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Mar 29, 2015The BSTREET BAND


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Mar 3, 2015NAISouthcoast’s Nikolaus Schroth, Represents new buyers of 506 SW Federal Hwy Stuart, FL
A new owner will occupy a portion of the 506 SW Federal Highway building in Stuart after the property sold on January 26, 2015. The buyers Chris and Stephanie Flaherty owners of Fidelity Lending will be updating the appearance of the property and expanding their Stuart location of Fidelity Lending into the building. There will be space available for lease as well. The building features great frontage and signage on Federal Highway in Stuart and the proposed updates will compliment other projects in the area like the new Hog Snappers, renovation of the Rookies Building and a few other projects in the early planning stages. The sale signalizes the strengthening of the Stuart office market and a continued rebounding of the local economy.

About NAISouthcoast

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

About NAI Global

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


To learn more, visit www.naisouthcoast.com.


 
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Mar 3, 2015SPRING INTO ART AT MOLLY'S GALLERY
Molly's Gallery will host our monthly Artists Reception to benefit our Art and Healing Program at Molly's House on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 5:30 - 7p.m. Admission is a $5 donation per person. The evening will include hors d'oeurves, wine and champagne. Joette's Strings will provide the music as you stroll through the three-story Victorian home viewing the art and meeting the artists. Artists exhibiting in March include Cathy Wilkinson, Kathy Saigh and Petrea Moriarty, Sharon Ferina.

Kathy Saigh was born and raised in Miami (a Florida Native) and attended Florida State University. She moved to Stuart in 1980. Her work shows her appreciation for the Florida wilderness and waterways, especially the natural beauty of the ocean. Working in the arts for the past 30 years, her passion for putting color on a white page and watching how it responds is one of her pleasures in working in the arts. In 2013, she retired and became a full time artist. She has studied with Barbara Carswell at the Lighthouse Gallery in Tequesta and currently is working with Sharon Ferina and Karen Leffel-Massengill. Kathy is a member of the Martin County Artist's Association and the Art Association of Palm City.

Petrea Moriarty originally from Massachusetts has resided in Hobe Sound for the past 17 years. She has painted on and off for over 40 years, mostly in oils on canvas. She is a member of the Hobe Sound Art League.

Cathy Wilkinson has been a painter for over thirty years. She has shown her work throughout central New York. She is currently represented by galleries in Syracuse, Endicott, Hamilton, Barneveld and Beaufort, South Carolina. Wilkinson's paintings represents a definite style that can best be described as a combination of pop art imagery and the trompe l'oeil tradition, using contemporary references to link her work with present day icons.

Artist Sharon Ferina is from Long Island, NY where she earned an associate's degree in Arts and Sciences. She relocated to Jensen Beach in 2002. She travels extensively and her work reflects the flavor of various landscapes and lifestyles of France and Italy as well as the Napa Valley, the Oregon Coast, scenic Washington State and beautiful Florida. Sharon's love of birds and flowers is reflected in her paintings. Her scenes from the Treasure Coast capture the beauty of the wildlife, beaches and preserves. Sharon is an award winning artists and has a studio in Jensen Beach. Her work can be viewed at sharonferina_blogspot.com and www.rosebudwatercolors.com

Thank you to our sponsors of the March gallery: Aycock Funeral Home; Berkshire Hathaway-Gaydos Team; Images in Paradise; Sharkey Air; and Total Wine & More; The exhibit runs from March 5, 2015 to March 26, 2015. Molly's Gallery is part of the Molly's House Art &Healing program for the patients and families who stay at Molly's House during a medical crisis.



Molly's House is a 501(c)3 hospital hospitality house that offers affordable, temporary accommodations for adult and children patients and their families receiving medical care on the Treasure Coast. The House services Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Okeechobee and Indian River Counties. The Victorian style house features 14 bedrooms with private baths, a living room, two kitchens, a laundry facility, a chapel, a library and outside areas for relaxing. Molly's House has been keeping families together since 1996 providing a home-away-from-home for more than 16,000 individuals. For more information about Molly's House, call 772.223.6659 or visit http://www.MollysHouse.org.





 
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Mar 3, 2015Students recognized for good character during annual Kordick Awards


Family and friends of 25 outstanding students packed into the Wolf-High Technology Center at Indian River State College’s Chastain Campus in Stuart on Feb. 25 for the Annual Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards.

The Kordick Awards, presented by United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program, are given annually to middle school students and high school seniors in the Martin County School District.

Nominations of the students are based solely on their character; students whose lives and achievements demonstrate an enduring commitment to the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Members of the CHARACTER COUNTS! advisory board – Dot Brooking, Alicia Hohsfield, Kelly McIntyre, Blake Norman, Roxanne Peters, Dianne Pierce, and Robyn Vanover – were on hand to present middle school winners with a plaque and high school winners with a $1,000 check. Laurie Gaylord, superintendent of the Martin County School District, delivered an uplifting message and thanked the honorees for their dedication to good character and encouraged everyone in the audience to think of the Six Pillars of Character as they go about their daily lives.

“Congratulations to each one of the students here this evening, you have clearly demonstrated how to uphold the pillars of good character and we applaud you for this distinguished recognition,” Gaylord said as she addressed the crowded room of family members, friends and teachers. “You are the role models for your generation to guide the way and to create a safe, positive environment, whether it’s at school, in the gym, on the field, in your job, or as a volunteer in your community.”

Middle School Winners
Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School: Caleb Little
Hidden Oaks Middle School: Harseerat Dhillon, Madeline France, Carl Mickiewicz, Evan Roseman and Delaney Simpkins
Indiantown Middle School: Francisco Mateo Francisco and Madison McGee
Murray Middle School: Emma Barska, Grace Long, Madeline Murray, Alexis Simicsak and Ryan Stoughton
Stuart Middle School: Nicholas Cocoves and Noah Landry

High School Winners
Clark Advanced Learning Center: Marnie Stokes
Jensen Beach High School: Mackenzie Deignan, Nicholas George, Daniel Knight and Larry Sweazey III
Martin County High School: Brett Taylor
South Fork High School: Daniel Fischman, Lauren Maunus, Olivia Ranieri and Christina Saint-Louis

The Kordick Awards are named in honor of the late Joe Kordick, founding chairman and the driving force of CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County. He believed that character development starts at home, but also felt strongly that by bringing parents, teachers, community leaders, and businesses together, everyone could share the task of teaching young people to be responsible and to live with integrity.

More than 80 student nominations were received from school and community members. A panel of independent judges from the community made the final selection of winners based upon the students’ essays, their volunteer and community involvement, how they have dealt with and overcome obstacles in their lives, and personal interviews with the high school nominees.

The 2014-15 Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards were made possible thanks to support from The Kordick Trust; First Citizens Bank; Kramer, Sopko & Levenstein, PA; and Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, CPA.

United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program is focused building a community of good character. Although highly identified with schools, CHARACTER COUNTS! is an initiative for people of all ages and walks of life and is embraced by government, law enforcement and businesses in Martin County. CHARACTER COUNTS! encourages everyone to uphold the Six Pillars of Character – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship – as they go on with their daily lives.

United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and character-building. Since 1972, the United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to: end hunger, strengthen families, enhance healthy living, improve education, support employment and ensure safety.
For more information about CHARACTER COUNTS!, visit www.charactercounts.net or call 772-283-4800, ext. 234.


JKYCA: United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program recognized 25 outstanding middle and high school students during the Annual Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards on Feb. 25 in the Wolf-High Technology Center at Indian River State College’s Chastain Campus.


 
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Mar 3, 2015Memorial Day Parade
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Mar 2, 2015Partnering with Florida Department of Health for Better Service


Martin County Tax Collector, Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, is proud to announce the Tax Collector Office’s recent partnership with the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics that will allow Florida-born citizens to acquire a certified copy of their birth certificate at the Tax Collector’s office.
“This partnership adds another level of convenience for our taxpayers and since a birth certificate is one of the items needed to obtain a driver license or identification card, the partnership makes our DL/ID issuance process easier and faster. If a Florida-born citizen does not have a birth certificate, we will have the ability to issue them one on the spot and not have to send them away to get one,” commented Ruth Pietruszewski. “A win-win situation for everyone. Implementation of this partnership will substantially improve our service to the public.”
We will begin this new service at the Palm City Branch office, 3001 S.E. Martin Downs Blvd, Palm City, FL 34990. For more information visit our website: http://taxcol.martin.fl.us.


 
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Mar 2, 2015Recent Activity from Small Business Majority
Letter from John Arensmeyer
While much of the country has been hunkered down during this brutally cold February, Small Business Majority staff have been working feverishly on important issues impacting small businesses. We’ve held numerous events this month around the healthcare law, small business tax credits, access to capital, exports and more. We’re also tracking actions by Congress and the White House that impact small businesses.

We’ve outlined small business-friendly provisions from the president’s 2016 budget plan released this month, such as closing tax loopholes that benefit large corporations, making small business-friendly tax provisions permanent, increasing consumer demand by strengthening the middle class, supporting better workforce training, and creating infrastructure initiatives that can provide small businesses with economic opportunities and encourage job growth.


Small business owner, Walt Rowen, testified at Senate EPW hearing on infrastructure funding
The president’s budget plan is a step in the right direction, but many small business owners are still struggling to grow and thrive. They need a pragmatic blueprint that provides certainty and opportunities for the future. We hope lawmakers will put their partisan differences aside and agree on a budget for 2016 that includes smart, small business-friendly policies.

Stay tuned for much more activity on the small business front, and get updates anytime at www.smallbusinessmajority.org.

Small Business Tax Relief Act
On February 13, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015 (H.R. 636), a bill that would permanently raise the small business expensing (sometimes called Section 179 expensing) level to $500,000, to allow small businesses to deduct up-front the cost of purchasing new equipment, software and property.

Making the higher small business expensing limits permanent will reduce uncertainty and the incidence of tax policy driving business decisions. We hope the Senate votes on this bill soon and sends it to the president’s desk so entrepreneurs can finally have the certainty they need to plan for the future. Read our statement.

President's Budget Calls on Congress to Close Tax Loopholes
The president’s 2016 budget plan includes key provisions small businesses support and have long been asking for, such as closing tax loopholes that benefit large corporations.

Closing corporate tax loopholes that put small businesses at a disadvantage, and cutting the top corporate tax rates, has strong support from small businesses. Small Business Majority’s opinion polling found 75% of entrepreneurs believe their small business is harmed when big corporations use loopholes to avoid taxes, and 90% believe big corporations use loopholes to avoid taxes that small businesses have to pay.
IRS announces temporary healthcare transition relief for small businesses
On February 20, the IRS announced updated tax guidelines for small business owners looking to comply with and take advantage of the new healthcare law. These new guidelines protect qualifying small employers from hefty penalties and provide small business owners with clearer direction on how to find health insurance plans for their employees that comply with the new healthcare law.

Notice 2015-17 provides small employers with fewer than 50 employees temporary relief from the assessment of an excise tax under Section 4980D of the tax code. The penalty, which many small business owners were unaware even existed, assesses a tax on small employers for reimbursing or paying a premium for an individual health insurance policy for an employee, which is no longer allowed under the new healthcare law’s market reform requirements.

The new guidelines also delay penalties on S corporations that reimburse insurance premiums for more-than 2 percent shareholders, and allow those same employees to continue to deduct any premiums reimbursed by the S corporation as self-employed health insurance premiums.
Read our statement.

Open enrollment is over, but there’s still time for small employers to get coverage


Small Business Majority at Covered California enrollment event
Small Business Majority staff doubled up their efforts to remind self-employed business owners and small business workers to enroll in coverage in the individual marketplaces by February 15. We held healthcare events across the country, published letters to the editor, launched social media campaigns and more.

While enrollment for the individual marketplace for 2015 coverage is closed, small business owners can enroll in the SHOP marketplace at any time. We’ll continue educating small business owners about SHOP and the healthcare law’s features for small businesses throughout the year. Learn more about enrollment here.

FCC Supports Small Businesses by Maintaining Net Neutrality


On Feb. 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released rules to help protect net neutrality—the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally—by classifying Internet service as a utility.

Protecting net neutrality is something small businesses support because it would ensure a free and open Internet and help maintain a level playing field for small firms. By treating Internet traffic equally, small businesses would not be put at a disadvantage by larger businesses that have the ability to pay to have their websites receive special prioritization through their Internet service providers. In fact, six in 10 small businesses say they’re concerned for their business if carriers have the ability to slow connection time or block content at their discretion. Read our statement.

Designation of new national monument good news for Colorado entrepreneurs
On February 19, President Obama designated a new national monument at Browns Canyon in the Arkansas River Valley. This is great news for Colorado small businesses, because entrepreneurs know protecting our natural assets is one way we can enhance the financial success of small businesses and local economies.
Small Business Majority will host its inaugural Small Business Leadership Summit May 11-13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. With its theme “Shaping the Future of the American Economy,” this invite-only event will bring 100 of the best and the brightest small business owners from across the country to our nation’s capitol for three days of education, collaboration and action. It will feature unique opportunities for our nation’s job creators to discuss important issues facing small business today, inform and shape Small Business Majority’s policy platform for the coming year and learn about resources and programs to strengthen their businesses.





 
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Mar 2, 2015SMITHSONIAN EXPANDS MARINE SCIENCE SUMMER CAMPS AT AQUARIUM
Spring is just around the corner, which means now is the time to make plans for summer! The Smithsonian is hosting week-long camps this summer for ocean-loving children and teens, including an additional session of the ever-popular Ocean Adventure Camp and a brand new camp for 15- and 16-year old marine-scientists-in-the-making. Based at the St Lucie County Aquarium on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, campers will spend much of their time in, on, and under the water exploring local ecosystems in the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean. Activities range from seine netting in seagrass beds and boat trips for younger campers, to kayak and snorkel adventures for older campers.
The Smithsonian is offering the following summer camps:
• Ocean Discovery Camp (Ages 6-8): Session I: June 8-12 & Session II: June 29-July 3
This half-day camp will run from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The cost for the week is $85 for Aquarium members and $95 for nonmembers. Campers will spend a significant amount of time outdoors, including time in and on the water, learning about marine life.
• Ocean Adventure Camp (Ages 9-11): Session I: June 15-19, Session II: July 6-10 &
Session III: July 20-24
This full-day camp will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The cost for the week is $135 for Aquarium members and $145 for nonmembers. Campers will learn about our local marine ecosystems through outdoor activities, including kayaking, seining, and snorkeling.
• Ocean Explorer Camp (Ages 12-14): Session I: June 22-26 & Session II: July 13-17
This full-day camp will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The cost for the week is $155 for Aquarium members and $165 for nonmembers. Campers will gain first-hand experience in ocean science and technology through kayaking, snorkeling and exposure to marine research techniques.
• Ocean Ambassador Camp (Ages 15-16): July 27-31 (NEW!)
This full-day camp will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The cost for the week is $175 for Aquarium members and $185 for nonmembers. Campers will join Smithsonian educators for hands-on learning about marine ecosystems, careers, research, and stewardship through outdoor activities, including full-day snorkeling and kayaking outings.
“The Smithsonian Summer Camps are the highlight of the summer for my boys. Year after year, they come home with new information about our local marine ecology, amazing scientific facts from time spent at the research centers, and improved kayaking and snorkeling skills,” said Charlotte Rohrbough, a local parent of Smithsonian campers. “The instructors and scientists make learning fun. They do a fantastic job of integrating marine biology and environmental awareness into an entertaining curriculum.”
The Smithsonian’s unique location and resources, combined with small camp sizes of no more than fourteen, provide an engaging and educational summer camp experience. Summer camp registration is open now. For more information or to register, please call 772-465-3271 or email SMSEducation@si.edu.
The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit is located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium at 420 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce and is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm, Sunday from noon-4pm, and seasonally (January-March) on Mondays from 10am-4pm. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for children and seniors. Annual memberships are available, starting from $15.
Since 2001, the Smithsonian Marine Station has teamed with St. Lucie County and other community partners to share this unique educational facility. The Ecosystems Exhibit is an outreach effort of the Smithsonian Marine Station, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. A fixture in the Fort Pierce community for over 40 years, the Marine Station is dedicated to understanding the character and diversity of the marine and estuarine habitats of Florida. For more information about the Exhibit, or to learn about volunteering opportunities, call 772-465-3271.


 
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Mar 2, 2015HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AN ITALIAN WATER CIRCUS? OUR BRAND NEW SHOW IS WAITING FOR YOU IN STUART! TOMORROW!
Get ready for an experience that will take you far, far away to the wonders of Italy and the magic of an immersion into its culture. And into water! Yes, you heard well. Our circus features a 35,000 gallons water stage! Isn't that crazy? We're like no other circus in the United States, you can be sure- and we take pride in our uniqueness.

During the show, you won't believe your eyes when the lid lifts up to 35 feet in the air while a CURTAIN OF RAIN AND FOUNTAINS GLISTEN WITH EACH PERFORMANCE MOVE!
Indeed, our show wouldn't be the same without our artists' spectacular performances! We have artists from all over the world that will make you feel like a child again, keep you entertained and craving for more! Don’t forget the atmosphere you'll be able to experience. You'll feel like you've been transported to Italy! Authentic Italian tradition and origins is what characterizes us, starting from our founder and inspirator, Manuel Rebecchi. As the nephew of Moira Orfei, the owner and soul of the most famous circus in Italy, Manuel can truly say that the circus runs in his blood. He knows this industry and world like no other! His passion, knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit have all combined to make of this show an experience to remember for a lifetime. “I want to see people have fun, enjoy the show, and go out with a smile and the desire to come back!” says Manuel.

Cirque Italia is now celebrating its third birthday, so we can say we've achieved Manuel's dream! The team is always striving to make the show even more spectacular. Chante DeMoustes, our COO and producer who's indefatigable in bringing innovation, has welcomed brand new acts and classiness to our show! Cirque Italia brings performers with unique talent, and is also an animal-free show. This is for those who may wonder what type of circus we are.

THE MUSICAL CLOWNS are our show animators. They display a wide variety of musical slapstick and side-splitting comedy! And how about the VERTICALI ACT all the way from Italy? Wouldn't you like to hear our artist sing Andrea Bocelli while performing UPSIDE DOWN? Then, are you ready to see the optical illusion and hypnotism of our LASERMAN ACT? Watch the laws of physics crumble when the performer actually "holds" a beam of light in his hand, splits it into two, then bends it and wields it like a saber of light! And more magic in the air with the TWIN SAILORS cause mischief with the audience, and perform the DUO AERIAL RING! Children of all ages will be eager for our spectacular MERMAID, emerging from her shell and swimming through the fountains! Hey girls and guys, do you know that she will be delighted to take pictures with you too? This is merely a description of what you'll see and experience! ACROBATIC POLES, HIGH ENERGY JUGGLING, even DARK MAGIC AERIAL TISSUE and more await you! So, get your tickets! We're opening our doors tomorrow! And remember… we're offering a free child admission with each full-priced adult admission in levels 2-3!

For more information, check out the Cirque Italia website: www.cirqueitalia.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Interact with us! Keep up to date with the latest news!
Or shoot us an email at office.cirqueitalia@gmail.com. We will be happy to answer all of your questions.
You can purchase tickets through our website (cirqueitalia.com/tickets)
or by phone: (941) 704-8572. We also respond to text message.

Non vediamo l'ora di vedervi allo spettacolo!

Let Your Imagination Wander...Immerse Yourself, and Drift Away into the Magical world of CIRQUE ITALIA.


When: March 27-29
Where: 2616 SE Dixie Hwy, Stuart, FL 34996
At: Martin County Fairgrounds
Under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent!


• Mar 27 FRI: 7:30pm
• Mar 28 SAT: 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm
• Mar 29 SUN: 2:30pm, 5:30pm

Box office hours:
The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.
Non-show days: Tues-Sun: 10am – 6pm
On show days open 10am – 9pm

Video links:
Preview Show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-fFwUVu__I

Branding Story:
http://vimeo.com/62397883#


 
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Feb 27, 2015FAU eBulletin (February 27, 2015)
2015 Love Your Lagoon Raises Record Funding for Lagoon Research
Organizers of the fourth annual Love Your Lagoon dinner are calling the event the most successful to date. The fundraiser, hosted by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation and held at FAU Harbor Branch (HBOI) earlier this month, raised more than $100,000 in funding for HBOI lagoon research and education. That is a 20% increase over proceeds from last year's event.
Those proceeds will fund the development of a new land-based seagrass nursery facility at HBOI. As part of a collaborative effort to restore the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), scientists will work to develop the initial infrastructure and technical capabilities to successfully cultivate and transplant seagrass.
In addition, proceeds also supported the fourth annual IRL Symposium, which was attended by more than 325 representatives from agencies and organizations across southeast Florida. The symposium is a multi-institutional, multi-agency effort to provide a forum for discussing IRL science and its application to management of the lagoon.


Dalgleish Invited to XPRIZE Visioneering Workshop

FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Visibility and Optics Lab associate research professor Dr. Fraser Dalgleish was recently invited to participate in the Ocean Mapping XPRIZE Visioneering Workshop in Los Angeles, California. He was one of nineteen experts who gathered to providecritical input, advice and feedback for the launching of a competition that will incentivize new technologies that can dramatically improve our understanding of our oceans through exploration and discovery. Other organizations represented at the workshop included the National Geographic Society, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Shell and The Maritime Alliance.
Pomponi Presents Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences


Earlier this month, FAU Harbor Branch research professor Dr. Shirley Pomponi provided a briefing on the Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences 2015, a report commissioned by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide recommendations for ocean research priorities over the next 10 years. The presentation was free and open to the public.
The report was developed by a National Research Council committee co-chaired by Dr. Pomponi and Dr. David Titley of Pennsylvania State University. Because NSF is one of the primary sources of funding for science and engineering research, this report is expected to influence the kinds of ocean research that will be conducted in the next decade.

HBOI Grad Student Awarded Aylesworth Scholarship
Graduate student Megan Conkling, who is pursuing her master's degree in Biology at FAU and conducting research at Harbor Branch, is one of only two Florida students who were recently awarded the Ayelsworth Scholarship. Conkling is studying the ecological implications of sponge-sponge associations in nature under the guidance of research professor Dr. Shirley Pomponi.
The Aylesworth Scholarship is a joint program of the Aylesworth Foundation for the Advancement of Marine Science, the Southeastern Fisheries Association and the Florida Sea Grant College Program (click here to read the scholarship announcement from Florida Sea Grant.)
"I am very grateful for this scholarship and the opportunities it will open for my research and myself," said Conkling. "I would like to thank my advisor, Dr. Pomponi, for giving me the opportunity to prove myself at school and in the lab. I would also like to thank my parents for supporting me in following my dreams."
Upon completing her education, Conkling plans on pursuing a career as a research scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Measuring the Lagoon's Breath
Just as humans need fresh air to live, the health of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) depends in part on the exchange of water through its inlets, with high tides pushing in fresh ocean water and low tides drawing out water that could be less beneficial to lagoon life.
Although some research has sought to quantify this vital process, little is known about how it varies naturally by season and as a consequence of land-based water management decisions. To address this gap, Associate Research Professor Laurent Chérubin, Ph.D., of the FAU
Harbor Branch Ocean Dynamics & Modeling Program (ODM) is leading a study of IRL inlet ventilation rates supported by sales of Save Our Seas license plate sales.
The initial focus of the work is water exchange through the Fort Pierce Inlet, which will be measured and modeled over the course of a year with methods that include: 1) an array of 10 drifters that will be tracked over 12-hour deployments via GPS and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, or drone) technology, 2) bottom-mounted sensor units that measure current, depth, salinity, temperature, and other parameters, 3) deployment of an acoustic Doppler current profiler to measure water velocities during different tidal periods, 4) UAV surveys with a camera capable of generating images that characterize water contents such as chlorophyll and total suspended sediments, and 5) measurements from existing sensor sites including the Harbor Branch land/ocean biogeochemical observatories.
Chérubin's collaborators include ODM colleague and Associate Research Professor Mingshun Jiang, Ph.D., and, from the Harbor Branch Ocean Visibility & Optics Lab, Associate Research Professor Fraser Dalgleish, Ph.D., and Assistant Research Professors Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish, Ph.D., and Bing Ouyang, Ph.D. The group also will be working with FAU Department of Geosciences Assistant Professor Caiyun Zhang, Ph.D. Once the methodology is proven, the plan is to begin characterizing tidal exchange at the other IRL inlets.
Marine Mammal Rescue Breaks in New Ambulance
In early February, the HBOI Marine Mammal Research and Conservation (MMRC) team responded to a pygmy sperm whale stranding in Martin County. The sick 940lb male Kogia came ashore and had to be euthanized. MMRC staff loaded the whale remains into the new marine mammal ambulance and brought it back to HBOI's necropsy lab for analysis. Those involved in the effort included Martin County sheriff's officers, firefighters and lifeguards, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and research biologists as well as HBOI volunteers. HBOI is a first responder for the National Marine Fisheries Service Stranding Response Network, remaining on call 365/24/7 to respond to marine mammal strandings and interventions.


 
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Feb 27, 2015February 2015 E-Newsletter: Youth of the Year Named!
(l-r): Our 2015 Youths of the Year: Arius Onassis (Hobe Sound), Elijah Vance (East Stuart), Bridget Duignan (Port Salerno), Cassandra Davilmar (Palm City), Adrian Mendez (Indiantown)
2015 YOUTH OF THE YEAR NAMED!

Martin County High School sophomore class president Bridget Duignan, 16, has proven that determination leads to success. She has recently been named overall 2015 Youth of the Year by BGCMC after competing for the organization's highest honor for the fourth consecutive year.

The title, awarded in a February 10 ceremony held on the Chastain campus of Indian River State College in Stuart, is given to an individual who embodies BGCMC's three priority outcomes for its youth: good character and citizenship, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles.

A member of BGCMC's Port Salerno branch for the past five years, Duignan has taken full advantage of the Club's numerous programs - such as Street Smarts, Money Matters, Healthy Habits, Career Launch and many more - designed to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens and graduate from high school with a plan for the future.

"I am grateful to the Boys & Girls Club for being the backbone of support that has helped me turn previous obstacles into completed goals," Duignan said.

Please click here for more details on our Youth of the Year event!



THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR MEMBERS!


(l-r): Benefit committee co-chairs Debbie Textor,
Heidi Cox, and Maria Bayazid.

On January 29, 2015 nearly 300 people attended the 21st annual Benefit at the Jupiter Island Golf House to support afterschool and summer enrichment programming at BGCMC!

This year's Benefit, titled "An Enchanted Evening", was chaired by Maria Bayazid, Heidi Cox, Kathy
Parsons, and Debbie Textor. We want to thank Maria, Heidi, Kathy, and Debbie for their boundless devotion to this event which makes so many programs possible here at BGCMC.

At the Benefit, Anne McCormick, our longtime CEO who is set to retire this spring after more than a decade at BGCMC, was honored by Eleanor Seaman, our current Board President, and Charlie Moore and Peter Pauley, our two immediate past Board Presidents.

We also want to thank all our guests and sponsors. Our 2016 Benefit will be held January 28 so please save the date!



Alexis Simicsak and Michael Williams, Teen Coordinator at BGCMC's Hobe Sound branch.
TEEN CLUB MEMBER WINS JOE KORDICK AWARD

BGCMC is proud to announce that Alexis Simicsak, a 7th grader at Murray Middle School and teen member at our Cole-Clark branch in Hobe Sound, has been named a winner of the 2015 Joe Kordick Youth Character Award.

The Joe Kordick Youth Character Award, coordinated by CHARACTER COUNTS!, honors young people who embody the "Six Pillars of Character": trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

At the Club, Alexis is the VP of our Keystone Club, a chartered club which was designed to build character and leadership skills through community service. As VP, Alexis takes minutes at each meeting and also helps organize the Keystone Club's community service projects, including weekly visits to a Hobe Sound nursing home where teen members socialize and play games with the residents.
Alexis is a very caring young person. Last fall, we had a new Club member named Marlena join our teen program. Like Alexis when she first joined our teen program, Marlena was very, very shy and had a hard time adjusting and fitting in. To help, Alexis spoke to each of the other Club members about Marlena and encouraged them to be patient with her and welcome her into the group.

Thank you, Alexis, for caring so much and congratulations!


CLUB MEMBERS & PARENTS LEARN ABOUT SAFETY

On February 18, Richard Root from the Dennis Root Public Safety Foundation coordinated a presentation at our Hobe Sound branch on the Foundation's C.A.T. Safety Program
which was designed specifically "to educate children and empower them with knowledge and confidence about recognizing and avoiding dangerous individuals and situations. "

During the presentation, Mr. Root provided "real life" examples of different dangerous situations and described in great detail various techniques Club members can use to avoid them or in extreme cases, how they can safely defend themselves. In addition, there were several parents in attendance and Mr. Root also gave them tips on actions they can take to minimize risks to their children.

The presentation was the first in a series of five presentations the Foundation will make to all five Club branches this winter and spring. Last year, representatives from the Foundation performed an organizational safety assessment and made best practice recommendations to our staff and Safety Committee, ensuring we maintain BGCMC's commitment to making child safety our #1 priority.

You may learn more about the Dennis Root Public Safety Foundation by visiting its Web site.



2015 SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM DATES ANNOUNCED

BGCMC's 2015 Summer Enrichment Program will begin June 8. We will be closed June 1-5 for staff training and in preparation of the Summer Program.

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

A fee schedule can be found here. Please note that teens attend at no charge and we never turn any child away for his or her family's inability to pay.

BGCMC will oversee registration for summer programs at its Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Palm City, and Port Salerno Club branches. For questions on registering in East Stuart, please call 772.288.5334.

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

Questions? Please call 772.545.1255. We'll see you this summer!


