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.
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.
'Free' prenatal classes in Rockledge, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne
Pediatrics in Brevard physicians Dr. Tara Forcier, and Dr. Jan Borowski are hosting "free" prenatal care classes for all Brevard County 'soon-to-be' moms.
Sessions are held at the Pediatrics in Brevard Rockledge office, 134 S. Woods Drive, and the Melbourne office, 1755 W. Hibiscus Blvd., on the first Tuesday of each month; sessions are held at the Cocoa Beach office (located in the Cape Canaveral Hospital Medical Plaza), 701 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway, on the third Thursday of each month. Monthly classes at both locations begin at 6 p.m.
All prospective parents and grandparents are welcome. Topics will include the importance of "well visits," the options of circumcision, breast feeding and immunizations, and more.
For more information on the monthly educational care classes for soon-to-be-moms, call (321) 636-3066, Ext. 206. For additional information about Pediatrics in Brevard, visit www.pedsinbrevard.com.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Rehabilitation open house
The Melbourne Terrace Rehabilitation Center gave an open house recently and welcomed the community. It was a unified celebration for the facility's state of renewal that is meant to give back to the community.
An expansion included the renovation of common areas, including a fresh café and bistro.
With a novel ice cream parlor and a surround-sound movie theater, there will be more choices for residents and patients to enjoy friends and family.
Melbourne Terrace Rehabilitation Center offers comprehensive rehabilitative outpatient and inpatient services for short or long term care.
All residents have an individualized plan of care developed with the resident's family involvement and coordinated with all medical staffing.
It is located at 251 Florida Ave., Melbourne.
To schedule a private tour or to request more information, call (321) 725-3990.
Savannahs Junior Club results
Savannahs Golf Course 2012 Junior Club Championship results:
. Boys 16-18: Michael
DeMorat, winner with 74;
Alec Norris, runner-up
with 78; Alex Blue, third
place with 82
. Boys 14-15: Taylor
Whalen, playoff winner
with 85; Blake Gladden,
runner up with 85; Matt
Lanze and Nicholas
Scheneilein, third place
with 93 each
. Boys 12-13 (9 holes):
Matt Maffei, winner with
49; Brian Lanze, runner up
. Boys 11 & younger (9
holes): Robert Dance,
winner with 49; Jordan
Tibbetts, runner up with
. Girls 16-18: Madalyn
Wright with 119
. Girls 14-15: Sabella
Goodwin, winner with 122
. Girls 12-13 (9 holes):
Dayna Owens, winner
with 41; Trinity Falzone,
runner up with 75
. Girls 11 & younger (9
Aprandini, winner with 69
Thirty-two players competed in this year's event.
All players were treated to lunch upon completion of play.
Community service award from Florida Health Care Coalition
Brevard County's Board of County Commissioners, Brevard County Health Department and the Brevard County Medical Society were recently named recipients of the 2012 Community Service Award presented by the Florida Health Care Coalition.
The coalition recognized the three organizations for the Primary Access to Health Clinic partnership. The PATH Clinic was established to meet the needs of low-income, underinsured adult residents of Brevard County, who are without health care benefits, below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
The program has expanded services in central Brevard County, with outreach to north Brevard County, and established a new clinic at the Melbourne Health Department.
The Florida Health Care Coalition is a 28-year-old organization that represents nearly 2 million members of public and private sector employers. Its goal is to improve the quality of health care while reducing the rising rate of health care costs and educating consumers.
For more information, visit www.flhcc.org.
For more information on the Primary Access to Health program, visit www.doh.state.fl.us/chdbrevard/pers_hlth/path.htm.
'Blasting Off To Save More Lives'
The Central Brevard Humane Society is "Blasting Off to Save More Lives" during the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, which runs through Oct. 31.
The Humane Society will be trying to save at least 300 more lives, as its staff did the same time last year, for a chance at more than $500,000 in grant funding, including a grand prize of $100,000.
During the Humane Society's "Blasting Off" campaign, it will be offering special promotions, like 50 percent off adoption fees on all cats and dogs, and free microchipping, rabies vaccines and pet care products.
Individuals that adopt a new "fur kid" during the challenge will have an opportunity to spin the "Fuzzy Wheel of Fury" for a chance to "win" additional adoption savings!
The 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters aimed at getting more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
National Hurricane Center director visits NWS Melbourne
The Director of the National Hurricane Center, Dr. Richard Knabb, recently visited the Melbourne National Weather Service office.
Dr. Knabb and Melbourne forecasters discussed possible future enhancements to hurricane forecast and warning information, effective communication of a unified message and how detailed, local hazard information can most effectively complement NHC track and intensity forecasts. A special session was also held for emergency managers. Emergency Managers.
The National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories.
For more information, visit www.nhc.noaa.gov/staff/knabb_2012.pdf or call (321) 255-0212.
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