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May 3, 2016ARC Great Give Party
The ARC of Martin County is hosting a Great Give networking party on Tuesday, May 3rd. The party will have Beer, Wine and Food from Anthony’s Coal Fire Grill. There will be door prizes and other fun items. This is a networking party to get people familiar with the ARC of Martin County and also allow them to meet some new people. The party is 5:30 to 8:00pm at the ARC 2001 S. Kanner Highway. The cost is free!

The Great Give has matching dollars and any monies that will be donated on May 3rd will be matched this year. Come cheer the ARC on as our numbers go up. The ARC is doing this in replacement of the Hurricane Stock Up Party. So come out and see the ARC’s facility and meet new friends.

Contact Tracy R Howse at 772-283-2525 for more information and confirm your spot.


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Apr 29, 2016Latest edition of MCTV’s Destination Treasure Coast features Palm City

The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is proud to share the latest installment of MCTV’s Destination Treasure Coast.
The sixth episode of Destination Treasure Coast takes us to the Palm City. While the area is often thought of as the "residential" part of Martin County, our new host MCTV’s Bob Hogenson discovers there are plenty of activities for visitors and
residents alike. Watch as Bob learns to row at the Treasure Coast Rowing Club, saddles up to explore Palm City's equestrian side and enjoys a meal at one of Palm City's favorite restaurants, Manero's. Be sure to watch all the way through the credits
for some silly outtakes.
Destination Treasure Coast airs daily at 8:30 A.M. and Sundays at 6:00 P.M., Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live at www.martin.fl.us. This episode is also available right now on Martin County's YouTube Channel at https: https://youtu.be/SH_McXLIW3k

 
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Apr 29, 2016Martin County Water Ambassador Program IV

Wed, May 4 at 8:30 AM, stuart, Florida

By: UF/IFAS Martin County Sea Grant Agent JP Gellermann


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Martin County Water Ambassador Program IV

Wed, May 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM - Stuart, Florida

Are you interested in saving our Lagoon? Are you interested in what you can do to make a difference? Martin County, UF/IFAS Sea Grant Extension have partnered to now offer the Water Ambassador training program to help you change your practices and to educate your friends and neighbors to meet this goal. This unique training program creates knowledgeable and motivated volunteers ready to make a difference.


What is the Martin County Water Ambassadors?

The Martin County Water Ambassadors is an education in action program that unites and empowers residents and volunteers who have an interest in protecting local waterways and giving back to their communities.

The program provides a way for motivated individuals to connect personal decisions with information about lagoon friendly practices.


Program Structure

Including orientation, program participants will attend a six hour course that combines group discussions, presentations by local experts, and resource materials for an interactive and informative program. Participants will be provided with educational materials, and lunch. Participants will learn about:
•Community Importance & Reasons for Saving the Lagoon
•Florida’s Drainage History
•Nine Principals of Florida Friendly Landscaping
•Estuary Friendly Living
•How and Why to Reduce Stormwater Runoff from Your Property
•Martin County Fertilizer Ordinance- From ‘A’ to ‘Z’ Your Complete Guide


Martin County Water Ambassador - Your Commitment

As a Water Ambassador graduate, you take on the role of educator and activist within your community. Water Ambassadors work in the following areas to advance the message of reducing stormwater and encourage residents to answer the call to help protect our local waterways!

Water Ambassadors may:
•Give Educational Programs to the Public
•Support Youth Activities (K-12)
•Participate in Local Outreach Events


When Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar . WhereMartin County Extension Office - 2614 SE Dixie Hwy, stuart, Florida 34996 -

 
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Apr 29, 2016eBulletin - April, 2016
FAU Harbor Branch Scientists Explore "Grand Canyon" of the Sea...the Mariana Trench

Two FAU Harbor Branch scientists are lending their expertise during a NOAA-funded expedition to what's been called the "Grand Canyon" of the sea...the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. Deborah Glickson, Ph.D., associate director of the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT), located at HBOI, is currently the geology science lead on Leg 1 of the cruise, which runs through May 11 aboard NOAA's Okeanos Explorer. Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., executive director of the CIOERT will be the biology science lead on Leg 3 of the scientific cruise from June 20 through July 11.
The mission, sponsored by NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, is to characterize unknown and poorly explored areas of the Monument by mapping the seafloor and searching for undiscovered biological and geological features such as hydrothermal vents, mud volcanoes, fish and coral reef habitat, and deep-dwelling organisms.
Researchers and students are following along and participating in the cruise from Harbor Branch's Exploration Command Center, a facility that allows for real-time access to all of the action via telepresence. High-definition cameras capture video imagery from the ocean floor that is transmitted in real-time via satellite from the ship back to HBOI's command center, as well as eleven others across the country. Researchers and students can also communicate with the scientists aboard ship via chatrooms and teleconference during the dives.
You too can follow along on the cruise by clicking here and watching the live stream from the Okeanos Explorer!

Ocean Drone Identifies Grouper Mating Calls

Just as the sun begins to set, for just a couple of months, hundreds to thousands of groupers gather at their favorite hangouts along the shelf breaks in the southeast United States, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Basin to spawn - and luckily they're pretty vocal about it, providing vital data on their reproductive behaviors as well as their favorite mating spots.
A team of scientists from FAU Harbor Branch and the University of the Virgin Islands' Center for Marine and Environmental Studies have developed a novel sensing approach using a water drone or robot to listen in on groupers mating. The sensor package and grouper acoustic recognition computer algorithms, developed by FAU Harbor Branch, have been installed on a Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, which is the first readily available ocean drone of its kind.
Spawning season for many commercially important groupers including the Nassau, Warsaw, black, yellowfin and red hind groupers are concentrated within a couple of months each year. The concentrated nature and short duration of their spawning season makes them especially vulnerable to heavy fishing and as a result, many of the spawning aggregations have disappeared or shrunk in the abundance of spawners. Overfishing at these sites can reduce grouper populations significantly, and findings from this study are helping to inform fisheries managers where protective measures are necessary.
"Each grouper species is identified through the unique sounds that are produced by muscles contracting against their swim bladder," said Laurent Cherubin, Ph.D., associate research professor at FAU's Harbor Branch. "These sounds can best be described like that of a boom on a beating drum. Often, the fish make these sounds in territorial defense or during courtship of females ready to spawn eggs."
Click here to read more, listen to the mating calls and watch video of the Wave Glider!

50 Years of Ocean Engineering at FAU Made Possible by the Link Foundation
It was the first of its kind in the country five decades ago, and this month, Florida Atlantic University's Ocean Engineering program celebrated its 50th anniversary. The program got its start through a generous grant to FAU from the Link Foundation. As part of the celebration, organizers recognized Marilyn C. Link, former managing director of Harbor Branch and special advisor to the foundation. She was presented with the "Engineering Owl" award, dedicated to the Link Foundation.


From left: Dr. Karl Von Ellenrieder - administrator of The Link Foundation Intern program, Dr. Javad Hashemi - Chairman of the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Mohammad Ilyas - Dean of the College of Engineering, Marilyn Link, Douglas Briggs - first Link Foundation Intern and former FAU faculty member

Harbor Branch Communication Team Wins Top Award
FAU Harbor Branch Associate Director of Communication Carin Smith and Specialty License Plate Coordinator Conlan Kennedy were recognized by the Florida Public Relations Association's (FPRA) Treasure Coast Chapter for their online marketing campaign of Harbor Branch's specialty license plate program. They won an Image Award and also top honors in their category for their entry, "Support Ocean Science for a Better World."
(Pictured from left: FPRA Executive Committee Member Suzanne Sparling, Carin Smith, FPRA Treasure Coast Chapter President Erick Gill)
Three Decades Since Harbor Branch Helped Recover Space Shuttle
April, 2016 marks thirty years since Harbor Branch's Johnson Sea Link submersible crew helped to locate and recover a section of the rocket booster believed to be responsible for the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. That work is still commemorated today at Harbor Branch with a memorial located on site, created by sculptor Herk Van Tongeren (pictured, left).


 
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Apr 29, 2016Latest edition of MCTV's Destination Treasure Coast features Palm City


The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is proud to share the latest installment of MCTV's Destination Treasure Coast.

The sixth episode of Destination Treasure Coast takes us to the Palm City. While the area is often thought of as the "residential" part of Martin County, our new host MCTV's Bob Hogenson discovers there are plenty of activities for visitors and residents alike. Watch as Bob learns to row at the Treasure Coast Rowing Club, saddles up to explore Palm City's equestrian side and enjoys a meal at one of Palm City's favorite restaurants, Manero's. Be sure to watch all the way through the credits for some silly outtakes.

Destination Treasure Coast airs daily at 8:30 A.M. and Sundays at 6:00 P.M., Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live at www.martin.fl.us.

This episode is also available right now on Martin County's YouTube Channel at https: https://youtu.be/SH_McXLIW3k.


 
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Apr 29, 2016Martin, Indian River counties request time extension for comment period for Army Corps permit for All Aboard Florida


Martin County joins Indian River County and Congressman Bill Posey in requesting a time extension for the comment period of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) permit application for the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF aka Brightline) high-speed passenger rail project.

In a letter sent to the ACOE last week, Martin County requested an additional 30 days to comprehensively review the materials and provide substantive comments in response to AAF's permit application. As outlined in the letter, the sheer breadth and size of the application and its materials and exhibits would make it impossible to properly evaluate it by the May 2 deadline. Martin County is seeking this extension so that staff can review the environmental as well as the engineering implications of the application.

The County has also requested the additional time in order to physically validate the proposed improvement and its impacts within the roughly 40-mile corridor and to address potential discrepancies and compare the 100 percent plans for highway/rail crossings that were recently received by AAF to the plans submitted to ACOA. The latest plans reportedly address many safety comments made by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and could result in substantial deviations from the original application submitted to ACOE.

Martin County believes recent modifications to the highway/grade crossing plan have also altered the overall environmental impacts of the project. Martin County referred to a December 16, 2015 letter from FRA to AAF that indicates AAF made efforts to avoid and minimize safety requirements causing concern that there may be negative impacts to cultural and environmental resources that will also require further review and evaluation.

More time would also enable the County to evaluate and verify AAF's water quality assessment and propose remedies to ensure they do not harm environmentally-sensitive local water bodies, wetlands and threatened and endangered species. There are roughly 20 at-grade crossings, an estimated five jurisdictional creek crossings and numerous culvert connections that all need to be tested, observed and validated.

Additionally, Martin County has asked that ACOE hold a public hearing on the application to address the many concerns raised by Martin County and other entities in an open forum so that impacted parties can have the opportunity to be heard. Martin County is joined in these requests by Indian River County and Congressman Bill Posey (R-Melbourne), as well as others. In an April 22 letter to ACOE, Congressman Posey requested ACOE give "full and fair consideration" to the counties' request for an extension. Martin County understands ACOE will render its decision on the requests for an extension by May 2.
For more resources and information on the many local and regional issues of concern relating to the proposed AAF passenger rail project, including presentations, studies, letters of concern to state and federal agencies and more, visit www.martin.fl.us. In addition, please visit the County's social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, for updates.


 
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Apr 29, 2016Martin County looks forward to second public records trial


On April 27, 2016, a hearing was held between Lake Point Phase I, LLC and Lake Point Phase II, LLC (Lake Point) and Martin County (the County). Lake Point consists of two companies located near Lake Okeechobee and the mouth of St. Lucie Canal. The Lake Point property is a private rock mine. The latest issue raised by Lake Point is whether the public records trial of Martin County Commissioners Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding should be re-tried. The first trial took place in August 2015, which Lake Point lost. Now, Lake Point seeks to introduce evidence concerning Commissioner Chair Anne Scott. Lake Point's argument was based, in part, on a case issued by the Florida Supreme Court just last week that addresses the approach taken by trial courts in deciding whether to award attorney's fees to plaintiffs in public records trials, where the government has acted in good faith.

Today, Circuit Court Judge, F. Shields McManus, granted Lake Point's motion and ordered a new public records trial to consider Lake Point's "new evidence." It is anticipated that the new trial will address whether Lake Point's "new evidence" necessitating a new trial is, in fact, new evidence that would have actually changed the outcome of the first trial Lake Point lost. A new hearing date has not been set. Martin County looks forward to reaching a final resolution of these public record issues.


 
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Apr 29, 2016Great Give Martin County
Dear Friends of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County,
Your GREAT GIVE donation will help a local family – like the Burkhardts - build their Habitat home. Mom Courtney and her two children currently live in a cramped two-bedroom apartment. They qualified for the Habitat Homeowner’s program and are now working alongside Habitat volunteers to build their home in Hobe Sound. The payments on their interest-free Habitat mortgage will be less than the rent they are currently paying. “Words can’t express how grateful we are to everyone helping us,” said Courtney. “The kids are very excited about having their own bedrooms and a yard to play in,” she added. Your gift – whatever amount - will have a lasting, meaningful outcome by helping Habitat homeowners like Courtney achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for their families.
You can help! Here’s how
To donate to Habitat for Humanity of Martin County click on this direct link HERE or call 1.844.GIVE.DAY (1.844.448.3329) to make a secure and tax deductible donation.
On behalf of the Burkhardts - and all of our local Habitat Homeowners – thank you for all you do to help hardworking families improve their lives.

Blessings to you and your family,
Margot Graff
Executive Director
mgraff@habitatmartin.org

For more information, go to www.habitatmartin.org or call 772-223-9940.

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OR BY VISTING www.800helpfla.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.



 
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Apr 29, 2016A.C.T. Studio Theatre presents David Mamet’s compelling drama “Oleanna.”

Directed by Arlette Eulo
Featuring Stuart Mohr as “John” and Rachel Swanzy as “Carol”
“Oleanna” is on stage May 20 - June 4
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets $24. Call 772-210-5373 or order online at www.actstudiotheatre.com


Written by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony/Oscar nominee David Mamet, “Oleanna” is an edge-of-your-seat drama covering the challenges of political correctness, sexual harassment, power and manipulation. We witness what seems to be a simple situation: a struggling student engaging in a series of meetings with her professor to discuss her grade. Innocent enough? As these meetings progress, they build into a battle of dominance and power heading toward shocking and destructive consequences.
The audience will flip back and forth on “Who’s right?” Will they side with Professor John, a man of letters and educational integrity? Or will they side with Carol, a struggling student overwhelmed by authority and collegiate stability? The crackling dialogue illustrates how words can be misconstrued from intentions, intentions from feelings and feelings from the perception of truth.

“Oleanna” by David Mamet. You choose who is right . . .

A.C.T. Studio Theatre
Cedar Pointe Plaza
2399 SE Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34996
actstudiotheatre.com
(772) 210-5373


 
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Apr 29, 2016A.C.T. Studio Theatre presents David Mamet’s compelling drama “Oleanna.”

Directed by Arlette Eulo
Featuring Stuart Mohr as “John” and Rachel Swanzy as “Carol”
“Oleanna” is on stage May 20 - June 4
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets $24. Call 772-210-5373 or order online at www.actstudiotheatre.com


Written by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony/Oscar nominee David Mamet, “Oleanna” is an edge-of-your-seat drama covering the challenges of political correctness, sexual harassment, power and manipulation. We witness what seems to be a simple situation: a struggling student engaging in a series of meetings with her professor to discuss her grade. Innocent enough? As these meetings progress, they build into a battle of dominance and power heading toward shocking and destructive consequences.
The audience will flip back and forth on “Who’s right?” Will they side with Professor John, a man of letters and educational integrity? Or will they side with Carol, a struggling student overwhelmed by authority and collegiate stability? The crackling dialogue illustrates how words can be misconstrued from intentions, intentions from feelings and feelings from the perception of truth.

“Oleanna” by David Mamet. You choose who is right . . .

A.C.T. Studio Theatre
Cedar Pointe Plaza
2399 SE Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34996
actstudiotheatre.com
(772) 210-5373


 
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Apr 28, 2016I'm All Aboard Updates - I'm All Aboard Coalition Members in the News
I'm All Aboard Coalition Members Correct the Record on TCPalm.com:

All Aboard Objectors Continue to Mislead Treasure Coast Residents

Robert Webster corrects the record about why All Aboard Florida will Benefit the Treasure Coast - Apr 23

...Apparently, like so many others, she has been duped by fear-mongering objector claims that have no merit.

May I remind everyone that getting a permit means fulfilling the requirements for receiving the permit. It is not a political opportunity for objectors to meddle in the process...

Again, Townley makes the assumption that AAF will lead to "our destruction" when the real consequence of AAF will be an improvement of safety, quality-of-life, and property values for little cost to local residents.

Those are benefits, not elements of destruction.

Rich Campbell is correct when he observes commissioners are fighting AAF to gain votes from an uninformed public. They have misrepresented their constituents by pandering to specious objector claims as their basis to oppose AAF. Meanwhile, they hide their own commissioned safety report from public exposure because that report riddled many of their alleged concerns for public safety.

Davis' "property disaster zone" is an absurd piece of fiction because it is predicated on false claims. In the real world, quieter trains, less crossing delay time than existed ten years ago, no train horns, much safer road crossings, and the potential for a future transit station are considered benefits that improve both quality-of-life and property values. Reports to the contrary are based on objector claims that have zero credibility when examined in the light of facts.

Martin County's study is based on false premises. Consequently, it's conclusions are bogus. Garbage in, garbage out.

Requiring real estate agents to propagate fiction serves nobody. It is also dishonest and reprehensible.
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Michael Goodfellow Points out Rail Safety Study Paid by Opponents shows "No Adverse Impacts" - Apr 23

People are against the train yet they don't seem to know why. For months, we've read outrageous claim after outrageous claim. Heck, even certain candidates are pandering to voter fear.

One of the outspoken critics of the train called me stupid for living near the tracks without fear or being against AAF. There are enough other things in life to worry about than the train so I just won't let the train bother me.

A study was commissioned by Indian River County regarding rail crossing safety.

Of course, this study didn't receive much coverage, if any, since such coverage goes against what many people want to hear.

The report (here: http://www.ircgov.com/Public_Notices/Rail/Rail-Crossing-Safety-Evaluation.pdf ) concluded "there is no Adverse Safety impact to IRC from AAF." The report also suggested improvements that could be made to the crossings then stated, "If he proposed upgrades actually occur, they will improve the safety factors that exist today."






Despite Obstacles, Tri-Rail Coming to Downtown Miami in 2018

...After the downtown station is up and running, Tri-Rail has long-term plans to continue adding stations going north along the FEC corridor near U.S. 1 — traveling through the Design District, Aventura, downtown Hollywood, and ultimately all the way up to Jupiter in Palm Beach County.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article73396717.html#storylink=cpy

Read the full story by Michael Vasquez in the Miami Herald


 
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Apr 27, 2016Ka-Pow! Come on out and show off your Super dance moves
Mother-Son Dance May 7th
Tickets: $20 per Mother-son couple
$5 for additional son

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Apr 27, 2016Martin County defends Comprehensive Plan Amendments to State Administrative Commission
Martin County defended amendments to its award-wining Comprehensive Plan today in front of the Florida Administration Commission, comprised of Governor Rick Scott and members of the Cabinet. The Commission takes final action on processes relating to comprehensive plans or plan amendments. The issue is whether Martin County Comprehensive Plan Amendment 13-5, adopted in 2013, is in compliance with Florida Statutes. The amendment is currently being challenged by a local landowner, Midbrook 1st Realty Corporation.

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners was represented by Chair Anne Scott. In a prepared statement, Commissioner Scott said, "...The Martin County Commission takes our Comprehensive Plan very seriously. We work hard to make sure it reflects and protects growth and development goals of our citizens. The amendments before you today are a small part of a large package adopted August 2013. There were other challenges that were resolved quickly and amicably, by settlement with language revisions. This case is all that stands between Martin County and putting the amendment package into effect. We look forward to your decision and implementing our amendments. Please know that the County spent many hours deliberating these amendments. We heard testimony from dozens of interested citizens and stakeholders. We hope you take that into consideration as you deliberate today..."

The Administration Commission's final order will implement all the Comprehensive Plan Amendments adopted in 2013 except for three items: splitting the urban service district; the calculation of multi-family in the residential capacity analysis; and the requirements of a 4-1 vote by County Commissioners for plan amendments that affect the pillars of the plan.

The first two issues can be corrected quickly with remedial amendments. On the super majority issue, the Administration Commission said the County could have a super-majority provided it is supported by data and analysis.

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners will have this matter placed on an upcoming agenda whereby they will have an executive session for a briefing by their legal counsel, and then will have a public deliberation prior to a final determination.


 
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Apr 27, 2016Australia’s Thunder From Down Under September 17th at 5pm & 8pm
The PERFECT Girl Night Outback!
Australia's HOTTEST Export – Thunder from Down Under
Grab your girlfriends and get ready for the Thunder From Down Under “Outback Fantasy 2016 Tour.” Voted the best male revue show on the Las Vegas strip, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under features chiseled bodies, seductive choreography, saucy humor, and some boy-next door charm. Every performer takes a unique female fantasy and brings it to life in this interactive girls-night- out show. Featured on a special episode of the popular television show Project Runway, the boys from Australia’s Thunder From Down Under have amazed audiences for years with their commanding stage presence and irresistible moves.

Get ready to get up close and personal! Throughout the show, select ladies are asked to join the dancers on stage for a performance that will have you laughing, cheering, and clapping the whole night. Perfect for bachelorette parties, divorce parties, or girl’s night out getaways, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under features all the hottest Aussies. This season at The Lyric Theatre - the boys from the outback come back for a visit!


tickets on sale beginning May 12th

 
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Apr 27, 2016Force Newsletter - April 2016
Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter

April 2016

The Rivers Coalition meeting is Thursday April 28th at 11:00 am at Stuart City Hall. The meeting is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available. We'll even provide coffee and doughnuts.

The presentation topic for the April meeting is:

Local Government's role in monitoring and making sure "clean water" enters the
St. Lucie River Estuary and Indian River Lagoon

Our guest speakers this month will be:

Deborah Drum
Manager, Ecosystem Restoration & Management System
At Martin County Board of County Commissioners

Kevin Henderson
President of Evergreen Engineering, Inc.

Sam Amerson
City of Stuart

Deborah Drum

Deborah Drum graduated from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science with a Masters in Marine Affairs in 1993. She received her BA in Marine Science Affairs from the University of Miami in 1991, where she was the President of the Outdoor Recreation Club Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. Deb is a member of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals.

