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STUART – The middle school years can be some of the most challenging times in a child's life. Peer pressure, anxiety, and fears about fitting in can easily sabotage a child's self- esteem and academic success. Tykes & Teens is helping students in Martin County overcome these social-emoti…

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MARTIN COUNTY – The Martin County School District will sponsor the 45th Annual “Music in Our Schools” program on Tuesday, March 26 at 7pm. The free event will be held in the gymnasium at Martin County High School and will feature performances by elementary, middle, and high school music students.

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The Martin County Local Planning Agency rejects staff recommendation for 118-unit Cove Road development

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STUART – The 11th Annual Single Fin Showdown has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2019 by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS). Taking place March 16 at Stuart Beach, the showdown annually attracts more than 150 competitors and 1,500 festival spectators.

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MARTIN COUNTY – Martin County Ecosystem Restoration and Management is partnering with Be Floridian Now to kick off a new project in Martin County to raise awareness on the local fertilizer ordinance and its connection to water quality in our community. Local businesses can sponsor a colorful…

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STUART – The Martin County Commission, the Stuart City Commission and the School Board of Martin County met Feb. 14 for their latest joint session to discuss a variety of topics but found the emotion and lingering effects of the Parkland school shooting still very fresh on everyone’s minds.

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STUART – While what happens in Vegas tends to stay in Vegas, both the Martin County middle class and the uber-wealthy seasonal residents alike found out that Stuart and the surrounding area of the Treasure Coast don’t exactly conform to that rule when it comes to spas-turned-cat-houses and t…

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PALM CITY – The Library Foundation of Martin County and Knight Kiplinger honored May Smyth as the 2019 recipient of the Kiplinger Literacy Award on January 28 at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City.

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MARTIN COUNTY – We all know the scene in the movie when the good guy is racing to the courthouse just in the nick of time to save the day, right? On Saturday, March 30th, hundreds will gather and Race to the Courthouse to save the day for local charities as the Martin County Bar Association …

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U.S. Army Corps holds public input sessions on lake discharges while inland residents beg for coastal cooperation

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MARTIN COUNTY – In Robert Louis Stevenson's famous story, Dr. Jekyll is introduced just as he is on the brink of discovering the key to man's inner reality. One evening he experiments on himself and finds that his formula works. Unfortunately, his "real" self turns out to be the monster Edwa…

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FORT PIERCE – Back by popular demand: St. Lucie County’s Animal Safety, Services and Protection Division, in partnership with Operation SOS, is extending the Outreach Spay/Neuter Program by offering another promotion to the residents of the unincorporated areas of St. Lucie County to have th…

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The Jensen Beach High School Falcons Varsity Basketball Team won their home non-conference game against the Lincoln Park Academy Greyhounds with a final score of 67-33 on Tuesday, January 21.

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TREASURE COAST – Airbnb, an online “accommodation marketplace” that links travelers with private homes for short-term lodging, released a 2018 report showing that Florida hosts earned $810 million in income while welcoming approximately 4.5 million guests to the state.

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MARTIN COUNTY – Whether you’re in need of a massage to loosen up tight muscles and relieve stress or simply want to add a refreshing glow to your skin, a visit to one of the local Massage Envy clinics can be just the ticket to make 2019 a much healthier and happier new year.

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STUART – A recent circuit court decision means Martin County attorneys must square off in court soon with a Hobe Sound developer claiming the Board of County Commissioners has deprived him of the right to develop his Bridge Road property.

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TREASURE COAST – High school students in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties are invited to participate in the annual Creative Writing Contest hosted by the English/Communications/Modern Languages Department at Indian River State College (IRSC). The deadline to submit ent…

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MARTIN COUNTY – If your mind is reeling from the choices and options of finding the best personal or business insurance to fit your own unique needs, then look no further than the Atlantic Insurance Partners office in Sewall’s Point.

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The ‘Walk A Mile In Her Shoes’ event put men in 4 inch red stilettos for a one mile walk through downtown Stuart on Saturday, February 3, to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence, while raising funds to benefit SafeSpace. For more information go to www.safespacefl.org

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TREASURE COAST - CareerSource Research Coast, which tracks employment for Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie counties, reports that the region’s unemployment rate at the end of 2018 was 3.8 percent, down 0.5 percent from the 4.3 percent that closed 2017.

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TREASURE COAST – The public is invited to join Slow Food Gold & Treasure Coast as we hold our 8th Annual U-Drive Farm Tour on Saturday, Feb. 16. Join them for a full-day tour of small-scale, sustainable farms in Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties.

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PALM CITY – Things are about to get wild as the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center welcomes guests to its inaugural Fine Wine & Art Festival at the Wildlife Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 2 - 6 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Center’s Wildlife …

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STUART –Martin County Fair-goers may one day head out Citrus Boulevard instead of driving down Dixie Highway to get to the fairgrounds after the County Commission approved the preliminary lease terms for a 107-acre piece of property near the Indiantown Airport to use for a future fairgrounds.

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STUART – A note to parents posted on the Martin County School District’s Facebook page Jan. 22 by the head of security caused an uproar among parents accustomed to eating lunch with their children on campus while volunteering at their schools.

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TREASURE COAST - Nonprofits, businesses, politicians, and local government workers united to feed furloughed federal employees. Others provided financial assistance and even free massages.

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The 13th annual Port Salerno Seafood Festival, hosted by the Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority, took place on Saturday, Jan. 26, offering patrons the opportunity to sample some local offerings, shop through maritime and arts and crafts booths and more in historic Port Salerno al…

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STUART – The Martin County Commission made history Jan. 8 when it voted unanimously to build a modest clubhouse and reduce the current 36 holes at the municipal golf course to a reconfigured 27-hole layout after dozens of public hearings held on the matter over the last four years.

