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TREASURE COAST — Ink on President Barack Obama’s $3.9 trillion 2015 fiscal budget barely dried before news spread on the Treasure Coast that Obama granted full funding for construction of Martin County’s C-44 project which will help filter filthy Lake Okeechobee discharges before the water reaches the fragile Indian River Lagoon. The $38 million to complete Phase 1 and 2 of the project was the full funding the Army Corps requested, said U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter. The freshman Treasure Coast congressman brought the lagoon’s plight to the forefront in Washington, D.C., during an October congressional hearing attended by hundreds of concerned area residents and more than 20 members of the U.S. Congress and Senate. “This is a really big win despite the tough fiscal times and despite all the calls up here to slash spending,” Murphy said during a March 5 press call. “The president basically singled out

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Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Robert Baccchus Jr., Candace Stone, Samreen Razuman, Congressman Patrick Murphy and Julian Tubello-Cassinari of St. Lucie West pose for Bacchus’ ‘selfie’ photo taken outside the Eissey Campus Theatre following the Florida’s 18th Congressional District Awards Sunday, March 9 in Palm Beach Gardens.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Thanks to the generosity of one local dermatologist, Boy Scouts who stick with their Fort Pierce troop until reaching the highest ad-

vancement rank of Eagle Scout will receive a scholarship to Indian River Sate College. Dr. Shamsher Singh donated $450,000 to the scholarship fund last week, which is enough money to cover close to 70 twoyear scholarships. Troop 772 was recently started

by Lake Charles resident Scott Van Duzer and already boasts around 65 young Scouts from Dan McCarty Middle School in Fort Pierce. Van Duzer sang Singh’s praises. “In our group, we call him Saint

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Helen G. Eaton From the age of about five or six, I have been completely deaf in my right ear. From what I understand, it had something to do with measles. While some might find a half-deaf child pitiful, let me assure you, I never once cried myself to sleep over it. You see, when you’ve been without one ear the vast majority of your life you don’t miss it. Having had no memory of perfect hearing, I had long accepted far less than perfect hearing as normal. Alas, my left ear is not perfect either. However, it has done the “heavy lifting” for all things audible in my life since I was in the single digits and I’ve considered it sufficient for decades. Deafness is a funny thing...unlike losing our sight or our ability to walk, those of us who can’t hear don’t realize we can’t. When you can’t see, you walk into walls. When you can’t walk, you fall down. It’s pretty cut and dry as to what the problem is, even to the one with the problem. With hearing, however, we hard-of-hearing folks blame everyone else. “Speak up! Stop mumbling! It’s too crowded in here, I can’t hear anything!” What’s worse, our friends and family get annoyed with us. They say they get tired of repeating things. Well, if they’d just look at us, enunciate properly, and speak the heck up, there’d be no problem, right? Right? Oh...I’m sorry. Is my TV too loud?

After years of lamenting the decline of society’s speech skills, it dawned on me that perhaps...just perhaps...the problem was in the mirror and not in those who surrounded me. It was becoming more and more evident that the belief that my good ear was compensating sufficiently for my bad ear was a faulty one.

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At that point, I decided to lay the blame squarely on my “bad” ear and look into a cochlear implant. I had researched them just enough to make me dangerous, and realized that the first step on this journey would be to get a hearing test and a consultation. I made an appointment with a local hearing center, Mutter’s Hearing Center in St. Lucie West, and the ensuing experience changed my life.

He does not promise you that they will change your world. He does, however, talk straight to you. He takes time to analyze your unique situation and is very serious about coming up with the best solution for you. He asks pointed questions, gets to the root of your issue, and makes his recommendation based on your specific needs. As someone who abhors sales pitches, this is quite refreshing. I feel like I am dealing with someone honest and straightforward, and have never once felt “pushed” into anything.

Upon my arrival, I sat down with Joe Mutter, a polite, friendly hearing aid specialist who asked me lots of questions and listened closely to my concerns. After an initial examination of my inner ear (which I was able to see as well on his monitor, and let me assure you… you have not lived until you actually get to see your own eardrum), he took me into a booth to have a hearing test. The hearing test was very comprehensive, not only testing my ability to hear various pitches and tones, but also testing my speech recognition. Since I had been having conversations with people my entire life, I presumed I would pass that part with flying colors. Wrong. While my results weren’t horrible, they made me realize that I didn’t always hear things correctly in conversation…which would explain the puzzled looks I’d get from people sometimes when responding to their questions. After all my testing was through, Joe sat me down and gave me a thorough explanation of what a cochlear implant entailed, and the degree of hearing loss most people need to have to be eligible for one. Since I did not suffer from overall profound hearing loss, a cochlear implant would be not only overkill, but prohibitively expensive. He suggested I try a hearing aid in my “good” ear first to see how I fared. Now, when most of us think of hearing aids, we envision great-grandpa wearing these big, bulky things that stick out of the ears, make whistling noises, and generally contribute overall to the “elderly” stereotype. Since I am in my forties (and pushing fifty), the last thing I wanted was to be associated with was something to make me appear older. Imagine my surprise and delight to see that hearing aids these days are (dare I say it) downright cool-looking! Joe showed me a variety of styles…all of which are virtually invisible when looking at someone straight on. I made my selection, and Joe fitted me with it, demonstrating the proper way to insert it, change the battery, etc.

