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VERO BEACH - The Vero Beach City Council wants to close the Leisure Square pool and replace it with a skate park. While the skate park has great support among residents, not everyone agrees with getting rid of the pool to make it happen.

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VERO BEACH - On July 5, Indian River County opened the new 84-acre Osprey Acres Stormwater Park and Nature Preserve, just east of Oslo Middle School.

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VERO BEACH - On July 7, the Indian River County Cal Ripken baseball 10u all-star team won the South Florida State Championship by defeating the NW St. Pete 10u All Stars by a score of 6-5. That win propelled them to the top of the 78 competing teams.

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VERO BEACH - The Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program, the philanthropic arm of the Grand Harbor community, has awarded The Learning Alliance a $10,000 grant to fund a Third Grade Interventionist program at Dodgertown Elementary School.

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VERO BEACH - The Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach has received a $1 million pledge from inventor and business owner Thomas R. Schidel of Vero Beach. Mr. Schidel’s gift will provide for the design, construction and maintenance of a new Education and Event Pavilion and Oval on the E…

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TREASURE COAST - Volunteers plan to clean 125 miles of waterways in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties during the 12th annual Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup on Sat., July 27.

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Good news for students looking to begin a career in healthcare: Indian River State College (IRSC) has extended its application deadlines for individuals interested in careers in medical assisting, dental assisting and health information technology. All three programs begin August 19. Apply n…

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VERO BEACH - Veterans Helping Veterans (VHV), a program of the Veterans Council of Indian River County (VCIRC), has received a generous $30,000 grant award from the Indian River Community Foundation. Funding in support of the Veterans Helping Veterans program, will provide repairs and home i…

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According People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), in just seven years’ time, one unaltered female cat and her offspring can produce more than 370,000 kittens, with about half of those able to survive. The number in slightly lower for dogs. In just two years, a female dog and her …

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VERO BEACH - Indian River County has scheduled beach restoration for Sector 5, which extends from Tracking Station Park south through Vero Beach to the Riomar Golf Course. The beach replenishment will run from November, 2019 through April, 2020.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation has announced $43,943 in grants for summer 2019.

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VERO BEACH - Riverside Theatre’s free outside concerts continue this weekend with The Jacks Band on Friday, July 5, and Sleepin’ Dogz on Saturday, July 6.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Four Indian River County non-profit organizations were honored at 211 HelpLine’s 2019 Jewels of the Treasure Coast luncheon, held May 23 at the Santa Lucie River Club in Port St. Lucie.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Indian River County Commissioners have voted to extend another six months a ban on the land application of Class B biosolids. The moratorium, which was due to expire in July, will now expire January 7, 2020.

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TREASURE COAST ­— According to The American Humane Association, over 10 million dogs and cats are lost in the U.S. every year. One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life. One of the worst days of the year to lose pets is always the Fourth of July.

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The Indian River County Board of County Commissioners has announced that the new North County Office at 1919 – 1921 US Hwy 1 in Sebastian, just south of Wal-Mart, is scheduled to open on July 1.

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VERO BEACH — Dale Sorensen Real Estate is pleased to announce that Astrid Torres has joined the company’s real estate team. Torres will be based in the company’s office located at 1961 14th Avenue, in Historic Downtown Vero Beach.

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VERO BEACH – The Next Generation Veterans of Vero Beach and the Veterans Council of Indian River County are raising funds for a monument to Iraq/Afghanistan veterans.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The Indian River Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $142,500 to five nonprofit charitable organizations serving Indian River County. The grants were awarded from the foundation’s Community Enrichment Fund.

