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Martin County • September 2011

A monthly publication celebrating the active lifestyle of Florida’s boomers

Who are you? Trace your roots Page Page 16 16

Medicare changes If you’re 65 or caring for someone who is, you need to know what’s different for 2011 Page 4

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History of Medicare By Shelley Koppel

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Medicare was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson. The bill signing took place in Independence, Mo., at the Truman Library, in recognition of the role President Truman had played in creating a health insurance system. Mr. Truman was given the first Medicare card and his wife, Bess, the second. Today, Medicare provides health coverage to those 65 and older as well as to those under 65 who are permanently disabled. It was left to another president from Texas, George W. Bush, to sign the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003. That set into motion the prescription drug benefit known as Part D. It is hard to remember how controversial the passage of Medicare was in its day. During much of the

20th century, presidents had tried to get some form of health coverage enacted. Opponents ranged from politicians to insurance companies to the American Medical Association. Today, Medicare is considered a success story by most and few seniors would give it up. Even those who do not favor government-run health care say “Don’t touch my Medicare!” Medicare and Part D are complicated and often difficult to understand. The Open Enrollment period for changing plans has been moved up from November to October and decisions need to be made sooner. We are running these articles now to help you understand the choices. We also want you to be aware of resources that are available to help you make those decisions. We hope you find the information useful as you plan for 2012. Please let us know.

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• Camping at Phipps Park, located along the Okeechobee Waterway. The campground is near the Florida Turnpike and is easily accessible via Interstate-95. Enjoy fresh and/or saltwater fishing. Campers also appreciate the waterfront view that many of our sites provide. For more information, visit the Martin County Parks and Recreation website at www.martin.fl.us or call (772) 2876565. •Jensen Bookwalk: noon-6 p.m. every Tuesday at Historic Downtown Jensen Beach. Sponsored by Jensen Beach Village Mainstreet and Treasure Coast Writer’s Guild. • The Elliott Museum: Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. The museum is located at 825 N.E. Ocean Blvd., on Hutchinson Island, Stuart. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-12. For more information, call (772) 225-1961. • Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center nature trail adventures: The daily, 90-minute guided walks start at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the center, 890 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Free with paid admission to the center. Admission to the center is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 12. For information, call (772) 225-0505 or visit www.floridaoceanographic.org • House of Refuge museum is at 301 S.E. MacArthur Blvd., Hutchinson Island, Stuart. Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. For information, call (772) 225-1875. • Maritime and Yachting Museum features classic and antique boats, ship models, nautical artifacts and tools, paintings and books. The museum is at 1707 Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, and is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays, and from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. For information, call (772) 692-1234. • Singletarian Society of Martin and St. Lucie counties: Active single, divorced or widowed folks ages 57 to 70 are invited to join. The club meets

formally once a month for a buffet lunch and news of upcoming events. For more information, call (772) 3982345. • Stuart Community Band meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Stuart recreation center. New members with some musical experience are welcome. For more information, call (772) 220-1744. • Stuart Heritage Museum: The museum, 161 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. For information, call (772) 220-4600. • Sunset cruise: A two-hour sunset cruise through the Indian River Lagoon to Bird Island on Thursdays. Light refreshments are available. Check-in is at 3:30 p.m. at Finz Waterfront Grille, 4290 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Morning tours are scheduled daily at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $16 for children. Not recommended for children under 6. For information, call (772) 219-0148. • Stuart Green Market is held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. year-round in front of Stuart’s City Hall, 121 S.W. Flagler Avenue, Stuart. Fresh produce, bromeliads, shrubs and small trees, local growers, seafood, baked goods, boiled peanuts, honey, conch, crepes, barbeque, breakfast and lunch items, beautiful jewelry, soaps, candles, sundresses, local authors and artists, Highwaymen paintings, great live music and more. For information call (772) 528-8900. • Open “pick-up” tennis: Saturday, starting between 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Halpatiokee regional tennis courts on Lost River Road. Everyone is invited. There is no cost, but occasionally bringing a can of balls is suggested. To submit a calendar event, e-mail the information to newsfp@hometownnewsol.com or fax it to (772) 465-5301. Information must be received two weeks prior to the publication date. –– For Hometown News


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UNDERSTANDING

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Medicare offers prescription drug benefits. This guide will help you begin to understand what’s available to you. By Shelley Koppel Associate News Editor

STUART — The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 is commonly known as Medicare Part D. It is the prescription drug component of Medicare and it is available to Medicare recipients who have Part A or Part B. While under the Medicare umbrella, Part D is more like traditional insurance. Medicare recipients must choose a plan, run by an insurance company. To do so, it’s necessary to find out which plans are available in your area and then compare the cost for the drugs you take. If you belong to Medicare Advantage, it may have a prescription benefit with it. If this sounds complicated, it is. If you do not take any prescription drugs, you might be tempted to skip Part D. However, unless you have good drug coverage from a present or former employer, you will pay a penalty for not enrolling when you are first eligible. That penalty may well continue for as long as you have Part D.

