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Posted: 2012 Aug 03 - 00:34

Brevard schools featured in the Florida Power-Library Schools Program

The statewide recognition of Florida Power-Library School is awarded to schools that involve their school faculty members in developing and implementing outstanding library media programs, focused on student achievement.

After a rigorous review, including site visits, eight Brevard Schools were among the 15 schools chosen as this year's winners of the prestigious award.

These schools provide quality library media programs that encourage students to become lifelong readers and engage students in problem solving and inquiry-based activities.

The eight awarded Brevard Public Schools are:

. Apollo Elementary (Titusville): Dr. O'Kell, principal; Melissa Slack, media specialist

. Audubon Elementary (Merritt Island): Lisa Paniale, principal; Kathy S. Crisafulli, media specialist

. Harbor City Elementary (Melbourne): Christine Moore, principal; Coleen Ward, media specialist

. Hoover Middle School (Indialantic): Mollie Vega, principal; Ana Woodbrey, media specialist

. McNair Magnet School (Rockledge): Rosette Brown, principal; Julie Wales, media specialist

. Ralph M. Williams Elementary (Rockledge): Cynthia Ford, principal; Joye Kralovec, media specialist

. Turner Elementary (Palm Bay): Tanya Knowles, principal; Sharon Justin, media specialist

. Viera High School: James Hickey, principal; Beth Harris and Eryn Worcester, media specialists

Results showed that in schools that had well-staffed, well-stocked, well-managed library media centers, student achievement improved and standardized test scores were higher.

The schools will also receive a large banner for display at the school and logo pins.

For more information, please visit www.fasmnet.org or call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 796 or email davis.christine@brevardschools.org.

New app tracks friends, family members and employees

Mobile Office Software Solutions Inc has unveiled an amazing new app, Trackster, for iPhones and Android phones, that allows users to track their friends, parents to track their children and employers to track their employees in real time, and do it inexpensively.

As a parent, wouldn't it be great if you knew where your kids were at all times? As a teen, how cool would it be if you knew where your best friends were hanging out? And employers, think how productivity could improve if you knew where your field employees were at all times during the workday? Trackster makes all that happen, and a lot more.

Trackster is a revolutionary and inexpensive GPS based application that works on iPhones and Android phones, utilizing Google Maps in real-time. Trackster allows you to track, find and follow your family, friends or employees who also download the Trackster app from either iTunes or Android Marketplace.

If you want to know where your family, friends, or employees are, find them instantly with Trackster.

Want to know where your kids are? www.phonetrackingkids.com

Want to know where your friends are? www.phonetrackingfriends.com

Want to know where your employees are? www.phonetrackingemployees.com.

Mobile Office Solutions Inc. is a software and application development company based in Vero Beach that specializes in mobile applications and solutions for businesses, and GPS tracking software for families, friends and employers.

Sheriff's Office commander receives Manager of the Year Award

Brevard County Sheriff's Office Cmdr. Doug Waller has been named the 2012 Brevard County Manager of the Year by the Florida Space Coast Council.

The annual award is designed to publicize the positive impact that leadership, integrity and management skills can have on organizations and the community.

Nominations are solicited from throughout Brevard County from organizations not affiliated with the council.

Cmdr. Waller is the Criminal Investigations Division commander and has been employed with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office for the past 25 years.

He has been instrumental in the implementation of such innovative programs as the Sexual Offender Registration and Tracking Unit and co-creator of the "GAMEOVER" (Gang And Major Epidemic Of Violence Enforcement Response) Task Force.

For more information, please contact Cmdr. Mike DeMorat at (321) 403-5755.

Humane Society in need of kitten supplies

The Central Brevard Humane Society is in desperate need of Purina Kitten Chow, wet kitten food, blankets, comforters, sheets, towels, cat litter, KMR kitten formula, paper towels and small baby bottles.

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

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

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

Bronze Star presented to reserve rescue commander

U.S. Air Force Reservist Lt. Col. Timothy Davis, 920th Rescue Wing, was presented the Bronze Star Medal June 2 during a wing commander's call for his meritorious service while serving as the commander, 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Camp Bastion, Afghanistan from June 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2011.

During the deployment Lt. Col. Davis led 134 airmen to provide rapid personnel recovery and casualty evacuation capabilities for multinational ground forces in direct contact with the enemy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

As the busiest and most mission-tasked rescue squadron, they were credited with flying 1,032 combat flights, totaling more than 750 hours and saving more than 333 lives while providing 269 medical assists.

