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got a couple of warriors with me, but I don’t have anything as strong.” At the high school and collegiate level of sports, roster turnover is eventually expected. It’s a part of the game, but the key difference is the ability for college coaches to recruit the best players to their school and ease the turnover. While the high school level does have the junior varsity to build its program for the future, a team heavy with successful seniors can be

By Patrick Bernadeau Staff writer ST. LUCIE WEST – The 20112012 St. Lucie West Centennial High School boys’ soccer team rode experience, terrific goalkeeping and solid midfield play to the 2012 Region 2-5A regional title game. This year’s installment hasn’t quite gotten off on the same foot. The 2011-12 season ended for Centennial with a 12-5-3 record, the best in school history. Only halfway through 2012-13 campaign, the Eagles have already matched last year’s number in the loss column. For St. Lucie West Centennial boys’ soccer coach Calvin Lewis, it’s been a struggle trying to jumble the right pieces together. “This team is nothing like last year,” Lewis said. “I don’t have the same midfield this year. I

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Javier Calderon of Centennial High School and Brandon Fuggetta (No.8) of Treasure Coast High School each leap to pass to their teammates during a match Friday, Dec. 14 at South County Regional Stadium.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Representatives for one local charity said a county-issued grant last year allowed its agency to reach a massive viewing audience on television to further its cause to help children in need. Christina Kaiser, director of community relations for United for Families, said the county covered the cost to create a 60-second public service announcement that stressed the dire need for more foster families to care for children in the welfare system, which is overwhelmed with children of all ages who need roofs over their heads and caring parents.

ST. LUCIE WEST — Port St. Lucie Police detectives need help identifying three individuals they believe stole close to $2,000 from several registers at Wal-Mart in St. Lucie West last month. Port St. Lucie Police Master Sergeant Frank Sabol said the trio, dressed in medical scrubs, stole over $1,600 from six separate check out registers on Nov. 30 at around 9:10 p.m. A Wal-Mart loss prevention officer told police that a man and two women entered the store and stole from half a dozen registers, Sabol said. Surveillance footage shows a man opening the

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Do You Need a No-Cost Hearing Evaluation? Those who suspect they suffer from hearing loss should obtain a thorough clinical hearing evaluation; Mutter’s Hearing Center provides those at no cost. This clinical evaluation will determine if your hearing and understanding of human speech can be corrected with hearing aids. You may have hearing loss if: • People say you are shouting when you talk to them • You need the TV or radio turned up louder than other people do • You often ask people to repeat themselves because you can’t hear or understand them, especially in groups or when there is noise • You can hear better out of one ear than the other • You have to strain to hear • If things just sound unclear and not as bright as they used to its time to get tested.

It is a joy to do business with Mutters Hearing because #1, everything is potienlly and fully explained and #2, Never once have I ever come away with the feeling I’ve been taken. Connie Kelly Port St. Lucie All my life I’ve had a severe form of hearing loss so you can well imagine how pleased I am that Mutters Hearing keeps up on the latest hearing technologies. I am now able to hear things I’ve never heard in my lifetime George Kelly Port St. Lucie

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purchasing 60 brand-new 18-and 20-inch bikes for children and teenagers. “This is a friendly neighborhood filled with people who want to do the right thing,” White said. “We’re fortunate enough to give back.” White said she couldn’t think of a more deserving group of children to help. “We were told some of these children don’t have any food to eat. They don’t even have toothbrushes to brush their teeth with or soap in their showers,” said White, who added the Port St. Lucie Police Department donated 60 helmets for each bike. The Vineyards Homeowners Association secretary, Judy Stermer said her community will receive the biggest gift of all. “When I wake up on Christmas morning, the first thing I’ll think of is those kids and how our community put a smile on their faces,” Stermer said. She said this is the fourth year the community has held a toy drive, but the first

