short of amazing. We cannot thank Danuta enough for her contribution to achieving our mission and also to Elisabeth Lahti for making this all possible. Seeing the art created by our members, now displayed throughout the Clubs that Danuta has touched, is a sun shining brightly from what was once considered a yellow spot."


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Mariner Sands Charity Week


Mariner Sands Charity Week was an amazing success. Terry Barber's concert featured young talents Casey Butler, Sydney Carbo, Alexandra Marra, Colleen Broome, and Christina Reagan, who performed at an exceptional level and shared stories about their involvement in A4AC Programs, resulting in a standing ovation.

Lorrianna Colozzo's talent was so well received, and Juliet Sharpe, active A4AC Club Member from South Fork High School sang a solo, as well as a duet with Lorrianna.

Ryan Cox entertained on saxophone at the cocktail reception and Timothy Nicholas played the violin on the red carpet for the week's main event, a special Gala.

McCartney Mania Band was joined by Colleen Broome, a young artist from the A4AC network. They have already been asked to perform at the big gala again next season.

We are so thankful to the residents of Mariner Sands who "wrote us in" in order to designate contributions to Artists for a Cause. Charity Week raised close to $370,000 which will be granted to basic needs charities in Martin County.



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Hope for Freedom

We are so proud of our A4AC Clubs. Every year The A4AC Club at Southfork takes on the issue of human trafficking. They sell visual art, and organize a performance of professional and student dancers, singers, and poets to raise both funds and awareness.

This year's event was a great success raising awawrenes and more than $1,600 !


 
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Apr 13, 2015WEEK 6: April 10, 2015
A weekly report on the impact of the Legislative Session on business.


Lawmakers began and ended week six of the nine week legislative session with a nearly $5 billion difference between the House and Senate budgets. Capitol Press Corps reporters Tia Mitchell with the Florida Times Union, and Gary Fineout from Associated Press provided insight on the budget differences - including how conversations on the Senate-supported Medicaid expansion plan have both chambers "dug in" - on the Florida Chamber's Bottom Line.

Despite budget differences, the legislature made progress on several Florida Chamber competitiveness bills:

• Lawmakers passed a Florida Chamber-backed education accountability bill that embraces fewer and better tests. Sen. John Legg, Sen. Don Gaetz, Rep. Marlene O'Toole, Rep. Manny Diaz and Rep. Erik Fresen championed this pro-business legislation that will continue to ensure Florida's assessment and accountability system continues to succeed.
• The Florida House of Representatives passed a $690 million tax cut package, which includes Florida Chamber-backed targeted tax reforms, including a reduction in cell phone taxes, taxes on commercial leases, research and development tax credits and defense contracting.

Three Florida Chamber-backed candidates were sworn into office mid-week after winning their respective legislative races. The newly elected lawmakers include Sen. Travis Hutson (SD 6); Rep. Paul Renner (HD 24) and Rep. Cyndi Stevenson (HD 17).

Also mid-week, leaders from Shanghai to Canada, representatives from Fortune 500 companies and Florida's 15 deep water seaports, the state's leading economic development and transportation agencies all joined forces for the Florida Chamber's International Days program. Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez Cantera and Florida Secretary of Commerce Bill Johnson helped kick-off the two-day conference, which also featured John G. Murphy of the U.S. Chamber as well as Florida Secretary of Transportation Jim Boxold. Florida Chamber International Days delegates also joined forces to encourage members of congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank, and members of the Florida House of Representatives to "market Florida." Learn more about the importance of marketing Florida on the Florida Chamber's Bottom Line featuring Secretary of Commerce Bill Johnson.

TALENT SUPPLY & EDUCATION
At the Florida Chamber, we believe a quality education and workforce development system is Florida's best long-term economic development strategy. We need to work toward filling the gap created between Florida's current education system and the needs of Florida's employers by diversifying our economy and creating job opportunities for future generations.


 
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Apr 13, 2015BDBMC 2nd Quarter Update for Fiscal Year 2014/2015
On behalf of the Business Development Board, we are proud to introduce our exciting new initiative and partnership with The Stuart News and TC Palm to bring Martin County business news to you every week.

Each Wednesday, the BDBMC sponsors “Martin County Business”, Page 3B in the Stuart News, profiling local companies, business briefs, commercial property listings and pertinent local business events and BDBMC activities.

We recognize the need for a broadly accessible source of local business news and we hope to continue this important resource well into the future. Please keep us apprised of your business’ news so that we can share your stories with Martin County via print and digital media.

We hope this flipbook presentation of this quarter’s Martin County Business news pages serves to inform you of what’s been happening in your local business community and inspires you to share your stories with us for future editions.






 
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Apr 13, 2015FPL News
The year has gotten off to a busy start, so I thought it was a good time to share this Florida Power & Light Company news update with you:

FPL plans to add 1 million+ more solar panels
FPL plans to install more than 1 million solar panels at three solar power plants in Florida, as part of our continued strategy of advancing affordable clean energy. By the end of 2016, our solar capacity will have tripled! Read more about how this strategic clean energy investment will position FPL to meet pending carbon emissions regulations.





Organizations partner with FPL to expand Florida solar
Broward County has signed an agreement to build a commercial-scale solar installation located at the Young At Art Museum and Broward County Library, funded by FPL's new voluntary, community-based solar partnership pilot program. Additionally, FPL and the Daytona International Speedway are partnering to build a commercial-scale distributed solar system at the "World Center of Racing." Click on the links to learn more about the Broward County and Daytona projects.




Miami ePrix: Powered with Florida's Sunshine
FPL was proud to serve as the official solar energy provider for the Formula E Miami ePrix - powering the country's first-ever fully electric race car series with clean, affordable energy. Through the Formula E School Series, the partnership also provided FPL with new and innovative ways to bring hands-on STEM opportunities to local schools. See how the Miami ePrix was powered by the sun.





FPL announces three pre-qualified data center sites
A new report, commissioned by FPL, identifies and certifies the most attractive sites for data centers in Florida. The three pre-qualified sites offer reliable, redundant power, fiber infrastructure and competitive costs. Find out where these new sites are located.





Volunteers show their "Power to Care" across Florida
FPL continues to work with the communities it serves to make Florida an even better place to raise a family and do business. During our seventh annual Power to Care Week, more than 1,400 volunteers completed 31 community projects throughout the state. Watch FPL volunteers in action.





Employees walk and ride to support cancer research
More than 700 FPL employees, their families and friends, turned out to support the 2015 Komen Race for the Cure South Florida in West Palm Beach. And, another 100-plus employees participated in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge to raise funds to benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami. Click on the links to see FPL employees walk and ride to benefit cancer research.



Finally, NextEra Energy, Inc. (NEE), which includes FPL and NextEra Energy Resources, has once again been named to Fortune magazine's 2015 list of the "World's Most Admired Companies." Fortune also ranked NEE in the top 10 companies in the world, alongside companies like Apple and Google, for both innovativeness and community responsibility. FPL was also named a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, and has been ranked as the most reliable of Florida's major electric companies. FPL's reliable service continues to rank among the best in the nation based on 2014 performance data submitted to the Florida Public Service Commission.

We are proud of these achievements and understand that we would not be nearly as successful without strong partnerships and support from key stakeholders like you. If you have any questions or thoughts to offer, please feel free to reach out to your local FPL External Affairs manager or to me directly.
Sincerely,


Pam Rauch
Vice President of Development & External Affairs
Florida Power & Light Company



 
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Apr 13, 2015How to Start a Small Business for Encore Entrepreneurs


IRSC Chastain Campus, Stuart, FL
April 14, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Presented by Treasure Coast Score

How to Start a Small Business for Encore Entrepreneurs
Workshop Description
Are you a mid-career professional or manager looking for a change and perhaps considering starting a small business? Did you perhaps retire too early and are looking for a challenge and wanting to use your built-in entrepreneurship spirit? Do you miss contact with people in business and problem solving and that great feeling of accomplishment of booking the first order or making the month again?

Are you tired of hearing about simple business basics and simple managing techniques that you are already know and want to get down to more specific bigger things like funding sources; SBA loan guarantees; crowd funding; buying a business as an option?
Don't miss out on this workshop! You will be provided with information about Startup Fundamentals, Business Valuation; Marketing and Business Planning, Financing, Licenses, Employee Issues, Business Structures, and Taxation and Regulations and a whole lot more just for you the encore entrepreneur.
Once you have successfully completed this session, you will be better able to decide if your business idea is worth pursuing, and you will be armed with the information necessary to continue onward with your business endeavor!
John Hosler
Presenter
Experience in the manufacturing business area with over 35 years experience in financial management, operations, and general management. Specialist in acquisitions, divestitures, company start-ups and project management. Administration and Business planning, risk management, joint ventures, and compensation and benefits compliance. Specialist in non-profit development, governance, bylaw creation/ revisions, financial development and executive management. SCORE Business Counselor since 2000.





Treasure Coast SCORE Mentoring

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

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=BUSIN01783&seg=3















 
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Apr 10, 2015Martin Health Magazine: For Your Health








Martin Health System, a fellow chamber member, has asked us to share the spring issue of its quarterly magazine, For Your Health. The magazine features wellness information and news from Martin Health.

For Your Health Spring 2015
http://martin.flippublication.com/Issue/C999A449-E780-422C-92096E0147D9EE23/Spring2015/index.html

Inside this issue:
• Primary Care Physicians: Promoting Wellness, Building Relationships
• A Workout for the Brain

• Colon Cancer Prevention Starts with You
• Knee Surgery May Get You Moving Again

• Aging Gracefully

We hope you enjoy this issue!



















































 
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Apr 10, 2015Physicians Immediate Care

Open 7 Days a Week!
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm Sat & Sun 8am-5pm

4007 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie 34953
1900 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie 34952
1730 SW St. Lucie West Blvd. Port St. Lucie 34986
5550 S U.S. Hwy 1. Ft. Pierce 34982
1801 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. Jensen Beach 34957

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

Congratulations Jeannie Jacobson!

Jeannie Jacobson, our Marketing Director, was chosen as the "Networker of the Month" for March 2015 by the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce. Her fellow networkers were very entertained and she was able to bring attention to some of the services that Physicians Immediate Care can provide. Congratulations Jeannie!

Life-Saving Screenings

Remember!
It is very important to have an annual wellness physical. Just a few minutes out of your day can help you towards a brighter future. Come and consult with one of our providers for details!

Want to prolong your life in good health? Schedule yourself for a wellness exam to get tested. Some common diseases and conditions and their complications can be prevented, controlled or cured if caught early.
A lot of information about your health can be gleaned through a blood test that screens for total cholesterol levels, triglycerides and blood glucose level. Blood test results will reveal risk factors for disease and depict your overall health.
Checking your cholesterol levels is an important tool to determine your risk factor for heart disease. High levels of LDL cholesterol will collect in the walls of blood vessels, narrowing your arteries and increasing your risk for a heart attack due to a sudden blood clot. On the other hand, high levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol, protects against heart attacks and strokes by removing LDL cholesterol from the arteries.
Triglycerides are a type of fat that also is checked in a blood panel. Your body produces trigylcerides, but you also get triglycerides from food. If you have a high triglyceride level, your risk for atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke increase. Additionally, a high triglyceride level may also cause inflammation of your pancreas.
Your doctor should include checking your blood glucose level with the hemoglobin A1c test to determine if you have diabetes or prediabetes. Prediabetes for type 2 diabetes initially may not cause any symptoms; if identified early, treatment can delay or even prevent type 2 diabetes from developing. Left untreated, a high blood glucose will damage nerves and blood vessels. Heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and blindness are some of the complications that can occur.
A blood test, along with an electrocardiogram (EKG) that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart, blood pressure check and your history, are commonly used to uncover if you have major risk factors for coronary artery disease. These also are same risk factors – unhealthy levels of blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of atherosclerosis, smoking and signs of a transient ischemic attack or stroke – also are major risk factors for carotid artery disease, which is potentially fatal. Your doctor will check the carotid arteries on each side of your neck with a stethoscope, listening for a whooshing sound called a bruit. This sound may indicate a decreased blood flow due to plaque buildup and may ultimately cause blood clots to form. If carotid artery disease is suspected, additional tests will be ordered.
Using a blood test, EKG, blood pressure check and physical exam to identify problems and health risks can save your life with proper treatment and lifestyle changes.

Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival

This festival, which was held on March 21, 2015, was a blast! We enjoyed participating in the annual Citrus Squeeze-Off! Fort Pierce Utilities Authority defended there title and are the reigning champs! Congratulations to them and all the teams that participated, you guys rocked!
St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

What a great day spent at the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival in Jensen Beach. Thank you so much for allowing Physicians Immediate Care to attend such a fun filled event!


Vietnam Veteran's Annual Sporting Clays Fun Shoot
Physicians Immediate Care was proud to help out our Veterans and be a sponsor of this fabulous event! We hope that everyone who attended had as much fun as we did!

St. Lucie County School Board Health Benefit Fair
We have had the pleasure of attending several health benefit fairs at multiple schools over the last few weeks. We loved speaking to the school board employees and look forward to a continued relationship with them. Thank you so much for inviting Physicians Immediate Care to attend these beneficial events.

Physicians Immediate Care
Copyright © 2015
All rights reserved.

www.immedcare.com

Our mailing address is:
4007 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie 34953
1900 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie 34952
1730 SW St. Lucie West Blvd. Port St. Lucie 34986
5550 S U.S. Hwy 1. Ft. Pierce 34982
1801 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. Jensen Beach 34957








 
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Apr 10, 2015Vacancy on the Treasure Coast Health Council


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Treasure Coast Health Council. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, April 24, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant position: A health care provider. A provider is a health care professional licensed under chapters 458, 459, 460, 461, 463, 464, 465, 466, part I, part III, part IV, part V, or part X of chapter 468, chapter 486, chapter 490, or chapter 491.

Board members are appointed to serve for a term of two years (unless he/she is completing a term of a previously held seat). Any Board member with unexcused absences from three consecutive Board meetings, or more than half the meetings in a year, must appeal automatic removal from the Board through written correspondence to the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Membership status shall then be decided by a majority vote.

