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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The Florida Department of Health in Indian River County is sponsoring the Women and Girls Summit on Saturday, September 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Gifford Youth Activity Center located at 4875 43rd Avenue in Vero Beach. Women and girls are invited to enjoy …

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VERO BEACH – An opening reception for The Fall 2019 Art Installment at the Galleries at First Pres will be held Sunday, October 20, from 12:30 p.m. To 3:00 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach. Featured local artists include May Brandt, Karin Delagi, and L…

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VERO BEACH - Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital welcomes internal medicine physician Lori Posk, MD, FACP. Dr. Posk earned her doctor of medicine from Michigan State University and completed her internal medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. She is board certified in …

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation has awarded the Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative a $40,000 grant to support the nonprofit’s mission to develop a high-quality early childhood system that is family-centered.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Florida Rep. Erin Grall has received her committee assignments for the new legislative session, and they include two leadership positions.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - United Against Poverty Indian River has received a $5,000 Helping Hands Grant from The Allstate Foundation. The grant will be used to support programs, including UP’s signature STEP, Success Training for Employment Program.

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ORLANDO ― WonderWorks Orlando is inviting teachers in Florida to check out all they have to offer for free on select dates in September and October 2019. During Teacher Wonder Days, educators can learn about all the programs they offer. Teachers will get free admission into WonderWorks Orlan…

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Treasure Coast - There is still time for interested applicants to take part in an apprenticeship program with Indian River State College (IRSC) this Fall. IRSC is offering apprenticeship programs in air conditioning, refrigeration and heating; plumbing; and electrical trades as well as culin…

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Treasure Coast - Every year, Guardians for New Futures, a small, grassroots nonprofit organization located in St. Lucie County, coordinates and hosts a huge, two-day Child Summit at Indian River State College’s Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex in Fort Pierce. This year’s Summit,…

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Indian River County - Thanks to a grant from the John’s Island Community Service League, YSF will more than double the size of its Adaptive Sailing Program for local community members with special needs. Started as a pilot program last fall, the classes quickly filled up with eight novice sa…

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The Indian River State College (IRSC) Public Service Education Division is hosting a special “Discovery Night” for current and future public safety students—including online learners—friends, family and community members where they can explore all the opportunities the division offers.

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VERO BEACH - Tennis star Mardy Fish, whose children’s foundation is based in Vero Beach, sent a video message to his foundation’s supporters in August, thanking them for supporting programs for Indian River County children.

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TREASURE COAST – On Aug. 28, Hunger Action Month kicked off at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s food production kitchen. Local officials, community leaders, and executives and managers from Publix teamed with TCFB to help cook and pack meals.

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SEBASTIAN - Despite vocal opposition from members of the public, environmental organizations, and Indian River County officials, the Sebastian City Council voted Aug. 28 to approve the annexation of 1,118 acres owned by Graves Brothers, a Vero Beach-based developer.

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Martin County is under a local state of emergency as of Thursday, August 29 as Martin County Emergency Management officials continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Dorian. Residents are urged to be prepared and finalize plans in advance of the storm.

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Registration for Fall Express Schedule classes at Indian River State College (IRSC) is now underway. The last day to register and pay for Express Schedule is Tuesday, September 3, and classes start on Wednesday, September 4.

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FELLSMERE - The city of Fellsmere has chosen a new city manager to replace Jason Nunemaker, the only city manager Fellsmere has ever had.

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VERO BEACH - The Vero Beach City Council has begun the process for determining redevelopment options for the “three corners” site at the intersection of Indian River Blvd. and 17th St., at the foot of the Alma Lee Loy Bridge.

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VERO BEACH - Pelican Island Audubon Society wants residents to start planting native plants instead of exotics. To aid in that transformation, PIAS has opened a native plant nursery. A wide selection of plants is on sale now, at very reasonable prices.

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Indian River County - On Thursday, August 15th, 2019, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office concluded a narcotics investigation with the service of a search warrant in the 6300 block of 85th Street. Detectives obtained arrest warrants for William Howard Lee III (48), Jeramiah Pittman (30)…

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VERO BEACH - The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk of Indian River will be held October 12th at Riverside Park, Under the Oaks to unite our community, honor those touched by the disease and raise awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer. Making St…

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VERO BEACH - Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital welcomes infectious disease physician Jorge Requena-Penenori, MD. Dr. Requena-Penenori earned his medical degree at the Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas de la Havana in Havana, Cuba. He completed a family medicine residency at Comanda…

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Based on satisfactory microbial water quality test result, the Florida Department of Health in Indian River County is lifting the swimming advisory that was posted on August 15, 2019 for the beach sites at Coconut Point at Sebastian Inlet State Park.

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VERO BEACH – Flu season is quickly approaching, and the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is preparing for its 27th annual “Shoo the Flu” vaccination program. Public vaccination clinics begin September 10. Those who get their flu shot at any of the Hidden Treasures clinics will receive a coup…

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Vero Beach — The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) on Wabasso Island gratefully announces the receipt of a bequest gift in excess of $500,000 to support their mission of promoting connections to the natural environment. This month, the ELC received the first installment from the estate of …

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NOTE: This issue was on the agenda to be discussed at the Aug. 28 city council meeting, which occurred too late to be included in this story. We will update this story in next week’s edition.

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Father, Johnny Stambough and son, Zach who caught the big bass of 7.31 pounds with a winning tournament weight of 22.12 pounds for the Indian River Bass Anglers. Meetings every first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM located at Marsh Landing in Fellsmere.

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Developing from a tropical wave in the central Atlantic on September 24, Hurricane Dorian churned over several islands in the Bahamas on September 1including Grand Bahama and Abaco Island.  Islanders endured 48 hours of almost unprecedented fury from the Category 5monster with sustained wind…

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Having been spared the category 5 fury of Hurricane Dorian, the sun sets at Rivergate Park in Port St. Lucie on Sept. 4. 

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Having been spared the category 5 fury of Hurricane Dorian, the sun sets at Rivergate Park in Port St. Lucie on Sept. 4. 

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Patti Spina and her 11-year-old son Julien check out the storm surge at Sewall’s Point Park with Louis Martinez.

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Hometown News Staff Photographer Sevin Bullwinkle capturing the sunset at  Port St. Lucie’s Rivergate Park after the storm.

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The dock at Captain Hiram’s, along with most other points of access to Sebastian’s Indian River, closes for safety checks.

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A sidewalk on Ocean Drive in Vero Beach washes away, leaving behind a cavernous hole beneath the boardwalk.

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Michael Kennedy tries his luck with a metal detector after Hurricane Dorian displaces several inches of sand at Sexton Plaza in Vero Beach.

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Employees remove shutters and debris from Vero’s Ocean Grill after Hurricane Dorian leaves their outdoor area unusable.

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Beach access points on Ocean Drive in Vero Beach are closed until safety concerns regarding beach erosion are met.

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Electrical and water system engineers fill an Orchid Island parking lot while performing maintenance on the local infrastructure.

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A sailboat sits partially capsized in Sebastian’s Indian River on Wednesday, September 4 just after Hurricane Dorian’s visit.