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Calvin Tournquist Announces Run For Commission Seat at

Palm City Chamber August Breakfast

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In photo: Local entrepreneur Calvin Tournquist announces his intention to run for District 3 County Commission seat currently held by Commissioner Ann Scott

Palm City — Embrace Florida as it’s meant to be…in a place known for its elegant, yet unpretentious lifestyle. A sanctuary where tropical breezes and vibrant sunsets are part of the daily routine.

A private community, Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club provides all the amenities you’d expect from a luxury country club in a neighborhood with only 302 residences, nestled among 600 acres of lush, natural preserve areas.

Enjoy your golf game amidst the stunning landscape. Set sail from the calm waters of our naturally protected yacht basin to the Atlantic Ocean. Or challenge your hand on our impeccably maintained Har-Tru® tennis courts.

Experience a lifestyle you thought no longer existed in Florida. We invite you to discover what makes Piper’s Landing so special to those who live and play here.

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

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

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Where Martin County Stands in the Fight

Against All Aboard Florida

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On August 4, 2015, hours before the Florida Development Financial Corporation’s decision to issue the tax free bonds regarding the All Aboard Florida (AAF) passenger rail project, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). However, Martin County believes the claim that the document is “final” is not actually true in several respects and needs public examination.

The FEIS is part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process which requires that federal agencies assess the environmental, social and economic impacts of a proposed action or project like AAF. It is supposed to be a final, full disclosure document that details the process through which a transportation project was developed, including full consideration of a range of alternative routes

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28th Annual Dancin’ In the Streets Back In the Streets

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In photo: Two of the five stages at this years Dancin’

Stuart – “Dancin’ In the Streets”, one of the Treasure Coast’s largest music festivals and a favorite event attended by thou¬sands of music lovers every year. This year’s block party featured 21 bands on five stage areas, the “Up A Coming” Stage, featuring new talent, the “Riverwalk” Stage which featured tropical reggae and “get-on-your-feet-and-dance” jazz, the “Colorado” Stage, the “Osceola” Stage, and finally the “Arcade” stage.

New this year at the Lyric Theatre Taylor Dayne did two performances twice once in the early afternoon and an evening performance.

Taylor Dayne, is an American pop and freestyle music singer-songwriter and actress. In late 1987, she scored her first major hit when her debut single “Tell It to My Heart” reached No. 7 on the Hot 100. She then went on to have a string of hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the No. 1 Billboard hit “Love Will Lead You Back”. Overall, she has had eighteen individual hit songs reach the top ten in Billboard magazine. These include most recently, the 2011 American and international hit “Floor on Fire” and the 2008 song “Beautiful”, which reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. She has also topped the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart three times.

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2015 Dancing With Stars Participant Stacy Heatherington

Hosts Pre-event Event

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Stuart — Craig’s Studio was the location Friday evening for one of the highlights of the Summer season. Craig’s Dance Studio is proud to support Martin County Healthy Start Coalition’s 5th Annual 2015 DANCING WITH THE MARTIN STARS by donating studio time to these “stars” and their instructors… and this evenings pre-event event.

Stacey Heatherington hosted a fashion and Jewelry show not only to raise additional funds for the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition but also to raise awareness for the event coming on September 12th at the Lyric Theater.

The highlight fashion show was a swimwear collection from Suit Yourself Swimwear and the Jewelry portion of the show was presented by Premier Design Jewelry. Premier Design Jewelry has got your style—from classic wardrobe staples to the latest must-have trends! Premier jewelry is designed to be high in fashion, rich in details and easy on your budget. There’s a lot to love too—almost 500 pieces in all! Suit Yourself Swimwear brings you the largest selection of bikini, tankini, and skirtkini separates, one-piece suits and swim dresses with coordinating cover-ups and accessories. They have it all! From an “Itsy Bitsy” Brazilian bikini to a full coverage suit for the “Rubenesque figure” ranging in sizes from XS thru 24W! They also have a vast selection of styles and swimsuit lines to suit every age and body type.

If you’ve ever imagined yourself center stage dancing up a storm in front of a live audience, here’s your chance to fulfill that dream – and help babies in Martin County in the process! Martin County Healthy Start Coalition (Healthy Start) created the successful Dancing with the Martin Stars event four years ago, and since then, nearly $325,000 has been raised to ensure all babies in Martin County are born healthy. Key to the event’s notable success are the community participants who are courageous enough to slip on their dancing shoes and compete in the star-studded event which will take place on September 12, 2015 at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart.

