Food for hungry, undernourished children
The Children's Hunger Project distributed more than 21,000 packages of food to 20 local elementary schools during the school year ending May 22.
The Children's Hunger Project announced this milestone for the Brevard County charity.
The Children's Hunger Project provides packages of food on weekends to elementary school-age children who are hungry and undernourished.
The Children's Hunger Project was founded in 2010 by Jean-Yves Clerc, Sam Jordan and Bob Barnes.
Learn more at thechildrenshungerproject.org.
Aging Matters receives grant
Aging Matters in Brevard (http://agingmattersbrevard.org/) has announced that it is the recipient of a Jess Parrish Medical Foundation grant award, designated as sponsorship for its signature fundraiser Sixth Annual Passport to Wines Around the world.
Established in 1965, Aging Matters in Brevard is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to promote and maintain independence and maximize quality of life for the citizens of Brevard County, particularly the elderly and disabled.
One of its primary programs, The Brevard Community Kitchen, serves more than 2,000 meals a day to the frailest of our citizens, including both elders and at-risk children.
Grant proceeds will help provide care for more than 6,800 seniors, so they can receive the finest in comprehensive and coordinated services.
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.
For more information, call (321) 806-3767.
Weight loss program 5K
Recently, 16 people, focused on losing weight and getting healthier, did something some of them thought would never be possible during their lifetime - they completed their first-ever 5K.
With the help of Viera Pro Health & Fitness trainers, the group participated in a New Fit boot camp to prepare for the 5K.
During the eight weeks of training leading up to the 5K, they lost a collective total of 64 pounds and 21 inches.
All 16 people, who ran in the race, finished it.
Health First New Fit Medical Director Dr. Nathan Allison and Health First New Fit Dr. Kenneth Tieu also participated in the event.
Running a race was a "bucket list" item for many New Fit patients, who took part in the 5K.
The 5K was part of the Health First Health Plans race series and was coordinated through the Running Zone.
The Health First New Fit Program is a weight-loss program that helps save and change people's lives daily. The program offers two support meetings a month.
For more information, visit www.NewFitNewLife.com or call (321) 434-9230, Option 3.
Air command wins excellence award
The Valiant Air Command has been awarded the 2013 Solomon Portrait of Excellence Award.
This award, presented during the annual tourism day luncheon, has been presented annually since 1994, and recognizes a person or an organization for their contributions to the tourism industry and economy of the Space Coast.
Valiant Air Command Cmdr. Lloyd Morris received the award and its crafted glass block trophy from chairman Jim Ridenour, who presented it on behalf of the Brevard Tourism Development Council.
The Valiant Air Command was recognized for its 36-year history of excellence in preserving and presenting the heritage of American military aviation, highlighted by the highly successful 2013 TICO Air Show, which featured the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
For more information, contact Ron Davis, Public Relations Officer, Valiant Air Command.
Commissioner honored by Boy Scouts of America
Brevard County District 5 Commissioner Andy Anderson has been named recipient of the 2013 District Award of Merit by the Boy Scouts of America, Central Florida Council, Riverside District.
The award is given to Scouters, who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.
Commissioner Anderson has served as the chairman of the Riverside District for the last two years.
Stephanie Regalia, Riverside District Executive, said Commissioner Anderson was recognized by his fellow Scouters for leading a team of volunteers who have increased membership and local visibility, funded innumerable programs and established community ties that will ensure the longevity of the program for years to come.
For more information, call the District Five office at (321) 253-6611.
Republican women recognized by governor
Three members of the Brevard Federated Republican Women organization were recognized by Florida Gov. Rick Scott during his speech at a recent Lincoln Reagan dinner in Melbourne.
Awarded certificates for outstanding service to the Republican Party as a volunteer for the Brevard County Republican Executive Committee were Linda Davis, event chair; Jo Solley Hansen, third vice president; and Beth Young, president of the Brevard Federated Republican Women.
For information about the Brevard Federated Republican Women, visit www.brevardfederatedrepublicanwomen.org or call (321) 727-1212.
Items needed at Humane Society
The Central Brevard Humane Society is in need of Purina Kitten Chow, bleach and paper towels.
For more information, call (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
Sustaining energy awards
Zachary Loeb, a junior at Viera High School garnered the USA Gold Medal Award and Grand Award at the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad held recently in Houston.
Sponsored by a consortium of universities and industries, the olympaid aims to stimulate interest in our planet's problems, to find practical solutions to these challenges and to accelerate the progress towards a sustainable world.
More than 400 research projects, selected from thousands of applications from more than 70 countries, participated.
Mr. Loeb's project title is "Preventing the Reproductive Failure of Aquatic Life from the Global Threat of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds through Catalytic Waste Water Treatment."
He received a $5,000 cash award and a scholarship to Texas Tech University.
His school sponsor for this project is Elizabeth Youngs, science research teacher at Viera High School.
For more information, please contact Cyndi Van Meter at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 300, Dr. Walter Christy at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 310 or Ginger Davis at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 314).
Golf championship winners
The Savannahs Club Championship was held Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19.
