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Wildlife Organizations in PBC Partner to Offer FREE Virtual Summer Camp
Wildlife organizations in Palm Beach County partner to offer free virtual summer camp in light of COVID-19 closures and cancellations
Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center®, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Lion Country Safari and the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society are offering week-long virtual camp experiences focused on wildlife and the environment.
Please visit VisitManateeLagoon.com/virtual-summer-camp for more information about the Wild About Wildlife Virtual Summer Camp.
In light of COVID-19-related summer camp closures, Manatee Lagoon, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Lion Country Safari and the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society have partnered together to offer a Wild About Wildlife Virtual Summer Camp program targeted for children 6 to 9 years of age. The virtual summer camp will feature half-day morning schedules filled with animal observations, experiments, games, crafts and educational lessons hosted by educators from each organization. Lessons will include a variety of pre-recorded and live sessions, as well as supplemental at-home activities and printables.
“We are excited to be able to offer the community this unique, virtual experience,” said Sarah Marmion, manager of Manatee Lagoon. “Manatee Lagoon is part of Florida Power & Light Company’s commitment to make our communities a better place to live and raise a family, and be responsible stewards of the environment. While our center remains closed until further notice, our hope is that this virtual program keeps curious minds engaged and learning about the environment during these unprecedented times.”
The host organizations are offering the virtual summer camp free of charge with a voluntary donation option to support the environmental and educational missions of the organizations that helped make this program possible.
“Education and conservation are key components of our mission,” said Kristyn Kelley, education and outreach manager for Lion Country Safari. “We believe strongly in providing children with unique and engaging opportunities to enrich the learning
environment and to inspire the next generation of leaders.”
The goal of the Wild About Wildlife Virtual Summer Camp is to provide an engaging virtual-based experience for children to stay connected and learning throughout the summer, as well as provide virtual options for parents who are working from home.
“We’re excited to bring summer fun to the forefront with our environmental partners,” said Hannah Campbell, director of education for Loggerhead Marinelife Center. “The camp will provide kids a closer encounter to our local ecosystems, which can have a profound effect on how younger generations champion ocean conservation.”
“Experiencing nature, even virtually, is a fun summer activity. We hope participants enjoy the engaging stories of the animals that call Palm Beach Zoo home,” said Kristen Cytacki, education director for Palm Beach Zoo.
Week-long summer camp sessions begin on Monday, June 1, 2020.
To register for camp please visit VisitManateeLagoon.com/virtual-summer-camp
Treasure Coast Hospice Veteran Pinning on Memorial Day
In Photo - Adam and Staff Sergeant William Boyd Hunter with Congressman Brian Mast
Article by MaryAnn Ketcham
Patriotic music resonated throughout the lobby of Treasure Coast Hospice's Inpatient Unit in Fort Pierce, greeting staff and visitors as a tribute to the Memorial Day holiday. Thanks to the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions, several friends and family members were on hand to witness the well-merited Veteran Pinning Ceremony of Staff Sergeant Boyd Hunter by U.S. Congressman and Veteran Brian Mast.
As part of the organization's community-minded We Honor Veterans partnership with Veterans Affairs and other Veteran-centered organizations, Treasure Coast Hospice pairs its Veteran patients with Veteran volunteers, thereby creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and healing. The pinning ceremony affords recognition and honor to those who sacrificed by serving our country.
Staff Sergeant Hunter served for over three years in the 101st Airborne and the 1st Calvary during the Vietnam War, during which he earned three Purple Hearts. He suffered the loss of a finger, a crossbow shot to his knee, and a career-ending shattered jaw after getting blown off the side of a tank.
During the war, he recorded over 600 jumps and earned his Airborne wings. His responsibilities included dropping via air to disable bombs so that the remainder of the troops could pass safely.
Future daughter-in-law Lindsay Stubbs said, "There's a running joke in the family that Boyd is part cat and he is now on his 13th life!"
While both of his brothers also served in Vietnam, he saw the worst of it. Diagnosed with 100% service-connected PTSD, now at the age of 72, Staff Sergeant Hunter faces his toughest battle against lung cancer caused by his wartime exposure to Agent Orange.
Acknowledging the care at Treasure Coast Hospice, son Adam Hunter said, "They have been amazing here. In all of our (unfortunate) health-related experiences with my Dad, this one is the best."
As Congressman Mast presented a Veteran Appreciation Certificate honoring the Staff Sergeant's bravery and sacrifice and conferred a pin of thanks on behalf of the Hospice-Veteran Partnership, he offered up a mighty military salute.