That being said, once this hearing aid was nestled into my ear, no amount of selling was necessary. My world was transformed. You may wonder how someone who could already hear “okay” could possibly be so affected by what would seem like just a slight boost in audio. Well, let me explain something…a hearing aid is not simply a device that increases volume. Those cheap things advertised on TV do that. A real hearing aid has the technology to make sounds sharper and crisper without necessarily making them louder. In fact, my hearing aid has the capacity to bring down the background noise in a crowded room while bringing the voices I’m trying to hear to the forefront! I have no earthly clue how, but it does. I have a little remote control that gives me the ability to adjust my hearing aid to the environment I’m in at the time, allowing me much greater control over how I hear things in various situations. Those of you with perfect hearing take this for granted…its like breathing for you. But trust me when I say that

“When I experienced this for the first time, it almost brought me to tears”. Even though I thought I could hear, I had no idea what I was missing. I have had my hearing aid for almost two years now and wearing it is part of my daily routine, like brushing my teeth. Unlike brushing my teeth though, it is not a mindless chore. Without fail, every time I put my hearing aid in it is akin to the way Dorothy felt in the Wizard of Oz when she stepped out of her black and white world into a world of color. I hear “in color” now…and I am forever grateful.

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New head of development council charts course PORT ST. LUCIE — Peter Tesch, the new president of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, has been coming to Florida since 1969. The Wisconsin native’s father was in the military, and one of his postings was at MacDill Air Force Base. Tesch received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State before taking positions in business, government and economic development. The new executive director served as president and CEO of Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Corporation from 1997-2012 and was also the president of Peterson Hill Partners, an economic development, consultation and site selection firm. He assumed his new post in January and spoke recently about what he hopes to accomplish. “The Economic Development Council is all about helping businesses expand and creating quality job opportunities,” he said. “Part of the strategy the EDC

would be on lighter, cleaner manufacturing. We’re completing a target industry study. One possibility is aviation. We have existing suppliers and aviation component manufacturing in the region.” Agricultural technology is another portion of the manufacturing sector that shows promise. “The state of Florida and south Florida are big producers of agricultural products,” he said. “What type of value-added products and research could come out of that? It could be in biotechnology or alternate energy.” Medical device manufacturing is yet another area where Tesch believes St. Lucie County is a good fit. “We have research institutes and some existing industry in the state,” he said. “It makes sense. Florida and south Florida have a lot of people who are ‘chronologically gifted.’ We have world-class researchers and scientist and investigators working on age-related diseases. Many companies in the health science industry are taking note of what’s happening here.” Distribution and logistics is another area where Tesch sees growth.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Clerk of the Circuit Court Joe Smith presented a check Tuesday for $152,767.28 to the St. Lucie County Commission. The funds were accrued by simply paying county invoices by credit card and earning cash back rewards. Since 2011, the award-winning credit card rebate program has raised $387,786.35 in new revenue for taxpayers. Paying invoices by credit card rather than cutting and mailing checks allows county vendors to get paid more quickly and efficiently. Credit card payments have also saved upwards of $325,000 in operating, printing and mailing costs since it was implemented in April 2011. “As good stewards of your tax dollars, the clerk’s office is always seeking ways to reduce costs and save money,” Smith said. “This new revenue complements the $2.43 million in excess fees we gave to the state and county last October.”  The cash back funds are distributed by Wells Fargo following the end of each fiscal year. The clerk’s office received cash back at a rate of 1.15 to 1.45 percent

of the total amount of all transactions processed during the 2013 fiscal year, which ran from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013. The funds are collected by Wells Fargo bank and redeemed annually. As the county’s chief financial officer, the clerk is responsible for processing and auditing all county bills. Last year, the clerk’s office received the 2013 Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties for the Wells Fargo Credit Card Rebate Program. The clerk’s office has saved taxpayers millions of dollars just in the past year. * Excess Fees to County and State: $2,430,124 * Civil E-Filing: $100,000 * Online Foreclosure Sales: $30,000   The cash back program is highlighted in the clerk’s annual financial report, “Dollars & Sense: Your Practical Guide to County Finances,” available at www.stlucieclerk.com. The easy-to-read guide includes information on the county’s debt, investments, revenues and expenses. For more information about the clerk’s office, please visit www. stlucieclerk.com or call (772) 4626900.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Andrew and Carl are friendly young adults, Mistique and Kovu are quiet middle-agers, and Zen is an older Himalayan boy. There is one thing, however, that all of these felines share-they are all infected with the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, also known as Feline AIDS — a virus which often prevents otherwise adoptable shelter cats from finding loving homes. Andrew and his feline pals are not alone. According to the Cornell University Feline Health Center website, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a retrovirus which affects as many as 28 million cats in the United States. The virus is spread from cat to cat by deep bite wounds, and primarily affects unneutered male cats which live outside and fight for territory. FIV can also be transmitted sexually,

by blood transfusion, and, rarely, from infected mother cats to nursing kittens. Until a few years ago, most veterinarians recommended euthanasia for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus-positive cats. That protocol, however, is changing. “I don’t put AIDS cats to sleep,” said Dr. Sara Mathews of Dr. Dan’s Animal Hospital in Vero Beach. Dr. Mathews explained that while about 10 percent of stray or feral males which she treats are Feline Immunodeficiency Virus positive, once these cats are neutered, they stop fighting for territory, and therefore, do not infect other cats. Mathews added that Feline Immunodeficiency Virus-positive cats can live well into their teens as indoor pets. Dr. Richard Bressman, of All Creatures Animal Hospital, in

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Pitching for the rotation New York Mets pitcher Zach Wheeler took the mound against the Atlanta Braves for three scoreless innings and three strikeouts Sunday, March 9 at Tradition Field in St. Lucie West. The Mets are down to their last six home games with the next taking place Saturday, March 15 at 1:10 p.m.

