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Jensen Beach - Cowboys, Cowgirls and Wild West characters embraced the theme of this year’s Children’s Ball held at the Museum on Saturday. The Wild West Children’s Ball was all about the kids, but we included some fun activities for the adults as well. In fact, 95% of the adults embraced the event theme and dressed up too.
All of the guests enjoyed a full buffet underwritten by Sonny’s BBQ of Stuart, face painting, a tattoo station, a live DJ with Kiss by a Rose, and a real life Cowboy Show by Danny Grant Entertainment. Guests were able to step into the role of a real Cowboy by riding a big mechanical bull and partaking in Lasso Lessons! Then, a big sweet surprise came at the end of the evening when Culvers delivered amazing custard, complete with a full topping bar.

Thank you to our generous sponsors listed above and Eden’s Construction, Lisa and Richard Baron of Baron’s Graphics, Kibbey Wagner Law Firm, High Tide Volleyball, TurfPro, Marsha & Michael Cetta & DreamWorks Construction.

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12th Annual Festival of Trees & Light Joy to the Girls Cocktail Party

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Stuart - Monday, November 18, 2019 the 12th Annual Festival of Trees & Lights Joy to the Girls Cocktail Party, was held at the Flagler Center located at 210 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart. The event was from 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Lots of delicious food from local restaurants was donated for the event.  Just to name a few of the restaurants were: Red Lobster, Duffy's, Ellie's, Sneaki Tiki, O Gourmet French Bistro & Catering, Josephine's Cafe just to name a few.  This is event is held every year and does not disappoint.  

If you have not seen the beautiful trees, wreaths and centerpieces don't wait visit this display that really does put you in the holiday spirit!

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

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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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Sip Savor and Celebrate for Pace Center for Girls

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On Saturday November 16, 2019, Bonner Mobile Bar will be hosting a Blind Wine Tasting at the Rusty Putter to benefit Pace Center for Girls Treasure Coast. Guests will enjoy 2-3-ounce samples of various award-winning reds and whites from across the wine regions of California paired with gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

Live entertainment will be provided by Casey Raines Band performing everyone’s favorite classic rock tunes, current country hits and get em’ dancing pop songs. Wild Roses Dance team will also be in attendance getting the crowd moving and grooving. The fun starts at 6pm. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased in advance through event bright or by calling 772-408-2444. Tickets will also be available at the door. The Rusty Putter is located in Fairwinds Golf Course at 4400 Fairwinds Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34946

“Join us to Sip Savor and Celebrate,” exclaimed Jimmy Freitas, owner of Bonner Mobile Bar. “I am very excited to host this event to benefit Pace Center for Girls. It’s going to be a great night for a great cause.”

Pace Center for Girls Treasure Coast, located adjacent to Indian River State College, began in 1998 and has served over 850 young women since then. At Pace Center, all girls have access to individualized middle and high school education; trauma-informed teachers and staff; counseling services; case management; a friendly, caring environment; college, career planning, life skills coaching; and follow-up transition care.

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Crown Car Car Donates Car to Veteran During Ceremony With Congressman Brian Mast

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In Photo: Congressman Brian Mast joined Crown Car Care in donating a car to a veteran in honor of Veterans Day 2019. Left to right: Rena Shpiruk, CEO, Elev8Hope; Todd and Tamara Harriss, Crown Car Care; Dennis Davis, Army Sgt. Veteran; Congressman Brian Mast; Andrew and Mona Salisbury.

Stuart – An Army veteran has a new set of wheels and a new outlook on getting an education thanks to Crown Car Care and Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL 18th District).
“It’s my honor to be here in Stuart to give my thanks to a fellow veteran for his service to our country,” said Congressman Mast. “As we observe Veterans Day, we should all be reminded that those who serve do so in order to keep all of our residents free and our country safe.”

Army Sergeant Dennis Davis, who was on active duty from 2009-2015 and was Reserve Status 2015-2018 received a 2002 Ford Taurus donated by Crown Car Care in Stuart on behalf of Mona, Andy, and Andy III Salisbury.

“I wish to thank Congressman Mast for being here today. It means a lot to me as being in the Army was one of my lifetime dreams. Now, with the car I have today, I can continue my other dream of continuing my education. I want to say a very special ‘Thank You’ to Crown Car Care and the Salisbury for providing the car that will help me reach a new stage in my life,” said Davis.

“We are extremely grateful to the veterans who serve our country. Without their service, we would not have the freedoms many of us take for granted. Our donation, just in time for Veterans Day, is a small token of how much we care about our valiant veterans. We also want to thank Rena Shpiruk of Elevate Hope for helping to find a veteran who could make the most use out of car,” said Todd Harris, founder of Crown Car Care in Stuart and Palm city. Crown Car Care also donated a gift card redeemable for fuel and performed a thorough maintenance inspection of the vehicle before it was donated. For more information about Crown Car Care you may visit their website at www.crowncarcare.net. You may also call 772.283.4707.