Forty-five of the missions were considered high-risk, while engaging enemy forces in the hotly contested Helmand Province Region.

For more information about the 920th Rescue Wing, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Information provided by Cathleen Snow, Capt., U.S. Air Force Reserve, 920 Rescue Wing Public Affairs at (321) 494-0535 or www.920rqw.afrc.af.mil.

Humane Society announces 'foster to adopt'

The Central Brevard Humane Society has launched a new "foster to adopt" program.

This is a program through which individuals or families provide temporary homes for animals who have been residents of the shelter for six months or longer.

During this time, the Humane Society will supply individuals with an "overnight bag" for their new houseguest containing a collar, flea comb and product, microchip, toys and staff support.

Once the foster period is over, you may decide to make the animal a permanent member of the family. If so, the adoption fee will be waived (must pay for rabies vaccine & county tag).

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

The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project receives grant

The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project has announced it has received a $50,000 grant from The Wal-mart Foundation to support its quality-of-life support programs for medically fragile children with disabilities.

The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project is one of 15 nonprofit organizations in Florida to receive grants through The Wal-mart Foundation's State Giving Program, which was created to carry out the retailer's commitment to giving back to the communities in which it operates.

Since 2001, the M.O.R.G.A.N. Project has provided support and services to parents of children with physical disabilities all across the nation, regardless of their underlying disease or disorder.

In addition to providing gently used pediatric disability equipment, new specialized bath chairs and assisting parents in attending medical support group conferences, in early 2012 they opened the doors to Morgan's Place, located at 411 Ocean Ave., in Melbourne Beach.

Morgan's Place is available by appointment only. It has been designed to provide a safe environment for parents to bring their children with special health care needs and physical disabilities for hands-on therapeutic play.

For more information on The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project and Morgan's Place, visit www.themorganproject.org or contact Kristen Malfara, executive director at (321) 506-2707 or by email at morgansplace@themorganproject.org.

Beachside Health Studio welcomes doctor

Beachside Health Studio has welcomed Jana Schmidt, naturopath doctor, PhD, to its team.

Dr. Schmidt is a holistic doctor, naturopath. She is also a certified natural health professional, master herbalist, ordained minister and certified in iridology, reflexology, bach flower remedies, light touch therapy, vitamin therapy, muscle response testing, body detoxification, enzyme health, homeopathy, children's health and more.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schmidt, call Beachside Health Studio to make an appointment at (321) 725-2267.

Visit www.beachsidehealthstudio.com for more information.

Rep. Ritch Workman honored

The Florida League of Cities recently honored Rep. Ritch Workman (R-Melbourne) with a Legislative Appreciation Award at a Space Coast League of Cities meeting. League legislative advocates Casey Cooke and Ryan Matthews presented the award to Rep. Workman.

The prestigious award was presented to Rep. Workman for his efforts during the 2012 legislative session to protect the home rule powers of Florida's cities by supporting the league's legislative agenda.

Rep. Workman consistently voted in support of league positions, offered amendments to bills or worked behind the scenes to rally support for league positions.

Rep. Ritch Workman was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008. He is a current member and past president of the Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers and was appointed to the Financial Action Team in 2008 by Florida's then-chief financial officer Alex Sink. He is also a member of the Rockledge Rotary Club and is the chair of the Community and Military Affairs Subcommittee.

Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida's municipal governments.

For more information, email mstark@flcities.com or call (850) 701-3638.

Let the Humane Society help you with the loss of your pet

While the Central Brevard Humane Society cannot take away the pain when a pet passes on, they understand the loving and unconditional relationship an individual shares with their pet and what it means to face losing that "special friend."

The passing of a pet is hard enough without having to worry about making final arrangements for them. The Humane Society provides prearranged euthanasia, cremation and chapel services to help ease the stress of a difficult moment in a person's life.

Its Rainbow Bridge Community Chapel is a private, peaceful and dignified place where someone can say their "final farewells" to their beloved animal companion. It is furnished with pew seating and soft music that provides a comforting environment for someone to remember their pet and the times they shared.

For more information about these services, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343, Ext. 208 or visit www.crittersavers.com.

