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Oct 22, 2014SOUTH FORK HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING PARADE - ROAD CLOSURE
On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, South Fork High School will host its Homecoming Parade. The following roads will be closed to traffic between 3:30 and 8:30 pm:

• SE Saturn Street from CR-A1A (Dixie Highway) to SE Hercules Avenue,
• SE Hercules Avenue from SE Saturn Street to SE Olympus Street,
• SE Olympus Street from SE Hercules Avenue to SE Venus Street,
• SE Venus Street from SE Olympus to CR-A1A (Dixie Highway),
• CR-A1A (Dixie Highway) from SE Venus Street to CR-708 (Bridge Road),
• CR-708 (Bridge Road) from CR-A1A (Dixie Highway) to SE Hercules Ave,
• SE Hercules Avenue from CR-708 (Bridge Road) to SE Olympus Street.

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


 
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Oct 22, 2014CENTURY 21 IRP Realty Welcomes Doreen Horton
CENTURY 21 IRP Realty is pleased to announce Doreen Horton has joined its firm as a REALTOR Associate. She will specialize in residential and luxury home sales in the Jensen Beach, Stuart, and Port St. Lucie areas.

“We are thrilled to have Doreen join our team,” said Bill Dean, Broker/Owner of the company. “We believe her commitment to exceptional customer service will greatly enhance the services we provide our customers. It’s an exciting time to be with the CENTURY 21® System as we increase our market presence on the Treasure Coast.”

Currently, Doreen is a member of the Realtor Association of Martin County, the Florida Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.

As a dedicated full-time REALTOR Associate with ten years experience, Doreen has the ability to deliver results and is known for her integrity, professionalism and dedication to her clients’ best interests. She has worked through a variety of economic climates and proven her ability to create successful outcomes for buyers and sellers.

After moving from Coral Springs, FL in 2013, Doreen now lives in Jensen Beach with her husband, Dominick, her four children, and her beagle, Spot. In her free time, Doreen enjoys physical fitness activities and she is a certified and registered Yoga Instructor and Master Aerobics Instructor. She is an active community volunteer and donates her time and talents to teaching fitness classes at schools for busy teachers who do not have the time to get to a gym. Doreen also teaches children and cancer patients about fitness, yoga, and good food choices.

CENTURY 21 IRP Realty is a full service brokerage specializing in residential fine homes and estates, neighborhood residential, and luxury waterfront and resort condominium sales and rentals in Stuart, Jensen Beach, Sewall’s Point, Hutchinson Island, Port St. Lucie and surrounding areas. The company has two conveniently located offices to serve their clients: the Stuart office located at 660 NE Ocean Blvd. in Stuart (772-225-0110), and the Jensen Beach office at 1125 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. in Jensen Beach (772-232-2100). Doreen may be reached immediately on her direct line at 772- 245-8500.

Century 21 Real Estate LLC (www.century21.com) is the franchisor of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization, providing comprehensive training, management, administrative and marketing support for the CENTURY 21 System. The System is comprised of more than 8,900 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide. Century 21 Real Estate LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, the world’s largest real estate franchisor.

© 2014 Century 21 Real Estate LLC. CENTURY 21® Is A Registered Trademark Licensed To Century 21 Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each CENTURY 21 Office is Independently Owned and Operated.


 
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Oct 22, 2014How to Obtain a Government Job as a Veteran
The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act gives veterans access to federal jobs that might otherwise be closed to them and, indeed, the federal government has an outstanding record when it comes to hiring veterans. This is due in large part to the laws providing veterans special preference. Most federal agencies have a veteran’s employment program to enhance employment opportunities for veterans within their organization.

Veteran’s preference gives eligible veteran applicants preference in appointment over their civilian counterparts and in retention during reductions in force. Preference does not guarantee veterans jobs and does not apply to internal actions such as promotions and transfers. Only veterans discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions are eligible for veteran’s preferences. Veterans who retired above the rank of major are not eligible for preferences unless they retired with a disability. Veterans with a disability will receive an additional preference, but must fill out an SF-15. Any veteran must produce a certified copy of their DD-214 form outlining the status of their discharge from active duty.

If you are applying for a government job in your home town at either a military base or other government agency, it is best to visit the facility and find out how they process their applications. Although websites like USA Jobs list thousands of positions for jobs across the country, there are differences in how each agency processes its applications. Some agencies may be backlogged and applications that appear on the USA Jobs site may no longer be active and therefore unavailable. By visiting the agency itself, you can find out firsthand what the current postings are and you might even be able to find out who is conducting interviews and get a chance to meet them. This will save you hours of time as opposed to needlessly filling out applications for jobs that are no longer current.

Agency employees can also tell you how to fill out and package your application, along with how many certified copies of your DD-214 are needed. Incomplete applications or ones that are incorrectly submitted are usually discarded. If this happens, you may never discover why your application was not considered until it is too late and the position has been filled. Once you fill out your application, you should make a point of visiting the personnel office from time to time to check on the progress. These offices receive hundreds of applications, and the more you are seen the better your chances are of getting an interview. The squeaky wheel gets the interview, and your persistence could definitely pay off.

The key to landing a government job is to read the announcement thoroughly and provide everything it lists as required for that position. Postings may list the email of a human resources specialist to contact if you have questions. However, this specialist may be far removed from the actual position and may only be able to answer general questions about the posting. Your ability to connect with the very people who are going to process your application and possibly be seen by the hiring manager will help to move your application from the bottom of the pile to the top.



 
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Oct 22, 2014Registration Open for Junior League of Martin County 6th Annual Rudolph’s Reindeer Dash 5K
Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the 6th Annual Rudolph’s Reindeer Dash 5k to benefit the Junior League of Martin County! The festive 5k race and Tot Trot is Saturday, December 6 and starts at 7 a.m. at Sewall’s Point Town Commons Park. Proceeds support JLMC yearly volunteer projects aimed to improve our local community and develop the potential of women. 2014-2015 projects include providing meals for Molly’s House guests and patients and working with the girls at Hibiscus Children’s Center.

“The Reindeer Dash is one of the most anticipated family-friendly races on the Treasure Coast,” said Reindeer Dash Committee Chair Teena White. “The race has attracted upwards of 400 participants in recent years, and the committee is working very hard to make sure that this year’s race doesn’t disappoint.”

Runners, walkers, those with strollers and teams will dash through the streets of scenic Sewall’s Point neighborhoods before crossing the finish line at Sewall’s Point Town Commons Park for food and additional fun! This is a USATF certified racecourse with chip timing provided by MCM Timing & Results. Parking is available at Sewall’s Point Town Commons Park and Harbour Bay Plaza.

In accordance with the Junior League’s focus of increasing opportunities for at-risk kids, participation by children and teenagers is encouraged. “Junior Dashers” (ages seven and under) are invited to compete in their own 100-yard Tot Trot.

Register now at Active.com, Fleet Feet in Stuart, or download a registration form at www.JLMCFlorida.com and mail with payment to: JLMC, PO Box 897, Stuart, FL 34995. The 5k race fee is $30 through December 5 and increases to $35 the day of the race. Participants may register as an individual or as part of a team of five or more. The first 375 5k registrants will receive a custom, long-sleeve tech shirt. Costumes are encouraged. Day-of race registration opens at 6 a.m.

Tot Trot registration is $5 for children seven-years-old and under. Children pre-registered for the Tot Trot will receive a race number and reindeer antlers.

Awards will be given to the overall male/female winners, top three male/female in each age category, top three teams, and to the best-dressed team.

Race packet pickup is Thursday, December 4 at Fleet Feet in Stuart from noon to 6 p.m. Packet pickup is not available the day of the event.

Thank you to our 2014 sponsors including Fleet Feet Sports and Treasure Coast Urgent & Family Care. Sponsorships are available and range from $50 to $2500. The sponsorship form can be downloaded at www.JLMCFlorida.com. The deadline to submit an application is November 10, 2014 to be included on the race shirt. To learn more about 5k sponsorship opportunities, contact Teena White at white.teena@gmail.com. Proceeds support JLMC yearly volunteer projects aimed to improve our local community and develop the potential of women.

For more information about the Reindeer Dash, Tot Trot or the League, visit www.JLMCFlorida.com.

About The Junior League of Martin County
The Junior League of Martin County (JLMC) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. To learn more, visit http://www.JLMCFlorida.com or join us on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/JuniorLeagueMC.


 
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Oct 22, 2014Treasure Coast SCORE Announces Record Results!
The Treasure Coast Chapter of SCORE is pleased to announce we have attained a new level of service in our most recent Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2014.

Dreamers, entrepreneurs, start-ups & existing businesses regularly utilize SCORE nationally since 1964 and locally since 1973 as a sounding board for information and advice. Treasure Coast SCORE provided 3,019 total services as follows:

• Face-to-face counseling sessions – 1,248.
• Cyber (Internet) counseling sessions - 615More than xxx web-based counseling sessions.
• 85 workshops held locally with 1,156 attendees at 85 workshops held.

Fifteen years ago our total services were 382 and over the last 15 years we have experienced a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) in excess of 16%!

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

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

SCORE Chapter 308, has its main office in Ft. Pierce and branch locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Vero Beach and effective November 18 we will be adding Sebastian to our list of counseling locations.

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 Florida Small Business Development Center and covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Glades and Okeechobee Counties on the Treasure Coast.

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

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


 
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Oct 22, 2014Customer Service with 5 Star Hospitality
Would you like to consistently experience five star customer service on the Treasure Coast and know all the great things there are to do and see in St. Lucie County?

Might someone you know 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: Techniques on taking customer service skills to the next level and becoming a tourist resource ambassador in St. Lucie County

Take advantage of this unique class geared towards :
1) cultivating a first rate customer service culture in St. Lucie County, and 2) accessing valuable resources to promote our area to visitors and residents alike.

In this interactive and fun course, we will explore customized techniques on how to offer a high level of customer service. Also gain exposure to key resources on how 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.


Date(s): Wed., Oct. 29 - Nov. 12. @ Main Campus | 12PM - 3PM | Rm. TBA
Investment: $49 (Cost returns to $99 once all scholarships are claimed)

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=1234601717&seg=1

 
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Oct 22, 2014Keep updated on business coming before Board of County Commissioners by watching MCTV's new agenda show
Martin County Television (MCTV) has just launched a new program, called the Agenda Preview Show that reviews the final agenda for upcoming meetings of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The Agenda Preview Show will air Fridays through Mondays prior to a scheduled Tuesday BOCC meeting.

MCTV station manager David Graham said, "The show enables the public to see what's on the final agenda, giving them the most up-to-date information on business that will be coming before the Board of County Commissioners. This is another platform we can utilize to communicate with our citizens, and deliver this timely information to them."

The Agenda Preview Show airs Friday - Monday at 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live at www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Oct 22, 2014Keep updated on business coming before Board of County Commissioners by watching MCTV's new agenda show
Martin County Television (MCTV) has just launched a new program, called the Agenda Preview Show that reviews the final agenda for upcoming meetings of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The Agenda Preview Show will air Fridays through Mondays prior to a scheduled Tuesday BOCC meeting.

MCTV station manager David Graham said, "The show enables the public to see what's on the final agenda, giving them the most up-to-date information on business that will be coming before the Board of County Commissioners. This is another platform we can utilize to communicate with our citizens, and deliver this timely information to them."

The Agenda Preview Show airs Friday - Monday at 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live at www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Oct 22, 2014Martin 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 November 2014. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
November 18 & 25, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

JOINT MEETING WITH THE CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE, TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
November 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm
Location: Blake Library, Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE - joint meeting
November 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
November 19, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
November 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
November 19, 2014 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
November 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
November 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

JENSEN BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
November 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

JENSEN BEACH SIGN COMMITTEE
November 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
November 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
November 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

MARTIN COUNTY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
November 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
November 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
November 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Rio Civic Center, 1255 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
November 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

UF/IFAS MARTIN COUNTY EXTENSION OVERALL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
November 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Location: UF/IFAS Martin County Extension Office, 2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart

This notice dated: October 22, 2014.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Oct 22, 2014Tournament News! Stuart Sailfish Club
Ladies Tournament
Salt Water Sisters, is the 29th anniversary of the Ladies Tournament. October 24th (Captains Meeting) and October 25 (Tournament). Being held at Pirates Cove with proceeds being donated to Friends In Pink, a group who provides assistance to women for breast cancer exams and breast cancer treatments in Martin County. Entry fee: $140 Per Angler. Event includes a boat decorating contest and awards dinner.

Members Tournament
and Social
November 7th Captains Meeting and Member Social. At Sailfish Marina. Even if you don't chose to compete, please join us to cheer on the fleet of Club Members who will head out at dawn the next morning! November 8th (Tournament). Being held at Sailfish Marina. With the normal format and rules. Member applications available for non-members who wish to fish.
Entry fee $80.00 Per Angler.

Light Tackle Tournament
and
Florida Sailfish Amateur Championship
This December 11-14 the Stuart Sailfish Club is hosting two tournaments concurrently behind the famed gates of Sailfish Point. We will have the traditional Light Tackle Tournament for those that fish with pros on the team, and then we have the Sailfish Amateur Championship for non-pro anglers that want to give it a try!

 
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Oct 22, 2014F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team to visit Blake Library October 31
While in town for the 2014 Stuart Air Show the US Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team will be visiting the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, on Friday, October 31, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.



This is the first year the F-22, the most "advanced" operational aircraft flying in the world today, will be featured in the Stuart Air Show. This is a fantastic opportunity for all aviation enthusiasts to learn more about these fascinating aircrafts, and the skilled pilots who fly them. Head speaker will be the Raptor's pilot Captain John "Taboo" Cummings. This event is free and open to the public.


For more information about this event or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403 or visitwww.library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Oct 22, 2014United Way hires RSVP director, communications coordinator
Lauren Mustelier joined the United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program in September as RSVP Director for Martin County.

Mustelier was most recently the community director with the March of Dimes Foundation in Dothan, Ala. Before moving to Alabama, where her husband trained as a Blackhawk pilot for the United States Army Reserves, Mustelier worked as the grants and mentor coordinator with the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County.

Mustelier received her Bachelor of Art in English Literature from Florida Atlantic University. Her skills include program management, development, and evaluation; grants management; volunteer recruitment and management; fundraising; and community outreach.

RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and older. It offers a full range of challenging and meaningful volunteer opportunities that demonstrate the impact on the focus areas of disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. RSVP is a Senior Corps program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored locally by United Way of Martin County.

Mustelier can be reached at 772-220-4472, ext. 228 or lmustelier@martinvolunteers.org.

Lisa Swyryn joined the United Way of Martin County in October as communications coordinator.

Swyryn was most recently learning coordinator for Martin Health System in Stuart. Her prior work experience includes business and communications manager at Dultmeier Photography in Stuart, webmaster at Martin Health System, and owner of CommuniGraphics (website design services).

Swyryn received her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Master of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of Florida. Her skills include website design, social media communications, print design, writing and editing for communications, event planning, and photography. She is a Treasure Coast native, and has two young children in school in Martin County.

Swyryn can be reached at 772-283-4800, ext. 246 or lswyryn@unitedwaymartincounty.org.

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


 
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Oct 22, 2014Stuart Sailfish Club’s 61st Annual Light Tackle Tournament Moves Behind the Prestigious Gates of Sailfish Point
This season the homeowners of Sailfish Point are inviting the Light Tackle Tournament to indulge in the breathtaking views and amenities of the ultra private community. This venue combined with the prestige of the historic Stuart Sailfish Club is sure deliver the highlight of the winter tournament season.
The three-day Light Tackle Tournament will stay true to its roots in promoting both the sport and the conservation of game fish. In holding true to tradition, only dead bait, circle hooks, and light tackle will be permitted in this all release tournament. In recent years the waters that that serve as a backdrop to Sailfish Point have delivered Light Tackle participants record number releases. Double-digit releases have become a standard and the list of competing boats read as a who’s who in the world tournament circuit.
New this year, the tournament will allow open console boats over 30ft, and will offer an Amateur Championship division for those new to the sport. Pro-division boats are invited to enjoy a round of golf with their teams for a little friendly competition just prior to Thursday’s Captain’s Meeting.
Breakfast Buffets and Dinner Parties will impress even the most dedicated foodies and the spa offerings, beach club, tennis club, and golf course of the nearby resort will keep the land-lovers busy during tournament hours.
This year’s Awards Banquet will be held at Sailfish Point’s main clubhouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the aptly named and well-appointed Ocean Club. A cocktail hour and lavish dinner all lead up to the presentation of the trophies and award money to the top tournament boats and anglers.
Portions of the tournament proceeds will benefit the Stuart Sailfish Club’s Scholarship Fund, the Sailfish Point Scholarship Fund, and the Martin County Artificial Reef Project.

The Stuart Sailfish Club’s 61st Annual Light Tackle Tournament will be held Thursday, December 11 – Sunday December 14 at Sailfish Point in Stuart, Florida. Register early for discounted rates and premier boat slips. For more information contact: Tournament Director, Allison Wigley at 722-342-6737 or AllisonMWigley@gmail.com or the Stuart Sailfish Club at 772-286-9373 or Sailfish@StuartSailfishClub.com or visit www.stuartsailfishclub.com or www.sailfishpoint.com


 
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Oct 21, 2014Hula for healthy waterways at Florida Oceanographic’s “Luau for the Lagoon,” Oct. 24
Put on your Hawaiian shirt and hula for a healthy lagoon!

Help save the Indian River Lagoon by supporting Florida Oceanographic Society’s mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education and research. Attend “Luau for the Lagoon” from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, 890 N.E. Ocean Blvd., on Hutchinson Island in Stuart.

Join Executive Director Mark Perry and the members, board of directors, staff and volunteers of Florida Oceanographic Society for an evening of dinner and dancing, Hawaiian-style. Guests will groove to live music by Cheezy and the Crackers, recently featured on the VH1 show, “Make a Band Famous.” Dinner includes a Hawaiian pig roast and tropical chicken, beer, wine and signature cocktail, games, prizes and more.

Tickets are $55 per person (21 and older). Advance purchase required; visit FloridaOcean.org, or call 772-225-0505. Proceeds support Florida Oceanographic's research, education, restoration and advocacy initiatives to preserve and protect the Indian River Lagoon and Florida’s waterways.

Parents: Florida Oceanographic has partnered with The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast to keep the kids (age 4-12) entertained during the event. Drop them off for a movie night at the museum. The cost is $10 for TCM members, $12 for non-members. Call 772-225-7575 to reserve your child’s space.

For more information about Luau for the Lagoon, visit FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505.

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

Photo caption: Florida Oceanographic volunteers Leslie Blanchard, Ron Cyrus, and Joyce Gherlone are ready to hula for a healthy lagoon. Join them for an evening of dinner and dancing at Luau for the Lagoon, Oct. 24 at the Coastal Center. Tickets are on sale at FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505.


 
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Oct 21, 2014Owl’s Howl Halloween Ghoula raises critical funds for the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center
The annual Owl’s Howl Halloween Ghoula, a costume bash with live performances, treats, and more, will raise critical operation funds for local non-profit the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center.
This volunteer-driven organization treats thousands of sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals each year, including bobcats, eagles and alligators. The Center operates on private donations, grants, and funds raised at the Annual Ghoula, and features a comprehensive medical and rehabilitative facility for the care of wild animals. They treat thousands of wild animals each year, roughly 10 percent of which are "Listed" species (Endangered, Threatened, Species of Special Concern). Upon completion of their rehabilitation, these animals are returned to suitable wild habitats.
The Halloween Ghoula will take place on Thursday, October 30 at the Flagler Center in Downtown Stuart from 8:00pm-2:00am. Tickets include food, wine and beer, and lots of Halloween tricks and treats. A costume contest will take place at the strike of midnight.
Thank you to this year’s sponsors: A Law Firm of Goldstein, Schmitt & Cambron, P.L., McNicholas & Associates, and UBS Financial/Sailfish Wealth Management Group.
Tickets can be purchased online for $65 at www.tcwild.org or by calling (772) 286-6200. Hurry — tickets are limited.


 
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Oct 21, 2014Martin County News
New environmental show on MCTV debuts, first program explores St. Lucie Inlet

Martin County Television (MCTV) has just launched a new series called Your Environment that will take a look at local and regional environmental topics that affect us all.



The first episode of Your Environment covers Martin County's steadfast commitment to the St. Lucie Inlet and the importance of regular maintenance. In this debut program, we'll explore how and why a navigable St. Lucie Inlet is vital to the area- both environmentally and economically. The hosts and guests include local experts with a passion for protecting our environment and associated economies.

Your Environment airs Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00 A.M., Wednesdays at 8:00 P.M., and Saturdays at 11:00 A.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streaming live at www.martin.fl.us. It is also available on Martin County's YouTube Channel at http://youtu.be/EFHIuKkVbXg.



The agenda for the October 21 Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting is now available online. If you would like to attend the meeting, it begins at 9:00 am in the Commission Chambers at the County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart. http://www.martin.fl.us/portal/page?_pageid=356,1923330&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL




ALL ABOARD FLORIDA

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

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

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

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

All comments must be submitted by December 3, 2014.

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

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




Meet the US Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team!

While in town for the Stuart Air Show, the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team will be making scheduled visits in the community. Come meet the team and listen to pilot Captain John "Taboo" Cummings speak at the Blake Library on Friday, October 31 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Call 288-5702 for details.




Characters on parade

Kids are invited to join us at the Hoke Library from 10:30 to 11:30 am on Thursday, October 30 for the Halloween Character Parade. Dress up as your favorite storybook character or in your Halloween costume for a parade, story, craft and Halloween treat. For more information, call 463-2870.



Facebook at your library


Want to keep in touch with friends and family? Interested in knowing more about Facebook but don't know how it works? Join us at the Morgade Library for an introduction to this widely used social networking service on Monday, October 20 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Registration is required.



Volunteers needed!

Connect with local organizations to see how you can make a difference! The Martin County Library System is hosting a Volunteer Fair on Saturday, October 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Blake Library in Stuart. Opportunities are available for adults and high school students.



Get the vaccine before Halloween

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is urging residents to get vaccinated against the flu and use prevention methods to stop the spread of the virus this season. Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by flu viruses. Symptoms include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose or body aches.



News you need during hurricane season

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



Rain gardens...build them and they will come

Rain gardens are a great way to protect water quality and the environment, all while adding a great bird and butterfly habitat to your yard. Come to the Hoke Library on Thursday, November 6 at 3:00 pm to learn all about the benefits of rain gardens and how to install your own.


The Job Fair is almost here

The Business Development Board of Martin County will be hosting a Job Fair on Friday, October 24 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the IRSC Wolf High-Technology Center. Full-time, part-time, entry-level and professional positions are available. Bring plenty of resumes and dress to impress!



The Stuart Air Show is just around the corner

The Stuart Air Show is back and better than ever! Military jets will be the stars of the show on October 31 through November 2 at Witham Field in Stuart. For the first time ever, the F-22 Raptor and the AV-8B Harrier will perform. Don't miss the largest event on the Treasure Coast!



Grow veggies on your balcony or patio

Want to know how to grow vegetables in various containers for your small spaces? Join Cooperative Extension Agent Fred Burkey for an installment in the Your Florida Yard lecture series. Catch "Farmer Fred" at various locations in Martin County throughout October.



Road closure information

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



 
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Oct 21, 2014ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS MATERIALS FOR ADOPTION AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
The Martin County School District is currently reviewing digital/electronic instructional materials for English Language Arts grades 6-12. The materials are available for review by the public and a questionnaire is provided for comments.

The English Language Arts materials for adoption are available for public review on the District’s website. Copies of digital text from the various publishers that are available for adoption can be examined at www.martinschools.org. There is a link on the homepage.

The District will accept feedback pertaining to the available materials via an online questionnaire on the same website.

This review of English Language Arts materials for adoption is open for public comment through December 10. At that time, a committee will review the comments and select the publishers that will be considered for use in the District’s schools.


 
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Oct 21, 2014Humane Society welcomes two new staff members
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast announces the appointment of two new staff members. Jennifer Ferrari has assumed the position of corporate and community relations manager and Courtney Zanetti has been hired as the community events manager.
Ferrari brings more than 12 years of executive level leadership and management, having executed some of this area’s largest fundraisers and special events. Most recently, she was the manager of annual giving at Treasure Coast Hospice and prior to that, she was the executive director of the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce for 10 years. In her new position, she is responsible for cultivating and managing strategic corporate partnerships, representing the organization in the greater Martin County community, and community educational outreach. She earned a bachelor of business administration in marketing/management from Northwood University in West Palm Beach.
Before joining the HSTC, Zanetti worked in public relations and governmental affairs for Upstairs Communications International in Stuart and also used her skills as an assignment editor and associate producer for WPTV NewsChannel 5. As the community events manager, she is responsible for establishing and expanding community relationships, which includes planning special events, handling all of the logistics and organizing teams of volunteers. She also will produce content for HSTC publications. She holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Miami in Coral Gables and a bachelor of science degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
“We are pleased to have Jennifer and Courtney join our professional staff,” said HSTC President and CEO Frank Valente. “Their experience, expertise and community ties strengthen our organization but more importantly help us increase our ability to serve more animals and our community.”
For more information, call the HSTC at 772-223-8822 or visit the website at http://www.hstc1.org.
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 animal welfare in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the Humane Society relies on donations, wills and bequests to support its programs and services. As a local Humane Society, HSTC is run independently from any national welfare or humane organization with no financial assistance from these groups. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hstc1 and Instagram at hstcadopt. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822. Media inquiries: 772-221-2425 • http://www.prczar.com.


 
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Oct 21, 2014Florida State Parks on View A Closing Reception Presented by ~ Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Friday, October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park are proud to invite the community to a free closing reception for a beautiful art exhibition, Florida State Parks on View. The show honors Florida State Parks, three time Gold Medal winner for best state parks in the US. Last year more than 25 million people visited Florida’s 171 state parks and trails, providing an economic impact of more than one billion dollars to the state. Come to a beautiful evening in the park and meet the Director of the Florida Park Service, Mr. Donald Forgione, who is judging the show with local artist Anthony Burks Sr., and Park Manager Mark Nelson.

Florida State Parks are the subject of many artists, and this show highlights some of the best and most visited with paintings, carvings, basketry, mixed-media, and photography. Artwork is for sale and will be available for viewing and purchasing online after the show begins at friendsofjdsp.org. The show takes place at the Kimbell Center in the park through October 31. Proceeds from sales benefit the artists and Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization. The Friends promotes the historical, educational, and ecological enhancement of Jonathan Dickinson State Park and is directly responsible for funding many park programs and improvements.

The reception is free and will also include wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Please RSVP at the Kimbell Center, 561-745-5551, or email friendsjdsp@gmail.com.

The event takes place:

October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Kimbell Education Center
16450 SE Federal Hwy
Hobe Sound, FL 33455


 
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Oct 21, 2014Celebrate the 25th Annual Martin County Senior Games
During the first week of November, the Martin County Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting the 25th Annual Martin County Senior Games. Taking place November 1-9, the games are a sanctioned qualifier for the Florida Senior Games State Championships. The 13 different sporting events take place at various locations and dates throughout Martin and St. Lucie counties and are open to individuals with 50 or more years of experience!

Events include a golf tournament, basketball shooting, doubles tennis, singles tennis, mixed doubles tennis, track, field, horseshoes, golf skills, swimming, a 5k run, bowling, cycling and table tennis. Those participants that finish in the top five of their age group are eligible to participate in the Florida Senior Games State Championships which takes place in Lee County this December.

Call 772-221-1419 or email dgladdin@martin.fl.us for more information. Athletes may also signup online at http://econnect.martin.fl.us. Registration is $10.00 and includes one sport with the exception of $20.00 for bowling and $25.00 for the golf tournament. Registration is open through October 31.

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


 
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Oct 20, 2014HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE TREASURE COAST VISITS STUART LODGE FOR MARY ANN'S BIRTHDAY
When Mary Ann, the beloved canine who lives at Stuart Lodge, recently celebrated her first birthday, volunteers, staff and rescue dogs from Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) came to join in the celebration. The residents of Stuart Lodge are allowed to bring their dogs to live with them when they move in. HSTC is committed to supporting the community in any way it can.

 
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Oct 20, 2014Win big at the Stuart Stroll November 13
The Downtown Business Association and Stuart Main Street present the Stuart Stroll, an evening of shopping, refreshments and fun on November 13 from 5:00pm-9:00pm in downtown Stuart.

During the Stuart Stroll, participants will enjoy drinks, refreshments, and free samples as they shop the dozens of participating retailers downtown.

Five lucky shoppers will win a $100 shopping spree in downtown Stuart.

Tickets for the Stuart Stroll are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Advance tickets can be purchased at Lizzie’s Lunchbox, Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream, Stuart Coffee Company, Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic, Rare Earth Gallery, Art Tee Da, Harbor Wear, The Clam Shell, April Daze, Bella Jewelry & Gifts, and Seacoast National Bank branch location on Colorado Avenue in Stuart.

The event takes place November 13 from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Registration begins at the Riverwalk Stage. Free shuttles are available from the Osceola, Sailfish, and Kiwanis Park parking lots.

Sponsors of the Stuart Stroll include Schumacher Music, Southern Eagle Distributors, Coast 101.3, City of Stuart CRA, Seacoast National Bank, Crown Car Care, and Mulligan’s.

For more information, visit www.HistoricDowntownStuart.com, www.facebook.com/downtownstuart, or call 772–286-2848.


 
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Oct 20, 2014MOLLY’S HOUSE NEWS
Molly’s House, 5th Annual Prêt À Manger Restaurants Announced, event on November 3rd event.

