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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for visionary concepts
NASA's Space Technology Program is looking for visionary advanced concepts.
This year's annual call for NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program is seeking proposals for revolutionary concepts, with the potential to transform future aerospace missions.
NASA expects to fund about 15 proposals in this year's Phase I process. Those selected may receive as much as $100,000 for nine months of study to advance the innovative space technology concept and help NASA meet current operational and future mission requirements.
Selection announcements are expected this summer.
The solicitation is open to all United States citizens and researchers working in the United States, including NASA civil servants.
The number of awards will depend on the strength of proposals and availability of appropriated funds.
This NASA early investment and partnership with creative scientists, engineers and citizen inventors will pay huge technological dividends and help maintain America's leadership in the global technology economy.
To view the NASA research announcement for this solicitation and for more information about NIAC and NASA's Space Technology Program, visit www.nasa.gov/niac.
Art committee needs volunteer
The District Five Commission Office is looking for a volunteer to fill an opening for the Art in Public Places Advisory Committee.
The Art in Public Places Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners to the selection of works of applied art.
You do not need to live in District Five, and there are no specific qualifications, but an interest in art would be helpful.
The Art in Public Places Advisory Committee meets on the second Thursday of every month. A term is for one year.
If you are interested in being appointed to this board, contact the District Five Commission Office at (321) 253-6611.
Grant provides disabled students with disabilities a better chance
Students with intellectual disabilities will have a better chance for living independently and finding employment, thanks to a new state grant that Brevard Community College has received.
The $15,000 allocation will fund a program called "Together" that teams the college with Brevard Public Schools to assist disabled students 18-22 years old.
Using academic and social mentors, the students will have the opportunity to audit classes, get involved in student clubs and participate in Student Government Association events.
The goal is to help them learn employable skills through BCC's vocation programs and use social interaction on campus to improve their ability to live independently.
For more information on the "Together" program, email email@example.com or call (321) 433-7008.
Surfers rescue loggerhead sea turtle
Sea turtles have survived for more than 150 million years, however, marine reptiles are threatened by humans, who are competing for their natural habitat.
This is especially true in Florida, which hosts the highest number of nesting sea turtles in the continental United States.
Recently, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society received a phone call from a surfer at Spessard Holland Park saying that a sick or injured sea turtle was on the beach.
When STPS receives a call, a trained volunteer, authorized by Florida Fish and Wildlife, to conduct stranding and salvage activities is dispatched.
If the turtle is alive, the stranding volunteer is authorized to take the turtle to one of Florida's sea turtle rehabilitation centers.
The Loggerhead stranded at Spessard Holland Park was transported to Sea World, where it will be examined, given appropriate medical treatment; and when it is well enough, will be returned to the sea.
If you find a sea turtle on the beach that appears to be ill or injured, do not return it to the water or try to administer first aid. If it is a hot sunny day, provide shade for the turtle or cover the turtle with a wet towel. Sea turtles are reptiles and need to breathe air to live. Do not place them in a bucket of water.
For sea turtle emergencies, call the Sea Turtle Preservation Society Emergency Number at (321) 206-0646.
Advisory committee volunteer needed
The District Five Commission Office is looking for a volunteer to fill an opening for the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program Recreation and Education Advisory Committee.
The program provides recommendations for public access, passive recreation and environmental education on EEL Program-managed conservation lands
Committee members need to live in District Five and should have an interest in outdoor recreational uses on public lands.
The EELs Program Recreation and Education Advisory Committee meets quarterly. A term is for one year.
Junior League accepting scholarship applications
The Junior League of Central & North Brevard, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, is currently accepting applications from high school students for its 2013 scholarship program.
The Thomas Oliver Brown Memorial Scholarship and the Junior League of Central & North Brevard Scholarship are available to high school students accepted to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States as a full-time student.
Applications, with supporting documents, are due March 22.
Visit the league web site at www.brevardjuniorleague.org for complete details and to download an application form.
The scholarships are awarded in the amount of $500 each and recognizes Central & North Brevard County students who demonstrate a commitment to voluntarism.
A JLCNB scholarship representative plans to attend each recipient's school award ceremony in May.
The Junior League of Central & North Brevard has been serving Brevard County since 1967.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Champion awards given
The Applauding Brevard's Champions Awards Gala, presented by Community Credit Union and hosted by Brevard Schools Foundation for Brevard Public Schools, was held on Jan. 23 at the King Center in Melbourne.
