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TREASURE COAST — Will Weatherford, Speaker of the Florida House, was flooded with Lake Okeechobee, the C-44 Canal, St. Lucie River, and Indian River Lagoon. On Monday, Nov. 11, State Sen. Joe Negron, R-Palm City, gave Weatherford an extensive tour of area waterways damaged by massive releases of water from Lake Okeechobee over the summer. The tour was an unsubtle sales pitch to get the speaker to back recommendations in the Florida Senate Select Committee on the Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin report. The committee released the report on Nov. 5. Those recommendations have a $220 million price attached to them. “He gave us a chance to make our case and it’s our responsibility to meet the burden of proof to get the fund-

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Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Devita Gandy watches over her daughter, St. Lucie West K-8 student Trinity Bennett, as she tries to catch a criminal within her school through science and detection during the annual CSI Night Thursday, Nov. 14.

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ST. LUCIE WEST — For the fourth year in a row, St. Lucie West’s Home Instead Senior Care of Port St. Lucie, in partnership with the Council on Aging of St. Lucie Meals-on-Wheels program and Butterfield’s Pharmacy will

provide holiday gifts to area seniors through “Be a Santa to a Senior.” The event kicked off Nov. 15 at Butterfield’s on Turnpike Feeder Road in Fort Pierce but will run through Dec. 14, said Patricia Strickland, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, a licensed, accredited home health agency with

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TREASURE COAST — “Merry Christmas,” the girl called to the Marine Corps veteran. Nathaniel Wells was unloading some late Toys for Tots dona-

tions at his home when a woman and young girl passed by. It was Christmas afternoon. He replied the holiday greeting to the lass, and asked what Santa had given her. Turned out that a walk with Mom was pretty much her Christmas

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TREASRE COAST — Monica Bartholomew got the news nine times. One family member after another announced they’d developed diabetes. “I was the last one to be informed I had diabetes,” she said. No. 10 in one family. Bartholomew didn’t flinch when she got the diagnosis. It seemed like a normal part of life. People grow up, get jobs, have families, develop diabetes and get put on medications. Metformin in her case — one of the most common treatments for type 2 diabetes. She figured you pop some pills and go on with the day and life. It never occurred to her that type 2 diabetes was a preventable disease that can have catastrophic consequences. The 61-year-old’s brother, Phillip, lost toes to the disease, and was getting close to losing a foot. Still didn’t scare her. He died of unrelated causes before the amputation. “There was also cancer in the family,” Bartholomew said. “It just wasn’t going to happen to me.” Then her younger sister, Rita, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Everything changed. She’d done research and found out just how bad the disease could be and shared it all with the family. So Bartholomew jumped on it when she got the chance to participate in the second phase of a Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Stuart, diabetes prevention and treatment study at the YMCA of the Treasure Coast. Too much weight can cause type 2 diabetes. Losing it can help reverse the disorder. Nurse practitioners Kathi Harvey and Betty Tsarnas are conducting the study that includes weekly exercise and health-maintenance classes. All the participants had body-mass indexes

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PSL Powerlifter sets new records while kicking Alzheimer’s butt Patrick McCallister Staff writer

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PORT ST. LUCIE — Steve Levy has some practice lifting heavy burdens. The 64-year-old was handed a diagnosis of younger onset Alzheimer’s about five years ago. Earlier this month he set a new record for his age and weight class at the World Powerlifter League’s World Championship in Las Vegas. “I finished first in my group and won the gold medal and had an opportunity to set a new world record for the deadlift in my group by lifting 440 pounds,” he said in a telephone interview after the meet. Levy practices with the Port St. Lucie Powerlifting Team under trainer Matt Levine at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. He said powerlifting seems to have greatly slowed the progression of Alzheimer’s. He attributes that to a protein the body produces during vigorous exercise: irisin. “I noticed that the intense exercise really had tremendous ben-

Photo courtesy Michele Tassinari Steve Levy does the deadlift at the International Powerlifter League’s World Championships in Las Vegas. The Port St. Lucie man was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s about five years ago. Rather than taking it as a death sentence, he regarded the diagnosis as life’s wake up call. He said powerlifting seems to have preserved his cognitive functions. efit to my cognitive abilities and cardiac health,” he said. Donna True, program services coordinator for the Alzheimer’s

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ing in the session,” Negron said in an interview after the tour. That burden of proof will have a lot of competitors in the upcoming 60-day session of the Florida Legislature, which will convene on March 4. Those competitors include Weatherford, Wesley Chapel, backing of Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to cut the state budget by $100 million as part of a plan to reduce taxes by about $500 million. “It was a great day for the Treasure Coast to personally show the speaker what’s happened to the community, because of these discharges,” Negron said. “I’m very optimistic we’ll be given every opportunity to make our case.” The report recommends, among other things, elevating portions of the Tamiami Trail, State Road 90, to allow for more southern flow of water to reduce the need for Lake Okeechobee discharges into eastern and western canals. Additionally, the committee recommended expanding funding for reservoirs to reduce sediments and nutrients before water heads to the St. Lucie and Indian rivers. During Weatherford’s visit, he met with local elected officials and waterway advocates. “It’s not a silver bullet,” Donald Voss, founder of Marine Cleanup Initiative, told Weatherford. “It’s

