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TREASURE COAST — State health officials want swimmers to beware of a silent saltwater killer that’s claimed the lives of 10 this year and infected a total of 33. Vibrio vulnificus is a naturally-occurring bacteria found in warm coastal waters during the summer. People can become infected with the bacteria when they eat raw shellfish, particularly oysters. People with open

wounds can also be exposed through direct contact with seawater. The flesh eating bacteria tends to thrive best in brackish water like the Indian River Lagoon, but is a separate issue from the toxic bacteria and algae Lake Okeechobee discharges have brought, said Martin County Health Department environmental health director Bob Washam. But an out-of-state study may suggest otherwise. Vibrio vulnificus is “ not necessarily related to a specific pollution source. The two most signif-

icant factors for finding them in surface waters are temperature and salinity,” according to informational documents posted on the state of Maryland’s Department of the Environment’s website. “Recent research has suggested that nutrients may play a role invibrio concentration. V. vulnificus bacteria are not commonly found in the winter when water temperatures are low, but may be common in the summer and early fall when water temperatures are

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Monday, novEMbEr 11 the massive cleanup efforts of the country’s most catastrophic oil spill in history. Having lived on the Florida Coast his entire life, Murphy said the crusade for clean water is one he will never quit. On the eve of his wildly successful Oct. 3 congressional briefing on the Indian River Lagoon, attended by more than 20 members of Congress, the youngest member of the 113th Congress sat down for a oneon-one in his Washington, D.C., office. Murphy, who didn’t take a paycheck during the 16-day partial shutdown, talked about his future in politics, the government shutdown, environment and more. Q: What was the atmosphere

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WASHINGTON, D.C., — In an effort to perpetuate her grandparent’s legacy of environmental activism, Michelle Roberts carried the torch her elders lit all the way to the nation’s capital. Roberts, who weathered her own financial storm to stand united with fellow “River Warriors” for an Oct. 3 congressional hearing on the embattled Indian River Lagoon, said the struggle was well worth it. “I’m glad that there’s been such a tremendous outpouring this time,” said Roberts, 43, who made the trip on a charter bus with other Treasure Coast residents. “I really feel that they are hearing us and are doing something.” The meeting garnered the presence of more than 20 House and Senate members, a sight she wished her late grandfather, Johnny Jones, lived to see. “My grandparents fought their lives for this and it’s still going on,” she said. The John C. and Mariana Jones Hungryland Wildlife and Environmental Area, which straddles the boundary between Martin and Palm Beach counties, was named after Roberts’s grandparents.

Photos courtesy of Michelle Roberts Former Palm City resident Michelle Roberts advocated for the Indian River Lagoon during a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on Oct. 3. Roberts was one of around 200 Treasure Coast residents who made the journey to speak up for the river. John C. Jones, who died in 2010 from chronic health issues at age 77, once served as vice

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president of the Florida Wildlife Federation and became president in 1972. In 1972, Johnny and his wife Mariana were hired as the first executive director and executive secretary of the Federation. “I don’t feel like I can even hold a match to what they’re done. I told my Grandma, ‘You guys must be really strong because there are days when I get really frustrated, I get down,’” Roberts said. During his 16 years with the Federation, Johnny Jones lobbied 67 environmental bills through the Florida Legislature. “Florida has lost a beloved son and unfaltering environmental leader,” former Gov. Charlie Crist said the day Jones died. “Because of his resolute actions, the Kissimmee River and Everglades restoration efforts are closer to reality while generations to come will enjoy countless acres of wild places because he cared.” Just days before embarking on the historic trip, Roberts had a conversation with her grandmother. “Is there a way the discharg-

es can be changed, I mean it’s the Army Corps, are we really going to be able to take this out of their hands?” Roberts asked Mariana Jones. “She believes it can be done. It was encouraging,” Roberts said. “She really believes we have some momentum going on here in the movement.” Roberts, who recently moved to Stuart from Palm City because of financial reasons, said no stack of bills thanks to the Great Recession was too tall to keep her from lobbying lawmakers on Capitol Hill. “I will do anything. I will clean your house, pick your weeds, we have a pool service business, we will come clean your pool, whatever, so that I could get a couple days off from work,” Roberts said of the lengths she was willing to go to in order to attend the meeting. Friends and public donations during events held by the “River Warriors” made the trip possible, Roberts said. “These are wonderful people,” Roberts said of her fellow ac-

