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Posted: 2011 Jul 08 - 00:17

United Way of Brevard allocates Community Care Funds for 2011-12

United Way of Brevard's Board of Directors recently approved grant award recommendations for local health and human service programs.

Grants made from United Way of Brevard's Community Care Fund, as well as donor-designated gifts for partner agencies during the 2010 Campaign, amounted to nearly $4 million in funds available for programs.

Sixty-six local health and human service programs benefited from the funding, a range that included everything from hot nutritious meals for shut-in seniors through the Meals on Wheels Program to subsidized child care through the Early Learning Coalition.

Additionally, another 128 nonprofits, both here in Brevard and outside of the community, will receive more than $1.1 million in the coming fiscal year through donor-designated gifts thanks to the successful 2010 United Way Community Campaign.

For more information on United Way of Brevard, partner agencies and direct service programs, visit www.uwbrevard.org.

Adult 6 vs. 6 Soccer League registrations open in South Brevard

Brevard County South Area Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registrations for the upcoming 2011 Summer Adult 6 vs. 6 Soccer leagues with age divisions for 30-plus, 40-plus and open.

Games will be played on Wednesday evenings at the Wickham Park Soccer Fields, beginning now.

The cost is $260 per team, which includes a 10-game regular season and a single-elimination playoff tournament.

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

Jeni Ritter selected to help launch Florida Tech's swimming program

Jeni Ritter, a proven assistant coach with Division I experience, has been named Florida Tech's first men's and women's swimming coach and aquatics director.

The swimming program, scheduled to make its debut this fall, will be a member of NCAA Division II and the Sunshine State Conference.

Ms. Ritter will also be tasked with the day-to-day operations of the university's new Panther Aquatic Center.

Prior to landing in Melbourne, Ms. Ritter helped guide Saint Francis University in Loretto, Penn., to its second consecutive Northeast Conference Championship this spring.

For the Red Flash, she worked with all training groups and saw 18 out of 19 school records fall within the 2010-11 season.

Outside the water, she monitored the academic progress of the team's freshmen.

She gained recruiting experience at the college level during two years at Florida International University.

Along with serving as the primary recruiter for the Golden Panther women, she focused on the team's in and out of water conditioning and planned community service projects.

While working toward her first of two master's degrees, she was a volunteer coach for the men's team at The Ohio State University from 2007-08.

For more information, call (321) 674-8250 or visit www.floridatechsports.com .

Humane Society seeks volunteers

The Central Brevard Humane Society is in need of dedicated individuals or groups who care about the welfare of animals.

Volunteering opportunities are available at the shelter, the Molly Mutt Thrift Shops in historic downtown Melbourne, Merritt Island and Rockledge, the "low-cost" spay/neuter & wellness clinic or as a "Society Ambassador" during community outreach (off-site) events.

Volunteer activities may include walking dogs, socializing cats, grooming animals, shelter beautification projects, as well as retail help at the thrift shops and assisting with community education and adoption events.

For more information, contact Brenda Spakes, volunteer coordinator with the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343, Ext. 207 or e-mail volunteer.coordinator@crittersavers.com.

Donations needed for Humane Society's thrift shops

The Central Brevard Humane Society's (four) Molly Mutt Thrift Shops, located in downtown Melbourne, Merritt Island, Palm Bay and Rockledge, are in need of donations.

The donated items can be sofas (couches), dining sets, love seats, recliners, vanity sets, dresser drawers, beds (any size) with frames, headboards, dinette sets, ottomans, patio sets, sectionals, coffee and end tables and bedroom sets.

For more information, please contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343, Ext. 203.

Enrollment now open for 2012 Leadership Brevard program

Enrollments are being accepted for Brevard's 2011-12 Leadership Brevard program.

Class size is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

The essential credential for the community's leaders, the program is targeted for professionals living and working in Brevard County.

Leadership Brevard is an eight-month experience with a 25-year legacy of excellences.

Participants gain unparalleled access to the people, issues and ideas shaping the community's future.

Participants are engaged from September through April, developing leadership skills and professional networks, in dialogue about key county and regional issues and exploring opportunities for increased civic involvement.

The all-inclusive program tuition is $2,500, and a limited number of tuition assistance scholarships are available.

To download an enrollment form or for more information, visit www.LEADBrevard.org or contact Melissa Breckenridge at LEAD Brevard at Melissa@LEADBrevard.org or by phone at (321) 632-8222.

