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Sep 2, 2014Clubs' early literacy program named top overall in Florida!
Be READy named top program in Florida!

BGCMC recently received the top overall Boys & Girls Club program in the state by the Florida Area Council for its Be READy program, an early literacy initiative that we created in 2012.

The Be READy ("Reading Enrichment & Achievement for Dedicated Youth") program, funded by the John & Jane Pratt fund at the Martin County Community Foundation as well as other supporters, targets the Clubs' youngest members (K-3) who demonstrate the most need for small group, twice-weekly tutoring from certified teachers held on site at the Clubs.

"Research shows that if children are not proficient readers by the end of third grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of high school," said Anne McCormick, BGCMC's Chief Executive Officer. "We are very proud of our success these past two years and are so grateful to those supporters that enable us to offer this program at no charge to Martin County children and their families who need us most."


The award was presented to Ms. McCormick and the organization at the Florida Area Council's meeting that was held August 21-23 in Orlando. The Florida Area Council represents 41 Boys & Girls Club organizations located in 55 of Florida's 67 Counties from Key West to Pensacola.

Be READy began as a pilot program in fall 2012 with two Club branches participating (and later expanded to all five Clubs in 2013, tripling the number of participants). It was developed in collaboration with a number of state and local reading and education experts, most notably Tina McSoley from the Stuart-based All About Achieving Learning Centers.

Participating Club members are grouped according to their specific skill deficits, ensuring children enjoy a customized learning experience. Skills that are addressed in the Be READy program include main idea, cause & effect, compare & contrast, sequencing, sight words, fluency, inference, and author's purpose.


During the 2013-2014 school year, 93% of 107 Club Members in grades K-3 who participated in the program improved their reading scores. Further, 86% met or exceeded the individual reading goals established for them at the program's commencement.

The 2014-2015 Be READy program will begin in October. For more information on the program, please contact Stephanie Redditt, our Education Director, at 772.545.1255.

Goal!


And a congratulations to our staff at the Bill & Barbara Whitman branch in Indiantown for receiving the 2014 Core Service Program Award for its Soccer 2 Educate program!

At our Indiantown branch, Soccer 2 Educate was run by Paul Gibbons in collaboration with our Indiantown program staff. Coach Gibbons launched the program in Botswana and then brought it to Florida after a successful run in southern Africa.

The program's curriculum utilized a holistic approach. We strove to impact Club members by organizing soccer activities on the playing field and also teach to them, in a classroom setting, a wide variety of lessons from such fields as health, nutrition, geography, geology, math, geometry, conservation, history, languages, and literacy.

Drills, scrimmages, and matches were played on our soccer field at the Club. Team names were based on animals from different countries which were discussed in more detail both on
the field and in the classroom. And building a stronger sense of diversity and understanding of different cultures was a focus in the classroom component of the program.

"What I like about soccer with Coach Gibo is having practice shots and the World Cup. The practices helped me with my soccer skills. Second, I liked talking and learning about the World Cup, which inspired me to play better soccer and learn about different cultures." -- Shaswan Perez


Family literacy night makes reading fun!


Parents, grandparents and guardians recently joined their children for Family Literacy Night at our Hobe Sound, East Stuart, Port Salerno and Indiantown branches as part of BGCMC's ongoing commitment to literacy. There was plenty of food, fun and laughter as Florida certified teachers led our youngest members (age 6-9) and their families through a series of interactive lessons and helpful tips designed to make reading a fun and enjoyable part of family time outside of the Club.

"We believe that literacy is an essential building block for each child's future," said Stephanie Redditt, BGCMC's Education Director. "First, kids learn to read. Then, for the rest of their lives they read to learn."

This summer, BGCMC joined other afterschool programs in a county-wide early literacy initiative to address Summer Slide or Summer Learning Loss, a condition in which some children can lose up to two months' worth of the reading skills over the summer that they learned the previous school year. To prevent Summer Learning Loss, our Club members going into grades K-3 completed at least 25 hours of independent reading, plus another 25 hours that included small group work with a certified teacher plus an introduction to Stride Academy, an on-line learning solution designed to help accelerate the academic achievement of each member. The initiative was funded by
the Children's Services Council of Martin County, the United Way of Martin County, the Martin County Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

Hospice training helps Indiantown members learn healthy coping skills

We all deal with stress and loss in life, whether it's the passing of a loved one, conflicts with family or friends, or even something positive, like the start of a new school year.

Club members of all ages at our Bill & Barbara Whitman branch in Indiantown learned positive coping skills and healthy ways to express feelings through a special training provided by counselors from Treasure Coast Hospice Counseling & Support Services.

During a teen activity, members learned that talking about their feelings is one way to reduce the "weight" of pressures that they might be carrying. To illustrate, they were given rocks and asked to write on the rocks whatever causes them to feel stress or worry. Then they had to balance those rocks on their shoulders until they shared their feelings with someone they trust.

Teen member Zhianna Davis, 13, said, "The rocks helped us see how heavy our stress is, and that we can feel better by talking it out."



Counselors also taught other ways of relieving feelings of stress, like squeezing a "stress ball" or blowing bubbles (taking a deep breath and exhaling slowly), which is especially helpful with younger members.

Members and families who are experiencing the serious illness or death of a loved one are able to receive free counseling support services from Treasure Coast Hospice. Please contact the Branch or Program Director at any BGCMC club location for more details.

It's still hurricane season!
Members learn how to stay safe
& help others

Club members going into grades 3-5 this school year received valuable disaster preparedness training this summer through The Pillowcase Project, funded by The Walt Disney Company and delivered by teen volunteers from the American Red Cross.



The Pillowcase Project teaches kids to identify the best ways to stay safe, stay calm and act as advocates in their families and communities during whatever emergencies are most likely to occur in their region. Each child received a pre-designed pillowcase to color and keep that lists some important items to have on hand in the event of a natural disaster, like a hurricane.

According to Alex Soares, BGCMC's operations director, safety is BGCMC's top priority. In addition to partnering with the community on many training sessions, like the American Red Cross Pillowcase Project, each Club member participates in age-appropriate educational programs like Street Smart and Smart

Moves that teach kids how to stay safe at home, in school, in their communities and online. In addition to that, we dedicate several weeks per year to intensive staff training that includes emergency management, Club safety, and specialized train-the-trainer sessions like bullying prevention and cyber safety.


Our Impact

According to BGCMC Club Members

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

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

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

92% have abstained from alcohol

92% have abstained from tobacco use

According to Club Parents

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

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

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

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

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

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





Awards

Throughout our 23-year history, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County have received numerous national, state, and local awards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013: Spirit Award, United Way of Martin County

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

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

2014: Top overall program, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Florida Area Council

2014: Honor Award for Program Excellence (Sports & Recreation), Boys & Girls Clubs of America Florida Area Council




 
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Sep 2, 2014TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK
TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK AND NATIONAL NETWORK
UNITING TO RAISE HUNGER AWARENESS DURING
SEPTEMBER’S HUNGER ACTION MONTH™

The Treasure Coast Turns OrangeTM to Solve Hunger

Ft. Pierce, FL - Hunger advocates from the Treasure Coast and across the country will be kicking off Hunger Action Month by wearing orange (the symbolic color of hunger) on Thursday, September 4 in an effort to raise awareness about the 49 million people in the United States who struggle with hunger. It's just one of the many awareness events taking place throughout September in recognition of Feeding America's Hunger Action Month beginning on Monday, September 1, Treasure Coast Food Bank, along with other food banks in the Feeding America network, will kick off the Hunger Action Month campaign by holding events and awareness efforts throughout the country to inspire people to take action to help the millions of people across the country who are food insecure.

“The hungry people in our community are our neighbors, our children, our grandparents, our war heroes,” Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz said. “Not only do we want to make everyone aware during Hunger Action Month, we want people to take action,” she said.

Here in our region, which includes Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties; 16% percent of the population struggles with hunger, including nearly 35,000 children.

Local Ways Community Members Can Get Involved:
• Download the Hunger Action Month calendar at www.stophunger.org for a month’s worth of ideas to fight hunger
• Wear orange and encourage others to do the same on September 4th, Hunger Action Day and throughout the month of September
• Light up homes, businesses or landmarks with orange lights
• Host traditional food drives or participate in the Great Treasure Coast Virtual Food Drive where each dollar buys 7 meals through the food bank’s wholesale purchasing power
• Join the social movement to end hunger. Like the Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Facebook page or follow TCFB on twitter. Post selfies wearing orange. Include Hunger Action Month hashtags in tweets and on instagram: #Fightinghungerface, #HAMTreasurecoast and #HungerAction. Turn social media profiles orange
• Take the Food for Thought Tour at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s distribution facility on Sept. 26
• Volunteer to sort food at the food bank

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

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, community kitchens, and emergency shelters across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.


 
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Sep 2, 2014First Presbyterian of Port St Lucie Announces Free After School Fun
First Presbyterian Church of Port St. Lucie would like to welcome students, Kindergarten thru the 6th grade to attend their after school, M & M Club Program. The cost to attend is free.

The group meets every Wednesday from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm at 2240 S.E. Walton Road, Port St. Lucie, FL.

Free dinner, fun, music, and help with homework is included. If you’re late don’t worry! Dinner will be served following the fun! The parents are also invited, should they decide to come early.

For more information, call 772-335-8900.


 
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Sep 2, 2014Treasure Coast’s Largest Market Venue – Vero’s World Bazaar and Antique Mall Celebrates Their Grand Opening
) It’s no secret, the South Vero Beach area has long been a place where businesses struggle to attract attention and clientele. In hopes to reviving this part of town, the owners of Ynot Bistro put their creative minds in action, thought outside the box, and opened an exclusive venue that would set them apart – Vero’s World Bazaar and Antique Mall.

Unlike any retail stores, antique malls, and other second hand sources; this is an exciting, unique treasure hunt for shoppers. Whether you’re buying antiques, collectibles, new or used items, or just looking for a great bargain, their friendly staff and vendors will be more than happy to assist you.


The Mall, also known as the Treasure Coast’s Largest Market Venue is scheduled for a grand opening on September 6th, from 10 am – 6 pm, featuring live music, karaoke, food, refreshments, car show, estate sale, and more.

"Indian River County is an exceptional community. We've been getting so much support from the locals that we wanted to bring people here to see not only what we have to offer, but to see all the new businesses as well," said Debra Coburn, Mall Manager.


"I’m looking forward to a great season where customers can shop for everything in one convenient location,” Coburn continued.

Booths are filling up fast. Be sure to ask about grand opening day specials in addition to other amenities.

Vero’s World Bazaar and Antique Mall invites all to come and see their wares!! You don’t want to miss this!! Visit them at www.verobazaar.com for more information or call 772-226-5920.



 
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Sep 2, 2014Today's Vehicle Fee Rollback Saves Floridians Millions


Starting today, Floridians will save millions on vehicle fees with lower rates.
The move, part of Governor Scott’s $500 Million “It’s Your Money” Tax Tour from earlier this year, eliminates a 2009 increase in motorist fees that were approved when Charlie Crist was Governor.
“Without a tax or fee increase since Charlie Crist left office, Florida has added more than 620,300 private-sector jobs, returned to our AAA bond rating, reduced the state’s debt and increased the reserves to over $3.1 billion,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “Thanks to Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature, Florida’s job creators can teach America an important lesson in economics and free enterprise.”
Florida’s 18 million registered vehicles, which include vehicles operated by businesses, will see a savings. This includes:
• 13 million cars and trucks – many of which are used by small businesses, and
• 2.6 million fleet vehicles.
Most motorists will receive a $25 fee reduction.
The Florida Chamber believes in a simple, fair and globally competitive tax structure. Further, we believe that Florida can and should do better by establishing a smarter tax structure that will help put money back into the hands of taxpayers.


 
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Aug 29, 2014eBulletin (August 29, 2014)
HBOI Scientists Discover Coral Populations at Pulley Ridge

FAU Harbor Branch scientists Dr. Dennis Hanisak (Chief Scientist), John Reed, Stephanie Farrington, along with videographer Brian Cousin are returning from a 15-day cruise to Pulley Ridge and the Dry Tortugas area in the Gulf of Mexico. This cruse continues the work that began on previous cruises in 2012 and 2013 and is part of a large collaborative project led by the University of Miami (UM) involving more than 30 scientists from 10 different universities. The goal of this research is to investigate how the deep coral reefs of Pulley Ridge may replenish key coral and fish species and other organisms in the downstream reefs of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Tortugas Ecological Preserve.
The cruise's major finding was the discovery of coral populations at previously unexplored sites off of Pulley Ridge. As reported by Hanisak on the NOAA Ocean Exploration website: "We astonishingly discovered a large amount of plate coral (Agaricia spp.) ... more than anything we have seen here in any of our cruises over the last five years. Besides large numbers of small corals (10 cm or less), indicative of recent successful recruitment, we saw several large patches (up to 60 meters across) of nearly continuous Agaricia. The coral populations at these sites, overlooked by all previous cruises (ours and others), are quite significant at Pulley Ridge and a major finding of this cruise."
After returning home, the research team will be analyzing the large amount of data collected on this year's cruise and anticipate a return visit to Pulley Ridge in 2015.
Advisory Committee Provides Input on Placement of New State-Funded IRL LOBOs


Water experts from across the region recently gathered at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute to provide input on which areas of the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary are in most need of monitoring from new Land Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) units funded by the state and the Harbor Branch Foundation. In their first time convening, the Indian River Lagoon Observatory (IRLO) Science & Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) learned more about the LOBOs from Dave Gillett with Sea-Bird Coastal, the company that manufactures the water quality monitoring units and provides support once they are installed. Attendees also heard a presentation by Eric Milbrandt from the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation about their water quality monitoring system, which has utilized LOBOs for the past four years. FAU Harbor Branch scientist Dr. Dennis Hanisak discussed HBOI's current LOBO network and explained how the new devices will expand and enhance the research capabilities. The meeting ended with a roundtable discussion, moderated by Natural Resource Council Director Rae Ann Wessel, on the proposed locations of six new state-funded LOBO units in the St. Lucie Estuary and three Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation-funded units to be placed in Indian River and St. Lucie County. The organizations that participated included: the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, US Army Corp, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, South Florida and St. John's River Water Management Districts, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin Counties, University of Florida Water Institute, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida Oceanographic Society, the Smithsonian Marine Station and ORCA.
FAU Harbor Branch Featured in Division of Research's Annual Report

Marine Mammal Rescue Partners with FWC and MARS for Training


HBOI volunteer Jim Moir (standing) takes part in a mock rescue with memberd of the University of Miami's marine mammal rescue team, MARS and the Palm Beach Zoo
FAU Harbor Branch Marine Mammal Rescue Team members Steve Burton and Wendy Marks, along with 8 of their volunteers, recently participated in a volunteer and marine unit inter-agency coordination workshop with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Marine Animal Rescue Society (MARS). The day-long training, Advanced Techniques in Marine Mammal Stranding, Rescue and Rehabilitation, was attended by more than 100 people from various organizations including law enforcement agencies, FWC, MARS, the University of Miami and the Palm Beach Zoo. Participants learned about single and mass strandings for manatees, dolphins and whales as well as protocol for emergency response, rehabilitation, protection and necropsy. They then spent the afternoon on the water taking part in a "mock rescue" of an injured marine mammal and went over rehab and rescue techniques with dolphin and whale models. The goal of the workshop was to improve response time and increase inter-agency coordination and preparedness.
HBOI Summer Interns Present Their Work


The 2014 summer intern season is officially over at HBOI. On July 31, the 2014 interns presented results of their 10 weeks of research. Support for this year's program has been provided by the Link Foundation, Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation, Centenary College (from funds provided by the Barrows Family Charitable Fund for the James Pomponi Memorial Internship), and our Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology. Mentors included Dr. Joshua Voss, Dr. Peter McCarthy, Dr. Dennis Hanisak, Dr. Brian Lapointe, Dr. Susan Laramore, Dr. Fraser Dalgleish, Dr. Anni Dalgleish, Dr. Mingshun Jiang, Dr. Bing Ouyang, Dr. Laurent Chérubin, Dr. Paul Wills, Dr. John Scarpa, Dr. Amy Wright, Dr. Priscilla Winder, Dr. Shirley Pomponi and Dr. Esther Guzmán.




 
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Aug 29, 2014Local Church Extends the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to the Leaders and Residents of Its Community
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, located in Stuart, Florida, today announced that it is extending to the City of Stuart and Martin County the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The church is adding a twist to this craze that is sweeping the country by challenging the leaders and residents of the City of Stuart and Martin County to join their congregation on the front lawn of the church located at 2200 NW Federal Hwy to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge together as a community, extending challenges to friends, family members, organizations and other communities.
This effort by Prince of Peace to get their community to come together to support ALS will take place on August 31, 2014 at 12 Noon. Should there be thunderstorms that day, the event will be rescheduled to the following Sunday, September 7 at 12 Noon. Participants should arrive at 11:00 am. Parking is limited at Prince of Peace, but thanks to some neighboring businesses who have graciously offered to open their parking lots for overflow parking, there should be plenty of parking for participants. Kevin Bove, owner of Family Furniture of America, located next door to Prince of Peace, lost a family member to ALS. When he was approached by Prince of Peace to support the challenge by allowing participants to use the Family Furniture of America parking lot for overflow parking, Mr. Bove jumped at the opportunity to support ALS and his community. Target, located just down the street from Prince of Peace, at Britt Road and Federal Hwy (US-1), also agreed to support the event by opening its extended parking areas for overflow parking.
Sheila Fernley, Council President at Prince of Peace, who also lost two family members to ALS, stated, “Bring a beach pail or small bucket, a towel and a sign designating the name of the person or organization that you challenge. We’ll provide the ice water and lawn. Together, we’ll provide the community attitude that makes the City of Stuart and Martin County a great place to live.” Donations will be collected, with all proceeds going to the ALS Association Florida Chapter.
Walter Riedel, Pastor at Prince of Peace, stated, “We welcome participants to come early to get a good parking spot and join us for our 9 am worship service. If you can’t join us, honk as you pass by the church in support of a cure for ALS. Don’t miss this opportunity to come together as a community and show our support for those who are afflicted with ALS and to the families of those who have lost a loved one to this terrible disease. Together we can help to find a cure.”
For more information about the Prince of Peace ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, visit our website at www.princeofpeacelutheranstuart.org.

