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Running In As Others Run Out

Running In As Others Run Out

“Fire! Fire! Help! Help!” The chilling cry shattered a pre-dawn silence, shocking residents awake. They scrambled from beds and rushed outside to face one of their worst nightmares – a roaring fire that was rapidly spreading.

Green House By The Sea

Green House By The Sea

“We restored the beach house not just because we wanted to live next to the ocean, but also out of a sense of legacy,” says the owner of a 1940s beach cottage. He continues, “A large Mediterranean house had been approved for the site and it would be a shame to have lost a simple beach house and a small piece of Vero Beach history to a 21st-century monstrosity.”

Monkey Business

Monkey Business

I grew up loving Cheetah more than Tarzan, more than Jane, certainly more than Boy. He was a funny-looking, hairy toddler who helped me get over the terror inspired by the Flying Monkeys in The Wizard of Oz.

Habitat Heroes With Hearts

Habitat Heroes With Hearts

February 28: Habitat for Humanity honored its Cornerstone and Builders’ Guild donors at its annual Heroes With Hearts Celebration at Northern Trust Bank.

All In The Family

All In The Family

Family businesses are the oldest form of business organization; they’re also the backbone of the communities they serve. According to the Small Business Administration, approximately 90 percent of American businesses are family-owned but only 30 percent succeed in the second generation and only 15 make it to the third due to lack of careful planning and implementation.

The Sport Of Fashion

The Sport Of Fashion

Theatre Guild Presents  A Night To Remember

Theatre Guild Presents A Night To Remember

February 26: The Vero Beach Theatre Guild presented its fundraiser Dinner On The Titanic, A Night To Remember at the Vero Beach Yacht Club.

Hotel Food? Never Been Better

Hotel Food? Never Been Better

Four Vero Beach upscale-dining restaurants are housed within popular barrier island hotels. While these upscale dining establishments cater to their guests – and add to the splendor of their stay – they also welcome and promote their menus, service and ambience to the wider Vero Beach community.

RT Premiere Benefit

RT Premiere Benefit

February 21: Guests walked the red carpet for the Riverside Theatre’s Premiere Benefit featuring Broadway hit The Music Man.

Fashion Meets Art

Fashion Meets Art

February 8: Guests gathered at the Costa d’Este Beach Resort for Fashion Meets Art, a charity auction and fashion show presented by Gallery 14, Blondies on Ocean, Cooper & Co. and Ocean Drive Jewelers, with artwork by Chinese artist Kim Xu and international photographer Gary Collins.

Denise Ritchie Opens Studio On Old Dixie

Denise Ritchie Opens Studio On Old Dixie

Well-known photographer and owner of Ritchie Commercial & Freelance Photography, Denise Ritchie recently opened a studio on Old Dixie Highway.

David Rodriguez Launches Tapas Bar

David Rodriguez Launches Tapas Bar

Executive Chef David Rodriguez has fired up his culinary skills and created Cork Tapas & Dessert Bar in the Modern One building on Miracle Mile.

Hunker Down At The Mall’s New Bunker

Hunker Down At The Mall’s New Bunker

A store opening is quite an event these days at local malls which, like malls across the country, have suffered a number of closures due to the uncertain economy. So a special welcome is due to the Victory Center Military Store, an unusual facility near Macy’s in the Indian River Mall that’s designed to serve the area’s vets.

Grand Harbor Bridge

Grand Harbor Bridge

February 22: Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program’s 10th annual Bridge Luncheon was held at the Oak Harbor Clubhouse.

A Tropical Night In Martinique

A Tropical Night In Martinique

February 17: Maison Martinique was the venue for the Mental Health Association’s largest fundraiser, A Tropical Night In Martinique.

Richard Louv Speaks At McKee

Richard Louv Speaks At McKee

February 25: Award-winning author Richard Louv was the guest speaker at McKee Botanical Garden’s fundraiser An Evening With Richard Louv.

Walking For The One You Love

Walking For The One You Love

February 25: Teams and individuals gathered at Riverside Park for the fourth annual Walk For The One You Love, benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Awareness Corporation of Indian River County.

Art Blooms At The Museum Of Art

Art Blooms At The Museum Of Art

February 24: Floral arrangements inspired by selected works were on display at the fourth annual Art In Bloom Luncheon at the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

The Evans Host Corporate Sponsor Reception

The Evans Host Corporate Sponsor Reception

Saint Edward’s School administrators and Benefit Co-Chairmen Margaret Anne Evans and Karan Morein hosted a Corporate Sponsor Reception at the home of Margaret Anne and Emmett Evans to thank and acknowledge those individuals for their support of the 2012 benefit The Pirates Ball.

A Home Filled With Priceless Memories

A Home Filled With Priceless Memories

One would be hard put to find a house on the barrier island that remotely resembles the aqua-colored one in Old Riomar. This rambling, multi-era “beach cottage” is perhaps best defined for what it has not: concrete block, drywall, irrigation and air conditioning. But most of what it does have is also distinctive, most notably the sash-weight windows and good heating.

Bingo Benefits Seniors

Bingo Benefits Seniors

February 23: More than 200 women attended the Senior Resource Center’s popular bingo event Bubbles, Bangles & Bingo at Quail Valley River Club.

Home Is Where The Heart Is Benefits Samaritan Residents

Home Is Where The Heart Is Benefits Samaritan Residents

Pastor Jack Diehl and Karen Diehl of Our Savior Lutheran Church were the honorees at the 19th annual Home Is Where the Heart Is, which benefits residents of the Samaritan Center.

