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Community notes - Palm Bay
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Posted: 2013 Apr 19 - 06:20

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.

Apply for accounting minority scholarships

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation's Division of Certified Public Accounting is encouraging accounting minority students across the state to apply for this year's minority scholarships.

The minority scholarships are awarded each year to students studying to become certified public accountants through the CPA Education Minority Assistance Program. More than $1 million has been awarded to date.

Applications for the scholarship must be postmarked by June 1.

For more information, including the application process, visit http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/cpa/MinorityScholarship.html

Humane Society in need of supplies

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

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

Gift cards for BJ's Wholesale Club, PetsMart, Petco, Pet Supermarket, Target, Sam's Club and Wal-Mart are always appreciated to help with the shopping needs.

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

New free health app available

Parrish Medical Center has launched a free mobile app, with information and tools needed to manage day-to-day health.

Among other benefits, the app provides interactive health trackers that allow a person to monitor weight, glucose, blood pressure, medication adherence and other metrics that are essential to health and wellness.

The app is available for download at parrishmed.com/app, and includes health libraries from the Mayo Clinic, which covers more than 2,000 diseases and conditions.

Persons with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease can use the Mayo Clinic content, along with the health-tracking tools, to assist them in managing their conditions day-to-day.

Visit parrishmed.com/app to download this free app for your mobile device.

Energy storage competition

Registration is open for teams seeking to compete in the $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge, sponsored by NASA and the Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif.

To win, a team must demonstrate a stored energy system that can power a simulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate through multiple cycles of daylight and extended periods of darkness.

This is a Centennial Challenge, in which NASA provides the prize purse for technological achievements by independent teams while the Cleantech Open manages the competition as NASA's allied organization.

The challenge is extended to individuals, groups and companies working outside the traditional aerospace industry.

Unlike most contracts or grants, awards will be made only after solutions are demonstrated successfully.

The winning system will be the one that has the highest energy storage density.

For information about the Night Rover Challenge and how to register a team, visit http://www.nightrover.org.

For more information about the Cleantech Open, visit http://www.cleantechopen.org.

For more information about NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate and its Centennial Challenges Program, visit http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.

Sea turtle medical facility

The Brevard Zoo and the Sea Turtle Preservation Society are now partners in an effort to develop a sea turtle medical facility adjacent to the zoo's new state-of -the-art veterinary facility that was opened in March 2012.

The Brevard Zoo was awarded a grant by the Sea Turtle Tag Grant Program, valued at close to $40,000, for a 2013-14 grant cycle to begin construction of the facility. This is reported to be one of the largest grants awarded through this program because the award committee realized the significant need for such a facility.

At the science and engineering fair

Eighty-four Brevard Public Schools students participated in the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair at the Lakeland Convention Center in Lakeland recently.

Brevard Public Schools students were very successful, bringing home a Best of Show award and eight first-place awards. Fifty-nine BPS students won place awards, honorable mention awards or recognition awards.

In addition, Brevard students brought home 34 special awards of college scholarships, certificates, plaques and cash.

Yasmine Zubi of Satellite High School was named a Senior Best of Show winner.

For more information, contact Ginger Davis, secondary science resource teacher, at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 314, or davis.ginger@brevardschools.org.

Win a 1970 Barracuda at barbecue and car drawing

Tickets are now available for the Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation's 20th Annual Barbecue and Car Drawing fundraiser.

All proceeds benefit the Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation, 501(c)(3), a not-for-profit agency, which has three state-of-the-art adult day care centers, called "Joe's Club," in Brevard County.

The organization is dedicated to serving frail elders and those diagnosed with Alzheimer's and dementia, along with providing support for caregivers and families.

Event sponsor A.J. Hiers, and the Boniface-Hiers Automotive Group, have found a true muscle car for the 2013 drawing - a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda with a V-10 Viper Engine. This is a must-see muscle car and is on display at the Boniface-Hiers Chrysler Dodge dealership, located on Highway 520 in Merritt Island.

Ticket prices for the barbecue and car drawing cost $25 each or six for $100. You need not be present to win.

The Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation has raffled several cars in the past to raise money to help those in need. Past cars include a 1958 Corvette, 1967 Dodge Coronet, 1970 Dodge Challenger, 1966 Dodge Charger, a 1970 Plymouth Superbird and a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible.

The barbecue and car drawing will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 6 p.m., at the Wickham Park Pavilion next to Brevard Community College.

Event sponsors are Boniface-Hiers Automotive Group, Bright House Networks, Autumn House Alzheimer's Care Facility and Harbor Financial Group.

To purchase tickets for the Alzheimer's barbecue and car drawing, call (321) 253-4430, or visit www.alzbbq.com.

Women's golf team wins United States Women's Invitational

Florida Tech shot a school record 299 to deplete an eight-stroke deficit and grab the program's first victory since 2009 at the United States Women's Invitational recently at Pine Island Country Club, in Charlotte, N.C.

The three-day total 918 (314-305-299) bested second-place Florida Southern by one stroke.

Senior Jessica Hook led the way for the Panthers, shooting 225 (77-74-74) to win her second individual title in her college career. The Wilmington, N.C. native completed the tournament with a two-over-par 74 to win by one stroke. Her first win came last season at the Saint Leo Invitational.

One stroke behind Hook was sophomore teammate Rachel Polson. She finished the tournament in a tie for second at 226 (77-75-74). Freshman Felicia Leftinger, who had her first-ever hole-in-one Monday, also finished in the top-10 at seventh after shooting 228 (77-75-76). Sophomore Jara' Templet rounded out the Panthers' scoring with a 243 (87-81-75).

The Panthers last tournament win came in 2009 when FIT hosted and won the Panther Invitational. Polson has the Panthers' only other individual victory this season, winning at the NCAA Fall Preview in the first tournament of the year.

The 299 final round was not only the best score in school history, it was the only time the program has ever broken the 300 mark. The previous record of 305 was tied just a day ago in the second round.

For complete results, visit http://www.floridatechsports.com/media/2012-13/wgolf/stats/US%20Womens%20Invite%20Day%202.pdf.

Summer camp registration underway

Brevard County Parks and Recreation, South Area, is offering summer teen camps at four locations for children entering seventh through ninth grades.

Camps will begin on Tuesday, May 28, and run through Friday, Aug. 2.

Teens will participate daily field trips to locations, such as the beach, Orlando theme parks, bowling, skating, paintball, rock climbing, movies and more.

Camps will be offered at the following locations: Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, (321) 433-4891; Wickham Park Main Pavilion, 3845 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, (321) 255-4400; Rodes Park Community Center, 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne, (321) 952-3215; and Ted Whitlock Community Center, 1951 Malabar Road N.W., Palm Bay, (321) 952-3231.

Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fee is $60 per child for the week, plus the cost of daily field trips and transportation. Before care (7-9 a.m.) and after care (4-6 p.m.) are available for an additional fee.

For camp information or to register, call or visit each camp location. For the Wickham Park camp, call or visit the main South Area Parks & Recreation Office at 1515 Sarno Road in Melbourne, (321) 255-4400.

Camp calendars and registration forms are available online at www.brevardcounty.us/ParksSouth.

For more information, call the South Area Parks and Recreation Office at (321) 255-4400.

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