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Treasure Coast cases continue slow climb
Cases of coronavirus on the Treasure Coast continued their slow climb, with an additional dozen cases reported today, off the high of 51 additional cases reported a week ago.
St. Lucie County reported seven additional cases for a total of 156, Martin County reported four new cases for 124, and Indian River County reported just one new case for a total of 75. Martin County Friday night also reported the death of an 81-year-old woman. Martin now has three deaths from the virus while Indian River has one and St. Lucie has six.
In terms of population, Martin County has the most cases, with... Read more>>
Sunrise Theatre announces rescheduled shows
The Sunrise Theatre has announced these upcoming and rescheduled shows: Marshall Tucker Band on May 30; Little Mermaid rescheduled June 22-28; Rodney Carrington rescheduled July 10; Bruce in the USA rescheduled July 18; Gin Blossoms rescheduled Nov. 21; Edwards Twins Master Impersonators rescheduled Jan. 21, 2021; Chris Botti rescheduled Jan. 27, 2021; One Night of Queen rescheduled May 8, 2021. Call 772.461.4775 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit SunriseTheatre.com
Main Street creates Virtual Downtown Friday site
Main Street Vero Beach has created a Vitual Downtown Friday website for Main Street Vero Beach members, vendors, and the community to share support at this difficult time. The new site is at msvbvirtualdtf.com
Jackson Foundation launches writing, poetry competitions
The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation has launched two contests: a youth writing competition and a poetry competition.
The Youth Writing Competition, facilitated through teachers, will award three $25 gift cards to each elementary, middle and high school levels. Details will be provided to all school districts in Indian River County as well as SES teachers. Students are encouraged to discuss with their teachers on how to enter submissions. More information is available on www.lrjf.org. Entries due June 1 and winners announced July 1, 2020.
The Indian River Poetry Competition will award one Grand Prize $500 with three runners up each $125 (must be 18 years or older) and due date for submissions is June 1, 2020. One submission per person allowed and poems are limited to 40 lines. Winner will be notified by July 1, 2020. Details and submission forms are available at www.lrjf.org.
LRJF Writing Center at 1914 14th Avenue provides a gathering place for writers by offering teen and adult writers workshops, programs like Teens Listen, ongoing weekly writers groups and community wide events such as an annual Poetry BBQ and monthly “Celebrate a Local Author” during Friday Art Stroll.
As a service to readers and restaurants on the Treasure Coast, Indian River Magazine Inc. has created a website showing restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries that are open for carryout and/or delivery in St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties. The site includes hours and days carryout is available as well as popular dishes. See the new site at treasurecoastrestaurants.com
HOMETOWN HERO BY MARYANN KETCHAM
Moose Brown is the CEO of Surfers for Autism, a nonprofit based out of Martin County that hosts seasonal surf festivals around the state. Thanks to the healing power of surf on children falling within the autism spectrum, the gatherings have grown exponentially over the years. With the Coronavirus forcing beach closures, several events have been canceled, and the remainder of the season is currently on hold.
Instead of making waves and feeling disheartened, Brown is "hanging loose" by helping others.
Placing orders for non-perishable food items through Cheney Brothers, Inc., an SFA sponsor, Brown helped stock the shelves at Elev8Hope. He also enlisted the assistance of George Hart of Mulligan's Restaurant who donated resources and food to the cause.
"We fed them the supplies, and they used their distribution network to assist many community members, including some SFA families," said Brown.
A sponsor of the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast's Sensory Days, Brown engaged its staff to create activity bags for distribution through Elev8Hope. "This is a very confusing time for children," he said. "We hope to keep them busy and add some joy."
Just this weekend, he played chauffeur to Museum staff, his children, and the Easter Bunny, who, from the back of his festively decorated pickup truck, handed out candy, toys, and an abundance of joy to children in the low-income areas of Stuart and Jensen Beach.
Do you know somebody on the Treasure Coast who should be singled out for praise because of their actions during the coronavirus pandemic? Whether it’s a nurse at the local hospital, a volunteer at the local food bank or a grocery clerk going the extra mile, Treasure Coast Business and Indian River Magazine Inc. will help you sing their praises in our new online feature Hometown Heroes of the Treasure Coast. Visitwww.indianrivermagazine.com/hometown-heroes/
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