New Year's resolutions for you
The Titusville YMCA is ready to partner with you to make positive changes that strengthen you and the North Brevard community.
Below are four resolutions determined to help you in 2013:
1. Set Specific Goals To Live Healthier - Start by stepping into the YMCA this January to meet with a wellness coach for "The Coach Approach." Participate in one of 65 weekly group exercise classes in the recently renovated Group Ex room. Join an Adult Sports League, such as tennis, racquetball, indoor soccer, volleyball or basketball. Test-drive the new treadmills, ellipticals, stair-steppers, resistance machines and spin bikes.
2. Volunteer - Volunteering provides opportunities to improve the community, meet new people and develop new relationships. At the Titusville YMCA, volunteers make a big difference in the community. The Y is currently seeking volunteers to coach youth sports or to serve on a volunteer committee. There are several unique committees to choose from based on your interests. For more information, visit the welcome desk staff.
3. Learn Something New - Step out of your comfort zone, have fun and grow by exploring personal interests. Are you interested in tennis, racquetball, Zumba, swimming, spinning or karate? These are just a few examples of beginner classes that the Titusville YMCA is providing in 2013. Try something new to build your spirit, mind and body. For class information and times, please visit with the welcome desk staff.
4. Spent more time with family and friends - Socializing in a healthy environment like the Y strengthens the well-being. It is always helpful to have a community of people you can reach out to during times of need. So, carve out time each day to connect with family and friends, and get your loved ones more involved with community organizations, such as your Titusville Y.
On behalf of the Titusville YMCA staff and board of directors, we wish you a safe, healthy, prosperous and blessed 2013.
Staff members honored
At its annual staff awards' luncheon, Crosswinds' president and CEO Jan Lokay recognized staff members for their outstanding achievements throughout 2012.
Six staff members also were recognized for their length of service with the nonprofit organization, which has been offering programs and services for children, youth and families in crisis since 1974.
Rosalyn Kidd, lead youth care worker in the Robert E. Lehton Children's Shelter, received the Tortoise Award in recognition of her dedication, loyalty, perseverance and commitment to quality.
Michele Gerhardt-Hagans, youth care worker, received Crosswinds' Dale Carnegie Award, given to an employee, who exemplifies the Dale Carnegie approach to professionalism and positive thinking.
Ann Fosburr received the Employee of the Year Award in recognition of her excellent work as a program assistant for Independent Living Services.
The Civil Citation program was honored by Crosswinds as its Program of the Year. The award recognizes the outstanding work of staff members Suzanne Beacham, Sam Esposito, Eric Fadely, Carolyn Goodin and Joanne Van Polanen in this program that is an alternative to arrest for youth who commit certain misdemeanors, giving them a "second chance."
Also recognized for contributing to the program's success were non-residential counseling program staff members Kristina Talbot, Patty Dunbar and Susan Cron.
The President's Award for Excellence was presented to John Weimann. Mr. Weimann has worked for the organization for 18 years and is the director of the Brief Strategic Family Therapy program at Crosswinds.
Staff members recognized for milestones reached this year in length of service with Crosswinds Youth Services were Lynn Cowart and Tammy Bousquet for 15 years; Titilope Aina for 10 years; Ken Bishop, Linda Gibson and Kristina Talbot for five years.
Regina Merlet, a counselor in the BSFT program, was recognized as the Employee of the Quarter.
Recognized with certificates for training, provided by Gee Resolutions in behavioral management techniques, were youth care workers Kathleen Bailey, James Gray, Michele Hagans, Erik Hasselbeck, Mustapha Husain, Dontavious Isom, Donna James, Rosalyn Kidd, Erika King-Youmans, Kayla Larson, LaShera McDowell, Jonathan Richter, David Russell and Joanetta Waller.
For more information, visit www.crosswindsyouthservices.org or call (321) 452-0800
A grant for childhood literacy
The Junior League of Central & North Brevard has presented Lisa Rose, doctor of family medicine at Brevard Health Alliance, with a donation (mini grant) of $800 to purchase books for the Reach Out and Read program.
Reach Out and Read provides free books to patients of Brevard Health Alliance, aged newborn through preschool.
Reach Out and Read promotes early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families through thousands of pediatrician offices in all 50 states.
Each year, medical providers at the nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read program sites nationwide distribute 6.5 million books to children and invaluable literacy advice to parents.
