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Feb 23, 2017Win big at the Spring Stuart Stroll March 9
The Downtown Business Association and Stuart Main Street present the Spring Stuart Stroll, an evening of shopping, refreshments and fun on March 9 from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in Historic Downtown Stuart.

During the Stuart Stroll, participants will enjoy drinks, refreshments, and free food samples as they stroll the dozens of participating shops, galleries and restaurants downtown.

Five lucky shoppers will win a $100 shopping spree in Historic Downtown Stuart.

Tickets for the Stuart Stroll are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event, and only 400 tickets will be sold. Advance tickets can be purchased at Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream, Stuart Coffee Company, Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic, Rare Earth Gallery, Harbor Wear, The Clam Shell, April Daze, and the Seacoast Bank branch location on Colorado Avenue in Stuart.

The event takes place March 9 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Registration begins at the Post Office Arcade on Osceola Street. Free shuttles are available from the Osceola, Sailfish, and Kiwanis Park parking lots.

Sponsors of the Stuart Stroll include Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, Stuart Boathouse, Sneaki Tiki, Seacoast Bank, Mark Brechbilll, PLLC, Coast 101.3 and Treasure Coast Newspapers/TCPalm.

For more information, visit HistoricDowntownStuart.com, StuartMainStreet.org, find Stuart Main Street and Downtown Stuart on Facebook, or call 772–286-2848.



 
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Feb 23, 2017Stand up for Florida Farmers!
Senate Bill 10 will kill American jobs, devastate Glades communities, and put decades of progress in Everglades restoration at risk. The fight against Senate Bill 10 has brought the people of the Glades together - not only farmers, but also community leaders, pastors, and families.

This week, Senate Bill 10 passed the first committee stop. If approved, it will put thousands of farming jobs at risk by calling for the purchase of more than 60,000

In an effort to save American jobs, Florida's farmers are fighting back. Join these farmers in calling upon the Florida Senate to stop SB 10. The future of farming in Florida depends on it!

TELL YOUR LEADERS TO STOP SB10!

Florida Sugarcane Farmers
flscfarmers@gmail.com
flsugarcanefarmers.org



 
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Feb 23, 2017Martin County Parks and Recreation Department offers adult physical activity program
The Martin County Department of Parks and Recreation will soon be offering adults ages 50+ a new way to learn the skills necessary to become and stay physically active.

Thanks to an instructor training grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Martin County Parks and Recreation will offer the Active Living Every Day (ALED) program to residents. Martin County is one of 46 parks and recreation agencies to receive the ALED instructor training grant.

Martin County Parks and Recreation programs have long been centers of health and wellness in the community. The ALED program is based on the discoveries that physical activity need not be strenuous or time consuming to benefit health, and people are more likely to become and stay physically active when taught the appropriate lifestyle skills. The ALED program's emphasis on moderate-intensity physical activity and fitting that level of activity in everyday life makes it an appealing alternative to traditional fitness programs.

Active Living Every Day one-hour classes are free and will be offered on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. from March 7 through May 23, 2017 by certified and trained instructors at the Log Cabin Senior Center located at 2369 NE Dixie Highway in Jensen Beach. The classes are ideally suited for anyone that is interested in learning new ways to become and stay active.

Class size is limited to 20 people. To register and/or receive more information, contact Lauren Mihalik at 772-334-1954 or via e-mail at lmihalik@martin.fl.us.

ALED classes will be also offered again in October 2017, visit the Department's Facebook page for future dates and times at www.Facebook.com/MyMCParks.


 
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Feb 23, 2017The Florida Chamber Stands With Floridians For Ridesharing Coalition
The Florida Chamber of Commerce, alongside other business groups, nonprofit organizations and safety organizations, launched Floridians for Ridesharing, a coaltion aimed at supporting statewide regulations like background checks, insurance standards and other consumer protections for ridesharing service providers.
Florida’s future depends on diversifying our state’s economy by attracting and supporting innovations like ridesharing. Florida wins when we streamline regulations and work toward remaining globally competitive. The Florida Chamber recognizes the potentional of innovative technology-based companies like Uber and Lyft, which have provided Florida's more than 20 million residents and nearly 113 million visitors with tens of millions of rides. Companies like these diversify Florida's economy as a whole while also boosting local economies by creating jobs or supplemental income sources for individual Floridians.
In the Legislature, both the Senate and House ridesharing bills are gaining momentum. House Bill 221, filed by Representative Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater), has passed its two committee stops and is ready for the House floor. Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) has filed SB 340 with four prominent Senate co-sponsors: Sen. Frank Artiles (R-Miami), Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-Spring Hill), and Sen. Dana Young (R-Tampa).



 
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Feb 23, 2017BEACH BASEBALL IS GOING TO COOPERSTOWN!
Beach Baseball, a boys’ baseball instructional organization based in Jensen Beach (Martin County), Fla., has assembled a team of 12 year olds to play in one of the week-long tournaments at Cooperstown All Star Village in Cooperstown, New York in June 2017. The team’s tournament week is June 10-16.

Cooperstown All Star Village (http://cooperstownallstarvillage.com/) provides an amazing opportunity to participate at “a world-class facility with major league style baseball fields and uniforms for the players, and a great experience for families.” Cooperstown, of course, is the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Beach Baseball Cooperstown team is coached by former Major League Baseball relief pitcher Rob Murphy, Jr. and collegiate all-star catcher Brandt Martin. Tryouts for the team were held in December and the boys started practice and conditioning last month.

The team consists of players from Jensen Beach, Stuart, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, and Sebastian. It is the only team from the Treasure Coast area to have a reservation at the tournament that attracts teams from across the country and the world.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these players,” said Murphy, “and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. We’re working hard to not only be a competitive team, but to ensure the kids learn important lifelong skills that they can use both on and off the field the rest of their lives.”

Interestingly, Murphy’s only previous visit to Cooperstown was in 1989, when he was playing with the Boston Red Sox. That year’s Hall of Fame Game was to have pitted the Red Sox against the Cincinnati Reds, another team for which Murphy played. Plane trouble caused the Reds to miss the game, so the Red Sox split into two teams and an intra-squad game was played, resulting in a 4-4 tie.

“I’m really looking forward to going back,” said Murphy, who competed in the major leagues for over ten years and retired in 1995, his final season being with the Florida Marlins.

The Beach Baseball Cooperstown team has a local fundraising schedule and is also accepting donations to go towards tournament entry fees, equipment, practice field rental, travel expenses, and meals. Secure donations can be made on the organization’s website at https://www.beachbaseball.biz/donate.

Beach Baseball provides “Major League instruction at your local field.” Former MLB relief pitcher Rob Murphy shares his experience and expertise with the youth along the Treasure Coast of Florida by instructing and coaching baseball players of all ages. More information about Beach Baseball can be found online at https://www.beachbaseball.biz/.


 
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Feb 23, 2017You're invited
You're invited to the Small Business Assistance Open House

Your business can THRIVE today and in the future. Gain valuable insight into the resources available at low or no-cost to you.

Learn How About: Business Planning, SBA Loans, Marketing Plans, Government Contracting, Export Marketing, Financial Planning/Budgeting
Thursday, March 2, 2017
8:00 am—12:00pm
IRSC Chastain Campus,
Johnson Auditorium
2400 SE Salerno Rd., Stuart
772-336-6285

Sign-up today for this NO-COST Open House to learn more about the highly regarded Profit Mastery process

Register Now
http://www.cctiirsc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse.coursedetail&coursecode=FSBDC01898&seg=4

For more information, please call 772-336-6285 or email pkelty@irsc.edu.


In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, all notices; promotional items; brochures; publications and media announcements informing the public of events, programs, meetings, seminars, conferences and workshops sponsored or cosponsored by the SBA, must include the following accessibility/accommodations notice: The Florida SBDC at IRSC is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through cooperative agreements with the U.S. Small Business Administration, 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. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Patrice Kelty, 500 NW California Blvd., F-144, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, 772-336-6285.
State Designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance [§288.001, FLA.Stat.]




 
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Feb 22, 2017House Appropriations Committee Advances Anti-Economic Development and Tourism Bill - Next Stop, House Floor Vote
A few moments ago, the Florida House Appropriations Committee voted by a 18-12 margin to advance HB 7005, a bill that would end economic diversification efforts in Florida, including eliminating the economic development toolkit, international programs, marketing and small business assistance. Additionally, this bill cuts tourism marketing funding by 67 percent.

Despite overwhelming opposition from citizens in attendance and over 20,000 emails sent to lawmakers by Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the conversation of eliminating Enterprise Florida and two dozen important programs will now move to the Florida House Floor.

The Florida Chamber believes the state must continue to fund initiatives that support diversifying the economy and attracting visitors and businesses to our state. HB 7005 has already generated national media attention and sends a signal that Florida's state legislature is no longer an active partner in‎ job creation, diversifying our economy, ‎or supporting our important tourism sector.
Looking ahead, your efforts and comments will continue to be needed. So please, “stay tuned” for additional announcements on how you can help. We hope you will continue to join our fight to oppose any efforts to dismantle the state’s necessary and results-proven role in economic development and tourism marketing.

Thank These Legislators Who Supported Our Tourism Industry and Economic Diversification With Their Votes AGAINST HB 7005 Today:
• Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-Coral Springs), Jared.Moskowitz@myfloridahouse.gov, (954) 346-2848
• Rep. Lori Berman (D-Boynton Beach), lori.berman@myfloridahouse.gov, (561) 374-7850
• Rep. Bobby DuBose (D-Fort Lauderdale), Bobby.DuBose@myfloridahouse.gov, (954) 467-4206
• Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Sunrise), Katie.Edwards@myfloridahouse.gov, (954) 838-1372
• Rep. Bill Hager (R-Boca Raton), bill.hager@myfloridahouse.gov, (561) 470-6607
• Rep. Shev Jones (D-West Park), Shevrin.Jones@myfloridahouse.gov, (954) 893-5010
• Rep. Kionne McGhee (D-Cutler Bay), Kionne.McGhee@myfloridahouse.gov, (305) 256-6301
• Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo), Holly.Raschein@myfloridahouse.gov, (305) 453-1202
• Rep. David Richardson (D-Miami Beach), David.Richardson@myfloridahouse.gov, (305) 535-5426
• Rep. Cynthia Stafford (D-Opa Locka), cynthia.stafford@myfloridahouse.gov, (305) 953-3086
• Rep. Richard Stark (D-Weston), Richard.Stark@myfloridahouse.gov, (954) 217-0287
• Rep. Charlie Stone (R-Ocala), Charlie.Stone@myfloridahouse.gov, (352) 291-4436

Send Your Concerns to These Legislators Who Opposed Our Tourism Industry and Economic Diversification With Their Votes FOR HB 7005 Today:
• Rep. Carolos Trujillo (R-Doral), carlos.trujillo@myfloridahouse.gov or (305) 470-5070
• Rep. George Moraitis (R-Ft. Lauderdale), george.moraitis@myfloridahouse.gov or (954) 762-3757
• Rep. Larry Ahern (R-Seminole), larry.ahern@myfloridahouse.gov, (727) 395-2512
• Rep. Ben Albritton (R-Bartow), ben.albritton@myfloridahouse.gov, (863) 534-0073
• Rep. Michael Bileca (R-Miami), michael.bileca@myfloridahouse.gov, (305) 273-3235
• Rep. Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford), jason.brodeur@myfloridahouse.gov, (407) 302-4800
• Rep. Janet Cruz (D-Tampa), janet.cruz@myfloridahouse.gov, (813) 673-4673
• Rep. Travis Cummings (R-Orange Park), Travis.Cummings@myfloridahouse.gov, (904) 278-5761
• Rep. Jose Felix "Pepi" Diaz (R-Miami), jose.diaz@myfloridahouse.gov, (305) 442-6800
• Rep. Manny Diaz (R-Hialeah Gardens), Manny.Diaz@myfloridahouse.gov, (305) 364-3072
• Rep. Blaise Ingoglia (R-Spring Hill), Blaise.Ingoglia@myfloridahouse.gov, (352) 688-5004
• Rep. Clay Ingram (R-Pensacola), clay.ingram@myfloridahouse.gov, (850) 494-7330
• Rep. Larry Metz (R-Groveland), larry.metz@myfloridahouse.gov, (352) 989-9134
• Rep. Jeanette Nunez (R-Miami), jeanette.nunez@myfloridahouse.gov, (305) 227-7630
• Rep. Jose Oliva (R-Hialeah), jose.oliva@myfloridahouse.gov, (305) 364-3114
• Rep. Elizabeth Porter (R-Lake City), elizabeth.porter@myfloridahouse.gov, (386) 719-4600
• Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R-Fort Myers), Ray.Rodrigues@myfloridahouse.gov, (239) 433-6501
• Rep. Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater), Chris.Sprowls@myfloridahouse.gov, (727) 793-2810



 
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Feb 22, 2017Mr. StudFinder Charity Auction to benefit Habitat’s 2017 Women Build Home
Mr. StudFinder Charity Auction to benefit Habitat’s 2017 Women Build Home
Up for bid: Once-in-a-lifetime British Open Golf Experience; Staycation at a local resort paired with a charter fishing boat cruise; be a firefighter or sheriff for a day; have lunch with a World Golf Hall of Fame inductee; private chef-prepared dinners and more

STUART, Fla. – Habitat for Humanity of Martin County’s most entertaining event of the year is right around the corner and it stars the philanthropic “studs” of the Treasure Coast.

Prestigious businessmen and esteemed professionals will donate their time and talent at the Mr. StudFinder Charity Auction to benefit Habitat's 2017 Women Build program. The event is Thursday, Mar. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Frances Langford Dockside Pavilion, 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. Guests will enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and the main event: A live auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds will help build a home for the McKnight Family in the Carter Park community of Indiantown.

“The Women Build committee has orchestrated this one-of-a-kind auction featuring unique items donated by some of the Treasure Coast’s finest and most charitable gentlemen,” said Margot Graff, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County. “I’m always touched to see so many of our community business members participating in this auction, and to welcome a few new faces to the lineup. We’re also happy to be able to host our largest event of the year on the Indian River at the Frances Langford Pavilion.”

One of the best things about the event is everyone can participate and bid. The Mr. StudFinder Charity Auction features a lively group of gentlemen, nominated by their peers and selected to present a valuable item or package for bid. Each auction package is valued between $500 and $5,000. Items include firefighter or sheriff for a day packages, salsa dancing lessons, a charter fishing trip with hotel stay and a lunch with PGA Tour legend Chi Chi Rodriguez at a private local club, followed by a round of golf for you and three of your friends.

