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Former fortune 500 executive returns to Fort Pierce to inspire students and community

Former fortune 500 executive returns to Fort Pierce to inspire students and community

IRSC to host ‘Soaring: Turning Challenges into Success’ with Lee Rhyant on Sept. 22


The public is invited to join Lee E. Rhyant, former executive vice president and general manager for Lockheed-Martin Marietta and Fort Pierce native son, on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. for a community conversation in support of his new book, Soaring Eleven Guiding Principles on the Path from Segregation to Success, co-authored with Dr. Catherine Lewis.

The program will take place at the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, Room V-110, on the Indian River State College Massey Campus, 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce. The talk will be followed by a meet and greet and book signing with the authors. The event is free and open to the public.

A powerful underdog story, Soaring delivers practical leadership advice, business lessons, and tips for career and personal success mined from Rhyant’s 40 years as a corporate leader. Born into poverty in the postwar South, Rhyant was the fourth of eight children raised by a family of sharecroppers struggling to survive the last decades of segregation.

As a child, Lee’s family moved to Fort Pierce, and with help from his family, teachers, clergy, and local community, reached the executive ranks at General Motors, Rolls-Royce Aeronautics, and Lockheed-Martin. During “Soaring: Turning Challenges into Success,” Rhyant and co-author Dr. Catherine Lewis will share his guiding principles and tips for success to demonstrate the transformative power of perseverance.

“I’m cannot think of a better place to launch the publication of this book than in my hometown,” shares Lee Rhyant. “Fort Pierce shaped me into the person I am today, and my family and I owe so much to this community. Indian River State College helped change the trajectory of my life, and I hope that by sharing my story, I can inspire and motivate a new generation to strive for success.”

The event at IRSC marks the launch of the book Soaring Eleven Guiding Principles on the Path from Segregation to Success (UGA Press, 2022).


More about Lee Rhyant

From 2000 to 2011, Rhyant served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for Lockheed-Martin Marietta. Since leaving the aerospace industry, Lee has been highly sought after as an executive coach and confidant to Fortune 500 executives across the industrial spectrum. He is the President and CEO of LER Solutions, an executive coaching firm in Atlanta, and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

About Dr. Catherine Lewis

Dr. Catherine Lewis is assistant vice president for Museums, Archives & Rare Books and professor of history at Kennesaw State University. She has curated more than 40 exhibitions around the nation and is the author, co-author, or co-editor of fifteen books.


Media interested in covering the event or seeking an advance interview with Lee Rhyant should contact Suzanne Seldes at or 772-462-7265.


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Aug. 29, 2022|

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation announces appointment of Sara Wilson as new executive director

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation announces appointment of Sara Wilson as new executive director


After an extensive search process, Sara was the optimal candidate bringing executive experience in both business and non-profit environments. In addition to her professional expertise, Sara’s deep love for history and literature align well with the mission of the Foundation which is to preserve Laura (Riding) Jackson’s home, maintain the Florida native plant garden which surrounds it at the Mueller Campus of Indian River State College in Vero Beach, and nurture writers through a series of literary offerings including adult and teen writers groups, summer camps, workshops, and poetry festivals.

Sara's career experience at nonprofits includes the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and, most recently, the Humane Society of Greater Jupiter/Tequesta, where she served as Chief Operating Officer.  She is a lifelong volunteer, having given her time to local civic organizations, school committees, hospitals, and tutoring groups.  In her business career, Sara has participated in the launch and growth of companies from founding through national and international expansion. In between these professional and volunteer endeavors, she has also worked as a freelance writer and historical researcher.

Sara grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Tufts University.  She moved to Washington, DC where she earned a Master's Degree in U.S. History at American University and remained in the DC area for the next twenty years before moving to Florida in 2016.

Marie Stiefel, on behalf of the Board, stated, “As President of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation, I am delighted to have Sara Wilson join us as Executive Director. Sara brings a rare combination of skills and experiences to the position, having spent time in the world of startups, and as an executive in a nonprofit. In addition, Sara is a life-long writer, and serious student of history. Members of our Board reviewed forty-seven applicants from New York City to Wyoming and interviewed the top four candidates. Sara Wilson is the right person to lead the Foundation into its 30th anniversary year and beyond. I know members of the community will help us make her welcome to Indian River County.”



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Aug. 29, 2022|

Turn up the heat dance foundation thrives

Turn up the heat dance foundation thrives


Turn Up the Heat Dancers


An Indian proverb says, “To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak”.

