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Salute Take-Off Southeast Florida Honor Flight

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Stuart — Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. Our heroes are flown to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials.

​Funds are raised to guarantee that every WWII Veteran fly absolutely free. With your support we can turn the dream of visiting their memorial into a reality for these heroes.

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Flying Yoga Is What’s Up For

Martin Youth LEADERship

Health & Wellness Day

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Stuart — A big thanks goes out to Yoga Bliss with Chrissy Volpagel and her team of instructors, they made flying possible.

The Martin Youth LEADERship Program is for high school students, and is in its 18th year, sponsored in part by Seacoast National Bank, the parent-organization Martin LEADERship 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 May 2013, the Martin Youth LEADERship will celebrate “Graduation.” At Monarch Country Club in Palm City. 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 2010-2011 Chair, Diana Bruton at 963 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL. 34994 (772) 286-1900.

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2015 The BIG Taste

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Stuart – It’s that time of year again when you sample the culinary delights of 30 local restaurants, all in one location. The annual A Big Taste of Martin County’s Best was held once again at Memorial Park in downtown Stuart. 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 food categories that were judged included: soups, salads, breads, appetizers, entrée’s and desserts.

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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Treasure Coast Youth Symphony

Presents “Over the Top”

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Stuart — Frere Jacques, Stranger in Paradise, the Czech Airlines landing theme, and an overture from a notorious 20th century despot’s favorite opera are familiar themes and sounds in the music of the four composers whose music is featured in this stirring concert. These spellbinding works of Smetana, Borodin, Wagner, and Mahler are noted for the “responses forte” elicited from their listeners. Also included is the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony’s 2015 Concerto Competition Winner, cellist, Megan Savage, who will perform the well-loved Saint Saens Cello Concerto.

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony provides challenging experiences in orchestral and individual performance for student musicians to broaden technical skills and artistic expression, to instill professionalism, and to enhance enjoyment of their musical talents individually and for their audiences.

Members of the orchestra may choose to compete in the annual Concerto Competition. The winner of this competition has the privilege of performing his or her piece with the orchestra during the spring concert season.

Each year the orchestra awards scholarships and grants to several of its young musicians. The scholarships are used by orchestra members to continue music education during a summer music program, to enter a college level musical curriculum in the fall, to obtain private lessons from professionals, or to assist in the purchase of musical instruments.

During its 27-year history, the orchestra alumni have been selected for highly-competitive auditions to attend major conservatories and university programs. Students often opt to continue their music studies in college, in addition to other academic majors.

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and is composed of the most talented student musicians from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties. The conductors of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony are Dr. John Enyart, Ben Enyart and Thomas Servinsky. The orchestra is funded by performance proceeds, orchestra membership fees and private and corporate support.

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Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George

Star At Storybook Forest Ribbon Cutting

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Stuart — Stuart City Councilwoman Eula Clarke joined Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George during a ribbon cutting for Storybook Forest.

Storybook Forest is an exhibit of booths designed to give children the opportunity to experience their favorite stories in a whole new way.

The mission of Devereux Community Based Care is to enhance the safety, permanency and well-being for all children in Okeechobee & the Treasure Coast through a community network of family support services. Devereux- Inspiring Hope. Empowering Lives.

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Monarch Golf Club Hosts Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce

April Networking Breakfast

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In photo: Today was Elliot Paul Recognition Day representatives from some of the charities Elliott has helped over the years were gathered together to say thanks

Stuart — Thanks to our sponsor for lunch today goes to Physicians Immediate Care.  At Physicians Immediate Care they say:

We will provide our patients with a unique level of caring, sensitivity and professionalism in the delivery of medical care.

We will be guided by an ethical and moral foundation ensuring we strive to do the right thing for our patients.

We will care for our patients as we would wish to be cared for ourselves.

We provide an efficient and pleasant environment to enhance the care our patients receive.

We will work aggressively and consistently to keep your waiting period to an absolute minimum.

We will provide for you the type of healthcare you expect. Qualified, Courteous, Efficient, Professional and Compassionate.

The tradition continues at Monarch Country Club. With an atmosphere of unhurried tranquility and pristine beauty, this classically understated refuge offers an inviting backdrop to a charming way of life. In the great tradition of Southern golf courses, Arnold Palmer was given free reign to create the ideal course. Enhancing the natural beauty of Monarch is its ideal location, exceptional amenities and gracious service.

