Health Care on Wheels mobile health clinic to be at VNA offices beginning June 1 Reply

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Beginning June 1, VNA’s Health Care on Wheels mobile health clinic will now be at VNA’s offices six days a week.

Starting June 1, the Visiting Nurse Association’s (VNA) Health Care on Wheels mobile health clinic will now be stationed six days a week at VNA’s Vero Beach office located at 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach 32960. Hours of operation will remain the same, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., closing for lunch from 12 – 1 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Serving residents of Indian River County for over 25 years, VNA’s mobile health clinic has treated over 53,000 patients at no-cost and has served as a much needed resource to residents in need of same-day, non-emergency medical attention but do not have the means or coverage to pay for it. The clinic is operated by the VNA in collaboration with the Indian River County Hospital District.

VNA registered nurse practitioners on board the clinic can examine, diagnose and prescribe medications for minor, non-urgent illnesses such as upper respiratory infections, sore throats, earaches and minor cuts. The clinic also offers school, sports and work physicals. Immunization records are required for school and sports physicals. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. For children to receive care, they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The low cost price options for the Health Care on Wheel’s services are $60 for a sick visit; $40 for work physicals; and $30 for sports physicals.  There is no charge for services for uninsured residents of Indian River County who have the Hospital District Care Card. Applications for the card can be picked up at the clinic. 

For more information about the VNA’s Health Care on Wheels and its services please visit www.vnatc.com, or call 772-567-5551.

 

Dogs For Life celebrates donors, volunteers, graduates Reply

Devon Williams of Quilt of Valor presents to Jim Taylor and his service dog Paipai

Shelly Ferger, CEO/Founder of Dogs For Life, along with the DFL board members, staff, donors, and friends celebrated their 2016 top donors, volunteers, and assistance dog team graduates.

Kathi G. Schumann, board president, expressed her ongoing dedication to DFL and their consolidated focus to assist the veterans of Indian River County. During the awards presentation, she also cited the criteria for the Kathi Schumann Award, which was presented for the first year and given to L.A. Bykowsky.

There was much socializing and engaging introductions with new donors, volunteer award recipients, 2 graduating service dog teams and 7 re-certifying team members.

2016 Award Recipients

Assistance Dog Team…………………….Larry Ingham and Lola

Pet-Assisted Therapy Dog Program.……..Laura Beebe and Sadie

Volunteer of the Year Award..……………Sherry Ingham

Individual Philanthropist Award………….Kathi G. Schumann

Corporate Philanthropist Award…………Coast to Coast Landscaping

Corporate Philanthropist Award…………VCA Florida Veterinary League

Media Marketing Award…………………Treasure and Space Coast Radio

Assistance Dog Team Graduates ……….Mark and Ranger, Pamela and Skye

Everyone enjoyed a delicious BBQ lunch and then the agility dog show by the 4-H Dog Masters Club. All the young club members did an excellent job talking about their 4-H involvement and then all showed their dog’s skills during the show.

To wrap-up the afternoon everyone gathered in the Training Center for desserts and more celebration. Devon Williams with Quilt of Valor presented a beautiful custom made quilt to Jim Taylor, US Army (Ret.) and a smaller version to his service dog PiaPia. Shelly Ferger presented well deserved awards. She stated, “Dogs For Life can never say just how much we appreciate our donors and volunteers or how proud we are of our service dog team graduates.”

If you are interested in learning more about Dogs For Life and our service dog training for veterans in Indian River County, please call us at (772) 567-8969 and we will gladly arrange for a tour of our campus, which includes an Off-Leash Dog Park.

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Crossover Mission ads two new board members Reply

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Crossover Mission announces the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors are John Vanderzee and Steve Hodges.

“Both John and Steve embody the spirit of community and bring talent, energy, and fresh thinking to Crossover Mission,” said Cathy De Schouwer, co-founder and director of Crossover Mission. “We are very fortunate to have them on our team as we strive to make a difference in the lives of the at-risk youth in our community.”

