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MARTIN COUNTY — Palm City’s Allen Atkinson had a great idea after the 2004 hurricane season. He turned that idea in a now-patented shutter design. He did some research and found out that there are many potential buyers for that unique shutter design in Florida and the Caribbean. Great. Got an idea. Got a patent. Now what? “I really didn’t know which way to turn and I needed to get an investor,” Atkinson said. “I had everything set to go, but was short on funds.” Atkinson chanced upon his answer. Indian River State College’s Virtual Incubator. Tom Kindred Jr., business incubator coordinator, said it was clear from their first meeting that Atkinson has an unusually good opportunity to build a successful manufacturing business in Martin County that could employ about 20 to 25. The incubator will help him. “A business incubator is basical-

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The Veterans Memorial Bridge is a 100-year design. That is, if done correctly, it should be at least 100 years before it needs major maintenance. “Concrete continues to harden forever and ever,” Denti said in the recent interview. “It never stops getting harder. The only thing that deteriorates that is the steel corrodes inside it and expands and it cracks.”

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with Melissa Desposito, master of social work, co-facilitating the elementary-age groups. All classes will be available at Helping People Succeed offices at 320 Florida St., just east of U.S. 1 between Johnson Avenue and Old Dixie Highway. “Group members learn valuable social, communication, and independent living skills — all in a fun, creative, non-judgmental, and therapeutically-supervised setting,” said Holliday, who started the after-school middle school programs in 2012 and added an elementary-age after-school program is 2013. High school sessions were included during the summer. The sessions are $20 per session or $240 for the full 12-week program. Transportation is offered from some schools, depending upon the enrollment of each class. Registration is still available. Contact Holliday at (772) 266-4334 or via email: pholliday@hpsfl.org. In addition to the after-school programs, Helping People Succeed will begin a parent support group/ training on the 2nd Wednesday of each month — beginning Sept. 11 — between 6 and 7:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be on hand to discuss topics related to autism spectrum disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome and will also provide general support/resources to families.

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Register now for Martin CARES, the Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series offered by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners. The next class begins on Thursday, Oct. 10. Citizens must register in advance to participate.   Over the years, approximately 2,000 citizens have participated in this insiders’ look into county government. Citizens who wish to familiarize themselves with the function and purpose of their local government are encouraged to register for Martin County CARES. There is no charge to participate in the program. In a series of sessions held over a six-week period, citizens will hear presentations from all departments under the Board of County Commissioners and the county’s constitutional officers. A visit to several Martin County schools and a presentation by the Children’s Services Council are highlights. Field trips are arranged to county facilities, so plan to spend some time at the jail and emergency operations center.   Would you want to watch planes take off and land from Martin County Airport? Or how about connecting with nature on a tour of a scenic park? If you answered yes to any of these questions, CARES is for you! Transportation, snacks and lunch are provided. We simply ask for your attention as we look to increase our citizens’ awareness and understanding of the variety of services offered by Martin County government.   For more information, go to www.martin.fl.us and click on hot topics, or call (772) 220-7129.

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months.” Atkinson said he’s constricted from divulging much information about his product, or current business prospects. But, he believes in the near future Palm City will have a plant manufacturing his patented shutters. “I can see it going,” he said. “I see no reason it wouldn’t. I see a vast, vast market.” Kindred said he’ll talk to anyone in the entrepreneurial cycle from nascent concept to early-stage business and offer tips and direct them to services at IRSC. “Incubation is a big city benefit,” he said. “Now we have an incubator right here. Take advantage of these resources. Don’t feel you need to go it alone. An incubator can reduce the costs of failures. People get out there and get excited about a new business and put their life savings into it. You don’t have to do that anymore.” Gaskin said she was unsure how many businesses have entered and graduated from the Martin incubator. She said some records are in disarray and being reassembled. To learn more, visit irscbiz.com, or call (772) 462-7087.

