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ST. LUCIE WEST — Hours before Donald Trump gave his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination, the National Democratic Committee was moving into St. Lucie West. Dozens jammed into a temporary campaign office at 540 N.W. University Blvd., suite 102, on Thursday, July 21. St. Lucie County Commission Chairman Kim Johnson was one. He had encouraging words for fellow Democrats.

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“We are stronger together,” he said to the crowd. “We are stronger together,” the crowd answered. “We are stronger together,” Johnson continued. “Every race, every gender, every age, every idea, every understanding, we are stronger together. We are stronger when we work together. We are stronger when we grow together. We are stronger when we share our successes and rewards together.” The campaign office will be a hub of support for Democrat-

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Scientists and Treasure Coast grapple with bluegreen unknowns Patrick McCallister STAFF WRITER

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TREASURE COAST — There’s not much Zack Jud could say is certain about the blue-green algae in the St. Lucie and Indian rivers, except for where it’s from. “This is 100 percent a Lake Okeechobee issue,” he told dozens at the Rally For The River & Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup on Saturday, July 23. The event was at East Island

Park, Hutchinson Island. Jud is a biologist and the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center’s director of education. He specializes in studying human effects on coastal ecosystems. As scientists wrestle with a myriad of unknowns about blue-green algae, so does the Treasure Coast. While it’s too early to say what effects blue-green algae have had on the local economy, unemployment is up from when news about the algae bloom hit the region and

Alexis Vaughn, 8, spins in the faux snow from a snow machine and fresh mud from the recent downpour during a fundraiser for Maddie Lane, a 9-year old fighting cancer, Saturday, July 23 at Tradition Square. Mitch Kloorfain chief photographer

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TRADITION — You may have heard the news. Beth Allen is involved in a highly unusual and daring act, she’s running against incumbent Judge James W. McCann for Circuit Judge. If re-elected, Judge McCann, who has held office since 2004, will be forced into retirement. He will turn 69 at the close of his term and due to mandatory retirement at age 70 will be unable to run again. But what you may not know about Beth Allen is that although she lives in Tradition, is a roller-coaster enthusiast, plays drums, and can successfully apply Jamberry nails in less than 20 minutes, and she loves all things Disney. No, Beth Allen is not only an ordinary attorney, and she’s especially not, nor ever has been, an ordinary neighbor. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, and one of three siblings born to blue-collar working-class parents, Allen, 41, met her love of a life-

time at age 15. She married her high-school sweetheart, David Lairson, 40, before entering college. Allen fondly shares, “I joke that I had to drive us to our first high school dance because David didn’t have his driver’s license yet.” She followed her father’s hard work-ethic footsteps to completing a college degree by participating in a dual enrollment program. When she graduated from high school in 1993 with an entire year’s worth of college credit, her father — who worked full-time and attended college at night — became the first to graduate from college and Allen, the second person in her family to graduate from college. Allen holds an undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University, a small Methodist University in Ada, Ohio. With a major in Environmental Studies and minors in Biology and Field Biology, a study combining the principles of science and mathematics to study the interactions of the macro and microorganisms in their natural environment, she naturally was

drawn to Florida, and has lived here since 2005. Raised by her parents and community to get involved in civic opportunities such as voting and studying the issues, and Beth Allen vote, her lifelong dream was to become a lawyer. In Huber Heights, where public schools dual functioned as polling stations, “we would see people coming in to vote and our parents could take us with them,” she shared. Exposed to the tensions affecting choice, Allen entered law school in Dayton at the University of Dayton School of Law. Although female attendance in law school has risen today, 10 to 20 years ago, her law school was male dominated. Allen states about her law school days, “We had a special program for

non-traditional students that included females, minorities, and anyone who was an immigrant and spoke English as a second language.” Other University of Dayton law school graduates, like Allen, who have challenged traditional rolls include alumna ’81 Deborah Hagan, an Assistant Attorney General with the Illinois Attorney General’s office, and current Division Chief of the Consumer Protection Division; ’79 alumnus the Hon. Anthony Capizzi of Montgomery County Juvenile Court, and Wayne E. Waite, class of ’82 alumnus, Associate Editor of the Law Review, and Class of ’84 alumnus Kermit F. Lowery, current Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for LexisNexis, provider of legal, government, business and hightech information sources, where Allen launched her legal career as a researcher. Her career path changed. After a brutally cold northern winter,