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nesses being the backbone of our community’s job creation in the private sector.” To that argument, Tesch counters with one of his own. “The EDC in 2014 is taking on a far more comprehensive and effective approach to economic growth,” he said. “It’s so important for this community to embrace that economic growth. What can we do to grow the economy and

provide well-paying jobs? “We just dropped to less than double-digit unemployment. There are still thousands of families unemployed. We need to make this a priority. Whether or not some citizens have a misperception of the EDC, the business community and our governments have to work together to make it a reality. “If we don’t work together, we are not going to have the services

we need, including education, the arts, culture, recreation and a viable physical environment. It won’t happen without a robust economy. Quality economic growth pays for all the good things we want and desire.” For more information about the Economic Development Council, visit the website www. youredc. com.

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VIEW from page A8 off of the exit of I-95. On Aug. 21, candidates for governor of Florida have been invited out for a meet-and-greet with us. So far, Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie has accepted, with Gov. Rick Scott’s schedule being set up for his possible appearance with us. So far, we have not heard back from former Florida Governor Charlie Crist. While we all “fought our battles up north” as one St. Lucie West resident told me as his excuse for not getting involved out here in his retirement years, we have to live in the here and now. By our “not wanting to get our hands dirty” with the local political scene, we have allowed our large St. Lucie West tax stream to be co-opted by the politicians, their handlers, and the many cottage industries in PSL who have taken over OUR MONEY! Are you happy with how you are being repre-

process that takes place in Indian River County, where Dyer Chevrolet, Mazda, Subaru distributes an Indian River Dyer Difference Award in the same amount each month. Since acquiring the former Bill Schultz Chevrolet on U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce just north of Midway Road, the couple, who are passionate about wanting to continue a tradition of community giving started when they relocated to the area in 2008, has been accepting applications and preparing to implement the $3,000 monthly award here in St. Lucie County. Nominations are now being accepted for the Dyer Difference Award in St. Lucie County, and each month Dyer Chevrolet will announce the winner of that month’s award and present a check for $3,000 to be used to further the mission of the organization. If you know a nonprofit organization doing tremendous things and helping to make St. Lucie County a better community, please consider nominating them for a Dyer Difference Award by visiting www.dyerdifference. org and clicking on the St. Lucie County link. Organizations nominated must meet the criteria and show current 501(c) 3 status

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sented? With how our lovely area is being treated?  If so, just stay home, complain, and continue to do nothing. Would you buy a new car, watch its tires fall off when you drove it around the block, and then tell you neighbors, but not your car dealer, how upset you were? Think about where your retirement dollars are going and how they are being spent by politicians and STAFF you hardly ever, if ever see! If you want to live in our present out here in St. Lucie West, come out once a month on each THIRD THURSDAY, at 10 a.m., Sam Snead’s in PGA Garden Hilton, to our non-dues paying organization and do something about PSL politics. Call me, Suzanne, at (772) 879-1742 to say you’re on board with us! Suzanne Eovaldi is a former journalist and retired English professor who has been a St. Lucie West resident since 2001.


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portion of what needs to be done, it is a step in the right direction,” Roberts said. “After our trip to D.C. with Congressman Murphy, I hope that they understand the serious problem plaguing our area and pass this funding. To finally get some federal recognition of the problems in our area is wonderful. We will continue our mission to demand clean water for our area and the state of Florida.” The president’s pledge is a big success, but more work lies ahead, Palm City resident and river advocate Darrell Brand said. “The federal funding for the C-44 is great news. I am proud of the hard work that all the River Warriors have done. This has been a real team effort,” Brand said. “Just everyday people, working for a common cause. I feel we have done our part; now let the politicians do their job and get it done. They still need to vote this budget into law. I will celebrate when I see that part accomplished.” “The C-44 is an important part of the puzzle – let’s not forget the C-23 and C-24 canals. A tremendous amount of pollutants are entering the estuary at these points,” Brand added. “We need to continue to explore all ideas that will accomplish our goal of clean water for everyone. There is not just one fix. The River Warriors’ voices are getting louder than ever.” The line item must now pass through the U.S. House Energy and Water Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over Army Corps projects. It’s up to the subcommittee to now draft its own appropriations bill. Murphy is encouraging Treasure Coast residents to contact members of the subcommittee, which include former area politician U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee. “They will hopefully take this line item from the president’s budget and understand what a priority it is,” Murphy said.


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“I said the same thing, because 500 calories is not enough to nourish your body,” Hansen said. Such a low calorie intake would usually cause an individual’s metabolism to slow down to preserve calories, Hansen said, but hCG does just the opposite. “HCG pulls abnormal fat into your blood stream. You are nourished not from the 500 calories you’re eating, but from the abnormal fat that’s in your body,” Hansen said. Upon entering New Beginnings, you’re greeted not only by a caring and compassionate staff, but a large display of before-and-after photographs from patients who have completed the weight loss program. The results are dramatic. All have collectively shed hundreds of pounds and boast a healthier frame. “When people come into our office, they usually have low-self esteem or just are not feeling good about themselves overall,” Hansen said. “My favorite thing is to see that progression in a very short time. They walk out a new person. And it’s true, they have a new beginning.” Hansen said hCG has also changed her life. She’s dined with Oz, who praised the work of New Beginnings. “I have been a life-long yo-yo dieter,” Hansen said. “I thought I

