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The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast Ladies’ Night Out

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Jensen Beach - The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast hosted a fabulous evening at The Mansion at Tuckahoe on February 13th. Women from the Treasure Coast enjoyed appetizers donated from local restaurants, placed bids on items in the Silent Auction and Raffle, and explored 27 pop-up shops featuring J. McLaughlin, Neora , Style Encore of Stuart, Beauty Counter, Out of The Blue, Pampered Chef, Seaside Sister’s, Voxx Life, LuLaRoe,Hand & Stone Massage & Facial, Color Street, Paparazzi Accessories,Tocara Jewelry, Tara Biek, Claudia’s Design, Lila Rose, Dragonfly Art, Your Body Bliss, Midlife Mojo, Vineyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, Franchesca Morgan Interiors, Kimmie’s Korner, Norwex, Sacred Mystery Arts, Isagenix, LipSense, Stella & Dot, and Our Little Shop of Chic. Tickets to this event came with two complimentary drink tickets and access to mini beauty service stations. Passed appetizers and drinks were flowing throughout the venue and showcased delicious items from, Red Lobster, Crabby’s, Tako Tiki, The Gafford, Elegant Events & Catering, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Mondos, Carrabas, Bananas for Banana Bread, O’ Gourmet French Bistro, Sonny’s and Michelina’s. Thank you to these incredible businesses for their donations.

Congratulations to the winners of the evening! Toni Scholze won a brand new Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag from our purse raffle and Denise Faherty went home with over $2,000 worth of gift cards and vouchers from our Gift Card Tree. These items were all contributed from our community partners and Board of Directors.

Through the support from our event attendees, purchases made at the event, and sponsorships, we were able to raise OVER $16,000 towards the future of the museum. Special shout out to our fabulous sponsors of Ladies’ Night Out: Marsha Cetta, Sailfish Splash Water Park, The Mansion at Tuckahoe, Stuart Magazine, FPL, Positive Behavior Supports Corporation, and Phil DeBerard.
The mission of The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is to offer children and families a place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs and cultural experiences.

Contact Kristi Brown at The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast for more information at 772-225-7575 Ext. 202.

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E-Notify Offers Text and Email Alerts for Court Events

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Stuart - Martin County Clerk and Comptroller, Carolyn Timmann, today announced the release of a new program that allows any individual who registers to receive alerts of upcoming criminal court events via text or email. The new system, known as E-Notify, is intended to keep defendants and any other interested parties informed about upcoming court events. The statewide program went into effective January 31, 2020.

“I’m excited to announce our partnership with all Florida Clerks and the state courts to provide this free service,” said Clerk Timmann. “Increasing accessibility to our criminal justice system and offering a practical solution to missed court appearances will help achieve due process.”

E-Notify is designed to provide alerts to defendants in criminal cases. The system, however, is not limited to defendants and offers a valuable resource to others who may wish to be notified of case events.

Failure to appear for a court event may result in additional costs and a warrant being issued for the arrest of a defendant. Fewer defendants with missed court dates will reduce negative consequences both for the individuals and associated costs to the justice system.

Users can go to to sign up for alerts or visit for additional information and an instructional video. The program was developed collaboratively by the state’s clerks of court and the state courts system.

The service allows the subscriber to choose how they will get alerts – by email, text, or both – and timing of the reminders, choosing any combination of 14-day, 7-day, or 24-hour notices. Subscribers can sign up to receive notifications on an unlimited number of cases. E-notify also allows users to make changes to their alert subscriptions.

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Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Vacancies

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The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, March 20, 2020. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to Committee Powers & Duties: Recommend specific actions or initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing while protecting the ability of the property to appreciate in value. Evaluate the incentives contained in the Martin County local housing incentive plan and make recommendations for its amendment as needed to encourage or facilitate the creation or maintenance of affordable housing.

Review the Martin County Local Housing Assistance Plan (SHIP) before its submission for adoption or amendment to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). Review applications for SHIP funds by community-based organizations or eligible sponsors and provide recommendations for funding of these applications to the BCC. Function as the review committee set forth in the local housing assistance plan to advise and monitor the SHIP program, evaluate requests for exceptions from the regulations in accordance with the procedures set forth in the local housing assistance plan, and to hear appeals from decisions made by the SHIP program administrator. Vacant positions: The Committee shall consist of at least 8 but not more than 11 members who shall be appointed by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners.

The Committee shall consist of 1 representative from at least 6 of the following categories: A citizen who is actively engaged in the residential homebuilding industry in connection with affordable housing; A citizen who is actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry in connection with affordable housing; A citizen who is a representative of those areas of labor actively engaged in homebuilding in connection with affordable housing; A citizen who is actively engaged as an advocate for low income persons in connection with affordable housing; A citizen who is actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing; 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida 34996

2020 Citizen Summit

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Port St. Lucie – The City of Port St. Lucie invites residents and community members to focus on the future at the 2020 Citizen Summit on February 29, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and share their ideas to shape our community. The 2020 Citizen Summit allows citizens to play a key role in identifying, discussing, and prioritizing Port St. Lucie’s future strategic goals. The event will be held at PSL’s Community Center at 2195 SE Airoso Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34984.

This is not your ordinary public meeting, citizens can drop in anytime and walk through interactive booths to find out what is planned for their community and learn how they can get involved. Those who provide feedback will receive a T-shirt, a pair of sunglasses, and other giveaways, while supplies last.

This free, interactive event allows citizens to give direct feedback about the City’s future through games and one-on-one conversations. Attendees will be given a roadmap to the seven stations that correspond to the City’s seven strategic goals. Every participant will be given $100 in play money to identify and prioritize where their taxpayer dollars should be spent. This allows the City Council to see residents’ priorities when forming this year’s strategic plan update.