 
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Aug 29, 2014All Tickets On Sale to the Public!
All Tickets On Sale to the Public!
Tuesday, Sept. 2nd

Beat the Rush!
Become a Member and get the BEST SEATS!
Lyric members are able to purchase tickets before the general public.
It is your “Fast Pass” to great seats and more. Memberships start at just $35
Click Here to Become a Member Today!
or Call Heather Long, Membership Director at 772-220-1942, ext 204

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No More Phone Calls or Waiting in line!
Members can take advantage of member benefits online! With our ticketing software, you may manage your membership tickets with the click of a mouse by simply registering your email. If you are a Lyric Member and you have not given us your email, please contact the Box Office today to be able to purchase tickets online. 772-286-7827 or LyricBoxOffice@LyricTheatre.com



 
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Aug 29, 2014WATER ADVISORY LIFTED AT LEIGHTON PARK AND THE ROOSEVELT BRIDGE
Following a series of samples in the acceptable range for enteric bacteria, the advisory to avoid contact with the waters near Leighton Park in Palm City and the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart has ended.
Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indicator of fecal pollution. The presence of these bacteria may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.
The advisory had been in effect for the Roosevelt Bridge since May and for Leighton Park since March of this year. These areas will continue to be tested weekly along with Sandsprit Park and the Stuart Sandbar. In addition, ocean beaches and the Indian River Lagoon causeways are sampled every other week.
River and beach water sample results are available by clicking on the Florida Department of Health in Martin County’s website : www.MartinCountyHealth.com and clicking on the Environmental Health link.

 
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Aug 28, 2014MartinArts E-Newsletter
Window is now open for WSA grant applications

Women Supporting the Arts (WSA) welcomes grant applications from organizations and individuals. For additional criteria and application guidelines, download the application package found at www.martinarts.org. The deadline for the 2014 application is September 30, 2014.

WSA's mission is to build a community of women philanthropists who inspire, educate and encourage women to strengthen the arts and cultural environment in Martin County. WSA is a managed fund of the Arts Foundation of Martin County. Annual membership for the Women Supporting the Arts donor circle is $1000. Since 2004, over $201,000 has been given by members of WSA to support their grant making function in our community.

For more information, contact Nancy Turrell at The Arts Council of Martin County at (772) 287-6676, ext. 14, or nturrell@martinarts.org.



The Arts Council of Martin County is very excited to deliver Power Up Excellence to you, with the goal of enhancing and improving the cultural community's ability to bring great arts experiences to life.

Right now, cultural organizations are responding to an online survey through our partnership with Americans for the Arts. The feedback we get through this survey will define key program elements of our Convening Session Programs scheduled for October 21, January 20, March 17, and May 19.

Mark you calendar now for the 1st Convening Session: Audience Engagement on Tuesday, October 21, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Details, including location, to follow!
Attention Artists: Apply for ArtsFest 2015 -
March 28 & 29, 2015

Attention Artists! Mark you calendars for ArtsFest© 2015 on March 28 & 29 at Memorial Park and East Ocean Boulevard in Downtown Stuart, Florida. Apply at Zapplication. Deadline to apply is Sept. 26, 2014. Early bird applications receive a discount by August 31st!
Volunteer for ArtsFest!

Save the date on the weekend of March 28 & 29, 2015 to volunteer during ArtsFest at Memorial Park and along East Ocean Boulevard in downtown Stuart. Watch for the sign up to volunteer notice at www.martinarts.org in January.

Division of Cultural Affairs Listening Sessions
The Arts Council hosted two Listening Sessions in July for the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs to help them gather feed back from the field as they prepare for a new strategic plan to better serve the arts and cultural community in Florida. Thank you to those who attended the listening sessions and for your feed back.

To learn more about the Division, visit their website.

Upcoming Cultural Events

Sept. 26 - Oct. 12
"Things My Mother Taught Me"
Barn Theatre
2400 E Ocean Blvd., Stuart
772-287-4884
www.barn-theatre.com

September 27, 3:30 pm
Concert - Gareth Johnson, violinist & Tao Lin, pianist
Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association
The Blake Library
2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, FL
772-283-8087

Save the Dates!
September 19, 4:00 pm
Annual Membership Meeting & Election of Officers
Arts Council of Martin County
@ Court House Cultural Center, 80 E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL
www.martinarts.org
772-287-6676

September 19, 5:30 pm
24th Annual All-Florida Juried Arts Show
Opening Reception
Court House Cultural Center
80 E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL
www.martinarts.org
772-287-6676

Cultural Organizations & Artists: Send in Events for online Cultural Calendar
Send in your fall event for the online Cultural Calendar. This is a reminder to Arts Council member cultural organizations and artists. Contact us with details for cutting and pasting to the calendar. Also member arts organizations and artists can bring cultural event posters and brochures in for the wall in the lobby at the Court House Cultural Center.
Not a member? We need you! Visit The Arts Council's website: www.MartinArts.org to become a member.
Are you a Lapsed Member? Renew online now at www.MartinArts.org. Make an annual gift, or NOW you can sign up for a smaller amount each month.

Arts Council Wish List
The Arts Council has a wish list of items for the galleries,offices and more.
• Serving Plates & Utensils for exhibition receptions
• Easels
• New window blinds
• Cabinet for bathroom
• Sponsors - So many options to choose from
• Advertisers for MartinArts Magazine
• New Members... invite your friends to be a part of the arts!
Call the office at 772-287-6676, or email us at info@martinarts.org if you can help support the arts.






 
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Aug 28, 2014Alzheimer’s research
People with Down syndrome seen as candidates for Alzheimer’s research

When researchers at the University of California, San Diego wanted to study an experimental Alzheimer's drug last year, they sought help from an unlikely group: people with Down syndrome.

"I had a CAT scan on my head, and I was in a special machine. It's called an MRI," says Justin McCowan, 39, whose parents drove him 125 miles from Santa Monica so he could participate in the study. McCowan also took brain function tests and spent hours with a needle in his arm so researchers could monitor levels of certain chemicals in his blood.

Shots - Health News
Alzheimer's Blood Test Raises Ethical QuestionsAlzheimer's researchers are increasingly interested in people like McCowan because "people with Down syndrome represent the world's largest population of individuals predisposed to getting Alzheimer's disease," says Michael Rafii, director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at UCSD.

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that's best known for causing intellectual disability. But it also causes Alzheimer's. "By the age of 40, 100 percent of all individuals with Down syndrome have the pathology of Alzheimer's in their brain," Rafii says.
Down syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21. And one of the genes on chromosome 21 happens to control the production of amyloid, the substance that forms the sticky plaques associated with Alzheimer's.

Signature log shows how dementia degraded a woman's ability to write her own name. UCSD hide caption

Because their bodies produce extra amyloid, most people with Down syndrome develop problems with thinking and memory by the time they reach 60. Rafii has chronicled the decline of one of his patients, a woman named Irma, by collecting her signatures from medical forms over the years.

The first one is from 1999, when Irma was in her mid-50s. "You can see her signature is on the line, it's clear, she wrote it in script," Rafii says. By 2005, though, she has switched to large block letters. By 2009, Irma is misspelling her name. By 2011, "there are only a few characters written that resemble letters," Rafii says. "And in the very last year it's completely blank."

People like Irma used to be rare because the medical problems associated with Down syndrome meant they rarely lived long enough to get dementia. Today, though, better medical treatments mean people with the disorder often live into their 60s.
And that has created a huge opportunity for Alzheimer's research, says William Mobley, chairman of the neuroscience department at UCSD. "This is the one group in the world that you could argue would benefit most by the institution of early therapy," he says.
Early therapy means starting people on drug treatment years before the symptoms of Alzheimer's appear. The approach has been hard to test because, in the general population, there's no good way to know who is going to develop Alzheimer's. But for people with Down syndrome, it's a near certainty.

Justin and his mother, Annamarie McCowan, make a salad together. Benjamin B. Morris for NPR hide caption

Benjamin B. Morris for NPR Finding a drug that prevents Alzheimer's in people with Down syndrome could help millions of people who don't have the disorder, Mobley says. "This approach to treating Alzheimer's disease might apply to all of us," he says. "Imagine someday a drug that we all start taking when we're 25 so we never get Alzheimer's disease."
That's a long-term goal. But already, people with Down syndrome are making a difference in Alzheimer's research. Early work with Down patients helped confirm the importance of amyloid. More recently, people with the disorder helped test an eye exam that may offer a simple way to screen for Alzheimer's.

And then there's the study that Justin McCowan signed up for. It involves a drug from Transition Therapeutics called ELND005 that, in mice, can prevent the brain changes associated with Alzheimer's. Scientists hope the drug can do the same thing in people, including those with Down syndrome.

McCowan says he volunteered for the study because he wants to help other people, especially a friend of his named Maria, who also has Down syndrome. "I feel very sad about Maria because she doesn't remember anything," McCowan says.

His parents, Don and Annamarie McCowan, say their son's memory is still sharp. They hope that what scientists are learning from people like Justin will keep it that way.



Seniors' Sleep Woes May Be Linked to Loss of Brain Cells
Decline of these neurons occurs with aging, Alzheimer's, researchers say

Loss of brain cells that act as a "sleep switch" may help explain why many seniors have trouble falling and staying asleep, a new study suggests.

In Alzheimer's patients, sleep disruption can be especially severe and often results in nighttime confusion and wandering, according to the researchers.

The investigators analyzed data from the Rush Memory and Aging Project, which includes nearly 1,000 people who enrolled at age 65 and are being followed until death, at which point their brains are donated for research.

The results showed that elderly people and Alzheimer's patients have a substantial decline in what are called ventrolateral preoptic neurons, and that loss of these brain cells is associated with sleep problems.

"On average, a person in his 70s has about one hour less sleep per night than a person in his 20s," senior author Dr. Clifford Saper, chairman of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, said in a medical center news release.

Sleep loss and fragmented sleep are associated with a number of health issues, including thinking and memory problems, increased blood pressure and vascular disease, and a tendency to develop type 2 diabetes, Saper said. "It now appears that loss of these neurons may be contributing to these various disorders as people age," he noted.

The study was published online Aug. 20 in the journal Brain.

"These findings provide the first evidence that the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus in humans probably plays a key role in causing sleep, and functions in a similar way to other species that have been studied," Saper said.

The loss of these neurons with aging and with Alzheimer's disease may be a reason why older individuals often face sleep disruptions, he added. "These results may, therefore, lead to new methods to diminish sleep problems in the elderly and prevent sleep-deprivation-related cognitive [mental] decline in people with dementia," he concluded.




 
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Aug 28, 2014Economic Freedom is Key to Greater Opportunities for All


Without question, the American Dream is under attack. Unions and big government advocates want to mandate wages, while George Soros and his cronies argue the "one percenters" are the problem with society.

Sadly, what they don't tell you is that their "solution" to the problem is limiting economic freedom and opportunities for millions of Americans who are stuck in generational poverty.

Consider for example, their theory that the top "one percenters" are the problem. If that's true, then barbers, nurses, construction workers, truck drivers and teachers are among those at the root of the problem. Let me explain.

The top one percent of wage earners worldwide earn $34,000 or more. That doesn't exactly fit the union's storyline so they simply omit the truth. Yet in Florida, more than four million people earn more than that. In fact, more than half of working Floridians earn $41,000.

These Floridians are working hard, climbing the ladder of opportunity and creating prosperity for themselves, their families and their communities. Competition for the best private-sector products and services has allowed them to compete for higher wages, better benefits and upward mobility.

While those pushing so called "income equality" use talking points to tear down job creators and malign Florida's wage earners, we should instead focus on the real issue - how to extend prosperity and opportunity to more, especially those stuck in the cycle of generational poverty.

Right now, approximately five million Floridians are on food stamps, and more than half of all Florida students are eligible for free and reduced lunches. Homelessness is still a persistent issue in our urban areas, and while it may be hard to believe, one in five Florida students is homeless.

Affordable housing and access to transportation are basic needs that far too many must deal with on a daily basis. And sadly, zip codes are still a determining factor in the quality of education our students receive despite significant gains we've made to prevent this. Incredibly, unions are going to court to take options away from children and families.

Regardless of zip codes, we must focus on smarter public policy that puts students ahead of unions, invests in early childhood education and on creating the next generation of workers and innovators. With more than 50,000 higher-paying STEM-related jobs unfilled in Florida today, we can help break generational poverty by closing the skills gap and making the American dream available to all.

Let's face it, there is simply no substitute for a quality education. Yet there are still far too many who will not graduate, and studies show that 40 percent of students with mothers who didn't graduate from high school also didn't graduate from high school by age 19. Oftentimes, crime enters the picture. In Florida, we spend more than $2 billion annually to house more than 100,000 prisoners in 55 state prisons. And when prisoners are released, sadly one of every three returns to prison within three years.

We can break this cycle and create greater opportunities for the next generation. By removing the shackles of big government entitlement programs that are holding the poorest of the poor back, incorporating greater educational opportunities and allowing free enterprise to create more private-sector jobs, we can make generational poverty a thing of the past and the American Dream of economic freedom a reality. When Floridians have more opportunity, Florida wins.


 
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Aug 28, 2014SAVE THE DATE!

The Florida SBDC at Indian River State College is hosting the 2014 Minorities & Women in Business Summit on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Brown Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Ft. Pierce.

The Minorities and Women in Business Summit is a day-long conference for Treasure Coast minorities and women in the business community that will provide tools and motivation on subjects including diversity, success, empowerment and more. The summit will provide informative sessions on topics related to doing business and becoming an entrepreneur.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!
http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=BUSIN01752&seg=4

This is a great networking event! All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a chance to door prizes!



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


 
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Aug 27, 2014JUNOR TENNIS PROGRAMS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 8th, 2014
THE RACQUET CLUB AT TESORO
Our Professional Staff offers the highest levels of Junior Coaching - Whether your child is just getting started, beginning Tournament Play - or making their way to the Major Tournaments - our coaches have done it all! Choose the program that is best for your child and get them playing the sport of a lifetime! For Program information contact Pro Shop (772)345-2100 or Head Professional -Roy Coopersmith.


 
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Aug 27, 2014MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HOSTS “PARENT UNIVERSITY”
The Martin County School District held its first-ever “Parent University” on Saturday, Aug. 23 at South Fork High School. The free event for parents and caregivers of students in the District provided a wealth of information about academic and support programs available, as well as effective strategies that families can use to help every child succeed.

Over 30 community partners also participated in the event, providing information about the various agencies in Martin County that serve our children and their families.

Parent University opened with a one-hour presentation in South Fork’s auditorium by Superintendent Laurie Gaylord; Executive Director of Instructional Services Tracey Miller; Director of Educational Technology Katharine Preston; Director of Secondary, Adult and Community Programs Theresa Iuliucci; and Coordinator of Student Services Michael Lindgren.

Superintendent Gaylord impressed upon the audience the importance of parent and family engagement. “Get engaged and be involved,” she said. “Students whose families are involved in their learning earn better grades, enroll in higher level programs, have higher graduation rates and are more likely to enroll in post-secondary education.”

Mrs. Gaylord also informed the audience about upcoming events in the District that help parents and families to be involved, including a Florida Standards workshop at Martin County High School on Sept. 15 and Family Day on Sept. 22, a national day that encourages families to sit down to more meals together.

Other topics covered in the opening session included updates on the new Florida Standards and the state’s required assessments and other legislative changes; educational technology, including information on the District’s “Bring Your Own Device” program and the use of technology in the classroom; information on bullying, attendance and truancy, school health programs, discipline and the code of conduct, dress codes, and tobacco-free environments.

Parent University participants then attended breakout sessions in classrooms that were customized for elementary and secondary levels. A wide range of topics was offered to help parents support their child’s academic life. District staff made the presentations, which are available with other materials for viewing on the District website at www.martinschools.org (click on Parent University).

The Martin County School District wishes to thank all the parents and caregivers who attended Parent University, as well as the community organizations that participated, and event sponsors: A Treasure Coast Driving School, Sign Store and More, All About Achieving Learning Centers, and The Stuart News.