Auctioneer Elliott Paul will serve as master of ceremonies, introducing Habitat’s illustrious list of “Stud Finders.” The 2017 lineup includes photographer Mitch Kloorfain, Chef’s Table owner and renowned chef Adam Fatigate, Dr. Brian Moriarty, Capt. Michael Murray from Mattanza Charters, Realtor and dance instructor Eddie Arguelles, Treasured Lands Foundation Director Chuck Barrowclough, Harvest Table owner and well-respected local chef Jimmy Cunningham, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Martin County Commissioner Harold Jenkins, Stephen Leighton from the Martin County Sheriff’s Department and Conner Pecci from the Martin County Fire Department.

There will also be a silent auction featuring a package which includes rounds of golf on five British Open courses (Royal Troon, Turnberry Resort, Kingsbarn Golf Links, Prestwick and Carnoustie), rental car for six days, three-nights each at Turnberry and St. Andrews and a dedicated travel agent to book all reservations and assist with airfare upgrades and other details. Another silent auction item sure to draw some attention is a private airplane ride, touring around Martin County.

Tickets are $50 per person and include admission to the auction, cocktail reception and heavy hors d’ oeuvres. To purchase tickets, learn more about the event or sponsorships opportunities, visit HabitatMartin.org or call 772-223-9940.

About Women Build
The 2017 Habitat for Humanity of Martin County Women Build home will be built for the McKnight Family in the community of Carter Park in Indiantown. The family is already contributing to Habitat’s sweat equity requirement of 300 volunteer hours. They will purchase the home with a no-interest loan from Habitat for Humanity and their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat homes.

Women Build is a Habitat for Humanity program that encourages women and girls to have fun and make a difference by building homes and communities. Women crews around the world have built thousands of homes since Women Build’s official creation in 1998. Each year, more homes are added as affiliates, donors and sponsors discover the impact of women volunteers and their resources.

About Habitat for Humanity of Martin County
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since its inception as a not-for-profit organization in 1986, Habitat has built 126 homes in Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno and Stuart. Learn more at HabitatMartin.org or call 772-223-9940.


 
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Feb 22, 2017Fire Rescue reminds residents to minimize wildfire risk around homes and neighborhoods
Last week, Martin County Fire Rescue responded to seven separate wildfires in and around Port Salerno, Stuart and communities west of Stuart. Approximately 100 acres burned in Martin County. This significant event required response from nearly all of Fire Rescue's resources and included mutual aid support from the Florida Forest Service, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. All the fires were contained Wednesday evening, and Fire Rescue continued to monitor hot spots and flare-ups.

Although these fires came dangerously close to homes, businesses and the IRSC Chastain Campus, there were no reports of injuries or damage to structures. "These fires predominately occurred in Wildland Urban Interface areas, which are neighborhoods that are close to heavily wooded areas such as preserves, parks and recreation areas," said Doug Killane, Bureau Chief of Fire Prevention.

Chief Killane continued, "Currently Martin County's drought index is high and continues to rise. As these dry conditions persist, residents need to be vigilant and proactive in reducing the potential for wildland fires."

Residents can reduce the risk of property damage by maintaining a 30-foot defensible space around homes and eliminating leaves, twigs and vegetative debris around their property. Residents are encouraged to plan for wildfires similar to any other natural disaster, including having a supply kit and evacuation plan prepared.

Martin County Fire Rescue encourages residents to take action steps for around your home. Please visit this link for Wildland Fire Safety Tips.



 
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Feb 22, 2017SFWMD Hosts Annual Water Conservation Expo and Vendor Fair





February 21, 2017

SFWMD Hosts Annual Water Conservation Expo and Vendor Fair
This year's event highlights the latest innovations in water efficient irrigation technology



(Click on the image for the expo agenda.)

WHAT: As part of an ongoing effort to support water conservation practices throughout the region, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is partnering with the Florida Irrigation Society to host its annual Water Conservation Expo and Vendor Fair.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend informative sessions highlighting conservation and efficiencies in the irrigation, landscape and nursery industries. Representatives from Disney Horticulture, Design-Build Green Integration, Ewing Irrigation and Florida Turfgrass Association are among the scheduled presenters. Vendors will also feature products and services to help reduce water use.

WHEN: Friday, February 24, 2017
TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: SFWMD Headquarters
B-1 Auditorium
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
WHO: The event is designed for the irrigation, landscape and nursery industries. Participants will discover new ways to conserve water by using Florida Friendly and low water use landscape designs.
RSVP: To pre-register for the free event, visit www.sfwmd.gov/wcexpo and click the "Register to Attend" link by Wednesday, Feb. 22. Walk-in registration will be available.

For more information, please contact Heather Moody, Senior Water Conservation Analyst, at (561) 682-6615 or via email at hmoody@sfwmd.gov.


Media Contact:
Randy Smith | rrsmith@sfwmd.gov | Office: 561-682-2800 | Cell: 561-389-3386







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

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Feb 22, 2017Piper’s Landing clubhouse renovations are stunning
Open floor plans, vaulted ceilings, stately décor and classic adornments greet residents and visitors when they step into the newly renovated clubhouse at Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club. Sweeping vistas of the picturesque championship golf course pour through the grand windows in the dining rooms and the newly expanded leathered marble bar situated in Piper’s new Pub 19. The $7.3M in renovations were completed on time, on budget and culminated with a grand reopening party on New Year’s Eve, exceeding members’ expectations.

Piper’s will host an open house on Sunday, March 19, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for the entire community to tour the renovated clubhouse, which is available to reserve for special events, and to view the 20+ homes currently available for sale in Piper’s Landing.

The clubhouse renovations incorporate both functional and aesthetic improvements and upgrades, including an expanded clubhouse footprint with outdoor dining and a modernized Lifestyle and Fitness Center. The new construction embraces an open concept, and improved amenities, as well as the overall utility of the clubhouse.

An upgraded and enlarged dining room features a longer bar with additional seating in the lounge, a casual fire pit area and a covered patio for outdoor dining. Multi-purpose rooms have also been added near the newly renovated men’s and women’s locker rooms, along with many upgrades to safety and handicap accessibility

“Members are thrilled with the stunning new clubhouse and are rightfully proud of all of the new amenities,” said General Manager Brian Reich. “The upgrades and expansion of the clubhouse have made Piper’s even more competitive in the marketplace for both special event venues and luxury living. Piper’s truly is unique – we have all the amenities of a larger community with a smaller, friendlier atmosphere.”

While the clubhouse was closed for renovations, Piper’s championship golf course remained in full swing. In fact, Piper’s Landing was recently awarded the “Best Golf Course on the Treasure Coast” by Indian River Magazine, as well as “Best Private Golf Course” in northern Martin County by The Hometown News. In addition to the award winning golf course, residents also enjoy access to Har-Tru® tennis courts, nature preserves and a beautiful yacht basin and marina. And now, with the addition of the state-of-the-art fitness center, members have even more activities to enjoy.
For more information about Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club, visit www.piperslanding.com , call 772.283.7000 and like Pipers on Facebook.


 
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Feb 22, 2017Martin County Bar Association Holds Inaugural “Race to the Courthouse 5K” on April 15th; Proceeds to Benefit Legal Aid Society
In Pamplona, Spain, they may run with the bulls, but in Stuart, Florida, you can run with the lawyers, thanks to the Martin County Bar Association, which hosts its Inaugural Race to the Courthouse 5K on Saturday, April 15th. The event features a scenic course through parts of downtown Stuart beginning and ending at the Martin County Courthouse and neighboring Memorial Park.
The 5K Run/Walk is open to the entire community, non-lawyers as well as lawyers, and offers competitive opportunities for runners and walkers at all levels, from beginner to master. All those participating will earn a finisher medal and other prizes will be awarded based on age group. There also will be winners for the fastest law firm and local bar association.
The fee to register for the race is $30 prior to March 15th. After that, prices rise to $35 through April 12, and $40 on race day. Proceeds will benefit the Legal Aid Society of the Martin County Bar Association, Inc. a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1992 that provides free legal services to indigent residents of Martin County, Florida.
Registration can be done on line at www.runsignup.com/Race/FL/Stuart/TheRacetotheCourthouse5k.
Sponsorships are also available for the event.
For more information, contact race committee co-chairs Gene Zweben, Zweben Law Group at
772-223-5454 and Abby Spears, Kramer, Sopko & Levenstein, P.A. at 772- 288-0048.



 
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Feb 22, 2017SafeSpace to hold Steppin’ Out for SafeSpace event
Stuart, Fla. - SafeSpace will host Steppin’ Out for SafeSpace, a dinner/dance event, on March 4 starting at 6 p.m. at the Santa Lucia River Club at Ballantrae in Port St. Lucie. This evening to remember is both a fundraiser and a celebration of the successes that SafeSpace has experienced helping victims of domestic abuse become survivors. The evening includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dancing, with entertainment provided by the band Memory Lane and a silent auction of exclusive travel packages. Tickets are $150 per person, and guests are encouraged to wear purple cocktail attire.

Steppin’ Out for SafeSpace will benefit SafeSpace, the only Certified Domestic Violence Center on the Treasure Coast. In addition to providing victims of domestic violence with emergency shelter, this nonprofit organization offers education and support for families through its various outreach programs as well as longer-term housing through its supportive living program. In its last fiscal year, SafeSpace served nearly 3,000 victims and their children and provided more than 15,000 safe nights of service.

“SafeSpace could not do the live-saving work we do without our community supporters and dedicated volunteers,” said Jill Borowicz, SafeSpace CEO. “It is our mission to empower victims of domestic violence to create an independent life free from violence. The more connected our supporters are to our mission, the more lives we can save and change.”

The Steppin’ Out for SafeSpace volunteer committee includes committee chair Joyce Page along with committee members: Carol Dols, Lorett DeSantis-Fribourg, Karen Helmers, Linda Hengerer, Linda Luyendyk-Reed, Dr. Jack Mitchell, Janice Norman, Margaret Richebourg and
Joan Smith.

For more information or to register for the Steppin’ Out for SafeSpace event, call 772-223-2399 or visit safespacefl.org or facebook.com/safespacefl.

SafeSpace appreciates the generous sponsors and community supporters of the Steppin’ Out for SafeSpace event, which include: Alexa Silva/Keller Williams Treasure Coast, Dyer Chevrolet, Gerri & Bob Ripp, Janet & Frank Kelly, Jill & Fred Borowicz, Laura & David Rich, PNC Bank, RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty, Real Estate Book of Martin County, Southern Social, The Norman Page Group, Toshiba Business Solutions, and Treasure & Space Coast Radio – 93.7GYL, 97.1 Ocean, B94.7 Fresh Country.

About SafeSpace

SafeSpace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates programs in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties where families can escape to a safe environment. SafeSpace offers victims of domestic violence safety, support and education, empowering them to create an independent life free from violence. Emergency shelter, supportive living, and outreach programs and services are available for victims throughout the Treasure Coast. SafeSpace offers services to all victims of domestic violence and their dependents regardless of race, gender, age, religion, political belief, national origin, immigration status, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation or language spoken. To learn more about SafeSpace, please visit www.safespacefl.org, call 772-223-2399 or connect with SafeSpace on Facebook at www.facebook.com/safespacefl.



 
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Feb 22, 2017BEACH BASEBALL IS GOING TO COOPERSTOWN!
Jensen Beach, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2017)…Beach Baseball, a boys’ baseball instructional organization based in Jensen Beach (Martin County), Fla., has assembled a team of 12 year olds to play in one of the week-long tournaments at Cooperstown All Star Village in Cooperstown, New York in June 2017. The team’s tournament week is June 10-16.

Cooperstown All Star Village (http://cooperstownallstarvillage.com/) provides an amazing opportunity to participate at “a world-class facility with major league style baseball fields and uniforms for the players, and a great experience for families.” Cooperstown, of course, is the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Beach Baseball Cooperstown team is coached by former Major League Baseball relief pitcher Rob Murphy, Jr. and collegiate all-star catcher Brandt Martin. Tryouts for the team were held in December and the boys started practice and conditioning last month.

The team consists of players from Jensen Beach, Stuart, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, and Sebastian. It is the only team from the Treasure Coast area to have a reservation at the tournament that attracts teams from across the country and the world.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these players,” said Murphy, “and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. We’re working hard to not only be a competitive team, but to ensure the kids learn important lifelong skills that they can use both on and off the field the rest of their lives.”

Interestingly, Murphy’s only previous visit to Cooperstown was in 1989, when he was playing with the Boston Red Sox. That year’s Hall of Fame Game was to have pitted the Red Sox against the Cincinnati Reds, another team for which Murphy played. Plane trouble caused the Reds to miss the game, so the Red Sox split into two teams and an intra-squad game was played, resulting in a 4-4 tie.

“I’m really looking forward to going back,” said Murphy, who competed in the major leagues for over ten years and retired in 1995, his final season being with the Florida Marlins.

The Beach Baseball Cooperstown team has a local fundraising schedule and is also accepting donations to go towards tournament entry fees, equipment, practice field rental, travel expenses, and meals. Secure donations can be made on the organization’s website at https://www.beachbaseball.biz/donate.

Beach Baseball provides “Major League instruction at your local field.” Former MLB relief pitcher Rob Murphy shares his experience and expertise with the youth along the Treasure Coast of Florida by instructing and coaching baseball players of all ages. More information about Beach Baseball can be found online at https://www.beachbaseball.biz/.



 
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Feb 21, 2017Accessorize, Socialize & Modernize…
The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is hosting another fabulous Adults Only Evening on Thursday, March 2 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Tickets are only $20 and include, an evening of shopping, mingling and adult beverage-ing. As you enter you will be greeted by live music, hors d’oeuvres, fabulous vendors and swing by the raffle table to enter to win some great items. This event is not just for the ladies, this year The Museum will be adding a Men’s Lounge just for the guys to sit and relax while the ladies shop. The new Men’s Lounge will have its own specialty drinks, entertainment and goodies just for the guys.

If you would like to donate, sponsor or be a vendor for this exclusive Adults Only Evening contact the Marketing department at Children’s Museum for more information. Tickets are on sale now at The Museum’s website, buy yours today.