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casual.” The family moved to the United States when Park was 10. My mother enrolled me in the New England Conservatory Prep School,” she said. “It was on Saturday and didn’t replace regular school. She drove me to Boston.” While she attended public high school, her music was still her focus. Don Boucher’s support helped make that possible. “I still refer to him as Dean Boucher,” Park said. “He tells me to call him Don, but I can’t. He’s a wonderful man, caring and compassionate. I was focused on music and he knew where my heart lay. He was very supportive if I needed to go on a trip to compete or for a concert. It’s due to him that our trio is coming (to Florida.)” After high school, Park attended the New England Conservatory for a bachelor’s and master’s degree. “I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” she said. “It’s a calling. You have to do it.” While Park began her career as a soloist, she turned to chamber music when she was 15. “There was a pivotal moment,” she said. “I went away to Yellow Barn Music Festival in Vermont. At that point, it was smaller. It was mostly college and graduate students and professional musicians. I got in. I had only played solo, but the festival was all chamber music and I fell headover-heels in love. Socially, it’s so

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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.

Chef Johnny V

We will be serving Lunch & Dinner Full Bar Live Entertainment Bring your friends and family

790 S.W. St. Lucie Blvd. The old Duffy’s location in Cashmere Corner

9627

will be on the line!!! He would like to welcome all of his friends and former customers to join him at St. Lucie County’s latest and greatest Dining Experience!

Rinelli’s Yellow Tail Restaurant Bike night every Thursday, weather permitting. 101 N. Second St., Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 466-5474.

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) 8793900. 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) 3377778. 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.

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.

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.

City Limits Sports Bar Karaoke 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 900 S.W. Gatlin Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 3368201.

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.

Shindig Irish Restaurant & Pub 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.

City Limits Sports Bar Live music or DJ 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., 900 S.W. Gatlin Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 336-8201.

BOSTON from page B1

minor. “It’s very Russian late Romantic,” Park said. “The audience goes nuts over this piece. It’s whimsical and tragic, elegiac and heroic. It’s touching and moving, but it’s fun.” Park has another big endeavor on her plate. She was artistic director of the Killington Festival in Vermont, but she felt she was not in charge there. This year, she will stage the inaugural Halcyon Music festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It will be her responsibility and her vision. The high-schooler from Chelmsford has not lost her focus.

career has taken over. I couldn’t be happier.” The trio has had pianist Park and violinist Irina Muresanu for some time. They have a new cellist who was unable to make the trip; Wendy Warner, an award winning musician, will accompany the group to Florida. For the St. Bernadette concert, the group will open with Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 39, known as “The Gypsy Trio.” “The last movement, the Rondo, is called the ‘Gypsy’, Park said. “There are moments when it sounds Hungarian. It’s light-hearted.” They will follow that with a Beethoven Trio, Opus 70, No. 2. “It’s one of the longer piano trios,” Park said. “It’s rarely heard because it’s very dense and complex. It’s just a beautiful piece.” After the intermission, the group will conclude with Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D

See CLUBBIN page B3

The Boston Trio comes to St Bernadette Church, 350 California Blvd, St. Lucie West, March 23 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call the box office at (772) 2247089 or order online at www. BoldTunes.com. For more information about the Halcyon Music festival, visit the website www.halcyonmusicfestival.org.


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CLUBBIN from page B2

446-7550.

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Neely’s Grog House Karaoke 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 802 S.W. Bayshore Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 249-4195.

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.

City Limits Sports Bar Live music or DJ 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 900 S.W. Gatlin Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 336-8201.

Bogey’s and Stogeys Karaoke 10 p.m.-2 a.m., 1032 S.E. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 3377778.

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.

Shindig Irish Restaurant & Pub Live music 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.

The Original Tiki Bar Live music after 4 p.m., 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 461-0880.

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-

The Original Tiki Bar Live music after 5 p.m., 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 461-0880.

Live Rock & Roll at Good Times

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

Saturdays

Vine & Barley Live music. 8 p.m.-midnight. 1680 S.W. St. Lucie West Blvd., St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772)

Sunrise Theatre

Sundays

Events: Friday, March 14

See CLUBBIN page B4

FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS The Best Entertainment on the Treasure Coast 4 Stars from the Original Cast of the Jersey Boys!

Comedy Central Presents:

Michael Londra’s

Celtic Fire

World Class Irish Dancers and Musicians

Thurs., March 13, 7pm

Bill Cosby

Far From Finished Tour

Hotel California

Tues., March 18, 7pm

Wed., March 19, 7pm

Sponsored by Treasure Coast Dermatology

It Was Almost Like a Song, Rocky Mountain Rain & No Gettin’ Over Me

Lily Tomlin Fri., April 4, 8pm

The Ultimate Salute to the Eagles

Ronnie Milsap The 40-40 Vision Tour Sun., April 6, 7pm

Sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites, Fort Pierce

Babe, Come Sail Away, Lady, The Best of Times & Mr. Roboto

Dennis DeYoung The Music of Styx Co-Sponsored by The Law Office of Leonard S. Villafranco

Fri., April 11, 8pm

Hit Songs: Coal Miner’s Daughter, I’m a Honky Tonk Girl & One’s on the Way

Country Legend

Loretta Lynn Thurs., March 27, 7pm

Gary Mullen & The Works perform

One Night of Queen

Fri., April 18, 8pm

The Midtown Men

Singing their favorite “Sixties Hits” from The Beatles, The Rascals, Motown, The Four Seasons and more!