In 2012, Deb began working with the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. She is currently the Manager of the Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division. From 1994-2012 Deb worked at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Prior to her 18 year career at SFWMD, Deb was the Director at Battelle in West Palm Beach for one year. Her other career experience includes working as an Assistant Biologist and Biologist for Miami Dade County.

Kevin Henderson

Kevin Henderson attended the University of Florida where he received his Bachelor's and Masters' Degrees. His school and work history includes many areas of community involvement and recognition some of which are:Outstanding Local Elected Official in Florida (1996), Florida Association of City and County Managers, Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, International Who’s Who Business Professional Category, Water Conservationist of the Year (2006), Florida Wildlife Federation, Conservationist of the Year (2007) TC Chapter, and Coastal Conservation Association

Kevin has over 35 years of work experience in Engineering. He is currently the President of Evergreen Engineering. He also has an extensive career in Public Service, he is currently a Chair with the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund. Previously Kevin has worked as a Mayor and Commissioner, City of Stuart; Chairman, Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments; Chairman, Metropolitan Planning Organization of Martin County;
Chairman, Watershed Action Committee of Martin County; Stormwater Utility Advisory Committee, Martin County
Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Florida League of Cities; Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
Martin County Business Development Board; Planning and Zoning Board, City of Stuart; Chairman, Martin County Conservation Alliance and various other service organizations.


Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved!

Missed a past meeting? Go to our Youtube channel!



Agenda for Thursday April 28th, 2016
Meeting Thursday, April 28, 2016
11:00am - 12:30 pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994

Please Silence Your Cell Phones!


Business Matters
• Chairman’s Comments, Quorum & New Member Vote: Darrell Brand
• Special Presentation:
"Local Government's Involvement "
Martin County and City of Stuart
Deborah Drum/ Kevin Henderson/ Sam Amerson
• River Kidz of Martin County: Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
• Speakers Bureau:Todd Weissing
Government & Agency Progress Reports
• Martin County: Deborah Drum/Don Donaldson
• South Florida Water Management District: Kathy LaMartina
• FDEP
Coalition Reports
• Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality: Mark Perry
• WRAC “Water Resources Advisory Commission” : Mark Perry
• Indian Riverkeeper Update: Marty Baum
• Federal & State Issues-CERP/IRL & Lake Okeechobee: Kevin Henderson / Dr. Paul Gray

New Business
Lost River Fishing Tournament Promotion


Everglades Day
On Everglades Day, April 7th, the community celebrated the Everglades habitat of South Florida. This day promotes awareness, appreciation and understanding of the Everglades ecosystem.

Rivers Coalition Members were among those who supported this event at the Riverwalk Stage in downtown Stuart



Special Recognition of Environmentalist John Marshall
John Marshall (1941-2016)

It is a great loss to our south Florida environmental community to hear of John’s passing. He was incredibly dedicated to keeping alive his Uncle Art’s astute and vanguard vision for the Everglades. May his legacy be that those of us left behind soldier on to realize an ecologically sound restoration of the Everglades, which includes a flow way south.

He and Nancy’s dedication made a huge difference to the spread of Everglades ecoliteracy. It’s probably impossible to calculate the number of children and adults who now understand and care about the Everglades that would not have encountered it before the ARM’s efforts.

John was very important to me, personally. I served as mentor for the Foundation’s inspiring College Summer Intern Program for several years, and discovered the deep commitment John and Nancy had to empowering the next generation to take their places in protecting and saving the Everglades. Without exception, I think I can say, the interns had a life changing experience, enriched beyond their expectations.

John was also keen on understanding the “Big Picture” as his Uncle Art had been, and, like Art, was keen on interdisciplinary approaches to solving problems. He took a liking to my work because of his open-mindedness and I will forever be grateful for his willingness to expand horizons when he saw that was necessary. For one example, in recognizing the connection of the Everglades with the problems of rising seas due to climate change, the ARM created the Rising Seas Conference, organized by the ARM Foundation.

We’ve lost a leader. But we have gained so much from his dogged determination to do what he could to further the work. May we also be blessed with such fortitude.

Contribution by Shari Anker, Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie Co., Inc.



Martin County River Kidz

Calling All River Parentz and River Kidz!!!

Hi Parentz! If you are interested in signing your children up for River Kidz, please go to our website, Riverscoalition.org, under the River Kidz tab and sign up! You will receive any email blasts notifying you of events and happenings. Please like us on Facebook too! Thanks!

River Kidz at the Earth Day Celebration at Environmental Studies Center

The River Kidz helped celebrate Earth Day at the Environmental Studies Center by helping attendees with face painting, crafts and other Earth Day games and activities.



Youth Driven Cinema 2016: K-12 Student Film Fest

The Youth Driven Cinema event takes place April 29th at the Lyric Theatre and tickets are on sale now. Tickets can be bought online or at the box office. They are $10 for adults and $5 for kids with 100% of ticket sale proceeds going to camp scholarships at Environmental Studies Center. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Indian Riverkeeper.

Youth Driven Cinema is the first event of its kind in Martin County and will be held at The Lyric Theatre April 29th, 2016 (doors open at 6:00).

Tickets may be purchased at The Lyric Theatre or follow this link: Online Tic


Speakers Bureau
On Monday, April 18th Marty Baum and Todd Weissing represented the Rivers Coalition for a meeting with the Savanna Concerned Citizens. The presentation included the history of Lake Okeechobee, up to and including current issues and solutions for those issues.

If your group would like the Rivers Coalition to speak at your meeting, please contact Todd Weissing
at ctodd_weissing@ml.com or info@riverscoalition.org

Get informed, be active and be part of the solution to help our river!


March 30th Rivers Coalition Meeting Highlights

Thank you Bob Voisinet and the Cocoanut Point Yacht Club for their
generous donation to the Rivers Coalition!


Shannon Estenoz and Bob Johnson from the Office of Everglades Restoration Initiatives gave an informative presentation to members about 2016 Management Measures to Increase Flow to Everglades National Park.


Save the Date: Saturday May 21st
Lost River Fishing Tournament


SATURDAY MAY 21ST
LOST RIVER FISHING TOURNAMENT

An event benefiting the Rivers Coalition

Fun, Music, and Friends!
The Party starts at 4pm at the Lost River Club house/Marina.
• Huge Raffle with tons of prizes
• DJ and awards celebration
• Kids Fishing Contest – Register at LOST RIVER FISHING TOURNAMENT
• PREPARE YOUR BEST CHILI AND ENTER THE CHILI COOKOFF – REGISTER AT CHILI COOK-OFF
• Bounce House and Massive Water Slide (good for the adults too!)
• Non-alcoholic Drinks, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers provided by Lost River HOA
• Ready to use large grill for all to use – BRING YOUR FAVORITE FOODS FOR GRILLING
• Attend with your friends & family and have A BLAST
Contact the Rivers Coalition if you would like to volunteer at our booth for this fun filled event:
772-225-6849
info@riverscoalition.org

2016 Meeting Schedule
The 2016 meetings will be held at
City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34994

Thursday, May 26th 11:00 am

Wednesday, June 29th 6:00 pm

Thursday, July 28th 11:00 am

Thursday, August 25th 11:00 am

Wednesday, Sept 28th 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 27th 11:00 am

Meetings will not be held in November and December


Thank you for all your support.

Editors: Katherine Luger & Jill Pinkham

PO Box 2627
Stuart, Fl 34995

772-225-6849
www.RiversCoalition.org






 
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Apr 27, 2016PARADE IS ABOUT A MONTH AWAY - SIGN UP NOW


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Apr 26, 2016SPRING INTO A WEEKEND BOATING SAFETY COURSE
WHAT: ABC3 America's Boating Course, 3rd Edition
Presented by St. Lucie River Power Squadron
Complete course focuses on family boating safety to include
"Rules of the Road," seamanship, navigation and more.
Course completion qualifies for Florida Safe Boating ID Card.

WHEN: May 14-15, Saturday-Sunday, 9 am-4 pm

WHERE: St. Joseph Parish Life Center (Room 7)
1300 E. 10th Street, Stuart
(Parking across from Parkway Drive on eastern side of campus)

COST: $50, cash or check made payable to SLRPS - includes instruction and materials. Families may share materials - $10 fee for each additional family member

FURTHER INFORMATION And REGISTRATION: Mike Knapp, warmrainfl@aol.com, (772) 283-4816, St. Lucie River Power Squadron website: www.slrps.org


 
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Apr 26, 2016Treasure Coast Rowing Club Summer Camps
Learn to Row Camps Begins May 16!
1st session: May 16 — 21
2nd session: May 23 — 28
Schedule: M, T, R, F 4—6:30 pm, Sat 8—10:30 am
3rd session: June 6 — 11
4th session: June 13 —18
Group A: M, T, R, F 7:30—10 am, Sat 7:30—10:30 am
Group B: M, T, R, F 4:40—7 pm, Sat 7:30—10:30 am
Summer Conditioning Camp Begins June 20!
Focus: Race at the 20th Annual Halifax Regatta July 24
More information on the camps will be posted on our
website soon.
Since 1991
treasurecoastrowingclub.com
Treasure Coast Community Rowing Club
771 SW 28th St, Palm City, FL 34991

 
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Apr 26, 2016Discounted Presale Tickets - Just $10 - Limited Time Only!
ACT FAST!
$10 Tickets Available for a Limited Time

Enjoy the Stuart Air Show?

Then you don't want to miss this great opportunity to grab your tickets for just $10 each.

Yup, just $10 each!

Great for families, groups or even if you're flying solo!


Buy your $10 tickets today!

Opportunity ends May 9 at 11:59pm!

Don't miss this amazing deal!


 
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Apr 26, 2016Martin County Commission to proclaim May Historic Preservation Month
During its May 10th meeting, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners will proclaim May as Historic Preservation Month in Martin County. To mark this special designation, Martin County will join hands with its Partners in Preservation (the City of Stuart and the Town of Sewall's Point, among others) to celebrate the special places and people that have made Martin County so unique.

"In proclaiming May as Historic Preservation Month here in Martin County, we recognize the important role that historic preservation plays in our lives," said Board Chair and District 3 Commissioner Anne Scott. "During this special month, residents will be able to celebrate the contributions made by the dedicated individuals who have helped to preserve the unique heritage that has shaped us."

It is the Martin County Historic Preservation Board's (HPB) eighth year of coordinating Historic Preservation Month events with its Partners that are intended to increase public awareness of our historic resources. According to HPB Member, Joette Lorion Rice, "Historic Preservation Month is a great way to celebrate the local historical treasures that add to our sense of place here in Martin County."

The festivities will Kick-Off on May 2nd at 5 pm at the Stuart Heritage Museum, housed in the historic Stuart Feed Store (1901), where preservationists will gather to celebrate Historic Preservation Month 2016. Other activities will include: tours of the historic Seminole Inn (1926) every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1 pm during the month, and tours of the Mansion at Tuckahoe (1938) the first and third Wednesday. The Lord Baltimore Chapter of the Colonial Dames will dedicate an historic marker at the Captain Sewall House (circa 1889) on May 4th.

Every Wednesday, historian Sandra Thurlow will tell the story of Captain Sewall's home (with Bruce and Barbara Osborn portraying Captain and Mrs. Sewall on May 4th). Attorney and author Rick Crary will conduct a tour of the historic Crary House. There will be an Open House at the Salerno Colored School (Martin County's only surviving one-room schoolhouse) with a screening of the new MCTV documentary: Mrs. Williams School. Local historian Alice Luckhardt will give a video lecture entitled, "The Story of the Notorious Ashley Gang" and the House of Refuge will host an open house and a talk on Native Plants of Historical Significance. Author and HPB Chair, Nathaniel Osborn, will give a lecture entitled: The St. Lucie River Crisis in Historical Perspective. Other lectures on Martin County history include: Pioneer Life and Places is Early Jensen and Stuart; Fishing Heritage of Port Salerno, History of the Thurlow Family, and the History of the Clifton Possum Long Nature Center. There will even be an archeological tour of Mount Elizabeth.

On May 21st, two important Historic Preservation Month events will take place in Indiantown. At 10 am, there will be a plaque dedication at the Seminole Inn (1926), which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006, to commemorate its placement on the Martin County Local Register of Historic Landmarks. At 11:45 am, there will be a luncheon at the Inn to honor the Preservationist of the Year, Harold Markey, General Services Director of Martin County who has done so much to preserve its historic treasures. The Wall family, who were honored last year for their loving restoration of the Seminole Inn, will present the award (the plaque presentation is free, and the luncheon cost is $15).

According to Ms. Lorion, "Historic preservation is about more than saving old buildings. It is about protecting places that tell the stories of our past. By being good stewards of our historic resources, we preserve our heritage for future generations. The HPB invites the community to join us as we celebrate our rich history."

For more information, or a detailed Schedule of Events, contact: 772-221-1329 or visit www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Apr 25, 2016New Treasure Coast jobs from Rocla plant – and from All Aboard Florida prospects
Michael Fort, Jensen Beach

Letter: New Treasure Coast jobs from Rocla plant — and from All Aboard Florida prospects

Of the roughly 285,000 residents in St. Lucie County, 5.7 percent are unemployed. That's around 16,000 residents — enough to fill a college basketball arena.

TCPalm reports on the opening of the Rocla Concrete Tie plant, which will employ 40 full-time workers, earning an average annual wage of $44,000 plus benefits. That's significant. This is also a direct result of the positive economic impact that All Aboard Florida is already having on our area.

Despite what the naysayers would have us believe, before the first shovel has broken ground in St. Lucie County we are seeing a tangible benefit. Those employees will now be able to buy houses, eat meals, buy gas, pay taxes and contribute to our economy in general.

I thank the leaders who had the foresight to recruit Rocla to St. Lucie County, I thank Rocla for employing 40 residents. Most importantly, I thank the folks from All Aboard Florida for not giving up despite the lawsuits and nasty letters to the editor.

I know we have yet to join our neighbors to the north and south of us in lawsuits against AAF, and I would like to make an appeal to our local leaders to continue to stay out of that fight, especially given the recent jobs that were created by Rocla.

 
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Apr 25, 201624th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive set for May 14
FORT PIERCE, April 25, 2016 – Once a year, letter carriers across the Treasure Coast and nationwide deliver something more precious than the mail. They deliver food. The 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive takes place on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

The national event is the largest single-day food drive in the world and helps local food banks, including Treasure Coast Food Bank, feed the one in six Americans who struggle with hunger. That day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable food items that residents leave in or near their mailboxes.

“Stamp Out Hunger plays a significant role in helping us and our partner agencies feed the more than 100,000 people on the Treasure Coast who don’t always know where their next meal is coming from,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz. “This food drive will help us fill the shelves of our warehouse just in time for summer when the need for food assistance is at its highest. It’s also an event in which the entire community can join in the effort to fight hunger. Because all the food stays in the community in which it’s collected, people can feel confident that they’re truly helping their neighbors.”

During summer when children are out of school, many families’ food budgets don’t keep them fed through the entire month, and more people turn to Treasure Coast Food Bank and its partners for assistance.

Soon, letter carriers will be delivering to each mail box specially marked bags supplied by Publix for the annual food drive. Food collection bins already are at area post office branches, so anyone heading out of town prior to May 14 can drop off food before leaving.

On Wednesday, May 11, at the Martin County Fairgrounds and in partnership with House of Hope, there will be a kickoff for Stamp Out Hunger from 2 to 5 p.m., and Treasure Coast Food Bank will hold a Mobile Pantry food distribution during the kickoff. Representatives from Publix and the City of Stuart will be on hand.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks and pantries nationwide. The event is held on the second Saturday of May each year. The annual event has brought in more than 70 million pounds of food in each of the previous three years, and organizers with the NALC expect to collect that much again this year.

Locally, Treasure Coast Food Bank is hoping to see the event bring in enough food for 170,000 meals, which would be enough for 50,000 more meals than last year’s drive.

“We’re proud to be a part of Stamp Out Hunger and very grateful for the work that the letter carriers, their families, and other volunteers do to make this happen each year,” Cruz said. “We encourage everyone to participate.”

Volunteers are still needed to help sort the donated food at select local post offices in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Individual volunteer shifts are listed on the website, and those interested in volunteering can register online at www.stophunger.org.


 
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Apr 25, 2016Upcoming ribbon-cutting event
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Department of Transportation invite you to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the SW Martin Highway Widening Project on Friday, April 29 at 1:30 pm.

2700 S.W. Martin Highway
772-288-5677

 
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Apr 25, 2016Dance Me a Story: Tangled
The Florida Arts & Dance Company and the Martin County Library System present "Dance Me a Story - Tangled" at the Cummings Library on Saturday, April 23 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. This program brings books to life through dance and narration. For details, call 288-2551.

 
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Apr 25, 2016Free adult swim lesson this Saturday
Sailfish Splash Waterpark will offer a free, adult swim lesson on Saturday, April 23 from 11:00 to 11:30 am. In addition, the first four adults who show up and sign-up to participate in the event will receive a set of 8, free 30-minute swim lesson sessions. Remember, parents who learn how to swim aren't only protecting themselves.

 
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Apr 25, 2016Get the Facts: Everglades Water Quality
A recent article in the Key West Citizen perpetuated erroneous facts about the quality of water flowing into Everglades National Park and Florida Bay.

Water in Everglades National Park is cleaner than it has been in generations and meets water quality requirements. Water sent south to restore historic flows into Everglades National Park and Florida Bay, which desperately needs freshwater, is clean.
Here are the facts:
• Florida invested $1.8 billion to develop the science and the infrastructure to move clean water into Everglades National Park. Notably, the South Florida Water Management District constructed 57,000 acres of Stormwater Treatment Areas. These vast expanses of wetlands are highly successful in using plants to clean nutrients from the water before it reaches the Park and the Bay.

• Under Governor Rick Scott's Restoration Strategies plan, an additional $880 million is being invested to construct another 6,500 acres of treatment wetlands, along with several vast storage areas and other projects, to allow more water to be cleaned and sent south.
• No Lake Okeechobee water has been sent to Everglades National Park or Florida Bay that is not clean. This water meets water quality requirements and is continually monitored under a strict science program.
• Brown water seen flowing into Everglades National Park near the Tamiami Trail is actually very clean. The brown color comes from natural plant tannins and is not harmful at all.



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The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.


 
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Apr 22, 2016Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 3rd!


24 Hour Giving Event - Donate and Vote

Every gift of $20 or more to the Education Foundation of Martin County
will have the opportunity to vote for a Martin County school to receive a
$5,000, $3,000 or $1,500 grant!

Each donation will be multiplied with bonus dollars raised by the
Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties and their partners.

Every hour of the Great Give event (midnight to midnight) will provide unique opportunities to raise significant funds that will make a direct and positive impact in our community. Cash prizes will be awarded to participating nonprofit organizations throughout the day to keep things fast-paced and exciting!

Visit https://greatgiveflorida.org/npo/education-foundation-of-martin-county or call 1-844-GIVE-DAY to make your donation in support of our many educational enrichment programs benefiting all public schools, teachers and
students in the Martin County School District!

Don't forget to vote for your choice of which Martin County school you want to receive our next Literacy or STEAM grant!


 
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Apr 22, 2016Attacks Continue on Florida’s Workers’ Comp System


While the Florida Chamber of Commerce continues to monitor the Florida Supreme Court for a decision on the three workers' compensation cases before the Court, this week a decision was issued by the First District Court of Appeals that is disconcerting for the workers’ comp system.
Miles v City of Edgewater opens the door for other injured parties to hire their own attorneys, and for attorneys to start taking workers’ comp cases on a non-contingency basis. This could increase litigation, increase the amount of awards, and lengthen court battles.

The intent of the workers’ comp attorney fee statute is to prevent unnecessary and drawn out litigation from taking place, and ensure that claims have merit. While the result of the decision in Miles v. City of Edgewater is that the claimant or a third party has the right to contract and pay for an attorney beyond the contingency fee basis, a concern is that attorneys will prey on injured workers to pay their own fees and an increase in meritless lawsuits will occur.
It is unclear yet whether this case will be appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, or if this could have an impact on rates. NCCI, the state’s rating agency, will be examining the financial impact of this case in the coming weeks to determine if workers’ comp rates will need to be increased.

Take Action Now
Florida’s business climate is a key factor in businesses expanding and relocating to Florida – that means we must ensure workers’ comp rates remain affordable. The Florida Chamber’s Economic Development Task Force, which will launch in May, will discuss important business climate issues driving business decisions. To learn more and to be part of the conversation, contact Carolyn Johnson at cjohnson@flchamber.com.


 
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Apr 21, 2016LIGHTHOUSE LADIES KDW TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO THE WATER FOR ITS 6TH YEAR
NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Lighthouse Ladies KDW Tournament returns to the water for its sixth year on Saturday, June 4! This ladies-only angler tournament is presented by Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari-Maserati of the Palm Beaches, as well as major sponsors StingRay Fishing Outfitters and Inflatables International, Inc.
Cash prizes to be awarded include first place ($1,000 plus more than $1,000 in sponsor products), second place ($500 plus more than $500 in sponsor products) and third place ($250 plus more than $250 in sponsor products).
The tournament will conclude with an awards ceremony and after party at Mercedes-Benz of North Palm Beach (on Alternate A1A). Admission to the awards ceremony and after party is free with angler registration and $15 for additional tickets. VIP tickets are $100 per person and $1,000 for a table of 10. VIP tickets include reserved seating, a special menu, a VIP bar and drink tickets.
Not an angler? You can still join the festivities at the tournament kickoff party at Ferrari-Maserati of Palm Beach (on Okeechobee Blvd) on Saturday, May 14. Purchase your tickets in advance for $20, or $25 at the door. Tickets include free appetizers, complimentary rum punch and a free drawing ticket for a door prize. The kickoff party is open to the first 150 guests.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches, which provides life skills and assistive resources to those who are blind or visually impaired in Palm Beach, Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast.


 
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Apr 21, 2016FRA rebukes AAF for omitting mandatory safety requirements in plans
Martin County has consistently maintained that threats to public safety are the most troubling facets of the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF a.k.a Brightline) passenger rail project and related increases in freight rail. From the outset, AAF has sought to dictate the terms of what it will and will not do when it comes to safety requirements at grade crossings.

