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Martin County Cases Covid 19 Update

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To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, The Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated twice daily. Today, as of 11 a.m., there are 5,473 total Florida cases.

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Treasure Coast Food Bank to Hold Drive-Through Mobile Pantry Food Distributions in Martin County

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Treasure Coast Food Bank is committed to serving all people affected by this unprecedented event. Treasure Coast Food Bank will hold two drive-through Mobile Pantries this week to provide emergency food assistance for families affected by the novel coronavirus. The Food Bank is continuing to meet needs of residents throughout the community seven days a week.

On Tuesday, March 31, the staff and volunteers will be at the Indiantown Non-Profit Housing Authority from 3 to 5 p.m. On Wednesday, April 1, they’ll hold a drive-through Mobile Pantry at the Martin County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. until noon. At each location, thousands of pounds of pantry staples, fresh produce, meats and dairy products will be distributed on a first-come basis.
To keep everyone as safe as possible, Treasure Coast Food Bank asks everyone to follow some rules at the Mobile Pantries. They are drive-through only. The staff and volunteers using protective gloves and gear will place items directly into the trunks of cars, so no one needs to leave their cars. No walk-ups will be allowed.

Treasure Coast Food Bank encourages anyone who is sick to stay home and have someone else pick up items on your behalf. Vouchers are not needed for either the Indiantown or the Martin County Mobile Pantries, but they are designated for individuals in those specific areas only. Treasure Coast Food Bank is scheduling more Mobile Pantry distributions each week. Follow Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/tcfoodbank/, to get immediate updates.

In the last two weeks, Treasure Coast Food Bank has seen about a 25 percent increase in demand for food and has distributed more than 500,000 pounds of food. The food bank is feeding about 26,000 people each day with Mobile Pantries, family food packs, pre-packaged meals for children and their families, and through its partner agencies.
Anyone who is in need of help or who wants to find out more information about volunteering or donating to Treasure Coast Food Bank can visit stophunger.org.

Department of Revenue Extends Property Tax Payment Due Date March 31 to April 15

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Tallahassee, Fla. – On Monday, March 16, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Department of Revenue (Department) to provide flexibility on tax due dates to assist those adversely affected by COVID-19. Today, Department of Revenue Executive Director Jim Zingale issued an emergency order to extend the final due date for property tax payments for the 2019 tax year. The Department also extended the due date to file railroad, railroad terminal, private car and freight line and equipment company property tax returns.

Order of Emergency Waiver/Deviation #20-52-DOR-01 applies to all 67 Florida counties. Property tax is normally due by March 31 in the year following the year the taxes are assessed. The Department waives the due date so that payments remitted by April 15, 2020, for the 2019 tax year will be considered timely paid. Property tax returns for railroad, railroad terminal, private car and freight line and equipment company property are normally due by April 1. Returns will be timely filed if filed by April 15, 2020.

The Department has implemented the filing date extensions pursuant to subsection 213.005(2), F.S., which authorizes the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue to carry out certain actions during a declared state of emergency. On March 9, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-52, declaring a state of emergency in response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

Property taxpayers who have additional questions should contact their county tax collectors. Railroad and private car line companies with additional questions may contact the Department at DORPTO@floridarevenue.com. Visit the Department’s webpage for COVID-19 updates. For more information or to sign up for email updates from the Department of Revenue, visit floridarevenue.com.

Smoking and Increased Risk of Bacterial and Viral Infections

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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.

Recommendations
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

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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.
Tax refunds
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.

Treasure Coast Food Bank Adds Partnership with Martin County Boys & Girls Clubs for Daily Free Meals

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Volunteers needed to help pack food boxes

Treasure Coast Food Bank began providing meals last week to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County to help feed kids during the coronavirus pandemic.

Treasure Coast Food Bank is providing 700 meals each day to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, which will be distributed each evening from the club’s locations in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound and Indiantown.

The meals are pre-packaged, with a protein, a whole grain, and a vegetable for a balanced diet.
Treasure Coast Food Bank’s staff is working seven days a week to meet the increasing need for food as more people are affected by shutdowns and layoffs that have occurred with the spread of the pandemic.

There continues to be a need for volunteers to help in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s production kitchen where the meals are packaged, as well as in the warehouse where food packs of shelf-stable items are put together.
Please visit www.stophunger.org for more information about volunteering or if you and your family is in need of food.

