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Mar 27, 2015Cathy McKenzie retires from AT&T
Catherine “Cathy” McKenzie is stepping down as Area Director for AT&T effective March 31, 2015. Ms. McKenzie stated “After a long and wonderful career with AT&T, it’s time for me to focus my energies on volunteer service and giving back to my community.”

After decades of service to chambers from Palm Beach through Brevard Counties, our Chamber was privileged to have had Cathy serve two terms (6yrs.) on our board of directors as well as a Chamber Trustee for over 10 years. Her years of experience in legislative affairs work for AT&T provided us exceptional insight for our own legislative activity. Her expertise in Tallahassee during our regional legislative conferences brought us the valuable perspective of a well-experienced lobbyist.

“Cathy is the most energetic and positive person that I’ve had the privilege to deal with in 30 plus years of chamber of commerce experience. She will be sorely missed by all she has dealt with over her career with AT&T” said Chamber President/CEO Joe Catrambone.


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Mar 26, 2015NEW CHIEFS OF THE LYRIC THEATRE
The Lyric Theatre Board of Directors is pleased to announce that John Loesser, currently the Executive Director of The Lyric Theatre, will become the Artistic Director. Mr. Loesser’s 16 years of oversight and guidance has transformed The Lyric into a vibrant performing arts center for the Treasure Coast. As Artistic Director, John will focus on the artistic programming as well as fundraising and public relations.

The Lyric Board of Directors is proud to announce that Kia Fontaine has been named Executive Director effective April 1, 2015. Ms. Fontaine, who is currently the Assistant Executive Director, has been with The Lyric for seven years and is responsible for all day-to-day operations and general management of The Lyric. Prior to coming to The Lyric, Kia served as the Historic Preservation Officer and as a Deputy City Clerk for the City of Fort Pierce. Ms. Fontaine has been a resident of the Treasure Coast for all of her life and is passionate about performing arts.

“I can’t think of a better person in the performing arts world to assume command of The Lyric” said John Loesser. “In my entire career, I have never known anyone that I could have recommended that would put The Lyric in better hands than Kia, and I look forward to working with her for many years to come.”

Board President Ethel Christin stated “I, and the rest of the Board of Directors, have complete confidence in Kia Fontaine as our new Executive Director and believe the future of The Lyric will be in great shape under Kia’s leadership. We are pleased that John will be able to concentrate his time on the areas he is most interested in.”


 
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Mar 25, 2015April 2015 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for April 2015. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
April 7, 14 & 28, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The April 14 meeting will include Comprehensive Plan Amendments (1st Set Transmit)
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WORKSHOP MEETING
April 21, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
Regarding: Capital Improvement Plan
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AIRPORT NOISE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 23, 2015 at 10:00 am
Location: Airport Maintenance Building, 1895 SE Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
April 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
April 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
April 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commission also sits as the Community Redevelopment Agency.
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
April 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
April 15, 2015 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
April 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

JOINT MEETING WITH THE CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE, TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
April 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Location: Blake Library, Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
April 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
April 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
April 20, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
April 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Rio Civic Center, 1255 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

This notice dated: March 25, 2015.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.



 
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Mar 25, 2015Treasure Coast SCORE Adds New Counselors
The Treasure Coast Chapter of SCORE is pleased to announce the addition of Larry Breault and Charles Gumpel to its growing staff of volunteer business counselors.

Larry Breault has over 45 years of business experience including ownership and operation of a Management Recruiters franchise for over 34 years in NJ and FL. Prior to that Larry held positions in Information Technology with firms such as Uniroyal and The Herald News (NJ).

Larry has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering & Management from Farleigh Dickinson University and resides in Port St. Lucie with his wife Meredith.

Charles Gumpel has over 50 years of business experience with McDonnel Douglas, Boeing and private law practice. Charles’s engineering experience included mechanical engineering, hydraulics, ordnance, and, servo systems. After having received his law degree in 1974, Charles specialized in business law and intellectual property law, primarily in patents, both with McDonnell Douglas and then Boeing and in private practice.

Charles holds a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Whittier College CA and Charles and his wife Judith reside in Vero Beach. Charles is bilingual in Spanish.

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

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

SCORE Chapter 308, has its main office in Ft. Pierce and branch locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Fort Pierce, Stuart, Vero Beach and now again in Sebastian.

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

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

Our website www.treasurecoast.score.org can also be used to make an appointment at any of our eight (8) locations for face-to-face counseling or to register for any of our workshops.
Treasure Coast SCORE 308 – Professional Center, Suite 2, 3220 South US 1, Fort Pierce FL 34982
SCORE is a Resource Partner of the US Small Business Administration


 
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Mar 25, 2015April 2015 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for April 2015. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

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

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
April 7, 14 & 28, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The April 14 meeting will include Comprehensive Plan Amendments (1st Set Transmit)
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WORKSHOP MEETING
April 21, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
Regarding: Capital Improvement Plan
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AIRPORT NOISE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 23, 2015 at 10:00 am
Location: Airport Maintenance Building, 1895 SE Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
April 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE HEARING
April 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
April 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commission also sits as the Community Redevelopment Agency.
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
April 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
April 15, 2015 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
April 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

JOINT MEETING WITH THE CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE, TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
April 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Location: Blake Library, Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
April 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Trustees Room, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
April 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
April 20, 2015 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
April 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Location: Rio Civic Center, 1255 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

This notice dated: March 25, 2015.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Mar 25, 2015Treasure Coast SCORE Adds New Counselors
The Treasure Coast Chapter of SCORE is pleased to announce the addition of Larry Breault and Charles Gumpel to its growing staff of volunteer business counselors.

Larry Breault has over 45 years of business experience including ownership and operation of a Management Recruiters franchise for over 34 years in NJ and FL. Prior to that Larry held positions in Information Technology with firms such as Uniroyal and The Herald News (NJ).

Larry has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering & Management from Farleigh Dickinson University and resides in Port St. Lucie with his wife Meredith.

Charles Gumpel has over 50 years of business experience with McDonnel Douglas, Boeing and private law practice. Charles’s engineering experience included mechanical engineering, hydraulics, ordnance, and, servo systems. After having received his law degree in 1974, Charles specialized in business law and intellectual property law, primarily in patents, both with McDonnell Douglas and then Boeing and in private practice.

Charles holds a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Whittier College CA and Charles and his wife Judith reside in Vero Beach. Charles is bilingual in Spanish.

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

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

SCORE Chapter 308, has its main office in Ft. Pierce and branch locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Fort Pierce, Stuart, Vero Beach and now again in Sebastian.

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

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

Our website www.treasurecoast.score.org can also be used to make an appointment at any of our eight (8) locations for face-to-face counseling or to register for any of our workshops.


 
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Mar 25, 2015Einstein comes to life at the Blake with performer Larry Bounds
Larry Bounds will portray famed scientist Albert Einstein Saturday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m. at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, as part of Martin County Library System's Chautauqua South arts and education series.

Titled "Albert Einstein: E=mc2," this program is an introduction to the ideas of Dr. Albert Einstein that changed American thought. Einstein will explain the five papers from his "miracle year" of 1905 that would make him internationally famous. From atomic theory to E=mc2 to special relativity and even his general theory, Einstein's insights and the processes that led to them will be disclosed with wit and humor. He discusses his views of science and philosophy while conducting a classroom-style lecture such as he presented for scientists and laypersons around the world.

The Chautauquan Larry Bounds will present Einstein's theories in a way that is accessible for all. Larry has been a teacher for nearly 30 years and a professional magician since 1973, performing eight years for Ripley's Believe It or Not! He is National Board Certified and has earned an MS in education and a BA in speech and theatre, both from The University of Tennessee. He has performed actively with the Greenville Chautauqua in the Carolinas since 2003, presenting a colonial magic show (as described by George Washington) and recreations of Ambrose Bierce, Harry Houdini, Albert Einstein, and Winston Churchill.


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


 
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Mar 25, 2015SE SATINLEAF PLACE INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Martin County Engineering Department will initiate emergency stormwater pipe replacement work and associated road restoration in the Parkwood Subdivision along SE Satinleaf Place. This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures weekdays between the hours of 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. This emergency work is expected to be complete by April 24, 2015. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through these areas.

 
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Mar 25, 2015Renowned Smithsonian Coral Reef Biologist Shares Conservation Success Stories
The final lecture in the 2015 Smithsonian Marine Science Lecture Series, hosted by the Pelican Yacht Club, will take place on Thursday, April 2 at 7:00pm in the Indian River Ballroom. Dr. Nancy Knowlton will present, Beyond the Obituaries: Success Stories in Ocean Conservation, exploring the many places where ocean conservation is working, and how we can learn from the success stories. It was once assumed that the ocean was too big for humans to hurt it. But with bad news about the state of our marine environments flooding the media, it sometimes now seems as if the problems are too big and the ocean too far gone to make a difference. Dr. Knowlton’s presentation will show that nothing could be further from the truth.

Dr. Nancy Knowlton is the Sant Chair for Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and a scientific leader of the Census of Marine Life. She wrote the 2010 book, Citizens of the Sea, to celebrate the ten years of the Census and to highlight “the beauty, mystery and bounty of the ocean and [show] just why we must protect our watery planet.” She served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 2008-2012 and founded the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California, San Diego in 2001. Knowlton has devoted her life to studying, celebrating, and striving to protect the multitude of life-forms that call the sea home. By focusing on solutions, Dr. Knowlton hopes to encourage the notion that there is still time to save the world’s corals and to safeguard marine biodiversity.

The Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce is pleased to partner with the Pelican Yacht Club to offer the annual Smithsonian Marine Science Lecture Series to the Treasure Coast community. As a part of the world’s largest museum and research complex, SMS hosts many of the Smithsonian’s most exemplary researchers in the natural sciences and this year’s speakers are no exception

This is a FREE public lecture and reservations are not required. The lecture will be held at 7:00 PM in the Indian River Room of the Pelican Yacht Club at 1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, Florida. A reception will follow and a cash bar is available. Please call Joan Kaminski at 772.462.6220 with any questions.

The Smithsonian Marine Station, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, has been a fixture in the Fort Pierce community for over 40 years. The Marine Station is dedicated to understanding the character and diversity of the marine and estuarine habitats of Florida. The Smithsonian Marine Station teamed with St. Lucie County and other community partners to create the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium at 420 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce. For more information about the Smithsonian Marine Station or the Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, please visit www.sms.si.edu.


 
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Mar 25, 2015ICD-10-CM Diagnosis System

Medical Coding for ICD-10-CM Diagnosis System

This class focuses on preparing students for the implementation of ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding system on October 1, 2015.

Students will be taught the similarities between ICD-9 and ICD-10, the changes with the ICD-10 system and the changes required for medical record documentation, coding, practice management system upgrades, reimbursement (medical necessity), and compliance. This class is designed to provide clinical, coding and billing staff with the knowledge needed to ensure that preparedness for the new code sets is both timely and specific to "need to know" concepts as it relates to their own areas of expertise.

The goal of the class is to prepare coders for National ICD-10-CM certification exam that is mandated before implementation in October 2015 and to prepare providers for the documentation and process changes required within their own medical practices.

ICD-9-CM coding knowledge is recommended but not required to take this course.

Location: Main Campus, Fort Pierce
Room Y-205
Date: June 5, 2015 - June 26, 2015
Day: Friday
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Click here to register today!

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=CNACE01706&seg=0





 
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Mar 25, 2015Show Me The Money
Show Me The Money - Financing Options For Your Business
IRSC Chastain Campus, Stuart, FL
April 7, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Show Me The Money - Financing Options For Your Business
Workshop Description
This class discusses the multiple sources of capital for starting and growing a small business. The pros and cons of the funding sources are reviewed. Topics to be discussed include familiar options such as self-financing, funding from friends and family, and partnerships. Other sources are reviewed such as:
• Small Business Loans
• SBA Loan Guaranty Program
• Microloans
Some less conventional financing sources along with their pros and cons are also discussed, including selling equity (shares), venture capital, angle investors, and crowd funding.


 
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Mar 25, 2015Affordable Care Act & What it means for Small Business

SCORE Workshop

Affordable Care Act & What it means for Small Business
IRSC Chastain Campus, Stuart, FL
April 8, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Presented by Treasure Coast Score

Affordable Care Act & What it means for Small Business
Workshop Description
Are you a small business but confused about what you need to do to be in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care)?

This workshop presented by Douglas Ragan of Compass Health insurance will cover the following topics:
• Discussion of regulations and what they mean to your small business.
• Tax penalties for not having the essential benefits per the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both from an individual and business standpoint.
• Why you need to educate your employees about the ACA
• Subsides to assist you with health care costs
• Tax credits for small businesses
• Why you need to enroll using the Marketplace and SHOP
• How to get help and what you as a small business owner or manager need to do to be in compliance.
So please join SCORE and Compass Health Insurance to learn more about this important small business topic.




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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Mar 24, 2015Florida Chamber of Commerce
Businesses Help Unlock Talents of Individuals with Unique Abilities

Florida's economic recovery is well underway. Since 2010, Florida's leadership has been focused on jobs. In fact, Florida Chamber of Commerce members and others have created over 800,000 private-sector jobs. As Florida continues on the path to become the number one job creating state in the nation, Florida has an opportunity to help encourage underemployed Floridians - especially those with unique abilities - to reach their full employment potential.

Right now, an encouraging conversation is taking place in Tallahassee to help empower individuals with unique abilities to pursue their dreams, and thus provide job creators with a greater ability to unlock an untapped talent pool. And it couldn't come at a better time. Over the next 15 years, Florida will add six million new residents and need to fill two million new jobs.

Finding and keeping a talented workforce is among the chief concerns of Florida Chamber member businesses. Broadening the scope from which employees are hired can help expand our existing workforce and provide even greater diversity and access to necessary skills and experience.

Typically, individuals with unique abilities struggle with higher unemployment rates. These so-called "disabilities" come in many stripes: visible and invisible, from birth or developed over time, some are scars and some are badges. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for people with a unique ability was 13.2 percent in 2013, compared with a 7.1 percent unemployment rate for people without what the federal government calls a disability.

Yet, leading national reports show that businesses experience increased productivity and above average performance and quality of work simply by employing individuals with unique abilities. This is something that our partners at the Able Trust have known for years, and they've made it their mission to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.

Leading Florida Chamber members and partners like AT&T, Darden Restaurants, Florida Blue, PepsiCo, Publix, Northrop Grumman, Wells Fargo, Walgreens, and The Hartford, just to name a few, recognize that diverse, talented and dedicated people are critical to their success. Florida Chamber member Darden Restaurants has also been recognized as a Corporate Champion by Able Trust.

The Florida Chamber Foundation is currently partnering on a research project to learn more about the best practices of hiring persons with unique abilities. Initial findings will be released during the Florida Chamber Foundation's 2015 Education Summit scheduled for June 9. If your company would like to provide input, please email tlowe@flfoundation.org.

In the meantime, we look forward to advancing the legislative conversation to empower students with unique abilities as they prepare to play a leading role in Florida's workforce. Whatever the zip code, whatever the unique ability; free enterprise is a ladder to success for everyone.



 
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Mar 24, 2015LAST CHANCE! LinkedIn, Twitter & Pinterest

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

Date: Thursday, March 26th @ Main Campus | 9:00AM - 12:00PM | Rm. Y208
Investment: $59

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




 
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Mar 24, 2015Golf tourney providing good character initiatives in Martin County


Good character is essential for individual success and for society to function successfully. In Martin County, United Way is determined to build a community of good character through its CHARACTER COUNTS! program.

To accomplish this, CHARACTER COUNTS! implements community-wide programming that encourages residents to uphold the Six Pillars of Character – Trustworthiness, Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship – as they go about their daily lives.

On Friday, April 24, CHARACTER COUNTS! invites supporters to help further its mission by participating in the 13th Annual Tee It Up for Character Golf Tournament at Monarch Country Club, 1801 S.W. Monarch Club Drive, Palm City. Beginning with a 1 p.m. shotgun start, the golf tournament raises funds needed to create character-building activities in Martin County schools and throughout the community.

“Whether people play in the tournament or sponsor a tee sign, their support will benefit thousands of local students who participate in CHARACTER COUNTS! programs,” said Holly Laiben, director of CHARACTER COUNTS!. “It also helps CHARACTER COUNTS! increase the public awareness of the importance of core ethical values throughout the community.”

At a price of $150 per golfer, which includes a dinner buffet, goodie bag and return round of golf at Monarch Country Club, the annual golf tournament is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day out of the office with friends, co-workers or clients.

This year’s awards include: Closest to the Line, Par 3 Challenge, Hole-In-One, Best Net Men’s, Best Net Mixed/Women’s and Inter-Club Golf Challenge. The awards ceremony and dinner buffet will feature a live auction with items including exclusive golf outings at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club, Willoughby Golf Club, and Piper’s Landing; hand-crafted sterling, peridot and amber earrings donated by Diamonds by Terry, four tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai donated by FPL; and more. Individual tickets to attend the dinner buffet and live auction are available for $35.

