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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Every year, your local governments come under attack by the same people who tell the federal government to stay out of their business – our state legislators.
You see, local government’s self determination, or Home Rule, is guaranteed by our Constitution. Local government can do anything not denied to them by state law. And every year, your legislators come up with new ways to impose their will on your local way of life.
This year we have an unprecedented number of bills that will impact you. continue reading…
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.
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…
Intended to overturn a 2016 Florida Supreme Court ruling, the legislation will allow FPL to place the financial risk for fracking and exploration on the backs of its costumers. In 2015, FPL lost $5.6 million on a fracking venture in Oklahoma.
Editor’s note: Tuesday, May 9 the Vero Beach City Council is to receive, and presumably accept a letter of intent from FPL to buy Vero Electric.
MARY ELLEN KLAS/MIAMI HERALD
Florida Power & Light’s quest to have customers pay for natural gas fracking projects in other states overcame a key hurdle Tuesday as the Senate Rules Committee passed the controversial measure and overlooked opposition from residential and commercial customers.
The proposal, SB 1238 by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, now goes to the Senate floor. A similar measure in the House, HB 1043, has made it through one of three committees in that chamber. Continue reading…
I received this postcard in the mail yesterday and the first thing I noticed was the price on this small, basic home. At first I thought it was a joke, no way a house this size could sell for that price, even if it was on the waterfront. Then I thought it must be very special, like inside was John Dillinger’s vault, or the building was a storage shed at Mar-a-Lago. But clearly, it was a realtor’s postcard (name blurred to protect the flood of fake inquiries sure to follow) and the address was in North Hollywood. I know real estate is much more expensive in South Florida, but this is ridiculous.
Wait a minute…there is no North Hollywood in Florida – but there is in California.
I flipped the postcard over and it was addressed to a person in North Hollywood, California. So how did I get it? I have certainly received other people’s mail and then either walked it over to the appropriate neighbor or put it back in the mailbox. But to mis-deliver a postcard 3,000 miles away? It had to go through the hands of more than one person, more than one post office, and many screw-ups to arrive in Vero Beach.
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
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…
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…
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…
Editor’s note: Richard Winger is a member of the Vero Beach City Council.
The next City Council meeting is Tuesday May 2nd at 9:30am. Between now and then, I need your help to rally support for the Indian River Lagoon. The City of Vero Beach must participate in the holistic approach to the Lagoon.
A formal call from me for consideration at the next City Council will be forthcoming for all City of Vero Beach Indian River Lagoon projects to be submitted to One Lagoon.
As I said at City Council April 18th, our City and our County need be whole-hearted participants in One Lagoon (formerly named the 5 county Indian River Lagoon Council). We must realize, as Senator Nelson has said, it takes each and every local government along the Lagoon, working together with state and Federal agencies, to do its part to save the Lagoon.
The small projects envisioned in “The Legacy” project, are something I support, but apart from a coordinated regional effort they will make minimal improvement. These small Legacy projects won’t help even a fraction as much as fixing the major problem of storm water runoff in the City. However, all effort helps, and will benefit the Lagoon much more if they are a part of the holistic One Lagoon effort. I am requesting at the next Council meeting that the Legacy projects be submitted to One Lagoon, and I am suggesting they be brought to One Lagoon’s STEM and Management meetings. We went over that procedure for this at the April 18th City Council.
Please share this information with your friends and everyone you know who will support the holistic approach. Small fragmented efforts are not the correct path. A united effort means the Indian River Lagoon can and will recover. One Lagoon is the only path for saving this unique environmental treasure and the City of Vero Beach needs to be a part of the total solution.
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.
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…
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
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…
Although this is short notice, an important discussion will be held at St. Edward’s School this Saturday, April 22 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts. The keynote speaker will be Dr. John L. Esposito, Georgetown University Professor of Religion and International Affairs. Representatives from the local faith community will also contribute. The event is sponsored by the Breaking Barriers Club, a student-run club at the school.
Yesterday, at the Vero Beach City Council Vision Plan meeting, it took students from Vero Beach High School and the Indian River County Charter High School at bring the health of our Indian River Lagoon into focus as the most important issue facing our community’s future. The upcoming Finding Common Ground discussion is also an example of our students leading the way for us to focus on an issue of prime importance to our community and our country.
See the details below:
If it matters to you whether the now-decommissioned power plant site and other public lands are preserved for public use and are not sold for high-rise developments, consider attending Monday’s Visioning workshop. The meeting is to begin at 11:00 in City Hall.
