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Early Learning Coalition promotes children's week
For Hometown news INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- As the saying goes, children are one-third of our population and all of our future. In order to celebrate children and highlight the critical issues that they face, a grassroots event called Children's Week is coordinated every year throughout Florida. Held in April, the 18th annual Children's Week devel...
Business students receive awards
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Indian River State College business students recently participated in the 2013 State Delta Epsilon Chi Career Development Conference and earned several top honors in their events. The conference pits dozens of community college and university students against each other in competitive events in various busine...
Mardy Fish Children's Foundation supports tennis programs
For Hometown news INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The Mardy Fish Children's Foundation's second season of middle-school club tennis began the week of April 1. Middle-school club tennis became available after-school activity at all four Indian River County public middle schools this Spring, thanks to the Mardy Fish Children's Foundation. The season swung...
Media students win big at Addy Awards
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Indian River State College Digital Media students recently took home several top awards in advertising art and design in the Treasure Coast AdFed 2013 Addy Awards contest in Stuart, earning 13 gold awards and 12 silver awards. IRSC Digital Media senior, Ahmad Toom of Port St. Lucie, received the Best of Show ...
Children's foundation, restaurant partner for fitness, nutrition
For Hometown News INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The Mardy Fish Children's Foundation held their final week of spring session, Sunday Match Play, on April 7 at The Boulevard Village and Tennis Club. This end-of-season event, hosting 50 kids and their parents, focused on fun, fitness and nutrition. Local healthy fast food establishment, Chick-fil-A, don...
Center anticipates construction of two picnic pavilions
For Hometown News INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The families at the Homeless Family Center are excited that two picnic pavilions will be constructed on the center's property located at 720 4th Street in Vero Beach. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of 12-year-old Lauren Weaver of Lauren's Way and the Kiwanis of Vero Beach who raised the money for th...
John's Island community awards $5,000 to United for Families
For Hometown News INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The John's Island Community Service League awarded $5,000 on April 9 to United for Families to help ensure that young people aging out of foster care have laptop computers when they head off to college. United for Families is the local, nonprofit organization responsible for all known neglected or abused...
Students shine at media showcase
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Indian River State College Digital Media students had an opportunity to showcase their projects at the IRSC 13th Annual Digital Media Student Showcase Exhibition held at the Main Campus in Fort Pierce on April 17. Digital media students combined art, communication and computer skills to develop creative proje...
Team packs boxes for military
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The Indian River Habitat for Humanity Women Build crew celebrated National Women Build Week, with a special construction project May 6 in Fellsmere's Grace Meadows, where they were joined by women from throughout the community. Meanwhile, they participated in another outreach project, Operation Support Our Troops, on Commun...
Students receive top honors
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Pitted against business students from around the world, Indian River State College students took home several top honors at the 2013 Delta Epsilon Chi International Career Development Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. Thousands of college and university students from across the U.S., Canada, Puert...
Community Outreach Program awards $50,000 to Treasure Coast Food Bank
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program recently awarded Treasure Coast Food Bank $50,000 through its annual grant process. The funds, the largest single grant ever given to an organization by Grand Harbor Community Outreach, will go toward providing meals to thousands of people in need in Indian River County...
Water farming design competition show innovation
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Florida's citrus growers are faced with a growing challenge - With citrus acres in production falling due to canker and greening disease can these fallow fields be put to a better use? At the same time, finding fresh water for Florida's cities is becoming a real concern. Florida has plenty of water averaging...
Education Foundation receives $4,000 grant
For Hometown News SEBASTIAN -- The Education Foundation of Indian River County received a grant of $4,000 from the Bank of America Foundation to support the Sebastian River High School Automotive Academy. The EF-IRC responded to a request for proposals in January 2013 from the Bank of America Foundation. There were three priority focus areas: c...
Annual charity shoot hits new fundraising mark
For Hometown News INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The Education Foundation of Indian River County held the 13th Annual Charity Shoot, hosted by Windsor Gun Club, on Saturday, April 27. A committed group of stakeholders participated in the team clay shooting competition. Their sharp shooting raised nearly $20,000 to provide school-wide grants, entreprene...
