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Vero Beach, Fl - Ed. 04.23.2015   


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Dorothy was right when she clicked her heels together in Oz and said, "there's no place like home".  As you read this, I am probably 30,000 feet in the air flying  from New York. Seeing and experiencing the exciting uniqueness of New York city with my mother and daughter is an experience that will now be a cherished memory! We squeezed in 3 plays, a buggy ride through Central Park, Tea at The Plaza, dinner at Sardi's, lots of shopping and walking, and so much more! The people of New York couldn't have been nicer. We had mom in a wheel chair because walking distances is a treacherous task for her. In her own words, her years have left her with more metal in her body from multiple broken body parts than the Tin Man from Oz. She is also a survivor of lung cancer, which means she gets winded much easier than she used to. She has also survived colon cancer twice! She is an amazing woman and I wish everyone could experience New York the 'Sunshine Way'. That's what daughter Lilly said. You see, that is what all 'the grandchildren' call their grandmother. There could be no more fitting term of endearment for this remarkable lady. She created a tradition years ago for our family. She would take each grandchild to New York to see 'her' New York when they turned 13. Lilly now 25, missed that trip because of one of those surgeries I mentioned earlier. But, thirteen or twenty-five...makes no difference. Experiencing anything with Sunshine is an absolute treat! Maybe the New Yorkers even caught the twinkle of Sunshine because they could not have been nicer to this lady in a wheelchair. We received such treatment wherever we went. We decided we are going to treat her like the American Express card and not leave home without her...and her wheelchair! :)  The purpose of this Editor's Note is to ring home the importance of creating your own family traditions. Take the time to do it FLASHERS! It will be time well spent and will provide such memories that will make your life so much richer! There is nothing that can replace the gift of time with each other!  I'll be landing in Atlanta in a few hours where I left my car after visiting my daughters and driving home from there.  I will be picking up the May calendars on Friday and will begin distribution over the weekend.  I can't believe it is May! It's time to start planning for Summertime Fun! It will be a great time to start a tradition!



Thank you~

Valerie Watkins


IT'S FOR THE GUYS THIS WEEK! (Click Image Below)

Bathroom Makeover For Under$100


In almost every one of the 172 episodes of Seinfeld there is a reference to Superman. Sometimes it's very obvious in a verbal reference, a quote, or a costume, but it may be as subtle as a picture stuck on the fridge. One of Seinfeld's writers has explained the Jerry and Superman connection.  If you want to know more, Click here.   

The Third Annual Great Duck Derby will be held on Sunday April 26, 2015 at Capt Hiram's, where up to 7,500 rubber ducks will be dropped into the lagoon and race their way to shore and into the finish tube.   The event runs from 12:00 - 4:00. The ducks go in the water at 2:00.

The first place duck prize is $1,000 cash, second place duck  prize is $500 cash and third place duck will receive the third place prize of $250 cash. 


Ducks can be "adopted" at various locations around Indian River County, including all Oculina Bank branches, Dyer Chevrolet in Vero, Sebastian Chamber of Commerce, Seacoast Bank in Sebastian, Florida Veterinary League, Vero Bowl, Historic Dodgertown, Fellsmere Feed, Capt Hiram's, all Treasure Coast Community Health locations and by visiting our website


Finally, you need not be present to win, but you won't want to miss out on the live band, and an opportunity to connect with your neighbors including TCCH staff, patients, sponsors and fellow supporters. It's your community. Go adopt some ducks and spread the good word. 100 % of the Proceeds will benefit the patients of Treasure Coast Community Health's programs. 


For additional information or to adopt a duck, Click Here or call 772-571-1989 

or email  pr@tcchinc.org



With baseball season in full swing, here's a tip for you parents of little sluggers.  To help keep equipment in good condition, pick up a can of WD-40 Multi-Use Product to:

1) Help break-in new baseball mitts

2) Remove tape from aluminum bats 

    (afterward, wash your bat with soap and 


3)Ease removal and installation of 

    interchangeable metal cleats



A collection of 5800 Swiss Swatch Watches and art were sold at a Sotheby's auction in one lot on April 7th  for $6 million! The  collector purchased the watches over 25 years. The inexpensive plastic watch that was popular in the early 1980s became an international favorite. Collectors joined clubs, bought books listing designs and watched for limited editions. In the United States the collecting fad died down by the late 1990s, but the watch is still popular. The collection was purchased by an unidentified buyer in Europe. 

Note: Be careful what you throw away! Maybe those 'Beanie Babies' our kids collected will be valuable in 25 years! 

Please join us for the Inaugural 5K Run/Walk
 For The Women's Refuge of Vero Beach 


WHEN: Saturday, May 2, 2015, 7:30 a.m.

