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.
Today, we are able to provide this holistic procedure to help stimulate collagen and improve the overall health of skin. This process leads to new collagen, resulting in healthy, glowing, tighter skin!
This procedure can be performed on almost all skin types, with little to no down time.
Visit www.bodywisespecialists.com for more information or call (321) 729-4243.
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 email@example.com.
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.
City reduces business development costs
In an effort to spark new commercial growth in the city, the city council of Palm Bay recently approved a resolution to temporarily waive the transportation impact fee for new businesses coming to the city.
The Transportation Impact Fee Mitigation resolution is meant as an economic development incentive to build the city's non-residential tax base and further stabilize revenue.
The resolution authorizes the temporary suspension of transportation impact fees under specific criteria, including the following:
o Projects must be non-residential and subject to ad valorem taxation.
o A building permit for the project must be applied for and issued after June 6, 2013, and before June 30, 2014; and a certificate of occupancy must be issued for the project by June 30, 2015.
o New commercial projects will be eligible for this incentive only if they have not already received a building permit and only if construction is completed no later than June 30, 2015.
The city's transportation impact fee is used to fund critical transportation capacity projects, such as the Parkway N.W. It is also used to pay debt service on completed projects, such as the four-laning of Emerson Drive and the Jupiter Boulevard Bridge.
The mayor and council also adopted an ordinance that reduces the cost to connect to utility service.
The city's water and sewer main line extension fees have been reduced by almost 24 percent through the council's action.
Palm Bay is also working toward streamlining processes for new and existing businesses.
Website upgrades, as well as more e-government services, are planned in the near future.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.