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2014 Relay For Life

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Jensen Beach — According to the American Cancer Society for the Martin-Okeechobee district, more than 60,000 people are expected to participate in the Martin County Relays for Life in nine towns in the area with the hope of raising more than $700,000.

“The Relay for Life — now in its 30th year — symbolizes the cancer patient’s journey through the stages of the disease first with awareness, then through the darkest night of the disease to the hopeful cure or at least the ability to function with the disease,” said Hughes.

Last year’s relays raised more than $45 million throughout Florida. More than 3.5 million people are expected to participate nationally.

Relay for Life is a life-changing event that brings together people to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease and fight back against a disease that takes too much.

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2014 The BIG Taste

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In photo: Student from Martin County High School Culinary Arts work hard at this years “Big Taste”

Stuart – It’s that time of year again when you sample the culinary delights of over 30 local restaurants, all in one location. The annual A Big Taste of Martin County’s Best was held again at Memorial Park in downtown Stuart. Despite the bad weather the event was as exciting as ever for both patrons and restaurants. Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy gourmet creations ranging from delectable hors d’oeuvres to wonderfully prepared meats, seafood, Bar-B-Q Ribs and desserts. Participating restaurants are always looking for ways to “out do” last year and step up to the challenge to compete for the coveted “People’s Choice Award”. This year the winners from Tuesday’s “Big Taste” of Martin County: Best Soup – The Gafford, Best Salad – Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Best Appetizer – The Gafford, Best Entree – Sandhill Cove Retirement Living, Best Desert – Edible Spirits, Best Presentation – Sandhill Cove Retirement Living, Best Beverage – The Refuge Speakeasy

The money raised from the tournament will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martin and Palm Beach County to continue their mission of helping children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships with measurable impact. Donations also allow Big Brothers Big Sisters’ professional staff to carefully recruit and screen each volunteer and provide ongoing monitoring and support for the volunteer, child and family, ensuring safety and match success.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martin and Palm Beach County was founded last year when the two organizations were merged into one. It is one of more than 500 affiliates nationwide. Our national organization is the largest, oldest, and most respected mentoring organization in the U.S. Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based mentoring has been proven to have a significant, positive impact on children in the program

Our funding comes primarily through performance – based grants and private gifts. Our major contributors include: Children’s Services Council of Martin County; Florida Department of Education; United Way of Martin County; The Community Foundation of Palm Beaches and Martin Counties; Hobe Sound Community Chest; and Workforce Development Board.

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Mustachio Bashio 2014 A Rousing Hit

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In photo: Lucky Guy

Hutchinson Island — Jensen Beach — While deployed overseas, Captain Gary Ducote began a tradition to lighten his team’s spirits and strengthen their bond – a moustache-growing contest. As a veteran now living in Stuart, Gary is one of the founders of The Moustache March for the Military Organization, which raise funds for non-profits benefiting veterans and their families. Operation 300, designed to create a week-long experience for children who have lost their fathers as a result of service to our country, and The Joe F. Lusk Memorial Fund, which bridges the gap between financial support the government provides wounded veterans and the reality of their needs, have been selected as the recipients of funds raised at The Great Moustachio Bashio.

The Moustache March for the Military Organization was founded by Randy Tyo and veteran Gary Ducote. Board members are Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith, Carol Hodnett, Kim Waser, Ryan Strom, Richard Martinuik, Amber Ducote, Max Ducote, Sherry Tyo, Austin Tyo and Nicala Tyo.

This year special guest Congressman Patrick Murphy came by to express his support. Murphy is a member of a sub-committee in Congress dealing with issues regarding vetran joblessness.

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Martin County North Little League Starts 2014 Spring Season

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In photo: The Bambino says….”Left Field.”

Stuart –  The 2014 Martin County baseball season got into full swing on Saturday, pardon the pun, enjoy the photos of our children having fun. The parents seem to enjoy themselves also.

Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League Baseball and Softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.

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Women’s Club Of Stuart Celebrates “CENTURY IN REVIEW”

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In photo: Grande Finale

Stuart — The Women’s Club of Stuart “Century In Review” Gala was presented at the Lyric Theater on Saturday evening, an event jointly presented by the Heritage Museum celebrating the 100th Birthday of Stuart, Florida.