Overview
Treasure Coast Health Council, Inc. d/b/a Health Council of Southeast Florida (HCSEF) is a private, not-for-profit corporation created under Chapter 408.033, Florida Statutes, with the mission of providing coordinated health planning designed to enhance the provision of accessible, affordable and high quality health care services to all persons residing in the service district, defined in the enacting legislation as Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. HCSEF is one of eleven local health planning councils in the state.
Local health councils work with the various communities on efforts designed to improve access to health care, reduce disparities in health status, assist state and local governments in the development of sound and rational health care policies and advocate on behalf of vulnerable and underserved populations. HCSEF has a long history and a broad range of experience in health services planning, program development and implementation, and community engagement.
The Board of Directors meets every other month on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 pm at the Health Council of Southeast Florida, Suite 101, 600 Sandtree Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.


 
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Apr 10, 2015Volunteers needed for disaster services


When disaster, such as a hurricane or flood, strikes our community, it pays to be prepared.

That is why United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program is seeking volunteers who are willing to be trained and ready to help when the time comes. In the event of a declared disaster, Martin Volunteers’ reception center will greet and deploy volunteers who come to our area to help. Volunteers are also needed who can train others to be prepared for disaster.

Anyone interested in learning how to help is welcome to attend a meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 15 at the Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Ave., Palm City. Refreshments will be served, and there will be giveaways and door prizes.

For more information, or to RSVP for the meeting on April 15, call 772-220-4472, ext. 228 or email lmustelier@martinvolunteers.org.

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


 
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Apr 10, 2015Splash playground of Sailfish Splash Waterpark opens for Family Fun Fridays
Each Friday before summer break, the splash playground of Sailfish Splash Waterpark will open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Limited concession will be available as well.

Each Friday before summer break, the splash playground of Sailfish Splash Waterpark will open from
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners

"The delightful weather and the success of Friday hours during the St. Lucie County spring break encouraged us to open on the Fridays leading up to our summer break operating hours," explained Craig Jon Anderson, Marketing Manager, Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation. "Our experience over spring break made it possible to offer these hours to our customers."

Sailfish Splash Waterpark continues to hire lifeguard staff for its 2015 season and encourages high school students to visit the water park and download and complete an application from www.SailfishSplash.com/jobs.

Tickets for the special Family Fun Friday sessions cost $5.95 and are available online at SailfishSplash.com/splashplayground, as well as through all "Fundraising Affiliates" and at admissions at the Waterpark.

In addition, "Visit Protection" for one dollar ($1.00) per person, good on day purchased while the customer is present, provides a return admission to Sailfish Splash Waterpark, if unforeseen conditions conclude the day's public hours of operation or cause a closure of more than 20 minutes.

During regular, Public Hours of Operation, walk-up day admission is $12.95 for adults and $10.95 for kids and seniors, and season passes cost $64.95 for adults and $54.95 for kids and seniors. Discounts are available online through Fundraising Affiliates and other special offers.

For more information about Sailfish Splash Waterpark and the Aquatic Athletics Center or the Martin County Parks & Recreation Department, "Like" Sailfish Splash Waterpark on Facebook at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, subscribe to the Waterpark newsletter, visit us at Sailfishsplash.com, call 772-463-2840 or email canderso@martin.fl.us


 
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Apr 9, 2015Treasure Coast Square's Summer Bash


Please join us as a vendor at the Summer Camps Expo!

Come face-to-face with local parents and grandparents as they make their decision on which summer camp to send their precious children to this year.

As entertainment for the participants there will be stage demos, summer fashion shows, food, prizes, and more.

There is limited vendor availability so if you are interested in participating then you should get your registration in right away.

If you should chose to be the title you will have category exclusivity.

Vendors will have the opportunity to highlight their products/services by offering insight to our Treasure Coast families through demonstrations, consultations, and offering information about their business.

Treasure Coast Square's Summer Bash will be advertised on 93.7 The Breeze, 99.7 Jack Fm, and 94.7 Hot Country, running 200 + commercials between our stations up to 3 weeks prior to the event.

The event will also be advertised through the mall website, social media, and through signage within the mall leading up to the event.

When

Saturday
Arpil 18, 2015
From 12pm to 4pm

Where

TREASURE COAST SQUARE -Old Navy Courtyard
3174 NW FEDERAL HIGHWAY
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Last day to register is Tuesday, April- 14th at 4pm



For more information on registration and vendor booth pricing, please contact your local radio rep with Treasure & Space Coast Radio:
Michele Pence, Kim Partlow, Julie Lilliquist, Karen Franke, Billy Hatfield, Matt Monks, Victor Caneva and/or Calli Hughes.
If you do not have a rep, please email me and I will get you the information: mpence@mytcmedia.com



Thank you kindly,

Michele Pence
www.linkedin.com/in/michelepence/
Radio Genie
Treasure & Space Coast Radio
525 NW Lake Whitney Place, St. 204
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986
PH: 772.249.4413 x101
FX: 772.249.4418
CELL: 772.559.0514
Mpence@mytcmedia.com
WGYL 93.7 WJKD 99.7 WPHR 94.7 WOSN 97.1 WTTB 1490




 
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Apr 9, 2015Thrivent Financial workshop earns financial literacy award
Thrivent Financial workshop earns financial literacy award
Identity Theft workshop selected for recognition by Institute for Financial Literacy

Thrivent Financial recently received an Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (“EIFLE”) award for its Identity Theft workshop. The awards, given by the Institute for Financial Literacy, honor individuals and organizations for their efforts to enhance financial literacy education among Americans in all walks of life. Thrivent took top honors in the “Education Program of the Year – Adult Credit Category”.

Thrivent’s Identity Theft workshop is designed to deliver an interactive experience with useful information. The workshop can be presented by anyone, regardless of the leader’s knowledge on the topic. The easy to follow, step-by-step discussion guide, as well as the use of videos, provides a quality learning experience for all.

Of attendees who provided feedback, 98% agreed or strongly agreed that the workshop was a good use of time and provided valuable information they could use.

The EIFLE Award acknowledges innovation and quality of financial literacy education efforts and the commitment of those that offer them. This is the eighth year Thrivent Financial has been honored for its financial education efforts by the Institute for Financial Literacy. Previously, Thrivent Financial earned EIFLE Awards for the workshops: “More Than Money Matters” in 2008, “Charitable Giving” in 2009, “Identity Theft: What You Need to Know” in 2010, “College Matters” and “My Retirement Matters” in 2011, “Real Money Talk for Women” in 2012, and “Do One Thing Differently” in 2013.

The Institute for Financial Literacy is a tax exempt nonprofit organization whose mission is to make effective financial literacy education available to everyone. The organization is a national authority on adult financial education.

Individuals can learn more about Thrivent’s event and workshops at thrivent.com/findaworkshop.

Thrivent Financial is looking for talented individuals to join the organization. Those interested in a career with Thrivent Financial can visit www.thrivent.com/careers.

Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Amy Whitlach and Mark Valinote at 367 NE Baker Road, Stuart, FL 34994 (772) 408-0771
About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
For additional important disclosure information, please visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.


 
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Apr 9, 2015Mayor Glass Leighton joins nationwide effort to recognize volunteer service


Mayor Kelli Glass Leighton joined mayors across the country yesterday for the third annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort to highlight the impact of national service in tackling city problems.

On April 7, Glass Leighton joined a group of volunteers who took time out of their day to read stories to the children at Gertrude Walden Child Care Center in Stuart. The volunteers also donated more than 50 books to Gertrude Walden’s library.

Given the many social needs facing communities, and the fiscal constraints facing government at all levels, communities are increasingly turning to national service and volunteerism as a cost-effective strategy to meet the needs of its residents.

More than 1,994 volunteers are registered with Martin Volunteers, a program of United Way of Martin County. Of those 1,994, 746 serve as part of RSVP, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, a part of the national Senior Corps.

RSVP Senior Corps volunteers in Martin County serve in the focus areas of aging in place, disaster services, hunger, literacy tutoring, mentoring, veteran employment, and other community priority areas such as public safety.

The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service in cities, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities. The day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service.

As the federal agency for service and volunteering, the Corporation for National and
Community Service annually engages more than five million citizens in service at more than 60,000 locations in 8,500 cities across the country through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs. National service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our cities and nation, from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century and supporting veterans and military families to preserving the environment and helping communities recover from natural disasters.

Across the country, mayors are participating in a variety of activities, including visiting national service programs, hosting roundtables at City Hall, issuing proclamations, and communicating about national service through social media. By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, mayors hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities.

For more information on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, including background and a list of participating mayors, visit www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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


 
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Apr 9, 2015SCORE Workshop
Financial Management for Small Business
IRSC ChastainCampus, Stuart, FL
April 23, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Presented by Treasure Coast Score

Financial Management for Small Business
Workshop Description
The Financial Management for a Small Business module will take you on an important first step to building a better financial future for your business.

After completing this training, you will be able to:
• Explain the concept of financial management and why it is important to a small business.
• Identify financial management practices, rules, and tools that are commonly available to a small business.
• Explain how these financial management practices, rules, and tools work.
• Explain financial management basics for a small business.
• Explain the basics of start-up financing.
• Explain the basics of financing for a growing business.
• Explain the basics of financing working capital.
• Explain the basics of financing fixed assets.






Treasure Coast SCORE Mentoring

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














 
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Apr 9, 2015Government Contracting
Learn how SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program and WOSB Program helps small, disadvantaged businesses and Women Owned Small Businesses compete in the marketplace. This class focuses on the benefits of these two programs. It also covers the eligibility requirements necessary to participate in both programs.
Topics Include:
• Government 101- Learn the role of small business and their impact on government procurement requirements. You will review processes for finding and qualifying for bid opportunities, and we'll explore the various certification programs.
• 8(a) Business Development Program- The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
• Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Programs - The WOSB program can offer substantial benefits for partaking in the program such as the consideration and preference for government procurement. The WOSB program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by Women.
• Veteran Owned Small Business - Understand the benefits and the process to become certified as a VOSB. The VOSB program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by veterans.





Scotty Wilson
Government Contracting Specialist for the Florida SBDC at Indian River State College.







Lonnie Koyama
Economic Development Specialist for the South Florida office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).









 
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Apr 9, 2015Please Help Us to Be Voted 2015's
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Call us for a free consultation 772-878-7271
The Estate, Trust & Elder Law Firm, P.L.
240 NW Peacock Blvd., Suite 304
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
772-878-7271
info@etelf.com



 
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Apr 9, 2015Marvin S. Cone 29th Annual High School Juried Art Show


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

When: Thursday, April 23, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

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

April 9, 2015, Stuart, Florida: The Arts Council of Martin County is proud to present the Marvin S. Cone 29th Annual High School Juried Art Show which showcases the talented visual arts students from Jensen Beach, Martin County and South Fork High Schools, Clark Advanced Leaning Center, and The Pine School.

The Marvin S. Cone 29th Annual High School Juried Art Show recognizes the artistic talents of our high school students with an Awards Reception on Thursday, April 23 at the Court House Cultural Center Galleries. Their teachers, parents, school officials and sponsors of the event will be present for the awards presentation. The high school student artwork will continue at the Court House Cultural Center through May 23, 2015. Judges for the show are Anita Prentice and Dennis Aufiery.

“For the past 29 years the Arts Council has orchestrated the High School Juried Art Show featuring the best and brightest students in our schools as a means to encourage their pursuit of creativity and the fine arts. There is no better example of our mission than this program,” stated Nancy K. Turrell, Arts Council Executive Director.

The art teachers at each school select each piece of artwork for entry in the exhibit. It is a highly competitive process; the categories for cash awards include photography/digital prints, painting, sculpture, mixed media/assemblage, and drawing.

The Court House Cultural Center gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Saturday hours, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm.

The sponsors for the student exhibition are Publix Super Markets Charities; Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Bush, Goldman, Kilbride, Waters, Robison & McCluskey, LLP; Women Supporting the Arts; Palm City Art & Frame; Vianne Nichols; and Karen Barnes.

The Arts Council is the designated local arts agency for Martin County. The Arts Council provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public and strives to instill a passion for and participation in the arts. For more information, please call 772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org.

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


 
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Apr 8, 2015"Pat Mark Rio Skate Jam"
Martin County Parks & Recreation hosting second annual "Pat Mark Rio Skate Jam"
April 17

Martin County Parks & Recreation will be hosting the 2nd Annual "Pat Mark Rio Skate Jam" on Friday, April 17 at 6pm at the Pat Mark Rio-Jensen Skate Park in Jensen Beach. This event is open and free to the public to come out and cheer on local skaters and enjoy all of the activities including a live DJ, photo booth, a food truck and much more! This competition has been held annually since 1999 and renamed in 2014 in honor of long-time Martin County Parks & Recreation employee, Pat Mark.

The event is produced by Martin County Parks & Recreation and supported by community corporate partners including the GEICO Local Office in Jensen Beach, River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp, Jensen Beach Plumbing, Ampersand Shirt Shack, Ampersand Graphics and others. Kevin Moody, the GEICO Local Office Representative, explains that his office is thrilled to be part of this exciting event, "I am very proud that our office is continuing GEICO's long standing history of active community involvement."

Competitors must have a current Martin County Parks and Recreation skate card. If one does not own a card they can be purchased at the County Administration Building or at Langford Park in Jensen Beach. Spots are limited and will be filled on a first come-first serve basis. Skaters are encouraged to pre-register for the event. The pre-registration fee is $10.00 and will increase to $15.00 the day of the event. Warm-ups start at 5pm on Friday April 17 and the first age bracket starts at 6pm. There will be four age brackets to compete starting at 5 years old all the way up to an adult bracket.

To register, skaters may visit the office at Langford Park in Jensen Beach, the Martin County Administration Building or call Parks & Recreation at 772-288-5474. Per new county policy, skaters are required to wear helmets when skating and are recommended to wear full protection gear, but it is not required.

For more information regarding this event and to register to compete contact, Steven Clenney, Special Events/Volunteer Manager at Martin County Parks & Recreation at 772-288-5474 or email sclenney@martin.fl.us.



 
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Apr 8, 2015U.S. Navy Oceanographer to Speak at FAU Harbor Branch
FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute will welcome Rear Admiral Jonathan W. White, Oceanographer and Navigator of the U.S. Navy and director of the Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change, for a special guest lecture on Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Johnson Education Center Auditorium, 5600 U.S. 1 North in Fort Pierce. Admission is free.
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Apr 7, 2015PRISCILLA TAYLOR FOR CONGRESS LAUNCHES FACEBOOK PAGE



Democrat Priscilla Taylor, candidate for U.S. Congress District 18, has launched a Facebook page for her congressional campaign.

The Facebook address is: Priscilla Taylor for Congress.

District 18 includes all of St. Lucie, Martin and the northern portion of Palm Beach County.