The two-story clubhouse commands a magnificent view of emerald green fairways and azure blue waterways. Its design, contemporary refinements and floor-to-ceiling glass contrast the warmth of soft colors and beautiful palms in an inviting atmosphere. A place of pride built for shared good times.

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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ROTARY CLUB OF STUART 13TH ANNUAL “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”

RECOGNITION LUNCHEON EVENT

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Jensen Beach — The Rotary Club of Stuart hosted its 13th annual “Service Above Self” recognition luncheon event on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House at noon time with WPBF 25 News, Mike Lyons as master of ceremonies, presenting the awards.

This award was established by the Rotary Club to honor Martin County’s law enforcement and fire rescue personnel who best exemplifies the Rotary Club’s motto of “Service Above Self” in their personal and professional lives.

This year’s recipients are:

Police Department – Kathleen Lannon, Youth Intervention Officer

Fire Rescue Department – Sean Eichling, Fire Medic

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary was the first service organization in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary members and about 30,000 clubs in 190 countries. For more information regarding Rotary membership, please contact Sue Zachman at 772-285-9417.

Rotary began as an idea more than 100 years ago. Today, Rotary flourishes worldwide with 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

As the world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.

Rotary’s popularity spread, and within a decade, clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York to Winnipeg, Canada. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents. The organization adopted the Rotary International name a year later.

As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving club members’ professional and social interests. Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need. The organization’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self.

Rotary of Stuart meets each Wednesday at The Dolphin Bar in Jensen Beach.

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Martin County Fire Rescue

LifeStar Aeromedical Program Celebrates Reopening

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Stuart — Martin County Fire Rescue celebrated the reopening of their aeromedical program by holding an open house event for their community partners and the public. The event included a presentation by Fire Rescue Chief Joseph Ferrara, a dedication of the aircraft featuring the Martin County Fire Rescue Honor Guard and equipment and aircraft capabilities demonstrations.

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Infiniti Of Stuart Hosts Visionary School of Arts

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Stuart — An amazing and successful event! Infiniti Stuart is a proud sponsor of Visionary School of Arts. Students are creating works of art live to be auctioned off. All benefits from the auction will be donated to VSOA.

The photos you see here are just the beginning. Wait until you see what happened later.

“Wow Thanks to Infiniti, and world class auctioneer Eliott Paul, the fundraising auction night was a wonderful success! Thank you Mario and Greg for loving the arts, loving our community and loving children! The talent of these young artists astounded everyone… and there is more to come!”

Award winning Visionary School of Arts is a place of learning, expansion, and launching for artists of all levels, ages 5 and up.

Student base has grown to over 100 with outreach programs and semester students involving widespread community shows, live painting appearances and “plein air” excursions.

Inspired by my cooperation with some avant-garde theater groups and other artists in Munich/Germany (video installations and exhibitions) I used my previous experience in a more experimental way.

Initially the medium video suited my desire to work artistically best and since 1990 I was using it to produce art-house films and design multimedia room installations.

I discovered the possibilities of computer based techniques to express my very personal creative ideas and ever since I am devoted to the so-called Digital Arts from where my Digital Paintings emerged.

Because I have a deep interest in every possibility of communication and interaction between humans and nature I am or I was moving through various creative fields like music (harmony and sound), print media (word and image), film and video (life in motion), still photography (catching and keeping that special moment) and digital paintings (very personal expressions of my inner feelings about different themes).

Today I work and live as an artist, photographer, and as an editor in Hobe Sound, Florida, USA.

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Palm City Elementary Martin County

“Book Bowl” 2015

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In photo: Congratulations Palm City Elementary School, overall Champions
Jensen Beach — Teams of students in grades 3 through 5 from Martin County elementary schools competed in the Education Foundation of Martin County’s Elementary Book Bowl 2015. The Book Bowl competition is based upon the 15 books selected by the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program, a statewide reading motivation program. Questions were posed, with each team having 45 seconds to write the answer, game-show style. Superintendent Laurie Gaylord and MCSD Board Tina McSoley took turns moderating the event.