The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach at the center of Indian Riverside Park. The museum is a great place for children to explore, learn, and play through interactive activities and imagination. For more information, please call 772-225-7575 or visit www.ChildrensMuseumTC.org.


 
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Feb 21, 2017“CAREER ACADEMY SHOWCASE”
MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PRESENT
“CAREER ACADEMY SHOWCASE” FEB. 22 AT SOUTH FORK HIGH SCHOOL

Stuart, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2017)…The Martin County School District’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs and Career and Professional Education (CAPE) academies will present the annual “Career Academy Showcase” on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 in the South Fork High School Gymnasium.

The District offers Career Academy programs among three high schools and five middle schools, ranging from Auto Collision and Repair to Veterinary Assisting and a multitude of other programs. All high school career programs are state-approved CAPE academies and incorporate a high degree of relevance as well as a high degree of academic rigor. Additionally, each career academy offers an approved industry certification that is recognized nationally in the business world.

The Showcase of Career Academies is a free event and will be held in the South Fork High School Gymnasium from 5-7pm on Feb. 22. It is a wonderful opportunity for community members to interact with teachers and students in action as to workforce preparation underway in our schools. Additionally, parents and students – particularly fifth and eighth grade students –are afforded the opportunity to learn more about the many career academies offered by the District, so they can make informed choices as they prepare to enter middle and high school. The Martin County public schools with career academies and programs to be showcased are:

• Anderson Middle School • Jensen Beach High School
• Hidden Oaks Middle School • Martin County High School
• Indiantown Middle School • South Fork High School
• Murray Middle School • Stuart Middle School

More information on the school district’s CAPE Academies can be found online at http://www.martinschools.org/pages/Martin_County_School_District/General_Info/Department_Groups/Career_and_Technical_Education. The site includes a downloadable fact sheet and booklet, as well as a list of all the programs offered.

South Fork High School is located at 10000 SW Bulldog Way Stuart, FL 34997-2799

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Martin County School District • 500 East Ocean Boulevard • Stuart, FL 34994
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Feb 21, 2017MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PRESENT “CAREER ACADEMY SHOWCASE” FEB. 22 AT SOUTH FORK HIGH SCHOOL
The Martin County School District’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs and Career and Professional Education (CAPE) academies will present the annual “Career Academy Showcase” on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 in the South Fork High School Gymnasium.

The District offers Career Academy programs among three high schools and five middle schools, ranging from Auto Collision and Repair to Veterinary Assisting and a multitude of other programs. All high school career programs are state-approved CAPE academies and incorporate a high degree of relevance as well as a high degree of academic rigor. Additionally, each career academy offers an approved industry certification that is recognized nationally in the business world.

The Showcase of Career Academies is a free event and will be held in the South Fork High School Gymnasium from 5-7pm on Feb. 22. It is a wonderful opportunity for community members to interact with teachers and students in action as to workforce preparation underway in our schools. Additionally, parents and students – particularly fifth and eighth grade students –are afforded the opportunity to learn more about the many career academies offered by the District, so they can make informed choices as they prepare to enter middle and high school. The Martin County public schools with career academies and programs to be showcased are:

• Anderson Middle School • Jensen Beach High School
• Hidden Oaks Middle School • Martin County High School
• Indiantown Middle School • South Fork High School
• Murray Middle School • Stuart Middle School

More information on the school district’s CAPE Academies can be found online at http://www.martinschools.org/pages/Martin_County_School_District/General_Info/Department_Groups/Career_and_Technical_Education. The site includes a downloadable fact sheet and booklet, as well as a list of all the programs offered.

South Fork High School is located at 10000 SW Bulldog Way Stuart, FL 34997-2799



 
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Feb 21, 2017MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR TO BEGIN MARCH 20, 2017
Stuart, FL - Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year in the Martin County School District begins next month. Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2017 should register with the elementary school in their attendance zone starting March 20, 2017. Parents and guardians should contact the individual schools directly for details on registration times. By registering early, parents and guardians help the schools in their planning for the correct number of classes and teachers.

Important kindergarten registration reminders:

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

To register, parents and guardians need to bring:

• The child's original birth certificate or other lawful evidence of date of birth [1003.21(4)].
• Two (2) proofs of residency are required to register a student indicating the address at which the student resides with his/her parent(s) or legal guardian. Examples of acceptable documents are as follows, and all sources of evidence must coincide (current utility bill with service address indicated; State of Florida driver’s license; current year property tax bill; lease agreement with name of tenant, landlord, and contact information for all parties; home purchase contract including closing date and a copy of property deed to be provided in thirty (30) days).
• A current physical examination on Form #3040 (to be valid, the physical must have been completed within a year of school entry date and signed by a licensed physician)
• A Florida Certificate of Immunization Record (Form #680) completed by a physician or the Martin County Health Department. Please see immunization requirements below:

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


Elementary School Contact Information

School Telephone number

Bessey Creek Elementary 772-219-1500
Citrus Grove Elementary 772-223-2513
Crystal Lake Elementary 772-219-1525
Felix A. Williams Elementary 772-219-1640
Hobe Sound Elementary 772-219-1540
Jensen Beach Elementary 772-219-1555
Palm City Elementary 772-219-1565
J.D. Parker School 772-219-1580
Pinewood Elementary 772-219-1595
Port Salerno Elementary 772-219-1610
SeaWind Elementary 772-219-1625
Warfield Elementary 772-597-2551



 
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Feb 21, 2017Library's BookMania! event returns March 4
JENSEN BEACH, FL - BookMania!, the most prestigious literary event on the Treasure Coast, will return for its 23rd year on March 4, 2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Jensen Beach High School, 2875 NW Goldenrod Road. Authors will participate in one of multiple panel discussions, including Young Adult, Historical Fiction, and Health & Wellness. The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. received a $10,500 grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs to fund the young adult panel, a student workshop with author Paul Griffin, and copies of his book Burning Blue for students. BookMania! will be filmed and rebroadcast on MCTV, Martin County Television. Barnes & Noble Booksellers will provide books during the festival with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc.

Following opening remarks, the first panel on Health & Wellness, moderated by Inez Frid, will begin at 9:15am and features authors Dr. Steven Masley, Smart Fat, and James Hamblin, If Our Bodies Could Talk. The second panel, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers moderated by Amanda Brack, will begin at 10:30am and features authors Jung Yun, Shelter; Hirsh Sawhney, South Haven; Rumaan Alam, Rich and Pretty; and Jade Chang, The Wangs vs. the World. The third panel, Young Adult moderated by Sue Whittington, will begin at 11:45am and features authors Paul Griffin, Burning Blue, and Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why. The fourth and final panel, Historical Fiction moderated by Edie Donohue, will begin at 1:15pm and features authors Martha Hall Kelly, Lilac Girls; Helen Simonson, The Summer Before the War; Andrew Malan Milward, I Was a Revolutionary; and James Haley, The Shores of Tripoli.

BookMania! is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. This year's BookMania! is sponsored by The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. and in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

For more information, search our website: www.library.martin.fl.us for BookMania, pick up a Library Events Newsletter at any Martin County Library location, call 772-288-5702, or visit The Library Foundation of Martin County website: http://www.libraryfoundationmc.org/


 
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Feb 21, 2017Tykes & Teens to Host Positive Messaging Rap Battle
Aspiring young rappers will have an opportunity to battle it out for cash prizes on Friday, April 7th when Tykes & Teens hosts a Rap Battle at the East Stuart Youth Initiative at 724 E. 10th Street in Stuart. The event, which will be held from 7:00-11:00 p.m. is free and open to kids ages 12-18 with school ID. Local celebrities will judge and perform, and food will be provided at no cost for all attendees.

So what’s the catch? This is a positive messaging Rap Battle, which means no profanity is allowed, and performers will be judged on the quality of the positive message of their material, as well as their talent. Judges include international artist, singer, songwriter, and music producer Anthony Ryan; model, singer and radio personality Jessi Munroe; and singer, songwriter and community activist Abelard Cesar. The emcee for the event will be motivational speaker and spoken word artist Joseph Dillard.

Auditions will be held on March 7th, and Interested performers must call 772-288-5340 to schedule an audition. The first place winner will take home $250, while second place will earn $100 and third place will be awarded $50. Sponsors include the City of Stuart, The Children’s Services Council of Martin County and the Stuart Police Department.

The event is hosted by Tykes & Teens Prevention Services, which is committed to reducing underage drinking and other unhealthy and risk related behaviors among Martin County youth by raising community awareness and engaging kids in fun, safe and healthy activities. For more information, contact Tykes & Teens Prevention Director Dr. Agnieszka Marshall at 772-220-3439.


 
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Feb 21, 2017Buffalo Wild Wings community day event!
WE WANT YOU!

To be a part of the buffalo wild wings community day event!
Buffalo wild wings is happy to once again announce its community day event on April 13th
This event supports or local Boys and Girls Club of America to help raise awareness and funding to keep kids in our community active! Our mission during this event is to bring local business and kids together helping them fund their futures and give them the tools they need to succeed! The team at buffalo wild wings Jensen beach is asking for any donation! We are looking for kid prizes- door prizes - raffle prizes and silent auction items!
These items can be anything from candy and small toys as prizes for kids during our event. When they play games and participate in an action packed sports themed event we would like to hand out a prize!
Door prizes and raffle prizes can be labeled merchandise from your business, cups, shirts, hats etc. We not only want the kids to benefit but also give an opportunity for your support to be recognized. We can stream banners on our TV’s or hang your banners during our event showing your support for the boys and girls club!
Silent auction items we are looking for could be tickets to a sporting event or concert, autographed items, sports memorabilia, certificates for sports lessons, specialty items, gift baskets, group activities etc.
Any help or donations are greatly appreciated and are for the kids of Saint Lucie County boys and girls club. ALL proceeds will be given straight to the club along with buffalo wild wings contributing 10% of our daily sales back to the club! We would also like to give the opportunity to all contributing companies and sponsors to be acknowledged at our event and hand out items or hang banners, or set up tents!
Please contact your buffalo wild wings representative Zachary Hansman for any details or questions at 523@buffalowildwings.com or call 772-692-0465


 
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Feb 21, 2017Florida Supreme Court Rejects New Expert Witness Standards
Today, the Florida Supreme Court rejected the Florida Legislature’s efforts to improve the state’s expert witness standards. The Court rejected the adoption of the Daubert Standard and new evidence standards in medical malpractice cases. The Florida Chamber supported both pieces of legislation to elevate expert witness standards.
In 2013, the Legislature passed HB 7015 - filed by Representative Metz - which would have rejected the Frye standard in favor of Daubert. This evidence standard is used in federal court and in 36 other states, and would have only allowed expert testimony if it met a three-pronged test. Without such a test in place, as has been done by rejecting the new expert witness standards, the Supreme Court has made it easier for trial lawyers to enter junk science into court proceedings, and thereby further obfuscate the truth on important issues.

The Supreme Court rejected the new standard due to submitted comments on the constitutionality of the new standard. Justice Polston, in his dissent, wrote, “Has the Entire federal court system for the last 23 years as well as 36 states denied parties’ rights to a jury trial and access to courts?... Of course not.”
The Florida Legislature in 2013 also adopted SB 1792, which relates to medical negligence actions. A provision of this legislation would have required that medical expert witnesses be of the same specialty, rather than of the same or similar specialty. The Florida Supreme Court rejected this standard also on the grounds of constitutionality, under access to courts.



 
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Feb 21, 2017Martin County Master Gardeners Present: Blake Library Lecture Carol Cloud Bailey 3.20.17
ALMOST anything can grow in the sandy soil of Martin County and that is not always a good thing. Some of the most beautiful plants are known to choke out surrounding plants while others support life that spread diseases.
The 2017 LIBRARY LECTURE SERIES presented by the UF/IFAS EXTENSION MARTIN MASTER GARDENERS begins Monday, March 20th with Ms. CAROL CLOUD BAILEY identifying several of the most common plants overtaking land in South Florida (INVASIVE PLANTS), best methods for removal, and some possible replacement plants as well as discussing the relationship between the ZIKA VIRUS and BROMELIADS. Join us in the John F. and Rita M. Armstrong Room at the Blake Library beginning at 5:30 with light refreshments followed by the lecture from 6-7:30.
Ms. Cloud Bailey has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree from Florida A&M University. Currently, she teaches as an Adjunct Professor with Palm Beach State College, works as a Landscape Counselor & Horticulturist, and does some freelance writing and photography.
The University of Florida/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service administers the Martin County Master Gardener program, training and providing for continuing education for horticulture volunteers. These trained Master Gardener volunteers provide residents with environmentally sound, research-based horticultural information. The goals of this program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of Martin County through horticultural volunteer activities.

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

Article Contributed by Susan Perez, Martin County Master Gardener Volunteer.
Organization’s Official Name: UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardeners
Contact Person: Susan Perez, volunteer
Cell Phone: 772-263-0480
Email: sperez226@gmail.com
Staff Person: Britton Wilson
Office Address: 2614 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart, FL 34997
Office Phone: 772-288-5654
Website: martin.ifas.ufl.edu

All programs and related activities sponsored, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons without discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/University of Florida/Dr. Nick Place, Dean and Director for Extension.



 
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Feb 21, 2017Change Oil, Change Lives is Back!
Dear Paradise Tire Customers,
I hope all of your new years are coming along smoothly. I wanted to let everyone know that we are starting up our Change Oil, Change Lives fundraiser again this year!
You may remember that our Change Oil, Change Lives fundraiser helps to support local non-profits in Martin County. Every month we will sponsor a different non-profit. On the day we sponsor the non-profit we will donate all of our proceeds from every oil change we sell. Our oil changes are $24.95 so if we sell 10 oil changes, we will donate $250 to the non-profit. We hope to do more than 10 oil changes in a day, but just wanted to give an example of how the program works.
So far, we have two non-profits signed up for the fundraiser:
• Wed., March 1 - QuitDoc, Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County (http://www.tfp-martin.org/).
• Wed., September 13 - Floridians Fighting Falls (http://www.fightingfalls.org/)
I will be reaching out to several other programs in town including the YMCA, Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, Hobe Sound Early Learning Center and others. If you know of any local non-profits that might benefit from this program please let me know. I'd love to hear about it and perhaps partner with them through our program.
Also, if you can help by putting up a flyer at your place of business that would be awesome! Let me know if you would like a flyer(s).
If you are in need of an oil change, please try to remember to schedule it on a "Change Oil, Change Lives" day and "pay it forward!"
Please let me know if you have any questions. I'll send a follow up email once I have all of the dates scheduled for this year.
Best regards,
Lisa


 
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Feb 21, 2017Piper’s Landing clubhouse renovations are stunning
PALM CITY, Fla. – Open floor plans, vaulted ceilings, stately décor and classic adornments greet residents and visitors when they step into the newly renovated clubhouse at Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club. Sweeping vistas of the picturesque championship golf course pour through the grand windows in the dining rooms and the newly expanded leathered marble bar situated in Piper’s new Pub 19. The $7.3M in renovations were completed on time, on budget and culminated with a grand reopening party on New Year’s Eve, exceeding members’ expectations.