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ummer is here and heating things up in Florida. The days are long, humid and hot. But that’s not true at the southern end of our planet. Antarctica is entering its long cold and dark winter. While on a cruise around South America, I took the opportunity to explore a small portion of Antarctica on a day excursion. Flying from Punta Arenas, Chile, I joined thirty other cruise passengers for the two hour flight and six hour stay at a Chilean Station at St. George, Antarctica. There were several other research stations in the area, including a small Russian settlement whose few summer occupants shared their warm trailers, hot tea and coffee with us. American/Russian relations have never

Dear Editor: I am the daughter of a WW2 combat vet, the wife of a combat vet, the mother of a son who still puts his life on the line for our country. I understand very well just how much we all owe our veterans. What I have difficulty understanding is why our veterans do not get the support they deserve from various government entities at virtually every level. The latest example hits much closer to home than Washington. The incompetence plagued service to our veterans has now come to Port St. Lucie in the form of the planned Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Tradition. The worthwhile and sorely needed facility has

been warmer. Even in summer, it’s cold, cold at the bottom of our planet. The Chilean station, like the others was almost abandoned Jim McGuffy during the summer month. The scientists and families all go “north” for a much welcomed warm-up after the long winter. About forty families live and work at the Chilean station, which provides a school, dispensary, stores, post office, bank,

See ANTARTICA page 10 stalled, and may be killed, because of a “sudden mandate for new standards from Washington”. Florida state officials are scrambling to apply for more money to meet these “new” standards. “New?”, “Sudden?”, “Surprise?” — give me a break. These “new” standards were put in place during 2000/2001. So why did they catch our lawmakers with their pants down? The upgrade to the standards benefits our veterans because they enhance the facility’s

Photo courtesy of Jim McGuffy Tradition residents Jim and Marion McGuffy travel to Antarctica and witness the summer breeding and nurturing ground for three types of penguins — the Emperor, Gentoo and the Magellanic. ability to service them better with quality care. So…why the debacle? First — lousy communication from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs to our state officials — Second, the architects and engineers who either ignored or didn’t anticipate implementation of the now 16 year old standards when they designed the project. There is plenty of blame to go around. Now we are relying on our politicians to push this through while trying to deal with one of Dear Editor:

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I’m voting for Ms. Linda Gausten for City Council and I think every other resident of this City should also. Linda worked hard for months to see that Compost USA did not go into Saint Lucie County. That project would have put two million gallons of human sewerage on over 200 acres each year which would have caused bacteria and germs to flow into Canal 24 located next to it and would have ended up in Sandpiper Bay in the North Fork of the Saint Lucie River. The fumes from this environment travesty would have had an adverse effect on the health of people who lived in close proximity to it, from Tradition, Torino,

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Ken Pruitt, the county’s Property Appraiser, is leaving public office after 25 years on a high note. “It would be like the Pulitzer Prize, or to an actor or actress getting the Academy Award,” he said. Earlier this month the Property Appraiser’s office announced that the International Association of Assessing Officers had awarded St. Lucie with the Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration. Only 34 out of more than 13,000 appraisal agencies were awarded the honor this year. “It’s a testament to the professionals in the office,” Pruitt said. “I’m grateful to work alongside

these professional.” The office had to go through rigorous investigation of every aspect, Pruitt said. “They look at everything in the office,” he said. “The way you do your appraisal system and exemptions. They look at technology. Technology is a huge component of it.” St. Lucie has 167,000 parcels. The appraiser’s office has to get not only the values right, but also the exemptions. Florida has a maze of laws to navigate, ranging from homestead exemptions and Save Our Homes to special exceptions for veterans and people with disabilities. “It’s like squeezing a water balloon a thousand ways,” Pruitt said. “Everyone on your block is different.” Pruitt said the appraiser’s office is often overlooked in importance.

“When you think about what real estate means to St. Lucie County and our economy, you can’t afford to get it wrong,” he said. One of the appraiser’s most important jobs is annually telling taxing authorities, such as the county commission, how much they have to work with in values when setting property-tax rates. Those rates and the expected revenue determines budgets for everything from police to libraries. If appraisals are off and don’t meet budgeted amounts, mid-year cuts have to happen. Conversely, of appraisals are too low then bodies such as the Sheriff’s Office may go without new equipment for a year needlessly. “When you talk about health, safety and welfare, we’re it,” Pruitt said.

