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Dec 9, 2016We're not done with 2016 yet ...
All About Partnerships a message from our Senior Director of Programs

Partnerships that have the highest worth are those that share some similarities, but also strive to reach a common goal. A common goal is what we share with the network of partner agencies of the Treasure Coast Food Bank. And it is a win-win-win - the first "win" is always for our clients, followed by wins for the partners.

Over the course of the last ninety days at TCFB, I have had the opportunity to travel within our four-county service area to visit partner agencies and learn about our program partnerships. From the various feeding programs that include: food pantries, school pantries, mobile food pantries, and after-school programs feeding programs, I was overwhelmed by the level of commitment each of our partners bring to the table. I am excited to continue working within our network of partner agencies and develop future collaborations.

The Thanksgiving Food Distribution Program was a huge success this year! We all rallied together to ensure families in our communities shared a family-style meal together.

"Through a partnership with Treasure Coast Food Bank, we fed over seven hundred people during our Thanksgiving feeding program, and statistically we have fed over 300 households since the pantry's inception," shared Suzette Gayle from The Bread of Life Food Pantry in Port St. Lucie.

I am a firm believer that successes are built upon partnerships and project collaborations. And in the little time that I have spent working with our partner agencies, I feel confident that we will be able to partner on much more to continue helping our neighbors in need.

What defines a great partnership? I define a great partnership as one that not only shares common goals, but is followed by achievements. Achievements may come in many forms. It can be simply doing a load of laundry; doing your afternoon walk to burn-off the holiday calories (except me because I eat on the hour); or it can be responding to that last email before leaving the office for the afternoon. At the Treasure Coast Food Bank, one of the many achievements we experience is working with our partner agencies because we can't do what we do without them being a part of the team.

--Homer Gutierrez, Senior Director of Programs





Brief Update on FANC

We'd like to provide a brief, pictorial update on Treasure Coast Food Bank's latest initiative, the Florida Agriculture & Nourishment Collaborative.

Over the last six weeks, there have been three main activities happening at the northern St. Lucie County facility that will house the Collaborative's processing kitchen.

They are:
• pouring concrete for the freezer and prep room floors;
• framing the interior walls;
• and installing the superstructure for a maintenance and equipment mezzanine







And this week, drywall went up!

We are inching towards completion!

Please note that the processing facility is scheduled to open January/February, 2017.

Please click here to learn more about the processing kitchen or call 772.489.3034 for more details.

Lifting Up Local Seniors

On Tuesday, December 15, Treasure Coast Food Bank will coordinate its annual "Convoy of Hope" for local seniors.

Led by a police escort, TCFB will dispatch a four-truck Convoy of Hope filled with more than 1,000 boxes of nutritious food for seniors in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties.

Senior boxes are filled with food that seniors can easily prepare themselves and that specifically address seniors' health needs. There are a variety of food items that include pantry staples like brown rice, beans, and whole-grain pasta, canned vegetables, cereals, sugar free or low-sugar snacks, and even low-fat dairy items. Critically, these senior boxes are filled with the types of food that seniors themselves can prepare at home.

Along the Treasure Coast, we know that one in seven (14%) individuals Treasure Coast Food Bank serves in Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties is a senior. Annually, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides approximately 500,000 meals to 50,000 local households with seniors.

Save the Date!

The Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food & Fund Drive is still underway! You can show your giving spirit by donating, organizing a food drive, or by participating in our virtual online food drive.

Our next "Food for Thought" tour will be held Friday, January 27, 2017 from 11:30 AM-1 PM (lunch included). This is a great opportunity to get a unique, behind-the-scenes tour of our Distribution Center in Ft. Pierce. Please call 772.489.3034 to RSVP.

Give a Meal with Bank of America. Make a Difference. For every dollar donated, Bank of America will match your donation with $2 more. To give, please visit goo.gl/RQrj2L.

Bags for a Brighter Holiday: Save-A-Lot shoppers can help a neighbor in need this Holiday season by donating a bag for just $5.99. Campaign runs till 12/24. For more information on the campaign, please visit facebook.com/savealot.

Save the Date! The 10 annual Empty Bowls to benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank will be held at the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmer's Market on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Committee members are wanted for the second annual "Spring Forward for Hunger" farm-to-fork brunch on April 2, 2017 at Ground Floor Farm in downtown Stuart. This event sold out last year and we know we will do so again in 2017! Please email Wendie Berardi at wberardi@tcfoodbank.org for details.



 
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Dec 8, 2016Sarah’s Kitchen and Walmart Join Forces This Christmas
It is no secret, this Christmas many of our neighbors may not be able to afford a hot restaurant style meal. That is why Sarah’s Kitchen and Walmart Distribution Center have partner for their 3rd Annual Free Christmas Dinner. Meals will be served on Tuesday, December 20th at two locations: 1st Congregational Church in Port St Lucie and Notre Dame Catholic Mission in Fort Pierce from 3:30 pm till 6:30 pm. The menu includes: Turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, and all the trimmings!

“We want to ensure that all in our community have the opportunity to enjoy a nice holiday meal” said Sarah’s Kitchen Executive Director Julie Summers. On behalf of our Board of Directors, volunteers, and those we serve, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas,” Julie added.

John Bagwell, Walmart Distribution Manager says, “It feels good to give back to the community and to help Sarah’s Kitchen. Our teams gather supplies and make sure we have all that is necessary to feed all those who attend on Tuesday.”

Sarah’s Kitchen is an interfaith organization that believes in serving others by sharing God’s love especially to those in need. They have five feeding locations throughout the Treasure Coast. Feeding sites are open from 5:00 pm– 6:30 pm
First United Methodist Church: 260 SW Prima Vista Blvd, Port St Lucie 34983; Every Monday
St Paul AME Church: 1405 N 27th St. Fort Pierce, 34947: Every Tuesday
First Congregational Church: 2401 SE Sidonia Street, Port St Lucie 34952; Every Wednesday
First Bethel Baptist Church: 506 N Eleventh St,, Ft Pierce 34950; Every Thursday
Notre Dame Catholic Mission: 217 N Highway 1, Ft Pierce 34950; Every Friday

For more information please visit www.sarahskitchen.org.


 
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Dec 8, 2016Resort at Home to Offer Decorating Workshops to Benefit Molly's House
How’s this for a great idea? You enroll in one, two or three of the informative yet entertaining decorating workshops being offered by designer Kimberly Perron of Resort at Home and get tips and suggestions on how to make your living space beautiful and YOURS.

Meanwhile, a house that serves the Treasure Coast – Molly’s House, the hospital hospitality residence – gets a portion of the proceeds raised at the events, which they will use to provide their no-charge services to those who need them.

“Find Your Inspiration” is set for either Tuesday, January 17 or Saturday, January 21. How do homeowners and designers come up with the inspiration to make the beautiful homes featured in magazines like House Beautiful and Coastal Living a reality? When you learn how to find yours, you’ll be inspired to make an amazing design plan for your home.

“What’s my Style?” is next up, on either Tuesday, February 7 or Saturday, February 11. Learn the tricks to determining your own personal decorating style and how to create a home decorating plan based upon it that reflects your taste to a “T”.

“Perfect Color Schemes” rounds out the series on either Tuesday, March 7 or Saturday, March 11. Picking the right paint colors can be challenging, and so can putting together your fabrics, accessories and color scheme in a way that flows attractively throughout your home. End color calamities for good with the tips you learn here!

All workshops run from 10 a.m.-noon at the beautiful waterfront design studio Resort at Home occupies at 321 S.E. Osceola Street in Stuart. Cost to attend is $99 for one or $249 for the series of three. Kimberly limits each to a maximum of eight attendees so that everyone can receive individualized attention.

To reserve your spot or for more information, call 772-291-6601 or visit ResortAtHome.com.


 
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Dec 8, 2016Looking for that perfect gift? Take a look at our 2017 Art for Living Calendar!
Looking for that perfect Christmas Gift?
Corporate Gift? Or Hostess Gift?

Well search no longer and check out our
2017 Art for Living Calendar!
(see attached for cover photo)

$20.00 plus $5 shipping each
A Great Holiday Gift that lasts throughout the year!
Share the Beauty of our Local Treasure Coast Artists!
http://www.hpsfl.org/index.php/news-events/upcoming-events










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Dec 7, 2016Greetings from Treasure Coast Rowing Club!

Tomorrow is our Jingle & Mingle ribbon cutting celebration with the Stuart Martin County Chamber and wanted to reach out to you to see if you can come.

Please take a moment to preview the online invitation and let us know if you will be joining us. We certainly hope you can!
Have a wonderful day!
http://www.punchbowl.com/partypage/f32d1d120fe25ce0

TREASURE COAST ROWING CLUB
Thursday, December 8, 2016
5:00pm
Treasure Coast Rowing Club Boathouse






 
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Dec 7, 2016Renato’s Italian Restaurant is celebrating their 20 year Anniversary!
Renato’s Italian Restaurant, in Harbour Bay Plaza, will be hosting a free community event to thank the community for their loyal support over the last 20 years.


On Renato’s outside patio, we will be serving our guests a complimentary wine tasting from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Be a Star with Bryce and Shar will be providing music from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be two local authors at the event showcasing their new book and to answer questions about being an author, Dr. Mitchell from the book Tooth Ahoy and Chad Miller from the book Major Lessons for Minors. A few non-profit agencies will also be here including Martin County Parks and Recreation.

Lunch and dinner patrons will be served Josephine’s favorite beverage and Italian cookies at the end of their meal.




 
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Dec 7, 2016Renato’s Italian Restaurant is celebrating their 20 year Anniversary!
Renato’s Italian Restaurant, in Harbour Bay Plaza, will be hosting a free community event to thank the community for their loyal support over the last 20 years.


On Renato’s outside patio, we will be serving our guests a complimentary wine tasting from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Be a Star with Bryce and Shar will be providing music from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be two local authors at the event showcasing their new book and to answer questions about being an author, Dr. Mitchell from the book Tooth Ahoy and Chad Miller from the book Major Lessons for Minors. A few non-profit agencies will also be here including Martin County Parks and Recreation.

Lunch and dinner patrons will be served Josephine’s favorite beverage and Italian cookies at the end of their meal.




 
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Dec 7, 2016The River Report


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Dec 6, 2016Winners Announced for 31st Annual Hobe Sound Chamber Christmas Parade!
On Saturday, December 3rd the streets of downtown Hobe Sound were lined with red and green bows and bells as more than 5,000 excited residents and visitors waited for the arrival of Santa Claus in the Hobe Sound Chamber Christmas Parade. Businesses decorated and opened their doors to share holiday treats and entertainment. The Hobe Sound Centre Building transformed into a giant parade grandstand. All the hustle and bustle marked the beginning of the annual parade sponsored by Treasure Coast Irrigation/ Rood Landscape and Crown Car Care.

Families arrived early to meander through downtown shops and the Art Stroll that featured local crafters and artists. Once the Parade was in sight the children began to cheer. Floats and decorated vehicles created by chamber members, schools and organizations drifted merrily along the roadway. Local middle and high school bands marched and played hit songs. Kids were able to meet Ronald McDonald and other beloved characters.

The Parade judges watched the action from the Grandstand and ranked their favorite floats. It was a hard task but the judges considered each entry.

The Hobe Sound Chamber along with Presenting Sponsor, Treasure Coast Irrigation/ Rood Landscape would like to congratulate the following winners:

Most Humorous: LICK YOUR CHOPS PET GROOMING LED BY CATHY BAKER
Best Marching: HOBE SOUND RAVENS LED BY DANA LASHER
Most Original: JENKINS LANDSCAPE LED BY ERIN JENKINS
Best Religious: FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH LED BY LEAH SIHVOLA
Best Hobe Sound History: BANNER LAKE CLUB LED BY SIMONE SCOTT
Best Overall: CROWN CAR CARE LED BY TODD HARRIS

The 31st Annual Hobe Sound Chamber Christmas Parade judges did a fantastic job. Thank you to all the judges led by volunteer Bobbi Kauffman; Guyton Stone owner of GHS Custom Homes, world renowned artist and Hobe Sound local Dan Mackin, Candace Lopes owner of Skin Serenity Spa, Nancy Ferraro of the Law Office of Marc Gaylord, Patrick Davis of the Hobe Sound Bible College/ Christian Academy and Lisa Dames of the Banner Lake Club.

The Chamber would like to thank all the participants, volunteers, chamber members, downtown businesses, residents and of course the Parade sponsors for making it a great event. Supporting sponsors included Bridge Boat and RV Storage, the Hobe Sound Soccer Club, and Waste Management.


 
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Dec 6, 2016MARTIN COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION Information Sheet
Thank you for your interest in addressing the members of the Martin County Legislative Delegation at the upcoming public meeting. The public meeting affords you the opportunity to briefly update the entire assembled delegation of your ideas. The delegation is interested in making the process as expeditious as possible and allowing you the best opportunity for legislative success.

Please keep in mind that any general legislation or local bill must be sponsored by a member of the Legislature. Please obtain this sponsorship prior to the meeting date. At least one delegation member attending the meeting at which you are presenting should have a working knowledge of your request.

If you are submitting a local bill request, please have the bill drafted and a copy sent to each member of the delegation no later than Thursday, December 22, 2016. Please also submit the Economic Impact Statement form, Local Bill Certification form, and adhere to public advertising requirements in a timely manner. A statement by an attorney that indicates that the proposed bill cannot be accomplished by local ordinance or rule is required. Please be certain that the appropriate local board, district, or commission has approved the local bill and voted on the changes.

Please be aware that an appearance at the delegation meeting does not ensure that your bill or request will be filed. You must obtain a commitment from a legislator before your request will be brought before the Legislature.

To be placed on the official agenda of the meeting, presenters must complete a “Participant Request Form” (a copy of which is attached) and submit four (4) copies of all printed materials to the Office of the Chair, Senator Joe Negron, by 5 P.M. on Thursday, December 29, 2016.

All presenters, including those scheduled to make public comments, will have THREE minutes to address the delegation. This time limit will be enforced as a courtesy to all scheduled speakers. Please prepare your remarks to fit within these time constraints. Following your presentation, the delegation members may ask you questions concerning your comments.

