St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy unveils upper school campus

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A new high school on the Treasure Coast plans to take advantage of its natural environment by offering something new.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy unveiled its new upper school campus on the riverfront in downtown Fort Pierce Wednesday.

The school took over an old law firm and is remodeling it to create classrooms and laboratories.

The curriculum will focus on the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math.

“This is the first time we have a high school built and designed to do authentic research and our research will be based on the lagoon and the river,” said St. Andrew’s Head of Schools, Trina Angelone.

 The school is already creating partnerships with the Smithsonian and other area environmental groups.

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Fort Pierce man charged with assault in driveway incident

FORT PIERCE — A Fort Pierce man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly pulled a gun on a man who had blocked in his vehicle on a driveway.

Gary Gapinski, 59, who lives in the 2700 block of Twin Oaks Trail, was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, according to a Fort Pierce police arrest affidavit. He was released from the St. Lucie County Jail after posting a $3,750 bond.

Gapinski left his office in the 900 block of Seaway Drive at about 5 p.m. and found a vehicle blocking his way, according to the arrest affidavit. He asked his secretary to call the real estate office that occupies the other half of the building and find the driver, it said.

A real estate employee told her they had directed a client to park in the driveway and then asked that man to move his vehicle. When he got to the driveway, Gapinski allegedly pulled a gun from his vehicle and aimed it at the man’s face, telling him he would shoot out his tires next time.

Police went to Gapinski’s home, arrested him and seized the gun, a .40-caliber Glock 27. Gapinski told officers he had a license to carry the weapon, the affidavit said.

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Fort Pierce Police Department adding substation

Wednesday night the Fort Pierce Police Department is expanding.

Police are opening a new substation.

It’s inside the Williams Center on Avenue J.

Chief Sean Baldwin says they chose that spot because there’s a Boys and Girls Club inside.

He says it will give officers an opportunity to get to know young people in the neighborhood.

He hopes that relationship will help them fight crime and gang violence.

“That is where we are suffering the violence and it’s important that our officers be right there in the same community be accessible,” the chief said.

The chief says about six Fort Pierce police officers will work out of that substation.

But it’s available to other officers as well.

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Fort Pierce Library Hosts Medicare Workshops Sept. 4 & 25

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Faiella, Oravec to square off in PSL mayor race

FORT PIERCE — The first thing Fort Pierce Central High School football players see when they walk into coach Josh Shaffer’s office is a visual reminder that the number one goal is beating their rivals.

Sitting atop a filing cabinet just a few feet from the door is the Sunrise City Trophy, awarded annually to the winner of the Central-Fort Pierce Westwood game — better known as the Showdown.

Showdown 35 is 7 p.m. Friday at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce. Central has dominated the past three games in the series, outscoring Westwood by a combined score of 146-0.

“Anytime we play them, it’s big,” Shaffer said. “It’s a rival team and winning those games is part of our goals. Regardless of what happened last year, we have to compete and put our best effort forward to win.

“These are the kids they played together with in Pop Warner growing up. They want to win and compete and put forth a good effort in front of Fort Pierce (Westwood).”

Both Central and Westwood are coming off losses in the Kickoff Classic. Central allowed three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and fell to Royal Palm Beach 35-28 and Westwood lost to Forest Hill 37-0.

Westwood coach John Lima said the Panthers properly executed only one offensive play against Forest Hill, so the emphasis in practice this week is internal — not external.

“We have a lot of things we have to focus on with ourselves before we can focus on Central,” Lima said. “I can’t worry about what people think or people expect. The only thing I can focus on is the coaches and players I work with and get them prepared as best we can.”

Central had won nine consecutive Kickoff Classics before this season. After only losing five games in his first three seasons, Shaffer said starting off his fourth with a loss — albeit one that doesn’t count in the standings — could be a blessing in disguise.

“I think this team is going to be much more hungry,” Shaffer said. “They’ve already lost one. Now, we’re going to go back to hunting down opponents instead of waiting to be hunted. That’s helped us in the past — when we were the one seeking out opponents.”

Week 1: Fort Pierce Central vs. Fort Pierce Westwood

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Fort Pierce Jetty Jam coming up Sept. 20-21

FORT PIERCE — Join us on the beach Sept. 20 and 21 for the Fort Pierce Jetty Jam right outside the Inlet Bar and Grill. The event will be from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21.

This free two-day event features a statewide music festival and volleyball contest with a $2,500 cash prize. There will be lots of vendors, food, a kid’s zone and much more. VIP section is almost filled out and it includes free beer samples for both days, primary stage seating and private lounges. A portion of the proceeds from the Jetty Jam benefit the American Cancer Society and the Rivers Coalition.

For VIP information, volleyball registration and interested vendors or sponsors please visit http://FORTPIERCEJETTYJAM.com.

Bring your towels and sunscreen — it’s gonna be hot!

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Fort Pierce winning Fantasy 5 ticket worth $48000

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Florida Lottery officials say that four winning Fantasy 5 tickets were sold in Clearwater, Spring Hill, Jacksonville and Fort Pierce.

The Fort Pierce lottery ticket was purchased at the Orange Ave Mobil located at 4171 Orange Ave.

Each of the four Fantasy 5 winning tickets is worth $48,455.40.

Monday’s winning numbers are  08-15-18-22-33.

Florida Lottery officials say that tickets with four matching numbers won $121 each, three matching numbers are worth $9.50 each.  Two matching numbers are good for a free ticket.
 

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2014 primary election: Everything you need here

FORT PIERCE — The first thing Fort Pierce Central High School football players see when they walk into coach Josh Shaffer’s office is a visual reminder that the number one goal is beating their rivals.