“PSL’s Future in Focus” is this year’s theme, and the public can help define a vision and outline how City employees and City Council can bring that vision for the future to life. So, tell us what is important to you; The City’s strategic goals are: Safe, clean and beautiful; vibrant neighborhoods; quality education for all residents; diverse economy and employment opportunities; high-quality infrastructure and facilities; culture, nature, and fun activities; and high performing government organizations.
City employees will also showcase what was accomplished since last year’s Citizen’s Summit, including:
• Port St. Lucie continues to be the “Safest Large Florida City” for the 9th year in a row.
• The City’s long-term debt has been reduced by 25.9%.
• Crosstown Parkway bridge opened to traffic, adding a new east-west connector road in PSL.
• Projects funded by the voter-approved Half Cent Sales Tax were prioritized by the City Council based on input from the annual Citizen’s Survey and Citizen Summit.
• In Port St. Lucie’s 2018 Citizen Survey, 80 percent of respondents indicated they believe creating a vocational/technical high school to prepare students to enter the workforce was essential or very important. As a result, City Council agreed to work with Somerset Career Academy Port St. Lucie to construct a career-technical school on land leased through the City in the Southern Grove section of Tradition. A follow-up survey in 2019 indicated strong support for the City’s efforts to lease land for this purpose.
• The city created a music concert series after the survey revealed there was demand in the community for these types of events. More than 2,000 tickets were sold for the multi-platinum classic rock band Styx which performed on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
The City wants to hear from residents of all ages, so bring your children and teens with you. There will be activities geared to get their specific feedback also. Other activities planned for this year’s event include a Police Department speeding prevention simulator and virtual reality experience, fishing, putt-putt golf, and exercise demonstrations. Complimentary refreshments will be catered by Northport K-8 School. Please visit as the date approaches to learn more about the activities and giveaways.

Daughters and Their Fathers Delight to GraceWay Village’s Butterfly Kisses

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Ninety guests, consisting of Treasure Coast's cutest princesses and important men in their lives, enjoyed an afternoon of dancing, dining, crafts, and a 'date with dad' during GraceWay Village's Butterfly Kisses Sunday, February 9, at the Pelican Bay Yacht Club in Fort Pierce.

This eighth annual event also supported the non-profit organization’s efforts to build a Family Restorative Living Facility that will provide temporary housing for homeless families on its Fort Pierce campus.

The youngsters were kept busy at several arts and craft activity booths and were entertained by the music and games led by DJ Chris Calvo. Meanwhile, their escorts focused on bidding for a variety of 'silent auction' items and by sampling the buffet lunch.

“Butterfly Kisses grew out of our need to raise funds for GraceWay Village’s Hope’s Closet that provides clothing for children living in poverty. We primarily rely on donations of merchandise, but sometimes we must purchase clothing, such as socks, to supplement those donations,” explained event co-founder Jill Todd. The Port St. Lucie resident had volunteered in the clothing distribution program before helping organize the yearly fundraiser. “Of the many young clients I had helped every Wednesday, I remember one little girl in particular. She had come to GraceWay Village looking very dirty and disheveled. After trying on her new clothes, she said, with tears in her eyes, ‘Thank you very much. Now, I can go back to school.’

“All proceeds from the event now go to all programs offered at GraceWay Village to our area’s neighbors in need. Last year, 8,000 people were fed at the food kitchen, along with 3,000 children and teens were provided with much-needed clothing,” Jill continued. “With services free of charge financial donations, services, merchandise, and the proceeds from these great fundraisers are greatly needed.”

Guests also were treated to a performance by Ariel, Walt Disney’s Little Mermaid, as well as met ‘princess-costumed’ members of South Florida Dance Company.

The afternoon was made possible by the generosity of personal and corporate benefactors: The Lyshon Family, Integrated Wealth Management, Hoskins Turco Lloyd & Lloyd, and Walmart Distribution.

“We are deeply appreciative of these community leaders’ support,” said Cathie Mouring, GraceWay Village’s Executive Director. “Butterfly Kisses was our first signature event since December’s launch of our $7 million campaign to underwrite the cost of a facility offering vitally-needed housing and support services to homeless families from throughout the region. The first phase, costing $4.5 million, includes the land purchase and construction of the first wing of 12 family living units.”

More information about GraceWay Village and its Family Restorative Living Facility is available at 772.925.3074 or

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The KYIAs Strike Again


Treasure Coast - Eighty members of the Kiwanis Youth in Action (KYIA) swooped down on a number of households and locations in Vero Beach. Assisted by 20 Kiwanis club members, they painted three homes and added a handicap access ramp to a fourth, quickly and efficiently changing those locations for the better and improving the lives of the people living there.

The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast mission in our community is to help support children’s education, activities and charities. Besides giving annual college scholarships, our club actively sponsors Key Clubs in Vero Beach High School, Indian River County Charter High School, and Sebastian River High School. We also conduct community service work days involving teenagers from schools and churches. Since 1991, we have sponsored the Annual Take-a–Kid-Fishing Tournament and since 1998, the above-mentioned Youth in Action.

Kiwanis is a 100-year old global service organization based in the US with clubs in 80 countries, all dedicated to improving the lives of children. Kiwanis has served Vero Beach and Indian River County since 1935. For more information on our activities, members and membership information, visit our website at or call Tom Maher at (772) 581-4062.

On March 29, 2020 a gala event, Painting the Town, will be held at the Vero Beach Yacht Club to support the Kiwanis Youth in Action programs. You can help KYIA continue their wonderful community project work by attending or sponsoring this event. Call Carolyn McEvoy at 772-925-4791 for information and sponsoring opportunities.

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute CEO Kissman to Retire

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Treasure Coast – The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation (HBOIF) Board of Directors today announced the retirement of HBOIF president and chief executive officer Katha Kissman.

“Katha has been an outstanding chief executive of HBOIF, both increasing the Foundation’s endowment and also instituting the strong financial and management controls that a world-class foundation demands,” said HBOIF chair Michael O’Reilly. “We have valued Katha’s leadership, energy and enthusiasm, and we commend her for creating a best-in-class structure at HBOIF. She has been an outstanding leader for HBOIF and he leadership will be sorely missed.”

Kissman joined HBOIF fulltime in July 2014 after serving as its interim since October 2013. During her tenure, she has worked with the Board to increase the Foundation’s endowment from $60 million to over $79 million and has overseen the granting and management of over $31 million in grants. Included in these totals are grants made in the past six months totaling $2.77 million, along with tentative grant commitments for an additional $700,500 for FY21-FY23. She also established strong financial controls and created a sound structure for managing grant-making and other processes.

