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 started the season with three straight tournaments.
The first came in the first-ever Peach Belt Conference-Sunshine State Conference Challenge, which began 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.
This 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/.
Fly in a vintage plane
The Valiant Air Command has announced that one of its most venerable warbirds is now flying in the local area; the C-47 "TiCo Belle." From the Normandy invasion to Cherbourg, to Arnhem, to Bastogne, to the Berlin Airlift and more, this aircraft was there, more than 65 years ago.
Now, you can experience all this history as a special and unique present for yourself, or someone you love.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to get on a reserve list to schedule a flight schedule.
When the Tico Belle flies, with you aboard - complete with Normandy invasion identification stripes - you will be able to look out and truly imagine what it must have been like on that fateful June 6, 1944, a day when the freedom of a world hung in the balance as she made her way in the pre-dawn darkness towards the beaches of Normandy; part of the largest aerial invasion armada the world has ever seen.
The Valiant Air Command Museum is located at the Space Coast Regional Airport at 6600 Tico Road, in Titusville.
For more information, visit www.vacwarbirds.org or call (321) 268-1941.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
Teachers receive high honors
Jenora Duprey, theatre teacher at Merritt Island High School, was recently chosen by theatre teachers in Brevard County to be the "2012 Brevard Theatre Teacher of the Year."
Rodney Savickis, theatre at Melbourne High School, received the honor of "2012 District 11 Theatre Teacher of the Year" from all the theatre teachers in the district.
District 11 includes Brevard, Indian River and Osceola counties.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 visit 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
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 email@example.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 rose 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Employee of the year
NASA medical and environmental services contractor InoMedic Health Applications has selected Rosemarie Wright as its Employee of the Year for 2012.
Ms. Wright is a resident of Melbourne and has worked at Kennedy Space Center for more than 20 years.
She is a recognized expert in food safety and sanitation programs and provides technical support to NASA and United States Air Force public health programs.
InoMedic Health Applications is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business with specialized employees who provide medical, occupational health and environmental support to NASA, the Department of Defense and commercial companies in the Aerospace Industries.
InoMedic Health Applications Inc. is at 6141 N. Courtenay Parkway, Suite A, Merritt Island.
For more information, call (321) 501-6503, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ihamedical.com.
Results of scramble tournament
More than $2,000 was raised for the United Way of Brevard during a recent Saturday morning scramble at Savannah's on Merritt Island.
A total of 109 players played and were treated to fantastic weather, great course conditions and a wonderful rib dinner and awards.
Winners were: Ben Mitas, Graham Lyle, Brian Spenser, Phil Gay, Frank LaBella, Al Burnett, Pat Mercer, Bernardo Beorlegui, Fred Poppe, Terry Stoms, Alan Boone, Doug Divers, Terry Lane, Dave Barnell, Denny Bates, Larry Wojciechowski, Bryan Holm,Chris McCarthy, Richard Tucce, Trish Vovcheske,
"The Most Fun Award" went to Ray Wulf, Sue Wulf, Joyce and Mike Mariansi.
Closest to the Pin No. 6 was Alex Kush.
Closest to the Pin No. 8 was Steve Andersen (made a hole-in-one) and received an Annual green fee pass.
Closest to the Pin No. 13 was Tim Carver. Closest to the Pin No. 17 was Ben Mitas. Longest Putt Made No. 18 was Graham Lyle. Closest Second Shot No. 9 was Steve Kelley.
A big thank you to all who participated and especially the sponsors: Craig Technologies, Heard Construction, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center, Graham's Beachside Grill, Paradise Ford and the Causeway Diner.
The Savannahs is at 3915 Savannahs Trail, Merritt Island.
For more information, call (321) 455-1375 or (321) 631-2740.
'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.
Grant provides disabled students with disabilities a better chance
Students with intellectual disabilities will have a better chance for living independently and finding employment, thanks to a new state grant that Brevard Community College has received.
The $15,000 allocation will fund a program called "Together" that teams the college with Brevard Public Schools to assist disabled students 18-22 years old.
Using academic and social mentors, the students will have the opportunity to audit classes, get involved in student clubs and participate in Student Government Association events.
