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Jul 24, 2014FAU Harbor Branch Researchers to Conduct First-Ever Study of Vibrio Bacteria in the Indian River Lagoon
Scientists Working to Understand How Freshwater Discharges Affect Pathogens

Pathogenic bacteria of the genus Vibrio cause an estimated 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths each year in the United States, and scientists at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) have documented the presence of these bacteria in the Indian River Lagoon—providing the impetus for a recently-launched study that aims to determine areas of concern and educate the public about potential hazards.
The research is the subject of FAU graduate student Gabby Barbarite’s Ph.D. dissertation and is being conducted under the guidance of research professor Peter McCarthy, Ph.D., of HBOI’s Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology program.
“The Lagoon is not only ecologically important, but it is also a great area for aquatic activities like boating and fishing,” said Barbarite. “This study will help us understand the distribution of these pathogens and the sources that they are associated with, in order to make everyone’s time spent on the water as enjoyable and safe as possible.”
Though these bacteria are natural inhabitants of warm coastal waters, anthropogenic events, like freshwater discharge can alter their distribution and abundance. This study will not only provide new information about their local presence but also establish a monitoring baseline to reference after such events.
The study is screening sediment, oysters and finfish from recreational areas. Preliminary findings confirm that these bacteria are present throughout the Lagoon, and that their abundance differs by location mainly due to water parameters. Sampling will continue throughout the year to determine seasonal fluxes.
“It is likely that these bacteria have always been in the Lagoon system, we’re just the first to specifically look for them,” said Peter McCarthy, Ph.D. “This is a part of a larger study which is looking at the health impacts of bacteria both in terms of how the bacteria impact human health and how we might impact the health of the Lagoon through pollution.”
While it is important for local Lagoon users to be aware of these hazards, experts say it is not a cause for alarm, as severe infections are mostly limited to immune-compromised individuals. Risk of infection can be reduced by properly disinfecting and avoiding exposure of wounds as well as by using caution when handling and consuming seafood.
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Jul 24, 2014MARINE BANK & TRUST COMPANY ANNOUNCES POSITIVE 2014 SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS AND SIX CONSECUTIVE PROFITABLE QUARTERS
Marine Bank & Trust Company has just announced a strong positive trend in earnings, an additional reduction in non-performing assets, asset growth and six consecutive quarters of profitability.


1st quarter earnings 2013 $173,284
2014 $56,969

2nd quarter earnings 2013 $283,203
2014 $171,206

1st 6 months earnings 2013 $456,487
2014 $228,175


The bank has experienced asset growth year over year with $151 million in total assets as of June 30, 2014 compared to $140 million as of June 30, 2013.

The bank also reported a $500,000 decrease in non-performing assets as compared to June 2013. Non-performing assets for the second quarter 2014 were $1.24 million or .82% of total assets, compared to $1.74 million or 1.24% of total assets for the second quarter 2013. This $.5 million reduction was a result of the continued focus on the sale of bank owned properties and working with borrowers to sell their properties before foreclosure. Real estate owned (REO) was reduced by 70% from $830 thousand for the second 2013 to $250 thousand for the second quarter 2014.

In January 2014, Marine Bank & Trust completed a successful $3.3 million capital raise that positions the bank for growth. The Bank is “Well Capitalized” per the regulatory guidelines; tier 1 capital ratio as of June 30, 2014 was 8.25% and total risk-based capital ratio was 14.20%. The capital ratios exceed the regulatory requirements.

“Our positive 2014 six-month earnings results are a continuation of the improvements we experienced in 2013,” said William Penney, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our solid operating performance is being driven by growth in customer relationship deposit accounts, increasing residential mortgage and business lending, and continued success in aggressively reducing non-performing assets.”

“We are seeing economic improvement in our community that is being fueled by an increased demand for residential housing,” said Penney. “With the improved housing market, we are increasing the number of home loans we make to people in our community and are on our way becoming Vero’s leading mortgage lender.”


 
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Jul 24, 2014Outdoor Portraits Photography Class, Photo Shoot, & Critique
August 2, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This course explores techniques for posing and for lighting creative outdoor portraits. Subject matter includes discussion of elements involved in positioning for environmental and formal portraits, guidelines for single and group portraits, and uses of tools including flash to manage varying outdoor lighting situations.

Leaders of the class, Bruce Bain and Durga Garcia, have a variety of experience teaching photography and exhibiting their work. Bruce Bain, the curator for the Kimbell Center Gallery, teaches and shows at various locations and galleries in the Palm Beaches. Bruce’s photos have won numerous awards in domestic and international galleries. Durga Garcia, a well-known portrait and commercial photographer, has also earned numerous domestic and international awards and presents at various European seminars.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization. The Friends promotes the historical, educational, and ecological enhancement of Jonathan Dickinson State Park and is directly responsible for funding many park programs and improvements.
The four-hour program is $35* per person and includes park entry, class instruction, an outdoor photo shoot, and light refreshments. Group rates and schedules are available. For advanced payment and registration please visit jdoutdoorportraits.eventbrite.com (*transaction fee applies). For additional information, contact the park’s Kimbell Education Center, 561-745-5551, or email friendsjdsp@gmail.com.

The program will take place at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Kimbell Education Center, 16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455.


 
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Jul 24, 2014Kids will splash, pedal and dash at Sailfish Splash Waterpark Kids' Triathlon, Sunday, August 3
On Sunday, August 3, 2014, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will host its 3rd annual Kids' Triathlon, sponsored by Lively Orthodontics and Sunshine Sprint. Participants, age 5 to 12, will splash, pedal, and dash their way through age appropriate distances to the finish line to receive a medal and a t-shirt.

Group Age Swim Yards Bike Miles Run Miles
Freshmen 5 - 6 25 ¼ ¼
Sophomores 7 - 8 50 1 ½
Juniors 9 - 10 100 2 ½
Seniors 11 - 12 150 3 1

Details include:
1. Cost per participant: $35.00 (includes admission to Waterpark after event).
2. Advanced registration ONLY:
1. Online at http://econnect.martin.fl.us
2. Telephone: 772-221-1419.
3. Email: dgladdin@martin.fl.us.
3. NO RACE DAY registration.
4. USAT membership required (or $10 one-day, USAT membership on race day).
5. Check-in, packet pickup, body marking begins at 6:00 a.m.
6. Transition area setup begins at 6:00 a.m.
7. DO NOT apply sunscreen before body marking.
8. Age group start times:
1. Seniors: 7:00 a.m.
2. Juniors: 7:30 a.m.
3. Sophomores: 8:15 a.m.
After the event, participant families may buy additional Waterpark passes at 30 percent off. Contact Dave Gladding at 772-221-1419 or dgladdin@martin.fl.us for more information.


 
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Jul 24, 2014Team "Tropics" sweeps Inaugural United Way Inner Tube Water Polo Tournament at Sailfish Splash Waterpark
Last Saturday, July 19, team "Tropics" dominated round-robin inner tube water polo action at Sailfish Splash Waterpark benefiting the United Way of Martin County.

The champions, laden with Reardon family swimming talent, won all their matches decisively, even dominating by a four (4) goal margin the Sharks, a team that featured the young, red-hot shooter Ben Madden, recruited to bolster a cadre of veterans, visa vie a last minute rules change.

"While inner tube water polo is a lot of fun, the purpose of the tournament was to help neighbors in need by supporting United Way of Martin County," said Justin Beard, director of marketing and communications at United Way.

The inaugural tournament raised more $500 for United Way, all of which will be put back into the community in an effort to end hunger, strengthen families, improve people's health, create job opportunities, provide solid education for all, and ensure safety. For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call 772-283-4800.

Weather challenges in July were a blessing in disguise, inducing tournament organizers to adopt the "round-robin" format.

Craig Jon Anderson, Marketing Coordinator, Sailfish Splash Waterpark reflected, "The Saturday morning, round-robin format minimized the risk of weather disruption, helped players plan their schedules, all the while increasing play time. "

A follow-on tournament as part of the fall inner tube water polo season at Sailfish Splash Waterpark is being discussed.

To learn more about inner tube water polo, watch action on YouTube by searching for "Sailfish Splash Waterpark inner tube water polo". In addition, "Like" www.facebook.com/martintubepolo, or contact Splash@SailfishSplash.com.


 
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Jul 22, 2014House of Hope welcomes new board members
House of Hope recently added Tom Hall, Gina Golino and Deborah Lovequist to its board of directors – three individuals who have shown dedication to House of Hope through their business and neighborhood activities.

Tom Hall is executive vice president for Seacoast National Bank, a company with a long history of support for House of Hope. Seacoast has had representation on the House of Hope board for many years, and the company has supported House of Hope through event sponsorships and food drives. Mr. Hall has more than 30 years of senior level banking experience, a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and English from Florida State University, and has served on an array of community boards.

Gina Golino is the marketing director/office administrator for Forward Electric and Air Conditioning and is active in business, nonprofit and youth sports activities. She has been a volunteer at House of Hope since 2012, frequently serving in the Stuart food pantry, where she also involved her children, Anthony and Alyssa during school holidays. The family is notable for spearheading a peanut butter and jelly drive for three summers that raised a total of more than 7,000 pounds of the food pantry staples for House of Hope.

Deborah Lovequist is a resident of Piper’s Landing and longtime volunteer at House of Hope, regularly serving in the Stuart thrift store as well as leading committees for successful fund-raising events. Ms. Lovequist also has been a champion for House of Hope within her community, Piper’s Landing. There, she has led fund-raising efforts among members to benefit House of Hope’s holiday programs and a special partnership between House of Hope and the Council on Aging in which volunteers deliver food from House of Hope to low-income, homebound seniors.

The House of Hope board of director also includes Barrett Jones, president; Sue Kinane, vice president; Jeff Kaplan, secretary; Tony Lang, treasurer; and members Marc Baldinger, Steve Cargill, Charlie D'Agata, Frank Doyle, Father Noel McGrath, Stephen Schramm, Hans VanDerlip and Sue Zachman.

Since 1984, House of Hope has been fighting hunger and hardship in Martin County. Today, the agency touches more than 5,000 people per month with services that include food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, information & referral, and life-changing case management services to local people in need. House of Hope has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.

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


 
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Jul 22, 2014Purple Heart Memorial Dedication
Good afternoon-

Please see the invitation attached regarding the dedication of a Purple Heart Memorial in front of U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy's Office in Stuart. The event will also include the presentation of the Purple Heart to a local veteran. Hope to see you there!




Laura Beaupre
Special Projects Coordinator
Martin County Board of County Commissioners
772-288-5677





Purple Heart Memorial.pdf
 
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Jul 22, 2014Elliott Museum Receives Tourism Grant from VISIT FLORIDA
VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official source for travel planning, has awarded a Small Business Grant to the Elliott Museum for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year, which began July 1, 2014.
“The purpose of these grants is to help non-profit entities and local governments stretch their tourism marketing dollars in an effort to expand cultural, heritage, rural and nature tourism activities in Florida,” said Will Seccombe, President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA.
“We were pleased that VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida selected us from among a large number of grant applicants, during their most competitive grant cycle to date,” said Jennifer Esler, President and CEO of the Elliott Museum. “These funds will be used to help promote our 2015 Classics at the Beach Car Show to out of town guests and will help us better position and market Martin County as a desirable destination.”
VISIT FLORIDA, a private/public partnership, is Enterprise Florida’s day-to-day operating corporation for tourism. The Elliott Museum’s mission is to inspire creativity through exhibitions and programs about art, history and technology for the people who live in and visit the Treasure Coast of Florida. Named after prolific inventor Sterling Elliott, the museum hosts a dynamic and interactive collection of antique automobiles, vintage boats, an impressive baseball collection and a deep trove of Treasure Coast histories and stories sure to delight all ages. In addition, the museum is proud to display an array of traveling exhibits designed to challenge and inspire families and children.
The 19th Annual Classics at the Beach Car Show will take place on April 12, 2015, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Now in its 19th year, the Elliott Museum's Invitational Car Show, Classics at the Beach, features the best in vintage auto design. Both local and out of town guests will seeing and talking with owners of over 70 vehicles competing for the title, "Best in Show."


 
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Jul 22, 2014Treasure Coast Food Bank named to Feeding America’s 2014 Advocacy Hall of Fame
Treasure Coast Food Bank has been named to Feeding America’s 2014 Advocacy Hall of Fame in recognition of its efforts advocating on behalf of the hungry.
Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, created the national recognition program in 2013. Treasure Coast Food Bank is one of only 13 food banks and organizations in the inaugural class of inductees.
Members of the Advocacy Hall of Fame are recognized for completing several tasks of frequent advocacy, education, and communication with elected leaders, grassroots supporters, and the general public on issues of concern to the nation’s food bank network.
“Sharing information about the challenges confronting those in need of food is something we do on a constant basis. It’s so important that our elected leaders as well as our Southeast Florida community understand how hunger is affected by policy, laws and even simple economics,” Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz said. “We’re proud to have our efforts recognized with induction into Feeding America’s Advocacy Hall of Fame.”
Advocacy efforts included regular communication with members of Congress, including Rep. Patrick Murphy, who attended Treasure Coast Food Bank’s 25th Anniversary VIP reception, as well as visits to Washington with Reps. William Posey and Tom Rooney and Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson in support of the federal safety net.
Treasure Coast Food Bank also talked with top supporters about vital issues, including the Farm Bill and cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), and national and regional food-insecurity data shown in the annual Map the Meal Gap study. And it routinely engages the local community on policy issues, including the Farm Bill, milk price increases, and the impacts to SNAP cuts.


 
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Jul 22, 2014ALL ABOARD FLORIDA MOVES FULL STEAM AHEAD
ALL ABOARD FLORIDA MOVES FULL STEAM AHEAD
WITH UNVEILING OF WEST PALM BEACH STATION DESIGN PLANS

Today marked another exciting milestone as Palm Beach County Mayor Priscilla A. Taylor and West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio joined All Aboard Florida executives to reveal designs for All Aboard Florida’s new West Palm Beach station. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in association with Zyscovich Architects, the downtown West Palm Beach station unveiling is the latest in a series of recent announcements made by All Aboard Florida as the project continues to move forward.

The West Palm Beach station will be located between Datura and Evernia Streets, with CityPlace and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Center to the south, and the government center district and Clematis Street to the north.

This strategic location will act as a new gateway into the city and Palm Beach County. It will also strengthen links to the existing Tri-Rail and Amtrak stations and connect with the neighborhood’s vehicular trolley and pedestrian networks, creating a new transportation hub for the West Palm Beach area.

“We are excited at what our vision of the future holds for West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County,” said P. Michael Reininger, President and Chief Development Officer of All Aboard Florida. “Passenger rail has been integral to the history of Florida, and we have arrived at a point in time where it will once again take on a transformational role – creating connectivity, representing a unique collaboration between the private and public sectors, and stimulating job creation and economic impacts.”

Economists estimate that All Aboard Florida will add more than $6 billion to Florida’s economy over the next eight years, including $333 million in economic impact for Broward County through 2021. Nearly 1,200 jobs will be created in Palm Beach County through the construction of the station and the rail line.

For additional information, please visit our website to view the full press release, fact sheet and the unveiling slide show and video, which are to be uploaded soon.

Thank you,
All Aboard Florida Team

Please visit our website for more information and share this email with interested parties so they can receive updates from All Aboard Florida. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.





 
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Jul 22, 2014Only 11 Days Left!!!!! Stop by Petite Surprise to support Habitat for Humanity of Martin County
Petite Surprise
218 SW Federal Highway
Stuart, FL
772-287-8030

Petite Surprise will be donating 15% from the sale of all Lee Industries products (both in store and custom orders) to Habitat for Humanity of Martin County during the month of July.
Be part of something worthwhile.

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Jul 22, 2014Sailfish Splash Kids Triathlon August 3rd
See Attached

Sailfish splash.pdf
 
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Jul 21, 2014Inaugural United Way Co-ed Inner Tube Water Polo Round Robin Tournament makes a splash Sat., July 19
In collaboration with the United Way of Martin County, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will hold the first ever Co-ed Inner Tube Water Polo Tournament from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, July 19. The "Round Robin" format in the morning will give teams multiple opportunities to play while avoiding afternoon thunderstorms.

Teams and individual can get into the game by registering at www.LiveUnitedMC.org. All proceeds benefit the United Way of Martin County.

"We appreciate the support we have received for this new, interesting and entertaining summer fundraising event," stated Wendie Berardi, Director of Corporate Engagement and Donor Relations at the United Way of Martin County. "We look forward to fun day in the pool and lots of laughs! Thank you again! See you Saturday!"

Player check-in starts at 9:45 a.m. Following pre-game rules review, Q & A, and warm-ups, Splash B. Sailfish, Waterpark Mascot, will drop the first ball at 10:30 a.m. Time permitting, the two teams with the best records will square off in a sudden death match. Everything but the bragging will wrap up by 1:00 p.m.

"We changed the format of the tournament for four reasons," explained Craig Jon Anderson, Marketing Coordinator, Sailfish Splash Waterpark. "A Saturday morning round robin minimizes the risk of weather disruption, simplifies players' time commitment, increases schedule certainty, and increases play time. "

In inner tube water polo, players float in an inner tube. Prerequisites to play: a willingness to have a good time and a sense of humor. A team must play at least four and no more than six members, two of whom must be female. Watch action on YouTube by searching for "Sailfish Splash Waterpark inner tube water polo."

For more information, "Like" www.facebook.com/martintubepolo.


 
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Jul 21, 2014Parks and boat ramps under Causeways closed to the public for triathlon next weekend
The Treasure Coast Triathlon 2014 beginning at the south end of the Jensen Beach Public Beach parking lot will take place on Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cycling portion of the event will temporarily close the Jensen Beach Causeway Park and boat ramp on Sunday, July 27 from 6-10:00 a.m. and the East Island Park and boat ramp under the Stuart Causeway from 12-5:00 p.m. Vehicles and trailers under the bridge at the time of the closure will be towed at the owner's expense.

The Causeways will remain open to traffic throughout the weekend, subject to heavy traffic controls. Alternative boat ramps are at the following locations: Broward Street Boat Ramp, 4973 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart, Charlie Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Ave., Palm City, Hosford Park, 7474 SE Gaines Ave., Stuart, Jimmy Graham Park, 8555 SE Gomez Ave., Hobe Sound, Phipps Park, 2175 SW Locks Rd., Stuart, Sandsprit Park, 3443 SE St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart and Timer Powers Park, 14100 SW Citrus Blvd., Indiantown.

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

DG/PRD


 
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Jul 21, 2014The Racquet Club at Tesoro Welcomes Head Pro Roy Coopersmith
The Racquet Club at Tesoro welcomes top WTA, ATP and Junior tour coach Roy Coopersmith to our professional staff. Roy will head up our tennis programming including overseeing the adult, Junior and Elite Junior Tennis programming. Roy has spent much of his career criss-crossing the world training WTA, ATP and top Junior Tour Players, he has a reputation for bringing strong results to the games of many of tennis' elite players with unique coaching techniques and game winning strategies.
According to Roy, "With some simple corrections, the level of play can be increased dramatically no matter what a players' level. With the proper training and conditioning junior players, adult recreational players at any level can see dramatic changes in their game." He further added, "after travelling the world I am happy to call the Tesoro Racquet Club home and work with players on a more local level, running a top notch Junior and Adult Tennis Clinics and Programs - whether a pro, recreational, or amateur players everyone wants to feel they play their best game on the court - that is where my talent lies is bringing them to that place." Some of his students have included, former world #1 - Jelena Jankovic, Lisa Raymond, Martina Hingis, Tommy Shimada former #1 USTA Junior Player as well as Top Junior players including Orange Bowl winners and Eddie Herr finalists and WTA players such as Jamea Jackson bringing her WTA rankings from 135 to 58 and Maja Palaveric, who competed with Monica Seles in Doubles and was a former top 100 tour player and ranked number #1 in her native Croatia.
Roy is an experienced coach of top level junior and professional players he has a long history of bringing up well-known players in the professional rankings. His junior coaching experience includes Orange Bowl winners, Eddie Herr Finalists, and top ranked Junior Players. Roy will be joined by his wife, former WTA top 100 player, Maja Palaveric Coopersmith who will also be available for coaching and lessons. Roy also has a 15-year old daughter, Nicole Coopersmith, a nationally top ranked Junior Player and her 7 year old brother, Andre, who will also be participating in the all new junior program at Tesoro.


 
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Jul 21, 2014United Way grant makes newborn home visits available to more women
More women in St. Lucie County and their newborns will get well-care visits at home this year thanks to a United Way of St. Lucie County grant.

The $15,000 grant award will add a per diem nurse to the Healthy Start Coalition of St. Lucie County’s newborn home visitation program. The program helps women cope with postpartum depression, become successful at breastfeeding and access medical care and other resources – all factors that have contributed to a reduced rate for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

“Home visitation by a registered nurse can keep babies from dying from unsafe sleep environments and other medical conditions,” said Lisa Von Seelen, executive director for the Healthy Start Coalition of St. Lucie County.

The coalition’s mission is to ensure that all women in St. Lucie County have access to prenatal care and that their babies are born healthy.

Home visitation is an internationally recognized best practice that has led to a reduction in infant mortality throughout Europe and in the United States, Von Seelen said. Locally, the coalition’s work has resulted in a decreased rate of infant deaths from 12 in 1,000 births in 1994, to 5.2 per 1,000 births in 2012.

The United Way grant brings the program total to three nurses – one full-time RN based at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, one full-time RN based at St. Lucie Medical Center and a per diem nurse who will work approximately 10 hours per week and provide some weekend coverage. It also ensures visits are covered when either of the two full-time nurses is sick, on leave or at a training.

During a visit, the nurse weighs the baby, goes through a checklist of essential subject areas – including whether the baby has a pediatrician and a suitable place to sleep – assesses the mother’s health and recovery and sends the information back to the appropriate physicians. The visit also provides an opportunity for a new mother to ask questions she may not have thought to ask while in the hospital.

“I’m the mother of four children, and, even after my last child was born, I welcomed the opportunity to talk to a visiting nurse,” said Christina Kaiser, Healthy Start Coalition of St. Lucie County Board Member. “This program gives our community a tool to identify and address an issue before it becomes a tragedy.”

For more information about the Healthy Start Coalition of St. Lucie County, the newborn home visitation program or any coalition projects, call 772-467-2016 or visit www.healthystartslc.org.


 
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Jul 21, 2014Gap employees volunteer time painting at Mary’s Shelter
A fresh coat of paint and a smile can go a long way in the life of a neighbor in need.

