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STUART — The Martin County Commission here waded into the weeds of the planned $1.7 million Wojcieszak Park rehabilitation Jan. 24, getting a progress update from staff as well as an earful of complaints about current conditions from volunteers with a Little League team based at the park.

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INDIANTOWN — The members of the Village Council here found themselves embroiled in a public records controversy at the end of the Jan. 12 meeting due to the repurposing of a laptop previously used by former Village Manager Howard Brown to replace the one lost on a November Delta Airlines fli…

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STATEWIDE — Florida is one of the states with the worst policies to prevent and reduce tobacco use, according to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report, released Jan. 25. The state earned mostly failing grades on this year’s report.

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STUART — The nationally renowned group “The Motowners Ladies” will be performing classic Motown, Rock n' Roll, and Pop hits at The Barn Theatre for a special, Valentine-themed, fundraiser event.

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STUART — The Martin County School Board here got an up close and personal lesson Jan. 17 on how staff members and athletic coaches here worked arduously to guide the Jensen Beach High School Girls Volleyball Team to the Florida High School Athletic Association’s 5A State Championship last year.

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STUART — Thanks to the Jan. 17 ruling by the State Administration Commission reversing an earlier administrative judge’s decision, the Costco Wholesale Corporation’s decade long goal of opening a store in Martin County could actually become a reality this year.

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STUART — The majority of the City Commission here agreed Jan. 9 to allow half of the Zoning in Progress implemented three months ago to expire, while simultaneously extending the portion related to future development in the city’s central urban core utilizing controversial half-unit density …

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INDIANTOWN — The Village Council majority here approved the appointment of former Martin County administrator Taryn Kryzda as its interim manager after a contentious debate amid accusations of closed-door voting and even a forced recess called by the mayor to maintain order.

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TREASURE COAST — The Port St. Lucie Seafood Festival returns to the grounds of the MIDFLORIDA Event Center, Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, featuring a wide variety of seafood, cold beer, cocktails, and a mix of rock, reggae and island tunes.

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STUART — The Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency got an end-of-the-year update Dec. 19 on several major projects already in the pipeline or soon to be approved for the county’s six community redevelopment districts.

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STUART — The Martin County Commission here voted unanimously Dec. 13 to send a letter of support to state officials backing the preference expressed by the Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization the day prior to realign the intersection of State Roads 710 and 714 for safety reasons.

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MARTIN COUNTY — All over the world, people of every nation and culture mark the passing of one year to the next in hopes of having a better new year ahead than the one now in the rearview mirror. Those celebrations are frequently accompanied by a desire to change old habits or develop new on…

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STUART — The Martin County Commission here voted unanimously Dec. 13 to send a letter of support to state officials backing the preference expressed by the Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization the day prior to realign the intersection of State Roads 710 and 714 for safety reasons.

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STUART — The majority of the Local Planning Agency here recommended the Martin County Commission approve a new future land use for a 21.4-acre parcel just east of Kanner Highway so a developer can build a high-density residential project.

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January 5, 2023 will mark my second year as your Martin County Property Appraiser. I continue to commit my Office to providing excellent customer service, education, and community outreach, for the residents and business owners of our great County!

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TREASURE COAST — The Auto Club Group, AAA, has activated its Tow to Go program, which provides transportation for impaired drivers and their vehicle. Tow to Go is active now through 6 a.m. Mon., Jan. 2, and is available throughout the Treasure Coast.

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The Year 2022 started off on a positive note with the coronavirus letting up and public officials optimistic the economy would shake off its shut-down infused lethargy. That recovery, however, was short-circuited upon Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in mid-February, which provoked a soaring spi…

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STUART — The Martin County Commission approved a $1.7-million interfund loan Dec. 13 so the Pompano Beach-based Di Pompeo Construction Corp. can begin construction on the final phase of the Old Palm City Mapp Road redevelopment project that has transformed the area into the downtown the comm…

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TREASURE COAST — With the holiday season upon us, the ASPCA offers tips on keeping companion animals safe.

