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Inner Tube Water Polo Finals

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Stuart — On Saturday four teams played an inner tube water polo double elimination tournament at Sailfish water Park for United Way of Martin County.

Inner tube water polo is a variation of the sport water polo with the important difference that players, excluding the goalkeeper, are required to float in inflatable inner tubes. By floating in an inner tube, players experience less contact and expend less energy than traditional water polo players, not having to tread water. This allows casual players to enjoy water polo without undertaking the intense conditioning required for conventional water polo.

“We wanted a new and entertaining summer fundraising event that family, friends or co-workers could all participate in,” said Wendie Berardi, director of corporate engagement and donor relations. “Inner tube water polo is perfect because everyone can keep cool in the pool and the inner tube evens the playing field.”

While inner tube water polo might be all fun and games; ending hunger, strengthening families, improving people’s health, creating job opportunities, providing solid education for all, and ensuring safety are no laughing matter. In fact, United Way has made it a priority to solve these problems and all proceeds from the event will be put back into the community where they’re needed most.

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Martin County Commission Chair Slapped With Ethics Complaint

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The state of Florida is currently processing an ethics complaint against Martin County Commission Chairman Sarah Heard for fudging the value of her property in the Rocky Point subdivision by nearly $400,000 and deliberately excluding details of property she owns in Illinois and North Carolina.

Though the Commission on Ethics is required to keep such complaints confidential, complainant John McAuliffe of Palm City is under no such constraints. On Monday he gave a copy of the June 18 letter and supporting documents to Sunshine State News.

He claims Heard has undervalued her homesteaded property for nine of the 11 years she’s filed disclosure forms — and out-of-state acreage for all the years she’s claimed it,

The Form 6 financial information is required of all public officeholders under Florida Statute 112.3144.

McAuliffe’s official letter of complaint includes documentation showing Heard has disclosed only the assessed value of her home at 4584 SE Williams Way, Stuart, which she lists as $457,000.

But the filing instructions on Form 6 call for properties to reflect market value. The Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office sets the market value of Heard’s Intracoastal Waterway-frontage home at $917,670.

McAuliffe has attached each of Heard’s disclosure documents to his complaint letter.

She claims in her latest disclosure that her net worth as of June 9, 2014 is $890,000. In fact, she has always listed her net worth as below $1 million.

In his letter McAuliffe tells the Ethics Commission Heard’s motive for undervaluing her property is to show voters she’s just-plain-folks. Heard is running for re-election to her District 2 seat this year.

“Commissioner Heard’s filing disclosures,” he says, ‘represent not only a pattern inconsistent with actual ‘market’ valuations of her assets over her tenure as a county commissioner, but also a perceived intent to illustrate her net worth below a $1 million threshold in order to appeal to a broader field of voters.”

He includes in his packet three news stories showing “newspaper headlines give Heard political motivation of understating the value of her house … the count in each headline would be one more millionaire — if Heard were honest in reporting the value of her waterfront house.”

The stories McAuliffe attaches are these:

“3 Martin commissioners worth millions, despite dismal economy” (TCPalm.com, July 31, 2009).
“Eight Martin County elected officials and candidates are millionaires” (TCPalm.com, Aug. 20, 2010).
“Martin County Commission and School Board feature two millionaires each” (TCPalm.com, Aug. 14, 2011).

A look at all other Martin County elected officials’ Form 6 disclosures show Heard is the only one using assessed property valuation instead of fair market.  Property Appraiser Laurel Kelly, for instance, shows an assessed value of $400,000 on her house, yet she discloses the higher market value of $451,000.

The Heards obtained a mortgage on April 18, 2013. McAuliffe sees it as a tell-all. He believes that action probably inspired 1) a formal property appraisal of the home and 2) a financial statement demonstrating the Heards’ ability to repay the mortgage. “If these documents exist, they will highlight any delta between what Commissioner Heard represents to her lender and what she represents to the voting public,” writes McAuliffe.

The Martin County home isn’t Heard’s only undervalued property, he says.