We hope these guidelines will assist you in your understanding of this process. We look forward to your briefing and are pleased that you have taken the time and initiative to participate in the legislative process.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Wilson in Senator Negron’s district office at (772) 219-1665 or by email at wilson.kelli@flsenate.gov.


 
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Dec 6, 2016THE CABANA AT JENSEN DUNES BRIGHTENS UP THE HOLIDAYS
Assisted Living Community to Host Open House Featuring Inaugural Festival of Trees

The Cabana at Jensen Dunes – a new community offering quality, affordable assisted living and memory support – is hosting its inaugural Festival of Trees Open House on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Visitors are invited to enjoy holiday decorations throughout the community, as well as live music, tours, and complimentary appetizers and desserts prepared by The Cabana’s Chef Kevin.

The event, which is open to the public, will showcase animated figurines and elaborately trimmed trees from the collection of the late Suzanne Lussier of Port St. Lucie, who is the mother of Jennifer Lussier-Fontaine, Director of Activities at The Cabana.

“When Christmas came around, my mom meticulously decorated every room in the house – and each one was different,” said Lussier-Fontaine. “At one point, she had 40 trees on display, plus a custom-built, life-sized gingerbread house. She put her whole heart and soul into it.”

Word spread about the displays, and visitors began flocking to the Lussier home each Christmas. “I recall one night where at least 200 people walked through the house,” Lussier-Fontaine said.

Mrs. Lussier passed away this August, the month when she typically would have started her famous seasonal decorating. Her legacy of transforming simple spaces into a winter wonderland will now live on at The Cabana.

The Cabana at Jensen Dunes is located at 1537 N.E. Cedar Street in Jensen Beach. Turn left when you have reached the end of N.E. Cedar Street.


 
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Dec 6, 2016Hobe Sound Nature Center
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, locatedat the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, 13640 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound.


 
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Dec 5, 2016Parks and Recreation Advisory 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 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, December 23, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITIONS: At-large members who must be Martin County residents and shall not be employed by the County nor be related to a County employee or have a business relationship with Parks and Recreation vendors.

It shall be the function of the Board to advise the Board of County Commissioners on the planning and implementation of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and to make recommendations on programs, services, acquisition and uses of parkland, sports and recreation facilities as well as such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of County Commissioners.

Members who miss more than 50 percent of regularly scheduled or three consecutive meetings in a given calendar year will be automatically removed 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.

Meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month at

 
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Dec 5, 2016Indiantown Community Trust Fund Special Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill vacancies on the Indiantown Community Trust Fund Special Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, December 23, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.

VACANT POSITIONS: a resident from the Indiantown Community and a resident from Booker Park. These are four year terms.

POWERS & DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE:
The Committee shall review and rank the projects to be funded by the income generated by the Indiantown Community Trust Fund. Members shall annually compile a prioritized list of proposed projects to be funded by the income from the Trust.

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

Meetings are generally held as needed at 9:00 am at the Indiantown Library (usually once or twice a year in the summer [July/August]).


 
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Dec 5, 2016Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council Vacancy
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to a vacancy on the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, December 23, 2016. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to dgordon@martin.fl.us.
Vacant Position: a lay-person (non-emergency transportation) representative. The term is for two years.
The purpose and objectives of the Council are:
To act as a County EMS advisory body, keeping members informed about State and National issues of concerns to EMS providers.
To advise the Martin County Board of County Commissioners on matters concerning Emergency Medical Services.
To promote regional coordination and cooperation of EMS services.
To act as a liaison body for Martin County EMS providers.
To provide a forum to discuss the common problems and concerns shared by EMS agencies serving Martin County.
To encourage training and education of both the professional provider and members of the general public in the provision of emergency medical care.
To encourage optimal performance standards.
To engage in the planning, development and implementation of such activities and programs as deemed desirable in order to accomplish its general objectives or purposes, either by itself or in cooperation with other persons, groups, agencies, firms, corporations or organizations with programs relating to this Council's goals.
Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.
Meetings are held quarterly at 8:30 am at the Public Safety Complex (800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart). The next meetings are: March 2, June 1, September 7 and December 7.


 
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Dec 5, 2016Helping People Succeed’s Popular Calendars
Helping People Succeed’s Popular Calendars
Feature Calendar Signings from Local Artists

From its Tunnel of Trees and Squall Line paintings to its Red Boathouse, Bird of Paradise and Moonlit Blooms, Helping People Succeed has its 2017 Art for Living Calendar on sale at locations in Martin and St. Lucie counties. In addition, a calendar signing is scheduled at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Jensen Beach on Saturday, December 10th from 1 to 3 p.m.

Area artists featured in the 2017 calendar include: Kevin Hutchinson, Marian Vitale, Chris Kling, Cristina de la Vega, Carol Baehren Landeweer, Dan Mackin, Sue Ann Mosley-Saleeby, Val Lally, Karen Leffel-Massengill, Julia Kelly, Robin Lee Makowski, Mimi McCallum and Pam Patterson.

Helping People Succeed is a nonprofit organization that has supported the calendar project for nearly 18 years. Area artists have created the local scenes featured in each calendar and Southeastern Printing has printed the calendar over the years.

The 2017 calendars are also on display at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Jensen Beach, Frugal Framer on Indian Street and in Jensen Beach, Palm City Art and Frame on SW 30th Avenue in Palm City, Old Colorado Inn in downtown Stuart, Dr. Kim Dettori’s office on Osceola Street, Dr. James Vopal’s office on Osceola Street, Seacoast Bank on E. Ocean Blvd. in Sewall’s Point, Mimi McCallum’s art studio in Harbor Bay Plaza in Sewall’s Point and Stuart Art Supply on SE Kindred St. near the downtown Stuart Post Office. In Fort Pierce, calendars are available at NISAIR Air Conditioning on U.S. 1, south of Edwards Road. The calendars are also on sale at Helping People Succeed’s office at 1100 S. Federal Hwy in Stuart.

The calendars are $20 each.

For additional information, contact Glenna Parris at 320-0778.


 
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Dec 5, 2016BARN THEATRE FUNDRAISER THE ULTIMATE NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE EXPERIENCE DECEMBER 10TH & 11TH
Stuart, Fl. The Barn Theatre, now in its 46th award winning season, has seen close to 400,000 folks pass thru its portals, from patrons to performers, to campers and volunteers. What an incredible legacy and impact your community theater has had on us all. From actors getting a chance to ply their trade to audiences being profoundly entertained, what a ride it has been. And to improve your theater experience, the Barn has completed some significant improvements, including a new sound board, new state of the art stage lighting, rest room renovations, and resurfacing of its parking lot. Now we need to replace our 25 year old air conditioning system and plug some leaks. So to welcome in the holiday season, we are throwing a classy fundraising party on Dec. 10th & 11th, including food and refreshments, and entertainment by renowned tribute artist Neil Zirconia, who will perform Neil Diamond's greatest hits. All for just $30. We'll also be raffling off some very nice items. SEE THE FLIER BELOW FOR DETAILS. So come on out and enjoy the Barn Theatre, especially you performers who have graced our stage.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Barn box office at 287-4884 or by visiting the Barn website at www.barn-theatre.com. The Barn Theatre is a non-profit 501(c) (3) community theater and your donations may be tax deductible. Thank you for your help.



 
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Dec 5, 2016Humane Society looks to foster out all its animals during the holidays
The Humane Society of the Treasure is looking for animal lovers to bring joy to their shelter pets by fostering one or more of them this holiday season. Known as its “Home for the Holidays” program, pick up begins on Tues., Dec. 20, from its shelter, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., Palm City, or its Stuart-based thrift stores, 2585 SE Federal Highway and 1099 NW 21st St.
The HSTC’s goal is to get every single animal at its shelter placed in a foster home as part of this annual program. Individuals must complete the appropriate foster paperwork and requirements before taking a pet home. Starting at 10 a.m., Dec. 20,approved foster families may come to the shelter and choose an animal in the adoption area. The animals must be picked up no later than 2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 24. The foster parents, or “guardian angels,” will be encouraged to help the HSTC find a permanent home for their foster pet. All animals need to be adopted or returned back to the shelter by Wed., Jan. 4, 2016.
The HSTC prefers that participants provide food bowls, bedding and toys for their foster pet, but the shelter will assist if needed. Through last year’s program, the HSTC fostered 25 animals and 10 were adopted. To view the pets currently available for adoption, go online to http://www.hstc1.org.
For those who are ready to adopt an animal, the HSTC is offering a generous discount during the entire month of December as part of the national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society’s “Bring Joy” annual animal adoption campaign. All dog and cat adoptions will be reduced to $25 (normally $125 for dogs and 45 for cats). Adoptions for animals over 7 years old are free.
For more information about the Home for the Holidays program or adoption special, call HSTC Foster Care Coordinator Emily Recco at (772) 600-3220 or email her at erecco@hstc1.org.


 
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Dec 5, 2016An evening of gratitude: Habitat for Humanity thanks volunteers and donors
Habitat for Humanity of Martin County invited its donors and volunteers to The Mansion at Tuckahoe on Nov. 3 for a very special evening of appreciation.

Guests enjoyed cocktails, hor d'oeuvres by The Chef's Table and dancing to live swing music with The Dreamers, all while partaking in private tours of the historic mansion.
Now celebrating its 30th year of service in Martin County, Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
Since its founding, Habitat of Martin has served more than 300 families through new home construction, home repair and weatherization. Habitat has also provided support for families in need through referral, training, case management and community outreach, using partnerships with local government and other nonprofit agencies.


 
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Dec 5, 2016Two (2) grant opportunities
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Nonpoint Source Management Program is pleased to announce the solicitation for two (2) grant opportunities:
1. The 2018 Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Grant for projects that reduce or eliminate nonpoint source pollution; and
2. The 319(h) Nonpoint Source Education Grant for education and outreach projects that target reducing nonpoint source pollution in adopted Basin Management Action Plant (BMAP) areas. Please note, developing BMAPs that will be adopted by summer of 2017 can be considered as adopted for the purposes of this solicitation.
The application form, eligibility criteria, evaluation criteria, guidance and instruction documents can be found on the department’s website and on the department’s FTP site. The application deadline for both 319(h) Grant opportunities is March 15, 2017.

The eligibility, application, criteria, grant timeline and instructions are different for each of the two grants so please read all information carefully. Failing to follow instructions can result in your project being denied funding.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Kate Merchant at 850-245-2952 or kathryn.merchant@dep.state.fl.us, or Katie Britt at 850-245-2938 or katherine.britt@dep.state.fl.us.
Nonpoint Source Management Program
Division of Water Restoration Assistance
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS# 3570 (mailing)
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, 4th Floor (physical)
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000
850-245-2836


 
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Dec 5, 2016Real Estate Advisor: December
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Owning a Smart Home
Technology plays a huge role in our lives today. Whether it's smartphones, tablets, computers or some other kind of cutting edge technology, we are certainly living in a time where there's a gadget or gizmo for everything, and our homes are no different. With all this new tech available, we now have the ability to make our homes into "Smart Homes." But what exactly is a Smart Home?
You might have heard this term bounced around in recent years, and maybe more so recently. Smart Homes are homes that are connected to a network, which allows a homeowner control over the many different systems within a house or property. They're becoming more and more popular with the continued technological advances available to the general public, and more and more new homes and future construction are including Smart systems. If you've been interested in learning more about Smart Homes and how they can make your life easier, read on for more information.
What is a Smart Home?
A Smart Home is a home that provides owners a number of benefits, from comfort and convenience, to things such as security and energy efficiency. The benefit of a Smart Home is that a homeowner has complete control over the smart systems within their home, whether he or she is home or not. A Smart Home is hooked up to a network that can be controlled via smartphone, tablet or computer. Common items in a home that can be "smart:" appliances, lighting, heating and cooling systems, TVs, computers, audio and video systems, security and camera systems and more. What's even more convenient is that a Smart Home has a way of connecting these items together so they all have a way of communicating with each other, all controlled by a single remote.
It's important to note that not all homes are Smart Homes. New construction and more "modern" style homes may come equipped with Smart Home features, but most homes do not have them, which leaves it up to the homeowner to decide whether or not to convert to a Smart system. A great benefit of creating a Smart Home is that an owner can choose what appliances or systems she or he would like to make "smart" based on availability of products, the homeowner's overall budget, and whether or not the home would benefit from a Smart system.
Why have a Smart Home?
One of the biggest reasons for a homeowner to switch to a Smart House is for the ability to have remote access to control and check on the house when not home. The convenience of logging into an app via smartphone or tablet and check the temperature of the house, or make sure all the electronics are turned off, or even to check on the family pet, is not only a huge draw, but it also offers a level of security that isn't available to those without a Smart Home.
Another added benefit of the security feature: some systems are so efficient that you may even receive an alert on your phone from your smoke or carbon monoxide detectors that something may be occurring in your home/property. Should a homeowner have the door locks on a Smart system, he or she could easily unlock the door for a child or neighbor while at work or across the country. Also, should a home's doors and windows be on a Smart system, you could be notified should one of those doors or windows open when you're not home or even asleep.
Besides security, convenience and accessibility, another reason to switch to a Smart Home is for efficiency. Imagine the ability to control your home's thermostat via your phone, or make sure your lights are off during the day but come on during your drive home from work. A Smart system offers homeowners the ability to not only control when things turn on or off, but also schedule systems to be on when they're at home in order to conserve energy and save money by dictating a home's energy usage.
A home doesn't have to be a Smart Home to make a homeowner happy or attract interest from potential buyers. Smart Home technology is becoming more available to all homeowners. As technology continues to progress, Smart Home features will continue to evolve. If you're interested in the benefits of Smart systems for your home, and you love technology, a Smart Home could be a great option for you.
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Jack Albright
Mobile Phone: 630-291-0529
Email Address
jackalbright@keyes.com
Web Site
www.JackAlbright.keyes.com

Mailing Address
Stuart Office
309 SE Osceola Street, Suite 204
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Dec 1, 2016Stuart Community Concert Band To Perform Holiday Concerts Saturday at the Blake Library
'Tis the season to be jolly, and it's almost time to let the joyous music of the holiday season lift your hearts, spirits, and voices as the Stuart Community Concert Band performs your favorite holiday tunes and classics at our annual Christmas concerts for the community this Saturday at the Blake Library.

