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Jun 23, 2017SFWMD Advocates State's Rights, Wins in Federal Court

Activist groups attempt to isolate the District to litigate Florida water supply issues with federal government alone is defeated
by appeals court
Atlanta, GA - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) this week experienced a crucial victory in court to protect the right to representation in lawsuits that will impact the use of water in South Florida.

The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed more than a decade ago by several environmental activism groups including the Florida Wildlife Federation and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

The suit alleged that the U.S. Army Corps violated the U.S. Clean Water Act and Florida law. Activist groups sought to force the Corps to take certain actions to release water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River, inconsistent with Federal and State regulation.

The court determined that controlling lake releases for water supply is a right and authority of the state, not the Army Corps, which only has authority over lake releases for flood protection. The activist groups previously dismissed SFWMD, the entity of the state that has the authority to control lake releases for water supply, as parties from the lawsuit. This action, thereby, removed any representation of the Florida taxpayers who would be impacted by the lawsuit's eventual resolution.

SFWMD attorneys successfully demonstrated that the District is an indispensable party that must be involved in any lawsuit that involves releases to the Caloosahatchee River for water supply. These water supply releases are controlled by SFWMD as well as the associated water management system along the river. Any resolution would impact that system and the residents that depend on it. SFWMD attorneys also showed that not only must SFWMD be a party in the lawsuit, but enjoys sovereign immunity from suit in such proceedings in federal court. As a result, the 11th Circuit Appeals Court acknowledged that SFWMD is an independent party and agreed that the lawsuit must be dismissed.

"These activist groups attempted to use the courts as an end-around to usurp the rights of the Florida citizens," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "State residents deserve to be represented by their state agencies in matters that will impact their tax dollars and their lives. They deserve better than special interest groups trying to manipulate the federal court system to force their will on Floridians without their representation."

SFWMD is currently building several major projects that will help ensure the water supply and water quality of the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary. The C-43 West Basin Reservoir in Hendry County will be completed in 2022. It has the capacity to hold 170,000 acre feet of fresh water that can be delivered to the estuary during dry times to balance salinity levels. The C-43 Water Quality Treatment and Testing Facility, also in Hendry County, is conducting tests to find effective large-scale methods to remove excess nitrogen from the river.


 
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Jun 21, 2017July 2017 Martin County Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following meetings to be held at the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida and other locations as indicated for July 2017. Matters affecting your personal and property rights may be heard and acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent to the Board of County Commissioners, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding are entitled, at no cost, to the provision of certain assistance. This does not include transportation to and from the meeting. Please contact the County ADA Coordinator at (772) 221-1396, the Office of the County Administrator at (772) 221-2360, or in writing to 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL, 34996, no later than three days before the hearing date. Persons using a TDD device, please call 711 Florida Relay Services.

An agenda of items to be considered will be available to the public in the Administrator's Office, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida. Items not included on the agenda may also be heard in consideration of the best interests of the public's health, safety, welfare, and as necessary to protect every person's right of access.

If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at the meetings or hearings of any board, committee, agency, council, or advisory group, that person will need a record of the proceedings and, for such purpose, may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record should include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FISCAL YEAR 2016/2017 BUDGET WORKSHOP MEETINGS
July 17, 18 & 19, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
July 18, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
July 25, 2017 at 9:00 am
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will include Comprehensive Plan Amendments (adoption).
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

AIRPORT NOISE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 27, 2017 at 10:00 am
Location: Airport Maintenance Building, 1895 SE Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart

ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL OVERSIGHT BOARD
July 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT
July 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
July 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
This meeting will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
July 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

COUNTY HEALTH CARE REVIEW BOARD
July 26, 2017 at 11:00 am
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

GOLF COURSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Location: Workshop Meeting Room (4th floor)

HOBE SOUND NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Hobe Sound Community Center, 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound

INDIANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Indiantown Civic Center, 15675 SW Osceola Street, Indiantown

JENSEN BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Location: Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
July 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Location: Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jake Williams Way, Jensen Beach

LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
July 6 & 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers
These meetings will be televised live on MCTV Channel 20 (Comcast), Channel 99 (U-verse), and online at www.martin.fl.us.

PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
July 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Location: Growth Management Department Conference Room (1st floor)

RIO NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Location: Rio Civic Center, 1255 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
July 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: Commission Chambers

All Martin County Board of County Commission Offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

This notice dated: June 21, 2017.
For more information, please contact Donna Gordon, Executive Aide, Administration, 772.221.1352 or dgordon@martin.fl.us


 
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Jun 21, 2017Martin County voters to decide sales tax referendum on August 29
On June 20, the Board of County Commissioners approved placing a referendum on the August 29 ballot regarding the addition of a one-cent (1%) local sales tax on taxable items over the next 10 years. This sales surtax would position Martin County to address critical needs in the areas of water quality, roads, public safety and public works. At least 35% of the funds collected will be used for water quality projects.

Projects will be prioritized and all expenditures must be approved by a majority of the Board of County Commissioners at an advertised public hearing at which the public will have an opportunity to comment. If voters approve the referendum, the local sales tax would become effective January 1, 2018.

A one-cent sales surtax distributes the financial impact across property owners, non-property owner residents, tourists and consumers from neighboring ommunities who dine and shop in Martin County.

The public is invited to visit Martin County's website, www.martin.fl.us/salestax to read the ordinance, ballot language and frequently asked questions (FAQs) and view a list of potential projects


 
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Jun 20, 2017CALL FOR SPONSORS & VENDORS FOR TREASURE COAST SQUARE?S ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
School is almost back in session and to kick-off the season, Treasure Coast Square, the area’s leading fashion destination, will host its annual Back To School Bash on Saturday, August 5th from Noon to 4 p.m. in the JCPenney Court Area businesses and organizations are invited to participate in the event, which will include dance and music performances, facepainting, crafts, video game demos, goody bags with samples and offers, a Grand Prize Giveaway and more.

“The beginning of a new school year busy, exciting time for families,” Amy Morris, Director of Marketing at Treasure Coast Square, said. “Our annual Back To School Bash is an ideal opportunity for local businesses and organizations to showcase their products and services to their target market during one of our busiest weekends of the year.”

The Back To School Bash will be held during Florida’s Sales Tax Holiday. From August 4-6, mall shoppers will pay no sales tax on clothing, shoes, wallets, handbags and backpacks that cost $60 or less. School supplies, such as pens, pencils, binders and lunch boxes that cost less than $15 are also included.

To participate in the Back To School Bash, or to receive more information about the event, please contact Bianca Alexander at 772-692-9401 or bianca.alexander@simon.com


 
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Jun 20, 2017ENGENUITY GROUP, INC. ANNOUNCES ADAM SWANEY, P.E., LEED AP HAS BECOME A “SHAREHOLDER” WITH THE FIRM
Engenuity Group, Inc. Is pleased to announce that Adam Swaney, P.E., LEED AP, has become a Shareholder with the firm. Mr. Swaney has been with Engenuity Group, Inc. since 2012, and has most recently served as its Director of Engineering. Mr. Swaney’s extensive experience includes projects with both public and private sector clients. He is responsible for managing the projects of the Engineering Department including roadway, water distribution systems, sanitary sewer and stormwater design and modeling, various agency permitting, and construction administration.


Engenuity Group Inc. looks forward to Adam’s leadership in the future success of the firm.

About Engenuity Group, Inc.
Engenuity Group, Inc., has been in the consulting, engineering, and surveying business for nearly four decades and is dedicated to providing excellent professional service. Our firm is comprised of highly experienced personnel who are capable of producing technically advanced deliverables. We have experience in both the private and public sectors, especially municipalities and Special Districts. We offer our clients the support of an expert consultant in all phases of project development along with precise work and rapid turnaround times. We assist agencies in design, survey, GIS, permitting, public presentations, consensus building and grant applications. In some cases, we act as both a designer and regulator, giving our client a well-rounded perspective. We understand that it is the Client’s needs that matter the most! Engenuity Group, Inc. is a MBE, DBE, and SBE certified firm. For more information, please visit our website at www.engenuitygroup.com.



 
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Jun 20, 2017SW ALL AMERICAN BOULEVARD ROAD CLOSURE
Beginning Monday, June 26, 2017, Felix Associates of Florida will be installing the box culvert under SW All American Boulevard, in association with the All American Ditch Water Quality Retrofit project. This work will require the closure of SW All American Boulevard at the culvert crossing. This work is expected to be complete by September 22, 2017.

Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to follow detours, exercise caution and seek alternate routes.

The Martin County Road Conditions Map is available via any mobile device or desktop with internet access to view all county lane/road closures: https://conezone.martin.fl.us


 
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Jun 20, 2017WEICHERT(r) Affiliated Offices in the Port Saint Lucie Area Welcome New Team Members
WEICHERT(r)
affiliated offices in the Port Saint Lucie area have recently added the
following individuals to their team.

* Dalrison Araujo Araujo joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at
WEICHERT, REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, located at 345 Se Port St Lucie
Blvd in Port Saint Lucie. Contact Andrea LaFavor at 772-398-6400 or
BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.

* Christina Jones joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at
WEICHERT, REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, located at 345 Se Port St Lucie
Blvd in Port Saint Lucie. Contact Andrea LaFavor at 772-398-6400 or
BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.


Each Weichert(r) franchised office is an independently owned and operated
affiliate of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.



 
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Jun 20, 2017MCTV presents Heroes Among Us
Martin County Television (MCTV) is proud to present its newest episode of Heroes Among Us, sharing personal stories and events that offer viewers a glimpse into the honor, courage and dedication to duty of our veterans.

In this episode of Heroes Among Us, host Scott Guntz covers the presentation of an artifact from the U.S.S. Arizona given to Stuart's own U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 on the occasion of their 75th anniversary. The show also includes a conversation with Leo Hopkins RM/2C, U.S. Navy survivor of the U.S.S. Franklin aircraft carrier that was bombed during WWII.

Heroes Among Us airs on MCTV Saturdays at 7:00 pm, Sundays at 6:30 pm and Wednesdays at 8:30 pm. MCTV is available on Comcast Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99 and streams live at www.martin.fl.us. You can also view this episode on YouTube at https://youtu.be/mHz8ObDIft4.



 
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Jun 19, 2017Jupiter Medical Center Offers Nitrous Oxide to Expectant Mothers During Labor
Jupiter Medical Center announced that it has begun offering nitrous oxide as a pain relief option to laboring mothers in the delivery room.

“At Jupiter Medical Center, we continue to reimagine the way we deliver health care to our community,” said John D. Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “Offering innovative treatment options like nitrous oxide in our Florence A. De George Children & Women’s Services obstetrics unit is just one way that we are able to provide our patients with the latest options in world-class care right here in their own backyard.”

Nitrous oxide, when used to combat labor pain, is a mixture of 50% nitrous gas and 50% oxygen. It is delivered through Pro-Nox, a pneumatically driven gas system that is controlled by the patient as they hold their own mask and inhale the gas mixture about 30 seconds prior to a contraction to combat labor pain and anxiety.

Widely used in dental offices and known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide has long been available in Europe for pain relief during labor. Now approved by the FDA, it is being implemented in hospitals across the United States, including Jupiter Medical Center - the first in the region to bring nitrous oxide into the delivery room.

The use of nitrous oxide does not preclude the placement of an epidural. Some women may use nitrous oxide prior to having an epidural. While they can’t be used concurrently, it is perfectly fine to use nitrous oxide first and then move to a different type of pain relief if needed.

Additionally, there are no known effects on the baby. Nitrous oxide is the only pain relief method used for labor that is cleared from the body through your lungs, so as soon as the patient pulls the mask away, the nitrous oxide effect is gone within a breath or two. While some women have reported mild nausea after prolonged use, there is medication to help ease the nausea as needed. Finally, the use of nitrous oxide can cause some unsteadiness in patients when getting in and out of bed and so, it is recommended that patients not be left unattended.

“The use of nitrous oxide is a great additional option to relieve pain at any time during or after labor,” explains Stephen Livingston, M.D., chief of obstetrics at Jupiter Medical Center. “Since we began offering it, the response from my patients has been incredibly enthusiastic and they have all done incredibly well. In fact, a number of them have bypassed the epidural as their pain was managed effectively through the use of nitrous oxide.”