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

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

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







 
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Feb 27, 2015Boys & Girls Club - February 2015 E-Newsletter: Youth of the Year Named!
(l-r): Our 2015 Youths of the Year: Arius Onassis (Hobe Sound), Elijah Vance (East Stuart), Bridget Duignan (Port Salerno), Cassandra Davilmar (Palm City), Adrian Mendez (Indiantown)
2015 YOUTH OF THE YEAR NAMED!

Martin County High School sophomore class president Bridget Duignan, 16, has proven that determination leads to success. She has recently been named overall 2015 Youth of the Year by BGCMC after competing for the organization's highest honor for the fourth consecutive year.

The title, awarded in a February 10 ceremony held on the Chastain campus of Indian River State College in Stuart, is given to an individual who embodies BGCMC's three priority outcomes for its youth: good character and citizenship, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles.

A member of BGCMC's Port Salerno branch for the past five years, Duignan has taken full advantage of the Club's numerous programs - such as Street Smarts, Money Matters, Healthy Habits, Career Launch and many more - designed to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens and graduate from high school with a plan for the future.

"I am grateful to the Boys & Girls Club for being the backbone of support that has helped me turn previous obstacles into completed goals," Duignan said.

Please click here for more details on our Youth of the Year event!


THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR MEMBERS!


(l-r): Benefit committee co-chairs Debbie Textor,
Heidi Cox, and Maria Bayazid.

On January 29, 2015 nearly 300 people attended the 21st annual Benefit at the Jupiter Island Golf House to support afterschool and summer enrichment programming at BGCMC!

This year's Benefit, titled "An Enchanted Evening", was chaired by Maria Bayazid, Heidi Cox, Kathy
Parsons, and Debbie Textor. We want to thank Maria, Heidi, Kathy, and Debbie for their boundless devotion to this event which makes so many programs possible here at BGCMC.

At the Benefit, Anne McCormick, our longtime CEO who is set to retire this spring after more than a decade at BGCMC, was honored by Eleanor Seaman, our current Board President, and Charlie Moore and Peter Pauley, our two immediate past Board Presidents.

We also want to thank all our guests and sponsors. Our 2016 Benefit will be held January 28 so please save the date!



Alexis Simicsak and Michael Williams, Teen Coordinator at BGCMC's Hobe Sound branch.
TEEN CLUB MEMBER WINS JOE KORDICK AWARD

BGCMC is proud to announce that Alexis Simicsak, a 7th grader at Murray Middle School and teen member at our Cole-Clark branch in Hobe Sound, has been named a winner of the 2015 Joe Kordick Youth Character Award.

The Joe Kordick Youth Character Award, coordinated by CHARACTER COUNTS!, honors young people who embody the "Six Pillars of Character": trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

At the Club, Alexis is the VP of our Keystone Club, a chartered club which was designed to build character and leadership skills through community service. As VP, Alexis takes minutes at each meeting and also helps organize the Keystone Club's community service projects, including weekly visits to a Hobe Sound nursing home where teen members socialize and play games with the residents.
Alexis is a very caring young person. Last fall, we had a new Club member named Marlena join our teen program. Like Alexis when she first joined our teen program, Marlena was very, very shy and had a hard time adjusting and fitting in. To help, Alexis spoke to each of the other Club members about Marlena and encouraged them to be patient with her and welcome her into the group.

Thank you, Alexis, for caring so much and congratulations!


CLUB MEMBERS & PARENTS LEARN ABOUT SAFETY


On February 18, Richard Root from the Dennis Root Public Safety Foundation coordinated a presentation at our Hobe Sound branch on the Foundation's C.A.T. Safety Program
which was designed specifically "to educate children and empower them with knowledge and confidence about recognizing and avoiding dangerous individuals and situations. "


During the presentation, Mr. Root provided "real life" examples of different dangerous situations and described in great detail various techniques Club members can use to avoid them or in extreme cases, how they can safely defend themselves. In addition, there were several parents in attendance and Mr. Root also gave them tips on actions they can take to minimize risks to their children.

The presentation was the first in a series of five presentations the Foundation will make to all five Club branches this winter and spring. Last year, representatives from the Foundation performed an organizational safety assessment and made best practice recommendations to our staff and Safety Committee, ensuring we maintain BGCMC's commitment to making child safety our #1 priority.

You may learn more about the Dennis Root Public Safety Foundation by visiting its Web site.



2015 SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM DATES ANNOUNCED

BGCMC's 2015 Summer Enrichment Program will begin June 8. We will be closed June 1-5 for staff training and in preparation of the Summer Program.

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

A fee schedule can be found here. Please note that teens attend at no charge and we never turn any child away for his or her family's inability to pay.

BGCMC will oversee registration for summer programs at its Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Palm City, and Port Salerno Club branches. For questions on registering in East Stuart, please call 772.288.5334.

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

Questions? Please call 772.545.1255. We'll see you this summer!

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

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

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







 
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Feb 27, 2015Oceans Alive, Remembering Frances Langford to benefit Florida Oceanographic Society
The extraordinary generosity of Frances Langford has touched countless lives throughout Martin County and her legacy continues to shine bright a decade after her passing. On March 28, Florida Oceanographic Society will honor the legendary actress, singer, philanthropist and angler who served as a champion and benefactor of the non-profit organization.

“Oceans Alive is our signature event and we’re thrilled to dedicate it to Frances Langford, a very special woman who played a leading role in the success of our Coastal Center. Her generosity enabled us to build our Visitor Center; her trophy fish collection adorns our walls; and her legacy lives on through our mission,” says Mark Perry, executive director of Florida Oceanographic Society.

Florida Oceanographic will celebrate Langford at a gala entitled “Oceans Alive, Remembering Frances Langford.” This exquisite event will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at the Elliott Museum, 825 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, located across the street from the Coastal Center. Evans Crary and Tom Evinrude are the honorary chairmen of the event.

Tickets are $250 per person and include dinner and dancing to live music by “Sierra Band.” Attendees will also enjoy live and silent auctions featuring fine art and travel opportunities, jewelry, entertainment, and more. Event proceeds support Florida Oceanographic’s mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy.

Oceans Alive is possible thanks to presenting sponsor and event chair, Melissa Escobar. Special recognition goes to Vicki Brown and Ed Botwinick; the Karl Wickstrom Family; Ann and Tim Timmons; Lindy Donigan and Deane MacMillan; Bobbie Trimble; Bob and Suzanne Pearson; Paul Shirley; Bob and Ellen Drisner; Northern Trust; Scott Roads; Phil Wintercorn; Scott Turnbull; Crary Buchanan; and the Frances Langford Foundation for sponsoring this event.

Special invitation: Those who sponsor at the “Benefactor” level or higher will receive an invitation to the VIP Sponsor Party on Wednesday, March 11 at The Dolphin Bar in Jensen Beach – formerly known as “The Outrigger,” which was owned by Frances Langford.

For Oceans Alive tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505, ext. 108.

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



 
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Feb 27, 2015Treasure Coast Food Bank holds Teacher Appreciation School Supply Giveaway
With three quarters of the school year gone, many students and teachers have run out of the school supplies they bought last fall. Treasure Coast Food Bank and its local retail partners will be helping to restock those supplies.
Treasure Coast Food Bank will host Teacher Appreciation School Supply Days on March 6 and 7. Public school teachers from Treasure Coast Food Bank’s four-county service area can collect the supplies they need for the classroom free of charge.
The event takes place at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s headquarters, 401 Angle Road in Fort Pierce, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 6 and from 9 a.m.to 12 noon on Saturday March 7.
“It’s our belief that we can always find someone who needs the non-food items that are donated, so we never refuse anything that our retail partners have available to donate,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz. “We have school supplies, arts and crafts items, backpacks, paper products, all kinds of supplies that are used in our schools.”
Any public school teacher from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin or Okeechobee County can participate simply by showing their school ID, and then selecting from the available items. Teachers can collect items for their classrooms or for students who may be in need. All items will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Treasure Coast Food Bank’s volunteers have been sorting the available items into boxes so teachers can easily find what they need. Among the many items available are: paper, pencils, folders, binders, arts-and-crafts supplies, backpacks, hand sanitizer, paper towels and boxes of tissue.
“It’s not always easy for a family to buy every item for school that our teachers might like the kids to have. And I think everyone is well aware that teachers often purchase items with their own money,” Cruz said. “This is our way of getting some useful supplies to teachers and students, enabling the families to keep their money for other necessities.”


 
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Feb 27, 2015iPads modernize Caring Children Clothing Children’s literacy program


Using the latest technology to teach students how to read has gone from a dream to reality at Caring Children Clothing Children.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, volunteer tutors at 4Cs now have 10 new iPads that they can use to connect with young readers in a way that makes learning to read interactive and fun.

“Our volunteer tutors are dedicated to improving the reading performance of their students,” said Betty Mulligan, RSVP volunteer and literacy coordinator at 4Cs. “We hope that using the iPads will help generate a love of reading for each child in the program."

With help from the Martin County Library System, 4Cs recently conducted an iPad training workshop at the Cummings Library in Palm City so that volunteer tutors could get more acquainted with the new technology before using them in the field. This year, 4Cs hopes the iPads will help assist more than 250 students improve their reading scores by focusing on phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.

For the past eight years, 4Cs has worked closely with United Way of Martin County’s Martin Volunteers program to identify volunteers who are passionate about teaching children how to read and placing them in schools where they are needed most. Many of the 76 volunteers currently participating in the 4Cs literacy program are registered through Martin Volunteers’ Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and volunteer 2 to 4 hours a week working one-on-one with students at six elementary schools in Martin County.

"Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, the majority of children who participate in our reading program are able to raise their reading scores,” said Gigi Suntum, executive director of 4Cs. “We know that the iPads, combined with the appropriate reading software, will enable our volunteer tutors to have a positive impact in the lives of these young readers.”

Martin Volunteers engages people of all ages and backgrounds in volunteer service that enriches the individual and strengthens the community. Martin Volunteers is funded in part with grant dollars from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Hobe Sound Community Chest.

United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and character-building. Since 1972, the United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to: end hunger, strengthen families, enhance healthy living, improve education, support employment and ensure safety.

Caring Children Clothing Children’s mission is to provide top quality, gently used clothing and a helping hand towards literacy to underprivileged children in Martin County at no cost. 4Cs serves the children in the community to promote and reinforce positive self-image and confidence in our youth.

For more information or to find out how to volunteer with Martin Volunteers, visit MartinVolunteers.org, call 772-220-4472, ext. 225 or email kstacey@martinvolunteers.org. For more information about Caring Children/Clothing Children, call 772-221-8777 or visit www.4cmartin.org.


 
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Feb 27, 2015Hibiscus Children’s Center Presents the 20th Annual Dow Finsterwald Golf Classic
The Hibiscus Children’s Center 20th Annual Dow Finsterwald Golf Classic is in full swing and just around the corner! Be sure to grab your golf clubs and join us on Friday, March 20, 2015 at Willoughby Golf Club for a day of friendly competition, great food and prizes, and more importantly, supporting abused children in our community. The tournament is one of Hibiscus’ signature annual events. Registration begins at 11:30am followed by lunch on the patio with a putting contest and a 1:00pm shotgun start. The tournament is a two-person scramble format and entry fee is $175.00. Golf awards, cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will follow the tournament.
This year is very special as we celebrate the 20th anniversary with our gracious host and legendary golfer, Dow Finsterwald. Dow, also known as “Finsty”, is a former PGA Champion and 2006 PGA Hall of Fame Inductee, 2007 Memorial Tournament Honoree, PGA Player of the Year and has played on four Ryder Cup teams among receiving many other prestigious golf awards. Dow has stated that he is “committed to this tournament as long as he’s alive” and his heart for the children is evident in his two decades of raising over $500,000 – all for the children!
The Live Auction will feature great golf packages including Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, The Loxahatchee Club, Tequesta Country Club, Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club and Willoughby Golf Club. There will be a special prize for a lucky hole-in-one winner, provided by Coggin Motors. You will also have opportunities to win other great auction items and fun contest prizes.

The golf tournament benefits abused, abandoned and neglected children with 100% of the proceeds directly impacting the lives of children in our community. Special thanks to our event co-chairs Chris Kruth, Cynthia Goings and Carol Holth. We are deeply grateful to our Presenting Sponsor - Panera Bread, and to our generous event sponsors - William Hauke, Richard Allen and Bill McDonald.
Sponsorship packages that include foursomes and recognition for your business are still available. Please contact us today to register by visiting Hibiscus Children’s Center, 2400 NE Dixie Highway in Jensen Beach, or visit us online at: HibiscusChildrensCenter.org or call (772) 334-9311, ext. 404.


 
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Feb 27, 2015Greatest threat to Martin County is not All Aboard Florida

As significant as it is, All Aboard Florida is not the greatest threat to our quality of life. The biggest threat is the ongoing pollution of our waterways, which we only half-heartedly address, while it harms our health, our wildlife, our tourism, our real estate values and our marine businesses, at the same time we proclaim “solutions” by changing the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan with substandard, easily challenged amendments that cost us millions of dollars in unbudgeted legal fees—before they get rewritten and parts tossed out. We pretend much, accomplish little, and at great expense.
The biggest threat comes from strangling the diversity of our tax base at the same time our infrastructure crumbles with a narrowly focused intent to replace our old Comp Plan that ensured a thriving community of arts, education, jobs, business, agriculture, historical preservation and environmental protection, subverting it to an extremist agenda that inevitably will lead to a menu of much higher taxes, more fees and random closings to make up the shortfall in revenues. We pretend to seek balance, but attain imbalance and high costs.
The greatest threat to our quality of life comes from the decisions currently being made by our county commission majority when they vote as a bloc—Commissioners Ed Fielding, Sarah Heard and Anne Scott.
They adopted a pretense of getting tough on septic tanks to rewrite Chapter 10 of the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan affecting less than one percent of the septic tanks in this county, which are miles from water bodies, yet created NO plan to remove septic tanks along our riverbanks—beyond stealing TIFF funds earmarked for revitalization from Old Palm City and Golden Gate to build sewer line extensions there.
They banned sewer lines into the secondary urban services district over the objections of the Loxahatchee River District, whose testing proved that the enteric bacteria entering the Loxahatchee River is from a human source—most likely the septic tanks in the Rivers Edge community, who were subjected to intense myth-mongering that their rural community would transform into an intensely developed urban one. We should feel a moral imperative to rid our waterways of all septic tanks, as we did when we allowed ENCON in Jupiter to run sewer lines into Jonathan Dickinson State Park years ago, adding simple language to the Comp Plan that could be duplicated for Rivers Edge.
By banning sewer lines into our rural lands and allowing only one septic tank per lot, even it's 600 acres, will address NONE of our current pollution issues, but it hog-ties our farmers, 10 of whom began legal proceedings against the county. We have yet one more substandard Comp Plan amendment that will cost us thousands in legal fees—again—before it's eventually rewritten.
Their hidden agenda, and that of their supporters, is to drive down the value of rural lands to make it easier and less costly to acquire more conservation acreage—taking more properties off the tax rolls and adding payroll to manage them—and to drive out or discourage business and industry.
Aside from the bungled Comp Plan amendments, our commission majority's decision to deliberately shut down a water restoration project that could divert at least 10 percent of the Lake Okeechobee discharges that impact our estuary, clean the water, and send it south at no cost to taxpayers, and without harming wetlands, not only stole a chance to mitigate the Lake Okeechobee discharges, but the lawsuit is costing hundreds of thousands of Martin County taxpayer dollars.
They not only shut down the restoration project, but attempted to shut down the entire rock mining operation we know as Lake Point. Its contracts were valid, which the county has since quietly acknowledged, but we still are spending thousands of dollars for outside attorneys, in large part because Commissioner Sarah Heard refuses to turn over the public records regarding Lake Point housed on her personal computer, and taxpayers are paying for her private attorney to defend what most of us consider a violation of Sunshine Laws.
We now have dozens of projects whose deadline extensions are running out, but their old plans must now meet the county's new rules to get the county commission's approval. Not likely to happen.
But this we can be sure will happen: We will watch millions more dollars pour down the drain on multiple new lawsuits as a result of the extremist commissioners' decisions, as pollution continues to pour into our rivers and more limitations are poured onto the backs of business and industry. Then we'll see our residents, who already are carrying 75 percent of the tax burden, begin to pour sweat.
As potentially devastating as All Aboard Florida is, it is not the greatest threat to our quality of life—and at least we can see that train coming down the tracks.


 
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Feb 27, 2015Martin County's legal expenses continue to soar

The Martin County Commission's quiet approval Feb. 17 of an additional $500,000 to pay outside attorney fees, plus its approval in January to spend $200,000 to purchase land in Hobe Sound to settle a dispute there, brings the county's projected outside legal costs to $1.2 million—or more for only the 2015 fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. The total for outside legal expenses since election of the 'New Majority' through the 2015 fiscal year will be more than $2 million.
Included is a projected $300,000 for the county to hire an outside attorney to fight the petition filed Jan. 15 by 10 Martin County farmers with the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings challenging the county's recent amendment to Chapter 10, the sewer/septic element of the county's Comprehensive Growth Management Plan.
Martin County Attorney Michael Durham estimated the cost of potential litigation to be “around $300,000 to $400,000” during the Oct. 21 county commission meeting as commissioners considered the suggestion by Commissioner John Haddox to work on the amendment further before transmitting to the state. He said that the amendment, as written, will likely violate the state's Right to Farm Act and “devastate” Martin County farmers; it would undermine agri-tourism and incur unnecessary legal expenses, when those issues could be addressed by county staff.
“We could've done that with the other Comp Plan amendments,” Haddox said, “and saved ourselves a lot of money.”
The county retained Tallahassee attorney Linda Loomis Shelley, legal counsel to two former state governors and a former Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs, the state's watchdog of local growth plans, which was later dismantled by Gov. Rick Scott. Shelley settled most of the challenges out of court resulting in rewritten amendments.
The one challenge remaining comes from Midbrook 1st Realty (owners of the former Hobe Grove development), which is continuing to challenge the county's new rule that would combine Indiantown's rural residential capacity with that of the densely populated eastern portion of the county to determine the county's total housing capacity. Midbrook;s attorneys also argued against the super-majority vote now required for development approvals.
The judge's recommended order in the Midbrook challenge has yet to be filed, reportedly due to a backlog of cases from the summer, according to Nikki van Vonno, director of the Growth Management Department. “I expect we'll have that by the end of March,” she said, during a recent Growth Management conference.
Shelley was retained again to litigate the farmers' challenge of the Chapter 10 Comp Plan amendment. The hearing dates of April 28-29 to have the case heard in Stuart before Judge Suzanne van Wyk. (More details of the farmers' challenge are on Page 8.)
Other significant legal challenges to county commission majority decisions include Flash Beach Grille, a restaurant in Hobe Sound contesting an unrecorded 40 x 60 preserve area; H.M. Properties, an industrial development on Route 714 in Palm City at the I-95 interchange; and the Seabranch condominium development in Hobe Sound, which was denied a zoning change to match their project's medium density, although the regulations call for a high density development.
Another ongoing cost to the county is the Lake Point Mining and Water Restoration Project, Lake Point Phase 1 and Phase II, a lawsuit currently taking place in the 19th Circuit Court in Martin County, although Lake Point's administrative challenge to the Comp Plan was one of the challenges settled out of court in Lake Point's favor in March 2014.
– Barbara Clowdus

Martin County's Outside Legal Costs*
Since 2012 Election Seated the 'New Majority'
2015 Fiscal Year – projected through Sept. 30, 2015
Martin County records show more than $700,000 expended since Jan. 1, 2014, in legal expenses. Total legal expenses, including non-departmental, are projected to top $1.2 million by Sept. 30, 2015.
2014 Fiscal Year, ending Sept, 30, 2014
Total Paid in Outside Attorney Costs – $490,551.85 - Insurance Settlements Received – $2,400
2013 Fiscal Year, ending Sept. 30, 2013
Total Paid – $493,417.26 - Insurance Settlements Received – $52,978.96
Martin County's Outside Legal Costs in 2012, prior to “New Majority”
2012 Fiscal Year, ending Sept. 30, 2012T
Total Paid – $5,187 Insurance Settlements Received – $11,691.66
*Statistics Provided by Martin County Clerk's Office

Heard's denial of public records request driving up legal costs
Two years of legal wrangling between Lake Point attorneys and Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard over emails sent to and from her personal computer referencing the Lake Point project appear to be what's driving up the majority of the costs of outside attorneys in the Lake Point v Martin County, South Florida Water Management, Maggy Hurchalla lawsuit.
Then-chair Commissioner Sarah Heard in February 2013 told County Administrator Taryn Kryzda that she expected the county to pay her personal legal fees in the Lake Point lawsuit. The outside legal expenses for attorneys in the Lake Point case have been paid $237,656 since April 2014, after the county settled Lake Point's 2013 challenge of its Comp Plan amendments by reversing its decision not to revoke Lake Point's development order for 1,008 acres of what had formerly been Lake Point Ranches, an exclusive, equestrian development near Indiantown.
The county's reversal eliminated all the code enforcement actions taken by the county in January 2013 in its attempt to shut down the rock-mining operation by claiming it was still a housing development excavating rock outside the parameters of its site plan.
Negotiated by attorney Linda Loomis Shelley of Tallahassee, the settlement confirmed Lake Point's status as a bona fide rock mining and water restoration project, fully permitted by both the state Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District as a mining operation, verifying also the legality of its 2009 agreement with Martin County.
From January 2013 until February 2015, the biggest driver of legal costs in the Lake Point suit against Martin County and Maggy Hurchalla (for tortious interference with county and SFWMD contracts that benefited Lake Point) appears to be the answer to this question: Are county commissioners' emails sent from personal computers (or other electronic devices) regarding county business considered to be public records that must be protected and preserved to comply with state Sunshine Laws, or are they not? Lake Point says they are.
The county says all the public records that exist—more than 105,000 documents, according to County Attorney Michael Durham—have been turned over to Lake Point, but Lake Point attorney Ethan Loeb insists that Martin County has not complied with Lake Point's public records request in full.
He points to two copies of emails provided to him that he says indicate the existence of other email correspondence regarding Lake Point, which is relevant to their case. (One from Commissioner Ed Fielding's personal computer from Hurchalla appears to inform Fielding of the steps to take to shut down Lake Point's mining operation, and since that email appeared nine months after Lake Point's first public records request, the court ordered a forensic examination of Fielding's personal computer. All those files have been turned over to Lake Point, according to Durham.)
The other is an email from Commissioner Heard to Hurchalla that Lake Point alleges has been “altered and manipulated” with portions being cut and pasted and deleted identifying email headers. Lake Point has asked for the email's “complete and original string” from Heard's personal computer, but Heard told attorneys that her computer “had been hacked” and some of her emails had been deleted.
Her attorney argued in court that Heard “cannot produce what does not exist.”
Heard also reported that she had taken her computer to a local computer firm to attempt to retrieve the missing emails from her computer's hard drive, but they were unable to do so. Since Heard used the web-based Yahoo email service, Lake Point attempted to retrieve the deleted emails directly from Yahoo, according to court records; however, Yahoo will not conduct a forensic search except in a criminal investigation, Loeb told the court.
Circuit Court Judge James McCann, calling the Hurchalla and Heard emails “abundantly relevant” to Lake Point's case, ordered on Sept. 17, 2014, that Heard was to sit for a deposition within 90 days to explain how her emails got deleted from her personal computer and what attempts she had made to retrieve them. She complied on Dec. 10, 2014, according to court records.
As a condition of Heard's “legislative privilege” as a sitting county commissioner, however, Lake Point attorneys had “to exhaust all other possible means” of getting the same information that Lake Point alleges is housed on Heard's computer, said Judge McCann, before he would order the commissioner to sit for Lake Point's deposition.
That pre-condition resulted in the depositions of dozens of county employees, a dozen or more public records requests, production of thousands of documents, and resulted in extending the length of the discovery process, adding significantly to the county's additional legal costs.
A case management conference before 19th District Court Judge Shields McManus has been set for March 25 to settle some or all of the disputed issues before going to trial. The county attorney plans to hold an executive session with commissioners at their March 3 county commission meeting, according to the posted agenda, in order to discuss the Lake Point case.
If no settlement is achieved during the March 25 case management conference, the case will proceed to trial.





 
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Feb 27, 2015Recent Activity from Small Business Majority
Letter from John Arensmeyer
While much of the country has been hunkered down during this brutally cold February, Small Business Majority staff have been working feverishly on important issues impacting small businesses. We’ve held numerous events this month around the healthcare law, small business tax credits, access to capital, exports and more. We’re also tracking actions by Congress and the White House that impact small businesses.

We’ve outlined small business-friendly provisions from the president’s 2016 budget plan released this month, such as closing tax loopholes that benefit large corporations, making small business-friendly tax provisions permanent, increasing consumer demand by strengthening the middle class, supporting better workforce training, and creating infrastructure initiatives that can provide small businesses with economic opportunities and encourage job growth.


Small business owner, Walt Rowen, testified at Senate EPW hearing on infrastructure funding
The president’s budget plan is a step in the right direction, but many small business owners are still struggling to grow and thrive. They need a pragmatic blueprint that provides certainty and opportunities for the future. We hope lawmakers will put their partisan differences aside and agree on a budget for 2016 that includes smart, small business-friendly policies.

Stay tuned for much more activity on the small business front, and get updates anytime at www.smallbusinessmajority.org.

Small Business Tax Relief Act
On February 13, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015 (H.R. 636), a bill that would permanently raise the small business expensing (sometimes called Section 179 expensing) level to $500,000, to allow small businesses to deduct up-front the cost of purchasing new equipment, software and property.

Making the higher small business expensing limits permanent will reduce uncertainty and the incidence of tax policy driving business decisions. We hope the Senate votes on this bill soon and sends it to the president’s desk so entrepreneurs can finally have the certainty they need to plan for the future. Read our statement.

President's Budget Calls on Congress to Close Tax Loopholes
The president’s 2016 budget plan includes key provisions small businesses support and have long been asking for, such as closing tax loopholes that benefit large corporations.

Closing corporate tax loopholes that put small businesses at a disadvantage, and cutting the top corporate tax rates, has strong support from small businesses. Small Business Majority’s opinion polling found 75% of entrepreneurs believe their small business is harmed when big corporations use loopholes to avoid taxes, and 90% believe big corporations use loopholes to avoid taxes that small businesses have to pay.
IRS announces temporary healthcare transition relief for small businesses
On February 20, the IRS announced updated tax guidelines for small business owners looking to comply with and take advantage of the new healthcare law. These new guidelines protect qualifying small employers from hefty penalties and provide small business owners with clearer direction on how to find health insurance plans for their employees that comply with the new healthcare law.

Notice 2015-17 provides small employers with fewer than 50 employees temporary relief from the assessment of an excise tax under Section 4980D of the tax code. The penalty, which many small business owners were unaware even existed, assesses a tax on small employers for reimbursing or paying a premium for an individual health insurance policy for an employee, which is no longer allowed under the new healthcare law’s market reform requirements.

The new guidelines also delay penalties on S corporations that reimburse insurance premiums for more-than 2 percent shareholders, and allow those same employees to continue to deduct any premiums reimbursed by the S corporation as self-employed health insurance premiums.
Read our statement.

Open enrollment is over, but there’s still time for small employers to get coverage


Small Business Majority at Covered California enrollment event
Small Business Majority staff doubled up their efforts to remind self-employed business owners and small business workers to enroll in coverage in the individual marketplaces by February 15. We held healthcare events across the country, published letters to the editor, launched social media campaigns and more.

While enrollment for the individual marketplace for 2015 coverage is closed, small business owners can enroll in the SHOP marketplace at any time. We’ll continue educating small business owners about SHOP and the healthcare law’s features for small businesses throughout the year. Learn more about enrollment here.

FCC Supports Small Businesses by Maintaining Net Neutrality


On Feb. 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released rules to help protect net neutrality—the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally—by classifying Internet service as a utility.

Protecting net neutrality is something small businesses support because it would ensure a free and open Internet and help maintain a level playing field for small firms. By treating Internet traffic equally, small businesses would not be put at a disadvantage by larger businesses that have the ability to pay to have their websites receive special prioritization through their Internet service providers. In fact, six in 10 small businesses say they’re concerned for their business if carriers have the ability to slow connection time or block content at their discretion. Read our statement.

Designation of new national monument good news for Colorado entrepreneurs
On February 19, President Obama designated a new national monument at Browns Canyon in the Arkansas River Valley. This is great news for Colorado small businesses, because entrepreneurs know protecting our natural assets is one way we can enhance the financial success of small businesses and local economies. Read our statement.


 
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Feb 26, 2015Proposed new rules from the Veterans Administration

Dear clients, friends, and fellow senior healthcare advocates:

On January 23rd, the VA published proposed new rules in the Federal Register (volume 80, number 15, part IV) proposing changes to net worth determination, look back and penalty regarding uncompensated transfers and certain income exclusions for needs-based benefits, including wartime pension (please call the office if you would like a copy of our recent article which briefly discusses the pension program).

I'll start with the better news in the proposed rules: previously the determination of the asset limit to qualify for benefits, has been overly subjective and potentially problematic. The new rule seeks to establish a clear net worth limit basically tied to Medicaid's maximum community spouse resource allowance, this year equal to $119,220, indexed for inflation.

The not so good news is that current annual income needs to be added to countable assets to determine whether or not the asset limit is exceeded.

The exemption for a primary residence is limited under the proposed rules to 2 acres.

If the residence is sold, the money received is a countable asset unless the proceeds are used to purchase another residence within the calendar year of the sale.

Imposes a 36 month look back anda penalty of up to 10 years beginning the month after the last transfer is completed. If there is a transfer during the look back, the penalty is computed by dividing the amount transferred by the monthly equivalent maximum pension rate for the applicant (this is an unfair divisor because a widow is penalized almost twice as much as a married veteran for prior transfers). As a general rule, uncompensated transfers are penalized only if they were countable as part of net worth and would have caused net worth to exceed the limitations stated above had they not been transferred.