Guests enjoyed a Spectacular live Gala in Celebration of the City of Stuart’s Centennial,featuring notable women of Stuart dressed in fashions from the past 100 years in music, dance, songs and photos of the events that have Shaped Stuart and surrounding communities over the last 100 years. Anne Schafer from Woman’s Club of Stuart 100th Committee and Mary Walton Jones Director of Stuart Heritage Museum have been on a quest through the closets of the Stuart Heritage Museum, the Elliott Museum, the House of Phoenix in downtown Stuart and club members preparing for this fun event.

The Woman’s Club of Stuart is a group of dedicated women committed to our mission of providing scholarships to female student in Martin County and supporting the needs of local charities.

On October 13, 2013, the Woman’s Club of Stuart celebrated their 100th year of community service to the residents of the Treasure Coast. In May, 2013, we gave $16,000 in scholarship money to Martin County High School senior women. In addition to our scholarships, we provided support to many local charities.

The purpose of Stuart Heritage is to help preserve the heritage, artifacts and history of Stuart and its surrounding communities. The countless relics housed by the museum define the history of the people, businesses, agriculture and community spirit of the City of Stuart and Martin County.

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Fur Seasons Resort Hosts 2014 Seventh Annual Mutt Derby

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Stuart — Watching dogs of all breeds and sizes sprint down the race track at the seventh annual Mutt Derby prompts plenty of smiles and laughter and it’s all for a worthy cause: To raise funds for the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC). Organized by The Fur Seasons and presented by Seacoast National Bank, the event highlight is watching the dogs race toward their owners.

The seventh Annual Mutt Derby benefiting the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast was held at the Fur Seasons in Stuart, FL on March 29th. The resort is a 8,000-sq. foot luxurious dog and cat boarding and pet spa.

The Fur Seasons Resort features private suites, activities for all pets and even an in-ground swimming pool for all pets to relax and chill on hot summer afternoons. With over 800 pet lovers from around the community it was the largest Mutt Derby so far. The event had a silent auction, pet vendors, free nail trims for all dogs, music and refreshments. A raffle prize of two nights at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach plus a round trip limo was raffled off, along with their pet enjoying a two night stay at the Fur Seasons Resort.

The Mutt Derby featured numerous rounds of racing for all weight classes of dogs along with their owners rooting them on as they raced down the track to the finish.

A new event attraction this year was Lisa Shaw, an animal communications specialist and Reiki practitioner where she met with guests so they could learn more about their dog. Another new addition is Carol Adams, a disabled American veteran and an award-winning athlete in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. She was on hand with her service dog, Roker, and talked about how service dogs are trained and the kind of work they do. The event also included a silent auction, a substantial raffle prize, pet education sessions, a dive/swim event and pet-related vendors. The HSTC also brought adoptable pets for people to meet and a DJ provides music.

Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is a private non-profit humane agency caring for more than 6,000 animals each year and relies solely on private donations. We are an open admission shelter with no time limit on hope. The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is much more than a shelter…it is a shelter with unconditional love just waiting for you.

Our mission is to assure a better life for companion animals by providing shelter, finding loving homes and promoting respect for their place in our lives.

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Eagle Marsh Golf Club Hosts

Women’s Power Lunch March Luncheon

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In photo: This month’s newbies at Women’s Power Lunch

Jensen Beach -– The Women’s Power Lunch, started by Anne Thompson Schafer, celebrating their 13th year of connecting powerful women in business has returned to Eagle Marsh Country Club.

Conveniently located at the Eagle Marsh Golf Club, right off Jensen Beach Blvd. in Jensen Beach, the heart of the Treasure Coast of South Florida. Their facilities are available for lunch, banquets, functions, special occasions, meetings, events & much more.

Whether you are planning a birthday, anniversary, organizational luncheon, club gathering or even a wedding, the banquet hall at the Eagle’s Nest offers you a great alternative to the norm. Consider us for your next event, meeting or party.

Schafer says of the groups’ members; “You have made the Power Lunch what it has become, and what it will grow to be! Be who you are, present a message, and join in! This is a ladies’ group that provides networking and support, the two basic elements that make it the huge success it is today!”

What began as an afternoon luncheon for ten friends, has grown into a calling list of over three hundred women, and an attendance of over one hundred women at the monthly luncheons. Anne Schafer, the founder of the Ladies Power Lunch, attributes the success of the group to great networking and support for one another!

The energy that they all have is wonderful! The friendship and service given is awesome! As they go into their tenth year they look forward to many new friendships, togetherness, much laughter, meeting and greeting many, more women of interest ………….” we have much to be thankful for!”

