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City of Fort Pierce Commissioners Seek Consumer Representative Applications for Board of Examiners of Contractors

City of Fort Pierce Commissioners Seek Consumer Representative Applications for Board of Examiners of Contractors

The Fort Pierce City Commission is seeking civic-minded Fort Pierce residents to serve on the Board of Examiners of Contractors as a consumer representatives.
An eligible individual must be a Fort Pierce resident and not have ever been a member or practitioner of a profession regulated by the board or closely related
to the construction profession. To be considered, please submit an application no later than February 1, 2023.

To fill out an application or see a complete list of Boards and Committees, meeting days and times, and any specific qualifications, visit the Boards & Committees
on the City’s website at: www.cityoffortpierce.com.  All applications should be returned to the Office of the City Clerk, 100 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34954,

via email to [email protected] or call 772.467.3065.

 

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Jan. 20, 2023|

A Day’s Journey: self-discovery and personal growth workshop offered

A Day's Journey: self-discovery and personal growth workshop offered

Self-discovery doesn’t require you to reinvent yourself (unless you want to). You can simply desire to understand yourself better.  We all question who we truly are at some point on our journey. Life gets busy, we get distracted with our goals and “to do’s”, raising our family and making others happy. Slowly, unintentionally along the way, we can lose our sense of self. You were in everyone else’s backyard but who was in yours? So, it makes sense if you are confused about what you want, your place in the world or your purpose. Plus, with the complexity in the world right now, it’s hard not to feel some level of stress. This workshop builds on how you can be compassionate with yourself and others but not take on the feelings of others that drain you and prohibit you living your life to the fullest.

Here is one of my best coaching tips. You are the one you are waiting for! There is nothing out there that is going to provide sustainable joy and an optimal life- no job, no spouse, no achievement, no home, or vacation. Sustainable joy and the ability to give and receive love is an inside job and requires knowing yourself. And to do that, we need help observing our mind and behavior because it’s hard to step outside ourselves and be able to see gaps and suggest changes that would lead to our growth. Trust me, I have worked with the best and the brightest and we don’t see the water we swim in.

Working together as a small, supportive group, we will draw on different techniques and concepts such as the Enneagram, Mindfulness, a consciousness model called “Living Above the Line” and other exercises and embodiment practices to gain a new perspective, uncover a deeper awareness about ourselves, access strengths we possess and shift our thought processes in ways that better support our thriving in life.

  • Get out of your comfort zone and try something new
  • Uncover unconscious patterns and habits that sabotage your enjoyment of life
  • Let go of other people’s image of you and follow your internal compass
  • Spend time visualizing your ideal self and lifestyle
  • Access a sense of calm and balance in your life
  • Experience heart opening and personal growth
  • Strengthen your meaningful relationships in a mutually beneficial way
  • Strategize your next moves
  • Feel supported and understood by like-minded folks that want to expand and grow just like you do

You’ll grow and change as you discover more about yourself. Trust me, your starting point will feel nothing like the finish line. I promise you a day of personal growth, renewal, and fun!

Fee: $350 and may be paid by Venmo, PayPal, Zelle or check prior to workshop date. Group limited to 8. Please RSVP early and claim your spot/payment reserves your space.

RSVP/Questions: [email protected]

Location: Vero Beach (specific address provided once registered)

 

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Jan. 20, 2023|

ARC of Martin County and ARC of St. Lucie County merge to become ARC of the Treasure Coast – a powerhouse for good

ARC of Martin County and ARC of St. Lucie County merge to become ARC of the Treasure Coast - a powerhouse for good

The ARC of Martin County and ARC of St. Lucie County have merged to become the ARC of the Treasure Coast starting January 2023. The Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged is dedicated to assisting, supporting, and empowering children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential.

ARC has grown steadily over the years since it began in 1956. This merger will bring these two distinguished groups together to form a powerhouse for good. The Treasure Coast division will provide vital services from Vero Beach to Palm Beach Gardens and Okeechobee.