Born and raised in Michigan, John Vanderzee earned an Engineering degree from Princeton. After graduation, he joined the Navy where he was an officer on active duty from 1954-57. More…

McKee Botanical Gardens to host discussion on sea turtles June 2 Reply

On Friday, June 2, Kendra Cope, Indian River County’s Coastal Environmental Specialist and Sea Turtle Coordinator will lead a discussion on sea turtle biology and local impacts on sea turtles, and she will share steps that Indian River County is taking to make our beaches a better habitat for sea turtle nesting. 

Kendra Cope is an Environmental Specialist for the Coastal Engineering Division of Indian River County.  In her role as Indian River County’s Sea Turtle Coordinator, she manages the IRC Sea Turtle Program and its numerous volunteer opportunities, including the nesting, stranding, education and lighting programs.  Kendra received her Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology at the University of Central Florida as part of the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group.  She is also the organizer of the annual Sebastian Lionfish Festival and serves on the Executive Board of the Friends of the Carr Refuge.

The presentation will take place from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Richardson Education Building at McKee Botanical Garden on June 2.  The cost to attend is $10 for McKee members and $12 for non-members.  To register call 772-794-0601. 

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SUMMER ART CLASSES AT THE MUSEUM

Summer is the perfect time for beginning and intermediate students to take an evening art class in the Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Museum Art School. The summer term begins the week of June 5. Register in-person at the Museum during business hours or visit the Museum’s website http://www.verobeachmuseum.org to register. Summer class offerings include Photography 101 (beginners); Yoga at the Museum (all levels); You Can Draw (beginners/intermediate); Drawing in Everyday Life (beginners/intermediate); The Joy of Watercolor (beginners); Oil and Acrylic Abstract Painting (beginners/intermediate); Studio Painting (intermediate/advanced); Acrylic Painting-The Basics and More (beginners/intermediate); Terracotta Masks-Beyond the Clay (beginners); and Summer Clay Studio (all levels). For further information about classes or registration, please call Ellyn Giordano, Museum Art School Registrar at (772) 231-0707, ext. 116. More…

State softball finals on now at Historic Dodgertown Reply

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Semi-Finals today, finals tomorrow at Historic Dodgertown.

The top high school softball teams in the State of Florida will converge onto Historic Dodgertown to compete for the Florida State Championship in each of the nine (9) respective classifications. Regional Finals have concluded around the state to determine which high schools have advanced to the State Softball Finals. This four-day event will include 36 teams competing in semi-final rounds on Wednesday and Friday then championship rounds Thursday and Saturday.

This is the first year of a new three-year agreement with the FHSAA, which is proudly hosted by the Treasure Coast Sports Commission, Historic Dodgertown, Indian River County Parks and Recreation, Indian River County, and St. Lucie West Centennial High School. More…

McKee Botanical Garden accepting submissions Waterlily Photo Contest Reply

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“The Garden” by Krystial Comins

McKee Botanical Garden is currently accepting photo submissions for the 13th Annual Waterlily Photo Contest in conjunction with the Annual Waterlily Celebration to be held on Saturday, June 17 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.
The Garden is currently accepting submissions for its annual photo contest through Tuesday, June 13. Photos must be of waterlilies and lotus photographed at McKee Botanical Garden in 2016 or 2017 with a film or digital camera. Participants may submit one photo in each of three style categories: Color, Black and White, and Manipulated. A Youth category is also available for aspiring photographers ages 17 and under. A complete list of rules with the entry form can be found at http://www.mckeegarden.org. Photos will be judged by a panel of judges on Friday, June 16. More…

McKee Botanical Garden offers special for Mother’s Day Reply

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On Sunday, May 14, McKee Botanical Garden will offer free admission to all mothers with any paid admission to the Garden in celebration of Mother’s Day. 

