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Dec 18, 2014Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Unveils New Video to Warn Taxpayers
As incidents of an aggressive telephone scam continue across the country, the Internal Revenue Service unveiled a new YouTube Video with a renewed warning to taxpayers not to be fooled by imposters posing as tax agency representatives.

The new Tax Scams video describes some basic tips to help protect taxpayers from tax scams.

These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don't answer, they often leave an "urgent" callback request.

"In recent weeks, we continue to see these telephone scams in every part of the country," IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen said. "We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are clear warning signs of fraud. This is not how we do business. We urge people to be careful when they get these threatening phone calls."

The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things that scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam.


The IRS will never:
1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3. Require you to use a specific payment method for you taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what you should do:
• If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
• If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
• If you've been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box.

Additional information about tax scams is available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/irsvideos and Tumblr http://internalrevenueservice.tumblr.com, where people can search "scam" to find all the scam-related posts.


Sincerely,


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

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (772) 283-2356 or e-mail info@pcc-cpa.com.



 
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Dec 18, 2014Girl Scouts Welcome New Vice President of Finance
Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is pleased to announce that Jeff Vanier has joined the staff as the Vice President of Finance. Vanier replaces Greg Kissel, who is retiring after serving the organization for 22 years in both staff and volunteer roles.

Vanier has an extensive background in nonprofit accounting, having served for more than a decade as the Director of Financial Operations and Continuum Services for Hanely-Hazelden / Hanley Center, Inc. He received his MBA in International Management from Florida Atlantic University and has consulted for small Florida businesses since 2009. He also currently instructs undergraduate students at South University in West Palm Beach.

Vanier will bring his expertise and experience to direct the fiscal functions of Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida and will support the CEO in ensuring that resource allocation and utilization reflects and facilitates the achievement of goals established by the Board of Directors. He will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team, which is responsible for setting the organization’s strategic direction and short and long-term plans and translating the vision and corporate goals into effective operational strategies and actions.

About Girl Scouts
For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has built girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. More than any other organization in our community, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida empowers girls ages 5 to 17 with vision and voice—girls who command their future, engage their communities and inspire others.

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is committed to meeting the needs of today’s girls by providing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that will help her develop skills and create a strong foundation for future success. Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, a United Way of Martin County partner agency, serves more than 12,000 girls in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. To explore opportunities to volunteer or partner with Girl Scouts, call (866) 727-4475 or visit www.gssef.org.


 
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Dec 18, 2014mARTies Student Edition – Class of 2015 Awards Announced
: One hundred guests gathered to celebrate the mARTies Student Edition – Class of 2015 honoring students in the visual and performing arts at the Barn Theatre on November 19, 2014.

The mARTies Award recipients for the “Class of 2015” were:
Savanna Webber, Outstanding Student Performing Artist
Madelene Wishart, Outstanding Student Visual Artist
Brett Taylor, Sanders Award

Each mARTies nomination is judged for several qualities, by professional artists and knowledgeable community leaders, including:
• their participation in the arts and artistic excellence;
• their civic responsibilities;
• their leadership in improving the quality of life in Martin County.

The mARTies Awards was born in 2003 and serves to recognize professional and student artists for their broad contributions to our community and dedication to their art forms. This year’s inaugural Sanders Award pays tribute to one of our most generous benefactors, the Lawrence A Sanders Foundation. The mARTies is a signature event for the Arts Council of Martin of County. The next mARTies will be held in October 2015, with nominations due by June 1, 2015.

Special thanks go out to our sponsors, Britech Industries for underwriting the Student Performing Artist Award, and our other sponsors Jeanette & Larry Mueller, and Karen Barnes.

The Arts Council of Martin County is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization that supports the arts and artists. Revenues from events benefit both the artists and the Arts Council to support the on-going programs of the Council including arts information activities, arts education programs for youth and support for artists and arts organizations. The Arts Council and the Court House Cultural Center Gallery are located at 80 E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, Florida. For information visit the Arts Council website at www.martinarts.org or call 772-287-6676.
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The Arts Council is sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.


 
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Dec 18, 2014SW 34th STREET INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Monday December 22, 2014, the Engineering Department will begin stormwater pipe replacement work on SW 34th Street at SW Areca Drive in Palm City.

The work is located approximately one-half mile west of SW Mapp Road and will necessitate intermittent lane closures weekdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. This work is expected to be completed by January 6, 2014. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.


 
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Dec 18, 2014Soroptimist Intl of Stuart seeking sponsors for Women of Distinction Awards Dinner
Thursday, April 23 brings one of the premiere recognition events to the Treasure Coast as Soroptimist International of Stuart (SIS) presents its annual Women of Distinction Awards.
Networking and a reception begin at 6 p.m., where a new floor plan and reception area will allow for easier networking and mingling with other guests. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards!
7 p.m. ushers in a casual yet elegant sit-down dinner and awards ceremony. Every year, nominees include many of the most prominent and recognizable women on the Treasure Coast and this year will be no different.
With its “Red Carpet Event” theme, the Hutchinson Island Marriott will become a high-profile haven, as women of all ages, backgrounds and interests are lauded, with four being named this year’s Women of Distinction.
Tickets are $100 per person. Funds raised at the event allow SIS to carry out its mission to support non-profits and charitable organizations not only throughout the Treasure Coast, but far beyond our hometowns. The business and professional women who make up its ranks are dedicated to bettering the lives of women and girls nationally and internationally.
Sponsors are needed to ensure the financial success of the event. Levels range from $100-$5,000 with appropriate promotional opportunities and perks based on level of participation.
For information or to download a sponsorship application, visit http://www.soroptimistofstuart.org/


 
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Dec 18, 2014MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOLS RECEIVE ALL “A” GRADES
The Florida Department of Education released high school grades for the 2013-14 school year today and each of the four high schools in the Martin County School District earned an “A” grade, which is the state’s top grade. It marks the third consecutive year of straight A’s for all of the District’s high schools. School grades communicate how well a school is performing relative to state standards and this year the requirements were increased causing the number of Florida high schools earning an A to fall by 25%.

“I am very proud of our students, teachers, administrators, and staff for their hard work.” said Superintendent Laurie Gaylord. “This is an outstanding accomplishment by our high schools and their dedication to excellence in education.”

High school grades are determined by assessment results, graduation rates, college readiness, student participation in college-level classes, and performance in accelerated courses.

The Martin County School District is one of only three of the 67 districts in Florida to achieve all “A” rankings for its high schools.

MCSD High Schools 2013-14 School Grade
Jensen Beach High A
Martin County High A
South Fork High A
Clark Advanced Learning Center A

Additionally, the Florida Department of Education released the Federal Graduation Rates for high schools and the Martin County School District’s graduation rate is 88.8%, the third highest in the state. Graduation rates in the state of Florida reached an 11-year high of 76.1%.

More information on Florida high school grades can be found at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.


 
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Dec 17, 2014Give the Gift of Creativity and Support the Elliott Museum this Holiday Season!
Are you stumped on what to give that creative spirit on your holiday list? The Studio at the Elliott Museum has a wonderful schedule of classes and workshops beginning in January. Come "play in the mud" with Mia Lindberg and create wonderful, functional, unique ceramic pieces from clay. Give a little Julia Kelly and learn how to have fun with watercolor. Stick some Ed Santiago in that stocking and learn how to draw portraits. Giving a digital camera this season? How about trying our weekly classes with Livia Kropf DeBonet and weekend workshops with Paul Salazar to learn all about digital photography? Those giving a new iPhone 6 may want to include our iPhoneography Workshop to learn how to take, edit, publish, and even print awesome photos right from the phone (works with older iPhones, too!) Or treat your bestie to our Girls' Night Out with a different creative project each month.
Not sure exactly which way their creative winds may blow? We have gift certificates available in any denomination which may be used for classes, workshops, Memberships, or Museum Store purchases. Our Store features many great gift items including jewelry, artwork, glass, ceramics, and educational games and gifts for kids. Many of our items are original, unique, and created by local artists and artisans.
There is no admission fee to shop in the Museum Store!

Creative Holiday Wishes from The Studio at the Elliott Museum!
825 NE Ocean Blvd, across from Stuart Beach
on Hutchinson Island
Open 10-5 Daily
See you soon!
Closed Christmas & New Years Days




 
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Dec 17, 2014SMITHSONIAN HOSTS MORNING MARINE SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES
Adults and seniors are invited to enjoy a series of six lectures presented by local researchers and experts in marine science. This Wednesday morning lecture series is hosted at the St. Lucie County Aquarium, featuring the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce and is sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE). The bi-weekly series will focus on current topics in marine science, including:

January 14, 2015
Understanding Marine Biodiversity from the Coral Triangle to the Indian River Lagoon with Dr. Seabird McKeon of Smithsonian Marine Station
January 28, 2015
Passing the "Acid Test" on Ocean Acidification with Dr. Marguerite Koch of Florida Atlantic University
February 11, 2015
Discovery and Protection of Deep-water Coral Reefs with Stephanie Farrington of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University
February 25, 2015
Vibrio in the Lagoon & Implications for Human Health with Gabby Barbarite of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University
March 11, 2015
Making Pollution Visible in the Indian River Lagoon with Dr. Beth Falls and Chloe Lloyd of Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.
March 25, 2015
Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems: A Look at the Smithsonian’s 40-year History in Belize with Scott Jones of Smithsonian Marine Station

Lectures begin at 9:00am at the Ecosystems Exhibit and will last until approximately 10:00am. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided starting at 8:30am. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Lectures are free with paid admission ($3 for seniors 55+, $4 for adults). One-year memberships, which include free admission, are available starting at just $15. Please contact the Education Office at (772) 465-3271 for further questions or to reserve your seat today!

COSEE Florida is a partnership between Indian River State College (IRSC), Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA), the Smithsonian Marine Station, and Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. COSEE Florida is based at the IRSC Science Center at the Main Campus in Fort Pierce, Florida and joins the national network of 12 centers and a Central Coordinating Office funded by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences. For more information about COSEE Florida, visit www.coseeflorida.org.

The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit is located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium at 420 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce. 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, visit www.sms.si.edu.


 
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Dec 17, 2014SCORE Workshop
Commercial Credit Extension & Management
Workshop Description
Have you considered granting credit to your customers? Have you wondered whether or not you should consider granting credit to customers beyond credit cards? Would extending commercial credit increase your sales but with some managed risk and how do I understand how much credit to extend if any?

This workshop will cover items such as but not limited to: What is Commercial Credit? How to Extend Commercial Credit? What are Credit Applications and What Do they Cover?

Other matters covered are the need for a comprehensive Credit Policy; Credit Limit Determination; What is Predictive Scoring & What About D&Bs?

How to Get Paid? Merchant Services Providers, Cash Management & Lock Boxes, How to Secure Commercial Credit Insurance. What Are These Companies I hear about called factoring firms? If I extend credit will I be able to borrow against the accounts before I get paid? And many more.

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=EDIWO01715&seg=3

John Hosler
Presenter
Experience in the manufacturing business area with over 35 years experience in financial management, operations, and general management. Specialist in acquisitions, divestitures, company start-ups and project management. Administration and Business planning, risk management, joint ventures, and compensation and benefits compliance. Specialist in non-profit development, governance, bylaw creation/ revisions, financial development and executive management. SCORE Business Counselor since 2000.


 
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Dec 17, 2014State and local officials break ground on state-of-the-art Bessey Creek Hybrid Wetland Project in Palm City


State and local officials were on hand today to break ground on the new state-of-the-art Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology (HWTT) project on Bessey Creek in Palm City. The water quality improvement project, funded with $3 million from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), was approved by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners in 2014 and awarded to Watershed Technologies LLC. Once completed in 2015, the treatment facility is expected to decrease the high level of phosphorus in stormwater runoff in the treated basin by up to 95 percent. The HWTT project is designed to clean water before it reaches the St. Lucie Estuary.

"Martin County has invested over $50 million in stormwater projects to improve local water quality, and we continue to work towards meeting all established state water quality standards," stated Martin County Commission Vice Chairwoman Anne Scott, who served as emcee of the groundbreaking ceremony. "We can only do this work with the outstanding collaborations and partnerships with state agencies and other entities committed to water quality improvement."

Bessey Creek is a freshwater tributary of the St. Lucie River and Estuary system, both of which have been classified as impaired water bodies by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection due to excessive nutrient loading. The water quality enhancements that are planned for Bessey Creek will benefit the citizens of Martin County by reducing the nutrient loading to the estuary and assisting the County in meeting state water quality standards.

"The Bessey Creek project helps in our overall goal as part of our cleanup efforts in the Indian River Lagoon, Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades," said State Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart), who has been a champion for water quality not only throughout the state, but also within the Treasure Coast region. "This project is a terrific example of utilizing cutting-edge technology, and in local and state officials working toward improving water quality within the St. Lucie River and Estuary.

"We are committed in working to restore the health of water bodies and conserve our supply of water," said Rich Budell, director, Office of Agricultural Water Policy with the FDACS. "The Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology is one that we believe has a bright future to help us deal with that legacy load of phosphorus and we are in the process of expanding this technology to other areas of the state."