Piper’s will host an open house on Sunday, March 19, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for the entire community to tour the renovated clubhouse, which is available to reserve for special events, and to view the 20+ homes currently available for sale in Piper’s Landing.

The clubhouse renovations incorporate both functional and aesthetic improvements and upgrades, including an expanded clubhouse footprint with outdoor dining and a modernized Lifestyle and Fitness Center. The new construction embraces an open concept, and improved amenities, as well as the overall utility of the clubhouse.

An upgraded and enlarged dining room features a longer bar with additional seating in the lounge, a casual fire pit area and a covered patio for outdoor dining. Multi-purpose rooms have also been added near the newly renovated men’s and women’s locker rooms, along with many upgrades to safety and handicap accessibility

“Members are thrilled with the stunning new clubhouse and are rightfully proud of all of the new amenities,” said General Manager Brian Reich. “The upgrades and expansion of the clubhouse have made Piper’s even more competitive in the marketplace for both special event venues and luxury living. Piper’s truly is unique – we have all the amenities of a larger community with a smaller, friendlier atmosphere.”

While the clubhouse was closed for renovations, Piper’s championship golf course remained in full swing. In fact, Piper’s Landing was recently awarded the “Best Golf Course on the Treasure Coast” by Indian River Magazine, as well as “Best Private Golf Course” in northern Martin County by The Hometown News. In addition to the award winning golf course, residents also enjoy access to Har-Tru® tennis courts, nature preserves and a beautiful yacht basin and marina. And now, with the addition of the state-of-the-art fitness center, members have even more activities to enjoy.
For more information about Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club, visit www.piperslanding.com , call 772.283.7000 and like Pipers on Facebook.

About Pipers Landing:
Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club is a private, luxury gated community located in Palm City, Florida. With only 302 residences nestled among 600 acres, Piper’s Landing is known for its lush, spacious grounds including a championship golf course, secluded waterfront, Har-Tru® tennis courts and nature preserves. Its yacht basin has become renowned for the rare combination of superb access to the St. Lucie River and Atlantic Ocean, yet has been naturally protected for hundreds of years.


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Feb 15, 2017Local attraction passes available for checkout at Blake and Hoke Libraries
STUART, FL - The Library is pleased to announce the addition of the Florida Oceanographic Society pass as well as the return of free museum passes to the Elliott Museum and the House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert's Bar. The passes are available for checkout with a library card at the Blake and Hoke Libraries. The passes were funded by the Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc. and the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.

For more information call 772-219-4908 or visit the Martin County Library System website at www.library.martin.fl.us.


 
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Feb 15, 2017FAU Harbor Branch to Host 20th Annual Regional Qualifier for National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Teams of local high school students will gather on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 to compete in the Florida Manatee Bowl at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI), 5600 U.S. 1 North, in Fort Pierce.
The annual regional competition tests teams through quick-answer buzzer questions, and the winners earn a spot in the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB). HBOI has co-hosted the event with the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences for 20 years, with the event location alternating each year between Fort Pierce and Miami.
“Now in its 20th year, the Florida Manatee Bowl opens up the world of environmental and earth sciences to high school students,” said Dennis Hanisak, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch director of education and event coordinator. “By exposing students to ocean science early on, they are better prepared to become knowledgeable citizens and future leaders. Although challenging, I know the Ocean Science Bowl will be a fun way for students, teachers, scientists and volunteers to come together and put ocean science into a real world context.”
Through this educational forum, the NOSB strives to encourage and support the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates and informed citizens to be stewards of the ocean. St. Lucie County schools that will participate in the event include Westwood's Marine & Oceanographic Academy and Fort Pierce Central High School.
For more information, contact Carin Campbell Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Feb 15, 2017Mariner Sands Country Club Approves New $4.6 Casual Dining, Pool, and Tennis Improvement Plan
Bill Ward, General Manager and Chief Operation Officer of Mariner Sands Country Club, is pleased to announce the private club’s membership’s approval to move forward on a new $4.6 million Casual Dining, Pool, and Tennis Improvement Plan. “This project represents a critical component of the club’s overall long range strategic plan,” Ward said. “We feel it is not only vital for our current residents’ use and enjoyment, but is also an important lifestyle amenity for future home buyers.”

The cornerstone of the project will feature a new 5,200 square foot open-air casual dining bar and grill with indoor and outdoor dining opportunities for approximately 120 people (60 indoor and 60 outdoor). The new beautifully landscaped 6,000 square foot free-form pool will feature a zero depth entry point for ease of access and will accommodate both general recreation and aquatic exercise. In addition to the new casual dining area and pool, the project also includes the construction of a new tennis shop, relocating and constructing two new tennis courts, two new pickleball courts, a new maintenance building, and additional golf cart parking.
For more information about the exciting Mariner Sands construction project, membership options or to inquire about future events, please contact John Schmahl at 772-419-5335 or visit www.marinersands.com.

 
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Feb 15, 2017Florida Chamber Supports Targeted Tax Reforms To Make Florida More Competitive
Florida is moving in the right direction - Florida creates one in every 10 jobs in the Unites States, our unemployment remains low and more than 1.2 million private-sector jobs have been created since December 2010. In order to continue growing jobs, lowering the cost of living and the cost of doing business, the Florida Chamber of Commerce supports targeted tax reforms.
Recently, Florida Governor Rick Scott released his "Fighting for Florida's Future" budget, which includes several Florida Chamber-backed efforts, like:
• Business Rent Tax reduction for commercial leases,
• Cutting the Corporate Income Tax for 80 percent of Florida's businesses,
• Sales tax holidays for back-to-school shopping, disaster preparedness and more, and a special sales tax holiday for veterans,
• Fee cuts for seniors, veterans and businesses, and more.

Carolyn Johnson, Director of Business, Economic Development and Innovation Policy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, testified today in support of the governor's proposal in the House Ways & Means Committee, adding that it is the Florida Chamber's hope that the R&D Tax Credit will also be considered for this year's tax plan.

"We are thrilled that the Governor has made the business rent tax the centerpiece of his tax proposal this year, and are supportive of the broad-based tax cuts that the Governor has recommended. In addition, we ask that the House consider increasing the cap for the R&D Tax Credit, which has been oversubscribed since its inception and encourages R&D in our state.”
- Carolyn Johnson, Florida Chamber Director of Business and Economic Development and Innovation Policy


 
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Feb 14, 2017A.C.T. Studio Theatre presents the comedy “A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking” by John Ford Noonan
What happens when a “good ole gal” from Texas invades the orderly space of an uptight suburban Westchester NY housewife? Well, like Hannah Mae Bindler (Liz Milner) says, “Sometimes it ain’t pretty”--but it’s guaranteed to be hilarious. Upscale housewife Maude Mix (Arlette Eulo) battles against all odds to rebuff Hannah Mae’s chummy intrusions. What can these two possibly have in common? Well, there's Carl Joe's wandering hands. But no matter where you’re from, you’ll wind up loving them both.

Written by the Emmy-award winning and Pulitzer Prize nominee John Ford Noonan, “A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking” was first presented Off-Broadway in 1980 and had a successful run of more than 800 performances.
Director Gale Baker recalls, "When I saw this play in LA with Elizabeth Ashley and Anne Archer, the audience was practically rolling in the aisles with laughter, because one thing these 'chicks' do not do is sit around and talk."
“A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking” opens at A.C.T. Studio Theatre on Sat., March 11 and will be presented three weekends: March 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. A.C.T. Studio is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call 772-932-8880. Group sales and student pricing are available by calling the box office.



 
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Feb 14, 2017Martin County hosts town hall meeting on drug and opiate use prevention
Martin County Health and Human Services is hosting a town hall meeting to educate the public on drug and opiate use prevention. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16 at the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road in Stuart. Jim Hall of Nova Southeastern University's Center for Applied Research on Substance Abuse and Health Disparities will be the featured speaker. Drug abuse trends, youth e-cigarette and traditional tobacco use in Martin County and other areas in Florida will be discussed. Continuing Education Units will be offered to participants. Refreshments will be served, sponsored by Sandy Pines Hospital. For more information, please contact Leslie Daly at (772) 288-5901 or e-mail acocoves@martin.fl.us.

 
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Feb 13, 2017How can your home make you happier?
Your home should be your sanctuary, a refuge from the stresses of everyday life, where you can relax, enjoy yourself and spend time with friends and family. If your home isn't bringing you the happiness it should, take a look at the following tips to help put a smile on your face whenever you walk in your front door.
Surround yourself with mood-boosting colors. Red, orange and yellow are most often associated with generating positive feelings. If those colors don't make you smile, surround yourself with the colors that you're most drawn to. Try using one of your favorite memories for inspiration. If you took a life-changing trip to Greece a few years ago, why not paint your bedroom the deep blue of the Aegean Sea?
Fill the air with blissful scents. Many scents, including jasmine, citrus and freshly baked bread, are reported to be linked to happiness. Scent is also closely linked with memory, so filling your home with a scent tied to happy memories will give your spirits a lift.
Create a dedicated space for your favorite hobbies. Spending time on activities that bring you joy is important to your overall happiness. Whether your passion is reading, painting or woodworking, having a space devoted to your favorite hobby will motivate you to spend more time doing what you love.
Bring the outdoors in. According to Psychology Today, there is a significant link between time spent enjoying nature and happiness. To bring Mother Nature indoors, fill your home with plants and fresh flowers or just open your curtains to enjoy the view of any nearby gardens or trees.

Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home. Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.







Lynn V. Marino ABR,RSPS
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Keller Williams Realty of The Treasure Coast
772-240-9600 Lynnvmarino@gmail.com
lynnvmarino@gmail.com
www.realestateforsaletoday.com


 
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Feb 13, 2017FEC Rail Grade Crossing Study - Open House & Information, February 28th, 4pm


Railroad Grade Separation
 
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Feb 13, 2017Florida Chamber-Backed Education Bills Pass In Senate Committees
The Florida Chamber of Commerce believes that talent is quickly becoming Florida's best economic development tool. In order for Florida to remain one of the nation's top business climates, we must be adequately preparing our students to enter the workforce. The Florida Chamber supports creating a talent pool that can meet the needs of job creators and be ready to face the disruptive forces in our future job market.

The following education-related bills passed in Senate committees this week:

SB 2, Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton)
This bill promotes on-time student graduation while responsibly increasing student financial aid and tuition assistance. Click here to learn more.


SB 4, Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton)
This bill establishes a world-class faculty and scholar program, promotes the prominence of Florida’s graduate schools and links education to job opportunities by providing internship opportunities to students. Click here to learn more.


SB 104, Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg)
This bill furthers the ability of today’s learners to meet the changing needs of employers in the global job market by allowing students to take computer coding courses in order to satisfy the high school foreign language course requirements.



 
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Feb 13, 2017Stuart Sailfish Regatta announces Stay & Play Contest
Stuart Sailfish Regatta organizers are giving away a Stay & Play prize package to one lucky winner on March 22!

Anyone who purchases a ticket to the Stuart Sailfish Regatta between now and March 20 will automatically be entered into the running to win a prize package that features a 2 night stay at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina, two free Friday night VIP Party tickets and two free VIP passes for both days of the Regatta.

The winner will be announced by March 22 on the Stuart Sailfish Regatta Facebook page.

The Stuart Sailfish Regatta is a tradition rich in local history, having begun in the late 1960s and continuing through the mid-1980s. The races successfully returned to Martin County in 2012, and organizers look forward to many great years to come.

Carrying the tradition forward, Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 have been selected for the 2017 Sailfish Regatta. The event will be kicked off with a VIP Party on May 19, followed by the high-speed races all weekend long at the Stuart Causeway.

Tickets can be purchased online at StuartSailfishRegatta.com, and every online ticket purchaser between now and March 20 will automatically be entered to win the Stay & Play prize pack.

For more information or for 2017 sponsorship opportunities visit StuartSailfishRegatta.com or call 772-284-3007.


 
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Feb 13, 2017Inaugural “Shoot for the Moon” helps fight addiction on the Treasure Coast
STUART, Fla. - The Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation will host its inaugural “Shoot For The Moon” sporting clays competition at the South Florida Shooting Club in Palm City on March 31, 2017. The event will raise funds for scholarships that are awarded annually to qualified individuals who have battled back from substance abuse and are seeking to complete their educational goals. The event will include a breakfast, awards lunch, and opportunities to bid on a number of raffle items.

“Our firm belief is that education coupled with a strong commitment to recovery is the most effective pathway to success and long term sobriety”, said Erica Garwood, President of the Foundation. “So many young men and women have had their lives and educational goals derailed or disrupted as a result of their substance use disorder. The problem is epidemic. We look for opportunities to help these individuals regain their footing and assist them in their efforts to embrace a productive and sober existence.”

Over the past two years the Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation has awarded over $50,000 in financial aid to 9 individuals. All of the recipients are now successfully enrolled in college courses and are steadily working toward completion of their degrees.

“Shoot For The Moon” supports the charitable legacy initiated by John and Erica Garwood after losing their 24 year old son, Mark, to the effects of substance abuse in May, 2014. The Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation underwrites a number of charitable projects throughout the region. To learn more about the Foundation visit MarkGarwoodSHAREFoundation.org.

Registration information and sponsorship opportunities for “Shoot For The Moon” are available now at Shootingforthemoon.org, or call 772-225-3366 for more information.


 
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Feb 13, 2017Autogeek announces date for 12th annual Detail Fest & Car Show
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The 12th Annual Detail Fest & Car Show is bigger and better than ever this year with a new location at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Autogeek will host this year's much-anticipated Detail Fest in over 100,000 square feet at the convention center on Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19. The event offers a unique opportunity for car enthusiasts from around the globe to gather in West Palm Beach, Florida and celebrate their shared passion for cars.

