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VOL. 24 NO. 2                                                                            FEBRUARY 2023

      Taste Of Little Italy                                                                                 2024 Voting

      Celebrates 16th Anniversary                                                                              We did it! With your

      At Tradition Square In Port St. Lucie                                                                 help, the 2022 elections
                                                                                                            are now successfully
                                                                                                            behind us and we have
                                                                                                            started tackling our
      The Treasure Coast’s Largest                                                                          “2023  To Do List” in
      Italian Festival                                                                                      preparation for the 2024
         Via Productions Inc., announced                                                                    presidential elections.
      the return of the Taste of Little Italy                                                                  The 2022 general
      celebrating its 16th Anniversary on                                                                   election boasted Martin
      Feb. 17 to 19. The cultural festival                                                                  County’s largest mid-
      known  for  the  Italian  ambience,                                                                   term election turnout with
      national  Italian American                                                                            77,907 voters participating. Because of you, Martin
      entertainers, and authentic food will be offering free                                                County’s turnout was the fifth highest in the state with 65.4
      admission to thank the community for all the years of support.                                        percent voters casting ballots vs. the state average of 53.67
      The festival will be held in Tradition Square. The Taste of                                           percent. You make us proud to live in Martin County!
      Little Italy is the Treasure Coast’s largest Italian festival.                                           Due to state legislative changes, vote by mail
         Festival hours throughout the weekend are: Friday, 4 to      “It’s an honor to share old traditions and create new memories   requests must be renewed after each general election
      10 p.m.; Saturday,11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.   with all the families that come out as we celebrate our heritage   cycle. If you want to vote by mail through 2024, you
      to 8 p.m. Admission and parking are free.          and the accomplishments of Italians and Italian Americans,” said   must renew your request.
         Now in its 16th year, the Taste of Little Italy presented   Jerry Somma, cofounder and producer of the festival.     Here are some important facts regarding voting by mail:
      by Galbani  Cheese, promises a weekend filled with      Cheers to the next 16 years, we will offer new areas for      • Vote by mail requests are only valid through one
      entertainment, food, family fun, and more served up   the festival. The Aperol Spritz Piazza and the Voga Prosecco   general election cycle;
      Italian-style! Each year, the Taste of Little Italy draws three   and Bellini Lounge, a great place to relax and enjoy the sights      • Vote by mail ballots cannot be forwarded. To mail a
      generations of families on the Treasure Coast with a promise   and sounds of the Taste of Little Italy.  ballot to a different address call the elections office at (772)
      to offer something special for everyone to enjoy and remember                                         288-5637 or visit and click on the Vote
      as they create memorable moments together that last a lifetime.   Taste Of Little Italy on page 4     by Mail tab;

                                                                                                               • You can verify your voted ballot was received at
      Harbour Ridge Mah Jongg Tournament                                                           on the “Track Your Ballot” tab or call the
                                                                                                            elections office at (772) 288-5637;
                                                                                                               • Florida is a no excuse state. Voters do not need a reason
      Will Benefit The Education Foundation                                                                   to request a vote by mail ballot;

                                                                                                               • All vote by mail ballots must be received at the
      Of Martin County                                                                                      elections office by 7 p.m. on Election Day;

                                                                                                               • If you would like to drop off a voted ballot, secure
                                                                                                            ballot intake stations are available in the elections office
                                                                                                            and early voting sites;
       By Jackie Holfelder                                                                                     • All vote by mail ballots are counted even if an election
          In only four short years,                                                                         has a close race.
       the Harbour Ridge Mah Jongg                                                                             Request your vote by mail ballot today!
       Tournament has become one of                                                                                                            Vicki Davis,
       the most popular events of the                                                                                      Martin County Supervisor of Elections
       season – a sellout every year.
       This year’s event on March 3
       is sure to be a repeat success.
          Since its lauded debut in
       2020 under the expert guidance
       and leadership of Lois McGuire,
       a resident of the upscale
       community, longtime supporter  Annette Theriault, Lois McGuire and   MaryLou Owen, Edwardine Tasco and
       of Education Foundation of  Carolyn Caiola                     Kathy Tierney
       Martin  County  (EFMC),  and
       now foundation board member, the event is more eagerly      Mah Jongg is so popular around the world that it has its
       anticipated every year.                           own special day of recognition on Aug. 1. And that even though
                                                                                it’s called National Mah Jongg
                                                                                Day, it is – in fact – celebrated
                                                                                  Registration and continental
                                                                                breakfast kick things off at 9:30
                                                                                a.m., followed by rules review
                                                                                and morning play at 10:30 a.m.

                                                                                Harbour Ridge Mah Jongg
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