The Tee It Up for Character charity golf tournament is sponsored in part by Monarch Country Club, The Stuart News/TCPalm.com, Treasure Coast Toyota of Stuart, Phyllis Kordick, FPL, Ampersand Graphics, the UPS Store – Stuart and Hobe Sound, Golf Gear, and Elliot Paul & Company.
United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program is focused on building a community of good character. Although highly identified with schools, CHARACTER COUNTS! is an initiative for people of all ages and walks of life and is embraced by government, law enforcement and businesses in Martin County. CHARACTER COUNTS! encourages everyone to uphold the Six Pillars of Character – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship – as they go on with their daily lives.

For more information CHARACTER COUNTS! or to register for the 13th Annual Tee It Up for Character Golf Tournament, call 772-283-4800, ext. 234 or visit charactercounts.net.

PHOTO CREDIT: United Way of Martin County

PHOTO CAPTION: The Parrish Team took first place overall at the 2014 Tee it Up for Character Golf Tournament. Pictured, from left, are Howard Frank, William Staub, John Koval and Jim Parrish.


 
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Mar 24, 2015Last Chance for $10 Tickets to the 2015 Stuart Air Show!


Our $10 discounted pre-sale tickets are only available online up until March 31 at midnight.
Don't miss this amazing deal!

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Confirmed for 2015
US Navy F-18


Known as the Hornet, the F-18 reaches speeds at Mach 1.8, the equivalent of 1,190 mph. The jet is scheduled to perform on Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1.

US Air Force F-16

Formally knows as the Fighting Falcon, but often referred to as the Viper, this fighter jet will be performing demos on Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1.

US Army Golden Knights

This elite parachute team will be performing a spectacular night act at the Friday Night Air Show on Friday, October 30 and will also be featured on Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1.

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Performer Line Up


Visit our newly updated website to see ALL of the exciting Performers that will be featured at this year's show!

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The Stuart Air Show proudly supports the community. Proceeds benefit non-profit organizations including The Road to Victory Military Museum, Martin County Community Foundation, Special Olympics, ARC of Martin County, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America, and many other deserving community charities. Stuart Air Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Why Sponsor?

Last year, the Stuart Air Show attracted over 50,000 spectators!
70% of spectators surveyed at the 2014 air show stated they were more likely to support a sponsor because of their support of the air show.
Sponsor benefits provide a VIP experience with tickets, prime seating, exhibitor booth opportunities, and TONS of marketing exposure!
Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2015 Stuart Air Show are now available! Call 772.781.4882 for information on the benefits of being an air show sponsor.



 
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Mar 24, 2015Martin County hosts Extreme Recycling Roundup
Martin County hosts Extreme Recycling Roundup April 4 as convenient, safe way to dispose of household hazardous materials for free

As residents begin the annual ritual of spring cleaning, there's no better time to collect the many hazardous items that may be lurking in your garage, kitchen and laundry room and dispose of them properly. On April 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Martin County Solid Waste Division is hosting its annual Extreme Recycling Roundup at the Martin County Fairgrounds to provide Martin County residents with a safe, convenient, simple way to dispose of potentially dangerous household hazardous materials at no cost to participants.



Hazardous Waste Cleanup Team disposed of over 17,000 pounds of waste during the 2014 Extreme Recycling Roundup. Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners

In addition to items such as old paint cans, pesticides, used motor oil and broken light bulbs, the Martin County Sheriff's Office will also be on hand to collect and properly dispose of old, unused, or unwanted medications. Residents can drop off up to 100 pounds of household hazardous waste and medications - free of charge.

"Any item that is potentially harmful to people, pets or the environment is considered household hazardous waste and those items should never be disposed of curbside or poured down the drain because they can pollute our waterways and harm the environment," explained Wendy Parker, Martin County's Utilities & Solid Waste Program Manager. "We encourage residents to keep these hazardous materials out of the regular waste stream and dispose of them properly by taking advantage of our Recycling Roundup."

Common household products are typically labeled with the words toxic, danger, poison or flammable. Aerosol cans, paint, cleaners, lubricants, oil, antifreeze, pesticides, batteries, fertilizer, fluorescent light bulbs, electronics, computer equipment, fax machines, cell phones and TVs are all considered hazardous waste. These are the items the county is encouraging residents to bring to the Recycling Roundup.

The Recycling Roundup is for residential items only. The following items will not be accepted at the Roundup: gasoline, propane tanks, flares, fuel, large appliances, pressurized gases, tires, paper, drums, or business waste.

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

For more information about Martin County's Recycling Roundup, the Household Hazardous Waste Program and the HazMobile's schedule call 772-419-6940, visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/martincountyhazmobile, email Wendy Parker wparker@martin.fl.us or go to www.martin.fl.us/hhwaste.

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

Suggested photo caption: Hazardous Waste Cleanup Team disposed of over 17,000 pounds of waste during the 2014 Extreme Recycling Roundup.


 
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Mar 24, 2015United Way, HPS benefit from Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5k


Great things happen when residents come together to support important community issues.

On the morning of March 7, dozens of runners braved light rain and overcast skies during the 10th Annual Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5k benefiting United Way of Martin County and Helping People Succeed. Thanks to the support of these dedicated runners and sponsors, more than $1,800 was raised for the two Martin County-based nonprofit organizations.

The proceeds will allow United Way to continue addressing critical needs in the community such as ending hunger, strengthening families, enhancing healthy living, improving education, supporting employment and ensuring safety. Proceeds from the Bull Run will also benefit Helping People Succeed, a United Way affiliated agency dedicated to providing choices and opportunities that help children, families and adults improve their quality of life through education, training and employment.

This year’s event would not be possible without support from Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Lord Abbett, Fleet Feet Sports, Coast 101.3 FM, TransAmerica, Allianz, Advisors Asset Management, Federated, and Lincoln Financial Distributors.

Results
Overall Champion: Angelica Jones, Jensen Beach, 19:50.8
Female Masters Winner: Terry Taynton, Fort Pierce, 26:38.7
Female Unknown: 1. Lisa Clason, 2. Eleanor Hanley, 3. Pam Treadway
Female 30 to 34: 1. Valerie Fogg, 2. Elizabeth Singleton
Female 35 to 39: 1. Jessica Wilks, 2. Karla Houser, 3. Constance Razzano
Female 40 to 44: 1. Sandra Stiger, 2. Stephanie McCreary, 3. Leslie Soulek
Female 45 to 49: 1. Michelle Markee, 2. Dana Pistole, 3. Jennifer Billings, 4. Elizabeth Horton
Female 55 to 59: 1. Vicki Hill, 2. Kathleen Durning, 3. Pam Copeland, 4. Kathy Gates, 5. Janet Cooper
Overall Male: Brenden Sherlock, Port St. Lucie, 20:22.0
Male Masters Winner: Timothy Reaume, Cadillac, MI, 20:40.5
Male Unknown: 1. Jim Treadway, 2. Jim Sopko
Male 11 to 14: 1. Josh Kennedy, 2. Sam McCreary, 3. Conner McGlynn
Male 30 to 34: 1. Jim Migilore
Male 35 to 39: 1. Robert Ray
Male 45 to 49: 1. Sean McGlynn, 2. Don McGlynn
Male 50 to 54: 1. Ed Burrows, 2. Steve Hutchinson
Male 55 to 59: 1. Jerry Bocchino, 2. Greg Fields
Male 65 to 69: 1. Robert Murphy, 2. Richard Naperala, 3. Steve Cargill
Male 70 and over: 1. Dennis Jones, 2. Cal Cameron

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

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


 
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Mar 24, 2015MCTV's new tourism show travels through Jensen Beach


Martin County Television (MCTV) recently launched a new series called Destination Treasure Coast in partnership with the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing. Each edition of the program features unique places to eat, play and stay on Florida's Treasure Coast.

The second episode of Destination Treasure Coast dives into the eclectic shopping, dining, lodging and activities in Jensen Beach.

MCTV's Destination Treasure Coast March 2015

Destination Treasure Coast airs Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:00 A.M., Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M., and Sundays at 9:00 P.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streaming live at www.martin.fl.us. This episode is also available right now on Martin County's YouTube Channel at the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY__CxPE9nc.


 
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Mar 24, 2015Marketing Your Business

Workshop Description
If you're currently running your business, you believe that you're the best kept secret in town, or you're just not getting the amount of business that you think you should, then sign-up of this workshop!! By doing so you will learn how to assess your marketplace, better understand your competition, target your customers, differentiate your business, and develop your marketing plan.
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.

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=SCORE01337&seg=3

 
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Mar 23, 2015Newsletter from Gayle Harrell


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Mar 23, 2015Spring Sidewalk Shop-A-Palooza hits Downtown Stuart April 11-12!
The Downtown Business Association of Stuart and Stuart Main Street present the Spring Sidewalk Shopapalooza – a not-to-be-missed shopping extravaganza in Downtown Stuart April 11-12, 2015. Shopapalooza takes place from 10:00am-5:00pm both days at participating downtown shops, and includes special sales, gifts with purchase deals, and much more! Bargainistas are sure to find plenty of steals, while enjoying the new Spring/Summer merchandise at the dozens of unique and special retailers in downtown Stuart. The special sidewalk event will be taking place on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 between the hours of 10:00am-5:00pm. Free shuttles will be running from the Osceola, Sailfish, and Kiwanis parking lots.
Sponsors of the Spring Sidewalk Shopapalooza include Seacoast Bank, Courthouse Commons, Stuart News/TCPalm, City of Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency, Stuart Main Street, and the Downtown Business Association. For more information, visit www.HistoricDowntownStuart.com or www.facebook.com/DowntownStuart.

The Downtown Business Association of Stuart (DBA) formed to market the shops, galleries, restaurants, and professional businesses of Stuart, Florida’s Historic Downtown and the surrounding areas. The group advocates for business owners and promotes a positive image of the downtown business district as a unique alternative to “cookie cutter” mall shopping through marketing, events, and other promotions. The DBA meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, visit www.historicdowntownstuart.com.
Stuart Main Street is a preservation-based program dedicated to building a healthy, vital downtown area through community self-reliance and a focus on the downtown’s traditional assets: personal service, local ownership, unique architecture, and sense of community. Formed in 1987, the group follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach® as established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center and practiced in over 1600 communities across the country. Stuart Main Street meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, visit www.stuartmainstreet.org or call 772-286-2848.


 
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Mar 23, 2015CONSIGNMENT TO SPOTLIGHT LOCAL NON-PROFITS
When Judy Roberts opened BloomingDeals Consignment seven years ago, she knew that she would support the local non-profit community via the upscale Jensen Beach shop in any way she could.
So she’s come up with something a little different in the consignment world: one Saturday each month, a local non-profit will be spotlighted at BloomingDeals.
The designated agency will receive 10-percent of ALL store sales for that day, so fans and supporters will want to mark their calendars, Each organization will also be invited to have someone onsite at BloomingDeals that day to chat about their mission and outreach.

Honorees for the balance of 2015 are:
Tykes and Teens – May 2
Caring Children Clothing Children - June 6
Gertrude Walden Child Care Center – July 11
Helping People Succeed – August 1
Florida Oceanographic – September 12
Elliott Museum – October 3
Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast – November 7
Domino's Cat Rescue – December 5


Bloomingdeals’ Facebook page will be updated monthly to name the next participant, so be sure to check regularly. You’ll also be hearing from each individual 501(c)3 as its date draws close.

For more information, call (772) 692-1885 or visit www.BloomingdealsConsignment.com


 
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Mar 23, 2015BLOOMINGDEALS CONSIGNMENT TO SPOTLIGHT LOCAL NON-PROFITS

When Judy Roberts opened BloomingDeals Consignment seven years ago, she knew that she would support the local non-profit community via the upscale Jensen Beach shop in any way she could.

So she’s come up with something a little different in the consignment world: one Saturday each month, a local non-profit will be spotlighted at BloomingDeals.

The designated agency will receive 10-percent of ALL store sales for that day, so fans and supporters will want to mark their calendars, Each organization will also be invited to have someone onsite at BloomingDeals that day to chat about their mission and outreach.

Honorees for the balance of 2015 are:
Tykes and Teens – May 2
Caring Children Clothing Children - June 6
Gertrude Walden Child Care Center – July 11
Helping People Succeed – August 1
Florida Oceanographic – September 12
Elliott Museum – October 3
Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast – November 7
Domino's Cat Rescue – December 5


Bloomingdeals’ Facebook page will be updated monthly to name the next participant, so be sure to check regularly. You’ll also be hearing from each individual 501(c)3 as its date draws close.

For more information, call (772) 692-1885 or visit www.BloomingdealsConsignment.com


 
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Mar 23, 2015Sign Up NOW for Free Exercise Seminar Mar. 28 at Cummings Library
Dr. Dick Shappell, Professor Emeritus of Exercise Science at Oxford College of Emory University will present a free exercise seminar titled "How to Exercise Correctly... Because Exercise Is Medicine," March 28 from 11am to 1pm at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City. This event is free and open to the public, registration is required.

Dr. Shappell will teach why exercise is medicine when done correctly, how to exercise correctly, and the healthy way to lose weight, as well as give diet and nutrition tips and exercises for the elderly. Dr. Shappell recommends attendees bring paper and a pencil. Physicians and health care providers are encouraged to join the general public in this two-hour seminar.

Richard T. Shappell, Ph.D., taught at Emory University for thirty-two years. He has conducted over two hundred seminars for the public as well as seminars for physicians.

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


 
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Mar 23, 2015NAI Southcoast’s announces the sale of the Sebastian Gym Property
NAI Southcoast is pleased to announce the sale of the Sebastian Gym property at 345 Sebastian Boulevard. The property was purchased by BNB Sebastian who plans to re-brand the gym, currently Sebastian Gym, as Sebastian Fitness. Chris Discepolo owner/manager of Sebastian Fitness stated "As we update both the building and the fitness center, we look forward to meeting the existing and new members and helping make Sebastian a STRONGER community." With the local economy recovering Chris anticipates many years of successfully operating at this location. Boyd Bradfield CCIM SIOR and Nikolaus M. Schroth CCIM brokered the transaction between Land Holding, LLC and BNB Sebastian, LLC.


About NAISouthcoast

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

About NAI Global

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

NAI Global was acquired in 2012 by C-III Capital Partners, a commercial real estate services company engaged in a broad range of activities, including primary and special loan servicing, loan origination, fund management, CDO management, principal investment, title services and multifamily property management.


To learn more, visit www.naisouthcoast.com.


 
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Mar 23, 2015Do you lock your office doors and windows at night?
You might think that is a stupid question since we lock our doors. We protect what is valuable and ensure that we have at least a lock and possibly an alarm to ensure we keep what is ours.
Do you do the same with your digital office? The valuables we have in our digital office are likely as valuable as the physical assets – and potentially more so. Digital theft is becoming widespread – and we only hear about “the big ones” like
• Home Depot
• Target
• Sony Pictures
• and many more….
One local company thought that by using the default “gateway” provided by their Internet company, they were safe. After a breach of their digital locks - and their Quickbooks files, they realized they were NOT safe. They are now a customer and have appropriate safeguards in place.
What can you do to ensure you have the right “locks” in place? Talk to your IT professional or a security assessment firm. They should be able to provide a comprehensive report of the security in place both internal to your business and the point where you access the Internet.
We provide a complimentary, independent IT Security Assessment for businesses in the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast areas. We encourage you to ensure your business is as safe as possible by keeping your digital doors and windows locked – and monitoring them regularly.

Cloud Choice Technologies can help you analyze your current computer security situation in your office and provide a set of solutions to keep your business secure. You can contact us by email or at 561-935-6300, x4.


 
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Mar 23, 2015Martin County Master Gardeners to host annual spring plant sale
On Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener volunteers will host their annual Spring Plant Sale at the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office located at 2614 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart. This free event will feature a plant sale and educational tables, and the Master Gardener Help Desk will be staffed and available to answer your gardening questions.

Educational tables being offered this year will include information on butterfly gardening, tropical vegetables, the Master Gardener Help Desk and a celebration of Earth Day.

The plants being offered for sale have all been propagated by the Martin County Master Gardener volunteers and include herbs, bromeliads, natives, and many other species. Funds raised are used to support Master Gardener education programs, scholarships, and community gardens.