That’s the perfect description of the founders, teachers, students and supporters of Turn Up the Heat Professional Dance Company, which was formed in 2021 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the Turn Up the Heat Dance School.

Its mission is to cultivate a diverse community of students, educators, artists and audiences by promoting dance in schools, expanding community awareness, and increasing professional development and performance arts.

Since 2020, Turn Up the Heat Dance School has instructed Treasure Coast children in multiple styles of dance and has a competition dance team that has won awards across the State of Florida.

Shayna Lanzetta and Maria Lanzetta are founders and directors of the Dance School and King Feliciano is a master personal trainer who ensures that dancers are performing in a physically safe and secure environment.

Although the school was flourishing, the trio decided they wanted to do more. As Maria shared, “as both a dance professional and parent I know the financial realities of a quality dance education can be daunting. We decided to form Turn Up the Heat Professional Company to enable even more children to share in the love of dance, raising funds to ease the financial burden for families that need assistance.”

Richard Ross, a highly-respected local philanthropist provided a generous initial donation, which allowed the Dance Company to launch for the 2021-22 dance year.

At the year-end recital, Turn Up the Heat recognized Mr. Ross for his generosity, having the youngest scholarship recipient sharing the impact the dance scholarship had in her life.

Turn Up the Heat Professional Company has already been able to award over $10,000 in dance scholarships to students who have demonstrated financial need to pursue their love and passion for dance. Fees for instruction and competition participation, if applicable, are covered.

In addition to offering even more of these scholarships in 2022-23, the school is also working towards offering a series of classes for special-needs children and adults.

A great community partner, students from Turn Up the Heat performed at such non-profit events as Catch the Wave of Hope annual gala, United Way of Martin County 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony and for Stand Up for Independence at no charge.

Alicia Chapman, Kelly Laurine, Maria Lanzetta, Mia Manso-Vargas, Fida Georges; (front row) Nali Bennett, Maria Lanzetta, Richard Ross, Josephine Lanzetta and Anna Lanzetta

Turn Up the Heat Professional Company also became a member of the Community Foundation of Martin/St. Lucie.

To learn more and how you can help or donate, visit


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Aug. 29, 2022|

CTM Custom’s family-friendly fall festival benefits three nonprofits

CTM Custom’s family-friendly fall festival benefits three nonprofits


Matt Okerson, owner, CTM Custom; Orgen Martinez, marketing manager, CTM Custom; David Wolf, 4KIDS Treasure Coast; Stephany Forsythe, administrator, CTM Custom; Kenya Reinhardt, 4KIDS Treasure Coast; Sarah Marie Henry, Catch the Wave of Hope

Catch the Wave of Hope (CWH) will be one of three lucky nonprofit beneficiaries of the Automotive Fall Festival that will be hosted by CTM Customs on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Hobe Sound Farmers Market.

Operation 300 and 4KIDS will also share in the weekend’s proceeds. The Fall Festival will offer something for everyone, auto buffs or not. Hobe Sound Farmer’s Market will be brimming with such fun activities as bobbing for apples, face painting, obstacle course, axe throwing, train rides and a cornhole tournament. Bounce houses will add to the fun on Saturday. You can also enjoy lemonade and bake sale stands, as well as raffles and a silent auction.

The wide expanse of the Hobe Sound Farmer's Market – located just west of I95 at Bridge Road – is the perfect venue for a family-friendly fall festival. There will be plenty of live music, vendors with booths that are automotive-related and not and food trucks galore.

General parking is $5 per vehicle. Overnight camping is $20, but space is limited.

 Matt Okerson of CTM Customs, an automotive customization shop located in Stuart, promises the coolest rides around: lifted up, powered up and tricked out is how he describes them.

The three nonprofits that will benefit serve children in a variety of ways,

Catch the Wave of Hope is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit working locally to prevent sex trafficking of children through awareness, education, restoration and legislation.

Operation 300 provides mentorship to children of the fallen, honoring the sacrifice of those who've given their all for our freedom and promoting patriotism and service on the Treasure Coast

4KIDS brings hope to babies, kids, teens, and young adults by providing safe and secure environments for healing, equipped parents and caregivers who are trained to love kids from hard places, essential resources to meet their physical needs, nurturing counsel to help them thrive and a renewed sense of value in their hearts.

Hobe Sound Farmers Market is located at 1425 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound.

