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Clydesdales Come To Downtown Stuart

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New Hope Fellowship Center Hosts

Palm City Chamber “All Around The Home Expo”

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In photo: Welcome to the “All Around The Home” Expo

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

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

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

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Marriott Hosts WOMEN’S POWER LUNCH

“Straight from the Heart” Business & Health EXPO

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In photo: Chanel 5’s Kelly Dunn welcomes Women’s Expo visitors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015 Little Miss Martin County Crowned

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015 Miss Martin County Crowned

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Education Foundation Awards $50,000 for Innovative Projects

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

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

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

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

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COME TO THE FAIR

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

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

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

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

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

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“Fashion Show Benefits Voices for Children OTC”

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In photo: On the left are the hearts from the children already being served by Voices for Children Guardian ad Litem Program and the photo on the right are hearts made by children still waiting to enter the program.

Stuart — Harbour Bay Plaza in Sewall’s Point was awash in sunshine and joy at the inaugural Love is All You Need Fashion Show to benefit Voices for Children of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast (Voices OTC).

Some 100 people were in attendance, and exciting raffle items, which included generous donations from many of the fine shops in the plaza, contributed to the success of the event, as did the assistance of EventMakers of Stuart, Harbour Bay Florist and Black Stage Design of Atlanta, GA.

The beauty of the plaza was enhanced by the colorful hearts made by first- and second-grade students from Village Green Environment School and Manatee Academy students (both in St. Lucie County) which represented the 1,200 children in the dependency system.

Voices OTC is a 501(c)3 that raises funds in support of the efforts and activities of the Florida state-funded Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program of Florida’s 19th Judicial Circuit Court. For information,visit www.voicesforchildrenotc.org.

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LOCAL MUSEUM TO HOST MILITARY TRADE SHOWS

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In photo: Road to Victory Military Museum

Stuart, Florida: The Road to Victory Military Museum is hosting a series of military trade shows that will feature various militaria of historical significance, including military vehicles, weapons, equipment, and gear of all eras that will be sure to entice collectors.

The museum will be hosting these shows the 3rd Saturday of the month over the next three months – February 21, March 21, and April 18 – from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Items from the U.S. Civil War, WWI, and WWII through present day will be on display as well as for purchase from various military vendors and collectors. Guests will also have the opportunity to see military vehicles, authentic uniforms, and enjoy a tour of the Road to Victory Military Museum.

Entry is free, but donations to the museum will be accepted and are greatly appreciated. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The Road to Victory Military Museum, housed in a former WWII barracks, is located at 319 Stypmann Avenue in Stuart, just behind Memorial Park.

For more information, please contact Michael Roberts at 772-334-2990.

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Palm City Chamber Of Commerce Inducts New Board Members

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In photo: Palm City 2015 Board of Directors

Palm City – Palm City Chamber of Commerce installed its 2015 Board of Directors at their January 10th installation dinner, held at Piper’s Landing in Palm City.

Piper’s Landing is a Florida Gated Golf Community in Palm City, part of Stuart Florida and Martin County and it comes complete with a clubhouse capable of hosting any function imaginable, a newly re-designed Gene Bates golf course, tennis programs that include new lighted facilities considered to be the best in Martin County and a marina recognized as one of the safest and most accessible on Florida’s east coast. But what you’ll find at Piper’s, in addition to these facilities, is friendships! Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club

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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MEET THE 2015 MISS MARTIN COUNTY CANDIDATES

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Stuart — Candidates for the 2015 Miss Martin County got together at the Martin County fairgrounds on Saturday to review procedures and protocol for the best foot forward for each candidate and the event itself now in it’s 47th year.

The Miss Martin County is the first event at the 2015 Martin County Fair beginning February 13th and running through February 21st.

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

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

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Eagle Marsh Golf Club Hosts

January “Women’s Power Lunch”

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Jensen Beach -– The Women’s Power Lunch, started by Anne Thompson Schafer, celebrating their 15th year of connecting powerful women in business 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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2015 Port Salerno Seafood Festival

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Port Salerno – Threatening weather disappeared to insure that more than last year’s record of 40,000 people attended one of the premiere festivals on the Treasure Coast.

For the seventh year in a row expanded acreage was needed to accommodate and newly added satellite parking was added to the festival coming around and down to the Fish House Art Gallery and, the new Twisted Tuna.