The EFMC Elementary Book Bowl encourages students to read literature selected by the Florida Association of Media in Education. “Our students can’t wait to participate in this year’s book bowl. Student participation in the program continues to increase which means we’re reaching our goal of increasing student interest and achievement in reading. We appreciate the Education Foundation of Martin County for their unwavering support in making this opportunity happen,” says Leigh Anne Pike, Media Specialist at Palm City Elementary School and Book Bowl Co-Coordinator.

The mission of the Education Foundation of Martin County is to enrich and enhance educational opportunities for all students and teachers, in the Martin County School District, through effective fundraising efforts, positive collaborative partnerships, innovative programming, and efficient allocation of resources.

The Foundation strives to increase community involvement and financial support of the educational process, encourage effective instruction, strengthen student motivation, promote academic achievement, and create initiatives that support dedicated and creative teachers; thus, supporting excellence in education!

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Martin County Arts Fest 2015

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Stuart — The Arts Council presented the 28th Annual ArtsFest, one of the most beloved and prestigious art shows on the Treasure Coast. More than 160 talented artists from across the country lined East Ocean Boulevard in downtown Stuart on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate a weekend filled with fine arts and interactive entertainment.

In conjunction with ArtFest was “Chopped” a spin-off from the Food Network popular series as well as a green market with great vendors from fresh farm raised eggs to Gator Pasta, University of Florida that is.. Funds raised through both ArtsFest and MusicFest will support the on-going programs of the Arts Council including arts information activities, arts education programs for youth and support for artists and arts organizations.

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FUR SEASONS RESORT FOR PETS

MUTT DERBY 2015

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Stuart — Picture more than 100 dogs of all sizes and breeds racing down a track toward a finish line and you have the makings of The Fur Season’s Mutt Derby — the only event of its kind on the Treasure Coast that benefits the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

In its first seven years, the event has raised almost $60,000 and last year raised $13,350 for the HSTC.

New to the Derby this year included the Doggie Fun Zone (http://doggiefunzone.com), an entertaining multi-dimensional lure/obstacle course that is perfect for any size dog, and an opportunity to paint your pet on a mural.

The event also included a silent auction, a substantial raffle prize, pet education sessions, a swim party and pet-related vendors. The HSTC brought pets for adoption and a DJ provided music. John Moschitta, Jr. — credited in “The Guinness Book of World Records” as the World’s Fastest Talker — was there again to call the races and present the winners with their ribbons. He always brings a sense of humor, expert fundraising skills and a boundless dedication to the welfare of animals.

All proceeds from the races, the raffle and the silent auction benefit the HSTC.

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Eagle Marsh Golf Club Hosts

March “Women’s Power Lunch”

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Jensen Beach -– The Women’s Power Lunch, started by Anne Thompson Schafer, celebrating their 15th 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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7th Annual Single Fin Showdown

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Stuart — Stuart Beach was the location for the seventh annual Stuart Single Fin Showdown Surf and Skim Festival presented by Ohana Surf Shop for United Way. For the past six years, the Stuart Single Fin Showdown has produced a solid ground swell of support for United Way of Martin County and helped build awareness of the community’s most critical needs, while raising more than $30,000 to create long-lasting solutions to these issues.

The Stuart Single Fin Showdown has also raised more than $8,000 for Team Brooke, a charity created for Brooke Thabit, a member of the Ohana Surf Shop family and former Single Fin Showdown competitor who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in 2012. The accident left Thabit paralyzed from the chest down and funds raised help cover the cost of her rehabilitation.

What started in 2009 with a small group of surfers riding vintage single fin surfboards for bragging rights has now evolved into the largest, one-day surf and skim festival in Florida, attracting nearly 200 competitors and thousands of spectators annually.

“When we started we really had no idea how people would react or if anyone would sign up,” said Jordan Schwartz, contest director and owner of Ohana Surf Shop in Stuart. “The first year was small, but those who were part of it appreciated the ‘just for fun’ atmosphere that we were trying to create. It gets better each year and the best part is we continue to raise money for charity through surfing.”

What makes the Stuart Single Fin Showdown unique is that competitors must ride vintage single fin surfboards that are selected at random minutes before each heat begins. The challenge is to then ride their chosen single fin well enough and advance onto the next round of competition. At the end of the day, division champions are rewarded with a one-of-a-kind Single Fin Showdown embroidered sports coat and a prize pack loaded with surf related gear.