Flight winners were as follows:
o Championship flight winner: Kyle Morgan, runner-up: Gary Dillaman
o Net champion: Charles Hannas, net runner-up: Lloyd Chamberlain
o First flight winner: Jim McClure, runner-up: Jim Browne, net winner: Tom Himes, net runner-up: Justin Carroll
o Second flight winner: Rusty Coffman, runner-up: Kevin Cotter, net winner: Wayne Ivan, net runner-up: Jeff Couch
o Third flight winner: Gerry Geeser, runner-up: Emmet Sullivan, net winner: John Broadstock, net runner-up: Gil Grigsby
o Overall Net Winner: Gerry Geeser
Players were treated to a prime rib awards dinner following the golf.
Gregory W. Sanders is the PGA Master Professional at the Savannahs Golf Course, 3915 Savannahs Trail, Merritt Island.
For more information, visit www.golfthesavannahs.com.
Gov. Scott signs elections bill into law
Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently signed HB 7013 into law, which will improve the accessibility and efficiency of Florida's elections.
The governor said there were inefficiencies in the 2012 General Election, and that our system needed to be corrected.
This law will add more early voting locations, add more early voting days and shorten the length of the ballot.
Brevard Achievement Center associate wins award
Brevard Achievement Center has announced that associate and Wounded Warrior, Edward Johnson Jr. has recently received the 2012 AbilityOne Program Employee Award: Honor Roll for Veterans with Disabilities at the NISH/AbilityOne national conference, held in San Antonio.
The annual award is given to honor a veteran with significant disabilities who has shown outstanding achievement in his or her work life.
Mr. Johnson, a 1991 graduate of Cocoa High School and veteran of the United States Army, was selected by two judging panels from a pool of 50,000 applicants.
Mr. Johnson's story began in Iraq in 2006 when a sniper's bullet made a clean entry through his helmet, grazed his scalp and caused him to lose consciousness and feel disoriented for several days. Five days after the incident, however, he was sent back to the front lines. Over the next three years, Johnson suffered additional injuries from three separate roadside bomb attacks. The combination of his injuries finally led doctors to diagnose him with traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder and release him from active duty.
Reentering civilian life was not easy for Mr. Johnson, as he struggled with the effects of his TBI and PTSD.Watching him suffer at home, his wife, Serena, took matters into her own hands and got him admitted into the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Ft. Benning, Ga.
For a year, Mr. Johnson, his wife and son lived at Ft. Benning, while he received the care he needed. When they returned to Brevard, however, life still wasn't the same.
Fortunately, Mr. Johnson's wife heard about Brevard Achievement Center's programs and services that help people with disabilities learn to live independently. In April 2012, Johnson joined the ranks of the custodial staff at Patrick Air Force Base through BAC's AbilityOne program. Today, he is a changed man.
In addition to winning the 2012 AbilityOne Program Employee Award: Honor Roll for Veterans with Disabilities, Mr. Johnson has received 15 commendations for his military service, including the Purple Heart.
Founded in 1968, Brevard Achievement Center employs more than 6,000 adults with disabilities throughout Florida and in Puerto Rico through its many programs and services, including AbilityOne.
For more information about the NISH/AbilityOne program, visit www.nish.org. To learn more about BAC, visit www.bacbrevard.com.
Brevard libraries seek suggestions for time capsule
As part of the events marking Florida's 500th Anniversary, the Viva 500 Committee has provided each county library system with a time capsule to fill and preserve for future generations.
The time capsule, a stainless steel cylinder, will be placed on display at the Government Center in Viera, where it will remain until the year 2063.
A committee has been formed to solicit ideas and materials to include that will be representative of what Brevard County's residents feel is important in past and present day lives.
Brevard County, which was named in 1855, has a rich and varied history and has captured the world's attention numerous times with events like the archaeological discovery at Windover in Titusville and the Space Program that put the first man on the Moon.
Copies of several items from the Brevard Historical Commission archives, headquartered at the Central Brevard Library, have been identified for inclusion and the committee would like to receive additional input from the community.
To submit suggestions, contact Michael Boonstra at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the discussion at the Brevard County Public Libraries Facebook page.
Idignity helps disadvantaged
IDignity was created in 2008 to help the disadvantaged in Central Florida overcome the difficulties of obtaining the personal identification that is crucial in assisting them to become self-sufficient.
The experience for those of us who are capable of keeping detailed files and records to prove our identity is challenging, but for those in society who have had more challenging life circumstances, the experience is frustrating.
We take for granted the many benefits in life that our IDs provide: a job, school, a bank account, travel as we desire and benefits if we need them, and others.
Each IDignity event averages $6,000 in expenses for the 200 clients that can be served in one day. These expenses include fees of out-of-state birth certificates, Florida Birth Certificates, Florida IDs, Florida Drivers Licenses, Florida Commercial Drivers Licenses (with Jobs pending), legal support, transportation, volunteer support (T-shirts and food- light breakfast and ample lunch), office supplies, etc.
For more information, visit www.IDignity.org.
Academic team standings released
The Florida High School Athletic Association recently released the final standings for Academic Team Champions for 2012-13.
Rockledge High School finished ninth overall.
In spring sports, the RHS girls' tennis team was ranked third overall in Class 2A, and Cocoa High School's girls' tennis team was ranked in the top 20.