The staff at Martin Volunteers, United Way of Martin County’s volunteer engagement program, recently organized a painting project for a handful of Gap employees at Mary’s Shelter in Stuart. With paint brushes in hand and smiles of joy, the Gap volunteers spent five hours freshening up the interior walls for the residents at Mary’s Shelter, a transitional home for pregnant women.

“Our motto is ‘Saving lives two at a time,’ and we could not do it without the help of the volunteers like this group of Gap employees who donated their time,” said Regina March, executive director of Mary’s Shelter. “They were meticulous in painting and not only showed us their individual hearts, but the heart of the company they work for.”

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. Its mission is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in volunteer service that enriches the individual and strengthens the community.

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

PHOTO CREDIT KATHLEEN STACEY

GAP 1 PHOTO CAPTION: Volunteers paint the interior walls at Mary’s Shelter in Stuart. From left, Laureen Curto, Sabrina Frehafer and Parker Tirrell.

GAP 2 PHOTO CAPTION: Employees from the Gap store in Stuart recently volunteered their time painting the interior walls at Mary Shelter in Stuart. From left, Parker Tirrell, Laureen Curto, Kelly Murray, Stephanie Boyce, Anna Maharaj, Lashaie Rivers, Michelle Gaughan and Sabrina Frehafer.


 
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Jul 18, 2014Beaudry Becomes Consultant with Tastefully Simple
Johnette
Beaudry of Port Saint Lucie has become an independent consultant with
Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more
than 60 delicious, easy-to-prepare foods.

As an independent business owner, Beaudry offers delicious food samples at
home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals,
recipes, serving suggestions and fun. All of Tastefully Simple's products
are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two
ingredients.

"In today's world, 'staying in' has become the new 'going out!' You don't
have to leave home to enjoy wonderful food, fun and laughter with your
family and friends," says Jill Blashack Strahan, Tastefully Simple Inc.
founder and CEO. "That's why we're proud to offer great experiences,
easy-to-prepare products and an exciting business opportunity for people
who are looking for something more."

For more information about Tastefully Simple products, taste-testing
parties or starting your own Tastefully Simple business, contact Johnette
Beaudry at johnibeaudry@outlook.com.


About Tastefully Simple
Tastefully Simple is the original national home taste-testing company
featuring easy-to-prepare foods and gifts. The company's unique,
high-quality products are offered through independent consultants across
the United States. For more information about Tastefully Simple, visit
tastefullysimple.com.


 
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Jul 18, 2014Drop in U.S. drug-fighting in Central America fuels the exodus of children, lawmaker says
A high-ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee today said he believes the administration doesn’t fully “recognize the root cause” of the exodus of children from Central American countries and across a small part of the U.S. southern border.

That opinion was expressed by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, in a speech on the Senate floor delivered this morning just hours after a closed-door administration briefing for senators late last night.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, more than 56,000 unaccompanied children from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have crossed the border so far this fiscal year alone – a pace that would roughly double the number from the previous year. For example, the number of children coming from Honduras in the last five years has gone up from 968 in 2009 to 16,546 so far this year.

Most of the children are coming across one small part of the 2,300-mile-long U.S. border with Mexico. The most troublesome part is the Rio Grande sector that runs 250 miles east from the Gulf of Mexico along the Texas border, according to Customs data.

“The problem simply is that we are not devoting the time and the resources, the money, to the interdiction of the big drug shipments coming out of South America into Central America,” Nelson said.

“As a result, the drug lords have completely taken over these countries. As a result, the violence is the highest.

“And as a result of that drug violence of which there is very little law and order, you have the whole system corrupted, and with parents, with children, is it logical that they would want to send their children to a safer environment?

“Honduras is the murder capital now of the world,” Nelson said.

Nelson said the administration is getting its arms around the crisis, but should listen more closely to Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, who heads the U.S. Southern Command overseeing Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The lawmaker was referring to testimony Kelly gave before the Senate Armed Services Committee about four months ago.

“Severe budget cuts are now ... forcing us to accept significant risks,” Kelly testified at the March 13 hearing.

“Last year, we had to cancel more than 200 very effective engagement activities and numerous, multi-lateral exercises.

“Because of asset shortfalls, we're unable to get after 74 percent of suspected maritime drug trafficking. I simply sit and watch it go by. And because of service cuts, I don't expect to get any immediate relief, in terms of assets, to work with in this region of the world.”

The U.S. is not the only country affected by the exodus. Other neighboring nations are also seeing an increase in the number of individuals crossing their borders. A United Nations report dated March 2010 called Children on the Run, says, “the number of requests for asylum has likewise increased in countries other than [sic] the U.S.”

“Combined, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Belize documented a 435% increase in the number of asylum applications lodged by individuals from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala,” the report said.

Following is the text of Nelson’s floor speech along with the testimony from Gen. Kelly:

Sen. Bill Nelson’s remarks on the Senate floor:

“Mr. President, the administration sent several cabinet secretaries and high-ranking appointees to brief all senators last evening on the crisis of the children on the border, and what it appears is that they are getting their arms around addressing the problem of the children in the crisis, the humanitarian crisis on the border.

“However, it is the opinion of this senator that they do not recognize the root cause of the problem. And if the administration would listen to their four-star general, the head of United States Southern Command, General Kelly, and the testimony that he has already given to the Armed Services Committee of what is the problem, then we could get to the root cause of the problem and stop these future humanitarian crises.

“The problem simply is that we are not devoting the time and the resources, the money, to the interdiction of the big drug shipments coming out of South America into Central America.

“They come in big shipments from Colombia through Venezuela by air or sea on the eastern side, from Colombia through Ecuador or originating Ecuador out on the western side coming into three Central American states: Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. As a result, the drug lords have completely taken over those countries. As a result, the violence is the highest. Honduras is the murder capital now of the world.

“And as a result of that drug violence of which there is very little law and order, you have the whole system corrupted, and with parents, with children, is it logical that they would want to send their children to a safer environment?

“Mr. President, the administration has got to address this issue with regard to going back what we did so successfully in Plan Colombia. Interdict the drug traffic before it gets to those Central American countries, because once it does in the big shipments, then they break it down into smaller packages and it goes north.

“Mr. President, I yield the floor.”

Gen. Kelly’s testimony:

Senate Armed Services Committee
Hearing on the Proposed Fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization for
U.S. Northern Command and Southern Commands
March 13, 2014

GEN. KELLY: Mr. Chairman, I consider myself fortunate to work with this -- in this part of the world. Latin America and the Caribbean have some of our very staunchest partners, ready and willing to partner across a broad range of issues.

Most nations in this part of the world want our partnership. They want our friendship. They want our support. They want to work with us. They want our engagement to address shared challenges and transnational threats.

For more than 50 years, U.S. Southern Command has done exactly that. We've engaged with our partners. We've helped build strong, capable military and security forces that respect human rights and contribute to regional security.

We've worked with the inter-agency international (ph) community to secure the southern approaches of the United States. And we've accomplished a lot, even in these days when I have very, very few forces assigned and very, very limited resources to work with.

But the severe budget cuts are now reversing the progress and forcing us to accept significant risks. Last year, we had to cancel more than 200 very effective engagement activities and numerous, multi-lateral exercises.

Because of asset shortfalls, we're unable to get after 74 percent of suspected maritime drug trafficking. I simply sit and watch it go by. And because of service cuts, I don't expect to get any immediate relief, in terms of assets, to work with in this region of the world.

Ultimately, the cumulative impact of our reduced engagement won't be measured in the number of canceled activities and reduced deployments. It will be measured in terms of U.S. influence, leadership, relationships in a part of the world where our engagement has made a real and lasting difference over the decades.

In closing, Mr. Chairman, I want to mention the rest of the SOUTHCOM family. I would say that not all patriots are in uniform. First, I'd like to talk about the law enforcement partners I have -- the FBI, DEA, ICE, Border Protection -- all of the homeland security crowd. They live very, very dangerous lifestyles down in my region of the world, and I suspect in Chuck's, as well. And they do magnificent work for the nation.

Next I want to talk about the Departments that we work with -- Treasury, Commerce, Justice. Again, they follow the money of these transnational organized -- criminal organizations, and do a superb job.

And finally, the Department of State. I have 10 nations in my part of the world that do not have ambassadors assigned right now. That very, very definitely hobbles my ability to interact with some of these nations, in particular,
Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Peru. These are some of our very closest partners, and until, frankly, I have someone in the position to work with, our efforts in those nations -- and again, they're tremendous partners -- our efforts are hobbled.



 
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Jul 18, 2014Molly's Gallery Season
Good afternoon,

Molly’s House, Inc your local hospital hospitality house will open our Gallery Season in October, featuring the Visionary School of the Arts and each month after that local artists will exhibit through April 2015. The Gallery is in its 5th season reaching over 125 local residents each month. The Gallery Opening night reception features live music, finger foods, wine and champagne and an opportunity to meet the artists. Art pieces are on sale and some of the proceeds from the sale of the art goes to Molly’s House Adopt a Family Program.

If you business would like to be part of Molly’s House Art Gallery, please review the attached signup form and return it by the deadline. This is a great opportunity to showcase your business as well as support our mission and local artists.

Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, please give me a call at 772.223.6659 or email me at lmurtaugh@mollyshouse.org


 
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Jul 18, 2014Fly with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team!
Make your air show experience even more amazing!

Consider Becoming A Sponsor

With both the F-22 RAPTOR and AV-8B HARRIER coming this year, we expect record-breaking attendance!

Sponsorship & Vendor opportunities are available.
Contact: 772.781.4882

Please visit our website for additional information:
www.stuartairshow.com

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


 
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Jul 17, 2014SW MAPP ROAD INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Monday, July 21, 2014, the Engineering Department will begin stormwater pipe replacement work on SW Mapp Road, between SW Catalina Street and SW Alligator Street. The work will necessitate intermittent lane closures weekdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. This work is expected to be complete by July 31, 2014.

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


 
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Jul 17, 2014Charity Masquerade Dance Party couple to raise funds for Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Carsons Tavern Manager Candace Callahan has committed to dancing for dogs, cats and all of the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC). She and her dance partner, Travis Scott of Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Stuart, will dance the night away at the Charity Masquerade Dance Party, 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 18, at the Kane Center in Stuart. The Woman’s Club of Stuart and Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Stuart are hosting the event, which will benefit seven additional local charities.
Eight volunteer dancers will be paired with a dance professional from Fred Astaire Dance Studio and will perform a choreographed dance routine. The public may support the HSTC through Callahan’s efforts by purchasing a ticket and attending her pre-event dance party at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 25, at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Stuart; by becoming a sponsor or donating an auction item for the event; or by buying a ticket to the main event on Oct. 18. Call 772-418-5612 or email c.callahan39@gmail.com.
“I am very excited to be working with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast for this event,” said Callahan. “Their staff and volunteers are amazing and they really care about finding good homes for the animals and matching up the right pet to the right family. My dad calls me ‘Dance’ so it’s only fitting to be dancing in this event.”
Callahan and Carsons Tavern also support the HSTC through its sponsorship of the annual Mutt March, the shelter’s annual walk for the animals to be held on Nov. 1 in Memorial Park in Stuart. Carsons Tavern has supported this event for more than five years.
For more information, call 772-600-3211 or visit the website, http://www.hstc1.org.
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for animal welfare in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the Humane Society relies on donations, wills and bequests to support its programs and services. As a local Humane Society, HSTC is run independently from any national welfare or humane organization with no financial assistance from these groups. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hstc1 and Instagram at hstcadopt. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822. Media inquiries: 772-221-2425 • http://www.prczar.com.


 
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Jul 17, 2014Habitat for Humanity is setting records in Martin County
It’s a record-setting year for Habitat for Humanity of Martin County.


The non-profit organization is reaching new heights by investing more than $1.2 million in home construction throughout Martin County. Since August 2013, Habitat has closed on 12 homes – two rehabilitated homes and 10 new homes – spanning Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Port Salerno and Stuart.


In addition, Habitat has invested in the preservation of 22 homes in Port Salerno by assisting with exterior makeovers. It is one of the first affiliates in the nation to join Habitat for Humanity International’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which focuses on community redevelopment through new, energy-efficient construction; rehabilitation of vacant and foreclosed properties; weatherization to make existing houses more energy efficient and affordable; and house repairs for existing low-income homeowners through “A Brush With Kindness” and critical home repairs.


The local affiliate continues to meet and exceed its goals, despite nearly a decade of decline in homeownership throughout the United States.


According to the State of the Nation’s Housing 2014, compiled by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, “The national homeownership rate marked its ninth consecutive year of decline in 2013, affecting most segments of the population. The drop among minorities is particularly troubling, given their growing presence in the housing market. While affordability conditions remain favorable, rising home prices and interest rates—along with continued tight credit—have made homebuying more of a stretch for some households. These shifts could mean that fewer Americans will be able to become homeowners in the future.”


Habitat for Humanity of Martin County offers a solution to the nationwide housing crisis by offering a “Hand up instead of a handout.”


“Our mission goes above and beyond simply putting a roof over someone’s head,” Margot Graff, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County said. “Decent, affordable housing provides stability for families and children, a sense of dignity and pride, and increases educational and job prospects.”


Habitat’s family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan. Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection – neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat homes. Homeowners must contribute to Habitat’s sweat equity requirement of 300 volunteer hours. They purchase their homes with affordable, no-profit loans and their monthly mortgage payments are used to build more Habitat homes.


“Home ownership addresses so much more than the basic need for shelter; it creates success stories. Children of homeowners are 25 percent more likely to graduate high school; 116 percent more likely to graduate from college; and 16 percent more likely to belong to community organizations. Our homeowners become tax-paying citizens of Martin County and continue to invest in our community.”


To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Martin County’s home building and community redevelopment initiatives, as well as homeownership and volunteer opportunities, visit HabitatMartin.org or call 772-223-9940.


About Habitat for Humanity of Martin County
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since its inception as a not-for-profit organization in 1986, Habitat has built 107 homes in Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno and Stuart. Learn more at HabitatMartin.org or call 772-223-9940.


Photo Caption: The Castro Family celebrates the dedication of their home in Carter Park with Habitat volunteers and the Indiantown community. For more information, visit HabitatMartin.org or call 772-223-9940.


 
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Jul 17, 2014Martin County's technology advances wins national awards
Martin County's Information Technology Services Department is proud to have won two national awards in recent weeks for its Community Broadband Network and use of technology to better serve citizens.

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors awarded the 2014 Community Broadband Award to Martin County for creating a fiber network which supports the data, voice and video needs for the County as well as other public entities and private companies within the County, saving the County over $350,000 per year. For more information on the awards, visit www.natoa.org.

Martin County was also recognized by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties with a Digital Government Achievement Award. Martin County placed third among other counties around the United States with a similar population. This award recognizes technological success in the areas of citizen engagement, policy, data and operations. The annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. For more information on this award, visit http://www.digitalcommunities.com/survey/counties/.

Martin County's Chief Information Officer, Kevin Kryzda said, "It is very rewarding to have been part of such a collaboration of citizens, elected officials, businesses, contractors and employees who all came together to make this project the success that it is. I am truly grateful for their support and determination and for the recognition we receive for their efforts."


 
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Jul 17, 2014Martin County Mosquito Control to aerial spray this week
Martin County is experiencing an increase in disease-carrying and pestiferous mosquitoes due to recent rains. Beginning tonight thru Friday night, weather-permitting, Mosquito Control will be aerial spraying the following zones in order to reduce mosquito populations: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, D6, E1, E2, E3, E4, G1B, G2, G4, G5, I1, I3, I4 and F3. The total acreage for the aerial spray mission is 92,000 acres.

The mosquito capable of transmitting dengue and chickunguna is also increasing in zones A1- A6, which will be sprayed by truck tonight.

Martin County Mosquito Control reminds residents of an established hotline which the public is encouraged to call to learn when and where crews are spraying. A recording informs residents of the zones being spraying on a daily basis. The hotline number is 772-320-3028. Zone maps are located at libraries throughout Martin County or residents may go to the Mosquito Control web page at www.martin.fl.us to find their zone.


 
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Jul 16, 2014Amber Vlangas joins staff at Treasure Coast Food Bank
Amber Vlangas has joined Treasure Coast Food Bank as the Chief Marketing and Development Officer. She brings 18 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, serving a diverse list of organizations in areas that include charitable giving, event coordination, grant writing, and public relations. She will focus on marketing and fundraising for Treasure Coast Food Bank through building relationships, she says.
“I am very pleased and humbled to be leading the development and marketing team of the Treasure Coast Food Bank. There are over 100,000 people including 35,000 children on the Treasure Coast that don’t know where their next meal is coming from. It is imperative that we mobilize our communities to take action on this ever-growing issue,” Vlangas said.
As part of a military family, and having served in the Marine Corps herself, Vlangas has traveled extensively and worked with people of diverse backgrounds. Most recently, she was the Charitable Giving Director for the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Brevard and North Coastal Divisions. She also was Marketing Director and Command Sponsorship Coordinator for the U.S. Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department, and as an active duty marine, the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Public Relations for the United States Marine Corps Band on Parris Island.
Vlangas’ roots are deep on the Treasure Coast. She and her husband, Chief Petty Officer Christopher Vlangas, United States Navy, have maintained their home in Indian River County for the past 18 years. Christopher Vlangas is part of the Nelson and Harms families, early pioneers of Indian River County.
Amber Vlangas holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual and Public Communications and a certificate in Volunteer Administration. Her professional career has included positions with Diabetes Association, Inc, and Hibiscus Children’s Village. She has been active with the American Diabetes Association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Rotary.


 
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Jul 16, 2014THE ARTS COUNCIL OF MARTIN COUNTY RECEIVES GRANTS FOR POWER UP EXCELLENCE
The Arts Council of Martin County is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. (The Community Foundation grant was made possible by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund)
Funds from the grants will support the Power Up Excellence program designed to propel programmatic excellence in order to achieve greater impact within our cultural community through fostering partnerships, exposure to best practices from model programs and implementing a process for feedback that will support the growth of the cultural sector.
The Council is engaged in supporting and promoting cultural organizations and artists who make our community a better place to live. “The goals of Power Up Excellence are a perfect match with our purpose in the community. With these additional resources we will be able to build capacity within our cultural organizations through convening sessions designed to enhance program planning, marketing, collaboration and accessibility. With our colleagues throughout South Florida, we will be engaging speakers who are able to share their professional experiences and recommendations,” stated Nancy Turrell, executive director.
The schedule of Convening Sessions will be posted on the Arts Council’s website and announced at the September 19th Annual Meeting. A survey implemented by our partner, Americans for the Arts, will be distributed to the leaders of cultural organizations in August to gather feedback for the design and focus of each convening session. In addition to the Convening Sessions, peer networking sessions will be incorporated to foster the building of relationships between staff and volunteers of the many performing, literary and visual organizations arts serving our community.


 
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Jul 15, 2014Charitable and Gift Tax Ideas
Charitable remainder annuity trusts pay an annuity to the donor or another person for a set term, with the remainder going to charity. The donor gets an up-front charitable deduction for the value of the remainder, which is larger when a higher interest rate is used. These trusts do well if interest rates go up.

Annual Gift Tax Exclusion:You can give up to $14,000 to each child, grandchild, or other person tax free. If you are married, your spouse also can give $14,000, which doubles the tax free amount.
• Annual gifting using the above exclusions will also alleviate the estate tax. They are not added back to your estate, and all future appreciation on them is excluded from your estate as well.

• There's some benefit to larger gifts. You will not owe any gift tax on gifts over $14,000 as long you don't use up your $5.34-million estate tax exemption. Any future rise in the value of the assets you give away isn't part of your estate. However, the amount by which a gift exceeds $14,000 is added back to your taxable estate.

• You can pay a donee's tuition or medical costs directly. The payments have a tax benefit. They don't count against the $14,000 gift tax exclusion and they reduce your estate.
529 college savings plans. You can put in up to $70,000 free of gift tax, doubling to $140,000 if your spouse agrees. In most situations, the payins are out of your estate. Withdrawals are tax free if used for tuition, fees or books. Be aware that giving the maximum wipes out your 2014 and 2015 gift tax exclusion and most of it for 2016 - 2018, as well.

Give appreciated assets when donating to charity. The appreciation escapes any capital gains tax, and you get to deduct the full value if you've owned the asset for over a year. The deductions for donations are reduced when adjusted gross income reaches $254,200 for singles, $279,650 for heads of households and $305,050 for individuals filing jointly.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Sincerely,

PROCTOR, CROOK, CROWDER & FOGAL, P.A


 
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Jul 15, 2014Duck Derby will make huge splash at Sailfish Splash Waterpark
On Saturday, July 26, shortly after 6:00 p.m., as many as 1,000 rubber ducks will splash into the lazy river at Sailfish Splash Waterpark for the inaugural Hobe Sound/Port Salerno Rotary Duck Derby to benefit the club's "Josh the Baby Otter" water safety training program for children. Josh the Otter, Waterpark mascot Splash B. Sailfish and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of spectators will cheer on the little quackers as they float across the finish line to victory. Sponsors of the first 20 ducks to get the checkered flag will win prizes, perhaps an iPad 5 or a flat screen TV.

The "Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation" created the "Josh the Baby Otter" program "to educate children and adults worldwide about water safety through drowning prevention campaigns and early childhood water safety training." Joshua Collingsworth, the foundation's namesake, died in 2008 at the age of two and one half from a drowning accident in the family swimming pool.

Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of un-intended; injury-related death for children ages 1-5, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14.

Given these statistics, Sailfish Splash Waterpark chose to partner with the Hobe Sound/Port Salerno Rotary as part of the venue's "summer of water safety" initiative.

"We want keep the focus on water safety training for kids throughout the summer," explained Craig Jon Anderson, Marketing Coordinator, Martin County Department of Park & Recreation. "The Duck Derby and the Hobe Sound/Port Salerno Rotary's Josh the Baby Otter water safety training program is a perfect complement to the water park's full curriculum of swimming lessons."

The money raised through the Duck Derby will go to materials and expenses of conducting the Josh the Baby Otter program on an ongoing basis in Martin County kindergartens and elementary schools.

"For 3 years, the Hobe Sound Port Salerno Rotary Club has presented this great program to more than 5,500 children in Martin County, so the money raised through this inaugural Duck Derby will help fund the program into the future," explained Tony De Lorenzo, President of the Hobe Sound Port Salerno Rotary Club. "Moreover, we are delighted to partner with Sailfish Splash Waterpark for this event, and we thank our sponsors."

The success of Rotary's Josh the Otter connection started in 2010 through the efforts of one Florida club under the leadership of Rear Admiral James Underwood, USCG (Retired). That success rippled out around the world because the program addresses child safety in the context of literacy, both core issues for Rotary International.

