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Member News
Sep 22, 2014NE SUNSET DRIVE INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the Engineering Department will begin the milling and resurfacing of NE Sunset Drive, between NE Skyline Drive and NE Hyline Drive.

This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. This work is expected to be complete by September 24, 2014.

Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays and short term driveway blockage through this area.


 
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Sep 22, 2014Art Bra & Bra Art Workshop for Breast Cancer Awareness
Come to The Studio at the Elliott Museum and Create for a Great Cause!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 4-8pm
Our Cups Runneth Over
with Creativity!
Unique Art Bra Workshop to Benefit Friends in Pink
BYOB! Bring your own bra to make into artwork to be part of a gallery exhibit and auction in October as a fundraiser for Friends in Pink. All bras created at the Workshop will be donated and displayed for auction at the Mimi McCallum Studio & Gallery in Harbour Bay Plaza, Sewall's Point. A small entry fee of $10 will be collected at the door from each participant, to be donated to
Friends in Pink (cash or checks only, please!) The Museum will provide paints, brushes, bling, and other materials to decorate your creations, and we will have volunteer professional artists to help guide you if you need it. Bring some bling, threads, feathers, googly eyes, anything fun to share. Bring a bottle of wine and your favorite munchies, if you like. Artworks must be in good taste reflecting the spirit of the event.

The Workshop at the Elliott will be held from 4pm - 8pm tomorrow, Tuesday, September 23rd.

Please allow at least two hours to create, or come at 4 and stay the whole time. You may also email Robin at RMakowski@elliottmuseum.org for more info. To participate in the Workshop, please call 772-225-1961. Walk-ins welcome! Bring a friend! Check in at the Front Desk when you come into the Museum.

The Put It On The Line Exhibit & Charity Auction at Mimi's Gallery will show from October 6th - 22nd, with a reception and live auction on October 22nd from 5-8pm.

You do not need to attend the Workshop
to participate in the show!

Contact Mimi McCallum at 772-341-1021 or visit www.mimimccallum.com for entry form and details.

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Sep 22, 2014Martin County Budget Public Hearing Agenda


MC Board Agenda.pdf
 
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Sep 22, 2014DARRELL DUNHILL AS ELVIS TO PERFORM AT THE KANE CENTER ON OCTOBER 11
Back by popular demand, “Elvis” will come to the Kane Center in Stuart for one performance only on Saturday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. The tribute show will feature Treasure Coast resident and renowned Elvis impersonator Darrell Dunhill, performing Presley’s hits from his early years through his performances in Las Vegas as “The King.”

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

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

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


 
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Sep 19, 2014Volunteers to clean Martin County waterways during 19th annual Keep Martin Beautiful International Coastal Cleanup


WHO: Nearly 2,000 volunteers throughout Martin County, including school and youth
groups, families, businesses, and civic groups are expected to participate.
Congressman Patrick Murphy is scheduled to be at Stuart Beach between 8 - 9 a.m.

WHAT: The 19th annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) coordinated locally by Keep
Martin Beautiful (KMB) and the 29th annual International Coastal Cleanup
globally sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy. Litter and marine debris cleanup
activities along beaches, shorelines and waterways coordinated throughout Martin
County, followed by a volunteer appreciation event where KMB volunteers and
supporters can enjoy food, drinks, music and family-friendly activities.

WHEN: Cleanup: Saturday, September 20 from 8 a.m. - noon.
Volunteer appreciation event: Following the cleanup from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the
new park at Stuart Beach behind The Elliot Museum.

WHERE: Various waterways throughout Martin County. Stuart Beach will be the main beach
for volunteers, while other large cleanup locations include, Hobe Sound Beach,
Jensen Sea Turtle Beach, and the House of Refuge. Boaters and kayakers will also
take to the water to remove marine debris from our rivers, oceans and the Intracoastal. For other locations, please contact KMB at 772-781-1222. The volunteer appreciation event takes place at Stuart Beach.

WHY: Each year, Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) coordinates the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) in Martin County as part of its mission to reduce litter and marine debris along our beaches, shorelines and waterways. The coastal cleanup is a hands-on, simple way for people of every age to make a difference and help improve our environment. What makes the ICC different is that on the same day, volunteers in Martin County - and across the world - record everything they find on data cards, and the results are sent to the Ocean Conservancy – the global coordinators of this event. The information is then used to help educate citizens to change behaviors that cause pollution in the first place.

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE:
• Jim Dragseth, Keep Martin Beautiful president, president of Whiticar Boat Works and representative of the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast
• Carley Moss, Keep Martin Beautiful logistics coordinator

For more information, go to www.keepmartinbeautiful.org, call KMB at 772-781-1222, or email info@keepmartinbeautiful.org.


 
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Sep 18, 2014This week at the Speakeasy... JAZZ, FOLK, FASHION, DANCE, POKER & SALSA!
Join us tonight from 7-10pm and support local live Jazz music... Maurice Frank & Friends hosts weekly "Jazz Jam Session" every Wednesday evening at The Speakeasy! If you know of any Jazz musicians who might want to sit in, or any friends who would enjoy a relaxing night out in an upscale environment, please share this email with them!

"That's the thing about Jazz: it's free flowing, it comes from your soul." -Billy Crystal

THURSDAY, September 18th
Zack Jones (One-Man Folk Band 9pm-12am). Enjoy $2 Tallboys, $3 Fireballs, $5 Carbombs
Ladies Fashion Event (7pm-10pm). Join us for a Ladies Night experience in the Speakeasy Room. Chic Fashions in Clothing, Jewelry, Handbags, Artisan Candles & Facial Products will delight you.

FRIDAY, September 19th
Soul Patrol Dance Band (8pm-11pm). The area's hottest dance band will be making their debut on the Speakeasy Stage! Old School and New School All Stars came together to perform high energy upbeat songs. They will be playing an assortment of Pop, Funk, Disco, Dance & Dance Rock.

SATURDAY, September 20th
No Limit Pub Poker (Games start at 7pm)
"Noche Latina" Enjoy Free Salsa Lessons at 8:30pm provided by Swingsation's 14th Avenue Dance Studio followed immediately by Latin Entertainment until 1am! Singles and Couples are welcome to learn some new dance moves!

Come see what all the BUZZ is about at Stuart's all-new upscale restaurant & cocktail bar...

THE REFUGE SPEAKEASY
2196 SE OCEAN BLVD.
STUART, FL 34996
Located at the corner of Ocean & Monterrey
(Behind Walgreens next to Fresh Market)
(772) 210-6959


 
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Sep 18, 2014News from the Florida Chamber
This weekend, September 19 – 21, Florida families will be able to save money by conserving energy and water by taking advantage of a tax-free holiday for ENERGY STAR appliances and WaterSense products.

We hope you will take advantage of the immediate and long-term savings that come with energy efficient appliances. We commend Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam for his hard work and effort to offer these savings to Florida’s families.
Sales tax will not be collected this weekend on the first $1,500 of the sales price on select ENRGY STAR and WaterSense products, including ceiling fans, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, light bulbs, clothes washers, bathroom sink faucets, showerheads and more. Visit the Florida Department of Agriculture for more information.

Get Involved:
Water will be a topic of discussion at the Future of Florida Forum on Sept. 29 in Orlando. Register online today and see how you can continue to make a difference.





 
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Sep 18, 2014Florida Oceanographic celebrates National Estuaries Month with Ais on the Lagoon, Sept. 28
Florida Oceanographic Society will celebrate National Estuaries Month by hosting the Ais on the Lagoon Community Paddle, at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28. Estuary enthusiasts are invited to paddle across the Indian River Lagoon to this free educational event at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center.

“The Ais on the Lagoon Community Paddle is an excellent opportunity for our friends and neighbors to spend some time on the Indian River Lagoon,” said Mark Perry, executive director of Florida Oceanographic Society. “Come out and learn about the lagoon’s earliest inhabitants and show your support for healthy estuaries.”

Paddlers will gather for an 8 a.m. departure from the U.S. Sailing Center, 1955 N.E. Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach and paddle across the Indian River Lagoon to the shoreline of Florida Oceanographic’s Coastal Center, approximately 2 miles each way.

A breakfast of clams and sofkee will be served at Florida Oceanographic’s Exploration Station pavilion, followed by a historical presentation by Kevin Gidusko, an archaeologist with the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Particular emphasis of the historical presentation will be given to the Ais tribe and its presence and dependence on the Indian River Lagoon. Paddlers will return to the launch site by 11 a.m. for a round-trip time of three hours.

“By connecting recreation with natural history, we’ll demonstrate that recreational users are stewards of the environment, as were the early inhabitants,” said Ellie Van Os, director of education and exhibits at Florida Oceanographic. “We hope to impart a message of sustainability by bringing awareness to the importance of the 156-mile long Indian River Lagoon to the survival of early Native Americans, particularly as a source of food.”

Attendees are asked to bring their own non-motorized paddlecraft and RSVP at FloridaOcean.org. For more information, contact Ellie Van Os at evanos@floridaocean.org or call 772-225-0505.

About Florida Oceanographic Society
Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1964 with the mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education and research. Their Coastal Center is a 57-acre marine life nature center located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. As a leading state- and nationally-recognized environmental organization, Florida Oceanographic offers educational programs for all ages and conducts advocacy, research and restoration programs that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems. For more information, visit FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505.

Photo Caption: Ais on the Lagoon Community Paddle will take place on the last Sunday of Estuaries Month, Sept. 28, departing at 8 a.m. from the U.S. Sailing Center in Jensen Beach. Kayak, canoe and paddleboard enthusiasts are invited to this free educational event. Visit FloridaOcean.org to RSVP.


 
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Sep 18, 2014Treasure Coast Food Bank Teams With Walmart, Feeding America to “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Online voting campaign can result in $60,000
The community can help Treasure Coast Food Bank win a $60,000 grant from Walmart as part of “Fight Hunger. Spark Change,” a nationwide campaign that launched today at food banks across the country. The initiative will provide a total of $3.7 million to Feeding America and participating food banks and local partner agencies that provide hunger relief to millions of people in need of food assistance.

From now through October 5, community members can visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger to cast one vote per day that will help direct funds to participating Feeding America food banks – such as Treasure Coast Food Bank - and local partner agencies. The 50 winning food banks will each receive a $60,000 grant. The campaign also provides information on how customers can personally donate or volunteer in the fight against hunger in their local communities.

“We’re very excited to be in the running for the ‘Fight Hunger.Spark Change’ grant,” Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz said. “We plan to use the money to enclose and air-cool part of our warehouse to be able to sort and store more fresh produce. This would allow better access to produce for our partners who have limited storage of their own. The space also will serve as a training area for our volunteers, the heart of our operation.”

The campaign launches during a critical time in our nation when food banks are facing a growing need for donations due to historically high rates of food insecurity. Here on the Treasure Coast, hunger continues to be a problem. More than 16 percent of the population doesn’t know where their next meal will come from, including more than 33,000 children. That equates to about 100,000 people each week.

And it’s a problem nationwide. According to Feeding America’s recently released Hunger in America 2014 report, one in seven Americans, or 46.5 million, including 12 million children, turn to network food banks for food assistance. To help meet this need, Walmart is teaming up with six of the nation’s largest food companies – General Mills, Unilever, Hormel, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo/Quaker and Kellogg Company – to support food banks and local partner agencies across the country.
“Hunger remains a serious issue in our country as millions of Americans don’t know where their next meal will come from. By engaging our associates, customers and suppliers in the fight against hunger, we can make a positive impact on this issue and ensure families have access to the healthier and nutritious food they need,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart Sustainability. “Through this initiative, we’re giving everyone in America the opportunity to make a difference by simply voting online for their local food bank.”

Through the initiative, the monetary equivalent of more than 37 million meals will be donated to Feeding America food banks and local agencies throughout the United States. Support Treasure Coast Food Bank by voting at www.walmart.com/fightinghunger.

“At Feeding America, we believe no one in America should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from so we are proud to continue our partnership with Walmart to help make this vision a reality,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. “Through this initiative, Walmart, along with its associates, customers and suppliers will make a lasting impact in helping to reduce hunger in America.”

The Fight Hunger. Spark Change campaign is just one step towards Walmart’s larger commitment to provide meals to those in need and give more people access to nutrition education. As part of that commitment, Walmart is also working to ensure the food donated is fresh and a healthier alternative.

