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SENATOR MARCO RUBIO APPLAUDS FEDERAL COURT RULING DECLARING OBAMACARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL

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As legal challenge continues, Rubio also calls for up-or-down vote in the Senate

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio today issued the following statement following a Pensacola federal court’s ruling that ObamaCare is unconstitutional:

“Today’s ruling marks an important step towards undoing a health care law that creates uncertainty for job creators, threatens Medicare as Floridians know it and lays the foundation for government-run health care. I commend Attorney General Pam Bondi for her leadership role in preventing ObamaCare’s unconstitutional federal health insurance mandate from becoming a burden to Floridians. I also thank former Attorney General Bill McCollum for initiating this lawsuit under his watch.


 

“Even before ObamaCare passed, it was clear to the American people that this legislation should not become law. It was clear to the American people who stood up at town halls and ballot boxes across the country and voiced their opinions against it. It was clear to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, which raised the very concerns about its constitutionality that the federal judge in Pensacola ruled on today. Unfortunately, none of these warning signs compelled ObamaCare’s supporters to take a hard look at the error of their ways.

“ObamaCare was a mistake. However, we cannot leave this decision in the hands of judges alone. The Senate Democrat leadership should follow the House’s lead and hold an up-or-down vote to repeal ObamaCare. The optimal outcome for Florida and the American people is to repeal the federal health care law and replace it with common sense reforms that will lower health care costs and get more Americans insured.”

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Rooney: Florida Judge Confirms Obama Health Care Law Unconstitutional

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-16) issued the following statement after Judge Roger Vinson, of the U.S. District Court in Pensacola, struck down President Obama’s health care law, ruling that the individual mandate to buy health insurance is unconstitutional:

“Judge Vinson confirmed what I’ve said all along – the requirement to purchase health insurance exceeds Congressional power under the Constitution,” Rooney said. “Never in our nation’s history has the federal government forced every citizen to purchase a product or service from a private company simply as a requirement of being a citizen. This law is a blatant abuse of the federal government’s power, and it has no basis in the letter or the intent of the Constitution.”

Rooney again called on Congress to repeal that health care law and replace it with legislation that will actually reduce health care costs and expand access to affordable, quality care.

“Health care reform doesn’t have to throw the constitution out the window and force unreasonable, costly mandates on individuals and small business owners,” Rooney said. “We need patient-centered reforms to bring down costs, like instituting medical liability reform and allowing small businesses and families to pool across state lines. We must make sure that every American, particularly those with preexisting conditions, has access to quality, affordable health insurance.”

Judge Vinson issued his ruling today on the lawsuit brought by governors and attorneys general from Florida and 25 other states against President Obama’s health care law. The judge declared that “because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void.” A federal judge in Virginia also ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional in December 13.

Rooney is a former constitutional law professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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2011 Port Salerno Seafood Festival

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Port Salerno – Weather insured that more than last year’s record of 30,000 people attended one of the premiere festivals on the Treasure Coast.

For the fourth year in a row expanded acreage was needed to accommodate and newly added satellite parking was added to the festival coming around and down to the Fish House Art Gallery and, Finz.

The 2011 Focus is on local Florida seafood specialties, live music, family fun area, maritime exhibitors, arts and crafts and more in historic Port Salerno along the waterfront on Park Street and Manatee Pocket. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Martin County, The Rivers Coalition Stop the Discharges from Lake Okeechobee and Port Salerno Community Promotions, Inc., a non-profit organization that funds local events throughout the year.

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  • The Girl Friends of The Stuart Women's Club 2011 Crusi'n Fashion Show

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    Sewall's Point-- Stuart -- The Woman’s Club of Stuart held its 2nd Annual “Cruising into Spring” fashion Show. Saturday at Harbour Bay Plaza. Proceeds from tickets, as well as a portion of merchandise sales from Plaza stores, go to The Woman’s Club scholarship fund.