Treat Mom, Grandma, or someone who is like a mother to you, to a special Mother’s Day this year…instead of buying flowers, bring her to McKee Botanical Garden and give her a day filled with natural beauty. The memories you make will last longer than any gift you purchase.  “We want to honor all of the mothers and grandmothers on this special day by offering free admission with any paid admission to the Garden.  There is so much to enjoy in the Garden during this time of year” stated McKee Executive Director Christine Hobart. 

The Garden has more than 10,000 native and tropical plants, historic structures, and one of the largest collections of waterlilies in the state of Florida. 

McKee’s summer admission rates of $10 adults, $9 seniors and $5 children ages 3 to 12 apply.  Admission is free for members and children under 3.  Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, noon to 5pm.  The Garden is closed on Mondays. 

McKee Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all.  McKee Botanical Garden is located at 350 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach.

Riverside Theatre schedules busy June celandar Reply

Riverside Theatre Education’s  Spring Dance Recital – May 11-12

A celebration of the performing arts for kids, this annual event features performances, children’s entertainers, hands-on activities, and fun for the whole family! May 11 & 12 @ 7:30pm, Tickets: $10. Performances take place on the Anne Morton Theatre @ Riverside Theatre’s Education Building.

The Comedy Zone – May 19-20 @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm – Riverside’s showcase of professional comedians touring the comedy circuit on the Waxlax Stage and local musicians on the Live in the Loop stage. Comedians are: Mark Klein and Cam Bertrand. Tickets for comedian showcase: $18, $16. FREE music @ Live in the Loop outdoor stage. Comedy performances take place on the Waxlax Stage @ Riverside Theatre

Howl at The Moon Experience – May 26-27 @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm – More than a dueling pianos show, Howl at the Moon is a high-energy music show. Come sing, dance, and howl as the most talented musicians perform your favorite rock, pop, and dance hits from the 80’s, 90’s, and today! Local musicians will continue to perform on our outdoor stage between Howl performances. Howl Tickets: $22, $20, $18, $16. FREE music @ Live in the Loop outdoor stage. Performances take place on the Waxlax Stage @ Riverside Theatre.

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The Comedy Zone Experience – Summer Nights – June 2-3, @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm – Experience Backyard Fun with Comedy Zone Summer Nights. Enjoy summertime games like corn hole, ladder ball, and others played on Riverside’s backyard. On select nights, special Summer Wine and Craft Beer tastings will also be available for a nominal fee. Comedy Zone showcases professional comedians touring the comedy circuit. Scheduled comedians are: Philly Plowden and Juanita Lolita. Tickets for comedian showcase: $18, $16. FREE music @ Live in the Loop outdoor stage. Comedy performances take place on the Waxlax Stage @ Riverside Theatre More…

Laura Moss: Self-described ‘queen’ of Vero Beach 3

Mayor Laura Moss recently described herself as a “queen.”

Speaking to a group of children gathered for a tree planting event, Laura Moss recently introduced herself as the Mayor of Vero Beach. “What’s the mayor?,” one child asked. Moss replied, “Well, the mayor is like being the queen.”

Given the way Moss has recently muzzled discussion of the proposed sale of Vero Electric, it seems she sees her self-described role as “queen,” not as a ceremonial one, but more as that of a monarch with absolute power and authority over her subjects.

Last Tuesday, when civic activist Brian Heady appeared before the City Council during public comment time, he sought to make a public records request related to the proposed power sale.  Moss had Heady removed from the meeting.  By the time City Attorney Wayne Coment could offer Moss guidance on the likely illegality of barring Heady from the meeting, he had already left City Hall. Likely, he was headed home to begin preparing a lawsuit against Moss and the City.

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WE NEED YOUR VOTE!

The Vero Beach Cultural Arts Village has applied for a grant with A Community Thrives, brought to you by USA Today Network to facilitate development of the infrastructure of the Village. Visit: http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60252360 to see the video grant application.