Port St. Lucie Police Department Swearing in of New Officers

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Port St. Lucie - On March 23, 2020 the Port St. Lucie Police Department held a private swearing -in ceremony of their newest members.  Officers Sarah Brosteneant, Kevin Dean Helseth and Tanner Theriault.

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Legal Considerations for Your Business During a Pandemic: Responding to COVID-19

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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.”[1] 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.[2] 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.

14th Annual Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls Sets New Record by Providing More Than 86,000 Meals

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The annual Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls Project raised nearly $11 thousand, setting a new record for the event and providing more than 86,000 meals for children struggling with hunger in Martin County.

Patrons formed a long line before the doors opened at the Woman’s Club of Stuart on Feb. 23. For their $20 donation, each received a bowl of savory soup provided by area restaurants and their choice from more than 300 handcrafted bowls created and donated to the event by area artists.

In addition, there was energetic bidding for the selection of “souper” bowls that well-known local clay artists create and donate each year for the Mae Slaton Silent Auction.

This is the 14th year for the event that honors the late ceramic artist, Lundin Kudo. It brings together artists, local restaurants, dedicated volunteers, and the community to support Treasure Coast Food Bank’s fight against hunger. A portion of the proceeds also are donated to Mary’s Kitchen.

“The Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls event is a highlight each year, and we are grateful to the committee for all the work that goes into making this such a great event,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Thanks also to the artists and the local restaurants that donated delicious soups this year. Your talents and gifts help thousands of children who struggle with hunger.”

This year’s committee was chaired by Joan Hooks and included Carolyn Smith, Cheryl Ritland, May Wong, Diane Ayres, Gail McCarthy, Petey Cox, Georgia Malone, and Leona Zegar.

Soups were donated by Chef’s Table of Stuart, Conchy Joe’s Seafood, Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House, East Ocean Bistro, Ellie’s Downtown Deli, Healthy Harvest Catering, Kazu, Osceola Street Café, Stuart Boathouse, Talkhouse, and The Gafford.

Special thanks goes to the artists and studios who help make the event successful - Clay Habit Studio, Gail McCarthy Studio, Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art, OldMoonClay.com, and 3D Potter, Inc.

Treasure Coast Food Bank also is grateful to Publix for supplying the bread enjoyed with each bowl of soup, and The Woman’s Club of Stuart.

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Community Update: We are Fully Operational

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Article by: Carol Deloach - Chief Executive Officer

Much has changed since my first update to the community earlier this week regarding our organization's response to COVID-19. At that time, I shared with you our plans to adapt our operations to the nation's call to slow the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing.

I am happy to report today that we are well on our way to a smooth transition of operations, and I am confident that we will maintain the safety, permanency and well-being of the children and families we serve. We continue to work closely with the Department of Children and Families and the courts, which released directives this week that allow us to maintain safe visits with children while also ensuring their health as well as the health of our staff.

Some of those measures include:

• The use of Telehealth and other online communications
• Video conferencing to maintain safe distances from vulnerable families while also allowing us to monitor the safety of children in care
• A comprehensive communications plan to keep our families, staff and the community fully appraised of our COVID-19 response and its impact on our system of care

Although much of our staff is working remotely, we are now, and will continue to be, fully operational. If you are a parent or caregiver with questions, please call your case manager. Likewise, foster parents should maintain communication with their licensing specialists, CCKids vendors should call their assigned contracts managers, and CCKids staff should continue to direct questions to supervisors.

Members of the community may continue to call our main number at 1-772-873-7800, and Katherine will be there to direct your inquiries to the appropriate staff. I also want to remind you that we are making daily updates to our information line, which you can access at 1-866-322-3535.

As we settle into our new routine, these updates may become less frequent. Please rest assured that I will continue to reach out with any news that may impact our system of care. Our community is, after all, part of that system. I know that, together, we can navigate this strange time and be all the stronger for it.

County Commissioner to the Rescue!

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Article by: Doreen Marcial Poreba,APR

Palm City - Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith to the rescue ... literally! He recently adopted Moriah, a cat that had been housed by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and cared for by their loving volunteers and staff for more than a year.

Despite many Facebook posts about her, including a recent one that was shared 569 times, she remained unadopted.

Just after her one-year anniversary at the humane society, another post appeared in the voice of Moriah (see attached) and that’s what prompted Smith to take action.

On March 13, 2020, which happens to be Smith’s birthday, he became the proud papa of Moriah, who joined her four other cat siblings in her new fur-ever home. What a purr-fect ending!