This signature fundraiser for Healthy Start pairs well-known members of the community with professional dance instructors who train with them on a dance routine that will be performed in front of a sold-out crowd at the Lyric Theatre. The winner of the dance competition is determined through a combination of performance and fundraising ability.

“If you have the talent and charisma to be on stage as one of our star dancers and believe that every baby in Martin County should be born healthy, we hope you will apply to join the cast of Dancing with the Martin Stars,” said Scott Berry, Executive Director of Healthy Start. This year may be too late but come to the event in September and apply for next year.

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Hard at Work on Molly’s Healing Fountain

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In photo: (l to r) Marney McKee Molly’s House Operations Manger, Michelle Anderson Port St. Lucie High School and Flavia Villa Monte Jensen Beach High School

STUART, FL – For Jensen Beach resident Ellen Duffy, watching Kathie Lee and Hoda on the TODAY Show was one of the many things helping her cope during breast cancer treatments.

At a breast cancer support group meeting, Duffy and others were invited to paint tiles expressing what makes them happy during a hardship in their life. The tiles are a part of the Molly’s House Healing Fountain project put on by Jensen Beach High School teacher Tracy Canada and her students of the National Art Honor Society.

Duffy chose to create a wine bottle-shaped tile in honor of Kathie Lee and Hoda.

Ellen Duffy submitted her story and was chosen as the Fan of the Week, a special segment done by the two TODAY Show hosts.

They featured Duffy’s tiles during the segment.

Canada and her students visited various medical support groups and rehab facilities getting the help of creative minds to make over 2,000 tiles.

Thanks to volunteers and our supportive community, the Serenity Garden is already a great addition to Molly’s House. The fountain will bring a soothing sound, color, and a bit of whimsy to the garden.

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The Healing Fountain is funded by the Education Foundation of Martin County and private donors. Special thanks to the current and former students of Jensen Beach High School for continuing their work on the project which is expected to be completed this year.

Molly’s House is a 501(c)3 hospital hospitality house that offers affordable, temporary accommodations for adult and children patients and their families receiving medical care on the

Treasure Coast. The House services Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Okeechobee and Indian River Counties. The Victorian style house features 14 bedrooms with private baths, a living room, two kitchens, a laundry facility, a chapel, a library and outside areas for relaxing. Molly’s House has been keeping families together since 1996 providing a home-away-from-home for more than 17,000 individuals. For more information about Molly’s House, call 772.223.6659 or visit http://www.MollysHouse.org.

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Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 Babe Ruth 16U World Series

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Jensen Beach — Indian Riverside Park was the perfect setting to introduce the 19 teams competing in this year’s 16U World Series.

Luckily the storm clouds skirted around the event and allowed the athletes and families to enjoy a beautiful evening on the water.

The girls danced the night away at their very own luau – TCAA style!

Jensen Beach White is two wins from reaching the championship finals of the 16U softball division of the Babe Ruth League World Series at Jensen Beach.

Five players had at least two hits apiece Monday as Jensen Beach White defeated Aftershock (Texas) 12-6 to reach the semifinals of the winners’ bracket.

Krista Hoyt had three hits and three RBIs, and Lily Guerin had three hits and one RBI for Jensen Beach White, which has outscored opponents 53-9 in five games. Madison Ballash, Troiana Test and Carina Fowler had two hits apiece. Seven players had at least one RBI.

Caitlyn Comer scattered six hits and struck out four.

Jensen Beach White plays the Kinnelon Colts from New Jersey at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, with the winner moving into the winners’ bracket final at 7 p.m.

The tournament continues through Wednesday.

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Dee-Stefano’s at Martin Downs Country Club 

Palm City Chamber of Commerce Hosts

Third Quarter Council Of Chambers of Commerce

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In photo: Florida CEO Jeff Atwater fields questions from Chamber members

Palm City – Florida competes globally to bring jobs to the state from companies that have other location options. Economic incentives are designed to address various business needs in a competitive environment. A competitive economic development project is one in which a business has identified multiple locations that can meet its needs. Incentives may be used to reduce costs associated with a site, facility, or equipment and can help facilitate the location or expansion of businesses in Florida. They are designed to promote job creation, job retention, and capital investment in Florida.

