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FORT PIERCETHE BEACHES LAKEWOOD PARK Vol. 16, No. 29 en-USFriday, December 15, 2017 en-US@HometownNewsStLucie @hometownnewsslc @HometownNewsSLC 2822 S. U.S. #1, Fort Pierce (772) 466-7022The OriginalDISCOUNT FURNITURE LARGEST MATTRESS RETAILER OVER 45 DIFFERENT MATTRESSES TO CHOOSE FROM SEE OUR AD ON THE BACK COVER! TWIN MATTRESS from $69 EA. PC. FULL MATTRESS from $85 EA. PC.QUEEN MATTRESS from $99 EA. PC.KING MATTRESS from $99 EA. PC.PILLOW TOPTWIN MATTRESS from $85 EA. PC. FULL MATTRESS from $99 EA. PC.QUEEN MATTRESS from $115 EA. PC.KING MATTRESS from $115 EA. PC.EACH PIECE PRICES ARE SOLD IN SETS. KING SETS ARE 3 PIECES. MATTRESS ONLY ARE SLIGHTLY HIGHER Please bring new, en-USunwrapped toys for children en-US ages 0-18 to our office in en-US Fort Pierce through Friday. en-US For more info, call (772) en-US 465-5656! en-USTOYS FOR TOTS en-USLAST CALL! en-USCATCH 13en-USHave you found great fish in en-US Treasure Coast waters? See en-US one that didn't get away en-US and see how your own prize en-US could be in the paper soon. en-USWHAT A CATCH! en-USTOWNIES 12en-USTouring with the en-US Townies features en-US reader-submitted en-US photos from travels. en-US Lets see how many en-US places we can go! en-USGOING ON A TRIP? en-USINDEX Classified 16 Crossword en-US15 Horoscopes en-US11 Out & About 11 Police Report en-US5 Viewpoint en-US6 en-USCOMMUNITY CALENDARen-USSee en-US community en-US events on en-US page 2 en-USTAKE US WITH YOUen-USTouring with en-US the Townies en-US features en-US reader-suben-US-en-US mitted en-US photos from en-US travels. Lets en-US see how en-US many places en-US we can go! en-US Send in your picture or en-US questions to en-US en-USPLANNING A TRIP? en-USSevin Bullwinkle/staff photographeren-USThe 2017 Florida East Coast Railway Santa Train stopped on Orange Avenue in en-US Fort Pierce on Saturday, December 9. Santa Claus, James R. Hertwig hands en-US out toys and books to each county they visit for the needy children who qualify en-US for Toys for Tots. Here, Santa Claus get a hug from five-year-old Finley Lehman. Happy to see Santa Claus en-USFORT PIERCE -The differences en-US between city officials and Fort Pierce en-US Utility Authority Director John en-US Tompeck came into sharp focus Dec. 4 en-US when he and City Manager Nick Mimms en-US butted heads over a proposal to use en-US FPUA funds to buy port property. en-US Mr. Mimms wants to use $12.5 milen-US -en-US lion in unrestricted FPUA funds to parten-US -en-US ner with St. Lucie County in the $25 milen-US -en-US lion purchase of the Indian River en-US Terminal property. Mr. Tompeck got en-US wind of the proposal after the city manen-US-en-US ager sent the Fort Pierce City Commisen-US -en-US sion a memo on the idea Nov. 30. He en-US pleaded with commissioners during the en-US recent meeting to reject the idea, insinuen-US -en-US ating that it could lead to future lawsuits.en-US We disagree on several points in the en-US memo, he said. Government Finance en-US Officers Association guidelines recomen-US -en-US mend 90 days of cash, not 60. We believe en-US that the use of unrestricted funds for en-US non-utility purposes violates the charter. en-US Transferring this money to the city en-US would significantly impact our rates. en-US Weve been fighting very hard to keep en-US our rates competitive, and this would en-US hurt our ratepayers.en-US Mr. Mimms attempted to nullify Mr. en-US Tompecks allegations with details from en-US a spreadsheet he insisted were approved en-US by an FPUA auditor.en-US The proposed FPUA contribution en-US towards the acquisition of the Port of en-US Fort Pierce will not negatively affect the en-US operation, nor cause rates to be en-US increased for our citizens, he said. en-US Based upon what we are talking about en-US tonight, the financial strength of the en-US FPUA will be protected. The citizens will en-US ST LUCIE COUNTY On Christmas morning, en-US while many will be at home opening gifts and celeen-US -en-US brating with family, local firefighters, family and en-US friends will be delivering toys and clothing to en-US those less fortunate. en-US The St. Lucie County Fire District is collecting en-US toys and clean, gently used clothing at the fire staen-US -en-US tions and administrative offices through Decemen-US -en-US ber 18th. Volunteers are busy sorting, wrapping, en-US and preparing to make deliveries for the tenth en-US consecutive year.en-US At 8 a.m. on Christmas morning, members en-US from the fire district and a host of volunteers en-US will meet at Station 4 (3601 Industrial 33rd in Fort en-US Pierce) to load trucks, trailers, vans and cars to en-US caravan from mobile home park to mobile home en-US park and delivering gifts. The convoy led by a fire en-US truck carrying Santa and the Grinch is welcomed en-US by residents. en-US To learn more about the fire district, please visit en-US the website at The district is also en-US on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For addien-US -en-US tional questions, please call 772-621-3400.en-USFirefighters collecting en-US toys for Christmas en-US morning deliveries en-USFor Hometown Newsen-USnewsfp@hometownnewsol.comen-USCity, FPUA en-US disagree en-US on port en-US purchaseen-USSome Fort Pierce en-US commissioners see en-US major disconnect en-US between city and en-US utility authorityen-USBy Donald Rodrigueen-USFor Hometown News en-USSeeen-US en-US PORTen-US page 8 LOOKING FOR A HOME 7 en-USWould you like to meet a en-US playful, very social en-US young cat? Visit Dogs en-US and Cats Forever en-USMEET MINERVA


en-US 2 en-USCommunity calendar LONGEST WARRANTY in the Industry Loss Damage RepairsOver 90% Satisfaction Rate772.882.1940WWW.KAUFMANHEARINGCARE.COM8972 US HWY 1 / PSL 34952Located within Eastport PharmacySave up to $1,200 Limited Time OerEVERYTHING FOR $2,795YOU GET 2-HEARING AIDS COMPLETELY AUTOMATIC YOUR CHOICE: E-CHARGER NOW INCLUDED ($350 Value) NEVER CHANGE A BATTERY AGAIN Professional Service in a Personal Way WE REPAIR ALL MAKES ALL MODELS MASTERING EVERY SPEECH SITUATION 1) Restaurants 2) TV Listening 3) Phone Conversation DONATE PLASMA.RECEIVE CASH. en-US en-US Holiday Craft Fair: en-US 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., en-US Renaissance Charter School of St. Lucie, en-US 300 N.W. Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie. (St. en-US Lucie West location.) Handmade creations en-US from local crafters and vendors, plus a food en-US and beverage table. en-US For more information or en-US to RSVP as a vendor, call (772) 708-6369 or en-US emailen-US en-US 'Bee Florida Friendly:'en-US Master en-US Gardeners will offer information about honey en-US bees and native bees that visit Florida en-US plants, and how to welcome these pollinators en-US to your local landscape. 12-1 p.m., en-US Morningside Branch Library, 2410 S.E. en-US Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Free. en-USFor en-US more information, call St. Lucie County en-US Extension staff at (772) 462-1660 or emailen-US en-US, DEC. 16en-GB en-GB 'Wacky Weeders:' en-GB 8:30 a.m. to noon, en-GB Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, 2410 S.E. en-GB Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie. The en-GB Gardens need your help! All volunteers are en-GB welcome, there are jobs everyone can do, en-GB regardless of age or ability. Bring gloves, en-GB clippers and any personal gardening tools en-GB you prefer. Lunch is served; core and school en-GB students can earn double volunteer hours. en-GB For more information, call (772) 337-1959.en-US en-US Dirty Hands Day:en-US 9:30 a.m., Oxbow Eco-en-US Center, 5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St. en-US Lucie. Plant a tree, pull some weeds, clear a en-US trail, and get your hands dirty. This volunteer en-US opportunity is designed for community en-US groups or individuals who are looking to en-US make a difference through environmental en-US stewardship. Open to all ages; participants en-US under 18 must be accompanied by an adult en-US unless they are a current Oxbow volunteer. en-US For information call the Oxbow staff at (772) en-US 785-5833 or visit en-US en-GB Free community meal:en-GB 11 a.m. to 2 en-GB p.m., Holy Faith Episcopal Church, 6990 S. en-GB Federal Highway, Port St. Lucie. All are en-GB invited. en-GB Please call the office at (772) en-GB 446-9619 to reserve your free ticket.en-GB en-GB Treasure Coast Angels Christmas en-GB Party: en-GB Eighth annual event will be held from en-GB 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton en-GB Catholic Church, 930 S.W. Tunis Ave., Port St. en-USIRSC is accepting applications for en-US Nursing Assistant Programen-USAnyone can take a first step into the healthcare field by regisen-US -en-US tering for the Nursing Assistant course (HCPV410C) at Indian en-US River State College. IRSC is now accepting applications for en-US Spring Nursing Assistant classes.en-US Nursing assistants work under the supervision of nursing or en-US medical staff to provide basic care in hospitals, nursing homes, en-US physicians offices, clinics and in-home care. Nursing Assistants en-US help with patient care activities such as bathing and feeding. en-US Becoming a Nursing Assistant is the first step to becoming a en-US Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).en-US The Nursing Assistant course is a 165 clock-hour program en-US consisting of 1 course. No high school diploma or GED is en-US required and applicants must be 18 years old. The Nursing en-US Assistant course takes about seven weeks to complete. Stuen-US -en-US dents attend class approximately 20 hours per week. Total cost en-US for the course is $1,242.en-US Students must have completed a 5-hour Health Care Provider en-US Level Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification prior to en-US the start date of class.en-US There are still seats available for Nursing Assistant courses en-US with these dates and locations:en-US Jan. 8 to March 1 in Fort Pierceen-US Jan. 9 to Feb. 8 in Vero Beachen-US March 5 to May 7 in Fort Pierceen-US Jan. 9 to April 19 in Okeechobeeen-US For more information on the Nursing Assistant Program, conen-US -en-US tact the IRSC Nursing Department at (772) 462-7570, email en-US or visit Lucie County seeks volunteers to en-US help protect endangered planten-USSt. Lucie Countys Environmental Resources Department is en-US partnering with Bok Towers Gardens to host additional volunteer en-US events that will help ensure the survival of a very rare endanen-US -en-US gered plant species.en-US The county seeks volunteers to assist in the removal of exotic en-US and overgrown vegetation at the Lakelas Mint Preserve to proen-US-en-US tect the endemic Lakelas Mint population from 8:30 a.m. to en-US noon on the following dates: Friday, Feb. 2; Friday, March 2 and en-US Friday, April 6.en-US Located at 5600 North U.S. 1, adjacent to the Ocean Discoven-US -en-US ery Center at FAUs Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, the en-US preserve is home to one of the largest wild populations of the en-US federally endangered Lakelas Mint, which is only found at a few en-US places in St. Lucie and Indian River counties and nowhere else en-US in the world.en-US Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, hand-tools and water. en-US Sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent are also recommended. en-US Additional water will be provided, along with a light lunch. Volunen-US -en-US teers will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to working.en-US Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the St. Lucie en-US County Environmental Resources Department staff at (772) en-US 462-2526 or email Space is limited en-US to 30 volunteers per day, so please sign-up early to reserve your en-US space and help become a steward to one of the worlds rarest en-US plant species.en-USCommunity notes en-USSeeen-US en-US CALENDARen-US, page 7


