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Palm City Chamber of Commerce 1st Cow Plop at Rockin' H Ranch

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Palm City - On February 23, 2020 the Palm City Chamber of Commerce held their 1st Cow Plop Event at the Rockin' H Ranch in Palm City.  The event was free to attend.  Tickets for each land parcel were available to purchase for a chance to win $3,000 to the lucky person who owned that parcel when the cow did his plop.

Rockin' H Rance is located at 4181 SW Boatramp Avenue in Palm City. They can plan your special event and are very happy to work with you.  Give them a call at: 772.485.0089 for more information.

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Prestigious Car Show Coming to Elliott Museum

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Stuart - A red carpet will literally be rolled out at one of the most prestigious car shows on the Treasure Coast. The Elliott Museum will present the 24th Annual Classics at the Beach Car Show on Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Hutchinson Island, 825 NE Ocean Blvd., in Stuart. The featured car is the museum’s 1912 Ford Model T Speedster.

Sponsored by McKee’s 37, this car show is a fundraiser for the museum and will showcase nearly 100 exquisite, antique, classic, rare, contemporary, and exotic vehicles. For those who wish to enter a car in the show, go to the Elliott’s website at www.hsmc-fl.com to download the application and get all of the details.

Among the highlights — well-known car aficionado Wayne Carini, host of the long-running TV series, "Chasing Classic Cars," will be greeting guests and conducting a Q&A. Additionally, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits will be hosting The Racing Group, one of the top Professional SportsCar teams in North America, along with their impressive race cars. The Racing Series is their new “motorsports themed” brand. Wine lovers can take advantage of a tasting of exclusively selected wines, including its small boutique brand, Adobe Road winery.

“What makes this car show stand out from the others is the number of high-end cars that will be on display and it is a judged show,” said Elliott Museum Car Curator John Giltinan. “Plus, we have notable judges who evaluate the cars and select the award winners for the red carpet award ceremony.”

Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites in the People’s Choice Award and bid on their favorite silent auction items donated by area businesses, individuals and vendors. Gourmet food trucks also will be on hand.

All guests, including members, pay admission to the car show for this fundraising event. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 65+, and $6 for children 6-12 years. Active military personnel, veterans and kids under 6 are admitted free. Admission to the Car Show includes all of the exhibits and activities inside the Elliott Museum as well. Expanded parking along Ocean Boulevard and on site has been secured so no shuttle service will be used this year.

A special pre-Car Show Benefit Reception sponsored by Maserati & Alfa Romeo Stuart will be held the night before on Friday, March 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the showroom of the dealership center, 3980 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart. It’s an opportunity to mingle with the Car Show exhibitors and other auto enthusiasts while enjoying live music, dancing, an open bar and appetizers. Cost is $60 per person and benefits the Elliott Museum. RSVP to 772-225-1961 or email RSVP@elliottmuseum.org.

In addition to presenting sponsor McKee’s 37 and reception sponsor Maserati & Alfa Romeo Stuart, event sponsors are: Southern Glazer’s Fine Wines & Spirits, Adobe Road Winery, Mike Searle/Searle Insurance Group, Rocky and Henry Grady, and Lauri J. Goldstein & Assoc.

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Eagle Scout Troop 822 Working for Community

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In 2012 Eagle Scout Troop 811, led by Michael Arias, donated their time and materials to build 5 oversized picnic tables for the Children’s Garden picnic area, a much needed addition for the gardens expansion. Last month Eagle Scout Troop 822, led by Kevin Ohrn, volunteered their time to clean, sand, seal and stain the weathered tables.

According to Kevin “Eagle scout is the final rank in boy scouts that must be obtained before the age of 18. It’s good to put on college applications because it is an indicator of many desirable characteristics, such as leadership, good morals and a high work ethic.” “Kevin is a true leader. His professionalism and organization was truly impressive” says Tammy Calabria, executive director. Over the years, the Eagle Scout Troops have answered the call to action when special projects need to be completed. Since being installed 8 years ago, the picnic tables have been used by over 500,000 visitors!

The Children’s Museum applauds Kevin and his Troop for all the amazing work they do to make the Children’s Museum and the community the most amazing place to live and experience. If you would like to volunteer or if your business would like to become a community partner with the Children’s Museum for ongoing projects, please feel free to contact Tammy Calabria at 772-225-7575 ext. 203. For more information or overview of the Museum’s impact and mission please visit www.childrensmuseumtc.org.