On November 3, 2015, Martin County took this issue head-on in a detailed, technical letter to AAF focused on the County's safety priorities and its belief that AAF must install and pay for these critical items. These priorities include the use of Vehicle Presence Detection (VPD), Remote Health Monitoring (RHM) and Positive Train Control (PTC), and the importance of sealed corridor treatments and pedestrian crossing improvements. This letter followed a November 16, 2015 meeting with the FRA Safety Office, when our County engineers traveled to Washington, DC to bring these concerns and priorities directly to the agency.

AAF never acknowledged or responded to Martin County's letter. Soon after, the County learned that the FRA Safety Office sent a letter to AAF in December 2015 detailing the agency's position on safety requirements. Martin County, along with local officials and community groups, and U.S. Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL-08), requested a copy of the FRA letter so we could better understand the safety measures required of AAF.

On April 12, the FRA provided its response to Rep. Posey. Martin County greatly appreciates the Congressman's efforts and diligence to obtain this. Now in receipt of the letter, Martin County's observations and comments regarding public safety have been validated. We know the FRA Safety Office did not approve AAF's grade crossing design plans as submitted, on the grounds that they did not meet safety guidelines.

The letter states: "FRA has determined that the highway-rail grade crossing plans submitted by AAF do not conform to the highway-rail grade crossing treatments in the FEIS...We also disagree with AAF's assertion that AAF's alternatives comply with FRA's sealed corridor guidelines."

The FRA Safety Office letter also challenges AAF and its President, Michael Reininger, with respect to the railroad's grade crossing obligations, stating: "We are pleased to hear from Mr. Reininger that AAF is not 'resistant to grade crossing improvement obligations'... we expect AAF to comply with the grade crossing treatments in the FEIS."

The letter and seven-page document accompanying it contained numerous recommendations and requirements from the FRA Safety Office, including, but not limited to:
* Recommending that AAF equip all automatic highway-rail grade crossing warning systems with RHM technology;
* Highlighting the importance of VPD and dismissing AAF's assertion that the technology is unreliable in areas where lightening is present;
* Rejecting AAF's assertion that reducing the length of non-traversable medians (designed to discourage motorists from driving around the gates) is an acceptable safety alternative, and noting the requirement that AAF install exit gates at locations where it cannot achieve the required 100 feet of non-traversable median curbing.

This is merely a small sampling of the important information included in the FRA letter and attachment, and the Safety Office positions set forth in these documents are a straightforward example of the hard work the County has undertaken with respect to grade crossing safety.

County Administrator Taryn Kryzda said, "County engineers and legal counsel have worked hard to convey to AAF and the FRA the need for specific actions to ensure public safety, and the positions set forth by the FRA are encouraging."

Despite this letter, the County's work is by no means over. If the second phase of the AAF project is ever built, Martin County will continue its efforts to ensure AAF takes responsibility and actually pays for both the installation and maintenance of all required safety systems. Martin County unequivocally believes the long-term costs of maintaining the safety features critical to protecting the public are not the responsibility of Martin County and local taxpayers in perpetuity-an unfunded mandate for a project the County never approved.

In a memo sent to the Board of County Commissioners last week County engineers detailed the recent invoices received from Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) for maintenance work on six FEC crossings in 2015 and 2016 in the amount of $684,000. It is the County's understanding these very same crossings will have to be reconstructed in 2017 and local taxpayers will be on the hook again.

For more resources and information on the many local and regional issues of concern relating to the proposed AAF passenger rail project, including presentations, studies, letters of concern to state and federal agencies and more, visit www.martin.fl.us. In addition, please visit the County's social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, for updates.


 
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Apr 21, 2016JRC Consulting Group Golf Tournament to benefit SafeSpace
John Carr of JRC Consulting and JRC Charitable Foundation and Venture Construction Group of Florida have announced a partnership for the 6th Annual JRC Consulting Group Charity Golf Tournament.
Again this year, the outing will benefit SafeSpace, a Treasure Coast non-profit that assists victims of domestic violence. This is the third consecutive time the organization has been selected to receive proceeds from the tournament. SafeSpace fills a critical void in the community that ensures that domestic violence victims and their families always have a safe place to go.
The tournament takes place on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Lost Lake Golf Club, 8320 SE Fazio Drive, Hobe Sound, FL 33455. Committee members include Brittany Wood, Janet Farnan, John Carr, Karen Lennon, Michelle Martin-Carr, Pete Lashenka and Rebecca Beckett.
“We are very proud to partner with JRC Charitable Foundation on this golf outing to benefit SafeSpace,” says Steve Shanton, President of Venture Construction Group of Florida. “We give back to the communities we serve in many ways and as a company that puts homes and businesses back together after violent storms, it makes perfect sense for us to assist SafeSpace in providing a safe haven for victims of domestic violence.”
Entry to the tournament is $95 per golfer or $375 per foursome and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, event gift bag, lunch, sleeve of balls, awards for winners, range balls and an invitation to the post-event check presentation.
Sponsorships are still available and interested individuals or companies should contact John Carr at john@jrcconsultinggroup.com. To volunteer for the event, contact Michelle Martin-Carr at mmartincarr@gmail.com or 561-623-5349.
For updates on the tournament go to www.jrccharitygolf.com.
To learn more about SafeSpace, visit www.safespacefl.org or call 772- 288-7023.


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Apr 21, 2016Sailfish Splash Waterpark focuses on water safety and swimming lessons for all ages
On Tuesday, April 19, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed April "Adult Learn to Swim Month." The proclamation and accompanying comments by Pat Toner (founder, Pat Toner's H2O Kids Swimming School) emphasized that everyone needs to learn to swim, especially here in Florida.
To help make this possible, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will conduct a series of activities focusing on water safety and swimming lessons for all ages during the spring and summer of 2016.

According to the CDC, drowning ranks fifth among causes of unintentional, injury-related death in the United States. Thirty-seven percent of American adults cannot swim the length of a pool, putting them at risk of being one of the 10 people who drown every day in the United States. Moreover, drowning ranks first among causes of accident-related deaths among children ages one through four (drowning causes 30 percent of unintentional, injury-related deaths in this age group.) Fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death (behind motor vehicle crashes) for children aged one to 14. Lack of swimming ability is the main factor in all drownings for all ages.

Research shows that formal swimming lessons dramatically reduce drowning risk. Unfortunately, adults embarrassed about their inability to swim avoid enrollment and participation in formal lessons. Tragically, these adults put their children at risk of drowning, first by disproportionately neglecting to enroll their children in formal swimming lessons, and second because a parent who cannot swim cannot save a drowning child.

Sailfish Splash Waterpark kicked-off its focus on learning to swim on Saturday, March 26, 2016, with the second annual Hobe Sound - Port Salerno Rotary Club "Duck Derby." The club raced 700 sponsored, yellow, rubber ducks down the parks four-story flume slide and around the lazy river. The event raised $7,000 for the Rotary International's "Josh the Otter" water safety program(http://www.joshtheotter.org/resources/rotary). The local club earmarked a portion of the proceeds for swim lesson scholarships at Sailfish Splash Waterpark.

On Saturday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. Sailfish Splash Waterpark will launch the expansion of its swim lesson program to include adults. At that time, any and all adults who want to start to learn to swim will get a FREE, 30 minute swimming lesson (to assuage the embarrassment factor, senior staff will teach.) In addition, the first four participants who sign up will receive eight more 30 minute adult swimming lessons for FREE.

During the weeks following the FREE 30 minute lesson for adults, Larry McKay, the jock of "Music in the Morning" for Coast 101.3, will take weekly swimming lessons. Coast 101. 3 and Sailfish Splash Waterpark will publicize his efforts and accomplishments to highlight the fact that an adult who knows how to swim can save a child from drowning.

Finally, on Friday, June 24 for the fifth consecutive year, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will serve as a host site of the "World's Largest Swimming Lesson." During the event, everyone and anyone, children and adults, may participate in a FREE 30 minute swimming lesson. Coast 101.3, the Hobe Sound - Port Salerno Rotary, Children's Services Council and more will be on hand. Last year the facility set a record. The Waterpark website and social media will publicize information on how to register. Sign up for the water park newsletter at www.sailfishsplash.com and watch www.facebook.com/SailfishSplash.

Throughout this spring and summer of water safety and swimming lessons, Sailfish Splash Waterpark will offer a full curriculum of swimming lessons for all ages and skill levels. The Waterpark website and social media will announce schedules. To sign up a child for swimming lessons, go to the Waterpark and speak with an instructor.




 
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Apr 21, 2016House of Hope hosts ‘hard hat tours’ during Great Give
House of Hope is using the annual Great Give -- a 24-hour online matching gift event -- to highlight vibrant advances in the agency’s programs and facilities.

From midnight to midnight on May 3, donors can give $20 or more and it will be multiplied using a bonus pool that has been created by major local and national funders.

Giving can be done via credit card or debit card through www.GreatGiveMartin.org or by calling 1-844-448-3329 (1-844-GIVE-DAY).

Because House of Hope is undergoing major improvements at its Stuart service center, the agency is inviting people to come for a “hard hat tour” to see their investments at work.

Tours will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 at House of Hope, 2484 S.E. Bonita St. (on Dixie Highway, two blocks south of Indian Street).

Visitors can view the changes in House of Hope’s food pantry, including an additional walk-in refrigerator/freezer and a clean room for repackaging bulk food donations. Tour guides also will
provide
a look at the Historic Golden Gate Center for Enrichment and offer assistance with the Great Give donation process.

Matching gift opportunities have been successful for House of Hope over the years. For example, during last year’s Great Give, House of Hope raised about $10,000 in donations and then received an additional $3,000 in matching funds for the agency’s food pantry program.

This year, House of Hope will target Great Give fundraising toward Project HOPE (Helping Others Progress through Empowerment). This umbrella of care ensures that struggling Martin County residents can get help with basic needs — food, clothing, furniture and financial assistance — as well as assistance to build life skills for a more self-sufficient future.

The Great Give is designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day. It is led locally by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, United Way of Palm Beach County and United Way of Martin County.

For more information call (772) 286-4673
, ext. 1002 or 1013,
or visit www.hohmartin.org/greatgive.


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Apr 21, 2016News from Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith


Greetings!
Our firm has been busier than ever! This month, we rolled out a new website and have attorneys taking on new community leadership roles. We'd like to encourage you to follow us on social media for regular updates on Florida Law, as well as the daily functions of our firm, its community involvement and our attorneys in important media coverage.



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YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE


Check Out Our Brand New Website!
We are excited to announce the launch of their newly designed website. The main goal of developing the new site was to make it easier for the firm to assist the community, its clients and potential clients in their time of need. Visit the new site at www.lesserlawfirm.com.

The new website features an updated design with easier navigation and user friendliness. You'll find brand new content that will be updated regularly by the firm's attorneys with important information to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. You'll also be able to continue to track the firm's legal expertise and community involvement. With no formal advertising, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith is proud to be a go-to resource for both local and national news stories.

"We are proud of our new website," Sydnee Newman, Director of Communications, said. "The very informative and easily accessible design is both eye-catching and important to ensuring the best user experience with fast reply communication."

Congratulations Lloyd!
This has been a great month for Attorney Lloyd Comiter! He is honored to be re-appointed for his third term to the Palm Beach County Bar Association's Judicial Campaign Practices Commission for the 2016 judicial campaign season. And he has also recently been reappointed to the Small Claims Rules Committee of The Florida Bar. Congrats Lloyd!

Lloyd joined the firm "Of Counsel" in 2011 and works out of our Boca Raton office. He has more than 20 years experience representing clients in South Florida.


Our Attorneys in the News
Managing Partner Gary Lesser recently spoke to the news in a press conference with his clients to advocate for better safety measures with guns. See the video and full news story below.
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About Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith is a third generation law firm that has grown to 10 attorneys with more than 265 years of combined experience and three offices, located in West Palm Beach, Stuart and Boca Raton. Established in 1927, the firm has been serving the community for nearly 90 years, focusing on personal injury and wrongful death matters. The firm and its partners are all board certified and AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in ethics and legal ability. The firm provides personal, "hands on" service for clients, carefully walking them through every step of the legal process while working tirelessly to achieve a positive outcome.


 
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Apr 21, 2016Local Student Team is Global Innovation Semi-Finalist
As part of the Education Foundation of Martin County’s Robotics Program, sixteen local school teams participated in this season’s Trash Trek challenge in local, regional and state FIRST ® LEGO® League competitions. Over 233,000 participants, on 29,000 teams, representing 80 counties competed this season.
One local team is making its mark!
FIRST® LEGO® League just announced 20 semi-finalist teams would advance to the Sixth Annual FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE®. The RoboStallions robotics team, from Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School, in Stuart, FL, was selected from entries from 23 countries for their outstanding innovative project solution, Chipsulation, which demonstrated originality while having the potential to add significant value in the world.
The team will travel to Washington, DC, from June 20-22 to present their innovation to expert judges.
All semi-finalists will participate in a two day, hands-on innovation event at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which culminates in the awarding of the top prize of $20,000 USD from presenting sponsor XPRIZE® to continue work on their inventions; two runners-up will take home $5,000 each.
We need your help!
You can support this team of ambitious and innovative, engineer-minded middle school students and their coaches, by making a donation to offset the cost of their continued product development and their trip to the Global Innovation Awards.
Please make your check payable to the Education Foundation of Martin County, at PO Box 291, Stuart, FL 34995.


 
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Apr 21, 2016News from Children's Services Council of Martin County

S.P.L.A.S.H.
SPLASH, created by the Children's Services Council of Martin County stands for
Swimming Provides Learners with Aquatics Safety & Health!

Every Martin County child who qualifies for free or reduced lunch at school or Florida Kid Care (Medicaid) is eligible to participate in SPLASH. The FREE entry- level lessons are being offered at Sailfish Splash Waterpark and YMCA in Stuart and Indiantown.

Parents/guardians MUST also attend a water safety class to ensure children stay safe & have fun!

Eligibility Forms are available beginning May 16, 2016 at the following locations:

Boys and Girls Club of Martin County
(772) 220-1220

Building Bridges to Youth (772) 781-8300

Martin County Healthy Start Coalition
(772) 463-2888

Treasure Coast Food Bank
Whole Child Connection Program
(772) 463-2168

YMCA in Indiantown
(772) 597-3700

Children must wear a swimsuit to participate in SPLASH!

Martin Reads!
As we finish up another school year and begin to make our summer plans, the Children's Services Council of Martin County would like to encourage parents, students and our community at large to keep reading! Only 53% of 3rd grade students in Martin County are reading at grade level.
Research has shown that 75% of students who struggle with reading in third grade never catch up. In fact, those students are four times as likely to drop out of high school.

Martin Reads! is part of the national Grade Level Reading Initiative designed to educate and engage local communities to tackle the growing achievement gap and to highlight the importance of grade level reading by the end of a student's 3rd grade year.
Please visit www.cscmc.org for more details on Martin Reads or a list of organizations hosting the Little Free Libraries in Martin County.


Keep Our Teens Safe this Prom and Graduation Season
The end of the school year is approaching and it is always an exciting time for High School students and graduating seniors. While we want our students to have fun and celebrate these milestones we also want them to understand the risks involved with parties, alcohol and drug consumption and the innate dangers of driving under the influence.
During Prom and Graduation season the numbers of traffic deaths are higher for teens than any other time of the year according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Here are a few safety tips for Parents:
• Require adult supervision at every celebration your child attends.
• Know who will be driving your child to and from the party.
• Remind your children that, under any circumstances, you will be there to pick them up or help them.
• Ask questions and keep in contact with your child while they are out.
• Set a curfew and give your child rules that they must follow.


 
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Apr 21, 2016National Learn to Row Day
National Learn to Row Day
June 4th, 2016 9am-11:30am
771 SW 28th Street, Palm City Fl @Treasure Coast Rowing Club Boathouse
NO RSVP Necessary, just show up

On June 4th, 2016 Treasure Coast Rowing Club will be having its annual FREE Learn to Row day in conjunction with boat houses all over the country, as part of US Rowing's National Learn to Row day. Rowing is a low impact sport that can be picked up by almost anyone, at any age, and any fitness level. Rowing is a full body workout.

Come join us on June 4th for a tour of the boat house, on land rowing demonstration, rowing videos, and an opportunity to go out in a boat and give rowing a try. People are encouraged to show up at ANY time during the event. Please contact us at tcyouthrowing@gmail.com or 772-444-6006 for any questions or comments.


TCRC 2016 Flyer - Summer
 
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Apr 20, 2016I'm All Aboard Updates - I'm All Aboard Coalition Members in the News


Don't forget to tell your neighbors to sign up at ImAllAboardFlorida.com for updates and information about the project, and opportunities to voice your support.

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Plans Revealed for Fort Lauderdale Station
By Bridgette Meinhold
April 17, 2016
A new rail network will connect the southern tip of Florida to the center of the state, and SOM just revealed the latest plans for the Ft. Lauderdale Station.

All Aboard Florida is a privately owned rail line that will start in Miami at the Multimodal Hub, then travel north through Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and up to Orlando... These naturally daylit and airy structures will serve as the perfect launching pads for travel up and down the Florida coast for visitors and locals alike.

“Fort Lauderdale is a dynamic city whose leadership understands the importance of creating new opportunities and solutions that keep up with the needs and demands of our increasingly mobile world,” says Michael Reininger, President and Chief Development Officer of All Aboard Florida. “As with our other planned stations in South Florida, All Aboard Florida will not only set a new standard in passenger rail, but will revitalize Fort Lauderdale’s downtown core fueling job and business growth, reducing road congestion, increasing tourism, delivering state and local tax revenues, and contributing long-term environmental benefits.”

The 27,500 sq ft train station will be located in northern downtown Fort Lauderdale and elevated to span across NW 2nd Street...



Ocean Drive Magazine: How Miami Plans on Catering to the Needs of a Growing International Crowd
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Katie Jackson
April 19, 2016

Miami has remained a prime vacation destination for a variety of reasons: snowbirds escaping harsh winters, families taking off for a week in the South Beach sun, and glamorous jet-setters partying at posh nightclubs. Miami has played host to millions of visitors throughout the decades, but with the development of surrounding neighborhoods, including downtown, Brickell, Wynwood, and the Design District, coupled with the city’s flourishing cultural and culinary scene, an inevitable boom in Miami’s hotel industry has erupted. More than 2,500 new hotel rooms were built in 2015 alone, with thousands more expected to be developed in the upcoming years. Here, Wendy Kallergis, president of the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association, and Lester Scott, managing director of the Carillon Miami Beach, discuss the present—and promising future—of Miami’s hospitality industry.

Lester Scott: Ten or 15 years ago, Miami banked on that South Beach demographic, but now it’s evolved. The same customer who was going there 10 years ago is now looking for a more exclusive, higher-end destination and setting... Consumers have so many options that we have to make sure that hospitality is still all about service. We have to make sure our product is second to none, and anything we take to the market is something that the consumer sees value in.
Wendy Kallergis: We are very excited about the Miami Beach Convention Center renovation and expansion; that’s going to bring such a high-end convention center. And the MDM project [a mixed-use retail, residential, and entertainment complex], along with the Brightline train, is going to help the area of Overtown, which is very underserved.











 
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Apr 20, 2016TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING DAY Kid’s Bicycle Scavenger & Treasure Hunt FREE
Club Scrub would like to invite you and your children, family & friends to our Spring Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day / Kid's Bicycle Scavenger / Treasure Hunt
Saturday, May 6, from 9-1 at Jonathan Dickinson State Park Camp Murphy MTB Trails.
A FREE Family Biking & BBQ Event for All Ages Tots to Adults
Enjoy Our Natural Off Road MTB Bike Trails
● BBQ ● Bicycle Scavenger / Treasure Hunt ● Guided Trail Rides for All Ages ● Raffles
Registration Check in 9 am
Kids 5 & Under
Bicycle Scavenger Hunt on Little Bobcat (children’s trails) 9:30 - 10:30
Kids 6 & over Bicycle Treasure Hunt on Tortoise & Hare
Your child must be able to ride on 2 wheels for these trails 10 :00 - 11:30
Lunch 11:30 - 12:30
Raffles 12:30
Your child must be comfortable on 2 wheels to participate
All kids need to have bikes, helmets & closed toe shoes.
Contact Juliana Julianac@clubscrub.org
Register today to get a FREE Goodie bag @ Clubscrub.org
Club Scrub operates under the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, which is a 5013c nonprofit organization. Your tax deductible donation will help develop new trails, support trail maintenance and fund events that promote outdoor biking fun for all ages.
Contact Juliana at julianac@clubscrub.org if you or your business would like to help in any way.
Get Involved ! Sponsor Volunteer Donate
Join Club Scrub.org

Receive 12 FREE JD Park Admissions w/ your $40 membership & Discounts at Local Bike Shops & area businesses


Club Scrub is a non-profit organization that promotes recreational off-road biking for all ages. We also maintain and develop the Off-Road Camp Murphy MTB trails of Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

Club Scrub is A Sub-Committee of The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park - a 501(c)(3) Organization


 
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Apr 20, 2016May 2016 ~ 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 May 2016. 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
May 3, 2016 at 1:30 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during this meeting as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
May 10, 17 & 24, 2016 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CITIZEN ADVISORY TASK FORCE - joint meeting
May 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
May 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
May 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

CODE ENFORCEMENT MAGISTRATE
May 18, 2016 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
May 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
May 18, 2016 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

JENSEN BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
May 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Location: Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
May 5 & 19, 2016 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
May 9, 2016 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
May 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
May 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Rio Civic Center, 1255 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
May 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

All Martin County Board of County Commission Offices will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

This notice dated: April 20, 2016.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us.


 
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Apr 20, 2016Rio Town Center Roundabout. Funds and professional in-kind contributions are needed.
The 9 foot granite "Swimming Dolphins" sculpture will arrive in August. The site design and construction of a pedestal must be finished by July, 2016. Your participation on this community project is most appreciated.