In 5A baseball and softball, RHS was ranked ninth.
The boys' 2A tennis team from RHS was ranked 10th, and the girls' 2A track team was ranked 13th.
The Academic Team Champion recognition program honors teamwork not only in competition, but in the classroom as well.
Florida Tech signs Melbourne High School forward
Florida Tech head coach Billy Mims announced the signing of recent Melbourne High School graduate Robert Booth. The forward joins Fort Pierce-product Akeem Johnson as the second local standout to join the Panther family.
The 6-foot-7 forward led the Bulldogs to a 23-5 record during his senior season, averaging 20.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He shot 60.5 percent from the field, dished out 1.7 assists per game and blocked 2.0 shots per game.
Booth's stellar senior season resulted in postseason accolades as he was named All-Space Coast Boys Basketball First Team. He was also selected to play in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Game, playing for the North squad.
Booth will join a team that recorded its fourth straight winning season this past year at 16-11 overall. The Panthers won nine straight games to end the season. Two of the wins were against ranked opponents in No. 6 Florida Southern and No. 16 Saint Leo.
For more information, call (321) 674-7484.
Founding principal of charter school named
Brevard County School Board Chairman Robert Jordan and the Viera Charter School Search Committee have announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Spellman as the founding principal of Viera Charter School.
After a three-month national search conducted by Charter School Associates, on behalf of Viera Charter School, Dr. Spellman was selected.
Dr. Spellman has been a special education teacher, district administrator, headmaster, adjunct professor and principal. He received his Master of Science in administration and supervision from Northern Illinois University and his doctorate of administration and supervision from Nova Southeastern University.
Viera Charter School is a public charter school sponsored by the School Board of Brevard County but governed independent of the Brevard County Public Schools by a board of directors.
Viera Charter School will serve approximately 650 students in a 41,000 square-foot state-of-the-art charter facility, with plans to construct a second 20,000 square-foot building within two years that will expand the enrollment capacity to approximately 950 students, grades kindergarten through eighth grade.
Sculpture a guest favorite at Art of Sand
For three weeks in a row, the sculpture "Coming and Going" was a guest favorite in the Art of Sand sculpture contest at Brevard Zoo.
Depicting invasive species that are moving into the state and the species we need to protect for the future with the state of Florida in the center, this sculpture was chosen to be the Best in Overall Exhibit by guests.
The sculpture was a guest favorite in three out of the four weeks of the sculpture contest. This was the final week of the contest as the exhibit closed Monday, May 27.
Since opening Feb. 16, thousands of people came to see the Art of Sand exhibit that highlighted the story of people and wildlife in Florida from 10,000 BC to the present.
The Art of Sand exhibit at Brevard Zoo was made possible by its many sponsors, including presenting sponsors Toyota of Melbourne and Lexus of Melbourne, as well as Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism, Brevard Eye Center, Shelter Mortgage Company, Viera Charter School, Exceptional Dentistry, Jon's Fine Jewelry, Learning Rx, Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera, Pruitt Real Estate, Brevard Physicians Network, Holiday Builders, ndtHOST, Wuesthoff Health System, GrayRobinson Attorneys at Law, Space Coast Business, Space Coast Living, Florida Today Communications, Bright House Networks, Sky Advertising, Viera Voice, Amici's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Pizza Gallery & Grill and Bob Evans Restaurant.
Art of Sand was produced through a partnership of the Brevard Cultural Alliance, SCB Marketing and Brevard Zoo.
For more information, call (321) 254-9453, Ext. 233, or email SSzafraniec@BrevardZoo.org.
The Brevard Zoo is at 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Boaters reminded to prepare for hurricane season
Brevard County Boating & Waterways Program reminds boaters to prepare for hurricane season by having a plan to secure and protect their vessels. Hurricane season is now until Nov. 30.
Boaters should develop a plan for securing their boats; inspect their marinas or docks for stability and piling height; collect vessel records; check lines to ensure no weaknesses have developed; outfit their boats with chafe gear and fenders, extra cleats, appropriate anchors and chains, and exhaust pipe plugs; and check bilge pumps, batteries, exterior lights, and radio.
A guide titled "Your Boat and Hurricanes," provided by the Coast Guard, provides an extensive checklist for protection against hurricane damage. It is available on the Natural Resources Management Office website under the Boating & Waterways section.
For more information, contact Matt Culver at (321) 633-2016 or email matt.culver@brevardcounty.
Exemplary science teachers announced
The Space Coast Science Education Alliance recently announced the 2013 Exemplary Science Teacher award winners. These Brevard Public School teachers will be honored at an awards dinner at the BCC Planetarium on Aug. 12.
Local businesses, community organizations, and educational institutions join forces through the alliance to recognize and encourage the dedication, effort and effective educational practices essential in inspiring students in grades K-12 to excel in science.
The eight teacher winners were selected from nominations submitted by students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members. Selection was based upon teacher essays, letters of support, and other evidence of exemplary classroom practices.
The 2013 Exemplary Science Teacher award winners are:
o Lynne Boucher, Ralph
o Kimberly Browne, West
o Amanda Gayle, Stone
o John Latherow, Satellite
o Debbie Minor, Eau
Gallie High School
o Christine Quam,
o Teresa Rowe, Imperial
o Tammie Rutkowsk
For more information, contact Cyndi Van Meter, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 300.
