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The fitness center at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center has a new partner and will now be called the Humana Fitness and Wellness Center. The partnership could help revenues exceed costs for the first time since the gym opened its doors in 2008.

By Nicole Rodriguez Staff writer ST. LUCIE COUNTY — City officials hope a new namesake for the Port St. Lucie Civic Center fitness center will generate revenue and spark interest in future events that promote healthy living. In its new partnership with the city, Humana will pay the $20,000 a year for two years to have its name on the facility, which is now called the Humana Fitness and Wellness Center, formerly the Port St. Lucie Fitness Center. The deal could help revenues exceed costs for the first time since the gym opened its doors in 2008, Tonya Taylor, Civic Center administrator said. There was a $79,098 shortfall for fiscal year 2011-12, with

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TRADITION – Diane Float has been a music educator for most of her working life. In 1981, she started the Lincoln Park Academy Orchestra program and co-founded the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony with John Enyart. In June, she retired from teaching in Palm Beach and retired to her home in Tradition. She and her family traveled to North Carolina in November to see the fall colors. While visiting the Biltmore Estate, she had the idea for the Community Music School of Tradition. “I looked over the mountains and God gave me the idea,” she said. “I came back to Florida and I’ve been working on it ever since.” The school will teach the violin, viola, cello and bass and symphony orchestra performance at all levels, beginning at age 7. Classes will start on Jan. 5 and meet at the Port St. Lucie Community Center. Keyboard and piano classes will be offered at the Club of Town Park in Tradition. For string instruction, Float is an advocate of the Suzuki meth-

od, pioneered by Japanese violinist Shin’ichi Suzuki. “I will teach Suzuki in the first half of the year,” she said. “I studied with him at Syracuse University in 1970 and it changed my life.” The method advocates having beginning students learn music by ear, rather than learning notes. Memorization is also encouraged. “Learning by rote and committing everything to memory makes the ear sharper,” Float said. “The big thing is to get the player to an advanced level as quickly as possible. The more success the child feels, the more they want to stay and continue.” While the school will introduce children to string instruments, it is not only for the youngsters. Classes for intergenerational students from age 12 to seniors are also available. No auditions are necessary and all are welcome. Float also hopes to involve her students in ensemble performance, with the Florida East Coast Children’s Orchestra program and the Florida East Coast Intergenerational Orchestra. The orchestra classes are about finding a need and filling it,” she

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Coast Youth Symphony believes that Float will succeed. “She has a great ability to put a spark and move things forward,” he said. “That’s a tremendous quality and there’s a need for what she’d doing.”

ST. LUCIE WEST — Since 1966, members of the National Organization for Women have assembled to sway public opinion, challenge Capitol Hill to generate fair gender legislation and demand equal rights for both men and women

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about more than learning an instrument. “It’s about making music and lasting friendships,” she said. “It’s about bridging the generation gap through music and (seeing) what music can do in people’s lives. I was nurtured through a community music school in Buffalo. “They trained me through my senior year in college with scholarships. I am grateful to them and leaving a legacy behind of a lady who loves the violin and wants to give the gift of music.” John Enyart of the Treasure

The Community Music School of Tradition will hold string classes at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Registration and classes begin Jan. 5 at all levels. For information about schedules and fees, call (772) 345-2933 or visit the website info@communitymusicschooloftradition.com.

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NOW from page 4 Columbia, group representatives said. Its newest chapter is located right here on the Treasure Coast. The chapter, still in its infancy stages, will meet once a month at its permanent headquarters in St. Lucie West, the chapter’s president Mindi Fetterman said. Three meetings have been held so far. Fetterman, a Tradition resident who vocally advocates for sexual abuse survivors, said the chapter was desperately needed in the area. “It’s extremely important. It’s more than just women’s issues,” said Fetterman, who also founded Inner Truth Project, which gives victims of abuse an outlet to speak out in a safe environment. “A lot of people on the Treasure

GRADES from page 1 on the last school day before the winter break. She was ecstatic, not only because it was the holiday season, but because Centennial achieved a feat that had not been reached by any other non-magnet St. Lucie County high school. On Dec. 21, the Florida Department of Education released preliminary high school grade results from the 2011-2012 school year. Locally, all three Martin County high schools, along with Lincoln Park Academy and St. Lucie West Centennial received an A grade. While Lincoln Park Academy has maintained an A for the past decade, Centennial became the first comprehensive high school in the St. Lucie County to ever score an A since the yearly grading started in 1999. “It was an amazing day for the kids and faculty when I was able to tell them the news,” Stephanic said. “The energy that the teachers and kids have put in has just been incredible.” Stephanic attributes the school’s success to a couple of factors: her educators establishing a long-term vision for success and the work done by elementary and middle school teachers before the kids walk through the Centennial hallways. “First, I think we are beginning to reap the benefits of the hard work that the local elementary and middle schools have been doing

