Paul Janensch

Treasure Coast Essayist

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This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the new name on the stadium at the Mets’ spring training camp in Port St. Lucie.  It’s now called First Data Field, named for the high-tech financial services company, which is based in Atlanta and has an operation near Fort Lauderdale.  The name caught my eye because my son Will once worked for First Data in New York.  The name change was made with little fanfare.  When you went online to buy tickets, the website still called the stadium Tradition Field, named for the master-planned mixed-use community in Port St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about wildfires.  For this time of year, there have been more of them than usual in Martin and St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about tighter security at Tradition Field this spring for New York Mets workouts and games.  Jon Santucci reports on TCPalm.com that to enter we will have to walk through metal detectors.  Just like at the airport.  Empty our pockets of coins and keys and cell phones.  Re-entry will not be permitted.  No folding chairs or stools.  No loud noise-makers.  No strollers that cannot be put under seats.  No full-size bats.  No drones or selfie sticks.  No bottles or cans.  Major League Baseball has ordered all spring training camps to adopt secur

Go back 20,000 years

Feb 13, 2017

 

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a young resident of Palm City who will have a special interest in the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26.  Nine-year-old Lidya Jewett appears in the hit movie “Hidden Figures,” the story of three African American women who, as NASA mathematicians, helped put John Glenn into orbit.  Lidya plays one of women as a girl.  She is not up for an Oscar, but the movie was nominated for Best Picture, and Octavia Spencer was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.  Born in Ethiopia, Lidya was adopted by Kim and Dale Jewett.  Her aptitude for ma

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the four cities in our area that made the 2016 list of the 100 most popular places in the U.S. to retire.  It was based on how many times reviews of cities were visited on TopRetirement.com.  The four places are – Number 64, Stuart: extremely charming, lovely downtown, ample coastline.  Number 87. Vero Beach: a barrier island with a resort feel, and a large downtown on the mainland.  Number 90. Port St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a good way to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas.  Each day from December 25 to January 5, Treasure Coast Newspapers told readers about an Indian River Lagoon project requiring financial support   On the 12th day of Christmas, the Friends of the Spoil Islands said it is seeking donations to buy two all-terrain wheelchairs so the disabled can visit the islands.  On the first day of Christmas, the Ocean Research & Conservation Association said it wants to acquire a gizmo to trace the sources of pollutants.  Other organizations with

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the upcoming Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival.  The Guinness Book of World Records calls it the largest frog leg festival in the world.  Shop at booths.  Go on fun rides.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Gifford, the racially diverse community north of Vero Beach.  Next Monday, January 16, Gifford will put on a Martin Luther King Day parade up Old Dixie Highway from 37th Street to 45th Street starting at 10 a.m.  Of Gifford’s 7,500 residents, more than half are African Americans.  Many families have lived there for generations.  Progress is being made on a Gifford Neighborhood Plan adopted by Indian River County and supported by the Progressive Civic League of Gifford to upgrade streets, sidewalks, drainage, playgrounds and housing. 

Biggest boat show

Jan 2, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Stuart Boat Show.  It’s less than two weeks away.  It started in the mid-70s and is now the largest boat show on the Treasure Coast.  Hundreds of boats, in-water and on the land.  Ocean-going yachts, cruisers, center consoles, speedboats, fishing boats, pontoon boats – ranging in size from 12 feet to 80 feet.  Plus personal watercraft, marine electronics, outboard motors, inboard engines, safety equipment, boat lifts, fishing gear, music, food and drinks.  When: January 13, 14 and 15.  Where: Northwest Dixie Highway on the St.

Top news in 2016

Dec 26, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the top two news stories on the Treasure Coast in 2016.  First the bad news.  Toxic blue-green algae covered our waters for months.  Beaches had to close.  Marine life was killed.  Polluted fresh-water discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River were to blame.  The algae spread to the Indian River Lagoon and the ocean.  Now the good news – at least for Martin, St.

Mother’s Day rescue

Dec 19, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the owner of a swim school in Hobe Sound who was honored by the Red Cross for rescuing two boys from drowning.  It was Mother’s Day.  Chrstina Gillin-Theiss was walking with friends and family at Riviera Beach in Palm Beach County.  They spotted two teenage boys being swept away from shore by a rip current.  No lifeguards were nearby.  So Christina plunged in.  She is 5-foot-2 and weighs 124-pounds.  The boys were bigger.

Tiger returns

Dec 12, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Tiger Woods.  The name may ring a bell.  He has a little spread on Jupiter Island in south Martin County.  He’s also one of the most famous, most successful and richest golf pros.  After not playing tournament golf for 15 months because of back ailments, Tiger finished all 72 holes in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.  He started strong, then made mistakes and finished 15 in the field of 17.  But at least he was out there, wearing his familiar red shirt in the final round.  What’s next?  Maybe Torrey Pines in San Diego next mon

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Indian River County homeowner who is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of education.  She is Betsy DeVos, 58, businesswoman, philanthropist, Republican donor and education activist.  She is married to Dick DeVos, former president of Amway and former president of the Orlando Magic.  The parents of four grown children, they spend most of their time in Michigan but own a compound in Windsor, the gated ocean-side community north of Vero Beach.  She is an outspoken advocate of charter schools and school voucher prog

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