An uncompensated transfer would include a transfer to purchase any financial instrument that reduces net worth for VA purposes, such as an annuity (this is particularly objectionable and should be limited and should not penalize the purchase of an annuity purchased for valid reasons other than to qualify for VA).

It is not totally clear what the effective date of the rule will be, but I think this creates a potential window of opportunity for advance planning with the use of a transfer to a five-year Medicaid asset protection trust. Such a transfer should be grandfathered for purposes of immediate exemption for wartime pension and will also, as under current law, be exempt for Medicaid purposes after the expiration of five years.

If you would like to hear more about VA benefits and nursing home Medicaid eligibility, I would like to invite you all to our upcoming seminar on February 24th. There are few seats still available so encourage you to RSVP right away on our website by clicking here or by calling our office at 772-878-7271.

If you are unable to make the seminar on Tuesday, I will also be speaking about these proposed new rules at the general meeting for Treasure Coast Advocates for Seniors on Thursday, February 26th at 8:30 AM at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd. Port St. Lucie, FL 34984.

Warm Regards,
Michael D. Fowler, J.D., LL.M
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Feb 26, 2015DARRELL DUNHILL AS ELVIS TO PERFORM AT THE KANE CENTER ON MARCH 14
“Elvis” will come to the Kane Center in Stuart for one performance only on Saturday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. The tribute show will feature Treasure Coast resident and renowned Elvis impersonator Darrell Dunhill, performing Presley’s hits from his early years through his performances in Las Vegas as “The King.”

Advance tickets, which are $18 for Kane members and $20 for non-members, are available online at www.kanecenter.org, or via phone at 772-223-7807, Monday through Friday. Tickets purchased at the door are $20 for Kane members and $22 for non-members. All seats are general admission. A cash bar will be available.

Dunhill has wowed audiences everywhere from Las Vegas and Memphis to Japan with his high-energy, interactive show, which features authentic costumes and sound tracks that re-create Elvis’ original arrangements. The performance will include classic favorites like “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender” and “Jailhouse Rock,” along with a few of the less familiar tunes out of the 1,500 songs that Elvis recorded. It’s sure to have you All Shook Up!

The Kane Center is a multi-generational facility offering a wide range of services for seniors, their families and caregivers, and the greater Treasure Coast community. The Kane Center is designed to serve all seniors in Martin County, from the active to the frail, through social, wellness, medical, nutritional, educational and cultural programming. Intergenerational events for the general public are also offered. The on-site Frances Langford Theatre and Auditorium, the Town Center and other spaces are available for rent for special events. The Kane Center is owned and operated by the Council on Aging of Martin County. For more information, call 772-223-7800 or visit www.kanecenter.org.


 
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Feb 26, 2015FAU Harbor Branch to Host Regional Qualifier for National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Teams of local high school students will gather at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI), 5600 U.S. 1 North, in Fort Pierce, on Saturday, February 28 to compete in the Florida Manatee Bowl. The annual regional competition tests teams through quick-answer buzzer questions, and the winners earn a spot in the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB.) HBOI has co-hosted the event with the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences for 18 years, with the event location alternating each year between Fort Pierce and Miami.
“The Florida Manatee Bowl is an opportunity for Florida’s high school students to showcase their interest and understanding of one of greatest resources, our oceans,” said Dr. Dennis Hanisak, Harbor Branch’s Director of Education and coordinator of the event. “I believe the Ocean Sciences Bowl will be both a challenging and a fun event, not only for the students, but also for their teachers, and the scientists and volunteers who will be hosting, organizing, and volunteering at this bowl.”
Through this educational forum, the NOSB strives to encourage and support the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates and informed citizens to be stewards of the ocean. St. Lucie County schools that will participate in the event include Westwood's Marine & Oceanographic Academy, Fort Pierce Central High School, and Lincoln Park Academy.
For more information, contact Carin Campbell Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Feb 26, 20152015 has started out strong for A4AC!


Check out some of the things we've been working on ...

Executive Director Terry Barber represented Artists for a Cause at the the Florida Department of Culture’s annual conference, “Convening Culture” at the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in Orlando. From sessions on arts and healthcare initiatives, to roundtables on sustaining a healthy funding environment, there were many ways for participants to engage and explore topics at this statewide cultural conference.



Terry performed and had the opportunity to speak about the work of Artists for a Cause at the conference. In attendance were the Mayor of Orlando, Secretary of State, executive directors of many of the state’s top arts organizations, and artists from every genre. The new center is part of a network of the 37 top performing arts spaces in the world, including the Kennedy Center and Arsht Center to name a few. “It was quite an honor for Department of Culture board member, John Payson to ask me to perform and share information about Artists for a Cause’s unique approach to community improvement,” said Terry.




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Therapeutic Arts Update

Jackie Robbins, clinical musician level one, completed four palliative care services this month at Treasure Coast Hospice, and in the ICU at Martin Memorial Hospital. This work has been made possible by a generous donation from “The Sheldon and Betty Robbins Fund for Therapeutic Arts."


February 26th at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Vyki Sabo will give a therapeutic performance at Lynmoore Lawnwood Assisted Living Facility in Ft. Pierce. Sabo’s “Rat Pack” show will feature songs sung by Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra.

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A4AC School Club Update

On February 14, Juliet Sharpe, an A4AC Club member from Southfork High School, performed for the attendees of One Billion Rising for Justice Martin County, a local chapter of a global event centered on ending violence against women and girls. Juliet sang “Nella Fantasia,” an inspirational song based on the oboe melody from The Mission film score by Ennio Morricone. The song is about the dream of a perfect world, translated “In My Fantasy.”


A4AC at the Boys & Girls Clubs:
"It's a wonderful experience to be able to share our passion for the arts with the children at the Palm City branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Recently, we've done art projects inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and Valentines Day. We incorporate techniques of both visual and performing arts. Ultimately, we hope to inspire the participants to have a greater appreciation for the arts," said Christina Saint Louis, South Fork High School A4AC Club President.

Pictured (left to right): Alex Miranda, Juliet Sharpe, Lydia Gagnon

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Music Salon Update

A4AC Would like to thank Tim and Maureen Cotter for hosting a wonderful series of Music Salon performances. Becca Suskauer, Katie Rodgers and Sydney Carbo were delighted to perform in the two recent events. These young ladies, who are active members of our student network, showcased their talent for an intimate group of our supporters. We couldn’t be more proud both of their talent and their involvement in the community through our cause.
Becca Suskauer is an actress, singer, dancer studying at Dreyfoos School of the Arts. She received Superior Ratings at the State Thespian Festival, has starred in several productions at StarStruck Theater, at the Borland Center, and is honing her skills as a true “triple threat!” As a member of the A4AC Club at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, she was selected as a pre-show soloist for “Dance for Food” at the
Eissey Campus Theater two seasons in a row.


Nominee for a 2014 Outstanding Young Artist mARTie Award, Katie Rodgers most recently played Dolly in “Hello Dolly” at StarStruck Theater, where she has starred in countless productions and trained in all things musical theater! As a member of the A4AC Club at the Pine School she regularly shares her arts education and experience with younger, less fortunate children at the R.E.A.C.H. facility.


Sydney Carbo, one of the five finalists for Junior Achievement’s “Watch a Rising Star” vocal competition, has been a member of Artists for a Cause for four years. As well as being a performer for A4AC in the “Support for Charities” program and providing pre-show entertainment at “Dance for Food” this season, she was also Vice President (2 years) and Treasurer (1 year) for South Fork High School Club, the most active Artists for a Cause club. Sydney performed in Les Miserables (Cosette) at StarStruck Theatre and the regional Equity production of Evita at The Maltz Jupiter Theatre. She is a member of the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, and has been a featured soloist at both their Winter and Spring Concerts. Additionally, she participated in the Florida Allstate Women’s Honor Choir, the ACDA Southern Division Honor Choir, and will be participating in the ACDA National Honor Choir in Utah this season. Sydney studies voice with Craig Wich, plans to continue study in Vocal Performance at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and eventually receive her Opera Studies degree at a major music school. Sydney would like to give a big thanks to Terry Barber for all the opportunities he has provided for her, as well as God who has blessed her greatly.

In addition, in order to provide feedback to our budding artists, in attendance were the following industry professionals:

• Thomas Bold: Boldtunes Concert Series at St. Bernadettes Catholic Church, published composer and Grammy winning vocalist
• Dr. Doug Jewett: Treasure Coast Community Singers Founder, touring member of The Century Men
• Ruedi Stalder: Past board member of Carnegie Hall and fundraising board at Lincoln Center
• Clayton Phillips: Harold Prince’s Assistant Director on Broadway for several productions.

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Singing with the Stars

Singing with the Stars was a great success! Artists for a Cause would like to thank the cast, the crew, the sponsors, the audience and everyone who was involved. This year's event far surpassed our expectations. We couldn't be more pleased.

Stay tuned for next month's e-news for all of fun details!





 
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Feb 26, 20152015 Tax Due Dates
March 2, 2015
ll Businesses - File an information return (Forms 1099) with IRS for certain payments you made during 2014. There are different versions of Form 1099 for different types of payments. Use a separate Form 1096 to summarize and transmit each separate version. For a 30-day extension of time to file, use Form 8809. The due date for electronic filers is March 31, 2015.

All Employers - File Form W-3 along with Copy A of all the Form W-2s you issued for 2014. The due date for electronic filers is March 31, 2015.

Large Food and Beverage Establishment Employers - File Form 8027 to report tip income and allocated tips. Use Form 8027-T to summarize and transmit Form 8027 if you have more than one establishment. The due date for electronic filers is March 31, 2015.

Farmers and Fishermen - File your 2014 income tax return (Form 1040) and pay any tax due. However, you have until April 15 to file if you paid your 2014 estimated tax by January 15, 2015.

March 16, 2015
C Corporations and S Corporations - File a 2014 calendar year income tax return (Form 1120 or Form 1120S) and pay any tax still due. If you want an automatic 6-month extension, file Form 7004 and deposit what you estimate you owe.

S Elections - File Form 2553 to choose to be treated as an S corporation, beginning with calendar year 2015. If Form 2553 is filed late, S treatment will begin with calendar year 2016 (unless the taxpayer qualifies for late election relief).

Electing Large Partnerships - Provide each partner with a copy of Schedule K-1 of Form 1065-B.

March 31, 2015
Electronic Filers of Information Returns - File information returns listed under March 2 (e.g., Form 1099s, For W-2s, etc.), which is the due date for non-electronic filers.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the deadlines or would like assistance in meeting them.

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

 
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Feb 26, 2015Martin County Board of County Commissioners Fire Rescue Department Emergency Management Agency
St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant Quarterly Siren Test
on March 5, 2015

Martin County Fire Rescue Emergency Management Agency, St. Lucie County Department of Public Safety and Communications, and Florida Power & Light Company, will conduct quarterly testing of the outdoor warning sirens for the St. Lucie nuclear power plant at noon on Thursday March 5th.

The test will involve a one-minute sounding of all 90 sirens within the 10-mile St. Lucie plant emergency planning zone. Before and after the sirens sound, a message will be broadcast on the sirens' public-address system stating, "This is only a test."

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

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

For more information on St. Lucie's Nuclear Power Plant emergency plan, please visit the following web site:

https://www.fpl.com/clean-energy/nuclear/safety-planning.html

All Martin County residents and businesses are also encouraged to register for the County's free emergency messaging system, CodeRED. Visit http://www.martin.fl.us/em for further information. For questions about CodeRED contact the Martin County Fire Rescue Emergency Management Agency at (772) 287-1652 option 6 during normal business hours.


 
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Feb 25, 2015Martin County Master Gardeners, in cooperation with the Martin County Library System, will present an educational and interactive lecture entitled “Snakes: Friend or Foe?” with Tracy Boothby of the Hobe Sound Nature Center
On Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener volunteers, in cooperation with the Martin County Library System, will present an educational event at the Blake Library’s Armstrong Wing in Stuart. Tracy Boothby of the Hobe Sound Nature Center will provide an interactive presentation entitled “Snakes: Friend or Foe?” This presentation will explore the role of snakes in the environment and provide methods and techniques to aid in the identification of venomous and non-venomous snakes found in South Florida. Live animals, skins, sheds and skeletons are used to help the audience gain a better understanding of these reptiles to help safeguard and ensure they are treated with the respect they deserve. This promises to be an exciting and informative presentation.

Tracy grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and moved to Florida to attend college at the Florida Institute of Technology (now the Indian Riverside Park), earning a B.S. degree in Environmental Aquaculture. She has been an environmental educator at the Nature Center for more than 25 years, and has worked previously as a naturalist in the Barley Barber Swamp, located in western Martin County, and at Savannas Preserve State Park. The Hobe Sound Nature Center is a private, non-profit organization located adjacent to the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, and can be accessed from U.S. Highway 1 just south of Hobe Sound. The Center is dedicated to promoting environmental awareness in people of all ages, and offers a variety of environmental education presentations to schools and organizations. Supplementary activities for the public, such as turtle walks, summer camps, scrub tours and more are also offered.

The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Martin County administers the Martin County Master Gardener program, training and providing for continuing education for horticulture volunteers. These trained Master Gardener volunteers provide residents with environmentally sound, research-based horticultural information. The goals of this program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of Martin County through horticultural volunteer activities.

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


 
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Feb 25, 2015Full Circle Therapeutic Riding
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Feb 25, 2015NE DIXIE HWY (CR-707) AT NE MARTIN AVE INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Monday, March 2, 2015, the Martin County Engineering Department will begin paver removal and asphalt resurfacing at the round-a-bout on NE Dixie Highway (CR-707) at NE Martin Avenue in Rio. This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures between the hours of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. This work is expected to be complete by Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through these areas.

 
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Feb 25, 2015Martin County Master Gardeners, in cooperation with the Martin County Library System, present “Snakes: Friend or Foe?”
Martin County Master Gardeners, in cooperation with the Martin County Library System, will present an educational and interactive lecture entitled “Snakes: Friend or Foe?” with Tracy Boothby of the Hobe Sound Nature Center

On Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener volunteers, in cooperation with the Martin County Library System, will present an educational event at the Blake Library’s Armstrong Wing in Stuart. Tracy Boothby of the Hobe Sound Nature Center will provide an interactive presentation entitled “Snakes: Friend or Foe?” This presentation will explore the role of snakes in the environment and provide methods and techniques to aid in the identification of venomous and non-venomous snakes found in South Florida. Live animals, skins, sheds and skeletons are used to help the audience gain a better understanding of these reptiles to help safeguard and ensure they are treated with the respect they deserve. This promises to be an exciting and informative presentation.

Tracy grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and moved to Florida to attend college at the Florida Institute of Technology (now the Indian Riverside Park), earning a B.S. degree in Environmental Aquaculture. She has been an environmental educator at the Nature Center for more than 25 years, and has worked previously as a naturalist in the Barley Barber Swamp, located in western Martin County, and at Savannas Preserve State Park. The Hobe Sound Nature Center is a private, non-profit organization located adjacent to the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, and can be accessed from U.S. Highway 1 just south of Hobe Sound. The Center is dedicated to promoting environmental awareness in people of all ages, and offers a variety of environmental education presentations to schools and organizations. Supplementary activities for the public, such as turtle walks, summer camps, scrub tours and more are also offered.

The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Martin County administers the Martin County Master Gardener program, training and providing for continuing education for horticulture volunteers. These trained Master Gardener volunteers provide residents with environmentally sound, research-based horticultural information. The goals of this program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of Martin County through horticultural volunteer activities.

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

Article Contributed by Beth Kacvinsky, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Volunteer

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.


 
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Feb 25, 20154rd Annual “Love Your Lagoon” Dinner Another Success
The Indian River Lagoon will once again receive a huge scientific hug as a result of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s (HBOIF) annual “Love Your Lagoon” dinner.šš This highly successful event held under the stars along the channel on the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s (HBOI) campus was attended by close to 300 people and raised a record $100,237.34 in critical funding to benefit HBOI.š

Guest of honor for 2015, Mark D. Perry, executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society, was selected by the HBOIF Board of Directors for his lifelong dedication and championship of the health Indian River Lagoon.š Proceeds from the dinner will fund the development of a new land-based seagrass nursery facility at HBOI, to develop the initial infrastructure and technical capabilities to successfully cultivate and transplant seagrass as part of a collaborative effort to restore the IRL.š In addition, proceeds from the 2015 “Love Your Lagoon” dinner supported the fourth annual IRL Symposium:š Indian River Lagoon: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities.š Attended by over 325 this year, the IRL Symposium is a multi-institutional, multi-agency effort to provide a forum for discussing IRL science and its application to management of the lagoon.

This year’s sponsors included: Mangrove Sponsors:š Anonymous, Mr. Joseph Z. Duke, III and Mrs. Jennifer Johnson Duke, Mr. and Mrs. James and Gretchen Johnson; Seagrass Sponsors : Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Marie O’Reilly; Oyster Sponsors: Florida Atlantic University, PNC Bank, Treasure Coast Newspapers;š Dolphin Sponsor: Mrs. Colleen Brennan, Evans Properties, Ms. Katha Kissman, Dr. Ed Lippisch and Mrs. Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. and Misty Minton and The Law Firm of Dean, Mead, Minton and Zwemer; Manatee Sponsors: Aesthetic Dentistry of Palm City and Drs. Thomas and Shannon Plymale Galinis and Dr. Thomas Plymale, AT&T, Atlanta Consulting Group, Ms. Marjorie Raines, Mr. and Mrs. William J. and Laurie Stewart, Esq., Stuart Magazine, Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Carol Toner, Wyland Foundation; Seahorse Sponsors:š Mr. C. Amos Bussmann and Sea Technology Magazine, Chapman and Plymale Law and Mr. and Mrs. Shaun and Stacey Plymale, Dr. Megan Davis and Mr. Gary Hodgkins, Florida Power & Light Company, Harbor Community Bank, Mr. andš Mrs. Patrick and Nancy Higgs, J.J. Taylor Companies, Inc., Kmetz, Nuttall, Elwell, Graham, PLLC, Dr. John and Mrs. Mary Beth McDonald, OTT Hydromet, Mr. and Mrs. Karl and Bonnie Steene, Mr. Robert Stilley and The Honorable MaryLynn Magar, Dr. and Mrs. Val and Tracey Zudans.

Mark your calendars now for the 5th Annual Love Your Lagoon dinner next February 5th, 2016.š For more information on next year’s event, call 772-466-9876 ext. 200 or visit www.indianriverlagoon.org. For more information on HBOI, contact Katha Kissman at 772-466-9876 or kkissman@hboifoundation.org.


 
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Feb 25, 2015World Record Workout
StartUp Nutrition working with Palm City Nutrition is hosting the local portion of the World Workout. Help us set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement for the most participants in a HIIT Workout in 24 hours.
Help us raise donations for the Herbalife Family foundation, feeding healthy food to children in 100 locations in 50 countries.
Saturday March 7th at 9:00am Arrive no later than 8:45am. Wear a bright green shirt or top. Bring a Big water bottle and towel.
Palm City Nutrition 3221 Mapp Rd. Palm City, FL ~ for info call 772-210-2046 or Facebook page www.facebook.com/StartUpNutrition and www.facebook.com/PalmCityNutrition


 
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Feb 25, 2015United Way Foundation honors Stewarts with humanitarian award


The United Way of Martin County Foundation recently honored Douglass and Patricia Stewart with the 2015 Frances Langford Humanitarian Award.

The Stewart’s scope of philanthropic interest has supported a wide variety of issues including: Safe Space domestic violence center, Martin County Library System, numerous health and human service initiatives, programs geared toward theater and performing arts, environmental organizations, and education.

This prestigious award was presented to the Stewarts during a luncheon at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City and recognizes community leaders, who like Langford, demonstrate the caring commitment and compassion for humanity in their lives and deeds. The Stewarts were unanimously selected by the United Way Foundation board of directors for their personal service and philanthropy.

Top Luncheon sponsors included: The Frances Langford Foundation, Saelzer/Atlas Wealth Management Group of Raymond James, Robert & Carol Weissman, Wells Fargo Private Bank, and H.W. Lichtenberger.

United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and character-building. Since 1972, the United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to: end hunger, strengthen families, enhance healthy living, improve education, support employment and ensure safety.

The United Way of Martin County Foundation is an independent public charity uniquely positioned to accept legacy gifts and build an endowment fund to meet the current and future unmet needs of Martin County. Please remember the United Way of Martin County Foundation in your will or estate plan.

For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call 772-283-4800, ext. 243.


 
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Feb 25, 2015United Way Foundation honors Stewarts with humanitarian award
The United Way of Martin County Foundation recently honored Douglass and Patricia Stewart with the 2015 Frances Langford Humanitarian Award.

The Stewart’s scope of philanthropic interest has supported a wide variety of issues including: Safe Space domestic violence center, Martin County Library System, numerous health and human service initiatives, programs geared toward theater and performing arts, environmental organizations, and education.

This prestigious award was presented to the Stewarts during a luncheon at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City and recognizes community leaders, who like Langford, demonstrate the caring commitment and compassion for humanity in their lives and deeds. The Stewarts were unanimously selected by the United Way Foundation board of directors for their personal service and philanthropy.

Top Luncheon sponsors included: The Frances Langford Foundation, Saelzer/Atlas Wealth Management Group of Raymond James, Robert & Carol Weissman, Wells Fargo Private Bank, and H.W. Lichtenberger.

United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and character-building. Since 1972, the United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to: end hunger, strengthen families, enhance healthy living, improve education, support employment and ensure safety.

The United Way of Martin County Foundation is an independent public charity uniquely positioned to accept legacy gifts and build an endowment fund to meet the current and future unmet needs of Martin County. Please remember the United Way of Martin County Foundation in your will or estate plan.

For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call 772-283-4800, ext. 243.


 
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Feb 25, 2015Representative MaryLynn Magar Newsletter - Committee Week 4
See attached

Committee Week 4.pdf
 
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Feb 25, 2015USDA Can Help You Make Your Rural Business, Farm or Ranch More Profitable


On March 25, 2015 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Business Development Board of Martin County, will be hosting the second in a series of meetings for local agricultural producers (growers, suppliers, and other related businesses) at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, located at 15200 SW Adams Avenue in Indiantown. The meetings offer an opportunity for local agribusinesses to network with one another and connect with resources. For the March 25 meeting, the focus will be on funding opportunities offered by the USDA Rural Development Program and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE). From 6:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., attendees will be able to network with one another and enjoy light refreshments provided by Extension. Afterward, Christine Goddard, USDA Rural Development Area Specialist, and Yvette Goodiel, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Sustainability & Commercial Horticulture Agent, will present information on some of the funding opportunities being offered by the USDA and SARE to benefit local agribusinesses.

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

REAP funding is available to help rural businesses and agricultural producers reduce their energy costs and consumption. Loans and grants are available to install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Loan guarantees of up to 75% of a project’s total costs are available, with a minimum loan of $5,000 and a maximum loan of $25 million. Grants being offered can cover up to 25% of a project’s total costs. The maximum grant amounts are $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements and $500,000 for renewable energy systems.

Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG)

VAPG funding is available to help independent producers, agricultural producers groups, farmer-or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures entering into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of value-added products. Grants of up to $75,000 for planning purposes are available, with a required match of at least 50% of the total project cost. Examples of planning activities include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing the proposed value-added product. Grants of up to $200,000 for working capital are available, with a required match of at least 50% of the total project cost. Examples of working capital expenses include processing costs, marketing and advertising expenses and some inventory and salary expenses.

SARE Producer and On-Farm Research Grant Programs

The Florida SARE program is funded by the USDA and facilitated through a joint collaboration between the University of Florida and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. SARE enhances the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the state through research and education. The program provides grants, publications, and outreach to assist farmers and ranchers in developing sustainable production and marketing practices. Project maximums for the SARE Producer Grants are $10,000 maximum for an individual farmer or rancher and $15,000 for a farmer organization. Any farmer/rancher or farmer organization in the southern US is eligible to apply for a Producer Grant. On-Farm Research Grants provide funding for agricultural professionals, including Extension specialists and university researchers, to collaborate with farmers/ranchers in conducting on-farm research or marketing projects related to sustainable agriculture. The project maximum for an On-Farm Research Grant is $15,000. The SARE grant program aims to identify what works and what doesn’t work, in terms of sustainable agricultural production and marketing, so that other farmers and ranchers can benefit from the results of the funded projects.

Don’t miss this great opportunity!
The event is free, but pre-registration is requested. Attendees can sign up on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/martin-county-agricultural-producers-meeting-tickets-15901475742) or by contacting the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County at 772-288-5654.
Photo credit: Yvette Goodiel, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County


 
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Feb 24, 2015'Tis time...
My Dearest Damn Fine Americans,

'Tis that time again when we unite and soak in the modern marvel that is the Moustache. I'm talking the Great Moustachio Bashio. It's a night when we come together for a good cause and a hell of a lot of laughs. We need you. We want you. We passionately request your support and involvement this year. Yep. You!

We are looking for contestants. Men, Women, those that prefer not to claim a gender because it's 2015 and that's almost normal....all are welcome to compete at the Bashio. There are 4 categories this year. Allow me to break it on down for you...

1. Moustache Man of the Year. That's the big one. A man changes for all the better when he accepts and can flaunt a title like that. This title is for men who come to the kick off at Carsons Feb 26th (Next Thursday) from 5:30-7:30 and shows a freshly shaven mug. He then grows through out the month. Hear me when I say, size doesn't matter. And you can grow a beard and shave down to a 'stache just for the event if it makes you feel less like a creeper. It's about the personality that comes with the 'stache. You are judged on the look of your 'stache, your overall appearance for the evening (some come in costume to accent their 'stache), how you work the crowd, and the info you provide on your contestant form (attached).

2. Veteran 'Stache. For Men who have an existing 'stache and don't wanna shave their nose neighbor in order to participate.

3. Fem 'Stache. For the creative kind of chicks that can come up with their own 'stache for the night. Bedazzle, body paint, make a mask... do what you gotta do, girls. As Ru Paul said in the '90s, "You Better Work".

4. 'Stachin Cash. For the friendly over achievers that don't wanna rock a 'stache but wanna help the cause by selling tickets or raising donations.

There is a trophy for each category. There is glory for each winner. Should you accept the challenge, feel free to use the attached "Contestant" image for your Facebook profile box so your Facebook friends can know... you gotta grow. Also attached, kick off info and Bashio info as well as a FB header you can plug in to your page. Spread the word, spread the love.

Our kick off party is free and at Carsons Tavern on Thursday of THIS week from 5:30-7:30. Bring some friends, have some drinks with us. Anyone that registers as a contestant gets a free drink on Carson. Hear why we do what we do.

The Great Moustachio Bashio is happening at Flagler Place on March 27th. Cold adults beverages, Live Music, Delish Food, and Hilarity at it's best. Shenanigans await you.

We need you. We want you. Dear friend, I hope to see you there. We're doing this for the families of fallen soldiers, for 'stache sake!

Now go forth, and 'stache onward!...

-A. Ducote


Contestant Entry Form.pdf
 
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Feb 24, 2015NOTED HIGHWAYMEN ARTISTS VISIT MARTIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015
Three noted Highwaymen artists will share a vibrant, personal look at their paintings and the history of Highwaymen art with students at Martin County High School on Wednesday, February 25. The unique Highwaymen style was born here on the Treasure Coast during the 1950’s, and has evolved into a distinct genre associated with local African-American artists. Typically painting from the trunk of their cars along the roadsides of Fort Pierce, Highwaymen artists would depict richly hued Florida landscapes bathed in bold, dramatic color.
Visits from the following artists are part of the Martin County High School’s celebration of Black History Month:
1) Ray McLendon, son of famed Highwayman artist Roy McLendon, is a second generation Highwayman and noted artist in his own rite. Mr. McLendon plans to display some of his paintings, demonstrate how the Highwaymen painted years ago, and share a rich oral history of the artists and their experiences. He will be meeting in the library with art and social studies classes at 10:00 am.
2) Original Highwayman artist Sylvester Wells, known as S.M. Wells, has been painting for over 50 years. He has traveled from northern Alabama to the Treasure Coast, and is an inductee of the Florida Hall of Fame. Mr. Wells will be meeting with art classes at 2:00 p.m.
3) Lady Highwaymen artist A. J. Brown is a second generation Highwayman, and will be sharing her art, legacy and cultural experiences with students at 2:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Vonda Dye…772-219-1800 ext. 103


 
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Feb 24, 20154rd Annual “Love Your Lagoon” Dinner Another Success
The Indian River Lagoon will once again receive a huge scientific hug as a result of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s (HBOIF) annual “Love Your Lagoon” dinner.šš This highly successful event held under the stars along the channel on the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s (HBOI) campus was attended by close to 300 people and raised a record $100,237.34 in critical funding to benefit HBOI.š

Guest of honor for 2015, Mark D. Perry, executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society, was selected by the HBOIF Board of Directors for his lifelong dedication and championship of the health Indian River Lagoon.š Proceeds from the dinner will fund the development of a new land-based seagrass nursery facility at HBOI, to develop the initial infrastructure and technical capabilities to successfully cultivate and transplant seagrass as part of a collaborative effort to restore the IRL.š In addition, proceeds from the 2015 “Love Your Lagoon” dinner supported the fourth annual IRL Symposium:š Indian River Lagoon: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities.š Attended by over 325 this year, the IRL Symposium is a multi-institutional, multi-agency effort to provide a forum for discussing IRL science and its application to management of the lagoon.