For information about VIP parking, being a vendor or for any information regarding the Automotive Fall Festival, contact O Martinez at 772-203-2098 or


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Aug. 29, 2022|

Family promise bed race puts the FUN in fundraisers

Family promise bed race puts the FUN in fundraisers

Big Bed Wolf Team in 2021 Bed Race

The mission of Family Promise of Martin County is a serious one. The non-profit, interfaith hospitality network provides temporary assistance, hospitality and case management to families with children who are experiencing homelessness, which currently affects an increasing number of residents in the county.

But that doesn’t mean that the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser isn’t a roll-in-the-aisles riot.

The third annual Family Promise of Martin County Bed Races is set for Saturday, October 22 at First United Methodist Church of Stuart, located at 1500 South Kanner Highway, Stuart.

The day kicks off with registration from 9-10 a.m., bed judging from 10-10:30 a.m., a fun-filled parade of beds from 10:30-10:45 a.m., race heats starting at 11 a.m. and a closing ceremony at 1:00 p.m.

Five-person teams will race against each other in home-made beds, barreling down the paved roads at First United Methodist. Each winning team will go on to the next heat, until one eventual winning bed is victorious. Participants must be 12 years or older.

There will be fun activities for the kiddos: bounce houses, food truck, pumpkin patch, as well as a silent auction for the adults

Awards for:

  • Fastest Bed (overall and by category)
  • Best Overall Theme
  • Best Construction and Design
  • People’s Choice
  • Highest Fundraising Merit Award

Have fun and get creative: build your own entry from top to bottom. Easy-to-follow directions and specs are included in the registration packet.

Team entry fee is $150, which includes an event t-shirt for each person on the team.  Additionally, it is suggested that each team member raise $150 to benefit Family Promise of Martin County.

Entry deadline is Friday, October 7 and space is limited.

Sponsorships are available at $500, $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000 levels.

More than 600 school age children in Martin County are registered as homeless or in unstable housing, such as couch surfing or staying with a family member temporarily. Guests of Family Promise of Martin County arrive after living in a car or recently evicted from their homes.

Proceeds from the Bed Race Fundraiser are used to help provide shelter and housing for children and their families in the community and also enables the nonprofit to provide counseling and education for parents to gain skills necessary to create long-term stability for their families. Additionally, funding helps supplement rent payment, or provides first/last/security fees as our guests move into housing of their own.

Family Promise is a national organization and the only shelter in Martin County that keeps families together. Dollars raised in Martin County stay in Martin County.  For more information, visit



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Aug. 29, 2022|

A-1 announces appointment of Robert Chance to vice president of human resources  

A-1 announces appointment of Robert Chance to vice president of human resources  


 A-1 Industries of Florida, Inc. (“A-1”), a leading manufacturer of pre-engineered wood trusses,  announced that Robert Chance has joined A-1 as its new vice president of human resources.  

With over 30 years of Human Resources experience, Bob most recently held the role of global vice president of human resources at Troy Corporation, providing global human resources oversight to the organization. “The  addition of Bob to our team will help us implement the strategies our organization needs to continue to grow and  remain successful,” said John R. Herring, A-1’s president, and CEO, adding “Our people have always been our  greatest asset and Bob’s mastery of people and cultural development will be an advantage as we continue our  vision to be a 100-year company.”  

Jan S. Beck, A-1’s executive vice president and CFO added, “I have known Bob for 8 years and am excited to welcome him to our team. A-1 is enjoying tremendous growth in both the Fort Pierce and Bainbridge locations  and Bob’s proven track record as a senior Human Resources executive with extensive experience in labor, talent  management, and employment law; along with his strong values, align perfectly with our mission, vision and core  values.”  

Robert received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Texas Tech University. He and his wife, Tricia, are currently in the process of relocating to Port Saint Lucie, FL.  

About A-1  

A-1 Industries of Florida, Inc. founded in 1977, is headquartered in Fort Pierce, Florida, with over 300 employees and is a leading manufacturer of pre-engineered wood trusses and EZWALL® wall panels. As a well-known innovator with progressive leadership in the industry, its services include design, manufacture, inventory management, and supply for the Construction industry in the Southeast United States and the Caribbean. A-1 continues to be on the forefront of an assortment of new and improved services for the construction industry. A-1 Industries of Georgia, LLC, a sister company, is located on 80 acres in Bainbridge, Georgia. This innovative new facility is involved in multiple manufacturing processes, using the latest cutting-edge computer technologies. It operates in a totally computerized manufacturing environment, utilizing CNC machines, real-time scheduling programs, and floor management systems creating efficiencies unmatched in the United States.  