Detail Fest is a two-day event that is open to the public and will feature car shows, product demonstrations, mini-detailing classes, food vendors and live entertainment. Detail Fest provides a chance for fans and professionals alike to meet industry insiders and celebrities in a fun and casual setting. The annual show is a much-anticipated event that is not to be missed!

A few of the amazing vendors that will be showcasing their products at Detail Fest include Flex Tools, Meguiars Car Care, Rupes Polishers, Mothers Car Care, plus over 40 more!

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet TV Celebrities Adrienne "AJ" Janic of Overhaulin' and Competition Ready, Ray Evernham of AmeriCARna, Dennis Gage of My Classic Car, Bruno Massel of TruckU and Garage Squad, Chris Jacobs of Overhaulin', Cristy Lee of All Girls Garage and Mike Phillips of Velocity's Competition Ready plus the Palm Beach's own KVJ Radio Show.

The event takes place on Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Palm Beach County Convention Center, located at 650 Okeechobee Blvd.

Advance tickets are only $10 for a one-day admission or $15 for a weekend pass, which can be purchased online at autogeek.net. Children 16 and under are free.

The Detail Fest Car Show will take place on Saturday, March 18, with first, second and third place awards up for grabs in five different categories. Register by phone at 1-800-869-3011.

Travelers to the show can also book their hotel at a discounted rate at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Hilton Palm Beach Airport or the West Palm Beach Marriott. For more information on travel accommodations, visit autogeek.net.


 
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Feb 9, 2017Dry Conditions Continue; SFWMD Urges Conservation
Following three months of dry conditions, including a record-dry November, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is urging South Florida families to boost water conservation efforts. A total of 1.49 inches of rain fell District-wide in January, representing 76 percent of average, or 0.47 inches below average for the month.

All South Florida residents and businesses are urged to follow year-round landscape irrigation rules, which can be found at www.sfwmd.gov/mywateringdays. Those within the driest areas are encouraged to voluntarily cut back on irrigation, which can account for about half of residential potable water use. The main areas of concern for dry conditions include Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties, along with the entire Southwest Coast.

"Extremely dry conditions set in early in the dry season and have not let up," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "Water conservation is important all year but especially now to help sustain the regional water supply."

No additional water conservation rules are in place at this time.

October's Hurricane Matthew was the last time the region received widespread, heavy rain. The month of November was the driest since recordkeeping began in 1932.

SFWMD meteorologists reported this week that rainfall has been less than half of average from the start of the dry season in November to date. Only 2.75 inches fell District-wide, representing 41 percent of average, or 3.89 inches below average.

All basins in the 16-county area saw below average rainfall for the dry season to date:
• Southwest Coast: 32 percent of average
• Martin/St. Lucie: 34 percent of average
• Palm Beach: 37 percent of average
• Lake Okeechobee: 30 percent of average
Water managers are operating the system to save as much water as possible, and will continue to make adjustments as needed.


 
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Feb 9, 2017House Subcommittee Advances Bill to Eliminate Enterprise Florida, Visit Florida
A few moments ago, the Florida House Careers and Competition Subcommittee voted by a 10-5 margin to advance CCS 17-01, a bill that would end economic diversification and tourism marketing efforts in Florida, including eliminating the economic development toolkit, international programs, marketing and small business assistance.
Despite hundreds in attendance and over 11,000 emails sent to lawmakers by Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the conversation of eliminating Enterprise Florida, Visit Florida and Florida’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and other important programs will continue in the Florida House unless your voice is heard that these job creation measures are important to you and your local economy.
The Florida Chamber believes the state must continue to fund initiatives that support diversifying the economy and attracting visitors and businesses to our state. The approved committee bill sends a signal that Florida's state legislature is no longer an active partner in‎ job creation, diversifying our economy, ‎or supporting our important tourism sector.

Looking ahead, your efforts and comments will continue to be needed. So please, “stay tuned” for additional announcements on how you can help. We hope you will continue to join our fight to oppose any efforts to dismantle the state’s necessary and results-proven role in economic development and tourism marketing.

Thank These Legislators Who Supported Our Tourism Industry and Economic Diversification With Their Votes AGAINST This Bill Today:
• Rep. Loranne Ausley (D-Tallahassee), loranne.ausley@myfloridahouse.gov
• Rep. Ramon Alexander (D-Tallahassee), ramon.alexander@myfloridahouse.gov
• Rep. Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota), Joe.Gruters@myfloridahouse.gov
• Rep. Al Jacquet (D-West Palm Beach), Al.Jacquet@myfloridahouse.gov
• Rep. David Silvers (D-West Palm Beach), David.Silvers@myfloridahouse.gov


Send Your Concerns to These Legislators Who Opposed Our Tourism Industry and Economic Diversification With Their Votes FOR This Bill Today:
• Rep. Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello), Halsey.Beshears@myfloridahouse.gov
• Rep. Jay Trumbull (R-Panama City), Jay.Trumbull@myfloridahouse.gov
• Rep. Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral), Dane.Eagle@myfloridahouse.gov
• Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay), Randy.Fine@myfloridahouse.gov
• Rep. Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice), Julio.Gonzalez@myfloridahouse.gov
• Rep. Roy Hardemon (D-Miami), Roy.Hardemon@myfloridahouse.gov
• Rep. Shawn Harrison (R-Tampa), shawn.harrison@myfloridahouse.gov
• Rep. Mike La Rosa (R-St. Cloud), Mike.LaRosa@myfloridahouse.gov
• Rep. Alex Miller (R-Sarasota), Alex.Miller@myfloridahouse.gov
• Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast), Paul.Renner@myfloridahouse.gov



 
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Feb 9, 2017Florida Chamber-Backed Ridesharing Bill Passes Subcommittee
Today the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee passed a Florida Chamber-backed bill that would allow ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber to continuing growing in Florida.
HB 221, sponsored by Representatives Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater) and James Grant (R-Tampa), passed 14-1. The bill would establish a consistent and responsible statewide regulatory framework for these innovative technology companies, allowing them to meet increasing consumer demand while ensuring public safety and helping diversify Florida’s economy.
The Florida Chamber will continue to monitor the progress of HB 221. Click here to learn more about the Florida Chamber’s 2017 Competitiveness Agenda and how we’re working to secure Florida’s position as the nation’s top business climate.


 
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Feb 9, 2017Triple treat: Eclipse, comet, full moon all coming Friday night
Here's a look at what you will see if you set your eyes to the night sky:

Penumbral lunar eclipse

Eagle-eyed skywatchers will see a "penumbral" lunar eclipse Friday evening during the full moon.

Not as spectacular — or noticeable — as a total lunar eclipse, this rather subtle phenomenon occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of Earth’s shadow (known as the penumbra), according to EarthSky.org.

The outer shadow of the Earth blocks part — but not all — of the sun's rays from reaching the moon, making it appear slightly darker than usual.









The 'Great American Eclipse' is a year from today


The exact moment of the penumbral eclipse is 7:43 p.m. ET (6:43 p.m. CT, 5:43 p.m. MT and 4:43 p.m. PT), NASA said.

The eclipse will be visible from Europe, Africa, western Asia and eastern North and South America, NASA reports.

About 35% of all eclipses are of the penumbral type.

Full "snow" moon

As required during any lunar eclipse, the moon will be full Friday night. And this month it's nicknamed the "snow" moon.

According to the Farmers' Almanac, full moon names date back to Native Americans in the northern and eastern U.S. Each full moon has its own name.

"The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon," the almanac reports. "Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred."

Calling February's full moon the "snow" moon is right on target: On average, February is the USA's snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service.

The Farmer's Almanac reports some tribes referred to February's moon as the "hunger" moon, because harsh weather conditions made hunting difficult.


Comet 45P

A few hours after the eclipse, Comet 45P, which has been visible after sunset for the past two months through binoculars and telescopes, makes its closest approach to Earth, when it will be "only" 7.4 million miles away, NASA said.





Look to the east around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, where it will be visible in the sky in the constellation Hercules. Binoculars or a telescope could be helpful. Watch for a bright blue-green "head" with a tail.

It will be visible in various points of the night sky until the end of February, according to NASA. If you miss it, don't worry: It will return again in 2022, said Jane Houston Jones of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


 
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Feb 9, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Approves Renovation of Historic Loxahatchee River Dams in Palm Beach County
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today approved a $2.5 million contract to restore two historic dams on the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter, Florida's first wild and scenic river.

"The Loxahatchee River is part of the experience for so many of us who grew up in Palm Beach County and part of what makes living in South Florida so great," said Governing Board Member Melanie Peterson, a lifelong Palm Beach County resident. "In addition to being part of the history of this wild and scenic river, these dams play a crucial role in protecting the cypress swamp floodplain that makes the Loxahatchee River so unique."

The dams, first built in the 1930s by local families and last renovated in 1986, control and regulate upstream flow stages of the Northwest Fork of the river and maintain the hydrology of the riverine floodplain ecosystem. Modeling has shown that without the two dams in place, the upstream water levels would be about 1.5 feet lower, draining the freshwater swamp and allowing saltwater intrusion.

The repairs, which came after extensive public input and thorough review, were designed to minimize any impact to the river's natural resources and historical integrity of the dams. Areas of the dam that have decayed or where the water is no longer being held back will be repaired and stabilized, and soil under and around the dams will be stabilized to reduce seepage.

Portage areas where canoers and kayakers carry their vessels over the two dams will also be refurbished to improve access. The portages will remain open to the public throughout construction. The repairs are expected to begin in the next few months and be completed by July 2018.


 
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Feb 8, 20175th Annual “Moustachio Bashio” competition kick off at Terra Fermata to benefit the families of fallen soldiers
Contestants and supporters of this year’s Moustachio Bashio are invited to Terra Fermata on March 2 for the 2017 Kick-Off Party.

From 6:00pm-8:00pm, attendees can sign up for this year’s moustache competition and learn more about the benefiting charities, Operation 300 and The Station Foundation. Contestants will document their freshly shaven faces to begin the month-long competition to grow the best ‘stache and raise funds for veterans and the families of fallen soldiers. All attendees receive two-for-one drinks.

This year’s moustache competition includes categories “Veteran ‘Stache,” for those with preexisting moustaches, “Moustache Man of the Year,” for those who begin the month with a clean shaven face and grow throughout the month, and “Femme ‘Stache,” for the ladies who sport the best fake moustache.

Moustachio Bashio raises funds for Operation 300 and The Station Foundation. Operation 300 is a non-profit foundation designed to create a week-long experience for children who have lost their fathers as a result of service to our country, founded in memory of local fallen hero, Elite Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn. The Station Foundation provides resources to help all Members and Families of the Special Operations Community attain the same elite performance in their personal lives as they enjoy in uniform.

The Great Moustachio Bashio takes place April 8, 2017 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at VFW Post 10066 located at 1805 NE Savannah Rd in Jensen Beach. The public is invited to bring their friends and their 'stache to the best bash of the year.

For more information visit www.MoustacheMarchfortheMilitary.com or call 772-284-3007.


 
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Feb 8, 2017New attraction to open at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in March; countywide naming competition launched
Sailfish Splash, the official Waterpark of Martin County, will reopen March 11, 2017 with a new addition: a challenging children's activity where fun-seekers can test their balance and wits to cross the pool safely- or get drenched! This attraction features a 3.5-foot deep pool with marine animal floatables and an overhead cargo net, sure to be a fan favorite.

The name of this new attraction? To be determined by local second graders.

In partnership with the Martin County School Board, second graders will have the opportunity to select potential names for this new attraction from now until February 15. Each elementary school can submit one potential name to the Martin County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, which will determine the official moniker.

The winning class will receive a cash prize, provided by Coca-Cola®, as well as Sailfish Splash Waterpark tickets and the opportunity to be the first to experience this new attraction the morning of March 11, 2017.

Follow use on Facebook for more information and updates in this exciting new chapter of our County Waterpark at www.facebook.com/SailfishSplash.

Visit www.martin.fl.us/parksandrec for complete information on facilities and activities.

About Martin County Parks & Recreation

Martin County Parks & Recreation services 77 beautiful parks in Martin County, Florida including Martin County Golf Course, Sailfish Splash Waterpark, The Mansion at Tuckahoe and Phipps Park Camping Ground.

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and more than 3,800 beverage choices. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com.


 
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Feb 8, 2017FAU Harbor Branch to Host Public Forum on Algal Blooms in Indian River Lagoon
Rampant green algae blooms in the St. Lucie Estuary – part of the Indian River Lagoon – that were caused in part by discharges from Lake Okeechobee this summer placed the Treasure Coast in the national spotlight. FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute researchers have a long history of studying the lagoon, and were called upon to serve as experts and provide scientific insight into the science behind that toxic algae crisis, as well as others that have occurred throughout the years in various parts of the 156-mile long estuary of national significance. This week, Harbor Branch will talk more about the impacts of algal blooms in the lagoon during the public outreach day of the 2017 Indian River Lagoon Symposium.
The public is invited to attend the forum on Friday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harbor Branch’s Johnson Education Center Auditorium, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce.
The forum, “Engaging the Public: An Estuary in Peril,” is centered on presentations and panel discussions on the wide impacts of the recent algal blooms, as well as how citizens can participate in scientific research and restoration in the lagoon. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and closes Wednesday, Feb. 8. To register, visit https://fauf.fau.edu/irls2017.
The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) spans 40 percent of Florida’s east coast and has an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion, supporting an estimated 15,000 full- and part-time jobs while providing recreational opportunities for more than 11 million people per year.
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu, or visit www.fau.edu/hboi.


 
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Feb 7, 2017Treasure Coast Hospice to Hold Inaugural Sporting Clay Tournament
Treasure Coast Hospice is hosting its first Sporting Clay Tournament on Saturday, February 25, 2017, beginning at 8 a.m. at the South Florida Shooting Club, 500 SW Long Drive, Palm City, FL. Proceeds from the tournament will support patient care programs.
The Committee for the Sporting Clay Tournament welcomes shooters of all levels to attend the event, which is limited to the first 120 registrants. “We are excited to be involved with this inaugural event for Treasure Coast Hospice,” said Committee member John Doody. “Participants can expect a great day of sporting competition that will ultimately benefit our friends and neighbors seeking the compassionate services offered by Treasure Coast Hospice.”
Business professionals, sports enthusiasts, marksmen, and philanthropists are encouraged to test their shooting skills on the exclusive 15-station sporting clay course, including a “green bird” station. All participants will receive a golf shirt, ammo and lunch. Sponsorships are available at many levels, with benefits ranging from golf carts, to sponsor logo placement on shirt, banner, ammo bag, or website.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a 9:15 a.m. event start. There will be a buffet lunch, live auction, raffle and the event concludes with an awards ceremony.
For more information about sponsorships or to register for the event, call Craig Perry at 772-403-4406 or visit www.tchospice.org/events/clay-shoot/.