Talking With Her Mouth Full

Talking With Her Mouth Full

February 27: Culinary expert, food writer and Bravo TV’s judge on Top Chef and host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Gail Simmons, was the guest speaker at The Moorings Club’s Literacy Society luncheon.

Top Chef Event

Top Chef Event

February 27: Four local chefs battled it out to be Vero’s top chef during the Homeless Family Center’s annual event Vero’s Top Chef Challenge at The Club at Pointe West.

Children’s Cup Polo At Pointe West

Children’s Cup Polo At Pointe West

February 26: Spectators enjoyed a day of polo and tailgating at the 13th annual Children’s Cup Polo Match at Pointe West, which benefits The Learning Alliance.

STEM Summit At Harbor Branch

STEM Summit At Harbor Branch

February 25: The American Association of University Women, the Education Foundation of Indian River County and the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute hosted a STEM Summit at Harbor Branch to benefit seventh- and eighth-grade girls in the county.

VBMA’s Community Celebration

VBMA’s Community Celebration

February 25: The Vero Beach Museum of Art hosted its fourth annual Community Celebration.

Raptors of the Indian River Lagoon

Raptors of the Indian River Lagoon

February 22: Northern Trust, along with the Environmental Learning Center and Indian River Land Trust, hosted The Magnificent Raptors Of The Indian River Lagoon.

Fitness Anytime

Fitness Anytime

Jason Wilson recently purchased and renovated the 24-hour health club, Anytime Fitness, on the corner of Oslo Road and 27th Avenue.

Hibiscus Wine & Dine

Hibiscus Wine & Dine

February 9-13: The Wine & Dine For Hibiscus Children’s Center kicked off with a wine tasting at Northern Trust and hors d’oeuvres by Adrienne Drew.

Habitat For Humanity Weekend At The Moorings

Habitat For Humanity Weekend At The Moorings

February 18-20: Residents of The Moorings Club hosted the ninth annual Moorings Habitat For Humanity Classic Weekend to build three new homes for Habitat and eight repair projects.

Dollars For Scholars Ties One On

Dollars For Scholars Ties One On

February 23: Dollars for Scholars hosted its third annual Tie-Bration honoring late board member and educator Darby Gibbons at Northern Trust Bank. Darby, known for his unique tie collection, embraced the organization’s mission to help young people find a better future through education.

Heritage Center Rocks At Paris Air

Heritage Center Rocks At Paris Air

February 18: Guests dressed in vintage attire celebrated the past 76 years of the Heritage Center at Heritage Rocks! at the Paris Air hangar.

Windsor Polo Benefits Missing Children

Windsor Polo Benefits Missing Children

February 18: Windsor’s polo field was the site of The Charity Polo Cup At Windsor, benefiting the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County, and Saint Edward’s School Financial Aid Fund.

Haiti Partners Dinner

Haiti Partners Dinner

Haiti Partners hosted its fifth annual banquet featuring speakers Kent Annan and John Engle and dinner at the Community Church of Vero Beach. Proceeds from the evening go toward education in Haiti.

Plein Air Rendezvous At The ELC

Plein Air Rendezvous At The ELC

Local artists filled the Environmental Learning Center campus creating original artworks at the Plein Air Artists’ Rendezvous.

Rossway Moore Taylor & Swan Rewards Local Nonprofits

Rossway Moore Taylor & Swan Rewards Local Nonprofits

Members of Rossway Moore Taylor & Swan recently awarded technology grants to 14 local nonprofit organizations through the firm's foundation.

IRMC Auxilians Recognized for Service

IRMC Auxilians Recognized for Service

At a general membership meeting in January, Indian River Medical Center Auxilians honored its volunteers who served 500 to 19,000 hours.

Helping Others The John’s Island Way

Helping Others The John’s Island Way

The invitation was too intriguing to pass up. Mailed 32 years ago to all women living in John’s Island, it was to introduce the newly formed John’s Island Community Service League and encourage everyone to join. Recipients were asked to R.S.V.P. to Johnny Van Name who had a heart for reaching out to help those in need.

New Partner Named At Rossway  Moore Taylor & Swan

New Partner Named At Rossway Moore Taylor & Swan

Rossway Moore Taylor & Swan have welcomed Kevin Barry as a new partner. Kevin joined the firm in 2011 and is the head of its corporate, real estate and transactional practice group.

Citrus Grillhouse Wins OpenTable Award

Citrus Grillhouse Wins OpenTable Award

Citrus Grillhouse was recently voted an OpenTable 2012 Diners' Choice Winner. OpenTable Diners' Choice lists are created from feedback the company receives from diners who book and are seated through OpenTable.

Get Your Brain Freeze On Miracle Mile

Get Your Brain Freeze On Miracle Mile

Joey Bishop, along with his brother Davie and wife Lisa, has launched Brain Freeze Frozen Yogurt, a yogurt and sandwich shop on Miracle Mile.

Southeast’s Secure Shredding

Southeast’s Secure Shredding

The company now offers unlimited document destruction where residential customers can watch their sensitive documents shredded at the facility regardless of the amount of material. Personal paperwork is handled with the same level of security as businesses, hospitals and law enforcement agencies to avoid such crimes as identity theft, which is now the world’s number one crime.

Canine vs. Condo

Canine vs. Condo

“It’s a nightmare!” exclaims Alise Hayes, jade green eyes wide and fair hair askew. We have met outside her condominium building on the Indian River where she is tightly gripping a frayed leash as Bear, a fuzzy-faced Wheaten terrier, barks maniacally at a passing poodle.