all these bullets.” State Rep. MaryLynn “ML” Magar, R-Tequesta, told Weatherford it was important for the Florida House to back all the report’s proposals, including one for the state to buy land for the Army Corps of Engineers to use for settling water before it goes down canals toward the Indian River. “I’ve seen the degradation (of local waterways) over many, many years,” she said. “We need to buy the land and they need to fund the projects.” Negron and allies are getting some help to convince Weatherford and other legislators to back the proposals. The United Way of Martin County is asking Treasure Coast residents and businesses adversely affected by last summer’s massive water releases from Lake Okeechobee to complete an online survey. “We looked at it as more than an environmental issue,” Jim Vojcsik, executive director, said. “We looked at it as an economic issue, a health issue.” The United Way hopes to get at least 100 completed surveys. It intends to pass along results to local, state and federal officials, along with area chambers of commerce. To read the committee’s report, visit flsenate.gov. To take the United Way’s survey, visit unitedwaymartincounty.org.

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In the Nov. 15 edition, Your Voice News & Views mistakenly attributed statements St. Lucie County commissioner Paula Lewis made to Frannie Hutchinson. Hutchinson voted to withdraw St. Lucie County from the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership and its end product, the Seven50 Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan. That was at a special meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7. Your Voice regrets the error.


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Looking right saves lives It’s late autumn, nearing winter. In Florida that means more bicycles are on the roads — and more bicyclists die there. November and December are the peak of Florida’s bicycle-fatality season, which runs roughly to March. “Florida law 3 feet.” If that reminder to drivers they have legal obligations to give bicycles at least a yard when passing looks familiar, you’ve likely seen me on the roads. Those words are on a sign I’ve recently taken to wearing when bicycling. You see, I love cycling. When I moved to Martin County seven months ago, I was looking forward to bicycling around my new home. I was in for a shock. The Treasure Coast has the worst drivers I’ve ever encountered. I’m not alone in that assessment. Tod Mowery, St. Lucie County Commissioner, loves bicycling, too. He largely stopped riding the roads, because of the number of dangerous drivers he encountered. When a friend was seriously injured in a collision, Mowery pretty much hung up the pedals. George Stokus, manager of the Martin County Airport, rides to work nearly daily. He’s described IIIIIIi

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for 12 months of riding, giving cars and bikes more chances to fatally interact. But there’re other reasons. A lack of, or resistance to, driver education is a big one. “I’ve been yelled out at motorists from two lanes away I wasn’t even affecting, telling me to get on the sidewalk where I belong,” Bustos said. Me, too. But, never before I started riding around the Treasure Coast. There might be a reason for that. Earlier this month, the Bill Bone law firm released a study it commissioned examining driver knowledge about and attitudes toward bicycle road rules. About 16 percent of respondents said that bicycles simply don’t belong on roads. “The majority of the respondents who believe that cyclists should remain on the sidewalks came Staff photo by Patrick McCallister A perfect pass. The driver moved to the far side of his lane to give a bicycle plenty of safety space. Florida law requires drivers to give bicyclists a minimum of 3-foot clearance when passing. Nearly one in seven bicyclists are killed in collisions every year die in Florida.

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third crossed over the bike lane when turning to shop at a big-box retail store, and I hit him. Not hard, fortunately, thanks to some pretty good brakes. In seven months I was thrice in the most common vehicle-on-bike incident. “One of the most common crash types is called the ‘right hook,’” Tim Bustos, executive director of the Florida Bicycle Association, told me in a phone conversation. That is a vehicle turning right turns right on, or onto the path of, a bicycle. Bustos, by the way, is a bit of a bicycle-collision expert. In his work for the West Florida Regional Planning Council, Pensacola, and later a California city, he’s analyzed hundreds of bicycle collisions, and bicyclist deaths. Every year about 700 bicyclists are killed in traffic accidents nationwide. Florida accounts for almost 100 of those annual deaths, making the Sunshine State the bicyclist death capital. Bustos said there are a number of reasons for that. One is simply that Florida’s temperate climate allows

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TRADITION — When Miranda DeOnofrio threw out her back one week before turning 14 in 2010 neither she nor her mother, Sue, thought too much about it. That is until the Port St. Lucie residents visited a chiropractor for treatment. It was then that Miranda learned she had severe scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. It was also then that she decided she wanted to raise awareness about the condition, which affects an estimated 6 million people in the U.S., mostly between the ages of 10 and 15, the National Scoliosis Foundation’s website says. Searching for a project so she could receive her gold award from the Girl Scouts — she’d already gotten her bronze and silver awards and has been a scout for nine years, her mother said — Miranda founded the Standing Straight to Scoliosis Walk in 2012. This year’s walk was held Nov. 9 in Tradition and raised

