Treasure Coast Essay

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about local news coverage of Hurricane Irma.  I record commentaries for WQCS and write guest columns for Treasure Coast Newspapers, but I can still be objective.  And, objectively speaking, I say both outfits did an outstanding job.  The website for Treasure Coast Newspapers, which are part of the USA Today Network, and the one for WQCS, which is part of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, provided the latest news and public-safety information.  TCPalm.com removed its paywall so that non-subscribers could access its stories.  Links

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about disaster relief for Texas.  Hurricane Irma was gathering strength over the Atlantic when TCPalm.com told us about four men who went from Indian River County to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Brian Baker and Jay Needham, employees of the county’s Salvation Army, set up mobile units for medical professionals at the downtown Houston convention center.  Earlier, Baker coordinated the placement of mobile kitchens and canteens.  Volunteers Art Cimiunitsni and Mark Milia of the county’s American Red Cross drove an emergency truck to the

Highwayman dies

Sep 4, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Highwayman painter James Gibson.  He died August 15 at the age of 79.  Gibson was one of the first, most productive and most successful of the African American artists called Highwaymen because in they often sold their colorful Florida landscapes from their cars.  A fourth generation Floridian, Gibson grew up in Fort Pierce and learned to paint from white artist A. E.

Help wanted at Piper

Aug 28, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the good news out of Piper Aircraft.  The company has been building general aviation planes in Vero Beach since 1957 and is now owned by the Government of Brunei.  Business is good, and the company is again hiring, according to the 32963 weekly newspaper.   Profits are twice what they were a year ago.  Piper said it is hiring about 10 people a week.  Among those needed are aircraft workers, sheet-metal workers and welders.  Just two years ago, Piper announced job cuts.  As of August 11, the work force of 762 was slightly higher than

Solar eclipse

Aug 21, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the solar eclipse.  It’s today.  A rare occurrence.  The sun will be totally blocked by the moon along a path from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina.  Don’t go to South Carolina.  It’s jammed.  Experience a partial eclipse from down here.  It will peak about 2:53 p.m.

Back to school

Aug 14, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the re-opening of schools.  In Indian River and St.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the upcoming national tour of “On Your Feet!”  That’s the highly successful Broadway show based on the music and life of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, who own the Costa d’Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach and have an oceanfront home nearby.  The show closes August 20 in New York after 34 months, then goes to 60 other cities.  The score consists of catchy Cuban-fusion tunes made famous by the husband-and-wife team.  They include “Get on Your Feet,” “Conga,” “1-2-3” and “Rhythm is Gonna Get You.”  It’s a flashy show but includes the bus cra

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about lightning.  The discharge of electricity from atmosphere to ground looks beautiful but can be deadly.  Summer is lightning season, and Florida is the lightning capital of the U.S.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about lightning.  The discharge of electricity from atmosphere to ground looks beautiful but can be deadly.  Summer is lightning season, and Florida is the lightning capital of the U.S.

Tebow-mania

Jul 24, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow, number 15.  Since he was promoted to the Advanced Class A team, attendance has boomed at First Data Field.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about safe drivers in Port St. Lucie.  It ranks among the top 10 cities for safe driving.  The 2017 Allstate America's Best Drivers Report looks at claims filed in the country’s 200 largest cities.  It shows that Port St. Lucie drivers are 17 percent less likely to be in a crash.  That's the eighth-best average in the U.S.

Bak, not Bark

Jul 10, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the newest K-9 member of the Stuart Police Department.  He’s a 14-month-old German shepherd, born in Germany and named Bak – spelled B-A-K.  He began training last month at the International K-9 College in Palm Beach Gardens.  He joins Bady, a Malinois, who has been with the department since 2015.  Bak’s human partner is Corporal Nick Briglia, who told TCPalm.com that both of them have laid-back personalities – most of the time.  Bak lives with Briglia, his wife and their 6-year-old daughter.  The purchase of Bak was made possible by

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

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

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about safe boating.  It’s true that “safe boating week” is behind us.  But every week on the Treasure Coast should be safe boating week.  Statewide in July 2016, there were a record 96 boating crashes and eight fatalities.  How can boaters practice safe boating on the ocean, our lagoon and our rivers?  Be carreful, of course.  Don’t drink and operate a vessel.  Take a safe-boating course.  This year, a special emphasis is being put on wearing a life jacket.  All the time you are on board.  Everyone.  Even those who are good swimmers.  Most

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