Please take a moment to “Like” Priscilla’s page and ask your friends in North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Tequesta, Stuart, Ft. Pierce and other communities in St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach County to “Like” it as well.

Winning a congressional campaign takes a team effort. Please join Team Taylor and help us reach our initial goal of 1,000 Facebook likes!

District 18 is an open seat. Congressman Patrick Murphy is running for the U.S. Senate.

Look for our website coming soon!


 
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Apr 7, 2015Give volunteers a sign of appreciation during National Volunteer Week


Volunteers are an important resource in Martin County.

Each year, volunteers make an impact in the community by helping nonprofits reach their goals while saving resources. Last year, United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program engaged 1,256 volunteers for a combined total of 128,000 hours – a value of more than $2.85 million. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions.

In an effort to thank volunteers throughout Martin County during National Volunteer Week, April 12 through 18, Martin Volunteers is encouraging businesses and other organizations to use their outdoor signs to display, “Thank you, Martin volunteers!”

“If a business or organization has a sign with an outdoor marquee, we are encouraging them to say ‘thank you’ to our community volunteers during the week of April 12,” said Kathleen Stacey, volunteer coordinator at Martin Volunteers. “Let’s recognize those who give so much time and talent!”

Those who display a message of thanks are also encouraged to take a photo and post it to Facebook and tag United Way of Martin County.

Martin Volunteers is funded in part with grant dollars from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Hobe Sound Community Chest. Its mission is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in volunteer service that enriches the individual and strengthens the community. For more information, visit MartinVolunteers.org, call 772-220-4472 or email kstacey@martinvolunteers.org.


 
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Apr 7, 2015Martin County Fire Rescue LifeStar Aeromedical Program Open House Event


Martin County Fire Rescue will be celebrating the reopening of our aeromedical program by holding an open house event for our community partners and the public. The event will include a presentation by Fire Rescue Chief Joseph Ferrara, a dedication of the aircraft featuring the Martin County Fire Rescue Honor Guard and equipment and aircraft capabilities demonstrations.

Location: 1865 Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart, FL
Martin County Fire Rescue LifeStar Hanger next to
the Witham Field Control Tower

When: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM


 
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Apr 7, 2015Community Gears Up for Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties on May 5-6


Host partners announce fundraising goal and bonus pool for 24-hour giving day

PALM BEACH & MARTIN COUNTIES, FLA. (April 6, 2015) – It’s official! 437 local nonprofits will participate in the Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties, a 24-hour online fundraiser that starts on May 5 at 5 p.m. until May 6 at 5 p.m. This community-wide event, hosted by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, United Way of Palm Beach County and United Way of Martin County celebrates the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to strengthen our community by raising critical funds for local nonprofits. Last year’s event raised $2.2 million, prompting the host partners to set the 2015 fundraising goal at $3 million.

“We didn’t know what to expect last year and the community stepped up in a big way,” said Laurie George, CEO of the United Way of Palm Beach County. “This year, we are confident that we can make an even greater impact. Anyone can be a philanthropist during the Great Give by donating to their favorite charities. Even $10 can make a difference.”

Another exciting aspect of the Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is that every local gift made during the 24-hour period will be multiplied by additional dollars from a $500,000 bonus pool raised by the Community Foundation. The bonus funds will be distributed to all participating nonprofits based on the percentage of the total they raise on that day.

“The bonus pool is an important component of our giving day. The more money a nonprofit raises, the more bonus funds they will receive. It’s a great leveraging tool,” said Brad Hurlburt, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. “The bonus pool is sponsored by many of our donors and funding partners. They recognize the impact that the Great Give has on the community, and we’re grateful for their support.”

Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties is one of more than 100 giving days being held around the country in partnership with Give Local America to raise millions of dollars for the greater good – all in just one day. Last year’s event raised more than $53 million nationally and the 2015 goal is to reach $100 million.

On May 5-6 anyone can make a secure donation of $10 or more to the charity of their choice by visiting www.GreatGiveFlorida.org or by calling 1-844-GIVE-DAY.

Sponsors for this year’s Great Give include Valley National Bank; Publix; CBS12; The Palm Beach Post; Comcast; Palm Beach Broadcasting; Florida Weekly; The Stuart News; Green Advertising; FP&L; Tracey Benson Photography; LexisNexis; TouchSuite; Hart-Lines; Evelyn & Arthur; Whole Foods Market; and Tito’s Vodka.

Bonus pool sponsors include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Fortin Foundation of Florida; Quantum Foundation; Palm Healthcare Foundation; Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation; Anonymous Family Foundation; Martin County Community Foundation; and several other Community Foundation fundholders and anonymous donors.

Although this is a virtual fundraiser, special events are being held around Palm Beach and Martin counties. Follow #GreatGive15 on social media for updates.


 
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Apr 7, 2015Treasure Coast Food Bank launches Summer Hunger Campaign to feed 52,000 children
The final school bell of the year signals freedom and carefree childhood joy.
But for more than 52,000 students on the Treasure Coast who depend on their schools for reliable low-cost meals, that final bell signals hunger.
Treasure Coast Food Bank is launching a Summer Hunger Campaign to raise enough money to feed those children who otherwise won’t know where to find meals this summer. Before the last school bell rings, Treasure Coast Food Bank wants to raise $250,000, enough to close the summer hunger gap.
“We know that only about 5 percent of the 52,000 children getting free and reduced-price meals during the school year have adequate nutrition during the summer,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judy Cruz. “That’s unacceptable. Nutritious food ought to be just as accessible to our children during the summer as it is during the school year.”
Summer is traditionally a time of struggle for families in need of food with no access to the lunches the schools provide. In addition, it’s a time when donations to Treasure Coast Food Bank and its partner food pantries decrease.
“Our plan is ambitious because it needs to be ambitious,” Cruz said. “Each summer we watch the need escalate. While we have had summer feeding programs for the past three years, there are just too many children still going without meals.”
Keeping children well-fed through the summer is not only a matter of food. It’s the basis for keeping them healthy and ready to learn.
“The link between health issues and hunger is pretty striking,” said Miguel Coty, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Board Chair and Vice President, Chief Marketing officer for Martin Memorial Health Systems. “If a child is eating poorly, that child is more likely to have a compromised immune system and become ill more frequently. We believe healthy food should be available to every child.”
The money raised by the Summer Hunger Campaign will be used to provide meals at sites throughout the Treasure Coast in partnership with many agencies that provide summer programs. Those include the Boys and Girls Clubs, vacation Bible schools, camps, and Treasure Coast Food Bank’s own Your Plate Health & Wellness Center.
Treasure Coast Food Bank continues to recruit more agencies willing to provide summer breakfasts, snacks or lunches for children beginning in June.
Send your tax-deductible donation to Treasure Coast Food Bank, 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, 34947, or donate online at www.stophunger.org.
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ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief agency on the Treasure Coast, providing millions of pounds of food to over 200 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties serving those in need. In addition to food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772-489-3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.




 
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Apr 7, 2015Customs Support
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Apr 7, 2015LESSER, LESSER, LANDY & SMITH, PLLC CELEBRATES ITS 88TH ANNIVERSARY
LESSER, LESSER, LANDY & SMITH, PLLC
CELEBRATES ITS 88TH ANNIVERSARY BY HONORING THE VAULES OF FIRM FOUNDER JOSEPH H. LESSER

As Part Of The Firm’s Commemoration, Partners Present Donations to
West Palm Beach Library Foundation, and the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy, which were very important to Joseph Lesser in his lifetime

West Palm Beach, FL (March 31, 2015) - In celebration of its founding by Joseph H. Lesser back to the days of Addison Mizner and Charles Lindbergh in the early 1920s on Narcissus Avenue in West Palm Beach, the Law Firm of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC (LLL&S) puts good work for clients and the community front and center at its 88th anniversary.

“We are one of the oldest firms in Palm Beach County,” noted Managing Partner Gary S. Lesser. “I really think that this is due to balancing diligent work for our clients with a strong engagement in community service — as inspired by founder Joseph Lesser, his grandfather — continues to serve as the firm’s key cornerstone value. The firm has obtained multiple million dollar verdicts for our clients and their families. As LLL&S Celebrates it’s 88th Anniversary, they are also renewing a commitment to their clients and community. In the past 12 months, the boutique-size firm contributed more than $300,000 in donations and sponsorships to support vital charity and business missions of South Florida, including health, medical research, education, special needs, humanitarian/human rights, veterans, arts and culture, economic development, legal aid organizations, and other causes. The Firm also provided more than 2,500+ hours of pro bono legal services and community service. Earlier this year, LLL&S gave a major gift to the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Library Foundation that will be commemorated with the library’s circulation desk being named in memory of Joseph H. Lesser. The firm has also recently dedicated a bench at the entrance to the new Palm Beach County Bar Association building.

LLL&S focuses on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, having delivered significant verdicts and settlements for its clients. All firm partners and associates are “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell for demonstrating the highest level of legal ability and ethics. Reflecting the respect of their peers and the business and nonprofit communities, firm partners have been elected to serve in key leadership/advocacy positions for The Florida Bar, Palm Beach County and Martin County Bar Associations, Palm Beach County Medical Society, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Autism Speaks, and the Jewish Federation of the Palm Beach County.


For more information on LLL&S services and its offices in West Palm Beach, Stuart, and Boca Raton, call (561) 655-2028 or visit the Firm’s website at www.lesserlawfirm.com.


 
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Apr 7, 2015RSVP volunteers honored for service during annual luncheon


Martin County is home to a wonderful group of retired and senior volunteers who take pride in giving back to their community.

United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program engages them by offering them high-impact volunteer opportunities at local nonprofit agencies through RSVP, the nation’s largest volunteer network for people 55 and older.

Many of them have dedicated 5, 10, 15 or even 20 years of service and Martin Volunteers honored them last week for their dedication during an annual luncheon at Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart.

Last year, 553 RSVP volunteers contributed 47,711 hours of service to nonprofit agencies in Martin County. Their accomplishments included mentoring 334 youth, tutoring 198 students, and helping 10,000 people receive food or clothing.

“Martin County wouldn’t be the same without the generosity of these wonderful volunteers,” said Lauren Mustelier, Martin Volunteers RSVP director. “Their skills and expertise improve lives every day, right here at home.”

The following volunteers were recognized for volunteer service:

20 Years: Louise Brush, Charles Heinzman, Mim Huffam

15 Years: Germaine Alger, Jerry Felton

10 Years: Allen Simon

5 Years: Mary Lou Barnes, Jan Boyer, Gail Cifrodella, Oray Esiner, James E. Field, Jr., Joyce Gherlone, Tom Gilmore, Herbert W. Krupp, Audrey Lejambre, Lesley Ludlam, James R. McGoogan, Dennis O’Connell, Sharon Z. Russell, Hannelore Smith, Lynn F. Snyder, Dale Spencer

Martin Volunteers is funded in part with grant dollars from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Hobe Sound Community Chest. Its mission is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in volunteer service that enriches the individual and strengthens the community. For more information, visit MartinVolunteers.org, call 772-220-4472 or email kstacey@martinvolunteers.org.



 
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Apr 7, 2015GREAT GIVE
On May 5-6, from 5 p.m. to 5 p.m., BGCMC
will participate in the GREAT GIVE, a 24-hour online giving campaign that celebrates the
spirit of philanthropy by raising precious
funds for non-profit charities in our
community.

Any donation made during this 24-hour period will be matched from a $500,000 bonus pool--and make your dollar go even further than
it would on any other day of the year!

To make your online donation on May 5-6, go
to www.GreatGiveFlorida.org, and then click on
the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County logo
where you will be prompted to make your gift.
If you prefer, you may call our office at
772.545.1255 any time with your credit card information and we will be happy to
process your donation during the campaign
on your behalf.

With your GREAT GIVE support on May 5-6, you'll be having a profound and enduring
impact on more than 1,700 children and teens from our community who so critically need structured enrichment programming each day afterschool and throughout the summer.
These programs, delivered by dedicated,
caring professionals, are specifically designed
to inspire these young people to achieve
immediate and real success in the classroom
and the community at large-and lay the foundation for them to be productive, contributing citizens as adults.

We hope you will consider supporting Club members on May 5th and May 6th! Thank you!



 
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Apr 7, 2015RSVP volunteers honored for service during annual luncheon



Martin County is home to a wonderful group of retired and senior volunteers who take pride in giving back to their community.

United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program engages them by offering them high-impact volunteer opportunities at local nonprofit agencies through RSVP, the nation’s largest volunteer network for people 55 and older.

Many of them have dedicated 5, 10, 15 or even 20 years of service and Martin Volunteers honored them last week for their dedication during an annual luncheon at Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart.

Last year, 553 RSVP volunteers contributed 47,711 hours of service to nonprofit agencies in Martin County. Their accomplishments included mentoring 334 youth, tutoring 198 students, and helping 10,000 people receive food or clothing.

“Martin County wouldn’t be the same without the generosity of these wonderful volunteers,” said Lauren Mustelier, Martin Volunteers RSVP director. “Their skills and expertise improve lives every day, right here at home.”

The following volunteers were recognized for volunteer service:

20 Years: Louise Brush, Charles Heinzman, Mim Huffam

15 Years: Germaine Alger, Jerry Felton

10 Years: Allen Simon

5 Years: Mary Lou Barnes, Jan Boyer, Gail Cifrodella, Oray Esiner, James E. Field, Jr., Joyce Gherlone, Tom Gilmore, Herbert W. Krupp, Audrey Lejambre, Lesley Ludlam, James R. McGoogan, Dennis O’Connell, Sharon Z. Russell, Hannelore Smith, Lynn F. Snyder, Dale Spencer

Martin Volunteers is funded in part with grant dollars from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Hobe Sound Community Chest. Its mission is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in volunteer service that enriches the individual and strengthens the community. For more information, visit MartinVolunteers.org, call 772-220-4472 or email kstacey@martinvolunteers.org.


 
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Apr 7, 2015PALM CITY ELEMENTARY WINS “ELEMENTARY BOOK BOWL”
Palm City Elementary School won the Education Foundation of Martin County’s 4th Annual Elementary Book Bowl held on Thursday, April 2, which encourages students to read literature selected by the Florida Association of Media in Education.

Eleven teams of students in grades 3 through 5 from Martin County elementary schools competed in the event, which is based upon the 15 books selected by the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program, a statewide reading motivation program. Questions were posed, with each team having 45 seconds to write the answer, game-show style. Superintendent Laurie Gaylord, Beth Welmaker, Education Foundation of Martin County and Lana Barros, Career & Technical Education Digital Learning Coach, moderated the event.