$2,200, DeOnofrio said. After the 2-mile walk around the lake, the event featured kids’ activities such as bounce houses, face painting and pony rides. Anybody could participate in the walk and DeOnofrio said many scoliosis families came out in support this year. Donations were accepted but not required. Returning sponsors included the St. Lucie West clothing store, Cato and Scott Citrus Management. Other sponsors were: Humana, Center State Bank and Crockett Insurance Group, DeOnofrio said. Miranda isn’t sure she’ll hold another walk next year because it’s a lot of cost up front, her mother said. Instead, a toy drive is in the works during a breakfast with the Grinch event that’s in the planning stages, she said. Miranda underwent successful spinal fusion surgery in 2011 at Tampa’s Shriner’s Hospital for Children and is continuing to serve as a patient ambassador, bringing awareness about the condition and urging pediatricians to screen for it during

Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Miranda DeNofrio gave an excited leap to begin the second annual ‘Standing Straight to Scoliosis Walk’ at Tradition Square in early November. Miranda was diagnosed with Scoliosis when she was in 2010 and had a successful spinal fusion surgery in 2011. routine well exams. Miranda had no symptoms of scoliosis, though she later learned that throwing one’s back out is common for patients with the condition, her mother said.

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gency Operations Center, 15305 Midway Road, Fort Pierce. The donation collection is more than just an exercise in good cheer. It’s also points-of-distribution practice for St. Lucie’s and Indian River’s emergency-management teams, the American Red Cross of the Treasure Coast, and Florida Department of Health agencies in Martin and St. Lucie. Wells said every year there seems to be more families who need help giving their children a Christmas. “I do remember us serving more than 5,000 children (last year),” he said. “That’s the number that sticks out to me.” Wells works with the Marine Corps League’s Jack Ivy Detachment, 666, to coordinate Toys for Tots. He said there are more than 100 locations to donate toys in St. Lucie this year. Most of the collected toys will be given to families through local social-service agencies. However, for the second year, the St. Lucie County Toys for Tots is taking some direct requests for toys through the Harvest Food & Outreach Center, 2520 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce. “Those individuals arrange a time to come pick up their toys,” Wells said. Nationally, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is directed by the Commander of the Marine Forces Reserve. However, the toy

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Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Kirsten England of Babies R Us in Tradition assists Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Wells, Toys for Tots coordinator, with a purchase of Christmas presents to be presented during the holiday season to children. drives and distribution are local campaigns that may or may not involve Marines, or Marine Corps veterans. The foundation designates coordinators for local campaigns. Carol Hodnett, United Way of Martin County, is the coordinator for Martin. She was unavailable for comment by press time. However, Jim Vojcsik, executive director, said the local United Way has organized the toy drive for about 10 years.

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their own, too. Harvey said the weekly class and small financial investment motivates more exercise in short order. “Our original requirement was 120 minutes a week,” Harvey said. “Most (participants) are over 300 to 600 minutes a week.” The researchers can track this, because the YMCA uses swipe cards that keep track of users’ times at its facilities. Bartholomew isn’t the only one losing weight in the study. “Our biggest loser is Gabriel,” Harvey said. “He’s 28 pounds (in 10 weeks.)” The American Diabetes Asso-

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similar to the proverbial frog in boiling water. Frogs, according to one hypothesis, will immediately leap out if tossed into a boiling pot, but will stay until death if placed in water that’s brought to a boil. “(Type 2 diabetes patients) have no idea how bad they feel until we get their sugar under control,” she said. The YMCA of the Treasure Coast has facilities in Martin and St. Lucie counties. The Stuart facility is at 2700 Willoughby Blvd. The St. Lucie facility is at 1301 S.W. Bayshore Blvd. More about the Y is at ymcatreasurecoast.org.

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TOTS from page A12 shop. “The toys are set up on tables by age group,” Vojcsik said. “The families are pre-screened. They’re given a time. A volunteer goes along with each one of the participants. They actually get to select the toys for their children. It’s a dignified way to do it.” Recipient families are able to select one large and two small toys for each child. Additionally, they can get unlimited stocking stuffers. Along with the toys, families will receive food raised by area Boy Scouts through the recent Scouting for Food drive. “This year, they collected 16,000 pounds of food for us,” Vojcsik said. So, how’d Toys for Tots, one of America’s most venerated charities, get started? Back in the ‘40s, Maj. Bill Hendricks was a Marine Corps reservist looking forward to Christmas like everyone else. His wife, Diane, made a doll and asked him to find a charity that’d give it to a girl for Christmas. He found none, so Hendricks did what any good Marine would. He organized a group of Marine Corps reservists to become Santa’s helpers. They collected and gave out about 5,000 toys in 1947. But mighty as Marines are in getting missions accomplished,

Hendricks was also the Director of Public Relations at Warner Brothers Studios. He used the position to get some star power behind the novel project. Few remember that Walt Disney designed the Toys for Tots logo that’s used to this day. Marine Corps reservists used drill weekends to collect and distribute toys from 1948 to 1979. The Total Force Program introduced in the late ‘70s reduced the drill time the Marines could commit to toy collection and distribution. By 1991, with the Secretary of Defense’s blessing, the Marine Corps officially recognized the Toys for Tots Foundation to carry on the annual work. Collection boxes crop up around late October, and stay up until near Christmas. Wells said coordinators and volunteers appreciate anything people donate, but he had some suggestions. “Each year we run short in the age group of the older girls, the young teens,” he said. “Both boys and girls, but we tend to run out of girls (items) before the boys.” So, toys for young teens. Mostly for the girls, thank you. Then there’s the little, little ones: infants and toddlers. “We tend to never have enough for some reason,” Wells said. So, add infants and toddlers to the need-donations list. “One of the things people love

