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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.

ELEVATE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT THE AUDI STUART AIRSHOW CELEBRATING AVIATION - Honoring its Past & Inspiring its Future

The Audi Stuart Air Show continues to be recognized as one of the top events on the Treasure Coast. To keep this event new and exciting, event organizers offer an array of options for air show fans to further enhance their air show experience.

Back by popular demand is the air show's Florida Craft Beer Experience. This year, the Florida Craft Beer Experience will feature the Crafted Keg's mobile beer fire truck: a fire truck repurposed to accommodate over 20 kegs of beer! Featuring 20 Florida beers on tap from breweries like Walking Tree and Tequesta Brewing Company. Enjoy two complimentary craft beers included with the upgrade. The upgraded ticket is $25 per person (good for one day). Availability is limited.

Also back by popular demand is the Flight Line Club upgrade, formerly the Bomber's Squadron, sponsored by CenterState Bank. This option includes special show line seating, a catered lunch, drinks and adult beverages. The upgraded ticket is $100 per person (good for one day) and includes general admission. Availability is limited.

The Heineken Beer Garden will also return for the 2019 air show. This upgraded $25 ticket option includes show line seating and two complimentary beers. (General admission is not included.)

Start and end your air show experience with the ease and convenience of Premium Parking. At only $20 per day, this upgrade provides guests the ability to park closer to the show gate. Premium parking spots are limited and can be purchased online or onsite.

Upgraded Spectator Seating is also available on the show line for an additional $8 per day.

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.

Red Cross Says Practice Escape Plans, Test Smoke Alarms

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign Installed nearly 30,000 Free Smoke Alarms in a Five-Year Period Throughout the South Florida Region

National Fire Prevention Week is October 6 to 12, and the South Florida Red Cross urges everyone to practice their home fire escape plan and test their smoke alarms.

“During Fire Prevention Week, prepare your family for home fires before the holidays and cold weather increase the risk of these crises,” said Joanne Nowlin, chief executive officer for the South Florida Region. “Home fires are most often caused by cooking and heating equipment, and we want everyone to stay safe. Please install and test smoke alarms on every level of your home, and practice your escape plan until everyone can get out in two minutes or less.”

PRACTICE YOUR PLAN AND TEST YOUR ALARMS For free home fire safety resources, visit redcross.org/homefires or download the free Red Cross Emergency App (search “American Red Cross” in app stores).

• Include at least two ways to get out of each room in your home fire escape plan.
• Select a meeting spot at a safe distance away from your home, such as your neighbor’s home or landmark like a specific tree in your front yard, where everyone can meet.
• Practice your escape plan until everyone can get out in two minutes or less.
• Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, placing them inside and outside bedrooms, and sleeping areas.
• Test smoke alarms monthly, and change the batteries at least once a year, if your model requires it.

LIFESAVING HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN MARKS FIVE YEARS Home fires take seven lives each day in the U.S., most often in homes without working smoke alarms. That’s why the Red Cross is working with partners to install free smoke alarms in high-risk communities and help families create escape plans through its Home Fire Campaign — which has saved at least 642 lives across the country since launching in October 2014.

Over the past five years in the South Florida Region, the Red Cross and local partners have:

• Installed nearly 30,000 free smoke alarms.
• Reached nearly 25,000 children through youth preparedness programs.
• Made more than 14,500 households safer from the threat of home fires.

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.

Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Pack The House Presented by Wells Fargo Sets Goal of Preparing 10,000 Holiday Meals