Choosing a Plan Those with access to a computer can find help at the Medicare website www.medicare.gov. It is a little daunting, but by indicating where you live and what medications you take, a list of plans available to you, with the premiums, will appear. You can compare them online. For further information, you can contact each insurer independently to make sure that the medications you take are covered and that you understand what the premium and co-pay, if any, will be. The SHINE program is also useful for figuring See PART D, 9

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How to manage medications safely metrocreativeconnection.com For Hometown News

Statistics indicate that the average senior takes four to five prescription medications daily and potentially two over-the-counter products as well. Individuals could be consuming 10 to 15 pills in one day. Research also indicates that a senior will use roughly 25 different prescription medications during the course of a year. Managing this many medications can be tricky. Seniors rely on myriad medications for various health conditions. Oftentimes, these meds are prescribed by different specialists with little to no coordination between them. Doctors often rely on patient information regarding prescription usage to complete medical history forms and determine whether another medication is safe to take. It is easy for the elderly to forget about a medication he or she is taking or mix it up with another when the person is managing so many pills. Drug interactions can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Therefore it is

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Part D. Standing for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, SHINE is a state-wide volunteer-based program offering free Medicare and health insurance education, counseling and assistance. SHINE is administered in Florida by the Department of Elder Affairs. SHINE volunteers can offer free, unbiased information on Medicare; Medicaid, the state-run program for those with low income; Medicare supplemental insurance or Medigap; long-term care insurance, prescription drug insurance or Part D; and Medicare fraud. They can also help clients apply for extra help with premiums if they meet income requirements. Some counties offer counseling by phone and others have counseling sites. When the Medicare Part D benefit went into effect, in 2006, beneficiaries

essential to manage meds as carefully as possible. 1. The first step to take is to make a list of all medications that you are currently taking. If you use one pharmacy (highly adviseable for record-keeping and notification of drug interactions), you can ask the pharmacy to print a list of the pills you take. It will have the actual names and show your prescription history. Make copies of this list. Store one at home in a file cabinet, and keep others in your wallet or purse to bring with you to doctors' appointments. When asked about prescriptions, you'll have your list ready and waiting. 2. Make sure you fully understand dosage and duration of medications when your doctor prescribes something. Doctors stereotypically have poor handwriting on prescriptions. Therefore, do not hesitate to ask that the instructions be repeated. Verify the instructions with the pharmacist when picking up the medication. 3. Store all medication in the original containers so that you have the

proper dosage and expiration dates. This will make renewals and dosage checks easier. 4. If you take multiple pills each day, it can be handy to use a pill organizer separated into days of the week and times of the day. At the beginning of each week, use your pill bottles to measure out what pills you need to take at each time. If you feel confused about this process, ask a family member, friend or even the pharmacy to help. 5. Read the safety information provided with prescription medications. It will tell you what you can and can't do while taking a medication, as well as potential side effects. If you have any concerns about the information, speak with the pharmacist or call your doctor. You're always better safe than sorry. 6. Store prescriptions where they are accessible by you but not by other members of the family. If you are sharing a home with a spouse or someone else who takes multiple medications, keep your pills sepa-

had to pay 100 percent pf prescription drug costs after they reached a coverage limit and until their drug expenses qualified them for catastrophic coverage. This was known as the infamous ‘doughnut hole.’ Patty Guttu is assistant SHINE liaison for Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties. She noted some important changes to Part D in 2011. “This year, if you are taking brand name drugs and you hit the ‘doughnut hole,’ it’s 50 percent co-pay for the beneficiary,” she said. Before, it was 100 percent. For generic drugs, the beneficiary pays 93 percent and Medicare picks up seven percent. The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act has made the ‘doughnut hole’ less of a burden. Jeff Johnson interim state director of AARP Florida said that people who fall into the hole will receive some relief. “This year people who fall into the coverage gap will receive a 50 percent discount on their name-brand pre-

scription drugs and a seven percent discount on generic drugs. The ‘doughnut hole’ starts at $2, 840 in covered prescription drugs costs and ends when the catastrophic coverage kicks in at $4, 550. “In succeeding years, the discount will rise and by 2020, the ‘doughnut hole’ will disappear entirely. Those in Medicare Part D will receive 75 percent of the cost of their covered prescriptions with 25 percent co-pay.” Another change to the program this year is that the period to switch plans is longer. “The biggest change this year is changes to the Annual Enrollment Period,” said Jennifer Vander May, SHINE liaison for Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties. “It’s always begun Nov. 15 and now it’s Oct. 15-Dec. 7.”

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Being careful with medications can mean the difference between life and death.

ing at the Council on Aging’s new Kane Center later this year. For the time being, counseling is being done by phone. Call the Florida Elder Helpline 1(800) 963-5337. SHINE will receive a referral and a volunteer will call the client. “We can take information on medications over the phone and plug it into Medicare.gov,” Ms. Vander May said. “We can print out comparisons and mail it to the client. Then we can go over it in a follow-up. If someone is not computer savvy, we’ll go extra to make sure they understand their options. We encourage them to come in.” It is important to note that legislators working on the budget may make changes to Medicare. You can follow changes at www.medicare.gov. Organizations such as AARP are following the legislative action. You can keep informed at the AARP website www.aarp.org.