YOUR VOICE NEWS & VIEWS • ST. LUCIE WEST/TRADITION • JANUARY 4, 2013 • 5 “It’s extremely important. It’s more than just women’s issues,” said Fetterman, who also founded Inner Truth Project, which gives victims of abuse an outlet to speak out in a safe environment. “A lot of people on the Treasure Coast don’t speak out against violence, hatred, homophobia and discrimination. There is strength in numbers.”

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Gregg Ney services. The St. Lucie West Development Corporation maintained a Master Association until leaving the community. While it was active, it oversaw the various organizations that provide enhanced services within the community. Now no entity has overall responsibility for the organizations providing additional services. The St. Lucie West Services District is the most visible organization, providing drinking water, wastewater collection and treatment, irrigation, and surface water drainage to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. As well as running a

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state-of-the-art reverse osmosis water treatment plant for drinking water, it also provides reclaimed water for irrigation. Under a license from the South Florida Water Management District, which sets the standards for water quality, water levels, and water flow, the Services District owns and maintains the ponds, the pipes, and the pumps that handle drainage and irrigation. The Services District continues to upgrade this infrastructure to mitigate the effects of catastrophic rain events. The Services District also owns and maintains many areas of the community, mowing open areas, maintaining preserves and wetlands, removing exotic plants, and keeping the signage and landscape in attractive condition. The Services District’s $11 million annual budget is overseen by a five-member Board of Supervisors elected by the residents of St. Lucie West. Board meetings are typically held on the first Monday and Tuesday of the month at the District headquarters and are open to the public. The District has approximately 50 employees and serves more than 8,300 customers. The district manager is Dennis Pickle. The St. Lucie West Commercial Association is another, less visible organization that impacts

the community. In June 2009, the Master Association completed its turnover of its responsibilities to this organization. Before the turnover, however, most of the residential areas and all of the industrial areas were written out of the association and therefore are no longer part of it. All owners of commercial property within the community are members of this association. A few residential developments, such as the Club at St. Lucie West, are also members, as they were not written out prior to the turnover. There are 144 members and 679 acres of property for which the association is responsible. Its annual budget, including contributions to the reserves, runs to $450,000. As set forth in the covenants, this association enforces community standards of signage, architecture, and esthetics at a more stringent level than the city requires. With a part-time compliance agent, it provides code enforcement based on these higher standards. Several roads, most notably Bethany Drive, are the responsibility of the association, as well as many of the “monument” signs. The association also maintains the common areas within

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Okman, who is also the president of the organization’s Palm Beach chapter, said she’s been attending Treasure Coast meetings. Okman said if women and gay rights aren’t granted, it hinders the rights for all. “When you don’t value everyone equally, it devalues everyone equally,” Okman said.

tions, Fetterman said the Treasure Coast Chapter of NOW will partner with gay rights nonprofit group Pride of the Treasure Coast, to organize events. “It’s about coming together to ensure freedom for all, not just women,” said Fetterman, who added a common misconception about NOW is that the organization focuses only on women’s issues and consists only of women. Priority issues NOW focuses on include abortion and reproductive rights, economic justice, ending gender discrimination, lesbian rights, promoting diversity and ending racism, stopping violence against women and moving the next generation forward, vice president of Florida NOW Meredith Okman said.

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For more information on the Treasure Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women, visit www.treasurecoastnow.org or call Mindi Fetterman at (561) 909-9991. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Inner Truth Center located at 2190 Reserve Park Trace in St. Lucie West. Membership dues are $35. To join, visit www.now.org and click on “chapters.”