The goal is to help them learn employable skills through BCC's vocation programs and use social interaction on campus to improve their ability to live independently.
For more information on the "Together" program, email email@example.com or call (321) 433-7008.
Surfers rescue loggerhead sea turtle
Sea turtles have survived for more than 150 million years, however, marine reptiles are threatened by humans, who are competing for their natural habitat.
This is especially true in Florida, which hosts the highest number of nesting sea turtles in the continental United States.
Recently, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society received a phone call from a surfer at Spessard Holland Park saying that a sick or injured sea turtle was on the beach.
When STPS receives a call, a trained volunteer, authorized by Florida Fish and Wildlife, to conduct stranding and salvage activities is dispatched.
If the turtle is alive, the stranding volunteer is authorized to take the turtle to one of Florida's sea turtle rehabilitation centers.
The Loggerhead stranded at Spessard Holland Park was transported to Sea World, where it will be examined, given appropriate medical treatment; and when it is well enough, will be returned to the sea.
If you find a sea turtle on the beach that appears to be ill or injured, do not return it to the water or try to administer first aid. If it is a hot sunny day, provide shade for the turtle or cover the turtle with a wet towel. Sea turtles are reptiles and need to breathe air to live. Do not place them in a bucket of water.
For sea turtle emergencies, call the Sea Turtle Preservation Society Emergency Number at (321) 206-0646.
Advisory committee volunteer needed
The District Five Commission Office is looking for a volunteer to fill an opening for the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program Recreation and Education Advisory Committee.
The program provides recommendations for public access, passive recreation and environmental education on EEL Program-managed conservation lands
Committee members need to live in District Five and should have an interest in outdoor recreational uses on public lands.
The EELs Program Recreation and Education Advisory Committee meets quarterly. A term is for one year.
Junior League accepting scholarship applications
The Junior League of Central & North Brevard, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization, is currently accepting applications from high school students for its 2013 scholarship program.
The Thomas Oliver Brown Memorial Scholarship and the Junior League of Central & North Brevard Scholarship are available to high school students accepted to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States as a full-time student.
Applications, with supporting documents, are due March 22.
Visit the league web site at www.brevardjuniorleague.org for complete details and to download an application form.
The scholarships are awarded in the amount of $500 each and recognizes Central & North Brevard County students who demonstrate a commitment to voluntarism.
A JLCNB scholarship representative plans to attend each recipient's school award ceremony in May.
The Junior League of Central & North Brevard has been serving Brevard County since 1967.
YMCA wants you!
The Titusville YMCA is constantly searching for ways to improve its facilities and programs.
The best source for feedback and fresh ideas is the members and program participants.
Email or call the Y to join one of the following committees:
YMCA Program Committee: Become part of a unified, valued and respected voice that advocates for programs that make a positive change on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
YMCA Mission Committee: To spread the mission of the Y throughout the community, to ensure our core values are evident in all we do, to ensure the C is alive and well, to increase awareness with our members and community, and to enlist all faith communities in collaboration with the Y.
The Titusville YMCA Sports Department is always looking for energetic, reliable community members to help coach and officiate our youth sports. If you have an interest, please contact the sports department at the contact below.
The Titusville YMCA is at 2500 Harrison St., Titusville.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 267-8924
Resources for seniors, veterans, caregivers
Since its inception in 1995, the Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation Inc. (Joe's Club Adult Day Care) has constantly monitored the needs of seniors, veterans and their caregivers in Brevard County and responded with the appropriate solutions to satisfy these voids.
In January, the Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation launched a "Purple Balloon Elder Friendly Service Directory," an all-inclusive web site, to provide seniors, veterans and their caregivers access to more than 4,000 potential service organizations in Brevard County, targeting four major categories:
Healthcare providers, like assisted living facilities, hospice, etc.
Outpatient providers, like rehab therapy, medical equipment
Doctors by discipline
Elder helper local businesses
The Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation invites the more than 400,000 seniors, veterans and their caregivers in Brevard County to take a virtual tour of the "Purple Balloon Elder Friendly Directory System" and see for themselves just how easy it is to get a one-stop solution in greatly improving their quality of life.