Dee-Stefano’s is a quaint local family restaurant serving NY style Italian food owned and Operated by Dee & Steve Woods. Originally from Brooklyn, New York they first moved to Coral Springs, Florida in 1989 and then migrated to the Treasure Coast in 1998. Dee was a typical Italian homemaker who loved to cook and serve to family and friends, Steve was an Engineer and neither was ever in the restaurant business before.

They bought an existing pizzeria in the summer of 1999 changed the name to Dee-Stefano’s converting over the menu to Dee’s own family recipes.

The Council represents the five chambers of commerce which operate in Martin County, who share common goals to continuously promote and improve the business environment by providing networking, advocacy and educational opportunities.

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Attorney Asks Judge to Order Psychiatric

Evaluation of Former Partner

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STUART, Florida, (Aug. 6, 2015) – A hearing on trial attorney Thomas P. Schmitt’s motion seeking to regain access to his Stuart law office has been set for 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, before Circuit Judge Lisa Small in West Palm Beach.

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Eagle Marsh Golf Club Hosts July “Women’s Power Lunch”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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‘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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Martin Grade Now Florida’s 25th Scenic Highway!

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Martin County — Just half an hour west of Stuart, Florida, is an amazingly beautiful road that time seems to have forgotten.

As a Florida Scenic Highway, The Grade is governed by a Corridor Management Plan that creates a framework for protecting the trees for generations to come.

This historic, 12-mile road is shaded by a canopy of hundred-year-old oaks and is surrounded by pastures, groves, swamps, and woods just as it was when it was carved out of the wilderness by the region’s earliest settlers.

A drive across the Martin Grade is a drive through the beauty of Old Florida – through land that time seems to have forgotten. To the east lie barrier islands, rich lagoons, and flowing rivers that characterize Florida’s Atlantic Coast. To the west lies Lake Okeechobee, the second largest fresh water lake in the United States. In between, are the Allapattah Flats, remnants of the impenetrable sloughs and wet prairies that once made up the Alpatiokee Swamp in the northern Everglades.

Although the land along the Grade has been altered by more than a century of human use, much of it has been targeted for public acquisition and protection. The remainder is being used just as it was used 100 years ago – for cattle grazing and citrus. Time on the Martin Grade once seemed to be standing still, and now seems to be going backward.

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The Grade takes you to the 22,000-acre Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area, which is open to the public year-round. Recreational opportunities include hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, primitive camping, hunting. fishing and wildlife viewing. Visitors may hike or bike on the five mile long trail system leading to an open marsh popular with wading birds. There are separate trails for equestrians as well as a 150-acre riding area.

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What Are Those little Guys

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Tiger Shore– Hutchinson Island — Stuart– I went strolling on the beach one day… today as a matter of fact and what did I see, an Atlantic Black Sea Hare.

What is that you say, well look at the photo above and it will give you some idea.

With 18 hours of Biology on my school resume my guess was some kind of Leach. Then I saw the ink, the color of transmission fluid and I immediately decided it was part of the Mollusk family.

Since the Florida Oceanographic Society was simply down the street why not ask Mark Perry.

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Consensus and Progress Reached On St. Lucie Inlet

Management Plan, Dredging and Beach Renourishment

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Today, Martin County and the Town of Jupiter Island made significant progress toward achieving a long term management agreement for the St. Lucie Inlet. County Commissioners approved a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the County and the Town of Jupiter Island, taking a first step relating to a cooperative plan for managing the valuable Inlet sand. In this initial collaboration, the County will contribute $6.275 million to a Town project delivering 500,000 cubic yards of sand to be placed on the beaches of Jupiter Island. That will be added to the 1 million cubic yards of sand the Town will be transferring to its beaches.

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“Bud” Spillane Oct. 29, 1934 – July 18, 2015

Out2News “Education Advisory Board” Member Dies

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Robert Richard “Bud Spillane Oct. 29, 1934 – July 18, 2015 Robert R. Spillane, who helped revive Boston’s troubled schools as superintendent in the 1980s and went on to become one of the nation’s leading education innovators as head of a large suburban district outside Washington, died on Saturday in Boston. He was 80.

His wife, Geraldine Spillane, said he died from complications of pulmonary disease while being treated at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Over a long career, Dr. Spillane was superintendent of five school districts, including Glassboro, N.J.; Roosevelt, on Long Island; and New Rochelle, N.Y. He was also a state deputy education commissioner for New York and a runner-up for chancellor of the New York City schools in 1989. (Joseph A. Fernandez, of Miami-Dade County, got the job.)