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Businesses grow by good ‘ol word-of-mouth marketing Local networking group helps generate business for members By Nicole Rodriguez Staff writer ST. LUCIE WEST — For the past four years, a group of business owners have rendezvoused in St. Lucie West to help nurture one another’s small businesses and improve quality of life. The Referrals United Chapter is a local networking group made up of roughly 30 businesses which meet each week at the Country Club Estates club house. The local group is part of Business Network International, which was started in 1985 to better businesses through word of mouth referrals. The local chapter allows only one person from each profession to join the chapter. Members said the networking group is similar to having a team of sales people working on their behalf because every member carries several sets of one another’s business cards to pass along. Based on the concept of “what goes around comes around,” group president and four-year member Kenneth Guntkowski said being a member pays off. “We wouldn’t still be here if it didn’t work,” said Gunt-

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NEY from page 6 the commercial developments. The Commercial Association is overseen by a Board of Directors elected by the association membership. Day-today operations are managed by Bristol Property Management, with Tiffany Jackson as the property manager. Perhaps even less well-known is the St. Lucie West Industrial Association. Its membership is comprised of the owners of approximately 300 acres of manufacturing properties in the northwest section of the community. It maintains the roads and landscaping in the area, administers its own Architectural Review Committee and provides code enforcement to the area. Curiously, a recreational vehicle park, Outdoor Resorts, is a member of the Industrial Association. The Industrial Association is overseen by a five-person Board of Directors elected by the association membership. It meets as needed and meetings are open to the public. Operations are managed by Pinnacle Property Management, with Anthony Turificato as property manager. Finally, there are the Property Owners Associations. Virtually all residential property owners in St. Lucie West are members of a POA, either as a homeowner or as a condominium owner. Members of each independent organization typically elect a Board of Directors which is responsible for enforcing the covenants of the individual association and the maintenance of its

common areas. No governing body is directly responsible for the POAs. In recent years, however, a loosely organized group, known as the Presidents Council of St. Lucie West, has begun meeting regularly. It is not incorporated, has no officers, and meets at whichever HOA volunteers to host the next meeting. It typically meets on the last Monday of the month and addresses issues common to all the POA members. Meetings are open to the public. Recently, this group has successfully lobbied the Services District to take responsibility for portions of the stormwater drainage structures previously maintained by the homeowner, commercial, and industrial associations. As a result of the group’s continuing efforts, it is likely that the same will soon be true of the irrigation infrastructure. There are many people and organizations that help to make St. Lucie West the “jewel in the crown” of the Treasure Coast. Just don’t try to find someone in charge of it all. Gregg Ney has been a full-time resident of St. Lucie West since 2004. He has served on the Board of Supervisors of the St. Lucie West Services District, and has been president of the Boards of Directors of both Country Club Estates and Fairway Isles since 2007. With a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, he lived in Evanston, Ill. for more than 40 years until his retirement from management in the information technology field.

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Photo courtesy of Martin County Martin County Commissioner John Haddox and District 18 Rep. Patrick Murphy shake hands in the commission chambers during the congressman’s Dec. 20 visit to the Treasure Coast. the most vulnerable,” Murphy said. “It is inexcusable that 6-year-olds have been exposed to this sort of tragedy and we continually have these disasters in our country.” “How do you solve it? There are a couple of different areas. I think it starts with the mental health aspect. We can’t cut funding to mental health institutes. We need to make sure everyone has access to treatment,” Murphy said. “We’ve got to look at the family and we need more responsibility with gun owners and nongun owners. We’ve got to look at the availability of these large magazine clips and the loopholes at gun shows and on the Internet.” During his visit, Murphy announced he will occupy former Rep. Tom Rooney’s downtown Stuart office and will headquarter St. Lucie County from a 745-square-foot space inside of Port St. Lucie City Hall. Murphy also met with Martin County Commissioner John Haddox, a Navy veteran who served for 20 years. Before his election this year, Haddox was a government liaison for the Veterans Council of Martin County and is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041. The pair discussed veterans affairs in general, but hope to meet again

to form measures to help the national heroes, Haddox said. “I look forward to working with Rep. Murphy’s office regarding veterans and I’ll offer any assistance that I can,” Haddox said. “We’re going to get a lot of work done together. I’m extremely grateful and impressed he has an attitude of working across the aisle.” “Veterans issues are so important nationally and certainly here locally. That’s one area you don’t cut from,” Murphy said. “In the next few years we’re going to see quite a few brave new men and women coming home as we start to unwind from Afghanistan. It’s definitely a big issue and we look forward to working together on that.” Murphy added he’s relieved the campaign trail has ended and the hotly debated election is over against his republican opponent and former Rep. Allen West. “It’s a relief. Right after the election most people get a chance to go relax, go to a beach somewhere and sort of decompress, but I had the retabulation — three of those,” Murphy said. “I’m glad it’s over with. I was ready to get to work right away. That’s why I did this and campaigned so hard. There are so many important issues we need to deal with right now.”