For more information, visit purpleballoon.org or call (321) 684-2859.
College receives auto tech accreditation
The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation has announced that Brevard Community College is the first auto technology program to achieve accreditation, under the new NATEF automobile accreditation standards.
BCC has re-certified as a master level training program and has held NATEF accreditation since 1986.
The 2012 automobile accreditation is now a three-tier accreditation model, with maintenance and light repair levels, an automobile service technology level and the master automobile service technology level.
BCC offers more than 100 two-year associate degree and certificate programs, and will soon change its name to Eastern Florida State College to reflect its expanding mission to offer four-year bachelor degrees starting in August.
Fire and rescue promotes members
Following an extensive and competitive process, Brevard County Fire Rescue has announced the promotion of six firefighters to the rank of lieutenant, and one lieutenant to the rank of district chief.
Fire Chief Larry Collins presented promotional badges and helmets to the firefighters in a formal badge pinning ceremony held at the department's headquarters in January.
Promoted to lieutenant were: Jeffrey Butler, Timothy Hall, James Parker, Michael Destafano, Christopher Monroe and Sean Ryan.
Promoted to district chief is: Richard Connor.
For more information, call Brevard County Fire Rescue at (321) 633-2056.
Cookbooks saving lives
The United True Order Cancer Service No. 66 has published its first cookbook to help pay for more mammograms for medically uninsured women and men.
The cookbooks are available at: Creative Energy Salon, 2137 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island; Touch of Class Dry Cleaners, 351 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Cocoa Beach; and Precision Hair Salon, Winn-Dixie/Wal-Mart Plaza, Indian Harbour Beach.
For more information, call (321) 452-1044.
Free health care for residents
Brevard County residents, in need of medical, dental or chiropractic care, who do not have any health insurance, can contact Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine at (321) 914-0915 for free health care.
There are no application fees, no sliding scale fees. Free is truly free at SCVIM, located in Palm Bay. Services are by appointment only. No emergency care is provided.
The clinic is staffed by 90 volunteer health providers from the community.
Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine is supported by grants, donations and fundraising events, such as the upcoming Wine & Chocolate Fundraising Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 24.
But there are restrictions, established by the state of Florida - not the clinic - regarding eligibility.
Eligibility requirements for free medical, dental, chiropractic and wellness services:
Be a resident of Brevard County for at least six months.
oBe at least 19 years of age, less than 65 years of age.
Have no health insurance of any kind, public or private. No Medicaid clients accepted.
Annual household income must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level for the size of your household, and appropriate documentation and proof of income is required during screening.
Patients are asked to call the clinic for a pre-screening to review eligibility.
Review the requirements in detail at www.spacecoastvolunteersinmedicine.org.
About the sea turtle society
The Sea Turtle Preservation Society is a registered 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization. The society relies on the donations from the public, its membership and the efforts of its dedicated volunteers.
Contributions are tax-deductible, as allowable by law.
Active volunteers are permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Bureau of Imperiled Species and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work with endangered and threatened sea turtles. The STPS is not, however, an enforcement agency.
The purpose of the organization is to educate the public about marine turtles.
STPS reaches thousands of people each year through public presentations, exhibits at area events and by turtle watches during the sea turtle nesting season.
The society's goal is to help maintain the current sea turtle population and to prevent a potentially irreversible decline in that population through:
Reducing disturbances and harassment of nesting sea turtles by public education about the hazards of nighttime beach activities, habitat destruction and beach lighting.
Increasing the hatchling survival rate by educating the public about the impact of lighting, beach debris, habitat destruction and marine pollution.
Supporting the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge Fund.
Rescuing hatchlings, post-hatchlings and adult sea turtles and transporting them to permitted rehabilitation facilities.
Contributing data to the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network.
Participating in Keep Brevard Beautiful.
Screening of space program artifacts
NASA again is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. This is the 16th screening of artifacts since 2009.
The artifacts represent significant human space flight technologies and processes and the accomplishments of NASA's many programs.
NASA and the General Services Administration worked together to ensure broad access to space artifacts and to provide a web-based electronic artifacts viewing capability.