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Photo courtesy of Jim McGuffy Jim McGuffy and wife Marion, Brennity at Tradition residents, trade the heat of Florida to travel into Antarctica. It’s during Florida’s hot summer months that Antarctica’s cold dark winter starts unfolding. Pictured is an Iceberg formed from chunks of ice calve, or break off, from glaciers, ice shelves, or a larger iceberg.

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etc. The families live in individual, construction site-like trailers, arranged in neat rows leading from the ocean edge south up the slope of the continent. One of the day’s activities was a visit to a penguin rookery just a short Zodiac ride away. The small island was the summer breeding and nurturing ground for three types of penguins — the Emperor, Gentoo and the Magellanic. The mother’s laid their eggs atop the hill that was the center of the island. They are hatched in November. As the pups mature they began to slide down the hill to the ocean to begin their “sea trials” and must be ready to go to sea by March. Slow learners don’t fare well here. The Zodiac trip was uneventful except for the boarding process. We had to climb into the rubber boat while it was afloat by the

With access to life-saving care. When Gary Ferguson attended a free cancer screening at Martin Health System in February 2015, it turned out to be a potentially life-saving decision. The 59-year-old was diagnosed with Stage 3 prostate cancer, even though there had been no signs or symptoms of the disease. Fortunately for Gary, he heard through his church about the annual free screening offered at the Robert and Carol Weissman Cancer Center.

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and a snow blow striking her car, Allen and her husband decided it was time to relocate to Florida. Intrigued after a colleague obtained her Florida law license, Allen decided years before to obtain her license as well. The couple settled in Tradition when Allen accepted the role as assistant public defender under Diamond Litty. Later, Allen entered practice as an associate with T. Charles Shafer & Associates. In 2010, she started her own practice in the areas of civil collections, criminal defense, juvenile delinquency and dependency in addition to family law. She is also the current president of the St. Lucie County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

APPRAISER from page 8 Pruitt started his public-service career in 1990 with election to the Florida House of Representatives. He spent a lot of time in the Florida Legislature for the next two decades, going from the House to the Senate. He was the Senate President from 2006 to 2008. He first ran for Property Appraiser in 2010 and won reelections. He dropped his last reelection bid

In light of all things, Allen’s run against incumbent Judge McCann is rooted in the power of choice. Allen stated, “People we elect locally impact our lives on an extremely profound basis especially a circuit court judge.” The role of a circuit court judge may involve the appointment of associates to handle caseloads, a choice that potentially can impact outcomes in child welfare or alimony cases. Allen states, “I want to encourage people to really get to know anyone who runs and ask themselves, why do we want to serve? What are our life experiences and make the most informed choices. For information about Beth Allen’s campaign visit AllenForJudge. com, https://www.facebook.com/ BethAllenforJudge/.

in May. Pruitt said the appraiser’s office bringing home the Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration is a good play to end on. Two are vying to become the next St. Lucie County Property Appraiser: Michelle Franklin and Adam Locke. Both are Democrats, so the position will be decided in a force universal primary in August. All voters get to participate in universal primaries.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Voters will see Leonard Silvio Villafranco on their ballots, but he’s happy to say there’s less of him to vote for. Villafranco weighed about 350 pounds when voters saw him in 2014 during an unsuccessful bid for a judicial seat. “Right now I’m at 230, which is what I weighed in college,” he said. Villafranco is a practicing attorney in Port St. Lucie. He’s won many courtroom battles, but said weight was one adversary he couldn’t defeat. “It’s just something I struggled with all my life,” he said. “I grew up in a family — if you’re sad, eat; if you’re happy, let’s celebrate and eat.” It took a lot of self-disciple to get through law school, but that didn’t carry into health and fitness. Those things fell to the wayside as he built his career. “When I became a lawyer, I put on 100 pounds,” Villafranco said. “As an attorney, you spend a lot of time sitting down. You’re just not out there.” Like many, Villafranco bought books. Sought advice. Tried diets. “I’ve done it all,” he said. “I can write a book.” Nothing was working, or at least working for very long. “It has been a constant struggle that progressively got worse and worse,” Villafranco said. He’s in much company. The Trust for American Health reports that Florida’s adult obesity rate is 26.2 percent, as of 2014. That’s an increase from about 18 percent in 2000, and 11 percent in 1990. About 30.8 percent of Floridians ages 45 to 64 are obese. According to the trust, men are more likely to be obese than women, about 26.5 percent versus 24 percent as of 2012. Florida’s obesity rate among adults is below the national average, which is about 35 percent. Bariatric physicians generally prefer that people drop extra pounds through dietary and exercise changes. They also admit that’s incredibly difficult for many. For example, Villafranco said it’s not unusual for him to work from about 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Much of that time is in courtrooms where he can’t conveniently step out for a brisk walk or other exercise. It’s also difficult for him to take healthful foods


