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Molly's House 2nd Annual Family Fun Day

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Stuart - On January 19, 2020 Molly's House sponsored a Family Fun Day for the Whole Family. The event was held at Stuart Memorial Park from 1:00 -5:00. The admission was free. It was one big fun zone and the event was to support Molly's House.

There was a Kids Zone, live music by McCartney mania, face painting and many more activities for the families to enjoy. Molly's House provides a caring environment for patients and families in a medical crisis since 1996. They are located at: 430 SE Osceola St in Stuart.
For more information contact them at: 772-223-6659.

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Genesis Community Church to Host Night to Shine Prom for People with Special Needs Sponsored by Tim Tebow Foundation

Feb 7 Night to Shine

St. Lucie - This year, thanks to St. Lucie County, we are excited to move the 6​th​ annual Night to Shine event to the St Lucie County Fenn Center. This will allow the number of guests participating from 150 to 250. We are also adding two new rooms to the event, karaoke and an arts and craft room. This event is hosted this year around the globe simultaneously with over 655 Churches and thousands of volunteers on Friday February 7​th​ making this spectacular Night to Shine a very special event celebrating people with special needs.

Every guest of Night to Shine, people with special needs ages 14 and older enters this complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, prom favors, a dance floor… all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom.

Every town, every village, every state, every country needs a Night to Shine for their special needs community – a chance to be a part of something significant and life-changing…and to be blessed in the process,” said Tim Tebow, founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation.
Night to Shine has experienced incredible growth, now in its sixth year of existence. The event launched in 2015 with 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers honoring more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. This past February, 655 host churches and 200,000 volunteers came together to celebrate 100,000 honored guests with special needs. Now in its sixth year, the Tim Tebow Foundation anticipates 800 churches to sign up to host the event taking place this coming February.

Genesis Community Church is excited to be a part of this worldwide movement that is uniting churches of different denominations all over the world with the common goal of celebrating people with special needs.

For additional information on the Night to Shine hosted by Genesis Community Church in St. Lucie County visit www.tcnighttoshine.com.
For more information on the worldwide movement of Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, visit: http://www.timtebowfoundation.org/index.php/night-to-shine/

Sponsorships are still available and volunteers are always welcome. Every guest has a volunteer Buddy to serve them throughout the night. Iin addition, volunteers are needed for security, hair and makeup, photography, etc. There are a number of In-Kind items that can be donated as well. Please contact A Night to Shine committee member or reach out to us on the website –

​WWW.TCNIGHTTOSHINE.COM Come join this extraordinary Prom Night event and share the love and smiles this event brings to all
For additional information on the Night to Shine hosted by Genesis Community Church in St. Lucie County visit www.tcnighttoshine.com.

USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 59 Officers Elected

Jan 12 US Coast Guard

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary – Flotilla 59 elected its new bridge officers to lead the Stuart, Florida flotilla in its 34th year at Sandsprit Park. The 2020 bridge is led by Dawn Muller, Flotilla Commander and Marcus Kiriakow, Flotilla Vice Commander. It is their duty to carry on the tradition that began over 80 years ago when the Auxiliary was formed to assist the Coast Guard. Both have served in the past as flotilla staff officers and elected officers.

The new bridge’s 2020 vision includes training of Auxiliarists to carry out the education and safety of over 950,000 registered Florida vessel owners. They are committed to the growth of Flotilla 59 with the addition of new volunteers and the expansion of its marine safety mission.

As part of their focus, the new bridge is concentrating on continuing and expanding the successful boating programs. These programs include the certified About Boating Safely course as well as GPS for Mariners and Marine Navigation. The Auxiliary encourages safety awareness within the recreational boating community by offering free vessel inspections. Flotilla 59 is located at 3443 SE St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart, Florida in Sandsprit Park. For more information you can visit our website at http://cgaux59.org.

Treasure Coast Food Bank Supplies Food Boxes to 3,200 Senior Households Through Annual Convoy of H.O.P.E.

