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Last Friday, United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross was here on the Treasure Coast. He chose Indian River State College in Fort Pierce to announce $10 million in Economic Development Administration grants to Florida.

$8 million will support businesses still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

And $2 million will help create the 18,000 square-foot Treasure Coast Advanced Manufacturing Center at Indian River State College where students can train in smart and additive manufacturing, electronics, heating and air conditioning, and advanced welding.

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could just put hurricane season on hold while we ride out the pandemic?

All wishing aside; hurricane season is upon us. While we already feel challenged and stretched to capacity, one thing we may not have to endure too long if a storm comes is a power outage.

MD: This is very cool. As soon as the storm passes, we can have this up and looking and inspecting our plant and knowing immediately what sort of damage we have so we’re able to get our power back on that much sooner.

How Are You Holding Up? Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19

May 19, 2020
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So, how are you holding up? That’s a common greeting now these days, and, at its core, it’s a question about our mental health.

While seeking answers, we re-discover the basics: quality sleep, food, and regular exercise. Foundation blocks for strong mental health. And, here’s a biggie: social interaction.

In need of some, we donned personal protective gear, packed up the boom mic and headed over, first to the Mental Health Association in Vero Beach, and then New Horizons of the Treasure Coast in Ft. Pierce.

courtesy Friends of the Everglades

While the COVID-19 pandemic is raining devastation on us right now, the natural environment and all its living creatures seem to be… benefitting. Polluted skies are clearing. Sea life is teaming. Wild animals are just hanging out in abandoned playgrounds!

We wonder - just how is this showing up on the Treasure Coast? So we called Eve Samples, executive director at Friends of the Everglades in Stuart, a nonprofit organization started by Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1969.

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Treasure Coast Happenings

This week on Treasure Coast Happenings join Mike Fitzgerald as he speaks to Maria Tritico of the Lighthouse Art Center Gallery and School of Art as they discuss their summer art program which is designed this year to keep kids safe during the current Corona Virus Pandemic.  Maria will tell us about the summer art box that is delivered to your child and utilizes instructors online.  

American Red Cross Prepares you for Hurricane Season

May 21, 2020

This week on Treasure Coast Happenings Mike speaks with Susan Brodeur of the American Red Cross about Prepping for Hurricane season. Join us as we share with you valuable information on what you'll need in case of an emergency, what to have at hand, and what you'll need to know if you are in an evacuation zone.

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Last Friday, United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross was here on the Treasure Coast. He chose Indian River State College in Fort Pierce to announce $10 million in Economic Development Administration grants to Florida.

$8 million will support businesses still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

And $2 million will help create the 18,000 square-foot Treasure Coast Advanced Manufacturing Center at Indian River State College where students can train in smart and additive manufacturing, electronics, heating and air conditioning, and advanced welding.

Tropical Depression Three strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristobal Tuesday afternoon in the Bay of Campeche, becoming the earliest third tropical storm to form on record in the Atlantic Basin. The previous record was held by Tropical Storm Colin, which formed on June 5, 2016.

Hurricane Hunters found maximum sustained winds to be near 40 mph and a minimum barometric pressure was 1004 mb in their first flight through the storm Tuesday. As of 5 pm EDT, the center of Cristobal was located 140 miles west-southwest of Campeche, Mexico.

When Washington, D.C., resident Rahul Dubey realized dozens of protesters were facing pepper spray and arrest for violating curfew Monday night, he did what he says anyone else would do: He invited about 70 people into his home, to spend the night.

The protesters had been herded into Swann Street near Dupont Circle as police forces around the city used helicopters and flash-bang munitions in a crackdown on anyone violating the 7 p.m. curfew.

Louisville Metro Police officials released security footage Tuesday of what they said appears to show a black businessman firing a weapon at law enforcement officers before they return fire, killing him.

Police said David McAtee, owner of Yaya's BBQ, began to shoot "outside his business door" early Monday morning as officers worked to clear a parking lot at a nearby establishment and then began moving toward his business.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has asked the Congressional Black Caucus to lead the process of drafting a legislative response to the protests that have swept the country following the death of George Floyd.

House Democrats are sorting through dozens of proposals to address policing issues, including excessive use of force and racial profiling.

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