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

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


 
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Mar 23, 2015FLORIDA OCEANOGRAPHIC SOCIETY’S YOUTH INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
2015 Summer Internship Teens Excited About Marinelife & Oceans

Program Description: T.E.A.M. Ocean is
a competitive summer internship program for high
school students interested in pursuing a career in
marine science or environmental education. Interns
will work in our education and exhibits department
under the direction of Florida Oceanographic
Society’s staff. Interns will also have opportunities to
complete special projects under the direction of our
research and aquariums departments.
What to Expect: The T.E.A.M. Ocean program
will help to develop essential life skills and provide
career exploration in the fi elds of marine science
and environmental education. Interns are required to
commit a minimum of two half-day shifts per week
for the duration of the summer (with the exception of
time off for planned vacations within reason). Shifts
are avaialble 7 days per week between the hours of
10 - 5:00 pm (12 - 4:00 pm on Sundays).
Qualifications & Requirements:
All Prospective Interns Should:
* Be at least 15 years old (by June 1st)
* Be Enthusiastic and Motivated
* Learn to present a program to the public
* Complete 5 out of 7 service learning projects
* Have reliable transportation
* Be able to make a full summer commitment
* Attend the scheduled training dates
For more information contact: Karla George
at kgeorge@fl oridaocean.org or (772) 225-0505
To Apply: Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
will be accepting applications starting in March
2015. Any high school student interested should
complete the online application, submit 2 teacher
recommendations (one of which must be from a
science teacher - form is online) and a one page essay
of your related experience and interest in Florida’s
coastal ecosystem. Interns will be selected based on
a combination of their application, essay, teacher
recommendations and interview. All application
materials must be received by April 22, 2015.
Orientation & Training: After your
interview and acceptance into the program, please
plan to attend both manditory training sessions:
Sunday, May 31 - 11:00-1:00
Sunday, June 7 - 11:00-3:00
A parent or legal guardian must attend the last 20
minutes of the training session on May 31st. Training
will cover a range of topics designed to equip interns
with the knowledge, skills and confi dence they need
to be effective in their role at the Coastal Center.
Training will take place in the on-site classroom as
well as in the fi eld. Training consists of hands-on
instruction, shadowing staff or volunteer mentors
and will include self-study outside of the scheduled
hours at the Coastal Center. Interns will be required
to pass quizzes and demonstrate programs prior
to working independently and conducting public
programs.
Program Fees: Upon acceptance, a $50 fee will
be assessed to cover program expenses, 1 uniform tshirt,
a nametag, training materials and lunch during
the initial training session. Additional t-shirts can be
purchased for $10

 
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Mar 23, 2015Infiniti Stuart and VSOA partner on youth art event
Visionary School of Arts (VSOA), a non-profit in Stuart dedicated to finding the artist in all of us, will receive proceeds from a special evening to be hosted by Infiniti Stuart, South Florida’s Newest State of the Art Infiniti Dealer, on Thursday, April 2.

VSOA is a place of learning, expansion, and launching for artists of all levels, ages 5 and up, Between 5:30-7:30 p.m. on April 2, 12 of its students, award-winning emerging artists aged eight-17, will paint live in the Infiniti Stuart showroom and at the end of the evening the works will be auctioned off.
Enjoy a night of good wine, fine cheese and beautiful art while you support the future artists of America!

Business casual attire please.

Infiniti Stuart is located at 3970 SE Federal Highway in Stuart. RSVP to (855) 552-6319 is required.
To learn more about Visionary School of Arts, visit www.visionaryschool of-arts.org


 
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Mar 23, 2015Visionary School of Arts
Visionary School of Arts (VSOA), a non-profit in Stuart dedicated to finding the artist in all of us, will receive proceeds from a special evening to be hosted by Infiniti Stuart, South Florida’s Newest State of the Art Infiniti Dealer, on Thursday, April 2.

VSOA is a place of learning, expansion, and launching for artists of all levels, ages 5 and up, Between 5:30-7:30 p.m. on April 2, 12 of its students, award-winning emerging artists aged eight-17, will paint live in the Infiniti Stuart showroom and at the end of the evening the works will be auctioned off.
Enjoy a night of good wine, fine cheese and beautiful art while you support the future artists of America!

Business casual attire please.

Infiniti Stuart is located at 3970 SE Federal Highway in Stuart. RSVP to (855) 552-6319 is required.


 
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Mar 23, 2015Appetizers for Everyone

Super cool food for super cool people!!!



Appe-teasers menu!
• Dynamite Cold Soup Shooters: Gazpacho & Melon
• Cucumber & Shrimp Canapés
• Curried Turkey Canapés
• Spanakopita's
• Stuffed Wontons
• Fruit & Cheese Platters
• Fruit & Vegetable Carvings Too!!!

Meet Chef David F. Schneider C.E.C., C.C.E.

One of IRSC's newest Adjunct Faculty. Chef Schneider was with Macomb Community College in Mt. Clemens, Michigan from 1979 until 2014 and transformed the award-winning Culinary Arts department into one of Michigan's premier culinary schools. Chef has over forty-five years of experience and has held positions at some of Michigan's finest restaurants. He was co-manager of Team Macomb, the College's culinary competition team. Team Macomb earned four gold, fourteen silver, and five bronze medals at the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 IKA Culinary Olympics in Germany. In national competition, Chef Schneider has earned one gold medal, one silver medal, and best of show. At the 2004 IKA Culinary Olympics, he earned a silver medal. He has been awarded ACF Chapter Chef and Educator of the Year, and ACF Presidential Medallion. Chef Schneider earned his A.O.S. degree from The Culinary Institute of America in 1973.

• Be sure to bring food containers, as you are welcome to take home food prepared in class.
• Dress for safety and comfort. Please wear slacks and flat, closed-toe, non-slip shoes.
• Age requirements: age 18 and over; ages 16-17 if accompanied by a paid adult.
• Please alert us if you have food allergies of any kind prior to registering for classes.
• Cancellation and refund deadline is five business days prior to the class date. No Exceptions!

Date: Sat. March 28, 2015 @ Mueller Campus, Vero Beach, Richardson Center
| 9AM - 1:00 pm | Rm. Culinary Kitchen

Investment: $119
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!
http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=CULIN01784&seg=0


 
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Mar 20, 2015Process Server training
The CCTI has partnered with the 19th Circuit Court Administration to provide the required training to become a Process Server in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin & Okeechobee Counties. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Class dates: Friday, April 17, 2015; 6 pm - 10 pm and
Saturday - Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2015; 8 am - 5 pm
(20 hours total)


IRSC Main Campus - Building Y, Room 102
Cost per person -
$219 includes all workshop materials
Instructor:
Russell S. Aloi, AFPS

Mr. Aloi is owner of Invex Investigations, Inc. since 1978 in St. Petersburg, FL. He is responsible for conducting investigations, preparing reports, testifying in court, and maintenance of all records. Employ and supervise employees and trainees licensed under Florida Statute 493. Serve Process for over 34 years and supervise process servers. Mr. Aloi is the lead instructor for the Florida Association of Professional Process Servers, Inc. (FAPPS).


Click here to register today!
http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=1234501559&seg=1#


 
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Mar 20, 2015All Aboard Florida opens office in downtown West Palm Beach

All Aboard Florida has opened an office in downtown West Palm Beach as crews prepare to begin rail work between Miami and West Palm Beach along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks.

The company plans to use the 4,000-square-foot office located at 105 South Narcissus Avenue to oversee the engineering and construction of the railway. HNTB, the firm selected to manage the construction of All Aboard Florida’s Miami-to-Orlando route, will be the “lead occupant” in the office space, the private rail company said in a news release Wednesday.


HNTB was chosen last year to serve as the program manager for the All Aboard Florida project. The engineering-and-planning firm is responsible for managing the installation of new rail infrastructure along the Miami-to-Orlando route, All Aboard officials said. The firm will also oversee contractors selected to make the improvements on the railway.

“Being anchored in the heart of West Palm Beach positions All Aboard Florida perfectly to monitor its initial construction towards Miami while setting it up to launch north to Orlando later this year,” said Adrian B. Share, executive vice president of Rail Infrastructure at All Aboard Florida, said in a statement released by the company. “We also welcome the opportunity to immerse ourselves more fully in the communities we serve.”

All Aboard Florida plans to run 32 trains per day on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. Miami-to-West Palm Beach service is expected to begin in late 2016 with the Orlando leg starting in 2017.


 
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Mar 20, 2015Martin County Master Gardeners to host annual spring plant sale
On Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener volunteers will host their annual Spring Plant Sale at the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office located at 2614 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart. This free event will feature a plant sale and educational tables, and the Master Gardener Help Desk will be staffed and available to answer your gardening questions.

Educational tables being offered this year will include information on butterfly gardening, tropical vegetables, the Master Gardener Help Desk and a celebration of Earth Day.

The plants being offered for sale have all been propagated by the Martin County Master Gardener volunteers and include herbs, bromeliads, natives, and many other species. Funds raised are used to support Master Gardener education programs, scholarships, and community gardens.

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

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


 
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Mar 20, 2015NAI Southcoast
NAI Southcoast is pleased to announce the sale of the Sebastian Gym property located at 345 Sebastian Boulevard. The property was purchased by BNB Sebastian who plans to re-brand the gym, currently Sebastian Gym, as Sebastian Fitness. Chris Discepolo owner/manager of Sebastian Fitness stated "As we update both the building and the fitness center, we look forward to meeting the existing and new members and helping make Sebastian a STRONGER community." With the local economy recovering Chris anticipates many years of successfully operating at this location. Boyd Bradfield CCIM SIOR and Nikolaus M. Schroth CCIM brokered the transaction between Land Holding, LLC and BNB Sebastian, LLC.


About NAISouthcoast

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


About NAI Global

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

NAI Global was acquired in 2012 by C-III Capital Partners, a commercial real estate services company engaged in a broad range of activities, including primary and special loan servicing, loan origination, fund management, CDO management, principal investment, title services and multifamily property management.


To learn more, visit www.naisouthcoast.com.



 
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Mar 19, 2015Representative MaryLynn Magar Newsletter


2015 ML Newsletter.pdf
 
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Mar 19, 2015Caring Children Clothing Children Road Rally
Audi Stuart in Stuart will be the setting for an 4Cs upcoming Road Rally Competition. The event will feature 50 cars and up to 200
drivers/passengers following a scenic route through Martin County. Each car load will be responsible for participating in an exciting scavenger hunt. Along the way each team will be in the pursuit of best time, completion of course and getting their hands on all of the items specified at each stop. Lunch will be provided at end of rally, at Bono’s in Stuart. Winners will be eligible for cash prizes and a traveling trophy, all while raising money

Saturday May 2, 2015
9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

Audi Stuart
3990 SE
Federal Hwy.
Stuart, FL 34997

Register Your Car Today!
$250 per Carload
Please contact the 4Cs for more information: 772-221-8777 or visit our website: www.4cmartin.org

 
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Mar 19, 2015Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce to Host Road Clean-Up
Volunteers of all ages have an opportunity to participate in the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce road clean-up project on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10am to 12pm at the south end of Gomez Avenue. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot of the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center. They will be issued bags and gloves and assist in cleaning up the roadsides along Gomez Avenue, Bridge Road at Gomez and along a small portion of the railroad tracks.

At the end of the two-hour clean-up, a pizza lunch will be enjoyed by all who helped in this important project. Students needing community service hours for their resumes will be issued letters stating that they volunteered to help keep beautiful Hobe Sound clean.

To volunteer and for more information please call Bob McLean, Chairman of the road clean-up committee, at 772-323-6393 or the Chamber office at 772-546-4724.


 
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Mar 19, 2015Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce to Host Road Clean-Up
Volunteers of all ages have an opportunity to participate in the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce road clean-up project on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10am to 12pm at the south end of Gomez Avenue. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot of the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center. They will be issued bags and gloves and assist in cleaning up the roadsides along Gomez Avenue, Bridge Road at Gomez and along a small portion of the railroad tracks.
At the end of the two-hour clean-up, a pizza lunch will be enjoyed by all who helped in this important project. Students needing community service hours for their resumes will be issued letters stating that they volunteered to help keep beautiful Hobe Sound clean.

To volunteer and for more information please call Bob McLean, Chairman of the road clean-up committee, at 772-323-6393 or the Chamber office at 772-546-4724.


 
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Mar 19, 2015The Senior Gems® Workshop Series
Your Guide to Providing Care and Support to Individuals with Dementia

Please join us for this FREE four-part educational event based on programs developed by dementia expert Teepa Snow! This exciting workshop series focuses on understanding the various types and stages of dementia-related disorders,
and how to provide the best care and support for individuals with dementia.

Topics include:
Recognizing & Understanding the Progression of Dementia– April 6th
Positive & Effective Strategies for Dementia Care– April 13th
Techniques for Successful Dementia Care Interactions– April 20th
Meaningful Activities for Positive Dementia Care– April 27th

All workshop presentations will be held from 2:00pm – 3:30pm
At the Brennity at Tradition:
10685 SW Stony Creek Way, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Refreshments will be provided


RSVP today by calling 772-345-2700


 
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Mar 19, 2015Bloomingdeals Consignment donating clothes to Hibiscus Resale Shop
When consigners bring their gently-used clothing, accessories and shoes to Bloomingdeals Consignment in Jensen Beach for resale, they have an option of whether to pick up unsold items at the end of the 60-day display period or whether to allow owner Judy Roberts to donate them to charity. Judy says the majority generously donate, so for several years she has presented these items to Hibiscus Children’s Center for resale in their own Treasure Host Thrift Shop. Once a week the Hibiscus truck comes by and Judy and her staff pass on items that normally would have been discarded, giving the non-profit valuable stock to use for its own important fundraising.

 
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Mar 19, 2015Kiwanis Club of Stuart presents $100,000 check to City of Stuart
Kiwanis Club of Stuart presents $100,000 check to City of Stuart to create barrier free playground for children with disabilities
Kiwanis Park in Stuart with have official groundbreaking in April followed by community build


From an early age, all kids, regardless of their abilities, want to play. Kiwanis Club of Stuart has long recognized the important role that parks and playgrounds play in a community. Their own research has shown that the earlier all children begin playing together, the less they recognize any differences in each other. For nearly three decades, the Kiwanis Park at Woodlawn (Kiwanis Park) in downtown Stuart has been a gathering place for children of all ages. The Kiwanis Club of Stuart is thrilled to announce they will soon be adding a barrier free playground to the current park so children with special needs will be able to learn, play and interact with all of their peers.

The Kiwanis Club has been partners with the City of Stuart since 1989 and have already built two playgrounds, pavilions, and restrooms at Kiwanis Park. Although the City of Stuart owns and maintains the park, the Kiwanis Club assists with the upkeep, purchasing, and building of the playground equipment. During the City of Stuart Commission meeting on March 9, Suzy Hutcheson, president of the Kiwanis Club of Stuart (and CEO of Helping People Succeed) presented a $100,000 check to the City of Stuart. These funds will be matched by the city to raise the $200,000 needed to build Phase 1 of the barrier free playground.

“Thousands of children and their families enjoy the parks every year. Although some local playgrounds have a few pieces of equipment designated for children with disabilities, there is no park of this kind in our area,” said Hutcheson. “Kiwanis Park will be transformed into a place that connects all children - with and without special needs. This will help to instill from a very young age the value of acceptance of an individual’s different traits and abilities. This is a value we hope the children will carry with them as they grow up.”

The $100,000 was raised in part through various Kiwanis Club of Stuart fundraising events, as well as through grants from the Florida District of Kiwanis Foundation, Martin County United Way Foundation and City of Stuart Community Advisory Committee.

Renderings have been completed, equipment has been selected, and a groundbreaking will be scheduled for late April. A Community Build is also in the planning stages for this May. All members of the community are invited to participate, roll up their sleeves, and help to create a park for every child.

The Kiwanis Club of Woodlawn Barrier Free Park will include wide ramps, slides, a smooth rubber ground surface, sensory equipment for those with autism or sensory issues, as well as a Sway Fun Wheelchair Glider. This glider will allow those who are wheelchair bound to swing for the very first time.

About Kiwanis Club of Stuart

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart has been providing community service to Martin County since 1938. The local club, composed of 48 members, is part of Kiwanis International, a global organization of volunteers who are dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

Kiwanis is also involved in the community through Kiwanis Park, Helping People Succeed, ARC of Martin County, Holiday Shopping Spree for children in need, Healthy Families Graduation and Boy Scouts.

For more information about Kiwanis Club of Stuart visit www.kiwanisclubofstuart.org or www.facebook.com/kiwanisclubofstuart.

Kiwanis Park is located in Downtown Stuart at SE Colorado Ave and SE 5th Street.


 
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Mar 18, 2015LIBRARY FOUNDATION OF MARTIN COUNTY RECEIVES ART LITERACY GRANT FROM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Noreen Fisher, President of the Library Foundation of Martin County, is pleased to announce the award of a three-year $163,293.00 grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. These funds will support the Martin County Library System's community art literacy program in the Golden Gate-area of Stuart. Through this "Gateway to the Arts" project, the Library and its partners will increase engagement, participation, and cultural celebration within this diverse community.

The project will provide opportunities for promoting the cultural value of the Golden Gate community by offering events and activities focusing on an appreciation and understanding of the arts, as both a window to the world and a platform for personal expression.

"The award of this grant demonstrates the collaborative role of the Library Foundation working with other organizations to advance its mission of providing funds to enrich library services and facilities not met by public funding and to ensure the success of the library system for future generations," says Ms. Fisher.

Through partnerships with the Martin County Community Development Department, the Arts Council of Martin County, local artists and residents, the project will provide a space for an art gallery and workshop in a rented storefront in the Golden Gate community, facilitated by a grant-funded Events Assistant.

Gateway to the Arts will help the Martin County Library System (MCLS) and its partners continue to extend lifelong learning within the community by connecting vulnerable and at-risk populations with information and services they need to live happy, healthy lives.
A committee of stakeholders will design a strategic program to encourage the participation of vulnerable and at-risk residents in humanities-related activities, including library services and involvement with partner agencies.

