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Kindergarten teacher nationally recognized
MERRITT ISLAND -- For the past 16 years, Barbara Wilcox has been shaping the young minds of Brevard County students, guiding them on the pathway to success. Recently, the kindergarten teacher at Tropical Elementary in Merritt Island received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science...
One man's junk, another man's cycle of hope
MERRITT ISLAND -- When you combine one man's junk with another man's needs, you sometimes really do give a person a treasure that can change lives. That's the concept behind Merritt Island's House of Hope Ministry program, Hope Cycles, which refurbishes and donates used bicycles to those in need, so they can ha...
Car show to benefit children in need
CAPE CANAVERAL -- A local car club will celebrate its golden anniversary next weekend, while giving back to the community. On Saturday, March 1, the Cape Canaveral Region of the Antique Auto Clubs of America will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a "Celebration of Cars -- Antique to Modern" Auto Show at...
Landscaping exhibit to highlight Florida gardening
BREVARD -- Space Coast residents with green thumbs are encouraged to attend a Florida-friendly gardening event this month. On Saturday, Feb. 22, residents can learn a variety of gardening tips from the experts at the Florida Friendly Landscaping Seminar, which will take place at the Eau Gallie High School ...
The keys to a new future
Lolisha Williams of Melbourne receives the keys to her new home from Stephen Hall, loan officer from Bank of America, Saturday, Feb 15. Joe Gassman, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, smiles, as he sees one more home handed over to another family in Brevard County....
Local photographer to earn international recognition
COCOA -- One local photographer has been named a finalist in an international competition. "Sunrise Strom," a black-and-white photo by Ed Quillian of Cocoa, was selected as one of the top 104 photographs out of 16,600 submissions in an international competition by Photographer's Forum Magazine. The photo w...
Local artist's decision for devotion pays off
BREVARD -- Local watercolor artist Frank Spino paints citrus fruits realistic enough to make a mouth water. His watercolor exhibit, titled "Good Enough to Eat," will be featured in March at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery for his first-ever solo show. In 1971, Mr...
Awesome lighting
Gepetto Rolle, 16, poses, while classmates Elines Ortize, 17, and Katie Wales, 15, all of Palm Bay, paint with light at Palm Bay High School, Friday, Feb. 14. The photographic technique of 'Painting with Light' uses longer exposure times than normal photographs. The average photograph has an exposure time that is a fraction ...
Forensics company to partner with Palm Bay
PALM BAY -- The city of Palm Bay has offered a two-year contract to a forensic company in the hopes of processing and solving cases with DNA, officials announced in early February. Cellmark Forensics, Inc., a company based in Dallas, Texas, has been awarded the contract to provide private DNA processing an...
Young, accomplished musician comes to Advent Lutheran Church
SUNTREE -- There is no doubt that music is the life blood harmoniously flowing through Josiah Armes' veins. The 26-year-old accomplished organist will grace the A.E. Schlueter organ at Advent Lutheran Church in Suntree on Sunday, Feb. 23 during two performances at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The concerts are free, ...
Zumba is good for your heart and soul
BREVARD -- One of the best ways to maintain a heart-healthy way of life is through regular exercise. What better way to get into the groove of a heart-healthy lifestyle than through Zumba, especially during National Heart Health Month? A fun, exciting form of cardiovascular exercise, Zumba has taken the w...
College leader receives contract extension for 'spectacular' performance
BREVARD -- Eastern Florida State College President Dr. Jim Richey is a man on a mission -- one that has been extended after his exemplary job, thus far. During Dr. Richey's second performance review on Monday, Feb. 3, EFSC Board of Trustees unanimously extended his five-year contract another year to 2019,...
Going the distance
Keani Snavely, 12, of Cocoa crosses the finish line at Brevard Zoo's 3-kilometer race, held Saturday, Feb. 15 and supported by The Running Zone. The first race, 'No Monkey Business,' was for serious competitors. The second, 'Scenic Route,' took runners through paths that brought them closer to animals. The third race, calle...
Gala to raise awareness for homeless animals
TITUSVILLE -- In Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel "The Phantom of the Opera," main character "Erik," the misunderstood phantom, had a simple message. "All I wanted was to be loved for myself," is one of the more famous quotes from the novel. It is this philosophy that inspired the SPCA of Brevard. To raise aware...
Recognize that special senior in your life
BREVARD -- In honor of the senior citizens, who devote their time to their communities, the Home Instead Senior Care network is sponsoring the Salute to Senior Service program to recognize those volunteers, who go above and beyond, to help their communities. Entering its third year, the Salute to Senior Service ...
Nice ride!
Jim Bartoszak of Satellite Beach showed two of his cars at Trinity Presbyterian Church's Higher Power Car Show, Saturday, Feb. 8. Mr. Bartoszak showed his 1968 Corvette, alongside his 2011 Camaro. The Camaro has been customized to look like Bumblebee from the Transformers movies and is always a big hit amongst children who ...
Melbourne artist recognized by Florida's Governor
MELBOURNE -- One local artist has been recognized by Florida Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott as featured artist for Florida's Black History Month. Rose Jefferson of Melbourne was awarded with this prestigious honor during Black History Month, with one of her works to exhibit in the Governor's man...
Card, game party to raise money for museum
MERRITT ISLAND -- Break out your favorite board games and your lucky deck of cards, all for a great cause next weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 21, the Brevard Museum Guild will host its annual Patriotic Card and Game Party at the Veteran's Memorial Center on Merritt Island from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The guild i...
Who needs a canvas?
Artist Dennis Shattuck of Palm Bay paints a beach scene on a palm frond, while a customer waits, during the Riverside Park Vero Beach Craft Show and Sale last month. Nearly two-dozen artists nestled under the oak trees and enjoyed the blue skies and warm weather....
Miracle City to be demolished, start anew
TITUSVILLE -- Change is coming to the Miracle City Mall, as developers completed a deal to purchase the property last month. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Tampa-based AG Development Group and Exxcel Project Management of Ohio purchased the abandoned shopping center from the Karantinos Trust for more than $6 million...
Preparations for Runaway Country Music Festival under way
BREVARD -- Next month, Melbourne's Wickham Park will host the fourth annual Runaway Country Music Festival. According to Runaway's executive producer, Gary McCann, "The entire park transforms into a festival paradise. With several lakes,...
Family fitness
Lindsay Schram, Eliza Schram, 4, and 'Nana' Susie Burke, all of Suntree, are pictured, just after crossing the finish line at Brevard Zoo's 3-kilometer race, held Saturday, Feb. 15 and supported by The Running Zone. The first race, 'No Monkey Business,' was for serious competitors. The second, 'Scenic Route,' took runners t...
Arts grant to allow students to tell their stories
TITUSVILLE -- The new year started out with quite a bang for one local organization. The Brevard Cultural Alliance was awarded with a $10,000 National Endowment of the Arts grant, which will give high school students, who live in Titusville, the opportunity to participate in a video storytelling project i...
Celebrate Spring: We want your event listings
Attention, Brevard organizations, churches, nonprofits, clubs and businesses: Hometown News is putting together a calendar listing for its upcoming Celebrate Spring publication, and we need your help. If you have an upcoming event that you'd like to promote that will take place between April 1, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2014, please email your listing ...
Pet of the week
It's double the cuteness for this week's 'Pet of the Week.' Pembrook Welsh Corgi sisters 'Chica,' 1, and 'Sissy,' 16 weeks, are the proud pooches of Alex Ramirez and Katie Bash of Palm Bay. Chica and Sissy love to eat, play ball and go to the beach....

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