The $800 mini grant donation will fund books for the program for one year.
For more information, visit www.ajli.org or www.brevardjuniorleague.org.
New planet candidates found
NASA's Kepler mission has announced the discovery of 461 new planet candidates.
Four of the potential new planets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun's "habitable zone," the region in the planetary system where liquid water might exist on the surface of a planet.
Based on observations conducted from May 2009 to March 2011, the findings show a steady increase in the number of smaller-size planet candidates and the number of stars with more than one candidate.
Since the last Kepler catalog was released in February 2012, the number of candidates discovered in the Kepler data has increased by 20 percent and now totals 2,740 potential planets orbiting 2,036 stars. The most dramatic increases are seen in the number of Earth-size and super Earth-size candidates discovered, which grew by 43 and 21 percent respectively.
The new data increases the number of stars discovered to have more than one planet candidate from 365 to 467.
Today, 43 percent of Kepler's planet candidates are observed to have neighbor planets.
The Kepler space telescope identifies planet candidates by repeatedly measuring the change in brightness of more than 150,000 stars in search of planets that pass in front, or "transit," their host star.
At least three transits are required to verify a signal as a potential planet.
Candidates require additional follow-up observations and analyses to be confirmed as planets. At the beginning of 2012, 33 candidates in the Kepler data had been confirmed as planets. Today, there are 105.
The complete list of Kepler planet candidates is available in an interactive table at the NASA Exoplanet Archive. The archive is funded by NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program to collect and make public data to support the search for and characterization of exoplanets and their host stars.
For information about the NASA Exoplanet Archive, visit http://exoplanetarchive.ipac.caltech.edu/index.html.
For information about the Kepler Mission, visit http://www.nasa.gov/kepler .
Vendors sought for crafts and plant sale
Brevard County Parks and Recreation will host a Spring Craft and Plant Sale at Wickham Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9. The fair will be held inside the park, 2500 Parkway Drive in Melbourne.
Wickham Park is currently seeking craft vendors, food vendors and local nurseries or novice plant propagators who wish to participate in the event.
Vendor spaces, 10-foot-by-10-foot, are available for $21.20 each. Spaces are located in an uncovered grassy area. Tables will not be provided.
To request a registration packet via email, fax or U.S. Postal Service, contact Tabitha Niemann at email@example.com.
Packets are also available for pickup at the Ranger Station inside Wickham Park or can be downloaded online at www.brevardcounty.us/ParksSouth.
The deadline to register is Monday, March 4.
For more information, call Wickham Park at (321) 255-4307 or visit www.brevardcounty.us/Wickham or www.facebook.com/BrevardWickhamPark.
Healing families - healing communities
Parrish Medical Center employees recently raised more than $113,600 in their fifth annual employee giving campaign.
Co-chaired by Ryan Hieronymus, registration and scheduling interim director, and Sheryl Shelley, who works in the clinical equipment department, the PMC Circle of Giving Committee rallied employees and selected a signature project that reaches out to the community.
The campaign supported a wellness package consisting of four projects: a new Healing in Motion van - a transportation program that helps patients get to their hospital appointments or gives them a ride home after a hospital stay; new lift equipment to safely transport patients; a third-floor fitness area upgrade for care partners; and Telehealth Monitoring equipment to remotely monitor patients to keep them healthy and prevent readmissions to the hospital.
All four projects focus on increased wellness for the community and PMC employees.
For more information, contact (321) 269-4066 or visit parrishmedfoundation.com
Beachside facilities available
The city of Satellite Beach has indoor and outdoor facilities for activities and for rent.
Pelican Beach Clubhouse: capacity 70
Pelican Beach Park pavilions: six, capacity 12-70
Skatepark: soccer and football fields
Dog Park: walking trail
DRS Community Center: gymnasium, game room, meeting rooms and dance studios
DeSoto Recreation Comples: tennis and racquetball courts
Samsons Island Nature Park: 52-acre park accessible by boat with public transportation Sundays
Hightower Beach Park: educational boardwalk - dune crossover
For more information, call the Satellite Beach Recreation Department 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at (321) 773-6458 or visit www.satellitebeachrecreation.org.
Scholarships to be awarded
The Doctors Lawyers Weekend Warriors have announced that it will be awarding three $1,000 scholarships on April 1.