New healing tool for animals

Dr. Donna Ragona and the Cocoa Village Animal Wellness Center have announced a new holistic healing modality, I-Therm technology.

Utilizing a molecular hyperthermic technique, the I-Therm system accelerates healing and rapid removal of toxins in the body.

This treatment is highly efficacious and non-invasive.

Several lectures are planned throughout the county via various kennel clubs and wellness clinics to introduce this healing tool to the community.

The Cocoa Village Animal Wellness Center is at 224 Forrest Ave., Cocoa.

For more information, call (321) 684-7060 or email cocoavillageawc.com.

Exchange coordinator accepting host family applications

Audra Brown, International Exchange Coordinator for the nonprofit EF Foundation for Foreign Study, is currently accepting applications for host families for the 2012-13 school year and seeking participation from local high schools.

Host families open their homes to a 15-18-year-old from one of 25 countries around the world, and schools may offer enrollment to up to five exchange students per year. Students come for one or two semesters.

Through the exchange experience, both student and family get the chance to learn about a new culture and promote global understanding here in the community.

Host family applicants undergo a screening process to ensure that they are well suited for an exchange experience.

To host, one adult in the household must be at least 25 years old. Schools must agree to enroll the student in a full course of study with no requirements regarding the student's participation in extra-curricular activities or graduation.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., EF Foundation for Foreign Study is committed to promoting international understanding and global awareness.

To learn more about high school exchange in your local community, visit www.effoundation.org or contact Audra Brown at audra.brown@effoundation.org and/or (618) 240-1441.

'Wounded Hero Voyage' books

The book, "Wounded Hero Voyage: I Smallest Powerboat Crossing the Atlantic," is out.

Part I features the Tampa to Greenland part of the 2-part voyage to Germany.

"Wounded Hero Voyage II" picks up where book one leaves off, arriving in Greenland.

Brothers Bob and Ralph travel past thousands of icebergs in the world's smallest powerboat to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean, and they are traveling the route which passes just south of the Arctic Circle.

They are traveling unescorted - without a cabin or a keel.

The book is loaded with 92 pictures showing incredible sites and hardships with an up-close view that lets the reader experience the drama as it unfolds.

The storms are rolling in as they motor in small windows of better weather, continuing to the Faroe Islands, Shetlands, Orkneys, Scotland, England, France, Holland, and finishing the 8,312-mile voyage in a boat with less than a foot of freeboard.

They are promoting Wounded Hero Foundations in memory of three marines, John Harvey, George Holmes and Dewey Johnson.

Videos and book information is available at www.RobertBrownBooks.com. Both books are available in paperback and Kindle.

Commercial human space transportation

The Federal Aviation Administration and NASA have signed a historic agreement to coordinate standards for commercial space travel of government and non-government astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station.

The two agencies will collaborate to expand efforts that provide a stable framework for the U.S. space industry, avoid conflicting requirements and multiple sets of standards, and advance both public and crew safety.

The memorandum of understanding signed by the two agencies establishes policy for operational missions to the space station.

Commercial providers will be required to obtain a license from the FAA for public safety.

Crew safety and mission assurance will be NASA's responsibility.

This approach allows both agencies to incorporate experience and lessons learned as progress is made.

The FAA is responsible for regulating and licensing all U.S. private companies and individuals involved in commercial space transportation.

For details on FAA commercial space transportation responsibilities, visit www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=12179.

To view the agreement, visit http://go.nasa.gov/Lru8iQ .

For more information on NASA's Commercial Crew Program, visit http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew.

SPCA urges pit bull 'parents' to prevent unwanted litters

With 8 million homeless pets entering U.S. shelters every year, the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of North Brevard is helping to solve the problem with its "Primp Your Pit (bull)" spay/neuter promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities.

During the month of August, the SPCA will spay/neuter pit bulls for a special rate of $20.

Today, 35 percent of dogs and cats in U.S. households are not spayed or neutered, yet the procedure is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population

Pit bulls, in particular, end up in shelters in large numbers because of myths and negative media that impact public perceptions associated with the breed.

The American Veterinary Medical Association endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as 8-10 weeks old, and research shows that the procedure can improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

In an effort to prevent unwanted litters of pit bulls, this special rate during the "Primp Your Pit (bull)" event applies to all residents of Brevard.