There are additional benefits to the use of nitrous oxide, including:
• Proven safe for both mother and baby as it has been used globally for decades
• Empowers the patient to respond to their pain as needed
• Provides quick onset as it takes effect in seconds
• Offers short duration of effect
• Clears from the body within minutes
• Available for use during the duration of labor when the patient has pain and anxiety
• Speeds patient recovery time
• Easy to administer and set-up and is non-invasive

For more information on our obstetrics program and the Pro-Nox system, please visit: www.jupitermed.com/OB or call 561-263-2676.

About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency and pediatric services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,600 team members, 615 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.


 
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Jun 19, 2017Christmas in July at Humane Society thrift stores
Some of the best Christmas deals can be had in July at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s two thrift stores. Starting July 5, shoppers can take advantage of “Christmas in July,” an annual event that features great savings on Christmas décor and related items. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week at Central Thrift Store, 2585 SE. Federal Highway, and North Thrift Store 1099 NW 21st Street. Both shops are in Stuart.
The Christmas-themed event will continue until the entire holiday inventory is gone, which is usually by the end of the month.
“We have beautiful Christmas ornaments by Christopher Radko and lights, as well as trees and more,” said Thrift Store Senior Manager Kim McFadden.
For more information, call McFadden at (772) 286-6909 or visit the website, http://www.hstc1.org.


 
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Jun 19, 2017St. Lucie River Issues Team / Change of Venue

Hi Folks!

So sorry, we had a last minute change to the venue for the Issues Team Presentations.

The Presentations will now be held at the

Martin County Fire & Rescue
2nd Floor Conference Room
800 SE Monterey Road

If you need directions, please let me know.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Kathy

Kathy LaMartina
Regional Representative
South Florida Water Management District
Martin & St. Lucie Counties
421 SW Camden Ave. #1
Stuart, FL 34994
(561) 602-8407 cell






MEETING NOTICE
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Martin County Fire & Rescue
2nd Floor Conference Rm
800 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, FL 34996
(772) 288-5400

AGENDA


I. Greetings and Introductions

II. Water Management District Update – Kathy LaMartina

III. Project Presentations (per following schedule)


9:00 – Martin County – Manatee Pocket SW Prong STA Project
9:20 – Martin County – Savannas Regional Restoration Project Phase II – South Savannas Water Control Weir
9:40 – City of Stuart – Frazier Crescent Drainage Improvements
10:00 – City of Port St. Lucie – McCarty Ranch Extension – Area 2
10:20 – Town of Sewall’s Point – South Sewall’s Point Road – Mandalay & Marguerita Stormwater Improvements
10:40 – City of Fort Pierce – Regenerative Air Street Sweeper
11:00 – City of Port St. Lucie – Veterans Memorial Stormwater Quality Retrofit Phase 3
11:20 - St. Lucie County – Harmony Heights Storm Water Improvements – Phase 1 North


IV. Discussion and Review of Ranking Criteria

V. Adjourn


 
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Jun 19, 2017FPL to conduct maintenance testing of sirens June 19-23
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) will be conducting maintenance testing of the outdoor warning sirens for the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant beginning Monday, June 19 and lasting through Friday, June 23. Sirens in Martin County are scheduled to be tested on Thursday, June 22.
Testing will take place each day between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm and each siren will be sounded and tested individually. Before each siren sounds, residents will hear a pre-test message stating "This is a test." That message will be followed by a 20-second air horn and a post-test message stating "This was only a test." The siren system is tested regularly to improve public awareness of its function and ensure its operability.

In the unlikely event of an actual emergency at St. Lucie Plant, the sirens would sound for at least a five-minute period. Official instructions or information would follow on local radio and television.

If you have any questions about the testing, please contact the Martin County Emergency Management at (772) 287-1652.


 
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Jun 19, 2017COLORADO CRAWL
COLORADO CRAWL HIGHLIGHTS PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY STREET AND OFFERS A FUN AFTERNOON!


STUART, FL – On Saturday June 24th, an event will be held that is designed to highlight the fact that Colorado Avenue in downtown Stuart is a beautiful, very pedestrian-friendly street. Businesses along Colorado Avenue from the 300 block to the 800 block are holding OPEN HOUSE and welcoming Crawlers to discover their businesses. Each participating crawl stop will offer free refreshments, goodies, giveaways, and special offers to the crawl participants. This event is the brainchild of Priscilla Speicher, owner of NOTES Music Room & Wine Bar at 872 Colorado Ave.

“When people say ‘downtown Stuart’ they are referring to the blocks and businesses on the other side of the Circle – starting at Duffy’s and fanning out from there. Thousands upon thousands of people go into downtown Stuart either one time or frequently, and it never occurs to them to walk up and down Colorado Avenue. Yet Colorado is lined with great businesses, offering both goods and services. I’m working to promote the idea of strolling THE AVE, and discovering these businesses,” she explains.

With NOTES Music Room as the anchor business up near Federal Highway, and Snooty Hooty’s at the other end – the walk between these two businesses only takes 9 to 12 minutes, depending on your walking speed. The walk is a very pleasant one, as Colorado Avenue is lined with lighting, landscaping, benches, and scenic spots.

Priscilla elaborates, “The city did a great job of beautifying and developing Colorado Avenue from the Circle up to Federal Highway. The sidewalks are wide, the bridge and statues and fountain are very pretty, and yet these are underappreciated. People drive right by them, focused on Downtown, and don’t notice what’s lining both sides of Colorado Avenue. We have fabulous thrift shops, eateries, retailers, legal and financial service businesses, bath and plumbing, interior décor shops, a florist, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, banks, ceramics, a farm and fresh produce, delicious food and drink – there are great places to visit and all of them are walking distance from each other.”

Priscilla recommends parking in the Kiwanis Lot near the circle then walking west up Colorado Ave. toward Federal. “Go up one side and down the other sometime – of course, stopping in at NOTES,” she smiles. “I look forward to the day when I see tourists and locals strolling THE AVE, and it becomes a vibrant, artsy, cool addition to the downtown experience.”

The Colorado Crawl takes place from 4 to 7 PM on Sat. June 24th. Must be 21 to participate. Start at NOTES, pay $10, which includes a beer, wine, coffee or soda and signature glass to keep. Then follow the list of businesses along the Crawl, pop into all of them and enjoy the reception! Those completing all stops will be entered in a drawing for a bottle of fine wine from NOTES and a NOTES T-shirt.

This event is online, just search “Colorado Crawl” on Google or Facebook. RSVP appreciated, not required. Parking available at NOTES, on Kindred Street & Martin Luther King.





 
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Jun 19, 2017COLORADO CRAWL HIGHLIGHTS PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY STREET AND OFFERS A FUN AFTERNOON!
On Saturday June 24th, an event will be held that is designed to highlight the fact that Colorado Avenue in downtown Stuart is a beautiful, very pedestrian-friendly street. Businesses along Colorado Avenue from the 300 block to the 800 block are holding OPEN HOUSE and welcoming Crawlers to discover their businesses. Each participating crawl stop will offer free refreshments, goodies, giveaways, and special offers to the crawl participants. This event is the brainchild of Priscilla Speicher, owner of NOTES Music Room & Wine Bar at 872 Colorado Ave.

“When people say ‘downtown Stuart’ they are referring to the blocks and businesses on the other side of the Circle – starting at Duffy’s and fanning out from there. Thousands upon thousands of people go into downtown Stuart either one time or frequently, and it never occurs to them to walk up and down Colorado Avenue. Yet Colorado is lined with great businesses, offering both goods and services. I’m working to promote the idea of strolling THE AVE, and discovering these businesses,” she explains.

With NOTES Music Room as the anchor business up near Federal Highway, and Snooty Hooty’s at the other end – the walk between these two businesses only takes 9 to 12 minutes, depending on your walking speed. The walk is a very pleasant one, as Colorado Avenue is lined with lighting, landscaping, benches, and scenic spots.

Priscilla elaborates, “The city did a great job of beautifying and developing Colorado Avenue from the Circle up to Federal Highway. The sidewalks are wide, the bridge and statues and fountain are very pretty, and yet these are underappreciated. People drive right by them, focused on Downtown, and don’t notice what’s lining both sides of Colorado Avenue. We have fabulous thrift shops, eateries, retailers, legal and financial service businesses, bath and plumbing, interior décor shops, a florist, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, banks, ceramics, a farm and fresh produce, delicious food and drink – there are great places to visit and all of them are walking distance from each other.”

Priscilla recommends parking in the Kiwanis Lot near the circle then walking west up Colorado Ave. toward Federal. “Go up one side and down the other sometime – of course, stopping in at NOTES,” she smiles. “I look forward to the day when I see tourists and locals strolling THE AVE, and it becomes a vibrant, artsy, cool addition to the downtown experience.”

The Colorado Crawl takes place from 4 to 7 PM on Sat. June 24th. Must be 21 to participate. Start at NOTES, pay $10, which includes a beer, wine, coffee or soda and signature glass to keep. Then follow the list of businesses along the Crawl, pop into all of them and enjoy the reception! Those completing all stops will be entered in a drawing for a bottle of fine wine from NOTES and a NOTES T-shirt.

This event is online, just search “Colorado Crawl” on Google or Facebook. RSVP appreciated, not required. Parking available at NOTES, on Kindred Street & Martin Luther King.




 
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Jun 19, 2017JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER DEDICATES EMS LOUNGE IN HONOR OF EMS WORKERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Jupiter Medical Center hosted an emotional ceremony on Wednesday, June 14, to dedicate the emergency medical services (EMS) lounge in the hospital’s emergency room to the memory of two local EMS workers who died tragically when their ambulance was involved in an accident with a drunk driver. More than 100 people attended to pay tribute to Paul Besaw and Lahiri Garcia, longtime employees of American Medical Response (AMR), who were killed on June 1 in the violent crash on Indiantown Road. The men’s families, dozens of hospital team members, along with the broader EMS and first responder community were present.

Paul and Lahiri were remembered as heroes for their dedication to their patients and the safety of the greater community. A number of people spoke as part of the tribute including: John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center; Joe Robertson, a Jupiter Medical Center emergency department paramedic who also worked for AMR and was a good friend of both the victims; Daryl Ilardi, AMR paramedic; Kevin Meehan, AMR Field Supervisor; Melissa Livingstone and Debbie Cochran, LPN, both Jupiter Medical Center team members; and Paul Besaw’s father, Bob Besaw, who was joined by his granddaughter Alison Besaw.

Paul Besaw and Lahiri Garcia were well known at Jupiter Medical Center. Paul was a former Jupiter Medical Center team member in the emergency department, as was his father, who worked there until his retirement. Paul’s mother currently works at Jupiter Medical Center in the operating room. Both Paul and Lahiri will be deeply missed in the community.





 
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Jun 19, 2017Waterpark to offer free swim lessons as part of "World's Largest Swimming Lesson"
In order to build awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning, on Thursday, June 22, Sailfish Splash Waterpark, located at 931SE Ruhnke Street in Stuart, will host the "World's Largest Swimming Lesson" simultaneously with hundreds of other aquatic facilities in 26 countries around the world. At this event, participants will receive a free, 30-minute swim lesson and valuable information about drowning prevention.

As an incentive for participation, Sailfish Splash Waterpark is offering all participants, ages 1 to 12, a certificate of completion and a coupon for 30% off admission to Sailfish Splash Waterpark for the day of the event. Additionally, following the World's Largest Swimming Lesson, participants will receive a 20% discount on swimming lessons for the rest of the available summer sessions.

Community members interested in participating can now pre-register for the event by completing the registration form available at www.martin.fl.us/SailfishSplashWaterparkInfo, and submitting it via e-mail at mcparks@martin.fl.us or via fax at 772-221-1333. Parents/guardians are required to complete one form for every child who will be participating in the event. "Day of" registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the 30-minute swim lesson will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.

According to the Florida Department of Health, drowning is the primary cause of accidental death in Florida for children ages one to four, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under one, and between five and nine years old as well. "Martin County Parks and Recreation takes its role in the prevention of these fatalities seriously and has established a "Learn to Swim Program" that runs every summer at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, offering swimming and water safety classes provided by certified swimming instructors for all ages and skill levels," said Kevin Abbate, Martin County Parks and Recreation Director.

The Parks and Recreation Department has also partnered with the Children's Services Council and their SPLASH (Swimming Provides Learners with Aquatics Safety and Health) Program to offer free swim lessons to Martin County children that otherwise could not afford them. In 2017, 140 children will be able to benefit from this partnership.

