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Community notes - Melbourne
Rating: 1.83 / 5 (6 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Feb 08 - 06:25

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/.

Two schools receive blue ribbon awards

West Melbourne Elementary School for Science and West Shore Junior/Senior High School were named 2012 National Blue Ribbon schools.

Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon schools program has recognized public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of academic achievement.

For more information, call (321) 956-5040, email marshall.neleffra@brevardschools.org or call (321) 242-4730 or email fleming.rick@brevardschools.org.

Volunteers needed for hospital duties

The Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center and Palm Bay Hospital Auxiliary are in need of volunteers to help support important hospital duties.

Volunteers are needed to help with the information desk, admitting and discharge areas, gift shop, cheer cart, emergency department lobby, greeting services, in-hospital courier services, waiting rooms and golf-cart external transportation to and from the hospital.

After completing a special training class, volunteers are able to choose their hours and areas of interest.

To find out how to become a volunteer at one of these Health First Hospitals, call (321) 434-8519.

Donate late-model sedans, old clunkers or anything in between

St. Vincent de Paul Orlando welcomes any vehicle donation.

All proceeds from local donations are used to support the charity work of St. Vincent de Paul here in Central Florida.

Donating any used car, truck, motorcycle, boat or recreational vehicle - working or non-working - is completely hassle-free and can be easily scheduled by calling (800) 322-8284 or by visiting www.svdpusacars.com.

All donations are tax deductible, and a tax receipt can be issued, if necessary.

One of the oldest charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, is a Catholic organization of more than 690,000 men and women throughout the world who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually and offer person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 142 countries on five continents.

With the U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, membership in the United States totals more than 146,000 in 4,600 communities.

Programs include home visits, housing assistance, disaster relief, job training and placement, food pantries, dining halls, clothing, transportation and utility costs, care for the elderly and medicine.

The organization serves more than 14 million people in need each year, performs more than 644,000 visits to people in their homes, and delivers more than seven million service hours to those in need.

Domestic violence survivors offered services

 

Heidar Hesmati, director of the Brevard County Health Department recently received a $90,000 grant from the Shirley E. Noland Foundation. The funding will provide dental care for women, children and men survivors of domestic violence through the Hand Up Dental Clinic at the Brevard County Health Department.

The Hand Up Dental Clinic program was established through the combined efforts of the Shirley E. Noland Foundation, Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine and the Brevard County Health Department.

The Hand Up Dental Clinic will provide dental services for women, children, and men, who have suffered dental trauma as a result of domestic violence.

Individuals should call the Brevard County Health Department at (321) 383-2784 to schedule an appointment with the Hand Up Dental Clinic.

Ice sheet loss at both poles increasing

An international team of experts, supported by NASA and the European Space Agency, has combined data from multiple satellites and aircraft to produce the most comprehensive and accurate assessment to date of ice sheet losses in Greenland and Antarctica and their contributions to sea level rise.

In a recently published landmark study in the journal "Science," 47 researchers from 26 laboratories report the combined rate of melting for the ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica has increased during the last 20 years.

Together, these ice sheets are losing more than three times as much ice each year (equivalent to sea level rise of .04 inches or .95 millimeters) as they were in the 1990s (equivalent to .01 inches or .27 millimeters).

About two-thirds of the loss is coming from Greenland, with the rest from Antarctica.

Combined, melting of these ice sheets contributed 044 inches (11.1 millimeters) to global sea levels since 1992. This accounts for one-fifth of all sea level rise within the 20-year survey period. The remainder is caused by the thermal expansion of the warming ocean, melting of mountain glaciers and small Arctic ice caps and groundwater mining.

For more information, visit http://icesat.gsfc.nasa.gov and http://www.csr.utexas.edu/grace.

Graduation and dropout rates released

The Florida Department of Education has released the 2011-12 graduation and dropout rates, and Brevard Public Schools' students are much more likely to stay in school and earn a diploma than their counterparts in almost all other Florida public schools.

According to the Federal Uniform Graduation Rate, BPS' graduation rate, at 85.20 percent, remains among the highest in the state (for) 2011-12. The state of Florida graduation rate for 2011-12 was 74.5 percent.

Brevard has the fourth-highest graduation rate in the state, behind Nassau, St. Johns and Gilchrist counties.

Since 2007-08, BPS' graduation rate has risen from 75.90-85.20 percent.

Further evidence that Brevard students are remaining in school can also be seen in the district's dropout rate. BPS' dropout rate is .6 percent, down from .7 percent in 2010-11.

The dropout rate is the percentage of ninth- through 12th-grade dropouts compared to the ninth- through 12th-grade total, year-long membership. The state of Florida dropout rate for 2011-12 was 1.90 percent.

Business leaders named

"Space Coast Business Magazine" honored the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast as its 2012 Business Leader of the Year at the publication's recent fifth annual awards.

