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2014 Seafood FestivalHosts

Stuart/Martin County Chamber Networking Breakfast

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In photo: John Hennessee and this years Seafood Festival Promotional Mermaid welcome Chamber members to breakfast

Port Salerno — The Festival is hosted each year by The Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority, Inc., a not for profit formed July 13, 2004. The Seafood Festival had its humble beginnings as an annual fish fry at the docks in Port Salerno. In 2006, while Port Salerno was in the midst of redevelopment, a small group gathered to take the dock party to the next level in an effort to bring positive awareness of the local commercial fishing industry and support to their community.

That first Seafood Festival was a resounding success and attendance has grown steadily each year ever since. In 2013 over 50,000 attended the event, enjoying the only ‘on the waterfront’ Seafood Festival on the east coast of Florida from Fort Lauderdale to Jacksonville!

Every year we renew our commitment to the community by working with local organizations to share the proceeds of this event. In 2013, proceeds were distributed to the Port Salerno Annual Christmas Jamboree, Port Salerno Elementary, Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, Treasure Coast Waterway Pecks Lake Reef Dive Cleanup, Keep Martin Beautiful Coastal Cleanup and Martin Memorial Life Savers Foundation Gombay Bash. In 2013, we garnered support for a community food drive and donated 1,400-lbs of food to the Salvation Army of Martin County and Love & Hope in Action.

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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Eagle Marsh Golf Club Hosts

December Annual Christmas “Women’s Power Lunch” Party

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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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Four 19th Circuit Judges Honored at Reception

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In photo: (L to R) The Honorable Robert A. Hawley, Robert R. Makemson, Honorable Larry Schack, and Honorable Dwight L. Geiger

Ft. Pierce — The Bar Associations of the 19th Circuit recognized the Honorable Dwight L. Geiger, Honorable Robert R. Makemson, Honorable Robert A. Hawley, and Honorable Larry Schack for their years of service in the 19th Circuit.

They will be missed.

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Christmas Concert with Martin County High School OPUS Choir

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In photo: New O.P.U.S. Director Shane Thomas welcomes parents and attendees to this years O.P.U.S. Concert

Stuart — Led By  Mr. Shane Thomas, Outstanding People United to Sing presented their 2014 Christmas Concert at the Wanda H. Yarboro Center for the Performing Arts last evening.

Outstanding People United to Sing (OPUS) has a 30-year history of excellence under the direction of Ron Corbin. In April, the choral group sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park, Boston. OPUS has won many awards at state, national and even international levels. It is widely recognized as one of the top high school choirs in the world. In 2009 at the Heritage Festival in San Francisco, OPUS was awarded unanimous perfect scores from the adjudicators. In the entire history of the Heritage Festival, only four other choirs have earned this distinction.

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Martin County Commissioners, State Legislators and officials

Break Ground On Hybrid Wetland Project

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Palm City — State lawmakers and officials joined the Martin County Board of County Commissioners to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Bessey Creek Hybrid Wetland Treatment Technology (HWTT) project in Palm City on Wednesday. Highlighting the importance of this water quality project developed by vendor Watershed Technologies LLC. Florida Senator Joe Negron, Rich Budell, a director with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Martin County Commissioner Anne Scott spoke at the event.

The Bessey Creek HWTT project, led by Martin County’s Ecosystem Restoration and Management Division and supported by the State, is designed to clean water from this basin before it reaches the St. Lucie Estuary. This project is a great example of utilizing innovative technologies to solve water quality issues in a cost effective way.

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Business Leaders Recognized at Hobe Sound Chamber

Installation & Awards Luncheon

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Hobe Sound -– On Friday, December 12th the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce installed seventeen Directors and recognized nine members at the annual Holiday Installation & Awards Luncheon at Mariner Sands Country Club. The Chamber hosted more than 100 guests for the special luncheon sponsored by Chapman & Plymale Law, Dennis Root & Associates, Jupiter Medical Center and Metz Construction Company.