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  • 2011 VIM Gala Broadway Stars

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    In photo: The lovely Anna McNeely of Cats and Gypsy

    Port Salerno – Mariner Sands was the location for a very special evening for Volunteers In Medicine Clinic. The fabulous Anna McNeely who appeared in Cats as Jennyanydots, Beauty and The Beast and Gypsy, and many other Broadway productions performed at the annual fundraising gala!

    The VIM Gala is the annual black-tie fundraiser for VIM Clinic and the primary source of funding for the VIM Clinic’s annual operational budget. For every dollar donated, over $10 worth of medical services seeing an average of 1000 patients per year.

    VIM Clinic, serves the health and wellness needs of Martin County’s community members who are not eligible for any government healthcare programs, who are not covered by insurance and who have too little income to afford medical care at no cost to the patient. Quality and compassionate medical care is provided through the efforts of volunteer medical personnel working in concert with current medical resources and with the support of the community.

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    Martin County Gets Past Sebastian River 72-60 For 20th Season Victory

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    Stuart -- Speed and tenacity kept Sebastian River close the entire game. There was no running out to a comfortable lead.

    Rookie Coach John Leon's ability to go to the bench on a regular basis all year paid off. The Tiger's looked as if they were ready to play another game.

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  • Florida’s Invaders

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    In photo: Dan Thayer, Director Vegetarian and Land Management Dept. of the South Florida Water Management district and his 12’ Python skin, demonstrates if you were to be swallowed

    Stuart -- Florida's natural ecosystems are increasingly coming under attack by invading exotic species which displace native species, thereby degrading the diversity of floral and faunal resources. Florida has ecosystems not found in the other 47 contiguous states, and it also has more non-native species than any state other than Hawaii. Many of these species have become sufficiently abundant or otherwise destructive to be considered pests. Faculty members at the University of Florida are conducting research and outreach programs to better understand and control these exotic invasive species.

    The South Florida Water Management District's Martin/St. Lucie Service Center invites To "Beyond the River: Nature in Our Backyard Winter Program Series."

    The Service Center is host to a series of lectures on our local natural resources. Local speakers, community groups and District experts will address a different theme each month.

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    And the winner is…

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    In photo: Pamela Hoke

    Stuart -- The Port Salerno Seafood Festival Committee held a mermaid t-shirt design contest last month and after several entries and an almost hung jury, they were able to chose their winner. The artwork chosen will be used on limited merchandise that will be sold at this year’s event this Saturday. On behalf of the Port Salerno Seafood Festival Committee we would like to congratulate and honor Pamela Hoke as the mermaid t-shirt design winner for her striking creation of “Madeline the Mermaid of Port Salerno”.

    Pam Hoke will be in her studio from 10-Noon and 3-6 to hand sign your Limited Edition Port Salerno Seafood Festival T-shirt this Saturday at the Fish House Arts Center and Gallery. Also, limited edition prints will be available in her studio for purchase with 10% of proceeds of “Madeline, the Mermaid of Port Salerno” to be donated to the Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority and Port Salerno Community Promotions.”

    For more information please visit www.portsalernoseafoodfestival.org

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    Clarke McDonald Sworn In

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    In photo: Eula Clarke and Troy McDonald take their commission seats for the first time at Stuart City Hall

    Stuart – Attorney Eula Clarke said in November she was ready for another shot at it and she was, just as Troy McDonald was when he came off his near victory in November.

    McDonald’s win was not even close while the race between Eula Clarke and Kelli Glass was hotly contested and went down to the wire.

    Both promising to take their responsibilities seriously and will serve to honor those who saw and understood their respective visions for the future of Stuart.

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    Meet Brenda Leigh

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    Stuart – While on the way to City Commission swearing-in ceremony I passed what I knew were going to be the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s new headquarters.

    There above me was a lovely young lady just painting her heart out. This was worth a picture and it sure was. I yelled up to her, which isn’t hard for me and she turned abruptly. Can I take your picture? She complied and here you see into the eyes of someone who loves what she does.

    Murals are her game among others but she did the band shell 8 years ago, Hobe Sound Beach and now she is doing the City Hall Annex. Keep it up Benda and I’m sure she will.