Rio Town Center Roandabou
 
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Apr 20, 2016SFWMD Moving Water from Water Conservation Area 3A to Big Cypress National Preserve to Ease Flooding

In response to unprecedented dry season rainfall that has filled Water Conservation Area 3A above its regulated levels, the South Florida Water Management District is pursuing a new strategy to move more water south and west out of the conservation area into the Big Cypress National Preserve.
• Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineer permits will allow the District to plug the L-28 tieback canal and to use the existing S-344 water control structure on the west side of the water conservation area to move up to 300 cubic feet of water per second into the Big Cypress National Preserve. The permits were expedited in response to Gov. Rick Scott's previous emergency request -- allowing the District to deviate from its previous water control schedules.
• Currently, the only outlets to move water out of the conservation area are S-12 C and D structures and S-333 along the Tamiami Trail. Two other structures, S-12 A and B, are currently blocked because of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restrictions related to habitat. These limited available outlets and record-setting rains have caused flooding in the conservation area. This has created a bottleneck preventing the District from moving water south and easing flooding and environmental concerns throughout South Florida.
• Moving more water out of the conservation area will not only create more capacity in the entire system to improve flood control, it will also improve wildlife habitat in the conservation area.
• Moving water into Big Cypress will help to regularly hydrate the eastern part of that Preserve going forward.
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The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.


 
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Apr 20, 2016SFWMD Moving Water from Water Conservation Area 3A to Big Cypress National Preserve to Ease Flooding

In response to unprecedented dry season rainfall that has filled Water Conservation Area 3A above its regulated levels, the South Florida Water Management District is pursuing a new strategy to move more water south and west out of the conservation area into the Big Cypress National Preserve.
• Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineer permits will allow the District to plug the L-28 tieback canal and to use the existing S-344 water control structure on the west side of the water conservation area to move up to 300 cubic feet of water per second into the Big Cypress National Preserve. The permits were expedited in response to Gov. Rick Scott's previous emergency request -- allowing the District to deviate from its previous water control schedules.
• Currently, the only outlets to move water out of the conservation area are S-12 C and D structures and S-333 along the Tamiami Trail. Two other structures, S-12 A and B, are currently blocked because of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restrictions related to habitat. These limited available outlets and record-setting rains have caused flooding in the conservation area. This has created a bottleneck preventing the District from moving water south and easing flooding and environmental concerns throughout South Florida.
• Moving more water out of the conservation area will not only create more capacity in the entire system to improve flood control, it will also improve wildlife habitat in the conservation area.
• Moving water into Big Cypress will help to regularly hydrate the eastern part of that Preserve going forward.
# # #
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.


 
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Apr 19, 2016Gleaning Program Volunteer Packet What is Gleaning?
Gleaning is a food recovery strategy that allows produce that is below market grade, but equally nutritious and beneficial to be harvested and distributed to the food insecure of Palm Beach County instead of being plowed back into the soil. Through gleaning hungry persons get fresh produce that food pantries and soup kitchens could never afford to buy themselves.
Operated by CROS Ministries, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Food Bank, gleaning is a traditional way of collecting crops from farmers’ fields with one adjustment for the modern world we live in. Since people live apart from where their food is grown gleaning requires volunteers who will bridge the gap between the field and the pantry to bring food to locations where persons in need can receive it. Farmers donate produce they cannot sell to CROS ministries. Volunteers gather the produce which is then taken to the Food Bank for distribution to local agencies with feeding programs for homeless, working poor or low-income individuals and families. The food is given away free of charge. No Gleaning program can operate without effective local partnership. This partnership constitutes people of all ages, rich and poor, givers and receivers, young and old, who have a chance to give of themselves sacrificially. Organizations such as churches/temples, scouting, clubs, schools, businesses, as well as individual gleaners take initiative and become an active ingredient in finding a solution to the problem of hunger in our community.
Gleaning – Biblical References
Gleaning as a practice to combat hunger is thousands of years old. In the Hebrew Scriptures gleaning was already in place at the writing of the Pentateuch (first five books). The people most likely to be hunger victims during the times of the Hebrew Scriptures times were widows, orphans and people traveling through the land called Sojourners. “When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:9-10) other references include Deuteronomy 24:19-22 & Ruth 2:2ff.
THINGS TO DO BEFORE GLEANING
1. Email the gleaning program director to indicate the date you desire to glean. Let them know if you are bringing a group, your family or just yourself. You will receive a reply indicating you are registered for that date. If you are bringing a group please complete the group registration form. If it is you or you and your family be sure to include a cell phone # so we can get in touch with you for last minute cancellations.
CROS Ministries serves the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties through community collaborations.
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2. All gleaners need to review Rules and Helpful Hints with their group.
3. Complete the “Gleaner’s Form” in this packet for each gleaner and bring to the gleaning site. Give them to the field supervisor at the gleaning site who is collecting them. You will need a gleaning form every time you come and glean with us.
4. Arrange car pool to the field. (Parking space is often limited).
5. Arrange for water and a snack to be brought to the field. Review suggested apparel and hints the day before the gleaning.
Be sure to stress with your group/family that there are no absolute guarantees that you will be able to glean on the day that you have chosen. You, like the farmers, are depending on the weather and growing conditions of the season. CROS Ministries arranges for gleaning dates during the harvest time when it is most likely that there will be produce available for gleaning. Regrettably dry or wet weather may affect the availability and condition of the produce. Rain on the day of or the days immediately preceding the planned gleaning may cause the field to be too wet for vehicles to access the field or even for people by foot. It is a good idea to have one or two rain dates in mind, so we can reschedule if you are unable to glean on the planned date.
RULES FOR GLEANERS
1. When gleaning, remember you are on another person’s property. Treat it better than your own
property. (Make sure you are leaving no water bottles, candy wrappers, etc.). We are guests, please don’t abuse the privilege, or we may lose it.
2. Every gleaner must fill out the enclosed Gleaner Form. All gleaners under 18 years of age must have the waiver signed by their parents.
3. In the field the field supervisor is in charge. Follow his/her instructions and directions completely. They are there to protect your safety, the safety of the produce and to protect the property owner’s interest.
4. Children 12 and under must be supervised by parents or other responsible adults. Children under 6 must be within arm’s reach of a responsible adult at all times.
5. Glean and pack only in those areas designated by the field supervisor.
6. Safety is of utmost important in gleaning. If any activity is questionable do not do it. Such safety practices include:
 Do not climb trees or fences.
 Do not ride on the back of moving vehicles.
 Stay away from farm machinery, canals and roadways.
7. The field supervisor can cancel a gleaning at any time if he/she feels these rules are not being followed.
8. No pets please.
CROS Ministries serves the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties through community collaborations.
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HELPFUL HINTS AND THINGS TO KNOW
The address for Agri-gators Gleaning Site is 13199 SW Martin Hwy, Palm City, FL 34990
1. It is good to dress in layers. Mornings are likely to be cold and wet and wearing a long sleeve shirt and long pants are recommended. If it warms up, another layer of shorts and short sleeve shirt may be better.
2. In cornfields and orchards, long sleeves shirts and pants are needed. Leaves from the corn stalks are sharp and can cut the skin. In many orchards, poison ivy and poison oak will be growing; mangos are a member of the poison ivy family.
3. EVERYONE MUST WEAR CLOSED-TOE SHOES. Gleaning is a very dirty job. Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t care about.
4. It is recommended that all gleaners wear gloves and hats in the field, apply sunscreen and have bug spray handy in case insects are an issue.
5. Bathroom facilities are unavailable in most gleaning fields; it is advisable to use the bathroom prior to coming to the field.
6. A three to five gallon pail with a handle is an excellent container to carry through the field. Fill it and empty it into the packing box.
7. Gleaners should be able to bend over and lift up to 20 pounds of produce. Two or three people should be able to lift between 50 and 60 pounds.
THANK YOU!
DIRECTIONS TO GLEANING - Agri-Gators Farms-13199 SW Martin Hwy, Palm City, FL 34990
From
Stuart through
Palm City
 Go to Palm City & head West on County Road 714/Martin Hwy for 7.5-8 miles.
 An Agri-Gators farm sign will be on your right at SW Long Drive.
 Turn right on SW Long Drive and proceed approximately 3 miles. The paved road will turns into a dirt road. You will pass a house on the right. Shortly after that look for a gleaning sign and pull off to the side of the road and park.
 Field supervisors and/or Farm Operations Manager will help you from there.
From I-95
 Take Exit 110 (Palm City Exit)
 Head West on County Road 714/Martin Hwy for about 2.5 miles
 An Agri-Gators farm sign will be on your right at SW Long Drive.
 Turn right on SW Long Drive and proceed approximately 3 miles. The paved road will turns into a dirt road. You will pass a house on the right. Shortly after that look for a gleaning sign and pull off to the side of the road and park.
 Field supervisors and/or Farm Operations Manager will help you from there.
From
Florida Turnpike
 Go to Palm City /Stuart Exit 33
 Head West on County Road 714 also known as Martin Highway for 7.5-8 miles
 An Agri-Gators farm sign will be on your right at SW Long Drive.
 Turn right on SW Long Drive and proceed approximately 3 miles. The paved road will end and the dirt road will begin. You will pass a house on the right. Shortly after that look for a gleaning sign and pull off to the side of the road and park.
 Field supervisors and/or Farm Operations Manager will help you from there.
**There are no bathrooms at the field so be sure to use the restroom before arriving to field.**
Please contact us if you have difficulties: Keith Cutshall 561-236-8176
Please remember to have the gleaning forms completed for each volunteer with you that day. The forms may be submitted to us on the morning of the gleaning event, but no one will be allowed to participate without a completed gleaning form. CLOSED-TOE SHOES REQUIRED.

 
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Apr 19, 2016House of Hope hosts thrift store art sale
House of Hope is having an after-hours art sale 6:00-8:30 p.m. April 29 at its Stuart thrift store, 2525 SE Federal Hwy.

The event will feature framed art, sculptures and antiques. There are new and vintage items, modern and traditional styles, local artists and more.

Volunteers and staff have done their research, and the values range from $10 to $1,500, so there will be great bargains in store.

There'll also be wine and cheese and punch and cookies.

House of Hope held a successful art sale in August 2015, and the thrift store is now twice the size, so people will be able to peruse our furniture showroom too!

For more information and a preview of some of the art, visit www.hohmartin.org/art-sale.


 
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Apr 19, 2016DOI news release: Secretary Jewell Announces Nearly $95 Million in Funding for all 50 States Through the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Secretary Jewell Announces Nearly $95 Million in Funding for all 50 States Through the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Announcement comes ahead of Jewell’s major conservation address; funding will go directly to states and communities for locally supported conservation and recreation projects
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced nearly $95 million will be distributed from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia to support conservation and recreation projects in local communities. The funds, which are generated out of a portion of the lease revenue from offshore oil and gas development, support state-identified and community-supported projects that create jobs, contribute to local economies and grow outdoor recreational opportunities in virtually every county across the country.
Jewell made the funding announcement ahead of a major address on conservation at the National Geographic Society where she plans to outline the need for a course correction in order to ensure healthy lands, water and wildlife for the next century of American conservation.
“This highly successful national program has set aside local green spaces, built neighborhood baseball fields and boat docks, preserved some of our most hallowed grounds, and provided funding to construct and maintain trails and access points for many of our public lands and waters,” Secretary Jewell said. “While Congress temporarily reauthorized the successful 50-year program, President Obama and his Administration have asked for full, dedicated funding and permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, investing a small portion of revenue from oil and gas extraction back into our lands and waters for the benefit and enjoyment of all Americans, now and for future generations.”
A state-by-state list of the fiscal year 2016 stateside funding allocation is available here.
“Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has, through the National Park Service, provided states, territories, and the District of Columbia with more than $4 billion– leveraging more than $8 billion in matching local public and private investment – to fund more than 43,000 projects to create close-to-home parks and expand outdoor recreation facilities and opportunities for public enjoyment,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said. “It’s been our distinct honor to facilitate the LWCF program and we continue that tradition with today’s funding.”
The LWCF was established by Congress in 1965 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations, and to provide money to federal agencies and state and local governments to purchase land, water, and wetlands for the benefit of all Americans. Funds are awarded through federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment and enable state and local governments to create, develop, or enhance everything from urban parks to state wildlife management areas to soccer fields. The funds also provide the public with access to rivers, lakes, and other water resources, and permanently conserve these areas for outdoor recreational use and enjoyment. A recent analysis of the Land and Water Conservation Fund found that every $1 invested in land acquisition generated a $4 return on investment for communities.
Only once in the past 50 years has Congress appropriated LWCF funding at the fully authorized level of $900 million. President Obama’s 2017 budget request includes a legislative proposal to establish mandatory funding for LWCF programs, with full funding at $900 million. On September 30, 2015, the date Congress allowed the Fund to expire temporarily for several months, Jewell urged Congress to reauthorize the LWCF and to pass President Obama’s proposal to guarantee permanent full funding of $900 million a year that Congress authorized under the original law. Congress provided a short-term renewal of three years for LWCF in the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act. Chronic uncertainty and underfunding have made it increasingly challenging for local, state and federal partners to use this important conservation tool.
The allocation for the State and Local Assistance Grant (State-side) program is determined based on a formula set in the LWCF Act and the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act. For more information, please visit www.nps.gov/lwcf.


 
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Apr 19, 2016The Education Foundation of Martin County’s RoboStallions Robotics Team Recognized as FIRST ® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award Semi-Finalist
STUART, FL – April 19, 2016 – As part of the Education Foundation of Martin County’s Robotics Program, sixteen local school teams participated in this season’s Trash Trek challenge in local, regional and state FIRST ® LEGO® League competitions. Over 233,000 participants, on 29,000 teams, representing 80 counties competed this season. One local team is making its mark!

FIRST® LEGO® League just announced 20 semi-finalist teams would advance to the Sixth Annual FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE®. The RoboStallions, from Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School, in Stuart, FL, was selected from entries from 23 countries for their outstanding Project innovative solution, Chipsulation, which demonstrated originality while having the potential to add significant value in the world. The team’s Chipsulation is a solution for keeping potato chip-like bags out of landfills by using them to create insulation. The team will travel to Washington, DC USA from June 20-22 to present their innovation to expert judges.

All semi-finalists will participate in a two day, hands-on innovation event at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which culminates in the awarding of the top prize of $20,000 USD from presenting sponsor XPRIZE® to continue work on their inventions; two runners-up will take home $5,000 each.

The FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE demonstrates that FIRST LEGO League teams emerge from the program as better visionaries and divergent thinkers—and yes, as actual inventors. Past winning teams have focused on helping people and changing lives—from a device that allowed a toddler with a hand difference to learn to write, to an erasable barcode that warns consumers of food spoilage, to a touch-based App allowing blind children to learn Braille unassisted. The FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation teams are changing the world, one invention at a time.

FIRST LEGO League is an international program for 9 to 16 year-old children (ages vary by country) created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable career and life skills. Children work alongside adult Mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project.

Innovators and inventors play a critical role in growing our economy and improving our quality of life. The FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE is designed to encourage and assist teams with the further development of their original and important ideas for solving global issues. Inventions under consideration in the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Semi-Finals epitomize innovative thinking and the FIRST mantra More than RobotsSM.

The Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE, is sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, John Deere, LEGO Education, NRG, Rockwell Collins, and in collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

HELP NEEDED: The Education Foundation of Martin County is currently looking for monetary donations to fund the team’s trip to compete for the FIRST ® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award in June. Florida Power & Light has graciously donated $1,000 toward the cost of the trip. To donate online, please visit https://www.educationfoundationmc.org/education-funding/project-detail/pid/285/id/811#.VxYj5fkrJD8. To donate by check, please make the check payable to the Education Foundation of Martin County at PO Box 291, Stuart, FL 34995. For additional information, please contact Lisa Rhodes at LRhodes@EducationFoundationMC.org.

The Education Foundation of Martin County is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), community investment organization comprised of business leaders, community volunteers, and school officials with the mission of enriching and enhancing educational opportunities for all students and teachers, in the Martin County School District, through innovative programming, effective fundraising efforts, positive collaborative partnerships, and efficient allocation of resources. For additional information, please visit www.EducationFoundationMC.org or call 772.600.8062.


 
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Apr 19, 2016Can you predict when you will have your next emergency? If not, you will want to attend this meeting.
Attention Residents:

Would you be willing to schedule your next medical or fire emergency?


If you CAN NOT predict when your emergency will happen, you will want to attend the presentation of the Fire Rescue Consolidation Study.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
1 p.m.
Children's Services Council
101 SE Central Parkway, Stuart


It is imperative your community is represented at the presentation of the Fire Rescue Consolidation study performed by Fitch & Associates at the direction of the Board of County Commissioners. If implemented, the recommendations of this study will decrease your level of service.

Recommendations Include:

Peak time staffing between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Can you schedule your emergency?
Indiantown Residents: Indiantown's only Station 24 decreased staffing and loss of a rescue unit.
Hobe Sound Residents: Closure of Station 32 at Bridge Road.
Stuart Residents: Closure of Station at Kanner Highway.
Palm City Residents: Increased coverage areas leading to increased response times.
Jensen Beach Residents: Reduced paramedic staffing.
Jupiter Island Residents: No Changes.

If this is your emergency, which one of these life saving members would you want to give up?




How You Can Help?

Help us by e-mailing your Martin County Commissioners.

If you have trouble with the email link you can contact your county commissioners with the following information.

District 1 Doug Smith 772-221-2359 dsmith@martin.fl.us
District 2 Ed Fielding 772-288-5421 efieldin@martin.fl.us
District 3 Ann Scott 772-221-2357 ascott@martin.fl.us
District 4 Sara Heard 772-221-2358 sheard@martin.fl.us
District 5 John Haddox 772-221-1357 jhaddox@martin.fl.us


 
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Apr 18, 2016Become a water ambassador
Are you interested in saving our Lagoon? Are you interested in what you can do to make a difference? Martin County, UF/IFAS Sea Grant Extension have partnered to now offer the Water Ambassador training program to help you change your practices and to educate your friends and neighbors to meet this goal. This unique training program creates knowledgeable and motivated volunteers ready to make a difference.
What is the Martin County Water Ambassadors?
The Martin County Water Ambassadors is an education in action program that unites and empowers residents and volunteers who have an interest in protecting local waterways and giving back to their communities.
The program provides a way for motivated individuals to connect personal decisions with information about lagoon friendly practices.
Program Structure
Including orientation, program participants will attend a six hour course that combines group discussions, presentations by local experts, and resource materials for an interactive and informative program. Participants will be provided with educational materials, and lunch. Participants will learn about:
Community Importance & Reasons for Saving the Lagoon
Florida’s Drainage History
Nine Principals of Florida Friendly Landscaping
Estuary Friendly Living
How and Why to Reduce Stormwater Runoff from Your Property
Martin County Fertilizer Ordinance- From ‘A’ to ‘Z’ Your Complete Guide
Martin County Water Ambassador - Your Commitment
As a Water Ambassador graduate, you take on the role of educator and activist within your community. Water Ambassadors work in the following areas to advance the message of reducing stormwater and encourage residents to answer the call to help protect our local waterways!
Water Ambassadors may:
Give Educational Programs to the Public
Support Youth Activities (K-12)
Participate in Local Outreach Events
WHEN
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar
WHERE
Port Salerno Civic Center - 4950 SE Anchor Ave, stuart, Florida 34997

 
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Apr 18, 2016AHAM Education presents A Mindful Golf Charity In Support of At Risk Youth and Veterans
Mindful Golf, Massage, Cigars, Prizes, Auction, more…
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 8.00am – 2.30pm
The Historic Inverrary Golf Club
3840 Inverrary Blvd, Lauderhill, FL 33319
HELICOPTER GOLF BALL DROP!
Closest to the Hole WINS up to $1,000!
No Attendance Necessary to Enter and Win!
Enter at www.ahameducation.org
1 Ball $20, 6 Balls $100
Golfer & Lunch: $150, Foursome & Lunch: $500, Luncheon Only: $30
Register by May 27: www.ahameducation.org
Additional Sponsors: Gladesman Outfitters, Blitzer Cigar, Eco-Friendly Auto Center, Sabeena Yoga, & many more…
Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Contact: ahameducation@gmail.com, (954) 873 4508
As seen in Time Magazine and CBS 60 Minutes, mindfulness based interventions enable individuals
to manage stress, trauma, and depression. “Mindfulness is paying attention, in a certain way, on
purpose and non-judgmentally…” Jon Kabat-Zinn

 
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Apr 18, 2016Legacy Luncheon April 27, 2016
Leah Dobkin, Author and Founder of Legacy Letters, Presents
“What’s Your Story?”
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Noon
Habitat for Humanity of Martin County ReStore Community Events Room
2090 NW Federal Highway, Stuart, FL
$30 per person
Your donation to this event will help a local family build their Habitat home.
Please RSVP by April 20 to (772) 223-9940 ext. 2229
Or Click Here to RSVP online.
Leah Dobkin, a nationally-recognized trainer, gerontologist, professional writer and Founder of Legacy Letters, will help us answer the question, “What’s your story?”, to reflect the values, wisdom and beauty of our lives.
You can learn more about Leah Dobkin and Legacy Letters online at www.legacyletter.org and www.leahdobkin.com
BONUS! You will have the opportunity to win a seat in the upcoming Legacy Letters workshop, “The Most Cherished Gift,” conducted by Leah Dobkin and sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of Martin County.


 
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Apr 18, 2016Bill Schobel named interim chief of Martin County Fire Rescue
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce Martin County Fire Rescue Bureau Chief Bill Schobel has accepted the position of interim chief of the Fire Rescue Department. Chief Schobel has served the Fire Rescue Department since 2010, most recently leading the Fire Rescue Training Bureau.

Chief Joseph Ferrara announced this week he will be retiring, with his last day of work being May 13th. Chief Ferrara has 26 years of service with Martin County Fire Rescue.

County Administrator Taryn Kryzda said, "We thank Chief Ferrara for his service to Martin County and successfully leading our Fire Rescue Department for seven years. We wish him the very best as he retires, and moves on to another chapter of his life."


 
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Apr 18, 2016Sea Turtle Walk
Join us on our specially permitted walks to learn about these endangered reptiles & experience a female Loggerhead Sea Turtle lay eggs.
Nighttime walks are held Thursday & Friday evenings
May 26, 27, June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30,
July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED & FILL UP FAST!
CALL 772-546-2067.
Or online www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com
$5 donation per person requested
The Nature Center exhibits and gift shop open at 8pm for check-in and the program will begin promptly at 8:30pm, followed by the trip to the beach to await nesting turtles. Walks may go till midnight or later.
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Apr 18, 2016Discover science @ your library: Earth Day fun
Kids are invited to the Morgade Library on Friday, April 22 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm as Jenn Cochran reads her book Fletch: Little Adventures. Learn about sea turtles and make a sea turtle craft to take home. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. To register, call 463-3245.