To sponsor a duck or even a flock, contact Tony De Lorenzo, President, Hobe Sound Port Salerno Rotary Club, via email at tricountymhs44gmail.com or by phone, 772-463-7646 (office), 772-263-0529 (cell).

Alternatively, sponsor a duck through the Waterpark's online store at www.SailfishSplash.com. Rotary will notify all winners by email.

Come to Sailfish Splash Waterpark for the fun of watching 1,000 rubber ducks race around the lazy river on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:00

 
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Jul 14, 2014Waste Management News
Summer is here and while our drivers are participating in our “100 Days of Summer Safety” campaign, the state of Florida has also taken action to help protect them on the road by including them in the Move Over act.
As our valued customers, we also want to encourage you to Think Safety and Think Green during your summer celebrations. In this newsletter, we've included Summer Safety Tips for you and your family. Additionally, we are proud to introduce new products at Wal-Mart to help you recycle more throughout your home and during home parties and special events.
If you know of any businesses (including yours) that are raising the bar on environmental stewardship, we encourage you to nominate them for Sustainable Florida's annual award program. Nominations are due August 1st, just click on the link below.
Thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve our community and our neighbors here in Martin County.

Have a great day!

Ron Pruim
Sr. District Manager


Waste Management asks you to #MoveOver to protect our drivers

Governor Rick Scott recently signed House Bill 7005 into law, which includes a section that adds sanitation and utility vehicles to the existing "Move Over Act." This legislation is meant to help prevent accidents and fatalities caused by careless drivers.
According to the National Waste and Recycling Association (NW&RA), being struck by motorists is a leading cause of death for waste and recycling collection employees nationwide. As a nationwide partner, WM is helping NW&RA raise awareness about these preventable accidents to protect all waste and recycling employees.
"Our drivers - and all of our employees - rank among the safest in the industry because safety is one of our core values. We applaud the Florida legislature for taking action that will help protect our employees while doing their jobs," said Tim Hawkins, Area Vice-President at Waste Management.

In the state of Florida, if you see a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, utility or sanitation professional pulled over on the road, you must move over.

• On a two-lane roadway, you are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.
• If the speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, you must slow down to five miles per hour.
• Violating the move over law puts both you and a public safety, sanitation and utility professionals at risk.
• Violating the move over law can result in a fine and points on your license.
For more information visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.


WM in the Community

Waste Management Sponsored the Main Street Squeeze off competition at the 2014 Seafood Festival. Contestants competed to squeeze juice from grapefruit for a total of 3 minutes.

WM of Martin County was proud to sponsor the Jupiter Kids Fest at Roger Dean Stadium. In attendance was WM Driver JC Causey, Public Affairs Representative Amy Boyson and Government Affairs Representative Jeff Sabin


Summer Safety Tips

1. Be a safe swimmer. Never swim alone, and make sure that kids' water play is adequately supervised at all times. Many drowning deaths occur when parents and other adults are nearby, so always have a designated chaperone for water play and don't assume that others are watching the kids.
2. Use alcohol responsibly. Always have a designated driver to bring partygoers home from the festivities. Remember also that alcohol and swimming can be as dangerous as drinking and driving.
3. Lakes, waterways, and seas will be crowded with boats. Review safe boating practices, and be sure that you have an adequate number of life preservers on hand for extra guests.
4. Cover food and beverages outdoors to discourage bees and wasps from attending your party. If someone is allergic to insect stings, you should have an emergency anaphylaxis kit on hand.
5. Apply sunscreen both before and during an outdoor party and sports activities.
6. If you'll be hiking or camping in an area where ticks are abundant, wear long-sleeved, light-colored shirts and long pants tucked into socks or boots to protect yourself from tick-borne diseases. For your skin, you can use a tick repellent with no more than 30% DEET according to the manufacturer's instructions.
7. Spend adequate time in the shade and drink plenty of fluids to avoid heat illness in extremely hot climates. The risk of heat illness is increased when participating in strenuous activity or sports, and those with chronic medical conditions and the elderly are also at an increased risk of heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke.
8. Keep children away from campfires and grills. Gas leaks, blocked tubes, and overfilled propane tanks can be a cause of grill fires and explosions.
9. Don't leave the picnic spread out all day. Allowing food to sit in outdoor temperatures can invite food borne illness. The U.S. FDA suggests never leaving food out for more than one hour when the temperature is above 90 F and not more than two hours at other times. Foods that need to be kept cold should be placed in a cooler with plenty of ice or freezing packs and held at a maximum temperature of 40 F.


How much did Waste Management recycle in 2013?
With a strong focus on extracting more value from the waste stream, Waste Management’s recycling performance had a record year in 2013.
Recycling in tons:
• Paper: 8,959,973
• Mixed Organics: 2,480,146
• Glass: 863,192
• C&D/Wood: 828,625
• Metals: 724,610
• Plastics: 431,968
• Mixed Recyclables: 652,595
• E-Waste/Lamptracker: 35,235
• Other: 26,797
Environmental Statistics
In 2013, Waste Management recycled over 15 million tons of materials. That’s enough to fill the Empire State Building (pictured) more than 21 times. When it came to different material types, like paper and aluminum, the company had some impressive statistics.
Take paper, for example. When adding up all the different types of paper that were recycled — including cardboard — WM recycled nearly 9 million tons, enough to save more than 123 million trees.
In 2007, Waste Management set a sustainability goal to recycle 20 million tons annually by the year 2020. Since then, the company has doubled the amount it’s recycled, and is now three-quarters towards fulfilling that objective.


WM Offers Eco-friendly Recycling and Trash Bags at Wal-Mart

Did you know much of what we throw away is actually recyclable? Green your home from any room in the house with these handy recycling bags made of post-consumer recycled material. Keep one in the kitchen, the bathroom, and the home office. When it’s full, you can put the whole bag in your recycling toter or bin, or use it again. And have extras on hand for your summer parties to allow guests to recycle as well!
For items you can’t recycle, use the new Waste Management kitchen trash bags. Sturdy and dependable, each bag is durable enough to meet your demands, and since 65% of the plastic is repurposed, you’ll still be making a green choice.
These products are offered exclusively at selected Wal-Mart locations nationwide. Visit www.WMGreenHome.com to find a store near you.



Sustainable Florida Best Practice Nominations are Open!
Each year, Sustainable Florida works hard to find the best of the best. Those who are leading the way for others. Those who are balancing economic goals with environmental stewardship while caring about social impact - and succeeding. More than 150 organizations over the last 20 years have been recognized. And what was honored years ago is now considered common business practice. In other words, we keep raising the bar.
There are several divisions and some nominees may be eligible for more than one category. Categories include:
• Large Business
• Small Business
• Government
• Non-Profit
• Partnership
• Green Building
• Leadership
There is a small nomination fee of $100. Non-profits and deserving parties are eligible to apply for a waiver. Deadline is Friday, August 1.
Nominate your company, government agency or non-profit organization today at www.sustainableflorida.org under Events and Best Practice Awards 2014.


 
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Jul 14, 2014County reminds residents to stock up on hurricane supplies
With the first named hurricane of the season under our belts, now is the perfect time to stock your disaster supply kit if you haven't already done so. The Martin County Fire Rescue Department Emergency Management Agency reminds local residents about the importance of being prepared for the Atlantic hurricane season, which extends until the end of November.

Recommended items for a disaster supply kit include:

* One gallon of water per person, per day for five days
* Enough non-perishable food for the household for at least five days
* A non-electric can opener; cooking tools and fuel; paper plates and towels
* Toiletries, such as toothpaste and brush; deodorant and soap; shaving equipment; personal hygiene supplies; shampoo; wash cloth and towel; and toilet paper
* Garbage bags, resealable plastic bags, and tarps
* Supplies for infants, including diapers and formula
* Supplies for senior citizens, including special dietary considerations
* At least a two-week supply of prescribed family medicines, as well as a typical first-aid kit with bandages, antibiotic cream, headache medicine, and antacids
* Blankets, pillows, and extra clothing
* Battery-powered NOAA weather radio and flashlight with extra batteries
* A waterproof container with extra cash and important documents such as insurance information, bank accounts, and Social Security cards
* A list of important phone numbers including the family's local pharmacy, doctors, and designated contacts the family can call in case of an emergency
* Camera to record damage to property
* Rain gear and hard sole shoes
* Cleaning supplies and equipment
* Pet supplies including food, water, and medicines

For more hurricane preparation information, call the Martin County Emergency Management Agency at (772) 287-1652 or visit our website at www.martin.fl.us and click on EOC Emergency Information - Emergency Management Agency.



 
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Jul 14, 2014Governor appoints Seacoast National Bank's Chuck Cross to Palm Beach College Board
Seacoast National Bank’s Charles (Chuck) K. Cross, Jr. has been appointed to the Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees by Governor Rick Scott. The appointment will be confirmed by the Florida Senate. Cross is Seacoast’s Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking and Activator of Accelerate, Seacoast’s new business model that removes traditional barriers to commercial banking.

Cross will begin immediately and serve his term through May 2017. “I am a big believer in education, especially after helping, with my wife, to guide our children through their educational choices,” he said. “Educational preparation is essential to building a strong community and a strong America.”

“Chuck has extensive strategic and technical experience as well as strong ties to the community,” said Dennis S. Hudson, III, Seacoast National Bank’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “He will be an asset to the Palm Beach College District Board of Trustees.”

Cross has over 30 years of banking experience. He received his BS/BA from University of Florida and had post graduate education from University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin. Cross is currently treasurer of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and has served on the board of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, FAU College of Business Dean’s Council, West Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, former Chairman of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and the Black Business Investment Corporation, among other community and civic organizations.

Seacoast National Bank is the operating arm of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ: SBCF). With over $2 billion in assets, 34 traditional branches and 5 Accelerate loan production offices fueled by the power of Seacoast National Bank, it is one of the largest community banks headquartered in Florida. Offices stretch from Broward County, north through the Treasure Coast and into Orlando, and west to Okeechobee and surrounding counties. For more information, visit www.SeacoastNational.com.


 
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Jul 14, 2014Seacoast National Bank sponsors local Eagle Scout project
Seacoast National Bank is once again pleased to support a local Life Scout in his quest to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the group’s highest rank and achievement, by sponsoring the Eagle Project planned by Nicolas Cocoves to install a flagpole, flag, plaque and bench outside Congressman Patrick Murphy’s office in downtown Stuart. The installation honors Purple Heart recipients in Martin County.

“This is a wonderful project for Seacoast to support,” said Eileen Hatt, Senior Vice President, Retail Area Manager South Region. “We are delighted to help this young man achieve a level of service that is very difficult in the scouting world, and at the same time, honor our veterans who have been awarded our country’s highest honor.”

Cocoves, who just turned 13, has been a Boy Scout for two years. He has been working on his project for several months and had raised almost all the money he needed for the project. With Seacoast National Bank’s donation, he has met his goal.

“It requires very good materials,” said Cocoves. “I want my project to last. I am dedicating my project to the Purple Heart recipients in Martin County. It coincides with Martin County becoming a Purple Heart County.”

The Purple Heart County designation is part of a nationwide effort spearheaded by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The Veteran’s Services Council of Martin County is assisting with the project.

Seacoast National Bank is the operating arm of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ: SBCF). With over $2 billion in assets, 34 traditional branches and 5 Accelerate loan production offices fueled by the power of Seacoast National Bank, it is one of the largest community banks headquartered in Florida. Offices stretch from Broward County, north through the Treasure Coast and into Orlando, and west to Okeechobee and surrounding counties. For more information, visit www.SeacoastNational.com.


 
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Jul 14, 2014Seacoast National Bank annual golf tournament benefits Gertrude Walden Childcare Center
Seacoast National Bank Treasure Coast President Tom Wilkinson hosted the annual customer appreciation golf tournament on Friday, June 13, 2013, at Piper’s Landing in Palm City. Golfers included customers in the retail, residential and commercial sectors of the bank who were invited to play and purchase mulligans with the funds donated to the Gertrude Walden Childcare Center in Stuart. The field of play included 68 golfers and more than $2000 in mulligans were purchased.

“Seacoast National Bank is pleased to be able to support Gertrude Walden Childcare Center,” said Wilkinson. “We were just so grateful to our customers, associates, friends and community members who contributed to this event. Their loyalty to not only Seacoast, but to the children in our community, is impressive.”

“Thanks to Seacoast National Bank, four VPK students are funded for the final five weeks of summer school,” said Thelma Washington, Executive Director, Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, Inc. “These students were home with older siblings due to a lack of funding. Thanks to Seacoast, they are happy to be in school, every day, learning with their friends.”

Washington explained that the funding came at a time when the Center is seeking help to prevent the ‘summer slide,’ where without practice, reading skills slide backwards during the summer months. Students entering kindergarten in the State of Florida are tested and the preschools with lower scores are labeled low performing. “It is imperative that our children attend during the summer to continue learning and retaining the information acquired,” she said.

Donations to Gertrude Walden Childcare Center may be made directly to the charity at 601 SE Lake Street, Stuart, FL, 34994. For more information, call (772) 283-6321.

Seacoast National Bank is the operating arm of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ: SBCF). With over $2 billion in assets, 34 traditional branches and 5 Accelerate loan production offices fueled by the power of Seacoast National Bank, it is one of the largest community banks headquartered in Florida. Offices stretch from Broward County, north through the Treasure Coast and into Orlando, and west to Okeechobee and surrounding counties. For more information, visit www.SeacoastNational.com.


 
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Jul 14, 2014MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT’S SCHOOL GRADES ANNOUNCED
The Florida Department of Education released school grades for elementary and middle schools today. Since 1999, Florida has used school grades to communicate how well a school is performing relative to state standards; however, this set of grades marks the last time the state will use this assessment and accountability system and this is the final year the current grading system of accountability will be used.

Most schools in the District maintained their letter grade from last year, while one elementary school improved to an “A” and four of the 12 elementary schools and two middle schools dropped a letter grade. The state’s grades for high schools will be released in December and Martin County anticipates all “A” grades for its four high schools. Overall, the District earned three more points than last year and retains its “B” grade.

“School grades are based on a complex calculation of student performance and proficiency and consider many factors,” said Superintendent Laurie Gaylord. “A letter grade may drop due to a variety of circumstances and each school is developing a plan to address their specific concern at each school. Our instructional, support staffs, and students are working hard at every school and some of these grades may not reflect the diligence of their effort,” she said.

“There have been so many changes and so many new factors; it is difficult to get a clear picture of what these grades really mean,” Gaylord said. “And now we are preparing for the new ‘Florida Standards’ and a whole new set of assessments for the 2014-15 school year.

“At the same time, we are putting action plans in to place to address the schools that declined, including intensified and targeted professional development for our instructional teams and employing best practices from our schools that continued to perform well. We are laser focused on student achievement,” added Gaylord.

2013-14 2012-13
Elementary Schools
Bessey Creek Elementa A A
Citrus Grove Elementary A A
Crystal Lake Elementary A B
Felix A. Williams Elementary C B
Hobe Sound Elementary C B
Jensen Beach Elementary B B
J.D. Parker D C
Palm City Elementary A A
Pinewood Elementary C C
Port Salerno Elementary C C
SeaWind Elementary C B
Warfield Elementary A A

Middle Schools
Dr. David L. Anderson Middle C B
Hidden Oaks Middle A A
Indiantown Middle C B
Murray Middle B B
Stuart Middle A A

The Florida Department of Education’s school grade information can be found online at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.


 
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Jul 14, 2014Governor appoints Seacoast National Bank’s Chuck Cross to Palm Beach College Board
Seacoast National Bank’s Charles (Chuck) K. Cross, Jr. has been appointed to the Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees by Governor Rick Scott. The appointment will be confirmed by the Florida Senate. Cross is Seacoast’s Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking and Activator of Accelerate, Seacoast’s new business model that removes traditional barriers to commercial banking.

Cross will begin immediately and serve his term through May 2017. “I am a big believer in education, especially after helping, with my wife, to guide our children through their educational choices,” he said. “Educational preparation is essential to building a strong community and a strong America.”

“Chuck has extensive strategic and technical experience as well as strong ties to the community,” said Dennis S. Hudson, III, Seacoast National Bank’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “He will be an asset to the Palm Beach College District Board of Trustees.”

Cross has over 30 years of banking experience. He received his BS/BA from University of Florida and had post graduate education from University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin. Cross is currently treasurer of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and has served on the board of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, FAU College of Business Dean’s Council, West Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, former Chairman of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and the Black Business Investment Corporation, among other community and civic organizations.

Seacoast National Bank is the operating arm of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ: SBCF). With over $2 billion in assets, 34 traditional branches and 5 Accelerate loan production offices fueled by the power of Seacoast National Bank, it is one of the largest community banks headquartered in Florida. Offices stretch from Broward County, north through the Treasure Coast and into Orlando, and west to Okeechobee and surrounding counties. For more information, visit www.SeacoastNational.com.


 
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Jul 14, 2014TWO LAST-MINUTE REMINDERS

Voices needed to speak up for Indiantown
This week's County Commission meeting, July 15, is particularly important. In addition to approving the final revisions of the revised, rewritten Comprehensive Growth Management Plan Amendments, the commission also will determine if they will follow through with their promise to Indiantown to put a roof over Timer Powers Park stadium, home of the Indiantown Rodeo.

The economic impact to opening Indiantown's doors to the equestrian community will greatly benefit more than Indiantown, however, since national and local equestrian trainers and competitors travel throughout the U.S. An equestrian facility will positively impact local businesses and community members throughout Martin County and throughout the year--not just one weekend each fall.

Commissioners John Haddox and Doug Smith, who last month pointed out that funding IS available and that the County Commission had PLEDGED to Indiantown to build a stadium roof over Timer Powers Park, were outvoted by the commission majority to proceed with the project as proposed.

Now, the BOCC wants to hear from community members who use the park to determine the level of community interest. The members of the Indiantown Neighborhood Advisory Committee recommended unanimously that the Commission proceed with the project in order to increase equestrian use of the facility.

Support the "Don't Horse Around, Cover the Ground" campaign and attend Tuesday's Commission meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. in the Administration Building, 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart, or email comish@martin.fl.us. Most helpful also will be to call and tell themy how you would use Timers Powers Park if it had a new roof structure.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT TWO CANDIDATES?

Come to a Meet-and-Greet at the Twisted Tuna (formerly Finz) in Port Salerno on Tuesday, July 15, for Barbara Clowdus, candidate for Sarah Heard's County Commission seat, and Stacey Hetherington, candidate for Ed Fielding's seat. It starts at 6 p.m., is upstairs in the Twisted Tuna's upscale room, and bring your checkbooks!


 
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Jul 11, 2014Grand Opening
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Grand Opening Invite.pdf
 
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Jul 11, 2014Volunteers give back during United Way’s Day of Action

Giving back to the community can be as easy as writing a check or donating a few hours to a good cause.

On June 20, United Way of Martin County joined hundreds of United Ways across the globe for Day of Action where local residents pledged to give back to their community by donating a few hours of their time.

The staff at Martin Volunteers, United Way of Martin County’s volunteer engagement program, worked with a handful of Martin County-based nonprofit agencies to identify volunteer projects related to United Way’s six strategic priority areas: ending hunger, strengthening families, good health, solid education, job opportunities and ensuring safety.

The volunteer projects included: unpacking and sorting donated clothing at Caring Children Clothing Children; helping entertain patients during a summer luau at the Council on Aging; and distributing food to residents of the Banner Lake community in Hobe Sound via a mobile food pantry.

“It was so nice to be part of an event with such caring, wonderful workers and volunteers,” said Jim Faulkner, of Palm City, who teamed up with his wife, Janice, entertaining patients during the summer luau at the Council on Aging. “We are so blessed to be part of a county that really cares about all of their citizens.”

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. Its mission is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in volunteer service that enriches the individual and strengthens the community. For more information, visit MartinVolunteers.org, call 772-220-4472 or email kstacey@martinvolunteers.org.


 
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Jul 11, 2014Public Radio WQCS / 88.9 FM Receives Five Awards from Associated Press


Public radio WQCS / 88.9 FM is the recipient of five Associated Press news honors for public affairs, hard news, light feature, newscasts and hard news for a station intern. The awards were presented at the Florida Associated Press awards dinner in Orlando.

WQCS News Director Jill Roberts received three of the Associated Press honors in the following categories: First Place in Public Affairs for a story on White Cane Safety Day, First Place in the Light Feature category for a story on the Little Free Library in Sewall’s Point in Martin County and Second Place in the Hard News category for a story on an Indian River County high school student having an affair with an under-aged lesbian lover.

On White Cane Safety Day, members of the Federation for the Blind were instructed on the use of the white cane and then tested their abilities to use the cane at the corner of Virginia Avenue and 35th Street with the help of the “talking” stop light. For the Little Free Library, the Town of Sewall’s Point encouraged reading by building a mailbox-size house to hold a dozen books. People can help themselves or leave a book for someone else to read.

Morning Edition Host Drew Mello received First Place honors in the newscast category. Mello is on the air each Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. during NPR’s Morning Edition program. He provides local news throughout the program and produces interviews. This is the fifth consecutive year Mello has been honored with the award.

WQCS intern Tiffany Termine received Second Place in the college student hard news category for her story warning against leaving dogs in hot cars. Termine is now a reporter at WQCS.

“WQCS has a long history of providing in-depth reporting on Treasure Coast activities and we are pleased the efforts are recognized by our peers in Florida, said WQCS Manager Madison Hodges. “WQCS is the Emergency Alert System station for the four-county area and we are now part of the new Florida Public Radio Emergency Network so that we can provide emergency weather and evacuation information to our citizens and those passing through our area.”

WQCS, on the air since March 1982, is a public radio station licensed to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.



 
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Jul 11, 2014IRSC RANKED FOURTH MOST AFFORDABLE COLLEGE FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Indian River State College to hold the line on tuition for upcoming school year
Helping students avoid student loan debt


For the second consecutive year, Indian River State College has been rated as the 4th most affordable college in the country and most affordable of Florida colleges according to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Report released June 30.

IRSC recently reinforced its long-standing commitment to affordability with no increase in tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 school year, maintaining the College’s low tuition rate for the third school year in a row. Due to careful financial planning throughout the College, the IRSC District Board of Trustees as been able to approve college budgets with no tuition increase for the past two years.

“Thousands of Treasure Coast residents attending IRSC will have more money in their pockets when the Fall Semester begins, thanks to the College’s very efficient operation,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. “IRSC is committed to maintaining quality at reasonable cost, while helping students avoid a heavy burden of student loan debt. It’s so important to keep the doors of higher education open for all students. Affordable higher education is the gateway to good career prospects and a skilled workforce for our community.”


