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In photos: top photo  Caulkins Water Farm 3rd week of Jan., bottom photo Caukins Water farm today

Indiantown — With concerns by environmentalists over the imminent fresh water pulse releases from Lake Okeechobee it might be of interest to see ow the latest experiment is working out in western Martin County.

The experiment is the Caulkins Water Farm.

Just two (2) weeks ago Stuart martin County Youth Leadership had the opportunity to view the Caulkins Water Farm u close and personal and I am sure to many it interesting as a theory but will it really work. Today after the rains of last week and the announcement by the Army Corps that pulse releases from lake Okeechobee will be necessary

In August 2013, SFWMD approved the Water Farming Pilot Project known as “Caulkins”, located in Indiantown, Florida, a public/private partnership with Caulkins Citrus Company. The Caulkins property is uniquely located adjacent to C-44, below the Okeechobee locks, but above the S-80 discharge facility.

Since becoming operational in February 2014, this project has stored 20,000 acre-feet (and acre foot is 327,000 gallons), or 6.5 billion gallons, of water taken from the C-44 canal across its 413 acre footprint, removing this water and its pollutants, Nitrogen and Phosphorus, from the basin and reducing discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon.

Water Farming is an alternative water storage method. The “Caulkins” pilot program has proven to be a highly efficient, cost effective method of collecting, storing and “farming” water through transvaporation, percolation and evaporation. It is an alternative water storage facility that adds to, and supplements, other existing and proposed water retention, storage and diversion projects designed to reduce destructive discharges from Lake Okeechobee and local drainage.

The Caulkins Water Farm proposes to expand its existing 413 acre “pilot project”, already operating successfully on a portion of the fallow citrus groves that comprised Caulkins Citrus Company, to its entire 3300 acres. This expansion will create a large, shallow water storage facility, capable of receiving water diverted from the C-44 reducing the need to discharge, or waste the water to tide. Based on scientific monitoring, it can be estimated that approximately 70-80,000 ac-ft of water could be “harvested” from the C-44 and treated and captured within the 3000 acres available for expansion of the pilot.

The St. Lucie River Watershed Protection Plan estimated that 200,000 ac-ft of storage are needed within the basin to reduce discharge events by 90% annually. An expanded “Caulkins” satisfies almost 50% of that need.

In 2015 Army Corps of Engineers releases from Lake Okeechobee averaged 300 million gallons per day. An expanded Caulkins Water Farm could receive 100 million gallons per day, even when “full.” Because of evaporation and percolation, the water in the water farm recedes a tenth of a foot per day. That means Caulkins could reduce those damaging discharges by 30 percent. Every day.

The expansion of the Caulkins Water Farm will require twelve months of construction. This compares with multi-year or decade long lead times for construction of public projects.

As part of a Public-Private Partnership, Caulkins proposes to finance the entirety of the construction budget. Caulkins proposes that SFWMD enter into a ten year “Payment for Environmental Services” (PES) contract with Caulkins.

Water sent to the Caulkins Water Farm is not lost. The majority of the water diverted to Caulkins percolates through the sandy soil, with no constrained water table and recharges the aquifers. Further, in a low water year, the surface water stored on Caulkins can simply be released back into the C-44. This amount could be 20,000 ac-ft (6.5 billion gallons).

The Caulkins Water Farm Expansion represents a unique opportunity for water managers and environmentalists to take a bold step to reduce the damaging discharges into the St Lucie River in a Public-Private Partnership with a credible, dedicated, and willing partner.

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Treasure Coast Community Church (TC3) Apostles

Volunteer For Habitat for Humanity

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Indiantown — 10 Volunteers from Treasure Coast Community Church (TC3) began working on the new constuction site in Indiantown on Saturday. Originally work was to begin last week but due to the heavy rain work was ppstponed until today.

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is celebrating its 30th year of service to the community in 2016 and is planning a year-long campaign to both celebrate its successes and look toward future projects.

Founded in 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is an ecumenical, Christian-based organization dedicated to the premise that everyone should have a simple, decent, and affordable place to live. Since its founding, Habitat has served over 300 families through new home construction, home repair, and weatherization. Habitat has also provided support for families in need through referral, training, case management, and community outreach through partnerships with local government and other non-profit agencies.

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Molly’s House Celebrating Their 20th Birthday Hosts Stuart/Martin County Chamber Networking Breakfast

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In photo: Kevin Sharkey, Molly’s Dad, Bill West, Executive Director, Board members, staff and volunteers welcome Chamber members to February breakfast

Stuart — Molly’s House is a hospital hospitality house that provides temporary lodging for patients and their families who are in a medical crisis and receiving medical care on the Treasure Coast. Molly’s House services Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. The house has 14 bedrooms with private baths, living room, two kitchens, laundry, chapel and outside areas for relaxing. Since opening in 1996, Molly’s House is dedicated to keeping families together and has helped more than 12,000 individuals. For more information about Molly’s House, call 772.223.6659 or visit http://www.MollysHouse.org.

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

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

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

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Congressman Murphy Recognizes Service of Two Local Vets

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Stuart, FL – Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy recognized the service of 18th District residents Gunnery Sergeant Calvin Floyd USMCR (Ret.) and Staff Sergeant Nathaniel “Nate” Wells USMCR (Ret.) at a retirement ceremony being held outside the Congressman’s Stuart District Office.

In addition to speaking at the ceremony, the Congressman presented each veteran with a flag flown over the United States Capitol Building.

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Port Salerno Seafood Festival Celebrates 10th Birthday

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Port Salerno — In the mood for seafood?

The fun began on Saturday for this annual local event presented by the Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority.