After Commissioner Anne Scott installed the 2015 Board of Directors, the Chamber巽셲 executive director Angela Hoffman and past president Charlene Oakowsky presented an awards ceremony.

The Hobe Sound Chamber congratulates the following award winners;
-Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Amber Shirk of Seacoast Bank
-Committee Chairperson of the Year Award was presented to Michael Ennis of Michael Ennis Construction for his leadership in coordinating the Christmas Parade for more than 20 years.
-Marge Cabiness was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year.
-The Small Business of the Year was awarded to Avalon Air.
-Waste Management was recognized for their innovative employee programs and safe environmental practices and was the recipient of the Large Business of the Year Award.
-Philanthropist, Barbara McLaughlin of Smart Source was honored as Sponsor of the Year.
-The Community Enhancement & Service Award was presented to Dennis Root, founder of Dennis Root Public Safety Foundation.
-The Unsung Hero Award was presented to Harry MacArthur and his Natives Helping Natives for their efforts to help families in need through the Natives Helping Natives organization.
-The coveted Pelican Award, which is a Hobe Sound Chamber tradition and honor, was presented to Mary Lopopolo of Seacoast Bank in recognition of her commitment to the Hobe Sound Community.

The Hobe Sound Chamber would like to congratulate the following 2015 Board of Directors.
Executive Committee:
President Steve Fenton, Fenton Services
Vice President Dennis Root, Dennis Root & Associates
Treasurer Jon Milton, Milton Engineering Consultants
Secretary Doug Smith, Janus Investigations
Past President Charlene Oakowsky, Oakowsky Properties
Historian Advisor Ralph Davino, Secure Storage of Martin County LLC

Board Members:
Glen Alexander, Strategic Realty
Kim Biancardi, Reelgraphics.com
Melinda Brault, Geminye Design Group
Ike Crumpler, Upstairs Communications
Michael Dooley, Illustrated Properties
Michael Ennis, Michael Ennis Construction
Bob McLean, Avalon Air, Inc.
Pete Morello, The UPS Store
Theresa Smith, Beaches Hair Studio
Kim Waser-Nash, Quit Doc Research & Education Foundation, Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County
Brandon Woodward, The Law Office of Brandon Woodward

For more information about the Hobe Sound Chamber, call 772-546-4724 or visit www.hobesound.org.

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Bathtub Reef Beach Re-opens To The Public

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Bathtub Reef Beach is once again open to the public, but remains unguarded. Martin County crews have completed their dune restoration efforts. Last week, rough surf and high winds damaged the popular beach, forcing the County to declare a state of local emergency and take protective measures to save the dune and parking lot.

To check out live weather conditions at local beaches including Bathtub Reef Beach, check out Martin County’s beach cams at: http://www.martin.fl.us/portal/page?_pageid=254,4200900&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL.

 

 

 

Martin Youth LEADERship

Gets Schooled in Martin County Law Enforcement!

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Stuart — Students and mentors with the Martin Youth LEADERship (MYL) Program held their fourth session of the 2014-2015 school year. This month’s event (Law Enforcement Day), coordinated by Martin County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Leighton.

Students with drivers licenses were provided a hands-on experience as what a typical traffic stop might be like. Students got into the police cruiser and pull a violator over and approached the violator’s vehicle, where within the demonstration just about anything can happen. One student was shot dead, another had the perpetrator run from his vehicle, while another verbally abused her.

The students were also afforded the rare opportunity to tour the 911 dispatch center.

Following their visit to the dispatch center, students were presented with challenging exercises in tactical training. Students spent 90 minutes in the training facility to better understand policies regarding the use of weapons in video-enhanced training modules that are used in Deputy training.

After a tour of the Holt Correctional Facility was provided, demonstrating that no one wants to be caught up in there for even one night. While at the facility a real arrival of a suspect was admitted to the facility.