 
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Feb 7, 2017Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 Named Platinum Chapter
For the fifth year in a row, Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 has received the highest level of Chapter Rating possible, namely, The Platinum Award from the National SCORE Association.
Each year all SCORE chapters are reviewed by their District Directors in what SCORE calls SOSR – SCORE On-Site Review. The review consists of measurements as to how each chapter stacks up in over twenty areas such as operations, finance, ethics, leadership, sustainability and chapter growth.
Treasure Coast SCORE is one of only a few chapters nationally out of over 300 chapters to receive this award five years in a row.
Treasure Coast SCORE counselors have direct experience in business start-ups, manufacturing, high technology, insurance, public relations, retail operations, textiles, pharmaceuticals, legal, banking, hospitality, restaurants, finance, tax, distribution, information technology, materials, engineering, sales & marketing, specialty retailing, acquisitions, turnarounds and divestitures.
SCORE Chapter 308, has its main office in Ft. Pierce with 8 branch locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Sebastian and Vero Beach.
Fiscal year to date January 31, 2017, Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter 308 has thus far served 298 unique clients for face-to-face & email counseling. Also we have held 34 workshops with 326 attendees. Counting follow-on sessions we have recorded 1,164 total services with our clients and workshop attendees added together..
SCORE provides no-cost, confidential business counseling with expertise in a wealth of business and business-related areas. SCORE Chapter 308 is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration and covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Glades and Okeechobee Counties on the Treasure Coast.
Please phone the SCORE office at 772-489-0548 to set up an appointment to discuss your business opportunity with an experienced SCORE counselor or please go to our Web Site: http://treasurecoast.score.org.
Treasure Coast SCORE 308 – Professional Center, Suite 2, 3220 South US 1, Fort Pierce FL 34982Tel/Fax 772-489-0548 Email: score308@bellsouth.net
Web Site www.treasurecoast.score.org


 
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Feb 7, 2017AMERIPRISE ADVISOR MOVES TO LPL
Landwersiek and Associates Investment Planning Group will now offer securities and advisory services through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor Member FINRA/SIPC.

Steven W. Landwersiek has joined the national independent brokerage firm of LPL Financial. LPL Financial is one of the leading financial services companies and the largest independent broker/dealer in the nation, representing more than 14,000 independent financial advisors across the country.*

LPL Financial Advisors are free to choose the products and services that address the client’s needs because LPL Financial does not offer any proprietary products

Steve and LPL Financial are both committed to objective, conflict-free financial advice that helps preserve the integrity of the process.

* As reported by Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2016, based on total revenue.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Steven Landwersiek at 772.233.4315 or email at steven.landwersiek@lpl.com.

 
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Feb 6, 2017Golf Course Advisory Committee Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Golf Course Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, February 24, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITION: At-large member who must be a Martin County resident. Members shall not be employed by the County nor be related to a County employee or have a business relationship with golf course vendors. The term is upon completion of the Golf Course Master Plan.

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

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


 
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Feb 6, 2017Construction Industry Licensing Board Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a position on the Construction Industry Licensing Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, February 24, 2017. For an Application, please call 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

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

Prior to appointment, each member of the Board shall be a registered voter in Martin County. No member shall hold elective public office or be an employee of Martin County or any municipality within the County. The member's term of office shall terminate earlier at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners, or automatically if the member: ceases to be a registered voter in Martin County; ceases to be qualified as outlined above; or fails to attend three successive, regularly scheduled, monthly meetings.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

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

Meetings are typically held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm in the Commission Chambers of the Administrative Center. The next few meetings are scheduled for: February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, and July 26.


 
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Feb 6, 2017Environmental Studies Council announces Evening on the River
The Environmental Studies Council announces an Evening on the River, a fundraising gala to be held at the private residence of Marcia & Gary Hendry.

The event will take place on Fri., March 31 from 6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. and features dinner by Southern Table, live entertainment with the Nouveaux Honkies, drinks, dancing, a silent auction and more. Kari Polhemus and Brinley Johnson are co-chairing the not-to-be-missed event.

"Our Evening on the River is a night to celebrate the past works of the Environmental Studies Council and the bright future that awaits us," said Johnson. "It will be a night to celebrate the council's mission of environmental stewardship and education - and what better setting to do that than a night on the beloved St. Lucie River!"

Funds raised at Evening on the River will benefit the Environmental Studies Council, a non-profit organization established to support the much-loved Environmental Studies Center. The Center provides a science-based, hands-on environmental education curriculum to students in Martin County schools. During school hours, the center is also open for free visits by the public interested in touring the aquariums, shark tank, sea turtle exhibit, classrooms, Joey the Alligator, and the butterfly garden.

Each year the Environmental Studies Council provides funding for college scholarships, a teaching position at the Center, educational outreach programs, new exhibits at the Center and much more. Most recently, the Council raised funds for the Center's new sea turtle exhibit and secured funding from the Save the Sea Turtles Foundation to restore the River Scout boat.

Guests are encouraged to scoop up their tickets early at www.escmc.org. Tickets are $150 per person and are likely to sell out fast. Come out and support the much-loved Environmental Studies Center and environmental education in Martin County on March 31!


 
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Feb 6, 2017Shamrock Fest
Get in touch with your Irish Side at the 4th Annual Shamrock Fest March 17 in Gazebo Park.
The mother of all Saint Patty’s Day parties returns for its forth year with even more music, fare, and St. Patrick’s Day fun from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17. Guests will enjoy live Irish music, Irish Step Dancers, Bagpipers, Cold Green Beer, an Irish Whiskey Bar, and delicious Irish fare by Chef Holly Reith Pratt.
The title of King and Queen of the Green will be awarded to the best-dressed male and female at Shamrock Fest. Each winner will take home their own pot of gold - a $100 cash prize from Orange Theory Fitness in Jensen Beach.
Admission is $6 in advance and $10 at the door, and tickets can be purchased at KaleidoMinds.com. All advance tickets also include a free green beer!
Shamrock Fest is presented by KaleidoMinds Marketing and powered by Stuart Downtown Business Association and Stuart Main Street. The event is sponsored in part by Seacoast Bank.
For more information, visit KaleidoMinds.com or call 772-284-3007.


 
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Feb 6, 2017MEEET AUTHOR MICHAEL TOUGIAS
NY Times bestselling author Michael Tougias will appear on Thursday, February 16 at 2 pm at The Blake Library. The program is presented by The Library Foundation of Martin County as a part of their 25th Anniversary celebration and sponsored by Oculina Bank. This is a free, ticketed event open to the public. Tickets may be picked up at the Blake Library’s Information Desk (limit two tickets per person).

Tougias will give a two part multi-media presentation. The first part covers his new book So Close To Home: A True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During WWII. The second part of the program features his bestseller The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue. The Disney Corporation has made a movie based on the book, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. The program is suitable for all ages.


 
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Feb 6, 2017Lake Okeechobee Watershed Planning Project Information Presented at Water Resources Advisory Commission
West Palm Beach, FL - Engineers and hydrologists at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) presented a significant report outlining a combination of water storage technologies north of Lake Okeechobee at the Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC) meeting today. The results were generated by the collaborative work of state and federal scientists and engineers during the ongoing Lake Okeechobee Watershed Planning Project (LOWP). Additionally, these results can achieve the storage capacity goals north of Lake Okeechobee recommended by the 2015 University of Florida Water Institute Study and provide the flexibility needed to help protect South Florida's coastal estuaries.

"I appreciate this presentation today, as well as the outstanding research of our engineers and hydrologists," said WRAC Chairman Jim Moran. "Multi-faceted storage north of Lake Okeechobee provides a cost-effective, flexible strategy to meet environmental and water supply goals in the South Florida."

Today's WRAC meeting was the first presentation of LOWP findings that detailed storage and cost information north of Lake Okeechobee. The WRAC is an advisory body to the SFWMD Governing Board and the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. It is a forum for improving public participation and decision-making about water resource issues in the District.

The Lake Okeechobee Watershed Planning Project costs and storage results are based on a combination of reservoir storage and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) and Deep Injection Wells (DIW). Additionally, the presentation illustrates potential combination options for achieving cost effective storage north of Lake Okeechobee.

Background
The Lake Okeechobee Watershed Planning Project, which began in July 2016, is a planning effort to improve the quality, quantity, timing and distribution of water entering Lake Okeechobee. Goals of the project include:
• Identifying potential storage and water quality opportunities north of Lake Okeechobee;
• Providing better management of Lake Okeechobee's water level;
• Reducing high-volume discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries;
• Improving system-wide operational flexibility.
The Lake Okeechobee Watershed Planning Project is a part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). SFWMD and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff the planning team. The planning process is conducted in public with wide participation by interested parties. The LOWP is also a component of the Integrated Delivery Schedule (IDS) that helps guide project design and implementation of Everglades restoration.


 
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Feb 6, 2017Rural Indiantown Revitalization Advisory Board Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Rural Indiantown Revitalization Advisory Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, February 24, 2017. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

The Rural Indiantown Revitalization Advisory Board shall have the duty and responsibility to advise and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding matters of economic development and commercial revitalization for the greater Indiantown area in accordance with the Martin County Code (General Ordinances, Land Development Regulations, and Comprehensive Growth Management Plan).

The Revitalization Zone consists of land within the primary western urban services boundary and focusing on the greater Indiantown community, but excluding property owned by FP&L to the west and two areas to the north designated as estate residential.

VACANT POSITION: An at-large member.

This term ends in May 2020. Meetings will be held at least quarterly. If any member of the Board fails to attend three consecutive meetings without a satisfactory excuse as determined by the Chair, or if a member is absent from more than one-half of the Board's meetings in a given calendar year, the Board shall declare the member's seat to be vacant and the vacancy shall be filled by the Board of County Commissioners.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.


 
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Feb 6, 2017Animal Care and Control Oversight Board Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Animal Care and Control Oversight Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, February 24, 2017. For an application, please call 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITIONS: Four (4) at-large members who are required to be Martin County residents licensed in Veterinary Medicine or are animal care professionals with shelter experience.

POWERS & DUTIES
The Animal Care and Control Oversight Board shall have the duty and responsibility to advise/make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding the care and control of domestic animals through ordinances, policies, requirements fulfillment of specific and related contract(s) and make recommendations regarding animal care and control initiatives authorized by the Board of County Commissioners.

The Animal Care and Control Oversight Board shall meet quarterly or more frequently as directed by the Chair or a majority of the members. Failure to attend three consecutive meetings is grounds for automatic removal from the Board.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla Stat.


 
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Feb 3, 20172017 SATISFACTION AND ENGAGEMENT SURVEYS
The 2017 Martin County School District Satisfaction and Engagement Survey is part of the Success Plan process which outlines a blueprint for success for the Martin County School District. The Success Plan includes goals for academic success as well as stakeholder engagement and satisfaction. Parents, teachers, and students at each school in Martin County will be offered the survey designed by a committee of educators and parents to help measure the level of satisfaction and engagement with the Martin County School District. The School District will receive the anonymous survey data and schools will also be able to use the compiled data to help them inform their practices at the school sites and create school improvement goals.
If you have another child in a Martin County school, you are welcome to take another survey for that school.
Surveys will open on February 3, 2017 and will be accessible through each school’s website and the District main website. The surveys will close on March 3, 2017.

The link for the parent survey in English is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FXMFHPJ
The link for the parent survey in Spanish is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BRL9KZB
For more information, please contact the office of Elementary Programs and School Improvement at (772) 223-3105, Ext. 43159.

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



 
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Feb 2, 2017Stargazing and Beachcoming Hike
Join the Hobe Sound

Nature Center on
Friday,
February 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.mor some nighttime stargazing at the Hobe Sound

National Wildlife Refuge. Following a brief classroom orientation,

Kim Mohlenhoff will lead the group outside along the nature trail

to look at the nighttime sky through telescopes. Learn about wildlife at night and how artificial lighting impacts some plant and animal

at night and how artificial lighting impacts some plant and animal species. If weather conditions are not conducive to viewing planets, stars, and constellations, the program will be limited to

classroom activities only. This free program will also be conducted

on March 10

as well
.

Reservations are required to attend, and all ages are welcomed.

Contact the Nature Center at 772 546-2067 or via our website,

www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com. The Refuge & Nature Center is

located at 13640 SE Federal Highway in Hobe Sound.


On

Wednesday
February 22

at 3:00 p.m., the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center invites you to join Nature Center naturalist Kim Mohlenhoff for a hike at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge beach on the north end of Jupiter Island. Kim will lead you on a beachcombing adventure to find treasures brought to our shores by ocean currents and waves. Watch for wildlife and pick up litter along the way, helping keep our beaches clean! This hike is also scheduled for March 22.

There is no charge to attend and all ages are welcomed. For further information and reservations, contact us at (772)546-2067 or via www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com. The Refuge and Nature Center headquarters is located at 13640 SE Federal Highway in Hobe Sound, 2 miles south of Bridge Road.

On Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 11:25 AM, Hobe Sound Nature Center


 
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Feb 2, 2017Stuart agent wins Brightway $1 Million Producer Award
Brightway Insurance, the nation’s seventh largest privately held personal lines independent insurance agency, named Vincent Zanfini from Brightway, The Barletta Agency in Stuart a 2016 $1 Million Producer.

Brightway’s leadership team presented the award to Zanfini during the company’s annual awards celebration Jan. 13 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando.

Zanfini, who started with the agency in 2010, earned the award for selling nearly $1.3 million in written premium last year. This is the fourth year in a row he has earned the prestigious award.

“We’re excited to highlight Vincent’s accomplishments. He had a remarkable year, and we’re ecstatic to have someone with his drive on our team, representing the Brightway brand and providing consumers with more choice and expert counsel,” said Brightway President Talman Howard.

Brightway Agencies enjoy support from a team of more than 220 insurance professionals in customer service, carrier relationships, marketing, accounting and technology, which frees up their time to focus on leveraging the broadest possible selection of insurance companies to meet each customer’s unique needs. As a result, Brightway agencies consistently outsell other agencies two to one.