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Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation Rose Ball The Roaring 20's

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Stuart - On February 8, 2020 the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation presented the Rose Ball The Roaring 20's. The event was held at Mariner Sands Country Club. The event was to benefit Little Treasures Pediatric Care Program. The evening started at 5:30 with a cocktail hours until 7:00 pm.

A welcome from Charity Ginger the committee chairperson for the event with comments from Jackie Kendrick , CEO of Treasure Coast Hospice. The featured entertainment was Gracie & Lacy who have received rave reviews in New York City. The two sisters are hailed as one of the most celebrated teams. Gracie & Lacy are prolific songwriters and have collaborated on many original works, including a full-length state musical in tribute to Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms.

Mariner Sands Country Club is a private, member-owned, country club community with 771 residences - villa style condos to charming cottages, patio homes to grand estates on over 700 verdant acres. They are located at 6500 SE Mariner Sand Drive in Stuart. For more information call them at: 772.221.7300

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Tim Tebow Treasure Coast Night to Shine

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Fort Pierce - On February 7, 2020 at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce the Treasure Coast Night to Shine was the special prom night. This was the sixth anniversary for the event. Over the past year, 655 churches from around the world come together to host this wonderful event. Approximately 100,000 honored guests through the support of 200,000 volunteers!

With many volunteers and sponsors including to name a few, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, Cardita Formal Wear, Sailfish Brewing Company, Re/Max of Stuart, Hair Hook Up, DJ ENtertainers, Fredo's Barber Shop, ECP Event Group, Legendary Limosuine,Fusion Aveda Salon & Spa,EPS and Mirror Me Photo Booth, Evan Nine Entertainment.

Dresses and Suits were donated by so many in the community, including Men's Wearhouse. Orientation to help with this event is a must. Their were many operatunities to help including arts & crafts, Buddies, Food & Drink Team,Karaoke, Photographer, Videographer, red carpet and security.

If interested in helping out next year please contact them at: Treasurecoastnighttoshine@gmail.com / 772.528.2234 or 772-216-3842.

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Salute to Stuart, Presented by Centerstate Bank - A 1940's era USO Themed Bash, in Suport of the 2020 Audi Stuart Air Show

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What: Salute to Stuart Hangar Party presented by CenterState Bank
When: March 6, 2020 6pm - 9pm
Where: Sky Blue Jet Aviation Hangar | 2315 SE Witham Field Drive | Stuart, FL 34996
Attire: Cocktail attire

Stuart - CenterState Bank is presenting an exciting evening of music, dancing, and community in support of the 2020 Audi Stuart Air Show. Join us on March 6th from 6-9 at the SkyBlue Jet Aviation Hangar at Witham Field. If you feel so inspired, come decked out in a war-era/1940s themed costume and we will be giving out prizes for the best themed outfits!
All proceeds from the Salute to Stuart hangar party will benefit the 2020 Audi Stuart Air Show. Tickets are $125 and are available for purchase online or by check. (https://stuartairshow.com/salute-tickets)

The evening will feature heavy appetizers by Catering Revolution and an open bar featuring a signature cocktail, mixed drinks, beer, and wine. You will have the opportunity to bid on unique auction items such as a trip to Old Bahama Bay Resort West End, with private charter provided by SkyBlue Jet Aviation, for a three day/three night stay valued at $3250. Exciting raffle items include another three day/three night stay at Old Bahama Bay Resort and a Discovery Flight with SkyBlue Jet Aviation where you can be the pilot! Dance the night away with music by DJ Robert C.

On display, will be art by students from the Visionary School of Arts, who created Stuart Air Show inspired paintings that were meant to be presented at our 2019 air show. Through the ‘Salute to Stuart’ event, we will be able to allow these young artists to show off their incredible aviation themed masterpieces. A selection of these pieces will also be auctioned off at the event.

As our community knows, our 2019 show suffered a series of tragic events, leading to the entire 3 day event being cancelled. In 2020, we are looking to rebuild and move forward. Presenting this Salute to Stuart event, will be a part of a series of fundraisers that will allow our non-profit organization to continue our mission of honoring our military and inspiring the future of aviation.