The promotion is based on availability

Please visit www.spcanorthbrevard.com or call (321) 267-8221 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Florida College Coach of the Year and the players

For the second time in three seasons, Florida Tech head men's and women's tennis coach Bill Macom has been named "United States Professional Tennis Association College Coach of the Year" for the Florida Division. Previously, he earned the award in 2010.

In his seventh season, Coach Macom guided the men's team to 14 wins, which was a seven-win improvement from 2011.

Newcomer Nicolas Clerc was a standout performer as a sophomore with a record of 18-3 overall and 17-1 at No. 1 singles. He teamed up with Jorge Abarca Montero to form a No. 1 doubles team that went 18-3 on the season.

Freshman Beau Fieldsend also excelled in his first season, posting 15 wins in singles and a 12-4 mark with D.J. Pate at No. 3 doubles.

Coach Macom's work with the women's team led the Panthers to their fourth straight NCAA Division II Championship appearance.

They ensured their fifth consecutive season of 15 or more wins by finishing at 16-9. This success translated into FIT earning its highest national ranking in the program's nine-year history at No. 17 in the last Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II Poll.

Abigail Greif, Katarina Huba and Kristina Huba recorded 15 or more singles wins this spring. Kristina Huba, a sophomore from Ascona, Switzerland, went 17-5 and 9-1 at No. 2 singles. She and her sister Katarina played at No. 1 doubles and combined for a 15-6 record. Following the season, they both garnered All-Sunshine State Conference recognition. Also, Kristina Huba was tabbed ITA's South Region Player to Watch.

The men's and women's tennis teams continued to impress in the classroom.

The men finished the 2011-12 academic year with a cumulative grade point average above a 3.0, and the women won FIT's Team GPA Award for the highest cumulative GPA among all of the institution's women's sports at 3.65.

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

NASA offers web, mobile links to follow space station and mission control

NASA is using the Internet and smart phones to provide the public with a new inside look at what happens aboard the International Space Station and in the Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Log onto the agency's "Space Station Live!" web page or download the companion "ISSLive!" mobile application to get up-to-the-minute information.

Groundbreaking research and technology development work is going on every day in the microgravity environment of space, and Space Station Live! allows users to see what the expedition astronauts do minute by minute.

Space Station Live! includes a web experience and free mobile ISSLive! app for smart phones and tablet computers accessible on NASA's website. The app also is available through the Google Play and iTunes app stores.

Special features of the Space Station Live! web and mobile app experience include: live streaming data from various space station systems, live streaming data from actual crew and science timelines with social media links, descriptions and educational material that describe how the space station works, educational lessons using the live content, 3-D virtual mission control, 3-D virtual space station using live streaming data to correctly position the sun, Earth, moon and the station's solar arrays, 3-D model of the space station with labels and colored by the international partner contributions to its assembly and links to NASA's five international partner space agencies' mission information.

To use Space Station Live!, visit http://spacestationlive.nasa.gov.

To download ISSLive! and other NASA mobile apps, visit http://www.nasa.gov/connect/apps.html.

For information about the International Space Station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.

'Get some Summer Loving'

"Get some Summer Loving" when you adopt a shelter pet this summer and all year 'round.

Every month, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of North Brevard features different animals that are available at its shelter and promotes them with special reduced adoption fees.

The SPCA is extending its "Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month" promotion.

July is when "Patriotic Pit Bulls" get their chance to show what great, devoted pets pit bulls can be.

"Black Friday" doesn't just come once a year at the SPCA. Every Friday, black dogs and cats (and select black-and-white dogs and cats), have reduced adoption fees.

For more information, stop by the Dog Adoption Building, 455 Cheney Highway, Titusville, or the Cat Adoption Building, 425 Cheney Highway, Titusville, or visit www.spcanorthbrevard.com to see a list of all animals available for adoption at the SPCA of North Brevard.

Sheriff's jail accreditation manager selected as the finest in the state of Florida

Jail accreditation manager Jeff Jarvis was recently selected as the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission's "2011 Distinguished Service Award" recipient for the state of Florida.

Mr. Jarvis was presented this award at the Florida Police Accreditation Commission Conference in Bonita Springs in June.

He has been involved with the accreditation process for several years and has provided unique insight and expertise for improvements to the commission's process and standards.

For more information, visit www.BrevardSheriff.com.