Some of ARC’s exceptional programs include summer camps and After-School programs for children. Residential and supported living services, day training programs, community inclusion services, transportation, intensive behavioral services, and Advanced Employment Services for adults.

Keith Muniz has been President and CEO of the ARC of Martin County and will remain in that role for the ARC of the Treasure Coast.

“The merger allows us to create a stronger unit to help more people who are unserved or underserved along the Treasure Coast. While our name is changing, we will still be providing the same critical services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges, as well as support for their families,” said Muniz.

ARC has a number of events each year to raise funds and welcomes financial donations from the community. Volunteers are also needed. To find out how you can help, please visit www.arcmc.org.

Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged, is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to assisting and supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential through residential, vocational, behavioral, and other related healthcare services.

 

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Jan. 5, 2023|

Inaugural Treasure Coast Women Who Rock Awards to be held March 28th in celebration of National Women’s History Month

Inaugural Treasure Coast Women Who Rock Awards to be held March 28th in celebration of National Women’s History Month  

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) has partnered with weVENTURE Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Florida Tech’s Bisk College of Business and presenting sponsor PNC Bank to host the Inaugural Women Who Rock Awards of the Treasure Coast on March 28th in honor of National Woman’s History Month.

“The Florida SBDC at Indian River State College is excited to partner with weVENTURE Women’s Business Center to elevate the profile of successful women in business and recognize the economic impact they have on our community,” said Katherine Culhane Associate Director of the SBDC at IRSC.

“As presenting sponsor, PNC Bank is thrilled to join forces with these important institutions to recognize dynamic women in this community,” said Tracy Sorzano, senior vice president and wealth strategy regional manager, centralized planning for PNC Private Bank. “This event is closely aligned with PNC’s commitment to supporting women business owners and further empowering women in business. The awards are designed to achieve exactly that, and my PNC colleagues and I look forward to celebrating the Women Who Rock.”

Nominees will be recognized Tuesday, March 28th, at the Indian River State College Chastain Campus, 2400 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997.  The event takes place from 11:00am-1:00pm.

 Kathryn Rudloff, Executive Director of weVENTURE WBC notes that her organization has hosted the Women Who Rock Awards in Brevard County for the last 14 years. “We are so excited to partner with the SBDC and PNC Bank to bring this popular event to the Treasure Coast,“ Rudloff stated.

The 2023 Women Who Rock Awards categories are:

  • Small Business Owner of the Year, Presented by PNC Bank

  • Executive of the Year

  • Excellence in Mentorship, Presented by SBDC at IRSC

  • Women Trending in Tech, Presented by weVENTURE WBC

  • Excellence in Caregiving

The IRSC SBDC team of business advisors will select recipients for this inaugural Treasure Coast event.  Award recipients will be announced in February and honored at the luncheon.  For more information call (321) 674-7007 or email [email protected]

Sponsorships are available and include tickets to the event.  General Admission tickets to attend the luncheon are $50 and are available for purchase online.  All proceeds benefit community programs to support entrepreneurs via weVENTURE WBC and the SBDC at IRSC. Please visit https://weventure.fit.edu/events/women-who-rock-awards/.

About PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

About weVENTURE WBC


weVENTURE Women’s Business Center (WBC) was launched in 2007 at Florida Tech, accelerates growth for entrepreneurs by providing customized coaching, business education, mentorship, and networking programs. weVENTURE WBC also strives to be the leading voice and resource for professional women across all industries, providing leadership development and purposeful networking events for women on the Space and Treasure Coasts. weVENTURE WBC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, or to register for weVENTURE WBC courses and mentorship programs, visit https://weventure.fit.edu/ or call 321-674-7007.

About Florida Institute of Technology


Florida Tech was founded in 1958 at the dawn of the Space Race that would soon define the Atlantic coast of Florida and captivate the nation. Now the premier private technological university in the Southeast, Florida Tech is a Tier 1 Best National University in U.S. News & World Report and one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Florida Tech is ranked among the top 5 percent of 20,000 degree-granting institutions worldwide in the 2020-21 World University Rankings and has been named a Top College and Best Value University for 2019 by Forbes. Florida Tech offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in aeronautics and aviation, engineering, computing and cybersecurity, business, science and mathematics, psychology, education and communication. Learn more about our relentless pursuit of greatness at floridatech.edu.