Tickets for the 2016 Holiday Concert are free and open to the public, with the morning performance on December 3 beginning at 11:00 a.m. and the afternoon concert scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. Many people have already picked up their free tickets, but there were still tickets available for both performances at the Blake Library. It's necessary to get free tickets in advance, because there is a maximum number of people who can be accommodated and seated comfortably at each concert. Tickets are free and available at the Blake Library on a first-come, first-served basis.


Our 2016 Holiday Concert will feature songs and classics such as Sleigh Ride, A Christmas Festival, Handel's Messiah, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, The Eighth Candle, Hanukkah Highlights, A Jubilant Christmas, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Fantasia for Christmas, and many more.

The Stuart Community Concert Band is under the direction of Mr. Jim LeBon and consists of musicians of all ages who happily donate our time and talent to create quality music for the enjoyment of our audience. Our holiday concerts at the Blake Library have become a very popular tradition in our community over the years, and we hope to see everyone there with Christmas spirit on Saturday!

It's the love of music that brings us together in the band. The Stuart Community Concert Band is a non-profit, 501c organization (contributions are tax-deductible) with musicians from all walks of life and professions and age groups, ranging from high-school students to retired residents in their nineties. We all share a mutual love of music, and we gather every week to practice and play our instruments. Anyone is welcome to join us! Rehearsals are Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Stuart Baptist Church on U.S. 1. If you are interested in joining us or just coming out to play your instrument, we'll be happy to see you! Everyone is welcome!


 
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Dec 1, 2016Let the Countdown Begin: Stuart Readies for ButterBurgers and Fresh Frozen Custard
The Stuart community is preparing to welcome a new Culver’s restaurant. Known for its famous ButterBurger® and creamy frozen custard, the restaurant serves fast casual food cooked-to-order.

An official ground breaking is scheduled for the new restaurant located at 2501 S. Kanner Hwy on Monday, December 5th, 2016.

"We’re thrilled to bring handcrafted, high-quality meals and desserts to the community of Stuart," says Dale Deakin, franchise owner. "We think it’s a wonderful area and we are excited to become a contributing and active member."
When completed, the restaurant will have dine-in seating, drive-thru and take-out service. After ordering at the front counter, guests seat themselves and relax while their food is cooked-to-order and delivered quickly to their tables.
"At Culver’s, hospitality is something we hold near and dear to our hearts," added Deakin "Our promise is that every guest who chooses Culver’s leaves happy. We invite everyone in Stuart to come experience Culver’s hospitality, and delicious food for themselves when the restaurant opens April 10th, 2017.
Deakin began his career at Culver's in Wisconsin as a teenager working the grill. Through his hard work and dedication, he worked his way up in the company culminating with owning Culver's of Stuart, FL. "I bleed blue as we say at Culver's. I believe in the brand and live by our core values," say Deakin.
Culver’s signature sandwich and guest-favorite, the ButterBurger®, is made with 100 percent fresh, never frozen, U.S. beef and topped with a lightly buttered and toasted bun. Cooked-to-order favorites include the Bacon Deluxe and Mushroom and Swiss ButterBurger.
Culver’s Fresh Frozen Custard gets its legendary creamy decadence from high-quality, fresh Wisconsin dairy. Each batch is hand crafted throughout the day. In addition to making their own creations, guests can customize their desserts with more than 30 mix-ins and toppings. Every day Culver’s offers three flavors of Fresh Frozen Custard: vanilla, chocolate and a Flavor of the Day.
The restaurant also features many other delicious choices, including real Wisconsin cheese curds, a dairy land delicacy, fresh garden salads and North Atlantic Cod Filet sandwiches. Kid’s meals are also available.
Connect with Culver’s of Stuart via eClub and Text Club. Sign up at www.culvers.com/connect for delicious coupons and menu news, plus receive a special treat for joining!


 
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Dec 1, 2016Meet your new District 3 Commissioner Harold Jenkins
The public is invited to meet new District 3 Commissioner Harold Jenkins on December 7, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. preceding the Neighborhood Advisory Committee meeting. Commissioner Jenkins invites residents and business owners to discuss and address any issues they feel he should know about.

The meeting will be held:

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Hobe Sound Community Center
8980 S.E. Olympus St., Hobe Sound, FL 33455
5:30 pm with the Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting immediately following at 6:00 pm

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
If you would like additional information regarding this meeting, please call 772-221-2357 or email Sherilyn Scraders at sscrader@martin.fl.us.



 
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Dec 1, 20162016 Hurricane Season Concludes: Florida’s 11 Years of Good Luck Finally Ran Out
This hurricane season, Florida saw its first hurricane make landfall in 11 years- Hurricane Hermine. Shortly after, Hurricane Matthew, a major hurricane that just barely missed Florida’s east coast, caused a substantial amount of damage to Florida and triggered evacuation notices for nearly 1.5 million Floridians.

There is good news though. As Christian Cámara of the R Street Institute points out, reinsurance saved Florida from catastrophic losses:

“Thanks to responsible decisions made by Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature over the past several years, coupled with trends in the global economy, homeowners are not expected to see insurance rate increases because of these storms.”

As Florida moves on and continues the recovery process, as businesses return to normal and communities put cleanup efforts behind them, the Florida Chamber recognizes that hurricanes are part of Florida’s reality, and the question isn’t if a hurricane will hit, but when.





 
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Dec 1, 2016Advance Tickets on Sale for Popular “Taste of Jensen” Holiday Event
Taste of Jensen, a 19-year Jensen Beach holiday tradition, will be held Tuesday, December 13 in downtown Jensen Beach. Advance tickets are limited and can be purchased for $30 online at www.JensenBeachChamber.com or at the Seacoast Bank Jensen Beach location. Other advance ticket sales locations are Jan’s Place Restaurant, Kona Beach Cafe and the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Visitors Information and Business Referral Center. Event hours are from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

The popular event is a great opportunity to taste and sample food and beverages from the finest Jensen Beach eateries in a festival holiday atmosphere. Music will be provided by Stone Mountain Jazz & Blues Band and Hot Sauce Boys. Ocean Breeze Resort will present a Golf Cart Christmas Parade during the event beginning at 7pm. There will also be an outdoor Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Christmas Marketplace, plus all downtown Jensen Beach shops, boutiques and art galleries will be open.

New restaurants participating this year are: Buckhouse Coffee Bar, Jersey Mike’s, Lures Riverfront Restaurant, The Magic Oyster, and Adventure Seafood. Restaurants returning to participate include: 11 Maple Street, Castaway’s Gastropub, Crawdaddy’s N’awlin’s Grill & Bar, Harper’s Pub. Hurricane Grill & Wings, Jan’s Place Restaurant, Kona Beach Café’, Mary’s Gourmet Kitchen, Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, New England Fish Market & Restaurant, Papa John’s, Peter’s Steakhouse, Pineapple Jack’s Bistro, Santo’s Wood Fired Pizza Restaurant, Sauder’s Landing, Starbuck’s Coffee Company, and The Hoffmann.

Sponsors include Coast 101.3, Welcome Home Realty International, The Pink House Cottage Day Spa, Steel Spades Tattoo Co. Jensen Beach Barber Shop, Then & Now Gallery, Kirk’s Dive & Surf, We Be Jammin’, Backstreet Gallery, Barbara Lapham Watercolors, Sally Eckman Roberts Designs, Custom Landscaping & Design, Bertrand Signs and Maple Avenue Shoppes.

Each year participating restaurants compete for six coveted awards: People’s Choice, Best Presentation, Best Featured Entrée, Best Appetizer/Soup, Best Dessert, and Best Beverage. Taste of Jensen patrons decide the People’s Choice award. Other award winners are determined by a panel of judges.

Pineapple Jack’s Bistro was awarded last year’s “Taste of Jensen People's Choice Award". Other 2015 winners include The Hoffmann, "Best Featured Entree", Conchy Joe’s Seafood Restaurant and Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House "Best Presentation", Sauder’s Landing, "Best Appetizer/Soup", Jan’s Place Restaurant "Best Desert" and Castaway’s Gastropub, "Best Beverage".

For additional information please call the event producer, the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce at (772) 334-3444 or visit us online www.JensenBeachChamber.com.


 
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Dec 1, 2016Florida Oceanographic Society's Newsletter


December 10-18: Lights on the Lagoon!

The Coastal Center will be transformed into a winter wonderland every evening from 6 to 9 pm with palm trees aglow and the whole center shining with holiday lighting. This inaugural fundraiser will feature decorated trees, together with nightly entertainment, to set the mood for the holidays.

Buy Your Tickets Now!





December 5: Adopt a Highway

Volunteers Needed! Meet us at 10 am in the Coastal Center parking lot, wear closed-toe shoes and help us clean up our stretch of Ocean Boulevard!

RSVP for Adopt a Highway







December 21: Special Activity Day

In celebration of Shorebird month, stop by the Coastal Center from 10 am-2 pm and bring the family. Create and take home a shorebird mask!

View Program Times







Holiday Gifts That Give Back!

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list - all while supporting Florida Oceanographic Society's mission!
• "Adopt" a Sea Turtle or Stingray
• Give the Gift of Membership for friends & loved ones
• Purchase a Tile or Brick Paver in honor of loved ones
• Browse our Gift Shop through December 8, members will receive an extra 5% off purchases in the gift shop!
• Shop AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Florida Oceanographic Society!






Volunteer Spotlight: Paul Laura

A key volunteer for the Research Department, Paul Laura is involved in oyster shell baggings and deployments, monitoring oyster and seagrass populations, water quality testing, and so much more!

Read Paul's Story







2017 Coastal Lecture Series

Join us for our annual Coastal Lecture Series, select Mondays at 6:30 pm at the Blake Library in Stuart.

January 9, "Estuaries & Everglades"
January 23, "The Coming Reality of Sea Level Rise"

More Information





Florida Oceanographic Society's mission is to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy.




 
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Nov 30, 2016Help spread cheer though United Way’s White Doves Holiday Project/Toys for Tots
Holiday cheer is hard to come by for families who struggle financially in Martin County.

More often than not, families are faced with the difficult decision of putting food on the table or buying Christmas presents for their children. Thanks to the generosity of the entire community thousands of families won’t have to make any of those difficult decisions this December.

For almost three decades, United Way of Martin County has provided families in need with toys and food during the holidays through its White Doves Holiday Project. The effort relies on the compassion of donors and volunteers to see that thousands of local children wake up Christmas morning with presents under the tree or even a shiny new bicycle.

“Martin County is a generous community and the spirit of giving is strong year-round. The number of businesses and organizations participating in the toy drive has grown substantially over the years. White Doves Holiday Project is a volunteer-driven project that engages the entire community: businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, students and retirees. It takes all of us working together to make a collective impact that lifts our community,” said Carol Hodnett, Vice President of Community Impact and Volunteerism, United Way of Martin County.

Each year in fall, organizers reach out to area nonprofit agencies, faith-based organizations and schools to identify families in need. Referrals are then carefully checked with other service providers to avoid client duplication before being approved. As the local Toys for Tots coordinating organization, United Way collects toys for children with the help of 120 businesses and communities serving as official Toys for Tots drop-off locations.

Last year, with the help of more than 368 volunteers, White Doves distributed 41,571 pounds of food and provided 12,991 toys to 2,427 children in Martin County. United Way also distributed 320 bicycles thanks to the support of the Zweben Law Group, Publix Supermarkets, Martin County Fire Rescue and many other donors.

The community can also get involved by donating a new, unwrapped toy to any Toys for Tots drop-off location, hosting a food drive or signing up to volunteer.

For more information, to make a donation, or to volunteer at any time of the year, visit UnitedWayMartin.org, call 772-220-4472 or email kstacey@unitedwaymartincounty.org.


 
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Nov 30, 2016Funding for All Aboard Florida's planned route through Treasure Coast in question
On November 28, before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a final ruling on the lawfulness of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) $1.75 billion Private Activity Bond (PAB) allocation to All Aboard Florida (AAF, a.k.a Brightline), DOT announced that it has withdrawn the $1.75 billion bond allocation to AAF first made in 2014. While further proceedings are going to occur in this case, this represents a significant victory for Martin County, which along with Indian River County, brought a lawsuit challenging the lawfulness of DOT's bonds. The $1.75 billion in taxpayer subsidized bonds were intended to fund both phases of the AAF Project: Phase I, running from Miami to West Palm Beach, and Phase II, running from West Palm Beach to Orlando, through Martin County.

AAF has applied for, and DOT has approved, a "new" $600 million PAB allocation that will purportedly finance only Phase I of the Project. Because AAF's original $1.75 billion PAB allocation has been withdrawn, DOT and AAF now seek to dismiss the case since DOT withdrew the PAB allocation providing funding for Phase II.

DOT's withdrawal of the $1.75 billion PAB allocation appears to leave AAF with no current clear path to fund Phase II, the portion of the Project that would negatively impact the safety and way of life of Martin County residents and citizens throughout the Treasure Coast. The County is assessing its next steps in court as well as AAF's potential new applications for Phase II of the Project with additional taxpayer subsidized funds.

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





 
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Nov 30, 2016FAU Harbor Branch Visitor’s Center Reopens to Public ‘Mission: Ocean Discovery’ Public Outreach Programming Reconvenes
The FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitor’s Center, 5600 U.S. 1 North in Fort Pierce, will reopen to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. The facility, which is the portal for “Mission: Ocean Discovery” public outreach programming, will offer updated displays and live exhibits that reflect current research being conducted at the institute. FAU and HBOI-related gear will be available for purchase, and visitors can also utilize a new FAU Admissions kiosk with information for prospective students.
Other “Mission: Ocean Discovery” programming will reconvene in January, with Immersion Tours offered each Wednesday morning and Marine Science Fridays offered on select Friday afternoons from January through March 2017. Additionally, the Ocean Science Lecture Series winter season will kick off on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 with a talk by Anton Post, Ph.D., newly appointed HBOI executive director.
For more information, contact Gabby Barbarite, “Mission: Ocean Discovery” coordinator, at 772-242-2293 or gbarbari@fau.edu, or visit fau.edu/hboi.