To participate in the voting campaign and learn more about the program, including details on participating products, visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief agency on the Treasure Coast, providing millions of pounds of food to over 200 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties serving those in need. In addition to food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772-489-3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion commitment to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.


 
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Sep 18, 2014Florida Oceanographic celebrates National Estuaries Month with Ais on the Lagoon, Sept. 28
Florida Oceanographic Society will celebrate National Estuaries Month by hosting the Ais on the Lagoon Community Paddle, at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28. Estuary enthusiasts are invited to paddle across the Indian River Lagoon to this free educational event at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center.

“The Ais on the Lagoon Community Paddle is an excellent opportunity for our friends and neighbors to spend some time on the Indian River Lagoon,” said Mark Perry, executive director of Florida Oceanographic Society. “Come out and learn about the lagoon’s earliest inhabitants and show your support for healthy estuaries.”

Paddlers will gather for an 8 a.m. departure from the U.S. Sailing Center, 1955 N.E. Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach and paddle across the Indian River Lagoon to the shoreline of Florida Oceanographic’s Coastal Center, approximately 2 miles each way.

A breakfast of clams and sofkee will be served at Florida Oceanographic’s Exploration Station pavilion, followed by a historical presentation by Kevin Gidusko, an archaeologist with the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Particular emphasis of the historical presentation will be given to the Ais tribe and its presence and dependence on the Indian River Lagoon. Paddlers will return to the launch site by 11 a.m. for a round-trip time of three hours.

“By connecting recreation with natural history, we’ll demonstrate that recreational users are stewards of the environment, as were the early inhabitants,” said Ellie Van Os, director of education and exhibits at Florida Oceanographic. “We hope to impart a message of sustainability by bringing awareness to the importance of the 156-mile long Indian River Lagoon to the survival of early Native Americans, particularly as a source of food.”

Attendees are asked to bring their own non-motorized paddlecraft and RSVP at FloridaOcean.org. For more information, contact Ellie Van Os at evanos@floridaocean.org or call 772-225-0505.

About Florida Oceanographic Society
Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1964 with the mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education and research. Their Coastal Center is a 57-acre marine life nature center located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. As a leading state- and nationally-recognized environmental organization, Florida Oceanographic offers educational programs for all ages and conducts advocacy, research and restoration programs that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems. For more information, visit FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505.

Photo Caption: Ais on the Lagoon Community Paddle will take place on the last Sunday of Estuaries Month, Sept. 28, departing at 8 a.m. from the U.S. Sailing Center in Jensen Beach. Lagoon and history enthusiasts are invited to this free educational event. Visit FloridaOcean.org to RSVP.


 
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Sep 18, 2014Help bring $60,000 from WalMart to the Treasure Coast!
Treasure Coast Food Bank could get $60,000 from WalMart if it is one of the top 50 vote-getters in Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” campaign. The money would be used to air-cool part of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s warehouse, enabling it to be able to store more fresh produce, having it available more often for hungry families on the Treasure Coast.

But we need the community’s help with online voting.

From now through October 5, community members can visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger to cast one vote per day that will help direct funds to participating Feeding America food banks – such as Treasure Coast Food Bank - and local partner agencies.

Please help us share the news about the campaign and let everyone know how to bring a share of the WalMart grant to the Treasure Coast!

I’ll be glad to help set up an interview and/or warehouse tour with Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz


 
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Sep 18, 20142nd Annual Your Life Your Health
See attached

Your Life Your Health.pdf
 
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Sep 17, 2014Disney Institute
YOU CAN EXPERIENCE OUR NEWLY RE-IMAGINED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE TODAY!


Walt Disney once said “I believe in being an innovator.” Although it was many years ago, his words still ring true today. At Disney Institute, we teach organizations how to harness the power of creativity and innovation to continue to be unique and relevant in today’s competitive marketplace.

It’s why we at Disney Institute are excited to announce our “newly re-imagined” professional development courses. Available at Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida and the Disneyland® Resort in Southern California, these one-day and multiday programs are designed to teach Disney insights and best practices that participants can apply to their own businesses or professional careers.


In the spirit of innovation, all Disney Institute courses have been refreshed with new content and illustrations to provide a more relevant and useful learning experience for our global audience of business professionals. Our goal is to arm them with the know-how to navigate today’s dynamic business environment and consumer-driven marketplace. These new insights are easily adaptable into participants’ own business environments and personal careers.

Additionally, we’ve developed new field experiences to take participants out of the classroom and behind the scenes of our Theme Parks, Resorts and other operational areas to see and experience firsthand our practices in real time.

It’s one of the ways our courses are so unique. By giving participants the opportunity to observe for themselves in our “living laboratory,” they can better understand how timetested Disney methodologies are operationalized and witness our principles of business excellence in action.

Some of the new field experiences featured as part of our six professional
development courses include:
• Mapping Service Touchpoints – Participants travel to one of our Theme Parks and utilize touchpad devices to observe and record Disney service standards in action.

• Brand Segmentation – Participants travel to Downtown Disney® and utilize role-playing to examine how differentiated offerings contribute to multigenerational brand loyalty.

• Inspiring “Special Touches” – Participants travel to a Disney Resort to see firsthand how leaders empower housekeeping staff to regularly create special touches for Guests.

• Backstage Care – Participants travel to the Cast Wardrobe department of one of our Theme Parks to learn how empowerment and a focus on innovation paid off big in increased Cast Member satisfaction.

We hope you are excited to hear about the new lineup of courses, because we are even more excited to share these new insights, illustrations and experiences with you!


TO LEARN MORE…
For nearly three decades, Disney Institute has provided engaging and insightful learning opportunities for business professionals and organizations, teaching them the Disney approach to business…focusing on Service, Leadership, Culture, Brand Loyalty, Creativity and Innovation. To learn more about how you can attend an upcoming course, see our full Course Calendar. Not sure which course is best for you? Try our Course Recommender.








 
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Sep 17, 2014Save the Date!

October 1-3, 2014

Three Day Session
8am-4pm (Friday will be a short day)
Brown Center for Innovation and Entreneurship
3209 Virginia Ave, Building Y, Room (Y102), IRSC, Fort Pierce, FL 34981

We invite the CEO of your company to attend and to bring along key managers for a team experience in planning for profitable growth.





The goal of this program is to provide your team with the information, financial understanding, and insights for you to create programs in your company to provide a sustainable path in increased profitability.


Each attendee will be provided with take home reference materials and tools, including the Profit Mastery Participant's guide and work book, computer worksheets and analysis tools in easy-to-use Excel formats, and a complementary one-day Profit Mastery Strategic Audit by a member of the FSBDC at Indian River State College team. This strategic audit will extend the analysis framework of the Profit Mastery program into a company specific review of your company's profit performance, using the tools and techniques of the Profit Mastery program.


Program investment: Tuition of $495 will cover the program content, attendee's curriculum materials, program luncheons, and a private complementary half-day strategic management audit of the attendee's organization following the program's classroom sessions.

Guest #1 Program registration and tuition $495
Additional guests from the same company $445

The Profit Mastery curriculum - used by tens of thousands of business owners and companies, featuring a video presentation, classroom mentoring, workshops, and case studies - will bring together a proven set of tools and financial management techniques to answer important questions like these:
* What are the Seven Steps to Business Success?
* Why and how can benchmarks improve my company's performance?
* How can we quantify the financial payoffs possible with changing management behavior?
* Are there proven methodologies for managing profits?
* What is the difference between making profit and having more cash? And how can we do both?
* What are practical ways to improve our cash flow?
* How can we better plan for unforeseen traps in growth of our business?
* How can we better prepare for the negotiation with our financial partners?





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

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9s7luo7fd63a4ab&llr=wayexupab


 
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Sep 17, 2014Miami Dolphins visits Citrus Grove Elementary
WHEN: September 19, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. (Depending on school’s student population)

WHERE: 2527 SW Citrus Blvd, Palm City, FL 34997

WHO: The Miami Dolphins Youth & Community Programs is visiting Citrus Grove Elementary on September 19th at 9:00 a.m. for a Fins Friday session.

Fins Friday is an exciting program that teaches elementary school students how to be Dol-Fit through the three principles: Education, Physical Fitness, & Positive Choices. Fins Friday is a fun, upbeat interactive assembly where schools can laugh, learn, and show its Dolphins’ spirit. Fins Friday is intended for the entire school, not for a particular group of students or as a reward for some students.

Schools may visit DolphinsAcademy.com to request dates for schools visits along with registering for upcoming youth football clinics and camps.

The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness, and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics, and Youth Football Camps.

CONTACT: Danny Rendell - (772) 223 - 4572


 
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Sep 17, 2014MCTV marks 10th anniversary of historic 2004 storm season with special presentation of The Spin Sisters: Frances and Jeanne
September marks the tenth anniversary of the historic 2004 Atlantic Hurricane Season when the Treasure Coast was hit with back-to-back hurricanes. Martin County Television (MCTV) will look back at the impacts Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne had on our area with a special anniversary presentation of The Spin Sisters: Frances and Jeanne. The 21-minute MCTV-produced piece shows footage of the two storms, the substantial damage our area sustained and response and recovery efforts as residents struggled to return to normal after the one-two punch.

The Spin Sisters: Frances and Jeanne will run during primetime hours throughout the month of September. The program will run Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 7:00 p.m.

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


 
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Sep 17, 2014NORTH SEWALL'S POINT ROAD INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Monday, September 22, 2014, the Engineering Department will begin stormwater utility maintenance work on North Sewall's Point Road at the intersection of Quail Run Lane. Traffic maintenance will begin from the north at River Oak Place and extend south to Perriwinkle Circle.

This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures weekdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm and is expected to be complete by September 24, 2014.

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


 
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Sep 17, 2014Spaghetti dinner helps “finish the fight” against breast cancer!

Carl’s Buick-GMC and Carrabba’s Italian Grill partner to help Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

For the fourth year, Carl’s Buick-GMC and Carrabba's Italian Grill in Stuart have partnered to host a spaghetti dinner to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program of Martin County.
Join the volunteer planning committee on Oct. 6 and 7 from 6-9 p.m. at the Carrabba’s located at 2700 SE Federal Highway in Stuart.
Tickets are $12 each or two for $20. Tickets are available through Carl's Buick-GMC by calling Rose-Ann Coghlan, 772-201-7939 or email at roe595@aol.com. The event will include a chance to win prizes from the Marriott Hutchinson Island at their property in Stuart and sister properties in Myrtle Beach, Sanibel, Tampa and more.
The 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is scheduled for October 18, 2014 presented by Carl’s Buick-GMC with supporting sponsorship on behalf of Seacoast National Bank, Martin Health System, Marriott Hutchinson Island Resort, Dr. Denise Sanderson, WHLG The Coast 101.3, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers and CBS 12 News.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: We save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.


 
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Sep 16, 2014Fight Hunger Spark Change!
Treasure Coast Food Bank has been chosen to participate in Fight Hunger, Spark Change. Walmart has committed to donate $3 million to 50 local food banks for this challenge.

We need your vote to help Treasure Coast Food Bank receive a share of this donation. You can vote once a day and make a difference in the lives of the nearly100,000 people we serve every week.

http://wm8.walmart.com/Hunger/#/



 
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Sep 16, 2014“Helping Hands for America’s Lands”

Make a difference at Jonathan Dickinson State Park
on National Public Lands Day! !

September 19 and 20, 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. Get some dirt under those fingernails as the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park (JDSP) and Florida State Parks AmeriCorps team up with the Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC) for two days of park improvement projects as part of the 21st annual National
Public Lands Day.

On Saturday at 9:00 a.m. JDSP and IRC staff will meet volunteers at the Kimbell Education Center in the park for a butterfly garden improvement project, planting new wildflowers, clearing grasses, and mulching. Learn about native plants and the benefit of planting native plant gardens in your own yard, then join in and help the garden grow!

On Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Florida State Parks AmeriCorps members will meet volunteers at Pine Grove Pavilion in the park to learn about the impact of non-native invasive plants and participate in a removal project. Non-native invasive plants are a significant threat to native species in Florida. Approximately 1/3 of non-cultivated plant species in Florida are non-native and almost 50% of threatened and endangered species in the U.S. are impacted
by non-native invasive plants.