The 2014 Focus is on local Florida seafood specialties, live music, family fun area, maritime exhibitors, arts and crafts and more in historic Port Salerno along the waterfront on Park Street and Manatee Pocket. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Martin County, The Rivers Coalition Stop the Discharges from Lake Okeechobee and Port Salerno Community Promotions, Inc., a non-profit organization that funds local events throughout the year.

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Martin County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

Holds First Open House

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In photo: (L – R) Bonnie Landry, Marin County Engineering department, Beth Beltran MPO Administrator, Stuart Robertson from Kimberly & Horn and Marriah Dekle MPO Planner

Port Salerno — The purpose of these meetings is to give the public an opportunity to express their views on transportation choices, priorities and gain a better understanding of how this plan will define Martin County’s future transportation needs.

This is an opportunity for any and all members of the public to help guide the planning process around roads, bike lanes, sidewalks and more, all across Martin County. Your input will help connect communities, ease transportation challenges and make transportation safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

The MPO has started developing the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Every five years, as required by federal law, the MPO works to update and improve the County’s LRTP to ensure the needs of the community continue to be met in a cost effective manner. Input from the public is vital to a successful planning process, and the MPO staff will be making a concerted effort to connect with residents and businesses for feedback and suggestions throughout the planning process.

The Martin MPO works to coordinate the improvement of all facets of the transportation network in Martin County. This effort includes the monitoring and evaluation of existing conditions, the development of improvement strategies, the facilitation of meaningful public input, and the implementation of evaluated and funded strategies. For more information on the LRTP process, please visit the website at www.martin2040.com or email blandry@martin.fl.us.

The next meeting will be on January 28th and then the final meeting will be on February 11th

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HONOR RUN ON THE RUNWAY ATTRACTS HUNDREDS

TO MARTIN COUNTY AIRPORT

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In photo: Runners gather at the Starting Line

Stuart — Starting gun? How about a starting cannon? Yes, a cannon. As in a 37millimeter anti-tank gun!

On Saturday, January 17, nearly 140 runners took to the runways of Martin County Airport – Witham Field as Congressman Patrick Murphy signaled the start of the race by firing this fully functional piece of WWII era artillery. After firing the cannon, Murphy joined the rest of the runners for the Honor Run on the Runway, a unique 5K hosted by Stuart Air Show and Southeast Florida Honor Flight followed by a fun 1940s USO themed after party called “Dinner with Betty Jane.”

In addition to the cannon, runners passed by several authentic WWII military vehicles, courtesy of the Road to Victory Military Museum in Stuart. Overhead, the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, and P-51 Mustang flew tours as part of the first stop of the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour. All three aircraft were in town the entire weekend offering flights and tours to the general public.

After the race, over 350 people flocked to Fair Wind Air Charter for the party, in which the Collings Foundation’s P-51 Mustang, affectionately referred to as “Betty Jane,” was featured prominently for guests to enjoy.

In addition to having the chance to see this amazing aircraft in person, trophies and awards for the top race scores were distributed, dinner was served, and the swing dancing began.

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Here We Go Again

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Stuart — On Friday Florida’s Treasure Coast residents came out again to protest the resumption of Lake Okeechobee fresh water discharges into the Indian River Lagoon.

On Friday morning the Army Corps of Engineers began discharging water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary and the Indian River Lagoon.

River Kidz, River Warriors, River Coalition and Florida Oceanographic supporters once again were out in force as they were in 2013.

The usual and customary procedure is for the discharges to occur is when the lake during the wet season get’s too full and threatens the dyke on their south portion of the lake. If the dyke were to fail many communities would be impacted on the flow of flood water through them. Family home and businesses would be destroyed in te reclaimed areas once naturally under water. We are not in the wet season, we are in the dry season.

“We need to send the water south,” said Mark Perry with the Florida Oceanographic Society. He and a small group of protester held a press conference during the noon hour at the St. Lucie locks o Friday, in an effort to bring awareness to the public.

Protesters want the water sent via it’s historic route, south into reclaimed land that should be purchased by the state, eventually reaching the Everglades upon completion of the Everglades Restoration Project.

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Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Installs 2015 Officers

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In photo: Introducing the 2015 Board of Directors andOfficers

Stuart – More than 200 guests were in attendance at the Jensen Beach Installation of Officers event at The Jensen Beach Event facility.

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

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

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

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

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

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Martin Youth LEADERship Goes Into the Wild!