United Way of Brevard funding achieves local impact of more than $17 million

Sixty-one local health and human service programs at 43 Brevard agencies will benefit from nearly $4 million in funding, thanks to United Way donors.

United Way of Brevard's Board of Directors recently approved the funding recommendations of more than 100 volunteers who spent more than 2,000 hours reviewing agency financials and funding requests, as well as touring agencies.

Besides the funding from the Community Care Fund, another million dollars will be distributed - both here in Brevard and outside of our community - at the direction of donor-designated gifts, thanks to the successful 2011 United Way Community Campaign.

This, along with the grants that United Way of Brevard manages for the community, increases United Way's total financial impact on the community to more than $17 million.

For more information, call (321) 631-2740.

Health First Health Plans receives highest accreditation

Health First Health Plans has been awarded an Accreditation status of Excellent - the highest possible level - from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Health First Health Plans has received this top rating for both its commercial and Medicare plans for the third consecutive three-year accreditation period.

The accreditation survey process includes on-site and off-site evaluations of more than 60 standards and selected performance measures conducted by a team of physicians and managed care experts.

Information from health plan records, consumer surveys and interviews with health plan staff are collected.

For more information, visit www.ncqa.org, call (321) 434-4333 or email Jackie.oconnell@health-first.org.

Gator Club seeks sponsors for kickoff party and golf event

The Brevard County Gator Club is looking for sponsors and vendors with Florida Gator-related items for its annual kickoff party and golf challenge.

This year's event will be Saturday, Aug. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Duran Golf Club, 7030 Stadium Parkway, Viera.

There will also be a nine-hole par-three golf challenge at 4 p.m. before the kickoff party, which begins at 5:30 p.m. A free children's golf clinic will begin at 3 p.m., with two live alligators in attendance.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the children's golf clinic, two live alligators event, kid's fun zone, golf holes and program sponsorships. Sponsorship donations range between $25 and $250.

The club is also trying to contact all ex-Florida Gator football players who reside in Brevard County for the golf outing and to attend the event.

For more information or to become a sponsor or vendor, please call (321) 890-7754 or email rcr228@cfl.rr.com.

VE 9-Hole Golf League officers

New officers for the 2012-13 season of the VE 9-Hole Golf League were sworn in by outgoing president Mary Ann Ollier during an installation luncheon at the Black Tulip Restaurant.

The officers are: Shirley Ferris, co-vice president; Sandy Barbaro, co-treasurer; Nancy Razzini, secretary; Diana Ashbrook, co-treasurer; Sue Buttner, president; and Mariette Present, co-vice president.

Mary Ann Ollier was presented a gift for an excellent job as president for the past two years.

Lady golfers interested in joining the league may call Doreen Volpe at (321) 631 7403 for details.

Health First Health Plans receives highest accreditation

Health First Health Plans has been awarded an accreditation status of "Excellent" - the highest possible level - from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Health First Health Plans has received this top rating for both its commercial and Medicare plans for the third consecutive three-year accreditation period.

The accreditation survey process includes on-site and off-site evaluations of more than 60 standards and selected performance measures conducted by a team of physicians and managed care experts.

Information from health plan records, consumer surveys, and interviews with health plan staff are collected.

A national oversight committee of physicians analyzes the team's findings and assigns an accreditation level based on the plan's performance.

For more information, visit www.HealthFirstHealthPlans.org, call (321) 434-5665 or call toll-free at (800) 716-7737.

New law waiving fees for military veterans in effect

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation encourages military veterans, who have been honorably discharged within the past 24 months, to apply for a new licensure fee waiver available through the department.

The department now has the ability to waive initial licensure fees for military veterans under a new law that passed during the 2012 Legislative session. The waivers could save veterans anywhere from a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand dollars, depending on the license type.

Through House Bill No. 517, the initial license fee, initial application fee and initial unlicensed activity fee will be waived for veterans returning from service, provided the veteran applies for licensure within 24 months of being honorably discharged

The law will apply to new licenses granted for more than 20 professions under the department's jurisdiction, including construction, real estate, certified public accountants and cosmetologists.

The waiver can be downloaded from the department's military services webpage at www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/dbprmilitary.html and should be included in applications for professional licensure.

For more information, visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.

Federal and Junior Duck Stamps help protect wetland habitats

The 2012-13 Federal Duck Stamp is on sale across the United States, giving hunters, stamp collectors and anyone with an interest in migratory birds and other wildlife an easy way to help conserve habitats.