Although the entire event revolves around the Single Fin division, other divisions include Longboard, Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Invitational and the Skim Pro/Am. Competitors are welcome to compete in one or more divisions, but additional fees apply.

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Settlement Leads To Big Property Rights Victory For Florida Couple

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Hobe Sound, FL; March 18, 2015: Pressed by a Pacific Legal Foundation lawsuit, county regulators in Florida have agreed to settlement terms concerning the property rights of the husband and wife owners of a popular Hobe Sound restaurant. The Martin County Commission has agreed to allow Robert and Anita Breinig, owners of the Flash Beach Grille, to expand their business without facing punishing fines or any further government meddling.

Out2News.com“This settlement is great news for the Breinigs and means the threat of massive fines that county officials wanted to impose on them no longer exists,” said Atlantic Center Managing Attorney Mark Miller. “Unsuspecting property owners like Robert and Anita cannot be held to an unrecorded easement without the proper notice. The end result here is a victory for them and other Martin County citizens who own property where these unrecorded easements exist.”

 

Mark Miller – PLF managing Attorney

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Christina Martin – Attorney

The property rights controversy started when the Breinigs, after seeking a permit to expand their restaurant in mid-2013, were shocked to learn from Martin County officials that an unrecorded conservation easement existed at the back of their property. Officials determined that the Breinigs were violating the terms of a “Preserve Area Management Plan” (PAMP) on the property and consequently violating county code.

The couple was unaware that a former owner of the property had agreed to the easement terms in the mid-1990s in exchange for a county permit. The Breinigs did not know of the easement because Martin County had never bothered to record it.

Miller explained that when the Breinigs tried to get county officials to modify the easement restriction, regulators wouldn’t budge. Instead, they announced they would start imposing $1,000 daily fines virtually immediately on the Breinigs. That’s when the Breinigs turned to PLF for help. Last August, attorneys in PLF’s Atlantic Center, representing the couple free of charge, sued Martin County because under Florida law, unrecorded easements have no force.

As part of the settlement terms, Miller said the county has redrawn the conservation area to allow the restaurant’s expansion and agreed to provide $1,000 to help pay for plants and development of the new PAMP conservation area.

“Although at times the Breinigs considered pressing forward on principle, they realized that this settlement provided certainty for their future, the future of their business, the employees who count on the Flash Beach Grille for their livelihood, and their loyal customers,” Miller said.

“The Breinigs are very nice, hard-working people who you cannot help but want to succeed. PLF looks forward to seeing what comes next for them and the Flash Beach Grille.”

Statement by Robert Breinig

“Last year, Martin County threatened to ruin our dream of owning and running a restaurant on our own piece of property. We asked the County to work with us since we knew nothing of the easement when we bought the property and the County refused. That’s when PLF became involved,” Robert Breinig said. “We are thrilled that the settlement we reached with the County will allow us to operate our business how we intended, without unfair government interference in the future.

“We owe a debt of thanks to our PLF attorneys in the Atlantic Center, and to the supporters of PLF’s legal program,” Breinig added.

The case is Breinig v. Martin County. More information about the case, including a video, podcast, and a blog post is available at Pacific Legal Foundation’s website: www.pacificlegal.org.

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2015 Jensen Beach St Patrick’s Day

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Jensen Beach – There’s always plenty to do in Martin County on a Sunday afternoon. Go Out2 the Beach, go Out2 the Antique Car Show, go Out2 the Jensen Beach St Patrick’s Day Celebration, or all three.

This event was a celebration for the whole family with arts, crafts, games, wonderful Irish food, Kazoo Band, Bagpipes, Stilt-walkers, Pet Parade, and a new KID ZONE.

The event was in cooperation with The United Way of Martin County & The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums Visit Treasure Coast

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 Palm City — Dennis McKenna and the members from the Usa 911 first responders received a visit from the New York City FDNY pipe and drum band who came to Martin County in showing their respect in honoring the memorial at the peter and Julie Cummings library.