As superintendent of schools in Fairfax County, Va., just outside the nation’s capital, Dr. Spillane received wide attention for pushing for merit pay for teachers, longer school days for children and more rigorous standards for both. President Ronald Reagan visited to praise his work and President Bill Clinton went shortly after Dr. Spillane’s departure to hail the district’s handling of immigrants and diversity.

Dr. Spillane in 2002 joined the Out2News “Education Advisory Board”, along with Dr.”Abe” Fishler former Superintendent Hartford Conn. and President and Co-founder NOVA S.E. University, and Dr. Robert Miles, former Superintendent South Orange Public Schools and and Director for post secondary “Educational Credentials” NOVA S.E, University

Dr. Spillane lived in Pawcatuck, Conn. Besides his wife, of 58 years, the former Geraldine Shea, he is survived by a son, Robert Jr.; three daughters, Patricia McGrath, Kathleen Orsi and Maura Francis; two brothers, Jack and Joe; and eight grandchildren.

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Adults & Teens Make Puppet Alter Egos At Cummings Library

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PALM CITY, FL – Jensen Beach puppeteers David and Susan Opasik of Duck in the Truck Puppets presented make it @ your library: Puppets!, a puppet making workshop for adults and teens on Saturday in the Donahue Community Room of the Peter & Julie Cummings Library in Palm City.

Funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., the workshop is part of the library system’s adult summer reading program.

Participants made a variety of puppets from the wide range of supplies provided. Mini-me, spiritual advisor, comic sidekick-who knew puppets could be so many things? Even if performance isn’t your goal, your puppet creation can speak for you in unexpected ways. How about a new Facebook image? Enter the totally fun world of puppets and make it happen!

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Further Developments In Martin County Versus AAF Litigation

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In April, Martin County challenged the Department of Transportation (DOT) over two specific issues regarding its $1.75 billion bond allocation to the AAF project, the largest private activity bond issuance in DOT history. On July 7, the U.S. District Court Judge permitted the Counties to obtain expedited discovery sought regarding AAF’s finances, and its claim it can fund the project if public… Click here to view the rest of the story in the “Government and Politics” section

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Stuart Attorney Responds To Former Partner’s Accusations

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STUART, Florida, (July 14, 2015) – A recent article in the Daily Business Review contained several false accusations and other inaccuracies to which I must respond in the interests of fairness and accuracy.

Though the Daily Business Review’s reporter wrote in her article that “Schmitt did not respond to requests for comment by deadline,” there is no evidence, such as an email or voicemail message, that she actually attempted to contact me.

In the article, it is reported that Lauri Goldstein claims I abruptly left my partnership in Goldstein Schmitt & Associates, but she conveniently ignores the fact that what prompted my departure was Goldstein’s refusal to agree to pay me a referral fee I was entitled to in a wrongful death case.

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MARTIN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT WARNS OF RISKS

ASSOCIATED WITH WILDFIRE SMOKE

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The Martin County Health Department is urging residents to take precautions against the wildfire smoke drifting in our region.

Wildfire smoke can cause coughing, scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, stinging eyes and runny nose. If you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse. People who have heart disease might experience chest pain, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath and fatigue.

  • Smoke may worsen symptoms for people who have pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as respiratory allergies, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the following ways: inability to breathe normally, cough with or without mucus, chest discomfort, wheezing and shortness of breath. Residents are advised to contact their doctor with any concerns.

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Dancing With The Martin Stars Cast Announced

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STUART — The Martin County Healthy Start Coalition (Healthy Start), a nonprofit organization that offers support and education to pregnant women, announced the cast of the fifth annual Dancing with the Martin Stars.

This signature fundraiser pairs well-known members of the community with professional dance instructors who will train with them on a dance routine to be performed at The Lyric Theatre on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

Women are the focus of Healthy Start with a mission of caring for them through their pregnancies and providing supportive services after they become mothers. As a special tribute to the women serve, Healthy Start’s Dancing with the Martin Stars event has chosen all women to be community dancers.

Scott Berry, executive director of Healthy Start, said, “In the five years we’ve had the event, each year the grand champion has been a woman. We thought this would be an interesting new twist and raise the stakes a bit.”