In Photo: Congressman Brian Mast joined Crown Car Care in donating a car to a veteran in honor of Veterans Day 2019. Left to right: Rena Shpiruk, CEO, Elev8Hope; Todd and Tamara Harriss, Crown Car Care; Dennis Davis, Army Sgt. Veteran; Congressman Brian Mast; Andrew and Mona Salisbury.

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Club Kids Seek to Make Christmas Bright for Foster Children

In Photo : Brianna and Terah, Club members of Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County have spearheaded an organization wide holiday toy drive through twenty clubs. The ‘Jolly Toy Love’ campaign will benefit foster children through Communities Connected for Kids

Brianna and Terah weren’t done. After seeing the success of the collection of necessities for the people of the Bahamas they wanted to direct their momentum of giving to foster children in the community by starting a holiday toy drive called ‘Jolly Toy Love’.

“We had some foster kids in our Club last year and we were good friends. Their Christmas stories were much different than ours. That’s why we wanted to start collection toys” said Brianna.

Communities Connected for Kids is the umbrella organization that will find homes within the foster services in St. Lucie County for all that is collected in the Clubs through their ‘Making Christmas Bright’ program. “We love that this was the brainchild of two Club kids which grew from their own personal relationships as members of Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Christina Kaiser, Director of Community Relations at Communities Connected for Kids the non-profit organization that oversees child-welfare services in Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast.

The young entrepreneurs of ‘Jolly Toy Love’ knew that if they could collect toys at all the twenty of the Clubs in St. Lucie County, instead of just their club at Bayshore Elementary School, they would be able to collect for more kids to make their Christmas bright.

“This is where the ideas start. It makes me proud that our kids are looking to do for others at such a young age. This is the seed that will make them great thirtysomethings one day and great Club Alumni,” said Will Armstead, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County.

Collections will be taken through Friday, December 6. To learn more or for a list of locations please call 772-460-9918 or visit bgcofslc.org.

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Celebrate Veterans Day in Martin County Parade and Flag Pole Dedication Ceremonies

There are many ways to celebrate and honor those who served, and Martin County has several special events happening on Monday, November 11! According the the U.S. Census Bureau, Martin County is home to nearly 10,000 veterans, including those who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf wars. Come celebrate these heroes on Monday, November 11.

Parade and ceremony - 10 a.m.
The annual Veterans Day Parade will be held Monday, November 11 at 10 a.m. starting at Amerigo Ave at East Ocean Blvd and ending at Memorial Park with a ceremony. This year's guest speaker and grand marshal is Lt. General Frank Libutti, USMC (Ret). The traditional Veterans Day event, sponsored by the Veterans Council of Martin County, will feature veterans and veteran service organizations along with various groups from the community. Organized by a network of local civic minded groups, organizations and individuals, the parade is supported by the City of Stuart and Martin County. For more information about the parade, visit www.StuartParades.com, or contact Jim Riordan at 772-220-4127.

Flag pole dedication - 1 p.m.
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners invites residents, visitors and veterans to a flag pole dedication ceremony at the Elliot Museum on Monday, November 11 at 1 p.m., to honor those who served and those who continue to serve. The Elliot Museum is located at 825 Northeast Ocean Boulevard, Stuart. For questions, contact Laura at 772-288-5677.

About The Veterans Council of Martin County
The Veterans Council of Martin County is a not for profit organization dedicated to the betterment of and to help homeless veterans and those veterans in need of assistance. One of the principle functions of the council is to provide transportation to elderly, disabled or veterans needing transportation to the VA Hospital in West Palm Beach. For more information about the Veterans Council of Martin County, contact Tony Reese at 772-288-5448.

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Turkey Drop Day Slated for November 16 Help Everyone Share in Holiday Meals by Donating a Turkey

Treasure Coast Food Bank’s annual Turkey Drop Day takes place on Saturday, Nov. 16. Help ensure that everyone on the Treasure Coast can share in a traditional holiday meal by donating an uncooked, frozen turkey for a family struggling with hunger.
Treasure Coast Food Bank will have its refrigerated trucks stationed at locations throughout Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties to collect turkeys.
“We’re grateful that each year the community helps us provide traditional holiday meals for those who struggle to find food,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We strive to make sure that everyone can share in the tradition of a holiday meal, including turkeys, for as many families in need as possible.”
The annual Turkey Drop is part of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Great Holiday Food and Fund Drive, which runs through the end of the year. Food drives and cash donations not only provide holiday meals but help keep food available to people in need for months to come. To learn more, visit stophunger.org/events/. There’s opportunity for more volunteers to help at some of the Turkey Drop sites as well. Want to volunteer? Contact Gary Porter at gporter@tcfoodbank.org.