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is currently exhibiting significant examples of Deborah Butterfield’s (at left) distinctive sculpture based on the equine form in the exhibition Deborah Butterfield: Horses continuing through Sunday, June 4. View 16 unique sculptures in the exhibition Larry Kagan: Object/Shadow, (at right) on view through Sunday, May 21. Digital montages by photographer Jeffery Becton, The View Out His Window (and in his mind’s eye) continues through May 7.

 

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Florida Junior College Women’s Softball Championships at Historic Dodgertown Reply

Games begin tomorrow and continue through the weekend

The 2017 Florida Junior College Women’s Softball Championship will be played at Historic Dodgertown beginning Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30. Sixteen teams from across the state will compete for the title, and the top two winners will move on to play in the Junior College World Series next month in St. George, Utah.

The tournament, in its third consecutive year played at Historic Dodgertown, is co-hosted by the Treasure Coast Sports Commission and Historic Dodgertown. The teams will play their games at the Quad area, a recent addition to the property, consisting of four softball fields, each with its own outdoor batting cage and warm-up pitcher’s mound. Players, coaches, families and friends will stay at multiple hotels throughout Vero Beach and the Treasure Coast, adding to the economic impact in the region.

The championship event opens Friday with the following schedule. Games will be played that evening beginning at 4 p.m. in accordance with the double elimination format. The tournament continues Saturday and Sunday with morning and evening games. More…

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AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE

Saturday Night Fever through April 30. Tickets start at $35.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27

The Center for Spiritual Care, 1550 24 Street in Vero Beach, is hosting “A Conversation with Mari Perron”, on Thursday, April 27 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This is a wine and cheese reception for her only appearance on the Treasure Coast. Please RSVP 772-567-1233.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce presents An Evening with America on Friday, April 28 at 8 pm. Hear hits such as I Need You, Ventura Highway, Don’t Cross The River, Tin Man, Lonely People, Three Roses, and Sister Golden Hair. For tickets ( $59/$49) visit SunriseTheatre.com.

 

 

 

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Blessing of the Animals Set for Saturday, May 6 Reply

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The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) invites members of the community and their companion animals to the annual Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, May 6th, 2017, at 10:00 A.M. The service will be held in the Humane Society’s Volunteer Pavilion located at 6230 77th Street (Hobart Road), Vero Beach. The Blessing of the Animals is being held in conjunction with “Be Kind to Animals Week,” a nationally recognized week celebrating the human/animal bond and promoting the protection of all animals. More…

VNA awarded $6,000 by Grand Harbor group Reply

Pictured from left are: Maureen McCaffery, Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program; Ann Marie McCrystal, VNA and Hospice Foundation Grants Committee Chairman; Caryn Llewellyn, Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program; Mary Linn Hamilton, VNA of the Treasure Coast President/CEO; Kathy Orton, VNA of the Treasure Coast Vice President Clinical Services; and Kerry Bartlett, VNA of the Treasure Coast Vice President Foundation

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Recently, the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) was awarded a $6,000 grant from the Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program to provide a portion of the support required in the Medicaid-Eligible Patient Care Program (M-EPCP). Due to VNA’s 42 year commitment to providing charitable care, the M-EPCP provides funding for people whose low income qualifies them for Medicaid. Qualified patients are under the age of 65, and either under-insured, or without health insurance or money to pay for their health care. The M-EPCP will allow the non-profit home health organization to provide necessary, and sometimes urgent, medical care for an estimated 120 indigent home health patients during the next fiscal year. More…

Canadian football team to practice this week at Historic Dodgertown Reply

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders are returning to Historic Dodgertown for their  2017 mini-camp from Tuesday, April 25 to Thursday, April 27. The Riders football operations staff, led by Chris Jones, John Murphy and Jeremy O’Day, along with the complete coaching staff will be in attendance to conduct the workouts

 More than 40 players are expected at camp, including the team’s five quarterbacks: Bryan Bennett, Brandon Bridge, Kevin Glenn, GJ Kinne and Vince Young. The rest of the camp roster will be made up of CFL rookies or players with previous professional experience but entering their first year in the Canadian Football League.