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

This marks the 5th year that the convoy of Treasure Coast Food Bank trucks will depart its Fort Pierce headquarters. This year, the four trucks will be carrying a total of 3,200 boxes of nutritious food for area seniors, the fastest-growing population facing food insecurity.

“Many of our seniors who live on fixed incomes and who struggle year-round need some added help to get healthy, nutritious food,” said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO. “There are more than 18,000 food-insecure seniors living in the four counties we serve, and as more and more Baby Boomers reach retirement and the difficulty of living on a fixed income, we expect to see that number increase.

“This year will be especially difficult for those receiving SNAP benefits,” Cruz added. “They will see their monthly benefits reduced by an average of $68 because of new SNAP rules going into effect in April.” Cruz will share more about senior hunger at a 2 p.m. press conference preceding the convoy’s departure.

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

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

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

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

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Flotilla 59 at the Stuart Boat Show

Jan 12 US Coast Guard

USCG Auxiliary, Flotilla 59, Stuart is proud to once again participate in the Stuart Boat Show. The flotilla informational booth will have safety literature and class schedules available for the public. Members will answer questions on recreational boating safety and provide information about vessel inspections.

Auxiliarists will be manning the Flotilla 59 booth throughout the boat show, (January 10-12, 2020) encouraging the recreational boating community to take advantage of the safe boating, GPS and navigation classes, free vessel inspections and promoting its message to always wear a lifejacket while on the water.

Contact: Gerard Perry - Public Affairs Officer
(987) 697-2601 / gerard.a.perry@gmail.com

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SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR SERVICE TO PUBLIC HEALTH Stuart Resident, Selma Verse, Steps up in Times of Need

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Martin County – As 2019 comes to a close, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County sends special thanks to all the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers who support Public Health and Emergency Preparedness initiatives in our community.

Recently, Stuart resident, Selma Verse was recognized for her service to the MRC in Martin County. For more than six-years, Verse has donated hundreds of hours to support public health initiatives including: School Health screenings, hurricane response and hepatitis A vaccination outreach. “Selma is truly kind and compassionate.” said Sonya Crosby, MRC Volunteer Coordinator, “We are so grateful for her and all the MRC volunteers who step up to serve the community in times of need.”

The MRC is a national network of volunteers organized at the local level to improve health and safety in their communities. Volunteers, both medical and non-medical, serve alongside public health and emergency personnel in special needs hurricane shelters, dispensing medication/vaccination and more. Information about the MRC is available here: http://martin.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mrc.html

Hutchinson Shores Resort Receives Florida Department of Environmental Protection Award

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded the Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa the coveted "Three Palm" designation as part of the Florida Green Lodging Program. This prestigious designation signifies their commitment to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources.

"We are honored to have our sustainable efforts and practices recognized by the Florida Green Lodging Program," said Ed Griffith, General Manager of Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. "By placing a high importance upon green initiatives, our team strives to lead the hospitality industry in protecting the state's natural resources with eco-efforts focused on our meetings, events and leisure travelers."

The Florida Green Lodging Program is a four-tiered designation. Properties obtain different "Palm" levels based on the total number of points received when implementing "green" programs. The Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa joins only 18 hotels with the three Palm Designation in the Southeast region that includes Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. And with only 64 three Palm properties in the state of Florida, they have joined an exclusive club.

"It is wonderful to see businesses implement green practices such as water conservation, recycling and energy reduction because they are not only good for business, they are good for Florida's environment," said DEP Program Coordinator, Sheena Chin-Greene.

The Florida Green Lodging Program is a voluntary initiative offered by the Florida DEP. To achieve a designation under this program, facilities must conduct a thorough property assessment and implement a specified number of environmental practices in five areas of sustainable operations: Communication and Education (customers, employees and public), Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling, Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality.

The Martin County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is proud to recognize properties that are involved with this important program. Properties are highlighted in Discover Martin's newsletters and on two of the tourism websites - www.discovermartin.com and www.protectourparadise.com.