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“Serving as chief executive of HBOIF has been a rich and rewarding experience,” Kissman said. “Our Board is first-rate, and working with them, I am pleased to have been instrumental in carrying out our mission of providing funding and support for research education in marine sciences and ocean engineering over the past seven years. While I welcome retirement, I look forward to continuing to hear about future successes for this great organization.”

The Board has designated Barbra Kavanaugh as interim CEO. Kavanaugh has had a 30-year career in both non-profit and public sectors, and has served as interim executive for three non-profit organizations. She will join HBOIF this summer and Kissman will remain as CEO through June to ensure a smooth transition.

“We look forward to welcoming Barbra to the HBOIF staff and believe her expertise as an interim leader will be valuable to us as we continue to advance oceanographic research following Katha’s departure after years of distinguished service to the Foundation,” O’Reilly said.

14th Annual Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls Project Kicks off With Tour at Treasure Coast Food Bank

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The Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls committee kicked off preparations for their annual fundraiser with a tour of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s food production kitchen – an up-close look at the work to fight hunger that the event supports.
The 14th Annual Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls Project will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Women’s Club of Stuart, 729 East Ocean Blvd.
“We just think Treasure Coast Food Bank does an amazing job,” said Committee member Carolyn Smith. “It’s grown, the event has grown, and the need, unfortunately, has grown. This was a great kick-starter, and gives us so much information to share about the programs.”
Committee members watched Treasure Coast Food Bank’s staff prepare fresh produce for healthy meals through its wash/chop/packaging system and its cook/vacuum-packing system. Both extend the shelf life of fresh produce to make it available to more people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to fresh, nutritious produce. They also saw the huge cooking kettles that enable Treasure Coast Food Bank to produce large quantities of foods, such as the soups served each year during the Empty Bowls event.

Treasure Coast Food Bank’s own Healthy Harvest Catering will be one of the soup providers at this year’s event. Others generously providing soup are Chef’s Table of Stuart, Conchy Joe’s Seafood, Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House, East Ocean Bistro, Ellie’s Downtown Deli, Kazu, Osceola Street Café, Stuart Boathouse, Talkhouse, and The Gafford.

That day, guests can enjoy a serving of savory soup and locally baked bread served in hand-crafted bowls created by noted local artists. They keep the bowl of their choice in exchange for a $20 donation. All proceeds benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank and Mary’s Kitchen.

The Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls event honors the late ceramic artist Lundin Kudo. The event also features the Mae Slaton Auction of Exceptional “Souper” Bowls. It’s a community event with many partners who donate their time and talent, Smith said.

“People do not realize how much need there is right here in Martin County,” she said. “It really is a community effort. The Woman’s Club donates the space. The artists donate their time, and the restaurants donate their soup. It’s just a labor of love.”

Special thanks also goes to The Woman’s Club of Stuart, Clay Habit Studio, Gail McCarthy Studio, Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art,, 3D Potter, Inc., and Publix Super Markets.

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Robert Stork Named Entrepreneur of the Year 2020


Treasure Coast - Robert “Bob” Stork, founder and CEO of Communications International (Ci), has been named Entrepreneur of the Year for 2020 by the Indian River State College Foundation. Stork will be honored on Wednesday, Feb.26, at a gala dinner at the Richardson Center, located at IRSC Mueller Campus in Vero Beach.

An industry veteran with a degree in electrical sciences, Stork has spent his career creating designs and delivering essential emergency services for federal, state and local governmental agencies throughout the United States and across the globe. With his late partner Howard Culver, Stork founded Communications of Vero Beach in 1975 and grew it into a leading wireless systems integrator specializing in the design and implementation of mission critical communications systems for the federal, state and local public safety, utility and transit industries. In 1979, the company incorporated as Communications International Inc., also known as Ci. Culver retired in 1982, and Stork, age 32, acquired the business. Headquartered in Vero Beach, Ci currently has nine locations throughout the southeast. It is the largest distributor of Harris public safety radio equipment for the southeastern United States.

Family Meals- Black Ties, Blue Jeans and Bingo

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“You had me at Cheesecake Bar,” was a common expression overheard throughout the evening at the 3rd Annual Black Ties , Blue Jeans and Bingo hosted by Family Meals!
To a backdrop of a stunning Treasure Coast sunset, thanks to its prime location along the Fort Pierce Inlet, the Pelican Yacht club served as the venue where guests arrived in a festive state of mind prepared to eat, drink, mingle, and BINGO the night away.
In addition to a tasty plated dinner and an over-the-top cheesecake bar, attendees enjoyed bidding on an abundance of silent auction items and tapping their toes to the upbeat tunes provided by Traxx Entertainment.
As Traxx’s Lynette Marraffa called the numbers, attendees enthusiastically played the cards that would ultimately yield five prizes, each valued at over $500!
One-hundred-percent of event proceeds go towards the organization’s Easter Outreach.
The goal of Family Meals is to provide uncooked healthy ingredients for a holiday, home-cooked meal to the working poor, and families who may not qualify for food stamps or free school lunch programs. Families are encouraged to spark new traditions, create their own recipes, and, most importantly, come back to the table and communicate with one another.
From its humble beginnings, when it delivered 20 meal packages in 2012, Family Meals volunteers now provide the ingredients for a happy holiday to over 2,200 local families. The Easter menu will consist of at least one frozen chicken, fresh potatoes, fresh carrots, canned vegetables, rolls, gravy packets, and a boxed dessert. Educational material about the importance of sharing family meals will also be included.
Michelle Sigmon and Kerri Jakubczak received special recognition for their extraordinary efforts throughout the year.
“We are an all-volunteer organization,” said Founder Martha Taylor. “Thanks to our volunteers, guests, and our tremendous sponsors, this event was our most successful to date.”
Sponsors include: Louden Bonded Pools, American Concrete Industries, Larry & Jeanette Mueller, Grace Lutheran Church, S & T Technology Solutions, Anchor Financial Services, CPA, PA, Gardner Lock Shop, Haisley Funeral & Cremation, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Clear SEM Solutions, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.
To volunteer, donate or to learn more, please visit

