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HURRICANE MATTHEW

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HURRICANE MATTHEW INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 17A
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL142016
800 AM EDT SUN OCT 02 2016

…POWERFUL HURRICANE MATTHEW CONTINUES MOVING SLOWLY
NORTHWESTWARD…
SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT…1200 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…14.1N 74.3W
ABOUT 340 MI…545 KM SSW OF PORT AU PRINCE HAITI
ABOUT 315 MI…510 KM SSE OF KINGSTON JAMAICA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…150 MPH…240 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 320 DEGREES AT 5 MPH…7 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…947 MB…27.96 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Jamaica
* Haiti
* Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Granma,
and Las Tunas

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Cuban province of Camaguey
* Southeastern Bahamas, including the Inaguas, Mayaguana, Acklins,
Crooked Island, Long Cay, and Ragged Island
* Turks and Caicos Islands

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Dominican Republic from Barahona westward to the border with Haiti

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Dominican Republic from Puerto Plata westward to the border with
Haiti

Interests elsewhere in Hispaniola and in the Bahamas should monitor
the progress of Matthew.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36
hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-
force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or
dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be
rushed to completion.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before
the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds,
conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Hurricane Matthew was
located near latitude 14.1 North, longitude 74.3 West. Matthew is
moving toward the northwest near 5 mph (7 km/h). This general
motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the
north tonight. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will
approach southwestern Haiti and Jamaica on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher
gusts. Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible
during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a
powerful hurricane through Monday night.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from
the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205
miles (335 km).

The minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Reserve
Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 947 mb (27.96 inches).

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Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House
Hosts September “Women’s Power Lunch”

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In photo: Welcome newbies, representing the future of the Women’s Power Lunch

Jensen Beach -– The Women’s Power Lunch, started by Anne Thompson Schafer, celebrating their 16th year of connecting … Click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photos from this event

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MEGA YACHT CENTER OPENS IN FORT PIERCE

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Fort Pierce — Introducing the Fort Pierce Yachting Center (FPYC), the Treasure Coasts’ newest large yacht Facility and Marina.

Current plans are to include … Click here to read the rest of the story

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PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL HEADLINE CONCERTS ANNOUNCED

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The 2016 Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival lineup offers the most unique balance of headline concerts in the event’s 29 year history. The festival returns to downtown Jensen Beach November 11, 12, and 13.

Ron Rose, President CEO of the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce made the announcement. “We are always excited to announce the Pineapple Festival concert lineup. The festival will kickoff, Friday, November 11 with … click here to read the rest of the story

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Exclusive, After-hours Event At Stuart Jet Center
For Youth Leadership Scholarship

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In photo: Pete Kemp (from left) of Hustons Commercial Interiors; Dan Capen of Stuart Jet Center; George Stokus of the Martin County Airport; Sue Whittington of Morgan Stanley; and Gina Kenyon

STUART, Fla. – For the second year, LEADERship Martin County Alumni is offering an exclusive evening of networking and socializing at the Stuart Jet Center on Thursday, October 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This event is open to the public. Come help raise funds for LEADERship Martin County’s Alumni Youth Leadership Scholarship. Last year, this scholarship awarded $8,000 to a Martin County student.

For just $20 per ticket, guests will enjoy … click here to read the rest of the story

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Martin County School District
SETTLES CONTRACT WITH TEACHERS’ UNION

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Stuart, FL – The Martin County School District is pleased to announce that it has a tentative 2016-2017 contract agreement with the Martin County Education Association (MCEA). The tentative agreement includes a $2 million salary package, which includes … Click here to view additional photos from this event in the “Education” sect1on

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United Way kicks off 2016-17 campaign!

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In photo: 2016-17 United Way Campaign Team: Bob Brunjes, Amy Brunjes, Carol Houwaart-Diez and Denise Ehrich

Stuart — On Friday, United Way of Martin County kicked off its annual campaign with an energized crowd of 200 attendees at its Community Leaders’ Breakfast. United Way’s new President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez made her first public speech and … Click here to read the rtest of the story

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Arnold Palmer September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016

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Arnold Daniel Palmer (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016) was an American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in professional golf history. He won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed “The King”, he was one of golf’s most popular stars and its most important trailblazer, because he was the first superstar of the sport’s television age, which began in the 1950s.

