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VERO BEACH - Piper Aircraft, an aircraft manufacturer headquartered at the Vero Beach Regional Airport, announced on March 26 that its manufacturing engineering team had designed protective gear for use at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - As we went to press, meals on wheels are still available for Indian River County seniors, on a limited basis. Some senior social dining sites are also still open.

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VERO BEACH – The on-again, off-again arrangement between Vero Beach and Elite Airways appears to be off again. On March 17, the Vero Beach City Council voted 5-0 to terminate Elite’s contract.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – On Feb. 18, the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners voted to hire Kannon Shanmugam of the law firm Paul Weiss to handle the appeal of the county’s high speed train lawsuit to the United States Supreme Court.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – Law enforcement agencies throughout Indian River County are taking precautions to protect officers, staff, and suspects from COVID-19.

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TREASURE COAST – On March 17, in response to the spread of COVID-19, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order requiring all bars and nightclubs to close for 30 days, beginning at 5 p.m. on March 17. The order also encouraged restaurants to expand takeout and delivery services.

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TREASURE COAST – Many stores on the Treasure Coast have set special hours for seniors and others at risk to shop during the COVID-19 crisis. All information can change on a moment’s notice, so you should call ahead or check the store’s website before venturing out.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – On March 17, the Florida Board of Education directed schools to remain closed through at least April 15.

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VERO BEACH – Visitors to Wabasso Beach, Tracking Station Beach, and Round Island Beach will notice something new at the public entrance to each beach.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – On March 9, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-52, declaring a state of emergency for the coronavirus. This action created the legal framework for state agencies and departments and local governments to prepare and respond to the virus.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The Education Foundation of Indian River County has announced as its new executive director long-time educator and school administrator Douglas Herron.

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SEBASTIAN ― The city of Sebastian announced on March 5 the appointment of Daniel N. Acosta as the next Sebastian Police Department chief.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY ― Impact 100 of Indian River County has announced that over a half million dollars will be distributed among eight finalists. The finalists who will present their programs to Impact 100 members for vote at the grant awards and annual meeting on April 16 are:

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Following the Feb. 20 announcement by the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County that it will end its sheltering contract, the county seemed resigned to moving forward with an alternative animal sheltering plan.

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TREASURE COAST – Living in Florida means living with water. Living so closely with water, whether a backyard pool or ocean beaches, means teaching children from a young age how to be safe in and around it.

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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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VERO BEACH - Equal Pay Day is the day beyond Dec. 31 that women must work until to earn the same pay men earned the previous year for the same work. This year, Equal Pay Day is March 31.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - On March 9 and 10, students in Indian River County learned about the Holocaust by watching and discussing a play about Anne Frank.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The School District of Indian River County has set up a coronavirus task force to plan and prepare to take immediate action if an outbreak occurs in the county.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Sebastian Exchange Club is proud to present the February Students of the Month. The Students of the Month Program recognizes hard-working pre-high school and high school students who attain high levels of scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership, and…

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VERO BEACH – On a balmy night in February, donors to the Gifford Youth Achievement Center (GYAC) Dream Weavers campaign gathered at GYAC’s Cis and Bill Glavin Educational Center to be honored for their contributions to a multi-year capital campaign. The celebration was held on campus, under …

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VERO BEACH - Three hundred and fifty Indian River County Democrats attended the local party’s annual fund-raising formal that took place on February 23rd at the Moorings Yacht and Country Club. Democrats and friends celebrated their solidarity and their work ahead to register Democrats and g…

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - On Jan. 14, the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners voted to explore holding a referendum to establish a set property tax millage for children’s services. Following a Feb. 25 workshop, that referendum is one step closer to being placed on the November ballot.

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TREASURE COAST - The U.S. Constitution requires that an accurate count of the population, called a census, take place once every 10 years. The 24th census begins March 12.

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VERO BEACH - The Emerson Center’s free Humanities Series ends the season with the Executive Director of the Fort Pierce’s Navy SEAL museum, Rick Kaiser, on “Impactful Leadership” Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m.

