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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY ― Indian River Habitat for Humanity has announced the appointment of Trevor J. Loomis as their new president effective Dec. 1. To ensure a smooth leadership transition, current CEO Sheryl Vittitoe will work with the new CEO through the end of the year.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - On Sat., Nov. 20, Vero Beach athlete Billy Klingensmith will participate in a Special Olympics bike ride called Race for Inclusion. The group plans to raise funds for Special Olympics by racing 100 miles up U.S. 1 from Delray Beach to Vero Beach.

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VERO BEACH - The Source, a ministry that serves the homeless and needy in Indian River County, recently teamed up with retired prosthodontist Dr. Thomas Balshi of Vero Beach to address the dental needs of clients of The Source. The program is called Dignity Smiles.

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VERO BEACH - A coalition of groups and individuals joined together on Jan. 18 for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Food Drive. Donations were collected at the Gifford Historical Museum (Old Macedonia Church), and then delivered to local food pantries, including Our Father's Table, th…

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VERO BEACH - The Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach will host a national, virtual workshop to teach participants near and far about our Indian River County ecosystem.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Indian River County has become the first jurisdiction in Florida to install new bike safety signs recently approved last year by the state.

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VERO BEACH - The Gifford Youth Achievement Center is collecting donations for its 22nd Annual Back to School Supply Drive.

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TREASURE COAST - The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program has launched its 17th annual IRL photo contest. Entries will be accepted until Aug. 3, and the best 12 photos will be featured in the 2021 One Lagoon calendar.

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VERO BEACH - Those who hold memberships at the city’s Leisure Square recreation facility received some good news at the June 16 City Council meeting. Council voted to add 81 days to annual and monthly memberships to make up for time the facility was closed due to COVID-19.

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SEBASTIAN - Sebastian Sea Tow captain and co-owner Amy Donaldson is making waves as a rare female leader in a male-dominated industry. If you are on a boat that needs assistance anywhere between Melbourne and Vero Beach, chances are you’ll be rescued by a woman who knows more about your vess…

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - March is Women’s History Month, and 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year, with a focus on the movement for women's rights.

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VERO BEACH - The Farm to Tableaux event on Feb. 24 at the Walking Tree Brewery will benefit homeless families living temporarily at the Hope for Families Center in Vero Beach.

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VERO BEACH - The Environmental Learning Center is looking for artists to feature in their new rotating artist series and permanent displays.

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TREASURE COAST - OneBlood is a non-profit organization that operates the nearly 200 Big Red Bus mobile donation centers often seen in local parking lots. As a leap year special, the organization is offering free t-shirts, $10 gift cards, and wellness checkups to anyone who gives blood from F…

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VERO BEACH - United Against Poverty Indian River County was established in 2003 to help those living in poverty attain economic self-sufficiency. On Jan. 25, UP moved its programs and services to a new campus, across U.S. 1 from the old campus.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Clean Water Coalition of Indian River County was formed in 2018 to unite organizations and businesses dedicated to protecting and restoring surface and ground waters throughout the county.

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VERO BEACH - Griffin Wagner, an 18 year old student at Vero Beach High School, has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

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VERO BEACH - The Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County is helping low-income residents achieve their educational and vocational goals, earn a living wage, and move away from poverty and public assistance to financial self-sufficiency. The goal of the REACH program is ending g…

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Indian River County joined the world’s largest shared reading experience on Nov. 7. More than 8,000 local children and adults joined two million others to read the same book as part of JumpStart’s 14th annual Read for the Record to highlight the importance of building e…

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VERO BEACH - Over the past year, the Mental Health Association in Indian River County has provided 706 free mental health screenings, 328 diagnostic assessments, and 423 psycho-educational classes to the residents of Indian River County.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Vivian Francis has helped more than 1,000 children in poverty prepare for kindergarten as a teacher with Head Start. Now Ms. Francis has been recognized with the 2019 Tykes & Teens Dreamcatcher Award.

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VERO BEACH - The Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County hosted its annual Head Start Community Read Weeks from Oct. 21 to Nov 1. Seventy-six volunteers from the community visited EOC’s Head Start Centers in Indian River and Okeechobee Counties to read to the children.

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TREASURE COAST - Within hours of the recent shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, the non-profit organization OneBlood rushed extra blood to Pensacola hospitals. Now the Florida-based blood distributor needs to replenish its blood and platelet supply.

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VERO BEACH - Piper Aircraft has opened the application period for its 2020 apprenticeship program. Ten new apprentices will be accepted in the two-year job training program that includes classroom instruction at Indian River State College. The credits earned at IRSC may be used towards a two…

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VERO BEACH - The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation has named Louise Kennedy to its newly created position of Executive Director, starting July 5, 2020.

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VERO BEACH - A new mural has been painted on the wall of the cat room at the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County. The public is invited to a dedication ceremony on Fri., Dec. 6, at 5 p.m.

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VERO BEACH - In April, Pelican Island Audubon Society and the Environmental Learning Center launched an ambitious effort to plant 100,000 new trees in Indian River County over the next 15 years. The planting has begun, and residents can participate by planting free oak or bald cypress trees,…

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Knox, while visiting his grandparents Lloyd and Sue Tantum, of Barefoot Bay, was given a fishing pole for Christmas. Knox fished at Barefoot Bay Beach for the first time in his life and caught five fish within 30 minutes!

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Young Entrepreneurs Market is the creation of founders Joana Fischer, Annalise Guey and Jane Martin. Their idea spawned a way for kids to learn how to run a business, interact with people, and learn sale skills by creating and selling their home-made items at a market event they setup the fi…

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The 39th Annual Bridge Buster 5K Run event is the oldest footrace in St. Lucie County. Participants race out & back over the South Bridge in Fort Pierce, starting and finishing at the River Walk Center.

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The 39th Annual Bridge Buster 5K Run event is the oldest footrace in St. Lucie County. Participants race out & back over the South Bridge in Fort Pierce, starting and finishing at the River Walk Center.

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While visiting from Valdosta, GA, Mason Snapp, 11 (back), caught a Jack Crevelle and catfish, and brother Landon, 9 (front), caught a red grouper at Jensen Beach Causeway. Both boys were visiting their dad, Marshall Snapp, of Port St Lucie this past summer.

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Melissa and Andrew Spano took Hometown News along with them to Advent Health in Orlando when their son, Carter, was born in November. He was born 26.5 weeks early and was taking to the Newborn Infant Care Unit and is now doing amazing at 8 weeks old!