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Turning science into medicine a collaborative effort By Shelley Koppel Staff writer PORT ST. LUCIE – The scientists at Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies are looking for treatments for pain management, drug-resistant infections, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions that affect millions of people. The basic science researchers conduct at Torrey Pines is the first step in finding those treatments. Libby Handel, who holds a doctoral degree in molecular biology from the University of Colorado, became the Institute’s new director of business development in November. It is her job to help to move research to that next step, known as commercialization. “Basic science is the very first step,” she said. “Commercialization is taking a basic scientific discovery and turning it into a medicine or treatment. One of my responsibilities is to attract partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.” Handel said that many pharmaceutical companies are scaling back research and development because it is costly and there is

no guarantee that successful, marketable treatments will result. “They have the experience in product development,” she said. “They want to partner in research and development.” Handel used the example of a new type of pain medication that could replace powerful pain medicines such as morphine. “We’ve identified potent compounds that have a better profile of side effects,” she said. “It would lessen the risk of addiction. “We have a joint development partnership with MannKind Corporation to develop an inhalable pain therapeutic that would have fewer negative side effects.” Handel said that the first phase of clinical trials for the drug could begin in 2013. The Torrey Pines Institute, which has an additional research facility in California, was established in Florida in 2006. It is located in the Tradition Center for Innovation, an area that includes the new Martin Health System hospital, which is set to open next year, the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute and the Mann Research Center (VGTI).

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Running group holding event to help Sandy Hook Support Fund My name is Jamie Spooner. I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, and a runner. Those four pieces make me who I am today. When the events unfolded in Connecticut, I was moved to find a way to help those who have been impacted by the events. After speaking with friends who live in the vicinity of Newtown, I was directed on a path to be able to help from afar. The local running group, The Breakfast Club is holding a night run and walk event from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Dec. 28-29 at the Huizenga Life Center in Palm City for people to take the time to remember those who were lost in the event or those who have been lost from one’s own family. During our event we are hoping to collect teddy bears to send to the children of the school. You can come with a teddy bear to donate, a note to send to the children, or create a card. If someone wants to make a donation on his/her own, people may send donation directly to

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he most moving piece of writing I’ve come across in a long time was published today (Dec. 17) in The Huffington Post, entitled “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother: When Parents Are Afraid of Their Children,” by Liza Long, who describes her life with her own troubled son. Friday’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut sparked a renewed national discussion on a number of topics: gun control, school security, and, of course, mental illness. I attended an event just the night before the shooting where I met Josh Cohen, former talk radio host for local station WZZR. I reminded him I’d written him a letter via email years ago in response to a discussion between him and his callers about another infamous, horrendous incident, in which a mentally ill Texas woman, Andrea Yates, drowned her five children in a bathtub. We may never know exactly what was going on in Adam Lanza’s young mind that sparked the shootings that took 27 lives, but those of us who have lived with mental illness know all too well the constant fear of what a mind that isn’t wired “normally” is capable of carrying out. We as a nation aren’t doing a great job of getting the mentally ill the help they need, but any movement usually starts with a frank discussion of the problem. My mother, who suffered from schizophrenia most of my life and the majority of hers, died last year, God rest her soul. She was living when I wrote my letter to Josh in 2006. I refrained from publishing anything about her then out of deference for her feelings. But in interest of keeping the discussion going, I think it’s appropriate to resurrect my letter now: July 28, 2006 Josh, I’m warning you now – this is lengthy, so read it at your leisure, if you have time to read it at all. I have never called your show, and you will probably understand why when you see my auto-signature at the end of this message. Two days ago, however, I was going to call and didn’t care who knew it was me. I have had a personal interest in the Andrea Yates case from the beginning. I once began an opinion piece for the newspaper that started “Ah, Andrea Yates. If not for the grace of God, my mother could have been you …”

Tammy Raits Managing editor My mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was 11. I am the oldest of four children, and I vividly remember the year or so before she was diagnosed and medicated, when the illness began to manifest itself (as it does, like clockwork, in women, in their early to mid-30s. In men, it’s usually in the late teens or early 20s.) Schizophrenia is a strange illness, because the person stricken doesn’t fit society’s mental image of “crazy.” Karate Man of Fort Pierce was “crazy;” nothing but gibberish spilled from his mouth. My mother, much like Andrea Yates, speaks very intelligently. You have to listen to the actual words coming out of her mouth to ascertain there’s something wrong. Indeed, schizophrenics are some of the most intelligent people on Earth. I had hoped the debut of the movie “A Beautiful Mind” would shed some light on the subject for some of my relatives, some of whom are not very charitable about my mother’s inability to control her actions – much like many of your callers. When I saw the movie, I saw the parallels immediately. My brother said, “Yeah, good movie. But that’s not like Mom’s case. Hers is entirely different.” Having been in the news business as long as I have been, I have learned most people are uncomfortable with the truth. Most people lie to themselves just to get through the day. Obviously, these are all coping mechanisms. I understand why people need to retreat to their black-and-white beliefs, at times. And that’s just what I heard on your program two days ago, people doing just that. I’m just sorry I didn’t get a chance to call. I think