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y strong margins, new polls show that Americans of all political persuasions are upset at Congress in the wake of the early-August debt-ceiling agreement and subsequent market turmoil. But even though the first round of budgetcutting action left Social Security and Medicare intact, older Floridians are starting to realize that they’re still in a fight to protect the benefits they’ve earned over a lifetime of hard work. In fact, upcoming efforts to trim the federal deficit will focus debate even more strongly on the future of Medicare, Social Security and other key programs. Later this year, Congress will have to make a new round of even more difficult budgetcutting decisions. Under the debt-ceiling deal, a 12-member Congressional committee is to craft a plan to trim from $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion more from the nation’s long-

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term deficit by Nov. 23 of this year. This “super-committee” could recommend reductions to any kind of federal spending, including Social Security or Medicare. AARP Florida is concerned that this fast-track process would deny older Americans a chance to make themselves heard in the debate over budget reductions. Under the legislation, Congress cannot amend the committee’s plan, but can only accept or reject it. Congress must act by Dec. 23. If the “super-committee’s” plan is rejected, then the legislation requires a broad range of across-the-board budget cuts, including a 2-percent reduction to Medicare reimbursements to your doctor, hospital and other health-care providers. This potential cut would be in addition to a possible 30-percent cut in Medicare

erage. Part D is the prescription drug coverage. It is provided by private insurance companies and you pay a premium as you would for any other insurance. Helping to sort of out these complexities is the SHINE program. Standing for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, SHINE is a state-wide volunteer-based program offering free Medicare and health insurance education, counseling and assistance. SHINE is administered in Florida by the Department of Elder Affairs. SHINE volunteers can offer free, unbiased information on Medicare; Medicaid, the state-run program for those with low income; Medicare supplemental insurance or Medigap; long-term care insurance; prescription drug insurance or Part D; and Medicare fraud. Some counties offer counseling by phone and others have counseling sites. “The biggest change this year is changes to the Annual Enrollment Period,” said Jennifer Vander May, SHINE liaison for Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties. “It’s always begun Nov. 15 and now it’s Oct. 15Dec. 7. “

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Getting help Navigating the Medicare shoals can be tricky and it is a good idea to plan. “When you’re about to celebrate your 65th birthday, it’s very important that you take the time to think through your Medicare coverage,” said Dave Bruns, AARP Florida’s communication manager. “Sign up promptly and make sure you do your research on the options available to you. It can take a while to sort through this complicated issue and make the right choices, but you should take as much time as you need.” There are many resources avail-

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Patty Guttu, assistant SHINE liaison, noted other changes. “Starting (this past) January, you can get an annual physical or wellness exam,” she said. “There used to be 20 percent co-pay, but now it’s free.” In addition to the exam, many preventive screening tests are now covered, including flu shots, screening mammograms, prostate exams, cardiovascular disease screening, bone mass measurements, glaucoma testing and colorectal cancer screening. Some of the screenings may have limitations and include only those with a family history of a condition. Many Medicare recipients decide that while Medicare pays for a lot of care, there is still a substantial amount that is not covered. For example, under Part B, after the deductible for the year is met, you pay 20 percent of the

amount Medicare approves for the service. That includes each doctor’s visit and test. Some Medicare recipients decide to purchase a supplemental plan, often referred to as Medigap. These are sold by private insurers and are often advertised on television.

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able to help make informed choices. The first, if you already receive Medicare, is the handbook, Medicare & You, sent to each recipient at the beginning of the year. It is particularly helpful in letting recipients about any changes in coverage and cost and the basics of what Medicare does cover. Medicare maintains a website, www.medicare.gov, which has the most up-to-date information. Those without computers can call 1 (800) 633-4227. The SHINE program is a great help in figuring out Medicare and its related parts. They can also assist in obtaining extra help with Medicare premiums for lowincome beneficiaries. To locate SHINE assistance in Florida, call the Elder Helpline at 1 (866) 684-5885. In Martin County, SHINE counselors will be doing on-site counseling at the Council on Aging’s new Kane Center later this year. For the time being, counseling is being done by

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phone. “When someone calls, the Elder Helpline, if the call is SHINErelated, we get a referral,” said Ms. Vander May. “We call the client and schedule a meeting. We can take the information by phone or meet with them.” Ms. Guttu noted that SHINE volunteers do Medicare education, as well, making presentations throughout the community about Medicare basics and changes. For more information, call the Elder Helpline. AARP offers information about Medicare, as well. Visit the Web site at www.aarp.org. You can find good information on basic Medicare. Wading your way through Medicare is a challenging task but it’s important to get the best information to make informed decisions. Dave Bruns of AARP summed up why. “After all, you’ve worked a lifetime for this benefit. Make sure you get the most out of it.”

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rate from the others. You may want to colorcode bottles or organizers so you can easily see what pills are yours or your spouse's. 7. Avoid taking medication in the dark or while tired. You may take the wrong pill and risk overdose. 8. Keep medications away from young children, especially visiting grandchildren. 9. Routinely check expiration dates on bottles. Discard expired medication promptly. 10. If your doctor tells you to stop taking a medication, dispose of it promptly. 11. Always take the prescription as prescribed by a doctor. Don't play with dosage or skip pills because you feel like it. Also, don't abruptly stop taking a medication. Some prescriptions require you to gradually wean off. 12. If a medication's side effects are making you ill or you do not feel right or improved while taking a medication, consult with your doctor. You know your body best. 13. Alcohol interacts with many different prescriptions. Be careful of mixing alcohol and drugs.