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Stuart, FL – Yesterday students and mentors with the Martin Youth LEADERship (MYL) Program held their fifth session of the 2014-2015 school year. This month’s event (Environmental Day), coordinated by Kim Kanter from FAU/CES Education & Training Coordinator at DuPuis. The students were afforded the rare opportunity to tour the DuPuis Management Area, at 23500 SW Kanner Hwy, in Canal Point. DuPuis is a 21,875-acre multi-use natural area interspersed with numerous ponds, wet prairies, cypress domes, pine flatwoods, and remnant Everglades marsh. The area provides miles of hiking and horseback trails, an equestrian center, graded vehicle roads, backpack and group campsites, and seasonal hunting. There is no fee for camping in DuPuis, which is on a first-come, first-served basis. There also is a group camping site off the DuPuis Grade.

On this day, the high school students were afforded the opportunity to see, several bald eagles nests, herons, egrets, wood storks, and white ibis hunt for food in the marshes. Additionally, the students kept their eyes out for white-tailed deer, wild hogs and turkeys, as well as large owls and a very colorful Caccara found in the wild in western Martin County.

The Martin Youth LEADERship Program is for high school students, and is in its 16th year, sponsored in part by SeaCoast National Bank, the parent-organization Martin LEADERship through the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Martin County School District. The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted in the program. The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply, and, on average, 37 are selected to participate in the comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Upon completion, these Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s
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9th Annual Jensen Beach Art and Craft Show

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Jensen Beach — The ninth annual Jensen Beach Art and Craft Show, featuring more than 100 artists, was held this past Saturday and Sunday in downtown Jensen Beach.

The show featured a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textiles and jewelry by 108 artists. “What makes this show unique is the way they incorporate the local art galleries, restaurants and businesses into the show,” said Ronald Rose, executive director of the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce. “We don’t sell food concessions or bring in stage events. Just about every tent, with the exception of a few sponsors, is an artist or fine craft person.”

“Sunshine Artist Magazine has deemed this show as one of the up and coming shows,” said Rose of the show that has drawn 15,000 residents in the past. This is the seventh year the show has been held in downtown Jensen Beach and Rose says the origins of the show can be traced back to the 1980s.

“It used to be the causeway art show and then the sunshine state show,” Rose said. “But that all ended when they started construction on the causeway.”

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

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

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

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

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Hubble Turns 25

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Palm City — From the start of publication 15 years ago Out2News has presented in our “Education” section the NASA offering “Astronomy Picture of the Day”. Out2 staff want to join those of our readers who also appreciate NASA and their gift of wonder into the future and simply say happy birthday.

Explanation: To celebrate 25 years (1990-2015) of exploring the Universe from low Earth orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope’s cameras were used to revisit its most iconic image. The result is this sharper, wider view of the region dubbed the Pillars of Creation, first imaged by Hubble in 1995. Stars are forming deep inside the towering structures. The light-years long columns of cold gas and dust are some 6,500 light-years distant in M16, the Eagle Nebula, toward the constellation Serpens. Sculpted and eroded by the energetic ultraviolet light and powerful winds from M16’s cluster of young, massive stars, the cosmic pillars themselves are destined for destruction. But the turbulent environment of star formation within M16, whose spectacular details are captured in this Hubble visible-light snapshot, is likely similar to the environment that formed our own Sun.

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Lawmakers on Plan to ‘Send it South’: Let’s Get It Done

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Florida lawmakers today renewed their push to win congressional action on a major Everglades restoration project that has been mired in bureaucratic red tape. The bipartisan group of federal legislators – led by Reps. Patrick Murphy (FL-18) and David Jolly (FL-13) and Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) – filed a bill Thursday to authorize the Central Everglades Planning Project, or CEPP. (Click here for a copy of the bill).

CEPP is designed to increase water flow to the southern Everglades, thereby reducing harmful discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries and improving the health of the entire ecosystem. This important project was not included in the last Water Bill because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had not completed a key report approving the project. That report finally was released on December 23, 2014.

“Now that the Corps has signed off, we can’t waste any more time getting the money needed to restore an area that not only is at the heart of Florida’s environment, but also is a source of clean drinking water for so many in the state,” said Nelson, a longtime advocate for Everglades preservation and restoration.

Said Murphy, “With the Corps finalizing their Chief’s Report for CEPP, it is now time for Congress to do what we all know needs to happen – sending clean water south. I am proud that our delegation stands united in both chambers and both parties in pushing Congress to get this done, understanding how critical this project is to not only the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches I am proud to represent, but the entire system across the state of Florida.”