From appetizers to salads, soups, entrees, dessert, breads and coffees, the day of decadence is coming once again! The fifth annual Prêt à Manger, a special event fundraiser featuring local chefs and restaurants, is scheduled for Monday, November 3th, 2014 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Molly’s House, located at 430 SE Osceola Street in Stuart. Prêt à Manger is a word for small plate samplings – and there are sure to be plenty of goodies to sample.

Our esteemed Judges will be; Jan Norris, previously the Food Editor with the Palm Beach Post, Chuck Loper, President of Protein Partner and Mike Dunn, previous restaurateur and Chef.

The 2014 Restaurants participating in the Holiday Tasting are; Spoto’s Oyster Bar, The Gafford, Ian’s Tropical Grill, PRP Wines, Southern Eagle, Fredgie’s, Vine & Barley, Ellie’s Downtown Deli, Taco Shack, Peggy’s Natural Foods, Ooolala Concepts & Cookery, Your Mobile Chef, Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ, Paella Grill, Cuisine 256, Edible Spirits, DiMichelli’s Paella King, Carmela’s, 18 Seminole Street and Drunken Money Cupcake Co.

This year’s Auction items will include Island Get-A-Ways to Antigua, Saint Lucia and Panama. Golf includes; Sailfish Point, Mariner Sands, Eagle Marsh and Monarch Country Club. Plus much, much more including, spas, boating, baseball, wine tastings and many local restaurant certificates.

Tickets; $75. VIP Reserved Seating, $50 General Tickets/$60 at the Door. Tickets can be purchased by calling Molly’s House or stopping in at 430 SE Osceola St., Stuart.
Molly’s House is a 501©3 hospital hospitality house that offers affordable, temporary accommodations for adult and children patients and their families receiving medical care on the Treasure Coast. The House services Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Okeechobee and Indian River Counties. The Victorian style house features 14 bedrooms with private baths, a living room, two kitchens, a laundry facility, a chapel, a library and outside areas for relaxing. Molly’s House has been keeping families together since 1996 providing a home-away-from-home for more than 16,000 individuals. For more information about Molly’s House and Pret A Manger, call 772.223.6659 or visit http://www.MollysHouse.org.


 
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Oct 20, 2014Registration Opens for ‘Semester by the Sea’ Program at FAU Harbor Branch
Registration for the annual “Semester by the Sea” (SBTS) program for Florida Atlantic University’s undergraduate students studying marine biology will take place Monday, Nov. 3 through Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Early registration is strongly recommended. Students from any college or university are welcome to apply for the program, which runs from Monday, Jan. 5 through Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
The SBTS program, based at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, provides an unforgettable learning environment that couples small class sizes, hands-on lab instruction and intensive field studies in subtropical marine ecosystems. Study topics include:
• Subtropical biodiversity and ecology of seagrasses, reefs, and mangroves
• Techniques and applications of molecular biology in marine systems
• Techniques integral to aquaculture of important species
• Fundamentals of physical and chemical oceanography
The recommended program of study consists of three core courses and one elective course. The “Ocean Discovery” course also is available and involves going out to sea for several days for intensive studies.
“SBTS provides students with a strong foundation in marine science which they can use in their future careers and in excelling in graduate programs,” said Peter McCarthy, Ph.D., associate director for research and SBTS program coordinator. “This intense semester provides an excellent opportunity for our students to learn from and study with the best.”
FAU Harbor Branch faculty are leaders in their respective fields, which include marine mammals, aquaculture, corals, seagrass, mangroves, macroalgae and microbiology. The FAU Harbor Branch research site is located on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America. During SBTS, students have the option of living on the FAU Harbor Branch research site or staying off-campus in nearby Vero Beach or Fort Pierce.
For more information, or to begin the SBTS registration process, contact Peter McCarthy, Ph.D., at pmccart5@hboi.fau.edu.


 
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Oct 20, 2014Log Cabin Senior Center Health and Wellness Fair
Friday, November 7th—2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
2369 NE Dixie Highway Jensen Beach 34957
RSVP to Zee Carter at 772-334-2926

Free Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screenings and Flu Shots.

Free Seminars on Estate Planning, New Medicaid and Medicare
Roll Out Plan and Treasure Coast Hospice Five Wishes Program.

On Site Licensed Social Worker/Case Manager.

10-Minute Massage Chair.

Refreshments and MUCH MORE!



VENDOR LIST:

1. Senior Solutions – Dee Bather 772-334-0424
2. SHINE – Darlene Forage 772-453-5727
3. Weidner Chiropractic - Jade 772-781-1101
4. Wellmed – Terri Watling 772-579-8400
5. Mederi Caretenders – Alice Delevante/Deb Thompson 772-879-2224
6. VNA – Kerri Whittle 772-286-1844
7. Alheimer’s & Parkinson’s Association – Pat Sacco 772-335-1910
8. TC Hospice – Jenny Fee 772-403-4500
9. TC Advocates for Seniors – Mona Guinn-Huff 772-579-2485
10. Walgreen’s – Danielle 772-334-5886
11. ACC – Marilyn Silvestri 772-223-6351


 
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Oct 20, 2014Media event today: Martin County Fire Rescue begins Ebola preparedness training
Martin County Fire Rescue (MCFR), in continued partnership with the professionals of the Martin County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Team, have started specialized training in personal protective suits in response to handling any potential Ebola cases that may arise in Martin County, while protecting themselves and surrounding citizens.

The media is invited to Fire-Rescue Station 18 on Britt Rd. in Jensen Beach at 3:00 p.m. today to observe these efforts and speak to local public safety officials.

MCFR Chief Joseph Ferrara and Sheriff William Snyder are working together on a preparedness plan that will allow deputies to safely back-up rescue workers in the event they need law enforcement assistance when dealing with a potential Ebola situation. Fire Rescue professionals will train deputies in proper procedures, from suiting up to gear removal, so deputies can properly protect themselves, rescue workers and our citizens.


 
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Oct 20, 2014Holiday Thrift Store
New thrift store on U.S.1

House of Hope is moving its Stuart thrift store to Federal Highway!

The store is just north of Southern Pig & Cattle restaurant, in a shopping plaza with Porter Paints and across the street from the shopping plaza with Jetson and Steinmart.

On Thursday, Oct. 16, the location will open with House of Hope's annual Holiday Thrift Store. Then, on Monday, Nov. 3, the full House of Hope thrift store will be moved in and open for business.


The reason for the move is twofold, both of which are driven by the need to help people who are struggling with hunger and hardship:

House of Hope wants to enhance the capacity of its main Stuart service center at 2484 SE Bonita Street. The agency's food pantry and case management services -- provided by staff, interns and volunteers -- will fill the space the thrift store has occupied for the past two decades.

The new thrift store on Federal Highway will bring in more revenue, enhancing House of Hope's ability to be Martin County's leader in providing basic needs services. Presently, thrift store sales from House of Hope locations in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach produce about one-third of the money that House of Hope needs to operate its services.

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


Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


 
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Oct 20, 2014Last Chance for the Big Dance!
House of Hope and seven other charities will take the stage at the Kane Center in the Charity Masquerade Dance Party, 7pm-10pm Saturday, Oct. 18. Communications director Diane Tomasik is dancing a foxtrot routine to raise funds to purchase a van for House of Hope volunteers to pick up "our daily bread." Tickets are $40 and w ill be available at the door, or can be purchased online today (Friday 10/17) at www.hohmartin.org/dance.

 
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Oct 20, 2014Photographers Offer Images of Hope
Treasure Coast Photography Group is hosting an exhibit that will showcase members’ artful styles and benefit House of Hope.

The photography show and sale will be held 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Alice’s Restaurant, 2781 SE Ocean Blvd., in Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart.



Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The art photography will be for sale, and part of the proceeds will be donated to House of Hope. Snacks, wine, coffee and tea will be served.



Photographs also will be on display and for sale at Alice’s Oct. 12-Nov. 3.

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


Thanks go to the Treasure Coast Photography Group for devoting its inaugural photography exhibit to raising funds for House of Hope.

The exhibit, which raised $2,300, ran March 30-31 and April 7, 2012 in the Palm Room at Harbour Bay Plaza in Sewall’s Point. It featured the work of more than 20 local professional and amateur photographers.

The proceeds came from entry fees paid by the photographers, as well as a percentage of the photos sold. Seacoast National Bank provided a sponsorship, and many attendees filled up a treasure chest that House of Hope set up to collect donations.

Several photographers, including Eric Wickstrom, Nick Andersen and Doug Carson, donated photos to House of Hope that the agency will use in silent auctions to raise funds at future events.

Many thanks go to the photography group members who helped to organize the event: Jeff Kaplan, who is a board member at House of Hope, and Kevin Boldenow, of KRB Photo Imagery/Fine Art Photography.



 
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Oct 20, 2014Parks and Recreation Advisory 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 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, November 7, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITION: At-large member who must be a Martin County resident. The term is for three years.

It shall be the function of the Board to provide an ongoing process allowing public access to the planning, development, and programming of the County parks and recreation system.

Meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month at 5:00 pm at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.



 
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Oct 20, 2014Public Art Advisory Board Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Public Art Advisory Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, November 7, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant positions:
Architect or interior designer
Landscape architect or land use planner
Professional in the field of art
Art educator or an architectural historian
Four citizens with knowledge of and appreciation for the visual arts

Committee Powers & Duties:
The Board shall have the duty and responsibility to review the Public Art Master Plan and the Art in Public Places Five-Year Plan for review and approval by the Board of County Commissioners and to hold public meetings to solicit public comment for specific public art projects and those contained in the Art in Public Places Five-Year Plan.

Meetings are held as needed


 
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Oct 20, 2014Paralegal Job Opening
One of our clients, a growing Treasure Coast Elder Care Law Firm, is seeking an experienced full-time Elder Care paralegal to join their team! Your goal is to provide our clients with the best service experience possible to engender repeat and referral business as an advocate for our company and its services. A hunger to learn and grow is essential; Associates Degree and/or Paralegal Certification required. Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years work experience within Elder Care law with demonstrated Estate Planning background and experience preparing and executing required Medicaid and VA forms on behalf of clients along with the preparation, filing, and prosecution of VA and Medicaid applications.
Please forward your resume in PDF or Word format to recruiting@pharusgroup.com. We are a Drug, Alcohol & Smoke-free Workplace environment. An Equal Opportunity Employer.


 
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Oct 20, 2014Holiday Home Tour announcement
The Woman’s Club of Stuart’s 6th annual Holiday Home Tour Presented by Audi Stuart will be Sunday, December 7. Six gorgeous homes, beautifully decorated for the holidays, will be on view from 12 noon to 5 p.m., followed by a reception at the Woman’s Club, 729 East Ocean Blvd. The reception, from 4 to 6 p.m., includes a silent auction for a variety of goodies, and opportunities to purchase holiday décor. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For those who want to leave the driving to someone else, VIP Bus Tour packages are available for $60. It includes transportation to the six homes on the tour, plus a seventh, additional house in a beautiful gated community. Tickets are available from the club, www.womansclubofstuart.com, and after November 1 from several Seacoast National Bank branches. Funds raised support college scholarships for Martin County public high school students. The club hopes to top last year’s $18,000 in scholarships awarded.

 
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Oct 20, 2014DON’T MISS IT! DR. HUO Healing & Wellness Academy
STUART - November 20th 9AM to 5PM

DR. ZHI LIANG HUO
CALL TODAY 1.772.232.6977
Dr. Huo is a world renowned Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Orthopedic Surgeon and Acupuncturist, and he is coming to Stuart! He was reported by TV news in China, Australia and the United States for his amazing results in healing patients, where other doctors have failed or given up.
He has been researching, teaching and writing about
Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, Australia and the United
States for over 35 years. He has more than thirty medical
Articles published by Chinese and Australia media.
Dr. Huo currently maintains a busy clinical
Schedule in Orlando, Florida and gives seminars all over the
World. Recently he published his new book "Dr. Huo's Qi
Gong Five Needle Scalp Acupuncture Technique" that had a
Profound effect in the field of acupuncture.

$90 Qi Gong 9:00AM to 1:00PM 4 HOUR CLASS
$90 Consultations 1:00PM to 5:00PM REQ’D FOR TREATMNT
$90 Acupuncture 1:00PM to 5:00PM 1 HOUR

Marriott Courtyard 7615 SW Lost River Rd. Stuart, FL


 
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Oct 20, 2014Halloween Half Marathon next weekend at Indian RiverSide Park
Martin County Parks & Recreation Department and the Sailfish Striders will be hosting the Annual Halloween Half Marathon at Indian River Side Park next Sunday. On October 26 starting at 6:30 a.m., ghosts and goblins will take over the park to start their 13.1 mile journey through Jensen Beach. Preregistration (until 10/26) is $80.00 and there will not be day of race registration. Age divisions start at13 and up and through 70+. There will be awards for 1st - 3rd in each age group, male and female, masters and overall. Don't forget your costumes! Sign up now at http://econnect.martin.fl.us. For more information on this event contact us at 772-221-1419 or dgladdin@martin.fl.us.

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


 
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Oct 20, 2014Smithsonian Event Lets Aquarium Visitors See What Happens When the Lights Go Out
If you have ever wondered what happens when the Aquarium lights go dark, the Smithsonian is offering you a chance to find out! On Friday, November 14, join Smithsonian education staff for a pizza dinner and brief presentation before venturing into the Aquarium to explore the tanks with flashlights. Doors open at 5:45pm and the program will begin promptly at 6:00pm. Aquarium After Dark is recommended for adults and children ages 5 and up. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children for Aquarium members; nonmember prices are $12 for adults and $10 for children.

“Not everything goes to sleep when the lights go out,” said Cristin Ryan, Marine Biology Educator at the Aquarium. “The underwater world looks very different at night and Aquarium After Dark provides a unique opportunity for visitors to observe animals and behaviors that they wouldn’t otherwise see.”

Advance registration is required as space is limited. If you are unable to make the November event, an encore Aquarium After Dark program is scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014. To register for either program date, please call 772-465-3271 or email smseducation@si.edu.

The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium at 420 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm, Sunday from 12pm-4pm and seasonally (January through March) on Monday from 10am-4pm. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for children and seniors. Annual memberships are available, starting from $15.

The Smithsonian Marine Station has teamed with St. Lucie County and other community partners to create this unique educational facility. The Ecosystems Exhibit is an outreach effort of the Smithsonian Marine Station, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. A fixture in the Fort Pierce community for over 40 years, the Marine Station is dedicated to understanding the character and diversity of the marine and estuarine habitats of Florida. For more information about the Exhibit, or to learn about volunteering opportunities, call 772-465-3271.


 
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Oct 20, 2014SE ISLAND WAY INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, turn lane and driveway connection work associated with Pennock Preserve PUD will continue on SE Island Way between SE Bridgewater Drive and SE Hidden Bridge Court. The work will necessitate intermittent lane closures on SE Island Way. The work is expected to be complete on Friday, October 24, 2014. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.



 
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Oct 20, 2014Award of $10,000 Helps Feed the Hungry
Bob Carey, Executive Director of Sarah’s Kitchen of the Treasure Coast is pleased to announce that Sarah’s Kitchen has received a $10,000 grant from The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation.

Bob says, “On behalf of all of our volunteers and guests, we thank Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robins for their generous gift. Without support such as this grant, we would not be able to continue our efforts to feed those in need. In spite of the signs of economic recovery, the majory of our population is still struggling financially. Sarah’s Kitchen has seen an increase in the numbers of meals we serve each month.”

In 2013, Sarah’s Kitchen served over 53,000 hot nutritious meals and they expect that number to be in excess of 60,000 by the end of the year.

Sarah’s Kitchen is an interfaith organization that believes we should put aside our doctrinal differences and share God’s love by serving others. They have six feeding locations throughout the Treasure Coast.

Feeding sites are open from 5:00 pm– 6:30 pm

First United Methodist Church: 260 SW Prima Vista Blvd, Port St Lucie 34983; Every Monday

St Paul's AME Church: 1405 N 27th St. Fort Pierce, 34947: Every Tuesday

First Congregational Church: 2401 SE Sidonia Street, Port St Lucie 34952; Every Wednesday

First Bethel Baptist Church: 506 N Eleventh St,, Ft Pierce 34950; Every Thursday

Notre Dame Catholic Mission: 217 N Highway 1, Ft Pierce 34950; Every Friday

St. Simon's Episcopal Church: 1700 Avenue E, Fort Pierce, FL 34950; Provides Nutrition Food Packets and Nutrition Education; Every Wednesday 10 am - Noon.

For more information please visit www.sarahskitchen.org

In this photo: Terry Garmin one of Sarah’s Kitchen volunteer grant writers and his son Glen at last year's Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robins presentation ceremony. Last year, Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robins awarded Sarah's Kitchen $7,500.


 
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Oct 20, 2014Got talent? Martin County enlisted to help recruit locals for talent show auditions in Tampa
The Martin County Film and Television Office has been enlisted by the producers of America's Got Talent to help spread the word that auditions for Season Ten of the show are coming to Tampa on November 2nd and they seeking talented individuals and groups from all over Florida. Martin County's Film and Television Commissioner, David Graham, noted that this was the first time AGT has reached out to Martin County and that the show's producers were enlisting the notification assist from Film and Television offices throughout Florida. "They were really emphasizing wanting residents from all over Florida to audition, not just the greater Tampa Bay area," Graham noted.

Locals interested in auditioning on November 2nd at the Tampa Convention Center can register at www.agtauditions.com.


 
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Oct 20, 2014The Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food & Fund Drive

The Great Treasure Coast Holiday Virtual Food Drive

October 15th to December 31st

The holidays can bring lots of happiness and excitement. Whether it's spending time with family or making favorite recipes, it's always a time for sharing. Sadly, some families won't have that opportunity. Tens of thousands of Treasure Coast residents will be worried about where their next meal is coming from. You can make a difference this holiday season buy starting your own virtual food drive to help your neighbors in need.

With monetary donations we are able to obtain exactly what is most needed – more food! And the Online Food & Fund Drive can take place right from your computer, without the hassle of collecting heavy food or barrels. For every $1 contributed we can distribute 7 meals to hungry people on the Treasure Coast. The money donated through our Online Food Drive is tax-deductible and donors receive a receipt for each monetary gift. The Online Food & Fund Drive is fun and easy. Register a team or register as an individual, set up a fundraising webpage, send emails or post to social media asking friends, family and co-workers to join your team and donate on your behalf. Our Online Food Drive is an easy way for departments, companies, schools, or organizations to compete against each other too. Each group can set up their own Team page and keep track of donations.

http://www.firstgiving.com/104379/TGTCHFFD

 
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Oct 20, 2014FLORIDA FIRST LADY VISITS CITRUS GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Florida First Lady Ann Scott visited Citrus Grove Elementary School in Palm City on Tuesday. The school was one of the top five winners of the 2014 First Lady’s Summer Literacy Adventure with 2,869 books read during the summer.
Mrs. Scott read stories to eager students in Dr. Jessica Tuma’s fifth grade class and Mrs. Sharon Moody’s kindergarten class. School District Superintendent Laurie Gaylord, Citrus Grove Principal Tyson Villwock, and Assistant Principal Pam Aursland received Mrs. Scott for the special visit.
The First Lady’s Summer Literacy Adventure challenged students to read as many books as possible during the summer break. First Lady Scott visited state parks and encouraged children to keep reading while they enjoyed the natural beauty of Florida’s state parks.
Research shows that children who do not continue reading through the summer can lose a month or more of progress made during the school year. By encouraging their children to read, parents play an important role in ensuring every child reads at or above grade level.


 
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Oct 16, 2014COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 5K RUN FOR EDUCATION ROAD CLOSURE
On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the Community Christian Academy will be hosting their Annual 5K Run for Education, which will result in intermittent lane closures along SE Salerno Road, SE Pepperwood Drive and SE Buttonwood Circle between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and to use alternate routes through this area.


 
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Oct 16, 2014Enormous yard sale, craft fair to benefit United Way set for Nov. 15
All three high schools in Martin County are joining forces in an effort to support United Way.

Faculty and students from Martin County, Jensen Beach and South Fork high schools are organizing an enormous yard sale and craft fair on Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Martin County High School, 2801 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart.

The Second Annual Community Spectacular to benefit United Way of Martin County is open to the public and promises to offer bargain hunters everything from handmade treasures to gently used household items.

“Last year’s event at South Fork High School was so successful that we decided to include all three high schools this year,” said Jodi Goode, community spectacular organizer. “Not only will people be able to find good deals, but they’ll also be supporting an important community partner in United Way.”

The Second Annual Community Spectacular is free to attend, but $20 donation to United Way of Martin County is required in order reserve a table for selling items. For more information about the event or to reserve a table, call Jodi Goode at 772-219-1840, ext. 103.

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


 
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Oct 16, 2014Treasure Coast SCORE Names New Officers
The Treasure Coast Chapter of SCORE is pleased to announce new officers as follows for our new Fiscal Year October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015:

Chapter Chair – John Hosler
Vice Chair – Administration & Information Technology – George Greenstein
Secretary – Bill Malleson
Treasurer – Bob McCabe

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

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

For the Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2014 Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 served 482 new clients face-to-face & 181 new clients through email counseling. Also we held 85 workshops with 1,156 attendees.

SCORE Chapter 308, has its main office in Ft. Pierce and branch locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Vero Beach and soon we will be adding Sebastian to our list of counseling locations.

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 Florida Small Business Development Center and covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Glades and Okeechobee Counties on the Treasure Coast.

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

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


 
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Oct 16, 2014Hobgoblins on Main Street free family festival to take place October 25
Stuart Main Street and The Downtown Business Association of Stuart present Hobgoblins on Main Street, featuring the 16th Annual Hobgoblin Parade and FREE Family Funfest. The event takes place Saturday, October 25 from 1pm-4pm at the River Walk Stage.

This year’s Hobgoblin Festival features a kid’s interactive area and craft area, safety zone, live music, merchant trick or treating from 3:00-4:00pm, face painting, and wine, beer, & food vendors.

Cerveza will be performing from 1:00pm-4:00pm, and the 16th Annual Hobgoblin Parade hits the streets at 2:30pm.

Hobgoblins on Main Street is sponsored by Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream, Scripps, “The Lilly” Treasure Coast Sailing Adventures, Coast 101.3, Seacoast National Bank, Home Depot, and Bud Light.

This free event takes place on Osceola Street in Downtown Stuart. For more information call (772) 286-2848.


 
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Oct 16, 20147th Annual Festival of Trees at the Court House Cultural Center, November 17-22
We will soon be presenting our 7th Annual Festival of Trees at the Court House Cultural Center, November 17-22. Each year, we have had a reception where judging of the trees and wreaths occurs. It is a widely attended, and wildly successful evening where (mostly) ladies have networked and enjoyed the beauty of the items, but found it hard to take time to judge!!

This year we are asking for important community figures to act as our “Celebrity Judges.” We will reach all across the county to include those of you who have supported Tykes & Teens and can appreciate how much this annual event means to us. I have attached the invitation, showing the date and times. You would, of course, be our guests for this event.

Although you are welcome, you need not stay for the entire time. The judging will take as long, or as little time, as you feel you need to make the selections. I will promise you one thing…it isn’t easy, but it is a very rewarding activity and, judging is something you may know!

I hope that your schedule is clear and that you will join us on November 17th, at 5pm. It would be an honor to have you.


 
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Oct 16, 2014Gary Uber Elected President of the Private Care Association
Deborah F. Irvine, President of Family Private Care, Inc., a Nurse Registry serving the residents of South Florida announced today Family Private Care co-founder Gary Uber, who served as the PCA President in 2010, has once again been elected President of the Private Care Association, Inc. Mr. Uber was elected at the annual PCA national conference held in Orlando, Florida this past week.
Since 1977, the Private Care Association has been committed to advocating for the caregiver registry private care model, by presenting its position to public policymakers. The PCA is continuing to expand its membership to develop greater capability for nationwide grassroots advocacy to educate and promote the benefits of the caregiver registry’s consumer-directed model of care.
“Family Private Care has been an active member of the Private Care Association from its inception. I am humbled and consider it a great privilege to have been elected president of the PCA. At the Private Care Association we believe that the consumer who elects to pay privately for their own or family member’s care has the right to assess their own care needs, make decisions about how private care services would meet those needs, choose how they want that care delivered, select the personnel who will deliver that care and choose how, when and where that care will be delivered. Basically this consumer directed care is the epitome of allowing and encouraging the rights of the client and their families to choose how they wish to ‘age in place’,” explained Mr. Uber.
Family Private Care, Inc., a licensed nurse registry headquartered in Hobe Sound, Florida, is a private care referral company, specializing in expertly matching individuals who need assistance at their home or in a health care facility with highly qualified health care professionals. Since 1997, Family Private Care has referred Skilled Nursing Care (RNs and LPNs), Certified Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides, Companions, and Homemakers. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Brevard, Broward, Lee, Sarasota and Collier Counties. Telephones are personally answered 24/7. For more information about Family Private Care, Inc. call (800) 962-0884, or log on to www.familyprivatecare.com.


 
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Oct 16, 2014VGTI Florida Launches the Center for Diseases of Aging to Develop Innovative Treatments for a Broad Range of Difficult-to-Treat Diseases
he Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida), a leading, non-profit biomedical research institute, today announced the launch of its Center for Diseases of Aging(“CDA”), a major initiative to accelerate the discovery and advancement of novel, best-in-class healthcare interventions for the prevention and treatment of diseases commonly associated with aging. The CDA’s research teams will collaborate with medical scientists from Sweden’s world-renowned Karolinska Institutet on programs targeting infectious disease, cancers, neurodegenerative conditions, cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders and related projects designed to boost overall immunity and vitality in the aging and elderly. Karolinska Institutet is perhaps best known internationally for its Nobel Assembly annually awarding the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
“The CDA will be a platform for VGTI Florida to work side by side with world-class scientists to discover innovative healthcare solutions with a focus on precision and personalized medicine. Our mission is to enhance the longevity, health and quality of life for the citizens of Florida - and ultimately for aging populations throughout the world,” explained VGTI Florida’s President and Director, Richard Jove, Ph.D.
Made possible by a $3 million investment allocated by the State of Florida in the 2014/2015 General Appropriations Act, the CDA leverages VGTI Florida’s core competencies in developing genome-based approaches for the treatment of infectious disease and cancers, and adds new disciplines in the development of cell-based therapies that target a broad range of diseases that typically impact elderly populations. This includes next-generation approaches to finding cures through the use of regenerative medicine and personalized immunotherapies. Medical researchers from Karolinska Institutet are now establishing laboratories on site at VGTI Florida at the Tradition Center for Innovation.
Karolinska Institutet’s Dean of Research, Professor Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, M.D., Ph.D., discussed the value of combining respective research synergies with scientists at VGTI Florida, “Our scientific strengths are highly complementary. By collaborating closely, we can make greater and faster progress in advancing new and better approaches to treating the diseases of aging. Over the course of our 204-year history, Karolinska Institutet’s scientists have contributed to many of humankind’s most important medical breakthroughs. The CDA represents our continued commitment to share knowledge and co-develop new medicines through important international partnerships.”
Some of the innovative discoveries to be initially advanced at the CDA will include: personalized cancer vaccines to prevent recurrence of breast and ovarian cancers; novel T-cell therapies targeting malignant melanoma and other solid tumors; regenerative approaches to restore heart muscle and tissue following cardiovascular events; and next-generation anti-viral vaccines to boost immunity in the aging, including the development of a universal flu vaccine capable of protecting against any strain of influenza.
Florida Senator Joe Negron applauded the launch of the CDA and welcomed researchers moving from Sweden into VGTI Florida’s 100,000 square foot, award-winning research laboratories, “This is a major development for the ‘Research Coast’ in bringing such acclaimed scientists from Karolinska as new members of our community. The economic impact on our area will be important, including the many opportunities that will be generated with our other local research institutes, universities and hospitals. Floridians will also be among the first to benefit by having access to new therapies that could emerge as future standards-of-care, as these personalized medicines will be evaluated in local clinical trial programs. The ultimate implications for improved global healthcare should be enormous,” said Senator Negron.
VGTI Florida’s Dr. Jove added, “We are very grateful to the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott for recognizing the impact that the CDA will have, locally and globally. Florida’s elected leadership continues to take the actions necessary to grow the life sciences in our state, and we especially thank those legislators who personally championed the CDA including Senator Joe Negron, Representative Matt Hudson, Representative Gayle Harrell, Representative Larry Lee, Congressman Patrick Murphy, Senator Denise Grimsley and Representative MaryLynn Magar. With continued commitment, investment and support, we will further strengthen the quality of best-in-class biomedical research occurring right here in Florida.”
“Based on the Legislature’s long-term vision, the past ten years have been transformational for the Florida healthcare sector with some the best medical researchers in the world relocating to our state, committed to eradicating the diseases that devastate families. The CDA is another example of the life science clusters being created and the high-impact jobs and educational opportunities that are resulting,” lauded Representative Matt Hudson.
About Karolinska Institutet:
Karolinska Institutet is based in Stockholm, Sweden and is one of the world´s leading medical universities, accounting for over 40% of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden. The University offers Sweden’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. Since 1901, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has annually selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine. For more information, please visit: http://ki.se/en/startpage
About the Center for Diseases of Aging at VGTI Florida:
The Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) biomedical research institute that is positioned for its next stage of growth with the launch of the Center for Diseases of Aging (CDA). The CDA is a joint mission with researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute (KI), known for awarding the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology annually. This initiative was made possible by a $3 million follow-on investment by the State of Florida and will accelerate the advancement of VGTI Florida’s core competencies in developing genome-based approaches that target the treatment of infectious disease, cancers, neurodegenerative conditions, cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders using next-generation approaches such as regenerative medicine and personalized immunotherapies. For more information, please visit: www.vgtifl.org
To sign-up for VGTI Florida’s social media feeds, please visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VGTIFlorida
Twitter: @VGTIFlorida


 
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Oct 16, 2014Helping People Succeed Coordinates New Autism Council
Helping People Succeed has coordinated its first meeting of the newly-formed Autism Program Council, comprised of community leaders, autism specialists and family members affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Recently, the Center for Disease Control reported that one in 68 children will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder each year. Four out of five diagnosed will be boys.