MCLS and its partners believe that an inclusive arts and culture program, such as the Gateway to the Arts initiative, can support the vision for economic revitalization and cultural prosperity in the Golden Gate community.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity through this grant to serve a community that does not typically have the transportation to visit our regular library locations and to provide families with art exposure and education that is based on the variety of cultures in the Golden Gate community," says Jenn Salas, Martin County Library System Director.

The Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. This grant was made possible through the generosity of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund of the Community Foundation.

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

For more information on the Gateway to the Arts Initiative, call (772) 221-1403 or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Mar 18, 2015Stuart Main Street to Highlight Downtown Physical Improvements at March Mornings on Main Street

Edward Jones Office of Paul Nunley to Host Downtown Networking Breakfast
Who: Anyone who loves Downtown Stuart and wants to shape its future!
What: Bi-monthly networking breakfast Mornings on Main Street presented by Stuart Main Street. This month’s focus: Physical Improvements Downtown, including: - Expansion of Riverwalk boardwalk from Riverwalk Stage to Colorado Avenue - Installation of bronze water bird sculptures on Colorado Avenue - Redevelopment of the Triangle property
When: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 8:00 a.m.
Where: The Edward Jones Office of Paul Nunley, 329 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34994
How: Call 772-286-2848 for more information
STUART, FL – March 18, 2015 – Stuart Main Street is pleased to announce its next bi-monthly networking breakfast, Mornings on Main Street, will focus on physical improvements in the downtown area. Topics will include the upcoming expansion of the Riverwalk boardwalk, installation of bronze statues of water birds on Colorado Avenue, and redevelopment of the Triangle property. Stuart Main Street will hold the popular FREE networking breakfast at 8:00 a.m. March 26, 2015 at the Edward Jones Office of Paul Nunley, 329 SE Ocean Boulevard. Coffee. The event is sponsored by Paul Nunley with a light breakfast is provided by Stuart Coffee Company.
CALENDAR ITEM
TODAY’S DATE: March 18, 2015
RELEASE DATE: IMMEDIATE
CONTACT: Thondra Lanese
772-600-1296 tlanese@ci.stuart.fl.us
Stuart Main Street to Highlight March 18, 2015 Page 2 of 2
Downtown Physical Improvements
at March Mornings on Main Street
Mornings on Main Street is a bi-monthly FREE networking event held the fourth Thursday of every other month. This “must attend” event focuses on Downtown Stuart with real information on current topics and an opportunity to meet like-minded people with a shared concern for Downtown Stuart. For more information, call Stuart Main Street at 772-286-2848.

 
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Mar 18, 2015Daily Health Update

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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

“And in the end it is not
the years in your life that count,
it's the life in your years.”
~ Abraham Lincoln
Mental Attitude: Workplace Bullying Problematic.
New research has found that bullying at work can increase anxiety levels in victims, leaving them less able to stand up for themselves and more vulnerable to further harassment. The researchers suggest that employers crack down on workplace bullies while also helping victims gain the skills to deal with difficult situations. Study co-author Dr. Sanz Vergel adds, "We are by no means victim-blaming here. Clearly employers need to have strong policies against workplace bullying. But training programs to help victims learn coping mechanisms could help to break the vicious cycle."
Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal, February 2015
Health Alert: Rivers a Factor in Antibiotic Resistance.
Flushing medications down the drain may be a major contributor to antibiotic resistance. Researchers found that water and sediment samples from rivers and waterways close to certain types of wastewater treatment plants had high levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Study co-author Dr. Elizabeth Wellington writes, "Antibiotic resistance naturally occurs in the environment, but we don't yet know how human… waste is affecting its development… We've found that wastewater discharges affect resistance levels, and that improvements in our treatment processes could hold the key to reducing the prevalence of resistant bacteria in the environment."
The ISME Journal, February 2015
Diet: Unhealthy Foods on the Rise in Developing Nations.
While citizens in wealthier nations may be eating healthier foods, developing nations are consuming more processed meats and sugar-sweetened drinks than ever before. Senior study author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian warns, "There is a particularly urgent need to focus on improving diet quality among poorer populations. If we do nothing, under-nutrition will be rapidly eclipsed by obesity and non-communicable diseases, as is already being seen in India, China, and other middle-income countries."
The Lancet Global Health, February 2015
Exercise: Light Activity Good for Seniors' Hearts.
Light physical activity appears to benefit older adults’ hearts even if they suffer from mobility issues. Research involving almost 1,200 elderly adults with limited mobility revealed that those who fit some movement into their day, such as light housework or slow walking, had a lower risk of suffering a heart attack over the following ten years. Senior researcher Dr. Thomas Buford adds, "I think this and other studies are showing us it's never too late for people to benefit from physical activity."
Journal of the American Heart Association, February 2015
Chiropractic: Back Pain Is #1 Ailment Among Golfers!
Those who want to keep their golf game strong should focus on maintaining a healthy back. A recent study noted that low back pain accounts for 54% of all golf-related ailments.
Asian Journal of Sports Medicine, December 2014
Wellness/Prevention: Eat More Carrots to Reduce Diabetes Risk!
A diet rich in alpha-carotene and beta-carotene can reduce a person's risk for developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 22%. The most common source of carotenes in the American diet is carrots; however, pumpkin, winter squash, sweet potato, spinach, and broccoli are also great food sources of alpha-carotene and/or beta-carotene.
Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases, December 2014


 
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Mar 18, 2015Bloomingdeals Consignment donating clothes to Hiibiscus Resale Shop

When consignees bring their gently-used clothing, accessories and shoes to Bloomingdeals Consignment in Jensen Beach for resale, they have an option of whether to pick up unsold items at the end of the 60-day display period or whether to allow owner Judy Roberts to donate them to charity. Judy says the majority generously donate, so for several years she has presented these items to Hibiscus Children’s Center for resale in their own Treasure Host Thrift Shop. Once a week the Hibiscus truck comes by and Judy and her staff pass on items that normally would have been discarded, giving the non-profit valuable stock to use for its own important fundraising.





 
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Mar 17, 2015MUTT DERBY PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITY SAT., MARCH 28
Who: The Fur Seasons and Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
What: Eighth annual Mutt Derby
When: Sat., March 28, from 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Where: 1310 SW Commerce Way, Stuart
Admission: Free
Contact: 772-286-8283 (public) 772-215-2333 (media)
Link to video clips for pre-coverage: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bynp72nencii4td/Mutt%20Derby%202013%20clips.mp4

Details: Picture more than 100 dogs of all sizes and breeds racing down a track toward a finish line and you have the makings of The Fur Season’s Mutt Derby — the only event of its kind on the Treasure Coast that benefits the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. For a $10 donation, pet owners can register their dogs to race (race time and registration info below). All breeds and sizes may compete. Each Derby entrant receives a certificate for participating and winners will receive prize ribbons. In its first seven years, the event has raised almost $60,000 and last year raised $13,350 for the HSTC.

New event elements this year include the Doggie Fun Zone (http://doggiefunzone.com), an entertaining multi-dimensional lure/obstacle course that is perfect for any size dog, and an opportunity to paint your pet on a mural.

The event also includes a silent auction, a substantial raffle prize, pet education sessions, a swim party and pet-related vendors. The HSTC will bring pets for adoption and a DJ will provide music. John Moschitta, Jr. — credited in “The Guinness Book of World Records” as the World’s Fastest Talker — will again call the races and present the winners with their ribbons. He brings a sense of humor, expert fundraising skills and a boundless dedication to the welfare of animals. All proceeds from the races, the raffle and the silent auction benefit the HSTC.

Race times:
9 a.m. – Dogs under 18 lbs.
10:15 a.m. – Dogs 19-45 lbs.
11:30 a.m. – Dogs 46-85 lbs.
12:30 p.m. – Dogs 85+ lbs.

Registration information:
• On-Line registration is preferred at www.TheFurSeasonsResort.com
• On-Site registration:
8:30 am – Dogs under 25 lbs.
9:30 a.m. – Dogs 19-45 lbs.
10:15 a.m. – Dogs 46-90 lbs.
11:00 a.m.– Dogs 90+ lbs.

The sponsors are Seacoast Bank, Miller's Ale House Restaurants, Nis-Air Air Conditioning, Peter's Water Treatment & Irrigation/Ecowater Systems, Hill's Science Diet‎, and Seabreeze Publications. The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets is an 8,000-square foot luxury dog and cat boarding facility and pet spa in Stuart featuring private suites, an in-ground swimming pool, pet activities center and much more. For more information, visit the website, http://www.thefurseasonsresort.com.


 
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Mar 17, 2015Flood Insurance Rate Maps
After a public hearing, the Board of County Commissioners adopted amendments to the Land Development Regulations related to flood protection. The amendments incorporate the Federal Emergency Management Agency's new Flood Protection Regulations and the final Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Martin County.
The preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps were presented to the public in September 2013 and were subjected to a 90-day appeal period. FEMA deemed the Maps to be final in September 2014 and required Martin County adopt the Flood Protection Regulations and the new Maps within six months.
The Maps delineate the boundaries of the Special Flood Hazard Areas. As some of the boundaries have changed, some properties may now be in a Special Flood Hazard Area, while others may now be outside a Special Flood Hazard Area. Those properties within a Special Flood Hazard Areas are required to have flood insurance. If you live or own property in Martin County, you are invited to call Martin County's Engineering Department at 772-219-4945 or visit www.mcflood.martin.fl.us to find out how these changes may impact you.
The Flood Protection Regulations took effect upon filing with the Department of the State; the Flood Insurance Rate Maps are effective on March 16, 2015.


 
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Mar 16, 2015Today Is 2015 Opening Day! Sailfish Splash Waterpark
We are so excited to see you!
Spring Break hours: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
*Season Pass holders are allowed to enter 30 minutes early*

Share your photos with us!
Tag us in your photos @sailfishsplash on twitter and instagram or use #sailfishsplash and we will re-tweet and re-post it.


 
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Mar 16, 2015Martin County hosts preschool basketball
The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting a preschool basketball program at the tennis courts at Halpatiokee Regional Park, 8303 SE Lost River Road in Stuart. This is a developmental, non-league activity. Ages 3, 4 and 5 are welcome. This program is held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting April 8, 2015. Cost is $90.00 for residents and $100.00 for non-residents for six weeks.

Call for more information 772-221-1419 or register online http://econnect.martin.fl.us.

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


 
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Mar 16, 2015CSX RAILROAD CROSSING CLOSURES EMERGENCY REPAIR WORK SW TOMMY CLEMENTS ROAD SW FARM ROAD SW MARTIN LUTHER KING BOULEVARD
SW Tommy Clements Road crossing will be closed to vehicular traffic on Thursday March 19, 2015 from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Equipment and material will be on site to accommodate emergency vehicle access if necessary.

SW Farm Road crossing will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday March 20, 2015 from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Alternate crossings will be SW Martin Luther King Boulevard and SW Silver Fox Lane, via detours.

SW Martin Luther King Boulevard crossing will be closed to vehicular traffic on Tuesday March 24, 2015 from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Alternate crossings will be SW Farm Road and SW Silver Fox Lane, via detours.

Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to detour around these closures.


 
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Mar 16, 2015Parks & Recreation hosts dog obedience classes
The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department and Ken Siano (formerly Mistywood Shepherds) will be hosting dog obedience classes at the basketball courts at L. Cpl. Justin Wilson Memorial Park, 2050 Mapp Road in Palm City. Mr. Siano is world-renown with over 30 years of dog obedience training. The classes are for basic to advanced training and include unlimited refresher courses at no cost upon graduation, CPR and Heimlich training, on-call service 24/7 and registered K-9 nutritionist seminars. This program is held from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays starting March 18, 2015. Cost is $95.00 for a 6 week session.

For more information call Ken Siano at 772-777-3313 or Dave Gladding at 772-221-1419. Register online http://econnect.martin.fl.us.

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


 
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Mar 16, 2015NOPE Program Seeks Parent Volunteers
When Rose Bosley lost her daughter Donielle to a prescription drug overdose in 2001, she probably never imagined she would one day be telling her story to thousands of strangers.
Yet that’s exactly what she has done as a volunteer for the NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention Education) Program, turning tragedy into an opportunity to prevent others from suffering the same fate as her daughter. As a Parent Volunteer, Bosley shares her story with high school students as a part of a presentation designed to prevent overdose deaths.
“It’s important to tell Donielle’s story in order to change people’s perception of drug addicts and overdose. People assume addicts deserve death.” said Bosley. “I need to show who she was before she became an addict, because it can happen to anyone from any walk of life.”
If you are a parent or caregiver that has suffered the loss of a child to drug overdose please consider the possibility of sharing your story to make a difference. The Martin County NOPE Task force is coordinated by Tykes and Teens Prevention Services, and is seeking additional parent presenters in order to continue this much needed program in Martin County.
In 2014, there were 16 drug overdose deaths in Martin County. The NOPE task force seeks to diminish these numbers through presentations for high school students, parents, and a vigil in the community. Students benefit from the presentation, as it allows them to fully understand the deadly consequences of drug and alcohol use.
“You never get over losing a child” said Bosley, who is now the Parent Volunteer Coordinator for the program, as well as a presenter. “But this helps keep her memory alive. It’s a healing experience.”
If you are a parent who has lost a child to overdose, and you would like to learn more about volunteering with this important program, please contact Dr. Agnieszka Marshall, Prevention Director at Tykes and Teens at 772-220-3439.


 
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Mar 16, 2015TAX COLLECTOR REMINDS TAXPAYERS OF NEARING PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE
TAX COLLECTOR REMINDS TAXPAYERS OF NEARING PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE

Have you paid your property taxes yet?

The Martin County Tax Collector, Ruth Pietruszewski, reminds property owners that March 31, 2015 is the last day to pay property taxes for the 2014 tax roll. Ruth Pietruszewski asks taxpayers to please help keep their cost and the cost of their government down by paying their property taxes on time. On April 1, 2015, all unpaid accounts are required by law to be assessed penalties.
Avoid the additional 3% penalty plus fees by paying on time.

• We now offer the convenience of paying your taxes from the comfort of your home on-line with a personal check with no fee charged.

• We accept credit card payments on-line and in our offices, but the vendor collects a 2.5% fee since governmental agencies are not allowed to absorb those costs.

• Payments by mail MUST be postmarked on or before March 31, 2015.

• Payments may be made in person at all our convenient locations

• Our website: http://taxcol.martin.fl.us/ws/


 
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Mar 16, 2015Employee Chairs challenge the community to help Children’s Crisis Center
Kim Jeansonne and Christine Neubert, New Horizons employees have been designated the chairpersons for this year’s 5th Annual Race for Recovery. Both woman are seasoned community runners and want this year’s race to be packed with both runners and walkers. Jeansonne and Neubert are shown in front of the Frances Langford Children’s Center which will receive all the proceeds from the event.
Jeansonne and Neubert are challenging the public to create teams, run, walk or just come out and enjoy the morning for fellowship and fun for this great cause. The event will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Mets Stadium in Port St. Lucie at 7:30 a.m. Race registration is available online at www.active.com or call 772-672-8333. Cost to Run or walk is $25.00 per person in advance, $30.00 the day of the race. Questions please email rgonzalez@nhtcinc.org
A private, non-profit organization established in 1958, New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee delivers accessible behavioral and primary health care services to children, adults and families to achieve mental and physical wellness, thereby improving the quality of life in our community.


 
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Mar 16, 2015Employee Chairs challenge the community to help Children’s Crisis Center

Kim Jeansonne and Christine Neubert, New Horizons employees have been designated the chairpersons for this year’s 5th Annual Race for Recovery. Both woman are seasoned community runners and want this year’s race to be packed with both runners and walkers. Jeansonne and Neubert are shown in front of the Frances Langford Children’s Center which will receive all the proceeds from the event.
Jeansonne and Neubert are challenging the public to create teams, run, walk or just come out and enjoy the morning for fellowship and fun for this great cause. The event will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Mets Stadium in Port St. Lucie at 7:30 a.m. Race registration is available online at www.active.com or call 772-672-8333. Cost to Run or walk is $25.00 per person in advance, $30.00 the day of the race. Questions please email rgonzalez@nhtcinc.org
A private, non-profit organization established in 1958, New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee delivers accessible behavioral and primary health care services to children, adults and families to achieve mental and physical wellness, thereby improving the quality of life in our community.


 
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Mar 13, 2015MEET YOUR MATCH AT THE IRSC JOB FAIR


Businesses seeking educated and highly skilled employees are encouraged to participate in a Job Fair at Indian River State College on Wednesday, April 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Student and alumni job seekers from over 50 programs and industries are invited to attend to fill full-time and part-time job opportunities.
“With Commencement right around the corner, our students are eager to meet employers and begin discussing their futures,” said Jacquelene Burke, Career & Transition Services Coordinator at IRSC. “They’ve worked hard to achieve their educational goals. Now they’re ready to employ their knowledge and skills in support of local business.”
There is a nominal $10 fee for companies to participate in the Job Fair located in the Gymnasium on the Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Ft. Pierce. Interested employers are required to register online by March 25 at www.irsc.edu/careerservices. For additional information or to speak with an IRSC representative, contact Jacquelene Burke at (772) 462-7448 or jburke@irsc.edu.


