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The Junior League of Martin County Kicks Off Its 27th Year!

Philanthropist Makes Quarter Million Dollar Donation

When Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas, local dermatologist and noted philanthropist, Dr. Shamsher Singh watched the news of the devastation with a heavy heart. His sadness grew when speaking with the custodian who cares for his office complex, a native of the Bahamas whose family had lost everything and who was still awaiting word on missing friends and relatives. A man of few words and abundant emotion, Dr. Singh understood and decided at that moment that he would help.
He knew that there would be many needs in the coming months, and he was concerned for the families who had been displaced and would have to start all over. He also knew that the story and devastation would begin to fade from the minds of those not immediately affected, but the need would be just as great. Instead of rushing to make a donation to the first website or number that popped up in the news broadcast, he contacted Stacy Malinowski of Mustard Seed Ministries and coordinated with her to make a donation of a $250,000 that would go entirely to help with the efforts to rebuild the lives of the people of the Bahamas without any administrative fees or surcharges. Dr. Singh also insisted that a portion of that quarter of a million dollars be earmarked for use explicitly to assist displaced Bahamian families in St. Lucie County to help them begin life again.
Last week, flanked by Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson, Dr. Singh presented his donation to Malinowski and Mustard Seed’s Executive Director, Greg Smith, who will handle the distribution of the quarter million dollar donation to trusted Bahamas relief organizations and will coordinate the portion of the funds earmarked specifically for use here in St. Lucie County. “We all need to help out,” said Singh, “we all do what we can to be good neighbors.”

Republican Party of Florida Files Brief in Opposition to “All Voters Vote” Primary Amendment

Tallahassee, Florida - The Republican Party of Florida (“RPOF”) and its Chairman Joe Gruters have come out strongly against the proposed “All Voters Vote” primary amendment to the Florida Constitution. Yesterday, RPOF filed a brief in the Florida Supreme Court opposing the amendment and urging the Court to not allow its deceptive contents on the ballot.

Chairman Gruters said on the proposed amendment: “The proposed amendment abolishes party primaries for the Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet. Doing this would allow the top two vote-getters – regardless of party – to move on to the general election.

For instance, if this primary system were in place during the 2018 gubernatorial election, the general election choices would have been Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis. As much as I’d like to see Republicans in every office across Florida, this result would have severely limited the choice for millions of Floridians.”

The proposed amendment seeks to model Florida’s primary elections after California’s “jungle primary” system. The California system and its recent troubles were the subject of a Fortune Magazine article titled: “What Is California’s ‘Jungle’ Primary—And Why It Has Democrats Freaking Out.” The piece detailed that in California there are actually too many Democrat candidates on many of the ballots, which causes vote splitting and allows the minority party in a district to band together and support fewer candidates creating a scenario where the top two vote-getters on the general election ballot are both from one political party.

RPOF General Counsel Ben Gibson had this to say on the proposed amendment: “RPOF argues in its brief filed in the Florida Supreme Court that not only is the proposed amendment bad for Floridians, but the ballot title and summary mislead voters into thinking that all this amendment does is open up our current party primaries to NPAs. The truth is far from that. What the amendment really does is abolish party primaries and limit the choice of voters in the general election. The ballot summary and title – ‘All voters vote in primary elections for State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet’ – do not accurately describe the chief purpose of the amendment and seek to intentionally mislead Florida voters.”

Chairman Joe Gruters closed with, “We have faith that the Florida Supreme Court will keep this misleading amendment off the ballot and that its contents are never brought forth again. A so-called ‘open primary’ in Florida would decimate voter choice and permit radicalization on both sides of the aisle.”

4 Reasons a Will Might be Contested

When someone first hears about what is included in the Will of a recently deceased loved one, it is not uncommon for there to be surprise and disappointment. People often expect more than they actually get as an inheritance. Just because someone doesn’t like the contents of a Will, however, does not mean that it is invalid or can be successfully contested. The courts typically uphold the wishes listed in a Will unless there is a clear reason not to.
The following are among the most common reasons why someone may be able to successfully contest the Will of a loved one.

1. Undue Influence on the Testator
One common reason why a Will can (and should) be contested is that the testator (deceased individual who the Will is for) was unduly influenced by another party. For example, if you had a relative who was providing care for your loved one while they were ill, it is possible that they used their influence to convince them to update the Will to leave everything to them.
If you suspect that your deceased loved one was influenced in this way, you will have to be able to show the courts not only that someone was unjustly influencing your loved one, but that your loved one would have been unable to resist. For example, if they had Alzheimer’s or were otherwise susceptible to the influence of others.