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cules available to research facilities and universities throughout Florida. “We make our compounds available if somebody is studying HIV, for example,” she said. “Our technology allows rapid screening (of the molecules) for those applications. It advances their research and drug discovery programs. It’s a collaborative spirit and they are having success in research programs statewide.” Handel comes to Torrey Pines from a position as director of Biotechnology and the Banner Center for Life Sciences at Palm Beach State College. Her new position brings her back to her professional roots in business development. At The Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, she was responsible for the management of intellectual property and technology marketing. After several years directing biotechnology programs and life science projects at the Banner Center, she accepted the position at Torrey Pines because she welcomed the opportunity to combine research and business development together again. “The Torrey Pines Institute has such powerful technology that is has tremendous potential to address all serious diseases,” she said. “It’s a great challenge and a great opportunity to accelerate drug development to make better medicines.”

Clustering these facilities together is part of an effort to make Florida, and Port St. Lucie, in particular, a center for research and development in the life sciences and biotechnology. Handel said that scientific discoveries are only part of that effort. “The big challenge for a research institute is to be able to commercialize technologies,” she said. “To see economic growth, we need to have spin-off activity and company formation that leads to job creation. We also need a skilled work force. Florida has come a long way in biotechnology and life sciences education. “The state is so large that universities and research institutions have to work together to attract large pharmaceutical companies and venture capital. Progress is being made, but it takes time.” Handel said that attracting pharmaceutical companies and investors would help bridge the gap in funding between early research and product development. “Discoveries have to be developed into real medicines and treatments. It’s taking basic science and moving to a product. It’s about developing better and smarter drugs that are safer and more effective.” Handel noted that Torrey Pines has made its vast library of mole-

RAITS from page 6 the public forum is important, and you’re performing a great service by making people think, and challenging them to step out of their black-and-white safe havens. I wanted to weigh in on your very insightful side, and speak from my experience. These people who have this “off with her head” mentality have no idea what they’re talking about, and you’re right, their opinions stem from a need for vengeance rather than any attempt to fix the problem. My first clue, at 11, was when my mother told us our dog was a robot/spy that was recording everything we (my brothers and sister) said to report back to the enemy (my father, from whom she was separated at the time). I walked in one day from school to find the living room in our house in suburban San Diego hit by what appeared to be a blizzard. I waded through my mother’s latest attempt to attack a perceived enemy: she had torn up, by hand, pages and pages of the encyclopedia set she and my father purchased shortly after I was born. I think she’d gotten to the “T-UV” volume by the time I got there. By the time she got some help, I and my siblings had already been removed from the home by social services. As I understand it, when the authorities came for her, she

was sitting in the middle of the living room, naked, the utilities turned off and all the furniture gone. She was talking to herself, in tongues. Could my mother have drowned us all, one by one, in a shallow bathtub, thinking she was saving our souls from the devil? I have no doubt she could have. Thank God that notion didn’t occur to her before the professionals intervened. As a writer, I have taken the lessons of my experience and tried to translate them to something I hope contributes to the greater good. But from listening to the majority of the opinions aired on your show the other day, it’s obvious there’s still a lot of work to be done. When incidents like Sandy Hook leave us as a nation plaintively crying out for answers, let’s look inwardly first. Attitudes can’t be changed if we don’t examine our own thoughts when such a tragedy occurs. I stated earlier in this column that 27 people were killed by this young man, but every news report I’ve read says he killed 26 people “and his mother,” as if somehow she is less of a victim than the others. Let’s start with our own thought processes, and work our way up from there. Tammy Raits is the managing editor of Your Voice News & Views and Veteran Voice.

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Surveillance video shows him wearing blue medical scrubs. The second individual is a black woman also in her 20s. The 5-foot-9-inch woman weighs around 185 pounds with short black hair. She was seen wearing a black sweater over medical scrubs with a white top and pink pants. The third individual is a white woman in her 30s. The 5-footeight-inch woman weighs approximately 200 to 220 pounds with shoulder-length brown hair. She was seen wearing a white flowered shirt and grey pants. To report information, call the Port St. Lucie Police Department at (772) 871-5001 or the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800273 TIPS.

