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Like Father, Like Son At Florida Shutters

Like Father, Like Son At Florida Shutters

Tommy Pease was recently promoted to vice president for Florida Shutters Inc.

Dr. Hagood Tapped for President of F.A.C.D.

Dr. Hagood Tapped for President of F.A.C.D.

Vero Beach Art of Dentistry owner Dr. Johnson Hagood has been named president of the Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry after serving on its board for three years.

Christmas In July On A1A

Christmas In July On A1A

June 2-14: Stop by Elegance by the Sea for an amazing Christmas-in-July storewide sale this summer.

Did Spain Discover The New World Twice

Did Spain Discover The New World Twice

Native people, traditional people like the Hopi who tell of couriers running in both directions across the Bering Straits, believe that they didn’t come from anywhere, that they were always here.

Sorensen Classic Brings World-Class Tennis To The Boulevard

Sorensen Classic Brings World-Class Tennis To The Boulevard

Some of the world’s top young tennis players showcased their talents at the 2012 SorensenRealEstate.com Tennis Classic at the Boulevard Village & Tennis Club.

Climate Change: Time For A Wake-Up Call

Climate Change: Time For A Wake-Up Call

If you thought temperatures were unseasonably warm this past winter, just wait a few more weeks – meteorologists are telling us to be prepared for a super sizzling summer.

Turtle Time In Vero Beach

Turtle Time In Vero Beach

A sea turtle floats through a curling wave onto a moonlit beach. She presses her nose to the sand as though sniffing for a familiar scent. Alert for danger, she lumbers above the high-tide line, where the sand feels dry and safe for her mission.

April In Paris

April In Paris

Fashion lovers were out in full force to support the Hibiscus Children’s Center’s April in Paris luncheon and fashion show at the Oak Harbor Club.

SunUp ARC Golf Tournament Raises $12,000

SunUp ARC Golf Tournament Raises $12,000

Golfers braved gray skies and strong winds to participate in the 7th Annual Spring Swing Golf Tournament at Sandridge Golf Club.

Lucky Ones At Movie Premiere

Lucky Ones At Movie Premiere

Indian River Memorial Center Foundation’s Eagle Society donors were treated to the IRMC Movie Premiere of The Lucky One, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, at The Majestic 11.

Pirates Find Gold At Saint Edward’s Benefit Dinner

Pirates Find Gold At Saint Edward’s Benefit Dinner

Pirates descended on The Moorings Club for the annual Saint Edward’s School benefit dinner, The Pirate Ball.

Hibiscus Festival Draws 10,000

Hibiscus Festival Draws 10,000

More than 10,000 people celebrated the weekend-long Hibiscus Festival in downtown Vero Beach. Hannah Trodglen was crowned 2012 Miss Hibiscus in Friday night’s pageant to kick off the festivities.

Charity Shoot Hits A Bull’s Eye

Charity Shoot Hits A Bull’s Eye

The 12th Annual Charity Shoot was a bull’s eye for the Education Foundation, raising $12,000 to support students in Indian River County.

Food Like Nonna Used To Make

Food Like Nonna Used To Make

Bob Rose, owner of the Amalfi Grille on Royal Palm Pointe, capsulizes the keys to a successful restaurant in this way: quality, quantity, service, price and consistency.

Beachland Bites Back

Beachland Bites Back

Beachland Bites Back was the theme of this year’s fundraiser for Beachland Elementary School held at the Vero Beach Country Club. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment by Curtis Hill.

The Silver Lining

The Silver Lining

On Aug. 24, 1992, a hurricane named Andrew hit the Florida mainland some 20 miles south of downtown Miami.

Salvation Army Dinner Is A Home Run

Salvation Army Dinner Is A Home Run

Major League Baseball was the theme of the evening at the Salvation Army Benefit Dinner held at the Oak Harbor Club

Jake Owen Wows The Crowd

Jake Owen Wows The Crowd

Music lovers filled the Citrus Bowl to hear country music star Jake Owen perform his best-known songs at Mardy’s Tennis & Jake’s Music Fest concert benefiting the Mardy Fish Foundation and Jake Owen Foundation.

Father Knows Best Star At HFC Luncheon

Father Knows Best Star At HFC Luncheon

The Third Annual Spring Luncheon held at Bent Pine Golf Club featured Father Knows Best star Lauren Chapin.

Do Me A Flavor

Do Me A Flavor

Ice cream is the ultimate comfort food. The creamy, frozen fusion is as traditionally American as apple pie, which may be why we so often serve them together.

The Art of Giving

The Art of Giving

Americans, as a rule, are a generous lot, outranking every other country in the world on the giving front. The outpouring is greater still in Vero Beach, the reported capital of retired corporate wealth. Beyond buying bigger houses and better cars, all that money tends to procure a sense of responsibility to the community at large and especially the less fortunate of its citizenry.

It's Never Too Late To Dream

It's Never Too Late To Dream

Peggotty Worthington Gilson, a resident of Windsor, evolved into an architect by a long and circuitous route. Her mother’s brother, John M. Johansen, was a member of the Harvard Five, a famous group of architects who studied under Walter Gropius at Harvard and designed modern houses in New Canaan, Conn., in the 1950s.