About the Florida SBDC Network: 

For over forty years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide existing and emerging small and medium-sized business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for Florida’s economy.

In 2019, Florida SBDCs provided 114,064 hours of professional business consulting to 12,535 client businesses, resulting in 37,966 jobs impacted; $4.4 billion in sales generated; $496.5 million in government contracts acquired; and $255.3 million in capital accessed; and 453 new businesses started. With over 40 offices statewide, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners. The Florida SBDC Network, headquartered at the University of West Florida, is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs and is a recipient of the President’s E Award for Export Service. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.

 

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Dec. 29, 2022|

Western Governors University helps Port Salerno Elementary score 100 percent

Western Governors University helps Port Salerno Elementary score 100 percent

 

Kate Cotner, EFMC Board President; Lisa Rhodes; Lindsey Ferschke; Tracey Miller, MCSD Assistant Superintendent of Academics; Lauren Gifford; David Shaffer, PSE Assistant Principal; Nicole Bagley, PSE Assistant Principal

A very special new partnership between the Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) and Western Governors University (WGU) has resulted in the teachers and classrooms at Port Salerno Elementary School (PSE) achieving 100-percent adoption for the first time.

The Education Foundation’s district-wide Adopt-a-Class program is decades old and allows for individuals or businesses to “adopt” or sponsor a class for $100 annually.  The funds are used by teachers to purchase educational enrichment resources for the benefit of their students.

For the first time ever, each teacher at Port Salerno Elementary has received at least one $100 adoption as part of the program.

“We are so thankful for our new partnership with Western Governors University (WGU) and their commitment to support our local educators.  When I met with Lindsey Ferschke, Strategic Partnership Manager, and explained the need for additional support for Port Salerno Elementary, she immediately agreed to adopt the 33 classrooms at PSE that had not yet been adopted this school year,” Lisa Rhodes, Executive Director of EFMC.

When Rhodes shared the news with Lauren Gifford, principal of PSE, the two coordinated a surprise announcement for the staff.

Gifford explained, “It was very hard for me to keep this a surprise for a couple of weeks. I cannot thank Western Governors University enough for their generosity and the Education Foundation of Martin County for their continued support of our students and teachers.

This is the first time in PSE history that we are 100-percent adopted. I am thrilled that all our teachers will be able to purchase additional items to support the educational needs of their students. Their smiles and excitement during the surprise announcement were very touching.”

Western Governors University was established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with the mission to expand access to online, high-quality, affordable higher education and now serves more than 142,578 students nationwide with more than 300,000 graduates in 50 states. In Florida, WGU has more than 7,180 enrolled students and 14,800 graduates. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, it is recognized as a highly effective postsecondary education model. Learn more at wgu.edu.

Kimberly K. Estep, WGU’s Southeast Regional Vice President said, “We are delighted to have helped PSE achieve its goal of having every classroom adopted,” said Kimberly K. Estep, WGU’s Southeast Regional Vice President.”

For more on how you can help support Martin County classrooms, visit www.EducationFoundationMC.org or call 772-600-8062.

 

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Dec. 23, 2022|

Children’s Services Council announces Community Impact Award winners

Children’s Services Council announces

Community Impact Award winners

 

Children's Services Council's latest Community Impact Award Winner is truly someone who goes above and beyond every day. Jeannette Smet is the Director of Youth and Family Services at the soon to be ARC of the Treasure Coast. Since taking over the operations of our funded afterschool and summer program, Jeannette has almost doubled the daily attendance in the program. Her dedication to ensuring that the youth in her programs succeed is evident by her commitment to participating in every student's IEP meetings at school to be an advocate for them. We are so grateful to have professionals like Jeannette working to support our youth. Congratulations!

