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SpaceX launches Rocket
From NASA’s Historic Moon Pad 39A

 

 
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s historic moonshot pad is back in business.

A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off Sunday morning from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. It’s carrying a load of supplies for the International Space Station.

Astronauts flew to the moon from this very spot nearly a half-century ago. The pad was last used for NASA’s final shuttle mission nearly six years ago.

This is SpaceX’s first launch from Florida since a rocket explosion last summer. As an extra treat for spectators, SpaceX aims to land the booster rocket back at Cape Canaveral following liftoff. That recycling feat has been accomplished only twice before.

SpaceX is leasing the pad from NASA for 20 years. The company hopes to launch U.S. astronauts from there next year.

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT WARNS OF RISKS
ASSOCIATED WITH MARTIN COUNTY FIRES

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Martin County, FL – The Florida Department of Health is urging residents to take precautions against drifting smoke associated with … click here to read the rest of the story

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30th Annual Martin County Arts Fest

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Stuart — The Arts Council presented the 30th 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.

The Arts Council of Martin County has been a leader in the arts, since 1980! The arts and cultural programs we support inspire creativity, learning and strengthen the fabric of our community. ArtsFest is both our biggest celebration of the arts and … click here to read then rest of the story and view additional photos from this event

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Fighting Robots At the Fair

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2017 Miss Martin County Crowned

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In photo: Congratulations to Bre Creswell Our New Miss Martin County

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 58th birthday.

The Martin County Fair was … Click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photos from this event

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Meet Martin

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Stuart — This year the Martin County Fair celebrates it’s 58th birthday. Sponsored by Out2News/Out2martincounty.com when you come to the fair you can “Meet Martin”. Martin the pig has been the mascot for the fair for many of the fair’s 58 years. This is only the second year you can “Meet Martin”.

The Martin County Fair was … click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photos from this event

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MARTIN COUNTY FAIR FEBRUARY 10th – FEBRUARY 18th

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TIGERS AT THE FAIR

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Stuart — This year a new edition to the fair for your entertainment and education are the Tigers. Come to the Fair February 10 – 18th

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Palm City Chamber Of Commerce Inducts New Board Members

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In photo: Palm City 2017 Board of Directors

Palm City – Palm City Chamber of Commerce installed its 2017 Board of Directors at their February 14th installation dinner, held at … click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photos from this event

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Josphine’s Cafe & Bistro and The Shops At Harbor Bay Plaza
Hosts 2017 Women’s Club of Stuart Fashion Show

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In photo: Presenting this years models

Stuart — Sewal’s point — Each year just before Valentine’s Day the Women’s Club of Stuart celebrates the coming of spring with a fashion show for the season.

The fashion presented in the show come from the unique collection of shops at … click here to read the rest of the story

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2017 Hobe Sound Art Festival

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Hobe Sound — Hobe Sound this weekend transformed four blocks of A1A/Dixie Highway into a living, breathing, art gallery for … click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photos from this event

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Airspace, President Trump, and the Destiny of
Our St Luice River/Indian River Lagoon, SLR/IRL

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Stuart — Witham Air Field in Martin County is north, just outside of the circles….the circles that designate “No Fly Zones”during Presidient’s Trump’s return home today to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Many Palm Beachers will be flying into Witham who can’t get into Palm Beach due to … click here to read the rest of the story

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Brian Mast To Receive Army Seal

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Washington D.C. — Former United States Army soldier working as Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician, defusing bombs in Afghanistan. Congresssman Mast, while clearing a path for United States Army Rangers in Kandahar, he took a wrong step into an IED along the road. The explosion resulted in the amputation of both his legs and one of his fingers.

The Congressman stated on Trwitter; “It was an honor to spend 12yrs serving in @USArmy. I’m grateful to receive Army Seal to put up in our DC office. It’ll be displayed proudly!”

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Hooks Construction Hosts
Stuart/Martin County Chamber Networking Breakfast

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 In photo: Chamber members at January networking breakfast

Stuart — 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 …click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photos from this event

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Molly’s House Announces Annual Polo Classic March 4th

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STUART, Fla. – Molly’s House has announced the date for their much-anticipated annual Polo Classic – Sat., March 4, 2017.