"You served with everything you had," said Mast. "You and I are brothers in arms!"
A beautiful hand-knit afghan proudly outlined in red, white, and blue and created by the Yarn 4 Fun Club of St. Lucie County was also given to Staff Sergeant Hunter to keep him warm and comfortable as he battles on!
For more information about Treasure Coast Hospice services or the Veteran Program, visit www.TreasureHealth.org.
In Photo - Staff Sergeant William Boyd Hunter
In Photo - TC Hospice Weekend Manager RN Michele McCoy pins the hat of Veteran William Boyd Hunter
In Photo - William Boyd Hunter and Congressman Brian Mast
In Photo - Adam, William Boyd Hunter and Lindsay Stubbs with Bisquit
Sailfish Splash Waterpark Hiring Students for 2020 Season
Are you a student interested in a seasonal job, looking to gain new skills and put a few bucks in your pocket?
Sailfish Splash Waterpark has prepared a reopening plan for the summer that meets CDC guidelines. We are currently accepting applications to fill several seasonal student positions in preparation for the upcoming opening of the waterpark's recreational side. Applicants must be a registered college or high school student aged 16 or older. Hourly pay rates range from $9 to $15 per hour. Available positions include Student Lifeguards, Customer Service Attendants and Seasonal Aquatic Supervisors.
Sailfish Splash Waterpark will offer lifeguard/CPR and AED training by Ellis and Associates for Student Lifeguards, and Serv Safe Certification training for Customer Service Attendants assigned to cashier and concession positions.
If you are interested in guest service, concession operations or learning aquatic safety and first aid skills, please apply online at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/martinfl. You must currently be enrolled in an educational institution to be eligible.
For more information about Sailfish Splash Waterpark, please visit our website at www.SailfishSplash.com or contact us at SailfishSplash@martin.fl.us.
Christ Fellowship Giving
Christ Fellowship is loving on our foster families this month for #FosterCareAwarenessMonth. From sending our foster families appreciation boxes full of games, stickers, candy, snacks and sodas to caring for our families’ extra needs with their food drive, Christ Fellowship does not miss a beat. We are so grateful CF leaning in with us to care for our children, youth and families.
A peek into the kids’ reactions to their appreciation boxes, we received comments from our foster families like, “Wish you could have seen the kids’ eyes! Priceless!” and “You’d think you just dropped off one million dollars! The kids are so excited.” They are all extremely grateful! Thank you, Christ Fellowship and the Missions team!
If your business would like to donate its services toward our mission, reach out to Olivia Sahnger by email or call 561-775-7195.
Treasure Coast Food Bank Seeking Sites for Summer Meals program
COVID-19 crisis makes program vital for more families
School ended early. Hunger started early for children who rely on school meals.
Because of COVID-19, summer food programs already have started. Treasure Coast Food Bank is seeking partners to expand its Summer Meals program that provides nutritious food to children when school is closed.
This year, with COVID-19 causing so many people to lose work, Treasure Coast Food Bank is expecting greater need for the program across Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. Treasure Coast Food Bank’s goal is to offer the program in partnership with social service agencies, faith-based organizations, summer camps, and others to provide easy access for kids throughout the region.
To participate, the site requirements are:
· Complete Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Independent Online Summer Meals Training
· Provide a sheltered, supervised area for eating or Grab-N-Go style meal distributions. All sites must implement social distancing measures.
· Serve meals to children
· Supervise meal service at your site
· Keep daily records of meals served
Treasure Coast Food Bank provides all the food fresh each day to the sites. The program includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks to children 18 and younger at no cost to them. Each site can select which two options it wants to provide.
Meals typically include fresh-made sandwiches and wraps, hand-made salads, and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables made daily in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s food production kitchen.
For more information or to register, please visit stophunger.org/sfsp or contact Program Coordinator Jade Alexander Program at email@example.com or 561-771-6213
Neighbors Feeding Neighbors
How to Reopen Your Business After COVID-19
Despite the uncertainty that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic and that still lies ahead, one thing remains certain: Most businesses will eventually reopen. On April 16, 2020, President Trump set forth guidelines for the reopening of businesses in the United States. Additionally, governors from various states continue to roll back statewide stay-home orders in the hopes of restarting economies that have been crippled by this pandemic.
Business owners navigating this new landscape must figure out how to restart their operations while keeping their staff and customers as healthy as possible. Specific plans of action must be put in place for the safe and effective reopening of businesses. These plans require careful deliberation as well as strong leadership to implement. If your business is starting on the path to economic recovery and attempting to regain some normalcy, the following are some important objectives to keep in mind.