Jiani Anderson, who recently took over the reins at Multicultural Resource Center, an afterschool and summer program in Fort Pierce, was also honored with a prestigious Community Impact Award. Jiani has done some incredible things in her short time at MRC, but none more exciting that forming St. Lucie County's first ever Lego League! We look forward to your continued success, Jiani! Congratulations!

Don't forget that you can nominate someone for a Community Impact award by completing a simple form on our website here.

 

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Dec. 16, 2022|

Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club names new Director of Racquet Sports

Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club names new Director of Racquet Sports

The iconic Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club in Vero Beach welcomes Kainoa Rosa as its new Director of Racquet Sports. Touting over 20 years of racquet experience, Kainoa’s day-to-day responsibilities include overseeing tennis and pickleball programs for the Club, which has been named one of Florida’s Top Seven Tennis Communities by the Private Communities Registry.

“We interviewed a number of excellent candidates, but immediately Kainoa stood out,” said Rob Tench, General Manager at Orchid Island.  “Kainoa’s energy and experience impressed us and he’s a great fit with the Club and our members.”

Since early childhood, Kainoa Rosa has always had a passion for racquet sports. Hailing from the scenic islands of Hawaii, Kainoa could be found hitting tennis balls when he was only five years old. After moving to Seattle when he was seven, he received coaching from his mother and uncle, who were both well-known tennis players. Later, Kai attended the University of Hawaii on a full tennis scholarship, and after graduation, he decided to follow his passion.

He recalls, “I wanted to make tennis my career pathway, and the coaching adventure started from there.”

After graduating, Kainoa returned to Seattle where he coached at high-performance tennis programs throughout the Pacific Northwest region. Later, he relocated to Tampa, and spent six years at the Apollo Beach Racquet & Fitness Club working his way up to Director of Tennis & Operations.

Desiring to live closer to the beach and work for a top-tier tennis facility, Kainoa moved his young family across the state to Orchid Island in Vero Beach.

Today, Kainoa’s focused on elevating the private Club’s tennis and pickleball programs, introduce new exhibitions and social tournaments, member mixers, and more.

“Everything I’ve experienced at Orchid Island has been excellent, especially the welcoming community and staff,” says Kainoa. “The motto here is to live life on purpose, and I look forward to contributing to it.”

When he’s not working, Kainoa enjoys biking, beaching, and traveling with his wife, Bianca, and their baby girl, Healani.

Orchid Island is located at One Beachside Drive, Vero Beach. For more information, visit OrchidIslandFL.com.

About Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club

Spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River, Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club is highly sought-after for its laidback waterfront lifestyle. The Beach Club serves as the heart of the community, with a resort-style pool, world-class fitness center, salon and spa, and multiple dining venues – all overlooking the azure Atlantic Ocean. Residents also enjoy nearly a mile of a secluded beach, an Arnold Palmer-designed championship golf course, and an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Located along Florida’s Treasure Coast, Orchid Island is home to a wide variety of premier riverfront and oceanfront estates, courtyard homes, cottages, and mid-rise condominiums. For real estate inquiries, call (772) 388-3888 or visit OrchidIslandFL.com.

 

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Dec. 9, 2022|

Manufacturer Relocates to Indian River County

Manufacturer Relocates to Indian River County

Board of County Commissioners Approve Jobs Grant Incentive

The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Office is pleased to announce that Kessel Medical, Inc. was approved for the county’s Local Jobs Grant incentive. Kessel Medical is a medical device manufacturer that relocated to Vero Beach from Atlanta in late 2021.

In a unanimous decision, the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners approved Kessel Medical’s request for a Local Jobs Grant. The company anticipates

hiring 20 new employees over the next three years, at salary levels at or above the county’s average annual wage of $51,000.  Using these figures, county staff calculated that Kessel Medical is eligible for a Local Jobs Grant in the amount of up to $106,000, with payments to begin a year after the jobs are filled, paid over a 5-year period. Based on earnings, the Chamber’s Economic Development Office estimated the company’s economic impact at nearly $1.8 million, using a 1.45 multiplier for the manufacturing industry.  Medical manufacturing is a targeted industry for Indian River County and the State of Florida.