Sitting atop a filing cabinet just a few feet from the door is the Sunrise City Trophy, awarded annually to the winner of the Central-Fort Pierce Westwood game — better known as the Showdown.

Showdown 35 is 7 p.m. Friday at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce. Central has dominated the past three games in the series, outscoring Westwood by a combined score of 146-0.

“Anytime we play them, it’s big,” Shaffer said. “It’s a rival team and winning those games is part of our goals. Regardless of what happened last year, we have to compete and put our best effort forward to win.

“These are the kids they played together with in Pop Warner growing up. They want to win and compete and put forth a good effort in front of Fort Pierce (Westwood).”

Both Central and Westwood are coming off losses in the Kickoff Classic. Central allowed three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and fell to Royal Palm Beach 35-28 and Westwood lost to Forest Hill 37-0.

Westwood coach John Lima said the Panthers properly executed only one offensive play against Forest Hill, so the emphasis in practice this week is internal — not external.

“We have a lot of things we have to focus on with ourselves before we can focus on Central,” Lima said. “I can’t worry about what people think or people expect. The only thing I can focus on is the coaches and players I work with and get them prepared as best we can.”

Central had won nine consecutive Kickoff Classics before this season. After only losing five games in his first three seasons, Shaffer said starting off his fourth with a loss — albeit one that doesn’t count in the standings — could be a blessing in disguise.

“I think this team is going to be much more hungry,” Shaffer said. “They’ve already lost one. Now, we’re going to go back to hunting down opponents instead of waiting to be hunted. That’s helped us in the past — when we were the one seeking out opponents.”

Week 1: Fort Pierce Central vs. Fort Pierce Westwood

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Football: Fort Pierce Central, Westwood both hungry for win in Showdown 35

FORT PIERCE — The first thing Fort Pierce Central High School football players see when they walk into coach Josh Shaffer’s office is a visual reminder that the number one goal is beating their rivals.

Sitting atop a filing cabinet just a few feet from the door is the Sunrise City Trophy, awarded annually to the winner of the Central-Fort Pierce Westwood game — better known as the Showdown.

Showdown 35 is 7 p.m. Friday at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce. Central has dominated the past three games in the series, outscoring Westwood by a combined score of 146-0.

“Anytime we play them, it’s big,” Shaffer said. “It’s a rival team and winning those games is part of our goals. Regardless of what happened last year, we have to compete and put our best effort forward to win.

“These are the kids they played together with in Pop Warner growing up. They want to win and compete and put forth a good effort in front of Fort Pierce (Westwood).”

Both Central and Westwood are coming off losses in the Kickoff Classic. Central allowed three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and fell to Royal Palm Beach 35-28 and Westwood lost to Forest Hill 37-0.

Westwood coach John Lima said the Panthers properly executed only one offensive play against Forest Hill, so the emphasis in practice this week is internal — not external.

“We have a lot of things we have to focus on with ourselves before we can focus on Central,” Lima said. “I can’t worry about what people think or people expect. The only thing I can focus on is the coaches and players I work with and get them prepared as best we can.”

Central had won nine consecutive Kickoff Classics before this season. After only losing five games in his first three seasons, Shaffer said starting off his fourth with a loss — albeit one that doesn’t count in the standings — could be a blessing in disguise.

“I think this team is going to be much more hungry,” Shaffer said. “They’ve already lost one. Now, we’re going to go back to hunting down opponents instead of waiting to be hunted. That’s helped us in the past — when we were the one seeking out opponents.”

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About 80 animals removed from Fort Pierce shelter

 

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The rescue of dogs and cats from a nonprofit, no-kill pet shelter on Okeechobee Road now totals about 80 animals, according to one of the rescuers.

Many of the small specialty dogs, such as dachshunds, are in foster homes while the cats remain in a protective quarantine at the Highlands Animal Hospital, Sebastian.

“We had a huge outpouring from the public” after the animals were removed last week from the All Pet Rescue kennel in the 12400 block of Okeechobee Road, Van DeMars with the Indian River Count Chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said on Sunday.

Last week, information provided by DeMars and a representative H.A.L.O. Rescue, in Sebastian, led to the arrest of the Okeechobee woman who runs the shelter and the initial removal of 51 dogs and one cat from the Okeechobee Road business, sheriff’s officials said.

Shelter president Rosa Harding, 67, of Okeechobee, was arrested Friday by sheriff’s deputies on a charge of cruelty to animals, arrest reports show. The website for All Pet Rescue now is suspended, according to a notice on the site. The shelter has been in operation since around 2001.

The animals, according to an arrest affidavit, were kept in undersized cages — with barely enough room turn around in — in high heat.

Through the years there have been some complaints about the operation, according to sheriff’s reports. Then in recent weeks “her own volunteers called, giving the conditions,” DeMars said. “That gave us the information to act. When I arrived, some more animals were being dropped off.”

When deputies visited All Pet Rescue “the building the dogs and one exotic cat was being house in was a galvanized metal warehouse … with no air conditioning and no insulation,” creating stifling heat, the affidavit states.

The drinking water allegedly was covered with green algae and “not fit to drink,” according to a sheriff’s news release.

Harding initially agreed to give all the animals to the SPCA and to H.A.L.O. Rescue, a Sebastian-based no-kill facility. But when returning to pick up more animals, DeMars and fellow rescuers found the door locked on a building for cats. Eventually the two groups were able to collect the cats and some additional dogs, DeMars said.

The cats will be offered for adoption after release from medical care. About 20 dogs remain at H.A.L.O Rescue, he said.

“They (the dogs) were easy to find homes for” because they were small, specialty breeds including dachshunds and Shih Tzu, DeMars said.

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