 
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Apr 18, 2016Crafternoon @ Cummings: Playing with Poetry
Join us for an afternoon of adult arts and crafts at the Cummings Library on Wednesday, April 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Find a poem hidden on a book page; inscribe a short poem you love on a rock; create a "concrete poem" in a shape. Basic supplies provided. For more info, call 288-2551.

 
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Apr 18, 2016Astronomy is for everyone
"Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe" is an exciting family program for ages 8 to 100 that will be held at the Hoke Library on Thursday, April 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Following this indoor formal presentation, we go outdoors to view celestial objects in the night sky through a powerful hand-crafted telescope, weather permitting. For additional details, call 463-2870.

 
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Apr 18, 2016GULFSTREAM GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OFFERS FREE TICKETS TO ROGER DEAN STADIUM’S BIANNUAL GOODWILL NIGHTS
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Gulfstream Goodwill Industries is hosting Goodwill Nights at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday, April 30, 2016, as the Jupiter Hammerheads take on the Bradenton Marauders. Any fan who brings three gently used items will receive one free ticket to enjoy the game.

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and the game will begin at 5:30 p.m. (time subject to change).

Donation attendants will be on hand to accept items. Look for the Gulfstream Goodwill truck outside of Gate B.

Acceptable donations include: clothing, linen, shoes, handbags, jewelry, toys, housewares, small appliances and books.

For more information, please visit gulfstreamgoodwill.org/events.

Roger Dean Stadium is located at 4751 Main St in Jupiter.


 
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Apr 18, 2016Learn ways to make your diet better for you and the Earth at Blake Library April 23
STUART, FL - Panelists including representatives from Catronovo Chocolate, Ground Floor Farm, The District Table, Kai Kai Farms and Slow Food of the Gold and Treasure Coast will lecture, discuss, and take questions from the audience about eating locally and sustainably on Saturday, April 23 from 2-4pm in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart. "Eating Locally and Sustainably" will be moderated by David Vaina from Treasure Coast Food Bank. This free event is part of the Martin County Library System's celebration of Earth Day 2016.

For more information, pick up a Library Events newsletter at any Martin County library location, visit: www.library.martin.fl.us, or call (772) 221-1403.


 
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Apr 18, 2016Academy Award-Nominated Filmmakers Have 2nd Film On the Treasure Coast
April 15, 2016| Martin County, FL – It is believed that more than 100,000 college students will be sexually assaulted during the coming school year. Only five percent of campus assaults are reported. Today, 82 schools are being investigated for violations of Title IX. Serial predators will commit an average of six assaults during their college years.
The Inner Truth Project will partner with Oscar-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering and their film “The Hunting Ground” to increase awareness around preventing sexual violence on college campuses. The film features the award winning song “Til It Happens To You” by Lady GaGa. The collaboration coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the start of summer as many students start to make college visits and many Seniors prepare to leave from home in the fall.
The Inner Truth Project and “The Hunting Ground” — along with Temple Beit HaYam — will host a debut showing of the film at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 25. The temple is located at 951 SE Monterey Commons Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996. The film showing is free for the community and light refreshments and desserts will be served following the film.
“‘The Hunting Ground’ is a remarkable documentary that truly examines the widespread & secretive problem of campus sexual assault,” IRSC Health & Wellness Director Dr. Corey-Souza said. “We have reached a crucial time where the tides are changing, and are grateful that people continue to shed light on this topic. We want audiences to realize that everyone plays an important role in changing this culture in which sexual violence thrives. This documentary sends the strong message that it takes all of us, working together in big and small ways, to prevent sexual violence.”
ABOUT THE HUNTING GROUND
From the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team behind “The Invisible War” comes a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. “The Hunting Ground” debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival. For more about the film and a list of screening locations, go to thehuntinggroundfilm.com.


 
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Apr 18, 2016The KING’S Men Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Stuart May Fest 7th Annual Golf Tournament & Fundraiser
Saint James Golf Club
5613 St. James Blvd.
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34983
(772) 336-4653
May 21, 2016
8:30 AM Shot Gun Start
Our Mission
Make a difference in the lives of young people
The Men’s Ministry of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church is hosting this event to establish
an outreach program that will teach, mentor, support, train and provide the necessary tools for our
Youth to be successful in today's society.
Four Man Scramble Best Ball
Longest Drive * Closest To The Pin
Putting Contest $5.00
Entry Fee $75.00 per person—Includes
Green Fee, Cart, Meal & Beverages.
If you are not able to attend, please consider sponsoring a foursome for $300 dollars.
Individuals and businesses may sponsor a hole for $100 dollars.
We are a non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.


Contact
Larry Norwood
614-557-3898
James Butler
410-404-4801

Please Make Checks Payable & Mail To:
Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
Attention: Golf Tournament
P.O Box 1916, Stuart, FL 34995

 
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Apr 18, 2016Update of Flood Hazard Information for Coastal Communities in East Coast Central Florida Continues

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Office in Atlanta is performing a coastal flood risk study for the East Coast Central Florida Study Area (Brevard, Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties) to provide people living and working in coastal communities in these counties with a more accurate picture of their flood hazard and associated risk.
This project began in October 2011. Since that time, the FEMA-led Project Team has held technically focused outreach meetings to share interim results from the coastal analyses with community floodplain administrators (FPAs) and other interested community officials at key milestones. FEMA will work with the FPAs and other community officials to schedule another set of outreach meetings, called Flood Risk Review Meetings, by late summer 2016. Information on past and future meetings is provided in a Fact Sheet titled “Coastal Flood Risk Study Meetings,” which is accessible through the East Coast Central Florida Study Area page on the FEMA Region IV Coastal Analysis and Mapping Web Portal.
To learn more about the methodology being applied and the progress of the coastal flood risk study, visit the dedicated page cited above and other portions of the Web Portal, which is accessible through www.southeastcoastalmaps.com. The Web Portal provides an extensive array of useful information and resources for community officials, residents, and other stakeholders in floodprone coastal areas.
When the study is completed, FEMA will make updated digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, and associated products available to community officials, residents, and other stakeholders. The process for making these important products available also is discussed in the “Coastal Flood Risk Study Meetings” Fact Sheet.
When completed, community officials will be able to use the FIRMs, FIS reports, and other flood hazard information to improve local planning activities. Builders and developers will be able to use the information to make decisions on where to build and how proper construction can reduce flood risk. Insurance agents, insurance companies, real estate agents, and lending institutions will use the information for insurance rating purposes and to help residents better understand how flood hazards affect their property. Property owners and renters will be able to use the flood hazard information to help make better financial decisions about protecting their homes and businesses.



Coastal Flood Risk Study
 
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Apr 18, 2016Fiesta After Hour Event


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Apr 18, 2016Local Scientists to Explore Uncharted Territory around Pacific Ocean’s Marianas Trench
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (April 18, 2016) – Scientists with Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) will be lending their expertise during a NOAA-funded expedition to what’s been called the “Grand Canyon” of the ocean - the Pacific Ocean’s Marianas Trench. Deborah Glickson, Ph.D., associate director of the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT), located at HBOI, will be the geology science lead on Leg 1 of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument expedition aboard NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer, and Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., executive director of the CIOERT will be the biology science lead on Leg 3 of the scientific cruise. The mission, sponsored by NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, is to characterize unknown and poorly explored areas of the Monument by mapping the seafloor and searching for undiscovered biological and geological features such as hydrothermal vents, mud volcanoes, fish and coral reef habitat, and deep-dwelling organisms.
“The Marianas Trench offers such a diversity of habitats,” said Pomponi. “The shallow waters near the islands harbor commercially-important fisheries and ecologically valuable coral reef habitats, while the deeper areas are home to volcanoes with hydrothermal vents and novel deep sea creatures. What is most exciting to us is the potential to discover unknown habitats and organisms in both areas.”
Researchers and students will be following along and participating in the cruise from HBOI’s Exploration Command Center, a facility that allows for real-time access to all of the action via telepresence. High-definition cameras capture video imagery from the ocean floor that is transmitted in real-time via satellite from the ship back to HBOI’s command center, as well as eleven others across the country. Researchers and students can also communicate with the scientists aboard ship via chatrooms and teleconference during the dives.
Located in the western Pacific, east of the Philippines, the Mariana Trench is a crescent-shaped subduction zone where two of the Earth’s tectonic plates collide. At the collision point, one of the plates dives beneath the other, creating an ocean trench that is 7 miles at its deepest point. For more information on the Mariana Trench and the associated U.S. National Monument, visit www.fpir.noaa.gov/MNM/mnm_marianas-trench.html.
The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research is the only federal organization currently dedicated to exploring our unknown ocean. Their unique capabilities in terms of personnel, technology, infrastructure, exploration missions, and data delivery allow scientists to reduce unknowns in deep-ocean areas and provide the high-value environmental intelligence needed by NOAA and the nation to address both current and emerging science and management needs.
For more information on the expedition, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu, or visit www.fau.edu/hboi.
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Apr 18, 2016SFWMD Recognizes April as Water Conservation Month
Highlighting a commitment to protect South Florida's water resources, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board has joined the Governor and Cabinet in designating April as Water Conservation Month.

"Even during the wet times, we should all keep in mind that South Florida's weather can quickly change from deluge to drought," said SFWMD Governing Board Vice Chairman Kevin Powers. "That's why it is so important for Florida families to maintain a water conservation ethic year round, and why saving water is an integral part of managing South Florida's water resources."

For 18 years, Florida has recognized Water Conservation Month in April. The District's Comprehensive Water Conservation Plan includes voluntary and incentive-based initiatives, regulatory work, education and outreach. The amount of water used by the region's 8.1 million residents has fallen from near 180 gallons of water per person per day in 2000 to about 140 gallons in 2014.

SFWMD continues to lead by example by:
• Working with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Services to certify nine District facilities as having Florida-Friendly Landscaping
• Implementing indoor and outdoor water audits at all District facilities
• Creating and helping organizations complete the Self-Assessment Guide for Commercial and Institutional Water Efficiency Improvement
• Hosting a yearly Water Conservation EXPO and Vendor Fair
Along with these successful efforts, the District supports many water-saving initiatives. Through the Water Savings Incentive Program, the District invested $250,000 in nine local projects last year that saved an estimated 86 million gallons of water per year. This program has helped local communities save water for more than a decade, investing $5.1 million in 181 projects that save nearly 3 billion gallons of water per year.

Education programs, including the Great Water Odyssey, have reached more than 2,700 students and 49,000 visitors to the District's www.savewaterfl.com website.

The District also administers the Florida Water Star program increasing water efficiency for homes, commercial properties and communities. More than 900 single-family homes and four commercial properties have met the program's water-saving goals.

With the voluntary WaterCHAMP program, 98 hotels in 13 municipalities have installed water conservation devices or made changes in linen service covering nearly 8,000 rooms. The water savings average 20 gallons per night per occupied room.

SFWMD also follows Year-Round Water Conservation Measures that target outdoor irrigation, which can account for up to half of the residential water use in South Florida.

Basic water conservation practices include:
• Replacing aerators in kitchens and bathroom sinks with models rated for 1.5 gallons per minute of less
• Watering the lawn based on its actual needs and following the District's year-round landscape irrigation water conservation measures and/ or local ordinances
• Installing low-flow appliances, such as dishwashers
• Installing low-flow water fixtures, such as showerheads
For more information:
• SFWMD Weather/Rainfall Data
• U.S. Drought Monitor
• SFWMD Water Conservation
• Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Conservation Measures
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The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts.
Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.


 
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Apr 15, 2016COMMISSIONER STEWART NAMES SCHOOL-RELATED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

~ Annual award recognizes outstanding school support personnel ~

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart today announced the five finalists for the 2016 School-Related Employee of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the significant contributions they make to their schools and communities. The winner will be named at an awards breakfast on April 27 in Orlando.

“My wholehearted congratulations go out to the 2016 School-Related Employee of the Year finalists,” said Commissioner Stewart. “These finalists work alongside our state’s educators to provide the students in their communities with the high quality education they deserve. It is an honor to recognize these five individuals for their contributions and to thank them for all that they do to help students succeed.”

The five finalists for the 2016 School-Related Employee of the Year are listed below.

Alachua County – Angela Wright, Hawthorne Middle/High School
Angela Wright has spent her entire 17½-year career at Hawthorne Middle/High School. As a Computer Lab Proctor, she oversees students taking online courses and serves as the Pre-Collegiate sponsor and Brain Bowl coach. She also serves on the school advisory council and as the school’s unofficial photographer. Angela volunteers extensively in her church and throughout the community, serving meals to the hungry and helping families at the local Ronald McDonald House. In 2015, she became a member of Santa Fe College Center of Excellence’s National Achievers Society.

Broward County – Kenyatta D. Medlock, Whiddon-Rogers Education Center
Kenyatta Medlock serves as the Community Liaison at Whiddon-Rogers Education Center, where she connects students who need a non-traditional educational setting with educational and support services. Whiddon-Rogers Education Center’s principal praised Kenyatta for organizing school-wide events that provide students with opportunities to engage with local elected officials and community leaders.

Marion County – Abel Garcia, Reddick-Collier Elementary School
Abel Garcia is an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Paraprofessional at Reddick-Collier Elementary in Marion County. According to his principal, his dedication to students, families and school staff is unparalleled. In addition to his regular duties related to instruction, Abel puts in extra time after school tutoring students who need extra assistance; writes grants for resources to extend English language learning for students and families; and translates communications for parents into Spanish.

Martin County – Vanessa Molina-Council, Citrus Grove Elementary School
As an English Language Learner (ELL) Paraprofessional, Vanessa Molina-Council helps Citrus Grove Elementary School students who are still learning English gain the skills and confidence they need to excel. She has been recognized by her colleagues for finding innovative solutions to help students. She spearheaded the school’s Braille ELL initiative; developed translated materials for ELL families to understand materials used at conferences; and provided her colleagues with a glossary of commonly used Spanish translations to improve communication between all school staff and ELL families.

Osceola County – Alberto “Tico” Justiniano, Narcoosee Elementary School
As Head Custodian for Narcoosee Elementary School, Alberto “Tico” Justiniano is an integral member of the school community. He has 10 years of experience at Narcoosee Elementary School and was commended by District Superintendent Luciano for mentoring struggling students and treating everyone with patience, kindness and respect. This is the third time Tico has been recognized as Osceola’s School-Related Employee of the Year since 2007. Additionally, in 2010, he received the Superintendent’s High-Five Award, and, in 2014, he was recognized with the Principal’s Super Hero Award.

More information about the School-Related Employee of the Year Program can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/recognition-recruitment/fl-school-related-employee-of-the-year/


 
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Apr 14, 2016Honor Flight
Visitors invited to welcome home Southeast Florida Honor Flight with more than 85 World War II vets returning from D.C. after touring WWII Memorials.


WHAT: Honor Flight Operation Homecoming: This Saturday, Southeast Florida Honor Flight will take more than 85 World War II veterans from around the Southeast Florida region to Washington, DC on a one day trip to visit the Memorials that stand in their honor.

Visitors and the public are welcome to join our vets for their homecoming from their Washington D.C. trip.

WHEN: Saturday, April 16th 2016. American Airlines flight #9091 arriving PBI 8:20pm

WHERE: Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). The public Meet and Greet area will be located outside of Concourse A/B on the 2nd level. The Honor Guard will be at this location. Additional arrival Meet & Greet area will be 2nd level Atrium. Water Cannon Salute by ARFF. PBI will provide parking vouchers for level 7, short term parking garage to the first 150. Patriot motorcycle riders are directed to park level 1, west end commercial lane.

ONSITE CONTACT: Richard Shine. Cell: 772-528-2656. *All attending organizations please check in with Richard upon arrival. http://www.honorflightsefl.org/



 
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Apr 14, 2016Martin County website home page enhancements


Martin County is pleased to announce some enhancements that will be made later today to the home page of the Martin County website, www.martin.fl.us.

The changes include the addition of a background image representing our beautiful beaches and a new 'Featured' section were we will now have the ability to added timely information, in addition to the existing Hot Topics list.

Please continue to use of the search box, located at the top portion of the website. Just enter your keyword(s) to 'seek, search and find' what you are looking for. The website was designed to be more responsive to the needs of our residents, businesses and visitors, featuring streamlined service information and improved search functionality, from virtually any device.

Stay tuned as we will continue to make changes and improvements based on feedback from our community and review of our website Google Analytics.


 
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Apr 14, 2016Basis Reporting of Assets for Estates Distributing Property to Beneficiaries

When Sec. 6035 was enacted on July 31, 2015, it was immediately effective. It requires consistent reporting of basis between certain estates filing a federal estate tax return and anyone receiving property from the decedent's gross estate. These regulations impose new statement reporting requirements. The law requires the statements to be furnished to the IRS and to beneficiaries within 30 days of an estate tax return's (Form 706) filing due date.
Proposed and temporary regulations governing this requirement were published March 4, 2016 but initially retained a March 31, 2016 due date. That meant executors and practitioners had less than a month to review the new rules and file Form 8971. Arguing that many executors are likely unaware of the new rule and how to comply with the required filing, professional providers requested a further extension of time to file. The IRS, in response to the request, delayed the initial filing due date to June 30, 2016. The delayed filing date should allow the executors and fiduciaries to adopt required changes to file an accurate and complete Form 8971 and its Schedule A.




If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Trust & Estate Manager,
April A. Hicks, CSEP, CFP®
at (772) 283-2356, Ext 2140 or ahicks@pcc-cpa.com.

Sincerely,

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


 
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Apr 14, 2016Southeast Florida Alzheimer's advocates makes impact on Capitol Hill
More 1,200 staff and advocates from across the country traveled to Washington D.C., including 15 from Southeast Florida, in early April to talk to legislators about Alzheimer's disease. Check out some photos from their trip.

 
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Apr 14, 2016Check out the new Advocacy Forum website for 2016 highlights
A record number of Alzheimer’s disease advocates converged in our nation’s capital last week for the 2016 Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum. Check out our updated Advocacy Forum website to relive this year’s event, which included Hill Day visits and the National Alzheimer’s Dinner, or to see what you missed.

 
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Apr 14, 2016Facts and Figures highlights financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease on families
Many relatives and friends providing financial support or care to people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias use their retirement savings, cut back on spending and sell assets to pay for disease-related expenses, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. About one in five go hungry due to lack of funds.

 
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Apr 14, 2016Martin County website home page enhancements
Martin County is pleased to announce some enhancements that will be made later today to the home page of the Martin County website, www.martin.fl.us.

The changes include the addition of a background image representing our beautiful beaches and a new 'Featured' section were we will now have the ability to added timely information, in addition to the existing Hot Topics list.

Please continue to use of the search box, located at the top portion of the website. Just enter your keyword(s) to 'seek, search and find' what you are looking for. The website was designed to be more responsive to the needs of our residents, businesses and visitors, featuring streamlined service information and improved search functionality, from virtually any device.

Stay tuned as we will continue to make changes and improvements based on feedback from our community and review of our website Google Analytics.


 
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Apr 14, 2016Martin County website home page enhancements
Martin County is pleased to announce some enhancements that will be made later today to the home page of the Martin County website, www.martin.fl.us.

The changes include the addition of a background image representing our beautiful beaches and a new 'Featured' section were we will now have the ability to added timely information, in addition to the existing Hot Topics list.

Please continue to use of the search box, located at the top portion of the website. Just enter your keyword(s) to 'seek, search and find' what you are looking for. The website was designed to be more responsive to the needs of our residents, businesses and visitors, featuring streamlined service information and improved search functionality, from virtually any device.

Stay tuned as we will continue to make changes and improvements based on feedback from our community and review of our website Google Analytics.


 
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Apr 14, 2016Martin County High School Spring Choral Concert
Come hear beautiful music performed by the award-winning OPUS Chorale, Coro Bella Women's Ensemble, Concert Choir and Men's Chorus under the direction of Shane Thomas.
Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Free Admission - no ticket necessary
Wanda H. Yarboro Center for the Performing Arts
Martin County High School
2801 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL
Information: Tina Bartolotta at soldbytina14@gmail.com or 772-248-2139
OPUS Facebook: MartinCountyHighSchoolOPUS
OPUS Website: http://mchs.martinschools.org/community/OPUS
Donations will be accepted for the Ronald L. Corbin Scholarship Fund.
Cash and checks payable to "OPUS Boosters" - Thank you!

 
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Apr 14, 2016Sales Training for Small Business Owners
IRSC Chastain Campus, Stuart, FL
April 14, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm


Do you and your staff need to brush up on your sales skills? This class helps you learn to grow your revenue, increase your average sale, and "close the sale". We also learn how to help an irate customer, and create a better experience for your customers.
Learn about the sales process. Help customers choose your products and services. How much is a customer worth? Why do you lose customers? How do we get more sales per transaction? You will learn these things and more. Most of the sales knowledge passed on in this class applies regardless of your products or services.


 
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Apr 14, 2016GULFSTREAM GOODWILL INDUSTRIES IN TUNE, IN STEP, IN STYLE TALENT SHOW RETURNS FOR 15TH YEAR
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Gulfstream Goodwill Industries’ 15th Annual In Tune, In Step, In Style talent show returns to the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College on Thursday, May 5. The show, which will follow the theme “Goodwill’s Got Talent,” is set to feature participants from Gulfstream Goodwill’s West Palm Beach Adult Day Training (ADT) Program and the Transition to Life Academy charter school in Boynton Beach.

New to the event line-up this year is the addition of the ADT Program’s art auction. Guests will have the option to bid on unique pieces of art created by ADT Program participants. Bidding will begin at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the art auction will benefit the ADT Program.

In Tune, In Step, In Style is a free event and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served prior to the show, which begins at 6 p.m.

For more information, please visit gulfstreamgoodwill.org/events.

The Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College is located at 11051 Campus Dr in Palm Beach Gardens.


