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Canadian snowbirds may soon be able to spend two extra months nesting in their favorite spot, the sunshine state!  Each year Canadian snowbirds find their way to sunny south Florida. Currently, Canadians, aged 55 and older have a 182 day annual limit to stay in the U.S. without a visa. Winding its way through Congress is a provision that would extend that limit to 240 days – about eight months total.

Canadians represent a major boost to the economy in the U.S., particularly southern states such as Florida.  Florida recently dropped the requirement of an international drivers permit after strong objections from the Canadian Lobby.  Canadians are flocking to the sugary sand beaches of the Jupiter and Tequesta areas.   The surrounding areas are well known for…
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About 2,400 homes were damaged in the Oklahoma cities of Moore and Oklahoma City.  Some 10,000 people were directly impacted by the nearly 1.3-mile wide tornado, leveling homes and leaving a high number dead, many children.  Governor Mary Fallin said the tornado was “one of the most horrific storms and disasters that this state has ever faced.”  Oklahoma “will get through this and overcome.  We will rebuild. We will regain our strength,” she said.

The preliminary rating of damage created by the tornado is at least EF4 (winds 166 – 200 mph) – the second most severe classification on a scale from zero to five – according to the National Weather Service.  Approximately 34,000 residents of the Oklahoma City area remain without power after the powerful storm. …
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Did you know that there are over 21,000 public high schools in America? All three traditional high schools in Martin County ranked among “Newsweek Magazine’s America’s Best High Schools of 2013” list.   These high schools have proven to be the most effective in preparing high school graduates for college with quality education, teachers, administrators, and staff.  Congratulations to Jensen Beach High School (#969) in Jensen Beach, and  Martin County High School (#1,273), and South Fork High School (#1,322) in Stuart!

Martin County is a school district where it is not uncommon to take your child out of private school or charter school and enroll them into the local public high school.  Some advantages to the Martin County public high school system: …
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As we get closer to the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, more and more golfers have set out with the goal of qualifying for our national championship of golf.
Qualifying got under way on May 3rd at Admirals Cove in Jupiter. Since then, there have been 110 more local qualifiers at different locations throughout the country. While the qualifier at Admirals Cove sent five golfers to the next round of qualifying, many other local golfers have found success at qualifiers in different parts of the country.

Port St. Lucie resident Colin Amaral shot a 69 in a qualifier at the Rhode Island Country Club to advance to one of 13 sectional qualifying events. Dan Konieczny of Jupiter advanced out of the Export, Pennsylvania at

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The eighth annual Golf for Wildlife golf tournament will be held at The Fox Club in Palm City on Friday, May 24. The event, hosted by the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center is among the most exclusive tournaments in the area.

The tournament will be hosted by long time supporter Glen Hess and the Vicki Hess Foundation and will benefit the wildlife center's misson to rehabilitate and return sick and injured wild animals to their natural environment.

golf2-1_282_06The Treausre Coast Wildlife Center treats thousands of sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals each year and serves Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, and Palm Beach Counties. Funds raised by the tournament will be used to support critical operational needs such as food and medical services for the

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse “Ponce Paella Party”!   This year communities all over Florida, from Stuart to North Palm Beach are recognizing the significance of the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon arrival from Spain to Florida’s east coast, as well as Florida’s rich heritage and cultural diversity.

This paella party is destined to be a culinary delight for the palate.  Paella is a Valencian (east coast of Spain) rice dish. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain’s national dish, but most Spaniards consider it a regional dish. It is a delicious rice dish, cooked over an open fire, in a traditional paella pan, olive oil, onions, peppers, garlic, tomatoes, chicken,…
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It’s only a matter of days until the largest waterfront music and art festival, SunFest 2013, opens its gates on May 1st. and continue through Sunday, May 5th.   SunFest takes place along the West Palm Beach Intracoastal Waterway on Flagler Drive between Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Avenue.  SunFest is a premiere event showcasing top musical talents.  This year’s lineup includes Train, Smashing Pumpkins, The Black Crows, The Offspring, Boz Scaggs, Phillip Phillips, Slightly Stoopid, Cheap Trick, Bear Naked Ladies, and many more.  Over 165 artists are drawn to the art and craft show from around the nation. There are plenty of activities for families and a Captain Morgan’s Floating bar for the over 21 set.  Expect spectacular fireworks and excellent gourmet…
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Legendary golf designer Pete Dye and his wife Alice will be speaking at the PGA Village in Port St. Lucie. The two will take part in the PGA Speaker Series on April 10th, which is also the 97th anniversary of the PGA of America.

Pete Dye has designed some of the top courses in the area including Loblolly and Medalist in Hobe Sound and Old Marsh in Palm Beach Gadens.

The Dyes will take part in a fireside chat from 5:30 to 7pm in the PGA Education Center. For more information on the event call the PGA Village at 1-800-800-GOLF.

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The 2012 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season this Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 6:00p.m with a traveling fireworks display up the Intracoastal Waterway.  The parade will travel 10 miles, from North Palm Beach, south of the North Palm Beach Marina, to the Jupiter Lighthouse, via the Intracoastal Waterway.  The parade begins at 6:00 pm and arrives in Jupiter approximately around 8:00 pm.   The parade benefits U.S. Marines “Toys for Tots” and last year collected more than 18,000 toys for needy children in Palm Beach County.


Bring your own chair and enjoy the sounds of the season with holiday entertainment while you relax and watch the decorated boats leisurely float by. The Town of

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More than 1600 students a year are touched each year by the ART COUNCIL of MARTIN COUNTY.  They provide a wide variety of programs that benefit the community through the arts.  The Council believes that educating the youth of the community about art is vitally important to their creativity and thusly strengthening their leadership skills and aiding their academic development. 

The ART COUNCIL also teams up with Martin Memorial Hospital and encourages of the advantages of art helping heal hearts, minds, and bodies.  They have assisted Alzheimer’s patients, along with arts therapists, in the adult care program. 

Learn more about the great events taking place this year at The Arts Council of

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