Jill Roberts looks at issues of interest to the Treasure Coast. 

Leave your watch at home when you do some destressing with Forest Therapy at the Environmental Learning Center in Wabasso. Find out how you can participate by clicking HERE.

Employees of Florida Power & Light practiced their hurricane response roles at the St. Lucie County Fair Grounds.  The power company provides a storm preparation guide, to find it, click HERE.

Molly's House: A Safe Haven For Those In A Medical Crisis

May 13, 2019
Tania Ortega-Cowan

Back in the 1990’s, Stuart teenager Molly Sharkey faced a 6-year battle with leukemia that took her and her family all over the country seeking treatment. Accommodations for the family and others she met along the way was both expensive and stressful. This gave Molly a clear vision of what she wanted to leave behind for people facing the same challenges.

PD:  Her dream was to build a home open to everybody who was going through a medical crisis to keep the families together. 

Rotary Club of Vero Beach's War on Plastic

Apr 30, 2019
Tania Ortega-Cowan

The Rotary Club of Vero Beach is waging a war on plastic. To find out more, we tracked down…

MK: Mike Kanuka and I am the president of the Rotary Club of Vero Beach.

Kanuka explains the moment they knew it was time to go to battle.

MK: That was last year. We had completed our third year of a major fundraiser at Riverside Park. What we were disappointed with was how the environment was treated, and because of the fact that there was so much plastic, we thought we could do a better job.

Tykes & Teens: Coping With Middle School Creatively

Apr 18, 2019
Tania Ortega-Cowan

It’s hard enough coping with life, let alone life in MIDDLE SCHOOL!

Tykes & Teens is a mental health nonprofit that partners with the Martin County school system, but also has a creative after-hours solution to giving kids the tools to cope, build self-esteem, reduce anxiety, problem solve and uplift hope.

SS: I’m Shawna Scarpitti – I am a nationally board-certified art therapist

Tania Ortega-Cowan

Things are literally cooking over in a new industrial kitchen at the Treasure Coast Food Bank in Fort Pierce.

KF: Full capacity running full three shifts a day with processing, we can do about 25 million pounds of produce a year. We’re not there yet but we can.

That’s Krista Garofalo talking about their relatively new on-site commercial kitchen and production plant.

At least 16 cases have been reported in Martin County and at least two people have died.  What is hepatitis A, and how is it spread?  Printable information about hepatitis A and how to prevent its spread are available from the Florida Dept. of Health in Martin County by clicking HERE.

First Responders painted one fingernail blue as part of an effort to promote awareness of child abuse.  April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, so for the rest of the month it's hoped questions about why people have one painted nail will promote conversations on the issue.  Find out more by clicking HERE.

It all started with a phone call in 2012 and culminated in IRSC winning the Aspen Prize in 2019.

Hear our entire interview with Dr. Edwin Massey on the Aspen Prize.

Tania Ortega-Cowan

On Sunday – April 7 – three nationally-known Cowboy Poets ride into town for the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation’s 9th Annual Poetry and Barbeque.

How did these stars ever align? They all know one person.

SS: I’m Sean Sexton – and I live here on Treasure Hammock Ranch where I have been my whole life.

We pay him a visit at the ranch, where he takes us out for an ATV ride into the cow pasture.

Soon we are surrounded by at least 100 cows, calves and a couple of proud bulls.

IRSC is the recipient of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.  It’s awarded by the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program.  The program evaluates  student learning, certificate and degree completion, success after graduation-both in the job market and in continuing toward a four year degree and equity in access and success for students of color and low income students.  IRSC shares the prize with Miami Dade College.  You can find out more about the Aspen Prize by clicking HERE.

Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien, is on the road on a food truck that will give out healthy treats to promote her new Cookbook "Simply Six."  It's full of recipes that have six ingredients or less, all with fewer than 375 calories.  Find out where the truck will be stopping by clicking HERE.

You might even have one yourself – but chances are you have at least seen those special Florida license plates depicting sea life. There are dolphins, a shark, a big whale tail.. and one that looks like a famous cartoon fish. 

KK: “It looks like the Finding Nemo – it has the clown fish.”

That’s Katha Kissman.

KK: “I am the president and CEO of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation.”

Hundreds of people have been arrested in what authorities are calling a human trafficking ring operating out of massage parlors on the Treasure Coast and beyond.  However, the issue has not been eliminated with those arrests.  You can find out more about human trafficking and a Stuart organization called Catch the Wave of Hope which fights for its victims by clicking HERE.

Col. Andrew Kelly, Commander of the Jacksonville District of the Army Crops of Engineers says that due to expected oyster spawning, releases to the St. Lucie River from Lake Okeechobee will be slightly reduced.  You can find out more about the lake and its management by clicking HERE.