The web-based artifacts module is located at http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.
Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items at the website through March 4.
Only schools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts. They must register online using an assigned Department of Education number or through the state agency for surplus property in their state.
To date, more than 7,500 artifacts from programs, including the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope, have been given to eligible museums, schools, universities, libraries and planetariums in 50 states.
For more about NASA and agency programs, visit http://www.nasa.gov.
Helping the animal shelters
A special event took place at the Satellite Beach Moose Lodge, No. 2367, recently.
Kitty Virnig, chairwoman for rescued/displaced animals, was in charge of the event.
Many supplies, such as food, blankets and money, were donated. Baskets of many things were auctioned off.
All proceeds were donated to the North and South Brevard Animal Shelters, Lab Rescue of Brevard and Space Coast Kibble Kitchen.
Several animals were also adopted.
The next event will take place in the spring.
Thank you, Ms. Virnig, for a job well done - from the members of the lodge and the community.
If you care to donate food, blankets, money or anything that can be used for animals, drop them off at the Moose Lodge, 1811-15 S. Patrick Drive, Indian Harbour Beach.
For more information, call (321) 779-5796.
New director of community kitchen
Aging Matters in Brevard has announced that Tom Kammerdener has been appointed the director of The Brevard Community Kitchen.
Mr. Kammerdener comes with a wealth of experience within the food services industry, having spent the last 19 years at Health First Corporation, where he was instrumental in providing food services for Holmes Regional Medical Center, including inpatient, cafeteria, employee daycare and catering.
He joins Aging Matters in Brevard as the director of The Brevard Community Kitchen to continue Aging Matters success in providing hot nutritious meals for Meals on Wheels, Seniors at Lunch, adult and child day care centers, charter schools and the parks and recreation summer lunch program.
The kitchen also operates a catering service for corporate banquets, annual picnics and community events, as well as providing meals during times of disasters for first responders and special needs shelters.
Located in Rockledge, the kitchen produces in excess of 500,000 meals a year.
Established in 1965, Aging Matters in Brevard is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, recognized by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging as the lead agency for senior services in Brevard County.
Aging Matters in Brevard services is funded by federal, state, and local grants (Eligibility requirements may apply). Private pay services are also available. Aging Matters in Brevard offers a wide variety of services to enable seniors to live safely and independently in their own homes.
For more information, call (321) 806-3767, email email@example.com or visit http://agingmattersbrevard.org/.
Supermarket donates to hunger project
Winn-Dixie recently presented The Children's Hunger Project with a check, representing $2,500 to benefit the nonprofit's backpack program, which ensures that elementary school-aged children have weekend meals in order to provide a healthy foundation for the school week ahead.
Immediately following the presentation, seven Winn-Dixie store directors, along with their district director, went straight to work. The donation was used to purchase necessary items for weekend food packs the Project regularly provides. Then, the directors assembled them at stations set up inside the Palm Bay Winn-Dixie location and delivered the food packs to the project's warehouse.
These efforts will help feed 625 Brevard County children in need.
This donation would not be possible without Winn-Dixie team members of 16 area stores participating in their "My Dollar Makes a Difference" campaign this past holiday season.
Winn-Dixie's partnership with The Children's Hunger Project has led to 10 stores regularly assembling and selling $5 and $10 bags of food, as a simple solution for shoppers to donate.
For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com and www.winn-dixie.com.
Space apps challenge
NASA and government agencies worldwide will host the second International Space Apps Challenge April 20-21, with events across all seven continents and in space.
Participants are encouraged to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.
The two-day event will provide an opportunity for government to harness the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of citizen explorers to help address global challenges.
During the event, representatives of NASA and other international space agencies will gather with scientists and participants to use publicly released open data to create solutions for 50 software, hardware and visualization challenges, including robotics, citizen science platforms and applications of remote sensing data.
Challenges, selected to be worked on during the event, will be published online prior to the event.
The 2012 challenge engaged more than 2,000 participants, who collaborated on more than 100 open source solutions to 71 featured challenges.