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MARTIN COUNTY — Mary’s Shelter recently donated eight cribs to Martin County PPEC (Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care), a medical day care center for special needs children with complex and fragile medical, developmental and technology dependent needs. “Thank you to Mary’s Shelter for supporting Martin County PPEC and the families we serve,” said Martin County PPEC Administrator Evelyn Duah. “The cribs are a great new addition to our nursery.”   Martin County PPEC collects donations for the families of medically-fragile and complex children who often struggle financially to purchase basic items like diapers and clothing due to expensive medical bills. Donations of food, clothing, diapers and more are greatly appreciated. For a complete list, visit the Wish List tab on Facebook at  http://www. Facebook.com/MartinCountyPPEC.   “The Martin County PPEC staff see the struggles of parents of special needs children daily, but the most pressing concern is finances,” Duah said. “Frequent trips to the doctor’s office and specialists along with medications on top of essentials like diapers can be devastating to a

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FOOD from page 3 bank’s Hunger Action Month. Food banks and pantries typically are short food after the summer months and have to replenish their supplies for the holiday seasons. September is a make-orbreak time for them. “The people we serve are in more need during the summer time,” Cruz said. There are a number of reasons for that. Children are home from school, which increases the number of meals families must prepare. Many families also face higher childcare costs during the summer. Additionally, on the Treasure Coast, unemployment typically bumps upward during the summer. This lowers the number of food and cash donors, and increases the number of recipients. “We struggle every year,” Cruz said. “It’s our busiest time in the summer months.” The bank is a member of the Chicago-based Feeding America. The organization used to be named America’s Second Harvest. The local food bank has about 200 “partner organizations,” Cruz said. That is various food pantries and feeding programs it distributes food to. House of Hope, Stuart, is one. “I think a lot of times people don’t understand the difference

from a food bank and food pantry,” Elizabeth Barbella, CEO, said. “The food passes through a food bank and goes to a pantry and then to the public.” House of Hope has four distribution locations in Martin County. “We’re the second-largest food pantry on the Treasure Coast,” Barbella said. Cruz said most of the food the Treasure Coast Food Bank distributes is free to the receiving agencies. However… “We have a handling fee on certain items,” Cruz said. “It’s up to 18 cents a pound. We cannot charge more than 18 cents a pound on any item; that’s the rule of Feeding America.” The charge is to help defray the expense of refrigeration and freezing. Additionally, receiving organizations pay some fuel charges. Cruz said of the food bank’s $13 million annual budget, less than $100,000, is from receiving organizations. Additionally, she said that few of them could have the food donations and storage capacity needed to assist the number of people they do without a food bank. “If Treasure Coast Food Bank wasn’t here, they wouldn’t be here either,” Cruz said. Barbella, also, said it’s difficult to run a large food pantry without a reliable food bank. “There’s logistical issues around

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one pantry, unless you have a warehouse,” she said, and added, “They can warehouse the massive quantities of food.” House of Hope averages giving 35,000 to 50,000 pounds of food a month. Barbella said on average it’s helping 5,000 to 7,000 a month. The goal, however, is to help those recipients become self-sufficient. “Food is often the portal,” Barbella said. “It’s the reason you came for help. After we get you fed, we try to figure out why you’re chronically hungry.” The reasons for food insecurity are varied, Barbella said. What’s always part of the reason, however, is lack of education about or control over some area of life. Barbella said that as House of Hope gets to know clients, it’s able to help them get into needed services. “There’s a difference between feeding people and fighting hunger,” she said. “We believe we’re fighting hunger with our wraparound services.” Treasure Coast Food Bank, which does some direct giving to recipients, also aims to help those with food insecurity identify and alleviate causations. Among its offerings is Your Plate Nutrition, Education, Wellness, Lifestyles Outreach Center, a life-skills training program. Cruz said participants must

attend training sessions and meet with skilled volunteers able to mentor them. She said about 600 participants have gone through the Feeding America pilot program since it started in 2012. The organization is gathering data about the programs success. Cruz said the anecdotal evidence is that Your Plate is helping a lot of folks end the cycle of chronic huger. “It gives people a different perspective on themselves,” Cruz said. “It’s been a great experience to see these people come out of their shells to see they do have value. A lot of these people don’t feel that way — that they have value.” The food bank recently participated in the United Way of Martin County’s Day of Caring, Saturday, Sept. 7. It had a mobile food pantry set up on Miami Avenue in Stuart. Among those picking up food was Sean Vincent and his 10-year-old son. They live in Hobe Sound. “We’re just staring over again,” he said. “We came from Ohio with the promise of a job, a house.” Vincent is a 20-year welder. He said the job and housing fell through shortly after he arrived. He’s been hunting for work, and doing small jobs along the way.

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FOOD from page 18 Not enough to make ends meet, however. He said House of Hope, and others, have been helping him. “We’ve been surviving off things like this,” Vincent said. There’s a good chance that most of the Vincents’ food came from the Treasure Coast Food Bank. “I’ve met some really nice people around here, and I’m grateful,” Vincent said. To find out about donating time, money or food to House of Hope, visit hohmartin.org, or call (772) 286-HOPE (4673). To find out about helping the Treasure Coast Food Bank, visit stophunger.org, or call (772) 489-3034. Cruz said the food bank would greatly appreciate any volunteers with equipment for moving. The food bank service Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties.