 
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Aug 27, 2014Family Private Care, Inc. Celebrates Staff
Deborah F. Irvine, President of Family Private Care, Inc., a Nurse Registry serving the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches, announced today that the company celebrated employee anniversaries from five years to 16 years at a special luncheon on Thursday, August 21st at the company headquarters in Hobe Sound.
Recognized for 15+ years of service: Sandy Plummer, Kathy Wright, Debbie Eder and Debbie Irvine
Recognized for 10+ years of service: Denise Dublin, Bev Waits, Janet Sugg and Robin Smith
Recognized for 5+ years of service: Pat Miller; Ellen Peitz, Arlene Padolina, Janell Sumner, Cheryl Jones, Elizabeth Freeman, Jud Freeman, Robin Capps and Wanda Crocker.
Mrs. Irvine explained, “Family Private Care is delighted to recognize and honor the employees who represent excellence, loyalty and experience in home health care. I am so proud of the staff that has the long tenure and has enabled Family Private Care to serve the home health care needs of our neighbors on the East Coast of Florida since 1997. Family Private Care was established to meet the private care needs of our neighbors on the Treasure Coast. I’m so proud that throughout the years, our number one referral source continues to be the happy clients who refer their friends and neighbors to our Nurse Registry originally named “Friends of the Family. We are able to continue to grow and prosper thanks to our wonderful staff and it was a privilege to recognize and thank them for their service at this very special event.
Family Private Care, Inc., a licensed nurse registry headquartered in Hobe Sound, Florida, is a private care referral company, specializing in expertly matching individuals who need assistance at their home or in a health care facility with highly qualified health care professionals. Since 1997, Family Private Care has referred Skilled Nursing Care (RNs and LPNs), Certified Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides, Companions, and Homemakers. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Brevard, Broward, Lee, Sarasota and Collier Counties. Telephones are personally answered 24/7. For more information about Family Private Care, Inc. call (800) 962-0884, or log on to www.familyprivatecare.com.


 
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Aug 27, 2014Families & Small Businesses Win at the Ballot Box

Floridians Support Pro-Jobs, Florida Chamber Candidates Over Trial Lawyers

Families and small businesses were the winners Tuesday night when Floridians supported pro-jobs candidates backed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce on primary election night.
Preliminary results show that 26 of 30 state House and Senate candidates endorsed by the Florida Chamber won their primary and Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida Chamber-endorsed candidate for Governor, won his primary. In Florida Chamber-backed races vs. trial lawyers, voters sided with job creators over job killers in three out of three races.

“Florida voters are smart, and tonight they voted in support of jobs and creating more opportunities for families and small businesses,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Strategy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Candidates elected tonight will help grow Florida’s private sector and will help keep Florida moving in the right direction. Congratulations to all primary election winners.”
Twenty-one of the Florida Chamber-backed primary candidates move onto the General Election, and they join 44 additional pro-jobs candidates previously endorsed in General Election House, Senate and Cabinet races.
Members of the Florida Chamber, the Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) and business leaders attended the Florida Chamber’s Primary Election Watch as polling results came in.
“Tonight, I watched Florida’s business community come together and unify around pro-jobs candidates,” said Tom Pennekamp, Past Chair of the Florida Chamber Political Institute and Government Relations Manager of SunTrust Bank, who attended the Florida Chamber’s Primary Election Night Watch. “The Florida Chamber will continue to advocate for job growth in our state.”

The Florida Chamber’s candidate endorsements came after a comprehensive and deliberative candidate selection process. The Florida Chamber Political Institute held five candidate interview sessions across the state and interviewed more than 100 non-incumbent candidates – in addition to reviewing each candidate’s completed questionnaire. Incumbent candidates were evaluated on numerous factors, including legislator grades on the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card.

A complete listing of primary election results for House and Senate primary election results are available by visiting the Elections Center at www.FloridaChamber.com/2014Election.


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Aug 27, 2014Sailfish Splash Waterpark opens Saturdays & Sundays in September; 10 percent of admissions pledged to United Way

On Saturday, September 6, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will kick-off special hours of operation for Saturdays and Sundays in September, as part of the County's "Month of Sharing" program. The "Month of Sharing" is an unprecedented partnership with the United Way of Martin County though the County's in-kind exchange program.

Key aspects of the effort include:

* Providing "Day of Caring" volunteers with a free afternoon of fun at Sailfish Splash Waterpark (Saturday, Sept. 6).
* Opening the Waterpark every Saturday and Sunday in September, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
* Giving United Way 10 percent of daily admissions collected for special operating hours in September.
* Reducing admission to only $10 per person for the "Month of Sharing" Saturdays and Sundays.
During the United Way's Day of Caring on Saturday, Sept. 6, volunteers choose from service projects, including: building compassion kits for shelters, distributing food to neighbors in need, painting rooms at a women's shelter, and maintaining landscaping at the Humane Society. The initiative brings people together for a half-day of volunteerism combined with fun for family and friends. The day begins with a free breakfast provided by Chick-fil-A and ends with a free pool party at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.
"We want to make it easy, enjoyable, and affordable for the community to have fun while helping out," said Kevin Abbate, Director of the Martin County Parks & Recreation Department.
The special hours of operation for the "Month of Sharing" days at Sailfish Splash Waterpark begin on Saturday, September 6. Everyone who wants to help out by having fun can purchase the $10 Waterpark passes, valid on special "Month of Sharing" days, at the Waterpark admission window or through the online store at SailfishSplash.com.
"Our media partners and local businesses are instrumental in the success in the Day of Caring and the Month of Sharing," said Wendi Berardi, Director of Corporate Engagement and Donor Relations, United Way of Martin County. "They continue to get the word out about the special Saturdays and Sundays when the community can enjoy Sailfish Splash Waterpark for the benefit of the United Way."
To register for the United Way "Day of Caring," go to www.liveunitedmc.org.
To purchase tickets for the September "Month of Sharing" days at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, go to: www.SailfishSplash.com/public/pricing/online_tickets/index.cfm.
For more information and updates, "Like" the Sailfish Splash Waterpark Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SailfishSplash or visit www.sailfishsplash.com.


 
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Aug 27, 2014Robert Morgade Library Closing for Improvements September 5 through 22

The Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr Stuart, will be closing for renovations and improvements from Friday, September 5 through Monday, September 22. Renovations and improvements include the implementation of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to improve the speed and accuracy of circulation, providing more time for library staff to interact with and assist patrons. All regular Robert Morgade Library patrons are encouraged to visit one of the five other MCLS library locations while these exciting improvements are made.

For the convenience of patrons, the following services will be offered in the Robert Morgade Library's Anderson Room:
* Holds pickup
* Materials checkout
* Return of library items
* Martin's Most Wanted display
* Staff will be present to answer questions



What: Robert Morgade Library Closing for Improvements

Where: 5851 SE Community Dr., Stuart, FL

When: Friday, September 5 - Monday, September 22


 
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Aug 26, 2014Humane Society of the Treasure Coast sets record for adoptions, thanks to sponsors and media
Last week the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast put out an urgent cry to the media asking for their help to spread the word about the need for adoptions due to overcrowding at its shelter. They announced deep discounts to encourage adoptions to those who qualified. Since last Tuesday, the HSTC has set an adoption record. This is due, in part, to a $2,500 donation that was made by the Floridian Discount Insurance Agency in Boca Raton after hearing broadcasts about the situation. The donation covers the total cost of 125 adoptions.
As of Tues., Aug. 26, 150 animals have been adopted since the discount program went into effect on Aug. 19, including 88 free adoptions since Fri., Aug. 22, when the free adoptions began. The previous record was 130 adoptions in 13 days. There are still 37 free adoptions available and although no longer seriously overcrowded, new animals are arriving daily looking for temporary shelter until they can be placed in permanent, loving homes. All adopters must complete an adoption application and go through the interview process as usual.
“I would like to thank the community for this overwhelming outpouring of support and good will,” said HSTC President and CEO Frank Valente. “We are also very grateful to Floridian Discount Insurance Agency of Boca Raton for underwriting this major initiative. So many wonderful animals now have found a loving family to share their lives as a result of this effort.”
Valente also acknowledges the news outlets for their role in getting the word out about the overcrowding and free adoptions. The HSTC is the only open access shelter from Vero Beach to Ft. Lauderdale that does not euthanize animals when the facility becomes overcrowded. No animal is ever turned away for any reason. Dog and cat adoptions are available at the HSTC shelter, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., in Palm City. Cats also may be adopted at Thrift Store Central, 2585 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, and at Thrift Store North, 1099 NW 21st St., Stuart. The shelter and thrift stores’ adoption hours are Mon. through Sat. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., (Wed. until 7 –p.m.) and on Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Each adoption includes sterilization (spay or neuter), an overall wellness check, age-appropriate vaccinations including rabies, first de-worming of hookworms and roundworms, microchip and registration, heartworm test for dogs (six months and older), feline leukemia test for cats, free 30 days of Pet Health Inc. pet insurance, one $5 off Hill's Science Diet pet food and $30 off one HSTC dog obedience class. To see photos and descriptions of available animals, visit the website, http://www.hstc1.org. For more information, call 772-223-8822.
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for animal welfare in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the Humane Society relies on donations, wills and bequests to support its programs and services. As a local Humane Society, HSTC is run independently from any national welfare or humane organization with no financial assistance from these groups. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hstc1 and Instagram at hstcadopt. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822. Media inquiries: 772-221-2425 • http://www.prczar.com.


 
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Aug 26, 2014Florida Power & Light Joins The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to Energize Light The Night
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is proud to announce that Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is leading the charge for the November 14 Light The Night Walk in West Palm Beach. Sam Forrest, vice president of energy marketing and trading for FPL, has been named the chair of the annual walk that raises money for cancer research and patient services. In addition, FPL is the Survivor and Mission Platinum Sponsor and will take the lead in honoring blood cancer patients and their families at the walk.

“FPL’s longstanding tradition of giving back to the community is a big part of our commitment to Light The Night, but we now have some extra motivation assisting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their mission to cure blood cancer,” said Mr. Forrest. “Our FPL colleague John Gleber, manager of fuel origination, energy marketing and trading, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2010. Healthy today, John is our FPL Team Captain, an LLS Honored Hero, and certainly a champion to us and to his family and friends.”

All proceeds from The Light The Night Walk will benefit LLS’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. While this event will raise funds for lifesaving blood cancer research, it will also help assist our local patients and their families by providing critically-needed financial aid, education and support.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The Night Walk will take place on Friday, November 14th at Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the two-mile walk begins at 7:00 p.m. For more information or to register a team, please contact Bich-ly Ludwig or Stacy Hewitt at 561-616-8682 or visit www.LightTheNight.org/pb.


 
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Aug 26, 2014COUNCIL ON AGING TO CONTINUE FREE WILL REVIEWS AT THE KANE CENTER
The Council on Aging of Martin County will continue to hold free will reviews at the Kane Center in Stuart, with the following dates scheduled. The free, confidential reviews are approximately 30 minutes in length. Participants should bring copies of their wills, codicils, powers of attorney and other pertinent legal documents to the appointment. All will reviews are held at the Kane Center, located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart. Individual appointments must be scheduled prior to each session by calling the Council on Aging at 772-223-7807.

September 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with J. J. Mangan

Mr. Mangan is an attorney in Palm City and serves clients throughout Martin County and the Treasure Coast. His practice is concentrated on wills, trusts, estate planning, probate and trust administration, and asset protection.

September 23, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with Sarah Vickers

Ms. Vickers is a solo General Law practitioner at Indiantown Law, serving Indiantown and Martin County. Indiantown Law focuses on estate planning, transactional real estate, immigration, and civil litigation. Sarah is a member of The Florida Bar, The Martin County Bar Association, The Indiantown Chamber of Commerce, and The Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce.

October 29, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Greg Keane

Mr. Keane is a Florida Bar Board Certified Tax Lawyer and a Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Estates Lawyer.

October 29, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mary Gilmour

Ms. Gilmour has been in private practice in Stuart, Florida since 2003, focusing her practice in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts, probate and elder law. Mary’s professional memberships include the Martin County Estate Planning Council, the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, and the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys.

Participants are reminded that the hiring of an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertising. Before you decide, ask each attorney to provide written information about their qualifications and experience.

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


 
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Aug 25, 2014Keep Martin Beautiful seeks local volunteers to join in global coastal cleanup
The state of our river has left many residents of Martin County feeling helpless and looking for ways to get involved. With the 19th annual Keep Martin Beautiful International Coastal Cleanup right around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity for the community to take action to help improve our beaches and waterways.

Approximately 300,000 volunteers from more than 100 nations around the world come together on a single day to participate in the waterway cleanup. Spearheaded globally by the Ocean Conservancy and coordinated locally by Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB), this year’s International Coastal Cleanup will take place on Saturday, September 20 from 8 a.m. to noon.

“The volunteers who participate in this cleanup each year are a dedicated and passionate group. From every walk of life, young and old, they are the quiet heroes in Martin County and the real stewards of our beaches and waterways,” said Jim Dragseth, KMB president. “It is rewarding to go to different sites during this coastal cleanup and see the mass of people with garbage bags, gloves, pick up sticks and data cards, combing the coastal waterfront and beaches and removing the unsightly debris that can cause harm to marine mammals. It’s an important task and wouldn’t happen without our volunteers.”

The cleanup efforts are a vital part of motivating people to do something tangible in their community - to remove trash and debris from beaches and waterways. More importantly, the cleanup educates people to become aware of the problems associated with litter and challenges citizens to change the behaviors that cause the pollution in the first place. Last year, over 2,000 KMB volunteers removed more than 41,000 pounds of litter and marine debris from our shorelines.

“Every piece of trash that is picked up during the cleanup should be a challenge for change,” said Nicholas Mallos, marine debris specialist of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program. “The trash that tops our top 10 list every year – things like cigarette butts, bags and bottle caps – include disposable plastics meant for one-time usage. These items simply do not belong in our natural environment.”

Groups and individuals are welcome to join the cleanup effort at Stuart Beach. KMB encourages volunteers to sign up in advance to clean the beach or waterway of their choice to ensure clean waterways all over Martin County. Volunteers are invited to attend a Volunteer Appreciation Party at Stuart Beach behind The Elliot Museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Keep Martin Beautiful thanks the generous sponsors and community supporters of the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup, which include: American Custom Yachts, AmeriSweeps, Stuart-Jensen Elks Lodge #1870, BioGreen, CAPTEC Engineering, Carson's Tavern, Chapman & Plymale Law, P.A., Cook Electric, FPL, Frenchy’s Crane Service, Friends of Harbor Branch (FAU), Jenkins Landscape Co., Martin County Solid Waste, NisAir, Olde Florida Realty, Organic Laboratories, Patrick Murphy, Peter's Hardware, Publix, R3 Recycling, Rocky's Ace Hardware, Sailor's Return, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Seacoast National Bank, Southern Eagle Distributing, The Firefly Group, Treasure & Space Coast Radio (94.7 Hot Country), Wallace Nissan, Walmart, Whiticar Boat Works, and Character Counts!, a United Way program in Martin County.



What Volunteers Need to Know
• The International Coastal Cleanup targets waterways throughout Martin County, from Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic Ocean and everything in between
• Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure volunteers are assigned to areas most in need
• Volunteers who do not pre-register can join Keep Martin Beautiful at Stuart Beach on the morning of the cleanup
• The unique data gathering feature of this cleanup records every piece of litter collected
• Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes
• Participants will be provided with water and cleanup supplies, as well as a complimentary T-shirt (while supplies last)

For more information about the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup, or to register your family, business, civic or school group, contact KMB at 772-781-1222 or info@keepmartinbeautiful.org.
About Keep Martin Beautiful
Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization founded in 1994 as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Its mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Martin County through litter prevention, the promotion of recycling, improvement of solid waste management practices, and beautification and community revitalization activities. KMB signature events and programs include the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards, the International Coastal Cleanup, the Great American Cleanup, the Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Street programs, and other educational and outreach activities. Find KMB on Facebook at facebook.com/KeepMartinBeautiful, follow KMB on Twitter at twitter.com/KMBmartin, visit KeepMartinBeautiful.org or call 772-781-1222.



 
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Aug 25, 2014Martin County River Kidz:
River Kidz will be presenting a new River Kidz Workbook to the school system this fall, the
workbook was updated by last year's Marine Science 2 class from Jensen Beach High School with new artwork by Julia Kelly. We will be holding an event at Bluewater Editions in collaboration with Justin Riney and his photography.

International Coastal Clean-up Day: On Saturday, Sept. 20th, River Kidz will be doing a joint clean-up with the Earthsavers Crew from the Environmental Studies Center. Please watch on River Kidz Facebook and Riverscoalition.org for more information to follow.

Lines in the Lagoon: On Saturday, October 18th, a kid's catch and release fishing tournament for the tri-county area (Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River). All entries sent in by photos. Event to follow in Downtown Ft. Pierce with lots of fun activities, prizes, raffles and food from Chipotle. Face painting by River Kidz, ORCA, Everglades Foundation, Carl Hiassen book signing, and more. Please check on River Kidz Facebook and Riverscoalition.org for more information.

St. Lucie County River Kidz:

We had a River Kidz booth at the August 3rd Rally at Phipps Park, which several kids came out and helped prepare for, set up and run. Also, we participated in the Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup, our Kidz were able to collect a few hundred pounds of trash. We also are helping preserve Halpatiokee nature trails and stop the complete destruction of this beautiful preserve and park in Port St. Lucie.


 
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Aug 25, 2014IRS Repeats Warning about Phone Scams:
IRS Repeats Warning about Phone Scams:
The IRS continues to receive numerous phone calls from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS. Taxpayers are urged to contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration TIGTA) or the IRS if they have any suspicions about a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and demanding payment. [Editor's Note: The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by telephone, letter, email, etc., to request personal or financial information, and also does not ask for Personal Identification Numbers (PIN's), passwords, or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank, or other financial accounts.] IRS News Release IR-2014-81 provides detailed information on what taxpayers should do when they receive such suspicious calls and how they can be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure.

The IRS News Release can be viewed at:
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Repeats-Warning-about-Phone-Scams

Copyright© 2014 Thomson Reuters/PPC. All rights reserved
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (772) 283-2356 or e-mail info@pcc-cpa.com.