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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2014 Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association

To Support Helping People Succeed Programs

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In photo: Making her final appearance as a student at the annual event is Savannah Webber

Jensen Beach — The Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association and Helping People Succeed celebrated their 2014 “Music-Thon”, set for Saturday at Treasure Coast Square in Jensen Beach.

Appearing all-day at the entrance to Macy’s at the north end of the mall, Treasure Coast area music students performed LIVE, on stage. The musicians included pianists, vocalists, guitarists, violins, violas, cellists and more.

WPEC-CBS Channel 12 anchor Liz Quirantes is honorary chair for the Music-Thon. She is an award-winning news anchor, known for supporting causes for children. She is the recipient of a Media Advocate Award from Florida’s Children First and works closely with the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County.

Making her final appearance as a student, at the annual event was local vocal prodigy Savannah Webber. Maybe we will see her as an alum opera etic “Empressario” in the future performing for us.

Each year, the Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association designates a local non-profit organization to benefit from community donations. Helping People Succeed was selected this year for its many programs available to 4,500 families served in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.

Among the various classes for children from newborns to 5 years old is the Music & Movement program offered in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Paula Barnes, the recipient of the Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Award, is the coordinator for children and their families.

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State of Local Emergency In Effect;

Erosion Impacting South Hutchinson Island Beaches

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Martin County has declared a state of local emergency due to possible damage to the beaches from Santa Lucea beach south to the St. Lucie Inlet, including Bathtub Reef Beach. Current weather conditions are causing rough surf and wind, which erode local beaches, particularly those on the southern end of Hutchinson Island.

During the State of Local Emergency, protective measures will be taken. Martin County Engineering Department crews are currently at Bathtub Reef Beach placing sand on the beach to reinforce what is left of the dune. This will help prevent further loss of the dune and parking area. At this time, the parking area at Bathtub Reef Beach is closed to the public.

The State of Local Emergency also allows property owners to take protective measures to protect their properties from potential damage caused by erosion. Current conditions at Bathtub Reef Beach may be viewed at http://www.evsmartin.com/bathtub/.

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Martin County 2014 Christmas Boat Parade

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Stuart — The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast’s seasonal gift to the community, a Christmas Boat Parade, consisting of decorated boats both small and large. The festival took place in Sandsrit park.

The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast, Inc. (MIATC) is a not-for-profit trade association composed of members in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties who are dedicated to the promotion of pleasure boating and its related industries through education of our members and the boating public.

The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast, Inc. strives to bring you articles that you will find informative and helpful to your business. Contact us with any issues or information that you think will benefit our members or the marine industry as a whole.

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29th Annual Hobe Sound Christmas Parade

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Hobe Sound – Despite the warm weather there was plenty of holiday spirit and cheer for Martin County community partners as they worked together to present the 28th Annual Hobe Sound Christmas Parade on Saturday

Hosting a FREE community, family friendly Christmas Parade for 28 years is not an easy or inexpensive task for Chamber volunteers, members and staff.

This year the Hobe Sound Chamber is proud to announce community partners and sponsors helped make the 2013 Parade possible. The Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency signed on as a major sponsor along with additional supporting sponsors. The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department participated as an in-kind sponsor helping with logistics and supplies.

Families came early and enjoyed great weather and holiday craft and treat vendors during the Holiday Art & Craft Stroll from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Parade floats and decorated cars were sponsored and created by local businesses, schools and organizations.

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Florida Arts & Dance Company Presents The Nutcracker

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This quintessential Christmas ballet, presented by Florida Arts & Dance, set to Tchaikovsky’s thrilling music, is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” by E.T.A. Hoffman.

It’s Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum house, and little Clara has fallen asleep under the tree with her beloved new nutcracker gift in her arms. In her dreams, she is transported to a magical world where she helps the nutcracker prince defeat a nasty army of mice, and finds herself in a fantasy land of snow, sweets and toys.

This sparking fairy tale, with such beloved scenes as “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” has delighted children for generations.