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Indian River State College Awarded $98,036 Grant from NEH

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Infusing African American Culture into the Digital Learning Space project will expand the teaching of African American studies across humanities disciplines

Treasure Coast - Indian River State College is pleased to announce that it has received a $98,036 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to assist with the development of Infusing African American Culture into the Digital Learning Space—a three-year project that will expand the teaching of African American studies across humanities disciplines through the lens of Florida’s Treasure Coast.
The innovative digital project is aligned with NEH’s A More Perfect Union initiative, which seeks to open pathways for students to engage meaningfully with the humanities through projects that focus attention on diverse topics in the history, culture, and political thought of the United States’ first 250 years as a nation.
Collaborative teams of Indian River State College humanities faculty, library faculty, virtual campus staff, students, and community partners will contribute to innovative digital content, which will culminate in a digital archive situated around the Zora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Heritage Trail. The project will chronicle the author’s time in Fort Pierce before and after her death.
“We are grateful to NEH for supporting this endeavor to protect, preserve, and digitize such important cultural records and heritage,” says Dr. Ed Massey, President of Indian River State College. “This initiative will help us share Treasure Coast African American history with students and others well into the future.”
For the full list of NEH grant-funded projects, visit

Notice of Public Meeting - Water Facilities Plan

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Stuart - Notice is hereby given that the City of Stuart Public Works Department will hold a public meeting on February 6, 2020. The meeting is at 6:00 pm at City Hall, at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL in the City Commission Chambers for the purpose of considering approval of the proposed City of Stuart Water Facilities Plan for the City of Stuart Monterey Subdivision Water Main Extension Project. This meeting will include a discussion of the Water Facilities Plan and the financial impact on the system users. The meeting is intended to afford the opportunity to individuals to be heard on the economic and social effects of the location, design, and environmental impact of the water distribution system improvements.

The project will be utilizing the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program. Financial impacts on utility users will be presented at the hearing.

The Water Facilities Plan relevant to the discussion is available for public review in the City of Stuart Public Works Department, at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: If you require special aid or services as addressed in the American Disabilities Act, please contact the City of Stuart Public Works Department at (772) 288-1292, no less than five (5) days prior to the above stated meeting date.

Peter W. Busch Foundation, Rodeo and Concert 2020

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The St. Lucie Fair Grounds recently came alive with the Peter W. Busch Foundation’s combined Professional Rodeo and Concert extravaganza. This family-friendly event delivered guests to the edge of their seats, to their feet and had them hollering for more!
Thanks to dynamic musical performances by the Casey Raines Band and Kaleb Lee, a contestant on Season 14 of The Voice, the substantial crowd sang, swayed and danced to some of the hottest country tunes to ever grace the charts.
For the adults, this encompassing event provided a variety of beer samplings from local breweries such as Sailfish, Islamorada, American Icon, Hop Life, Motorworks, and Side Door.
Kids enjoyed the hands-on adventure of meeting a llama, chickens, pigs, and other friendly animals at the petting zoo. Face-painting, a clown making balloon animals, and other such activities rounded out the experience.
A polo demonstration kicked things off inside of the Adams Arena and featured renowned professional polo-player Tiffany Busch and her teammates. Once the dust settled, it was time for the Rodeo to begin. The Silver Spurs Rodeo delivered a ‘kicking’ evening of bull riding, steer wrestling, team roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and more.
Leading sponsors included Bud Light, Corona, Vatland Dodge Jeep Ram, WPEC CBS 12 News, John Jacobs Construction, plus a host of other supporters. All funds go to the Busch Family Foundation where 100% of the proceeds help support local charities. Benefactors throughout the years have included the Boys & Girls Club, United Against Poverty, The Navy Seal Museum, the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, and Operation 300, to name a few.
“We are very grateful to the sponsors that have supported us over the years and very excited for our new sponsors for giving our event a chance to showcase their business or family,” said Foundation President Philip Busch. “
“I thought this year’s event was a great family-friendly event, and we look forward to building upon that theme for next year.”
“Lastly, a huge thank you to our volunteers for taking the time out of their lives to support our community efforts,” Busch continued. “It’s a great thing to be able to put on a local event and know that you were able to entertain folks. It’s even better that they know that their money goes to all local charities to make our community better!
Be sure to check the website calendar for the 2020 Peter W. Busch Foundation’s stag-only Wild Game Dinner

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Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Convoy of H.O.P.E. Rolls Out with 3,200 Food Boxes for Senior Households

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Fort Pierce– Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Convoy of H.O.P.E. rolled out on Thursday, Jan. 23, destined for seniors across the Treasure Coast who struggle with hunger year-round.

“Today, we’re distributing 3,200 food boxes, but it’s not just for today. We serve seniors all year long,” said Homer Gutierrez, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Director of Program Service. “Senior hunger is epidemic in our community. We often times find that our seniors are going without food if they have to pay for medicine, or if they have to pay bills for their family or for their furry friends. It’s going to take more than just this to take care of our seniors. It’s going to take all of us working together,” he told the audience gathered for the event.

Thursday marked the 5th year that the convoy of Treasure Coast Food Bank trucks carried food boxes from the Fort Pierce headquarters to build awareness of senior hunger. With an escort from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the four trucks headed toward I-95 with the 3,200 boxes of nutritious food. The trucks were headed to destinations in each of the counties served by Treasure Coast Food Bank - Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties.

The Convoy of H.O.P.E. – or Healthy Options Program for the Elderly– is one of several Treasure Coast Food Bank programs that targets senior hunger. It is a critical need considering that:

• Seniors are the fastest-growing group of food-insecure people on the Treasure Coast
• Florida’s seniors have a higher rate of food insecurity than the national average
• Food insecurity among Florida Baby Boomers ages 50-59 is higher than the national average
• More than 18,000 seniors in the area served by Treasure Coast Food Bank are food-insecure
• Food-insecure seniors live in both rural and urban pockets across the Treasure Coast.