McAuliffe, 47, a computer technology salesman, points out that Heard lists 100 acres of land in “Southwest Washington County, Illinois” — and in so doing, fails to follow instructions in Form 6 to provide a street address or any description to run down its location. Year after year she lists the same value — $100,000. Yet, similar properties listed for sale in that county are selling for $23,000 an acre.

Heard also lists ownership of misrepresented property in Swain County, N.C. “This violation is very straightforward,” the complainant writes. “… From 2008-2010 Heard claimed she owned one property in Swain County valued at $43,000. A pattern to misrepresent her net worth continues with ownership of three properties with purchase prices totaling $148,000 in value calculated from the real estate excise taxes she paid and the closing documents she signed for the three properties.”

Reached at her office Monday, Heard said she knows nothing about the complaint, and if ethics matters are confidential, she said, then “I have nothing to say about this.”

McAuliffe told SSN, “I just couldn’t sit back and say nothing any longer. I’m a patriot. I care about my country and I care about this county. The way this commission is governing is plain wrong. It’s bad government. So much of what’s going on is built on lies. This with Commissioner Heard is just one more lie.

“I’m fighting back is all I’m doing,” he said.

McAuliffe said, “I don’t have a dog in the hunt: I don’t own a business, I’m not a developer. I’m just a concerned dad with an 18-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son, a dad who wants his kids to be able to come back to live in Martin County some day if that’s what they want. But this commission majority doesn’t want families.

“They vote against churches and poor people, they vote against parks, they even voted against the Boy Scouts,” he said.

Kerrie J. Stillman, a spokesperson for the Commission on Ethics, would neither confirm nor deny the existence of McAuliffe’s complaint. She spoke generally about the way the system works when complaints are received. In terms of how long they take to be addressed, she told SSN, “Each case is different.”

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Republican Congressional Candidates Square Off In Q&A Forum

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Stuart — The Martin County Executive Committee will promote Republican ideals and principles. We will do this by recruiting qualified candidates for public office who best represent the views of the Party and by working to elect all Republican nominees. We will develop a grassroots organization that will motivate the electorate to vote, maintain a strong volunteer base and raise the funds to build a sound financial foundation.

That is a “mission Statement” directly from the Martin County republican website, and they did just that last evening at Republican headquarters in Stuart.

Each of the candidates had their opportunity to express exactly their positions of a wide variety of subjects before the August primnary.

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Super Thunder Moon

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This weekend the full moon rose 50 minutes after it’s closest sweep of Earth in 18 years (221,565 miles).

This gave us the fullest and brightest moon. This summer will bring us three “Super” Moons.

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Wells Fargo Hosts Stuart/Martin County Chamber July Networking Breakfast

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Stuart — Wells Fargo believes in our vision and values just as strongly today as we did the first time we put them on paper more than 20 years ago. Staying true to them will guide us toward continued growth and success for decades to come. As you hear more about our vision and values, you will learn about who we are, where we’re headed and how every Wells Fargo team member can help us get there.

Wells Fargo expects its team members to adhere to the highest possible standards of ethics and business conduct with customers, team members, stockholders and the communities it serves.

We’re listening to our customers, government agencies and community leaders — and we’re not afraid to act on their feedback because we strive to be the most fair and responsible lender in the industry. We know we aren’t perfect, but we also know that our track record through the housing crisis sets us apart and demonstrates our long-standing commitment to being a trustworthy partner in the American dream of homeownership.

Wells Fargo’s link with the six-horse stagecoach comes from Wells Fargo’s real history of using, owning, guarding, and operating them. We still own and display ten originals in our history museums, thirteen authentic reproductions on display in our buildings, and a fleet of seventeen that roll almost every weekend in parades across the nation.

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.

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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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FOURTH OF JULY IN PARADISE!

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TIPS FOR A SAFE & HEALTHY HOLIDAY

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Martin County, FL — With the 4th of July holiday just days away, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County is reminding residents to keep prevention and safety a top priority during celebrations.

Tips for keeping the holiday weekend safe and healthy:

1. Fight the Bite – prevent mosquito borne illness!

Stop mosquitoes from breeding by draining standing water around your home. Cover your skin with mosquito repellent. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective. Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

2. Stay Hydrated and use Sunscreen

Take care to protect yourself from the summer sun. Stay hydrated by drinking water at least every 30 minutes while outdoors. Wear a hat and sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.