“There is a need right here on the Treasure Coast to provide services and resources to those affected and their families,” said Suzy Hutcheson, who welcomed the group at the Autism Center at 320 Florida St. in Stuart.

She informed the new council members of “where we have been, where we are and where we want to be,” The goal is for Helping People Succeed to be the lead provider of autism services on the Treasure Coast. This will eliminate a lot of stress for families who now have to drive hours for such services.

The Autism Program Council will be focused on the following four areas of interest: collaboration and partnerships, program, development, advocacy and fund development. Helping People Succeed has been active in the area of autism for the last three years – yet
the time is now as there is a great need for expansion.

Serving on the committee will be: Lee Borellis, Melissa Burkhard, Phyllis Gillespie, Rob Gluckman, Sarah Gosney, State Representative Gayle Harrell, Allen Herskowitz, Bonney Johnson, Simon Kabdebo, Dr. Sarrie Katz, Susan King, Dr. Jose Marrero, Terri Neil, Mary Ellen Quinn-Lunny, Stacie Routt, Joanne Sweazy, Carol Taylor-Moore, Jeannine Warren, Michelle Weiler and Dr. Genon Wincena.

Kathy Derringer, VP/ Successful Families, explained the BRAIN (Building Readiness Among Infants Now) and Infant / Toddler Social Communications programs, already receiving diagnoses.

Pam Christofori, VP/Autism Services, handles assessments for a quick diagnosis. “We’re stepping outside the box,” Christofori said. She encouraged the newly-formed Council to “watch the magic” that will result from many programs.

Hutcheson outlined Helping People Succeed’s funding sources during the last few years, as well as explaining Medicaid payments, insurance, grants and contributions. She is also talking with legislators about more health-related funding. For additional information, contact 772.320.0770 or go online at www.hpsfl.org.


 
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Oct 16, 2014Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Announces New Board Chair and Four New Board Members
J.B. Murray is the new chairman of the board of directors for the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Sherry Barrat, Libby Marshall, Lisa Morgan and Chris Storkerson are new board members. The Foundation’s board approved these appointments at their summer meeting, effective July 1, 2014. Members serve three-year terms.

“The Community Foundation is led by a board of local leaders that represent the communities we serve, and who are united by a passion for making a difference,” said Brad Hurlburt, president and CEO. “We are excited for the next chapter in our 40-year history under J.B.’s leadership, and we welcome the experience and guidance of our new board members. They will be tremendous assets to the Foundation as we continue to fulfill our mission of building vibrant communities through philanthropy.”

J.B. Murray is the managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs’ West Palm Beach office. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including probate and trust litigation. He has served on the Foundation’s board of directors for six years, and was previously secretary and vice chair. Murray is a long-time resident of Palm Beach County and currently resides in Palm Beach. He was formerly on the boards of the Palm Beach Zoo, Palm Beach Rehabilitation Center and Mounts Botanical Garden.

Sherry S. Barrat was vice chairman of the Northern Trust Company and a member of its management committee before she retired in 2012. Previously, she served as president of Northern Trust’s personal financial services global business and held other leadership positions within the company in Palm Beach, Los Angeles and Chicago. Now a resident of Singer Island, Barrat is a corporate director at NextEra Energy, Prudential Insurance Funds and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. She is an emeritus trustee of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and serves on the global advisory board of Women Corporate Directors.

Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Marshall is a Palm Beach resident and a registered landscape architect who has earned national and international acclaim with projects that include the Gateway to World Peace Memorial and Park in Hiroshima, Japan; The United States Veterans’ Hospital in Miami; Saint Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach; and Dalwhinnie South Dressage Horse Ranch, White Fences in Wellington. Marshall has recently completed her fifth tem with the Florida Board of Landscape Architecture, appointed by Governors Bush, Crist and Scott. She was recently honored with an award for exemplary public service as a Palm Beach Town Council appointee to the Landmarks and Preservation Commission; and has been presented with numerous service awards by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

A resident of Gulf Stream, Lisa M. Morgan has her juris doctor and practiced law before moving into real estate management where she currently serves as president of Mumma Realty Associates. She is treasurer of the board of directors and sits on the grants review committee for Impact 100 Palm Beach County, a women’s giving group that has a fund at the Community Foundation that awards high-impact grants to local nonprofits. She is also on the board of the Gulf Stream School and Gulf Stream Bath & Tennis Club. Morgan is a past volunteer at the Delray Beach Historical Society; Lupus Foundation, Southeast Florida Chapter; Bethesda Hospital; Little Club; and several other local organizations.

Christopher W. Storkerson is a senior vice president and wealth strategist at Northern Trust’s Palm Beach office. He joined the company in 2005, and has over 20 years of experience in finance. He is a certified financial planner and a certified private wealth advisor. Storkerson resides in Palm Beach and serves on the Town of Palm Beach’s Investment Advisory Committee. He is also involved with Palm Beach Day Academy and several youth lacrosse organizations.

Other members of the Community Foundation’s board of directors include Anson M. Beard, Jr.; Ray S. Celedinas; Lore Moran Dodge; George T. Elmore; Kathleen B. Emmett; Paulette Koch; Kathleen J. Kroll; Andrew Kushner; Christina M. Macfarland; Peter Matwiczyk; Lawrence J. Miller; David G. Ober, Virginia H. Smith, Douglas A. Stockham, Steven A. Templeton, and Roy J. Zuckerberg.

As one of the largest community foundations in Florida, the Foundation manages an endowment of $170 million, and has been serving the region for over 40 years. Together with its donors, the Foundation makes grants, awards scholarships and leads community efforts to improve the lives and opportunities of residents – both now and in the future.


For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.


 
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Oct 16, 2014Hobgoblins on Main Street free family festival to take place October 25
See attached flyer

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Oct 15, 2014ARC OF MARTIN COUNTY RECEIVES PROCLAMATION FOR MARTIN COUNTY COMMISSION
The ARC of Martin County recently received a proclamation from the Martin County Commission naming October as Down Syndrome Month.
ARC (Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged), is a 501 (c)(3) non-for-profit organization that is dedicated to empowering children and adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential through residential, vocational, educational, behavioral and other healthcare services. To learn more about ARC, visit www.arcmc.org


 
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Oct 15, 2014New environmental show on MCTV debuts, first program explores St. Lucie Inlet
Martin County Television (MCTV) has just launched a new series called Your Environment that will take a look at local and regional environmental topics that affect us all.

The first episode of Your Environment covers Martin County's steadfast commitment to the St. Lucie Inlet and the importance of regular maintenance. In this debut program, we'll explore how and why a navigable St. Lucie Inlet is vital to the area- both environmentally and economically. The hosts and guests include local experts with a passion for protecting our environment and associated economies.
Your Environment airs Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00 A.M., Wednesdays at 8:00 P.M., and Saturdays at 11:00 A.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streaming live at www.martin.fl.us. It is also available on Martin County's YouTube Channel at http://youtu.be/EFHIuKkVbXg.


 
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Oct 15, 2014SOUTH FORK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO GET LESSON IN THE DANGERS OF TEXTING WHILE DRIVING
AT&T simulator to be at school as part of “National Teen Driver Safety Week”

WHAT: South Fork High School administrators and AT&T hope a simulator will drive home an important message with students during “National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 19-25)”: No text is worth a life or injury. The AT&T simulator, part of the It Can Wait movement to put an end to texting while driving, will be at the Stuart high school on October 20.



The It Can Wait movement was started by AT&T in 2010 with a focus on teens, who are prolific texters and novice drivers. Each year, texting and driving is involved in more than 200,000 vehicle crashes, according to the National Safety Council. Teens ignore the dangers of texting while driving, and adults often set a poor example for them. In a 2012 AT&T- commissioned poll, 97 percent of teens surveyed said texting while driving is dangerous, but 43 percent admitted doing it. And according to 77 percent of the teens polled, adults tell kids not to text while driving, but adults “do it all the time.”

Since the It Can Wait launch, AT&T has continued its national push to stop texting and driving:

• More than 5 million pledges – and counting – have been made to never text and drive as a result of the It Can Wait program;
• More than half a million It Can Wait tweets have been shared;
• More than a million downloads of the free AT&T DriveMode app have been completed. DriveMode silences incoming text message alerts;
• More than 2,500 organizations have joined the movement; and
• New social took, #X, introduced in August 2014 as a digital rallying cry. #X lets others know that you’re pausing text, email or social conversations until you arrive safely at your destination.

The It Can Wait movement has made an impact on the dangerous habit of texting-while-driving, but there is more to be done. Knowing the dangers and making a commitment are important. But the ding of your phone while driving can still be seductive. AT&T encourages wireless users to take advantage of free tools like the DriveMode app and #X every time they get in the car to help them resist the temptation to text and drive. People can also download one of these It Can Wait images to use as their social media profile picture.

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: South Fork High School (auditorium)
10205 S.W. Pratt Whitney Rd.
Stuart, 34997

WHO: Laurie Gaylord, Martin County School District Superintendent
Rebecca Negron, Martin County School Board
Charles Gerardi, president & CEO, Economic Council of Martin County

VISUALS: Students using the wheel and pedal simulator; Interview opportunities with the students


 
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Oct 15, 2014Sisterhood of Temple Beit HaYam spearheads large donation to SafeSpace during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Sisters helping sisters. That's how Joni Winnick, president of the Sisterhood of Temple Beit HaYam, described the generous donations that poured in during its annual drive for SafeSpace of Martin County, in which the entire congregation participated.
SafeSpace provides shelter and services for area victims of domestic violence. Each year, the congregation of Temple Beit HaYam fills grocery bags with non-perishable food items, toiletries and gift cards. This year the Zweben Law Group donated bags which can be recycled for future use. “When the final tally is made, this year's donations are expected to top last year's 3,000 pounds of needed items” said Rita Pepper, organizer of the collection.
"It is our pleasure to do this every year, as it is so important for women to come to the aid of women, sisters helping sisters," said Winnick. The Sisterhood's tagline is "Stronger Together."

Jill Borowicz, CEO of SafeSpace, Inc., says the organization receives donations from a variety of groups throughout the year, but the annual donation from The Sisterhood of Temple Beit HaYam is its largest.

The annual drive isn't the only time the two organizations have come together. In early October, the Sisterhood partnered with SafeSpace for "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" to raise awareness for domestic Violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
In 2013, there were 555 domestic violence incidents involving law enforcement in Martin County. But with an estimated 50 percent of domestic abuse incidents going unreported, the actual number of domestic violence episodes is probably double that number.

"One out of every three women is a victim of domestic abuse," says Borowicz. "The women and children who receive services are very appreciative of the donations and to see women supporting them helps to lift them up."

On a national level, the cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services. Domestic violence is known to be one of the most chronically underreported crimes. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, only about one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalkings perpetuated against women by intimate partners are reported to the police.


 
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Oct 15, 2014House of Hope's Stuart thrift store moving to U.S. 1
House of Hope is moving its Stuart thrift store to Federal Highway as part of an effort to expand its services to Martin County residents in need.

The new thrift store will be at 2529 SE Federal Highway, Stuart. (It’s in a storefront with Porter Paints, across the street from Jetson.)

House of Hope will gradually move its existing Stuart thrift store from 2484 SE Bonita Street – on Dixie Highway in Stuart – to the new location.

The Federal Highway location will open on Thursday, Oct. 16, with House of Hope's annual Holiday Thrift Store, featuring new and gently used items for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and more.

By Monday, Nov. 3, the full House of Hope thrift store will be moved in and open for business, with furniture, clothing, home décor, books and more.

The reason for the move is twofold, both of which are driven by the need to help people who are struggling with hunger and hardship:

• House of Hope wants to enhance the capacity of its main Stuart service center at 2484 SE Bonita Street. The agency's food pantry and case management services -- provided by staff, interns and volunteers -- will fill the space the thrift store has occupied for the past two decades. The food warehouse also will be expanded, with increased storage and more refrigeration for fresh produce and frozen meat.
• The new thrift store on Federal Highway will bring in more revenue, further enhancing House of Hope's ability to be Martin County's leader in providing basic needs services. Presently, thrift store sales produce about one-third of the money that House of Hope needs to operate its services.
In addition to its Stuart locations, House of Hope has combined service centers/thrift stores in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach and Indiantown.

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

Volunteers are needed at the new store as well as all House of Hope locations. More information about House of Hope is available at www.hohmartin.org or by calling (772) 286-4673.


 
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Oct 15, 2014Treasure Coast Food Bank Seeking Donations for Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food and Fund Drive
Treasure Coast Food Bank’s annual Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food and Fund Drive begins this week. Now through December 31, the Food Bank is seeking donations from individuals and organizations to help provide meals to thousands of families in need during this crucial time of year. There are several ways to participate:
• Host an online Food & Fund Drive
• Host a traditional Food & Fund Drive
• Donate $25 to feed a family
• Donate a frozen, uncooked turkey to a designated drop-off site
One of the most beneficial ways to contribute to this year’s program is to host an online food & fund drive, which eliminates the hassle of collecting heavy food or barrels. Individuals or teams are able to set up a fundraising page on the Food Bank’s website, stophunger.org, through which they are able to send emails or post to social media asking friends, family, and co-workers to join their team and donate with them.
The money donated through the online food & fund drive is tax-deductible, and donors receive a receipt for each monetary gift. This is also an easy way for departments, companies, schools, or organizations to compete against each other. Each group can set up their own team page and keep track of donations.
“The gift of a virtual meal provides more food than through a traditional food drive — doubling or even tripling the amount of food a dollar can provide — due in large part to our wholesale purchasing power and efficient distribution model,” Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz said. “For every $1.00 donated, we are able to distribute seven meals to people facing hunger in our community.”
If tradition feels right, then participate in the Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food and Fund Drive by hosting a traditional food and fund drive, giving a $25.00 donation to provide a holiday meal for a needy family, or donating a frozen, uncooked turkey to one of the Food Bank’s designated drop-off sites on November 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information about the Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food and Fund Drive or to register your online or traditional food drive, please visit www.stophunger.org. To contact our Food Drive Coordinator Evelyn Miller, call 772-489-3034 or email emiller@tcfoodbank.org.

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

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

CVS Pharmacy
1706 US Highway 1
Vero Beach, FL

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

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

Winn-Dixie
995 Sebastian Blvd.
Sebastian, FL 32958

Harley Davidson
4967 SE Federal Hwy.
Stuart, FL 34997


 
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Oct 14, 2014Ocean Exploration Institute at FAU Harbor Branch Awarded $1.77 Million Grant
The Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT) at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) was recently awarded a $1.77 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The funding will allow CIOERT scientists to continue work in developing advanced underwater technologies, as well as exploring and researching regions of the eastern U.S. continental shelf and vulnerable deep and shallow coral ecosystems.
“The funding allows us to continue to discover, study, and protect deep coral reef ecosystems off the coast of Florida,” said Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., executive director of CIOERT. “These reefs are important nurseries for commercially-important fisheries, and they may serve as refuges for corals that are affected by warming ocean temperatures.”
New projects will focus on developing autonomous underwater vehicles and sensors to map and monitor deep reefs, as well as expanding the use of the new Exploration Command Center at HBOI to “virtually” participate in expeditions in the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. CIOERT scientists also will continue to study the pharmaceutical potential of chemicals produced by deep-water organisms that have been collected during the first five years of the project, and to document the health of corals in the Gulf of Mexico and Florida Keys.
CIOERT was established in 2009 under a five-year cooperative agreement with NOAA. The program was rated “outstanding” by the NOAA Science Advisory Board and, as a result, was renewed for another five-year period. More than $6 million in funding was awarded to CIOERT during the first five years.
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Oct 14, 2014Florida TaxWatch Endorses Children's Services Council Reauthorization
Florida TaxWatch on Tuesday endorsed the reauthorization of the Children’s Services Council, which is on the general election ballot this November.
Dominic Calabro, the CEO of the private think tank that examines government spending, wrote in a letter that the public’s return on investment in children and families through the Children’s Services Council is high.
“Local Children’s Services Councils provide tremendous value and needed services to Florida’s families and is an incredibly good value to taxpayers,” Calabro writes.
The Children’s Services Council of Martin County, along with the independent special districts in St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Broward counties, are seeking reauthorization of taxing authority by the voters for the first time since originally created by voters.
Since 1988, the Children's Services Council of Martin County has provided a dedicated funding source for children and family programs that stay within Martin County and help only local county residents. For a list of the 19 agencies and 35 programs funded by the Council, log on to www.cscmc.org.
Last week, the Martin County Taxpayers Association endorsed reauthorization of the Children’s Services Council of Martin County during an education forum held at the Blake Library in Stuart. In September, the Stuart News editorial board also endorsed reauthorization.
“Investing in proven prevention programs that include substantial fiscal and programmatic oversight by our staff can result in the long-term health and well-being of our community,” said David Heaton, the executive director of the Children’s Services Council of Martin County. “Transparency and accountability is key.”
All the Council’s financial information, including independent fiscal audits, approved budget and a list of upcoming public meetings, can be found online at www.cscmc.org.


 
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Oct 14, 2014Vote Yes for Children by Dominic Calabro
This election cycle has had no shortage of media coverage. Florida voters have been inundated for months
with advertising from candidates in highly contested races. Amendment campaigns have been waging and
appealing to our hearts and wallets. But among all of the partisan bickering and moral decision making is an
easy choice for South Florida voters. When checking your ballot on or before November 4th, I encourage
you to choose to support the Florida Children’s Services Councils by reauthorizing them with a yes vote.
After marking your choice for governor, and then congressman, state senator, and representative, takes a
closer look at your ballot. Toward the end, you’ll have the opportunity to invest in Florida’s future by
reauthorizing the work of your local Children’s Services Council.
Florida’s Children’s Services Councils are independent special districts, established and renewed by local
voters. The councils are operated through a dedicated funding stream that they use to ensure children are
safe, healthy and happy, beginning in their earliest years.
The Councils help new parents bring healthy children into the world, and give them resources to prevent
abuse and neglect. They even provide education services to children and their families, preparing kids for
kindergarten and providing afterschool and summer programs to keep kids safe.
Florida’s Children’s Services Councils deserve your vote because they are working hard for Florida’s
taxpayers. For every dollar they spend, they manage to provide $5 worth of services as the result of matched
dollars.
Already, the return on investment for Floridians is admirable. But the work of the Councils also manages to
save taxpayers’ money. Because they are working to improve children’s health, taxpayers spend less on
health care. Because they are making sure students are ready to achieve in school, taxpayers spend less on
remedial instruction. Because they are helping families build strong and healthy homes, taxpayers spend less
on social services and intervention.
Local Children’s Services Councils provide tremendous value and needed services to Florida’s families and
an incredibly good value at to taxpayers.
This election cycle, vote yes for children. Vote yes to reauthorize your local Children’s Services Council.

Dominic M. Calabro is the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, the privately supported think tank
examining government spending and recommending efficiency improvements to maximize taxpayer value.
Calabro as serves as the Chairman of the Florida Education Foundation.

 
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Oct 13, 2014TC Food Bank needs volunteers!
The season of giving is underway at Treasure Coast Food Bank, and one of the best things you can give is your time.

Treasure Coast Food Bank has several volunteer opportunities throughout October, including two BackPack-a-Thons in which volunteers help fill packs of food for school children. BackPack-a-Thons will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 and on Wednesday Oct. 22.

Join us in filling the packs with shelf-stable foods that provide weekend meals to students who rely on the school system for meals during the week. The successful BackPack program helps ensure that students throughout the Treasure Coast come to school with full bellies, ready to learn.

Treasure Coast Food Bank has ongoing need for volunteers in several capacities. It needs individuals willing to help sort food entering its warehouse each weekday. Volunteer shifts take place morning or afternoon Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 to 4 p.m.

Treasure Coast Food Bank also is looking for a Food Drive Coordinator and Farmer’s Market volunteers. During the holiday season, hundreds of food drives will bring in thousands of pounds of food for hungry people. The Food Drive Coordinator will provide support for the food drives by delivering requested materials and/or picking up the food and supplies and delivering it to the warehouse.

Also, Treasure Coast Food Bank has a table each Saturday at the Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market. Volunteers staff the table to hand out information about the food bank and its numerous programs and collect monetary donations. Volunteers would need to be available Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Treasure Coast Food Bank has several upcoming opportunities for volunteers throughout the holiday season. Contact Evelyn Miller at 772-489-3034 or emiller@tcfoodbank.org to learn more or sign up.


 
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Oct 13, 2014Golden Gate Neighborhood Advisory Committee Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commission seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Golden Gate Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC). The Committee makes recommendations to the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) regarding implementation of each area's Community Redevelopment Plan.

To qualify, you must be an individual who is either:

i. A resident of the respective Community Redevelopment Area, as evidenced by being a registered voter in the respective Community Redevelopment Area for at least one year, or
ii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who is also a business owner of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least two years, who is also a senior manager of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iv. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who also owns real property within a half mile of the respective Community Redevelopment Area. No more than two members of any respective Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be appointed from category iv. above.
This term will expire in September 2017.
Golden Gate meetings are held quarterly at 6pm at the Rio Civic Center. Next meeting: December 8.
All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, October 31, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Oct 13, 2014Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, October 31, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant positions: Citizen actively engaged as a real estate professional in connection with affordable housing; Citizen who resides in Martin County; Citizen who represents employers within Martin County; and a Citizen who represents essential service personnel. These terms will expire in October 2016.

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

Meetings are typically held every two months at 3:00 pm at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The next meeting is scheduled for November 20.


 
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Oct 13, 2014Construction Industry Licensing Board Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill positions on the Construction Industry Licensing Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, October 31, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Positions: General, Building, or Residential Contractor Electrical Contractor Consumer Representative who is not and has never been a member or practitioner of any profession regulated by the Board or a member of any closely related profession. The consumer representative shall not be financially interested in the furnishing of labor, material or appliances for construction work within the County or in the making of plans or specifications therefore, unless he/she is the owner of the building in which such construction work is to be done.

Each member shall be a registered voter in Martin County. All contractor members shall have been actively operating in the construction industry in Martin County for at least three consecutive years as a County-licensed or State-certified contractor. No member shall hold elective public office or be an employee of Martin County or any municipality within the County.

POWERS & DUTIES
1. Advise the Board of County Commissioners in matters affecting contractors or construction industry.
2. Examination of contractor's license holders and applicants therefore.
3. Licensing of contractors.
4. Review of violations by license holders.
5. Shall be the appeals and adjustment board.

Meetings are typically held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm in the Commission Chambers of the Administrative Center. The next few meetings are scheduled for: October 22, November 19, and there is no meeting in December.


 
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Oct 13, 2014Martin County and Town of Jupiter Island reach Interlocal Agreement for St. Lucie Inlet
This week the Martin County Board of County Commissioners completed an Interlocal Agreement with the Town of Jupiter Island relating to the St. Lucie Inlet. This agreement comes just days after the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) issued Martin County a permit for periodic maintenance dredging of the St. Lucie Inlet. With this Interlocal, the roles and responsibilities of each entity are now more clearly defined and the parties will work collaboratively regarding FDEP permits and the development of a new Inlet Management Plan (IMP).

As part of the Interlocal Agreement, both sides have committed to the following:
• Jointly and actively advocate for state, federal, and future Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) grants related to the inlet
• The use of an offshore borrow site to facilitate sand placement on beaches to the north and/or south of the inlet
• Participate in joint projects to benefit the inlet in an effort to create efficiency and cost savings
• Work collaboratively to reach a new, agreed-upon IMP and FDEP Permit

Martin County and the Town of Jupiter Island have agreed to additional certain elements within the Interlocal, including twice per year monitoring of sand accumulation in the inlet for bypassing to beaches to the north and south as well as the method for determining what volume of sand goes on the beaches.

Larger Collaboration Benefits Broader Interests
A larger collaboration of local stakeholders with an interest in the inlet is also being explored in an effort to create a unified voice as our community approaches the DEP for a new IMP and relative permitting. Martin County is the leader in this effort, and as such is requesting the Town of Jupiter Island and the communities of Sailfish Point and Loblolly, as well as the Town of Sewall's Point, work together in Inlet matters that that benefit the entire County.

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

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



 
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Oct 13, 2014Parks and Recreation hosts free, outdoor SPOOKY movie
Kick fall off with a fright! The Martin County Parks and Recreation Teen Program will host a free outdoor movie, "The Haunted Mansion" (Rated - PG) on October 17 at Charlie Leighton Park at the foot of the Palm City Bridge. The movie will start at 7:30 p.m. so come early to get a good spot. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. Guests may bring blankets, chairs, food and snacks.

The Xtreme Teen program and Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is designed to keep students active as well as to provide safe, supervised and alcohol and drug-free events to Martin County middle and high school youth through funding from the Children's Services Council of Martin County.

For further information please contact Deanna Deakins at 772-221-1430 or email teens@martin.fl.us. Like us at www.facebook/MyMCParks or follow us on Twitter @MyMCParks.


 
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Oct 10, 2014Harbor Branch Foundation Names Guest of Honor for 4rd Annual “Love Your Lagoon” Dinner
The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation (HBOIF) has announced Mark D. Perry as the guest of honor for the fourth annual “Love Your Lagoon” dinner on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at 6 p.m. at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI), 5600 US 1 North, in Fort Pierce. Proceeds from the event will support the annual Indian River Lagoon Symposium and benefit scientific research on the lagoon, conducted by FAU Harbor Branch.
Perry has served as the Executive Director of Florida Oceanographic Society since 1978. Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization established since 1964 dedicated to inspiring environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education and research. Perry is responsible for the developing and directing the Society’s education, research and advocacy programs on the 57-acre site on Hutchinson Island in Stuart.
“Mark Perry is a champion for the river,” said Katha Kissman, President & CEO of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation. “No one has spoken out and worked for the Indian River Lagoon like him. For 35 solid years his passion and commitment have been so impactful for us all. Our Board was unanimous in its selection of him for this honor.”
Perry currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Everglades Coalition and Rivers Coalition and he is an active member of the FAU Harbor Branch Indian River Lagoon Observatory Steering Committee, the Water Resource Advisory Commission, advisory to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board and the South Florida Ecosystem restoration Task Force under the U.S. Department of Interior. Perry has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry about the Everglades, he served as a panel member for the U.S. Congressional Briefing on Florida’s Estuary impacts and also as a panel member of the Florida Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin. Perry is an author and co-author of several publications and is active speaker to many scientific and community organizations, continuing to advocate for protecting Florida’s ocean and coastal ecosystems.
“While growing up along the coast the Indian River Lagoon became a part of my soul, now it has become my mission,” stated Mr. Perry. “I am truly honored to receive this distinguished recognition from the dedicated collective of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.”
The Honorary Host Committee members for this year’s event are: Co-Chairs, Mr. Karl M. & Mrs. Monica Steene. Committee Members: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Mimi Brown, Sr., Mr. Bob & Mrs. Amy Brunjes, Mr. Noel A. Hoover, EA & Ms. Debrah J. Agnello, Dr. John & Mrs. Mary Beth McDonald, Mr. David & Mrs. Beth Moulton, Mr. Tobin R. and Mrs. Margaret Overdorf, Mr. Donald & Mrs. Linda Proctor, Dr. Dennis & Mrs. Jeannie Saver, Dr. Ed & Mrs. Susan Smith, Mr. Richard and Mrs. Diana Stark, Mr. Michael J. & Mrs. Leslie Swan, Dr. Val & Mrs. Tracey Zudans.
HBOIF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission supports Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, a research institute of Florida Atlantic University.
For more information, contact Colleen Brennan at 772-466-9876 ext. 100 or cbrennan@hboifoundation.org.

About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation:
The mission of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation is to support Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, a research institute of Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation (HBOIF) supports marine science and engineering research and education by funding HBOI-FAU efforts to advance understanding of oceans and coastal areas through exploration and scientific inquiry. HBOIF is a 501(c) 3 organization and a Direct-Support Organization (DSO) of Florida Atlantic University benefitting Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. For more information, visit www.hboifoundation.org.

About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute:
Founded in 1971, Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is a research community of marine scientists, engineers, educators and other professionals focused on Ocean Science for a Better World. The institute drives innovation in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, ocean observing systems and marine education. For more information, visit www.fau.edu/hboi.

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship.
For more information, visit www.fau.edu.


 
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Oct 10, 2014Martin County awarded Digital Government Achievement Award
Martin County has been recognized by e.Republic's Center for Digital Government for its Mobile Disaster Damage Assessment application which provides Martin County's Building Department, Martin County's Fire Rescue Department, the Property Appraiser's Office and the American Red Cross to quickly assess damage in the event of a natural disaster. The winners are listed at http://www.govtech.com/cdg/digital-government-achievement/Best-of-the-Web--Digital-Government-Achievement-Awards-2014---Winners-Announced.html.
When disaster strikes, the Martin County government agencies are often first on the scene to identify inaccessible areas, assess the overall damage and focus recovery efforts. The accuracy of the reporting is critical and requires a mobile solution for data gathering, photo documentation and specific identification of the areas that have been damaged according to the FEMA guidelines.
The Damage Assessment Mobile solution is an ArcGIS Mobile project that provides us with start to end automated process providing situational and operational awareness needed for key stakeholders to initiate the required follow-up. Enabling users to collect, store and report on any of the structural damage assessed during emergency response activities, in real-time, also allows Martin County to identify when the threshold is met and immediately use the data collect for State and/or Federal Declaration purposes to receive the needed FEMA assistance. The mobile solution is easily accessible for team members to use any mobile device and provides a standardized field collection process to ensure consistent and detailed damage reporting on any residential and commercial structures.