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SLW business and students ‘pay it forward’ for the holidays ST. LUCIE WEST — For Fort Pierce Central High School student and St. Lucie West resident Jahneva Chambers, 18, the holiday season is about giving, not receiving. The student and two dozen of her fellow classmates spent a day last week assembling care packages of 13- to 16-pound turkeys, beans, cranberry and stuffing for hundreds of needy families on the Treasure Coast who might not otherwise have a meal on Christmas Day. “Giving back brings you to the realization that you can’t take things for granted,” Chambers said. “Some people don’t have food and won’t wake up to a tree on Christmas morning.” Chambers and her classmates participate in the high school’s First Generation program for young adults who are the first

generation in their families to attend college. Although she’ll be receiving community service hours for her work, Chambers said it’s a family tradition to volunteer every season. “It makes you feel good to know someone got to eat on Christmas Day. They weren’t alone,” Chambers said. The effort, dubbed Project H.O.P.E., which is short for “helping other people eat,” was led by St. Lucie West-based Keller Williams Realty of Port St. Lucie. Some of the company’s 200 real estate agents even donated a portion of their commission to purchase $6,000 worth of food, international broker associate Walter Salamon said. An additional $2,000 was donated by an anonymous secret Santa, he added. The food was distributed on Dec. 21 to fami-

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Nicole Rodriguez/staff photo Port St. Lucie Police Department volunteers at a luncheon in St. Lucie West to honor their hard work and dedication. Tradition residents and fellow volunteers share their own table at the luncheon (back row from left to right) Lois Rosen, Madeline Loehner and Nancy Oldham. (Front row from left to right) Carl Fargiano, Evelyn Fargiano and Tony O’Reilly.

Police volunteers help the department go ‘round By Nicole Rodriguez Staff writer ST. LUCIE WEST — Although the Port St. Lucie Police Department has a force of approximately 220 officers, it’s also the department’s 317 volunteers who donate their time behind the scenes

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VOLUNTEERS from page 9 partment’s volunteers. “Some of our volunteers are retired police officers who take up cold cases and beat the bushes to help solve the crime.” Bolduc said the volunteers saved the department an estimated $400,000 last year alone. The volunteer workforce also performs a variety of services including community patrol, chaplain work, lobby reception, parking enforcement, marine patrol, office duty, courier services and deploying speed trailers in response to traffic complaints, Bolduc said.

Volunteer and St. Lucie West resident John Gauvreau, 70, said he was raised to give back to his community. Gauvreau has spent the last 10 years donating his time to the department as a crime watch volunteer. He spends an average of 16 hours a week setting up speed radars and manning the lobby desk. Before retiring to the Treasure Coast, Gauvreau said he was a financial administrator in New Jersey. “As a kid I always liked doing good for other people,” said Gauvreau, who said he inherited the giving gene from his grandmother, who was a philanthropist

active in charity work. Tradition resident Madeline Loehner, 74, said her three years of uncompensated work at the department is fulfilling. Loehner said she spends an average of six hours a month volunteering. “It’s definitely rewarding,” Loehner said. “We’re the eyes and ears of the community on patrol.” Married couple Carl, 77, and Evelyn Fargiano, 76, of Tradition have shared a community watch patrol car for the past five years. The two said its a chance to help the city residents and bond with each other. “I have him as a captive audi- ence, so he has to listen,” Evelyn said with a smile. Tradition resident Lois Rosen, 64, was honored in the department that recognized its faithful volunteers. Rosen said her blessed life has allowed her to “pay it forward” every week in the records department and on community watch. When she’s not at the police department, Rosen can be found volunteering at the American Cancer Society and Dogs and Cats Forever, she said. “I’m so lucky in life and I’ve always thought it’s part of life to give and pass it along,” Rosen said.