On Turkey Drop Day, volunteers and staff will collect turkeys at the following sites:
Indian River County
Winn Dixie Sebastian 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
995 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian

Publix Vero Beach 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
810 US Highway 1, Vero Beach

St. Lucie County

Archie’s Seabreeze 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
401 South Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce

CrossFit Fort Pierce 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2901 US Highway 1, Fort Pierce

Perkins Restaurant 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
9202 South Federal Highway, PSL

Publix Tradition 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
10400 SW Village Parkway, Tradition

Treasure Coast Food Bank headquarters 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce

Martin County

Publix Stuart – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
1501 NW Federal Highway, Stuart

Treasure Coast Harley Davidson 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
4967 SE US Highway 1, Stuart

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Helping People Succeed’s 2020 Art for Living Calendars Available in Martin and St. Lucie Businesses!

Jensen Beach - It’s that time of year when Helping People Succeed distributes its popular Art for Living Calendars, available for residents and guests at local business outlets, including Barnes & Noble Book Store in Jensen Beach. Looking for that perfect gift? Helping People Succeed's 2020 Art for Living Calendar reflects the beauty we have right here on the Treasure Coast! Each month is represented by one of our talented local artists. The calendars sell for only $20.00 each.
The featured calendar artists will be on hand for the calendar signing at Barnes & Noble between 1 and 3 pm on Saturday, December 7 in Jensen Beach. Present will be: Stacy Ranieri, Ginny Jones, Marian Vitale, Diane Raymond, Maria McCadden, Laura DeBerard, Dan Mackin, Sue Ann Mosley, Susan Roberts, Julia Kelly, Pam Patterson, and Leah Krumme.

Other outlets available for the calendar purchases are: The Elliott Museum on Hutchinson Island, Frugal Framer Stuart Office on U.S. 1, Northern Trust on Monterey Road, Dr. Kim Dettori, DDS, on Southeast Ocean Boulevard, Dr. James Vopal on Osceola Street in Stuart, Old Colorado Inn in downtown Stuart, Kyle G’s on Hutchinson Island, The Guilt Complex on Colorado Avenue, the Dean Consignment Shop on Willoughby, Tara’s Gallery in downtown Stuart, the Dolphin Gift Shop in Sewall’s Point, Palm City Art & Frame in Palm City, Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce on Kanner Highway in Stuart, Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce on Bridge Road, the Palm City Chamber of Commerce, and All Creatures Animal Hospital on Kanner Highway. Calendar sales available in Fort Pierce/St. Lucie County are the following businesses: NISAIR Air Conditioning on U.S. 1 and A.E. “Bean” Backus Gallery on North Indian River Drive. Calendars are also available in Okeechobee at the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce.

The calendars will also be available at the Helping People Succeed facility, 1601 NE Braille Place, off Savanna Road in Jensen Beach. Additional information can be provided through the office at 772.320.0778.

Helping People Succeed has been serving the Treasure Coast for over 55 years. Through its diversified, effective program services, hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable local children, families and adults have been able to improve their lives through education, counseling, training and employment. Their goal is to become productive and happy members of our community. For more information, visit the website at www.hpsfl.org and click on the YouTube logo to review Helping People Succeed’s “Making a Difference” video – Building Successful Families – One Life at a Time. Contact Glenna Parris at 772.320.0778 for additional information.

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Stuart - Southeast Florida Honor Flight’s fourth and final flight of 2019 will honor veterans from three different wars: WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The Stuart-based, 100% volunteer organization conducts four Honor Flights per year to transport local war veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices. This November Honor Flight will pay tribute to 8 WWII, 30 Korean War and 41 Vietnam War veterans.

The day that many veterans say is one of the finest days of their lives begins early with a 4:30AM check-in of veterans, their guardians and Honor Flight crew at Palm Beach International Airport. The chartered American Airlines Airbus 321 flies into DCA where the group boards four police-escorted motor coaches. The day’s agenda includes visits to the Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial. From beginning to end, the day is filled with gratitude for the service these veterans gave to the nation.

The November 2nd Honor Flight is made up of veterans who served in these military branches: Army (42), Navy (19), Air Force (10), Marine Corps (7) and Coast Guard (1). Just a few of the wartime positions represented are: radioman, nurse, engineer, pilot, broadcast technician, wireman, UH-1 crew chief, sonar technician, codebreaker/cryptographer, cook, musician, B-52 mechanic, navigator/bombardier, personnel psychologist, PSY-OPS, truck driver, rifleman, and drill instructor. Veterans on this trip served wherever they were ordered to go, whether that was stateside or in combat in battles around the globe, including: the Battle of the Bulge, the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, the Inchon Invasion, Battle of Dakto, the Tet Offensive, and the rivers and jungles of Vietnam.