Twelve locations in the United States will host an International Space Apps Challenge event: Atlanta, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Cleveland; Detroit; Easton, Md.; New York; Philadelphia; Reno, Nev.; Rochester, N.Y.; San Francisco; and Syracuse, N.Y. Thirty-eight other events will be held in 30 other countries.
Also participating will be McMurdo Station in Antarctica and astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
Registration for citizen participation will open on March 1.
To learn more about the International Space Apps Challenge, visit http://spaceappschallenge.org.
For information about NASA's programs and missions, visit http://www.nasa.gov.
Scholarship and a job
The Cape Canaveral Region of the Antique Auto Club of America, Scholarship plan has expanded to include a job.
For eight years running, the Cape Canaveral Region of the AACA has offered scholarship awards in automotive vocational arts.
This year has seen a significant overhaul in its scholarship plan that one lucky student can receive bringing this scholarship to a whole new level.
It's now called "The Tools to Build a Life Scholarship" plan. This totally updated scholarship plan includes all the basic components for a student to find success in building a life in the automotive field.
Recognition/tools/tuition/a full-time paying job is all now included.
Even the overall GPA requirement for the senior level graduating student has been lowered to a C average this year. This was done to encourage more applications and open up more opportunity for the average student to find success with a scholarship plan at home here in Brevard.
Then, a full-time paying job as an apprentice in automotive vocational Arts was added.
There is also a large, two -level, three-piece professional-size tool box included, with assorted basic tools, plus $1,000 toward tuition expenses to attend vocational training, with the necessary time off at work to attend the training.
This plan also includes honors recognition at graduation with two new awards of recognition. One award will be for the lucky student and another for the automotive vocational Arts department in the high school.
Applications are available through the automotive vocational arts teachers in the student's high schools in Brevard or by mail, upon written request.
The final day for an applications consideration is April 15.
Participation in this scholarship requires the student to be a current automotive vocational arts student in Brevard.
If your high school is out of applications, a student may request the simple, one-page application form be sent by mail. Send your request to: Scholarships Director Nick Bauer, 1710 Mahogany Court N.W., Palm Bay, Fla., 32907.
No. 1 spot in steals per game
Florida Tech's own Julius Reid has led the entire country in steals per game for weeks, as he is now averaging 4.19 steals per contest. Reid has ranked No. 1 in the nation since he took over the NCAA Division II lead on Dec. 16, 2012.
Through the Panthers' first 16 games, the senior guard from Cocoa has swiped 67 steals. Last week, he picked four steals against Nova Southeastern and one against Florida Southern.
LSU's Anthony Hickey remains the Division I leader at 3.80 steals per game, while Lynchburg's Xavier Parham still leads Division III at four.
Reid is inching closer to a second top-25 ranking, assists per game. He has dished out 84 assists this season for an average of 5.3 assists per game, which ranks 28th in Division II and first in the Sunshine State Conference. St. Anselm's Dino Mallios occupies the top position, heading into the week at 7.8.
In addition to his steals and assists per game averages, Reid ranks third on the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game and first in rebounding at 6.3 rebounds per game.
For more information, call (321) 674-8250.
Economic benefit in expanding tourism
A recent TaxWatch study indicates that the Florida tourism industry reaching the milestone of 100 million annual visitors would create 121,298 jobs and increase overall personal income for Floridians by $5.3 billion.
Results from a dynamic econometric model indicate that reaching the milestone of 100 million annual visitors would create 121,298 jobs, of which 114,318 would be private non-farm jobs. Direct tourism jobs make up 50.7 percent of the total, with indirect and induced jobs accounting for the other 49.3 percent. The estimated average salary of these newly created jobs is $43,751.75. Personal income for Floridians would increase by $5.3 billion.
TaxWatch is a statewide, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institution devoted to protecting and promoting the political and economic freedoms of Floridians.
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Volunteer at the warbird museum
The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum has several openings for volunteers in the tour guide program.
If you have a passion for vintage warbirds, their legacy and that of the pilots who flew them, are at least 18 years old and enjoy meeting the public; we may have a terrific volunteer opportunity for you. Exhibit and display information will be provided.
This may involve considerable walking, as you lead tours around the facility during what is normally a weekly, four-hour volunteer shift.