For more information about the World's Largest Swimming Lesson, please contact Deanna Deakins at ddeakins@martin.fl.us. To find more information about the waterpark's Learn to Swim Program, please visit our website at www.SailfishSplash.com/swimlessons.


 
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Jun 19, 2017RUSH JENSEN BEACH
Rush is an Indoor Extreme Trampoline Park with over 25,000,000 sqft of adventure, excitement, fun, and challenges.
Rush is locally owned, operated and dedicated to the community and to our guests.
Whether you join Rush for Corporate Team Building, Product Launch, Birthday Party, Cosmic Rush or Open Jump, Rush will be an experience you won't forget.
The Rush brand is the first of its kind, offering a park that glows in the dark.
If you don't come to jump at our park, you will never feel the RUSH.
If you have any questions, email us at info@rushjensenbeach.com

Fly High. Land Safe.




 
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Jun 19, 2017Weichert(r) Fast Track Training Offers Competitive Edge For Local Real Estate Professionals
WEICHERT,
REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, located in Port Saint Lucie, is proud to announce that Sales Agent Kevin Smith successfully completed the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. Fast Track training. The training helps quickly bring new Weichert(r) affiliated agents, as well as current agents interested in taking a refresher course, up to speed on the latest information and technology available to real estate professionals so they can better communicate with clients to offer the best service available.

"Our Fast Track program covers everything a real estate professional needs to know to help an agent start out on the right track towards a successful career in real estate," said Bill Scavone, president and chief operating officer of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. "This program is designed to offer a unique learning experience to get our new associates productive as quickly as possible."

Program participants learn how best to get started in the real estate industry, find sellers, capture a buyer's attention and list properties to sell quickly. Agents that complete the Weichert Fast Track training also gain the confidence and competitive edge to succeed in real estate.

WEICHERT, REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliated office. For more information about WEICHERT,
REALTORS(r) - Integrity Group, please contact Andrea LaFavor at
772-398-6400 or BROKERLAFAVOR@GMAIL.COM.



 
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Jun 16, 2017St. Lucie River Issues Team MEETING NOTICE
Hello All!

The presentation schedule for the St. Lucie River Issues Team FY18-19 Grant Program is below.

The presentations will take place June 21, 2017 at the Martin County Administration Building, 4th Floor Conference Rm.

The meeting starts at 8:30am and the presentations are scheduled in 20 minute intervals. 10 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for Team questions.

Please bring a thumb drive with your presentation to the meeting.

If you have questions, feel free to call me.

Thank you,

Kathy

Kathy LaMartina
Regional Representative
South Florida Water Management District
Martin & St. Lucie Counties
421 SW Camden Ave. #1
Stuart, FL 34994
(561) 602-8407 cell


Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Martin County Administration
4thFloor Conference Rm
2401 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, FL 34996
(772) 288-5400

AGENDA


I. Greetings and Introductions

II. Water Management District Update – Kathy LaMartina

III. Project Presentations (per following schedule)


9:00 – Martin County – Manatee Pocket SW Prong STA Project
9:20 – Martin County – Savannas Regional Restoration Project Phase II – South Savannas Water Control Weir
9:40 – City of Stuart – Frazier Crescent Drainage Improvements
10:00 – City of Port St. Lucie – McCarty Ranch Extension – Area 2
10:20 – Town of Sewall’s Point – South Sewall’s Point Road – Mandalay & Marguerita Stormwater Improvements
10:40 – City of Fort Pierce – Regenerative Air Street Sweeper
11:00 – City of Port St. Lucie – Veterans Memorial Stormwater Quality Retrofit Phase 3
11:20 - St. Lucie County – Harmony Heights Storm Water Improvements – Phase 1 North


IV. Discussion and Review of Ranking Criteria

V. Adjourn


 
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Jun 15, 2017Mindful Moving Services
Mindful Moving Services is a professional moving company specializing in Local & Long distance moves throughout the state of Florida, we also offer Junk removal services. Our highly trained and experienced moving teams can handle moves of all sizes; we offer full packing and moving services in addition to being able to handle entire home clean outs or simply make that old sofa bed disappear from your living room. We do offer storage solutions and any packing supplies needed to complete the job. We take pride in providing customers with a quality service at an affordable rate. Hope to hear from you soon!



Nick Gallant - Owner
Office- (772) 249-9820
"Movers You Can Trust"


 
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Jun 15, 2017Free Chlorine Maintenance

Martin County Utilities, City of Stuart and South Martin Regional Utility
(SMRU) will temporarily change the method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of the water. The Utility water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during the period of July 2, 2017 - July 15, 2017.

These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions concerning this matter. If you have tropical fish or aquatic animals, you should contact your local tropical fish store for advice and take appropriate action to insure that you have properly treated the water before adding it your aquarium.

The hydrant flushing during this period may cause the water to become
cloudy and discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last
more than a few hours.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this
time. Please keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for our customers.

For more information contact Martin County Utilities Customer Service
at (772) 221-1434, the City of Stuart Customer Service at (772) 288-5317 or (772) 288-5318 or South Martin Regional Utility (SMRU) Customer Service at (772) 546-2511.

Thank you for your cooperation.
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Jun 15, 2017Pet Evacuation during Hurricanes
In Martin County, we recognize that people may not want to evacuate their residence or leave their pets behind if they live in an evacuation zone.

Martin County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast has planned for a Domestic Pet Friendly Sheltering Program for the citizens of Martin County. The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast will house your pet at their facility for residents who are recommended or ordered to evacuate.

Pre-Registration is required due to limited capacity. To pre-register, you will need to fill out three forms and email or mail to HSTC, 4100 S.W. Leighton Farm Avenue in Palm City, FL 34990 along with copies of veterinary records and proof of vaccinations. Or call (772) 223-8822 to have all necessary forms mailed to you.

Pet Owner Rules for Disaster Sheltering
Hurricane Threat/Disaster Animal Boarding Release
Shelter Admission Form
**Pets must have written proof of current vaccinations, identification and rabies tag. No sick animals will be accepted.

Supplies to bring to the shelter:

Crate or cage large enough for your pet to stand up in and turn around
Medicine/Prescriptions
Food and treats
Blanket or towel to sleep on
Special diet food
Leash and collar or harness
Small comfort toys

Some helpful contact information in the event of a hurricane.

Martin County Animal Control (772) 463-3211
Martin County Emergency Management (772) 288-5694

 
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Jun 15, 2017Martin County Mosquito Control to aerial spray this Friday
Martin County Mosquito Control will conduct its first aerial spray mission of the year tomorrow night, Friday, June 16 to reduce overall mosquito populations that have increased due to recent rains. Approximately 71,000 acres west of the Florida Turnpike (zones B, G, and I), including Palm City and Indiantown, will be sprayed Friday, weather-permitting.

Zone maps are located at the Mosquito Control web page at www.martin.fl.us.


 
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Jun 14, 2017JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER TO DEDICATE EMS LOUNGE IN HONOR OF EMS WORKERS WHO TRAGICALLY LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY
WHAT: A ceremony to dedicate the EMS lounge in the Jupiter Medical Center Emergency Room in honor of two local EMS workers, Paul Besaw and Lahiri Garcia, who tragically died on June 1st when their ambulance was involved in a crash. The workers’ families, members of the hospital and the broader EMS community will be present at the ceremony, and a plaque will be installed on the wall.

WHY: Paul Besaw and Lahiri Garcia worked for AMR Medical Transportation and were well known at Jupiter Medical Center. Paul was a former Jupiter Medical Center team member in the emergency department, as was his father, who worked there until his retirement. Paul’s mother currently works at Jupiter Medical Center in the operating room.

WHERE: Ambulance Entrance outside Emergency Department at Jupiter Medical Center. 1210 S Old Dixie Hwy, Jupiter, FL 33458

WHEN: Wednesday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m.

ABOUT: A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency and pediatric services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.
Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,600 team members, 615 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.


 
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Jun 14, 2017SE BEACH ROAD INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
Beginning Monday, June 19, 2017, the Martin County Engineering Department will be performing landscape maintenance along SE Beach Road. This work will require intermittent lane closures between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:00 pm on SE Beach Road from SE Bridge Road south to the Martin County Line. This work is expected to be complete by June 30, 2017.

Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and to expect minor delays through this area.

The Martin County Road Conditions Map is available via any mobile device or desktop with internet access to view all county lane/road closures: https://conezone.martin.fl.us





This notification can be reproduced in an alternative format upon request by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772-221-1396), the County Administration Office (772-288-5940) or Florida Relay 711.



 
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Jun 13, 2017Thrivent Action Team announces results from Pepper Park clean up.
A Thrivent Action Team in Fort Pierce hosted a beach cleanup at Pepper Park Beach.

The event took place on Saturday, June 10 at 8:30am.

Employees, family members and friends of EGP Inc. in Fort Pierce gathered together to give back to their community by cleaning up a local beach/park.

This event was hosted by a Thrivent Action Team, a local group led by a member of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Action Teams allow members to quickly identify a need, receive resources and put a plan together to help others in their community. The mission of Thrivent is to serve members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.

Our team loves getting together and help the community and the environment, said Miles McGrath, a member of Thrivent Financial. “We’re proud to be able to serve our community and are grateful for Thrivent’s support.”

Thrivent Action Teams are member-led projects – fundraisers, one-time service activities or educational events – that can be completed within 90 days.

To learn more about Thrivent Action Teams visit Thrivent.com/actionteam.

Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by Mark Valinote and Amy Whitlach. They have offices at 367 NE Baker Road in Stuart and can also be reached at (772) 408-0771.



 
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Jun 13, 2017Martin County Estate Planning Council hosts 34th Annual Estate Planning and Tax Seminar
The Martin County Estate Planning Council hosted the 34th Annual Estate Planning and Tax Seminar on May 19 at the Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club.

The event was sponsored by the United Way of Martin County and Bessemer Trust.

Keynote speakers Mark Parthemer and Sasha Klein spoke extensively on planning for digital assets, changes in Florida law relating to trusts and estates and advanced estate and tax planning techniques. Other speakers included Melissa “Lisa” Fricke, Vice President and Estate Settlement Officer with Wilmington Trust in its Stuart office; Scott Roads, Managing Partner, Spectra Investment Management in Stuart; and Kaye Harwood and Nick Costa from the Florida District Office of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

The Martin County Estate Planning Council presents this annual educational event for its members and non-members practicing in areas of estate and tax planning.

The Martin County Estate Planning Council is comprised of attorneys, certified public accountants, financial planners, insurance professionals, trust officers and more. The Council was established to foster intelligent cooperation among its members, to assist its members in keeping abreast of the laws and conditions affecting business and personal taxation, to foster professional development opportunities and collaboration and to encourage its members to uphold the highest standards of service and ethics.

To learn more about the Estate Planning Council or for upcoming events, call (772) 288-0048 or visit www.mcepc.net.


 
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Jun 13, 2017Treasure Coast Legal's supermarket challenge results in 622 meals for the Treasure Coast Food Bank
The team at Treasure Coast Legal took to the aisles of the supermarket for a race against the clock, facing off for the Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Each of the five attorneys at Treasure Coast Legal, armed only with a shopping cart and the food bank's list of its top ten most wanted items, competed against one another in a supermarket sweep on Tuesday, June 13 at Winn Dixie in Stuart. With fifteen minutes on the clock, the goal was to fill their carts with as many items on the most-wanted list, the winner getting as close to $200 at the checkout without going over.

"The items the team at Treasure Coast Legal is shopping for are the items we are most in need of, including canned beans, rice, laundry detergent, cereal, canned vegetables and more," said Wendie Berardi, Director of External Relations for the Treasure Coast Food Bank. "We're so excited to be a part of this fun-spirited competition, that in the end will do a lot of good for our community."

Daniel Haggerty, Esq. was the first to finish and the closest to $200, reaching a grand total of $200.01. Unfortunately, his penny overspend left him disqualified from the race.

Shaun Plymale, Esq. was the night's winner, spending a grand total of $198. Lou Larsen, Esq. placed second and Katherine Mish, Esq. placed third. Robert Rydzewski, Esq. also exceeded $200 and was disqualified.

"It was a fun competition and I'm thrilled to win, but of course the real winners are the residents of our community served by the Treasure Coast Food Bank," said Plymale. "No child should have to go to bed hungry, and food drives, large and small, conducted in businesses around Martin County can go a long way towards fulfilling that need."