A water cooler will be provided for both projects and volunteers are encouraged to be prepared with work gloves, comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen, a water bottle and snacks, and long sleeves and pants particularly for Sunday’s project. To register or for more information contact the Kimbell Center at 561-745-5551 or email
libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us.

Park programs and events are sponsored by the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc., a community based, non-profit organization that advocates for the historical, educational and ecological enhancement of Jonathan Dickinson State Park. For more information, or to learn about becoming a member, visit
www.friendsofjdsp.org.

 
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Sep 16, 2014Join TD Bank’s Affinity Program to Benefit Habitat for Humanity of Martin County
Do you have an individual or business account at TD Bank?

If you do, please tell TD Bank that you want to join the
Affinity Program for Habitat for Humanity of Martin County (#AF317).

If you don’t currently bank with TD Bank, open an account today!
Raising funds for Habitat for Humanity of Martin County does not get any easier than this!

By joining the Affinity Program, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County will receive an annual contribution from TD Bank simply because you bank there!

Call the TD Bank in Stuart today and ask to have your
balances included as part of Habitat for Humanity of
Martin County’s Affinity Membership Program. (772)220-4347


 
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Sep 16, 2014Become a Homeowner
Want to OWN your own home or know someone else that does?
Homeowner application process is currently open, apply now!!
Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is currently accepting applications for new homeowners for:
Indiantown, Hobe Sound & East Stuart!!!

http://www.habitatmartin.org/p/108/home-ownership

 
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Sep 16, 2014Visual enhancement at Martin County Airport
A new compass rose pad was recently constructed at the Martin County Airport. A compass rose is a calibration tool for pilots of small and medium aircraft to use to check that their on board compass is accurately tuned. Martin County's new and improved compass rose features the Martin County logo as the centerpiece.

The new compass rose was constructed with a thermo-plastic design that will withstand weather elements much longer than the traditional waterborne paint. The project was completed within a 60-day timeframe with virtually no interruption to the airside traffic.



 
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Sep 16, 2014OPUS 2015 Golf Tournament
The Martin County High School OPUS Boosters will hold their 20th Annual OPUS Golf Tournament at the Willoughby Golf Club, 3001 SE Doubletree Drive, Stuart, FL 34997 on Sunday, October 12, 2014. The golf tournament will benefit the OPUS 2015 Choir, for travel related costs associated with the upcoming Heritage Music Festival competition in March, 2015.

The OPUS Golf Tournament will begin with a 11:30 AM Check-in, followed by a BBQ Lunch at 12:00. Golfers will tee off at 1:00 PM with a Shotgun Start; 4 person Scramble format; $150 per golfer-$500 per 4-some; includes: BBQ lunch, Green Fees, Golf cart, Hors d’oeuvres, 2 cocktails and auction. At 5:30 PM, the OPUS 2015 Choir will perform in concert under the direction of its new director, Mr. Shane Thomas!

There are still many sponsorship opportunities available. Information on sponsorship, sign-up & entry forms is located on the OPUS website: http://mchs.martinschools.org/community/OPUS
For more information contact Golf Chairman, Glenn Webber at glenn@webberfl.com

OPUS: Outstanding People United To Sing!


 
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Sep 16, 2014Martin County helps improve our waterways... one garden at a time
Martin County's Ecosystem Restoration & Management Division, in conjunction with the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) Homeowner Program, has installed a rain garden at the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach. This attractive, environmentally-friendly project helps reduce stormwater pollution and improves overall water quality.

A rain garden is a shallow, constructed depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. The Hoke Library's rain garden is located in the library's north west corner landscape to receive runoff from hard surfaces such as the roof, sidewalk and parking lot. Rain gardens give stormwater a chance to slowly seep into the groundwater instead of rushing into storm drains all at once. In addition, rain gardens help to reduce the amount of sediment and other pollutants that runoff typically carries into drainage systems. Rain gardens also provide an aesthetically-pleasing native habitat for small animals like birds and butterflies.

FYN will conduct educational programs on stormwater education to promote the building of rain gardens throughout Martin County. The garden was installed by Valley Crest Landscaping and was funded through Martin County's Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division.


 
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Sep 15, 2014Going the Extra Mile
With English being the most common spoken language worldwide, many non-English speakers struggle to communicate professionally and personally with others. Sadly, this is happening right here in our very own neighborhoods.

According to retired Indian River State College, ESL teacher, Dale Collins, “English serves as a bridge for success and opportunity.”

But English isn't just about communication or professional purpose, it also gives you advantages you had never imagined. Learning English can change your life completely for the better future.

“Today, many Immigrants are forced to pass on good jobs. They give up any high hopes for a better future. Consequently, unable to breakthe cycle of poverty,” explained Collins.

The retired teacher has decided to go the extra mile and help people who are struggling to learn the English language.

English classes are free and will be offered on Friday evenings, from 7 pm - 9 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Port St. Lucie, 2240 S.E. Walton Road.

For more information, you may contact Dale Collins at 772-335-8900.


 
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Sep 15, 2014Local Attorneys Support Gertrude Walden Child Care Center
Gertrude Walden Child Care Center (GWCCC) recently hosted a Career Day for its VPK students. Among those making presentations were local attorneys Jean Laws Scott and Phyllis Gillespie, who is a GWCCC board member. Both Jean and Phyllis never miss the opportunity to stress the importance of childhood reading, and they explained to the children who attended that, no matter what career path they chose, reading was a necessity. To reinforce their advice, Jean and Phyllis, whose law practice is Law Offices of Laws Scott and Gillespie in Stuart, returned to GWCC on Sept. 11 with several copies of "A Special Bowl of Oatmeal," a book written by Port St Lucie attorney Evett Simmons for the children.

 
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Sep 15, 2014Reception for Art Exhibition
Friday, September 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park are proud to invite the community to a free reception for an exciting new exhibition, Florida State Parks on View. The show honors Florida State Parks, three time Gold Medal winner for best state parks in the US. Last year more than 25 million people visited Florida’s 171 state parks and trails, providing an economic impact of more than one billion dollars to the state.

Florida State Parks are the subject of many artists, and this show highlights some of the best and most visited with paintings, carvings, basketry, mixed-media, and photography. Come to a beautiful evening in the park and meet the Friends and artists at the Opening Reception on September 19. Artwork is for sale and will be available for viewing and purchasing online after the show begins at friendsofjdsp.org. The show takes place at the Kimbell Center in the park from September 19 – October 31. Proceeds from sales benefit the artists and Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization. The Friends promotes the historical, educational, and ecological enhancement of Jonathan Dickinson State Park and is directly responsible for funding many park programs and improvements.

The reception is free and will also include wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Please RSVP at the Kimbell Center, 561-745-5551, or email friendsjdsp@gmail.com.

The event takes place:

September 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Kimbell Education Center
16450 SE Federal Hwy
Hobe Sound, FL 33455


 
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Sep 15, 2014House2014 - 2015 Champagne Reception Schedule
See Attached

2014 2015 Gallery Flyer.p
 
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Sep 15, 2014Attention boaters! Your feedback is needed
The US Coast Guard (USCG) has regulatory responsibilities regarding the FEC railroad bridges that cross the Loxahatchee, St. Lucie and New Rivers. USCG is currently conducting a navigation survey on the rivers and a public meeting will be held on October 3 in Stuart to gather written comments about the St. Lucie River.

Attached is the navigation survey.

Navigation Survey.pdf
 
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Sep 15, 2014House of Hope presents Hope Awards
House of Hope recently bestowed Hope Awards upon a wealth of community partners that use their unique gifts to enrich the community and extend the agency’s ability to help local people in need.

The Hope Awards Luncheon on Sept. 4 celebrated agencies, businesses, individuals, faith-based organizations and neighborhoods that work hand-in-hand with House of Hope – an agency whose mission is to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and poverty.

“This event is all about gratitude, the importance of partnerships, and the true power of collaboration,” said Elizabeth Barbella, CEO of House of Hope.

Hope Awards honorees represent people and organizations that have long-term, wide-ranging or otherwise unique relationships with House of Hope. Their activities range from providing the use of facilities to supporting events to helping to harvest vegetables from the fields. They provide free health care, a gateway to services, and go above and beyond.

The top award of the evening – the Fabric of Hope Award – went to Lost Lake Golf Club for the many ways the community is “interwoven” with House of Hope.

“You can find Lost Lake residents volunteering in all phases at House of Hope – food pantry, thrift store, events. They come out in force for fund-raisers and conduct many of their own, especially at the holidays,” communications director Diane Tomasik said in presenting the award to the many Lost Lake representatives in attendance. One of these members was Frank Doyle, a House of Hope board member who was hailed for his leadership, serving as chairman through an unprecedented period of growth and change in the agency.

The Fabric of Hope award last year went to Mariner Sands, for all the ways residents past and present are interwoven with House of Hope. This year, House of Hope honored the community again, bestowing an Innovation Award to Mariner Sands Charity Week -- a powerhouse fund-raising effort that keeps getting bigger, better and more sophisticated under the direction of Bob and Rosalia Kung.

Here is a list of all the Hope Awards presented during the luncheon on Sept. 4, 2014:

Fabric of Hope Award: Lost Lake.

Innovation Award: Mariner Sands Charity Week.
Outstanding Community Partners: Piper’s Landing, Lyric Theatre.
Outstanding Business Partners: Diamonds by Terry, FPL, Harbor Bay Florist.
Outstanding Faith-Based Partners: Redeemer Lutheran Church, Christ Fellowship.
Outstanding Partners Supporting Health Care Assistance: Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.
Outstanding Organization Fighting Hunger: C.R.O.S. Ministries.
Outstanding Individuals at a Partner Agency: Jeanne Bunten, DCF - ACCESS Florida; Arethia Herring, ALPI; Tony Reese, Martin County Veterans Services Office.
Outstanding Individuals at a Business Partner: Les McDaniel and Don Retzler, Publix Super Markets.
Holiday Spirit Award: The Moreno Family.
Good Neighbor Awards: Martin County Fairgrounds; First Baptist Church of Jensen Beach; Hope Rural School; Women of the Retreat at Hobe Sound.
The Hope Award itself is a work of art, and this year it featured an image selected from a contest among members of the Treasure Coast Photography Group. The winning image is titled "Dawn of a New Hope," by Doreen Poreba.
House of Hope’s mission is to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and poverty. The agency provides food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, information and referral, and case management services that empower Martin County residents to bring greater stability to their lives.
More information about House of Hope is available at www.hohmartin.org.


 
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Sep 15, 2014Get the most out of Medicare with SHINE and MCLS, presentations continuing September 17 through October 1
The Martin County Library System is teaming up with SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) to bring informative Medicare presentations to the community. Continuing Wednesday, September 17 and ending Wednesday, October 1, at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City, patrons looking to learn more about Medicare benefits will need to look no further.


Schedule:


Wednesday, September 17 from 1 to 2:30pm
Medicare Advantage Plans
With Medicare Advantage Plans, you receive all Part A and B Medicare-covered services through that plan and some plans provide additional benefits such as vision, hearing, and dental. Join SHINE for a free presentation and make sure you are getting the most out of your Medicare Advantage plan.


Wednesday, September 24 from 1 to 2:30pm
Medicare Part D
Navigating Medicare prescription drug plans can be confusing. This Medicare Part D presentation will help you understand your prescription drug benefits, summarize eligibility and enrollment. Let SHINE, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders - Florida Department of Elder Affairs, teach you how to choose a Medicare drug plan.


Wednesday, October 1 from 1 to 2:30pm
Medicare Preventative Benefits
Many people with Medicare don't take full advantage of their Medicare-covered preventative benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 10 percent of the people with Medicare receive all the recommended screenings and immunizations. Please join SHINE for a free presentation about Medicare Preventive benefits. We'll be talking about what services are covered, why preventative services are important, who is eligible and how much you pay.

For more information about Food For Fines or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403 or visitwww.library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Sep 15, 2014Celebrate Family Day Sept. 22, share a meal together
Strengthening families is a top priority at United Way of Martin County.

Studies show that when families eat frequent meals together, children are more likely to choose not to use illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; to engage well in school; and to say they have an excellent relationship with parents.