All sorts of heroes will be honored. One WWII veteran, David Levitas (Army), was shot in the leg and foot at Merckendorf where most of his unit was killed or injured, and he was taken as a POW. One of our two female veterans on the November 2nd flight, Kathleen Shore (Army), served as a nurse on the front lines of Vietnam where she processed and cared for badly injured soldiers. Donald Bernstein (Army) served in several tours in Vietnam in a 27-year dual aviation and infantry capacity. David Weaver (USMC), against all odds, walked out of the legendary battle at the Chosin Reservoir after battling through the Inchon Invasion. As part of an Engineer Combat Battalion, Vincent Acuri (Army) engineered and constructed a pivotal floating steel bridge over the Rhine River under enemy fire in WWII. WWII veteran Michael Chagnon (Navy) enlisted with permission from his mother. He and his five other brothers served in the Navy at the same time. Over two wars in Korea and Vietnam, James Klingerman (USMC) racked up an astronomical 284 combat flying missions as a navigator/bombardier.

Most of these veterans never received a thank you or a welcome home when they returned home from the wars. Honor Flight changes all that with Operation Homecoming—a big red, white and blue welcome home for the veterans when they return to Palm Beach International Airport. The public is invited and encouraged to come show their gratitude by welcoming the veterans home from Washington on the evening of Saturday, November 2nd. The Honor Flight is scheduled to arrive at 9:05PM from DCA. Early arrival is suggested. Operation Homecoming takes place on Level 2, Concourse A/B.

Palm Beach County Firefighters Pipes & Drums will be playing their solemn musical tribute to lead the veterans through the procession and out to the welcoming crowd. Another special treat for the veterans will be the Saint Andrew’s School Symphonic Band from Boca Raton, ready to play patriotic medleys to honor them as they shake hands with the public. Andrea Wolgin, band director states, “The Saint Andrew’s School students are so proud to give back to the veterans who have sacrificed so much to ensure our freedom. We hope that through music we can show that appreciation.” It is truly a time of giving back to those who gave. Twelfth grader Jacqueline Terry hopes “to help provide all of these courageous individuals with an experience they will never forget.”

Bring family and friends, flags, “Thank You” and “Welcome Home” signs and cheers. Shake hands with these heroes. This patriotic welcome home is the icing on the cake of a day that most veterans say ranks with the day they were married and the birth of their children.

For any questions on Operation Homecoming, please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, along with the 133 other hubs in the nationwide Honor Flight Network, is dedicated to flying America’s veterans to their respective memorials in Washington, DC, free of charge to the veteran. For more information, to get involved or donate, please visit: www.honorflightsefl.org, or www.facebook.com/honorflight ,
or call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).

The next scheduled Honor Flight for Southeast Florida Honor Flight will be April 11, 2020.

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Maximum Impact for Bahamas Relief and UAP Through the Dyer Difference Award

We’ve all seen the photos and news footage of the utter devastation Hurricane Dorian wreaked upon our neighbors and friends in the Bahamas. Because so many of us think of the Bahamas as our own backyard playground and friendly neighbor, we all wanted to help rebuild this magical paradise which harbors so many memories for the people of the Treasure Coast. 

Last month, the Dyer Difference Award Committee in Indian River County decided unanimously that the Dyer Difference Award in Indian River County in September would be utilized to help fund relief efforts. In St. Lucie County, the October Dyer Difference Award has been earmarked for Bahamas relief. Additionally, both Dyer Chevrolet Mazda Subaru dealership in Vero Beach and Dyer Chevrolet, Fort Pierce have been collecting supplies to be distributed through Missionary Flights International to those most affected by the storm.
In addition to the hurricane relief distributed through the Dyer Difference Award and the collection of supplies needed for sustenance and beginning the rebuilding process, the October Dyer Difference Award in Indian River County was presented to United Against Poverty – UAP. The organization’s mission serves over 600 individuals in poverty each day through programs which focus on crisis care, case management, transformative education, food and household subsidies, employment training and placement, personal empowerment training and active referrals to other collaborative service providers in Indian River County. The organization is known for its good work and its annual Thanksgiving Day Trop Against Poverty – a professionally timed race that attracts more than 2,000 runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages and abilities and a whole lot of spectators cheering on the trotters. This year, the event will be punctuated by an exclamation point sharing the holiday spirit of gratitude and helping celebrate the Dyer Difference.
Since relocating to the area in 2008, each month, Dyer Chevrolet staff members at Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce and Dyer Chevrolet Mazda Subaru in Vero Beach meet to review the applications which have been submitted in their respective counties and select one non-profit organization to receive that month’s recognition and a $3,000 award in each county. For the Dyer family and the members of the Dyer staff, the award and the $6,000 in donations between the two counties are all about helping to make a positive difference in the community. For the recipients, it’s an acknowledgement of their tireless efforts to do the same and a much-needed financial boost to help further their missions. If you’d like to nominate a non-profit organization for the Dyer Difference Award, please visit www.dyerdifference.org or find Dyer Difference on Facebook.