Fri., March 28, 8pm

Hit Songs: Lowdown, Lido Shuffle, & Look What You’ve Done to Me

Boz Scaggs

The Memphis Tour Sat., May 3, 8pm

For a Complete Listing of Shows Call 772.461.4775 or Visit SunriseTheatre.com 117 South 2nd Street Presenting Sponsors

In Historic Downtown Fort Pierce

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CLUBBIN from page B3 Bar (East) 9 p.m. 21 and up. No cover. 9144 S. Federal Highway, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 337-3546. Fridays After Dark with DJ Jay Dee at Good Times West. 9 p.m.2 a.m. 21 and up. Drink specials. Dress to impress. No cover. 2096 N.W. Courtyard Circle, St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 878-8844.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Call for more information • 772-468-4929

Saturday, March 15

Seductive Saturdays at Flavors Restaurant and Lounge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ladies get in free all night and ladies in groups of five get a free bottle. 529 N.W. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-1585.

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Grilled Salmon Sole Almondine Chicken Breast Marsala Sesame Seared Tuna Shrimp With Tortellini Alfredo Grilled Pork Chops Macadamia Grouper Filet Meatball And Sausage Over Linguini Petite Filet Mignon Coconut Shrimp Chicken Parmigiana New York Strip Steak Blacken/Grilled Mahi Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Ladies Night at Superplay USA 9 p.m.-midnight. Ladies bowl (shoes included), play laser tag and/or mini golf for free. Guys can do the same for $12. 1600 N.W. Courtyard Circle, St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 408-5800. Tropical Wednesdays at Good Times West. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 21 and up Music by DJ Lenny C. No cover. Salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, house and Top 40. 2096 N.W. Courtyard Circle, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-8844.

Thursday, March 20

Ladies Love Thursdays at Tesoro Nightclub 21 and up. $3 domestic drinks until midnight, $7 margaritas, $3 well drinks until 11 p.m. Ladies in free all night and drink free until 11 p.m. 7159 South Federal Highway, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 626-2425.

Tequila Tuesdays at Flavors Restaurant and Lounge. 10 p.m.2 a.m. 18 and up. Ladies free until 11 p.m. Drink specials. 529 N.W. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-1585.

Ladies Night at the St. Lucie Inn 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. $1 well drinks, $1 drafts and $2 wines from 11 p.m.-midnight. Music by DJ Ozmosys and DJ Quake, playing dance music all night. 2101 N. Dixie Highway, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 464-1326.

Sexy Tuesdays at Tesoro Nightclub Ladies 18 and up. Guys 21 and up. Drink specials. Ladies drink free until 11 p.m. $2 drinks until midnight. $5 Jager Bombs. 7159 South Federal Highway, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 626-2425.

Irresistible Thursdays at Good Times West 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 21 and up. No cover. Drink specials. Dress to impress. Playing ‘80s, ‘90s and top 40 mash-ups all night. 2096 N.W. Courtyard Circle, St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 878-8844.

-ChoicesEggplant Parmigiana Chicken Piccata Chopped Steak Coconut Shrimp Crunchy Shrimp Stuffed Basa Grilled Salmon

Sirloin Steak Shrimp Linguini Haddock Piccata Stuffed Shrimp

19th Hole Sundays

All choices come with your choice of soup, salad or coleslaw. Served with homemade bread and butter. All dinners come with your choice of starch and vegetables except pasta dishes, includes beverage of your choice.

Saint Lucie West’s Premier Seafood Restaurant Proudly Serving Saint Lucie West for 15 Years Hours: Sun - Thurs 4-10 Fri & Sat 4-11

1347 NW St. Lucie West Blvd. Port ST. Lucie • FL 34986

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4-6 • 7 days a week Well Drinks $3.00 House Wine $4.50 Drafts Miller Lite & Yuengling $2.00

Sunday, March 16

The Original Tiki Bar Reggae Sunday featuring 23 Trees. 3 p.m. 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 4610880.

Tuesday, March 18

SPRING BACK TO Happy Hour

Ladies Night at 2nd Street Bistro. 9 p.m. Ladies well drinks and domestic drafts are $1. Shots of Purple MF and Sex on the Beach are $2. 122 North St., Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 293-9191.

Wednesday, March 19

Four Play Wednesdays at Good Times West. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Music by DJ Jay Dee. 21 and up. No cover. Dress to impress. 2096 N.W. Courtyard Circle, St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 878-8844.

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Community Calendar

Jazz Age”

DOCMUDCATS and the

GROBER March 20th 7:00PM

An Evening & Conversation with

March 28th 6:00PM

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8:30PM

1 Satirist 535 writers: 100 in the Senate 435 in the House

Children’s Activity Wiggly Worms at the PSL Botanical Gardens. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Snack provided. Please call to register. Boys and girls will learn about worms, examine them, then help move them into their new home

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Lunch Served Mon-Sat from 11am Dinner Served Mon-Sat from 4pm

101 2nd Street, The Corner of Orange Ave. and 2nd Street www.RinellisYellowTail.com

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March 25th 7:00PM

March 27th 7:00PM

HOLMES

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A Fabulous Breakfast Complimented with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa or any of your Favorite Beverages. Sat. 8am - 11am • Sun. 8am - Noon

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International Festival hosted by Sun Grove Montessori School at Tradition in Tradition Square. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Entrance to the event is FREE, but bring spending money for the Children’s Area (unlimited bounce houses and fun), delicious food selections and auction. The International Festival will include multi-cultural entertainment and music, food vendors, bounce houses, an auction, activities, game​s and more.

WEEKEND BREAKFAST SPECIALS!