A-1 has multiple employment opportunities in Florida and Georgia for candidates looking to be part of A-1’s continued growth and who share in A-1’s Core Values – Own it, Passionate, Honesty and Respect. 


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Aug. 29, 2022|

Stuart Air Show set for weekend of Nov. 12-13

Stuart Air Show set for weekend of Nov. 12-13

Photo provided by Matt Haskell | F16 Fighter Jet


Who doesn’t love the thrill of seeing sleek planes and breathtaking pilot demonstrations?

Luckily, the Stuart Air Show, the biggest event on the Treasure Coast, is headed back to Witham Field the weekend of Nov. 12-13, 2022.

The theme of this year’s show is “Celebrating Aviation: Honoring its Past and Inspiring its Future.”

Nov.10 is a special event for local students. Hundreds of area school children will be hosted at a STEM programming day and will meet pilots, air crews, meteorologists and others in the science, aviation and public safety industries.

This is the first time the Stuart Air Show has planned such an exciting and inspiring day and everyone is anticipating it with great excitement. More details will be available soon.

Nov. 12 and 13 are actual show days, with gates opening at 9 a.m. for displays, vendors and children’s activities. The Air Show takes place on both days from approximately 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Times are tentative.)

There will be many dynamic ticket options available so no matter what your budget or what size your family, the Stuart Air Show has you covered.

Purchasing early and online is the best way to save. Individual tickets are $20 per person through Aug. 31, $25 per person Sept. 1-30 and $30 per person Oct. 1-Nov.11 and $35 per person at the gate.

Kids aged six-12 are $5 each and five and under are free.

Veteran/Military tickets are $5 per person (proof of military service will be checked at the gate)

There are lots of exciting upgrade ticket packages too: Dirty Flight Suit Party, Flight Line Club, spectator seating, premium parking and more. There are a limited number available for each, so don’t wait to check the details at and purchase yours.

The Stuart Air Show highlights the importance of aviation and the service of veterans. It also provides scores of opportunities for schools and school-age children to learn about aviation, American history and the Armed Forces.

It is a safe, family-friendly entertainment experience that generates financial support for benefiting non-profit organizationsThe Stuart Air Show features thrilling performances by nationally-known performers, as well as interesting and historical stationary displays of aircraft and vehicles.

To learn more about the Stuart Air Show, how you can volunteer or be a sponsor, visit


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Aug. 25, 2022|

United Way of Martin County announces board chair, board members and campaign committee

United Way of Martin County announces board chair, board members and campaign committee

United Way Immediate Past Chair Kherri Anderson (right) passed the gavel to United Way Board Chair Geoff Lieberman (left)


United Way of Martin County benefits from the guidance, leadership and advocacy of a dynamic and dedicated 24-member board of directors. As United Way celebrates its 50th year in Martin County, the organization welcomes its 2022-2023 executive officers, board members and campaign committee.

Geoff Lieberman, vice president store manager, Macy's Treasure Coast, will serve as chair of the board of directors. Lieberman has been a United Way board member since 2015.

Elliot Paul, Elliot Paul & Company Auctions, will serve as board chair-elect. Amy Bottegal, SouthState, will chair the organization's annual fundraising campaign. She has assembled a campaign committee of volunteer leaders who will work to increase financial support for United Way of Martin County's work in the community.

United Way welcomes four new members to the board of directors: Alessandro Anzalone, Indian River State College; Arati Hammond, Keller Williams Treasure Coast; Richard LoSardo, MD, psychiatrist; and Christopher T. Soska, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health.

All board members are heavily involved with advancing United Way of Martin County's strategic plan and its goal to lift the community through programs that give children the skills to succeed, help residents gain access to care and adopt healthy lifestyles and help adults achieve long-term financial stability so they can support themselves and their families.

"We are fortunate to enjoy the partnership of such an accomplished, passionate group of business leaders who are committed to building a stronger community," said Carol G. Houwaart-Diez, United Way of Martin County president and CEO. "Each plays a role, bringing a different perspective and area of expertise to our work."