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House of Hope Wants to Put a Turkey on Every Table this Thanksgiving

The Holiday Meal program is in need of donations to provide nearly 400 Martin County households with a traditional turkey dinner for Thanksgiving.
Any House of Hope pantry location
Now through Nov. 22, 2019.

House of Hope has a list of nearly 400 Martin County residents who are eligible and in need of help this holiday season. From families with small children to the elderly, these households frequently come to the agency's pantries for fresh produce, baked goods, dry ingredients, canned foods, frozen meat and more- but this Holiday Season they're missing an essential traditional ingredient: Turkey.

Details: Donors may bring fresh or frozen turkeys to any House of Hope location throughout Martin County, particularly the food distribution center at the agency's main office in Stuart. A special arrangement has been made to allow House of Hope to purchase more turkeys at wholesale prices, so monetary donations are also very impactful.

House of Hope has pantry locations in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, and Jensen Beach which are all prepared to accept donations of turkey, stuffing and any other non-perishable side dishes. Monetary donations can be accepted via hohmartin.org, called over the phone to (772) 286-4673 or mailed to 2484 SE Bonita Street, Stuart, FL 34997.

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SALUTING VETERANS FOR THEIR SELFLESS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE VETERANS DAY CEREMONY - NOVEMBER 11, 2019

Article By: Michele Peters

Vero Beach - In honor of Veterans Day, the Veterans Council of Indian River County invites the community to attend a Veterans Day Ceremony Monday, November 11th, 2019 at 8:45am on Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary in Vero Beach’s Riverside Park. This event is free to the public.

The Veterans Council of Indian River County is honored to have Major General Michael F. Fahey III, Commanding General, Marine Forces South, as this year’s speaker at the Veterans Day Ceremony. Major General Fahey began his military career in 1987 after graduating from the University of San Diego, California. His initial assignment following graduation from The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, was to Third Battalion, Ninth Marines Camp Pendleton, California where he served as a rifle Platoon Commander, Weapons Platoon Commander, and Company Executive Officer. During his vast military career, Major Fahey has earned many prestigious awards and decorations such as the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Metal with Gold Star, Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star and many, many more.

“The Veterans Council is proud to present the Veterans Day Ceremony to our community” said Jim Romanek, Executive Director of the Veterans Council. “Our veterans should never have to struggle alone. We want them to know that the Veterans Council is here working to provide programs to help our veterans thrive. We owe them so much more than our memories and we are here to celebrate them.”

The ceremony will include full military honors, with the Parade of the Colors by veteran groups, City of Vero Beach Police Department, Indian River County Sherriff’s Office, Indian River County Fire Rescue and numerous civic organizations. The Vero Beach High School Band will provide music throughout the ceremony and, “The Dolls” will be performing a patriotic set for the audience’s enjoyment.

The ceremony will start promptly at 9:00 am. Ample parking is available at Riverside Park, with the Veterans Council providing a complimentary shuttle to and from the overflow parking lot. Please remember to bring your lawn chair to enjoy this ceremony honoring our veterans.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center.

Mission of Veterans Council of Indian River County:
To support all Indian River County veterans and their families while raising awareness of veteran's needs and their contributions to society.

For more information about the Veterans Council of Indian River County, visit http://helpIRCvets.org or call (772) 410-5820

Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food & Fund Drive

Nothing marks holidays like a bountiful meal with family and friends. But this most universal ritual of a shared holiday meal is out of reach for many families who struggle just to have enough food each month.
Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Great Holiday Food & Fund Drive will ensure that everyone can share in the joy of holiday meals, and with the community’s help, fill the Treasure Coast with full stomachs and full hearts. Treasure Coast Food Bank invites neighbors, civic organizations, and businesses to get involved in the Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food & Fund Drive that runs from Oct. 15 to the end of the year.
“Sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends is one of our universal holiday traditions,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “During the holiday season, we love seeing the joy that spreads throughout the community as people volunteer or donate food. For every full stomach, there are a few full hearts in the people who helped make it possible.”
There are several ways to get involved: Organize a food drive with your neighbors or coworkers, participate in a virtual food drive with a cash donation, or plan to donate a turkey during Treasure Coast Food Bank’s annual Turkey Drop Nov. 16.
“The food drives that take place now help keep our shelves full not only during the holidays but for many months for families, children, veterans and seniors who struggle with hunger,” Cruz said. “We love holiday food, but we’re always in need of food for everyday meals.”
In addition to holiday favorites such as canned yams, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, Treasure Coast Food Bank always needs pantry staples such as peanut butter, pasta, low-sodium canned vegetables, shelf-stable milk, canned meats, beans, and low-sugar cereal.
Two special events are part of this year’s Great Holiday Food & Fund Drive. The 5th Annual Pack The House presented by Wells Fargo is a 24-hour packing event to prepare holiday meal boxes. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, friends, families, and coworkers will gather at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s warehouse with a goal of preparing 10,000 holiday boxes in 24 hours.
Turkey Drop Day is scheduled for Nov. 16. On that day, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s refrigerated trucks will be stationed a locations throughout the Treasure Coast where people can donate uncooked, frozen turkeys to be donated for holiday meals.

