Many on the Treasure Coast voted for her, but it was not enough for Kristen O’Connor, a graduate of Sebastian River High School, to make it to the next round on “American Idol.” That is the popular TV show in which unknown pop singers compete for votes from viewers by telephone and the Internet. Kristen, 24, is the daughter of Dan and Deidre O’Connor of Sebastian. Her Mom and grandmother Alice Williford were in Hollywood to cheer her on. Kristen is a petite young woman with a big voice and a dramatic style. She was one of three “wild card” contestants added by the judges to the ten who
BookMania! – always written with an exclamation point – will celebrate its 20th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at the Wanda H. Yarboro Center for the Performing Arts at Martin County High School in Stuart. Produced by the Library Foundation of Martin County, BookMania!
Valentine’s Day is Friday, February 14th. What will you do with your sweetie? The Treasure Coast offers many possibilities. Assuming you have more free time on a Saturday than on a Friday, postpone Valentine’s Day to February 15th. Start the day by watching the sun rise over the Atlantic. You can do it anywhere that’s on the ocean. Bring your breakfast with you – an orange, a muffin and a jug of coffee. Then fish for pompano from the beach. Or go kayaking on the Indian River Lagoon or one of its tributaries. Or ride your bikes along the Fort Pierce waterfront. Or take an eco-cr
You may recall the Big Dig --- the huge project that re-routed I-93 through the heart of Boston. Well, I’m going to talk about a Careful Dig -- the excavation of the Old Vero Ice Age Site near the Vero Beach Municipal Airport. Careful digging began in early January and will continue till May. Archaeologists and volunteers are looking for evidence that humans lived there at the end of the Ice Age 13-thousand years ago. Back around 1915, canal dredging at the site unearthed animal fossils and parts of human skeletons. One set of 44 bones became known world-wide as “Vero Man.” Scientists
Let’s take a look at the most important news stories on the Treasure Coast in 2013. Because it seemed to catch the attention of virtually everyone, I think number one was the declining health of the Indian River Lagoon, on which we depend for recreation and our economic well-being. In the north lagoon, dolphins, manatees and pelicans were dying, probably because sea grass was disappearing. To the south, polluted fresh water discharged from Lake Okeechobee was wiping out marine life in the St.
Going into the BCS national championship game on January 6th, Florida State University looked good. And so did Bryan Stork, a graduate of Vero Beach High School. The star offensive lineman was one of six players from the Treasure Coast on the FSU roster.
This headline in the weekly newspaper Vero Beach 32960 caught my eye: “Vero Beach emerging as world pompano capital.” Not Pompano Beach down in Broward County? Nope, water is a bit too warm, say those who fish for pompano. From November to May, many pompano migrate to the stretch of ocean from Sebastian to Round Island, where the water temp averages about 70. Vero Beach is in the middle. You find easy access to the ocean at many locations, including South Beach Park, which is directly east of the 17th Street Bridge and, incidentally, only a few blocks from my condo. This time of year,
The insect is called a psyllid, from the Greek psylla for flea. It is no bigger than a pinhead. But psyllids are causing enormous damage to citrus groves in Florida, including those on the Treasure Coast. The psyllids carry a disease called citrus greening, which makes grapefruit, oranges and lemons ripen quickly, drop prematurely, look ugly and taste bitter. The fruit cannot be marketed, and the disease can eventually kill the tree. Florida’s grapefruit crop – three-fourths of which comes from the Indian River district – is expected to be down 9 percent from last season. Florida’s or