Fort Pierce - Gather friends, family, and co-workers and head to Treasure Coast Food Bank for the 5th Annual Pack The House Presented by Wells Fargo on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26.
The 24-hour event brings the community together to make a difference in the lives of those who struggle with hunger. Volunteers of all ages will be participating to help Treasure Coast Food Bank package food for holiday meals with a goal of preparing 10,000 holiday food boxes by the end of the event.
“The holidays are a time when we yearn to enjoy the spirit of giving, and there’s no greater gift than giving your time to those who are less fortunate,” said Judith Cruz President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We’re thankful to have Wells Fargo as our presenting sponsor again this year, and we look forward to seeing everyone who participates each year at Pack The House.”
Pack The House began five years ago as part of Hunger Action Month, and each year brings out more than 500 volunteers who work in shifts over 24 hours to pack and sort food and other essentials in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s warehouse for distribution to those in need in the community. This year, the challenge is to prepare 10,000 holiday food boxes by the end of the event.
In addition to Wells Fargo, several other steadfast supporters already have signed on. WalMart Distribution Center #7038 is the Ceremonial Sponsor. American Public Works Association is the Kickoff Sponsor. TD Bank is a Supporting Sponsor, and Bank of America, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health and Fort Pierce Utilities Authority are Shift Sponsors.
This year, Pack The House begins on Friday, Oct. 25 with an 8 a.m. kickoff breakfast provided by Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Healthy Harvest Catering. Packing will begin after the breakfast.
No one works without refreshments, though. Others providing food during Pack The House are Moonswiners Bar-B-Q, Cobbs Landing, Pappy’s Pizza, The Cake Lady, Dunkin Brands, Dixie Cream Donuts, and Starbucks Coffee.
The event wraps at 12 noon on Saturday, Oct. 26 with a final tally of everything that has been packaged.
Everyone age 8 and over is invited to participate. Volunteers 16 and younger must have adult supervision. Join in by becoming a sponsor, or signing up to participate at stophunger.org/event/5th-annual-pack-the-house/.

2019 Dancing with the Martin Stars

Stuart - The 2019 Dancing with the Martin Stars cast, each of them put their skills to test to raise funds for the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition.

Contenders were paired with a dancing pro to raise funds for pregnant women and babies in Martin County. The annual not-to-be-missed event was held on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at The Lyric Theatre, where one lucky competitor was awarded with a mirror ball trophy. Dancing with the Martin Stars raised $177,500 for Healthy Start Coalition.

Martin County Healthy Start Coalition works to ensure that every Martin County baby is born healthy. They offer a variety of programs to support that mission, including healthy start screening, care coordination services, childbirth and pregnancy education, Beds 4 Babies, lactation support and family planning education. They operate the Prenatal Outreach Center in Port Salerno, an invaluable resource for expectant mothers and babies to get the care and support they need.

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Exciting Nexhibits Unveiled at The Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is thrilled to announce the unveiling of fun new and unique exhibits that engage kids and adults in interactive play. The BEAM exhibit and the Michael Cetta Entrepreneur Stand opened on September 3, 2019. “BEAM is a virtual playground that makes entertainment lively, hygienic, educational and above all, a ton of fun” says manufacturer Eyeclick. BEAM gets kids and adults up and moving while engaging them in interactive play. The Children’s Museum would like to thank The Bauman Family Foundation for sponsoring this groundbreaking exhibit. “The visitors love this exhibit. Our visitors suggested we include an element of technology into the Museums footprint and the BEAM exhibit was the perfect fit” says Tammy Calabria, executive director.
The Michael Cetta Entrepreneur Stand was made possible by generous contributions to honor Mr. Cetta’s 90th birthday. Mr. Cetta, a true Entrepreneur and his wife Marsha wanted the funds to support a project that will teach the younger generation, the future leaders, the importance of business leadership and how you can create your very own business. The Entrepreneur Stand allows kids to choose a business that includes both goods and services. Some of the businesses include a Pizza Stand, Juice Bar, Pet Walking, Personal Training and Baker. “Adding in an economic component ties in perfectly with the newly installed Bank exhibit. The visitor experience will come full circle since each business can be tied into all of the Museum’s existing exhibits.” Says Katie Makemson, Director of Education.
The Museum strives to keep the Children’s Museum evolving and relevant. The Museum continues to grow and flourish each year and we are excited about the exhibits still to come. If you would like to participate or would like more information about future projects on the horizon, please feel free to contact Tammy Calabria at 772-225-7575 ext. 203. We look forward to seeing you playing and learning at the Children’s Museum.

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St. Lucie Mets’ Strike Out Hunger Provides More Than 6,000 Meals for People Struggling With Hunger

In Photo: Alex Mattia & Cathy Mattia

The St. Lucie Mets and their fans helped Treasure Coast Food Bank bring in more than 6,000 meals for people struggling with hunger in the community.