During this event, winners from various categories were recognized and revealed, culminating in the announcement of this year's Teacher of the Year, Jason Schack from Melbourne High.
Congratulations to all of the winners: Jason Schack, Melbourne High School -
Teacher of the Year; Ray'Nisha Mason, Stone Middle School - Employee of the Year; Lester Stafford, Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School - Outstanding Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award; Matthew Hosken, Holland Elementary School - Volunteer of the Year-Youth; Brittany Rogers, Cambridge Elementary School - Volunteer of the Year -Adult; Farley Adams, McNair Middle School - Volunteer of the Year -Senior; The Children's Hunger Project - Business Partner of the Year-Nonprofit, Satellite High School; Joe Raley State Farm Insurance - Business Partner of the Year-Small Business, Eau Gallie High School; Sonny's Bar-B-Q - Business Partner of the Year-Large Business, Apollo Elementary School; Carl Brown, Manatee Elementary School - Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership 2012; Krista Miller, Merritt Island High School - Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award 2012; Trailblazer Jamborees, Sabal Elementary School - Parent Involvement Program of the Year-Elementary; West Shore Fine Arts Booster Club, West Shore Junior/Senior High School - Parent Involvement Program of the Year-Secondary.
For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 796.
Animal guardians in the county
On behalf of Animal Guardians of Brevard, thank you: 6,000 spays and neuters and counting!
Animal Guardians of Brevard would like to express its sincerest thanks to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of North Brevard and to Brevard Community Animal Hospital for the work with Animal Guardians in providing affordable sterilization services.
Without the surgery, these outstanding clinics provide to those seeking assistance from Animal Guardians, many cats would have probably remained intact to breed uncontrollably. The sterilization of all these cats will ultimately prevent the births of hundreds or thousands of kittens doomed to die in shelters or on our streets.
Animal Guardians is the only organization in Brevard County whose primary purpose is to provide financial assistance to people who cannot afford this procedure.
For more information, visit www.animalguardiansofbrevard.org.
Gator Club gets new name, logo and website
The Space Coast Gator Club (formerly Brevard County Gator Club) has a new name, logo and website.
The club has all new contact information listed below.
The new website is www.spacecoastgatorclub.com.
The email is email@example.com.
The phone number is (321) 890-7754.
Local charity distributes 10,000 packages of food
David Cohen, president of the board of directors for The Children's Hunger Project, has announced a major milestone for the local charity.
The Children's Hunger Project has distributed more than 10,000 packages of food to local elementary school children during the current school year.
The Children's Hunger Project was founded in 2010 and began operations during the 2011-12 school year. Founders include Jean-Yves Clerc, Sam Jordan and Bob Barnes.
The charity is currently providing packages of food to 700 kids each week at 18 local elementary schools.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (321) 373-7083 or visit http://thechildrenshungerproject.org/.
Women support veterans and soldiers
Brevard Federated Republican Women is involved in many ways to support the veterans and soldiers.
They send the troops cards and phone cards and provide them with coffee, through the program called "Cup of Joe," provided by the Green Beans Coffee Company.
The past two years, the BFRW has donated funds and items to Bridges in support of its transition home in Melbourne, called the Patriot House.
For many years, the organization has supported the Veterans Transition Facility with food, clothes, funds and gift cards.
For the past two years, it has donated to Honor Flight Society to enable veterans from WWII to go to Washington to visit the WWII memorial.
This year, on Nov. 2, The Brevard Federated Republican Women will hold a dinner honoring the veterans, and also conduct a fundraising auction to support the soldiers and veterans.
The Brevard Federated Republican Women meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Holiday Inn Hotel in north Melbourne. All registered Republicans are invited to attend.
Visit www.brevardfederatedrepublicanwomen.org or call (321) 727-1212 for more information.
Relive Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame banquet
Florida Tech celebrated the induction of four individuals and one team into its Sports Hall of Fame recently in the Hartley Room at the Denius Student Center.
The class of 2013 features former women's rower Valerie Barber, men's soccer players Eddie Enders and Fidgi Haig, men's tennis player Khalid Outaleb and the 1992 baseball team.
Phantom Productions of Florida produced highlight videos for each inductee.
The videos can now be watched at Florida Tech Athletics' YouTube page, YouTube.com/FTPanthers.
Amanda Stratford Photography snapped nearly 200 pictures of the reception and induction ceremony. The photos can be viewed and purchased at FloridaTechPhotos.com.
