Algae makes news

Aug 15, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the attention given by the national news media to the emergency facing the Indian River Lagoon.  Both the PBS NewsHour and The New York Times recently did in-depth reports on the toxic algae blooms that starve the lagoon’s plant life and threaten the entire marine ecosystem.  The PBS story was done with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.   It noted two problems – polluted fresh-water discharges from Lake Okeechobee and drainage from septic tanks.  The Times story said fertilizer run-off from agriculture and global warming

Drew Mello talks with Gail Steward, Administrator for Pediatric Alternative Treatment Care Housing and Evaluation Services, otherwise known as Patches.

The daytime pediatric nursing facility is conducting their Fourth Annual Santa’s Summer Toy Drive through August 22.

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Saving a life

Aug 8, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the saving of a life.  Cindy McKenna, of Port St. Lucie, was celebrating her birthday with family and friends at Pepper Park beach on North Hutchinson Island.  As reported by Elliott Jones on, a young man who could not swim disappeared under water about 50 yards out.  Three swimmers brought the unconscious victim to shore.

Drew Mello talks with Mike Durkee, Executive Director of the Wounded Warriors of South Florida. Founded in 2009, Wounded Warriors of South Florida provides temporary emergency financial assistance to post 9/11 disabled Veterans and their families.

The 4th Annual Treasure Coast Bonito Blast fishing tournament will take place on Saturday, August 20 in Port Salerno with the proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors of South Florida.

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