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UPCOMING LAUNCH: NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

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UPCOMING LAUNCH: NASA’s Orion Spacecraft is set to launch Thursday morning at 7:05 a.m. ET. Will you be watching?

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Stuart/Martin County Chamber Begins Operation Thank You

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In photo: Members, Ambassadors and Staff celebrate at breakfast Tuesday morning the launch of Operation Thank You

Stuart — Each year the Stuart/ Martin County Chamber organizes Operation Thank You, our member-to-member outreach program. Operation Thank You coincides with the delivery of our brand new 2014-2015Business and Resort Guide. Members who are interested in making new contacts are encouraged to participate in Operation Thank You and hand deliver a few guides, saving the Chamber money in delivery costs and getting some valuable face to face time with other Chamber members. Delivering a directory provides a great “foot in the door” for meeting new business contacts.

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Christmas Is For Kids Especially At Jan’s Place In Jensen Beach

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Jensen Beach – Christmas was in the air at Jan’s place where partnering with The Women’s Power Lunch and Out2martincounty.com, Got Windows Need Blinds, Blooming Deals and Colorado Pawn, it was all for the kids at Hibicus Children’s Center and House of Hope.

House of Hope has been providing basic human needs for struggling people in Martin County, Fla., since 1984.

A nonprofit community service agency, House of Hope provides its core service programs at each of its four locations — Stuart (Golden Gate), Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach

Those served by House of Hope typically are people who work for low wages and exist paycheck-to paycheck, victims of personal life tragedies (such as a major medical catastrophe, death in the family or sudden job loss) and low fixed-income retirees who live on Social Security benefits of only a few hundred dollars a month.

Tomorrow is our grand opening for our new Thrift Store on U.S. 1 in Stuart.

Our clients are people like the cashier at the grocery store, the laundress who dry cleans your clothes, the waiter who serves your meals, the laborer who cuts your grass, the elderly man who helps take your groceries to the car, the tradesman who lost his job in the economic downturn, the saleswoman whose hours were cut. They are people you know, people you like. They are your neighbors in need.

The Hibiscus Children’s Shelter in Jensen Beach, Florida provides a safe environment for newborns to 12-year olds removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.

Children receive 24-hour “awake” supervision, nursing and therapeutic treatment by trained professionals in a safe and loving environment. The children’s Shelter has provided tens of thousands of safe nights of service to thousands of children from Florida’s four-county Treasure Coast who have come to Hibiscus Children’s Center seeking refuge from their own home.

As a result, the impact of abuse on their long–term health, safety and self-esteem has been significantly reduced.

What began as an afternoon luncheon for ten friends, has grown into a calling list of over 600 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 group meet on the thirs Thursday of Each Month at Eagle Marsh Golf Club.

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Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Performs Movie Music

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Stuart – John Enyart, Benjamin Enyart and Thomas Servinsky each conducted music familiar to most of those who attended. Music from Pirates Of the Caribbean, Star Wars, The Godfather and much more.

Special recognition was given to Attorney Carrie Lavargna for her financial assistance in acquiring the rights to use music from the Godfather. Sheet music rental is very expensive and her contribution made a significant portion of the evening possible, something to consider when you decide to make your next contribution to the symphony, just a thought.

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.

For additional information, contact Linda Reymore at tcys@treasurecoastyouthsymphony.org.

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School Board Swears In New Members

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In photo: New board members Tina McSoley and Christina Roberts

The next time you attend a school board meeting for your child you’ll see some new faces.

The induction ceremony took place last night at the school’s central office in Downtown Stuart.

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Tony Ferro, Jensen Beach High School

MCSD 2014/15 Teacher of the Year

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In photo: Jensen Beach High School Teacher Tony Ferro beams after being named 2014/15 Teacher of The Year

Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2014)…The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) and the Martin County School District (MCSD) are proud to announce that Jensen Beach High School social studies teacher Anthony “Tony” Ferro has been named the District’s 2014-15 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 14 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The event is presented by Infiniti Stuart and Audi Stuart.