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Hundreds Attended South Florida Water Management District’s

(SFWMD) Governing Board Meeting

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Stuart — Those in attendance represented multiple groups, individuals, organizations, and counties asking that the SFWMD put on their agenda a disscussion item for purchase of the US Option Lands expiring Oct, 2015 for water to be stored, cleaned and conveyed south from Lake Okeechobee.

Although the board listened, they did not provide feedback.

The public was made to hold their hands in the air rather than clap, and told if they did clap or were disruptive they would be “removed.”

I felt the board could have been warmer to the people. Kudos to the public for exercising their right to free speech and for protecting and speaking on behalf of the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon.

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US NAVY F-18 JOINS MILITARY ACTS

FEATURED AT 2015 STUART AIR SHOW

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Martin County, Florida: The US Navy F-18 fighter jet joins the list of top military acts for the 2015 Stuart Air Show, to be held October 30 – November 1 at Martin County Airport – Witham Field.

Already confirmed to perform are the US Army Golden Knights and the US Air Force F-16. The addition of the US NAVY F-18 as a third military act to headline at the Stuart Air Show brings the military presence at this annual event to an awe-inspiring level.

Known as the “Hornet,” the F-18 has a top speed of Mach 1.8, the equivalent of 1,190 mph and is equipped to carry a variety of bombs and missiles. Two F404 turbo fan engines ensure the aircraft’s high thrust-to-weight ratio while is characteristic aerodynamic frame allows the aircraft to maneuver easily at top speeds.

The F-18 will perform on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 along with the F-16. The US Army Golden Knights will perform both Saturday and Sunday as well as at the Friday Night air show on Friday, October 30.

Tickets for the 2015 Stuart Air Show are available online at www.stuartairshow.com for a special discounted price during the month of March.

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The Yale Spizzwinks(?), Come To Martin County

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Stuart, Florida – The Education Foundation of Martin County is continuing its efforts to promote the arts and student opportunities by bringing the Yale Spizzwinks(?) to perform for and teach local students at Hidden Oaks Middle School (HOMS), Martin County High School (MCHS), and Murray Middle School (MMS) on Monday. As part of the Education Foundation’s Artist Residency program, the 17-member Spizzwinks(?) performed in concert for hundreds of HOMS, MCHS, and MMS students and conducting a master class with Martin County High School’s OPUS Choir.

The Yale Spizzwinks(?) are America’s first and oldest underclassman a Cappella group. Since 1914, they have entertained audiences around the world with their unique blend of sweet harmony and tongue-in-cheek humor. In keeping with their goal to further music in education, the Spizzwinks(?) conduct master classes for many of the schools where they perform. Master classes, can take many forms, teaching the basics of technique through vocal exercises and games, work shopping specific pieces or concepts for more advanced groups, and answering questions about college life, singing in college and touring the world.

The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit, independent, community investment organization whose mission is to provide extraordinary educational opportunities for students and educators in Martin County’s public schools through effective fundraising efforts, positive collaborative partnerships, innovative programming, and efficient allocation of resources.

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Fairgrounds Hosts Stuart/Martin County Chamber 2015 Home and Garden

Show Orchid Society Show, Biennial Flower Show and

Garden Fest and Visionary Arts Show

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Stuart — 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.

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.

New for this seasons offering he Garden Club of Stuart will present its biennial Flower Show and Garden Fest, the theme of this year’s show is “Water’s Legacy.”

The Flower Show is the Garden Club of Stuart’s gift to the community. This is a standard flower show following the requirements established by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. The Horticulture Division is open to all amateur gardeners. The Design Division is open to all active and affiliated members of the Nation Garden Clubs, Inc. The Garden Fest brings together garden-related vendors, many local, for those interested in purchasing plants and other garden-related items. Funds raised from the event are used to support various Garden Club of Stuart projects.

VISIONARY School of Arts is a fine art school of drawing, painting and more where Lynne Barletta, the founder and director of VSA, professional artist for over 35 years, began with a teaching staff of four, and 15 students to where they are today. The VISIONARY School of Arts is place of learning, expansion, and launching for artists of all levels. Everyone can be a visionary! VSA courses are taught by qualified professional artists with many years of experience, our classes take students step-by-step from drawing on the right side of the brain to exploring an amazing array of mediums with a spirit of excellence. Working from life, photos, on site, and imagination, our teachers take students on a journey of creativity that will be with them for a lifetime! Our students are winning local, national, and international awards. Classes are offered by the semester with occasional all day workshops in specific mediums. Our goal is to teach, raise up and launch those that will usher in a new renaissance in the arts!
We not only teach art, we produce shows and help students enter competitions as they grow, introducing them to the community and beyond.