 
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Oct 10, 2014Wahoos October Event
Halloween is Friday, October 31st.
Halloween party. Costume contest. Drink specials. Live Entertainment with Dave and the Wave from 7 to 10.

WE ARE NOW OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

Also our weekly specials:

MONDAY
Mussel Madness
A full order of Wahoo’s mussels for $7 (Limited supply)
Happy hour all day - 2 for 1 drinks

TUESDAY
2 Buck Beef Tacos
Ladies Night- 2 for 1 drinks for Ladies

WEDNESDAY
Wine Down Wednesday
All bottles of wine are half off!

THURSDAY
Fish Fry
Haddock with fries and slaw $15 (after 4 pm)

FRIDAY
Riverhouse Lobster Bake
Lobster, clams, mussels, corn, potatoes and watermelon $19 (after 4 pm)

SATURDAY
Roast Prime Rib
Served with mashed potatoes & chefs
vegetable $19 (after 4 pm)

SUNDAY
Corona and Corona Light $3
Orange Crush $5

SUNDAY BRUNCH
11-3pm Plated Menu
$5 DIY Bloody Mary Bar
$5 Mimosas


 
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Oct 10, 2014Gary Uber Elected President of the Private Care Association
October 9, 2014… Deborah F. Irvine, President of Family Private Care, Inc., a Nurse Registry serving the residents of South Florida announced today Family Private Care co-founder Gary Uber, who served as the PCA President in 2010, has once again been elected President of the Private Care Association, Inc. Mr. Uber was elected at the annual PCA national conference held in Orlando, Florida this past week.
Since 1977, the Private Care Association has been committed to advocating for the caregiver registry private care model, by presenting its position to public policymakers. The PCA is continuing to expand its membership to develop greater capability for nationwide grassroots advocacy to educate and promote the benefits of the caregiver registry’s consumer-directed model of care.
“Family Private Care has been an active member of the Private Care Association from its inception. I am humbled and consider it a great privilege to have been elected president of the PCA. At the Private Care Association we believe that the consumer who elects to pay privately for their own or family member’s care has the right to assess their own care needs, make decisions about how private care services would meet those needs, choose how they want that care delivered, select the personnel who will deliver that care and choose how, when and where that care will be delivered. Basically this consumer directed care is the epitome of allowing and encouraging the rights of the client and their families to choose how they wish to ‘age in place’,” explained Mr. Uber.
Family Private Care, Inc., a licensed nurse registry headquartered in Hobe Sound, Florida, is a private care referral company, specializing in expertly matching individuals who need assistance at their home or in a health care facility with highly qualified health care professionals. Since 1997, Family Private Care has referred Skilled Nursing Care (RNs and LPNs), Certified Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides, Companions, and Homemakers. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Brevard, Broward, Lee, Sarasota and Collier Counties. Telephones are personally answered 24/7. For more information about Family Private Care, Inc. call (800) 962-0884, or log on to www.familyprivatecare.com.


 
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Oct 10, 2014Thousands of volunteers joined Keep Martin Beautiful’s International Coastal Cleanup
Keep Martin Beautiful’s 19th annual International Coastal Cleanup was a great display of the impact that dedicated volunteers are making in Martin County. It is estimated that more than 2,000 volunteers came out on September 20 to remove more than 29,200 pounds of litter and marine debris items from rivers, beaches and waterways in Martin County.
At a time when every little bit counts toward improving the condition of our river, volunteers from civic groups, businesses, families, county personnel, community activists, youth groups, and others all joined together to create trash free seas, cleaning waterways all over the county. The amount of debris has dropped from 41,000 to 29,200 pounds, but there is still a lot of work left to do.
Congressman Patrick Murphy also joined KMB for the annual cleanup, promoting the event on his official Facebook page and noting that “it was great to see so many people giving back to [the] community.”
KMB coordinates the local effort as part of a larger initiative involving over 400,000 people in 90 nations around the world. What makes the International Coastal Cleanup unique is its data collection component. Volunteers record specific types of marine debris they find, allowing the Ocean Conservancy to compile, analyze, and track this data year-by-year. The final information is used to educate the public and in turn, change behaviors that cause the littering problem. KMB believes that understanding the problem is the key to finding long-lasting solutions.
Over 11,400 cigarettes were found among Martin County’s beaches and parks which is 38 percent of the total trash collected. That’s an increase from last year when cigarette butts were 25 percent of all the trash collected. Among many other litter and marine debris there was over 3,550 plastic bottle caps, over 1,000 plastic bottles, and close to 1,000 plastic bags. Top ten items found: Cigarettes, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, straws and stirrers, metal bottle caps, plastic bottles, plastic takeout containers, plastic bags, plastic and foam packaging, and plastic lids.
Following hours of working together to make a difference in their community, volunteers gathered at a volunteer appreciation event at Stuart Beach, where close to 500 volunteers enjoyed a family-friendly celebration, including lunch, games and prizes.
Keep Martin Beautiful thanks the generous sponsors and community supporters of the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup, which include: American Custom Yachts, AmeriSweeps, Stuart-Jensen Elks Lodge #1870, BioGreen, CAPTEC Engineering, Carson's Tavern, Chapman & Plymale Law, P.A., Cook Electric, FPL, Frenchy’s Crane Service, Friends of Harbor Branch (FAU), Jenkins Landscape Co., Martin County Solid Waste, NisAir, Olde Florida Realty, Organic Laboratories, Patrick Murphy, Peter's Hardware, Publix, R3 Recycling, Rocky's Ace Hardware, Sailor's Return, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Seacoast National Bank, Southern Eagle Distributing, The Firefly Group, Treasure & Space Coast Radio (94.7 Hot Country), Wallace Nissan, Walmart, Whiticar Boat Works, and Character Counts!, a United Way program in Martin County.

About Keep Martin Beautiful
Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization founded in 1994 as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Its mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Martin County through litter prevention, the promotion of recycling, improvement of solid waste management practices, and beautification and community revitalization activities. KMB signature events and programs include the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards, the International Coastal Cleanup, the Great American Cleanup, the Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Street programs, and other educational and outreach activities. Find KMB on Facebook at facebook.com/KeepMartinBeautiful, follow KMB on Twitter at twitter.com/KMBmartin, visit KeepMartinBeautiful.org or call 772-781-1222.


 
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Oct 10, 2014Crown Collision Hires John Cecere as General Manager
Todd Harris, owner of Crown Collision in Palm City is pleased to announce that John Cecere has been hired as the General Manager. John has 30 years of automotive industry experience in collision repairs and mechanical work. Crown Collision is located at 3428 SW Deggeller Court off of Martin Highway in Palm City. Their phone number is 772-287-4244.

Originally from Connecticut, John as been a resident of Palm City since 2011. Most recently he was a consultant with CARSTAR Franchise Systems, a national leader in the auto body repair industry and has managed several collision shops.

Todd Harris states that, “ We are excited to have John join the Crown Collision team and are confident that his business experience will be an invaluable asset to our proven brand of old fashioned friendly service with modern, up to date car care.”

John loves working with customers to deliver the best possible service and believes that every car should be repaired the right way the first time. “Crown Collision enjoys an excellent reputation and I look forward to being of service to our current customers, developing new customers and providing exceptional collision repair service to the community,” stated John.

Crown Collision was established in 2009. They are a full service collision repair center with updated equipment and work with all insurance companies. They offer a lifetime warranty on repairs and will provide mobile estimates, pickup and delivery and will arrange for a rental car when needed.

Crown Collision is affiliated with Crown Car Care, which is also owned by Todd Harris. They have three locations in Stuart and Palm City.

Crown Car Care is located in Palm City at 3982 SW Bruner Terrace, over the turnpike bridge and off of CR 714. Their phone number is 772-781-8000. The south Stuart shop is located at 4455 SE Cove Road, east of US one. Their phone number is 772-283-4707. Crown Downtown is located at 712 SE Dixie Highway, at the southeast corner of Dixie Highway and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Their phone number is 772-463-7745.
All of the locations offer complete diagnostic services for all makes and models of automobiles and also provide towing services.

Crown Collision and Crown Car Care are involved in many charitable events and activities including Rockin’ on the Riverwalk in downtown Stuart, United for Families, the Road to Victory Military Museum and the Stuart Air Show. For more information visit their website at www.crowncarcare.net.


 
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Oct 10, 2014Treasure Coast Food Bank presents Canstruction® at the Treasure Coast Square Mall
WHO: This year’s competition includes the South Fork Chapter of Future Builders of America
working in partnership with members of the Treasure Coast Builders Association. The
second team is the Speed, Power, and Maneuverability (S.P.A.M.) Robotics Team 180. The
S.P.A.M. Robotics team includes students from Martin County, Jensen Beach and South
Fork High Schools, Community Christian, Clark Advanced Learning Center, and members of
the homeschool community.
WHAT: Teams of students and professionals will be competing to design and build structures
created completely out of canned goods. The international competition, called
Canstruction®, is an opportunity to not only win an award from the most widely known
food drive event in the world, but more importantly, it is a way for these groups to have a
direct impact on feeding the hungry right here on the Treasure Coast.
WHEN: Teams will begin creating their structures out of canned goods on Sunday, Oct. 12. The
South Fork Chapter of Future Builders of America at 8 a.m. and S.P.A.M. Robotics at 6 p.m.
The Canstruction® structures will be on display at the Treasure Coast Square Mall in the
Old Navy plaza area from Oct. 13 through Oct. 25.
WHERE: Treasure Coast Square Mall
3174 NW Federal Hwy, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
WHY: Highlighting the creativity and compassion of these teams that come together for the
competition, these astounding structures are helping to change the world by collecting
millions of pounds of food for local food banks and raising awareness about the issue of
hunger. On a weekly basis, the Treasure Coast Food Bank serves over 100,000 individuals
who are struggling to put food on their table, including nearly 35,000 children and 12,000
seniors. At the close of the event on Oct. 25, all food from the competition will be donated
to the Treasure Coast Food Bank.
For more information, go to treasurecoast.canstruction.org, stophunger.org or call 772‐
489‐3034.

 
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Oct 9, 2014Environmental Studies Center Announces 2014 Open House and Sea Turtle Exhibit Unveiling
The Environmental Studies Council will be hosting their Annual Open House on Saturday, October 18 from 10am-1pm. The Center, located at 2900 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach, features saltwater aquariums, hands on learning, and is home to a releasable juvenile loggerhead sea turtle.

Students in the Martin County School District enjoy the environmental learning opportunities provided each year at the center, and at the Annual Open House, families can take part in the fun as well! On October 18, guests will enjoy crafts, interactive activities, refreshments, entertainment, and sign-ups for the year’s many special events. They will also have an opportunity to tour the wet labs, butterfly gardens, and native plant hammock.

The newly constructed Sea Turtle Exhibit will be unveiled in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am. Construction on the Sea Turtle Exhibit began last year to create a new and enhanced environment for the Center’s educational Sea Turtle, and provide better learning opportunities for the many students who visit the Center every year. The Council has raised over $200,000 to fund the exhibit, thanks to the generosity of many donors. The new exhibit includes a large tank, viewing deck, and educational signage.

The Open House is free of charge and donations are accepted. For more information, visit www.escmc.org or call 772-334-4643.


 
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Oct 9, 2014SE 138th STREET TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
On Monday, October 20, 2014, the Kitching Creek Central Flowway Restoration Project will continue. This work will necessitate a temporary road closure on SE 138th Street, approximately 1,200 feet west of SE Kitching Creek Road. This work is expected to be complete by November 7, 2014. Variable Message Signs, fixed signs, and barricades will notify motorists and pedestrians of the detours. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.

 
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Oct 9, 2014Public tours of historic Captain Henry Sewall's home to begin
The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a public reception at the historic Captain Sewall's Home in Indian RiverSide Park to kick off public tours and present a painting of the home as it appeared in 1890. The reception will be held on Sunday, October 12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Public visitation tours of Captain Sewall's Home will be held every other Wednesday from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. beginning October 15. As part of the tours, local historian Sandy Thurlow will give a presentation about the house, its occupants through the years and related subjects. The public is invited to bring their lunch and sit under the oaks that shade the deck beside the house, chat with Thurlow and enjoy the adjacent boardwalk that leads through a mangrove forest. There is no charge for the reception or public tours.

Artist Kevin Hutchinson was commissioned to paint a scene showing the house as it looked in 1890 when the building served as the Sewall's Point Post Office as well as the Sewall residence. A giclee enlargement of the original painting was then created by Blue Water Graphics. This painting will be used as a teaching tool, as former educator Joan Murphy will demonstrate during the initial reception on Sunday evening.


 
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Oct 8, 2014A Night at the Opera starring Lorrianna Colozzo Friday, November 14th at 7pm
Talented soprano vocalist and Lyric favorite, Lorrianna Colozzo, is back again this season with A Night at the Opera. Featuring some of the opera world’s most recognized compositions, A Night at the Opera is a perfect way to start off The Lyric season! Lorrianna and a talented cast of opera notables, under the musical direction of Evan Ferrar, will amaze you with powerful renditions of iconic opera classics including Madame Butterfly, Barber of Seville and Carmen.

You may remember Lorrianna Colozzo from her performances last season in A Night at the Opera and Home Again for the Holidays, and most recently in The Lyric’s presentation of Guys and Dolls In Concert, playing the role of Sarah Brown where she amazed audiences with her powerful voice and impressive range. Lorrianna began singing at the age of 12, studying under the tutelage of Helen Boatwright and Dan Marek of The Mannes School of Music. She continued her studies and graduated from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins. Lorrianna extensive experience in a number of operas nationwide, include The Merry Widow, Cosi fan Tutte, The Cunning Little Vixen and Falstaff.

A Night at the Opera’s mezzo-soprano is Christina Zimmer, a vocalist with extensive experience in operatic and Broadway productions. Zimmer sang the role of Julie in the 2011 production of Show Boat with Opera Naples, and recently, the talented singer appeared in concert with the Miami Symphony Orchestra. Zimmer received a Master of Music degree from Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University.

Tenor David Pereira was born in New York City. He has appeared in a variety of leading operatic tenor roles, nationally and internationally to great acclaim, most recently as Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale with Miami Lyric Opera, where he resides as a resident artist. David was part of the prestigious Des Moines Metro Opera Young Artist Apprentice program where he appeared in scenes of Bernstein's Candide as Candide, Count Almaviva in Rossini's Barber of Seville, Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Chevalier de la force in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Throughout his opera career, David has appeared in scenes and roles including Rossini's The Barber of Seville as Almaviva, Donizetti's L’elisir d’amore as Nemorino, Verdi’s Falstaff as Fenton, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte as Tamino, Massenet’s Manon as Des Grieux, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte as Ferrando, Bizet’s Carmen as Don Jose, Flotow’s Martha as Lionel, and special appearances with the most notable South Florida organizations such as the Florida Grand Opera, the Hispanic-American Lyric Theatre, Coral Gables Opera & Chamber Orchestra, La Sociedad Pro Arte Grateli, The Miami Master Chorale, Civic Chorale of South Florida, among many others.

Baritone Graham Fandrei is one of South Florida’s most active classical singers, singing with Florida Grand Opera, Seraphic Fire, The Masterchorale of South Florida, Young Patroness of the Opera, Miami Lyric Opera and with arts organizations on both the east and west sides of the state. Mr. Fandrei attended both the New England Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. His performance background includes performances in Europe, Asia and he was an original cast member in the Baz Luhrmann production of La Boheme on Broadway. Recently Mr. Fandrei performed in Bach’s Ich habe Genug with Miami’s Mainly Mozart festival, Bernstein’s On the Town with the Klezmer Concert Orchestra, the Brahms Requiem with the Ave Maria University Chorale, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida.

A Night at the Opera is accompanied by pianist Evan Ferrar. Originally from the Palm Beach area, Ferrar began his musical studies with Dr. Jack Jones. The talented pianist spent ten years in Ireland, working as a singer, coach and chorus master with a number of European companies including the Castleward Opera and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Ferrar also sings locally with the Palm Beach Opera.


 
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Oct 8, 2014Stuart Community Concert Band Opens 100th Season with Concert
From Sousa to Berlin and Mancini to Bach, the Stuart Community Concert Band will entertain you as it celebrates 100 years of music. From eighteen members in 1914 to over seventy-five members today, the Stuart Community Concert Band has provided music for the residents of the Treasure Coast for 100 years. To celebrate this historic event, the Band will open this season’s performances with a variety of music from its 100 year history including American Riversongs, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Mr. Lucky and Tuba Tiger Rag.

The concert will be held at the Charles & Rae Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road in Stuart beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Admission for Kane Center members is $5.00 for presales or $7.00 at the door and for non-members, $7.00 for advance tickets and $8.00 at the door. For more information and for tickets contact the Kane Center at 772-223-7800 or purchase tickets on line at www.kanecenter.org by clicking on the online store.

The Band’s members are volunteers who get together to share their talents, enthusiasm and love for music. The Band performs for many holiday and community celebrations. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Stuart Middle School. The Band welcomes new members.
For further information, please contact any Band member or the Band’s director, Christopher Kalwa at 772-219-1685, ext. 225 or go to the Band’s website at http://Stuartcommunityconcertband.org.


 
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Oct 8, 2014TREASURE COAST RESIDENTS COME TOGETHER TO MAKE STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
The American Cancer Society invites residents of Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties to join the fight against breast cancer by taking part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Making Strides is a noncompetitive 5K walk that brings together cancer survivors, their family and friends, business partners, and community members in an effort to end breast cancer. This is the largest network of breast cancer-fighting events in the United States, with more than 300 Making Strides events across the country each year.

All three counties of the Treasure Coast will host Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events. That includes:

• Indian River County: Saturday, Oct. 11 with check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. and walk at 8:30 a.m. The event will be held at Riverview Park in Sebastian, located at 650 U.S. Highway 1, and is presented by Indian River Medical Center.
• Martin County: Saturday, Oct. 18 with check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. and walk at 9 a.m. The event will be held at Memorial Park in Stuart, located at 100 SE Ocean Blvd., and is presented by Carl’s Buick-GMC.
• St. Lucie County: Saturday, Oct. 25 with check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. and walk at 9 a.m. The event will be held at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, located at 525 NW Peacock Blvd., and is presented by Sunrise Ford.

Making Strides continues to be instrumental in providing support services to individuals battling the disease and, one day, finding a cure. The American Cancer Society has discovered landmark treatments such as Tamoxifen and Herceptin, and research funding continues in the hopes of finding a cure.

Since 1993, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has been the American Cancer Society’s rallying cry to build awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. In that time, 10 million walkers have collected more than $594 million to fund breast cancer research and support and educational programs.

While significant progress has been made, more needs to be done in the fight against the disease. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the U.S. other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. The chance of a woman developing invasive breast cancer at some time in her life is about 1 in 8. In 2014, approximately 232,670 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die from the disease in the U.S.

To find out more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events on the Treasure Coast, please visit www.makingstrideswalk.org. For information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we celebrate our 100th year of service, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.


 
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Oct 8, 2014Course helps volunteer managers sharpen leadership skills
Managing volunteers can be just as challenging of an experience as it is rewarding.

Volunteers who are properly managed develop a better appreciation for the services nonprofit agencies provide in their communities. However, if not managed properly volunteers are more likely to find another volunteer opportunity elsewhere or perhaps walk away from volunteering all together.

United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program helps nonprofit agencies improve the volunteer experience for both agencies and volunteers through an educational workshop. The Florida Volunteer Management Certificate program, developed by the HandsOn Network and the Points of Light Institute, provides nonprofit agency staff with an opportunity to sharpen their volunteer management skills and enhance the overall volunteer experience.

Each year, Martin Volunteers offers this course to nonprofit agencies throughout the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches, and recently helped five nonprofit agency volunteer managers polish their skills. Graduates of this year’s course included: Kara K. Cowser, Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department; Brittany Georges, Hibiscus Children's Center; Jeannie Simeone, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida; Meredith Slaymaker, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida; and Stephanie Vernot, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida.

“So often volunteers are an untapped resource, but they have the potential to greatly increase the impact nonprofits have on our community,” said Carol Hodnett, vice president of community impact and volunteerism at United Way of Martin County. “Equipping volunteer resource managers on best practices creates a stronger volunteer program that allows agencies to capitalize on what volunteers have to offer.”

Martin Volunteers will conduct another workshop in the spring of 2015. For more information or to register, call 772-220-4472 or email chodnett@martinvolunteers.org.

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. For more information, visit MartinVolunteers.org, call 772-220-4472 or email kstacey@martinvolunteers.org.


 
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Oct 8, 2014From the Desk of Gary S. Lesser
Shoulder Surgery- $766,500 Jury Verdict
Thursday, October 2, 2012, started out as any other day for 34 year old Rami Hamzi. Rami woke worked a full shift at a job he loved as a cardiac cath nurse at a local hospital. Each day, he had the opportunity to help save lives of total strangers. Tragically his ability to perform the activities he enjoyed the most were about to end in a few moments.
After Rami left the hospital, he got on his Suzuki GSXR750 motorcycle. He started to drive north on Military Trail. At the time, an 83 year old male driving a Cadillac Deville southbound on Military Trail made a left hand turn directly into Rami's path. Rami accelerated and veered to the right in order to try to avoid the collision. The Cadillac hit the rear of his motorcycle, throwing him into the air. Rami hit the ground at a speed in excess of 40 mph.
Ironically, Rami was taken by ambulance to the local hospital where he worked and was treated by the very people with whom he worked each day. Although his scars and cuts healed, his shoulder did not and, ultimately, he was forced to undergo an arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn ligament and his rotator cuff. The surgery was a success, but Rami has not been able to return to the activities he truly loved including tennis, snow skiing, and motorcycles. Incredibly, the insurance carrier for the driver of the Cadillac blamed Rami for the accident. In fact, the insurance carrier hired an extremely high priced expert to perform an analysis of the speeds involved, and he came to the conclusion that Rami was speeding and was the sole cause of the accident. After the insurance carrier stonewalled Rami, Gary S. Lesser filed suit and aggressively litigated the case.
Over the course of a four day trial, partners Mickey Smith and Joe Landy proved that the insurance company's "defense" did not hold water. Mickey, who also holds an undergraduate degree in engineering and is well versed in the field, impeached the defense expert at every level. During his cross-examination, he had the expert perform calculations and proved that Rami was only traveling at 48 mph, in a 45 mph zone, prior to the crash. He also proved that the driver of the Cadillac clearly should have seen the approaching motorcycle. The jury agreed and placed the bulk of the liability on the Cadillac driver. Moreover, it entered an award of $766,500.00, a very high verdict for this type of surgery. We were glad we were able to help Rami obtain the right result on this case.


Gary S. Lesser Named Small Business Person of the Year


Gary S. Lesser, Managing Partner of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith was named Small Business Person of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

He felt privileged just to be recognized as a finalist. Upon accepting the award, Gary credited his grandfather, Joseph Lesser, for instilling him with the work ethic, values and compassion which are the guiding forces in his life today.

"I think we are put here on this Earth by our Creator to make a difference in the time we have been allotted. And I know one thing for sure. Whatever I have given to help people in the community, I have received far more back in return."
"The Chamber is proud of Gary Lesser's selection as our 2014 Business Person of the Year," said Dennis Grady, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. "His contributions to our community over the years demonstrate his commitment to making Palm Beach County the best place to work and live in Florida. His leadership as Managing Partner has grown Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith PLLC into one of the premier law firms in South Florida."


Learn more about the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches here.


Nicole Hunt Jackson Installed as The F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association's Treasurer
Being a member of The F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association has always been important to Nicole Hunt Jackson. After graduating from law school, she became a member on and off for several years. Eventually, family commitments and other community involvement pulled Nicole in other directions.
A young, new attorney, Shannoya Corrodus-Robinson (1977-2006) was also a member of the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church with Nicole. Even after being diagnosed with leukemia, Shannoya was so committed to the organization that Nicole felt she had to get involved. Shannoya's unwavering dedication to the community and the Cunningham Bar Association inspired Nicole to get involved again in her honor. Nicole was reacquainted with the Bar and others in leadership which renewed a sense of purpose to the organization.

Nicole Hunt Jackson was sworn in as the Treasurer of The F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association on July 16th, 2014 for 2014-2015.


Learn more about The F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association here.

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Oct 7, 2014Employee Pillar of Character Nominations Now Being Accepted! Due November 10!
CHARACTER COUNTS! is focused on creating a strong community full of citizens who embody the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. We believe that every person is capable of achieving their full potential by cultivating a culture of good character.

Do you have an employee, co-worker, or business colleague that you believe cultivates a culture of good character and work ethic in your business? If so, please nominate them today for an Employee Pillar of Character Award! Go to http://www.unitedwaymartincounty.org/p/93/employee-pillar-of-character-awards#.VDLlH8LwuM8 to complete your nomination online or download an application. The deadline for nominations is Monday, November 10.


 
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Oct 7, 2014Photographers’ open house highlights images of hope
The Treasure Coast Photography Group is hosting an exhibit that will showcase members’ artful styles and benefit House of Hope.

The photography show and sale will be held during an open house 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Alice’s Restaurant, 2781 S.E. Ocean Blvd., in Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The art photography will be for sale, and part of the proceeds will be donated to House of Hope. Snacks, wine, coffee and tea will be served.

The exhibit will feature “Images of Hope” that Treasure Coast Photography Group members submitted for House of Hope’s community partner recognition event, the Hope Awards.

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

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

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


 
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Oct 7, 2014Rain garden installed in Old Palm City Community Redevelopment Area
The Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has installed a rain garden on Mapp Road in the Old Palm City Community Redevelopment Area. This attractive, environmentally-friendly project allows water to infiltrate into the soil rather than becoming runoff. This helps to protect the quality of water downstream by preventing runoff from entering storm drains and helps reduce the chances for local flooding.

A rain garden is a shallow depression (3-4 inches to two feet) planted with native plants and grasses. The rain garden is located on the east side of Mapp Road just north of SW 28th Street to receive runoff from hard surfaces such as sidewalk and roadway. It can soak up to 30 percent more water than a traditional lawn. Rain gardens give stormwater a chance to slowly seep into the groundwater instead of rushing into storm drains all at once. In addition, rain gardens help to reduce the amount of sediment and other pollutants that runoff typically carries into drainage systems. Rain gardens also provide an aesthetically-pleasing native habitat for small animals like birds and butterflies and beneficial insects-including dragonflies that eat mosquitoes.

The garden was installed by Valley Crest Landscaping and was funded through Martin County's Community Redevelopment Agency.


 
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Oct 7, 2014Photographers’ open house highlights images of hope
Photographers’ open house highlights images of hope

The Treasure Coast Photography Group is hosting an exhibit that will showcase members’ artful styles and benefit House of Hope.

The photography show and sale will be held during an open house 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Alice’s Restaurant, 2781 S.E. Ocean Blvd., in Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The art photography will be for sale, and part of the proceeds will be donated to House of Hope. Snacks, wine, coffee and tea will be served.

The exhibit will feature “Images of Hope” that Treasure Coast Photography Group members submitted for House of Hope’s community partner recognition event, the Hope Awards.

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

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

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

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Oct 6, 2014WQCS Brings Florida Gubernatorial Debate To Listeners


Public radio station WQCS 88.9 FM will be one of 10 public radio stations in Florida broadcasting the upcoming Fall Gubernatorial Debate between Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist, scheduled for Wednesday, October 15th.

Scott and Crist will meet on stage for the one-hour debate at 7 p.m. at Bailey Hall auditorium at Broward College in Davie. WFOR/CBS4 anchor Eliott Rodriguez will serve as moderator for the debate.

WLRN in Miami has coordinated the broadcasts for the state’s public radio stations, including one-hour news reviews before and after the debate, from 6 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. Both programs will feature former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and former Florida U.S. Senator George LeMieux as panelists. WLRN Vice President of News Tom Hudson will host the two programs – Decision 2014: Before You Vote - with its editorial partner The Miami Herald.

Other public stations broadcasting the October 15th debate will be: WJCT in Jacksonville, WFSU in Tallahassee, WUWF in Pensacola, WUSF in Tampa, WGCU in Fort Myers / Naples, WLRN in Miami, Fort Lauderdale / Palm Beach, WFIT in Melbourne, WMFE in Orlando and WUFT in Gainesville.

WQCS is a public radio station, located in Fort Pierce. It serves communities from northern Palm Beach County to south Brevard County, including Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. The station went on the air in March 1982.


 
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Oct 6, 2014ALL ABOARD FLORIDA

Commentary: All Aboard Florida benefits to county far outweigh costs

By Shanon Materio

Perhaps it is from my perspective as a member of the Palm Beach County Metropolitan Planning Council (MPO) that makes it difficult for me to understand the recent debate among some of the cities in Palm Beach County whether to support the All Aboard Florida passenger rail project.

The comments seem to surround answering the general question of determining the direct benefit to a particular city. That in fact is what we do on the MPO. We decide how to spend tens of millions of public tax dollars for transportation projects that will not only help a particular local government but will enhance the overall transportation grid within Palm Beach County as a whole.

West Palm Beach City Commissioner Shanon Materio

Most projects don’t directly help my city of West Palm Beach. However, everyone on the MPO realizes that better roads, better mass transit, better turning lanes and beautified roadways, no matter in what city they are located, work to make all of Palm Beach County and our collective quality of life better for everyone. Try to imagine the gridlock that would occur on the MPO if every dollar for every project had to also be justified by a city proving a direct beneficial nexus to every other city in Palm Beach County.