The primary goal of the HWTT systems is to reduce levels of contaminants, including phosphorus and nitrogen, in stormwater and other water bodies, while preserving and enhancing the environment. Watershed Technologies LLC lead scientist Tom DeBusk was on hand to demonstrate the HWTT process, showing water samples collected from various stages of the process. Photo renderings were also provided to illustrate similar projects and successful outcomes.


 
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Dec 16, 2014Martin County Commissioners, State Legislators and officials to break ground on hybrid wetland project Dec. 17 in Palm City
State lawmakers and officials will join the Martin County Board of County Commissioners to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Bessey Creek Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology (HWTT) project in Palm City on Wednesday, December 17. Media is invited to attend the 2:00 p.m. ceremony, which will highlight the importance of this water quality project developed by vendor Watershed Technologies LLC.

Florida Senator Joe Negron, Rich Budell, a director with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Martin County Commissioner Anne Scott are scheduled to speak at the event. A representative from Watershed Technologies LLC will also be in attendance.

The Bessey Creek HWTT project, led by Martin County's Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division and supported by the State, is designed to clean water from this basin before it reaches the St. Lucie Estuary. This project is a great example of utilizing innovative technologies to solve water quality issues in a cost effective way.

What: Bessey Creek Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Where: Off Citrus Blvd., approximately 2.1 miles north of CR 714, Palm City. (Event signs will be posted. See link to directions/map.)

When: Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 2:00 p.m.


 
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Dec 16, 2014Winners Announced for 29th Annual Hobe Sound Chamber Christmas Parade!
On Saturday, December 6th the streets of downtown Hobe Sound were lined with red and green garland, bows and bells as more than 4,000 excited residents and visitors waited for the arrival of Santa Claus in the Hobe Sound Chamber Christmas Parade. Businesses and store fronts decorated and opened their doors to share holiday treats and entertainment. The Mancuso Building, on the south side of Bridge Road, transformed into a giant parade grandstand and judging station. All the hustle and bustle marked the beginning of the Parade sponsored by Treasure Coast Irrigation/ Rood Landscape and Jupiter Medical Center.

Families arrived early to meander through historic downtown shops and the Art Stroll that featured local crafters and artists. Once the Parade was in sight the children began to cheer. Floats and decorated vehicles created by local businesses, schools and organizations drifted along the roadway. Local middle and high school bands marched and played hit songs. Kids were able to meet Ronald McDonald and other beloved characters.

The Parade judges watched the action from the Grandstand and ranked their favorite floats. Judging categories for the entries included Most Humorous, Best Marching, Most Original, Best Religious and Best Overall. It was a hard task but the judges considered each entry and awarded the trophies to the winners on Monday, December 8, 2014.

The Hobe Sound Chamber along with Presenting Sponsor, Treasure Coast Irrigation/ Rood Landscape would like to congratulate the following winners:

Most Humorous: LAW OFFICES OF W. TRENT STEELE
Best Marching: SOUTH FORK HIGH SCHOOL JROTC LED BY COLONAL JAMES DALY
Most Original: THE HOBE SOUND MURALS AKA LANDMARK ARTS, INC.
Best Religious: HOBE SOUND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Best Overall: JENKINS LANDSCAPE

The 29th Annual Hobe Sound Chamber Christmas Parade judges did a fantastic job. Thank you to all five judge; Bobbi Kauffman, Chamber Volunteer, Lydia Sudick of Lydia Sudick Fine Art Studio, Cal Meeker of Florida Living Realty, Eric Wolf of Active Canvas and Sharyl Pratt of Illustrated Properties.

The Chamber would like to thank all the participants, volunteers, chamber members, downtown businesses, residents and of course the Parade sponsors for making it a great event. Supporting sponsors included Bridge Boat and RV Storage, Smart Source, the Hobe Sound Soccer Club, and the Stuart News.


 
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Dec 16, 2014Support Habitat for Humanity of Martin County

You can support Habitat for Humanity of Martin County when you buy or sell on eBay, with the eBay Giving Works program. Here’s how:
http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/habitat-for-humanity-of-martin-county/71471/

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is part of the eBay Giving Works program. So, you can support our mission when you buy and sell on eBay. Here’s how:

Buy
You can find whatever you're looking for on eBay – from baseball cards to new cars and more. When you do, shop for items that benefit us. You can get a great deal and support Habitat for Humanity of Martin County at the same time!
• Shop now to support Habitat for Humanity of Martin County
Sell
You can also support Habitat for Humanity of Martin County when you sell on eBay. Just designate our organization to receive 10-100% of your final sale price the next time you list something great.

Did you know that charity listings often get more bids and higher prices than regular eBay listings? Boost your sales and support our critical work while you’re at it! Plus eBay gives back to you too, with a fee credit on your basic selling fees.
• Sell now to support Habitat for Humanity of Martin County

Try it out today & Thank you for supporting our mission!

http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/habitat-for-humanity-of-martin-county/71471/


 
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Dec 16, 2014Contest underway to re-name Martin County's Golf Course


The Martin County Golf & Country Club is currently undergoing a re-branding effort and we want you to be a part of the process. Whoever nominates the new name selected by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners for Martin County's public golf course will win $250 in merchandise from the course's pro shop.

Help re-name the Martin County Golf & Country Club and win golf merchandise.


The County originally acquired the golf course in 1947, since which time proprietorship has undergone a number changes, most recently this year. The property has deep and strong connections to local waterways and the associated native wildlife and vegetation. In addition, it features a long and storied history, arguably reaching back to Andrew Jackson's controversial 1815 invasion of Spanish Florida, not to mention a case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1842. Moreover the original 1920s course, designed by luminary links architect William B. Langford (no relation to Francis Langford), and now a stop on the Florida Historic Golf Trail, was linked to the 1925 succession of Martin County from Palm Beach County.

"We would like to expand the appeal, marketability and use of Martin County's golf course," explained Kevin Abbate, Director, Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation. Abbate continued, "The history, habitat and environment, not to mention the Langford design, will guide the course's ongoing and growing vitality."

Contestants may submit entries in person at the pro shop or online at the following link http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ea91zi97i3fwvg4x/start.



 
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Dec 16, 2014Business Leaders Recognized at Hobe Sound Chamber’s Installation & Awards Luncheon
On Friday, December 12th the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce installed seventeen Directors and recognized nine members at the annual Holiday Installation & Awards Luncheon at Mariner Sands Country Club. The Chamber hosted more than 100 guests for the special luncheon sponsored by Chapman & Plymale Law, Dennis Root & Associates, Jupiter Medical Center and Metz Construction Company.

After Commissioner Anne Scott installed the 2015 Board of Directors, the Chamber’s executive director Angela Hoffman and past president Charlene Oakowsky presented an awards ceremony.

The Hobe Sound Chamber congratulates the following award winners;

-Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Amber Shirk of Seacoast Bank
-Committee Chairperson of the Year Award was presented to Michael Ennis of Michael Ennis Construction for his leadership in coordinating the Christmas Parade for more than 20 years.
-Marge Cabiness was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year.
-The Small Business of the Year was awarded to Avalon Air.
-Waste Management was recognized for their innovative employee programs and safe environmental practices and was the recipient of the Large Business of the Year Award.
-Philanthropist, Barbara McLaughlin of Smart Source was honored as Sponsor of the Year.
-The Community Enhancement & Service Award was presented to Dennis Root, founder of Dennis Root Public Safety Foundation.
-The Unsung Hero Award was presented to Harry MacArthur and his “natives” for their efforts to help families in need through the Natives Helping Natives organization.
-The coveted Pelican Award, which is a Hobe Sound Chamber tradition and honor, was presented to Mary Lopopolo of Seacoast Bank in recognition of her commitment to the Hobe Sound Community.
The Hobe Sound Chamber would like to congratulate the following 2015 Board of Directors.

Executive Committee:
President Steve Fenton, Fenton Services
Vice President Dennis Root, Dennis Root & Associates
Treasurer Jon Milton, Milton Engineering Consultants
Secretary Doug Smith, Janus Investigations
Past President Charlene Oakowsky, Oakowsky Properties
Historian Advisor Ralph Davino, Secure Storage of Martin County LLC
Board Members:
Glen Alexander, Strategic Realty
Kim Biancardi, Reelgraphics.com
Melinda Brault, Geminye Design Group
Ike Crumpler, Upstairs Communications
Michael Dooley, Illustrated Properties
Michael Ennis, Michael Ennis Construction
Bob McLean, Avalon Air, Inc.
Pete Morello, The UPS Store
Theresa Smith, Beaches Hair Studio
Kim Waser-Nash, Quit Doc Research & Education Foundation, Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County
Brandon Woodward, The Law Office of Brandon Woodward

For more information about the Hobe Sound Chamber, call 772-546-4724 or visit www.hobesound.org.


 
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Dec 16, 2014Helping People Succeed = Donate
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Link: http://www.hpsfl.org/index.php/giving/matching-gifts

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Dec 15, 2014White Doves Holiday Project and Toys for Tots has toy shortage this year

For the children who receive gifts from the White Doves Holiday Project and Toys for Tots, these gifts are often the only ones they get.

Toys for Tots has received a good number of toy donations this year, but donations are trickling in a little more slowly than in previous years, and there are not enough toys for all the families who have requested help. More families need help this year—almost 1,200 families, which include more than 2,760 children, have been pre-screened and approved to receive help this year. That’s almost 70 more families and 300 more children than last year.

“Our families are counting on us to help them make a nice Christmas for their children. These kids don’t get much throughout the year, and on Christmas, it would be nice if they could get at least two toys,” said Amy Moyer, volunteer project leader.

“For most of these families, these toys are the only ones they are able to give their children,” said Melissa Bessette, volunteer project co-leader.

Project organizers are asking for gift donations to be made by December 15. Toys are needed for all ages, and especially for infants (0-2) and older children (9 and up). Items like fishing poles, skate boards, headphones, wireless speakers and gym bags top the most wanted lists.

Toy drop-off sites are throughout Martin County. Look for the Toys for Tots signs, or see a list of drop-off locations by going to martinvolunteers.org and clicking on the Toys for Tots train.

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

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


 
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Dec 15, 2014Treasure Coast SCORE Announces New Workshop – Affordable Care Act & What Does It Mean To Your Small Business
Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 is pleased to announce a new workshop titled Affordable Care Act – What Does It Mean to Your Small Business.

This workshop will be presented by Douglas Ragan, Licensed Agent of Compass Health Insurance and will be held at the Wolf Technology Center at IRSC Chastain Campus, 2400 Salerno Rd., room C102.

Dates for these free workshops are January 14, April 8, July 1, and, October 7. All workshops are 5:30 – 7:30. Please register by going to www.treasurecoast.score.org and click on Free and Low Cost Workshops which will take you to our workshop listing which is in chronological order. In 2015 we have 115 free & low cost workshops scheduled on a wide variety of topics such as How to Start a Small Business, Marketing Your Small Business, Managing Your Business’s Cash, An Excellent Business Plan, Financial Recordkeeping for Small Business, Understanding Florida Sales & Use Taxes, Business Law, Business Insurance, Commercial Credit and Understanding Non-Profits!

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

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

In the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014, Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 served 466 new clients face-to-face & 208 new clients through email counseling. Also we held 85 workshops with 1,156 attendees. Total services were 3,066 and our total services were up 12.3% year over year!

SCORE provides no-cost, confidential business counseling with expertise in a wealth of business and business-related areas. SCORE Chapter 308 is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration and covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Glades and Okeechobee Counties on the Treasure Coast.

Please call the SCORE office at 772-489-0548 to set up an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced SCORE counselor. Also please feel free to contact the following chambers for an appointment with a SCORE counselor at their office: Indian River County Chamber (Vero Beach) at 772-567-3491; Sebastian River Area Chamber 772-589-5969; Jensen Beach Chamber 772-334-3444; Hobe Sound Chamber 772-546-4724, and St. Lucie County Chamber 772-595-9999.


 
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Dec 15, 2014Love is All You Need Fashion Show to benefit Voices for Children of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast
You’ll be stepping out in style after you see the beautiful offerings at the “Love is All You Need” Fashion Show to benefit Voices for Children of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast that will take place at Harbour Bay Shoppes in Sewall’s Point on February 7. Tickets are $15 per person. For information, call 772-546-1841.

 
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Dec 15, 2014Publix Super Markets 'Food for All' campaign!
It's time again for the Publix Super Markets 'Food for All' campaign! Never has there been an easier way to help provide food for seniors, kids, working-poor families, and others in need.

This annual campaign involves Publix Associates inviting shoppers to take an important action to help as they check out at the register between now and December 24th.

How the program works: Look for the holiday-themed boards at any checkout stand. Select a $1, $3 or $5 donation coupon from the board, and hand it to the cashier to be scanned. The donated amount will appear on your grocery bill, and proceeds from the program will benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Thanks to generous shoppers like you, the campaign raised over $75,000 last year for families, kids and seniors in our community last year!

Publix also donates perishable food to Treasure Coast Food Bank throughout the year. Each month, multiple truckloads of food are donated. Thank you Publix for being an amazing community partner all year round!