United Way and Tykes & Teens have partnered with numerous businesses, nonprofit agencies and community leaders in an effort to promote September 22 as Family Day in Martin County. Through this community-wide collaboration, families are being encouraged to eat more meals together and to use Family Day as a starting point.

“We’re excited that so many people have embraced the Family Day movement in Martin County,” said Jim Vojcsik, executive director of United Way. “It’s a simple concept that benefits families and the community as a whole.”
Family Day is a national initiative created by CASA Columbia to promote simple acts of parental engagement as key ways to help prevent risky substance use in children and teens. What started out in 2001 as a grassroots initiative to inform parents about all the benefits of frequent family dinners, has grown into a national movement that is supported by a network of partners and sponsors across the country.

“We all know how hard it can be to unplug in today’s digital age, but it’s important to talk to your children and spent quality time together,” Vojcsik said. “Turning off the television and putting away electronic devices during meals is a great place to start.”

For more information about Family Day, visit everydayisfamilyday.org or facebook.com/FamilyDay.

United Way of Martin County is determined to improve lives and lift the community by ending hunger; strengthening families; improving people's health; creating job opportunities; providing solid education for all; and ensuring safety. For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call 772-283-4800.


 
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Sep 15, 2014Community rallies for United Way’s Day of Caring
United Way helped bring out the good in Martin County during Day of Caring on September 6.

More than 300 volunteers of all ages congregated at the Martin County Fairgrounds in Stuart for a free breakfast, then spent the next few hours of their morning completing service projects at local nonprofit organizations that receive funding from United Way of Martin County.

“I am so proud to live in a community where so many people cheerfully give up a Saturday morning to help their neighbors,” said Crystal Stiles, United Way’s 2014-15 campaign chair. “Smiles, laughter and a commitment to helping shaped the day and the impact will be felt long into the future.”

In all, there were 21 different service projects that included everything from landscaping at the Treasure Coast Humane Society to sorting clothes at Caring Children, Clothing Children. Families were even able to get their youngsters involved by helping design thank you cards for United Way donors and creating compassion kits for local shelters.

A large number of volunteers helped the Treasure Coast Food Bank distribute food to more than 900 families via the mobile food pantry, as well as stuff more than 1,000 backpacks with food to be distributed through the Martin County School District to children who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.

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

United Way of Martin County is determined to improve lives and lift the community by ending hunger; strengthening families; improving people's health; creating job opportunities; providing solid education for all; and ensuring safety. For more information about United Way of Martin County, visit www.LIVEUNITEDmc.org.


 
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Sep 15, 2014FAU Harbor Branch to Partner with Mercyhurst University and the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee on Archaeological Dig in Vero Beach
FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) will soon play a role in researching a piece of the Ice Age on the Treasure Coast. The Old Vero Man site has been called one of the most important finds in the history of North American Archaeology, and has been carefully overseen since 2010 by the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee (OVIASC). Last year, the OVIASC hand-picked the experts at Mercyhurst University’s Archaeological Institute to begin exploring this historic site, and now, they’ve chosen the scientists who study ancient DNA at HBOI to process some of the recovered bones.
On Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m., a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between OVIASC, HBOI and Mercyhurst University, paving the way for Mercyhurst to send bones that are found at the Old Vero Man site to HBOI’s ancient DNA lab for faculty and staff to process. The signing event and press conference will take place at HBOI, 5600 U.S. 1 North, second floor of the Lab II Building, in Fort Pierce. The event will include key members of OVIASC, Mercyhurst’s Archaeological Institute and HBOI. Press tours of the HBOI ancient DNA lab will also be available.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Sep 15, 2014Spaghetti Dinner helps “Finish the Fight”
Spaghetti Dinner helps “Finish the Fight” against breast cancer!
Carl’s Buick-GMC and Carrabba’s Italian Grill partner to help Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

For the fourth year, Carl’s Buick-GMC and Carrabba's Italian Grill in Stuart have partnered to host a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program of Martin County. Join the volunteer planning committee on October 6 and 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Carrabba’s located at 2700 SE Federal Highway in Stuart. Tickets are $12 each or two for $20. Tickets are available through Carl's Buick-GMC by calling Rose-Ann Coghlan, 772-201-7939 or email at roe595@aol.com. The event will include chance to win prizes from the Marriott Hutchinson Island at their property in Stuart and sister properties in Myrtle Beach, Sanibel, Tampa and more!
The 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is scheduled for October 18, 2014 presented by Carl’s Buick-GMC with supporting sponsorship on behalf of Seacoast National Bank, Martin Health System, Marriott Hutchinson Island Resort, Dr. Denise Sanderson, WHLG The Coast 101.3, TC Scripps and CBS 12 News.


ABOUT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: We save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.


 
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Sep 12, 2014All Aboard Florida selects Siemens as Train Manufacturer


Today it was announced that Siemens has been selected to build the locomotives and passenger coaches for the All Aboard Florida passenger rail project that will connect South and Central Florida. All Aboard Florida and Siemens have been working together extensively on the development and design of the passenger rail cars that will transport millions of tourists, leisure and business travelers along Florida’s east coast.

“This is an exciting time for rail in America. Intercity rail is an important lever to improve existing infrastructure challenges and bolster city and state economies, clearly something that All Aboard Florida will succeed at doing,” said Michael Cahill, President of Siemens’ Rail Systems Division in the U.S. “Everyone is watching the development of this progressive operation with great interest, and we are extremely proud to be part of this effort.”

“Our partnership with Siemens is another tremendous step forward for All Aboard Florida. We carefully chose Siemens technology knowing it will set a new industry standard, while providing the world class amenities our customers will expect from our passenger service,” said Don Robinson, All Aboard Florida President and Chief Operating Officer.






 
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Sep 12, 2014Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center closed Sept. 22-24
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center closed Sept. 22-24
Marine life nature center to close for annual maintenance

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, located at 890 N.E. Ocean Blvd. in Stuart on Hutchinson Island, will be closed Monday, Sept. 22 through Wednesday, Sept. 24 for annual maintenance.

During the closure, the 57-acre marine life nature center will undergo regularly scheduled upkeep, including the improvement of exhibits and nature trail maintenance.

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center will reopen on Thursday, Sept. 25 and resume normal operating hours, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children, and free for Florida Oceanographic Society members. For more information, visit FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505.

About Florida Oceanographic Society
Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1964 with the mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education and research. Their Coastal Center is a 57-acre marine life nature center located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. As a leading state- and nationally-recognized environmental organization, Florida Oceanographic offers educational programs for all ages and conducts advocacy, research and restoration programs that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems. For more information, visit FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505.


 
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Sep 12, 2014SALVATION ARMY ANGELS ALREADY HARD AT WORK PLANNING THE WINGS OF HOPE BENEFIT LUNCHEON
Stuart, Florida – It may not be Christmas yet, but local angels are already busy planning the 14th annual “Wings of Hope” Luncheon and Silent Auction, a benefit for The Salvation Army of Martin County. The luncheon is scheduled for Monday, November 10th at Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart. We are pleased to announce that the guest speaker at the luncheon will be Mrs. Marti Huizenga. Mrs. Huizenga brings her many life experiences as a wife, mother, business woman and philanthropist to share with us at the luncheon. There will also be a silent auction held featuring many items such as golf packages, jewelry and travel certificates. The silent auctions will begin at 10:30 and lunch will be served at 11:30. Tickets are $100 per person or $125 for “angels.”

The luncheon is sponsored by The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. The committee members for the luncheon include Jacki Jackson, Pat Northcutt, Char Meyering, Nancy Davis, Lisa Bowers, Pat McMillen, Ruth Amber, Muriel Fraz, Vicki Davis and Sally Newcomm. Through this luncheon and other activities, the Women’s Auxiliary raises funds for local Salvation Army programs and projects, and in the past have helped to fund the new Compassion House Women’s and Children Shelter, to send local youth to summer camp and to purchase much-needed passenger vans.

For more information on the luncheon, or to make reservations, call The Salvation Army at 772-288-1471 or Nancy Davis at 772-812-7609





About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 772-288-1471.


 
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Sep 12, 2014Elliott Museum Elects New Board Members
The Elliott Museum in Stuart, Florida has elected two additional members to its Board of Directors: Michele Reilly, General Manager of Willoughby Golf Club and local artist Peter Freudenberg whose popular sculpture “Let Your Mind Soar” adorns the front of the building. After a highly successful launch in 2013 the museum has sought to expand its reach in 2014 under the leadership of Board Chair Peter Upton by adding a total of five new Board members as well as securing several national touring exhibitions for its changing exhibit gallery. Elected earlier this year were: Sharyon Daigneau, Osvaldo Monzon, and Steve Swann. In addition to exhibit planning, the entire Board recently finished a strategic planning retreat.

Opening on September 27th is the exciting exhibit: GENOME: The Secret of How Life Works which was developed by the same company that produced the popular Leonardo daVinci exhibit the museum hosted in 2013. This 5,000-square-foot interactive exhibition explores the mysteries of the human gene, why the genome is being mapped, and the potential benefits of gene research (i.e., preventing and curing diseases, living longer, solving crimes, producing better food and drugs). GENOME uses interactive displays, visually rich environments and family-friendly activities that are specifically designed to help visitors understand the genome’s function and its role in daily life. Local sponsors include VGTI, Scripps Research Insitute, Martin Health Systems and Publix Supermarket Charities.

The Elliott Museum’s mission is to inspire creativity through exhibitions and programs about art, history and technology for the people who live in and visit the Treasure Coast of Florida. The Elliott Museum debuted its new building in March of 2013 and welcomed over 67,000 visitors through its doors in its inaugural year. In addition to opening a new building, last year the Elliott presented over five new exhibits in its Changing Exhibit Gallery, several special mini-exhibits, and over 20 lectures and presentations. The organization was named “Best Tourist Attraction” by Indian River Magazine.
Named after prolific inventor Sterling Elliott, the museum hosts a dynamic and interactive collection of antique automobiles, vintage boats, an impressive baseball collection and a deep trove of Treasure Coast histories and stories sure to delight all ages. In addition, the museum regularly hosts an array of traveling exhibits designed to challenge and inspire families and children. Open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at: 825 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996. Information available at www.elliottmuseum.org or by calling 772-225-1961.




 
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Sep 11, 2014SEMIFINALISTS IN THE 2015 NATIONAL MERIT® SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM September 10, 2014 Announcement


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Sep 11, 2014NW LUDLUM STREET, SW RANCHWOOD STREET SW 83RD STREET INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Monday, September 15, 2014, the Engineering Department will begin regrading the swale along SW Citrus Boulevard, including the replacement of stormwater pipes under SW Ludlum Street, SW Ranchwood Street, and SW 83rd Street.

This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures weekdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on SW Ludlum Street, SW Ranchwood Street and SW 83rd Street at their intersection with SW Citrus Boulevard. Possible lane closures may occur along SW Citrus Boulevard. This work is expected to be complete by September 30, 2014.

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


 
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Sep 11, 2014Space of Mind Open House This Sunday !
Space of Mind Open House !
Sunday, Sept. 14
1pm-4pm

Space of Mind, a modern schoolhouse, is changing the way students - and families - approach school. Come and visit our new Martin County space in downtown historic Woodmen Hall and learn about our full-time, part-time and afterschool programs for students and families. Snacks will be served...

For more information, please call: 561.894.8772 or 877.407.1122 or email academics@myspaceofmind.com

Space of Mind Stuart
217 SW Akron Ave.
Stuart, FL 34994


 
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Sep 11, 2014Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center closed Sept. 22-24
The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, located at 890 N.E. Ocean Blvd. in Stuart on Hutchinson Island, will be closed Monday, Sept. 22 through Wednesday, Sept. 24 for annual maintenance.

During the closure, the 57-acre marine life nature center will undergo regularly scheduled upkeep, including the improvement of exhibits and nature trail maintenance.

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center will reopen on Thursday, Sept. 25 and resume normal operating hours, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children, and free for Florida Oceanographic Society members. For more information, visit FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505.

About Florida Oceanographic Society
Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1964 with the mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education and research. Their Coastal Center is a 57-acre marine life nature center located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. As a leading state- and nationally-recognized environmental organization, Florida Oceanographic offers educational programs for all ages and conducts advocacy, research and restoration programs that lead to healthy coastal ecosystems. For more information, visit FloridaOcean.org or call 772-225-0505.