 
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Apr 14, 2016Join The Birthday Club


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Apr 14, 2016Martin County Candidate Commission Forum
May 2, 2016 — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Blake Library
FREE & Open to the public!
Sponsored by:
Submit your questions to: thekcingramshow@mail.com

 
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Apr 13, 2016Jupiter Medical Center Foundation Gala Raises Record-Breaking $1.8 Million

Non-Profit Hospital Celebrates Donors, Health and Wellness at Vintage Havana Ball

On April 2, 500 attendees at The Breakers Palm Beach helped Jupiter Medical Center Foundation to raise more than $1.8 million at their Annual Ball, significantly surpassing any previous ball hosted by the Foundation. The inaugural Live Auction at the gala raised over $221,000, offering experiences in lieu of items. This, along with a $1 million gift which was announced at the Ball to support The Campaign for Jupiter Medical Center, “Vision. Innovation. Impact.” recently launched by Jupiter Medical Center, brought the ball to its record-breaking total.

Chairing this year’s soiree were Drs. Susan and Morgan Poncy, Jupiter locals who both practice at Jupiter Medical Center. Guests at the gala enjoyed a Vintage Havana theme, complete with bongos, domino tables, and festive fedoras. Adding to the motif was Caliente, a Latin music group, and dance performances by Fred Astaire Dance Studios.

“The response from the community has been remarkable, and is a testament to their belief in our ability to deliver world-class healthcare right here in our backyard,” said Liv Vesely, President of the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation. “All proceeds from the event go toward Comprehensive Cancer Care at Jupiter Medical Center and will have a real impact on patients and their families.”

The Jupiter Medical Center Foundation honored two individual donors at the Ball this year, including Suzanne Niedland, who helped to support the implementation of diagnostic equipment in, and the construction of, the new Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, as well as Peter Crisp, former chairman of the Board of the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation.

“Jupiter Medical Center relies on the charitable gifts that our community provides in order to maintain world-class care for our patients. The Foundation plays a central role in the organization,” said John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “We are one team working on a common goal of reimagining the way we care for our community’s health and wellness.

All proceeds from the gala are to benefit the Comprehensive Cancer Services at Jupiter Medical Center using the latest technology, individualized treatment plans, and a team of experts to aid all of its patients. The funds raised will help to sustain the continual growth of the cancer services, including the construction of a new Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

About the Sponsors
The four live auction item experiences were donated by Robert and Lynne Grossman, Larry De George and Dream Car Racing, Chris Kline, and Chairman of the Board at Jupiter Medical Center, Martin Dytyrch.

The exclusive presenting anniversary sponsor was Sheridan Performance Driven Physician Services.

Platinum sponsors: Suzanne Niedland and Larry De George.

Diamond sponsors: Suzy and Jack Welch, NuVista Living, and Diane and James Perella and Exclusive Magazine Sponsor Palm Beach Illustrated.

Gold Sponsors: Carlton Fields, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, TD Bank, The Rehabilitation Center at Jupiter Gardens; Leo, Claire and Robert Addenbaum Foundation, Bebe Foundation, Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation, Chiapparone Family, Martin and Tesa Dytrych, Mary Lou and Bert Kennedy, Jane F. Napier, Drs. Susan and Morgan Poncy, and Thomas C. Quick Charitable Foundation.

Silver Sponsors: Foley & Lardner LLP, Burke & Quick Partners, Mary and Paul Humenansky, Drs. Susan and Morgan Poncy, Jeff and Kathy Rold and Jupiter Hills Members, Drs. Abraham and Talya Schwarzberg, Dr. and Mrs. Ryan Simovitch.

Physician Sponsors: Aon, Stephen L. Boruff, A1A Architects + Planners, Inc., and Dennis and Roseanne Williams.

Underwriting Partners: Sodexo, Black Diamond, Knight Corporations, Horizon Care Services, NuVista Living and The Gardens Mall.

About Jupiter Medical Center Foundation
The Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, the fundraising arm of Jupiter Medical Center, is dedicated to obtaining philanthropic resources to fulfill the critical healthcare needs of our rapidly growing community. Revenues generated through tax-deductible contributions are reinvested in Jupiter Medical Center for new technologies, innovative programming, sophisticated outreach and enhanced facilities to sustain a healthy community.

About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit www.jupitermed.com


 
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Apr 13, 2016Florida Chamber Announces Speaker Steve Crisafulli as 2016 Most Valuable Legislator


Also Releases Annual ‘How They Voted’ Publication on the Florida Chamber’s Business Agenda

The Florida Chamber of Commerce today released its annual publication How They Voted, and announced House Speaker Steve Crisafulli as the 2016 Most Valuable Legislator.
“While others talk about Florida’s long-term future, Speaker Crisafulli actively charges forward toward what is right for our state and knows firsthand the importance of fighting for free-enterprise principles,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “His dedication to seeing beyond short-sighted political platforms and his willingness to pass bipartisan efforts has made all the difference for our state.”
Speaker Crisafulli, who has previously earned the Florida Chamber’s Distinguished Advocate award and has consistently been ranked an “A” grade legislator, has been a leading legislative champion for securing Florida’s water future. Additionally, he championed House efforts to reform Florida’s archaic and unsustainable pension system, and continued to support Florida’s families and businesses by passing a $1 billion tax cut package in the House this session.
“The Florida Chamber has been an important ally in our efforts to secure Florida’s future during my two years as Speaker,” said House Speaker Steve Crisafulli. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with their members and staff in the push for a better business climate, regulatory reform and comprehensive water solutions. Fighting for our state’s long-term interest isn’t always popular or easy and it’s not a task that can be done alone. Thanks to the Florida Chamber’s commitment to the free enterprise principles that make our state the best state in the nation, I believe we moved Florida forward to a brighter future.”
Each year, the Florida Chamber honors one legislator as a Most Valuable Legislator, for their courage to champion business issues. Although in the 2015 regular and special sessions, no comparable champion emerged, we honor the 11 years of steadfast leaders who stood firm against special interest agendas and fought for Florida’s business community on the issues that will help secure Florida’s future. Those include:
• House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (2016)
• House Speaker Will Weatherford (2014)
• Representative Larry Metz (2013)
• House Speaker Dean Cannon (2012)
• Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff (2011)
• Senator John Thrasher (2010)
• Senator Garrett Richter (2009)
• Representative Dennis Ross (2008)
• Representative Stan Mayfield (2007)
• Representative Don Brown (2006)
• House Speaker Allan Bense (2005)
The Florida Chamber’s annual How They Voted identifies where legislators stood on the Florida Chamber’s 2016 business agenda. How They Voted provides the composite grades for all 160 legislators so business leaders and families can see who voted for or against job creation and economic opportunity in Florida, as well as what Florida Business Agenda issues did or didn’t pass during the 2016 legislative session.
Just two weeks ago, the Florida Chamber also released its Legislative Report Card, highlighting actual grades earned by each legislator and honoring 14 legislators who earned the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Advocate award for championing pro-jobs, pro-business legislation.




 
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Apr 13, 2016Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation Celebrates ASPCA Help A Horse Day April 23
Community support needed for chance to win up to $25,000 ASPCA grant to help save more horses

Palm City, Florida — The Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation (ERAF) will be celebrating the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help A Horse Day on April 22-24 and competing for a chance to win up to $25,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts to protect horses. To celebrate the day, ERAF will be hosting an Open House from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, April 23 at the barn located at 6400 SW Martin Highway in Palm City.

In honor of the ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary celebration this year, the contest has been expanded to include a total of $100,000 in at grant prizes, including a grand prize of $25,000.

Activities for the day include pony rides, a tag and tack sale, barn tours, food, fun and a chance to see the beautiful horses that make their home at ERAF, until they are adopted.

This nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected. Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 150 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.

Everyone is invited to see the beautiful property and the majestic, loving animals. Also on hand will be Roz, the mini-horse who is the organization’s mascot. There will also be information about how you can volunteer at the horse shelter and become a member and help support the horses.


 
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Apr 13, 2016Jupiter Medical Center Foundation Gala Raises Record-Breaking $1.8 Million
JUPITER, FL (April 12, 2016) – On April 2, 500 attendees at The Breakers Palm Beach helped Jupiter Medical Center Foundation to raise more than $1.8 million at their Annual Ball, significantly surpassing any previous ball hosted by the Foundation. The inaugural Live Auction at the gala raised over $221,000, offering experiences in lieu of items. This, along with a $1 million gift which was announced at the Ball to support The Campaign for Jupiter Medical Center, “Vision. Innovation. Impact.” recently launched by Jupiter Medical Center, brought the ball to its record-breaking total.

Chairing this year’s soiree were Drs. Susan and Morgan Poncy, Jupiter locals who both practice at Jupiter Medical Center. Guests at the gala enjoyed a Vintage Havana theme, complete with bongos, domino tables, and festive fedoras. Adding to the motif was Caliente, a Latin music group, and dance performances by Fred Astaire Dance Studios.

“The response from the community has been remarkable, and is a testament to their belief in our ability to deliver world-class healthcare right here in our backyard,” said Liv Vesely, President of the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation. “All proceeds from the event go toward Comprehensive Cancer Care at Jupiter Medical Center and will have a real impact on patients and their families.”

The Jupiter Medical Center Foundation honored two individual donors at the Ball this year, including Suzanne Niedland, who helped to support the implementation of diagnostic equipment in, and the construction of, the new Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, as well as Peter Crisp, former chairman of the Board of the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation.

“Jupiter Medical Center relies on the charitable gifts that our community provides in order to maintain world-class care for our patients. The Foundation plays a central role in the organization,” said John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “We are one team working on a common goal of reimagining the way we care for our community’s health and wellness.

All proceeds from the gala are to benefit the Comprehensive Cancer Services at Jupiter Medical Center using the latest technology, individualized treatment plans, and a team of experts to aid all of its patients. The funds raised will help to sustain the continual growth of the cancer services, including the construction of a new Comprehensive Cancer Institute.



 
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Apr 13, 2016SPRING INTO SUMMER AT TREASURE COAST SQUARE MALL
12 - 4 P.M. on SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016

SPRING INTO SUMMER AT TREASURE COAST SQUARE MALL
Find fun filled ways to spend your summer days at exposition

WHAT: Plan ahead for your summer and find fun ways to spend your summer days! Treasure Coast Square Mall will host ‘Spring Into Summer’ on Saturday, April 23 from 12 – 4 p.m.

This free event, sponsored by Teleperformance and Boundless Gymnastics, will include information on summer camps, summer jobs, cosmetics, fashion and more! Representatives from summer camps will be on-site to assist with sign-ups, and job opportunities will be available both inside and outside the mall. The exciting evening will also include live music and dance demonstrations.

Looking to update your health and beauty routine? Visit vendors and learn how to cut back on summertime primping. Update your wardrobe with looks from top Treasure Coast Square retailers, who will showcase the trends of the season during a dynamic fashion show.

Mark your calendar and plan ahead! Pre-register at http://bit.ly/235cJB6 to reserve your free swag bag. Additionally, all attendees will have the chance to win a grand prize.

COST: Free and open to the public.

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2016
12 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Treasure Coast Square
3174 NW Federal Highway
Jensen Beach, FL 34957

MORE Jill Rodriquez, Marketing Administrative Assistant
INFO: (772) 692-9401 or jill.rodriquez@simon.com


 
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Apr 13, 2016Financial Record Keeping for Small Business
Are you a small business owner or looking to start a small business and need to know more about financial recordkeeping and reporting? This workshop will not take the place of an accounting firm you might use but it will give you as the owner things to ask of your CPA to better understand your business and its financial condition.

You will have the opportunity to learn the differences between cash vs. accrual method of accounting; sales tax reporting; learn how to interpret financial statements; learn about various means and methods of keeping your company's "books" from simple and inexpensive to more complicated and more costly and in between; records retention, etc.


 
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Apr 13, 2016Treasure Coast Food Bank seeking help to feed children this summer
Treasure Coast Food Bank is now seeking organizations that are interested in helping to feed children during the summer.
Each year, thousands of children go hungry once school closes and they no longer have access to school lunches. Treasure Coast Food Bank aims to fight summer hunger by providing meals to children 18 and under through its summer feeding program.
The Food Bank is seeking partners throughout the Treasure Coast who can serve meals to children at their location for breakfast, lunch or a snack.
“The key to reaching children is having sites that are easily accessible in their communities,” said Krista Garofalo, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Chief Programs Officer. “The more sites we have the better access for kids, and the more kids we can feed.”
All the food is provided for the program at no cost to the child and no cost to the organization. Treasure Coast Food Bank makes the meals fresh daily. Organizations wanting to participate need to have a place to feed the children and individuals to serve the meals.
Across the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County – the area served by Treasure Coast Food Bank – more than 50,000 children are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches from the school system. It’s 44 percent of school-age children in Martin County, 57 percent in Indian River County, 67 percent in St. Lucie County, and 75 percent in Okeechobee County. Only about 6 percent of those eligible participated in a summer meals program last year, Garofalo said.
Without school meals, families’ food budgets are stretched thin. And the lack of nutrition can lead to children getting sick more often, and even learning losses.
Treasure Coast Food Bank provides meals at its own Your Plate Health & Wellness center in Fort Pierce as well as at Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and at several vacation Bible schools. An organization can incorporate the Summer Feeding program into an existing program with other activities, but having other activities is not required, Garofalo said. Also, snacks can be served mid-morning or mid-afternoon.
The program begins June 6 and runs through Aug.12. For more information, contact Emily Thompson, Director of Programs & Nutrition Services, at 772-489-3034 or email ethompson@tcfoodbank.org.


 
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Apr 12, 2016Thrivent Action Team announces results from the CareNet Diaper Cakes action team
Port St. Lucie, FL (April 5, 2016) – A Thrivent Action Team in Port St. Lucie hosted an event where members of MOPS of St. Lucie (Mothers of Preschoolers) gathered to create Diaper Cakes for CareNet, a local ministry that helps pregnant moms.

The event took place on Tuesday, April 5 at Grace Lutheran Church in Port St. Lucie.

This action team was to help CareNet, a local ministry that provides free services to expecting mothers (classes, baby bucks for wanted baby items, diapers and formula, and ultrasounds). The DiaperCakes that were created by this action team will be handed out to the moms who visit CareNet for a free ultrasound.

This event was hosted by a Thrivent Action Team, a local group led by a member of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Action Teams allow members to quickly identify a need, receive resources and put a plan together to help others in their community. The mission of Thrivent is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

“Last year we created 36 Diaper Cakes, this year with Thrivent’s help we have enough diapers to create 200!” said Kayla Manning, a member of Thrivent Financial. “We’re proud to be able to serve our community and are grateful for Thrivent’s support.”

Thrivent Action Teams are member-led projects – fundraisers, one-time service activities or educational events – that can be completed within 90 days.

To learn more about Thrivent Action Teams visit Thrivent.com/actionteam.
Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Amy Whitlach and Mark Valinote. They have an office at 367 NE Baker Road in Stuart and can also be reached at (772) 408-0771.

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com/why. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent. For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.


 
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Apr 12, 2016SPRING INTO SUMMER AT TREASURE COAST SQUARE MALL
WHAT: Plan ahead for your summer and find fun ways to spend your summer days! Treasure Coast Square Mall will host ‘Spring Into Summer’ on Saturday, April 23 from 12 – 4 p.m.

This free event, sponsored by Teleperformance and Boundless Gymnastics, will include information on summer camps, summer jobs, cosmetics, fashion and more! Representatives from summer camps will be on-site to assist with sign-ups, and job opportunities will be available both inside and outside the mall. The exciting evening will also include live music and dance demonstrations.

Looking to update your health and beauty routine? Visit vendors and learn how to cut back on summertime primping. Update your wardrobe with looks from top Treasure Coast Square retailers, who will showcase the trends of the season during a dynamic fashion show.

Mark your calendar and plan ahead! Pre-register at http://bit.ly/235cJB6 to reserve your free swag bag. Additionally, all attendees will have the chance to win a grand prize.

COST: Free and open to the public.

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2016
12 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Treasure Coast Square
3174 NW Federal Highway
Jensen Beach, FL 34957

MORE Jill Rodriquez, Marketing Administrative Assistant
INFO: (772) 692-9401 or jill.rodriquez@simon.com


 
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Apr 12, 2016IRSC MANUFACTURING PROGRAM GAINS NATIONAL ATTENTION FOR OUTSTANDING WORKFORCE PREPARATION
The Fast Track to Manufacturing Program at Indian River State College earned national attention for outstanding workforce preparation and economic development by the League for Innovation in the Community College. The IRSC program is featured in the April Member Spotlight of the international non-profit organization as a proven training ground for manufacturing companies and individuals gearing up for employment on the Treasure Coast: https://www.league.org/member-spotlight/indian-river-state-college-fast-track-manufacturing-program-aids-businesses-and-job.

The Fast Track program provides short-term, industry-specific training for entry level positions and specialized skill building for incumbent workers. Participants earn a nationally recognized credential overseen by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council - the MSSC/CPT Certification - reflecting the competencies of a Certified Production Technician.

A seven-week boot camp is offered on a rotating basis throughout the year at the IRSC Regional Training Facility at Paradigm Precision, a manufacturer of fabrications and precision machined components for gas turbine engines, which has dedicated a portion of its Stuart facility for the training.

The MSSC/CPT Certification training is highly valued by employers for its focus on production, maintenance, safety, including OSHA 10 certification, and quality assurance, with sections covering industrial measurement, calibration and blueprint reading. Additional hands-on experiences are incorporated, such as sheet metal fabrication, hand and power tools, and composite materials. A recent enhancement merges construction training through the National Center for Construction Education and Research CORE curriculum, serving as a prerequisite to certifications in welding, machining and industrial maintenance.

Graduates have been hired by Laser Components, AutoLabe, RS Labs, CVS, INEOS Biofuel, Triumph Aerostructures, and Paradigm Precision. One reason for the program's success is involvement of the College's Manufacturing Advisory Council, composed of manufacturers sharing real-world expectations. CareerSource Research Coast, a nonprofit organization connecting businesses and public and private entities, covers tuition costs for many of the participants. For more information, contact Joe Gorham, Florida Trade Grant Coordinator at jgorham@irsc.edu or (772) 462-7637.


 
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Apr 12, 2016Franchising 101 - All About Franchising & How to Survive & Succeed.
Have you ever wondered what franchising is all about? Have you ever wondered who is out there to help you understand how it all works?

This workshop presented by Rick Shampaine of FranNet, a national company that represents 125 franchisor's, will explain what franchising is and how it works; what is the legal definition of franchising; how many franchise opportunities are there and how to select one that is right for you; what does a franchising company look for in a potential franchisee?; what should you Iook for in a franchise company?; what are some of the watch outs; and, how to succeed and survive.


 
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Apr 12, 2016PROJECT SEARCH TO HOLD GRADUATION CEREMONY ON MAY 27; PROGRAM IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR
STUART, FL – Martin County School District’s Project SEARCH, a one-year, high school transition program that provides employment training and education for students with disabilities, will hold its 2016 graduation celebration on Friday, May 27. The event will take place in the conference center at Martin Medical Center North Conference Room in Stuart at 9 a.m. Nine students will be recognized for their completion of the program.

Project SEARCH serves as a workforce alternative for students ages 18-21, in partnership with Martin Health System, Helping People Succeed, ARC of Martin County and Vocational Rehabilitation. Each student applies to the program and is accepted through an interview process by a panel of committee members. Selection of new interns takes place at the end of each school year and applications for the 2016-17 program are now being accepted. More information on the entrance requirements can be found on the Project SEARCH web page.

“The cornerstone of Project SEARCH is total immersion in a large business,” says Andrea von Stralendorff, Project SEARCH Teacher. “Students report to the host business and learn job-related skills in the classroom, while participating in three internships/experiences throughout the year. This provides students an opportunity to establish their career goals and take steps to achieve them.”

For additional information about Project SEARCH and the application process, please contact Andrea von Stralendorff, Project SEARCH Teacher, at 772-223-5945 x1452 or vonstra@martin.k12.fl.us.



 
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Apr 11, 2016Sheldon Low leads Shabbat Live this week
Sheldon Low is returning to Temple Beit HaYam this week and you will want to be a part of the excitement!

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Apr 11, 2016Goodwill Encourages Spring Cleaning with #CleanSweep Campaign
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Spring cleaning is a great time to sort out the clutter, but it can also be an overwhelming chore that intimidates us out of even getting started. How can you not only start, but also conquer, spring cleaning and develop new habits to keep you organized all year long?

Certified Professional Organizer® and Goodwill Industries International spokesperson Lorie Marrero shares her top five spring cleaning tips:

1. Have a plan. You don’t want unwanted items cluttering up your home any longer than necessary, so plan to spring clean and take items to Goodwill® on the same day.
2. Start with success. For the first room or space to tackle, choose the one that will give you the biggest bang for your buck -- one that will provide immediate daily benefits in efficiency and reduced stress. Is it your home office? Does your car not fit in the garage? Do you struggle to find anything in your closet in the mornings? Zero in on those areas so that when you succeed, you’ll be motivated to tackle another space!
3. Clean slate. Once you’ve chosen your project, clear it out as much as possible and start from scratch. By stripping your shelves bare and restocking them only with items that make you smile, your whole house will become a happy and inspiring place. By donating your unwanted items to Goodwill, you help people find jobs and build their careers.
4. Make it fun! Shake up your spring-cleaning routine with a peppy playlist: after a song finishes playing, move on to the next area of the room. Create a fun contest for the family: challenge everyone to find 10 items to put away and 10 items to donate to Goodwill. This can become a race, with the prize of a traveling trophy (or a hot fudge sundae, if you don’t want any more clutter!) and you can repeat it once a week for the entire month of March. Share your family’s success story with the hashtag #CleanSweep.
5. Be brave. Inherited items may come with guilt and obligation. Are you keeping things you don't want or need? Instead of keeping the items, take an artistic photograph of them, frame it and display it in your home. Then take the items to Gulfstream Goodwill to help you let go and move on. Wouldn’t you rather the items do good by helping people build their employment skills than take up space in your home?

Your donations of gently used clothing and household goods are sold in Gulfstream Goodwill’s retail thrift stores to support more than two dozen health, human and social services programs in our community.

"Decluttering your home in the spring provides a fresh start for both the donor and people who need jobs in your community," said Gulfstream Goodwill Industries President and CEO Marvin Tanck. "We hope tips like these will make spring cleaning more fun for families and more fruitful for Goodwill, which means we can keep providing the critical job training services needed in our communities.”

