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Posted: 2013 Jan 25 - 06:25

Presents and gift cards for food items, gas given

Employees at the Brevard Public School's Educational Services Facilities completed its "Giving from the Heart" campaign.

Twenty-six families, with more than 60 children, were given holiday presents and food and gas gift cards.

More than $6,000 was raised through internal fundraisers, department ice-cream socials, bake sales, jewelry sales and a silent auction.

Some families also received toys and clothing.

The mission of the campaign was to make the holidays a little brighter for some who might be struggling to make ends meet.

For more information, contact Ginny Gleason at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 389.

Satellite arrives at space center

NASA's newest tracking and data relay satellite, known as TDRS-K, arrived recently at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in preparation for a Tuesday, Jan. 29 launch.

TDRS-K arrived aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems assembly facility in El Segundo, Calif.

For almost 30 years, the TDRS spacecraft have provided a reliable communications network for NASA, serving numerous national and international space missions.

The TDRS fleet is a space-based communication system used to provide tracking, telemetry, command and high bandwidth data return services. The satellites provide in-flight communications with spacecraft operating in low-Earth orbit. It has been 10 years since NASA's last TDRS launch.

TDRS-K will launch to geo-stationary orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket.

The spacecraft is the first of three next-generation satellites designed to ensure vital operational continuity for NASA by expanding the lifespan of the fleet

The launch of TDRS-L is scheduled for 2014 and TDRS-M in 2015.

NASA's Launch Services Program at Kennedy is responsible for launch management. United Launch Alliance provides the Atlas V rocket launch service.

To join the online conversation about TDRS on Twitter, follow the hashtag #TDRS.

To learn more about all the ways to connect and collaborate with NASA, visit http://www.nasa.gov/connect.

For more information about TDRS, visit http://tdrs.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Rescue mission receives funds

Brevard Rescue Mission, which provides transitional housing and support services for homeless women with children, recently received $3,500 in cash and supplies from the Suntree Ladies Golf Association.

Funding will be used to support program services for the families.

Brevard Rescue Mission is privately funded by donations from individuals, civic organizations, foundations, churches and area businesses. Donated funds provide housing, education, transportation, counseling, medical care, parent training, household budgeting, tutoring, job training, food and clothing and case-manager support services.

Call (321) 480-9100 or visit www.BrevardRescueMission.org for more information. 

Kids club visit, sing for residents

Recently, Knucklebones Creative Kids Club delighted senior residents of the West Melbourne Health and Rehabilitation Center with Christmas songs.

Looking like Christmas elves, club members also presented the residents with Christmas cards created by them especially for the event.

Knucklebones Creative Kids Club was designed to open a child's vision of his/her world artistically. Club members explore Brevard County by attending various venues, such as the Brevard Zoo, museums, parks, sporting events, nonprofit organizations and more.

In turn, the children create art (in an artist workshop) based on what they have experienced.

This artwork will is placed on the Knucklebones web site.

Knucklebone's mission is to offer its members the opportunity to explore, participate and create in activities, field trips and classes.

Pictures from these KCKC adventures can be seen at www.knucklebonescreativekidsclub.com. The site also features artwork created by club members, showcasing their unique talents.

Visit the website for additional information or plan to attend one of the weekly meet-and-greet sessions scheduled for the first and third Wednesday evenings of the month at 6 p.m. at McDonalds, located at the intersection of San Filippo and Malabar roads, in Palm Bay.   

Seeing under the surface of the skin

MIMA Dermatology has announced that it is incorporating the groundbreaking MelaFind device into its practice, the first in Brevard County and northeast Florida.

MelaFind, developed by medical device company MELA Sciences, is a first-of-its-kind technology that is used during a skin exam to help dermatologists see under the skin's surface.

The device collects information from 2.5 millimeters deep into the skin painlessly and non-invasively using computer vision technology.

MelaFind's safety and effectiveness were proven in the largest clinical trial in melanoma detection ever conducted. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved MelaFind for use in the United States.

For more information on MelaFind, visit www.melafind.com, email anita.saluja@Mima.com or call (321) 757-5141.

 

On the canal boat parade

The Banana River Sail and Power Squadron had an early Christmas Eve with a christmas boat parade.

The parade, led by the Satellite Beach Marine Enforcement Boat and the Banana River Sail and Power Santa Claus boat was joined by approximately 80 decorated boats of all sizes and types.

Many of the boats not only had a light display, but also Christmas carol audios.

One very special sailboat had a music and lights coordinated display that brought those viewing to their feet with applause.

The Banana River Sail and Power Squadron thanks the city of Satellite Beach for their participation and support, past commander James Merker for captaining the Santa Claus boat, executive officer Steve Woessner for organizing the parade and David Hixenbaugh, a special friend of Santa, for bringing Santa down from the North Pole.

The Squadron thanks the wonderful boaters who volunteered their time and effort to decorate their boats for everyone's enjoyment, and all the very friendly spectators up and down the Grand Canal for their applause and shouts of Merry Christmas to all the boats as they passed.