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    If You Missed Italian Fest 2011 You'll Have To Wait Till Next Year

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    In photo: You can't go to a pizza eating contest without enjoying some pizza

    Stuart -- The Martin County Italian Fest, sponsored in part by Lauri J. Goldstein, benefited several Martin County charities that work for the betterment of children. Charities benefiting are; Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tykes & Teens, CASTLE, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    Attendees took a stroll through an authentic Italian village and street fair, enjoy authentic Italian foods at the fresh market, wine seminars, Italian sports car and motorcycle exhibition and grape stomping.

    The event also featured great live entertainment with the smooth musical stylings of Johnny Di’Luccio entertainment and many more!

    Lots of great activities for the kids were available such as games and water-ball experience. The event also catered to our Treasure Coast football fans, with two giant TV screens to watch the AFC/NFC football championships.

    On Saturday, the event saw teams pit from all three Martin County high schools against each other for a pizza-eating contest that went to provide a $250 savings bond to the contest winner and a $500 donation to the team’s sanctioned club or sports team.

    On Sunday, the Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee police, sheriff, EMT, and fire rescue staff competed in a sausage-eating contest. The winning team earning a $500 cash prize for the charity of their choice! See you next year.

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  • 19 and 2 Tigers Roll Over Port Saint Lucie 64 - 45

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  • Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce Installs 2011 Officers

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    In photo: Introducing the 2011Officers and Board of Directors

    Stuart – More than 200 guests were in attendance at the Jensen Beach Installation of Officers event at The Mansion At Tuckahoe, held on January 20.

    The Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce is located in downtown historic Jensen Beach. Through seminars, workshops and monthly luncheons the Chamber provides members with many opportunities to network and enhance businesses.

    Jensen Beach is not only considered one of the most charming places to vacation in Florida, but our quaint community was also recently named as one of the top places to retire in the United States!


     

    You can feel the “Old Florida” charm when you visit Jensen Beach - a unique riverfront town over a century old. Hutchinson Island beaches are natural and captivating.

    With its perfect climate, natural beauty and warm hospitality, Jensen Beach and Hutchinson Island offer lots of things to do - great fishing spots, popular events, challenging golf courses, wonderful dining choices, quality lodging facilities, and unlimited shopping opportunities from a regional mall, to unique boutiques and art galleries.

    From the scenic coastline of Hutchinson Island to the historic shops of Jensen Beach through the lagoons of Sewall’s Point along the tree-lined streets of Rio... this is Jensen Beach.

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  • Rooney Votes to Repeal Health Care Law Calls for Legislation to Cut Costs

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    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-16) today voted to repeal the costly health care law signed last year and called for replacement legislation that will bring down health care costs and expand access to quality, affordable care.

    “Repealing this law is critical to getting spending under control and helping small businesses grow and create jobs,” Rooney said. “The hundreds of billions of tax hikes in this law will lead directly to job losses. With unemployment near double digits and much higher in Florida, we need to focus on legislation that will create jobs, not destroy them.

    “The law’s authors hid its true price tag by paying for six years of benefits with ten years of tax hikes, but the American people see past these smoke and mirrors and recognize that the costs to taxpayers will explode in the coming decades.

    “The American people have called repeatedly for relief from skyrocketing health care costs, but costs will actually rise faster under this law than they would have had Congress done nothing. Legislation that drives up costs for families and small businesses is not the reform the American people want.

    “Health care reform doesn’t have to throw the constitution out the window and force unreasonable, costly mandates on individuals and small business owners. We need to enact patient-centered reforms to bring down costs, like instituting medical liability reform and allowing small businesses and families to pool across state lines. We must make sure that all Americans, particularly those with preexisting conditions, have access to quality health insurance. By focusing on the needs of patients and working diligently to bring down costs, we can make health care more affordable and expand access for all Americans.


    Let The Game Begin Martin County v Ft Pierce Central

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    Palm City Park is now officially Lance Corporal Justin J. Wilson Memorial Park

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    Palm City – At a ceremony Saturday Palm City Park was officially named and dedicated Lance Corporal Justin J. Wilson Memorial Park.