Sincerely,


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


 
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Aug 25, 2014Vacancies ~ Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Vacancies

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. A ll individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, September 12, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

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

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

Meetings are typically held every two months at 3:00 pm at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The next meeting is scheduled for September 18.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SEE ATTACHED FLYER

Aug-Dec Education Seminar
 
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Aug 25, 2014Seacoast’s Kevin Burn Joins Operating Board Of Helping People Succeed
Kevin Burn, a Private Banking Officer for Seacoast National Bank in its Main Office on Colorado Avenue, has joined the Operating Board of Helping People Succeed.
A resident of the Treasure Coast for the past six years, Burn has worked for Seacoast for two years and has been in the finance services industry for eight years. He has handled areas of insurance, investments, retirement planning and banking, both on the business and personal sides.
Burn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics, and later his MBA from the University of Central Florida. His education and early career experiences have brought him to work for such companies as Northwestern Mutual, Bank of New York Mellon, and SunTrust Bank.
When not working, Burn enjoys golfing, fishing, scuba diving, and gardening, while spending time with his wife Samantha and daughter Mackenzie.
He recently presented a finance class for Helping People Succeed, providing financial literacy for parents to better care for their family financial picture. He is also active with the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County.
Helping People Succeed is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee counties. From its Music & Movement classes to Baby Steps and Behavioral Health Services, the organization meets the needs of children and families. For additional information, call 772.320.0770 or check out its website at www.hpsfl.org.


 
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Aug 25, 2014Community Development Block Grant Citizen Advisory Task Force Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Community Development Block Grant Citizen Advisory Task Force. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, September 12, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant position: The Community Development Block Grant Citizen Advisory Task Force is made up of 13 members - 11 of which are the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. The two other members shall be residents of low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.

Task Force Powers & Duties:
The Task Force shall provide input relative to all phases of the Community Development Block Grant project process.

Task Force members' terms are two years. Joint meetings with the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee are typically held every two months at 3:00 pm at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The next meeting is scheduled for September 18.


 
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Aug 25, 2014MCSO Trunk or Treat 10/31


Trunk or Treat Flyer.pdf
 
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Aug 21, 2014Donor steps forward to offer free adoptions at Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
The next 125 adoptions at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast will be free, thanks to the generosity of the Floridian Discount Insurance Agency in Boca Raton. The business responded to a plea made by Jennifer Ross on the Sunny 107.9 morning show in which she talked about the urgent need for adoptions at the HSTC due to overcrowded conditions. The result was a $2,500 donation to underwrite the reduced adoption fees. The adoptions will start this Friday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. Adopters will still need to fill out adoption applications and go through the interview process as usual.
On Monday, the HSTC put out an urgent cry to the media to help spread the word about its overcrowding and the need for adoptions. To give people an incentive, the HSTC announced deeply discounted adoption fees for dogs at $25, normally $120, and cats, at $5, usually $40, until the overcrowding can normalize. The news release prompted coverage by several local media outlets and the HSTC Facebook page received more than 40,000 hits. The media coverage resulted in 14 adoptions and 18 holds in one day but there are still animals lining the hallways and more adoptions need to take place.
The HSTC is the only open access shelter from Vero Beach to Ft. Lauderdale that does not euthanize animals when the facility becomes overcrowded. No animal is ever turned away for any reason. Dog and cat adoptions are available at the HSTC shelter, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., in Palm City. Cats also may be adopted at Thrift Store Central, 2585 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, and at Thrift Store North, 1099 NW 21st St., Stuart. The shelter and thrift stores’ adoption hours are Mon. through Sat. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., (Wed. until 7 –p.m.) and on Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Each adoption includes sterilization (spay or neuter), an overall wellness check, age-appropriate vaccinations including rabies, first de-worming of hookworms and roundworms, microchip and registration, heartworm test for dogs (six months and older), feline leukemia test for cats, free 30 days of Pet Health Inc. pet insurance, one $5 off Hill's Science Diet pet food and $30 off one HSTC dog obedience class. To see photos and descriptions of available animals, visit the website, http://www.hstc1.org. For more information, call 772-223-8822.
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for animal welfare in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the Humane Society relies on donations, wills and bequests to support its programs and services. As a local Humane Society, HSTC is run independently from any national welfare or humane organization with no financial assistance from these groups. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hstc1 and Instagram at hstcadopt. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822. Media inquiries: 772-221-2425 • http://www.prczar.com.


 
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Aug 21, 2014REGISTER NOW! Fall Season Gymnastics, Cheer, & Tumbling at YMCA Sports World Starts Monday Aug 26!
REGISTER NOW!
Gymnastics, Cheer, and Tumbling
Fall Season Starts Monday August 25

See Attached Flyers.

Mary Beth Brown
Front Desk Supervisor
YMCA SportsWorld
2700 SE Willoughby Blvd.
Stuart, Florida 34994
772-223-1606
mbrown@ymcatreasurecoast.org www.ymcatreasurecoast.org


YMCA combined.pdf
 
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Aug 21, 2014Live, local primary election coverage on MCTV
On Tuesday, August 26, Martin County Television (MCTV) will be broadcasting Primary Election night coverage live beginning at 7:00 p.m. Join hosts Gabriella Ferraro and Peter Schaller as MCTV brings returns to the viewing audience as soon as they are available. Coverage includes races for U.S. Representative District 18, Governor, State Senate District 32, County Commission, 19th Judicial Circuit Judge, School Board and Stuart City Commission.

AT&T U-verse subscribers may watch MCTV on channel 99. Comcast subscribers may watch MCTV on channel 20. MCTV also streams live through the Martin County website at www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Aug 20, 2014Treasure Cost SCORE Chapter 308 Named Platinum Chapter
At the Annual SCORE National Leadership Conference held in Arlington VA, August 12 – 14, 2014, Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 received the highest level of Chapter Rating possible, namely The Platinum Award.

Each year all SCORE chapters are reviewed by their District Director in what SCORE calls SOSR – SCORE On-Site Review. The review consists of measurements as to how each chapter stacks up in over twenty areas such as operations, finance, ethics, leadership and chapter growth.

Treasure Coast SCORE was one of only sixteen chapters nationally out of 320 chapters to receive this award two years in a row.

Treasure Coast SCORE counselors have direct experience in business start-ups, manufacturing, high technology, insurance, public relations, retail operations, textiles, pharmaceuticals, legal, banking, finance, tax, distribution, information technology, materials, engineering, sales & marketing, specialty retailing, acquisitions, turnarounds and divestitures.

SCORE Chapter 308, has its main office in Ft. Pierce and branch locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Vero Beach. Fiscal year to date July 31, 2014, Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 has thus far served 395 new clients face-to-face & 160 new clients through email counseling. Also we held 73 workshops with 1,047 attendees.

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

Please phone the SCORE office at 772-489-0548 to set up an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced SCORE counselor or please go to our Web Site www.treasurecoast.score.org.


 
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Aug 20, 2014Media Advisory: Citrus Grove Park dedication Thursday
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners will be dedicating Martin County's newest park, Citrus Grove Park, on Thursday, August 21 @ 9:00 a.m. in Palm City.

Design, permitting and construction of Citrus Grove Park began in November 2012 on land donated by a residential development. This 27-acre park will serve as home to the Martin County North Little League. Citrus Grove Park features four baseball fields, sport lighting, concession/restroom building, parking and landscaping.

What: Citrus Grove Park dedication event.

Where: 2507 SW Citrus Grove Blvd., Palm City.

When: Thursday, August 21 at 9:00 a.m.


 
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Aug 20, 2014Portion of Jensen Public Beach Park temporarily closed Aug. 20 to facilitate lifeguard tower repair
Jensen Public Beach Park will have some parking and access impacts due to removal of the damaged lifeguard tower on Wednesday, August 20, with activity concluding around mid-afternoon. Beach access will be temporarily blocked at access number 5, directly east of the roundabout to allow the heavy equipment needed to relocate lifeguard towers to operate safely there. 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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Aug 20, 201412 Weeks of Summer is coming to an end!
THURSDAY August 21st is the LAST 12 Weeks of Summer night!

It's the LAST CHANCE to partake in the *FREE Kids Buffet, 5-8pm at all 6 Mulligan's locations!!

There's also a balloon or face paint artisit (depending on location), a favorite cartoon character and free Toys and Crafts for the kids! It's for a good cause, too, proceed's from the evening benefit a local charity! See you there!

*Kids eat Free with an adult entreé purchase!

The theme this week is PUPPY LOVE!

Don't miss it!

We wish everyone a very pleasant back to school week
and a great school year!

Check us out:
www.mulligansbeachhouse.com



 
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Aug 20, 2014The Refuge Speakeasy - JAZZ
Calling all JAZZ fans... Maurice Frank & Friends will be hosting a weekly "Jazz Jam Session" every Wednesday evening at The Speakeasy! Join us from 7-10pm and support local live music...

We will be featuring $5 specials on Food & Wine during Jazz. Our restaurant group is very proud of the transformation we've completed on the old Refuge building, turning it into a vintage restaurant & cocktail bar. We hope you come enjoy some live Jazz with us at the Speakeasy every Wednesday night!

Please help us spread the word about this live music event series. If you know of any Jazz musicians who might want to sit in, or any friends who would enjoy a relaxing night out in an upscale environment, please share this email with them!

The Refuge Speakeasy
2196 SE Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34996
(772) 210-6959


 
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Aug 20, 2014Martin County ~ September 2014 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 September 2014. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
September 9 & 23, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARINGS
September 9 & 23, 2014 at 5:05 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.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE - joint meeting
September 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
September 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
September 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
September 3, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

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

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
September 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

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

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

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

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

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
September 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
September 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
September 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
September 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

MARTIN COUNTY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
September 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
September 22, 2014 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

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

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
September 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
September 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Location: Rio Civic Center, 1255 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
September 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

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

All Board of County Commission Offices will be closed on Monday, September 1 due to the Labor Day holiday.

This notice dated: August 20, 2014.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Aug 20, 2014Sponsors, Donors Needed for Tykes & Teens Festival of Trees
Following the tragic suicide of a beloved celebrity, people are asking what they can do to support those coping with a mental health crisis in their own communities. Tykes & Teens has been providing free and low cost counseling and substance abuse prevention and treatment services to local children and adolescents for 18 years. The non-profit is now planning for its 7th Annual Festival of Trees to be held November 17-22, 2014 at the Courthouse Cultural Center on East Ocean Boulevard in Stuart, and offering local businesses and families the chance to support this vital cause by becoming a Sponsor or Tree Donor.
Sponsorship levels for the fundraiser range from $250 to the Signature Sponsorship at $5,000, which offers event naming rights. All sponsors receive marketing and promotion benefits. Tree Sponsors are also needed to donate fully decorated holiday trees or wreaths in the theme of your choice to be auctioned or raffled at the event. The deadline for tree sponsors is September 15th.
The decorated holiday trees and wreaths will be on display and raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win. The event will kick off with a ticketed Judges Reception followed by a cocktail preview party and live auction, where a select few of the donated trees and wreaths will be sold to the highest bidder. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to help capture photo memories with little ones before the raffle drawing is held on November 22.
All proceeds from the event benefit direct services at the non-profit, which provides programming that includes general mental health counseling, specialized services for child victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, drug and alcohol prevention, and more.
For more information or to inquire about sponsoring the event or becoming a tree or wreath donor, please contact Paula at Paula@tykesandteens.org or 772-220-3439.


 
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Aug 20, 2014Martin County successfully completes deployment of new offshore artificial reefs


With the creation of several new artificial reefs deployed over the last three weeks, Martin County has grown its Artificial Reef Program, adding new sites for fisherman and divers to explore offshore. Approximately 3,000 tons of concrete material was deployed in the waters off southern Martin County, south of the St. Lucie Inlet, including 400 tons of concrete material donated by Florida Power & Light's St. Lucie Plant to help create these reefs.




Concrete material donated by Florida Power & Light's St. Lucie Plant helped create Martin County's newest artificial reefs. Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners.
Each new patch reef is made up of approximately 500 tons of material. The materials were transported by barge by McCulley Marine Services to deployment sites offshore.

Most of the concrete pieces were provided by local contractors and include large culverts, concrete poles and thick concrete slabs. An agreement with Florida Power & Light ensures a steady stream of concrete poles will come to the program. The concrete pieces are collected at the Martin County transfer station by the Utilities Department as part of a recycling effort to free up valuable space in landfills. Tipping fees are waived for drop off of future artificial reef material. These deployments are partially funded by a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

To date, over 95 artificial reefs have been created and have become popular spots for fishermen and divers. Each reef offers a bounty of rich aquatic life, some creating ideal locales for saltwater anglers and recreational divers while others provide habitat for protection of the fishery.

To learn more about Martin County's Artificial Reef Program and to find reef locations, visit www.martinreefs.com.



 
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Aug 20, 2014Indiantown's Carter Park wins state planning award


Indiantown's Carter Park project has been selected for an American Planning Association Florida 2014 Award of Merit in the Neighborhood Planning category. The Neighborhood Planning Award recognizes projects that demonstrate innovative planning principles and measures that create sustainable neighborhoods that have lasting value.



Carter Park in Indiantown.
Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners

Carter Park is the first combined environmentally-sustainable and affordable housing development in Martin County. Funded in part with a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Martin County built an innovative stormwater treatment project at the heart of this community that reduces pollution, and cleans the waters that flow into our estuaries.

The project was possible thanks to a public-private partnership between Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners and the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The convergence of vision, policy and innovation resulted in 40 new affordable housing lots, a new 22,000 square foot urban Boys & Girls Club, and a stormwater treatment system that reduces pollution from a 256-acre watershed within the Indiantown CRA. Martin County is honored that generations of families will call Carter Park home.

The awards ceremony will be held in September.


 
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Aug 20, 2014Martin County Currents
Now is the time.
Readers of Martin County Currents know that as publisher and editor, I took a stand against a county government that pretended to be one thing, but was, in reality, something else entirely. Our commission majority pretended to represent the will of all Martin County residents, yet were being controlled by a shadow government operating behind closed doors to ensure the will of the less than one percent of our population.

Yes, it took courage to say that, but I knew it was fact. I had watched more than 400 hours of county commission meetings, and I had seen the decisions that no true environmentalist would make—keeping septic tanks at the headwaters of the Loxahatchee River and along the Indian River Lagoon; voting against testing the waters of the St. Lucie River; constantly pointing to somewhere or someone else as the culprit for our own pollution. I saw my opponent ride the tide of public outrage during the summer of 2013 all the way to Washington, D.C., then come back home and quietly deny environmental testing.

I railed against the behind-closed-door sessions our commission majority conducted to discuss the legal case of 1,000 Friends of Florida that would give away taxpayer money to the groups who had sued the county, although attorney fees and sanctions had been ordered paid by the court. They cast their votes although they had been members of those same or affiliated organizations.

Now the conduct of the commission majority in that case is under investigation as part of a citizen's ethics complaint against my opponent. It took courage for him to file that complaint, and others. By doing so, he is saying, “This conduct is not fitting for Martin County.” He is right.

It also took courage for me to step into the political arena. I am not a politician. I am a mother of six, a grandmother of 13, and I was semi-retired with a simple life. My newspaper changed all that, because it forced me to come face to face with the reality that the vast majority of residents are not being represented. Instead, the desires of the less-than-one-percent take precedence. That is unacceptable.

Without my newspaper, you are likely unaware that taxpayers are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in unnecessary legal fees for outside attorneys, and the exact amount is difficult to ascertain. My newspaper entered a public records request with the county attorney on Jan. 8, 2014, for some of that information, which has yet to be fulfilled. We do know this: At the commission meeting just this week, another nearly $200,000 in outside legal fees was approved to pay—by taxpayers—and it was the second time such a request was approved this year.

You also likely are unaware of the commission majority's plans to reduce the size, scope and effectiveness of the Community Redevelopment Areas in our seven historic neighborhoods. Reducing their size also reduces the amount of TIF funding to pursue the projects each neighborhood has identified as part of its own vision. If their funding is gutted, so will be their progress.

My opponent is “proud” of the fact that she abolished the independent Community Redevelopment Agency in her first official act as county commission chair, and within months—even after promising she would keep the Neighborhood Advisory Committees intact—fired every member. She has announced her intention to redraw their boundaries to reduce their sizes, and she recently attempted to stop the funding for the design of an innovative stormwater treatment project being proposed as part of the Mapp Road plan, claiming that the project's purpose is only “to increase the property values of the businesses.” That's simply not true, and she knows it.

That was only one of dozens of her “no” votes over the past 12 years, but it perhaps best illustrates the difference between the two of us. I believe that the Community Redevelopment Areas hold the key to building strong, safe communities that people want to live in or near, to strengthening our economy by attracting small businesses, to raising property values and standing as a bulwark against sprawl, and even to improving the health of our river by stopping the sheet flow of water runoff through our old neighborhoods straight into the river or lagoon.

They represent the best kind of government: upward from the people who make the decisions, not downward from elected officials and their bureaucrats. I believe we need to stop demonizing businesses and the CRAs. I believe that our historic areas can take the lead in polishing the vision of who and what Martin County is now and will be in the future.

As both an environmentalist and a business owner, I know these objectives are not mutually exclusive. I believe that we can fight waste and keep a lid on rising taxes. I believe that we need to take the lead in fighting back the assaults on our way of life coming from All Aboard Florida and the pollution of our rivers, and I believe that ethical government operating in the sunshine, not behind closed doors, is not only attainable, but essential.