For more information about what you can donate to Goodwill, and how donated goods and store purchases support our efforts in the local community, visit our website at gulfstreamgoodwill.org/donate-goods.


 
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Apr 11, 2016Drug abuse symposium
The Health and Human Services Division will hold a town hall meeting from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on Friday, April 15. The free event will be held at the Blake Library and will feature speaker Dr. Jim Hall, Epidemiologist. The goal of the meeting is to educate the public on the emerging drugs of abuse and the latest measures being used by law enforcement to prevent drug overdose.

 
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Apr 11, 2016Grammy nominated musician Alex Meixner brings sound of Austrian folk music to Blake Library April 18
STUART, FL – International accordionist Alex Meixner will be joined by Martin
Gross and Edi Hadner as they present an evening filled with Austrian folk music
Monday, April 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the
Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart. This concert will include accordion,
yodeling, alphorn, musical saw and more. This free event is a Chautauqua South
special presentation sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System.
For more information, pick up a Library Events newsletter at any Martin County
library location, visit: www.library.martin.fl.us, or call (772) 221-1403.

 
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Apr 11, 2016Celebrate National Poetry Month
Teens are invited to celebrate National Poetry Month at the Hobe Sound Library. Special events include a Poetry Blast on Wednesday, April 13 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm and an Open Mic night on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

 
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Apr 11, 2016Wings To Fly Dance Company Presents Journey
WTF? Contemporary, yoga, ballet, modern, and jazz individually may be the cornerstones of dance companies worldwide, but when woven seamlessly into a unique dance vocabulary by the Wings to Fly Dance Company (WTF), an entire magical structure materializes rich with artistic excellence. Life experiences and world travel - absorbing cultural and spiritual influences - inspires the work of WTF ’s artistic directors Tasha, Tena and Tara.

Revealing an appreciation of the depth and spirit of the human struggle, WTF will take you on a “Journey” of life - the dreams, challenges, triumph and tragedies all with love and compassion in search of peace. Integrating dancers with and without disabilities, their illuminating work is noted for an underlying sense of discovering truth, which resonates through people’s lives in a profound way. From Aerosmith and Bach to Bocelli and Cole, the music provides a powerful foundation for movement. Live musicians and singers often permeate their shows elevating the energy in the theater. Guys reluctantly dragged to the show, only to be first on their feet in applause and wanting for more.

Local audiences raved about the energy and passion of the previous three shows created and performed by the WTF. Quest, Time, and Life were emotional and memorable masterpieces that staged the talents of local performers and included some surprises! With 25 years of choreography experience, Tasha Patterson Shirley now works with her family to create an exciting and diverse repertoire, engaging in unique collaborations with a wide variety of talents.

"Wings to Fly Dance Company embodies a unique partnership between professional dancers and adults with disabilities, and if there's one word that describes the performances I've been privileged to watch over the years, it's joy" - Anthony Westbury, Scripts TC Palm, June 7, 2012


 
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Apr 11, 2016“MOZART AND THE MOVIES” PIANO CONCERT RAISES FUNDS FOR LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND OF THE PALM BEACHES
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Legendary local pianist David Crohan once again graced the stage at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace March 15 as part of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation’s monthly “Music for the Mind” concert series. More than 150 guests attended the event, which raised over $8,000 to benefit Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches’ LITE (Learning Independence Through Experience) Club for kids ages 6-13.
Guests were entertained by this year’s concert theme “Mozart and the Movies”. Speakers included Kretzer Piano Music Foundation founder Kathi Kretzer, Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches director of vision services Mary Allen and Lighthouse board chair Donte’ Mickens.
Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches offers a special thank you to Presenting Sponsor Kretzer Piano Music Foundation; Concert Grand Sponsors NCCI (National Council on Compensation insurance), Jon Smith Subs and Retina Care Specialists; Baby Grand Sponsor Beatrice C. Mayer; and Petite Grand Sponsors Vince & Mary Jo Elhilow.


 
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Apr 11, 2016Stuart, FL has been named the Happiest Seaside Town in America by Coastal Living Magazine!
On Wednesday, Coastal Living announced the winner of America’s Happiest Seaside Town. The contest came down to three cities, our hometown of Stuart, Florida, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. After much anticipation, Stuart was named the winner.
Stuart is a place where heritage is preserved and the Old-Florida feel is present. It’s a hidden gem along the Treasure Coast with numerous outdoor activities and never-ending sunshine. Here you will find art studios and galleries, antique shops and museums, jazz concerts, and festivals abound. With its rich history, there is much to be discovered. Stuart is a destination spotlight, as well as an excellent place to call home.
We are so thrilled to be named America’s Happiest Seaside Town!
Time to hit the beach!


 
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Apr 11, 2016Help Welcome Home our Veterans on April 16th!
Please come welcome home 82 WWII and Korean War Veterans from a trip of a lifetime, as they return from their day of honor in Washington, DC.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 Flight Arrives: 8:20PM


Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2, Concourse A/B

This is our opportunity to express gratitude to our Nation's heroes, shake their hands and say "thank you".

Let's give our Veterans the red, white and blue welcome home they deserve!

Southeast Florida Honor Flight is committed to flying our Veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service.


For more information: Jenn Shine at jennshine14@gmail.com or
Richard Shine at 772-528-2656.
Please visit us at: www.honorflightsefl.org




 
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Apr 11, 2016Evening of Entertainment
April 16 6 p.m. Evening of Entertainment to benefit The ARC of Martin County. Open bar, dinner and entertainment, with the theme of “Music Hall of Fame.” Hutchinson Island Marriott, Stuart. $300 per person. For information, call Tracy Howse at 772-283-2525 or visit www.arcmc.org.

 
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Apr 11, 2016GFWC Woman's Club of Stuart Luncheon Meeting
April 20 11 a.m. GFWC Woman's Club of Stuart Luncheon Meeting . Shauna Ihle, professional organizer and business consultant and owner of Organized by Design Experts, on how getting organized can bring balance and joy to your life and work. All welcome. Women’s Club House, 729 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Contact Janie Copes at 772-341-5186 or Jspunk49@aol.com.

 
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Apr 11, 2016S.P.A.M. Robotics Wins Second Regional Competition
Stuart, FL – S.P.A.M., the Martin County School District's high school robotics team, won the second of two regional tournaments they competed in during this season’s FIRST® Robotics Competition. This past weekend, April 1-2, the team of 68 students won the FRC South Florida Regional held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. On March 11-12, they also won the FRC Orlando Regional held at the UCF Arena. The team will now advance to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 28-30.
S.P.A.M. also received two prestigious awards at the two tournaments. At the South Florida Regional, they received the Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriter’s Laboratories. This award celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovate ways to eliminate or protect against hazards.
At the Orlando Regional, the team was presented with the Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious award a team can receive. This award honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.
This was the first time in the team’s 19 year history that it has received either of these awards.
In addition, South Fork High School junior, Shantanu Jakhete, received the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award to recognize his leadership and dedication to the robotics competition. Shantanu impressed the judges with his many STEM-based, extracurricular activities including his award-winning science project, “Evaluating Efficacy of Variable-Frequency Sound Sweep as Mosquito Control Device,” which is in year two of study. He will go on to compete for the FIRST Dean’s List at World Championships in St. Louis.
“We are extremely proud of our S.P.A.M. students. They work together as a team to design and build the robot to perform complicated functions to complete the “Game” designated by FIRST,” says Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord. “The program encourages leadership, team effort, technology, math and science skills, and a tremendous amount of excitement.”
The 2016 game, FIRST Stronghold, is played with two alliances of three robots. Alliances are on a quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the tower.
The FIRST Robotics Competition is a program that challenges high school students—working with professional mentors—to design and build a robot to contend in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.
S.P.A.M. is comprised of students from Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, Clark Advanced Learning Center and home schools. The team is dependent on donations and is supported by businesses and individuals throughout the community as well as sponsorships by Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies, FPL, and UL.
For more information, contact S.P.A.M. at frcteam180@gmail.com.
Photo caption: S.P.A.M., Martin County School District FIRST Robotics Team 180, won two regional competitions this season in Orlando and West Palm Beach with their robot named Brave Sir Lobbin’. The team will now travel to compete at FIRST Championships in St. Louis, MO on April 28-30 at the Edward Jones Dome.

 
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Apr 11, 2016IRSC MANUFACTURING PROGRAM GAINS NATIONAL ATTENTION FOR OUTSTANDING WORKFORCE PREPARATION


The Fast Track to Manufacturing Program at Indian River State College earned national attention for outstanding workforce preparation and economic development by the League for Innovation in the Community College. The IRSC program is featured in the April Member Spotlight of the international non-profit organization as a proven training ground for manufacturing companies and individuals gearing up for employment on the Treasure Coast: https://www.league.org/member-spotlight/indian-river-state-college-fast-track-manufacturing-program-aids-businesses-and-job.

The Fast Track program provides short-term, industry-specific training for entry level positions and specialized skill building for incumbent workers. Participants earn a nationally recognized credential overseen by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council – the MSSC/CPT Certification – reflecting the competencies of a Certified Production Technician.

A seven-week boot camp is offered on a rotating basis throughout the year at the IRSC Regional Training Facility at Paradigm Precision, a manufacturer of fabrications and precision machined components for gas turbine engines, which has dedicated a portion of its Stuart facility for the training.

The MSSC/CPT Certification training is highly valued by employers for its focus on production, maintenance, safety, including OSHA 10 certification, and quality assurance, with sections covering industrial measurement, calibration and blueprint reading. Additional hands-on experiences are incorporated, such as sheet metal fabrication, hand and power tools, and composite materials. A

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recent enhancement merges construction training through the National Center for Construction Education and Research CORE curriculum, serving as a prerequisite to certifications in welding, machining and industrial maintenance.

Graduates have been hired by Laser Components, AutoLabe, RS Labs, CVS, INEOS Biofuel, Triumph Aerostructures, and Paradigm Precision. One reason for the program’s success is involvement of the College’s Manufacturing Advisory Council, composed of manufacturers sharing real-world expectations. CareerSource Research Coast, a nonprofit organization connecting businesses and public and private entities, covers tuition costs for many of the participants. For more information, contact Joe Gorham, Florida Trade Grant Coordinator at jgorham@irsc.edu or (772) 462-7637.


 
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Apr 7, 2016Stuart named #1 "Happiest Seaside Town" by Coastal Living
The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is pleased to announce that Stuart has been selected as #1 in Coastal Living's fifth-annual, top-ten list of "America's Happiest Seaside Towns." This is the first time Florida has won the prestigious number one spot.

"This is a huge win for our area and with our passionate residents and dedicated ambassadors were able to edge out the competition." said Stuart Mayor Jeff Krauskopf, who also serves on the Martin County Tourist Development Council.

The top 10 finalists were selected by magazine editors' assessments of each town's "coastal vibe," as well as factors including the number of sunny days, air quality, commute times, crime ratings, and standard of living.

"It is a combination of characteristics that makes a place memorable and unique this just validates what we have known all along. Martin County is a very special place, and this is why we work hard to protect and preserve what we have." said Martin County Board of Commissioner Chair Anne Scott

The final, ranked, top 10 list of "America's Happiest Seaside Towns" will be featured in the May 2016 print issue of Coastal Living. The ranked towns will also be featured in an online gallery on www.coastalliving.com.


 
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Apr 7, 2016Understanding Florida Sales Tax Workshop
This is a workshop designed for just about anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of Florida's Sales Tax. Consumers, business owners and operators will benefit from this course. Students will learn about a "Reseller's Certificate", the responsibilities that come along with it, and what the procedures are for collecting and filing. In addition you will also be made aware of possible rebates and credits available to you.

Morgade Library, Stuart, FL
April 20, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
1-800-634-0245

 
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Apr 7, 2016Memorial Day Parade
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Apr 7, 2016Franchising 101 - All About Franchising & How to Survive & Succeed
Have you ever wondered what franchising is all about? Have you ever wondered who is out there to help you understand how it all works?

This workshop presented by Rick Shampaine of FranNet, a national company that represents 125 franchisor's, will explain what franchising is and how it works; what is the legal definition of franchising; how many franchise opportunities are there and how to select one that is right for you; what does a franchising company look for in a potential franchisee?; what should you Iook for in a franchise company?; what are some of the watch outs; and, how to succeed and survive.

St. Lucie Chamber, Fort Pierce, FL
April 13, 2016 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
1-800-634-0245

 
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Apr 7, 2016MARVIN S. CONE HIGH SCHOOL JURIED ART SHOW SPONSORED BY ARTS COUNCIL OF MARTIN COUNTY
STUART - The prestigious Marvin S. Cone 30th Annual High School Juried Art Show is right around the corner. Presented by the Arts Council of Martin County, the show features the works of talented students from Jensen Beach, Martin County, and South Fork High Schools, Clark Advanced Learning Center and The Pine School. Submitted works will be on display between April 21-May 26 at the Court House Cultural Center, 80 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Awards Reception will be held at the Cultural Center on April 27 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. It is open to the public and is free, although a $5 per person donation is appreciated.
Judges for this year’s show are Connie Phillips and Teri Salomoni
Marvin S. Cone was a local writer, poet, art collector, entrepreneur and educator who was inspired by the creativity of Martin County students. He sought to encourage young people to even greater achievements by transforming the annual high school art exhibit into an event that truly recognized student's artistic accomplishments.

For information, contact Nancy K. Turrell, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Martin County at 772- 287-6676 or nturrell@martinarts.org.


 
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Apr 7, 2016CALENDAR LISTING FOR MARVIN S CONE HIGH SCHOOL JURIED ART SHOW
April 21-May 26 Marvin S. Cone 30th Annual High School Juried Art Show. Work of students from Jensen Beach, Martin County, and South Fork High Schools, Clark Advanced Learning Center and The Pine School. Court House Cultural Center, 80 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, contact Nancy K. Turrell at 772- 287-6676 or nturrell@martinarts.org

 
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Apr 7, 2016CALENDAR LISTING FOR MARVIN S. CONE AWARDS CEREMONY
April 26 5:30-7:30 p.m. Awards Reception for Marvin S. Cone 30th Annual High School Juried Art Show. Features the work of students from Jensen Beach, Martin County, and South Fork High Schools, Clark Advanced Learning Center and The Pine School. Court House Cultural Center, 80 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Free, but a $5 per person donation is appreciated .For information, contact Nancy K. Turrell at 772- 287-6676 or nturrell@martinarts.org

 
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Apr 7, 2016Nation’s Top Archaeologists to Visit Old Vero Site Project FAU Harbor Branch, OVIASC to Host Society of American Archaeologists for Tour
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (April 6, 2016) – It’s been more than a century since construction crews exposed Pleistocene animal bones while dredging a drainage canal in Vero Beach, Fla. The Old Vero Site, overseen by Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) in partnership with the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee (OVIASC), is one of the oldest and largest archaeological digs of its kind. This month, top archaeologists from across the country will travel to the Treasure Coast to see it.
As part of the Society of American Archaeologist’s (SAA) 81st annual conference in Orlando in April, archaeologists will take a day trip to the site to learn more about the excavation and research efforts. Members of the press are invited for their own tour and photo opportunity on Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m. at the site, 1801 27th St. in Vero Beach, which is at the northeast corner of the Indian River County Administration Complex.
“The SAA conference brings together some of the best researchers in the field and takes place annually all over North America,” said Megan Davis, Ph.D., HBOI interim executive director. “Having it be held so close to the Old Vero Site this year provides us with a unique opportunity to showcase the significance of this project to a prestigious group of archeologists from the around the nation.”
The Old Vero Site has been called one of the most important early-man sites in the history of North American archaeology, after construction efforts on a drainage canal in 1913 exposed the well-preserved remains of Late Pleistocene flora and fauna in association with human remains and artifacts. The excavation work is being led by renowned archaeologists James M. Adovasio, Ph.D. and Andy Hemmings, Ph.D., who are headquartered at HBOI.
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu, or visit www.fau.edu/hboi.
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Apr 7, 2016Martin County Taxpayers Association Legislative Luncheon
Senator Joe Negron & Representative MaryLynn Magar

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Time: 11:30 Meet & Greet
12:00 Luncheon

RSVP: mctaxpayers1950@gmail.com
Simply email your name and
Number of guests
By April 25th 2016

Price: $20 Pay at Door Cash or Checks Only

Location: Twisted Tuna Restaurant
4290 SE Salerno Rd.
2nd Floor


 
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Apr 7, 2016Governor Scott Approves President-Designate Negron’s Legislation Supporting Israel

Senate Bill 86, Florida Stands with Israel

Stuart – Senate President-Designate Joe Negron (R-Stuart) today joined Governor Scott for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 86, Scrutinized Companies. The legislation prohibits the investment of state funds in companies that boycott Israel.

“The State of Florida will not do business with or invest in a company that boycotts our greatest democratic ally in the Middle East,” said President-Designate Negron. “I am thankful for the support of Governor Scott in signing this legislation and highlighting the important stance that Florida will not tolerate discrimination against Israel.”

Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 86, sponsored by Senate President-Designate Negron on March 10, 2016. The bill requires the State Board of Administration (SBA) to identify and assemble a list of all companies that boycott Israel and make publicly available on a quarterly basis a Scrutinized Companies that Boycott Israel List (List). The List must be distributed to the trustees of the SBA, the President of the Florida Senate and the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
The bill limits governmental entities from contracting with scrutinized companies on the List.
For more information on Senate Bill 86, please visit www.FLSenate.gov.


 
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Apr 7, 2016Town hall meeting on drug use dangers in Martin County
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners Health & Human Services Department will hold a town hall meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15. This free and open event will be held at the Blake Library in Stuart and will feature speaker Dr. Jim Hall, Epidemiologist, from Nova Southeastern University's Center for Applied Research on Substance Abuse and Health Disparities, along with a questions and answers session with local law enforcement, elected and judicial officials.

The goal of the meeting will be to educate the public on the emerging drugs of abuse and inform the public of the latest measures being used by law enforcement to prevent drug overdose. Questions can be submitted before the event by email to csalema@martin.fl.us and can also be submitted in writing at the door. The discussion will be moderated.


 
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Apr 7, 2016Division of Workers' Compensation Seminars and Webinars: April through June 2016


Workers Comp & workplace
 
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Apr 7, 2016Martin County statement on All Aboard Florida design plans
Martin County received All Aboard Florida's (AAF) design plans yesterday. We will have more to say about this set of plans when our engineers and experts thoroughly review the materials. However, upon cursory review, Martin County staff has identified safety measures such as vehicle presence detectors, remote health monitoring and positive train control that are not graphically depicted in the plans and remain in question. In addition, we have serious concerns about the absence of sidewalk connections, bicycle lanes and Sealed Corridor requirements such as quad gates and concrete dividers. All Aboard Florida has indicated in the past that it was only willing to make the improvements in areas where the train speed is above 80 mph as required by the Federal government.

The County remains seriously concerned that we've never seen the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) safety office correspondence regarding the plans despite FOIA and Congressional requests for the document made months ago.

Another important issue is the costs these plans impose on the Martin County taxpayers. AAF intends and expects to make the County's taxpayers pay for 100 percent of the cost of maintaining, and, in some cases installing, the safety improvements made necessary by the trains and adherence to Federal regulations.


 
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Apr 7, 2016Stuart Community Concert Band
Dance, sing or just tap your toe to the Stuart Community Concert Band’s performance of Dancing to Big Bands. Enjoy a trip down memory lane with many of your favorite tunes including Benny Goodman: King of Swing, Stardust and Big Band Polka. Euphonium soloist Carlyle Weber will entertain with a lively arrangement of All Those Endearing Young Charms. And, for an added treat, the flute choir, The Marianettes, will perform. Get your tickets early for an afternoon of great music from the swing era and beyond.
The concert will be held at the Charles & Rae Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road in Stuart beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2016.

Single admission for Kane Center members is $6.00 for presales or $8.00 at the door and for non-members, $8.00 for advance tickets and $9.00 at the door. For more information and for tickets contact the Kane Center at 772-223-7800 or purchase tickets on line at www.kanecenter.org by clicking on Events.

The Stuart Community Concert Band is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization of dedicated volunteer musicians who play for the love of music. The Band performs for many holiday and community celebrations and is also available for private functions. For more information on the Band and how you can help support your community band, visit www.stuartcommunityconcertband.org.

 
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Apr 7, 2016Grammy nominated musician Alex Meixner brings sound of Austrian folk music to Blake Library April 18
STUART, FL - International accordionist Alex Meixner will be joined by Martin Gross and Edi Hadner as they present an evening filled with Austrian folk music Monday, April 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart. This concert will include accordion, yodeling, alphorn, musical saw and more. This free event is a Chautauqua South special presentation sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System.

For more information, pick up a Library Events newsletter at any Martin County library location, visit: www.library.martin.fl.us, or call (772) 221-1403.


 
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Apr 7, 2016TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES SW SUNSET TRAIL AT DANFORTH CREEK
Beginning Monday, April 11, 2016 the Engineering Department will begin repair work on the culvert boxes located on SW Sunset Trail at Danforth Creek. This work will require temporary road closures, the traffic detours will be SW Mapp Road, SW Berry Avenue and SW Martin Highway.

This work is expected to be complete by Tuesday, April 18, 2016. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and seek alternate routes through this area.


 
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Apr 7, 2016Benefiting the Adult Day Program at the Council on Aging of Martin County

Friday, April 22, 2016
5:00PM - 7:00PM
Meal prepared by Chef Christopher Collier
Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert.
Entertainment - Singer Frankie P.
Have fun dancing and visiting with friends,
50/50 & Cash Bar Available
$12.00 a person
Get your tickets today at the Kane Center
or by calling 772-223-7800
Tickets must be purchased by April 18


 
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Apr 7, 2016Art Show and Sale
Art Show and Sale. Over 100 works of Arts created by seniors in our Adult Day Care in partnership with Visionary School of the Arts and Arts without Boundaries. 6 local artist have donated professional works for our silent auction.
April 19th , 5:30 – 7:00pm at the Kane Center – 900 SE Salerno Rd. Stuart Fl 34997 – Free * cash bar


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Apr 7, 2016Lyric Theatre voted #1 in the Best Live Family Theatre category
The results of the 2015-2016 Macaroni Kid Stuart Gold Daisy Awards are in and The Lyric Theatre is the winner of the Gold Daisy Award in the Best Children's Theatre category as voted on by Macaroni Kid Readers! This is the second year for The Lyric to win this distinction.