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TREASURE COAST — The Veterans Memorial Bridge between Palm City and Stuart spans far more than the St. Lucie River’s South Fork and Okeechobee Waterway. Hundreds headed to dedication ceremonies on Sat., Nov. 16, and saw it connecting veterans and civilians, Republicans and Democrats, state and federal legislators and local-government commissioners. “Can you think of a better Christmas present?” former Florida Senate President Ken Pruitt said to those gathered. Pruitt is now St. Lucie’s property appraiser. Numerous speakers at the dedication largely credited his persistent efforts at the state capitol years ago for the once proposed Indian Street Bridge’s readiness to get federal funding when the Congress enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ARRA, in 2009. There was the hue and cry for “shovel ready projects.” Martin County had one, and got about $65 million to build it. “This was the largest what we call ARRA project in the state,” James Wolfe, district secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, said. The Martin County Board of County Commissioners in 2011 voted to rename the project Veterans Memorial Bridge. The Veterans Council of Martin County proposed the name, along with former Martin County Veterans Service Office supervisor John Haddox. He’s now the county commissioner representing Palm City.

Pruitt said he liked the name from the first time he heard it. “Naming the bridge for veterans who’ve (sacrificed much) could not be more appropriate,” he said. Wolfe said future drivers will likely not realize that the bridge took decades to fund. “It’s going to seem like it was inevitable that it was here,” he told the audience. “But, there were many times it seemed impossible.” Planners believe the bridge will affect traffic patterns for Martin and St. Lucie commuters. Many who live in St. Lucie work in Stuart and have only a couple routes to get to and from work. Many traverse State Road 714, Martin Downs Boulevard, in Palm City to and from the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, or surface roads. But there’s the bottleneck they face: the Palm City Bridge. Crossers jostle with about 45,000 drivers a day on the 1,900-foot, four-lane bridge. In other words, more than a four-lane bridge can reasonably handle. Back in the ‘90s, planners feared upwards to 65,000 trips a day on the Palm City Bridge within a decade. Terry Rauth, Martin County’s deputy county engineer, explained that didn’t happen. “It went to 44,507,” she said in a previous interview. “The reason is the 43,300 (trips) is more than a four-lane road can handle. People start finding other ways. They start avoiding it.” And Rauth thinks she knows how drivers are avoiding the Palm City Bridge until Veterans Memorial opens. “What ended up happening is

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Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Attendant Amedeo serves up a platter of Spoto’s signature oysters during an evening dinner at Spoto’s Oyster Bar restaurant in Stuart there, signifying to its corporate team a clear message: You’re valuable and special – we’re taking you to dinner at Spoto’s! After the valet parked my car, we were offered the best seats

in the house: lower deck, great view of the colorfully glowing Roosevelt Bridge through the river-edged windows. Our attendant, Amedeo, was knowledgeable about the offerings.

The place is ostensibly an oyster bar, as its name implies. They brought us oysters, raw on the half shell, a sampler platter

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STUART — When your reputation precedes you, and it’s good, that’s a good thing. So when I mentioned to several friends that I’d had dinner at Spoto’s Oyster Bar recently, I got “Yeah, that’s a great place – been to the one in Palm Beach Gardens,” and “Oh my god – I love that restaurant!” and “… used to hang out at the one in downtown West Palm …” And one said, “I know John Spoto personally – he runs a nice place …” I had, of course, already dined at the newest location in Stuart, so I knew what my friends were talking about. John, the owner, stopped by our table several times to chat and check on us, as he did with every table in the place. Pure class. It’s obvious from the moment you pull in the parking lot and see the signs for complimentary valet parking that Spoto’s Oyster Bar is a nice place … NICE … Definitely A-list-if you want to impress, this is the place to take your guests. This is the place you take yourself for a treat … special occasions, out-of-town visitors, in-town company, et al, …A prominent local company was wining and dining its top performers the night I was


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Clubbin’ Wednesdays

Vine & Barley Live music. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. 1680 S.W. St. Lucie West Blvd., St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 446-7550.

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Thursdays

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Good Times (West) Thirsty Thursdays 10 p.m.-2 a.m., 2096 N.W. Courtyard Circle, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-8844.

Sunrise Theatre

A Horse With No Name, Ventura Highway, Sister Golden Hair and more of their hits!

America Fri., November 22, 8pm

Rinelli’s Yellow Tail Restaurant Bike night every Thursday, weather permitting. 101 N. Second St., Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 466-5474. West End Grill Live music on the patio. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 1680 St. Lucie West Blvd., St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 343-1147. City Limits Sports Bar Karaoke 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 900 S.W. Gatlin Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 336-8201.