2. The Testator Was Mentally Unable to Sign the Will
As people age, their mental capacity often diminishes. In order to sign any legal document (including a Will), it is required that the person be mentally competent to understand what they are doing. If you can show that your loved one was mentally incapacitated to make an informed decision at the time when they last updated their Will, it may be able to be invalidated. This is often a difficult thing to prove, however, as the courts will tend to side with an established Will unless there is undeniable proof that they shouldn’t.

3. Improper Signing of the Will
In order for a Will to be valid in Florida, it must be signed by the testator in front of at least two witnesses. If this was not done, the Will may be invalid and easily contestable. Of course, you’ll have to be able to show that this was the case, which may be quite challenging.

4. Fraudulent Will
Finally, if a Will is shown to be fraudulent, it will be thrown out by the courts. If you believe a loved one created a fake Will and had it presented to the court, for example, you will need to show that this is the case. Not only will this allow you to contest the Will, it will also land the party attempting to defraud the courts in serious legal trouble.

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If you believe that your loved one’s Will is invalid, we can help you to prove your case to the courts. Please contact us to schedule a consultation and discuss your options. We’ll let you know if you have a good chance at successfully overturning a Will, and help you throughout the process.

Pinot & Picasso – An Evening of Fine Art and Wine! Save the Date – November 23rd!

Thanks to a remarkable man and host, Bill Lichtenberger, the local community is invited to Helping People Succeed’s 6th Annual Pinot & Picasso evening reception and dinner, featuring incredible artists and the unveiling of the 2020 Art for Living Calendar. The theme of the event is An Evening of Fine Art and Wine.

This special event, planned for Saturday, November 23rd, will be held at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club. Guests will be introduced to local artwork displayed from the 2020 Art for Living Calendar, a silent and live auction, open bar and a sit-down dinner with wine pairings. Pinot & Picasso will begin at 6:00 pm featuring a “Touch of Jazz” by Fullhouse Entertainment. Guest tickets are $200.00 each. Sponsorships are available to help support the mission of Helping People Succeed.

The guests also will enjoy a Meet & Greet with the artists, have calendars signed and have the opportunity to view and purchase additional paintings. Featured artists are: Laura DeBerard, Ginny Jones, Julia Kelly, Leah Krumme’, Dan Mackin, Maria McCadden, Sue Ann Mosley, Pam Patterson, Stacy Ranieri, Diane Raymond, Susan Roberts and Marian Vitale. There will be a special painting in the calendar paying tribute to the life and memory of Mary Lou Knox. Her art work will also be on display at Pinot & Picasso.

This nonprofit has been serving the Treasure Coast for over 50 years. Their mission… Helping People Succeed transforms lives by realizing potential, creating hope and building futures through education, counseling, training and employment.

To learn more information, schedule a tour to see Helping People Succeed’s programs first-hand, purchase a ticket to Pinot & Picasso or become a sponsor please contact Glenna Parris at 772.320.0778 or email Glenna at gparris@hpsfl.org. You can also visit Helping People Succeed’s website at www.hpsfl.org.

A Year Full of Stars’ Launches the 2019-2020 Starlight Series and STEAM Talks October 5

The Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College (IRSC) launches “A Year Full of Stars” previewing the new season of planetarium shows from its “Starlight Series” and continues the popular “KID SPACE” series as the 2019–2020 season opens with its unique series of STEAM talks addressing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) and the humanities.
The community is invited to learn more about upcoming planetarium shows and offerings available at the first "Saturday afternoon STEAM Talk" of the season, “A Year Full of Stars” on Saturday, October 5 at 4 p.m. at the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium in the Brinkley Science Center on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Jon Bell, IRSC Planetarium Director, will preview the new planetarium season and present a live star talk that highlights the current evening sky. Telescope viewing by the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society will be available to guests following the talk—weather permitting.
The “Saturday afternoon STEAM Talks” introduce guests to a broad array of engaging topics ranging from the stars to the seas. Other presentations will share updates on space exploration by Russell Romanella, former Director of Safety and Mission Assurance for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as well as share a dynamic presentation of the story of chemistry by Dr. Paul Horton, IRSC Professor of Chemistry. Free and open to the public, these 45-minute presentations will take place at 4 p.m. at the planetarium on select Saturdays.
The upcoming 2019–2020 “Starlight Series” will delight both novice and experienced stargazers with the following shows: “The Sun, Our Living Star” (Oct. 18, 19 and Nov. 8, 9, 22 & 23), “Star of Wonder” (Dec. 6, 7, 13 & 14)—a planetarium holiday tradition since 1993, “Evening Star” (Jan. 10, 11, 24 & 25, Feb. 14 & 15, and March 13 & 14), and “From Earth to the Universe” (April 17 & 18 and May 1, 2, 29 & 30).
Presented by the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium and Treasure Coast Astronomical Society, planetarium patrons can also enjoy the “Transit of Mercury” sky-viewing event on Monday, November 11 and the “Astronomy Day (and Night!)" open house on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Both events are free and open to the public.
During "Transit of Mercury," guests will experience guided views of the planet as it passes directly between the Earth and Sun—safely through filtered telescopes. At the “Astronomy Day (and Night!)" open house, they can participate in a community-wide event that features telescopes, guest speakers, handouts, planetarium mini-shows, and guided views of the sky.
Starting on October 19—and continuing through the season—the planetarium’s popular “KID SPACE,” sky shows introduce young astronomers to the heavens. Held on select Saturdays at 11 a.m., children will take scientific voyages of discovery as they learn about stars and constellations, Earth, the moon and other planets—and about the exploration of outer space. All adults must be accompanied by at least one child ages 4 to 12.
“Starlight Series” planetarium shows, “Saturday Afternoon STEAM Talks,” and “KID SPACE” are presented in the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium. The planetarium features a 360-degree immersive digital OmniStar projection system and a state-of-the-art Spitz automated planetarium projector used to recreate the sky, sun, moon and planets among the stars on the 40-foot, domed ceiling during planetarium shows. Visit www.irsc.edu for a complete schedule.
Planetarium shows are recommended for adults and children over the age of 10. The air temperature is maintained at 72 degrees. Guests may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket.
Most planetarium shows are just $5 and tickets can be purchased online at www.irsc.edu or at the box office located in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center lobby on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by phone. Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box Office at 1-800-220-9915 to reserve seats.