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CENTURY IN REVIEW REHEARSAL

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In photos: “Century In Review”, performers in rehearsal at Barn Theater

Stuart — The Women’s Club of Stuart “Century In Review” Gala at the Lyric Theater on Saturday evening an event jointly presented by the Heritage Museum celebrating the 100th Birthday of Stuart, Florida.

Guests will enjoy a Spectacular live Gala in Celebration of the City of Stuart’s Centennial,featuring notable women of Stuart dressed in fashions from the past 100 years in music, dance, songs and photos of the events that have Shaped Stuart and surrounding communities over the last 100 years. Anne Schafer from Woman’s Club of Stuart 100th Committee and Mary Walton Jones Director of Stuart Heritage Museum have been on a quest through the closets of the Stuart Heritage Museum, the Elliott Museum, the House of Phoenix in downtown Stuart and club members to prepare for this fun event.

The Woman’s Club of Stuart is a group of dedicated women committed to our mission of providing scholarships to female student in Martin County and supporting the needs of local charities.

On October 13, 2013, the Woman’s Club of Stuart celebrated their 100th year of community service to the residents of the Treasure Coast. In May, 2013, we gave $16,000 in scholarship money to Martin County High School senior women. In addition to our scholarships, we provided support to many local charities.

The purpose of Stuart Heritage is to help preserve the heritage, artifacts and history of Stuart and its surrounding communities. The countless relics housed by the museum define the history of the people, businesses, agriculture and community spirit of the City of Stuart and Martin County.

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Fairgrounds Hosts Stuart/Martin County Chamber

2014 Home and Garden Show Orchid Society Show

Visionary Arts Show

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In photo: The candidates are here!

Stuart — The Martin County Home and Garden Show displays products and services for the home and garden including landscaping, gardening, pool and spas, windows, outdoor grills, home décor, utilities, real estate and financial services, and resources for home construction or improvement.

Martin County businesses large and small participated in this year’s event offering Chamber Members a whole range of products and services available locally.

Once again this seasons H&G Show presenting emerging youth artists that were showcased along with well-known local artists. Sponsored by Visionary School of Arts (VSA), over 35 students showed a beautiful array of oils, acrylics, watercolors and more. Six VSA students have won local, national, and international awards and honors, including “mARTties” nominations 2014, and two recent first-place awards for Martin County School Art Contests.

Again for another season is the Martin County Orchid Society show where a Fiesta of Orchids, professionally landscaped exhibits by area Orchid Society’s, colorful gardens, vendors selling orchids & much more were on display. MCOS is a non-profit organization dedicated the growing of exceptional plants.

Whether you own a business, represent one, lead a corporate office, or manage an association, the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce® provides you with a voice of experience and influence locally as well as in Tallahassee. Our core mission is to fight for business and free enterprise before the State Legislature, the Governor’s mansion, regulatory agencies, the courts and the court of public opinion.

From its headquarters on Kanner Highway, the Chamber maintains a professional energetic staff representing you.

Our members include businesses of all sizes and sectors—from large Fortune 500 companies to home-based, one-person operations. In fact, 96% of our membership encompasses businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

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Congressman Patrick Murphy Works With

Martin County “Meals on Wheels” Volunteers

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In photo: Congressman Murphy works with Volunteers and Kane Center staff to get out the “Meals on Wheels”

Port Salerno — The Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program delivers over 250 hot noontime meals daily to seniors throughout Martin County, and serves an additional 100 meals daily through four senior dining centers in Stuart, Port Salerno, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. The Council’s Meals on Wheels program began in 1976 with just 20 meals delivered daily. Today’s program has been seriously impacted by budget sequestration cuts, which have reduced annual funding by $35,000. Over 65 needy seniors are currently on the waiting list to receive Meals on Wheels in Martin County.

Today’s event at the Kane Center was part of Martin County’s participation in the 12th annual national “March for Meals” campaign, led by the Meals on Wheels Association of America to raise awareness and support for community-based Meals on Wheels programs, which feed over 2.5 million seniors annually.

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

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

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

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Shekailo To Run For School Board

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Jensen Beach — I am excited to announce that I am officially running for the Martin County School Board once again. I filed my papers with the Supervisor of Elections on Wednesday. I am running because I absolutely loved my position on the Board when the focus was on the children…where it belongs. With the new leadership, the district seems to be moving in that direction once again and I would love to be part of the restoration of that focus. Add to that my expertise in the area of school district finance and I think I can help make a difference in our schools once again. If you would be so kind as to spread the word about my candidacy, I would greatly appreciate it. My campaign account is open and petitions are being circulated. I ask for your support and any help you can give.