Florida Power and Light improvements
In Melbourne, Florida Power and Light's local improvements this year focus on reinforcing a main power line serving the Viera Hospital, Brevard County Sheriff's Office and the John A. Buckley Surface Water Treatment Plant on Lake Washington Road.
The upgrades will make the system stronger against powerful winds and help the area return to normal more quickly following storms. The Viera Hospital and Sheriff's Office project began in March and has been completed; the Melbourne water treatment plant project started in January, and completion is expected in September.
Other local improvements in and near Melbourne in 2013 include inspecting approximately 2,610 utility poles, clearing vegetation from 210 miles of power lines and inspecting nine main lines using cutting-edge infrared technology to detect and address potential issues not seen by the human eye.
The 2013 projects are the latest in a series of improvements FPL has made in and near Melbourne since the last major hurricane season in 2005.
Since then, FPL has:
o Reinforced nine main power lines that serve critical community facilities, including Kindred Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center and a 911 emergency communications center.
o Inspected all existing utility poles (14,270), restoring or replacing those that no longer met the company's standards for strength.
o Cleared 1,350 miles of power lines of trees and vegetation - a major cause of power flickers and outages.
o Inspected 55 main power lines using an advanced infrared camera to evaluate lines and equipment - and help us address issues before they cause outages.
Since 2006, FPL has invested more than $1 billion across its 35-county service area - in addition to its other ongoing system maintenance and improvement work - to make the electric grid stronger.
Source: Florida Power & Light
3-D manufacturing in space
In preparation for a future, where parts and tools can be printed on demand in space, NASA and Made in Space Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., have joined to launch equipment for the first 3-D microgravity printing experiment to the International Space Station.
If successful, the 3-D Printing in Zero G Experiment (3-D Print) will be the first device to manufacture parts in space.
3-D Print will use extrusion additive manufacturing, which builds objects, layer by layer, out of polymers and other materials.
The 3-D Print hardware is scheduled to be certified and ready for launch to the space station next year.
One day, 3-D printing may allow an entire spacecraft to be manufactured in space, eliminating design constraints caused by the challenges and mass constraints of launching from Earth. This same technology may help revolutionize American manufacturing and benefit United States industries.
For more information about Made in Space, visit http://www.madeinspace.us.
Brevard Rescue Mission awarded grant
Brevard Rescue Mission, which provides transitional housing and support services for homeless women with children, was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the United Way of Brevard Community Care Fund.
Funding will be used to support the four phases of the "Casa Carol Program," which stabilizes, strategizes, strengthens and sends forth families self-sufficient and independent.
Brevard Rescue Mission is privately funded by donations from individuals, civic organizations, foundations, churches and area businesses. Donated funds provide housing, education, transportation, counseling, medical care, parent training, household budgeting, tutoring, job training, food and clothing and case-manager support services.
Call (321) 480-9100 or visit www.BrevardRescueMission.org for more information.
Military Society of Blue Badge
People who live in East Central Florida may want to consider joining the Military Society of the Blue Badge. This organization meets once a month at Indian River Colony Club on Murrell Road in Viera.
The only requirement to become a member in the organization is that the person must have earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge, and there are no dues for members of the organization.
Meetings consist of lunch (at member's expense) and a speaker after lunch, speaking about subjects of interest to former combat infantrymen. This is a way to meet former or new combat infantrymen.
Meetings start at 11:30 a.m. in the "At Ease" room of IRCC and are held on the fourth Friday of each month.
For more information and member applications, contact Gerald Nelms at (321) 757-7377, email Gerald_nelms@att.net or call Robbie at IRCC for lunch reservations at (321) 255-6050.
Running Zone presents check to Brevard Zoo
Running Zone presented a $7,000 check to Brevard Zoo, a donation from proceeds received from a recent 3K race held at the zoo.
This is the seventh year for Running Zone to host a race at the zoo and to then donate the net proceeds. To date Running Zone has donated a total of $41,000 to Brevard Zoo.
This year's race, the Monkey Madness, took runners on a 3K race from the main entrance, down the service road to the back of the zoo and then into the zoo, running around the main loop and through Paws On. From there, runners headed into Wild Florida and out onto the Art of Sand exhibit trail and into the behind the scenes Treetop Trek area before circling along the back of the zoo to the main entrance for the finish line.
Runners were able to see animals stationed along the course, as well as the Art of Sand sculptures.
For more information about Running Zone, visit RunningZone.com.
'Fill the Need' food drive
During the month of June, all Goodwill retail stores and attended donation centers in Central Florida will participate in the "Fill the Need" food drive with Second Harvest Food Bank.
Donations will support Second Harvest's "Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope" campaign, which helps feed children, while school is out during the summer months.
Residents are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items, along with their Goodwill donations.
Goodwill stores and attended donation centers in Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard and Volusia counties are participating in the drive.
Boeing completes new spacecraft
The Boeing Company of Houston, a NASA Commercial Crew Program partner, recently performed wind tunnel testing of its CST-100 spacecraft and integrated launch vehicle, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The testing is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, intended to make commercial human spaceflight services available for government and commercial customers.
