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VOL. 25  NO. 2                                                                         FEBRUARY 2023

      Taste Of Little Italy Celebrates                                                                      2024 Voting

      16th Anniversary At Tradition Square                                                                    We did it! With your

      In Port St. Lucie                                                                                     help, the 2022 elections are
                                                                                                            now successfully behind
                                                                                                            us and we have started
                                                                                                            tackling our “2023 To
      The Treasure Coast’s Largest Italian Festival        Festival hours throughout the                    Do List” in preparation
        Via Productions Inc., announced the return of the Taste   weekend are: Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.;        for the 2024 presidential
      of Little Italy celebrating its 16th Anniversary on Feb. 17   Saturday,11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and        elections.
      to 19. The cultural festival known for the Italian ambience,   Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission      The 2022 general
      national Italian American entertainers, and authentic food   and parking are free.                    election boasted Martin
      will be offering free admission to thank the community     Now in its 16th year, the Taste of         County’s largest mid-
      for all the years of support. The festival will be held in   Little Italy presented by Galbani        term election turnout with
      Tradition Square. The Taste of Little Italy is the Treasure   Cheese, promises a weekend              77,907 voters participating. Because of you, Martin County’s
      Coast’s largest Italian festival.                  filled with entertainment, food, family fun, and more   turnout was the fifth highest in the state with 65.4 percent
                                                         served up Italian-style! Each year, the Taste of Little Italy   voters casting ballots vs. the state average of 53.67 percent.
                                                         draws three generations of families on the Treasure Coast   You make us proud to live in Martin County!
                                                         with a promise to offer something special for everyone to     Due to state legislative changes, vote by mail requests must
                                                         enjoy and remember as they create memorable moments   be renewed after each general election cycle. If you want to
                                                         together that last a lifetime.                     vote by mail through 2024, you must renew your request.
                                                           “It’s an honor to share old traditions and create new     Here are some important facts regarding voting by mail:
                                                         memories with all the families that come out as we     • Vote by mail requests are only valid through one general
                                                         celebrate our heritage and the accomplishments of Italians   election cycle;
                                                         and Italian Americans,” said Jerry Somma, cofounder and     • Vote by mail ballots cannot be forwarded. To mail a
                                                         producer of the festival.                          ballot to a different address call the elections office at (772)
                                                                                                            288-5637 or visit and click on the Vote by
                                                         Taste Of Little Italy on page 4                    Mail tab;
      Harbour Ridge Mah Jongg Tournament                                                                      • You can verify your voted ballot was received at
                                                                                                   on the “Track Your Ballot” tab or call the
                                                                                                            elections office at (772) 288-5637;
      Will Benefit The Education Foundation                                                                   • Florida is a no excuse state. Voters do not need a reason
                                                                                                            to request a vote by mail ballot;
                                                                                                              • All vote by mail ballots must be received at the elections
      Of Martin County                                                                                      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  MaryLou Owen, Edwardine Tasco and  Annette Theriault, Lois McGuire and
       of Education Foundation of  Kathy Tierney                      Carolyn Caiola
       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 own
       anticipated every year.                           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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