This year’s sponsors included: Mangrove Sponsors:š Anonymous, Mr. Joseph Z. Duke, III and Mrs. Jennifer Johnson Duke, Mr. and Mrs. James and Gretchen Johnson; Seagrass Sponsors : Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Marie O’Reilly; Oyster Sponsors: Florida Atlantic University, PNC Bank, Treasure Coast Newspapers;š Dolphin Sponsor: Mrs. Colleen Brennan, Evans Properties, Ms. Katha Kissman, Dr. Ed Lippisch and Mrs. Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. and Misty Minton and The Law Firm of Dean, Mead, Minton and Zwemer; Manatee Sponsors: Aesthetic Dentistry of Palm City and Drs. Thomas and Shannon Plymale Galinis and Dr. Thomas Plymale, AT&T, Atlanta Consulting Group, Ms. Marjorie Raines, Mr. and Mrs. William J. and Laurie Stewart, Esq., Stuart Magazine, Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Carol Toner, Wyland Foundation; Seahorse Sponsors:š Mr. C. Amos Bussmann and Sea Technology Magazine, Chapman and Plymale Law and Mr. and Mrs. Shaun and Stacey Plymale, Dr. Megan Davis and Mr. Gary Hodgkins, Florida Power & Light Company, Harbor Community Bank, Mr. andš Mrs. Patrick and Nancy Higgs, J.J. Taylor Companies, Inc., Kmetz, Nuttall, Elwell, Graham, PLLC, Dr. John and Mrs. Mary Beth McDonald, OTT Hydromet, Mr. and Mrs. Karl and Bonnie Steene, Mr. Robert Stilley and The Honorable MaryLynn Magar, Dr. and Mrs. Val and Tracey Zudans.

Mark your calendars now for the 5th Annual Love Your Lagoon dinner next February 5th, 2016.š For more information on next year’s event, call 772-466-9876 ext. 200 or visit www.indianriverlagoon.org. For more information on HBOI, contact Katha Kissman at 772-466-9876 or kkissman@hboifoundation.org.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:
1. FAU President John and Mrs. Carolyn Kelly
2. James Johnson, Harbor Branch Foundation Board Member Emeritus Marilyn C. Link, Gretchen Johnson, Alma Lee Loy, Jennifer Duke
3. Harbor Branch Foundation President Katha Kissman, Love Your Lagoon Honorary Host Co-Chairs Karl and Bonnie Steene
4. FAU Harbor Branch Interim Executive Director Dr. Megan Davis, Director of External Affairs Cara Perry, Harbor Branch Foundation Board Member Sherry Plymale, FAU Provost Dr. Gary Perry
5. 2015 Love Your Lagoon Honoree Mark D. Perry, 2014 Love Your Lagoon Honoree Alma Lee Loy, 2013 Love Your Lagoon Honoree Bud Adams
6. Harbor Branch Foundation Board Chair Joe Duke, Love Your Lagoon Honorary Host Co-Chair Karl Steene, 2015 Love Your Lagoon Honoree Mark D. Perry

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

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Founded in 1971, Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is a research community of marine scientists, engineers, educators and other professionals focused on Ocean Science for a Better World. The institute drives innovation in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, ocean observing systems and marine education. For more information, visit www.fau.edu/hboi.
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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship.
For more information, visit www.fau.edu.


 
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Feb 24, 20152014 State of the County Address available for viewing on MCTV, County website and social media
The 2014 State of the County presentation is available for viewing on Martin County Television (MCTV), the County's website and on the County's YouTube channel. In the annual presentation, County Administrator Taryn Kryzda reflects on the issues, challenges, and accomplishments that drove Martin County government during the last year.

The 14-minute video will run at the dates and times below on MCTV. State of the County Address air times:
* Every morning at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. during MCTV's county news slot
* Wednesday, February 25 at 8:30 p.m.
* Thursday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m.
* Saturday, February 28 at 11:30 a.m.

MCTV is available to Comcast subscribers on channel 20 and on channel 99 for U-verse customers. To access the video online, visit www.martin.fl.us and select "Hot Topics."


 
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Feb 23, 2015Free Business Plan Workshop!
An Excellent Business Plan
Workshop Description
Congratulations on your decision to open a small business or change your existing one! Now you must take the step of putting your thoughts down on paper. In doing so, your business idea is now expressed as a plan - a living document that outlines every critical aspect of its operation. Taking this crucial step may sound intimidating, but it's important to help you make major business decisions or demonstrate the health of your business to lenders or investors. Sign up for this workshop today and reduce your stress and intimidation!
Bob McCabe
Presenter
Managing Director, Turnaround consulting firm from 2002 to 2012 CEO and CFO Positions with large multinational company.

Treasure Coast SCORE Mentoring

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



 
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Feb 23, 2015Free Business Plan Workshop!
An Excellent Business Plan
Workshop Description
Congratulations on your decision to open a small business or change your existing one! Now you must take the step of putting your thoughts down on paper. In doing so, your business idea is now expressed as a plan - a living document that outlines every critical aspect of its operation. Taking this crucial step may sound intimidating, but it's important to help you make major business decisions or demonstrate the health of your business to lenders or investors. Sign up for this workshop today and reduce your stress and intimidation!
Bob McCabe
Presenter
Managing Director, Turnaround consulting firm from 2002 to 2012 CEO and CFO Positions with large multinational company.

Treasure Coast SCORE Mentoring

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



 
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Feb 23, 2015Beach tilling to begin February 25 on northern beaches
Tilling work will begin the morning of February 25 on the beaches at the northern end of Martin County and continue south toward Stuart Beach over a three day period. Tilling activity will begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, February 25 and again on Thursday, February 26. Work will conclude near 5:00 p.m. each evening. The tilling loosens the sand, ensuring that the sand placed during the last project is not too compacted for sea turtles to nest successfully. The work may cause some inconvenience to the public as sections of beach are closed to allow work to proceed. Closures will be for a minimum duration as the equipment moves south. The public is urged to use extreme caution when in the vicinity of the equipment.


 
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Feb 23, 2015UF/IFAS Martin County Extension Overall Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill three vacancies on the UF/IFAS Martin County Extension Overall Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, March 13, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

The Board of County Commissioners appoints five at-large members to this Committee. Terms are for two years.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE:
The Committee shall determine the County Extension Program by assessing the needs of Martin County in areas of agriculture, horticulture, family and consumer sciences, youth, and community resource development, and suggest guidelines for establishment of priorities.

Meetings are generally held three to four times per year at 3:00 pm at the Extension Office, 2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart. The next few meetings are scheduled for March 11, June 17, and September 16.


 
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Feb 23, 2015Indiantown Community Trust Fund Special Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Indiantown Community Trust Fund Special Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, March 13, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITIONS: a citizen from the Indiantown Community and a citizen from the Indianwood Development. These are four year terms.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE:
The Committee shall review and rank the projects to be funded by the income generated by the Indiantown Community Trust Fund. Members shall annually compile a prioritized list of proposed projects to be funded by the income from the Trust.

Meetings are generally held as needed at 9:00 am at the Indiantown Library (usually once or twice a year in the summer [July/August]).


 
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Feb 23, 2015Health Facilities Authority Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Health Facilities Authority. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, March 13, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

The purpose of the Authority shall be to assist health facilities in the acquisition, construction, financing, and refinancing of projects in any corporated or unincorporated area within the geographical limits of the local agency.

This is a four year term.

Meetings are held as needed but always once each year at the Administrative Building, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida.


 
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Feb 23, 2015Treasure Coast SCORE Announces New Workshops – Sales Training for Small Business, Time Management of Small Business and Process Improvement for Small Business
Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 is pleased to announce three new workshops for small businesses in the area. Starting March 3 these workshops will be provided free of charge at St. Lucie County Chamber in Fort Pierce and Indian River County Chamber in Vero Beach. We hope to be able to schedule these workshops in Martin County later this year.

These workshops will all be presented by Lonnie Koyama of the Small business Administration (SBA).

All workshops will be held during the day and dates and times vary by chamber. Please register by going to www.treasurecoast.score.org and click on Free and Low Cost Workshops which will take you to our workshop listing which is in chronological order.

For 2015 we have 130 free & low cost workshops scheduled on a wide variety of topics such as How to Start a Small Business, Marketing Your Small Business, Managing Your Business’s Cash, An Excellent Business Plan, Financial Recordkeeping for Small Business, Understanding Florida Sales & Use Taxes, Business Law, Business Insurance, Commercial Credit and Understanding Non-Profits!

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

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

In the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014, Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 served 466 new clients face-to-face & 208 new clients through email counseling. Also we held 86 workshops with 1,156 attendees. Total services were 3,066 and our total services were up 12.3% year over year!

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

Please call the SCORE office at 772-489-0548 to set up an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced SCORE counselor.

 
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Feb 23, 2015Earl Turner concert at the Lyric benefits House of Hope
The Lyric Theatre is offering concertgoers a chance to enjoy an evening of rhythm-and-blues music while helping to support House of Hope at the same time.
The Lyric's March 16 show is "Earl Turner’s Box of 45s," featuring a stellar R&B performer back at the venue by popular demand.
Tickets are $50 each when purchased through House of Hope, online at www.hohmartin.org/lyric or by calling (772) 286-4673, ext. 1011.
House of Hope ticket holders can participate in an exclusive meet-and-greet reception with Earl Turner after the show, including light snacks and beverages. Also, half of the ticket price will go directly to helping House of Hope assist local people in need.
Earl Turner is a member of the New Orleans Music Hall of Fame and has been hailed as Las Vegas’ Male Vocalist of the Year. Over his lengthy music career, Earl Turner has performed with major artists such as Gladys Knight, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, and Lou Rawls.
Turner has performed in dozens of major hotel casinos across the U.S., including Caesars Palace, The Paris Hotel and Casino, and The Hilton Atlantic City. As a celebration of his contribution to the entertainment industry, Harrah’s New Orleans dedicated the former Mansion Ballroom to Turner, renaming the space "The Earl Turner Theatre."
The multi-talented musician also dedicates a significant portion of his time to supporting charities, including The Special Olympics and The Blood Center of Louisiana. Turner will be adding House of Hope to that list, with his performance at the Lyric on March 16!
About House of Hope
Founded in 1984, House of Hope now touches the lives of more than 5,000 Martin County residents per month with services that include food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, information & referral, and life-changing case management to help people work toward greater stability and healthier lifestyles.

The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. For more information about House of Hope, call (772) 286-4673 or visit www.hohmartin.org


 
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Feb 23, 2015Paul Nunley Opens Stuart Edward Jones Office
Paul F. Nunley, an Edward Jones financial advisor, recently opened a branch office at 329 East Ocean Boulevard in Stuart. Nunley assumed the office in November 2014 and is hosting a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting on February 25.

A Martin County resident for more than 35 years, Nunley’s office features a collection of historic photographs of Stuart and the surrounding area.

“I am very happy to open my office within the City of Stuart,” said Nunley. “It is very convenient and the history of our area is so rich. I knew right away this would be a great way to honor our community’s history and make the office interesting to visitors.”

Nunley chose from more than 100 historic photos of the area from the Stuart Heritage Museum and the City of Stuart archives. Alice Luckhardt, a Stuart Heritage member and local historian, helped provide the historical background.

“I am very grateful to both Stuart Heritage and the City of Stuart for making the photo files available to me. However, it was Alice who toured the office and shared all the interesting stories about the buildings and the people. She really brought them to life and I hope others will find them just as interesting,” said Nunley.

Nunley plans to have a drawing for a book of the historic photographs juxtaposed with current photos. To attend the open house or if you have any questions regarding Edward Jones, call Paul Nunley at 772-287-4991.


 
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Feb 23, 2015House of Hope has two new opportunities to join our team:
JOB TITLE: BRANCH MANAGER
STATUS: Full time or Part time
LOCATION: House of Hope in Indiantown

JOB SUMMARY: Oversee the daily operations of a House of Hope branch, which includes managing the provision of social services, a food pantry and a thrift store. Social services management includes working with case managers and volunteers to assess people seeking help and provide services such as food, financial assistance, clothing and household items, and long-term case management.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Bachelor's degree preferred, with five years of management experience. Retail store management experience and/or social services experience preferred. Experience managing volunteers also preferred. Fluency in English and Spanish required.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Interested applicants must submit a resume and a House of Hope application. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check and drug test.
To obtain an application, please call (772) 286-4673 or download one at www.hohmartin.org/jobs.

Send by e-mail: deidra@hohmartin.org
Send by mail: Deidra Kinnaman, House of Hope, 2484 SE Bonita St., Stuart, FL 34997

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PROJECT HOPE CASE MANAGER 1
STATUS: Full time or Part time

JOB SUMMARY: Assist House of Hope clients and others by providing services such as financial assistance, Clothes Closet, food pantry, case management, information & referral, and holiday programs -- all of which fall under Project HOPE (Helping Others Progress through Empowerment). Responsible for screening and assessing clients to determine needs, develop plans and arrange for appropriate services. Provide information and referral to other social service programs.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: A minimum of an associate's degree with two to three years of case management experience in a social work setting. A bachelor's degree in a related human services field (e.g., psychology, sociology) can substitute for one year of experience. Fluency in English and Spanish required. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check and drug screening.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Interested applicants must submit a resume and a House of Hope application. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check and drug test.
To obtain an application, please call (772) 286-4673 or or download one at www.hohmartin.org/jobs.

Send by e-mail: deidra@hohmartin.org
Send by mail: Deidra Kinnaman, House of Hope, 2484 SE Bonita St., Stuart, FL 34997


 
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Feb 23, 2015Portion of Halpatiokee Park hiking trail to close for repairs
Martin County will be closing a section of the Florida Trail (hiking only section) at Halpatiokee Regional Park on March 2, 2015 due to the need to replace a footbridge. The trail will be closed for approximately two weeks.

For more information contact Randy Phillips at 772-221-1353 or email rphillips@martin.fl.us. You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MyMCParks or on Twitter @MyMCParks.


 
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Feb 20, 2015Moving Martin Forward, the MPO & the LRTP 2040 Mission
Welcome to LRTP 2040, Moving Martin Forward. The Long Range Transportation Planning hub for the Martin County MPO. This planning process will guide the evolution of Martin County’s transportation system through 2040. The plan will ultimately develop and improve our infrastructure using all available modes of transportation while being environmentally sensitive, accessible, supportive of our economy, and enhance the quality of life for our residents.

In order to accomplish this, public participation in the planning process is criticial. We are depending on our citizens to provide meaningful input to the process so that we can meet the changing needs of our diverse population. Please participate through meetings, surveys, or general communication with our staff.


The Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will host a series of Open Houses for the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) beginning this month. The purpose of these meetings is to give the public an opportunity to express their views on transportation choices, priorities and gain a better understanding of how this plan will define Martin County’s future transportation needs. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard.

The MPO respectfully encourages all members of the community to participate in the LRTP process. If you are unable to attend our public workshops or any small group meetings, please take a moment to complete our survey through the link on this page, and/or send us your comments through the website. All public input is valued and considered equally in the planning process. Thank you.


Dates, Times, and Locations:
•Open House #3
Wednesday, February 11 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
INDIANTOWN CIVIC CENTER
15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown, FL 34956


 
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Feb 20, 2015New canoe/kayak launch at Halpatiokee Regional Park
Martin County Parks and Recreation, along with the Martin County Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is proud to announce the opening of a non-motorized canoe/kayak launch area with adjacent parking, providing access to the lakes in the southern portion of Halpatiokee Regional Park. These lakes have recently benefited from a variety of habitat enhancement activities and offer visitors paddling, fishing, and birding opportunities. The site can be accessed at the south end of SW Lost River Road. The new launch will be open seven (7) days a week from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.



For more information, contact Randy Phillips at 772-221-1353 or email rphillips@martin.fl.us. For all things Parks & Recreation follow us on Twitter @MyMCParks or like us on facebook.com/MyMCParks.


 
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Feb 20, 20152014 Annual Report now available

Copies of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners' 2014 Annual Report are available to the public at all Martin County Library System branches and at the County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart. The publication is also online at www.martin.fl.us under "Hot Topics."


 
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Feb 20, 20152014 Annual Report now available

Copies of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners' 2014 Annual Report are available to the public at all Martin County Library System branches and at the County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart. The publication is also online at www.martin.fl.us under "Hot Topics."


 
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Feb 20, 2015SFWMD Ramps Up Pumping at Water Storage Areas
SFWMD Ramps Up Pumping at Water Storage Areas
Expanded storage is being utilized in response to lake releases

To help protect South Florida’s estuaries, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has begun boosting and also starting up pumping operations at several water storage sites in response to an increase in water releases from Lake Okeechobee.

“We have been continuously working to capture and store water before it reaches the lake and estuaries,” said Jeff Kivett, SFWMD Division Director of Operations, Engineering and Construction. “With releases from the lake increasing because of water conditions, our engineers are working to get every ounce of storage from available areas.”

With Lake Okeechobee’s level at 14.78 feet NGVD today — almost a foot higher than this time last year — the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been increasing releases from the lake to both estuaries.

To address impacts from those releases, the District has taken a host of actions to store water at key sites across several counties, including:



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Starting Up at BOMA (Glades County)
This week, SFWMD engineers activated all three pumps at the District’s Caloosahatchee Water Quality Treatment and Testing Project site (property formerly owned by BOMA Corp.), strategically located in the Caloosahatchee watershed. The site has approximately 1,500 acre-feet, or about 489 million gallons, of water storage capacity, with pumps pulling water directly from the Caloosahatchee River before it reaches the estuary.

While the site will one day become a nitrogen removal project to improve water quality, District engineers determined water could be stored there on an interim basis. The site was also used in 2014 for emergency storage.

Pumping Started at Mirror Lakes (Lehigh Acres in Lee County)
Pumping into the Mirror Lakes property began last week. The project was built to rehydrate Mirror Lakes Preserve with 1,000 acre-feet, or about 326 million gallons, of water storage. The project will also restore flow south of State Road 82 with 500 acre-feet, or about 163 million gallons, of water storage and move water to the Estero watershed with 2,000 acre-feet, or about 653 million gallons, of water storage.

The SFWMD helped fund Phase 1 of the effort, and engineers determined there is capacity now to pump water into the site. The District is working with its local partners in the project to begin pulling water onto the site from the surrounding watershed. This water would have otherwise flowed to the Caloosahatchee Estuary.

Caulkins Water Farm (Martin County)
Engineers completed planned testing and maintenance work early to restart pumps on Valentine’s Day at the 450-acre pilot project to store water on fallow citrus land. The project can pump approximately 40.7 million gallons of water a day directly out of the C-44 Canal, preventing it from reaching the St. Lucie Estuary.

The site became fully operation in February 2014 and was successfully utilized during the 2014 wet season to store approximately 8,942 acre-feet, or about 3 billion gallons, of water. Currently, approximately 125 acre-feet of water is being pumped into the site per day.

Nicodemus Slough (Glades County)
In January, the District began full-capacity pumping into the new Nicodemus Slough water storage area in Glades County. To send water onto the 16,000-acre project area, four pumps are each moving approximately 30,000 gallons of water per minute.

Through early February, about 6,700 acre-feet, or 2.2 billion gallons, of water has been pumped onto the site, which has a full pumping capacity of 120,000 gallons per minute.

Public Information on SFWMD Water Management
In concert with a host of web-based tools that capture ecological, rainfall and water level data, the District provides an operational “water tracker” map to tell the story of how much water SFWMD moves from Lake Okeechobee and where it goes. The map is updated weekly.

The online water tracker displays:
• Information, photos and weekly flow data from the four SFWMD structures that move water south from Lake Okeechobee
• Routes that water take from the lake
• Color-coded map of storage capacity in the three Everglades Water Conservation Areas

For More Information:
• Operational Planning documents & data: www.sfwmd.gov/opsreports
• Interactive “Moving Water South” map: www.sfwmd.gov/movingwatersouth

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About the South Florida Water Management District
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional, governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state – 16 counties from Orlando to the Keys. It is the oldest and largest of the state’s five water management districts. The agency mission is to manage and protect water resources of the region by balancing and improving water quality, flood control, natural systems and water supply. A key initiative is cleanup and restoration of the Everglades.




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Feb 20, 2015Job opportunities at House of Hope
House of Hope has two new opportunities to join our team:


JOB TITLE: BRANCH MANAGER
STATUS: Full time or Part time
LOCATION: House of Hope in Indiantown

JOB SUMMARY: Oversee the daily operations of a House of Hope branch, which includes managing the provision of social services, a food pantry and a thrift store. Social services management includes working with case managers and volunteers to assess people seeking help and provide services such as food, financial assistance, clothing and household items, and long-term case management.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Bachelor's degree preferred, with five years of management experience. Retail store management experience and/or social services experience preferred. Experience managing volunteers also preferred. Fluency in English and Spanish required.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Interested applicants must submit a resume and a House of Hope application. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check and drug test.
To obtain an application, please call (772) 286-4673 or download one at www.hohmartin.org/jobs.

Send by e-mail: deidra@hohmartin.org
Send by mail: Deidra Kinnaman, House of Hope, 2484 SE Bonita St., Stuart, FL 34997

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PROJECT HOPE CASE MANAGER 1
STATUS: Full time or Part time

JOB SUMMARY: Assist House of Hope clients and others by providing services such as financial assistance, Clothes Closet, food pantry, case management, information & referral, and holiday programs -- all of which fall under Project HOPE (Helping Others Progress through Empowerment). Responsible for screening and assessing clients to determine needs, develop plans and arrange for appropriate services. Provide information and referral to other social service programs.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: A minimum of an associate's degree with two to three years of case management experience in a social work setting. A bachelor's degree in a related human services field (e.g., psychology, sociology) can substitute for one year of experience. Fluency in English and Spanish required. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check and drug screening.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Interested applicants must submit a resume and a House of Hope application. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check and drug test.
To obtain an application, please call (772) 286-4673 or or download one at www.hohmartin.org/jobs.

Send by e-mail: deidra@hohmartin.org
Send by mail: Deidra Kinnaman, House of Hope, 2484 SE Bonita St., Stuart, FL 34997




 
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Feb 20, 2015Spring into Action with United Way


Stewarts Receive Frances Langford Humanitarian Award

The United Way of Martin County Foundation recently honored Douglass & Patricia Stewart with the 2015 Frances Langford Humanitarian Award.

This prestigious award recognizes community leaders, who like Langford, demonstrate the caring commitment and compassion for humanity in their lives and deeds. The Stewarts were unanimously selected by the United Way Foundation board of directors for their personal service and philanthropy throughout the Martin County community.

For more information about how United Way can help you fulfill your personal philanthropic goals, call Nancy Perry, director of major gifts, at 772-283-4800, ext. 243.


Publix Appreciation Day Set for Thursday, February 26

Join us as we thank our Martin County Publix stores for their enthusiastic participation in this year's United Way campaign!

We'll be visiting stores throughout the day, and the more people we have, the more fun it will be!

Croces Honored at Tocqueville Society Reception
United Way of Martin County recently honored members of the Tocqueville Society during a reception at the Sailfish Point Country Club in Stuart. The evening was graciously underwritten for the seventh year by Wilmington Trust.
The Tocqueville Society, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, includes 67 philanthropists who last year alone contributed more than $850,000 to United Way of Martin County’s 2013-14 campaign.
During the evening, Sailfish Point residents Bob and Karen Croce were honored with the Alexis de Tocqueville Outstanding Philanthropy Award for their dedication and commitment to improving lives and strengthening the community.

Bull Run 5K and Walk is March 7
Lace up those running shoes and set a goal to change lives in Martin County on Saturday, March 7.
By participating in the 10th Annual Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5k, runners and walkers will be helping United Way raise funds to support critical needs in the community. Proceeds from the Bull Run will also benefit Helping People Succeed, a United Way affiliated agency.
Check-in starts at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at the Merrill Lynch Building, 2301 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart. The race will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m.
Registration is $30 per runner before Feb. 21 and $35 after. For more information, call Sandra Stiger at 772-223-6762.

Free Tax Preparation

Free tax preparation is underway at United Way of Martin County through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
United Way’s IRS-trained VITA volunteers offer free tax preparation help at the United Way office, 10 S.E. Central Parkway, Suite 101, Stuart, from 6 to 8 p.m. by appointment only.
The VITA program helps Martin County residents with a household income of $53,000 or less keep more of their hard-earned money by utilizing the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Call 772-283-4800 between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to schedule an appointment.


 
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Feb 20, 2015Paul Nunley Opens Stuart Edward Jones Office
Paul F. Nunley, an Edward Jones financial advisor, recently opened a branch office at 329 East Ocean Boulevard in Stuart. Nunley assumed the office in November 2014 and is hosting a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting on February 25.

A Martin County resident for more than 35 years, Nunley’s office features a collection of historic photographs of Stuart and the surrounding area.

“I am very happy to open my office within the City of Stuart,” said Nunley. “It is very convenient and the history of our area is so rich. I knew right away this would be a great way to honor our community’s history and make the office interesting to visitors.”

Nunley chose from more than 100 historic photos of the area from the Stuart Heritage Museum and the City of Stuart archives. Alice Luckhardt, a Stuart Heritage member and local historian, helped provide the historical background.

“I am very grateful to both Stuart Heritage and the City of Stuart for making the photo files available to me. However, it was Alice who toured the office and shared all the interesting stories about the buildings and the people. She really brought them to life and I hope others will find them just as interesting,” said Nunley.

Nunley plans to have a drawing for a book of the historic photographs juxtaposed with current photos. To attend the open house or if you have any questions regarding Edward Jones, call Paul Nunley at 772-287-4991.


 
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Feb 19, 2015John Sebastian of The Lovin’ Spoonful, A Benefit to Support Helping People Succeed
He’s a Lovin’ Spoonful, a Woodstock performer where he launched his solo career, and a 2000 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Now, singer, songwriter, keyboardist and founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful quartet, John Sebastian will be on stage at The Lyric Theatre for a one-night performance on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. to benefit Helping People Succeed.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous supporter, who has donated concert tickets for the March 10th event, Helping People Succeed has 25 tickets available for purchase. Contact Lynn Austin at 772.320.0773 or online at www.hpsfl.org. The premier tickets are $100.00 per person and include a pre-event reception at 6:00 pm at The Gafford restaurant on Flagler Avenue.

Among the expected selections Sebastian will perform are The Lovin’ Spoonful’s popular music, such as “Do You Believe in Magic,” “Younger Girl,” “Daydream” and others, including songs written by Sebastian during his solo career and working with The Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and others. Facing much competition from the British Invasion singing groups of the ‘60s, the “Spoonful” group had seven consecutive Hot 100 hits to reach the Top 10 chart with “Summer in the City” taking No. 1. Sebastian is also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Helping People Succeed, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, serves more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. It can be reached at 772.320.0773 or online at www.hpsfl.org.


 
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Feb 19, 2015James Menendez of Crary Buchanan Law Appointed by National Board of the Association of Legal Administrators to serve on the Certified Legal Manager (CLM) Committee
James Menendez, Certified Legal Manager at Crary Buchanan Law, has been named by the national board of directors of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) to serve a four year term on the Certified Legal Manager (CLM) Committee that directs the professional organization’s testing and credentialing program. He will be sworn in May 17 at the ALA national convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

ALA has 9500 members worldwide and 99 active chapters in North America.

“I am both honored and blessed to be appointed by the Board of Director of ALA to this committee. ALA has been a major part of my continuing education and networking and this appointment provides me with a way to give back to the organization,” Menendez said.

Menendez joined Crary Buchanan Law as the firm's legal administrator 1991. He manages staff and operations and, in recent years, has directed the firm’s expansion, transition to digital information technology, and relocation to its current location on Federal Highway in Stuart.

“Jim has played an integral role in helping us navigate the ever changing landscape of the legal profession. His knowledge of law office management and technology has enabled us to expand the scope and breadth of our services for our existing clients and attract new clients,” Mike Crary, managing partner at Crary Buchanan Law said. “His leadership in ALA has helped to bolster his expertise in helping us meet the needs and expectations of our clients.”

Before joining Crary Buchanan, Menendez was a legal administrator at Holland & Knight for 16 years, serving in the firm's Tampa, Lakeland and Washington offices. He attended the University of South Florida, majoring in public administration. He is a past president of the Palm Beach chapter of the ALA. He is currently serving on The Florida Bar committee for advertising discipline. He lives in Jensen Beach with his two sons and is active in Jensen Beach High School Baseball. He is currently on the Vestry Board of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stuart.


ABOUT CRARY BUCHANAN LAW

Crary Buchanan is a full-service law firm based in Stuart, Florida. It serves businesses, organizations and individuals in Martin and St. Lucie counties. One of the oldest law firms on the Treasure Coast, Crary Buchanan operates on the principles of truth, responsibility, understanding, sensibility and talent. Many of the firm’s dozen attorneys are board certified and most have years of experience in their fields. The firm’s services include personal injury law, contracts, business and other litigation, trusts and estates, and family law. For more information, visit http://crarybuchanan.com or call 772-287-2600.

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL ADMINISTRATORS

The Association of Legal Administrators was founded in 1971 to provide support to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies. There are 99 chapters nationwide and six Florida-based chapters. ALA is the recognized leader for the business of law whose mission is the delivery of cutting-edge management and leadership products and services to the global legal community. ALA is headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois. http://www.alanet.org.


 
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Feb 18, 2015MCSO Community BBQ


Stuart Community BBQ Flye
 
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Feb 18, 2015Martin County - March 2015 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 March 2015. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
March 3, 17 & 24, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE - joint meeting
March 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
March 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
March 18, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
March 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
March 18, 2015 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE AWARENESS COMMITTEE
March 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Location: Community Services Conference Room, 435 SE Flagler Avenue, Stuart

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL
March 5, 2015 at 8:30 am
Location: Fire Rescue Administration at the Public Safety Complex, Conference Room 286, 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

GOLDEN GATE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
March 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Cassidy Center, 2895 Fairmont Street, Stuart

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
March 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Topic: Bridge Road Improvements Project (Pros/Cons of Options)
March 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Topic: Workshop on new LDR Division 8 on Community Character Zoning District
March 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Library

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
March 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
March 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED
March 2, 2015 at 10:00 am
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
March 5 & 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings 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
March 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
March 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

PUBLIC ART ADVISORY BOARD
March 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
March 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

UF/IFAS MARTIN COUNTY EXTENSION OVERALL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
March 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: UF/IFAS Martin County Extension Office, 2614, SE Dixie Highway, Stuart

This notice dated: February 18, 2015.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us


 
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Feb 18, 2015Join a citizen review panel, decide how United Way funds are invested


Opportunities to help create lasting change in Martin County abound with United Way.