This is a unique opportunity to not only learn about aviation history from WWI to present, but to pass that knowledge along to the public.
As a tourist destination for visitors from around the world, you are just as likely to meet a couple from Russia, as you are a family from Rockledge.
Since the museum is open seven days a week, there is plenty of flexibility for scheduling.
In addition to tour guiding, volunteers will also have the opportunity to work at the annual Warbird Airshow, as well as many other special events during the year.
If you have an aviation background, are prior military, or are just interested in history, it may be one of the best, most rewarding personal opportunities that you can find.
The Valiant Air Command is located at the Space Coast Regional Airport, 6600 Tico Road, in Titusville.
Visit www.vacwarbirds.org, call (321) 268-1941 or email email@example.com.
Wind speed monitor going to space station
In a clever reuse of hardware, originally built to test parts of NASA's QuikScat satellite, the agency will launch the ISS-RapidScat instrument to the International Space Station in 2014 to measure ocean-surface wind speed and direction.
The ISS-RapidScat instrument will help improve weather forecasts, including hurricane monitoring and understanding of how ocean-atmosphere interactions influence Earth's climate.
ISS-RapidScat will help fill the data gap created when QuikScat, which was designed to last two years but operated for 10, stopped collecting ocean wind data in late 2009.
A scatterometer is a microwave radar sensor used to measure the reflection or scattering effect produced, while scanning the surface of Earth from an aircraft or a satellite.
The instrument will be launched to the space station aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft. It will be installed on the end of the station's Columbus laboratory as an autonomous payload, requiring no interaction by station crewmembers. It is expected to operate aboard the station for two years.
For more information on NASA's scatterometry missions, visit http://winds.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm.
For more information about the International Space Station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.
Center receives grant for celebration
J. Stanley Payne, chairman of the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts Inc. recently announced a major grant from the Harris Corporation Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation for Brevard for the King Center's 25th Anniversary Celebration.
The King Center's 25th Anniversary Celebration consists of several events and fundraisers, including a ticket raffle, online auction of 25 years of King Center memorabilia, a March 2 concert by the legendary Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, with a cocktail party kick-off event at the home of Phil and Jeanne Farmer and the April 9 and 10 performances of the musical "Rock of Ages.
All proceeds benefit the King Center for the Performing Arts Inc. a direct support organization of Brevard Community College and is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
For information on these fundraisers, call Autumn Shrum at (321) 433-5714.
'Fraud unit' timeshare phone scam
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has issued a consumer advisory after learning that individuals posing as department employees are allegedly targeting victims of timeshare scams. The callers are asking victims for cash to pursue refunds for the money they lost.
The department has received at least three complaints from victims, who have reported receiving calls from people claiming to be Department of Business and Professional Regulation employees from the "fraud unit." The victims have already lost money as the result of potential timeshare resale fraud, and the callers are asking for cash in order to obtain full repayment for the victims.
The department does not have a "fraud unit," and has confirmed that the phone calls are in no way connected with the department or its regulatory authority.
If a consumer receives a call from someone claiming to be a DBPR employee, who is asking for money in order to receive a refund, they should not give out any personal or financial information.
If the person calling claims to be a telemarketer, consumers may report the call to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at (800) HELP-FLA ( 435-7352) or at www.freshfromflorida.com.
Kitchen and bath design winners
Two Brevard Community College interior design students, Jan Reed and Victoria Bellucci, won first and second place, respectively, in the National Kitchen and Bath Association's Statewide Design Competition recently.
Ms. Reed earned an all-expenses paid trip to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Convention in New Orleans in April, and Ms. Bellucci was presented with a trophy and a $500 cash award.
The design competition challenged students to design a kitchen and bath from an architect's plan, using the National Kitchen and Bath Association's Planning Guidelines with Access Standards.
The task was to renovate the basement of a Midwest suburban-raised ranch home and convert it into a downstairs apartment for the client's 74-year-old mother, who uses a walker.
The BCC Interior Design Program is accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
Established in 1963, the association is a nonprofit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry - a more than $265 billion specialized industry.
To learn more about the BCC Interior Design Program, visit online at www.brevardcc.edu/go/interiordesign.
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