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BASKETS from page 9 lies in need at Harvest Food & Outreach in Fort Pierce. Salamon said the company selected Harvest Outreach for a very specific reason. “We knew there would be people hungry during the holidays,” Salamon said. “We wanted to select an organization that educates and helps people get back on their feet.” The non-profit agency serves 2,000 people in St. Lucie County who are enrolled in various programs including job assistance and economic counseling, executive director Jennifer Trotter said. The agency also has affordable grocery shops in Orlando, St. Lucie, Martin and

“Right now, we’re young and just full of injuries, but we’re learning.” Despite the frustration at this point of the season, which included just one win during recent eight-game stretch, Lewis still expects maximum effort from his team. “We are going to finish it out and give it 110 percent,” Lewis said. Indian River counties. The food provided by Keller Realty will go to hundreds of individuals enrolled in Harvest’s Passport to Prosperity program, which aims to prepare the unemployed or underemployed for full-time work, Trotter said. “These folks are working hard to improve the lives of their families,” Trotter said. “Since resources are so limited, they wouldn’t get this type of meal on Christmas.” Trotter expressed she’s thrilled the younger generation is getting involved in the effort to serve their community. “We’re excited they’re coming out to help,” Trotter said. “People don’t always get to see what happens behind the scenes in their own backyards.”

Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Ginna Walker of Tradition assists Ryan Planet at the craft table prior to the lighting of the Chanukah menorah ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the town of Tradition in Port St. Lucie.

of this magnitude. The organization’s CEO, Judi Miller, believes The Vineyards, a community with less than 200 homes, is the only development in St. Lucie West to organize such an enormous holiday toy drive. Miller said that for many of the estimated 1,000 children in St. Lucie County the organization helps. A stuffed animal under the Christmas tree is a far-fetched notion. “Many of our children move from hotel to hotel because they’ve lost their homes. The vast majority are on free or reduced lunch. They don’t get the extras,” Miller said. “To find a bike under the

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Christmas tree is a miracle.” Miller said the bicycles will be distributed the week before Christmas Day. She said the organization’s goal is to pair children with nurturing mentors to instill values and character traits that will last a lifetime. “Our mission is to help children facing adversity with strong oneon-one relationships,” said Miller, who is looking to fill 50 mentoring positions by the year’s end. “All children are capable of success with the guidance of loving mentors.”



Hearing aid client: ‘He changed my life forever’ By Nicole Rodriguez Staff writer ST. LUCIE WEST — Port St. Lucie resident Ken Stacktole, 49, credits Mutter’s Hearing Center in St. Lucie West with gifting him out the precious miracle of crisp sound. Stacktole, who began losing his hearing last year, went to a hearing specialist in his home state of Maine after he noticed the clarity of his family’s voice began to sound muffled in both ears. After relocating to the Treasure Coast earlier this year, Stacktole entered the doors of hearing specialist Joe Mutter to have his hearing aid tweaked -- an action he said changed his life forever. Stacktole said Mutter treated him like family. “It was supposed to be a five-minute visit,” Stacktole said.

“I was there for 45 minutes because he took the time to make sure things were right. It wasn’t an issue of ‘this is going to set my schedule back.’” “It was a remarkable experience. I heard a considerable difference,” Stacktole said. “The clarity in voice recognition was amazing. I don’t have to sit here with the television blaring anymore.” Stacktole, who said he’s now a lifelong customer and friend of Mutter, said the specialist’s honesty and expertise in the field is unparalleled. “If anyone even mentions a hearing aid, he’s the only person I’d send them to,” Stacktole said. “He goes above and beyond.” Joe Mutter is a retired law enforcement lieutenant who spent 22 years with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. The West Virginia native and father of two

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changed careers after he saw the positive impact his brotherin-law’s hearing aid center was making on local residents. After four years of schooling to become a specialist, Mutter opened his doors in St. Lucie West in 2003. “At the time I opened up practice, there was nobody else in town that was in this area,” Mutter said. “It’s an area that has a need for the service. It’s a retirement community.” His center, which feels more like a cozy home than a stark medical or sales center, has been voted the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers Reader’s Choice #1 Hearing Center in St. Lucie West since 2004. The center is also the only full-time hearing center in St. Lucie West, with evening and weekend appointment availability, Mutter said. Mutter also exclusively fits American-owned and operated Starkey hearings aids, he said. The center currently serves 2,000 clients, spanning from the young to elderly, Mutter said. Initial clinical consultations are always free, said Mutter who added most print and online hearing aid ads and coupons are “too good to be true” gimmicks. He urges family members to accompany their loved one to his

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Piper’s Landing shares gifts with House of Hope For Your Voice News & Views The Piper’s Landing Women’s Golf Association recently concluded its annual Holiday Sharing drive, and the results will go a long way toward helping House of Hope families in need. The leaders of the drive, Doris Medwin and Nancy Lindeberg, set up a festive Thanksgiving tree in the Piper’s Landing clubhouse to prompt their fellow members to give. The tree was decorated with tags that members could fill out to provide a donation to House of Hope.