It is also why the MPO voted to set aside funding for “quiet zone” upgrades for the cities in Palm Beach County that run along the FEC (Florida East Coast) rail corridor. All the cities to the west of the FEC corridor will not directly benefit from the quiet zones, but recognize that the overall benefit to our county far exceeds the incremental cost.

I know there is a grass-roots effort attempting to stop the All Aboard initiative or somehow turn it into a public-sector project based upon a federal loan application, and as an elected official, I certainly respect the right of every citizen to get involved and voice their opinions. But equal respect should be afforded to the industries and cities that actually believe passenger rail service being integrated into Florida is a good thing.

Yes, West Palm Beach is the city designated for the All Aboard rail station. But West Palm Beach is the county seat, is centrally located and in close proximity to Palm Beach International Airport. In the same way all of Palm Beach County benefits from Wellington’s equestrian economy, or Jupiter’s bioscience research hub, or Boca Raton’s technology corridor, all of Palm Beach County will benefit from having an All Aboard Florida station in West Palm Beach.

From my position as a member of the MPO, I am thrilled that we don’t have to use a penny of public dollars other than what our cities need for their application to the federal government to request a quiet zone. And if our federal government can actually make money by loaning All Aboard Florida money instead of spending money, I say that’s smart business.

Life in Florida is pretty good for most of us. Yes, we occasionally have to wait in our cars when a boat lazily passes through a bridge opening; or we wait while a train goes by, but what does it say about our lives if those inconveniences ruin our day?

On the MPO, we measure the public dollar cost against the overall public benefit. If the public benefit to Palm Beach County is greater than the cost, we all support the project no matter if one city might benefit more than another. In this case, the benefits of intercity passenger rail and the future infrastructure it will bring, allowing more commuter rail service on the FEC throughout Palm Beach County, far outweigh the cost to the public.

All Aboard Florida may bring passengers back to Flagler’s rail lines
West Palm Beach was little more than mosquitoes and palm trees before Henry Flagler brought his railroad here in 1894.

The passenger train shuttled wealthy tourists to luxury hotels on Palm Beach, opening the county’s wilderness frontier to new development. Cities began to rise as Flagler built new stations along his Florida East Coast Bramson, the company historian for the Florida East Coast Railway. “Everything grew up around the stations.”





+ All Aboard Florida may bring passengers back to Flagler’s rail lines photo

Boynton: Flagler FEC Railroad Station in 1913. (Photo Coutesy of the Boynton Cultural Centre and Boynton Beach Historical Society.)








Now, some historians say restoring passenger service on Flagler’s decade-old railway may be the only way for Palm Beach County to continue to grow. All Aboard Florida plans 32 passenger trains a day between Miami and Orlando on the FEC tracks, with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The Miami-to-West Palm Beach service is expected to begin in late 2016 with the Orlando leg starting in 2017.

The proposed Tri-Rail Coastal Link would also run on the FEC tracks, providing city-by-city commuter rail service between Jupiter and Miami.

“Passenger rail was ceased because it wasn’t seen as being needed any longer,” West Palm Beach attorney and historian Harvey Oyer III said. “At this point, we cannot build enough roads to continue to provide transportation and infrastructure. We have come full circle and come back to using rail again.”

Henry M. Flagler - “Mr. Flagler considered this his best photograph and ordered $3000 worth of copies from photographer E. W. ... read more








Construction on Flagler’s railway started in St. Augustine and moved south, reaching West Palm Beach on March 22, 1894 — a month after Flagler’s grand Royal Poinciana Hotel opened in Palm Beach.

By the end of the year, West Palm Beach’s first grocery store and post office opened in a tent at Clematis Street and Narcissus Avenue. The city’s first church, Union Congregational Church, was founded, and a volunteer fire department was formed.

“As each new location would be reached, that would become a mini boomtown,” said Bramson, who is the author of several books on Flagler’s railway. “Once the railroad reached Palm Beach County, you not only had the hotels, it meant you also had employment. You had people who opened businesses.”


+ All Aboard Florida may bring passengers back to Flagler’s rail lines photo

A dapper Henry Flagler walks off his train when it arrives for the first time in Key West in 1912. Photo ... read more

Although Flagler envisioned his railway as a fabulous getaway for rich northerners, the line also helped boost the region’s budding agricultural industry. Once passengers reached West Palm Beach, empty rail cars would carry local produce, such as beans, tomatoes and citrus, to markets in New York, Boston and Chicago.

“That is what allowed our ag industry to explode,” Oyer said.

Oyer’s family was among a handful of pioneer families living between Palm Beach and Miami before Flagler brought rail to South Florida.

Six years after the FEC tracks were complete to West Palm Beach, the city’s population stood at 564. By 1910, that number had tripled to 1,743. The city’s population reached 8,659 in 1920. Today, West Palm Beach has roughly 100,000 residents.

“It was really not until Flagler put a railroad through South Florida that there was any population,” Oyer said. “Rail provided our first opportunity to grow. It may be one of the only ways to grow in the future.”



 
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Oct 6, 2014Nominations from the Community Being Accepted for the Joe Kordick Youth Character Award! Due November 12
The Joe Kordick Youth Character Award honors worthy young people who embody the “Six Pillars of Character” — trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Rather than spotlighting isolated acts of heroism, generosity or academic grades, the Joe Kordick Youth Character Award was conceived to recognize those students whose lives and achievements demonstrate an enduring commitment to any or all of the following qualities associated with good character:
• Uncompromising integrity and courage demonstrated by a willingness to do the right thing despite social pressures or personal risk
• Generosity of spirit and willingness for self-sacrifice in devotion to helping others
• Community service in working for the common good
• Perseverance and inner strength enabling the young person to overcome physical, financial, or other difficulties
If you know a current seventh, eighth or twelfth grade student in the Martin County School District who you feel should be recognized for his / her good character, please consider nominating them today! Please review the attached nomination forms and instructions for complete details. Nomination forms and instructions can be downloaded also from our website at http://www.unitedwaymartincounty.org/p/94/joe-kordick-youth-character-awards#.VCq6w8LwuM8. Your “community” nomination should be emailed directly to me for processing. Please contact me should you have any questions. Thanks – Holly

P.S. If you would, please share this great recognition opportunity with your staff, contacts, family and friends!


Holly E. Laiben
Director, CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County
Director, Fund Distribution, United Way of Martin County
10 SE Central Parkway, Suite 101, Stuart, FL 34994
(772) 283-4800, ext. 234; (772) 220-7771 (FAX)
www.charactercounts.net; www.unitedwaymartincounty.org
CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County is a program of United Way of Martin County

“It takes character to acknowledge our flaws but it takes stronger character to commit to getting better and staying the course.” - Michael Josephson


Youth Character Award Nom
 
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Oct 6, 2014Pharus Group Wins Award!
Pharus Group LLC., an established business management firm located in Port St. Lucie, was honored at the 30th Annual St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce Business & Industry Awards with Business of the Year in the Professional Services Category.

"It's an honor to be recognized as the Business of the Year by the chamber," stated Chris Morhardt, president of Pharus Group.

"The Professional Services Category is very competitive," added David Bernstein, CEO. "To receive the top award is an outstanding achievement in every category. It shows the work we do is being well received by the business community."

Pharus Group, LLC provides outsourced operational management support for small to mid-sized businesses to effectively realize profitable growth and long-term equity development. The company is based in Port St. Lucie with additional offices in North Palm Beach, Orlando and Sarasota, and offers services nationwide.


 
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Oct 6, 2014Jonathan Dickinson State Park - Fired up for Fire Fest!
On October 18, from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m., the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park are proudly presenting Fire Fest 2014: a fun-filled, Halloween-themed family event educating the community about prescribed fire in Florida. The event focuses on increasing awareness and appreciation of the park’s unique wildlife and plants, recreational opportunities, and rich natural history.

Located just south of Stuart, in Hobe Sound, Jonathan Dickinson State Park teems with wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, in pine flatwoods, scrub, mangroves, and river swamps. The Loxahatchee River, Florida’s first federally designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park and offers saltwater and freshwater fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding, and swimming in designated areas.

The most significant and effective tool used to protect and preserve wildlife and their habitat in the park is prescribed fire. In the early 1970’s Park Rangers, Biologists, and Managers recognized that fire is a natural part of Florida’s landscapes. However, wildfire, specifically fire that is started naturally from lightning strikes, is an unacceptable and unsafe way of managing our natural areas, so the Florida Park Service began its prescribed burn program.

Prescribed fire helps maintain wildlife habitat and the many natural communities in the park. Many species benefit from prescribed fire, some of which would not survive without it, like the federally endangered Florida scrub-jay. Another major benefit of prescribed fire is to the surrounding communities. If we continue to use fire as a management tool, the homes, roads, and people nearby will be much safer. Fire Fest welcomes visitors to view prescribed burning up close and talk to trained fire crew. Two fire demonstrations take place throughout the event, including one with a helicopter bucket drop and one in the evening after sunset. Smokey Bear will be there to support the crew too!

And there’s much more to Fire Fest than the burn demos, with children’s art activities, scrub-jay walks, night hikes, fire truck demonstrations, marshmallow roasting, exhibitors, a spooky trail, and much more! Two new free events this year are Keep Flippin Gymnastics demonstrations, and the Bridge Road Writers’ Fright Write Scare and Share campfire from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. for ages 16 and up. The event costs $6 for park entry for up to 8 people per vehicle. Additional fees apply for special activities including hayrides at $2 per person and swamp buggy rides at $10 per person (3 and under are free); bounce house, slide, children’s obstacle course, and games are $6 for an all-day stamp ($3 for ages 3 and under); all other activities are free. Food and beverages, including beer, will be for sale throughout the event. So come on out, bring your friends and family, and spend a fun-filled day the in the park! Visit www.friendsofjdsp.org to learn more or contact the Kimbell Education Center in the park at 561-745-5551, libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us.

Fire Fest is sponsored by, and a portion of the proceeds benefit, the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization that advocates for the historical, educational, and ecological enhancement of the park.

The event takes place at:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park,
16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455


 
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Oct 6, 2014October 7 BOCC meeting agenda available
The agenda for the October 7 Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting is now available online. If you would like to attend the meeting, it begins at 9:00 am in the Commission Chambers at the County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart.

http://www.martin.fl.us/portal/page_pageid=356,1923330&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

 
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Oct 6, 2014Martin County receives permit to dredge St. Lucie Inlet; FIND funding also approved
Martin County has been granted a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for periodic maintenance dredging of the St. Lucie Inlet. Prior to issuing the permit, FDEP had provided for a 14-day comment period for any persons with substantial interest in the project to submit objections. None were received.



The permit will allow the County to continue maintaining the impoundment basin and navigation channel of the Inlet and bypass the sand onto beaches in the county. The County will also have the option to store dredged material offshore on a temporary basis. Dredging will continue to be conducted in accordance with the State approved Inlet Management Plan, based on need and available funding.



The permit also gives the County the ability to respond to any emergency conditions or natural disasters that could negatively impact the inlet, a critical need in the aftermath of a hurricane or other severe storm activity.



County receives FIND funding



On Sept. 24, Martin County also received notice that they have been awarded grant dollars in the amount of $237,605 for the inlet dredging project from the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND). Since 1999, FIND has provided periodic funding on four previous occasions for projects in the St. Lucie Inlet including dredging and north jetty improvements. The planned maintenance dredging of the St. Lucie Inlet provides a direct benefit to more than 15,000 registered boaters in Martin County by providing safer navigation and decreasing the potential for shoaling in the navigation channel and nearby waterways.



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



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


 
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Oct 6, 20142nd Annual Volunteer Fair at Blake Library Sure to be Success
Want to make a difference in the community but don't know how? Look no further than the Martin County Library System (MCLS). Visit MCLS' second-annual Volunteer Fair on Saturday, October 25 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.


Bonnie's Books volunteers Valeria Steiber and Jo Anne Domenico

Attendees will have the chance to speak with representatives from Boys & Girls Club of Martin County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Council on Aging of Martin County, Florida Oceanographic Society, Furry Friends, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast featuring certified therapy pets, House of Hope, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Mary's Shelter, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Treasure Coast Community Singers, Treasure Coast Hospice YMCA and many more.

Volunteer opportunities are available to high school students and adults.


"The Volunteer Fair is an exciting event for all those interested in contributing to their community," said MCLS Volunteer Coordinator Terry Dick. "We are making a difference by connecting potential volunteers with these great organizations along the Treasure Coast."


To learn more about the Volunteer Fair or the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection, call (772) 221-1403 or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Oct 6, 2014MCHS Drama Dept. presents: THE MIRACLE WORKER
Martin County High School Fine Arts Drama Department proudly presents its first production of the 2014-2015season: THE MIRACLE WORKER; The inspiring true story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, by William Gibson.

Performances will be held at the Wanda H. Yarboro Performing Arts Center, Martin County High School, 2801 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994.

Thursday, November 6; Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8 at 7:00 PM

Tickets: $10.00 Adults; $5.00 Students/Senior Citizens.

For more information, call the Box Office: 772-219-1800 Ext. 282
or ask about online ticketing, visit our website: http://mchs.martinschools.org (click on Community).


 
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Oct 6, 2014ITS Telecom, Announces Gigabit Internet Service For Local Residents
ITS Telecommunication Systems, Inc. is the latest broadband communications company to announce the deployment of Gbps (Gigabit) Broadband service for customers in its service territory in South Florida. This week, ITS launched their brand of new incredibly fast Internet, called ITS Fiber Zymmetric, Zymmetric broadband will boast speeds up to 1 Gpbs (1000 Mbps), and as an added bonus it will be symmetric (equal upload and download speeds).

Residential customers in Indiantown, Florida will now have the option of up to 50 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 500 Mbps and 1Gbps broadband.

“We are thrilled to be offering cutting edge Internet services to our residential customers, said Jeff Leslie, President and CEO of ITS Telecom, “We deployed fiber-optic cable all the way to the customer premise a few years ago and it has transformed our small community into a “Smart Rural Community” and has allowed people to have better technology for home and work than many urban areas. Now with our ITS Fiber Zymmetric Gigabit broadband capability, we can truly say there is by far no faster, more reliable Internet service in Indiantown or in most surrounding local counties.”

ITS Telecom, whose company mission statement is: “Noticeably Better”, continues to stay on the cutting edge of technology in Florida and in the U.S. staying on par with larger companies (like Google) by being one of the top 5% of Internet service providers who can provide this level of broadband to both consumers and businesses.

About ITS Telecom
ITS Telecommunications Systems, Inc. (ITS Telecom), is a premier provider of fiber-optic communications services including broadband, voice, video, data center, and managed IT services. ITS Telecom (one of the 13 original phone companies in Florida), serves residents and business customers in Indiantown, Florida and the surrounding area on their 100% underground, redundant fiber-optic network. ITS has matured from being a local service provider to a forward-thinking communications and technology company. www.itstelecom.net and for business/metro services: www.itsfiber.com

Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/itstelecommunications and www.facebook.com/itsfiber

Check out our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/itsfiberbusiness


 
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Oct 6, 2014Tools for Schools prepares local students for school
Publix Super Markets and its employees have been longtime supporters of United Way.

Whether it comes to raising more money, creating more awareness or rallying more volunteers, Publix employees go above the call of duty to make their community a better place for all.
For the second year in a row, all 11 Publix locations in Martin County participated in the Tools for School event where Publix shoppers donated a few dollars while checking out to help purchase school supplies for local students in need.

"Publix is proud to support the United Way of Martin County and the many organizations, schools and children they serve through our Tools for Schools program,” said Nicole Maristany Krauss, Media and Community Relations Manager. “Together with the help of our passionate customers, more than 20 schools will receive supplies to help students have a successful school year and we're thrilled to support the important work the United Way does in our community."

This year, Tools for School raised more than $35,000 – a 22 percent increase over last year – and together, the Martin County stores combined to take top honors in South Florida. The school supplies were recently delivered to the Martin County School District warehouse where they were divided based on needs and shipped to local schools. Students in need of school supplies are asked to notify their guidance counselor for more information.

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


 
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Oct 6, 2014Spherion Staffing Services - Ask me About Our IdealMatch Program
OUR JOB IS FINDING THE RIGHT PEOPLE FOR YOUR JOBS…WE LOVE WHAT WE DO!

We’re Spherion, a local staffing company with a passion for placing the right candidate in the right company.
We have been serving the flexible and direct-hire staffing needs of businesses since 1946. Locally owned and operated, you can count on our recruiting team to deliver the best talent for your opportunities.

Outlined below are a few Star Talent employees who are ready to work for you.

Stephanie – Sales Professional, with over 5 years’ experience. In her most recent position, she had progressive responsibility in sales and customer service environments. A recent sales trainer and manager, Stephanie has ambition and drive to meet sales expectations. Looking for a role to grow with base + commission with a minimum of $14.00/HR for temp to hire opportunities in the St. Lucie County area. She is able to join a new team and start immediately!

Emily- Administrative Assistant, with over 6 years’ experience in customer service, sales and dental industries. She has recently relocated to the area and is looking for long term opportunities. Personable and polished, she is looking for an entry level role to excel. She has experience in MS Office products and QuickBooks. Emily is looking for $12.00/HR opportunities in Martin County. She is able to start immediately.
Jennifer – Administrative Assistant, with experience in law office and marketing environments. She is personable and proficient at MS Office Products. She is looking for a new challenge where she can utilize her varied administrative capabilities and her Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills. She is looking for full-time, temp to hire positions. Jen is looking for $13.00/HR, in the Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie and Stuart areas and can start immediately.

Patrick – Customer Service Representative, has over 5 years’ experience in the retail and pharmacy industry. He has managed all aspects of Pharmacy retail stores customer service, training, inventory, scheduling, and loss protection. Patrick has a great personality and is dedicated to customer satisfaction. He has very flexible work availability and is looking for a pay rate of $9/HR.
Phillip – Maintenance Mechanic, specializes in boiler maintenance, but has the ability to repair various manufacturing machinery. He has shown job stability and loyalty to his past employers. Phillip is a dedicated hard worker who goes the extra mile to get the job done and done safely. Being OSHA trained; he is safety conscious. He takes pride in his work and is open to new challenges. He is looking for an opportunity in the Treasure Coast area with and is looking for a pay rate of $15/HR.
John – Machine Operator, with over 15 years’ experience in machine operation including CNC, injection molding, extrusion machinery, pneumatic, and hydraulic machinery. He is familiar with the manufacturing setting including production, packing, assembly, and warehouse. John is very detail oriented, well organized, and always tried to find the most efficient way to get the job done right! John has an open availability and is looking for an opportunity in the Indian River County.


Joseph – IT Professional, with over 20 years’ experience working in medical, clerical and retail environments. His previous experience is in IT help desk, internet security and administration. Polished and professional, Joseph is looking for long term opportunities which can benefit from his advanced MS Office skills and technical proficiency. He is looking for temp to hire or direct hire opportunities in the Treasure Coast area. He is looking for $11 - 13/HR.

We have candidates readily available in light industrial, customer service, reception, accounting, administrative assisting, call center and various categories of marketing, professional and executive positions…call us to place your needs and we can source and recruit for your specific requirements. All pre-screening is performed by Spherion. Let us find the right worker/s for you.

If you should know of any business, personal or professional, that is looking to hire employees, I would appreciate your referral. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Margie


 
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Oct 6, 2014Tykes & Teens Executive Director Named Health Care Champion
Jeffrey Shearer, ACSW, CAP, LCSW, was selected as the 2014 Health Care Champion in the Non-Physician’s Excellence category at an awards breakfast held on October 2nd. The awards, presented by Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, recognize individuals that have made a significant and positive impact on improving the quality of health care in our community. Jeff was honored for his service in providing high quality mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services to children and families on the Treasure Coast, regardless of financial status. Jeff co-founded non-profit Tykes & Teens 18 years ago and his work has directly impacted the lives of more than 20,000 local children and adolescents. Jeff was nominated by his longtime friend and employee Janice Maier, who commented that “Jeff’s philosophy regarding the connection between physical and mental health, and his desire to support positive, healthy lifestyles both for the clients he serves as well as his employees is demonstrated daily in the operation of Tykes & Teens. “

 
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Oct 6, 2014Residents & Visitors Go Inside Hobe Sound!
The next Inside Hobe Sound tour will take place on Wednesday, October 8th starting at 8:30 AM at the Hobe Sound Chamber. Inside Hobe Sound takes new and seasoned residents on a behind the scenes tour of Hobe Sound. The program is also designed to offer citizens an in-depth look and understanding of how Hobe Sound operates as an unincorporated village.
Transported by a private, air conditioned van, residents visit and go behind the scenes of the Boys & Girls Club, South Martin Regional Utility, Hobe Sound Public Library, and Hobe Sound Elementary School. Participants also hear from the Martin County Tax Collector’s Office, County Commissioner, Supervisor of Elections, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Property Appraiser, and the Sheriff’s Department.
There is no charge for the guided Inside Hobe Sound tour. However, a $9.00 fee for lunch will be collected before the start of the tour.
Class sizes are limited so call today to reserve your spot. For more information call 546-4724 or email info@hobesound.org.


 
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Oct 6, 2014USA Today:

Self-employed give thumbs up to Obamacare
Small Business Majority's California Director and Healthcare Policy Director David Chase contributed to an article in USA Today about how the new health insurance marketplaces are helping more people become self-employed and start their own businesses. Entrepreneurs are finding reasonably-priced medical plans through the individual marketplaces that are enabling them to leave their traditional jobs to launch companies, grow their businesses and create new jobs.
5 states getting early access to online enrollment through SHOP
On September 3, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it will provide five states early access to the online portion of the small business health insurance marketplaces. This will allow small business owners in those states to provide critical feedback on ways to improve the system, prior to the national online roll-out on November 15. Small Business Majority is working hand-in-hand with HHS to spearhead this rollout.

This measured trial-run will allow small businesses in Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, Delaware and Ohio with fewer than 50 employees to shop for, select, enroll and offer employees high quality health coverage online. It will be imperative that the Administration listen to all the initial feedback, to ensure that the online marketplaces operate as smoothly as possible when it is made available for all states where the federal government is running the small business marketplaces. Learn more about the early rollout in our statement.

Small business attitudes on workplace wellness programs
On September 10, Small Business Majority released a report showing small business owners are interested in workplace wellness programs and believe they would be good for workers and business.

The report found there is significant potential to expand workplace wellness programs to a large share of the small business community. What’s more, small business owners want the best for their employees, and they see wellness programs as an opportunity to promote the health and wellness of the people who are vital to their business’ success. Read the full findings here.

Clean energy update
On September 18, we sent a letter to Governor Kasich urging him to support Ohio’s clean energy economy by engaging with the Environmental Protection Agenda as it moves forward with setting standards for existing power plants under the Clean Air Act.

The comment period for EPA’s proposed rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants has been extended to December 1, and Small Business Majority will be submitting comments. If any small business owners would like to submit comments themselves on the proposed rule, click here.

Small businesses commit to youth opportunity


In June, we launched our national sign-on campaign to garner 100 small employers to pledge to help bridge the gap between youth who are out of school and out of work, and small businesses having a hard time filling entry-level positions.

As our campaign wraps up at the end of this month, we’re pleased to announce that nearly 150 small employers have pledged to take actions to create opportunities for our youth, including 6 business champions whose testimonials can be found on our opportunity youth website.

Though our sign-on pledge is coming to a close, we’re continuing our work helping small employers identify ways they can create meaningful opportunities for our nation’s youth. We’re partnering with the Grads of Life campaign that just launched this month to bring the small business voice to a new, national conversation about creating professional opportunities for unemployed youth.
Logn-term Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank
The Export-Import Bank’s charter was set to expire at the end of this month, and while Congress has given the bank a temporary reprieve until June 2015, it’s imperative that Congress pass long-term reauthorization of the bank to ensure small businesses have access to global markets.

The Ex-Im Bank gives small businesses an edge by leveling the playing field between small firms and their larger counterparts. Many small businesses rely on the bank because commercial lenders typically don’t support small businesses in this area. In fact, nearly 90 percent of Ex-Im Bank’s transactions in 2013 were for American small businesses.

Small business owners have been taking to the Internet to show their support for long-term reauthorization of the bank using Small Business Majority’s Ex-Im Thought Bank. This website allows small business owners to share their experiences with the Ex-Im Bank and have their comments sent directly to Members of Congress. What’s more, our Economic Agenda points to long-term reauthorization of the bank as a step Washington can take now to help bolster small businesses.
#SmallBizSay #RaiseTheWage
We’re using a new social media platform called a Thunderclap to bring together small business owners, advocates and business organizations to show their support for raising the minimum wage. Similar to an “online flash mob,” Thunderclap allows participants everywhere to voice their support for a particular campaign at the same time through social media.

Here’s how you can get involved: sign up and Thunderclap will post a one-time message on your social media networks on Friday, October 10 at 1:00 pm EDT. Thunderclap will only have permission to post this one message to your news feed, and you can opt out at any time. After that, your work is done; the message will automatically post to participants’ walls and feeds at the same time.

To get involved, sign up to join our Thunderclap, and share the link with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter so we can get as many people to participate as possible.







 
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Oct 6, 2014Competition to build structures out of canned food
Competition to build structures out of canned food
will feed hungry Treasure Coast residents
Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Canstruction® event arrives at Treasure Coast Mall October 13, 2014

Teams of students and professionals will soon be competing to design and build structures created completely out of canned goods. The international competition, called Canstruction®, is an opportunity to not only win an award from the most widely known food drive event in the world, but more importantly, it is a way for these groups to have a direct impact on feeding the hungry right here on the Treasure Coast.

The teams - composed of builders, contractors and students - will be creating their giant structures made entirely from canned goods and other food items at the Treasure Coast Square Mall in Jensen Beach on October 13. At the close of the event on October 25, all of the food from the competition will be donated to the Treasure Coast Food Bank.

The Treasure Coast Food Bank is joined by more than 100 cities around the world coordinating Canstruction® competitions. Highlighting the creativity and compassion of these teams that come together for the competition, these astounding structures are helping to change the world by collecting millions of pounds of food for local food banks and raising awareness about the issue of hunger. On a weekly basis, the Treasure Coast Food Bank serves over 100,000 individuals that are struggling to put food on their table, to include nearly 35,000 children and 12,000 seniors.

“Last year was the first time the Treasure Coast Food Bank held a Canstruction® event. Thanks to the efforts of supporters, we secured nearly 3,800 pounds of food that went directly to feeding the hungry in our community. We are hoping our creative and determined teams will surpass that goal during this year’s competition,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz.

A new twist on this year’s competition is the Treasure Coast Square Mall’s active involvement. Not only are they serving as the venue for the competition, but they are also going to provide promotional support to spread awareness about the event.

“Treasure Coast Square enjoys partnering with non-profit organizations such as the Treasure Coast Food Bank to support important charitable efforts that positively impact the lives of Martin and St. Lucie County residents,” said Sean Carroll, director of marketing and business development at Treasure Coast Square. “We think the Treasure Coast Food Bank Canstruction event is a wonderful way for the mall to tap into the community and support such an impactful cause such as ending hunger.”

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

All of the Canstruction® structures will be on display at the Treasure Coast Square Mall in the Old Navy plaza area from Monday, October 13 through Sunday, October 25. Judges will be reviewing the structures and selecting winners in various categories including: design and structural integrity; best meal, best use of labels, jurors’ favorite, honorable mention, and people’s choice award. The Awards Ceremony will take place at Treasure Coast Square on Wednesday, October 15 at 6 p.m.

For more information, go to treasurecoast.canstruction.org, stophunger.org or call 772-489-3034.

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

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




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


 
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Oct 6, 2014FRIENDS OF JONATHAN DICKINSON STATE PARK - Fired up for FireFest!
On October 18, from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m., the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park are proudly presenting
Fire Fest 2014: a fun-filled, Halloween-themed family event educating the community about prescribed fire in Florida. The
event focuses on increasing awareness and appreciation of the park’s unique wildlife and plants, recreational
opportunities, and rich natural history.
Located just south of Stuart, in Hobe Sound, Jonathan Dickinson State Park teems with wildlife, including
threatened and endangered species, in pine flatwoods, scrub, mangroves, and river swamps. The Loxahatchee River,
Florida’s first federally designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park and offers saltwater and freshwater
fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding, and swimming in designated areas.
The most significant and effective tool used to protect and preserve wildlife and their habitat in the park is
prescribed fire. In the early 1970’s Park Rangers, Biologists, and Managers recognized that fire is a natural part of
Florida’s landscapes. However, wildfire, specifically fire that is started naturally from lightning strikes, is an unacceptable
and unsafe way of managing our natural areas, so the Florida Park Service began its prescribed burn program.
Prescribed fire helps maintain wildlife habitat and the many natural communities in the park. Many species
benefit from prescribed fire, some of which would not survive without it, like the federally endangered Florida scrub-jay.
Another major benefit of prescribed fire is to the surrounding communities. If we continue to use fire as a management
tool, the homes, roads, and people nearby will be much safer. Fire Fest welcomes visitors to view prescribed burning up
close and talk to trained fire crew. Two fire demonstrations take place throughout the event, including one with a helicopter
bucket drop and one in the evening after sunset. Smokey Bear will be there to support the crew too!
And there’s much more to Fire Fest than the burn demos, with children’s art activities, scrub-jay walks, night
hikes, fire truck demonstrations, marshmallow roasting, exhibitors, a spooky trail, and much more! Two new free events
this year are Keep Flippin Gymnastics demonstrations, and the Bridge Road Writers’ Fright Write Scare and Share
campfire from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. for ages 16 and up. The event costs $6 for park entry for up to 8 people per vehicle.
Additional fees apply for special activities including hayrides at $2 per person and swamp buggy rides at $10 per person
(3 and under are free); bounce house, slide, children’s obstacle course, and games are $6 for an all-day stamp ($3 for
ages 3 and under); all other activities are free. Food and beverages, including beer, will be for sale throughout the event.
So come on out, bring your friends and family, and spend a fun-filled day the in the park! Visit www.friendsofjdsp.org to
learn more or contact the Kimbell Education Center in the park at 561-745-5551, libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us.
Fire Fest is sponsored by, and a portion of the proceeds benefit, the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park,
Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization that advocates for the historical, educational, and ecological
enhancement of the park.
The event takes place at:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park,
16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455

 
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Oct 3, 20142nd Annual Volunteer Fair at Blake Library Sure to be Success
Want to make a difference in the community but don't know how? Look no further than the Martin County Library System (MCLS). Visit MCLS' second-annual Volunteer Fair on Saturday, October 25 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.