2022-23 United Way Executive Committee

Chair: Geoff Lieberman, Macy's Treasure Coast

Chair-elect: Elliot Paul, Elliot Paul and Company Auctions

Treasurer: Mark Roberts, HBK CPAs and Consultants

Secretary: Tamara Matthew, Bank of America

Immediate Past Chair: Kherri Anderson, Martin County Supervisor of Elections

Board Members

Kathryn (Muffin) Adamiak, Tocqueville Society Chair

Alessandro Anzalone, Ph.D., Indian River State College

Michael Borlaug, Capstone IT

Amy Bottegal, SouthState

Tom Campenni, retired

Mary Anne Cannon, Pratt & Whitney

Blake Davis, Publix Supermarkets

Bryan Garner, NextEra Energy Resources

Chuck Geary, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith

Arati Hammond, Keller Williams Treasure Coast

Richard LoSardo, MD, Psychiatrist

John Millay, Ph.D., Martin County School District

Ruth Pietruszewski, Martin County Tax Collector

Jennifer Salas, Martin County Library System

Chuck Shaffer, Seacoast Bank

Christopher T. Soska, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health

Joseph Tumminelli, City of Stuart Police Department

Dave Wishart, Sikorsky

Gene Zweben, Zweben Law Group

Campaign Committee

Angela Aulisio, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health

Sarah Baker, First Citizens Bank

Nick Blount, volunteer

Amy Bottegal, SouthState

Deputy Chief John Budensiek, Jr., Martin County Sheriff's Office

Patty McAuley, Seacoast Bank

Randy Pennington, SouthState

Lisa Satur, SouthState

Leslie Warren, Seacoast Bank

Sue Whittington, Morgan Stanley

Tom Whittington, Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales



About United Way

United Way of Martin County's mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Since 1972, the United Way has been working to create long-term social change by investing in programs that strive to improve Martin County residents' education, health and financial stability.



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Aug. 25, 2022|

Chemical Technologies opens flagship facility in Fort Pierce

Chemical Technologies opens flagship facility in Fort Pierce

The treating line at Chemical Technologies’ Techwood facility in Fort Pierce.


 Fort Pierce will be home to Chemical Technologies Holding Corporation’s (ChemTech) flagship facility, a one-of-a-kind lumber treatment plant created to showcase the company’s ground-breaking TechWood product.

Production at the Techwood facility will begin in late August. This first phase, 8,000 square feet on Commercial Circle, will employ approximately eight people and has been third-party qualified and certified to produce and apply ChemTech’s protective, environmentally friendly treatments to soft wood lumber, plywood and engineered wood.  Expansion planning is underway for another 2,000 square feet of operations and additional jobs.

“Using patented, proven chemistry, decades of expertise, and state-of-the art technology, ChemTech has created an innovative treatment process that stabilizes and protects wood products from mold, rot, termites and fire,” said ChemTech President Tom Comery. “Our Fort Pierce facility was created to model the TechWood application process for structural building component manufacturers, sawmills and lumber dealers as we build a network of applicators.”

“TechWood is innovative, non-hazardous and offers ten times the capacity of competitive producers,” Comery said. The patent-pending treatment produces a semi-permeable barrier that allows the wood to breathe while locking in long-lasting protections, he said.

“Construction activity is booming in St. Lucie County so locating the TechWood facility here makes perfect sense,” said St. Lucie County Commission Chairman Sean Mitchell. “We need pioneering U.S. companies like ChemTech as we grapple with ongoing supply chain disruptions and unprecedented demand for housing.”

TechWood sequesters 73% of formaldehyde emissions and other volatile organic compounds resulting in healthier indoor air quality, is 30% lighter than pressure-treated lumber, offers a 50% reduction in moisture absorption, and improves dimensional stability by 69%, said Comery.

“Siting ChemTech’s flagship facility here in St. Lucie County creates great synergy due to the high demand for home-building materials in our region and as we expand our area’s advanced manufacturing capabilities,” said Pete Tesch, president of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC).  “This was an exciting project for both the EDC and our county.”

About Chemical Technologies Holding Corporation

Chemical Technologies Holding Corporation (ChemTech) is committed to developing innovative, environmentally friendly chemical formulations that protect building products from the ravages of Mother Nature.  ChemTech’s TechWood suite of products offers robust, factory applied protective formulations that stabilize and defend wood against mold, fire, termites and fungal decay. The TechWood production and treatment facility is located in Fort Pierce, FL. For more information, visit

About the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County

The EDC is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic vitality in St. Lucie County through the attraction, retention and expansion of businesses in the community. The EDC works in partnership with local governments and the private sector to advance its goals of creating more and better-paying jobs for residents, broadening the tax base and improving St. Lucie County’s economic quality of life. Contact the EDC at 772.336.6250 or



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Aug. 25, 2022|

Treasure Coast Business News 8.23.22


A-1 announces appointment of Michael Fagan as director of marketing  

A-1 Industries of Florida, Inc. (“A-1”), a leading manufacturer of pre-engineered wood trusses,  announced that Michael Fagan has joined A-1 as its new director of marketing.  

