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A Soup for the Cool Season

A Soup for the Cool Season

Hearty soups are the ultimate comfort food for cooler temperatures. Serve them with a green salad, add a loaf of crusty bread or a basket of light biscuits or cornbread muffins, and the meal is complete.

Protecting the Predators

Protecting the Predators

If scary images from the movie Jaws come to mind, you’re not alone. Portrayed on film as dangerous predators that target human beings, nothing could be further from the truth – in reality, most sharks avoid human contact, preferring to feast on crustaceans, fish, seals and birds. The issue environmentalists have been concerned about is that the shark population has declined significantly over the last 20 years mainly due to severe overfishing. This is the result of demand in China and other Asian countries for shark-fin soup, a delicacy that has generated a lucrative, billion-dollar market.

A Treasured Island Home

A Treasured Island Home

When viewed from the road the new home on the river is understated in comparison to many of the others in the upscale community. It’s when you are invited inside that the understated becomes extraordinary, for what you see tells the tale of a husband and wife who knew what they wanted and how to get it.

Birds Of A Feather

November 18: Players enjoyed a delightful day of golf at Bent Pine Golf Club for the ELC’s 19th annual Charity Golf Tournament – Birds of a Feather Golf Together.

Girls’ Night Out Benefits The Children

Girls’ Night Out Benefits The Children

November 9: Girls’ Night Out, a boutique shopping event benefiting Hibiscus Children’s Center, was held at the Sun Jet Center Hangar.

Day Spa Offers a Variety of Treatments

Four local spa and fitness professionals have joined forces to create Day Spa on 10th Avenue across from the Tambourine Thrift Shop.

Creating At CREATE

Creating At CREATE

Artist Martha Ann Sloan has relocated and expanded her teaching studio Create at Studio M.A. on 17th Street.

Raymond James Moves to Beachland Boulevard

Raymond James Moves to Beachland Boulevard

The Raymond James Vero Beach branch, managed by Paul Massey, has relocated from its location on Ocean Drive to a larger office on Beachland Boulevard.

Just For Dashing Dogs

Just For Dashing Dogs

Eric LaHaise and John Strausberg, owners of Soirée Kitchen to Table, have transformed their love of canines into a new business, The Dashing Dog Store on Beachland Boulevard.

Florida Wines On Ocean Drive

Florida Wines On Ocean Drive

For all the wine aficionados in town, James Bursick opened Vero Beach Winery on Ocean Drive across from the Driftwood Resort.

New Promotion at Windsor

New Promotion at Windsor

W. Galen Weston, co-founder of Windsor, named Betsy Hanley as president of Torwest Inc., the developer of Windsor. In addition to her new responsibilities, she will continue in her role as president of Windsor Real Estate Inc. and Orchid Island Real Estate.

Greenhouse Café Becomes Osceola Bistro

Greenhouse Café Becomes Osceola Bistro

For more than 20 years, chef Christopher Bireley has been perfecting his culinary skills, and recently opened Osceola Bistro on 13th Avenue in the former location of the Greenhouse Café, across from the downtown post office.

Darby Fine Art Opens

Darby Fine Art Opens

Linda and George O’Malley recently opened Darby Fine Art on 14th Avenue in the downtown design district.

Peters, Carlton & Mugford Form New Real Estate Firm

Peters, Carlton & Mugford Form New Real Estate Firm

Charles and Bevin Mugford, Lin Murchison and Marshall Carlton recently partnered with Fred Peters of Peters, Cook & Company to form Peters, Carlton & Mugford Real Estate.

Yippee Day Book Signing

Yippee Day Book Signing

Vero U.S. 1 Nissan hosted a Yippee Day book signing by co-authors AnnMarie Chiarenza and daughter Emma Chiarenza.

IRMC Earns "Best Place To Work"

Indian River Medical Center has been selected for the third year in a row as one of the Best Places to Work in Indian River County by Workforce Solutions. The company was one of four chosen in the 150-employees-and over category.

The Cookies Are Coming!

Okay, so the long splurge that began with Thanksgiving and ended on New Year’s Day is finally over. But don’t reach for those diet books just yet – a tsunami of Girl Scout cookies will be heading your way when the organization’s annual cookie sales program starts on January 19.

A Celebration of Citrus Style

A Celebration of Citrus Style

Indian River citrus began in 1807, and rapidly became the most important agricultural product in our area. While our local fruit, especially grapefruit, is popular in many countries, our leading importer is Japan – Indian River grapefruit accounts for over 95 percent of all of the Florida fruit shipped there.

Learning to Love the Great Outdoors

Learning to Love the Great Outdoors

Heightened ecological awareness among people born since the post-World War II baby boom has helped turn ecotourism into a fast-growing niche market in Indian River County. Residents and tourists alike have an abundance of outdoorsy activities to choose from that combine fun with sensitivity to the area’s unique and fragile ecosystems. Natural habitats represented within the county range from mangrove swamps, where American alligators roam alongside roseate spoonbills, to pine flatwoods, where endangered Florida scrub jays sing and gopher tortoises burrow.

A Tranquil Place of Peace and Prayer

A Tranquil Place of Peace and Prayer

When Burt MacLeod spent his last days at Indian River Medical Center, his beloved wife Pat knew exactly where she belonged. And that was right there with him, day and night, for 23 days.

A Farewell to Hadley

A Farewell to Hadley

As well as being a leading Vero Beach Realtor, Charlotte Terry is president of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation, which promotes literary programs in the community, and is past president of the Indian River Literary Society. As a staunch supporter of writers both published and non-published she is, of course, an avid reader.