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doctor reimbursements that will occur at the end of this year if Congress does not fix a flawed Medicare-reimbursement formula. AARP believes that now is the time to strengthen, not weaken, Social Security and Medicare. We are calling for a broader national conversation about protecting American values and everyone’s retirement security. To help get this conversation started, AARP Florida is reaching out to Floridians in several ways. A series of “community conversations” will be held later this year to explain the deficitreduction issue and its possible impacts on older Americans. Also, tens of thousands of AARP members statewide will be able to listen to a “Tele-Forum” to explain the issue via a toll-free telephone call later this year. Also, AARP Florida volunteer speakers are available to speak to your civic or fraternal organization, club, condo or homeowners’ association or other group this fall on this important issue. To schedule a speaker to come to your club or organization and speak about this or other topics, please call AARP Florida at 1-866-

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COMMUNITY NOTES House seeks volunteers Molly’s House is looking for volunteers to work at the front desk, answer phones, check guests in or out and greet guests. For more information visit www.mollyshouse.org or call (772) 223-6659.

Group accepting membership The Stuart Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is accepting memberships from men and women ages 12 to 21, who are interested in volunteer work. Attendees will learn teamwork and leadership skills. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office aviation hangar at Witham Field, in Stuart. Call (772) 626-5660 for information and directions. Check the website www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.

Pregnancy testing, parent classes available Care Net offers pregnancy tests and STD testing at no charge. Please call to schedule an appointment. The Stuart Care Net Pregnancy Center will also hold parenting classes on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. The center is looking for donations of maternity clothes, car seats and diapers for the new babies. Care Net is located on U.S. 1 in Stuart, just south of Salerno Road in the Winn-Dixie Plaza. The Salerno office is currently open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (772) 283-2911 for more information.

Ongoing classes for twirlers The Treasure Coast Superstars Twirl Team, coached by Terri Zechiel, is offering baton-twirling instruction for all levels of twirlers. Classes are sponsored by the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department, and instruction for beginner and intermediate level twirlers will take place at the Vince Bocchino Community Center at Langford Park in Jensen Beach. The class takes place on Tuesday afternoons and are aimed at girls ages 6 to 13. Beginners are scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Intermediates are scheduled from 4:45-6 p.m. A registration fee of $25 applies per family, with class fees of $40 per twirler, per month, with additional siblings at $30 per month.

Class fees do not include equipment or uniforms. Advanced instruction is available at $45 per twirler, per month. Intermediate and advanced classes are by audition or invitation only. For more information, contact Langford Park at (772) 334-1954.

and up offering ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, acrobatics, modern, lyrical, voice and acting. ArtStage is located at 304 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta. Call (561) 747-7409 for additional information.

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Join city line dance sessions Instructor Maureen Saseen, in cooperation with the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department, is offering a no-partner-needed class, which incorporates R&B, rock and pop music to motivate participants and keep them moving. Classes are held on Fridays at the Vince Bocchino Community Center at Langford Park in Jensen Beach from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., at a cost of $25 per student, per month or $7 per class. Participants must be 18 or older and are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. For more information or to join this class, contact Langford Park at (772) 334-1954.

Suburban line dance classes offered The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department is offering suburban line dance classes, instructed by Kathy Parker. Formatted as an introduction to line dancing, the classes will cover the basic line dance steps, the history of line dancing and the etiquette of line dancing. The classes will feature a variety of music styles, including country, jazz, Latin, zydeco, funk, doo wop and disco. Classes are held at the Vince Bocchino Community Center at Langford Park in Jensen Beach on Wednesday evenings, from 7 to 8 p.m., and on Thursday mornings, from 10 to 11a.m. Offered to students 16 years and older, the monthly tuition is $25 per month and walk-ins are welcome at $7 per class session. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a water bottle and towel. No partners needed to participate. For more information or to join this class, contact Langford Park at (772) 334-1954, or instructor Kathy Parker at (772) 398-2298.

Take aerobic, Zumba classes Dance, acting, voice and aerobics studio announces its first morning aerobics/Zumba class. Easy-to-follow classes are held Monday and Wednesday at 9:15a.m. ArtStage also has adult classes in jazz, intermediate ballet, acting, tap and Pilates. There is a program for children ages 2 1/2

The Martin County Parks & Recreation Department and instructor, JoAnn Greco host Yoga 4 You. Classes will take place every Monday and Wednesday morning from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Hobe Sound Community Center located at 8980 S.E. Olympus St. Cost for the class is $9 or $32 per four class session. All that is required is comfortable clothes, bare feet, a sticky mat, props, beach towel and strap or belt. For more information about the classes or the Instructor, call (772) 546-0312

Free Zumba classes held Free Zumba classes, 7 a.m. every Saturday at the Hobe Sound Beach, 25 yards south of guard station. All levels welcome. Bring water, donations welcome.

Get a free lunch Global heart provides free lunch and live music in Langford Park every first Sunday of every month at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit globalheartfl.com or call (772) 332-0074.