If you share these beliefs, stand with me, Barbara Clowdus, Republican candidate for the Martin County Commission, District 4. Do it publicly. Make a contribution to the Barbara Clowdus Campaign. We have only two days left. We have a station set up in the parking lot near the Martin County elections office on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Stuart to accept contribution checks. We need every check of whatever amount you can give up to $1,000 per person or business.

Together, we can do this for Martin County. Now is the time.


 
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Aug 20, 2014SCORE Workshop
Understanding Non-Profits - Grant Writing and Fund Raising
IRSC Chastain Campus, Stuart, FL
August 21, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Presented by Treasure Coast Score

Workshop Description
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.

Register here: http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=SCORE01487&seg=3

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

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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Aug 19, 2014STEVEN W. LANDWERSIEK RECEIVES ACCREDITED PORTFOLIO MANAGMENT ADVISOR DESIGNATION
Steven W. Landwersiek, a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Stuart has achieved the professional designation of Accredited Portfolio Management AdvisorSM (APMA®) through The College of Financial Planning. Landwersiek successfully completed the rigorous requirements that include course work and a series of examinations that cover advanced knowledge about critical aspects of asset management, allocation and selection; investment performance and strategies; and investment issues for high net worth clients.
As a financial advisor, Landwersiek provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations, and provided in one-on-one relationships with his clients. For more information, please contact Landwersiek & Associates, A financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. at (772) 233-4315. Their office is located at 6530 S. Kanner Highway Stuart, Fl. 34997.

At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for over 115 years. With outstanding asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities and a nationwide network of 10,000 financial advisors, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of individual and institutional investors' financial needs. For more information, visit ameriprise.com or www.ameripriseadvisors.com/steven.w.landwersiek/myteam/

Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC.
© 2014 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.


 
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Aug 19, 2014Overcrowded conditions prompt Humane Society of the Treasure Coast to offer deep discounts
It’s doing more than raining cats and dogs at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. The Palm City shelter is “flooded” with adoptable animals that are now are lining the nonprofit organization’s hallways. To ease the overcrowding, the HSTC is deeply discounting its adoption fees until further notice. The adoption fee for dogs, normally $120, is now $25, and cats, usually $40, are now $5.
The HSTC serves as Martin County’s only designated animal care and control facility and as such, must accept every animal that is brought to its shelter. Other animal care organizations have the option of selecting only those animals they wish to take in.
“We are the only open access shelter from Vero Beach to Ft. Lauderdale that does not euthanize animals when we are overcrowded,” said HSTC President and CEO Frank Valente. “Because we never turn an animal away for any reason, we find ourselves in this position from time to time and we need help.”
Dog and cat adoptions are available at the HSTC shelter, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., in Palm City. Cats also may be adopted at Thrift Store Central, 2585 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, and at Thrift Store North, 1099 NW 21st St., Stuart. The shelter and thrift stores’ adoption hours are Mon. through Sat. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., (Wed. until 7 –p.m.) and on Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Each adoption includes sterilization (spay or neuter), an overall wellness check, age-appropriate vaccinations including rabies, first de-worming of hookworms and roundworms, microchip and registration, heartworm test for dogs (six months and older), feline leukemia test for cats, free 30 days of Pet Health Inc. pet insurance, one $5 off Hill's Science Diet pet food and $30 off one HSTC dog obedience class.
To see photos and descriptions of available animals, visit the website, http://www.hstc1.org. For more information, call 772-223-8822.
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for animal welfare in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the Humane Society relies on donations, wills and bequests to support its programs and services. As a local Humane Society, HSTC is run independently from any national welfare or humane organization with no financial assistance from these groups. Follow the HSTC on Facebook athttp://www.Facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hstc1 and Instagram at hstcadopt. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822. Media inquiries: 772-221-2425 • http://www.prczar.com.


 
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Aug 19, 2014Salerno Road sewer enhancement project underway
A project to enhance a portion of SE Salerno Road as part of the Community Redevelopment Plan is underway. The Salerno Road Sewer Enhancement Project includes an extension of the County's central sewer system and provision of a lift station that will enable future additional sewer expansion into the residential neighborhoods to the west. The project includes a partnership with the Martin County Utilities Department.

The limits for the Phase I of the project consist of the following:
• SE Salerno Road: from SE Commerce Avenue to Railway Avenue
• SE Railway Avenue: from 200ft north of SE Seaward Street to SE Salerno Road
• Florida East Coast Railway: between SE Railway Avenue to SE Dixie Highway

The improvements will consist of extending sanitary sewer and potable water service to parcels within the project limits. The provision of a sewer connection will enable existing businesses that front Salerno Road to utilize their full potential. In addition, in conjunction with the utility service extension, stormwater treatment, access management, landscaping, on-street parking and pedestrian accommodations within the project limits will be considered for improvement.

More information and related project updates will be available at the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency website: www.martincountycra.com.


 
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Aug 19, 2014August 19 BOCC meeting agenda available
The agenda for the August 19 Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting is now available online. If you would like to attend the meeting, it begins at 9:00 am in the Commission Chambers at the County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart.

 
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Aug 19, 2014Play ball!
Join the Martin County Board of County Commissioners as we dedicate Citrus Grove Park at 9:00 am on Thursday, August 21. The park is located at 2507 SW Citrus Boulevard in Palm City and features four baseball fields, sport lighting and a concession building.

 
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Aug 19, 2014Register now for Martin CARES
Want to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes of your County government? Register now for Martin CARES, the Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series. The next six-week session begins on Thursday, October 9. Reserve your spot now!

 
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Aug 19, 2014Building permit update
During the month of July, there were a total of 873 residential and 126 non-residential permits issued for a total construction value of $38,186,922.29. For comparison, a total of 655 residential and 77 non-residential permits were issued in June of 2014, with 879 residential and 113 non-residential permits issued in July of last year.

 
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Aug 19, 2014Sales tax referendum public meetings
The public is invited to attend a series of informational meetings on the upcoming sales tax referendum. At the meeting, Martin County Engineering Department staff will present information related to the sales tax referendum and will be available to answer questions.

 
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Aug 19, 2014Artist's Digital Portfolio
Get a leg up on college admissions! Artist Kellly Arnold will provide teens in-depth instruction on creating a digital professional portfolio on August 23 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Blake Library. Students will learn how to take the best photos of artwork, how to edit those photos, and how to set files up for submission. Call 221-1407 for details.

 
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Aug 19, 2014Improve your drawing skills
If you have always wanted to learn how to draw, this is the class for you! Come to the Elisabeth Lahti Library on Saturday, August 23 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm and learn basic principles of perspective, light and shadow, and drawing techniques with professional artists. Call 597-4200 for more info.

 
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Aug 19, 2014Labor Day closures
All branches of the Martin County Library System will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day. Due to increased volume of circulation, all book drops will be closed. On the holiday, no materials will be due and no fines will be accrued.

 
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Aug 19, 2014Vote early and avoid the lines
Early voting will be available to all registered Martin County voters from August 16 through August 23. Registered Martin County voters will have the opportunity to cast their vote at either of our Early Voting locations in Stuart and Hobe Sound.

 
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Aug 19, 2014Business disaster recovery planning
The Business Development Board of Martin County and the local Chambers of Commerce are working with the countywide Emergency Operations Center in disaster preparation to aid local businesses and the community in disaster recovery efforts.

 
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Aug 19, 2014MCSD Superintendent Visits Classrooms on First Day of 2014-15
Martin County School District Superintendent Laurie Gaylord visited several schools on the first day of the 2014-15 school year, Aug. 18. The District welcomed students back at its 12 elementary, five middle, three high, two charter, and two special schools.

 
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Aug 19, 2014AT&T GIVES $4,000 TO UNITED WAY OF MARTIN COUNTY
AT&T GIVES $4,000 TO UNITED WAY OF MARTIN COUNTY CONTRIBUTION WILL SUPPORT COMMUNITY PRORITIES

For more than 60 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have been strong supporters of the United Way both at the national and local levels. AT&T continues this legacy of support through a contribution of $4,000 to the United Way of Martin County. In 2014 alone, AT&T gave $5.33 million to 568 local United Ways across the country.

In Martin County, United Way is dedicated to bringing people together to identify the community’s most critical needs and create lasting solutions. To do that, United Way raises charitable contributions through its annual fundraising campaign; forges new partnerships; advocates for change and invests in programs that deliver measurable results.

AT&T’s gift will help boost United Way’s 2014-15 fundraising campaign which provides funding to programs at local nonprofit agencies that align United Way’s six priority areas: ending hunger, strengthening families, good health, solid education, job opportunities and ensuring safety.

“We plan to invest this generous corporate gift from AT&T where it is needed most to improve people’s lives in Martin County and lift our community,” said Jim Vojcsik, president and CEO of United Way of Martin County.

In addition to this contribution, each year AT&T employees take part in an employee giving campaign that provides millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations, including the United Way. In 2013, AT&T employees, including employee members of the Communication Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Telecommunications International Union, pledged $35.5 million through this campaign.

“AT&T shares United Way’s commitment to strengthening communities and improving lives,” said Cathy McKenzie, AT&T’s Regional Director of Legislative & External Affairs. “The United Way of Martin County support for programs with proven results in our community improves the lives of our citizens by connecting them with resources and expertise that helps them succeed.”

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


 
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Aug 19, 2014FAU News
FAU Signs Licensing Agreement for a Patent that Disables Cellphone Texting Features While Driving

Florida Atlantic University and PortNexus have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement to implement a patented idea that will help solve the growing national problem of auto accidents caused by people texting while driving—potentially saving lives one blocked text at a time.

The patent created by Daniel Raviv, Ph.D., professor in FAU’s Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will help stop driver distractions before they happen by disabling a cellphone from sending and receiving text messages when the driver’s phone is in a moving vehicle.

“I’m glad that this invention may help save lives, which is a part of my goal to help the community at large,” said Raviv. “Improving public safety through new, innovative technologies can make a real difference in the lives of millions.”

PortNexus, a South-Florida based company, along with AT&T Certified Solutions Partner, will use the idea to develop programming for Phone Service Providers (PSP) which then could offer the service to its customers. The idea does not require downloading of any software or special installations and would be handled by the PSP through the customer’s account.

“As we aggressively enter the age of mobile technology, distraction caused by mobile devices will only increase,” said Steve Jones, CEO of PortNexus. “Our technology will control what features are enabled on a cell phone based on the finely-tuned understanding of the motion of the device. It can eliminate an entire category of auto accidents that claim thousands of lives every year.”

Control of cellphone texting can be coordinated using Geo-referencing of spatial data so that the device that a person is using can be monitored at an exact location. Travel by train, bike or at an amusement park would be distinguishable by using location features and patterns of speed. The technology is precise enough to disable the driver’s phone, but not the phones of any of the car’s passengers.

“We are very pleased to help play a role in bringing this idea to market,” said Mohammad Ilyas, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. “This research is just one of the ongoing efforts by FAU’s students and faculty who are working on new generations of active safety applications and systems to help further reduce auto accidents.”

For more information, please contact Cheryl Halle at 561-297-1399 or via email at challe@fau.edu.



FAU Signs Lease to Install World's First Ocean Current Energy Test Site

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) will soon install the world’s first offshore test berth for small-scale ocean current turbines thanks to a recently signed five-year lease agreement between FAU and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

The new lease allows installation of multiple anchored floating test berths on the U.S. outer continental shelf 13 miles (22 km) offshore from Broward County, Fla. These test berths, each consisting of a buoy anchored to the sea floor, allow ocean current turbine prototypes (up to 100kW generation capacity) to be deployed from vessels moored in the Gulf Stream for a few weeks at a time. FAU researchers recently performed a successful final sea trial of the first test berth buoy as well as preliminary tow tests of a small-scale research turbine in late 2013.
This is the first time BOEM has issued a lease to test ocean current energy equipment in Federal waters. FAU’s private industry partners will now have the opportunity to evaluate the efficacy of their turbine designs while mooring buoys collect measurements of ocean conditions nearby. The University is looking forward to working closely with these partners as we begin to collectively evaluate equipment to generate power from ocean currents and continue to inform future regulatory processes.


FAU’S College of Business Sport Management M.B.A. Ranked Among Top 10 Programs in the World, Top Five in U.S.

Each year the London-based SportBusiness International magazine releases its Postgraduate Sport Course Rankings list, which is the only internationally recognized annual review of the world’s top university-level sports management courses. This year, Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business sport management M.B.A. program ranked sixth internationally and fourth in North America out of more than 500 graduate-level programs worldwide. The University’s new rank improves on the program’s 2013 ranking of eighth in the world and fifth in North America.

The new rankings were announced at the inaugural Work In Sports Exhibition in Switzerland on May 7, and the full rankings were published in the June edition of SportBusiness International magazine in the article “Top of The Class: SportBusiness International’s 2014 Postgraduate Sports Course Ranking.”

FAU’s College of Business sport management program began in 2000. More than 90 percent of program graduates are employed in a full or part-time capacity within the sport and/or entertainment industries. Sport management alumni have gone on to have careers with the Miami Dolphins, ESPN, Florida Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, and numerous university athletic departments.

The sport management program at FAU’s College of Business is the first Florida-based program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and the second sport management program to be AACSB-accredited in the nation.



FAU Students Receive First Place in Prestigious American Songwriting Awards

Florida Atlantic University students Sean Dough (Darch) and Chris Felix (Bazelais) recently won the 2014 American Songwriting Award in the Hip Hop category. Their song, titled “Change Your Mood," was featured on CompOWLation Volume 3, which was recently released by FAU’s Hoot/Wisdom Recordings L.L.C.
The American Songwriting Awards is an international, elite-class songwriting competition open to unknowns and working artists who want to be heard, recognized and rewarded for their songwriting talent. This high-profile annual contest brings together top music industry producers, artists and songwriters to discover and promote new talent in a format that focuses solely on their ability to write great songs.

Chris Felix, who wrote the music, is a current commercial music major and Sean Dough, who wrote the lyrics and performs on the track, is a political science major and commercial music minor. The song was produced, mixed and recorded in Studio A at Florida Atlantic University.

Hoot/Wisdom Recordings is FAU's student-run/faculty supervised record label. The program, which was established in 2003 by Michael Zager, a music producer, composer and arranger, offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate courses to help students develop skills for a professional music career.





 
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Aug 14, 2014Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Takes Science Out of the Lab and Into the Community
Imagine having the chance to create art with algae, peer inside an active beehive (without getting stung!), and experience explosive chemical reactions all at the same place! The inaugural Indian River Lagoon Science Festival will bring all that and more to the Treasure Coast on Saturday, September 27 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Museum Pointe Park on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce.
The FREE family-friendly community festival is a celebration of science and aims to show that science is not only meaningful and relevant, but also fun! Exhibitors will have hands-on activities and demonstrations exploring different areas of science, such as agriculture, health science, entomology, ecology, marine science and more!
“We hope the IRL Science Festival broadens people’s ideas of what science is,” shared Laura Diederick, Co-Chair of the Festival. “Science is all around us, all the time, and everyone can be a scientist!”
Highlights of the event include:
• Explosive chemistry stage shows by Miracle of Science at 10:00am and 2:00pm
• Special appearance by Treasure Coast Wildlife Center, featuring live animals, at 12:00pm
• Free admission to the St. Lucie County Aquarium and St. Lucie Regional History Center
• Live musical performances by The Sweet Chariots throughout the day
• Food trucks from area vendors
• Free parking at event site and free shuttle from Downtown Fort Pierce
Additionally, there are a number of science-focused events taking place across Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin Counties leading up to the Festival day. For more information on these events, visit the IRL Science Festival website at www.irlsciencefest.org.
“The Treasure Coast is incredibly fortunate to have such a diversity of science and technology resources,” said Festival Co-Chair Cristin Ryan. “The IRL Science Festival and the pre-Festival events are a fantastic way for the community to learn about the wealth of opportunities in our own backyard.”
The IRL Science Festival has been made possible through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology, as well as donations from the Smithsonian Marine Station, Friends of the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch, the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, and the generous support of St. Lucie County and Indian River State College. Festival planners are still looking for additional event sponsors. For more information on how individuals, groups and businesses can sponsor this event, please contact Festival Co-Chair Laura Diederick at 772.462.6216.


 
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Aug 14, 2014Early Voting Information for St Lucie County
Early Voting Starts this Saturday & FOUR Locations will be OPEN.
Early Voting Runs From:
August 16, 2014 to August 23, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Daily.

Please see below for detailed information on Early Voting Locations for 2014.