 
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Nov 30, 2016ELC’s Touch-A-Truck
Taking place on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Touch-A-Truck is an interactive event for children and the young at heart. The event allows kids the opportunity to climb on, learn about, and discover their favorite big trucks and vehicles, including police cars, cement trucks, tow trucks, and fire trucks, just to name a few! Vehicle drivers and operators will be on hand to educate the public about this vehicles and answer questions. All proceeds will benefit the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties and help promote their vision for Building Blocks for Educational Services.

 
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Nov 30, 2016A.C.T. Studio Theatre Presents “My William Shatner Man Crush” by D. M. Larson
September 8, 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Star Trek, a TV show that became a symbol of hopes and dreams for a better world in which technology and science would improve the human condition and where peace and unity would transcend conflict and separation. Star Trek inspired the young and old, scientists, entrepreneurs and viewers around the world. To this day, its many fans convene at Comic Con and other conferences.

In honor of Star Trek’s semicentennial, A.C.T. Studio Theatre is presenting playwright D. M. Larson’s “My William Shatner Man Crush” (aka “A Thing for Nerds”). Trekkies and superheroes and William Shatner--oh my! "A Thing for Nerds" follows groupies living the ultimate life! One successful superhero saves people’s lives; another gets the girl after becoming less oblivious to her hints; and another plots to take down the enemy! But best of all . . . one has a huge man crush on William Shatner and gets to meet his hero!

Director Stuart Mohr adds, “There was a time when being a nerd wasn’t cool. Nerds were bullied and shunned as social outcasts. But in this new millennium of online multiplayer video games, virtual reality and tech billionaires, nerds have become fashionable. Orange isn’t the new black. Nerd is. The great part about this show is that it celebrates the nerd in all of us . . . “

Starring Tyler Sloan, Aidan McDonnell, Kaidan Gall, Rachel Swanzy, Valarie Jensen, Emma Geismar and Molly Marks, “My William Shatner Man Crush” will be on stage at A.C.T. Studio Theatre one weekend only: Dec. 16, 17, 18. Audiences can catch any of four performances: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. A.C.T. Studio Theatre is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Tickets are $12. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call 772-932-8880.


 
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Nov 29, 2016Giving Tuesday
Today is Giving Tuesday, a one-day event when people can directly support charities of all sizes and all causes.

We know there are many, many worthy charities to support with your hard-earned dollars, and some of you will ultimately donate to them. We respect that.

But we want you to know that for those willing and able to donate to Treasure Coast Food Bank today, you will be providing us with much-needed resources to continue feeding seniors, Veterans, families, and children who at no fault of their own, are in need of emergency food assistance.

We are proud to support anyone who is in need--and we hope you will help us sustain that life-saving work.



 
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Nov 29, 2016Florida’s Wild! Juried Art & Photography Exhibition Artists' Opening Reception
Dec.16 5:30-7:30 p.m. Artists' Opening Reception for Florida’s Wild! Juried Art & Photography Exhibition. Complimentary munchies, cash bar with beer, wine and sodas. $5 per person. RSVPs requested: Amie Smith at 772-225-1961 or asmith@elliottmuseum.org. Elliott Museum, 825 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart.

 
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Nov 29, 2016Florida’s Wild! at the Elliott Museum
STUART -Florida’s Wild! Juried Art & Photography Exhibition will show at the Elliott Museum from December 16, 2016 - January 28, 2017. This unique collection of artwork, photography, sculpture, and other original works by local and regional participants will be on display in the Museum's Changing Exhibits Gallery. Florida’s Wild! features a variety of subject matter, and entrants were encouraged to interpret the theme creatively. Come and see where their imaginations carried them!

Artistic media used includes watercolor, oil, acrylic, sculpture, wire, and photographs printed on photo paper, canvas, metal, and acrylic - in short, something for every taste. All work is available for purchase and sales benefit the Elliott Museum.

An Artists' Opening Reception takes place on December 16 from 5:30-7:30pm. Enjoy complimentary munchies and a cash bar with beer, wine and sodas. Guests are asked to contribute $5 per person to attend the reception. RSVPs are requested: call Amie Smith at 772-225-1961 or email asmith@elliottmuseum.org.

The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays in January, February and March. Regular admission includes the Juried Exhibition (Free for Museum members). The Museum will be closed Christmas and New Year's Day.

The Elliott Museum is located on Hutchinson Island at 825 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. For information, visit the Museum, call 772-225-1961, email asmith@elliottmuseum.org or visit ElliottMuseum.org.


 
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Nov 29, 2016FPL rate increase
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, November 28, 2016.......... State regulators Tuesday unanimously approved a settlement agreement that includes $811 million in base-rate increases for customers of Florida Power & Light --- with $400 million slated to take effect Jan. 1.

FPL, which early this year proposed $1.3 billion in rate increases, negotiated the settlement with representatives of consumers and two business groups. The Florida Public Service Commission approved the agreement despite continuing objections from the senior-advocacy group AARP and the Sierra Club.

Commissioner Ronald Brise said the settlement addressed issues regulators heard from consumers during meetings across the areas served by FPL.

"One is that the quality of the (FPL) service is good. People were concerned about their pockets,'' Brise said. "And I think ultimately, this settlement handles all of those things, and it allows for the service to continue in a way that people will continue to receive the satisfaction that they are looking for and that their pockets won't be injured in the process, while allowing the growth that is necessary to occur."

In addition to the $400 million increase slated to take effect Jan. 1, the agreement calls for a $211 million increase in January 2018 and a $200 million increase in mid-2019 when a new Okeechobee County power plant starts operating.

The settlement addresses numerous other issues, including potential solar-energy projects for FPL and a halt on a controversial financial practice known as "hedging" prices of natural gas. It also includes a target return on equity --- a measure of profit --- of 10.55 percent for FPL.

AARP argued in a filing last month that the utility's rates should decrease by $300 million in 2017, not increase. Earlier this year, the state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers, also argued that FPL's rates should go down.

But the Office of Public Counsel ultimately reached the settlement with FPL, as did the Florida Retail Federation and the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association, which were parties in the rate case.

"In any given case, you have to evaluate the risks of you winning your positions and losing your positions," state Public Counsel J.R. Kelly said after the vote Tuesday. "At the end of the day, we came together with the other signatories and Florida Power and Light, and we felt this was a reasonable resolution to all of the issues.”

Eric Silagy, president and chief executive officer of FPL, said the agreement will allow the utility to continue making "smart investments" that will help ensure relatively low bills for consumers and provide other benefits such as clean emissions from power plants. He said FPL has had the lowest electric bills in the state during the past several years and pointedly used that to address AARP's objections.

"We've been able to keep prices low and reliability high, and that benefits every single AARP member," Silagy said after the vote.

Base rates make up a major portion of electric customers' monthly bills, with other portions involving costs such as power-plant fuel.

A common industry benchmark is a residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month. With the settlement approved Tuesday and other changes, such FPL customers will see their bills go from $91.56 to $99.02 in January, according to information from the utility. Those bills are estimated to go to $102.50 in January 2018 and $103.70 when the Okeechobee County plant starts operating, projected for June 2019.

The Public Service Commission spends months on base-rate cases, with staff members and commissioners wading through extensive financial and technical information and holding hearings --- a process in the FPL case that Commissioner Jimmy Patronis likened to a "meat grinder."

But the settlement agreement, announced in October, cut short some of the decisions regulators would have been forced to make about FPL's original proposal for a larger rate increase. Commission Chairwoman Julie Brown said the agreement will provide "predictability" for consumers.

"Taken as a whole, and given the amount of broad support across the customer groups that signed on, the settlement I do believe produces rates that are fair, just and reasonable and are clearly in the public interest," Brown said.


 
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Nov 29, 2016Wildfire Risk Increases as Rainfall Decreases


The recent drying trend has led to extremely favorable conditions for wildfires. The Florida Forest Service wants to encourage residents who live near nature to make their home safer from wildfire danger.

“Without rainfall, the sun’s radiant heat has dried out the dead leaf litter, making the fuel susceptible to ignition,” states Melissa Yunas, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist with the Florida Forest Service. “Dead leaves, sticks and twigs can be kindling to a wildfire. In order to mitigate the risk, remove the dead leaf litter that has accumulated on or around your home. The goal is to limit the amount of flammable vegetation surrounding your home.”

“Another goal in wildfire home protection”, Yunas explains, “is to increase the moisture content of the live vegetation around your home.” Grass is vulnerable to the lack of rainfall and can die relatively quickly, then ignite instantly. Every year the Florida Forest Service suppresses wildfires caused by lawn mower blades striking rocks while simply mowing the lawn. In order to mitigate this risk, water plants, trees, and grass regularly to increase the moisture in the plants. Another tip is to mow before 10 a.m. and never when it’s windy or excessively dry.

By keeping your yard lean, clean, and green you can reduce your wildfire risk today. Call your local Florida Forest Service to find out what the experts know about the best way to make your home and neighborhood safer from wildfire. Together we can save homes and lives before a wildfire starts.

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) 467-3220



 
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Nov 28, 2016Popular “Taste of Jensen” Holiday Event December 13
Taste of Jensen, a 19-year Jensen Beach holiday tradition, will be held Tuesday, December 13 in downtown Jensen Beach. Tickets for the event are now available online at www.JensenBeachChamber.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Seacoast Bank Jensen Beach location, as well as Jan’s Place Restaurant and the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Business Referral Center both located in downtown Jensen Beach. Tickets are $30 per person. Event hours are from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

The popular event is a great opportunity to taste and sample food and beverages from 20 of the finest Jensen Beach eateries in a festival holiday atmosphere.

Each year participating restaurants compete for six coveted awards: People’s Choice, Best Presentation, Best Featured Entrée, Best Appetizer/Soup, Best Dessert, and Best Beverage. Taste of Jensen patrons decide the People’s Choice award. Other award winners are determined by a panel of judges.

Pineapple Jack’s Bistro was awarded the 2015 “Taste of Jensen People's Choice Award". Other 2015 winners include The Hoffmann, "Best Featured Entree", Conchy Joe’s Seafood Restaurant and Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House "Best Presentation", Sauder’s Landing, "Best Appetizer/Soup", Jan’s Place Restaurant "Best Desert" and Castaway’s Gastropub, "Best Beverage".

For additional information please call the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce (772) 334-3444 or visit us online www.JensenBeachChamber.com.


 
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Nov 28, 2016FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF STUART TO PRESENT “INVITATION TO A MIRACLE” CHRISTMAS CANTATA ON DEC. 10 & 11
First Presbyterian Church of Stuart will present its 2016 Christmas Cantata entitled “Invitation to a Miracle” on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3pm and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 10am.
Created by well-known composer Joseph M. Martin, this joyful rendition will be performed by the church’s choir featuring soloists and a chamber orchestra, led by music director Dr. Linda Beckman.
Admission is free to the two performances; free-will offerings will be accepted.

 
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Nov 28, 2016Humane Society to host Holiday Hoopla and Bake Sale
With the holidays just around the corner, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is planning its third annual Holiday Hoopla and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 10, at its two thrift stores: Thrift Store Central, 2585 SE Federal Hwy., and Thrift Store North, 1099 NW 21st St., both in Stuart.

The event will feature discounts of 50 percent off all clothing and all holiday items as well as baked goods for sale. There also will be shelter pets available for adoption and therapy pets on hand.

HSTC Thrift Store Manager Kim McFadden said, “Check us out, get a deal, adopt a cat, and learn about the educational programs the HSTC shelter offers. It’ll be a fun day.”

All thrift store proceeds go toward the care of the HSTC’s shelter animals.

For more information, call Kim McFadden or David Des Ruisseaux at the HSTC Thrift stores at (772) 286-6909 or (772) 232-4887.


 
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Nov 23, 2016December 2016 ~ Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for December 2016. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding are entitled, at no cost, to the provision of certain assistance. This does not include transportation to and from the meeting. Please contact the County ADA Coordinator at (772) 221-1396, the Office of the County Administrator at (772) 221-2360, or in writing to 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL, 34996, no later than three days before the hearing date. Persons using a TDD device, please call 711 Florida Relay Services.

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

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

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
December 6, 13 & 20, 2016 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
The Board of County Commissioners may convene as needed during these meetings as the Martin County Community Redevelopment agency to consider and/or take action on Agency matters.
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm
Location: UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office, 2614 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
The Board of County Commission sits as the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
December 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
December 21, 2016 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

DOMESTIC ANIMAL CONTROL TASK FORCE
December 7 & 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE AWARENESS COMMITTEE
December 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm
Location: Community Services Conference Room, 435 SE Flagler Avenue, Stuart

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL
December 1, 2016 at 8:30 am
Location: Fire Rescue Administration at the Public Safety Complex, Conference Room 286, 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

GOLDEN GATE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Cassidy Center, 2895 Fairmont Street, Stuart

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
December 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: General Services Department Conference Room, 2555 SE Avenger Circle, Stuart

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

LOCAL COORDINATING BOARD FOR THE TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED
December 5, 2016 at 10:00 am
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
December 1 & 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION POLICY BOARD
December 19, 2016 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

OLD PALM CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Palm City Community Center, Leighton Park, 2701 SW Cornell Avenue, Palm City

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
December 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

PORT SALERNO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
December 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Port Salerno Civic Center, 4950 SE Anchor Avenue, Stuart (Port Salerno)

RURAL INDIANTOWN REVITALIZATION ADVISORY BOARD
December 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm
Location: Indian River State College, 15655 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

All Martin County Board of County Commission Offices will be closed on Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday and on Monday, January 2, in observance of the New Year's Day holiday.


 
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Nov 23, 2016Ring in the holidays on Main Street November 25
STUART, Fla. - Stuart Main Street and The Historic Downtown Stuart Business Association will be ringing in the holidays with Christmas on Main Street Fri., Nov. 25 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

The event kicks-off the holiday season with the historic lighting of the Stuart Christmas Tree, and includes fun activities and performances for the entire family.

Christmas on Main Street will include do-it-yourself photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, performances by the Florida Arts and Dance Company, face painting, crafts and cookies and milk courtesy of the Duffy’s Sports Grill.