Mr. Ferro currently teaches Advanced Placement European and World History to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders at Jensen Beach High School, where he has taught for four years. Mr. Ferro is also a product of the District himself, having attended Martin County schools from elementary through high school.

Mr. Ferro is also a member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, serving as the Boys/Girls Varsity Cross County Co-Head Coach and Flag Football Varsity Head Coach at JBHS. He has been a leader on a number of professional development projects at his school, including the Social Studies team, AdvancED accreditation team, School Advisory Council, and professional learning communities.

As a teacher, Mr. Ferro built the Advanced Placement European History classes from scratch and his students’ pass rates far exceed the national average. His United States History students demonstrate stellar performance in their End-of Course exams as well.

“As evidenced by these achievement results, Mr. Ferro instills very high expectations to ensure his students reach their maximum potential,” said Jensen Beach High School principal Greg Laws. “Mr. Ferro has established an authentic learning environment built upon positive relationships, which fosters a culture of engaged learners,” he added.

Upon learning of his being nominated as a candidate for Martin County Teacher of the Year, Mr. Ferro commented, “This without question will forever be one of my greatest accomplishments. I have tried to do everything that I can to change the lives of everyone that I meet and to represent JBHS in the best possible light. To achieve this honor is truly humbling, and inspirational at the same time, because I know that all of the hard work that I am doing on a daily basis is having a positive impact on my students, school, and community around me.”

Mario Murgado, President/CEO of Infiniti Stuart and Audi Stuart, presenting sponsors of The Education Foundation of Martin County Teacher of the Year Celebration, said, “Children are our future and the foundation for their success is a good education. We are proud to support teachers and the Martin County Teacher of the Year Celebration and we extend our sincere and heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Ferro.”

Raúl Ocampo, president of the EFMC, added, “On behalf of the board members of the Education Foundation of Martin County, congratulations to Tony Ferro on this incredible accomplishment. Tonight we celebrated all of our teachers…it was a tremendous celebration and a great expression of our appreciation for the amazing teachers we have in Martin County.”

Martin County School District Superintendent Laurie Gaylord said, “Tony Ferro is an exceptional educator with proven results in and out of his classroom who demonstrates the model of professionalism and leadership in education today. I commend him for his efforts to involve parents and the community in activities with his students that have a meaningful and lasting impact. I am proud to have Tony represent us as the Martin County Teacher of the Year in 2014-15.”

Mr. Ferro will now represent the Martin County School District in the competition to become the Florida Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year. More information on this program can be found online at http://www.fldoe.org/profdev/yeartch.asp.

In addition to honoring the District’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year, winners were named Friday night in the categories of Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers of the Year:
High School Teacher of the Year

Anthony “Tony” Ferro, Jensen Beach High School, 10th, 11th and 12th Grade Social Studies Teacher

(MCSD Teacher of the Year)
Middle School Teacher of the Year

Kimberly Gray, Murray Middle School, 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher

Ms. Gray started her teaching career five years ago as a high school teacher, but has been instructing students at Murray Middle School for the last three years. She is a member of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) Committee and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Committee, and has been the Student Council Advisor since 2012. Her experience and comfort with technology has provided her with several opportunities for professional development, both giving and receiving. She was selected to pilot two computer-based programs at her school and is a committee member of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Committee at MMS, helping to organize the roll-out of increased personal device usage in the classroom.
Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Kim Wendisch, Citrus Grove Elementary, First Grade Teacher

Ms. Wendisch has been teaching for 16 years, 11 in the state of Florida, and has been a teacher at Citrus Grove Elementary since the school opened in 2008. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Wendisch participates in a number of professional development and educational activities, including serving as the Team Development Leader for the American Cancer Society, the K-2 Teacher Representative Executive Board Member of the PTA, the chair of the School Improvement Plan Parent Involvement Committee, and a Voting Board Member of the School Advisory Council. She volunteers with several after-school programs and is the chair of CGE’s Volunteer Appreciation Committee.