Boeing is one of three U.S. companies NASA is working with to set the stage for a crewed orbital demonstration mission around the middle of the decade.
Future development and certification initiatives eventually will lead to the availability of human spaceflight services for NASA to send astronauts to the International Space Station from the United States.
For more information about NASA's Commercial Crew Program and its aerospace industry partners, visit http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew.
School administrators association awards scholarships
The Brevard Association of School Administrators and Affiliates awarded nine scholarships to deserving graduates from Brevard high schools.
Funds for the scholarships are raised through special fund raising and matched from membership dues. This year, an anonymous donor provided an additional scholarship.
The scholarship committee reviewed all applications and awarded BASA Scholarships to seniors, who were nominated by their principals using the criteria of leadership, scholarship and need. They are as follows: Briana Bowling - Cocoa; Rachel Cunio - Titusville; Virgil Dugo - Rockledge; Rachel Hardbarger - Astronaut; Jabari Ivery-Daniel - Rockledge; Devan Macheras - Satellite; Jasmyn Mijuskovic - Viera; Alexandria Spinazzola - Melbourne; and Sarah Soliven - Melbourne.
For more information, contact Marjorie Ebersbach, BASA executive director, at (321) 632-6252 or email@example.com.
Students helping students in need
In the wake of the recent tornado destruction in Moore, Okla., the McNair Magnet Beta Club in Rockledge has taken action.
Using money raised throughout the school year, the group was able to send a $400 donation to the Red Cross.
The students also made a commitment to plan over the summer break for the second part of the relief effort which will be to help the students in Oklahoma as they transition into their new school setting.
Alexis Poole is a McNair instructor and Beta Club sponsor.
For more information, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All-time leading scorer playing in Sweden
In his collegiate career at Florida Tech, Justin Sedlak scored 1,896 points to finish as the program's top scorer.
In his second year at the professional level, and first with the Solna Vikings of the Obol Basketball League in Sweden, he continued to impress, averaging 11.8 points and 5.1 rebounds during the 2012-13 season.
Sedlak played his first year at the professional level with Caceres Ciudad de Baloncesto (City of Basketball), a team from Spain's LEB Gold Division.
Sedlak and the Vikings posted an 18-12 record before advancing to the playoffs where the squad fell 3-2 in a five-game series with the Södertälje Kings of Stockholm.
In his time at Florida Tech, Sedlak had one of the top careers in Panther history, averaging 20.0 points and 7.6 rebounds during his senior season en route to Daktronics Division II All-American Second Team honors, along with being named to the DII Bulletin All-American Team, the Daktronics All-South Region First Team, the NABC All-South Region Second Team and the All-Sunshine State Conference First Team. He was also named Daktronics South Region Player of the Year.
As for next season, Sedlak said his plans are not firm yet, but he knows he will be playing basketball somewhere.
For more information, call (321) 674-8250.
NASA's next scientific satellite
NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph mission will observe how solar material moves, gathers energy and heats up, as it travels through this largely unexplored region of the solar atmosphere.
The interface region, located between the sun's visible surface and upper atmosphere, is where most of the sun's ultraviolet emission is generated. These emissions impact the near-Earth space environment and Earth's climate.
The IRIS spacecraft was designed and built by Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif. It will launch aboard a Pegasus XL rocket deployed by an Orbital Sciences L-1011 aircraft.
Hospice volunteers needed
Hospice of St. Francis is seeking caring people, who would like to become volunteers.
Hospice volunteers provide assistance in many different ways, including making friendly visits to hospice patients, providing respite care for homebound patients, running errands and performing many other services. No previous experience is needed.
Training is provided at no cost to the participants, and volunteer positions are available throughout Brevard County.
To qualify for volunteering, you must attend all classes.
The Melbourne training class will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon; Friday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon; and Friday, Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Classes will be held at Hospice of St. Francis' Melbourne office, located at 4875 N. Wickham Road, Suite 104, Melbourne.
For more information and to register for the volunteer training classes, call Mary Larson, volunteer coordinator, at (321) 269-4240 or (866) 269-4240 (toll free).
Hospice of St. Francis is a local, independent, nonprofit organization that provides care for terminally ill patients and support for their families.
Teacher selected to attend academy
Rebecca Downey, a fifth-grade teacher from Hans Christian Andersen Elementary School in Rockledge, has been chosen by the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association to attend the 2013 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at the Liberty Science Center.
Ms. Downey will join 200 third- through fifth-grade teachers across the nation in Jersey City, NJ, for this one-week intensive, all-expenses-paid professional development opportunity.
For more information, contact Principal Denise Johnson at Johnson.email@example.com.
NASA partners with LEGO
NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition.
The competition will spur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft.
The "NASA's Missions: Imagine and Build" competition has an entry deadline of July 31.
Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of NASA and LEGO officials and announced Sept. 1.
LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children.
For more information and to visit the virtual LEGO world, visit http://www.LEGO.com.
For more information about NASA aeronautics research and space exploration, visit http://www.nasa.gov.
Vice president gets certification
Hospice of St. Francis has announced that Pauline Taylor, vice president of business development, recently was granted the Advanced Certified Hospice Executive certification, administered by the California Association for Health Services at Home.