9590

St. Patrick’s Day Festival at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Join the Friendly Sons and Daughters of Ireland and the city of Port St. Lucie’s 24th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade presented by Martin Health System from March 14 through March 15. Free admission. This two-day event will be chock-full of entertainment, activities and things to see, including authentic Irish food and beer will be served up while everyone enjoys Irish music, singing and dancing. Live music will be performed by acclaimed groups Dublin City Ramblers and the Rowdy Micks.

Saturday’s events also include the parade at 11 a.m. that will travel through the streets of City Center. An Irish marketplace will offer arts, crafts, food vendors and a variety of other booths. The Midway Carnival from noon to 11 p.m. Wristbands and tickets will be sold for the carnival rides. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-2277.

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Toddler Story Jam at Port St. Lucie Library Branch. 10:3011:15 a.m. Join Miss Alicia for literacy through rhymes, stories, movement and more. All library events are open to the public and offered at no charge. Parents and caregivers, please plan to stay with children during the story session. 180 S.W. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 871-5450.

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.

CONRADTAO

Friday, March 14

St. Patrick’s Day Festival at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. 5-10 p.m. Join the Friendly Sons and Daughters of Ireland and the city of Port St. Lucie’s 24th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade presented by Martin Health System from March 14 through March 15. Free admission. This two-day event will be chock full of entertainment, activities and things to see. The celebration begins with live music, performed by the Rowdy Micks, great food and beer. The Midway Carnival is from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wristbands and tickets will be sold for the carnival rides. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-2277.

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CALENDAR from page B5 in the soil of the butterfly garden. 2410 S.E. Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 337-1959. Square Dancing at Walton Community Center. 6-10 p.m. 11090 Ridge Ave., Port St. Lucie. For more information, contact Michael Doughty at (772) 631-2184.

Heroes, Icons And The Mundane

March 12, – May 2, 2014

Port St. Lucie Green Market at the Civic Center 8:30 a.m.1 p.m. Rain or shine. Shop for locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, arts and crafts, unique gift ideas and more. Admission and parking are always free. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-4499.

Coca Cola by Ronnie Cutrone

Pop Art emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain in the late 1950 sin the United States. Pop Art’s explosion of vibrant color and design presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising, news, comic books, film and mundane cultural objects. Pop Art and minimalism are considered to be art movements that precede Post- modern art. Some consider Pop Art as the earliest example of Post-modern Art. Artists featured in the exhibition include Ronnie Cutrone, John CRASH Matos, Ceravolo and Shalene Valenzuela.

Exhibit Opening Reception is Friday, March 21, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. The Public is invited. Sponsored by Artlink International

Sunday, March 16

Tradition Green Market at The Landing at Tradition. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Shop local vendors for fresh produce, arts and crafts and more. Event is subject to change without notice. For more information or to become a vendor, contact Tara Farrell at tarafarrell@ cle​archannel.com or call (772) 359-1462. TC RC Scale Boats at Tradition on the east side of the lake. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Treasure Coast RC Scale Boat Club meets every Sunday morning. For more information, visit tcrcboaters.org

Monday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day at Shindig Irish Pub Open for breakfast at 7 a.m. The Rowdy Micks perform at 1 p.m. Jason Montero performs at 5 p.m. Cover Up at 7 p.m. Random Play at 8 p.m. Wonderama at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $5 from 3-5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m. 464 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 785-6202.

See CALENDAR page B8

Jazz Jams

presents

3 Wednesdays in aT roW:

March 5, 12, 19 T OU OU D D L L SO SO

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Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday Noon – 4 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission: $2.00. FREE: Current Members, Students with ID, Active Duty Military Personnel and Children under 10. FREE the First Sunday of every month

Oyster Reef Volunteering at Harbour Pointe Park. 2:30 p.m.5 p.m. Volunteers have placed recycled oyster shells, collected from area restaurants and raw bars, into more than 500 mesh bags that now need to be strategically placed into permitted areas in the Indian River Lagoon, so that they can help rebuild oyster reefs. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and bring sunscreen and water. 350 Avenue M, Fort Pierce. If you are interested in helping to place oyster shells into mesh bags, please

contact Lewis Garrett at (772) 359-7939 or glewisg42@gmail. com.

at

Tutto Fresco ITALIAN GRILL 1180 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., PSL

• 6:00-9:00 PM • Special Pricing on Drinks • Special Jazz Menu • $5 Cover, Members $4

~ DON’T MISS UPCOMING Jazz WEEK! ~ March 24-28 • Waterfront 101 Melody Lane, Ft. Pierce

All dates subject to change. Please visit the museum’s website for updates on schedule and events.

Watch future ads for special guest artists at these venues and more. Special pricing may apply.

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Daily from

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4-5:30 7 days a week over 10 entrees to choose from SUNDAY BRUNCH

3-7pm and 9-11pm Live Music

Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Perennial Mets fan Pat Lowe shows her love for her team during the spring training games taking place this month at Tradition Field in St. Lucie West. Lowe’s hat is adorned with official pins from New York Mets’ seasons over the last four decades. Lowe can always be found at home games on the third base side and will always have a kind word and a story to tell anyone that stops to say hello.

An Intimate Evening with Grammy Award Winner

Marc Cohn

1401 NE Indian River Drive

Jensen Beach Midway between Jensen Beach Causeway and East Ocean Blvd.

Fresh Salad Bar w/over 40 choices

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Come by Sea! 1/4 Mile, North of Mile Marker 224

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Live Entertainment 7 Nights A Week On Our Patio

“Walking in Memphis” “True Companion” and “Silver Thunderbird”

SAVE $20 EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY

Wednesday March 19th, 7:00pm at The Lyric!