Recognizing a stroke

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

Ask the individual to smile

Ask the person to talk and speak a simple sentence (coherently - i.e. "It is sunny out today.")

Ask him or her to raise both arms

If he or she has trouble with any one of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

Another "sign" of a stroke is this:

Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked,' if it goes to one side or the other that also could be an indication of a stroke.

PNC-Harbor Foundation funds Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition

The PNC-Harbor Foundation recently awarded a $13,000 grant to Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition.

The grant will be used for the coalition's Dorcas Outreach Center for Kids, located in Melbourne's Booker T. Washington community, as well as for the coalition's upcoming Evans Center, a model neighborhood market to be built in Palm Bay's Powell Subdivision.

For more information, call (321) 253-4214 or visit www.BNDCserve.org.

County school board member receives distinction

Amy J. Kneessy, a Brevard County School Board member, was recognized as a certified board member recently in Tampa at the Annual Spring Conference, sponsored by the Florida School Boards Association.

Ms. Kneessy earned this distinction by completing a minimum of 96 hours of training in 12 areas, which focus on the governance roles and responsibilities of school board members.

The Certified Board Member Program is a voluntary training program for individual board members and is offered by the Florida School Boards Association.

Ms. Kneessy was elected to the school board in 2004.

She is currently an adjunct math instructor for Brevard Community College in Palm Bay.

Ms. Kneessy holds a bachelor of science degree in math education from Indiana State University.

She also holds a master of science degree in school counseling from Butler University in Indianapolis.

Additional graduate certifications from Indiana University include educational leadership and special education.

For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 796 or e-mail davis.christine@brevardschools.org.

Mims solidifies coaching staff with former Panther Ryan Ballard

Former Florida Tech standout Ryan Ballard will return to the men's basketball program as an assistant coach, head coach Billy Mims announced recently.

Mr. Ballard rounds out the Panthers' coaching staff, which also includes former Brevard Community College men's basketball head coach Terry Parks.

Mr. Ballard played in the Panthers' backcourt for three seasons after transferring from St. John's River Community College.

While playing for Coach Mims, he scored 841 points, gathered 202 rebounds, swiped 144 steals and dished out a program-record 415 assists from 2007-09.

He still holds the program's single-season mark for assists, 210, set over the course of the 2007-08 season.

The Eau Gallie High School grad was twice named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week.

As a first-year graduate student in 2009, he was selected All-SSC Honorable Mention.

Mr. Ballard graduated from Florida Tech with a bachelor's in business administration in 2008.

For more information, call (321) 674-8250 or visit www.floridatechsports.com.

New autism book by Brevard County resident

"Brains, Trains & Video Games: Living the Autism Life," by Alicia Hart, details the emotional, humorous and often profoundly insightful journey of an everyday family raising a child with autism.

This is a book about life with Ewan - the center of one family's universe and the gravity that holds them together.

Far from being the stressor that causes this family to disintegrate, autism has made this family what it is today: A family that laughs more than it cries, and a family that eagerly awaits for the next Ewanism to spring forth from the lips of this solar system's sun.

Alicia Hart, author of "Brains, Trains & Video Games," is a wife, mother and advocate for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder.

She has worked for various autism-related agencies, early intervention programs and has consulted with schools, hospitals and other programs regarding autism spectrum disorders, feeding aversions and augmentative and alternative communication.

You can find this e-book available for download through Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $8.99.

For more information, e-mail theautismlife@gmail.com or visit www.theautismlife.com.

Local counties win Innovation Awards

The Florida Planning & Zoning Association recently recognized Brevard County, Volusia County, Miami Corporation and Ivey Planning Group with Innovation Awards for their years of partnership on the Farmton Local Plan.

The four entities won the prestigious honor of Innovation for their collaboration in adopting a vision and plan for the 59,000-acre Farmton Tree Farm, located in both North Brevard and South Volusia counties, just west of I-95.

The Plan permanently preserves nearly 80 percent of the land, including a critical regional wildlife corridor and environmentally significant habitat.

This forward-thinking, 50-year legacy also provides a plan for creating a sustainable, low impact, mixed use, green community in the future and eliminates the possibility of environmental fragmentation by prohibiting ranchette development patterns on the property.