As a Certified Public Accountant, community volunteer, former substitute teacher, school district volunteer, wife and mother, I have unique qualifications to serve as a Martin County School Board member. The combination of my firsthand classroom experiences and my expertise in financial matters has served me well throughout my first term. Community service plays an important role in my commitment to our children and demonstrates my philosophy of supporting what is best for their personal and educational development. As an advocate for children in the community, I hold many leadership positions in organizations that work for their benefit.

My promise to you four years ago was to bring a climate of respect to our school board and to keep the best interests of our children at the top of my agenda. I believe I have kept those promises and would like the opportunity to continue working for our A+ school district as your representative on the Martin County School Board from District 1. My goal continues to be to ensure that our children receive a high quality education while protecting taxpayers from excessive spending and fiscal mismanagement.

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ArtsFest 2014

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Stuart — The Arts Council of Martin County is pleased to announce that ArtsFest 2013 was a great success! The annual three day event at Memorial Park in Downtown Stuart, was a true Celebration of the Arts!

ArtsFest is well known for the fact that the show is juried and the art is outstanding. In the Summer of 2012 decisions were made to take the event to the next level. Executive Director, Nancy Turrell, reports, “Since this was our 26th year of ArtsFest, we as an Arts Council, set some internal organizational goals for the event which were resoundingly successfully met! We are so grateful to the businesses, sponsors, donors and community for their continued support and could not have produced ArtsFest without the help of hundreds of volunteers at the event and throughout the year.”

The entertainment line-up at ArtsFest 2013 was fantastic and the performers were amazing, from street dancing to the Rowdy Micks recognizing St. Patrick’s Day

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

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

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2014 Single Fin Showdown

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In photo: That’s why it’s called “Single Finn”

Stuart — Raising money for United Way and Martin County’s less fortunate residents was as easy as catching a wave and enjoying the day at the beach.

Back by popular demand for the sixth consecutive year, the Single Fin Showdown is a unique surf contest that challenges surfers to ride retro surfboards at random while at the same time raising money for United Way of Martin County’s 2013-13 campaign.

The Showdown has raised $25,000 during the past five years for United Way’s Common Good Fund that supports everything from early learning opportunities to adult day care programs at 46 local nonprofit agencies.

The 2013 Single Fin Showdown took place on St Patrick’s Day weekend again this year at Stuart Beach, and featured seven divisions for surfers of all ages. Registration included an event T-shirt, as well as a chance to win one of many prize packs loaded with all kinds of surf-related gear.

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Treasure Coast Exotic Bird Club Hold Annual Expo

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In photo: Terry is holding a Black Palm Cockatoo

According to president Kathy Dwyer, members of The Treasure Coast Exotic Bird Club, which was established in 1989, range from the owners of one little canary to an owner who has 100 breeding pairs of cockatoos.

The approximately 80 members meet on the fourth Sunday of every month (except in March – when the annual expo takes place and in December – too close to the holidays.)

The Expo is an opportunity for newbies and potential newbies considering buying birds who may not be quite sure what to expect.

Members of the Treasure Coast Exotic Club produce a multi-page, bi-monthly newsletter, chock full of helpful articles and free classified ads for related services and products, plus photos, committee news and lost-and-found bird reports. Since the newsletter is mailed to other bird clubs in the state, it sets up a great line of communication.

They partner with other not-for-profits working for the welfare of our feathered friends. One of the club’s go-to people is Winnie Burns, founder of Creature Safe Place, who helps find homes for the abandoned, dislocated and temporarily homeless birds.

Another component of The Treasure Coast Exotic Bird Club is its scholarship program. Each year, two $500 endowed scholarships are given to students in the University of Florida’s Veterinary Program; one to a senior and one to a junior.

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Palm City Town Hall From Soup To Nuts

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In photo: Palm City residents get involved.

Palm City — From the future of Mapp Rd development to COSTCO at High Meadows and CR 714 to High Speed rail from Miami to Orlando. These were the issues important to Palm City residents at the Town Hall sponsored by the Palm City Chamber of Commerce.

Mike DiTerlizzi must have had a moment of Dejavu or in other words been there, done that! For the first time in 20 years the citizenry was not arguing the good, the bad, or the ugly of the “Indian Street” Bridge.

Good to see Commissioner John Haddox out this evening fielding question from the attendees.

