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Community notes - Palm Bay
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Posted: 2013 Apr 12 - 06:22

New chairman, officers at commission

Joseph R. Morgan, former mayor of Cocoa Beach, has been re-elected chairman of the Brevard County Historical Commission.

Also elected were Bob Swenson, first vice chairman; and Roz Foster, second vice chairman.

Dan Reiter was also appointed tot he Historical Commission by County Commissioner Chuck Nelson.

For more information, call (321) 205-6065.

Local doctor to present research

Cardiovascular specialist Khalid Sheikh, MD, with Health First Medical Group, has been invited to present his research at the 2013 International Cardiology Symposium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The symposium will be held May 16-18 and will include speakers from all over the world.

Dr. Sheikh will present on "A personalized care approach is superior to usual care for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease events in a managed care environment."

The event will cover topics on diabetes, coronary artery diseases, interventions, heart failure and hypertension. It will highlight all areas of cardiology and will focus on everyday clinical practice.

Dr. Sheikh is board certified in echocardiography from the National Board of Echocardiography.

Dr. Sheikh's special focuses include invasive cardiology, consultative cardiology, echocardiography adult congenital heart disease, preventative cardiology and clinical research trials.

Visit www.health-first.org for more information.

College receives honor roll admission

Brevard Community College was recently admitted to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its community service-learning approach.

This annual honor highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

A total of 690 higher education institutions were named to this year's honor roll. Combined, the honor roll awardees engaged 3.1 million students in community service, for a total of 118 million service hours. That's $2.5 billion in value to communities across the country.

NOW member receives legacy award

Stetson Law School bestowed a legacy award to Catherine Stanton at its first annual Women of Achievement Gala, held in March.

The gala was sponsored by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, National Organization for Women Affiliate, American Bar Association and The Florida Bar YLD Law Student Division.

Ms. Stanton was one of four honorees presented with awards.

Ms. Stanton is the great, great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the original pillars of the women's movement.

Ms. Stanton was the keynote speaker. Appearing in costume as "Elizabeth," she detailed what life was like in the 1800s, and how she formed friendships with Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony and lit the flame of women's suffrage, leading to women's equality and the 19th Amendment.

Ms. Stanton, a long-time member of the Brevard National Organization for Women, was joined by fellow NOW members: Laura Fausone, president; Terry Sanders, legislative director for Brevard and Florida NOW; and Kathy Shaffer, member of the State Attorney's Domestic Violence task force, as well as Palm Bay Victims' Advocate.

Wendy Piesco, also a Brevard NOW member and a senior at Stetson Law School, presented the award to Ms. Stanton.

Ms. Piesco is also the Secretary for the newly formed NOW Chapter at Stetson Law School.

For more information, visit www.brevardnow.org or call (321) 720-3520.

What is Florida CAN?

The Florida Cannabis Action Network is a statewide group, headquartered in Melbourne.

FLCAN has spent more than a decade affirming the value of the cannabis plant on health, economy and environment.

CAN members are concerned citizens using proven political tactics to implement sensible cannabis policies in their communities, around the state and at the federal level.

The purpose of FL CAN is to generate public support for sensible cannabis policies and to assist in the implementation thereof; to provide a forum for the public to speak out on the issue of national social concern; to educate the public regarding the consequences of cannabis prohibition; and to raise funds to promote these civic purposes.

For more information, contact FLCAN at Florida Cannabis Action Network, P.O. Bow 36053, Melbourne, FL, 32936.

