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Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House

Hosts April “Women’s Power Lunch”

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Jensen Beach -– The Women’s Power Lunch, started by Anne Thompson Schafer, celebrating their 15th year of connecting powerful women in business at Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House.

The Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House location is intrinsically unique, as it sits over-hanging the river’s edge. This special touch came when it was built by the famous historic movie star, Frances Langford. With such an appropriate placement, it gives it’s customers the most spectacular panoramic views. These exceptional views span from the Stuart Causeway all the way up the river to the Jensen Beach Causeway Bridge. Incorporate the restaurant’s superb location with The Dolphin’s signature dish, The Dolphin a la Dolphin, and it is easy to feel the impact of these surroundings.

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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5th Annual Art Music and Goodwill Auction

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Jensen Beach — The Art, Music & Benefit Auction was held last evening at the Treasure Coast Mall.

Presented by The Entrepreneurship Foundation to support the arts in our schools. Performances from Jensen Baech Elementary School, Felix A. Williams, Stat Middle School and Jensen Beach High School.

Sponsored by Geico Local Office, Impressive Click 101.3 The Coast, Treasure Coast Square, Treasure Coast Newspapers / TCPalm and The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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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2016 Palm City Chamber Clay Shoot

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Palm City — The Palm City Chamber of Commerce held their 1st Annual clay shooting tournament on Saturday at the South Florida Shooting Club in western Martin County.

Twenty-eight teams of four people came out, this was the 1st year the event was at the shooting club and Shooters tried their hand at 15 different clay shooting stations.

The event started at 10 AM and wrapped up around 2 PM, Organizers said they expect to raise over $12,000.

This years event is a perfect example of necessity being the mother of invention. The annual golf tournament had to be cancelled because of the multi-million dollar renovations currently underway at Piper’s Landing Golf Club.

Carolyn Davi President of the Palm City Chamber and Barbara Essenwine, Chamber Board member the event organizer, said; “money from the event goes toward supporting educational and other community events sponsored by the chamber of commerce”.

They went on to say they expect next years turnout to be even bigger.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the 1st annual Sporting Clay shoot a huge success. Don’t know what the chamber would do without you all.

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“Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Performs

“Magic and Make Believe”

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Stuart – John Enyart, Benjamin Enyart and Thomas Servinsky each conducted music associated with magic and make-believe .

Is the make-believe world of childhood merely capricious dream and illusion? Or is it a vision of the power of imagination and invention?

Certainly the creative genius of the composers behind the pieces in this concert is not fiction. From Howard Shore’s Two Towers from the Lord of the Rings, Dvorak’s Noonday Witch, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Prokofiev’s Lt. Kije, and the Berceuse and Finale of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, these familiar and very real pieces continue to enchant, captivate and inspire people throughout our planet.

This evenings concert also featured a performance by the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony’s 2016 Concerto Competition Winner, violinist Brook Gunter.

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony provides challenging experiences in orchestral and individual performance for student musicians to broaden technical skills and artistic expression, to instill professionalism, and to enhance enjoyment of their musical talents individually and for their audiences.

Members of the orchestra may choose to compete in the annual Concerto Competition. The winner of this competition has the privilege of performing his or her piece with the orchestra during the spring concert season.

Each year the orchestra awards scholarships and grants to several of its young musicians. The scholarships are used by orchestra members to continue music education during a summer music program, to enter a college level musical curriculum in the fall, to obtain private lessons from professionals, or to assist in the purchase of musical instruments.

During its 27-year history, the orchestra alumni have been selected for highly-competitive auditions to attend major conservatories and university programs. Students often opt to continue their music studies in college, in addition to other academic majors.

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and is composed of the most talented student musicians from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties. The conductors of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony are Dr. John Enyart, Ben Enyart and Thomas Servinsky. The orchestra is funded by performance proceeds, orchestra membership fees and private and corporate support.

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Bill Schobel Named Interim

Chief of Martin County Fire Rescue

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Stuart — The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce Martin County Fire Rescue Bureau Chief Bill Schobel has accepted the position of interim chief of the Fire Rescue Department. Chief Schobel has served the Fire Rescue Department since 2010, most recently leading the Fire Rescue Training Bureau.

Chief Joseph Ferrara announced this week he will be retiring, with his last day of work being May 13th.

Chief Ferrara has 26 years of service with Martin County Fire Rescue.

County Administrator Taryn Kryzda said, “We thank Chief Ferrara for his service to Martin County and successfully leading our Fire Rescue Department for seven years.

We wish him the very best as he retires, and moves on to another chapter of his life.”

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BIG TASTE 2016 Happy 20th Anniversary

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Stuart — The much-anticipated Taste of Martin County returned to Downtown Stuart on Tuesday evening at a new location in Flagler Park.

The Taste of Martin County reflects the best in culinary presentation as well as the very best of community camaraderie. Local chefs from more than 30 dining establishments served their signature delights and competed for a prestigious title in one of The Taste’s seven award categories.

This year’s event was the 20th Anniversary of the acclaimed food festival and also marked the 30th Anniversary for Big Brothers Big Sisters serving Martin County.

All of the funds raised at the Taste of Martin County benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin County to support the mentoring programs in Martin County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

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2015/2016 Martin County Youth Leadership

Gets Artsy F*&^$@!$%^&*

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Stuart — This years Art & Culture Day was little different, the day began at the House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island with a tour hosted by Historic site Manager Linda Geary.

Then on to downtown Stuart and The old court house Art and Cultural center with a presentation from Jennifer Hearn. Where the current show “Earth To Table”, where pottery art is currently on display.

The group then spit up into two groups and toured the Lyric Theater with Kia Fontaine Hamill and the Heritage Museum Feed Store with Mary Jones.

Lunch was provided by Cusine 256 at the Barn Theater along with a complete tour by Francine Beckstead and Jannette Mazella.

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.