 
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Dec 15, 2014Affordable Health Care Act

*** REMINDER ***
Affordable Health Care Act
Important Health Insurance
Marketplace Dates

November 15, 2014
2015 Open Enrollment starts.
This is true both inside and outside of the Marketplace.

December 15, 2014
Anyone who wants their plan to start by January 1, 2015 must take action to ensure they are renewing the plan they want for 2015.

December 31, 2014
If you enrolled in a 2014 Marketplace plan, your coverage ends December 31, 2014. This is true no matter when your 2014 coverage began. To continue health coverage in 2015, you can renew your current health plan or choose a new plan through the Marketplace until February 15, 2015.




February 15, 2015
2015 Open Enrollment ends.


Open enrollment is your opportunity to see what new plans the marketplace is offering, change your existing plan or if you are happy with the plan and premium, renew.

For additional information call your insurance carrier or log on to Healthcare.gov.

Sincerely,

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






 
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Dec 15, 2014The NEW Blue Marlin Motors
January 16-18, 2015
Where: 2901 SE Gran Park Way Stuart, FL 34997
Time: Norma business hours. 9am-6pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday

Don’t miss the GRAND OPENING of the new Blue Marlin Motors showroom! We’ve got something for everyone, whether you’re looking to buy a classic car or not. If you’re looking to buy - we’ve got special deals that will be on ONLY for this weekend. If you’re a car owner looking to SELL, bring your car in on consignment! Got parts sitting around to get rid of? We’re having a swap meet! Love your classic, but don’t want to sell? No problem! There will be two days of car shows with trophies and prizes! Live music will be in attendance, as well as food and raffle prizes. Bring the whole family! We’re here to have fun and enjoy the weekend. Blue Marlin Motors encompasses all aspects of the classic and exotic car lifestyle. Our new venue is an event center as well as a local hub for classic and exotic car enthusiasts. Rent our space for your own private event with up to 400 seats! Autos, planes, yachts, insurance, printing and more are all easily accessible here at the new Blue Marlin Motors!
www.bluemarlinmotorsusa.com 772-678-4300 2901 SE Gran Park Way Stuart, FL 34997

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Dec 15, 2014All Aboard Florida Editor's page/Florida Trend
En Route
Both Jeb Bush (in 2003) and Rick Scott (in 2011) killed
plans for a high-speed train between Tampa and Orlando (and
ultimately to Miami). Both of them took heat from liberal and
conservative interests for blocking a project that would have
brought buckets of federal money, lots of work for engineering
and construction firms and plenty of construction jobs.
Events are making the governors’ decisions look not just
courageous but visionary. Consider California. There, plans for
a bullet train between Los Angeles and San Jose reflect the kind
of, well, train wreck that I believe would have characterized
construction of a high-speed line in Florida.
The California train’s price tag now stands at $68
billion, and if the train is ever completed, the bill will
no doubt rise to several multiples of that. Funding
is unclear, with private participation problematic at
best, legally impossible at worst. Acquiring necessary
rights of way will drag on for years. The train, for
several reasons, will be unable to deliver either
its promised speed or service from downtown to
downtown. Ridership projections are hallucinatory.
Public support is waning — as it did here in Florida,
where voters put the train into the state Constitution
in 2000 then voted to remove it in 2004.
My guess is that the California train will never get built, either
because the project will collapse financially or because voters
there in the Referendum State decide they’ve had enough and
kill it. If it is built, it will take so long that California’s 76-yearold
Gov. Jerry Brown, who’s made the train a pet project, almost
certainly won’t live long enough to ride it.
Gov. Scott, meanwhile, will very likely get to ride a fast
passenger train — modern, privately financed and operated —
between Miami and Orlando before he completes his second
term in 2018.
The All Aboard Florida project that Florida East Coast
Industries announced two years ago already has moved well
past the conceptual stage. Construction is under way on the
train’s Fort Lauderdale station. In Miami, the design proposal
for the train station and adjacent commercial and residential
development is well into the city’s review process. In West Palm,
work is under way at the two-acre parcel that will house the train
station and surrounding development.
Within a month, All Aboard Florida will likely receive approval
from the U.S. Department of Transportation to sell $1.75 billion in
what are known as “private activity bonds” that will help finance
the project, which includes double-tracking some existing sections
of the Florida East Coast Railway and building a rail line from the
existing tracks west to the fourth station at the Orlando airport.
The use of private activity bonds — locally issued, taxexempt
bonds used to encourage infrastructure development
— is both appropriate and strategic. The bonds will be sold
to private individuals and institutional investors and come with no taxpayer guarantees: All Aboard Florida is completely
responsible for repaying the investors.
All Aboard Florida had initially sought a federal loan to help
finance the project, which generated gripes that the company
was putting taxpayers at risk. The switch to the private activity
bonds — plus the fact that Florida East Coast Industries is
investing more than $345 million of its own cash in the project —
pretty well iron-clads the train’s credentials as a private project.
The response to the project along the Miami-Orlando route
has been intriguing. Predictably, the counties with stations
— Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Orange — have
embraced it. Three counties that won’t get stations
initially — Martin, Indian River and St. Lucie —
have worked against the train. It’s unclear whether
they’re actually worried about noise, safety issues
and property values or just trying to extort a station
sooner than demand justifies.
A fourth county without a station appeared to be
emerging as a bastion of opposition, but leaders in
Brevard County engaged with All Aboard Florida
with an eye toward the future. The county voted to
participate in the private activity bond financing,
with All Aboard Florida agreeing to pay to upgrade
and maintain rail crossings for eight years (technically the
county’s responsibility) and reimburse the county for costs
associated with issuing the bonds. In the process, the county has
established itself first in line for a station when demand dictates.
All Aboard Florida expects to begin carrying passengers
between Miami and West Palm in 2016, with service extended
to Orlando the following year. Once the Orlando station is under
construction, the company will move as quickly as possible to
extend the train to Tampa and Jacksonville.
In the meantime, Florida is home to the most interesting
transportation project in the country. We’ll end up with a fast train
that traverses the state, and the train’s creation will be integrated
with urban real estate development in the same way as private
transportation companies did 100 years ago, to good effect.
Journalist Yonah Freemark writes insightfully about how
the integration of transportation infrastructure and real estate
development a century ago helped build the urban cores that
gave our cities cultural and commercial heartbeats. One example:
New York Central Railroad, as it built Grand Central Terminal
in Manhattan, put the tracks underground in order to be able to
develop a business district around the station. The real estate
investments attracted more people, which built ridership, which
built the value of the real estate.
The early years of this century have seen the emergence,
or re-emergence, of vibrant urban centers in many Florida
communities. All Aboard Florida — transportation coupled with
real estate — has the potential to take Florida cities farther down
the line toward greatness.

 
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Dec 15, 2014MCLS offers survey to public regarding expansion of operation hours


"What is the best library time for you?" The Martin County Library System wants all members of the community to answer this question through a survey that is available now. While the survey's main targets are residents that currently cannot or do not use the library, MCLS encourages existing users to complete it as well.

The MCLS Library Hours Survey can be found electronically at www.library.martin.fl.us under the "Library News" section of the homepage, as well as in paper format at any Martin County library location.

The Martin County Library System believes everyone in the community needs access to a library. They urge residents to tell them when you need a library open so they can work towards making that a reality.
For more information about this event or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403 or visit www.library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Dec 15, 2014Bathtub Reef Beach re-opens to the public


Bathtub Reef Beach is once again open to the public, but remains unguarded. Martin County crews have completed their dune restoration efforts. Last week, rough surf and high winds damaged the popular beach, forcing the County to declare a state of local emergency and take protective measures to save the dune and parking lot.

To check out live weather conditions at local beaches including Bathtub Reef Beach, check out Martin County's beach cams at: http://www.martin.fl.us/portal/page?_pageid=254,4200900&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


 
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Dec 12, 2014Register now for Martin County's citizens academy- CARES, class starts January 8!
Register now for Martin CARES, the Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series offered by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. The next class begins on Thursday, January 8, 2015. Citizens must register in advance to participate.

During CARES, participants tour Sailfish Splash Waterpark

and learn about Martin County Parks.

Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners




Over the years, approximately 2,200 citizens have participated in this insiders' look into county government. Citizens who wish to familiarize themselves with the function and purpose of their local government are encouraged to register for Martin CARES. There is no charge to participate in the program.



In a series of sessions held over a six week period, citizens will hear presentations from all departments under the Board of County Commissioners and the County's constitutional officers. Participants will spend a day touring several Martin County schools and visiting County facilities, so plan to spend some time at a water treatment plant and the emergency operations center.



Would you want to watch planes take off and land from Martin County Airport? Or how about connecting with nature on a tour of a scenic park? If you answered yes to any of these questions, CARES is for you!



Transportation, snacks and lunch are provided. We simply ask for your attention as we look to increase our citizens' awareness and understanding of the variety of services offered by Martin County government.



For more information on Martin County CARES, log on to www.martin.fl.us and click on hot topics, or call 772-220-7129.



 
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Dec 12, 2014Bring a pet “Home for the Howlidays”
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) is hoping to place all of its shelter animals in a foster home this holiday season as part of its “Home for the Howlidays” program from Dec. 22, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015. The shelter is located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., Palm City. Adoption hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wed.; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun.
Individuals must complete the appropriate foster paperwork and requirements before taking a pet home. Starting at 10 a.m., Dec. 22,approved foster families may come to the shelter and choose an animal in the adoption area. The animals must be picked up no later than 2 p.m., Wed., Dec. 24. The foster parents, or “guardian angels,” will be encouraged to help the HSTC find a permanent home for their foster pet. All animals need to be adopted or returned back to the shelter by Mon., Jan. 5, 2015.
The HSTC prefers that participants provide food bowls, bedding and toys for their foster pet, but the shelter will assist if needed. Through last year’s program, the HSTC fostered 42 animals and all were adopted. The HSTC is hoping to double that this year. Eventually, all the animals that were included in this program were adopted.
In addition, each Sat. and Sun. in Dec. the HSTC is offering a “Pick your Price” promotion. Adopters can name their own adoption fee. The normal fees are $120 for dogs, $40 for cats, and $5-25 for the various critters, which include bunnies, hamsters and guinea pigs.
To view the pets currently available for adoption, go online to http://www.hstc1.org.
For more information about the Home for the Howlidays program, call Bitsy McKay at 772-600-3217 or 772-223-8822 or visit 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 homeless, abused and abandoned animals. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs, dynamic humane education services, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no animal is turned away for any reason because the HSTC believes that is the humane thing to do. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822.


 
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Dec 12, 2014NE INDIAN RIVER DRIVE INTERMITTENT LANE & SIDEWALK CLOSURES


On Monday, December 22, 2014, Martin County Utilities Department will be performing water main improvement work on NE Indian River Drive between NE Circle Drive and the Environmental Studies Center. The work will necessitate intermittent lane and sidewalk closures on NE Indian River Drive. The work is expected to be complete on Friday, January 2, 2015. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.



 
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Dec 11, 2014Florida Chamber News
$200 Million Investment in Innovation Has Created Some
of the Most Advanced Cancer Centers Right Here in Florida

Click here to listen to the interview with Dr. Nimer.
http://floridaflcoc.weblinkconnect.com/cwt/external/wcpages/wcnews/freeenterprise_drnimer_120914.aspx?profileid=2D3B2F94


Cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths in Florida. At the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, they are looking to change that. “We have the capability, academics and research that allows us to put together a program that we believe will be as good as any in the United States,” says Dr. Stephen Nimer.

For UM Sylvester, statewide collaboration is the key to ensuring better outcomes. Listen to this edition of the Florida Chamber’s Series on Free Enterprise to find out how $200 million dollars is being used to recruit some of the best cancer researchers and physicians in the country, to improve our research capability and our ability to deliver state of the art care.


 
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Dec 11, 2014Martin County ocean lifeguards give bikes to Toys for Tots drive


What do the Martin County Ocean Rescue lifeguards give to less fortunate children in Martin County during the holiday season? Bicycles! (What, you thought it would be surfboards?)

For the second year in a row, the Martin County Ocean Rescue lifeguards hosted a party for the guards and their families. The goal of the party – in addition to having a great time and listening to music by the reggae band No Ka Oi – was to collect bicycles for the White Doves Holiday Project and Toys for Tots. Big-ticket items like bicycles are harder for the project to collect.

Everyone who attended the party had to bring a new bike and by the end of the night, the host’s driveway was overflowing with bikes. In 2013, Martin County Ocean Rescue collected 37 bikes, and this year they collected 53.

Party organizer Brad Beckett explained why Martin County ocean lifeguards come together for this cause. “We are very fortunate to live, work and recreate in Martin County, and we wanted to give back to our community. A new bike under the Christmas tree is every kid’s dream, and we hope it promotes an active and healthy lifestyle.”

Also this year, surfboard shaper Mike Karol of Stoke Surfboards created a custom child’s surfboard and donated it to the White Doves Holiday Project. Ohana Surf Shop in Stuart has contributed to the package, adding a leash, traction pad and other surf goodies. One lucky kid will be stoked to see a board under the tree this year!