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Ingestion of Vibrio vulnificus can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. It can also cause an infection of the skin when open wounds are exposed to warm seawater, which may lead to skin breakdown and ulcers. Healthy individuals typically develop a mild disease. Vibrio vulnificus infections in individuals with a compromised immune system can cause severe and life-threatening illness with symptoms like fever, chills and septic shock, or decreased blood pressure.

times more likely to develop Vibrio vulnificus bloodstream infections than healthy people. Wound infections may also be serious in people with weakened immune systems, according to the Florida Department of Health’s website. The infection is usually treated by antibiotics. The bacteria is common in Florida waters during the summer and is a rare cause of disease, Washam said. It is also underreported, according to the Florida Department of Health’s website. Between 1988 and 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received reports of more than 900 Vibrio vulnificus infections from the Gulf Coast states, where most cases occur. Before 2007, there was no national surveillance system for Vibrio vulnificus. In 2011, the year saw 35 confirmed cases and 13 deaths in Florida. Last year, the state had 27 cases and nine deaths. This year, as of press time, there have been 33 cases and 10 deaths. Deaths occurred in Broward, Flagler, Glades, Lee, Leon, Monroe, Okaloosa and Walton counties.

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PORT ST. LUCIE — There is a new kind of college campus in town. Bernie Machen, president of the University of Florida, recently announced a state plan to expand E-Campuses. It will make the school one of the first public universities in the country to offer bachelor’s degrees online. Tanya Gorniewicz is taking advantage of the program. She is pursuing an online Bachelor of

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COLLEGE from page 8 Gorniewicz took science classes while working on her degree at IRSC. “I was gearing to do a biology major,” she said. “I was taking classes for an associate degree in science with the assumption of a bachelor’s degree in biology. When I finished my associate degree, I heard about the UF program and knew it was perfect. It was for a microbiology degree online. If it was the regular program in Gainesville, I probably wouldn’t have done it. I was only 18 years old and I didn’t want to go that far away. I was going to stay local at IRSC and get a fouryear degree in biology. What appealed to Gorniewicz

or directly on the E-Learning website. For exams, there is a third-party proctor service. When the program is downloaded, the observer can see the test taker for that session. “They give you a password for the exam,” Gorniewicz said. “You have to register ahead of time.” Gorniewicz said that she doesn’t feel she is missing out on student life going to college this way. “I have a bond with the students down here I see at the labs,” she said. At the University of Florida (in Gainesville), the classes are so big and the teachers so busy that you probably won’t interact with the teachers anyway.” There is another reason Gorniewicz likes attending school her

was the opportunity to stay at home and get a degree from the University of Florida. “I knew (both schools) were tough,” she said. “If you were going to work that hard, you wanted it to be from the University of Florida.” The online program has several elements. Gorniewicz takes labs at the university’s satellite campus in Fort Pierce. For some classes, she travels to that campus to see lectures streamed over the Internet and shown on screens so that students and teachers can see each other. Other classes are completed entirely online. “The E-Learning classroom materials are on a website,” Gorniewicz said. “There are study material, lecture notes and videos. There is everything you need, other then a textbook. You may have to buy it or it may be in PDF. Most participants buy a book.” The students complete assignments as a Word document

way. “I’m kind of introverted. Some students would feel they’re missing out, but I’m so busy anyway. I have a part-time job.” She expects to graduate in the spring of 2014 and hopes to get a job in the burgeoning high-tech area in Port St. Lucie and Tradition. She did an internship at the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute and plans to look for a job there or at one of the other facilities. While E-Campuses have come into their own, they are not brand-new. Gorniewicz notes that her mother got a master’s degree 10 years ago from the University of Florida through the Fort Pierce campus. Things have changed. “They were still using television and VCR tapes,” she said. At this time, the E-Campus at the University of Florida is only accepting those with an associate’s degree or transfers from another college or university. For information on online learning, visit the online webpage at www.ufl.edu.