For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you too, might become a sponsor, donor, event coordinator or advisory board member, please see the group web site at www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp” or contact 2009-2010 Chair, Diana Bruton at 963 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL. 34994 (772) 286-1900. To find out more about Organizational Capacity Builders, Inc., and Jill Sheppell, please contact: via e-mail at jsheppell@cscmc.org or telephone at. (772) 288-5758, 2030 S.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996-3304

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“NOT All Aboard Florida” Rally Huge Success

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Stuart — If AAF is allowed to utilize the coastal rail tracks as planned, there will be an additional 32 passenger trains per day through our coastal towns and over our old bridges, including three major marine bridges; The New River, Loxahatchee and St. Lucie River. There will be an increase in noise pollution, traffic congestion and major safety concerns in our coastal towns. It is predicted many homes and businesses that are impacted by the train will have a decrease in value. AAF will cause longer commutes to work and could affect emergency response times. The projected number of trains is up to 50 freight and passenger trains per day! Freight is projected to increase with longer trains/more freight trains. AAF=All About Freight! AAF should not use any taxpayer money for this “private” venture. AAF needs to change their course from Miami to Orlando!

That was the mantra yesterday in Stuart’s memorial Park. “All Aboard Florida/Blightline we are not going away! The name of this debacle does not matter so help us let All Aboard Florida know we are in this fight no matter how long it takes! The Saturday event provided the latest updates on the fight against All Aboard Florida from elected officials up and down the coast followed by music in the park with Big Coque!

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Welcome Home Frank Brogan

Keynote Speaker 1st Annual Leadership Symposium

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The LEADERship Martin County Alumni hosted “The Next Step LEADERship Symposium” on Friday, at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina.

Featured keynote speaker Chancellor Frank Brogan who became the fourth chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in 2013. A lifelong educator, Brogan previously served as chancellor of the State University System of Florida, was president of Florida Atlantic University and was twice elected lieutenant governor of the state of Florida. He began his academic career as a teacher at Port Salerno Elementary School. After working his way up through the Martin County School System—including serving six years as superintendent—he was elected Florida’s Commissioner of Education in 1995. As commissioner, he spearheaded passage of a law to strengthen criminal background checks for all educators and led the effort to establish the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

For those that may not know, and for those that may be interested, “The Next Step LEADERship Symposium”—according to information provided by the host, The LEADERship Martin County Alumni (LMCA) organization was established in 1991 to support the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce’s LEADERship Martin County program; to provide education and networking opportunities for our members; and to enhance community awareness of our members by providing opportunities to evaluate and act on issues affecting the Community.

With all said and done about the LMCA, one may want to take a closer look at the word ‘leadership’ and what it implies. According to BusinessDictionary.com -– Leadership is defined as individuals who are the leaders in an organization, regarded collectively; as the activity of leading a group of people or an organization or the ability to do this and involves establishing a clear vision, sharing that vision with others so that they will follow willingly, providing the information, knowledge and methods to realize that vision, and coordinating and balancing the conflicting interests of all members and stakeholders. Further, a leader steps up in times of crisis, and is able to think and act creatively in difficult situations and unlike management, leadership cannot be taught, although it may be learned and enhanced through coaching or mentoring.

The LEADERship Symposium was a full day of distinguished speakers, leadership skill-building breakout sessions and networking. Former Congressman Mark Foley, a former member of the United States House of Representatives, kicked off the event. Walter McFarland, founder of Windmill Human Performance and an Associate Fellow at Said Business School, Oxford University, will lead a plenary session: Leading Begins Here. Breakout sessions for the day include “Coaching Techniques that Drive Success” with Dr. Jack Mitchell, “Leading from a Coaching Perspective” with Julie Shows and “Achieving and Sustaining High Performance” with Roseann Ryba and Nina Segura.

A portion of the proceeds from today’s symposium benefited the LEADERship Martin County Alumni Foundation for Youth, Inc.

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Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce Hosts Candidate Forum

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Hobe Sound — Thursday evening the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce hosted a meet and greet and candidate Q&A forum at Hobe Sound Bibl College.

Candidates for Martin County Commission discussed many topics including the Comprehensive Plan, Fire Rescue Contract, the CRA., the TRAIN & Water Quality.

The CRA took most of the time and seemed to be the most decisive topic.

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

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

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

The top 10 finalists were selected by magazine editors’ assessments of each town’s “coastal vibe,” as well as factors including the number of sunny days, air quality, commute times, crime ratings, and standard of living.

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

The final, ranked, top 10 list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” will be featured in the May 2016 print issue of Coastal Living. The ranked towns will also be featured in an online gallery on www.coastalliving.com.

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN

MOVES THROUGH MARTIN COUNTY

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Stuart – Monday morning deputies and civillian employees with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office joined together to run in the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics athletes work very hard throughout the year training for events such as track, equestrian competition, swimming, surfing, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, cycling, basketball, and bowling. The torch run has long been an important and very symbolic way in which we help kick off the Olympic Games for these very special athletes.

A big thank you to the spectators who came out to support our efforts during the race by gathering along the run route.

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Elliott Museum Celebrates 20 Years of Classic Cars

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Stuart/Hutchinson Island — Each year the Elliott Museum on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Florida invites auto enthusiasts to celebrate the art, history and technology of the classic automobile during its 20th Annual Classics at the Beach Car Show.

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S.P.A.M. Robotics Wins Second Regional Competition

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In photo: S.P.A.M., Martin County School District FIRST Robotics Team 180, won two regional competitions this season in Orlando and West Palm Beach with their robot named Brave Sir Lobbin’. The team will now travel to compete at FIRST Championships in St. Louis, MO on April 28-30 at the Edward Jones Dome

Stuart—S.P.A.M., the Martin County School District’s high school robotics team, won the second of two regional tournaments they competed in during this season’s FIRST® Robotics Competition. This weekend, April 1-2, the team of 68 students won the FRC South Florida Regional held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. On March 11-12, they also won the FRC Orlando Regional held at the UCF Arena. The team will now advance to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 28-30.

S.P.A.M. also received two prestigious awards at the two tournaments. At the South Florida Regional, they received the Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriter’s Laboratories. This award celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovate ways to eliminate or protect against hazards.

At the Orlando Regional, the team was presented with the Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious award a team can receive. This award honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.

This was the first time in the team’s 19 year history that it has received either of these awards.

The 2016 game, FIRST Stronghold, is played with two alliances of three robots. Alliances are on a quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the tower.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a program that challenges high school students—working with professional mentors—to design and build a robot to contend in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.