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MARTIN COUNTY – The respective directors of both the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce and the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce attribute the area’s economic growth and their growing membership lists to a more business friendly climate in local government over the last couple of years.

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Presented by Infinity, the 45th Annual Stuart Boat Show featured over 200 vendors and exhibitors, held at Waterway Marina on Dixie Highway in Stuart from Friday, Jan.11 through Sunday, Jan. 13.

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Jeff Hardin, CEO of Straticon, Vice Mayor Eula Clarke, Comissioner Merritt Matheson, Mayor Becky Brunner, Comissioner Mike Meier, Troy McDonald and  John J. Doyle, builder and developer, turn the first shovelfuls of dirt, breaking  ground on Seminole Bluff, a$40 million-dollar project in dow…

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Jeff Hardin, CEO of Straticon , Brian Mast Congressman (R-18th District) and  John J. Doyle, builder and developer, joined a host of other local dignitaries to break ground on Seminole Bluff, a $40 million-dollar project. The ceremony  was held in downtown Stuart on Thursday, January 11. For…

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Chief Joseph Tumminelli receives his new badge from his wife Maritza at the Stuart Police Department on Wednesday, January 9.

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Joseph Tumminelli, with his hand on the bible held by his wife Maritza, is sworn in as Stuart’s Chief of Police by Judge Darren Steele during a ceremony held at the Stuart Police Department on Wednesday, January 9.

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MARTIN COUNTY -- Like many other Americans, governmental, civic and business leaders often take time at the start of a new year to look back upon the old year to express their thanksgiving for past accomplishments and make resolutions for the future. Follow along as we hear their hopes and d…

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MARTIN COUNTY -- Whether it was environmental activist Maggie Hurchalla being slapped with a $4.4 million fine after losing the Lake Point Restoration trial, Martin County agreeing to move its sacred Urban Service Boundary to accommodate a 3,411-acre development on Citrus Boulevard or a hist…

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STUART -- Two years ago when the Martin County Commission asked then Senior Assistant County Attorney Sarah Woods to take over permanently as county attorney upon the sudden departure of then County Attorney Michael Durham, she warned the Board it would be a short dance due to her rapidly ap…

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JUPITER – Ever wanted to try singing, acting or hip hop dancing? How about learning a routine from a nationally-known Broadway performer in an exclusive master class?

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Martin County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach BBQ was held at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach on Tuesday, March 5. The Sheriff’s Office invited the community to meet some of the deputies as they grill them some food, learn about what goes on in their community, discuss crime preven…

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Open every Saturday morning, the Fort Pierce Jazz Society Craft Market and the Downtown Farmer's Market of Fort Pierce offered live entertainment, crafts, food, fresh local produce and plants on Saturday, March 9,  on the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Pierce.

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Mia Fisichella, 6, granddaughter of Phil and Gerry Tafoya, was visiting from Beverly, Massachusetts, and caught this 12-inch, one pound mangrove snapper from a dock in river park north fork of Saint Lucie River

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Zaine Parlor, a senior from Fort Pierce Central had an impressive record of 46-11 this wrestling season. He was the District Champion and the Regional Champion. Zaine won the Region 3A Championship by avenging a loss to Gianni Guerriero in the finals. Guerriero formerly bested Zaine in the S…

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Horace is a three and a half-year old neutered male orange tabby mixed breed cat. He is impressive to behold in the cat room, confident, yet curious. Horace is exploring his new digs, since he just came to the Humane Society in February. Despite his independent appearance, he is friendly, an…

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Achilles is a large, handsome, boisterous boy who is only about 6 years old. He is very calm in is kennel and very active once he is out and about. His favorite game is tug and he adores playing with his toys. Achilles can be very picky about his dog friends so a meet-and-greet is required f…

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Oliver (left) is over the top sweet. Look into his big brown eyes and tell me your heart does not melt. He is very affectionate and super happy. Let the "lovefest" begin with Oliver in your life. Pirate (right) is very gentle and very affectionate. His favorite pastime is to be pet right by …

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Hi! My name is Smokey and my best friend's name is 'The Bandit'. Don't worry, he is just a teddy bear that I have had since I was a kitten! That a fourteen year long friendship! I have never been without him and he needs to stay with me at all times.

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Lexy is an almost three-year old spayed female brown brindle and white mixed breed dog. She has been at the Humane Society since October. Her friends here say Lexy listens well, and she is very well-behaved on walks. This clever girl will sit and offer her paw when you ask. Take one look int…

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Rudy is a sweet 8 year old boy and he is quickly on his way to becoming a HSTC staff and volunteer favorite. Since he came to us as stray, we do not know much about his past. What we do know is that he is very talkative and extremely social. He loves attention! Rudy is also FIV (Feline Immun…

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We're Nebula and Cosmo-a loving long-haired brother and sister who are waiting to love you. We cuddle with each other, so we need to stay together, but we are great with people of all ages, too. We are only a year old and we have perfect manners. Our guardian angel has paid our adoption fee,…

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Debra and Frank Lillo are both native Rhode Islanders and moved to Port St. Lucie in 1993 right after the big blizzard in New England. Whenever the couple travels to Rhode Island, their first stop after landing at the T.F. Green airport is to head north a few miles up “95” to Olneyville and …

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Max Lucas gives two thumbs up for the Hometown News at the foot of one of the world’s most iconic mountain peaks in the world, the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

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Richard and Jeanne Nash from Hobe Sound on July 16, 2018 visiting Katmai National Park in Alaska where the wild brown bears fish the annual salmon run. Spectacular!

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Samuel Weaver, 6, from Taylorstown, Virginia. (Visiting grandparents in Vero Beach, caught this "very big" Tilapia in west Vero Beach.