Local students intend to enroll at Florida Tech

The following local students have announced their intent to begin studies at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne in fall 2012: Rashad Abdulla of Melbourne - physics; Salman Alenzi of Melbourne - biomedical engineering; Turki Alhaeedhal of Palm Bay - information systems; Mohammed Alkhateri of West Melbourne - environmental science; Musalam Almazrouei of Melbourne - chemical engineering; Badur Alshukaili of Melbourne - chemical engineering; Isabella Campanini of Satellite Beach - forensic psychology: Kaitlyn Crook of West Melbourne - civil engineering; Curtis Earl of Palm Bay - applied math; Daltyn Earl of Palm Bay - biomedical engineering: David Elliott of Rockledge - electrical engineering; Balder Fagerlund of Ormond Beach - mechanical engineering; Max Fischer of Merritt Island - general engineering; Amanda Irizarry of Palm Bay - interdisciplinary science; Joachim Jones of Palm Bay - software engineering; Thomas Kearns of Melbourne Beach - space sciences; Alexander Kolobov of Melbourne Beach - business administration; Connor Kroop of Satellite Beach - interdisciplinary science; Savannah Kroop of Satellite Beach - mathematics education; Christian Kurian of Palm Bay - premedical physics; Kiel Lamb of Rockledge - mechanical engineering; Eric Larochelle of West Melbourne - computer science; Lauren Lide of Palm Bay - premedical biological science; George Lopez of Melbourne - aeronautical science, flight; Luke Lorah of Melbourne - international business; Ciera Misner of Malabar - general studies; Sky Morrison of Indian Harbour Beach - communication; Nick Namba of Melbourne Beach - computer science; Draven Owens of Melbourne - biomedical engineering; Aria Patterson of Indian Harbour Beach - general studies; Karlyn Prisco of Rockledge - general studies; Daniel Rassoul of - premedical biological science; Adam Rosenfield of Melbourne - business administration; Alexander Rumsey of Melbourne - business administration; Zachary Taylor of Melbourne - psychology; Cameron Vance of Palm Bay - computer science; Ember-Leigh Wells of West Melbourne - premedical biological science; and Joy Wilkinson of Melbourne - business administration.

Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast.

The university has been named a "Barron's Guide" "Best Buy" in College Education, designated a Tier One Best National University in "U.S. News & World Report," and is one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the "2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges."

The university offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.

Fields of study include science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, mathematics, psychology, communication and education.

Additional information is available online at www.fit.edu.

For more information contact Karen Rhine at (321) 674-8964 or email krhine@fit.edu.

Idea results in donations for a good cause

An idea cooked up by two retired military wives has culminated in $6,702 in donations for the Veteran's Transitional Facility in Melbourne, which provides housing for homeless veterans.

Nancy Carroll and Judi Bickmore of Indian River Colony Club in Viera, produced and printed the $11 "Simply Soup" cookbook, with sponsorship by the Indian River Chapel Foundation and recipes by IRCC Sous Chef, Kathy Green.

In March, the pair presented checks from the cookbook sales and a recent golf tournament to Audra Leary, director for the Melbourne facility that has housed 40 veterans and family members so far this year.

The goal of the Veteran's Transitional Facility, which is affiliated with Vietnam & All Veterans of Brevard, is to transition homeless veterans, some with families, into a stable housing situation.

The Veteran's Transitional Facility is at 700 E. Fee Ave., Melbourne.

The phone number is (321) 409-8167.

IRCC is a fully maintained and gated golf course community of nearly 800 homes on 453 acres in Viera.

More information about Indian River Colony Club is available at www.IndianRiverColonyClub.com or by calling (877) 298-8124.

Improving student's reading skills

The Brevard Federation of Teachers recently sponsored a 32-hour class, called "Beginning Reading Instruction."

It is a research-based program that addresses specific research concepts and teaching strategies that impact reading.

The course began in January and concluded in March at the federation office.

Teachers attended on Wednesday evenings after school in order to obtain research-based information that will help them improve their students' reading skills. They chose five research concepts they have learned, implemented them in their classrooms, and submitted reports on how the strategies worked.

The instructor was Tina Newman.

For more information, call the BFT office on Florida Avenue in Rockledge, at (321) 636-3323.

Brevard recycles

Brevard County has reached a goal of 45 percent recycling, a milestone achieved one year early and one that puts Brevard County in a second-place tie among Florida county's with the highest recycling rates.

According to the latest recycling data from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 23 counties reported a 30 percent or higher recycling rate, and Florida has maintained at least a 30 percent recycling rate for two consecutive years. Brevard County is among nine counties with a recycling rate of 40 percent or higher.

The more that is recycled means less waste generated and lower operating costs for waste management.

Residents have motivation to recycle because it allows for reuse of household products and also cuts down on the amount and cost of waste sent to local landfills.

Residents are encouraged to recycle at home and find out what recycling efforts are under way at their local schools, their workplace and their community groups.

In 2008, the Florida Legislature established a new statewide recycling goal of 75 percent to be achieved by 2020.

To see the complete Solid Waste Management Report, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling/SWreportdata/11_data.ht.

For more information about the Florida DEP Recycling Recognition Program, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.uswaste/categories/recycling/pages/recognition.htm

Health First's ball

The Health First's 31st Annual Benefit Ball festivities kicked off with a special sponsor party held March 21 at the Indialantic waterfront home of Dr. Steven and Valerie Karas.