In a few weeks, Martin County residents will be able to participate on a citizen review panel. Each year, United Way raises millions of dollars during its annual campaign and then with the help of citizen review panels, invests those dollars into local programs that focus on ending hunger, strengthening families, enhancing healthy living, improving education, supporting employment and ensuring safety.

However, before United Way can distribute funds, each nonprofit agency that applies for a grant is visited by a citizen review panel where residents can see first-hand how each program works. At that time, members of the panel are encouraged to ask questions related to how the requested funds would be used and how the community will benefit. After each panel visits three to four agencies, they meet at the United Way office to decide what programs will be funded and how much funding they will receive.

Any Martin County resident who would like to participate on a citizen review panel must register by March 6. To register, call 772-283-4800, ext. 234 or email hlaiben@unitedwaymartincounty.org.

United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and character-building. Since 1972, the United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to: end hunger, strengthen families, enhance healthy living, improve education, support employment and ensure safety.

For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call 772-283-4800.


 
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Feb 18, 2015Martin County - March 2015 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 March 2015. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
March 3, 17 & 24, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE - joint meeting
March 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
March 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
March 18, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
March 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
March 18, 2015 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE AWARENESS COMMITTEE
March 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Location: Community Services Conference Room, 435 SE Flagler Avenue, Stuart

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL
March 5, 2015 at 8:30 am
Location: Fire Rescue Administration at the Public Safety Complex, Conference Room 286, 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

GOLDEN GATE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
March 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Cassidy Center, 2895 Fairmont Street, Stuart

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
March 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Topic: Bridge Road Improvements Project (Pros/Cons of Options)
March 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Topic: Workshop on new LDR Division 8 on Community Character Zoning District
March 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Library

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
March 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
March 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED
March 2, 2015 at 10:00 am
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
March 5 & 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings 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
March 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
March 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

PUBLIC ART ADVISORY BOARD
March 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
March 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

UF/IFAS MARTIN COUNTY EXTENSION OVERALL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
March 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Location: UF/IFAS Martin County Extension Office, 2614, SE Dixie Highway, Stuart

This notice dated: February 18, 2015.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Feb 18, 2015“An Abstract View” Opening Reception at the Court House Cultural Center
The Arts Council of Martin County presents “An Abstract View,” featuring the artwork of Jean Banas, Mary Lou Gibson, Jill Lavetsky, Jane Lincoln, Roberta Marks, Gail McCarthy, Hanne Niederhausen, Lee Passarella, Carol Staub, Leslie Stokes, Terry Thommes, and Bill Ward. The opening reception will be held on February 13, 2015 at the Court House Cultural Center, 80 East Ocean Boulevard, downtown Stuart.

Thank you to the Court House Cultural Center Gallery Committee members for this fine art show--Maggie Griner, Cheryl Ritland, Petey Cox, and Jane Kiehart.

An Abstract View exhibition runs through April 10, 2015. Court House Cultural Center Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday, 11 am – 2:00 pm.

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

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


 
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Feb 18, 2015McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A. has been acknowledged as one of the 2015 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms.
The Stuart Law firm of McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A. today announced it is being named as one of the 2015 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms. The list will appear in Fortune magazine.
The list was compiled by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell based on our large percentage of AV-rated attorneys.
The AV® Preeminent™ rating is a significant accomplishment and testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. This is truly a reflection of our firm’s expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence.
McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A. is a full service law firm based in Stuart, but offering legal services throughout the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches. The firm has eleven attorneys, including the seven partners. Several of the attorneys in the firm are Board Certified, signifying that the Florida Bar has designated them as expert in their respective practice areas.
For further information, please contact Robert P. Summers, Esquire at 772-286-1700.

 
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Feb 18, 2015WALK TO PREVENT SUICIDE – FEBRUARY 21, 2015
Interviews Available/Great Photo Opportunity


WHAT: The Martin County Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a fundraising walk supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. There are hundreds of Out of the Darkness Community Walks taking place throughout the U.S. this fall. Funds will support vital research, education, advocacy, suicide prevention initiatives and programs to support those impacted by suicide.

WHEN/
WHERE: Flagler Park, Stuart
- 9:00 AM – Walker registration
- 9:30 AM - Suggested media arrival
- 10:00 AM –Walkers begin route - walk over Roosevelt Bridge and back to Flagler Park

WHY: The Out of the Darkness Walks raise much needed funds and awareness to develop prevention programs and decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness. Suicide is a serious national health problem that cuts across all ages and demographics. Each year, close to one million people make a suicide attempt and nearly 38,000 die by suicide in the U.S. alone.

SPONSORS: Tykes & Teens, Treasure Coast Hospice Counseling Services, Advanced Tutoring Center, Love’s Truck Stops

MEDIA
CONTACT: Jill Harrington, AFSP Area Director
561-392-7877
jharrington@afsp.org



 
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Feb 18, 2015DEP awards Florida Oceanographic $500,000 for Northern Estuaries Resource Recovery pilot program
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently awarded Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS) a $500,000 grant to reestablish oyster populations and seagrass beds in the Indian River Lagoon’s St. Lucie Estuary. The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) also received a grant of equal amount for the Caloosahatchee Estuary on Florida’s west coast. The grants will help these organizations continue restoration and monitoring programs in their respective regions.

This $1 million grant is funding the Northern Estuaries Resource Recovery effort, a pilot recovery program to reestablish vital estuarine habitats of oyster reefs and seagrass beds within the Northern Estuaries: the St. Lucie Estuary, Indian River Lagoon and the Caloosahatchee Estuary. The Northern Estuaries receive tremendous volumes of freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee, which have resulted in major losses in these critical habitats.

In the St. Lucie Estuary, recent surveys reveal a 99 percent mortality of oysters and an estimated 70 percent loss of seagrasses in the outer estuary, Indian River Lagoon, caused by the discharges. Monitoring in the Caloosahatchee Estuary also shows oyster mortality and seagrass losses.

The Florida Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin final report dated Nov. 8, 2013 states, “Healthy oyster populations and seagrass beds are vital to the health of estuarine ecosystems. The Northern Estuaries Resource Recovery pilot program seeks to re-establish oyster populations and seagrass beds in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries. The committee recommends appropriating $500,000 for each estuary to support the program, for a total of $1 million.”

The appropriations were made in the fiscal year 2014-15 Appropriations Act July 1, 2014 and the grant agreements were completed Jan. 8, 2015.

Both FOS and the SCCF are actively working to restore oyster reefs and seagrasses in the Northern Estuaries. FOS is working in conjunction with the SCCF establishing a resource recovery team in collaboration with area scientists to develop pilot recovery programs for oysters and seagrass. These programs include aquaculture technology for spawning, propagating and deploying the oyster and seagrass resources as well as monitoring the success for one year in the Northern Estuaries. At the conclusion of the effort an expanded resource recovery plan would be developed to continue the restoration of these vital estuarine habitats. This Northern Estuaries Resource Recovery effort is compatible with the RECOVER performance measures and the Northern Estuaries Watershed Protection Plans for the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries.

“The importance of this project is not to just restore oyster and seagrass habitat, but to create infrastructure that facilitates a timely and continual restorative response to destructive discharges,” said Vincent Encomio, PhD, director of scientific research for Florida Oceanographic Society. “Oftentimes we don’t have sufficient resources to respond to these events soon after they occur. This program, and its sustained support, will enable us to be poised to restore these valuable resources as soon as adequate water quality conditions return.”

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 Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. As a leading state and nationally recognized environmental organization, Florida Oceanographic offers educational programs for all ages and conducts research and restoration programs that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems. To learn more, visit FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505.

About the Sanibel-Captive Conservation Foundation
The Sanibel-Captive Conservation Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. Learn more at SCCF.org.


 
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Feb 18, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR TO BEGIN MARCH 17
Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year in the Martin County School District begins next month. Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2015 should register with the elementary school in their attendance zone starting March 16, 2015. Parents and guardians should contact the individual schools directly for details on registration times. By registering early, parents and guardians help the schools in their planning for the correct number of classes and teachers.

Important kindergarten registration reminders:

All medical information must be current. Parents and guardians should plan ahead since physicians’ offices become very busy just prior to the start of the school year.

To register, parents and guardians need to bring:

• The child's original birth certificate or other lawful evidence of date of birth [1003.21(4)].
• Proof of residency (electric or cable bill in its entirety showing a service address; a notarized rental/lease agreement; or construction permits.)
• A current physical examination on Form #3040 (to be valid, the physical must have been completed within a year of school entry date and signed by a licensed physician)
• A Florida Certificate of Immunization Record (Form #680) completed by a physician or the Martin County Health Department. Please see immunization requirements below:

All kindergarten students are required to have the following immunizations:

• Five doses of Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis Vaccine (four if last dose was on or after the fourth birthday)
• Four doses of Polio Vaccine (three doses if the last dose was on or after the fourth birthday. If the fourth dose was given before the fourth birthday, a fifth dose is required for entry into kindergarten.)
• Two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine
• Three doses of Hepatitis B Vaccine
• Two doses of the Varicella Vaccine (if the child has not had the chicken pox)


For a map of attendance zones and school locations, please visit http://geoweb.martin.fl.us/SchoolAttendance/.

Informative flyers for parents, “Getting Ready for Kindergarten: What Parents Can Do,” in English and Spanish are available on the Martin County School District web site at http://www.martinschools.org/pages/Martin_County_School_District/Getting_Ready_for_Kindergarten.

Elementary School Contact Information

School Telephone number

Bessey Creek Elementary 219-1500
Citrus Grove Elementary 223-2513
Crystal Lake Elementary 219-1525
Felix A. Williams Elementary 219-1640
Hobe Sound Elementary 219-1540
Jensen Beach Elementary 219-1555
Palm City Elementary 219-1565
J.D. Parker School of Science, Math & Tech. 219-1580
Pinewood Elementary 219-1595
Port Salerno Elementary 219-1610
SeaWind Elementary 219-1625
Warfield Elementary 597-2551



 
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Feb 18, 2015Seacoast Visa® Debit Card Is Quick And Easy

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Feb 18, 2015John Sebastian of The Lovin’ Spoonful, A Benefit to Support Helping People Succeed
He’s a Lovin’ Spoonful, a Woodstock performer where he launched his solo career, and a 2000 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Now, singer, songwriter, keyboardist and founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful quartet, John Sebastian will be on stage at The Lyric Theatre for a one-night performance on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. to benefit Helping People Succeed.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous supporter, who has donated concert tickets for the March 10th event, Helping People Succeed has 25 tickets available for purchase. Contact Lynn Austin at 772.320.0773 or online at www.hpsfl.org. The premier tickets are $100.00 per person and include a pre-event reception at 6:00 pm at The Gafford restaurant on Flagler Avenue.

Among the expected selections Sebastian will perform are The Lovin’ Spoonful’s popular music, such as “Do You Believe in Magic,” “Younger Girl,” “Daydream” and others, including songs written by Sebastian during his solo career and working with The Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and others. Facing much competition from the British Invasion singing groups of the ‘60s, the “Spoonful” group had seven consecutive Hot 100 hits to reach the Top 10 chart with “Summer in the City” taking No. 1. Sebastian is also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Helping People Succeed, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, serves more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. It can be reached at 772.320.0773 or online at www.hpsfl.org.


 
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Feb 17, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMES STACEY FUHRMAN SCHOOL-RELATED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
The Martin County School District is proud to announce that Stacey Fuhrman, Vision Paraprofessional at Citrus Grove Elementary School, has been named the District’s “School-Related Employee of the Year.”
This honor is bestowed annually upon an outstanding education support employee for making significant contributions to his or her school and to the District, and is presented by the Martin County Administrative and Supervisory Association (MCASA). The winner was announced at a celebration Wednesday night recognizing honorees at 23 schools in the District, as well as two recipients of scholarship awards. MCASA President Joan Gibbons emceed the event and presentations were also made by AFSCME President Lisa Edwards and Martin County Association of Retired Educators President Randy Enloe.
Mrs. Fuhrman has been an employee with the District for the past 8 years. As a member of the District Vision Team she supports students of all ages in the Martin County School District. She brings a level of professionalism to every task she encounters while providing opportunities for visually impaired students to practice transferring their skills in real-world situations.
Principal of Citrus Grove Elementary, Tyson Villwock notes that “Mrs. Fuhrman’s commitment to students is evident literally all over campus, and her flexibility makes her a highly valuable asset to her team and administration.”
Mrs. Fuhrman will now represent the Martin County School District in the state-wide competition to be named Florida’s School Related Employee of the Year. More information on this program can be found online at www.fldoe.org.
In her letter of recommendation for the state award, Superintendent Laurie Gaylord wrote, “Stacey is a valued and respected member of the District Vision Team and a member of the Citrus Grove Elementary staff. Her greatest attributes are her dedication to student achievement, her genuine rapport with students, and commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of her students.”
At the celebration, Superintendent Gaylord emphasized the importance of the District’s support staff in the lives of students.
“What they do impacts students every day. They make a difference. They are a part of our team...a team that every day prepares students for their future,” she said.
This year’s complete list of School-Related Employee honorees:
Name Title School
Deana Day ESE Paraprofessional Bessey Creek Elementary
Stacey Fuhrman Vision Paraprofessional Citrus Grove Elementary
Eileen Parsons Educational Paraprofessional Crystal Lake Elementary Jamie Hawkins Educational Paraprofessional Felix A. Williams Elementary Sonny Weaver Custodian Hobe Sound Elementary Brenda Compres-Estrella ELL Paraprofessional J.D. Parker Elementary Susan Parriott Data Entry/Guidance Clerk Jensen Beach Elementary Courtney Cobb Plant Operator Palm City Elementary Jean Huffman Food Service Manager Pinewood Elementary Debra Jones ESE Paraprofessional Port Salerno Elementary Rose Andrews Cook SeaWind Elementary Rosa Nicolas-Ruteaga ESE Paraprofessional Warfield Elementary
Itza Tamblyn Media Assistant Anderson Middle School Francis Nubelo Plant Operator Hidden Oaks Middle School Mario Samayoa, Jr. ELL Paraprofessional Indiantown Middle School Cynthia Bishop Media Assistant Murray Middle School Barbara Hocker Secretary Stuart Middle School
Ruth Dudziak Secretary Jensen Beach High School Rosemarie Poerio Secretary Martin County High School Judy Eckhardt Plant Operator South Fork High School Sonia Frehafer ELL Paraprofessional Spectrum Jr./Sr. High School Amanda Helton Behavior Technician Challenger School Alma Farias Classroom Manager Perkins/Head Start Joann Parisi Facilities Technician Environmental Studies Center Janette Johnson Lead Driver/Dispatcher Transportation
Receiving the Mary J. Brogan Scholarship Awards were Zoraida Uquillas (Home/School Liaison, J.D. Parker Elementary School) and Eva Anderson (Home/School Liaison, Pinewood Elementary School). Both are working on earning their Bachelor’s Degree. The scholarships were presented by school psychologist Suzan Mason.
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Martin County School District • 500 East Ocean Boulevard • Stuart, FL 34994
An Academically High-Performing School District in Florida

 
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Feb 17, 2015We're getting to work and people are talking expansion!


People ask us every day when we will expand the service or add a station in their city. Now that construction has started, we look forward to working with communities along the corridor and throughout the state that want to explore the possibility of a station site.

All Aboard Florida continues to be focused on developing and building the Miami to Orlando system, with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. We remain open to future expansion opportunities that will attract more customers to our service. The Space Coast recently initiated a site analysis study to identify a single station location that will be supported by the region’s elected officials, business and community leaders, and residents. We support that vision and encourage the Treasure Coast to focus their resources on a similar process. All Aboard Florida will work with communities that identify station locations by initiating a pre-development process, which will include analyzing ridership data and any necessary environmental studies.


 
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Feb 17, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMES STACEY FUHRMAN SCHOOL-RELATED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
The Martin County School District is proud to announce that Stacey Fuhrman, Vision Paraprofessional at Citrus Grove Elementary School, has been named the District’s “School-Related Employee of the Year.”

This honor is bestowed annually upon an outstanding education support employee for making significant contributions to his or her school and to the District, and is presented by the Martin County Administrative and Supervisory Association (MCASA). The winner was announced at a celebration Wednesday night recognizing honorees at 23 schools in the District, as well as two recipients of scholarship awards. MCASA President Joan Gibbons emceed the event and presentations were also made by AFSCME President Lisa Edwards and Martin County Association of Retired Educators President Randy Enloe.

Mrs. Fuhrman has been an employee with the District for the past 8 years. As a member of the District Vision Team she supports students of all ages in the Martin County School District. She brings a level of professionalism to every task she encounters while providing opportunities for visually impaired students to practice transferring their skills in real-world situations.

Principal of Citrus Grove Elementary, Tyson Villwock notes that “Mrs. Fuhrman’s commitment to students is evident literally all over campus, and her flexibility makes her a highly valuable asset to her team and administration.”

Mrs. Fuhrman will now represent the Martin County School District in the state-wide competition to be named Florida’s School Related Employee of the Year. More information on this program can be found online at www.fldoe.org.

In her letter of recommendation for the state award, Superintendent Laurie Gaylord wrote, “Stacey is a valued and respected member of the District Vision Team and a member of the Citrus Grove Elementary staff. Her greatest attributes are her dedication to student achievement, her genuine rapport with students, and commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of her students.”

At the celebration, Superintendent Gaylord emphasized the importance of the District’s support staff in the lives of students. “What they do impacts students every day. They make a difference. They are a part of our team...a team that every day prepares students for their future,” she said.

This year’s complete list of School-Related Employee honorees:

Name Title School
Deana Day ESE Paraprofessional Bessey Creek Elementary
Stacey Fuhrman Vision Paraprofessional Citrus Grove Elementary
Eileen Parsons Educational Paraprofessional Crystal Lake Elementary
Jamie Hawkins Educational Paraprofessional Felix A. Williams Elementary
Sonny Weaver Custodian Hobe Sound Elementary
Brenda Compres-Estrella ELL Paraprofessional J.D. Parker Elementary
Susan Parriott Data Entry/Guidance Clerk Jensen Beach Elementary
Courtney Cobb Plant Operator Palm City Elementary
Jean Huffman Food Service Manager Pinewood Elementary
Debra Jones ESE Paraprofessional Port Salerno Elementary
Rose Andrews Cook SeaWind Elementary
Rosa Nicolas-Ruteaga ESE Paraprofessional Warfield Elementary

Itza Tamblyn Media Assistant Anderson Middle School
Francis Nubelo Plant Operator Hidden Oaks Middle School
Mario Samayoa, Jr. ELL Paraprofessional Indiantown Middle School
Cynthia Bishop Media Assistant Murray Middle School
Barbara Hocker Secretary Stuart Middle School

Ruth Dudziak Secretary Jensen Beach High School
Rosemarie Poerio Secretary Martin County High School
Judy Eckhardt Plant Operator South Fork High School

Sonia Frehafer ELL Paraprofessional Spectrum Jr./Sr. High School
Amanda Helton Behavior Technician Challenger School
Alma Farias Classroom Manager Perkins/Head Start
Joann Parisi Facilities Technician Environmental Studies Center
Janette Johnson Lead Driver/Dispatcher Transportation

Receiving the Mary J. Brogan Scholarship Awards were Zoraida Uquillas (Home/School Liaison, J.D. Parker Elementary School) and Eva Anderson (Home/School Liaison, Pinewood Elementary School). Both are working on earning their Bachelor’s Degree. The scholarships were presented by school psychologist Suzan Mason.


 
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Feb 17, 2015McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A. has been acknowledged as one of the 2015 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms.

-- Legal Profession’s Most Prestigious Rating Service Recognizes Local Firm --

he Stuart Law firm of McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A. today announced it is being named as one of the 2015 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms. The list will appear in Fortune magazine.
The list was compiled by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell based on our large percentage of AV-rated attorneys.
The AV® Preeminent™ rating is a significant accomplishment and testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. This is truly a reflection of our firm’s expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence.
McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A. is a full service law firm based in Stuart, but offering legal services throughout the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches. The firm has eleven attorneys, including the seven partners. Several of the attorneys in the firm are Board Certified, signifying that the Florida Bar has designated them as expert in their respective practice areas.
For further information, please contact Robert P. Summers, Esquire at 772-286-1700.
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Feb 17, 2015"Movies on the Lawn" series coming to your local parks
Looking for something fun and free to do with your kids? Join Martin County Parks and Recreation for a new series of events called "Movies on the Lawn." These awesome nights kick off on February 20 at Langford Park in Jensen Beach. See below for the complete schedule of events.

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Langford Park - Maleficent
2369 NE Dixie Hwy., Jensen Beach 34957

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Post Family Park - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
15700 SW Warfield St., Indiantown 34956

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
New Monrovia Park - Box Trolls
4455 SE Murray St., Stuart 34997

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
SSG Justin Johnson Memorial Park at Banner Lake - Big Hero 6
12212 SE Lantana Ave., Hobe Sound 33455

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Lamar Howard Park - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
2895 SE Fairmont St., Stuart 34997

These events are completely free to attend so bring the whole family!

For more information contact Deanna Deakins at 772-221-1430 or email ddeakins@martin.fl.us. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks or on Twitter @MyMCParks.


 
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Feb 17, 2015New canoe/kayak launch at Halpatiokee Regional Park
Martin County Parks and Recreation, along with the Martin County Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is proud to announce the opening of a non-motorized canoe/kayak launch area with adjacent parking, providing access to the lakes in the southern portion of Halpatiokee Regional Park. These lakes have recently benefited from a variety of habitat enhancement activities and offer visitors paddling, fishing, and birding opportunities. The site can be accessed at the south end of SW Lost River Road. The new launch will be open seven (7) days a week from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

For more information, contact Randy Phillips at 772-221-1353 or email rphillips@martin.fl.us. For all things Parks & Recreation follow us on Twitter @MyMCParks or like us on facebook.com/MyMCParks.


 
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Feb 17, 2015Gulfstream Goodwill Industries 4th Annual Golf Tournament
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Feb 17, 2015Voices for Children of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast
Harbour Bay Plaza in Sewall’s Point was awash in sunshine and joy at the inaugural Love is All You Need Fashion Show to benefit Voices for Children of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast (Voices OTC).
Some 100 people were in attendance, and exciting raffle items, which included generous donations from many of the fine shops in the plaza, contributed to the success of the event, as did the assistance of EventMakers of Stuart, Harbour Bay Florist and Black Stage Design of Atlanta, GA.
The beauty of the plaza was enhanced by the colorful hearts made by first- and second-grade students from Village Green Environment School and Manatee Academy students (both in St. Lucie County) which represented the 1,200 children in the dependency system.
Voices OTC is a 501(c)3 that raises funds in support of the efforts and activities of the Florida state-funded Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program of Florida's 19th Judicial Circuit Court. For information,visit www.voicesforchildrenotc.org.


 
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Feb 13, 2015Independent Research Report Highlights VGTI Florida’s Significant Economic Impact on Port St. Lucie and St. Lucie County Contributed more than $236 million to local economies since 2009
Independent Research Report Highlights VGTI Florida’s Significant Economic Impact on Port St. Lucie and St. Lucie County Contributed more than $236 million to local economies since 2009


An independent research firm specializing in analyzing local and state economies has issued a report estimating the significant economic impact that the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida) has generated to the City of Port St. Lucie and St. Lucie County. The report, prepared by Policom Corporation, also forecasts the Institute’s future economic impact and the potential for the City and County to develop a dynamic life science cluster in the region.
“We are so proud of how much VGTI Florida has contributed to our local economies to date,” said Dr. Richard Jove, VGTI Florida’s President & Director. “With the launch of our new Center for Diseases of Aging, we are further growing the potential for our community to evolve into a high-wage, knowledge-based economy, helping transform the Treasure Coast into the Research Coast.”
Today VGTI’s Center for Diseases of Aging(CDA) kicks off its inaugural Scientific Symposium, Innovative Approaches to Diseases of Aging. This marks the launch of the CDA’s collaboration with medical scientists from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet, internationally known for annually awarding the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Dr. Jove added, “Bringing world-class collaborations to our region will only strengthen the research opportunities for the Treasure Coast further growing the State’s economy.”
VGTI FLORIDA’S ECONOMIC IMPACT TO DATE
According to the Policom report, over the 6-year period between 2009-2014, VGTI Florida has had the following economic impact on St. Lucie County, generating:
• more than $236 million in economic transactions.
• more than $83 million in community payrolls.
• more than $41 million in taxable retail sales resulting in $2.6 million in sales tax collections.
• approximately $2.1 million in local property taxes paid by businesses and residences.
• the impact of the construction of VGTI Florida’s facility at a cost of approximately $63 million.
REBRANDING THE TREASURE COAST AS THE RESEARCH COAST
The report also concludes that St. Lucie County has the necessary geographic-economic assets and intellectual infrastructure to cause a dynamic biotechnology cluster to form and to be cost-competitive, creating many hundreds of high-paying jobs and contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy on an annual basis.
Dr. Jove emphasized that long-term success for the Research Coast will require further investment from multiple stakeholders. “Research institutes like VGTI are facing a federal research funding crisis, reflected by NIH grant success rates at historic lows. However, with continued commitment, investment and support, from sources such as our State and local governments, universities, business leaders and other key partners, our Research Coast can continue on the path of creating a thriving biotechnology/life science cluster which can dramatically improve the quality of life for our region.”
To access the complete Policom Report, please visit: http://bit.ly/vgtifl-eir
About the Center for Diseases of Aging at VGTI Florida:
The Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) biomedical research institute that is positioned for its next stage of growth with the launch of its Center for Diseases of Aging (CDA). The CDA is a joint mission with researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet and is dedicated to the discovery and development of vital therapies to prevent, treat and cure the illnesses most commonly associated with aging, pioneering next-generation approaches such as targeted immunotherapies and regenerative medicine. For more information, please visit: www.vgtifl.org
To sign-up for VGTI Florida’s social media feeds, please visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VGTIFlorida
Twitter: @VGTIFlorida





 
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Feb 13, 20153rd Annual Distinguished Speaker’s Luncheon

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County is proud to present our 3rd Annual Distinguished Speaker’s Luncheon held at the Sailfish Point Country Club on March 02, 2015. Our speaker will be Winston E. Scott Captain, USN, RET. NASA Astronaut www.winstonescott.com.
Capt. Scott will chronicle his space exploration adventures and how his days as a Boys Club kid influenced his future as a Navy pilot and astronaut.

When: Monday, March 2nd, at 12:00 PM
Where: Sailfish Point Country Club, Stuart
$100 per person

For RSVP’s and Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact:
bbalcer@bgcmartin.org or 772-545-1255


 
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Feb 13, 2015POWER UP EXCELLENCE: Support for the Cultural Sector
The Arts Council of Martin County announces the three upcoming sessions, part of the Power Up Excellence program, in March, April and May. Power Up Excellence is funded by grants received from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

The Power Up Excellence program is designed to support the growth of the cultural sector by bringing experts in key subject matter to our community to present quality workshops for the volunteers and staff members of our cultural organizations. “Power Up Excellence is perfectly aligned with the mission of the Arts Council,” stated Nancy Turrell, executive director. She continued, “Through high quality workshop speakers, we are fostering professional growth and encouraging collaboration among cultural organizations.”

The remaining convening sessions / workshops in the Power Up Excellence series are:
• March 17, Technology. Presented by Jay Wilkinson, Founder and CEO of Firespring, who provides comprehensive website packages, donor management tools and IT help desk support to thousands of organizations worldwide.
• April 21, Grant writing and Fundraising. Presented by Karen Climer, CFRE, fundraising consultant who focuses on campaign management, donor stewardship, and grantsmanship and has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Alabama and a MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park.
• May 19, Program Planning & Accessibility. Presented by Marian Winters from VSA Florida, the state’s leading organization on the arts and disability and will include a panel of local resources.

All of the above Sessions are scheduled for 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, at the Children’s Services Council of Martin County and include refreshments. Registrations are accepted for all sessions via the Arts Council’s website, www.martinarts.org. Cost is $10 Arts Council members, and $18 for non-members.
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About The Arts Council of Martin County
The Arts Council is the designated local arts agency for Martin County. The Arts Council provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public and strives to instill a passion for and participation in the arts. For more information, please call 772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org.

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

About the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is one of Florida’s largest community foundations. The nonprofit organization has invested more than $100 million in grants and scholarships over its 40-year history. At its core, the Community Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fund holders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education. For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.


 
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Feb 13, 201525th Anniversary Downtown Stuart Art Festival
Martin County’s premier art festival returns to historic downtown Stuart February 21 - 22, 2015 with the finest artists in the country. The eclectic exhibits with broad appeal will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media and even unique gift items. Prices will be set to suit all budgets and will range from $25 handcrafted earrings to $30,000 sculptures. A portion of the proceeds from the art festival benefits the Stuart Main Street programs. Admission is free and open to the public.