 
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Sep 10, 2014Light bill assistance just the beginning at fairgrounds
House of Hope is working with the Agriculture and Labor Program Inc. (ALPI) to host an agency fair at the Martin County Fairgrounds noon-5 p.m. Sept. 10 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 11.

The event began as an Energy Fair focused on assistance with light bills, but many other local agencies will have representatives at the fair to offer information and on-site services.

Participating agencies are ALPI; 211 Treasure Coast; Council on Aging; Early Learning Coalition; Florida Department of Children and Families - ACCESS Florida; FPL; Florida Community Health Centers; House of Hope; Indian River State College; Indiantown Non-Profit Housing; Martin County Health Department; Martin County Health and Human Services; Martin County Healthy Start Coalition; Mary's Shelter; SafeLink Wireless; Salvation Army; Supervisor of Elections Office; Volunteers in Medicine; WellCare; and Whole Child Connection.

Over the two-day event, more than 400 people are expected to receive assistance via ALPI’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

People seeking light bill assistance should bring copies (no originals) of the following: Photo ID for applicant, Social Security cards for all household members, current income for all household members, electric bill, food stamp benefit approval letter, Section 8 or HUD housing rental form 50059.


ABOUT HOUSE OF HOPE

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

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


 
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Sep 10, 2014CR714 (Martin Highway) -Intermittent Lane Closures
On Monday, September 15, 2014, work will begin to facilitate replacement of median trees as required by warranty. This work will necessitate intermittent left lane closures on CR-714 (SW Martin Highway), from the Publix to SR-76 (S Kanner Highway), between the hours of 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. No lane closures will occur on the Veteran's Memorial Bridge. This work is expected to be complete by September 19, 2014.

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



 
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Sep 10, 2014SCORE Workshop
An Excellent Business Plan
Blake Library, Stuart, FL
September 11, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Presented by Treasure Coast Score


An Excellent Business Plan
Workshop Description
Congratulations on your decision to open a small business or change your existing one! Now you must take the step of putting your thoughts down on paper. In doing so, your business idea is now expressed as a plan - a living document that outlines every critical aspect of its operation. Taking this crucial step may sound intimidating, but it's important to help you make major business decisions or demonstrate the health of your business to lenders or investors. Sign up for this workshop today and reduce your stress and intimidation!
Martin Brown
Presenter
Business entrepreneur with 35+ years of experience of business ownership start-ups, specializing in Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence Consulting. Programming, quality control, project management, sales and marketing, fiscal management, and recruiting expertise. Masters Degree and SCORE counselor since 2003.


 
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Sep 10, 2014TREASURE COAST ALZHEIMER’S SYMPOSIUM
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
Educational symposium with a variety of expert speakers
geared towards those taking care of a loved one with a
memory loss disorder, or seeking information about
memory loss disorders.
This program is made possible through the
generosity of the Lillian Becky Brockmann Trust
Presenters Include:
H. Murray Todd, MD., F.A.A.N.
"Alzheimer's and Other Dementias 2014"
Moraima Trujillo, M.D.
"Why is There a Hammer in the Fridge?"
Angela Pedraza, M.D.
"From a Psychiatrist's Point of View"
Free for caregivers and professionals
Lunch will be provided
Respite Available*
*Must notify in advance when
you make your reservation.
RSVP BY 9/8/14:
Symposium Registration
800-272-3900

The Charles and Rae Kane Center
Council on Aging of Martin County
900 SE Salerno Road
Stuart, FL 34997
Coffee and registration:
8:30am - 9:00am
Conference:
9:00am - 2:30pm
Directions:
From I-95, take Exit 101 and go East
on Kanner Hwy. Turn right onto SE
Salerno Road.

 
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Sep 9, 2014SE Island Way- Intermittent Lane Closures
On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 paving work will take place on SE Island Way, between SE Hidden Bridge Court and SE Old Cypress Bend. This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. This work is expected to be complete by September 19, 2014. Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.

 
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Sep 9, 2014FAU Harbor Branch to Partner with Mercyhurst University and the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee on Archaeological Dig in Vero Beach
FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) will soon play a role in researching a piece of the Ice Age on the Treasure Coast. The Old Vero Man site has been called one of the most important finds in the history of North American Archaeology, and has been carefully overseen since 2010 by the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee (OVIASC). Last year, the OVIASC hand-picked the experts at Mercyhurst University’s Archaeological Institute to begin exploring this historic site, and now, they’ve chosen the scientists who study ancient DNA at HBOI to process some of the recovered bones.
On Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m., a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between OVIASC, HBOI and Mercyhurst University, paving the way for Mercyhurst to send bones that are found at the Old Vero Man site to HBOI’s ancient DNA lab for faculty and staff to process. The signing event and press conference will take place at HBOI, 5600 U.S. 1 North, second floor of the Lab II Building, in Fort Pierce. The event will include key members of OVIASC, Mercyhurst’s Archaeological Institute and HBOI. Press tours of the HBOI ancient DNA lab will also be available.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Sep 9, 2014NFWL Scholarship Award
See attached letter and form

Rep Gayle Harrell.pdf
 
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Sep 9, 2014Fall 2014 Classes and MORE at the Elliott Museum!


Fall 2014 Classes at the Studio
The Studio at the Elliott Museum is pleased to announce our 2014 Fall Art Class Schedule. Classes begin Saturday, September 27th and continue through the second week in November. Sign up at the front desk in the Museum, or on line at our website. Remember to check our website often as new classes and workshops are always being added.

Meet the Fall Instructors!
Join us for Instructor Demo Day
Saturday, September 13th, 10 am til 2 pm
In conjunction with the release of the Fall adult class schedule, The Studio at the Elliott will host Instructor Demo Day on Saturday, September 13 from 10am - 2pm. Guests can meet the instructors, watch them work, and get a glimpse of what's in store for their adult students in the Fall. On-going demonstrations in oil painting, digital photography, sculpture, polymer clay, watercolor, ceramic hand-building, and drawing begin at 10 am.


Instructors include Julia Kelly, Mia Lindberg, Sarita Neun, Eduardo Gomez, Livia Kropf DeBonet, Karen Leffel-Massengill, Ed Santiago, Robin Lee Makowski, and Paul Salazar.


Those interested in attending Demo Day may do so for free (access restricted to The Studio; Museum access subject to admission fees for non-members). Check in at the Front Desk and get a Studio sticker before proceeding to The Studio.


Fall Art Class Schedule Overview; details available on our website, or click the link above for complete details:


The Art of Texture with Mia Lindberg
Mondays for 4 weeks, September 29th - October 20th, 2014, 9am - 12pm
Fee: Members - $144; Non-Members - $168, plus $38 materials fee

A Refined Palette - Painting in Opaque Media with Karen Massengill
Mondays for 6 weeks, October 6th - November 10th, 2014, 1-4pm
Fee: Members - $216; Non Members - $252

Realism in Watercolor with Robin Lee Makowski
Tuesdays for 4 weeks, October 7th - 28th, 2014, 9am-12pm
Fees: Members - $144; Non-Members - $168

Lose Yourself in Watercolor with Julia Kelly
Tuesdays for 3 weeks, November 4th, 11th & 18th, 9am-12 pm
Fees: Members - $108; Non-Members - $126 per session

Magical Garden Art in Ceramics with Mia Lindberg
Tuesdays for 4 weeks, September 30th - October 21st, 2014, 1-4pm
Fee: Members - $144; Non-Members - $168, plus $45 materials fee

Exploring Digital Photography with Livia DeBonet
(in the Heritage Theatre)
Wednesdays for 6 weeks, October 8th - November 12th, 9:30am-12:30pm
Fee: Members - $216; Non Members - $252

Life Draw - Experienced artists 21+ (non-instructional)
Drawing from a live nude model
Wednesdays, On-going monthly from 1-4pm beginning October 1st
Prepaid Fees: $15 per session (see website for details);
Walk-Ins - $20 per session, space permitting - call ahead!

Introduction to Sculpture with Eduardo Gomez
Thursdays for 6 weeks, October 2nd - November 6th, 2014 - 9am-12pm
Fee: Members - $216; Non Members - $252 plus $35 materials fee

Polymer Clay 101 with Sarita Neun
Thursdays for 6 weeks, October 9th - November 13th, 2014 - 1-4pm
Fee: Members - $216; Non Members - $252 per session

Most Fridays - Open Studio Returns for Fall starting October 3rd!
Artists may come in and use The Studio space in three-hour blocks, from 10-1 or from 1-4, or stay all day.
Fees: Mornings 10-1 or Afternoons 1-4: $10 per 3 hour block, or stay all day for $15
Availability subject to special events rentals; please call ahead to make sure The Studio is available each week.

Drawing Fundamentals with Ed Santiago
Session I - Saturdays for 4 weeks, September 27th - October 18th, 2014, 10am-1pm
Session II - Saturdays for 4 weeks, October 25th - November 15th, 2014, 10am-1pm
Fee: Members - $144; Non Members - $168 per session

From Camera to Print with Paul Salazar
Digital Photography Workshop in the Elliott's Heritage Theatre
Saturdays for 4 weeks, October 4th - 25th, 10am-1pm
Fee: Members - $144; Non Members - $168

Special Events & Workshops

Our Cups Runneth Over with Creativity!
Unique Art Bra Workshop to Benefit Friends in Pink
(Details below)

Girls' Night Out in The Studio!
You have a date with your Muse to come and let your creativity soar this Fall at the Elliott! Bring a friend, your favorite beverage, and your creative spirit for an evening of fun and inspiration. All materials and munchies included. We will have a different subject every month beginning in October.
Complete Girls' Night Out schedule will be available shortly.

Our First Girls' Night Out in The Studio!
Thursday, October 22nd, 6-8:30pm
Polymer Clay Pendant with Sarita Neun
Fee: Members - $40; Non Members - $45

iPhoneography Basics with Livia Kropf DeBonet
Saturday, January 17th, 2015, 10am-1pm
Prerequisite: Own your own iPhone (MUST be iPhone) with downloaded apps.
Fee: Museum Members - $50; Non-Members - $70, plus apps

Come to The Studio and Create for a Great Cause!
Tuesday, September 23rd, 4-8pm
Our Cups Runneth Over with Creativity!
Unique Art Workshop to Benefit Friends in Pink
BYOB! Bring your own bra to make into artwork to be part of a gallery exhibit and auction in October as a fundraiser for Friends in Pink. All bras created at the Workshop will be donated and displayed for auction at the Mimi McCallum Studio & Gallery in Harbour Bay Plaza. A small entry fee of $10 will be collected at the door from each participant to be donated to Friends in Pink. The Museum will provide paints, brushes, bling, and other materials to decorate your creations, and we will have volunteer professional artists to help guide you if you need it. Artworks must be in good taste reflecting the spirit of the event. The Workshop at the Elliott will be held from 4pm - 8pm on Tuesday, September 23rd. The Put It On The Line Exhibit at Mimi's Gallery will show from October 6th - 22nd, with a reception and live auction on the 22nd from 5-8pm. To participate in the Workshop, please call 772-225-1961. Please allow at least two hours to create, or come at 4 and stay the whole time. You may also email Robin at RMakowski@elliottmuseum.org for more info.

You do not need to attend the Workshop to participate in the show! Contact Mimi McCallum at 772-341-1021 or visit www.mimimccallum.com for entry form and details.



 
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Sep 9, 2014NE JENSEN BEACH BOULEVARD INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Thursday, September 11, 2014, the Engineering Department will repair a depression above an existing stormwater pipe that is located in the opposing left turn lane on NE Jensen Beach Blvd near NE Sunview Terrace. This work will necessitate intermittent lane closures between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm and is expected to be complete by September 12, 2014.

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


 
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Sep 8, 2014Save the Date!

November 14th - 16th, 2014 at The Racquet Club Tesoro

There aren't many charities that can boast nearly 100% of dollars contributed go directly to those in need. Every dime collected for the Major Goldsmith Fund is spent helping needy veterans right here on the Treasure Coast. Jim Goldsmith started the fund nine years ago to honor his father, Major James Goldsmith who spent four years serving our country during WWII, who was awarded multiple bronze stars and a purple heart. It was his ambition to help our Treasure Coast veterans who have so valiantly served our country, get the aid and assistance they need after returning from active duty.

