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Drew Mello talks with Christina Kaiser, Director of Community Relations for Devereux Community Based Care of Okeechobee & the Treasure Coast.

In conjunction with the United Way of St. Lucie County, Devereux and other nonprofit organizations will be participating in Tools for Schools – to provide school supplies to children in St. Lucie County for.

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Fireworks restricted

Jul 3, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about fireworks.  Do you plan to set some off on the Fourth of July?  Don’t get caught by the police!  Florida severely limits the possession and use of fireworks that explode, lift off or fly, including Roman candles, unless you are a pyro-technician with a permit.  Sparklers, glow worms and such are OK.  Yes, you can buy fireworks at stores and roadside stands but often you must sign a waiver that says you will light them only to scare animals away from your farm or fish hatchery.  That covers few of us.  If you violate the anti-fireworks

In part two of his conversation with Drew Mello, Mark Perry, Executive Director for Florida Oceanographic Society, talks about finally seeing progress on the Comprehensive Everglades Plan and the frustration of seeing Amendment One funds being used for other purposes.

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To view the PBS’ Changing Seas episode entitled “Toxic Algae: Complex Sources and Solutions, click here:

This is the Astronomers Alphabet. Today we start with the letter “A.” “A” stands for “Astronomy,” of course, the study of the stars, moon and planets, of the sky, of the entire universe for that matter, including the earth, which is very much a part of this great cosmos. “A” stands for “Astronomer,” someone who studies everything and yet is limited unlike other scientists who can touch the things they study: we can see the stars, we can reach for the stars, but we can never touch them.

Wed Jun 28, 2017 SEASONAL CONSTELLATIONS

Jun 28, 2017

We are now a few days into the new season, and summer is definitely sizzling. The change of seasons has also brought a change in the sky and its constellations. The sun has moved from Taurus the Bull into Gemini the Twins, rendering that part of the sky difficult to see. The great constellations of winter, such as Orion the Hunter and Taurus the Bull, can now only be glimpsed just before sunrise, near the eastern horizon.

Stuart Artist Geoffrey Smith

Jun 27, 2017

Stuart Artist Geoffrey Smith created the sculpture given as a gift by President Trump to Pope Francis.  We visit his Stuart studio.

Heber Curtis was born on this date, June 27th, in the year 1872. He was an American astronomer who found strong evidence that the Milky Way was but one of many countless galaxies, what he called “island universes” in outer space. In 1920 he presented his work at a meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, citing the discovery of novas, stars that periodically brighten and dim, that could be found among many spiral nebulas. Based on their apparent faintness, he calculated that these novas were millions of light years away – too distant to be within the borders of our own galaxy.

A gift to the Pope

Jun 26, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about something in the Vatican created in Stuart.  When President Trump met with Pope Francis last month, the Pope gave the president a large medallion depicting an olive branch as a symbol of peace.  And the president gave the Pope a bronze sculpture of a flowering lotus by Geoffrey Smith of Stuart.  It’s called “Rising Above” and evokes unity and resilience.  Smith, a wildlife sculptor and photographer, has a gallery in downtown Stuart and a studio on Dixie Highway.  He is best known on the Treasure Coast for his “Stuart Sailfish,” the 18

Mon Jun 26, 2017 CHARLES MESSIER

Jun 26, 2017

The French astronomer Charles Messier was born on June 26th, in the year 1730. Because Messier discovered over a dozen comets in his career, King Louis the 15th dubbed him, “the comet ferret.” How’d you like to have that on your resume? Messier used a telescope to find comets, which, when seen that far out in space, lack the familiar tails that develop after they come close to the sun. He saw a lot of fuzzy objects, which he at first thought were comets, but which on later inspection, turned out not to be. They didn't move, and so were not part of our solar system.

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