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SEWALL’S POINT — After recent septic-to-sewer conversion discussions characterized by lengthy debate and flaring tempers over whether to allow South Sewall’s Point residents to vote on whether the town connects to Martin County Utilities, the Town Commission majority ultimately decided to re…

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The Tony Award-nominated musical "Grease" hits the Barn stage Jan. 12 through Jan. 29, with a live band and infectious, catchy songs like "You're the One That I Want," "Grease Lighting" and "Hopelessly Devoted to You."

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MARTIN COUNTY — The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast will be holding a Cookies with Santa event on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season with a meet and greet with Santa, cookie decorating, and a very special story time with Santa himself! Museum members c…

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SEWALL’S POINT — Town commissioners and members of the public here got their first official glimpse Nov. 29 at the South Sewall’s Point Septic to Sewer Study – Residential Area Report in the works since last spring under the guidance of Town Engineer Joe Capra.

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TREASURE COAST — According to Buddy the Elf, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear. But, we think the best way to spread holiday joy is by donating a new, unwrapped toy!

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INDIANTOWN – Without any public forewarning to residents or Village Council members here, Village Manager Howard Brown abruptly turned in his resignation Dec. 8 prior to a scheduled discussion on his upcoming performance review slated for January 2023.

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INDIANTOWN — The Village Council here struggled recently with whether to continue the pandemic tradition of reading email or written comments out loud during its meetings before voting unanimously to simply post them online for the public.

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STUART — The City Commission majority here voted to amend the city code on the first reading of an ordinance that if passed on second reading would enable its meetings to begin with prayer instead of the current moments of silence prior to the pledge of allegiance.

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TREASURE COAST — The 2022 “State of Lung Cancer” report from the American Lung Association says Florida ranks 44th in the nation for lung cancer cases receiving no treatment.

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MARTIN COUNTY — The School District and the Education Foundation of Martin County honored its top educators for the 2022/2023 School Year in a special Teacher of the Year ceremony held Nov. 4 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Event Center in Port St. Lucie. 

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STATEWIDE — Following Hurricane Ian’s landfall, vessel owners were given a 45-day grace period to bring derelict vessels into compliance or remove them from state waters. The grace period ended on Nov. 15. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the number of impa…

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STATEWIDE — With one of the busiest travel times of the year approaching -- and an estimated 54.6 million Americans planning to travel more than 50 miles during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to AAA-- the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is offering tips to help families t…

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STUART — The Martin County Commission here got the ball rolling on the redevelopment of the old Golf World site shuttered a year ago when the majority of its members agreed to rezone 4.63 acres of the 26.06-acre property fronting Kanner Highway from planned unit development to General Commer…

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STUART — In a last-ditch effort to convince at least one other Board member to side with them, the two newest members of the City Commission elected last August on slow-growth platforms unsuccessfully attempted to derail the current Florida State Cabinet review of the administrative law judg…

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For more information please call Dogs&Cats Forever at 772-489-5454, Option 2, or visit the shelter at 4600 Selvitz Rd. in Fort Pierce. 

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These pets and more are available at the Humane Society of Vero Beach. We're located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach, open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m to 4:30 on weekends. For more information call (772) 388-3331 or visit http://hsvb.org/.

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Meet these little guys and many more at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) on 4100 SW Leighton Farm Avenue, Palm City, FL 34990. For more information call (772) 600-3217 or visit https://www.hstc1.org. 

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Four residents of Martin County cruised on the Danube River for two weeks in October of 2022, as they read their copy of Hometown News. Beverly and John Stehman and Deborah Marko are winter residents in Natalie Estates, while Jack Brunner is a year-round resident. The group read their paper …

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For our Catch of the Week, we have Floridian David Buitron. He caught a 4-foot black tip at the Indian River in Grant. 