The festival will go through downtown Stuart starting at Osceola and St. Lucie, down to Haney Circle and continues on Osceola to Denver Street and down to Detroit Street. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to engage the artists to gain a better understanding of their work and inspiration as they stroll through the vast array of quality original art. They will also be able to register to win artwork by exhibiting artist Zsuzsanna Luciano. This award-winning conservation fine art photographer specializes in giant panoramic images with as many as 80 different photographs used to capture the detail and dimension of one moment. Many of her large-scale photographs are on display in a variety of galleries throughout South Florida and in private collections in the U.S. and abroad. The giveaway prize, a 24”x 48” print of “Endless Summer”, taken while in the Florida Keys and valued at $650, will be on display at her booth where registration will also take place. The winner will be announced during the final hour of the festival. No purchase will be necessary to participate. To learn more about this talented artist and view her work, go to www.zsuzsannaluciano.com.

Festival At-A-Glance:

• 25th Anniversary Downtown Stuart Art Festival
• February 21 - 22, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
• Free Admission
• Historic downtown Stuart - starting at Osceola and St. Lucie, down to Haney Circle and continues on Osceola to Denver Street and down to Detroit Street Juried gallery style outdoor art showcase
• Original Art - Handmade in America
• 250 artists from 30 different states
• Prices set to suit all budgets - ranging from as little as $25 to $30,000
• Artists hand-selected by independent panel of expert judges from hundreds of applicants
• All artists on site for duration of festival
• Vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media
• Free Art Giveaway – featuring conservation fine art photographer Zsuzsanna Luciano
• A portion of the proceeds from the art festival benefits the Stuart Main Street programs.


About Howard Alan Events, Ltd.:
Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents art and craft shows throughout the country. For the past 25 years, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival (Chicago, IL), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Several shows are ranked in the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. The founders personally select culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique and features works of both established and emerging artists.


For additional information on the 25th Anniversary Downtown Stuart Art Festival and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.



 
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Feb 13, 2015MCGC Newsletter
Promotions - Now Available 7 days a week!
M/W/F
Every Monday/Wednesday/Friday, play the Blue/Gold course from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm for $24.95
with a cart.
Tues/Thur
Every Tuesday and Thursday, play the Red/White course from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm for $19.95 with a cart.

This Weekend
Play the Blue/Gold course with a Cart for only $24.95 a person! Or play the Red/White course with a Cart for only $19.95 a person! 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Please book Tee Time in advance online at
https://martincounty.ezlinks.com

Weekend Deal is only available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Updates
Our brand new website is LIVE! Now when you visit www.martincountygolfcourse.com you will see a new design, up-to-date information, pricing info, contact us form, and more!
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Expect a flurry of activity over the next week as Don Law Golf Academy prepares to open for business on February 15th. Carpet cleaners will work their magic this week... if they haven't done so already... and then all new merchandise will start roll in. Thereafter throughout March and into the spring, each weekend will feature an activity, such as:
• Demo Day
• Free Junior Clinic
• Grand Opening Sale
• Parent Junior Scramble
• Raffles for Merchandise
Moreover, all programs, including after school classes and "get golf ready" classes, will start the first week in March.

The Don Law Golf Academy Marketing Manager, Blair Dimitro, will be on hand February 15th and 16th to answer questions and provide information.
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All remaining pro-shop inventory is 60% off through Saturday only. Don Law Golf Academy moves in new inventory on Sunday.

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Golf Course Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Golf Course Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, March 6, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITIONS: At-large members who must be Martin County residents. Members shall not be employed in the public golf course nor be related to a golf course employee. The terms are for one year or upon completion of the Golf Course Master Plan.

It shall be the function of the Golf Course Advisory Committee to provide an ongoing process allowing public access to the planning, development, and programming of the Golf Course Master Plan.

Meetings will be held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm in the Workshop Room on the 4th floor of the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.
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History of the Martin County Golf Course

Part 2 - In the Beginning, Real Estate & Controversy (Continued)

In Part 1, Samuel Miles, "a new settler" in Spanish East Florida received a grant of land from the king of Spain, courtesy of the king's emissaries for the region, as a reward for "great services performed by him for the supply of the troops of Spain."

So, who was Samuel Miles? A casual Google search reveals his name and officially why he received a grant of some of the finest land on the Treasure Coast. The name "Miles"


 
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Feb 13, 2015Allegro Celebrates Four Years!
See attached

Allegro.pdf
 
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Feb 13, 2015Two House of Hope sites expand hours

The Hobe Sound branch is now open six days a week, adding Monday hours to better serve clients and customers. It is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The new Stuart thrift store is now open one additional hour on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Its other hours are the same as the Hobe Sound branch. For more information about our locations, please visit www.hohmartin.org/locations


 
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Feb 12, 2015Education Foundation Awards $50,000 for Innovative Projects
Education Foundation Awards $50,000 for Innovative Projects
MEDIA INVITATION: You're invited to join us!
Who: Education Foundation of Martin County
What: Prize Parade
Why: Giving away $50,000 in Innovative Project Grants to teachers across the district for STEAM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and Literacy projects

When: Friday, February 13
Where: 9 school sites throughout the Martin County School District
Bring: PHOTO ID
Newsworthiness: Carrying red balloons and over-sized checks, the Education Foundation of Martin County's Prize Parade will be surprising teachers, administrators and students throughout the school district.
Please join us for the Education Foundation's Prize Parade as we award $50,000 in Innovative Project Grants to teachers across the district. The high-fives, group hugs, tears of joy, and happy dances are priceless! Grant awards range from $400 to $10,000! The grants are made possible from Education Foundation donors and support from the Verizon Foundation, the Gordana Uscumlic Foundation, the Loblolly Community Foundation, the Kantner Foundation, and the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program supported by the Florida Legislature.
The schedule is included below. Feel free to join us at anytime along our journey.
We do ask that you please let us know if you will be joining us so we can keep you abreast of any changes to the schedule. You can also check in with me at anytime on my cell phone at 215-0075. If I don't answer, please leave a message and I'll call you right back.
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Prize Parade Schedule (NOT FOR PUBLICATION as these are SURPRISE VISITS)
Friday, February 13

Bessey Creek Elementary 8:00 a.m.
2201 Matheson Avenue
Palm City, FL 34990
772-219-1500



Palm City Elementary 8:35 a.m.
1951 SW 34th Street
Palm City, FL 34990
772-219-1565


Hidden Oaks Middle School 9:15 a.m.
2801 SW Martin Highway
Palm City, FL 34990
772-219-1655



Citrus Grove Elementary 10:00 a.m.
2527 SW Citrus Boulevard
Palm City, FL 34990
772-223-2513


Crystal Lake Elementary 10:35 a.m.
2095 SE 96th Avenue
Stuart, FL 34997
772-219-1525


Anderson Middle School 11:30 a.m.
7000 SE Atlantic Ridge Drive
Stuart, FL 34997
772-221-7100



Felix A. Williams Elementary School 12:45 p.m.
401 NW Baker Road
Stuart, FL 34994
772-219-1640


JD Parker School of Science, Math & Technology 1:20 p.m.
1050 E 10th Street
Stuart, FL 34996
772-219-1580


Stuart Middle School 2:15 p.m.
575 Georgia Avenue
Stuart, FL 34994
772-219-1685



 
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Feb 12, 2015Helping People Succeed Recognizes Long-Time Staff Members


As Helping People Succeed completes its 50th anniversary year, two of its long-time staff members celebrate their own anniversaries with the non-profit organization – 40 years for President/CEO Suzy Hutcheson and 30 years for Kathy Derringer, Vice President of Successful Families.

Hutcheson, in the president’s position since January 1977, joined Helping People Succeed in 1975 as its Executive Secretary. She began work as the President/CEO when Helping People Succeed was known as Tri-County Rehabilitation Center.

Derringer coordinates programs serving children and families, including Baby Steps, Healthy Families, the BRAIN (Building Readiness Among Infants Now) program, and Music & Movement classes.

Helping People Succeed serves more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.


 
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Feb 12, 2015COSEE Florida Participates in National Invasive Species Awareness Week with Vero Beach Science Café
Florida’s hospitable climate brings millions of people to the state each year, but it is also welcoming to invasive plants and animals that compete with native species, threaten fragile ecosystems, and cost hundreds of millions of dollars to manage. As a part of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, COSEE Florida is sponsoring a free Science Café in downtown Vero Beach on Tuesday, February 24th at 6:30pm at Osceola Bistro to share information about invasive species in the Indian River Lagoon and Florida’s coastal ecosystems - all while enjoying some delicious food and drinks!

A science café is a casual event in a fun atmosphere that features audience-driven conversation with scientists and other experts. The February science café will focus on the science of invasive species and give participants a chance to engage with local researchers. Speakers include scientists studying marine invaders, as well as those involved in invasive species management:
• Dominique Lazarre, of University of Miami, studies how lionfish larvae are transported around the Caribbean and investigates the potential impact of lionfish on the spiny lobster fishery in the Florida Keys.
• Holly Sweat, of Florida Institute of Technology, focuses on invasive species that are transported via boat hull fouling, such as mussels, barnacles, and tunicates.
• Emily Dark, researcher and conservation biologist, will speak about the work being done to manage the lionfish invasion.

Non-native animals and plants can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation's economy, costing the U.S. billions of dollars each year. “Invasive species present serious economic and environmental challenges, but awareness is an important step to manage these issues”, said Jasmine Wanek, COSEE Florida Program Assistant. Each speaker will briefly present on their topic, followed by the floor being opened for audience-driven discussion.

Light appetizers will be provided during this free event in the garden patio dining area at Osceola Bistro in downtown Vero Beach. Osceola Bistro, located at 2045 13th Avenue in Vero Beach takes pride in supporting the local economy and promoting sustainable sourcing through the serving of fresh, local food. Join COSEE Florida for conversation, appetizers, and drinks - then stay for dinner! To assist with the planning of this event, please RSVP to Jasmine Wanek at 772-465-3271 or wanekj@si.edu.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week is organized to bring attention to the impacts, prevention, and management of invasive species - and all those who are working toward healthy, biodiverse ecosystems. In addition to a week full of events in Washington, DC, activities promoting awareness of invasive species are taking place around the country. For more information, visit www.nisaw.org.


 
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Feb 11, 2015‘LunaFest’ to be Held at FAU Harbor Branch
“LunaFest” – a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women – will come to FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s (HBOI) Johnson Education Center, 5600 U.S. 1 North, in Fort Pierce, on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the national Breast Cancer Fund and local organizations, including Friends After Diagnosis; the Treasure Coast Ovarian Cancer Alliance; the Center for Spiritual Care; and HBOI’s Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Research program (MBBR).
The 90-minute compilation of award-winning short films will be preceded by a 60-minute panel discussion about advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers affecting women. Amy Wright, Ph.D., MBBR director and research professor, is one of the panelists. Tickets are $20 plus a $2.09 service charge, and can be purchased online at www.lunafest.org. A LunaFest trailer can also be viewed on the website.
For more information, contact Carin Campbell Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Feb 11, 2015Golf Course Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Golf Course Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, March 6, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITIONS: At-large members who must be Martin County residents. Members shall not be employed in the public golf course nor be related to a golf course employee. The terms are for one year or upon completion of the Golf Course Master Plan.

It shall be the function of the Golf Course Advisory Committee to provide an ongoing process allowing public access to the planning, development, and programming of the Golf Course Master Plan.

Meetings will be held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm in the Workshop Room on the 4th floor of the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.


 
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Feb 11, 2015‘LunaFest’ to be Held at FAU Harbor Branch
“LunaFest” – a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women – will come to FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s (HBOI) Johnson Education Center, 5600 U.S. 1 North, in Fort Pierce, on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the national Breast Cancer Fund and local organizations, including Friends After Diagnosis; the Treasure Coast Ovarian Cancer Alliance; the Center for Spiritual Care; and HBOI’s Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Research program (MBBR).
The 90-minute compilation of award-winning short films will be preceded by a 60-minute panel discussion about advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers affecting women. Amy Wright, Ph.D., MBBR director and research professor, is one of the panelists. Tickets are $20 plus a $2.09 service charge, and can be purchased online at www.lunafest.org. A LunaFest trailer can also be viewed on the website.
For more information, contact Carin Campbell Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Feb 11, 2015THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’S PALM BEACH MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR KICKOFF

WHAT: Official Kick Off of 2015 Palm Beach Man & Woman of the Year Campaign, featuring 13
Candidates and their supporters, along with the Boy & Girl of the Year families, Man & Woman
of the Year Leadership Committee, LLS Board of Trustees and sponsors.
Hosted by The Gardens Mall; by invitation only.
WHO: Erin Devlin and Nicholas Mastroianni, III, Man & Woman of the Year Leadership Committee Co-
Chairs
Jason Guari, Esq., Chairman, Board of Trustees, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Tiffany Kenney, Emcee, WPBF25
WHEN: Thursday, February 12th, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ~Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment by DJ Adam Lipson
Formal program to begin at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Gardens Mall Grand Court (1st level in front of Macy’s)
3101 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
WHY: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency
dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and
myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving
blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support
services.
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Feb 10, 2015Volunteers In Medicine clinic featured in newest Health Matters show


Martin County Television (MCTV) recently launched a new series called Health Matters in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Martin County. The show's mission is to provide important health and safety information for Treasure Coast residents.

This episode of Health Matters covers the work of the Volunteers in Medicine clinic, the free dental sealant pilot program in local schools and an update on the flu season in South Florida.





MCTV's Health Matters February 2015

Health Matters airs Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 A.M., Wednesdays at 9:00 P.M., and Sundays at 5:00 P.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streaming live at www.martin.fl.us. It is also available on Martin County's YouTube Channel at http://youtu.be/Fy_0K6SXi0I.



 
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Feb 10, 2015VGTI’s Center for Diseases of Aging and Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet to Host Scientific Symposium with Leading Medical Researchers
‘Innovative Approaches to Diseases of Aging’ will present breakthrough research targeting cancer, heart disease and other illnesses linked to aging

The Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida), a leading, non-profit biomedical research institute, today announced its Center for Diseases of Aging(“CDA”) will host its inaugural Scientific Symposium, Innovative Approaches to Diseases of Aging, on February 11-12, 2015.
Held at the Tradition Center for Innovation, the one and a half day event will feature presentations by medical scientists from VGTI Florida and Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet, internationally known for annually awarding the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The CDA at VGTI Florida and Karolinska Institutet established this research collaboration last year to study diseases of aging.
The CDA’s research teams will report on novel programs in development that target infectious disease, cancers and cardiovascular disease, as well as therapies designed to boost overall immunity and vitality in the aging and elderly.
Mayor Greg Oravec of Port St. Lucie, and Nancy Bryan, President & CEO of BioFlorida, are scheduled to make remarks at the CDA’s Dedication Ceremony at an evening reception on February 11 with invited dignitaries and guests.
Who: The Center for Diseases of Aging at VGTI Florida and Karolinska Institutet
What: Inaugural Symposium: Innovative Approaches to Diseases of Aging
CDA Dedication Ceremony & Cocktail Reception
By Invitation Only - Media Representatives (press credentials may be requested)

When: February 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. EST
Where: VGTI Florida, Tradition Center for Innovation
9801 SW Discovery Way, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987
The Innovative Approaches to Diseases of Aging is being made possible by generous sponsors committed to advancing medical discovery to develop better treatments and cures. VGTI Florida is extremely appreciative and thanks these key supporters including PNC Wealth Management, TC Palm/Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Florida Power & Light, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Northern Trust, Proctor Crook Crowder & Fogal, Whiting-Turner, Miltenyi Biotec and Sandhill Cove Retirement Living.
About Karolinska Institutet:
Karolinska Institutet is one of the world´s leading medical universities. Its vision is to significantly contribute to the improvement of human health. Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40% of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country´s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine. For more information, please visit: http://ki.se/en/startpage
About the Center for Diseases of Aging at VGTI Florida:
The Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) biomedical research institute that is positioned for its next stage of growth with the launch of its Center for Diseases of Aging (CDA). The CDA is a joint mission with researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet and is dedicated to the discovery and development of vital therapies to prevent, treat and cure the illnesses most commonly associated with aging, pioneering next-generation approaches such as targeted immunotherapies and regenerative medicine. For more information, please visit: www.vgtifl.org
To sign-up for VGTI Florida’s social media feeds, please visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VGTIFlorida
Twitter: @VGTIFlorida



 
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Feb 10, 2015Children’s Stories Come to Life
This is the 20th year that organizations, state agencies and legislators across the state
will be observing Children’s Week to celebrate families and share knowledge about children’s
issues.
In honor and celebration of Children’s Week, the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin
and Okeechobee Counties will host a “Storybook Forest”, encouraging early childhood literacy.
Families will be invited to participate in interactive displays based on children’s stories.
Children will learn about the story through hands‐on activities, crafts and story‐themed
characters. Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George will be in attendance for autographs
and photos.
This FREE event will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Flagler Park, 201 SW Flagler
Avenue, Stuart, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The Storybook Forest is one of hundreds of events held throughout Florida to celebrate
Children’s Week (April 12‐17).
For more information about Children’s Week, visit www.childrensweek.org.
For more information about Storybook Forest, contact Loretta Toth at ltoth@elcirmo.org or call
772‐223‐3832.
For more information about the Early Learning Coalition and its programs that give children a
competitive start in life, visit http://www.elcirmo.org. Support for ELC includes funding from
the Children’s Services Council of Martin County, which provides funds for local children’s
programs. For more information visit http://www.cscmc.org.

 
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Feb 10, 2015Newsletter Representative MaryLynn Magar - Committee Week 3
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Committee Week 3.pdf
 
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Feb 10, 2015Ninth Annual Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls Project benefits Treasure Coast Food Bank and Mary’s Kitchen
On Sunday, February 22nd beautiful hand painted bowls and savory soups combine for a greater good – raising money to fight hunger. The Ninth Annual Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls Project will be held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Smith Hall, 623 East Ocean Blvd. in Stuart, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event honors the late ceramic artist Lundin Kudo, whose 14-foot bas-relief sculpture adorns the garden wall at St. Mary’s.
For a $20 donation, patrons get to enjoy a meal of savory soup from one of several local restaurants in a hand-crafted bowl of their choice. Restaurants participating this year are: Chef’s Table, Conchy Joe’s Seafood, Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House, East Ocean Bistro, the Gafford, Kazu, Mary’s Tiki Grill & Café, Osceola Street Café, Rooster’s Daytime Café, or Spoto‘s Oyster Bar.
While the soups the restaurants will provide will make a hearty meal, the Empty Bowls Project symbolizes the fact that many have nothing but a meager meal and often go hungry. The money raised by the Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls Project benefits Treasure Coast Food Bank and Mary’s Kitchen at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Last year, the event raised more than $7,000.
In addition to the hundreds of bowls created by volunteer potters and painters, the day includes the Mae Slaton Silent Auction of “souper” bowls crafted by well-known area artists including Aida Fry, Ellen Bates, Gail McCarthy, Chris Kling, Jane Lincoln, and Petey Cox.
To learn more about Lundin Kudo and Mae Slaton, and view pictures of past events and bowl making, please visit the blog at www.somanyemptybowls.blogspot.com and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LundinKudoEmptyBowlsProject.


 
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Feb 10, 2015Martin County High School Teacher Kristin Carbone Receives National Coaching Award
The Martin County School District and the National Speech & Debate Association is proud to announce Kristin Carbone as its newest diamond coach. Carbone, Martin County High School teacher and Debate Coach, received a First Diamond Award after earning 1,502 points on January 20th.

A diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity. The Association provides diamond awards based on coach points received. Coaches receive one-tenth the points earned by their students and one-tenth of the points earned as a student member of the Association. After a minimum of five years as a National Speech & Debate Association member, a coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first diamond; he or she receives a second diamond for 3,000 points, a third for 6,000 points, and so on. Five years must pass between each diamond award.

On June 18, 2015, Carbone will receive special recognition at the National Speech & Debate Tournament in Dallas, TX. Each year, the tournament draws more than 5,000 students, coaches, and parents from across the nation. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has placed the tournament on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities since the origination of the list.

About the National Speech & Debate Association
The National Speech & Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school and collegiate students in the United States. The Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high-quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 130,000 students and coaches every year. For nearly 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.4 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society. For more information, visit www.speechanddebate.org.


 
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Feb 10, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS EXCEL AT THE DIGITAL MEDIA STUDENT EXHIBITION
Congratulations to Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, and Clark Advanced Learning Center students for an exceptional showing at Indian River State College’s 15th Annual “Digital Media Student Exhibition.” The three high schools took first and second place in all nine categories, to include Ryan Copeland (Martin County High School) earning “Best of Show – High School” for his technical design and rendering entitled “Paradise at the Pier.” Ryan will receive a two year scholarship at IRSC for his efforts. Josh Moberg, Ryan’s drafting teacher, states: “Ryan has a desire to learn just not the software but how to apply it in the real world. I provide him a positive learning environment and he runs with the ball!” Other noteworthy accomplishments were Connor Phillips and Justin Hess (Jensen Beach High School) who took first and second place, respectively, in the “Digital Illustration” category. Mark Conrad, their digital design teacher, states: “It was amazing to see the quality of work being displayed by students. I remind students that they will stand out if they have confidence, take creative chances and demonstrate their skills. I am proud of them for showing their capabilities and being recognized among a field of outstanding entries.”

 
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Feb 9, 2015Local anchor and reporter Jay Cashmere named honorary chairman of Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s Paws and Claws Gala
WPTV and Fox 29 anchor and reporter Jay Cashmere has been named the honorary chairman of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s annual Paws and Claws Gala. He also will emcee the event, which will be held on Sat., Feb. 21, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club, 12600 Harbour Ridge Blvd., in Palm City. This year’s theme is “Diamonds in the Ruff” as the HSTC celebrates its 60th anniversary of serving the community. The Paws and Claws Gala is the Treasure Coast’s largest and oldest event supporting homeless pets in need.
Cashmere adopted a purebred 170 pound Great Dane from the HSTC three years ago. Although the popular broadcaster has been serving as the Paws and Claws emcee for years, he says his interest in the HSTC goes well beyond the event.
“The HSTC is as much a part of my family as our beloved Great Dane, Jake, knowing this wonderful organization brought him into our lives,” said Cashmere. “There’s no better feeling than to surround yourself with people who give all their efforts to find forever homes for animals in need on the Treasure Coast.”
During the gala, guests can dance to the sounds of Memory Lane and enjoy both silent and live auctions. Some of the featured live auction items include two Lyric Theater “Golden Pass Tickets” which guarantee seats for every Lyric Theater performance in the 2015/ 2016 Season; a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted gold and diamond pendant specially designed by David Crandall with Eric Michaels Fine Jewelry; and a destination trip for two, including airfare, to a quaint country cottage located outside of London, England. Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and dinner also will be served. The cost to attend is $275 per person and tables for eight or ten guests may be reserved.
Volunteers Allola McGraw and Beverly Mauermann are co-chairing the event. The remaining committee volunteers are Vicki Brown, Bob Castellano and Maryellen Castellano, Dixie Church, Dana Coates, Ann Corwell, Lori DesRuisseaux, Carol Dippy, Cindy Greenspan, Susan Halliburton, Sandy Jevaney, Marilyn Morris, Alexandra Owen, Carol Plato, Drue Pollack, Carol Silcox, Kathy Skrzypczak, Karen Spriggs, Karen Viener and Kay Ziegler.
Sponsorship packages are still available, silent auction gifts are welcome, and the Humane Society is accepting 60th Anniversary gifts in support of this major event. All gala sponsors, committee members, and generous HSTC donors will be invited to this year’s Paws & Claws Sponsor Party, which will be held at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, Thursday, Feb. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will be served light bites and refreshments as they watch live demonstrations of synchronized swimming and high board diving.
The HSTC would like to thank its top sponsors: 20-Carat Diamond Sponsors - Vicki Brown and Ed Botwinick, The Savastano Family Foundation; 10-Carat Diamond Sponsor - Carl’s Buick; 5-Carat Diamond Sponsor - Betty Lahti; 4-Carat Diamond Sponsor - Wilmington Trust N.A.; 2-Carat Diamond Sponsors - Apex Pavers & Pools, Four Rivers Property Owners Assoc., and Saelzer-Atlas Group of Raymond James; 1-Carat Diamond Sponsors - Robin and Walter Bell, Charles and Barbara Birdsey, Bob & Maryellen Castellano, Kathy and Gerry DeMont, Lori and Robert DesRuisseaux, Carol and Walter Dippy, Fenton, Lang, Bruner & Assoc., Jack Frenaye, Northern Trust, Charles Schwab and Joyce Williams.
Annual sponsors of the event are Seacoast National Bank, Rick Carroll Insurance, Eventmakers, Bill and Audrey Crandall, John and Sara Hazelton, William and Pat Lichtenberger, and John and Linda Loewenberg.
For more information, contact Community Events Manager Courtney Zanetti at (772) 600-3211 or via email, czanetti@hstc1.org.
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs, dynamic humane education services, and partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no animal is turned away for any reason because the HSTC believes that is the humane thing to do. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822.


 
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Feb 9, 20155th Annual Clambake and Comedy Show To Raise Funds for At-Risk Youth Presented by The Sade Group for the Benefit of Project L.I.F.T.
The Fifth Annual Clambake and Comedy Show to benefit Project L.I.F.T. in Stuart, is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Sandsprit Park, with Presenting Sponsor, The Sade Group at Morgan Stanley. “The 2015 event will be held earlier in the season to take advantage of cooler weather, and was moved to the Park from its previous location in order to allow more people to attend,” stated Jade Smith, Chairperson. Last year, the sold-out Clambake raised more than $30,000 to benefit at-risk teens in Martin County, through a program that includes motivation and mentoring to help teens, particularly young men, deal with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Tickets to this year's Clambake are $150 and may be purchased on Eventbrite.com or by calling: (772) 359-2554. For the price of admission, guests will enjoy a classic "Clam Bake" meal (lobster, clams, shrimp, mussels, crab legs) open bar, fantastic silent and live auctions, live music of Jason Montero Music, and head line comedians, including Steve Zimmerman, all while enjoying the camaraderie of an amazing group of supporters and sponsors.
Licensed psychotherapist Bob Zaccheo founded Project L.I.F.T. (Life Initiatives for Teens) in 2010 as a way to help troubled teens who did not respond to traditional therapy. By building trust through a family atmosphere, and by utilizing mentors and volunteers, the program incorporates behavioral change with skill-building in trades such as auto repair, plumbing, textile and graphic design, carpentry and boat building. The program takes that instruction a step further by connecting the teens with other individuals and families in the community who need help or services, and helping the youth "pay it forward" in terms of volunteer service.
The program works wonders in terms of assisting at-risk youth become productive members of a larger "family" and "giving back" to the community. Statistics show that fully 85% of the program's participants remain sober and "clean," going on to become stable and contributing adult members of society.
The Sade Group at Morgan Stanley is the Presenting Sponsor for the event. Various levels of sponsorships are still available to assist with underwriting the event. For additional information or to volunteer in any capacity, area residents may contact Project L.I.F.T. at 850 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34994, or call:(772) 359-2554.
Project L.I.F.T. is a 501 (c)(3) organization; donations are tax deductible.


 
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Feb 9, 2015VIP Event for sponsors and Ticket Holders kicks off Battle for the Gospel
Want to get a little extra bang for your party buck? Well, if you buy a ticket at the $50 per person level (or higher) or become a sponsor on any level for the April 18th Battle of the Gospel to benefit the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, you’ll also be invited to an exciting VIP Reception! That’s right, on March 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., you can enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music and good times at the elegant new Stuart Lodge, located at 1301 SE Palm Beach Road in Stuart. Now that’s definitely too good a deal to miss. To buy tickets, call 800-704-6595. Have questions or need a little more information? Call Thelma Washington at (772) 283-6310 or Kherri Anderson at (772) 485-1930.

 
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Feb 9, 2015Free Vessel Safety Check Inspections
On Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm The US Coast Guard Auxilary / Flotilla 59 will be on-site at Sailfish Marina to conduct FREE Vessel Safety Checks for all of the boating public. These knowledgeable Gentlemen will make sure that you have the proper Safety Equipment as mandated by The US Coast Guard for all boats, whether your vessel is 14' or 100'. This is FREE and they will issue each vessel a decal to show Compliance that is valid for one year. Please note: There will be NO CITATIONS, WARNINGS, ETC if your vessel is not in compliance. The Flotilla 59 Coast Guard Auxilary is here for Education and Public Safety Education for our boaters. Feel free to stop at our Fuel Dock and tell the attendant you wish to have your vessel inspected. Again, this is FREE and having a valid decal not only helps with your personal safety, but also shows that your vessel is in Compliance by having the decal visible on your boat.

 
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Feb 9, 2015HOBE SOUND & INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE VACANCIES
The Martin County Board of County Commission seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Hobe Sound or Indiantown Neighborhood Advisory Committee (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.

The Hobe Sound term will expire in September 2017; the Indiantown term will expire in September 2015. All members are expected to attend each and every meeting of the committee. If a member is absent from three meetings within a 12 month period, said member is automatically removed from the committee but may apply for reappointment by the Board of County Commissioners.

Hobe Sound meetings are held quarterly (third Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Hobe Sound Community Center. The next few meetings will be held on April 15, July 15, and October 21.
Indiantown meetings are held monthly (second Wednesday of the month) at 6pm at the Indiantown Civic Center. The next few meetings will be held on February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, and June 10.

All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, February 27, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Feb 9, 2015Tourist Development Council Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Tourist Development Council. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, February 27, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Position: A citizen involved in the tourist industry and who has demonstrated an interest in tourist development, but who is not an owner or operator of motels, hotels, recreational vehicle parks, or other tourist accommodations in the County that are subject to the tourist development tax. All members must be registered Martin County voters. This term will expire in March 2019; terms may be renewed at the decision of the County Commission.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL:
Conduct public hearings to receive information from the public with respect to the effectiveness of the existing tourist development efforts by both public and private agencies, organizations and businesses and the need for additional or different tourist development efforts. Recommend a method of coordination of existing tourist development efforts by both public and private agencies, organizations and businesses and of new or additional tourist development efforts to obtain maximum economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the tourist development efforts in and for Martin County. Create, prepare, and submit to the Board of County Commission a Tourist Development Plan in the manner meeting the requirements of F.S. 125.0104 and, from time to time thereafter, make recommendations to the Board of County Commission for changes to the Tourist Development Plan.