Each of the eight community stars were notified through a surprise announcement. From interrupting a luncheon, to popping in unannounced at a favorite local breakfast spot, to tracking down an unsuspecting star during a night out dancing, these “happy ambushes,” orchestrated with help from their friends, family and co-workers proved an exciting way to inspire the cast and begin the Dancing with the Martin Stars journey for them with a lot of buzz and joyful energy.

The community stars include:

Rose Durbin, a rabbi who moved to the area a year ago from New York with her husband and two daughters and now serves as the director of youth education at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens

Elizabeth Gaskin, provost for Indian River State College in Martin County who is an avid Kentucky basketball and horse racing aficionado

Janine Landolina, a commercial real estate agent at Florida Commercial Enterprises and former lead singer of the band Blane’s Not A Name

Liz McKinley, society editor of Stuart Magazine, graphic designer, and photographer who loves to cycle, inline skate, ski, boat, kayak, and travel

Kristine O’Hagan, president of O’Hagan Insurance Agency, Inc., contributor to Luminaries, and mother to two sons and is an ambassador for the Stuart Martin County Chamber

Maria Reich, who is dancing in honor of her late mother who encouraged her to participate

Kimberly Sahyoun Goncalves, CEO and founder of Signs and More, who supports local charities and events

Stacey Whitaker-Hetherington, a public relations consultant, mom and Martin County native who is passionate about all things local.

The community stars will each be paired with professional dancers including: Craig Galvin, Owner/Instructor at Craig’s Dance Studio in Stuart; Bob Murray from Blana Dance; Kevin Marone, Crystal Ballroom; professional dance instructor Marienella Tobar and dance partner Dunsleys Valladares, with help from his partner, Marienella Tobar of Marienella’s Dance Fusion; and David Cook, Yavet Diaz, Travis Stancil, and Marc Mazza from the Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio in Jupiter.

In addition to learning challenging choreography and performing on stage in front of a sold-out crowd, the community stars are also tasked with raising funds for Healthy Start.

Connect with Martin County Healthy Start on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MCHealthyStart. For more information call 772-463-2888 or visit http://www.mchealthystart.org.

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Keep Martin Beautiful Seeks Local Volunteers

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PALM CITY, Fla. – The 2015 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is right around the corner and Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is encouraging residents to join the community by taking action to help improve the quality of our beaches and waterways.

Approximately 560,000 volunteers from more than 100 nations around the world come together on a single day to participate in the waterway cleanup. Spearheaded globally by the Ocean Conservancy and coordinated locally by Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB), this year’s International Coastal Cleanup will take place on Saturday, September 19 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Martin County Public Speaks On CRS’s

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Stuart — A public workshop was held this evening at Blake Library in Stuart with preserving the CRS’s (Community Redevelopment Agency) In Martin County.

The Martin County Boeard of County Commissioners is considering reducing the funding to the local CRA’s or reducing funding to the point where they will no longer exist.

“It’s to hopefully get a direction on where they (residents) want to move and how they want to move with the Community Redevelopment Areas,” said Kevin Freeman, county employee in charge of CRA oversight.

The County Commission has discussed CRA project priorities and whether it’s spending the money on the right projects — especially when the county is faced with swelling maintenance costs, Freeman said.

The county is about $250 million short of the money it needs to work on deferred maintenance projects such as roads, parks and other facilities.

“Is it appropriate to spend money on capital projects when it should be diverted to the deferred maintenance issue that the county faces?” Freeman said.

Freeman said the County Commission could move to dissolve a CRA, divert funds to the general fund and use the money to these costs.

Money also could be diverted from a redevelopment agency when funds designated for a specific project are not used in three years, Freeman added.

A Community Redevelopment Agency is a public entity that finances redevelopment within focused areas. These areas tend to be older neighborhoods where there is a need to reverse deterioration, create jobs, revitalize the business climate, increase property values and encourage active participation and investment by citizens.

The Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was established under the guidelines of the Community Redevelopment Act (Chapter 163, part III, Florida Statutes) to carry out redevelopment and revitalization within designated communities, employing the most appropriate use of resources consistent with the public interest.

Between 2000 and 2001 the Martin County Board of County Commissioners recognized the unfulfilled potential of seven established neighborhoods within the County and designated them as Community Redevelopment Areas: Golden Gate, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Jensen beach, Old Palm City, Port Salerno and Rio. Each of the seven areas is diverse with characteristics ranging from coastal communities to rural agricultural centers. This diversity provides a wide variety of opportunities to live, work, play and invest.

