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Foundation Of A Good Idea

Foundation Of A Good Idea

In 2005, Vero Beach attorneys Brad Rossway, John Moore, Jim Taylor and Mike Swan created a charitable foundation that they believed would help improve the Vero Beach community in significant ways.

In the Swim With Dick Cutrera

In the Swim With Dick Cutrera

“My goal each time I give a swimming lesson is to prevent my student from becoming a drowning fatality,” says Dick Cutrera, a Vero Beach resident and founder of the Dick Cutrera School of Swimming. Dick has been teaching swimming for almost 60 years and has been involved with a variety of water sports since he attended the YMCA in Chicago at the age of 6.

The Philosophy And Fiction Of Dr. Verghese

The Philosophy And Fiction Of Dr. Verghese

“Often people want to put two hats on me; one of a writer and one of a physician,” Dr. Abraham Verghese tells his audience at a recent meeting of the Indian River Literary Society. “But I will tell you honestly that I don’t see myself that way at all. I see myself completely as a physician. For me, all the writing comes out of the great privilege of being a physician.”

An Afternoon With Dr. Jeffrey Hollander

An Afternoon With Dr. Jeffrey Hollander

March 13: The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation presented acclaimed virtuoso pianist and raconteur Dr. Jeffrey Hollander in an afternoon salon concert of music and storytelling on an heirloom Steinway.

Make Mine Tex-Mex!

Make Mine Tex-Mex!

Ole! It's time for Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday celebrated on May 5 that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces in 1862.

ELC Ecofest: Feathers & Fins

ELC Ecofest: Feathers & Fins

March 6: Families and individuals spent the day celebrating the Environmental Learning Center’s 15th annual Ecofest: Feathers & Fins.

Fifth Annual Race/Walk For Literacy

Fifth Annual Race/Walk For Literacy

February 12: 103 runners came out for the Literacy Services of Indian River County’s 5th annual 5K Race/Walk for Love of Literacy at Pointe West.

Relay For Life Of Indian River

Relay For Life Of Indian River

March 25-26: Over 600 participants took part in the American Cancer Society event Relay For Life Of Indian River at the Vero Beach High School Citrus Bowl.

A New Birth For Battered Reefs

A New Birth For Battered Reefs

When most of us think about the ocean we envision an idyllic scene: sun-splashed, blue-green waters, shimmering waves rolling to the shore and perhaps a fish or two jumping in search of food. Then there’s Kemit-Amon Lewis who will tell you all is not picture-perfect beneath the surface, especially when it comes to coral reefs.

CASTLE Opens Permanent Facility

CASTLE Opens Permanent Facility

March 29: CASTLE unveiled its new permanent facility at its Behind Closed Doors, Child Abuse Occurs event.

“All You Need Is A Pocketknife & Palm Trees”

“All You Need Is A Pocketknife & Palm Trees”

On a half-acre of occupied land in an unassuming neighborhood lies the Bibble Institute of Fine Art, the personal space and working studio of 56-year-old “Bibble” Irvin. The place, as he warns, is hard to miss.

AAUW Raises Funds At Harbor Branch

AAUW Raises Funds At Harbor Branch

March 12: The Vero Beach branch of the American Association of University Women hosted its fundraiser at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

Preparing For Stormy Weather

Preparing For Stormy Weather

Florida is a paradise with its warm weather and abundance of beaches, rivers, springs and lakes; but sometimes there’s trouble in paradise.

See You Later, Baby Gator

See You Later, Baby Gator

Fierce alligator eyes peer above the still, green waters of the marsh. The powerful tail paddles from side to side, propelling the dark, lizard-like body. The dangerous reptile crawls from the water and prowls through tall grass near the muddy shore.

Putting Its Trust in The Lagoon

Putting Its Trust in The Lagoon

“It’s good to be involved with something that’s bigger than you are, something that affects the lives of so many people,” says Higgins. “It’s easy to forget how important it is to preserve natural lands so that our children and their children will still be able to walk through the mangroves, see all of the butterflies, lizards, frogs and other creatures. Sometimes we take it all for granted and we really can’t afford to.”

Attorney Earns Pro Bono Award

Attorney Earns Pro Bono Award

Thomas W. Tierney of Rossway Moore Taylor & Swan was honored with the 2011 Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service award for the 19th Judicial Circuit at a ceremony January 27 at the Supreme Court of Florida in Tallahassee.

A Tropical Night In Martinique

A Tropical Night In Martinique

March 5: The Mental Health Association presented its fundraiser A Tropical Night in Martinique at Maison Martinique to benefit the organization’s Mental Health Walk-in Center.

Land Trust Membership Event

Land Trust Membership Event

March 26: The Indian River Land Trust celebrated its 20th anniversary with an annual members event at Spoonbill Marsh.

Women’s Refuge Symposium

Women’s Refuge Symposium

March 18: Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach presented the 12th annual Women’s Luncheon & Physicians Symposium at Quail Valley River Club.

Garden Club Event At McKee

Garden Club Event At McKee

March 10: Over 100 garden enthusiasts came out to McKee Botanical Garden for Garden Club of America Day.

Under The Oaks At Riverside Park

Under The Oaks At Riverside Park

March 11-13: Over 200 top artists and craftsmen from across the country displayed their works at the 60th annual Under the Oaks Fine Arts & Crafts Festival in Riverside Park.

Dasie Hope’s Tea By The Sea

Dasie Hope’s Tea By The Sea

March 12: Young ladies wore their Sunday best to celebrate the Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center’s annual Tea by the Sea event honoring the Girls With A Future program at the Disney Vero Beach Resort.

Humane Society’s Cause For Paws

Humane Society’s Cause For Paws

March 15 & 19: The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County celebrated its 27th annual Cause for Paws fundraiser beginning with the Preview Party at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club.

Eagles Soar At Indian River Estates

Eagles Soar At Indian River Estates

Brothers Devan and Stephen Faillace, both employees of ACTS Indian River Estates East Retirement-Life Community, were recently recognized as Eagle Scouts by the Boy Scouts of America.

The Grownup World Of Kids’ Books

The Grownup World Of Kids’ Books

Question: What pecks at its shell when it’s ready to be born? Answer: A hermit crab. So begins an easy-to-read book sure to delight the kindergarten set.

Ducks Unlimited Annual Dinner

Ducks Unlimited Annual Dinner

March 21: The Vero Beach Chapter of Ducks Unlimited held its annual banquet at the Vero Beach Country Club.

When An Indian Chief  Played Hamlet

When An Indian Chief Played Hamlet

In 1840, at the time of the Second Seminole War, the William C. Forbes acting troupe, which included musicians and a dancer named Miss Rosalee, traveled south from Georgia on the Florida, a steamship that made the run twice weekly from Savannah to Picolata on the St. John’s River. The actors’ destination was St. Augustine, 18 miles due east, where they were booked for a two-week engagement.

A Story Of Three Bills

A Story Of Three Bills

At 6366 20th Street in Vero Beach, there is a century-old safe that has endured two fires, a two-story fall and a 1,300-mile move. The safe sits in the back room of Bill’s TV, and it tells a fraction of the story of the Kaser family, who have been residents of Indian River County for over half a century.

New Vision Of The Old South

New Vision Of The Old South

In the midst of the village of Windsor stands a spacious and stately house which quietly and appropriately manifests its Southern antecedents.