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DROP-OFF LOCATIONS & TIMES: For Questions Call 772-465-5551THE HOMETOWN NEWS 5059 Turkpike Feeder Rd Fort Pierce, FL M-F...8:30AM-5PM DOGS & CATS FOREVER 4600 Selvitz Road Fort Pierce, FL T-F...12-5; Sa...12-4 Closed Sunday & Monday Ad Sponsored by Hometown News FORT PIERCE While many people venture out en-USto shop at the mall or big-box stores, people can en-US find deals and variety at small businesses across the en-US Treasure Coast. So, for people seeking good prices en-US and convenience in youth clothing and other items, en-US they need look no further than Babys 2 Teens Co. en-US Consignment Boutique in Fort Pierce. en-US The consignment shop offers nearly everything en-US one could think of, and at a price nearly everybody en-US can afford and in a constantly-changing fashion. en-US There are hundreds of products for children all the en-US way from infant through high school, and the shop en-US also offers educational and enrichment classes for en-US toddlers and youths on a weekly basis. en-US We have a kids club that me and (company en-US director) Kathryn (Bender) do every weekend with en-US different age groups, and that includes free arts and en-US crafts. Its Bible-based and includes a snack and a en-US drink, said owner Charlana Shipley, adding that the en-US events are on the first and third Saturdays of the en-US month for ages 2 to 6 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and on en-US the second and fourth Saturdays for 10to 13-year-en-US olds at the same time. en-US I think were growing and weve been growing en-US since weve been here. There are more consigners, en-US the store is full and we are generating more busien-US -en-US ness. en-US The shop opened in July of this year, and they sell en-US baby items from preemies to teenagers and they en-US have cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, portable en-US cribs, bassinets, bath accessories and tubs, clothes, en-US toys, shoes, baby bottles and dozens of other items. en-US We get everything, from johnny-jumpers to en-US exer-saucers; we take everything because kids are en-US constantly growing Ms. Shipley said. One other en-US thing we do is, we always check for recalls on our en-US items before we put it on the floor to sell, so parents en-US dont have to worry if it is unsafe. en-US The shop goes the extra mile for youth developen-US -en-US ment, too, offering free books for children and en-US resources for adults that are available. en-US A lot of kids have these reading logs for school, en-US and a lot of them dont have the correct books to en-US read at home for their age group. We offer Step en-US books for the reading level a child is on, Ms. Shipen-US -en-US ley said. We have step books 1-5, and that way they en-US can get that step for that specific childs reading en-US level and its free. They just sign it out. en-US But the passionate, home-schooling mom also en-US has a soft spot for the community, and she wanted en-US to open a store that was for everybody and gives en-US people a chance to sell their gently used items and en-US give back to the community. en-US I know there is a need for it, and there is another en-US baby store in Jensen Beach called Once Upon a en-US (Child), but there isnt a store in St. Lucie County en-US for baby consignment anymore that I know of, Ms. en-US Shipley said. en-US The shop is open from 8:30 to 5:30 from Monday en-US to Friday and 8:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. en-US Kathryn and I are just here to serve the commuen-US -en-US nity and anything that they need, and our store is a en-US little different than your traditional store, Ms. Shipen-US -en-US ley said, and wanted to remind people that Babys 2 en-US Teens is hosting a toy drive through Dec. 22 for the en-US Safe Space Program. en-US For more information, visit their Facebook or call en-US Charlana or Kathryn @ 772-242-1909. The shop is en-US located just North of Midway Road at 4830 S. US en-US Hwy. 1 in Fort Pierce in the same plaza as Dunkin en-US Donuts.en-USBoutique offers convenience, variety, deals en-USBy Gaylon Photo courtesy of Babys 2 Teens en-USBabys 2 Teens Co. Consignment Boutique is run by owner en-US Charlana Shipley, left, and company director Kathryn en-US Bender.


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en-US 5 en-USFort Pierce Police Departmenten-USDavarious Taylor, 22, 621 S. 11en-US then-US St., Fort en-US Pierce, arrested on a felony probation violation en-US for possession of methamphetamine.en-US Ambrose Wali, 24, 403 S. 24en-US then-US St., Fort en-US Pierce, possession of cocaine and possession en-US of listed chemicals with the potential to manuen-US-en-US facture controlled substances.en-US Tybria Hills, 25, 812 N. 20en-US then-US St., Fort Pierce, en-US arrested on an active St. Lucie County felony en-US warrant for possession of marijuana with the en-US intent to sell, manufacture or deliver within en-US 1,000 feet of a public housing facility.en-US Thaddeus Wilson, 41, 4090 Plum Tree Drive, en-US Lantana, arrested on an active St. Lucie Counen-US -en-US ty felony warrant for fraud and stolen property.en-US Laquana Cunningham, 33, 3430 Oleander en-US Ave., Fort Pierce, possession of cocaine.en-US Javaris Allen, 18, 3302 Avenue I, Fort Pierce, en-US trespassing on property while armed.en-USPort St. Lucie Policeen-US Departmenten-USJonathan Moore, 19, 2037 Cranberry St. en-US S.W., Port St. Lucie, destroying, tampering with en-US or fabricating physical evidence and possesen-US -en-US sion of marijuana of more than 20 grams.en-US Amie Braddock-McPherson, 20, 4357 S.W. en-US Calah Cir., Port St. Lucie, possession of marien-US-en-US juana of more than 20 grams.en-US Kevin Conklin, 37, 737 S.W. Belmont Cir., en-US Port St. Lucie, arrested on a St. Lucie County en-US felony warrant.en-US John Webb, 47, address withheld, Port St. en-US Lucie, domestic battery by strangulation.en-US John Safris, 54, 4501 S.W. Van Dyke St., en-US Port St. Lucie, driving with a suspended license en-US as a habitual.en-USSt. Lucie County Sheriffs en-US Officeen-USOliver Coley, 28, 7171 Ixoria Ave., Fort en-US Pierce, arrested on an outstanding St. Lucie en-US County felony warrant for possession of a fireen-US -en-US arm, ammunition electric weapon or concealed en-US weapon by a convicted Florida felon and felony en-US driving with a suspended license.en-US Charles Boudah, 33, 2289 S.E. Charleston en-US Drive, Port St. Lucie, arrested on an outstanden-US -en-US ing St. Lucie County felony warrant for burglary en-US of a conveyance with an assault or battery en-US while armed.en-US Romell Jackson, 26, 702 N. 17en-US then-US St., Fort en-US Pierce, arrested on a felony warrant for posen-US -en-US session of marijuana with the intent to sell, en-US manufacture or deliver within 1,000 feet of a en-US public housing facility.en-US Dylan Hampton, 19, 3306-A Oleander Ave., en-US Fort Pierce, arrested as an out-of-state fugitive en-US (Georgia) for aggravated sexual battery.en-US Luther Robinson, 50, 1663-5314 Brandywine en-US Road, West Palm Beach, arrested on an active en-US out-of-county (Martin) felony warrant for maken-US-en-US ing a false Medicaid statement, second-degree en-US grand theft and organized fraud of $50,000 or en-US more.en-US Skylar Ariza, 20, 2190 S.W. Newport Isles en-US Blvd., Port St. Lucie, arrested om am active St. en-US Lucie County felony warrant for third-degree en-US grand theft.en-US Abraham Diaz, 52, 8119 Mulligan Cir., Port en-US St. Lucie, kidnapping or false imprisonment of en-US an adult and obstruction of justice for tamperen-US-en-US ing in a second-degree felony proceeding.en-US Michael Andrews, 35, 426 S.W. 10en-US then-US Ave., en-US Homestead, arrested on an active St. Lucie en-US County felony capias warrant for possession of en-US heroin and possession of heroin with the intent en-US to sell, manufacture or deliver.en-US Blaine Yarick, 22, 6537-2 Woodhall drive, en-US Sylvania, Ohio, arrested on an active St. Lucie en-US felony capias warrant for grand theft of a conen-US-en-US trolled substance.en-US Jemel Bennefield, 29, 4280 48en-US then-US Place, Vero en-US Beach, arrested on an active St. Lucie County en-US felony capias warrant for possession of a fireen-US-en-US arm, ammunition electric weapon or concealed en-US weapon by a convicted Florida felon, aggravaten-US-en-US ed assault discharge of a firearm and en-US attempted second-degree murder by dischargen-US -en-US ing a firearm.en-US Christopher Harper, 26, 380 S.W. Hollyhock en-US Drive, Port St. Lucie, arrested on an active St. en-US Lucie County felony capias warrant for aggraen-US-en-US vated battery on a pregnant victim.en-US Steven Edmond, 30, 1050 S.W. Benschop en-US Ave., Port St. Lucie, arrested on an outstanding en-US St. Lucie County felony warrant for felony driven-US-en-US ing with a suspended license.en-US Darnel Brunson, 34, 815 S. 13en-US then-US St., Fort en-US Pierce, arrested on a St. Lucie County felony en-US warrant for possession of cocaine.en-US Shalonda Green, 30, 1110 14en-US then-US Ave. S.W., en-US Vero Beach, arrested on an active St. Lucie en-US County felony warrant for exploitation of an en-USelderly or disabled adult from a position of trust.en-US Jennifer Holerger, 34, 5138 Margaret Ann en-US Lane, Fort Pierce, arrested on an active St. en-US Lucie County felony warrant for possession of en-US clonazepam.en-US Mya Perez, 19, 1402 Barber St., Sebastian, en-US arrested on an active St. Lucie County felony en-US warrant for an order for termination of pretrial en-US supervision for possession of MDMA.en-US Clifvonta Sands, 24, 1235 Danforth St. S.W., en-US Palm Bay, arrested on an active St. Lucie en-US County felony capias warrant for felony driving en-US with a suspended license.en-US Jessica Taylor, 29, 5008 Killarney Ave., Fort en-US Pierce, possession of marijuana of more than en-US 20 grams.en-US Kevin OHare, 28, 12979 Pennypacker Trail en-US 23, Wellington, arrested on an out-of-county en-US (Palm Beach) felony warrant for providing false en-US verification of ownership to a secondhand dealen-US -en-US er and dealing in stolen property.en-US Christopher Reese, 33, 1912 S. 31en-US sten-US St., Fort en-US Pierce, possession of marijuana of more than en-US 20 grams.en-US Nicolas Miller, 27, 642 N.E. Jensen Beach en-US Blvd., Jensen Beach, possession of a conen-US-en-US trolled substance without a prescription.en-US Cody Curtis, 30, 902 20en-US then-US Place, Vero Beach, en-US arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for en-US burglary of a dwelling.en-US Sheyna Ghent, 36, 910 Parham Court, Baren-US-en-US tow, arrested on an outstanding out-of-county en-US (Polk) felony warrant for felony petit theft of two en-US or more with a previous conviction.en-USPolice reporten-USEditors note: en-USThis is a list of arrests, not en-US convictions, and all arrestees are presumed en-US innocent unless or until proven guilty in a en-US court of law. 9090 N. US HWY 1 Sebastian, FL 77 2-581-0640 PAULS GUNS WE BUY GUNS $$$ OR TRADEMonday Friday 10am-6pm Saturday 10am-2pm Closed Sunday BUY TWO AMMO CANS GET ONE FREE! W/ COUPON EXPIRES 12/23/17 G IVE THE GIFT OF CONCEALED CARRY! EVERY MONDAY $50.00 Happy & Safe Holidays From Our Family to Yours!