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy met with local officials, visited his new offices and addressed issues related to Martin and St. Lucie counties. The district 18 congressman said he’ll work with local leaders in both Martin and St. Lucie counties to make positive change. Murphy said a key priority will be improvements to the 110mile Herbert Hoover Dike, which borders 730 square miles of Lake Okeechobee and affects not only Martin and St. Lucie counties, but the rest of the state. According to Martin County’s website, the Army Corps of Engineers reported “a potential failure situation is developing. A dike failure may eventually occur, but preplanned actions may moderate or alleviate failure.” Murphy said he will also work closely with Sen. Bill Nelson to immediately push forward Everglades-related legislation. “It’s really about the cooperation amongst the counties here locally,” Murphy said. “We have so many great projects going, but sometimes when you get spread so thin, nothing gets finished. Right now we need to prioritize ... The dike is a priority.” Murphy said routinely dredging the St. Lucie Inlet is imperative.

“I plan on meeting with them (Army Corps of Engineers) early and often and getting a good relationship there,” Murphy said. “(We need to get) a lot of the inlets, the smaller inlets, in sort of a group and a consensus and approach the Army Corps and say, ‘We need this dredged every three to four years.’” “We need to get into a rotation and make sure we’re on the calendar so we don’t have to keep going through this argument and this debate,” Murphy said. Murphy, who was recently appointed to the Financial Services Committee, said he’ll do everything in his power to improve housing in his district, which spans parts of St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties. “Mostly what the committee is going to deal with in the next congress is housing and that affects the whole district,” Murphy said. “Florida was hit hard as almost any state in the country with the foreclosure crisis and this district is no different, especially St. Lucie County, parts of Martin and Palm Beach.” Murphy said another issue that requires immediate attention is the recent school shooting in Connecticut. He said the key to preventing another tragedy is a combination of mental health care and gun control. “As public servants, as government officials, we have to protect

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BUZZ from page 10 Kelly said he shaved his mustache once decades ago. As for the iconic white shock of hair on his head — it rarely sees the inside of a barbershop. “My hair has been long and white since I’ve been 25 years old,” said Kelly, who added he keeps his hair long because he plays the bass guitar in a band. “I shaved my mustache once when my daughter was 3 and she didn’t recognize me.” “It’s a fantastic cause,” Mascara said. “My hair will grow back.” Mascara said he’s donned the signature stache and tresses since “the eighth or ninth grade.” Kelly said he shaved his mustache once decades ago. As for the iconic white shock of hair on his head — it rarely sees the inside of a barbershop. “My hair has been long and white since I’ve been 25 years old,” said Kelly, who added he keeps his hair long because he plays the bass guitar in a band. “I shaved my mustache once when my daughter was 3 and she didn’t recognize me.” Kelly, who attended a Boys & Girls Club during his childhood years, said he couldn’t think of a more worthy cause to sacrifice his hair for. The Chuck Hill Unit, located on Northwest Marion Avenue in Port St. Lucie, serves 150 members, including St. Lucie West students. It costs the organization $1,000 a child annually and is kept as low as $10 per year for members who are on free or reduced lunch, club representatives said. The non-profit organization, which is dedicated to serving community youth by providing a safe place to learn, grow and enhance character development, currently serves 4,200 kids, ages 5 to 18 in St. Lucie County, representatives said. “My hair will grow back, but these kids will only be kids one time,” Kelly said. To make a donation or buy shaving swipes, visit www. bgcofslc.org or call (772) 460-9918.

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What You Should Know About Your Spine Lecture at Harbor Place Senior Living Community 3 p.m. Dr. Don Moore, orthopedic surgeon with Florida Orthopedic Specialists, will discuss facts about spine. Seminar will be in the Meeting Room. 3700 S.E. Jennings Road, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 3374330. Sunrise Safari at Adams Ranch 6 a.m.-11 a.m. Safari sightseeing tour for deer, birds and other wildlife. Expect bumpy terrain and low tree cover. Costs $30 per person, $50 per couple. Adults and ages 12 and older. 26003 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 465-3337. Bird watching cruise Departs at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, from Rivergate Park, 2200 S.E. Midport Road, Port St. Lucie. Private charters are available, and reservations are required. For more information, call (772) 4898344. Friday sunset cruise at Rivergate Park. Boat leaves at 4 p.m. from 2200 S.E. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Port St. Lucie. Cost: $18.78. Enjoy dining afterward at nearby restaurants. For more information, call (772) 489-8344. Feeding Frenzy tour at the St. Lucie County Aquarium featuring the Smithsonian Marine Exhibit. Watch underwater residents enjoy their morning meal. A volunteer or staff person will provide information on the Exhibit’s daily menu, as well as share stories and provide insight on the ar-

ea’s constantly changing ecosystems. Feeding Frenzy tours are free with paid admission. 420 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 462-FISH.