 
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Jul 11, 2014First arrival of new PEOPLExpress into West Palm Beach on Monday

WHAT: PEOPLExpress, an iconic brand that served West Palm Beach nearly 30 years ago returns to Palm Beach International Airport on July 14 with service to Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia.
Media are invited to cover the return of PEOPLExpress into PBI and speak to representatives and passengers on the first inbound and outbound flights. The festivities include a water cannon salute upon arrival and event at the gate. Credentialed media will be allowed access to the ramp/tarmac for the best view of the water cannon salute.
WHEN: Monday, July 14. The inaugural flight into West Palm Beach arrives at 2:15 p.m.
INSTRUCTIONS: To cover the event, please contact Stephanie Richards at srichards@pbia.org or Thomas Becher at tbecher@ndp-agency.com with names and date of birth for each attendee. Upon arrival at the airport, you will check in at the ticket counter for PeoplExpress on the third level of the main terminal and receive your security pass to the gate, C5. Parking will be validated.
The water cannon salute will be upon arrival expected at 2:15 p.m., so you will want any photographers/videographers to arrive by 2 p.m. to make sure you can be escorted to the best viewpoint and get set up.
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Jul 11, 2014FPL and Florida National Guard
FPL and Florida National Guard form historic, first-of-a-kind partnership to enhance disaster response capabilities

FPL announces partnership during its annual storm drill, which tests company's response and restoration processes should a hurricane strike its territory











JUNO BEACH, Fla., May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced that the company has initiated a first-of-a-kind partnership with the Florida National Guard designed to enhance each organization's overall response capabilities to natural and man-made disasters, with a particular focus on severe storms, including hurricanes. Key to the partnership will be the embedding for six months of a Florida National Guardsman within FPL's emergency preparedness organization.

www.FPL.com
"We are extremely excited to announce this unique partnership with the Florida National Guard and its 12,000 citizen soldiers and airmen – the first of its kind in the nation," said Eric Silagy, president of FPL. "This new partnership will allow FPL to leverage the Florida Guard's considerable logistics and operational expertise gained through its recent deployments here and around the world. At the same time, the Florida National Guard will gain a better appreciation for how FPL conducts its business, particularly during times of large-scale power restoration. There's no question in my mind that this innovative partnership can and will serve as a model for other National Guard units and utilities throughout the nation."

The idea behind the partnership began late last year during a meeting involving senior FPL officials, including Silagy, and senior Florida National Guard staff officers, including Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw Jr., the Adjutant General of the Florida National Guard.

"This innovative partnership is exactly the type of out-of-the-box thinking that needs to take place to ensure we are as well-positioned as possible to respond to the needs of Florida's citizens when disaster strikes," said Maj. Gen. Titshaw. "The Florida National Guard brings to the table an immense portfolio of real-world deployment and operational experience. Now, we have an opportunity to put that expertise to work here at home, allowing for knowledge-sharing and relationship-building with our disaster relief partners, all with a focus on preparation, response and recovery."

2004 hurricane anniversary – a reminder to continue to improve electric grid
Today's announcement took place against the backdrop of FPL's annual storm drill. More than 3,500 FPL employees participated at FPL's Command Center located in Riviera Beach, Fla., and at service centers and other facilities throughout the company's 35-county service area. Employees responded to Hurricane Echo – a virtual Category 3 storm – to test FPL's hurricane readiness, restoration and recovery plan.

"Ten years ago, Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne devastated parts of our state and challenged our restoration efforts," Silagy said. "Since that time, FPL has invested well over a billion dollars to strengthen our system and make it more resilient to Florida's extreme weather. While it's been nine years since a hurricane impacted FPL and its customers, none of us can afford to be complacent. That's why we vigorously test our storm plan and prepare for severe storms each and every day. I strongly encourage our customers to do their part and take the time now to prepare, well before the heart of hurricane season."

Since the devastating storms in 2004, FPL has invested more than $1.4 billion to strengthen the electric grid to better withstand severe weather, help restore service faster following outages and improve everyday service reliability for 4.7 million customers, including:

Strengthening more than 450 main power lines serving critical community facilities such as hospitals, police and fire stations and emergency communication systems
Clearing vegetation – a major cause of power outages – from more than 100,000 miles of power lines
Inspecting all power poles – more than one million – and upgrading or replacing those that no longer meet our standards for strength
Installing 4.6 million smart meters and 10,000 intelligent devices using cutting-edge technologies that help detect and restore service faster when outages occur
Virtual Hurricane Echo
As part of FPL's week-long storm drill, employees are responding to Hurricane Echo, a virtual Category 3 hurricane that makes landfall in the Broward and Miami-Dade County area. The virtual storm takes a northerly route through the middle of Florida before exiting near Daytona Beach. The last two days of the drill simulate post-storm restoration activities.

During the simulation, employees track outages, assess damage, communicate with customers and employees, and initiate service restoration. They also test the company's storm plans and tactics, and apply lessons learned from previous hurricanes and other extreme weather events. Additionally, to make this simulation as real as possible, FPL generates damage estimates for the fictional storm scenario based on scientific computer models the company has built from decades of storm data.

If a real storm strikes, FPL will provide updated restoration time estimates and other progress reports:

FPL Storm Center (www.FPL.com/storm)
Twitter (www.twitter.com/insideFPL)
Facebook (www.facebook.com/FPLconnect)
YouTube (www.youtube.com/FPL)
FPL's Blog (www.FPLblog.com)
FPL's Power Tracker (www.FPL.com/powertracker).
NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information on FPL's storm readiness and high-definition photos and B-roll, please call the FPL Media Line at 561-694-4442 or visit the digital library of FPL's Newsroom (http://newsroom.fpl.com/).

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida and serves the third-largest number of customers of any electric utility in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.7 million customer accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees as of year-end 2013. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential bill is the lowest among reporting electric utilities in Florida as of year-end 2013, and based on data available in July 2013, is about 28 percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL delivered better than 99.98 percent service reliability as of year-end 2013. FPL has earned the national ServiceOne Award for outstanding customer service for an unprecedented 10 consecutive years. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.

- See more at: http://newsroom.fpl.com/2014-05-02-FPL-and-Florida-National-Guard-form-historic-first-of-a-kind-partnership-to-enhance-disaster-response-capabilities#sthash.VuCkZq65.dpuf

 
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Jul 10, 2014IRSC RANKED FOURTH MOST AFFORDABLE COLLEGE FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Indian River State College to hold the line on tuition for upcoming school year
Helping students avoid student loan debt


For the second consecutive year, Indian River State College has been rated as the 4th most affordable college in the country and most affordable of Florida colleges according to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Report released June 30.

IRSC recently reinforced its long-standing commitment to affordability with no increase in tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 school year, maintaining the College’s low tuition rate for the third school year in a row. Due to careful financial planning throughout the College, the IRSC District Board of Trustees as been able to approve college budgets with no tuition increase for the past two years.

“Thousands of Treasure Coast residents attending IRSC will have more money in their pockets when the Fall Semester begins, thanks to the College’s very efficient operation,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. “IRSC is committed to maintaining quality at reasonable cost, while helping students avoid a heavy burden of student loan debt. It’s so important to keep the doors of higher education open for all students. Affordable higher education is the gateway to good career prospects and a skilled workforce for our community.”


 
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Jul 10, 2014Public invited to attend information meetings on sales tax referendum
The public is invited to attend a series of information meetings on the upcoming sales tax referendum. At the meeting, Martin County Engineering Department staff will present information related to the sales tax referendum and will be available to answer questions.

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

Meeting dates, locations and times are as follows:

Friday, July 18 @ 2:00 p.m., Peter & Julie Cummings Library
2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City

Friday, July 25 @ 2:00 p.m., Robert Morgade Library
5851 SE Community Dr., Stuart

Wednesday, August 6 @ 2:00 p.m., Elisabeth Lahti Library
15200 SW Adams Ave., Indiantown

Wednesday, September 3 @ 2:00 p.m., Hobe Sound Public Library
10595 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound

Monday, September 8 @ 6:00 p.m., Blake Library
2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

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

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


 
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Jul 10, 2014STATEMENTS REGARDING ALL ABOARD FLORIDA SERVICE
“All Aboard Florida remains on schedule to start construction
and deliver passenger service between Miami and West Palm Beach with a stop in Fort
Lauderdale by the end of 2016. Construction on Phase 2, which will connect Central Florida with
the major South Florida markets, will commence immediately following the completion of the
Environmental Impact Statement. This phase will deliver passenger service to Orlando by early
2017 and will coincide directly with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s plans to build the
Intermodal Station and Automated People Mover.” – Michael Reininger, President and Chief
Development Officer, All Aboard Florida
"When completed, this private sector initiative will be a great asset to the infrastructure of our
state and county, particularly as we are working to create an integrated transportation network
in Central Florida. We continue to work closely with the All Aboard Florida team and support
their efforts to deliver this greatly anticipated transportation alternative." – Orange County
Mayor Teresa Jacobs
"The City of Orlando remains committed to connecting our residents to jobs and opportunity
throughout our region and state with increased transportation options like All Aboard Florida’s
proposed passenger rail service. The implementation of Phase 1 (Miami to West Palm Beach)
gets us one step closer to connecting Orlando and Miami with a new and better way to travel
around the state. We applaud their efforts to make this significant investment in our state’s
transportation future." – City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
“The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority continues to coordinate closely with All Aboard
Florida as they pursue their environmental approvals and break ground on their stations in
South Florida. We are currently involved in the planning stages for the intermodal
transportation facility which will accommodate All Aboard Florida's intent to bring intercity
passenger rail service to Orlando International Airport,” says Phil Brown, Executive Director of
the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. – Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater
Orlando Aviation Authority

 
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Jul 10, 2014At joint meeting with Town of Jupiter Island, Martin County Commissioners reaffirm commitment to maintaining safe and navigable Inlet
At a joint meeting today with the Town of Jupiter Island, Martin County reaffirmed its commitment to work with state and federal partners to maintain a safe and navigable St. Lucie Inlet, as it has for decades. The Commission also stated their continued intent to place these valuable sand resources on beaches to the south of the Inlet, including in Hobe Sound and Jupiter Island, in compliance with the State's existing management plan.

To date, the County and its partners have dredged over 3,287,000 cubic yards of sand from this federally-authorized Inlet, following the goals and strategies contained in the existing 1996 Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Inlet Management Plan. Martin County has always shown a clear and consistent commitment to maintaining the navigability and safety of the inlet, actively pursuing all potential funding sources to ensure dredging occurs, and using the valuable sand resource in a responsible fashion for the public's benefit.

The DEP is currently working with local stakeholders to update this Plan. In the meantime, the County must obtain the necessary permits to dredge the Inlet when the timing is right. Any delays in permitting could prevent the County from responding to emergency conditions in the Inlet and puts it at risk of losing a half million dollar grant in critical funding for Inlet maintenance.

Moving forward, Martin County hopes to resolve issues with the Town of Jupiter Island regarding the timing and quantity of sand placement. Martin County recognizes the importance of the Inlet from a safety, economic, recreational, tourism and environmental perspective and continues to work with its partners to ensure there will be a dedicated funding source for its continued maintenance.


 
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Jul 10, 2014County reminds residents to stock up on hurricane supplies


With the first named hurricane of the season under our belts, now is the perfect time to stock your disaster supply kit if you haven't already done so. The Martin County Fire Rescue Department Emergency Management Agency reminds local residents about the importance of being prepared for the Atlantic hurricane season, which extends until the end of November.

Recommended items for a disaster supply kit include:

* One gallon of water per person, per day for five days
* Enough non-perishable food for the household for at least five days
* A non-electric can opener; cooking tools and fuel; paper plates and towels
* Toiletries, such as toothpaste and brush; deodorant and soap; shaving equipment; personal hygiene supplies; shampoo; wash cloth and towel; and toilet paper
* Garbage bags, resealable plastic bags, and tarps
* Supplies for infants, including diapers and formula
* Supplies for senior citizens, including special dietary considerations
* At least a two-week supply of prescribed family medicines, as well as a typical first-aid kit with bandages, antibiotic cream, headache medicine, and antacids
* Blankets, pillows, and extra clothing
* Battery-powered NOAA weather radio and flashlight with extra batteries
* A waterproof container with extra cash and important documents such as insurance information, bank accounts, and Social Security cards
* A list of important phone numbers including the family's local pharmacy, doctors, and designated contacts the family can call in case of an emergency
* Camera to record damage to property
* Rain gear and hard sole shoes
* Cleaning supplies and equipment
* Pet supplies including food, water, and medicines

For more hurricane preparation information, call the Martin County Emergency Management Agency at (772) 287-1652 or visit our website at www.martin.fl.us and click on EOC Emergency Information - Emergency Management Agency.



 
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Jul 10, 2014Volunteers give back during United Way’s Day of Action


Giving back to the community can be as easy as writing a check or donating a few hours to a good cause.

On June 20, United Way of Martin County joined hundreds of United Ways across the globe for Day of Action where local residents pledged to give back to their community by donating a few hours of their time.

The staff at Martin Volunteers, United Way of Martin County’s volunteer engagement program, worked with a handful of Martin County-based nonprofit agencies to identify volunteer projects related to United Way’s six strategic priority areas: ending hunger, strengthening families, good health, solid education, job opportunities and ensuring safety.

The volunteer projects included: unpacking and sorting donated clothing at Caring Children Clothing Children; helping entertain patients during a summer luau at the Council on Aging; and distributing food to residents of the Banner Lake community in Hobe Sound via a mobile food pantry.

“It was so nice to be part of an event with such caring, wonderful workers and volunteers,” said Jim Faulkner, of Palm City, who teamed up with his wife, Janice, entertaining patients during the summer luau at the Council on Aging. “We are so blessed to be part of a county that really cares about all of their citizens.”

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. Its mission is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in volunteer service that enriches the individual and strengthens the community. For more information, visit MartinVolunteers.org, call 772-220-4472 or email kstacey@martinvolunteers.org.


 
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Jul 9, 2014Tykes & Teens to Host Free Seminar for Parents of “Tweens”
The years between childhood and adolescence are especially difficult to navigate. An understanding of the specific mind and body changes that a child experiences during this developmental stage is vital to successfully parenting a “tween”. The research regarding middle school aged children and exposure to drugs, alcohol and other dangerous behaviors is frightening, and the best way to help build your child’s protective assets is to educate yourself about how to best communicate with him or her.
Luckily, the experts at Tykes & Teens can help. On October 4th, the non-profit will host a free event designed to help parents of middle school aged children navigate the confusing and challenging “tween” years. The 5th Annual Mapping the Middle-A Guide to All Things Tween is supported by the Children’s Services Council of Martin County, C.O.R.E., The Martin County School District, the United Way of Martin County, and Kaunis Hetki Photography.
This year’s topics to be presented by a panel of experts will include The Teen Brain, Healthy Sexual Development, Nutrition and Mental Health, and Marijuana: Where are We Now? A therapist from Tykes and Teens will host an interactive group for tweens to participate in while their parents are attending the lectures.
The event takes place Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wolf High Technology Center on the IRSC Chastain Campus in Stuart. Limited free vendor space is available, and corporate sponsorship opportunities are only $100 and include marketing benefits. For more information or to pre-register for the event please call Dr. Agnieszka Marshall at 772-220-3439.


 
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Jul 9, 2014“Love is Listening”
Renowned educator, published author and founder of Memory Bridge, Michael Verde, returns to the Treasure Coast to present “Love is Listening” in which he explores the power of empathetic attention to keep people with dementia emotionally and meaningfully connected to others. This is a FREE event. It is not just geared to dementia as Verde exposes groundbreaking communication approaches to become living bridges to both our body and our spirit. This 2-hour presentation will be held at Horizon Bay, a Brookdale Community located at 9825 S. US Hwy 1, Port St. Lucie, 34952, on July 17th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by The Keane Law Firm are requested by July 15th at (772) 288 0000 as seating is limited.
In 2008 Michael produced the internationally acclaimed PBS documentary There Is a Bridge, a spiritually transformative film that explores the profound emotional and social needs of people with dementia.
In 2011 Memory Bridge received Indiana University’s Educational Peace Prize grant for the purpose of bringing the Memory Bridge Initiative to South Africa.
In 2012 Florida’s Hospice and Palliative Care Association recognized Memory Bridge by awarding the Synergy Award for its innovative Life is a Bridge training to build a bridge of hope in eliminating the loneliness and isolation of dementia.
Memory Bridge is a nationally recognized 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. To date, the Memory Bridge Initiative has connected over 7,000 students and people with dementia in relationships predicated on non-judgmental attention and unconditional acceptance. Learn more at memorybridge.org


 
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Jul 9, 2014UF/IFAS Extension Martin County presents Master Gardener Certification Training Program
The application period for the annual University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Martin County Master Gardener training and certification program is open through August 1, 2014. If you enjoy learning, volunteering, and sharing horticultural knowledge with your community, the Master Gardener program may be a good fit for you! To apply, print and complete the on-line Sprouting Kit at http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu/mg_training.shtml and return it to the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office, located at 2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart 34996.

The 11-week training program will be held at the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. beginning September 2, 2014. The registration fee of $175 includes required reference books and handouts. Training covers a wide range of horticultural topics, such as plant identification, entomology, landscape maintenance, vegetable gardening and plant propagation. Classes will involve a mix of lectures, field trips and hands-on activities.

Since 1984, the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Program has provided gardeners with extensive education in home horticultural principles. Participants who complete the program are certified as Master Gardeners by the UF/IFAS Extension Service. Once certified, Master Gardeners are required to volunteer 75 hours within the first year following their training and 35 hours each year thereafter, to maintain their active status. Working with the Extension Agent, Master Gardeners provide volunteer leadership and service to their community in organized horticultural volunteer service activities. Service could include answering gardening questions, conducting plant clinics, beautifying the community, working with youth, and other activities which promote environmentally friendly horticultural practices. Many Master Gardeners far exceed the required service hours and many continue in the program beyond the first year, because of their passion for gardening and willingness to help others in their community. The learning process never ends for Master Gardeners! Continued training is offered throughout the year, to keep Master Gardeners up-to-date on the latest horticultural information. So if you have a desire to help others and a personal commitment to complete the training and volunteer service hours, please send in your application today!

For more information, visit http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu or call 772-288-5654.


 
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Jul 9, 2014Successful Martin County Recycling Roundup prevents more than 17,000 tons of hazardous and other waste from harming the environment
Martin County residents took spring cleaning to a new level in 2014. This year, The Martin County Solid Waste Department encouraged the community to go through their homes and bring any hazardous wastes, electronics and private documents to the Extreme Recycling Roundup that was held at the Martin County Fairgrounds on May 17.



Suggested photo caption: Wendy Parker, Martin County's Utility & Solid Waste Program Manager, (center, in orange vest), with the Hazardous Waste Cleanup Team at the 2014 Extreme Recycling Roundup. Photo credit: Martin county Board of County Commissioners

More than 500 residents arrived with car loads of household hazardous waste that was properly sorted and disposed of, thereby preventing it from harming the natural environment. Of the 17,000 tons of waste collected, approximately 8,600 lbs. of it was hazardous waste, 5,000 lbs. electronics and 3,500 lbs. shredded paper.

By the end of the day, workers had filled dozens of boxes with old and broken light bulbs, had truckloads of old televisions, computers, printers and other electronics and a 40-yard dumpster filled with old paint cans.

"We are so appreciative of the residents who took advantage of this program to help keep these kinds of items out of the regular waste stream and dispose of them properly," explained Wendy Parker, Martin County's Utility & Solid Waste Program Manager. "Any item that is potentially harmful to people, pets or the environment is considered a household hazardous waste and those items should never be disposed of curbside or poured down the drain because they can be harmful to our waterways."

If you missed Martin County's Extreme Recycling Roundup, you can still drop off your hazardous materials at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center located at the Martin County Transfer Station at 9101 SW Busch St. in Palm City or check the schedule for the HazMobile (Martin County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection vehicle) to see when it will be making stops in your area.

The HazMobile collects residential waste only. The following items are not accepted: gasoline, propane tanks, tires, flares, fuel, large appliances, pressurized gases, tires, drums, or business waste.

About Martin County Solid Waste

Martin County's Solid Waste Division provides safe and sanitary waste disposal for the residents of Martin County, making the best use of land and resources while protecting the environment. The Solid Waste division also provides efficient and cost effective solid waste collection services to all residents and businesses of unincorporated county areas and recycling collection services to single and multi-family units countywide, in conjunction with promoting waste reduction. For more information, visit www.martin.fl.us or "like" the Martin County HazMobile on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/martincountyhazmobile.



 
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Jul 8, 2014FAU Harbor Branch Study Links Indian River Lagoon Fish Consumption and Elevated Mercury Levels in People
Scientists at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) analyzed hair samples to determine mercury concentrations of 135 residents living along the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and found that individuals who reported eating locally-caught seafood one or more times per day are nearly four times more likely to have a mercury concentration above the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended daily dose for human health.
Researchers began the study after finding high levels of mercury in IRL Atlantic bottlenose dolphins — they are considered a “sentinel species” because they are long lived, have defined home ranges and consume some of the same fish species as humans.
“The dolphins were a sort of ‘canary in the coal mine’ for us,” said Adam Schaefer, HBOI epidemiologist and one of the lead scientists on the project. “This study shows how a sentinel animal can help identify a public health hazard. Now this information can be used to develop interventions to reduce exposure among high risk groups, particularly pregnant women.” The key interventions include education regarding general guidelines for seafood consumption and specific species of fish that should be avoided during pregnancy.
Results from the peer-reviewed study are published in this month’s edition of the International Journal of Environmental and Public Health (www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/7/6709).
Mercury is a global environmental pollutant that causes adverse health effects, particularly on neurodevelopment in the fetus. Human exposure to mercury comes primarily from the consumption of fish and shellfish. In Florida, adults consume significantly more seafood on average when compared to the general population of the United States.
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Jul 8, 2014Stuart Commission Candidate Robin Hicks-Connors to speak at Allegro July 17
Residents of Allegro Senior Living and the general public are invited to hear Stuart Commission candidate Robin Hicks-Connors share her ideas at a Town Talk scheduled for July 17 at 10:00 a.m. Allegro Senior Living is located off Indian Street, at 3400 S.E. Aster Lane. For more information about the event, contact 772.324.7558.

