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Posted: 2013 Feb 08 - 06:26

Recycle at the beach

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

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

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

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 began 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/.

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.

'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.

Former editor joins 2-1-1 Brevard

Belinda Stewart of Melbourne, a former editor at Florida Today, has joined 2-1-1 Brevard Inc. as communications manager.

Ms. Stewart started at the newspaper in 2003, as assistant metro editor and became metro editor in 2006, supervising local news reporters and editors. She left Florida Today in 2011.

Ms. Stewart also is former managing editor of the Iowa City (Iowa) Press-Citizen and assistant manager editor of the Rockford (Ill.) Register-Star.

At 2-1-1 Brevard, she will lead marketing, grant writing, social media and other communications initiatives. She also will serve as spokeswoman.

2-1-1 Brevard is a United Way-supported nonprofit that operates a telephone-based help line offering information, referral and crisis intervention 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Funding also comes from the Florida Department of Children and Families, Brevard County and other sources.

 For more information, call (321) 631-9290, Ext. 224.

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.

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.

Be 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.

- For Hometown News




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