    A flag pole and a plaque has been placed in Wilson Park so visitors will know in whose memory the park was named and why, said Commissioner Ed Ciampi.

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  • 2011 Destito High School Wrestling Duals

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    Stuart -- The Martin County wrestling team hosted 9 teams in the the Destito Duals on Saturday. Destito was the Tigers' wrestling coach for 12 years (1969 to 1976, 1977 to 1979 and 1982 to 1985), finishing with 116 dual wins and one regional championship. Destito died of leukemia in 1990 at age 48.

    The only team not in the mix was Jensen beach which chose this year to participate the 25th annual Flagler Palm Coast High School Rotary Club Invitational Tournament.

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  • Treasure Coast Community Rowing Center Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

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    In photo: George Sharrow long time TCCRC member shows how he feels when State and Martin County Leaders cut ribbon

    Palm City – The Treasure Coast Community Rowing Center is a community resource dedicated to the development of the skills and art of rowing. It is located on the South Fork of the St. Lucie River in Palm City, Florida. It is open to all, youth through centenarians, men and women, and beginners through experts.

    The Treasure Coast Rowing Club began in 1991 when a handful of local rowers decided it would be the best way for them to share their favorite activity with the communities of the Treasure Coast. Since then, the Club has acquired its own fleet of boats, a membership roster of more than 60, and the recognition of our community’s leaders. The Club became a chartered non-profit corporation in 1996. In August of 1997 the Martin County Commission gave their vote of confidence along with almost an acre of waterfront property on the St. Lucie River. This is the site of the Treasure Coast Community Rowing Center.

    On August 26, 1997 the Martin County Board of Commissioners granted the Treasure Coast Rowing Club’s request for a boathouse site at Palm City’s Leighton Park and approved a 25-year renewable lease. The boathouse is located on .91 acres on the shores of the St. Lucie River’s South Fork. It is a 22 by 72 foot storage facility that contains 36 boats. The Treasure Coa st Rowing Club invites you to join in this community venture. Come experience the joys and the satisfactions of rowing. Become a member of the Club. We solicit your particip ation as we grow.

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    Martin County Over South Fork 76 - 63

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  • Osceola 32 Saves The Chimps

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    In photo: (l – r) Rachel Goldberg, owner Osceola 32 Art Gallery, Barbara Sharp, Chimp artist, and Triana Romero, Director of Communication for “Save The Chimps”

    Stuart – Friday evening was an event to behold for the quiet little town of Stuart, Florida. The Osceola 32 Art Gallery held an art reception for the Chimps. The art of Barbara Sharp was on display along with the Chimp art and will be on display until February 6th.

    Save the Chimps was established in 1997, under the leadership of founder Carole Noon, Ph.D., in response to the U.S. Air Force's announcement that it was getting out of the chimpanzee research business. At the end of the long giveaway process, most of the chimpanzees, described by the USAF in a Wall Street Journal article as "surplus equipment," were sent to The Coulston Foundation (TCF) in Alamogordo, NM, a biomedical laboratory with the worst record of any lab in the history of the Animal Welfare Act. Save the Chimps sued the Air Force on behalf of the chimpanzees given to TCF. After a year-long struggle, Save the Chimps gained permanent custody of 21 chimps, survivors and descendants of the baby chimps captured in Africa in the 1950's and used by the Air Force in the original NASA space research program.


     

    A generous donation by the Arcus Foundation enabled Save the Chimps to purchase 150 acres for a permanent Chimpanzee rescue sanctuary in Ft. Pierce, Florida, and to construct a new three-acre island home, complete with hills, shelter, and climbing structures for the Air Force Chimps. Attached to the island is a secure, hurricane-proof indoor housing area, where the chimps are served meals three times daily. The indoor housing connects via tunnel to a second building, the Introduction Building, where the Air Force Chimps were first united as a family.