More than 400 guests filled the ballroom at the Melbourne Hilton Rialto as previous award winners and local business leaders presented this year's awards to the following honorees:

Overall - Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast

Technology - Jim Jensen, Satcom Direct

Manufacturing - Dr. Robert Scaringe, Mainstream Engineering

Marketing - Charley Richards, Absolutely Natural

Finance - Bill Taylor, Community Bank of the South

Nonproft - Sandi Scannelli, Community Foundation of Brevard

Transportation - Bill Potter, Melbourne Airport Authority

Up and Comer - Steve Englehart, Florida Institute of Technology; Phil Hayes, Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam CPAs; and Brenda Radke, Brevard Physicians Network

Florida Business Bank was the presenting sponsor for the evening. Other event sponsors were Cocoa Hyundai, FirstWave Financial and Willis Insurance.

For more information, call (321) 622-5986 or email info@scbmarketing.com.

Local skin care company partners with organic market

Beach Organics Skin Care, a local, organic bath and body company, has announced its new partnership with The Jungle Organic in Indialantic on Highway A1A.

An organic market, Jungle Organics boasts the only organic restaurant in Brevard County, and offers the finest quality of natural and organic foods, produce, supplements and health and beauty products for the whole family.

Beach Organics Skin Care is a local company that manufactures a full range of bath and body products, handmade in small batches, using natural, organic ingredients.

The full product range is available at its headquarters in Cocoa, The Bath Cottage in Cocoa Village, Dr. Rochelle's office in Satellite Beach, Island Therapeutic Massage in Merritt Island, Wellspring Medical in Suntree, Nature's Market in Melbourne and now at Jungle Organic in Indialantic.

Lab equipment donated to program

 

The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard recently donated a vet lab station and an assortment of lab-related items to Brevard Community College's Veterinary Technology Program.

Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center has had a longstanding relationship with the BCC veterinary technician program to include not only donating equipment to the program, but also offering students the opportunity to work their required clinical rotations.

The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard, located at the southwest corner of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Croton Road in Melbourne, offers emergency services for pets 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There is always a veterinarian on the premises, using state-of-the-art imaging equipment to handle emergency and specialty care needs.

Its specialty team includes board certified veterinarians, providing emergency and elective surgery and internal medical treatment, as well as neurology, cardiology, canine physical rehabilitation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

For more information, call (321) 725-5365 or visit www.CentralFloridaAnimalER.com.

Women's tennis schedule announced

Head women's tennis coach Bill Macom has announced Florida Tech's upcoming 2013 schedule.

The 18th-ranked Panthers opened the season on Feb. 2 with four consecutive home games, all against nationally ranked opponents.

Florida Tech will face 14 preseason nationally ranked teams in its 20-match season. Seven of those competitors reside in the Sunshine State Conference, with all of them ranking in the top 26 - eight including the Panthers. FIT will also face the likes of 12 nationally ranked singles players and six ranked doubles teams.

FIT opens the season with conference foe and No. 5 Barry University on Feb. 2 at the Fee Avenue Courts at noon. The Buccaneers enter the season with the No. 9, No. 19 and No. 50 ranked singles players in Division II. The Panthers' own Kristina Huba, who is ranked No. 4, after finishing third at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Small College Nationals this fall, defeated all three of Barry's top singles players on her way to FIT's first-ever ITA South Region Singles Championship.

The Panthers will then host No. 27 Palm Beach Atlantic (2/8), No. 16 Nova Southeastern (2/10) and No. 26 Tampa (2/15) in their opening four-game homestand.

FIT will close out the month of February on the road at Eckerd (2/17), No. 12 Saint Leo (2/18), against No. 46 Chestnut Hill in Tampa and at No. 39 Flagler (2/28). Seven of the eight opponents the Panthers will face in February are preseason nationally ranked.

For more information, visit www.floridatechsports.com/wtennis/roster/ or call (321) 674-7484.

Dog and cat food and supplies needed

The Central Brevard Humane Society is in desperate need of Purina Kitten & Puppy Chow, canned food (kittens, puppies, cats and dogs), dish soap, blankets, comforters, sheets, towels, dog and cat toys, laundry soap, paper towels, rubbing alcohol, Clorox bleach, distilled water and Fabuloso.

All donated items can be brought to the Humane Society, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa, during regular business hours (open seven days a week at 11 a.m. daily).

Gift cards for BJ's Wholesale Club, Home Depot, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, Office Depot, PetsMart, Petco, Pet Supermarket, Target, Sam's Club, Staples and/or WalMart are always appreciated to help with shopping needs.

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

Volunteers needed on island

The Samsons Island volunteer program recruits individuals, families and local organizations to help with park duties that suit the volunteers' ability levels.