In all, the firm purchased 746 pounds of food, which equals 622 meals.

The Treasure Coast Food Bank provides over three-hundred very active pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior housing and low-income day-care centers with large quantities of food from name brand manufactures and USDA commodities on a daily basis. They also operate various mobile food pantries throughout their service area and assist pantries that provide backpacks to hundreds of children on the weekend. The backpacks are disbursed to qualifying children on Friday afternoon by various schools.

Treasure Coast Legal is a local litigation firm handling personal injury law, bankruptcy, foreclosures, real estate law, family law, civil litigation and criminal defense.

To learn more about Treasure Coast Legal, visit www.treasurecoastlegal.com.


 
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Jun 13, 2017Burn Authorizations Increase as Wildfire Activity Decreases


As frequent showers occur and wildfire activity decreases, the Florida Forest Service, Okeechobee District, has begun to lift fire restrictions on outdoor burning. Under the right weather conditions with adequate equipment and resources, daily burn authorizations will be approved in accordance with Florida Statutes Chapter 590 and 5I-2. The Florida Forest Service authorizes burns for both public and private land owners such as foresters, biologists, farmers, ranchers, and citrus and sugar growers.

“From the locally grown fruits and vegetables to grass-fed beef, fire is an essential tool for agricultural land management,” explains Forest Area Supervisor Joe deBree with the Florida Forest Service. “Land Managers for local parks, preserves, and forests use prescribed fires to restore and maintain native plant and animal communities that depend on cyclical fires for survival.”

Farmers burn their fields to clear the land of any existing crop residue as well as to kill weeds; field burning is a cost effective method compared to herbicides. Ranchers burn their pastures to kill off ticks and parasitic worms that hide in the old grass; by burning off the old dead grass, nutrient enriched grass will grow in its place providing protein for livestock. Burning is essential to the overall health of a citrus grove; citrus growers remove sick or dead trees and pile burn them to eliminate diseases or insect infestations. Biologists and park managers use prescribed fire to reduce the threat of wildfire by eliminating dead fuel accumulation and restore and maintain native plant and animal communities that depend on cyclical fires for survival.

Over six thousand burn authorizations are administered yearly by Florida Forest Service, Okeechobee District in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, Highlands, and Glades Counties.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests, provides management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests, while protecting homes, forestland, and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FloridaForestService.com.

For questions about burn authorizations and wildfire prevention, please contact your local Florida Forest Service:
Martin County (772) 221-4045; Saint Lucie County (772) 468-3915; Indian River County (772) 778-5085;
Glades County (863) 674-4000; Highlands County (863) 655-6407; Okeechobee County (863) 467-3221



 
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Jun 12, 2017Jupiter Medical Center Opens New Center in Palm Beach Gardens
Now residents of northern Palm Beach County have increased access to Jupiter Medical Center’s high quality care, closer to home. The Medical Center opened its third Urgent Care Center at 3250 PGA Boulevard, just across from The Gardens Mall. The location is also home to a new center for physical rehabilitation, offering patients unparalleled convenience for their health and wellness needs.
“We are committed to ensuring our community has access to immediate care of the highest quality,” said Jupiter Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer, John D. Couris. “Our urgent care centers offer a unique level of care because they’re the only facilities in northern Palm Beach County backed by a world-class hospital system. By adding rehabilitation services at the same location, we are making physical therapy as convenient and accessible as urgent care is today.”
The goal of Jupiter Medical Center’s Urgent Care Centers is to better serve the community with the right medical care at the lowest cost – where and when it is needed most. The hospital’s two centers in Jupiter and the newest location in Palm Beach Gardens provide immediate and affordable walk-in care for adults and children, after hours, on weekends and even holidays. All three centers are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Sundays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Each site offers complete urgent care health services including on-site laboratory testing and x-rays to enable the rapid diagnosis and treatment of urgent medical conditions and minor trauma. Services to support healthier living are also available such as immunizations like flu shots, lab services, travel medicine, pre-employment testing or preoperative clearance.
All three state-of-the-art centers are supervised by physician medical directors and staffed by a team of certified physician assistants, advanced registered nurses practitioners, licensed practical nurses, radiology technologists and urgent care technologists who provide assistance with injuries, illnesses, x-rays and more. Unlike other urgent care centers, Jupiter Medical Center Urgent Care Centers are backed by the hospital with the highest patient satisfaction in the region, and quality and safety scores that rank nationally.
Community members will be able to obtain convenient care and if necessary our patients have immediate access to the hospital’s wide range of medical services such as physical therapy and advanced imaging like CT scans, ultrasound and MRIs, to name a few.
“It gives me great confidence to know our patients have access to excellent care by a team of very experienced providers at our Urgent Care Centers.” said Laurie Rothman, MD, Medical Director, Jupiter Medical Center Urgent Care Center - Palm Beach Gardens. “And patients can feel secure knowing their lab tests and x-rays are read by the same highly qualified staff serving patients in the hospital. Likewise, if patients need specialty care, we can direct them to Jupiter Medical Center specialists who are ranked among the region’s best.”
Outpatient rehabilitation services at the PGA Boulevard center include individualized therapy and programs to help patients reach their maximum functional potential. Physical rehabilitation services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information on Jupiter Medical Center’s urgent care services, visit jupitermedurgentcare.com. To schedule an appointment for physical therapy, call 561-263-5775
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency and pediatric services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.
Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,600 team members, 615 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.


 
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Jun 12, 2017SE MACARTHUR BOULEVARD FPL-UTILITY POLE REPLACEMENT PROJECT INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
On Monday, June 19, 2017, FPL will begin replacing poles on SE MacArthur Boulevard between SE Marina Way and NE Plantation Road. The intermittent lane closures will begin June 19, 2017 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm weekdays with some nighttime lane closures the week of June 19th, 2017 and the week of July 3rd, 2017. The project will be completed by Friday, August 11, 2017. Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and to use alternate routes through this area.

For questions regarding this project, please call Mario Rodriguez at (772) 337-7020 and refer to WR#6742388.

The Martin County Road Conditions Map is available via any mobile device or desktop with internet access to view all county lane/road closures: https://conezone.martin.fl.us


 
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Jun 12, 2017Stuart Community Concert Band is proud to present the "Independence Spectacular"
Fourth of July activities will soon be under way, bursting with colors of red, white, and blue. Members of the Stuart Community Concert Band are excited to present a wonderful concert for our community this year in honor of Independence Day.
The Stuart Community Concert Band's "Independence Spectacular" will take place at the Blake Library in Stuart on Saturday, July 1, with music beginning at 3:00 p.m. The indoor concert is free and open to the public, but you need to have tickets in hand.
Free tickets for the performance will become available starting at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16, at the Blake Library. The address is 2351 S.E. Monterey Road in Stuart.
The band's Independence Spectacular" will feature selections such as "This Land is Your Land," "An American Spectacular," "1812 Overture," "Armed Forces Salute," "Satchmo," "Torch of Liberty," "The Stars and Stripes Forever," and many more great pieces.
The Stuart Community Concert Band is under the direction of Jim LeBon and consists of dedicated volunteer musicians from all walks of life and of all ages, ranging from high school students to residents in their 80s. Today the band has more than seventy dedicated volunteer musicians.
They play for the love of music.
Originally founded back in 1915, the ever-growing Stuart Community Concert Band has been making music for more than a hundred years. How wonderful and exciting it is to be celebrating 100 years of playing music in the Stuart community!
Everyone is welcome to participate in this non-profit group. Are you a music lover? Do you play a musical instrument? Did you ever? If so, this community band is always looking for new talent.
The band has musicians from all walks of life, ages, and professions who happily donate their time, skills, and talents to create quality music. Band members vary in skill level from those who have made music their life’s work to people who haven't ’picked up an instrument in years and even decades.
What they all have in common is that they speak the same language... M-U-S-I-C.
Bonded by our love for music, we gather with our instruments every week to play, practice, and rehearse. Band rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Stuart Baptist Church on U.S. 1, north of the Roosevelt Bridge. If you are interested in coming out to play, we'll be happy to see you!
The Stuart Community Concert Band is a 501c(3) organization. Donations are always welcome.
This year the community band awarded $500 scholarships to two deserving high school music students who are continuing their music education in college. Chris Finken, a graduate of Port St. Lucie High School, and Jonathan Cooper, a graduate of Jensen Beach High School, each received a $500 scholarship from the Stuart Community Concert Band. Congratulations to both of these scholarship recipients as they continue their music education in college.
For more information about the Stuart Community Concert Band, and ways to support your community band, please visit their website at www.stuartcommunityconcertband.org.


 
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Jun 12, 2017New Airport Manager, Erik Treudt, flies into role with experience and passion for aviation
Erik Treudt will now oversee operations at Witham Field, Martin County’s 726-acre airport. The airport maintains an operational air traffic control tower and is home to private and business aircraft. His responsibilities will include monitoring the daily operations of the airport including runways, facilities, equipment and the use of flight patterns.
Mr. Treudt comes to Martin County with an impressive background in aviation management. His experience includes Capital Programs Administrator at Tallahassee International Airport, Aviation System Manager with the Florida Department of Transportation, Airport Operations Supervisor at Chicago O’Hare International Airport for United Airlines, a General Manager with Jet Stream Ground Services in Jupiter, Florida and Airport Manager with the Sebring Regional Airport in Sebring, Florida.
Erik received his master’s degree in business administration from George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University and his bachelor’s degree in aviation business administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
“It’s a privilege to serve our community at Witham Field, an award-winning local airfield,” said Erik. “I look forward to managing the continued development of the airport within federal, state and local guidelines. Martin County realizes significant annual economic benefits from the aviation industry associated with Witham Field and we want to continue the trend.”
Steeped in history, Witham Field now sits on a parcel of land donated to the county by private landowners at the onset of World War II. Originally known as MacArthur Field, it was later named Witham Field in honor of Paul “Homer” Witham, the first naval aviator from Stuart to die in World War II. Witham Field received the General Aviation Airport of the Year Award presented by the Florida Department of Transportation in August 2015.


 
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Jun 9, 2017DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES SPRING TEST RESULTS
MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS ABOVE AVERAGE

Stuart, FL – The Florida Department of Education released standardized test results from the Spring testing administration today.

While results include raw data only, highlights for the Martin County School District include increased proficiency in mathematics, ranking Martin County in the top ten in grades 6, 7 and 8, as well as Algebra 2. Schools throughout the District demonstrated double digit increases. With the exception of grade 5 mathematics and science, all Martin County District test results were above the state average.
“I am pleased and proud of the hard work and success of our students, teachers and staff. I appreciate their dedication to our mission of educating all students for success,” says Laurie J. Gaylord, Superintendent of Schools.

District staff is working to analyze the results to develop instructional focus areas for the 2017-2018 school year. As soon as copies of individual test scores are received by the District, parents will be notified to pick up their children’s reports.


 
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Jun 9, 2017Quarterly Luncheon


MCTA Quarterly Mtg Flyer
 
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Jun 9, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Approves Public Access and Recreational Use for Everglades Reservoir


SFWMD Governing Board Approves Public Access and Recreational Use for Everglades Reservoir
Vast expanse offers wildlife viewing, hunting, biking


The SFWMD Governing Board today opened the approximately 15,000-acre A-1 Flow Equalization Basin for public recreational use. This is the latest in a long list of actions the Governing Board has taken to ensure public access to SFWMD-owned land. Click on map for larger version.

West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today approved public access to one of its major Everglades restoration projects, the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin (FEB). This action adds thousands of additional recreation acres in western Palm Beach County, where residents and visitors can enjoy the outdoors.

"This Board remains committed to protecting public access of taxpayer-owned District resources," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "This is a win-win. The A-1 FEB has been providing tremendous benefits to the Everglades ecosystem and now the public will be able to enjoy all the area has to offer with hiking, biking, hunting, wildlife viewing and other activities."

The 15,000-acre A-1 FEB, located west of U.S. 27 in western Palm Beach




A-1 Flow Equalization Basin. Click on image for larger version.
County, was completed in 2015 as part of Gov. Rick Scott's $880 million Restoration Strategies Plan to enhance water quality in the Everglades. The basin can hold up to 60,000 acre feet of water, directing that water to nearby stormwater treatment areas (STAs) at a controlled rate to improve the ability of those STAs to remove nutrients from the water. Since its completion, the A-1 FEB has contributed to dramatic improvements in Everglades water quality.