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Vero Beach - The Youth Guidance 42nd Annual Tropical Night Luau on June 8th was a tremendous success. Held at Oak Harbor, the Luau was well attended, with approximately 250 partygoers. Guests had a wonderful time dancing to The Gypsy Lane band, feasting on tropical fare and mingling with fri…

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SEBASTIAN — Voodoo, bronchitis, foot infections, female health issues and seeing a baby that was soaked in kerosene, are all a part of Laura M. Sherman’s recent experiences as a medical missionary. The Sebastian-based ARNP with Dr. E. Blecker will share those experiences at the sixth Communi…

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – Criminal defense attorney Bobby Guttridge is the new president of the Indian River County Bar Association. Mr. Guttridge takes over from outgoing president Michelle Servos.

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VERO BEACH — Christi’s Fitness and Studio 14 are the third and fourth Vero Beach gyms to join an innovative local program that provides fitness classes for adult athletes with intellectual disabilities.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Literacy Services of Indian River County is seeking volunteers to teach English to adults. The group is holding a training session Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the main library. Lunch and all curriculum and training materials will be provided.

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FELLSMERE — On June 6, the city of Fellsmere formally advertised the position of city manager. The chosen candidate will replace Jason Nunemaker, who served 14 years as Fellsmere’s first city manager.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Children ages 18 and under can receive free breakfast and lunch this summer from the School District of Indian River County.

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VERO BEACH – In the hundred year history of Vero Beach, Alma Lee Loy stands as one of the city’s most memorable woman. Ms. Loy became a force to be reckoned with in Indian River County business and politics at a time when most Treasure Coast leaders were men.

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VERO BEACH – Literacy took a “Deep Dive Into the Lagoon” at the Indian River County Main Library on June 1. More than 150 children and their families attended a collaborative community event hosted by The Learning Alliance, S.E.A. A Difference, and the Indian River County Library System.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The first Indian River County Manufacturing Boot Camp took place May 20-24. The program is designed to train students for local manufacturing jobs and then help them find those jobs.

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VERO BEACH – McKee Botanical Garden will host its 15th Annual Waterlily Celebration on Sat., June 15, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

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VERO BEACH – The City of Vero Beach Recreation Department presents the 45th annual Aerial Antics Youth Circus, Aug. 1-3 at Saint Edward’s School.

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 OBJ is an absolute love-bug, but he wasn’t always that way. He has spent the majority of his life as a community cat living outside here at HSTC. Everything changed when he collapsed; it was determined that he had a severe urinary tract infection that required immediate attention. Over the …

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Dolores Gaynor, of Vero Beach, sent in this picture of the Koop sisters while they vacationed in Aruba , during May. The sisters are Janet, Dolores, Loretta and Carol-Ann. Although it was extremely windy and their original Hometown News newspaper blew away and landed in water, they still man…

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Victoria Boyer, 8, Tyler Mikaels, 9 and Derek Boyer, 12, compete for the Jell-o eating title.

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Boys and Girls Club Chuck Hill Unit members Nyssa Washington, 16 and Trayvante Mathews and Karen Louis, both 14.

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Fort Pierce Police Officer Mark Woodroff is handcuffed to the cage by fellow Officer Jorge Goz.

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Twelve-year-old Shaianne Graham puts a whole cup of Jello in her mouth during the Jello-eating contest.

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Five-year-old Aaliyah Robinson hands out Teddy Bears from the St. Lucie Medical Center booth. 

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Tammy Ward watches her 14-year-old daughter Kaitlyn get a kiss fromthe St. Lucie Fire District’s K9 ‘Camy’.

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Port St. Lucie Police Assistant Chief Richard Del Toro, A&G Concrete Pool’s Travis Leonard, Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County CEO Will Armstead and Paul Taglieri of the St. Lucie Mets.

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Five-year-olds Liam Jacob, Hanno Vorholz and Hattan Zawawi looking for sea creatures.

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Summer Camp Director Shannon Dack helps Gabrielle Dalichow put her shoe back on.

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Five-year-olds Christian Gerbino, Trenton and Jaden Irvine, Hattan Zawawi and Gabby Hodder put on their best fish face.

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Illyanna Durkin, 6, and Alexandra Keshtmand, 5, add some color to their projects.