S.P.A.M. is comprised of students from Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, Clark Advanced Learning Center and home schools. The team is dependent on donations and is supported by businesses and individuals throughout the community as well as sponsorships by Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies, FPL, and UL.

FIRST was founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to design accessible, K-12 STEM education programs that use robot challenges to build science and technology skills and interests, in a character driven program that also inspires self-confidence, leadership and life skills.

For more information, contact S.P.A.M. at frcteam180@gmail.com.

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Eagle Marsh Hosts March “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 is back at  Eagle Marsh Country Club.

Eagle Marsh Enterprises gives you access to the facilities and services you need to enjoy the very best in South Florida living. Our Jensen Beach location is in the heart of Florida’s Treasure Coast, an area that offers a lifestyle that is truly among the most gratifying in the world. Eagle Marsh provides Treasure Coast residents and visitors with an outstanding golf club, excellent dining and banquet facilities, a luxury limousine service and world-class irrigation and landscaping services. We welcome you to the online home of our family of companies and hope that we will soon have the opportunity to serve you.

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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Piper’s Landing Hosts Palm City Chamber March Breakfast

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In photo: Joe Negron, Mary Lynn Magar and Ian Cotner from AT&T our sponsor for this month’s breakfast welcome Chamber members

Palm City — The March Palm City Chamber of Commerce breakfast provides an opportunity for the Chamber to bring members of the State legislature to their members for a complete update on the recently adjourned legislative session in Tallahassee.

Joe Negron spoke to the passage of the $80 appropriation for the continued development of Caulkin’s Water Farm and the impact that would have on the Indian River lagoon.

Mary Lynn Magar also spoke about the Caulkins Water Farm as well a congratulations to our new President of the Florida Senate Joe Negron and the benefits that will bring to our part of the state.

Piper’s Landing is about to embark on $7 Million renovations to it’s clubhouse and grounds and this will be the last event until the construction is completed in late November.

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

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

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

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

Our mission is to serve and safeguard all persons in Martin County and ensure the quality of life for all through the effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement, detention and court services. We are sensitive to the authority entrusted to us, and ensure that it is exercised in a manner consistent with our responsibility to protect the public with fairness and equality. We strive to provide optimum services by maximizing our resources in a cost-effective manner.

In the great tradition of Southern golf courses, Arnold Palmer was given free reign to create the ideal golf course at Monarch Country Club. Enhancing the natural beauty of the Club’s ideal location are its exceptional amenities and gracious service.

The tradition continues at Monarch Country Club. With an atmosphere of unhurried tranquility and pristine beauty, this classically understated refuge offers an inviting backdrop to a charming way of life. In the great tradition of Southern golf courses, Arnold Palmer was given free reign to create the ideal course. Enhancing the natural beauty of Monarch is its ideal location, exceptional amenities and gracious service.

The two-story clubhouse commands a magnificent view of emerald green fairways and azure blue waterways. Its design, contemporary refinements and floor-to-ceiling glass contrast the warmth of soft colors and beautiful palms in an inviting atmosphere. A place of pride built for shared good times.

Our Mission at the Palm City Chamber is “To serve as the principle advocate of the community and its businesses, acting as the catalyst in promoting the economic development of the Palm City area, stimulating jobs and improving the quality of life.”The Palm City Chamber is the only Chamber on the Treasure Coast that offers private tours of member businesses exclusively to their members.

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Martin County School District Celebrates

42nd Music In Our Schools

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Stuart — The Martin County School District sponsored the 42nd Annual “Music in Our Schools” program on Tuesday evening. The free event was held in the gymnasium at Martin County High School and featured performances by hundreds of students from all grades and music levels.

The program is in recognition of the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Music In Our Schools Month®.

All 12 of the elementary schools had their choruses perform as one, as did the five middle schools. The choruses and bands from the District’s three high schools also performed as a dynamic group. In addition, there was a performance by the county-wide chorus, “FRIENDS.”

This year’s theme was “Music Inspires” which is NAfME’s way of encouraging schools and communities around the country to get busy with activities and initiatives to raise awareness of the benefits of learning music, and the ways that music can empower and enrich lives.

“’Music in Our Schools’ is one of the most emotional and inspirational events our school district has the privilege of hosting,” says Janice Mills, organizer of the event and principal at Spectrum Junior/Senior High School.

“Arts education is such a vital part of our curriculum and to be able to share the talents of our students with the community is an awesome reward,” she adds.

Co-organizer Joe Flanagan, the assistant principal at Anderson Middle School, served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. He has been involved with Music in Our Schools since 1988, when he was the band director at South Fork High School.

The Education Foundation of Martin County is a co-sponsor of the event and has provided a grant that has supplied sheet music to the District’s elementary, middle, and high schools over the past three years.

The program provides a special opportunity for members of the community to understand, support, and become aware of the continual effort to support music education in the District’s schools.

Martin County High School is located at 2801 South Kanner Highway in Stuart.

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Pine School Hosts Martin Youth LEADERship Career Day

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Stuart — The Martin Youth LEADERship Program spent the entire day at Hobe Sound’s Pine School for Career day.

Employers from around Martin County, The Treasure Coast and South Florida provided a unique experience for all of the 37 Martin Youth LEADERship participants. Showcasing in this years career fair and breakout sessions were Seacoast Bank, Northwestern mutual Insurance, Martin Health, Sand Hill Cove, Martin County Business Development Board, Ibis County Club, Manpower, House of Hope, Keiser University, Attorney Jason Berger and Awarness Technology.

Breakout sessions included Social Media and pursuing good schools and career, resume writing, interviewing skills and dress for success.

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.

For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you too, might become a sponsor, donor, event coordinator or advisory board member, please see the group web site at www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp” or contact 2009-2010 Chair, Diana Bruton at 963 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL. 34994 (772) 286-1900. To find out more about Organizational Capacity Builders, Inc., and Jill Sheppell, please contact: via e-mail at jsheppell@cscmc.org or telephone at. (772) 288-5758, 2030 S.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996-3304

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8th Annual Single Fin Showdown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stillery Hosts 20’s Speakeasy Event For Molly’s House

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Stuart — Molly’s House is a nonprofit hospital hospitality house supporting patients who are receiving medical care on the Treasure Coast by providing affordable, temporary accommodations to those patients and their family members. The Victorian style house features 14 bedrooms with private baths, a living room, two kitchens, a laundry facility, a chapel, a library and outside areas for relaxing. Molly’s House has been keeping families together since 1996 providing a home-away-from-home for more than 17,000 individuals.