So we hope you will Save the Date! Come out and Play and or just come out to bid on items in the Silent Auction and enjoy a great weekend of tennis and fun at the Racquet Club at Tesoro!!

For more information on how you can get involved feel free to email us at: info@racquetclubtesoro.com.

Want to help out with the tournament, donate a silent auction item? Call Jim direct at (772)621-4034

HELP US HELP THOSE THAT HAVE SERVED US SO WELL!!












 
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Sep 8, 2014Parenting Seminar takes on Marijuana Issue
Martin County, FL- September 5, 2014- Increased media coverage of the marijuana issue presents a new dilemma for parents when discussing the dangers of drugs with their children. For this reason, Marijuana: Where Are We Now? will be one of the topics covered by experts at a free parenting seminar hosted by Tykes & Teens. The event, titled Mapping the Middle: A Guide to All Things Tween, takes place Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wolf High Technology Center on the IRSC Chastain Campus in Stuart.
Tykes & Teens Executive Director Jeffrey Shearer said of the marijuana debate, “I have often heard how much better marijuana is for you compared to cigarettes and alcohol, especially since it is “natural”. Just because something is not as bad as something else, does not mean that it is good for you. It is clear that research has shown us the positive effects that marijuana can have for adult glaucoma patients and for pain management, but anything that we put in our body needs to be evaluated. Parents need to be armed with information regarding the drug’s effects on the developing adolescent brain, as parents are the most influential voice in their children’s lives.”
The 5th Annual Mapping the Middle-A Guide to All Things Tween is supported by the Children’s Services Council of Martin County, C.O.R.E., The Martin County School District, the United Way of Martin County, and Kaunis Hetki Photography. Additional topics to be presented by a panel of experts will include The Teen Brain, Healthy Sexual Development, and Nutrition and Mental Health. Tweens can attend with their parent(s) and will participate in an exploration of martial arts, meditation and yoga while their parents are attending the seminar.
The event is free, but parents must pre-register by visiting www.tykesandteens.org or calling 772-220-3439. The first 75 registrants will be eligible to win a free Nook.


 
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Sep 8, 2014CANstruction--how you can help!
Hello Friends,

Our son, Will is a member of the Martin County SPAM team. They are working on a project, using their engineering and design skills which will benefit the Treasure Coast Food Bank. (Please read the below from SPAM which provides more information.)

If you can help the SPAM team and the Treasure Coast Food Bank it will be greatly appreciated.

If you would like more information or would like us to pick up your donation (it would be our pleasure) , please give us a call at 772-214-8456 (Nancy's cell number).

Once again, thanking you in advance for any and all support!

Bill & Nancy Reily
772-214-8456

P.S. Please spread the word!

________________________________________


Did you know that September is Hunger Action Month!

S.P.A.M. has committed to building a structure for CANstruction/Treasure Coast to benefit the Treasure Coast Food Bank. We are using our engineering and design skills to create a FIRST logo as our structure and we are in need of specific color food cans to complete our project. All food will be donated to the Treasure Coast Food Bank upon completion of the project.

How can you help? We need cans of food! Attached are flyers for each school that students have designed to get food drives started.

• Hunt’s Tomatoes
• Goya beans
• Blue pasta boxes
• Ranch style beans
• Goya Beans
• Iberia Beans
• Publix cans
• Busch’s White Hominy

Parents, Mentors, Sponsors, Alumni, Supporters and Friends: PLEASE encourage other groups, individuals, companies and organizations to help collect cans for our structure. No effort is too small. S.P.A.M. team members are available to pick up cans, answer questions, or support your efforts in helping us with this project.

Thank you for whatever help you can provide.





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Visit us at www.spamrobotics.com
View our calendar at http://www.spamrobotics.com/index.php/schedule


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Sep 8, 2014Dog owners can pre-register for Mutt March at two Stuart events
Dog owners can get a jump start by pre-registering their pooch for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s 12th annual Mutt March slated for Nov. 1 at Memorial Park in downtown Stuart. One event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Sept. 18, at Stuart Grill & Ale, 1630 SE Federal Highway, Stuart and the other party will be held on Oct. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Carson’s Tavern, 2883 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart.

Adult registration is $20; children 15 and under are free. Both events cost $10 and patrons will receive one drink and a buffet of appetizers while mingling with HSTC supporters and friends. Live music will be provided by T-REX Entertainment. Outside seating is available at both locations for those who’d like to bring their furry friends.

Customers may purchase Mutt March raffle tickets, which automatically enter them for a chance to win a $1,000, $500 or $250 American Express gift card. All proceeds from the raffle and pre-registration events directly benefit the HSTC’s shelter animals.
The November 1 Mutt March event is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants and their creatively costumed dogs. Before taking a walk around the park, they will be given a free breakfast, can shop the “flea-less” market of vendors, and watch their dog go on a chase in the lure course. A pet costume contest is open to all and pet pictures will be taken at the HSTC photo booth.
For more information, call the HSTC at 772-600-3211 or visit the website at http://www.hstc1.org.

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


 
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Sep 8, 2014Martin County Master Gardeners, in cooperation with the Martin County Library System, will present a lecture entitled “Growing Vegetables in Southeast Florida”.
On Monday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m., the University of Florida (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardeners, in cooperation with the Martin County Library System, will present an educational event at the Blake Library’s Armstrong Wing in Stuart. Mr. Ken Shuler will discuss tips for growing vegetables in southeast Florida. Mr. Shuler has a long-standing interest in growing vegetables, and has had vegetable gardens in almost all of the places he has lived; in his home state of Virginia, in Gainesville, Florida and at his homes in Belle Glade and Jupiter, Florida. In 1995, Mr. Shuler started “Stephen’s Produce”, a joint venture with his then nine-year old son Stephen.

Mr. Shuler’s backyard garden in Jupiter Farms has been expanded from six crops on 1/17th acre to over 30 crops on 2/5 acre. After Stephen ‘retired’ in 2003 to become a college student, the garden has provided part-time employment for his wife, Pei-Ann, and their two older children, Daniel and Deanna. The first six years of market gardening were also the last six years of Mr. Shuler’s 26- year career as a commercial vegetable Extension Agent in Palm Beach County, Florida. This year Ken completed his 19th and final season of providing “garden fresh” vegetables to his loyal customers at weekend green markets in West Palm Beach and Stuart, Florida. Crops grown included several lettuces; Chinese cabbages; leafy greens including collards, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula, cilantro; as well as beans, snow peas, eggplant and several root crops, including radishes and beets.

Anyone who is interested in growing great vegetables in their back yard should come to hear Mr. Shuler’s lecture. You will learn how he successfully and consistently grows vegetables in south Florida, and what tips and techniques he uses to ensure this success and that you can apply to your own vegetable gardening experience.

The UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener program provides residents with environmentally sound, research-based horticultural information. The goals of this program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of Martin County through horticultural volunteer activities.

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


 
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Sep 8, 2014MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT PROMOTES “FAMILY DAY” MESSAGE: “EATING WITH FAMILY MATTERS”
The Martin County School District, along with a number of local agencies and businesses, is promoting the message of “Family Day 2014 – Eating with Family Matters” to the community. The campaign, organized by Tykes and Teens, encourages families to “eat meals together to make a huge difference in the lives of children.”
Research shows that children who share frequent meals with their family are more likely to choose not to use illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; to engage well in school; and to say they have an excellent relationship with parents.
Family Day 2014 motivates parents to “make every day Family Day beginning on Monday, Sept. 22.” Schools in the District, as well as operational departments, will display Family Day posters and distribute pledge cards.
Martin County School District Superintendent Laurie Gaylord has an added message: “Turn off the television, put away your electronic devices, and have ‘digital-free’ dinners. No phone calls, no texting at the table. Really talk with your children and, most importantly, listen to them. ”
The Tykes and Teens’ Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FamilyDay) offers a number of ideas for families to use to engage in conversation during mealtime. Superintendent Gaylord also cites the 2003 book, “Drawing Families Together – One Meal at a Time” by Jim Kimball and similar publications as good resources for parents as well.
“The concept of sitting down to a meal and focusing on one another is one that we as a society may have taken for granted over the years,” says Mrs. Gaylord. “It might not come as natural as it should, with all the distractions there are in life. Our community provides an abundance of programs and resources to help parents connect with their children during the formative years and to stay connected with them as they grow.
“The Martin County School District is proud to support and promote the important message of ‘Family Day,’ not only on September 22, but every day,” Mrs. Gaylord adds.


 
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Sep 8, 2014Congratulations to this year's Martin County Teacher of the Year Candidates
Candidate School

Kelly Middleton Bessey Creek Elementary School
Patricia Beers Challenger School
Kim Wendisch Citrus Grove Elementary School
Elaine Sanchez Crystal Lake Elementary School
Janine Malavasi Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School
Donna Robinson Felix A. Williams Elementary School
Beverly Burns Hidden Oaks Middle School
Christina Rynasako Hobe Sound Elementary School
Christy Duane Indiantown Middle School
Dorothy Castle J.D. Parker School
Michelle Gaucher Jensen Beach Elementary School
Tony Ferro Jensen Beach High School
Mindy Soich Martin County High School
Kim Gray Murray Middle School
Kathryn White Palm City Elementary School
Maureen Mannion Pinewood Elementary Schoo
Cindy Sands Port Salerno Elementary School
Christine Baer Riverbend Academy
Mariann Primus SeaWind Elementary School
Michael Lavelle South Fork High School
Jose Guzman Spectrum Jr./Sr. High School
Sue Rager Stuart Middle School
Susan Wardell Warfield Elementary School


Candidates have been specially selected by their peers at each of twenty-three school sites for their outstanding commitment to their students, their profession, and our community. These nominees are now vying for the title of Martin County Teacher of the Year as they complete a comprehensive written portfolio and take part in an intensive interview process. The name of the winning teachers will be revealed during the Education Foundation ofMartin County’s Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration scheduled for November 14, 2014.

The district winner will then represent the Martin County School District in the competition to become the Florida Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year.

The Education Foundation of Martin County is looking for sponsors for the Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration. Sponsorships range from $250 - $10,000 and can be customized for added value. If you are interested in sponsoring this one-of-a-kind teacher recognition program, please contact Lisa Rhodes at 772-600-8062. Additional information can be found online at www.EducationFoundationMC.org.



 
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Sep 8, 2014New Freelance Writing Venture for Jackie Holfelder
Jackie Holfelder, who for seven years was assistant editor of Luminaries, has opened a freelance writing/p.r. consulting business.
Jackie, who has literally been writing since she was 12 years old when she had a weekly teen-interest column in her neighborhood paper, the Queens (N.Y.) Post, brings a unique knowledge of the dynamics of the Treasure Coast to her clients.
With the need for clear, concise press releases, web content and public relations communications greater than ever, she can help you deliver your message in a cost-effective and productive way.
No matter what your business or objective, someone is waiting to read about it.
Contact Jackie Holfelder at jackieah40@gmail.com or 772-579-3061.


 
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Sep 5, 2014Help Martin County residents overcome hunger and hardship during libraries' Food For Fines week Sept. 8-13



The Martin County Library System (MCLS) is offering a chance to wipe out your fines in exchange for food for House of Hope.
During Food For Fines week, Sept. 8 - 13, patrons can bring their overdue items along with non-perishable food items to the circulation desk at any Martin County library. All fines for items that have been returned late will be forgiven. Bills for lost, damaged or never-returned items are not included in this offer.

* Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart
* Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave., Indiantown
* Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound
* Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach
* Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City
* Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr., Stuart

This is the fourth year MCLS has joined with House of Hope in the Food For Fines effort. In the past three years, the drive has collected nearly 13,000 pounds of food, as Martin County libraries and patrons helped their neighbors in need. House of Hope is a nonprofit agency that provides food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance and case management services to Martin County residents through four locations - Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.

For more information about Food For Fines or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403 or visit www.library.martin.fl.us.