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MURPHY from page 3 like in Congress in the days and hours leading up to the shutdown? Is it as bad as what we see on TV? Is (the partisanship) as tense? A: Confusion, frustration, disbelief. I was very — and still am every day — growing increasingly more frustrated with the fact that we’re shutdown. It’s almost surreal, it’s like a bad dream that I’m just waiting to wake up from. This couldn’t possibly be happening. I’ve been in Congress for eight months and I campaigned against this sort of ridiculous behavior and eight months into office, this is what goes on because leadership can’t get their act together. It’s an embarrassment for this country. Q: What type of message does a shutdown send? A: The shutdown itself, the government shutdown, sends a message to Americans and to I think a lot of other countries that our government isn’t functioning, our Congress isn’t functioning, that we’re not doing our basic duties of funding the government. That sort of uncertainty, is bad overseas. Domestically speaking, I’m talking of businesses of all sizes, every day that say ‘Hey, you know I was getting ready to go buy a new piece of equipment, you know, I was going to buy a new piece of land to build a new building, I was going to hire five more people, but I don’t know what is going to happen.’ That sort of uncertainty has left a lot of people, unfortunately, having to keep their money on the sidelines because they don’t have faith in our country. They don’t know what interest rates are going to be in a week from now, in a day from now. If we default, interest rates will go up. They don’t know what the regulatory environment is going to be like. Big-picture items that we have

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Q: Your proudest accomplishment in office? A: I would say two things. One, the amount of constituents we’ve helped out. We’ve been able to help with hundreds of thousands, maybe near a million by now. At least hundreds of thousands of veterans due benefits, seniors that are due Social Security and Medicare checks. So that is very rewarding, being able to call those constituents, that may or may not have voted for me that matter, that may or may not like the government, and say ‘Hey, X,Y and Z. Your veterans benefits you’ve been fighting for two and a half years, we just talked to the VA.’ And that’s because of the hard work of my team and I thank them for that. No. 2, a proud accomplishment would be early on we were able to get some money back to the district for beach renourishment, for inlet dredging and Everglades restoration. That again, was the hard work of my team and very happy to have gotten something substantive done.

Q: With the lagoon, what is the fix? A: That’s one of the complicated parts. There’s no silver bullet. There’s no one easy solution. If there was, it would have been done. This is decades in the making. The Army Corps really messed up the Everglades in the 1920s and moved everything around, I mean that’s just what happened. A lot of interest, a lot Ag (agriculture), a lot of things have happened along the way to put us in this position. So, there’s been a lot of research, a lot of scientists, a lot of money spent on understanding how we can fix it and get it as close back to original form as possible. But that takes money and that takes time. I think we realistically need a 10- to 15year horizon, you know, to really get this, not (to) say solved, but better. And that’s hard to stomach for a lot of people because this has been going on for a very long time, but I do believe that’s the reality of it. There is no easy solution, but the more we get things like C-44 (canal improvements) funded and CEPP (Central Everglades Planning Project) and CERP (Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan), fixing the Herbert Hoover Dike, get C-43 (canal) funded, raise the Tamiami Trail. You get them all together and there’re all little pieces of the pie, but when you put them all together it adds up. And there’s some low-hanging fruit, some easy things we can do, like the water conservation, the water farming that’s relatively inexpensive and an area that we hope we can try to get some funding from the (Obama) administration to keep that water from ever getting to Lake Okeechobee. Q: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in politics? A: Always do what you believe is best. Don’t ever listen to any party or any sort of one constituency group. You have to No. 1 live with your votes, but you have to justify it and you have to be comfortable with those. I haven’t learned it the hard way or anything, but it’s just I’ve always believed that and it’s been reiterated as I’ve been here longer, because there are a certain amount of games that get played up here. And as long as you