Golf And Dueling Pianos Aid Abused Children

Golf And Dueling Pianos Aid Abused Children

The Children’s Home Society of Florida was the big winner in the Million-Dollar Golf Tournament and Dueling Pianos Blast at the Vero Beach Country Club, which raised more than $92,000 for programs for abused and neglected children.

Community Foundation Awards $200,000 In Local Grant

Community Foundation Awards $200,000 In Local Grant

ndian River Community Foundation awarded five program grants and three micro-grants totalling $200,000, to nonprofit organizations supporting local residents most affected by the recent economic recession.

Athena Society Selects New Art

Athena Society Selects New Art

The Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Athena Society held their annual dinner to determine which pieces of art to purchase for VBMA’s permanent collection.

Summer Style At The Beach Club

Summer Style At The Beach Club

Heli-Drop Ball Bash Supports Youth Guidance

Heli-Drop Ball Bash Supports Youth Guidance

Inclement weather couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the Youth Guidance Heli-Drop fundraiser at Vero Beach Sports Village.

Bridging The Gap For The Women’s Refuge

Bridging The Gap For The Women’s Refuge

Local bridge players dealt a winning hand to the Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach at the sixth annual Duplicate Bridge Tournament and Luncheon at Sea Oaks Beach Club.

Darn That Alarm!

Darn That Alarm!

It was an old concrete bunker of a building. Giant gears that stirred the paint once manufactured here remained, giving the place a decidedly industrial look. As a dog training school in downtown Chicago, it was perfect.

VBMA Celebrates Art At Children’s Festival

VBMA Celebrates Art At Children’s Festival

Budding artists and their family were drawn to the 31st Annual Children’s Art Festival at the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Circle of Friends Contributes To VBMA Outreach Programs

Circle of Friends Contributes To VBMA Outreach Programs

The Circle of Friends at VBMA recently contributed $22,000 to fund two of the museum’s community engagement programs supporting children and the arts.

Washington Revisited

Washington Revisited

You might say that Indian River County Commissioner Bob Solari is on a mission of continued self-education. Of late the available time he commits to in-depth reading – which he admits is never enough – is mainly devoted to the topics of history and philosophy.

BBC Anchor Entertains At Literacy Luncheon

BBC Anchor Entertains At Literacy Luncheon

British author and former BBC anchor Martyn Lewis entertained more than 100 attendees at the 12th annual Love of Literacy Luncheon at the Vero Beach Country Club.

Vero Beach Choral Society Launches Art Of Music

Vero Beach Choral Society Launches Art Of Music

The inaugural fine-art auction, Art of Music, raised more than $4,000 for Vero Beach Choral Society’s Music Scholarship Fund, which supports Indian River County high school graduates pursuing a music major in college.

Habitat for Humanity Race Benefits Education

Habitat for Humanity Race Benefits Education

Habitat for Humanity’s 5th annual Race to Benefit Education celebrated 268 racers crossing the finish line in the 3.1-mile South Beach course.

Associated Home Solutions Finds New Home

Associated Home Solutions Finds New Home

Broker-owner Wendy Wilson has moved Associated Home Solutions Realty to a central location on State Road 60 in Vero Beach.

Stickhead Expands Lacrosse Equipment Store

Stickhead Expands Lacrosse Equipment Store

Liz and Kent Smith are capitalizing on the skyrocketing popularity of lacrosse on the Treasure Coast by expanding their Vero Beach store

Dr. Brooks Is Back In Town

Dr. Brooks Is Back In Town

Dr. Harold Brooks has announced the opening of a new dental practice in Vero Beach specializing in the use of advanced-technology dentistry.

Carla Klein Opens Insurance Agency

Carla Klein Opens Insurance Agency

Vero Beach native Carla Klein recently opened Carla Klein Insurance Services, an independent licensed insurance agency specializing in home, auto, boat, liability and life insurance. Carla brings more than 20 years of insurance experience in Indian River County to her new agency.

The Mysterious Past Of Prange Island

The Mysterious Past Of Prange Island

Amid a thicket of trees, where night-blooming Princess of the Night cacti meander over bark and root like a prickly sci-fi creature, lie suggestions of lives once lived: housing supports, stairs to nowhere, an old cistern, the remnants of a dock and, closer to another nearby shore where dolphin and mullet frolic, the foundation of a trough that might once have been used to clean citrus.

SunUp Merges With Abilities Resource Center

SunUp Merges With Abilities Resource Center

SunUp ARC is the result of a recent merger of two local nonprofit organizations serving individuals with developmental disabilities in Indian River County: the Abilities Resource Center and the Sun Up Center. With more than 57 years of combined experience, SunUp ARC blends the unique missions of both organizations into a new mission, offering more choices and opportunities for the developmentally disabled.

The Heart Center Beats The Odds

The Heart Center Beats The Odds

It seems like yesterday that people were talking about the possibility of Indian River Medical Center partnering with the Duke University Health System to establish a heart center that would rival the best heart hospitals in Florida as well as the country. Believers cheered, doubters scoffed.