Features

Aw, Shucks! No More Oysters?

Oysters aren’t pretty. In fact, they are downright ugly. Gray. Slimy. And encased in a jagged, sharp shell. So why would anyone care whether or not these bottom-feeding bivalves survive?

Citrus Goes High Tech

My 6-year-old learned to play the game “Ha!” last week. If it’s been awhile since your last sleepover or kid’s birthday party, children lie on the floor in a stair-step formation, with heads on bellies. One child starts saying “ha” and within moments the laughter is viral and ringing the walls, whether you’re actually playing or not. In an era of micro-blogs and You Tube, it’s an old fashioned game with a resilient lesson – stick together with a common goal and goodwill will blossom.

Kids Helping Kids

It’s not every day you hear about a teenager who, with his friends, forms an advisory committee to support a non-profit organization, and two years later is honored with a Community Advocate of the Year Award. Yet if you’ve ever met 17-year-old Colby Lufkin you’ll know the depth of his commitment to Guardian ad Litem (GAL), a program that assists children who end up in dependency court. Any hope for a positive future lies in the hands of citizens who volunteer to become part of a court program, acting in the best interests of an assigned child.

The Man Who Couldn't Retire

After a successful 21-year career advising high net-worth clients on life insurance and estate tax mitigation issues from offices in Florida, California and Pittsburgh, Bill Corry sold his business, and at age 44 retired. He could now kick back in the tranquil atmosphere of Vero Beach, which he and his wife Darcy love, and relax.

Two Hours and Plenty of TLC

When a co-worker invited Dee Giannotti to a Youth Guidance Christmas party she didn’t intend to become involved on a regular basis; volunteering occasionally at a group event maybe

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.

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.”