"Christmas on Main Street is a wonderful annual tradition for the Downtown Stuart community," said the Historic Downtown Stuart Business Association Promotions Co-Chair Patty O'Connell. "The free celebration is possible each year thanks to funds raised at Dancin' in the Streets, and our community festivities are a great way to ring in the holidays."

This free event takes place in Haney Circle in Historic Downtown Stuart. All are invited to join in on the celebrations!

Christmas on Main Street is presented by the Historic Downtown Stuart Business Association and Stuart Main Street, and is sponsored by Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, Stuart Boathouse, Sneaki Tiki, Seacoast Bank, Mark Brechbill, 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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Nov 23, 2016New Commissioners sworn-in; Board of County Commissioners re-organizes
It was standing room only this morning inside Commission Chambers for the Inauguration Ceremony of Martin County District 1 Commissioner Doug Smith, District 3 Commissioner Harold Jenkins and District 5 Commissioner Edward Ciampi. Following their swearing-in, the re-organization of the Board of County Commissioners took place. Commissioner Doug Smith was elected Chairman and Commissioner Edward Ciampi was elected Vice Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

 
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Nov 23, 2016The River Report 11.23.16


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Nov 23, 2016Spark Your Holiday Spirit This Season at the Coastal Center
Treasure Coast – Florida Oceanographic Society is excited to announce their inaugural holiday event: Lights on the Lagoon, A Winter Wonderland. From December 10th through December 18th guests can visit the Coastal Center on Hutchinson Island every evening to see the grounds transformed with holiday lights and palm trees aglow.

Visitors have a unique opportunity to walk through the Coastal Center nightly from 6pm to 9pm and see the property gleaming in holiday lights. Guests will see over 47 illuminated palms, 15 decorated holiday trees and many other twinkling displays. There will also be entertainment from local choirs and school groups to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Santa will be around for pictures and season’s greetings.

Families and friends are encouraged to kick off the holiday season and enjoy the winter wonderland atmosphere every night. There will be food and drink available for purchase, as well as time to get started on holiday shopping in the gift shop.

Tickets are now on sale online and at the Coastal Center during business hours. Proceeds from this event directly benefit Florida Oceanographic Society and their mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy. For more information on the event or if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, visit FloridaOcean.org.







Florida Oceanographic Society’s mission is to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy. Educational programs at the Coastal Center are designed to change the generational views of how we care for and preserve our unique environments. For more information on Florida Oceanographic, please visit the website at www.floridaocean.org or call (772) 225-0505.


 
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Nov 23, 2016VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MOBILE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Martin County Fair Grounds
2616 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart Florida
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Treasure Coast Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help distribute food to those in need at our Mobile Food Distribution on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Hours are 8:00 am and usually go until 12:00 pm. For more information or to register as a volunteer, please visit our website at stophunger.org or call Gary Porter 772-446-1752.

 
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Nov 23, 2016John Hogarth joins Bourgeois Real Estate Group
PALM CITY, Fla. –The Bourgeois Real Estate Group is pleased to announce its newest Broker-Associate, John Hogarth.

Hogarth has been an active member of the Treasure Coast community for three decades. A member of both the Lost Lake Country Club and the Martin County Golf and Country Club, he has served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Martin County Golf and Country Club's Men's League. He and his wife, Shirley, attend Morningside Church in Port St. Lucie, and he's heavily involved in a variety of activities, including billiards, golf and teaching Sunday School.

"John has strong ties in our community, helping him to understand and comfortably navigate his client's real estate needs," said Katey Bourgeois, broker of Bourgeois Real Estate Group. "He is a dynamic agent who prides himself on providing the best service to each client he works with, and we're very excited to have him on our team."

For a friendly, fun experience buying or selling residential real estate, contact Hogarth at the Bourgeois Real Estate Group at 772-207-0704 or at jj7iron@gmail.com.


 
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Nov 23, 2016Breakfast with Santa - December 3rd
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Tickets available at
PhotoGraphics
408 Colorado Ave.
Stuart
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Nov 22, 2016Library to host Holiday Harmony concert
STUART, FL - The Martin County Library System is hosting music educator Bonnie Gallagher and her students for a string instrument holiday concert at 3:00pm on Saturday, December 10 at the Blake Library. Bonnie Gallagher has extensive experience in music instruction and is currently an Assisting Teacher with the Community Music School of Tradition as well as a private instrument instructor. She has frequently collaborated with the Martin County Library System to foster a love of learning and performing music in children.

All ages are welcome to attend, and no tickets are required. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.

For more information, pick up a Library Events newsletter at any Martin County Library location, visit: www.library.martin.fl.us, or call 772-221-1407.


 
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Nov 22, 2016GULFSTREAM GOODWILL INDUSTRIES HOLDS 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Nearly 300 community leaders, sponsors, program participants and employees gathered Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center in celebration of Gulfstream Goodwill Industries’ 50th anniversary.

The anniversary gala began with a cocktail reception, during which guests mingled and marveled at a photo exhibit of archival images from the 1960s through today. Many took their turn for a photo in front of the event’s official backdrop.

Guests entered an elegantly appointed, blue uplit ballroom as images from throughout Gulfstream Goodwill’s 50-year history scrolled across two large screens. The Dee Dee Wilde Band played a cover of "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge as the video rolled on.

The song, as explained by Gulfstream Goodwill Industries president and CEO Marvin Tanck in his remarks later in the evening, was chosen by the non-profit organization’s Adult Day Training (ADT) Program participants as the theme song for their annual talent show. “It has become somewhat of an unofficial theme song for the entire organization,” Tanck said.

As guests enjoyed a three-course sit-down dinner, catered by The Breakers, they heard from several speakers.

Among those who have been helped by Gulfstream Goodwill’s programs and services is assistant administrator of St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children's Hospital Don Chester.

“Goodwill is one of those organizations that is synonymous with quality of service to people,” Chester said. “Being asked to speak at the 50th anniversary of Gulfstream Goodwill Industries is truly one of the great honors of my life. I have the highest regard for the Goodwill staff and its volunteer leadership.” In his remarks, Chester noted he is “so very grateful” for the help he received from Gulfstream Goodwill after the 2004 accident that left him critically injured.

Following his personal story of being the first person who is blind to graduate with a master’s in business administration at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and difficulties finding work as a blind person, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International Jim Gibbons spoke about Goodwill’s ability to help people reach their highest levels of personal and economic independence.

“You tell your kids to go clean their stuff out of the basement. You drop it off at Goodwill,” said Gibbons. “All of a sudden, that act that helps you helps others. Goodwill takes that and they turn it into value. They turn it into value for your community through direct employment of 1,200 people, and through services, more than 10,000 people, and they do it in a way that offers stability and sustainability in an extraordinarily powerful way.”

“Think about every time you drop something off,” he continued.” Think of that as an investment. Think differently. Are you just cleaning out your closets and dropping stuff off? Are you donating? Are you investing? Am I a donor? Or am I an investor of Goodwill? When you’re an investor you’re a part of the solution.”

Among those who also made remarks was Gulfstream Goodwill Industries board chairperson Denise McDonald, RN, CLNC. McDonald spoke of her interaction with Goodwill first as a nurse, and later as the mother of a student enrolled in the organization’s charter school for students with disabilities.

Tanck, who recently celebrated 42 years of service with the Goodwill family, 26 of which have been with Gulfstream Goodwill, was honored by Gibbons with an American flag made by workers with disabilities at Goodwill of South Florida for his many years of success at Goodwill.

Chester also presented Tanck with a “Making a Difference” keychain.

Tanck closed the program by calling guests to the dance floor to sing and dance to “We Are Family,” and they danced the night away.

The night was a heartwarming celebration of 50 years of providing opportunity, purpose and hope to our community by integrating people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Gulfstream Goodwill’s Deaf Services staff provided interpretation services for the Deaf and hard of hearing in attendance.

Gulfstream Goodwill Industries would like to thank event chairpersons Richard Rampell and Carol Roberts, and committee members Margaret Donnelley, Vincent Elhilow, Mark Foley, Dennis Grady, Denise McDonald, Bert Premuroso, Sophia Stone and Bonnie Weaver.



 
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Nov 21, 2016Harbor Community Bank - Rising Star Show
Wednesday December 7, 5:30-7:00

Come and meet our students and see their Save Our River Paintings and sponsor a River Fish to be painted into downtown Stuart mural in Spring of 2017!

Please RSVP at 772-283-4888

Harbor Community Bank
3250 SE Federal Hwy
Stuart, FL 34997


 
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Nov 21, 2016A.C.T. Studio Theatre Presents A. R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room”
The Off-Broadway success and finalist for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, A.R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room” is a comedy of manners set in a single dining room where scenes from different well-to-do WASP households overlap and intertwine. The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuosic skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes blend ultimately into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.

Director Heidi Condon adds that the dining room is usually a place of comfort food and pleasant conversation; however, in this play of vignettes, the room represents conflict, caring, funny life lessons and poignant moments of reality. Gurney takes us on several journeys using actors’ skills by having them play multiple parts from the very young to the elderly. Forbidden romance, political satire, tender father-and- son moments--as well as an under the table tango--are just some of the scenes brought to life on stage by the fascinating people in this vanishing culture.

Starring Dan Carr, Michael Ladewig, Jessica Lesko, Robert Pollock, Jennifer Renfro, and Audrey Stabile, “The Dining Room” will be presented at A.C.T. Studio Theatre for two weekends: Dec. 2, 3, 4, and 9, 10, 11. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays 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.




 
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Nov 21, 2016Marty not in service on Thanksgiving Day
Martin County Public Transit (Marty) will not be in service on Thursday, November 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal service will resume on Friday, November 25.For more information on Martin County Transit (Marty), please visit https://www.martin.fl.us/transit.

 
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Nov 21, 2016SFWMD Completes Emergency Repairs to Indian Trail Improvement District's Western Berm
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) this week is expected to complete repairs to an Indian Trail Improvement District berm that breached late last month on the southwest boundary of the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area near The Acreage.

The 60-foot-wide breach to the berm, which is maintained by the Indian Trail Improvement District, was reported to the District on Oct. 27.

While no residents and no homes were in danger, the SFWMD dispatched crews by the morning of Oct. 28 to repair the breach, which was approximately 300 yards east of the SFWMD's L-8 canal. By that evening, the breach was repaired and the area of the berm where it had occurred was stabilized. District crews also dredged about 3,000 cubic yards of sediment shoaling that was carried about 400 feet down the canal by the swift moving waters that escaped during the breach. This week, District officials will finish "bank hardening" work that involves installing stone rip rap to protect the bank from erosion. Additionally, the disturbed area of the berm will be re-sodded to further harden it.

"I'm very proud of our team for jumping into this situation and repairing damage that could have been much worse," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "This type of cooperation and quick action to solve a problem is the hallmark of all our employees at the District."

District officials moved swiftly to repair the berm, even though it is neither owned nor operated by SFWMD because, as Florida's largest water management district, SFWMD had the expertise, equipment and staff to respond to emergency situations of this nature quickly.

"We can't thank the South Florida Water Management District enough for their swift assistance and expertise," said Indian Trail Improvement District Board President Carol Jacobs. "Through this cooperation, we were able to fix this problem within a matter of days, and we will work together to identify other potential repairs that may be needed to the berm in the future."

The total estimated cost of the repair is between $50,000 and $100,000.


 
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Nov 21, 2016The Ultimate Neil Diamond Tribute Experience
December 10th & 11th
A Fundraiser for The Barn Theatre

The Barn Theatre, now in its 46th award winning season, invites you to a special fundraising event to welcome in the holiday season. All proceeds raised will be directed to Barn Theatre capital improvements. To help us raise funds, Neil Zirconia, renowned Neil Diamond tribute artist, will be performing in concert on Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th. He is a terrific entertainer performing Neil Diamond's greatest hits. Tickets are only $30 and include a complementary gala cocktail party with hor d'oeuvers prior to the Saturday night show or a wine & cheese party before the Sunday matinee show. What a great holiday gift tickets would make. So help The Barn Theatre, recipient of the 2015 & 2016 Readers Choice award as Martin County's Best Community Theatre, continue its tradition of bringing you the finest entertainment at the most reasonable prices. Check out the attached flier for details. We hope to see you at the fundraiser. Happy Thanksgiving.


 
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Nov 21, 2016COUNCIL ON AGING OF MARTIN COUNTY PRESENTS ANNUAL “POINSETTIA POWER!” EVENT BENEFITING MEALS ON WHEELS ON DECEMBER 14
The 11th Annual Poinsettia Power! Holiday Bazaar, Luncheon and Fashion Show is set for December 14 at the Kane Center on Salerno Road in Stuart. All proceeds benefit the Council on Aging of Martin County’s Meals on Wheels program.

Doors open at 9:00 a.m. for the holiday gift bazaar in the Kane Town Center, with over a dozen specialty vendors featuring unique or handcrafted items for sale. The fun continues with a delicious luncheon in the Langford Theatre and Auditorium and a show, produced in partnership with Women’s Power Lunch, featuring fashion from chic boutiques located throughout Martin County.

Tickets, which range from $95 to $300, also underwrite the cost of meals for low-income and homebound seniors in our community. In 2015, Poinsettia Power! raised a record-setting $58,320 to feed 8,331 Meals on Wheels to low-income and homebound seniors. More information and tickets are available at www.kanecenter.org or by calling 772-223-7846.

Bazaar vendors are Alterations and More, Big Pine Nursery, Glittering Gypsies, Havana Beads, Kip Kennedy, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Patricia Becker Designs, Perfectly Whimsical Jewelry and Accessories, Ronnacard, Sally Eckman Roberts Designs, Sally Stone/Diane Krasula, SeneGence International, So Unique Gallery Boutique, Southern Pride Gourmet Foods, The Coconut Bee and Treasure Coast Estate Buyers.

Exclusive presenting sponsor of Poinsettia Power is Anchor Home Health Services. Additional sponsors include Diane Haskett, Kathryn L. Lehman, Gerald and Judith Long, Albert M. Covelli Foundation, Rinaldo and Sibylle Pagnucco, Pat Borg, Lou Stern, Jean Peraino, Gabriella Aune, Roseann, Conrad, Pedersen Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities, South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Mary Ennis, Shirley Baer, OxyProsPlus, Susan Michas, Louise S. Hillock, Janet D. Hartman, P.A., Vianne H. Nichols, Patrick and Corrine Deegan, Ross Earle Bonan & Ensor, P.A., Lawrence and Deborah Fleischer, Carroll Ann Brennan and William Carlson, Water’s Edge Extended Care at Sandhill Cove, Cheney Brothers, Symphony at Stuart, Mary K. Gilmour, Attorney, and Eileen Ellis.