Over the years the CRA has facilitated redevelopment via adequate and efficient provision of infrastructure, housing and other community services. These investments help to preserve, promote, and improve the quality of life within the seven Community Redevelopment Areas.

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STUART FIREWORKS 2015

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New Boat Count Numbers at St. Lucie River Bridge Show More Boaters

Than Accounted for in Draft Impact Report On All Aboard Florida

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In a letter to the U.S. Coast Guard e-mailed today, Martin County shares new data about the number of boats transiting the St. Lucie River at the Florida East Coast Railway Bascule Bridge in Stuart. The new data indicates there are far more boats on the waterway than those referred to in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the All Aboard Florida passenger rail project. In fact, Martin County’s data shows the number of boats counted in April 2015 are 83 percent higher than those counted in January. The DEIS uses boat counts from January, a slower month for boat travel. The DEIS was distributed by the Federal Railroad Administration in September 2014 and details environmental impacts before construction can begin on the AAF project.

“This new data is alarming, as it indicates the expected increase in bridge closures due to the AAF project is a far more serious a problem, due to the larger number of vessels transiting the River in that area,” said Martin County legal counsel Steve Ryan. Ryan represents Martin County on its All Aboard Florida litigation. “We believe this is yet another indication the DEIS is flawed, the boat counts are understated and as such, does not provide an accurate depiction of the negative impacts that AAF will have in Martin County.”

Taylor Engineering, Inc. began collecting boat data for Martin County in June 2014 and continues to collect data on the number of boats in the water at the St. Lucie River Rail Bridge. Martin County’s numbers are more than double those included in the DEIS. This means that rail delays will impact many more boaters than those estimated in the DEIS. Notable findings of the report include:

* The highest daily counts to date were in April 2015, with an average of 280.9 boats per day.

* The highest daily counts occur on Sunday, with an average daily count of 420.3 and highest actual count of 880.

The DEIS states that “peak vessel traffic season” at the St. Lucie River Bridge is in January with an average of 102 boats crossing per day from Monday to Friday, compared to about 315 boats per day on the weekend (January 2014).

In contrast, Martin County’s data shows there are far more boats in the water in the warmer months, with Sundays being the highest count days. In fact, nearly 900 boats were counted on August 31 of last year, a Sunday. Video assessment was used to count the boats.

Ryan added, “We are providing this information to the Coast Guard so they can correct the current navigation issues at the St. Lucie River Bridge. Martin County will continue collecting boat count data and will share it with the Coast Guard through August 2015.” The final environmental impact statement is expected at any time.

Martin County remains steadfast in its commitment to protecting its citizens against the negative impacts of the proposed All Aboard Florida project.

In February, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to allocate $1.4 million dollars to fight the $3 billion AAF project. Martin County’s concerns with the project relate to public safety, marine impacts, our environment, our economy, and impacts to our quality of life.

To read Martin County’s letter to the U.S. Coast Guard and the Vessel Traffic Data please visit Martin County’s website www.martin.fl.us and click on Hot Topics–>All Aboard Florida.

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“Operation 300″, 4th Annual Aaron Vaughn Memorial Frogman Swim

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

The inspiration for Operation 300 was when Special Operations Chief Aaron Vaughn, Martin County High School graduate, who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Tangi River Valley, Afghanistan on Aug. 5, 2011. The crash not only took the life of Vaughn, but also 29 others on board; most, like Vaughn, were members of the elite SEAL Team Six.

In that one incident 40 children were left without fathers, including Vaughn’s two young children: a son named Reagan, who was 2 at the time of his father’s death and a newborn daughter, Chamberlyn, who was only 2 months old. Operation 300 came out of who was going to teach Aaron’s son the things Aaron would have taught him.

The name Operation 300 was inspired by Aaron’s first tattoo: Molon Labe. The ancient Greek phrase was spoken by King Leonidas I as his Greek Army of 300 was surrounded by the 600,000-plus invading Persian Army led by Persian Emperor Xerxes I. Offered the chance to have their lives spared, Leonidas responded to Xerxes with the phrase: Molon Labe, which means “come and get them”. It is not only a phrase of defiance but it is also a phrase that symbolizes the ability of the human spirit to overcome insurmountable odds.