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Martin Youth Leadership Career Exploration Day 2014

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In photo: 2014 Martin County Youth Leadership Class at Career Day

Hobe Sound — 37 students and mentors with the Martin County Youth LEADERship (SMYL) Program held their seventh session of the 20013-2014 school year. The students were hosted by The Pine School and were provided a student orientation and a rotation through three breakout sessions that included student interviewer and interviewee working to identify “do’s & don’ts,” of job interviewing with Genevieve George from Hill Barth and King and Annette DiPiero, Human Resource Director from Helath South. Social Media and personal branding with Pamela Toussaint from Ultimate Image Coaching and Dining Etiquette with Christine Terezakis fron Dream day Wedding and Events.

The third session, in the form of a career/Job Fair ran concurrently during the other sessions and provided students with an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills is a real-life setting.

After a phenomenal lunch students were then entertained and educated in the proper dress code for job search and interview via a peer fashion show.

The Martin Youth LEADERship Program is for high school students, and is in its 17th year, sponsored in part by Seacoast National Bank, the parent-organization Martin LEADERship Alumni through the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Martin County School District . The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted in the program. The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply, and, on average, 37 are selected to participate in the comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County . Upon completion, these Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s Effective Habits and other leadership enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially, gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience.

Coming up in April, the Martin Youth LEADERship will participate in their annual Art and Culture Day, and in May 2010, celebrate “Graduation.” For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you too, might become a sponsor, donor, event coordinator or advisory board member, please see the group web site at: www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp, or contact 2013-2014 Chair, Diana Bruton at 963 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL. 34994 (772) 286-1900.

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Congressman Murphy Recognizes Youth

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Palm Beach Gardens — U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) honored over 70 local youth with the Congressional Award Medal at a ceremony held at the Eissey Campus Theatre on Sunday, The ceremony highlights Congress’ highest honor for youth and recognizes young Americans who have dedicated hundreds of hours of service to their communities.

This ceremony is unique, given that Florida’s 18th Congressional District is once again home to the largest group of participants and awardees in the nation. This year also marks a record high 24 participating schools, ranging from middle school to college. The keynote speaker at this year’s awards ceremony was Dr. Laura Niedernhofer, an associate professor at Scripps Florida.

The Congressional Award Foundation is a public-private partnership created by Congress in 1979 to promote and recognize service, initiative, and achievement in America’s youth. The program is open to young people ages 14-23, regardless of mental or physical challenges. The Congressional Award Foundation teaches participants to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character, and foster community service, personal development, and citizenship.

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Stuart — The 2014 Martin County baseball season got into full swing on Saturday, pardon the pun, enjoy the photos of our children having fun. The parents seem to enjoy themselves also.

Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League Baseball and Softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.

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Stuart — Carson’s was the location last evening for the 2014 “Great Moustachio Bashio” Kick-Off Party”

The Moustache March for the Military Organization was founded by Randy Tyo and veteran Gary Ducote.

The history for the Stuart version of the “Great Moustachio Bashio” started when deployed overseas, Captain Gary Ducote began a tradition to lighten his team’s spirits and strengthen their bond – a moustache-growing contest. As a veteran now living in Stuart, Gary is one of the founders of The Moustache March for the Military Organization, which raise funds for non-profits benefiting veterans and their families.

Operation 300, designed to create a week-long experience for children who have lost their fathers as a result of service to our country, and The Joe F. Lusk Memorial Fund, which bridges the gap between financial support the government provides wounded veterans and the reality of their needs, have been selected as the recipients of funds raised at The Great Moustachio

The Great Moustachio Bashio takes place from 6-10 p.m. on April 5th at the Flagler Center

During the month of March, the “real men” of the community have been growing ‘staches in remembrance of the fallen soldiers who put their lives on the line for our freedom. Competitors will all the while selling tickets to the “Bashio” on April 5th at the Flagler center, where they will bring their friends and their “Stache” tothe best bash of the year.

The Great Moustachio Bashio! Local celeb judges will be on hand to determine who’s The Man amongst the boys.

Don’t wanna grow? Don’t worry. Just come to support your favorite facial-haired contender! Either way, don’t miss this event!

All proceeds benefit the families of fallen soldiers through The Station Foundation and Operation 300.

Tickets are on sale now for $50 per person, $90 per couple and $40 for participants and veterans online at www.MoustacheMarchfortheMilitary.com. Call (772) 284-3007 for more information.

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In photo: Commissioner John Haddox, Donna Berger, President of the Stuart Garden Club, Jill Burton form Sand Hill Cove and Commissioner Sarah Heard

Palm City — “We are looking forward to a very successful 2014 tour.”, said Donna Berger, President of the Garden Club. As members in our community open their gardens as a way for us to highlight some very lovely gardens, to showcase growth requirements for specific plants and get some great ideas to emulate in their own gardens.