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Paginator Phone (772) 465-5656 Fax (772) 465-5301Classified (800) 823-0466 Rants & Raves (866) 465-5504Circulation Inquiries 1-866-913-6397 circulation@hometownnewsol.comFORT PIERCE Sevin Bullwinkle en-USLatravious Washington, 10, and his sister De-Asia, 4, visit with en-US Santa Claus in Fort Pierce on Saturday, December 9. en-USRantsen-US & en-USRaves en-USGot something to say? en-USEmail the Hometown Rants & Raves at en-USnewsfp@hometownnewsol.comen-USThe Rants and Raves section provides a chance for readers to share their thoughts with en-US other readers. The opinions included are not those of Hometown News or its employees.en-USPlease limit your submissions to 250 words, so that we can include more entries. en-US Readers are asked to refrain from making slanderous or libelous statements. en-USBe nice; good things en-US go around, come around en-USA few months ago I found a woman's en-US purse in a cart in the parking lot of a large, en-US well-known store. en-US It contained her wallet, car keys, cell en-US phone and other personal items. en-US I did not look into it and turned it into en-US the courtesy desk at the store. en-US I never heard whether it was returned. en-US Last week, somehow I lost my driver's en-US license. en-US Today, my mail delivery woman flagged en-US me down and handed it to me, saying en-US someone had found it and turned it into en-US the Post Office. en-US To that person although I had it canen-US -en-US celed and a new one issued thank you en-US very much for your honesty. en-US Good things go around and come en-US around. We all need to be kinder and en-US nicer to each other. en-US Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas en-US to everyone.en-USWe're in Roman timesen-USWe are in Rome . decline and decay. en-US Wake up!en-US I sure hope everyone who voted for this en-US nightmare reaps the benefits.en-USImproper speech on TV makes en-US me cringeen-USCan you help to bring awareness to en-US public speakers regarding improper en-US English they keep spewing out?en-US I cringe every time I hear them speak, en-US especially politicians and TV hosts on the en-US morning shows. I cringe every time I en-US listen to them.en-US I wonder if they even attended high en-US school or even graduated from college to en-US obtain these jobs.en-US Their speech, in my opinion, is a bad en-US example for kids growing up.en-US Examples; just to name a few:en-US American people: This phrase en-US should be Americans.en-US A lot of people: This should be en-US many people. A lot of people should be en-US used in reference to things you cannot en-US count, i.e., rain and dirt.en-US A lot of us: This should be many of en-US us.en-US Me and my son: This should be my en-US son and I.en-US Please, do your best to change this en-US mode of speech.en-US Thank you.en-USPolice outside and trashen-USI just read the paper, and I really enjoy en-US your Rants & Raves page.en-US What really affected me was this young en-US lady who wrote about being there 23 years en-US and how she has never seen a cop go en-US outside and talk to people or be close to en-US the neighbors. And I understand what she en-US means.en-US If the police want people to know who en-US they are and what they are and how they en-US care about you, this would be a good thing en-US that they go out there.en-US And the same thing with the children en-US the children have got to know the en-US policemen, that they care about them and en-US that they are watching them. There are a en-US lot of things that are going on [that are] en-US bad. It would be great.en-US And then she said one thing, too, that en-US hit me. The only thing getting fuller is the en-US trash. They put the trash all over the place; en-US and I take out my dog for a walk, and I am en-US picking up trash.en-US Its a shame that we have a bunch of kids en-US who live like pigs, and they throw their en-US trash all over the beautiful streets that en-US people are trying to have.en-USWal-Mart and poverty wagesen-USI heard someone say Wal-Mart was a en-US pleasure to work for. Well, I dont doubt en-US that; maybe he liked it and that is fine. en-US The awful problem with Wal-Mart is it en-US pays poverty wages to employees who are en-US already living in poverty.en-US The owners of Wal-Mart, the Walton en-US family, are the richest family in America; en-US and they can more than afford to pay their en-US employees a living wage. Many of its full-en-US time employees (with children) are living en-US below the poverty line. This is inexcusable.en-US Wal-Mart employees are the largest en-US group of Medicaid recipients. They are en-US also the single biggest group of food-en-US stamp recipients because they are paid so en-US little, they receive on average $1,000 in en-US public assistance. This amounts to en-US massive taxpayer subsidies for a private en-US company. You and I should not pay for en-US what Wal-Mart can well afford.en-US Again this year, as they did last year, en-US Wal-Mart has had a food drive around en-US the holidays for their employees, en-US expecting customers to contribute.en-US What is wrong with this picture? No en-US one should have to put in a full days work en-US and not be able to feed their family.en-US This has nothing to do with being en-US liberal or being a liberal thinker, as was en-US implied in a prior rant. Henry Ford grew en-US the middle class by paying workers twice en-US the average wage.en-US Wal-Mart shrinks the middle class by en-US paying poverty wages.en-USBoats on the creek/riveren-USI am so disgusted with the boats, small en-US and large, speeding up and down the en-US creek/river with no regard for the Slow en-US Speed Manatee signs. Besides the en-USmanatees, you are destroying our sea en-US walls prematurely. Show some respect for en-US us locals, obey all water signs. en-USHappy to see Santa


en-US 7 $ Cash $ For Your Real EstateJacobson Auction Co.Since 1982772-201-0279 Silent NightQuiet Proessionals Enjoy this Holiday Season at the Navy SEAL MuseumFind unique gifts for everyone at the Museum Gift Shop 3300 N. Highway A1A North Hutchinson Island Fort Pierce, FL 34949 (772)595-5845 | Or shop our Online Store Kevin Burgess May 5, 2017Help us welcome our newest residents!On December 22 Hometown News will print a special feature celebrating the Treasure Coasts newest Its easy to participate! Send us a picture of your son, daughter, grandchild, niece, nephew or other special little one in your life, along with date of birth (pictures are returnable when sent with a All pictures must reach us by 5 pm, December 15th.Only $29.99 Hometown News 5059 Turnpike Feeder Rd. Ft. Pierce, FL 34951 Call 772-465-5656 with any __________________________________ ____________________________________ Address ______________________________________ Phone ________________________________________ Babys Date of Birth _____________________________ (Circle One Below) _____________________________ ______________ Wellness Exams Spay & Neuter Vaccinations Preventative Care Dentistry Soft Tissue Surgery Radiography Microchipping Medical Boarding Pain Management Pharmacy709 N. US1 PELICAN CENTER US1 & SEAWAY DR. FORT PIERCE, FL 772-242-8320 OFFICE VISITS ONLY$40OFFICE HOURS: Drs. Hours..M, T, Th & F 8am-6pm Reception Only..Wed 8am-6pm Saturdays..8am-4pm Closed SundaysDr. Michael OConnor, D.V.M. Voted Best Veterinary Clinic by the Readers of Ft. Pierce Meet Minerva! en-USIm named after the Goddess of Wisdom-and rightly so-because en-US Im smart enough to know that I want to be the only feline goddess en-US in your life. Im young, Im beautiful, and Im very entertaining, so en-US if you adopt me, you wont ever want anyone else. My Guardian en-US Angel has paid my adoption fee, so meet me and lets fall In love. en-US Meet Minerva at Dogs and Cats Forever in Fort Pierce.en-USLooking for a home en-GBLucie. This special needs Christmas party is en-GB for children on the Treasure Coast who can't en-GB necessarily attend regular parties. en-GB For more en-GB information or the signup form, visit en-GB www.en-GB en-US Under the Blacklight Night Hike: en-US Invertebrates, Flowers and Fungus:en-US 5:30-en-US 7:30 p.m., Spruce Bluff Preserve, 611 S.E. en-US Dar Lane, Port St. Lucie. Frogs trill, owls lurk, en-US and bats fly overhead. en-GB Free, but reservations en-GB are required, space is limited. Ages 12 and en-GB older; minors must be accompanied by an en-GB adult. Proper footwear and water are en-GB required; please, no pets. en-GB For more en-GB information or to register, call (772) 462-en-GB 2526, email en-GB, en-GB or visit en-GB, DEC. 17en-US en-US Engaging Ecotones Hike:en-US 8:30-10:30 en-US a.m., Ancient Oaks Preserve/Weldon B. en-US Lewis Park, 4650 Oleander Ave. Fort Pierce. en-US Explore the world in-between. Participants en-US will hike through this sites ecotones and en-US discover how these transitional areas en-US between two distinct habitats are some of en-US the richest in terms of biodiversity. en-GB Free, but en-GB reservations are required, space is limited. en-GB Ages 12 and older; minors must be en-GB accompanied by an adult. Proper footwear en-GB and water are required; please, no pets. en-GB For en-GB more information or to register, call (772) en-GB 462-2526, email en-GB, en-GB or en-GB visit en-GB, DEC. 18en-US en-US Changing Beaches Family Hike and en-US Beach Cleanup:en-US 9-11 a.m., Ocean Bay en-US Beachside Preserve, 7600 South Ocean en-US Drive, South Hutchinson Island. See how the en-US beach and life around it has changed month en-US to month. As we walk the sandy shore well en-US explore the exciting wrack line and find the en-US treasures offered up by the sea. At the end of en-US this monthly adventure, youll get a chance en-US to become an environmental steward by en-US removing the man-made trash and restoring en-US the beachs pristine beauty. All are welcome en-US but this hike is most appropriate for families en-US with children ages 5 and older. All minors en-US must be accompanied by an adult. en-GB Free, but en-GB reservations are required, space is limited. en-GB Proper footwear and water are required; en-GB please, no pets. en-GB For more information or to en-GB register, call (772) 462-2526, email en-GB, en-GB or visit en-GB www.slchikes.en-GB org.en-USTUESDAY, DEC. 19en-US en-US Managing Florida's Natural Resources en-US Hike:en-US 9 a.m. to noon, Indrio Savannahs en-US Preserve, 5275 Tozour Road, Fort Pierce. en-US Floridas paradise-like climate supports en-US extremely diverse plant life, wildlife and en-US ecosystems. Land managers have to use en-US different techniques to help restore the wild en-US areas back to their former glory and support en-US the abundance of species that call this State en-US home. While we hike, we will discuss some of en-US the natural resource management being en-US conducted in St. Lucie County and why it is en-US so important to maintain high biodiversity. en-GB Free, but reservations are required, space is en-GB limited. Ages 12 and older; minors must be en-GB accompanied by an adult. Proper footwear en-GB and water are required; please, no pets. en-GB For en-GB more information or to register, call (772) en-US Seeen-US en-US CALENDARen-US, page 9en-USCalendaren-USFrom page 2