The Stillery is Stuart’s newest entertainment venue! Featuring comedy, live music, DJ’s, dancing, indoor/outdoor lounge areas, full liquor bar serving craft cocktails and a huge selection (40+) of beer.

Open to the public nightly, with additional space for private events. Kitchen at the Stillery is Now Open.

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Women’s Club of Stuart Installs New Members

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In photo: (l to r) Mona Salisbury (President), Janice Hanssen, Barbara Andersen, Sheila Carpenter-Perry, Evie Klaassen, Kelly Prentice, Kathy Pittman, Janie Copes (Vice-President, membership)

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.

We have been providing scholarships to young women for over 50 years.

In May 2015, we provided $26,000 in scholarships to six young woman in Martin County High Schools. We were also able to give $1,000 to the Martin County 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 provided $300 to create a science program at the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, provided six newborn car seats to Mary’s Shelter, sent a local sophomore to HOBY Leadership Training at Lynn University, and gave a $1,500 donation to the family of a handicapped girl for her medical care through our Juniorettes Program. Once again, our Conservation Committee presented 100 trees to fourth graders at J.D. Parker Elementary School for planting on Arbor Day, supported the Alzheimer’s Foundation Walk and participated in the annual Stuart Christmas Parade.

Additionally, we support Council on Aging, the Veterans Hospital, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Toys for Tots, and many other worthwhile charities. The Club consists of 135 regular members including members of the Woman’s Club of Stuart Girlfriends Committee, a group of professional, philanthropic women.

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Project Graduation Sponsors Stuart/Martin County Chamber March Networking Breakfast

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In photo: Thanks to Project Graduation our sponsors for breakfast this month

Stuart — The Project Graduation Foundation, Inc. of Martin County, FL is a locally run, nationally developed drug and alcohol-free program designed for graduating seniors. It encourages them to stay off the streets on the night of their high school graduation. We collect and manage all of the funds for the three public high schools in Martin County: Martin County High School, South Fork High School and Jensen Beach High School.

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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Autogeek 2016

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Stuart — Autogeek will hosted the 11th annual Detail Fest & Car Show this past weekend, offering a unique opportunity for car enthusiasts from around the globe to gather and celebrate their shared passion for cars!

Detail Fest was open to the public and featured car shows, product demonstrations, mini-detailing classes, food vendors and live entertainment.

Detail Fest provided a chance for fans and professionals alike to meet industry insiders and celebrities in a fun and casual setting.

Each year, awareness of Detail Fest grows and AutoGeek celebrated a record number of participants and spectators this year.

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Josephine’s Hosts “Food, Friends and Fashion!”

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Stuart — “Food, Friends and Fashion”, sponsored by the Girlfriends of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Stuart, an afternoon luncheon at Josephine’s Café and Bistro was a very successful and fun event.

Informal modeling showcasing the latest fashions from the Shoppes at Harbour Bay were presented to a sell-out crowd.

A fabulous lunch was served and everyone enjoyed the excellent dessert served to celebrate Josephine’s One Year Anniversary!

The auction was loaded with fabulous baskets graciously donated by local businesses and Girlfriends and everyone had a chance to buy tickets to win.

This years models were Janie Copes, Deb Pfrogner, Patty Snodgrass, Pat Schmader, Mona Salisbury

This years committee for the fashion show is: Committee Chairs: Janie Copes and Deb Pfrogner

Committee Members: Nicole Mier, Deb Pfrogner, Shelly Hammer, Nancy Rad,Denise Vitale, Janie Copes, , Libby Crosswhite , Carolyn Hall, Alisa Hart, Pam Evert, Barb Scharlau, Monika Sundstrom ,Carolyn Liebowitz , Rona Byrne

Funds raised by the Woman’s Club provide college scholarships for senior girls at Martin County public high schools. This past year, $26,000 in scholarships were awarded, and during the past six years, $116,000 has been awarded to 32 high school students.

“Each year, we’ve been able to increase our scholarship support and we hope to do that again this year,” Ms. Pharo said. On the day of the tour, more than 100 Woman’s Club members will assist in the event, by volunteering as hostesses at the homes, directing traffic and organizing the reception.

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

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John Haddox Launches Campaign At Harry and The Natives

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Hobe Sound — Harry Macarthur said; “my friends in Hobe Sound and across Martin County come and join us at the restaurant and show your support for Commissioner John Haddox. John has been a true friend to Hobe Sound. He supports our community, he supports our CRA, he supports our quality of life and he needs our support to get reelected. C’mon out and let me feed you, let him buy you a drink and have a great time!

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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch Holds Meet and Greet

At Manero’s Palm City

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Palm City — Nearly 50 people attended my Meet and Greet in Palm City at Manero’s tonight. “It was Exciting to see members of such diverse interest groups and to listen and learn what is important to all”. Thank you

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Local Business Community Reads

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In photo: (l to r) Mike Mulleady as the Lorax and George Seliga as Dr. Seuss

Palm City — Local business leaders George Seliga from Aycock Funeral Homes and Mike Mulleady from Cutting Edge Maketing read to Palm City Elementar School 2nd graders yesterday in celebration of D.Seuss’s birthday.

George who has done this for six years said; “I love doing this every year, it gives me energy and looking at those children hope for our future”.

Get involved! NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually in March on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too!

Click here to see the guides and activities to celebrate reading with young people.

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Nancy Reagan July 6, 1921 – March 6, 2016

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Nancy Davis Reagan (born Anne Frances Robbins, July 6, 1921 – March 6, 2016) was an actress and the widow of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. She was the First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.