 
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Feb 1, 2017What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Florida Constitution Revision Commission
In 1968, Florida became the only state that allows for its state constitution to be revisited and changed through a regularly scheduled commission called the Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC). The CRC is a group of 37 commissioners who examine the relevance and applicability of Florida’s Constitution to current and future needs. The third CRC will be selected in the coming weeks.

Did you know:

• The CRC can place amendments to our state constitution directly on the ballot without judicial review or the threat of an executive veto,
• The recommendations of the CRC do not have a single subject requirement, meaning that it can bundle non-germane options in the hopes of increasing the likelihood of passage, and
• In 1998, the CRC led the conversations that ultimately resulted in the reduced size of the Florida Cabinet, which made the Governor more powerful.
As our own Christopher Emmanuel, Florida Chamber Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy, wrote in a Letter to the Editor submitted to the Miami Herald, "If you are looking for a way to change the way our state is structured, this is it."

Emmanuel continued, "Much has changed since the last CRC in 1998. The state has become significantly more globalized, with more connections to the world than ever before. Employers have become more flexible and the marketplace has become more competitive. Education has changed from one-size-fits-all to a marketplace of options. Each of these new innovations has brought its own opportunities and challenges to Florida. Despite these significant changes, much has stayed the same."

The first step in getting involved is realizing the power this Committee holds. The second step is keeping informed.


 
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Feb 1, 2017Wildfire Concerns Rise
As cooler, drier air and freezing temperatures push through our area, the Florida Forest Service is concerned about an increasing frequency of wildfire starts. Dry season started with the driest November on record followed by one of the warmest Decembers on record.

“Most native vegetation in Florida is very sensitive to cooler weather and becomes additional fuel for a wildfire,” states, Joe deBree, Forest Area Supervisor with the Florida Forest Service. “Once the weather gets colder, the deciduous plants go into their dormant state and lose their leaves, adding to the dead leaf litter already on the forest floor.”

“Wildfires can easily occur this time of year,” deBree explains. “Two of the most common wildfire causes include unauthorized debris burning and equipment use.” Escaped debris burning is one of the leading causes of wildfires in Florida. Debris burning setbacks and restrictions are in place to prevent accidents. Your local Florida Forest Service office will help you understand Florida’s burn laws before you strike the match.

There are several ways equipment use can potentially ignite the dry grass and weeds. The most common way is when the grass touches the vehicle exhaust system, for example, the catalytic converter which can reach up to 1,400 degrees. In order to mitigate this risk, try not to drive your vehicle off the road or on country roads when it's hot and dry because that will increase your chances of a fire starting from a vehicle. If you drive an off-road vehicle, such as an ATV/UTV and airboat, the sparks can fly out through the exhaust system. The key here is to equip the vehicle with spark arresters.

The Florida Forest Service wants to remind you to have a fire extinguisher with you and know how to use it when using equipment. Wildfires in grass are very dangerous because they burn at an accelerated rate since the fuel is so small and fine. If you do accidently ignite a wildfire, call 911!

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests, provides management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests, while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FloridaForestService.com.

For questions about burn authorizations and wildfire prevention, please contact your local Florida Forest Service:
Martin County (772) 221-4045; Saint Lucie County (772) 468-3915; Indian River County (772) 778-5085;
Glades County (863) 674-4000; Highlands County (863) 655-6407; Okeechobee County (863) 467-3221


 
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Feb 1, 2017INTERNATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY
The Hobe Sound Nature Center invites you to join them in celebrating INTERNATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY on Saturday, February 25 at 9:30 a.m. This free program will share information about the polar bear’s adaptations for survival and the impacts of a changing climate. Find out what you can do to help these magnificent animals and kids can make a polar bear craft to take home. Reservations are required, appropriate for ages 5 and up. Please contact us in advance to make reservations to attend.

The Nature Center is a private, non-profit organization, located at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge on U.S. 1 in southern Martin County. For reservations, call (772) 546-2067 or visit our website at www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com


 
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Feb 1, 2017Naturalist Led Trail Hikes
The Hobe Sound Nature Center begins their naturalist-led trail hikes at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, January 12th at 9:30 a.m. The weekly hikes will be held each Thursday morning until March 30th. No reservations are required to attend and participants should meet in the exhibit hall.
Explore the banks of the Indian River Lagoon, walk through a coastal hammock to the sand pine scrub. These coastal habitats are home to a wide variety of native wildlife, including manatees, ospreys, gopher tortoises, scrub lizards and indigo snakes.
For details of this and other upcoming programs, call the Center at (772) 546-2067 or visit our website at www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com.The Hobe Sound Nature Center is a private, non-profit organization, located at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, 13640 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound.



 
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Jan 31, 2017Smokeless Tobacco Use Remains A Problem
QuitDoc Foundation and the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program are raising awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco – like chew and dip – during Through With Chew Week. This national public awareness campaign was created to reduce the use of smokeless tobacco among young people, and Tobacco Free Florida aims to help combat this deadly addiction. Through With Chew Week takes place Feb. 19-25, with the Great American Spit Out – a day when smokeless tobacco users join together to quit – on Feb. 23.
Although the youth cigarette smoking rate in Florida decreased over 50 percent between 2012 and 2016, the number of Florida high school students who reported current use of smokeless tobacco products decreased only 24.5 percent in those same four years.[i] The disproportionately higher rate of smokeless tobacco use in rural areas is also alarming – current youth smokeless tobacco use is more than three times higher in rural communities than in non-rural areas.[ii] 5.8% percent of high school youth in Martin County reported current use of smokeless tobacco products in 2016, according to the Florida Youth Tobacco Survey.[iii]
“While we’re proud that youth smoking is at an all-time low, the number of young Floridians using smokeless tobacco is decreasing at a dramatically slower rate,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip. "We need to do more to educate about the risks and deter our young people of using these products.”
To raise awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco use, QuitDoc Foundation, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County and Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) groups from Stuart Middle School, Murray Middle School and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County will be educating community members and spreading the word about Through With Chew Week at the Martin County Fair on Feb. 10 and Feb. 17.
At least 28 cancer-causing chemicals have been identified in smokeless tobacco.[iv] Smokeless tobacco users have an 80 percent higher risk of oral cancer and a 60 percent higher risk of esophageal cancer and pancreatic cancer compared to non-users.[v] Apart from cancer, smokeless tobacco users can develop other oral health issues, such as mouth sores, gum recession, tooth decay and permanent discoloration of teeth.[vi] The use of some types of smokeless tobacco products is also associated with an increased risk of heart disease and fatal stroke.[vii]
Currently, there is no scientific or medical evidence that proves smokeless tobacco use is an effective method to help people quit smoking. Floridians who want to quit any form of tobacco have access to the state’s free and proven-effective resources. For more information, please visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway


 
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Jan 31, 2017Marathon of the Treasure Coast Hits its Stride with Fourth Annual Event
In just four short years the Treasure Coast Marathon has gone from being an enthusiastic dream to a reality with more than 1,500 runners expected this year. The marathon will be held on Sunday, March 5 beginning and ending in Memorial Park in downtown Stuart. Activities begin on Friday, March 3, 2017.
The marathon attracted 600 runners in its first year and by 2016 had over 1,100 runners from 30 states and six countries. An exciting addition for 2017 is the addition of the Marriott Hutchinson Island resort as the host hotel and the site of the marathon exposition, making this event even more appealing as a destination race. The 26.2-mile course is a spectacular route through charming downtown Stuart, beautiful residential neighborhoods, with wide vistas over the water and an ocean coastal route on Hutchinson Island. It’s the perfect escape from winter weather while competing in one of the best sports around.
There is plenty to do and see while on the Treasure Coast and its core staff of volunteers, headed by Race Director Jeanne Brower, have been busy planning and working for the past year to insure that runners and spectators will have a great time. A multitude of running, walking and fundraising events will be held during the weekend including a full and half marathon, a 5k, an option to compete as a two to four person relay race team, the children’s race and a music festival (Marathon Rock and Run).
For a complete list of race activities, registration forms and sponsorship information, please visit www.treasurecoastmarathon.com
A community-wide benefit of the Marathon is the Run for Charity. Since its inaugural year, giving back to the community has been an integral part of the mission of the Marathon of the Treasure Coast. This year 12 charities are participating in the Run for Charity: YMCA of the Treasure Coast; Epilepsy Foundation of Florida; Helping People Succeed; Alzheimer’s Association; Voices for Children of Okeechobee and Treasure Coast; Suncoast Mental Health Center; M.E.’s Team Foundation; Florida Oceanographic Society; Elev8Hope, Inc.; Children’s Emergency Resources; CareNet; and JDRF. Over the past three years, $63,640 has been raised for charity.
Well-known music promoter Ron Hart, who owns Terra Fermata, the downtown outdoor entertainment mecca, is once again organizing the Marathon Rock and Run music festival. The entertainment kicks off Friday, March 3 at 6 p.m. at Terra Fermata (26 SE 6th Street, Stuart, FL) and continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Runners’ Expo at the Marriott Hutchinson Island Resort. A pre-race pasta party, catered by Luna Pizza, will be held Saturday evening at Terra Fermata with an evening of music to follow. There will be two shows on Sunday: in the morning at Memorial Park and later from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Terra Fermata. Tickets are available at http://holdmyticket.com/event.264603.
Sponsors of the Marathon of the Treasure Coast are local and national in scope. Their financial and in-kind support are essential to the success of this fun, healthy, community-inclusive event.
The signature sponsor is Elements Massage, a new business owned by Matt and Elizabeth Ragland and located next to LA Fitness in Jensen Beach. Executive sponsors are: Oceanside Physical Therapy, Inc. and SunTrust. Platinum sponsors are: Ackerman; BBT; Peter W. Weiler, CFP; and Wallace Volkswagen. Gold sponsors are: GEICO of the Treasure Coast and Mark Brechbill, CPA. The silver sponsor is Garden of Life. Sponsors are listed as of January 18, 2017.


 
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Jan 31, 2017A.C.T. Studio Theatre presents Donald Margulies’ “Time Stands Still”
Coming to A.C.T.’s stage in February is the poignant, topical drama “Time Stands Still,” written by acclaimed playwright Donald Margulies. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, “Time Stands Still” is set in Brooklyn in 2008 where Sarah, a photojournalist, has just returned home to recover from severe injuries she sustained while covering the Iraq War. Professionally, Sarah has always kept chaos at arm’s length by trapping it in the camera lens. She and her boyfriend James, also a foreign correspondent, have a partnership based on telling the toughest stories and, together, making a difference. They are driven by high ideals and an addiction to danger, but is it possible for two people who are used to living in dangerous conditions to carve out a normal life?

Witty, insightful, stylish and timely, the play deals with changing relationships, social and moral issues and how, in the moment a camera shutter clicks, “Time Stands Still.” A.C.T.’s production is directed by Rosemary Knight, who also directed last June’s hit show “Vanities,” and stars Audrey Stabile, Mark Fetterly, Robert Pollock and Chelsea Snyder-Wenger.

“Time Stands Still” opens Sat., Feb. 11 and will be presented three weekends: Feb. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. A.C.T. Studio Theatre is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call 772-932-8880. Group sales and student pricing are available by calling the box office.



 
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Jan 31, 2017Barn Theatre's Special Concert “That's Entertainment,” Saturday, Feb. 18th and Sunday Feb. 19th.
The Barn Theatre's fundraising concert series continues with its presentation of “That's Entertainment,” a musical journey of wonderful hit songs that have entertained us through the decades. Because of its highly successful past concerts, the Barn has added a Saturday evening performance. So show dates are Saturday evening, Feb. 18th at 8PM & Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19th at 2PM. A dedication presentation will also be offered before the show to honor the memory of Harley Dingman, an American hero. Harley, who recently passed away, was a War World II paratrooper who fought throughout Europe. He is a Silver Star recipient and achieved the rank of Sergeant Major at the remarkably young age of 20. Harley was also a patron of the arts and a great supporter of the Barn Theatre.
“That's Entertainment” will feature five locally well known vocalists (Kim Brown Moebus, Josephine LoVaglio, Donna Roselli, Frank Lillo and Chris Mazzella) and the Treasure Coast Tappers, under the direction of Bette Cushman). The director of the show, Jeanette Mazzella, said “We are bringing to the stage songs that will warm your heart, from the big band era thru the decade of the 50's right down to the irresistible sounds of the Carpenters and such great female Motown groups as the Shirelles & The Chiffons.” Jeanette mentioned that The Barn will also be honoring the beloved Debbie Reynolds, and “...for you ladies, a special Valentines Day treat.” Jeanette emphasized that what will make this show so special is adding the tap dancing element to the big production numbers and to such hits as The Andrew Sisters' Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Puttin' on the Ritz. Jeanette said, “When you mix all the great singing and dancing with the Barn Theatre's new stage lighting, the sets, the special effects, and the new sound board, you'll have to leave the theater smiling and wishing for more.
Tickets are only $20. For tickets, visit or call the Barn Box office at 287-4884 or visit our website at www.barn-theatre.com. The Barn Theatre is located at 2400 SE. Ocean Blvd in Stuart. All proceeds from the show will be used for capital improvements. The Barn is a non-profit community theater and your donations may be tax deductible.


 
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Jan 31, 2017Florida Jobs 2030: 90 Interviews, 5 Recommendations for Success, 1 Pathway to Future
Joined by education, workforce and business leaders, the Florida Chamber Foundation today discussed Florida Jobs 2030, a recently released report focused on the long-term, skills gap Florida's workforce may be facing. Discussions centered around ensuring students, communities, businesses and educational institutions are prepared for long-term challenges and opportunities.

The report includes interviews from 90 stakeholders - non-profit leaders, education leaders as well as business, industry and community leaders - who looked at five of Florida’s eight targeted industries to analyze the demand, skills gaps, workforce challenges and opportunities

http://www.flchamber.com/research/research-programs/florida-jobs-2030/

 
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Jan 31, 2017Molly's House announces annual Polo Classic March 4
Molly's House has announced the date for their much-anticipated annual Polo Classic - Sat., March 4, 2017.

The Polo Classic brings internationally known polo players to the Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee for a day of competition and fun, including a polo clinic, a best hat contest, a dressage presentation, a special VIP party, a car show and the traditional halftime champagne divot stomp.

Proceeds from the Polo Classic support the mission of Molly’s House - keeping families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients.