    Not long after The Air Force Chimps’ release onto their new island home, Save the Chimps rescued five former pet chimps, and two former entertainment chimps, expanding our mission to include the rescue and permanent retirement of chimps used in biomedical research, entertainment, and the pet trade.

    The vision of Save the Chimps was -- and remains -- to create a sanctuary where rescued chimpanzees can live out their lives without the threat of ever returning to a laboratory, entertainment, and the pet trade. By 2002, 28 chimps called Save the Chimps home, but knowing there were more chimps in need , Dr. Carole Noon anticipated the construction of a second island, the rescue of more chimps, the formation of another social group. She expected to grow slowly but surely over time.

    But an unexpected event rapidly expanded the scope of Save the Chimps--overnight.

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    Martin Youth LEADERship Goes Into the Wild!

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    In photo: Up close and personal

    Stuart, FL – Yesterday students and mentors with the Martin Youth LEADERship (MYL) Program held their fifth session of the 2010-2011 school year. This month’s event (Environmental Day), coordinated by Kim Kanter from FAU/CES Education & Training Coordinator at DuPuis. The students were afforded the rare opportunity to tour the DuPuis Management Area, at 23500 SW Kanner Hwy, in Canal Point. DuPuis is a 21,875-acre multi-use natural area interspersed with numerous ponds, wet prairies, cypress domes, pine flatwoods, and remnant Everglades marsh. The area provides miles of hiking and horseback trails, an equestrian center, graded vehicle roads, backpack and group campsites, and seasonal hunting. There is no fee for camping in DuPuis, which is on a first-come, first-served basis. There also is a group camping site off the DuPuis Grade.

    On this day, the high school students were afforded the opportunity to see, several bald eagles nests, herons, egrets, wood storks, and white ibis hunt for food in the marshes. Additionally, the students kept their eyes out for white-tailed deer, wild hogs and turkeys, as well as large owls and a very colorful Caccara found in the wild in western Martin County. Additionally, Nick Blount, manager of external affairs for FPL, talked with the students about alternative energy and the solar farm in Indiantown. Finally, Tim Brown from Treasure Coast Wildlife Hospital also brought a variety of animals for the students to see and learn about.


     

    The Martin Youth LEADERship Program is for high school students, and is in its 14th year, sponsored in part by SeaCoast National Bank, the parent-organization Martin LEADERship through the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Martin County School District. The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted in the program. The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply, and, on average, 37 are selected to participate in the comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Upon completion, these Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s Effective Habits and other leadership enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially, gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience.

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  • Troy McDonald and Eula Clarke win City Commisssion Run-off Race

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    Jensen Beach Topsy Turvey Clewiston 50 - 49

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  • Sunlight Saddle and Polo Club Hosts Fourth Show In Series

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    In photo: The January show

    Stuart – Beginning in October and running monthly through May 2011 the Sunlight Horse Show Series is a brand new Horse Show in the Martin County area. The primary goal is to make horse showing available to all breeds and all levels of youth and adult riders, promote good sportsmanship and proper conduct among horsemen and horsewomen, and to provide a Horse Show setting where growth and development for horse and rider are not only available, but encouraged.


     

    The Sunlight Horse Show Series is designed to give riders the opportunity to develop and grow in this sport. Though not all weekends will be rated, we used the United States Equestrian Federation rules to develop this Horse Show Series. The classes offered at our shows range from baby beginner classes all the way to 4' Open jumpers. During our season, we will be offering riders a chance to qualify for nationally acclaimed classes, such as the THIS Medal, Ariat National Adult Medal, ASPCA Maclays, WIHS Equitation, USEF Talent Search, Marshal & Sterling League, and so on.

    The Sunlight Saddle Club is designed to suit all equestrian disciplines. Set on 30 acres of pristine high ground, surrounded by hundreds of acres of natural Florida landscape.

    Helen Varble, Equestrian Director/Facility Manager with all the experience she brings up from Wellington has put together a great event for all the family.