The Women's March Youth Empower Climate Strikes Around the World

West Palm Beach -On September 20, 2019 Climate action organizers planned climate strikes around the world.

In West Palm Beach at Rosemary Square hundreds of protesters took over the streets to gain the attention of the government to fight the climate crisis. The Women's March Youth Empower of Martin County partnered with the Florida Youth Climate Strike to make a petition to call on the government to address the impacts of climate change. The Petition has over 250 signatures and still collecting.

The Women's March Youth Empower Martin County Chapter is a group of young women working to make positive change in the community peaceful protests and action-based activities.

For more information contact: florida @youthclimatestrikeus.org

Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County Appoints 2019-2020 Advisory Council

Stuart - The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County, a coalition of community members focused on the prevention of tobacco use, has appointed its 2019-2020 Advisory Council. Advisory Council members assume a leadership role in regards to tobacco control and advocacy, education, and prevention and policy change in Martin County.

This year’s advisory council members include Dawn Cabrera of Tykes and Teens, Emily Karr of American Cancer Society, Ellie Nicholas, Laura McBride of the Martin County Health Department, Adolfo Diaz of the Martin County School District, Pat Szcesny or Sandhill Cove and Jennifer Ahern of the Children’s Services Council.

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is dedicated to the creation of tobacco-free social norms through a combination of community education, youth advocacy and changes in local tobacco policies. The mission of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County reflects the goals of the CDC Best Practices, especially in regards to changes in local tobacco policies to create and promote tobacco-free social norms.

Currently, the partnership focuses on tobacco free environments, tobacco free workplace policies, tobacco free multi-unit housing policies, counteracting tobacco marketing at the point of sale, and Students Working Against Tobacco ((SWAT) Clubs for middle and high school youth.
The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is facilitated by the QuitDoc Foundation. Learn more at www.quitdoc.com. To learn more about the partnership or to get involved, visit www.tfp-martin.org.

Country Festival Presented by Infiniti Stuart at the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation

One of the most popular fall events, the Country Festival presented by Infiniti Stuart at the Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation (ERAF) in Palm City, will be held on Sunday, October 20 from 12 to 4 pm.

This is fourth year for the family friendly event that truly has something for everyone. Admission is a $3 donation and children six and under are free. All the funds raised support the care, feeding and health needs of our herd of rescued horses.

Halloween is just around the corner so the kids are encouraged to dress up and trick or treat with our vendors. Please bring a bag to collect candy in.

ERAF is located at 6400 SW Martin Highway in Palm City. The event area has doubled in size and now encompasses 17 acres at 6400 SW Martin Highway in Stuart. Wear your jeans and closed toed shoes and you’ll enjoy strolling around the property and seeing the sights.

ERAF is home to approximately 40 rescued horses including yearlings, mares, geldings and mini-horses! There is a mini-horse kissing booth for great photo opportunities. Be sure to save time for a guided barn tour and learn all about the inner workings of this unique horse rescue founded in 2000. You will also learn about our volunteer opportunities and how you can become a member and support this lifesaving organization.

A country festival wouldn’t be complete without pony rides. Be sure to sign up for a ride offered by Happy Place Party Ponies. Pony rides are five dollars.