1.) Orange Blossom Business Center,
Entrance 3
4132 Okeechobee Rd.
Fort Pierce, FL 34947

2.) Port St. Lucie Civic Center
9221 SE Civic Center Place
Port St Lucie, FL 34952-5421

3.) Port St. Lucie Community Center
2195 SE Airoso Boulevard
Port St Lucie, FL 34984-4789

4.) Zora Neale Hurston Library
3008 Avenue D
Fort Pierce, Florida 34947


 
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Aug 14, 2014Stuart Air Show to Feature Military Jets
Military jets will be the stars of the show at the 25th Anniversary 2014 Stuart Air Show on October 31 – November 2 at Witham Field in Stuart, FL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.stuartairshow.com
www.facebook.com/stuartairshow
@stuartairshow


 
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Aug 14, 2014REDEEM THE SHADOWS ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL 5K “REDEMPTION RUN”
Stuart, FL - May 27, 2014 – Redeem The Shadows (RTS) announces the
first annual 5K “Redemption Run” to be held in Jensen Beach on September 6, 2014 at 6pm in
support of Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness, Education, Rescue, and Rehabilitation efforts in
Florida. !
The 5K Run will be the first of its kind to be held on the Treasure Coast. “This is not your typical 5K.
Runners will be challenged with attempting to complete the 5K trek the entire time in the pristine
sand of Jensen Beach. Running in the sandy grit will challenge even the most accomplished athletes
and enthusiast, but the purpose of the venue is to drive home the messaging that victims of human
trafficking do not have the luxury of freedom and safety to enjoy such activities. Victims are faced
with much worse conditions, better paralleled with ‘quick sand.’ The more the victims try to escape
without help, the more they are forced deeper into the mouth of despair and victimization. It is our
goal to shed light onto the enormous problem that is right in our back door of the Treasure Coast and
across Florida, and send a message to the traffickers that we will not stand idly by and allow their
efforts to be successful in our communities,” stated Jon Snyder, chairman of the board and
president. !
The Redemption Run has already generated tremendous financial and community support.
The event is not only for runners, as it includes a family-friendly “after race” party with music,
barbecue, dancing, professional interactive drumming and a bonfire beach side.
Register for the event at www.active.com/event detail.cfmeventId2128944
Or www.redeemtheshadows.org
Race only $25.00 Race and party $75.00 Party only $75.00
Registration deadline for Beach party September 2
To volunteer for the event e mail kkararussell@gmail.com !
About Redeem The Shadows !
Redeem The Shadows is a 501 (c)3 faith based non-profit organization dedicated to combating
human trafficking in the United States through awareness, education. rescue and rehabilitation. The
organization is based out of Stuart, Florida and is predominantly run by the Board of Directors and
volunteers. !
Contact:
Email: info@redeemtheshadows.org
www.RedeemTheShadows.org

 
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Aug 13, 2014New lifeguard tower coming to Hobe Sound Beach Park; beach temporarily closed Aug. 19 to facilitate delivery and installation
A new lifeguard tower is coming to Hobe Sound Beach Park. The tower is a new design and will facilitate improved visibility to Martin County Fire Rescue Ocean Rescue Lifeguards.

The tower replacement will be completed on August 19. For the safety of the public, Hobe Sound Beach parking lot and beach accesses will be closed from of 12 a.m. until approximately 12 p.m. Beach access at Hobe Sound Beach Park will be affected by this project at County beach access numbers 30 and 31 during this time, so patrons are asked to plan their beach visits accordingly.

Jensen Public Beach Park will also have some parking and access impacts due to removal of the damaged lifeguard tower on August 19, concluding around mid-afternoon. Beach access will be temporarily blocked at access number 5, directly east of the roundabout to allow the heavy equipment needed to relocate lifeguard towers to operate safely there. 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.

The entire project will be completed on August 19 by mid-afternoon. This project brings much needed improvements to the Hobe Sound Beach lifeguard operation and enables speedy replacement of the damaged lifeguard tower on Jensen Beach's north side.
For more information, please call 772-288-5710.


 
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Aug 13, 2014TEN MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOLS EARN “FIVE STAR SCHOOL AWARD” FROM FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Ten schools in the Martin County School District have earned the “Five Star School Award” from the Florida Department of Education for the 2013-14 school year.

The Five Star School Award was created by the Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to those schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement. In order to earn Five Star school recognition, a school must show documentation that it has achieved 100% of the established criteria in the categories of:

• Business partnerships
• Family Involvement
• Volunteerism
• Student Community Service
• School Advisory Councils

The six elementary, one middle, and three high schools in Martin County to receive the award are:

• Bessey Creek Elementary
• Crystal Lake Elementary
• Felix A. Williams Elementary
• Jensen Beach High School
• Martin County High School
• Murray Middle School
• Palm City Elementary School
• Port Salerno Elementary School
• Sea Wind Elementary School
• South Fork High School

More information about the Five Star School Award can be found on the Florida Department of Education’s website at www.fldoe.org/family/fivestar.asp.


 
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Aug 13, 2014Elliott Museum
In CASE you were thinking of buying a brand new luxury sports car, we wanted to tell you about a way to do that and support the Elliott Museum at the same time!

The Rick Case Automotive Group is donating the first delivered 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C to a live auction where 100% of bid price over MSRP will be paid by the winning bidder directly to their chosen charity as a donation -- and the Elliott Museum is proud to have been chosen as a qualifying non-profit.

To Register to Bid:
• Review the (2) attachments featuring information about the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C.
• Visit http://rickcasealfaromeo.net/deposit and complete the bid registration form by September 30, 2014
.
• In October, Rick Case Fiat/Alfa Romeo will host a special vehicle auction for the first 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C. Event details to follow.
(Note - all participating bidders must be in attendance at the auction)

For more information on Rick Case or the all new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C, please call Raquel Case at (954) 646-0716 or email raquelcase@rickcase.com
.


Car for Elliot.pdf
 
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Aug 13, 2014BIG NEWS!
The official Rick Scott for Florida campaign store is NOW OPEN!
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Over the past four years, Governor Scott has worked tirelessly to make sure Florida is the best place in the country to live, work, and raise a family. He has created more than 620,000 private-sector jobs and cut taxes 40 times, giving millions back to hard-working Floridians.

Governor Scott deserves another four years to keep Florida moving in the right direction. We cannot go back to the tax-and-spend ways of Charlie Crist.

With only 84 days until Election Day, now is the time to get involved and help spread the word. Check out our store to see all the fun ways you can show your support!


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Aug 13, 2014YMCA After School Programs
What are your kids doing after school??
Join the YMCA SportsWorld's After School Enrichment programs to keep them learning and growing even after the school bell rings!

Programs available for Grades K-8!

See attached.

Angela Sands
After School Supervisor
YMCA SportsWorld
2700 SE Willoughby Blvd.
Stuart, Florida 34994
772-223-1606
asands@ymcatreasurecoast.org
www.ymcatreasurecoast.org



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Aug 13, 2014Artists for a Cause
Executive Director, Terry Barber, would like to thank Elisabeth “Betty” Lahti for her generous donation to support Artists for a Cause (A4AC). Terry and Betty have become close friends and share a common belief that their gifts were meant to be shared for the betterment of the community, a philosophy that prompted Terry to found Artists for a Cause after the loss of his mother to cancer. Betty has a history of supporting charities which provide either children’s services or arts opportunities. Since every A4AC program helps children with arts education opportunities, mentoring opportunities and seeks to promote health via expression through the arts, she recognizes that the organization’s mission and her own philanthropic goals are aligned. Artists for a Cause helps hundreds of visual and performing artists each year to use their talent for community improvement, stimulating culture and meeting the critical needs of communities.

Upon presentation of the check, a group of staff, volunteers and student artists arrived to thank Betty for her important support of the cause they care so much about. She said only “This is what I do.” In the last few years alone, this strong woman who all but refuses to expend resources on herself, has been instrumental in the creation of both a library and a Boys & Girls Clubs branch in Indiantown, Florida. Both new buildings proudly display her name.

Elisabeth Lahti was raised by parents who were very active in their own communities, passing down some strong values which Betty has in turn passed on to her three children, all of whom have their own foundations. Though women had not even been given the right to vote yet, her mother, an author and educator, Bernice Rowland Illick, graduated from Syracuse University in 1912 and was awarded distinctions such as “Phi Beta Capa” and “Outstanding Woman of the Class.” She was an English and Art History professor, published writer and avid classical music enthusiast. Graduating the same year from Syracuse, her father, Rev. J. Theron Illick, passed on both a love of discovery and a special concern for all God’s creatures, big and small.

Elisabeth received her degree in social work also from Syracuse University and has utilized that training throughout her life both in careers and in her work on several nonprofit boards throughout the country. Raised for many years in China, Elisabeth’s frugal nature can be seen in her everyday choices, as she wastes nothing, pinching pennies, which add up to monumental, life-changing support for others.

This is the second time Elisabeth Lahti has awarded Artists for a Cause with a major gift. We encourage you to visit www.a4ac.org not only to see what we are doing to make one of our most discerning heroes proud, but also to see how you can get involved using art as a solution for community improvement.
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"Students & Stars!"
The inaugural “Students and Stars!” event took place at the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace, West Palm Beach July 15. The audience was treated to the unstoppable talent of seasoned professional, Avery Sommers, who shared the Broadway stage with Chita Rivera, Anne Margaret and Joel Grey, as well as to an award-winning new talent, Kevin Paul, who has been recognized by and accepted into many of the country’s best musical theater programs. The two delighted an enthusiastic crowd with solo numbers and a few duets, accompanied on piano by Phil Hinton.

“Students & Stars!” was Avery’s first A4AC event. She reported that she enjoyed herself, the crowd and is looking forward to more opportunities to use her talent for community improvement, in keeping with the A4AC mission. Avery said she was not only impressed with Kevin’s talent, but also with his enthusiasm and sincerity. Kevin Paul has been a regular with A4AC as president of the club at the Pine School and as pioneer of the “Share Arts” program. We will miss him, but know that he is headed where he needs to be. Kevin has accepted a position in the musical theater program at Carnegie Mellon and will begin training there this fall.

We had a wonderful team of volunteers including Lorraine and Jim Nehls, Jorden Locaio, Shanda Hunt and Lisa Colletti as well as the entire Firefly Group staff! Thank you for your time and commitment to our success! Additionally, we want to give thanks for Pam Benoit’s leadership. Pam, an assertive volunteer who chaired the event, organized the work of artists, volunteers and Firefly staff, addressed the audience sharing further information about the work of A4AC. We want to thank Pam for her attention to detail and wonderful skillset that was so much a part of the success of this event.

And we want to report an additional, unexpected success! A board member from a private foundation that attended the event was compelled to invite A4AC to apply for support. We’ll report back, likely in October, after the board meets to make their decisions.

Let’s not forget that the event was made possible by Kathi Kretzer of Kretzer Pianos as part of the “Music for the Mind” series. Thank you, Kretzer Piano!

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Therapeutic Arts Series


On July 24, A4AC sent harpist, Sarah Bartal, and visual artist, Jameson Donoian, to enhance the “Art at the Gardens” annual event at The Gardens of Port Saint Lucie. Residents, family members and the public were invited. The activities director, Saber Dhif reported, “The event was a huge success with residents. Sarah and Jameson are both very talented and the residents enjoyed the harp as well as the paintings and the sculptures.” She expressed their interest in working with A4AC on future projects which bring the arts to her residents. This outreach fits under the umbrella of our “Therapeutic Arts” program which completes approximately 100 services per year.

Sarah said, “I had a lovely experience. I truly enjoyed sharing my music with the residents and the very attentive staff.” Director of Community Relations for the facility Anne Branen said, “Thank you for working with us to enrich our residents lives and give them opportunities they would not have otherwise.”
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A "Notable" Donation


Thank you to Bob Swinton for passing this photo along of a young student from Bach’s Children Music School (an A4AC registered charity partner) playing a guitar donated by Michaela Girouard. The A4AC “Elisabeth Lahti Donated Instrument and Dance Shoe Closet” Program strives to connect children in need of support with the supplies necessary for their success.
Elisabeth Lahti has a history of supporting children’s services and the arts, so we thought this program a good one to name after one of our biggest supporters.

Artists for a Cause is a nonprofit organization that helps visual and performing artists to use their talents for community improvement. Artists are not asked to give up their livelihood, or to work without some remuneration; art is not just for art's sake. Some programs help artists and charities get the most out of their collaboration, while others produce results directly, by feeding the poor, healing the sick, or solving other problems through unique artistic solutions.



 
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Aug 12, 2014Register now for Martin County's citizens academy- CARES, class starts October 9!
Register now for Martin CARES, the Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series offered by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. The next class begins on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Citizens must register in advance to participate.

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

In a series of sessions held over a six week period, citizens will hear presentations from all departments under the Board of County Commissioners and the County's constitutional officers. A visit to several Martin County schools and a presentation by the Children's Services Council are highlights. Field trips are arranged to County facilities, so plan to spend some time at the jail and emergency operations center.

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

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

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


 
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Aug 12, 2014Habitat for Humanity - 2013-2014 At a Glancce
A PROUD NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION
PROGRAM PARTICIPANT

TEN NEW CONSTRUCTION HOMES
TWO HOMES – REHAB

TWENTY-TWO HOMES - PRESERVATION PROGRAM

ABWK on TWO HALF-WAY HOMES IN INDIANTOWN

BUILT WHEELCHAIR RAMP- LOCAL FAMILY

BUILDING BRIDGES FOR CHILDREN – TOOLS, E STUART

PRESSURE WASH HOME/LAWN – HANDICAP HOMEOWNER

DONATED COMFORTERS/SHEETS/TOWLES – LAHIA

INAUGURAL YEAR OF ADVISORY BOARD

RECEIVED OVER $127,000 GIFTS IN KIND

SERVED OVER 190 FAMILIES THROUGH PROGRAMS AND TRAINING

ACQUIRED MORE THAN 200 NEW DONORS

INVOLVED 38 NEW VOLUNTEER ‘GROUPS’

IMPLEMENTED LEVELS OF GIVING

LAUNCHED ‘CIRCLE OF FRIENDS’ PROGRAM

PARTICIPATED IN THE RV CAR-A-VANNERS PROGRAM

CONDUCTED 46 ‘DECONSTRUCTION’ PROJECTS

RECEIVED OVER 330 APPLICATIONS FOR HOMEOWNERSHIP

20,000 RESTORE SHOPPERS

FIRST ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

CONDUCTED 26 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS THROUGHOUT MARTIN COUNTY

RECEIVED A HOME FROM BANK OF AMERICA

RECEIVED A HOME FROM EAST STUART FAMILY

PARTICIPATED IN WOMEN BUILD PROGRAM / MR STUDFINDER

BUILT A HOME IN ONE WEEK THROUGH BUILDERS’ BLITZ PROGRAM

NRI VIDEO PRODUCED & SHARED AT STATE CONFERENCE

FUNDED INVESTMENT ACCOUNT FOR FUTURE

3 MORE HOMEOWNERS PAID OFF THEIR MORTGAGE (12)

ACQUIRED OVER 1200 FRIENDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Want to OWN your own home or know someone else that does?
Homeowner application process is currently open, apply now!!
Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is currently accepting applications for new homeowners for:
Indiantown, Hobe Sound & East Stuart!!!
http://www.habitatmartin.org/p/108/home-ownership


 
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Aug 11, 2014Library Board of Trustees Vacancies


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, August 29, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

To be eligible to serve, all members must be a resident of Martin County and shall not be public office holders nor shall members be employed in the County library or be related to a library employee. The term for these positions will expire on September 30, 2017.

The Library Board of Trustees shall have the following duties, functions, and responsibilities: To serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administration through the Director of Library Services as follows:
(a) Should the Library Director position become vacant, the County Administrator will provide the Trustees with the top three candidates being considered, their application and resumes. The County Administrator will solicit comments from the Trustees on each of the candidates and discuss possible rankings of the candidates prior to making a final determination. The final decision will be the responsibility of the County Administrator with confirmation by the Board of County Commissioners.
(b) Develop library policy with the advice and counsel of the library director, especially concerning library hours, book selection, use of meeting rooms, etc.
(c) Make continuing studies of all existing and future needs of the County in respect to public facilities and services.
(d) Review the financial position of the library system and make reports and submit recommendations regarding sound and feasible budget financing.
(e) Keep constantly aware of public library standards, trends, regulations, and legislation.
(f) Formulate or recommend actions to raise the quality of service and utilization of financial assistance from state, national, and other sources.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm at the Blake Library and various public library locations. The next meetings are scheduled for August 20, September 17, October 15, and November 19.


 
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Aug 11, 2014Value Adjustment Board Vacancy


The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Value Adjustment Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, August 29, 2014. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

Vacant Citizen Position: The citizen must own homestead property within the County, may NOT be a member or an employee of any taxing authority, and may NOT be a person who represents property owners in any administrative or judicial review of property tax. The term for this position will begin in October and be for the 2014 Value Adjustment Board.

Powers & Duties:
The Value Adjustment Board hears petitions relating to assessments, hears complaints relating to homestead exemptions, hears appeals from exemptions denied or disputes arising from exemptions granted, and hears appeals concerning ad valorem tax deferrals, classifications.

Meetings are typically held twice a year, during the daytime, at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.


 
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Aug 11, 2014MORE THAN $16,000 IN GRANTS AWARDED IN 15 COUNTIES
The Florida Wildflower Foundation recently awarded 30 grants in three of its planting programs. Grants were made to public agencies, botanical gardens, nonprofit organizations and schools in Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Leon, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Volusia and Wakulla counties. The grants are made possible by sales of the Florida Wildflower license plate.

“The Foundation is happy to support these outstanding projects, which will bring new visibility to the state's wildflowers. The more people exposed to Florida's unique and beautiful vegetation, the better," said Lisa Roberts, FWF executive director.

The projects have education components meant to engage residents and visitors in learning more about the many natural habitats that make up La Florida, "land of flowers." Five were funded through the Viva Florida program, which awards up to $3,000 for wildflower demonstrations and restorations. Four projects were awarded $500 La Florida community micro-grants, and 21 schoolteachers received classroom resources and wildflower seeds with which to start a campus garden. All grants include access to experts who boost success through guidance and advice.

Viva Florida Demonstration Garden grant awards

• Flamingo Gardens, Davie - For a native wildflower garden installation that will be included in both narrated and self-guided tours, and used in children's programs. Partners include South Florida Audubon, Broward Butterfly Association and Broward Naturescape Program.

• Forage Farm, Gainesville - For "Nora's Native Garden," a 1-acre demonstration garden that includes a 3/4-acre native wildflower meadow and a 1/4-acre native landscape.