 
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Mar 13, 2015Private Applicator Pesticide License Training to be offered at UF/IFAS Extension Martin County


On April 9, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County will offer a Private Applicator training workshop at their offices, located at 2614 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart. The workshop will include a 3-hour review of course materials from 9 a.m. until noon, followed by the Private Applicator category pesticide license exam.

The Private Applicator license is required by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) in order to apply or supervise the application of restricted use pesticides for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity on a property owned or rented by the license-holder or the license-holder’s employer. Examples of sites that qualify for a private license are farms, ranches, groves, nurseries, gardens, aquaculture operations, and livestock production operations. The Private Applicator license is valid for application of restricted use pesticides for ornamental and turf production (at a nursery, sod farm, etc.), but not for maintenance of ornamentals or turf, such as at a golf course, park, or zoo. Please note that in order to obtain a Private Applicator license, the applicant must pass both the Private Applicator category exam and the Core exam. This training will not cover review of the Core exam materials, but if prepared in advance, students may elect to take both exams at the workshop.

Register on-line at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/private-applicator-pesticide-license-training-tickets-16146074343 or by calling 772-288-5654. The registration fee is $20, which includes course materials and refreshments. For more information, visit http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu or call 772-288-5654.


 
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Mar 13, 2015Generation Green 2015
Greetings,

My name is Niki Norton, and I am the Generation Green Chair for the US Green Building Council’s Treasure Coast Branch. Our signature event, Generation Green- The Apple Awards, is coming up on April 11. It is being held this year at Bessey Creek Elementary School in Palm City. I am reaching out to all of you personally in the hopes that you will enter your classrooms, your students, your administrators, your schools, yourselves, and your peers in this prestigious awards program.

The Apple Awards recognizes and honors outstanding individuals, classrooms and schools in the Treasure Coast region that have implemented and are committed to green innovation. The 2014 winners can be viewed on the USGBC webpage here: http://usgbcsf.org/gengreen1

This year we have added a category to specially recognize “Green Gardens.”

Attached are the Call for Entries information sheet and the Entry Form. All entries are due on Thursday, March 26th.
Thank you for your continued dedication to our children and their education, and we hope to see you all there!

If you have any questions, please contact me.
Thank you!!

Niki L. Norton, R.A. LEED AP
President


Green.pdf
 
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Mar 13, 2015Lyric Magazine Summer Issue - Art Deadline April 15th!
Dear Advertiser,

The Lyric quarterly magazine is a fantastic way to reach Treasure Coast residents!
• Distributed to over 60,000 Treasure Coast residences.
• In area businesses all over Martin County
• Inserted in a Sunday Edition of Scripps newspapers.
• Direct mailed to over 1,600 Lyric Theatre members.

Our next issue is our Summer Issue, slated to be inserted in Scripps newspapers in May. Art work Deadline in Wednesday, April 15th. We will announce our exciting 2015-2016 season line-up. The summer edition is the only edition to display our complete programming calendar for next season, making it a reader favorite. You don't want to be left out!

I have attached a media kit, including all the specifics for your reference.

Space is limited! Assure your place now, please fill out the attached authorization form indicating your ad size, placement and which issues you would like to be included in.

You can also advertise on our home page too! LyricTheatre.com Home Page: Check out the new banners at: http://lyrictheatre.com/

o Boasts an average of 19,000 visits per month!
o The Specifics:
 Ad Placement: Lyric Theatre Homepage Masthead
 Ad Size: Rectangular Banner: 300px x 100px - Will link to the URL of your choosing.
 Ad will placed in continuous rotation with a maximum of 5 other ads. Each ad will display for 5 seconds.
 Minimum Requirement: 1 week
 Cost: Varies on length of contract
 Discounts offered for long-term commitments (3 mo. minimum)

Ask about package pricing for magazine/web advertising!

For more information, please contact me at 772-220-1942, ext 205 or karin@lyrictheatre.com.

Thanks,
Karin



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Mar 13, 2015Parks & Recreation hosts dog obedience classes

The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department and Ken Siano (formerly Mistywood Sheperds) will be hosting dog obedience classes at the basketball courts at L. Cpl. Justin Wilson Memorial Park, 2050 Mapp Road in Palm City. Mr. Siano is world-renown with over 30 years of dog obedience training. The classes are for basic to advanced training and include unlimited refresher courses at no cost upon graduation, CPR and Heimlich training, on-call service 24/7 and registered K-9 nutritionist seminars. This program is held from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays starting March 18, 2015. Cost is $95.00 for a 6 week session.
For more information call Ken Siano at 772-777-3313 or Dave Gladding at 772-221-1419. Register online http://econnect.martin.fl.us.
Visit http://www.martin.fl.us and click on "Parks & Recreation" under "Departments" for complete information on facilities and activities. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks or on Twitter @MyMCParks.

 
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Mar 12, 2015Sailfish Splash Waterpark opens for 4th season operating in black and driving positive economic impact
On Saturday, March 14, 2015, Sailfish Splash Waterpark slides open its gates at 10:30 a.m. (10:00 for season pass holders) for its fourth season, with three consecutive years of profitable operation and millions of dollars of positive economic impact to its credit.

The business model of funding a competitive aquatic center with recreational water park admission dollars proves effective. In addition, the venue has brought as much as $4,000,000 worth of sports tourism into the community by hosting all of the largest high school swimming and diving meets in the state, as well as winter training for NCAA swimming and diving teams.

Events hosted at the facility include: The Florida Swimming Pool Association Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet, all four classes of the Florida High School Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Finals, and the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Winter Training Forum.

"Sports tourism, especially at the collegiate level, puts heads in beds," noted Kevin Abbate, Director, Martin County Parks & Recreation Department.

Of particular note, the CSCAA Winter Training Forum for NCAA swimming and diving teams has blossomed into a source of off-season revenue and a powerhouse of positive economic impact. As many as 20 teams will train at the Aquatics Center in 2015, which will translate into more than $2,000,000 in positive economic impact because of the teams' extended stays in Martin County.

CSCAA Director Greg Lockard elaborated, "The CSCAA has a proud tradition of delivering high quality venues to our membership. The combination of this facility, its staff, and the surrounding community make a great offering for our organization."

Moreover, the facility continues evolving into one of the most compelling and innovative fundraising venues for charitable organizations. The United Way of Martin County, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, and the Hobe Sound /Port Salerno Rotary Club set records with events held at Sailfish Splash Waterpark. Fundraisers at the venue included: the United Way Day of Caring, the Rotary Duck Derby, and the HSTC Pooch Plunge.

"The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast has held two very effective and creative fundraising events at Sailfish Splash Waterpark," said Frank Valente, President & CEO, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. "We intend to continue taking advantage of this versatile venue."

In addition, Sailfish Splash Waterpark has created an innovative "Fundraising Affiliate" program broadly effective for not-for-profits working with families with young children and especially productive for elementary and middle schools and the associated PTO/PTA groups. Through the program, participating organizations earn a share of Waterpark admissions they cultivate.

"This is the easiest fundraising I have ever done," said Sarah Gast, Teacher, Crystal Lake Elementary School. "Teachers have a million things to do, so a fundraising program like this makes life as a teacher easier. I simply post to social media, send an occasional email, and hand out cards."

Jennifer Schroeder, Jensen Beach Elementary School PTA, also commented on the Fundraising Affiliate program. "We are very excited about this program. It's a total win, win situation. People get to save a little money while enjoying their summer with friends and family all while supporting the PTA."

Finally, the venue serves as the Treasure Coast's hub for diverse and beneficial aquatic athletics and recreation, including a full curriculum of swimming lessons, lifeguard training, a kids triathlon, competitive swimming and diving teams, scuba diving instruction, synchronized swimming, the World's Largest Swim Lesson, inner tube water polo, teen nights, and year-round lap/fitness swimming.

This Saturday's season opening will feature an onsite "remote" by Coast 101.3 and appearances by the Chick-fil-A cow and the Waterpark mascot, Splash B. Sailfish. Walk-up day admission is $12.95 for adults and $10.95 for kids and seniors, and season passes cost $64.95 for adults and $54.95 for kids and seniors. Discounts are available online through Fundraising Affiliates and other special offers online.

For more information about Sailfish Splash Waterpark and the Aquatic Athletics Center or the Martin County Parks & Recreation Department, like Sailfish Splash Waterpark on Facebook.com/SailfishSplash, subscribe to the waterpark newsletter, visit us at SailfishSplash.com, call 772-463-2840 or email canderso@martin.fl.us.


 
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Mar 12, 2015HOBE SOUND GOLF CLUB ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER MEMBERSHIP
It may still be the height of the “winter season” in south Florida, but it’s not too early for golf enthusiasts to think about their plans for summer golf. The 2015 summer season at Hobe Sound Golf Club begins on May 15 and runs through October 15 and applications for summer membership at the private club are now being accepted.

There are many reasons for joining Hobe Sound Golf Club this summer, including:

 The Joe Lee-designed course is impeccably maintained and poses a challenge for all levels…and there are no tee times.
 The extensive practice area features a spacious driving range, target greens, bunker play, chipping and putting greens.
 The full-service golf shop has three pros on staff year-round, offering private lessons and group clinics.
 Hobe Sound Golf Club is easy to get to: on Bridge Road right off of U.S. 1; and exit 96 from I-95.
 And NEW this summer:
o The Clubhouse, with its beautiful lounge and restaurant, will be open six days per week –Tuesday through Sunday – all summer long (with the exception of a two-week closing July 27 through August 10). Full service lunch will be offered from 11am until 3pm. Cocktails will be available until 6pm.
o The Golf Shop has organized a tournament every other Friday morning throughout the summer with varying formats.
o Social dinners will be offered every other Friday throughout the summer, including popular 2-for-1 Happy Hour drinks.
o “Traveling Trivia” nights with area clubs and other social activities are among the fun things on the summer calendar.

Requests for a summer membership application may be made to: Michele Blanco, Director of Membership, Sales, & Marketing at (772) 545-3017 or mblanco@hobesoundgolfclub.com.
About Hobe Sound Golf Club
Hobe Sound Golf Club, a member-owned Joe Lee-designed course surrounded by preserved wetlands and massive oak hammocks, was established in 1988. The magnificent 6,664-yard course poses a challenge for all levels of play. As one of the most member-accessible private golf clubs in South Florida, few clubs enjoy the sense of camaraderie found at Hobe Sound, where members and their families share an appreciation for the game and its social aspects. For more information, please call (772) 546-4600 or visit www.hobesoundgolfclub.com and www.facebook.com/hobesoundgolfclub.


 
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Mar 11, 2015South Florida to Benefit From One of Largest Industrial Land Developments in Recent Years: Florida Commerce Park -- Park is Ready, Redundant & Sustainable and at Crossroads of Commerce; Park Anticipates Burgeoning Business Related to Expansion of Panama Canal --
Skyfarm Strategic Capital LLC (“SkyFarm”), a Miami-based diversified
asset management company, today announced that it has received approval to develop a
100-acre industrial park in Indiantown in Martin County, South Florida. The
development, Florida Commerce Park, represents one of the largest non-residential land
developments in recent South Florida history, and with up to 1.3 million buildable square
feet is by far the largest industrial development ever undertaken in Martin County.
Florida Commerce Park’s approval comes at an opportune time for trade and industry in
South Florida as the Panama Canal expansion, nearing completion, will double the
canal’s capacity and have significant trade implications for South Florida. Florida
Commerce Park is primed to capitalize on that trade proliferation. The park is situated at
a crossroads of commerce — along DOTs critical intermodal roadway system and CSX’s
main rail — offering easy access to Florida’s east and west coasts, and the park is only
1.5 hours from PortMiami and even closer to Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades. Florida
Commerce Park is also “shovel-ready” meaning that businesses can obtain permit-ready
parcels —1.4-100 acres in size — saving up to 12 months of permit-processing time.
Project development of the park will begin within two months.
“Florida Commerce Park is situated at a crossroads of commerce in South Florida. The
park is in an ideal location for trade to and from Latin and South America, Asia, and the
Caribbean including trade transiting the Panama Canal,” said Jeremy Shapiro, Director of
Corporate Real Estate Development for Skyfarm Strategic Capital. “The park is in a
superior logistical location and features exceptional broadband capacity and
uninterrupted clean energy sources. Florida Commerce Park is ready, redundant and
sustainable.”
Florida Commerce Park, www.floridacommercepark.com, is located in Martin County
inland off State Road 710 — one of the state’s main emergency routes — by SW
Railroad Avenue. The western border of the 100-acre park runs parallel to the CSX main
rail line, and adjacent to rail lines is SR 710. Immediate proximity to these strategic
intermodal arteries provides Florida Commerce Park with significant logistical
advantages. Furthermore, the park is at high elevation to sea level, which together with its
inland location, provides enhanced safety compared to coastal locations prone to tropical
storms. The park is situated in a strong path of regional growth and moreover — critical
to development in Florida — the park’s comprehensive plan takes on the master watermanagement
system, which translates into more buildable square feet per individual site
parcel and, in turn, lower land costs. Skyfarm received final approvals for the industrial
park from Martin County.􀀁
Amenities bounding the park include an adjacent hotel and restaurants, and retail and
medical facilities. Indiantown also boasts a robust and diverse labor pool that businesses
in Florida Commerce Park are expected to tap, boosting job growth in the region.
Indiantown has been honored nationally as a Smart Rural Community with high-tech
readiness and a secure, redundant, ITS Telecom underground fiber network. Florida
Commerce Park benefits from that redundancy. The park is also adjacent to FPL’s power
plant, which includes the largest solar-thermal power plant in the eastern U.S. FPL’s
energy sources, together with natural gas providers and other sustainable resources, will
provide Florida Commerce Park with uninterrupted and sustainable energy at a time
when clean energy is of rising importance to businesses seeking social responsibility.
Added, Neil E. Merin, Chairman at NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, “Florida Commerce
Park will set the new gold standard for industrial parks in South Florida with its superior
logistics, redundancy and sustainability. This is one of the most important new commerce
parks to come on the horizon in decades.” NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, one of the largest
commercial real estate brokerage firms in South Florida, represents sales and leasing at
Florida Commerce Park.
Richard Economou, Managing Director at NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, added that he
expects to see strong interest in the park from data centers, distribution and energyrelated
companies, and manufacturing and warehouse facilities. Some of those industry
sectors, said Economou, will benefit strongly from the Panama Canal’s expansion.
Florida Commerce Park will serve as an industrial gateway for commodities transiting the
canal. More than 10.1 million long tons flowed through the canal in 2014 from Central
and South America, Oceania and Asia, and the west coast of North America, to US
southern Atlantic ports such as Miami and Port Everglades. Over 13,000 vessels use the
canal annually, each with a maximum capacity of 5,000 TEUs (approx. 5,000 containers
per ship), which will increase to 13,000 TEUs with the expansion. The canal, which takes
8-10 hours to transit, serves more than 144 maritime routes connecting some 1,700 ports
worldwide.
Florida Commerce Park is also situated in a designated Enterprise Zone, offering
powerful business incentives, and in an Historically Underutilized Business Zone
(HUBZone), which provides advantages in winning federal contracts.
About Skyfarm Strategic Capital
Skyfarm Strategic Capital LLC is a privately held, diversified asset management firm
headquartered in Miami. The firm, founded in 2010, is focused on strategic investments
in emerging and undervalued sectors of business and commerce. Skyfarm executives
bring to bear a wide variety of management and entrepreneurial backgrounds working
with both public and private companies. Their decades of successes have ranged from
commercial real estate, community redevelopment and broadband infrastructure
initiatives, to leadership roles in renewable energy, water management and sustainability
advocacy, as well as expertise in developing emerging technologies and new media.
Florida Commerce Park taps upon these varied talents to bring a world-class, industrial
park to South Florida with a forward-thinking vision for the future.

 
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Mar 11, 2015Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing seeks public input for new tourism branding
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing has announced the dates for an upcoming series of Branding Discussions and Community Focus Groups. The purpose of these sessions is to give the public an opportunity to express their views on the Martin County tourism brand as we work on a comprehensive and cohesive strategy to develop a compelling identity for Martin County.