Saturday, Jan. 5

Community Green Market at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Rain or shine. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, seafood, fresh baked goods and arts and crafts. Free admission and parking. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 465-5658. Brown Bag Lecture: ‘Prehistoric Florida’ at the Oxbow Eco-Center. Noon to 2 p.m. Fred Mazza of Paleo Discoveries will share some rare and unusual fossils that he has found through years of fossil hunting across the Florida and southeast United States. Bring lunch and a friend to share in this hands-on free event. 5400 N.E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 785-5833.

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Swan boat, paddle boat and kayak rentals at lake Tradition every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 10489 S.W. Meeting St., Port St. Lucie. For more information call (772) 323-7773 or visit upthecreekfl.blogspot.com or traditionfl. com

Monday, Jan. 7

Latin Dance Night with live music by St. Lucie Tropical Jazz Band at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Every Monday night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. 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 January 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. Florida Power & Light Energy Encounter: Tours of Florida Power & Light begin at 10 a.m. and stop at 4

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Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Ken Guntkowski offers announcements and updates during the weekly Business Networking International meeting held at PGA Country Club Estates each Wednesday. The chapter offers increased business through a referral network of local businesses.

MARKETING from page 7 kowski of Ameritas Investment which serves the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches. “We have a giver’s gain philosophy.” Guntkowski said benefits include increased exposure, increased business through referrals, tools to network more efficiently, quarterly newsletters on networking and public speaking and the opportunity to participate in trade shows to market business. Guntkowski said the numbers speak volumes. Every meeting, members record how many referrals were made and how much each generated. In 2010, 2,858 referrals were passed among members that generated $534,404 in business. In 2011, 2,122 referrals were given, generating a total of $486,708 to the recommended businesses. Last year, 1,719 referrals were passed along, garnering $516,805, Guntkowski said. Gobin Ramkissoon, who owns and operates Pressure Cleaning Solutions in Port St. Lucie, said his membership has reaped substantial benefits for his business and family. “Personally, it’s helping me grow and financially, it’s been moving me forward,” said Ramkissoon, a married father of two teens who will be attending college soon. “I’ve been able to buy three homes and as a result, I have two rental properties.” Jim Pond, owner of The Bug Guys in Port St. Lucie, said the chapter isn’t about passing out just any referrals. “We know these owners. It’s about credibility and integrity,” Pond said. “When you actually know somebody, it adds a whole other element to the referral.” Guntkowski said members pay an annual fee and not every applicant is accepted into the chapter. Right now Guntkowski said the group is looking for new members in several different industries including a local architect, financial advisor and an insurance agent. For more information, call (772) 343-0611 or visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BNIReferralsUnlimited.

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Groucho’s ‘Comedy Night’ Special Friday Night Edition at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Featuring Comedian Monique Marvez. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door; Preferred, up-front seating $18 per person (sold in advance only). Groucho’s Comedy Night is usually held the second and fourth Saturday of every month. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place. For tickets or more information, call (772) 807-4488.


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, Jan. 8

Treasure Coast Model Railroad Club Display features more than 750 feet of track arranged to replicate a busy railway. Variety of locomotives, freight and passenger cars operate on the layout. Open to the public every Tuesday from 7:15 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. 273 S.W. Becker Road, Port St Lucie. Admission is free. For more information, call (772) 621-9636.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

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Gardening Advice at the Morningside Branch Library 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Professional advice from St. Lucie County Extension Services. 2410 Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 337-5632.

Thursday, Jan. 10

Genealogy Family Research at the Fort Pierce Library. 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers from the Treasure Coast Genealogical Society (TCGS) are available in the Genealogy Section on the second floor. They will work individually with Library patrons to find and document ancestors. They will answer questions on genealogy, show you how to access genealogy websites and use the genealogy reference books, and assist you in getting started in genealogy. 101 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 467-1246.