New to the program this year, United Way of Martin County presented a Character Counts! Award for the team representing the six pillars of character; trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Each of the eleven teams voted electing two winners: Port Salerno Elementary and Palm City Elementary.

“We are so proud of our students for their hard work and collaboration among their teams. We are thankful to the Education Foundation of Martin County for their continued support of this event to encourage students to get excited about reading,” commented Laurie Gaylord, Martin County School District Superintendent.

Palm City Elementary won the overall competition with Jensen Beach Elementary coming in second and a three way tie for third place with Felix A. Williams Elementary, J.D. Parker Elementary and Pinewood Elementary. All participants received a commemorative medal inscribed with “Read to Succeed”.

The event was sponsored and organized by the Education Foundation of Martin County and coordinated by the school district’s media staff and Book Bowl coaches


 
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Apr 7, 2015Helping People Succeed Brings April Showers Gifts, Donations To Families and Children


Helping People Succeed is celebrating its second annual April Showers program to benefit the children and families served by the local non-profit organization in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee communities.

From developmental toys and games, diapers and wipes, books, rattles and baby clothing, April Showers calls upon a variety of community organizations, including non-profits and area churches, to support the month-long campaign. The donations will provide early infant needs and equipment in those early years to assist young families.

“April Showers is here,” said Glenna Parris, Gift Planning Officer. “This month-long baby shower will assist families that we serve in our community who may have not been fortunate enough to have a baby shower. These families face challenges in meeting their everyday needs. Your participation in our April Showers will give those families hope for a brighter future with their newborn.”

During the last few weeks, Helping People Succeed has contacted numerous organizations from last year’s campaign to adding new businesses and churches to the list of drop-off locations. Among the firms assisting Helping People Succeed are Treasure Coast Primary Care, Dr. Kim Dettori’s office, Kinane Corporation Commercial Printing, Indiantown Gas Company and The Law Offices of Carlton, Fields, Jorden, & Burt in West Palm Beach. Check out the list of drop-off locations on Helping People Succeed’s website at www.hpsfl.org. The locations include businesses, non-profit organizations and churches in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.

For additional information and drop-off locations, contact Glenna Parris at 772.320.0778. Helping People Succeed is located at 1100 SE Federal Hwy in Stuart.


 
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Apr 7, 2015Credit Reporting for Small Business
Credit Reporting for Small Business
IRSC Chastain Campus, Stuart, FL
April 21, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Presented by Treasure Coast Score

Credit Reporting for Small Business
Workshop Description
The Credit Reporting for a Small Business
module will train you on business credit reports. A small business credit report contains information provided by banks, lenders, investors, landlords, other businesses, and government agencies.After completing this training, you will be able to:
• Explain the concept of credit reporting and the impact of credit reports on the operation or growth of a small business.
• Identify the benefits a small business derives from a positive record of managing its debts and obligations.
• Identify risks to a business from credit-related scams or frauds and take steps to avoid or mitigate harm caused by them.
• Identify strategies for building or improving business credit.
• Explain how the personal finances of a business owner impact the ability of a business to get credit.
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Apr 2, 2015Over $58,000 Raised for At-Risk Youth
A traditional New England meal, consisting of Lobster, Mussels, Oysters, Shrimp and Crab, was enjoyed by a record crowd of 200 committed individuals attending the Annual Clam Bake and Comedy Show on March 6th, hosted by Project L.I.F.T. The sold-out event was the most successful yet, raising close to $60,000, for the local nonprofit with a mission to help at-risk teens overcome mental health and substance abuse issues.
Presenting sponsor, Scott Sade, Financial Planner, CIMA, CTFA., was a huge part of making this event such a great success through his generous underwriting support and recruitment of community philanthropists. In addition, many other sponsors, along with ticket sales, silent and live auctions, a “call to heart” and a dedicated committee of volunteers worked together to raise money for this important cause.
Attendees enjoyed live music by Jason Montero and a comedy show by local comic, Casey Peruski, and headliners, Dean Napolitano and Steve Zimmerman.
Licensed psychotherapist Bob Zaccheo founded Project L.I.F.T. (Life Initiatives for Teens) in 2010 as a way to help troubled teens who did not respond to traditional therapy. By building trust through a family atmosphere, and by utilizing mentors and volunteers, the program incorporates behavioral change with skill-building in trades such as auto repair, plumbing, textile and graphic design, carpentry and boat building. The program takes that instruction a step further by connecting the teens with other individuals and families in the community who need help or services, and helping the youth "pay it forward" in terms of volunteer service.
The program works wonders in terms of assisting at-risk youth become productive members of a larger "family" and "giving back" to the community. Statistics show that fully 85% of the program's participants remain sober and "clean," going on to become stable and contributing adult members of society.
Planning is already underway for the 6th Annual Clam Bake and Comedy Show which will be held Friday, April 1, 2016, from 6:00-10:00pm at Sandsprit Park. Mark your calendars as this will be another sold-out event. Various levels of sponsorships will be available to assist with underwriting the event. For additional information or to volunteer in any capacity, area residents may contact Project L.I.F.T. at 850 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34994, or call:(772) 221-2244.
Project L.I.F.T. is a 501 (c)(3) organization; donations are tax deductible.


 
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Apr 2, 2015The UPS Store 5330 & 5279 Is looking for Part time & Full time help.
The Part-time-Full time Center Associate positions available in Hobe Sound and Stuart Include the following responsibilities: Deliver world-class customer service to an retail customers. He or She receives and processes packages for courier shipment, operates copiers, fax machines, binding equipment, laminating machines, and point-of-sale devices. The Associate expertly advises our valued customers by providing accurate information on our array of products, services, and best-value options. The Associate exhibits confidence by knowing best practices as related to the Industry. The ideal Center Associate candidate will have retail sales experience, strong computer and Internet skills, a high school diploma or some college, a friendly and genuinely helpful demeanor, a professional appearance, and win be a fast learner who makes an effort to learn an aspects of the business in the shortest possible time. Compensation range is based upon skills and experience.


The following is a representative list of the duties and responsibilities associated with this position:
- Deliver outstanding customer service to walk-in customers and telephone Inquires
- Continuously practice good listening skills with customers and UPS Store team members, and leadership
- Take ownership of the customer's shipping problem and offer viable solutions
- Take action to learn all product and service offerings, alternative solutions, and Industry trends
- Operate all equipment, software, and devices in an expert fashion and be willing to teach others
- Maintain a dean and safe working environment

REQUIREMENTS POSITION
-Detail oriented, organized, and able to multi-task
-Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
-Prompt, reliable, and responsible
-Strong verbal & written skills, to include spelling and math
-Outstanding phone skills
-Able to lift 50 Ibs
-Excellent Customer Service skills needed
-Proficient computer and Internet skills (Microsoft Office Suite)
-Retail/customer service experience
-Neat, clean, and professional appearance
-Able to manage workload and prioritize multiple projects
-Strong customer service skills and abilities


PREFERRED:
-Strong computer skills to Include Microsoft Office and Adobe Suites
-Willingness to travel between stores located in Stuart and Hobe Sound
-Have their own vehicle
-Advanced education degree, coursework, or tech school desired

For More information Please call 772-545-2224 or email Store5279@theupsstore.com


 
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Apr 2, 2015Fire Rescue on scene of a 4-alarm biodiesel fire; fire contained but still burning


Multiple units of Martin County Fire Rescue remain on the scene of a 4-alarm fire at a commercial biodiesel facility on Dominica Terrace in Stuart. The fire was first reported at approximately 12:00 p.m. at Viesel Fuel, when four 10,000-gallon tanks containing biodiesel product caught fire. Initial units arrived on scene to find a large volume fire contained to several tanks and used elevated streams of water with foam to conduct initial attack. The fire was initially contained to the four original tanks, however an unexpected rupture of another tank containing methanol occurred. No injuries were reported. The Viesel facility remains in tact and all Viesel employees are accounted for.

FPL has shut down a power grid to this area.

A half-mile evacuation zone in all directions has been ordered for the area.

Martin County Sheriff's Office remains on scene and is directing traffic and assisting with evacuations.

At this time, the fire is contained however still remains volatile. Biodiesel product is being contained using sand provided by the Martin County Engineering Department. Fire Rescue is also communicating with Martin County Utilities in efforts to reduce impacts of run-off.

The Department of Environmental Protection is monitoring the conditions. City of Stuart, St. Lucie County, Palm Beach County and Okeechobee Fire Departments provided mutual aid and assistance for confinement of this fire. Martin County wishes to thank all surrounding counties for their assistance.



 
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Apr 2, 2015April is Autism Awareness Month

Thursday, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

Light it Up Blue
Light it Up Blue on World Awareness Day is a campaign to honor people with autism worldwide. The Center for Disease Control indicates that about 1 in 68 children are being identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) occurring in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. ASD is almost 5 times more common in boys.

Helping People Succeed invites the community to join us in recognizing and honoring children and adults with autism spectrum disorder by-

Raising Awareness with Blue! Someone once said "ignorance is just a lack of awareness". Help us spread awareness of autism by learning about autism.

Support Blue! Consider making a donation to help Helping People Succeed's Autism programs. Please visit our website at
www.hpsfl.org to learn more about our services and how you can help.

Post Blue! Social media is a great way to spread the word. Turn your Facebook or Twitter profile picture blue and let your friends and the people who follow you know why.

Wear Blue! Let's all wear blue on Thursday, April 2nd in honor of World Autism Awareness Day!

Light up Blue! Light up your building or home blue. Change your outdoor and indoor lights bulbs to blue! Encourage your friends and co-workers to do the same.

While we honor those with autism during the month of April, never forget that autism is an everyday event for children and adults who have autism. They should be honored and recognized every day!

For more information about Helping People Succeed's efforts on behalf of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, call Janet Cooper at 772-320-0791.





 
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Apr 2, 2015NAI Southcoast is proud to announce the sale of 11 acres in the River Place PUD
NAI Southcoast is proud to announce the sale of 11 acres in the River Place PUD to be developed by Homecrete Homes and Greenergy Communities. The 125 townhomes will feature "Zero Energy" building systems designed to produce as much or more electricity than the home consumes. Pricing starts at $139,000 and deliveries are expected late 2015. Visit www.planetgreenergy.com/riverplace for more information. Visit NAISouthcoast.com for more available properties.


About NAISouthcoast

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


About NAI Global

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

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


To learn more, visit www.naisouthcoast.com.




 
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Apr 2, 2015LESSER, LESSER, LANDY & SMITH, PLLC CELEBRATES ITS 88TH ANNIVERSARY BY HONORING THE VAULES OF FIRM FOUNDER JOSEPH H. LESSER

As Part Of The Firm’s Commemoration, Partners Present Donations to West Palm Beach Library Foundation and the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy, which were very important to Joseph Lesser in his lifetime.
West Palm Beach, FL (April 1, 2015) - In celebration of its founding by Joseph H. Lesser back in the days of Addison Mizner and Charles Lindbergh in the early 1920s on Narcissus Avenue in West Palm Beach, the Law Firm of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC (LLL&S) puts good work for clients and the community front and center in their 88th anniversary celebration.

“We are one of the oldest firms in Palm Beach County,” noted Managing Partner Gary S. Lesser. “I really think that this is due to balancing hard work for our clients with a strong engagement in community service." This is inspired by founder Joseph Lesser, and it continues to serve as the firm’s key cornerstone value. The firm has obtained multiple million dollar verdicts for our injured clients and their families. As LLL&S Celebrates it’s 88th Anniversary, they are also renewing a commitment to their clients and community. In the past 12 months, the boutique-size firm contributed more than $300,000 in donations and sponsorships to support vital charity and business missions of South Florida, including health, medical research, education, special needs, humanitarian/human rights, veterans, arts and culture, economic development, legal aid organizations, and other causes. The Firm also provided more than 2,500+ hours of pro bono legal services and community service. Earlier this year, LLL&S gave a major gift to the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach Library Foundation that will be commemorated with the library’s circulation desk being named in memory of Joseph H. Lesser. The firm has also recently dedicated a Mezzuzah at the entrance to the new Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy building in Palm Beach Gardens.
Firm partners, Gary S. Lesser, Shepard Lesser, Joe Landy, and Mickey Smith, filmed a video to commemorate the 88th Anniversary. The video is available for viewing here.
LLL&S focuses on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, having delivered significant verdicts and settlements for its clients. All firm partners and associates are “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell for demonstrating the highest level of legal ability and ethics. Reflecting the respect of their peers and the business and nonprofit communities, firm partners have been elected to serve in key leadership/advocacy positions for The Florida Bar, Palm Beach County and Martin County Bar Associations, Palm Beach County Medical Society, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Autism Speaks, and the Jewish Federation of the Palm Beach County.
For more information on LLL&S services and its offices in West Palm Beach, Stuart, and Boca Raton, call (561) 655-2028 or visit the Firm’s website at: www.lesserlawfirm.com.



 
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Apr 2, 2015April 19: Florida Oceanographic hosts free youth fishing clinic
The thrill of catching your first fish is a memorable experience, and an important outdoor skill that can result in a tasty meal.

Florida Oceanographic Society will host the 4th annual Game Fish and Fish Games on Sunday, April 19 from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. for children ages 8–14. This FREE fishing clinic will take place at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, 890 N.E. Ocean Blvd. on Hutchinson Island in Stuart.

Learn about tackle selection, knot tying, casting, cast netting, fish identification, filleting, and ethical angling techniques. Participants will also receive a FREE spinning rod and reel courtesy of the “Fish Florida” license plate program. Afterwards, compete in a month-long catch, photograph, and release fishing tournament in partnership with the Snook and Gamefish Foundation.

“In today’s ‘digital’ world, fishing has to be one of the best ways to get kids off the couch and excited about the outdoors. By giving our young anglers an early introduction to responsible and ethical fishing, we hope to kick start a lifelong passion for the sport,” said Zack Jud, PhD, director of education and exhibits at Florida Oceanographic Society.

This FREE program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Fish Florida, the Snook and Gamefish Foundation, and the International Game Fish Association. Special recognition goes to the Stuart Rod and Reel Club and Stuart Flyrodders, whose members have volunteered their time and expertise to help encourage a passion for angling in countless local youngsters.

Participants must wear close-toed shoes; bug spray, sunscreen, hat, and a water bottle are recommended. Advance registration is required; please RSVP by April 12. To register or to learn more, call the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center at 772-225-0505, or visit FloridaOcean.org.