At their recent Strike Out Hunger day at First Data Field, players packed 1,000 family meal boxes with canned fruits and vegetables, rice, beans and other shelf-stable foods. Each box provides all the sides to complete a holiday meal for a family of 4.

At the game that Aug. 22 night, fans dropped off food and took chances on raffles to support Treasure Coast Food Bank’s efforts to fight hunger. Mets fans and Treasure Coast Food Bank supporters watched Geoffrey Sagrans throw the first pitch. Sagrans is director of Localecopia, a partner of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Farm 2 School Program. Throughout the night, everyone learned more about Treasure Coast Food Bank’s efforts to fight hunger on the Treasure Coast.

All the donations will provide 6,361 meals for children, families, and seniors on the Treasure Coast. The Aug. 22 event marked the third time for Strike Out Hunger, one of several ways the Mets have supported Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Martin County is a leader in the development of water quality improvement projects in our region and the Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) continues to invest significantly in this crucial effort. With recent grants from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Martin County will advance the timeline for two significant water quality projects.

The Golden Gate project will connect 775 residential units to sewer, eliminating nutrient-contributing septic systems. “The $2 million grant for septic to sewer conversions in the Golden Gate Community Redevelopment Area is a huge step for the neighborhood. The benefits to this community include increased health and safety, property values and environmental health for the residents and surrounding community,” said Susan Kores, Manager of the Office of Community Development.

Martin County was also awarded $1.2 million for the East Fork Creek stormwater retrofit, which the BCC had previously identified as a key element in a water quality needs assessment. The project is designed to improve water quality, flood control and wetland restoration in a critical tributary of the St. Lucie Estuary. “Any time we can leverage grant funds, it increases our ability to be good financial stewards and provide long-lasting benefits to citizens and the environment,” said Don Donaldson, Deputy County Administrator. “Completing this project is one more step in demonstrating our continued commitment to addressing water quality in the local watershed,” he continued.
At the state level, Martin County’s legislative delegation was elated with the news, as they continue to work in support of state and federal involvement in solving challenges in the regional watershed.

“I am thrilled that Martin County has been awarded two grants from a newly established grant program by the Legislature to address septic to sewer conversion and water issues. These grants will further enhance our work to continue to clean our waterways and to improve our environment. These projects will directly impact the St Lucie River.” -Senator Gayle Harrell

“This matching grants program between the state and local government for shovel- ready projects will have an immediate impact on our water quality throughout the state of Florida.” -Speaker Pro Tempore MaryLynn Magar

“I am excited that the State is able to provide funds to help improve Martin County’s water quality. These two projects will provide permanent reductions of pollutants into the St. Lucie River. Congratulations to Martin County.”
-Representative Toby Overdorf

Clean local waterways are critical to our community and surrounding areas. Maintaining and improving water quality is essential in protecting public health, quality of life, fisheries, wildlife and watersheds and ensuring opportunities for public recreation and economic development. With a long history in constructing stormwater and water quality improvement projects, Martin County shares these key accomplishments:
• Completion of 27 stormwater treatment areas and 10 water quality retrofit projects which assist the county in meeting state mandated (BMAP) water quality targets.
• Completion of 2 hybrid wetland treatment technology projects.
• 15,000+ acres within the St. Lucie River watershed are now treated prior to discharge to our creeks and rivers.
• Expended $85 million in total project costs to meet state mandated water quality targets; approximately 50% of those funds were from state and federal grant sources.
• Cooperative acquisition of over 70,000 acres that are part of the conservation lands inventory.
• Implemented integrated pest management (IPM) plan to ensure environmentally-sensitive pest control.
• Enacted fertilizer ordinance in 2011 to regulate the application of fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus.
• Extended sewer service to 2,000+ residential properties by establishment of Municipal Service Benefit Units.
• Removed and demolished 70 package wastewater treatment plants, 53 of which were determined to be a threat to the Indian River Lagoon under the IRL Act; 6,700 residential units connected to Martin County sewer system.
• Numerous resolutions adopted to support St. Lucie River and water quality initiatives.