Dance events offered The following are sponsored by the Treasure Coast Salsa Club. Tango intro classes every Monday evening from 7-9. Cost is $10. Tango practica in Vero Beach every Sunday night. From 6:30-8 p.m. at 2109 14th Ave. Cost is varies. For more information, contact janicerobinson@comcast.net.

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Group seeks needs donations CareNet is in need of the following items for newborns to be donated: Size 3, 5 and 6 diapers, car seats, cribs, bassinettes and pak ‘n play sleepers. The Port Salerno office is open on Monday from 10 a,m, to 2 p.m., Tuesday from 6-9 p.m., Wed. from 1-5 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m.-1p.m. Items can be dropped off in Port Salerno or in the Port St Lucie office. For more information call (772) 871-2211, or Calvary Chapel Stuart at (772) 288-7277 or visit www.CareNetTC.com.

Join photography group High-school students and adults are welcome at the Treasure Coast Photography Group, which meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month at the Court House Cultural Center in Stuart from 6:30-8 p.m. Kevin Boldenow, professional photographer and past president of the Lighthouse Gallery Photography Club, is leading the group and has high hopes

for the doors it will open for its members. The group is supported by a grant from Women Supporting the Arts and is a project of the Arts Foundation of Martin County. For more information, e-mail krb@artspan.com.

Tennis, for the health of it Cardio tennis is great for all levels of play. Participants enjoy an hour of energetic, heart- pounding activity, while practicing tennis skills. It is a great way to meet others, have fun and work off calories. For more information, call (772) 485-8013.

Use public transportation to get around Community Coach, the public transportation provider in Martin County, invites residents to avoid the traffic hassles and parking problems by enjoying door-to-door transportation to a destination of one’s choice. Community Coach runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $1.50 per ride. Schedule rides up to 14 days in advance, 48 hours in advance. Frequent riders can purchase a 10-ride pass for $12. For more information, call (772) 283-1814 or for

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Group seeks members Singletarian Society of Martin and St. Lucie counties are looking for new members. Members must be widows, widowers or divorced. Meets second Thursday of every month. Call (772) 398-2345 for more information.

Join track team The Riot City Rollers flat track derby team is looking for members. Both woman and men older than18 are encouraged to join the team. No prior skating experience required. Practice is every Wednesday and Friday from 8-11 p.m., and Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Halpatiokee Regional Park located at 7645 S.W. Lost River Drive, Stuart. For more information, call (772) 334-6734, or email mandarinphoenix@aol.com.

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Join your local genealogical society society. After all, your ancestors didn’t live in the area, and your research is concentrated in a different part of the country or even a different country entirely. This is one of the biggest mistakes I see genealogists make, and I hope to show you the advantages of getting out and joining with others to make your hobby more rewarding and exciting. The No. 1 reason is networking. You will find a group of people, meeting monthly, eager to welcome you into the fold and teach you all they know. The most important tool in genealogy is making new friends and contacts, with people who have the same passion. Members of the society will come from all walks of life and all parts of the country. These members will be searching hundreds of different surnames, and yours may well be included.

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As with anywhere you go, you never know who you are going to be sitting next to. There’s a good chance that someone in the room will be researching your surname, state, or county, and if not this meeting, there is always next month, with new people coming to each meeting. Researching alone is like working in a vacuum. As you gradually make contacts, you will find hundreds of genealogists in your community and all over the world. You will make lifelong friends, and may even find distant, if not close, relatives. You will find members eager to help you and offer suggestions on solving problems in your research. If you don’t find your distant rela-

tive, someone else may find him for you. Genealogists just seem to naturally keep an eye out for the relatives of their friends. Each meeting will feature some type of program, from general research, software, specific geographic areas, organization of materials, writing a family history, and hundreds of other topics. The programs are presented by anyone from members of the society, to guests from other societies, to professional genealogists. One of the primary goals of local societies is to index, abstract, or transcribe local records and publish the results in their journals and/or online. Those interested in participating in one of these projects will be taught the skills required and receive the satisfaction of being instrumental in sharing this information with the public. The society will also, on occasion, hold an all-day seminar on any number of topics featuring profes-

sional speakers as well as beginner workshops. Often, classes are held on teaching new research techniques, software, or researching specific areas. Field trips can be arranged between members to visit neighboring libraries, other meetings, or places of interests. With the imagination of its members, the sky is the limit, for a successful society. Your whole genealogy is NOT on the Internet. It takes work, digging into records, asking questions, meeting people, learning the tricks of the trade and having fun. So get out of your chair, socialize and let others help you. There are hundreds of genealogy societies in the United States. To find one near you, visit the website: www.familyhistory.com/societyhall/main.asp Not only are some of my best friends people I met more than 25 years ago in our local society, most of my other friends have been See GENEALOGICAL, 22

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"Here's How Dr. Campbell's Drug-Free Approach Helps Golfers Improve Their Swing, Lower Their Handicap, and Play Without Pain" It starts out as just a twinge, but by the last 5 holes it becomes unbearable. You’re hesitant to really swing that new driver for all it’s worth – fearing that you’ll injure your back even worse . Or maybe you’ve had to stop playing golf completely because your back pain and sciatica are so bad.