“We simply cannot do such great work without people like the Martin County ocean lifeguards,” said Carol Hodnett, director of the White Doves Holiday Project. “Now we can picture 53 more excited children finding a bike – or a surfboard – under their tree on Christmas morning!”

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

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

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


 
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Dec 11, 2014"Selected Work" featuring the artwork of Aida Fry, Molly Potter, Jussi Pöyhönen, Paula Rubino, and Eleanor Woolems
The Arts Council of Martin County presents “Selected Work” featuring the artwork of Aida Fry, Molly Potter, Jussi Pöyhönen, Paula Rubino, and Eleanor Woolems. “The work presented by these accomplished artists is an interesting interplay of figure, form, color and landscape,” commented Nancy K Turrell, executive director.

Aida Fry was born in Miami and maintains a studio in Stuart, Florida where she works in oil, watercolor and fresco. Her work expresses the joy of spontaneous discovery while still conveying her deep respect for the great traditions of figure painting. Her paintings offer insight into the sensual and spiritual duality of life. The viewer is drawn in by the lyrical surface delights of these paintings into a world of fantasy, allegory and symbolism. Aida spent years studying with Caesar Cirigliano (himself a student of George Grosz and John Sloan of the Ashcan School.) She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Art in Design where she studied under Jack Nicholson, Hiram Williams and Lenny Kesl.

Molly Potter works and teaches at her studio in Ft. Lauderdale and works in clay, printmaking, collage and mixed media. She developed art education programs for both underprivileged children and a private school, and developed the nationally recognized “Great Artists Club Program” which familiarizes children with the styles and works of many great artists throughout history.

Jussi Pöyhönen is a Finnish citizen living in Florida since August 2008. He studied art in Finland and in Italy. Within the last thirteen years he has been showing his contemporary realism paintings in various countries in Europe and the USA. His classical realism observes nature, and does figurative paintings with live models. He received the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence (President Obama), 2014.

Paula Rubino was born in Trenton, New Jersey into a family of snowbirds who eventually settled in Stuart. Not long after graduating from law school, she delved seriously into writing and painting, living in Mexico, Ireland, and eventually Florence, Italy where she trained at the Florence Academy of Art for several years. Further studies followed with Odd Nerdrum in Norway. Though often described as realist, her work doesn't describe reality as much as attempt to evoke a mood and celebrate nature’s boundless optimism and variation.

Eleanor Woolems was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is completing her last semester at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton with a BFA in painting. In 2014 she was awarded the Friedland Grant, Portfolio Review Award and Trey McIntyre Ballet Residency. Intuitively and impulsively she explores the mystery of the unconscious. Her work is navigating between past, present and future. The figurative work responds to relationships, which fuel her action: correcting, adjusting, repairing, and connecting parts in a responsive process of accumulation and revision. Such confusion is an ordinary, human experience and subtle forces that cause things to happen, which, in turn shape her understanding of the world.

The Selected Work exhibition runs through January 31, 2015. Court House Cultural Center Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday, 11 am – 2:00 pm. The Gallery will be closed for the Holidays: December 24-29 and January 1-5.

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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Dec 11, 2014G.I. Jobs
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
5 Hot Industries That Are Hiring
More than 321,000 people were hired in November, the biggest monthly gain in the past three years in the U.S.

Here’s a look at the five hottest industries & open positions in each for you to apply for!
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Head on over to our job board and search hundreds of thousands of jobs from Military Friendly® companies who specifically want to hire you.
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Dec 11, 2014The Arts Council of Martin County
For Immediate Release, (December 10, 2014) Stuart, FL: The Arts Council of Martin County presents “Selected Work” featuring the artwork of Aida Fry, Molly Potter, Jussi Pöyhönen, Paula Rubino, and Eleanor Woolems. “The work presented by these accomplished artists is an interesting interplay of figure, form, color and landscape,” commented Nancy K Turrell, executive director.

Aida Fry was born in Miami and maintains a studio in Stuart, Florida where she works in oil, watercolor and fresco. Her work expresses the joy of spontaneous discovery while still conveying her deep respect for the great traditions of figure painting. Her paintings offer insight into the sensual and spiritual duality of life. The viewer is drawn in by the lyrical surface delights of these paintings into a world of fantasy, allegory and symbolism. Aida spent years studying with Caesar Cirigliano (himself a student of George Grosz and John Sloan of the Ashcan School.) She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Art in Design where she studied under Jack Nicholson, Hiram Williams and Lenny Kesl.

Molly Potter works and teaches at her studio in Ft. Lauderdale and works in clay, printmaking, collage and mixed media. She developed art education programs for both underprivileged children and a private school, and developed the nationally recognized “Great Artists Club Program” which familiarizes children with the styles and works of many great artists throughout history.

Jussi Pöyhönen is a Finnish citizen living in Florida since August 2008. He studied art in Finland and in Italy. Within the last thirteen years he has been showing his contemporary realism paintings in various countries in Europe and the USA. His classical realism observes nature, and does figurative paintings with live models. He received the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence (President Obama), 2014.

Paula Rubino was born in Trenton, New Jersey into a family of snowbirds who eventually settled in Stuart. Not long after graduating from law school, she delved seriously into writing and painting, living in Mexico, Ireland, and eventually Florence, Italy where she trained at the Florence Academy of Art for several years. Further studies followed with Odd Nerdrum in Norway. Though often described as realist, her work doesn't describe reality as much as attempt to evoke a mood and celebrate nature’s boundless optimism and variation.

Eleanor Woolems was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is completing her last semester at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton with a BFA in painting. In 2014 she was awarded the Friedland Grant, Portfolio Review Award and Trey McIntyre Ballet Residency. Intuitively and impulsively she explores the mystery of the unconscious. Her work is navigating between past, present and future. The figurative work responds to relationships, which fuel her action: correcting, adjusting, repairing, and connecting parts in a responsive process of accumulation and revision. Such confusion is an ordinary, human experience and subtle forces that cause things to happen, which, in turn shape her understanding of the world.

The Selected Work exhibition runs through January 31, 2015. Court House Cultural Center Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday, 11 am – 2:00 pm. The Gallery will be closed for the Holidays: December 24-29 and January 1-5.

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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Dec 11, 2014We've got good news for you!
Come and hear from the experts on how to Grow Your Business with Every Door Direct Mail and USPS Shipping & Mailing Products.

Learn about Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM), a simple, low-cost service that allows local businesses to market to every address in their neighborhood without the need to rent mailing lists. EDDM Retail is ideal for any kind of local business that is not currently using the mail as a marketing tool. EDDM saves mail preparation time and is delivered by the local, trusted Postal Service carrier.

Presenter: Curlita Rogers-Sanders is a USPS Field Sales
Representative. Curlita is responsible for assisting companies with their shipping and mailing, as well as growing their business using Direct Mail. Curlita covers territories from Ft. Pierce to West Palm Beach.

January 14, 2015 @ IRSC Main Campus, Ft Pierce 5:30-8 pm
February 11, 2015 @ IRSC Chastain Campus, Stuart 6:00-8 pm


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER




or Call 772-462-7630





The FSBDC at Indian River State College is a member of the Florida SBDC network, a statewide service network funded in part through cooperative agreement with the US small business administration (SBA), Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners; hosted by the University of West Florida; and nationally accredited by the association of SBDCs.




 
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Dec 10, 2014Helping People Succeed Announces New Human Resources Coordinator


Helping People Succeed is pleased to announce its new Human Resources Coordinator Kelly Cuevas, celebrating 10 years with the local non-profit organization.

Cuevas moved into the HR position, after long-time HR manager Madeleine Greenwood stepped back to part-time assignments. Cuevas and Greenwood shared many of the HR duties.

Working on an Associate’s degree in business administration at Indian River State College, Cuevas has a technical certificate in business management. She is a member of Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) of Martin County and the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Besides her job-related assignments, Cuevas has been involved with Helping People Succeed fundraising programs, such as the annual Taste of Success International Wine Tasting, the calendar signing events, the popular White Shirt Night and United Way Character Counts projects for the last nine years.

Helping People Succeed is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.


 
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Dec 10, 2014SCORE Association Has Significant Growth in Its 50th Year FY2014 – 10.5 Million Clients Served


SCORE which recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary has announced that it helped its clients over time exceeding 10.5 million since its founding in 1964 by offering business expertise and training to help small businesses succeed. SCORE offers in-person and online counseling and chapter workshops and on-line workshops that help aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners plan and execute strategies resulting in the success of their companies.

Both start-up and existing businesses call on SCORE as a sounding board for information and advice. In fiscal year 2014 ended September 30, 2014 SCORE provided 497,000 total services, including:

• More than 214,400 face-to-face counseling sessions.
• More than 48,900 online counseling sessions.
• More than 234,100 attendees at almost 11,800 workshops held.

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

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

In the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014, Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 served 466 new clients face-to-face & 208 new clients through email counseling. Also we held 85 workshops with 1,156 attendees. Total services were 3,066 and our total services were up 12.3% year over year!

SCORE provides no-cost, confidential business counseling with expertise in a wealth of business and business-related areas. SCORE Chapter 308 is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration and covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Glades and Okeechobee Counties on the Treasure Coast.

Please call the SCORE office at 772-489-0548 to set up an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced SCORE counselor. Also please feel free to contact the following chambers for an appointment with a SCORE counselor at their office: Indian River County Chamber (Vero Beach) at 772-567-3491; Sebastian River Area Chamber 772-589-5969; Jensen Beach Chamber 772-334-3444; Hobe Sound Chamber 772-546-4724, and St. Lucie County Chamber 772-595-9999.

Treasure Coast SCORE 308 – Professional Center, Suite 2, 3220 South US 1, Fort Pierce FL 34982
Tel. 772-489-0548 Email: score308@bellsouth.net Web Site www.treasurecoast.score.org


 
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Dec 10, 2014SCORE Association Has Significant Growth in Its 50th Year FY2014 – 10.5 Million Clients Served


SCORE which recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary has announced that it helped its clients over time exceeding 10.5 million since its founding in 1964 by offering business expertise and training to help small businesses succeed. SCORE offers in-person and online counseling and chapter workshops and on-line workshops that help aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners plan and execute strategies resulting in the success of their companies.

Both start-up and existing businesses call on SCORE as a sounding board for information and advice. In fiscal year 2014 ended September 30, 2014 SCORE provided 497,000 total services, including:

• More than 214,400 face-to-face counseling sessions.
• More than 48,900 online counseling sessions.
• More than 234,100 attendees at almost 11,800 workshops held.

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

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

In the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014, Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 served 466 new clients face-to-face & 208 new clients through email counseling. Also we held 85 workshops with 1,156 attendees. Total services were 3,066 and our total services were up 12.3% year over year!

SCORE provides no-cost, confidential business counseling with expertise in a wealth of business and business-related areas. SCORE Chapter 308 is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration and covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Glades and Okeechobee Counties on the Treasure Coast.

Please call the SCORE office at 772-489-0548 to set up an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced SCORE counselor. Also please feel free to contact the following chambers for an appointment with a SCORE counselor at their office: Indian River County Chamber (Vero Beach) at 772-567-3491; Sebastian River Area Chamber 772-589-5969; Jensen Beach Chamber 772-334-3444; Hobe Sound Chamber 772-546-4724, and St. Lucie County Chamber 772-595-9999.

Treasure Coast SCORE 308 – Professional Center, Suite 2, 3220 South US 1, Fort Pierce FL 34982
Tel. 772-489-0548 Email: score308@bellsouth.net Web Site www.treasurecoast.score.org


 
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Dec 10, 2014Unsung heroes of the workplace recognized for good character


Some people do the right thing day in and day out just because it’s the right thing to do.

United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program believes that these unsung heroes of the workplace should be recognized for their good deeds and recently honored nine people with an Employee Pillar of Character Award.

During the past 12 years, CHARACTER COUNTS! has recognized dozens of high character people for exemplifying the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

“CHARACTER COUNTS! established this awards program for employees who consistently set good examples,” said Holly Laiben, director of CHARACTER COUNTS!. “Many employees have strong work ethics and go above and beyond their job description on a daily basis without expecting or receiving adequate recognition and these awards help fill that void.”

This year, CHARACTER COUNTS! received 22 nominations from the private, public, governmental and nonprofit business community. The winners were surprised at their place of work and presented with restaurant and movie gift certificates, provided by The Firefly Group, as well as a certificate of appreciation.

2014–15 Employee Pillar of Character Award Winners:

David Cardno, MC Healthy Start Coalition / Father & Child Resource Center
Michelle Chevalier, Helping People Succeed
Andrea Greenlee, Tykes & Teens and JD Parker Elementary School
Rosamond Johnson, City of Stuart
Leslie Kandefer, Clark Advanced Learning Center
Adam Levenson, Council on Aging
Kimberly Lovetere-Goncalves, Sign Store & More
Mark Richardson, Physicians Immediate Care
Dan Wouters, Martin County Fire Rescue

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

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

Photo credits: Lisa Swyryn, United Way of Martin County.