If you care about the future of the city we all call home, then you should consider attending tomorrow’s Vision Meeting at Vero Beach City Hall, 11:00 a.m. This is the second Visioning meeting held by the current Council, but unlike last month’s meeting, it will address specific issues. At least according to the published agenda, tomorrow’s meeting will not be a free-for-all public input session.
Here are the specific issues to be discussed:
There are five districts scheduled for discussion and the issues related to each:
- Historic Downtown
Although some would consider the beachside commercial area as “downtown,” the true downtown is between U.S. 1 and the western edge of the Twin Pairs at 20th Avenue. It includes City Hall, the main post office, Pocahontas Park, Vero Theater Plaza, Art district, Crestlawn Cemetery, County Administration complex, County Courthouse, Vero Beach Municipal Airport – in other words every government and historic property within Vero Beach’s city limits. Back in 1975 the state created a plan to facilitate the flow of traffic through downtown because I-95 ended at the SR 60 exit. That plan was implemented in 1991 and created the Twin Pairs. It is essentially a bypass through the heart of our Historic Downtown. Creating a more pedestrian-friendly downtown is one of the issues to be discussed.
- Royal Palm Pointe
The City created a destination out of what was formerly the western end of the original Barber Bridge. City taxpayers authorized $6 million of improvements to create parking and a public park that would attract visitors who would then shop at the businesses on what became Royal Palm Pointe. Today many of those businesses have been replaced by private, upscale condos and the concern is whether the vision of previous City Councils will fall victim to big money interests. More…
Tony Jacob Tischler) and Stephanie Alexandra Matteo) compete for first place in the 2001 Odyssey dance contest from Saturday Night Fever.
The so-called Disco Era of the 1970s hardly qualifies as an era having only lasted about five years, but the soundtrack of those years – Saturday Night Fever – is timeless. You probably have one of the 40 million copies of that vinyl album somewhere in your storage unit. I don’t want to know if you still have the bell-bottoms and platform shoes, but if you do, you will want to drag them out because Riverside Theatre has a torrid case of Saturday Night Fever and you’ll want to catch it. On second thought, put those bell-bottoms back into storage. But don’t miss the show at Riverside!
Based on a 1975 New York Magazine article, “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night,” the 1977 movie was a major hit and the 1999 musical theater adaptation of Saturday Night Fever ran on Broadway for 500 performances long after the disco fad had faded. However, then as now, the music and story are timeless.
The main character, Tony Manero, was played in the film by John Travolta and handled superbly onstage by Jacob Tischler in this Riverside production. Tony works in a hardware store and lives for the weekends when he can strut his stuff on the 2001 Odyssey Disco dance floor. He gets no emotional support or encouragement from his parents, who idolize his priest brother. His loser friends idolize him, including a wannabe girlfriend and dance partner, Annette (Nicole Colón). When Tony sets his sights on first place in a dance contest, a $1,000 grand prize and maybe a life, he spurns Annette in favor of a new girl, the relatively classier Stephanie Mangano (Alexandra Matteo).
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 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 email@example.com, or call 772.567.5551. For more information about VNA services please visit http://www.vnatc.com.
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.”
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
Informative FREE program is part of our Florida Humanities Series…
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…
The Signature Art Gallery of Vero Beach, 4344 US Highway 1, is having a clearance sale featuring works by over 30 artists, local to internationally renowned, including paintings, photography, sculpture and prints.
The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, 500 N. Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce is exhibiting “The Best of the Best” juried show with over 100 works on display through May 19th. Artists exhibiting in this show are from as far away as Miami, Orlando and Okalawaha, Florida. See the new wing housing the Museum’s A.E. Backus collection. Visit BackusMuseum.com.
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.
“Caught in a rip current, even the most strident limited government extremist would likely welcome rescue, even if the person helping them just happened to be an employee of municipal government.”
Landscaped photographers will tell you subtle colors and striking images are often to be found looking, not directly into a rising or setting sun, but in the opposite direction. That was certainly true yesterday evening. (picture above)
This past week, I have been a guest in an oceanfront home in Castaway Cove in Vero Beach. Yesterday, I photographed that magical time when the setting sun paints the earth’s shadow across the eastern horizon in shades of purple and pink. After the show was over, I settled into a comfortable deck chair on the front porch. Dusk slowly slipped to night, as sea grape leaves rustled in a ocean breeze. All the while, a near full moon stood guard against darkness. Ocean waves rhythmically caressed the shoreline, while the soft colors of “pink time” faded into monochrome. More…
Vero Beach lifeguard Tim Capra was off duty shooting an interview with me when he was called into action. Watch as he saves two swimmers caught in a rip current at South Beach in Vero Beach.