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Gift Certificates Available

Call 772-286-7827 for tickets!

SUNDAY BRUNCH 772-343-1146

Served from 10am - 2pm

1680 St. Lucie West Blvd.

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Diamond Tearoom & Bistro The Only “Authentic English tea Room” on the Treasure Coast • High English Tea • Soups • Salads • Lobster Ravioli • Pizza • Crab Cakes • Caprese Risotto Funghi Salmon • Boston Lobster Cakes • Pastries Gazpacho • Desserts • Wine • Gourmet Beer • Sangria Champagne

Country Club Plaza • 3868 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart 772-781-1133 • Hours: Tues. - Fri. 10am - 5:00pm

www.DiamondsbyTerry.com • www.diamondtearoom.com

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.

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) 461-FISH.

Wednesday, March 19

962 SW St. Lucie West Blvd • Port St. Lucie 860 S. Federal Hwy. Stuart • 772-219-3340 4595 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens 561-622-2259

Celebrating 41 years of creating one-of-a-kind Treasures

Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-4499.

Food Truck Invasion in Tradition Square. 5-9 p.m. For more information, visit www. foodtruckin​vasion.com

STEAMED VIRGINIA CLAMS

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CALENDAR from page B6

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

Ipswich Steamer Clams

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PSL Concert Band From Big Bands to Broadway Concert at the PSL Civic Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. in the Emerald Ballroom. Cash bar and snacks available for sale. Tickets are required and are available for $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Advance sale tickets can be purchased at the Civic Center recreation desk or by credit card over the phone. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place,

Thursday, March 20

River nights at Rivergate 5-8 p.m. Come out and enjoy this cultural entertainment event, where there will be live music and food and drink available for purchase. Most of all, come out and enjoy a relaxing night by the beautiful St. Lucie River. 2200 S.E. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-2277. NY Mets vs. Atlanta Braves at Tradition Field. 1:10-4 p.m. 527 N.W. University Blvd., St. Lucie West. Tickets and information are available online at www.Mets. com, www.StLucieMets.com or by calling (772) 871-2115.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — St. Lucie County Community Services Department, in partnership with the Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council, has received a Supportive Services for Veteran Families Grant. These grant funds can be used to assist qualifying very-low-income veteran families with rent and deposits for housing.  To be eligible for assistance, the household must contain a veteran who has served in the military and has an other than dishonorable discharge and who is eligible for VA medical benefits. The household income must be at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (see chart below). Priority is given to veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan

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Hotel California: A salute to the Eagles at the Sunrise FOR YOUR VOICE NEWS & VIEWS

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Don’t miss the magical, timeless music of Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles, live at the Sunrise Theatre on Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m., sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites of Fort Pierce. Join us for a trip down a dark desert highway, feel the cool wind in your hair for one night only with this fabulous group! For more than two decades, “Hotel California” has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles. See how a spirited blend of originality and the pursuit of excellence have taken “Hotel California” to a level of international recognition normally reserved only for gold and platinum recording artists. Hotel California is composed of five respected, multi-talented top music industry professionals, presents a dynamic exciting show saluting the music of the Eagles, a super group whose music has proven to have a staying power that few bands lay claim to. Their dynamic, highly acclaimed show incorporates their very own world renowned vocal harmony, and authentic instrumentation, including all specialty instruments in a stage spectacle that is both modern and exciting. Each concert presents an exciting showcase of the Eagles’ mega-hits such as “Take it Easy,” “Heartache Tonight” and of course, “Hotel California” as well as selected titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh. Relax, it’s time to check into the Hotel Califor-

Photo courtesy of Hotel California Hotel California brings the sounds and stylings of Eagles classic music to the Sunrise Theatre. nia, but you can never leave! Tickets are priced at $45/$39 and are available at the box office at (772) 461-4775 or visit us online at www. SunriseTheatre.com. The Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts is an intimate 1,200-seat venue, offering the best entertainment 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 S. 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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Nino’s adds a generous portion of fun to every dish

Patrick McCallister STAFF WRITER

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STUART — There’s an ingredient no restaurant can buy or sell, but it’s the most important for them to flavor every dish with. Fun. I headed to Nino’s Italian Cucina & Pizzeria Café with my girlfriend, Lisa Cody, expecting Italian food. Perhaps I’m a bit restaurant jaded; the thought of finding fun on the menu didn’t much cross my mind. Lots of restaurants seem to try to artificially generate fun. That doesn’t work. Fun is a mysterious quality that can’t be canned, only fostered. Nino’s owner, Gaetano “Guy” D’Anna, took a few minutes to talk with us before we started entrees. We found out that Guy started working in the restaurant business when he was a teenager. That was in the late ‘70s. His is a real American success story about finding and pursuing a passion to success. “I’ve done everything in the restaurant business,” Guy told us. Starting with bussing tables and washing dishes. Before long, Guy was making pizzas and waiting on customers. He spent as much time in the kitchen as he could those days. “I always wanted to be the best waiter, so I went back to the

Staff photo by Patrick McCallister Gaetano ‘Guy’ D’Anna enjoys laughs with customers at ino’s Italian Cucina & Pizzeria Café, Stuart.