Ninety-eight percent of proceeds from sales of the stamp are used to acquire and protect vital wetlands supports hundreds of species of migratory birds, wildlife and plants.

Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe joined representatives of the U.S. Postal Service, Bass Pro Shops and other conservation partners at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World retail store in Virginia recently to celebrate the first day of sale of both the $15 Federal Duck Stamp and $5 Junior Duck Stamp.

The new stamps are now available at thousands of post offices, Bass Pro Shops and other sporting goods stores and retail locations across the country, and can also be purchased online at www.duckstamp.com.

The electronic validation may be used to hunt or obtain free admission to a refuge immediately, while a physical stamp is mailed to each customer.

Learn more about the Federal Duck Stamp Program online at www.fws.gov/duckstamps, or on Facebook at USFWS_Federal Duck Stamp. Learn more about the Junior Duck Stamp at www.fws.gov/juniorduck, or on Facebook at Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

Vendor spaces available for founder's day event

The Satellite Beach Woman's Club is renting spaces to vendors for The 39th Annual Founder's Day/Marketplace event on Nov. 3 at the DRS Community Center on South Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach.

For more information, email jeanroa7@aol.com.

Crosswinds Youth Services recognizes staff members

Crosswinds Youth Services recently gave special recognition to several of its outstanding staff members.

Ann Fosburr, program assistant, received the Dale Carnegie Award for her professionalism and positive attitude in her work with the Independent living services program.

Michele Cassel, independent living specialist, was recognized with the Tortoise Award for her perseverance and commitment to quality.

Michael Burgess, youth care worker, received the Employee of the Quarter Award for his excellent work in the Robert E. Lehton Children's Shelter.

Crosswinds Youth Services Inc. is a nonprofit organization with its campus in Cocoa. It provides a variety of services for youth and families in crisis throughout Brevard County.

For more information about Crosswinds and its programs, call (321) 452-0800 or visit www.crosswindsyouthservices.org.

The Performance Academy at Harmony Golf Preserve

Under the leadership of the Harmony Golf Preserve director of instruction and community outreach, Spencer Graham III, Harmony has designed an academy specific to coaching clients to become exceptional players in golf and ambassadors for the game.

It is called the Performance Academy at Harmony Golf Preserve & Junior Golf Performance Academy.

The academy emphasizes measurable progress in every aspect, with a major focus on short game, golf course management and tournament preparation.

Mr. Graham has been coaching golf full-time for 19 years.

In addition to the performance academy's curriculum, in 2013 Harmony will also offer a unique full-time residential and commuter program for worldwide elite level junior golfers.

The Junior Golf Performance Academy blends remarkable, full-time golf training with academics and college preparation.

The headquarters for the JGPA will be located in the Town of Harmony.

For more information, call (407) 891-8525, email sagraham@troongolf.com or visit www.harmonygolfpreserve.com.

NASA and Craig Technologies sign agreement

NASA has signed a new partnership with Craig Technologies of Melbourne to maintain an inventory of unique processing and manufacturing equipment for future mission support at the agency's Kennedy Space Center.

Under a five-year, non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement, NASA will loan 1,600 pieces of equipment to Craig Technologies.

The equipment supported Space Shuttle Program capabilities, such as flight hardware and cable fabrication. It was used in manufacturing, repair and inspection processes necessary for space flight hardware, avionics and ground processing.

Craig Technologies will be able to use the equipment for five years beginning in January or until NASA requires use of it, whichever comes first.

Craig will be required to operate, maintain and store the property at a single location within a 50-mile radius of Kennedy.

The equipment currently is located in the NASA Shuttle Logistics Depot in Cape Canaveral, and is managed by United Space Alliance.

The equipment will remain there through the end of the year when the current USA lease expires.

For more information about Kennedy, visit www.nasa.gov/kennedy.

Local dance studio takes top honors

Every team from Heather's Dance Studio brought home gold or better at the International Dance Challenge in Tampa recently.

The adult team earned a platinum award, reserved for the very best performances.

The senior team, made of up girls 13 -17, earned high gold, the second highest possible honor.

The mini-team, with girls 7-11, also earned high gold; and the junior team, consisting of girls 12-16, earned gold, the third highest ranking.

The senior team was even invited to participate in the grand showcase on the last day of the competition. Only the judge's favorite performances are invited to that performance.