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to be able to do that and without the clean water, he’s not going to be able to.” Roberts said in all of her years, the lagoon is in its worst state. “It makes me mad the fact that the government has said they backed this and approved this and pushed for this, but they’re turning around and taking things that they’ve said they’re going to do back or just not moving fast enough. It’s been going on for 80 years,” she said. Roberts, who was thrilled with the congressional turnout, said a fix won’t be easy, but is finally on the right track. “They do need to keep cleaning the water with the natural flow and natural way,” said Roberts, who believes the solution begins in Kissimmee.

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enforcement from the Treasure Coast enjoyed the “South Beach” themed Par TEE on Friday evening that included food, special beverages dancing for dollars and a live auction. Attorney Kelly Cambron, Managing Partner for the firm of Schmitt, Cambron & Reynolds had the top bid on one of the live auction items, a box of hand- rolled cigars and fine wines. “The success of this event will help continue the success of the Life Builders program,” said attorney Cambron “and we know Life Builders works.” For more information about A Law Firm of Schmitt, Cambron and Reynolds P.L. please visit www.femailinjurylawyer.com or stop by their office at 1330 S. Federal Highway in Stuart. Their toll free number is (866) 675-4427.

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Friday Night Live at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Enjoy stand-up comedy and other variety acts as well. Each month’s performance will be different. A cash bar with snacks will be available. Advance preferred up-front seating is $15. General admission is $12. Advance sale tickets can be purchased at the Civic Center recreation desk or by credit card over the phone. At the door general admission is $15. Friday Night Live is held the last Friday of every month. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-4499.

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Pumpkin Patch at The Landing at Tradition. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Giving away 1,000 free pumpkins Age Times: 0-2 years at 10:15 a.m.; 3-5 years at 10:45 a.m.; 6-9 years at 11:15 a.m.; 10-12 years at 11:45 a.m. There will be a free petting farm and music. Event will also include bounce houses, face painters and food for a fee. Weather permitting. Event is subject to change without notice. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 27.

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Family Movie & Craft: Hotel Transylvania at the Fort Pierce Public Library in Downtown Fort Pierce. 2-4 p.m. This animated comedy concerns a hotel where monsters such as Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler), the Invisible Man (David Spade), Frankenstein (Kevin James) and his bride (Fran Drescher), along with a host of others head to relax from a world full of humans. When an unexpected guest checks in all kinds of hilarity ensues. The film runs 92 minutes and is rated PG. Plus make a “Bat Buddy” craft. This family program is most suited for children ages 5-10, all children are welcome. All Library events are open to the public and offered at no charge. Parents & caregivers, please no unaccompanied children. 101 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 462-2812.

Halloween Spooktacular at The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance Center. 1-3 p.m. $10 per child. Featuring Halloween costume contest, pumpkin decorating contest, scavenger hunt, spooky simulator room, Trick-orTreat putting and haunted Kwik golf. 1916 Perfect Drive, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 468-7686.

Community Green Market at the Port St. Lucie City Hall parking lot. Rain or shine. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, seafood, fresh baked goods and arts and crafts. Free admission and parking. 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 3453797.