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Port Mayaca Polo Hosts Molly’s House 6th Annual Fundraiser

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Port Mayaca — Everyone was ready to stomp some divots on Saturday when the Molly’s House 6th annual Polo and Paella was held Port Mauaca polo Club. Brought to you again this year by Presenting Sponsor, The Herold-Cadorette Family. the event took place at the Port Mayaca Polo Club. The annual fundraiser featured international polo players, a dressage presentation, VIP party, Best Hat Contest, car show (Elliot Musem Cars) and the traditional halftime champagne divot stomp.

The day also included several trophy presentations. Proceeds support the mission of Molly’s House to keep families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients.

$100 ticket offered the ultimate tailgating experience including complimentary beer, wine, champagne and a delicious paella lunch under a private tent with an exceptional view of the day’s activities.

Molly’s House is a nonprofit hospital hospitality house supporting patients who are receiving medical care on the Treasure Coast by providing affordable, temporary accommodations to those patients and their family members. The Victorian style house features 14 bedrooms with private baths, a living room, two kitchens, a laundry facility, a chapel, a library and outside areas for relaxing. Molly’s House has been keeping families together since 1996 providing a home-away-from-home for more than 17,000 individuals.

Established in 2006, the Port Mayaca Polo Club was designed and built by Stephen Orthwein, former Chairman of the United States Polo Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Polo Federation. The Club has five Championship fields and club barns with paddocks to stable over 200 horses. We recently added 2 new Celebration fields which will be ready in 2016.

Port Mayaca Polo Club features a world class facility and promotes both family oriented and highly competitive polo from December to April. The club also focuses on Junior Polo, Women’s Tournaments and International Competitions.

The Orthwein family has been playing polo for three generations and has been intimately involved in developing polo in south Florida, and the entire United States, with close connections to the St. Louis Polo Club, Greenwich Polo Club, Atlanta Polo Club, Gulfstream Polo Club and Palm Beach Polo.

The Port Mayaca Polo Club is a world-class polo destination for the next generation of players.

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North River Shores Tennis Club Hosts Tournament

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Jensen Beach — Locals come out for fun, sport and Treasure Coast Hospice Palliative Care.

We are proud to support such a great organization here on the Treasure Coast. One hundred percent of our proceeds are to be donated to Palliative Care for Treasure Coast Hospice. Treasure Coast Hospice is a community-based, non-profit agency that provides a system of comprehensive services when families face serious health issues and need to make important choices about how to provide the best options for the care of loved ones that honor those choices. Palliative Care helps patients truly “live” with serious illness, by helping to identify goals for care, understand treatment options, and provide pain and symptom relief.

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Council On Aging Celebrates First Annual Sage Awards

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In photo: Anne Thompson Schafer won the Sage award tonight for Community Service.

Stuart — Do you know a remarkable senior? That is the question The Council on Aging of Martin County has been asking since November.

On Saturday evening The Council celebrated their first annual Sage Awards, honoring the wisdom and worth of our area’s seniors.

Nominations were received through the end of 2015 for standout seniors in Martin and St. Lucie counties who are making significant impacts in the world, while displaying a positive image of aging to younger generations.

Anne Schafer, founder of the Women’s Power Lunch said after winning the Community service award; “I am going to be 83 in three days and this is the best birthday present I think I could ever receive”.

The mission of the Council on Aging of Martin County is to help seniors live young at any age by remaining independent, healthy and living in their own homes. The not-for-profit Council provides programs in support of this mission, including Meals on Wheels, Kane Cuisine, an adult day program, senior-focused primary medical care at the Kane Clinic, care management and caregiver support. The Council, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014, is the longest standing organization in the county dedicated to serving our senior population.

The Kane Center, the home of the Council on Aging of Martin County, is a multi-generational facility offering a wide range of services for seniors, their families and caregivers, and the greater Treasure Coast community. The Kane Center is designed to serve all seniors in Martin County, from the active to the frail, through social, wellness, medical, nutritional, educational and cultural programming. Intergenerational events for the general public are also offered. The on-site Frances Langford Theatre and Auditorium, the Town Center and other spaces are available for rent for special events. The Kane Center is owned and operated by the Council on Aging of Martin County.

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Martin Youth LEADERship

Gets An Education in Health and Wellness

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In photo: 2015/2016 Martin County Youth Leadership with Jessica Leslie

STUART — On Tuesday the 37 students and mentors with the Martin Youth LEADERship (MYL) Program held their sixth session of the 2015-2016 school year.

This month’s event (Heath and Wellness Day) was located at the 10th Avenue Recreation center. The students listened to a profound presentation on DUI in our community today. The presentation was given by convicted DUI felon Jessica Leslie, a convicted felon for DUI Manslaughter. Her odyssey began on Thanksgiving where she at the age of 20, a minor, began drinking casually a Thanksgiving dinners at Mom house and then Dad’s house. By the end of the day she was legally drunk but was not driving and went home. the next day she proceeded to go about her day but still legally drunk. What happened to her then you would not wish on your worst enemy.

Leslie now speaks to many groups but she mostly enjoys speaking with kids because the statistics say that half of all DUI fatalities are underage.

After lunch it’s Yoga time. Miss Chrissy Vorpagel took the group though a session on thoughtful breathing and Yoga.

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.

For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you too, might become a sponsor, donor, event coordinator or advisory board member, please see the group web site at www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp” or contact 2009-2010 Chair, Diana Bruton at 963 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL. 34994 (772) 286-1900. To find out more about Organizational Capacity Builders, Inc., and Jill Sheppell, please contact: via e-mail at jsheppell@cscmc.org or telephone at. (772) 288-5758, 2030 S.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996-3304

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Art is Everywhere – And A Sellout Crowd Saw It!

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Stuart — The GFWC Girlfriends of the Woman’s Club of Stuart had a successful Art is Everywhere Tour on Saturday, February 13, 2016. The tour showcased the community’s art and musical collections in individual’s and artists’ homes. This tour presented by Jack and Ceejay Heckenberg, along with the Girlfriends, The Twisted Tuna and the Grove Dock Bar and Café was all about the art and music which varied from eclectic to classical.