Samsons Island is a 52-acre island owned by the city of Satellite Beach. It is located on the Indian River Lagoon.

City volunteers and staff work to re-vegetate the island.

Volunteer any Sunday, from 1-4 p.m. during the regular park workday.

Call Kerry Stoms at (321) 773-6458 or email kstoms@satellitebeach.org.

New satellite reveals planet at night

Scientists have unveiled an unprecedented new look of the planet at night.

A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before.

Many satellites are equipped to look at Earth during the day, when they can observe the planet fully illuminated by the sun. With a new sensor onboard the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite launched last year, scientists now can observe Earth's atmosphere and surface during nighttime hours.

For more information, visit www.nasa.gov or www.noah.gov.

Scholarship available

Oceanside Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association is offering a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving area student.

Each year, local chapters of ABWA provide Stephen Bufton memorial scholarships to female students who will be attending accredited United States colleges, universities and community/vocational schools.

Applicants must be citizens of the United States, residents of Brevard County and attending college in August 2013 with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Eligible women interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Anita Carbone at acarbone@cfl.rr.com.

  Applications can be found at www.sbmef.org and must be completed by March 29.

Keeping teens safe on road

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office has partnered with Brevard County State Farm insurance agents supporting the "Celebrate My Drive" initiative to keep teens safe on the road.

State Farm has awarded the sheriff's office a $2,500 grant associated with the campaign, in support of the sheriff's office teen driver education and safety programs.

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office offers the teen driver challenge, Brevard STOPPED and sheriff's driving simulators to local teens to promote driver education, awareness and hands-on driver training.

Throughout Florida, State Farm has funded more than $50,000 in similar grants.

Additional information about the sheriff's office teen driving programs can be obtained at www.BrevardSheriff.com (click teen driving programs) or by email at TeenDriver@bcso.us.

College rowing coach, team recognized

Florida Tech head coach Jim Granger received the Joy of Sculling's College Coaches award for the 2012 season at the organization's annual conference recently.

University of Virginia head coach Frank Biller presented the award to the Panthers' sixth-year coach in front of approximately 300 coaches.

Coach Biller, who has more than 20 years of rowing experience, won the award last season.

Under Coach Granger's guidance, FIT's men's varsity eight has won the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship three times. When the Panthers hoisted the trophy in 2009, it marked the first time they had won the event in 17 years.

Their success has carried over to the prestigious Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. In the last three seasons, the varsity eight has raced to two second-place finishes and a third-place finish.

Last season, FIT came in second by a mere 34-hundredths of a second to defending champion University of Michigan.

The Panthers were invited to compete in the world- renowned Henley Royal Regatta for the first time since 1996, following the 2010 Dad Vail Regatta.

On the historic River Thames, they went up against the likes of Cambridge University and Yale University.

FIT will begin its spring schedule in March.

 For more information, call (321) 674-8250.

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 vacwarbirds@bellsouth.net 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 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.

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 dupery.jenora@brevardschools.org or savickis.rodney@brevardschools.org.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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 mpatton@ihamedical.com or visit www.ihamedical.com.

'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 oneills@brevardcc.edu 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.

Voyagers visit animal center

The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard County recently welcomed 15 members of the Citrus Counsel, Voyager Service Unit, Troop No. 1140 for a tour of the facility.

The informational visit covered topics necessary for the girls to earn their "pet badge."

Emergency Veterinarian Dr. Verena Faure, together with internal medicine specialist Dr. Paula Levine, welcomed the girls and shared with them information about the veterinary careers and what it's like to work in an emergency/specialty veterinary facility.

The girls then experienced a tour of the full facility, under the guidance of Dr. Faure.

The highlight of the tour was the opportunity for the troop to see the use of the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which is engineered specifically to treat pets.

The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard, located at the southwest corner of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Croton Road in Melbourne, offers emergency/specialty services for pets 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is always a veterinarian on the premises, using state-of-the-art imaging equipment to handle emergency and specialty care needs.

The telephone number for the center is (321) 725-5365.

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.

Local flag design winner chosen

Breanna Powell, a sophomore at Heritage High School in Palm Bay, was recently chosen as the Youth Art Month Flag Design winner for the state of Florida.

Breanna's artwork was selected from more than 250 entries from students in grades K-12.

She is the student of art teacher Leslie Raulerson.

Breanna's winning design will be made into a 3-foot-by-5-foot flag and flown at the annual National Art Education Association Convention in March in Ft. Worth, Texas.

To see her winning flag design, visit www.faea.org.

For more information, contact Bridget Geiger, art resource teacher for the school district at Geiger.bridget@brevardschools.org.

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 jhakkila@agingmattersbrevard.org 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.

For more information, email cbarry@floridataxwatch.org.

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 vacwarbirds@bellsouth.net.

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 ([800] 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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