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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
TRACED Act

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.

To learn more about the work of the partnership, visit www.tfp-martin.org.

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New Playground Coming to Pineapple Park Thanks to Generous Gift

19 Dec Pineapple photo

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 martinparks@martin.fl.us.

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DAVID RAY NAMED EXECUTIVE CHEF AT HOBE SOUND GOLF CLUB

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 mblanco@hobesoundgolfclub.com.

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Understanding How Your Debts are Handled After You Pass Away

19 Dec Debt

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.

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Should I Sign up for an Identity Theft Protection Service?

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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.

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Millennium Ribbon Cutting Big Success

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Thomas Deshler, Rachel Delashmutt, Timea Young, James Young, Erol Atamer, Avery Atamer cut the ribbon of Millennium Cremation Services at 800 8th Street in Vero Beach. The Chamber of Commerce of Indian River County coordinated the event. The crematory is located on the premises. The business owner is James W. Young. His passion in the death care industry began as a young man working for a relative’s successful funeral home. A native of West Virginia, Jim spent his adolescent years assisting in his family’s grocery store in Clendenin, WV.

Jim opened Young & Prill Funeral Homes, established in 1992 in Port Saint Lucie, Stuart and Sebastian, FL. In 2001, Jim founded the Seawinds Funeral Group serving Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties. He is a current partner of Boyd Panciera Family Funeral Care in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL. Jim has guided many young funeral directors with his professionalism, knowledge of various funeral customs and management. Jim was a past President of the Tri County Funeral Directors Association, past president of the Jensen Beach Kiwanis and former board member of the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Jim and his wife, Timea, enjoy traveling and attending Miami Dolphin Football games. Jim has 2 beautiful daughters and a beloved son.

You are invited to tour the 8th St facilities or their office at 1321 North Central Avenue Sebastian. For more information on their simple cremation package for $795
Please call the family owned and operated crematory at 772-999-5547

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Physicians Help HANDS and Students

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In Photo: Ramesh Nayyar, MD, Treasurer, Kayanna Johnson, Sarah Allen, Janet Murdick, Medical Staff Coordinator
Standing: Janet Murdick, Medical Staff Coordinator; Dr. Anthony Lewis, Secretary, Perry Lloyd, MD, President, Medical Staff; Dr. Juliette Lomax Homier, Randy Seeger, MD, Past-President, Medical Staff, Dr. Raheel Ahmad, Secretary, Eric Goldman, CEO

St. Lucie - Last week, to make a positive impact on residents the Treasure Coast, the Medical Executive Committee of the Physicans of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute presented $6,500 in donations. The first check was presented to the HANDS Clinic, a Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) affiliate serving St. Lucie County residents. According to HANDS Clinic Director, Dr. Ken Palestrant, the $2,500 physicians’ gift will assist nearly 50,000 uninsured residents of St. Lucie County by providing medical, dental, mental health, and vision care services. Individuals who qualify for the HANDS Program are typically working members of the community who do not have medical insurance and do not qualify for governmental programs like Medicaid.

In addition to the monetary donation, Dr. Palestrant and founding HANDS Clinic physician, Dr. James Roberts commended the physicians of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute on their continued willingness to volunteer and assist patients being served by the HANDS Clinic. Dr. Roberts shared the history of the nine year-old clinic’s grassroots beginning and its vision as a community service provider which has helped impact and save thousands of lives locally.

Dr. Perry Lloyd and members of the Physicians of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute also presented $2,000 checks each to Kayanna Johnson and Sarah Allen, Florida State University medical students and local residents who are based out of the Fort Pierce Regional Medical School Campus. The funds provided the students will assist them in defraying some of the costs of interviewing for medical residencies, an expense that can often add up to tens of thousands of dollars for med students. Johnson and Allen were joined by Dr. Juliette Lomax Homier, Dean of FSU’s Fort Pierce Regional Medical Center. Lomax Homier is responsible for overseeing the clinical education for third and fourth-year medical students at FSU’s Fort Pierce Regional Medical School.

The Physicians of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute is comprised of physicians who are serving the community and who are committed to the same integrity, trust, and mission of caring for and improving human life as the organization which they represent. Local nonprofit organizations are periodically invited to the organization’s monthly Executive Committee meetings to share information and receive funds collected by the phyisicans and earmarked to help positively impact the community.

To volunteer, or to learn more about the organization, call Learn to Read St. Lucie County at (772) 464-2747 today.

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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, https://www.irsc.edu/presidential-search/ 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 PresidentSearch@irsc.edu, no later than December 9, 2019. Questions may be directed to the Assistant Dean of Human Resources, Melissa Whigham at 772-462-7282 or mwhigham@irsc.edu.