The Governing Board's action makes the area available for public waterfowl and alligator hunting, fishing, as well as hiking and biking on the levees around the property and wildlife viewing. These recreational activities will be managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).





Wood storks at the A-1 FEB. Click on image for larger version.
"Florida is renowned for exciting outdoor recreation and a rich abundance of fish and wildlife resources," said FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley. "The FWC applauds SFWMD's efforts to make even more of these resources open and available for public enjoyment as they should be. We are happy to partner with SFWMD in this endeavor and look forward to helping manage the recreational opportunities on this beautiful piece of natural land for generations to come."

Approximately 86 percent - 654,273 acres - of all SFWMD-owned land is open to the public for recreational purposes. SFWMD actively manages these public areas so South Florida families are able to enjoy the lands that their tax dollars fund. At times, active construction or stages of restoration require portions of lands to be closed temporarily for public safety. Once construction is complete and projects operational, properties are opened for public recreational uses and activities consistent with the projects' purpose.

The Governing Board also recently expanded recreation in more than 3,400 acres of public lands. Allowed uses and maps are linked below:
• Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Managed Area, Polk County
• C23/C24 Public Small Game Hunting Area, St. Lucie County
• Kissimmee River Public Use Area, Okeechobee County
Learn more about recreational opportunities on all SFWMD lands.

Media Contact:
Randy Smith | rrsmith@sfwmd.gov | Office: 561-682-2800 | Cell: 561-389-3386



 
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Jun 9, 2017Season Tickets On Sale Now

Season Tickets On Sale Now
to Lyric Members!

Not a Member?
Become one today and get the BEST SEATS!
Memberships start at just $35
Call Heather Long, Membership Director at 772-220-1942, ext 204 or
Click Here to Become a Member Today!

Tickets are available to the public on September 5th.

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Some Our Exciting 2017-2018 Highlights Include:
An Evening with John Popper - The Hits. The Stories. The Experience.
Jay and the Americans
Battle of the Broadway Comedians starring Steve Solomon & Dick Capri
Menopause: The Musical
An Evening with Branford Marsalis
Jarrod Spector: Jukebox Life
Robert Klein
Joshua Bell
Tito Puente Jr. – A Walk in My Father’s Shoes
The Hot Sardines
Paula Poundstone
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy - Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond
Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway
Bumper Jacksons
and so much more!


The Lyric Theatre
59 S.W. Flagler Avenue
Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: (772) 286-7827
www.LyricTheatre.com






 
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Jun 9, 2017S-193 Lock at Taylor Creek Returns to Weekend Operations
June 9, 2017

S-193 Lock at Taylor Creek Returns to Weekend Operations as Lake Okeechobee Rises Above 11.51 Feet

Okeechobee, FL - With Lake Okeechobee levels at 11.51 feet, the S-193 navigation lock at Taylor Creek in Okeechobee County has returned to weekend operations. The four other navigation locks on the north shore are still closed and have been since the lake fell below 12 feet in April. These closed locks include:
• Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek.
• Martin County: S-135 structure, J&S Fish Camp.
• Glades County: S-127 structure, Buckhead Ridge.
• Glades County: S-131 structure, Lakeport.

The closure was a result of drought conditions that have reduced water levels in Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee Basin. Injury and lock damage could occur when boats pass through these structures at water levels below any of the designated safety limits.

The S-193 lock at Taylor Creek in Okeechobee County will return to operations on Saturdays and Sundays between 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. beginning on Saturday, June 10, 2017. All other locks will reopen when the lake returns to 12.51 feet.

On the south shore, the S-310 lock at Clewiston in Hendry County will remain open even as low lake levels continue. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the locks leading from the lake to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

To get the latest information on Lake Okeechobee's water volume, including daily levels, visit SFWMD's website at www.sfwmd.gov/science-data/levels.

To get the latest information on navigation through SFWMD structures and waterways, visit www.sfwmd.gov/navigation.

Media Contact:
Randy Smith | rrsmith@sfwmd.gov | Office: 561-682-2800 | Cell: 561-389-3386



 
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Jun 8, 2017Humane Society of the Treasure Coast Joins June Cat Adoption Promotion
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is offering cat adoptions for just $10 (adult cats one year and over only) during the month of June 2017, joining in Best Friends Animal Society’s nationwide cat adoption promotion. The Humane Society is a member of Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets Network.
Regardless of whether a cat is entertaining, tremendously affectionate, or gives looks of haughty disdain, many cat owners report that their lives are forever changed for the better after adopting a cat — including improved health.
Studies have actually shown that cats’ purr vibrations are within a range known be medically therapeutic (25-150 Hz). This frequency is therapeutic for a variety of people’s health issues. There also are studies that have shown cats are good for the heart, both medically and emotionally.
“Adopting a rescued cat means you are saving two lives, the one you take home and it frees up room for us to take in another cat who needs a second chance at a good home,” said Deidre Huffman, adoption manager of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. “And every spring is kitten season, which means our resources are put even more to the test. So when you take home a spayed or neutered cat or two, you are helping our humane society do even more to save cats.”
For more information about The Humane Society of the treasure Coast or to donate, call (772) 223-8822 or email info@hstc1.org.
The No More Homeless Pets® Network made up of hundreds of shelters, rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations in all corners of the country, is committed to saving the lives of homeless pets through collaboration and implementation of effective adoption, spay/neuter and intake prevention programs.
About Best Friends Animal Society® – Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,800 rescue groups and shelters across the country; regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City; and the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about two million. That means there are still nearly 5,500 dogs and cats killed every day in shelters, just because they don’t have safe places to call home. We are determined to get that number to zero by the year 2025. Working together with you, we will end the killing and Save Them All®. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.
About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.


 
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Jun 8, 2017Essentials Recovery achieves Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission
In their commitment to provide the highest quality of care, Essentials Recovery is proud to announce that they
have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. Achieving accreditation from The Joint
Commission means that their organization complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality of
care and that they are committed to continually improving patient care.
Essentials Recovery opened in October of 2016 and quickly achieved this honored recognition. “Since day one,
we have worked very hard to ensure that we deliver the highest quality of care for our clients,” said Marcee
Scott, CEO of Essentials Recovery. “Our clients are our number one priority, and we will forever strive to give
them the best treatment possible.”
The Joint Commission’s on site survey concentrates on the operational systems critical to the safety and quality
of care, as well as compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas, including care,
treatment, provided services, environment of care, and leadership. “Earning JCAHO Accreditation just further
validates our commitment to continuously improve and deliver the highest level of care for our clients,” said
Kasey Teetor, Chief Business Development Officer. The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards
are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality improvement measurement
experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert
consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.
About Essentials Recovery
Essentials Recovery is a leading provider in the substance use disorder and treatment field. Located in Stuart,
Florida, Essentials Recovery provides Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Treatment programs. Their facility
focuses on client-centered care with an individualized approach, sustaining a high standard of treatment and
compassionate attention to each client’s needs. For more information, please visit
http://www.essentialsrecovery.com.

 
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Jun 8, 2017Creative Custom Tunes (C.C.T.)
"Creative Custom Tunes (C.C.T.) is a jingle company that assists clients by expanding their marketing potential through the medium of music by creating commercial pieces for, Radio, TV, Website, Phone Waiting and audio streaming platforms. With over 10 years of music production experience and a comprehensive understanding on current trends within the music industry, C.C.T. is able to develop custom jingles that will aid in reaching a new market of consumers.

Creative Custom Tunes is pleased to announce our exclusive jingle promotion with New and Existing chamber members! We are committed to collaborating with all of our clients in hopes of ensuring that the vision, brand, and target market are developed with excellence and the high standards in which your companies brand is associated. With Creative Custom Tunes QUALITY WORK and COMPETITIVELY LOW PRICES you cant go wrong!

Give us a call today at 772-203-9237 and visit www.creativecustomtunes.com to get started! Creative Custom Tunes "It's our business to make your business sound GREAT!"


 
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Jun 8, 2017BANK OF AMERICA SUPPORTS BETTER NUTRITION AND HEALTH FOR MARTIN COUNTY RESIDENTS
STUART—House of Hope has received a $5,000 grant award from Bank of America to support the
agency’s four Client Choice pantries which serve Martin County residents.
Bank of America’s generous support will assist House of Hope’s pantries in procuring nutritious food for
their clients as well as growing and harvesting produce from their nutrition gardens. With the completion a
new state certified Clean Room (kitchen environment), the organization is also able to prepare, freeze
and package fresh produce to store and distribute year-round, as well as make fresh sandwiches, salads
and more. These efforts will enable House of Hope to offer a variety of healthy offerings at their Client
Choice pantries.
Feeding America reports that 13.3 percent of Martin County is food insecure which comprises 19,980
local residents, 3,996 of which are children. With a direct correlation between this population and obesityrelated
chronic illnesses, House of Hope has prioritized nutrition education and healthier food choices in
its distribution of thousands of pounds of food each month to households who otherwise struggle to
access a balanced diet. “There is a direct relationship between a person’s overall health and their
productivity, whether at home, in the classroom or at work,” said House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri, “and
we are striving to improve the health of those we serve.”
About House of Hope
Founded in 1984, House of Hope now touches the lives of about 6,000 per month with services that
include basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance -- and long-term case management
that helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift
stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.
For more information about House of Hope, visit hohmartin.org or schedule a tour (772) 286 - 4673.

 
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Jun 8, 2017the Sade Group

The Sade Group hosts Ribbon Cutting & After Hours

Scott Sade, managing director of the firm, along with Jody Zirn and Robin Miley, were joined by Congressman Brian Mast, City Commissioner Troy McDonald and the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and staff, including President Joe Catrambone, as they officially marked two years at their Stuart office and their new membership with the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce.

The Sade Group Private Wealth Management was created in May 2015 by Scott Sade, its Managing Director. After servicing clients, primarily in major wire houses for 33 years, Scott wanted the ability to provide personal financial and private banking services, free from many of the inherent conflict of interest that exists in big bank brokerage firms.






GROWTH, VALUE, OR BOTH
The terms growth and value are often used to describe two different investment strategies, yet many investors may want both qualities in an investment. Famed investor Warren Buffett put it this way in a 2015 interview: "I always say if you aren't investing for value, what are you investing for? And the idea that value and growth are two different things makes no sense.... Growth is part of the value equation."1
Even so, analysts may look at specific stocks as offering more growth potential than value, and vice versa. And these concepts are used to construct many mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). So it's helpful to understand the opposing ideas, even if you want the best of both in your portfolio.
Poised to grow?
As the name suggests, growth stocks are associated with companies that appear to have above-average growth potential. These companies might be on the verge of a market breakthrough or acquisition, or they may occupy a strong position in a growing industry.
Growth companies may place more emphasis on reinvesting profits than on paying dividends (although many large growth companies do offer dividends). Investors hope to benefit from future capital appreciation of growth stocks, which tend to be considered higher risk than value stocks. However, it's equally important for growth and value stocks to have strong fundamentals.
Undervalued?
Value stocks are associated with companies that appear to be undervalued by the market or are in an industry that is currently out of favor. Unlike growth stocks, which might seem expensive and overvalued, value stocks may be priced lower in relation to their earnings, assets, or growth potential.
Established companies are more likely than younger companies to be considered value stocks, and these firms may emphasize paying dividends over reinvesting profits. An investor who purchases a value stock typically expects the broader market to eventually recognize the company's full potential, which may result in rising share prices. One risk with this approach is that a stock considered to be undervalued because of legal or management difficulties or tough competition might not be able to recover from the setback.
Focused funds
Identifying specific growth or value investments requires time, knowledge, and experience to analyze stock data. A more convenient and accessible way to add growth or value stocks to your portfolio may be through mutual funds or ETFs that focus on these categories. Such funds often have the word "growth" or "value" in their names. However, there could be a wide variety of objectives and stock holdings among funds labeled growth or value.
Also keep in mind that you might find growth, value, or both in a broad range of investments that do not employ growth or value strategies.
Diversification
Holding growth and value stocks and/or funds is one way to diversify the stock portion of your portfolio. Over the past 20 years, the average annual return for value stocks was about 1.5 percentage points higher than that of growth stocks (8.54% versus 7.02%). Yet growth stocks outperformed value stocks in eight of those years — in some years by large margins. This suggests that growth and value stocks may respond differently to varying market conditions.2
Diversification is a method used to help manage investment risk; it does not guarantee a profit or protect against investment loss.
The return and principal value of stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs fluctuate with changes in market conditions. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Supply and demand for ETF shares may cause them to trade at a premium or a discount relative to the value of the underlying shares.
Mutual funds and ETFs are sold by prospectus. Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus, which contains this and other information about the investment company, can be obtained from your financial professional. Be sure to read the prospectus carefully before deciding whether to invest.
1CNBC.com, March 2, 2015
2 Thomson Reuters, 2016, for the period 9/30/1996 to 9/30/2016. Growth stocks are represented by the Russell 3000 Growth Index. Value stocks are represented by the Russell 3000 Value Index. The performance of an unmanaged index is not indicative of the performance of any particular investment. Individuals cannot invest directly in an index. Rates of return will vary over time, particularly for long-term investments. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.




DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE MEMORY LOSS WHEN PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT
When planning for retirement, an important factor that is often overlooked is the potential for declining cognitive skills associated with aging. Cognitive impairment (CI), often attributable to dementia or Alzheimer's disease, can have profound implications for your overall health and well-being, particularly during retirement. The cost of care can absorb income and significantly deplete retirement savings. It can also deprive you of the ability to effectively manage your financial affairs.
Cognitive impairment — a growing concern
The possibility of suffering from some form of cognitive impairment later in life is real. Dementia affects approximately 2.4 to 5.5 million Americans. Its prevalence increases with age: 5% in persons ages 71 to 79, 24% in those ages 80 to 89, and 37% in those 90 and older.1 One in eight adults age 60 and older (12.7%) experiences confusion or memory loss that is happening more often or getting worse. Unfortunately, among these individuals, only 19.3% discuss these changes with a health-care provider. Additionally, 34.5% of those affected by CI live alone.2
Financial impact of the cost of care
Dementia, including Alzheimer's, is the most costly disease in the United States and is set to increase like no other. In 2016, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia will cost the United States an estimated $236 billion. By 2050, this number is expected to grow to more than $1.2 trillion. Among all nursing home residents, more than 64% have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another dementia. Alzheimer's is the sixth highest cause of death in the United States.3
Unfortunately, those suffering from advanced stages of cognitive impairment often require long-term care. The cost of care can quickly deplete your retirement savings and affect the quality of life for you and your family, leaving little or no income or savings. Average costs of long-term care include the following:4
• $6,235 per month, or $74,820 per year, for a semi-private room in a nursing home
• $6,965 per month, or $83,580 per year, for a private room in a nursing home
• $3,293 per month for a one-bedroom unit in an assisted living facility
• $21 per hour for a home health aide
• $19 per hour for homemaker services
• $67 per day, or roughly $2,010 per month, for services in an adult day health-care center
The cost of long-term care depends on the type and duration of care you need, the health-care provider you use, and where you live. While one-third of 65-year-olds may never need long-term care, 20% will need it for more than five years.5
Loss of ability to manage finances
Your financial plan should consider not only the potential cost of care if you or your spouse suffer from cognitive impairment, but also determine who will make financial decisions about your care.
Even if you suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), you may find it more difficult to manage investments or a household budget. If you are the primary money manager and experience declining cognitive skills, your spouse could be left financially vulnerable.
Make it part of your plan
A comprehensive financial and legal plan is important. It is helpful to prepare as early as possible. Some families use the services of an elder law attorney.
There may come a time when you can no longer make decisions for yourself, including financial and health-care decisions. This can create a hardship for a caregiver trying to conduct financial transactions and make medical decisions. Several types of legal documents can be written before they are needed to help you and family members through this difficult time. These documents include, but are not limited to, an advance medical directive, a medical power of attorney or health-care proxy, and a durable power of attorney, which allows a representative or agent to make financial decisions and transactions on your behalf, should you become unable to do so.
There are generally three ways to pay for long-term care expenses: use your own income and savings, share the cost of care through some form of private insurance, and/or seek the assistance of state or federal government programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. The choices you make will likely depend on several factors, including your financial and family situation, your age, and your state of residence. In any case, it's wise to consider the ramifications of cognitive impairment when planning for retirement.


















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Jun 8, 2017SFWMD Governing Board Recognizes Flood Awareness Month
- The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today recognized June as Flood Awareness Month. During a presentation at the June business meeting, the Board honored the hard work of the approximately 1,400 employees who work every day to maintain the District's vast flood control system and keep water moving to protect families and businesses.
"Flood protection is at the core of the District's mission," said SFWMD Governing Board member Clarke Harlow. "It is the exact reason the District was established in 1949. Our employees are proud to protect South Florida residents from flooding and property damage. It is this effort that makes living in South Florida possible."
The Governing Board has commemorated Flood Awareness Month every year since 2012 in June, which is the start of the traditional wet season. The District maintains more than 4,100 miles of canals and more than 600 structures that move about 6.5 trillion gallons of water on an average year.
The District was first created in 1949 and the flood protection system built in response to extensive damage caused by hurricanes in 1947. Since then South Florida's population has grown exponentially, along with the flood protection system which has received upgrade to improve protection.
The beginning of the summer is when waterways, canals and structures maintained by SFWMD receive the most moving water, in an effort to prevent flooding. District employees are continually performing maintenance throughout the year, ranging from overhauling pump stations to continually inspecting canals and clearing vegetation, as well as other obstructions to prevent canal blockages after rain storms.
In the past year, the District removed trees and other obstructions on a portion of the C-100A canal in Miami-Dade County and will soon begin clearing trees along the G-15 Canal in Broward County. The District is also upgrading the G-103 structure in Polk County to improve flood protection. SFWMD crews are also in the process of building a project in South Miami-Dade County that will both deliver more freshwater to Florida Bay and reduce flooding concerns in agricultural land east of Everglades National Park.
"Reliable structures and unobstructed canals are critical to our flood control system during a major storm," Harlow said. "SFWMD employees take their job of keeping South Florida safe very seriously and this Board cannot thank them enough."



 
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Jun 7, 2017SFWMD to Hold Media Briefing on Water Conditions
June 7, 2017

SFWMD to Hold Media Briefing on Water Conditions
District officials will give update on water levels in canals and flood protections operations underway after heavy rains


SFWMD has received an average of 6 inches of rain Districtwide in the past seven days. Some areas have received more than 10 inches of rain. Click on map for larger version.

WHAT: South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Chief Engineer John Mitnik will give an overview and answer questions regarding what is being done to protect residents from flooding after the entire District experienced heavy rain for the past several days.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 7, 11 a.m.

WHERE: To attend briefing in person:
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
To listen the media briefing via teleconference call:
(561) 682-6800 (WPB Local Number)
(855) 682-6800 (Toll Free Nationwide)

Access Code:
990 385 587


 
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Jun 7, 2017VISIT FLORIDA and Economic Development Bill Poised For Legislative Review
Today, the Florida Legislature will officially kickoff Special Session 2017-A, and your Florida Chamber of Commerce will be at the Capitol making sure your voices are heard.

The three day Special Session 2017-A was announced last Friday, during a press conference with Governor Rick Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron, to address economic development programs and public education. Under the guidelines contained within the Governor’s proclamation calling for this Special Session, session officially begins at 9:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, June 7 and extends to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9.

During the same press conference last Friday, Governor Scott also announced his intention to veto HB 5501, bad for business legislation that would have cut VISIT FLORIDA funding by two-thirds and eliminated targeted economic incentives under Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) while slashing their operating budget. The Florida Chamber had opposed HB 5501 and fought efforts by members of the House to shutter VISIT FLORIDA and zero out economic development funding during the Regular Session.

Since that announcement, both the Senate and House have filed bills related to economic programs. Both bills include $76 million to fully fund VISIT FLORIDA’s proven, high-yield tourism marketing efforts and establish the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to be funded at $85 million to promote public infrastructure and individual job training.

As the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Task Force reported earlier this year, infrastructure investment is critical to Florida’s competitiveness and economic growth, and talent is quickly becoming the new economic development tool of choice. Your Florida Chamber team will keep you informed of the Special Session’s progress over the next several days.

How Can You Help?
House and Senate committees are scheduled to meet this afternoon and Thursday morning with the expectation that final floor votes take place prior to the Special Session concluding on Friday. Please make plans to attend and make your voice heard in support of tourism marketing and economic development investments. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Frank Walker at fwalker@flchamber.com



 
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Jun 6, 2017SW FARM ROAD INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES
Beginning the week of June 5, 2017, the Martin County Engineering Department will be performing roadside and shoulder maintenance, replacing stormwater pipes, and resurfacing SW Farm Road, which will require intermittent lane closures throughout the duration of the project. This work is expected to be complete by September 27, 2017. Motorist and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution.

The Marin County Road Conditions Map is available via any mobile device or desktop with internet access to view all county lane/road closures: https://conezone.martin.fl.us








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Jun 6, 2017Tykes & Teens Releases Schedule, Sponsorship Opportunities for 10th Annual Festival of Trees and Lights
More than 2,500 people attended the 2016 Tykes & Teens Festival of Trees and Lights in downtown Stuart, and attendance is expected to increase significantly for this year’s event, which will celebrate a decade of this heartwarming and festive holiday tradition.
This year’s Festival will take place November 26-December 2, 2017 at Flagler Place in downtown Stuart. The week- long fundraiser will feature beautifully decorated and themed holiday trees, wreaths, and centerpieces, as well as special events for all ages including Joy to the Girls! Ladies Night, Family Day, a Champagne Tea, a VIP Cocktail Party, Breakfast and Photos with Santa and more!
The event is the only fundraiser for the award-winning non-profit that provides high quality mental health services to children in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties, regardless of financial status. Tykes & Teens is celebrating its 21st year in business and has served more than 25,000 local youth. In addition to general mental health counseling, the agency provides specialized programming to treat children and teens facing addiction, eating disorders, sexual abuse, domestic violence, grief and more. Additionally, the Prevention Services Department provides hundreds of free community events for parents and children designed to prevent suicide, dating violence, drug and alcohol use, and more. Tykes & Teens also is committed to advocating for mental health awareness by working to remove the stigma associated with seeking help.
Sponsorship opportunities with customized marketing benefits are now available. Limited tree, wreath and centerpiece donor spots are also available. For more information about sponsoring the event, or to reserve a spot as a tree or wreath donor, please contact Paula at 772-220-3439, or download sponsorship forms and view the 2017 schedule and photos from last year’s event at www.tykesandteens.org.


 
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Jun 6, 2017Martin County Master Gardeners present the 31st annual Taste of the Tropics! June 24th 9am-noon
The Martin County Master Gardeners welcome you to the 31st annual Taste of the Tropics event!

WHAT: 31st Annual Taste of the Tropics Event
WHEN: Saturday, June 24th 9am-Noon
WHERE: Martin County Fairgrounds Bldg A, 2614 SE Dixie Hwy, Stuart, FL
TOPIC: Tropical Fruit Event

• Come Learn from experts about tropical fruit that grows in Martin County.
• Learn how to select, plant, nurture and prepare fruits.
• Enjoy samples of various fresh, tropical fruit.
The University of Florida/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service administers the Martin County Master Gardener program, training and providing for continuing education for horticulture volunteers. These trained Master Gardener volunteers provide residents with environmentally sound, research-based horticultural information. The goals of this program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of Martin County through horticultural volunteer activities.
For more information see the attached flyer, visit http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu or call 772-288-5654.


 
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Jun 6, 2017FEC CROSSING CLOSURE NE COUNTY LINE ROAD
On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, FEC will begin maintenance work on the railroad crossing at NE County Line Road. This work will necessitate a road closure on NE County Line Road at the railroad crossing. The work is anticipated to be complete by Thursday, June 15, 2017. Motorists should follow detours and use caution, expect delays, and plan accordingly.

The Martin County Road Conditions Map is available via any mobile device or desktop with internet access to view all county lane/road closures: https://conezone.martin.fl.us.