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FORT PIERCE — After a brief hiatus, the A.E. Backus Museum of Art is open for its 54th Season. The Museum’s exhibition schedule kicks off with “The Best of the Best” Juried Competition. This much-anticipated annual event draws artists from across the state of Florida and the southeastern U.S. The Juried Competitions offers Museum visitors a feast for the senses. From the 208 entries, the judges selected 107 for exhibition. Artwork was entered in four categories: Oil/Acrylic, Watercolor, Varied Techniques, and Three Dimensional. Entrants into the Varied Techniques may work in a wide variety of mediums including; pastel, collage, computer generated imagery, serigraph printing, block printing, colored pencils, graphite, pen and ink, even crayons fit into this category. Three Dimensional works can be made out of virtually anything; wood, clay, bronze, found objects, fiber, papier-mâché, leather, glass, the sky is the limit. The judges for this year’s competition had a tough job. Each year the museum brings in three jurists from different perspec-

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

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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. Will resume on Monday, Aug. 12. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free dance lesson at 6:30 p.m. St. Lucie Tropical Jazz Band plays at 7:15 p.m. Special pricing includes $5 per couple in advance and $8 per couple at the door. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-4488. 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) 484-7855. 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 reser-

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 person 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. Port St. Lucie Cancer Support Group at The Brennity at Tradition. 2-3 p.m. 10685 S.W. Stony Creek Way, Tradition. For more information, call (772) 345-2709. PSL Botanical Gardens Jazz & Blues Night 6:30-9:30 p.m. Listen to the sounds of the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society indoors at the Gardens every other Wednesday night. Admission is $3 per person. 2410 S.E. Westmoreland

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Ask the Pro Golf Tips at the Saints at Port St. Lucie Golf Course. Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., PGA golf pro David O’Kelly is available to golfers to answer questions and give tips that will help improve his or her game. Meet O’Kelly on the Saints driving range and he’ll give professional advice and feedback free of charge. 2601 S.E. Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 398-2901. Fall Festival at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Oct. 31 from 5 to 10 p.m., Nov. 1 from 5 p.m. to midnight, Nov. 2 from 11 to midnight, Nov. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. The Fall Festival is a family-oriented event attended each year by many thousands that will include carnival rides, costume contest, live entertainment and more. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-2277. Solid Gold Dance Band Dance Party at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. 7-10 p.m. A night of music and dancing to classic rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s. $5 in advance. $6 at the door. Full liquor cash bar, $5 well drinks all night, snacks for sale. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-4488.

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John Falkenhagen up-to-date technology and equipment. It’s going to be a real estate game-changer in Port St. Lucie,” added Falkenhagen.  Lang Realty was established in 1989 and has grown from a modest start with just three sales associates to become one of the top real estate companies in South Florida. The company has expanded to more than 380 agents with offices in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Manalapan, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie and Boynton Beach at Hunter’s Run. For more information, about Lang Realty and details on current listings, visit www.langrealty. com. You can also follow Lang Realty on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Lang’s blog for real estate updates and Lang Realty news. www.facebook.com/LangRealty; www.twitter.com/langrealty; www.linkedin.com/company/ lang-realty.  

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PGA VILLAGE — Pickleball is not a new sport by any means, it has being around since the 1960s. And It has been catching on in pockets in the state of Florida in the last decade. Particularly in the Ocala area in which there are more than 100 courts and numerous leagues at present. Tennis professional Aldo Burga

from The Legacy PGA Village is bringing Pickleball to our area. At present, the completion of two new courts is almost in it’s final stage. The grand opening date is set for Oct. 26 and there will be an exhibition, a barbecue, and a clinic. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Pickleball is easy to learn and it’s less physically demanding than tennis. The court is much

smaller and because of the equipment (a perforated plastic ball and graphite paddles) it’s a much slower game. It takes a few times to learn the scoring system that is similar to that in volleyball, but not difficult. People of all ages love this game. For more information on how to get involved in this exciting new sport, please contact Aldo Burga at (772) 626-2940.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — St. Lucie County Clerk Joseph Smith is sending more than $2.2 million in savings and excess fees to the county and state. The savings, which are calculated annually at the end of the fiscal year in September, were due to decreases in employment costs and increases in recording fee collections. St. Lucie County will receive $742,339, mostly generated by fees collected from recording documents, such as mortgages, deeds, marriage licenses, wills, liens, and other official records. “With the economy improving, more people are buying property and filing deeds and mortgages with our office,” Smith said. “We’ve also taken steps to reduce health insurance costs and operate with a leaner, stronger workforce.” The state of Florida’s Clerk Trust Fund already received