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Seniors vs Crime, A Special Project of the Florida Attorney General’s Office was established in 1989. Seniors vs Crime has recovered over $30 million dollars for senior citizens in Florida who have been victimized by deceptive business practices, fraud and con games. With 38 offices found throughout Florida services are offered free of charge. Look at www.Seniorsvscrime.com to read information at our web site or to acquire an on line complaint form. We may also be reached at 1-800-203-3099.

Four-Time Dance Champs Going for Number Five

19 Nov Wild Roses

If you have ever been to a charitable party or event on the Treasure Coast chances are that you have witnessed the Wild Roses Dance Team spinning, twirling and honky tonking on the dance floor.

The Wild Roses Foundation & Dance Team are at it again. After being recognized at the United Country World Dance Council as world champions four times since 2013, the team is gearing up for their first international competition as a team in the World Dance Masters taking place across the pond in England this summer.

The dance team recently held their weekend long ‘Vegas Nights’ fundraiser and their 7th Annual Wild Roses Workshop at the River Walk Center in Fort Pierce with their instructors Patrick Flemming, Trevor Thornton and keeping up with their international status, direct from France, Guillaume Richard.

“Being able to compete against some of the world’s best line dancing troupes from around the world this summer is going to be a great experience for our 18 competition dancers,” said Wendie Smith, Wild Roses founder.

Wild Roses is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization,and use their dance skills and energy to support area non-profits such as Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County, Inner Truth Project, Glioblastoma Foundation of the Treasure Coast and many more.

“Our dancers are adults with a passion for dance. We are always looking to include people who want to learn and fulfill a dance dream of their own,” said Smith “We will have between 35-40 dancers performing at the St. Lucie County Fair in February,” she continued.

Upcoming dance performances and fundraisers can be found on the Wild Roses website at http://wildrosesfoundation.com

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

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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.

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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.”

For more information contact them at 772.781.4720.
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Robert Weissman to be Honored at 2020 Kiplinger Luncheon

Stuart - On January 27, Robert “Bob” Weissman will be honored by The Library Foundation of Martin County as the 2020 recipient of the Kiplinger Literacy Award.

The award will be presented at the Kiplinger Literacy Award Luncheon, held at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City. Knight Kiplinger will be the keynote speaker.

“Bob Weissman’s commitment to the Library Foundation spans more than a quarter-century. He’s been a key sponsor of Bookmania! since its beginning 26 years ago and has also been a longstanding supporter of our Kiplinger Luncheon,” said Stacy Ranieri, president of the foundation’s board of directors. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to honor Bob, not only for his significant contributions to literacy in Martin County, but for his exceptional philanthropy and support of so many local nonprofits. The generosity of Bob and his wife Carol over the years has had a wide-ranging impact in our community and made it a better place to live.”

"The programs offered by the Martin County Library System and funded through The Library Foundation are truly life-changing. I’ve led a blessed life and am very pleased to have the opportunity to help fund programs that will, in turn, improve the lives of others in this community,” said Weissman.

Weissman and his wife Carol have been residents of Harbour Ridge for 30 years. They have seven children and 17 grandchildren. He grew up in Massachusetts, served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-56, graduated from Boston University, and led Robert Allen Fabrics, a well-known designer and decorator fabric group headquartered in Boston, for many of his 40 years in business.

In addition to their generosity to The Library Foundation of Martin County, the Weissmans support many other Martin County and Boston-area charitable organizations.

The luncheon’s keynote speaker Knight Kiplinger also has deep roots in Martin County and an enduring connection to the Library Foundation. The Kiplinger family has been a part of the Treasure Coast since 1952 when Kiplinger’s grandfather was seeking a refuge from the “hubbub” of Washington, D.C. Among the family’s many contributions to the area was a plot of land on East Ocean Boulevard in Stuart for the construction of the county’s first library.

Kiplinger’s remarks will offer attendees a unique ringside perspective on the leaders and policies that shape our future.

Stand2help Donations to Mary's Shelter of the Treasure Coast

Stuart - Stand2help is a donation based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to collect items for the less fortunate in our community. Stand2Help is run by three local students who attend Clark Advanced Learning Center. This month they collected paper goods for Mary's shelter of the Treasure Coast. They hosted a donation drive at their school and raised over 500 diapers and around 160 paper goods including tissues, paper towels, and toilet paper. All donations were dropped of Friday, October 18th!

For more information: stand2helpinc@gmail.com
772-359-2989.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 Reasons a Will Might be Contested

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

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

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

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

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

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

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