The Class of 2013 joined 37 individuals and four teams in the Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
For more information, call (321) 674-8250.
FP&L gives teachers thousands for projects
Twelve teachers in Brevard County have just received a total of $9,985 in grants from Florida Power & Light Company to fund classroom projects, which aim to teach students about energy.
Though, in today's economy a robust science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is essential to ensure students' competitiveness, funds for STEM education are increasingly scarce. That's why FPL offers its teacher grant program every year to support STEM education about renewable energy sources. Over the program's history, 175 teachers have received a total of more than $175,000 for classroom projects.
The winning teachers and schools in Brevard County are:
Elizabeth Faulkner, Apollo Elementary School
Naim Torlak, Bayside High School
Teresa Arrouet, Brevard Virtual School
Somer Y. Sutton, Heritage High School
Randy Lyons, Heritage High School
Sherry Love, Jupiter Elementary
Tonya Doughty and Christine Gayle, Jupiter Elementary
Joseph Harvey, Merrit Island High School/DaVinci Academy of Aerospace Technology
Holly Mentillo, Ocean Breeze Elementary School
Stacey O'Connor and Tom Englert, R.L. Stevenson School of the Arts
The awards range from $500 to $2,500 per project, based on the proposed budget and number of students that will benefit, and come from the NextEra Energy Foundation, which is funded by shareholders of FPL's parent company, NextEra Energy Inc., the nation's largest producer of renewable energy from the wind and the sun.
Award recipients are selected by the National Education Energy Development project, a nonprofit organization working with energy companies and agencies to bring balanced energy curriculum and training to the nation's classrooms.
Projects were judged according to stated goals, energy content, creativity and plans for budget and evaluation.
Completed projects may be featured on FPL's Solar Station website at www.FPL.com/solarstations.
For more information, call (305) 445-9750.
Chowder Cook-Off winners
Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar took top honors as the Judge's Choice at the 28th Annual Chowder Cook-Off with a Twist, presented by the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce's Convention & Visitors Bureau.
More than 1,000 people attended the event in Cruise Terminal No. 4 at Port Canaveral.
This year, 20 area restaurants gave the public a chance to sample their chowder and their favorite appetizers.
Also, those who attended enjoyed the performance from the steel drum band, Rhythm Steel.
The silent auction had more than 50 baskets, ranging from out-of-town hotel stays to private parties.
Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar was chosen as the "Best Chowder on the Space Coast" by a panel of celebrity judges.
Baja Tavern & Eats finished in second place, and Doubletree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront's 3 Wishes Restaurant took third.
Judging by a blind taste test, Port Commissioner Tom Weinberg, Mike & Mindy from Lite Rock Radio and Chef David from Ship Yard Brewery were tasked with trying more than 30 samples of chowder and "twists."
Coconuts on the Beach was presented the People's Choice Award, determined by a popular vote of the attendees.
Baja Tavern & Eats won for "Best Twist" with its lobster dip. Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera Hotel received second place for its Rendezvous Wrap, and Florida Key Lime Pie Company took third place for its key lime pie.
In the Best Decorated Contestant Booth category, Wild Ocean Seafood Market took home first place.
The winner of the Best Decorated Vendor Booth went to Kennedy Space Center Credit Union.
This year's event was chaired by Jeanna Merrifield, with Wild Ocean Seafood Market, and Jane Vester, with Space Coast Dine Around and More.
Sponsors include: Wild Ocean Seafood Market - VIP Sponsor, Preston McIntyre with Spectrum Productions - production sponsor, Norman's Raw Bar & Grill - Bar Sponsor, Walk About Golf and Country Club, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Portable Air, 98.5 Beach Radio, Legendary Cocoa Beach and Space Coast Fun Guide.
For more information, call (321) 454-2036 or email email@example.com.
Sponsors needed for kayak festival
Brevard C.A.R.E.S. is seeking sponsors for its inaugural Brevard Family Kayak Festival - Kayaking for Kids, a family-friendly event to raise awareness about child abuse prevention efforts on the Space Coast and to raise funds to support family-strengthening programs provided to families at risk of abuse or neglect by Brevard C.A.R.E.S.
Taking place on Saturday, April 13 at Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island, the festival will feature kayaking lessons and tours for novices, provided by A Day Away Kayak Tours and tours and games of skill for seasoned kayakers, sponsored by Space Coast Paddlers.