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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Harbor Bay Plaza Hosts Stuart Women’s Club

“Spring Fever Fashion Show “

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Sewall’s Point — The Women’s Club of Stuart Girlfriends Committee held their annual Spring Fashion Show  at Harbor Bay plaza

The event featured members of the “Girl Friends” of the Stuart Women’s Club co-chaired by Deb Pfrogner and Janie Copes, which included wine and hors deuvers by Josephine’s Cafe, a silent auction and of course the fashion show featuring many of the Shoppes at Harbor Bay Plaza.

All Treasure Coast women ages 18+ are invited to join us at the Women’s Club of Stuart Clubhouse located at 729 East Ocean Bulevard in Downtown Stuart at 11:30 am Regular meetings are held Sept. – May the 3rd Wednesday of each month. For information on new membership go to the Stuart Women’s Club website at www. Womansclubofstuart.com. The Girlfriends committee meets every other Tuesday of the month at 12 noon; please see the club website form more information at www. Womansclubofstuart.com.

The Women’s Club of Stuart is part of a larger organization, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs District 10. Since it was founded in 1890, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs has been a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs from around the country and throughout the world. Although there is considerable diversity in the ages, interests, and experiences of GFWC club women, all are united by a dedication to community improvement through volunteer service and fundraising endeavors. With “Unity in Diversity” as its motto and a strong umbrella of programs that adapt to suit the needs of their communities, GFWC encourages the flexibility that has enabled it to expand its reach in a rapidly changing society.

The Woman’s Club of Stuart is the oldest organization in Martin County, the largest Woman’s Club in District 10 of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Florida , and the eighth largest in the State of Florida.

The Woman’s Club of Stuart is currently registered with the State of Florida as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. We have been providing scholarships to young women for over 50 years.

In May 2014, we provided $20,000 in scholarships to young woman in Martin County High Schools. We were also able to give $2,000 to the S.P.A.M. Robotics Team. In addition to our scholarships, our Benevolence Committee works with local organizations to help needy women and children. We also gave 179 trees to the conservation project at J.D. Parker High School.

Additionally, we support Council on Aging, the Veterans Hospital, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Toys for Tots, and many other worthwhile charities. The Club consists of 157 regular members including members of the Woman’s Club of Stuart Girlfriends Committee, a group of professional, philanthropic women.

To find out more about the GFWC, please visit , www.gfwc.org.

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Idea Lab Opens At Morgade Library

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Port salerno — Last evening the newest “Idea Lab” in the Martin County Library System opened at the Morgade Library.

The idea lab is your hub for technological exploration, hands-on learning, and multimedia production. We offer computer classes and one-on-one technology help, as well as access to equipment and software to help you bring your ideas to life.

There are currently two idea lab locations, one at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library in Palm City and this one at Morgade Library in Stuart. Hours for the idea lab are the same as their respective locations.

• Equipment purchased using District 4 funds.

• $25,000 has been spent on a complete space redesign focusing on tools that help residents stay on top of advances in the job market, school projects, and continuing to pursue higher education as well as creative software components that all of our residents can benefit from.

• Lab Features:

o Staff and volunteers are on-hand to offer assistance with technology including one-on-one appointments.
o Movable furniture that makes the space flexible to accommodate any type of learning and meeting environment.
o iMacs, PCs, iPads, Android tablets, iPods and other hardware are available.
o Software such as PhotoShop, Illustrator, iMovie, and GarageBand will give residents the tools needed to create original digital content.
o Learning tools such as a flight simulator and (coming soon) a driving simulator are available.

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NOTED HIGHWAYMEN ARTISTS

VISIT MARTIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

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In photo: Ray McLendon, son of famed Highwayman artist Roy McLendon

Stuart — Three noted Highwaymen artists shared a vibrant, personal look at their paintings and the history of Highwaymen art with students at Martin County High School on Wednesday. The unique Highwaymen style was born here on the Treasure Coast during the 1950’s, and has evolved into a distinct genre associated with local African-American artists.