The scholarships, in the name of "Mama G" (Lorraine Guthrie), will be for deserving Brevard and/or Indian River students, who intend to pursue education in fields, dear to Mama G.
Mama G was a surf photographer, a devoted mom and a supporter of surfers at Sebastian Inlet.
Applications for the scholarships must be received by March 1.
For more information, call Jack A. Kirschenbaum at (321) 727-8100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustained long-term climate warming
NASA scientists say 2012 was the ninth-warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures.
With the exception of 1988, the nine warmest years in the 132-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record.
NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, which monitors global surface temperatures on an ongoing basis, recently released an updated analysis that compares temperatures around the globe in 2012 to the average global temperature from the mid-20th century.
The comparison shows how Earth continues to experience warmer temperatures than several decades ago.
The average temperature in 2012 was about 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit (14.6 Celsius), which is 1.0 F (0.6 C) warmer than the mid-20th century baseline. The average global temperature has risen about 1.4 degrees F (0.8 C) since 1880, according to the new analysis.
Scientists emphasize that weather patterns always will cause fluctuations in average temperature from year to year, but the continued increase in greenhouse gas levels in Earth's atmosphere assures a long-term rise in global temperatures.
Each successive year will not necessarily be warmer than the year before, but on the current course of greenhouse gas increases, scientists expect each successive decade to be warmer than the previous decade.
For images related to the data, visit http://go.nasa.gov/10wqitw.
New store coming to mall
Melbourne Square Mall has announced the unveiling of its new retail concept, Express.
Slated to open in the fall of 2013, shoppers can browse through a selection of both men's and women's stylish jeans, dress pants, dresses, outerwear and more.
Express is the must-have sexy, sophisticated fashion brand for work, the weekend or going out.
Located near Dick's Sporting Goods, the new 7,644-square-foot store will also offer a denim lab dedicated to young fashion-forward men's and women's denim apparel.
Express operates more than 600 stores across the United States and Canada and can be found online at www.express.com.
Medical center elects officers
Parrish Medical Center's board of directors, in accordance with its bylaws, held an election of officers during its January board meeting.
The election resulted in the following office appointments:
Herman Cole Jr., Col., United States Air Force (ret.), chairman; Robert L. Jordan Jr., vice chairman; Peggy Crooks, treasurer; Billie Fitzgerald, secretary; and J.J. Parrish III, member-at-large.
In addition to the board officers, the nine-member board of directors includes Jerry Noffel, Maureen E. Rupe, and newly appointed Stanley E. Retz, CPA and Ashok Shah, MD.
Newly appointed to the Parrish Medical Center board of directors through appointment by the Brevard County Board of Commissioners and the Titusville City Council were Stanley E. Retz, CPA, and Ashok C. Shah, MD.
For more information, visit www.parrishmed.com.
Volunteer coordinators needed for program
The American Cancer Society has an urgent need for volunteer coordinators to manage the Road to Recovery program's daily drivers in Brevard County.
The Road to Recovery program is operated by volunteers who drive local cancer patients to and from lifesaving chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.
The society needs volunteer coordinators to match patients with drivers and schedule trips to and from treatments.
An integral part of treating cancer successfully is making sure cancer patients receive their treatments, but many find making transportation arrangements is a challenge.
The American Cancer Society provided more than 3,100 cancer patients with rides to treatment in Florida last year.
If you or someone you know can help this program continue to get patients to their treatments, call Gina Becker at (407) 581-2535 or email email@example.com.
Center gets new artistic director
The Henegar Center for the Arts in Downtown Melbourne has announced that Hank Rion of Indialantic will join the staff as its artistic director, effective mid February, initially on a part-time basis.
He will assume the position full-time in mid-May.
Mr. Rion has extensive education and experience in all aspects of theatrical production.
He is currently director of the drama department in the Satellite High School Fine Arts Academy, where he has directed the award -winning program for more than five years.
Previously (2001-07,) he was an assistant professor at the College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, N.C. He served as its Fine Arts Department chairman from 2003 to 2005.
He has performed in several national tours, including "Grease" and "42nd Street."
He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts - theater arts - from Valdosta State University and his master of fine arts in directing from the CUNY- Brooklyn College.
For more information, call (321) 537-0531, (321) 723-8698 or visit www.henegar.org.
The Henegar Center for the Arts is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.