Palmer’s social impact on behalf of golf was perhaps unrivaled among fellow professionals; his humble background and plain-spoken popularity helped change the perception of golf as an elite, upper-class pastime to a more democratic sport accessible to middle and working classes. Palmer is part of “The Big Three” in golf during the 1960s, along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, who are widely credited with popularizing and commercializing the sport around the world. Click here to read the rest of the story

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Libby Flippo Wins 2016 Dancing with the Martin Stars

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Stuart — Last evening The Martin County Healthy Start Coalition (Healthy Start), a non-profit organization that offers support and education to pregnant women, presented the 2016 edition of Dancing with the Martin Stars to a sold out audience at the Lyric Theatre.

This signature fundraiser pairs well-known members of the community with professional dance instructors who … click here to read the rest of the story

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MARTIN COUNTY DEFEATS CENTENIAL 35 – 0 FOR HOMECOMING 2016

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READING TO THE KIDS

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In photo: Mary Ellen Costa reading to the preschoolers at the Gertrude Walden Center

Stuart — 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.

Mary Ellen Costa, chair of the Education Committee of the Woman’s Club of Stuart, reads to preschoolers every week at … click here to read the rest of the story

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Martin Youth LEADERship Class 20 Is Off to a Great Start!

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Stuart — On Tuesday, the 40 students of this year’s 2016/2017 Martin Youth LEADERship Program held their first monthly session, (Leadership Day) at the Kane Center in Stuart.

Event Coordinator Alec Connolly offered the students a full day of … Click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photos from this event

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Adele Kauffman and “Hats” Featured At September Luncheon

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Stuart — The Women of the Stuart Women’s Club have a great year planned beginning with today’s speaker Adele Kauffman, who provided a very interesting history of … click here to read the rest of the story

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Who Should be Named Martin County Teacher of the Year?

Vote Today!

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The Education Foundation of Martin County is asking for the community’s help in naming our Martin County Teacher of the Year!

Candidates have been specially selected by their peers at each of twenty-four school sites. This selection is in recognition for these teachers’ commitment to their students, their profession, and our community.

These nominees are now vying for the title of Martin County Teacher of the Year as they … Click here to read the rest of the story

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Molly’s House Celebrates 20 Years With “Havana Nights”

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Stuart/Sailfish Point — Last evenings and celebration of a little girls dream for families she saw in distress when love ones are sick enough to be hospitalized and they had no place to go.

Havana Nights was an evening of “50’s retro” inclusive with Salsa, Cuban cuisine, casino, and … Click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photos from this event in the “Human Interest” section

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Palm City Dolphins Touchdown

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Palm City –- 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 … Click here to read more and view additional photos from this event in the “Sports” section

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WELCOME WAWA TO STUART

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PNC Funds Baby Steps Programs
at Helping People Succeed

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In photo: (l-r) Kathy Derringer, VP Baby Steps, Helping People Succeed; Kathleen Strother, Senior VP, Senior Relationship Manager, PNC Bank; Cindy Pilloni, AVP, Client and Community Relations Manager, PNC Bank; and Suzy Hutcheson, President/CEO, Helping People Succeed.

Stuart — Thanks to the generosity of the PNC Foundation and its Grow Up Great initiative, Helping People Succeed’s Baby Steps programs will receive a $5,000 grant to benefit children from birth to age 5, helping to prepare them for success in school and life.

For several years PNC has awarded this grant to Helping People Succeed. PNC’s Grow Up Great initiative is … Click here to read the rest of the story

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Martin County School District Board Approves 2016-2017 Budget

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Stuart, FL – The Martin County School District Board unanimously approved the budget for the 2016-2017 school year.

The Board approved … Click here to read the rest of the story

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Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc. Announces “Adopt-A-Class” Campaign for the 2016-2017

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Jensen Beach — The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Education Committee encourages you to contribute to this very worthwhile program.

Linking businesses, classrooms, students and our educators is the goal of The Entrepreneurship Foundation Adopt-A-Class Program. 100% of all donations go directly to the teacher to purchase items that will enhance classroom learning opportunities.