We hear about families that make our event an annual tradition - something special to share with one another, creating memories that will last a lifetime. We hear from veterans who feel a sense of appreciation from the community and immense pride in their service of our country at our event. We hear gasps and cheers from children as they watch in awe as an aircraft zooms by. We hear about attendees so inspired by the show, that they go on to become pilots themselves.

These stories are why putting on the annual Stuart Air Show is so near and dear to our hearts and why we are thrilled to be organizing this event in support of all these stories.

Individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. More information at stuartairshow.com/salute-to-stuart or contact Skylar Gorman (skylar@stuartairshow.com).
Special thanks to CenterState Bank for presenting this event. Thank you also to: SkyBlue Jet Aviation, Audi Stuart, Atlantic Aviation, EventMakers, and JJ Taylor Distributing.

Tykes & Teens CEO to Retire After 25 Years

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Stuart - January 29, 2020- Jeff Shearer, LCSW, founder and Chief Executive Officer of one of the Treasure Coast’s most impactful non-profit organizations, has announced his retirement. Shearer created Tykes & Teens in 1995 as a young social worker determined to ensure that children and families in need could access high quality mental health services. Twenty five years later, he leaves behind a legacy of more than 50,000 children and adolescents served, a network of highly trained psychotherapists, and a framework of mental health counseling, training and support services that has improved the health and well-being of our community beyond measure.

“Jeff has been a pioneer in the children’s mental health arena for decades. His deep expertise and commitment to ensuring access to best in class mental wellness services to the children and families in the region has profoundly impacted countless lives,” said Elizabeth Barbella, President and CEO of the Community Foundation Martin St. Lucie. “He has created a world class organization supported by a strong team of professionals. His dedication has ensured Tykes and Teens’ success far into the future.”

Shearer plans to pursue his doctorate, and to expand upon his work in academia where he can continue to impact the mental health and social work field as a professor. Shearer will remain in his position as CEO of Tykes & Teens through May, and will consult as needed to successfully transition the organization’s leadership.

“I thank Jeff for his tremendous service to the four county area, and for creating an outstanding organization and management team that will continue to provide clients, funders and the community at large with vital services and exceptional outcomes,” said Shields McManus, President of the Board at Tykes & Teens. “We congratulate Jeff and wish him well as he takes this next step in his journey.”

For more information about Tykes & Teens, visit tykesandteens.org

Robert J Weissman 2020 Recipient of the Kiplinger Literacy Award

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Robert J Weissman was honored as the 2020 recipient of the Kiplinger Literacy Award on January 27; (from left)) Michael Kenny, Library Foundation of Martin County Chief Executive Officer, Stacy Ranieri, chair of the Foundation, Robert Weissman, Knight Kiplinger, editor emeritus of Kiplinger Publications.   

Palm City - The Library Foundation of Martin County and Knight Kiplinger honored Robert J. Weissman as the 2020 recipient of the Kiplinger Literacy Award on January 27 at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City.

The Literacy Award Luncheon is a highly anticipated annual event as Knight Kiplinger, Editor Emeritus of Kiplinger Publications, serves as keynote speaker and provides attendees with his well-informed perspectives on finance and politics.

Kiplinger’s annual keynote speech to the sold-out audience of 325 offered a unique perspective on the leaders and policies that shape our future, the nation and the world.

On accepting his award, Bob Weissman expressed his gratitude for a life he believes has been blessed in every aspect by giving back to his community, improving the lives of his fellow Martin County residents.

“Bob Weissman and his wife Carol have touched the lives of tens of thousands of people in Martin County through their civic and philanthropic engagement, including as steadfast and long-time supporters of the Library Foundation of Martin County,” said Stacy Ranieri, chair of the Library Foundation Board of Directors.

A member of the Library Foundation’s Founders Society, Bob’s committment to the organization spans more than 25 years including key sponsorship of BookMania! since its inception in 1994 and strong support over the years of the Kiplinger Literacy Award Luncheon.

“While Bob prefers to conduct his philanthropy quietly and out of the spotlight, the Library Foundation is honored to recognize him for his overwhelming generosity and to hold him as a model advocate and champion,” Ranieri added.

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75rd Annual Service Honoring the Four Chaplains

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All welcome to join us for the 77th Anniversary and Service remembering these great men at the Four Chaplains Monument in Riverview Park.