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Molly's House Pirates & Pearls Garden Bash

Stuart - On Saturday September 21st from 5:00 - 10:00 pm at Molly's House in Stuart a garden event Pirates & Pearls was held. A perfect turnout with lot of live music, mermaids and lots and lots of food catered by the Gafford in Stuart. Guest came donning their best pirate outfits or they came dowsed in pearls! All who attended enjoyed live music, live mermaids and pirates, craft cocktails and beers, a silent auction.

Molly's House is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The house was built by the generosity of philanthropic businesses, foundations and individual donors. The community and stakeholders made it possible for them to continue to keep Molly’s Dream Alive by supporting their mission with contributions to the annual campaign (Adopt a Family program) and special events (Polo and Prêt á Manger) and helping them to spread the word about how their programs and services help those patients and families in a medical crisis. The suggested donation for guests at Molly’s House is $30 per night. Molly's House is located at 430 SE Osceola Street in Stuart. Contact them at 772.223.6659.

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Bipartisan Group to Teach Local Residents Skills for Having Difficult Political Conversations

Stuart -On Saturday, October 26, 2019, Better Angels will hold a workshop designed to teach skills for having political conversations across the divide. The workshop will be conducted at Unity of Stuart, 211 SE Central Parkway, Stuart.
In today’s polarized environment, political conversations often turn angry and counterproductive. Better Angels skills help people listen and understand without arguing to build trust, clarify disagreements, and find common ground based on common values and humanity.
Interested members of the press should reach out to Paul Witte, Better Angels Florida State Coordinator, for details to observe the workshop.
Launched in 2016, Better Angels is a bipartisan citizen’s movement to unify America. By bringing red and blue Americans together into a working alliance, Better Angels is building new ways to talk to one another, participate together in public life, and influence the direction of the nation. The name Better Angels comes from President Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory... will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
Recent polls show that a majority of Americans feel our country is more divided than ever, and increasingly view members of the opposite political party as not just wrong — but bad people. At the same time, Americans are increasingly divided into bubbles and echo chambers with limited exposure to “the other side,” consuming news that confirms their opinions and stereotypes.
By creating opportunities for meaningful discussions, Better Angels works to dial down the heated rhetoric that gets in the way of real conversations and accurate understanding of our differences. The objective is not to push an agenda or change participant’s minds, but rather to provide a safe place for deeper understanding.

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Better Angels Florida State Coordinator
pwitte@better-angels.org / 321-243-0161

Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Culinary Training Academy Creates a Path to Employment and Financial Security

Treasure Coast Food Bank is taking applications for its upcoming session of classes at The Culinary Training Academy, which begins Sept. 30.
The program provides culinary and life skills training for people seeking a career in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. It’s taught at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s commercial kitchen under the guidance of its executive chef.
“Our mission of The Culinary Academy is to provide people the knowledge and skills that leads them to transform their lives through quality employment,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “For anyone who has experienced financial hardship, The Culinary Academy’s program is a path to long-term self-sufficiency.”
The 12-week program combines classroom time and hands-on instruction at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s commercial kitchen with job shadowing and work-readiness skills to prepare students for immediate employment.
Tuition assistance is available for eligible students through CareerSource, a non-profit workforce development service working in partnership with Treasure Coast Food Bank. For more information about tuition assistance, contact Jay Lundy at 866-482-4473, ext. 425 or email jlundy@careersourcerc.com.
The curriculum will cover food safety and sanitation, knife skills, and the basics of running a food service operation, such as inventory, cost control, and staffing. During the program, students will gain hands-on experience by assisting with meal prep and catering services contracted with Treasure Coast Food Bank's Healthy Harvest Catering.
Upon graduation, students receive a culinary knife kit, an executive style culinary jacket, a state-approved Food Handler’s certification, and a Culinary Training Academy certificate of completion.
An important aspect of the program is the pre-employment skills that prepare each student for the job search, including resume writing, job interviewing, and workplace etiquette.
Classes are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. They run from Sept. 30 to Dec. 29. Applications are due Sept. 28, and class size is limited. Three additional courses are scheduled for 2020, beginning in January, May, and September. For more information or to apply, visit stophunger.org/culinary-training-academy.