About Florida Oceanographic Society
Florida Oceanographic Society is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1964 with the mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy. The 57-acre Coastal Center is located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, situated between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. As a leading state and nationally recognized environmental organization, Florida Oceanographic offers educational programs for all ages and conducts research and restoration programs that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems. For more information, visit FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505.

Photo: Florida Oceanographic’s 4th annual Game Fish and Fish Games will take place April 19 at the Coastal Center on Hutchinson Island in Stuart. To RSVP, call 772-225-0505 or visit FloridaOcean.org by April 12


 
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Apr 1, 2015Stuart Single Fin Showdown continues to create waves of support

Everything came together the way it was supposed to on March 21 for the 7th Annual Stuart Single Fin Showdown presented by Ohana Surf Shop and shore lb.

Hundreds of people packed onto Stuart Beach to enjoy the last Saturday of spring break and watch more than 125 competitors ride waves on skimboards, vintage single fins, longboards and standup paddleboards.

There was no shortage of surf talent at the Showdown and a the lingering 3-foot ground swell provided enough waves for an action-packed day of board riding that included everything from headstands to big spins to front side cutbacks. When the competition was over, some competitors left with bruised egos, but everyone left with a smile because more than $4,200 had be raised for United Way of Martin County, Team Brooke and Jill Herber’s breast cancer treatment fund.

“For the past seven years, the Showdown has produced a ground swell of support for United Way and helped raise money for worthwhile causes in our community,” said Justin Beard, Showdown co-organizer and director of marketing and communications at United Way. “I’m always amazed by the amount of support we receive for this event and all the good things we accomplish collectively.”

What started in 2009 as a fundraiser for United Way has now blossomed into an annual surfing and skimboarding festival that raises money for multiple causes. A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit United Way’s efforts to create long-term social change in Martin County by providing support to residents in need.

The Showdown also benefits Team Brooke, a charity created for Brooke Thabit, a member of the Ohana Surf Shop family and former Single Fin Showdown competitor who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in 2012. The accident left Thabit paralyzed from the chest down and funds raised help cover the cost of her rehabilitation.

This year, a special longboard raffle was created for Jill Herber, a dear friend of the Ohana Surf Shop family who is battling an aggressive form of breast cancer and the money raised will be used to help pay for her treatment.

Aside from raising thousands of dollars annually for worthwhile causes, what makes the Showdown unique is that competitors must ride vintage single fin surfboards that are selected at random minutes before each heat begins. The challenge is to then ride their chosen single fin well enough and advance onto the next round of competition. At the end of the day, division champions are rewarded with a one-of-a-kind Single Fin Showdown embroidered sports coat and a prize pack loaded with surf related gear. Although the entire event revolves around the Single Fin division, other divisions include: Longboard, Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Invitational and the Skim Pro/Am.

This year’s event would not be possible without support from: Out of the Blue Audio.com, Complete Care Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Flying Fish Paddle Sports, Island Pantry Market & Deli, Surf City Surf Shop, Terra Fermata, The Bike Shop, Philip DeBerard, Five Six One Skateboarding Company, Florida Commercial, Coast 101.3, Stoke Surfboards, Shakra’s Deli, Martin County Parks & Recreation Department, Kona Beach Café, Leighton Security Management, Fisheye Graphics, Skim City, Eastern Surf Magazine, Treasure Coast Tattoo Company, Bagel Break, Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q, Demented Graphics, Cowabunga Surf Shop and Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company.

For more information about the Stuart Single Fin Showdown, call 772-287-0041 or visit Facebook.com/SingleFinShowdown.

Results
Skim
I Suck: 1. Zack Duckworth, 2. Toby Perideira, 3. Tony Magaro
I’m Good: 1. Tucker Marine, 2. Parry Cohen, 3. Ian Jodzic
I’m Better: 1. Tyler Ferris, 2. Jake Grigas, 3. David Isaac Alley
I’m Going Pro Tomorrow: 1. Michael Bishop, 2. Robert Scheible, 3. Gabe Jodzio
Pro Skim: 1. Eddie Dixon , 2. Cesar Caminero

Surf
Girls Shortboard: 1. Carly Franco, 2. Audra Williams, 3. Maggie Gibeau
Women’s Longboard: 1. Skylyr Magliochetti, 2. Maddie Malizia, 3. Salome Abeger
Grom’s: 1. Kanon King, 2. Evan Reynolds, 3. Talon Elliott
Junior’s: 1. Tommy Coleman, 2. Jon Malizia, 3. Curren Schwartz
Men’s: 1, Brent Meinhold, 2, Hunter Roland, 3. Ryan Hellriegal
Men’s Longboard: 1. Fisher Grant, 2. Brent Gore, 3. Justin Baker
Senior Men’s: 1. Justin Baker, 2. Jason Baldwin, 3. AJ Buehler
Masters: 1. Thomas Cook, 2. Steve Meyer, 3. Phil Magliochetti
Standup Paddleboard: 1. Fisher Grant, 2. Kiernan Grant, 3. Steve Miller


 
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Apr 1, 2015Managing Your Business's Cash

SCORE Workshop

Managing Your Business's Cash
Morgade Library, Stuart, FL
April 2, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Presented by Treasure Coast Score

Managing Your Business's Cash
Workshop Description
Are you currently in business or dreaming of starting one but are confused by the financial statements necessary to move forward? This is the workshop for you! On completion of this workshop, you will have learned how to interpret those statements and become aware of the information they contain. You will be provided with some great tools and techniques for financial analysis - and be instructed on how to use these valuable tools to manage your business based on the results.
William Malleson
Presenter
Masters in Business Administration with thirty-five years experience in hotel and resort development and management. Leadership development, fiscal planning, business retention and employee relationship and retention management.

Treasure Coast SCORE Mentoring

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


 
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Mar 31, 2015Vantiv Becomes Second Largest Merchant Acquirer in the U.S.
Nilson Report Ranks Vantiv as Second Largest Acquirer and Reconfirms Position as No. 1 PIN Debit Acquirer
Company's Total U.S. Merchant Purchase Transactions Increased 28%,
from 12.1 Billion in 2013 to 15.5 Billion in 2014
CINCINNATI, March 31, 2015 - Vantiv, Inc. (NYSE: VNTV), a leading provider of payment processing services and related technology solutions for merchants and financial institutions of all sizes, announced today new research by The Nilson Report indicates that Vantiv has become the second largest merchant acquirer in the United States based on number of purchase transactions*.
Analysis of the March 2015 issue shows that Vantiv increased purchase transactions to 15.5 billion in 2014, a 28% increase over 2013, taking the number two position in the U.S. market. The increase in purchase transactions in 2014 contributed to a five-year 15.4% CAGR for the company.
"The most recent Nilson Report data confirms our progress in winning market share," said Charles Drucker, chief executive officer at Vantiv. "Our strategy to grow transactions through both geographic expansion and in high-growth channels and verticals is clearly working."
The report also reconfirms Vantiv's position as the largest PIN debit acquirer based on number of transactions. The Company processes credit or debit transactions for 10 of the top 25 retailers2 in the nation, and has processing relationships with 1,400 financial institutions. Including card transactions processed for financial institutions and other processed transactions, Vantiv processed 20.1 billion total transactions in 2014, an increase of 18% over 2013.
Vantiv's expansion of its distribution channels, combined with the scale and efficiency of the company's integrated processing platform, continued to support its growth in 2014. This, added with Vantiv's comprehensive suite of payment solutions, represents the company's continued investments in emerging technologies and strong execution capabilities, which expand choice and acceptance options for merchants nationwide.
For more information about Vantiv, please visit vantiv.com or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube.
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1 Based on Vantiv's analysis of data published in issue # 1059, March 2015, of The Nilson Report
2 By Revenue in 2013
* Purchase transactions include all general purpose credit, debit and prepaid card transactions, including signature and PIN debit. It excludes transactions processed by Vantiv where it does not serve as the primary acquirer.


 
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Mar 31, 2015Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County
CLUB TEENS TAKE TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
For five Club teens--Victor Manuel, Cameron Christie, Jason Mayes, Noah Rape, and Felix Macedonio-- a trip earlier this month to the Keys may prove to be a life-changing experience!

The week-long trip, coordinated by Sally Steson, Erling Speer, and the Outward Bound organization, began on Sunday, March 15 when the teens and Alex Soares, BGCMC's Operations Director who chaperoned the group, left Martin County to begin the 5-hour drive south to Big Pine Key.

After a night of rest, the program kicked off early Monday morning with an introduction to water safety, an overview of the technical components of a sailboat, and a paring down of supplies (with only the essentials making it on board). It was time for the teens' journey to begin!

Tuesday was devoted to goal setting, both as a group and as individuals, and a course of action was deigned so that the group could successfully sail to their destination on time. Team-building exercises were also coordinated.

On Wednesday, the teens arrived at their destination ahead of schedule and were rewarded with time to snorkel. This was also a day of self-reflection, as teens pent solitary time evaluating their decisions and actions that week.

After battling the currents on a windy Thursday with the goal to anchor outside the base, teens practiced "man over board" and other safety exercises. The teens also took turns sailing the boat. The night concluded with a dinner and a graduation ceremony.

The team rowed into base on Friday and spent the morning cleaning the boat from top to bottom. Before heading home, teens presented each other with a Certificate of Completion as well as praise for each other.

When the teens safely arrived at the Hobe Sound Club at 7:30 pm, their transformation was evident. "After understanding their limits and learning how to push through those limits and achieve their goals, the teens' confidence is now through the roof," said Alex Soares.



LEARNING TO CONSERVE OUR MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCES

The Betsy Johnston Crocodile Explorers program, a longtime environmental education program based at our Hobe Sound branch, has been retooled for the digital media era and a kickoff party was held during Spring Break in that Club's organic garden.

Funded by Betsy Johnston, a local environmental steward, the program was designed to have an impact on Club members by educating them on the balance and co-existence between wildlife, the ecosystem, and humans.

Children learn through monthly field trips to such destinations as the South Florida Museum, Big Cypress National Park, and Florida Oceanographic Society. Club members also catalog their experiences through journals and digital cameras, and will work together on a digital project.

The first field trip, to the Orlando Science Center, will be held in April.

NEW ROBOTICS PROGRAM UNDERWAY!

Thanks to a grant from the Best Buy Foundation, approximately 30 Club members at our Palm City and Indiantown branches are participating in a 10-week Robotics program (robotics is the branch of technology that pertains to the design, construction, operation, and application of robots).

Led by certified teachers, Club members will be challenged through project-based learning to complete one goal: design and build an autonomous robot that is capable of removing four soda pop cans from a specified area that is one meter in diameter.

During the course, members will work as a real-life robotics professional like a Materials Engineer, Testing Coordinator, Chief Architect, Facilitating Technician, and Rapid Reporter. Research has found that Florida currently lacks 100,000 S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) professionals and BGCMC hopes to do its part in creating a more skilled, 21st Century workforce in the Sunshine State.

When the program completes, children will hold an exhibit with their finished product. Make sure you follow our Facebook page for photos and videos of the program!
SUMMER PROGRAM REGISTRATION BEGINS IN APRIL

Come spend your summer with BGCMC!

Our 2015 Summer Enrichment Program officially kicks off June 8 (the Clubs will be closed June 1-5 for staff training and
in preparation for Summer).

Members can expect a full line up of programs and activities, including an early literacy program and programming just for teens. Field trips will also be scheduled.

BGCMC will oversee programming at its Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Palm City, and Port Salerno Clubs. To register in East Stuart, please call 772.288.5334.

For current registered Club members, registration for the 2015 Summer Program will be held from April 6-April 17. Open enrollment for the general public will be held April 20-May 1.

A fee schedule can be found on our Web site, and as always, teens attend at no charge and we NEVER turn any child away for his or her family's inability to pay. Please talk to Club staff about scholarship opportunities.

The last day of the Summer Program will be August 14, and we will then be closed for training, cleaning, and school year preparation from August 17-August 21, and opening for our first day of the 2015-2016 Afterschool Program on August 24.

Questions? Please call 772.545.1255. Let's make this a summer to remember!



Raul Ocampo, Captain Winston Scott, Andres Ocampo, and Karin Ocampo at the 2015 Distinguished Speakers Luncheon to benefit BGCMC.
ASTRONAUT, NAVY CAPTAIN & FORMER CLUB KID SPEAKS TO CLUB SUPPORTERS

On March 2, over 100 BGCMC supporters lunched at the beautiful Sailfish Point Country Club in Stuart to hear the inspiring words of Captain Winston E. Scott, a former astronaut, U.S. Navy Captain, and a product of the Miami Southwest Boys Club who was inducted into the National Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame in 2014.

"Certainly the leadership experience I got at the Boys Club helped me in my later life as a Naval Officer and as an Astronaut," Captain Scott told the audience.

Missed the event? No problem! We captured Captain Scott's speech (and a brief Q&A) and you can view it on the Clubs' YouTube channel.

BGCMC would like to thank Captain Scott, attendees and of course the luncheon sponsors:
Mr. & Mrs. Amin J. Khoury (Presenting Sponsor)
PNC Wealth Management
Ocampo & Associates
Eleanor R. Seaman
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph B. Vogel

Please visit our Web site this fall to learn about the 2016 Distinguished Speaker's Luncheon!


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

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

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






 
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Mar 31, 2015Better Living Home & Garden Expo
Make plans to attend this years Better Living Home & Garden Expo! Celebrating it’s 6th year, the event is set to take place on October 23rd- 25th 2015 and will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Experience what's new in Home, Gardening, Remodeling, Home Decor, and More! The event draws local and regional businesses together with consumers for the sole purpose of creating a better home, gardening and healthier lifestyle.
Meet hundreds of experts and experience thousands of products and services all in one area! Attend seminars including The Art of Good Wine Making and The Good Benefits of Wine provided. Additionally seminar topics cover A Good Southern Made Salad, Good Old Fashion Recipes, Solar bimodal P.V systems and Solar for your electric vehicle - provided by American Solar, Healthy cooking by Luster Craft.

Don’t forget to enter for Door Prizes and Giveaways such as a $1500 gift certificate from Southern Foods At Home, !The hours are 12-8pm on Friday, 10am-8pm on Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday. Pay $ 10.00 for an all day pass and children 14 & under are free. Free parking!

Area businesses and vendors should take advantage of this quality produced Home & Garden Expo! The Better Living Home & Garden Expo have a tendency to sell out booth space well before the event so contact us now about reserving a booth for your company to showcase it's products and/or services. Call (888) 214-6607 for a representative who will be more than happy to assist you and answer any question that you might have.