en-US 8 be protected, and the City of Fort Pierce will en-USgain a coveted asset.en-US The city manager also insisted the idea en-US was not his alone, crediting his efforts to en-US previous direction by the Commission itself. en-US Most of us were in attendance at that en-US meeting where it was announced, and then en-US we had a joint meeting where we discussed en-US this opportunity, Mr. Mimms explained. I en-US believe that this group felt this was an en-US opportunity for the city to be equal partners en-US -50/50 partners is what I heard -and gave en-US me the marching orders to look for available en-US funding, specifically expressing a willingen-US -en-US ness to look at funding from the Fort Pierce en-US Utilities Authority.en-US Commissioner Rufus Alexander prodded en-US the city manager with questions about the en-US difference between what he and the FPUA en-US director were saying. en-US Why is it that the City of Fort Pierce and en-US Fort Pierce Utilities cant get on the same en-US page? he asked. Why is there such a disen-US -en-US crepancy Mr. Mimms?en-US The latter said he didnt see the issue the en-US same way.en-US There is not a discrepancy as far as Im en-US concerned sir, Mr. Mimms responded. I en-US definitely want to work with the FPUA en-US they are our partner, they are an entity of en-US the City of Fort Pierce and they should have en-US the same strategic vision as the City of Fort en-US Pierce. If we do not have the same vision, en-US then we have a definite problem, but were en-US moving to close that gap and we will have en-US the same vision moving forward.en-US Commissioner Jeremiah Johnson asked en-US City Attorney James Messer to offer his en-US opinion on the legality of the proposed en-US money transfer.en-US No one can determine whether the charen-US -en-US ter is violated except a judge, Mr. Messer en-US said. As I read the charter, in my opinion en-US theres nothing that specifically prohibits en-US what Mr. Mimms is suggesting. Arguably, en-US there are provisions of the charter that peren-US -en-US mit it. Ill be totally candid with you: I wasnt en-US going to do a detailed analysis until the en-US FPUA objects to the resolution.en-US Mayor Linda Hudson admitted she had en-US previously backed the idea but has now en-US begun to have second thoughts. en-US I am rethinking it, and I am telling you en-US why I am rethinking it, she said. Number en-US one, nobody at the county has voted for us en-US to be a 50/50 partner. This is a discussion en-US between staffs as far as I know; no elected en-US body has talked about this. I also believe en-US that we already are a partner. Our whole en-US port is inside the City of Fort Pierce, and so en-US we are a partner whether they like it or not. I en-US think that the risk is more than whats been en-US expressed.en-US Commissioner Thomas Perona sided en-US with the mayor, saying the city should peren-US -en-US haps look at less expensive and more secure en-US options than a $12.5 million investment en-US right out of the box. en-US Theres not a business plan and theres no en-US marketing strategy that I know of, he said. en-US The county maintains control, and they en-US havent identified any future revenues. If I en-US was told that this was crucial in the developen-US -en-US ment and the future of the port, it would en-US definitely be a different scenario for me.en-US The focus of the conversation then shiften-US-en-US ed to the apparent lack of cooperation en-US between the city and the FPUA.en-US Were lacking communication between en-US staff right now, Commissioner Johnson en-US said. We dont need to be two independent en-US bodies although we have to keep them sepaen-US -en-US rate. It doesnt mean we cant work toward en-US strategic objectives and objectives. It doesnt en-US mean we cant come together and have a en-US vision for our community so that my kids en-US can come back here and know that they en-US have something sustainable to come back en-US to.en-US Commissioner Reginald Sessions backed en-US the idea of the port investment but en-US expressed frustration about the disconnect en-US as well. en-US Based on what my city manager is saying en-US and my director of the Utilities Authority is en-US saying, weve got some issues here, and its en-US not supposed to be that way, he exclaimed. en-US This is not looking good, and Im really not en-US happy with what I saw here tonight with en-US regards to these department heads and how en-US they contradicted each other. We have got to en-US take a position first of all get these parties en-US onboard, if its the port or anything else as en-US far as the futures concerned.en-US Mayor Hudson concurred.en-US It is definitely two different cultures that en-US need to be closer together, and I for one en-US want that to happen, she added. en-US Mr. Mimms believes his proposed $12.5 en-US million resolution would have forced the en-US two parties to the table for more discussion.en-US As of right now, weve had several discusen-US -en-US sions, but nothing has been accomplished, en-US he said. That resolution begins the discusen-US-en-US sion for the FPUA Board and the FPUA en-US staff. We have talked about our wants and en-US our desires, but if we dont have a vehicle to en-US initiate the discussion with the FPUA, that en-US discussion will not happen.en-USMayor Hudson explained that en-US the matter would be discussed at en-US the FPUA meeting the following en-US evening and said she needed direcen-US -en-US tion by commissioners to proceed. en-USThe discussion then died for lack en-US of a motion by commissioners for en-US any further action. en-US I hear silence so I think we en-US should move on, Mayor Hudson en-US said. en-USWere lacking communication between staff right now. We en-US dont need to be two independent bodies although we have to en-US keep them separate. It doesnt mean we cant work toward en-US strategic objectives and objectives. It doesnt mean we cant en-US come together and have a vision for our community so that my en-US kids can come back here and know that they have something en-US sustainable to come back to.en-USCommissioner Jeremiah Johnsonen-USPorten-USFrom page 1


en-US 9 Christmas Worship LAKEWOOD PARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCHInvites You To Come Worship With Us!SUNDAY, DEC. 24TH (Christmas Eve Day) WORSHIP TIME 10:30A CANDLELIGHT SERVICE AT 4:00P DOORS OPEN 3:30P5405 Turnpike Feeder Rd. Fort Pierce772-465-1187 First Congregational United Church of Christ3601 Kirby Loop Road, Fort Pierce, FL772-465-2082 Weekly Sunday Services 10:30 am Communion First Sunday of the MonthSunday December 17thChristmas Cantata 10:30 a.m.Sunday December 24thChristmas Eve Service 7:00 pm FORT PIERCE Treasure Coast en-USFood Bank has received a $50,000 grant en-US from Publix Super Markets Charities to en-US expand its BackPack program for chilen-US -en-US dren facing hunger. Local Publix manen-US -en-US agers joined Treasure Coast Food en-US Banks board of directors for a check en-US presentation at Treasure Coast Food en-US Bank recently. en-US Were extremely grateful to Publix en-US Super Markets Charities for this grant en-US to help us eliminate childhood hunger, en-US said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of en-US Treasure Coast Food Bank. Publix has en-US been a longstanding partner in our en-US fight against hunger and a stalwart supen-US -en-US porter of Treasure Coast Food Bank in en-US many ways, and this grant shows a conen-US -en-US tinued dedication to working with us to en-US eliminate hunger on the Treasure en-US Coast.en-US The money will allow Treasure Coast en-US Food Bank to provide an additional en-US 10,000 backpacks to food-insecure en-US children on the Treasure Coast. en-US Through the BackPack program, chilen-US -en-US dren receive wholesome and easy-toen-US prepare food to eat at times when they en-US cannot access food at school or at a en-US community facility, such as on weeken-US-en-US ends or holiday vacations.en-US Working in partnership with schools en-US or agencies like the Boys & Girls Club, en-US Treasure Coast Food Bank provides a en-US weekend supply of shelf-stable food en-US directly to students who are food-inseen-US -en-US cure. A weekend supply of food en-US includes two nutritious breakfasts, en-US three healthy entrees, shelf stable milk, en-US fruit juice, two servings of fruit or vegeen-US -en-US tables, and a snack. Each serving is en-US child-friendly, nonperishable, and easien-US-en-US ly consumed.en-US The BackPack program is one of en-US several programs we use to combat en-US childhood hunger, and this grant sigen-US -en-US nificantly expands the number of chilen-US -en-US dren well be able to serve this school en-US year, Ms. Cruz said.en-US For more information about the en-US Treasure Coast Food Bank, call772-en-US 489-3034, or log on, en-US or visit the Facebook page.en-USFood Bank received massive Publix granten-USFor Hometown Photo courtesy of Treasure Coast Food Bank From left, are Peter Tesch,   Miguel Coty   Doug en-USlas Sherman,   John Ekufu,Judith Cruz,   Erin Neill Cox,Jamie Laviolette,   Karl Zimmerman, Kim Johnson and   Ed Skvarch during the en-UScheck presentation. A star student en-USRaquel Tolbert, a senior at St. Lucie en-US West Centennial High School, is en-US team captain and a true leader on en-US and off the court. She lead her en-US team to their first district win en-US against Vero Beach, averaging 10.2 en-US PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.8 APG and 1.6 en-US SPG. Shooting 47 percent from en-US field. Raquel has been a working en-US hard daily being a en-US consistent force en-US for SLW Centenen-US -en-US nial Girls Basen-US-en-US ketball program. en-GB462-2526, email en-GB, en-GB or en-GB visit en-GB en-US Weekly Storytime Jam:en-US Tuesdays at en-US 10:30 a.m., Zora Neale Hurston Branch en-US Library, 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce. en-US For en-US more information, call (772) 462-2154en-US .en-US en-US Celebrate Recovery:en-US 7-9:30 p.m., en-US Fairlawn Baptist Church, 3003 Rhode Island en-US Ave., Fort Pierce. A free, Christ-centered en-US recovery program offered every Tuesday en-US evening. en-US For more information, call (772) en-US 461-0814.en-GBWEDNESDAY, DEC. 20en-GB en-GB Care for Caregivers support group: en-GB 6:30-8 p.m., third Wednesday each month, en-GB Suncoast Mental Health Center, 2814 S. U.S. en-GB 1, Suite D4, Fort Pierce. A support group for en-GB individuals, family members and others who en-GB play the role of caregiver to a person who en-GB struggles with a mental illness. The groups en-GB facilitator is volunteer mental health en-GB advocate Diego Gonzalez. en-GB For more en-GB information, contact Diego Gonzalez at en-GB (772) 577-4024, en-GB, en-GB or en-GB Deb Pizzimenti at Suncoast, (772) 291-en-GB 3210, en-GB, DEC. 21en-US en-US Winter Solstice Paddle:en-US 9 a.m. to noon, en-US Richard E. Becker Preserve, 3398 Selvitz en-US Road, Fort Pierce. Join us for a leisurely en-US paddle along the North Fork of the St. Lucie en-US River. Reconnect with nature on the shortest en-US day of the year, the winter solstice. The cost en-US is $10 per person. en-USCall (772) 462-2526 to en-US reserve your space.en-US en-USCalendaren-USFrom page 7


en-US 10 Great Golf RatesDew Sweeper 7 8 am $25 8 11 am $30 After 11 am $25 plus taxes rates valid thru 12.24.17772-46 4-0407PUBLIC WELCOME! G T G C C4302 Gator Trace Dr., Fort Pierce, FL 2016 2016 C H O I C E R E A D E R S 2017 2017 C H O I C E R E A D E R S 2017 2017 C H O I C E R E A D E R S 1600 SOUTH 3RD St Fort Pierce772-465-8110 Purchase our Indian Hills Savings Card and Save 20% Off our advertised rates every round!DECEMBER RATES From US1, turn East on Ohio Ave. directly behind TD Bank THE FRIENDLY STAFF AND MUCH IMPROVED CONDITIONS WILL HAVE YOU COMING BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN!$$ $20 A Lessons available from our PGA Professionals Bring in this ad for a FREE BUCKET of Range Balls exp. Dec 31, 2017 Should there be different equipment for pros? en-USTen-UShere has been a bit of buzz lately en-US regarding the ball that we play. Tiger en-US Woods has now joined Jack Nicklaus en-US in speaking out that the ball goes too far. en-US Woods even suggested, as have many en-US before, that there should be a Tour ball en-US that doesnt go as far as those played by us en-US mere golf mortals. en-US I am thinking that perhaps the golf ball en-US should not be the only thing that separates en-US the recreational golfers from the Touring en-US Professionals. Maybe the rest of our en-US equipment should help us a bit more as en-US well. Maybe we should be allowed to carry en-US 16 clubs instead of 14 or a driver that hits en-US the ball straight even with a crooked swing. en-US While it would take a while to make the en-US ball travel shorter distances and create clubs en-US that help the beginner or less-skilled golfer, en-US changing the rules requires nothing more en-US than your imagination and the desire to en-US make it happen, even if its just within your en-US own group.en-US How many of us truly follow the rules of en-US golf to begin with? If you are simply playing en-US the game for fun, do you even care what en-US the Lords at the USGA and R&A have en-US proclaimed to be legal and illegal?en-US I would bet that one would be hard-en-US pressed to find any one person playing golf en-US outside a sanctioned competition, with en-US rules officials and the like watching over en-US them, that follows every rule to the letter en-US and intent of the law.en-US We recreational golfers play by our own en-US version of the rules all the time. We may en-US move our drive in the fairway from a divot en-US that was left behind or move our ball off a en-US root so we dont break a club or our wrist. en-US We hardly ever return to the tee to re-hit en-US after finding our ball out-of-bounds. Putts en-US inside the leather are given to speed en-US things up and we take mulligans.en-US With all this in mind, I think its time we en-US consider having a set of rules for recreen-US -en-US ational golfers. There are three things that en-US hurt our beloved game. Its expensive, it en-US takes a long time to play, and most of all, its en-US very, very difficult.en-US If you owned a golf course, would you en-US really care if the golfers are playing by the en-US rules or would it matter more that they are en-US having fun, enjoying the game and filling en-US up the tee sheets?en-US The results of a Google survey, based on en-US nearly 7,000 respondents shows that 61 en-US percent of golfers admit to occasionally en-US bending the rules. An additional 12 percent en-US admit to always bending the rules while en-US only 27 percent claim to have always played en-US by the letter of the rules.en-US Additionally, the same survey showed en-US that an overwhelming majority of golfers en-US consider themselves recreational golfers en-US and have no desire to follow the rules to the en-US letter. Fewer than 15 en-US percent keep an official en-US USGA handicap, and an en-US equal amount have no en-US idea what a handicap is.en-US Of those responding, en-US 78 percent said they play en-US the game for fun, nothing en-US more, nothing less. The en-US remainder play by the en-US rules because they enjoy en-US the challenge it presents, en-US or because they are en-US aspiring to become a en-US professional.en-US According to the en-US National Golf Foundation (NGF), those en-US leaving the game have given three main en-US reasons for their departure; high cost, en-US excessive time needed to play, and inconveen-US -en-US nient rules.en-US The Google survey also showed that en-US those who play the game just for fun are en-US fine with the idea of playing with recreen-US -en-US ational equipment. They dont mind the en-US implementation of balls that want to go en-US straight and clubs that help poor swings. en-US Why should this game only be enjoyed by en-US those talented enough to play it well or with en-US enough time to devote to honing their skills en-US to make it so?en-US Anyone can have their own set of en-US Recreational Rules for Golf. They should en-US be simple and straight-forward. The best en-US part of these rules should be that as long as en-US everyone in the group agrees with what en-US they are at the start of the round, and it en-US doesnt slow down your play at the expense en-US of others or damage the course, it shouldnt en-US matter what they are. The rules being used en-US by a group five holes ahead could not en-US matter less to me. Nor should my or my en-US groups version matter to them.en-US Wouldnt manufacturers love to be able en-US to take the reigns off their designers and en-US have them make clubs that help the en-US less-skilled golfer? Im sure if they sold en-US enough of them, they wouldnt mind two en-US sets of rules or non-conforming clubs.en-US Whos with me?en-US en-US James Stammer has been an avid golfer en-US and golf enthusiast for nearly 40 years. He en-US hosts the Thursday Night Golf Show on en-US WSTU 1450-AM. Contact him at en-US stammeren-US -en-US GOLF en-USJAMES STAMMER