Photo captions:

Johnson: Congratulations to Roz Johnson, City of Stuart human resources employee, for being recognized with a CHARACTER COUNTS! Employee Pillar of Character Award.This award recognizes employees who demonstrate outstanding character and work ethic. Pictured, left to right, are Dianne Pierce and Robyn Vanover of CHARACTER COUNTS!, Melissa Zolla of The Firefly Group, Linda Toppi with the City of Stuart human resources department, Johnson, Holly Laiben of CHARACTER COUNTS!, and Paul Nicoletti, Stuart City Manager.

Lovetere-Goncalves: Congratulations to Kim Lovetere-Goncalves, owner of The Sign Store & More, for being recognized with a CHARACTER COUNTS! Employee Pillar of Character Award. This award recognizes employees who demonstrate outstanding character and work ethic. Pictured, left to right, are Pete Morello, previous winner and owner of the UPS Store at Kanner Crossing, Robyn Vanover and Holly Laiben of CHARACTER COUNTS!; Lovetere-Goncalves and her husband Albert Goncalves; her brother Tom Lovetere; Wendi Berardi of United Way; and Luis Goncalves.


 
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Dec 10, 2014Boys & Girls Club member to U.S. Astronaut!

We are proud to announce that Captain Winston E. Scott will headline the 2015 Distinguished Speakers Luncheon to benefit BGCMC.

The luncheon will be held on Monday, March 2 at Sailfish Point Country Club in Stuart. Tickets are
$100 and can be purchased by calling 772.545.1255.

Thanks to support from mentors during his five years at the Boys & Girls Club in Miami, Captain Winston Scott persevered to overcome the challenges that come with a segregated education.

A graduate of Florida State University, Captain Scott joined the U.S. Navy and ultimately became a naval aviator and officer. Then in 1992, Captain Scott
began his NASA career, reporting to the Johnson
Space Center in August. Serving as a mission
specialist, he logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including three spacewalks
that amounted to 19 hours and 26 minutes.

In 2013, Captain Scott was elected to the Boys &
Girls Clubs of America Hall of Fame and today
serves as the Dean of the College of Aeronautics
at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

Join us on March 2 to hear his extraordinary story
of courage and triumph-and the impact that the
Boys & Girls Clubs have had on his life!

Please call 772.545.1255 today to purchase tickets.





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

All of our programming takes a holistic approach, ensuring Club Members are thriving in all aspects of their lives. Programming is offered in five core areas: Education & Career Development, Character & Leadership Development, Health & Life Skills, Sports, Fitness & Recreation, and The Arts. In the most recent school year, we served 1,717 registered Members. We charge just $35 a year though the total cost per Club Member is more than $1,800. And we never turn a child away for his or her family's ability to pay and 70% of Members receive full scholarships to attend the Clubs.

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

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



 
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Dec 10, 2014Officials to break ground on hybrid wetland project Dec. 17 in Palm City
Martin County Commissioners, State Legislators and

State lawmakers and officials will join the Martin County Board of County Commissioners to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Bessey Creek Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology (HWTT) project in Palm City on Wednesday, December 17. Media is invited to attend the 2:00 p.m. ceremony, which will highlight the importance of this water quality project developed by vendor Watershed Technologies LLC.

Florida Senator Joe Negron, Rich Budell, a director with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Martin County Commissioner Anne Scott are scheduled to speak at the event. A representative from Watershed Technologies LLC will also be in attendance.

The Bessey Creek HWTT project, led by Martin County's Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division and supported by the State, is designed to clean water from this basin before it reaches the St. Lucie Estuary. This project is a great example of utilizing innovative technologies to solve water quality issues in a cost effective way.

What: Bessey Creek Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Where: Off Citrus Blvd., approximately 2.1 miles north of CR 714, Palm City. (Event signs will be posted. See link to directions/map.)

When: Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 2:00 p.m.


 
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Dec 9, 2014ARC of MC Bike Fest Kickoff
In spite of rain drops, sunny smiles were in full display at The ARC of Martin County’s Kick-Off Party for its 9th Annual Treasure Coast Bike Fest. Held at Treasure Coast Toyota on November 22, a bike show, tattoo contest and live music by Turning Point kept soggy spirits high for the fun-filled afternoon . To learn more about the Bike Fest scheduled for February 7-8, 2015, call 772-283-2525 or visit http://www.treasurecoastbikefest.com/.



 
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Dec 9, 2014Sittin’ with Santa Returns to Flagler Place
Sittin’ With Santa Returns to Flagler Place on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 11am until 1pm.
This event will feature photos with the big guy himself, a light breakfast, and mimosas for the mommies! Group shots are available as well.
There is no fee to attend, however, bringing a new unwrapped toy or a $10 donation is suggested. All donations will benefit Hibiscus Children’s Center.
For questions or more information please call 772-284-3007.


 
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Dec 9, 2014State of Local Emergency in effect; erosion impacting south Hutchinson Island beaches
Martin County has declared a state of local emergency due to possible damage to the beaches from Santa Lucea beach south to the St. Lucie Inlet, including Bathtub Reef Beach. Current weather conditions are causing rough surf and wind, which erode local beaches, particularly those on the southern end of Hutchinson Island.

During the State of Local Emergency, protective measures will be taken. Martin County Engineering Department crews are currently at Bathtub Reef Beach placing sand on the beach to reinforce what is left of the dune. This will help prevent further loss of the dune and parking area. At this time, the parking area at Bathtub Reef Beach is closed to the public.

The State of Local Emergency also allows property owners to take protective measures to protect their properties from potential damage caused by erosion. Current conditions at Bathtub Reef Beach may be viewed at http://www.evsmartin.com/bathtub/.


 
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Dec 8, 2014S.P.A.M. Robotics to host FIRST® LEGO League tournament
S.P.A.M. Robotics will host its annual FIRST® LEGO League (FLL) tournament on Saturday, December 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at South Fork High School gymnasium. Two tournaments will run side-by-side with 10 teams in one division and 12 teams in the other division. Winners from both divisions will qualify to advance to regional play.

FLL teams are made up of students in grades 4 through 8 who will come from throughout South Florida as well as from the Martin County School District elementary and middle schools.

In early fall, FLL released a Challenge which is based on a real-world scientific topic. This year’s challenge, World Class—Learning Unleashed, will redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams will teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn.

Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values.

In the FLL WORLD CLASSS Project, each team was asked to:
• Choose a topic that they are passionate about or always wanted to learn.
• Create an innovative solution that improves the learning experience.
• Share their solution with others.

For more information about this year’s Challenge, see www.usfirst.org.

The Education Foundation of Martin County was instrumental in providing each elementary and middle school in the Martin County School District with the resources to sponsor a team. Three of the local schools competed last week in the “Burning for Learning” FLL qualifying tournament, also sponsored by S.P.A.M. Robotics.

S.P.A.M. Robotics is comprised of students from Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, Clark Advanced Learning Center and home schools. Each year the team designs, builds and programs a fully functional robot to compete in an athletic style event. Competitions are organized by FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a non-profit organization created by inventor Dean Kaman to motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. You can learn more about S.P.A.M. at their website, www.spamrobotics.com.

For additional information, contact Stacey Jones at 772-260-1801 or Nancy Peavler at 772-285-9249.


 
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Dec 8, 2014Holiday Open House
Join us in celebrating the holiday season with our friends, neighbors, business associates, and Chamber of Commerce members.

Holiday eggnog and other delights will be served.

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

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

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

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






P.S. With our Confident Retirement® approach and with the help of your advisor, you can create a road map to the future you want. How can we help you retire on your terms? Take the first step with The 3-Minute Confident RetirementSM check available through our website.



 
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Dec 8, 2014“Planning on making an end of year contribution to Habitat? Here are some helpful hints”

IRS End-of-Year Tax Tips
In IR-2014-110, the IRS offered tax tips for end-of-year charitable giving.

1. Household or Clothing Gifts – These items must be in good used condition or better. A donor must have a contemporaneous written acknowledgement if the gift value of similar items is $250 or more. The receipt should include a description of the gifted items. If the similar items are over $500 in value, then an appraisal is permitted and there is no specific condition requirement.

2. Gifts of Money – All gifts of money require a bank record or contemporaneous written acknowledgement. The bank record may be a cancelled check or a credit union statement. The record should show the name of the charity, the date and amount. A credit card record should indicate the charity name, the date and the transaction posting date. A payroll deduction is permitted if the employee retains a pay stub, a Form W-2 or another document provided by the employer. All gifts of $250 or more require the contemporaneous written acknowledgement.

3. Timing – Gifts at the end of the year are deductible if deposited in the U.S. mail by December 31st or delivered to the charity by that date. Credit card gifts are deductible as of the date of the charge, even if paid in the subsequent year.

4. Itemized Deductions – Most taxpayers will take the standard deduction and will not benefit from additional charitable deductions. Taxpayers who have a combination of mortgage interest, state and local taxes and charitable deductions may choose to itemize because the total is greater than their standard deduction.

5. Tax Records – For all gifts of similar items with value of $250 or more, there must be a contemporaneous written acknowledgement. Gifts of tangible personal property also require a “reasonably detailed” description.

6. Vehicles – Gifts of automobiles, boats or recreational vehicles are usually deductible at the price received by the charity in a public sale. The charity is required to provide Form 1098-C to the donor.

7. Noncash Gifts – Gifts of property over $500 require filing IRS Form 8283. Gifts of real estate and similar nonmarketable property valued over $5,000 require a qualified appraisal.


 
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Dec 8, 2014Transition Services Offered for Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Helping People Succeed is offering Life Transition Services for adults with autism spectrum disorder to help them develop independent living, employment and social skills.

Local transition specialists will work with adults, 18 years and older, to meet personal goals for living independently and fulfilling career goals with employment skills, social skills and self advocacy. The Life Transition program is organized to work individually and in small group settings to accommodate a variety of learning styles.

“Accessing the local community and career exploration along with job placement supports are an important part of our services,” said Pam Christofori, Vice President of Behavioral Health Services for Helping People Succeed. “We know that these young adults are looking for assistance that will give them a career and an expanded life style.”

Helping People Succeed kicked off its autism spectrum disorder programs three years ago, offering after-school programs for elementary, middle and high school students.

This past summer, Helping People Succeed conducted a transition program that explored career and educational opportunities after graduation. The group visited job sites and went to Florida Atlantic University for a tour of the college and its programs, plus a look at living on campus.

In October, Helping People Succeed coordinated its first Autism Program Council, consisting of community leaders and business partners to assist the non-profit organization with community needs, funding, and program development.

Registration for the new Life Transition Program is open now by calling Pam Christofori at 772.266.4334 or pchristofori@hpsfl.org. The classes are held at 320 Florida Street between Johnson Avenue and Old Dixie Highway in Stuart, Florida.

Helping People Succeed is a non-profit organization serving 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. The organization is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.



 
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Dec 8, 2014Martin County Parks and Recreation and Tykes and Teens present Disney's "Frozen!"


Kids driving you crazy? Tired of holiday shopping? Keep calm and just "Let it Go!" Join us Friday, December 19 at Indian RiverSide Park in Jensen Beach for a movie night extravaganza, as well as food trucks, arts and crafts and a sing along! Bring blankets, bring chairs, and the entire family for this free event. Field opens at 6:00 p.m., movie to begin at 7:30 p.m. Special holiday treats will be provided by the generous donation of Lively Orthodontics (while supplies last).



Martin County Parks and Recreation and Tykes and Teens present Disney's "Frozen" Dec. 19 at
Indian RiverSide Park in
Jensen Beach.

The movie night is brought to you by Martin County's Parks and Recreation Department and Tykes and Teens. Martin County's teen program is designed to keep students active and provide safe, supervised, 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 more information contact Deanna Deakins at 772-221-1430 or email ddeakins@martin.fl.us. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MyMCParks or on Twitter @MyMCParks.



 
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Dec 8, 2014Martin County Parks and Recreation and Tykes and Teens present Disney's "Frozen!"


Kids driving you crazy? Tired of holiday shopping? Keep calm and just "Let it Go!" Join us Friday, December 19 at Indian RiverSide Park in Jensen Beach for a movie night extravaganza, as well as food trucks, arts and crafts and a sing along! Bring blankets, bring chairs, and the entire family for this free event. Field opens at 6:00 p.m., movie to begin at 7:30 p.m. Special holiday treats will be provided by the generous donation of Lively Orthodontics (while supplies last).



Martin County Parks and Recreation and Tykes and Teens present Disney's "Frozen" Dec. 19 at
Indian RiverSide Park in
Jensen Beach.

The movie night is brought to you by Martin County's Parks and Recreation Department and Tykes and Teens. Martin County's teen program is designed to keep students active and provide safe, supervised, 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 more information contact Deanna Deakins at 772-221-1430 or email ddeakins@martin.fl.us. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MyMCParks or on Twitter @MyMCParks.



 
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Dec 5, 2014Register now for Martin County's citizens academy- CARES, class starts January 8!
Register now for Martin CARES, the Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series offered by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners.


During CARES, participants tour Sailfish Splash Waterpark
and learn about Martin County Parks.
Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners

Over the years, approximately 2,200 citizens have participated in this insiders' look into county government. Citizens who wish to familiarize themselves with the function and purpose of their local government are encouraged to register for Martin CARES. There is no charge to participate in the program.