3. Water Advisories

A water advisory remains in effect for the waters near the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart and Leighton Park near the old Palm City Bridge. Residents are urged to avoid contact with the water in those areas due to high levels of enteric bacteria which can cause upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritations and skin rashes.

4. Safe Grilling – prevent foodborne illness!

Use grills in outdoor locations
Keep grills away from children and pets
Wash hands and cooking utensils before and after handling raw food
Cook foods thoroughly: use a meat thermometer

Beef, pork, lamb or veal steaks: minimum (145° F)

Ground beef, pork or lamb: minimum (160° F)

Poultry: minimum (165° F)

Refrigerate leftovers promptly: within one hour when outdoor temps are above (90° F)

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“Operation 300″, 3rd Annual Aaron Vaughn Memorial Frogman Swim

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Jensen Beach — This is the third year that Martin County has been chosen for this event at the Jensen Beach venue.

This open water swim (fixed buoy course) will honor one of America’s finest. There was a 200 yard swim for beginners, a 1K course for intermediate swimmers and a 5K course for advanced swimmers. There is also a 50 yard “tadpole” swim and flipper run for the “little froggies.” Every swimmer in the 1K, 5K and 200 yard swim received a one-of-a-kind Forged T-shirt. The first 100 registrants also received a commemorative bag filled with goodies.

Aaron Vaughn, a member of DEVGRU (SEAL Team VI), was Killed In Action on Aug. 6th, 2011 when a Chinook helicopter crashed in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan. All 30 American warriors on board lost their lives that day. This crash represented the single largest loss of life in Naval Special Warfare history.

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Eagle Marsh Golf Club Hosts

Women’s Power Lunch June Luncheon

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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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Rubio Visits Stuart and The Indian River Lagoon

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Stuart — Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) held a Q&A meeting in Stuart, following his visit to the St. Lucie River. During the visit, Rubio participated in a roundtable discussion with key stakeholders to hear concerns regarding the harmful water that was flushed from Lake Okeechobee into the Indian River Lagoon last July, consequently economically and ecologically damaging the surrounding area.

The St. Lucie River and Estuary is an ecological jewel on Florida’s Treasure Coast that is integral to the environmental and economic well-being of Martin and St. Lucie counties. The St. Lucie is part of the larger Indian River Lagoon system, the most diverse estuarine environment in North America with more than 4,000 plant and animal species, including manatees, oysters, dolphins, sea turtles and seahorses.

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“GREASE” at Martin County High School!

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Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The musical is named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers. The musical, set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School (based on Chicago, Illinois (William Howard Taft School)[1]), follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of love. The score attempts to recreate the sounds of early 1950′s rock and roll.

The show tackles such social issues as teenage pregnancy and gang violence; its themes include love, friendship, teenage rebellion, sexual exploration during adolescence, and, to some extent, class consciousness/class conflict

The original Broadway cast included Barry Bostwick as Danny and Carole Demas as Sandy, with Adrienne Barbeau as Rizzo, Timothy Meyers as Kenickie, Alan Paul, and Walter Bobbie and Marya Small in supporting roles. Replacements later in the run included Jeff Conaway, Gail Edwards, Marilu Henner, Peter Gallagher, Ilene Graff, Judy Kaye, Patrick Swayze, John Travolta, Jerry Zaks and Treat Williams. Richard Gere was an understudy for many roles in this production, including Danny Zuko, Teen Angel, and Vince Fontaine.

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World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial at the Cummings Library Dedicated

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Palm City — The Martin County Board of County Commissioners on Saturday dedicated the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial at the Cummings Library in Palm City.

The memorial features a pedestal supporting a 22-foot long, 2.5 ton, piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center following the attacks on September 11, 2001.

A commemorative plaque was also unveiled at the event.

Martin County District 5 Commissioner John Haddox emceed the event, with Florida State Representative Gail Harrell, school Board member Maura Barry-Sorenson and Tax Administrator Ruth Pietruszeski in attendance.