$949,492, and will receive an additional $531,290 payment. The trust fund helps other Florida Clerk’s offices that do not generate enough fee revenue to operate. The excess funds were generated from a reduction in employee insurance premiums and a reduction in salary costs due to turnover. Since Smith took office in 2009, he has reduced the office budget by $4 million, or 25 percent. He has also implemented new award-winning programs and technology to save taxpayers time and money. Estimated Annual Taxpayer Savings & New Revenue: * Civil E-Filing: $100,000 * Online Foreclosure Sales: $30,000 * Credit Card Cash Back & Accounts Payable Program: $365,000   The Clerk’s credit card cash back partnership and new payables system with Wells Far-

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from $5 to $30, depending on the size. Packets to petition an injunction against domestic violence are free. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. The center will be equipped with multiple computers with free Internet access to allow the public to conduct research. Customers will also be able to have their documents copied or faxed for a small charge. While the Clerk’s office is prohibited from providing legal advice, representatives at the Self-Service Center will be able to answer many court-related questions and refer customers to community resources. “By connecting people who wish to represent themselves with local resources and assistance, we expect to reduce the number of cases that need to be re-filed due to mistakes in the paperwork,” Smith said. “These services are perfect for those who

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TRADITION — Living Faith Church at Tradition is sponsoring a Trunk Or Treat at Tradition Square on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. Cost is free. Tradition Square is located next to Tradition Town Hall. Children

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Children’s games and face painting will provide extra fun. In addition, a free raffle drawing will be held for the chance to win a night of bowling and dinner for a family of four. Prize valued at $150. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Women’s Health Specialists Welcomes Brandy J. Becker, MD to our Practice. Dr. Becker is now accepting new patients from throughout the Treasure Coast. She is proud to be the newest member of the “Professionals Known and Trusted by Thousands” in Martin, Saint Lucie, and Okeechobee Counties. We welcome Dr. Brandy J. Becker and invite you to call today to schedule your personal visit with Dr. Becker today. You will be glad you did.

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Centennial drama department plans full season through. The first program of the year is a variety show, “Broadway Cares,” on Nov. 21. This is a fundraiser for AIDS research, and 30 percent of the ticket sales and silent auction proceeds will be donated to the Broadway Cares Foundation in New York. That said, this is not a solemn show. “It’s a revue, a variety show,” LaCroix said. “It’s basically numbers from Broadway musi-

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ST.LUCIE WEST — The St. Lucie West Centennial High School Drama Department has a schedule that’s almost as long as its name. The department’s Black Box Productions will stage several shows this season, including its first holiday show. Samantha LaCroix is the school’s drama specialist. Even by phone, her enthusiasm for the theater and the kids comes

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West End Grill Live music on the patio. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 1680 St. Lucie West Blvd., St. Lucie West. For more information, call (772) 343-1147. City Limits Sports Bar Karaoke 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 900 S.W. Gatlin Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For

more information, call (772) 3368201. 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. 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. Rinelli’s Yellow Tail Restau-

rant Classic car show last Friday of every month, weather permitting. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 101 N. Second St., Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 466-5474. Good Times (West) Live music 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., 2096 N.W. Courtyard Circle, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-8844. 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. 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. 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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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.

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.

Tin Fish (East) Live music. 6 p.m.-9 p.m., 327 S.E. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie For

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

Sundays

Live Rock & Roll at Good Times Bar (East) 9 p.m. 21 and up. No cover. 9144 S. Federal Highway, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 337-3546.

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

On the Edge Bar & Grill Music all day. 2 p.m.-11 p.m. 1136 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 8829729.

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) 337-7778.

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Sunday, Oct. 27

On the Edge Bar & Grill Bloody Mary Sunday & live music. 3 p.m.-7 p.m. $4.75 Bloody Marys and live music every Sunday. 1136 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 882-9729. The Original Tiki Bar Reggae Sunday featuring 23 Trees. 3 p.m. 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 4610880.