“We serve the freshest seafood and locally caught fish when possible to the 40,000 plus attendees expected for this years festival. The majority of our seafood is prepared by the fishermen and their families. This is truly a family affair.” said: Edward “Butch” Olsen, Jr., president of the Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority.

This a charity event with a portion of the proceeds in the past going to:

  • The Boys & Girls Club of Martin County
  • House of Hope
  • Indiantown Education Coalition
  • Keep Martin Beautiful Coastal Cleanup
  • Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast’s TC Waterway Cleanup
  • Port Salerno Little League
  • Port Salerno Pine Rest Cemetery
  • Port Salerno United Methodist Church
  • Road to Victory Museum
  • Stuart-Sunrise Rotary Club
  • Stuart Rotary Club
  • Velocity All Stars

& a variety of school programs from elementary school to college

See you next year.

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9th Annual Bike Fest To Benefit The ARC of Martin County

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STUART— The ARC of Martin County’s 9th Annual Bike Fest is quickly shaping up to be the best-ever weekend-long fundraiser that the non-profit has rolled out.

Set for the weekend of Feb. 7-8 in Memorial Park in Stuart, it will be comprised of two separate events.

On Saturday, Feb. 7, “Rev Up in the Park” will feature the music of Roll the Stones (a Rolling Stones tribute band) and Green River (a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band), as well as food and beverages. Entry will be $10 per person, with children under 10 admitted for free.

Then on Sunday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., a day-long family-friendly celebration takes place. There will be live music by The Southern Rock Society and The Marshall Brothers Band. If you’re proud of your tattoos, you’ll want to take part in the contest sponsored by Twisted Image Tattoo Studios and see how your body art compares with that of other attendees.

Everybody loves the Bike Parade, with bikes at the north end gathering at Goldenrod Road and U.S. 1 in Jensen Beach and bikes at the south end gathering at Bridge Road and U.S. 1 in Hobe Sound. They’ll all proceed to Monterey Road and U.S. 1, from where they will proceed to East Ocean and go on to Memorial Park. What a sight to behold!

The highlight of this exciting day will be the drawing of the name of the winner of a new 2015 Toyota Tacoma, presented by Treasure Coast Toyota. Tickets are on sale at www.treasurecoastbikefest.com and cost $20 each.

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Eagle Marsh Hosts January “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 is back at  Eagle Marsh Country Club.

Eagle Marsh Enterprises gives you access to the facilities and services you need to enjoy the very best in South Florida living. Our Jensen Beach location is in the heart of Florida’s Treasure Coast, an area that offers a lifestyle that is truly among the most gratifying in the world. Eagle Marsh provides Treasure Coast residents and visitors with an outstanding golf club, excellent dining and banquet facilities, a luxury limousine service and world-class irrigation and landscaping services. We welcome you to the online home of our family of companies and hope that we will soon have the opportunity to serve you.

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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Stuart Main Street to Kicks Off Martin Arts Month

at Mornings on Main Street

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STUART, FL – January 27, 2016 – Stuart Main Street was pleased to host the popular Downtown Stuart networking breakfast, “Mornings on Main Street” at the Courthouse Cultural Thursday.

The breakfast will kicked off Martin Arts Month with updates on February’s celebration of the arts in Martin County from Martin County Commissioner, Doug Smith. Arts Council Director, Nancy Turrell who speoke about the upcoming ArtsFest. Retired Martin Arts Council Director, Mary Shaw also spoke about the role of the arts in the revitalization of Downtown Stuart.

The January breakfast is also Stuart Main Street’s annual membership meeting. A special membership raffle gave new and renewing members of Stuart Main Street an opportunity to win tickets to upcoming cultural events including ArtsFest, the Treasure Coast Fashion Show, and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra.

“Mornings on Main Street” is hosted by Stuart Main Street, a non-profit community membership organization that focuses attention on the downtown corridor and making it user friendly and fun. The FREE networking and social breakfasts are a Downtown Stuart “must attend” with real information on current topics and an opportunity to meet like-minded people with a shared concern for downtown – plus breakfast from our local businesses. This month’s breakfast is sponsored by Sailfish Realty. Coffee and a light breakfast provided by Stuart Coffee Company.

Where is Main Street?

Main Street is an organization, not a place. It’s an idea. It reflects and expands the spirit of downtown residents and businesses. It includes people who love and are inspired by Historic Downtown Stuart! It’s everywhere local business owners and residents are! Our mis­sion is simple, yet vital: to improv­e the appear­ance and eco­nomic sta­bil­ity of His­toric Down­town Stuart through historic preservation, downtown improvements and community events.

Embracing the Future While Preserving the Past

Build a brighter economic future for Downtown Stuart. Preserve Stuart’s heritage and historic attractions. Beautify the streets, businesses and public spaces downtown. Help create new partnerships between community organizations, government entities and individual citizens. Be a part of Stuart Main Street!

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR “AGAIN”

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In photos: Candidates Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, John Haddox, Caroline Barca

Martin County — The candidates are out in force. Candidates for County Commission, Tax Collector, Judge, and more. It’s only the beginning.

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RIVER ADVISORY BACTERIA LEVELS ELEVATED

AT LEIGHTON PARK AND ROOSEVELT BRIDGE

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Residents urged to avoid contact with waters in those areas

Martin County, FL – An advisory is now in effect for the waters near Leighton Park by the old Palm City Bridge and the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart. Results from samples taken yesterday show higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria in both areas under the new water quality testing criteria adopted by the Florida Department of Health.

The new water quality recommendations reflect the most current Recreational Water Quality Criteria requirements by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The new guidelines which prompt a No Swimming Advisory has been lowered from 104 or greater Enterococci CFU (colony forming unit) to 71 or greater per 100 ml of marine water.

Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution. The presence of these bacteria may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.