kitchen to watch them (prepare food), and learned every ingredient,” he said. While we were talking, stuffed mushrooms with tomato, parmesan cheese, eggplant and peppers flavored with Marsala wine arrived, along with a plate of mozzarella caprese with tomato and a delicious dressing. Ah, the dressing. There’s a story behind that. “I (first) made the dressing by mistake,” Guy told us. A happy accident. It’s become the Brooklyn Guy’s Original Creamy Balsamic Dressing, and finds its ways to several of Nino’s dishes. While Lisa and I sampled the entrees, Connie Tracy and Chris Sheppard got our attention. They were sitting nearby. The two traveled from Port St. Lucie where they’d first tried Nino’s. The restaurant opened there in 2008. It needed more space, so moved to Stuart where it could open a pizzeria and bar, too. Connie was enjoying a plate of the lobster ravioli, with its generous garnishment of tomato, onion and vodka sauce. Chris was enjoying the shrimp francese. When they’d noticed me writing and taking pictures, the two wanted to rave about Nino’s. At the heart of their praise was that word: “fun.” I headed to the pizzeria with Guy to see Gaetano Traina making a Brooklyn Guy Original with mushrooms, bacon, banana peppers and, of course, that Brooklyn Guy’s Original Creamy Balsamic Dressing. When I got back to the table more than ready for a bit of that pizza, Lisa was smiling. While I was gone, the woman who’d minutes earlier been dedicated to retaining her dislike for seafood tried the clams casino with bacon, pepper, eggplant and pancetta. “I had a clam,” she told me. “First one in my entire life. It was good.” Not long after, Lisa sampled the lobster ravioli. “This is amazing,” she said. Being a guy, I had to go for that pizza. Of course, what’s pizza without a great beer? Federico Kou brought me a Samuel Adams Winter Lager with an orange slice from the Lion’s Den Bar. I found out that Federico worked at the original Nino’s in Brooklyn, New York. Guy’s father-in-law owned it. Federico started there about the same time Guy did. He followed Guy to Florida to keep working for the family.

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Staff photo by Patrick McCallister Victor Renteria fires up the good food at Nino’s Italian Cucina & Pizzeria Café, Stuart.

Staff photo by Patrick McCallister The service professionals at Nino’s Italian Cucina & Pizzeria Café, Stuart, add fun to every dish they serve. The restaurant opened in Port St. Lucie in 2008. It quickly outgrew the first location. Last year Nino’s moved to Stuart and more than doubled its capacity. The Lion’s Den Bar is a popular addition. OK, the fun was starting to make sense. Guy’s pretty good at finding and keeping folks who want restaurant careers, then training them for as far as they want to go in the business. That’s because he spends a lot of time at the restaurant. “This is my house,” he told Lisa and me. “When people come to your house, you want to have a good time.”

Nino’s is at 2500 S.E. Federal Highway, Regency Square Plaza, in Stuart. It’s open Sundays to Mondays 3:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The phone is (772) 340-3800. Nino’s takes reservations for parties of four or more. Visit the website at www.ninosofstuart.com.


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TRAVERSE MSRP: $33,120 $

PER MO.

G5

Stk#3T417

BRAND NEW 2014 CHEVY

SILVERADO MSRP: $37,940

,

2002 CHEVY

SILVERADO

$

BRAND NEW 2014 CHEVY

8 991

$

269

2001 BUICK CENTURY

STK#3T426A, STILL HAS LIFE TO GIVE, AFFORDABLE

2007 CHRYSLER SEBRING

STK#3P142, GO TOPLESS, LOW MILES, CLEAN

* PER MO.

WE NEED YOUR TRADE

$

3,991

2005 CHEVY MALIBU

STK#14103B, SPORTY, ROAD CAR, ECONOMICAL

5,491

$

2000 NISSAN FRONTIER

STK#14079B, WORK OR PLAY, DEPENDABLE, ECONOMICAL

NO MATTER WHAT YOU’RE DRIVING

DYER GIVES YOU MORE!

7,991

$

$

7,991

1.9%

FINANCING AVAILABLE

Stk#3C413

BRAND NEW 2014 CHEVY

SONIC

CRUZE MSRP: $19,280

MSRP: $17,440

$

BUY FOR

Stk#3C452

15 , 669

$ BUY FOR

2010 CHEVY

COLORADO 3LT

15, 995

$ LEASE FOR

149

STK#3P137, V8, VERY RARE, XCAB, WOW!

$

*

2013 CHEVY

IMPALA LTZ

STK#3P132, LOADED, SPORT & LUXURY, WARRANTY

18,491 $ 18,991

PER MO. 2011 CHEVY

CAMARO

FORMERLY BILL SHULTZ CHEVROLET

4200 U.S. 1, FORT PIERCE

772-461-4800 SHOP ONLINE 24/7

DyerAuto.com ALL PRICES PLUS TAX, TAG AND $599 DEALER FEE. ALL REBATES TO DEALER. 0% FINANCING IN LIEU OF REBATES W.A.C. LEASES ARE BASED ON $1995 CASH OR TRADE EQUITY DOWN 36 MONTHS PLUS TAX, TAG & $599 DEALER FEE. ALL PRICES ARE SUPPLIER PRICE MINUS ALL APPLICABLE REBATES TO DEALER.. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE LEASE DETAILS. LIMITED TIME OFFERS ONLY.

STK#3C443A, LOW MILES, SPORTY, PEACE OF MIND

$

2013 CHEVY

SILVERADO 4X4

STK#3P144, RUGGED, ROOMY, WORK OR PLAY

19,491 $ 29,991

SE HABLA ESPAÑOL ASK FOR GEORGE PAPPALARDO

772-461-4800

DyerAuto.com

9680

BRAND NEW 2014 CHEVY


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