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Walk A Mile For SafeSpace

Walk A Mile For SafeSpace

October 29: Over 100 local men participated in the second annual SafeSpace Walk a Mile In Her Shoes to raise awareness for SafeSpace’s domestic violence programs.

14th Annual Women’s Refuge Golf Tournament

14th Annual Women’s Refuge Golf Tournament

October 29: Participants enjoyed a beautiful day of golf at the 14th annual Women’s Refuge Golf Tournament at Sandridge Golf Club.

Ski Club Fashion Show

Ski Club Fashion Show

October 26: The Vero Beach Ski Club presented a fashion show courtesy of Peter Glenn and an open house highlighting the club’s upcoming trips, including a winter adventure to Banff, Canada, with the Florida Ski Council.

Bowl To Build No. 5 For Habitat

Bowl To Build No. 5 For Habitat

October 23: Indian River Habitat for Humanity held its fifth annual Bowl to Build at Vero Bowl, which raised over $11,000 for the organization’s educational scholarship program.

Education Foundation Turns 20

Education Foundation Turns 20

October 22: The Education Foundation of IRC celebrated 20 years of service to students and teachers in the county with its fall fundraiser We’re Going Platinum – Celebrating 20 Years of Recorded Hits.

Frightening Formals For Halloween

Frightening Formals For Halloween

October 22: Guests sported frightening formal wear from scary bridesmaid and prom dresses to powder blue leisure suits, and danced the night away at the Heritage Center’s Frightening Formals on 14th Avenue: Heritage Halloween Dance Party.

Dogs For Life Howl-O-Ween Parade

Dogs For Life Howl-O-Ween Parade

October 22: Dogs in costumes were the main attraction at the 10th annual Dogs For Life Howl-O-Ween Canine Costume Pawrade & Pet Expo.

Healthy Start Half-Marathon

Healthy Start Half-Marathon

October 15: Hundreds of runners took part in the Beachside Half-Marathon and 10K to benefit Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition. Participants were rewarded with a pancake breakfast and health fair after the race.

Put on your Pink Bra for Breast Cancer Awareness

Put on your Pink Bra for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 15: Women, men and children came out to the Sebastian River Medical Center to show their support for the fight against breast cancer.

Dollars For Scholars Football Classic

Dollars For Scholars Football Classic

October 14: The Vero Beach High School Fighting Indians took home the trophy against the Sebastian River High School at the sixth annual Dollars for Scholars Football Classic.

Breast Cancer: Shopping For The Cure

Breast Cancer: Shopping For The Cure

October 14: The Oceanside Business Association merchants provided a day of shopping and hospitality to help raise awareness of breast cancer.

Taste Of Vero Draws A Crowd

Taste Of Vero Draws A Crowd

October 12: Ocean Drive was bustling during the Ocean Business Association’s Taste of Vero. Guests sampled delicious fare from 19 local restaurants, enjoyed live music and visited the shops.

Lee Corso Scores A TD In Vero Beach

Lee Corso Scores A TD In Vero Beach

October 12: Football fans gathered at Quail Valley River Club for a visit with Lee Corso, one of college football’s most knowledgable, opinionated commentators on ESPN’s College GameDay.

Brite Future A Best Place To Work

Brite Future A Best Place To Work

Brite Future Electric was selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Indian River County by Workforce Solutions on October 20. The company was one of four chosen in the under-25 employees category.

Fashion Show For Breast Cancer

Fashion Show For Breast Cancer

Blondies on Ocean presented its annual fall fashion show benefiting breast cancer awareness at Costa d'Este Beach Resort on October 6. Join Blondies on Ocean December 7-10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a Vintage Highway trunk show featuring one-of-a-kind tee shirts and dresses.

Doctor Recognized As Top Vascular Surgeon

Doctor Recognized As Top Vascular Surgeon

W. Clark Beckett, M.D, FACS, owner of VeinTherapies, was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top vascular surgeons out of 3,000 in the country.

Moulton Layne Featured In National Magazine

Moulton Layne Featured In National Magazine

David Moulton and Scott Layne of Moulton Layne, P.L., were featured in the current issue of Women's Day Specials: Remodeling & Makeovers for renovating a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath, 2,600-square-foot condominium.

Fashion’s Night Out At The Outlets

Fashion’s Night Out At The Outlets

Vero Beach Fashion Outlets hosted Fashion's Night Out on October 21, which included live entertainment, special offers and refreshments from the stores as well as a variety of vendors offering items from food to beauty and fashion tips.

Popsicles At Pocahontas

Popsicles At Pocahontas

You may wonder who the popsicle man is on the corner of 14th Avenue and 21st Street in front of the Pocahontas Apartments. He is Michael Haggerty, owner of Hero Pops.

Violet & Co. Hair Designs

Violet & Co. Hair Designs

Hairstylist and salon owner Violet Aslanian has launched Violet & Co. Hair Designs on 22nd Street off Royal Palm Boulevard.

Sue Tompkins Appointed President Of Impact 100

Sue Tompkins Appointed President Of Impact 100

Impact 100 of Indian River County recently named Sue Tompkins as president of the all-women nonprofit organization.