All practices are open to the public. More…

Grand Harbor continues to support Camp Haven Reply

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Camp Haven receives their fifth grant from the Grand Harbor Community Outreach Philanthropy Committee. After an in-depth interview process, Camp Haven received a $14,000 grant to provide professional counseling for clients in the Pathways to a Purposeful Life Program.

“We are pleased to partner with Camp Haven to help homeless men regain financial independence and self esteem through a structured program,” said Dale Jacobs, Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program, Inc. vice president.

Grand Harbor Community Outreach is dedicated to addressing the unmet needs of groups and individuals in Indian River County. The nonprofit commits 100 percent of member donations to support the disadvantaged of Indian River County. More…

Vero Beach again named ‘Tree City USA’ Reply

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Vero Beach, Florida was named a 2016 Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 36th year Vero Beach has earned the national designation.

Vero Beach achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings, and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

On April 28, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. the City of Vero Beach and the Vero Beach Tree and Beautification Commission will be planting a tree at MacWilliam Park located at 3361 Bridge Plaza Drive, Vero Beach, Florida, to commemorate Arbor Day. The Vero Beach City Council and the schoolchildren from Beachland Elementary School have been invited to participate. All interested parties are cordially welcomed to attend this Arbor Day celebration.

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Art in Public Places announces a new exhibition, “Saudade,” mixed media by Gina DeMario (at right) now on view at the Indian River County Courthouse, 2000 16th Avenue in Vero Beach.  On view through August 24th.  Visit 9 am to 5 pm Weekdays.

AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE

Based on the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever whisks you back to the 1970s, where open shirts, bell-bottoms and disco were all the rage.  April 11 – 30.  Tickets start at $35.

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE CULTURAL ARTS VILLAGE GRANT

The Vero Beach Cultural Arts Village has applied for a grant with A Community Thrives, brought to you by USA Today Network to facilitate development of the infrastructure of the Village.  The application is in the form of a video now on the USA Today website along with many other applicants.  At Noon on Wednesday, April 12, voting for your favorite video opens and will continue through May 12th.  A person may vote once a day for the one month period.  The ten entries in each category with the highest number of votes will move forward to a panel of judges for review.  We need your help!   Please take a minute and vote for the Vero Beach  Cultural Arts Village.    Visit:  http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60252360 to see the video grant application.  Vote today for a better tomorrow! More…

Impact 100 Announces 2017 Grant Winners Reply

Shannon Bowman, Childcare Resources of Indian River; Paul Sexton, Hibiscus Children’s Center; Suzanne Bertman, 2016-17 Impact 100 President; Peggy Cunningham, Alzheimer & Parkinson Assoc. of IRC; Dr. Edie Widder, ORCA – Photo By Phil Reid Photography

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On April 19th, the membership of Impact 100 voted at their Annual Meeting to select the winners of this year’s awards. Since this year’s membership consists of 439 members, four $100,000 Impact Grants will be awarded, with the remaining $39,000 divided evenly among the three Merit Grant winners. Each year, Impact 100 awards every dollar of membership funds in grants to Indian River County nonprofits.

With today’s awards, Impact 100 will have donated more than $3.3 million dollars to non-profits in Indian River County over the last nine years.

The four winners of the 2017 Impact Grants are: More…

Col. Tony Young: Believe In Vero! 1

Editor’s note: Vero Beach City Council member Col. Tony Young issues regular updates on the work of the Council and on events happening in Vero Beach. Young released the update April 14.

Col. Tony Young

Passover, Easter Time: This week is abbreviated. Most government offices are closed tomorrow. Please take the opportunity to celebrate one of our basic liberties: Religious Freedom! Having served where that is denied, I realize we should all appreciate the privilege to practice any faith or not. Vero Beach is rich in the spiritual realm. Our houses of worship manifest the faiths we hold dear. These days are numbered so let’s use them wisely.