All expenses for camps including travel, food, activities and lodging for children of the fallen and their mothers are covered by Operation 300. They will host at least 4 camps this year benefiting approximately 100 children. Your donations will help make this possible. Their dream is to purchase a property of their own and build a permanent home for Operation 300!

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2015 “Operation 300″ Dinner Open To The Public

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Jensen Beach — The Mansion At Tuckahoe was the site for the first open “Operation 300″ Dinner, where all the beautiful people were in attendence to be seen and help raise money for a good cause.

Beginning with a great dinner from The Food Shack a live auction and raffel with a twist began in earnest.

One of the high lights was a gold frog necklace donated by local gemologist Terry Rieger from Diamonds by Terry.

The inspiration for Operation 300 was when Special Operations Chief Aaron Vaughn, Martin County High School graduate, who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Tangi River Valley, Afghanistan on Aug. 5, 2011. The crash not only took the life of Vaughn, but also 29 others on board; most, like Vaughn, were members of the elite SEAL Team Six.

In that one incident 40 children were left without fathers, including Vaughn’s two young children: a son named Reagan, who was 2 at the time of his father’s death and a newborn daughter, Chamberlyn, who was only 2 months old. Operation 300 came out of who was going to teach Aaron’s son the things Aaron would have taught him.

The name Operation 300 was inspired by Aaron’s first tattoo: Molon Labe. The ancient Greek phrase was spoken by King Leonidas I as his Greek Army of 300 was surrounded by the 600,000-plus invading Persian Army led by Persian Emperor Xerxes I. Offered the chance to have their lives spared, Leonidas responded to Xerxes with the phrase: Molon Labe, which means “come and get them”. It is not only a phrase of defiance but it is also a phrase that symbolizes the ability of the human spirit to overcome insurmountable odds.

All expenses for camps including travel, food, activities and lodging for children of the fallen and their mothers are covered by Operation 300. They will host at least 4 camps this year benefiting approximately 100 children. Your donations will help make this possible. Their dream is to purchase a property of their own and build a permanent home for Operation 300!

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IRSC RANKED 3RD TOP COLLEGE IN

STATE FOR TRADE CERTIFICATION

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Over 600 Treasure Coast residents earned trade, technical or health care certifications from Indian River State College this school year propelling IRSC to the third top spot in the state in the Florida College System for the number of graduates earning certification. Certifications are nationally recognized credentials such as Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) or Cisco computer certification that attest to an individual’s knowledge and skills.

The affordable hands-on training can be completed in a step-by-step manner to develop increasingly sophisticated skills, which students often combine with working in a related field or while preparing to launch a new career or open a business.

The automotive certificate program at IRSC gave Mario Abascal the knowledge and skills to launch his own business, Gearhead Fabrication in Stuart. The young entrepreneur works on super chargers and race cars. Geoff Paddock used his IRSC training in air conditioning as the springboard for Paddock Air Conditioning in Port St. Lucie, where he serves residential customers and property management companies.

Programs include industrial training in air conditioning, welding, automotive and manufacturing, computer science, public service and over 20 health care programs.

One of the newest programs is the Fast Track to Manufacturing, delivering customized training for manufacturing companies and seven-week boot camps for people seeking

employment. Participants earn the Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential from the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council and can earn OSHA 10 workplace safety certification.

IRSC also offers apprenticeships, with no tuition cost, in plumbing, electrical, masonry, air conditioning and culinary. Academy-based certificate programs prepare the region’s law enforcement officers and fire fighters.

The College’s over 20 health care programs stand-out as the most prolific generator of certifications and supply a pipeline of employees for Treasure Coast hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, dentists and health care facilities.

For more information, visit www.irsc.edu or call 1-866-792-4772.

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Martin County Hurricane Storm Surge Evacuation Maps Changed

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Martin County Fire Rescue’s Emergency Management Agency has changed the look of the hurricane storm surge evacuation maps for Martin County. The zones previously identified as category 1, 3, and 5 are now identified as evacuation zones AB, CD, and E. As the area most vulnerable to storm surge zone AB is depicted in red shading, the next area, zone CD is depicted in yellow, and zone E is depicted in blue shading.

The new identified zone descriptions allow officials to provide more efficient evacuation orders based on the forecasted hurricane storm surge. The map changes are effective for the 2015 hurricane season.

“It’s our goal to identify the evacuation zones so citizens can easily determine what zone they are in and when they are ordered to evacuate,” said Debra McCaughey, Martin County’s Emergency Management Director.