In order to sit for the exam, the candidate must have specified education, five years of work in hospice and a minimum of three years in an executive level position.
The certification demonstrates advanced competencies for strategic positioning, financial management and legal compliance issues, required of experienced hospice administrators and senior managers.
The California Association for Health Services at Home is the leading statewide home care association in the nation.
Hospice of St. Francis, which serves all of Brevard County, was founded in 1977 and has offices in Titusville and Melbourne. It is an independent, non-profit hospice, serving the needs of Brevard County residents nearing end-of-life. Hospice of St. Francis' support programs serve the many needs of families with terminally ill loved ones.
Contact Hospice of St. Francis at (321) 269-4240, (866) 269-4240 or visit the website at www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.
Virtual school, online and offline
Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, Brevard Virtual Elementary School will become Brevard Virtual eSchool and expand to provide services to grades K-8 instead of K-5.
Brevard Virtual eSchool will partner with curriculum provider Calvert Education Services, providing families with a program that combines online and offline materials.
Additionally, Brevard Virtual Secondary School will continue to serve grades 6-12 and offers a fully online program.
Both schools are currently accepting applications from students interested in enrolling in the full-time program for the 2013-14 school year.
To learn more about enrollment, visit http://virtualinstruction.brevardschools.org or call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 347. To learn more about the Calvert curriculum and its 100-year history, visit http://www.calvertschool.org/.
Be part of 'Paws, Tails & Putts'
The Central Brevard Humane Society would like to invite local businesses and individuals to be a part of its inaugural "Paws, Tails & Putts" Miniature Golf Tournament on Wednesday, July 17, from 7-10 p.m., at Golf-n-Gator, located at 6355 N. Atlantic Ave., Cape Canaveral.
Sponsorship opportunities for this event include the "Dogleg" sponsorship for $100 and up to $350 for the primary sponsorship, the "Hole-In-One."
Become a sponsor by July 1, and save $50 on all sponsorship levels.
If you are interested in "teeing off" as a player in the "Paws, Tails & Putts" Mini Golf Tournament, go to www.crittersavers.com to download a copy of the player registration form.
The cost is $20 for a single player (save $5 if you register by July 14) or $70 for a team of four golfers (save $20 on or before July 14).
It will be a shotgun-style play, with each team starting on a specific hole and rotating through the course until they have played all 18 holes.
Other activities will include a silent auction, door prizes and awards presentation (first place team and best & worst individual score).
To receive more information about becoming a sponsor or a player in the tournament, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
Specialists introduce needling as therapy
What do fine lines, stretch marks and acne scarring all have in common? They all result from damaged or insufficient collagen! BodyWise Specialists now provides micro needling as an alternative, holistic, non-ablative therapy that stimulates collagen and repairs damaged skin.
Micro needling is a unique, FDA approved technique that can be used for various skin conditions. These include aging, scars, hyper-pigmentation, large pores and uneven skin tone and texture.
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Brevard School's teams ranked in Top 10
Brevard Odyssey of the Mind teams competed at the 2013 Odyssey of the Mind World finals held at Michigan State University May 22-25. The competition boasted 827 teams from 13 countries and 33 U.S. states, and brought more than 16,000 visitors together for this creative competition.
Brevard Public Schools had three teams that earned a spot to compete at the World Finals this year; and of the seven teams from Florida that scored in the Top 10, two are from Brevard.
When it was all said and done, Sunrise Elementary ranked ninth in Division II - "It's How You Look at It," and Roosevelt Elementary ranked seventh in Division I - "Tumble-Wood." Palm Bay Elementary ranked 29th, also in Division II - "How You Look at It."
For more information, contact Evelyn Skrmetta, Gifted and Accelerated Programs resource teacher, at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latest FCAT and EOC results
The Florida Department of Education has released spring 2013 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0 Reading, Math and Science results for grades fourth through 10th, along with End of Course assessment results for Geometry, Algebra 1 and Biology 1.
Performance on EOC assessments improved, but FCAT 2.0 Reading, Math, and Science results showed that while the achievement gap is not widening, Florida still has room for improvement.
To learn more about the release of 2013 FCAT 2.0 and EOC results, visit www.fldoe.org.
For more information on Florida's student-centered policies and education improvements over the years, visit www.afloridapromise.org.
Rescue mission receives grant
Brevard Rescue Mission, which provides transitional housing and support services for homeless women with children, was recently awarded a $3,500 grant from The Margaret Heins Foundation to fund the "Transporting Families to Financial Independence Program," which will provide bus passes, a bicycle trailer, emergency cab fares, supplemental gas and vehicle repairs for resident vehicles, and repairs, maintenance and gas for the donated group van.
Providing these funds offers reliable and daily transportation for the residents to attend to jobs, professional advancement, grocery store trips, and doctor appointments.
Brevard Rescue Mission is privately funded by donations from individuals, civic organizations, foundations, churches and area businesses.
Donated funds provide housing, education, transportation, counseling, medical care, parent training, household budgeting, tutoring, job training, food and clothing and case-manager support services.
Call (321) 480-9100 or visit www.BrevardRescueMission.org for more information.