The award comes on the heels of the two counties and Miami Corporation receiving another statewide recognition on for the Farmton Plan from Sustainable Florida for Best Practices Award in the partnership category.

For more information visit www.farmtontreefarm.com.

Brevard Public Schools honored for financial excellence

Brevard Public Schools has been awarded the Meritorious Budget Award by the Association of School Business Officials and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association for achieving the highest standards of governmental budgeting.

This is the third year BPS has received the Meritorious Award, and the second year the district has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

Brevard received these awards for exceeding the standards of each of the two programs.

For more information about either of the awards, please contact Judy Preston, associate superintendent of financial services, at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 600.

Assistant school superintendents named

At a recent board meeting, the School Board of Brevard County named Debra Pace as assistant superintendent of human resources and Elizabeth Thedy as assistant superintendent of student services, effective July 1.

Ms. Thedy currently serves as Brevard Public Schools' director of Middle School Programs.

She has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida, a master's of science degree in education from Nova Southeastern University and two bachelor of science degrees from Florida State University.

She has worked in education for 21 years, all of it with BPS.

Ms. Pace was approved to fill the assistant superintendent of student services position.

However, she was reassigned as assistant superintendent of human resources, replacing Leroy Berry, who is retiring after 44 years of service to Brevard Public Schools.

Ms. Pace's has more than 21 years of professional experience in education, as well as prior experience from the private sector.

She holds a master of science in English education from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor of arts in foreign language-international trade from Auburn University.

For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 796 or e-mail davis.christine@brevardschools.org.

Brevard schools to have new principals

Brevard Public Schools has announced that four schools will have new principals for the 2011-12 school year, and six schools will have new assistant principals.

Richard Dunkel will be reclassified/transferred from the position of assistant principal at Fairglen Elementary to the principal of Indialantic Elementary

Christine Moore will become principal of Harbor City Elementary reclassified/transferred from the position of assistant principal of Eau Gallie High

Roseann Bennett will be reclassified/transferred from assistant principal at Andersen Elementary to principal at Croton Elementary

Tara Taylor will be reclassified/transferred to principal of Pinewood Elementary from assistant principal of Port Malabar Elementary

Vacancies for assistant principals at six schools will be filled as follows effective in August:

The reclassification/transfer of Sherry Paleta from teacher at Columbia Elementary to assistant principal at Cambridge

The reclassification/transfer of Ashley Toll from teacher at Discovery Elementary to assistant principal at Endeavour Elementary

The reclassification/transfer of Kristin Furino from teacher at Tropical Elementary to assistant principal at Quest Elementary

The reclassification of Felicia Aldridge from teacher at Viera High to dean/assistant principal at Viera High

The transfer of Peter Tridnivka from assistant principal at Hoover Middle to assistant principal at Edgewood Junior/Senior High

The reclassification of Dietrich Galbearth from the position of teacher at Heritage High to the position of dean/assistant principal at Heritage High

For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 796 or e-mail davis.christine@brevardschools.org.

Florida Tech names football coach

Florida Tech President Anthony J. Catanese recently announced that Steve R. Englehart II, former head football coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., has been selected as the first head football coach for the Panthers.

Mr. Englehart, who played quarterback at Indiana State University from 1996-99, went on to serve Rose-Hulman as assistant coach for quarterbacks and offensive coordinator before being named head coach in 2006.

His all-time record there was 26-14, where he had the highest winning percentage in school history (.650).

Since 2010, Mr. Englehart has served as offensive coordinator at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

For more information, call (321) 674-8250 or visit www.floridatechsports.com.

MIMA Kid Fit provides age-appropriate nutrition, fitness and wellness strategies for children and teens

Pediatric Endocrinologists Omar Hudson, M.D., and John Duncan, M.D. have created Melbourne Internal Medicine Association Kid Fit - a multi-disciplinary health and wellness program for kids and teens that addressed the growing problem of obesity in America's youth.

MIMA Kid Fit includes care by a physician, diabetes educator, dedicated nutritionist and an exercise physiologist to help kids and their families adopt better nutrition, fitness and overall wellness, particularly if the child has diabetes or is facing early signs of metabolic syndrome.

The program is designed in an easy-to-follow, age-appropriate step-by-step format that makes it easy for families to begin to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

The key factors of the MIMA Kid Fit program include a custom-designed nutrition program, baseline fitness assessment, meeting with personal trainer and design of new fitness goals (with a strategy for achieving them), parental and family support plan, as well as regular checkups.