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IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE, READ THIS: Your driving distance is determined primarily by club-head speed. The larger the arc that the clubhead travels through, the faster the club will be going when it contacts the ball. The size of your swing arc will depend on your spinal and pelvic flexibility, not your strength.

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ello smart shoppers. Every couple of years I find it necessary to repeat my family’s superb spaghetti sauce recipe, so here it is. Why no company can make a great sauce is beyond me but I’ve yet to find anything comparable. The recipe is from my mother and my father’s mother; together it’s the best. I was told to use an Italian brand of tomatoes since they’re made with plum tomatoes, which are sweeter. A basic tomato sauce, one to which you will add meat if you choose, does not contain oregano. Oregano is used in a marinara sauce that does not contain meat. Marinara sauce is served plain or with seafood. Disagree? That’s fine, that’s what it’s all about, but try my sauce and you be the judge. The secret to great tomato sauce is one: in the ingredients; and two: in the method of cooking. One thing you really need is a large heavy pot, so if you don’t have one now is the time. Gone are the days when I used lard or bacon drippings. After learning my cholesterol was too high I changed many of my recipes to eliminate, if possible, high-fat and high-cholesterol ingredients. Today, my sauce is virtually fat-free. But amazingly, it’s still delicious. Adding grated Romano cheese to the sauce as it cooks adds a little fat but so much flavor. See you next week!

S PA G H E T TI S AU C E ser ves 6 or more 1 large (28-ounce) can tomato puree 1 large (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes with added puree 2 small (6-ounce) cans tomato paste 2 large onions 2 medium carrots 2 large cloves garlic

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2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 5 or 6 large fresh basil leaves, whole, or 1 tablespoon dried basil Pinch of dried rosemary, crushed between fingers Several sprigs fresh Italian parsley (chopped) or 1 tablespoon dried parsley 1 handful grated Romano cheese 1-1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper Few shakes crushed red pepper (optional) Water or chicken broth Peel onions and garlic; trim and scrub carrots. Carrots contain a natural sugar, which usually eliminates the need for added sugar. Chop vegetables very fine (a food processor is great for this). Sauté in a large pot in the oil or water if you want a completely fat-free sauce. As Mama used to say, “You must cook the vegetables until they almost melt.” Since you are using a very small amount of oil you must keep adding water, about a cup at a time, as it cooks down. This is the longest preparation process for the sauce and can take about 30 minutes. When I decide to make sauce I double or triple the recipe and freeze it in suitable size containers for future meals. Add tomato paste and cook a few minutes, stirring constantly. Add remaining ingredients and liquid until thinned to desired consistency. Stir well; bring to a boil. Lower heat to just a simmer, cover and let cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remember, a burnt sauce is bitter See ROMANCING, 19


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ANY F R U IT C O B B LE R (N I B) regular and low-cholesterol ser ves 6 1/2 stick butter or 1/4-cup butter substitute such as Smart Balance 4 cups peeled and sliced peaches, nectarines or apples 1/2-cup sugar or 1/4-cup sugar and 1/4-cup Splenda 1 tablespoon plus 2/3-cup biscuit mix, regular or low-fat 1/2-teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons milk* *If using skim milk add 1 teaspoon more Smart Balance. In 1-quart shallow casserole combine fruit, sugar, 1 tablespoon biscuit mix and cinnamon. In medium bowl mix remaining 2/3-cup biscuit mix with brown sugar. Using an electric mixer cut in butter or substitute until mixture is the size of small peas. Stir in milk until moistened. Drop batter by spoonfuls onto fruit. Bake at 400-degrees for 30 minutes until toothpick inserted into crust comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes.

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10:30 p.m. at the Stuart VFW Post No. 4194, located at 2464 S.E. Veterans Highway, off Monterey Road. The public is welcome. Cost is $5. For more information, call (772) 287-9244.

Free mammograms offered Soroptimist International of Stuart is offering free mammograms to those who qualify. To qualify, a woman must be a Martin County resident, have no insurance or other means to pay and have a physician’s order for a screening mammogram. Through its Save Our Selves, Save Our Sisters program, Soroptimist International

of Stuart provides education on breast health and assistance to women in need. For more information or to participate in the free mammogram program, call (772) 220-0115 and leave a message in the mammogram program mailbox.

Kids night out for parents This unique program is designed to give mom and dad an evening out and will be offered on the first and third Friday evening of each month from 7-11 p.m. The Jensen Beach recreation staff will plan a full schedule of fun and safe activities, including blazer bowling, for children ages 4 to 12. A dinner of pizza, tacos or sandwiches and chips will also be provided. Advanced registration is required.

The program is offered at a cost of $20 per child. Participant drop off begins at 7 p.m. A $10 per child late fee will be charged after 11:15 p.m. Martin County Sheriff’s Office will be called if children are not picked up by 11:30 p.m. or if the parents are believed to be impaired. For more information, call (772) 334-1954.