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TREASURE COAST — As the number of confirmed Dengue Fever cases on the Treasure Coast continues to swell, the Florida Department of Health in both Martin and St. Lucie counties are continuing to ask residents to remain diligent in mosquito protection efforts. In the past two weeks, eight additional cases of the mosquito-borne illness were confirmed in the Rio area of Jensen Beach, bringing the total to 15. Of the cases, nine are Martin County residents, two are out-of-state visitors and four are St. Lucie residents, health department officials said. Jensen Beach resident and Indian Riverkeeper, Marty Baum, encourages his neighbors to take official alerts seriously by tipping and tossing standing water in yards where mosquitos breed and always using a repellant during outings, day or night. Before contracting the excruciating virus, often referred to as “break-bone fever” because of

the intense joint pain it causes, Baum paid mosquitos little mind, saying the insects came along with the Florida way of life. Baum, who believes he was bitten by an infected mosquito in his significant other’s Rio back yard three weeks ago, said thanks to the high fever the illness brought, he remembers little from the experience, except for the pain. “I had a 102-degree fever,” said Baum, whose girlfriend also fell ill. The fever lasted for eight days, Baum added. “I was almost convulsing with shivers.” Baum said it all started with a headache. Symptoms usually appear three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito and include sudden onset of fever, severe headache, eye pain, muscle and joint pain and bleeding, according to the Florida Department of Health. Once the debilitating pain set in a few days later, Baum contacted the Martin County Health Department, was seen by a doctor and was diagnosed. In all, Baum said he was bedridden for three weeks. “Nothing was comfortable,” Baum said. “Every joint hurt.”

Marty Baum “… It totally, totally wiped me out,” said Baum, who works as an Indian River advocate. “I’m really glad it’s over.” Quick recognition and management of symptoms is effective at ensuring the condition doesn’t worsen. There is no treatment for Dengue Fever. Baum said he used ibuprofen and aspirin to manage his symptoms. Dengue Fever is a disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito, not person to person. In the Western Hemisphere, the Aedes aegypti

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going toward the purchase of an eight boat and oars. Sponsorship opportunities are available from $100 to $1,000. New this year, the run will be held in the evening featuring a post-race party with food trucks and live music. The entrance fee is $25 per runner until Oct. 21, and $30 Oct. 22-25. Runners can sign up online at www.active.com or download a registration form from www.treasurecoastrowingclub. com. Timing and results for the race will be done by MCM Timing.

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At 75, George Sanders wakes at 3 a.m. most mornings. Oh, the retired fella isn’t getting up to head fishing. Nah, he’s got better things to do with his time. The Stuart man drives veterans from Martin County to the West Palm Beach Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 7305 N. Military Trail. “It’s a pleasure to drive them,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to wake up in the morning and drive veterans to the hospital.”

Sanders gets up at 3 a.m., so he can start getting to veterans at appointed spots around 5:30 a.m. Then he drives them to the VA medical center. Mary Phillips, chief of voluntary services, said Sanders has given veterans more than 12,000 hours over the last 12 years. Tony Reese, Martin County’s Veterans Services supervisor, said he’s giving them something far more important than trips. Veterans head to the medical center when they have problems. That’s when life can get a bit uncertain. “They know him,” Reese said. “Being able to rely on him is huge. They have to get to the

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at the company’s Stuart facility from the mid-60s until it closed in the 1990s. Not how things were supposed to work out when he moved to the area from New York City. Sanders’ then-wife had family living in Martin County. He moved down to open a pool hall. It was on Seventh Street in Stuart. That wasn’t working out as well as he hoped. After one particularly bad weekend, Sanders was rethinking his life plans. “Monday, I went to apply for a job at Grumman,” he said. “I had what it takes, so they took me in.” He helped build the F-14 Tomcat and OV-1 Mohawk. When Grumman moved out of Stuart, Sanders decided to stay. So, he retired. A few years later … “Someone said, ‘George, we need a driver,’” he said. Sanders volunteered. He enjoyed talking to the veterans and hearing their stories. One time while making some friendly chat with a veteran, another got annoyed.