Speakers included U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy and Martin County Fire Rescue Chief Joe Ferrara.

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Celebration of Color – The artistic expression of color & energy

Show Opens At Cultural Arts Center

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Stuart — Come and view the most colorful and explosive art show in town! Due to its overwhelming past success, this is the 4th year that four major art leagues have united with The Arts Council of Martin County to present this unique collaboration. The first show began in the summer of 2011, with COLOR being the ongoing thread woven throughout each succeeding exhibition. Since then, this art exhibition has become more prestigious, more sought-after, and more difficult to have artwork accepted via jurying.

Three out-of-town jurors have already been selected to assure that the artwork is of the highest quality and meets the guidelines of this year’s new theme, inspired by the legendary Master of Color, Josef Albers. Albers’ classic book The Interaction of Color is all about courageous experimentation, intellectual and personal expansion, and how colors affect one another. The artwork in the “Celebration of Color” will reflect Albers’ brilliance and the explosive power of color!

The four art leagues included in “Celebration of Color” are the Art Associates of Martin County (AAMC), Hobe Sound Fine Arts League (HSFAL), Jensen Beach Art League (JBAL), and Palm City Art Associates (PCAA), as well as members of the Arts Council. Members prepare all year to create their finest, most dynamic, unique, and colorful art for this collaborative celebration of the arts. The Arts Council has been an advocate for the arts in Martin County since 1980, which is why this partnership is so important. It represents our shared history, common goals, and future vision to make Stuart the Cultural Mecca of the Treasure Coast. To this end, arts education among our youth has become a major focus. Each art league awards scholarships and sponsors students who are pursuing a career in the arts. The Council supports the creative education of our local students with events such as the Marvin S. Cone 28th Annual High School Juried Show and mARTies Student awards and scholarships.

If you consider yourself to be an art aficionado, patron, connoisseur, or a concerned parent or citizen of Martin County, support the arts, join the Arts Council and one or all of our local art leagues, and donate to our children’s future. Celebrate with us at the “Celebration of Color” Reception on Friday, June 13th, 5:30-7:00pm at the Court House Cultural Center, 80 East Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994. For more information, call #772-287-6676 or visit www.martinarts.org. Hope to see you June 13th!

The exhibition continues through August 14, 2014. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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A Controlled What?

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In Photo: A prescribed burn on the Treasure Coast is now out of control according to Martin County Sheriffs. The fire began this morning at Savannas Preserve

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Martin Downs Golf Club Host Safe Space Golf Outing

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Palm City -– Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to establish power and control over an intimate partner often leading to the threat or use of violence. Abuse is any controlling behavior, hurtful acts, word, or gesture that injures another’s body or emotions. Domestic violence is not a disagreement, a marital spat, or an anger management problem.

All Treasure Coast victims of domestic violence who are requesting emergency shelter receive safe housing at one of our two residential shelter facilities.

Anyone can access SafeSpace services by the 24-hour hotline 1-800-500-1119 or referral by friends or family, law enforcement, or other social services agencies.

Experience 41 years of tradition and championship golf at Martin Downs Golf Club, the gem of Florida’s Treasure Coast. Less than one mile off the Florida Turnpike and just minutes from I-95, Martin Downs offers a first class experience to members residing both inside and outside the gates to the community. The newly renovated 25,000 square foot Clubhouse offers a fully stocked, full service golf shop, Member’s Grille Room and Bar, Ladies & Men Locker Rooms, Card Room and a Banquet Room for special events and weddings.

Both golf courses at Martin Downs have been sites for the PGA Tour Qualifying School and U. S. Open Qualifying. Martin Downs Golf Club provides its membership a world class, full service golf experience including a PGA Professional golf staff, fully stocked Pro Shop, complete club repair and PGA instruction, and a full schedule of fun, social and competitive events. The very active Ladies Association and Men’s groups play weekly. In addition to regular club group play, the tournament calendar includes mixed couples events, twilight golf, member-guest, member-member plus other fun tournaments.