Potential health risks for those who ingest or come in contact with the water include upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes.

The advisory will remain in effect until results show consistent readings in the good range. The areas will be tested again on Monday, January 25.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been notified of the rise in bacteria levels for review and follow-up.

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County conducts weekly water sampling at four sites along the St. Lucie River including the Roosevelt Bridge, Sandsprit Park, Leighton Park and the Stuart Sandbar.

River and beach water sample results can be viewed at:

http://martin.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-health/beach-and-river-sampling/results/index.html

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Women’s Club of Stuart Installs New Members

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In photo: (l to r) Jo Baxter, Janie Copes, and New Members Nicole Mier, Shauna Ihle, Paula Tubbs and Robin Hall

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.

We have been providing scholarships to young women for over 50 years.

In May 2015, we provided $26,000 in scholarships to six young woman in Martin County High Schools. We were also able to give $1,000 to the Martin County 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 provided $300 to create a science program at the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, provided six newborn car seats to Mary’s Shelter, sent a local sophomore to HOBY Leadership Training at Lynn University, and gave a $1,500 donation to the family of a handicapped girl for her medical care through our Juniorettes Program. Once again, our Conservation Committee presented 100 trees to fourth graders at J.D. Parker Elementary School for planting on Arbor Day, supported the Alzheimer’s Foundation Walk and participated in the annual Stuart Christmas Parade.

Additionally, we support Council on Aging, the Veterans Hospital, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Toys for Tots, and many other worthwhile charities. The Club consists of 135 regular members including members of the Woman’s Club of Stuart Girlfriends Committee, a group of professional, philanthropic women.

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VOTE TO MAKE STUART, ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT

Stuart Recognized As One Of the Top Ten

“Happiest Seaside Towns” by Coastal Living

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The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is pleased to announce that Stuart has been selected for Coastal Living’s fifth-annual, top-ten list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.”

“We are honored to be nationally recognized for something our residents take pride in. With beautiful waterways, a charming downtown area, quaint restaurants, and so much more, we are very happy and extremely blessed to live in paradise,” said Stuart Mayor Jeff Krauskopf, who also serves on the Martin County Tourist Development Council.

Continued public relations efforts are paying off for the City of Stuart and the entire county. Last year the area was selected by Smithsonian Magazine as the #3 “Must Visit Small Town” and by House Beautiful and Country Living as the #9 “Most Beautiful Small Town.” In 2016 residents and visitors will have an opportunity to impact the ranking by voting for their favorite town in order to determine which will be named Coastal Living’s No. 1 “Happiest Seaside Town in America.”

“This is a huge win for our area, and with our passionate residents and dedicated ambassadors we have the opportunity to edge out the competition. We could not have paid for this tremendous exposure for our area! Coastal Living is one of the premier lifestyle publications and we are honored to have been selected,” said Martin County District 1 Commissioner Doug Smith, Chairman of the Martin County Tourist Development Council.

The top 10 finalists were selected by magazine editors’ assessments of each town’s “coastal vibe,” as well as factors including the number of sunny days, air quality, commute times, crime ratings, and standard of living. We all know that Stuart and Martin County deserve to be awarded the #1 spot!

The top 10 list is online at www.coastalliving.com/happytowns2016 and will be active for a three-week period of voting. The top 10 list will also be featured in the February 2016 issue of Coastal Living, on sale January 8, 2016. In addition, the top 10 towns and voting opportunity will be promoted on all Coastal Living and Martin County social media platforms.

Voting will continue until midnight, Pacific Time, January 25, 2016. We invite all residents to vote often and share the news with family and friends on social media by using the hashtag #CLHappyTown.

The final, ranked, top 10 list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” will be announced online on April 5 and will then be featured in the May 2016 print issue of Coastal Living. The ranked towns will also be featured in an online gallery on www.coastalliving.com.

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Martin Youth LEADERship Goes Into the Wild!

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Stuart — Tuesday students and mentors with the Martin Youth LEADERship (MYL) Program held their fifth session of the 2015-2016 school year.

Our host for this month’s event was Tom Kenny and the Caulking Water Farm.

In August 2013, SFWMD approved the Water Farming Pilot Project known as “Caulkins”, located in Indiantown, Florida, a public/private partnership with Caulkins Citrus Company. The Caulkins property is uniquely located adjacent to C-44, below the Okeechobee locks, but above the S-80 discharge facility.

Since becoming operational in February 2014, this project has stored 20,000 acre-feet (and acre foot is 327,000 gallons), or 6.5 billion gallons, of water taken from the C-44 canal across its 413 acre footprint, removing this water and its pollutants, Nitrogen and Phosphorus, from the basin and reducing discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon.

Water Farming is an alternative water storage method. The “Caulkins” pilot program has proven to be a highly efficient, cost effective method of collecting, storing and “farming” water through transvaporation, percolation and evaporation. It is an alternative water storage facility that adds to, and supplements, other existing and proposed water retention, storage and diversion projects designed to reduce destructive discharges from Lake Okeechobee and local drainage.

The Caulkins Water Farm proposes to expand its existing 413 acre “pilot project”, already operating successfully on a portion of the fallow citrus groves that comprised Caulkins Citrus Company, to its entire 3300 acres. This expansion will create a large, shallow water storage facility, capable of receiving water diverted from the C-44 reducing the need to discharge, or waste the water to tide. Based on scientific monitoring, it can be estimated that approximately 70-80,000 ac-ft of water could be “harvested” from the C-44 and treated and captured within the 3000 acres available for expansion of the pilot.

The St. Lucie River Watershed Protection Plan estimated that 200,000 ac-ft of storage are needed within the basin to reduce discharge events by 90% annually. An expanded “Caulkins” satisfies almost 50% of that need.