Get creative with the mini-pumpkins will be available for sale and decorating ($2). There will also be tickets for sale for a 50/50 raffle. You’ll also be able to meet our horses that are ready for adoption. We have some beauties, so if you’ve been thinking about getting a horse, this is a great opportunity. There will be horse demonstrations in the main arena where our trainers will put our well-trained horses through their paces.

After the horse demonstrations, kids will enjoy a variety of fun games in the arena including stick pony races. The Cactus Moon Dance group will entertain everyone with their dance demonstrations. Enjoy the tunes of the 33 Years Band while you enjoy a bite to eat from our food trucks including Dune Dog Café and Tradition Pizza Company. Enjoy a frosty beverage from The Crafted Keg Mobile or a homemade lemonade from Concession Depot.
Infiniti Stuart will have cars on display and will be glad to show you the latest models.

Other sponsors are: Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath Attorneys at Law; Bagel Brothers ; Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company; Sue Rowley and Marilynn Vannucci. Sponsorships are available from $100 and up. Visit www.eraf.org for more details or phone Melissa at 772-418-0723 or by email at eraf.events@gmail.com.

Saddle up for the Indiantown Rodeo

Indiantown/Sept. 21 – Tickets are on sale for the popular Indiantown Rodeo, presented by the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by U.S. Sugar. The event will feature both national and local riders on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at Timer Powers Park, 14000 SW Citrus Boulevard, Indiantown.

This year’s rodeo will highlight two specialty clown acts. Tim “Wild Thang” Lepard of Mississippi with his Team Ghost Riders and Clint Parrish, world champion trick roper and creator of the “Texas Torch.” Parrish is the 2018 Southeastern Barrelman of the Year.
Bullfighter Stephen Bruner, a Martin County native and local favorite, will be returning to the Indiantown Rodeo again this year. Bruner broke his neck during 2015’s rodeo but recovered in time to compete in and win the National Finals Rodeo Bucking Stock Sale Championship in Las Vegas seven weeks later. Bruner and fellow bullfighter George Austin will be on hand to protect the bull riders in the arena once they complete their rides. “We let the bull run at us instead of at the bull rider,” said Bruner.

Crowd favorite Jerry Todd will be returning as announcer. Todd has been announcing rodeos on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) circuit for over 25 years. He is a nine-time Southeastern Circuit award-winning announcer and the 2004 Women’s Pro Rodeo Association (WPRA) announcer-of-the-year.

The Indiantown Rodeo has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. The rodeo’s Kids Corral was named a first-place agricultural education exhibit by the Florida Federation of Fairs.
General admission tickets are on sale at Treasure Coast Seacoast Bank locations, the Indiantown Chamber offices at 15545 SW Warfield Boulevard, online at www.indiantownrodeo.com, and at other locations. Advance ticket prices are $18; available through October 17. Ticket prices include parking and tax and will be $25 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free. Gates open at 5 p.m. each day, the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Indiantown Rodeo is a PRCA and WPRA sanctioned event featuring bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and more.Before the official events start at 7:30 p.m., there will be plenty of opportunities to get into the cowboy spirit with food, drink, and specialty shopping starting at 5 p.m.

For more information, call the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce at 772-597-2184 or visit www.indiantownrodeo.com.

Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Microchip and Rabies Clinic
9 a.m. -2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21
Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., Palm City

No appointment is necessary. Cost: Microchips $15, one year rabies vaccination, $12. Pet owners do not need to be a Martin County resident. Owners of unaltered pets will be educated about the humane society’s spay/neuter program. Because of microchipping, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast has been able to reunite pets with their owners, at times, years later!
PUBLIC INFORMATION: Call (772) 223-8822 or visit the website, www.hstc1.org