Maintain a Hygienic Environment. The nature of this global pandemic necessitates maintaining a clean and healthy environment. For brick-and-mortar businesses, this may mean hiring cleaners for the physical premises more often and requiring more stringent disinfecting practices. In addition to increased cleanings, high-traffic common areas should be closed off to the extent possible in order to comply with social distancing measures. For employees who cannot work from home, masks and gloves should be required and provided.
Maximize Technology. During this period of shut down, many businesses have relied on technology to stay connected with their workforce. The technology and skills used should be tools that a business maintains as the pandemic runs its course. For example, teleworking strategies should be extended for employees whose physical presence is not required or who are considered part of the more vulnerable population. As you continue to discover and implement ways to connect, you also reduce your business’s chance of liability pertaining to the spread of COVID-19.
Respond Appropriately to Protect Employees and Customers. As a business owner, you may be liable for not taking action if an employee exhibits COVID-19 symptoms. For instance, the family member of a deceased Walmart employee has brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the company, alleging that managers failed to respond appropriately when the employee exhibited symptoms of the virus. As a result, it is important that your business employs proper methods to protect your employees and customers. Social distancing practices should also be implemented. What type of liability business owners may face if employees or customers contract the virus due to their interaction with a company remains to be seen.
Monitor the Legal and Medical State of Affairs Closely. The current situation is volatile, and requirements and recommendations seem to change from day to day. As a business owner, you must closely watch how this pandemic is influencing your local community. Additionally, you can find helpful guidance regarding best practices during the pandemic by visiting the websites of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization. By doing so, you position yourself to take swift, deliberate action that could save lives and money.
Next Steps: The impact of COVID-19 will continue to be felt over time, and will likely come with a series of challenges. However, you do not have to face them alone. Our team is dedicated to providing care and assistance. Schedule a virtual meeting with our team to discuss how we can assist you.
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7 Best Image Editing Tools to Use for Your Photos
A picture can be priceless when it comes to storytelling. It allows us to “show” instead of “tell” and it also allows us to express ourselves differently.
I am a sucker for compelling images, and I’m not ashamed to admit that. I will flip through a book with an interesting cover, read magazine articles because the photos caught my eye and clicked through to read a blog post because of the photo I see on a Facebook ad.
I can say, with conviction, that none of the images that compelled me to act in some way either by picking up a magazine or clicking through to an article, came straight from a camera without being edited in some way. Even with perfect lighting conditions, high-quality photography equipment, and cooperative subjects, a photo may still warrant an adjustment.
Every photo I post on social media or in a blog post has been edited prior to its publication. Using the proper tools have helped me manipulate an image in order to achieve the full effect. This post will introduce you to my top “go to” photography editing apps that will help you optimize an image like a rock star. Editing can only do so much. You should be starting with a photo that already has “good bones.” Some things to be mindful of are using lighting effectively, eliminating unnecessary clutter around the subject of your photo and making sure your image is in focus. This helps ensure that your rough draft prior to editing is already a strong start.
Below are several FREE options to get you started!
Snapseed,VSCO,Enlight,PS Express,Canva,Adobe Spark Post,eZy Watermark
Coronavirus Affects Federal, State, and Local Deadlines
Federal, state, and local governments have extended a number of deadlines amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here are just a few of the deadlines that have been affected.
Federal and state income taxes
The IRS has postponed the due date for filing federal income tax returns and making tax payments from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. No interest, penalties, or additions to tax will be incurred by taxpayers during this 90-day period for any return or payment postponed under this relief provision.
The relief is automatically given to all taxpayers (they do not need to file any additional forms to qualify) and applies to federal income tax payments (for taxable year 2019) and estimated tax payments (for taxable year 2020) due on April 15, 2020, including payments of tax on self-employment income. There is no limit on the amount of tax that can be deferred.
Many state income tax deadlines have also been postponed. You can find more information on your state government's website.
The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005 set minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards. Under the Act, residents of every state and territory are required to have a REAL ID-compliant license/identification card, or another acceptable form of identification (such as a passport), in order to access federal facilities, enter nuclear power plants, and board commercial aircraft.1
The initial deadline for REAL ID compliance was October 1, 2020. As a result of the pandemic, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline to October 1, 2021. For more information, visit dhs.gov/real-id.
