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2018 Summer Strings                                                        plays in various chamber groups, and also with the Lee             but may not be able to attend all sessions and will need to notify
                                                                           Oskar & Friends Blues Orchestra. Robbins came to Jensen            Robbins of the dates students will be present. Registration is
Program For Treasure Coast                                                 Beach in 1950.                                                     available at tcys@treasurecoastyouthsymphony.com.
                                                                           	 Students interested in music programs will audition in           	 In addition, students working on audition programs will
Youth Symphony                                                             various performances on July 16, 23 and 30, plus August 6          eventually follow up on The Summer Strings Program as a
                                                                           and 13. The rehearsal programs are 6 to 8 p.m. at the Grace        project of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony. There is no
	 It’s that time of year when the Treasure Coast Youth                     Presbyterian Church at 1375 N.W. Britt Road.                       charge for this program and performers do not have to be a
Symphony supports local student musicians for intermediate                 	 Robbins offers palliative music to the Treasure Coast and        member of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony.
and advanced string players for high school and middle school              is certified in clinical music for dementia patients. She is       	 Treasure Coast Youth Symphony conductors are: string
programs. This is the 30th year celebrating performances from              currently free-lancing, playing cello in orchestra, opera and      audition, Dr. John Enyart; wind audition and percussion
classical to popular Beatles music and more. Students entering             ballet companies in Florida. She has been a nominee for the        audition, Thomas Servinsky; and local conductor, Benjamin
the music audition program are asked to expand and enhance                 Martin County Arts Council mARTies Award and is a three-           Enyart. The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is composed of
technical and artistic skills.                                             year recipient of grants awarded by the Women Supporting           the most talented young musicians selected by annual audition
	 The Summer Strings Program Director Jackie Robbins                       the Arts organization. Robbins coaches and teaches individual      from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and northern Palm
is an accomplished free-lance cellist, who has had a                       and group cellists at various sites for studying the music and     Beach counties in Florida. The orchestra performs standard
diverse musical career, ranging from Oberlin College to the                is an active mentor for the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony.         and classical literature, as well as modern transcriptions of
Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. She teaches cello privately,                  	 Students are encouraged to register for all audition sessions,   Broadway scores.

Martin County Healthy Start Celebrates from page 1                         that have helped to make the outreach center such a success.       Shamus Gordon, executive director, Father and Child
                                                                           She spoke about the services that have helped more than 1,500
	 Additionally, the Prenatal                                               women in Martin County access prenatal care. Their diaper          Resource Center; Randy Pennington, incoming board
Outreach Center expanded                                                   pantry gives out nearly 10,000 diapers a month and has been an     member; Dr. Teena White, immediate-past board president;
to Indiantown. The number                                                  invaluable service for mothers.                                    and Samantha Suffich, executive director
of pregnant women entering                                                 	 Outgoing Board President Dr. Teena White was recognized
prenatal care in the first                                                 for her years of service to the organization since 2010. Jason
trimester has increased to                                                 Berger will succeed White as board president. Ten-year
73 percent from 56.9 percent                                               anniversary awards were given to staff members: Ellie Duell,
since the outreach center’s                                                Jennifer Furtwangler, Elaine Gable and Lisa Kieffer.
inception. In recent months,                                               	 Every year the executive director and board of directors choose
97 percent of pregnant                                                     a Healthy Start Hero. The Healthy Start HeroAward was given to
women and 100 percent of                                                   Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, for his actions that kept
newborns were screened for Dr. Brian Moriarty and Tiffany                  funding in place for the organization statewide. Holly Demers,
risk factors that could lead Parish                                        his legislative assistant, accepted the award on his behalf.
to poor birth outcomes like                                                	 Samantha and Sarah both praised Martin County’s Healthy
premature birth, low birth weight, and infant mortality. In Martin         Start Coalition for truly operating like a coalition. It takes a
County, out of 1,260 babies born, more than 1,000 mothers and              dedicated community to make a coalition run, and they said this
more than 600 babies received Healthy Start services.                      community has been an integral part in improving maternal and
	 Sarah Gosney, the first director of Healthy Start, a position            child health in Martin County.
she held for 13 years, reminisced about the early years of the
organization. She explained how each coalition provides services
specifically for their area. As a result, she developed the Father
and Child Resource Center.
	 Lisa Kieffer, manager of the Betty Moore Prenatal Outreach
Center since its beginning in 2007, thanked community partners

                                                                                                                                              Shaun Kelly, Samantha Suffich, executive director of Healthy

                                                                           Rebekah Chastain, Dr. Jennifer Howell, Dillie Nerios and Start and Holly Demers, legislative assistant to Senator Joe

                                                                           Ruby Aguirre                                                       Negron

Sarah Gosney; Carol Hodnett; Shamus Gordon, executive
director, Father and Child Resource Center; and City
Commissioner Eula Clarke

                                           Photos by Beverly Jones

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