Starring Sally Struthers Winner of 10 Tony Awards

Fri., November 29, 8pm

Rebar Karaoke 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m., 8283 S. Federal Highway, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 340-7777.

Fridays

Tin Fish (East) Live music. 6 p.m.-9 p.m., 327 S.E. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie For more information, call (772) 879-3900.

Shindig Irish Restaurant & Pub

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FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS The Best Entertainment on the Treasure Coast

National Touring Company of

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Acoustic Vibes by Jason Montero 9:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., 464 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 785-6202.

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Traditional European Folk Dancers, Singers and Musicians.

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The Diary, Oh! Carol, Stairway to Heaven and Calendar Girl

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“Sleeping Beauty” With a company of 60 distinguished dancers

Fri., January 10 at 8pm

Paula Poundstone Sun., January 12, 7pm

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Saturday, Nov. 23

Community Green Market at the Port St. Lucie City Hall parking lot. Rain or shine. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, seafood, fresh baked goods and arts and crafts. Free admission and parking. 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 345-3797.

Sunday, Nov. 24

TC RC Scale Boats at Tradition on the east side of the lake. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. One Stop Shop Sale at the Port ST. Lucie Civic Center. 9:30 a.m. The popular One Stop Shop Sale provides local vendors with an opportunity to sell their crafts, wares and food at the on the fourth Sunday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Civic Center parking garage. An 8 ft. by 10 ft. display area is available for $12.50 (without tax) or $13.31 (including tax) per month. Tables can be rented for an additional $10 (plus tax). 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 8074493. Treasure Coast RC Scale Boat Club meets every Sunday morning. For more information, visit tcrcboaters.org

Monday, Nov. 25

Latin Dance Night with live

Port St. Lucie City Council Meeting at City Hall. 7 p.m. 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port ST. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 871-7325.

Fun, Casually Elegant Waterfront Dining Live Music

Canoe and kayak rentals at Savannas Park and Campground. $5 per hour, $15 for four hours and $20 for eight hours. 1400 Midway Road, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 4847855. St. Lucie River Princess Eco-Historic Boat Tours 1:30 p.m.-3:10 p.m. Rivergate, 2200 S.E. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Port St. Lucie $14-$20. For reservations, call (772) 342-2450 or visit stlucierivercruise.com

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Tuesday Jazz Jams by the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society every Tuesday at the Sunrise Theater Black Box. 7-10 p.m. $5 cover charge requested at the door. Cash bar open. Refreshments and snacks available. 117 S. Second St., Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 460-JAZZ.

Wednesday, Nov. 27

PSL Botanical Gardens Jazz & Blues Night at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Listen to the sounds of the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society indoors at the Gardens every other Wednesday night. Admission is $5 per person. 2410 S.E. Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 337-1959. Feeding Frenzy Tours at the St. Lucie County Aquarium featuring the Smithsonian. 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Join the underwater residents enjoy their morning meal. A volunteer or staff member will provide information on the exhibit’s daily menu, as well as share stories and provide insight on what makes the constantly changing ecosystems so unique. Free with paid admission. 420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 461FISH.

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Tai Chi for Health Classes at the Oxbow Eco-Center. 9:15 a.m.10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tai Chi instructors Hilde and Hector Ruiz-Puyana will lead classes in Tai Chi for Health, designed for everyone including those who suffer from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis and balance issues. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. $10 per class or $32 for four classes. RSVP a must. 5400 N.E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 785-5833.

music by St. Lucie Tropical Jazz Band at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Every Monday night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Will resume on Monday, Aug. 12. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free dance lesson at 6:30 p.m. St. Lucie Tropical Jazz Band plays at 7:15 p.m. Special pricing includes $5 per couple in advance and $8 per couple at the door. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-4488.

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Pizza Jam at Minsky Gym. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Ages 6 to 12. Participants will play basketball games, have contests, and eat pizza. Parents are required to register their children the evening of the event at the door. This is a lockin program. Doors will be locked at 6:30 p.m. Children will not be allowed to leave until a parent picks them up at 9 p.m. Parents must bring identification when picking up their child. Cost is $7.90 per child. 750 S.W. Darwin Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 344-4142.

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($16.75) -- Blue Point, Duxbury, and on this evening, Wellfleet oysters, which my phototgrapher, aka dining companion, swallowed up easily and pleasurably in five minutes. I personally don’t do oysters. Never have been able to stomach them, since childhood. But I do research. Apparently, oyster lovers should know that Wellfleet oysters, for example, grow in cold waters and taste much like what they consume, which is healthy, clean-water phytoplankton. The website, wellfleetoysterfestival.com, says “wellfleet oysters tend to be long and strong-shelled. Experienced tasters know that they are plump and clean with a distinctively good balance of creamy sweetness and brine.” “And high salinity. The salinity in Wellfleet Harbor is also relatively high (28 parts per thousand) compared to the more brackish waters of, for example, upper Chesapeake Bay. Experienced tasters find that oysters that grow in saltier waters tend to have a cleaner, sharper flavor.” While my companion was enjoying the oyster sampler platter, I dove into the Asian Pot Stickers, a delightful combination of chicken, carrots, garlic and onion wrapped in a light