A resident of the City of Stuart for nearly 20 years, Hicks-Connors has held highly visible positions within the community including an eight year stint as President/CEO of the Elliott Museum and four years as the former Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Council on Aging. She currently works for the Council on Aging at the Kane Center in Stuart. She continues to serve on numerous boards including the Stuart Community Redevelopment Board; Stuart Mainstreet and the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce. In her active role as a board member for Stuart Main Street, Hicks-Connors created the Sailfish Historic Art Marker Trail that will be installed this summer.
“We love to offer our residents and the public at large the opportunity to meet a candidate, hear ideas and have the ability to ask questions prior to an election,” said Lisa Schroeder, Sales & Marketing Director at Allegro. “Since everyone on the Treasure Coast utilizes the downtown area, it’s important to understand the candidates and their positions on issues.”

Currently, Hicks-Connors has received endorsements from three previous City of Stuart mayors including Peter Walson, Mary Hutchinson and Carol Waxler. To fully understand the issues important to the residents of Stuart and the Treasure Coast, Hicks-Connors will be appearing at several public events and Town Talks leading up to the August 26th election. For more information about attending or hosting a Town Talk, email robinhicksconnors4stuart@gmail.com. More in depth information about the candidate can be found on her website at www.robinhicksconnors.com.


 
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Jul 8, 2014INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE EARNS FLAWLESS REACCREDITATION
Indian River State College was recently reaccredited for the next ten years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The reaffirmation was earned by IRSC following a flawless review and site visit of the College’s campuses, programs, and services by representatives of the prestigious accrediting body.
This review attests to the quality education provided by IRSC and the seamless transferability of IRSC credits to other colleges and universities.
“This reaffirmation is a seal of approval for the exceptional educational experiences that IRSC provides to its students,” said Dr. Tina Hart, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness.

As part of the reaffirmation process, IRSC developed a Quality Enhancement Plan, entitled “Math at the Root of Success (MARS),” an institution-wide initiative committed to improving student learning and success. This project helps students improve their math skills, recognizing that achievement in math is often a barrier to success.


 
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Jul 8, 2014CAREGIVERS EDUCATIONAL MEETING
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hospice cg mtg JULY 2014
 
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Jul 8, 2014Sip $ Shop
J.McLaughlin will donate 15% of its proceeds back to BGCMC when you come in and shop at it's Stuart location in the Harbor Bay Plaza from 1 to 4pm this Friday, July 11th. While you are there be sure to stop next door to The Mixed Bag who will also donate 10% of their sales back to the Clubs!

Thanks for your continued support and happy shopping!

Your friends at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County


 
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Jul 7, 2014Martin County School District to Host "Parent University"
MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HOST “PARENT UNIVERSITY”

Stuart, Fla. (July 7, 2014)…The Martin County School District will host “Parent University” on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 8am-12pm at South Fork High School. This program is designed to provide important information to parents and other caregivers as they strive to support their child’s academic life.

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

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

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

Opportunities for non-profit and vendor participation and sponsorships are available; please contact Michele Blanco at (772) 219-1200, ext. 30444.

The host site of Parent University, South Fork High School, is located at 10000 SW Bulldog Way in Stuart.

Transportation for parents/guardians of students at Warfield Elementary School and Indiantown Middle School will be provided.


 
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Jul 7, 2014Neighborhood Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commission seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Neighborhood Advisory Committees (NAC). The Committees make recommendations to the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) regarding implementation of each area's Community Redevelopment Plan.

To qualify, you must be an individual who is either:
i. A resident of the respective Community Redevelopment Area, as evidenced by being a registered voter in the respective Community Redevelopment Area for at least one year, or

ii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who is also a business owner of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or

iii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least two years, who is also a senior manager of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or

iv. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who also owns real property within a half mile of the respective Community Redevelopment Area. No more than two members of any respective Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be appointed from category iv. above.
• Golden Gate meetings will be held quarterly (second Monday of the month) at 6:00 pm at the Cassidy Community Center at Golden Gate.
• Hobe Sound meetings will be held quarterly (fourth Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Hobe Sound Civic Center.
• Indiantown meetings will be held quarterly (second Monday of the month) at 6pm at the Indiantown Civic Center.
• Jensen Beach meetings will be held quarterly (first Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Jensen Beach Community Center.
• Old Palm City meetings will be held quarterly (third Monday of the month) at 6pm at Palm City Community Center.
• Port Salerno meetings will be held quarterly (typically the third Thursday of the month) at 6pm at the Port Salerno Civic Center.
• Rio meetings will be held quarterly (next meetings are Sept 4 & Nov 13) at 6pm at the Rio Civic Center.
All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, July 25, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Jul 7, 2014Drug & Alcohol Abuse Awareness Committee Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill two private citizen vacancies on the Drug & Alcohol Abuse Awareness Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by July 25, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Powers & Duties:
This is an advisory committee to the Board of County Commissioners regarding substance abuse issues and provides suggestion with regard to direction the Board of County Commissioners could consider assisting the community in combating use/abuse of drugs/alcohol and gives direction regarding the expenditure of Drug Abuse Trust Fund dollars and grant initiatives and subsequent funding expenditures.

The two private citizen members shall be appointed to serve a one term beginning September 1, 2014 and ending August 31, 2015, which may be renewed at the discretion of the Board of County Commissioners.

Meetings are held quarterly at 3:30 pm at the Community Services Conference Room, 435 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. The next meetings are scheduled for September 3 and December 3.


 
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Jul 7, 2014MARTIN COUNTY TRANSIT FAIR
The public is invited to learn more about public transit in Martin County by attending the Martin County Transit Fair, on Thursday July 17 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Morgade Library on the IRSC Campus in Stuart. Information on Martin County Public Transit Services and Medical Transportation Management (MTM) services, as well as other community businesses and programs that benefit from transit, will be provided at the event.

To assist the public in getting to the event, on the day of the Transit Fair, July 17 - Martin County Public Transit will be offering the following services to riders. Martin County Public Transit will have an additional circular service on July 17 for Indiantown residents that wish to attend the event. Additionally, riders that board that Stuart Route to attend the Transit Fair will receive two free transfers (one for each way) from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. upon request. For more information, phone 772-288-5460 or visit http://www.martin.fl.us/hottopics.


When: Thursday, July 17, 2014
9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Where: Morgade Library— IRSC Chastain Campus
5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart

For more information:
772-288-5460 (MCPT)
772-266-4971 (MTM)

 
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Jul 7, 2014PUBLIC NOTICE MARTIN COUNTY UTILITIES, THE CITY OF STUART AND SOUTH MARTIN REGIONAL UTILITIES (SMRU) FREE CHLORINE MAINTENANCE
Martin County Utilities, City of Stuart and South Martin Regional Utilities (SMRU) will temporarily change the method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of the water. The Utility water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during the period of July 20, 2014 – August 3, 2014.
These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions concerning this matter. If you have tropical fish or aquatic animals, you should contact your local tropical fish store for advice and take appropriate action to insure that you have properly treated the water before adding it your aquarium.
The hydrant flushing during this period may cause the water to become cloudy and discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last more than a few hours.
We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this time. Please keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for our customers.
For more information contact Martin County Utilities Customer Service at (772) 221-1434, the City of Stuart Customer Service at (772) 288-5317 or (772) 288-5318 or South Martin Regional Utilities (SMRU) Customer Service at (772) 546-2511.
Thank you for your cooperation.

 
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Jul 7, 2014Call for Nominations
The Association of Fundraising Professionals – Treasure Coast Chapter continues its tradition of honoring the local philanthropic community at the annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration reception, which will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 p..m. at Santa Lucia River Club, Ballantrae, Port St. Lucie. Each year, over 200 guests gather to recognize and celebrate the who's who of area philanthropy. This special day is set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy-and the people active in the Treasure Coast area’s philanthropic community have made to our lives, our local community and our world. Each year, this prestigious event offers the local community an opportunity to acknowledge, highlight and pay tribute to philanthropic excellence. The chapter invites nominations for extraordinary individuals, corporations and foundations in one of the following distinguished award categories:
OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST AWARD
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD
UNSUNG HERO AWARD
OUTSTANDING CORPORATE PHILANTHROPIST AWARD
OUTSTANDING GROUP SUPPORTING PHILANTHROPY AWARD
In 1994, the Treasure Coast Chapter hosted its first National Philanthropy Day awards event. Today, National Philanthropy Day is celebrated across North America and around the world in more than 500 locations. Click here for the Nomination Form. Please share among local individuals and nonprofits and help us say "Thank you."
Nominations must be submitted by July 31, 2014 to be considered.
FL, Treasure Coast Chapter
MEDIA CONTACT
CHARLENE FOSTER
772.286.4444. EXT 235
cfoster@ymcatreasurecoast.org
www.afptreasurecoast.org
For Immediate Release
AFP Treasure Coast was chartered in 1994 and its mission is to strengthen philanthropy in Martin and St Lucie County through professional development and ethical fundraising practices. Its membership consists of professional fundraisers who represent both large and small non-profits. Throughout the year, AFP Treasure Coast hosts webinars and luncheons for members on the latest trends in fundraising, philanthropy, and the general non-profit sector. Scholarships to conferences, a job bank and a study group are also membership benefits. For more information on the chapter, please visit www.afptreasurecoast.org. The Treasure Coast Chapter can also now be found on Facebook!

 
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Jul 3, 2014Martin County GOP Annual BBQ Picnic
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GOP Annual Picnic.pdf
 
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Jul 3, 2014Congressional District 18 Republican Primary Candidate Forum
Congressional District 18 Republican Primary Candidate Forum

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Martin County Republican Headquarters
1111 SE Federal Hwy, Ste 134, Stuart, FL 34994

For information call: 772.286.0615 or email: office@martingop.org

Candidates Confirmed:

Carl Domino
Beverly Hires (invited)
Brian Lara
Alan Schlesinger
Calvin Turnquest
Nick Wukoson

 
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Jul 3, 20144th of July Celebration at Sensations Cabaret
4th of July Celebration at Sensations Cabaret (Formerly Paper Moon).
Treasure Coast’s Finest Night Club & Adult Entertainment
FREE HOT DOGS July 4th from 4pm – 8pm
No Cover Charge till 7pm
Couples Welcome – Escorted Ladies Always Free!
(772) 692-2331
853 N Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34994 (In North Shore Plaza, North of Roosevelt Bridge)


 
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Jul 2, 2014Bubbles Express Wash fundraiser to benefit Humane Society
For the third time, Bubbles Express Wash, a “green” community-friendly car wash, is hosting a fundraising opportunity to benefit the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) from July 14 – 20, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon. through Sat. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2160 NW Federal Highway, Stuart.

Bubbles will give $5 to the HSTC for every customer who buys a $20 Bubbles Express Wash gift card. While there, each gift card purchaser will receive a free Ultimate Wash ($14 value) and the $20 gift card to give or use another time.

Each car wash lasts five minutes using soft touch equipment and is environmentally friendly, using only nine gallons of fresh water per car. Bubbles’ washes include free vacuum use.

For more information, call (772) 828-6837 or Beth Rosenberg at 772-220-1696. Visit the shelter’s website at http://www.hstc1.org.

Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for animal welfare in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the Humane Society relies on donations, wills and bequests to support its programs and services. As a local Humane Society, HSTC is run independently from any national welfare or humane organization with no financial assistance from these groups. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hstc1 and Instagram at hstcadopt. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822. Media inquiries: 772-221-2425 • http://www.prczar.com


 
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Jul 2, 2014UF/IFAS Extension Treasure Coast Small Farms Working Group presents the 2014 Beginning Farmer Summer Series
The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Treasure Coast Small Farms Working Group wants to help you become a successful producer. Join them for the Beginning Farmers: Planning for your Successful Farm Summer Series and learn the tools you need to succeed.

The second workshop in this summer series will be held on July 12th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Indian River County at the Old Fellsmere School located at 22 S. Orange Street, Fellsmere. The program will begin with a farm visit to Two Wise Acres Farm to see how selection and investigation has played a large role in determining what crops to focus on, and what to grow in the future. Participants will return to a classroom-setting after the tour and learn how to plan for the next planting cycle by understanding how to choose crops based upon factors unique to their farm and how to determine the appropriate fertilizer rates for optimum growth.

Continuation of the summer series schedule is as follows:

• July 12: Choosing a Variety of Crops and Determining Fertilizer Application Rates, UF/IFAS Extension Indian River County (to be held in Fellsmere)
• August 9: Developing an Insect Pest Scouting Plan and Developing an Integrated Pest Management Plan, UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County
• September 13: Marketing: Product & Price and Designing an Irrigation System, UF/IFAS Extension Okeechobee County
The program is designed for beginning farmers who have little to no farming experience. Farmers who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion. Each workshop will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Registration is $30 per workshop and includes two sessions, lunch, course materials, and a field visit to a local farm. Register today at your local Extension office or online at: http://www.eventbrite.com.
Article contributed by Christine Kelly-Begazo, Director, UF/IFAS Extension Indian River County
All programs and related activities sponsored, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons without discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/University of Florida/Dr. Nick Place Dean and Director for Extension.

Yvette Goodiel
Sustainability & Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent II
University of Florida IFAS Extension Martin County
2614 SE Dixie Highway
Stuart, FL 34996-4007
(772) 419-6962
goodiel@ufl.edu


 
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Jul 2, 2014Shakra’s Deli to host fundraising dog wash
Shakra’s Deli & Restaurant will host its second annual dog wash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 27 to benefit the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC). The eatery is located at 887 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. in Jensen Beach.

For a $10 suggested donation, HSTC volunteers will wash dogs and puppies and for every wash, Shakra’s will give a buy one, get one free sub sandwich. The deli also will donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to the HSTC. There will be live music to add to the festive atmosphere.

Those looking to adopt a pet will have the opportunity to do so during the event. Select animals from the shelter will be on site.

For more information, call 772-600-3216 or visit the website, http://www.hstc1.org.

Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for animal welfare in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the Humane Society relies on donations, wills and bequests to support its programs and services. As a local Humane Society, HSTC is run independently from any national welfare or humane organization with no financial assistance from these groups. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hstc1 and Instagram at hstcadopt. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822. Media inquiries: 772-221-2425 • http://www.prczar.com.


 
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Jul 2, 2014Jensen Beach's largest beach clean-up team to help kids
Working together for the environment and local children, community groups are rallying volunteers to clean area beaches and raise funds for important children and family causes.
The Jensen Sea Turtle Beach Cleanup is partnering with the 7th Annual Waterway Cleanup to be apart of Jensen Beach's biggest debris removal beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 26. The event will include opportunities for volunteers to donate school supplies for children in Martin County, as well as a raffle to raise money for the Children's Services Council of Martin County's SPLASH program, which teaches water safety to children who otherwise couldn't afford lessons.
"We love that parents or guardians will attend a class as part of the program, as well. Every fifty dollars raised, sponsors one child to participate in the Splash program.” said an event organizer.

While annual beach cleanups have been a part of the Jensen Beach community for many years, this is the first year that the two groups are working together to expand the event. Co-hosting the after-event, Chilin The Most Bar and Grill has joined the cause, offering their space for live music, a raffle event, and games, after the cleanup. Social networking buzz includes an active Facebook event page, named “Jensen Sea Turtle Beach Cleanup Team,” which can be found at www.facebook.com/events/1487299791487136/

“It’s great to see our Facebook event page is creating networking opportunities for small business. Community is important to us, and we’re bringing folks together who may not have otherwise had the chance to come together," said another event organizer.

One of the more popular activities of the day is announcing the winner of a “Save Our River” song contest, which offers opportunities for singers and songwriters of all genres to get creative and help raise awareness for the cause, and money for SPLASH. Local Way art gallery is the first to judge the song contest, by donating a $200 to SPLASH, which will sponsor four children to for the program. Sponsor opportunities are available.

Paige Lyons, the art gallery’s owner, is excited to listen to song entries, via Youtube and Soundcloud. Participants and sponsors will receive tickets for the raffle event, and kids t-shirts, from Children’s Services Council.

"Collaborating on an event that helps the environment and our youngest residents is smart, long-term thinking that benefits our community," said Suzanne Wentley, the public education coordinator of the Children’s Services Council of Martin County. "We are grateful to the Community Cleanup 4 Students and Jensen Sea Turtle Beach Cleanup for supporting water safety for local children."

Event sponsors include Trouble Clef Entertainment, Treasure Coast Sailing Adventures, Schumacher Music, ‘The Hit Box’ recording studio, Local Way art gallery, Jaimes Natural Nutrition and Weight Loss, Dreaming Dog Studios, Glass Blasted, Seacoast National Bank, Jensen Beach Chamber Of Commerce, and event co-host, Chillin’ The Most.

To participate, sponsor or learn more, call (772) 985-3784 or visit the Facebook event “Jensen Sea Turtle Beach Cleanup Team."


 
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Jul 2, 2014Promote your Business! Support Education! It's a Win-Win!
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Ed Foundation.pdf
 
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Jul 1, 2014Cheers to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Volunteers
The Palm Beach Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) honored its dedicated volunteers with a special reception held on June 26th at Wine Dive in West Palm Beach. The celebratory gathering included over 60 volunteers from the Palm Beach Area Chapter’s eight county service area who donated their time, talents and resources throughout the year to Light The Night Walks, Team In Training, Black Tie Gala, Man & Woman of the Year and School and Youth campaigns. Included among these special individuals were LLS’s Honored Heroes: blood cancer survivors who volunteer their time to help other patients and to further the lifesaving mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Patrick Quinlan, Esq., Board of Trustees Chair welcomed everyone and provided some highlights from the past year’s successes. “Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our volunteers, we have not only surpassed our annual financial goals, but have also contributed to some important objectives in advocating for the rights of all cancer patients in Florida,” said Mr. Quinlan. “I am honored to have been a part of these groundbreaking accomplishments during my tenure as chair and now welcome incoming Board Chair, Jason Guari, Esq. who will surely build upon these successes.”

For more information or to volunteer with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, please call 561-616-8682 or visit www.lls.org/pb.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 68 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The Society's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $550 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, the Society made 4.2 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.


 
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Jul 1, 2014Jerry McWilliams of CENTURY 21 IRP Realty Achieves 5-Year Excellence Award as a CENTURION® Top Sales Producer
Bill Dean, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 IRP Realty announced that Jerry McWilliams, real estate consultant at the company’s Stuart office has earned the CENTURY 21® System’s CENTURION Producer Award following his outstanding 2013 sales success and has further achieved the 5-Year CENTURION Excellence Award for his consistent annual performance in this top sales performance category.

The CENTURION PRODUCER award honors CENTURY 21 System sales associates that produce over $190,000 in sales commission revenue for the company or close at least 60 transaction sides within the previous calendar year. McWilliams has been presented with a CENTURION Award statue and the 5-Year CENTURION Excellence plaque in recognition of his accomplishment.

“Jerry is a leader and innovator in delivering powerful home buying and selling choices to his clients because he knows and understands the community he serves,” said Dean. “Jerry is a valued and trusted real estate resource for the Treasure Coast community and a major contributor to the overall success of CENTURY 21 IRP Realty.”

McWilliams has 34 years of experience in the real estate industry and has been with CENTURY 21 IRP Realty for more than 15 years. Jerry specializes in the sale of resort vacation and primary home residences within golf course and waterfront communities. As an avid golfer, he can be a professional resource to his clients with complete knowledge about not only the real estate, but also the community environment and recreational amenities offered in the many residential areas of Hutchinson Island, Sewall’s Point, and the Stuart area. Jerry has achieved numerous previous annual awards as Top Producing Sales Associate. He is a member of the Realtor Association of Martin County and the National Association of Realtors.

“Achieving the 2013 CENTURION Producer status and the 5-Year CENTURION Excellence Award are great milestones in my professional career and with continued effort and focus on my clients, I hope to further expand this path of success,” said Jerry McWilliams. “I truly understand that for many people, buying or selling a primary home or a vacation residence is the most significant purchase of a lifetime, and I continually endeavor to use my real estate knowledge and professionalism to help make each transaction a positive and smooth experience.”
CENTURY 21 IRP Realty is a full service brokerage specializing in residential fine homes and estates, neighborhood residential, and luxury waterfront and resort condominium sales and rentals in Stuart, Jensen Beach, Sewall’s Point, Hutchinson Island, Port St. Lucie and surrounding areas. The company has two conveniently located offices to serve their clients: an island office located at 660 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, (772-225-0110), and a mainland office at 1125 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. in Jensen Beach (772-232-2100). Jerry may be reached at the island office or on his direct line at 772-708-7506.
Century 21 Real Estate LLC (www.century21.com) is the franchisor of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization, providing comprehensive training, management, administrative and marketing support for the CENTURY 21 System. The System is comprised of more than 120,000 agents in 7,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in over 70 countries and territories worldwide. Century 21 Real Estate LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, the world’s largest real estate franchisor.

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


 
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Jul 1, 2014INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE EARNS FLAWLESS REACCREDITATION
Indian River State College was recently reaccredited for the next ten years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The reaffirmation was earned by IRSC following a flawless review and site visit of the College’s campuses, programs, and services by representatives of the prestigious accrediting body. This review attests to the quality education provided by IRSC and the seamless transferability of IRSC credits to other colleges and universities.

“This reaffirmation is a seal of approval for the exceptional educational experiences that IRSC provides to its students,” said Dr. Tina Hart, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness.

As part of the reaffirmation process, IRSC developed a Quality Enhancement Plan, entitled “Math at the Root of Success (MARS),” an institution-wide initiative committed to improving student learning and success. Through the course redesign of Intermediate Algebra, this project is designed to help students improve their math skills, recognizing that achievement in math is often a barrier to success. The program uses active learning strategies, focused time in the MARS lab, and increased communication with faculty and tutors.


 
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Jul 1, 2014Do you know a Champion for Children?
Healthy Summer Habits - Champions for Children

Do you know a Champion for Children? The Children's Services Council of Martin County wishes to honor those who are prioritizing children -- maybe as a mentor, a volunteer, a leader of a civic group or a philanthropist. We are collecting nominations (log on to www.cscmc.org to download the form) and awarding winning during Kids Week, Aug. 4-8.
Remember, Martin County LOVES our kids!

Meanwhile, summer is underway! The Council, along with the non-profit agencies it funds, are encouraging children and adults to stay healthy. Want to learn some great tips? Read this month's From the Heart!

The Children's Services Council is also now just a few months way from the reauthorization vote in November. We encourage all Martin County residents to learn more about the impact the Council makes so they can make an informed decision at the polls. Learn more at www.cscmc.org.