More than 200 of the area's most generous and philanthropic people were in attendance, and enjoyed a beautiful Florida sunset, as they heard compelling stories and updates from executives, physicians and ball volunteers about the need for hospice services in the community.

For more information, call the Health First Foundation at (321) 434-7353 or log on to Health-First.org/Foundation.

Association has new leadership

The Space Coast Association has installed new leadership for its 1,400-member association.

Realtor Jesse Parrish III of Pruitt Real Estate was installed as the association's 2013 president.

Also installed were:  president-elect Mitch Ribak; secretary Melissa Goldman, treasurer Lynn Jones and the following directors:  Lisa Durgin, Bill Thomas, Dan Barber, Lynnette Hendricks, Steve Romano, Kaz Cisowski and Bill Kehoe.

The Space Coast Association of Realtors is a professional trade association, representing more than 1,400 Realtors and businesses.

New port authority board members announced

Cocoa Beach resident Tom Weinberg will serve as chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners for 2013.

The former chief of staff for former Florida Sen. Mel Martinez was elected unanimously to the position during the first meeting of the year for the board.

Also elected were Titusville attorney Jerry Allender as vice chairman and Cocoa citrus grower Frank Sullivan as secretary/treasurer.

Titusville attorney John H. Evans begins his first term on the board.

Also serving will be Merritt Island auto dealership owner Bruce Deardoff, the immediate past chairman of the board.

For more information, visit www.portcanaveral.com.

New vice president of managed care

Jeff Sterling has joined Health First as the vice president of managed care, reporting to Joe Felkner, chief financial officer for Health First.

In this newly created role, Mr. Sterling will direct and oversee the entire managed care function of the four Health First hospitals and the Health First Medical Group.

Mr. Sterling most recently served as regional director of Managed Care for Universal Health Services, a national, for-profit hospital system based in Pennsylvania. In that role, he was responsible for the Managed Care strategy for the UHS hospitals, physicians, and ancillaries in the Florida and South Carolina markets.

Mr. Sterling has 20 years of experience in the managed healthcare industry, with his experience equally split between hospital and health plan responsibilities.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida.

Mr. Sterling and his wife, Tamara, have relocated to Brevard from Orlando.  

New director at animal services

Karla Torpy, formerly with the Melbourne law firm of Moletteire & Torpy, is the new director of Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement and recently received unanimous confirmation from the Brevard County Board of Commissioners.

Ms. Torpy, who spent 18 years practicing law in Brevard County, calls her new role an "essential mission to promote responsible pet ownership by promoting and protecting the health, safety and welfare of residents and animals in Brevard County."

Assistant department director Kathy Beatson served as the interim director of Animal Services and Enforcement since July 2011.

New vice president at Aging Matters

Aging Matters in Brevard has announced that Jeanne Hakkila-Wills has been appointed vice president of mission advancement.

She comes with a broad background, having spent eight years in advancement services at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, where she was instrumental in the design and implementation of its network and in raising capital to expand the program's second campus.

A former Harris program manager, her background includes broad-based experience in all phases of telecommunications and network operations.

She has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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 are 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 or email jhakkila@agingmattersbrevard.org.

Government to fund new beach sand

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved Project Implementation Reports that will result in re-nourishment of north and south-reach beaches in Brevard County, with the federal government footing virtually 100 percent of the estimated $29.3 million cost to restore parts of the county's eroded shoreline.

In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused high winds and seas that damaged Brevard County beaches.

The County worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assess erosion to beaches within the federal Brevard County Shore Protection Project area.

As a result of that assessment, the Army Corps has announced approval of the Project Implementation Reports for the north and south reach beaches.

That approval means the Army Corps plans to re-nourish the north and south reach beaches using 100 percent federal funds.

The most recent benefits cost study by the Army Corps yields that for every dollar spent on the project, the county receives $5.50 in economic benefits.

The north reach, including Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral, will receive about 1 million cubic yards of sand, with an estimated cost of $16.8 million.

The south reach, which covers 3.8 miles of shoreline in Indialantic and Melbourne Beach, will be re-nourished with 585,000 cubic yards of sand.

The Army Corps has not released an intended construction schedule, but work on both projects is expected to take place between November and May of next year.

Brevard County is also working to secure state beach restoration funds to repair other county beaches, where an Army Corps project has never been constructed, including the mid reach and south beaches areas.