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CLUBS AND CLASSES encouraged to attend. Support group meetings are second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at Emeritus at Jensen Beach located at 1700 N.E. Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. For more information (772) 225-1355. • American Legion and Auxiliary, No. 62: Meetings for this Stuart and Palm City group are held at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the VFW and American Legion Post, just west of the police complex on Monterey Road in Stuart. New members are welcome. For more information, call (772) 288-2757. • Annie’s Book Club: The club meets in the Chason Conference Room at the Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. For more information, call (772) 221-1403. • Chess Club of Martin County: Two meetings each week, from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays at Ocean Palms in Stuart. Annual membership

is $10. Applications for membership are open to all ages. For more information, call (772) 223-8042 or (772) 215-6202. • Coconut Republic Parrot Head Club: Monthly social is the first Wednesday of each month, from 5:307:30 p.m. at Conchy Joe’s Seafood Restaurant and Bar, 3445 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. For more information, visit: www.coconutrepublicparrotheadclub.com • Council on Aging of Martin County: Offers luncheons, classes and card clubs during the month. Meet at the Log Cabin Senior Activity Center, 2369 N.E. Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach. For more information, call (772) 334 -2926. • The Daughters of the British Empire: Any woman of British ancestry, parents to great-grandparents, including those from British See CLUBS, 24

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Commonwealth nations, are welcome. For more information, call (772) 2213829 or (772) 286-2724. • Florida Trail Association: Meets the second Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m. For more information, call (772) 219-4955. • French Rendez-Vous: For those interested in French language, culture and cuisine. For more information, call (772) 285-1297 or (772) 221-2459. • The Friends’ Book Depot, a collaborative effort of all six Friends Groups of the Martin County Library System is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in Building H, No. 15, at the B & A Flea Market, 2885 S. Federal Highway, in Stuart. The Book Depot offers rare, antiquarian books, children’s’ books and audiovisual material. Donations are welcome at the Book Depot from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays and

Wednesdays or Martin County libraries. For more information, call Eric Buetens at (772) 546-6633. • Games for Martin County seniors: 12:30-4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Flagler Recreation Center in Stuart. No cost. For more information, call (772) 288-5335. • General Motors Retirement Club: For information about the next meeting, call (772) 878-6003. • Halpatiokee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution: For information, call (772) 2884306. • Historical Map Club: A club for people interested in historical maps. For more information, call (772) 2199778. • Hobe Sound Fine Arts League: For information, call (772) 546-2946. • Hobe Sound/Port Salerno Rotary Club: This service-focused organization is dedicated to serving the local community and supports a number of local charities, works on hands-on projects, and supports national and

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international projects. For more information, call (772) 221-9193. • Hobe Sound Public Library Book Club: For information, call (772) 2211403. • Hoke Library Book Club: Meet at the library in Jensen Beach. For information, call (772) 221-1403. • Humanity’s Team: For information, call (772) 708-4611. • Jensen Beach Garden Club: For information, call (772) 692-2245. • Kentucky Society of the Treasure Coast: For information, call (772) 6923715. • LIFT social group for widows and widowers, includes monthly luncheons with guest speakers, informal breakfast gatherings, day trips and extended travel. The second Thursday gathering is a casual breakfast at 10 a.m. at Harry and the Natives restaurant in Hobe Sound. Cost is $11 per person. Call two days in advance to reserve. For more information, call (772) 334-1200 or (561) 746-5124. • La Leche League: Palm City branch

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meets the second Saturday of each month. Mothers with their nursing babies and mothers-to-be are welcome. For directions to the meeting or more information, please call (772) 233-1883 • Line dancing at Bocchio Center in Jensen Beach, across from Log Cabin, Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $2 per person. For more information, call (772) 283-0619. • Lucie’s Creative Crafters and Vendors: The group holds a craft show and sale most weekends at different locations. Sales benefit the crafters and some local charities. For more information, call (772) 873-2981. • Mariner’s Barbershop Chorus of Martin and St. Lucie County: Weekly meeting is from 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at North Stuart Baptist Church, 1950 U.S. 1, Stuart. For more information, call (772) 460-2754. • Martin County Democratic Club: The group meets the first Wednesday

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of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Blake Library in Stuart. For information, call (772) 286-1281. • Martin County Genealogical Society: For information on the club, call (772) 334-6331. • Martin County Model Railroaders: The railroad club promotes the hobby of model railroading. The club meets every Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Martin County Fairgrounds, Building E, 2616 S.E. Dixie Highway, Stuart. For more information, call (772) 219-4134 or (772) 692-9705. • Martin County Native Plant Society: Meetings will resume in October on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. For more information, call (772) 219-8285 or (772) 2874930. • Martin County Republican Club: For information, call (772) 692-2239 • Martin County Veterans Services: Information sessions are often held at public library branches. For more information, call (772) 221-1403. • Martin County Young Republi-

FOREVER YOUNG - SEPTEMBER 2011 cans: The chapter is open to Republicans, ages 18 to 40. For more information, call (772) 341-6880. • Mets Booster Club for N.Y. and St. Lucie Mets: Membership is $10 per person per year, $15 per couple with no children, and $20 for a family membership; includes a newsletter each month and support for charitable donations. For more information, call (772) 878-8505 or (772) 336-4801. • Military Officers Association of America: Treasure Coast Chapter, Martin and St Lucie counties, meets the third Thursday of the month at the Holiday Inn, on U.S. 1, in Port St Lucie. All active, reserve, retired and former commissioned and warrant officers from all U.S. uniformed services are welcome. For more information, call (772) 692-4922 or (772) 240-6880 • Minnesota snowbirds: Couples and singles meet on the third Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. for a lunch and social hour. There are no dues. For information, call (772) 3358268 or (772) 337-3613. • NARFE Chapter 1589: For information, call (772) 879-1566. • Retired educators: Meet on the third Thursday of the month at 11 a.m.