Typically painting from the trunk of their cars along the roadsides of Fort Pierce, Highwaymen artists would depict richly hued Florida landscapes bathed in bold, dramatic color.

Visiting that day in the afternoon session were:

Original Highwayman artist Sylvester Wells, known as S.M. Wells, who has been painting for over 50 years. He has traveled from northern Alabama to the Treasure Coast, and is an inductee of the Florida Hall of Fame.

Also Lady Highwaymen artist A. J. Brown is a second generation Highwayman, and shared her art, legacy and cultural experiences with students as well.

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15″ of Rain In Palm City

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Clydesdales Come To Downtown Stuart

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New Hope Fellowship Center Hosts

Palm City Chamber “All Around The Home Expo”

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Palm City — The Palm City Chamber of Commerce held the first of their Expo’s for 2015. The initiative presented to the membership and the general public an opportunity to meet and greet local vendors servicing the “Home” at the “Around the Home Expo”.

Our mission at New Hope Fellowship is to spread the teachings of Jesus throughout the Treasure Coast and beyond.

If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Him. God made us and created us for His glory and to be loved by Him. Only through Him do we discover our true selves.

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Marriott Hosts WOMEN’S POWER LUNCH

“Straight from the Heart” Business & Health EXPO

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Stuart/Hutchinson island — It was “straight from the heart” yesterday when the Women’s Power Lunch presented a day-long expo at the Hutchinson Island Marriott in Stuart.

From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., there were panel discussions led by local experts on such topics as domestic violence, the Indian River Lagoon and tips for success.

Local authors presented their works on health and beauty and were front-and-center with a makeover salon, yoga presentation, health and wellness sessions and a “Go Red” fashion show.

Popular NewsChannel 5 anchor Kelley Dunn will be on hand to open the event which supported many worth-while charities such as The American Heart Association, and Indianriver Lagoon Projects, along with live music and entertainment, unique and many exciting vendors offering cooking demos, superb raffles and drawings and much more.

The afternoon ended with a Champagne toast at 4 p.m.

The Women’s Power Lunch, started by Anne Thompson Schafer, celebrating their 15th year of connecting powerful women in business has returned to Eagle Marsh Country Club.

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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2015 Little Miss Martin County Crowned

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In photo: Miss Florida presents Mini-Miss Martin County, Little-Miss Martin County, Junior-Miss Martin County, and Pre-Teen Martin County

This year the Martin County Fair celebrates it’s 56th birthday.

The Martin County Fair was the brainchild of Levi Johnson, Martin County’s University of Florida Extension Office Agent. The fairgrounds was originally the home of mini-car racing, and had an oval racetrack where the Midway now sits.

In 1959, Levi Johnson got together with Ed Higbee, Jim Foster , and Pat DiMinico, and started up a small carnival to go with the races. Soon after, they introduced farm animals and other components that typically make up a traditional “fair”. They’ve been here ever since, providing Family Friendly entertainment and activities.

Today the Fair is not onl;y a good time for the entire family but it is a 4-H and agricultural Fair. The mission of the Martin County Fair is to celebrate our agrarian heritage by providing a county-wide Agricultural Fair for the residents of Martin County and the surrounding area to promote agriculture, present educational exhibits, provide family entertainment, and offer competitive events for the agricultural community.

Some of the better known entertainers that have crossed our stage include Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Tyler Farr, and Florida Georgia Line.

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2015 Miss Martin County Crowned

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In photo: Congratulations to Jordan Bissette Our New Miss Martin County for 2015

Stuart — Miss Martin County is a scholarship program and this year Miss Martin county will receive a $750 scholarship toward her post-secondary education.

This year the Martin County Fair celebrates it’s 56th birthday.

The Martin County Fair was the brainchild of Levi Johnson, Martin County’s University of Florida Extension Office Agent. The fairgrounds was originally the home of mini-car racing, and had an oval racetrack where the Midway now sits.

In 1959, Levi Johnson got together with Ed Higbee, Jim Foster , and Pat DiMinico, and started up a small carnival to go with the races. Soon after, they introduced farm animals and other components that typically make up a traditional “fair”. They’ve been here ever since, providing Family Friendly entertainment and activities.