MIMA Kid Fit has individual and group settings to meet each child's comfort level while they are working towards their ultimate wellness goals.

For more information, call (321) 725-4500, Ext. 3682 or visit www.mimapediatrics.com.

East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic supports the Central Florida 'Silver Alert' Program to rescue seniors

Recently a "Silver Alert" was issued to rescue a senior who drove away in his car in search of his deceased wife.

Fortunately, he returned home on his own and suffered no negative consequences, but this is not always the case.

While a "Silver Alert" is typically only activated for those already diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other related cognitive disorders, other times it is not until a senior does not return home or gets lost while driving, which may be the first signs of abnormal cognitive change.

The "Silver Alert" program remains a critical tool in locating individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other related cognitive disorders.

The East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic has renewed its support for the program.

Law enforcement should be commended for their prompt response and decision to issue a "Silver Alert," which increases the likelihood of recovery by quickly getting the word out within the state law enforcement network and additional eyes of concerned citizens driving on Florida's roadways.

In an effort to assist law enforcement, the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic follows up with the police and family upon the recovery of the "Silver Alert" with Alzheimer's information and resources.

To obtain a memory evaluation or Alzheimer resources, call the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic at (321) 768-9575. For information about Silver Alerts, visit www.floridasilveralert.com.

Pediatrics in Brevard hosts 'KIDS Club' program for Brevard County children

Pediatrics in Brevard has kicked-off its new KIDS Club program for Brevard County pediatric patients.

Pediatrics in Brevard has partnered with a number of Brevard County's most popular entertainment, food and sports activity venues to provide discounted food and services, and in some instances, 'free' admission to events across the county.

Local vendor partners include Brevard Manatee's, Brevard IcePlex, Nature's Table, Firehouse Subs, Health First's Pro-Health & Fitness Centers, Premier Theatres (The Oaks), Tropical Smoothie, The Dinosaur Store, along with various McDonalds locations, Andretti Skate Park and Galaxy Skateway, to name a few.

The pediatric organization encouraged local businesses to become 'vendor partners' in its mission to teach Brevard County children how to live healthy and active lifestyles at an early age.

For more information on the Pediatrics in Brevard KIDS Club, contact Ann Duff, at (321) 636-3066. For more information on Pediatrics in Brevard, visit www.pedsinbrevard.com.

NASA issues announcement for solar electric propulsion studies

NASA issued a broad agency announcement seeking proposals for mission concept studies of a solar electric propulsion system demonstration to test and validate key capabilities and technologies for future exploration missions.

Multiple studies have shown the advantages of using solar electric propulsion to efficiently transport heavy payloads from low Earth orbit to higher orbits.

This concept enables the delivery of payloads to low Earth orbit via conventional chemical rockets.

The use of solar electric propulsion could then spiral payloads out to higher energy orbits, including Lagrange point one, a potential assembly point in space between Earth and the moon. This approach could facilitate missions to near Earth asteroids and other destinations in deep space.

Science missions could use solar electric propulsion to reach distant regions of the solar system, and commercial missions could use solar electric propulsion tugs to place, service, re-supply, reposition and salvage space assets.

NASA's strategic roadmaps for exploration, science and advanced technology all consider solar electric propulsion a vital and necessary future capability.

This Solar Electric Propulsion Demonstration Mission Concept Studies announcement is open to all non-government United States institutions, academia, industry and nonprofit organizations.

NASA anticipates making multiple firm-fixed-priced awards with a total value up to $2 million. The deadline for submitting proposals is July 18.

For more information about the announcement, visit: http://nspires.nasaprs.com.

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

Keep Brevard Beautiful thanks sponsors of rain barrel fundraiser

Keep Brevard Beautiful thanked sponsors Brevard County Natural Resources Management Office, Indian River Lagoon Program, Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, University of Florida - IFAS Extension, city of Melbourne and Community Matters for participating in the first "Roll Out the Rain Barrel" fundraiser.

In this fundraiser for Keep Brevard Beautiful, rain barrels were prepared by the sponsors and then painted by local artists.

The rain barrels were then displayed in downtown Melbourne as a silent auction, and final bids were accepted at the Melbourne Art Festival.