The reception following the tour was held at the Grove Dock Bar and Café where everyone gathered to socialize and enjoy light refreshments. A guest presentation by Lars C. Totterman, Gallery Director of Geoffrey Smith’s Gallery was an added bonus! In addition, the artists of the Fish House Art Center were in their studios and everyone had an opportunity to view these fantastic working artists. We want to congratulate Bette McKeon, winner of the framed Salvador Dali lithograph print entitled, “Lincoln in Dali Vision. “

Proceeds from the Art are Everywhere Tour will provide scholarships for middle and high school girls in Martin County pursuing the visual and performing arts.

Many thanks to our artists, musicians, and sponsors for making this tour a success. A special thanks to all of the Girlfriends of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Stuart for all your hard work and dedication to serving our community. The Woman’s Club of Stuart is celebrating its 103rd year of community service.

Save the date for our next event: “Food, Friends, and Fashions” on Saturday, March 19th, 2016. It will be an afternoon luncheon @ Josephine’s Café and Bistro with informal modeling showcasing the Shoppes of Harbour Bay—you don’t want to miss it!

To learn more about the Woman’s Club and any future events call 772-288-3227 or visit GFWCWomansClubofStuart.com.

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Caulkins Water Farm At work

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In photos: top photo  Caulkins Water Farm 3rd week of Jan., bottom photo Caukins Water farm today

Indiantown — With concerns by environmentalists over the imminent fresh water pulse releases from Lake Okeechobee it might be of interest to see ow the latest experiment is working out in western Martin County.

The experiment is the Caulkins Water Farm.

Just two (2) weeks ago Stuart martin County Youth Leadership had the opportunity to view the Caulkins Water Farm u close and personal and I am sure to many it interesting as a theory but will it really work. Today after the rains of last week and the announcement by the Army Corps that pulse releases from lake Okeechobee will be necessary

In August 2013, SFWMD approved the Water Farming Pilot Project known as “Caulkins”, located in Indiantown, Florida, a public/private partnership with Caulkins Citrus Company. The Caulkins property is uniquely located adjacent to C-44, below the Okeechobee locks, but above the S-80 discharge facility.

Since becoming operational in February 2014, this project has stored 20,000 acre-feet (and acre foot is 327,000 gallons), or 6.5 billion gallons, of water taken from the C-44 canal across its 413 acre footprint, removing this water and its pollutants, Nitrogen and Phosphorus, from the basin and reducing discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon.

Water Farming is an alternative water storage method. The “Caulkins” pilot program has proven to be a highly efficient, cost effective method of collecting, storing and “farming” water through transvaporation, percolation and evaporation. It is an alternative water storage facility that adds to, and supplements, other existing and proposed water retention, storage and diversion projects designed to reduce destructive discharges from Lake Okeechobee and local drainage.

The Caulkins Water Farm proposes to expand its existing 413 acre “pilot project”, already operating successfully on a portion of the fallow citrus groves that comprised Caulkins Citrus Company, to its entire 3300 acres. This expansion will create a large, shallow water storage facility, capable of receiving water diverted from the C-44 reducing the need to discharge, or waste the water to tide. Based on scientific monitoring, it can be estimated that approximately 70-80,000 ac-ft of water could be “harvested” from the C-44 and treated and captured within the 3000 acres available for expansion of the pilot.

The St. Lucie River Watershed Protection Plan estimated that 200,000 ac-ft of storage are needed within the basin to reduce discharge events by 90% annually. An expanded “Caulkins” satisfies almost 50% of that need.

In 2015 Army Corps of Engineers releases from Lake Okeechobee averaged 300 million gallons per day. An expanded Caulkins Water Farm could receive 100 million gallons per day, even when “full.” Because of evaporation and percolation, the water in the water farm recedes a tenth of a foot per day. That means Caulkins could reduce those damaging discharges by 30 percent. Every day.

The expansion of the Caulkins Water Farm will require twelve months of construction. This compares with multi-year or decade long lead times for construction of public projects.

As part of a Public-Private Partnership, Caulkins proposes to finance the entirety of the construction budget. Caulkins proposes that SFWMD enter into a ten year “Payment for Environmental Services” (PES) contract with Caulkins.

Water sent to the Caulkins Water Farm is not lost. The majority of the water diverted to Caulkins percolates through the sandy soil, with no constrained water table and recharges the aquifers. Further, in a low water year, the surface water stored on Caulkins can simply be released back into the C-44. This amount could be 20,000 ac-ft (6.5 billion gallons).

The Caulkins Water Farm Expansion represents a unique opportunity for water managers and environmentalists to take a bold step to reduce the damaging discharges into the St Lucie River in a Public-Private Partnership with a credible, dedicated, and willing partner.

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Treasure Coast Community Church (TC3) Apostles

Volunteer For Habitat for Humanity

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Indiantown — 10 Volunteers from Treasure Coast Community Church (TC3) began working on the new constuction site in Indiantown on Saturday. Originally work was to begin last week but due to the heavy rain work was ppstponed until today.

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is celebrating its 30th year of service to the community in 2016 and is planning a year-long campaign to both celebrate its successes and look toward future projects.

Founded in 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is an ecumenical, Christian-based organization dedicated to the premise that everyone should have a simple, decent, and affordable place to live. Since its founding, Habitat has served over 300 families through new home construction, home repair, and weatherization. Habitat has also provided support for families in need through referral, training, case management, and community outreach through partnerships with local government and other non-profit agencies.

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Congressman Murphy Recognizes Service of Two Local Vets

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Stuart, FL – Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy recognized the service of 18th District residents Gunnery Sergeant Calvin Floyd USMCR (Ret.) and Staff Sergeant Nathaniel “Nate” Wells USMCR (Ret.) at a retirement ceremony being held outside the Congressman’s Stuart District Office.

In addition to speaking at the ceremony, the Congressman presented each veteran with a flag flown over the United States Capitol Building.

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Women’s Club of Stuart Installs New Members

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In photo: (l to r) Jo Baxter, Janie Copes, and New Members Nicole Mier, Shauna Ihle, Paula Tubbs and Robin Hall

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.

We have been providing scholarships to young women for over 50 years.