For more information about Heather's Dance Studio, visit www.heathersdancestudio.com.

Brevard Rescue Mission awarded grant

Brevard Rescue Mission, which provides transitional housing and support services for homeless women with children, was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from the Boeing Employee Community Fund.

The "Transporting Families to Financial Independence Grant" will be used to support transportation service for the families to get to jobs, school and medical 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.

For more information, call (321) 480-9100 or visit www.BrevardRescueMission.org.

Enrolled agents - 'the tax experts'

Joseph A. Grutta of Satellite Beach recently attended the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents annual convention.

During the three-day convention, enrolled agents were updated on various "IRS Hot Topics" that many individual and small business taxpayers are facing today.

Attending professionals received updates from local and national tax experts.

Attendees earned continuing professional education hours as required by the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility.

Enrolled agents are federally tested and licensed tax practitioners and experts, who have demonstrated technical competence in tax law and are the only taxpayer representative licensed to represent taxpayers before the IRS, by the United Sates Government.

To find an enrolled agent in your area, contact the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents on its website at www.fseaonline.org or the national website at www.naea.org.

Schools continue to earn high marks

School grades have been announced, and out of Brevard's 69 elementary and middle schools that received their annual state grades, 64 percent received an A, with 94 percent of schools receiving an A or B (does not include charter schools).

According to data released by the Florida Department of Education, 38 Brevard public elementary schools received an A, 16 received a B, two received a C, and one received a D.

Six of BPS middle schools received an A, five received a B and one received a C.

Out of 1,811 elementary schools statewide, Brevard has three of the top 10 elementary schools based on points earned for the school grade: No. 2 is Freedom 7 Elementary School of International Studies; No. 8 is Robert Louis Stevenson School of the Arts and No. 10 is West Melbourne Elementary School for Science.

Every BPS Middle School increased in total accountability points.

For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 796.

FirstWave Financial puts local spin on celebration

Beyond celebrating the official opening of its new Satellite Beach location, FirstWave Financial turned its recent grand opening event into an opportunity to showcase and support everything from Brevard-based artists to beachside businesses.

In addition to featuring artwork from the Brevard Cultural Alliance, FirstWave Financial (formerly known as CPA Wealth Management Services) fueled the festivities with music from Chuck Van Riper.

The company also drew names from a pool of 150 guests and treated winners to gift certificates from nearby establishments, including Green Turtle Market, Long Doggers, Da Kine Diego's, Cantina Dos Amigos and Port d'Hiver Bed and Breakfast.

In addition to FirstWave Financial's client service center at 1300 Highway A1A in Satellite Beach, the company also has an office in Orlando, which opened in 2009.

For more information, please visit www.firstwavefinancial.com or call (321) 773-7773.

Space Coast Cancer Center offers clinical trials

Richard Levine, MD, principle investigator of the Clinical Trials Department at Space Coast Cancer Center, is a co-author on the recent publication, "Effects of a Brief Multimedia Psycho Educational Intervention on the Attitudes and Interests of Patients with Cancer Regarding Clinical Trial Participation: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial."

The article was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in July.

The purpose of the study was to determine if a brief discussion with patients regarding clinical trials has a positive impact in their willingness to participate in clinical trials.

The center offers clinical trials to cancer patients as an affiliate of the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, the largest research network in the United States.

For more information or questions, contact Linda Perez, clinical research regulatory coordinator, at (855) 894-HOPE (4673), Ext. 3510.

Brevard County Health Department honored

Heidar Heshmati, M.D., director of the Brevard County Health Department, was honored at the 2012 annual conference of the National Association of County and city health officials, a body of peers, for developing and implementing a program that demonstrates exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need.

The Sexual Assault Examination Response Program was one of 39 public health programs developed by a local health department selected from across the nation to receive the official's Model Practice Award.

The Sexual Assault Examination Response Program was implemented in partnership with the State's Attorney Office, Sexual Assault Victim Services, Salvation Army and Serene Harbour Domestic Violence Shelters, law enforcement agencies, and the Brevard County Health Department.

This award puts Brevard County Health Department into special company - a select group of health departments that exemplify a forward thinking, proactive attitude toward protecting and promoting the health of communities across the nation.

For more information about the Model Practice Awards and to view a list of other award winners, visit www.naccho.org.