4848 N. Kings Hwy Fort Pierce 772-460-6577 Formerly JJJ Players Come be our Kings & Queens! BRING THIS COUPON AND CLAIM YOUR SPECIAL MATCH PLAY SPECIAL HOLIDAY PARTY DEC 23RD WINTER HOLIDAYS SPECIALS! JOIN OUR PARTY AND GIVEAWAY EVENT! TOURNAMENTS, DRAWINGS, BINGO AND COMPLIMENTARY FOOD, DRINKS & SNACKS!!FROM DEC 15TH THROUGH DEC 22ND COLLECT RAFFLE TICKETS FOR OUR HOLIDAYS GIVEAWAYS ON DEC 23RD! HO! HO! HO! Plenty of holiday-themed fun en-USwithin driving distanceen-USAen-USlthough South Florida residents can en-US only dream of a white Christmas en-US and chestnuts roasting by an open en-US fire, there is plenty of true holiday spirit en-US within easy reach, thanks in part to our en-US states thriving tourism industry. Come en-US along as we take a wintry tour of nearby en-US regions during the holidays. en-US Orlando theme parksen-US The theme-park industry has made this en-US the city where dreams come true, and en-US Orlando truly becomes magical at Christen-US -en-US mastime. Well start at the Magic Kingdom, en-US which officially began the dreams here in en-US the early 1970s and has had a unique en-US Central Florida snowfall on Main Street en-US during the holidays ever since. Here you en-US can view Mickys Very Merry Christmas en-US Party on select nights through Dec. 22. en-US Guests can also hop on the Monorail to en-US the adjacent Epcot Center, where they can en-US enjoy the Epcot International Festival of the en-US Holidays through Dec. 30, which features en-US 15 Holiday Kitchens serving seasonal en-US sweets as part of regular park admission. Be en-US sure and snag a seat early for the Candleen-US -en-US light Processional. Held three times a night en-US at the America Gardens Theater, this show en-US features a celebrity narrator telling the en-US biblical Christmas story backed by a mass en-US choir and 50-piece orchestra. Youll also en-US find snowfall on Sunset Boulevard at en-US Disneys Hollywood Studios, as well as a en-US holiday celebration known as Jingle Bell, en-US Jingle Bam! featuring the stars of ABCs en-US Prep & Landing. en-US Holiday Celebrations run even longer en-US across town at Universal Orlando Resort, en-US where park visitors can watch Universals en-US Holiday Parade Featuring Macys through en-USARIES March 21/April 20en-USExpressing yourself authentically is proving en-US difficult, Aries. But this will pass shortly. Evenen-US -en-US tually, your persistence will pay off, and othen-US-en-US ers will see that your intentions are genuine.en-USTAURUS April 21/May 21en-USIf your dreams are within reason, there is no en-US reason why they cant come to fruition, Taurus. en-US You just may need a few friends in your corner en-US to help make things happen.en-USGEMINI May 22/June 21en-USGemini, dont obsess about a specific en-US approach to working through a problem. Seek en-US feedback from a number of people and en-US explore all of your options.en-USCANCER June 22/July 22en-USCancer, it may take an intense effort to conen-US -en-US centrate on your work this week because your en-US thoughts keep drifting elsewhere. You must en-US rein in your wandering mind.en-USLEO July 23/Aug. 23en-USIt may be challenging to separate your fantaen-US-en-US sies from reality right now, Leo. Even though en-US things are vivid in your mind, others may help en-US clarify things for you.en-USVIRGO Aug. 24/Sept. 22en-USSurprising news leaves you a little bit frazzled, en-US Virgo. However, once you work your way en-US through the surprise, youll see that this news en-US bodes well for you.en-USLIBRA Sept. 23/Oct. 23en-USLibra, others feel like you have everything figen-US -en-US ured out this week and are as sensible as can en-US be. But theres a fun side of you that is just en-US waiting to pop out.en-USHoroscopes Out en-GB en-GB&en-GB en-GBabout en-GBFRIDAY, DEC. 15en-GB en-GB Pancakes with Santa:en-GB 9:30 a.m., Port en-GB St. Lucie Community Center. Children ages 7 en-GB and under can enjoy a morning of kids en-GB crafts, a visit from Santa, face painting, and en-GB of course, pancakes. $7.50. Be sure to bring en-GB a camera for photo opportunities with the big en-GB man in red.en-GB For more information, visit en-GB www.en-GB en-US 'Bee Florida Friendly:'en-US Master en-US Gardeners will offer information about honey en-US bees and native bees that visit Florida en-US plants, and how to welcome these pollinators en-US to your local landscape. 12-1 p.m., en-US Morningside Branch Library, 2410 S.E. en-US Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Free. en-USFor en-US more information, call St. Lucie County en-US Extension staff at (772) 462-1660 or emailen-US en-US en-GB Sounds of the Season:en-GB Seventh annual en-GB free concert featuring the best young talents en-GB on the Treasure Coast, presented by the en-GB Children's Services Council of St. Lucie en-GB County and the Sunrise Theatre. 7 p.m., en-GB Sunrise Theatre, 117 S. Second Street, Fort en-GB Pierce. Enjoy favorite songs of the season en-GB performed by programs funded by the en-GB Children's Services Council. Tickets are free en-GB and available from the Children's Services en-GB Council and the Sunrise Theatre box office. en-GB Call the box office at (772) 461-4775 or visit en-GB en-GB Food Truck Invasion:en-GB This event is en-GB hosted at Tradition Square on the first and en-GB third Friday of the month from 5-9:30 p.m. en-GB This is a huge outdoor picnic where food en-GB trucks of different origins, cuisine and menus en-GB prepare food that is cooked to order. Be sure en-GB to bring your folding chairs or blankets to en-GB picnic on the lawn at Tradition Town Hall.en-GB en-GB Holidays Around the World:en-GB 4:30-8 en-GB p.m., The Childrens Museum of the Treasure en-USDining en-US &en-US Entertainmenten-USFRIDAY, DEC. 15, 2017 en-US FORT PIERCEen-US WWW.HOMETOWNNEWSSLC.COM PAGE 11en-USSeeen-US en-US HOLIDAYen-US page 14en-US Seeen-US en-US OUTen-US page 12en-US Seeen-US en-US SCOPESen-US, page 15 Nights of Lights in St. Augustine en-GB50% OFFen-GB en-GB GIFT CERTIFICATES


en-US 12 Voted #1 BBQ Dales is a Well-Known Landmark in St Lucie County. Proudly Serving Our Community for over 55 Years. Dinner Specials Tuesday Thursday 4-9p.m. R E A D E R S C H O I C E 2014 2014 2016 2016 C H O I C E R E A D E R S 3362 S. US 1 Fort Pierce, FL 34982 (772) 461-0052 Open Tues-Sat 11AM-9PM19622017 55 YEARS CELEBR ATING 55 YEARS 2017 2017 C H O I C E R E A D E R S Happy Holidays to All 5500 St. Lucie Blvd. Ft. Pierce Make Your Reservations Now! 772-801-9302 Christmas Eve Menu Dec. 24 4-8pm Chicken Marsala w/2sides $15 Mahi Mahi w/red roasted peppers & spinach over rice w/soup or salad $18 Fried Fish w/2 sides $10 Crab Cakes w/2 sides topped w/Hollandais e sauce $16 Sauteed Rosemary, Garlic Shrimp w/spinach, mushrooms & onions over rice $16 Prime Rib Queen $17 King $19 Christmas Day Menu Dec. 25 1-5 pm Oven Roasted Turkey, Glazed Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Dressing, Gravy, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Dinner Roll, Soft Drink and Dessert $15 per person IN John Rucker en-USof Vero en-US Beach, took en-US his copy of en-US Hometown en-US News with en-US him while en-US he visited en-US the Hoover en-US Dam on en-US Nov. 12, en-US 2017. en-USAre you a fan of the Hometown News? Well, we are inviting you to en-US take us along on your next adventure. en-US Each week, we will feature a different reader-submitted photo that showcases one en-US (or more) of our Treasure Coast residents reading the Hometown News in a unique en-US or exotic place. Whether you take a trip to the Grand Canyon or a cruise to the en-US Bahamas, bring your Hometown News with you and have someone snap a picture.en-US Email your photo (at least 1 MB in size) to en-US news@hometownnewsol.comen-US and include en-US your first and last name, the city you live in and the location/date of where the photo en-US was taken. Type TOURING WITH THE TOWNIES in the subject line. en-US Let's see how many places we can go!en-USTouring with the Townies en-GBCoast, 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen en-GB Beach. Jump into the holiday spirit and see en-GB the first signs of snow. Play outdoors in the en-GB snow, enjoy milk and cookies, try the en-GB snowball challenge, enjoy holiday carols and en-GB music, visit with Santa Claus, make crafts, en-GB play games, and experience how other en-GB cultures around the world celebrate the en-GB holidays. Admission is $5 per person; en-GB members admitted free and get a VIP en-GB preview from 4-4:30 p.m. en-GB For more en-GB information, call (772) 225-7575 or visit en-GB, DEC. 15 SATURDAY, DEC. 16en-US en-US Holiday Prism Concert:en-US Fifth annual en-US holiday concert from Treasure Coast High en-US School's concert band, symphonic band, en-US freshman honors band, jazz band, chamber en-US ensembles, colorguard, percussion en-US ensembles and marching band. Three en-US performances: Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday en-US at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. en-US For en-US more information, call the school at (772) en-US 807-4300 or e-mail en-US treasurecoastband@en-US gmail.comen-US.en-GBSATURDAY, DEC. 16en-GB en-GB Treasure Coast Bacon Bash:en-GB Noon en-GB to 9 p.m., Tradition Square, 10301 S.W. en-GB Innovation Way, Port St. Lucie. More than 15 en-GB types of bacon to sample, plus food vendors en-GB that will have bacon in their menus with a en-GB minimum of one item under $4. General en-GB admission is $5 (free for children age 10 en-GB and under), and bacon samples are $3 en-GB each. There are also tickets that include en-GB admission and unlimited bacon samples or en-GB a bottomless beer mug, or both unlimited en-GB options. en-GB For more information, visit en-GB www.en-GB, DEC. 17en-GB en-GB Holiday Extravaganza Concert & Food en-GB Drive:en-GB Treasure Coast Symphony's 14th en-GB annual event will be held at Jensen Beach en-GB High School Auditorium, 2875 N.W. en-GB Goldenrod Road, Jensen Beach. Featuring 'A en-GB Most Wonderful Christmas,' 'March of the en-GB Toys,' 'Chanukah Suite,' 'Christmas at the en-GB Movies,' and more holiday favorites and sing-en-GB a-longs. Please bring non-perishable goods en-GB for the Treasure Coast Food Bank. Doors en-GB open at 2 p.m., concert starts at 3 p.m. en-GB Tickets are $15 and student tickets are $5; en-GB cash or check welcome. en-GB For tickets, call en-GB (772) 215-2240. For more information, visit en-GB en-GB Winter Solstice Drum Circle:en-GB 7-9 p.m., en-GB Savannas Preserve State Park, 2541 S.E. en-GB Walton Road, Port St. Lucie. Celebrate the en-GB longest night of the year with local drumming en-GB enthusiasts. Feel free to bring a drum if you en-GB have one, and join in the rhythm, or just en-GB enjoy the ambience in this beautiful and en-GB natural preserve. $5 per person; children en-GB under 12 admitted free. No reservations en-GB required. en-GB For more information, visit en-GB www.en-GB friendsofsavannas.orgen-GBTUESDAY, DEC. 19en-GB en-GB Tuesday Night Jazz Jam:en-GB Presented en-GB by the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society en-GB from 7-10 p.m. at the Black Box at Sunrise en-GB Theatre, 117 S. Second Street, Fort Pierce. en-USOuten-USFrom page 11en-US Seeen-US en-US OUTen-US page 13