Prefer to read From the Heart as a PDF? Click here!
http://www.cscmc.org/images/contentfiles/Newsletter7.14.pdf

 
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Jul 1, 2014MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT AWARDED EDUCATION SERVICE AGENCY ACCREDITATION
The Martin County School District (MCSD) has been granted AdvancED Education Service Agency (ESA) Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement accreditation seal. This means that the district and all the schools it operates are accredited, and that the Martin County School District is recognized across the nation as a quality system.

The accreditation process involves three ongoing components: 1) meeting high quality standards; 2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and 3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review. The agency’s accreditation is for a five-year term with regular monitoring of progress and reporting occurring during the term.
“ESA Accreditation as conferred by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission provides the Martin County School District with a nationally-recognized mark of quality for the district and all the schools we operate,” shared Superintendent Laurie Gaylord. “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the community we serve.”
Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, stated, “AdvancED Education Service Agency Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire system on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. The Martin County School District is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”

AdvancED observed the district’s “powerful practices” to include:

• The superintendent’s efforts to build a climate of trust and reliability are recognized by district and school leaders as well as the board and community stakeholders.

• Evidence supports the system’s strong ongoing commitment to preparing students for future careers through the career academy programs.

• Stakeholder interviews verified that the school district has sustained and implemented the Rivers Coalition and River Kidz Project to promote student learning and valuing of the environment.

• All stakeholder groups validated the existence of a strong, safe and orderly environment throughout the district and expressed a collective appreciation for the ongoing focus on maintaining a secure environment for students and staff.

Parents and interested community members can learn more about the AdvancED Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org.


About AdvancED and SACS CASI
Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research and professional services, AdvancED is the world's largest education community, serving more than 32,000 public and private schools and school systems in 70 countries and serving over 20 million students. AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). SACS CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary agency that accredits nearly 13,000 public and non-public institutions throughout the world.


 
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Jul 1, 2014Ripple Effect News
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Ripple Effect News.pdf
 
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Jul 1, 2014HOBE SOUND DRAWBRIDGE INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Monday, July 7, 2014, the painting of the Hobe Sound Drawbridge will begin. This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures across the bridge. The closures will be controlled by temporary traffic signals. Boat Traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway will be maintained at all times and has been coordinated with the US Coast Guard.

It is anticipated that the bridge will have to be closed to vehicular traffic between 8:00 pm and 7:00 am on occasion. The actual closures will be the subject of future Information Releases.

The project is expected to be completed by August 23, 2014. Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.


 
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Jul 1, 2014SE 138th STREET TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
On Monday, July 7, 2014, the Kitching Creek Central Flowway Restoration Project will begin. This work will necessitate a temporary road closure on SE 138th Street, approximately 1,200 feet west of SE Kitching Creek Road. This work is expected to be complete by July 25, 2014. Variable Message Signs, fixed signs, and barricades will notify motorists and pedestrians of the detours. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.

 
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Jul 1, 2014IRSC STUDENTS PARTNER WITH SCIENTISTS FOR HEALTH OF INDIAN RIVER LAGOON
Science education majors and marine scientists collaborate on site to evaluate health of Indian River Lagoon and bring their research back into middle school classrooms to inspire interest in science

The students will present their research on Wednesday, July 2, starting at 1 p.m. in the Science Center, Building N, Room 134 on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce.

Students Amy Calderon and Karen Pick are conducting research on algae blooms with Dr Niclas Engene of the Smithsonian Marine Station. They are carefully examining cyanobacteria to determine if toxins are present and what impact that might have on species in the lagoon, including fish, dolphins and turtles. The research may also lead to the possible use of toxins to eradicate cancer cells.

Lynn Hoke is working with Dr. Christopher Freeman, also at the Smithsonian Marine Station, on the symbiotic relationship between sponges and the bacteria that grow within them. If there is a sponge die off, it’s a good indication that there will be a more widespread die off of other species in the Lagoon.

This Research Experience for Pre-Service Teachers (REPT) offers a unique summer field experience for IRSC students in the Bachelor’s Degree program in Middle School Science. The future science teachers gain hands-on experience in the scientific process and increased knowledge. One result of the research is production of fascinating videos that will be used to inspire appreciation of the Lagoon and a clean marine environment among middle school students.

The project is sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE Florida) based at IRSC, which promotes ocean discovery and literacy to enhance the public’s understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the ocean. Partners are IRSC, Florida Institute of Technology, Smithsonian Marine Station and Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA). It is part of a national network of 12 centers and a central coordinating office funded by the National Science Foundation.

For more information:

Michelle Abaldo
Director of Institutional Advancement
Indian River State College

Phone: 772-462-7265 Fax: 772-462-4428
Cell: 772-519-1123
3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
E-mail: mabaldo@irsc.edu


 
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Jul 1, 2014Summer at the Elliott: It's not raining here...
A Few Key Spots Still Available in the Studio's July Classes for Kids

Ceramics Class with Mia Lindberg
Young artists will adore working with professional Ceramist and instructor, Mia Lindberg. Mia will instruct teens in everything from hand-building functional pieces to clay sculpture, making beads for jewelry, stamping, and will cover decorating, glazing, and firing. Ages 11-17
Dates: July 15-19 2013, 10am-1pm:
Cost: Members: $165; Non-Members: $195

These are wonderful opportunities for kids interested in art to work with such accomplished professional artists. See our website for a complete list and details of all the Summer Creativity Classes for Young Artists: www.elliottmuseum.org. Space is limited; register at the Front Desk at the Elliott, or call 772-225-1961.

Summer Lecture Series at the Elliott:
ART, HISTORY, & TECHNOLOGY

Thursday, July 17th, 7 p.m.
Carol Mathews Rey
Images of America: Indiantown
Indiantown is named after the Seminole Indians who settled there in the early 1800s. Though the city is small in population and size, it boasts a rich and colorful history that includes connections to English royalty, the filming of Hollywood movies, and it is the birthplace of the only female Seminole tribal leader, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper. In 1924, railroad tycoon Solomon Davies Warfield built an extension of the Seaboard Air Line Railway from Coleman, Florida, to West Palm Beach, with a stop in Indiantown. Warfield envisioned Indiantown as the southern hub of the Seaboard rail line and planned a model city. He died in 1927 before his dreams were realized. Today, however, Indiantown boasts a thriving citrus and boating industry, is home to one of North Americas largest winter thoroughbred training facilities, and houses the worlds first hybrid solar energy plant.

Thursday, August 21st, 7 p.m.
Bob Watkins
Grumman Aircraft: Stuart Airport, the Space Race and More
Designers of the Apollo Lunar Module, Grumman Aircraft has a rich and deep tradition of innovation that is directly tied to major milestones in U.S. history and ties to Stuart History - WWII, the Space Race, and more. Bob Watkins, retired vice president and assistant base manager for Grumman at the Kennedy Space Center during the Apollo program, will give first-hand accounts of the Lunar Module development and many historial milestones including the famous rescue of the crew of Apollo 13. "The first lunar landing was a monumental milestone in human space exploration," he stated. "All of us are proud to have been a part of that historic feat."

Dugout Canoes Continues to WOW Visitors
On exhibit through September 1st




 
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Jun 30, 2014Marshay R. Williams Joins Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc. as Chief Development Officer
Non-profit expands team and services to support more children battling, and affected by, cancer and other life-threatening or life-altering illnesses throughout South Florida

This month marked a new era in the history of local non-profit, Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc. (CFK). In alignment with the new goals and objectives established and confirmed by its board of directors, CFK is pleased to name Marshay R. Williams as its Chief Development Officer.
An accomplished project management and non-profit development professional with over 20 years of marketing, fundraising and non-profit management experience, Williams’ efforts have always focused on caring, and creating opportunities, for children in need. Williams comes to CFK after spending three years engaging donors in support of causes benefiting children throughout the Treasure Coast and North Palm Beach County. Prior to that, she successfully led the Leadership Investments Team of The Sphinx Organization, an international non-profit headquartered in Detroit, MI.
“I am inspired and humbled by the remarkable success that CFK has already achieved, since its founding in 1997, through a core group of very dedicated board members and volunteers,” said Marlene Filer, Co Founder and President of Celebrities Fore Kids. “Our mission is to support children battling cancer and other life-threatening or life-altering illnesses. With the wholehearted support of our board of directors, I can say that the time is now for us. The need is great and Marshay plays an integral part in getting us there,” added Filer.
On any given day in the U.S., 10 – 15% of children between birth and the age of 18 are battling cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Currently, approximately 16,500 children are being treated in only two of the rehabilitation centers within the Martin Health System for either life-threatening or life-altering illnesses. For many of these children’s families, affording daily necessities while undergoing treatment is virtually impossible. That’s where CFK steps in to ensure their needs are met. CFK offers financial assistance for transportation to and from treatment centers; non-covered medical and prescription expenses; rent or mortgage payments; daily living expenses such as food, phone, water, gas and electricity; individual and family counseling; and other expenses that, typically, are not covered by insurance.
Williams will use her experience in donor cultivation and fundraising, as well as her passion for helping children, to assist CFK in identifying individuals with an interest in investing in CFK’s vision and mission of serving more families as the organization expands its “footprint” throughout the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches.
“I have a professional obligation to present philanthropic investors with sound charitable giving options that are worthy of their consideration, harmonize with their personal vision and mission and, once selected, will be managed in a fiscally responsible manner resulting in the best return on their investment. I am grateful for this opportunity,” said Williams. “The sole purpose in strengthening and elevating CFK’s fundraising activities is to be able to do even more for our children and families battling cancer and other life-threatening or life-altering illnesses. Each time we lighten the burdens they carry, we put smiles on their faces. That is why we do what we do.”
“She [Willaims] is not interested in where she works – when it comes to the ‘brick and mortar’ – she is interested in getting the job done and helping children,” added David. L. Smythe, Martin County Philanthropist and Celebrities Fore Kids Donor.
For more information about Celebrities Fore Kids and their two-day signature fundraiser, the “14th Annual Larry Laoretti and Jim Kaat Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic presented by David L. Smythe” at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., on Sunday, November 30, 2014 and Monday, December 1, 2014, please visit CelebritiesForeKids.org or facebook.com/CelebritiesForeKids or call 772.781.7943.
About Celebrities Fore Kids
Celebrities Fore Kids is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that provides financial support to South Florida families who have children battling cancer and other life-threatening or life-altering illnesses, as well as to adults fighting cancer while caring for children 18 years of age and younger. Celebrities Fore Kids collaborates with case workers from the Robert & Carol Weissman Cancer Center at Martin Health System in Stuart, the Pediatric Oncology Support Team, Inc. in West Palm Beach and The Little Treasures Program at Treasure Coast Hospice to identify and provide support to families affected by cancer and life-threatening or life-altering illnesses.
Share your support on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #CelebritiesForeKidsFL


 
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Jun 30, 2014Martin County School Teachers Continually Learning through "Summer Institutes"
School may be out for the summer, but many teachers in Martin County continue to go to class with a number of professional development opportunities offered by the School District, nicknamed “Summer Institutes.”

During the first week of the summer recess, the District’s Educational Technology Department presented the “Digital Learning Institute,” an intensive four-day program offering a wide-range of technology-related learning opportunities during 59 individual sessions. Held at Jensen Beach High School, hundreds of teachers participated at the Digital Learning Institute from June 9-12.

Marilyn Gavitt, Instructional Technology Coordinator for the District, said, “It is uplifting and inspiring to see so many teachers come out to the Digital Learning Institute. Their enthusiasm for learning new things about integrating technology in the curriculum is contagious. Best of all, the reason they attend is to become better teachers for their students.”

During the second week of the summer recess, June 16-19, approximately 130 teachers from the District’s 12 elementary schools participated in “Constructing Knowledge for a Balanced Literacy Classroom” at Pinewood Elementary School. A consultant and literacy coaches from the District’s elementary schools engaged teachers in collaboration, demonstration, and thoughtful review of their practices as they relate to balanced literacy, and they received some free resources. Sessions were also held for administrators and coaches.

“Knowledge gained from this institute helps teachers to not only have a better understanding of how interactive ‘read-alouds,’ shared reading, guided reading, word study, and writing can all be incorporated to strengthen students as readers and writers, but they also are empowered as learners,” said Shannon Blount, Coordinator of Reading / Language Arts for the District.

Teachers are indeed learners, too, who benefit from continually growing as professionals and sharing best practices. Additional professional development opportunities for teachers abound during the summer break, with focuses on English language arts, mathematics, exceptional student education, and related arts.


 
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Jun 30, 2014Republican Party Luncheon with Bill Whittle!
Lunch with Bill Whittle!
at the Mariner Sands Country Club
Join us August 23rd 12:00 Noon to hear today’s best commentator on politics and society
Check out his latest video on PJTV
Obama: “Evil or Stupid?” Whittle has appeared on Pajamas Media TV (pjtv.com) for a number of years and has written for National Review Online. He comments about politics and society in a funny and insightful way.
Tickets are available for $35 per person may be purchased online at www.martingop.org.
--OR--
Checks to Martin County Republican Party 1111 SE Federal Hwy Suite 134, Stuart, FL 34994
RSVP to the Martin County GOP by calling 772-286-0615 or emailing office@martingop.org

 
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Jun 30, 2014Martin County GOP Annual BBQ Picnic
Meet our Candidates and Elected Officials!
Sunday, July 27th
Indian Riverside Park
1707 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach
12:00 ~ 3:00
Cost: $18 Per Person ~ Children under 7 free
RSVP to office@martingop.org or 772.286.0615
RSVP by: July 25th
PayPal/Online ticket purchase at: martingop.org or by mail to Martin County Republican Party, 1111 SE Federal Hwy, Suite 134, Stuart, FL 34994
Good food, music and fun
Splash in the water feature, swim at the beach, or fish off the pier.
Please bring your beach and fishing items with you
Paid for by the Martin County Republican Executive Committee
1111 SE Federal Highway, Ste 134, Stuart, 772.286.0615
www.martingop.org * on Facebook: MartinCountyGOP

 
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Jun 30, 2014Board of County Commissioners receives 2015 Tentative Budget
Martin County's 2015 Tentative Budget of $352.7 million was released to the Board of County Commissioners today. The 2015 Tentative Budget provides a sound financial plan to provide the best possible services to County residents with limited available resources.

Relatively flat revenues and a minimal increase to the tax base remain significant challenges. The budget focus is to address some of the County's deferred maintenance on public buildings.

The proposed budget also calls for a dedicated funding for St. Lucie Inlet dredging. A major portion of this funding is from ad valorem taxes, vessel registration fees and tourist tax.

County Administrator Taryn Kryzda said, "To fully fund the requests from the Constitutional Officers and the ability to make significant investment in existing County facilities, a slight tax increase is necessary. We've done everything to minimize a tax increase, but without a greater increase in the tax base, this increase could not be avoided."

In the 2015 Tentative Budget, the average homestead resident in Martin County will experience a slight tax increase of approximately three percent for the County's portion of taxes.

The budget workshops begin July 21. These workshops are open to the public and will be televised live on Martin County Television, MCTV.

An electronic copy of the 2015 Tentative Budget will be available on the County's website www.martin.fl.us on or before July 1, 2014.


 
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Jun 30, 2014State commends Martin MPO
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) commended the Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for its "sustained efforts" in regional partnerships and commitment to public involvement in the 2014 State Certification Review Package. The certification included 11 noteworthy practices and recognized the Martin MPO staff for "their technical expertise, quick responsiveness and plethora of great ideas."

Every year, FDOT reviews practices by the MPO to assure that they address major transportation issues facing Martin County and that the planning is done in accordance with Federal laws.

Formed in 1993, the Martin MPO decides how to spend State and Federal transportation dollars. It is governed by a Policy Board with citizen, bicycle/pedestrian and technical advisory committees and the Local Coordinating Board for the Transportation Disadvantaged. The MPO Policy Board is composed of four County Commissioners, two City of Stuart Commissioners and one Sewall's Point Commissioner. A critical component of all MPO plans is public participation and outreach. To learn how you can be involved in planning transportation for Martin County, visit the MPO website www.martinmpo.com.


 
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Jun 30, 2014BGCMC News
Summer Literacy Program Kicks Off!

Last week, BGCMC joined other afterschool programs in a county-wide initiative to address Summer Slide or Summer Learning Loss, a condition in which children can lose months over the summer of what they learned at school the previous school year.

To reduce Summer Slide, the Children's Services Council of Martin County is partnering with the United Way of Martin County and the Martin County Community Foundation to enroll 525 local students in grades K-3-including nearly 150 Club Members--in a summer learning program focused on early literacy.

Funding will provide children with the opportunities to improve specific reading skills under the guidance of Florida certified teachers. Also, many children will be introduced to Stride Academy, a learning solution designed to accelerate young peoples' academic achievement. It provides common core standards-aligned academic skill support for children and teens in grades K-11 in reading and other subjects.

"I've been learning lots of things I'll need for the next grade," said Trenton, a Club Member who'll be a 4th grader at Seawind Elementary this fall.

In addition, independent reading sessions are being coordinated by Club program staff who have been trained to supervise such activities. Each participating child will complete at least 25 hours of Stride Academy activities and small group work with a certified teacher, and 25 additional hours of independent reading this summer.

The program is being offered at no charge to Club Members' families and after our summer program ends in August, access to Stride Academy activities will continue to be offered at each of BGCMC's five Club branches.


An Indiantown Celebration!


On June 7, BGCMC joined hundreds of supporters, neighbors, community partners, and public officials in celebrating the opening of the new Bill & Barbara Whitman Indiantown branch.

The opening of the new 22,000 square ft. club comes on the heels of a six-year fundraising campaign. The facility features a full-size gymnasium, a performing arts center, a science room, a technology hub, individual tutoring rooms, a prep kitchen and a community center where Indiantown residents of all ages can access a range of services.

"There were more than 120 individuals, foundations and businesses that made financial contributions to our Indiantown campaign, making this a true community-wide investment," said Anne McCormick, BGCMC's CEO and Master of Ceremonies, to the crowd.



During the celebration, we also honored Sam Velazquez who recently retired from BGCMC after spending nearly ten years with BGCMC inspiring and changing lives, most recently as Indiantown's Mentoring Director.

The Club formally opened on June 9 for the first day of our summer program, and WPTV, a local television news station, was there to capture a new era in Indiantown.



Please let us know if you'd like to schedule a tour to see the new facility!

New Needlework Club Inspires Kindness & Good Citizenship

Caring volunteers from Hobe Sound's Stitches of Kindness needlework group began weekly stitching sessions this month at our Cole-Clark branch in Hobe Sound, teaching members age 8-12 how to be good citizens by crocheting and knitting for charity.
The "Stiches of Kindness Juniors" program began with program participants stitching" granny squares" that will be sewn together to make afghans and baby blankets that will eventually be donated to local nursing homes, nurseries and charities.

After the first session, one member said she was eager to go home and teach her grandmother how to crochet! Stitches of Kindness volunteers have been serving our community for the past year, meeting twice monthly at the Hobe Sound Public Library to stitch for those in need of warmth and comfort . Volunteer coordinator Dianne Young hopes our Stitches of Kindness Juniors program will to continue year round and expand to all five Clubs. More volunteer "stitchers" are needed for all locations! Please contact Dianne Young at 772.545.1255 for more information.

Marine Science Week makes S.T.E.M. Learning Fun for Club teens

From June 16-18, 20 Club teens immersed themselves in 4-H Marine Life Camp, a hands-on, three-day marine science adventure. The Camp was a collaboration between UF/IFAS Extension Martin and St. Lucie Counties, 4-H, and the Boys & Girls Clubs.

On the first day, teens learned the basics of fishing at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach, including knot tying, how to cast nets and rods, and ethical fishing.

At the Florida Oceanographic Society they learned more about the ocean, fed stingrays, and even helped build our ecosystem by bagging oysters. They knocked out 140 bags in 20 minutes, while learning that oysters filter and clean about 50 gallons of water per day.

The grand finale was an offshore fishing trip on the Lady Stuart. Every member caught a fish, and those whose catches were legal size were able to take them home for dinner! Each marine science experience was designed to promote S.T.E.M. learning initiatives which help prepare our members for future careers in high-demand, well-paid fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Club Members Explore Future
Career Opportunities

On June 20, middle-school aged Club Members began a six-week program, Field Trips to Your Future, that will help them learn about careers available to them right here in Martin County.

The first day kicked off with a presentation from Martin County Sheriff deputies and Martin County Fire Rescue and was highlighted with a fly over from the Sheriff Office's helicopter. Later, Club members attended a "job expo" which featured representatives from the Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge, Jupiter Island Public Safety Department, Witham Airfield, Martin County, City of Stuart, the Supervisor of Elections, South Martin Regional Utility, RE/MAX of Stuart, and others.

"I learned about fire safety, wildlife rescue, cooking, and how the post office helps the Elections Office because people can vote for the Mayor of Stuart through the mail now," said Bianca, an 11-year old Club Member.

Five additional sessions are scheduled throughout the summer:
• June 27: a tour of Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and a visit to St. Lucie Inlet State Park (with transportation provided by the Jupiter Island Public Safety's Marine Patrol)
• July 11: A behind-the-scenes tour of Martin County's MC-20 (the county's community television station) and a visit the City of Stuart to conduct mock elections with the Supervisor of Elections.
• July 18: A tour of Witham Field (Stuart's airport), including going inside the Air Traffic Control Tower.
• July 25: Exploring South Martin Regional Utility and its variety of alternative water supply technologies.
• August 1: An insider's look at real estate industry courtesy of RE/MAX of Stuart.
Participating Club Members are also being treated to lunch each session, thanks to Frank Flora and Chris Bergman with Treasure Coast Provisions in partnership with Harry & the Natives.


Support the Children's Services Council of Martin County!

BGCMC's largest supporter is the Children's Services Council of Martin County (CSC), an independent special district of local government that provides a dedicated funding source for proven children's programs like BGCMC's afterschool and summer enrichment programs.

This fall there will be a County referendum to reauthorize CSC, and we are encouraging you to vote YES! so that we may continue our impact on thousands of at-risk children and teens each year.



We'd like to provide critical information about CSC that illustrates its comprehensive impact on so many children and families.

First, the entire community benefits from programs that CSC supports, including children, parents, grandparents, educators, law enforcement officers, judges and the juvenile justice system, as well as doctors, health care workers, childcare centers, non-profit organizations, and social service agencies.

Second, the cost of CSC to Martin County's taxpayers is much less than most people might think. Funding for CSC is based on the millage rate (which is the tax rate charged against a property's taxable value). So for a homeowner in Martin County who owns a home with an assessed value of $200,000 (less $50,000 Homestead Exemption), the millage rate would be $55.40 annually. And for a homeowner whose home is assessed at $100,000 (less $50,000 Homestead Exemption), the rate is just $18.47!