 
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Jun 6, 2017Annual Business Expo Accepting Exhibitors
The Business Expo & Technology Today Show, presented by the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce, is now accepting applications for exhibitors for their Wednesday, July 19, 2017 trade show. This special show featuring the latest in Business and Technology will be held at the Wolf Technology Center on the Indian River State College campus at 2400 S.E. Salerno Road in Stuart.
Our generous Sponsors include C & W Technologies, ITS Fiber, and Level 4 Telcom as our Platinum Sponsors; AGS Core Technologies and HBK CPAs and Consultants are the Gold Sponsors; and Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs & Advisors, Keaney Financial Services Corp., and Magic Bubbles Pressure Washing are the Silver Sponsors. WQCS- NPR for the Treasure Coast, Crary-Buchanan, and Treasure Coast Newspapers/TC Palm are the Media Sponsors.
The Business Expo will feature an array of exhibits showcasing everything from telecommunications, and marketing expertise to computer software, CPAs, financial planning and much more!
You do not want to miss it! The show will provide valuable tools on how businesses can maintain operations, promote themselves to the right audiences, simplify practices and increase profits. Informative breakout sessions will take place from 4:00– 5:00pm, for visitors interested in learning cutting edge practices in today’s business and creative trends that will set them apart from their competitors. Exhibits will be open from 3:00 – 7:30pm.
A Business After Hours, sponsored by Jeffrey & Jana Kroop of DoTerra-, will take place at 5:30-7:30pm for members and guests and will feature a variety of culinary treats from our local restaurants. There will be plenty of networking, valuable information and delicious food for everyone!
For more information or to register, please contact Kelly Catania, 772-287-1088 x112 or kellyc@stuartmartinchamber.org.
The Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the community. For more information about the chamber and how your business can be a part of the chamber, contact info@stuartmartinchamber.org. Also, check out our website for members’ lists, news, events and more at www.stuartmartinchamber.org.


 
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Jun 6, 2017Preschool sports program focusing on basketball fundamentals to begin June 21
Ignite Sports, LLC, in partnership with the Martin County Parks & Recreation Department, is offering a Preschool Sports Program at Halpatiokee Regional Park, located at 8303 SE Lost River Road in Stuart. This developmental, non-league instructional program is open to children ages three through five. Classes will be held on Wednesday nights from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., weather permitting. Registration is only $80.00 per child for a six-week program which teaches fundamentals of the selected sport in a non-competitive environment conducive to teaching.

Come and join us for our upcoming session - basketball! Nationally, basketball is one of the most popular team sports for boys and girls. It is a great sport to expand a child's coordination and self-esteem. The Ignite Sports basketball program is designed to teach kids the basics of dribbling, passing and shooting, all while learning what it means to be part of a team. This program runs from June 21 through July 26, so register now!

For more information and to register, please visit www.ignitesportsfl.com/program/martin-co-programs or call 772-221-1419 / 772-349-5522.

Find more information on Parks and Recreation facilities, programs, events and activities at www.martin.fl.us/parksandrec or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.



 
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Jun 6, 2017BANK OF AMERICA SUPPORTS BETTER NUTRITION AND HEALTH FOR MARTIN COUNTY RESIDENTS
STUART—House of Hope has received a $5,000 grant award from Bank of America to support the agency’s four Client Choice pantries and three nutrition gardens which serve Martin County residents.
Bank of America’s generous support will assist House of Hope’s pantries in procuring nutritious food for their clients as well as growing and harvesting produce from their nutrition gardens. With the completion a new Clean Room, the organization is also able to prepare, flash freeze and package fresh produce to store and distribute year-round. These efforts will enable House of Hope to offer a variety of healthy offerings at their Client Choice pantries.

Feeding America reports that 13.3 percent of Martin County is food insecure which comprises 19,980 local residents, 3,996 of which are children. With a direct correlation between this population and obesity related chronic illnesses, House of Hope has prioritized nutrition education and healthier food choices in its distribution of thousands of pounds of food each month to households who otherwise struggle to access a balanced diet.

About House of Hope
Founded in 1984, House of Hope now touches the lives of about 6,000 per month with services that include basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance -- and long-term case management that helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.
For more information about House of Hope, visit hohmartin.org or schedule a tour (772) 286 - 4673.



 
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Jun 6, 2017Before You Strike That Match, Know Florida’s Burn Laws
Before You Strike That Match, Know Florida’s Burn Laws
(Several Central and South Florida Counties are still under a county burn ban, please contact your local officials to determine whether your area is still under a burn ban and when it may be lifted.)

As the county-wide burn bans lift, the Florida Forest Service, Okeechobee District wants to remind residents to burn responsibly. Burning yard waste does not require a burn authorization from the Florida Forest Service as long as your burn meets the required setbacks and there are no local, city or county ordinances in place that prohibit burning.

In some urbanized cities, open burning is prohibited; check with your local Florida Forest Service before you burn. The Florida Forest Service can also provide you with specific spacing requirements and burning hours for your area before you strike that match. In general, locate the fire 150 feet away from your neighbor's house and at least 25 feet away from your house, any fences on the property, garden sheds, and the garage. If your property backs up to a grassland or a woodland area, light the fire at least 25 feet inside your property line.

“Keep your yard waste fire no more than eight feet in diameter and create a fire break -- a bare dirt area the same height and circumference as the fire -- around the burn area,” explains Forest Area Supervisor Trevor Taylor with the Florida Forest Service. “Add to the fire as it burns down rather than creating one massive pile. Before you light, get a hose ready and keep a shovel and metal rake on hand. A shovel allows you to smother sparks and fire with dirt in an emergency while the rake allows you to quickly return logs or branches that roll off the fire.”

Burn only yard waste from your own property, such as leaves, small branches, grass, and other yard clippings. It is illegal to burn household garbage such as plastic, bleached paper, pharmaceuticals, tires, used oil, and any treated wood. It is also illegal to burn construction garbage such as asbestos containing materials, roofing materials, and asphalt.

Fires need your constant attention so plan to burn on a day when you can be there the whole time. Limit burning yard waste to windless days, or as near windless as possible. If the wind is blowing more than 10 miles per hour, hold off. Don't leave, even for a minute without getting someone to watch it for you. When you're finished burning, douse the fire with water and spread out the coals. Keep dousing and spreading the coals until the entire area feels cold to the touch.

If your yard waste fire escapes, you may be held liable for costs of suppression
and damages that occur. Call your local Florida Forest Service for more information.

Note: Piles greater than eight feet in diameter will require: 1) authorization from the Florida Forest Service, 2) Suppression equipment on scene, and 3) Meeting additional setback requirements.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests, provides management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests, while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FloridaForestService.com.

For questions about burn authorizations and wildfire prevention, please contact your local Florida Forest Service:
Martin County (772) 221-4045; Saint Lucie County (772) 468-3915; Indian River County (772) 778-5085;
Glades County (863) 674-4000; Highlands County (863) 655-6407; Okeechobee County (863) 467-3221


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Jun 6, 2017The Closing Process

Buying a home or property is a process: get pre-approved for a mortgage (if it's needed), start your search, find the right property, make an offer, and it's accepted, have the inspection and appraisal (if needed), all to end with the closing or settlement process. What is the closing process (for some parts of the U.S. it's called settlement), and what's to be expected? Many buyers and sellers forget about this all too important period, so if you're contemplating buying or selling, read on for more information.
What is Closing?
Closing (or settlement) is the term used to describe the final stage of the real estate transaction. The agreements between the seller and buyer, and the buyer and lender (if a mortgage is needed) are finalized and 'settled.' Documents are signed and exchanged, as well as funds. The seller is paid the purchase price of the property, and in turn the buyer receives a deed, transfer documents, and a clear title to the property. If a mortgage loan has been sought, funds are distributed from the lender to the buyer, and an agreement is set that the buyer will pay back the loan amount over a set amount of time. This is also the time in which commissions are paid, and any other fees and costs to other parties involved are paid. After everything is said and done, the buyer will walk awa y with keys to his or her new home.
How to Prepare for Closing?
As a buyer, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the big day. The first is to go over the closing disclosure form if you've applied for a mortgage loan. This form provides all the necessary information regarding your mortgage loan, including the loan's terms (which could be the interest rate and term of loan), and any additional fees you will pay as a buyer (referred to as the closing costs).
Another important pre-closing item is to do a final walk-through of the property. Most buyer's contracts will allow a walk-through of the property 24 hours before the closing. If your buyer's contract allows for a walk-though, take the opportunity to actually walk through the property. Check that the seller has vacated or is in the process of vacating (unless of course there is a rent-back arrangement or another agreement). You'll also want to make sure the property is in the condition agreed upon in the contract - which includes any items the seller agreed to fix based on any inspections performed on the property. If you find anything during the final walk-through, address it with your agent or/and the seller's agent as soon as possible. If certain items have not been fixed, o r the seller has failed in keeping with the contract, the closing may have to be moved to a later date to accommodate fixes.
If you're a buyer, and you've applied for a mortgage loan, one important thing to do before closing is to refrain from taking on any additional debt. Although you may be in the final countdown to getting those keys to your new home, you're not on the clear when it comes to your mortgage loan. While you're waiting for all the final details of your loan and home purchase to be hammered out, do not charge up your credit card. Taking on additional large debt before you've actually closed on your home can impact your mortgage loan, possibly even resulting in being denied the loan in the final days before closing. If you have your eye set on new appliances or furniture, wait until you have the keys in your hand before you go on a spending spree for your new home.
On Closing Day
When closing day arrives, the excitement of selling your home or buying a new one can make even the most diligent person forgetful. If you're the buyer, you'll want to make sure you have all your important papers and documents: proof of homeowners insurance, home inspection reports, government issued ID, your contract with the seller if you received one, and if you have applied for a mortgage loan you'll want to bring anything the bank has required to approve your loan. It is important to note that your ID must match the name on the property's title at closing, so if you are recently married, you may want to postpone getting a new license until after closing.
Another important item to bring to the actual closing is your down payment. If you are a cash buyer, you won't need to worry about a down payment and will pay the sale price in full, but if you are a buyer requiring a mortgage loan, your down payment will likely be dictated by the type of mortgage loan you choose. This money will need to be provided in the form of electronic transfer or a certified cashier's check - a personal check won't do for this large purchase.
Not only will you be signing many different papers on closing day, but depending on which state you live in, you may be joined by a number of other people, including: your agent, the seller, the seller's agent, buyer and seller attorneys, someone from the title company, and even possibly a representative from the bank or lender of your mortgage loan. The good news is, once all the signing is done, and nothing has come up during the closing/settlement process, the seller will have sold the property and the buyer will have a new home. If at any time you have questions about the closing process or what might come up, your agent will be able to provide information and insight on all possibilities. Just remember to relax and come prepared.

Jack Albright Phone Number
Mobile Phone: 630-291-0529
Email Address
jackalbright@keyes.com
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Jun 5, 2017Bunfest attracts hundreds and helps shelter animals
Rabbit and guinea pig lovers turned out by the hundreds at Southeast Bunfest, presented by the Silvester Foundation and Angler’s Landing Marina, at Flagler Place. The popular event raised a record-breaking $13,000, which will help the more than 300 neglected and abandoned rabbits, guinea pigs and other small exotics that come to Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.
Bunfest is designed not only to only raise funds for the Humane Society but also educate and raise awareness for the often overlooked rabbits and guinea pigs. Activities included educational seminars, critter grooming, a bunny playground, critter adoptions and vendors. Amy Mott of Clover Patch Sanctuary and Patti Brant of Gainesville Rabbit Rescue conducted a Blessing of the Animals and Reagan Johnson donated her time photographing critters in the Glamour Photo booth.
Among the highlights — a talk by Dr. Susan Kelleher, veterinarian and host of “Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER” on the National Geographic Channel. Each TV episode features Kellher and her staff dealing with a variety of unique exotic animal care cases.
“We were extremely lucky to have Dr. Susan Kelleher as our guest speaker,” said Bunfest organizer Sara Kornegay. “She spent all day meeting fans, taking photos and talking all things rabbit and guinea pig.”
In addition to presenting sponsors, the Silvester Foundation and Angler’s Landing Marina, the Smyth family, Gainesville Rabbit Rescue and Treasure Coast Legal sponsored the event.
For more information, call Sara Kornegay at (772) 600-3208 or via email, skyle@hstc1.org or call Courtney Zanetti at (772) 600-3211 or via email, czanetti@hstc1.org.
About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.