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bent Gertrude Walker. Both are Democrats. Kim Johnson, too, is in a forced universal primary to keep his seat, Board of County Commissioners District 5. He’s against fellow Democrats Alexander Tommie and Cathy Townsend. Other offices in forced primaries because all the candidates are Democrats are: Sheriff, Ken J. Mascara and Rich Williams; Property Appraiser, Michelle Franklin and Adam Locke; Board of County Commissioners District 1, which has Sal D. Anicito, Robin “Doug” Bynoe and James Monds challenging incumbent Chris Dzdovsky; and Board of County Commissioners District 3, Linda Bartz against Patrick Campion. There’s one Democrat everyone knows will be on the general election ballot in St. Lucie: Hillary Clinton. Johnson was unhesitant in his endorsement “Because we know she was a great Secretary of State, because we know she was a Senator from the State of New York, because we know of her accomplishments,” he said at the campaign office opening. In an interview before the speech, Johnson said he supports Clinton, in part, because he believes if she’s elected the Treasure Coast will have a friend in the White House. Remember the adage, “All politics is local.” “I believe she’ll be understanding to the Indian River Lagoon system,” Johnson said. He added, “I do believe she’ll be open to hear what we say.” The primary will be on Aug. 30. The book closing to register to vote or change party affiliation is Monday, Aug. 1. Early voting begins on Aug. 20 and continues to Aug. 27. The general election will be on Nov. 8. Book closing for that election is Oct. 11. Early voting gets underway on Oct. 24.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY —The Port St. Lucie City Attorney’s Office has a new leader after the City Council Monday unanimously approved an employment agreement with O. Reginald Osenton. Osenton, who now lives in Brandon and has been practicing law for 27 years, will begin work as Port St. Lucie’s new City Attorney on Sept. 1. “I’m thrilled to be selected as Port St. Lucie’s City Attorney,” Osenton said. “I look forward to working with Council, the employees of the city and residents. I am very excited to be starting a new chapter in my life.” After a nationwide search, Osenton rose to the top of the Council’s shortlist of candidates after each Council member individually interviewed him earlier this month. He also talked with residents at a meet-and-greet event

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On August 30, 2016 all St. Lucie County registered voters will have the opportunity to vote on an annual assessment of up to $50 per residence and other modest fees for commercial property and vacant land. The assessment will fund the District’s fire protection services, equipment, facilities and programs.

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added, “(A bloom) doesn’t happen every single year, and that’s the weird thing. We don’t know what changes the factors one year to another in Lake Okeechobee.” At the rally, Mark Perry, executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society, urged attendees to tell federal officials that as longterm solutions to area water woes are worked out, there’s one already known for the St. Lucie and Indian rivers. That’s for the Army Corps of Engineers to stop sending Lake Okeechobee waters into the St. Lucie Canal, C-44. It lets into the St. Lucie River’s South Fork at Palm City’s southern end. “Stop the discharges and save our water,” he and attendees chanted in sing-song. Florida Representative Mark Cafford, West Palm Beach, was among rally attendees. He said in an interview afterwards members of the Treasure Coast state legislative delegation — including Sen. Joe Negron, who’ll be the State Senate president in the upcoming session — have been tireless advocates for the Indian River Lagoon. He said they’re up against a strong adversary: South Florida’s sugar industry. He said there’s one way to curtail the industry’s influence — deny it consumer dollars. “There are things people can do,” Cafford said. “They can do more than rally. If they bypassed products, they could start pushing the industry.”