In May 2015, we provided $26,000 in scholarships to six young woman in Martin County High Schools. We were also able to give $1,000 to the Martin County 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 provided $300 to create a science program at the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, provided six newborn car seats to Mary’s Shelter, sent a local sophomore to HOBY Leadership Training at Lynn University, and gave a $1,500 donation to the family of a handicapped girl for her medical care through our Juniorettes Program. Once again, our Conservation Committee presented 100 trees to fourth graders at J.D. Parker Elementary School for planting on Arbor Day, supported the Alzheimer’s Foundation Walk and participated in the annual Stuart Christmas Parade.

Additionally, we support Council on Aging, the Veterans Hospital, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Toys for Tots, and many other worthwhile charities. The Club consists of 135 regular members including members of the Woman’s Club of Stuart Girlfriends Committee, a group of professional, philanthropic women.

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Martin Youth LEADERship Goes Into the Wild!

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Stuart — Tuesday students and mentors with the Martin Youth LEADERship (MYL) Program held their fifth session of the 2015-2016 school year.

Our host for this month’s event was Tom Kenny and the Caulking Water Farm.

In August 2013, SFWMD approved the Water Farming Pilot Project known as “Caulkins”, located in Indiantown, Florida, a public/private partnership with Caulkins Citrus Company. The Caulkins property is uniquely located adjacent to C-44, below the Okeechobee locks, but above the S-80 discharge facility.

Since becoming operational in February 2014, this project has stored 20,000 acre-feet (and acre foot is 327,000 gallons), or 6.5 billion gallons, of water taken from the C-44 canal across its 413 acre footprint, removing this water and its pollutants, Nitrogen and Phosphorus, from the basin and reducing discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon.

Water Farming is an alternative water storage method. The “Caulkins” pilot program has proven to be a highly efficient, cost effective method of collecting, storing and “farming” water through transvaporation, percolation and evaporation. It is an alternative water storage facility that adds to, and supplements, other existing and proposed water retention, storage and diversion projects designed to reduce destructive discharges from Lake Okeechobee and local drainage.

The Caulkins Water Farm proposes to expand its existing 413 acre “pilot project”, already operating successfully on a portion of the fallow citrus groves that comprised Caulkins Citrus Company, to its entire 3300 acres. This expansion will create a large, shallow water storage facility, capable of receiving water diverted from the C-44 reducing the need to discharge, or waste the water to tide. Based on scientific monitoring, it can be estimated that approximately 70-80,000 ac-ft of water could be “harvested” from the C-44 and treated and captured within the 3000 acres available for expansion of the pilot.

The St. Lucie River Watershed Protection Plan estimated that 200,000 ac-ft of storage are needed within the basin to reduce discharge events by 90% annually. An expanded “Caulkins” satisfies almost 50% of that need.

In 2015 Army Corps of Engineers releases from Lake Okeechobee averaged 300 million gallons per day. An expanded Caulkins Water Farm could receive 100 million gallons per day, even when “full.” Because of evaporation and percolation, the water in the water farm recedes a tenth of a foot per day. That means Caulkins could reduce those damaging discharges by 30 percent. Every day.

The expansion of the Caulkins Water Farm will require twelve months of construction. This compares with multi-year or decade long lead times for construction of public projects.As part of a Public-Private Partnership, Caulkins proposes to finance the entirety of the construction budget. Caulkins proposes that SFWMD enter into a ten year “Payment for Environmental Services” (PES) contract with Caulkins.

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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Ocean Properties Celebrates Groundbreaking

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Jensen Beach — Ever since the hurricanes of 2004, Jean and Frances citizens of Martin County have been asking; ‘When is someone going to something the old Holiday Inn on the Beach”? Today is the day that something was finally announced.

Mark Walsh and Ocean Properties will build Oceanside Resort.

1n 2005 the South Florida billionaire H. Wayne Huizenga’s empire was establishing yet another outpost on the Treasure Coast, this time at the hurricane-ravaged Holiday Inn Oceanside on Hutchinson Island.

The deal was never to happen. Due to ill health and other obsticles Huizenga Holdings decided to abandon the effort.

Then along came Mark Walsh and Ocean Properties. The son of Tom Walsh, who founded Ocean Properties in 1969 in Maine, Walsh and his brothers and sister were raised to help run one of the largest privately held hotel management and development firms in North America, with more than 100 properties under ownership.

A two story welcome area, 2 pools, meeting room facilities and a five star restaurant is planned for the property.

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S.P.A.M. Robotics Hosts Second “FIRST®” LEGO League Tournament

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STUART — S.P.A.M. Robotics held its second annual “FIRST®” LEGO League (FLL) tournament on Saturday at South Fork High School gymnasium.

Two tournaments ran side-by-side with 10 teams in one division and 12 teams in the other division. Winners from both divisions will qualify to advance to regional play.

FLL teams are made up of students in grades 4 through 8 who will come from throughout South Florida as well as from the Martin County School District elementary and middle schools.

In early fall, FLL released a Challenge which is based on a real-world scientific topic. This year’s challenge, World Class—Learning Unleashed, will redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams will teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn.

Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values.

In the FLL WORLD CLASSS Project, each team was asked to:

  • Choose a topic that they are passionate about or always wanted to learn.
  • Create an innovative solution that improves the learning experience.
  • Share their solution with others.

For more information about this year’s Challenge, see www.usfirst.org.

The Education Foundation of Martin County was instrumental in providing each elementary and middle school in the Martin County School District with the resources to sponsor a team. Three of the local schools competed last week in the “Burning for Learning” FLL qualifying tournament, also sponsored by S.P.A.M. Robotics.

S.P.A.M. Robotics is comprised of students from Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, Clark Advanced Learning Center and home schools. Each year the team designs, builds and programs a fully functional robot to compete in an athletic style event. Competitions are organized by FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a non-profit organization created by inventor Dean Kaman to motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. You can learn more about S.P.A.M. at their website, www.spamrobotics.com.

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MURPHY HAILS GROUNDBREAKING OF C-44

INDIAN RIVER LAGOON SOUTH RESERVOIR

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Stuart, FL – Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) joined Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy and other federal, state, and local officials to mark a major milestone in Everglades restoration efforts to benefit Treasure Coast waterways at a groundbreaking ceremony for the reservoir component of the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) project. With a storage capacity of 16 billion gallons, this 3,400-acre reservoir is the largest component of the C-44 Indian River Lagoon South project, which once completed will reduce harm to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon by providing water storage and treatment areas.