Commissioner Doug Smith Nominated to NACo Board of Directors

Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith was nominated to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Board of Directors during the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Board of Directors meeting in Bay County. In this role, Commissioner Smith will guide policies for county governments on a national level.

As a former chair and longstanding member of the FAC Federal Policy Committee, Commissioner Smith has guided the development of the association's federal initiatives and has led the membership's advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. Commissioner Smith currently serves as a vice chair on the NACo Energy, Environment and Land Use Steering Committee, where he guides the issue-specific policy development process for counties throughout the nation.

"Commissioner Smith has been a committed advocate and leader for all of Florida's 67 counties," said FAC Executive Director, Ginger Delegal. "His dedication to service, and extensive experience make him a great person to serve Florida's local governments on a national level," she continued.

Commissioner Smith served as President of the FAC Executive Committee from 2011 - 2012 and continues to serve on the FAC Board of Directors. Together, the Executive Committee and Board of directors are responsible for guiding FAC in its mission to preserve and strengthen home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.

For 90 years, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has represented the diverse interests of Florida's counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule - the concept that government closest to the people governs best.

Education Takes Flight

In Photo: Capt. Richard Gangloff, kneeling, pilot of the C-17 Globemaster, demonstrates aircraft control to students in the 2018 Round Robin event at the Stuart Air Show. Credit Rebecca King Ferraro.

Stuart - Local children get a once-in-a-lifetime experience to peek behind the scenes of the Audi Stuart Airshow on Friday November 1, 2019 as we inspire the future of Aviation. On Friday November 1, the Audi Stuart Air Show takes the opportunity to give back to the wonderful children in our community by hosting over 700 children at Witham Field. Children from JD Parker Elementary, YMCA, All about Achieving, Oak Hammock and the Treasure Coast Air Force JROTC,
A variety of Military and Civilian aircraft will take part in the educational portion of this event and the students will spend time with each aircraft to learn what makes them unique. They will ask questions they prepare ahead of time, so we can quench their curiosity about aviation! Aircraft include, C130 Hurricane Hunters, F-16 Viper Demo Team / P-51 (2) aircraft (Heritage Flight Team), USAF A.C.E. Display, Dream Big Entertainment, USASOC Black Daggers, US Navy "Leap Frogs", F4U / T6II (Legacy Flight Team) and much more!

Our future aviators will also be able to enjoy our brand new STEAM World. Activities that the students will get to enjoy include, 3D Printing, airplane models, Treasure Coast Wildlife, LEGOs, drones, and aviation related activities.

This year we will have the Air Force Special Ops Air Command Experience (A.C.E) Display as a part of this event. This is an immersive experience showcasing what it takes to make it in the Air Force Special Operations. At noon they will be among the very first to witness this year's Audi Stuart Air Show, as the performers practice their flights for the Show.

At the Audi Stuart Air Show it is our main mission to: Celebrate Aviation - honoring its past and inspiring its future. The Board of Directors believes there is no better way to inspire the future than by challenging the curious minds of our children. We can't wait to watch their imagination run wild as they learn about the wonderful world of aviation!!!

The Audi Stuart Air Show will be held November 1-3 at Martin County Airport - Witham Field. The three-day event will feature thrilling performances by nationally recognized military and civilian performers as well as captivating static displays. Festivities will kick off on Friday, November 1 with the highly anticipated twilight air show featuring spectacular aerobatic performances at sunset and fireworks display, as well as the exclusive Dirty Flight Suit Party sponsored by TD Bank.

Tickets are available online now on our website, stuartairshow.com. Special pricing is offered to Veterans / Military and their spouses as well as for youth. Children under age 5 are admitted free. A limited number of tickets for the Dirty Flight Suit Party are available online only.

In Photo: J.D. Parker Elementary students exploring the static aircraft on Friday, November 2, 2018. Credit Rebecca King Ferraro.