Each box contains food that seniors can prepare easily for themselves and that contribute to a healthy diet for seniors. Those foods include beans, pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, apple juice, peanut butter, and low-sugar snacks. The boxes also will contain some nutrition education and recipes.

Nearly 30 organizations that serve seniors will be receiving boxes from the Convoy of H.O.P.E., including the Senior Resource Association in Vero Beach, St. Lucie Housing Authority, the Salvation Army in Okeechobee, and Kane Center in Martin County.

Legal Considerations for Social Media Influencers

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As a business owner, you may be considering leveraging social media to enhance your business’s engagement and reach. One way to do this is to employ the use of social media influencers. Social media influencers are individuals who have amassed large followings of people on various social media sites who trust their opinions on a variety of matters.

Many social media influencers develop specific niches and select one or two social media platforms for their focus. Due to the nature of popular social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, and Twitter, it is important to consider the legal issues that could arise during the various stages of a relationship. If you are considering engaging a social media influencer, here are three key things you must keep in mind.

Have an agreement. Even though social media work feels very informal, entering into an arrangement with an influencer has serious legal implications and should be governed by a written agreement. Your social media influencer agreement should identify the influencer as an independent contractor and describe in detail what each party expects from the relationship. As with other contracts, it is vital to note compensation, essential dates, conflicts of interest, and any potential limitations imposed on the agreement.

Protect your intellectual property. A common problem social media influencers run into is copyright and trademark infringement. In an attempt to attract and engage their audiences, some influencers use others’ content without obtaining adequate permissions or providing sufficient credit. In such instances, the influencer may be held liable for taking another’s work. Additionally, as parties to an agreement, both sides should identify who owns the copyrights and trademarks for any of the work created in connection with the agreement. For example, if a social media influencer appears in a photo with a product for a brand, the parties should agree as to who owns the copyright and identify the scope of any agreement to license the copyright in question.

Follow FTC guidelines. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) protects consumers from abusive business practices. As a result, the FTC monitors how social media influencers endorse various products or services. When working with social media influencers, ensure that required disclosures are made. For example, if an influencer posts about one of your products, they should use phrases like “#sponsored” or “#ad” to disclose to consumers the existence of a paid arrangement. There are also requirements regarding the placement and size of disclosures. Additionally, the FTC regulates false or misleading statements in social media content. Business owners should ensure that information posted on behalf of their brand does not contain any false or misleading information that could open the door to defamation lawsuits, deceptive trade practices lawsuits, and the like.

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Nominate the Sage in Your Life!

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The winners of the 2019 Sage Awards. Standing: Robert Weissman, Jane Ditmars, Dr. Alfred B. (Al) Warren, Helen Cook, Dr. John W. Enyart, John P. (Jack) Forde, Robert (Bob) Schneider, Don Cuozzo. Seated: Carol Weissman, Diane Graczyk, Elizabeth (Bette) Evans. Not pictured: Mary Kay Buckridge

The dictionary defines a “sage” as “a profoundly wise person; someone venerated for the possession of wisdom, judgment and experience.” For the fifth year, the Council on Aging of Martin County’s Sage Awards will celebrate and honor the many sages who reside on the Treasure Coast; these sages who uplift our communities and inspire us with their relentless dedication to making the world a better place.

Do you know a Sage who deserves to be recognized? The Council on Aging is accepting nominations for the 5th annual Sage Awards through January 31, 2020.

Since 2016, 124 outstanding seniors have been nominated for Sage Awards. Their biographies could not be more diverse. Here are a few examples: a pair of nuns who founded a center to support poor immigrant families in Indiantown; a World War II veteran who, at 84, started a nonprofit to provide service dogs to other veterans suffering from PTSD; a nationally renowned economic journalist who is planning a decades-long transformation of western Martin County; the first college graduate of her family who became a gifted educator and, in her 90s, continues to follow her passion of uplifting vulnerable members of her community. The common thread among them is the desire to keep doing more, long after others would have settled into a quiet retirement.

This year’s honorees for the Charlie Kane Award also exemplify the spirit of the Sage Awards. Dr. Linda S. Kardos and Dr. Howard Robbins have been pillars of the medical community, providing thorough, thoughtful medical care and leadership in Stuart for over 30 years. Outside their busy internal medicine practice, they dedicate their time, treasure and expertise to many local charitable organizations, including Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Martin Health Foundation, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, and many more.

Eligible Sage Award nominees are residents of Martin, St. Lucie or Indian River counties who are age 60 or better. Individuals can be nominated for the following categories: Arts and Culture; Community Service, Education, Health Science and Medicine, or Remarkable Caregiver. Nomination forms are available at or at the Kane Center located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart.

All nominees will be honored at the 5th annual Sage Awards dinner and presentation on Thursday, March 26 at Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club in Palm City. The Honorary Chairman is past Sage Award winner and noted philanthropist, H. William Lichtenberger. In addition to the Sage Awards, this year’s event will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Mark Brody, “Getting Close to a Cure for Alzheimer’s.” Dr. Brody is President and Founder of Brain Matters Research, one of the largest Alzheimer’s disease clinical research facilities in the country.

The Sage Awards is the signature fundraiser for the Council on Aging, which is the unparalleled resource for expertise, programming and support for seniors in Martin County. For more information about nominations and sponsorship opportunities, call 772.223.7827.

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Indian River State College Awarded $295,798 Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention Grant

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Indian River State College (IRSC) has received a $295,798 Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention Grant to support Promoting Education and Awareness about Campus Emotional Health (PEACE), a cohesive educational and crisis intervention plan that identifies and addresses the risk factors for suicide and suicide prevention including alcohol/substance abuse, domestic violence, and sexual violence. IRSC is one of only 16 colleges and universities selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to receive this grant.

Using standardized assessment tools and college-wide mental health training, IRSC will identify high-risk students and make referrals for treatment. Expanded services and programs such as gatekeeper training programs, educational seminars, suicide prevention awareness informational materials and suicide postvention will be widely available for IRSC students, faculty, and staff.