Third, CSC is proven to be a sound investment because they help reduce our long-term tax burden with prevention programs like the Clubs' SMART (Skills, Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves programming which helps young people resist the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and postpone sexual activity. Research shows that taxpayers save up to $20 for every $1 spent on prevention programs like SMART Moves.

Here are some other tell-tale numbers that help document CSC's community impact:
• 26,186: Number of children age 0-17 in our community.
• 11,504: Number of children that CSC funds reach annually.
• 174: Number of people employed through CSC's funded programs.
• 35: Number of funded programs.
• $7: Number of dollars saved in later costs for police, prosecution, prison, and remedial education for every dollar invested in quality basics in the early childhood years.
Want to learn more about CSC? You can visit their web site, like them on Facebook, read its annual report, or attend one of its public meetings which are held once every month at 10 a.m. on the 4th Monday of the month except December and twice in September after 5 p.m. at the CSC office located at 101 S.E. Central Parkway in Stuart). In September each year, CSC also holds two public hearings to adopt a millage rate and budget.

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.

Our Programming


Education &
Career Development

Academic Leadership Program
Be READy
Career Launch
Club Tech
Crocodile Explorers
FCAT Preparation
Goals for Graduation
High-Yield Learning Activities
Junior Staff
Money Matters
NetSmartz
Paws to Read
Power Hour
Project Learn
Stride Academy

Character & Leadership Development

Character Counts!
Girl Scouts
Keystone Club
Torch Club
Youth for Unity
Youth of the Year

Health & Life Skills

Culinary Arts
Gardening
Healthy Habits
Passport to Manhood
Positive Sprouts
SMART Moves

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Baseball
Basketball
Chess
Games Room
Karate
Soccer
Tennis
The First Tee
Triple Play

The Arts

Digital Arts
Drama
Fine Arts
Performing Arts
Music
National Fine Arts Exhibit
Panyard Express


Teens

Athletics
College Tours
Cooking Academy
Field Trips
Job Shadowing
Leadership Skills
Performing Arts
Rap Sessions
SAT Prep
Tutoring




Our Impact

According to BGCMC Club Members

85% of our Club Members ages 6-12 expect to attend college

93% of teens expect to attend college, with half (49%) saying they expect to obtain a master's degree, MD, or PhD

92% they're meeting the expectations staff have for them

Eight in ten (78%) are engaging in the recommended amount of daily physical activity

92% have abstained from alcohol

92% have abstained from tobacco use

According to Club Parents

91% say their child's academic performance improved last school year because of the Club

97% said their child was more prepared for school each day as a result of his or child's involvement in our Academic Success programming

94% agreed that as a result of their children's experience at the Club, his or her self-esteem improved

88% strongly agreed or agreed that their child has a stronger sense of community service and doing things for others as a result of the Club

81% said their child has developed a better understanding of positive lifestyles and healthy behaviors because of the Clubs

88% of say their child has a positive relationship with an adult such as staff, volunteers, or a coach as a result of attending the Club





Awards

Throughout our 20-year history, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County have received numerous national, state, and local awards.

1993: Honor Award for Excellence (Outdoor & Environmental Education Program of the Year), Boys & Girls Clubs of America Florida Area Council

1999: Health & Life Skills Program of the Year, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

2003: Honor Award for Program Excellence (Health & Life Skills), Boys & Girls Clubs of America Florida Area Council

2004: Honor Award for Program Excellence (Education & Career Development), Boys & Girls Clubs of America Florida Area Council

2005: Honor Award for Program Excellence (The Arts), Boys & Girls Clubs of America Florida Area Council

2008: Honor Award for Program Excellence (Health & Life Skills), Boys & Girls Clubs of America Florida Area Council

2010: Family Strengthening Award, Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

2011: Family Strengthening Award, Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

2011: Community Partner Award, Students Working Against Tobacco, Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County

2011: Honor Award for Program Excellence (Sports, Fitness, & Recreation), Boys & Girls Clubs of America Florida Area Council

2012: Community Partner Award for Promoting Youth Leadership and Advocacy, Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County

2012: SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) Advisor of the Year Award, Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County

2012: Community Star Awards for SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) Leadership and Public Speaking, Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County

2012: Outstanding Youth Digital Media Artist, Arts Council, Inc.

2012: Honor Award for Program Excellence (Education & Career Development), Boys & Girls Clubs of America Florida Area Council

2013: Spirit Award, United Way of Martin County

2013: Community Service Award for Anne McCormick, Hobe Sound Community Chest

2013: Honor Award for Program Excellence (Health & Life Skills), Boys & Girls Clubs of America Florida Area Council




 
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Jun 27, 2014Harbor Branch - eBulletin
HBOI Awarded $2 Million in State Funding for 2014-15
This month, Governor Rick Scott signed the Legislative Budget and FAU Harbor Branch was awarded more than $2 million in state funding for two projects in 2014-15!
The Senate Select included $2 million in funding for Harbor Branch as part of the funding for projects that will help the Indian River Lagoon. HBOI's funds will be used for a monitoring and modeling network project in the St. Lucie Estuary and surrounding Indian River Lagoon. The research will combine real-time water measurements provided by Land Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) units with geographic information system (GIS) technology to understand the science and provide policy-makers with the vital information they need to make informed decisions on the estuary and the lagoon. This funding was made possible by the joint-effort between FAU's university relations team in coordination with HBOI's Cara Perry, Dr. Megan Davis, Dr. Brian Lapointe, Dr. Dennis Hanisak, Dr. Mingshun Jiang and FAU faculty from the School of Urban and Regional Planning and Department of Geosciences.
Approximately $150,000 was received in a competitive award process from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture for two aquaculture projects. One will focus on ornamental aquatic plants (Dr. Dennis Hanisak, Principal Investigator (PI) and Dr. Paul Wills, Co-PI) and the other on shrimp production in lower salinity conditions (Dr. John Scarpa, PI and Dr. Susan Laramore, Co-PI).
Learn About the Research Your License Plate Purchase Supports

FAU Harbor Branch's Specialty License Plate Program has a new promotional tool to educate the public on the research that is funded by HBOI's four specialty plates. The public outreach video features projects that are supported by each of the four plates: Protect Wild Dolphins, Save Our Seas, Protect Florida Whales and Aquaculture. There are also shorter versions to promote each plate individually, some of which will be used in a television ad campaign on WPTV in the fall. Click here to watch!

HBOI Partners with Global Underwater Explorers on Toxic Algae Research

Scientists at FAU Harbor Branch are partnering with Global Underwater Explorers to research the effects of decades of sewage outfall in South Florida. Dr. Brian Lapointe recently went on a dive to collect algae samples from coral reefs near an outfall off the coast of Palm Beach County. He has been studying that particular area since 1990. Click here to learn more.

President Kelly Presents to Treasure Coast Leaders for the First Time

Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly had his first formal speaking engagement on the Treasure Coast recently when he presented to business and community leaders at the St. Lucie County Economic Development Council (EDC) luncheon.
EDC leaders announced the recent completion of a targeted industry study for the area, and Aquaculture and Biotechnology were among the list of desired areas to actively pursue in the coming months and years. Click here to read the full study. HBOI's strong working relationship with and active involvement in the EDC played a key role in the selection of these two industries.
HBOI Researchers Attend Right Whale Forum


Dr. Megan Davis, Dr. Ed Gerstein, Jim Moir, Steve Burton and Dr. Greg O'Corry-Crowe attended the recent right whale forum.
FAU Harbor Branch was among the organizations represented at a recent forum on North Atlantic right whales. HBOI Interim Executive Director Dr. Megan Davis, Dr. Greg O'Corry-Crowe and Marine Mammal Stranding and Volunteer Coordinator Steve Burton traveled to Jacksonville to meet with other members of the North Atlantic Right Whale Southeast Implementation Team. At the forum, they discussed the status of the ongoing SE recovery activities and identify emerging issues. With as few as 400 remaining, right whales are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Their two greatest threats are entanglement in fixed fishing gear and vessel strikes. FAU Associate Research Professor Dr. Ed Gerstein has worked with researchers at HBOI on developing real-time passive acoustic monitoring techniques in an effort to alert and divert approaching ships and cut down on the number of ship strikes. This research is made possible by funds from the "Protect Florida Whales" specialty license plate, which also supports the Marine Resource Council's right whale volunteer sighting network and outreach program.
Watch Davis' TEDx Talk on YouTube!

Ever wonder what the world would be like without the queen conch? You're guaranteed to after seeing FAU Harbor Branch Interim Executive Director Dr. Megan Davis' recent TEDx Talk! Click here to watch.


 
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Jun 27, 2014Martin County working to protect public's health and safety by confirming address numbers on homes and businesses


An ambulance or fire truck arriving at a home or business in the fastest time possible saves lives!

An important project is underway that will ensure emergency services can quickly and easily locate your home or business. Martin County light-duty Fire Rescue and Property Appraiser's Office personnel are going door-to-door in unincorporated areas of Martin County confirming address numbers are located on every structure.
Following the field verification of address numbers, property owners will receive a letter with an explanation of any needed changes, based on the addressing code. The following are guidelines to ensure that life safety needs can be met:

* Address numbers must be placed conspicuously on the front of the structure, so the numbers can be seen plainly from the street.
* When the house or building is more than 50 feet from the street line, the address must also be placed near the driveway or a common entrance, on a post or mailbox, so it is easily visible from the street.

Ninety days after the initial letter is sent to the property owner, another inspection of the structure will take place. If the home or business is still not in compliance, a code enforcement violation notice will be issued.

Please help us help you by ensuring that your property numbers are correctly located on your home or business, so we can find you when you need us most! For more information, please call (772) 419-5363.

 
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Jun 27, 2014FREE CHLORINE MAINTENANCE
MARTIN COUNTY UTILITIES, THE CITY OF STUART AND SOUTH MARTIN REGIONAL UTILITIES (SMRU)
FREE CHLORINE MAINTENANCE

Martin County Utilities, City of Stuart and South Martin Regional
Utilities (SMRU) will temporarily change the method of chlorinating
potable water to insure the future safety of the water. The Utility water
users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water
during the period of July 20, 2014 – August 3, 2014.

These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if
you are on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special
instructions concerning this matter. If you have tropical fish or aquatic
animals, you should contact your local tropical fish store for advice and
take appropriate action to insure that you have properly treated the water
before adding it your aquarium.

The hydrant flushing during this period may cause the water to become
cloudy and discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last
more than a few hours.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this
time. Please keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for
our customers.

For more information contact Martin County Utilities Customer Service
at (772) 221-1434, the City of Stuart Customer Service at (772) 288-5317
or (772) 288-5318 or South Martin Regional Utilities (SMRU) Customer
Service at (772) 546-2511.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 
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Jun 27, 2014ONE-CENT SALES TAX REFERENDUM


At their May 20, 2014 meeting, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners officially approved placing a referendum on the November ballot regarding the addition of a one-cent (or 1%) local sales tax to the existing state sales tax for a period of four years. This sales tax would be used to address infrastructure problems that are the result of long-term underfunding and the reduction of preservation and replacement budgets. The funds collected from this local sales tax would be used for the reconstruction of existing roads, drainage and bridges. In the associated ordinance, it is required that all expenditures of sales tax proceeds must be approved by a majority of the Board of County Commissioners at an advertised public hearing where the public will have an opportunity to comment. If voters approve the referendum, the local sales tax would become effective on January 1, 2015.

The ballot language that will appear on the November 4 ballot is as follows:

NOVEMBER 4, 2014
OFFICIAL BALLOT
MARTIN COUNTY, FLORIDA

ONE-CENT SALES TAX TO FUND RECONSTRUCTION
OF EXISTING ROADS, DRAINAGE AND BRIDGES

Shall Martin County levy an additional one-cent sales tax for four years to fund reconstruction of existing roads, drainage and bridges to meet required codes and standards? Each County expenditure shall be approved at an advertised public hearing. Martin County's city and towns shall receive funds, as provided by law, from the one-cent sales tax for infrastructure projects.

_____ For the one-cent sales tax

_____ Against the one-cent sales tax


 
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Jun 27, 2014NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY
NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY
Free testing & counseling available

(Martin County, FL) In observance of National HIV Testing Day, the Florida Department of Health in
Martin County will offer free HIV counseling and rapid testing. Results will be available in 15 minutes.

Screenings will be offered at the Health Department in Stuart, 3441 SE Willoughby Blvd., Monday,
June 30, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm,

“This is an excellent opportunity for people to be pro-active by finding out their status.” said Dr. Karen
Thomas, Epidemiologist for the Florida Department of Health in Martin County. “When people know
their status and learn more about HIV, they can take protective measures to stop transmission of the
virus and receive early and effective medical care”.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that more than a million people in the United States
are living with HIV infection with almost 16% unaware of their infection.

For more information, (772) 221-4000 ext. 2128


Free HIV Counseling/Testing

Stuart
Monday, June 30
9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Florida Department of Health, Martin County
3441 SE Willoughby Blvd., Stuart


 
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Jun 27, 2014Florida Oceanographic Society celebrates 50th Anniversary with Open House
Since July 20, 1964, Florida Oceanographic Society has worked to protect our coastal ecosystems and inspire environmental stewardship.

In celebration of Florida Oceanographic’s 50th anniversary, the community is invited to an open house on Sunday, July 20 at the Coastal Center, 890 N.E. Ocean Blvd. on Hutchinson Island in Stuart. From 12 to 4 p.m., the Coastal Center will be open to the public, with free admission.

“We invite the community to join us for an afternoon of fun at our 57-acre Coastal Center,” says Mark Perry, executive director. “Our friends and neighbors are encouraged to stop by and reminisce about Florida Oceanographic and share their stories about our beautiful coastal community. There will be historical photos and memorabilia on display to illustrate our journey throughout half a century.”

Enjoy the Coastal Center’s educational programs, including a stingray feeding at 1 p.m., sea turtle program at 1:30 p.m., game fish feeding program at 2 p.m., and guided nature trail walk at 2:15 p.m.

Learn more at FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505.

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


 
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Jun 27, 2014CCTI Training Institute
Introduction to Internet Marketing & Customer Engagement through Social Media

This course will teach you the tools to market yourself online! Learn how to reach your target market online, establish a content strategy to effectively communicate and utilize not only Social Media but Blogging, YouTube, Google Places and your website to establish relationships with your customers and prospects, listen to their conversations and establish yourself as a subject matter expert. Attend this workshop to establish or improve your online marketing for your business or organization.

Date(s): Thurs., Apr. 10 @ Main Campus | 9:00AM - 12:00PM | Rm. Y208
Investment: $59

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO & TO REGISTER TODAY!
http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=2011601504&seg=0

All About Google: YouTube, Google+ and Using Blogging to Drive Higher Search Engine Rankings

Are you effectively utilizing the #1 search engine and all the tools it has to offer? While Bing and Yahoo are important search engines, 80% of search traffic is generated through Google. Come learn how to utilize all the tools Google has to offer to grow your business presence online.

Date(s): Thurs., Mar. 20 @ Main Campus | 9:00AM - 12:00PM | Rm. Y208
Investment: $59
http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=2011601711&seg=0

Facebook Intensive

Come learn everything you have been wanting to know about Facebook. Make sure you are taking advantage of all the features the world's largest social network has to offer! This 3 hour class will be an open forum so bring your questions!

Date(s): Thurs., July 31 @ Main Campus | 9:00AM - 12:00PM | Rm. Y208
Investment: $59

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO & TO REGISTER TODAY!
http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=2011601710&seg=0

LinkedIn, Twitter & Pinterest

Do you know how to effectively market yourself on LinkedIn, the world's leading business network? What is Twitter and should you use it in your internet marketing strategy? How can you use Pinterest for your business? Come learn all about these three important social networks in this 3 hour workshop!



Date(s): Thurs., Aug. 28 @ Main Campus | 9:00AM - 12:00PM | Rm. Y208
Investment: $59

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO & TO REGISTER TODAY!
http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=2011601712&seg=0

Mobile Marketing 101: Tablets, Smart Phones & Mobile Devices, Oh My!

With more mobile devices than toothbrushes and over 50% of Local searches now being done on a mobile device, businesses need to "Get Connected to be Rewarded" real time mobile marketing engagement. At this workshop, you will learn about this marketing tool and walk away with tips and strategies to take your business mobile, before your competitors do!

Date(s): Thurs., Sep. 11 @ Main Campus | 9:00AM - 12:00PM | Rm. Y208
Investment: $59

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO & TO REGISTER TODAY!
http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=2011601607&seg=0




 
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Jun 27, 2014Hibiscus Children’s Center Presents the “Family Music Festival”
Join us on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the Hibiscus Children’s Center “Family Music Festival”. The event will be held at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach at 12Noon – 4pm. Admission and the festivities are FREE. Food and beverage are available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to Hibiscus. Come enjoy food, drinks, face painting, storytelling, singing and dancing, and more. Hibiscus Children’s Center is excited to provide a family friendly event to our community to say thank you for supporting our mission for almost 30 years. For those not familiar with Hibiscus, this is a wonderful way to enjoy the festivities of summer and learn more at the same time. The Family Music Festival will be a great afternoon filled with incredibly talented youth and local residents sharing their hearts with us through singing and dancing.

Chair Susan Schieren and her committee of dedicated volunteers are working diligently to plan a very special afternoon. Mr. Daryl Magill is the event emcee and an accomplished singer and entertainer. Artist Brian Sylvester has donated his talents to create the graphic artwork for promotional materials.

The performers are all donating their time and talents for this event. Many of the entertainers are youth and an inspiration to the younger generation to help others in need. They include: Jackie Steil, Jennifer Broos, Eliza Levy, Tori Lee, Sophia Surace, DJ “Turn It Up” Dancers, 4AM, Florida Arts & Dance Company, Fabulous Feet Dance Group and Wild Roses Dance Team. Other performers also donating their time and fabulous talents are Encore Dancers, Treasure Coast Tappers … and more!

For more information about Hibiscus Children’s Center and our services, please visit: HibiscusChildrensCenter.org or contact us at (772) 334-9311.


 
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Jun 27, 2014Hibiscus Children’s Center Presents the “Family Music Festival”
Join us on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the Hibiscus Children’s Center “Family Music Festival”. The event will be held at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach at 12Noon – 4pm. Admission and the festivities are FREE. Food and beverage are available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to Hibiscus. Come enjoy food, drinks, face painting, storytelling, singing and dancing, and more. Hibiscus Children’s Center is excited to provide a family friendly event to our community to say thank you for supporting our mission for almost 30 years. For those not familiar with Hibiscus, this is a wonderful way to enjoy the festivities of summer and learn more at the same time. The Family Music Festival will be a great afternoon filled with incredibly talented youth and local residents sharing their hearts with us through singing and dancing.

Chair Susan Schieren and her committee of dedicated volunteers are working diligently to plan a very special afternoon. Mr. Daryl Magill is the event emcee and an accomplished singer and entertainer. Artist Brian Sylvester has donated his talents to create the graphic artwork for promotional materials.

The performers are all donating their time and talents for this event. Many of the entertainers are youth and an inspiration to the younger generation to help others in need. They include: Jackie Steil, Jennifer Broos, Eliza Levy, Tori Lee, Sophia Surace, DJ “Turn It Up” Dancers, 4AM, Florida Arts & Dance Company, Fabulous Feet Dance Group and Wild Roses Dance Team. Other performers also donating their time and fabulous talents are Encore Dancers, Treasure Coast Tappers … and more!

For more information about Hibiscus Children’s Center and our services, please visit: HibiscusChildrensCenter.org or contact us at (772) 334-9311.


 
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Jun 27, 2014Marshay R. Williams Joins Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc. as Chief Development Officer
Non-profit expands team and services to support more children battling, and affected by, cancer and other life-threatening or life-altering illnesses throughout South Florida
STUART, FLORIDA – This month marked a new era in the history of local non-profit, Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc. (CFK). In alignment with the new goals and objectives established and confirmed by its board of directors, CFK is pleased to name Marshay R. Williams as its Chief Development Officer.
An accomplished project management and non-profit development professional with over 20 years of marketing, fundraising and non-profit management experience, Williams’ efforts have always focused on caring, and creating opportunities, for children in need. Williams comes to CFK after spending three years engaging donors in support of causes benefiting children throughout the Treasure Coast and North Palm Beach County. Prior to that, she successfully led the Leadership Investments Team of The Sphinx Organization, an international non-profit headquartered in Detroit, MI.
“I am inspired and humbled by the remarkable success that CFK has already achieved, since its founding in 1997, through a core group of very dedicated board members and volunteers,” said Marlene Filer, Co Founder and President of Celebrities Fore Kids. “Our mission is to support children battling cancer and other life-threatening or life-altering illnesses. With the wholehearted support of our board of directors, I can say that the time is now for us. The need is great and Marshay plays an integral part in getting us there,” added Filer.
On any given day in the U.S., 10 – 15% of children between birth and the age of 18 are battling cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Currently, approximately 16,500 children are being treated in only two of the rehabilitation centers within the Martin Health System for either life-threatening or life-altering illnesses. For many of these children’s families, affording daily necessities while undergoing treatment is virtually impossible. That’s where CFK steps in to ensure their needs are met. CFK offers financial assistance for transportation to and from treatment centers; non-covered medical and prescription expenses; rent or mortgage payments; daily living expenses such as food, phone, water, gas and electricity; individual and family counseling; and other expenses that, typically, are not covered by insurance.
Williams will use her experience in donor cultivation and fundraising, as well as her passion for helping children, to assist CFK in identifying individuals with an interest in investing in CFK’s vision and mission of serving more families as the organization expands its “footprint” throughout the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches.
“I have a professional obligation to present philanthropic investors with sound charitable giving options that are worthy of their consideration, harmonize with their personal vision and mission and, once selected, will be managed in a fiscally responsible manner resulting in the best return on their investment. I am grateful for this opportunity,” said Williams. “The sole purpose in strengthening and elevating CFK’s fundraising activities is to be able to do even more for our children and families battling cancer and other life-threatening or life-altering illnesses. Each time we lighten the burdens they carry, we put smiles on their faces. That is why we do what we do.”
“She [Willaims] is not interested in where she works – when it comes to the ‘brick and mortar’ – she is interested in getting the job done and helping children,” added David. L. Smythe, Martin County Philanthropist and Celebrities Fore Kids Donor.
For more information about Celebrities Fore Kids and their two-day signature fundraiser, the “14th Annual Larry Laoretti and Jim Kaat Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic presented by David L. Smythe” at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., on Sunday, November 30, 2014 and Monday, December 1, 2014, please visit CelebritiesForeKids.org or facebook.com/CelebritiesForeKids or call 772.781.7943.
About Celebrities Fore Kids
Celebrities Fore Kids is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that provides financial support to South Florida families who have children battling cancer and other life-threatening or life-altering illnesses, as well as to adults fighting cancer while caring for children 18 years of age and younger. Celebrities Fore Kids collaborates with case workers from the Robert & Carol Weissman Cancer Center at Martin Health System in Stuart, the Pediatric Oncology Support Team, Inc. in West Palm Beach and The Little Treasures Program at Treasure Coast Hospice to identify and provide support to families affected by cancer and life-threatening or life-altering illnesses.
Share your support on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #CelebritiesForeKidsFL


 
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Jun 26, 2014Martin County Mosquito Control aerial spraying continues tonight
Martin County Mosquito Control will continue aerial spraying by zones D3, D4, D5, D6, E2, E3 and E4 tonight, Thursday June 26. Trouble with the navigation system of one of the aircraft prevented these zones from being sprayed last night.