Physicians Help Feed the Community

In Photo: Eric Goldman, CEO; Janet Murdick, Medical Staff Coordinator; Ramesh Nayyar, MD, Treasurer, Medical Staff; Perry Lloyd, MD, President, Medical Staff; Homer Gutierrez, Treasure Coast Food Bank; Nancy Griffin, Medical Staff Manager; Randy Seeger, MD, Past-President, Medical Staff; Chinton Shah, MD, Chairman, Department of Medicine; Ronald Beaton, MD, Member at Large

Port St. Lucie - According to Senior Program Director Homer Gutierrez of the Treasure Coast Food Bank, a one dollar donation converts to eight meals. Last week, the Physicans of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute presented Gutierrez with a check for $1,500 to help alleviate hunger on the Treasure Coast. The physicians’ gift will help provide 15,000 meals to individuals in the community who are experiencing what are known as food insecurity issues.
Dr. Perry Lloyd and members of the Physicians of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute presented the funds at a recent meeting of the Medical Executive Committee. The physicians selected the Treasure Coast Food Bank as the recipient of their donation because the organization serves nearly 100,000 individuals per work through their network of more than 300 partner agencies and their own direct service programs.
According to the Treasure Coast Food Bank, one in four children in our community are considered food insecure. This means they are lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. The number of seniors, veterans, and homeless individuals who are also considered to be food insecure is also staggeringly high. And though the phsycians of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute are trained to deal with health issues, illness, and emergencies, the group is keenly aware that it is often the underlying issue of poverty and need that create or exacerbate illness and health crises. To combat that in a small way and to help make a positive impact on the community in which they live and work, the caring individuals who comprise the physicians of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute have chosen to help the organization whose mission is to end hunger in our region.

In Photo: Treasure Coast Food Bank Senior Program Director, Homer Gutierrez, shares the impact of the group’s donation with the Medical Executive Committee at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute.

In Photo: President of Physicians at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, Dr. Perry Lloyd, presents a check to Treasure Coast Food Bank Senior Program Director, Homer Gutierrez.

18 Holes for Heroes

On Saturday, October 26th, you can lace up your golf shoes, don your most patriotic golf outfit, and tee off to benefit Southeast Florida Honor Flight. Indian Hills Golf Club will be hosting the second annual Honor Flight Golf Tournament to benefit Southeast Florida Honor Flight, and proceeds from the event will help fly WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War veterans on a one-day mission to see the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.
You can register as an individual player, or grab some friends and come as a team for a round of golf that will help honor service men and women who signed a blank check and were willing to sacrifice their lives to ensure the freedom of the country we all hold so dear. Sponsorships for the event are still available, and signups for the 8:30 shotgun start tournament are going fast, so call today to reserve your space to play 18 holes for heroes.
Created in 2008, the all-volunteer Southeast Florida Honor Flight has provided the opportunity for thousands of WWII and now Korean War veterans to make the journey to Washington, D.C. at absolutely no charge to the veteran.
If you’d like to learn more about the Honor Flight program, volunteer as a guardian, or if you know a WWII veteran living in the area, please visit www.honorflightsefl.org or call toll-free at 1-855-FLYAVET (359-2838) for additional information and an application.

Treasure Coast Builders Association Joins St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity In Helping Local Veteran

Port St. Lucie – Members of the Treasure Coast Builders Association (TCBA) and St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity (SLHfH) recently partnered to help a local veteran who resides in Port St. Lucie.

“The builders in this area are highly attuned and aware of the affordable housing challenges facing our community,” said Bob Calhoun, Executive Director of St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity. “They’re looking for a meaningful way to address these issues; Home Builders Blitz gives them that opportunity.”

This year’s Home Builders Blitz was supported locally by Bowman Consulting, Coastal Building Contractors, Dan & Maddie Williams, Florida Paints, Freedom Waste, Goldstar Electric, Groza Builders, Homecrete Homes, Homes by Aburton, Intercoastal Cranes, Jones Lumber, Kirchman Construction, Mancil Tractor Services, Mari & Ryan Huff, OMNI Resource Group, ORC Services, RV Johnson Insurance, Sawhorse Construction, SPS The Builders Store, St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity, and Milcor Group.

During Habitat for Humanity’s annual Home Builders Blitz, builders across the country donate their time and skills as they demonstrate their commitment to finding solutions that address affordable housing challenges in their area.

Across the U.S., affordable homes have become increasingly difficult to find for moderate and low-income families. In Florida, 1 in 7 households spend more than half of their income on housing, forcing them to choose between a safe place to live and other necessities like food and health care.

At the same time, with the rising cost and scarcity of available land, skilled labor shortages, and restrictive building laws and regulations, affordable homes in St. Lucie County have also become more difficult for builders to produce.

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Martin County Receive GFOA of the US & Canada's Distinguished Budget Award

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Stuart - Martin County recently received the GFOA of the US & Canada's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. This is the twenty-first consecutive year for Martin Country to win this prestigious award! The finance team of 11 staff members shared the good news with the board and meeting attendees at the commission meeting this week. This team of 11 financeprofessionals represents mroe thatn 155 collective years of experience with the county.
To learn more abou this year's budget, watch bit.ly/MCFY2020Budget.