A Nazi submarine in the North Atlantic torpedoed the USAT Dorchester, an Army troop ship on February 3, 1943. There were 902 aboard and 675 perished. Among the DEAD were Four Chaplains, all great friends who sacrificed their lives to save others. A torpedo fired from a Nazi submarine struck mid-ship at 12:55 AM, on that fateful February morning.

Our County’s Clergy tells the Chaplain’s story and teaches us to honor these great men who brought “Interfaith In Action” to a WW11 military that was segregated! This will be a full military ceremony complete with Color Guard, 21-gun salute and live Taps by Duke Scales and Bag Pipes by Merchant Mariner Michael Hyde. Ralph Oko, Host from Our Veterans Voice Radio Show will be reading a heart felt WW11 Poem, Jerry Blum, will do Chaplain Gittleson’s dedication of the Marine Cemetery at Iwo Jima. Mayor Ed Dodd will give the welcome speech and a proclamation. C, Korkey Korker, and WW11 U.S. Navy Armed Guard will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Clergy of the Treasure Coast who will tell the “Saga” of The Four Chaplains will join the ceremony. This ceremony, about one hour is a must for our community.

The Sebastian Monument contains an “Eternal Flame” dedicated to all American Veterans. This monument was built as a memorial to these Chaplains and honors them and Indian River County’s past survivor, Ernie L. Heaton.
Join us on this anniversary of the sinking of the USAT Dorchester as we honor these great Men. A must for all children, parents and grandparents. All are welcome.

For more information please call Larry Wapnick at 772 532 8749

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Investment Planning Group Grateful Shred

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Stuart - On Wednesday, January 29 the Landwersiek and Associates Investment Planning Group sponsored a "FREE" Shred Event at their offices in Stuart. 

The event was from 11-1, where you were able to bring up to 3 banker boxes or bags of similar sizes. The Humane Society was also there with some of their furry friends who came to greet guests and maybe get a lovely home too.  You could also give a donation to the Humane Society of the Treasure. 

For more information about the Landwersiek and Associates Investment Planning Group call them at: 772.233.4315.  The are located at 6530 S. Kanner Hwy. in Stuart. 

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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute's Ninth Annual Love Your Lagoon

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Treasure Coast - Once again, the work of local graduate students conducting research on the Indian River Lagoon will continue, thanks to proceeds from HBOIF’s highly successful Love Your Lagoon event. The ninth annual event will take place at Oak Harbor, raising critical funding to benefit research and outreach on the Indian River Lagoon by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU (HBOI).

Proceeds from the event will fund the 2020 Indian River Lagoon Graduate Research Fellows program, supporting the work of graduate students involved in direct Indian River Lagoon research at HBOI. Each student will be mentored by an HBOI Faculty Member at the HBOI campus. The competitive process will result in support for salary, tuition, travel to present research, and/or necessary materials. Fellows will ultimately present their research at the 2020 Indian River Lagoon Symposium.

In addition, proceeds from this year’s event support the 2020 Indian River Lagoon Symposium: Reassessing IRL Biodiversity. The Indian River Lagoon Symposium is a multi-institutional, multi-agency effort to provide a forum for discussing Indian River Lagoon science and its application to management of the lagoon. To be held February 13 and 14, 2020 at HBOI, the Symposium is attended by more than 600 over the course of two days.

For more information, please contact: Katha Kissman, 772-466-9876, ext. 2; kkissman@hboifoundation.org

Veterans Memorial Bridge Flagpole Dedication Ceremony

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Stuart - On January 25, 2020 at 10:00 am a ceremony to dedicate the new flagpole on the east side of the Veterans Memorial Bridge took place. With a beautiful day for the ceremony many dignitaries attended the ceremony. Martin County Commissioner Stacey Hetherington introduced L.C. Campbell, pastor of Nettles Island Church in Jensen Beach gave the invocation for the ceremony.

Congressman Brian Mast spoke briefly about the dedication. John Haddox, President of Martin County Veterans Council gave the next comments about the bridge dedication, and both flagpoles and the meaning behind both.

The flag was lifted for the first time on the pole during the dedication. It can now be seen from the water as it flies high above the Veterans Memorial Bridge which was dedicated on November 16, 2013. It is a memorial to honor those who have served their nation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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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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