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Community notes - Palm Bay
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Posted: 2012 Aug 10 - 00:22

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.

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.

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.

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.

Florida American Legion 'Teacher of the Year'

One of Palm Bay's Bayside High School's Junior ROTC teachers, Robert Livingston, was selected by the Florida American Legion as the 2012 "Teacher of the Year."

The Florida American Legion "Teacher of the Year" program recognizes dedicated and devoted individuals who give so much of themselves on behalf of the youth of Florida.

Mr. Livingston is a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and began the JROTC program at Bayside High School 12 years ago.

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

Explorers finish in top three statewide

A team of six explorers from Palm Bay Police Explorer Post No. 597 placed in the top three for overall finishers in the Florida Association of Police Explorers statewide competition held recently in Crystal River.

The competition tested team skills in a variety of law enforcement scenarios. Palm Bay finished in the top five for each of the categories it completed.

The scenarios tested 31 teams from around the state in how to respond to an active shooter, crisis intervention, in-progress burglary, search and arrest, traffic crash and a traffic stop in which a missing child entered the scene.

The teams were judged based on their knowledge of law enforcement procedures, Florida laws and statutes, officer safety and department policies.

They were also evaluated based on their ability to articulate all the facts in a written report and their ability to fill out appropriate forms in accordance with each scenario.

The team consisted of Lt. Mariah Marrero, Sgt. Vincent Galioto, Sgt. Tyler Witt, Cpl. Tyler Witkowski, Explorer Aaron Shishilla and Explorer Donald Kraemer.

The team advisors are Officer Lin Badman, Officer Casandra Woronka, Officer Troy Ramirez, K-9 Officer Eric Antosia (Sebastian Police Department) and Cpl. Frank Tobar.

The Palm Bay Police Explorer Program is funded, in part, through donations, community fundraisers and support from local business partners.

For more information or to join, please email Cpl. Frank Tobar at tobarf@pbfl.org or contact Dana Packard at (321) 953-8990.

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.

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.

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.

FIT opens new building

Florida Institute of Technology recently opened its new Florida Tech Commons building at the intersection of University Boulevard and Babcock Street.

The three-story, 63,000-square foot facility is designed as the new "front door" to campus.

In addition to a first-floor Center for Student Success, the building also houses the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts on the second floor. The third floor features the Women's Business Center, Continuing Education and Career Services.

Given the building's location across busy Babcock Street, university staff has been working for months to proactively address pedestrian safety concerns with the city of Melbourne and the Florida Department of Transportation.

For more information, visit www.fit.edu.

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.

- For Hometown News




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