Monday is the second special-call meeting to address our City Vision. It is essential to look ahead and express our desires. We understand constraints. Businesses and families deal with limited means as a norm. But, goals are guideposts of life. Without them, our efforts are disjointed, and hap stance. These discussions help drive decisions. The process is the key. Along the way, we will adjust course. We can find resources, reduce our appetite, extend the horizon, or realign priorities. All are variables in the mix. Visions are part of all dynamic organizations. More…

VNA’s Camp Chrysalis children’s bereavement day camp happening April 29th Reply

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VNA’s Camp Chrysalis provides support to local children who have experienced the loss of a loved one through a variety of interactive activities among peers who have had a similar experience.

Do you know a child who has experienced the loss of a loved one? If they are an Indian River County resident, they are eligible for VNA Hospice’s Camp Chrysalis, a one-day bereavement retreat for children. The no-cost camp will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29th at the Intergenerational Recreation Center (1590 9th St. SW, Vero Beach). The theme ‘April Showers Bring May Flowers’ will focus on the progression of the calm before the storm, the storm itself, the rainbow that signifies hope and the growth of new life. 

The camp is staffed by VNA bereavement counselors and activity leaders who are trained in bereavement support. Special camp activities are designed to help children work through their grief and understand that their emotions are a normal part of the grieving process. Campers have an opportunity to interact with peers who have experienced a similar loss and discover they are not alone.

Camp Chrysalis is free of charge for Indian River County children ages 6—12, and is not limited to those who have been served by VNA Hospice. Camp Chrysalis is made possible by the Clint S. Malone Memorial Fund through the Indian River Community Foundation, Otis G. Pike Charitable Trust and Quail Valley Charities.

Application deadline is April 21st. For more information or to register a child, contact Amanda Cannon at acannon@vnatc.com, or call 772.567.5551. For more information about VNA services please visit http://www.vnatc.com.

 

 

Marine Bank & Trust supporting minority scholarship program Reply

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2017 Leadership Indian River County minority scholarship recipient David Myers of D Myers & Associates Mortgage Consulting with Marine Bank President and CEO Bill Penney.

Marine Bank & Trust will support Leadership Indian River County by providing a minority scholarship for the fifth consecutive year.  Marine Bank’s continued support ensures that a deserving individual can experience and benefit from the Indian River Chamber of Commerce program. This year’s recipient is David Myers of D Myers & Associates Mortgage Consulting.

Leadership Indian River County is a community leadership program that includes a seven-session training program providing a hands-on, multi-disciplinary study of Indian River County’s current infrastructure, resources and issues in order to expose potential leaders to the challenges and opportunities of the area. 

“Our community is fortunate to have a leadership program of this caliber in our community,” said Bill Penney, president and CEO of Marine Bank & Trust. “Marine Bank is proud to provide a future leader with the benefits of this experience.  The Leadership Class of 2017 will one day influence the future growth and prosperity of our economy and we congratulate Mr. Myers on receiving this scholarship.”

Cultural Council celebrates 20 years of The Laurel Awards Reply

Some members of the committee gather at Riverside Theatre for a planning meeting. Left to right- Beverly Paris, Mark Wygonik and Alicia Quinn (all seated). Standing are Barbara Hoffman and Oscar Sales. Photo by Marty Paris

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Since 1996, The Cultural Council of Indian River County has been recognizing individuals in the community who have strived to demonstrate support of the arts in a variety of means. To that end, an annual event has been held inviting those who have been nominated and later selected to receive this honor, in a wide array of categories that have included cultural leadership roles in business, education, philanthropy and volunteerism, as well as an award that recognized a local artist of their field who earned the respect of the community and their peers for their dedication to their art. More…

Treasure Coast Food Bank launches fresh food processing plant Reply

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TCFB Board Chair Miguel Coty, TCFB President and CEO Judith Cruz, and Izra Brown, finance director, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Treasure Coast Food Bank has launched its new $2.4 million fresh food processing plant and fresh produce initiative, the Florida Agriculture & Nourishment Collaborative.