Meetings are held quarterly on the second Wednesday of the month at 3:00 pm in the Commission Chambers. The next meetings are scheduled for: March 11, May 13, July 8, September 9, and November 4.


 
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Feb 9, 2015Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill three vacancies on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, February 27, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITIONS: At-large members who must be Martin County residents. Two terms are for three years; one term will expire in October 2016.

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

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


 
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Feb 9, 2015Construction Industry Licensing Board Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a position on the Construction Industry Licensing Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, February 27, 2015. For an Application, please call 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

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

Each member shall be a registered voter in Martin County. No member shall hold elective public office or be an employee of Martin County or any municipality within the County.

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

Meetings are typically held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm in the Commission Chambers of the Administrative Center. The next few meetings are scheduled for: February 25, March 25, and April 22.


 
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Feb 9, 2015Stuart Airshow 2015
Confirmed for 2015
Stuart Air Show
US Air Force F-16

The F-16, known as the "Fighting Falcon," is also commonly referred to as the "Viper" by its pilots. Key features include a frameless bubble canopy for maximum visibility, a side-mounted control stick for easy maneuvering, and a seat reclined to 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot. The F-16 is also the first to use a fly-by-wire flight control system which allows the aircraft to be nimble.

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Also Confirmed for 2015


The US Army Golden Knights are widely renowned as the world's best parachute team. The Team has dominated national and international competitions and has already earned the US Army an impressive 2,148 Gold; 1,117 Silver, and 693 Bronze Medals and as broken 348 world records. The Team will perform both Saturday and Sunday as well as at the Friday Night Air Show.

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Sponsorship Opportunities are Available

Air Shows are the second most popular spectator sport in North America. Annually, millions of people attend airshows nation wide. In 2014, over 50,000 spectators attended the Stuart Air Show, further establishing it as the single most significant marketing opportunity on the Treasure Coast.



New sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2015 Stuart Air Show. To discuss how you can become a sponsor, please contact Elisabeth Glynn, at 772-781-4882 or at elisabeth@stuartairshow.com.

See highlights from the 2014 show on Facebook!
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March Madness - Discounted Tickets

Tickets for the 2015 Stuart Air Show will be available for purchase online as of March 1. A special rate of $10 per general admission ticket will last only during the month of March! Don't miss this amazing deal!
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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, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America, and many other deserving community charities. Stuart Air Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.





 
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Feb 9, 2015Martin County Board of County Commissioners
Dear community member:

As you may know, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Martin County, Florida, is now receiving sealed proposals for:

SALE AND REDEVELOPMENT OF PROPERTY
3007 SE GOLDEN GATE AVENUE AND 3254 SE ELLENDALE STREET
STUART, FLORIDA

Sealed proposals will be received by the Information Desk on the 1st Floor at the Martin County Administrative Center located at 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart, until 2:30 PM local time, on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

The proposal document is available directly by clicking HERE or at www.martin.fl.us and clicking on "Bids and Contracts".

For questions please contact the Martin County Purchasing Division at (772) 288-5481 or at pur_div@martin.fl.us



 
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Feb 9, 2015Gayle Harrell - Newsletter
See attached

Comm Week 2.pdf
 
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Feb 9, 2015Weekly Health Update

Week of: Monday, February 9th, 2015

Courtesy of:
Bruce Hansbrough, D.C.
500 SE Dixie Hwy #2
Stuart, FL 34994
(772) 288-6456

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.'
One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.
In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity.”
~ John F. Kennedy
Mental Attitude: Having a Dog Helps Autistic Children Develop Stronger Social Skills.
A survey of 70 families with at least one autistic child found that autistic children who lived with at least one dog had stronger social skills than autistic children who lived in dog-free homes. Social skills are typically difficult for kids with autism to develop, but the study showed those children who owned a dog were "more likely to engage in behaviors such as introducing themselves, asking for information or responding to other people's questions."
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, October 2014
Health Alert: E-Cigarettes May Lead to More Respiratory Infections.
According to new laboratory findings, vapor from electronic cigarettes may increase young individuals' risk for contracting respiratory infections due to the vapor impairing the immune response in the epithelial cells that line the inside of the lungs. Lead author Dr. Qun Wu writes, "Epithelial cells are the first line of defense in our airways. They protect our bodies from anything dangerous we might inhale. Even without nicotine, this liquid can hurt your epithelial defense system and you will be more likely to get sick." Recently the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology issued a joint recommendation to bring e-cigarette regulations in line with those of traditional cigarettes.
PLOS ONE, January 2015
Diet: Binge Drinking Affects the Immune System.
Binge drinking can significantly disrupt the immune systems of young and otherwise healthy adults. In a recent study, investigators measured the immune responses of participants before they consumed any alcohol and at both two and five hours following peak intoxication. When alcohol was present in the blood samples, the researchers detected higher levels of cytokines, the proteins that signal the immune system to reduce activity. While drinkers understand how binge drinking can alter their behavior, there is less understanding of alcohol's harmful effects in other areas, such as the immune system.
Alcohol, December 2014
Exercise: Avoid Cold Weather Injuries.
Even when the weather gets cooler, it is important to stay physically active. However, exercising outside in cold weather can lead to possible injuries. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association recommends the following to prevent injuries associated with low temperatures: dress in layers, take breaks to warm up, eat a healthy diet, stay hydrated, and avoid alcohol.
National Athletic Trainers' Association, December 2014
Chiropractic: Anxiety and Back Pain.
Brazilian researchers claim there is a link between anxiety and back pain among individuals under the age of forty. While this does not prove cause and effect in either direction, previous research has shown that anxiety can increase muscle tension, affect posture, and increase sedentary behavior - all factors that could increase a person's risk for back pain.
Spine, January 2015
Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Vertebral Fragility Fractures.
Blood samples from seniors who fractured one or more vertebrae as a result of a fall showed significantly lower vitamin D levels when compared with seniors who had not experienced such an injury. This suggest that older adults who are vitamin D deficient should take measures to improve their vitamin D levels because serious injuries related to falls can significantly impact both their independence and quality of life.
The Bone & Joint Journal, January 2015


 
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Feb 9, 2015MARTIN COUNTY ANNUAL FAIR INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES

The Annual Martin County Fair will begin on Friday, February 13, 2015 through Saturday, February 21, 2015, which will result in intermittent lane closures of the outside west southbound lane and the outside east northbound lane of Dixie Highway, parallel to the Martin County Fairgrounds during Fair hours. Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect delays through this area.


 
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Feb 9, 2015One Billion Rising wants to end violence against women, girls
The statistics are staggering. One in three women are raped or beaten in their lifetime. That equates to one billion of the women alive in the world today. Our community will participate in a global movement to end violence against women and girls during Martin County's second One Billion Rising for Justice event which take place on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gazebo Park in downtown Stuart.

The global movement, founded by poet and playwright Eve Ensler, began on Feb. 14, when one billion activists in 207 countries and territories came together to hold a series of "risings" – demonstrations, dances, marches and flash mobs — in the biggest mass action in human history to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

The idea to coordinate a local "rising" in Martin County was the brainchild of 17-year-old Olivia Ranieri, a South Fork High School International Baccalaureate student who was inspired to take action by her English teacher, Ms. Kimberly Ballard.

"I'm passionate about women's rights and violence against women is a pertinent and important issue across the globe. It's also an issue that women are facing right here in our own community and I wanted to take action locally," explained Ranieri.

For the second year in a row, Ranieri assembled an impressive committee of notable women in the community who have been helping her orchestrate the event including: Kim Ballard, Monique Robbins, Ruth Bennett, Mindi Fetterman, Darcy Flierl, Kelly George, Megan Morris, Stacy Ranieri, Ellyn Stevenson, Linda Weiksnar, Sue Whittington, Saadia Tsaftarides, and Melissa Zolla.

The tagline to One Billion Rising is "Drum, Dance and Rise" and the campaign believes, "Dance is one of the most powerful forces on the earth and we have only just begun to tap into where it can take us. The struggle of humanity is the struggle to return to our bodies."

Attendees should be ready to do just that. The event is free to all and will feature speakers including SafeSpace representatives Darcy Flierl and Rebecca Beckett, the Inner Truth Project's founder Mindi Fetterman and others. While violence against women is a serious issue, the event itself is fun and celebratory with dance demonstrations and singing performances from various local groups, music from a local drum circles as well as other entertainment and food provided by Julie Lentine's Taco Shack.

City of Stuart Mayor Kelly Glass Leighton will officially proclaim Feb. 14 as One Billion Rising day during a City of Stuart Commission Meeting in February.

"I'm excited about our second annual One Billion Rising in Martin County. Last year we had over 300 people attend and I hope to see even more people show their support by stopping by Gazebo park on Valentine's Day. This truly is a global issue that affects us all – men, women, and children. It's time to make the world a safer place," Ranieri said.

In addition to the main global event on February 14, Ranieri has expanded her vision and is also organizing a march on the Roosevelt Bridge in the weeks before the event and poetry readings at a local coffee shop. All are invited to attend. For more information, visit the One Billion Rising for Justice Martin County Facebook Page.

"We've danced. We've demanded justice. Now we are demanding REVOLUTION. And only a radical shift in consciousness, and braver, bolder and more creative and determined actions can bring about change," stated Monique Wilson, Director of One Billion Rising. Ranieri could not agree more.

In addition to attendance by hundreds of people spanning all ages at Martin County's inaugural One Billion Rising event last year, it also raised more than $1,000 which was donated to SafeSpace and The Inner Truth Project (two organizations that help people who have been victoms of domestic violence and sexual assault.) Any funds raised from this year's event will again benefit those two non-profit organizations. For more information about Safespace and Inner Truth Project visit www.safespacefl.org and www.innertruthproject.org

For more information about this global rise against violence, visit www.onebillionrising.org. For more information about the local event, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OneBillionRisingMartinCounty or www.onebillionrising.org/events/one-billion-rising-for-justice-martin-county/ or contact Olivia Ranieri at ranieriolivia@gmail.com


 
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Feb 6, 2015MCLS and Pearl Cancer Resource Center present Avenue D Choir to entertain and raise awareness at Blake Library Feb 9
In celebration of the Anne M. & Joel L. Pearl Cancer Resource Center's four-year anniversary, the Avenue D Choir will perform February 9 from 6 to 7pm in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart. Tours of the center will be offered prior to the event. This event is free and open to the public.

The Anne M. and Joel L. Pearl Cancer Resource Center opened in 2011 at the Blake Library in Stuart. The center is designed to educate community members on cancer awareness and prevention and is located in the Reference area on the library's first floor. The center provides computers and reference materials on cancer prevention and treatment including medical texts and books on personal experience.

To make the center a more visible gathering place, the Tree of Love Honor and Remembrance Panel, designed and painted by artist Brenda Leigh, is a focal point for reflection and self-education. Donations to the center by the community in honor of loved ones are accepted by the Library Foundation of Martin County.

Since 2004 the Avenue D Choir has nurtured the souls and minds of young members of St. Lucie County to ensure bright futures for the leaders of tomorrow.

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

 
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Feb 6, 2015Martin County Parks & Recreation Master Plan Workshops announced
Martin County Parks and Recreation is looking for public input on planning the future of the Parks and Recreation Department. Stake from Martin County residents is vital to analyzing the needs and wants of the community as it relates to parks, recreation, leisure, safety, the environment and much more. Public input will be gathered at focus groups as well as the workshops listed below. The public may attend any of the meetings scheduled.



Palm City Community Center

2701 SW Cornell Ave

Palm City, FL 34990

Monday

February 16, 2015

6:00 PM



Jensen Beach Community Center

1912 NE Jensen Beach Blvd

Jensen Beach, FL 34957

Wednesday

February 18, 2015

6:00 PM



Timer Powers Park

21479 SW Citrus Blvd

Indiantown, FL 34956

Saturday

February 21, 2015

1:00 PM



Hobe Sound Community Center

8980 Olympus Street

Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Wednesday

February 25, 2015

6:00 PM



Sailfish Splash Waterpark

931 SE Ruhnke Street

Stuart, FL 34994

Thursday

February 26, 2015

6:00 PM



Port Salerno Civic Center

4950 Anchor Ave

Stuart, FL 34997

Saturday

February 28, 2015

1:00 PM



The public may also join the currently over 200 people involved in the online town hall by registering at http://martincountyparks.mindmixer.com to participate in engaging conversation and earn rewards for your participation. Be an integral part of Martin County's future. Join the conversation!



For more information please contact Shannon Nazzal at 772-221-2328 or by email snazzal@martin.fl.us. For all things Martin County Parks & Recreation follow us on Twitter @MyMCParks or like us on facebook.com/MyMCParks.




 
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Feb 6, 2015Martin County Fire Rescue Department Fire Prevention Bureau

Martin County Fire Prevention Bureau executes many tasks within the community to protect our businesses, residents and visitors from fire and explosion. This is accomplished through code compliant plan review for new construction, new business inspections, periodic inspections of existing businesses, public education, fire hydrant flows and “cause and origin” investigations of fires.
The State of Florida and Martin County have adopted the Florida Fire Prevention Code which consists of National Fire Protection Association Uniform Fire Code (NFPA 1) and the Life-Safety Code (NFPA 101), and all referenced Codes and Standards. Martin County Fire Prevention ensures code compliance in commercial structures and multi-family residential structures, but does not have jurisdiction in the construction of one- and two-family dwellings.
Construction requirements vary according to the occupancy and use of the building as determined by the architect and engineer to meet the building owner’s needs. The responsibility of the Fire Prevention Bureau is to ensure the submitted plans are code compliant. Below is a breakdown of the responsibilities that fall under the Fire Prevention Bureau:
 New development plan review
The Bureau is involved in the early stages of review for all new commercial construction and residential developments. During development review we ensure emergency vehicle access, the availability of water for fire hydrants and required fire protection systems, and access to the proposed buildings prior to construction.
 Life safety review for construction
The Bureau is involved in the plan review of all commercial and multifamily buildings. The Bureau works closely with architects, engineers, and contractors to insure that Life Safety Requirements are met, and that the proper inspections take place during the new construction phase. The Prevention Bureau inspects all construction for compliance prior to a Certificate of Occupancy being issued.
 New building Inspections
o Egress
 Exits shall remain clear and unobstructed at all times.
 Exit signs, where required or existing, are required to be functioning.
 Emergency lights, where required or existing, are required to be functioning.
 Exterior exit door locks shall not require the use of a key or any special knowledge or effort for operation from the egress side.
o Extinguishers
 Fire extinguishers must be of the proper size and type for the occupancy. A minimum of 2A:10BC is required for a business office and currently tagged by a State licensed fire extinguisher company. They must be serviced annually and retagged by a State licensed fire extinguisher company in accordance with NFPA 10. Extinguishers must be mounted, in plain view, and must be within 75 ft. of travel distance from any point in the building.
o General requirements
 Emergency forces access is required for all commercial structures and multi-family residential properties. Martin County utilizes Knox access systems. This includes automatic gates and access to all structures. Contact Fire Prevention for details at (772) 288-5633.
 Correct address must be posted in the front and rear of the business.
 Address numbers are to be a minimum of 6“, in a contrasting color, and be in plain view. Buildings which are more than 50’ from the roadway will require numbers on a sign or marquee at the roadway.
 Occupant load must be posted in plain view for all assembly occupancies.
 Housekeeping must be in order, including the proper storage of flammable and combustible products. If hazardous materials are stored in the building proper labeling will be required in accordance with NFPA 704M.
 Firewall separations must be intact.
o Fire Sprinkler Systems
 Where required or already existing, all required systems are to be in compliance and inspected by a State licensed contractor in accordance with NFPA 25.
 The Fire Department Connection (FDC) must be visible and unobstructed.
o Fire Alarm Systems
 Where required, or already existing, all required systems are too be in compliance and inspected by a State licensed contractor in accordance with NFPA 72.
o Hood and suppression systems
 Where existing or required for all commercial cooking operations are to be in compliance and all required inspections are to be conducted by a State licensed contractor in accordance with NFPA 96.
o Electric
 The electrical panel must be free from obstruction. All breakers are to be identified and labeled.
 Proper covers are to be on all outlets and switches.
 Wiring is to be in conduit and extension cords cannot be used in place of permanent wiring.
 The tenant or property owner is responsible for maintaining compliance of all life safety systems.
 Existing business periodic inspections
o The Fire Prevention Code requires all existing buildings to be inspected on a periodic basis. Fire Prevention will inspect all State licensed facilities annually according to the licensing requirements. All other properties will be inspected according to the occupancy and use of the property. Fire Prevention Inspectors will inspect the properties within their jurisdiction. The inspection criteria will be similar to the new business inspection.
o The most common violations found on Periodic Inspections are: Exits blocked from overstocking and new deliveries, electrical panels are blocked and combustible storage in found in the electrical rooms, extension cords are used improperly and excessive use of multi-outlet strips, fire sprinkler risers and equipment are blocked, vehicles parked in designated fire lines, and rack storage exceeds 12 feet (If building has fire sprinklers, storage must be 18” below the fire sprinklers. If no sprinklers are present, storage must be 24” from the ceiling.)
o These code requirements are enforced to protect the business owner, employees, visitors and the fire rescue personnel who are responding to an emergency at your place of business. It is our objective to educate property owners on how to keep their facilities in compliance.
 Public Education and Questions by the Public
The Fire Prevention Bureau is available to provide fire and life safety information to home owner associations, schools, clubs and the general public. Contact our office at (772)288-5633.
 Fire Investigations
o Martin County Fire Prevention Bureau takes the lead in determining cause and origin of structure fires, vehicle fires and any type of suspicious fire in Martin County. The Florida Fire Service is responsible for investigating outdoor fires wild land fires. We work in conjunction with the Florida State Fire Marshal’s office and the Martin County Sheriff’s office when we determine a fire to be suspicious or intentional. With the cooperation and outstanding team work of these agencies, we have successfully prosecuted multiple criminals who commit arson in Martin County. Most fires are unintentional and we assist these residents by notifying the American Red Cross, who provides assistance when residents are displaced by fire. We provide a timely fire investigation report to expedite assistance by their insurance company.
o The Martin County Fire Prevention Bureau exists to educate and protect our residents and businesses from fire and explosion. If you need additional information please contact our office at (772) 288-5633.

 
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Feb 6, 2015Regis Philbin Performances Postponed


Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are sorry to report that the Regis Philbin performances scheduled for Sunday, February 15th have been postponed to a future date to be announced. We apologize for any inconvenience, and refunds will be issued starting tomorrow.


 
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Feb 6, 2015Barn Theatre debuts new concert series
The performance of “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” on Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m. is the first concert in a new musical series to be offered by the Barn Theatre.
The show features Chris Mazzella and Josephine Lovaglio performing beautiful Italian and international music, from “That’s Amore” to “La Bamba” in Act One. Act Two includes a variety of classics from the great American songbook, from “Mack the Knife” to “My Funny Valentine.” Mazzella has performed professionally as a vocalist throughout South Florida. Lovaglio performed with bands in New York and was the opening act for Allen King.
The concert series is directed by Jim Docter and Jeanette Mazzella. The next concert will be “Divas of Song” on May 17.
Tickets are $10 and are available Mondays through Thursdays at the Barn Theatre box office, 2400 S.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be obtained by calling 772-287-4884 or on-line at www.barn-theatre.com.



 
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Feb 5, 2015Martin County Master Gardeners and Florida Yards & Neighborhoods, in cooperation with the Martin County Fair Association, present educational lectures during the Martin County Fair
Do you have an interest in hydroponics or growing vegetables in self-watering containers? Could you use some tips on vegetable gardening in small spaces? Have you ever wondered about what you can do to make your coastal garden Florida-Friendly? These are just a few of the educational topics pertaining to gardening in the South Florida environment that will be presented by the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener and Florida Yards & Neighborhoods programs this year during the Martin County Fair. Come on out to the fair, and learn while you play! Take a break from the noise of the midway to learn what resources are available to help you with your gardening questions throughout the year or learn about proper soil conditions and how important they are to growing healthy plants. Stop by and listen to tips on gardening with kids and fun crafts. Attend a lecture on invasive plants and learn what these plants are and why it is important to avoid using them in the landscape. Learn about how to get the most out of a rain barrel and help save water. The Martin County Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds on Dixie Highway from February 13 through February 21. All of the lectures will be held in the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County classroom, located on the north side of the Fairgrounds. For a schedule of lectures please contact the Extension office or visit our website at http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu/. And while you are at the fair, please stop by and visit the UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener and Florida Yards & Neighborhoods booths in the Exhibit Hall.

The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Martin County administers the Master Gardener and Florida Yards & Neighborhoods programs, providing research-based horticultural education and information for local residents.

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


 
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Feb 5, 2015Fun Tours Travel February 11th Crystal Cruises Presentation
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Fun Tours.pdf
 
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Feb 5, 2015BATTLE OF THE GOSPEL SEEKING PARTICIPANTS
Are you ready for some Gospel? Well, the Treasure Coast is ready for you! On April 18, the 2nd Annual Battle of the Gospel takes place at Jensen Beach High School (JBHS) and the search is on for voices to be raised in sweet song. Trios, duets, soloists, Praise & Worship Teams 15 voices and under and Choirs 15 voices and over are all welcome to participate. Last year’s event was a complete sell out, benefiting the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center in Stuart. The state-of-the-art auditorium at JBHS seats 650 and the acoustics are phenomenal. There’s a cash prize of $1,000 in each category and the money goes directly to the church that each winning participant represents. Entries do not have to be from the Treasure Coast – all are welcome to join in this glorious fundraiser. Last year’s winning group from Port Salerno Church of God was invited to open for the Clarke Sisters this year at the Kravis Center as a result of their appearance at Battle of the Gospel. There is $100 entry fee for each entity. The deadline for entering is March 30. For more information or to enter the 2nd Annual Battle of the Gospel, call Thelma Washington at (772) 283-6310 or Kherri Anderson at (772) 485-1930.

 
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Feb 5, 2015Music, stories and laughter with Green Golly and her Golden Flute Feb 7 at Robert Morgade Library
Green Golly and her Golden Flute will perform February 7 from 11am to 12pm at the Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr, Stuart. This event is free and open to the public.

This performance inspires imagination, creativity, and positive self-expression. Green Golly is the delightfully funny, flute-playing heroine who models discipline, overcoming challenges, thinking creatively and the development of character. Juilliard trained flutist and educator Barbara Siesel is Green Golly and award winning actor/storyteller/songwriter Keith Torgan is everyone else.

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


 
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Feb 5, 2015AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RECRUTING COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER 5K WALK
Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of the millions of men and women who have been affected by breast cancer? Now is your chance! The American Cancer Society is recruiting committee members for the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Martin County 5K Walk presented by Carl’s Buick-GMC. The Committee Rally will take place on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Robert and Carol Weissman Cancer Center at Martin Health System, 501 SE Osceloa St., Stuart.

Committee leaders headed by returning Event Chair, Dr. Denise Sanderson, will be on hand to discuss their needs for the upcoming Walk and the many ways that community members can get involved. Current committees available for your involvement: Team Development, Sponsorship, Survivor, Logistics, Publicity, and Mission/Advocacy.

The 2015 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is scheduled for October 17, 2015 at Memorial Park in downtown Stuart. Thousands of Martin County residents, breast cancer survivors, businesses, and community members are anticipated to join the annual, non-competitive 5K walk. There is no cost to participate; participants are just encouraged to raise funds and celebrate life. Last year, the Martin County Making Strides event engaged 159 teams, raised over $150,000, and saw 3,000 walkers!

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk supports the American Cancer Society’s mission to fight cancer on all four fronts: research, education, advocacy and patient services. Since 1972, it has invested nearly $323 million in breast cancer research grants, more than any other voluntary public health organization, which has resulted in many of today’s breast cancer treatments.

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program funds breast cancer research, provides up-to-date breast cancer information, ensures everyone has access to breast cancer screening and treatments, provides services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families, and educates men and women about the importance of early detection and prevention.


For more information or to sign up for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in the Martin County area, please call Sharon Horton at 561.650.0136 or visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/martinfl

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.


 
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Feb 5, 2015USPS "Grow Your Business
We've got good news for you! Come and hear from the experts on how to Grow Your Business with Every Door Direct Mail and USPS Shipping & Mailing Products.

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

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

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


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Feb 5, 2015Hobe Sound Stroll & Art Walk this Saturday, February 7, 2015
The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, along with the downtown business owners, will host the Hobe Sound Stroll & Art Walk Saturday, February 7, 2015. Locally owned gift shops, home décor boutiques, shoe & apparel stores, art galleries and restaurants will remain open with specials for Stroll patrons.

The Hobe Sound Stroll & Art Walk is a popular destination for connoisseurs of locally crafted gifts, art and edibles. The Stroll will run the first Saturday of the month, through May 2015 from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm starting at Taste restaurant, 11750 SE Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound.
More than 15 local craft vendors and food tents will light up the sidewalks and showcase their wares. Saturday’s Stroll will include home décor, hand-crafted jewelry, sterling silver gifts, Tahitian pearls, skin care products, custom table runners, hot sauce and salsas, a photographer, stained glass, and face painting and henna for the kids.

Patrons will enjoy live music by Ben Mejia, a local musician, performing guitar and vocal music in a wide range of genres including jazz, bossa nova, blues, soul, reggae, Motown, country, bluegrass, and easy listening. He plays at many restaurants around town on a regular basis. Ben’s schedule is available on the Gigs page of MejiaMusic.com.

The remaining dates for the 2015 Hobe Sound Stroll & Art Walk are;
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015

For more information or to reserve a booth call Susan Janes at 772-545-3411.


 
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Feb 5, 2015Understanding Non-Profits - Grant Writing and Fund Raising Workshop

The Small Business Development Center and Entrepreneur Development Institute at IRSC, in partnership wtih SCORE of the Treasure Coast, cordially invite you to attend this informative workshop:
This is a workshop designed for just about anyone interested in learning more about non-profits. Whether thinking of starting a non-profit or operating an existing non-profit this workshop will cover everything from formation to director selection criteria to effective governance to fund raising and grant writing.
Items to be covered are among the following: What is a non-profit? Are there multiple kinds of non-profits - are they all tax-exempt; Is the start-up process the same as a for profit; Are all deductions to a non-profit tax deductible for the donor; What is the process for obtaining 501 (c) (3) status; What about tax returns; What about Boards of Directors; What about members? What about salaries & wages?
In addition we will be covering items dealing with effective governance like- Directors - What Do They Do? Directors - criteria & selection process; Directors - roles & responsibilities; What About Officers; Legal Standards; Pitfalls Many Boards Face; Committees; What if They Don't Behave?
And finally a primer on fund raising and grant writing.
John Hosler
Presenter
Experience in the manufacturing business area with over 35 years experience in financial management, operations, and general management. Specialist in acquisitions, divestitures, company start-ups and project management. Administration and Business planning, risk management, joint ventures, and compensation and benefits compliance. Specialist in non-profit development, governance, bylaw creation/ revisions, financial development and executive management. SCORE Business Counselor since 2000.
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Feb 4, 2015Update regarding Indian River Lagoon Restoration Funding
I am pleased to share some great news regarding our Indian River Lagoon and the Florida Everglades. On Monday, the President announced his request for $124 million in funding for local waterway restoration projects--nearly double last year's total--as part of his annual budget request.

Specifically, the Administration included nearly $60 million to continue construction of the reservoir of the C-44 Indian River Lagoon South project, which will provide water storage and treatment facilities, and $30 million for projects to help move water south of Lake Okeechobee, as well as $17 million for the Kissimmee River Restoration Project that will help reduce run-off into the lake. The budget also includes an increase of at least $13 million for USDA water conservation programs that help local farmers hold or conserve water that would otherwise flow into local waterways on the Treasure Coast.

Last year, the President's budget included $38 million to finish phase one of the C-44 Indian River Lagoon South project and begin construction of the reservoir. This additional funding request comes at a critical time for the Everglades and our Indian River Lagoon. With the completion of the Army Corps of Engineers Chief's Report for the Central Everglades Planning Project in late December, work can begin on restoring the natural flow and sending clean water south.

There is no question that this is a great step forward for our local waterways and a testament to hard work and passion of our communities in preserving the Florida way of life for future generations. I commend the Administration for listening to the activists, researchers, community leaders, and concerned citizens across the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and Sunshine State.

The Administration's request is an important start, but we still have work to do. I look forward to hearing from you and joining with colleagues across the aisle and the country to achieve a comprehensive, balanced plan that prioritizes our values, including protecting our treasured waterways.

Sincerely,

Patrick E. Murphy
MEMBER OF CONGRESS


 
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Feb 4, 2015The Senior Gems Workshop Series


The Senior Gems Flyer.pdf
 
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Feb 4, 2015The First Paddleboard specific Company in martin county announces the opening of their 2nd location
After being the #1 company for proper paddleboard instruction and exciting paddleboard adventure & eco tours, Coastal Paddle Boarding announces the opening of their Sandsprit Park location. Sandsprit Park, located at the heart of the inlet opening, has been the go-to local area for fun in the sun for many years. A recreational destination for all ages, Sandsprit is a waterfront park with spectacular views and is fully equipped with a kids park, an exercise circuit, numerous pavilions for parties/gatherings, dockage for fishing, boat ramps and beaches for launching personal non-motorized watercraft. Put this all together and you have the perfect location for Paddleboard rentals and guided tour launches.