In 2015 Army Corps of Engineers releases from Lake Okeechobee averaged 300 million gallons per day. An expanded Caulkins Water Farm could receive 100 million gallons per day, even when “full.” Because of evaporation and percolation, the water in the water farm recedes a tenth of a foot per day. That means Caulkins could reduce those damaging discharges by 30 percent. Every day.

The expansion of the Caulkins Water Farm will require twelve months of construction. This compares with multi-year or decade long lead times for construction of public projects.As part of a Public-Private Partnership, Caulkins proposes to finance the entirety of the construction budget. Caulkins proposes that SFWMD enter into a ten year “Payment for Environmental Services” (PES) contract with Caulkins.

The Martin Youth LEADERship Program is for high school students, and is in its 13th year.

The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted in the program.

The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills

Students must apply, and, on average, 37 are selected to participate in this 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.

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3 County Study “Arts and Economic Impact”

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Treasure Coast — The Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Arts Council of Martin County and Art Mundo of St. Lucie County Join Americans for the Arts’ National Study of the Economic Impact of Spending by Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations and Their Audiences

In Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties, The Arts Mean Business. That is the message being delivered today by the Cultural Council of Indian River County, Arts Council of Martin County and Arts Mundo of St. Lucie County, who announced they have joined Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences.

The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education. It is the fifth study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments.

As three of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the three Treasure Coast Arts Organizations will collect their county’s detailed financial data about their local nonprofit arts and culture organizations such as theater and dance companies, museums and galleries, concerts, opera and orchestras, lectures, literary, and arts education organizations.

“Many people don’t think of nonprofit arts organizations as businesses,” said Keith Kite, Managing Partner, Kite Properties LLC, “but this study will make clear that the arts are a formidable industry in our community—employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and helping to drive tourism and economic development.”

The Cultural Council, Arts Council and Art Mundo will also collect surveys from attendees at arts events using a short, anonymous questionnaire that asks how much money they spent on items such as meals, parking and transportation, and retail shopping specifically as a result of attending the event. Previous studies have shown that the average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Those studies have also shown that on average, 32 percent of arts attendees travel from outside the county in which the arts event took place, and that those cultural tourists typically spend nearly $40 per person—generating important revenue for local businesses and demonstrating how the arts drive revenue for other businesses in the community.

The Treasure Coast Art Councils believe that “This study will show that when we support the arts in our communities we are making an investment in an industry, one that supports jobs and generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.”

According to Americans for the Arts’ most recent national study, the nonprofit arts industry generated $135.2 billion in total economic activity and supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs during 2010, resulting in $22.3 billion in federal, state, and local government revenues. The $135.2 billion total included $61.1 billion in spending by arts organizations and $74.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences on items such as meals, local transportation and overnight lodging. Complete details about the fiscal year 2010 study are available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org/economicImpact.

“Our Arts & Economic Prosperity series demonstrates that the arts are an economic and employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Leaders who care about community and economic vitality can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts. Nationally as well as locally, the arts mean business.”

Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study is supported by the Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. In addition, Americans for the arts’ local and statewide study partners are contributing both time and a cost-sharing fee support to the study. For a full list of the nearly 300 Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study partners, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/AEP5Partners.

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Maggie Baugh Headlines Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Installs of Officers

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Jensen Beach — If you weren’t at the Holiday Inn on U.S. 1 last evening you missed Maggie Baugh.

Who is Maggie Baugh you may ask, she is a talented, sassy, full of energy 15 year old country singer and overall musical stick of dynamite. This is a young lady to follow. I asked she and her mother why I am not seeing her on American Idol and they responded that auditions for the last season were last summer and she was below the qualifying age of 15 at that time.

The Jensen Beach Chamber’s Officer’s and Board Installation is held at the beginning of each year in January. The event provides a time to focus on the Chamber, celebrating our accomplishments from the previous year with event like The Pineapple Festival and Taste of Jensen. All the while looking forward to the goals and strategic direction selected by the incoming Board of Directors for the new year. Long-term members are recognized for their commitment to the Chamber. Retiring Directors are thanked and new Officers and Directors are installed.

The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce is located in downtown historic Jensen Beach. Through seminars, workshops and monthly luncheons the Chamber provides members with many opportunities to network and enhance businesses.

Jensen Beach is not only considered one of the most charming places to vacation in Florida, but our quaint community was also recently named as one of the top places to retire in the United States!

You can feel the “Old Florida” charm when you visit Jensen Beach – a unique riverfront town over a century old. Hutchinson Island beaches are natural and captivating.

With its perfect climate, natural beauty and warm hospitality, Jensen Beach and Hutchinson Island offer lots of things to do – great fishing spots, popular events, challenging golf courses, wonderful dining choices, quality lodging facilities, and unlimited shopping opportunities from a regional mall, to unique boutiques and art galleries.

From the scenic coastline of Hutchinson Island to the historic shops of Jensen Beach through the lagoons of Sewall’s Point along the tree-lined streets of Rio… this is Jensen Beach.

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Hibiscus Children’s Center “Escape to Paradise”

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Stuart — On Friday evening The Hibiscus Children’s Center Guild presented Escape to Paradise at Mariner Sands Country Club.

This island adventure had guests enjoying a gourmet dinner, fabulous casino and prizes, dancing to live music, and most importantly, supporting abused children living at the Hibiscus Shelter.

The festivities began with cocktails and then off to the Casino to put your luck to the test! Each guest will received a $100 funny-money voucher for chips and additional could be purchased throughout the evening.

All money raised from Casino and the evening will directly benefit the Hibiscus children. Your support will not only help Hibiscus continue providing a safe shelter, but also counseling, medical and educational services for abused children. Just a few of the exciting casino prizes include a huge basket of cheer, lunch with retired Major League baseball player Jim Kaat, ‘Dine Around Town’ basket full of gift cards, signed Dolphin football items, and a ‘pamper yourself’ salon basket and more!