at the Blake Library in Stuart. All retired educators from any school districts are welcome. For more information, call (772) 286-4556. • Social bridge for advanced players: Offered weekly throughout the year at the Flagler Recreation Center in Stuart Thursdays from 12:30-4 p.m. The cost is $1.50 per week. For information, call (772) 2885335. • Society for Creative Anachronisms: the club aims to recreate the Middle Ages. The local shire meets from 7:15-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Morningside Branch Library, 2410 Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 337-5632. • Sons of Norway, Gulfstream Lodge 3-514: All Scandinavian nationalities, as well as people who have an interest in the culture, are welcome. For reservations, call (772) 466-1275 or visit www.geocities.com/gulfstreamlodge3514. • Southeast Florida Archaeological Society: For information about the next meeting, visit www.sefas.org. • Space Coast All-Airborne Chapter, 82nd Division Association: For

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information, call (772) 879-0097. • St. Lucie/Martin County Council of Beta Sigma Phi: Meets on the second Monday of the month at the Morningside Branch Library in Port St. Lucie. There are 10 active chapters in St. Lucie and Martin counties. For more information, call (772) 462-1615. • St. Lucie Sailing Club: Meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Monday of each month. For more information, call (772) 219-4955. • Stroller power: Group fitness class for moms with babies from 6 weeks to 4 years old. Classes are held at the Boys and Girls Club of Hobe Sound gymnasium on Monday through Friday, at 9:15 a.m. Cost is $10 per class or $90 for ten classes. For more information, call (561) 251-8872 or visit www.strollerpowerjupiter.com. • Stuart Community Concert Band: The band rehearses from 7-9 p.m. Monday nights at the Flagler Recreation Center in Stuart. The free group is for musicians of any age who would like to keep musical skills sharp and participate in activities. Rehearsals are open to the public. The group gives free concerts on the first Monday of See CLUBS, 26

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each month, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Stuart Recreation Center. For details about the group or for concert dates, call (772) 288-5335. • Stuart Area Miniatures Club: The adult group meets monthly to construct dollhouse miniatures and share expertise and information about collections. $2 per class. Meetings are held from 7-9:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Flagler Recreation Center in Stuart. For more information, call (772) 288-5335. • Stuart Sailfish Club: For information, call (772) 286-9373 or visit www.stuartsailfishclub.com • Stuart Sunrise Rotary Club: Meets Thursday morning at Monarch Country Club at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call (772) 631-2639. • Taking Off Pounds Sensibly: Meets at 10 a.m. on Fridays at Ocean

Kennel Club and German Shepherd Specialty Club of the Treasure Coast meets the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Palm City Community Center. For more information, call (772) 286-3801. • Treasure Coast Genealogical Society: Volunteers from the Society are available every Tuesday at the Fort Pierce Branch Library, 101 Melody Lane to assist anyone who needs help in tracing family roots. Sessions run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information call (772) 4651464. • Treasure Coast Muzzleloaders: Meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Francis Langford Park in Jensen Beach. This is a nonprofit group of historians, collectors and shooters. For more information, call (772) 283-3562. • Treasure Coast Shell Club: Meets the third Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m. For information, call (772) 219-4955. • Treasure Coast Toastmasters

meet every Monday night 7 p.m. except holidays at the Chapman School of Seamanship Stuart, 4343 SE St. Lucie Blvd. (off Dixie) in Stuart. • Woodcarvers group: Meets at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Log Cabin Senior Center in Langford Park, 2369 N.E. Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach. For more information, call (772) 3342926. • YMCA Reads: The program relies on mentors to read with first- and second-graders. Individuals, church groups and organizations are all needed. Mentors meet at Indiantown Middle School. For more information, call (772) 260-1993. • YMCA newcomers and alumni club: Prospective members do not have to be a newcomer to the area to attend meetings or join the club. Meetings are at 9:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Indian RiverSide Park, 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. For more information, call (772) 2219607 or (772) 287-5365.

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County 28 MARTIN HOMETOWN NEWS

FOREVER YOUNG - SEPTEMBER 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Robert H. Fier M.D.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

“At Fier Eye Care & Surgery Center our Doctors and staff are committed to providing comprehensive eye care and surgery to all in a manner that emphasizes quality, consideration and efficient delivery of needed care.”

• Cataract • Glaucoma • Macular Degeneration • Lasik • Dry Eye • Eye Examinations

Dr. Christopher Frey O.D.

Rebecca Grunbaum Bobo M.D.

Trained in Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Board Certified Optometrist

Kevin T. Kelly, M.D. Board Certified Ophthalmologist Fellowship Trained Retina Specialist

Easy to talk to... Easy to understand... Easy to trust 30 Years Experience in Ophthalmology Serving the Treasure Coast 1441 East Ocean Boulevard • Stuart, FL 34996 (772) 286-0007

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