Bringing an abundance of marketing experience to A-1, Michael has held various roles, including Corporate  Marketing Communications Manager, Marketing Coordinator, Events Manager, and Videographer, over his 25- year tenure at Alpine, an ITW Company. Jan S. Beck, A-1’s Executive Vice President and CFO, said, “We are very excited about Michael joining our team. His diverse experience in Marketing communications and strategies  will be an asset in expanding A-1’s position in the market.” ... Read More>>

Bank of America grant to United Way supports economic mobility in Indian River County

For many years, Bank of America has worked with nonprofits, local organizations,  and leaders across public and private sectors in the Treasure Coast to help drive economic mobility for vulnerable populations. Bank of America continues this support with a $7,500 grant to United Way of Indian River County.  

Through the bank’s partnership, the grant will be used to support 36 partner agencies and 45 programs that create long-lasting change in the local community... Read More>>

Michael K. Horowitz named new president of Florida Workers Advocates

Vero Beach attorney, Michael K. Horowitz, has been named President of Florida Workers Advocates, the only organization of claimants’ attorneys representing injured workers in Florida. Florida Workers Advocates seeks to protect and defend the workforce of Florida and particularly the rights of Florida’s injured and disabled workers by providing fair and just treatment to those workers who suffer workplace injuries and those who are dependent on them. FWA is extremely active politically in protecting worker’s rights through the election and legislative process... Read More>>

Production begins at Contender Boats St. Lucie plant

The iconic Packers of Indian River facility off Midway Road in Fort Pierce is now home to Contender Boats, an equally iconic Florida boat manufacturer.

Production of Contender’s premium semi-custom boats began in August at the 100,000-square-foot facility that was formerly a hub for area citrus fruit packing. At full operation, approximately 200 employees will be crafting all Contender’s 32-foot and smaller boats in St. Lucie County while larger boats will continue to be built at the company’s headquarters in Homestead, Florida... Read More>>

The impact of a scholarship award

One of the Port St. Lucie Business Women’s champion causes has been to support women seeking to advance their education and ultimately, their careers at Indian River State College. Throughout the years, more than 70 women have benefitted from scholarship awards presented by the Port St. Lucie Business Women. One recipient, local lawyer Jessica Hooper of Michelle Goff Law Group, was one such winner who talked about what the scholarship meant to her at the Business Women’s August 18 meeting held at Tutto Fresco in St. Lucie West... Read More>>

Kelly Decowski joins Education Foundation of Martin County board

Kelly Decowski, an award-winning realtor at RE/MAX of Stuart, has joined the board of directors of the Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC).

Lisa Rhodes, Executive Director of the nonprofit shared news that the Palm City resident has become part of the team that enriches and enhances educational opportunities for all students and teachers in the Martin County School District, through effective fundraising efforts, positive collaborative partnerships, innovative programming, and efficient allocation of resources.

Decowski is a product of the Martin County School District, graduating from Martin County High School in 1993... Read More>>

Sunrise Rotary gives grant to Dodgertown Elementary pilot program Be Healthy, Be Fit

The Sunrise Rotary Club in Vero Beach has awarded a grant to Treasure Coast Community Health (TCCH) to deliver a new program to Dodgertown Elementary School Families. The pilot program, called “Be Healthy, Be Fit” focuses on increasing knowledge about the link between childhood obesity and early onset diabetes.  

There will be nine sessions over the course of the school year allowing 108 families to participate... Read More>>

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Sunrise Theatre

Vero Beach Theatre Guild

The Noble Paw

Pet Supplies Plus

Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery


ABC Realty 772465.5100

Branca Realty Professionals

John’s Island Real Estate Co.

Keller Williams/AnnMarie Napolitano
Cell: 954.675.2804
Office: 772.236.5700

Keller Williams Realty at Port St. Lucie

Mark Walters & Company

Oceanside Realty Partners

Casey’s Place

Crabby's Dockside

Ocean Grill


EP6 Group

Oasis Senior Advisors

Best Value Jewelry & Pawn


Top Drawer Boutique

Real Stone & Granite

Florida Shutters Inc.

Impact Experts

The Crane Club

Adams Media Group

Idea Garden

Nicolace Marketing, Inc.

Pathos 561.688.2880
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