en-US 13 Youre Always HOME At Sweeties! Great Food Served WithGood Old Fashioned Values Friendly Comfortable Atmosphere! Excellent Food For Every Budget!!! 2625 S. US 1 Fort Pierce 772-828-3720Just like a family meal at Moms house! Seafood Combo 1 Crab Claw, Shrimp, Corn on the Cob, potatoes & Polish SausageOnly $14.95 Hamburger & Fries Only $5.95 Oxtails over riceOnly $9.95 Prime Rib DInner Fri-Sat-Sun Only $14.95 2 Eggs, 2 Pancakes, 2 Strips of BaconOnly $4.99 OPEN 7 DAYS 6AM-8PMBreakfastLunch DinnerClam Basket w/ fries and coleslaw Only $9.95 Ask about our nightly dinner specials! 2017 2017 C H O I C E R E A D E R S Seafood Combo 2Snow Crab Legs, Shrimp, Corn on the Cob potatoes & polish sausage Only $19.95 en-USHelp us celebrate one of the Treasure Coasts most popular pastimes by submitting a en-US photo of your most recent catch straight from local waters.en-US Email a photo of you with your fish that is at least 1 MB or 300 dpi in size en-US to en-US Write CATCH OF THE WEEK in the subject line, and in the body of the email, en-US please include the following information:en-US Your nameen-US City you live inen-US Age (if 18 or younger)en-US Type of fishen-US Approximate size of fishen-US Area you caught the fishen-US Phone number in case we have questions (will not be printed)en-USNice Catch! Trevor en-USColton, en-US 15, en-US caught en-US this huge en-US trout in en-US the waters en-US of Fort en-US Pierce. en-GBCall (772) 460-5299 or visit en-GB www.jazzsociety.en-GB org.en-USWEDNESDAY, DEC. 20en-GB Ring a Ding Ding, Big Band Swing:en-GB en-GB Presented by Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues en-GB Society from 6:30-9 p.m., Summer Crush en-GB Vineyard & Winery, 4200 Johnston Road, en-GB Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) en-GB 460-5299 or visit en-GB Starlight Dance Recital:en-GB The event will en-GB be hosted at the PSL Community Center en-GB at 6:30 p.m. Free admission. en-GBFor more en-GB information, visit en-GB StarlightDanceSLC en-GB or call (772) 353-1540.en-US en-US Weekly Latin Dance:en-US Every Wednesday en-US night, 8-11 p.m., Midtown Grill & Bar, Fort en-US Pierce. Salsa, Merengue, Bachata. $5. en-USFor en-US more information, (703) 402-3645.en-USTHURSDAY, DEC. 21en-GB en-GB 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' live:en-GB 7 en-GB p.m., Sunrise Theatre, 117 S. Second Street, en-GB Fort Pierce. Classic animated television en-GB special comes to life in a faithful stage en-GB adaptation featuring favorite characters en-GB uncovering the true meaning of Christmas en-GB and the classic Vince Guaraldi score. Tickets en-GB are $20-45.en-GB For tickets, call the box office at en-GB (772) 461-4775 or visit en-GB www.sunrisetheatre.en-GB com.en-US en-US The Singletarians:en-US Single women and en-US men ages 55 and up are invited to join us for en-US weekly Thursday outings for lunch, happy en-US hour or dinner. en-US To register, call Elaine at en-US (772) 337-4897 or Peggy at (772) 873-en-US 5476.en-GBFRIDAY, DEC. 22 SATURDAY, DEC. 23en-GB en-GB 'The Mystery of the Magi's Gold:'en-GB A en-GB holiday mystery extravaganza from the en-GB author of Late Nite Catechism. Sunrise en-GB Theatre, 117 S. Second Street, Fort Pierce. en-GB Two performances: Friday at 8 p.m. and en-GB Saturday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 in en-GB advance, $40 at the door. en-GB For tickets, call en-GB the box office at (772) 461-4775 or visiten-GB en-GB SATURDAY, DEC. 23en-GB en-GB Garden of Lights:en-GB The third annual en-GB Garden of Lights is right around the corner, en-GB from Nov. 24 to Dec. 23. (Additional dates, en-GB Dec. 29-30, may be added.) The 2017 en-GB Garden of Lights illuminations Committee en-GB has been hard at work since February en-GB adding exciting new features to this year's en-GB Festival displays and updating some of en-GB the crowd favorites. The third annual en-GB Heathcotes Garden of Lights Holiday en-GB Festival will allow people to see the gardens en-GB in a whole new light. The events are en-GB hosted Friday and Saturday evenings from en-GB Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas. en-GB Enjoy a kaleidoscope of lights, get a photo en-GB with Heathcote the bear, visit with Santa en-GB and Mrs. Claus, refreshments & musical en-GB entertainment. The gardens are located at en-GB 210 Savannah Road. Fort Pierce. en-GB Call (772) en-GB 464-4672 for more information.en-GBSATURDAY, DEC. 23en-GB en-GB Christmas Wonderland Holiday en-GB Spectacular: en-GB 7 p.m., Sunrise Theatre, 117 S. en-GB Second Street, Fort Pierce. Start Christmas en-GB in style as Santa and his helpers lead you on en-US Seeen-US en-US OUTen-US page 15en-USOuten-USFrom page 12


en-US 14 en-USIts time for holiday dessertsen-USWen-UShat a great time of the year for en-US everyone to share special family en-US desserts. Cookies, cakes, en-US chocolates, plumb pudding, pies, tarts; en-US everyone has a family dessert to share. Well, en-US almost everyone. You all know who!en-US Yes, my wife. Its not her fault. Her idea en-US for a holiday dessert is a smore. In all en-US fairness, she learned that from her mother en-US who thinks a homemade dessert is Jell-O en-US with milk poured over it.en-US Thats another area of concern for me, en-US Jell-O molds. They are not a dessert. I dont en-US know what they are. Is it a salad, a vegetaen-US -en-US ble, a gift at Christmas? Here is what I do en-US know for sure, its not a holiday dessert. en-US What is a Christmas dessert? Whatever en-US your family likes for desserts. Around the en-US world, the number one dessert is chocolate. en-US Lets face it, almost all desserts taste better en-US with chocolate. So, for the holidays, create a en-US chocolate memory. en-US First, here are some things you should en-US know about chocolate. Always store en-US chocolate in a dark cool place. Do not en-US refrigerate. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap to en-US avoid moisture. en-US If a recipe calls for unsweetened chocoen-US -en-US late or cocoa powder, follow the recipe. en-US Cocoa powder is the powder left after most en-US of the cocoa butter has been pressed out of en-US chocolate liquid. Dutch process cocoa has en-US been treated with alkali. It is darker, milder en-US and has a deeper flavor then non-Dutch en-US cocoa. en-US If the recipe calls for bittersweet, en-US semisweet or even milk chocolate, pick the en-US one you like to eat. Do a test taste, though. en-US Some sweet chocolates are sweeter than en-US others, especially European chocolate. en-US You can melt chocolate several ways, but en-US using a microwave is probably the easiest. If en-US the chocolate is in blocks, just chop it into en-US smaller pieces. Set the microwave to en-US medium and cook 1 to 1 minutes; gently en-US stir and cook about 30 seconds until en-US smooth. Chocolate and vanilla is the en-US perfect blend of flavors!en-USCHOCOLATE MOUSSEen-USIngredientsen-US 1 quart heavy or whipping cream en-US 14 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted en-US in the microwave about 20 to 30 secondsen-US Directionsen-US Whip the cream to soft peaks and add en-US about 1/3 of the melted chocolate. Fold genen-US -en-US tly with a rubber spatula. Mix the remainen-US -en-US ing chocolate into the whipped cream. Mix en-US only until combined as you will deflate the en-US cream if you over mix. Place the mousse en-US into decorative serving cups. Top with a en-US vanilla sauce and a cherry.en-USVANILLA SAUCEen-USIngredients en-US 8 ounces whole milken-US 2 teaspoons vanilla extractsen-US 2 large egg yolksen-US 10 ounces granulated sugaren-US Directionsen-US Bring milk and vanilla to a boil, turn en-US down heat. Whisk egg yolks and sugar en-US together. Temper eggs and sugar by adding en-US some of the heated milk and stir together. en-US Add tempered eggs and sugar to heated en-US milk and vanilla. Cook until mixture will en-US coat the back of a spoon. en-US Chill pot in a pan of ice until vanilla is en-US chilled completely. Add to a plastic squeeze en-US bottle and refrigerate until ready to top the en-US chocolate mousse. en-US Add colored sprinkles for a more festive en-US look.en-US Costa Magoulas is dean of the Mori en-US Hosseini College of Hospitality and Culinary en-US Management at Daytona State College. en-US Contact him at (386) 506-3578 or en-US magoulc@en-US CHEF COSTA'S en-USCOOKING CORNERen-USCOSTA MAGOULAS en-USJan. 6. Children of all ages will delight in en-US seeing Santa Claus, the Minions and en-US characters from Madagascar and Shrek en-US march along the parade route. Guests here en-US will find Diagon Alley decorated especially en-US for the holidays, while those next door at en-US Islands of Adventure will delight in en-US Hogsmeade decked out for the holidays and en-US The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular. en-US Just a few miles away, SeaWorld Orlando en-US offers its annual Christmas Celebration en-US through Dec. 31. Holiday shows include O en-US Wondrous Night, which incorporates en-US live-size puppets and live animals who tell en-US the Biblical tale through the use of 30 en-US Christmas carols; Clyde and Seamores en-US Countdown to Christmas, featuring the en-US parks beloved sea lion duo and other en-US critters; Elmos Christmas Wish, including en-US several characters from Sesame Street; the en-US ice skating spectacular Winter Wonderland en-US On Ice; and the glittering Sea of Trees. en-US About an hour to the south of Orlando in en-US the Central Florida city of Winter Haven, en-US little ones and their families are drawn to en-US Legoland Florida. Here both young and old en-US alike will delight in the 30-foot Christmas en-US tree made with Lego and Duplo blocks, en-US while the younger guests will enjoy a en-US holiday-themed scavenger hunt and en-US character meet-and-greets through Dec. 25.en-US For a holiday treat without an admission en-US fee, head over to Disney Springs (formerly en-US downtown Disney) where you can enjoy a en-US great meal, pop in and out of hundreds of en-US shops, take photos with Disney characters en-US made of Legos, admire