The multi-pronged social enterprise program is expected to channel 25 million pounds of fresh, nutritious produce from area farms into the hands of food-insecure individuals and children during its inaugural year. It also will generate up to 15 new jobs.

Dignitaries and friends celebrated the launch at the new facility on Thursday with Treasure Coast Food Bank’s board and staff. They honored philanthropist H. William Lichtenberger for his $1.5 million gift and invaluable support for the new initiative. More…

Acclaimed pianist Sergey Belyavskiy to return to The Emerson Center April 21 Reply

The phenomenal Russian pianist Sergey Belyavskiy, who astounded local audiences in Spring 2016 with an incredible performance before a full house at The Emerson Center, is coming back on April 21 for an encore performance.

“He plays with such tremendous passion and precision, he quickly captures everyone’s hearts,” states Amy Gallo, executive director of The Emerson Center. “His finale last year, Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody In Blue,’ started a thunderous, standing ovation that lasted for several minutes. We all remember it so well. At that moment, we knew that Sergey would be invited back.” More…

Pelican Island Audubon Society announces 2017 ‘Hero Awards’ Reply

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Many folks have volunteered and contributed to the success of our chapter by developing courses, leading and organizing birding field trips, writing grants for funding, maintaining our the Audubon House, initiating special events, and yes contributing money to keep projects going. At our annual meeting on March 20, 2017, we recognized the outstanding contributions individuals have made not only to our chapter but to our community. These awards highlight our activities and inspire us all to work together to improve our quality of life and make Indian River County a sustainable, environmentally, and happy place to live. More…

IRSC announces winner of Entrepreneurship Challenge Reply

Gabriel DeAvila (left) and his brother Daniel demonstrate the glass vial prototype their U-Labs business created during the Entrepreneurial & Innovation Challenge at Indian River State College.

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Business expansion is now possible for the student winners of the inaugural Indian River State College Entrepreneurial & Innovation Challenge.  Five teams were guided through the entrepreneurship process to develop a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) product, with support funded by the National Science Foundation.  Following a Shark Tank presentation, the originators of three student-developed businesses took home $6,000 in prizes. More…

Humane Society rescues 13 lucky dogs Reply

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Late Saturday night, the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) took in 13 dogs rescued from several overburdened animal shelters in Puerto Rico. The island’s animal shelters are trying to help more than 300,000 street dogs known as “satos” whose typical fate is abandonment and starvation. Many dogs are left to die on Puerto Rico’s notorious “Dead Dog Beach.” Working late into the night, HSVB staff transported the dogs from Ft. Lauderdale Airport to HSVB, walked, watered and fed the dogs and let them settle in to their kennels to rest.

Robby, Bobby, Godiva, Chillah, Alaia, Luilli and Lobo are just a few of the rescued pups set to find refuge in loving homes across the Treasure Coast. “Our plan is to give these dogs a full medical evaluation right way. They’ve been through a lot so our behavior team will also help them adjust to their new lives and new families,” Director of Operations Maria Ramirez said. “Our goal is to help these dogs start happy new lives as soon as possible,” she added. According to Ramirez, the dogs will be placed for adoption as soon as they receive all necessary care. More…

Presentation on ‘Save The Chimps’ Thursday evening at The Emerson Center Reply

Informative FREE program is part of our Florida Humanities Series…

 

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Close to home, in nearby Ft. Pierce, a private enclave exists as home for more than 250 chimpanzees. Living on enriched island habitats with trees, hills, climbing structures, and platforms, these deserving animals are our neighbors at Save The Chimps, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary. Their unique home and the intriguing non-profit organization that supports them will be the subject of a free presentation at The Emerson Center on Thursday, April 13, at 7:00 PM.

Executive Director Molly Polidoroff and veterinarian Dr. Jocelyn Bezner will share the podium to tell about this massive facility, considered by many to be the Treasure Coast’s best-kept secret. More…