Shelters overwhelmed with unwanted pets
Less than a week after a successful communitywide pet adoption event, Brevard County's animal shelters in Titusville and Melbourne are filled to capacity.
Animals are in the shelters for a variety of reasons. Many owners surrender their pets, even after they are told that their pet may not be successfully placed into another home. Some are abandoned; some are lost. Shelter staff makes attempts to reunite lost pets with their owners, including holding the animals for five days to give owners opportunity to retrieve their dog or cat.
Animals available for adoption can be seen in person at the shelters or on the county's website at www.brevardcounty.us, under Brevard County Animal Services.
The shelter is having a BOGO special for kittens through the end of June: Buy one kitten for $70, and get one free.
Brevard County shelters are open noon to 6 p.m. daily, except Wednesday.
Locations are: South Animal Care Center, 5100 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne, and North Animal Care Center, 2605 Flake Road, Titusville.
Ninth player to be drafted or signed by Major League team
Florida Tech junior first baseman Scott Carcaise heard his name called by the Miami Marlins in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft recently.
The Marlins chose the Maple Shade, N.J., native with the 412th pick of the draft.
In his second year with the Panthers after playing his freshman season at Elon, Carcaise led the team in nearly every offensive category, while starting 49 of 51 games. He batted .316 with a team-high 55 hits, 10 home runs, 37 RBIs and 39 runs scored. He also slugged .563, had an on-base percentage of .441, drew 33 walks and touched 98 total bases. Defensively, he recorded 373 putouts and a .983 fielding percentage at first base.
His 10 home runs were the most in the Sunshine State Conference.
Carcaise becomes the fifth player to be drafted by a Major League team in the last four years.
During that span, four other players have signed free agent contracts with big league clubs.
Below is a list of the nine players, who have been drafted or signed since 2009, all under sixth-year head coach Greg Berkemeier, assistant coach Matt Mercurio and pitching coach Lee Stange.
Current Panther and rising senior Jimmie Koch was drafted by the Colorado Rockies after signing with FIT, following his senior season of high school in 2010.
Panthers drafted or signed by Major League teams since 2009:
o Scott Carcaise, drafted in 14th round (412th overall) by Miami Marlins - 2013
o Steven Schils, drafted in ninth round (299th overall) by Atlanta Braves - 2012 (playing professional baseball)
o K.C. Clabough, drafted in 28th round (869th overall) by Atlanta Braves - 2012
o Ryan McChesney, signed free agent contract with Tampa Bay Rays - 2012 (playing professional baseball)
o Jonathan Cornelius, drafted in 24th round (740th overall) by St. Louis Cardinals - 2011 (playing professional baseball)
o Randall Thompson, signed free agent contract with Toronto Blue Jays - 2011
o Jimmie Koch, drafted in 36th round (1,100th overall) by Colorado Rockies - 2010 (playing for the Panthers)
o Sam Palace, signed free agent contract with Washington Nationals - 2009 (playing professional baseball)
o Mike Piazza, signed free agent contract with Los Angeles Angels - 2009 (playing professional baseball)
For more information, call (321) 674-8250.
CPR Day and 5K a sucess
Health First hosted a record 5,000 people during its Fifth Annual Free CPR Day and 5K at Space Coast Stadium in early June.
The educational, free and fun community event helped train people how to save a life.
CPR Day has grown tremendously over the past several years. For the first time in its five-year history, this year's event kicked off with a 5K run, followed by the mass CPR training.
The first year it was held, this event only had 125 people. Now, it's one of the largest CPR training events in Central Florida.
The Health First Education & Training Center provided the American Heart Association's "Friends & Family" CPR and AED Training.
In 2012 alone, the Heart Center at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center performed more than 1,000 heart and vascular procedures.
The event included free T-shirts to all participants, a certificate of CPR "Friends & Family" training completion, heart healthy physician lectures and cooking demonstrations, a First Flight helicopter landing and more.
Certified Breast Cancer Navigator of the Year
Marsha Richardson, RN, MSN, OCN, CBCN, was honored at the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Recognition Breakfast as the 2013 CBCN of the Year recently at the Oncology Nursing Society's Annual Congress in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Richardson has been the Oncology Program Coordinator/Breast Cancer Navigator at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville for five years. She has been a nurse for 24 years, with all of it in oncology nursing.
She is the only Certified Breast Cancer Navigator in Brevard County and facilitates resources and programs to all cancer survivors. She received her CBCN certification two years ago.
This year's conference in Washington, D.C., had more than 3,500 attendees, representing 28 countries.
Other award recipients were from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Ms. Richardson's devotion to breast cancer care also led Parrish Medical Center to earn The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification Gold Seal for Breast Health.
Library helps visitors connect family trees
While the Brevard County Library system has been at the forefront of genealogy research for many years, with genealogy collections at the Titusville, Cocoa and Melbourne libraries, patrons will now be able to access Ancestry Library Edition, free of charge at all 17 library branches.
Ancestry is the world's most popular consumer genealogy resource and contains more than 7,000 databases and 200 billion images. These databases cover individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and more.
Here, you can unlock the story of your family with sources, like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories and photos and maps, with new content being added daily.