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Spike is an 8-year-old, male Blue Merle Mini Aussie. He loves to run around the pool when the pump comes on in the morning and make sure it’s working properly. He loves his daily walk and visit with the ducks at Easy Street Park, and he likes to play ball and fetch! (Of course, he loves snac…

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These pets and many more are available for adoption through the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Locations to adopt are the HSTC Main Shelter at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, the HSTC Thrift Store Central at 2585 SE Federal Highway in Stuart, and the HSTC Thrift Store North a…

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Jessica Wheaton, 11, of Fort Pierce, caught and released this little guy while fishing at the Jetty in Fort Pierce. What a catch!

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Skyler is a 5-year-old terrier mix rescued from Sunrise Humane Society by George and Lynn Eismont of Fort Pierce. Skyler likes to go for long walks, play at the dog park or beach, and take naps. 

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Maura Youngs, from Port St Lucie, is here in Donegal, Ireland, at her sister Joan Blaney's house. She was there in April of 2022 for her 54th birthday, and Hometown News flew over the pond to have some good craic! (That means fun in Ireland.)  

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These pets and more are available at the Humane Society of Vero Beach. We're located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach, open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m to 4:30 on weekends. For more information call (772) 388-3331 or visit http://hsvb.org/.

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These pets and more are available at the Humane Society of Vero Beach. We're located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach, open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m to 4:30 on weekends. For more information call (772) 388-3331 or visit http://hsvb.org/.

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These pets and more are available at the Humane Society of Vero Beach. We're located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach, open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m to 4:30 on weekends. For more information call (772) 388-3331 or visit http://hsvb.org/.

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Sebastian resident Tammy Nelson celebrated her birthday in April of last year with a trip to Galway, Ireland. Even in spring, she says it was cold, enduring 47-degree weather while missing the Florida warmth. She says she enjoyed herself immensely and has always wanted to be on our paper. Ha…

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Coral Gallup shows off her first catch of the day at the LaPorte Farms Kids Fishing Tournament on Jan. 14, 2023. This photo was caught by John Biondo, staff photographer at Hometown News!

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This is 3-year-old Sammy, a most affectionate Frenchie. Owner Donna Aliff from Port St. Lucie says that while Sammy loves to be held like a baby and give lots of kisses, she is also very stubborn and the worst listener. "Biggest ears -- worst listener," in Donna's words. Sammy does not even …

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These pets and many more are available for adoption through the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Locations to adopt are the HSTC Main Shelter at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, the HSTC Thrift Store Central at 2585 SE Federal Highway in Stuart, and the HSTC Thrift Store North a…

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Mischief is a special 5-year-young boy. Not many people ask to meet him because he barks when you walk by his kennel. However, outside of his kennel he is completely different. HE WOULD SIT ON YOUR LAP IF HE COULD. Mischief absolutely LOVES to play in the water; it is his favorite thing asid…

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These pets and many more are available for adoption through the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Locations to adopt are the HSTC Main Shelter at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, the HSTC Thrift Store Central at 2585 SE Federal Highway in Stuart, and the HSTC Thrift Store North a…

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Traveling back to his former state of Wisconsin, Bill Vanasse is here visiting the Milwaukee Public Market with his favorite local paper.

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Brevard County resident Rick Keelan, holding up the five Christmas editions of The Hometown News. Rick is at the foot of the Detroit River, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Ambassador Bridge (International Border Crossing) can be seen in the background.

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Brevard County visitor Shane Webb caught and released a handsome 32-inch snook off the Sebastian coastline back when snook season was open.  

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Arrow, who was almost age 2 in this August of 2022 photo, is an adorable Chipoo (50% poodle) who looks and acts like a Jack Russell! He is so lovable and playful, giving lots of kisses to owners Lisa and Michael Bridge of Vero Beach. Arrow shakes paws, retrieves toys (squeaking pleasant musi…

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Here, Arron L. Drives the ball off the first hole tee. It ended up near the crest of the green.