Today the Fair is not onl;y a good time for the entire family but it is a 4-H and agricultural Fair. The mission of the Martin County Fair is to celebrate our agrarian heritage by providing a county-wide Agricultural Fair for the residents of Martin County and the surrounding area to promote agriculture, present educational exhibits, provide family entertainment, and offer competitive events for the agricultural community.

Some of the better known entertainers that have crossed our stage include Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Tyler Farr, and Florida Georgia Line.

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Education Foundation Awards $50,000 for Innovative Projects

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In photo: Palm City El. School’s media center ad Mrs. Pike accept their check for $10,000

Palm City — The Education Foundation of Martin County’s PRIZE PARADE made its way across the district to surprise our grant winning teachers. A total of $50,000 was awarded to teachers for Innovative Project Grants focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) or Literacy. Congratulations! Thank you to all EFMC supporters who make these opportunities available to are hard working and creative teachers! We’d especially like to thank the Verizon Foundation, the Gordana Uscumlic Foundation, the Loblolly Community Foundation, the Kantner Foundation, and the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program supported by the Florida Legislature. For more information on how you can support these efforts, please call 772-600-8062.

The high-fives, group hugs, tears of joy, and happy dances are priceless! Grant awards range from $400 to $10,000!

The mission of the Education Foundation of Martin County is to enrich and enhance educational opportunities for all students and teachers, in the Martin County School District, through effective fundraising efforts, positive collaborative partnerships, innovative programming, and efficient allocation of resources.

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COME TO THE FAIR

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Stuart — This year the Martin County Fair running from February 13th through February 21st, celebrates it’s 56th birthday.

The Martin County Fair was the brainchild of Levi Johnson, Martin County’s University of Florida Extension Office Agent. The fairgrounds was originally the home of mini-car racing, and had an oval racetrack where the Midway now sits.

In 1959, Levi Johnson got together with Ed Higbee, Jim Foster , and Pat DiMinico, and started up a small carnival to go with the races. Soon after, they introduced farm animals and other components that typically make up a traditional “fair”. They’ve been here ever since, providing Family Friendly entertainment and activities.

Today the Fair is not onl;y a good time for the entire family but it is a 4-H and agricultural Fair. The mission of the Martin County Fair is to celebrate our agrarian heritage by providing a county-wide Agricultural Fair for the residents of Martin County and the surrounding area to promote agriculture, present educational exhibits, provide family entertainment, and offer competitive events for the agricultural community.

Some of the better known entertainers that have crossed our stage include Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Tyler Farr, and Florida Georgia Line.

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Palm City Dolphins Defeat Stuart Bulldogs 36 – 30

In Double Overtime

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By Dick Hall

Palm City –- As a little boy the idea that you could play in a game against one of your biggest your rivals in a “mud” bowl in this day and age is rare. However, that is exactly what happened on Saturday as the Pop Warner Palm City Dolphins met the Stuart Bulldogs.

Overnight the skies opened up with about 2 inches of rain and normally that would be no big deal but in this early Fall season, however, after an extremely wet summer the water did not run off the field as usual.

There was no lightening, which normally would stop a game with all this water, and the experience of a lifetime began for these little guys. These are the kind of conditions, childhood football was made for. In an age when every field is either inside or synthetic or overly manicured, the aspect providing probably the safest condition to play this evermore dangerous sport, “mud” is gone to the ages.

The photos that follow are a pictorial record of that game. Enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them and remember when you little guys over the age 65 played in games like this one..

The Palm City Dolphins participates in the Pop Warner Little Scholars Program.

Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is a non-profit organization that provides youth football and cheer & dance programs for participants in 42 states and several countries around the world. Consisting of approximately 400,000 young people ranging from ages 5 to 16 years old, PWLS is the largest youth football, cheer and dance program in the United States.

Pop Warner was founded in 1929, continues to grow and serves as the only youth football, cheerleading & dance organization that requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to participate. Pop Warner’s commitment to academics is what separates the program from other youth sports around the world.

As the only national youth sports organization that requires scholastic aptitude to participate, Pop Warner is committed to developing America’s young people on the field and off. Each year Pop Warner continues to expand its efforts in team and activity participation, as well as visibility and outreach in the community.

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NASA’s Global Selfie

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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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