Drowning prevention grant provided

The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County has announced it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Florida Department of Health's Injury Prevention Program for Child Drowning Prevention services.

Annually in Florida, enough children to fill three-to-four preschool classrooms drown and do not live to see their 5th birthday. Florida overwhelmingly has the highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation for the 1 to 4 year-old age group.

The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County has partnered with Clear Channel Outdoor to display drowning prevention messaging on digital billboards throughout the county's major roadways. This messaging will be visible by Brevard County residents and thousands of tourists during the months of April through June.

To obtain more information about drowning prevention, visit www.brevardeh.com and click on "Public Swimming Pools and Bathing Places." You may also contact Cynthia Leckey or Melissa Brock at (321) 633-2100 or cynthia_leckey@doh.state.fl.us or melissa_brock@doh.state.fl.us.

NASA screening of space program artifacts

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts.

The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies, 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. This is the 17th time since 2009 NASA has made this opportunity available.

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 May 6. Only schools and museums are eligible to receive artifacts.

For more about NASA and agency programs, visit http://www.nasa.gov.

Small spacecraft technology project proposals

Small spacecraft, or smallsats, represent a growing field of space research and operations, in which universities often have led the way in technology development. Smallsats, some of which are as small as a 4-inch cube, are not expected to replace conventional spacecraft, but sometimes can provide an alternative to larger, more costly spacecraft.

NASA expects to competitively select approximately 10 proposals. Each team will form proposal partnerships with researchers from any of NASA's field centers.

Awards for each project will include as much as $100,000 ($150,000 for teams of more than one school).

Proposals submitted in response to this NASA cooperative agreement notice are due June 5.

Details are provided in a Cooperative Agreement Notice that is available online at http://tinyurl.com/cb3mqdw.

For additional information on the Small Spacecraft Technology Program, visit http://www.nasa.gov/smallsats.

Brevard Zoo honors military children in April


April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize and appreciate military children for their service.

In celebration of the Month of the Military Child, during April at Brevard Zoo, when service members visit the zoo, they will receive a free child's admission to the Art of Sand exhibit, with each paid adult admission to the Art of Sand exhibit (discount is not applicable to zoo admission). In addition, every day of the year, Brevard Zoo offers a military discount of $1 off general zoo admission for service members and their dependents.

Proof of military service is required, and one adult ticket for Art of Sand must be purchased to receive the free child's admission to Art of Sand.

In the case of a parent being deployed, the zoo will honor the discount when the spouse or guardian of the child purchases the adult ticket.

For more information, call the Brevard Zoo at (321) 254-9453.

NASA asks for early stage innovation proposals

NASA is seeking innovative, early-stage space technology proposals from accredited United States' universities that will enable NASA's future missions and America's leadership in space.

Proposals are sought for science instruments, cryogenic propellant storage for long-duration space exploration, optical coatings for astrophysical pursuits, oxygen recovery for life support systems and to improve the understanding of and protection from near-Earth asteroids.

NASA expects to make approximately 10 awards this fall, based on the merit of proposals received. Each award will be made for one year, with an additional year of research possible. The typical annual award value is expected to be approximately $250,000. Second-year funding will be contingent on the availability of appropriated funds and technical progress.

Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals to this solicitation. Notices of intent are due by April 29, with proposals due May 21.

To view the Early Stage Innovation NASA Research Announcement and information for submitting proposals, visit http://go.usa.gov/25De.

For more information about NASA's investment in space technology, visit http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

New CFO at medical group

Thomas M. Matenaer, CPA, has been named chief financial officer of the Health First Medical Group, Brevard County's largest multi-specialty physician group.

The creation of the Health First Medical Group follows the successful acquisition of certain assets of Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates in February. The medical group is a combination of Health First's existing Health First Physicians and MIMA physicians, and now includes 246 physicians and more than 1,040 associates.

In his role as CFO, Mr. Matenaer will be responsible for the overall financial operation and strategic financial planning for Health First Medical Group.

He has more than 30 years of experience in finance within the healthcare field.

Mr. Matenaer received a bachelor's degree in business administration in accounting and a master's degree in business administration in management from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, in Whitewater, Wisc. He is a CPA and is married with three children.

Health First employs more than 7,500 people and has four hospitals, including Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, Cape Canaveral Hospital and Viera Hospital.

Visit www.Health-First.org for more information.

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