Bonnie's Books volunteers Valeria Steiber and Jo Anne Domenico

Attendees will have the chance to speak with representatives from Boys & Girls Club of Martin County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Council on Aging of Martin County, Florida Oceanographic Society, Furry Friends, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast featuring certified therapy pets, House of Hope, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Mary's Shelter, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Treasure Coast Community Singers, Treasure Coast Hospice YMCA and many more.

Volunteer opportunities are available to high school students and adults.

"The Volunteer Fair is an exciting event for all those interested in contributing to their community," said MCLS Volunteer Coordinator Terry Dick. "We are making a difference by connecting potential volunteers with these great organizations along the Treasure Coast."

To learn more about the Volunteer Fair or the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection, call (772) 221-1403 or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Oct 3, 2014All Aboard Florida Public Meetings Schedule
See attached

All aboard meet schedule.
 
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Oct 3, 2014Stuart Air Show - Fun Times for Everyone!
Kick Off the Weekend
Friday Night Air Show &Halloween Festivities

The whole family will have a spook-tacular time at our Friday Night Show on October 31. In addition to amazing nighttime aerobatic performances, a thrilling fireworks display and live music, your family will enjoy Trick or Treating and Costume Contests for both kids and adults. Get your tickets today!

https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/SAS/Online/default.asp?utm_source=DFSP%2C+Halloween%2C+WWII%2C+AeroShell&utm_campaign=Sponsor+Opportunities&utm_medium=email

Candy and decorations generously provided by CenterState Bank.
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Mix & Mingle at the Annual Dirty Flight Suit Party

The Annual VIP Dirty Flight Suit Party allows guests to mix and mingle with the pilots and performers of the Stuart Air Show. This exclusive party includes food and drinks along with nighttime aerobatic performances, fireworks display, and live music. Tickets to the Dirty Flight Suit party are only available online and will
not be available at the gate.
Dirty Flight Suit Party generously sponsored by Seacoast National Bank.
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Fly with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team


Only 2 seats left! Click here for a chance to fly on Saturday, November 1 at the Stuart Air Show!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fly-with-AeroShell-Aerobatic-Team-at-Stuart-Air-Show-FL-Sat-Nov-1st-T-6-Texan-/321532777868?utm_source=DFSP%2C+Halloween%2C+WWII%2C+AeroShell&utm_campaign=Sponsor+Opportunities&utm_medium=email
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WWII Weapons Demo & Battle Re-Enactment


Be sure to come early on Saturday & Sunday! You do NOT want to miss the WWII weapons demo and thrilling battle complete with re-enactors and exciting explosions!
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Discounted Ticket Prices Available -
Limited Time Only

Discounted tickets are available online.
Buy NOW while these special prices are offered. Prices go up at midnight on October 23!
http://www.stuartairshow.com/index.php/tickets/?utm_source=DFSP%2C+Halloween%2C+WWII%2C+AeroShell&utm_campaign=Sponsor+Opportunities&utm_medium=email

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Highlight your Company or Organization

Vendor & Exhibitor booths are a great way to highlight your company or your community organization. Special rates for nonprofits are available. Click here for more info. Deadline to apply is October 17.
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T-Shirt Sneak Peek

It's our 25th Anniversary! Check out the great shirts we'll be featuring at the air show on Saturday & Sunday! _______________________________________

The Stuart Air Show proudly supports the community. Proceeds benefit non-profit organizations including The Road to Victory Military Museum, Martin County Community Foundation, Special Olympics, ARC of Martin County, Experimental Aircraft Association, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America, and many other deserving community charities.


 
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Oct 2, 2014Adam Putnam and Florida Business Leaders Urge Floridians to Say No
Florida Chamber, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and
Florida Business Leaders Urge Floridians to Say No to Amendment 2

The Florida Chamber of Commerce along with Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and business leaders from throughout Florida today announced their opposition to legalizing drugs in Florida and urged Floridians to vote no on Amendment 2. The press conference was hosted during the Florida Chamber’s 2014 Future of Florida Forum in Orlando.





“Normally we focus on creating jobs, improving education and making Florida more competitive, but this is the type of business Florida can do without,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “I find it curious that the largest funder of this push to legalize pot is a personal injury trial lawyer firm, yet such measures are overwhelmingly opposed by Florida’s medical and law enforcement community. Florida voters are smart and when the facts are on the table, I believe they will say no to drugs in Florida.”
The Florida Chamber has a long-standing position of opposing constitutional amendments that can be addressed by the legislature in statute or in the state budget. The Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott earlier this year legalized medical marijuana to help children with seizures and Floridians with debilitating illnesses – further proof that this issue can be handled by the legislature.
“Amendment 2 is riddled with loopholes,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “It is projected that more than 1,700 dispensaries will open across the state of Florida, forever damaging our state’s reputation as a family-friendly environment and negatively affecting the quality of life that Floridians enjoy in our state every day. Do you really want Bob Marley’s pot shop down the street instead of a Walgreens?”
“The legalization of marijuana has the potential to destroy Florida’s sterling reputation as a family-friendly and business-friendly state,” said Commissioner Adam Putnam. “Not only does this poorly written amendment give anyone with as much as a headache access to this gateway drug, the legalization of marijuana would severely impact small businesses and corporations alike. As we are making our way out of the greatest recession in decades, the last thing we need is to create a climate that will decrease productivity and increase risk for businesses.”

Amendment 2: The Devil is in the Details
Visit our partners at VoteNo2.org to help spread the message about the pitfalls of Amendment 2. View the latest videos and learn what the passage of Amendment 2 really means for Florida.


 
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Oct 2, 2014This Week's Entertainment... Plus Upcoming COMEDY & HALLOWEEN Parties!


WEDNESDAY, October 1st
JAZZ Jam Session - 7-10pm Maurice Frank & Friends host our weekly open Jam!
THURSDAY, October 2nd
Zack Jones One-Man Folk Band 10pm-1am
FRIDAY, October 3rd
ODDESSEY Jam Band 8pm-12am
SATURDAY, October 4th
No Limit Pub Poker Games start at 7pm
"Noche Latina" Free Salsa Lessons at 8:30pm!

Comedy Night at the Speakeasy with TOMMY SAVITT
Thursday, October 16th @ 8:00pm
Award-winning comedian Tommy Savitt will be performing live at the Speakeasy! Seating is limited, so please RSVP early. Tickets are just $10 plus 2 Drink Minimum. More details are on our event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/542057389261624/

HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY at The Refuge SPOOKeasy
Friday, October 31st @ 8:00pm
Tickets are just $10 with Costumer ($15 without). Enjoy great music, costumes and drink specials! More details are on our event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/550540001714483/


THE REFUGE SPEAKEASY
2196 SE OCEAN BLVD.
STUART, FL 34996
Located at the corner of Ocean & Monterrey
(Behind Walgreens next to Fresh Market)
(772) 210-6959


 
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Oct 2, 2014Register now for 12th annual Mutt March in Stuart
Now’s the time to sign up for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s 12th annual Mutt March slated for Nov. 1 at Memorial Park, 100 SE Ocean Blvd., in Stuart. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the event but participants may pre-register online now at www.hstcMuttMarch.org or at a pre-registration party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Oct. 23, at Carson’s Tavern, 2883 SE Ocean Blvd., in Stuart. Adult registration is $20 per person and includes one dog; children 15 and under are free.

The pre-registration event at Carson’s costs $10 and patrons will receive one drink and a buffet of appetizers while mingling with HSTC supporters and friends. Live music will be provided by T-REX Entertainment. Outside seating is available for those who wish to bring their furry friends. Mutt March raffle tickets for a chance to win a $1,000, $500 or $250 American Express gift card also will be available at the event or at www.hstc1.org for a $10 donation.

The November 1 Mutt March event is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants and their creatively costumed dogs. Before taking a walk around the park, they will be given a free pancake breakfast, courtesy of IHOP; shop the “flea-less” market of vendors; watch dogs go on a chase in the lure course presented by Rabbit Run LLC; and can have their pet pictures taken at the HSTC photo booth. The dogs also can get their exercise by racing down a runway set up by The Fur Seasons. A pet costume contest is open to all and prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, Funniest, Most Original and Cutest.

The Silvester Foundation is the Top Dog premier sponsor. Additional sponsors include Seabreeze Publications, Rick Carroll Insurance, Seacoast National Bank, Waste Management, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Capps Roofing, Duren Roofing, Boehringer Ingelheim, Carson’s Tavern, Dancin’ in the Streets, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar and Grill, Stuart Grill and Ale and The PR Czar Inc.

For more information, call HSTC Community Events Manager Courtney Zanetti at 772-600-3211 or visit the website at http://www.hstc1.org.

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 animal welfare in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the Humane Society relies on donations, wills and bequests to support its programs and services. As a local Humane Society, HSTC is run independently from any national welfare or humane organization with no financial assistance from these groups. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hstc1 and Instagram at hstcadopt. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822. Media inquiries: 772-221-2425 • http://www.prczar.com.
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Oct 2, 2014BOOK CLOSING DATE FOR THE NOVEMBER 4TH GENERAL ELECTION
Martin County Supervisor of Elections, Vicki Davis reminds residents that all new registrations must be completed on or before, Monday, October 6, 2014 to vote in the upcoming November 4th general election.
The Elections Center will conduct a voter registration drive on Monday, October 6th at the Robert Morgade Library, located at 5851 SE Community Dr., Stuart, from 12:00 pm-3:00pm.
This voter drive will provide citizens the opportunity to register to vote, update their voter records, change their political party affiliation, and request to Vote by Mail.
If you are not certain of your current registration status, visit MartinVotes.com and click “Access Your Voter Information.”
For more information about the voter drive, contact Kherri Anderson, Deputy of Elections Outreach at 772-288-5637, or visit the Elections Center website at MartinVotes.com.


 
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Oct 2, 2014SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS MAILS OVER 26,000 VOTE BY MAIL BALLOTS
Martin County Supervisor of Elections, Vicki, Davis, mailed over 26,000 Vote by Mail ballots for the upcoming November 4th, General Election. Ballots were mailed on Tuesday, September 30th, the first day ballots could be mailed in-state by Florida law.

Ballots must be returned to the Elections Center by 7 p.m. Election Day, November 4th. Ballots can be returned by mail, however, it is important to remember to sign and seal the return envelope with the 49 cents return postage.

Voters also have the option to drop their voted ballot off at any Early Voting site from Monday, October 20th through Saturday, November 1st from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Each site will have a secure ballot box for ballot drop-off. Early Voting sites can be located on the Elections Center’s website at MartinVotes.com.

To track a returned ballot, visit MartinVotes.com and click on the ‘Track Your Ballot’ tab, located in the What’s New section of the homepage.

Vote by Mail ballots can be requested by visiting MartinVotes.com, or calling the elections Office at 772-288-5637. The deadline to request a ballot to be mailed is Wednesday, October 29, 2014.


 
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Oct 2, 20142nd Annual Volunteer Fair at Blake Library Sure to be Success
Want to make a difference in the community but don't know how? Look no further than the Martin County Library System (MCLS). Visit MCLS' second-annual Volunteer Fair on Saturday, October 25 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.



Bonnie's Books volunteers Vivian Palazzi and Jo Anne Domenico

Attendees will have the chance to speak with representatives from Boys & Girls Club of Martin County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Council on Aging of Martin County, Florida Oceanographic Society, Furry Friends, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast featuring certified therapy pets, House of Hope, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Mary's Shelter, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Treasure Coast Community Singers, Treasure Coast Hospice YMCA and many more.

Volunteer opportunities are available to high school students and adults.

"The Volunteer Fair is an exciting event for all those interested in contributing to their community," said MCLS Volunteer Coordinator Terry Dick. "We are making a difference by connecting potential volunteers with these great organizations along the Treasure Coast."

To learn more about the Volunteer Fair or the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection, call (772) 221-1403 or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Oct 2, 2014Proposed sales tax projects interactive map tool on County website


Just by visiting www.martin.fl.us, Martin County residents can view where local sales tax revenues would be spent, if the proposed local sales tax is approved by voters in November. The interactive map, which was a collaborative effort of the Martin County Information Technology Services and Engineering Departments, allows web users to see where the projects are, what will be done, and how much it will cost.

The "Proposed Sales Tax Projects in Your Neighborhood" map has distinct icons for each project type (bridges, roads or roads and pipe replacement) that are pinned to each location. Viewers can scroll through the various areas which are divided by location - Jensen Beach/North Stuart, Palm City, Indiantown, Stuart, and South County.

In May, the Board of County Commissioners approved placing a referendum on the November ballot regarding the addition of a one-cent (or 1%) local sales tax to the existing state sales tax for a period of four years. This sales tax would be used to address infrastructure problems that are the result of long-term underfunding and the reduction of preservation and replacement budgets. The funds collected from this local sales tax would be used for the reconstruction of existing roads, drainage and bridges. In the associated ordinance, it is required that all expenditures of sales tax proceeds must be approved by a majority of the Board of County Commissioners at an advertised public hearing where the public will have an opportunity to comment. If voters approve the referendum, the local sales tax would become effective on January 1, 2015.

Find the map by going to the Martin County website www.martin.fl.us and selecting "Local Sales Tax Referendum" under the "Hot Topics" menu. This page also contains additional resources to help educate citizens on the issue- including an informational brochure, short video, photo gallery and frequently asked questions.



 
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Oct 2, 2014Sailfish Splash comes up with the gold at the 37th Annual FSPA High School Invitational Swimming & Diving Meet


Nearly 2,000 athletes, spectators, coaches and officials, most from out-of-town, flocked to Sailfish Splash Aquatic Athletics Center last weekend, September 26 and 27 for the largest swimming and diving meet of its kind in Florida. 72 teams, some from as far away as Tampa, Jacksonville, and Marathon, packed the venue. In addition to providing great entertainment and an opportunity for local swimmers to test their mettle against competition from all over the state, the event generated substantial positive economic impact from visitors staying in hotels, dining out, gassing up, shopping, and having fun.

This is the second consecutive year that the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) has hosted its signature meet in Martin County.

"The success of the FSPA meet is a direct result of the excellent partnership we have developed with the Sailfish Splash Aquatic Athletics Center and the Treasure Coast Sports Commission," said FSPA Executive Director Wendy Parker Barsell. "Their seamless handling of local logistics and hospitality gives our organization the time to focus on the details of managing this popular meet for high school swimmers and divers."

In collaboration with the local host school, Jensen Beach High School, the Martin County Parks & Recreation Department provided operational management and coordination, with support from the Treasure Coast Sports Commission. Chick-fil-A of Stuart served as the lead hospitality sponsor, with contributions from Outback Steakhouse of Stuart and SteviB's Pizza Buffet of Stuart, and Subway of Jensen Beach.

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

The Jensen Beach High School Swim Team played a critical role in the excitement and success of the meet. Team standouts Rachel Tompkins and Al Madden set school
records in their respective events, while the team as a whole contributed more than 800 community service hours to the two day event.

Nicole Reardon, Head Coach, Jensen Beach High School Swim Team commented on her team's performance, "Spending time competing and succeeding at such a high level and contributing to the community helped make the weekend great. Our student athletes can be proud of what they did."

Sports tourism at the high school and collegiate level, as exemplified by this meet, continues to grow in importance as a driver of business for Martin County and the Treasure Coast. In addition to the FSPA High School Invitational Swimming & Diving Meet, the area has played host this year to large, multiday, cycling, softball, soccer and lacrosse tournaments, all at Martin County Parks & Recreation venues.

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

Some preliminary estimates from independent models suggest that the FSPA High School Invitational Swimming & Diving Meet injected as much as a quarter million dollars into Martin County in two days. Consequently, local businesses recognize the importance of this and other sporting events that draw out-of-town visitors.

"A good measure of credit for the quality of this year's event goes to our hospitality sponsors, led by Chick-fil-A, our 'Host Sponsor'," said Craig Jon Anderson, Marketing Coordinator, Sailfish Splash Waterpark and the Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation. "Coaches and officials praised the hospitality provided by Chick-fil-A Stuart, Outback Steakhouse of Stuart, SteviB's Pizza Buffet of Stuart, and Subway of Jensen Beach." Anderson continued, "We do everything we can to encourage visitors and the local community to patronize our sponsors."

Other sponsors included the US Sailing Center of Martin County at Indian RiverSide Park, Ampersand Graphics, and Pat Toner's H2O Kids Swim School.

In addition to the 37th Annual FSPA High School Invitational Swimming & Diving Meet, the Sailfish Splash Aquatic Athletics Center will host: Martin County All High School Swimming & Diving Championships; FHSAA 3A District 10 Swimming & Diving Meet, all four (4) Pinch-A-Penny FHSAA Swimming & Diving Finals; and College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) winter training.

For more information about the FSPA, call 941-952-9293, 800-548-6774 or visit www.FloridaPoolPro.com.

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


 
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Oct 1, 2014'Wellness in Motion' at five MCLS locations throughout October
For Breast Cancer Awareness month, Martin County Library System has teamed up with Jupiter Medical Center to provide digital mammogram screenings at five of their community library locations throughout the month of October.

Wellness in Motion is Jupiter Medical Center's mobile mammography and health and wellness unit that travels around areas of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Wellness in Motion is a patient-friendly, comfortable, convenient and technologically sophisticated vehicle providing health services to the community.

Mammograms are performed by certified radiologic technologists and images are interpreted by board-certified radiologists. No prescription is necessary for a screening mammogram. Visit www.jupitermed.com/WIM for more info on WIM's provided services.

Some more details on the mammogram screenings:
-No physician prescription required (women ages 40+)
-Regular insurance coverage applies
-Discount pricing available for uninsured
-If possible, bring prior images to expedite your results
-Mammograms take only fifteen minutes to complete
-Walk-ons welcome (bring insurance card and photo ID)
**Pre-registration is recommended. To schedule your appointment or ask any questions, please call 561.263.4636.**

A schedule with locations follows:

Robert Morgade Library
- Monday, October 13 from 9am-4pm
Hoke Library
- Thursday, October 16 from 9am-4pm
Blake Library
- Friday, October 17 from 9am-4pm
Peter & Julie Cummings Library
- Tuesday, October 21 from 9am-4pm
Hobe Sound Public Library
- Thursday, October 23 from 9am-4pm

For more information about this event or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403 or visitwww.library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Oct 1, 2014INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE NAMED TOP TEN FINALIST FOR 2015 ASPEN PRIZE FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE EXCELLENCE
Indian River State College was named as a top-ten finalist for
the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, America’s most respected and
selective recognition of sustained high achievement and performance in state and community
colleges. After a rigorous review of the College’s performance, IRSC was selected as one of ten Prize
finalists from a pool of more than 1,000 colleges nationwide.
The announcement was made September 4 at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce, Florida and
streamed to the College’s four branch campuses, with over 1,200 students and faculty members
joining members of the IRSC Board of Trustees, IRSC Foundation Board members, community
leaders and legislators in celebrating the outstanding achievement. Senator Joe Negron (Florida
District 32) commended the College for attaining this national stature and Governor Rick Scott
shared a video message of congratulations.
Dr. Edwin Massey, IRSC President, outlined the reasons for the College’s selection for the coveted
honor. “The selection of IRSC as a top-ten college finalist for the Aspen Prize is one of the most
significant accomplishments in the history of the College, and recognizes IRSC at the national level
for consistently outstanding results in helping students succeed,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC
President. He noted that the Aspen Institute assesses college’s achievements in student learning,
certificate and degree completion, high rates of employment, earnings for graduates and high levels
of access and success for minority and low-income students.
Joshua Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s College for Excellence Program in
Washington, D.C. and author of What Excellent Community Colleges Do, said in a statement: “Indian
River State College shows how a sustained and concerted effort by an entire college can yield strong
results for students. IRSC’s hard work to consistently support students from the moment they enroll 2
through graduation and into the workforce has yielded steady, compelling increases in the number of
students earning certificates and degrees.”
Ashley Gilbert, President of the Campus Coalition Government, student government association said,
“At IRSC I was given every tool I need. That’s what the Aspen Prize is all about – student success –
and it’s awesome that the outstanding efforts of everyone at IRSC to help students succeed have
received this national recognition. Thank you for providing a supportive learning environment to
every student who walks on campus.”
The Aspen Prize recognized IRSC for exceptional achievements culminating in student success:
• College-Wide Focus on Student Success – IRSC has increased the number of degrees and
certificates awarded by 69% over a five year period. This significant increase is the result of
continuous focus on quality of instruction, student services, academic support, learning
environment and innovative technologies to ensure students complete a degree or
certificate.
• Extreme Affordability – Recognizing that over 60% of IRSC students come from counties with
a relatively low average income, IRSC takes an extremely proactive approach to keep college
affordable through low tuition rates, exceptional scholarship support, and creative strategies
such as a $10,000 Bachelor’s degree in STEM Teacher Education. As a result, IRSC has
been ranked as the 4th Most Affordable College in the Nation (and 1st in Florida) by the U.S.
Department of Education for the second consecutive year. Further, through careful financial
planning, IRSC has not raised its tuition rate for the past two years.
• Workforce Readiness Through Hands-on Partnerships – Over 90% of IRSC graduates in
career-based fields are placed directly in jobs related to their degree within one year of
graduation. Students are job-ready through internships, practicums, capstone experiences,
and service learning opportunities developed by IRSC in partnership with over 400
businesses, industries, schools , public agencies and medical facilities.
• Leadership in Emerging Industry Job Creation - IRSC is taking a national lead in creating new
jobs in emerging industries, through establishment of industry/college partnerships in
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the regional, state and national levels.
IRSC has been selected by the National Science Foundation as the lead institution for three
Regional Centers for Nuclear Energy, Laser/Fiber Optics, and Photonics (co-lead) bringing
together 119 colleges/universities and over 4,600 industry and agency partners to develop
industry-standard training programs that will fuel economic development with a highly skilled 3
workforce. As one example, IRSC’s Power Plant Technology Institute with NextEra Energy has
placed 159 graduates in jobs with salaries exceeding $55,000 per year, resulting in national
recognition as one of the Top 5 Industry Partnerships by the American Association of
Community Colleges.
Aspen’s Finalist Selection Committee, comprised of former community college presidents, respected
researchers and policy experts, selected the ten finalist institutions after reviewing extensive data on
performance and improvements in learning, graduation, workforce outcomes, and equitable
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Oct 1, 2014Local men to walk in 4-inch heels
Local men to walk in 4-inch heels to raise awareness of domestic violence in Martin County

SafeSpace’s annual “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” event will feature local notables walking in red heels through Downtown Stuart on Oct. 4

** Photo and Interview Opportunities Available **
WHO: More than 100 local men are expected to join Walk Co-Chairs Rebecca Beckett and Rob Ranieri for SafeSpace’s annual “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” event.

This year’s Honorary Chair will be U.S Congressman Patrick Murphy (FL-18), a vocal supporter of SafeSpace and an effective legislator working to end domestic violence. Other local dignitaries will include Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, Martin County Fire Rescue Chief Joe Ferrara all walking in support of domestic violence awareness.

WHAT: This event asks men to don four-inch red stilettos for a one-mile walk. Most men quickly realize that it's not easy walking in these shoes, but it's a light-hearted way to get the community talking about something that's otherwise difficult to talk about: domestic violence. The money raised from the events supports SafeSpace’s many programs, including victim and children’s support, teen prevention, and special populations outreach.

WHERE: The Riverwalk Stage in Downtown Stuart (200 SW St Lucie Ave., Stuart, FL 34994)

WHEN: Saturday, October 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

WHY: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and locally, SafeSpace hosts “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” events in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties to raise funds and awareness for outreach and programs that support victims here on the Treasure Coast.

In addition to providing victims of domestic violence with emergency shelter, SafeSpace offers education and support for families through its various outreach programs. In the last fiscal year, SafeSpace served nearly 1,000 domestic violence victims and their children and provided more than 12,000 safe nights of service to women and their children.

About SafeSpace
SafeSpace is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that operates programs in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties where families can escape to a safe environment. SafeSpace offers victims of domestic violence safety, support and education, empowering them to create an independent life free from violence. Emergency shelter, supportive living, and outreach programs and services are available for victims throughout the Treasure Coast. SafeSpace offers services to all victims of domestic violence and their dependents regardless of race, gender, age, religion, political belief, national origin, immigration status, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation or language spoken. To learn more about SafeSpace, please visit www.safespacefl.org, call 772-223-2399 or connect with SafeSpace on Facebook at www.facebook.com/safespacefl.


 
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Oct 1, 2014Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce Annual Installation and Awards Dinner
Chamber News Release

STUART/ MARTIN COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
1650 S KANNER HIGHWAY • STUART, FLORIDA • (772) 287-1088, FAX (772) 220-3437

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2014
Contact: Cindy LaConte
(772) 287-1088 ext. 106
Fax (772) 220-3437
E-mail: info@stuartmartinchamber.org



Award Recipients were recognized on September 27th at the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce Annual Installation and Awards Dinner at the Kane Center in Stuart, Florida –
The Chairman’s Award, presented by Chairman John O’Brien, Gulfstream Aluminum & Shutter Corporation was presented to Superintendent Laurie Gaylord, Martin County School Board. The Business Advocate Award was presented to Doug Smith, Martin County Board of County Commission. Cynthia Francoeur, Forest Hills Memorial Park & Funeral Home was presented the 2013/2014 Ambassador of the Year Award.
Joe Catrambone, President/CEO of the Chamber presented the President’s Awards to Diana Bruton, Treasure Coast Realty; L.C. Campbell, Treasure Coast Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory and Jeff Sabin, Waste Management.
Chairman John O’Brien presented the 2012/2013 Chairman Michael Dadko, UBS/Sailfish Wealth Management Group the Past Chairman’s Award for his years of service. Rob Gluckman, Treasure Coast Urgent & Family Care, who was recognized and awarded the “Toots” Armellini Business Person of the Year Award. George Stokus, Martin County Airport at Witham Field was recognized and awarded the Business Advocate Award. Also, Stacy Ranieri, The Firefly Group and Robin Hicks Connors, RHC Fundraising Consultants, L.L.C. were recognized for their years of service on the Chamber Board. These ladies and gentlemen were chosen for their dedication and supportive efforts in the community and to the chamber.
Chamber President/CEO Joe Catrambone and Chairman John O’Brien, Gulfstream Aluminum & Shutter Corporation emceed the events of the evening. The Honorable Judge Darren Steele installed the 2014/2015 officers and directors. The 2014/2015 Board is Chairman Pete Lashenka, Seacoast National Bank; Chair-Elect Ryan Strom, Team Parks, Inc.; Vice Chairman Janice Norman, Century 21 IRP Realty/Norman Page Team; Vice Chairman Lynne Barletta, Visionary School of Arts; Past Chairman John O’Brien, Gulfstream Aluminum & Shutter Corporation. Directors: David Armellini, Armellini Express Line, Inc.; William G. Carson, Forward Electric & Air Conditioning; Miguel Coty, Martin Health System; Rob Gluckman, Esq., Treasure Coast Urgent & Family Care; Richard Kolleda, Spherion; Donald Mader, Southeastern Printing; Elliot Paul, Elliot Paul & Company; Kelly Bond Pelletier, Just Gold Jewelers, Inc.; David Smith, Atlantic Aviation Stuart LLC; James Vojcsik, United Way of Martin County; Linda Weiksnar, Crary Buchanan P.A.; Ex-Officio Directors: Treasurer Gordon Proctor, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal CPAs; Paul Nicoletti, Stuart City Manager; Doug Smith, Martin County Commissioner; Laurie Gaylord, Martin County School Board; Beth Gaskin, Indian River State College and President/CEO Joseph A. Catrambone. 2014/2015 Chairman Pete Lashenka, Seacoast National Bank presented Chairman John O’Brien, Gulfstream Aluminum & Shutter Corporation with a Chairman’s Recognition Plaque for his outstanding year.
This year’s theme was Southern Charm with sponsors including: Sheriff Sponsors: Seacoast National Bank and Southeastern Printing; Ranger Sponsors: Martin Health System, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, CPA’S and UBS/Sailfish Wealth Management Group; Posse Sponsors: Armellini On Site Storage, Inc., Century 21 IRP Realty/Norman Page Team, Kim Melzer/R.V. Johnson Insurance, McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A. and Team Parks, Inc.; Bounty Hunter Sponsors: Armellini Express Lines, Inc., Elliot Paul & Company and L.C. Campbell.
The Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the community. For more information about the chamber and how your business can be a part of the chamber, contact info@stuartmartinchamber.org or call (772) 287-1088. Also check out the Chamber’s website for members lists, news, photo gallery and events, www.stuartmartinchamber.org.

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Sep 30, 2014Country Star Dustin Lynch to play at the Martin County Fair
The Martin County Fair announced today that Dustin Lynch will be performing February 16th at 7:30pm, at the Martin County Fair.
Just this week, Dustin Lynch hit the #1 spot on the country music charts with his single “Where It’s At”. Other hit songs include, “She Cranks My Tractor” and “Cowboys and Angels”.
You can see the concert as part of your fair General Admission. Just $5 in advance!