Classroom volunteers needed
Junior Achievement of Central Florida is seeking business and community members to serve as classroom volunteers for students in middle and high schools. JA mentors educate students about financial literacy, work readiness, entrepreneurship and the importance of the free enterprise system.
Volunteer opportunities are available at three levels and require approximately one-hour per week for five-to-seven sessions, depending on the program.
Training is held monthly.
For more information, contact Rachel Whitmire at (407) 898-2121, Ext. 30, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Valentines for Seniors' program
The aim of this program is to help develop in the youth an appreciation and respect for seniors, while at the same time, bringing a little joy and happiness into their daily lives. This kind act of service will help bridge the gap between these generations and hopefully bring both youth and seniors together for this special day.
This program began 12 years ago by the North Brevard Seniors And Law Enforcement Together Council in partnership with the North Brevard Elementary Schools.
It was such a success that the Central and South SALT Councils jumped on board seven years ago and are now delivering more than 3,000 cards countywide to nursing homes, senior assistance facilities, hospitals and day care facilities.
Brevard County TRIAD identifies and develops programs to address the needs and safety of senior citizens.
TRIAD is formed by an agreement between the
Sheriff's Office, area chiefs of police, the State Attorney's office, along
with public and private organizations.
For more information, call (321) 749-5945.
Call for visionary concepts
NASA's Space Technology Program is looking for visionary advanced concepts.
This year's annual call for NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program is seeking proposals for revolutionary concepts, with the potential to transform future aerospace missions.
NASA expects to fund about 15 proposals in this year's Phase I process. Those selected may receive as much as $100,000 for nine months of study to advance the innovative space technology concept and help NASA meet current operational and future mission requirements.
Selection announcements are expected this summer.
The solicitation is open to all United States citizens and researchers working in the United States, including NASA civil servants.
The number of awards will depend on the strength of proposals and availability of appropriated funds.
This NASA early investment and partnership with creative scientists, engineers and citizen inventors will pay huge technological dividends and help maintain America's leadership in the global technology economy.
To view the NASA research announcement for this solicitation and for more information about NIAC and NASA's Space Technology Program, visit www.nasa.gov/niac.
Art committee needs volunteer
The District Five Commission Office is looking for a volunteer to fill an opening for the Art in Public Places Advisory Committee.
The Art in Public Places Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners to the selection of works of applied art.
You do not need to live in District Five, and there are no specific qualifications, but an interest in art would be helpful.
The Art in Public Places Advisory Committee meets on the second Thursday of every month. A term is for one year.
If you are interested in being appointed to this board, contact the District Five Commission Office at (321) 253-6611.
Softball season announced
Introducing a challenging 51-game slate, Florida Tech head softball coach Val Silvestrini has released the 2013 schedule.
The schedule, which includes 20 home games, will feature 11 opponents, who played in the 2012 NCAA Division II tournament.
The Panthers begin the season with three straight tournaments.
The first comes in the first-ever Peach Belt Conference-Sunshine State Conference Challenge beginning Feb. 2. The Crimson and Gray will match up against four opponents in a two-day span, including three NCAA tournament teams from 2012 in Armstrong Atlantic State, Columbus State and North Georgia.
The following weekend, FIT will again hit the road, this time traveling to Clearwater, for the Eckerd College Tournament, which includes a contest against regional opponent Flagler. Flagler was a national championship participant last season after winning the Southeast Super Regional at 39-20 overall.
The Panthers will finish the three-tournament opening slate with the University of Alabama - Huntsville Charger Chillout, beginning Feb. 15 in Decatur, Ala.
In total, the Panthers will play on the road the first 15 games of the season.
The first home game will come more than 20 days into the season on Feb. 23, with a doubleheader against Webber International at Nancy Bottge Field. The squad will remain at home for a doubleheader the following day against Flagler. Three days later, the Panthers will again go on the road, this time to begin conference play against Tampa.
FIT will close out the schedule with a home series against Barry. The final game of the regular season, on April 21, will represent senior day for four seniors in Kara Dickinson, Lindsy Dugan, Kyla Palaschak and Erica Tollett.
Coach Silvestrini is now entering her fourth season at the helm of the Panthers. She is assisted by Jillian Lafrance, Caurie Miller and former Panther Sarah Oram.
For more details about the 2013 schedule, visit www.floridatechsports.com/softball/schedule/.
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