“The Everglades is a remarkable ecosystem that is one-of-a-kind due to the habitat it provides to thousands of species of plants and animals. It is also a source of drinking water for millions of residents in Florida. The Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) is critical to protecting and restoring this precious resource and will reduce the volume of polluted water devastating the coastal ecologies and economies. This innovative project is a major step towards restoring one of the Everglades and protecting it from future destruction,” said Jolly.

Rubio added, “No single effort is more important to the future of the Everglades than the Central Everglades Planning Project, and I hope Congress will move quickly to approve it’s authorization. It’s not only a critical component to help ensure future generations can enjoy all the Everglades has to offer, but it is also a project that is essential to water management in Florida.”

The CEPP project is a $2 billion series of engineering projects intended to collect and channel water around Lake Okeechobee south into the center of the Everglades. Usually such a project would be included in a broader water resources bill Congress passes every few years but this legislation will allow this project to be expedited, the lawmakers said.

Additional House cosponsors include Reps. Corrine Brown (FL-05), Ander Crenshaw (FL-04), Ted Deutch (FL-21), Lois Frankel (FL-22), Gwen Graham (FL-02), Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Bill Posey (FL-08), Tom Rooney (FL-17), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), and Frederica Wilson (FL-24).

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Harbor Community Bank Hosts ARC of

Martin County Art Workshop

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Stuart — Harbor Community Bank partnered with local artist, Horst Mueller and the ARC of Martin County to host a workshop for 12 persons with disabilities attending the ARC day program. The workshop was held at Harbor Community Bank in Stuart on Wednesday, January 7th. The students worked with Mr. Mueller to each create a work of art, with his assistance.

Horst W. Mueller unites all the color elements of life: secret, novelty, surprise, pathos, anticipation, even ecstasy and love and he shows it again and again, a sense of the miraculous and the mysterious. The artist also paints for the bind and vision impaired who can touch his artwork with their hands, therefore experiencing the represented forms of his artwork.

When Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged (ARC) was founded in 1956, we imagined a place in Martin County where people with disabilities could lead fulfilling lives…where they could have a sense of kinship, both with each other and the larger community. We imagined a way to meet their needs and teach new skills, so that they could not only survive and adapt to society, but flourish in their individual pursuit of happiness.

Today, ARC of Martin County serves over 250 children and adults with disabilities each year, with programs such as community based residential home and specialized homes, independent supported living, after-school, summer camps, employment training, and behavioral therapy.

We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about the work we are doing to assist and support children and adults with disabilities and their families to “Achieve Their Fullest Potential.”

Harbor Community Bank was founded over 50 years ago in Indiantown, Florida as the First Bank of Indiantown. First Bank, for these many years, continues to be the only Community Bank in Indiantown. The Bank later expanded with branch offices in Palm City, Okeechobee and Lakeport, Florida. In February of 2011, a group of local Community Bankers acquired the First Bank of Indiantown and changed the name to Harbor Community Bank.

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mARTies Student Edition 

Class of 2015 Awards Announced

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Stuart — One hundred guests gathered to celebrate the mARTies Student Edition – Class of 2015 honoring students in the visual and performing arts at the Barn Theatre on November 19, 2014.
The mARTies Award recipients for the “Class of 2015” were:

Savanna Webber, Outstanding Student Performing Artist

Madelene Wishart, Outstanding Student Visual Artist

Brett Taylor, Sanders Award
Each mARTies nomination is judged for several qualities, by professional artists and knowledgeable community leaders, including:

• their participation in the arts and artistic excellence;

• their civic responsibilities;

• their leadership in improving the quality of life in Martin County.

The mARTies Awards was born in 2003 and serves to recognize professional and student artists for their broad contributions to our community and dedication to their art forms. This year’s inaugural Sanders Award pays tribute to one of our most generous benefactors, the Lawrence A Sanders Foundation. The mARTies is a signature event for the Arts Council of Martin of County. The next mARTies will be held in October 2015, with nominations due by June 1, 2015.

Special thanks go out to our sponsors, Britech Industries for underwriting the Student Performing Artist Award, and our other sponsors Jeanette & Larry Mueller, and Karen Barnes.

The Arts Council of Martin County is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization that supports the arts and artists. Revenues from events benefit both the artists and the Arts Council to support the on-going programs of the Council including arts information activities, arts education programs for youth and support for artists and arts organizations. The Arts Council and the Court House Cultural Center Gallery are located at 80 E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, Florida. For information visit the Arts Council website at www.martinarts.org or call 772-287-6676.

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2014 Seafood Festival Hosts

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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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Four 19th Circuit Judges Honored at Reception

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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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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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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.

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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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School Board Swears In New Members

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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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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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