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2014 Surfers For Autism

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Stuart Beach — Surfers For Autism mission is to unlock the potential of people with developmental delays, support advocacy for autism issues and scientific research. Our focus is to eliminate stigma through public awareness and education and to unite communities through volunteerism. Our History It was December of 2007 when a simple idea was presented to a small group of South Florida surfers by a member whose life and family have been touched by autism. The concept of introducing children on the autism spectrum to surfing took hold and the group began planning for the inaugural Deerfield Beach event.

Fundraising efforts help us fulfill our mission of bringing these life-changing events to as many communities as possible and to help fund autism research, awareness and advocacy. Fundraising would be conducted by soliciting local businesses to donate product and services for a raffle and through the sale of event specific T-shirts.

On April 5, 2008, the inaugural Surfers For Autism event was held on the north side of the Deerfield Beach Pier where 40 surfers with autism hit the water and over $10,000 was raised to benefit autism associated charities. The organization has since hosted events in several locations on Florida’s East Coast, and single events have registered as many as 200 surfers and raised close to $20,000.

At the Stuart SFA event, our surfers are provided a safe environment where two to four highly skilled and trained surf instructors carefully guide them into waves. Our surfers and their families are treated like rock stars and enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games, bounce houses, fire engine tours and much more. A catered lunch is also provided, all at no cost. This is a very special day where children with ASD interact with typical peers and wow families with their capabilities. This event is an example of inclusion at the highest level.

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Twisted Tuna Hosts Arc 2014 Hurricane Stock Up Party

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Port Salerno — It’s that time of year again, the ARC Hurricane Stock Up Party was last evening at Twisted Tuna. Friends of ARC came out and networked, ate great food, imbibed and the weather cooperated so all could enjoy the music by DJ Mo from Avenue Entertainment.

The Stock up party was a creation out of necessity and government compliance. All ARC facilites have to be prepared for the hurricane season based on minimal standards of supplies. This all requires hard to come by funding. ARC through the years has asked the generous Martin County public to assist in tis effort and this year was no different.

“Due to the special dietary, environmental and psychological needs of our clients, proper planning and preparations are key to maintaining a safe and comfortable environment,” said ARC CEO Keith Muniz.

The ARC of Martin County assists children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities to achieve their fullest potential. For more than 50 years, the ARC of Martin County –- through state-of-the-art programs and services, education, awareness and advocacy -– has given hope to hundreds of individuals with its focus on “ability,” rather than “disability.”

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Palm City Chamber Awards First Annual Michele Radcliffe Dutro

Memorial Award at Annual Awards Breakfast

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In photo: Congratulations to John Fedorek, from HBK, first recipient of the Michele Radcliffe Dutro Memorial Award

Palm City — Piper’s Landing is a Florida Gated Golf Community in Palm City, part of Stuart Florida and Martin County and it comes complete with a clubhouse capable of hosting any function imaginable, a newly re-designed Gene Bates golf course, tennis programs that include new lighted facilities considered to be the best in Martin County and a marina recognized as one of the safest and most accessible on Florida’s east coast. But what you’ll find at Piper’s, in addition to these facilities are friendships! Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club Community consists of 302 homes, 302 equity memberships, 600 + acres. We’re not a Florida retirement community or a 55 and over community, yet most of us are in this age group. Retiring does not define members at Piper’s. Active, educated, inquiring and caring would be better adjectives. Learn more about our Florida Private Gated Golf Community in Palm City.

Our Mission at the Palm City Chamber is “To serve as the principle advocate of the community and its businesses, acting as the catalyst in promoting the economic development of the Palm City area, stimulating jobs and improving the quality of life.”

The Palm City Chamber is the only Chamber on the Treasure Coast that offers private tours of member businesses exclusively to their members.

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Memorial Day 2014

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Stuart — Treasure Coast Veterans participated in yesterday’s Memorial Day Parade down SE Ocean Blvd. in Stuart, Monday. The Parade started at High School Ave. and ended at Memorial Park with a ceremony to honor veterans. The event was organized by The Veterans Council of Martin County, Martin County, the City of Start and other area organizations. Groups such as the Treasure Coast Vintage Car Club, Martin County Fire Rescue, and U.S. Military Veterans Motorcycle Club participated in the parade to show their support for veterans.