SEPTEMBER 21st HONOR FLIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO 79 LOCAL VETERANS FROM WWII, KOREAN & VIETNAM WARS

In Photo: Honor Flight verterans on the May 11, 2019 Honor Flight at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, VA.

Stuart - In the wee hours of Saturday morning, September 21st, 79 local veterans will be headed to PBI for a trip of lifetime—all to celebrate their service to our nation. Southeast Florida Honor Flight’s third 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 September Honor Flight will pay tribute to 14 WWII, 38 Korean War and 27 Vietnam War veterans.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight operates out of Palm Beach International Airport for their one-day trips. Their sister hub to the south, Honor Flight South Florida, which serves Broward, Dade and Monroe counties, will be operating an Honor Flight the same Saturday out of Ft. Lauderdale International Airport.

The Honor Flight concept was conceived by Earl Morse in 2005 to transport WWII veterans to their memorial in Washington, DC, as it was not completed until 2004--some 59 years after the end of the war. By that time, most WWII veterans were either too frail or did not have the means to visit the memorial at all. Honor Flight made that dream a reality not only for WWII veterans, but now also for veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. As time marches on, the Honor Flight-chartered airliners that were once filled with 100% WWII veterans, are now graced by only a few of the Greatest Generation. The September 21st flight will be honoring 14 WWII veterans.

Conversely, with this passage of time, Southeast Florida Honor Flight is also proud and privileged to be able to honor larger numbers of Korean and Vietnam War veterans. It is a day of appreciation and respect that these veterans unfortunately never received upon return home from those wars.

The day that many veterans say is one of the best days of their lives begins early with a 3:30AM 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 our country.

The September 21st Honor Flight is made up of veterans who served in these military branches: Army (35), Navy (21), Air Force (21), Marine Corps (1) and Coast Guard (1). Just a few of the wartime positions represented are: radioman, lab technician, electronics tech, B-24 navigator, aircraft mechanic, radar operator, hospital corpsman, ranger, nuclear weapons specialist, microwave tech, rifleman, paratrooper, troposcatter communications, cook, tank mechanic, F86 crew chief, ship carpenter, E1B pilot, aviation machinist and military police. 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 D-Day invasion, the Colmar Pocket, the Tet Offensive, rivers and jungles of Vietnam.

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, heart-warming, 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, September 21st. The Palm Beach Pipes and Drums will be playing their solemn musical tribute to lead the veterans through the procession at PBI and the Generation Gap Band will be playing patriotic music to welcome the crowd and the veterans.

The Honor Flight chartered aircraft is scheduled to arrive at 7:35PM from DCA. Operation Homecoming takes place on Level 2, Concourse A/B of PBI. Early arrival is suggested.

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 more information on Operation Homecoming, please call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838).

Southeast Florida Honor Flight, part of the National Honor Flight Network, is one of nine Honor Flight chapters/hubs in Florida. Based in Stuart, FL, this hub serves veterans in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight needs the public’s help to find local WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who have not yet taken an Honor Flight. Without a federal veteran database, the organization relies on word of mouth, public education via presentations and civic and veteran groups to find these veterans to sign up for their Honor Flight. If you are, or if you know of a WWII, Korean War or Vietnam War veteran who would like to take their Honor Flight (and has not already done so), please either call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838) or fill out the veteran application online at www.honorflightsefl.org.

Honor Flight also needs those who wish to give back as guardians—trip escorts for the veterans--for the four flights per year. For those interested, please visit www.honorflightsefl.org and complete the online guardian application. It is an extremely meaningful day for both guardian and veteran.

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 in 2019 will be November 2nd.

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Operation 300 Donations & Helping Hands of the Community

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Port St Lucie - 10:00 am, Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Port St. Lucie Civic Center, Ruby Room, 9221 SE Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Senator Debbie Mayfield will be joined by Senator Gayle Harrell as Mayfield makes a major announcement in the cause to make all railroads in Florida safe, particularly those on the FEC corridor. A number of officials from the region have lent their support including Representatives Magar and Altman.
Working with elected officials around the Treasure and Space Coasts, the Alliance is raising awareness of the EIGHTY NINE (89) people who have died on Florida’s railways since January 1, 2018. 51 of those deaths involved Virgin Trains and FEC trains in just 20 short months. These numbers reinforce the fact that Florida’s railroads are the most dangerous in the country based on total track miles.
The elected officials will speak and answer questions about their concerns for Floridian’s safety and their recent efforts to call on the Governor for his help in Making the Trains Safe.
The Alliance will discuss its recent letter to the leadership of the Florida Transportation Commission. We will also announce our name change and new 501 C4 nonprofit status. 