Citizens can visit www.martin.fl.us to view the maps, or visit Martin County public locations, such as the Courthouse, Administration Center, and libraries to view the displayed maps.

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3D Arm Team Leader Speaks At Stuart Rotary Luncheon

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Jensen Beach — Remember not too long ago (March) when Robert Downey, Jr presented a new arm to a 6 year old little guy from Orlando?

Since last summer twenty-two countries have contacted the team of engineering students at the University of Central Florida for more information of the 3D printer process making low coast prosthesys limbs a reality.

Tyler Petresky, Director of Resource Management for Limitless Solution and a sophomore majoring in computer engineering one of the leaders based at UCF spoke to members of the Stuart Rotary at the Dolphin Bar Wednesday.

Out2News.comSince then, the team has consulted on several dozen cases around the world via Skype and email. We have custom designed two hands and an arm, and in one case three team members drove straight through the night to Virginia so 7-year-old Madelyn Rebsamen could have her arm by Thanksgiving morning. They are also working on a 4.0 version of an arm with a more functional elbow to give Alex just in time for Christmas.

The busy team members often ask each other what day of the week it is and joke that sleep is “overrated.” Seeing the face of the children and their parents when the children receive an arm makes the long hours and hustle worth it, they say.

The team is now part of a League of Universities and Institutions that has pledged to share the knowledge to help their local communities. Some of the members include: Liberty University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital, University of Southern California, University of Pennsylvania, Humanitarian Prosthetists and Orthotists, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and Cleveland State University.

Meanwhile, team members at UCF continue to answer emails and troubleshoot with other volunteers – some professional, some students – across the country who have reached out for help

When the team receives an email the members first try to reach out to their partners to see if anyone is closer to the person asking for help. That’s the best-case scenario, said Tyler Petresky. If the team members can, they make the connection and move onto the next name on their list. In some cases, there is no one else and the team starts reviewing the situation and seeing what they can do and how quickly.

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Loblolly Golf Club Hosts 2015 Habitat Charity Golf Classic

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Stuart, FL April 16, 2015 – A single round of golf can helped build homes, communities and hope thanks to the Second Annual Habitat Charity Golf Classic presented by the First Tee Foundation of the Treasure Coast, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and the PGA Foundation Section on Wednesday.

The tournament will take place at the prestigious Loblolly Golf Club, in Hobe sound.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer Habitat supporters the opportunity to play at Loblolly,” said Margot Graff, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County. “With fantastic partners like the First Tee of the Treasure Coast, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and the PGA Foundation, not to mention the exclusivity that comes with the pristine Loblolly course, this has certainly been an exciting day. It was just another chance for us to showcase our affiliate and bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

Special recognition goes to tournament sponsors, The First Tee of the Treasure Coast; Roy A. Hunt Foundation, Seacoast National Bank; Seaside Bank, Hooks Construction, South Florida Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, F&D Wilberding, Inc. and Palm City Nursing.

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since its inception as a not-for-profit organization in 1986, Habitat has built 107 homes in Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno and Stuart. Learn more at HabitatMartin.org or call 772-223-9940.

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Pipers Landing Hosts Palm City Chamber Of Commerce

2015 Golf Tournament

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Palm City – Embrace Florida as it’s meant to be…in a place known for its elegant, yet unpretentious lifestyle. A sanctuary where tropical breezes and vibrant sunsets are part of the daily routine.

A private community, Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club provides all the amenities you’d expect from a luxury country club in a neighborhood with only 302 residences, nestled among 600 acres of lush, natural preserve areas.

Enjoy your golf game amidst the stunning landscape. Set sail from the calm waters of our naturally protected yacht basin to the Atlantic Ocean. Or challenge your hand on our impeccably maintained Har-Tru® tennis courts.

Experience a lifestyle you thought no longer existed in Florida. We invite you to discover what makes Piper’s Landing so special to those who live and play here.

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

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7th Annual Single Fin Showdown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Settlement Leads To Big Property Rights Victory For Florida Couple

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

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

 

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Christina Martin – Attorney

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

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

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

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

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

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

Statement by Robert Breinig

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

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

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

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US NAVY F-18 JOINS MILITARY ACTS

FEATURED AT 2015 STUART AIR SHOW

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

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

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

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

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

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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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MEET FOREST , FOREST GUMP!

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

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