The mission of the Council on Aging of Martin County is to be the primary provider of comprehensive life-saving and life-improving services and programs for seniors in Martin County. The not-for-profit Council provides programs in support of this mission, including Meals on Wheels, Kane Cuisine, an adult day program, senior-focused primary medical care at the Kane Medical Group, care management and caregiver support. The Council on Aging has operated for more than 40 years and is the longest standing organization in the county dedicated to serving the senior population.

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

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


 
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Nov 21, 2016Happy Thanksgiving from Schooner Lily Crew


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Nov 18, 2016Special Edition River Report 11.18.16


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Nov 17, 2016Tennis tournament serves hope
The third Annual Charity Doubles Tournament hosted by Buttonwood Tennis Club Nov. 4-6 was a huge success. All proceeds from the three-day event benefited House of Hope, supporting the agency’s mission to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship.
The tournament opened with the Serve Some Hope VIP Party and Pro-Am competition Friday, Nov. 4, Over 100 party attendees enjoyed five tasting stations showcasing food from restaurants across the county including an Italian feast donated by Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. Expertly paired craft beer and wine selections were provided by House of Brews of Jensen Beach. Other restaurants participating in the event included Tausha’s Seafood, New England Fish Market, SmallCakes Cupcakery and Creamery, Basil Garden of Palm City, Importico’s Bakery Cafe, La Forchetta and The Twisted Tuna.
Throughout the weekend an extensive silent auction kept participants checking in and hoping to win the wonderful baskets and art donated by dozens of local stores and clubs. Bake sale commenced throughout the event providing guests with a variety of homemade treats beautifully decorated by tireless volunteer bakers.
The doubles tournament attracted more than 100 players who competed in 9 divisions throughout the weekend. Prizes were awarded to the winners of the Men’s, Ladies’ and Mixed doubles divisions. Buttonwood Tennis Club won the perpetual Hope Cup trophy for most registered players in the tournament.
IP Blue Software Solutions and Robert & Janet Wesch of Dairy Queen were the top sponsors. Other sponsors were Ted Glasrud Associates; Robert J. Watson, PA; Craig Karraker, State Farm insurance agent; Reich, Mancini and Zequeria; Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales; and The Stuart News – TCPalm; Sinkula Wealth Advisory Group; The Spear Group; C.O.R.E Program and Riverview Cosmetic Dentistry.
For more information about Buttonwood Tennis Club, 400 N.W. Baker Road, Stuart, visit www.buttonwoodtennisclub.com or call (772) 692-9088.


 
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Nov 17, 2016WEICHERT(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.

* Mike Brill 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.

* Garth Mager 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.

* Kimberley Chapman 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, named Martin J. Rueter as
president. The two collaborated in 2001 to create 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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Nov 17, 2016Commissioners' Inauguration Ceremony November 22
On Tuesday, November 22, Martin County Commissioners for Districts 1, 3 and 5 will be sworn in during an Inauguration Ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Commission Chambers at the Martin County Administrative Center, located at 2401 SE Monterey Road in Stuart. The ceremony will be followed by a brief reception in the lobby of the Administrative Center, after which the new Board will begin their annual Reorganization Meeting. The public is invited to attend the inauguration events.



 
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Nov 17, 2016The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardeners, in cooperation with the Martin County Library System will present an educational lecture entitled “Water Ambassadors – Making a Difference” by Martin County Extension Director J.P. Gellermann
If you have been paying attention over the last year or so, you are familiar with the issues that are affecting our local water resources and especially the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon. Are you curious about what state, local and federal projects are underway to help resolve the issues? Have you ever wondered - “Is there anything I can do to help protect our waterways? What steps can I take to make a difference?” To find out more, come to a lecture by Martin County Extension Director and Sea Grant Agent Jeffrey P. (JP) Gellermann on Monday December 5, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing in Stuart, Florida.

JP Gellermann will discuss the river issues, provide an overview of the projects designed to help the river; outline the reasons why it is important for our citizens to get involved and provide insight to attendees as to what they, as individuals, can do to help. He will discuss the University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant Water Ambassador training program, an educational program that unites and empowers residents and volunteers who have an interest in protecting water resources and giving back to their communities. This program can help you change your everyday practices to be ‘river friendly’, as well as increase your knowledge about these local issues, and empower you to use this knowledge to educate your friends and neighbors. This unique training program creates knowledgeable and motivated volunteers ready to make a difference.

Mr. Gellermann is the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Director in Martin County, and has also been recently appointed as the local UF/IFAS Extension Sea Grant Agent. He develops educational programs focusing on the health and wellbeing of coastal waters, specifically the Indian River Lagoon. JP is a Florida native, and has earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Criminology. He has worked for the University of Florida since 2005 and earned University tenure & promotion in 2010. During that time he has worked in multiple program areas including: Growth Management, Community Development, Administration, Efficient Communities, Sea Grant and 4H Youth Development. JP performs leadership roles for both his local community and for the University of Florida/IFAS. In addition, he is an alumnus of the 2006 Class VI of the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute and is a Class 1 Home Energy Rater.

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. University of Florida/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardeners will provide light refreshments.

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

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


 
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Nov 17, 2016Snow Predicted for the Treasure Coast!
Jensen Beach – On Friday, December 9th The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast will have snow! And holiday music, Santa Claus, milk & cookies, crafts & games, sleigh rides and so much more family fun! Come to “Holiday’s Around the World” with your family and get your own passport to travel around the world (museum) exploring the different cultures and traditions of other countries for their holidays. Collect all your stamps and complete your evening with a sleigh ride through the park.
Don’t forget your mittens!

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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Nov 17, 2016Story Time & Santa Clause
On Sunday, December 18th from 4:00 pm to 6:00pm, The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast will be having Story time with Santa! The man of the hour and his elves have taken time from their busy schedule to visit the museum and read with the children of the Treasure Coast. The evening will include, milk & cookies of course, as well as crafts, games and more museum family fun. Admission for this event is only $3 per person and members are free.

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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Nov 16, 2016Fall Shopapalooza hits Downtown Stuart November 19 and 20!
STUART, Fla. – The Downtown Stuart Business Association and Stuart Main Street present the Fall Shopapalooza Sale – a not-to-be-missed shopping extravaganza in Historic Downtown Stuart. This year’s shopping event will take place on Sat., Nov. 19 and Sun., Nov. 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Shopapalooza takes place at participating downtown shops and includes special sales, gifts with purchase deals, and much more! Bargainistas are sure to find plenty of steals, while enjoying the new Fall and Winter merchandise at the dozens of unique and special retailers in downtown Stuart.

"We're excited to showcase fabulous Historic Downtown Stuart shops, boutiques and galleries and offer amazing deals to the community at this year's Fall Shopapalooza," said Patty O'Connell, Downtown Business Association committee member and owner of Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic and Gumbo Limbo Coastal Kidz.

The special sidewalk sale event will take place on Sat., Nov. 19 and Sun., Nov. 20 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Free shuttles will be running from the Osceola, Sailfish and Kiwanis parking lots.

Sponsors of the Shopapolooza 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 www.HistoricDowntownStuart.com, http://www.stuartmainstreet.org, find Stuart Main Street and Downtown Stuart on Facebook, or call 772–286-2848.


 
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Nov 16, 2016Junior League of Martin County Presents the 8th Annual Rudolph's Reindeer Dash 5K!
The Junior League of Martin County (JLMC) will host their 8th Annual Rudolph’s Reindeer Dash 5K on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 7:00 am – 9:00 am. This event, which will be held at the Gazebo Park in Sewall's Point (1 South Sewall's Point Rd, Stuart), is JLMC’s biggest fundraiser of the year and one of the most highly anticipated events on the Treasure Coast! Proceeds will help support the JLMC’s programs that improve the local community.

The annual fundraiser features a 5k run, Tot Trot, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, refreshments, vendors, awards, goodie bags, race t-shirts and fun! During the event, runners, walkers, those with strollers and teams will dash through the streets of scenic Sewall's Point neighborhoods before crossing the finish line at Sewall's Point Town Commons Park!

In accordance with the Junior League's focus of increasing opportunities for at-risk kids, participation by children and teenagers is encouraged. "Junior Dashers" (ages seven and under) are invited to compete in their own 100-yard Tot Trot.

Sign up individually or as part of a team of four or more racers. To register and sponsor/donate, go to: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Stuart/RudolphsReindeerDash5k or contact 772.291.6595. For questions or sponsorship details, email Samara, 5K Dash Chair, at SamaraEssen@gmail.com.
5k Entry Fee: $30 Pre-Registration (under 18, $25), $35 Day of Race (under 18, $30). Limited edition commemorative shirt guaranteed to the first 200 runsignup.com registrants.
Tot Trot Entry Fee: $5 Entry (children ages 7 and under, pre-registration includes race number and reindeer antlers).

*This is a USATF certified racecourse with chip timing provided by MCM Timing & Results*


 
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Nov 16, 2016Audubon Annual Christmas Bird Count
The Hobe Sound Nature Center is seeking volunteers to participate in the annual Jonathan Dickinson State Park Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 31st.
Experienced and amateur birders are all welcomed with assignments available
from Juno Beach to Hobe Sound.
Any time commitment is appreciated.

This count is part of the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, which began over a century ago and is held throughout the western hemisphere.

To volunteer or to find more information
contact the Hobe Sound Nature Center at
(772) 546-2067 www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com

For more information on Audubon Society
and Christmas bird count videos check out - http://www.audubon.org/conservation/history-christmas-bird-count
To volunteer or to find more information
contact the Hobe Sound Nature Center at
(772) 546-2067 www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com

 
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Nov 16, 2016Martin County Local Planning Agency Public Hearings
Proposed amendments to Article 3, Zoning Districts, concerning the measurement of building height, and Article 6, Impact Fees will be presented to the Local Planning Agency on Thursday November 17, 2016. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard.

The meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers on the first floor of the Martin County Administrative Center at 2401 S.E. Monterey Road. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM. For more information call 772-288-5495. The meeting agenda is available at the following link https://www.martin.fl.us/agendas/local-planning-agency

Public comment, email or US mail, should be addressed to Nicki van Vonno, AICP, Growth Management Department Director. The email address is: nikkiv@martin.fl.us . Public comment sent by US Mail should be addressed to County Administrative Center, 2401 S.E. Monterey Rd. Stuart, FL 34996.


 
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Nov 16, 2016River report 11.16.16


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Nov 16, 2016PALM BEACH AND MARTIN COUNTY FIRE RESCUE & LAW ENFORCEMENT TO ESCORT AND SALUTE VETERANS OF NOVEMBER 19th HONOR FLIGHT
In the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, November 19th, Fire Rescue and Law Enforcement Personnel from both Palm Beach and Martin Counties will be simultaneously escorting and displaying honorary salutes to the WWII and Korean War veterans on board buses headed to Palm Beach International Airport. Few will see this tribute so early in the morning, but for those it is meant, the veterans on board, it will have the desired effect. It begins a day or honor for these veterans flying to Washington, DC on their Honor Flight.

From the southern rally point in Palm Beach County, the tribute begins at 4800 Linton Boulevard and Military Trail in Delray Beach at 4:00 a.m. These veterans will not only receive a six-unit motorcycle police, patrol car and fire engine escort but also salutes of honor from uniformed Fire Rescue personnel standing at attention in nine locations on I-95 overpasses along the bus route to Palm Beach International Airport. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Delray Beach Fire Rescue, Boynton Beach Fire Rescue, Boynton Beach Police Department and Lantana Police Department will contribute to the display of respect.

Due to the large number of Palm Beach County veterans on Honor Flights, a bus was organized this year to accommodate their early morning transport. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is proud to have the support of Honor Flight volunteer Samuel Eaton, also a Battalion Chief for PBCFR, who has coordinated the tribute efforts.
“Having been on ten previous flights, I have seen how these men and women get very emotional at the outpouring of support and long due appreciation for their willingness to risk all for America and the free world,” states Sam Eaton. “Many of them have no clue how much America remembers and appreciates what they did. When they see it openly displayed as we're about to do, it has a profound and lasting impact that they speak of for years later.”

From the northern rally point in Martin County, also at 4:00a.m., veterans board a bus at the Martin County Administration Building in Stuart. Veterans departing Martin County for their trip of a lifetime have long enjoyed VIP treatment from the fire department and law enforcement community there. Since the hub was founded in 2009, Martin County Fire Rescue, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, City of Stuart Fire Rescue, and the Stuart Police Department have honored the veterans as they rode the buses out of town, headed towards PBIA. “Martin County’s public safety community has been wonderful to our Honor Flight veterans for many years”, said Todd Tucker, Chairman of Southeast Florida Honor Flight and a Martin County Fire Rescue Lieutenant. Deputies and officers provide a police escort, while the firefighters stage the fire trucks, and stand at attention at each intersection to salute the veterans as the buses travel towards I-95. “The veterans are often in tears before they even get to the airport”, Tucker said. In addition to the roadside displays of respect, at least eight Martin County firefighter-paramedics are on each Honor Flight, volunteering their time to care for the aging warriors.

These Honor Flight veterans will receive the same Fire Rescue and Police tribute escort and route-lined salute for the veterans’ ride home to conclude their journey around 9:30 p.m. the evening of November 19th.

The veterans aboard Saturday morning's bus rides will join other veterans meeting at PBIA and will be flown to Washington, DC for a day dedicated to honor them and to visit and reflect at the memorials built to commemorate their service and sacrifices. This Honor Flight is the fourth of four regularly scheduled trips to Washington, DC per year for Southeast Florida Honor Flight, based in Stuart, FL.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, along with the 133 other hubs in the nationwide Honor Flight Network, is dedicated to flying America’s veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. With America’s WWII veterans now in their later years of life, predominantly in the 90’s age range, Honor Flight is truly in a race against time to honor these veterans by bringing them to see their memorials, especially the WWII memorial, which was not completed until 2004. The next Southeast Florida Honor Flight will be April 8, 2017.