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

The sessions and discussions are scheduled as follows:

* Tuesday, March 24th from 8:00-9:30 AM
Community Focus Group
Flagler Place Lounge, 201 SW Flagler Ave
Stuart, FL

* Tuesday, March 24th from 6:00-7:30 PM
Community Focus Group
Port Salerno Civic Center
4950 Anchor Ave., Stuart

* Wednesday, March 25th from 6:00-7:30 PM
Community Focus Group
Jensen Beach Community Center
1912 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach

* Thursday, March 26th at 8:30 AM
Discussion to take place at the Indiantown Chamber Breakfast Indianwood Recreation Hall
14374 SW Rake Dr., Indiantown

* Thursday, March 26th at 1:30 PM
Discussion to take place at the Hobe Sound Public Library
Conference Room
10595 SE Federal Hwy.
Hobe Sound

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


 
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Mar 11, 2015Golden Gate Neighborhood Advisory Committee Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commission seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Golden Gate Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC). The Committee makes recommendations to the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) regarding implementation of each area's Community Redevelopment Plan.
To qualify, you must be an individual who is either:
i. A resident of the respective Community Redevelopment Area, as evidenced by being a registered voter in the respective Community Redevelopment Area for at least one year, or
ii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who is also a business owner of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least two years, who is also a senior manager of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or iv. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who also owns real property within a half mile of the respective Community Redevelopment Area. No more than two members of any respective Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be appointed from category iv. above.

This term will expire in September 2017.
All members are expected to attend each and every meeting of the committee. If a member is absent from three meetings of the Committee within a twelve month period, said member is automatically removed from the Committee but may apply for re-appointment by the Board.
Golden Gate meetings are held quarterly at 6pm at the Cassidy Center, 2895 SE Fairmont Street, Stuart. Next meetings: May 4, June 8 and September 21.
All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, March 27, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Mar 11, 2015Hot Topic: Secondary Urban Service District.
A new topic has been added to the "Hot Topics" section of the Martin County Web Site. The Secondary Urban Service District became a topic of discussion in the a recent Plan amendment CPA, 14-6 Sanitary Sewer Element. Under "Hot Topics" citizens can now select "Secondary Urban Services District" and access a new page on the County web site.

Staff has developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers to inform and assist members of the community. The frequently asked questions include maps showing the geographic locations of the Secondary Urban Service District.

The Board has identified further consideration of the Secondary urban Service District as a Strategic Objective and staff is planning a workshop to discuss it on May 5, 2015. The web page provides valuable background information and will be updated as the workshop approaches.

Please see the following link.
http://ap3server.martin.fl.us:7778/portal/page?_pageid=355,4514197&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


 
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Mar 11, 2015South Florida to Benefit From One of Largest Industrial Land Developments in Recent Years: Florida Commerce Park
-- Park is Ready, Redundant & Sustainable and at Crossroads of Commerce; Park
Anticipates Burgeoning Business Related to Expansion of Panama Canal --
Miami, Fla. – Skyfarm Strategic Capital LLC (“SkyFarm”), a Miami-based diversified asset
management company, today announced that it has received approval to develop a 100-acre
industrial park in Indiantown in Martin County, South Florida. The development, Florida
Commerce Park, represents one of the largest non-residential land developments in recent
South Florida history, and with up to 1.3 million buildable square feet is by far the largest
industrial development ever undertaken in Martin County. Florida Commerce Park’s approval
comes at an opportune time for trade and industry in South Florida as the Panama Canal
expansion, nearing completion, will double the canal’s capacity and have significant trade
implications for South Florida. Florida Commerce Park is primed to capitalize on that trade
proliferation. The park is situated at a crossroads of commerce — along DOTs critical intermodal
roadway system and CSX’s main rail — offering easy access to Florida’s east and west coasts,
and the park is only 1.5 hours from PortMiami and even closer to Fort Lauderdale’s Port
Everglades. Florida Commerce Park is also “shovel-ready” meaning that businesses can obtain
permit-ready parcels —1.4-100 acres in size — saving up to 12 months of permit-processing
time. Project development of the park will begin within two months.
“Florida Commerce Park is situated at a crossroads of commerce in South Florida. The park is
in an ideal location for trade to and from Latin and South America, Asia, and the Caribbean
including trade transiting the Panama Canal,” said Jeremy Shapiro, Director of Corporate Real
Estate Development for Skyfarm Strategic Capital. “The park is in a superior logistical location
and features exceptional broadband capacity and uninterrupted clean energy sources. Florida
Commerce Park is ready, redundant and sustainable.”
Florida Commerce Park, www.floridacommercepark.com, is located in Martin County inland off
State Road 710 — one of the state’s main emergency routes — by SW Railroad Avenue. The
western border of the 100-acre park runs parallel to the CSX main rail line, and adjacent to rail
lines is SR 710. Immediate proximity to these strategic intermodal arteries provides Florida
Commerce Park with significant logistical advantages. Furthermore, the park is at high elevation
to sea level, which together with its inland location, provides enhanced safety compared to
coastal locations prone to tropical storms. The park is situated in a strong path of regional
growth and moreover — critical to development in Florida — the park’s comprehensive plan
takes on the master water-management system, which translates into more buildable square
feet per individual site parcel and, in turn, lower land costs. Skyfarm received final approvals for
the industrial park from Martin County.
Amenities bounding the park include an adjacent hotel and restaurants, and retail and medical
facilities. Indiantown also boasts a robust and diverse labor pool that businesses in Florida
Commerce Park are expected to tap, boosting job growth in the region.
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Indiantown has been honored nationally as a Smart Rural Community with high-tech readiness
and a secure, redundant, ITS Telecom underground fiber network. Florida Commerce Park
benefits from that redundancy. The park is also adjacent to FPL’s power plant, which includes
the largest solar-thermal power plant in the eastern U.S. FPL’s energy sources, together with
natural gas providers and other sustainable resources, will provide Florida Commerce Park with
uninterrupted and sustainable energy at a time when clean energy is of rising importance to
businesses seeking social responsibility.
Added, Neil E. Merin, Chairman at NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, “Florida Commerce Park will set
the new gold standard for industrial parks in South Florida with its superior logistics,
redundancy and sustainability. This is one of the most important new commerce parks to come
on the horizon in decades.” NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, one of the largest commercial real
estate brokerage firms in South Florida, represents sales and leasing at Florida Commerce Park.
Richard Economou, Managing Director at NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, added that he expects to
see strong interest in the park from data centers, distribution and energy-related companies,
and manufacturing and warehouse facilities. Some of those industry sectors, said Economou,
will benefit strongly from the Panama Canal’s expansion.
Florida Commerce Park will serve as an industrial gateway for commodities transiting the canal.
More than 10.1 million long tons flowed through the canal in 2014 from Central and South
America, Oceania and Asia, and the west coast of North America, to US southern Atlantic ports
such as Miami and Port Everglades. Over 13,000 vessels use the canal annually, each with a
maximum capacity of 5,000 TEUs (approx. 5,000 containers per ship), which will increase to
13,000 TEUs with the expansion. The canal, which takes 8-10 hours to transit, serves more than
144 maritime routes connecting some 1,700 ports worldwide.
Florida Commerce Park is also situated in a designated Enterprise Zone, offering powerful
business incentives, and in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), which
provides advantages in winning federal contracts.
About Skyfarm Strategic Capital
Skyfarm Strategic Capital LLC is a privately held, diversified asset management firm headquartered in Miami. The
firm, founded in 2010, is focused on strategic investments in emerging and undervalued sectors of business and
commerce. Skyfarm executives bring to bear a wide variety of management and entrepreneurial backgrounds
working with both public and private companies. Their decades of successes have ranged from commercial real
estate, community redevelopment and broadband infrastructure initiatives, to leadership roles in renewable energy,
water management and sustainability advocacy, as well as expertise in developing emerging technologies and new
media. Florida Commerce Park taps upon these varied talents to bring a world-class, industrial park to South Florida
with a forward-thinking vision for the future.
About NAI/Merin Hunter Codman
NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, www.mhcreal.com, is one of South Florida’s leading commercial real estate services firm
with over three decades of experience advising clients on strategic acquisitions and dispositions and providing
landlord representation, tenant representation, property management and construction management services. The
firm has expertise in all commercial property sectors including office, industrial, retail, multifamily, hotels and land.
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Mar 10, 2015United Way recognizes Publix associates for generous contributions
Investing in others is the core of Publix Super Markets’ corporate social responsibility and it definitely shows in Martin County.

Hundreds of Publix associates, who live and work in the community, do their part to give back by supporting United Way of Martin County’s annual fundraising campaign. This year, these hard-working philanthropists generously donated a portion of their paycheck to support United Way’s work in the community and many volunteered their free time during United Way community projects.

In all, Publix raised $443,440 for United Way’s 2014-15 campaign – $253,940 contributed by associates and $189,500 from a corporate gift. To thank Publix and its associates for this outstanding gift, United Way recently organized a positive picketing tour of all Publix locations in Martin County where staff and supporters personally thanked each Publix associate for their donation.

“Publix and its associates understand that by supporting United Way’s annual campaign their hard-earned dollars are put back into the community where they’re needed most,” said Jim Vojcsik, president and CEO of United Way. “This gift is a tremendous boost to our campaign and we’re so thankful to have a partner like Publix that cares so much about our community.”

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

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


 
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Mar 10, 2015Torrey Pines Institute Welcomes New Collaborators to the Florida Drug Discovery Acceleration Program
Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies (TPIMS) is pleased to welcome the newest collaborators to the Florida Drug Discovery Acceleration Program (FLDDAP). Chad Dickey, Ph.D., Associate Professor with the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute within USF Health is the 40th Principal Investigator within Florida to join the FLDDAP. Dr. Dickey’s research is focused on more than 15 neurological diseases, collectively termed “tauopathies” which includes Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Dickey’s lab is also working in the areas of glaucoma and depression.
Appu Rathinavelu, Ph.D., Executive Director, Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research at Nova Southeastern University, Associate Dean, Institutional Planning and Development, and Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences becomes the 41st Principal Investigator in the FLDDAP. Since 1992, Dr. Rathinavelu has been involved in cancer research, focusing today on new cancer therapeutics and diagnostic methods for breast, lung, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers. Dr. Rathinavelu’s lab is also studying gene defects and cellular mechanisms that enhance metastasis and increase drug resistance.
The FLDDAP allows TPIMS to share its large collection of compound libraries and associated screening technologies to Florida Institutions to accelerate drug discovery and commercialization statewide. Since July 1, 2013, the program has been funded by the state of Florida and administered through the Florida Department of Health. With the addition of these two collaborators, the FLDDAP now includes 41 Principal Investigators from 15 Florida Institutes. The FLDDAP is investigating 54 unique, biological targets with the potential to identify hit compounds for development into therapeutics to treat human, animal, and agricultural diseases. To date one patent application has been filed and over $10 million in joint grant proposals have been submitted. Two grants have recently been funded, $800,000 for 2 years from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to Christopher Cogle, MD at the University of Florida and $1.8 million for 5 years from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to Barry Rosen, Ph.D., at Florida International University.


 
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Mar 10, 2015Gayle Harrell - Newsletter
See attached

SESSION Week 1.pdf
 
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Mar 10, 2015Golden Gate Neighborhood Advisory Committee Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commission seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Golden Gate Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC). The Committee makes recommendations to the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) regarding implementation of each area's Community Redevelopment Plan.
To qualify, you must be an individual who is either:
i. A resident of the respective Community Redevelopment Area, as evidenced by being a registered voter in the respective Community Redevelopment Area for at least one year, or
ii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who is also a business owner of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or
iii. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least two years, who is also a senior manager of a business located within the respective Community Redevelopment Area; or iv. A resident of Martin County, as evidenced by being a registered voter in Martin County for at least one year, who also owns real property within a half mile of the respective Community Redevelopment Area. No more than two members of any respective Neighborhood Advisory Committee will be appointed from category iv. above.

This term will expire in September 2017.
All members are expected to attend each and every meeting of the committee. If a member is absent from three meetings of the Committee within a twelve month period, said member is automatically removed from the Committee but may apply for re-appointment by the Board.
Golden Gate meetings are held quarterly at 6pm at the Cassidy Center, 2895 SE Fairmont Street, Stuart. Next meetings: May 4, June 8 and September 21.
All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, March 27, 2015. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Mar 10, 2015Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing seeks public input for new tourism branding


The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing has announced the dates for an upcoming series of Branding Discussions and Community Focus Groups. The purpose of these sessions is to give the public an opportunity to express their views on the Martin County tourism brand as we work on a comprehensive and cohesive strategy to develop a compelling identity for Martin County.

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

The sessions and discussions are scheduled as follows:

* Tuesday, March 24th from 8:00-9:30 AM
Community Focus Group
Flagler Place Lounge, 201 SW Flagler Ave
Stuart, FL

* Tuesday, March 24th from 6:00-7:30 PM
Community Focus Group
Port Salerno Civic Center
4950 Anchor Ave., Stuart

* Wednesday, March 25th from 6:00-7:30 PM
Community Focus Group
Jensen Beach Community Center
1912 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach

* Thursday, March 26th at 8:30 AM
Discussion to take place at the Indiantown Chamber Breakfast Indianwood Recreation Hall
14374 SW Rake Dr., Indiantown

* Thursday, March 26th at 1:30 PM
Discussion to take place at the Hobe Sound Public Library
Conference Room
10595 SE Federal Hwy.
Hobe Sound

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


 
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Mar 9, 2015JENSEN BEACH ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE ROAD CLOSURE
On Sunday, March 15, 2015, the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a St. Patrick's Day Parade, which will result in the closure of CR 707A (Jensen Beach Boulevard), from NE Pineapple Avenue to CR 707 (Indian River Drive). The closure is scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm and will reopen by 4:30 pm.

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


 
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Mar 9, 2015COUNCIL ON AGING OF MARTIN COUNTY ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE
The board of directors of the Council on Aging of Martin County has announced the retirement of Barbara A. Kauffman, the organization’s President & CEO. Karen Ripper, RN, who has served as the Council’s Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed by the board to serve as Kauffman’s successor. Both changes are effective immediately.

Kauffman led the Council on Aging for 18 years, transitioning the small non-profit agency that served primarily frail elders through services like Meals on Wheels and adult day care, into an organization that now offers overreaching programs for all seniors, from the active to the frail, at the Kane Center in Stuart.

“Barbara has been instrumental in positioning the Council to better meet the needs of our area’s rapidly expanding senior population,” said Nicki Schoonover, Board Chair. “The Kane Center is, and will remain, her legacy.”

Previously to joining the Council on Aging in 2012, Ripper served with Martin Health System, most recently in the position of Senior Vice President, Patient Services/Chief Nursing Officer, until her retirement from the organization in 2011.

The mission of the Council on Aging of Martin County is to help seniors live young at any age by remaining independent, healthy and living in their own homes. The not-for-profit Council provides programs in support of this mission, including Meals on Wheels, Kane Cuisine, an adult day program, senior-focused primary medical care at the Kane Clinic, care management and caregiver support. The Council, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014, is the longest standing organization in the county dedicated to serving our senior population.

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

For 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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Mar 9, 2015Hello Masters Swimmers and Triathletes ,

Masters Swim Stroke Technique Clinic THIS SATURDAY!

Coach Itzu will have a Swim Stroke Clinic this Saturday at 9:30am at the YMCA pool teaching the proper stroke technique for all strokes.

*Triathletes and competitive swimmers can reduce their times with less effort by using proper stroke technique

*Fitness swimmers can swim farther with less fatigue and get a better workout using proper stroke technique

Click the link below to Register on line or stop by the Welcome Center Desk

Click HERE to register for the YMCA Masters Swim Clinic!
https://ops1.operations.daxko.com/Online/Programs/ProgramDetails.aspx?id=997038a2-9784-4e5c-b817-8c887b93435c&pid=1845970&cid=2040

Saturday, March 14th
9:30 - 10 AM: Meet in board room for video & discussin
10 - 11 AM Pool instruction

FREE to all, all ability levels welcom

Register online www.ymcatreasure coast.org or at the YMCA Welcome Center Desk


Bob Voeller
Sports Director
YMCA of the Treasure Coast
Richard C Geisinger, Sr. Branch
1700 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, FL 34996

Mobile 772-485-5711
bvoeller@ymcatreasurecoast.org www.ymcatreasurecoast.org






 
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Mar 9, 2015Just in time for Spring Break, lifeguard operations resume at Bathtub Reef Beach
Bathtub Reef Beach Park will have some parking and access impacts due to relocation of the lifeguard tower from the parking lot to the beach in advance of Spring Break. Activity will start at 8:00 a.m. on March 12 and will be completed by 10 a.m. Beach access on the north side of the park will be temporarily blocked to allow the heavy equipment needed for the move to operate safely there. The south portion of the park will not be impacted.

Bathtub Reef Beach lifeguard tower will be open 7 days a week from March 14-March 21 for Spring Break operations. The park will have lifeguard staff weekends only after March 21.