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Treasure Coast Trade Expo Huge Success

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Port St. Lucie — What was billed as an opportunity to explode your business into 2016 was not an exaggeration. Those local Treasure Coast Business’s that participated in Saturdays Expo, got just that, a B to B explosion.

More that 70 local businesses and more than 1200 attendees had an opportunity to present their business and show what they do to best.

There were startup’s as well as long standing businesses showing at the expo as well as breakout workshops on social internet media and networking business networking in general.

If you were looking to drive your business forward and take the next step to success this was the place to do it. See you next year.

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The mission of TREASURE COAST REFERRAL NETWORK is to help members increase their business through a semi-structured, positive, and professional “word-of-mouth” environment that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals.

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“Tigers 4 Art”

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Stuart — If you were not at Martin County High School Wanda H. Yarboro Performing Arts Center Auditorium on Sunday, you really missed it.

Seventeen of Martin County’s vocal and dramatic alumni performed everything from “Les Mis” to dramatic sketches from Broadway and television.

These Martin county Alumni, many who are professional performers appearing from Boston, Broadway in New York to L.A.

The event was sponsored by O.P.U.S. and the MCHS Drama Department to raise funds to support expenses for competitions across the globe.

OPUS (“Outstanding People United to Sing”) was founded since the opening of Martin County High School in 1964. An auditioned SATB high-school choir, OPUS is the advanced, touring ensemble within the Martin County High School Choral Department. A choir of prominent acclaim, OPUS proudly represents its alma mater with poise, precision, and professionalism. Under the tenure of Ronald L. Corbin, OPUS claimed many awards in district, state, nationwide, and international competitions. The most prized of these awards was the bestowment of perfect scores from all three Worldstrides Heritage Festival judges in 2009 – only the fourth time this has been achieved in the festival’s 29 year history. OPUS has consistently been awarded superior ratings at the District and State Florida Vocal Association Music Performance Assessments. In 2014, under the direction of Ronald L. Corbin, Martin County High School’s three choral ensembles were awarded “choirs of distinction” at the state performance assessment. OPUS and the rest

of the Martin County Choral Department continues to establish standards of excellence through performing and music education.

The ensemble’s 2014-2015 season bring local performances in Stuart and Palm City, our annual Winter and Spring choral concerts, performances at Distric Music Performance Assessment, a national Worldstrides Heritage Festival competition in Chicago, Illinois during spring break, and performances at area middle schools.

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Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic raises $200,000

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Stuart — Twenty-three Celebrities Tee’d It Up for Celebrities Fore Kids 17th Annual Golf Classic on November 30, 2015 to raise $200,000 to support children with cancer or other life-altering of life-threatening illnesses and/or a parent who has cancer and has a child under the age of 18 years old.

From the moment the players arrived at Jonathan’s Landing, Old Trail, players were awed at how beautiful the course was. Volunteers ushered them to registration and then to a wonderful brunch. Players received two player gift, PeakVision Sunglasses and a dozen ProV1 golf balls.

At 11:45 a.m. players and celebrities joined together at the putting green for the $5000 putting contest. PNC Bank team member Jacob Uittenbogaard’s ticket was pulled and he got the opportunity to putt a 50’ putt for the $5,000. It was close, but the ball went right of the hole.

The scramble format started with a shot gun start at noon. The teams included one celebrity player that donated their day to help us raise funds for Treasure Coast children. Celebrities included: Laurie Rinker, Michelle McGann, Chi Chi Rodrigues, Warren Bottke, Kevin Compare, Tommy Hutton, Mike Schmidt, Tim Teufel, Bob Toski and others.

This year the tournament was co-hosted by Larry Laoretti, 1992 U.S. Senior Open Champion and Jim Kaat, a major league pitcher and three-time All Star earned the Gold Glove Award for defensive skill, a record 16 consecutive times (1962-1977).

Two hundred guests attended the tournament Kick-Off Party at The Club at Admirals Cove on November 29th. Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara attended along with many of the celebrity players and team members. Attendees strolled along rows of silent auction items as they sipped cocktails and mingled among the “Stars” such as Chi Chi Rodrigues, Tommy Hutton, Tony Jacklin, Mike Schmidt, and others that came out to raise funds for children affected by cancer or other life-altering or life-threatening illnesses.

Guests enjoyed a delicious combo dinner or steak and salmon topped off by a refreshing dessert. Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, The Club at Admirals Cove provided the perfect setting for this event.

Auctioneer Michael Izzolo raised over $50,000 during the live auction. Hurricane Hawk and the Invaders provided the jazz music during the evening as part of the 17th Annual Golf Classic .

Thank you to our sponsors Presenting Sponsor – Mr. David L. Smythe, Martin County Philanthropist;

Major Sponsors – Nearing Wealth Management of Merrill Lynch/Bank of America; Marlene K. Filer, Co-Founder Celebrities Fore Kids; Martin Health Systems; Bronze Sponsor – Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weissman, Martin County Philanthropists; Martin Funeral Home & Crematory; John & Charlene Roberts Family Foundation, Inc.; Friends of Celebrities Fore Kids – Palm City Millwork, Inc, Media Sponsors: ESPN radio; WQCS radio; Stuart Magazine; YourVoice In-Kind Sponsors: Photographer Bob Dobens, Keating Creative Graphic Designer, Southern Eagle Distributing , Tito’s Vodka and Wayne Klick – Hospitality Oasis

Live Auction donors included Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Tristan Publishing, Outrageous Tropicals, Just Gold Jewelers and Dr. Deborah Krieger.