“Strengthening the College’s ability to identify and fill existing behavioral health service gaps, provide improved health assessment, offer more diverse training, and link at-risk students with the appropriate interventions, will substantially enhance student success opportunities and the overall health of the IRSC community,” affirms Patricia Corey-Souza, Ph.D., R.N., and Coordinator of the IRSC Health and Wellness Center.

IRSC expects to educate and screen 3,000 to 3,500 individuals per year through the duration of the three-year project. Education and training efforts will focus on topics such as identifying at-risk students, developing an awareness of potential behavioral warning signs in the classroom, taking the appropriate steps in safely assisting students, and learning how to make a referral.

“Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students is the ultimate goal of the PEACE program,” concludes Corey-Souza. “We are thrilled to launch this important initiative with the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.”

About the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Treasure Coast Hospice, Chairwoman’s Dinner 2020

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Article & Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

Treasure Coast Hospice, now in its fourth decade, remains at its heart a not-for-profit organization dedicated to maintaining a community-based focus.

Jimmie Anne Haisley, Chairwoman of the Operating Board of Directors, recently hosted an intimate dinner gathering at her home overlooking the Indian River Lagoon in St. Lucie Village. The only thing more captivating than the view was the selection of guests and their seating arrangements!

Haisley, who was born and raised here, strategically placed members of the Operating Board together with members of the Foundation Board at each table for them to get to know one another. A senior staff member joined each seating to share different aspects of their particular program area.

Both boards are comprised of volunteer community members who bring a robust local dynamic to the table. As the co-owner with her husband Rick of Haisley Funeral Homes, Haisley understands the need for this local high-level of care. “Our community deserves the best care possible. This ranges from grief counseling to the pediatric hospice program to end-of-life care.”

Amongst many of the board members exists a personal connection to Treasure Coast Hospice, “Four of my immediate family members were cared for by Treasure Coast Hospice. We witnessed the love from all aspects of the hospice staff,” said Haisley. “Each time, they were right there with me every step of the way.”

“Treasure Coast Hospice has a long legacy of board members who have been dedicated to our mission to serve patients and families at the end of life,” said Jackie Kendrick, CEO, Treasure Coast Hospice. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such passionate board members, all of whom are committed to helping lead the organization so that Treasure Coast Hospice can continue to provide the highest quality hospice care to our community and future generations.”

As Treasure Coast Hospice inches closer to its 40th Anniversary, it continues its longstanding community-driven tradition of serving patients and families in Martin and St. Lucie counties by providing access to compassionate, caring, expert, and professional hospice and grief support services to patients and families at the end of life. For more information, please visit is a photo journal featuring people, "Who they are, what they do and where they do it".

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Experience "Art in Motion" at IRSC Dance Program

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The Indian River State College (IRSC) Performing Arts Department continues its celebration of 40 years of the arts in the McAlpin Theatre with the student dance recital “Art in Motion.” Performances are January 30, 31, and February 1 at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance February 1 at 2 p.m.

This entertaining evening highlights the talents of the IRSC Dance program and brings visual art to life through movement. Student performances will share impressionism, graffiti, pop art, color field and more.

Tickets are $15. ($10 for subscription holders)The IRSC box office is located on the Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. For the convenience of patrons, the box office is open one hour prior to performance time for ticket sales and to pick up “will call” tickets. Call the McAlpin Fine Arts Center Box Office at 1-800-220-9915 or visit to purchase tickets, as shows sell out quickly.

TRACED Act Offers Consumers Additional Protections Against Robocalls

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Whether at home, work or on a cell phone, it's a scenario many Americans have found themselves in: answering a phone call only to find out it's from an unwanted robocaller. In fact, the number of unwanted robocalls in this country has skyrocketed in recent years. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ranks unwanted robocalls highest on their list of consumer complaints.1

Fortunately, consumers have won additional protections against unwanted robocalls under recent legislation signed by President Trump, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act. One of the main goals of the TRACED Act is to establish rules to protect consumers from receiving calls from unauthenticated numbers. Provisions of the TRACED Act include:

Requiring all carriers to implement new caller-ID technology at no additional charge to consumers
Extending the statute of limitations for prosecuting illegal robocallers
Allowing the FCC to go after first-time robocall offenders
Increasing penalties for robocall violations
Creating an interagency task force to study and improve the government prosecution of robocall violations
Establishing a neutral consortium of carriers that will lead efforts to trace back the origin of robocalls

Protecting yourself from unwanted robocalls
Unfortunately, even with these new protections, it will take some time for all of the TRACED Act provisions to fully take effect. In the meantime, here are some things you can do to protect yourself:
Don't answer calls when you don't recognize the phone number. Instead, let them go to voicemail and check later to verify the caller.
Consider signing up for a robocall blocking service. Many phone service providers now offer robocall blocking solutions at no additional charge. You can also download additional robocall protection for free or minimal cost through a third-party app.
Register your phone number on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry, which removes your number from the call lists used by legitimate telemarketing companies. Keep in mind that while registering with the DNC Registry will result in you getting fewer calls from legitimate telemarketers, the registry won't stop illegal robocallers from contacting you.

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When Florida’s Stores are the Front Lines of Tobacco Control

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We as Floridians are encountering something that kills an average of three Floridians an hour, every hour of every day. It’s being colorfully promoted and is readily available at a place you visit frequently – your local convenience store or gas station. It’s tobacco products like cigarettes, dip and chew. And tobacco companies spend billions of dollars a year to market these addictive products at the “point of sale” – retail locations where tobacco products are sold.

An estimated 32,300 Floridians die from smoking-related illnesses each year and tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the nation and in our state. Tobacco companies increased their advertising dollars at the point of sale by more than 42 percent in just one year. When it comes to recruiting new youth to use tobacco, studies show this tactic has been effective – the likelihood of starting can more than double for youth who visit a store with point-of-sale tobacco ads at least twice a week.

Tobacco executives view youth as “replacement smokers,” the next generation of customers replacing those lost by the leading cause of preventable death in our state and our nation. To attract new youth smokers the tobacco industry continues to evolve the market with new products, such as electronic cigarettes (or “e-cigarettes”).