Tickets are available for $5 online at www.martincountyfair.com


 
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Sep 30, 2014Martin County Fair Launches brand new website
The Martin County Fair announced today that it has launched its brand new website, and branding package.
“The old site was getting stale” said fair manager Jay Spicer. “The new look is bold, classic, and much more user friendly”. The background features “brand” marks of local Martin County farms.
The new website is choc full of information about the fair and other events happening at the fairgrounds. Plus photos, past Fair Queens, and history of the fair.

Check it out today at www.martincountyfair.com


 
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Sep 30, 2014NEW MONROVIA ANNUAL BAHAMIAN CONNECTION FESTIVAL
On Saturday, October 4, 2014, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Annual New Monrovia Bahamian Festival will take place, which will result in the closure of the following roads:
• SE 45th, 46th and 47th Streets from SE Murray St to SE Geraldine St;
• SE 48th Ave and SE Front St from SE Geraldine St to SE Field St;
• SE Geraldine St and SE Field St from SE 45th Ave to SE Front Ave;
• SE Murray St from SE 45th Ave to SE 47th Ave in Port Salerno
SE 46th Ave from SE Field St to SE Murray St will remain closed for the festival until 7:00 p.m.

Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and to use alternate routes through this area.


 
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Sep 30, 2014PALM CITY TEENAGER TAKES EUROPEAN JUNIOR TENNIS CIRCUIT BY STORM
Fifteen year old tennis sensation, Nicole Coopersmith, of Palm City, FL cruised to victory in the Maia Junior Cup, part of the Youth Circuit of the European Tennis Association. The competition held in Portugal featured more than 150 athletes from 23 counties including, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Bulgaria, Germany, Belarus, Kuwait and Switzerland. Niki who trains at the Racquet Club at Tesoro, bested a field of 150 top ranked Junior’s competing from 23 countries to cruise to an easy two set victory against some of Europe’s top ranked Junior players.

Playing on the Europe’s red clay came easily to Niki, she not only cruised through the #1 seeds but dropped only one set throughout the entire tournament and won the finals 6-3, 6-3.

This was Niki’s first tournament since her arrival in Europe to compete on the circuit over the next few months. Niki trains at the Racquet Club at Tesoro under the watchful eye of Racquet Club at Tesoro head pro - Roy Coopersmith, who is also her father.

For more information contact: The Racquet Club at Tesoro – (772)345-2100 – where great tennis is our business!


 
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Sep 29, 2014Rio Neighborhood Advisory Committee Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commission seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Rio Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC). The Committee makes recommendations to the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) regarding implementation of each area's Community Redevelopment Plan.

To qualify, you must be an individual who is either:

i. A resident of the respective Community Redevelopment Area, as evidenced by being a registered voter in the respective Community Redevelopment Area for at least one year, or
ii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who is also a business owner of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least two years, who is also a senior manager of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iv. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who also owns real property within a half mile of the respective Community Redevelopment Area. No more than two members of any respective Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be appointed from category iv. above.

This term will expire in September 2017.

Rio meetings are held quarterly at 6pm at the Rio Civic Center. Next meeting: November 13.

All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, October 10, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Sep 29, 2014Historic 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, October 10, 2014. For an application, please call 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITION: At-large: a citizen who, by virtue of their profession or business, have demonstrated interest and experience in historic preservation and/or archeological resources; however, 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 2017.

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 quarterly on the third Monday of the month at 4:00 pm at the General Services Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart. The next meeting is scheduled for November 10.


 
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Sep 29, 2014BREAST CANCER TREATMENT IN A DAY
OCTOBER 18, 2014 AT 1 PM
BLAKE LIBRARY
2351 SE MONTEREY RD.
STUART FL 34996

Dr. Robert A. Gardner, M.D. invites you and yours friends to a seminar on the introduction of IntraOperative Electron Radiation Therapy. E-IORT is a proven state of the art technology to treat breast cancer with a single dose of radiation during surgery. IOERT will reduce breast cancer treatment from six weeks to one day for suitable patients.

We invite you to contact us for more information and details about the seminar via e-mail. rgardner.foundation@gmail.com
Sincerely,
ROBERT A. GARDNER MD


 
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Sep 29, 2014TrueBeam™ - New, Improved Treatment Option for Patients with Complex Cancers
The latest advancement in radiation therapy and a radically different approach to treating cancer is now available to patients of the Robert and Carol Weissman Cancer Center at Martin Health. The TrueBeam™ system offers fast and precise image-guided radiotherapy that opens up treatment options for some of the most complex cancers in areas such as the head and neck, lung, breast, abdomen and liver. With TrueBeam, physicians are able to tailor radiotherapy treatments for each patient’s specific case like never before.
“The TrueBeam system offers cutting edge technology and is the first of its kind on the Treasure Coast,” said Kiran Reddy, MD, medical director of radiation oncology at Martin Health. “It has a broad spectrum of capabilities, allowing clinicians the versatility to choose the optimal treatment approach for our patients.”

TrueBeam rotates around the patient to deliver radiation treatments from nearly any angle with accuracy in the fractions of millimeters. This accuracy is made possible by the system’s sophisticated architecture, which coordinates imaging, patient positioning, motion management, beam shaping and dose delivery. These tools allow the system to target the tumor precisely while protecting nearby tissue and organs that are healthy.

“We have had a long-standing commitment to providing expert cancer treatment close to home,” said Tiffany Cabibbo, assistant vice president, oncology and clinical research at Martin Health. “Acquiring the TrueBeam system will advance the care and treatment we are able to provide to our patients, particularly for more complex cancers.”

Designed with patient comfort in mind, most TrueBeam treatments take just a few minutes a day. Three closed-circuit television systems with two-way audio mean patients can be in constant and continuous contact with the therapist operating the machine. To further enhance patient relaxation and comfort, TrueBeam features a music system that allows music to be played during treatment.


 
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Sep 29, 2014FAU News
Lapointe Conducts Water Quality Research in Cuba

FAU Harbor Branch scientist Dr. Brian Lapointe and biological scientist Laura Herren are at the Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba this week conducting water quality research. Lapointe and Herren are partnering with scientists at McMaster University and Dauphin Island Marine Lab on the project, which aims to establish a water quality monitoring network that will be sampled monthly for one year to determine levels of dissolved nutrients and chlorophyll a and analyze stable isotope of phytoplankton in the water column. The project is being funded by the U.S. Navy.


HBOI Signs MOU with Mercyhurst University

Earlier this month, leaders from FAU Harbor Branch joined members of the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee Board of Directors and scientists from Merchyhurst University's Archaeological Institute to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on an archaeological project in Vero Beach. The agreement paves the way for HBOI's Ancient DNA Lab to process the bones that are recovered by Mercyhurst scientists and students at the Old Vero Man site, which has been called one of the most important finds in the history of North American Archaeology. HBOI is home to one of the only ancient DNA labs of its kind on the country, and just happens to be within ten miles of the dig site. Archaeologists and students will be back on the site searching for more artifacts in January, 2015.


Dalgleish Works in Italy

Dr. Fraser Dalgleish from FAU Harbor Branch's Ocean Visibility and Optics Lab (OVOL) recently returned from Italy after spending 10 weeks as a Visiting Researcher with the Environmental Knowledge and Operational Effectiveness (EKOE) group at the NATO Science and Technology Organization (Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation). OVOL scientists are collaborating with NATO oceanographers in developing hardware designs, calibration methodologies and computationally efficient inversion algorithms for autonomous LiDAR sensors, a potential game-changing technology for real-time assessment of critical water column optical properties during certain military operations.


FAU Harbor Branch Named "Business of the Year" for a 2nd Time

For the second year in a row, FAU Harbor Branch was named "Business of the Year" in the category of "Research Science and Technology" by the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce during their annual Business and Industry Awards ceremony this month.


A Visit to Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Board and staff members of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation (Chair Joe Duke, Vice Chair Michael Minton, and President & CEO Katha Kissman) along with FAU Harbor Branch's Interim Executive Director, Dr. Megan Davis, and Director of External Relations, Cara Perry, went to California recently to visit Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the world-renowned Birch Aquarium. Formal and informal board development is considered a governance best practice. The trip served as a means of ensuring that board members have access to relevant information to help inform decision-making and provided opportunities for organizational growth and mission fulfillment. A side benefit of the trip...reconnecting with HBOI's former Executive Director, Dr. Margaret Leinen, now serving as Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the School of Marine Sciences, UC San Diego.

 
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Sep 29, 2014Martin County News
FRA releases draft EIS for All Aboard Florida

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

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

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

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

All comments must be submitted by December 3, 2014.

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

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


 
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Sep 29, 2014Martin County helps improve our waterways... one garden at a time
Martin County's Ecosystem Restoration & Management Division, in conjunction with the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) Homeowner Program, has installed a rain garden at the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach. This attractive, environmentally-friendly project helps reduce stormwater pollution and improves overall water quality.

A rain garden is a shallow, constructed depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. The Hoke Library's rain garden is located in the library's north west corner landscape to receive runoff from hard surfaces such as the roof, sidewalk and parking lot. Rain gardens give stormwater a chance to slowly seep into the groundwater instead of rushing into storm drains all at once. In addition, rain gardens help to reduce the amount of sediment and other pollutants that runoff typically carries into drainage systems. Rain gardens also provide an aesthetically-pleasing native habitat for small animals like birds and butterflies.



FYN will conduct educational programs on stormwater education to promote the building of rain gardens throughout Martin County. The garden was installed by Valley Crest Landscaping and was funded through Martin County's Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division.



 
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Sep 29, 2014Ripple Index


ripple_index_201409.pdf
 
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Sep 29, 2014Sen. Bill Nelson’s comment on word of Attorney General’s resignation
“I have found Attorney General Holder to be an outstanding public servant with whom I’ve had the privilege to work with on a number of issues. Among them, he has led the fight to protect the right to vote for all citizens and that includes his recent letter warning Florida’s governor against any future efforts there to suppress the vote. And he also has been very supportive of scientists’ efforts to unlock the secrets of potential abuse at a now-shuttered reform school in North Florida. The president will miss his counsel.”

 
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Sep 29, 2014Job Fair HHA’s CNA’s LPN’s & RN’s
ComForcare Senior Services is a non-medical/skilled home care agency serving clients in St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties. Our caregivers assist our clients with activities of daily living, personal care services and homemaker services. If you are looking to expand your career with a growing company and help our seniors age in their own home, please come to our job fair.
Please bring the following items with you:
• FL State Driver License
• Work Authorization (if needed)
• Proof of Automobile Insurance
• HHA/CNA/LPN/RN Certificate
• Physical: PPD or Chest X-Ray
• Alzheimer’s Certificate
• Assisting w/ Medication Certificate
• Domestic Violence Certificate
• HIV & OSHA Certificate
• HIPAA Certificate
• Level 2 Background
• DMV (We will look it up)
• Two reference letters
• CPR

October 7th, 2014
9am-3pm
Fortis Institute
9022 S US1
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
Please R.S.V.P. by October 3rd to
Kimberly Barber at
kimb@comforcare.com or
call (561) 630-1620


 
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Sep 29, 2014Part Time Telemarketer (Stuart)
Part Time Telemarketer (Stuart)
compensation: $ 8.00 plus commissions - part-time
Telemarketer needed for Water Softener/Irrigation Company.

Must have prior telemarketing experience. Water softener experience a plus Computer and clerical skills required for full time employment

Part time days - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Possibility of future Full time employment


Roy Monk
Director of Operations
Crystal Water Systems, Inc.
1490 NW Federal Hwy
Stuart, FL 34994
(772) 692-1037 X-5
(772) 692-3721 - Fax
service.info@ecowaterfl.com
www.ecowaterfl.com


 
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Sep 26, 2014Martin County Taxpayers Association to host education forum on Children’s Council vote
Voters are encouraged to attend a free education forum on the reauthorization vote of the Children’s Services Council of Martin County to be hosted by the Martin County Taxpayers Association.
The forum will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart.
Along with an informational presentation by the Council staff, there will be a short panel discussion by local experts before time for questions from the audience.
Created by voter referendum in 1988, the Children’s Services Council of Martin County is an independent special district that serves as a dedicated funding source for local children and family programs. It is on the ballot for reauthorization by Martin County voters for the first time this November.
To learn more about the forum, contact the Martin County Taxpayers Association at (772) 288-0474. To learn more about the Children’s Services Council of Martin County, log on to www.cscmc.org or call (772) 288-5758.


 
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Sep 26, 2014Treasure Coast Food Bank launches Family Volunteer Day
Every week, hundreds of volunteers help sort, package and distribute the food at Treasure Coast Food Bank, which feeds hungry families across the community. Now, families can work together to make a difference in the lives of other families in need of food.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, Treasure Coast Food Bank invites families to spend time at its headquarters volunteering and learning at Family Volunteer Day. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and activities and sorting run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Families with children as young as 8 years old will be able to participate, sorting food in the warehouse, engaging in family activities, and learning more about hunger on the Treasure Coast

“Volunteers are the heart of our organization, including teens, retirees, corporate groups, and church groups,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judy Cruz. “We understand the importance of family time and teaching our children to be good citizens, which is why we’ve begun Family Volunteer Day.”

Chana Pappadouplous was one of 85 volunteers who recently helped Treasure Cost Food Bank package and distribute almost 20,000 meals for those in need on the Treasure Coast during Day of Caring, sponsored by the United Way of Martin County.

“It was great – and eye-opening as well, seeing how many people came through to get food,” said Pappadouplous of Vero Beach. She and other volunteers loaded cases of food into the cars of hungry families. Other volunteers filled hundreds of packs of food for Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Backpack Program, which supplies weekend food for students who rely on the school system for meals.

“It’s wonderful that all these people with regular jobs come together for the sake of the community. It’s such a good feeling,” she said. “I have a 3-year-old and I can’t wait until she’s old enough to help as well.”

Treasure Coast Food Bank plans to host Family Volunteer Day the first Saturday of each month. Family members should wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Evelyn Miller at emiller@tcfoodbank.org or call 772-489-3034.


 
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Sep 26, 2014Florida Green School Awards
In 2009, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and a host of community partners, recognized the environmental achievements of students, teachers, classes, schools, and school districts through the first annual Florida Green School Awards.

Announced during Earth Day at the Capitol, on April 22, 2009, the Florida Green School Awards will be presented each year and will recognize green school awards in five categories:

FGSN Partners (DEP, DOE, DOH) presenting award to Erin Donahue awardee student category

1. Students,
2. Classes,
3. Teachers,
4. Schools and
5. School Districts.

The 2013-2014 finalists have been identified and are invited to the Florida Green School Awards Ceremony and Banquet on October 8th, 2014 at the Streamsong Resort, where the statewide winners will be announced. The venue is located in Polk County, just one hour outside of Tampa and about 30 minutes south of Lakeland.

The finalists for the 2013-2014 Florida Green School Awards include:

Class Finalists
13-14 Seventh Grade Life Science Class, Unity School, Palm Beach County
Fay Martinez’s Class, The Cushman School, Miami-Dade County
Gulf Elementary 4th and 5th Grade, Lee County
Service Learning Council, Timber Creek High School, Orange County

Student Finalists
Environmental Club Miami Spring Middle School, Miami-Dade County
Jesse Martin, Odyssey Charter School, Brevard County
Nature Know it Alls Group, Hobe Sound Elementary School, Martin County

Teacher Finalists
Dee Wainwright, Eagles Landing Middle School, Palm Beach County
Linda Gancitano, Driftwood Middle School Academy for Health and Wellness, Broward County
Missy O’Connor, Hobe Sound Elementary School, Martin County

School Finalists
Castle Creek Elementary, Orange County
Eagles Landing Middle School, Palm Beach County
Odyssey Charter School, Brevard County

School District Finalists
Alachua County School District
Orange County Public Schools
Seminole County Public Schools

If you are interested in obtaining tickets to the awards banquet, please visit: https://classiclimos.wufoo.com/forms/z3glggi036294g/ and select the Florida Green School Awards option.

The 2013-2014 green school projects led by our participants generated over $21 million in cost savings. Since 2008, over $87 million have been saved through Green School Projects in Florida. THANK YOU to all applicants!!

The Florida Green School Awards program has become part of a larger Network, the Florida Green School Network; a partnership between Florida’s DEP, DOE, DOH, and Sustainable Florida.

For more information on the Florida Green School Awards please contact Romina Sola at 239-338-8758 or e-mail: Romina.Sola@dep.state.fl.us.


 
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Sep 26, 2014COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS TO LEND HANDS AT SPECTRUM JR./SR. HIGH SCHOOL
A crew of community volunteers will be at Spectrum Jr./Sr. High School for a “Green Apple Day of Service” this Saturday, Sept. 27 from 8:30am-12:30pm to get the facility ready for a new paint job. The crew will clean up the yard and plant 80 trees and plants and prepare the grounds for the painting project, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4.
A community information meeting regarding the painting project will take place on Monday, Sept. 29 from 4:30-6:00pm in the front courtyard at Spectrum, which is located at 800 SE Bahama Avenue in Stuart.


 
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Sep 25, 2014Nominations Wanted for mARTies – Student Edition – Class of 2015
The Arts Council of Martin County announces the mARTies Awards Student Edition – Class of 2015, which will be held at The Barn Theatre on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM. The awards program and student performances will start at 7:30 PM.

The window for student nominations in the performing and visual arts are now open. If you know a student who is deserving of this recognition and is a senior in high school, please contact the Arts Council (287-6676) for a nomination form or visit the website at www.martinarts.org for more information – don’t delay, the deadline is just around the corner on October 1, 2014. Students selected to win a mARTie Award will also receive a $500 scholarship.

“The mARTies celebrate not just artistic talents but also the civic engagement that so many of youth demonstrate every day. They start young giving their time, talent and treasure!” stated Nancy Turrell, executive director.

Please contact the Arts Council of Martin County if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the mARTies.

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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Sep 25, 2014SEVERAL NEW PERFORMERS AT STUART AIR SHOW
The 25th Anniversary 2014 Stuart Air Show will feature several new performers at its Friday Night Show on October 31 as well as on Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2 at Martin County Airport – Witham Field.

Headlining this year is the US Air Force F-22 Raptor and the US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier. This will be the first time either of these military jets has performed at the Stuart Air Show. Both aircraft have limited demonstrations scheduled in the United States for 2014. The Raptor and Harrier are schedule to perform both on Saturday and Sunday.

Also new this year is the World Famous GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team, a flight squadron of six vintage WWII airplanes that perform precision flight maneuvers along with a thrilling aeronautical demonstration. As their name implies, the GEICO Skytypers are often found typing messages with the horizon as a back drop. These messages can be as tall as the Empire State Building and visible for up to 15 miles away.

Additional performers making their debut at the Stuart Air Show include Team Rocket with their amazing aerobatic performance, Bob Carlton of Vertigo Airshows with his jet powered glider, Lucas Oil Airshow and Jump Team, and Jim Tobul with his “Korean War Hero” F4U Corsair.

For a full list of performers and a schedule of the weekend’s festivities is available at www.stuartairshow.com.

Discounted tickets are available online. Prices will increase at midnight on October 23. Also available online is information on volunteer opportunities and vendor/exhibitor booths.


 
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Sep 24, 2014News from the Mayor, City of West Palm Beach
Friends,
This week saw a flurry of baseball news here in Palm Beach County. I am often asked about the city's role in the baseball story. Preserving major league baseball in Palm Beach County does have advantages for our region.
There is no doubt that a sports venue available for tournaments and other events would serve as an economic driver. Regardless of where it may be located, a stadium would have a positive impact as visitors seek out places to stay and play in our area. This is why renewed talk of building a facility in Lake Worth is so appealing. Several of cities have already passed resolutions supporting Lake Worth's John Prince Park as the location.
It is critical to understand that our city is not involved in negotiations to build a baseball complex. The County and other countywide partners are working on how they would pay for it. Not one single city dollar would be spent to build a stadium. Yet our city remains involved because the city owns the land on which the teams want to build the facility. The deal requires the city to donate the land to the county for free. Our one hundred sixty acre property located near Military Trail and 45th Street is a valuable city asset and something I have refused to simply give away without significant compensation.
Donating the land would remove it from the tax rolls since the county (not the teams) would own the land. (Palm Beach County government is exempt from paying property taxes.) West Palm Beach would never receive property tax revenue from a huge piece of property with tremendous economic potential.
We had originally proposed a trade with the county. We offered our 160 acres in exchange for 1.7 acres on a mostly vacant county-owned block in our downtown. We would have redeveloped the block into an economically significant project to revitalize the area across from the TriRail station. That offer was rejected.
This past Friday, the city received an unsolicited offer from a private developer to buy our 160 acres near Military Trail and 45th Street and build a mixture of residential and nonresidential projects. The $14 million dollar offer also includes the construction of a 39 acre public park for our residents.
Once constructed, the project would produce significant annual property tax revenue to be used to fund a multitude of city services. Because of the tremendous potential such a project promises, the only responsible choice is to give it serious consideration.
Yes, acceptance of the offer would take our land out of consideration for baseball. But it would not take baseball out of Palm Beach County. The redesigned plans for John Prince Park in Lake Worth provide a renewed possibility that even the county itself says is a viable option.
As the expression goes, "timing is everything." And perhaps it says something that the offer to buy our land came at the same time Lake Worth and its neighboring cities are putting forward a new plan for John Prince Park.
I continue to support the idea of keeping baseball in Palm Beach County. But I have an even greater responsibility to preserve and protect the interests of the residents of West Palm Beach. If we can find a path that will uphold that obligation while keeping baseball in our region then it's a home run for everyone.
I will continue to keep you updated on this issue.
Jeri Muoio, Ph.D
Mayor, City of West Palm Beach


 
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Sep 24, 2014October 2014 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for October 2014. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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


BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
October 7, 21 & 28, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The October 21 meeting will include Comprehensive Plan Amendments (2nd Set Transmit).
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.

AIRPORT NOISE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 23, 2014 at 10:00 am
Location: Airport Maintenance Building, 1895 SE Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
October 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
October 15, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
October 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
The Board of County Commissioners also sits as the Community Redevelopment Agency.
October 28, 2014 at 4:30 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.

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
October 15, 2014 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
October 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
October 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

MARTIN COUNTY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
October 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
October 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
October 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Rio Civic Center, 1255 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD
October 9, 2014 at 10:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers


For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, 221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Sep 24, 2014ALL ABOARD FLORIDA
Will Seccombe, President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, says
#ImAllAboard!


You Tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcB8dNBeJ8I

Federal report supports All Aboard plan
The federal government has delivered a largely positive evaluation of a $2.5billion private project to build an express passenger train between Miami and Orlando that, according to company estimates, could have a ridership of 3.5million by 2019.

A required Draft Environmental Impact Statement issued Friday by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) says that overall the All Aboard Florida project would have minimal impacts on the environment including air quality, water resources, wetlands and protected species.

“The cumulative analysis for the project shows that the combination of the [All Aboard Florida] passenger rail project impacts with other impacts would not result in a serious deterioration of environmental functions,” the 522-page report states.

All Aboard Florida seemed pleased by the report, but said its executives were still reading the massive document.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article2206748.html#storylink=cpy

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/opinion/point-of-view-all-aboard-will-be-a-boon-for-miami-/nhR4q/


 
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Sep 24, 2014VSOA LAUNCHES RISING STARS 2014!
Visionary School of Arts (VSOA) in Stuart, Florida is proud to announce their upcoming shows for fall of 2014! Under the direction of Palm City, FL. resident, Lynne Barletta, the VSOA students will launch their 2014-2015 season with an exhibit at Molly’s House on Thursday October 2, 2014. The champagne reception will be open to the public from 5:300-7:00p at 430 SE Osceola Street, Stuart, FL 34994.
VSOA students will present a fantastic new series of watercolors on Yupo called “Explosive Experimental Yupo.” VSOA students ages 4 to 17 years will be present to talk about the creative process. A $5.00 donation for Molly's House is suggested, or guests may bring canned goods to donate to Molly's House. VSOA Interns and award winning 3 - 4 year students will be showcased with additional works along with teachers and paintings by Lynne Barletta, Founder and Director of VSOA.

The students at VSOA are also very busy preparing for the annual “Rising Star Emerging Artist Show,” on November 22, 2014, from 5-8 PM which will be held at Visionary School of Arts located on 1724 SE Indian St, Stuart Fl 34997. VSOA interns who are also student-teachers will be showcased with new works from all VSOA students.

Featured “Rising Star” artists, Emily Royo, age 17, along with Danielle Kelly, age 16, and Madisyn Derita, age 14. will display a new series of acrylics, oils and watercolors. Each intern has won over five major awards and sold a number of original works. Emily, Danielle, and Madisyn have volunteered their time to help teach younger students at VSOA for the past two years. Emily and Danielle are currently on staff as student- teachers with VSOA.

Moreover, VSOA could not be more pleased that Madisyn is the recipient of a full-year scholarship to VSOA from the Women Supporting the Arts
(WSA) awards for 2014. WSA was created to support the arts in Martin County, Florida. Moreover, WSA is a strong proponent of the arts of the Arts Council of Martin County. VSOA is very excited that this is Madisyn’s second year to receive a scholarship from WSA.

Thanks must be publicly extended to Attorney; Phillip De Berard is helping to sponsor the “Rising Star Emerging Artist Show,” for VSOA.
Donations are always appreciated, but not required for attendance to the exhibit. VSOA Students will also be unveiling new original works with teachers.

Beginning December 1 through December 31, 2014, VSOA Interns will be showing at Osceola Street Café in lovely downtown Stuart, Florida.
Students will show their continued series of “I Like Local Art!” on canvas and new experimental mediums. All works will be for available for sale.

“Visionary School of Arts is a place that raises up and launches artists of all ages. Our students learn to market, present and begin college portfolios at an early age. They are taught to sell and present their work, create giclees and procure commissions as professionals while having tremendous fun in a positive atmosphere after school for entire semester courses, summer camps, and workshops. Our teachers are professional artists who are sharing their expertise using our developed curriculum that has been tremendously successful.” States VSOA founder and director, Lynne Barletta.

For more information, how you might support, or become a student or teacher, please contact Visionary School of Arts at 772-283-4888.
Office@visionaryschoolofarts.com. 1724 SE Indian St, Stuart, Fl 34997.
Visit our website at VisionarySchoolofARTS.org.

VSOA is a federal and state registered non-profit 501c3 under Visionary Centers International. All donations are fully tax deductible. All photos with parental permission on file at VSOA.


 
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Sep 24, 2014What Everyone ought to Know About:
What Everyone ought to Know About:
DEBT RELIEF TODAY!
SOME PLAIN TALK ABOUT TODAY’S ECONOMY THAT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT by Jon L. Martin J.D./M.B.A.

Why are we publishing this information?
Over the last several years as a Florida Attorney, I have seen folks struggle against overwhelming odds to keep the bills paid, food on the table for their children, clothes on their back and a roof over their heads. Many soon find themselves cutting back on groceries, medical and dental care to maintain impossible debt loads while lenders continue to refuse to help these folks adjust their obligations to an affordable level to assure payment.
But what is a breadwinner to do? They must have reliable transportation in today’s world to maintain employment. It only makes sense to incur mortgage payments to provide housing and security for our families. We save, struggle to pay our bills and work hard to establish good credit so that when we have unexpected illness or layoffs or downsizing of our job we will have an extra fall back resource. But would anyone who is laid off and out of reserves let their children go hungry so as not to charge some groceries on a credit card? How about the elderly who’s savings have run out and need to choose between their medications and groceries because their Social Security check won’t cover both? Fact is, we need an adjustment in how we think about “survival” debt.

Gov’t Relief Programs?
We now have a gov’t program to fix everything . . . Or do we? Who can support a family today on a social security or disability or survivor’s check, or unemployment compensation? Or for that matter, two or three part time jobs? Yet Government blindly plows ahead with expanding infrastructure spending and “public benefits” that demand ever increasing taxes on all that money you aren’t making!
No, you are not going to find help to escape the slavery of overwhelming debt from the Gov’t. The only Gov’t program that provides REAL RELIEF is Bankruptcy, which is what everyone is trying to avoid!

Debt Consolidation?
I cannot count the number of people who come to me after they have spent a year or two making payments to resolve their debts only to find the sheriff on their doorstep with a lawsuit from the credit card company because the debt consolidation company paid themselves first, instead of the creditors.
Since all correspondence has been going to the company the client doesn’t realize what’s happened until he is served with court papers! Now he is faced with the legal fees he was trying to avoid in the first place as well as the possibility of garnishment of up to 25% of his wages!
All the time, effort and money have been wasted. Moreover, because the Credit Adjustment Company is now gone, the credit collectors return with a vengeance! Here again you end up with no choice but to file the Bankruptcy you were trying to avoid! Hmmmm!!? Well then . . .

The Truth about Debt Relief in Bankruptcy.
The truth is Bankruptcy is not always the answer either! A good Bankruptcy Attorney has more than one way of dealing with debt and credit problems! This is because no two problems are exactly the same. Many people have special circumstances that need to be considered to get the best result. You wouldn’t hire a carpenter with just one tool, so why would you hire an attorney with only one answer? At the same time, a good Bankruptcy Attorney should be able to address a variety of issues in a variety of ways both with, and without bankruptcy!
• Lawsuits
• Collections
• FDCPA issues
• Foreclosures
• Modifications
• FCRA issues
• Student Loans
• Life & credit after BK
• Bankruptcy avoidance for small business
• Business strategy
SO! BEFORE you talk to a credit collector; enter into a settlement agreement; OR EVEN THINK of hiring a bankruptcy attorney . . . ! Learn what Mortgage Lenders, Credit Card Co’s and Others DON’T want you to know!