Donors can get special recognition through… Click here to read the rest of the story

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Treasure Coast Food Bank Gets $100,000 From Publix

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Treasure Coast — As part of today’s kick-off of Pack the House, Publix Super Markets Charities announced a donation to Treasure Coast Food Bank of $100,000 to support the building of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s production kitchen.

The kitchen is the heart of TCFB’s Florida Agriculture & Nourishment Collaborative, a program that will get…  Click here to read the rest of the story and view additional photo from this event in the “Human Interest” section

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Stuart Air Show Named As Top Festival and Event

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STUART, FL (September 7, 2016) — The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named the annual Stuart Air Show as one of the Top 20 Festival and Events in the Southeast for the month of November 2016. The best events across the southeast U.S. compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation. Through a nomination process, Southeast Tourism Society chooses the Top 20 events in the Southeast for each month of the year and publishes the list of winners quarterly.

The 2016 edition of the Stuart Airshow, presented this year … click here to read the rest of the story

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American Cancer Society Making Strides Hosts

Stuart/Martin County Chamber Networking Breakfast

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In photo: Ralph Perrone, Community Manager for ACS Making Strides and volunteer Shaun Kelly welcome Chamber members to September networking breakfast

Stuart — Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a celebration of survivorship – an occasion to express hope and our shared determination to make this breast cancer’s last century.

We believe that everyone with breast cancer should have support.

That’s why the American Cancer Society is so determined to be here for the survivors, the patients, the caregivers, and the millions saved through early detection.

Help raise funds for groundbreaking breast cancer research, life-saving education, and critical patient services by walking in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Making Strides of Martin.

Get ready to join more than one million volunteers nationwide. When you sign up, fund raise, and participate in one of our noncompetitive, three- to five-mile walks, you will be there to support every person affected by breast cancer.

We walk to make sure that anyone touched by this disease has a hand to hold. So give us yours by taking the first steps in supporting this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event.

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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9/11 Foundation Remembers

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Palm City — The 9/11 First Responders Foundation dedicated the donated meditation benches at the 9/11 memorial at the Cummings Library on Sunday evening.

The event included a few short comments by dignitaries and the clergy as well as for the 9th year two twin beams of light illuminating the warn Florida sky in symbolic remembrance for those who lost their lives in New York, that never to be forgotten morning 15 years ago.

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Introducing 2016/2017 Class 19 Martin Youth Leadership

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Palm City – Martin Youth Leadership conducted their annual orientation program at Treasure Coast Realtor’s Association Headquarters in Stuart last evening.

Martin Youth LEADERship is an exciting, education program designed for sophomores and juniors from local high schools to learn about the diversity and complexities of our community, while developing their leadership skills. This is accomplished through participation in a nine-month, structured, experiential program that meets one day each month.

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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RUBIO LEADS GROUP OF 33 REPUBLICAN SENATORS IN WARNING PRESIDENT OBAMA AGAINST BYPASSING SENATE ON NUCLEAR TESTING

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) led a group of 33 Republican Senators today in warning President Obama against bypassing the Senate and seeking United Nations Security Council endorsement of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The Senators threaten to withhold key funding if he does so.

The Constitution “limits the President’s power to make treaties subject to the advice and consent of the Senate,” the letter states. “It is thus disturbing that your Administration appears to be trying to circumvent the Senate’s constitutional treaty role, this time by seeking to use the United Nations Security Council to endorse the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which the Senate rejected in 1999.”

“If you decide to pursue a Security Council Resolution that accepts the imposition of international obligations that the Senate has explicitly rejected,” the Senators warn, “we would make every effort to prevent the authorization or appropriation of the approximately $32 million per year, or 25% of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Preparatory Commission budget, that Congress has been willing to provide during your Administration notwithstanding the Senate’s decision to reject the CTBT.”

The letter makes it clear that “Seeking a U.N. Security Council Resolution to limit or prohibit nuclear weapons testing would be an unconstitutional assertion of Executive authority and an abuse of the separation of powers,” and seeks answers to seven questions regarding the Administration’s ongoing negotiations.