Celebrities Fore Kids is a non-profit 501©3 organization that provides financial assistance to Treasure Coast families who have children affected by cancer and other life-altering or life-threatening illnesses and/or conditions, as well as to adults fighting cancer while caring for children 18 years of age and younger.

Celebrities Fore Kids provides funding and services in collaboration with case workers from the Robert and Carol Weissman Cancer Center at Martin Health System in Stuart, the Pediatric Oncology Support Team, Inc. (POST) at St. Mary’s Hospital, West Palm Beach, Little Treasures Program at Treasure Coast Hospice and our newest pilot program, the Children’s Pediatric Program at Martin Health System in Stuart.

For more information visit the website at www.celebritiesforekids.org or contact 772.781.7943.

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Ocean Properties Celebrates Groundbreaking

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Jensen Beach — Ever since the hurricanes of 2004, Jean and Frances citizens of Martin County have been asking; ‘When is someone going to something the old Holiday Inn on the Beach”? Today is the day that something was finally announced.

Mark Walsh and Ocean Properties will build Oceanside Resort.

1n 2005 the South Florida billionaire H. Wayne Huizenga’s empire was establishing yet another outpost on the Treasure Coast, this time at the hurricane-ravaged Holiday Inn Oceanside on Hutchinson Island.

The deal was never to happen. Due to ill health and other obsticles Huizenga Holdings decided to abandon the effort.

Then along came Mark Walsh and Ocean Properties. The son of Tom Walsh, who founded Ocean Properties in 1969 in Maine, Walsh and his brothers and sister were raised to help run one of the largest privately held hotel management and development firms in North America, with more than 100 properties under ownership.

A two story welcome area, 2 pools, meeting room facilities and a five star restaurant is planned for the property.

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S.P.A.M. Robotics Hosts Second “FIRST®” LEGO League Tournament

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STUART — S.P.A.M. Robotics held its second annual “FIRST®” LEGO League (FLL) tournament on Saturday at South Fork High School gymnasium.

Two tournaments ran side-by-side with 10 teams in one division and 12 teams in the other division. Winners from both divisions will qualify to advance to regional play.

FLL teams are made up of students in grades 4 through 8 who will come from throughout South Florida as well as from the Martin County School District elementary and middle schools.

In early fall, FLL released a Challenge which is based on a real-world scientific topic. This year’s challenge, World Class—Learning Unleashed, will redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams will teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn.

Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values.

In the FLL WORLD CLASSS Project, each team was asked to:

  • Choose a topic that they are passionate about or always wanted to learn.
  • Create an innovative solution that improves the learning experience.
  • Share their solution with others.

For more information about this year’s Challenge, see www.usfirst.org.

The Education Foundation of Martin County was instrumental in providing each elementary and middle school in the Martin County School District with the resources to sponsor a team. Three of the local schools competed last week in the “Burning for Learning” FLL qualifying tournament, also sponsored by S.P.A.M. Robotics.

S.P.A.M. Robotics is comprised of students from Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, Clark Advanced Learning Center and home schools. Each year the team designs, builds and programs a fully functional robot to compete in an athletic style event. Competitions are organized by FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a non-profit organization created by inventor Dean Kaman to motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. You can learn more about S.P.A.M. at their website, www.spamrobotics.com.

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MURPHY HAILS GROUNDBREAKING OF C-44

INDIAN RIVER LAGOON SOUTH RESERVOIR

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Stuart, FL – Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) joined Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy and other federal, state, and local officials to mark a major milestone in Everglades restoration efforts to benefit Treasure Coast waterways at a groundbreaking ceremony for the reservoir component of the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) project. With a storage capacity of 16 billion gallons, this 3,400-acre reservoir is the largest component of the C-44 Indian River Lagoon South project, which once completed will reduce harm to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon by providing water storage and treatment areas.

“Continued progress to improve water quality throughout the entire system can only be achieved through collaboration across all agencies, levels of government, and the community. So while today’s groundbreaking of this vital reservoir is a major milestone, we also know that our work is not done in the fight to protect our waterways,” said Rep. Murphy. “Together, we will see the C-44 Indian River Lagoon South project and other vital Everglades restoration efforts come to completion, providing the relief our local waterways so desperately need after being inundated by toxic discharges for decades.”

“The Obama Administration has already invested $2.2 billion in the restoration of the Everglades and today marks yet another groundbreaking on a project that will restore the most biologically diverse estuarine system‎ in the United States,” said Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. “We will save this system and preserve it for future generations.”

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Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Performs Music For The Dance

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Stuart – John Enyart, Benjamin Enyart and Thomas Servinsky each conducted music associated historically with the Dance.

Dance is one of the most basic forms of expression humans use as a release of energy and exuberance. From the earliest composers to today’s pop music, dance is at the heart of most music. This program features major compositions with ethnic dances woven into the pieces.

From the Italian Tarantella, to the Hungarian Gypsy dance, to the Viennese waltz, to the formal ballet, “Dances” illustrates the passion and beauty of this art form.

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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Jamie Herd – Tesson From Martin County High

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District 2015/16 Teacher of the Year

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Stuart, FL – The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) and the Martin County School District (MCSD) are proud to announce that Martin County High School 10th – 12th grade mathematics teacher Jamie Herd-Tesson has been named the District’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year.

The winner was announced during the Education Foundation of Martin County’s Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration on Friday, November 13, at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The event is presented by Infiniti Stuart and Audi Stuart.