The garden tour profit is what supports all of our civic projects for the next two years – such as high school scholarships, all youth programs in the schools, Possum Long, camperships at Wekiva and many others listed in the yearbook under Civic Accounts.

At Sandhill Cove, we’ve been refining our refreshing, sun-drenched lifestyle since 1993. That’s 20 years of successful operation, senior living expertise and worry-free living! With our holistic approach to healthy living, enviable dining on par with superb restaurants, and cruise-style services and amenities, life feels rather inspired. And, shall we dare say it — just plain happy. With ownership and management by the nation’s most experienced and successful senior living professionals, Life Care Services, it’s no wonder our strength and success go hand in hand.

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Jimbo Fisher, Adam Putnam Address Sold-out

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In photo: Tammy Simoneau, retiring CEO and president of the Economic Council of Martin County, in foreground. (L to R) In background, Tom McNicholas, outgoing chairman of the Economic Council; Mario Murgado, president and CEO of Brickell Motors (inc. Audi Stuart and Infiniti Stuart); Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.

Stuart – Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and John James “Jimbo” Fisher, the Florida State University Seminoles’ head coach, both stressed the important role business leadership plays in the community at the annual meeting of the Economic Council of Martin County at The Floridian in Palm City on February 26.

Speaking to more than 170 businessmen and women at the sold-out event, Putnam said wonderful things are happening today in Florida. “Five years ago Time Magazine said the State of Florida as we knew it was over,” said Putnam, then made the point that the state’s unemployment rate today is half of what it was then and that our state bird, the construction crane, was back, the state is anticipating a $1 billion surplus and can focus on important issues like getting our water quality right. “Florida is on the move today because of the businessmen and women in this crowd” and others like them, he added.

Fisher, the head coach of the BCS National Championship team, likened his role of creating a championship culture to the challenges business people have every day. “You have to create a culture, atmosphere and environment that creates success,” he said. “Be who you are, be yourself, people don’t follow people who are imitating someone else.”

The leadership contributions of the Economic Council’s CEO and President Tammy Simoneau, retiring after more than eight years of service, were also recognized by Putnam and many others. “I can truly say I’ve seldom worked with anybody with the kind of passion and heartfelt authenticity that you brought to really caring about Martin County and the future,” said Indian River State College President Edwin Massey as part of a videotaped tribute to Simoneau.

“Tammy has transformed the council during her years here,”said outgoing chairman Tom McNicholas. “The Economic Council’s achievements during her tenure are considerable. From advocacy for our rivers and the local marine and aviation industries to the creation of the Martin County life science initiatives, collaboration and leadership on local and statewide economic development efforts, business incentive opportunities, the economic toolkit and much more, Tammy has been at the table time after time ensuring that our county’s business community has a level playing field for their own competitions.”

The annual event marks the installation of new officers and directors for the council. Edward Weinberg is now chairman, Joseph Capra is vice chair, Tom Hurley is treasurer, Dan Carmody is secretary, Tom McNicholas is past chairman, Robert Raynes Jr., Alex Beringer and Dan Morris are executive committee at-large members. Debra Duvall, Jeff Leslie, Mark Libratore, Stephen Page, Ryan Strom, Michelle Tierney, Bill West, Sara Wingfield and Peter Kemp are 2014 board members.

“The Economic Council has made significant contributions to every aspect of Martin County over the past 29 years and will continue to do so,” said McNicholas. “The leadership represented by Adam Putnam, Jimbo Fisher and the many state and local leaders attending the council’s event tonight make important things happen every day inside and outside of Martin County.”

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Students Recognized For Good Character

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In photo: Twenty-seven middle school and high school seniors were honored during the 2013-14 Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards

Port Salerno — Family and friends of 27 special students packed into the Wolf-High Technology Center at Indian River State College’s Chastain Campus in Stuart on Feb. 26 for the annual Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards.

The Kordick Awards, presented by United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program, are given annually to middle school students and high school seniors in the Martin County School District. Nominations of the students are based solely on their character; students whose lives and achievements demonstrate an enduring commitment to the qualities associated with good character – trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship.

“These awards are named in honor of the late Joe Kordick, founding Chairman and the driving force of CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County,” said Robyn Vanover, CHARACTER COUNTS! advisory board chair. “ He believed that character development starts at home, but also felt strongly that by bringing parents, teachers, community leaders, and businesses together, we could share the task of teaching young people to be responsible and to live with integrity.”