Literacy Program Receives Dollar General Grant

Learn to Read of St. Lucie County was recently awarded a $10,000 Dollar General Foundation Grant to help purchase and Implement CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System). According to Learn to Read St. Lucie County Executive Director Matt Anderson, “CASAS is the most widely used competency-based assessment system in the United States designed to assess the relevant real-world basic skills of adult learners. CASAS measures the basic skills and the English language and literacy skills needed to function effectively at work and in life. Use of the CASAS skill level descriptors and assessment for ABE (Intermediate Basic Skills) and ELL (High Intermediate Level) in all five skills areas (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing, Interactions) to establish learning program objectives for all learners.”
According to Anderson, Learn to Read St. Lucie will utilize CASAS’ web-based data collection and reporting system to help accurately and efficiently provide actionable data for guiding instruction, improving programs, and ensuring accountability. CASAS is the only assessment program whose reading tests are approved for NRS reporting for both Adult Basic Education and English and a Second Language Programs, and the Dollar General grant will help ensure that Learn to Read St. Lucie County continues to help provide the gift of literacy to anyone aged 16 or older through free, confidential instruction in reading, writing, and speaking English. Learn to Read St. Lucie County also provides assistance in helping train individuals in the technological skills necessary to navigate life in the 21st Century.
For nearly 40 years, CASAS, a nonprofit organization backed by a National Consortium of education and workforce professionals, has been dedicated to “assisting adults functioning at or below a high school level in attaining the basic literacy skills to function effectively on the job, in the community, and in the family.” To help accomplish this mission, CASAS assists state and local education, training, social service programs and businesses in the design and delivery of quality education and training programs that meet the needs of the participants by providing products and services in curriculum management, assessment and evaluation systems.
Learn to Read St. Lucie County was created in 1981, when Dorothy Brennan read a newspaper story about a child who nearly died of an overdose because his mother couldn’t read the instructions on a medication bottle. Brennan couldn’t bear the thought of this tragedy happening to one more family, so the Fort Pierce woman created Learn to Read St. Lucie County, a nonprofit organization which would provide free literacy services. Nearly thirty years and thousands of students later, Learn to Read St. Lucie County honored Brennan by dedicating its new facility as the Dorothy Brennan Learning Center.
Since its inception, Learn to Read St. Lucie has assisted thousands of individuals in St. Lucie County through Literacy Services offered by volunteer tutors who are trained and certified in the Laubach method, a four-level, time-tested curriculum which has assisted millions of adults in gaining independence through reading, even those with little or no preliminary skills. Tutors work one-to-one or with small groups of students depending upon the students’ needs. In addition to literacy assistance, Learn to Read St. Lucie County also provides English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutoring and classes, United States Citizenship training and assistance, English Conversation classes, and job and career preparation.
To volunteer, or to learn more about the organization, call Learn to Read St. Lucie County at (772) 464-2747 today.

Stuart Sailfish Club Foundation has partnered with U.S. and Bahamian Customs, Blue Marlin Cove, West End Bahama Island, Day Maker Charters and the Stuart Jet Center to Collect Relief Donations

Stuart -The Stuart Sailfish Club Foundation has partnered with U.S. and Bahamian Customs, Blue Marlin Cove, West End Bahama Island, Day Maker Charters and the Stuart Jet Center to collect relief donations for those on the islands devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

Drop items off at the following locations:

Stuart Jet Center, 2501 S.E. Aviation Way A, Stuart
The Stuart Sailfish Club Tiki Hut Pavilion, 3867 S.E. Evans Terrace, Stuart
River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp, 2325 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach
Hilton Garden Inn PGA Village, 8540 Commerce Centre Drive, Port St. Lucie.

Donations will be transported to the Stuart Jet Center, which will be loaded onto helicopters and taken to the Bahamas.“Our hearts are broken seeing the devastation in the Bahamas after being hit by this catastrophic Category 5 hurricane,” said Stuart Sailfish Club President Charlie Conigliaro. “We did this same type of relief in 2016 after Hurricane Matthew and the donations we received then were amazing. I’m sure our community will put forth the same type of effort this time.

The following items are most needed:

Medical supplies and first-aid kits
Water, diapers and sanitary wipes, feminine hygiene products
Baby food/formula, non-perishable foods
Tents, sleeping bags, generators and building materials, such as tarps, hammers, nails and chainsaws.

"We are grateful to Jeff Capen of the Stuart Jet Center, Joe Rieger, owner of Blue Marlin Cove, and Patrick Price of Day Maker Charters for once again being a part of this relief effort," said Conigliaro. "We were fortunate this time to be spared here on the Treasure Coast. Now it’s time for us all to pull together to help the poorest of those and the hardest hit living in the Bahamas.”

Anyone who would like to make a cash donation, the Stuart Sailfish Club has set up a Go Fund Me account. Visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StuartSailfishClub/.

If you would like to make a donation for fuel go to The Stuart Jet Center - 2501 SE Aviation Way A in Stuart. No cash donations are accepted.

Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning Announces New Season of Programs, Hosts Fall Open Houses

In Photo: Fielden Lifelong Learning members participate in “An Afternoon Exploring Italian Cuisine with the Culinary Institute at IRSC” where members were invited to explore “back-of-the-house” operations at the IRSC Culinary Institute to learn about preparation techniques, food history, and more. The session was part of last year’s season offerings. The Fielden Lifelong Learning Institute has announced dates for open houses this October to learn about the upcoming 2019–2020 season.

The Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning at Indian River State College (IRSC) is now accepting registration and membership for its 2019–2020 season. Fielden Institute courses, offered across all five IRSC campuses and at select community sites, are designed for men and women age 50 and better who are interested in exploring shared topics of interest in a college atmosphere. There are no pre-requisites, no long semesters, no grades, no tests—learning occurs simply for the joy of learning.
This season’s catalog features more than 80 different sessions. Topics such as art, computers and technology, photography, finance, writing, gardening, health, creativity, local history and more are delivered by seasoned peer leaders in a variety settings, including as hands-on activities, discussion groups and lectures, field trips, book and film groups, and lectures. Courses are non-credit and do not apply to any IRSC degree program. The catalog and online registration is now available at www.irscfoundation.org.
Also this year, the Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning presents the 14th season of its Distinguished Lecture Series on Current Issues. The series brings nationally recognized experts and seasoned educators to the podium on current events on subjects in foreign policy, education, technology, health and the economy. Registration for the five-part lecture series is $150 per person for nonmembers; $100 per person for members and peer leaders. Lecture details and registration is also available online.
The public is invited to attend free open houses at IRSC campuses in Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties to learn more about 2019–2020 program offerings, meet members and peer leaders, register for courses, and enjoy conversation, coffee and light refreshments.
Each open house runs from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Formal presentations begin at 10 a.m.
• Wednesday, October 16, in the Schreiber Conference Center at the IRSC Pruitt Campus located at 500 N.W. California Blvd. in Port St. Lucie
• Thursday, October 17, in the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the IRSC Main Campus located at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce
• Friday, October 18, in the Richardson Center Auditorium at the IRSC Mueller Campus located at 6155 College Lane in Vero Beach
• Tuesday, October 22, in the Williamson Conference Center Auditorium at the IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus located at 2229 N.W. Ninth Avenue in Okeechobee
• Thursday, October 24, in the Wolf High-Technology Center Auditorium at the IRSC Chastain Campus located at 2400 S.E. Salerno Road in Stuart
To RSVP for one of the upcoming open houses or for more information about The Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning at IRSC call 772-462-7880 or visit www.irscfoundation.org.

Prep Tips & Well Wishes From Pinder's Nursery

So, here we are, ready to wait out a storm and it’s a tough spot to be because we were all getting pretty serious about Fall prep. And now this unscheduled interruption! What to do? Let’s first make sure we have done all we can to make our gardens safe during the wind and rain we will get. Let’s make sure we, above all, have a safety plan in place. We want every single one of you to be safe during whatever the storm will bring. We also have a few thoughts about how to deal with the time that will pass as the storm approaches; we might lose power or time from work. You could map out your Fall Veggie Garden! You could day dream about mounting bromeliads (class coming soon!). You could find a really cool book at The Garden Center and do some reading while you’re indoors. Reading will get your wheels turning and when the storm is over, you will be psyched and ready to return to the garden. And so will we!!

Here are some storm prep tips to help you do what needs to be done:

- Bring in delicate plants like Orchids.

- Lay down anything that cannot be brought inside or tuck plants or pots into hedges, under trees or back into protected corners.

- Lay down any pots with tall plants in them.

- Take down windchimes, bird feeders, hanging baskets, and other lightweight outdoor decor and bring inside.

- Pick any fruit that is close to ripening. Harvest any vegetables or herbs.

- Bring in your grill.

- Don't trim plants at this point.

- Lay birdbaths and statuary on the ground.

- If young trees are staked, triple check stakes to be sure they are securely in the ground.

- Move any outdoor furniture inside or somewhere safe where it will not be lifted off the ground in high winds to become a projectile.

- Stay safe, folks!

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Treasure Coast Food Bank and Publix Kick off Hunger Action Month Publix Announces $5 Million in Donations to Hunger-Relief Organizations

Fort Pierce– At Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Food Production Kitchen Wednesday, more than 70 community members gathered for a kickoff of Hunger Action Month. The kickoff was a partnership with Publix Supermarkets Charities, which announced donations to Treasure Coast Food Bank and 14 other South Florida hunger relief organizations.
Treasure Coast Food Bank received a donation of $75,000 from Publix Supermarkets Charities, part of the $5 million the Lakeland-based company was donating to hunger relief organizations within the five states it serves in recognition of Hunger Action Month.
Other South Florida hunger relief organizations receiving donations included CROS Ministries, Sarah’s Kitchen, Light House Café, Food Pantry of Indian River County, Council on Aging of Martin County, Love and Hope in Action, House of Hope, Palm Beach County Food Bank, and Feed the Hungry Pantry of Palm Beach County,
“Publix Charities receives hundreds of requests for support each year, requests ranging from school backpack programs to feed hungry children to those for refrigerated trailers to provide wholesome dairy, meat and produce to those in need,” said Publix Board member Barney Barnett. “That’s why we are proud to announce that this year Publix Charities is donating a total of $5 million to Feeding America member food banks, schools, and other organizations to help alleviate hunger.”
Treasure Coast Food Bank and Publix have worked in partnership for more than a decade, said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank.
“Partnerships like these are significant, and truly represent the spirit of Hunger Action Month,” Cruz said. “About 10 years ago our food rescue program began working with Publix stores, and to date, our Food Bank trucks have picked up and distributed over 19 million pounds of food. That’s over 17 million meals, so thank you for that.”
As part of the kickoff event, Publix associates from 32 stores in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties spent the morning volunteering in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Food Production Kitchen where they worked to wash, chop, and package fresh produce as well as cook large batches of food to be prepared into meals.
Hunger Action Month is a nationwide effort by Feeding America food banks to bring awareness and encourage action against hunger. It runs throughout the month of September. Treasure Coast Food Bank has created a calendar with different ways for people to get involved each day. There are several events throughout the month as well. For more information, visit stophunger.org.