Martin County Mosquito Control reminds residents of an established hotline which the public is encouraged to call to learn when and where crews are spraying. A recording informs residents of the zones being spraying on a daily basis. The hotline number is 772-320-3028. Zone maps are located at libraries throughout Martin County or residents may go to the Mosquito Control web page at www.martin.fl.us to find their zone.


 
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Jun 26, 2014Hibiscus Children’s Center Presents the “Family Music Festival”
Join us on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the Hibiscus Children’s Center “Family Music Festival”. The event will be held at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach at 12Noon – 4pm. Admission and the festivities are FREE. Food and beverage are available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to Hibiscus. Come enjoy food, drinks, face painting, storytelling, singing and dancing, and more. Hibiscus Children’s Center is excited to provide a family friendly event to our community to say thank you for supporting our mission for almost 30 years. For those not familiar with Hibiscus, this is a wonderful way to enjoy the festivities of summer and learn more at the same time. The Family Music Festival will be a great afternoon filled with incredibly talented youth and local residents sharing their hearts with us through singing and dancing.

Chair Susan Schieren and her committee of dedicated volunteers are working diligently to plan a very special afternoon. Mr. Daryl Magill is the event emcee and an accomplished singer and entertainer. Artist Brian Sylvester has donated his talents to create the graphic artwork for promotional materials.

The performers are all donating their time and talents for this event. Many of the entertainers are youth and an inspiration to the younger generation to help others in need. They include: Jackie Steil, Jennifer Broos, Eliza Levy, Tori Lee, Sophia Surace, DJ “Turn It Up” Dancers, 4AM, Florida Arts & Dance Company, Fabulous Feet Dance Group and Wild Roses Dance Team. Other performers also donating their time and fabulous talents are Encore Dancers, Treasure Coast Tappers … and more!

For more information about Hibiscus Children’s Center and our services, please visit: HibiscusChildrensCenter.org or contact us at (772) 334-9311.


 
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Jun 26, 2014Inner tube water polo tourney to benefit United Way
Beat the summer heat and support United Way of Martin County this July.

United Way and Sailfish Splash Waterpark are teaming up for the Inaugural Inner Tube Water Polo Tournament July 16 to 19. This Sweet 16-style tournament begins with the elimination rounds from 7 to 8 p.m. July 16 to 18, with the final rounds set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19.

Inner tube water polo is a variation of the sport water polo with the important difference that players, excluding the goalkeeper, are required to float in inflatable inner tubes. By floating in an inner tube, players experience less contact and expend less energy than traditional water polo players, not having to tread water. This allows casual players to enjoy water polo without undertaking the intense conditioning required for conventional water polo.

“We wanted a new and entertaining summer fundraising event that family, friends or co-workers could all participate in,” said Wendie Berardi, director of corporate engagement and donor relations. “Inner tube water polo is perfect because everyone can keep cool in the pool and the inner tube evens the playing field.”

While inner tube water polo might be all fun and games; ending hunger, strengthening families, improving people’s health, creating job opportunities, providing solid education for all, and ensuring safety are no laughing matter. In fact, United Way has made it a priority to solve these problems and all proceeds from the event will be put back into the community where they’re needed most.

“Whether you organize a team or sponsor the event, you can rest assured that your contribution will be used to help a neighbor or family member during their time of need,” Berardi said. “United Way programs have always offered reassurance to those who have nowhere else to turn and with your help we can increase the level of service we provide.”

The Inaugural Inner Tube Water Polo Tournament takes place at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 S.E. Ruhnke Street, Stuart. Registration is $25 per person and all players must be 18 or older. To register, visit www.LIVEUNITEDmc.org and click on the inner tube water polo link.

For more information, call Wendie Berardi at 772-283-4800, ext. 227 or email wberardi@unitedwaymartincounty.org.


 
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Jun 25, 2014Martin County Commissioners earn FAC Presidential Advocacy Awards for advocacy efforts
The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented three Martin County Commissioners with Presidential Advocacy Awards during the 2014 FAC Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando last week.

Commissioners Sarah Heard, Ed Fielding and Doug Smith were recognized for their advocacy on the federal level around Everglades Restoration. All three Commissioners, representing Martin County in the County Coalition, travelled to Washington D.C. in October to discuss issues dealing with the health and welfare of our waterways with members of Congress and officials from federal agencies. The counties discussed solutions such as completion of the Indian River Lagoon-South and C-44 projects.

Commissioner Smith was also recognized for his advocacy of flood insurance issues, also on the federal level, which helped FAC convey to Congress why flood insurance reform was desperately needed. As a result of this advocacy, Florida's flood insurance story was told and Congress ultimately passed legislation that will help many Floridians who were financially impacted by the old law. The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act was passed and signed into law by the President on March 21, 2014.

The Presidential Advocacy Award is given annually to those county commissioners from around the state that who have shown exceptional leadership in partnering with FAC to advance the counties' legislative agenda.

For 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties has represented the diverse interests of Florida's counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule - the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.


 
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Jun 25, 2014Martin County Commissioner John Haddox earns FAC Certified County Commissioner Designation
Martin County District 5 Commissioner John Haddox earned the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association. Commissioner Haddox received the designation with 41 other county commissioners from around the state during an awards ceremony held in Orlando last week.

CCC certification is not a requirement to serve as a county commissioner in Florida. However, county commissioners may voluntarily enroll in the program and complete a series of courses totaling 42 hours. The coursework is designed to provide information and enhance skills relevant to a commissioner's duties and responsibilities as an elected official.

The CCC program coursework covers a variety of topics, such as county government roles and responsibilities, county government structure and authority, financial management, ethics and sunshine law, negotiation skills, economic development, and effective communication. Completion of all coursework averages 12 to 18 months. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension sponsors this program.

For over 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties has represented the diverse interests of Florida's counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule - the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.


 
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Jun 25, 2014Better AutoMall Makes Charitable Donation to Sunset House
Better AutoMall of Stuart recently made a charitable cash donation of $800.00 to the Sunset House.

Sunset House, has treated men with Alcoholism and Drug Addiction issues and is committed to helping men develop the skills necessary to lead sober, productive, and healthy lives. Their unique living centered program provides men with the tools to regain and live sober, meaningful, and productive lives.
Joseph Ventura, President of Better AutoMall of Stuart said, “It is our pleasure to support such a worthy cause and important service to our community. Unfortunately drug and alcohol abuse doesn’t have a cure or medication to be prescribed like other serious diseases in the world today. Not only do individuals live with this disease day to day, so do their families. Without programs such as Sunset House, individuals are left with only three options in life. Recovery, Jail or Death.”
A Florida based company founded in May 2013, Better AutoMall is a provider of quality pre-owned vehicles as well as an Authorized Napa AutoCare Center located in Stuart and Jupiter and helps customers to vehicles ownership as well as quality auto repairs. Better AutoMall is also a member of the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce.
For additional information, please contact Better AutoMall – Joseph Ventura -Owner
Better AutoMall of Stuart 986 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994

772-283-1000 Email: jventura@betterautomall.com


 
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Jun 25, 2014Martin County BOCC July 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 July 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
July 8, 15 & 29, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The July 8 meeting will include Comprehensive Plan Amendments (1st 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 FY2015 BUDGET WORKSHOPS
July 21-24, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
Regarding: Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE - joint meeting
July 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

AIRPORT NOISE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 17, 2014 at 10:00 am
Location: Airport Maintenance Building, 1895 SE Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE SPECIAL MEETING
July 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Topic: Greenways Planning Workshop
Location: Growth Management Conference Room (1st floor)

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
July 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
July 16, 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.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
July 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners also sits as the Community Redevelopment Agency.
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
July 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
July 16, 2014 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

INDIANTOWN COMMUNITY TRUST FUND SPECIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 11, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 Osceola Street, Indiantown

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
July 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Location: Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
July 17, 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.

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
July 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
July 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

All Board of County Commission Offices will be closed on Friday, July 4 due to the Independence Day holiday.

This notice dated: June 25, 2014.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Jun 25, 2014FORCE NEWSLETTER
FORCE FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS COALITION E-NEWSLETTER
June 2014

Special Update!
Glades and River Expert to Address Rivers Coalition:
FACING A NEW CROSSROADS

Citizens who are determined to see politicians and bureaucrats take true steps to restore the St. Lucie estuary won't want to miss hearing about what must be done from a long-experienced expert who pulls no punches.

With decades of dedicated work in the environmental trenches behind him, Joe Browder will address the Rivers Coalition at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Stuart City Hall. Concerned citizens: Be there.

"The Stuart and St. Lucie area faces a critical crossroads and what we do will have a decisive effect on the estuary and quality of life for years to come," said Browder, a principal in a Washington-based environmental thinktank firm.

"For too long we have allowed state and federal leaders to talk instead of act on some of the most important water management reforms," Browder said. "For Everglades scientists, a flowway south from Lake Okeechobee has been on the restoration must-do list for twenty years,"

"We are at a tipping point," Browder continued. "The vision of limitless billions for repairing south Florida's broken water management system was never real. Either Florida makes the flowway and other genuine Everglades restoration and water quality needs true priorities, even if that means making the sugar industry devote more of its own land to its own floodwater management, or we'll see toxic estuaries as the norm in south Florida."

He maintains that a storage-flowway to move excess water south from Lake Okeechobee instead of to the east and west coasts is "absolutely essential."

Existing plans for the Central Everglades Planning Project, including the local-interest C-44 canal reservoir, may be helpful, but only if done in concert with developing the flowway, according to Browder.

The flowway concept has been strongly recommended by many independent scientists for a half-century, but private interests manage to block it while virtually nothing is done to curtail harmful discharges to the estuaries, river advocates contend.

An insider with a remarkable memory, Browder will present important insights about the Everglades and estuary's alarming degradation.

As usual, the Rivers Coalition will have the light on for you, with free parking, no admission, and even coffee on deck. We'll see you at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Agenda for Wednesday, June 25
Meeting - Wednesday June 25
6:00pm-7:30pm at: The City Hall - Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, Fl 34994

Business Matters
• Chairman’s Comments - Leon Abood
• Special Presentation - Joe Browder
• River Kidz - Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
• Rivers Coalition Defense Fund Update - Charles Grande
• Speakers Bureau - Todd Weissing

Government & Agency Progress Reports
• Martin County - Deborah Drum/Don Donaldson
• South Florida Water Mgmt District - Kathy LaMartina
• FDEP - Jason Storrs

Coalition Reports
• Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality - Mark Perry
• Indian Riverkeeper Update - Marty Baum
• WRAC “Water Resources Advisory Commission” - Mark Perry
• Federal & State Issues-CERP/IRL & Lake Okeechobee - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray
• ROGER “River of Grass Estuary/Everglades Restoration” - Ted Guy/John Marshall

Visit our new website!

River Kidz are watching Baby Clover in the Southern Indian River Lagoon (IRL), a new baby bottlenose dolphin calf of Shamrock. The mother/calf pair has been seen numerous times by dolphin researchers and by many other boaters in the IRL and St. Lucie, especially near the Manatee Pocket and Crossroads. Please watch out for the dolphin families in the river when you are in your boat. They are not magic: they do get hit and there are many local ID photos to show it. We had a report 2 weeks ago of a possible boat-struck dolphin at the mouth of the Pocket. River Kidz want to get rolling soon to help people become aware of the impact they can have on the marine animals in the lagoon!

Our mission is to speak out, get involved, and raise awareness because we believe kids should have a voice in the future of our rivers.
Please friend us on Facebook or go to www.riverscoalition.org to learn about all the cool things your River Kidz are doing!

Follow RiverKidz on Facebook!
Check out what we are up to!

Float for Life!
The Rivers Coalition will be one of the beneficiaries of the 2014 Float for Life in Fort Myers Beach on July 13th. Their hope is to have a larger voice by uniting the state in this issue. Please spread the word to your West Coast friends to join in the fun!

4RShores, LLC of Stuart has been selling T-shirts and Performance Drifts with designs by Amber Moran for about a year now and has donated almost $550 to the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund from part of the proceeds from their sales.

A portion of those donations were made In Memory of Grace Powell for whom they sell what is called 'Gracie's Mermaid' and from sales of a shirt designed by Amber in partnership with the City of Stuart for their 'Water's Worth It' Campaign. There has been incredible support from local retailers, including Earthtones, Surf Central and Salty's Ship Store in Stuart and We Be Jammin' in Jensen Beach, by providing 4RShores with retail space to sell their shirts and to help get the word out about the need to protect our water environment.

Get a 4RShores window decal for your vehicle, boat, trailer or surfboard and if it is seen around town, a photo will be posted on their Facebook page, if it is yours, they will give you a free 4RShores T-Shirt.

Help support our River by visiting the above mentioned retailers, liking 4RShores on Facebook or going to 4RShores.com and get your '4RShores' on. Every little bit helps!

2014 Meeting Schedule
The 2014 meetings will be held at The City Hall - Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, Fl 34994

June 25 - Weds 6:00pm - 7:30pm
July 31 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm
August 28 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm
September 24 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm
October 30 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm

Rivers Coalition is an Eco-Voice Sponsor!
How to Become a Member?

Membership is free! If you are interested in helping save the environment of SW Florida, you may join Eco-voice by going to www.eco-voice.org and selecting subscribe.


Thank you for all your support.

Editor: Jessica Waugaman

PO Box 2627
Stuart, Fl 34995

772-225-6849
www.RiversCoalition.org











 
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Jun 25, 2014Martin County Mosquito Control to aerial spray tonight
Martin County Mosquito Control will conduct its first aerial spray mission of the year tonight, Wednesday, June 25. Martin County is experiencing a massive hatch-off of freshwater mosquitos due to recent rainfall. Approximately 79,784 acres, primarily in populated western areas of the County- zones I1, I2, I3, D4, D6, D3, D5, E3, E2, E4, G2, G3, G4, and G5- will be sprayed tonight weather permitting.

Martin County Mosquito Control reminds residents of an established hotline which the public is encouraged to call to learn when and where crews are spraying. A recording informs residents of the zones being spraying on a daily basis. The hotline number is 772-320-3028. Zone maps are located at libraries throughout Martin County or residents may go to the Mosquito Control web page at www.martin.fl.us to find their zone.


 
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Jun 24, 2014Treasure Coast SCORE Adds New Counselor
The Treasure Coast Chapter of SCORE is pleased to announce the addition of Dick Duch to its growing staff of volunteer
business counselors. Dick has over 40 years of industrial finance, strategic planning and senior management experience in
several industries. In addition for over 25 years Dick was co-owner/operator of a chain of retail educational supply stores.
Dick worked with companies such as Mettle-Toledo USA, Baker Industries, Ecodyne Cooling Products, Grinnell Fire
Protection & ALCO Products.
Prior to moving to the Treasure Coast, Dick was Owner & Consultant of TTR of Morristown, Inc., Morristown NJ.
Dick holds a BBA from Manhattan College and an MBA from Providence College. Dick and his wife Mackie reside in
Vero Beach.
Local SCORE counselors have direct experience in business start-ups, manufacturing, high technology, insurance, public
relations, retail operations, textiles, pharmaceuticals, legal, banking, finance, tax, distribution, information technology,
materials, engineering, sales & marketing, customer service, commercial leasing, electrical contracting, health & nutrition,
human resources, specialty retailing, hospitality, acquisitions, turnarounds, divestitures, business valuations, public
relations, turnarounds, and non-profits.
SCORE also offers free & low cost workshops in such areas as: How to Start a Small Business, Cash Management,
Financial Recordkeeping, Marketing, Florida Sales Tax, All About Non-Profits, Commercial Insurance, Business Law,
Commercial Credit, Business Planning, Corporate & LLC Reporting & Recordkeeping, & Personal Credit/Identity Theft.
SCORE Chapter 308, has its main office in Ft. Pierce and branch locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Fort
Pierce, Stuart, Vero Beach and soon in Sebastian.
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 phone our office at 772-489-0548 to make an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an
experienced volunteer SCORE counselor and when we are away you will be forwarded to our answering service.
Our website www.treasurecoast.score.org can also be used to make an appointment at any of our seven (7) locations for
face-to-face counseling or to register for any of our workshops.

 
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Jun 24, 2014Experience the Fruit of the Tropics
Taste of the Tropics is an annual event sponsored by the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardeners in cooperation with the Martin County Library System to educate the public about the abundant tropical fruits and vegetables that can be grown in south Florida. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who have a goal to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large by providing residents with environmentally sound, research-based gardening information. The following is a synopsis on some tropical trees, shrubs and vines that grow in our area. Come to Taste of the Tropics to learn, and taste, more! This event will be held at the Blake Library on June 28, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Trees

The avocado, Persea americana, is native to tropical America and consists of three botanical races (Mexican, Guatemalan, and West Indian), each with definitive characteristics and adaptations. Horticulturists have selected trees with superior qualities to come up with many cultivated varieties, known as cultivars. These trees are propagated vegetatively, which is to say, not from seed. With adequate yard space, the homeowner could plant several different cultivars and create an opportunity for extended harvest. For example, the cultivar “Donnie” ripens from May to June, “Miguel” provides fruit from July to September and “Monroe” produces from November to February.

Jackfruit, Artocarpus heterophyllus, is native to India, and holds the record for the largest tree-borne fruit. The fruit can weigh up to 60 pounds! Typically, the fruit averages around 35 pounds. Trees typically grow to 30 to 40 feet, but with judicious pruning can be kept around 12 feet, and make beautiful landscape specimens. While jackfruits are difficult to clean, they are worth the effort. Jackfruit trees are cold sensitive and should be planted only in a protected area.

The familiar mango, Mangifera indica, is represented by hundreds of cultivars. Most of what we buy at the grocery has been grown for quantity, not quality. For the home landscape, there are numerous cultivars of excellent quality from which to choose that will also provide sufficient quantity for home use. Given sufficient space, by planting an early, mid and late season cultivar, a homeowner could enjoy an extended mango season. The 16-20 oz. “Edward” and 10-16 oz. “Florigon” will ripen from May to July, while the 20-40 oz., Keitt will ripen from August to September. With proper pruning, mango trees can be maintained at a height of 6 to 15 feet.

Small Trees/Shrubs

Barbados cherry or Acerola, Malpighia emarginata, is known and grown for its high vitamin C content. This little tree produces fruit almost continually from May to November. The small, 3/4” berries have a tart cherry-like flavor and are best eaten out of hand.

Jaboticaba, Myrciaria cauliflora, a small multi-branched shrub-like tree native to Brazil, produces copious amounts of 1” grape like fruit along the trunk. Grown from seed, these trees take approximately eight years to bear fruit. Since most purchased trees already have several years growth, the wait might not be quite so long for those who want to use this tree in their landscape.

Vines

Passion fruit, Passiflora edulis, is a short lived (3-5 years), fast growing vine that produces intensely flavored 2” round fruit. Plant it on a fence and watch it grow!

Pitaya, Hylocereus undatus, (and others) is a vine-like cactus that produces a 4 1/2” oblong fleshy berry that has a flavor similar to kiwi. This cactus must be grown on a trellis, rough-barked tree or structure since the vine is epiphytic.

The Mysore raspberry, Rubus niveus, is a tropical berry related to the blackberry. It is very easy to grow with nothing more than adequate fertilizer and water. The vine is best grown on a trellis to keep the thorns out of the way.

Article Contributed by Mark Worden, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Volunteer
Photo Credit: Ann McCormick, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Volunteer
Photo Caption: UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Volunteer Mark Worden holds a fresh-picked avocado at the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead. Mr. Worden cultivates a specific interest in fruit trees and is currently creating a food forest is his home landscape.


 
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Jun 24, 2014New Print Shop in town!
The Treasure Coast has a new Print Shop and business solution center opened at 1700 NW Federal Hwy., Stuart, FL 34994. One Stop Guru is Managed and Owned by Justin Wells, a United States Army Veteran. The new business will offer full-color business cards, brochures, flyers, postcards, and full-color copies, as well as envelopes, letterheads, door hangers and menus, “any type of printing including signs,” Justin said.

The new center will also offer a variety of services including but not limited to logo design, all types of graphic design, direct mailing, Every Door Direct Mailer (EDDM) marketing, self-inking rubber stamps and yes even signs. The new center will also offer other services to business including merchant services and internet and phone solutions for small business. “We are the One Stop Shop for any business in the Treasure Coast” Justin Stated.

Justin served in the United States Army aviation from 1995 to 2001, after his military services, he decided to serve his community as a Corrections Officer. Today, Justin is a loving husband and a father of 3... Andrew 16, Christian 8 and the newest Gabriela born May of this year. The Chamber of Commerce will be announcing a Ribbon Cutting Event soon and invites all to attend. Please support Treasure Coast local businesses and stop by One Stop Guru as they are offering grand opening specials and will have weekly specials. Call them at 772.210.4648 or check them out to see what they offer online at www.QuickPrint.Guru.


About One Stop Guru
One Stop Guru is the solution for all of your printing needs. We provide today's business with exceptional quality printing, using revolutionary technology to reduce turn-around time. Most important of all, we specialize in reducing your printing costs.
Our focus is on fully-automated processes from start to finish which allows us to cut costs, not corners.
We understand that success must be based on saving you valuable time and money. That is why we provide the easiest and most comprehensive print shop for all of your printing needs.

We recognize that you want answers, not voice prompts, so we provide real specialists to field your calls. Our results-driven team is dedicated to working all of your company’s printing needs in a fast, courteous, professional manner that exceeds your expectations, the first time, every time!


 
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Jun 24, 2014Free Movie Musicals at STARSTRUCK THEATRE sponsored by HUMANA-Wed.'s at 2:30PM July 9th through the 30th
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