Many e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive, and have a variety of harmful chemicals. They are also marketed by promoting flavors, including many that are especially appealing to youth. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently sent warning letters to 17 manufacturers, distributors and retailers that were selling nicotine-containing e-liquids with labeling or advertising resembling kid-friendly food products, such as juice boxes, candy or cookies that were identified as being false or misleading. Since then, all 17 companies have stopped selling those products. According to the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on e-cigarette use among youth and young adults, more than 85 percent of e-cigarette users ages 12-17 used flavored e-cigarettes, and flavors were the leading reason for youth use.

The front line in the ongoing work to save these lives is at the point of sale. What is the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County doing to counter act the millions of dollars being spent marketing cigarettes and other tobacco products, often at retail locations directly next to our schools? Volunteer partnership members have been surveying local retailers to check for compliance to agreements made with the state to lessen the impact of tobacco marketing towards youth, and this data has been presented to a variety of groups in the county. Retailers and decision makers have been interviewed to better assess their interest in passing local legislation to help keep tobacco products out of the hands of youth. Research has also been conducted on the benefits of Tobacco 21 laws passed throughout the state.

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New Playground Coming to Pineapple Park Thanks to Generous Gift

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On Tuesday, December 3, Fred Ayres' children announced a $400,000 donation to the county to build a playground at Pineapple Park in Jensen Beach. The family would like the playground to be named "The Fred Ayres Memorial Playground," in honor of their father, the late Fred Ayres, owner of Conchy Joe's Seafood Restaurant and Bar and the Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House.

During Tuesday's commission meeting, the board acknowledged Mr. Ayres' four children, Carly Frohlich, Fritz Ayres, Annie Arasa and Mary Rosseau, for their generous and thoughtful gift to the community. "We are humbled and fortunate to accept such a gift from the Ayres family to build a playground for residents to enjoy for many years to come," expressed Kevin Abbate, Martin County Parks and Recreation Department Director.

Ayres family, members of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, Parks and Recreation's Director and Deputy Director.

With a permanent roof structure and lights, families will be able to use the playground for extended hours. Other planned playground features include:
• A 4,500 sq. ft. multi-age play area
• Air circulation fans
• A water fountain
• Benches
• Picnic tables
The generous gift from the Ayres family is an exceptional example of the wonderful things that can be achieved with the support of private entities and individuals for the benefit of the entire community. Individuals or organizations interested in contributing to the parks system should send an email to is a photo journal featuring people, "Who they are, what they do and where they do it".

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19 Dec Chef David Ray

Hobe Sound - Hobe Sound Golf Club, a private golf club in southeast Martin County, Fla., has named David Ray as its new Executive Chef effective in mid-December.

The Club’s current Executive Chef, Wayan Sutriasa, has accepted a position as Executive Chef at the esteemed Elk River Club in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

For the last 15 years, Chef David Ray was the Executive Chef at The Loxahatchee Club, a distinguished Platinum Club in Jupiter, Fla. The previous eight years, he served as Executive Chef for Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club in Palm City, Fla. With over 30 years of private club experience, Chef David was professionally trained at the highly regarded Culinary Institute of America and has earned numerous awards throughout his career.

“My lifelong passion has always been in cooking and I enjoy being creative with fresh seasonal ingredients,” said Chef David. “I am looking forward to my new position as Executive Chef at Hobe Sound Golf Club.”

Chef David lives in Jupiter with his wife, Marietta, and the couple has three grown children. Their son, Benjamin, is a Mechanical Engineer and their daughters, Melissa and Savannah, are both Physician Assistants.

Chef Wayan, who will assist in the transition, said, “I would like to express my deep gratitude to the members for welcoming me at Hobe Sound Golf Club. It’s been a pleasure to serve such wonderful and generous members and work alongside a dedicated team. My time here has been very special and memorable.”

The 2019-20 season at Hobe Sound Golf Club is underway following a major golf course renovation by Tom Fazio II during the summer of 2019. Golf and social memberships are available. Inquiries can be made to Membership Director Ms. Michele Blanco at (772) 545-3017 or is a photo journal featuring people, "Who they are, what they do and where they do it".

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Understanding How Your Debts are Handled After You Pass Away

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Estate planning is an important legal process where you decide what you want to happen to your various assets now, and after you pass away. While most people look primarily at how they want to protect their assets, who they want to get things, and how loved ones will be cared for, that is really just one component. For many people, the estate is also going to be responsible for handling all existing debts.

It is very common (and in many cases, smart) to hold debt for most people. This could include things like a mortgage, car loans, credit card debt, personal loans, tax debt, student loans, and more. When you pass away, this debt doesn’t simply disappear. How it is handled will depend on your situation and the type of debt you hold.

Debt Passes to Other Parties
There are some types of debts that will pass on to another party when you die. The following are among the most common examples of this:

Co-Signed Debt – If another party co-signed for the debt, they will become responsible for repaying the amount due according to the original agreement.

Joint Accounts – If there is a joint owner of the debt, the other party will ‘inherit’ the debt and have to make the payments.

Spouses in Some Cases – In many cases, your spouse will become responsible for the debt when you pass away. This typically does not, however, include debts that were in place prior to the marriage.

Paid by the Estate
Most types of debts will be paid for by the estate. The executor of your estate will gather up all your assets and use them to pay off any outstanding debts. They will have a great deal of flexibility when it comes to how they will make these payments. In many cases, the money from cash accounts (checking, savings, etc) will be sufficient to pay off debts. When this is not the case, assets may need to be sold to pay off the debt.

Not All Assets Can be Used

There are some types of assets that creditors can’t take to fulfil the debt. The most common example of this is a life insurance policy. If you have a life insurance policy with a loved one named as the beneficiary, they will get that money regardless of how much debt you have. Certain retirement accounts will also be exempt from the claims of creditors.

Remaining Debt Is Written Off
In the event that there is more debt than assets in your estate (excluding the exempted assets), the creditors will simply have to take a loss on the money that is owed. Other than the situations listed above, they cannot come after loved ones for debts that were solely your responsibility. is a photo journal featuring people, "Who they are, what they do and where they do it".