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Martin County Recognized With National Budget Award

Martin County has been recognized for its achievement in government budgeting for twenty-one consecutive years by The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). "The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award represents a significant achievement in recognizing the board and staff's commitment to the highest principles of government budgeting," said Taryn Kryzda, Martin County Administrator.

The nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation are designed to assess how well an organization's budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communication tool. Martin County's budget met the nationally recognized guidelines and received outstanding marks in all areas of review. "Our conservative spending approach and strong reserves combined with financial stability and fiscal responsibility have built a strong financial foundation for our county government and our community," Ms. Kryzda remarked. "This budget is a reflection of those financial accomplishments, and I'm so proud we were recognized with this prestigious award again this year," she concluded.

19 Aug Budget Award

The Government Finance Officers Association established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program in 1984, designed to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents that reflect guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA's best practices on budgeting, and to recognize governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

There are over 1,600 participants in the Budget Awards Program. The most recent award recipients, along with their corresponding budget documents, are posted quarterly on GFOA's website at www.gfoa.org/. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

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19 Aug Fair

Stuart - A new president of the Martin County Fair was sworn in. The Honorable Judge Mike McNicholas, who sits on 19th judicial circuit, did the honors of swearing in the 2019-20 Fair Board and the new Fair Association President and President of the Board, Chester Edwards. Mr. Edwards is a local businessman, 25-year owner/operator of Five-Star Modular Homes on Monterey Road.

Mr. Edwards is a past board member of Martin County Parks & Recreation and is currently a 13-year member of the Martin County Affordable Housing Committee. Mr. Edwards is a resident of Palm City, along with his wife Renee, who is also a long-time fair volunteer, and their daughter Brianna who has shown livestock at the annual fair. The Edwards family has been involved with the Fair since 2015.

Mr. Edwards has been a director on the all-volunteer Fair Board for 3 years. He will be sitting at the helm while the fair takes a new direction in its beginning stages of moving to a larger property outside of Indiantown.

The Martin County Fair is an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization, with a mission to support and educate the community about agriculture in a fun family friendly way. The Fair Association was established in 1935 and celebrates 61 years at its current location on Dixie Highway.

For more information about the Fair Association and how you might become a sponsor, donor, or volunteer for 2019-20, please see the Fair website at: www.martincountyfair.com/getinvolved, or contact Jay Spicer, Fair Manager, at fairoffice@martincountyfair.com or at (772) 220-3247

Local Employers Benefit from Adoption of Tobacco Free Workplace Policies

STUART – Several local workplaces are making big strides in supporting the health and well-being of their employees by adopting tobacco free workplaces.
In the spring of 2014, the City of Stuart adopted a comprehensive tobacco free workplace policy, supporting their employees’ efforts to quit smoking and enhancing their current wellness policies.
Current employees receive a discount on their health insurance plan if they are nicotine free. They are also able to take free cessation classes through the Quit Your Way program offered by Tobacco Free Florida to qualify for the health insurance discount and enjoy the benefits of a tobacco free lifestyle.
Sandhill Cove Retirement Living went tobacco free at the start of 2017 after providing free cessation resources to their employees and residents. They’ve provided on-site classes for their employees, many of whom have successfully quit smoking.
House of Hope’s Golden Gate Enrichment Center on Dixie Highway in Stuart is a tobacco free campus. In addition to their commitment to a tobacco free workplace for employees and visitors, they offer free cessation classes through the Quit Your Way program at the enrichment center, helping empower local residents with the tools to quit. To sign up for classes, visit goldengatecentermc.org.
Orange Theory Fitness, with locations in Stuart and Jensen Beach, adopted a tobacco free workplace, reinforcing their commitment to health and wellness and retaining tobacco free gym environments, both inside and outside.
The free Quit Your Way program allows employees to call, go online, or even attend face-to-face cessation classes, many of which have been hosted at their places of employment in order to support tobacco cessation efforts.
One of the primary reasons an employer chooses to adopt a tobacco free workplace is the high cost associated with tobacco use at work. Pack-a-day smokers are estimated to have 75% more lost productive time during the work day than their non-smoking co-workers, and healthcare costs are an average of 34% higher than those who do not use tobacco. In Florida, the average loss in productivity annually for a tobacco user at the workplace is $4,056. The average extra medical expense for tobacco users is $2,056.*
Tobacco Free Grounds policies also support employees in their attempts to quit, helping them to change their habits and avoid temptations to smoke.
For more information about adopting a tobacco free workplace, visit www-tfp-martin.org or contact knash@quitdoc.com. To learn more about the Quit Your Way program, visit TobaccoFreeFlorida.com/QuitYourWay.