Ten Years of Quality at Quail Valley

Ten Years of Quality at Quail Valley

Quail Valley Golf Club opened its doors 10 years ago this month. Built on the traditions of family values and community involvement, the club has stayed true to these themes, weathered the economic recession quite well, and looks toward a future of growth and continued success.

Portrait of the Artist as a Family Man

Portrait of the Artist as a Family Man

“For me a strong work of art is the result of a powerful experience. I am attracted to everyday sensations and find myself responsive towards the subtle beauty of things, the hours when there is tranquility of light, the rhythms of nature,” says painter Luke Steadman.

Is Your Dog a Social Disaster?

Is Your Dog a Social Disaster?

We are all more popular when walking with our dogs in tow. People smile at us and sometimes stop to chat. While it can be delightful to take a stroll with your furry best friend, some of our pint-sized darlings lunge and bark like crazed banshees when they see an unfamiliar face or, heaven forbid, an interloping dog in their neighborhood. I recently addressed this problem with a pretty 18-month-old Jack Russell terrier appropriately named Zippy. Zippy’s habit is to intimidate visitors to her opulent home by barking and leaping with all the menace that her 12-pound body can muster. She has, when the spirit moved her, nipped several visitors and workmen.

Harnessing the Power of Collaboration

Harnessing the Power of Collaboration

Writing is usually a solitary pursuit. Most writers chain themselves to a desk, a club chair, a kitchen table or the corner of a tearoom like J. K. Rowling, who finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on an old manual typewriter. They perform this act of self-immolation for a variety of reasons. Seeing their name in print is the least of these. No writer I have ever known writes to see his name in print, principally because they already know their name and second, writing is difficult and frustrating work. If you want your name in print, shoplifting is an easier way to do it.

Festival Of Trees

November 18-20: Riverside Children’s Theatre was adorned with decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses at the 14th annual Festival of Trees – A Season of Song.

Friends Fall Luncheon

November 17: Ladies gathered at Riverside Theatre for the Friends Fall Luncheon, which featured Guiding Light actress Tina Sloan in Changing Shoes.

Fundraising Pros National Philanthropy Day

Fundraising Pros National Philanthropy Day

November 15: The Association of Fundraising Professionals Indian River Chapter hosted its annual National Philanthropy Day at the Riverside Theatre.

Chefs Auction Benefits The March of Dimes

Chefs Auction Benefits The March of Dimes

November 14: Twenty-one of the Treasure Coast’s finest chefs presented their most creative dishes at the March of Dimes third annual Signature Chefs Auction at The Moorings Club.

McKee Celebrates First 10 Years

McKee Celebrates First 10 Years

November 13: McKee Botanical Garden celebrated its 10th Anniversary since re-opening in November 2001.

Celebrity Cook-Off For The Boy Scouts

Celebrity Cook-Off For The Boy Scouts

November 14: Local celebrities teamed up with master teppanyaki chefs to prepare dinner for scouting supporters at Boy Scout Troop 567’s Celebrity Chef Cook-Off at the Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse.

VBMA Holds Chairman’s Club Dinner

VBMA Holds Chairman’s Club Dinner

November 12: The Vero Beach Museum of Art held its annual Chairman’s Club Dinner in the Laura & Bill Buck Atrium.

A Walk To Remember No. 8

A Walk To Remember No. 8

November 12: The Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County held its eighth annual Walk to Remember at Riverside Park.

A Full Moon On The Lagoon At Rock City

A Full Moon On The Lagoon At Rock City

November 12: Under a star-lit sky, the Indian River Land Trust held its eighth annual benefit Full Moon on the Lagoon at Rock City Gardens.

Carter & Associates Celebrates 100 Years

November 10: Carter Associates Inc. celebrated 100 years of providing engineering and land-surveying services to Indian River County with an open house.

Evening Of Giving At Grand Harbor

Evening Of Giving At Grand Harbor

November 10: Grand Harbor Outreach hosted its annual Evening of Giving at Grand Harbor Golf Club.

Gatekeepers Of The Garden Honored at McKee

Gatekeepers Of The Garden Honored at McKee

November 9: McKee Botanical Garden opened the season with its annual Gatekeepers of the Garden celebration, which honors the highest-level members.

A Breakfast For Impact 100

A Breakfast For Impact 100

November 9: Indian River Impact 100, a group of some 350 philanthropic women, held its fourth annual Membership Breakfast & Inspirational Lecture at Quail Valley River Club.

Care Net: Sharing In A Life

November 8: The Care Net Pregnancy Center held its annual Share-in-a-Life Banquet at the First Church of God.

20 Years Of Helping The Homeless

20 Years Of Helping The Homeless

November 7: The Homeless Family Center celebrated 20 years of serving the homeless at its sixth annual dinner, Birthday Wishes, at Orchid Island Beach Club.

Chocolate, Champagne & Chefs

Chocolate, Champagne & Chefs

November 7: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Indian River County held its third annual Chocolate, Champagne & Chefs event at Quail Valley River Club.

Teeing-Off For The Boys And Girls

Teeing-Off For The Boys And Girls

November 7: Vero Beach Country Club was the location of the annual Amateur Golf Tournament benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indian River County.

Santa Visits The Humane Society

Santa Visits The Humane Society

November 5-6: Cats, dogs and pet owners visited the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County for a pet photo and the chance to meet old Saint Nick at the annual Santa Paws event.

Placing Bets With The United Way

Placing Bets With The United Way

November 5: Community volunteers and business leaders gathered at the Vero Beach Country Club for the United Way of Indian River’s campaign kick-off party, Casino Royale.

Samaritan Center Soup Bowl Raises $31,000

Samaritan Center Soup Bowl Raises $31,000

November 3: More than 30 businesses and places of worship opened their doors to serve soup donated by over 80 local restaurants for the 19th annual Samaritan Center Soup Bowl.