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


 
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Sep 5, 2014Martin County receives draft permit to dredge St. Lucie Inlet
Martin County has been granted a draft permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for periodic maintenance dredging of the St. Lucie Inlet. This will allow the County to continue maintaining the impoundment basin and navigation channel of the Inlet and bypass the sand onto beaches in the county both north and south of the project area. Dredging will continue to be conducted in accordance with the State approved Inlet Management Plan, based on need and available funding.




Martin County has received the draft permit to dredge the St. Lucie Inlet.
Photo credit: Martin County Board of County Commissioners

The timing of the permit is critical, as Martin County will remain eligible to apply for funding for the inlet dredging project through the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND). The permit also gives the County the ability to respond to any emergency conditions or natural disasters that could negatively impact the inlet, a critical need in the aftermath of a hurricane or other severe storm activity.

The St. Lucie Inlet is vital to Martin County both environmentally and economically. The Inlet serves an essential environmental function, flushing water discharged from Lake Okeechobee via the St. Lucie Canal into the Atlantic Ocean. It is also one of the richest and most diverse estuaries in North America. The inlet is where the exchange of fresh and salt water occurs, providing essential habitat for estuarine and marine fish nurseries.
From an economic standpoint, our waterways provide approximately $362 million in annual sales, $123 million in personal income, and $588 million in property values. One out of every 10 jobs in Martin County is marine related and safe navigation of the inlet is vital to those who rely on our inlet for their livelihoods.
The permit provides for a 14-day comment period by persons with substantial interest in the project. Should any substantive objection to the permit be made, it could not only derail the opportunity for funding through FIND, but it could also leave Martin County unable to respond to any impact from natural disasters on the Inlet as we approach the peak of hurricane season.
The County continues to work with other government agencies and local partners, as it has for years, to implement a portion of the state's 1995 Inlet Management Plan and continues to do so as both the Inlet Plan and permit are updated.


 
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Sep 5, 2014Robert Morgade Library closed September 5-22 for improvements

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

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

What: Robert Morgade Library Closing for Improvements

Where: 5851 SE Community Dr., Stuart

When: Friday, September 5 - Monday, September 22


 
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Sep 5, 2014Things My Mother Taught Me
What: “Things My Mother Taught Me” at the Barn Theater When: September 26-October 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Sunday Where: Barn Theatre, 2400 S.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart Touching comedy, “Things My Mother Taught Me,” opens 44th Barn Theatre season Stuart, FL, September 4 – Things don’t exactly go as planned when Olivia and Gabe move halfway across the country only to have all four of their parents arrive on moving day for a surprise visit in “Things My Mother Taught Me,” a funny and heartfelt comedy by Katherine DiSavino. The show is on stage at the Barn Theatre from September 26 through October 12, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 and are available Mondays through Fridays at the Barn Theatre box office, 2400 S.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be obtained by calling 772-287-4884 or on-line at www.barn-theatre.com.
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Sep 5, 2014Treasure Coast SCORE Adds New Counselors
The Treasure Coast Chapter of SCORE is pleased to announce the addition of Ruth Fite & Ken Koziol to its staff of volunteer business counselors.

Ruth Fite has over 35 years of business experience in the areas of advertising, research and business services, marketing, administration, retail & wholesale trade and creative services including 19 years Ruth owned & operated a promotional products firm in Nevada before returning to Florida

Ruth also worked as a legal administrator with law firms in Maryland, Nevada and Florida.

Ruth holds a B.A. from University of Miami. Ruth and her husband Richard reside in Vero Beach.

Ken Koziol has almost 45 years of business experience in the areas of systems engineering, operations, sales, marketing, program management and general management with companies involved in areas such as, construction, utility control systems, research, sterilization and ionization.

Ken worked with companies such as Bechtel Power, Jersey Central P&L, Leeds and Northrup, Computer Sciences Corp., Columbia Research and Irradiation Industries, Inc.

Ken holds a BSEE from Northrup University. Ken and his wife Linda reside in Vero Beach.

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

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

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

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

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

Our website www.treasurecoast.score.org can also be used to make an appointment at any of our seven (7) locations for face-to-face counseling or to register for any of our workshops.

Treasure Coast SCORE 308 – Professional Center, Suite 2, 3220 South US 1, Fort Pierce FL 34982
Tel 772-489-0548 Fax 772-489-9548 Email: score308@bellsouth.net Web Site www.treasurecoast.score.org
SCORE is a Resource Partner of the US Small Business Administration


 
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Sep 5, 2014It's our 25th Anniversary!

Don't Miss
These Great Opportunities!

Become A Sponsor of the Stuart Air Show

Receive the many benefits of being a Sponsor. Commitments are needed by September 12 to be included on printed materials. Call Today: 772.781.4882
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Join our Team - Be a Volunteer


Volunteers are needed with all elements of this amazing community event. Sign UpToday!

Volunteer opportunities are available on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Shifts on Saturday and Sunday are from 8:30am - 5:00pm. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Physical Limitations: Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
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Tickets & Flying Opportunities - ON SALE NOW


Discounted Pre-sale Tickets and Helicopter Flights are available online. Buy Now to guarantee your spot!
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I CAN Program - Accepting Submissions


The I CAN program encourages kids of all ages to follow their dreams. Students can submit a video/essay for a chance to win a flight with Michael Wiskus, Lucas Oil Air Show Pilot, at the Stuart Air Show. Click HERE for info on how to participate.
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The Stuart Air Show proudly supports the community. Proceeds benefit non-profit organizations including The Road to Victory Military Museum, Martin County Community Foundation, Special Olympics, ARC of Martin County, Experimental Aircraft Association, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America, and many other deserving community charities.


 
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Sep 4, 2014FL Chamber: 21st Century Skills Key to Career & College Readiness
Champion's Corner
As the school year begins, students throughout Florida are getting acquainted with their new teachers and classes. Many are also thinking heavily about the future- what college or program is the right fit for them and what their lives will look like after graduating high school. And with good reason. Today's information-based economy and the workforce students are stepping into require very different skill sets from those of their grandparents.

In 1973, workers with postsecondary education held only 28 percent of jobs. As we look forward to 2020, that figure rises dramatically. In the not too distant future, 65 percent of all jobs will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school.

Preparing students to graduate career and college ready has a new meaning in our 21st century global economy. In addition to core subjects such as reading, math and science, today's students must also master skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration.

Dr. Jim Murdaugh, president of Tallahassee Community College (TCC) recently appeared on the Florida Chamber's web-based program, The Florida Chamber's Bottom Line. When asked about education and the talent development pipeline in Florida, Murdaugh said, "The way in which we talk about it [talent] today has a new flavor. We recognize the importance of the men and women that work in our organizations as it relates to our bottom line and our productivity. It's not so much about jobs but about skills and making sure people have the right skills. Talent is what businesses need to focus on because it's 80-90 percent of their entire cost of operation."



"Talent is what businesses need to focus on
because it's 80-90 percent of their entire
cost of operation."

Jim Murdaugh, President
Tallahassee Community College

While the skills required for today's workforce are numerous, so are the opportunities and choices students have as they plan their future. Community and state colleges play vital roles in preparing tomorrow's workforce and offer a variety of technical training and certification programs as well as two-year college degrees. They also have the flexibility and ability to evolve and customize their programs in response to the needs of their region's economy.

"TCC and community colleges throughout Florida provide the education and training required for our state's workforce needs," said Murdaugh. "Through our partnerships with local businesses, the Department of Economic Opportunity and CareerSource Florida, we are able to provide a better trained, better skilled talent pool."

As students consider their future path, Career and Professional Education (CAPE) academies offer other options. CAPE academies, which provide career-related courses that articulate into postsecondary-level coursework, allow high school students to earn industry certifications, preparing them with job skills needed in industries such as avionics, biomedicine, diesel mechanics and information technology.

This greater emphasis on postsecondary education and training is reflected in Florida's academic standards for K-12 students. The Florida Department of Education implemented the Florida Standards to focus on improving students' critical thinking skills and to ensure more successful outcomes after graduation. These standards are designed to help Florida's students begin to develop the skills they need to be successful, as well as to help cultivate a workforce that will benefit Florida's economic development and global competitiveness.

And while many consider preparing students to be career and college ready a K-12 issue, this preparation actually begins at birth. Early childhood education (from birth to age 8), is essential for a child's development of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Preparing our youngest students to learn provides a solid foundation and helps them develop important skills that are essential to their future success.

The Florida Chamber Foundation has established the Business Alliance for Early Learning that will focus on tackling a number of issues impacting children from birth to age 8. If you would like more information on this initiative, click here.

Whether the need is in Pre-K, K-12, higher education or workforce development, fostering a talent supply pipeline focused on Florida's future will promote greater success for Florida's students and ensure Florida's job creators are better equipped to compete in the global marketplace. As we begin the new school year, the Florida Chamber Foundation continues to support and highlight our state's Champions for Career and College Readiness.

Join Tallahassee Community College and our growing list of Champions by telling your story. If your business or organization is involved in a program or activity that helps students prepare for a 21st century workforce, we would like to tell your story in our Champions newsletter. Contact Tracey Lowe at TLowe@FLFoundation.org for more information.

Recent Headlines
STEM Skills and Florida's Innovation Economy
Since 2010, Florida's labor demand in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields has increased by more than 63 percent. Securing Florida's future prosperity is tied to our ability to fill high-wage jobs. This means Florida must do a better job of meeting the demands of a 21st century economy, where STEM-related jobs are likely to be among the most prominent. To view the Florida Chamber Foundation's "Did you know?" click here.

New Study Shows Gap in Specific STEM Skills
A first-of-its-kind study finds that the science, technology, engineering and math labor market suffers from a very particular kind of skills gap. It's not just that there aren't enough skilled workers to fill the jobs; it's that the skills workers have aren't specific enough. Visit U.S.News for the complete article.

School officials to explain new Florida Standards
This school year, Florida is rolling out Florida Standards. The Florida Standards stress critical thinking. Instead of teaching one way to solve a problem, students are now learning there can be several ways to
get there. "I think this is going to be an excellent move towards higher standards for our children so that they are college and career ready," said Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. Visit WFLA.com for the complete article.
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Sep 4, 2014Arts Council of Martin County
The Arts Council of Martin County presents the 24th Annual All-Florida Juried Arts Show. The opening reception is 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 19, 2014. The exhibition continues through Friday, November 7, 2014. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday – Friday, and Saturday 11 am – 2 pm. The exhibition will be on display at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery, located at 80 East Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, Florida.

“The Arts Council is excited to host a celebration of All-Florida Art in the Court House Cultural Center. The works have been personally selected by our juror Dennis Aufiery to create a show that reflects the finest in Florida art,” noted Nancy K Turrell, executive director.

Juror for the show Dennis Aufiery has studied with Alex Katz, Neil Welliver, Janet Fish, and Graham Nickson. He received a fellowship while earning his MFA at the University of Pennsylvania and a Post Graduate fellowship to the Skowhegan School. He received his undergraduate degree while at Penn and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he received the Thomas Eakins prize for painting.

Mr. Aufiery has collaborated with Robert Venturi on a number of projects, including the TREEHOUSE in Philadelphia, which won an A.I.A. gold medal and HIGH STYLES at the Whitney Museum of Art. Mr. Aufiery has shown work at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York, exhibited in solo shows in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and South Florida. His exhibition history also includes the Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine art, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, The Harn Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Mr. Aufiery lives in Jupiter Florida.

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

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


 
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Sep 4, 2014Sensations Cabaret - Treasure Coast's Premier Adult Entertainment Club Schedule
Sensations Cabaret - Treasure Coast's Premier Adult Entertainment Club - is kicking off your 2014-2015 NFL Season with the NFL Sunday Ticket. Come by and enjoy drink specials, food, raffles and the sexiest entertainers around all while watching your favorite NFL teams play. Introducing 6 flat screen TVs and 2 projector screens to maximize your NFL experience. After the game, we're your adult entertainment resource and we'll keep the party going till we close with additional drink and dance specials. Check in and like us on Facebook.


Sensations Cabaret - Treasure Coast's Premier Adult Entertainment Club - is your main resource for SPORTS! In addition to the NFL Sunday Ticket, Sensations Cabaret is now showing all boxing, UFC and PPV events. Starting September 13, 2014, we will be hosting the Mayweather vs. Maidan 2: Mayhem fight. Come by and enjoy drink specials, food, raffles and the sexiest entertainers around all while watching your favorite sporting events. Introducing 6 flat screen TVs and 2 projector screens to maximize your viewing experience. After the game, we're your adult entertainment resource and we'll keep the party going till we close with additional drink and dance specials. Check in and like us on Facebook.