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The Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival 2014

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Jensen Beach –The Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival was initiated by the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce in the fall of 1988 in conjunction with the Jensen Beach Centennial Celebration. The event draws approximately 15,000 people to the downtown historic area during its three days of operation. The festival highlighted food, exhibits, arts & crafts, a midway, local entertainers, pageants, school music groups, comedians, demonstrations, and top notch evening entertainment.

In 1992 the festival grew to five-days and drew the largest crowd of 65,000+. The 1992 Festival featured the Bahamian Market Place featuring “Junkanoo”.

From the Bahamian Island of Eleuthera and the heart pounding rush of Junkanoo, a Caribbean celebration two centuries old in which performers dress in colorful impressive costumes that are artistically created of paper and depicting a particular theme. Through its colorful costumes and unbelievable energy, the Junkanoo group will parade through the Festival crowds each evening playing music of traditional instruments, goatskin drums, whistles and cowbells which creates a rhythm and excitement difficult to ignore. Performances are completely spontaneous and done with no previous rehearsals. Festival-goers find it virtually impossible not to join in the Junkanoo parade.

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Chi-Chi” Rodríguez Assists With Rotary

Scholarship Fundraiser

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Palm City — On Tuesday, November 4th. The Stuart Rotary Club, held their Scholarship Chance to Play with Chi-Chi” Rodríguez Golf Day.

One lucky winner had the chance to play golf exclusively with Chi Chi. That winner was Paul Nicoletti , of Stuart. Unfortunately Paul was unable to play . His friend Rick Wilson, who also had purchased a chance ,played with Chi Chi on Paul’s behalf. Around 40 friends of Rotary participated in the day by playing golf . Later all the golfers were invited to gather in the Golf Bistro of Palm Cove for a meet and greet with Chi Chi and light lunch.

Later that evening the chairman of the Event, Debi Bacchiochi and her husband Jim escorted the winner Paul Nicoletti and his wife Paula to a dinner with Chi Chi and his lovely wife Iwalani hosted by Sailors Return.

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The Rotary Club of Stuart was chartered on August 30, 1929, and is one of over 32,000 Rotary clubs with 1.2 million members in over 200 countries. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in their local communities and around the world. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

All Rotary Clubs engage in fund raising for local and international service projects and support The Rotary Foundation. Since 1947, The Rotary Foundation has awarded more than $1.1 billion (US) in grants, initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs. Rotary is best known for Polio-Plus, the 20+ year program to eradicate polio worldwide. Since the program began, over 2 billion children have been immunized and polio has declined 99%. Rotary has been and will always be committed to a polio-free world.

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Charity Masquerade Dance Party Raises Over $30K

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Stuart — If you weren’t at the Kane Center Saturday night you really missed it. Girls, Girls, Girls, pardon my political incorrectness. The Women’s Club of Stuart partied hearty, with emphasis on “Heart” and wallet of course.

In partnership with Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Stuart they hosted what was called the Charity Masquerade Dance Party.

The event blended the fun and excitement of Masquerade with a well-organized and professionally run fund raising competition.

The Charity Masquerade Dance Party included seven charities. Each competing to raise funds for its charity through pledges and sponsorships.

Local Charities and Charity Dancers included:

Council on Aging: Krista Kugaraj

4C’s: Maria & Sherrill Steed

Fred Astaire Scholarship Fund: Gia Lino

Friends in Pink: Cheryl Norman Caldwell

GFWC Woman’s Club of Stuart: Sarah Heard

Girlfriends Committee of GWCS: Laura Crawford

House of Hope: Diane Tomasik

Humane Society of the Treasure Coast: Candace Callahan

Each charity prides itself on its commitment to the Treasure Coast. It’s never too to help by supporting your charity or charities with your pledge, sponsorship, and/or by hosting a fundraising event. Visit the charity web site or contact the organization directly.

Contact your favorite charity today to say even though you were not able to make the event on Saturday, you would like yo help.

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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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