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FUR SEASONS RESORT FOR PETS

MUTT DERBY 2015

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On Saturday, March 27th the 8th Annual Mutt Derby took place at the Fur Seasons Pet Resort.
Sponsors were Seacoast Bank, Miller’s Ale House Restaurants, Nis-Air Air Conditioning, Peter’s Water Treatment & Irrigation/Ecowater Systems, Hill’s Science Diet‎, and Seabreeze Publications. The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets is an 8,000-square foot luxury dog and cat boarding facility and pet spa in Stuart featuring private suites, an in-ground swimming pool, pet activities center and much more.

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Eagle Marsh Golf Club Hosts

March “Women’s Power Lunch”

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In photo: Welcome newbie’s to March Women’s Power Lunch

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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7th Annual Single Fin Showdown

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In photo: Come and join us the water is fine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Settlement Leads To Big Property Rights Victory For Florida Couple

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Statement by Robert Breinig

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

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

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

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2015 Jensen Beach St Patrick’s Day

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Jensen Beach – There’s always plenty to do in Martin County on a Sunday afternoon. Go Out2 the Beach, go Out2 the Antique Car Show, go Out2 the Jensen Beach St Patrick’s Day Celebration, or all three.

This event was a celebration for the whole family with arts, crafts, games, wonderful Irish food, Kazoo Band, Bagpipes, Stilt-walkers, Pet Parade, and a new KID ZONE.

The event was in cooperation with The United Way of Martin County & The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums Visit Treasure Coast

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 Palm City — Dennis McKenna and the members from the Usa 911 first responders received a visit from the New York City FDNY pipe and drum band who came to Martin County in showing their respect in honoring the memorial at the peter and Julie Cummings library.

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Hundreds Attended South Florida Water Management District’s

(SFWMD) Governing Board Meeting

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Stuart — Those in attendance represented multiple groups, individuals, organizations, and counties asking that the SFWMD put on their agenda a disscussion item for purchase of the US Option Lands expiring Oct, 2015 for water to be stored, cleaned and conveyed south from Lake Okeechobee.

Although the board listened, they did not provide feedback.

The public was made to hold their hands in the air rather than clap, and told if they did clap or were disruptive they would be “removed.”

I felt the board could have been warmer to the people. Kudos to the public for exercising their right to free speech and for protecting and speaking on behalf of the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon.

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US NAVY F-18 JOINS MILITARY ACTS

FEATURED AT 2015 STUART AIR SHOW

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

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

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

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

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

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The Yale Spizzwinks(?), Come To Martin County

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Stuart, Florida – The Education Foundation of Martin County is continuing its efforts to promote the arts and student opportunities by bringing the Yale Spizzwinks(?) to perform for and teach local students at Hidden Oaks Middle School (HOMS), Martin County High School (MCHS), and Murray Middle School (MMS) on Monday. As part of the Education Foundation’s Artist Residency program, the 17-member Spizzwinks(?) performed in concert for hundreds of HOMS, MCHS, and MMS students and conducting a master class with Martin County High School’s OPUS Choir.

The Yale Spizzwinks(?) are America’s first and oldest underclassman a Cappella group. Since 1914, they have entertained audiences around the world with their unique blend of sweet harmony and tongue-in-cheek humor. In keeping with their goal to further music in education, the Spizzwinks(?) conduct master classes for many of the schools where they perform. Master classes, can take many forms, teaching the basics of technique through vocal exercises and games, work shopping specific pieces or concepts for more advanced groups, and answering questions about college life, singing in college and touring the world.

The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit, independent, community investment organization whose mission is to provide extraordinary educational opportunities for students and educators in Martin County’s public schools through effective fundraising efforts, positive collaborative partnerships, innovative programming, and efficient allocation of resources.

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Fairgrounds Hosts Stuart/Martin County Chamber 2015 Home and Garden

Show Orchid Society Show, Biennial Flower Show and

Garden Fest and Visionary Arts Show

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Stuart — Once again this seasons H&G Show presenting emerging youth artists that were showcased along with well-known local artists. Sponsored by Visionary School of Arts (VSA), over 35 students showed a beautiful array of oils, acrylics, watercolors and more.

Again for another season is the Martin County Orchid Society show where a Fiesta of Orchids, professionally landscaped exhibits by area Orchid Society’s, colorful gardens, vendors selling orchids & much more were on display. MCOS is a non-profit organization dedicated the growing of exceptional plants.

New for this seasons offering he Garden Club of Stuart will present its biennial Flower Show and Garden Fest, the theme of this year’s show is “Water’s Legacy.”

The Flower Show is the Garden Club of Stuart’s gift to the community. This is a standard flower show following the requirements established by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. The Horticulture Division is open to all amateur gardeners. The Design Division is open to all active and affiliated members of the Nation Garden Clubs, Inc. The Garden Fest brings together garden-related vendors, many local, for those interested in purchasing plants and other garden-related items. Funds raised from the event are used to support various Garden Club of Stuart projects.