In a series of sessions held over a six week period, citizens will hear presentations from all departments under the Board of County Commissioners and the County's constitutional officers. Participants will spend a day touring several Martin County schools and visiting County facilities, so plan to spend some time at a water treatment plant and the emergency operations center.

Would you want to watch planes take off and land from Martin County Airport? Or how about connecting with nature on a tour of a scenic park? If you answered yes to any of these questions, CARES is for you!

Transportation, snacks and lunch are provided. We simply ask for your attention as we look to increase our citizens' awareness and understanding of the variety of services offered by Martin County government.

For more information on Martin County CARES, log on to www.martin.fl.us and click on hot topics, or call 772-220-7129.



 
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Dec 5, 2014Florida Chamber Reports Win for Businesses in Worker's Comp Case


In a unanimous decision, the Florida Supreme Court this morning issued an opinion in the Morales v. Zenith Insurance Company case that upheld the workers' compensation system as the exclusive remedy for injured parties. A separate tort case had been filed by the claimant's estate seeking additional damages, which the Court rejected.
What does this mean for Florida's businesses? The Florida workers' compensation system remains intact and is the only means for injured employees to collect damages from an employment related injury.
Because workers' compensation is the exclusive remedy, the Supreme Court ruled that the workers' compensation exclusion bars coverage of the estate's tort judgment under the employer liability policy and the claimant could not collect the tort judgment from the workers' compensation insurer.
This decision is the first of three cases before the Florida Supreme Court, which include Castellanos v. Next Door Company, and Westphal v. St. Petersburg. The Florida Chamber of Commerce filed amicus curiae briefs along with the Florida Justice Reform Institute on these cases to advocate on behalf of the business community and decisions that won’t cause rates to be inflated by extraneous lawsuits. We will keep you up to date on the progress of these cases.

Share Your Voice:
How would increased workers’ comp rates impact your business? Let us know by contacting me at cjohnson@flchamber.com. If you haven’t already, be sure to register for the 2015 Insurance Summit, where we will continue to discuss solutions to Florida’s workers’ comp issues.


 
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Dec 5, 2014New health show on MCTV debuts, first program tackles the flu season, childhood obesity
Martin County Television (MCTV) has just launched a new series called Health Matters in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Martin County. The show's mission is to provide important health and safety information for Treasure Coast residents.

Health Matters is a new series on MCTV that provides important health and safety information for local residents.

The first episode of Health Matters covers flu season, including tips for preventing the flu. A local organic farm, dedicated to helping residents grow fresh and affordable food, is also featured.

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


 
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Dec 5, 2014Register now for Martin County's citizens academy- CARES, class starts January 8!
Register now for Martin CARES, the Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series offered by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. The next class begins on Thursday, January 8, 2015. Citizens must register in advance to participate.

During CARES, participants tour Sailfish Splash Waterpark

and learn about Martin County Parks.

Over the years, approximately 2,200 citizens have participated in this insiders' look into county government. Citizens who wish to familiarize themselves with the function and purpose of their local government are encouraged to register for Martin CARES. There is no charge to participate in the program.

In a series of sessions held over a six week period, citizens will hear presentations from all departments under the Board of County Commissioners and the County's constitutional officers. Participants will spend a day touring several Martin County schools and visiting County facilities, so plan to spend some time at a water treatment plant and the emergency operations center.

Would you want to watch planes take off and land from Martin County Airport? Or how about connecting with nature on a tour of a scenic park? If you answered yes to any of these questions, CARES is for you!


Transportation, snacks and lunch are provided. We simply ask for your attention as we look to increase our citizens' awareness and understanding of the variety of services offered by Martin County government.

For more information on Martin County CARES, log on to www.martin.fl.us and click on hot topics, or call 772-220-7129.




 
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Dec 5, 2014Public tours of historic Captain Henry Sewall's Home and Mansion at Tuckahoe are in full swing
The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting ongoing tours of the historic Mansion at Tuckahoe and Captain Sewall's Home in Indian RiverSide Park in Jensen Beach every Wednesday.

Visit the Mansion at Tuckahoe Wednesdays from 9 a.m-12 p.m.

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








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

Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners











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



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




 
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Dec 5, 2014Adoption-Interested in learning more about adoption?

Attend one of our Adoption Orientations.

This fun, casual open-house-style orientation provides an overview of adoption and answers many questions about adopting a child from foster care.

To RSVP for one of our Adoption Orientation sessions, or to learn more, call our Adoption Information Line at (772) 429-2001.

Orientation Schedule
Orientation takes places at Fort Pierce - ELC of St. Lucie County, 804 S. 6th St., Fort Pierce, FL 34950, (772) 429-2001.

November 2014
Thursday, November 20, 5:15 p.m.

December 2014
*No meeting

January 2015
Thursday, January 29, 5:15 p.m.


February 2015
Thursday, February 26, 5:15 p.m.


March 2015
Thursday, March 26, 5:15 p.m.


April 2015
Thursday, April 30, 5:15 p.m.


May 2015
Thursday, May 28, 5:15 p.m.


June 2015
Thursday, June 25, 5:15 p.m.


July 2015
Thursday, July 30, 5:15 p.m.


August 2015
Thursday, August 27, 5:15 p.m.


September 2015
Thursday, September 24,5:15 p.m.


October 2015
Thursday, October 29, 5:15 p.m.


November 2015
Thursday, November 29, 5:15 p.m.


Decemberr 2015
*No meeting

Heart Gallery of Okeechobee and the Treasure CoastVisit our Heart Gallery to glimpse into the hearts of our kids waiting for a place to call home. Or, host the Heart Gallery at your place of business or worship and help introduce our community to children who long to join forever families. Call (772) 429-2001 or email Frank.Avilla@chsfl.org if you'd like to host an upcoming Heart Gallery exhibit.

Get to know our kids available for adoption now or visit the local business that's currently displaying the beautiful portraits of our kids in the Heart Gallery.

Upcoming exhibits:
November 13 - December 19
Indian River County Administration Building, 1801 27th Street, Vero Beach

December 19, 2014 - January 30, 2015
Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart

January 30, 2015 - March 13, 2015
Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

March 13, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Indian River State College, 2229 NW 9th Ave., Okeechobee

Have you already adopted a child?
Looking to connect with other parents? Join our Adoptive Parent Support Group.
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Dec 5, 2014MARTIN METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION - BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE VACANCIES
The Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). The Committee makes recommendations to the Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board regarding transportation planning issues and needs related to bicycle and pedestrian issues, including the implementation of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan.
All volunteers must reside within Martin County. The following positions are currently available.
i. A representative appointed by the MPO Administrator with the intent of representing the bicycling community.
ii. A representative appointed by the MPO Administrator who is the parent of a school aged child.
iii. A representative appointed by the Town of Sewall's Point.
iv. A representative appointed by Board of County Commissioner; District 3.

The BPAC meets every other month or as needed to provide public input on all bicycle and pedestrian matters prior to MPO action. Members are expected to attend each and every meeting of the committee. If a member is absent from 3 meetings within a 12 month period, said member is automatically removed from the committee but may apply for reappointment.

All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization by January 9, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization at 772-320-3015 or send email to mdekle@martin.fl.us.




 
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Dec 5, 2014United Way Honors Major Donors


United Way of Martin County recently honored members of the Keel Club, Tocqueville Society and United Way Foundation Legacy Society with a lunch at Bonefish Grill in Stuart. The luncheon was sponsored for the sixth year in a row by Gary Lesser of Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith.

Jim Vojcsik, CEO of United Way of Martin County, welcomed guests and shared United Way’s six strategic plan goals for the next five years: ending hunger; ensuring safety; improving people's health; helping create job opportunities; helping provide solid education for all; and strengthening families.

During the lunch meeting, Amy Albury, chairman of the Education Strategic Task Force, shared the success of the Summer Reading Slide program, a United Way-funded program held during the summer of 2014 that aimed to ensure that 400 at-risk children maintained or improved their reading skills over the summer months.

Campaign chair Crystal Stiles announced exciting news that United Way is off to a great start toward the 2014-15 campaign goal of raising $2.5 million. United Way partners with 46 local nonprofit agencies that help implement programs for the six strategic priority areas.

United Way of Martin County is determined to improve lives and lift the community through its six priority areas. For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call 772-283-4800.


 
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Dec 4, 2014EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF INDIAN RIVER, MARTIN AND OKEECHOBEE COUNTIES SEEKS PRIVATE SECTOR MEMBERSHIP FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Martin County (December 3, 2014) ‐ The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee
Counties is seeking candidates to fill private‐sector member positions representing Martin County, on its
Board of Directors. Candidates must reside in Florida and be one of the following individuals associated with
a private‐sector business entity conducting business in Martin County:
• An owner having at least a 10% ownership interest in the business entity;
• The CEO or COO of the business entity;
• A business executive or employee of the business entity who is at the management level or higher with
optimum policy making or hiring authority; or
• An individual who previously met one of the criteria aforementioned, but is retired from the business
entity. The candidate (or candidate's relative) must not be a childcare business owner or employee.
Candidates must have:
• Several years of executive leadership experience;
• A deep passion for early childhood education;
• Understanding and commitment to the organization’s mission;
• Ability to commit time to the organization;
• Community involvement and engagement.
Please contact Loretta Toth at (772) 223‐3832 for an application, or visit our website, www.elcirmo.org and
click on Board of Director's on the homepage.
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Dec 4, 2014United Way updates
Donate a Bike with the Virtual Bike Ride - deadline is Dec. 13!
Please give online -- only $50 gets a bike and helmet for a less fortunate child in Martin County, to be distributed through the White Doves Holiday Project.
1. REGISTER
Visit MartinVolunteers.org and click #ZLGWhiteDovesRide.
2. DONATE
Purchase a bike and helmet by making a donation of $50.
3. RIDE
Take a family bike ride between now and December 13.
4. SHARE!
Post a photo of your ride using #ZLGWhiteDovesRide for a chance to win great prizes!
Give now to the
Virtual Bike Ride >> https://www.unitedwaymartincounty.org/p/190/zlgwhitedovesride


Volunteers for the White Doves Holiday Project and Toys for Tots enjoyed breakfast and were trained this week on how to set up and distribute toys!

United Way of Martin County's 2013-14 Community Impact Report includes updates on our strategic priority areas, the breakdown of our most successful annual campaign ever, and more!


Enormous yard sale raises $2,300 for United Way!

The recent enormous yard sale at Martin County High School brought in $2,300 for United Way of Martin County's 2014-15 campaign! More than 130 tables were utilized to sell items! Thank you to all who organized, participated and came to shop!

Thank you to our major donors and
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith

Thank you to Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith for sponsoring an appreciation lunch at Bonefish Grill recently to thank members of the Keel Club, Tocqueville Society, and United Way Foundation Legacy Society.

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Dec 4, 2014Boardwalk at Peck Lake Park closing for renovations
The boardwalk at Peck Lake Park will be closed for maintenance starting Monday, December 8, 2014 until Friday, May 1, 2015. The boardwalk will receive deck and railing replacements. In addition, sidewalk improvements and accessibility upgrades will be made. Pavilions 4 and 5 will be closed during this time as well. All other facilities at the park will be open. Peck Lake Park is located at 8108 SE Gomez Ave. in Hobe Sound. For questions about this project, please contact Kevin Landry, Park Planner and Development Administrator, at 772-288-5927 or klandry@martin.fl.us.


 
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Dec 3, 2014Department of Agriculture Wants State to Reject Bad Martin County Sewage Amendment
By: Nancy Smith | Posted: December 3, 2014 3:55 AM

Martin County, among the Florida counties that suffered most from toxic water pollution in the St. Lucie estuary and Indian River Lagoon in 2013, has rewritten part of its comprehensive plan to encourage not less, but more river pollution, according a Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services analysis.

The department finds that unacceptable.

For that and other reasons embedded in statute, Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam's department has recommended the Department of Economic Opportunity reject Martin County's comp plan amendment dealing with onsite treatment and disposal of sewage (proposed policy amendments 10.2A.8 and 10.1C.9).

"... We are perplexed," admitted Ag Senior Management Analyst Stormie Knight in a Dec. 1 letter to Roger Baltz at Martin County Community Development. (See Knight's letter in the attachment below this story.)

A recommendation to reject an amendment in any county's comprehensive plan is rare indeed. In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott -- of a mind to cut regulations that thwart economic development in Florida -- dismantled the Department of Community Affairs, and since then plans reviewed by the DEO mostly have been rubber-stamped.

Knight's letter said of Martin's proposed Chapter 10 rewrite, "The tandem of policies that limit the size of OSTDS (onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems) to less than 2,000 gpd while at the same time prohibiting the extension of central sewer services to rural areas will have the effect of increasing the number of septic systems in a vulnerable region of the state where the Department of Environmental Protection and the state legislature are pursuing programs to decrease the number of OSTDS and expand central sewer systems."

In other words, Martin decided to swim against the tide of state policy for cleaning up waterways.