United Way delivers $670,000 in tax refunds, preparer costs
For Hometown News INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Thanks to a United Way service, Indian River County will benefit by $670,000 in tax refunds and saved tax preparer costs in 2013. United Way annually partners with the IRS to provide the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, offering assistance to people with low to moderate incomes needing help prepa...
Children's Home Society receives grant
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Children's Home Society of Florida's Treasure Coast Division was recently one of the recipients selected to receive a $3,000 grant from Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program. These funds will be used to provide "normalcy" items for our high school students. This would include school supplies, clothing, clas...
College presents scholarships
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Deserving middle and high school students from St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties earned a valuable incentive for future success. At a scholarship recognition ceremony held at Indian River State College, 40 students became the 2013 recipients of four-year tuition President's Challenge/Tak...
Center celebrates volunteers at appreciation night
For Hometown News VERO BEACH -- The Homeless Family Center and A Second Chance Thrift Store & Training Center held its Volunteer Appreciation Night on Friday, April 26 at the A Second Chance store located at 490 Old Dixie Highway in Vero Beach. Nearly 30 volunteers, staff and board members showed up for a fun night of shopping, delicious food, ...
Art show and sale to feature Highwaymen paintings
By Dawn Krebs dkrebs@hometownnewsol.com ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- With their depiction of wind-bent palm trees, sunsets on the water and beautiful landscapes, 26 African-American artists from the Treasure Coast wrote a chapter for themselves in American art history. Of course, they didn't know it at the time. In that time period in history, the arti...
Science program connects students, robotics, Space Station
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Florida Afterschool Network have partnered with four Florida school districts to participate in the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites Zero Robotics Competition. This fun and fle...
Children's Home Society of Florida holds annual meeting
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- The Children's Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division, held it's annual meeting for the board of directors on May 16 at PNC Wealth Management offices. The evening's highlights included presentations by two of the clients of the Transitional Living Program. James, who after many years of being homeles...
How to stay safe in the water
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Even though nearly two-thirds of families with small children plan on swimming in areas without lifeguards this summer, many people don't know the right thing to do in water emergencies or how to keep their loved ones safe in the water, according to a new American Red Cross poll. "People tend to spend more t...
Group seeks funds for dig
For Hometown News VERO BEACH -- The annual meeting of the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee took place on May 19 at the United Way Community Room in Vero Beach. Susan Grandpierre, chairwoman, revealed that $126,000 has been raised in 2012-13 toward an excavation next winter at the Vero Man site. Funds have come from private donations, a grant fr...
Nonprofit receives 'Difference Award'
For Hometown News INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The American Red Cross is the 60th recipient of the Dyer Difference Award sponsored by Dyer Chevrolet and Dyer Mazda Subaru. Being the 60th award means that the Dyer Difference Award has been awarded to nonprofits for five years, totaling $180,000. The award salutes a nonprofit organization in Indian Riv...
Club presents essay contest awards
For Hometown News SEBASTIAN -- The Sebastian Lions Club held its annual Fourth of July essay contest during the past month. Lion Jan Smits reported this year there were more than 70 entries. The theme to be written on was, "Why I Am Proud to be an American." Of the more than 70 entries from the Sebastian Charter Junior High and Sebastian River...
Vivian J. Player Vivian J. Player, 92, of Micco, died May 22, 2013. She was born in Inwood, N.Y., and lived in Micco for 13 years. She is survived by a nephew, Peter; three great-nieces and a grand-nephew. Arrangements by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory. Gloria Jeanne Ficke Gloria Jeanne Ficke, 89, of Sebastian died May 28, 2013. She was ...
College hires alum as swimming, diving coach
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- The history of swimming and diving at Indian River State College is storied, but never has the head coaching position been occupied by an alumnus of the program. Sion Brinn, 1993 graduate of what was then Indian River Community College, has been named Head Swimming and Diving Coach. As a former athlete at "TH...

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