Mrs. Herd-Tesson has 12 years of teaching experience all of which has taken place at Martin County High School. During her time at Martin County High School, she has had the opportunity to teach numerous math courses from Algebra 1 to Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB/BC. As the Advanced Placement Statistics teacher, she was selected to be an AP Grader and for the past two years, Mrs. Herd-Tesson has been the Advanced Placement Team Leader. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading the Advanced Placement Collaborative Team, the AP Mentoring Program, the AP Student Ambassador Program, the AP Parent Advisory Council, and organizing the AP Award Night event. She also mentors both teachers and students through different mentoring programs within the school. Amazingly, Mrs. Herd-Tesson is also the coach of the famed MCHS Tigerettes. This high caliber, award-winning, competitive dance team has earned national acclaim and performed at such venues as the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the

Orange Bowl in Miami and at Disney under the tutelage and leadership of Mrs. Herd-Tesson. She is also a graduate of Martin County High School.

This Teacher of the Year also serves as an active member of the First United Methodist Church where she volunteers each year at Vacation Bible School. She is a mentor for the Take Stock in Children program and she volunteers at local events such as the Kiwanis Community Park Build, Downtown Tree Lighting Program and the Mental Health Awareness Walk.

In her application for the Teacher of the Year award, Mrs. Herd-Tesson wrote, “Change is here! Today, we are facing a great opportunity to make the needed adjustments in education to prepare students for a successful future in a highly competitive society. Now is the time for all students, parents, teachers, administrators, and politicians to work together to improve the quality of education that our students are receiving. Everyone must come together to determine the strengths of our current education system and then devise a plan to improve its weaknesses. Students must be prepared with the skills to allow them to work towards the future that they have chosen, and it is our job as educators to make sure that they are ready to face these challenges in an ever-changing global community. Change is not our enemy but our opportunity for greatness.”

Mario Murgado, President/CEO of Infiniti Stuart and Audi Stuart, said, “It is with great pleasure that Infiniti & Audi Stuart once again support The Education Foundation of Martin County – Teacher of the Year Celebration. It is not an easy job to select a winner, because you are all winners; you are winners every day you walk into a class room and teach. Thank you for the gift of your vocation and inspiring the children of Martin County. Once again, we are proud to be intricate partners with the Martin County Teacher of the Year Celebration and we extend our sincere and heartfelt congratulations to Mrs. Herd-Tesson. ”

David Bates, president of the EFMC, said of the winner, “Our schools are one of the greatest resources in Martin County and a primary reason many of us moved here. We are thankful for the dedication and professionalism of the teachers who have made this school district one of the best in the State of Florida. Mrs. Herd-Tesson is a shining example of our best here in Martin County. We wish her all the best as she represents Martin County in the running for Florida Teacher of the Year.”

Martin County School District Superintendent Laurie Gaylord said, “Jamie Herd-Tesson is the epitome of what all educators need to be. She has shown the kind of skill, passion and dedication that exemplify the very best of the most important, most demanding and most rewarding profession there is: teaching.”

Martin County High School principal Albert Fabrizio wrote in his recommendation of Mrs. Herd-Tesson as Teacher of the Year, “She brings to life our foundational principal of helping each one of our students across his or her own individual finish line by the myriad of contributions that she makes through building the capacity of our students and faculty. In the classroom, you will observe Jamie using the most cutting-edge instructional strategies that have the greatest impact on student achievement. Her goal is always that of putting her students first while making them both college and career ready. She is an exceptional role model for our students at Martin County and one that many, I am sure, would like to emulate.”

Mrs. Herd-Tesson will now represent the Martin County School District in the competition to become the Florida Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year.

In addition to honoring the District’s 2015-16 Teacher of the Year, winners were named in the categories of Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers of the Year:

Elementary School Teacher of the Year – sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities

Melissa Fischer-Rasmussen, Port Salerno Elementary, Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Fischer-Rasmussen has been teaching for nine years, and has served Port Salerno Elementary for the last six years as an outstanding teacher in K-2 and now grade 3. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Fischer-Rasmussen serves in a leadership capacity in the areas of parent training, technology integration with laptop carts, teacher mentoring, grant writing, data-driven instruction and Balanced Literacy. She has also served as the vice president of Port Salerno’s PTO furthering her deep commitment to teacher-parent relationships.

Mrs. Fischer-Rasmussen wrote in her Teacher of the Year application, “As educators, we must commit to teaching. We must commit to literacy and all components wrapped tightly together. We must commit to mathematics because there is no new or old way, but infinite ways used to turn on the hypothetical light bulb. We must commit to dirty and splashy science, but really, the science that makes eyes go wildly big and uncontainable voices go, ‘Oooh…aaaah!’ We must commit to learning and growing. As everything changes so quickly around us, we must commit to concepts of lifelong learning – reflecting on successes and failures. True reflection is the ultimate reminder that we are all human beings capable of incredible miracles.”

Middle School Teacher of the Year – sponsored by The Education Foundation of Martin County

Julie Anne Carreiro, Hidden Oaks Middle School, 6th – 8th Grade Exceptional Student Education Teacher

Ms. Carreiro began teaching in Florida 16 years ago and has been the 6th – 8th Grade Exceptional Student Education Teacher at Hidden Oaks Middle School for the past seven years. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Carreiro coaches volleyball and girls basketball. She also writes the school sports news, organizes the annual all sports banquet and runs the concession stand when she is not actively coaching a game.

In her Teacher of the Year application, Ms. Carreiro wrote, “Every child, regardless of disability, has the potential to learn, be successful, and value themselves. It is the responsibility of teachers to set the bar high and be the means for students to not only reach the bar but to climb over it and excel. As a teacher of students with exceptionalities, who are often not only ESE, but economically disadvantaged, from a minority group, and the product of unstable home environments, I am often faced with the challenge of rebuilding students into what they can become on their way to adulthood. Reaching them makes me a better mother, a better friend, a better educator, a better person. Teaching my students and helping others teach similar students can make the future a better place. My message is quite simply, every student can learn, every student is worth it.”