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pastry, served with a soy and sesame seed dipping sauce ($6.75). And the food kept coming: The next item was My Valentine, a sushi dish ($24) that proprietor John Spoto confessed he’s eaten for dinner every night since he introduced it to his restaurant when he opened the Stuart location, formerly Dockside, in June. I’m not a big sushi fan, either – more a meat-and-potatoes girl – but I did indulge this night in a couple pieces – sushi-grade tuna, apples, oranges, and spiced mayonnaise served on a plate with more apples, orange slices, avocado, and masago, the orange-colored eggs of capelin fish native to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, prepared by Chef Roy. At this point, Amedeo was bringing additional items to the table: lemon slices, a clean dish, and hot towels, for us to cleanse our hands between dishes. I haven’t had such personal attention since the one and only time I’ve flown first-class. Very nice touch … After cleansing our hands, Amedeo brought us a dish of Thai mussels, served with coconut milk, lemongrass and curry

– tender and tasty. In the meantime, the 10 or so managers on duty (OK, maybe it just seemed like 10) came by to check on us. Somewhere in the middle of all this, Amedeo brought us bouillabaisse, a Spanish seafood-stew favorite of lobster, clams, and fresh fish of the day, in a tomato-based broth. The finale was a surf-and-turf dish: macadamia nut-encrusted mahi mahi and a 7-ounce cut of ribeye steak, served with potatoes au gratin and my very favorite vegetable in the world – asparagus, cooked exactly as it’s supposed to be: al dente, so you

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“Perfect Comic Timing.”

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SPOTO’S from page B4 can sink your teeth into it and savor the flavor. Alas, all good things must come to an end. I folded the 11 x 17 double-sided menu and tucked it in my purse, which Amedeo explained changes daily, depending on what the chefs find in the local markets every day. The front side lists the appetizers and entrees offered for the day, as well as a listing of wines by the glass; the back offers the many and varied offerings of sushi and sashimi, including the “Boat for Two” ($50)

which is actually served on a boat-shaped wooden plank that includes 10 pieces of sushi, 12 pieces of sashimi, and tuna roll and jb roll, which is salmon, cream cheese, and avocado rolled in white rice and wrapped in seaweed. Spoto’s is a prime choice to treat your family and guests for Thanksgiving, during which you’ll be indulging in a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner ($29.95 per person plus tax and gratuity; children 10 and under, $12.95) of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, a ham carving station, seafood station, a pasta dish, a seafood dish, salads, breads and desserts – by the way, the coconut cream pie is to die for! And, of course, there’s oysters. Spoto’s Oyster Bar, Stuart, is located at 131 S.W. Flagler Ave. (772) 220-7772, or go to spotos.com. It’s open from 11:30 a.m. till 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Go, and enjoy!

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Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Laurie Barfield of Palm City is fitted by Terry Rieger of Diamonds by Terry with the grand prize, custom made necklace to conclude an inaugural benefit for Make the Right Choice foundation’s scholarship program. The dining event was held Satuday, Nov. 2 at the Diamond Tea Room & Bistro.

November 26 thru December 18th

Teddy Bear Concerts Return to the Treasure Coast!

Free Holiday Teddy Bears’ Concert

Visitors Welcome Enjoy the Spirit of this Joyous Season.

Sunday, November 24th at 3:00PM Port Saint Lucie Community Center 2195 SE Airoso Blvd.

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Jovi Tribute in the country. The band was formed in 2003 by Jason Morey after answering many inquiries of “Are you Jon Bon Jovi?” Slippery When Wet has taken exact live arrangements from Bon Jovi’s 2000’s Crush tour, 2002’s Bounce tour, 2005’s Have a Nice Day tour, 2008’s Lost Highway tour, and 2010’s The Circle tour to form

To benefit the educational programs of Riverside Children’s Theatre

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venue, offering the best entertainment and state-of-the-art sound on the Treasure Coast. The Sunrise Theatre presents a diverse schedule of national touring Broadway shows, musical and comedy acts, ballet and opera companies with full orchestras, country stars and classic rock icons. For a comprehensive listing and description of all events booked to date, go to www. SunriseTheatre.com. The Sunrise Theatre is located at 117 South Second St., Fort Pierce. For tickets and membership information, call the Box Office at (772) 461-4775 or online at www.SunriseTheatre.com.

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Musician spreads message of early detection Musician JD Lookadoo has returned to music after 30 years in the business world. He combines music with a message about the importance of early detection of cancer.

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ST. LUCIE WEST — JD Lookadoo has a passion and a mission. Music is passion. His mission is to spread the word that early detection of cancer saves lives. Lookadoo, who lives in St. Lucie West, moved to Florida from North Carolina in 1957. “We were here before Port St. Lucie was here,” he said. “There wasn’t a lot here back in those days. Lookadoo loved music but didn’t make it his career. “My first love was music, but my father gave me some good advice, to get a degree and an education,” he said. “I followed his advice and worked in the family’s medical lab for 30 years.”