Sign up early bonus of 10 % will apply on all exhibitor booth, Offer expires 5/30/15. Join us at the Better Living Home & Garden Expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Florida!

Visit www.betterlivinghomeandgardenshow.com or email blhgshowfll@gmail.com for additional information.
Shop, Compare, See, Try, and Buy!
Experience what's new in Home, Gardening, Remodeling, Home Decor, and More:
Managed by Innovative Event Concept, LLC, The Better Living Home & Garden Expos are regional shows that aim to bring local and regional businesses together with consumers for the sole purpose of creating a better home, gardening and healthier lifestyle. At the Better Living Home & Garden Expos our goal is to excel in all areas. We take tremendous pride in our Shows and take the extra steps to be sure we produce a quality Home & Garden Expo. Our goal is to help businesses thrive. We provide a venue and an inexpensive way of advertising that will bring your customer directly to you at the show! No other form of advertising can offer you a better opportunity or more captive audience. Our success is no accident; it is the result of a deliberate ongoing process of determined management and satisfied customers. The efforts of both groups have resulted in an outstanding Home & Garden Show anyone would be proud to be associated with.


 
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Mar 31, 2015SOUTH􀀃FLORIDA􀀃COMMUTER􀀃SERVICES􀀃
Hello employers and transportation partners,

I wanted to let you know about an exciting new campaign we’re hosting to celebrate Clean Air Month in May. We’re asking employees across South Florida to pledge to carpool, use transit, vanpool, walk or bike to work once in May for a chance to win one of four $500 Visa gift cards!
The prizes aren’t just for employees, either. Participating employers will also have a chance to win prizes of $500 to $1,500 if at least 15 percent of their employees take the pledge. SFCS makes it easy to promote to your employees by providing email blasts, posters, half-sheet flyers, a signup website and whatever else you need to make the campaign a success at your worksite.
Participating is a simple way to show the community how much you care for our environment. Please let me know if you’re interested and what materials you’d like for employees.
I’ve attached a fact sheet with an overview, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or write. Together, we can keep our air clean, in May and all year long!

Teresa Lane
Treasure Coast/North Palm Beach Outreach Coordinator
South Florida Commuter Services
A program of the Florida Department of Transportation
lanet@pbworld.com
(772) 812-7940
www.1800234RIDE.com




2015􀀃Clean􀀃Air􀀃Challenge􀀃
The􀀃Challenge.􀀃
In􀀃support􀀃of􀀃National􀀃Clean􀀃Air􀀃Month,􀀃South􀀃Florida􀀃Commuter􀀃Services􀀃(SFCS)􀀃is􀀃encouraging􀀃
South􀀃Florida􀀃commuters􀀃to􀀃help􀀃reduce􀀃our􀀃environmental􀀃impact􀀃by􀀃using􀀃an􀀃alternative􀀃to􀀃
driving􀀃alone.􀀃􀀃Commuters􀀃that􀀃pledge􀀃to􀀃carpool,􀀃ride􀀃transit,􀀃vanpool,􀀃bicycle􀀃or􀀃walk􀀃during􀀃the􀀃
month􀀃of􀀃May􀀃2015􀀃will􀀃be􀀃entered􀀃into􀀃􀂃􀀃drawing􀀃to􀀃win􀀃one􀀃of􀀃four􀀃$500􀀃Visa􀀃gift􀀃cards.􀀃
Join􀀃the􀀃Challenge!
We􀀃are􀀃asking􀀃employers􀀃from􀀃Fort􀀃Pierce􀀃to􀀃Monroe􀀃County􀀃to􀀃get􀀃involved.􀀃By􀀃actively􀀃
promoting􀀃the􀀃Clean􀀃Air􀀃Challenge􀀃to􀀃their􀀃employees􀀃we􀀃can􀀃really􀀃make􀀃an􀀃impact.􀀃Joining􀀃is􀀃
easy.􀀃Simply􀀃contact􀀃your􀀃SFCS􀀃Outreach􀀃Specialist􀀃to􀀃schedule􀀃􀂃􀀃conference􀀃call􀀃to􀀃discuss􀀃your􀀃
options.􀀃
How􀀃Will􀀃SFCS􀀃Support􀀃Your􀀃Efforts?􀀃
There􀀃are􀀃􀂃􀀃variety􀀃of􀀃ways􀀃your􀀃company􀀃can􀀃promote􀀃the􀀃challenge.􀀃Working􀀃with􀀃your􀀃SFCS􀀃
Outreach􀀃Specialist,􀀃􀂃􀀃customized􀀃marketing􀀃and􀀃promotional􀀃strategy􀀃will􀀃be􀀃developed􀀃
specifically􀀃for􀀃you.􀀃Whether􀀃you􀀃are􀀃interested􀀃in􀀃holding􀀃an􀀃on-site􀀃event􀀃or􀀃simply􀀃posting􀀃
promotional􀀃material,􀀃your􀀃efforts􀀃will􀀃help􀀃us􀀃meet􀀃the􀀃challenge.􀀃All􀀃marketing􀀃and􀀃promotional􀀃
materials􀀃will􀀃be􀀃created􀀃and􀀃produced􀀃by􀀃SFCS.􀀃􀀃
Employer􀀃Recognition.􀀃
We􀀃recognize􀀃that􀀃your􀀃support􀀃is􀀃critical􀀃to􀀃our􀀃success􀀃and􀀃so􀀃we’re􀀃offering􀀃participating􀀃
employers􀀃special􀀃incentives.􀀃Three􀀃companies􀀃will􀀃be􀀃selected􀀃as􀀃our􀀃Clean􀀃Air􀀃Challenge􀀃winners􀀃
and􀀃will􀀃receive􀀃􀂃􀀃$500􀀃transportation􀀃incentive􀀃package.􀀃One􀀃grand􀀃prize􀀃company􀀃will􀀃be􀀃
selected􀀃to􀀃receive􀀃􀂃􀀃$1500􀀃transportation􀀃incentive􀀃package.􀀃In􀀃addition,􀀃all􀀃actively􀀃participating􀀃
employers􀀃will􀀃be􀀃recognized􀀃in􀀃􀂃􀀃regional􀀃online􀀃and􀀃print􀀃publication.􀀃
What’s􀀃Next?􀀃
Contact􀀃your􀀃SFCS􀀃Outreach􀀃Specialist􀀃at􀀃1-800-234-RIDE􀀃(7433)􀀃to􀀃get􀀃the􀀃ball􀀃rolling!􀀃

 
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Mar 31, 2015Representative MaryLynn Magar Session Newsletter


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Mar 31, 2015Florida Chamber Weekly Legislative Update: Week 4
A weekly report on the impact of the Legislative Session on business. WEEK 4: March 27, 2015


At the Florida Chamber, we recognize that winning Florida's future is simply not a spectator sport. It takes tenacity, focus, significant resources and an unwavering commitment to free enterprise. With more than 30 pro-business bills on the Florida Chamber's Competitiveness Agenda, the fourth week of the 2015 Legislative Session was a fast-paced one.

The House and Senate released their budget recommendations and included targeted tax reforms for Florida's families. Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, testified in front of the House Regulatory Affairs Committee to oppose the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling and urged legislators to instead, remain focused on creating high-wage, high-skill jobs. The Florida Chamber took time to celebrate Florida innovations this week for Florida Space Day and during the Florida Chamber Foundation's Innovation Caucus Meeting. Rep. Patrick Rooney, Chairman of the House Transportation and Ports Subcommittee, discussed transportation and infrastructure and the role they play in making Florida a global economy, while Director of Global Outreach Alice Ancona, along with Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, helped strengthen Florida's international relationships in Peru. We hope to see you at the Florida Chamber's International Days event on April 7-9 in Tallahassee, where we will continue conversations on how to take advantage of Florida's unique international opportunities.

In the coming weeks, the Florida Chamber will continue to push for efforts that better market Florida's business friendly climate around the nation. All the while, we'll continue to push back against "no-biz" bills, like the trial-lawyer friendly "prejudgment" bill.

Below is a review of legislative activity from Week 4 of the 2015 Legislative Session.


TALENT SUPPLY & EDUCATION
At the Florida Chamber, we believe a quality education and workforce development system is Florida's best long-term economic development strategy. We need to work toward filling the gap created between Florida's current education system and the needs of Florida's employers by diversifying our economy and creating job opportunities for future generations.


PERSONAL
LEARNING
ACCOUNTS
SB 602
Sen. Don Gaetz

HB 7095
Rep. Michael Bileca
Expands the pool of students eligible for the Florida
Personal Learning
Scholarship Account Program.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED SB 602
Place on Special Order Calendar for Wednesday, April 1.

HB 7095 (Formerly PCB EDC3)
Placed on Calendar
for second reading.




DIGITAL
CLASSROOMS
SB 1264
Sen. John Legg

SB 7050
Government Oversight
& Accountability
Establishes classroom
digital technology
standards.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED SB 1264
Now in Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.

SB 7050
Received committees of reference - now in Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.




EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY

SB 616
Sen. John Legg

HB 7069
Rep. Marlene O'Toole
Reduces the number of required state and local education assessments.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 616
Placed on Special Order Calendar for Wednesday, April 1.

HB 7069
Referred to three Senate committees of reference.




VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS/ PUBLIC EDUCATION FACILITIES
HB 37
Rep. Holly Rashein

SB 118
Sen. Alan Hays
Allows businesses to solicit and collect contributions from customers for construction and maintenance of public education facilities.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 37
The House did not take action.

SB 118
The Senate did not take action.




SCHOOL CHOICE/
CHARTER SCHOOLS

HB 7037
Rep. Bob Cortes

SB 692
Sen. Jeff Brandes

SB 1448
Sen. John Legg
Establishes a charter
school institute to provide technical assistance to charter school applicants, increasing the likelihood
that only high-quality
charters get approved.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 7037
Passed the full House.

SB 692
The Senate did not take action.

SB 1448
The Senate did not take action.




BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP

SB 960
Sen. Tom Lee

HB 747
Rep. Patrick Rooney, Jr.
High school students would
be allowed to work in certain internships to satisfy volunteer requirements for a bright future scholarship.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 960
The Senate did not take action.


HB 747
Passed the House
Education Committee.




EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
HB 587
Rep. Ross Spano
Requires the Department
of Education to establish
an educator liability insurance program.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED


HB 587
Now in the House
Education Committee.





PARENT AND
STUDENT RIGHTS
HB 1145
Rep. Chris Sprowls

SB 1552
Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto
Empowers parents to choose the best educational path for their children.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 1145
Passed House K-12 Subcommittee - now in House Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

SB 1552
Now in Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.




STEM
HB 631
Rep. Ed Narain

SB 1156
Sen. Chris Smith
Creates a loan-forgiveness program for STEM teachers who complete eight years of consecutive employment as a teacher of STEM courses at a public school in Florida.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED


HB 631
The House did not take action.

SB 1156
The Senate did not take action.




HIGHER EDUCATION PERFORMANCE
AND ACCESS

SB 7046
Senate Education Pre-K-12
Streamlines policies regarding state research universities, intensive reading instruction, teacher bonus funding, and performance funding for universities and state colleges.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 7046
The Senate did
not take action.




INNOVATION & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
With four out of five new jobs in Florida created by small businesses specializing in areas from international trade to rural economic development, Florida needs to stay the course of diversifying our economy.

ENTERTAINMENT
INDUSTRY TAX CREDIT

HB 451
Rep. Mike Miller

SB 1046
Sen. Nancy Detert
Will help save local jobs and businesses underpinned by the Entertainment Industry Tax Credit Program, by attracting more film projects to Florida.


FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 1046
The Senate did not take action.

HB 451
Now in House Finance
and Tax Committee.




DEFENSE
CONTRACTING

HB 529
Rep. Jimmie Smith

SB 980
Sen. Darren Soto
Revises certain tax credit application procedures
and creates the Defense Works in Florida incentive.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 529
The House did not take action.
SB 980
Placed on Senate Finance
and Tax Committee for
Monday, March 30.




RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
TAX CREDITS

HB 891
Rep. Ed Narain

SB 886
Sen. Jeff Brandes
Increases the total
amount of research
and development tax
credits available for
certain businesses.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 891
The House did
not take action.

SB 886
The Senate did
not take action.




ENTERPRISE
ZONE ACT

HB 903
Rep. Elizabeth Porter

SB 392
Sen. Jeff Clemens

SB 1556
Sen. Bill Montford
Extends Florida's Enterprise Zones which are set to sunset in December; however, both bills make significant changes to the purpose of the program as well as the application process.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 903
The House did
not take action.

SB 392
The Senate did
not take action.

SB 1556
The Senate did
not take action.




CAPITAL INVESTMENT
TAX CREDIT

SB 1128
Sen. Kelli Stargel
Revises the annual tax
credit that can be provided
for a qualifying capital investment project.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 1128
The Senate did
not take action.



ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT

SB 1214
Sen. Jack Latvala

HB 7067
Rep. Mike LaRosa
Extends the Qualified Defense and Space Flight incentive and reforms other tax credits

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED SB 1214
Now in Senate Appropriations.

HB 7067
Not considered by House Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee; Bill discussed during the Office of EDR's Revenue Estimating Impact Conference on Friday, March 27.



MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT TAX EXEMPTION

HB 597
Rep. Mike Hill

HB 613
Rep. MaryLynn Magar

HB 4035
Rep. Lake Ray

SB 544
Sen. Dorothy Hukill

SB 1044
Sen. Aaron Bean


Extends, and in some cases makes permanent, the sales tax exemption on machinery and equipment
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 597
Bill withdrawn.

HB 613
The House did not take action.

HB 4035
The House did not take action.

SB 544
Passed Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee - Now on committee agenda for Senate Finance and Tax on Monday, March 30.

SB 1044
The Senate did not take action.




INFRASTRUCTURE & GROWTH LEADERSHIP
More than 94 million visitors come to Florida each year and it's estimated that by 2030, more than six million new residents will call Florida home. We must prepare for this growth in smart and sustainable ways. Securing Florida's future will require changing the way we view issues such as water and energy supply, agriculture, land development, roads, bridges, ports and telecommunications.

FREIGHT
LOGISTICS
ZONES

HB 257
Rep. Lake Ray

SB 956
Sen. Wilton Simpson
Defines "freight logistics
zone," and allows a
county, or two or more contiguous counties,
to designate freight
logistics zones.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 257
Referred to Senate
committees of reference.

SB 956
The Senate did not take action.