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p.m. 6501 South A1A, Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce. Sunday through Friday. Tours include more than 30 interactive displays about energy, nuclear power and electricity. Admission is free; reservations required for groups of 10 or more. For information, call (772) 468-4111, or (877) FPL4FUN.

Marine Exhibit Everyone gets in free on the first Tuesday of each month. Regular Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children and $3 for seniors. 420 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 462-3474.

“Waggle or no Waggle”.....

It is better to waggle the club before taking it away from the ball. Yes of course you don’t want to get in the Sergio Garcia wagle or re-gripping like he did for a while, but a waggle that Jason Dufner uses is beautiful! The waggle sets you in motion and it’s always better to continue a motion than to originate one.The next time you practice try a wagle or move your feet up and down to just give you a little motion and eliminate the tension in your setup and swing.The worst thing is to become static over the ball. No motion = more tension. More motion = less tension. Enjoy your new relaxed swing!!

“GOLF POEM” In My Hand I Hold A Ball, White And Dimpled, Rather Small. Oh, How Bland It Does Appear, This Harmless Looking Little Sphere. By Its Size I Could Not Guess, The Awesome Strength It Does Possess. But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell, I’ve Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell. My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same, Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game. It Rules My Mind For Hours On End, A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend. It Has Made Me Yell, Curse And Cry, I Hate Myself And Want To Die. It Promises A Thing Called Par, If I Can Hit It Straight And Far. To Master Such A Tiny Ball, Should Not Be Very Hard At All. More tips to follow in coming weeks.

But My Desires The Ball Refuses, And Does Exactly As It Chooses. It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies, And Even Disappears Before My Eyes. Often It Will Have A Whim, To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim. With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land, It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand. Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul, If Only It Would Find The Hole. It’s Made Me Whimper Like A Pup, And Swear That I Will Give It Up. And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow, But The Ball Knows…. I’ll Be Back Tomorrow.

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FITNESS from page 1 $297,641 in expenses exceeding $218,543 in revenue from memberships and fitness programs, Taylor said. For 2012-13, costs are expected to drop to $229,000 because two full-time staff positions were cut and revenues are projected to increase to $277,000 because of membership initiatives, Taylor said. “I think not only the cash — if you will — is helpful,” Taylor said. “But having a partnership with Humana gives us a little more credibility with the senior population, which is very important to us.” The 5,000-square-foot facility has 500 members. Humana will cover gym membership costs for seniors who are enrolled in Medicare and partake in the company’s Silver Sneakers program, Taylor said. “Humana’s message of helping people get healthy only fits perfectly with our mission here that stresses the importance of living healthy lives and having fun doing it.”

Taylor said with the new name, she expects an increase in new signups and specials for existing members. “If an existing member brings in a new member, the existing member will receive one month free,” said Taylor, who added the offer will expire at the end of January. Taylor said the center’s location is a prime spot for seniors who take public transportation and great for the younger population, which uses U.S. 1 to commute to and from work. “We’ve got a great program and a great staff here,” Taylor said. “We’re conveniently located for those who live in east Port St. Lucie and for those who frequently travel U.S. 1.” Humana Fitness and Wellness Center is located at Port St. Lucie Civic Center, U.S. 1 and Walton Road. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, go to www. cityofpsl.com/civic/fitness-center or call (772) 204-7101.

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ST. LUCIE WEST – Thomas Bold, director of music at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in St. Lucie West, had a successful career as a performer, singing with the Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer from 1997-2001. He was working in New England in 2010, when the new church and its 1,200-seat theater were dedicated. “They searched for a musical director and found me in Boston,” he said. “The stage is so magnificent and they have two extraordinary instruments, a Steinway concert grand and an Allen Renaissance Quantum pipe organ. I’ve played many concert grands and it’s probably one of the finest instruments I’ve played.” The concert series began in 2010, shortly after the congregation moved into the church. The first performers were a violin and piano duo that included Bold as the pianist. The series grew rapidly from that one-concert beginning. It kicks off this year on Feb. 1 with the return of Italian pianist Francesco Attesti. “He’s a young pianist who has played all over the world,” Bold said. “He’s a Rotarian in Italy and he makes contacts through Rotary chapters for venues. The local Rotary chapter and St. Bernadette will partner to bring him to Florida, with the concert benefiting the Rotary Foundation.” On Feb. 4, the Boston String Quartet meets The Beatles in a concert entitled “String Circus.” “These are young musicians who push the envelope,” Bold said. “It’s classically-oriented music of The Beatles with a twist.” Feb. 11 brings the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, returning to St. Bernadette for the second time. Under the direction of John Enyart, Thomas Servinsky and Benjamin Enyart, the ensemble will perform works by Wagner, Bizet and Borodin. The famed Vienna Boys’ Choir comes to the church on Feb. 18. “A miracle happened,” Thomas Bold said. “The Vienna Boys’

The famed Vienna Boys’ Choir will perform at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in St. Lucie West on Feb. 18 as part of the its annual concert series.