FOR MORE INFO?
Call 1-877-646-6236
For a Free Copy of
“Some FAQ’S about BK; AND some QUESTIONS you don’t know about that YOU SHOULD BE ASKING!"

 
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Sep 24, 2014STUART AIR SHOW IS RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are needed for the 25th Anniversary 2014 Stuart Air Show on October 31 – November 2 at Martin County Airport – Witham Field.

Over 400 people volunteer each year. Positions range from greeting attendees at the gates and selling raffle tickets to working the beer booths. Volunteers are needed all day on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers are also needed Friday when the air show weekend kicks off with a special Halloween night show as well as its annual Dirty Flight Suit Party, where guests will be able to meet many of the performers, military personnel, sponsors, supporters and VIPs involved with the air show.

“It’s amazing how many people come together to make this community event the great success it is,” said Don McGlynn, Board President of the Stuart Air Show. “We have some volunteers that have come back year after year and have made life-long friendships at the air show.”

The Volunteer Application is available online at www.stuartairshow.com. Discounted tickets are also available online as is information on performers, sponsor levels, and vendor opportunities.


 
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Sep 24, 2014UNITED WAY COMMUNITY SPECTACULAR ENORMOUS YARD SALE & CRAFT FAIR
This year’s event will be held on
Martin County High School’s campus
November 15, 2014 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

This year there will be a couple of changes. First and foremost, we have now combined with the other high schools and changed the location to Martin County High School. The benefit of this is that we can possibly triple our donations to the United Way of Martin County, and there will be many more passers by at the Martin County location. (Last year our site alone was able to raise over $3000) This will be a win win for both the United Way and our vendors!

Feel free to forward the reservation form to your friends, business associates, and family! Clubs, sports teams, individuals, etc can participate by reserving a table and reaping the profits. The table fee is $20 for the first table and $10 for additional tables per entrant. Checks should be payable to the United Way of Martin County and reservation forms with payment should be turned in to me. This is a great way to make some extra jingle and have a great time doing it.

The time is now to go through unwanted items at home and hatch your plan for profit.
Stop by if you have questions. The deadline for reserving a table is October 31st.


 
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Sep 24, 2014Semifi nalists Named in the 2015 National Achievement® Scholarship Program
One student in the Martin County School District - attending Jensen Beach High School - is a Semifinalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program (see attached).

15 FL Semifinalists-NatlM
 
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Sep 24, 2014Stuart Air Show announces Vendor Opportunities
Vendors and exhibitors are welcome at the 25th Anniversary 2014 Stuart Air Show on October 31 – November 2 at Martin County Airport – Witham Field.

The Stuart Air Show provides the perfect opportunity to vendors and exhibitors to showcase their business or organization. With an average annual attendance of 40,000, the Stuart Air Show has become the largest event on the Treasure Coast.

Record-breaking attendance is expected this year as the F-22 Raptor (US Air Force) and the AV-8B Harrier (US Marine Corps) are performing. This will be the first time either jet has been featured at the Stuart Air Show. Both aircraft have limited demonstrations scheduled in the US for 2014. The Raptor and Harrier are schedule to perform both on Saturday and Sunday.

Vendor and exhibitor applications are available at www.stuartairshow.com. Special rates for nonprofit organizations are offered. Food vendors are not being accepted at this time.

Discounted tickets are also available online as is information on performers, sponsor levels, and volunteer opportunities.


 
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Sep 24, 2014U.S. Justice Dept. awards COPS grants to 16 cities, counties in Florida
The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that they have awarded COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grants to 16 municipalities in Florida. These grants will provide funding to keep on and hire new police officers. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is a strong supporter of the grant program, and has previously advocated for this funding in Florida. Following is a quote from Nelson:

“Our police officers put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our communities,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. “And these grants will give the citizens living in these communities additional law enforcement resources.”

Here are the 16 departments, counties or cities being awarded CHP grants:

1. Daytona Beach, City of - $1,175,153
2. Deerfield Beach, City of - $500,000
3. DeLand Police Department - $499,615
4. Hardee County Sheriff’s Office - $125,000
5. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department - $625,000
6. Jacksonville, City of - $1,875,000
7. Lauderdale Lakes, City of - $125,000
8. Longwood, City of - $250,000
9. Miami, City of - $1,875,000
10. Miami Gardens Police Department - $1,375,000
11. Mt. Dora, City of - $250,000
12. Polk, County of - $1,000,000
13. Pompano Beach, City of - $1,125,000
14. Riviera Beach, City of - $625,000
15. Sarasota, City of - $1,000,000
16. Starke, City of - $250,000

And here is the announcement from the Justice Department:

COPS Hiring Program Grant Announcement

On Wednesday, September 24, Attorney General Eric Holder will announce $121.4 million in Department of Justice COPS Office, COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grants to create and/or preserve law enforcement jobs. Grants will be made to 212 different local law enforcement agencies across the country. This information is embargoed until Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

CHP provides funding to address the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide. CHP grants go directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Priority consideration was given to agencies that requested officer positions in order to deploy school resource officers, build trust between the police and community, hire military veterans, focus on homicide or gun violence, have a neighborhood or other geographic area designated as a Promise Zone as part of the President's Promise Zone Initiative, and/or have experienced an unanticipated catastrophic event.

This year’s CHP grants provide 75 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years (36 months) for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions (including filling existing unfunded vacancies) or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off on a future date, as a result of local budget cuts. Any additional costs above the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits, up to $125,000, are the responsibility of the grantee agency.

If you have any questions about this program or any COPS grants, please contact the COPS Office External Affairs Division at 202.514.9079.


 
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Sep 24, 2014FIRST LADY ANN SCOTT CELEBRATES WITH STUDENTS AT GRASSY WATERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO READING
Florida First Lady Ann Scott today visited Grassy Waters Elementary School in West Palm Beach. With more than 4,000 books read, Grassy Waters Elementary won the First Lady’s Summer Literacy Adventure. To recognize their commitment to literacy, students and school employees will receive family passes to a Florida state park and the school will get a certificate and 100 books for their school library.

First Lady Ann Scott said, “The students at Grassy Waters Elementary School undoubtedly enjoyed a summer filled with excitement and adventure experienced through the pages of their books. I hope the Summer Literacy Adventure helped Florida students develop a love for reading that will last a lifetime.”

Four additional winning schools will receive a certificate in recognition of their outstanding participation in the Summer Literacy Adventure:
• Citrus Grove Elementary, Martin County School District
• Ketterlinus Elementary, St. Johns County School District
• A.D. Henderson Elementary and Middle/ FAU High School, Florida Atlantic University Schools
• Barbara Hawkins Elementary, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

“I’m so proud of the students who pledged to make reading a priority during the summer break,” said Commissioner Pam Stewart. “Each of these students has taken an important step to ensure they are best prepared for success in college, career and life.”

The First Lady’s Summer Literacy Adventure challenged students to read as many books as possible during the summer break. First Lady Scott visited state parks and encouraged children to keep reading while they enjoyed the natural beauty of Florida’s state parks.

“It was a pleasure hosting students at our award-winning state parks as they had the opportunity to increase their love of reading,” said Director of the Florida Park Service Donald Forgione. “First Lady Scott helped bring excitement for students not only to reading, but also to the importance of spending time outdoors enjoying our beautiful, natural treasures throughout the Sunshine State.”

Research shows that children who do not continue reading through the summer can lose a month or more of progress made during the school year. By encouraging their children to read, parents play an important role in ensuring every child reads at or above grade level.

The Florida Lottery donated books to students throughout the summer as part of the 2014 Summer Literacy Adventure.

“Reading is a critical skill that opens up worlds of possibilities for our children,” said Secretary of the Florida Lottery Cynthia O’Connell. “The Florida Lottery has been pleased to participate in the Summer Literacy Adventure, providing students with the resources they need to be successful readers and learners.”

For more information, visit 2014 Summer Literacy Adventure.


 
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Sep 24, 2014U.S. Justice Dept. awards COPS grants to 16 cities, counties in Florida
FYI – The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that they have awarded COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grants to 16 municipalities in Florida. These grants will provide funding to keep on and hire new police officers. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is a strong supporter of the grant program, and has previously advocated for this funding in Florida. Following is a quote from Nelson:

“Our police officers put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our communities,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. “And these grants will give the citizens living in these communities additional law enforcement resources.”

Here are the 16 departments, counties or cities being awarded CHP grants:

1. Daytona Beach, City of - $1,175,153
2. Deerfield Beach, City of - $500,000
3. DeLand Police Department - $499,615
4. Hardee County Sheriff’s Office - $125,000
5. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department - $625,000
6. Jacksonville, City of - $1,875,000
7. Lauderdale Lakes, City of - $125,000
8. Longwood, City of - $250,000
9. Miami, City of - $1,875,000
10. Miami Gardens Police Department - $1,375,000
11. Mt. Dora, City of - $250,000
12. Polk, County of - $1,000,000
13. Pompano Beach, City of - $1,125,000
14. Riviera Beach, City of - $625,000
15. Sarasota, City of - $1,000,000
16. Starke, City of - $250,000

And here is the announcement from the Justice Department:

COPS Hiring Program Grant Announcement

On Wednesday, September 24, Attorney General Eric Holder will announce $121.4 million in Department of Justice COPS Office, COPS Hiring Program (CHP) grants to create and/or preserve law enforcement jobs. Grants will be made to 212 different local law enforcement agencies across the country. This information is embargoed until Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

CHP provides funding to address the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide. CHP grants go directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Priority consideration was given to agencies that requested officer positions in order to deploy school resource officers, build trust between the police and community, hire military veterans, focus on homicide or gun violence, have a neighborhood or other geographic area designated as a Promise Zone as part of the President's Promise Zone Initiative, and/or have experienced an unanticipated catastrophic event.

This year’s CHP grants provide 75 percent funding for approved entry-level salaries and benefits for three years (36 months) for newly-hired, full-time sworn officer positions (including filling existing unfunded vacancies) or for rehired officers who have been laid off, or are scheduled to be laid off on a future date, as a result of local budget cuts. Any additional costs above the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits, up to $125,000, are the responsibility of the grantee agency.


 
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Sep 24, 2014Tickets on Sale Now- Progressive Dinner Party
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Sep 23, 2014Florida Power & Light Testing Warning Sirens
Florida Power & Light (FPL) Company, in conjunction with St. Lucie County's Department of Public Safety and Communications, will conduct a testing of each of the 90 outdoor warning sirens for the St. Lucie nuclear power Monday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Sept. 26.

The test will involve a separate one-minute sounding of each individual siren within the 10-mile St. Lucie plant emergency planning zone. A message will be broadcast on each siren's public-address system stating, "This is only a test." The testing will take place throughout the week between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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

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

For more information on the St. Lucie plant's emergency plan, please visit the following web site: http://www.fpl.com/environment/nuclear/emergency_preparedness.shtml.
CJC


 
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Sep 23, 2014Stuart Air Show to Feature Military Jets
Military jets will be the stars of the show at the 25th Anniversary 2014 Stuart Air Show on October 31 – November 2 at Witham Field in Stuart, FL.

For the first time ever, the F-22 Raptor (US Air Force) and the AV-8B Harrier (US Marine Corps) will perform. The Stuart Air Show is one of only 19 Raptor demonstrations and one of only six Harrier demonstrations scheduled across the country this entire year. The jets will perform on Saturday and Sunday.

“We’re thrilled to have both of these amazing aircraft featured this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary,” commented Don McGlynn, board president of the Stuart Air Show.

Presenting sponsors of the 2014 Stuart Air Show are Sikorsky Aircraft and Pratt & Whitney.

The weekend kicks off on Friday night with two events. Families can enjoy Halloween festivities in addition to a spectacular nighttime air show including aviation performances, fireworks display, carnival rides and live music. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

The Dirty Flight Suit Party includes dinner and premier seating for the Friday night air show and entertainment. Guests will also be able to meet many of the performers, military personnel, sponsors, supporters and VIPs involved with the air show.

Throughout the weekend, visitors will be able to explore vintage and modern aircraft, including the DC-3 from the 1930s, the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor from the 1940s, and the Sikorsky Black Hawk Helicopter. The F119-PW-100 Turbofan from Pratt & Whitney, which powers the USAF F-22 Raptor, will also be on display.

An impressive lineup of aerial performers will take to the skies and dazzle spectators with their tactical flying maneuvers. Appearing for the first time this year are: Jim Tobul and the “Korean War Hero” F4U-4 Corsair, the Geico Skytypers, the Lucas Oil Skydivers and Mike Wiskus, among others.

The Road to Victory Military Museum will present an action-packed WWII re-enactment with re-enactors in vintage uniforms and WWII era military equipment and artillery.

A wide variety of community organizations and vendors will have booths. There will be plenty of great food and beer available with a variety of seating options.

Discounted tickets are now available for sale online at www.stuartairshow.com. The website also offers information for volunteer opportunities, sponsorship levels and booths available.

The mission of the Stuart Air Show Inc. is to promote a safe, family entertainment event while providing financial support to its benefiting non-profit organizations including: Martin County Community Foundation, Road to Victory Military Museum, Special Olympics, ARC of Martin County, Experimental Aircraft Association, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America, and other deserving community charities. The air show offers many different types fundraising opportunities for local non-profit organizations and community groups. Nearly a dozen organizations benefit from the show each year.

If you would like more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Beverly Jones at 772-220-0444 or at Beverly@bbjonespr.com.


 
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Sep 23, 2014New date and time for sales tax informational meeting
Due to scheduling conflicts, a new date and time has been confirmed for an upcoming information meeting on the sales tax referendum. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Jensen Beach Community Center. At the meeting, Martin County Engineering Department staff will present information related to the sales tax referendum and will be available to answer questions. The meeting planned for October 8 at the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach has been cancelled.

In May, the Board of County Commissioners approved placing a referendum on the November ballot regarding the addition of a one-cent (or 1%) local sales tax to the existing state sales tax for a period of four years. This sales tax would be used to address infrastructure problems that are the result of long-term underfunding and the reduction of preservation and replacement budgets. The funds collected from this local sales tax would be used for the reconstruction of existing roads, drainage and bridges. In the associated ordinance, it is required that all expenditures of sales tax proceeds must be approved by a majority of the Board of County Commissioners at an advertised public hearing where the public will have an opportunity to comment. If voters approve the referendum, the local sales tax would become effective on January 1, 2015.

In addition, the public is invited to visit Martin County's website, www.martin.fl.us, to obtain information on the proposed one-cent local sales tax that voters will decide on in November.

To help educate citizens on the issue, Martin County has placed various resources on its website under "Hot Topics." At this location, the public may view or download a helpful brochure, watch and share a Public Service Announcement produced by MCTV, find frequently asked questions, browse a photo gallery with examples of infrastructure problems and may also request a staff member to speak before a group on this issue.


 
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Sep 23, 2014Golf for Wildlife 2014
The Treasure Coast Wildlife Center (TCWC) is having its most important fundraiser of the year – Golf for Wildlife – on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at The Fox Club. Golf for Wildlife is among the area’s most exclusive tournaments. A limited number of foursomes and sponsorship opportunities are still available. This year’s tournament will be hosted, once again, by long-time supporters of the organization, the Vicki Hess Foundation. The tournament will benefit the center’s main mission - the rehabilitation and return of sick, injured or orphaned wild animals to their natural environment. Funds raised by the tournament support critical operational needs such as food and medical services for the animals under care. In addition to day-to-day operations, fund development and work continues on the construction of a new facility designed to enhance the wildlife center’s services to animals and to further their additional mission of educating the public about wildlife and their habitats continues to move forward.

We would love to have you either as a sponsor or as a player at this year’s tournament. Foot Joy™ and Titleist® are also among this year’s sponsors. If you have any questions, or need any additional information about what proves to be a fun-filled day, please do not hesitate to call or email. I sure hope you can join us!

Have you RSVP’d yet? There are a few spots still left . . .

Alicia Cruz
Administrative & Marketing Assistant
McNicholas & Associates
1000 SE Monterey Commons Boulevard, Suite 102
Stuart, Florida 34996
772.219.1719 office
alicia@mcnicholas.biz
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Sep 23, 2014News from Patrick Murphy
Last month, I called on Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Executive Cabinet to approve the proposed Veterans Affairs nursing home facility in St. Lucie County. I am proud to announce that the cabinet unanimously approved the St. Lucie County-owned property this morning.

With beautiful natural resources, a welcoming community, and access to top-flight hospitals and medical professionals, the more than 200,000 veterans across the Treasure Coast will be well-served by the new facility. I thank Governor Scott and the cabinet for their judicious consideration of our community and its many resources. As the site development and construction process begins, I look forward to continuing to advocate for its rapid completion and to welcoming our nation's heroes here in St. Lucie County.

The men and women who have honorably defended our country never failed to answer the call of duty, and our government must do the same. I promise to keep working hard for accountability in veterans care and services. With that in mind, I would like to keep an open dialogue with you about any concerns, experiences, or suggestions you may have about fulfilling our commitment to veterans.

Sincerely,

Patrick E. Murphy
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Sep 23, 2014Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public Announce 30 Finalists in 2014 Broadcom MASTERS Middle School STEM Competition
News Highlights:
• 30 U.S. middle school students awarded all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for more than $75,000 in awards on October 28
• California has the most finalists with seven, followed by Florida with five, Oregon with four and Pennsylvania with three
• Sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS® inspires middle school age scientists and engineering enthusiasts to stay with science and math throughout high school

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) today announced the selection of 30 students as finalists in the fourth annual Broadcom MASTERS® – the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) winners will be named on October 28 in Washington, D.C., after completion of a rigorous competition that tests their abilities in STEM subjects, teamwork and collaboration. Find the full listing of 2014 finalists atstudent.societyforscience.org/broadcom-masters-2014-finalists andhttp://www.broadcomfoundation.org/masters/winners/2014.

Finalist Overview:
• The finalists include 12 girls and 18 boys covering 13 states and representing 29 schools. California has the most finalists with seven, followed by Florida with five, Oregon with four and Pennsylvania with three.
• Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 300 semifinalists and 2,054 applicants in 46 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
• Finalists’ independent research projects include a range of topics such as:
A Driver's Companion: Using EEG Waves and Eye Blinks to Prevent Drowsy Driving
No More Oyster Roasts?: Effect of Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide on Oysters
Deterministic and Stochastic Analysis in Biomedical Engineering: Fractal Geometry vs. Brownian Motion
Can Ant Pheromones Communicate Food Quality?
An Acoustical Investigation of Western Classical Music Theory
A Low Cost, Adoptable, User Tested Add-on Device for the White Cane Facilitating Safer Mobility of the Visually Impaired
Improving and Testing Robotic Arm Kinesthetics with the Use of Processing, Kinect, and Arduino

“At Broadcom, we believe there is tremendous untapped talent who will be called upon to fill the thousands of rewarding high-tech jobs awaiting students who stay with STEM through high school,” said Paula Golden, President and Executive Director, Broadcom Foundation and Director, Community Affairs, Broadcom Corporation. “Companies like ours are eager to support, mentor, inspire and ultimately hire young people with the 21st century attributes of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity and most of all, confidence. The Broadcom MASTERS finalists represent thousands of young people who have a personal passion in science, math and engineering— and they are our future! Our 2014 finalists will inspire others to enter the STEM talent pipeline and we look forward to celebrating their achievements this October.”
“Congratulations to the 30 talented young scientists and engineers selected as Broadcom MASTERS finalists,” said Maya Ajmera, President and Chief Executive Officer of Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of the Science News family of media properties. “We are thrilled to meet each of these top young middle school students from around the country, learn more about their innovative research, and watch them engage in the hands-on science and engineering challenges of the national finals. SSP is honored by its partnership with the Broadcom Foundation to reward and inspire these students to continue their pursuit of STEM subjects.”

During Broadcom MASTERS week (October 24 – October 28), finalists will showcase their projects for the public and compete as teams in hands-on STEM activities. The grand prize is the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, co-founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Technical Officer of Broadcom Corporation. In addition to the grand prize, in 2012 Broadcom Foundation created the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, an honor made possible by Samueli's donation of his Marconi Society Prize winnings. There are also experiential awards and iPads for first and second place for each of the categories of STEM in addition to the Rising Star awards, in which two finalists have a chance to attend Intel ISEF, the world’s largest international high school science fair in May 2015. Broadcom Foundation also recognizes the middle school teachers who have inspired and mentored the finalists and will give each finalist’s school $1,000.

While in Washington, D.C., the students will enjoy an exciting introduction to the nation’s capital, experiencing historical sites and organizations that celebrate innovation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The finalists also will visit the U.S. Capitol as well as learn how to program a credit-card-sized single-board computer called the Raspberry Pi. The week's activities culminate with an awards dinner at the Carnegie Institution of Washington on October 28 featuring keynote speaker Eben Upton, Broadcom engineer and co-inventor and chief engineer of the Raspberry Pi.

Sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, a nonprofit public benefit corporation funded by Broadcom Corporation, the Broadcom MASTERS is a program of Society for Science & the Public. SSP has run some of the world's most prestigious science competitions for more than seven decades.

For more information on the Broadcom MASTERS, visit the Broadcom Foundation and SSP websites or visit Broadcom Foundation’s Newsroom and read the B-Inspired Blog. To keep up with the Broadcom MASTERS on Twitter, use hashtag #brcmMASTERS or follow Broadcom and SSP. And to stay connected, visit the Broadcom MASTERS and SSP Facebook pages.
About Broadcom Foundation
Broadcom Foundation was founded to inspire and enable young people throughout the world to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through partnerships with local schools, colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations. Broadcom Foundation is the proud sponsor of the Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public – a premier science and engineering competition for middle school children. The Foundation's mission is to advance education in STEM by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity. Learn more atwww.broadcomfoundation.org.
About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to www.broadcom.com.
About Society for Science & the Public
Society for Science & the Public is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the achievement of young researchers in independent research and to public engagement in science. Established in 1921, its vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its acclaimed education competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS, and its award-winning publications, Science News and Science News for Students, Society for Science & the Public is committed to inform, educate, and inspire. Learn more at www.societyforscience.org.


 
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Sep 23, 2014Martin County Taxpayers Association to host education forum on Children’s Council vote

Voters are encouraged to attend a free education forum on the reauthorization vote of the Children’s Services Council of Martin County to be hosted by the Martin County Taxpayers Association.
The forum will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart.
Along with an informational presentation by the Council staff, there will be a short panel discussion by local experts before time for questions from the audience.
Created by voter referendum in 1988, the Children’s Services Council of Martin County is an independent special district that serves as a dedicated funding source for local children and family programs. It is on the ballot for reauthorization by Martin County voters for the first time this November.
To learn more about the forum, contact the Martin County Taxpayers Association at (772) 288-0474. To learn more about the Children’s Services Council of Martin County, log on to www.cscmc.org or call (772) 288-5758.


 
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Sep 23, 2014Rate Filing Shows Further Decrease in Workers' Comp Rates


Today, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the industry’s provider of workers’ compensation analysis and rates, announced that they are requesting an average 3.3 percent decrease in workers’ compensation rates, effective January 1, 2015 - a step in the right direction from the 2.5 percent proposed decrease in August.
Despite this reduction, there are still a number of cost drivers in the workers’ comp system. According to a 2013 report by the Department of Financial Services’ three member panel, medical costs, especially those related to hospital inpatient and outpatient services, are a significant cost driver. Although the Florida Legislature did not pass the Florida Chamber-backed bill during the 2014 session that would address rising medical costs by researching an appropriate fee schedule for workers’ comp claims, the Florida Chamber remains committed to continuing our efforts to help pass legislation that reduces rates.
NCCI warns that while they are currently seeking a 3.3 percent rate decrease, court decisions related to Castellanos v. Next Door Company, Westphal v. St. Petersburg, Morales v. Zenith Insurance Company, and Padgett v. State of Florida could dramatically increase rates.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce has filed amicus curiae briefs on the three cases currently before the Florida Supreme Court, and will monitor the appeal of the Padgett case to the Third District Court of Appeal.
This rate decrease still must be approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. The Florida Chamber will continue to monitor workers’ comp rates, increasing costs in the system and pending litigation that might impact rates.

2014 Florida Chamber Election Guide
Click here to get your copy of the 2014 Florida Chamber Election Guide. The guide includes an analysis on the three constitutional amendements as well as endorsements from the Florida Chamber. Download your copy today.


 
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Sep 22, 2014NE SUNSET DRIVE INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the Engineering Department will begin the milling and resurfacing of NE Sunset Drive, between NE Skyline Drive and NE Hyline Drive.

This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. This work is expected to be complete by September 24, 2014.

Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays and short term driveway blockage through this area.


 
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Sep 22, 2014Art Bra & Bra Art Workshop for Breast Cancer Awareness
Come to The Studio at the Elliott Museum and Create for a Great Cause!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 4-8pm
Our Cups Runneth Over
with Creativity!
Unique Art Bra Workshop to Benefit Friends in Pink
BYOB! Bring your own bra to make into artwork to be part of a gallery exhibit and auction in October as a fundraiser for Friends in Pink. All bras created at the Workshop will be donated and displayed for auction at the Mimi McCallum Studio & Gallery in Harbour Bay Plaza, Sewall's Point. A small entry fee of $10 will be collected at the door from each participant, to be donated to
Friends in Pink (cash or checks only, please!) The Museum will provide paints, brushes, bling, and other materials to decorate your creations, and we will have volunteer professional artists to help guide you if you need it. Bring some bling, threads, feathers, googly eyes, anything fun to share. Bring a bottle of wine and your favorite munchies, if you like. Artworks must be in good taste reflecting the spirit of the event.

The Workshop at the Elliott will be held from 4pm - 8pm tomorrow, Tuesday, September 23rd.

Please allow at least two hours to create, or come at 4 and stay the whole time. You may also email Robin at RMakowski@elliottmuseum.org for more info. To participate in the Workshop, please call 772-225-1961. Walk-ins welcome! Bring a friend! Check in at the Front Desk when you come into the Museum.

The Put It On The Line Exhibit & Charity Auction at Mimi's Gallery will show from October 6th - 22nd, with a reception and live auction on October 22nd from 5-8pm.

You do not need to attend the Workshop
to participate in the show!

Contact Mimi McCallum at 772-341-1021 or visit www.mimimccallum.com for entry form and details.

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Sep 22, 2014Martin County Budget Public Hearing Agenda


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Sep 22, 2014DARRELL DUNHILL AS ELVIS TO PERFORM AT THE KANE CENTER ON OCTOBER 11
Back by popular demand, “Elvis” will come to the Kane Center in Stuart for one performance only on Saturday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. The tribute show will feature Treasure Coast resident and renowned Elvis impersonator Darrell Dunhill, performing Presley’s hits from his early years through his performances in Las Vegas as “The King.”

Advance tickets, which are $18 for Kane members and $20 for non-members, are available online at www.kanecenter.org, or via phone at 772-223-7807, Monday through Friday. Tickets purchased at the door are $20 for Kane members and $22 for non-members. All seats are general admission. A cash bar will be available.

Dunhill has wowed audiences everywhere from Las Vegas and Memphis to Japan with his high-energy, interactive show, which features authentic costumes and sound tracks that re-create Elvis’ original arrangements. The performance will include classic favorites like “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender” and “Jailhouse Rock,” along with a few of the less familiar tunes out of the 1,500 songs that Elvis recorded. It’s sure to have you All Shook Up!

The Kane Center is a multi-generational facility offering a wide range of services for seniors, their families and caregivers, and the greater Treasure Coast community. The Kane Center is designed to serve all seniors 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 more information, call 772-223-7800 or visit www.kanecenter.org.


 
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Sep 22, 2014CR-714 (SW MARTIN HIGHWAY) INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, work will continue to facilitate replacement of median trees as required by warranty. This work will necessitate intermittent left lane closures on CR-714 (SW Martin Highway), from the Publix to SR-76 (S Kanner Highway), between the hours of 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. No lane closures will occur on the Veteran's Memorial Bridge. This work is expected to be complete by September 26, 2014.

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


 
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Sep 22, 2014ICYMI: FL Chamber Votes Yes on Amendment 3
Florida is moving in the right direction again, and our state has made great strides in creating private-sector jobs, improving our education system and making Florida more competitive. But Florida has been the subject of mockery time and time again due to our elections process. Amendment 3 will help ensure that there's no confusion as to who appoints justices. The Florida Chamber believes in good governance, and believes the passage of Amendment 3 will not only clarify who makes judicial appointments in these instances; it will also help ensure a person's right to due process and access to the courts continue by eliminating the threat of a legal battle. Read the Orlando Sentinel article below by David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and learn why we vote “yes” on Amendment 3.

For where we stand on all three Amendments, please download the 2014 Florida Election Guide, created in conjunction with the Florida Farm Bureau. It includes Governor, Cabinet, Congressional, Senate and House races as well as Florida Chamber endorsements.


 
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Sep 22, 2014Florida Chamber News
Florida is moving in the right direction again, and our state has made great strides in creating private-sector jobs, improving our education system and making Florida more competitive. But Florida has been the subject of mockery time and time again due to our elections process. Amendment 3 will help ensure that there's no confusion as to who appoints justices. The Florida Chamber believes in good governance, and believes the passage of Amendment 3 will not only clarify who makes judicial appointments in these instances; it will also help ensure a person's right to due process and access to the courts continue by eliminating the threat of a legal battle. Read the Orlando Sentinel article below by David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and learn why we vote “yes” on Amendment 3.

For where we stand on all three Amendments, please download the 2014 Florida Election Guide, created in conjunction with the Florida Farm Bureau. It includes Governor, Cabinet, Congressional, Senate and House races as well as Florida Chamber endorsements. http://www.flchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2014-Florida-Election-Guide.pdf


 
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