Knight's letter won't come as a surprise to Jesse Panuccio. During an interview in February, when asked about the controversial comp plan rewrites in Martin County, the DEO executive director told Sunshine State News, "Oh, yes, we're fully aware of what's going on down there. I've seen the complaints and the litigation, but I just don't think our department needs to get involved at this point. ... We're watching it."

Besides pointing out the danger to state water resources, Knight also says "proposed policy amendments 10.2A.8 and 10.1C.9, in combination, will arbitrarily restrict agricultural land uses and the Right to Farm Act."

The letter claims if the amendment is approved, "... many essential agricultural activities such as providing farm worker housing, restroom and food preparation facilities, and agricultural product processing facilities will be impossible to sustain."

It further states, "In addition, by prohibiting the extension of regional wastewater collection facilities associated with central sewer infrastructure within the secondary urban service area ... Martin County is unreasonably adversely affecting and limiting agricultural operation."

Martin commissioners shredded Chapter 10 of the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan as a result of a directive from former county commissioner Maggy Hurchalla, who in the last few years has redrafted many of the plan's amendments related to growth.

Residents who oppose the revised Chapter 10 say Hurchalla was looking not to eliminate septic tanks along the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers, but to slow growth. The new Chapter 10 does not address septic tanks leaking sewage into groundwater and/or affecting water quality in the coasal county's waterways. Instead, it calls for the elimination of the kind of septic tanks that have never been installed in the county. They "will effectively end the chance of creating agri-tourism opportunities for our farmers, which require a larger septic system than the proposed 2,000-gallon tank limit," they say.

Opponents of revised Chapter 10, as the Florida Department of Agriculture, shudder at the idea that commissioners want to prohibit the extension of sewer lines in the secondary urban services districts, identified as the places for future county growth.

Commissioners also want to stop sewer lines from Palm Beach County serving Martin County properties at the headwaters of the Loxahatchee River, one of few remaining rivers designated "Wild and Scenic." Part of the Loxahatchee has been documented to contain high levels of both coliform and enterococcus bacteria -- or, fecal matter. (See letters from the Loxahatchee River District, attached below, which Martin commissioners largely ignored.)

"Deny sewer lines, stop growth -- that's apparently the idea," says South Martin County resident Audrey Prine. "But it puts us, our water supply and our rivers at great risk. I don't know what our commission was thinking."

Martin Commissioners met Tuesday but did not publicly discuss how they will respond to Knight's letter.

Reach Nancy Smith at nsmith@sunshinestatenews.com or at 228-282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith



 
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Dec 3, 2014FAU Receives Largest Gift in University's History
We are pleased to announce that today FAU received a gift of $16 million from the Schmidt Family Foundation, the largest single gift in Florida Atlantic’s history. The Schmidt Family Foundation’s generosity will help create a national model of academic excellence in athletics to attract the nation’s top coaches and student athletes to FAU.

The Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence, which will be constructed adjacent to FAU Stadium, will play a central role in elevating FAU’s academic standing and will benefit students in all academic programs, including those not associated with athletics. In addition to a student-athlete academic and leadership center, the state-of-the-art facilities may include strength and conditioning, sports medicine, and health and wellness centers, and an indoor training facility.

This initiative exemplifies FAU’s drive to enhance its stature and visibility nationally and internationally.

The Schmidt Family Foundation has shown a far-reaching, visionary commitment to FAU’s continued growth. Other major gifts from the Schmidt Family Foundation have benefited the colleges of Arts and Letters, Science, Medicine, Nursing, and Engineering and Computer Science.

Many thanks to Dick and Barb Schmidt and the Schmidt Family Foundation
for this most generous investment in the future of FAU.

Go Owls!


 
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Dec 3, 2014Martin County Board of County Commissioners
Dear community member,

The Indiantown Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) meeting is on Wednesday, December 10 at 4:00pm. This meeting will begin earlier then the typical meeting time.

The meeting will take place at the Indiantown Civic Center located at 15675 SW Osceola St. in Indiantown.

Remember that NAC meetings are open to the public and community participation is encouraged.

To see the agenda of this meeting please go to:

http://www.martin.fl.us/documents2010/meeting_docs/cdd/2015/2014-12-10-Indiantown%20Neighborhood%20Advisory%20Committee.pdf


 
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Dec 3, 2014United Way honors major donors
United Way of Martin County recently honored members of the Keel Club, Tocqueville Society and United Way Foundation Legacy Society with a lunch at Bonefish Grill in Stuart. Members of these groups give more than $1,000 each year to the United Way capital campaign.

The luncheon was sponsored for the sixth year in a row by Gary Lesser of Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith.

Jim Vojcsik, CEO of United Way of Martin County, welcomed guests and shared United Way’s six strategic plan goals for the next five years: ending hunger; ensuring safety; improving people's health; helping create job opportunities; helping provide solid education for all; and strengthening families.

Campaign chair Crystal Stiles, Economic Development Project Manager at Florida Power & Light, announced exciting news that United Way is off to a great start toward 2014-15 campaign goal of raising $2.5 million. This funding will be distributed to 46 local nonprofit agencies and priority programs that meet United Way’s six strategic priority areas.

During the lunch meeting, Amy Albury, Director Environmental Relations & Sustainability at Florida Power & Light, shared the success of the Summer Reading Slide program, a United Way-funded program held during the summer of 2014 that aimed to ensure that 400 at-risk children maintained or improved their reading skills over the summer months.

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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Dec 3, 20142014 Year-End Charitable Contributions Tips
2014 Year-End Charitable Contributions Tips:


In a news release (IR 2014-110), IRS has reminded individuals and businesses making year-end charitable contributions of several important tax law provisions and general substantiation requirements that they should keep in mind.

Rules for clothing and household items. To be deductible, clothing and household items donated to charity must be in good used condition or better. A clothing or household item (e.g., furniture, furnishings, electronics, appliances, and linens) for which a taxpayer claims a deduction of over $500 does not have to meet this standard if the taxpayer includes a qualified appraisal of the item with the return. Donors must get a written acknowledgment from the charity for all gifts worth $250 or more, that includes, among other things, a description of the items contributed.

Guidelines for monetary donations. To deduct any charitable donation of money, regardless of amount, a taxpayer must have a bank record or a written communication from the charity showing the name of the charity and the date and amount of the contribution. Bank records include canceled checks, bank or credit union statements, and credit card statements. Bank or credit union statements should show the name of the charity, the date, and the amount paid. Credit card statements should show the name of the charity, the date, and the transaction posting date.

Donations of money include those made in cash or by check, electronic funds transfer, credit card, and payroll deduction. For payroll deductions, the taxpayer should retain a pay stub, a Form W-2 wage statement, or other document furnished by the employer showing the total amount withheld for charity, along with the pledge card showing the name of the charity.

These requirements for monetary donations do not change or alter the long-standing requirement that a taxpayer obtain an acknowledgment from a charity for each deductible donation (either money or property) of $250 or more. However, one statement containing all of the required information may meet the requirements of both provisions.

Other IRS charitable giving reminders. To help taxpayers plan their holiday-season and year-end giving, IRS offered these additional reminders:

• Contributions are deductible in the year made. Thus, donations charged to a credit card before the end of the year count for 2014 even if the credit card bill isn't paid until next year, and checks count for 2014 as long as they are mailed before the end of the year.

• Only donations to qualified organizations are tax-deductible. IRS maintains a searchable online database (Exempt Organization Select Check, available at www.irs.gov by clicking "Tools") listing most organizations that are eligible to receive deductible contributions. In addition, churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and government agencies are eligible to receive deductible donations, even though they often are not listed in the database.

• For individuals, only taxpayers who itemize their deductions on Form 1040 Schedule A can claim deductions for charitable contributions. Thus, individuals who choose the standard deduction, including anyone who files a short form (i.e., Form 1040A or 1040EZ), are ineligible to claim the deduction.

• For all donations of property, including clothing and household items, the taxpayer should get from the charity, if possible, a receipt that includes the name of the charity, date of the contribution, and a reasonably-detailed description of the donated property. If a donation is left at a charity's unattended drop site, the taxpayer should keep a written record of the donation that includes this information, as well as the fair market value of the property at the time of the donation and the method used to determine that value.

• The deduction for a car, boat or airplane donated to charity is usually limited to the gross proceeds from its sale. This rule applies if the claimed value is more than $500. Form 1098-C, or a similar statement, must be provided to the donor by the organization and attached to the donor's tax return.

• If the amount of a taxpayer's deduction for all noncash contributions is over $500, a properly-completed Form 8283 must be submitted with the tax return.

Sincerely,

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


 
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Dec 3, 2014Martin County receives draft management plan for St. Lucie Inlet
Today the Martin County Board of County Commissioners received the first draft of the updated Inlet Management Plan (IMP) from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). This update was developed using many years of data that was meticulously collected by Martin County and other partners. The data provides for a better understanding of how sand travels, both north and south, along our coast as well as the impacts of man-made structures, waves and tidal currents on that process.

The original IMP was developed by the State of Florida in 1995 as part of their statewide comprehensive beach management plan. The intent was to evaluate each of the state's improved or modified inlets to determine the extent of erosion and recommend corrective measures to mitigate beach erosion. The state statutes that govern Inlet Management Plans have changed over the years making this update necessary.

Upon initial review of the draft IMP, Martin County staff has identified issues with some of the sand volume calculations, limitations where sand can be collected and timing for sand placement on beaches. Some of the requirements appear to be unrealistic for the County to achieve without creating an unnecessary burden on taxpayers. The draft also includes other provisions that may be unattainable based on the unpredictability of Mother Nature. The draft language, if left as is, may also expose Martin County to potential litigation and will put at risk future grant opportunities.

After all parties have had a chance to review the draft, meetings will be conducted with community partners including the City of Stuart, the Town of Jupiter Island, Sailfish Point, Loblolly and other stakeholders. Comments and questions will then be shared with FDEP officials, with the goal of finalizing the IMP during the first quarter of 2015.

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. On an incoming tide, the inlet infuses the estuary with salt water creating an environment that supports the richest and most diverse estuary in North America.

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.

Martin County is committed to ensuring the St. Lucie Inlet is properly managed and maintained for the benefit of the entire community. When finalized, IMP will help guide the County to make the best decisions possible for the environmental and economic wellbeing of the Inlet.


 
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Dec 2, 2014Sailfish Splash WaterBARK goes to the dogs!
On Saturday, December 6, dogs will wade, slosh and dash in the interactive splash playground of Sailfish Splash Waterpark at the inaugural "Santa Paws Holiday POOCH PLUNGE" to benefit the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and the House of Hope of Stuart.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Forty-five minute sessions will start at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. An owner may enter their dog in a session by providing a $10 donation to the Humane Society or a new unwrapped gift for a local child in need, and proof of current rabies vaccination.

"We are very grateful to be partnering with Martin County Parks & Recreation and our friends at House of Hope on this inaugural event," said Frank Valente, President, CEO, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. "We are always looking for ways to bring people and their pets together in a great social atmosphere, and the Santa Paws Pooch Plunge will be fun and also benefit the animals and kids! It doesn't get better than that!"

The event, for dogs only (sorry cats), also will feature photos with Santa, food trucks, face painting, a 50/50 raffle, music, a special discount on Waterpark 2015 season passes and more.

"We delight in the opportunity to help the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast with a novel and entertaining event for dog lovers of the Treasure Coast," explained Craig Jon Anderson, Marketing Coordinator, Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation.

Additional details include: a.) Owners must present evidence of current rabies vaccination. b.) One dog per minder. c.) Minders must clean up after their dogs. d.) Leashes are required at all times except in the play area during a session. e.) Maximum leash length is six (6) feet. f.) NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES.

Finally, please leave dogs home that are younger than three (3) months of age, in heat, aggressive or overly timid.



 
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Dec 2, 2014The Spirit of Giving from the Law Office of Laws Scott & Gillespie, PLLC The Spirit of Giving from the Law Office of Laws Scott & Gillespie, PLLC
Jean Laws-Scott and Phyllis Gillespie, principals in The Law Office of Laws-Scott & Gillespie, PLLC, located in Stuart, are partnering with the Kane Center-Council on Aging Of Martin County to spread a little Christmas cheer to local senior citizens in need.
They are seeking donations of the following items:
Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, deodorant,T ylenol, Advil, cold medicine, blankets, sweaters, cardigans, towels, stationery, stamps, adult diapers, wipes, laundry detergent, fabric softener, small games, puzzles, puzzle games, and similar items.
Help them reach their goal to provide gifts to 250 senior citizens in Martin County. Drop-off deadline is December 18 at the Law Offices of Laws-Scott & Gillespie at 872 Colorado Avenue in Stuart. For information, call (772 )600-5875 or visit www.lawsscottgillespie.com.


 
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Dec 2, 2014Treasure Coast Provisions Receives Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist Award
A great friend of The ARC of Martin County received the prestigious Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist Award at the 20th Annual Treasure Coast National Philanthropy Day celebration. Frank Flora, president of Treasure Coast Provisions, supports The ARC and other non-profits with personal contributions of time, treasure and talent, as well as encouraging his employees and staff to do so.