Tickets are on sale now at Molly's House, located at 430 SE Osceola Street in Stuart and online at MollysHouse.org. VIP tickets are available for $100 per person and include complimentary beer, wine, champagne, cocktails and a delicious paella lunch under a private tent. Reserved field-side admission is $50 per carload and includes a space for tailgating.

Guests can also enjoy the ultimate Polo experience with Premier VIP Seating. Reserved tables for eight people offer a covered front-line view of the polo field, along with two complimentary bottles of champagne, paella and a complimentary full bar. The premier VIP tables for eight are available for $900.

Transportation is also available for the event and costs $20 per person round-trip. Tickets are non-refundable and must be purchased by March 1. The bus will depart from Publix at 2750 SW Martin Downs Blvd. in Palm City at 11:00 a.m. and will depart the Polo Club at 4:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Molly's House.

The gates open at 11:30 a.m. on March 4, with activities beginning at noon.

Molly’s House Polo Classic is presented by The Herold-Cadorette Family and is sponsored by Port Mayaca Polo Club, Southern Eagle Distributing, NAPA Auto Parts, Northern Trust, Karen Rogers & Frank Byers, Engel & Völkers Stuart, US Sugar, Sandy Pines, FPL, Sharkey Air, Arati Hammond Real Estate, Mari Huff, Fox Wacheen, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogel, PA, The Real Estate Book, Lauri Goldstein, Treasure Coast Legal, WQCS, Coast 101.3, Stuart Magazine, St. Lucie Voice and Kinane Printing.

Sponsorships are available. For more information, call 772-284-3007.

For ticket information, visit MollysHouse.org or call 772-223-6659.



 
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Jan 30, 2017Downsizing Workshop to be Presented on the Treasure Coast February 11, 2017
STUART, FL - TreasureQuest Appraisals, in conjunction with Seacoast National Bank, Oasis
Senior Advisors of the Treasure Coast, and New Wave Realty, is presenting a Downsizing
Workshop on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. - noon, located at Seacoast Bank, US 1 and
Colorado Avenue in Stuart, FL.
This two hour workshop will provide information on estate planning, the ins and outs of
downsizing your real estate, furniture and residential contents, and more. The panel will be
moderated by Tim Luke, CAI, BAS, MPPA. Luke is an Appraiser, Auctioneer, Expert Witness,
and an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor. He is formerly a participating Appraiser on PBS's
Antiques Roadshow, HGTV's Cash in the Attic, WPTV's What's it Worth Wednesday, an active
member of the NAA (National Auctioneers Association), and President of TreasureQuest
Appraisals.
The workshop will cover what to do with your items before moving into independent and/or
assisted living facilities, what to do with parents' items in estate situations, provide insights on
“to appraise or not to appraise”, selling your real estate, the benefits of having a corporate
trustee, and making the liquidation of furnishings and the "stuff of everyday life" part of your
estate planning. There will be a question and answer session following the presentations by the
panel. No items will be appraised.
The panel includes local professionals active in their fields and familiar with downsizing issues.
They include:
• Greg Strahm, BAS (Benefit Auction Specialist), a Personal Property Appraiser and Vice
President and CFO with TreasureQuest Appraisals and Auctions in Hobe Sound, FL. He is a
member of the NAA (National Auctioneers Association).
• Christine Woods, Senior VP/Trust Officer, Seacoast National Bank in Stuart, FL. Christine
currently serves on the Board of the Florida State Guardianship Association of the Treasure
Coast and is a member of the Palm Beach Estate Planning Council.
• A Trust and Estates Attorney representing a Stuart law firm.
• Gayle Sokoloff, SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) is Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker
and President of New Wave Realty of Palm City FL, Inc. Gayle is a graduate of the Gold
Coast School of Real Estate, a member of the Florida Association of Realtors and a member
of the Professional Standards Committee for the Realtor Association of Martin County.
• Ann Geismar, CSA, LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Senior Advisor
and Owner of Oasis Senior Advisors of the Treasure Coast, Palm City, FL. Ann has been
helping seniors and their families along the Treasure Coast for the last 30 years. She is well
versed in the amenities, available activities, and costs for all types of Senior Living Options.
The Downsizing Workshop is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be
made by contacting Tracey McCorkle at (772) 288-6083. It will take place at Seacoast Bank
located at US 1 and Colorado Avenue in Stuart, FL from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, February
11, 2017. No items will be appraised.
For more information contact Greg Strahm at (772) 546-4853

 
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Jan 30, 2017Stuart Community Concert Band to Perform "A Leroy Anderson Retrospective" at the Kane Center
Are you looking for an afternoon of great music? Members of the Stuart Community Concert Band are getting ready for their performance of "A Leroy Anderson Retrospective," a concert that will feature tunes including The Typewriter, Bugler's Holiday, The Girl I Left Behind Me, and many more selections.
The concert will be held at the Kane Center, located at 900 S.E. Salerno Road south of Stuart, beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2017.
Other tunes of Leroy Anderson (master American composer of light concert music, conductor, and music arranger for the Boston Pops Orchestra) you can expect to hear at the concert include The Syncopated Clock, The Irish Washerwoman, A Trumpeter's Lullaby, Clarinet Candy, Jazz Pizzacato, and other selections.
Tickets are still available. Admission tickets for the concert are $10.00 each ($8.00 for Kane Center members). For more information about concert tickets, or to purchase tickets, contact the Kane Center at 772-223-7800. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.kanecenter.org. Or you can get tickets at the door.
The Stuart Community Concert Band is under the direction of Mr. Jim LeBon, who serves as the band director for Southport Middle School. The community band consists of dedicated volunteer musicians of all ages, ranging from high-school students to residents in their eighties, who get together and play for the love of music.
In addition to the concerts at the Kane Center, the Stuart Community Concert Band also performs for many community celebrations, holiday events, and other special occasions. The group is also available for private functions. The band is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization.
Everyone is welcome! The band has members from all walks of life and professions who happily donate their time and talents to create quality music. Bonded by our love for music, we gather every week with our instruments to rehearse and play music. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Stuart Baptist Church on U.S. 1, north of the Roosevelt Bridge. If you are interested in joining the band or just coming out to play, we'll be happy to see you!
For more information about the Stuart Community Concert Band and ways to help support your community band, you can visit their website at www.stuartcommunityconcertband.org.


 
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Jan 30, 2017Florida Chamber Supports $618 Million Tax Cut Package, Including Decreases to Florida-Only Business Rent Tax
The Florida Chamber of Commerce supports Governor Rick Scott’s proposed $618 million tax cut package, which includes a decrease for the Florida-only Business Rent Tax.

Florida is currently the only state in the nation that charges a Business Rent Tax. That means in Florida, businesses pay a six percent tax on the space they lease, including added costs to that lease, such as property taxes, maintenance and the cost of insurance.

The Florida-only Business Rent Tax significantly affects small businesses, which create 2-out-of-3 new Florida jobs.

Florida’s Business Rent Tax costs Florida businesses $1.8 billion every single year.

“Every step we take to make Florida more business-friendly means more job creators choosing to move to and reinvest in our state,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President, of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

“Governor Scott’s recommended $618 million tax cut package will help businesses large and small invest more in creating jobs for our families and will help ensure Florida’s economy will continue to grow well into the future. At the Florida Chamber of Commerce, we are fighting to make our state the best place for job creators and families to succeed,” Hart concluded.

Governor Scott’s proposal would reduce the tax by 25 percent in 2018 and also includes cutting Florida's corporate income tax and once again initiating multiple sales tax holidays.



 
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Jan 30, 2017WEICHERT(r) Affiliated Offices in the Port Saint Lucie Area Welcome New Team Members
WEICHERT(r)
affiliated offices in the Port Saint Lucie area have recently added the
following individuals to their team.

* Emily Adkins joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at WEICHERT,
REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, located at 345 Se Port St Lucie Blvd in
Port Saint Lucie. Contact Andrea LaFavor at 772-398-6400 or
BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

* Larry Doyle joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at WEICHERT,
REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, located at 101 Sw Monterey Road in Stuart.
Contact Andrea LaFavor at 772-212-2660 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

* Ann Luzzi joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at WEICHERT,
REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, located at 101 Sw Monterey Road in Stuart.
Contact Andrea LaFavor at 772-212-2660 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

Each Weichert(r) franchised office is an independently owned and operated
affiliate of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.

About Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.: Weichert Real Estate
Affiliates, Inc. has grown steadily since Jim Weichert, president,
chairman and CEO of Weichert, Realtors, launched the company's franchise
division in 2001. The affiliate division was created to offer a business
model for franchisee ownership candidates described as "a clearly defined
operating system for marketing and managing a real estate business."
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. announced its first affiliate in
2002, was ranked the #2 traditional residential real estate franchise in
Entrepreneur's 2016 Franchise 500, and is identified in 2016 by
Entrepreneur magazine as one of the fastest growing U.S. franchises.
Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has offices serving over 300 markets
in 39 states. For more information about Weichert, visit Weichert.com or
for information on franchise opportunities visit WeichertFranchise.com.

Each WEICHERT(r) franchised office is independently owned and operated.


 
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Jan 30, 2017CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER EARNS TOP RANKING
Clark Advanced Learning Center has been ranked as the third highest rated Florida high school on the Newsweek 2016 American’s Top High Schools ratings. The public charter high school in Stuart is #110 out of 500 in the national ranking based on college readiness, graduation rate and college bound students.

Located on the Indian River State College Chastain Campus and affiliated with the Martin County School District, the Clark has also earned the highest score on the Treasure Coast in Florida’s high school ranking and an “A” designation for eight years in a row.

The Clark affords students with the opportunity to earn high school and college credits tuition free through dual enrollment with the convenience and resources of a college campus. As a result, students typically graduate with their high school diploma and a year or more of college completed. Clark students also engage in internships related to their interests.

Clark serves about 250 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors at 2400 S.E. Salerno Road in Stuart. Applications are now being accepted to March 31 for the 2017/18 school year. For more information, call 772-419-5750.


 
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Jan 30, 2017A COUPLE WHITE CHICK SITTING AROUND TALKING
What happens when a “good ole gal” from Texas invades the orderly space of an uptight Westchester Housewife? Well, like Hannah Mae Bindler (Liz Milner) says, “Sometimes it “ain’t pretty.” But it’s guaranteed to be hilarious. Upscale housewife (Arlette Eulo) battles against all odds to rebuff Hannah Mae’s chummy intrusions. What on earth could they have in common? Their encounters are sometimes rowdy, and occasionally physical but always endearing. No matter where you’re from, you can’t help loving them both.
A COUPLE WHITE CHICK SITTING AROUND TALKING opens March 11th through March 26th. Show times 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday at 3 p.m. A.C.T. Studio Theatre is located at 2399 SE Ocean Blvd. Cedar Point Plaza in Stuart next to the Bagel Bite and Brewteria. Opens A.C.T. is a small boutique theatre with limited seating. Order early to assure seating. Tickets available online at www.actstudiotheatre.com Or by phone at (772) 210 5373


 
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Jan 26, 2017Martin Youth LEADERship: Students Get Hands-On With Water Issues!
Indiantown, FL– On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 33 students of this year’s Martin Youth LEADERship Program held their fifth monthly session of the 2016-17 school year: ENVIRONMENTAL DAY.

The Environmental Day Program Chair, Kim Elliott, FAU/CES Education & Training Coordinator at DuPuis, provided students with an on-site visit to the Caulkins Water Farm, a public/private partnership with environmental benefits to Martin County. Students were given educational lectures about the benefits of the water farmpark by both Ms. Elliott and John Healy, E.I., project engineer with the MilCorp Group. Ms. Elliott spoke about the historical and current water flow issues in southern Florida, while her staff demonstrated the levels of phosphorous in the water. Mr. Healy spoke about the expansions planned at Caulkins and students realized they could see less than 1/7th of the eventual size of the water farm.

Students were then bussed to Lake Okeechobee to view the expansive lake. Many confessed that they had never been to Lake Okeechobee and were surprised at its size. Students viewed the water control structure and the Lock structure of the St. Lucie Canal and participated in another water quality sampling activity. Other lessons taught that day were about the water management issues involved with addressing water quality and water storage problems.

The third and final stop of the day was to the DuPuis Nature Center, where students were treated to a boxed lunch, graciously provided by Panera Bread in Palm City. Following lunch, Dr. M. Dennis Hanisak of Harbor Branch/Florida Atlantic University gave a brief lecture about the Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network of Environmental Sensors. Dr. Hanisak spoke of the critical issues facing the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucie Estuary and demonstrated the Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatories (LOBOs) and what they accomplish. These estuarine observation networks provide scientists with real time, high accuracy water quality and weather data (www.fau.loboviz.com).

The day concluded with a presentation from Rebecca Mott, of Inwater Research Group. Ms. Mott spoke about the research she and Inwater do with turtles, particularly those near the intake canals of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant. Inwater captures turtles to study, rehabilitate, tag and release, where they can be tracked for migration and other purposes. The students discussed how they too might become involved in this or a similar career and learned that there are a myriad of volunteer opportunities in the field of Environmental Studies.

The Martin Youth LEADERship Program for high school students is in its 20th year. The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted in the program. The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply, and no more than 40 are selected to participate in this comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Upon completion, these young Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s Effective Habits and other leadership enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially, gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience.

For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you too, might become a sponsor, donor, event coordinator or advisory board member, please see the group web site at: http://www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp, or contact Coordinator Jeanne Dunn at MartinYouthLeadership@gmail.com or at (772) 486-4695.


 
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Jan 26, 2017Calling all Martin County residents! Join us in March for our new and improved Citizens Academy!
Register now for Martin CARES, the award-winning Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series offered by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. The next five-week class begins on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Citizens must register in advance to participate. Register easily online at www.martin.fl.us and be sure to include your mailing address and email.

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

In a series of sessions, citizens will learn about services and programs provided by the Board of County Commissioners and meet the County's constitutional officers. Participants will tour several Martin County facilities, including our beautiful parks and beaches, historic buildings and will learn about important projects that improve water quality and infrastructure. Check out some of CARES highlights of in this short video produced by MCTV.

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

For more information on Martin CARES, visit www.martin.fl.us or call 772-220-7129.


 
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Jan 26, 2017DBHYDRO Training for the public - Friday, February 17, 2017
Please see the DBHYDRO Training Opportunity below. If you have an interest, please call Sharon ASAP.

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