FREIGHT MOBILITY & TRADE PROJECTS

HB 331
Rep. Lake Ray &
Rep. George Moraitis, Jr.
SB 958
Sen. Wilton Simpson
Allows certain funds in the State Transportation Trust Fund to be set aside for specific freight mobility
and trade projects.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 331
The House did
not take action.

SB 958
The Senate did
not take action.



PERMITTING
SB 284
Sen. Miguel Diaz
de la Portilla
Clarifies the terms for property owners so that a citizen's private property may not be taken for public use without just compensation.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED SB 284
Committee substitute text filed - now in Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government.

DEVELOPMENTS OF REGIONAL IMPACTS (DRI) SECTORS
HB 933
Rep. Mike La Rosa

SB 832
Sen. Wilton Simpson
Allows landowners and applicants to apply for amendments to local government comprehensive land plans.
FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED HB 933
Now in House Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee.

SB 832
On committee agenda for Senate Community Affairs on Tuesday, March 31.

WATER
RESOURCES

HB 7003
Rep. Matt Caldwell

SB 1408
Sen. Greg Evers
Helps secure Florida's
water future by protecting
the health of Florida's waterways, and developing greater access to clean water for today and the future.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 7003
The House did
not take action.

SB 1408
The Senate did
not take action.




WELL STIMULATION/ HYDRAULIC
FRACTURING

HB 169
Rep. Evan Jenne

SB 166
Sen. Darren Soto

Prohibits the use of
hydraulic fracturing.

FLORIDA CHAMBER
OPPOSED

HB 169
The House
did not take action.

SB 166
The Senate
did not take action.




DISPOSABLE
PLASTIC BAGS
HB 661
Rep. David Richardson

SB 966
Sen. Dwight Bullard
Prohibits the use
of plastic bags.

FLORIDA CHAMBER
OPPOSED
HB 661
The House
did not take action.

SB 966
The Senate
did not take action.




BUSINESS CLIMATE & COMPETITIVENESS
Florida is on the right track toward a more competitive and global economy and businesses are taking notice. Last year several large employers moved their headquarters or expanded to Florida because of Florida's attractive business climate. Instead of short-term solutions from well-funded plaintiff lawyers with special interest agendas, the Florida Chamber is focused on creating long-term sustainable solutions so Florida can continue to attract, add and grow the top businesses in the nation.

SALES TAX ON COMMERCIAL LEASES
HB 101
Rep. Greg Steube

SB 140
Sen. Dorothy Hukill
Lowers sales taxes on commercial leases to
help keep the cost of
doing business low.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 101
The House did
not take action.

SB 140
Passed Senate Finance
and Tax Committee; now in Senate Appropriations.




TAX ON COMMERCIAL REAL PROPERTY
HB 245
Rep. Larry Ahern

SB 1230
Sen. Alan Hays
Phases out the sales tax
on commercial leases by exempting certain
amounts of rent.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 245
The House
did not take action.

SB 1230
The Senate
did not take action.




CORPORATE
INCOME TAX

HB 49
Rep. Jared Evan Moskowitz

SB 138
Sen. Dorothy Hukill
Increases the corporate income tax exemption.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 49
The House
did not take action.

SB 138
The Senate
did not take action.




SALES TAX EXEMPTION ON COMMON AREA MAINTENANCE
SB 1368
Sen. Jack Latvala
Defines common area maintenance charges,
and exempts taxes for
certain common area maintenance charges.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 1368
The Senate did
not take action.




AD VALOREM TAX - RECAPTURE

SB 1142
Sen. Don Gaetz
Proposes to amend Florida's Constitution to allow the legislature to prohibit
increases in the assessed value of homestead or
certain nonhomestead real property if the just value
of the property declines.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 1142
The Senate did
not take action.




PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS
HB 847
Rep. Lake Ray

SB 1086
Sen. Jeremy Ring
Removes burdensome property taxes on machinery and equipment for a period
of time after purchase, and encourages businesses
to expand by exempting property taxes on improvements for 10 years.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED HB 847
The House
did not take action.

SB 1086
The Senate
did not take action.




STREAMLINED
SALES TAX
HB 1265
Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda
A resolution encouraging
the federal government
to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED




HB 1265
The House did not take action.




ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS AND ATTORNEYS FEES
HB 669
Rep. John Tobia

SB 1064
Sen. Dorothy Hukill

SB 1210
Sen. Alan Hays
Prevents attorney fees in certain cases brought by a third party, and prevents increased and fraudulent claims through the prohibition of assignment of benefits.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 669
Passed the House Civil Justice Subcommittee; Now in House Regulatory Affairs Committee.

SB 1064
Passed Senate Banking
and Insurance Committee; Committee Substitute Filed; Now in Senate Judiciary.

SB 1210
The Senate
did not take action.




PROPERTY INSURANCE
HB 947
Rep. Scott Plakon

SB 1292
Sen. Aaron Bean
Reforms Florida's insurance market by reducing exposure on Citizens Property Insurance, and reducing fraud.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 947
The House did
not take action.

SB 1292
The Senate did
not take action.





COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TAX
SB 110
Sen. Dorothy Hukill
Lowers the cost of living on businesses and families by reducing the cell phone and cable television tax.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 110
The Senate did
not take action.




FAIR SETTLEMENT
SB 1088
Sen. Jeff Brandes

HB 1197
Rep. Mike Hill
Helps reform Florida's broken legal system by providing a certain time limit for an insurer to assess and remedy a claim.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 1088
On committee agenda for Senate Banking and Insurance on Tuesday, March 31.
HB 1197
Passed Civil Justice Subcommittee; Committee Substitute Text Filed.




ACCURACY IN
DAMAGES

SB 1240
Sen. Garrett Richter

HB 1199
Rep. Larry Metz
Reforms Florida's broken
legal system by paying for actual charges paid in a personal injury lawsuit.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
SB 1240
The Senate
did not take action.

HB 1199
Passed by Civil Justice Subcommittee; Committee Substitute Text Filed; Now in House Judiciary Committee.




PREJUDGMENT
INTEREST
HB 941
Rep. Kionne McGhee

SB 794
Sen. Jeremy Ring
Makes Florida less competitive by allowing plaintiff's trial lawyers to seek prejudgment monetary damages.

FLORIDA CHAMBER OPPOSED
HB 941
The House did
not take action.

SB 794
On the Senate Judiciary Committee agenda
for Tuesday, March 31.




HURRICANE CATASTROPHE FUND

SB 1494
Sen. Jeremy Ring

SB 1506
Sen. Oscar Braynon

HB 1281
Rep. Doc Renuart
Creates a less competitive
and less stable insurance market, and increases
the likelihood of future hurricane taxes.

FLORIDA CHAMBER OPPOSED
SB 1494
The Senate did
not take action.

SB 1506
The Senate did
not take action.

HB 1281
The House did
not take action.




CITIZENS DEPOPULATION
SB 1006
Sen. Anitere Flores

HB 1087
Rep. Michael Bileca
Puts Floridians at risk of paying future assessments in the event of a storm or series of storms, due to the size of Citizens Property Insurance, puts caps in place for companies who take out citizens policies, and requires homeowners to opt-in to be moving out of Citizens Property Insurance - whereas Citizens should be the insurer of last resort.

FLORIDA CHAMBER OPPOSED
SB 1006
Passed in Senate Banking and Insurance Committee; Committee Substitute Text Filed; Now in Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government..

HB 1087
Passed in Insurance & Banking Subcommittee; Committee Substitute Text Filed; Now in House Regulatory Affairs Committee.




JOINT LEGISLATIVE SALES AND USE
TAX COMMITTEE

HB 1221
Rep. Ray Rodrigues

This "no-biz" bill calls for onerous, combined sales and use tax reporting - taking into account what companies might do in other states or internationally - and has the potential to increase businesses taxes.

FLORIDA CHAMBER OPPOSED




HB 1221
The House did
not take action.




CIVIC & GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS
At the Florida Chamber, we believe efficient and transparent government systems allow businesses to grow in a globally competitive economy. As our state grows, taxpayers deserve an efficient government that provides the highest return to taxpayers with the lowest burden on job creators.

PRIVATE
PROPERTY
RIGHTS
HB 383
Rep. Katie Edwards and
Rep. Keith Perry

HB 284
Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
Allows property owners to
sue for unconstitutional
land use exactions.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 383
Passed the House Local Government Affairs Subcommittee.

SB 284
Passed Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation; Committee Substitute Text Filed; Now in Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government.




LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION REFORM

HB 341
Rep. Travis Cummings


Revises the way firefighter and police officer pensions are calculated in order to make Florida's pension system more sustainable
in the long-term.


FLORIDA CHAMBER
SUPPORTED

HB 341
The House did
not take action.





LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION REFORM
SB 172
Sen. Jeremy Ring and
Sen. Rob Bradley
Reduces existing flexibility
of insurance premium tax revenues, interrupts existing collective bargaining authority, and mandates increases
in required minimum
pension benefit levels.

FLORIDA CHAMBER
OPPOSED

SB 172
Passed Senate Fiscal
Policy; Placed on calendar
for second reading.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
HB 399
Rep. Dwight Dudley and
Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez
Removes the Public Service Commission's ability to recover costs association
with energy exploration.

FLORIDA CHAMBER
OPPOSED

HB 399
The House
did not take action.




LABOR REGULATIONS/ OVERTIME
HB 455
Rep. Daphne Campbell

SB 890
Sen. Dwight Bullard
Makes Florida less competitive by imposing burdensome employer mandates.

FLORIDA CHAMBER
OPPOSED

HB 455
Withdrawn.

SB 890
Withdrawn.



STATE MINIMUM
WAGE
HB 47
Rep. Cynthia Stafford

SB 114
Sen. Dwight Bullard

SB 1318
Sen. Jack Latvala
Reduces Florida's competitiveness by imposing employer mandates.

FLORIDA CHAMBER OPPOSED HB 47
The House
did not take action.

SB 114
The Senate
did not take action.

SB 1318
Passed Senate Commerce
and Tourism Committee; Committee Substitute Text Filed; Now in Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice.




SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY
SB 126
Sen. Jeff Clemens
Imposes burdensome employer mandates
regarding social media.

FLORIDA CHAMBER OPPOSED
SB 126
The Senate
did not take action.




QUALITY OF LIFE & QUALITY PLACES
Florida's unique quality of life is one reason Florida is consistently ranked as an attractive place to visit, live, learn, play and work. Retaining and attracting the right employers who fuel jobs and great communities are key to Florida's long-term success. Families, students and businesses alike cause us to examine the policies that can either strengthen or harm Florida's future job growth.

TELEMEDICINE
HB 545
Rep. Travis Cummings and
Rep. Mia Jones

SB 478
Sen. Aaron Bean
Helps provide smarter healthcare coverage in Florida by serving as an alternative healthcare delivery system.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 545
The House did
not take action.
SB 478
The Senate
did not take action.





SCOPE OF
PRACTICE
HB 547
Rep. Cary Pigman

SB 614
Sen. Denise Grimsley

HB 281
Rep. Cary Pigman

SB 532
Sen. Denise Grimsley
Increases the capacity
and number of medical professionals by allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants
to practice to their
fullest potential.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 547
Passed the House Health Innovation Subcommittee;
Now in Health and Human Services Committee

SB 614
On committee agenda for Senate Regulated Industries
on Tuesday, March 31.

HB 281
Temporarily postponed by House Health and Human Services Committee.

SB 532
On committee agenda for Senate Health Policy on Tuesday, March 31.





MEDICAL
TOURISM

HB 945
Rep. Fred Costello

SB 86
Sen. Aaron Bean
Creates a medical tourism marketing plan within Enterprise Florida and
requires the state Division
of Tourism Marketing to promote medical tourism.

FLORIDA CHAMBER SUPPORTED
HB 945
The House did
not take action.


SB 86
The Senate
did not take action.




PATIENT
COMPENSATION
HB 1109
Rep. Cary Pigman

SB 1200
Sen. Jeff Brandes
Creates a fund that compensates patients
hurt by malpractice, and lowers the threshold
from negligence to avoidable injury - thereby creating additional causes of action.

FLORIDA CHAMBER
OPPOSED
HB 1109
The House did
not take action.

SB 1200
The Senate did
not take action.




RIGHT MEDICINE, RIGHT TIME ACT
HB 863
Rep. Shawn Harrison

SB 784
Sen. Don Gaetz
Eliminates the long-standing medical protocol known as "step therapy," which provides patients with access to care while also controlling costs. Additionally, it will create a new government bureaucracy that will dictate what therapy and medications insurance companies must prescribe without consideration of cost.

FLORIDA CHAMBER OPPOSED



HB 863
The House did
not take action.

SB 784
Passed Senate Health
Policy Committee;
Now in Senate
Appropriations







 
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Mar 31, 2015Education Foundation of Martin County's 4th Annual Elementary Book Bowl - Thursday, April 2


Who: 150 elementary-age students will be participating

What: Education Foundation of Martin County’s 4th Annual Elementary
Book Bowl

Why: Teams of students in grades 3 through 5 from Martin County elementary schools are getting ready to compete in the Education Foundation of Martin County’s Elementary Book Bowl. The Book Bowl competition is based upon the 15 books selected by the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program, a statewide reading motivation program. Questions will be posed, with each team having 45 seconds to write the answer, game-show style. Superintendent Laurie Gaylord and MCSD Board Tina McSoley will be taking turns moderating the event.

There will be three rounds of 15 questions each. Students of the winning team, as well as their school, will receive trophies.

When: Thursday, April 2, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Jensen Beach High School
Performing Arts Center (Auditorium)
2875 NW Goldenrod Road, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
772-232-3500

Bring: Photo ID for school security

The EFMC Elementary Book Bowl encourages students to read literature selected by the Florida Association of Media in Education. "Our students can’t wait to participate in this year’s book bowl. Student participation in the program continues to increase which means we’re reaching our goal of increasing student interest and achievement in reading. We appreciate the Education Foundation of Martin County for their unwavering support in making this opportunity happen," says Leigh Anne Pike, Media Specialist at Palm City Elementary School and Book Bowl Co-Coordinator.

Providing private investment in public education…

The Education Foundation of Martin County is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), organization comprised of business leaders, community volunteers, and school officials, with the mission of enriching and enhancing educational opportunities for all students and teachers in the Martin County School District through effective fundraising efforts, positive collaborative partnerships, innovative programming, and efficient allocation of resources. For additional information, please visit our website at www.EducationFoundationMC.org, check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EdFoundationMC, or call us at 772.600.8062.



Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program
Master List of Titles 2014-15
Grades 3-5


Beaty, Andrea. Dorko the Magnificent
Carlson, Caroline. Magic Marks the Spot
Grabenstein, Chris. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Harkrader, Lisa. The Adventures of Beanboy
Kurtz, Chris. The Adventures of a South Pole Pig
Lee, Jenny. Elvis and the Underdogs
Messner, Kate. Capture the Flag
Paley, Jane. Hooper Finds a Family
Perl, Erica. When Life Gives You O.J.
Pogue, David. Abby Carnelia’s One and Only Magical Power
Probst, Jeff. Stranded
Selfors, Suzanne. The Sasquatch Escape
Shurtliff, Liesl. Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
Tooke, Wes. King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige
Vande Velde, Vivian. 8 Class Pets+1 Squirrel+1 Dog = Chaos



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


 
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Mar 31, 2015Splash playground of Sailfish Splash Waterpark opens for St. Lucie County schools' spring break
Splash playground of Sailfish Splash Waterpark opens for St. Lucie County schools' spring break

Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 2, during St. Lucie County public schools' spring break, the splash playground of Sailfish Splash Waterpark will open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Limited concession will be available as well. In addition, the entire Waterpark will open for regular public hours of operation from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Good Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6, as well as every weekend leading up to summer break.

"Our Facebook fans in St. Lucie County encouraged us to open during their spring break," explained Craig Jon Anderson, Marketing Manager, Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation. "Staffing proved a challenge, but we figured it out in the interest of serving
our customers. "

Sailfish Splash Waterpark continues to hire staff for its 2015 season and encourages St. Lucie County high school students to visit the water park and download and complete an application from www.SailfishSplash.com/jobs during their time off.

Tickets for the special Monday through Thursday sessions cost $5.95 and are available online at SailfishSplash.com/springbreak, as well as through all "Fundraising Affiliates" and at admissions at the Waterpark.

In addition, "Visit Protection" for one dollar ($1.00) per person, good on day purchased while the customer is present, provides a return admission to Sailfish Splash Waterpark, if unforeseen conditions conclude the day's public hours of operation or cause a closure of more than 20 minutes.

The table below summarizes the water park schedule over the St. Lucie Public Schools spring break.

Day Date Open Close Pricing Attractions
Sat. 3/28 10:30a 5:00p Regular All
Sun. 3/29
Mon. 3/30 10:00a 4:00p Special
$5.95 Splash Playground
Limited Concessions
Tue. 3/31
Wed. 4/1
Thur. 4/2
Fri. 4/3 10:30a 5:00p Regular All
Sat. 4/4
Sun. 4/5
Mon. 4/6

During regular, Public Hours of Operation, walk-up day admission is $12.95 for adults and $10.95 for kids and seniors, and season passes cost $64.95 for adults and $54.95 for kids and seniors. Discounts are available online through Fundraising Affiliates and other special offers.

For more information about Sailfish Splash Waterpark and the Aquatic Athletics Center or the Martin County Parks & Recreation Department, "Like" Sailfish Splash Waterpark on Facebook.com/SailfishSplash, subscribe to the water park newsletter, visit us at Sailfishsplash.com, call 772-463-2840 or email canderso@martin.fl.us.


 
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Mar 31, 2015Thrivent Financial helps local charitable organization.
Thrivent Financial is planning an evening where families will enjoy pizza and drinks as they spend time with their children while helping a local charitable organization.

The event will take place on Friday, April 17 from 5:00PM-8:00PM, at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast in Jensen Beach.

Thrivent Financial and guest families will participate in a service project where items brought in by attending families will be collected for Love and Hope in Action, a local agency that serves hot meals to the homeless in our area. We invite you to join us in this worthwhile cause.

This event is hosted by the Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Financial hosts a variety of social, educational, and charitable events throughout the year.

Anyone can join in volunteer and educational activities hosted by Thrivent Financial. If you would like to attend this event, please R.S.V.P. to Carlene at (772) 408-0771.



 
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Mar 31, 2015Searching for employment?

Treasure Coast Career Fair
Manufacturing Corner brought to you by the
FL Manufacturing Career Fair
If you are looking for work or for a better position, please join us on April 22nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (9 a.m. to 10 a.m. is exclusively for our United States Veterans). Numerous companies with various positions will be present. Meet and speak with multiple employers in one convenient location for positions throughout the four county region.
Event Date
THURSDAY
April 22, 2015
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for our U.S. Veterans
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All Job Seekers Welcomed
Event Location
Indian RiverSide Park
Frances Langford Dockside Pavilion
1707 NE Indian River Drive
Jensen Beach, FL 34957

Stay tuned for more event info:
www.careersourcerc.com

Interested in improving your resume or your interviewing skills ahead of the job fair? Participate in our workshops at no cost to you! Click here for a list of available workshops near you! http://www.careersourcerc.com/workshops


 
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Mar 31, 2015Gertrude Walden Child Care Center receives donation of 10 computers

A very special event took place on March 26 at Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, when members of the community came together to celebrate the donation of 10 new HP computers. Thanks to the generous donation from Jim Noble, the children served by the East Stuart center will enter kindergarten with computer and reading skills on a level that will prepare them for success in their school years. Mr. Noble is a member of the Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Martin County, which is comprised of 65 generous philanthropists who donated more than $900,000 to the campaign this year.

Members of local government, civic and non-profit worlds attended, as well as supporters and board members of Gertrude Walden Child Care Center


 
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Mar 31, 2015How to Start a Small Business for Encore Entrepreneurs Workshop Description

Are you a mid-career professional or manager looking for a change and perhaps considering starting a small business? Did you perhaps retire too early and are looking for a challenge and wanting to use your built-in entrepreneurship spirit? Do you miss contact with people in business and problem solving and that great feeling of accomplishment of booking the first order or making the month again?

Are you tired of hearing about simple business basics and simple managing techniques that you are already know and want to get down to more specific bigger things like funding sources; SBA loan guarantees; crowd funding; buying a business as an option?
Don't miss out on this workshop! You will be provided with information about Startup Fundamentals, Business Valuation; Marketing and Business Planning, Financing, Licenses, Employee Issues, Business Structures, and Taxation and Regulations and a whole lot more just for you the encore entrepreneur.
Once you have successfully completed this session, you will be better able to decide if your business idea is worth pursuing, and you will be armed with the information necessary to continue onward with your business endeavor!
John Hosler
Presenter
Experience in the manufacturing business area with over 35 years experience in financial management, operations, and general management. Specialist in acquisitions, divestitures, company start-ups and project management. Administration and Business planning, risk management, joint ventures, and compensation and benefits compliance. Specialist in non-profit development, governance, bylaw creation/ revisions, financial development and executive management. SCORE Business Counselor since 2000.


 
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Mar 31, 2015Ribbon Cutting Celebration at Gertrude Walden Child Care Center VPK Computer Lab

A very special event took place on March 26 at Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, when members of the community came together to celebrate the donation of 10 new HP computers. Thanks to the generous donation from Jim Noble, the children served by the East Stuart center will enter kindergarten with computer and reading skills on a level that will prepare them for success in their school years. Mr. Noble is a member of the Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Martin County, which is comprised of 67 generous philanthropists whom donated over $900,000.00 to the campaign this year.
Members of local government, civic and non-profit worlds attended, as well as supporters and board members of Gertrude Walden Child Care Center.



 
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Mar 30, 2015Education Foundation of Martin County’s 4th Annual Elementary Book Bowl
Teams of students in grades 3 through 5 from Martin County elementary schools are getting ready to compete in the Education Foundation of Martin County’s Elementary Book Bowl. The Book Bowl competition is based upon the 15 books selected by the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program, a statewide reading motivation program. Questions will be posed, with each team having 45 seconds to write the answer, game-show style. Superintendent Laurie Gaylord and MCSD Board Tina McSoley will be taking turns moderating the event.

There will be three rounds of 15 questions each. Students of the winning team, as well as their school, will receive trophies.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Jensen Beach High School
Performing Arts Center (Auditorium)
2875 NW Goldenrod Road, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
772-232-3500

Bring Photo ID for school security

The EFMC Elementary Book Bowl encourages students to read literature selected by the Florida Association of Media in Education. "Our students can’t wait to participate in this year’s book bowl. Student participation in the program continues to increase which means we’re reaching our goal of increasing student interest and achievement in reading. We appreciate the Education Foundation of Martin County for their unwavering support in making this opportunity happen," says Leigh Anne Pike, Media Specialist at Palm City Elementary School and Book Bowl Co-Coordinator.

Providing private investment in public education…

The Education Foundation of Martin County is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), organization comprised of business leaders, community volunteers, and school officials, with the mission of enriching and enhancing educational opportunities for all students and teachers in the Martin County School District through effective fundraising efforts, positive collaborative partnerships, innovative programming, and efficient allocation of resources. For additional information, please visit our website at www.EducationFoundationMC.org, check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EdFoundationMC, or call us at 772.600.8062.



Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program
Master List of Titles 2014-15
Grades 3-5


Beaty, Andrea. Dorko the Magnificent
Carlson, Caroline. Magic Marks the Spot
Grabenstein, Chris. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Harkrader, Lisa. The Adventures of Beanboy
Kurtz, Chris. The Adventures of a South Pole Pig
Lee, Jenny. Elvis and the Underdogs
Messner, Kate. Capture the Flag
Paley, Jane. Hooper Finds a Family
Perl, Erica. When Life Gives You O.J.
Pogue, David. Abby Carnelia’s One and Only Magical Power
Probst, Jeff. Stranded
Selfors, Suzanne. The Sasquatch Escape
Shurtliff, Liesl. Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
Tooke, Wes. King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige
Vande Velde, Vivian. 8 Class Pets+1 Squirrel+1 Dog = Chaos



 
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Mar 30, 2015Splash playground of Sailfish Splash Waterpark opens for St. Lucie County schools' spring break
Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 2, during St. Lucie County public schools' spring break, the splash playground of Sailfish Splash Waterpark will open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Limited concession will be available as well. In addition, the entire Waterpark will open for regular public hours of operation from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Good Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6, as well as every weekend leading up to summer break.

"Our Facebook fans in St. Lucie County encouraged us to open during their spring break," explained Craig Jon Anderson, Marketing Manager, Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation. "Staffing proved a challenge, but we figured it out in the interest of serving
our customers. "

Sailfish Splash Waterpark continues to hire staff for its 2015 season and encourages St. Lucie County high school students to visit the water park and download and complete an application from www.SailfishSplash.com/jobs during their time off.

Tickets for the special Monday through Thursday sessions cost $5.95 and are available online at SailfishSplash.com/springbreak, as well as through all "Fundraising Affiliates" and at admissions at the Waterpark.

In addition, "Visit Protection" for one dollar ($1.00) per person, good on day purchased while the customer is present, provides a return admission to Sailfish Splash Waterpark, if unforeseen conditions conclude the day's public hours of operation or cause a closure of more than 20 minutes.

The table below summarizes the water park schedule over the St. Lucie Public Schools spring break.

Day Date Open Close Pricing Attractions
Sat. 3/28 10:30a 5:00p Regular All
Sun. 3/29
Mon. 3/30 10:00a 4:00p Special
$5.95 Splash Playground
Limited Concessions
Tue. 3/31
Wed. 4/1
Thur. 4/2
Fri. 4/3 10:30a 5:00p Regular All
Sat. 4/4
Sun. 4/5
Mon. 4/6

During regular, Public Hours of Operation, walk-up day admission is $12.95 for adults and $10.95 for kids and seniors, and season passes cost $64.95 for adults and $54.95 for kids and seniors. Discounts are available online through Fundraising Affiliates and other special offers.

For more information about Sailfish Splash Waterpark and the Aquatic Athletics Center or the Martin County Parks & Recreation Department, "Like" Sailfish Splash Waterpark on Facebook.com/SailfishSplash, subscribe to the water park newsletter, visit us at Sailfishsplash.com, call 772-463-2840 or email canderso@martin.fl.us.


 
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Mar 30, 2015Boardwalk at Peck Lake Park re-opens
Martin County is pleased to announce the boardwalk at Peck Lake Park is open again to the public after being closed since December for maintenance and repairs. This project was complete and delivered nearly a month ahead of time. The main sections of the boardwalk and deck received new wood decking and handrails.

ADA accessibility was added to the trailhead and restroom, and an ADA compliant parking space was added. In addition, sidewalk improvements were made.

Peck Lake Park is located at 8108 SE Gomez Ave. in Hobe Sound.

 
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Mar 30, 2015Camp Invention, National Summer Program Fostering Creativity and Problem-Solving Skills, Coming to Stuart
Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program that is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), is coming to:
• Felix A. Williams Elementary School the week of June 15 -19, 2015
• Bridges Montessori School the week of June 22 -26, 2015
The weeklong day camp for students entering grades one through six fosters innovation and creativity while also building self-esteem, teamwork, persistence and goal-setting skills.
Selection of the right summer camp for children can be intimidating and overwhelming as the options continue to grow and become more niche. Camp Invention not only encourages inventive young minds through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in a fun and creative atmosphere, it also incorporates outdoor activities as part of its curriculum.
Camp Invention students experience winning, success and victory, along with an adrenaline rush that comes with competition among students and successful completion of challenging projects. Camp Invention provides a great opportunity for inventive young minds to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don’t normally get to -- through real-world problem-solving challenges, they build things, take things apart, explore different types of technology and so much more. Many times, the students are having so much fun, they don’t even realize they are learning and developing new skills.

"We are thrilled to be offering Camp Invention to students in our community and developing skills that ensure bright futures for our participants," said Nancy Lenihan, Camp Invention Director in Sumner, Washington and Highly Capable Classroom Teacher. "We are molding inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs and instilling creative problem-solving, which sets this camp apart from the rest."
This year’s Camp Invention curriculum is called Illuminate™ and was inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds including experienced educators, Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and members of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Illuminate™ will encourage children to explore their inventiveness in the Design Studio: Illuminate module, investigating circuits and taking on a nature-inspired design challenge. As they dream, build and make discoveries, children will have a chance to build a prototype from scratch and explore math from a new angle when they create origami flight models during team-building exercises.
Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 87,000 students every year through more than 1,300 camps across the nation. For additional information, or to find the nearest location for registration, visit www.campinvention.org.

About Camp Invention
Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children in grades 1-6 to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum inspired by some the world’s great inventors. Camp Invention, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Inventors Competition serve as the authority on inspiring invention and compose Invent Now. This nationwide organization is committed to the curious minds and innovative spirits of the past, present and future. Since 1990, our education programs have served over 1 MILLION children and 125,000 teachers and Leadership Interns.


 
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