Members of the CHARACTER COUNTS! advisory board – Lester Bird, Darcy Flierl, Jim Vojcsik, Kelly McIntyre, Dianne Pierce, Jim Sopko, and Robyn Vanover – were on hand to present middle school winners with a plaque and high school winners with $1,000 check. Gary Lesser, managing partner of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith and 2013-14 Business of Character Award recipient, was also present and delivered a heartfelt speech on what it means to be a person of character.

 

2013-14 Joe Kordick Youth Character Award Winners

Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School: Caroline Glynn, Tyler Melton, Noah Reilly and Keiarra Slack

Hidden Oaks Middle School: Samantha Estrella and Christina Tompkins

Indiantown Middle School: Diana Perez-Moreno

Murray Middle School: Ian Chenoweth, Felix Macedonio, Kirsten Nagel, Shannon Norton, Andrew Potawsky and Alex Rao

Stuart Middle School: Chloe Janson and Gabriela Villamonte

Clark Advanced Learning Center: Mitchell Jaskela, Casey Moore, Erin Morris and Jade White

Jensen Beach High School: Austin McDonald and Daniella Rossi

Martin County High School: Garrett Albury, Alexandra Diaz, Zach Kenny, Austin Sands and Jake Steinberg

South Fork High School: Beatriz Ambrocio

The 2013-14 Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards were possible thanks to support from The Kordick Trust; Kramer, Sopko & Levenstein, PA; Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, CPA; and First Citizens Bank.

Although highly identified with schools, CHARACTER COUNTS!, a program of United Way of Martin County, is an initiative for people of all ages and walks of life. The program is embraced by government, law enforcement and businesses in Martin County. For more information, visit www.charactercounts.net or call 772-283-4800, ext. 234.

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Dr. Edgar Mitchell Speaks To Stuart Kiwanis

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At my Kiwanis Club of Stuart this week, it was a great honor to have lunch with Captain Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut and the 6th man to walk on the moon! Apollo 14 lifted off from the Cape Jan 31, 1971 and landed on the moon Feb 5, 1971. I especially enjoyed Captain Mitchell’s stories about his late friend, and the “Father of Rocket Science”, Wernher von Braun. –Willie

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart (KCOS) was formed on April 1, 1938 and through its members and Foundation (the Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida, Foundation, Inc.) has since continuously provided much needed service to the residents of Martin County.

Edgar Dean “Ed” Mitchell, Sc.D. (born September 17, 1930) is an American pilot, retired Captain in the United States Navy and NASA astronaut. As the lunar module pilot of Apollo 14, he spent nine hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region, making him the sixth person to walk on the Moon.

Some of our major projects over the years include the Martin County pool located at Martin County High School; Kiwanis Park at Woodlawn located in Stuart near Confusion Corner; the Courthouse gazebo; an annual clothes shopping trip for appoximately 70 underprivileged children; start up funding for the Martin County YMCA and Lyric Theatre; a shelter at the YMCA; sponsorships of youth organizations in many of the MC elementary, middle and high schools; the Adopt-A-Class program; years of assistance with Special Olympics; scholarships; and financial assistance to many organizations including the Boy Scouts, the ARC of Martin County, and Helping People Succeed. The club also provides many other smaller service projects to the community each year.

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Stuart — Featuring the artwork of Becky Beerensson, Marilyn Cook, Nancy Dillen, Lydia Nelson Friedland, Carol Garutti, Grace Leal, Susan Martin, Ellen Pavlakos, Nancy Seib and Jean Thomas, Ten Women in Art are celebrating 30 years as an organization, having had their first exhibit in 1984.

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Lieutenant Governor Meets With Chamber Members

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In photo: (L to R) Sue Zachman Stuart Branch Manager Harbor Community Bank and Lisa Satur Chamber Ambassador also with Harbor Community Bank

Stuart — Carlos Lopez-Cantera was born in Madrid, Spain on December 29, 1973. He was born two months premature and was returned to his intended birthplace of Miami, Florida once he was healthy enough to travel. Lopez-Cantera graduated from Miami-Dade College and continued his studies at the University of Miami, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration.

From 2004 through 2012, Carlos served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Over the course of his 8-year term in the Legislature, Carlos served as a member of the Governor’s Property Tax Reform Committee, the My Safe Florida Home Advisory Council and the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force. In the Florida House of Representatives, he chaired the Committee on Business Regulation and the Government Affairs Committee. Carlos served as Majority Whip from 2009 through 2010 and as the Majority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives during the final two years of his term from 2010 through 2012.