"Seeing our hotel properties implement green practices is fantastic! It's good for business and good for Martin County and Florida's environment. The Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa joins the Hutchinson Island Marriott, another member of the Florida Green Lodging Program," said TDC Chairman Commissioner Doug Smith.

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YMCA of the Treasure Coast’s Youth in Government

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PALM CITY—Some may serve in Congress. Others might never walk into city hall. But the best way to “ensure the blessings of liberty” is for young people to learn the responsibilities of citizenship. Few programs impart that knowledge better, says one local elected official, than the YMCA of the Treasure Coast’s Youth in Government (YIG).

Ed Ciampi, chair of the Martin County Commission, recently demonstrated how deeply he believes YIG benefits young people with a $10,000 grant from his discretionary district funds to the Palm City Chamber of Commerce’s direct support of the program.

“I’ve always tried to instill in my children an appreciation for civics and an understanding of how our government works,” says Ciampi. “But the experience the YMCA’s Youth in Government program provides our high-school, and even middle-school students, accomplishes this in incredible fashion—almost on a collegiate level. It’s a wonderful program and anything I can do to expand its efforts has immediate and long-term benefits for young people across our county.”

YIG is the YMCA of the Treasure Coast’s model government program. Originating more than 60 years ago, YIG operates on a nationwide level and is comprised of local chapters around participating states. The Treasure Coast chapter—made up entirely of Martin County students—is currently the largest delegation in Florida.

YIG teaches students campaigning, statesmanship, policymaking, judicial interpretation and lobbying. With their peers acting as electors, members campaign for office, vie for judicial appointments, draft and debate legislation and pass laws. Other students compose the press corps and report on their activities.  

Each year the experience culminates with a trip to Tallahassee, where students conduct legislative affairs from the Capitol floor and litigate cases in the chambers of the Florida Supreme Court. The $10,000 gift, says John Lass, executive director of the YMCA of the Treasure Coast, will help defray travel costs for eligible students and support key portions of the program throughout the year.

“This was a tremendously generous gift and we’re very thankful to Commissioner Ciampi for recognizing the value of this program,” says Lass. “Youth in Government immerses young people in civics and shows them how some of the major institutions in our society—government, law and media—impact their lives, and in turn how they can impact those institutions.”

The YIG experience mimics the political structure in virtually all fashions save one—rank partisanship. Its motto is “Debate Ideas. Not People.” And no political parties exist.

“We’re so proud of this program and the caliber of students it attracts and cultivates,” says Vicki Davis, Martin County supervisor of elections, whose office is a longtime YIG supporter. “Not every student in YIG aspires to run for office or attend law school. Some want to study medicine, or be entrepreneurs, or like many of us at that age aren’t even sure yet what they want to do. But they all credit YIG with strengthening their confidence and public-speaking skills.”

Missi Campbell, executive director of the Palm City Chamber, said strong showings of support—such as Ciampi’s grant—remind students that the community is behind them and inspire greater participate in the program.

“The generosity Commissioner Ciampi showed gets back to the students and their parents and creates a multiplying effect,” says Campbell, a former teacher with the Martin County School District. “When local leaders and the community get behind school programs like this, those programs become more popular and more kids get involved. And the more kids can get interested in Youth in Government, the better it is for the entire country.”

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Martin County School District Ground Breaking

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Stuart - On November 14, 2019 a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the new location for the now Martin County School District. They are officially located at 1939 SE Federal Hwy. in Stuart. The ceremony started with a presentation of Colors presented by the South Fork High School Army JROTC Bulldog Battalion.

The National Anthem presented by the Martin County High School OPUS Choir. The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by the South Fork High School Arym JROTC Bulldog Battalion.

The Speakers for today's ceremony were Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent and Christia Li Roberts School Board Chair. School Board who were in attendance were:
Christia Li Roberts - Chair, District 1, Michael Diterlizzi - Vice Chair, District 5, Marsha Powers - District 2, Victoria Defenthaler - District 3, Tony Anderson - District 4.

Out2News/Out2martincounty.com would like to congratulate and welcome the school district to their new location in the community!

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