Stuart Air Show returning for Veteran’s Day weekend
STUART — Even amid loss, hurts and hardships, people across our community have remained determined, hopeful and optimistic.
And now they have even more reasons to look up — literally.
The Stuart Air Show is returning to the skies November 7 and 8. Celebrating its delayed 30th anniversary, the beloved regional event — sidelined last year by heavy flooding, which proceeded the tragic pre-show crash of a performer — will highlight performances from more elite military fighter jets than ever before.
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CareerSource Research Coast launches new workforce programs
PORT ST. LUCIE – CareerSource Research Coast (CSRC) today announced the launch of new workforce training and development programs to support St. Lucie County residents and businesses economically impacted by COVID-19.
Designed to prepare individuals with re-entering the workforce while also helping affected businesses avoid layoffs and/or upskill employees, Recover St. Lucie Workforce Training and Development programs are supported in partnership by CSRC, St. Lucie County, and the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) as part of the St. Lucie County CARES Economic Recovery programs. Funding for these programs were made possible by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, which has received federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds from the State of Florida.
Under this initiative, eligible St. Lucie County residents transitioning from industries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic may receive up to $5 thousand in scholarship grant funds for immediate, short-term training or certification for in-demand occupations. The industries hardest hit include but are not limited to hospitality, entertainment, food and beverage, and personal services. CSRC will also assist program participants with job placement.
CSRC will also provide eligible St. Lucie County for-profit businesses with up to $10 thousand in grant funding for paid on-the-job training (OJT) programs to train or upskill new hires to meet new market demands. Program participants must have lost their job or had their hours reduced due to COVID-19. Businesses must be in recovery mode and open and operational in some fashion consistent with the governor’s guidelines, CDC guidance and market realities. CSRC will award grants on a tiered scale based on the total number of full-time participating employees.
Visit the CareerSource Research Coast website for eligibility requirements and additional information. For program funding details in compliance with the Stevens Amendment, please visit www.careersourcerc.com/program-funding.
PulteGroup acquires two local development sites
MARTIN COUNTY/PALM BEACH GARDENS — PulteGroup announced it has closed on two separate development sites in Martin County.
On Sept. 1, Pulte acquired a 13-acre parcel in Stuart. After working with residents and city leaders, the award-winning national builder finalized a plan to develop 80 affordably priced townhomes under the Pulte Homes brand. Prices at Ocean Cove will start from the low $300s.
The community is located just minutes from downtown Stuart, which is known for its quaint, coastal atmosphere and has earned the prestigious “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” award by Coastal Magazine and named “#3 Must Visit Small Town” by Smithsonian Magazine. Ocean Cove is within walking distance of the Fresh Market and several local restaurants and is one block away from the Evans Crary Bridge which provides easy access to Seawall’s Point and Hutchinson Island.
PulteGroup also acquired 215 acres in southern Martin County adjacent to the Palm Beach County line for a new high-end single-family home community called Bridgewater, which will be developed under the builder’s luxury-home brand, DiVosta. In total, this community with a Jupiter, Florida address will consist of 107 estate homes, ranging from 1 to 5 acres in size.
Divosta will offer new floorplans that will be released for sale in early 2021. In addition, Divosta will have a custom-lot sale program for buyers who want to purchase a lot and build custom homes with local builders. Homes will transact in the $1 million-plus range.
Bridgewater is located off Island Way, which runs north of Indiantown Road near the Village of Tequesta.
Pulte Homes and DiVosta will soon start taking reservations for their respective communities.
In Southeast Florida, PulteGroup builds under the Pulte Homes, Pulte Active Adult, DiVosta and Del Webb brands. Homes are actively being sold in three new communities in Broward County, four in Palm Beach County, and four in the Treasure Coast area, with several others under land development across the region. Home prices range from the mid $200s to over $1 million.
2020 National Philanthropy Day nominees announced
MARTIN and ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The Treasure Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is pleased to announce the list of more than 20 nominees whose contributions have made a significant impact in Martin and St. Lucie Counties.
These community volunteers and philanthropists will be honored during a multi-week celebration throughout the month of November that includes fun supplies for optional small gatherings to safely celebrate our Home Town Heroes and virtual National Philanthropy Day Celebration on November 20.
Additionally, it is with special recognition that Dr. Howard Voss, who passed away on July 26, 2020, is to receive the Treasure Coast Association of Fundraising Professionals President’s Award for his service as the Medical Director of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Stuart. All in our community who were fortunate to know Dr. Voss, knew a dedicated, caring doctor who gave much of his personal time and talent to leading our friends at Volunteers in Medicine Clinic. Dr. Voss was a fun-loving, insightful leader whose passing will be felt by the entire medical community. His memory lives on in all the lives he's touched.