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Hunger Action Month Is Filled With Ways

to Advocate, Donate and Volunteer

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FORT PIERCE — Treasure Coast Food Bank is encouraging everyone to join the fight against hunger throughout the month of September as it marks Hunger Action Month.

“Everyone knows someone who got left out of the economic recovery,” Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz said. “Hunger is not going away, and we use Hunger Action Month each September to encourage everyone to advocate, donate, and volunteer to help us fight hunger.”

September will be packed with events to bring awareness to the issue. Lights will glow orange, and fountains will spout orange water as part of the Go Orange campaign to bring awareness to the issue of hunger. Presenting sponsors for this year’s Hunger Action Month are Geico, Keiser University and Martin Health System.

One of the biggest events of the month is… click here to read the rest of the story

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Tigers Over Panthers 37-8

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STUART — Five Westwood turnovers prove to be Panthers doom and delivers second win for Tigers.

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The 29th Annual Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival Is Coming

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Jensen Beach — The 29th Annual Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival is coming to Downtown Jensen Beach the second weekend of November. Sponsorship works and we appreciate greatly those businesses that have already committed to sponsoring this year’s event. The dates of the festival are November 11-13, 2016.

We believe your participation in one of the most … click here for the rest of the story

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Collaboration With Martin County Tourism Office Brings Local Event Prestigious Designation

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The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named the Annual Stuart Air Show as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2016. The best events across the southeast United States compete to receive a Top 20 designation. The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Stuart Air Show Board collaborated on the application for this prestigious designation.

The 2016 edition of the Stuart Air Show will be … click here to read the rest of the story

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CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CTR. EARNS TOP RANKINGS

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Clark Advanced Learning Center has been ranked as the third highest rated Florida high school on the Newsweek 2016 American’s Top High Schools ratings. The public charter high school in Stuart is #110 out of 500 in the national ranking based on college readiness, graduation rate and college bound students.

Located on the Indian River State College Chastain Campus and affiliated with the Martin County School District, the Clark has also earned… click here to read the rest f the story

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Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House
Hosts August “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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Eagle Marsh Hosts First Annual Courage on All Fronts

Golf Tournament

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Jensen Beach — The mission of the Courage on All Fronts organization is to improve the lives of our veterans, service members, and their families. They provide fun experiences for our combat veterans such as chartered fishing trips, trips with their families, horseback riding, golf outings, and much more. They understand that there are many veterans that suffer from PTSD and we have found that some of the best ways to combat PTSD is to participate in fun activities. There are 22 veteran suicides per day in the United States and we feel that number is far too high. They aim to engage veterans in activities that stimulate their mind and body. Most military men and women need to do something, that is why they went into the military in the first place. They want to make a difference so our organization gives them the opportunity to interact with other veterans in a fun and engaging atmosphere. By interacting with other veterans they get the chance to express themselves to people who truly understand what they have been through while doing a fun activity.

They also believe that it is vitally important to take care of our troops as much as we can overseas. They send care packages overseas to improve morale and for the soldiers to get the items they desperately need. The men and women of the military do so much for us. Their organization has big dreams of getting about 20 Acres and having a pond, area for the dogs, area for the horses, and a garden/orchard area where we grow food we can donate to homeless veterans in need. “We would love to be able to start this adventure as soon as possible but we need you.”

A Tommy Fazio Masterpiece, Eagle Marsh Golf Club is the premier destination for a golfing experience in South Florida. Its solid reputation for overall conditioning, unparalleled greens, and host of challenging holes makes it a truly memorable experience.

The shape of the course will remind golfers of one of the more exclusive private clubs that they may have played in the past. Our members and guests will testify to this bold statement.

With five sets of tees, Eagle Marsh is a real challenge for the experienced golfer and player friendly from the forward tees.

Eagle Marsh Golf Club is the perfect choice when visiting South Florida on family vacations. Located in Jensen Beach, the heart of the Treasure Coast, where you’ll find an abundance of things to do for people of all ages.

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Solid Waste Division

Reminds Residents About Yard Waste

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The six-month hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and this year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active season. With 14 named storms, of which three to eight have the potential to become hurricanes, preparedness today can make a big difference during a future storm or severe weather event.