 
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Nov 15, 2016Martin County hosts pre-school sports program
Martin County Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with Ignite Sports, LLC is offering a Pre-School Sports Program at Halpatiokee Regional Park located at 8303 SE Lost River Road in Stuart. This is a developmental, non-league instructional program. Programs are open to children ages three through five. The programs will be held on Wednesday nights from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. weather-permitting. Registration is only $80.00 per child for a six week program which teaches fundamentals of the selected sport in a non-competitive, conducive for teaching environment. For more information call 772-221-1419 or 772-349-5522. Visit www.ignitesportsfl.com/program/martin-co-programs to register or view more information on scheduling.

Flag Football - Nov. 16 to Dec. 21, 2016
Soccer - Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, 2017
Kickball - March 8 to April 12, 2017
Multi-sport - May 3 to June 7, 2017
Basketball - June 28 to Aug. 2, 2017

Find more information on Parks and Recreation's facilities and activities at www.martin.fl.us/parksandrec or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.


 
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Nov 15, 2016Sun Grove acknowledged at Montessori Foundation conference
FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Sun Grove Montessori School was recognized at the Montessori Foundation's 20th Annual International Conference in Sarasota, Florida Nov. 3-6.
The conference, themed "Follow the Child," featured a broad program of in-depth and practical workshops and courses in Montessori leadership and education, and included speakers Sam Chaltain, the founder of WONDER, Paul Epstein, Ph.D. and Musician and Composer Frank Leto.
At the Friday evening banquet, Sun Grove Montessori was recognized and awarded a plaque for becoming the first school on the Treasure Coast to be awarded International Montessori Council accreditation.
Earning accreditation was a multi-year process that included an in-depth self-study and outside evaluation of every aspect of the school, including governance, curriculum, fiscal and personnel policies, facilities, health and safety practices, teacher preparation and learner outcomes.
“Sun Grove’s accreditation signifies its commitment to the pursuit of Montessori educational excellence,” wrote Lorna McGrath, IMC School Accreditation Director. “Sun Grove’s school community can take pride in their achievement.”
Located off of Midway Road in Fort Pierce, Sun Grove educates approximately 140 students ranging from infancy through eighth grade. To learn more, visit SunGroveMontessori.org.


 
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Nov 15, 2016FAU Harbor Branch Scientists Researching Ways to Create Biosynthetic Version of Cancer-Fighting Sponge Compound
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (November 15, 2016) – In the 1990s, scientists at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute isolated the compound, lasonolide A, from a marine sponge and found that it was extremely active against cancer cells including lung cancer, leukemia and pancreatic cancer. Later work conducted at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) showed that lasonolide A was also potently active against melanoma and glioblastoma. Lasonolide A kills cancer cells in a unique way that may provide new opportunities for treating cancer. One challenge to clinical development of lasonolide is how to produce large quantities of the compound when the supply of the sponge it is derived from is limited. The NCI recently awarded a grant that will allow researchers at FAU Harbor Branch to recreate lasonolide A in a laboratory flask using the genes that nature uses to make the compound.
FAU Harbor Branch assistant research professor Guojun Wang, Ph.D., is the principal investigator on the project along with research professor and co-investigator Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D. The pair were recently awarded a multi-year grant of more than $380,000 from NCI to identify which genes nature uses to make lasonolide A and then to use these genes to produce the material in the laboratory. If successful, this work will provide the foundation for developing a sustainable method to supply a “biosynthetic” form of the compound for use in clinical trials and future treatments in different types of cancer.
“Bioactive compounds are genetically encoded in nature,” said Wang. “Finding genes, or ‘genetic codes,’ is the key to understanding how nature makes these compounds, and for humans to make better use of them.”
Cancer.org reports that melanoma is by far the most common of all cancers, and lung cancer is the second most common type in men and women. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and leukemia is the fifth. Lasonolide A shows the ability to fight all of those types, therefore, being able to unlock the genetic codes and produce a biosynthetic version of the compound could potentially have far-reaching impacts on the future of cancer treatment.
For more information, contact Carin Smith at 772-242-2230 or carinsmith@fau.edu.


 
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Nov 14, 2016Suzanne Spence Williams, DDS Announces Company Name Change to Signature Smiles
Dr. Suzanne Spence Williams is excited to announce that she has officially changed the name of her dental practice to Signature Smiles, which better reflects the direction of the practice. The new name represents the focus of our services and captures the essence of the company’s mission. We are committed to helping our patients make their mark with their signature smiles. While the company name is changing, the core values and standards are staying the same. Our goal when we first started the practice in 1993 was a five-star patient experience and overall satisfaction. In response to customer demand and trends, we still stand strong on making the office experience an exceptionally pleasant one. We continue to offer personalized and caring services to our patients. The adoption of the new name shows our priority of better serving our customers. We have added new doctors and staff to allow quality, attentive care to our growing practice. Our customers will directly reap the benefits of our changes. Our central, convenient location is remaining the same. Our company vision is to be known in our community as number one in reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry. Our services range from cleanings, dental implants, porcelain veneers, natural-looking dentures, teeth whitening, smile makeovers, extractions and more. The new name is effective immediately, and will be implemented across the company's product and services throughout the calendar year. Our website has been updated to reflect the changes.
www.signaturesmilesfl.com

Contact:
Andrea Pearson, Marketing Director
772.692.2237
signaturesmilesfl@aol.com
signaturesmilesfl.com




 
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Nov 14, 2016COME WELCOME HOME OUR LOCAL VETERAN HEROES!
Saturday, November 19th
with
NEW ARRIVAL TIME at PBI for Operation Homecoming: 7:20PM
Southeast Florida Honor Flight invites you to welcome home 82 veterans from a day of honor in Washington, DC!

Palm Beach International Airport
Level 2, Concourse A/B
Flight arrives 7:20 PM

This is our opportunity to express gratitude to our Nation’s heroes, shake their hands and say “thank you”.

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

For more information,
please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838)



 
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Nov 14, 2016RESCHEDULED HONOR FLIGHT TO TAKE OFF ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
Southeast Florida Honor Flight has rescheduled the previously cancelled October 8th Honor Flight to the new date of Saturday, November 19th, 2016. The October 8th flight had to be rescheduled due the projected path of Hurricane Matthew.

The flight will take off from Palm Beach International Airport on the morning of Saturday, November 19th and will bring 28 WWII veterans, 53 Korean War veterans and one Vietnam War veteran on a trip of a lifetime to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

Note that the return flight will arrive an hour earlier than most flights, touching down at PBIA at 7:20PM. The traditional Operation Homecoming is scheduled as usual, with the public encouraged to come welcome home the local veterans from their day of honor with signs of thanks, flags and cheers.

Most veterans never received a thank you for their service after the wars. This is a special opportunity to cheer, shake hands with and thank these men and women who served our nation.

Operation Homecoming takes place at Palm Beach International Airport, Level 2, Concourse A/B. Early arrival is recommended. For more information on Operation Homecoming, please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).


 
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Nov 14, 2016JRC Charitable Golf Tournament will benefit two non-profits
John Carr of JRC Consulting and JRC Charitable Foundation has announced the names of the two non-profit beneficiaries of the 7th Annual JRC Consulting Group Charity Golf Tournament.

This year’s outing, which will take place on June 3, 2017 at the upscale Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club in Palm City, will donate a portion of the proceeds to Molly’s House and Quantum House.

Molly’s House, the hospital hospitality house, is located in Stuart and has been keeping families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients since 1996.

Quantum House, located in West Palm Beach, is a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition.

John Carr, CEO of the JRC Charitable foundation stated,
"W
e are excited to be helping the Quantum House and Molly’s House. These are 2 organizations that help so many families in need and can use our donations to continue to provide the services they offer to families in need.
"

For information, call 561-623-5349.


 
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Nov 14, 2016SFWMD Governing Board Adopts Statement of Principles
Governing Board Promises to Keep Water Conservation Area-1 Property Open to Free Public Access and Control Invasive Plants if Continued USFWS Failures Force Termination of Loxahatchee Refuge License Agreement
West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today unanimously passed a groundbreaking Statement of Principles to protect the Loxahatchee Refuge for the public. This Statement details the Governing Board's intent for managing a critical piece of the Everglades if the continued failure of the federal government forces the SFWMD to terminate their lease on that land.

The Statement of Principles outlines how the Governing Board will manage the Water Conservation Area 1 property, where the Loxahatchee Refuge is located, for public access and ecosystem restoration if it is forced to terminate the contract that gives the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) the right to use that property. The District has owned the land for decades, but the USFWS has leased it since the early 1950s and used it as part of the Arthur Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.




The Statement of Principles assures the public the Governing Board will keep the property open, free of charge, to public access and recreational enjoyment. The Governing Board also committed to encouraging scientific research on the property. The Statement of Principles also includes a commitment to do what the USFWS has failed to do- control the spread of destructive the Lygodium microphyllum plant. To read the SFWMD Governing Board's approved Statement of Principles click here or the image.




The Statement of Principles and contract only apply to the District-owned land. The USFWS would continue to own approximately 1,200 acres the federal government east of the L-40 Levee will and continue to control recreational features on that property such as the visitors center and the boardwalk. To view the map click here or the image.

The USFWS has been failing to fulfill promises it made in the 2002 license agreement allowing it to use Water Conservation Area 1 for the Refuge. The USFWS promised to secure adequate funding to control invasive plants and have complete control of Old World climbing fern in the Refuge by 2017. Not only is the USFWS nowhere close to having complete control of Old World climbing fern in the Refuge, but over the past 20 years under USFWS management the invasive fern's spread has increased by 600 percent. The USFWS has also repeatedly refused to ask Congress for the money needed to control Old World climbing fern. Old World climbing fern causes tree canopies to collapse, severely degrading the ecosystem of Water Conservation Area 1 and threatening to spread into and destroy the ecosystem of other parts of the Everglades.

The SFWMD Governing Board on Aug. 11, 2016 issued a Notice of Default to the USFWS for failure to live up to the commitments it made in the License Agreement. The Governing Board does not want to terminate the agreement but is prepared to do so to protect this critical piece of the Everglades ecosystem if the USFWS will not honor its commitments.

To learn more about the contract, the USFWS failure to control Old World climbing fern as it has promised to do and the impact of this invasive plant on the Everglades please visit: www.sfwmd.gov/loxrefuge.


 
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Nov 14, 2016Martin County Estate Planning Council hosts Second Annual Estate Planning Symposium
STUART, Fla. – The Martin County Estate Planning Council hosted its second annual Estate Planning Council Symposium on October 19 at the Kane Center in Stuart.

The symposium, which was sponsored by Treasure Coast Hospice, was offered to the public at no charge to provide education regarding personal estate and financial planning.

Speakers at the symposium included local professionals who are members of the council, on a variety of topics, including D.W. Craig Dreyer, Esq. presenting on estate planning, Galina Koval, CFP, ChFC, CLU presenting on medicare, Nancy J. Goethel, CFP presenting on investing/investments and Carroll Lynn Blackard, CPA, CFE presenting on fraud prevention.

In addition to Treasure Coast Hospice, the symposium was sponsored by local professionals who assist residents with their estate and financial planning and other needs, including Crary Buchanan Attorneys at Law, Kramer, Sopko, Levenstein, PA, Martin County Community Foundation, Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, Raymond James - Nancy J. Goethel, CFP, CIMA, CRPC, Sailfish Wealth Management Group and McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass and Melby, PA.

The Martin County Estate Planning Council is comprised of attorneys, certified public accountants, financial planners, insurance professionals, trust officers and more. The Council was established to foster intelligent cooperation among its members, to assist its members in keeping abreast of the laws and conditions affecting business and personal taxation, to foster professional development opportunities and collaboration and to encourage its members to uphold the highest standards of service and ethics.

To learn more, call (772) 288-0048 or visit www.mcepc.net.


 
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Nov 14, 2016Rock’n Riverwalk Concert Series Up for Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Award
Stuart Main Street is now in the running to bring a 12 week live music series to Stuart in the summer of 2017 as part of the popular Rock’n Riverwalk concert series. Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, Stuart Main Street hopes to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards.
The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards are an exciting matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000. Up to fifteen nonprofits will receive $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians.
Stuart Main Street submitted the proposal for Stuart. The proposed venue site is the Riverwalk Stage in Downtown Stuart – which is already home to the Rock’n Riverwalk concert series Sunday afternoons. By applying for the program, Stuart Main Street hopes to establish the popular Rock’n Riverwalk concerts year round.
Stuart Main Street’s proposal is now posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting. http://levittamp.org. A successful campaign for depends on community participation to get as many online votes as possible in support of the concert series. Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors when the Levitt Foundation selects up to 15 winners.
Supporters are asked to visit https://grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/ to register and vote. Online public voting is now open and ends November 21 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The Top 25 finalists will be selected through online public voting. The Levitt Foundation will then review the proposals of these 25 finalists and will select up to 15 Levitt AMP winners, which will be announced on January 5, 2017.
“Rock’n Riverwalk is what drives people to come downtown on a Sunday,” said Stuart Special Assistant to the City Manager, Teresa Lamar-Sarno. “It has become a tradition to go to the green market, stay for the music and squeeze in some shopping and dining. It is a signature event that makes the downtown vibrant!”
Stuart Main Street asks supporters to start spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for the Rock’n Riverwalk proposal. Supporters can learn more at http://levittamp.org.
Stuart Main Street is a 501(c)3 historic preservation-based program dedicated to building a vital downtown through community self-reliance and a focus on traditional assets: personal service, local ownership, unique architecture, and sense of community. Formed in 1987, the group follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach® as established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center and practiced in over 1600 communities across the country. Recent projects include the Downtown Outdoor Dining Platforms, expansion of the Riverwalk to Colorado Avenue, the Shop Local | Shop Smart program, and the Rock’n Riverwalk free weekly concerts. Stuart Main Street meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For more information, call 772-286-2848 or visit stuartmainstreet.org.