WHERE:  Riverside Park, Vero Beach

PRIZES and AWARDS: Medals to the Overall Male and Female and Top 3 in each age group:

14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60, 69, 70 & Over. Race shirts guaranteed to the first 100 registered!

Pre-Registration: $25.00 until Friday May 1st

Race Day Registration: $30.00 - begins at 6:30am  


Click Here to register Online or register at Runner's Depot 
436 21st Street, Vero Beach, FL until Friday, May 1


FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Call Runner's Depot (772) 569-7364 or Kelly Coleman (772) 770-4424 Or Email Kelly@womensrefugevb.org 

Begins May 4th
Get trained for a rewarding job as an American Red Cross
Lifeguard!!  Now enrolling for our pre-summer course to be held at North County Aquatic Center, Sebastian, FL.  Class dates:  May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 (3pm-6pm) and May 16 (9am-5pm).   Lifeguard candidates must be 15 prior to the last day
of the class and pass a pre-
course swim test (see website for details) and must be able to attend all scheduled class times. Please call North County Aquatic Center at 772.581.7665 to schedule your test and sign up for the upcoming course! 



This is a good way to teach your children about saving. 


QUESTION: Which would you rather have...the sum of a penny doubled everyday for 30 days or $100,000.00?


Think carefully...Are you sure?...


ANSWER: Doubling the penny will total $5,368,708 in 30 days! Surprised? To see the proof, Click here.


This is also a good lesson about compounding interest that shows why credit card debt can get so high so fast! To understand how the APR (Annual Percentage Rate) interest on a credit card is calculated, Click here.



"My phone is too smart. I can still remember a time when it was plugged into a wall and I knew more than it did!"




This reminds me of myself in the Atlanta airport!

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Topical Vitamin C and Skin

One of the darlings of any anti-aging skin care regimen, Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) can now be
found in creams, serums, powders and even eye and lip treatments. What's good to know  

is that Vitamin C is an effective ingredient and delivers many benefits to skin including: 

1. An increase in collagen synthesis, which helps to thicken the skin
2. Antioxidant activity which reduces skin damage caused by free radicals that can be generated by pollution, the sun and cigarette smoke
3. An effective depigmenting agent at concentrations 5% or higher 
4. An improvement in the appearance of sun damaged skin
5. Fighting against tumor formation, which may help to slow down development of skin cancers
6. Increasing moisture content of skin by thickening skin, thereby preventing moisture loss
Concentrations over 10%, but not greater than 20%, offer the most benefit. Though well tolerated by most skin types, sensitivity is reduced by sticking to lower concentrations, between 10 and 15%. One of the main drawbacks of Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is that it is quite unstable. When exposed to air, Vitamin C preparations that are not formulated correctly will oxidize (break down) and become ineffective as well as potentially harmful. This is because oxidized Vitamin C may increase the formation of free radicals which lead to skin damage. Oxidized Vitamin C will take on a yellowish tinge so look for clear solutions or white creams and powders, a good indication that your formulation is stable and therefore, effective and safe. Look for products from reputable manufacturers ensuring that your formulation is safe and effective. 
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The darker the fish...The better the fishing!


Mahi-mahi with Thai Coconut Curry Sauce

I found this recipe online at the Taming of the Spoon website.


 Serves: 4


  • 1 (13.5 ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons minced scallions plus more for serving
  • 4 6-ounce mahi-mahi fillets (or other firm white fish such as grouper)
  • Steamed rice for serving
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  1. Combine first 7 ingredients (coconut milk through fish sauce) in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, 8 to 9 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and green onions. Set aside to cool slightly. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Scoop out cup of the sauce for marinating the fish. Save the remainder to serve later.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and place fish fillets on top. Season fish with salt and pepper then brush fish with the cup of reserved sauce. Cook fish in oven until opaque in center, 10-20 minutes, depending on thickness of fish. Serve fish with hot rice and remaining sauce. Sprinkle with additional cilantro and scallions, if desired.
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Each year, Impact 100 awards every penny of membership funds in grants to local nonprofits. On April 16th, the membership of Impact 100 held their vote to select the winners of this year's award of four $100,000 grants bringing the seven year total of giving to over $2.5 million. this year's winners are pictured R to L: 
Moreen Burkart, Visiting Nurse Assoc. of the Treasure Coast; Mary Silva, Literacy Services of IRC; Dr. Nancy Baker, IRC Medical Society Foundation; Karen Deigl, Senior Resource Association.
$18,000 grants were also awarded to Pelican Island Audubon Society, The Education Foundation of IRC, and Vero Beach Theatre Guild.

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