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Turkey distribution begins Monday by Treasure Coast Food Bank St. LUCIE COUNTY — Treasure Coast Food Bank will begin distributing turkeys on Monday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to its partner agencies so those in need can share in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The public is welcome to join as the turkeys and other food goes out from the warehouse at 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce. Treasure Coast Food Bank an-

ticipates distributing about 2,500 turkeys to food pantries, soup kitchens and outreach ministries prior to Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, there’s more need than what can be met at present, and Treasure Coast Food Bank is asking the community to make monetary donations so more turkeys can be purchased.   Anyone wanting to make a monetary donation can do so by visiting www. stophunger.org.

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Bogey’s and Stogeys Karaoke 8 p.m.-2 a.m., 1032 S.E. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 337-7778. West End Grill Live music on the patio. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. 1680 St. Lucie West Blvd., St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 343-1147. Rinelli’s Yellow Tail Restaurant Classic car show last Friday of every month, weather permitting. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 101 N. Second St., Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 466-5474. Good Times (West) Live music 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., 2096 N.W. Courtyard Circle, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-8844.

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‘Take Back the Night’ takes a stand against sexual assault and domestic violence FOR YOUR VOICE NEWS & VIEWS

TREASURE COAST — The community is invited to participate in the third annual “Take Back The Night,” an event to help raise awareness and shatter the silence for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The event will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 6 to 10 p.m. at River Walk Center, 600 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. A clearinghouse of support agencies will be on hand to answer questions and distrib-

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“Now I’m doing country. Country music is the music of our country. It’s working class people’s music. Younger people are gravitating toward it because it has more of a rock feel.” While he was working, Lookadoo would occasionally sit in with a band. “I was more of a side man,” he said. “It was very casual. I was always the guy in the background playing the guitar. I want to be the front man and learn to sing, learn the chords and do the show.” Music is only one part of the show Lookadoo hopes to create.

Lookadoo got degrees in microbiology and biochemistry. He ran the family business, Lookadoo Skyline Laboratories, until it was sold a few years ago. “In the last three years, I decided to go back to music,” he said. “I wanted to pursue what I love and not retire. It’s not a business to do music. I love music.” Lookadoo was raised on the Beatles but in the last few years, he’s become a country fan. “I saw Keith Urban play and became a country fan,” he said.

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“I talk a little about myself and that my mother passed away from cancer. I talk about early detection. People need to know their family history and risks. It’s important for all of us getting together to fund good research. There’s so much education that needs to be done. The medical system does not do a good job and I worked in the medical system.” JD Lookadoo His science background and personal experience losing his mother to cancer have given him another focus. “I’m currently working on putting together a show that incorporates music and slides in some education about cancer prevention,” he said. “That’s another passion. Ladies need to have mammograms and female tests and men prostate tests. Cancer is something we need to take responsibility for ending. That can only be through education.” Lookadoo is a supporter of Stand Up to Cancer, an organization started by Katie Couric, who lost her husband and sister to cancer. “Research is often done in top secret,” Lookadoo said. “If researchers learn something, they keep it under lock and key. Stand Up to Cancer donates 100 percent to collaborative researchers who agree to publish and share findings. Through that process, we’ll find a cure.” It’s a little difficult to see how a cancer prevention message mixes with light entertainment, and Lookadoo acknowledged that clubs may be not be his best venue. He is doing concerts at fundraisers, including a recent one for Caring Fields Animal Sanctuary, and is look-

ing into other avenues to spread his message and music. “I talk a little about myself and that my mother passed away from cancer,” he said. “I talk about early detection. People need to know their family history and risks. It’s important for all of us getting together to fund good research. There’s so much education that needs to be done. The medical system does not do a good job and I worked in the medical system.” Lookadoo hopes to play at fairs with large crowds where he can perform and also speak. “The message doesn’t lend itself to a bar setting,” he said. “I need to get in front of crowds, in a certain type of environment. If I can help one person, save one person’s life, that’s what it’s all about.” For more information about JD Lookadoo’s music, send an email to jd@jdlookadoo.com. For more information about Stand Up to Cancer, visit the website standup2cancer.org. Editor’s note: The website for Stand Up to Cancer notes that 100 percent of funds raised by the public goes directly to research grant. A portion of funds from major donors and third-party fundraising goes to administrative expenses.

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one who hasn’t shared it — yet. If you want to help, put on your sneakers, grab your family and friends, and spread the word that it’s time to shatter the silence and stop the violence. It’s time to Take Back the Night. The event is sponsored by The Inner Truth Project. For more information, contact Mindi Fetterman at (561) 909-9991, by e-mail at innertruthproject@gmail.com; or visit www.innertruthproject.org; www.facebook.com/InnerTruthProject. The Take Back The Night Foundation, which was established in 2001, seeks to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence by striving to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. For more information, visit www. takebackthenight.org. The Clothesline Project is a program started on Cape Cod, Mass., in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. For more information, visit www. clotheslineproject.org.

affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. A march through downtown Fort Pierce will be followed by a candlelight vigil and speak-out of victims of sexual violence sharing their stories. The event is free, open to the public, and will be incredibly illuminating. One in every three women is the victim of a sexual assault, often at the hands of someone she knows and loves. Whether it is in the form of incest, date-rape, intimate partner violence, or sexual assault by a stranger, without the community’s awareness, it will continue to happen. “She might be your sister, your daughter, your niece, or even you. She’s a victim of a crime we don’t speak about comfortably — and she’s probably suffering in a silence that could ruin her life,” says Mindi Fetterman, the event’s organizer and herself a victim. “It’s important that victims break the silence and know that there are local resources that she — or he — can turn to,” adds Mindi.     You don’t have to be victim of sexual violence or even know someone who has been, though chances are you do know some-

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The audiences, however, loved it, and continue to do so. The Sunrise Theatre brings the musical on stage Nov. 29 when Sally Struthers comes to town to portray Dolly Gallagher Levi, the occasional matchmaker who finds a match of her own. The Emmy-award-winning Struthers began her career on television variety shows. When she was fired from “The Tim Conway

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“I have monologues, seven songs and gorgeous costumes and hats made for me. It’s a dream. I feel like such a beautiful lady every night. It’s pretty much a flawless musical and I pour my heart into it.”

DOLLY from page B17 Comedy Hour,” she was free to audition for “All in the Family” as Gloria, the role that made her famous. In a telephone interview from Roanoke, Virginia, Struthers talked about her long career that took her from Gloria to “The Gilmore Girls” to Dolly. “They wrote the opening of ‘The Tim Conway Hour’ to make it look like it had no budget,” Struthers said. “There were no instruments, and I was the Tim Conway Dancer, in a horrible costume, slipping around,

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said the cast was very close. “We were all so different,” she said. “It was an extraordinary time of four people coming together with disparate backgrounds and falling in love with each other. Carroll O’Connor was an Irish Catholic who became an actor at 40; Rob Reiner was a rich Jewish kid from Hollywood;

Jean Stapleton was a Christian Scientist and I was a Lutheran from Portland, Oregon. We all adored one another. It was a perfect eight years of my life.” After “Family” ended, Struthers had her own series, “Gloria,” and worked in films, theater,

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ST LUCIE WEST — It’s Teddy Bear Time at the Community Music School of Tradition when more than 50 string students and orchestras will present a “Family Holiday Concert and Teddy Bear Show” at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd in Port St. Lucie, on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. Doors will open to the public at 2:30 p.m. The Festival Concert and Show is free, but donations are appreciated at the doors to help the music school’s “Instrument and Scholarship Fund” from which over half of the music school’s students receive full and partial scholarships to study string lessons and receive free string instruments under the “Float Scholarship Program.” The audience is asked to bring their favorite Teddy Bear to enjoy

the Concert of Classical, Carol and Holiday Music. Featured will be “Trepak” and “Waltz of the Flowers” from ‘The Nutcracker’; “The Teddy Bears Picnic”; “The Radetzky March”; “The Little Drummer Boy”;“Hava Nagila”; “Greensleeves” featuring Jillian Alberto, 9-year-old child violin prodigy as well as many holiday popular tunes and carol medleys. Mallory Hendrickson will dance an Irish step dance with the school’s artist “English Chamber Orchestra” and the program will end with George Frederick Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” If one does not have a teddy bear, the orchestra parents will be selling teddy bears for $2 at the Teddy Bear Shop before the Concert. The School’s founding director/owner Diane Hope Float, will, also, be bringing her teddy

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Photo courtesy of Nadine Alberto Nadine Alberto stands behind her daughters Tiffany Juliet Alberto, 15, Jillian Grace, 9, and Angelina Marie, 11 will perform at the “Family Holiday Concert and Teddy Bear Show” at the Port St. Lucie Community Center Sunday, Nov. 24. • 6th graders — Adults who would like to enroll in the music school’s winter beginning-artist classes may register at the festival. Violin, viola, cello and

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Schedule EXPRESS MAINTENANCE service at Treasure Coast Toyota, & we’ll get it done - start to finish - in 44 MINUTES OR LESS. When we write up your Service Order, we’ll hand you a stopwatch. We’ll beat the clock and finish your EXPRESS MAINTENANCE in 44 MINUTES OR LESS, or it’s

FREE!

Get EXPRESS MAINTENANCE G on your Toyota in 44 MINUTES OR LESS, Including:

7189

44 Minutes or FREE!

• Refill with Fresh Oil • Install New Oil Filter • Check & Top Off All Fluids • Tire Rotation

Why Wait?

Call Now & Make An Appointment For Your 44-M 44-Minute Express Maintenance! Toyota models only. By appointment only.

888-229-6692

Treasure Coast Toyota FROM ANYWHERE 5101 SE Federal Hwy (U.S. 1) • Stuart • MINUTES ON THE TREASURE COAST 1-866-468-8121 • www.TreasureCoastToyota.com

SALES HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY 8:30AM-8PM SATURDAY 8:30AM-7PM • SUNDAY 11AM-5PM

SERVICE & PARTS:

MONDAY-FRIDAY 7AM-6PM SATURDAY 7AM-4PM

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