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VERO BEACH – On Monday, February 10, Rehmann’s Vero Beach, FL office hosted its fifth annual Indian River State College (IRSC) Chef Challenge at Quail Valley River Club. The event offered students an opportunity to showcase their culinary talents to a large group of guest judges. The members…

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VERO BEACH – On Saturday, February 15, 2020, Windsor co-founder The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, alongside Salvatore Ferragamo, co-hosted the fifth biennial Windsor Charity Polo Cup. Presented by PNC Bank and featuring a world-class roster of international players and an abundance of elegant festi…

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - In January, Indian River County Commissioners voted to abandon their federal lawsuit challenging bonds awarded to Virgin Trains USA by the U.S. Department of Transportation. At that time, the county decided to instead focus on safety and the costs of safety improvements.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Airbnb, a vacation rentals platform, is authorized through voluntary tax agreements to collect and remit bed taxes in 44 Florida counties, including Indian River County.

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SEBASTIAN - The Sebastian City Council voted 3-2 on Feb. 12 to approve the contract of new City Attorney Manny Anon Jr. Mr. Anon became City Attorney as of the end of that council meeting.

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VERO BEACH - Eighty members of the Kiwanis Youth in Action (KYIA) swooped down on a number of households and locations in Vero Beach. Assisted by 20 Kiwanis club members, they painted three homes and added a handicap access ramp to a fourth, quickly and efficiently changing those locations f…

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VERO BEACH - Simon Hall, a 1st Grader at Liberty Magnet Elementary school sweetly asks “would you like a slice of lemon?” as he pours a fresh cup of lemonade at his lemonade stand which was set up in Vero Lake Estates on February 8, 2020. Simon has been growing his hair for more than three y…

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SEBASTIAN - A little rain could not keep more than 250 veterans and their families away from the 5th Annual Veterans and Family Picnic on Feb. 1 at Riverview Park in Sebastian. A community of volunteers and veterans’ organizations came together to plan and host the 2020 picnic. The American …

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Duce is very, very sweet, super affectionate and over the top happy. He loves to be pet, is very smart, fun loving and very active - all the better to enjoy your life together. He would prefer to bean only child, no other pet residents. Let the "happyfest" begin with Duce in your life. How c…

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Tammy Calabria, executive director at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, and Katie Makemson assemble activity kits for delivery at the Martin County Fairgrounds.

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Children’s Museum of the Treasure CoastExecutive Director Tammy Calabria delivers activity kits to the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County in Hobe Sound with Morgan Lozoya, Sam Stewart and Katie Makemson. 

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Cece Frost, programs coordinator at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, delivers toys to the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County  Administrative office in Hobe Sound. 

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Students and parents approach the Mobile Café at the old Sears parking lot at the Indian River Mall.

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Charles Cypress prepares Vero’s Mobile Café, a modified special needs bus, for the next route.

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Ron Ealy holds a sign to catch motorists attention in front of Boys and Girls Club Club Ken Pruitt Unit on Lennard Roadnin Port St. Lucie on Saturday, March 21.

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Amy Taylor, a volunteer from Manatee Academy, hands out food at the Boys and Girls Club Ken Pruitt Unit on Lennard Road in Port St. Lucie on Saturday, March 21.

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Volunteer Kelsey Hitchcock directs Michele Exilus into the parking lot to pick up food provided by the Boys and Girls Club Ken Pruitt Unit on Lennard Road in Port St. Lucie on Saturday, March 21.

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Middle school students prepare to set sail at the U.S. Sailing Center in Jensen Beach on Tuesday, March 14.

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Brothers Ben and Jon Prestage perform at the Sneaki Tiki Bar on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17.

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People step outside Kilwin’s to have ice cream in downtown Stuart on Tuesday, March 17.

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Doretha Hair-Truesdell of the Fort Pierce Woman's Club and Kaitlyn Spera, director of the Boys and Girls Club Garden terrace Unit provide a meal to a young man as he drives through.

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Alton Fuller of Ft. Pierce with his great-grandaughter Kerrianna Lewis, 6.

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Ellie is a four-year old spayed female black tabby mixed breed cat who came back to the Humane Society in October. Ellie enjoys visitors; although she’s not a lap cat, she loves to be close to you. Ellie enjoys being petted and brushed, and she will roll over to get a belly rub. Ellie watche…

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The Run For The Donuts 2 mile run and walk was held at Keiser University in Port St. Lucie, with all proceeds to benefit early childhood education through the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County on Friday, March 13.