The parade is also about the spectators, which we see in the photos here.

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Soap Box Derby Stuart 2014

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Stuart — The 80 year old tradition continues in Stuart on this memorial Day Weekend, namely The Soap Box Derby. Thanks to efforts by Kiwamis of Jensen Beach and the Stuart City Council Martin County is once again in the competition. A yearly event until a few years ago when the derby lost their sponsor and was relegated to the history books, that is until J.D. Geisler from Florida Gas and the Jensen Beach Kiwanis had other ideas. Last year the City of Stuart City Council stepped up to the plate and gave the event fast track status and approved a permit for the event to be held for the next 4 years.

The Soap Box Derby is a youth soapbox car racing program which has been run in the United States since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. Cars competing in this and related events are unpowered, relying completely upon gravity to move.

In the wake of the first car races, local kid auto races took place in the US at a very early stage. In 1914 the motion picture Kid Auto Races at Venice starring Charlie Chaplin was shown in the cinemas.

In 1933 Myron Scott, a photographer for Dayton, Ohio newspaper Dayton Daily News, put together an impromptu race for 19 boys. There was so much interest that Scott arranged a bigger race, with prize money for August 19. “An amazing crowd of 362 kids showed up with homemade cars built of orange crates, sheet tin, wagon and baby-buggy wheels….”

The following year, the first All-American race was held on August 19. The national winner was Robert Turner of Muncie, IN, who made his car from the wood of a saloon bar.

In 1935 the race was moved to Akron because of its central location and hilly terrain. An accident in 1935 captured the public’s interest, and boosted the event’s profile. A car went off the track and struck NBC’s top commentator and sportscaster Graham McNamee while he was broadcasting live on the air. Despite a concussion and other injuries (which would necessitate a two-week hospital stay), McNamee described the collision to his listeners and finished his broadcast.

In 1936, Akron civic leaders recognized the need for a permanent track site for the youth racing classic and, through the efforts of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Derby Downs became a reality.

In 1946, the town of Mission, British Columbia acquired the rights to the Western Canada Soapbox Derby Championships and the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce, previously named the Mission City & District Board of Trade, organized the event annually until 1973.

During the All American Soapbox Derby’s heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, when Chevrolet was a sponsor and famous TV and movie stars made guest appearances, as many as 70,000 people would gather in August to eat snow cones and cheer hundreds of youthful racer/builders (boys only in early years) ages 11–15 who were the champions of local races around the nation and from several foreign countries. In 1947, actor James Stewart was appearing in the Broadway play Harvey; in order to attend the event, he cancelled a weekend’s worth of performances and refunds were issued to ticketholders. At its peak, the Derby was one of the top 5 sporting events in terms of attendance.

Starting in 1993, the All-American Soap Box derby began the Rally World Championship. The Rally derby, works on a grand prix style of race where each district, 10 in all, send back a number of champions based on number of racers and races in each district.

Today there are broader categories that extend the age range to younger racers and permit adults to assist in construction. This is especially helpful for younger children who cannot use power tools, as well as to provide an outlet for adults.

Using standardized wheels with precision ball bearings, modern gravity-powered racers start at a ramp on top of a hill, attaining speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. Rally races and qualifying races in cities around the world use advanced timing systems that measure the time difference between the competing cars to the thousandth of a second to determine the winner of a heat. Each heat of a race lasts less than 30 seconds. Most races are double elimination races where a racer that loses a heat can work their way through the Challenger’s Bracket in an attempt to win the overall race. The annual World Championship race in Akron, however, is a single elimination race which uses overhead photography, triggered by a timing system, to determine the winner of each heat. Approximately 500 racers compete in 2 or 3 car heats to determine a World Champion in each divisions.

There are three racing divisions in most locals and at the All-American competition. The Stock division is designed to give the first-time builder a learning experience. Boys and girls, 7 through 13 compete in simplified cars built from kits purchased from the All-American. These kits assist the Derby novice by providing a step-by-step layout for construction of a basic lean forward style car. The Super Stock Car division, ages 10 through 17, gives the competitor an opportunity to expand their knowledge and build a more advanced model. Both of these beginner levels make use of kits and shells available from the All-American. These entry levels of racing are popular in race communities across the country, as youngsters are exposed to the Derby program for the first time.