 
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Sep 3, 2014CodeRED emergency notification system testing on Sept. 10
Starting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 10, Martin County Fire Rescue Emergency Management Agency officials will be testing the County's new CodeRED emergency notification system. CodeRED is a system public safety officials use in the event the public needs to be notified about conditions that may affect their welfare.

In addition to public safety messages, CodeRED has a Severe Weather Warning feature customers can opt-in for. With weather warnings, when the National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm, flash flood, or tornado warning in Martin County, affected residents and businesses will be warned of the impending weather. This service, along with CodeRED public safety messages, is available at no direct cost to the Martin County public.

The CodeRED system will be exercised to contact all business and citizen phone numbers in its emergency contact database - approximately 80,000 calls. The calls will be one minute long, and will indicate via recording that CodeRED is being tested, and encouraging residents to sign up their mobile and landline telephones with the system at www.martin.fl.us/em.

"CodeRED is one of many systems emergency managers and other public safety officials use in notifying the public about breaking emergencies" said Debra McCaughey, Director of Emergency Management for Martin County Fire Rescue. "CodeRED can generate telephone, cell phone, text message and e-mail alerts, depending on the services citizens sign up for. It's already proven a great tool for use in times of emergency."

"Although the CodeRED database already has tens of thousands of phone numbers and addresses in it, if residents or businesses know of individuals who did not receive the CodeRED test call, they are encouraged to register using the Emergency Management website," McCaughey continued.

If a citizen or business lacks Internet access and would like Emergency Management to help register them, or has general CodeRED questions they may call Emergency Management at 772.287.1652, Option 6 for CodeRED. Residents are asked not to contact 9-1-1 for CodeRED information as 9-1-1 operators are dedicated to dealing with true emergencies and do not have administrative information about CodeRED.

The test will begin at or around 10:00 a.m., and is expected to be completed within a few hours. The local telephone company has been advised of the calls, numbering in the neighborhood of 80,000 to avoid any unexpected issues with the telephone network.


 
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Sep 3, 2014MARTIN COUNTY TO EXPERIENCE FLORIDA STANDARDS IN 3-D
The Martin County School District will host a family engagement workshop on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, from 6-7pm at Martin County High School entitled The Perfect Brainstorm in 3-D. This interactive workshop is presented by the Florida Department of Education and will provide parents and community members with ways to support children on their journeys toward success in college, career and life.

The Perfect Brainstorm in 3-D inspires students, parents and community members to get excited about and involved with the Florida Standards. The 3-D workshop will clearly explain what the Florida Standards are and why they are beneficial to all Floridians. Families, community members and business partners are invited to attend the one-hour presentation that will teach families specific, age-appropriate activities to support learning at home.

“We are excited to have this workshop for families,” said Laurie Gaylord, Superintendent of the Martin County School District. “Parental involvement is essential to student success, and that is why we are pleased to offer this presentation along with other programs, like our recent Parent University. Getting parents engaged and maintaining involvement in their child’s education is an ongoing goal of the District, from kindergarten all the way through high school graduation.”

This community outreach effort was developed with the understanding that each child’s education is an individual journey and teachers and parents need tools and techniques to help them along the way. The workshop aims to equip parents with strategies to assist students in a fun and creative way using 3-D glasses to experience vividly three dimensions that lead to college and career readiness – Determination, Dedication and Destination. To learn more about The Florida Standards, please visit www.fsassessments.org/.

The Perfect Brainstorm in 3-D is free and no registration is required. The event will be held in the auditorium at Martin County High School, which is located at 2801 S. Kanner Hwy. in Stuart.


 
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Sep 3, 2014Help Martin County residents overcome hunger and hardship during libraries' Food For Fines week Sept. 8-13
The Martin County Library System (MCLS) is offering a chance to wipe out your fines in exchange for food for House of Hope.
During Food For Fines week, Sept. 8 - 13, patrons can bring their overdue items along with non-perishable food items to the circulation desk at any Martin County library. All fines for items that have been returned late will be forgiven. Bills for lost, damaged or never-returned items are not included in this offer.

* Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart
* Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave., Indiantown
* Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound
* Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach
* Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City
* Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr., Stuart

This is the fourth year MCLS has joined with House of Hope in the Food For Fines effort. In the past three years, the drive has collected nearly 13,000 pounds of food, as Martin County libraries and patrons helped their neighbors in need. House of Hope is a nonprofit agency that provides food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance and case management services to Martin County residents through four locations - Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.

For more information about Food For Fines or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403 or visit www.library.martin.fl.us.

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


 
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Sep 3, 2014Proposed new code for Zeus Park to be presented at Sept. 30 Hobe Sound meeting
The Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) invites the public to attend a September 30 meeting where a proposal of a new "Neighborhood" Zoning District for the Zeus Park neighborhood in Hobe Sound will be discussed. At the meeting, Martin County Community Development Department staff will present the proposed new code.

The purpose of the Zoning Code for Zeus Park code should be, first and foremost, to preserve the existing community character and rich history of that neighborhood.

The new "Neighborhood" Zoning District will introduce a single zoning Code that will be simple, easier to understand and will provide clear parameters and be consistent in application. The changes will contain every regulation relevant to Zeus Park all in one place.

The Hobe Sound Neighborhood Advisory Committee meeting focusing on Zeus Park rezoning will be held on Tuesday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hobe Sound Community Center located at 8990 Olympus Street in Hobe Sound.

For more information about the proposed new Code, please visit our website at www.zeusparkcode.com.


 
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Sep 3, 2014Proposed new code for Zeus Park to be presented at Sept. 30 Hobe Sound meeting
The Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) invites the public to attend a September 30 meeting where a proposal of a new "Neighborhood" Zoning District for the Zeus Park neighborhood in Hobe Sound will be discussed. At the meeting, Martin County Community Development Department staff will present the proposed new code.

The purpose of the Zoning Code for Zeus Park code should be, first and foremost, to preserve the existing community character and rich history of that neighborhood.

The new "Neighborhood" Zoning District will introduce a single zoning Code that will be simple, easier to understand and will provide clear parameters and be consistent in application. The changes will contain every regulation relevant to Zeus Park all in one place.

The Hobe Sound Neighborhood Advisory Committee meeting focusing on Zeus Park rezoning will be held on Tuesday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hobe Sound Community Center located at 8990 Olympus Street in Hobe Sound.

For more information about the proposed new Code, please visit our website at www.zeusparkcode.com.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Goal!


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

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

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

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

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


Family literacy night makes reading fun!


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

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

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

Hospice training helps Indiantown members learn healthy coping skills

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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


Our Impact

According to BGCMC Club Members

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

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

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

92% have abstained from alcohol

92% have abstained from tobacco use

According to Club Parents

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

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

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

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

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

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





Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013: Spirit Award, United Way of Martin County

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

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

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

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




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

The Treasure Coast Turns OrangeTM to Solve Hunger

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

For more information, call 772-335-8900.


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

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


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

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


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

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

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



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


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


 
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Sep 2, 2014Martin County School District Responds to Fatality of Student in Boat Accident
The students and staff of Stuart Middle School and the Martin County School District are supporting one another after the tragic death of 11-year-old Charlie Birely over the weekend. Charlie died in a boating accident in Stuart on Sunday.

Classes resumed on Tuesday following the Labor Day holiday. School District Superintendent Laurie Gaylord said, “This is such a sad loss to our community and to Stuart Middle School. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie’s family as they cope with this tragedy.

“The District and middle school have grief counseling and support available to Charlie’s classmates, our students, and our staff.”

District and school administrators, school psychologists, guidance counselors, and ESE (Exceptional Student Education) program specialists are working with the family, students, and the schools impacted by this tragedy. The District is prepared to provide services and resources for any members of its school family impacted by this tragedy, as long as the need may exist.

The Stuart Police Department is investigating the accident. “We are sensitive to the privacy and needs of Charlie’s family and are respectful to them during this sad time,” Gaylord said.



 
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Sep 2, 2014Customer-Centered Philosophy Earns HBK National, Local Recognition
HBK, a leading accounting, business advisory and financial services company, has been recognized among the “Best Employers in Ohio” in the survey’s “large employer” category. The recognition is among multiple national and local awards and rankings the firm has earned in 2014.

“Our business was founded on the premise that we would take our clients’ business interests personally; this is a customer-centered philosophy of professional service that we’ve emulated and expanded on since our founders began serving clients in 1949,” noted Christopher M. Allegretti, CPA and CEO/Managing Principal of HBK.

Offering clients the unique combination of large company expertise and resources and the commitment to an attentive personal relationship has earned the firm considerable recognition in 2014, including the following rankings and awards:

• Accounting Today “Top 100”: ranked 67th
• Inside Public Accounting “Top 100”: ranked 88th
• Best Employers in Ohio: Large Employer Category
• South Jersey Best of Business 2014, Accounting Firms (HBK/Lawrenceville, New Jersey)
• Gulfshore Business: Best Accounting Firm (HBK/HBKS; Fort Myers and Naples, Florida)
• Michele Radcliffe Dutro Memorial Award (John Fedorek, Principal; Stuart, Florida)

“We pride ourselves on taking the time to learn about our clients so that we ask the right questions,” Allegretti said. “That allows us to develop strategies that help them achieve their financial goals.”


HBK provides small to mid-market business and personal financial solutions through a family of companies specializing in tax planning, wealth management, business valuation, corporate finance, forensic accounting, litigation support services and energy consulting within the firm's core services of accounting, tax and audit. HBK maintains offices in Alliance and Youngstown in Ohio, Erie, Hermitage, Meadville and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, Lawrenceville in New Jersey, and Fort Myers, Naples, Stuart, and Sarasota in Florida.

For more information on HBK client services, contact Patricia Kimerer at (330) 729-3389 or visit our website at www.hbkcpa.com.

 
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Sep 2, 2014Indiantown's Carter Park wins state planning award
Indiantown's Carter Park project has been selected for an American Planning Association Florida 2014 Award of Merit in the Neighborhood Planning category.

The Neighborhood Planning Award recognizes projects that demonstrate innovative planning principles and measures that create sustainable neighborhoods that have lasting value.
Carter Park is the first combined environmentally sustainable and affordable housing development in Martin County. Funded in part with a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Martin County built an innovative stormwater treatment project at the heart of this community that reduces pollution, and cleans the waters that flow into our estuaries.
The project was possible thanks to a public-private partnership between Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners and the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
The convergence of vision, policy and innovation resulted in 40 new affordable housing lots, a new 22,000-square-foot urban Boys & Girls Club, and a stormwater treatment system that reduces pollution from a 256-acre watershed within the Indiantown CRA.
Martin County is honored that generations of families will call Carter Park home.
Representatives from Martin County as well as Habitat for Humanity of Martin County will attend the awards ceremony in September.


 
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Sep 2, 2014MEDIA ADVISORY

Celebratory event with video and photo opportunities

Historic Surprise Announcement
Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President
Phoebe Raulerson, Chair, IRSC Board of Trustees
Ashley Gilbert, President, Campus Coalition Government (student government)
and
Senator Joe Negron, Florida’s 32nd District

Announcing one of the most significant national accomplishments in the history of the College

Thursday, September 4
12:30 p.m.
Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, 35th Street side of the Main Campus



For more information, contact:


Michelle Abaldo
Director of Institutional Advancement
Indian River State College

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


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

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


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

Marine Mammal Rescue Partners with FWC and MARS for Training


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


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




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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the Division, visit their website.

Upcoming Cultural Events

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 
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Aug 28, 2014SAVE THE DATE!

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

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

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

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



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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Key aspects of the effort include:

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


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

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

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



What: Robert Morgade Library Closing for Improvements

Where: 5851 SE Community Dr., Stuart, FL

When: Friday, September 5 - Monday, September 22


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

St. Lucie County River Kidz:

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


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

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

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

Sincerely,


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SEE ATTACHED FLYER

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


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

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

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

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


 
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Aug 25, 2014MCSO Trunk or Treat 10/31


Trunk or Treat Flyer.pdf
 
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