Those with kayaks are welcome to bring them to participate. Land-based activities include games for children and families, animal displays and education by the Brevard Zoo and local nature and conservation organizations, booths featuring information about child-serving organizations in the area, a tour of Palm Bay Police Department's new mobile emergency response command center, and displays and demonstrations by local law enforcement and fire/rescue agencies. Lunch will be provided and everyone attending will be entered to win door prizes.
Sponsorships include recognition in event promotional material and advertising, including the festival website and social media pages, and recognition and display space during the festival. Sponsorships range in price from $200 to $1,500. Brevard C.A.R.E.S. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
For more information, contact Stephanie Strodtman at (321) 752-4650, Ext. 3047, or email Stephanie.Strodtman@BrevardFP.org.
Volunteers respond to three sea turtles in distress
Recently, volunteers with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society responded to three calls involving live sea turtles that were in distress from illness and/or injury.
The first call came into the emergency number at (321) 206-0646 at 8:25 a.m. regarding a turtle in distress at Sea Gull Park in Satellite Beach. Kat Parks, a member of the stranding and salvage team, responded to the call. The turtle turned out to be a Green that was suffering from a tumor causing condition called fibropapilloma. It was transported to the store, located in Indialantic, to await transportation to a rehab facility.
Another call came in at 9:12 a.m. regarding an injured turtle in front of the Hilton Hotel in Indialantic. Standing and salvage team members Pat Rush and Debby Livingston responded to this injured Kemps Ridley turtle. Kemps Ridley turtles are not usually found in this part of the state, but could have been pushed up from the south due to strong winds. It, too, was taken to the store.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was contacted. FWC is responsible for contacting rehab facilities that can take care of injured and ill sea turtles. Because one of the turtles had fibropapilloma, there are only a few facilities in Florida that will take them. The closest one was Gumbo Limo in Palm Beach County.
A request went out to the STPS membership for a driver to make this five-hour round trip. Before noon, both turtles were on their way to rehab. Unfortunately the Green turtle died in transit.
The day was not over for the volunteers. Paul and Anne Lins, non-STPS members, contacted STPS regarding another Kemps Ridley that they had responded to at the Seashell Suites Resort in Melbourne Beach. They are volunteers with the Barrier Island Center. The turtle had been off shore for most of the day and finally beached itself at around 5:30 p.m. The Lins call the STPS emergency number and were instructed to take the turtle to the store, where they were met by Pat Rush. By this time it was too late to transport, and the turtle was transported the next day to Volusia County. The staff nicknamed this one "Valentine."
STPS, in Brevard County, reaches thousands of people each year through public presentations, exhibits at area events and via 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.
Local golfers in golf tournament
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour ventured to Wellington to hold the Palm Beach Junior Challenge, the tour's second tournament of the month.
The tournament was hosted by the recently redesigned Binks Forest Golf Club. The weather couldn't have been better on Saturday, with a high of 79 and the sun shining throughout the day. Sunday proved to be a bit cloudier, but reached a high of 75, nonetheless. Both days saw average wind speeds of about 15 mph.
This tournament was ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, and the top ten finishers in all divisions received points toward All-HJGT Teams and the Hurricane Cup. All winners also received an entry into the 2013 Tour Championship.
Jake Leffew took home the gold in the boy's 15-18 age division, after an exciting sudden-death playoff. Jake registered a 78 on Saturday, which left him two strokes ahead of his closest competitor. After shooting an 80 during the final round, he found himself in a sudden death playoff. Jake kicked it up a notch and finished the playoff after a dramatic par on the first hole. He registered the most pars among the boy's 15-18 age division with a total of 22.
Second place went to playoff runner-up, Ryan Lynch. Ryan managed to record a staggering six birdies throughout both rounds of the tournament.
Tied for third place were Andrew Chambers and Cole Sposato, who both finished only two strokes behind the leader.
Alexandra Papell won the girl's 15-18 age division in impressive fashion. Alexandra stayed consistent, firing a 78 and 79 in consecutive days to take home her second HJGT tournament win of the year. En route to her victory, she led the field in total birdies with three, and total pars with 18.
Megan Turnquest placed second, with a final score of 175. Megan scored par or better on 41.7 percent of the 36 holes she played this weekend.
Ashley Turnquest came in third, and finished only one stroke behind her sister.
Alberto Martinez was crowned champion in the boy's 15-18 division, after building a dominating lead on Saturday. Alberto shot par on Sunday, and tallied a total of five birdies throughout the tournament. He also led in par 4 and par 5 performance, registering average scores of 4.10 and 5.12, respectively.