In August 2012, the citizens of Miami-Dade County elected Carlos Lopez-Cantera as the Property Appraiser of Miami-Dade County. Carlos campaigned on a platform to make interaction with the office of the property appraiser easier, increasing community outreach and being more responsive to the needs of the residents of Miami-Dade.

Carlos Lopez-Cantera was appointed as Lieutenant Governor on January 14, 2014, and officially began serving on February 3, 2014. He is the first Hispanic to hold this position in Florida.

Carlos has been married to his wife Renee since 2005 and they have two young daughters.

Whether you own a business, represent one, lead a corporate office, or manage an association, the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce® provides you with a voice of experience and influence locally as well as in Tallahassee. Our core mission is to fight for business and free enterprise before the State Legislature, the Governor’s mansion, regulatory agencies, the courts and the court of public opinion.

From its headquarters on Kanner Highway, the Chamber maintains a professional energetic staff representing you.

Our members include businesses of all sizes and sectors—from large Fortune 500 companies to home-based, one-person operations. In fact, 96% of our membership encompasses businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

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Patricia Morris Named Martin County Teacher Of The Year

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In photo: Patricia Morris surprised after receiving announcement from Superintendent Laurie Gaylord

“Martin County is fortunate to have such outstanding educators in our schools. Each of tonight’s winners and nominees go above and beyond every day to help our students reach their potential. I congratulate Patricia Morris for being named Teacher of the Year. Her dedication and enthusiasm for teaching is evident in everything she does, she is so deserving of recognition,” said Superintendent Laurie Gaylord.

“We are thrilled to be able to recognize the commitment of our teachers to their students and our community,” says Lisa Rhodes, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Martin County. “This celebration awards exemplary teaching,” says Russ Reaver, board member of Education Foundation of Martin County and District Manager of Publix Supermarkets. “The Education Foundation of Martin County and Publix are proud to recognize those on the front line of educating our youth…our teachers.”

“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to recognize teachers at each level for their outstanding efforts every day in their classrooms. Martin County is truly fortunate to have so many exceptional educators working on behalf of our students. Not only do I commend each of the winners, but also all of this year’s nominees for their hard work and dedication,” stated Ms. Gaylord.

The Education Foundation of Martin County’s Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration is not your typical awards ceremony. It is a fun-filled pep rally celebrating each of the nominee’s contributions to their students and our community. Themed decorations abound as each school adorns their designated area with all the trimmings necessary to make their nominee feel special. During this special evening, school spirit is in full swing as everyone cheers, dances, and even struts to the beat of specially selected music as each nominee makes his or her way to the stage in anticipation of the winning name being revealed. It’s one party not to be missed.

The National Teacher of the Year is chosen from among the State Teachers of the Year by a national selection committee representing the major national education organizations. Each April, the National Teacher of the Year is introduced to the American people by the President of the United States. The National Teacher of the Year is released from classroom duties during the year of recognition to travel nationally and internationally as a spokesperson for the teaching profession. All activities of the National Teacher, and projects involving the State Teachers of the Year, are coordinated through the National Teacher of the Year Program.

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Posted By Congressman Patrick Murphy From SOTU 2014

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Proud to sit with fellow Florida Congressman and No Labels Problem Solver Tom Rooney at tonight’s #SOTU. No matter what the issue is, Washington must work together to make sure America and Americans succeed.

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Martin County Parks & Recreation

Presents Adult Co-ed Inner Tube Water Polo

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Stuart — A new recreational sport, growing in popularity across the country, emphasizing fun, entertainment, and bringing people together has sprung up in Martin County.

Sponsored by The Martin County Parks and Recreation department teams are being formed each week since the program was introduced in October.

Inner tube water polo varies from the Olympic sport in that participants play while floating in an inflatable inner tube.

All games will take place at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart under the lights during weekday evenings.

Enthusiasts, fans, and the curious may watch and participate on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, during which time rules, prospective schedules, and fees are explained.

To join the interest list, send an email to splash@sailfishsplash.com.

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FPL Port Everglades Power

Plant Demolition

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In photo: The candlesticks, as the shipping industry calls them, fall

Ft. Lauderdale — On Tuesday FPL demolished its Port Everglades Power Plant to pave the way for a cleaner, more fuel-efficient energy center.

Shortly after sunrise, the historic smokestacks came tumbling down through a series of controlled explosions.

This was the largest demolition of its kind in Florida, the new energy center will be cleaner and will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

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