Sheriff's aviation unit wins international award

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit was recently awarded third place in the Forward Looking Infra Red Vision Awards Ceremony, which was hosted at the 2012 Annual Airborne Law Enforcement Association Convention.

The FLIR Vision Awards are presented annually to airborne law enforcement teams with the best video of a rescue, chase, apprehension or surveillance mission. Only one video per team may be submitted for award consideration.

Cpl./pilot Chris Sands and deputy/tactical flight officer Joseph Barrera were among the top three finalists selected from video submissions from around the world. Cpl. Sands and deputy Barrera were recognized for demonstrating their outstanding coordination and quality of teamwork while assisting, tracking and apprehending a burglary suspect in the city of Cocoa in April 2012.

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit has previously been awarded first-, second- and third-place and are the only airborne law enforcement unit in the world to be recognized as a finalist in six out of the last 11 years for this award.

As part of the award, a charitable donation on behalf of the Sheriff's Office, will be presented to The United Way of Brevard.

A copy of the video may be picked up at the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit, 910 Airport Road, Merritt Island.

Further information may be received by contacting chief pilot Coppola at (321) 455-1475.

Authors' group elects new leadership

The volunteer Space Coast Writers' Guild members recently elected author Donna Chesher as its president.

Ms. Chesher's previous nonprofit experience includes fundraising with the University of California.

The guild is dedicated to encouraging, instructing and developing writers, and the new leadership's goal for the guild is an emphasis on outreach.

More information on the guild is available at www.scwg.org, (321)254-8464 or dchesher@scwg.org.

NASA history now available on iTunes U

Marking the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA has added an extensive collection of historical video, audio, photographs and documents to iTunes U.

iTunes U is a platform for making educational resources available to a wide audience through the iTunes Store.

NASA's History Program Office iTunes U site currently contains about 300 items that represent a broad sweep of NASA history-related to important moments, activities and figures in NASA history. The site's content is free to download.

The site includes Apollo program material with a collection of items for each of the Apollo missions, as well as a special Politics of Apollo collection of key documents related to the U.S. lunar program.

The site also features eBooks from the NASA History Series.

To view all of NASA's iTunes U sites and download material, visit www.nasa.gov/connect/itunesu.html.

Police department motor unit takes top honors

The city of Satellite Beach has announced that the Satellite Beach Police Department took top honors at the annual Motor Unit Challenge Awards Ceremony, held recently in Orlando.

The Satellite Beach Police Department won first place, ahead of 106 other agencies (of various sizes) throughout the state of Florida. Some of the larger agencies had motor divisions that are 30 motors strong.

The criterion included driver education, the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (where concerned citizens can call about trouble areas), seatbelt enforcement waves and crash reduction efforts.

Top honors netted the department $12,000 in traffic safety equipment, which included new motorcycle helmets and microphone systems, radar units and body-worn video cameras. This award helps the city from having to pay for these necessary items out of the budget.

For more information, call (321) 773-4400.

Rotary Club installs officers and directors

The Indialantic Rotary Club has installed new officers and directors for the administrative year of 2012-13.

The new officers include president Dwan Buie, secretary Dan Liparini and treasurer Cyndie Crawford.

Directors-at-large, who will be serving for the next 12 months, include Steve Audino, Ed Baranowski, Pat Bouchard and Corinne Ishler.

The Indialantic Rotary Club is one of 15 Rotary clubs in Brevard County, along with 34,335 clubs in more than 150 countries.

The Indialantic Rotary meets at noon on Wednesdays at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indiana Harbour Beach.

For more information, call (321) 242-1840.

Rotary Club of Indialantic awards scholarships

The Rotary Club of Indialantic recently awarded four scholarships, totaling $26,000, to four Brevard County graduating high school seniors.

Those who received funds to attend Florida Tech this fall were: Jonathan Dudley - Edgewood Junior/Senior High School, Andrew Jevitt-Rhys Ouwendijk - West Shore Junior/Senior High School and Christian Stratton - Space Coast Junior/Senior High School.

Within the past three years, Indialantic Rotary, in collaboration with Florida Tech, has raised more than $90,000 in scholarship funds over the past through is annual "Moon River, Music and Magic" events.

All monies raised were matched by Florida Tech and awarded to local graduates, who have shown high academic achievement, effective school leadership and active community involvement.

- For Hometown News




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