Ensuring your yard is hurricane-ready can decrease the amount of dangerous debris that scatters during and after severe wind and weather storms while increasing the safety of your family, your home and your neighbors’ homes. Download and print this handy flyer about proper yard waste disposal during storm season. Here are some important steps that should be taken before, during and after a storm:

Pre-hurricane maintenance

* Remove any items – such as weak trees and branches – that could become flying debris in a storm and cause damage to your home or business. Cutting back or thinning foliage so that wind can blow freely through branches will decrease the chances of uprooting trees or plants. For residents of unincorporated Martin County, this yard waste can be placed curbside either containerized or in small piles for collection on Wednesdays.

* Grass clippings, branches, limbs, pine needles, pine cones, palm fronds and any other small vegetative waste should be containerized in biodegradable containers such as paper bags, boxes or garbage cans. Vegetation of any kind should never be placed in plastic bags.

* Yard waste placed curbside should be no larger than six inches in diameter or longer than six feet in length, and cannot weigh more than 50 pounds per item. For bulk yard waste items that meet these specifications, residents should call Waste Management at 772-546-7700 to schedule a bulk waste pickup.

“We are asking that residents take these precautionary steps now, before a storm is approaching. If residents wait until the last minute and collection is no longer available, items such as palm fronds – and even pine cones – can become dangerous projectiles in the midst of a high-speed hurricane,” Solid Waste Administrator Pat Yancey said. “Also, if there is less yard waste out on the curb after a hurricane or severe storm, it makes cleanup efforts much easier and faster.”

Stay put during a storm

During a storm watch or warning period, don’t attempt to do any of the maintenance tasks you should have done before the storm was approaching. Do not cut down trees or do major yard work. Don’t place materials at the curb or take them to the landfill, as services may be suspended due to storm preparation activities. For information on the status of services, residents should contact Solid Waste at 772-419-6940.

Once the storm has passed

After a storm has passed, keep household garbage, recycling, vegetation and storm debris separate. Be sure to secure all household garbage in plastic bags or cans and place at the curb on your scheduled collection day. Following a storm, the Solid Waste Division’s number one priority is the collection of household garbage. Uncollected garbage attracts pests and contributes to the spread of disease.

Be sure to stay informed about storms being tracked and make sure you and your family are prepared if, and when, a storm hits. Visit www.martin.fl.us for Martin County’s emergency information alerts.

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Martin County’s Fertilizer Restrictions Are In Effect;

Time To Go Cold Turkey On The Fertilizer

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Use of fertilizer in unincorporated Martin County is restricted June 1-September 30. The summertime restrictions are part of Martin County’s strong fertilizer ordinance, which the Board of County Commissioners approved in 2014 and serves as a model for other communities along the Indian River Lagoon.

Beginning June 1, fertilizer containing phosphorus and nitrogen is banned.

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Bridges Christian Outreach Ministries Feed and Nourish

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Bridges Christian Outreach Ministries feed and nourish — physically as well as spiritually the poor and homeless of St. Lucie and Martin County.

Stuart — TC3 (Treasure Coast Community Church) for opening your doors and welcoming our food pantry and diaper distribution to your church’s parking lot. Blessed to have TC3 as part of this much needed ministry in our community. The church is located at: 20 NE Dixie Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994.

Their Vision is to serve the people in our community who are struggling financially in a way that preserves their dignity and promotes Christian values. By treating those-in-need with respect and compassion we acknowledge how difficult it is to ask for assistance and empower people to become self- sufficient without placing additional stress on them. We involve our community in a way that teaches empathy, encourages respect, and nurtures compassion. By following Christ’s command to “feed my sheep” we provide a basis for understanding that people who use our pantry can be, and are, our friends and neighbors who are struggling without our knowledge.

At the Bridge Christian Outreach and Food Pantry we supply groceries and diapers to over 100 families a week.

For more information please call :772-222-7120 / Email: bcoministries@gmail.com

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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 onwww.coastalliving.com.

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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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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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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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Palm City Dolphins Defeat Stuart Bulldogs 36 – 30

In Double Overtime

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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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