“Continued progress to improve water quality throughout the entire system can only be achieved through collaboration across all agencies, levels of government, and the community. So while today’s groundbreaking of this vital reservoir is a major milestone, we also know that our work is not done in the fight to protect our waterways,” said Rep. Murphy. “Together, we will see the C-44 Indian River Lagoon South project and other vital Everglades restoration efforts come to completion, providing the relief our local waterways so desperately need after being inundated by toxic discharges for decades.”

“The Obama Administration has already invested $2.2 billion in the restoration of the Everglades and today marks yet another groundbreaking on a project that will restore the most biologically diverse estuarine system‎ in the United States,” said Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. “We will save this system and preserve it for future generations.”

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Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Performs Music For The Dance

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Stuart – John Enyart, Benjamin Enyart and Thomas Servinsky each conducted music associated historically with the Dance.

Dance is one of the most basic forms of expression humans use as a release of energy and exuberance. From the earliest composers to today’s pop music, dance is at the heart of most music. This program features major compositions with ethnic dances woven into the pieces.

From the Italian Tarantella, to the Hungarian Gypsy dance, to the Viennese waltz, to the formal ballet, “Dances” illustrates the passion and beauty of this art form.

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony provides challenging experiences in orchestral and individual performance for student musicians to broaden technical skills and artistic expression, to instill professionalism, and to enhance enjoyment of their musical talents individually and for their audiences.

Members of the orchestra may choose to compete in the annual Concerto Competition. The winner of this competition has the privilege of performing his or her piece with the orchestra during the spring concert season.

Each year the orchestra awards scholarships and grants to several of its young musicians. The scholarships are used by orchestra members to continue music education during a summer music program, to enter a college level musical curriculum in the fall, to obtain private lessons from professionals, or to assist in the purchase of musical instruments.

During its 27-year history, the orchestra alumni have been selected for highly-competitive auditions to attend major conservatories and university programs. Students often opt to continue their music studies in college, in addition to other academic majors.

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and is composed of the most talented student musicians from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties. The conductors of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony are Dr. John Enyart, Ben Enyart and Thomas Servinsky. The orchestra is funded by performance proceeds, orchestra membership fees and private and corporate support.

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Mathew Campbell’s Honor Flight

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South Florida — The October 17th flight to DC went off without a hitch. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make it happen. 78 True American Heroes got to visit, reflect and experience the memorials built in their honor.

Very little time to rest after the October 17th flight as we now shift into gear to start to get ready for our Spring 2016 Honor Flights. Scheduled for April 2nd, and May 7th, 2016, we are looking to fill the planes up with World War II Veterans.

As the last of the Greatest Generation approach their final curtain call, we are witnesses to a tremendous loss as we embrace a precious opportunity. One WWII veteran passes away every 90 seconds. They take their stories, history and enormous bravery with them. But many are among us still. There is no earthly way we can repay the gift of freedom, but with your help we can THANK them.

Honor Flight South Florida flies veterans to Washington DC to see their memorials. These men and women sacrificed so much to preserve our freedom.

Help us honor them. Donate to the cause, the mission. Help Honor Flight South Florida Fly.

100% of ALL donations go to honoring and flying a Veteran to Washington DC. Honor Flight South Florida is blessed with a dedicated all volunteer corps dedicated to honoring ALL American Veterans.

 

 

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Meet The Lyric Theatre League

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Stuart — Next spring “The Battle of The Bands” will occur with High school and middle school students in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties who are invited to submit solo or group music videos online on YouTube between February 1st and March 18th to compete in the first part of a Battle of the Bands event. Instructions for entering the competition can be found on www.LyricTheatre.com or Lyric’s facebook page. Registration is free.

Finalists selected by community judges and people’s choice will be announced on April 1st. These finalists will compete in the second part of the Battle of the Bands by performing on stage at the Lyric Theatre in historic downtown Stuart on Saturday evening, May 7th, from 7-9 p.m. Families, friends and general public can purchase tickets to attend this event.

Winners will be selected by local judges and audience choice and will all receive prizes. First place winner will have the opportunity to be the opening act for one of the Lyric shows during the next season and to designate a scholarship for their school’s use for the arts.

The Battle of the Bands is an event spearheaded by The Lyric League to support local talented youth and to raise funds to expand The Lyric Theatre’s arts and education programs such as Artists in Residency and Children’s Discovery Series. Funds for these programs will be raised through the May 7th event sponsorships and ticket sales.

The Lyric League is an auxiliary group formed to help The Lyric Theatre with its mission of providing a home for the performing arts that entertains, educates and stimulates the growth of artistic integrity and experience for everyone.

For additional information, email or call Niki Norton, President of the Lyric Theatre League, at niki@n2archdesign.com / 772-220-4411.

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‘Godzilla El Niño’ Now Being Called

‘Strongest In Recorded History’

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Um, guys? This winter could be a disaster! But the skiing is probably going to be insane.

A new piece in the Washington Post, and the new thermographic image above, are here to scare the wits out of you today about this coming fall and winter, when it sounds like every day in California will be a #Rainpocalypse. You know how that climate guy was calling the coming El Niño, now taking shape in the Pacific, a “Godzilla El Niño” a couple weeks ago? Well now more experts are weighing in saying it’s most definitely going to get the official categorization of a “strong” event by the end of this month, and 2015 is likely to then become the warmest year on record for the planet as a whole.

That’s going to mean a lot of different things for a lot of places, including possible drought in Australia, fewer Atlantic hurricanes, and a super-warm winter back east, but here in California it could mean daily deluges, mudslides, flash floods, roads washed out, broken/flooded subway systems, you name it!

It could be just the drought-busting drenching that our parched state needs, but to journalists around the country it is already sounding like a major catastrophe before it’s even begun.

Will it be just a series of gray and rainy days from November to April the way ’97/98 was? Or will it be way, way more dramatic than that?

Historically speaking, El Niño and La Niña events tend to be at their strongest, weather-wise, from December to February. And while they mostly only last 9 to 12 months, they can go on for up two years.

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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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