the Christmas en-US decorations and even see a volcano go off en-US outside of the Rainforest Caf. Old Town on en-US U.S. 192 just a few minutes to the south in en-US Kissimmee also makes a great spot for en-US strolling amidst the western ambience and en-US taking unique holiday photos. Next door is en-US Fun Spot America, where youll find a en-US carnival midway and several rides, includen-US -en-US ing the 300-foot-tall Skycoaster for the en-US more daring members of your group. en-US For a less crowded, admission-free en-US option, head to Lake Eola in downtown en-US Orlando where youll find free holien-US -en-US day-themed movies and performances in en-US the amphitheatre and the 72foot Eola en-US Wonderland Christmas tree performing en-US nightly light and music show through Jan. en-US 6. en-US Mount Dora en-US Located about an hour north of Orlando, en-US the enchanting lakeside town of Mount en-US Dora takes on a particularly charming air at en-US Christmastime. Here youll find hundreds en-US of shops and restaurants set amid historical en-US buildings all dolled up for the holidays. en-US Here you can join one of the nightly Mount en-US Dora Christmas Tour of Lights that departs en-US from the historic Lakeside Inn. Costumed en-US docents provide historic background to the en-US storied buildings here adorned with more en-US than four million lights. For a view of the en-US lights from the water, book one of the en-US one-hour nighttime cruises on Lake Dora en-US aboard the Rusty Anchor, or for a more en-US exhilarating experience, take a Jones Bros. en-US Sunset Seaplane tour at sunset around the en-US lake. Other options include a Christmas en-US Lights Cart Tour and the Mount Dora Taste en-US of our Town guided food tour. Families en-US traveling with children will want to en-US consider booking passage on the hugely en-US popular Polar Express Train Ride, which en-US departs from the train station in nearby en-US Tavares through Dec. 31. en-US St. Augustineen-US For a truly riveting holiday experience, en-US head to the nations Oldest City for the 24th en-US Annual Nights of Lights celebration. From en-US now until Jan. 31, visitors can enjoy the en-US millions of dazzling lights adorning the en-US historic structures here from every possible en-US vantage point: from the sidewalks, riding en-US on trolleys and open-air trains, aboard en-US water craft in the Matanzas River and even en-US from the air. The tradition of Christmas en-US lighting in St. Augustine traces its roots en-US back hundreds of years to when the Spanish en-US residents would place white candles in their en-US windows in celebration of the Christmas en-US season. en-US Christmasen-US On the way to or from St. Augustine, you en-US might want to stop off at Christmas, Fla. en-US Located east of Orlando on State Road 50, en-US Christmas is a tiny community whose post en-US office sees a regular spike in activity this en-US time of year. Decorations here are year-en-US round: the towns decorated Christmas tree en-US never gets thrown out to the curb, Christen-US -en-US mas pennants constantly hang from the en-US telephone poles, religious grottos depict en-US Biblical scenes and a small Christmas en-US museum is opened by appointment. en-US Weekend Wanderer is written by en-US award-winning travel and feature writer en-US Donald Rodrigue. Prior to moving to the en-US Treasure Coast in 2007, Mr. Rodrigue en-US worked for a custom-publishing division of en-US the Miami Herald and wrote travel articles en-US on destinations up and down the western en-US hemisphere, ranging from San Francisco to en-US Cusco, Peru and almost everywhere en-US in-between.en-USHolidayen-USFrom page 11 WEEKEND WANDERER en-USDONALD RODRIGUE


en-US 15 en-GBa nostalgic journey. Tickets are $25-65. en-GB For en-GB tickets, call the box office at (772) 461-4775 en-GB or visiten-GB, DEC. 26 FRIDAY, JAN. 5en-GB en-GB Holiday Camp:en-GB Children ages 6 to 12 en-GB can spend some of their winter break at the en-GB Citys Holiday Camp. The camp will be open en-GB from Dec. 26 to Dec. 29 and Jan. 2 to Jan. 5 en-GB at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center and Minsky en-GB Gym. The cost is $14.35 per day and camp en-GB runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Space en-GB is limited and pre-registration is required. en-GB Please call (772) 878-2277.en-GBTUESDAY, DEC. 26en-GB en-GB Tuesday Night Jazz Jam:en-GB Presented en-GB by the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society en-GB from 7-10 p.m. at the Black Box at Sunrise en-GB Theatre, 117 S. Second Street, Fort Pierce. en-GB Call (772) 460-5299 or visit en-GB www.jazzsociety.en-GB org.en-GBWEDNESDAY, DEC. 27en-GB en-GB Jazz Jams at the Gardens:en-GB Presented en-GB by the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society. 6:30-en-GB 9:30 p.m., Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, en-GB 2410 S.E. Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. en-GB Lucie. All are welcome. $6 donation, $5 for en-GB members. en-GB For more information, call (772) en-GB 337-1959 or visit en-GB en-US Weekly Latin Dance:en-US Every Wednesday en-US night, 8-11 p.m., Midtown Grill & Bar, Fort en-US Pierce. Salsa, Merengue, Bachata. $5. en-USFor en-US more information, (703) 402-3645.en-USTHURSDAY, DEC. 28en-US en-US The Singletarians:en-US Single women and en-US men ages 55 and up are invited to join us for en-US weekly Thursday outings for lunch, happy en-US hour or dinner. en-US To register, call Elaine at en-US (772) 337-4897 or Peggy at (772) 873-en-US 5476.en-GBFRIDAY, DEC. 29en-GB en-GB 'The Nutcracker:'en-GB Presented by the en-GB State Ballet Theatre of Russia at 7 p.m., en-GB Sunrise Theatre, 117 S. Second Street, Fort en-GB Pierce. Featuring sixty distinguished dancers en-GB in a traditional performance of the world's en-GB most beloved ballet. Tickets are $20-55. en-GBFor en-GB tickets, call the box office at (772) 461-4775 en-GB or visiten-GB SUNDAY, DEC. 31en-US en-US Winter Wonderland Light Show:en-US Nightly en-US light show at the Port St. Lucie Community en-US Center will begin on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. en-US Enjoy a one-of-a-kind light and sound en-US experience from 7-9 p.m. through Dec. 31. en-US For more information, visit en-US www.cityofpsl.en-US com.en-US en-US #PSLinLights holiday lights contest:en-US en-US Put your home on the Citys holiday lights en-US map by participating in the #PSLinLights en-US Contest and Bus Tour. The contest runs from en-US Dec. 1 to Dec. 31 and the bus tour event will en-US be Dec. 21 at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m. en-US starting at the Port St. Lucie Community en-US Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd. For the en-US contest, submit photos of your house in en-US holiday lights to or post en-US to Facebook or Twitter with #PSLinLights to en-US be entered into a contest for the best light en-US display in PSL and be added to the Citys en-US PSLinLights map. Join us on a bus tour event en-US of several of the displays on Dec. 21. en-US Besides bus tours, this event will include en-US cookies, cocoa and visit with Santa. en-US Reserve en-US your spot at en-US en-US after Dec. 1. en-GBTHROUGH FRIDAY, JAN. 5en-GB en-GB On the Edge of Madness: Works by en-GB Salvador Dal and the Surrealists' exhibit:en-GB en-GB Hosted from Nov. 24 to Jan. 5 at the A.E. en-GB Backus Museum & Gallery, 500 N. Indian en-GB River Drive, Fort Pierce. Sponsored by Artlink en-GB International Gallery. en-GB Call (772) 465-0630 en-GB for more information or visit the website at en-GB EVENTSen-US en-US The Singletarians:en-US Single women and en-US men ages 55 and up are invited to join us for en-US weekly Thursday outings for lunch, happy en-US hour or dinner. en-US To register, call Elaine at en-US (772) 337-4897 or Peggy at (772) 873-en-US 5476.en-US en-US Mangrove & Manatee Tours:en-US Fort en-US Pierce Outdoor Centers Mangrove & en-US Manatee Tour takes guests on either a en-US paddleboard or kayak through the mangrove en-US estuaries and boundary waters surrounding en-US Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. Guests can en-US expect to see a variety of seabirds and en-USaquatic life, even a manatee or pod of en-US dolphins. The tour is 90 minutes to two en-US hours, and begins at 9 a.m. and noon, en-US Monday through Saturday as weather en-US permits. en-US Call (772) 979-4434 for more en-US information. Reserve your spots online at en-US en-US A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery:en-US 500 N. en-US Indian River Drive. Admission is $5 per en-US person. Museum members, children under en-US 18 and active duty military admitted free; en-US AARP, AAA and veterans with proper ID en-US receive $2 discount on admission. Answers Located in the Classied Section SCORPIO Oct. 24/Nov. 22 en-USSomething in your life is causing you undue en-US stress, Scorpio. Find a way to let it all go by focusen-US -en-US ing on thoughts and things that bring you happien-US-en-US ness.en-USSAGITTARIUS Nov. 23/Dec. 21en-USSagittarius, it may seem like your time in the spoten-US -en-US light has come and gone, but that isnt the case. en-US You have plenty of time to show what you can en-US accomplish.en-USCAPRICORN Dec. 22/Jan. 20en-USCapricorn, your vision of the future may be set en-US right now, but there is always room for some moden-US -en-US ifications. Embrace some of the uncertainty that en-US can lead to greatness.en-USAQUARIUS Jan. 21/Feb. 18en-USAquarius, no career goal is out of reach right now. en-US Therefore, if youve been thinking of a career en-US move, now is a great time to put those plans in en-US motion.en-USPISCES Feb. 19/March 20en-USThe search for the truth could lead you on a bit of a en-US wild adventure, Pisces. Eventually, you can get to en-US the bottom of the situation.en-USScopesen-USFrom page 11 en-USOuten-USFrom page 13


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