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Turning 18 Never Felt so Good for High School Senior

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Stuart - Maggie McSoley of Stuart turned 18 years old just in time to win $10,000 from Peter’s Water Treatment & Irrigation/EcoWater Systems.

A Martin County High School senior, she turned 18 years old on February 23 and that’s the day that Peter Wernick called to inform her that she had won the prize money in a random drawing. The rules require the winner to be 18 to accept the check.

She filled out an entry form at last year’s Home & Garden Show in Stuart and had forgotten about it.

“When I got the call, I thought it was fake. I didn’t take it seriously at all at first,” said McSoley.

McSoley is one of seven children and currently holds two part-time jobs: one as a nanny and another at a local restaurant. She plans to donate 10 percent of her winnings to Elev8te Hope and the rest will go into savings account to be used toward college. Elev8te Hope provides support and hope to struggling families with children.

“My parents have been involved with Elev8te Hope and I’ve seen the organization change a lot of lives,” she said. “My parents are really happy for me because I’m a really hard-working kid.”

Peter Wernick, owner of Peter’s Water Treatment & Irrigation/EcoWater Systems, presented McSoley with her $10,000 check at the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Home and Garden Show at the fairgrounds in Stuart.

Entries for Peter’s Water Treatment & Irrigation 2020 $10,000 Giveaway will be accepted at the Treasure Coast Mall and various events throughout the area for the remainder of the year.

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Earth Day is Celebrating its 50th Anniversary

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Earth Day is celebrating its 50th anniversary and The Children’s Museum is planning to celebrate our amazing Earth by organizing an Earth Fest Day on April 18th from 10am-2pm. The museum doors will be open to children and families throughout the Treasure Coast. We will be promoting through our email blasts, website, press releases, newsletters, Facebook and radio. We are currently looking for sponsors and donations for this year’s event from local businesses. This year vendors will also be onsite promoting their business and offering an Earth friendly craft or activity.

Over the years, the Children’s Museum has tried to come up with some unique fundraising events to support students, teachers and worthy organizations. We offer a hands-on education experience through our Educational Community Outreach Program and offer scholarships for Spring and Summer Camps to children in need. The proceeds from past events have allowed over 20,000 students along the Treasure Coast to participate in our Educational Community Outreach Program, free of charge. You can help keep education exciting for students by participating.

As a business, we are asking for a donation of 250-300 items or more. These items can include coupons, discounts, promotional items, etc. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 772-225-7575 at Ext. 202
Thank you again for your consideration to support quality educational experiences for students and children in need.
Kristi Brown - Events Coordinator
PO Box 2147 | Stuart Florida 34995 | 772-225-7575 Ext. 202 | www.childrensmuseumtc.org

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Dear Community members, Club member parents, and families,

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County (BGCMC), the safety of the youth and families we serve is our highest and most significant responsibility.

With a heightened awareness and growing concern about the respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus known as COVID-19, BGCMC is monitoring, planning, and preparing for public health risks that could affect the youth we serve, their families and our staff.

Based on directives from the United States Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, the CDC, and Governor DeSantis, all Florida Schools will be closed through March 27, 2020. In an abundance of caution and following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Florida State Department of Health (DOH), and the example of our partners with the Martin County School District (MCSD) and neighboring school districts and Boys and Girls Clubs, we are closing Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, 2020. We will continue to update our Club families as this situation develops.

We know this is an inconvenience for our youth and their families, particularly in making plans to accommodate work schedules. We carefully weighed this decision and erred on the possibility that contracting the illness would create an even greater hardship on our youth and their families.

All branches of BGCMC will monitor actions of MCSD regarding school closures and social distancing, as they work closely with state and local health officials on responding to potential illness outbreaks that might lead to school closures.

We will provide updates in letters home, via email and on our social media. Furthermore, we will assess the situation daily and react swiftly—and communicate comprehensively—to any new developments.

COVID-19 Guidance & Resources The Florida State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Florida state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call (850) 245-4444. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding COVID-19 The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a Parent/Caregiver Guide for COVID-19 with more helpful information for families.

Thank you,
Keith “Fletch” Fletcher

April & May Honor Flights Canceled To Avoid Risk to Veterans & Participants For Covid-19 Virus 

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Stuart - In a precautionary measure, Southeast Florida Honor Flight announces the cancellation of their scheduled April 11th and May 30th Honor Flights to Washington, DC. Both of the one-day trips of honor, each scheduled with 80 local WWII, Korean & Vietnam War veterans, will be canceled due to the uncertain spread and rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus, and to avoid possible infection of the veterans, who are in the highest risk population. Additionally, the decision was made to avoid any possible infection or travel delays due to quarantine risks for the other 204 volunteers scheduled to fly.