The paintings included designs such as beach balls, history of fishing, a secret garden, shorebirds, water colors our world, dolphin son, mellow jello, dancing tulips, birds eye view and Florida native landscape.

The artists who donated their talent to decorate the rain barrels were Stacey Bernstson, John Cielukowski, Debbie Coles, Elizabeth Frederick, Kelley Harrison, Cindy Lieberman, Elizabeth Melvin, Franceska Molloy, and Nancy Sadowski.

The event was designed to bring awareness of the issues facing the Indian River Lagoon.

Rain barrels help to conserve water resources while also decreasing the amount of storm water that runs off property into storm drains, canals and local waterways, like the Indian River Lagoon.

For more information, call (321) 631-0501, Ext. 201 or e-mail Patbrownkbb@yahoo.com.

Spike in Central Florida temperatures prompt cautionary measures

As the heat index tops 100 degrees, Health First, operator of Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital, is issuing safety recommendations to the public.

In order to help reduce the risk of heat-related injuries, Health First recommends that the public follow these simple safety precautions:

If you are outdoors, please make sure you stay hydrated. Avoid drinks that have alcohol or caffeine.

Wear loose-fitting clothing that is light in color. The lighter colors will help keep you cooler because they do not absorb the heat as much as darker colors.

Try to schedule outdoor activities during times when the heat is not at its highest. If needed, adjust your routine to exercise in the early morning or evening.

Never leave children or pets alone in your car, even if the car is running! The a/c may be on when you're there, but anything can happen if you step away.

Health First urges Central Florida residents to be aware of the symptoms of heat-related problems and call 9-1-1 immediately if help is needed.

These symptoms include: Muscle cramping due to loss of fluids, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, loss of consciousness, vomiting or exhaustion.

If you display any of these symptoms after being in the hot weather, seek professional medical attention immediately.

For more information about Health First, call (321) 434-4359 or e-mail elliot.cohen@health-first.org.

Space Coast Cancer Foundation offers educational nursing scholarships

Space Coast Cancer Foundation is offering educational nursing scholarships for oncology nurses at Parrish Medical Center, Cape Canaveral Hospital, Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge, Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital.

The foundation has available 10 $200 educational scholarships per hospital.

This enables oncology nurses employed at the hospitals to receive financial reimbursement for the expense of maintaining their oncology and chemotherapy certification.

For more information or to apply for this scholarship, call (855) 894-HOPE, Ext. 3500.

Brevard Workforce announces Cocoa Career Center relocation to Rockledge

To better serve job seekers and businesses, Brevard Workforce is relocating its Cocoa Career Center to 295 Barnes Blvd., Rockledge.

The career center's former location in Byrd Plaza-Cocoa permanently closed on June 15.

Normal operations at the new location will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

At roughly 21,000 square feet, the new location is the largest of Brevard Workforce's three career centers, which are also located in Titusville and Palm Bay.

Programs funded through Brevard Workforce are equal opportunity programs with auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

For more information about Brevard Workforce, call (321) 504-7600 or visit www.brevardworkforce.com or www.facebook.com/brevardworkforce.

Minister to the needs of a hungry community.

The Edna W. Jackson Pantry, at Greater Allen Chapel Church, 2416 S. Lipscomb St., Melbourne, is in need of non-perishable food or monetary donations.

Monetary donations can be made payable to Greater Allen Chapel Church. In the note section please indicate "Pantry" and mail them to the address above.

Food donations for the active pantry can be made can be delivered to the church 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

For more information, call (321) 724-1557.

Pro tennis classic hosts player's party

The athletes of the first annual MIMA Foundation Men's Pro Tennis Classic were invited guests at a player's party at the Kiwi Tennis Club in late June.

Players were treated to a pasta buffet, music and, for the brave, a trip to the karaoke microphone.

The player's also had an opportunity to win a Swiss watch, valued at $400.

Robbye Poole, one of the top seeds at the tournament, was the lucky recipient of the watch.

For more information, visit www.mimafoundationtennisclassic.org or call (321) 795-8951.

MIMA Foundation Men's Pro Tennis Classic

Afternoon thunderstorms weren't a problem for recent championships at the MIMA Foundation Men's Pro Tennis Classic at Kiwi Tennis Club, Indian Harbour Beach.

The crowd was ready for great tennis, and the players did not disappoint.