 
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Mar 9, 2015Daily Health Update
Daily Health Update
Monday, March 9th, 2015

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

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
~ Will Rogers
Mental Attitude: Student Loans = Stress for Young Adults.
A new study finds that student loan debt is a significant cause of stress among young adults. Researchers conducted a survey across the United States and found that those with greater student loan debt reported higher levels of depressive symptoms. Study author Dr. Katrina Walsemann writes, "We are speculating that part of the reason that these types of loans are so stressful is the fact that you cannot defer them, they follow you for the rest of your life until you pay them off." Further research is needed to determine how student loan debt affects other areas of health and life, such as job choices, marriage, and children.
University of South Carolina, January 2015
Health Alert: Lung Cancer Now the #1 Cancer Killer of Women in Wealthy Nations.
According to a new report, lung cancer has overtaken breast cancer as the leading killer of women in developed countries. Experts explain that an increase in female smokers in the 1970s is the likely explanation for the upsurge in lung cancer-related deaths among women in present day. On the other hand, early detection and improved treatments have led to a decline in breast cancer-related deaths in recent decades.
CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, February 2015
Diet: Healthy Diet & Nutrition Critical for Mental Health.
A new collaborative study adds to a growing body of evidence showing a relationship between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health. Studies have shown that many nutrients have a clear influence on brain health including omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins (particularly folate and B12), choline, iron, zinc, magnesium, S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe), vitamin D, and amino acids. Lead author Dr. Jerome Sarris writes, "While the determinants of mental health are complex, the emerging and compelling evidence for nutrition as a key factor in the high prevalence and incidence of mental disorders suggests that nutrition is as important to psychiatry as it is to cardiology, endocrinology, and gastroenterology."
The Lancet Psychiatry, January 2014
Exercise: Get Fit at Home.
You don't need to invest in a gym membership to get fitter, stronger, and healthier. The American College of Sports Medicine reports that you can get a great home-based workout with the following inexpensive essentials: an uncluttered space of about 100 square feet, light dumbbells, a stability ball, and resistance bands. They recommend a training routine featuring 8 to 10 different exercises that works all muscle groups.
American College of Sports Medicine, February 2015
Chiropractic: GERD Improves with Adjustments.
A recent case study involved a 27-year-old woman who presented at a chiropractic clinic with a history of upper and mid-back pain as well as gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). She received a two-month course of chiropractic care that included adjustments, traction, and exercises to improve posture. She reported improvement of her GERD symptoms and x-rays revealed improvement in spinal alignment at the conclusion of care. The findings support the use of chiropractic care for gastro-intestinal symptoms in addition to musculoskeletal pain.
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, June 2014
Wellness/Prevention: Use of Media Devices Affect Teens' Sleep Significantly.
A Norwegian study has found that if it takes more than an hour for a teenager to fall asleep, there is an almost 50% likelihood that they are spending more than four hours per day outside of school using electronic devices such as computers, TVs, smartphones, and MP3 players. The findings are of concern since the majority of teens in the United States report having at least one electronic device in their bedroom, and poor sleep has implications on school performance. The authors add, "The current recommendation is not to have a TV in the bedroom. It seems, however, that there may be other electronic devices exerting the same negative influence on sleep, such as PCs and mobile phones. The results confirm recommendations for restricting media use in general."
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, November 2014


 
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Mar 6, 20155th Annual Dancing with the Martin Stars
“Open Call” applications now being accepted to compete in
5th Annual Dancing with the Martin Stars
Martin County Healthy Start Coalition’s signature fundraiser

Stuart, FL – If you’ve ever imagined yourself center stage dancing up a storm in front of a live audience, here’s your chance to fulfill that dream – and help babies in Martin County in the process! Martin County Healthy Start Coalition (Healthy Start) created the successful Dancing with the Martin Stars event four years ago, and since then, nearly $325,000 has been raised to ensure all babies in Martin County are born healthy. Key to the event’s notable success are the community participants who are courageous enough to slip on their dancing shoes and compete in the star-studded event which will take place on September 12, 2015 at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart.

This signature fundraiser for Healthy Start pairs well-known members of the community with professional dance instructors who train with them on a dance routine that will be performed in front of a sold-out crowd at the Lyric Theatre. The winner of the dance competition is determined through a combination of performance and fundraising ability.

“If you have the talent and charisma to be on stage as one of our star dancers and believe that every baby in Martin County should be born healthy, we hope you will apply to join the cast of Dancing with the Martin Stars,” said Scott Berry, Executive Director of Healthy Start.

A simple application form is available on the Healthy Start website at mchealthystart.org and there is no fee to submit the application. Applicants are encouraged to be creative by submitting photos, videos, testimonials, or other means of expressing their level of enthusiasm about being a star dancer in the event. The deadline for submission is March 30, 2015.

To download the application, visit www.mchealthystart.org or for more information, call 772-463-2888.

Highlights from 2014 Dancing with the Martin Stars

In 2014, a sold out crowd at StarStruck Theatre was entertained by six talented dance duos that collectively raised nearly $92,000 to benefit the women and newborns in the community served by Healthy Start. Rachel Terlizzi, with her partner Bob Murray, were the overall winners last year for being the top fundraiser (raising more than $25,000) as well as achieving a perfect score of 30 from the judges. They performed a sizzling version of the Argentine Tango.
Another trophy was awarded to Tara Zweben and her partner, Travis Scott, for also receiving a perfect dance score of 30 points from the judging panel.

One hundred percent of the funds raised through Dancing with the Martin Stars were used to pay for services and programs offered by Healthy Start such as prenatal care, ultrasounds, lab testing and specialized medical care for high-risk mothers.
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About Martin County Healthy Start Coalition

Martin County Healthy Start Coalition is a community-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that offers support and education to pregnant women and infants. Prenatal and infant health screenings, childbirth education, counseling services, and parenting education classes are available to families to ensure that all babies are born healthy. Connect with Martin County Healthy Start on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MCHealthyStart. For more information call 772-463-2888 or visit www.mchealthystart.org.



 
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Mar 6, 2015Building permit update

During February of 2015, there were 889 residential and 96 non-residential permits issued for a total construction value of $27,386,460.90. For comparison, a total of 736 residential and 104 non-residential permits were issued in January of 2015, with 722 residential and 105 non-residential permits issued in February of 2014.


 
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Mar 6, 2015Summer Camp

Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices | 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart


3.- Vince Bocchino Community Center in Langford Park | 2369 NE Dixie Hwy, Jensen Beach






Summer Camp programs are a positive part of a child’s life experience. Camp provides an opportunity to meet new friends, experience new things, have fun adventures and create lasting memories. Camps are facilitated in safe environments, by trained and caring staff that strive to provide a positive atmosphere to ensure positive experiences. Our two full service summer camps offer an indoor/outdoor menu of recreational and educational activities, field trips, arts & crafts, wacky water days and much more!

* Please print out completed registration form(s) and bring them to your child's first day of camp *

Program cost covers field trips and a camp t-shirt. Parents must provide snacks, lunch and a water bottle daily.

Dates/Time

Camp hours are Monday - Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.

(CLOSED July 3)

Ages

Two groups available 3-5 year olds & 5-12 year olds.

Location

Day Camp at Langford Park | 2369 NE Dixie Hwy, Jensen Beach 34957 | Contact: Lauren Mihalik (772) 334-1954.

Rates

$5.00 registration fee per child | $85.00 per child per week. (includes field trips)

Multi-Child Discounts: *Must Register In-Person Only* | (multi-child discounts do not apply to scholarships or online registration)

2 child families are $160.00 per week

3 child families are $235.00 per week

Refunds

A $25 administrative fee will be applied to all refund requests. Refunds are not available after the Friday before the camp week begins.


 
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Mar 6, 2015BACTERIA LEVELS ELEVATED AT LEIGHTON PARK AND ROOSEVELT BRIDGE

Residents urged to avoid contact with waters in those areas
(Martin County, FL) An advisory is now in effect for the waters near Leighton Park by the old Palm City Bridge and the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart. Results from samples taken yesterday show higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria in both areas.
Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution. The presence of these bacteria may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.
Potential health risks for those who ingest or come in contact with the water include upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes.
The advisory will remain in effect until results show consistent readings in the good range. The areas will be tested again on Monday, March 9.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been notified of the rise in bacteria levels for review and follow-up.
The Florida Department of Health in Martin County conducts weekly water sampling at four sites along the St. Lucie River including the Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar.
River and beach water sample results can be viewed at:
http://martin.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-health/beach-and-river-sampling/results/index.html

 
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Mar 6, 2015Physicians Immediate Care Celebrating 12 Years Of Proudly Serving The Treasure Coast
Physicians Immediate Care, the leading brand of independent, physician-owned neighborhood urgent care clinics, is celebrating 12 years of proudly serving the Treasure Coast. Kenneth J. Palestrant, M.D., CEO and Medical Director of Physicians Immediate Care had been an emergency department physician and Director of St Lucie Medical Center emergency department for many years and recognized a high volume of patients were presenting to the emergency department with non-emergent illness and injury. With no urgent care centers in the area he saw a need to offer walk-in medical care for acute illness or injury as a viable alternative to being treated in a hospital emergency room.
In February 2003 Dr. Palestrant founded the first Physicians Immediate Care urgent care clinic on Eastern Port St. Lucie Boulevard. In the ensuing decade Dr. Palestrant opened two more urgent care centers in Port St. Lucie, one in Fort Pierce and one in Jensen Beach offering the same convenient, quality care to residents all along the Treasure Coast. Physicians Immediate Care also offers occupational services for workers compensation, routine exams, drug and alcohol testing as well as primary care services to thousands of St Lucie and Martin County employers and residents.
"Despite the numerous other walk-in facilities which now dot the area, Physicians Immediate Care has continued to provide the highest quality medical care to the residents of the Treasure Coast. Physicians Immediate Care plans continued expansion and growth in the region in the near future." says Dr. Palestrant. Physicians Immediate Care was the first true urgent care provider in Port St Lucie and remains the premier access care facility locally owned and operated by a physician.
For additional information call (888) 274-9113 or visit www.immedcare.com. "Like" Physicians Immediate Care on Facebook for additional health tips.


 
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Mar 6, 2015NAI Southcoast's Nikolaus Schroth, Represents new buyers of 506 SW Federal Hwy Stuart, FL
Contacts for additional information:
Nikolaus Schroth
772.286.6292
Stuart, FL- 03/06/15

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

To learn more about NAI Southcoast, visit www.naisouthcoast.com.





 
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Mar 5, 2015US Sailing Center of Martin County Announces 2015 Board of Directors and New Members


The US Sailing Center of Martin County recently announced the addition of six new board members and the slate of officers for the 2015 year.

Doug Sands will now serve as president of the community-based sailing center that is located in Jensen Beach on the Indian River Lagoon. Dave Ottaviani is the secretary and Mike Littell is the treasurer.

Adding new talent and energy to the board are: David Ottaviani, John Suitor, Jr., Jacqui Daniels, Jeff Millar, Courtney Voehl, and Jean Laws Scott.

“The new board members help to broaden the capabilities of our organization through their individual talents and experience. We welcome them aboard and look forward to their contributions at this exciting time in our history,” commented Alan Jenkinson, executive director.

The complete list of board members is: Doug Sands, President; Dave Ottaviani, Secretary; Mike Littell, Treasurer; Jacqui Daniels; Graham Ehrich; Todd Foust (Ex Officio); Todd Hudgins; Alan Jenkinson; Jean Laws Scott; Jeff Millar; John Suitor, Jr.; and Courtney Voehl.

ABOUT THE NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Jacqui Daniels is a relative newcomer to the sport of sailing but has no shortage of enthusiasm and skill as a sailor and a racer. Jacqui is a public relations professional with her own firm, McCartin/Daniels.

Jeff Millar has been sailing most of his life and has great experience to share with us. A seasonal resident of Martin County, he served as commodore at his yacht club in Wisconsin and was very involved in fund raising and race management. He is a retired operations and purchasing manager.

David Ottaviani is an experienced sailboat racer with in-depth knowledge of race management and jury experience. David is a licensed contractor.

Jean Laws Scott has gotten to know the sailing center through her daughter’s involvement with the Martin County High School sailing team. She is a highly respected local attorney who is well-known in the community for her philanthropy and community involvement.

John Suitor, Jr. has been sailing since he was a child and is always ready to lend a hand to teach the kids at the center. He is a retired private school headmaster.

Courtney Voehl is a talented sailboat racer who is well known in the sailing community. His enthusiasm, teaching talent and sailing knowledge make him a welcome ambassador of influence in our local community and the larger sailing community. Courtney is a Physics Professor at IRSC.

ABOUT THE SAILING CENTER

Founded in 1992, the US Sailing Center of Martin County is one of only four sailing centers sanctioned by US Sailing in the nation. Located in Indian RiverSide Park on seven acres with a 3,000 square foot building and a large dock, the community-based organization actively works to promote the sport of sailing to youth and adults, regardless of experience or income level.

USSCMC is funded solely by activity driven income, such as a summer sailing camp for kids and adult sailing lessons, and the private sector. For more details please visit their website at www.usscmc.org.


 
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Mar 5, 2015SMITHSONIAN MARINE STATION OPENS DOORS AND INVITES COMMUNITY IN
The Smithsonian Marine Station is opening its doors to the public on Thursday, March 19 from 2:00 to 6:00pm. The annual Open House event provides visitors an opportunity to learn about research being conducted by Smithsonian scientists and why the Smithsonian is dedicated to increasing understanding on marine ecosystems and biodiversity. The self-guided exploration of the research station allows participants to meet dozens of Smithsonian scientists and learn about the tools and technology used in research. Marine science enthusiasts of all ages are welcome! There is no admission fee and parking is free.

The Smithsonian Marine Station, a field station of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, is dedicated to understanding the character and diversity of the marine and estuarine habitats of Florida and the Caribbean. It has been located in St. Lucie County since 1972. Originally established on a barge on the campus of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, the facility moved to the present location in 1999 after the completion of an 8000-ft2 laboratory. In addition to the resident staff of researchers, administrators, post-doctoral fellows and students, the station annually hosts more than 100 visiting scientists from within the Smithsonian, as well as collaborating institutions around the world.

The Smithsonian Marine Station is located at 701 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce. For more information, please call 772.462.6220 or email Laura Diederick at diederick@si.edu.


 
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Mar 5, 2015US NAVY F-18 JOINS MILITARY ACTS FEATURED AT 2015 STUART AIR SHOW


Martin County, Florida: The US Navy F-18 fighter jet joins the list of top military acts for the 2015 Stuart Air Show, to be held October 30 – November 1 at Martin County Airport – Witham Field.

Already confirmed to perform are the US Army Golden Knights and the US Air Force F-16. The addition of the US NAVY F-18 as a third military act to headline at the Stuart Air Show brings the military presence at this annual event to an awe-inspiring level.

Known as the “Hornet,” the F-18 has a top speed of Mach 1.8, the equivalent of 1,190 mph and is equipped to carry a variety of bombs and missiles. Two F404 turbo fan engines ensure the aircraft’s high thrust-to-weight ratio while is characteristic aerodynamic frame allows the aircraft to maneuver easily at top speeds.

“Having three military acts is amazing,” said Don McGlynn, President of the Stuart Air Show. “We’re also are working on plans for a US Navy “Legacy Flight” with BOTH an SB2C “Helldiver” and an F-4U “Corsair” that will fly with the F-18 in recognition of fighter pilots who served our country in WWII.”

The F-18 will perform on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 along with the F-16. The US Army Golden Knights will perform both Saturday and Sunday as well as at the Friday Night air show on Friday, October 30.

Tickets for the 2015 Stuart Air Show are available online at www.stuartairshow.com for a special discounted price during the month of March.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Elisabeth Glynn, Executive Director at 772-781-4882 or at Elisabeth@stuartairshow.com.

Image (Open Source DOD images, not restricted by copyright):
1. US Navy F-18


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About the Stuart Air Show
The Stuart Air Show is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes a safe, family entertainment event, highlights aviation, and provides financial support to its benefiting non-profit organizations including: Martin County Community Foundation, Road to Victory Military Museum, Special Olympics, ARC of Martin County, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America, as many well 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 about the Stuart Air Show, please contact Elisabeth Glynn at 772-781-4882 x402 or at Elisabeth@stuartairshow.

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Mar 5, 2015Eighth annual Mutt Derby expected to draw hundreds of dogs and their owners
Plans are in the works for one of the most entertaining pet events on the Treasure Coast — the eighth annual Mutt Derby, organized by The Fur Seasons and presented by Seacoast National. Grouped by weight, the event highlight is watching dogs race down a track toward their owners and this year, a new special feature has been added: the Doggie Fun Zone. It’s all for a charitable cause: to raise funds for the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC). The Mutt Derby runs 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., March 28, at The Fur Seasons, a luxury dog and cat boarding facility and pet spa, 1310 SW Commerce Way, in Stuart. Admission is free.
For a $10 donation, pet owners can pre-register their dogs to race by going online to http://www.TheFurSeasonsResort.com. Pre-registration is preferred. On site registration begins at 8:15 a.m. on event day. All breeds and sizes may compete. Each Derby entrant receives a certificate for participating and winners will receive prize ribbons. In its first seven years, the event has raised almost $60,000 and last year raised $13,350 for the HSTC.
The Doggie Fun Zone is an entertaining multi-dimensional lure/obstacle course that is perfect for any size dog. This new feature is expected to draw large crowds.
“This is a perfect companion activity to the derby races and the swimming party, providing fun-filled delight as you watch the dogs chase a lure and go through easy obstacles,” said Drue Pollack, co-owner of The Fur Seasons.
The event also includes a silent auction, a substantial raffle prize, pet education sessions, a swim party and pet-related vendors. The HSTC will bring pets for adoption and a DJ will provide music. John Moschitta, Jr. — credited in “The Guinness Book of World Records” as the World’s Fastest Talker — will again call the races and present the winners with their ribbons. He brings a sense of humor, expert fundraising skills and a boundless dedication to the welfare of animals. All proceeds from the races, the raffle and the silent auction benefit the HSTC.
HSTC President and CEO Frank Valente said, “This is one of the most fun-filled pet events on the Treasure Coast for families. We wish to thank Drue Pollack and Peter Einhorn, owners of The Fur Seasons, for organizing this event each year and helping out our shelter animals with their generosity.”
The sponsors are Miller's Ale House Restaurants, Nis-Air Air Conditioning, Peter's Water Treatment & Irrigation/Ecowater Systems, Hill's Science Diet‎, and Seabreeze Publications. For more information, call 772-286-8283.
The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets is an 8,000-square foot luxury dog and cat boarding facility and pet spa in Stuart featuring private suites, an in-ground swimming pool, pet activities center and much more. For more information, visit the website, http://www.thefurseasonsresort.com.