VISIONARY School of Arts is a fine art school of drawing, painting and more where Lynne Barletta, the founder and director of VSA, professional artist for over 35 years, began with a teaching staff of four, and 15 students to where they are today. The VISIONARY School of Arts is place of learning, expansion, and launching for artists of all levels. Everyone can be a visionary! VSA courses are taught by qualified professional artists with many years of experience, our classes take students step-by-step from drawing on the right side of the brain to exploring an amazing array of mediums with a spirit of excellence. Working from life, photos, on site, and imagination, our teachers take students on a journey of creativity that will be with them for a lifetime! Our students are winning local, national, and international awards. Classes are offered by the semester with occasional all day workshops in specific mediums. Our goal is to teach, raise up and launch those that will usher in a new renaissance in the arts!
We not only teach art, we produce shows and help students enter competitions as they grow, introducing them to the community and beyond.

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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Harbor Bay Plaza Hosts Stuart Women’s Club

“Spring Fever Fashion Show “

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Sewall’s Point — The Women’s Club of Stuart Girlfriends Committee held their annual Spring Fashion Show  at Harbor Bay plaza

The event featured members of the “Girl Friends” of the Stuart Women’s Club co-chaired by Deb Pfrogner and Janie Copes, which included wine and hors deuvers by Josephine’s Cafe, a silent auction and of course the fashion show featuring many of the Shoppes at Harbor Bay Plaza.

All Treasure Coast women ages 18+ are invited to join us at the Women’s Club of Stuart Clubhouse located at 729 East Ocean Bulevard in Downtown Stuart at 11:30 am Regular meetings are held Sept. – May the 3rd Wednesday of each month. For information on new membership go to the Stuart Women’s Club website at www. Womansclubofstuart.com. The Girlfriends committee meets every other Tuesday of the month at 12 noon; please see the club website form more information at www. Womansclubofstuart.com.

The Women’s Club of Stuart is part of a larger organization, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs District 10. Since it was founded in 1890, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs has been a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs from around the country and throughout the world. Although there is considerable diversity in the ages, interests, and experiences of GFWC club women, all are united by a dedication to community improvement through volunteer service and fundraising endeavors. With “Unity in Diversity” as its motto and a strong umbrella of programs that adapt to suit the needs of their communities, GFWC encourages the flexibility that has enabled it to expand its reach in a rapidly changing society.

The Woman’s Club of Stuart is the oldest organization in Martin County, the largest Woman’s Club in District 10 of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Florida , and the eighth largest in the State of Florida.

The Woman’s Club of Stuart is currently registered with the State of Florida as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. We have been providing scholarships to young women for over 50 years.

In May 2014, we provided $20,000 in scholarships to young woman in Martin County High Schools. We were also able to give $2,000 to the S.P.A.M. Robotics Team. In addition to our scholarships, our Benevolence Committee works with local organizations to help needy women and children. We also gave 179 trees to the conservation project at J.D. Parker High School.

Additionally, we support Council on Aging, the Veterans Hospital, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Toys for Tots, and many other worthwhile charities. The Club consists of 157 regular members including members of the Woman’s Club of Stuart Girlfriends Committee, a group of professional, philanthropic women.

To find out more about the GFWC, please visit , www.gfwc.org.

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Idea Lab Opens At Morgade Library

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Port salerno — Last evening the newest “Idea Lab” in the Martin County Library System opened at the Morgade Library.

The idea lab is your hub for technological exploration, hands-on learning, and multimedia production. We offer computer classes and one-on-one technology help, as well as access to equipment and software to help you bring your ideas to life.

There are currently two idea lab locations, one at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library in Palm City and this one at Morgade Library in Stuart. Hours for the idea lab are the same as their respective locations.

• Equipment purchased using District 4 funds.

• $25,000 has been spent on a complete space redesign focusing on tools that help residents stay on top of advances in the job market, school projects, and continuing to pursue higher education as well as creative software components that all of our residents can benefit from.

• Lab Features:

o Staff and volunteers are on-hand to offer assistance with technology including one-on-one appointments.
o Movable furniture that makes the space flexible to accommodate any type of learning and meeting environment.
o iMacs, PCs, iPads, Android tablets, iPods and other hardware are available.
o Software such as PhotoShop, Illustrator, iMovie, and GarageBand will give residents the tools needed to create original digital content.
o Learning tools such as a flight simulator and (coming soon) a driving simulator are available.

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NOTED HIGHWAYMEN ARTISTS

VISIT MARTIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

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In photo: Ray McLendon, son of famed Highwayman artist Roy McLendon

Stuart — Three noted Highwaymen artists shared a vibrant, personal look at their paintings and the history of Highwaymen art with students at Martin County High School on Wednesday. The unique Highwaymen style was born here on the Treasure Coast during the 1950’s, and has evolved into a distinct genre associated with local African-American artists.

Typically painting from the trunk of their cars along the roadsides of Fort Pierce, Highwaymen artists would depict richly hued Florida landscapes bathed in bold, dramatic color.

Visiting that day in the afternoon session were:

Original Highwayman artist Sylvester Wells, known as S.M. Wells, who has been painting for over 50 years. He has traveled from northern Alabama to the Treasure Coast, and is an inductee of the Florida Hall of Fame.

Also Lady Highwaymen artist A. J. Brown is a second generation Highwayman, and shared her art, legacy and cultural experiences with students as well.

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15″ of Rain In Palm City

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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