In second place was Miles Castoro. Miles totaled a remarkable 20 pars during his tournament and led in par 3 performance with an average of 3.25.
Coming in third was Clay Gibbs, who scored par or better on 58.3 percent of his holes, including impressive birdies on the fourth and 11th holes.
Sabrina Hoskins continued, as she won her second consecutive and fourth HJGT tournament of the year in the girl's 11-14 age division. Sabrina led all players in total pars, racking up 23 in the duration of the tournament. She shot par or better on 66.7 percent of her holes and was really able to enforce her will on par 5s, where she averaged 5.12 strokes.
Sydney Jones came in second place, and did most of her damage on par 3s, where she averaged 3.25 strokes.
In third place was Sydney Hoskins, who tied for first in total birdies with three.
For more information, visit http://hjgt.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/hjgt13/event/hjgt137/index.htm.
Rescue wing office wins excellence awards
The results are in, and the 920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs Office walked away with not one, but two, Air Force Reserve Command Communication Excellence Awards, the only wing in AFRC to achieve such a feat.
Each year, the reserve command evaluates public affairs offices throughout the command in 14 communication categories. The winner of each category then moves on to represent the command at the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs competition.
The 920th RQW PA Office earned the 2012 AFRC Best Integrated Communication Award for its outstanding support of the 2012 Cocoa Beach Air Show, the largest community outreach event on the Space Coast.
Additionally, the 920th RQW PA Office received the 2012 AFRC Best Innovative Communication Award for its How-to-Save-a-Life information campaign that highlighted the wing's unique combat search and rescue mission, to include a printed 100-page visual narrative of real-world lifesaving missions.
The 920th RQW has the most unique mission in the Air Force Reserve, combat search and rescue and also one of the most marketable missions.
Although, due to its overall small size in scope in relation to other military services' special operations troops, pararescue Airmen (combat rescue officers, pararescuemen and survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists) have gotten little public recognition through the years.
Many people, even within the Air Force, know little about CSAR and Pararescue Airmen. The 920th PA Team created exciting visual masterpieces to create a buzz and get people's attention.
The awards didn't stop there. Master Sgt. Luke Johnson, 943rd Rescue Group, a geographically separated unit that falls under the 920th RQW, earned the 2012 AFRC Outstanding Communication Tactical-Level Civilian.
For a full list of AFRC Communication Excellence Awards winners, visit http://www.afrc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123335632.
For more about the unit, visit http://www.920rqw.afrc.af.mil/index.asp, follow them on http://www.facebook.com/920thRescueWing and Twitter.
A Broadway baby finds her way
Mary Lee DeWitt Baker began her life in Atlanta, dreaming of the day that she would live a life of glitz and glamour in a big city. Her journey from dreamer to Broadway star is one that she renders with humor and heart in her newly released memoir, "All I Ever Wanted Was a B Cup."
While she was growing up in New Jersey, Ms. Baker dreams big dreams about moving to the "Big Apple." She falls hopelessly in love with theater as a high school student, and realizes that she is pretty good at it, too! With the support of family and the fire in her heart to pursue her dreams, she decided to take a stab at the stage.
After many years of paying her dues in the theater community, Ms. Baker finally makes it where she has always dreamed of being: the Broadway stage!
The only problem, she realizes, is that Broadway was not at all like she had imagined as a girl. Not everything was glamorous and glitzy. Theater people were oftentimes audacious, loud and even rude. The world of theater and the life of an actress, seem to be filled with negativity. It is the burden of the actor to be constantly rejected, something that she learns very quickly on the job.
In "All I Ever Wanted Was a B Cup," Ms. Baker spins yarn after yarn about her days on the Broadway stage.
But between all those stories, the real tale that emerges is of a young woman coming to understand that her happiness is in her own hands. When Ms. Baker understands that she doesn't need anyone else's permission to do the things that will truly make her happy, her life really begins to come to fruition.
Mary Lee DeWitt Baker was born in Atlanta and grew up in New Jersey. The youngest of five, she slowly, but surely, followed her dream of performing on Broadway. The biggest blessings of her life were born in 1993 and 1997. She happily segued from the stage to raising Garrett and Rachel, and cleaning cat litter. She is a certified theatre and dance teacher, choreographer and director turned author.
For more information, visit http://maryleedewittbaker.com/.
- For Hometown News