Banana River Sail and Power Squadron wishes a Merry Christmas and the very best in the new year to the boaters and citizens of Satellite Beach all of those joined us from the sounding communities and the membership of the BRSPS.  We invite all of you to join our organization and attend our classes - "Boating is Fun," and we'll show You How!

Student survey in progress

All Brevard Public School students in grades 3-12 will be taking an anonymous computer-based survey during January to find out what the children think about Brevard Public Schools.

The survey questions focus on curriculum, instruction, bullying and school safety.

There will be no personally identifiable information in the survey, according to BPS.

If you have questions or wish to see a copy of the survey, contact the school.

The results of the survey will help the school to better serve all Brevard Public School students.

Quilters donate to cancer foundation

The local chapter of the Space Coast Moonlight Quilters Guild has donated more than 30 quilts to the cancer patients of Space Coast Cancer Center.

Sandy Sanchez, a member of the chapter having family affected by cancer, lead the group in its efforts to make the donation.

Ms. Sanchez, along with quilters Myra Ducharme, Dot Morgan and Karen Lee, donated a special "Daffodils at Work" quilt for the foundation.

The quilt will be displayed at the Titusville Cancer Center.

The Moonlight Quilters Guilt just celebrated its 20th anniversary as an organization.

The patients and staff are very appreciative of the quilts donated by the local chapter.  

Call (321) 268-4200, Ext. 3500 or email shannonsi@spacecoastcancer.com for more information.

Humane Society board announced

The Central Brevard Humane Society has announced its board of directors for 2013.

Sandi Trudeau of Sunny Beach Rentals will serve as president; Robert Smith of SGT Inc., will serve as vice president; Dianne George of Brevard Nature Alliance Inc., will serve as treasurer; and Jodi Levesque (engineering consultant) will serve as secretary.

Additional members of the 2013 CBHS Board of Directors include Michelle Earltinez, Brevard Community College's Veterinary Technology Program; Dennis Gollehon, Hartung Real Estate Inc.; Sheriff-elect Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff's Office; Karen Lee (community volunteer); Cindy Perrone, Perrone Properties; Jennifer Tharpe, NASA; and Justin Ward, Lockheed Martin.

For more information about the Central Brevard Humane Society, call (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.

Accreditation team invites public comments

 

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation is conducting an assessment for re-accreditation of the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco's Bureau of Law Enforcement.

The CFA assessment team will examine all aspects of the bureau's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. The re-accreditation process is voluntary and occurs every three years.

The CFA assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from other Florida law enforcement agencies.

The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members and visit offices and other facilities where standards compliance can be observed.

The division is required to comply with more than 190 accreditation standards in order to maintain accredited status.

A copy of the accreditation standards may be requested by contacting the division's accreditation manager, Jennifer Jacques, at (850) 717-1111.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.

Comments must be in writing and must address the agency's ability to comply with CFA standards.

Members of the public seeking more information regarding the CFA or wishing to offer written comments about the division's ability to meet the standards of accredidation, may contact the CFA at P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL, 32302, or via email at info@flaccreditation.org.

Students 'fill the truck' for northern students

The staff and students at Indialantic Elementary School recently finished "Operation Fill the Truck" for the students of Monmouth Beach Elementary School on the New Jersey Shore, following the devastation during Hurricane Sandy.

The Indialantic school community wanted to make the holidays a bit brighter by sending care packages for the families living in shelters, having lost everything, including homes and their school.

For more information, email dunkel.richard@brevardschools.org or call school principal Richard Dunkel at (321) 723-2811.

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.

Recycle at the beach

There are bins for glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard and paper in the recycling area behind the David R. Schechter Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach.

Inside the lobby, items that can be used by others are collected, such as eyeglasses (recycled by the Satellite Beach Lions Club), coffee mugs (recycled by the Satellite Beach Woman's Club), greeting card fronts, bottle caps (recycled by Brevard Montessori School, Satellite Beach) and cell phones for soldiers.

For a full list of recycling opportunities, visit www.satellitebeachrecreation.org.

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 tabitha.niemann@brevardparks.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.

They include:

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 jack.kirschenbaum@gray-robinson.com.

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.

 

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 gina.becker@cancer.org.

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.

Sponsors needed for movie night

Brevard County Parks and Recreation is looking for sponsors for a planned series of free "Movies in the Park" at Wickham Park in Melbourne in 2013.

Movies will be shown on a giant 23-foot outdoor movie screen beginning at dusk.

All movie showings will take place at the amphitheater inside Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, in Melbourne.

Attendance at each movie in last year's series averaged more than 300 people. Sponsors are needed to help make this event possible once again.

Sponsor ads will play at each movie during the pre-show. Sponsors will also be acknowledged on Facebook and on the Wickham Park digital marquee on North Wickham Road.

The free movie series is for all ages, and admission to each event will be free.

Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, food and drinks to enjoy during the movies.

Movies will be shown on the first Friday of each month from March through May, and from September through November.

For more information, contact Tabitha Niemann at tabitha.niemann@brevardparks.com or call the Wickham Park Office at (321) 255-4307.

 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 rwhitmire@jacentralfl.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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