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and doing away with duplication of services. “It was a combination of the strategic and the creative,” Gent said. “We wanted to keep the Health Savings Account funding. The process involves working together to establish priorities, sharing them and working together to come up with a plan.” Wild said that since there was not a lot of new money, they came up with a one-time bonus. She said the process began in the spring. “We met regularly,” she said. “When we got into compensation, we met as regularly as needed. We were in agreement that we wanted to complete it so employees could ratify it at the beginning of the school year. We had a time line.” Wild has been on the negotiation team many years, since she was a school principal and she stepped up as chief negotiator this year. The plan is to ratify the contract when school begins the week of Aug. 8. “It was very successful last year and the employees appreciated seeing an increase,” Wild said. They’ll be equally pleased to see it this year.” “We anticipate a successful ratification,” Gent said. “For their first paycheck, they’ll see an increase and for the second, they’ll get two checks, the paycheck and the $500 bonus. We want to get it into their hands as soon as possible.” Both educators agree that the bottom line is the students. “It’s also best for our students if we have the ability to attract and retain teachers.” Wild said. “This is all about finding quality teachers. “It’s all about supporting our teachers,” Gent added. “Our core mission is teaching and learning.” For information about St. Lucie Public Schools, visit the website www.stlucieschools.org.

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gift shop, which has wine and entertaining-related items for the wine-lover or party-love you know. It’s not too soon to think about the holidays and presents. Allen Cooley is a Roberts family member and tasting room manager at the winery. In an email, he said why the winery is a great place to spend a lazy Sunday. “Our Sunday events, which are year-round, are perfectly timed from 1-5 p.m. to help you relax and ‘wine down’ as you prepare for the upcoming week. Each week, we host different bands and catered food for you to enjoy. The Sunday events are almost all free of charge, but if you’re felling generous, you’re welcome to donate to the featured local non-profit of the week. “Come join us under the recently expanded pavilion, out of the lawn or on either of our ‘landwrecked’ boats while you sip some wine, beer or a wine slushy as you have lunch, listen to the music, soak up the sun and feel the breezes as it moves through the lush and ripening grape vines.” Endless Summer Vineyard & Winery is located at 4200 Johnston Road, Fort Pierce. It is open from Tuesday-Friday, with entertainment on Sunday. For more information, call (772) 460-0500 or visit the website www.endlesssummerwine.com.

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countability. Oravec has begun working with residents, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National League of Cities to plan what he anticipates will become an annual event. The City is seeking input from all community stakeholders who would like to be a part of the Forum. Oravec said he felt compelled to bring this idea to the City Council after recent acts of violence throughout the country stemming from racial tensions, terrorism, hate and a lack of understanding. “As a society, I would like to

see us remember the lessons already hard fought and learned,” Mayor Oravec said. “Why repeat past mistakes? Murder is never the answer. There is a better way, and, in PSL, we are going to take that path, together.” The City is forming an ad hoc steering committee to plan this important event. Details, including time and location, will be forthcoming. Anyone who would like to take part should contact the City at (772) 873-6329 or email Kristina Ciuperger, Communications Director at media@ cityofpsl.com.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 2 Spanish: Advanced Conversation at MS Library at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Morningside Branch Library 2410 SE Morningside Blvd. Port Saint Lucie. This advanced Spanish class is taught by a volunteer instructor from Hispanics in Action, Inc. All Library programs are free and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3 Relaxation yoga will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd. The phone number is (772) 878-2277. Treasure Coast Running Crosstown meets at McChesney Park for a 6:15 p.m. run that’s typically about four to five miles. Varying skill levels. The park is at 1585 S.W. Cashmere Blvd., St. Lucie West. For more, visit www. faebook.com/TCRCrosstown.

THURSDAY, AUG. 4 SCRABBLE fun at Morningside Library, at 2410 S.E. Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Take a board, or join others already playing. All levels welcome. For more, call Maureen Gallagher, (772) 337-5632.


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Stluciewest 7 29 2016  

National Democratic Committee moves into St. Lucie West, Snow spinning, Scientists and Treasure Coast grapple with bluegreen unknowns, Tradi...

Stluciewest 7 29 2016  

National Democratic Committee moves into St. Lucie West, Snow spinning, Scientists and Treasure Coast grapple with bluegreen unknowns, Tradi...

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