The following donors and volunteers have been nominated by their peers in these recognition categories:
Outstanding Individual Philanthropist
• Jim Mondello, nominated by Tykes & Teens
• William A. Turney, nominated by Graceway Village
Outstanding Group or Foundation Supporting Philanthropy
• Center for Constitutional Values, nominated by Martin County School District
• Community Builders - (GraceWay Village, Sarah's Kitchen, Mustard Seed Ministries, United Against Poverty, PACE Center for Girls, Fort Pierce Woman's Club & St. Lucie County Education Foundation), nominated by St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity
• IRSC Employees, nominated by IRSC Foundation
• H.E. Hill Foundation, nominated by YMCA of the Treasure Coast
• Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful Committee, nominated by Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful
• Sew United, nominated by United Way of Martin County
• St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, nominated by United Way of St. Lucie County
Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist
• Sonny's BBQ, nominated by 4KIDS Treasure Coast
• Tonya Lowe - State Farm Insurance Agency, nominated by Children's Home Society of Florida
• Dan Braden, nominated by Hibiscus Children’s Center
• William “Bill” Heller, Ph.D., nominated by Volunteers in Medicine
• Fatima Nobre, nominated by Children’s Home Society of Florida
• Terry Roberts, nominated by City of Port St. Lucie
• Liz Wooster and Cynthia Rehm posthumously, nominated by The Council on Aging of Martin County
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
• Lilly Freese, nominated by Hibiscus Children’s Center (Recipient)
• Molly Grow, nominated by Port St. Lucie Utility Systems Dept. (Recipient)
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
• Michelle Schwartz, nominated by Hibiscus Children’s Center (Recipient)
• Ralf and Bob Massey, nominated by Volunteers in Medicine (Recipient)
National Philanthropy Day is celebrated in more than 500 locations across the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Treasure Coast Chapter has hosted its National Philanthropy Day celebration since 1995. Since its inception, nearly 200 outstanding groups and individuals from the Treasure Coast have joined the elite group of recipients.
National Philanthropy Day acknowledges the entire spectrum of services that the nonprofit, civic and service sectors provide, as well as the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. This annual event is also a fundraiser for the Treasure Coast Chapter of AFP to provide scholarships and educational opportunities to further the professional development of fundraising professionals in our community. Thank you to The Community Foundation Martin - St. Lucie for your partnership in honoring philanthropy on the Treasure Coast, and support of National Philanthropy Day. For information about the 2020 National Philanthropy Day celebration and sponsorship opportunities, please contact NPD Chair Samantha Ramlall at 772-342-5091 or [email protected].
Digital 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
Watch the ceremony Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 at 8:30a.m. on the City of Port St. Lucie’s Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, and PSLTV 20. You can also watch the ceremony on the MIDFLORIDA Event Center’s Facebook Page.
Cable customers can tune in to AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, Comcast Channel 20, and Blue Stream Fiber Channel 20. You can watch PSL TV online from any mobile device www.cityofpsl.com/tv.
The City of Port St. Lucie did not want COVID-19 to stop us from honoring and remembering the lives lost and forever impacted on Sept. 11, 2001. In partnership with the St. Lucie County Fire District and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the City has teamed up to create an online remembrance ceremony, which will be premiered in the place of our annual gathering alongside the 9/11 monument at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center. The digital event will incorporate previously recorded ceremonies and in-studio commentary from our local leaders.
The St. Lucie County Fire District, Port St. Lucie Police Department, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, St. Lucie Fire District Honor Guard, and St. Lucie Fire District Pipes and Drums will assist with the ceremonies.
· 8:30a.m. Opening ceremonies, welcome, invocation by City of Port St. Lucie Police Chief John Bolduc, St. Lucie Fire District Chief Nate Spera, and Pastor Charlton Holt of Christ Fellowship.
· 8:46a.m. Bell tolls for AA Flight 11 that crashed into North Tower of the World Trade Center
· 9:03a.m. Bell tolls for UA Flight 175 that crashed into South Tower of the World Trade Center
· 9:15a.m. Closing Ceremonial Honors by St. Lucie Fire District Honor Guard and Other Auxiliary
· 9:37a.m. Bell tolls for AA Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon
· 10:03a.m. Bell tolls for UA Flight 93 that went down in Shanksville, PA
We ask the members of our community to join us as we reflect, honor, and remember our fallen neighbors, friends, and loved ones lost on that fateful September day.
For more information, call the MIDFLORIDA Event Center at 772.807.4488.
Remember Treasure Coast nonprofits
If you are in a position, consider a gift to a Treasure Coast nonprofit affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Find the needs of many area nonprofits and how to give at treasurecoastnonprofits.com
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