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On the Edge Bar & Grill Wino Wednesday with live music. 8 p.m.-11 p.m. $2 off all glasses of wine all day. 1136 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 882-9729.

YOUR VOICE NEWS & VIEWS • ST. LUCIE WEST/TRADITION • OCTOBER 25, 2013 • 33 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.

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for Broadway. We want to support that. It’s a big cause for all actors in Florida. As a state, we raise thousands of dollars.” For the first time, the drama department will stage a holiday play, “Last Stop ‘Til Christmas,” by Pat Cook. There will be daytime performances on Dec. 19-20 for school groups from elementary and middle schools and La Croix urges faculty and staff to contact her about tickets at samantha.lacroix@st.lucieschools. org. While many tickets have been claimed, there are still some available for school groups. Tickets are $4 for students; staff

cals, plays, monologues, ensemble presentations, pantomime, dancing and singing. It’s a lovely, lovely night of theater. Last year, the students donated $1,000. They are looking for donations from local businesses such as gift certificates, free or reduced services, dinner certificates and other items that can be auctioned. LaCroix said that the students understand the serious nature of the project. “As thespians in general, we support Broadway and it’s the number one (fundraising) cause Locally Owned and Operated!

chaperones are admitted free. The play will be presented for general audiences at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19-20. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults. “Last Stop ‘Til Christmas” tells the story of a woman who thinks those around her have lost the true meaning of the holiday. It will be followed by a sing-along with characters from the show. There will also be visits from special guests, including one in a red suit. “This is our first year of having a holiday show,” LaCroix said. “We would love to make this an annual tradition for our community.”

The drama department will stage the classic musical, “Guys and Dolls,” Feb. 20-22. There are also plans for an interactive dinner-murder mystery, “The Café Murder,” produced in collaboration with the high school’s award-winning culinary arts department. That production is slated for May 16-17. St. Lucie West Centennial High School is located at 1485 Cashmere Blvd. Tickets for all shows are available by calling the box office at (772) 237-1834. Callers should leave a message and they will be contacted about tickets.

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and we are very fortunate to have the reggae sounds of Tropical Soul.” “If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to hear Tropical Soul, then you are in for a real treat,” says Brady. Tropical Soul is a unique group of reggae artists who’s members are “Masters of Reggae” in their own right. Local industry legend Stevie Rose leads the group and joining him for this event will be Mikey Ranglin (son of the Godfather of Reggae & Ska, Ernest Ranglin), Pato Banton, Chi Summers, Rasklamps aka “Klampa”, Linden Aaron and Ras

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Trent will all be in the house. These guys have toured with groups such as Third World, The Wailers, Rita Marley, Culture, Burning Spear to name a few. This is Real Roots Rock Reggae! The party begins at noon and goes until 4p.m. (stay into the evening if you would like) and includes lunch and a complimentary beverage. There will also be silent auction and raffle items. Tickets are $35 you can RSVP by calling April Price at (772) 285-1646, email shipinc.slc@ hotmail.com or go to our website at www.SinkOurShip.org.

LEGAL from page 26 aren’t familiar with the court system and need some guidance.” The packets will be made available online by mid-November. The Self-Service Center will be located on the fourth floor of the Clerk’s main office at 201 S. Indian River Drive in downtown Fort Pierce. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding legal and court holidays. For more information about the Clerk’s Self-Service Center, call (772) 462-6900.

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RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty $10,944,008

Coldwell Banker/Res. Real Est. $12,537,084

Coldwell Banker/Thos J White RE $11,527,585

RE/MAX 100 Riverside Inc $9,428,300

Keller Williams of PSL All reports published October 2013 based on data available from year to date through September 30, 2013 according to the Regional MLS date and Broker Metrics. $5,048,151 All reports published October 2013 based on data available from year to date through September 30, 2013 according to the Regional MLS date and Broker Metrics.

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