The Polo Classic brings internationally known polo players to the Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee for a day of competition and fun, including … click here to read the rest of the story

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2017 Port Salerno Seafood Festival

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Port Salerno – Chilly weather disappeared to insure that more than last year’s record of 30,000 people attended one of the premiere festivals on the Treasure Coast.

For the 11th year in a row expanded acreage was needed to accommodate and … click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photos from this event

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ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR EITC? GET IT, AND GET IT RIGHT

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Fort Pierce — Workers may get a larger tax refund this year because of the EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit. But to get it, you must click here to read the rest of the story

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Martin Youth LEADERship:
Students Give Back to Hope Rural School With Mini Book Drive

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Indiantown — Three students representing this year’s Martin Youth LEADERship Program returned to Hope Rural School to deliver … click here to read the rest of the story

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Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House
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 at Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House… Click here to view additional photos from this event

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Twisted Tuna Hosts Martin County Young Professionals
Installation of Officers Luncheon

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In photos: Martin County Young Professionals 2017 Board of Directors along with Benzi Masondo, President (L to R) Oscar Maldonado, Candace Callahan, Morgan Hess, Dakota Minervini, Benzi Masondo, Stephen Hendrick, Jesica Allman, and Lis Wright, Phil DeBerard not in attendance

Stuart –The Martin County Young Professionals held their annual Installation of Officers Luncheon … Click here to read the rest of the story

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Ocean Properties Holiday Inn Hosts
Jensen Beach Chamber 2017 Installation of Officers

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In photo: 2017 Jensen Beach Officers and Advisory Board

Jensen Beach — Welcome to Florida’s Treasure Coast, renowned for its sunken Spanish ships, gorgeous, unpopulated beaches and … Click here to view additional photos from this event

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Martin Youth LEADERship Goes Into the Wild!

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Stuart — Yesterday students and mentors with the Martin Youth LEADERship (MYL) Program held their fifth session of the 2016-2017 school year. This month’s event (Environmental Day), coordinated by Kim Kanter … click here to read the rest of the story

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Hobe Sound Golf Club JUNIOR MEMBER HANNAH FOSTER
NAMED “GIRLS’ GOLFER OF THE YEAR” BY SENTINEL, POST

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In photo: Hobe Sound Golf Club Junior Golfer Hannah Foster and HSGC Head Golf Professional Tom Yeager

Hobe Sound, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2017)…Hobe Sound Golf Club Junior Golfer Hannah Foster was recently recognized as the South Florida… Click here to read the rest of the story

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115th Congress Sworn In
Congratulations Congressman Brian Mast

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PROPOSED NEW TRAFFIC LIGHT AT CONFUSION CORNER

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Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Performs
The Musical Art of the Three B’s Plus One

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Stuart — What is classical music? Music that expresses life, truth, beauty, reveals facets of the human condition, inspires emotional responses, and continues to be relevant by becoming part of the history of ideas is classic or “classical” music. In a sense, its persistent relevance makes it quite contemporary.

This program by the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony highlights and explores … click here to read the rest of the story

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READING TO THE KIDS

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In photo: Mary Ellen Costa reading to the preschoolers at the Gertrude Walden Center

Stuart — The Woman’s Club of Stuart began 103 years ago, when Stuart was a new town. The club comprises women united by a dedication to community improvement through volunteer service.

Mary Ellen Costa, chair of the Education Committee of the Woman’s Club of Stuart, reads to preschoolers every week at … click here to read the rest of the story

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Stuart Named #1 “Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living

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The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is pleased to announce that Stuart has been selected as #1 in Coastal Living’s fifth-annual, top-ten list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.” This is the first time Florida has won the prestigious number one spot.

“This is a huge win for our area and with our passionate residents and dedicated ambassadors were able to edge out the competition.” said Stuart Mayor Jeff Krauskopf, who also serves on 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.

“It is a combination of characteristics that makes a place memorable and unique this just validates what we have known all along. Martin County is a very special place, and this is why we work hard to protect and preserve what we have.” said Martin County Board of Commissioner Chair Anne Scott

The final, ranked, top 10 list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” will 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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8th 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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Caulkins Water Farm At Work

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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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Matthew 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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Palm City Dolphins Defeat Stuart Bulldogs 36 – 30

In Double Overtime

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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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