 
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Nov 14, 2016JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER EARNS SECOND ‘A’ GRADE FOR PATIENT SAFETY IN HOSPITAL SAFETY SCORE
For the second time in a row, Jupiter Medical Center has received a coveted “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog, ranking it among the safest hospitals in not only South Florida and the Treasure Coast but also in the United States.

The Hospital Safety Scores, a service provided by the Leapfrog Group, assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide, and offer the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system.

“At Jupiter Medical Center, patient safety is our top priority,” said Jupiter Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John Couris. “Our recent accomplishments with regard to safety and quality demonstrate our commitment to bringing the best health care to the community. Jupiter Medical Center is the only hospital in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties to currently maintain both an ‘A’ rating for patient safety and a 4-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The pursuit of safety and clinical excellence is ingrained in the culture at Jupiter Medical Center. The hospital hired Ron Riner, MD, to serve as its chief quality officer. Dr. Riner works with the administration, medical staff, nursing and risk management to implement and monitor quality initiatives, design quality measurement systems, enhance safety efforts and oversee regulatory compliance.

“To determine their rating, The Leapfrog Group evaluates infection control, procedures to reduce complications in surgery, practices to prevent medical errors and the overall expertise of doctors, nurses and staff," said Jupiter Medical Center’s Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Nursing Officer, Steve Seeley. “Jupiter Medical Center excels in each of these categories, and we are constantly searching for ways to improve upon our best practices.”

The Hospital Safety Score provides data and research to help the public make informed decisions about a critical aspect of their health – the safety of their local hospitals. The goal of the Hospital Safety Score is to reduce deaths or injury from hospital errors and infections by shining a light on leaders in patient safety. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score uses publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. Hospitals are assessed on 30 different measures from prevention of common hospital-acquired infections like C.diff and MRSA to patient reports of their experiences during their hospital stay. To see Jupiter Medical Center’s full score or those of other local facilities, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.



 
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Nov 14, 2016Newest Health Matters features information on keeping our seniors safe and youth tobacco-free
Martin County Television (MCTV), in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Martin County, is proud to release its sixth episode of Health Matters. The program's mission is to provide important health and safety information for local residents.

Did you know that one in three adults over the age of 65 will suffer a fall? Many of these falls send seniors to the hospital. In this edition of MCTV's Health Matters, we learn how the local nonprofit "Floridians Fighting Falls" is helping to prevent falls among seniors.

We all know cigarette smoking is hazardous to your health, as is second-hand smoke. But what about the new trend of vaping? We sit down with local tobacco-free experts and discuss ways to prevent any kind of tobacco from getting into the hands of our youth.

Finally, we'll update viewers on what to expect this flu season and how you can protect yourself. We'll also catch up with Martin County's new mosquito control manager with tips on how you can help control the mosquito population, even in the winter months.

Health Matters airs on MCTV. The channel is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streams live at www.martin.fl.us. The program is also available on Martin County's YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/lsqXYrw34Aw.


 
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Nov 14, 2016Martin County collects 75,000 cubic yards of Hurricane Matthew debris
Martin County has made significant progress in collecting vegetative debris from Hurricane Matthew. Seventy-five thousand cubic yards of vegetative debris has been collected in the first four weeks of the project. This represents the volume of vegetative debris that is normally hauled over five months.

Martin County began collecting vegetative debris from Hurricane Matthew on October 13. Martin County anticipates this project will be completed in two more weeks.

This weekend, the County will open an additional debris site in the Hobe Sound area to reduce haul times between the load sites and the debris staging area. This additional debris site will allow for increased production rates in the Hobe Sound and South County areas. We anticipate that trucks will begin working in these areas this weekend and early next week.

The majority of zones required only one pass to remove the hurricane debris, and are being returned to Waste Management as they are completed. The first sets of zones were turned over to Waste Management this week, and additional zones will be turned over on a weekly basis. Debris in zones that have been turned over to Waste Management will be collected and/or tagged using the normal vegetative debris removal process.

A map showing the estimated timeframe for the first pass and current status can be accessed from Martin County's homepage at www.martin.fl.us. Residents may also call Martin County's debris hotline for updated information. The phone number is 772-288-5761, and is staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Residents are asked to separate vegetative and construction demolition debris when placing debris along the road right-of ways, and maintain a 5-foot clear zone around utility equipment. Do not place debris near mailboxes, structures, utility boxes, or other infrastructure that could be damaged by the collection equipment. The debris should be placed within the road right of way, but should not block roadways, sidewalks, drainage facilities, or create a sight distance hazard. Do not use plastic bags to contain your debris. Plastic bags containing debris will not be collected.



 
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Nov 10, 2016FLORIDA'S FUTURE: What the Road Looks Like After Florida's General Election
At the Florida Chamber, we are thankful for our members, partners, local chambers of commerce and friends of free enterprise. Throughout this election cycle, you have engaged in a historic way - from investing your time, talents and resources, to encouraging your employees to get out the vote through our non-partisan news and information channel, FloridaWins.org.

We are humbled by your friendship, your trust in us and your support of free enterprise.

Despite an election unlike any America has seen in generations, Election Day is now in the rearview mirror and a look at the road ahead is in order.

While many focused their attention on a divisive top of the ticket race, the Florida Chamber of Commerce's Political Operation Team maintained its attention on electing pro-jobs, pro-business candidates to the Florida House and Florida Senate - candidates dedicated to securing Florida's future.

This campaign season, the American free enterprise system has been tested. Just as we predicted, trial lawyers, unions and out-of-state billionaires with extreme agendas attempted to bankroll their candidates into office and exploit their special interest agendas. In fact, trial lawyers and union bosses plunged over $22 million into candidates set on making Florida less competitive.

Despite their efforts, the Florida Chamber's Political Operations efforts helped elect 74 of 77 Florida Chamber-backed candidates during the General Election, and 76 of 89 candidates during the primary election. This diverse group of Florida Chamber-backed candidates includes Democrats and Republicans, men and women, African-Americans, Caucasians and Hispanics.

Florida's Future is Fragile:

Floridians from all walks of life have consistently told us that jobs and the economy are their top concern. And when they went to the ballot box on Election Day, like those courageous stewards of our free enterprise system, they voted to support pro-jobs, pro-business candidates endorsed by the Florida Chamber. In Florida, it's clear the big winners of the 2016 General Election are Floridians looking for jobs, and the families they support.

Looking more closely, the Senate shifted one Republican seat to the Democrats, and in the House, Republicans lost two seats to the Democrats. Despite the shift, Republicans maintain control by 79 to 41 seats in the House and 25 to 15 seats in the Senate.

To those only looking at the makeup of Florida's legislative body, it might appear as if the future is bright - that free enterprise is stronger than ever in the Sunshine State. But the truth is, things are fragile in Florida. Political risk and uncertainty, changing demographics and an unprecedented amount of out-of-state resources are creating storm clouds on Florida's horizon.

The Florida Chamber's efforts to make Florida a global leader continue to be challenged by groups who stand in the way of American competitiveness, free enterprise and opportunity. Yet, with two million more jobs needed to accommodate the six million more residents that will call Florida home by 2030, the role of the Florida Chamber has never been greater. The truth is, we have been and will continue to be entirely focused on making Florida as competitive as possible.

"I've often said that we won't win every race we engage in, but you can count on us to back the candidate most aligned with our competitiveness agenda," Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber said.

Despite the unlimited resources of trial lawyers, unions and out-of-state billionaires with extreme agendas, their policies of less freedom and less competitiveness have never worked - and they never will.

The Florida Chamber will continue to push back against these special interest groups who have and freely use their unlimited resources and national connections to drown Florida in unnecessary regulations, taxes and red tape. Their efforts never tire and neither will ours.


 
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Nov 10, 2016SFWMD Employees Raise Over $19,000 for Charity Supporting Clean Drinking Water in Developing Countries
Over the past several months, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) employees and Governing Board members took part in several fundraising efforts that raised money for a non-profit organization helping people in developing countries get access to clean drinking water.

Water for Small Villages, a non-profit organization made up of several District employees, works to help areas around the globe obtain access to clean drinking water. Using vacation time and support solely from volunteers, to date, the organization has improved the drinking water supplies in Haiti and Nepal for more than 1,400 people.
Several fundraising events organized by District employees raised more than $19,000 for the charity. Steve Krupa, President of Water for Small Villages and SFWMD Hydrogeology Section Leader, said the non-profit is committed to finishing work on projects in Haiti and Nepal. The additional money raised by the District fundraisers will allow them to expand and improve access to drinking water in other countries as well.

"This will allow us to venture into new regions," Krupa said. "Water is the most important resource to all living things so, we are very grateful for the support of our colleagues and Governing Board members that enables us to help more people in need of this precious resource."

The fundraising events included a Lunch and Learn event about conditions and projects in Nepal, bake sale, lunch from the Hydro Data Management Section, silent auction, raffle and gently used purse sale during the October Governing Board Meeting and a Halloween event hosted by the Hydro Data Management Section.

"SFWMD is committed to making a difference to residents worldwide who need clean drinking water," said SFWMD Governing Board Member Mitch Hutchcraft, the Governing Board sponsor for Water for Small Villages. "It has been an honor for everyone involved to play a part in this crucial mission."

For more information about the work performed by Water for Small Villages or to support the non-profit's mission of improving clean drinking water supplies worldwide, visit: www.waterforsmallvillages.org


 
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Nov 10, 2016Veterans Day Special at 76 Golf World


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Nov 10, 2016Help us #LEVITTAMP Stuart!


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Nov 10, 2016New Proposed Rule on Florida R&D Tax Credit
Yesterday, the Florida Department of Revenue announced proposed changes to the rule implementing the Florida R&D Tax Credit. If written notice is received, a rulemaking workshop will be held on November 22, 2016. The proposed changes to the rule include the following:
• Addresses the process if the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) denies to certify a company as being in a targeted industry and the company protests.
• Removes the requirement that the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) notify companies of their allocation within 10-working days.
• Specifies that if DOR audits the company and finds the R&D credits were overstated on the application, the Department will proportionately reduce the credit allowed. If DOR audits the company and finds the R&D credits were understated on the application, the company receives no additional credit (due to the capped allocation).
• Specifies that the credits are not transferrable unless the whole business is sold in a single transaction.


 
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Nov 10, 2016LOCAL PRINCIPALS GRADUATE PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
This week, the Martin County School District celebrates two principals who graduated from the National Institute for School Leadership’s (NISL) Executive Development Program (EDP) as part of a multistate effort to increase school leader effectiveness and improve student learning.

NISL’s Executive Development Program is the most widely used, rigorous school leadership development program in the country with some 10,000 school leaders trained across 27 states. Multiple research studies have shown that students in schools led by NISL-trained leaders outperformed their peers on state tests in both math and reading.

The Martin County graduates include Timothy Aitken, Principal of Anderson Middle School and David Krakoff, Principal of Stuart Middle School.

Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord said, “Congratulations to Mr. Aitken and Mr. Krakoff! We know strong leaders in our schools create an inspiring learning environment for our students. We appreciate this opportunity for our principals’ involvement in such an esteemed nationally recognized program and for the leadership to educate all students for success.”

Because of NISL’s track record of success, the U.S. Department of Education selected NISL’s EDP for a “gold standard” study of implementation on a multistate scale. The program is enabling 900 principals from California, Florida and Mississippi to enroll in NISL’s fifteen-month program.



 
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Nov 10, 2016Red Cross of Greater Palm Beach & Martin County Receives $5,000 Grant From State Farm Insurance To Support Home Fire Campaign
The American Red Cross of Greater Palm Beach and Martin County recently received a $5,000 grant from State Farm Insurance. The grant will help fund the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign and support local families that have suffered home loss due to a fire.

Teams of State Farm employees and agents will visit East Stuart on Saturday, November 12, to install smoke alarms and encourage everyone to create and practice their fire escape plans in households most likely to experience a fire in Martin County.

“We are so grateful for the support of State Farm,” said Robin Hicks Nunley, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach & Martin County. “In South Florida we respond to an average of one home fire every 22 hours. With the support of State Farm, our volunteers will assist, bring dignity, help and hope to families in need,” continued Nunley.

SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVE LIVES The Red Cross is calling on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: create and practice their home fire escape plan and check their smoke alarms.

• If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.
• If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
• Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. Practice that plan.

DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS People can learn how to help prevent a home fire and what to do if one occurs by downloading the Red Cross Emergency App. The First Aid App has information on what to do for burns, broken bones, and breathing and cardiac emergencies. The apps can be downloaded for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps

WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO People can visit redcross.org/fire to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire. They can become a Red Cross volunteer visiting RedCross.org/SFLVolunteer. They can also help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.


 
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Nov 10, 2016LOCAL PRINCIPALS GRADUATE PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
This week, the Martin County School District celebrates two principals who graduated from the National Institute for School Leadership’s (NISL) Executive Development Program (EDP) as part of a multistate effort to increase school leader effectiveness and improve student learning.

NISL’s Executive Development Program is the most widely used, rigorous school leadership development program in the country with some 10,000 school leaders trained across 27 states. Multiple research studies have shown that students in schools led by NISL-trained leaders outperformed their peers on state tests in both math and reading.

The Martin County graduates include Timothy Aitken, Principal of Anderson Middle School and David Krakoff, Principal of Stuart Middle School.

Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord said, “Congratulations to Mr. Aitken and Mr. Krakoff! We know strong leaders in our schools create an inspiring learning environment for our students. We appreciate this opportunity for our principals’ involvement in such an esteemed nationally recognized program and for the leadership to educate all students for success.”

Because of NISL’s track record of success, the U.S. Department of Education selected NISL’s EDP for a “gold standard” study of implementation on a multistate scale. The program is enabling 900 principals from California, Florida and Mississippi to enroll in NISL’s fifteen-month program.


 
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Nov 10, 2016Lifeguard towers moved at Bathtub Reef Beach
Large waves and extreme high tides have caused excessive erosion at Bathtub Reef Beach. As a result, Martin County Ocean Rescue has moved its lifeguard towers on top of the dune line, improving lifeguards' visibility and allowing the beach to remain guarded. Monday, November 14 is a full moon which will have a significant effect on tides.

For more on conditions at Martin County's four guarded beaches, please call our Beach Hotline at 772-320-3112. The hotline is updated daily, Monday-Friday.


 
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