MUTTER from page 12 everything louder, including background noise. “They’re about to get a divorce and the television is about to blow up.” “And then they come in here and get some quality out in their ears,” Mutter said. “It makes a world of difference.” Mutter said helping individuals with auditory deprivation is one of the most rewarding career paths.

The little tree turned out to be a big success, as the drive raised $2,600. That money will be used by House of Hope to purchase gift cards for selected client families so they can shop for food, toys, clothing or household items this holiday season. Residents of Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club, in Palm City, support House of Hope yearround through food drives, volunteerism and participation in events. Additionally, House of Hope board member Elaine Matts is a

See hope page 14 “Hearing loss affects so many aspects of people’s lives,” Mutter said. “It backs them in a corner and they’re isolated and depressed.” “I think of my craft as an art,” Mutter said. “It’s just a good feeling to help people.” Mutter’s Hearing Center is located at 1420 S.W. St. Lucie West Blvd., Suite 101. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (772) 871-1222.

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course starts Jan. 14 and takes about seven weeks to complete. In the program, students attend class approximately 20 hours per week. Day and night classes are available at IRSC campuses and locations in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. In addition to Associate Degrees and Bachelor’s Degrees, IRSC offers many quick dob Training programs that enable students to gain job skills in less than a year. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. For more information on the Nursing Assistant Program, contact the IRSC Nursing Department at (772) 462-7570, or visit

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Photo courtesy of House of Hope House of Hope CEO Elizabeth Barbella receives a donation from Doris Medwin, president of the Piper’s Landing Ladies 18-Hole Golf League.

HOPE from page 13 Piper’s Landing resident. The community also has many generous donors, including residents Jone, Mik and Gina Panavas who hosted a party in January 2012 that raised more than $5,000 for the agency. House of Hope is a nonprofit agency that provides food, clothing, case management and financial assis-

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Classic rock group comes to Sunrise By Shelley Koppel Staff writer FORT PIERCE – Danny Hutton, founder of Three Dog Night, has come a long way from County Donegal, Ireland, where he was born. As a young man, he started his music career in the basement at Disney, loading and unloading records. He and Three Dog Night went on to sell 12 consecutive gold albums and win a spot in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Their Top Ten hits included “One,” “Joy to the World,” and “An Old-Fashioned Love Song.” The group, featuring many of the original musicians, comes to the Sunrise Theatre on Dec. 29. In a phone interview from his home in California, a place he bought from Alice Cooper, Hutton

talked about a career spanning almost 50 years. “I came to Hollywood in 1955,” he said. “We were the poor relations, the last of my mother’s relatives to come to Boston. We stayed there until I was 11 or 12. My mother decided it was time to go to Hollywood. We left with $300. We couldn’t even afford a sleeper.” The Huttons knew people from their hometown and his mother got a job as a waitress. She was injured in an auto accident and received a settlement that enabled them to buy a small house under the famous Hollywood sign. “I started at Disney at literally the bottom of the record business,” Hutton said. “There was

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SUNRISE from page 15 a magazine, ‘Billboard,’ that was then just a trade publication. I hung out in a place near record companies and people from the bands came in to eat.” Hutton made useful contacts and learned that Hanna-Barbera, the cartoon company, wanted to start a record company. “I had an audition,” Hutton said. “They gave me some lyrics and 20 minutes. I was hired to look for groups to start producing records.” Hutton even got to appear on “The Flintstones.” “It was an episode where a Beatles-type manager comes to Bedrock,” Mr. Hutton said. “I’m on the television as myself. My little nephew was thrilled I was in Bedrock.” Hutton had done some recording and producing on his own. He made his debut tour in front of 5,000 people, opening for Sonny and Cher. “I said I could either faint or do it,” he said. “I did it. The second night, my guitar was stolen. I didn’t know to lock it up.” In the late 1960s, Hutton joined with two other vocalists, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells. They had made some early recordings in 1967 with Hutton’s friend, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, and had used the name Redwood. In 1968, they hired