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These pets and more are available at the Humane Society of Vero Beach. We're located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach, open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m to 4:30 on weekends. For more information call (772) 388-3331 or visit http://hsvb.org/.

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These pets and many more are available for adoption through the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Locations to adopt are the HSTC Main Shelter at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, the HSTC Thrift Store Central at 2585 SE Federal Highway in Stuart, and the HSTC Thrift Store North a…

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This is Bingo. At the time of this photo, Bingo was approximately 8-10 weeks old. Now, the little calico kitty is closer to 4 or 5 months. Bingo's three favorite things are: hiding, exploring kitty spaces at home, and playing with new toys provided by family members Chuck and Nadene Gariety …

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Indian Harbour Beach resident Nick Furrow caught a Gag Grouper offshore the Sebastian inlet a few weeks ago. 

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These pets and more are available at the Humane Society of Vero Beach. We're located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach, open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m to 4:30 on weekends. For more information call (772) 388-3331 or visit http://hsvb.org/.

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These pets and many more are available for adoption through the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Locations to adopt are the HSTC Main Shelter at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, the HSTC Thrift Store Central at 2585 SE Federal Highway in Stuart, and the HSTC Thrift Store North a…

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Brevard County residents Michael Johnson, Lillian Hernández Caraballo and their daughter visited the island of Puerto Rico in November. They pose here in front of the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, better known as "El Morro," a historic citadel built in San Juan between 16th and 18th centuries.

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This is Tigy! (Pronounced Tie-ghee.) He is 17-year-old domestic long-hair cat. He loves watching Jeopardy, being vacuumed and talking while his food bowl gets filled. He lives with proud family member Cindy Schwarz in Vero Beach. 

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These pets and many more are available for adoption through the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Locations to adopt are the HSTC Main Shelter at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, the HSTC Thrift Store Central at 2585 SE Federal Highway in Stuart, and the HSTC Thrift Store North a…

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Nick Hill, a local third generation commercial fisherman, pulled in a king fish about 5 miles off the Sebastian inlet in March. His girlfriend, Tami Leeberg, took the photo while the fish was still in the air just as it was being reeled in.  

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Tony and Kim Kehres brought their Hometown News to their hometown of New Washington, Ohio; population: 1,000. New Washington is where they both grew up before they fled the snowy winters for sunny Melbourne, Brevard County, in 1987.

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Sara Schwartz of Port St. Lucie visited Santorini, Greece, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, on a 28-day cruise on the Getaway. She shared with us this excellent photo of her travels, showing she remembered to take her copy of the Hometown News with her.  

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This guy was just so cute last time, we had to bring him to you again this week. Thayor Temple, 5, made another catch! This time, he caught a large mouth bass while fishing in Fellsmere. 

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These pets and many more are available for adoption through the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Locations to adopt are the HSTC Main Shelter at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, the HSTC Thrift Store Central at 2585 SE Federal Highway in Stuart, and the HSTC Thrift Store North a…

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These pets and more are available at the Humane Society of Vero Beach. We're located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach, open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m to 4:30 on weekends. For more information call (772) 388-3331 or visit http://hsvb.org/.

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This is Gaston, a 7-month-old Bernedoodle pup from Port St. Lucie. His favorite hobbies are playing with his toys, walking around the neighborhood with his parents and riding in the car. He also really, really likes his parents shoes and socks (but he wouldn't tell us what he does with them)…

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Come visit these adorable little guys at the Humane Society of St. Lucie County, from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 8890 Glades Cut-Off Road in Port St. Lucie. Just 5 minutes east off Exit 126 (Midway Road) I-95.

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Greg and Joyce Taylor and Shirley and Bob Pickton from Indian Harbour Beach traveled to Norway in August. At Pulpit Rock the views of Lysefjord were incredible!