• Stetson University - For a longleaf/sandhill ecosystem native demonstration garden at the Environmental Learning Center. The garden will be used in programming for Volusia school field trips, Science Saturdays (a free community program), and other workshops and events. It also will serve as an outdoor classroom for a number of undergraduate classes and student-led projects, including the creation of a seed library.

• University of Central Florida, Orlando - For a native wildflower installation at the Public History Center, to be used in K-12 field trips to teach Florida's ecological and cultural history. Workshops also will be developed in partnership with the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Master Gardeners and Florida Native Plant Society.

• Youth Environmental Alliance - For a butterfly garden at the entrance of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale, and a boardwalk butterfly garden on park property near the Intracoastal Waterway.

La Florida, "Land of Flowers," Community Planting Grants awards

• Boca Raton Community Garden - For the purchase of plants with which to establish a "wildflower walk."

• Hillsborough County - For the purchase of Florida native wildflower seeds for roadside plantings.

• Magnolia Chapter, Florida Native Plant Society - To expand the Native Plant Demonstration Arboretum at Maclay Gardens State Park.

• Wakulla County - To establish a native wildflower landscape at the county's administrative complex.

Seeds for Schools Grant Awards

Grants were awarded to 21 teachers, who will receive wildflower seeds, classroom resources and expert assistance.

County School City
Alachua Littlewood Elementary Gainesville
Brevard Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy Melbourne
Brevard Manatee Elementary Melbourne
Duval Atlantic Coast High School Jacksonville
Marion South Ocala Elementary School Ocala
Martin Dr David L Anderson Middle School Stuart
Martin Pinewood Elementary Stuart
Martin Pinewood Elementary Stuart
Martin Palm City Elementary Palm City
Miami-Dade Waldorf of Miami International Miami
Miami-Dade Howard D McMillan Middle School Miami
Miami-Dade Norma Butler Bossard Elementary Miami
Miami-Dade Shadowlawn Elementary Miami
Miami-Dade Herbert A. Ammons Middle School Miami
Miami-Dade MAST Academy (High School) Miami
Miami-Dade Miami Dade College Environmental Center Miami
Osceola Pleasant Hill Elementary Kissimmee
Osceola Renaissance Elementary Kissimmee
Palm Beach Pine Jog Elementary West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Benoist Farms Elementary West Palm Beach
Polk Highland City Elementary Highland City



225 S. Swoope Ave., Suite 110, Maitland, FL 32751 * 407-622-1606 * www.flawildflowers.org


 
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Aug 11, 2014You can help clean the St Lucie River by enjoying Fresh Catch Seafood Grill’s oysters on the half shell, and you can enjoy excellent oysters too.
Fresh Catch restaurant is a proud participant of the city of Stuart’s Shell Recycling Program supplying oyster shells to create new oyster reefs. Help clean our environment and start at Fresh Catch’s oyster bar.
Yes, you can play an important role in cleansing our estuary. A single oyster can filter between 20 and 50 gallons of water per day. City of Stuart has partnered with Florida Oceanographic Society in the Treasure Coast Shell Recycling Program. This regional program initiated by Florida Oceanographic provides a valuable service by collecting discarded oyster, clam, and mussel shells, recycling them, then deploying the shell into the estuary to provide a habitat for new oysters. Fresh Catch hopes to help increase public awareness of the program and illustrate the importance of oyster restoration for a healthy river.

“We Store the Shells and then a FOS (Florida Oceanographic) representative picks them up every Monday”, says Eric Olson of Fresh Catch. “They stock pile the shells and volunteers bag them to create a reef which benefits filtration of our water ways. It is paramount to me that we retain clean water. I have fished all my life and now I provide clean safe fresh fish to the public in the restaurant.”

Fresh Catch restaurant offers fresh fish which arrive whole daily and is filleted right on premises by the Fresh Catch Crew. Premium Black Angus steaks and burgers are also a favorite on their menu. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day.
Visit Fresh Catch Seafood Grill, 1411 SE Indian St, Stuart (between US1 & Willoughby) 772.286.6711


 
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Aug 11, 2014Join United Way, help others Sept. 6 during Day of Caring
Making a difference in the community is easy and meaningful thanks to United Way’s Day of Caring.

This community-wide volunteer engagement event brings people together for a half day of volunteerism, but it’s really meant to be a full day of fun for friends and family. The day begins with a free breakfast provided by Chick-fil-A and ends with a pool party at Sailfish Splash Waterpark for all volunteers and their families.

“Day of Caring is a meant to be celebration of our community coming together for the greater good,” said Crystal Stiles, United Way’s 2014-15 campaign chair and economic development project manager at Florida Power & Light. “We’re inviting friends, families and people from all walks of life to support United Way by giving up a few hours of their day to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.”

Volunteers can choose from 21 different service projects. Family-friendly projects include creating thank you cards for United Way donors and building compassion kits for shelters, while projects more suitable for adults include painting rooms at a women’s shelter to distributing food to neighbors in need via a mobile food pantry.

The day begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast provided by Chick-Fil-A for all pre-registered volunteers at the Martin County Fairgrounds, 2616 S.E. Dixie Highway, Stuart. After breakfast, volunteers will disperse to their service project. Once projects are completed, all volunteers and their family are invited to a free afternoon of fun at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 S.E. Ruhnke Street, Stuart.

Day of Caring is made possible thanks to the support of Sailfish Splash Waterpark; Pratt & Whitney; Coast 101.3 FM; WQCS-88.9 FM; Martin Health System; FPL; Publix Super Markets; Chick-Fil-A; Martin County Fair Association; Keiser University; and Swan Photography.

United Way of Martin County is determined to improve lives together and lift the community by ending hunger; strengthening families; improving people's health; creating job opportunities; providing solid education for all; and ensuring safety.

For more information or to register for Day of Caring, visit www.LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call 772-283-4800, ext. 227.


 
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Aug 8, 2014Clubs Name Stephanie Redditt New Education Director
BGCMC is pleased to announce that Stephanie Redditt was named the organization's new Education Director in July.

"I have a vision and passion for helping young people
succeed in all areas of their lives," said Stephanie. "I'll have
the unique opportunity at BGCMC to provide critical out-
of-school learning time to thousands of at-risk children and teens in our community, ensuring all Club members are
on track to graduate from high school with a solid plan
for their futures."

Stephanie, a third generation Martin County resident,
started her career in education with Bachelor's Degrees in Elementary Education and English Speakers of Other Languages from Florida Atlantic University.

In 2001 she was hired at the Martin County School District
to teach at Indiantown's Warfield Elementary School where she worked with Second Language Learners and their families.

While working at Warfield, Stephanie obtained a Masters
in Reading (K-12 grades) and was promoted to be a
literacy coach at multiple school sites. She was
subsequently transferred to the Title I department as a Curriculum, Instructional and Professional Development Coach. She also studied and obtained a second Master's Degree in Educational Leadership (K-12 grades).

In her new role, Stephanie will help plan, develop,
execute and evaluate all of BGCMC's academic programs including Power Hour, Be READy, Stride Academy, and our Summer Learning Loss Prevention program.

According to 2014 National Youth Outcomes Initiative
data, 96% of Members at BGCMC say they expect to
graduate from high school; 85% say they expect to
attend college; and 89% perceive school as important.
Also, 83% of Club parents agree (with 54% strongly
agreeing) their child is better prepared for school because
of homework help, tutoring, and other academic
programs at the Club.

A resident of Palm City, Stephanie enjoys spending time
with her family and friends, long walks on the beach,
and visiting friends in Colorado.

Among her favorite sayings about education is the
following from Brad Henry:

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."

Stephanie can be reached by phone at 772.545.1255
or via email at sredditt@bgcmartin.org.





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

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

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

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



 
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Aug 7, 2014Women Supporting the Arts (WSA) Grant Fund

What: Grants for Arts Enhancement projects available through Women Supporting the Arts (WSA)
When: Applications due September 30, 2014

An estimated $20,000 will be available for arts enhancement grants through the Women Supporting the Arts (WSA) grant fund, a managed fund of the Arts Foundation of Martin County. Applications and guidelines are available on line at www.martinarts.org. The deadline for the 2014 application is September 30, 2014.
WSA welcomes grant applications from organizations and individuals. Applicants’ projects must serve the Martin County community. Applications will be evaluated based on value to the community; merit of the program, project, scholarship, or internship; public awareness and participation in the arts; and partnerships and collaborations. For additional criteria and application guidelines, download the application package found at www.martinarts.org.
WSA’s mission is to build a community of women philanthropists who inspire, educate and encourage women to strengthen the arts and cultural environment in Martin County. WSA is a managed fund of the Arts Foundation of Martin County. Annual membership for the Women Supporting the Arts donor circle is $1000. Since 2004, over $201,000 has been given by members of WSA to support their grant making function in our community.
For more information, contact Nancy Turrell at The Arts Council of Martin County at (772) 287-6676, ext. 14, or nturrell@martinarts.org.


 
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Aug 7, 2014Understanding Non-Profits - Grant Writing and Fund Raising
Workshop Description
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.


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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Aug 7, 2014Champions for Children honored by Children’s Services Council for Kids Week
During Martin County’s Kids Week, representatives from the Children’s Services Council honored residents who make a difference in the lives of children with Champion for Children awards.
The honorees were surprised with awards, balloons and flowers in public places, such as the Martin County Courthouse, Panera Bread Co. and during staff meetings.
The winners are:
• Jeff Carson: Civic Group Leader Award for his work as president of the Kiwanis Club and mentor to numerous students including those active in local school-based community service clubs.
• Betty Mulligan, Outstanding Senior Volunteer, who serves as a go-to volunteer for Caring Children/Clothing Children. She implemented a reading tutoring program in five local schools by training 100 volunteers to help hundreds of students
• Bria Anderson, Peer Award winner, who attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County , was named a two-time Youth of the Year winner and plays leadership roles in community service, tobacco prevention projects and helping peers with special needs.
• Helen Savill, Legacy Award winner, who recently retired as director of Humane Education at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Helen created the award-winning Paws To Read program, which employs therapy dogs to motivate struggling readers to success.
• Loblolly Foundation, Non-Profit Supporter Award, which was nominated by the ARC of Martin County. Loblolly residents play a quiet but important role in the funding puzzle for agencies helping children and families in Hobe Sound and throughout Martin County.
• Gordon and June Pickett, Mentors of the Year, who were nominated by Doris Saffran of the Indiantown Parent Resource Center. This couple is very active volunteering, mentoring and being friends to scores of local children.
• Rob Gluckman and Michele Libman, Child-Friendly Business Owners Award winners and owners of Treasure Coast Urgent and Family Care. Through their medical practice, this couple has contributed about $250,000 to local charities and volunteered with Helping People Succeed. They also raised funds for the son of a deceased staff member.
• Fay Clark, Advocate for Children and Guardian Ad Litem. Fay is a tireless advocate for children and is a mentor who makes children feel like a member of her family at a time when they need it the most.
The Champion for Children awards were part of a week-long effort by the Children’s Services Council to thank residents of Martin County for prioritizing the future of young residents – and their own quality of life. A US 1 sign takeover, with marquees reading “Martin County Loves Our Children,” activities in local day cares, National Night Out at the East Tenth Street Recreation Center and many more events were part of the celebration.
“Martin County is a caring community that made clear its priority for children by creating the Children’s Services Council of Martin County with a voter referendum back in 1988,” said David Heaton, the Council’s executive director. “We are excited to celebrate 26 years of success by children and teens here.”
The Children’s Services Council of Martin County, an independent special district, was created by voter referendum in 1988 to provide a dedicated funding source for local children’s programs. The Council funds programs that provide a healthy foundation for children, create strong, supportive families, foster a safe community and offer children opportunities for success in school and life. Learn more at www.cscmc.org.


 
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Aug 7, 2014Treasure Coast Food Bank August Newsletter

Back Pack & School Pantry Programs Return!

August finds many local families in a flurry of back-to-school activity. With school supplies and clothing for growing children, it can also be a time of financial strain. But for some parents, the struggle to provide proper nutrition to their children overshadows the excitement of a new school year. Treasure Coast Food Bank works with schools and youth organizations in our four county service area to ensure that children are receiving the nourishment they need to grow and to learn.

Our Back Pack program provides a Back Pack of child friendly, nutritious food to children from low-income families for consumption at home, on the weekends and holidays, when they may otherwise go without.

Similarly, our School Pantry program takes place in the setting of a traditional school or a Boys & Girls Club and provides a variety of shelf stable food directly to students and families in need on a weekly basis. This particular program aims to serve the whole family of a student in need.

Both programs are instrumental in the lives of so many Treasure Coast children. Treasure Coast Food Bank appreciates our volunteers being a part of the solution.



Gearing Up for Action Month

Starting Monday, September 1, Treasure Coast Food Bank along with other food banks in the Feeding America network will kick off Hunger Action Month by holding events throughout the country to inspire people to take action to help the millions of people who are food insecure in the United States.

Treasure Coast Food Bank is working with community organizations, businesses, and governments to raise awareness about hunger on the Treasure Coast through a "Go Orange" campaign. Harnessing orange, the "color of hunger", to raise awareness is something that everyone can do! Opportunities to "go orange" include lighting up buildings and landmarks orange, donating your social media profile, volunteering at the food bank, participating in our Fighting Hunger Face social media photo campaign, forming a team for the Great Treasure Coast Food Race, and much more! For more ideas, download our 30 ways in 30 days Hunger Action Month Calendar here.

If you, your business, or your organization is interested in participating in the "Go Orange" campaign during September, please contact Amber Vlangas at (772) 489-3034 or email HAM@tcfoodbank.org.

Do you have creative ideas for how our community can use the color orange to raise awareness about the problem of hunger? We would love to know! Send your suggestions to HAM@tcfoodbank.org.




Groza Builders Holds Virtual Food Drive

A big thank you to Groza Builders who conducted a month long Virtual Food Drive to support our Child Nutrition Programs. They raised $510.00 which will provide 3,570 meals! We appreciate businesses like Groza Builders and all they do for those struggling with hunger. If you are interested in doing a Virtual Food Drive or would like to learn more, please contact Rhonda Blakey at 772-489-3034 Ext. 15 or via email at rblakey@tcfoodbank.org.



Pictured are John Groza, Tony Groza, Patricia Groza, Ashley Szary, and Niki Szary.




Corporate Donor Spotlight

Members of the staff family at Dyer Chevrolet in Fort Pierce are helping feed 21,000 children in St. Lucie County, thanks to a $3,000 donation to the Treasure Coast Food Bank. The $3,000 monthly Dyer Difference Award for the month of July was given to the Treasure Coast Food Bank to assist with the Child Nutrition Programs, which help provide backpacks filled with food to be discretely sent home with children who are struggling with hunger. This nutritious, "kid friendly" food helps children thrive, providing them and their family members with the food they need to get through the weekend when school or summer camp lunches are not available to supplement stretched or non-existent food resources.

Quote of The Month
"Others have questioned if hunger exists in our country; I can tell you that hunger does exist in this country. For many adults and children, going to sleep hungry is not a threat; it's a regular occurrence. And it must end."

- Former USDA Secretary Mike Espy.




Volunteers Needed
Are you looking for a new activity to enliven your summer? How about volunteering for Treasure Coast Food Bank? You can be a part of our operation that feeds nearly 100,000 people weekly, in many different ways. Find an opportunity that suits your unique talents and interests by contacting us today.

For more information, call Evelyn Miller at (772) 489-3034 or email her at emiller@tcfoodbank.org.





Hunger Facts
According to the annual "Map the Meal Gap" study, 16.2% of the Treasure Coast population is food insecure, with 97,640 people not knowing where their next meal is coming from.

69% of the food insecure population on the Treasure Coast qualify based on income for SNAP (Foods Stamps) and other federal nutrition programs.

31% of the food insecure population on the Treasure Coast do NOT qualify for federal nutrition programs and often must rely on charitable food assistance programs and need better wages and employment opportunities to help them meet their basic needs.

Upcoming Events
Go to stophunger.org/Events for complete details

Cooking Classes
Your Plate Health, Nutrition & Wellness Center
1203 Orange Avenue, Fort Pierce
Every Wednesday 1:00PM

Food for Thought Tour
Friday, August 29
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
We guarantee you will be amazed and inspired to see firsthand how the Food Bank distributes more than 10 million pounds of food every year - bring a friend!

For more information or to RSVP, contact Jordon Rupp at jrupp@tcfoodbank.org
or 772-489-3034

Join Our Full Plate Club
Become a member of our Full Plate Club and join our community of loyal monthly supporters. Your $30 monthly pledge would provide 210 meals for less than a cup of coffee each day! Becoming a Full Plate Club member is simple - just sign up using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Because your gifts are automated, it means less work on your end and ensures that more of your donation goes directly to provide much needed food.

Go to stophunger.org/Donate or call (772) 489-3034 to sign up today.




Need Help?

Trying to figure out how you can free up some cash to pay for items such as medicines, utilities, rent and still be able to purchase food? We can help you apply for SNAP! Simply call the number below to find out how.
CALL TODAY!

Se habla espanol
Dillie Nerios
Program Outreach Coordinator

Phone: (772) 971-3316
Office: (772) 464-9617
E-mail: siglesias@tcfoodbank.org





Health Navigators Still Available to Help
Treasure Coast Food Bank Health Navigators will continue to assist consumers in need of Health Care Coverage. Even though Open Enrollment ended March 31, 2014 Navigators will continue to assist consumers in need of Health Care Coverage through the Marketplace if they qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

To qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, you must have a Life Changing Event (getting married, divorce, having a baby, moving to a new area, or losing other health coverage) and/or have a complex situation related to applying for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Our Health Navigators will also be available for Medicaid & Kidcare enrollment.