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CharDognay Live music 7 p.m. 224 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 324-WINE. The Original Tiki Bar Live music after 5 p.m. 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 461-0880. Rebar DJ 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. 8283 S. Federal Highway, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 340-7777.

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La Zen Nightclub DJ 10 p.m.- 2 a.m. 464 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-9992.

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Sunday, Jan. 6 Finally Famous Sundays at Flavors Restaurant and Lounge. 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. No cover all night. Music by DJ TK and DJ Just Chill. 529 N.W. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-1585.

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Wednesday, Jan. 9 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.

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A stadium with no name Crews remove old naming rights sign, leaving complex entrance empty By Nicole Rodriguez Staff writer ST. LUCIE WEST — A construction crew removed the Digital Domain Media Group sign from the New York Mets spring training home the morning of Dec. 21, leaving the giant structure bare until new naming rights are secured, Mets representatives said. The 7,800-seat stadium is tentatively being called the St. Lucie County Sports Complex Mets Stadium until the Mets and the county can secure a new name, Paul Taglieri, the Mets director of Florida operations, said. Taglieri said the Mets are currently searching for a new corporate partner to secure the naming rights to the county-owned stadium. But Taglieri remained mum on whether negotiations are in the works with a potential partner. “At this time we can’t make any comments,” Taglieri said. Digital Domain Media Group secured the naming rights for the stadium in 2010, but ended its

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CONCERTS from page 15 Choir fell from the sky. They have four touring ensembles, and one of them is coming here. The ensemble was coming to the United States and looking for venues they might be interested in. Some one had read an article about us and they called. It was a match we couldn’t deny.” Those four concerts complete the concert series, but the music director has a few special events in store. “I’m calling them ‘Encores,’” he said. “The first is a French choir, Les Moineaux de Paris or The Sparrows of Paris. It’s a men and boys choir. They will perform on March 9. The second is a Japanese pianist, Manabu Takasawa, who would like to play our Steinway. He heard about us and asked if there was room. He will perform on March 11.” Tickets for these “Encore” concerts will be made available at the regular-season concerts for $10. At the door, they will be $20. “I like to reward folks who come to the series by offering half-price tickets to the ‘Encore’ concerts,” Bold said. While the goal of the concerts is to entertain with outstanding performances, Thomas Bold said that the concert series has another purpose. “Here at St. Bernadette, we celebrate stewardship in the highest level with artists from around the world and around the corner,” he said. “Our mission is to bring the Treasure Coast world-class entertainment at incredibly affordable ticket prices.” The St. Bernadette Catholic Church Concert Series begins on Feb. 1 with pianist Francesco Attesti. Concerts are held at the Church, 350 N.W. California Blvd., St. Lucie West at 7 p.m. Season tickets for all four concerts are $70. Individual tickets are $20 per concert and $35 for the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Children sixth grade and under are free; children seventh grade and up pay half price. Tickets are available for purchase at the church or by calling (772) 336-9956 or (617) 650-0130.

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$100,000-a-year contract with the Mets during its bankruptcy filing in late September. The digital effects company agreed to pay St. Lucie County $100,000 in 2012 as part of the contract set to expire after 2018. The county received the first two quarterly installments, but not the last $50,000 for the year, county officials said. The Mets and the county split the naming rights revenue, which are paid quarterly. The county uses its portion of the funds for general maintenance at the stadium — formerly known as Thomas J. White Stadium and Tradition Field — county spokesman Erick Gill said. “We’re hopeful the Mets will secure a partner in the naming rights,” said Gill who added tourism shouldn’t be affected if naming rights aren’t secured this year. He said the stadium would be maintained by taxes the county collects on local tourism. Taglieri said he hopes to have a new name secured by The New York Mets first spring training game, scheduled for Feb. 23 against the Washington Nationals.

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