High School Teacher of the Year – sponsored by Keiser University, Port Saint Lucie Jamie Herd-Tesson, Martin County High School, 10th – 12th Grade Mathematics Teacher (MCSD Teacher of the Year)

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On The Campaign Trail With Jacqui

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In photo: Jacqui Thurlow Lippich candidate for County Commission speaks to voters with Ann Kagdis City Council Chairwoman

Ocean Breeze — Soon the Town of Ocean Breeze will be the first and only city in the state of Florida fully on sewer with no septic tanks. The historic IRL town is getting completely and beautifully rebuilt.

Located on 45 acres of Intracoastal Waterway on the Treasure Coast and just a quarter mile away from downtown, Ocean Breeze Carefree Community is a sought after premier location on Jensen Beach.

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WQCS Receives Five Awards From Associated Press of Florida

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In photo: Pubic Radio station WQCS / 88.9 FM news staff members are the recipients of five awards from the Associated Press of Florida. News Director Jill Roberts, second from left, received two first place awards for a story on “The Vero Man” and on new policies for the Baker Act. Kenrick Thomas, center, is the recipient of a first place award for his interview on Fort Pierce Boy Scout Troop 772 and a second place honor for a report on the late Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston. Drew Mello, local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, received first place recognition for Newscasts Up To 5 Minutes. Honoring the news team are, from far left, Station Manager Bryan Lane and at far right, Dr. Edwin Massey, President of Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. The radio station staff was recognized by the IRSC District Board of Trustees at a recent meeting.

Public radio station WQCS / 88.9 FM is the recipient of four first place awards and one second place honor in the Radio II category from the Associated Press of Florida. An affiliate of National Public Radio and based on the Main Campus of Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, the station is… click here to read the rest of the story

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Mathew Campbell’s Honor Flight

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South Florida — The October 17th flight to DC went off without a hitch. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make it happen. 78 True American Heroes got to visit, reflect and experience the memorials built in their honor.

Very little time to rest after the October 17th flight as we now shift into gear to start to get ready for our Spring 2016 Honor Flights. Scheduled for April 2nd, and May 7th, 2016, we are looking to fill the planes up with World War II Veterans.

As the last of the Greatest Generation approach their final curtain call, we are witnesses to a tremendous loss as we embrace a precious opportunity. One WWII veteran passes away every 90 seconds. They take their stories, history and enormous bravery with them. But many are among us still. There is no earthly way we can repay the gift of freedom, but with your help we can THANK them.

Honor Flight South Florida flies veterans to Washington DC to see their memorials. These men and women sacrificed so much to preserve our freedom.

Help us honor them. Donate to the cause, the mission. Help Honor Flight South Florida Fly.

100% of ALL donations go to honoring and flying a Veteran to Washington DC. Honor Flight South Florida is blessed with a dedicated all volunteer corps dedicated to honoring ALL American Veterans.

 

 

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Meet The Lyric Theatre League

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Stuart — Next spring “The Battle of The Bands” will occur with High school and middle school students in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties who are invited to submit solo or group music videos online on YouTube between February 1st and March 18th to compete in the first part of a Battle of the Bands event. Instructions for entering the competition can be found on www.LyricTheatre.com or Lyric’s facebook page. Registration is free.

Finalists selected by community judges and people’s choice will be announced on April 1st. These finalists will compete in the second part of the Battle of the Bands by performing on stage at the Lyric Theatre in historic downtown Stuart on Saturday evening, May 7th, from 7-9 p.m. Families, friends and general public can purchase tickets to attend this event.

Winners will be selected by local judges and audience choice and will all receive prizes. First place winner will have the opportunity to be the opening act for one of the Lyric shows during the next season and to designate a scholarship for their school’s use for the arts.

The Battle of the Bands is an event spearheaded by The Lyric League to support local talented youth and to raise funds to expand The Lyric Theatre’s arts and education programs such as Artists in Residency and Children’s Discovery Series. Funds for these programs will be raised through the May 7th event sponsorships and ticket sales.

The Lyric League is an auxiliary group formed to help The Lyric Theatre with its mission of providing a home for the performing arts that entertains, educates and stimulates the growth of artistic integrity and experience for everyone.

For additional information, email or call Niki Norton, President of the Lyric Theatre League, at niki@n2archdesign.com / 772-220-4411.

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‘Godzilla El Niño’ Now Being Called

‘Strongest In Recorded History’

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Um, guys? This winter could be a disaster! But the skiing is probably going to be insane.

A new piece in the Washington Post, and the new thermographic image above, are here to scare the wits out of you today about this coming fall and winter, when it sounds like every day in California will be a #Rainpocalypse. You know how that climate guy was calling the coming El Niño, now taking shape in the Pacific, a “Godzilla El Niño” a couple weeks ago? Well now more experts are weighing in saying it’s most definitely going to get the official categorization of a “strong” event by the end of this month, and 2015 is likely to then become the warmest year on record for the planet as a whole.

That’s going to mean a lot of different things for a lot of places, including possible drought in Australia, fewer Atlantic hurricanes, and a super-warm winter back east, but here in California it could mean daily deluges, mudslides, flash floods, roads washed out, broken/flooded subway systems, you name it!

It could be just the drought-busting drenching that our parched state needs, but to journalists around the country it is already sounding like a major catastrophe before it’s even begun.

Will it be just a series of gray and rainy days from November to April the way ’97/98 was? Or will it be way, way more dramatic than that?

Historically speaking, El Niño and La Niña events tend to be at their strongest, weather-wise, from December to February. And while they mostly only last 9 to 12 months, they can go on for up two years.

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7th Annual Single Fin Showdown

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In photo: Come and join us the water is fine

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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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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