The Masters division offers boys and girls, 10 through 17, an advanced class of racer to try their creativity and design skills in. Masters entrants may purchase a Scottie Masters Kit with a fiberglass body from the All-American Soap Box Derby.

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MEET FOREST , FOREST GUMP!

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In photo: Meet Forest, Forest Gump. Forest is from Brazil, via St Joe Missouri along with his best buddy John. Chris is from Tri Beca….you can take the guy out of New York but not the New York out of the guy! They are visiting along Hutchinson Island, “Chick Magnet”.

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THANK YOU MR CORBIN!

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Stuart — The Wanda H. Yarboro Performing Arts Center was the place to be last evening if you are a Ron Corbin Fan. Ron Corbin is the OPUS (Outstanding People United to Sing) Director at Martin County High School and has been for over the past 3 decades.

The annual Spring concert this year has a completely different meaning to many of the those who attended the SRO performance at Martin County High School.

On the heals of an extremely successful outing at the World Strides Heritage Music Festival Competition two weeks ago where the OPUS Choir won just about every award possible, as usual, this performance was special because it would be the last time Mr. Corbin would be conducting his famed OPUS.

Corbin and the chorus have earned such achievements as perfect scores at a national choral competitions, a triumph accomplished by only four other schools in 30 years. They also have been invited to perform at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral and to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park before a Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees baseball game.

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2014 Class 17 Martin Youth Leadership Graduates 36

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Palm City – Martin Youth Leadership held their annual graduation lunch at Martin Downs Golf Club today with insightful address by Judge Levin leading off the program.

Martin Youth LEADERship is an exciting, education program designed for sophomores and juniors from local high schools to learn about the diversity and complexities of our community, while developing their leadership skills. This is accomplished through participation in a nine-month, structured, experiential program that meets one day each month.

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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U.S. CHAMBER TO RECOGNIZES CONGRESSMAN PATRICK MURPHY

WITH ‘SPIRIT OF ENTERPRISE’ AWARD

AT COUNCIL OF MARTIN COUNTY CHAMBERS LUNCHEON

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In photo: Congressman Patrick Murphy and Moore Hallmark, U. S. Chamber of Commerce SE Region

Palm City — Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) was joined by Moore Hallmark, Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Southeast Region, who recognized Congressman Murphy with the U.S. Chamber’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award for his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress. Murphy is one of only seven Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and one of only two in the freshman class, to receive this prestigious award. ​Both Murphy and Hallmark will be discussing their shared commitment to common-sense, pro-growth policies to boost job creation and our economy at the quarterly lunch event hosted by the Martin County Council of Chambers.

Today’s luncheon was sponsored by The Firefly Group. The Firefly Group provides public relations, marketing communications, community outreach and strategic planning services to businesses, non profit organizations and government agencies. We work closely with our clients to understand their short and long term needs. We spend time getting to know our client’s business, projects and services. And then we plan strategically so we can deliver successful outcomes for them.

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Stuart Celebrates Centennial, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY STUART”

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STUART — The public is invited to celebrate the City of Stuart’s 100th Birthday at a series of community events on Saturday, May 10. Activities will include a pancake breakfast, parade, and birthday party in Memorial Park.

The day will kick off with a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at Kiwanis Park from 7-10 a.m. The fundraiser breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children 6-18. Kids under three are free.

The official Centennial Parade kicks off on East Ocean Boulevard at High School Avenue at 10 a.m. Local dignitaries, city employees, and businesses will be joined by a procession of vintage automobiles commemorating the city’s 100-year history. Local historian and retired columnist Joe Crankshaw will be Grand Marshall.

The parade concludes at Memorial Park with a daylong festival from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The FREE family fun day includes pony rides, bounce houses, a lumberjack show and more. Live music will be provided by the Stuart Community Band, Stuart Middle School Jazz Band, the Rowdy Roosters (Dixieland), the Surfin Rascals (Classic Rock, Beach Boys, Buffet, and Southern Rock), and the Bushwood Band (Reggae).

