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Organizations unite for more Kwanzaa celebrations
BREVARD -- Last year, a local committee formed to generate interest in celebrating the African holiday, Kwanzaa. They called themselves "Nguzo Saba," which translate to "the seven principles." This year, the committee partnered with other community organizations, and, as a result, five events will take place dur...
Students learn computer coding
MELBOURNE BEACH -- One local nonprofit organization celebrated "Computer Science Education Week" with several days full of learning and excitement. From Monday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 15, Codecraft Lab hosted several free "Hour to Code" e...
Visual demonstrates Christmas tree safety, danger of fires
BREVARD -- Decorating Christmas trees is a staple of the holidays, but local organizers said it is important for residents to remember proper safety tips when handling live Christmas trees. On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Health First Palm Bay Hospital and the city of Palm Bay Fire Rescue teamed up to help increase ...
'Santa's Little Helpers' make Christmas brighter
BREVARD -- Girl Scout troops from all across Brevard County came together to help those in need this holiday season. On Wednesday, Dec. 11, the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, Voyager Service Unit hosted the 'Santa's Little Helpers' Christmas party, where each scout brought an unwrapped gift to bring to Sa...
Brevard County's Year in Review
BREVARD -- There was hardly a dull moment in 2013 for Space Coast residents. From tragedy and mayhem to new beginnings and stories of success, there is much to look back on this year. Here's a glimpse at some of the headline-grabbing events that helped shaped 2013. 10. Judge denies l...
Ready to take off
Elijah Majors, 5, of Melbourne, Kamara Scott, 7 of Melbourne and Diani Hall of Palm Bay pose for pictures with a helicopter from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office during the Family Christmas Extravaganza at Max K Rhodes Park Saturday, Dec. 21. The yearly event included Fire Trucks, Sheriff's Helicopter, cars and bomb squa...
College celebrates inaugural graduation
BREVARD -- Eastern Florida State College closed the fall semester with yet another milestone for the blossoming school. On Thursday, Dec. 19, the first graduating class from Eastern Florida State College accepted their diplomas at two fall commencement ceremonies, after hearing a call from college preside...
Health club students adopt nursing home for holidays
BREVARD -- When Cathy Hall, R.N., began her medical career as a nursing assistant, she specialized in geriatric nursing and was employed in nursing homes for 15 years. "It was during the holidays that I noticed many of the nursing home residents were forgotten by family members or did not have any family,...
Life savers
Bomb Technician Scott Carson of Titusville leans on a robot utilized by the Bomb Squad of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office during the Family Christmas Extravaganza at Max K Rhodes Park Saturday, Dec. 21. The yearly event included Fire Trucks, Sheriff's Helicopter, cars and bomb squad along with bounce houses, face painti...
Cosmetic team and partners provides gifts for seniors
BREVARD --This holiday season, Sandy Maslan is determined to help a sometimes forgotten demographic. Her Mary Kay team has joined forces this year with Aging Solutions and All One Senior Day Care in Merritt Island to prepare pampering packages for the elderly throughout Brevard County. "It was just my way ...
Local woman helps veterans
BREVARD -- Two years ago, Denise Brooker met a woman who lives in Tampa. "She ran a 501(c)(3), in which she trains greyhounds to be service dogs for veterans," she said. "I wanted to help out her organization; however, I lived on the east coast of Florid and she, the west coast. She asked if I could sew, ...
Local doctor gives the gift of sight for the holidays
BREVARD -- James McManus, M.D., is giving something very special away this holiday season. For the second year in a row, Dr. McManus, Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Cataract Specialist at the Eye Institute for Medicine and Surgery, will be giving away the gift of sight to one lucky Brevard County res...
Community movers, shakers share resolutions for 2014
BREVARD -- While it's difficult to believe that another year is almost behind us, residents of Brevard County and beyond are looking forward to what 2014 has in store. We at Hometown News scoured the Space Coast this holiday season, asking some of the community's most influential people about their goals and resolutions for the new year. Here's wh...
The conductor is ready
Dave Hastings of Palm Bay places the Spiderman Train on the track at Degroodt Library in Palm Bay, Saturday, Dec. 21. Mr. Hastings is Vice President of the Palm Bay Railroad Club. The group set-up a large track and several trains as a demonstration for the community. The club is looking for volunteers interested in model tr...
Emotions evoke images for local artist
BREVARD -- If you click on local artist Linda D. Neal's website, there, at the top of the page, is a watercolor image of an old, rusted pickup truck. The truck sits abandoned in a field of weeds, draped in moss; its doors are left ajar, and its windshield is cracked a...
Pet of the week
Hershey is a 6 month old mixed Shepard owned by Lance Stern of Indialantic. She loves to play with her ball, swing around her toys like crazy and chew on her bone. Her playfulness and happy demeanor are evident in every move she makes....

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