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Law enforcement urges drivers to slow down
Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- As Florida mourns the loss of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Richard, who lost her life in a deadly traffic crash on Interstate 75, the Florida State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the Florida Police Benevolent Association and the F...
State seeking input on proposed largemouth bass-management change
Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- If you are among the 750,000-plus Florida bass anglers, now is the time to provide your opinion about Florida's proposed change to largemouth bass conservation by filling out a new online survey. The change being considered is a five-bass daily bag limit, only one of which may be 16 inches in total length or longer...
Early learning center gives students chance to leave legacy
For Hometown News STUART -- Over the past 50 years, Hobe Sound Early Learning Center has had the opportunity to teach thousands of students and they now have a way for graduating students and alumni to leave a lasting legacy. HSELC will be selling specially, decorative bricks that will be used to line the existing pathways throughout the proper...
Reserve deputy receives service award
For Hometown News MARTIN COUNTY -- It takes a tremendous amount of dedication to rack up 4,000 volunteers hours and those who accomplish this feat are given the President's Volunteer Service Award. United Way of Martin County's Martin Volunteers program recently had the privilege of honoring Edward Tison, a longtime reserve deputy with the Mart...
School district earns "Academically High-Performing School District" designation
For Hometown News STUART -- The Florida State Board of Education designated the Martin County School District as an "Academically High-Performing School District" at its Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 20. The awarding of this designation is based on 2013-14 class size compliance, 2013 school and district grades, and 2012-13 financial audit revie...
Prize presented for innovative water farming design to future agricultural engineers
For Hometown News ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- Two college seniors from the University of Florida at Gainesville recently completed a yearlong competition to create a sustainable, environmentally and fiscally responsible design for water management in agriculture. Vying for a cash prize, agricultural engineering majors Jose Rafael Guarin and Max Wallac...
Celebrate summer with safe boating
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Nothing says the start of summer better than a sunny day and a boat ride with family and friends. To enjoy your day to the fullest, remember to be careful. Safe boating is in your hands. Each year, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers respond to far too many tragic boating accidents. Unf...
College's faculty member of the year chosen
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Ray Carpenter was honored as the 2014 Faculty Member of the Year at Indian River State College. An Associate Professor of Business, he teaches courses in business management and accounting. The Vero Beach resident also coordinates capstone projects which engage IRSC seniors in a wide array of projects with l...
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TREASURE COAST -- As the weather heats up, pests that are usually encountered outside may soon be attempting to make their way indoors. Homeowners are reminded that fleas are common outdoor pests that can make your home their own by traveling on our pets. Here are a few tips to rid your home of fleas as a result of pets or a close encounter with...
College program awards 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 2014 recipients of four-year tuition President's Challenge/Take...
Monofilament fishing line perilous for pelicans
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Fishing is an important part of the Florida lifestyle as well as its economy. In spite of the obvious benefits, this leisure-time activity, on occasion, can lead to problems for birds and other wildlife such as sea turtles and manatees. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists...
Parks department offers affordable after school care for residents
For Hometown News MARTIN COUNTY -- Summer is just getting started but parents are already thinking about sending their kids back to school. With that comes the task of finding affordable, established, and well-managed after care. The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department and the Children's Services Council of Martin County have partnered ...
Children get royal treatment at museum
Hometown News JENSEN BEACH -- On Saturday, May 3, 100 young girls fulfilled the dream of becoming a princess at The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast's Princess Tea Party. Sponsored by the M.E.'s Team Foundation, the Princess Tea Party was an opportunity for girls in the community to dress up, make-believe, and receive a regal experience....
County urges residents to develop a plan to prepare for hurricane season
For Hometown News MARTIN COUNTY -- The Martin County Fire Rescue Department Emergency Management Agency is reminding local residents about the importance of being prepared for the Atlantic hurricane season, which begins on June 1 and extends until the end of November. Now is the time for residents to develop a family disaster plan. The first st...
Alzheimer's support group helps participants in event
For Hometown News STUART - Fear follows every disease diagnosis. But finding out you have Alzheimer's or dementia is uniquely frightening, leaving people not only worried about losing their future, but also losing all connection to their past. Today, more than 5 million Americans suffer from memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease. Researcher...
Store's donation helps fund programs for families in need
For Hometown News STUART -- The YMCA of the Treasure Coast is committed to serving the community through its programs for children and families. Thanks to a generous donation from Publix Super Markets to the Y's Annual Campaign, families in need will have access to support funding for programs such as swimming lessons, youth sports, child care,...
Checking the roof before a hurricane hits
For Hometown News STUART -- Hurricane season is here. The professionals at Code Red Roofers, say now is the time to pay attention to your roof before summer storms and the 2014 Hurricane Season take their toll. "Your home's roof is the first line of defense against the elements," said Brian McMahon, co-owner, Code Red Roofers. "A proper roof in...
Food drive delivers tons of food to nonprofit
For Hometown News MARTIN COUNTY -- This year's Stamp Out Hunger food drive delivered 60,000 pounds of food to House of Hope. Stamp Out Hunger, conducted each May by the National Association of Letter Carriers, is the nation's largest single-day food drive. In Martin County, the drive helps to stock House of Hope's four food pantries - Stuart, H...
Work started on new turtle exhibit at environmental center
For Hometown News STUART -- The sea turtle exhibit at the Environmental Studies Center in Jensen Beach - home to juvenile loggerhead sea turtle "Scuttle" - is getting renovated. Demolition of the existing tank started on June 2. A team of educators, biologists, and contractors was assembled to design a tank to fit the needs of the students, st...
Never too early for the holiday spirit at local counseling center
For Hometown News STUART -- It may be hot out, but the holiday spirit is already filling the air at Tykes & Teens. The non-profit children's counseling agency is planning for its seventh annual Festival of Trees, to be held Nov. 17-22 at the Courthouse Cultural Center on East Ocean Blvd. in Stuart. Fully decorated holiday trees and wreaths will...
Council on aging offers free will reviews
For Hometown News STUART --The Council on Aging of Martin County will continue to hold free will reviews at the Kane Center in Stuart, with the following dates scheduled. The free, confidential reviews are approximately 30 minutes in length. Participants should bring copies of their wills, codicils, powers of attorney and other pertinent lega...
Sea cucumber management changes take effect
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- A commercial daily trip and vessel limit of 200 sea cucumbers will go into effect June 11 in state and federal waters off Florida. This change was approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at its April meeting near Tallahassee. While there is currently a small commercial fishery for se...
Preparing for the wet season on the coast
For Hometown News TREASURE COAST -- Wet season rainfall has only just begun to replenish South Florida aquifers, leaving May with near-average rainfall. "Early May rains helped bridge a dry mid-month gap until the start of the wet season, which began this year on Memorial Day," said Susan Sylvester, SFWMD Chief of the Water Control Operations B...
Local builders push for one week challenge
Professional homebuilders, Habitat partner in national program to hammer home the need for affordable housing For Hometown News INDIANTOWN -- It typically takes Habitat for Humanity of Martin County five months to complete a home, but with the concentrated volunteer power provided by local construction trades, they will build a four bedroom, ...

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