Driver's license and vehicle registrations
Many state departments of motor vehicles have temporarily closed or limited in-person transactions due to the pandemic. As a result, they are giving extensions/waiving deadlines for driver's license and vehicle registration renewals — in some cases up to 90 days. Some states have even waived road test requirements for teenagers who have completed all their driver's education requirements.
Visit your state's department of motor vehicles website for more information on the various deadlines/extensions and to find out which types of transactions can be completed online; many states have expanded their online services during the pandemic.
Local property taxes
Many municipalities are offering economic relief to homeowners during the pandemic by extending property tax deadlines or waiving penalties/fees for late property tax payments. This type of tax relief usually applies only to individuals who pay their property taxes directly and not those whose property taxes are collected in an escrow account by their loan servicer. You can contact your local government's tax office to check whether property tax deadlines have been postponed.
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Steve Landwersiek, CRPC®, APMA®
6530 S. Kanner Highway
Stuart, FL 34997
Coping with Market Volatility: Be Sure to Use Appropriate Benchmarks
Do you find yourself glued to the daily news reports on market movements wondering about your own savings and investments? Before you make any hasty decisions, be sure you understand how these reports relate — or don't relate — to your individual portfolio.
The variance in the returns of different portfolios is largely attributable to their asset allocations. If you have a well-diversified portfolio that includes multiple asset classes (stocks, bonds, cash alternatives), be sure to compare its overall performance to relevant benchmarks, rather than the gains and losses reported throughout daily news cycles. For example, just because a particular stock market index, such as the S&P 500, may have dropped by a double-digit percentage doesn't necessarily mean your entire portfolio is down by the same amount. If you find that your investments are at least matching relevant benchmarks, you might feel better about your overall strategy.
Asset allocation and diversification do not guarantee that you won't suffer losses, of course, and they also can't guarantee a profit. But they can help spread your risk. When the overall market declines, some asset classes and individual investments may be affected more than others.
Before letting daily headlines drive your investment decisions, consider whether your asset allocation is appropriate for your immediate and long-term needs and the risk you're comfortable taking.
For help in determining appropriate benchmarks for your portfolio, give us a call. We're here to help.
All investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal, and there is no guarantee that any investment strategy will be successful.
Although there is no assurance that working with a financial professional will improve investment results, a professional can evaluate your objectives and available resources and help you consider appropriate long-term financial strategies.
How to Make Your Own Face Mask
Smoking and Increased Risk of Bacterial and Viral Infections
Smoking increases the risk of both bacterial and viral infections.
It has been documented that smokers incur a 2- to 4-fold increased risk of invasive pneumococcal lung disease, a disease associated with high mortality. Influenza risk is twofold higher and more severe in smokers compared with nonsmokers.In the case of tuberculosis smokers also have a twofold increased risk of contracting the infection and a 4-fold increased mortality.
The mechanism of increased susceptibility to infections in smokers is multifactorial and includes alteration of the structural and immunologic host defenses.
Structural changes: Tobacco smoke and many of its components produce structural changes in the respiratory airways. These changes include increased mucosal permeability, impairment of the mucociliary clearance, changes in pathogen adherence, disruption of the respiratory epithelium, and peribronchial inflammation and fibrosis..
Immunologic Mechanisms: Smoking weakens the function of body defense immune cells and the production of antibodies in humans and animals.
Increased risk of Coronavirus infection amongst smokers
There is still no robust evidence to suggest an increased risk of infection amongst smokers; however, analysis of deaths from coronavirus in China shows that men are more likely to die than women, something that may be related to the fact that many more Chinese men smoke than women. Among Chinese patients diagnosed with COVID-19 associated pneumonia, the odds of disease progression (including to death) were 14 times higher among people with a history of smoking compared to those who did not smoke. This was the strongest risk factor among those examined.
Use of Waterpipe and risk of infection transmission
Practice of waterpipe use
Waterpipe smoking is usually practiced in groups. The hose is passed from person to person, and the same mouthpiece is usually used by all the participants. Most smoking sessions last 45 to 60 minutes but may also continue for several hours.
Even if the pipe and mouthpiece is only used by one customer at a time, it should be noted that waterpipes and hoses are generally reused by other smoking customers at the same day It is therefore, not surprising, that waterpipe smokers are exposed to microorganisms that may be harmful to health.
How do the waterpipes get contaminated with infectious microorganisms?
The risk of transmission of infectious microbial agents through smoking waterpipes is high
If mouth pieces are not used individually the microorganisms can easily pass from mouth to mouth.
smokers often cough into hoses and moisture in tobacco smoke promotes the survival of microorganisms inside waterpipe hose.