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STUART — If you live in a big city or university town, there is usually at least one theater that shows art films. They specialize in documentaries, foreign films and independent films that are not part of the movie-making factories. The Lyric Film Society brings those films to Stuart as part of its Art Cinema series. The program is a continuing series of films that do not play the regular theaters and would not be seen locally without the series. The Lyric has added a new high definition screen and projector to enhance

the viewing. For September, two films turn the spotlight on artists and the artistic process: “The Mystery of Picasso,” and “Becoming Traviata.” The third film is a political thriller, “The Company You Keep,” directed and starring Robert Redford. “The Mystery of Picasso” will be shown Sept. 16-17. The film was made in 1956 by Henri-Georges Clouzot and shows Picasso at work drawing or painting 15 different works. The film uses tightly-compressed, time-lapse cinematography to show the master as he was rarely seen, even appearing in swim trunks. Each of the works featured in the film was intentionally de-

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Broadway & Beyond National Touring Companies of: Hello, Dolly! – Starring Sally Struthers; Menopause: The Musical; Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash; Godspell; Rock of Ages; Man of LaMancha; and The Midtown Men – featuring original cast members of Broadway’s smash hit Jersey Boys. Ballet & Opera The Nureyev State Ballet Theatre (Russia): The Nutcracker; Teatro Lirico D’Europa: L’Elisir D’Amore; The Nureyev State Ballet Theatre: Sleeping Beauty, The Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake; and Teatro Lirico D’Europa: Carmen. Tribute Artists One Night Of Queen; Slippery When Wet - The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute; Chris MacDonald’s: Memories of Elvis; Hotel California: A Salute To The Eagles; and Classic Albums Live - Fleetwood Mac Rumours.

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“The Company You Keep” will be shown Sept. 23-24. “Becoming Traviata,” is the story of the staging of Verdi’s opera as a modern, minimalist production. Filmmaker Philippe Beziat follows French soprano Natalie Dessay and opera director Jean-Francois Sivadier as they create the opera with little of the grandeur usually associated with it. The opera production was filmed over a two-month period from conceptualization to performance on a stage with few props or costumes. In addition to Dessay as Violetta, the production stars Charles Castronovo as Alfredo. The music is performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. “Becoming Traviata” will be presented Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

General admission tickets to Art Cinema showings are $10. The Lyric Film Society offers memberships for $100 annually. That includes discounted film tickets for $6. Supporting memberships for $250 include one free ticket. Contributions are tax-deductible and help the Film Society expand its programming and reach a broader audience. The Lyric Theatre is located at 59 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart. For more information about the Film Society, including upcoming films and show times, visit the website www.lyrictheatre.com. or call (772) 286-7827. Corporate sponsorships are available to support the Film Society. Call the box office or send an email to boxoffice@lyrictheatre. com.


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while schools are in session. The orchestras and lessons for other students are held in the afternoon or on Saturday. On Sunday, O’Neill performs with the Irish band, the Rowdy Micks. While O’Neill has that very young student who fell in love with her big sister’s playing, most of the youngsters start between 5 and 7. “We hold a recital night once a month,” O’Neill said. “It’s a small recital, but it’s usually packed. Parents love it. They’re proud and they clap. The children are well-supported.” O’Neill, who was trained at the prestigious Mannes College of Music in New York, takes a relaxed attitude to performing. There are no auditions for admission into the school and no one has to perform in a recital. “We take everybody,” she said. “We can take them right away and can rent some instruments. We recommend that parents rent them as the young ones outgrow them. Most places have a trade-in policy. “We don’t force performing. Everybody is invited to play, but they’re not forced. We don’t want to scare them away. It’s too important. We’re very friendly.” People often ask O’Neill about the name of the school. Of course, Bach was a famed musician. Less well-known is the large number of children he fathered. “Most of his many children became musicians,” O’Neill said. “We’re all Bach’s children. He’s the father of what we all do.” The public will be able to hear students perform on Oct. 25 from 6-7:30 p.m., when the school will hold a fundraiser. Local artists will have their work for sale and in each room, children will be performing. Tickets are $15 and include wine and hors d’oeuvres. Money will help fund scholarships. “It’s a chance to hear wonderful music and see wonderful art,” O’Neill said. “We love to show off our school.” Bach’s Children Music School is located at 944 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart. For information about the school or to purchase tickets for the fundraiser, call Peggie O’Neill at (772) 485-8820 or send an email to BCMSINC@ gmail.com. The school’s website is being revamped, but the address is wwwbachchildrenmusicschool.com.

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