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some back-up musicians and decided to change their name. Hutton had read an article about the Australian outback. It described how people kept warm by sleeping with dogs. The more dogs they needed, the colder the night. A three-dog night was a very cold night indeed. “I liked the sound of the name,” Hutton said. “I like the idea of three. Every record I did had three-part harmony because I liked the sound. It’s like a horn section, only they’re singing. With four instrumentalists and three singers, you get a big, fat sound.” Hutton said that fans can still expect to hear that big, fat sound. “We’re firing on all eight cylinders,” he said. “We sound like the records. In some cases, the songs sound better. The material is great. It’s an uplifting, happy, melodic evening. We also have a couple of new songs, including “Prayer of the Children. I’m really proud of it. We do a little surprise. It’s an evening of feeling good. Older people can relate. Those guys really have it.” Three Dog Night comes to the Sunrise Theatre, 117 S. Second St., Fort Pierce, on Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $59 and $49. Call the box office at (772) 461-4775 or order online at

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Winter Wonderland Light Show Port St. Lucie Community Center. 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Free. Drive or walk by to see the light and sound experience. Display takes place every night the Community Center is open, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., now through Jan. 2. 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-2277. Good Old-fashioned Holiday Sing-along at the Oxbow Eco-Center. 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Gathering will feature some of St. Lucie County’s up-and-coming musicians as they perform the classics such as “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.” Free event is appropriate for children ages 3 - 8. 5400 N.E. St.

CLUBBIN’ from page 17 (772) 336-8201. 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. 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. 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.



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. Mickey Finns Karaoke 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 269 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 873-5522. The Original Tiki Bar Live music after 4 p.m. 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 461-0880.

Events: Friday, Dec. 21

End of the World Party at St. Lucie Inn Lounge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 2101 N. Old Dixie Highway, Fort

James Drive, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 785-5833. 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

See CALENDAR page 19 Pierce. For more information, call (772) 464-1326. Saturday Dec. 22 Super Fresh Saturday with BFX at Tropical Martini. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Music by DJ DA. Everyone in free before midnight. $1 drinks until 11 p.m. 8589 South U.S. 1, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 340-1177.

Sunday, Dec. 23

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.

Monday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Explosion at Paradise Lounge 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ladies in free before 11:30 p.m. 1334 Bayshore Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 344-8050.

Tuesday, Dec. 25

Wes Props 2nd Annual Birthday Bash Red and White Edition at La Zen Nightclub. Music by DJ Fergie and DJ Springer. Ladies in free until 10:30 p.m. and $5 after. Guys $10 all night. 10 p.m.2 a.m. 464 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-9992. Thursday, Dec. 27 Christmas Break Bash at La Zen Nightclub Live performances by Burga, Lil Kee and Deebo. 18 to party. 21 to drink. Admission is $15 all night. Ladies drink free from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. 464 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 807-9992. Ladies Night at Tropical Martini Everyone in free before 11 p.m. Ladies drink free before 11 p.m. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 8589 South U.S. 1, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 340-1177.


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ter is open, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., now through Jan. 2. 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-2277.

(772) 489-8344. 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. For more information, call (772) 489-8344.

Sunday, Dec. 23

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) 3237773 or visit upthecreekfl.blogspot. com or

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

Monday, Dec. 24

Winter Wonderland Light Show Port St. Lucie Community Center. 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Free. Drive or walk by to see the light and sound experience. Display takes place every night the Community Center is open, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., now through Jan. 2. 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 878-2277.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Winter Wonderland Light Show Port St. Lucie Community Center. 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Free. Drive or walk by to see the light and sound experience. Display takes place every night the Community Cen-

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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

Thursday, Dec. 27

Writer’s Workshop at the Morningside Branch Library 9 a.m.-noon. Meet with other writers in the Morningside Writers Group to read & critique writing in preparation for publishing. Drop in for a visit or bring your work to read. 2410 Morningside Blvd.453307571188831, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call Gene Hull at (772) 464-6838.

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Buddy Run at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. 6 p.m. Runners and walkers have the option of doing 1.25 or 2.5 miles. 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. For more information, call (772) 2047101.

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Christmas Pageant 5 p.m. Children will reveal the true meaning of Christmas through singing, acting and stories. A Holy Eucharist service will follow the pageant in the main sanctuary at 210 S. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. For more information, call James Guyer at (772) 461-5009 or email jguyer@

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.

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