Kessel Medical produces FDA-approved in-vitro diagnostics and neurosurgical implants for home and hospital use, contracting with other small medical device companies along the U.S. east coast. With 60 years combined experience in the medical industry, over 56 patents issued through the U.S. patent office, numerous national design excellence awards and a generous exit from a prior medical device start-up, the founders “felt that the next phase of their entrepreneurial journey would be best undertaken in the small slice of paradise that is Vero Beach”, explains Jack Griffis,  the company’s co-founder and CTO.

“Kessel Medical is extremely pleased with the Commission’s unanimous decision to approve the jobs grant application” continues Mr. Griffis. “Since starting operations in Indian River County earlier this year, Kessel has been able to grow at a much faster rate than originally anticipated. In combination with this accelerated growth, the Jobs Grant will permit Kessel to recruit and retain high quality talent for production, operations engineering, and quality assurance support. We look forward to our upcoming facility expansion as well as bringing to Indian River County more high paying job opportunities for the population at large.”

The Chamber’s Economic Development Office is working with the owners to help them find larger space as they grow their operations.

“We are excited to have Kessel Medical a part of our growing medical community,” notes Helene Caseltine, the Chamber’s Economic Development Director.  “With annual salaries paying at or above the county’s average annual wage, this calculates to approximately $1.2 million in new paychecks circulating in our local economy each year, once the company is in full operation.” The company also plans to offer competitive internships and co-operative education employment to local college and university students.

For more information on locating or expanding a business in Indian River County, call Helene Caseltine at the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, 772-567-3491 or visit www.indianrivered.com.

 

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Dec. 9, 2022|

Ribbon cutting at House of Leafs Cigar Lounge

Ribbon cutting at House of Leafs Cigar Lounge

On Nov. 30 at 9 a.m., join members of the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony at House of Leafs By Groovy Cigar Lounge. The ribbon cutting will take place at 5190-5192 Turnpike Feeder Road in Fort Pierce and is open to the public. For information, call 772.242.1668. 

 

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Nov. 17, 2022|

$60,000 gift to Martin Health Foundation to fund glioblastoma research

$60,000 gift to Martin Health Foundation to fund glioblastoma research

 

Pictured L-R : Dr. Oszkar Szentirmai, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Mitzi Macias, Donna Qvarstrom, Debbie Johnston, Tony Huerta, Tobi Schelin, Lenny Schelin Sr.

Cleveland Clinic’s Martin Health Foundation recently received a $60,000 gift from proceeds raised during the third annual Lenny Schelin, Jr. Memorial Fishing Tournament. Family and friends of Lenny Schelin, Jr. presented the gift, which will continue to help support research into glioblastoma, an aggressive form of malignant brain tumor.  Schelin Jr., passed away in 2018 at the age of 33 from glioblastoma. An avid fisherman, The Lenny Schelin Jr. Memorial Tournament helps keep his legacy alive.
Oszkar Szentirmai, researcher and neurosurgeon at Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, was on hand to receive the gift and is grateful for the trust they have placed in the research at Cleveland Clinic Martin Health.
“Without their support, we could not have made the progress we have in learning more about this disease,” Dr. Szentirmai said.
The next Lenny Schelin Jr. Memorial Tournament will take place on Jan. 6 - 15, 2023. For more information, click here.
About Cleveland Clinic Martin Health

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health is part of the Cleveland Clinic’s regional health system in Florida. It features three hospitals with a total of 521 beds, a free-standing emergency center, and numerous outpatient centers and clinics across Martin and St. Lucie counties on Florida’s east coast. Cleveland Clinic Martin Health offers preventive, primary and acute hospital care, as well as cancer care, a heart center, wellness and rehabilitation services, and much more. Cleveland Clinic’s regional health system in Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information, visit clevelandclinic.org/martinhealth. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Nov. 17, 2022|