Food and drinks will be available for sale – and of course, there will be free birthday cake for everyone.

The day of festivities conclude a weeklong celebration of the city’s centennial, including a dinner dance on May 3 and an official ceremony and time capsule dedication May 7.

Organizations throughout the community have collaborated with the city on the centennial presenting commemorative events and activities throughout the year including a centennial themed Stuart Christmas Parade, special editions of Stuart Magazine and The Stuart News, speeches and lectures by Stuart Heritage, and the recent Century in Review with the Women’s Club of Stuart and Stuart Heritage.

The official Centennial events are made possible through the support of Centennial sponsors Seacoast National Bank; Stuart Magazine; Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers; the Martin County Tourism Development Council; Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC; Nickerson & Company; KaleidoMinds Marketing; Stuart Lodge; Tom Campenni; Martin Health System; Crary Buchanan; Tara Biek Creative; Stuart Parades; Littman Sherlock & Heims PA; Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC; CAPTEC Engineering; the Downtown Business Association of Stuart; Stuart Main Street; FP Ann Corwell; Kevin Edwards and Patricia Northcutt.

The City of Stuart is a coastal community of approximately 16,000 on the east coast of Florida. The local economy focuses on trade and services with a stable population base that includes approximately 30 percent retirees. The city’s utility services provide water treatment, distribution, collection, wastewater treatment, and disposal to the 6.8 square-mile city as well as some unincorporated parts of Martin County.

The city is directed by the Board of Commissioners, which meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 5:30 in the City Hall Chambers at 121 SW Flagler Ave.e, Stuart. For more information, please visit www.cityofstuart.com.

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City of Stuart Centennial Dedicates Time Capsule

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Stuart — On Wednesday the city of Stuart Celebrated its 100th birthday with an official observance of the 100th anniversary of the city’s incorporation. The one hour celebration included a proclamaions made in Talahassee by the Florida Hose of Representatives, the dedication of a centennial time capsule. Speakers Joan Jefferson, former Mayor of Stuart, Attor­ney Jean Laws-Scott, and current Mayor, Troy McDonald, addressed the city’s Past, Present and Future. Other high­lights included a performance by the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center Children’s Choir and the dedication of the first of ten historic art markers created by Stuart Main Street in honor of the centennial.
A suprise announcement was made by The Bahamas Consul General, making Stuart a sister city of Hopetown, Abaco in the Bahamas
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Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch Benefits From Fundraiser

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Port Salerno — Palm Tree Auto Sales 3d Annual “Cars for Kids” Event and Paradise Tire & Service’s “Change Oil, Change Lives” fundraiser all benefiting the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. This year Palm Tree Auto Sales donated another vehicle to the Youth Ranches and Paradise Tire & Service donated all of the proceeds from its oil change sales on May 2.

The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. is a non-profit residential child and family services organization founded by The Florida Sheriffs Association in 1957. FSYR, Inc.’s mission is to prevent juvenile delinquency and develop strong, lawful, resilient and productive citizens who will make a positive contribution to their communities for years to come.

In 1957, the Florida Sheriffs Association founded the first Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch. With $5,000 and 140 acres (0.57 km2) of donated land on the banks of the Suwannee River, the Ranch aimed to act as a home for needy, neglected and unwanted boys.Though the project struggled to stay afloat in its first few years of operation, the Boys Ranch developed into a popular and highly successful program. In 1971, ground was broken for a sister program to the Boys Ranch – the Girls Villa, followed by a third Youth Ranch in 1975.

In 1977, the Boys Ranch, Girls Villa and a third Youth Ranch merged into one legal entity known as the Florida Sheriffs Youth Fund. In 1986, the Youth Fund underwent another title transformation as it legally changed its name to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. The program now consists of six sites throughout the state, and operates independently from the Florida Sheriffs Association, though the Sheriffs remain key supporters. Since its founding, the FSYR, Inc. has served more than 100,000 boys and girls and their families.

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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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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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