Contact a Navigator today at (772) 464-9617.







 
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Aug 6, 2014Mutt March Registrations to Begin August 21 at Mulligan’s Give Back Events
Beginning this month, dog owners can pre-register to be participate in the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s (HSTC) 12th annual Mutt March, a fundraising event that benefits the shelter’s animals scheduled for Nov. 1 at Memorial Park in downtown Stuart. The first pre-registration party will be held from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on August 21 at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill at its two Martin County locations: 61 SW Osceola St in Stuart and 2019 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. in Jensen Beach.

Adult registration is $20; children 15 and under are free. Mulligan’s will donate 10 percent of that night’s proceeds to the HSTC, so organizers are encouraging the whole family to come out and enjoy dinner and activities. Kids 15 and under eat a free buffet (with the purchase of an adult meal) and they also can enjoy Sponge Bob, free crafts and toys and face painting. There also will be a 50/50 raffle.

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

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


 
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Aug 6, 2014Treasure Coast Food Bank to receive donation from Winn-Dixie's Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program
Treasure Coast Food Bank will receive a very important donation from Winn-Dixie's Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program as they prepare for the upcoming school year and the fight against childhood hunger.
Winn-Dixie launched the program in all stores to help the one out of every five children in Florida who are never sure where their next meal will come from. Customers are encouraged to donate at any store register from now through August 19 to help provide meals for healthy minds and bodies to thrive in the classroom. Every dollar donated will go directly to the 18 regional food banks participating in the program to help fill backpacks with nutritious, fresh foods.
“We are extremely grateful that Winn-Dixie has chosen to partner with our organization on this wonderful initiative again this year,” Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz said. “As the new school year nears, we’re reminded that every child needs to be prepared to learn, and being prepared to learn means making sure they have enough to eat.”
Winn-Dixie has a rich history of supporting its neighborhoods and communities through foundation and vendor supported charitable donations and programs. The company’s associates don’t just work in the stores; they live in these neighborhoods and are passionate about building stronger, healthier communities.
Last year, the program provided the equivalent of about 16,000 meals for Treasure Coast children. Winn-Dixie encourages customers to address the childhood hunger needs in their communities by making donations at store registers as they complete their grocery shopping.

For more information about Treasure Coast Food Bank’s involvement in Winn-Dixie's Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program, contact Chief Development and Marketing Officer Amber Vlangas at 772-489-3034 or avlangas@tcfoodbank.org.


 
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Aug 6, 2014Michael Lazarus Selects Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc. as a National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation Grant Recipient
Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc. (CFK) is grateful to Mr. Lazarus and the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation (NADCF) for their generous support. Mr. Lazarus presented the grant to CFK in the company of his close friends and colleagues, one a successful automobile dealer in his own right, David L. Smythe and Chris Hendricks, a retired auditor for the federal government and Sotheby’s International Realty real estate professional.
“For many years, Mr. Lazarus was a successful franchised new-car dealer, and served on the board of directors of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, Inc. In 2008, the association honored Mr. Lazarus with an Ambassadorship in the NAD Charitable Foundation to honor his service as the association’s chairman. We are most proud to count Mr. Lazarus as an Ambassador and friend of the Foundation,” shared Robert P. Mallon, NADCF Chairman.
“We wish you and your colleagues well and salute you for the great work that you do which benefits so many. All the best and we pray that your success continue,” added Mallon.
“Mr. Lazarus and his NADCF colleagues have a special place in their hearts for medically fragile children. This, combined with the fact that they are savvy business professionals, tells me that CFK has earned their trust and confidence . . . how reassuring,” stated Marshay R. Williams, Celebrities Fore Kids Chief Development Officer.

For more information about Celebrities Fore Kids’ initiatives and their two-day signature fundraiser, the “14th Annual Larry Laoretti and Jim Kaat Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic presented by David L. Smythe” (Venue: The Bear’s Club) on Sunday, November 30, 2014 and Monday, December 1, 2014, please visit CelebritiesForeKids.org or facebook.com/CelebritiesForeKids or call 772.781.7943 (Toll Free: 855.5CFKGOLF).
About Celebrities Fore Kids
Celebrities Fore Kids is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that provides financial support to South Florida families who have children battling cancer and other life-threatening or life-altering illnesses, as well as to adults fighting cancer while caring for children 18 years of age and younger. Celebrities Fore Kids collaborates with case workers from the Robert & Carol Weissman Cancer Center at Martin Health System in Stuart, the Pediatric Oncology Support Team, Inc. in West Palm Beach and The Little Treasures Program at Treasure Coast Hospice to identify and provide support to families affected by cancer and life-threatening or life-altering illnesses.
Share your support on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #CelebritiesForeKidsFL


 
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Aug 6, 2014Stuart-Jensen Elks Lodge gives back to community Elks sponsors the International Coastal Cleanup
As Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) launches its efforts to mobilize volunteers and sponsorship support for the annual International Coastal Cleanup, a new partner with a 60-year history in the community and more than 700 members has stepped up to support the non-profit, volunteer-based organization. The Stuart-Jensen Elks Lodge #1870 recently presented KMB with a $1,000 check and a commitment to raise even more through their upcoming fashion show in October.

The national Elks organization donates more than $80 million each year to charitable, educational and patriotic community-minded programs. The Elks, which is more than 140 years old, is a fraternal order with nearly one million members nationwide, and a network of more than 2,000 lodges across the country.

“The national Elks organization encourages the individual lodges to become actively involved in their communities,” said Stewart Smith, the exalted ruler of the local lodge. “Partnering with Keep Martin Beautiful by supporting their local coordination of the International Coastal Cleanup is a perfect way for the Elks to get involved in our community by donating our time, as well as providing funding to support this important community-wide improvement event in Martin County.”

Keep Martin Beautiful coordinates the International Coastal Cleanup as part of a larger initiative involving over 400,000 people in 90 nations around the world. What makes the International Coastal Cleanup unique is its data collection component. Volunteers record specific types of marine debris they find, allowing the Ocean Conservancy (the global coordinators of the event) to compile, analyze and track this data year-by-year. The final information is used to educate the public, and in turn, change behaviors that cause the littering problem. Like the Ocean Conservancy, Keep Martin Beautiful believes that understanding the problem is the key to finding long-lasting solutions.

In addition to the Elk’s support of the cleanup, proceeds from their upcoming fashion show fundraiser on Sunday, October 19 will benefit Keep Martin Beautiful and the Stuart-Jensen Elks Lodge Beautification Fund. “This is our second annual fashion show fundraiser, which will feature clothing and accessories from Bealls, as well as other vendors. It’s a fun way for the Elks members and the women in our community to get together for an entertaining afternoon of fun, fashion and philanthropy,” Smith said.

For more information about volunteering or sponsoring the International Coastal Cleanup, please contact Keep Martin Beautiful at 772-781-1222 or info@keepmartinbeautiful.org. To attend the Elks Fashion show, please contact Della Nelson at 772-287-0278.

About Keep Martin Beautiful

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


 
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Aug 6, 2014Discounted event for Chamber members
Women's Self Defense seminar on August the 10 from 9:30am- 1 pm.

Normal cost is $60.00 Chamber members will receive 30% off upon arrival when they mention this flyer.

See Attached flyer for details.


Alpha Omega Workshop.pdf
 
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Aug 5, 2014Partners at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith Recognized as Florida Legal Elite
Gary S. Lesser, Joseph Landy, and Michael Smith of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith in West Palm Beach were recently recognized in the 2014 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. The list of 1,165 honorees, published in the July issue of Florida Trend magazine, includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys.

Actively practicing Florida attorneys were asked to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard as professionals – lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others. Florida Bar President Gregory W. Coleman notes, “With technology changing the legal profession faster than the speed of light, it’s nice to know there are still some very reliable and time tested pillars left in our community like the Legal Elite peer review process. This resource provides highly reliable data on our most exceptional attorneys.”

"Florida Trend’s 250,000 readers are executives who rely on the legal community for a multitude of corporate assignments,” says Publisher Andrew Corty. “When we first published Florida Legal Elite in 2004, our goal was to provide a valuable resource for our readers. Over the past 11 years, I’ve heard many accolades about the program. Florida Legal Elite is a guide to selecting a trusted legal partner to handle delicate business concerns. Our website, FloridaTrend.com, offers another pathway for the dissemination of this key information.”

The entire Legal Elite report can be viewed at www.FloridaTrend.com/LegalElite.
Addition Resource: www.lesserlawfirm.com


 
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Aug 5, 2014Lesser Lawyers Named Legal Elite for 2014
Gary S. Lesser, Joseph Landy, and Michael Smith of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith in West Palm Beach were recently recognized in the 2014 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. The list of 1,165 honorees, published in the July issue of Florida Trend magazine, includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys.

Actively practicing Florida attorneys were asked to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard as professionals – lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others. Florida Bar President Gregory W. Coleman notes, “With technology changing the legal profession faster than the speed of light, it’s nice to know there are still some very reliable and time tested pillars left in our community like the Legal Elite peer review process. This resource provides highly reliable data on our most exceptional attorneys.”

"Florida Trend’s 250,000 readers are executives who rely on the legal community for a multitude of corporate assignments,” says Publisher Andrew Corty. “When we first published Florida Legal Elite in 2004, our goal was to provide a valuable resource for our readers. Over the past 11 years, I’ve heard many accolades about the program. Florida Legal Elite is a guide to selecting a trusted legal partner to handle delicate business concerns. Our website, FloridaTrend.com, offers another pathway for the dissemination of this key information.”

The entire Legal Elite report can be viewed at www.FloridaTrend.com/LegalElite.
Addition Resource: www.lesserlawfirm.com


 
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Aug 5, 2014PSL Officer Lee Rehm Fundraiser
See attached

PSL Officer Le Fundraiser
 
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Aug 5, 2014Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event
Hello to all!
My name is Megan Hall and I work for OxyPros Plus Durable Medical Equipment. I am proudly on the team recruitment committee for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. I just wanted to blast this out to encourage any of you to be a part of this great event by signing up a new team. There is no cost involved and a team can be anywhere from 1 person to 100 people. This is a great way to get your company involved in the community and the fight against breast cancer! There are two events:
the Kickoff event
Wednesday 8/27 6:00 pm
Tradition Hall

The Main Event (the walk)
Saturday 10/25
Tradition Field
If you or someone you know is interested in attending either event, making a team or just making a donation, please email me at m.roberson903@gmail.com for more information and an invitation to the kickoff event!
The kickoff event will have refreshments and guest speakers. You can register your new team at this event, through me or on the website makingstrideswalk.org

also, please feel free to stop by the store for any materials/information you may need!
OxyPros Plus
10800 s us hwy 1
PSL 34982

Thank you for your time and hope to hear from you!!


 
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Aug 5, 2014Barn Theatre 2014-2015 season begins September 26
Tickets for the Barn Theatre’s 44nd season are on sale now.
“Things My Mother Taught Me” opens the season, running from September 26 through October 12. Olivia and Gabe are starting a new life together halfway across the country, but moving day doesn’t go as planned when all four of their parents arrive for a surprise visit.
“Amateurs” runs from November 7 through 23. This bittersweet comedy/drama about an amateur theater troupe’s confrontation with harsh realities by way of a critic’s as-yet- unpublished review.
“Bus Stop” will be performed from January 23, 2015 through February 8. This comedy/drama by William Inge finds a nightclub singer named Cherie stranded in a small Kansas town overnight with an overbearing suitor.
The Barn’s musical will be “Nunsense.” Running from March 6 through 22, this hilarious musical comedy features five Little Sisters of Hoboken who have decided to stage a variety show to raise money to bury 33 nuns from their convent killed by tainted vichyssoise.
“The Man Who Came To Dinner” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman runs from April 17 through May 3. Larger-than-life radio personality Sheridan Whiteside, recuperating from a fall in small town businessman’s home, takes over the entire household in this comic tour-de-force.
“God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza closes the season with a May 29 through June 14 run. This comedy of manners focuses on the contentious meeting of the parents of two 11-year-olds who’ve had a nasty schoolyard fight.
Season ticket holders receive preferred seating for all six shows for only $100. Modified season tickets (four shows) are also available for $72. Individual tickets go on sale on September 2.
Season tickets can be purchased by calling the Barn Theatre at 772-287-4884 or at the box office at 2400 SE Ocean Boulevard in Stuart weekdays from noon to 4 p.m.


 
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Aug 5, 2014Stuart Featured in Where to Retire Magazine
Stuart, FL, has been selected as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. The city is profiled in the September/October issue, available nationwide on Aug. 12, 2014.
Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said Stuart possesses qualities important to today’s retirees. “Stuart is committed to controlled development to preserve its way of life, and retirees who seek a small-town environment certainly will appreciate those efforts. The historic downtown is home to antique stores, ice cream parlors and eateries, as well as a theater for concerts and art cinema. The lakes, rivers and ocean lure retirees outdoors to fish, paddleboard and take nature walks in state parks,” Fuller said.
Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.
Where to Retire magazine, launched in 1992 with the goal of helping its readers find the ideal place to retire, is published six times a year. The magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities, and has a national circulation of 200,000. The magazine is sold on various newsstands and at Barnes & Noble bookstores. A one-year subscription to Where to Retire is $18 (a 39 percent savings from the newsstand price). For a magazine subscription or to purchase a back issue, visit WhereToRetire.com. All material in the magazine is protected by copyright law, and reproduction of content requires the permission of the magazine. Print and electronic reprints of an article may be purchased through Dave Hart, DHart@WhereToRetire.com.


 
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Aug 4, 2014SW BULLDOG WAY INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Thursday, August 7, 2014, the Engineering Department will begin stormwater pipe replacement work on SW Bulldog Way, immediately east of the Pratt Whitney intersection. This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures weekdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. This work is expected to be complete by August 15, 2014.

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


 
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Aug 4, 2014Purple Heart Memorial dedication Wednesday
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners, the City of Stuart and the Veterans Council of Martin County are hosting a dedication event for a new Purple Heart Memorial in front of the office of U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in Stuart on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 11:00 a.m.

This memorial features a flagpole, bench and plaque and was built as part of an Eagle Scout project. At the event, the Purple Heart will be presented to a local veteran.

What: Purple Heart Memorial dedication event.

Where: In front of the office of U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy, 171 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart.

When: Wednesday, August 6 at 11:00 a.m.


 
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Aug 4, 2014Dancin’ in the Streets heads to Memorial Park for 2 days this August
The 27th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets music festival is bigger and better than ever this year, with two days packed full of musical performances, food, drinks, vendors, kids’ activities, and more! Located in Memorial Park, the festival will take place August 22 from 5pm-midnight and August 23 from noon-midnight.

Martin County’s oldest and best-loved music festival brings thousands of people to Downtown Stuart every summer, and the new location in Memorial Park will give guests more room to enjoy the 3 stages of live music.

Friday night kicks off with an evening of reggae, including Ballyhoo!, Cisco Adler, The Supervillains, Bumpin Uglies, Fayuca, and Moska Project. Saturday’s lineup includes country greats Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Clare Dunn, Haley & Michaels, and Bryson Jennings. Other local favorites are scheduled to perform including Fresh Catch, Ben Prestage, Cervaza, Lucky Dogs, and many more!

Advance two-day tickets are available for $20 and single-day advance tickets are available for $12 online at www.ticketmaster.com or at any Seacoast National Bank location in Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, or Okeechobee counties. At the gate, tickets will be $25 for two days and $16 for one day. Coolers and pets are not permitted.

This year’s sponsors include Seacoast National Bank, Southern Eagle Distributing, Budweiser, Goldstein, Schmitt & Cambron, PL, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers/TCPalm Social, Coast 101.3, WAVE 92.7, 103.7 WQOL, Jack FM 99.7, and The Breeze 93.7.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/stuartdancininthestreets, email dayna@snydermarketingsolutions.com, or call 772-370-2030.

 
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Aug 4, 2014MPO board member Commissioner Clarke receives statewide award
Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board Member and Stuart City Commissioner Eula Clarke was named Elected Official of the Year by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD) at the 22nd Annual Transportation Disadvantaged 2014 Awards Program held the evening of July 30.



Martin MPO Board Member and City of Stuart Commissioner Eula Clarke

"I have been in transportation planning for a long time, and we have come a long way," said Clarke. "To be recognized now is such an honor. But this could only happen with the combined efforts of both private and public agencies. Like I always say, every little thing each person does adds up to something great."

The CTD recognized Commissioner Clarke for her advocacy to provide mobility options in Martin County so all residents can live a more full and independent life. As current Chair for the Martin Local Coordinating Board for the Transportation Disadvantaged, Commissioner Clarke provides a strong voice for Martin County's most vulnerable residents. Commissioner Clarke recently spearheaded the first Transit Fair on July 17 at the Robert Morgade Library. The event was an opportunity for local transportation providers and community partners to share their knowledge and collaborate for effective delivery of transit to Martin County. As a MPO Policy Board member, she sees to it that the dollars being spent on transportation truly do the most good for the community she serves. The MPO prioritizes Federal transportation funding and seeks local input into the transportation planning process.

Commissioner Clarke was elected to the Stuart City Commission in 2011 and has been serving as the City representative to the Martin MPO since that time. Ms. Clarke served as the City's Mayor in 2012.

Commissioner Clarke began her career as a Land Use Transportation Planner for Martin County. She earned her Master's Degree in Urban/Regional Planning from Florida State University and later received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida.



 
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