There will be no charge to access Ancestry. Patrons will need only a valid library card to log on to the public computers in the library.
For those interested in learning how to research their family further, the Brevard Genealogical Society will be offering a beginning genealogy class from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Central Brevard Library in Cocoa. There is a $20 materials fee, and pre-registration is required.
For more information, visit the BGS website at http://www.flbgs.org or call (321) 633-1794.
50 years of membership
In early June, Melbourne Elks Lodge No. 1744 honored the members, who have achieved 50 years or more of service in the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.
These years are independent of the number of lodges that a member belonged to, where the lodge(s) was/were located or the number and type of offices a member held.
In Lodge No. 1744, there are 29 members of this exclusive group and all will be recognized and awarded a 50-Year Pin by the Lodge President Russell Hooper.
The mission of this lodge has been, and will continue to be, the promotion of the principles of charity to the community.
The members of the lodge, who were honored, have volunteered in many ways over the lifetime of their Elk careers at Lodge No. 1744 and at other lodges that they may have belonged to.
The member who has the most years of service to the Elks is Alfred Zenger, a lifetime member. Mr. Zenger has been an Elk for 69 years and was initiated in 1945.
The members of Lodge No. 1744 wish Mr. Zenger and the other members of the 50-plus group its heartfelt thanks.
To learn more about the Elks, visit www.elks.org and www.floridaelks.org. To get information about what Lodge No. 1744 is doing to help the community, call (321) 768-1744 or email email@example.com.
Pine Beetle applications
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Florida Forest Service have announced that the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program will accept applications from non-industrial, private forest landowners from now through July 31.
The southern pine beetle is one of the most destructive forest pests in the southeast, and periodic outbreaks can rapidly kill millions of pine trees on tens of thousands of acres.
The last major outbreaks in Florida occurred from 1999-2002, resulting in an estimated $59 million in timber losses.
The program, supported through a grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, offers an incentive payment for landowners who conduct a first pulpwood thinning and partial cost reimbursement for prescribed burning, mechanical underbrush treatments and planting longleaf or slash pine.
Since it was first offered in 2005, the program has supported these practices on more than 120,000 acres.
Qualified landowners may apply for no more than two approved practices per year. Funding requests may not exceed $10,000. All qualifying applications received during the submission period will be evaluated and ranked for approval.
To obtain application forms and more information on program requirements and procedures, visit a local Florida Forest Service office or go to www.floridaforestservice.com/forest_management/fh_insects_spb_prevention_program.html.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.
'Critter Karaoke Contest' is on
The "Critter Karaoke Contest" will be held every third Sunday of the month at 9 p.m., with the finals being held on Oct. 20 at H&D Roadhouse, 1811 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island.
Votes will be tallied by donations made to the Central Brevard Humane Society in Cocoa.
Contestants must be human and 21, or older. All entries (with their song choice) must be received before 9 p.m. when the contest starts, and only 20 individuals can enter per night. Winners will be chosen by celebrity judges for vocal quality, stage presence and audience response.
Prizes will be awarded each month to judge's choice and the contestant that raises the most money for the Humane Society. The big "winner" of the contest will be announced on Oct. 20 at the finale.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
Talking Books program draws honors
The Brevard County Libraries' Talking Books Department was named "Network Subregional Library of the Year" in an award from the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, during ceremonies in early June in Washington, D.C.
The Brevard County Talking Books Library, a subregional library of the Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services network, received the award for outstanding service to blind and disabled readers.
The annual award, in its seventh year, carries a $1,000 cash prize. NLS presented the award to Brevard County Libraries Director Jeff Thompson and Talking Books Department Supervisor Debra Martin in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.
The Brevard County Talking Books Library is located in the Brevard County Public Library in Cocoa.
In 2012, the library served nearly 1,600 residents and institutions in Brevard County and circulated nearly 120,000 braille and talking books.
The Talking Books Library hosts adult reading programs, assistive technology resource fairs, and film and book discussion programs. It also maintains partnerships with more than 150 agencies and keeps patrons and supporters informed through Twitter and Facebook.
Medical center auxiliary awards 20 scholarships
The Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary recently awarded 20 scholarships of $1,000 each to students living in the North Brevard Hospital District, who are pursuing a degree in a health-related field and have a grade point average of 3.0, or better.
Listed by the school they were attending when they applied, the recipients are:
o Astronaut High School:
Jada Britt and Carly
o Titusville High School:
Deshon Davis, Katie
Gainer, Kaley Galbreath,
Alex Horner, Amelia
Melzer, Nirav Modha, and
o Merritt Island Christian
Academy: Alyssa Allen
o Brevard Community
College: Donald Duzak,
Sarah Oswald, and Megan
o University of Central
Florida: Amanda Cox,
Christopher Mirabile and
o University of Florida:
Jimmie Bledsoe and
The Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary was founded in 1959 to provide volunteer services throughout the hospital.
Today, the Auxiliary consists of more than 400 adult and teenage volunteers.
Auxiliary members not only perform necessary duties for hospital staff, but also manage the Pink Angel Gift Shop and conduct annual fundraising activities.
As a result, the Auxiliary donates more than $150,000 to the hospital each year.
For more information about the Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary, visit www.parrishmed.com.
- For Hometown News