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After The Storm Martin County Florida

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Post Storm Information• Demobilization of the Special Needs Shelter:
Working in partnership with Martin County Emergency Management, the Martin County School District and many community partners, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County is working to demobilize the Special Needs Shelter at Anderson Middle School, Stuart.

• Health Department Operations:
The Florida Department of Health, Martin County will return to routine operations on Thursday, September 5.

• Beach Water Sampling:
The Florida Department of Health, Martin County is working in partnership with Martin County Government to conduct beach sampling today to test for fecal coliform. Results are expected later today or early tomorrow. Routine sampling of river and beach sites will resume on Monday.

• Public Health Inspections:
Florida Department of Health staff are conducting public health inspections of group living facilities and mobile home parks throughout the county.

• Flooded Wells:
If your well head was flooded, do not drink the water until it is tested. Contact the Health Department for information and guidance.

• Handwashing
Clean hands save lives. Be sure to wash your hands after using the bathroom, after changing baby diapers, before eating and before preparing/serving food.

• Remember to Drain and Cover!
Stop mosquitoes from breeding and biting by draining any standing water in containers around your home and place of business. Wear EPA approved mosquito repellent.

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Interfaith Alliance of the Treasure Coast to Host Local Event to Tie in with International Peace Day

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Article Courtesy of: Doreen Marcial Poreba, APR
Stuart - The Interfaith Alliance of the Treasure Coast is hosting “Peace Within, Peace Without” on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1200 SE 10th St., Stuart, as part of the International Day of Peace. Otherwise known as Peace Day, it is observed around the world each year on this date. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

Local clergy will lead the effort on the Treasure Coast and speak to a variety of topics that include Peace in All Things, Non-Violent Communication, Overcoming Anger, The Beatitudes and Sacred Activism.

Clergy and guests will join the rest of the world for a “Peace Wave” at noon EST with a moment of silence to meditate on peace.

For more information, contact Roberta Scott at scottberta623@gmail.com or (772) 631-1233

The Interfaith Alliance of the Treasure Coast, which includes humanist and non-theists, was formed in September 2016. Its mission is to create a more peaceful and harmonious community by encouraging and facilitating a greater interest, understanding, respect and cooperation among the county’s many faith traditions. By focusing on shared core values, the organization’s members believe they can work together for the betterment of all.

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Affordable Housing Advisory Committee - VACANCIES

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by Friday, September 13, 2019. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration at 288.5756 or send email to Donna.

Vacant positions:
The Committee shall consist of at least 8 but not more than 11 members who shall be appointed by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners. The Committee shall consist of 1 representative from at least 6 of the following categories:
A citizen who is actively engaged in the residential home building industry in connection with affordable housing;
A citizen who is actively engaged in the banking or mortgage banking industry in connection with affordable housing;
A citizen who is a representative of those areas of labor actively engaged in home building in connection with affordable housing;
A citizen who is actively engaged as an advocate for low income persons in connection with affordable housing;
A citizen who is actively engaged as a for-profit provider of affordable housing;
A citizen who is actively engaged as a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing;
A citizen who is actively engaged as a real estate professional in connection with affordable housing;
A citizen who actively serves on the Local Planning Agency (pursuant to Section 163.3174 Fla. Stat.);
A citizen who resides within Martin County;
A citizen who represents employers within Martin County;
A citizen who represents essential service personnel -- any person in need of affordable housing, who is employed by a company or organization located within Martin County, including, but not limited to, teachers and educators, police and fire personnel, health care personnel, and all building trades personnel.
These are two-year terms.