The championship for the Men's Doubles kicked off with MohdAssri Merzuki and Gabriel Moraru facing Antoine Benneteau and Artem Ilyushin.

Baseline power hitting was often interrupted with fast-paced net play and dynamic overhead smash returns.

Emotions ran high for all players who gave the occasional grunt of frustration or yell of approval.

With each pair winning a set, the match went into tie-break and, as it looked like Merzuki and Moraru were headed for an easy win, Benneteau and Ilyushin rallied back for an exciting tie-break.

In the end, Merzuki and Moraru prevailed to become the Doubles Champions.

Shortly after, No. 1 seed Jesse Levine and Jeff Dadamo took to the court for the Men's Singles Final.

Levine defeated Dadamo in a tie-break match after winning the first set 6-2, and Dadamo winning the second set 7-6.

Despite Levine's occasional struggles with double faults, his booming baseline drives kept Dadamo on the defensive.

Dadamo managed to win cheers from the crowd for his many well-placed drop shots that Levine found hard to return.

In the end, Levine became the first men's singles champion.

For more information, visit www.mimafoundationtennisclassic.org.

Lynda Weatherman named 'Professional of the Year'

Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, has been awarded the Florida Economic Development Council's "Eunice Sullivan Professional of the Year" award.

The FEDC "Professional of the Year" award recognizes the achievements of an outstanding economic developer in Florida.

The award was presented in late June at the annual conference dinner in Orlando.

Gov. Rick Scott served as the keynote speaker.

Ms. Weatherman has served since 2009 as a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Jacksonville branch, where she currently presides as chair.

In 2010, she was appointed to then-Governor-elect Rick Scott's Economic Development Transition Team.

That same year, Ms. Weatherman was selected to be a member of the Air Force Chief of Staff Civic Leader Program.

She serves as an advisor, key communicator and advocate for the U.S. Air Force and provides ideas and feedback to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff.

She has served in her current role as president and CEO of the Economic Development Ccouncil of Florida's Space Coast since 1994.

For more information, visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org, http://www.FEDC.net or call (321) 638-2000.

Melbourne Regional Chamber awards 2011 Women of Excellence

Carol Craig of Craig Technologies was named the 2011 Woman of Excellence by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida at its recent Women of Excellence Celebration.

The Women of Excellence Committee, an initiative of the Melbourne Regional Chamber, hosted the Fourth Annual Women of Excellence Awards Banquet in late June at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront.

More than 120 business men and women were in attendance to honor local women who have shown dedication and commitment to excellence in professional endeavors, personal growth, community involvement and helping other women achieve.

Craig Technologies is an engineering and technical services firm incorporated in 1999 and headquartered in Cape Canaveral.

For more information, call (321) 724-5400, Ext. 000 or e-mail Christine@melbourneregionalchamber.com.

Men's FIT basketball adds additional firepower

After knocking down 10 program records at Montgomery (Ala.) Catholic High School, 6-foot-2-inch guard Kenny Davison has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Florida Tech starting this fall.

By the time he graduated, Davison was the Knights' all-time leading scorer with 1,981 points. He also owns the program's single-game, single-season and career records for three-pointers, steals and free throws.

Davison is coming off a strong 2010-11 season, in which he was named All-Metro 1A-4A Player of the Year and All-Metro 1A-4A First Team by The Montgomery Advertiser.

In addition to the metro honors, he was selected Second Team All-State by the Alabama High School Athletic Association. En route to the accolades, he averaged 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.5 assists per game.

With Davison signing an NLI, he is the third student-athlete from Coach Mims' 2011-12 recruiting class to average more than 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a high school senior

For more information, call (321) 674-8250 or visit www.floridatechsports.com.

Scooter raffle to benefit Brevard Music Aid

A new 50-cc scooter from GP Bikes, is being raffled off to benefit Brevard Music Aid.

Brevard Music Aid is a State of Florida registered nonprofit fund that helps musicians and music professionals in Brevard County who are experiencing emergency or catastrophic circumstances.

Raffle tickets may be purchased from one of the music stores listed below, and you can be the complete owner of the scooter.

All taxes, tags and title are included. You will need a valid Florida drivers license to be eligible.

You do not need the motorcycle upgrade on your license to operate this unit.