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Unfortunately, data breaches are now normal, everyday occurrences in our society. As a result, many companies are offering services to help you protect your personal information. If you want an extra layer of protection, an identity theft protection service is a good option. However, the term "identity theft protection service" can be misleading. The reality is that no one service can safeguard all of your personal information from identity theft. What most of these companies actually provide are identity theft monitoring and recovery services.

A monitoring service will watch for signs that an identity thief may be using your personal information. This typically includes tracking your credit reports for suspicious activity and alerting you whenever your personal information (e.g., Social Security number) is being used. The recovery portion of the service usually helps you deal with the consequences of identity theft. This often involves working with a case manager to help resolve identity theft issues (e.g., dealing with creditors or placing a freeze on your credit report). And depending on the level of protection you choose, the service may also provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses directly associated with identity theft (e.g., postage, notary fees) and any funds stolen as a result of the identity theft (up to plan limits). Identity theft protection services usually charge a monthly fee. Entry-level plans that provide basic protection (e.g., Social Security number and credit alerts) can cost as little as $10 a month, while plans that offer more advanced features (e.g., investment account monitoring) will cost more.

Keep in mind there are steps you can take on your own to help protect yourself against identity theft, such as:
Check your credit report at least once a year for errors
Periodically review your bank and debit/credit card accounts for suspicious charges/activity
Obtain a fraud alert or credit freeze if necessary
Have strong passwords, use two-step authentication, minimize information sharing, and be careful when shopping online. is a photo journal featuring people, "Who they are, what they do and where they do it".

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IRSC Launches Presidential Search Seeks Search Committee Membership

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Fort Pierce - At its November District Board of Trustees meeting, members of the Indian River State College (IRSC) District Board of Trustees announced the formation of a Presidential Search Committee, the first step toward recruiting its next President. In October, Dr. Edwin Massey, the College’s third president, informed the Board that he would not seek contract extension. His term ends August 31, 2020.
The Board appointed Trustee Vicki Davis (Martin County) as Chairperson of the Search Committee, and Trustee Sandra Krischke (St. Lucie County) as Co-Chair.

The Presidential Search Committee will represent the diversity of the Indian River State College population and the College’s service district of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. Membership will be comprised of the IRSC District Board of Trustees, IRSC Foundation Board Members, community members, and IRSC Faculty, Staff, Administration and Student representatives.

The District Board of Trustees will immediately consider nominations of individuals to serve as members of the Committee. Interested individuals should review the Search Committee criteria posted on the Presidential Search website, and submit their nomination no later than Monday, December 9, 2019.

Search Committee members must be able to commit significant time for meetings and activities related to developing posting materials and screening processes, reviewing candidates, participating in various listening sessions and recommending candidates to the District Board of Trustees. It is anticipated that the duration of service as a Search Committee member will commence early 2020 and conclude approximately September 2020. Training will be required and attendance at scheduled meetings will be mandatory, as is compliance with all related rules, statutes, and regulations.

Candidates must submit a single page letter that speaks to their qualifications based on the criteria noted above and why they are interested in participating on this committee. Those who would like to nominate another individual must provide the same information as noted above regarding qualifications in the same single page format and must also include an explanation regarding the reason why they are nominating the individual.

Nominations must be submitted via email to, no later than December 9, 2019. Questions may be directed to the Assistant Dean of Human Resources, Melissa Whigham at 772-462-7282 or is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

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What Uses the Least Amount of Energy When Cooking: a Microwave, Electric Oven or Slow Cooker?


Article by: Brad Goar - FPL

A microwave oven is typically your best cooking option if you’re looking to save energy. Convection ovens are also energy efficient because food cooks faster than a regular oven, and generally at a lower temperature. This works well to obtain a caramelized effect when roasting meats and vegetables. Let’s take a look at how cooking appliances compare to each other.
Microwave vs. oven
Microwaves use approximately 80 percent less energy than an electric range or oven. That means if it takes a few minutes to cook something using a 1400-watt microwave oven, it will take more power and much more time to deliver the same end results with a range or standard oven. Convection ovens also make a difference. The heated air is continuously circulated which reduces cook times as well as the temperatures required. On average you'll use 20 percent less energy running your convection oven, as compared to a standard oven.
Microwave vs. slow cooker
Compared to a standard electric oven or range, slow cookers consume considerably less energy. Similarly, cooking with a microwave is more efficient than using a slow cooker, or crockpot. Even though a slow cooker will use less power per minute than a microwave, the cooking time of several hours will result in much more overall energy consumption than the microwave oven. Ultimately, microwaves use about half the electricity as a slow cooker.
Your recipe for energy efficiency
According to the federal government’s Energy Star program, which rates appliances based on their energy-efficiency, cooking or re-heating small portions of food in the microwave can save as much as 80 percent of the energy used to cook or warm them up in the oven. So, use your microwave when you can for maximum energy savings, but enjoy using your other cooking appliances when they are needed to achieve the taste you need for the recipe.
How to save more
Also remember that FPL’s New Energy Analyzer provides personalized saving suggestions based on your consumption history and opportunities, and it can help you find quick ways to lower your energy bill during the holiday period.
The industry-leading Energy Analyzer breaks down and itemizes the actual cost and use of energy throughout your home. For the first time, you’ll know what it really costs to run you’re A/C, appliances and devices, and get recommendations on how to save on your bill. is a photo journal featuring people, “Who they are, what they do and where they do it”.

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2019 Tax Roll Opens For Collection

If you choose to pay your tax bill in person, we have a new drive-thru window at our Palm City location with staff waiting to speedily take your tax payment. Your taxes may be dropped off at our Palm City location 24/7, since a drop box is outside near the drive -thru window, available at all times.

We have a “TAX PAYMENT EXPRESS” office set-up in our business collections department at our Willoughby location and express lines at our main office, Hobe Sound, Palm City, and Indiantown branch offices.

Your tax bill may also be paid online, mailed, or dropped off at one of our convenient inside drop boxes which have been placed at all four locations.

“We continue to look for efficiencies, conveniences, and ways to serve the taxpayers better and save tax dollars while improving services” reported Ruth “Ski” Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector. “We offer new payment options, such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and pin debit.”

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