Lyric's AWESOME Summer camp also received a second nod with an honorable mention in the Drama / Theater Lessons category.

The Lyric's AWESOME Summer Camp is comprised of 2 three-week sessions of acting, dancing, improvisation, art and music; working toward the grand finale – a performance for friends and family. In addition to ‘Theater’ related activities, students participate in daily recreational time outdoors and daily movies. This camp is designed for kids of all backgrounds and interests, offering something for everybody and at an incredibly affordable rate. Students are encouraged to express themselves, embrace their talents, their quirks and celebrate what makes each of us ‘uniquely you’.

JOIN IN THE FUN - REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP HERE!

Since its inception in 1997, the Lyric Theatre’s Arts and Education program has provided Treasure Coast families with the wonderfully unique and magical experience that only live performing arts can offer. As funding for the arts continues to dwindle, The Lyric is more committed than ever to give all area students and families the opportunity to share in this cultural resource. Our program is always evolving to overcome the financial hardships many schools and families face. It is for these reasons the Lyric has adapted a multi-faceted approach to sharing our message, educating our youth, bringing families together and opening young minds.

The Lyric Theatre has an unwavering commitment to keeping the arts alive on the Treasure Coast. Students who make time for the arts are proven to be more involved in community service and less likely to drop out of school, regardless of a child’s socio-economic background. All children should be given the chance to glean the obvious benefits: Expansion of young creative minds, introduction to new and exciting ways to express oneself, enhancement of self-confidence and public speaking, promotion of self-discipline, acceptance of feedback and learning to embrace the complexity of human interaction.

For more information about The Lyric Theatre's Arts & Education Programs, contact Karin Leone, Director of Education at 772-220-1942, ext 205 or karin@lyrictheatre.com


 
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Apr 7, 2016Martin County recognizes Everglades Day
Martin County joins its federal, state and local restoration partners, nonprofit organizations and citizens in celebrating Everglades Day, today, April 7, 2016.

Martin County Commission Chair Anne Scott said, "We recognize that a strong and healthy Everglades ecosystem is fundamental to the vitality of our environment, our economy and our way of life here in Martin County. We are dedicated to the restoration of this natural treasure."

Martin County is proud to lead efforts throughout the region in improving the health of our waterways. In fact, we are among the few entities that have stepped in to financially assist in Everglades Restoration. Martin County taxpayers raised approximately $75 million to assist in purchasing land for the Indian River Lagoon South (IRL-S) Project, including the land being used for the C-44 component of the IRLS project.

As we recognize Everglades Day, we are reminded of the all too frequent assaults on the St. Lucie River from Lake Okeechobee releases. Martin County continues to advocate for construction of the components of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and needed land for storage north and south of Lake Okeechobee. Polluted discharges have been pouring into the St. Lucie River since January. Martin County is in constant communication with the Army Corps of Engineers and South Florida Water Management District to move as much water to the south as possible, and to ensure that the environmental conditions of the St. Lucie Estuary are taken into consideration as operation decisions are made.


 
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Apr 7, 2016Join Dogs & Cats Forever for a Day at the Beach!


Saturday, April 9
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Walton Rocks Beach/Dog Park
6700 S. Ocean Drive
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
On April 9th, Dogs and Cats Forever no kill animal shelter will be taking many of their dogs to the beach. Over 25 volunteers have signed up to take these dogs out to Walton Rocks in Fort Pierce for a day of fun. The dogs will be at the beach at 9am and will do a nice beach walk until about 10am. It's a wonderful way for these volunteers to give back and a much deserved beach day for these shelter dogs.
"Because we are a no kill facility many of our animals have been in our care for months or years. This socialization and day out will be a great thing for their mind, body and spirit" said Jay Apicella, Director of Dogs and Cats Forever. "We appreciate all of the volunteers who are helping to make this day special."
We encourage the public to stop by and see our group this Saturday.

Dogs and Cats Forever houses over 200 animals in their Fort Pierce shelter at 4600 Selvitz Rd. The facility is run solely on donations. Questions-Keri Burgess 772-708-3764

Come meet your forever dog as the dogs of the Dogs & Cats Forever No-Kill Shelter enjoy a day at the beach!
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Apr 7, 2016S.P.A.M. ROBOTICS WINS SECOND REGIONAL COMPETITION


Stuart, FL – S.P.A.M., the Martin County School District's high school robotics team, won the second of two regional tournaments they competed in during this season’s FIRST® Robotics Competition. This past weekend, April 1-2, the team of 68 students won the FRC South Florida Regional held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. On March 11-12, they also won the FRC Orlando Regional held at the UCF Arena. The team will now advance to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 28-30.

S.P.A.M. also received two prestigious awards at the two tournaments. At the South Florida Regional, they received the Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriter’s Laboratories. This award celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovate ways to eliminate or protect against hazards.

At the Orlando Regional, the team was presented with the Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious award a team can receive. This award honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.

This was the first time in the team’s 19 year history that it has received either of these awards.

In addition, South Fork High School junior, Shantanu Jakhete, received the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award to recognize his leadership and dedication to the robotics competition. Shantanu impressed the judges with his many STEM-based, extracurricular activities including his award-winning science project, “Evaluating Efficacy of Variable-Frequency Sound Sweep as Mosquito Control Device,” which is in year two of study. He will go on to compete for the FIRST Dean’s List at World Championships in St. Louis.

“We are extremely proud of our S.P.A.M. students. They work together as a team to design and build the robot to perform complicated functions to complete the “Game” designated by FIRST,” says Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord. “The program encourages leadership, team effort, technology, math and science skills, and a tremendous amount of excitement.”

The 2016 game, FIRST Stronghold, is played with two alliances of three robots. Alliances are on a quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the tower.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a program that challenges high school students—working with professional mentors—to design and build a robot to contend in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.

S.P.A.M. is comprised of students from Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, Clark Advanced Learning Center and home schools. The team is dependent on donations and is supported by businesses and individuals throughout the community as well as sponsorships by Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies, FPL, and UL.

For more information, contact S.P.A.M. at frcteam180@gmail.com.

Photo caption: S.P.A.M., Martin County School District FIRST Robotics Team 180, won two regional competitions this season in Orlando and West Palm Beach with their robot named Brave Sir Lobbin’. The team will now travel to compete at FIRST Championships in St. Louis, MO on April 28-30 at the Edward Jones Dome.

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Martin County School District • 500 East Ocean Boulevard • Stuart, FL 34994
An Academically High-Performing School District in Florida


 
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Apr 6, 2016LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW AND UPDATE WORKSHOP MEETINGS


On April 13, 2016 and April 27, 2016, the Stuart City Commission will begin the deliberation of the Local Planning Agency’s recommended changes to the Land Development Code in two workshop meetings. Specifically, the discussion will include a review of the draft documents, and the Stuart City Commission will provide staff with chapter-by-chapter recommendations regarding the policy and use matrices, and all strike-thru and underlined amendments.

You will be able to click Here to obtain the Item Agenda when it is posted online.

You can also go to http://www.cityofstuart.us/index.php/ldcupdate to find out more information and how to get involved!


The meetings will be held on:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers, 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994
and
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers, 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994


Please call the Development Department at 772-288-5375 with any questions.

Sincerely,


City of Stuart

Stephen Mayer, Senior Planner
Development Department
121 SW Flagler Avenue
Stuart, Florida 34994
Direct: 772.600.1255
Office: 772.288.5326
Fax: 772.288.5388
www.cityofstuart.us
smayer@ci.stuart.fl.us



 
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Apr 6, 2016Darlene Fuggetta for Martin County Commission
As you know, the District 3 race for the Commission has just gotten more interesting. Darlene is not as well known as the incumbent which is why she is out meeting people from all backgrounds and parts of the County. At "Meet and Greets", small gatherings in homes and going door to door she is learning about the issues Martin County residents are concerned about. Darlene will bring a fresh perspective to the table to address the concerns of all in our community and will move Martin County forward.

If you have not met her or if you have and want to support her campaign, please come to the get together at the Twisted Tuna on Wednesday April 13th. Invite your friends to come too. Darlene can win this race with your support!

See you at the Tuna!


 
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Apr 5, 2016RESPECTED BREAST SURGEON NANCY J. TAFT, MD, FACS, JOINS JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER TEAM

North Palm’s Only Fellowship-Trained Breast Surgeon to Serve
as Medical Director of Comprehensive Breast Care Program

JUPITER, FLA. (April 1, 2016)– Jupiter Medical Center announced today the appointment of Nancy J. Taft, MD, FACS, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon, as medical director of its Comprehensive Breast Care Program. In her new role, Dr. Taft will lead the hospital’s multidisciplinary team of cancer experts dedicated to delivering the highest quality and most technologically advanced breast care and treatment.
“At Jupiter Medical Center, we are committed to providing world-class patient care, and Dr. Taft shares these same goals,” said Jupiter Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer John D. Couris. “As the only fellowship-trained breast surgeon in northern Palm Beach County, her extensive training and expertise will enhance and expand the capabilities of our Comprehensive Breast Care Program, and give women a new option for advanced breast care right here in our region.”
Highly trained, Dr. Taft completed a fellowship in breast surgery at Chicago's Northwestern University School of Medicine—one of the country's premier breast care centers—where she received a year of additional specialty training in breast cancer treatment. In addition to her career as a skilled surgeon and physician, Dr. Taft is a former Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve where she served as a trauma surgeon caring for our soldiers wounded on the battlefields in Afghanistan. Prior to arriving at Jupiter Medical Center, Dr. Taft served as the medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital in the Chicago area.
“To have someone of Dr. Taft’s caliber and training join our team here at Jupiter Medical Center is incredibly exciting,” stated Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg, chief of oncology at Jupiter Medical Center. “Dr. Taft is dedicated to working with her colleagues to create a tailored treatment plan for every patient, leveraging her expertise in minimally invasive surgical, breast conservation and complex reconstruction techniques. She will be an invaluable asset to our medical team.”
Dr. Taft has clinical expertise in a variety of areas of breast care, including benign and malignant breast disease evaluation and treatment, and high risk evaluation and management. She also offers Hidden ScarTM surgery, breast conservation surgery, intraoperative radiation therapy, nipple sparing procedures and oncoplastic breast surgery.
The Comprehensive Breast Care Program at Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad spectrum of breast health services, with the expertise afforded by advanced training and specialization in diseases of the breast. The program offers the most advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques available today, and services include breast health and cancer prevention, genetic testing and counseling, diagnostics and early detection, breast cancer treatment and comprehensive support services.
“There is no need to leave this community to find the latest state-of-the-art technology and treatment plans because Jupiter Medical Center has proven they can offer it all,” explained Dr. Taft. “This hospital has a dedicated team of physicians and staff whose mission is to provide the highest quality treatment and care to patients and their families. This fits perfectly with my philosophy of care and is one of the main reasons I joined the multidisciplinary team here at the Medical Center. I am honored to be a part of this rich tradition.”
For more information on Jupiter Medical Center’s Comprehensive Breast Care Program, visit: www.jupiterbreastcare.com. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Taft, call 561-741-5642.
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.
Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.


 
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Apr 5, 2016RESPECTED BREAST SURGEON NANCY J. TAFT, MD, FACS, JOINS JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER TEAM

North Palm’s Only Fellowship-Trained Breast Surgeon to Serve
as Medical Director of Comprehensive Breast Care Program

JUPITER, FLA. (April 1, 2016)– Jupiter Medical Center announced today the appointment of Nancy J. Taft, MD, FACS, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon, as medical director of its Comprehensive Breast Care Program. In her new role, Dr. Taft will lead the hospital’s multidisciplinary team of cancer experts dedicated to delivering the highest quality and most technologically advanced breast care and treatment.
“At Jupiter Medical Center, we are committed to providing world-class patient care, and Dr. Taft shares these same goals,” said Jupiter Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer John D. Couris. “As the only fellowship-trained breast surgeon in northern Palm Beach County, her extensive training and expertise will enhance and expand the capabilities of our Comprehensive Breast Care Program, and give women a new option for advanced breast care right here in our region.”
Highly trained, Dr. Taft completed a fellowship in breast surgery at Chicago's Northwestern University School of Medicine—one of the country's premier breast care centers—where she received a year of additional specialty training in breast cancer treatment. In addition to her career as a skilled surgeon and physician, Dr. Taft is a former Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve where she served as a trauma surgeon caring for our soldiers wounded on the battlefields in Afghanistan. Prior to arriving at Jupiter Medical Center, Dr. Taft served as the medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital in the Chicago area.
“To have someone of Dr. Taft’s caliber and training join our team here at Jupiter Medical Center is incredibly exciting,” stated Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg, chief of oncology at Jupiter Medical Center. “Dr. Taft is dedicated to working with her colleagues to create a tailored treatment plan for every patient, leveraging her expertise in minimally invasive surgical, breast conservation and complex reconstruction techniques. She will be an invaluable asset to our medical team.”
Dr. Taft has clinical expertise in a variety of areas of breast care, including benign and malignant breast disease evaluation and treatment, and high risk evaluation and management. She also offers Hidden ScarTM surgery, breast conservation surgery, intraoperative radiation therapy, nipple sparing procedures and oncoplastic breast surgery.
The Comprehensive Breast Care Program at Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad spectrum of breast health services, with the expertise afforded by advanced training and specialization in diseases of the breast. The program offers the most advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques available today, and services include breast health and cancer prevention, genetic testing and counseling, diagnostics and early detection, breast cancer treatment and comprehensive support services.
“There is no need to leave this community to find the latest state-of-the-art technology and treatment plans because Jupiter Medical Center has proven they can offer it all,” explained Dr. Taft. “This hospital has a dedicated team of physicians and staff whose mission is to provide the highest quality treatment and care to patients and their families. This fits perfectly with my philosophy of care and is one of the main reasons I joined the multidisciplinary team here at the Medical Center. I am honored to be a part of this rich tradition.”
For more information on Jupiter Medical Center’s Comprehensive Breast Care Program, visit: www.jupiterbreastcare.com. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Taft, call 561-741-5642.
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.
Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.


 
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Apr 4, 2016Financial Record Keeping for Small Business
Are you a small business owner or looking to start a small business and need to know more about financial recordkeeping and reporting? This workshop will not take the place of an accounting firm you might use but it will give you as the owner things to ask of your CPA to better understand your business and its financial condition.

You will have the opportunity to learn the differences between cash vs. accrual method of accounting; sales tax reporting; learn how to interpret financial statements; learn about various means and methods of keeping your company's "books" from simple and inexpensive to more complicated and more costly and in between; records retention, etc.


 
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Apr 4, 2016Tykes & Teens Celebrates 20 Years of Serving Local Families
Stuart, FL April 4, 2016- Twenty years ago, after obtaining a Masters of Social Work from Florida State University and working as a case manager on the Treasure Coast, Martin County High School graduate Jeff Shearer decided there was an overwhelming need for quality, affordable mental health services for children in his hometown. Along with his mother Jeanne Ralicki, also a psychotherapist, Jeff founded non-profit Tykes & Teens in April 1996. His goal was to strengthen local families by ensuring that all kids had access to the same counseling and mental health services, regardless of financial status.
He began with three employees, providing services at a local children’s shelter. Today, the agency has more than 60 employees providing services at 3 outpatient locations, as well as in 13 Martin County schools and the Okeechobee school system. Tykes & Teens has served more than 25,000 local families, offers six programs and is a three time winner of Martin County’s Best Places to work. The non profit’s Prevention Services division has provided more than 100 free community events designed to prevent substance use, dating violence and suicide among local youth. Funding from organizations including the Children’s Services Council of Martin County and the Hobe Sound Community Chest have helped make programming possible. Shearer has won numerous honors for his work, including the Treasure Coast Health Care Champion Award for Non-Physician Excellence, and the Victim Advocate of the Year Award for the state of Florida, presented by the Attorney General.
Tykes & Teens will celebrate this milestone with a party at the private home of a Board Member, as well as with a Facebook Campaign featuring a “$20 for 20 years” fundraising initiative and congratulatory messages from local supporters and celebrities. For more information, visit www.tykesandteens.org


 
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Apr 4, 2016S.P.A.M. Robotics Wins Second Regional Competition
Stuart—S.P.A.M., the Martin County School District's high school robotics team, won the second of two regional tournaments they competed in during this season’s FIRST® Robotics Competition. This weekend, April 1-2, the team of 68 students won the FRC South Florida Regional held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. On March 11-12, they also won the FRC Orlando Regional held at the UCF Arena. The team will now advance to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 28-30.

S.P.A.M. also received two prestigious awards at the two tournaments. At the South Florida Regional, they received the Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriter’s Laboratories. This award celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovate ways to eliminate or protect against hazards.

At the Orlando Regional, the team was presented with the Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious award a team can receive. This award honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.

This was the first time in the team’s 19 year history that it has received either of these awards.

The 2016 game, FIRST Stronghold, is played with two alliances of three robots. Alliances are on a quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the tower.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a program that challenges high school students—working with professional mentors—to design and build a robot to contend in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.

S.P.A.M. is comprised of students from Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, Clark Advanced Learning Center and home schools. The team is dependent on donations and is supported by businesses and individuals throughout the community as well as sponsorships by Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies, FPL, and UL.

FIRST was founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to design accessible, K-12 STEM education programs that use robot challenges to build science and technology skills and interests, in a character driven program that also inspires self-confidence, leadership and life skills.

For more information, contact S.P.A.M. at frcteam180@gmail.com.


 
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Apr 4, 20163rd Annual Indiantown 5K


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Apr 4, 2016April Showers Baby Shower To Rain Gifts For Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee Families
Helping People Succeed is coordinating a month-long “April Showers Baby Shower,” asking for “baby necessities” to be collected for families in need of items through the Baby Steps program.

Among the items on the list for families are diapers, bottles, wipes, clothing, rattles, developmental toys, books, booties and blankets and much more. Drop boxes locations for April Showers gifts are distributed at businesses around Martin County. A list of businesses and a Wish List for baby gifts are available at Helping People Succeed’s website at www.hpsfl@org.

For more information, please contact Margie Johnson at 772.320.0773 or mjohnson@hpsfl.org. The April Showers Baby Shower will run through April 30th. Check out the Wish List online at www.hpsfl.org and a rundown of drop box locations.

Helping People Succeed is a local nonprofit organization that has been serving the Treasure Coast for over 50 years. Through its diversified, effective program services, hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable local children, families and adults have been able to improve their lives through education, training, counseling and employment – and become productive and happy members of our community. For more information visit the website at www.hpsfl.org and click on the YouTube logo to review Helping People Succeed’s “Making A Difference” video, Building Successful Families – One Life at a Time!


 
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Apr 4, 2016Thrivent Action Team announces results from the Helping People Succeed Healthy Families Program Action Team.
Stuart, FL (March 29, 2016) – A Thrivent Action Team in Stuart delivered beautiful handmade quilts that will be distributed to families in the Healthy Babies Program.

The event took place on Monday, March 28 at 1:00pm at Helping People Succeed in Stuart.

A group of quilters worked throughout the year to hand make numerous beautiful quilts to support the Healthy Families Program, a local child abuse prevention program. The families utilize these quilts to do developmental activities with their babies and to help with bonding.

This event was hosted by a Thrivent Action Team, a local group led by a member of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Action Teams allow members to quickly identify a need, receive resources and put a plan together to help others in their community. The mission of Thrivent is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

“Wow, these ladies are living generously,” said Kathy Derringer, Vice President of the Baby Steps Program with Helping People Succeed. “We’re thankful for their service to our community and are grateful for Thrivent’s support.”

Thrivent Action Teams are member-led projects – fundraisers, one-time service activities or educational events – that can be completed within 90 days.

To learn more about Thrivent Action Teams visit Thrivent.com/actionteam.

Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Amy Whitlach and Mark Valinote. They have offices at 367 NE Baker Road in Stuart and can also be reached at (772) 408-0771.

About Thrivent Financia
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Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com/why. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent. For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.




 
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Apr 4, 2016Thrivent Mutual Funds named Best Overall Small Fund Family at 2016 Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards
MINNEAPOLIS (March 23, 2016) – Thrivent Mutual Funds has been honored with three prestigious 2016 Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards, including winning the Best Mixed-Assets Small Fund Family award and being honored as the Best Overall Small Fund Family winner. The Thrivent Large Cap Stock Fund, Class S was also named the Best Global Large-Cap Core Fund over the past three-year performance period.

“Being recognized by Lipper for our fund performance demonstrates the success of our long-term, disciplined investment process,” said David Royal, president of Thrivent Mutual Funds. “We are honored to receive these awards and look forward to continuing to serve our investors and help them be wise with money.”

The Best Overall Small Fund Family award was based on the risk-adjusted performance of twenty funds in Thrivent Mutual Funds fund family (money market assets are excluded). For the Best Mixed-Assets – Small Fund Family award, Thrivent Mutual Funds was recognized based on the performance of all four of the Thrivent Asset Allocation funds, as well as the Thrivent Balanced Income Plus Fund, the Thrivent Diversified Income Plus Fund, and the Thrivent Growth and Income Plus Fund. The Best Global Large Cap Core Fund over 3 Years award was based on the performance of the Thrivent Large Cap Stock Fund. All three awards recognize the company’s consistently strong three-year risk-adjusted performance (as of November 30, 2015) relative to peers in the respective categories.

Since they were launched ten years ago, the asset allocation funds have helped shareholders meet their retirement and other financial goals. Thrivent Mutual Funds began offering the funds online with no sales load in February of 2016. The funds are also offered through Thrivent Financial representatives around the country.

Thrivent Mutual Funds was honored at an awards gala in New York City on March 22. Senior investment officers from Thrivent participated in panel discussions, round-table sessions and interviews to promote its strategy of long-term, disciplined investment management.

Thrivent Asset Management, the company’s asset manager, has won six previous Lipper Awards since 2008, including the Best Mixed-Assets Small Fund Family award last year. For more information, visit ThriventFunds.com/Lipper.
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Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Amy Whitlach and Mark Valinote at 367 NE Baker Road, Stuart, (772) 408-0771.


 
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