Coastal Paddle Boarding, having worked with the county for the past 5 years ensuring all the proper measures are taken – including but not limited to proper liability insurance and backgrounds checks for employees, has the only permit available for this location. Rochelle Neumann, founding member of Coastal Paddle Boarding, states “Safety of our customers is ALWAYS our primary concern.” Regarding the permit finally obtained by Coastal, after years of planning, Rochelle has said “We want everything to be done the proper way. The legal way. That ensures a happy relationship with both the county and local businesses. We want everybody to be on the same page when it comes to the expansion of our company (Coastal Paddle Boarding) because it doesn’t only mean more customers for us, it means more customers for the local businesses surrounding us. We promote all our locals and are happy to be expanding within our own community.”
“This new location will bring a whole new clientele to our business, allowing for boaters to grab a paddleboard on their way out to a day on the water, going out to the sandbar, or a fishing trip. The park is the perfect paddleboarding area for many reasons, including the fact that it is also the home of our annual Paddlefest, which takes place on Memorial Day each year.” Says Dan Neumann, husband of Rochelle and also a founding member of Coastal Paddle Boarding.
Open primarily on Saturday & Sunday from 8-6, Coastal Paddle Boarding plans on having the rental location open 7 days a week within a few months. Customers can simply show up or they can pre-schedule a paddleboard rental by calling or texting 772-341-8898. They also do guided tours and “Paddle Parties”.
“Coastal Paddle Boarding is the only company my kids ask for now when we are planning their birthday parties” – DJ Warner
So, as the company motto says: “Don’t Just Sit There, Stand Up & Paddle!”


 
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Feb 4, 2015MCLS and Pearl Cancer Resource Center present Avenue D Choir to entertain and raise awareness at Blake Library Feb 9
In celebration of the Anne M. & Joel L. Pearl Cancer Resource Center's four-year anniversary, the Avenue D Choir will perform February 9 from 6 to 7pm in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart. Tours of the center will be offered prior to the event. This event is free and open to the public.

The Anne M. and Joel L. Pearl Cancer Resource Center opened in 2011 at the Blake Library in Stuart. The center is designed to educate community members on cancer awareness and prevention and is located in the Reference area on the library's first floor. The center provides computers and reference materials on cancer prevention and treatment including medical texts and books on personal experience.

To make the center a more visible gathering place, the Tree of Love Honor and Remembrance Panel, designed and painted by artist Brenda Leigh, is a focal point for reflection and self-education. Donations to the center by the community in honor of loved ones are accepted by the Library Foundation of Martin County.

Since 2004 the Avenue D Choir has nurtured the souls and minds of young members of St. Lucie County to ensure bright futures for the leaders of tomorrow.

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


 
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Feb 4, 2015FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF STUART PRESENTS “DATE NIGHT” ~ OFFERS FREE CHILD CARE ON VALENTINE’S DAY EVENING ~
The First Presbyterian Church of Stuart will offer free child care on the evening of Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), giving parents the opportunity for a “Date Night” and the children a fun time as well.

“Date Night” child care will be offered to children and youth between the ages of three and 13 from 5-8pm on Feb. 14. A pizza dinner will be provided and the program will include games and crafts. The event is organized and supervised by adults on the Christian Education Committee at First Presbyterian Church of Stuart.

Pre-registration is required and the deadline to submit the registration form is Wednesday, Feb. 11. The form can be found on the church website at www.stuartpres.org (link is in the headline banner) or directly by clicking here. Registration forms are also available at the church.

First Presbyterian Church of Stuart is located at 1715 NW Pine Lake Drive, Stuart, FL 34994 (in the neighborhood of North River Shores). For more information, please call the church office at (772) 692-0500.


 
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Feb 4, 2015AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RECRUTING COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER 5K WALK
Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of the millions of men and women who have been affected by breast cancer? Now is your chance! The American Cancer Society is recruiting committee members for the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Martin County 5K Walk presented by Carl’s Buick-GMC. The Committee Rally will take place on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Robert and Carol Weissman Cancer Center at Martin Health System, 501 SE Osceloa St., Stuart.

Committee leaders headed by returning Event Chair, Dr. Denise Sanderson, will be on hand to discuss their needs for the upcoming Walk and the many ways that community members can get involved. Current committees available for your involvement: Team Development, Sponsorship, Survivor, Logistics, Publicity, and Mission/Advocacy.

The 2015 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is scheduled for October 17, 2015 at Memorial Park in downtown Stuart. Thousands of Martin County residents, breast cancer survivors, businesses, and community members are anticipated to join the annual, non-competitive 5K walk. There is no cost to participate; participants are just encouraged to raise funds and celebrate life. Last year, the Martin County Making Strides event engaged 159 teams, raised over $150,000, and saw 3,000 walkers!

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk supports the American Cancer Society’s mission to fight cancer on all four fronts: research, education, advocacy and patient services. Since 1972, it has invested nearly $323 million in breast cancer research grants, more than any other voluntary public health organization, which has resulted in many of today’s breast cancer treatments.

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program funds breast cancer research, provides up-to-date breast cancer information, ensures everyone has access to breast cancer screening and treatments, provides services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families, and educates men and women about the importance of early detection and prevention.


For more information or to sign up for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in the Martin County area, please call Sharon Horton at 561.650.0136 or visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/martinfl

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.


 
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Feb 4, 2015Poster Contest Effective in Youth Alcohol Prevention
Results of the 2014 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey indicate a significant decline in alcohol use among Martin County middle and high school students. The first survey, administered in 2000, showed that Martin County students had the highest rate of alcohol use in the state. A comprehensive prevention plan was implemented that included targeted programming led by local non-profit Tykes & Teens, as funded by The Children’s Services Council of Martin County.
The survey showed that use of alcohol among Martin County middle school students dropped from 21 percent in 2004 to only 7 percent in 2014. The Project Northland prevention curriculum, which is implemented by Tykes & Teens in all middle schools, seeks to delay first use of alcohol and likely contributed significantly to the reduction.
One of the most effective ways to prevent underage drinking is to encourage youth to research the dangerous effects of alcohol use on the teen brain, and to involve them in educating others. The Project Northland Poster Contest does both.
Tykes and Teens Prevention Services in partnership with Comprehensive Offender Rehabilitation & Education (CORE), the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the Children’s Services Council of Martin County, and Martin County Schools will host the 6th annual Project Northland poster contest at the Martin County Fairgrounds during the week of February 13th through the 21st. The posters will be located in Building C-F.
As part of the curriculum, 6th grade students work in groups to create posters to help educate and empower their peers to make healthy choices and avoid tragedies surrounding the issue of underage drinking. The top four winners from each middle school are entered into the community wide poster contest at the Martin County Fair, and the public is asked to vote for the top 4 posters for the county.
Winners of the Martin County Fair contest receive prizes from local businesses that support alcohol and drug free youth in Martin County. The winning posters are then showcased at the Tykes & Teens tent during the annual Downtown Stuart ArtsFest to be held March 28th & 29th.
Community involvement is paramount to delaying first use of alcohol, therefore the public is encouraged to stop by the Tykes & Teens booth in Building F at the Martin County Fair to show support and cast your vote. For more information, or to volunteer at the fair, contact Tykes & Teens Prevention Coordinator Dot Brooking at 772-342-6644.


 
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Feb 4, 2015Thriving with Age Diversity in Your Organization
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Age in the workplace.pdf
 
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Feb 4, 2015Spectrum Junior/Senior School Kicks off their Learning to be GREEN program

Cross-curricular based learning program which includes the Six Pillars of Character
Stuart, Fla. (January 30, 2015) – The basketball court and surrounding field were the scene of a flurry of activity at Spectrum Junior/Senior School on Wednesday, January 14, when students and staff gathered to create a garden. The event was the kickoff of their Learning to be GREEN program, a cross-curricular based learning program that bridges the gap between textbook and hands-on learning. The lesson began in the classroom when science teacher Mr. Sweazey prepped the students by teaching them how to effectively obtain the “neutral solution” to find and maintain the perfect pH balance of the soil and math teacher Mr. Wolfe prepped the students by teaching them how to measure the volume of the soil that will be used for the plants they were about to grow. The students then ventured outside to get their hands dirty. Each student was provided their own 5–gallon gardening bucket and was instructed through 14-steps on how to prepare their buckets with items such as soil, fertilizer, the correct ratio of water, their own nametag, and finally their plant. Through the next several months, each student will cultivate their individual plants to create a sustainable community garden.
This program is not just about helping to beautify Spectrum School, improve morale, and increase school pride. The students are introduced to various skills that will allow for individuality, creativity, and provide them with learning experiences that will help them academically and vocationally. “We call Spectrum Martin County’s best kept secret,” bragged School Principal Janice Mills. “The Learning to be GREEN program is a unique program where we can work within a school curriculum, help our students learn new skills, and also build character and independence,” Mills added. Part of the character building component of the program was made possible through grants obtained through the United Way of Martin County’s Character Counts! as well as the University of Florida Extension education service. Character Counts! banners hang proudly in the courtyard among the budding garden buckets. Students will not only benefit from the hands-on and academic experience of Learning to be GREEN, but the Character Counts! Six Pillars of Character; Trustworthiness, Fairness, Respect, Caring, Responsibility and Citizenship, will also be introduced and emphasized. “This program incorporates layers of teachings about self-improvement. From responsibility of caring for their own plant, accountability if the plant suffers, self-sufficiency by learning to grow their own food, even maintaining one’s health is tied into this project,” said Fred Burkey, head of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program with the UF Extension education service. “People can grow things in containers no matter where they live. This program teaches kids where their food is coming from. Some students I’ve encountered don’t even know what a tomato plant looks like. It’s important to teach the younger generations how to be self-sustaining and learn from that experience.”


 
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Feb 4, 2015Efforts to protect our Florida reefs highlighted in MCTV's newly launched environmental show


Your Environment covers local and regional environmental topics that affect us all. It is produced by Martin County Television (MCTV).

In this newest edition of Your Environment we explain Martin County's commitment to our offshore coral reefs, the importance of clean water in the estuary and how it's all connected.



Watch MCTV's Your Environment February 2015 edition highlighting effort to protect our Florida reefs.

Your Environment airs Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00 A.M., Wednesdays at 8:00 P.M., and Saturdays at 11:00 A.M. MCTV is on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streaming live at www.martin.fl.us. It is also available on Martin County's YouTube Channel at http://youtu.be/reqQ2VcbbNo.



 
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Feb 3, 2015Newsletter from Gayle Harrell
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Comm Week 1.pdf
 
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Feb 3, 2015Waterblasting Technologies of Stuart receives gift of appreciation from The ARC of Martin County
No one appreciates their event sponsors more than The ARC of Martin County does, and a recent presentation proved that. Waterblasting Technologies of Stuart was a sponsor of the annual Swinging Fore the ARC Golf Tournament and as a thank you, they were presented with a commemorative flag signed by PGA golf legends Nancy Lopez and Val Skinner, who took part in the event. Shown accepting the flag are Heidi Riley, Rick Schneider, Robert Stansifer, David Gomez, James Crocker and Rebecca Badger.



 
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Feb 3, 2015County Connection: Experience the beauty of classical piano, "go red" for women and get your taxes done for free
Martin County public transit survey

We are creating a new look! Martin County Public Transit (MCPT) would like your opinion on our vehicle color, design, and logo. Our survey will run from February 1 through February 28. Surveys are available from any MCPT bus driver and at the County Administration Building.


Growth Management offices closed

The Growth Management Department offices located at the Martin County Administrative Center at 2401 SE Monterey Road will be closed all day on Friday, February 6. The entire staff will be participating in training off-site. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, February 9.


Tech events at the idea lab

We love tech at the Cummings Library idea lab! Come to one of our events this February so you can, too! Learn about password management, Skype, and smartphone photography. "Bring Your Own Device" is back, too! Sign up by calling 288-2551 or visit the Events Calendar on our webpage


Drawing for adults

If you have always wanted to learn how to draw, but were afraid to try, this is the class for you! In this series of four workshops, artist Brenda Leigh will teach cumulative drawing skills. Registration is required. Class begins on February 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Morgade Library.


Parks & Rec to host job fair at Indian RiverSide Park

With the fourth season of Sailfish Splash Waterpark fast approaching and the initiative to enhance the Martin County Golf Course, the Martin County Department of Parks & Recreation needs to fill dozens of seasonal, part time jobs, and a number of full time positions.


Sailfish Splash opening day!

Mark your calendars! Sailfish Splash Waterpark will be open for Spring Break March 14-22. Following Spring Break, the waterpark will be open weekends only through May 31. Regular, 7-day-a-week operation begins on June 3. See you soon!


Planning your parks

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is urging residents to wear red on Friday, February 6 to raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. In addition, free blood pressure checks will be provided that day at the Elisabeth Lahti Library.


Free rapid HIV testing available

In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Florida Department of Health is offering a series of free rapid HIV testing events during the month of February. No appointment is needed and results are available in 15 minutes. All residents, 18 years or older can participate.


Preparing for all disasters

When thinking about disasters that may impact Martin County hurricanes are foremost in our minds. But did you know that Martin County is vulnerable to twenty three potential disaster threats? We may face disasters like flooding, infectious diseases, wildfires, and more.


Get your taxes done for free!

It's tax time! Starting February 2, have your taxes done for FREE at United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. Call 772-283-4800 between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm to see if you qualify and schedule an appointment. For details, please visit www.unitedwaymartincounty.org.


Teen substance abuse cut in half!

The Children's Services Council of Martin County congratulates local teens for staying sober and creating a foundation for success, based on the latest data released from the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey. Since the survey began, teen drug and alcohol use in Martin County has dropped more than in half, thanks to targeted funding and the collective impact of many local agencies. Learn more about this success in the From the Heart newsletter at www.cscmc.org.


Road closure information

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


 
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Feb 3, 2015SE PETTWAY STREET / SE GOMEZ AVENUE ROAD CLOSURES
Beginning Tuesday, February 10th 2015, Florida Power & Light's contractor, Pike Electric, will be installing new concrete poles along the south side of SE Pettway Street and along the east side of SE Gomez Avenue. This work will require complete closure of SE Pettway Street between SE Williams Drive and CR-A1A (SE Dixie Highway) and SE Gomez Avenue between SE Mangrove Street and SE Sable Street. Pike Electric will begin with the poles along SE Pettway Street and will move to SE Gomez Avenue when the poles along SE Pettway Street are complete so that the roads will not be closed at the same time.
To minimize the disruption of traffic, the closures are only permitted between 9:00am and 3:30pm. All work is anticipated to be complete on Thursday, February 12th. As further precaution, motorists will not be permitted to park along either side of SE Pettway Street or SE Gomez Avenue from February 9th through February 13th. Detour routes will be properly signed. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use caution and to expect delays in this area.


 
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Feb 3, 2015Ground swell of good vibes forecast for Stuart Single Fin Showdown
Waves can travel thousands of miles across the ocean before breaking onshore. A variety of factors control how waves break, but ultimately, a swell is only as good as the energy behind it.

On Saturday, March 21 a ground swell of good vibes is forecast for Stuart Beach, just in time for the 7th Annual Stuart Single Fin Showdown Surf and Skim Festival presented by Ohana Surf Shop and shore lb.

For the past six years, the Stuart Single Fin Showdown has produced a solid ground swell of support for United Way of Martin County and helped build awareness of the community’s most critical needs, while raising more than $30,000 to create long-lasting solutions to these issues.

The Stuart Single Fin Showdown has also raised more than $8,000 for Team Brooke, a charity created for Brooke Thabit, a member of the Ohana Surf Shop family and former Single Fin Showdown competitor who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in 2012. The accident left Thabit paralyzed from the chest down and funds raised help cover the cost of her rehabilitation.

What started in 2009 with a small group of surfers riding vintage single fin surfboards for bragging rights has now evolved into the largest, one-day surf and skim festival in Florida, attracting nearly 200 competitors and thousands of spectators annually. Although success has seemingly come easy, organizers continue to put in countless hours of work behind the scenes to accomplish their goals of creating awareness and raising funds for the two worthwhile charities.

“When we started we really had no idea how people would react or if anyone would sign up,” said Jordan Schwartz, contest director and owner of Ohana Surf Shop in Stuart. “The first year was small, but those who were part of it appreciated the ‘just for fun’ atmosphere that we were trying to create. It gets better each year and the best part is we continue to raise money for charity through surfing.”

What makes the Stuart Single Fin Showdown unique is that competitors must ride vintage single fin surfboards that are selected at random minutes before each heat begins. The challenge is to then ride their chosen single fin well enough and advance onto the next round of competition. At the end of the day, division champions are rewarded with a one-of-a-kind Single Fin Showdown embroidered sports coat and a prize pack loaded with surf related gear.

Although the entire event revolves around the Single Fin division, other divisions include: Longboard, Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Invitational and the Skim Pro/Am. Competitors are welcome to compete in one or more division, but additional fees apply. Entry for Single Fin and Longboard is $40 before Feb. 21 and $55 after; $100 for SUP; and $25 for Amateur Skim, $50 for Pro Skim.

The 7th Annual Stuart Single Fin Showdown begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 21 and takes place at the south end of Stuart Beach, 889 N.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart. This year’s festivities also include an event
pre-party at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Terra Fermatta Tiki Bar, 26 S.E. 6th Street, Stuart, which includes live performances by The Ohana Band and The Ellameno Beat.

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



 
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Feb 3, 2015Portion of Jensen Public Beach Park temporarily closed February 5 to facilitate lifeguard tower replacement
Jensen Public Beach Park will have some parking and access impacts due to the replacement of an aged lifeguard tower on Thursday, February 5. Activity will begin in the morning and conclude around mid-afternoon. Beach access will be temporarily blocked at access number 5, directly east of the roundabout. This temporary closure will assure the heavy equipment needed for the project will operate safely. The general area of the concession stand will also be temporarily closed to assure area safety. The extreme north, middle and south entrances of Jensen Public Beach Park will remain open for public access. Other beach walkovers in the area will remain open as well.

 
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Feb 3, 2015The Ripple Effect - January 2015


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Feb 3, 2015Obtain a Personal Trainer Certification - Register Today!




Personal Training Certification








This certification course prepares students to practice as a professional Personal Fitness Trainer. The course includes 16 hours of classroom learning, 16 hours of practical training and 4 hours of testing. Topics include anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing and health assessment,
nutrition, exercise prescription, equipment usage, special populations, legal and safety issues.

Course Prerequisites:
• High School Diploma/GED
Certification Prerequisites: (Students have 12 months after training is over to complete their internship and obtain CPR/AED certification)
• Successful completion of written and practical exams
• CPR/AED Training (Click here to see when IRSC offers this training)
• 30-hour internship(Students will receive a list of approved internship locations. It is the student's responsibility to set up their 30-hour internship at an approved facility)
Objectives: To provide students with the most current, foundational knowledge, training and competency testing to certify them to practice as professional certified fitness trainers.

Date(s): Sat., Feb. 28 - May 2 @ IRSC Main Campus | 9:00am - 2:00pm
Investment: $699

Click here for more info & to register today! http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=8954701732&seg=1






 
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Feb 3, 2015Ground swell of good vibes forecast for Stuart Single Fin Showdown


Waves can travel thousands of miles across the ocean before breaking onshore. A variety of factors control how waves break, but ultimately, a swell is only as good as the energy behind it.

On Saturday, March 21 a ground swell of good vibes is forecast for Stuart Beach, just in time for the 7th Annual Stuart Single Fin Showdown Surf and Skim Festival presented by Ohana Surf Shop and shore lb.

For the past six years, the Stuart Single Fin Showdown has produced a solid ground swell of support for United Way of Martin County and helped build awareness of the community’s most critical needs, while raising more than $30,000 to create long-lasting solutions to these issues.

The Stuart Single Fin Showdown has also raised more than $8,000 for Team Brooke, a charity created for Brooke Thabit, a member of the Ohana Surf Shop family and former Single Fin Showdown competitor who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in 2012. The accident left Thabit paralyzed from the chest down and funds raised help cover the cost of her rehabilitation.

What started in 2009 with a small group of surfers riding vintage single fin surfboards for bragging rights has now evolved into the largest, one-day surf and skim festival in Florida, attracting nearly 200 competitors and thousands of spectators annually. Although success has seemingly come easy, organizers continue to put in countless hours of work behind the scenes to accomplish their goals of creating awareness and raising funds for the two worthwhile charities.

“When we started we really had no idea how people would react or if anyone would sign up,” said Jordan Schwartz, contest director and owner of Ohana Surf Shop in Stuart. “The first year was small, but those who were part of it appreciated the ‘just for fun’ atmosphere that we were trying to create. It gets better each year and the best part is we continue to raise money for charity through surfing.”

What makes the Stuart Single Fin Showdown unique is that competitors must ride vintage single fin surfboards that are selected at random minutes before each heat begins. The challenge is to then ride their chosen single fin well enough and advance onto the next round of competition. At the end of the day, division champions are rewarded with a one-of-a-kind Single Fin Showdown embroidered sports coat and a prize pack loaded with surf related gear.

Although the entire event revolves around the Single Fin division, other divisions include: Longboard, Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Invitational and the Skim Pro/Am. Competitors are welcome to compete in one or more division, but additional fees apply. Entry for Single Fin and Longboard is $40 before Feb. 21 and $55 after; $100 for SUP; and $25 for Amateur Skim, $50 for Pro Skim.

The 7th Annual Stuart Single Fin Showdown begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 21 and takes place at the south end of Stuart Beach, 889 N.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart. This year’s festivities also include an event
pre-party at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Terra Fermatta Tiki Bar, 26 S.E. 6th Street, Stuart, which includes live performances by The Ohana Band and The Ellameno Beat.

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


 
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Feb 2, 2015January 2015 E-Newsletter: Youth of the Year is February 10!
2015 YOUTH OF THE YEAR TO BE ANNOUNCED FEBRUARY 10!

BGCMC has selected its five candidates--representing each of our five Club branches--who will compete to the Clubs' 2015 Youth of the Year.

YOY is Boys & Girls' Club premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club; community and family; academic success, a strong moral character, life goals; healthy lifestyles; and poise and public speaking ability.

This year's nominees are:
• Cassandra Davilmar, Palm City, 17
• Bridget Duignan, Port Salerno, 16
• Adrian Mendez, Indiantown, 16
• Arius Onassis, Hobe Sound, 17
• Elijah Vance (pictured above), East Stuart, 16
In front of a packed house of family members, fellow Club members and Club staff, board members and supporters, and a distinguished panel of judges, we'll announce the winner at a public event on February 10 that begins at 6 pm on the Stuart campus of Indian River State College. All are welcome to this free event but we ask you to RSVP.

To register and learn more about the nominees, please visit our Web site.


MLK DAY OF SERVICE HELD

Nearly 40 teens from all five Club branches participated in a MLK Day of Service earlier this month to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"It was a wonderful opportunity for teens to not only give back, but build friendships with teens from the other Clubs," said Sheila Carpenter-Perry, Branch Director at the Port Salerno Club.

The day-long project began with a neighborhood clean up in the community surrounding our John & Marge Bolton branch in Port Salerno. A special thank you to Sheriff Snyder and his staff for helping organize the cleanup, securing the areas the teens walked in, generating publicity and inviting residents to participate, and donating the bags used to collect the trash.

After a lunch sponsored by the Sheriff's Office, the teens reconvened to perform speeches, skits, dances, and short plays that reflected their interpretations of Dr. King's famous August 28, 1963 "I Have a Dream Speech." Themes in the performances emphasized inclusiveness, harmony, and building stronger communities.

"The teens were so thoughtful and truly gained an understanding of what Dr. King meant to America," said Sheila.

Thank you, teens and Dr. King, for continuing to inspire us. As Jim Clark, President & CEO of BGCA, so eloquently pondered: "What better way to to honor Dr. King's vision of harnessing the power of volunteerism and service to change communities?"



HEALTHY HABITS EVERY DAY!

At BGCMC, our Healthy Lifestyles programming emphasizes good nutrition, teaches youth to resist drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and encourages members to get regular physical activity.

One of our key Healthy Habits programs is Triple Play and this school year, we have instituted the Triple Play Daily Challenge to ensure children are not just exercising, but doing so every day!

The Triple Play Daily Challenge is organized specifically to elevate Clubs' physical activities to a higher level by coordinating sports and fitness programs, activities, and sports competitions for all boys and girls, whether they are athletically inclined or not. Challenges include the 40-yard dash, wall squats, the agility shuttle, and push-up power. Here at BGCMC, Club youth of every age have the opportunity to have fun playing longer and harder at a variety of games.

In the national news, we've all read about a childhood obesity epidemic. In Martin County, there too are alarmingly high numbers of children who are obese or overweight, according to Body Mass Index data compiled by the Martin County Health Department. The latest data found that the obesity/overweight rates in Martin County were: 28% for 1st graders, 34% for 3rd graders, and 35% for 6th graders. In Indiantown, however, the rate for 6th graders surges to 65%.



ASTRONAUT & NAVY CAPTAIN IS 2015 DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

BGCMC invites the community to hear Captain Winston E. Scott, a retired Astronaut, US Navy Captain, and former Boys Club member in Miami, at the 2015 Distinguished Speakers Luncheon to benefit BGCMC.

After an honorable tenure in the United States Navy, Captain Scott began his NASA career, reporting to the Johnson Space Center in 1992. Please click here to learn more about Captain Scott's extraordinary life.

Serving as a mission specialist, he ultimately logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including three spacewalks that amounted to 19 hours and 26 minutes.

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



INDIANTOWN CLUB MEMBERS LEARN LOCAL HISTORY, PHOTOGRAPHY

As part of our Youth for Unity program funded by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, members from our Bill & Barbara Whitman branch in Indiantown enjoyed a very special trip earlier this month to the historic Seminole Inn in Indiantown. They were so captivated by the stories and hospitality of their guide, Innkeeper Jonnie Flewelling, who shared so much about the early history of Indiantown, the Seminole Indians, and what life was like here when her mother Iris Wall was growing up here in the early 1900s.

They enjoyed cookies and lemonade while sitting with Ms. Jonnie in the Dining Room and learning about what life was like for black people, white people, and the Seminole Indians. According to Ms. Jonnie, it didn't matter what color your skin was, everyone was poor.

The Inn tour also included an amazing pictorial history of the Seminole Indians painted on the upstairs walls by a local artist. The members also enjoyed touring the gardens with professional photographer Kevin Boldenow, who has photographed Indiantown extensively and is teaching Youth for Unity participants about local history and cultural diversity through the eyes of a photographer.





 
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Feb 2, 2015Martin County Boy's Lacrosse advertising opportunities
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LaCrosse banner and adver
 
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Feb 2, 2015Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing seeks public input for new tourism branding
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing has announced the dates for an upcoming series of Branding Workshops. The purpose of these workshops is to give the public an opportunity to express their views on the Martin County tourism brand as we work on a comprehensive and cohesive strategy to develop a compelling identity for Martin County.

This is an opportunity for all members of the public to participate in an open discussion about the components that should be considered in the brand development process. These insights, recommendations, and feedback are important as we start to move forward with the branding process for local tourism. Your input will help develop a strong, "own-able" brand position for tourism in Martin County.

The workshops are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, February 3 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Jensen Beach Community Center
1912 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach

Tuesday, February 3 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Jensen Beach Community Center
1912 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach

Wednesday, February 4th from 2:30 - 4:30 PM
Port Salerno Civic Center
4950 Anchor Ave., Stuart

Wednesday, February 4th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Port Salerno Civic Center
4950 Anchor Ave., Stuart

The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing strives to work as a proactive, effective, and efficient division within the County organization. The Office creates collateral materials, programs of services, and promotions that inspire travelers to visit Martin County. This mission is accomplished by promoting and showcasing the unique values, heritage, culture, and natural beauty of Martin County. The Office is focused on working with the Tourist Development Council, as well as internal and external stakeholders to increase the economic impact of tourism on the area. For more information, please contact the Office of Tourism and Marketing at 772-288-5445 or email nokiye@martin.fl.us.


 
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Feb 2, 2015MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HEAD START OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR
Martin County School District Parents will be able to apply for the Martin County School District’s 2015-2016 Head Start Program during Open Enrollment, which will be held during the months of January and February 2015. To register, parents should schedule an appointment at the following locations:

HEAD START OPEN ENROLLMENT

Perkins Early Childhood Center Salerno Learning Center
16868 SW Palm Beach Street 3400 SE Lionel Terrace
Indiantown Stuart
(772) 597-2685, Ext. 105, 112, or 113 (772) 219-1610, Option #2, Ext. 259

Stuart Learning Center Salerno School House
1050 East 10th Street 3940 SE Salerno Road
Stuart Stuart
(772) 219-1580, Option #2, Ext. 182 (772) 219-1893, Ext. 110 or 112

Head Start is a federally funded program targeting 3 and 4 year-old children from low income families in Martin County. Families who have children with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Children enrolled in the Martin County School District Head Start Program follow the K-12 school calendar and are provided full day, quality learning experiences and instruction. The focus is on school readiness. There is limited enrollment space, so parents are encouraged to apply early.

To register, parents will need to bring:
• Birth Certificate (Must be at least 3 years old by September 1, 2015)
• Proof of residency (FPL or cable bill from Jan. or Feb. 2015)
• Proof of all household income for 2014 (Examples include: W-2, 1040, TANF, SSI, Alimony and Child Support)
• Proof of documented disability (If Applicable)


 
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Feb 2, 2015Take survey, help create new look for Martin County Transit buses!
Martin County Public Transit (MCPT) is creating a new look for its fixed route buses!

As MCPT continues to grow so is the desire to create a distinctive look with a new system name, color scheme and design for the Transit's fixed route buses. MCPT is seeking the community's opinion with making these choices.

MCPT has printed brochures with survey details and has distributed the brochures at various locations around the County, including libraries. Brochures are also available in the lobby of the County Administration Center located at 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart. Completed surveys may be dropped off at this location at the Information Desk. Brochures may also be picked up from and dropped off to any MCPT bus operator.

The survey is live now until February 28, 2015.

For added convenience the survey is available online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GY5XFFH
or https://www.facebook.com/MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners.


 
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