Per the National Honor Flight Network, each of the 125 national hubs in 45 states will make their own decisions regarding their scheduled spring flights. The Southeast Florida Honor Flight Board of Directors determined their best course of action based on risk assessment and averting the possibility of exposing their older, vulnerable veterans to the COVID-19 virus. Honor Flight trips include constant handshakes and hugs by appreciative Americans throughout the day, which, although typically very appreciated, are currently not advised to avoid possible infection. Furthermore, the US CDC’s suggestion that people over 60 years of age and those with underlying health problems “strongly consider avoiding activities that involve large crowds, such as traveling by airplane…” added to the prudent call to cancel the two Spring 2020 flights, as well as the associated Operation Homecoming events at PBI.

Veterans and guardians that have been scheduled for the April and May flights will be contacted and instructed on their transferal to the organization’s scheduled Fall 2020 Honor Flights, which will take place September 26th and October 24th.

As much as Southeast Florida Honor Flight is disappointed to have to make the flight postponement decision, they look forward to honoring the deserving, local veterans with great fanfare later this Fall 2020.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, part of the National Honor Flight Network, is one of nine Honor Flight chapters/hubs in Florida. Based in Stuart, FL, this hub serves veterans in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. Southeast Florida Honor Flight is dedicated to flying local WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight ,
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Rose Ball Raises $148,000 to Benefit Treasure Coast Hospice’s Little Treasures Pediatric Care Program

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Stuart - Nearly 300 guests wearing vintage Gatsby attire danced the night away at the annual Rose Ball held at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart, raising more than $148,000 for Treasure Coast Hospice’s Little Treasures Pediatric Program.

The Roaring 20s-inspired evening captured the era’s glamour and style, from the lavish décor to the soulful sounds of Charleston-based performers Gracie & Lacy. Guests also enjoyed an exciting live auction, cash raffle and silent auction featuring an array of dining packages, spa retreats and golf and travel experiences.

Chair Charity Ginger, who has organized a themed fundraiser for Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation since 2014, said: “The tremendous success of the Rose Ball could not happen without the continued generosity of our sponsors, supporters and committee. I am honored to be able to work with so many dedicated members of our community, all of whom are passionate about supporting children and families through the Little Treasures program.”

The Rose Ball is named in honor of Kamden Rose Brownie, who earned her angel wings in the care of Little Treasures in 2017, and Rose Marie Barnes, who was a major sponsor of the event.

Little Treasures is the pediatric care program of Treasure Coast Hospice. It focuses on enhancing the quality of life for children and their families with a chronic and/or life-threatening illness. Treasure Coast Hospice’s pediatric care program addresses medical, psychosocial, spiritual and financial concerns by providing intensive pain and symptom management along with guidance, education, and support from an interdisciplinary team.

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St. Lucie Habitat Kick’s off April “Home is the Key”

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How does it feel to turn the key to a door of a place that you call home?
At St. Lucie Habitat, we believe that safe, decent and affordable shelter plays a critical role in helping families create lives filled with possibility and progress. Caught in cycles of unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded conditions, or lack of access to affordable housing, many families live with a constant burden of uncertainty, stress, and fear.

Families all across the Treasure Coast are paying too high a price to cover the cost of home. Rents and homeownership costs are skyrocketing, while wages are not keeping pace. Far too often, families struggle to make ends meet. Everywhere you look, the stability that home should bring remains out of each for far too many families.

On April 1st, we kick off our month-long, Home is the Key campaign, and on April 22nd, we’ll bring our community together to unlock futures and change lives so that even more families have access to decent housing.

Join us for lunch on April 22, 2020 at the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, and learn how YOUR Habitat for Humanity is making an impact through affordable housing in St. Lucie County. Call Melissa Winstead at 772-464-1117, ext. 103 to reserve your seat. Partner with us by spreading the message to our community that #SLHHomeIsTheKey.

Treasure Coast Hospice, Lakeside Stroll - A Walk for Hope and Healing

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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.

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In Photo:Janet Farnan-Dyer and Leslie Haviland

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In Photo: CEO Jackie Kendrick & Greg Kendrick

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In Photo: The Memorial Tapestry- Hollie Machen and Trish Repass