Committee Powers & Duties:
Recommend specific actions or initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing while protecting the ability of the property to appreciate in value. Evaluate the incentives contained in the Martin County local housing incentive plan and make recommendations for its amendment as needed to encourage or facilitate the creation or maintenance of affordable housing. Review the Martin County Local Housing Assistance Plan (SHIP) before its submission for adoption or amendment to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). Review applications for SHIP funds by community-based organizations or eligible sponsors and provide recommendations for funding of these applications to the BCC. Function as the review committee set forth in the local housing assistance plan to advise and monitor the SHIP program, evaluate requests for exceptions from the regulations in accordance with the procedures set forth in the local housing assistance plan, and to hear appeals from decisions made by the SHIP program administrator.

Meetings are typically held every other month at 3:30 pm at the Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The next meetings are scheduled for September 4 and November 6.

Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.

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Place of Hope Received a Special Honor From Florida House of Representatives

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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.

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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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August Opportunity Network of the Treasure Coast

Port St Lucie - On Friday, August 16 The Treasure Coast Opportunity Network met at St. Lucie Trail Golf Club. This is a Foundation of maximizing opportunities for all people and businesses involved, by paying it forward across Florida’s Treasure Coast. Each of these events are created to achieve the best introductions, connections and conversions for every business, every professional and every product. The Treasure Coast Opportunity Network sets the stage for every event to result in the most engaging, networking, connecting, converting and sustaining experience possible.
For more information on The Treasure Coast Opportunity Network as well as more about meetings, events, sponsorships, members and to join for free, go to http://www.meetup.com or call Mike Mulleady at: 772.209.2300

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Boys & Girls Club Announce New Chief Finance & Administration Officer

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Martin County -BGCMC welcomes Eric Waters as our new Chief Finance and Administration Officer! Eric has provided senior leadership in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, Island Institute, Pen Bay Medical Center, and Waters Consulting, LLC. He holds a BS in Management from Binghamton University and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.

Eric’s community service record includes being a board member and past president of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of Five Towns Communities that Care, board member of United Midcoast Charities and leadership team member for The Mid-Coast Economic Development District.

Eric’s career experience and interests are well aligned with the Boys & Girls Clubs. With Eric’s leadership we are ready to enter a period of exciting growth to better serve the Martin County community!

 

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Boys & Girls Club Announce New Chief Advancement Officer

19 Aug Angela Hoffman BGC

Martin County -BGCMC welcomes Angela Hoffman as our new Chief Advancement Officer! Through her service as a volunteer for the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center and as a past Governor’s appointee to the Children’s Services Council, Angela developed a passion for doing whatever it takes to help youth reach their full potential.

Since graduating from the University of Florida in 2007 with a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism, Angela has held positions at the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Project Northland, and The Mansion at Tuckahoe. Most recently, as the CEO of the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, Angela tackled advocacy projects to help small businesses, developed valuable educational seminars and networking events, and managed a number of large community events showcasing the community and boosting the local economy.

In 2012, Angela was appointed by the Martin County Commissioners to serve on the Community Redevelopment Agency’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee. She currently serves as the president-elect for the Business Development Board of Martin County. She was nominated for the Character Counts Employee Pillar of Character Award and the Soroptimist International of Stuart Women of Distinction Award 2013 and 2014. Angela is a member of the Young Professionals of Martin County and the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals.

A native Floridian, Angela Hoffman grew up in Tequesta and enjoys boating, snorkeling, paddle boarding and relaxing on the sandbar. She lives in Hobe Sound with her husband; Jason, and two daughters; Laney and Alina. Angela’s personal goal is to show her daughters that to be an effective community leader one must simply elevate the degree in which they empower others.

With Angela’s leadership we are ready to do whatever it takes to build even more great futures in Martin County!

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Martin County -BGCMC welcomes Angela Hoffman as our new Chief Advancement Officer! Through her service as a volunteer for the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center and as a past Governor’s appointee to the Children’s Services Council, Angela developed a passion for doing whatever it takes to help youth reach their full potential.

Since graduating from the University of Florida in 2007 with a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism, Angela has held positions at the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Project Northland, and The Mansion at Tuckahoe. Most recently, as the CEO of the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, Angela tackled advocacy projects to help small businesses, developed valuable educational seminars and networking events, and managed a number of large community events showcasing the community and boosting the local economy.