Furthermore, the use of cold water in the water chamber for a cold airflow may facilitate the survival of viruses and bacteria.
The spread of infectious diseases could also result from the uncontrolled, manual preparation of narghile.
Evidence of Infectious Disease transmission though waterpipe
Waterpipes and mouthpieces have been implicated in an outbreak of pulmonary tuberculosis in Queensland, Australia..El-Barrawy et al. related infection with Helicobacter pylori to waterpipes smoking in Egypt. The risk of transmission of the hepatitis C virus through waterpipes smoking was also demonstrated by Habib et al. (2001). Other viruses that can be transmitted are Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), herpes simplex virus and respiratory virus . Fungal infections have also been reported to be waterpipes transmitted diseases when a patient with acute myeloid leukemia showed invasive infection with Aspergillus sp.
Measures were taken by some countries in view of the potential risk of COVID-19 infection though waterpipe use
Some countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region such as Iran, Kuwait, Pakistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have banned the use of shisha in public places such as cafes, shisha bars or restaurants to avoid COVID-19 transmission.
Inform the public about the high risk of infection of COVID-19 when using waterpipe.
Complete ban of the use of waterpipes in all public establishments such as cafes, bars, restaurants, etc. with no exceptions even if the mouthpiece or hose is changed with each individual use. Avoid sharing waterpipe mouthpieces even in home settings.
Ensure the enforcement of the ban with adequate fines and penalties.
Inform the public about the increased risk of COVID 19 infection in smokers versus non-smokers.
Encourage smokers to quit smoking.
Due Date for Federal Income Tax Returns and Payments Postponed to July 15
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the due date for filing federal income tax returns and making tax payments has been postponed by the IRS from Wednesday, April 15, 2020, to Wednesday, July 15, 2020. No interest, penalties, or additions to tax will be incurred by taxpayers during this 90-day relief period for any return or payment postponed under this relief provision.
The relief applies automatically to all taxpayers, and they do not need to file any additional forms to qualify for the relief. The relief applies to federal income tax payments (for taxable year 2019) and estimated tax payments (for taxable year 2020) due on April 15, 2020, including payments of tax on self-employment income. There is no limit on the amount of tax that can be deferred.
Note: Under this relief provision, no extension is provided for the payment or deposit of any other type of federal tax, or for the filing of any federal information return.
Need more time?
If you're not able to file your federal income tax return by the July due date, you can file for an extension by the July due date using IRS Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Filing this extension gives you an additional three months (until October 15, 2020) to file your federal income tax return. You can also file for an automatic three-month extension electronically (details on how to do so can be found in the Form 4868 instructions). There may be penalties for failing to file or for filing late.
Filing for an extension using Form 4868 does not provide any additional time to pay your tax. When you file for an extension, you have to estimate the amount of tax you will owe and pay this amount by the July filing due date. If you don't pay the amount you've estimated, you may owe interest and penalties. In fact, if the IRS believes that your estimate was not reasonable, it may void your extension.
The IRS encourages taxpayers seeking a tax refund to file their tax return as soon as possible. Apparently, most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days of the IRS receiving a tax return.
Legal Considerations for Your Business During a Pandemic: Responding to COVID-19
In a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world and forced communities to reevaluate everything. Despite the unpredictability that has accompanied this global crisis, it is not too late to implement changes to protect you, your employees, and your business. Here are some tips and strategies to help you navigate these challenges and the ones to come.
• Participate In and Promote Social Distancing Practices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that employers “explore establish[ing] policies and practices, such as flexible worksites (e.g., telecommuting) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), to increase the physical distance among employees and between employees and others.” At the time of this writing, the President has discouraged gatherings of more than ten individuals. As an employer, creating a safe and healthy environment is critical for your company’s success. Thus, employers must work toward complying with the guidance provided by local and federal leaders. Be sure to maintain the cleanliness and sanitization of any facilities where your business operates. Failure to maintain safe environments could result in loss of the goodwill you have already established within your community.
• Review Contractual Obligations. Given the widespread economic impact of this pandemic and the sweeping restrictions that many businesses and individuals face, it is quite likely that various contractual obligations will be in question. Consequently, you should review your various contracts to determine (1) the extent to which the spread of COVID-19 has impacted either party’s ability to complete tasks, (2) whether the contract has provisions that address potential delays, and (3) how a party may terminate or require performance of the contract. This may specifically involve reviewing the common force majeure provision. Upon review, you may find that you need to reach out to the other party to the contract to figure out how to best proceed. Please bear in mind that termination of the contract is likely not required or even the best step to take. The country and the world as a whole are facing similar challenges, which can open up opportunities for greater collaborative problem-solving. The contracts in question may need to be revised to reflect a new joint decision made by both parties given the extenuating circumstances.