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 Treasures for Hope Charity Store is accepting donated vehicles to help further our mission of providing hope and healing to youth, young adults and victims of human trafficking. Watch the video to see how your vehicle donation helps those in need. If you are interested in changing lives through this tangible opportunity, please contact Jen by calling 561-691-8881 or email her at JenniferM@treasuresforhope.org.  

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Michelle Lakly Named Executive Director of Save the Chimps

Save the Chimps, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing permanent sanctuary for the lifelong care of rescued chimpanzees, today announced Michelle “Shelly” Lakly as Executive Director of the organization, effective September 3, 2019.

In this role, Lakly will invigorate the staff, board, and community to support a renewed vision for Save the Chimps, provide a hands-on approach to fundraising and growth, maintain and expand existing programs to the highest standards, and communicate effectively with the various stakeholders.

Prior to joining Save the Chimps, Lakly worked for The Nature Conservancy, most recently as Managing Director, Saving Great Rivers Program. Prior to that she served as Eastern Division Executive Director, Executive Director, Florida, and Executive Director, Georgia. Before that, Lakly held a variety of roles at Zoo Atlanta, including Vice President of Education and Conservation Programs, Director, Academy for Conservation Training, and Director of Education.

“Shelly is an experienced conservation executive with a stellar track record of accomplishment in fundraising and team building,” said Jon Stryker, Board Chair of Save the Chimps. “As both a strategic leader and trained scientist, she has the ability to inspire and invigorate those around her into action.”

“I am thrilled to be joining an organization with such a rich and successful history of animal welfare,” said Lakly. “Their vital programs have made such an important difference and I can’t wait to join the team and build upon that amazing work.”

Lakly holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Ecology, a Master of Science, Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, and a Bachelor of Science, all from the University of Georgia, Institute of Ecology-Athens. Her accolades include a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Award and a U.S. Department of the Interiors Partners in Conservation Award.

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A Special Project of the Florida Attorney General

A Florida car dealership has paid $1.2 million in retribution and owes a civil penalty after an investigation by the Florida Attorney General’s office found deceptive business practices used by that car dealership.

While that case was resolved the investigation continues with allegations of deceptive and exploitative practices aimed at Florida’s senior citizens. Complaints include senior citizens taking cars in for maintenance and allegedly being strong armed to buy new cars with high finance rates through the dealership’s finance firm, taking vehicles in for minor repairs and allegedly being sold unnecessary services, taking vehicles in for repair and driving out with a leased vehicle that they really did not want.

Seniors vs Crime, A Special Project of the Florida Attorney General’s Office is here to help you with these issues. To file a complaint call 1-800-203-3099 or file on line at www.SeniorsvsCrime.com.

Martin Jacobson-Deputy Director 1
Seniors vs Crime
772-260-3144

5 Things a Will Can't Do

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Article by: ProActive Legal Care Law Office
Practically everyone has been told at one point or another that it is important to have a Last Will and Testament in place once they are an adult. A Will offers many important benefits both for you and for your loved ones. There is really no doubt that whether you are still fairly young or you are well into your golden years, you should have a Will. That being said, however, it is also important to know that for most people, a Will isn’t enough. There are many things that a Will can’t do, which is why additional estate planning is required. This blog identifies several of the things that a Will won’t do for you so you can ensure you are prepared.
Help Your Loved Ones Avoid Probate
If you pass away with only a Will in place, your estate will almost certainly have to go through the probate process before it is distributed to your beneficiaries. This is a time consuming and costly experience that can be avoided by using legal trusts and other estate planning strategies. In addition, the probate court is a matter of public record, so it eliminates much of the privacy that would otherwise be possible.
Make Arrangements for the Care of a Special Needs Child
While you can leave money to a child with a Will, you properly specify how it must be used. Additionally, if your special needs child can’t care for themselves, a Will isn’t an appropriate method of leaving them assets. Using a special needs trust, you can ensure your assets are used to take care of your child, without having to leave the burden of managing the assets themselves.
Transfer Some Types of Property
A Will can transfer ownership of some types of property to a beneficiary, but not all types. For example, a Will can’t transfer ownership of a life insurance policy, retirement account, joint tenancy property, and many other types. Using more sophisticated estate planning strategies will help to ensure this type of asset is transferred according to your wishes.
Minimize Tax Burden
While estate taxes aren’t nearly as common as they once were, they are still something to be considered when planning for the future. A Will can’t help you to avoid this type of tax, but other estate planning strategies can help to accomplish this goal.
Leave Assets to Beloved Pets
It isn’t uncommon to hear people say that they want to leave their money to their beloved cat, dog, bird, or other pet. The reality is, however, that animals can’t own property, so stating this in a Will isn’t going to be valid. If you want to care for a pet after you are gone, you will have to name someone to be the caregiver, and likely set up a trust to ensure your assets are used for the care of your animal or animals.
Contact Us for Full Estate Planning Help
A Will is an important beginning to an estate plan, but it typically shouldn’t be the only thing you have in place. Please contact ProActive Legal Care to discuss your specific estate planning needs and ensure that you have everything in place.