    We are also pleased to announced that we will be offering classes with money this year! Classes include M&S Bit O' Straw 2'6 Classic, Child/Adult Hunter classics, Pony Classics, Mini Jumper Prixs, and an Open Jumper stake. Saturday Jumper classes will also be add backs.

    The next in the series is scheduled for February 5th and 6th.

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  • Palm City Chamber Of Commerce Inducts New Board Members

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    In photo: Palm City 2010 Board of Directors

    Palm City – Palm City Chamber of Commerce installed its 2011 Board of Directors at their January 8th installation dinner, held at the Piper Landing, Palm City.

    The Mission of the Palm City Chamber is "To serve as the principle advocate of the community and its businesses, acting as the catalyst in promoting the economic development of the Palm City area, stimulating jobs and improving the quality of life."

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  • Florida State Representative Will Snyder Holds Town Hall

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    In photo: Florida State Representative Will Snyder at Cumming Library town Hall meeting

    Palm City -- From immigration legislation to septic tanks a rousing, passionate crowd of more than 300 filled the Palm City Cummings Library to air their views.

    Along with local citizens an entourage of 41 different national and international media outlets were present to report to the world on what the sponsor of Florida's immigration bill has to say as to the latest developments regarding the bill.

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  • January First Thursday Gallery Nights Not Hampered By the Rain or the Chill

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    January First Thursday Gallery Nights Not Hampered By Chill

    In photo: Louise Murtaugh welcomes Laurie Goldstein, sponsor of the evening's event.

    Stuart – Laurie Goldstein was the sponsor of the opening Champagne reception at Molly’s House for the Martin County Quilters show.

    Martin County Quilters was founded by Dori Hawks in 2006 to preserve the heritage of quilting, be a source of information and inspiration, and perpetuate a high quality of excellence in quilting. Memberships are available for $25.00. The quilters hold meetings and offer programs. For more information visit http://www.mcquilters.com.

    Molly's Gallery is part of the Molly's House Art and Healing program for the patients and families who stay at Molly's House during a medical crisis. Thank you to The Law Office of Laurie Goldstein for sponsoring Molly's Gallery for the month of January. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring Molly's Gallery, contact Debra Carttar at Molly’s House.

    First Thursday, Gallery Nights continues into the new year this season as the largest cooperative art partnership in Martin County history featuring 20 art galleries and the work of over 120 artists.

    First Thursday continues each month through May 2011. A listing of all galleries and map is available online at www.martinarts.org to guide participants of gallery night to each of the locations. Join us and be a part of the arts on gallery night.

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  • Jensen Beach Wrestlers Win Second Duels Title

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  • Dr. Robert Watson Speaks To HADASSAH at Annual Fundraising Luncheon

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    In photo: 2011 Luncheon committee greet Dr. Watson and Laurie Goldstein luncheon honoree

    Stuart -- The Jewish volunteer organization, whose members strive to raise money for Health research and Education held their annual luncheon and afternoon social at the TEMPLE BEIT HAYAM.

    HADASSAH, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer women's organization, whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society.


     

    Founded in 1912, Hadassah retains the passion and timeless values of its founder, Henrietta Szold, Jewish scholar and activist, who was dedicated to Judaism, Zionism, and the American ideal.

    Committed to the centrality of Israel based on the renaissance of the Jewish people in its historic homeland, Hadassah promotes the unity of the Jewish people. In Israel, Hadassah initiates and supports pace-setting health care, education and youth institutions, and land development to meet the country's changing needs.

    In the United States, Hadassah enhances the quality of American and Jewish life through its education and Zionist youth programs, promotes health awareness, and provides personal enrichment and growth for its members.

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    Rick Scott Takes Oath

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    TALLAHASSEE – Richard Lynn “Rick” Scott, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist, former health-care company CEO and political newcomer from St. Petersburg, was sworn in Tuesday as Florida’s 45th governor, succeeding oneterm former Gov. Charlie Crist in the historic statehouse in Tallahassee.

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  • Every Weekend Is Paradise In Stuart, Florida

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    Downtown Stuart LIVE (courtesy of Treasure Coast MultiMedia)

     



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