• Communicate Clear Plans and Expectations to Employees. As a business owner, you must create policies that keep your employees aligned with your stated business objectives. As a result, when you implement COVID-19-related changes, it is critical to communicate these changes as quickly and clearly as possible. This may mean hosting virtual meetings to announce any new initiatives your company decides to take. It also includes documenting these initiatives and reviewing other procedures that are more relevant during this specific crisis. With this evolving outbreak, it is important to craft plans that attempt to consider all the possible steps your business may need to take and to prepare your company for them, especially given the speed with which state and federal regulations are occuring.
• Consider Applying for Coronavirus Small Business Loans and Similar Relief. Due to the significant economic impact of COVID-19, the federal government has taken steps to make disaster relief loans more accessible to small business owners. Small businesses that need financial assistance to meet obligations like utility payments and payroll may be eligible for small business loans with interest rates as low as 3.75 percent. If you are facing significant challenges in meeting certain business obligations, you should consider applying for one of these loans through the Small Business Administration. Additionally, federal and local governments are extending tax filing deadlines in response to the outbreak. Work with your team of advisors to identify the new dates and requirements.
• Review and Revise Business Plans. Finally, it is essential that you review your overall business plans. For almost everyone in the country, COVID-19 will likely impact the bottom line. As a result, you must consider innovative ways to increase income and decrease costs. You should explore other revenue streams to offset any potential losses incurred as a result of this outbreak. Additionally, this pandemic has highlighted the need for businesses to become more mobile and virtually accessible. Review your business plans to identify ways to further strengthen your digital market.
Treasure Coast Hospice, Lakeside Stroll - A Walk for Hope and Healing
In Photo: Aycock at Tradition Dignity Memorial- Steve Elias, George Seliga, Corey Compton, Laura Barbone and Jamie Stott
Photos & Article by MaryAnn Ketcham
Treasure Coast Hospice once again hosted its Lakeside Stroll in Tradition. Designed to promote hope and healing for those who experienced the loss of a loved one, the recent walk drew over 250 participants who strolled the peaceful, picturesque 1.2-mile pathway that circles the lake as a step forward in their grief journey.
“We grieve because we love,” said Jacki Nardone, director of Grief Support and Pediatric Services. “Today, we walk because of that love.”
The morning’s program provided several other therapeutic opportunities to express that love. Poignant, hand-written notes and photos lined a memory wall. Many of those remembrances were placed by children experiencing grief. In addition people could leave a sentiment on a strip of fabric that will be woven into a tapestry which hangs at the Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart.
This community gathering drew a bevy of volunteers who enthusiastically provided information about the many ways to get involved with Treasure Coast Hospice. From calling upon patients to providing respite for caregivers or joining the veterans visiting veterans team to volunteering in the thrift boutique, there are so many ways in which to help.
Proceeds from the Lakeside Stroll benefit Treasure Coast Hospice Grief Support, which offers both individual and group counseling for adults, children and families in Martin and St. Lucie counties. It includes Understanding Grief for the newly bereaved and New Beginnings, which examines ideas for living after loss.
Major underwriters include presenting sponsor Aycock at Tradition/Dignity Memorial, shirt sponsor Keiser University, breakfast sponsor The Estate, Trust & Elder Law Firm, activity tent sponsor Remnant Construction and pet station sponsor Martin Funeral Home & Crematory.
Special thanks to Renaissance Charter School at Tradition’s National Junior Honor Society and Sprint for sponsoring the water stations along the route. They were joined by Stuart’s South Fork High School Spirit and Pride Drumline and Renaissance Charter School at Tradition Bulldog Cheer Team who encouraged walkers during the stroll. Treasure Coast High School Air Force JROTC helped direct traffic and True Crew Dance Company performed a memorial dance during the event.
Walk participant Janet Farnen-Dyer said this of Treasure Coast Hospice, “They were angels from heaven in our time of need. We lost two parents within two months of each other. They helped make this a peaceful transition for us all.”
For more information, please visit TreasureHealth.org.
In Photo:Janet Farnan-Dyer and Leslie Haviland
In Photo: CEO Jackie Kendrick & Greg Kendrick
In Photo: The Memorial Tapestry- Hollie Machen and Trish Repass