Eclectic Treasures On 16th Street

Eclectic Treasures On 16th Street

Barbara Falone and Karen Frey opened BJ’s & Company K, a high-end resale shop filled with a blend of eclectic treasures around the corner from Old Dixie on 16th Street.

Heritage Classics Comes To The Treasure Coast

Heritage Classics Comes To The Treasure Coast

Karen and Jim Patrick recently launched Heritage Classics of the Treasure Coast, a company specializing in fundraising, gifting and awards programs for organizations in Vero Beach and along the Treasure Coast.

New Operations Center For Oculina

New Operations Center For Oculina

Locally owned and managed Oculina Bank celebrated the completion and opening of its new LEED-certified operations center on 24th Avenue in Vero Beach’s enterprise zone.

Justice For All At Outlets

Justice For All At Outlets

Justice recently opened its 65th Florida store at the Vero Beach Fashion Outlets.

Crocs Opens Clearance Factory Store

Crocs Opens Clearance Factory Store

Crocs, the casual footwear for men, women and children, has opened the only clearance factory store in Florida at the Vero Beach Fashion Outlets.

A Tradition Turns Twenty

A Tradition Turns Twenty

In the autumn of 1992, members of the Garden Club of Indian River County gathered to create a series of Christmas ornaments illustrating Vero Beach icons, with proceeds funding the Garden Club’s many programs.

Italian Inspiration On Easter Lily Lane

Italian Inspiration On Easter Lily Lane

Citrus Grillhouse is getting recognized – for its food, style and, of course, for its spectacular view.

For Whom The Bells Toll

For Whom The Bells Toll

Bob and Diane Macgowan grew up in families that reached out to help people in need, and together they’ve quietly but enthusiastically continued the tradition. For years the couple contacted everyone they knew to man the Red Kettle and ring a bell for the Salvation Army outside the beachside post office during the holiday season.

Mardy & Jake: Two Friends With A Mission

Mardy & Jake: Two Friends With A Mission

Many life-long friendships have begun at the Community Church Preschool, but perhaps none are as famous as that of Mardy Fish and Jake Owen. Imagine the two rough-and-tumble boys, champions of the playground, never knowing the brilliant future that lay ahead.

Inside The “Battle Against Bad Guys”

Inside The “Battle Against Bad Guys”

It is 6:30 p.m. on a humid evening in September, and here, sitting in an air-conditioned auditorium at the Sheriff’s Office headquarters on 41st Street, 47 of us are awaiting the start of a free “Citizen’s Academy.”

Same Planet, Different Worlds

Same Planet, Different Worlds

The United Way Campaign for 2011-2012 is underway, and Chris Loftus and her husband Don are chairing the community-wide fund drive to support the human services needs of Indian River County’s citizens. Their goal of $2.5 million is indeed a challenging one, yet Chris and Don, along with an army of dedicated volunteers, are confident it can be met if everyone who is able to give makes a contribution.

Unearthing Our Ice Age History

Unearthing Our Ice Age History

Sometime next year, successive waves of archeologists, paleontologists and volunteer worker bees will start descending the banks of the Main Relief Canal behind the county administrative complex for an exacting, mostly teaspoon-by-teaspoon dig in the dirt. The quest: to find fossils and artifacts to complement a dispersed collection of earlier findings from the Old Vero Site – most notably, human bones found alongside remains of extinct Ice Age animals in an excavation conducted nearly a century ago.

Not My Type, Or So I Thought

Not My Type, Or So I Thought

Room F was dubbed the “lost souls” area of Chicago Animal Control by the few who ventured in. Unlucky canines awaiting court cases, dogs labeled as prisoners’ property, biters, and scarred fighting victims sharply voiced their frustrations or just sat resigned, awaiting their fate. I walked this oppressively hot room with the assistant director, Tom. He had fallen in love with a three-time returnee named Bella.

The Lucky Beans Beach House

The Lucky Beans Beach House

It’s not every day that someone knows they’ve found the perfect house within minutes of walking through the front door, yet that’s what happened to John Miller three years ago. After a quick tour of the first floor he took the stairs two at a time to the second, where he counted the number of bedrooms and knew the oceanfront property was just what he had been looking for.

Dreaming Of A White Christmas In Vero Beach

Dreaming Of A White Christmas In Vero Beach

Celebrating winter with tropical style.

What Do Hurricanes And Yellow Fever Have In Common?

What Do Hurricanes And Yellow Fever Have In Common?

I grew up in South Florida at a time before hurricanes were named and no one evacuated anyone anywhere. It was when grownups talked in somber voices of the hurricane of Labor Day 1935, the strongest hurricane ever recorded, with winds at 200 m.p.h. That was the time when World War I veterans, working in three CCC camps, were swept off the Florida Keys along with a rescue train that was blown off the tracks.

’Tis the Season for The Nutcracker

’Tis the Season for The Nutcracker

In hundreds of households across town, Christmas is as much about dancing snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy as tree decorating and frenzied gift-buying. The holiday season annually unfolds onstage by dancers on their toes retelling the rather bizarre story of a broken wooden nutcracker, saved from the Mouse King by a tenderhearted Clara and magically transformed into a handsome prince.