 
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Dec 2, 2014The Spirit of Giving from the Law Office of Laws Scott & Gillespie, PLLC
Jean Laws-Scott and Phyllis Gillespie, principals in The Law Office of Laws-Scott & Gillespie, PLLC, located in Stuart, are partnering with the Kane Center-Council on Aging Of Martin County to spread a little Christmas cheer to local senior citizens in need.
They are seeking donations of the following items:
Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, deodorant,T ylenol, Advil, cold medicine, blankets, sweaters, cardigans, towels, stationery, stamps, adult diapers, wipes, laundry detergent, fabric softener, small games, puzzles, puzzle games, and similar items.
Help them reach their goal to provide gifts to 250 senior citizens in Martin County. Drop-off deadline is December 18 at the Law Offices of Laws-Scott & Gillespie at 872 Colorado Avenue in Stuart. For information, call (772 )600-5875 or visit www.lawsscottgillespie.com.


 
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Dec 2, 2014Double Your Impact - Double Their HOPE!
#GivingTuesday gifts to TCFB will be matched up to $20,000!

#GivingTuesday is less than 24 hours away! Treasure Coast Food Bank invites you to take action in the fight against hunger by participating with an online donation
tomorrow, December 2. In case you missed the announcement, an anonymous donor has generously offered to match #GivingTuesday donations up to $20,000. These funds will stay right here in our community, assisting the Treasure Coast Food Bank in its service to over 100,000 individuals that are struggling to put food on their table, including nearly 35,000 children and 12,000 seniors.

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

With a grateful heart,



 
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Dec 2, 2014HOBE SOUND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHRISTMAS PARADE ROAD CLOSURE
On Saturday, December 6, 2014, the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce will host their Christmas Parade. The following roads will be closed to traffic between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.:

CR-A1A (Dixie Hwy) from SR-5 (US-1) north to CR-708 (Bridge Rd),
CR-708 (Bridge Rd) from CR-A1A (Dixie Hwy) west to SE Hercules Ave,
SE Hercules Ave from CR-708 (Bridge Rd) south to SE Olympus St.,
SE Olympus St from SE Hercules east to SE Venus St.,
SE Venus St north to Zeus Park Circle.

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


 
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Dec 2, 2014INDIANTOWN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHRISTMAS PARADE ROAD CLOSURE
On Saturday, December 6, 2014, the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce will host their Christmas Parade. The following roads will be closed to traffic between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.:

The parade will begin at Big Mound Park.
SW Yalaha St. from SW Indianmound Dr. to SW Jackson Ave.,
SW Jackson Ave. from SW Yalaha St. to SW Osceola St.,
SW Osceola St. from SW Jackson Ave. to SW Washington Ave.,
SW Washington Ave. from SW Osceola St. to Post Family Park.

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


 
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Dec 2, 2014Re-Introducing Certified
Serving Martin and St Lucie Counties for over 40 years May’s Certified Services, is the premier water extraction company providing 24 hour, 365 day service availability. We use state of the art equipment to accomplish quick and efficient services. Certified Services bases it business philosophy on exceeding the customer’s expectations in quality of service and price. We work within the insurance industry pricing guidelines and provide invoicing for the customer, should they wish to file an insurance claim. We have been here for over 40 years and built our business on doing the right thing for the customer. We plan to be here for the next 40 years and are here to build relationships and continue our commitment to the community.
Please call us for water extraction and floor cleaning needs.
We are at your service.
Phone: 772-334-4156
Email: infor@certifiedemergencyservice.com
Website: Certifiedemergencyservice.com
Facebook: facebook.com/certifiedemergencyservice

 
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Dec 2, 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, December 19, 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
• Citizen 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.



 
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Dec 1, 2014Various Board & Committee Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the following committees. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, December 19, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 772.288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
Construction Industry Licensing Board
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness Committee
Industrial Development Authority
Rio Neighborhood Advisory Committee

Check out each of the Information Releases to find out more about these committees and the qualifications needed for new members.
Martin County News


 
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Dec 1, 2014CR-714 (SW MARTIN HIGHWAY) INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Monday, December 1, 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 west of SW Mapp Road 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 Friday, December 5, 2014. Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.


 
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Dec 1, 2014Sailfish Splash Waterpark 2015 season passes go on sale Black Friday through Cyber Monday at 25% off newly reduced prices
At 12:01 a.m., Friday, November 28 season passes to Sailfish Splash Waterpark will go on sale online at 25 percent off. In addition, the Waterpark has reduced the list prices of 2015 season passes by five (5) dollars.

 
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Dec 1, 2014House of Hope celebrating grand opening, Giving Tuesday
House of Hope is taking advantage of a new national movement -- #GivingTuesday -- to celebrate the grand opening of its new Stuart thrift store.

The grand opening will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2 at House of Hope's new Stuart thrift store, 2529 S.E. Federal Hwy.

The event will offer refreshments and special prize drawings to customers and donors. All House of Hope locations – Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach -- will offer thrift store discounts for people who donate nonperishable food items for the agency’s food pantry.

Giving Tuesday has been developed to inspire people to give to charities and causes they support. It reminds people about the spirit of the season in that post-Thanksgiving series of days -- Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday – that have become synonymous with holiday shopping.

At House of Hope thrift stores, shopping is just another way of giving, because all donations and purchases support the programs offered by House of Hope.

The agency touches the lives of more than 5,000 Martin County residents each month with services that include food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, information &referral, and case management services that help people work toward greater stability in their lives.

The new store opened Oct. 16, starting with House of Hope’s annual holiday thrift store. Throughout November, the full thrift store gradually moved from Dixie Highway and now offers furniture, clothing, home décor, books, linens 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.

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


 
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Dec 1, 2014Holiday Happiness Lights Up The Season At Helping People Succeed


From lighted holiday trees, a snow village, and carnival decorations to trains and a wall of Santas, Helping People Succeed rolls out the red carpet to welcome the Treasure Coast community to its annual Holiday Happiness, celebrating the season with two floors of decorations.

Between December 1, 2014 and January 9, 2015, visitors will view holiday scenes in offices, meeting rooms, the lobby and outside as they approach Helping People Succeed offices at 1100 SE Federal Hwy in Stuart.

Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tours will be available with Helping People Succeed staff members. Two Open House events are planned for Saturday, December 13 and Saturday, December 20, both between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Evening Open House events are Wednesdays, December 10 and December 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. Private tours are available by appointment.

Guests are asked to bring canned goods, toys and clothing for families served by Helping People Succeed, a non-profit organization that provides programs and services for children and families and adults with disabilities. The non-profit organization serves more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.

For additional information on times and dates, contact Lynn Austin at 772.320.0773. The offices will be closed for holidays on December 25 and 26, 2014 and on January 1 and 2, 2015.


 
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Dec 1, 2014St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant To Conduct Quarterly Siren Test Dec. 4
Martin County's Emergency Management Agency, St. Lucie County's Department of Public Safety and Communications and Florida Power & Light (FPL) Company will conduct quarterly testing of the outdoor warning sirens for the St. Lucie nuclear power on Thursday, Dec. 4 at noon.
The test will involve a one-minute sounding of all 90 sirens within the 10-mile St. Lucie plant emergency planning zone. Before and after the sirens sound, a message will be broadcast on the sirens' public-address system stating, "This is only a test."
FPL, 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 St. Lucie's emergency plan, please visit the following web site: http://www.fpl.com/environment/nuclear/emergency_preparedness.shtml.


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

Program Highlighting Locally Owned Businesses on Black Friday

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


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

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

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



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

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


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

PBBE Awarded Grant for Polar Bear Research

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

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


Give the Gift that Supports HBOI Lagoon Research

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


 
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Nov 26, 2014December 2014 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for December 2014. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
December 2, 9 & 16, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The December 16 meeting will include Comprehensive Plan Amendments (2nd Set Adoption).
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS
December 1, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
December 17, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
December 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
December 15, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

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

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

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

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


 
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Nov 26, 2014Pooches to take the plunge at Sailfish Splash Waterpark
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and Sailfish Splash Waterpark are joining forces to create a new event — Santa Paws Holiday Pooch Plunge. Dogs will literally have the opportunity to make a splash at this fun-filled affair when they dive into the pool. The fun will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 6, at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke Street, in Stuart. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
Open to the public, admission is $10 or a new, unwrapped gift for a local child in need. Proceeds will benefit the HSTC’s shelter animals and the House of Hope will gather the toys and distribute them. This new event will feature pictures with Santa, food trucks, face painting, music, a 50/50 raffle and more. Swimming sessions will take place from 11-11:45 a.m., noon-12:45 p.m., 1-1:45 p.m., and 2-2:45 p.m.
The only animals allowed are dogs, which must be at least three months old. Aggressive or overly timid dogs, as well as those in heat, should be left at home. Vaccinations must be current, including rabies licensing. Other than when they’re in the pool, dogs must be leashed (maximum length six feet and no retractable leashes). Owners also must clean up after their dogs.
For more information, call Courtney Zanetti at (772) 600-3211.
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs, dynamic humane education services, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no animal is turned away for any reason because the HSTC believes that is the humane thing to do. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822.


 
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Nov 26, 2014Shop Local |Shop Smart to Give Away Reusable Shopping Bags at “Christmas on Main Street” Tree Lighting Festival in Downtown Stuart
Downtown Stuart’s Shop Local Program, Shop Local | Shop Smart will highlight the benefits of shopping local by giving away reusable shopping bags at Christmas on Main Street, Stuart’s downtown Christmas tree lighting festival, Friday, November 28 from 4-7 pm. The festival falls on Black Friday, the first day of the traditional Christmas shopping season.
“Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the holidays and the start of ‘season’ for our downtown merchants,” explained Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency Administrator, Teresa Lamar-Sarno. “So it’s an excellent time to highlight the benefits of shopping locally.” 500 shopping bags will be given away along with inserts explaining the benefits of patronizing local businesses.
“Supporting local stores, restaurants, and services doesn’t just keep more money in the local economy, it’s also good for tourism, the environment, and the community.” explains Patty O’Connell of the Downtown Business Association. “For example, small businesses give more than twice as much to non-profit groups as big businesses, so when you support a local business you are helping them to help others.”
Shop Local | Shop Smart is a joint effort by the Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency, Downtown Business Association of Stuart, and Stuart Main Street. Launched in 2013, the awareness campaign is intended to educate shoppers about the benefits of shopping and dining at locally owned brick-and-mortar businesses. The educational program uses local media, social media, and in store materials to highlight benefits to the local community and economy.
The City of Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency was created in 1986 to eliminate slum and blighted conditions in its communities and re-established and expanded in 1998 and 2002. The CRA is directed by the Community Redevelopment Board (CRB) and implements the objectives, programs, and projects defined in the CRA Plan adopted by the City of Stuart in August 2002. The CRB meets the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, please visit www.cityofstuart.us.
The Stuart Downtown Business Association (DBA) formed to market the shops, galleries, restaurants, and professional businesses of Stuart’s Historic Downtown and the surrounding areas. The group advocates for business owners and promotes a positive image of the downtown business district as a unique alternative to “cookie cutter” mall shopping through marketing, events, and other promotions. The DBA meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, visit www.historicdowntownstuart.com.
Stuart Main Street is a preservation-based program dedicated to building a healthy, vital downtown area through community self-reliance and a focus on the downtown’s traditional assets: personal service, local ownership, unique architecture, and sense of community. Formed in 1987, the group follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach® as established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center and practiced in over 1600 communities across the country. Stuart Main Street meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, visit stuartmainstreet.org or call 772-286-2848.
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Nov 26, 2014Spectacular Martin County sunrise featured in FAC's 2015 Calendar
Martin County is proud to be a "Calendar County", included in the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) 2015 Calendar: Sunrises & Sunsets. The photograph of a sunrise over a small lake off Citrus Boulevard in Palm City was taken by Phil Owen, with the County's Growth Management Department. Owen's photo is featured on the September 2015 page.

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Holiday eggnog and other delights will be served.

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

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

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

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


 
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Nov 25, 20142015 BCC holiday schedule
See attached

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


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


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

Mailed payments MUST be postmarked in November.

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


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

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

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

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

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

Please remember to keep safe this holiday season!

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

Making a Difference!

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

The Big Heart Brigade

House of Hope

Treasure Coast Food Bank


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


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

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

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

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




 
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Nov 25, 2014#GivingTuesday is December 2!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving,






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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEE ATTACHED

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

--The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County



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

All of our programming takes a holistic approach, ensuring Club Members are thriving in all aspects of their lives. Programming is offered in five core areas: Education & Career Development, Character & Leadership Development, Health & Life Skills, Sports, Fitness & Recreation, and The Arts. In the most recent school year, we served 1,717 registered Members. We charge just $35 a year though the total cost per Club Member is more than $1,800. And we never turn a child away for his or her family's ability to pay and 70% of Members receive full scholarships to attend the Clubs.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The not-for-profit Council on Aging of Martin County provides programs that help seniors live independently in their own homes, including: Meals on Wheels, Kane Cuisine, an adult day program, senior-focused primary medical care, care management and caregiver support. The Council, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014, is the longest standing organization in the county dedicated to serving our senior population.

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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






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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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




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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The new site is scheduled to be launched in 2015.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


 
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