 
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Mar 5, 2015St. Lucie County Empty Bowls event to benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank

More than 500 St. Lucie County students are creating artistic hand-made ceramic bowls for the 8th Annual Empty Bowls Project to benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank and its fight against hunger.
The Empty Bowls Project takes place on Saturday, April 11, at the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market from 7 a.m. to noon. In exchange for a $15 donation, visitors will get a bowl of homemade soup and a piece of bread, along with the bowl of their choice. The culinary department at Fort Pierce Central High School, along with the Original Tiki Bar & Restaurant will be preparing the soups for the event.
Although the soups at the event make a hearty meal, the empty soup bowl is a reminder that many go hungry each day. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger, using hand-crafted bowls to raise money for hunger relief.

WHAT: St. Lucie County Empty Bowls Project
WHERE: Downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market
WHEN: 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 11, 2015
COST: $15 donation for the a meal of homemade soup and the bowl of your choice



 
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Mar 5, 201515th Annual Citizens Growth Management Forum
Please join the Guardians of Martin County on Saturday, March 7th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Morgade Library. This year’s theme is “Stand Strong for Our River and our Martin County Difference.”


The Tallahassee 2011 changes to the Growth Management Act weakened counties' safety nets from helpful state oversight and also removed important requirements like concurrency and having a fiscally feasible Comp Plan. Experts and scholars are saying that citizen activism is more critical than ever for our Comp Plan protections, our quality of life. So it is important that residents stay informed and this is a great opportunity. This Saturday.


REMINDER ---
Saturday: March 7 -- 15th Annual CITIZENS GROWTH MANAGEMENT FORUM --
Speakers include:
Maggy Hurchalla - Where are WE?
Charles Pattison - Tallahassee 2015
Ginny Sherlock Esq. - Litigating the Martin County Difference : Defending our urban boundaries,
our rivers and estuary, wetlands, wildlife, and our quality of life
Mark Perry - Our River & Opportunity 2015; Get the Water Right!
Greg Braun - Our Florida Reefs - the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative

Open to the public. Please RSVP SaveMartinCounty.gmail.com
Sponsors: Martin County Conservation Alliance, 1000 Friends of Florida and The Guardians of Martin County


 
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Mar 5, 2015Manufacturing Training Center info session
See attached. Page one employees, page two employers

IRSC manufacturing career
 
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Mar 5, 2015America’s First Underclassman A Capella Group, The Yale Spizzwinks
The Education Foundation of Martin County is bringing
America’s First Underclassman A Capella Group,
The Yale Spizzwinks, to Martin County on Monday, March 9

**The media is invited to cover this special event.

What: Yale Spizzwinks concerts and master classes
When: Monday, March 9, 2015
Where: Hidden Oaks Middle School
2801 SW Martin Highway, Palm City, FL 34990 | Phone: 772-219-1655

Schedule
9:15 - 10:10 a.m. - Concert in the Cafeteria

Martin County High School
2801 S Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994 | Phone: 772-219-1800

Schedule
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Concert in the Auditorium
12 noon - 1:00 p.m. - Master Class with Martin County High School OPUS Choir

Murray Middle School
4400 SE Murray St. Stuart FL 34997 | Phone: 772-219-1670

Schedule
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Concert in the Cafeteria

Why: To promote the arts and collegiate opportunities

Stuart, Florida – The Education Foundation of Martin County is continuing its efforts to promote the arts and student opportunities by bringing the Yale Spizzwinks(?) to perform for and teach local students at Hidden Oaks Middle School (HOMS), Martin County High School (MCHS), and Murray Middle School (MMS) on Monday, March 9, beginning at 9:15 a.m., in the Cafeteria at HOMS in Palm City. As part of the Education Foundation’s Artist Residency program, the 17-member Spizzwinks(?) will be performing in concert for hundreds of HOMS, MCHS, and MMS students and conducting a master class with Martin County High School’s OPUS Choir.

The Yale Spizzwinks(?)
The Yale Spizzwinks(?) are America’s first and oldest underclassman a cappella group. Since 1914, they have entertained audiences around the world with their unique blend of sweet harmony and tongue-in-cheek humor. In keeping with their goal to further music in education, the Spizzwinks(?) conduct master classes for many of the schools where they perform. Master classes, can take many forms, teaching the basics of technique through vocal exercises and games, work shopping specific pieces or concepts for more advanced groups, and answering questions about college life, singing in college and touring the world. www.Spizzwinks.com

The Education Foundation of Martin County – Providing Private Investment in Public Education
The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit, independent, community investment organization whose mission is to provide extraordinary educational opportunities for students and educators in Martin County’s public schools through effective fundraising efforts, positive collaborative partnerships, innovative programming, and efficient allocation of resources. For additional information, please visit
www.EducationFoundationMC.org.



 
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Mar 4, 2015LAST CHANCE!! Personal Training Certification
March 7, 2015

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

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

Date(s): Sat., Mar 7 - May 9 @ IRSC Main Campus | 9:00am - 2:00pm
Investment: $699

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






 
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Mar 4, 2015Hobe Sound Stroll & Craft Walk this Saturday, March 7, 2015
The Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, along with the downtown business owners, will host the Hobe Sound Stroll & Craft Walk Saturday, March 7, 2015.

The Hobe Sound Stroll is a popular destination for connoisseurs of locally crafted gifts, art and edibles. The Stroll will run the first Saturday of the month, through May 2015 from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm starting at Taste restaurant, 11750 SE Dixie Highway in Hobe Sound.
More than 15 local craft vendors and food tents will light up the sidewalks and showcase their wares. Patrons will enjoy live music by a local musician.

Locally owned gift shops, home décor boutiques, shoe & apparel stores, art galleries and restaurants will remain open with specials for Stroll patrons. Chez Bin’s Boutique will be doing free door prize drawings and will have a DJ, Taste restaurant will have delicious chef specials and an outside Tiki Bar and The Sea Urchin will be offering a free sterling silver Chamilia bracelet with $100 bead purchase (March 2-16). Come visit Juno Shoe Girl, Kip Kennedy apparel, Pamela Southern Antiques, Hobe Sound Art Gallery and many other locally owned shops.

“We love partnering with the downtown businesses to host this community block party. That’s what it is…a community gathering of neighbors and visitors enjoying all that historic Hobe Sound has to offer. Combining local craft and food vendors with the core shops and restaurants that make Hobe Sound special is a recipe for success and fun,” said Chamber Director Angela Hoffman.

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

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


 
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Mar 4, 2015Physicians Immediate Care
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Open 7 Days A Week!
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm Sat & Sun 8am-5pm
4007 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie 34953
1900 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie 34952
1730 SW St. Lucie West Blvd. Port St. Lucie 34986
5550 S U.S. Hwy 1. Ft. Pierce 34982
1801 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. Jensen Beach 34957

Physicians Immediate Care is the leading brand of independent, physician-owned neighborhood urgent care clinics, with five convenient locations serving northern Martin and St. Lucie Counties that are open seven days a week. For more than 10 years its outstanding team of medical providers have administered cost-effective, compassionate care to Treasure Coast residents and visitors. Physicians Immediate Care also offers employers professional services for workers compensation, routine exams, and drug testing. For additional information call (888) 274-9113, or visit their website at www.immedcare.com. "Like" us on Facebook for additional health tips.




Cancer
Cancer, the dreaded “C” word, often is asymptomatic or may cause vague symptoms that don’t immediately point to a problem. Cancers that are undetected grow unchecked, metastasizing to other locations. The more widespread the cancer, the more challenging it is to treat or to cure. Screenings for breast, cervical, lung and colorectal cancers are generally performed because studies have shown that these tests reduce deaths from these types of cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40. Women should become familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and perform monthly breast self-exams. Any changes should be promptly reported to a doctor. Genetic testing may be recommended for women who have a family history of breast cancer.
Lung cancer follows breast cancer as the next most widespread type. You are considered at high risk for lung cancer if you are a current smoker who has a history of heavy smoking or if you have quit within the past 15 years, and you are between 55 and 80 years old. The only recommended screening for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography, also called a low-dose CT scan. For this test an X-ray machine scans the body and uses low doses of radiation to create detailed pictures of the lungs.
Colorectal cancer is the fourth deadliest cancer and oftentimes symptomless. It often starts out as a polyp, which, if left alone, can grow into cancer. Beginning at the age of 50 both men and women should have a colonoscopy, considered the gold standard because it is the only test that can detect and treat polyps in the entire colon. If polyps are detected during the screening they can be removed and biopsied at the same time, preventing the need for additional procedures, as well as the development of cancer.
Not all types of cancers have viable screening tests, making detection difficult. Reviewing your medical history and habits serve as a guideline for your doctor in investigating for associated cancers. Don’t panic if your doctor suggests a screening test. It doesn’t mean that the doctor thinks you have cancer. Screenings are performed when you have no cancer symptoms to improve your health outcome. Your doctor will perform a physical to check for lumps or anything else that is unusual. Laboratory tests may be ordered that test tissue samples, blood, urine or other substances in the body, as well as imaging procedures to view specific areas inside the body. Cancer treatment is more effective the earlier the disease is found.

1900 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie 34952
4007 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie 34953
1730 SW St. Lucie West Blvd. Port St. Lucie 34986
5550 S U.S. Hwy 1. Ft. Pierce 34982
1801 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. Jensen Beach 34957
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Mar 4, 2015Junior League of Martin County Launches Every Bottom Counts Diaper Drive Throughout April
The Junior League of Martin County is launching the Every Bottom Counts Diaper Drive to benefit Martin County Healthy Start Coalition and the Council on Aging of Martin County at the Kane Center. The Diaper Drive’s goal is to collect as many diapers as possible of all sizes from newborn to adult (or the funds to buy them) starting April 1 and ending April 30, 2015.

No federal assistance programs pay for or provide diapers including WIC, Food Stamps or Medicare. Local nonprofit organizations and agencies that are working with families and individuals in crisis consistently list diapers as a consistent and topmost need.

One in three American moms struggles to provide diapers for their babies and one in five moms cut back on food, utilities or other essentials to provide diapers. An average infant uses up to 12 diapers per day, a toddler up to 8 per day. In low-income households, a baby may be in a single diaper all day or possibly longer. This increases the chance of health problems and puts the child at risk for abuse. Parents who cannot afford diapers are not allowed to leave their child at daycare to go to work or school. Children with disabilities may never outgrow the need for diapers and seniors who can’t afford incontinence supplies often become homebound or end up in a nursing home.

“Our goal is to bring in as many resources as possible so that the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition and the Council on Aging of Martin County at the Kane Center can distribute diapers to families and individuals in need,” said Ilona Scully, JLMC Member-In-Training. “Diapers are expensive and many families cannot afford them. Through the diaper drive, we hope to help families and individuals who rely on donated diapers to keep their loved one healthy and safe.”

The community is encouraged to donate diapers or money at the following locations: Council on Aging of Martin County at the Kane Center, Vakani Orthodontics, Martin County Sheriff’s Office Main Lobby, any Martin County Library branch (Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Indiantown), any Apple Tree Academy location, J. McLaughlin in Harbour Bay Plaza, Drew Pittman Realty, Treasure Coast Community Acupuncture, Dr. Turke, Stuart Dental, Palm City Nursing & Rehab, Vulcano’s in Tequesta, and Jensen Beach Community Church Preschool.

If donating money, make checks payable to the Junior League of Martin County. Cash donations are gladly accepted. Monetary donations can be made at any of the participating locations or send by mail to JLMC, PO Box 897, Stuart, FL 34995.

For more information about the Every Bottom Counts Diaper Drive, email Ilona Scully at ilona31377@gmail.com. To learn more about the Junior League of Martin County, visit www.JLMCFlorida.org.


 
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Mar 4, 2015Junior League of Martin County Launches Every Bottom Counts Diaper Drive Throughout April
The Junior League of Martin County is launching the Every Bottom Counts Diaper Drive to benefit Martin County Healthy Start Coalition and the Council on Aging of Martin County at the Kane Center. The Diaper Drive’s goal is to collect as many diapers as possible of all sizes from newborn to adult (or the funds to buy them) starting April 1 and ending April 30, 2015.

No federal assistance programs pay for or provide diapers including WIC, Food Stamps or Medicare. Local nonprofit organizations and agencies that are working with families and individuals in crisis consistently list diapers as a consistent and topmost need.

One in three American moms struggles to provide diapers for their babies and one in five moms cut back on food, utilities or other essentials to provide diapers. An average infant uses up to 12 diapers per day, a toddler up to 8 per day. In low-income households, a baby may be in a single diaper all day or possibly longer. This increases the chance of health problems and puts the child at risk for abuse. Parents who cannot afford diapers are not allowed to leave their child at daycare to go to work or school. Children with disabilities may never outgrow the need for diapers and seniors who can’t afford incontinence supplies often become homebound or end up in a nursing home.

“Our goal is to bring in as many resources as possible so that the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition and the Council on Aging of Martin County at the Kane Center can distribute diapers to families and individuals in need,” said Ilona Scully, JLMC Member-In-Training. “Diapers are expensive and many families cannot afford them. Through the diaper drive, we hope to help families and individuals who rely on donated diapers to keep their loved one healthy and safe.”

The community is encouraged to donate diapers or money at the following locations: Council on Aging of Martin County at the Kane Center, Vakani Orthodontics, Martin County Sheriff’s Office Main Lobby, any Martin County Library branch (Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Indiantown), any Apple Tree Academy location, J. McLaughlin in Harbour Bay Plaza, Drew Pittman Realty, Treasure Coast Community Acupuncture, Dr. Turke, Stuart Dental, Palm City Nursing & Rehab, Vulcano’s in Tequesta, and Jensen Beach Community Church Preschool.

If donating money, make checks payable to the Junior League of Martin County. Cash donations are gladly accepted. Monetary donations can be made at any of the participating locations or send by mail to JLMC, PO Box 897, Stuart, FL 34995.

For more information about the Every Bottom Counts Diaper Drive, email Ilona Scully at ilona31377@gmail.com. To learn more about the Junior League of Martin County, visit www.JLMCFlorida.org.

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



 
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Mar 4, 2015SHRM™ Essentials of Human Resource Management
This seminar is great for Supervisors and Managers!

SHRM™ Essentials of Human Resource Management certificate program is designed for both new and veteran Human Resource professionals. Whether your work in a small or large company, this course defines the role and function of Human Resources.

This program offers a broad overview of the Human Resource function. Whether you are in an entry level position, the Director of Human Resources, or simply want to strengthen your employee management skills, this program is for you. This course offers shared experiences of your peers and instructor, while learning techniques for handling HR challenges. This certificate of completion course is a great addition to your resume!

Benefits of this program:
• Enhances HR knowledge and effectiveness
• Clarifies key pieces of federal legislation on sexual harassment, age discrimination, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and more
• Promotes a consistent understanding of HR function to non-HR management
• Offers professional development for divisional or departmental supervisors to ensure HR compliance
• Develops a common dictionary of HR terms for the entire organization
Date: Fri., March 6, 2015 @ Main Campus | 8:00AM - 5:00PM | Rm. Y122
Cost: $499

http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=HMNRS00279&seg=1



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

About NAISouthcoast

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

About NAI Global

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


To learn more, visit www.naisouthcoast.com.


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

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

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

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

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

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



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





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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

FCC Supports Small Businesses by Maintaining Net Neutrality


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

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

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





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


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

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

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

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

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

Non vediamo l'ora di vedervi allo spettacolo!

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


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


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

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

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

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


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


Dalgleish Invited to XPRIZE Visioneering Workshop

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR MEMBERS!


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


CLUB MEMBERS & PARENTS LEARN ABOUT SAFETY

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

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

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

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



2015 SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM DATES ANNOUNCED

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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







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

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

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

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

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

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


THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR MEMBERS!


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


CLUB MEMBERS & PARENTS LEARN ABOUT SAFETY


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


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

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

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



2015 SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM DATES ANNOUNCED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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





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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

FCC Supports Small Businesses by Maintaining Net Neutrality


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

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

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


 
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