The following merchants will have raffle tickets for purchase:

Florida Discount Music - Melbourne

Marion Music - Palm Bay

Noteworthy Music - Titusville and Port Saint John

Guitar Haven - Melbourne and Indian Harbour Beach

East Coast Music - Merritt Island

The Keeway "Hurricane" Scooter will be awarded at "Sam Jam 4" on Aug. 14, at Captain Katanna's Riverfront Bar and Grille on Highway 1 in Melbourne.

For more information, call (321) 759-4435.

The Fountain's residents develop self-managed 'Senior Learning Series'

Residents of The Fountains, a senior independent and assisted living community located in Melbourne, who average 85 years old, have crafted their own program to continue learning and sharpen their minds through a sequence of lectures dubbed the "Senior Learning Series."

The unique program's purpose is to intellectually stimulate attendees by encouraging open discussion and participation after they watch a 30-minute lecture on a particular topic in the series.

The lecture, as well as the topics chosen, is coordinated and developed strictly by the residents.

Ray Smith, who leads the series and is a current resident of The Fountains, says the idea for the program sprang from a similar series he had attended instructed by a resident friend who was a retired university professor. She encouraged him to come up with topics of his own.

It's that same success Mr. Smith speaks of that has allowed the program to become a permanent part of the activities calendar already packed with numerous activities to keep residents mentally and physically healthy.

The group gathers every Tuesday.

For more information, call (321) 984-1494, Ext. 21 or e-mail hash@kiscoseniorliving.com.

Humane Society in need of compassionate foster homes for animals

The Central Brevard Humane Society is in need of compassionate and caring individuals to provide foster homes for shelter animals.

On occasion, an animal requires foster care before they find their new "forever" home.

Examples of this could be instances such as a kitten or puppy too young for adoption, to an animal that needs the tender care of a loving home to recover from a brief illness/surgery or a long-term resident that simply needs a mini-vacation from the shelter.

All veterinarian care and medications are provided by the Humane Society at "no cost" to the foster parent.

The typical length of a foster is four weeks but could be as short as one week; it varies depending on the specific case.

Foster parents would be required to meet all qualifications to be approved as a foster home and would need to complete an application and a short volunteer orientation and animal handling class.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, call Maria Leeds, Foster & Rescue Coordinator with the Central Brevard Humane Society, at (321) 636-3343 or e-mail fosterprogram@crittersavers.com.

Brevard Shelters in need of kitten and puppy food

This is puppy and kitten season, and with that comes a lot of hungry little mouths to feed.

Brevard County's North Animal Care Center and South Animal Care Center shelters are in need of dry puppy and kitten food for new arrivals.

Both county-operated shelters are seeing large increases in companion animals being brought in due to the economic conditions.

Donations can be dropped off at the South Animal Care Center at 5100 West Eau Gallie Blvd., (just west of I-95 and the Super Flea Market), Melbourne, or the North Animal Care Center at 2605 Flake Road, (north end of Dunn Airport), Titusville.

For more information, call SACC at (321) 253-6608 or NACC at (321) 264-5119 or visit www.brevardanimalservices.com.

Need more horsepower? Brevard Animal Services can help

Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement may be able to help, but not in the way you may think.

Currently the county has five horses that need homes.

"Sahara" is a 25-year-old horse that Animal Services found living in a state of neglect a few months ago, along with several other horses.

Through a lot of legal work and the help of some wonderful volunteers, Brevard County now has custody of "Sahara," along with her pasture mates, and is trying to find homes for these animals that have endured much misery and need a second chance.

"Sahara" was injured and in such a sad state that she seldom held her head up or moved around the pasture.

Now she has put on weight, holds her head high, watches everything going on and is trotting about like a pony.

She is a gentle horse with a good temperament and is easy to manage.

She has been through a lot and really needs the love of a good owner to bring out her many good qualities.

Contact Sgt. Chris Robinson at (321) 633-2024 for more information about her.

Two Paso finos, a Palomino, and a Morgan, ranging in age from 5 to 13 years old, are also eager to start a new life.

These horses can be seen at Hidden Acres ranch at 6360 Arborwood Ave. in Port St. John.

To see them, please call Cheryle at (321) 266-7122 and arrange for a good time to visit.

All of the horses can be seen at www.brevardanimalservices.com under the South Animal Care Center adoptable pets section.

These horses can be adopted through the normal paperwork and approval procedure.

- For Hometown News




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