In 2012, Angela was appointed by the Martin County Commissioners to serve on the Community Redevelopment Agency’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee. She currently serves as the president-elect for the Business Development Board of Martin County. She was nominated for the Character Counts Employee Pillar of Character Award and the Soroptimist International of Stuart Women of Distinction Award 2013 and 2014. Angela is a member of the Young Professionals of Martin County and the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals.

A native Floridian, Angela Hoffman grew up in Tequesta and enjoys boating, snorkeling, paddle boarding and relaxing on the sandbar. She lives in Hobe Sound with her husband; Jason, and two daughters; Laney and Alina. Angela’s personal goal is to show her daughters that to be an effective community leader one must simply elevate the degree in which they empower others.

With Angela’s leadership we are ready to do whatever it takes to build even more great futures in Martin County!

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Teen Culinary Internship is Path to Quality Employment

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FORT PIERCE - A group of teens training for a career in the food service industry will have a hand in preparing meals this summer for kids who struggle with hunger.
They’re participating in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Green Apron Culinary program, a hands-on internship at the food bank’s Food Processing Plant. The program is built around Work-Based Learning, an educational strategy that combines both traditional classroom instruction and hands-on, real-life work experience. Each day from June 24 to Aug. 2, the teens in the program will help prepare thousands of meals that go out to Summer Meals host sites where children gather to eat while schools are closed.
The teens were chosen from a multi-step application process that included interviews and letters of recommendation. Each is interested in a food-centered career, and earns a wage during the internship. The program is a partnership between Treasure Coast Food Bank and CareerSource, a non-profit workforce development service.
“We’re excited about this partnership that gives young men and women the opportunity to learn needed skills for good employment in one of the most in-demand occupations on the Treasure Coast,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “The philosophy behind our Green Apron program for both students and adults is to provide them with improved skills and industry credentials so they’ll qualify for higher wage positions, such as running commercial catering or dining operations in hotels, banquet facilities or restaurants.”
While the program will involve daily food prep and cooking lessons, it also includes several off-site learning experiences, such as a visit to St. Lucie County’s Sunshine Kitchen professional food service incubator and to a local farm. They’ll learn from staff at the University of Florida/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County on how to incorporate locally grown, seasonal foods into menus and cuisine. And by the end of the six-weeks, the students will take the exam to earn their ServSafe Manager Certification.
The next session of Green Apron Culinary classes for adults is planned for September 2019. Visit stophunger.org for more information or to register.

 

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BIG CHANGE UNDER THE BIG TOP!

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 Family Donates a Cuddle Cot in Memory of Their Stillborn Child Giving the Gift of Time to Others

Port St. Lucie - Since losing their stillborn infant son nine years ago, Ben and Lisa Wilkins wanted to do something to make the experience of losing a baby a little easier for other parents. They started by raising funds on Facebook and partnered up with the local non-profit Madison’s Miracles. They raised $3000.00 to purchase a Cuddle Cot for Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital.
A Cuddle Cot is a cooling system that can be placed in a crib or moses basket. It keeps the baby cool slowing the physical changes that happen. This gives the families time to spend taking photographs, invite family members and bond before saying goodbye.
“You don’t realize how much having those pictures really mean to us until that’s all you have.” Ben said.
Madison’s Miracles has helped families dedicate 46 units so far in the United States with their first being at Cleveland Clinic Martin Health nearly three years ago.
“It is a great gift of healing to the families when we can help them donate a Cuddle Cot in their child’s name. It is so helpful for their own grieving process.” Christina Stamper said, founder of Madison’s Miracles.
On Thursday, August 1st, at 3:00 p.m., Madison’s Miracles with Ben & Lisa Wilkins will present Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital located at 10000 SW Innovation Way, Port St. Lucie, FL a Cuddle Cot in memory of Jacob Dylan Wilkins. The dedication will be a public event.
Madison’s Miracles is a 501 (c) 3 and is dedicated in helping families who experience pregnancy and infant loss. They strive to honor all babies gone too soon every day. For more information on the Cuddle Cot and Madison’s Miracles, please visit www.madisonsmiracles.org.

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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.

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