Does Mandatory Ever Mean Maybe Not?

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Note: It is our goal at One Martin to provide reliable, fact-based information so citizens can be better informed about our government and our community. This newsletter is part one of a three part series on Martin County’s Comprehensive Plan and its growth management process.

Dear Friends,

Some of the decisions by the 2012 county commission majority that resulted in land-owner lawsuits boggle the mind, as well as seriously dent taxpayer funds. They once denied approval of a mandatory rezoning in defiance of our Comprehensive Growth Management Plan rules.

Yes, that property owner filed an expensive lawsuit against the county, which was later settled out of court in favor of the property owner. (The result is construction of the Sheridan assisted living facility and residential project near Seabranch Boulevard in Hobe Sound.)

So, what does “mandatory rezoning” mean?

It is one of the simpler final site plan applications to process by the county's Growth Management Department. In fact, those developers get a discounted price on their application fee, because the development already meets all the requirements of the Comp Plan.

The mandatory rezoning, however, still requires public hearings before both the Local Planning Agency and the Board of County Commissioners.

Yet, if it's “mandatory,” why do we need public hearings, which typically allow public input and the right of the LPA and county commission to reject the zoning?

The answer goes back to 1967.

At that time, the county adopted its original zoning regulations, which had been developed, as needed, primarily by a county commission-appointed, all-volunteer planning and zoning committee – names familiar to many of us – Andy Pittman, Timer Powers, Bill Owens, Frank Wacha Sr., and others.

When the county's state-mandated Land Development Regulations (LDRs) and Comprehensive Growth Management Plan were adopted in 1982, those original zoning regulations were carried over to Article 3 of the LDRs, Zoning Districts.

It's not hard to imagine that the uses allowed for a parcel of land in Martin County more than 50 years ago could seldom be applied today.

Therefore, when a 1967 zoning district is inconsistent with the county's current Comp Plan and its Future Land Use Map, it is classified as a Category “C” zoning district that remains in effect until a development requires a rezoning to a Category A (current zoning district).

Category A zoning districts reflect the changes to existing structures and permitted uses on the property.

Since Category C zones are in conflict with the Comp Plan, they are considered “mandatory” rezonings, because a new zoning classification is required prior to a development's approval to bring the zoning up to date and to comply with our Comp Plan.

The decision as to what is the most appropriate zoning for a parcel of land lies with the experienced planners of the county's Growth Management Department.

Most frequently, the need for the rezoning is obvious to most of us, such as the commercial areas along Federal Highway that remain categorized as rural; however, Growth Management planners will look at the Future Land Use Map in the Comp Plan for guidance, and at the various zonings on the properties surrounding the parcel being rezoned to make their determination.

At times, more than one zoning classification may be appropriate. The Growth Management staff will explain and differentiate among the uses allowed by each classification. The planners work with the developer, but they do not work for the developer.

Their final decision goes before the LPA and the county commission, and they must be able to justify their conclusions. On rare occasions, the developer will disagree with the Growth Management planners.

The public hearings then allow the developer to state his or her case to the county commission and provide an opportunity for public comment that may affect minor differences in the type of zoning to be applied.

For instance, more than half a dozen different types of residential zoning can be chosen, based on the updated use planned for the property; however, that decision does not belong to the county staff, the property owner or the developer.

The final decision lies solely with the county commission; however, their power is limited to deciding only the type of zoning classification. They do not have the authority to reject the rezoning altogether, thus preventing construction, which the 2012 commission majority had attempted.

We have confidence that our current commission will follow the rules, will listen carefully to the county's planners, and will make justifiable decisions -- avoiding yet one more unnecessary expense on the backs of county taxpayers.

Sincerely,

Rick Hartman