 
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Jun 5, 2017What to Get the Dad Who Has Everything—A FREE Ticket to the Stuart Air Show!
Father’s Day is just around the corner and selecting the perfect gift for the “World’s Best Dad” just became easy with a limited BOGO offer from the Stuart Air Show – buy one general admission ticket to the 28th annual Stuart Air Show at the current $10 pre‐sale price and get a second general admission ticket for free.
Two is better than one, and the Stuart Air Show BOGO not only lets you celebrate Dad on June 18 but also in November at the southeast’s largest regional air show, which takes to the sky Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5, 2017. The ‘World’s Best Dad” deserves to walk amongst the many heroes that will be attending and performing in the show, don’t you think?
This year’s show will feature some of the nation’s top aviation performers and their prized aircraft, including Screamin’ Sasquatch, sponsored by Jack Link’s, a 1929 Taperwing Waco bi‐plane with a jet engine that allows the plane to fly vertically, flip, tumble, and hammerhead torque roll, as well as static displays, a kids zone, carnival rides, authentic WWII battle re‐enactment, helicopter and airplane rides, and the popular Friday Night Dirty Flight Suit Party including live entertainment, food and drinks, fireworks and thrilling twilight aircraft maneuvers.
Buy one full price general admission ticket and receive a free ticket for Dad at stuartairshow.com when you enter DADS in the promotional code box. This BOGO Father’s Day offer is good online only through June 18, 2017.
The Stuart Air Show, presented this year by Martin County Airport‐Witham Field, Pratt & Whitney—A United Technologies Company, and Sikorsky Aircraft—A Lockheed Martin Company, continues the show’s commitment to honoring the past and inspiring the future.

For the latest Stuart Air Show announcements and entertainment lineup, or to purchase discounted advance tickets and premium parking, please visit www.StuartAirShow.com.


 
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Jun 5, 2017Library to host third annual Fanfest event on June 22
The Martin County Library System will be hosting its third annual "Fanfest: Celebration of Fandom" on Thursday, June 22, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road. The event, first held at the Library in 2015 and inspired by fan-fiction subculture, will include a cosplay (costume) contest, "cospital," DIY crafts, video games, and pizza. Amazon.com gift card prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place costume contest winners. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at www.library.martin.fl.us. This special event is geared towards teens (grades 6-12) and is sponsored by The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc.

For more information, call 772-288-5702 or visit www.library.martin.fl.us.



 
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Jun 2, 2017Wildfires in Western St. Lucie and Martin Counties


County and State Firefighters suppressed two wildfires in western Martin and St. Lucie Counties today. The lighting-caused wildfires were in rural areas and posed no threats to life or property. State Wildland Firefighters found both wildfires while on routine patrol for new ignitions.

County Fire Name Date/ Time Reported Acres Date/Time Contained
Martin Wild Turkey 2 06/01/2017 14:29 50 06/01/2017 17:10
St. Lucie Double Palm 06/01/2017 13:49 200.29 06/01/2017 17:45

“There was a distinctive crunching sound under the weight of my feet as I stepped out of the brush truck,” explains Senior Forest Ranger Jeff Curl with the Florida Forest Service. “This is an indicator of how dry the vegetation is and dry vegetation is extremely flammable. It will take a much longer period of sustained rainfall to alleviate this drought.”

As the summer thunderstorms begin, lightning-caused wildfires increase. Moisture depleted vegetation easily ignites if there is a low amount of perception associated with the thunderstorm. Thunderstorms also pose a hindrance to suppression efforts because wind direction and speed can quickly change causing very high fire behavior as the downdrafts fan the flames.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests, provides management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests, while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FloridaForestService.com.

For questions about burn authorizations and wildfire prevention, please contact your local Florida Forest Service:
Martin County (772) 221-4045; Saint Lucie County (772) 468-3915; Indian River County (772) 778-5085;
Glades County (863) 674-4000; Highlands County (863) 655-6407; Okeechobee County (863) 467-3221



 
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Jun 2, 2017The Sade Group hosts Ribbon Cutting at their Stuart location


STUART, Fla. – Private wealth management practice, The Sade Group, hosted a Ribbon Cutting celebration at their Stuart waterfront location on Thursday, May 11.

Scott Sade, managing director of the firm, along with Jody Zirn and Robin Miley, were joined by Congressman Brian Mast, City Commissioner Troy McDonald and the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and staff, including President Joe Catrambone, as they officially marked two years at their Stuart office and their new membership with the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce.

The celebration included live entertainment, a BBQ truck, appetizers and drinks. One-hundred attendees toured The Sade Group offices and enjoyed the beautiful view of the St. Lucie River.

The Sade Group Private Wealth Management, LLC was created in May 2015 by Scott Sade, its Managing Director. After servicing clients, primarily in major wire houses for 33 years, Scott wanted the ability to provide personal financial and private banking services, free from many of the inherent conflicts of interest that exist in big bank brokerage firms.

"Doing what's right for our clients and sitting on the same side of the table with them has allowed me to build a clientele of folks with whom I enjoy doing business" Sade says. "Helping clients meet their financial goals is tremendously rewarding."

The Sade Group also hosts several seminars throughout the year and is committed to providing educational opportunities for all residents in the community to communicate ongoing financial affairs. Future seminars can be found on their website, sadepwm.com.

The professionals at Sade Group Private Wealth Management provide multigenerational financial planning to individuals, families and small business owners. The firm focuses on delivering high-touch, comprehensive wealth management, investment management, retirement planning and estate planning advice. To learn more, visit sadepwm.com.



 
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Jun 2, 2017A BOATING SAFETY WEEKEND COURSE COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE


WHAT: ABC3 America's Boating Course, 3rd Edition Presented by St. Lucie River Power Squadron Comprehensive course focuses on family boating safety to include "Rules of the Road," seamanship, piloting, navigation and more.
Completed course qualifies for Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card.

WHEN: June 24-25, Saturday-Sunday, 9 am-4 pm

WHERE: St. Joseph Parish Life Center (Room 7 on far eastern side of campus)
1300 E. 10th Street, Stuart (Parking across from Parkway Drive on eastern side of campus)

COST: $50, cash or check made payable to SLRPS Includes instruction and materials. Families may share materials - $10 fee for each additional family member

FURTHER INFORMATION: St. Lucie River Power Squadron website: www.slrps.org

QUESTIONS and REGISTRATION: Paul Vallier, 772-678-2468, pavallier@aim.com


Calendar Events

June 2nd ~ 7th Annual Reef Builders Lionfish Round-Up Diver's Briefing & Kick Off Party . For more info, call 772-285-1646 or visit their website.

June 3rd - 4th ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - CPC 100 - Boating Essentials. For more info, call 772-283-8130.

June 3rd ~ 7th Annual Reef Builders Lionfish Round-Up. For more info, call 772-285-1646 or visit their website.

June 5th - 17th ~ Chapman School of Seamanship - OUPV (Less than 100GRT). For more info, call 772-283-8130.

June 8 ~ MIATC Annual Dinner to register Click Here






 
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Jun 1, 2017G-15 Canal Tree Clearing Project Improves Flood Protection for Families and Businesses in Broward County
Before beginning a tree clearing operation for public safety purposes, South Florida Water Management (SFWMD) staff is reaching out to residents along the G-15 (New River) Canal in Broward County to explain how the project will provide homes and businesses with maximum flood protection. Obstruction clearing is essential to protecting families and personal property as fallen trees can block canals, creating a severe flooding and causing damage after a heavy rain event.

On May 1, District staff provided critical information to all property owners along the canal to about the project, while also providing a timeline for the clearing operation. Additionally, staff are personally visiting each property and meeting with owners to answer their questions. Lastly, a website has been created to provide updates to this specific project, as well as other tree clearing operations throughout the SFWMD's 16 counties.

The G-15 Canal tree clearing project is slated to begin in mid-June and continue for approximately 90 days. It affects the stretch of the canal from University Drive east to the East Holloway Canal. Canals are crucial to moving water before and after rain events to prevent flooding. For public safety purposes, canals must have an unobstructed 40-foot right of way on its banks.

By meeting with property owners and advising them as to what structures or trees pose a problem in the right of way, residents can make arrangements to relocate trees. Areas of the banks that are cleared of obstructions will also be beautified. This work is similar to the recently completed right-of-way clearing along the C-100A Canal in Miami-Dade County, where trees that posed a flood risk were removed, but canal banks were beautified.

Any questions about the project can be directed to SFWMD Regional Representative Lorraine Mayers at lmayers@sfwmd.gov or (954) 452-4814 ext. 4989 or Fort Lauderdale Field Station Superintendent Mike Worley at mworley@sfwmd.gov or (954) 452-4814 ext. 4821.

 
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Jun 1, 2017Jupiter Medical Center Launches New Melanoma Screening Program
Jupiter Medical Center is pleased to announce that its Comprehensive Cancer Program will now offer a cutting-edge Melanoma Screening Program specifically designed to help in the early detection of skin cancer, using advanced imaging technologies that can reduce unnecessary biopsies. Confocal scanning laser microscopy is a revolutionary imaging technique that creates a three-dimensional image of the skin’s many layers, and provides a virtual biopsy of potentially dangerous skin lesions. It allows rapid imaging of multiple lesions and can be used to track trouble spots for growth or changes over time.

Additionally Fotofinder mole mapping is a highly advanced way to track potential changes in moles and lesions for early detection of skin cancer. Experts in the Melanoma Screening Program use a sophisticated computer system to scan a patient’s entire body for areas that could potentially develop into cancer. High-resolution photos are stored and can be compared to new images taken at each follow-up visit for accurate tracking of moles and enhanced evaluation of lesions.

“Early detection of melanoma is paramount to determine the best treatment approach and achieve a potential cure,” said Michael Borenstein, MD, PhD, Co-Medical Director of Dermatologic Oncology at Jupiter Medical Center. “Through the Melanoma Screening Program and the advanced technology for virtual biopsy, Jupiter Medical Center provides a level of comprehensive care to patients with complex cancers that is unmatched in our community. We’re raising the standard of care for skin cancer treatment in our region.”


“With skin cancer’s prevalence in Florida, we saw a real need for an innovative and aggressive approach to diagnosis and treatment,” said John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “Our new Melanoma Screening Program enhances the world-class care offered through our Comprehensive Cancer Center.”

Patients appropriate for the Melanoma Screening Program include those with:
• Personal history of non-melanoma skin cancers
• Fitzpatrick skin type I, II
• A history of indoor tanning
• Blistering sunburns
• Family history of melanoma
• Prior invasive melanoma
• Nodular melanoma
• Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome
• More than 50 moles

Should a patient be diagnosed with skin cancer, Jupiter Medical Center’s Cutaneous Oncology Program offers the most current and effective diagnostic and treatment approaches for melanoma and complex, non-melanoma skin cancers. The team includes dermatologists, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists who are experts in the treatment of melanoma and other complex skin cancers.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for the Melanoma Screening Program at Jupiter Medical Center, call Oncology Patient Services at 561-263-4400.

About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency and pediatric services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,600 team members, 615 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.


 
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Jun 1, 2017Tellables Rewarded by Amazon for Popular Alexa Game Skill
Tellables Inc. of Stuart, FL develops interactive story games for Amazon Alexa and other talking voice assistants and robots. During the month of April, 2017 Tellables saw the popularity of its Tricky Genie game grow exponentially on Amazon's Alexa platform.
"We saw a huge spike in usage for our interactive voice game during April and the trend is continuing into May," Amy Stapleton, CEO of Tellables, said. "We're thrilled with the success our Tricky Genie game on the Amazon Alexa platform."
Tellables is now benefiting from Amazon's new Developer Rewards Program, where Amazon pays top skill developers a monthly royalty based on game usage.
"Amazon's Developer Rewards Program has given us the financial boost we needed to continue updating our game. We've also got new games in the works that we hope to launch this summer," Stapleton said.
Tellables is also working with distributors of conversational robots to bring fun, interactive games to those devices as well.
Contact:
Amy Stapleton
amy@tellables.com
772-207-1007


 
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Jun 1, 2017New adult softball and kickball leagues to begin
The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Washington Recreational Sports League, will be starting two new, adult sport leagues on June 5. These leagues, Adult Softball and Adult Kickball, will provide opportunities for Martin County residents to stay active while practicing their favorite sport.

League games will begin at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 pm and will be played at Halpatiokee Regional Park, located at 8303 SE Lost River Road in Stuart.

The registration cost is $450 per softball team and $265 per kickball team. Register now to join the fun and bring your friends and family to cheer on your team!

For more details and to register please contact:
Steve Washington at 772-634-0176, washrag@live.com or
Dave Gladding at 772-221-1419, dgladdin@martin.fl.us

Find more information on Parks and Recreation facilities, programs, events and activities at www.martin.fl.us/parksandrec or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMCParks.


 
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