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Community notes - Beaches
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Posted: 2012 Aug 10 - 00:25

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Satellite Beach: a recycling-conscious community

Check out the recycling area behind the David R. Schechter Community Center, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach.

There are bins for glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard and paper products.

Inside the lobby are regularly collected items that can be used by others, such as eyeglasses (recycled by the Satellite Beach Lions Club), coffee mugs (recycled by the Satellite Beach Woman's Club for Daily Bread), greeting card fronts, bottle caps (recycled by Brevard Montessori School, Satellite Beach) and cell phones for soldiers.

View the full list of recycling opportunities at www.satellitebeachrecreation.org.

Facilities in Satellite Beach

The city of Satellite Beach offers the following indoor facilities for various functions and activities for rent or public use:

. Pelican Beach Clubhouse: capacity 70, 1495 Highway AIA, on the ocean with outdoor deck

. Auditorium: capacity 100, 565 Cassia Blvd., has a stage and full kitchen

. Oleander room: capacity 30, 565 Cassia Blvd., great meeting room for small groups

. Meeting room: capacity 106, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, small kitchen

. Concession area: capacity 40, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, full kitchen and connects to the game room

. Game room: capacity 40, 1089 S. Patrick Drive, connects to the concession area

Picnic pavilion rentals:

. Pelican Beach Park, 1525 Highway AIA

. Pelican Pavilion: capacity 70

. Sea Grape Pavilion: capacity 30

. Turtle Pavilion: capacity 30

. Coquina Pavilion: capacity 20

. Starfish Pavilion: capacity 12

. Vista: no seating, great for small weddings

Recreation facilities:

. Satellite Beach Sports & Recreation Park: 750 Jamaica Blvd. (by the Satellite Beach Library)

. Skatepark: soccer and football fields

. Dog Park: walking trail

. Schechter Community Center: 1089 S. Patrick Drive, gymnasium, game room and meeting rooms

. DeSoto Recreation Complex: 499 DeSoto Parkway, tennis and racquetball courts - multi-use field

. Samsons Island Nature Park: 52-acre park accessible by boat - public transportation each Sunday at 1 p.m. from the Satellite Beach Fire Department dock

. Hightower Beach Park: 815 Highway AIA, educational boardwalk - dune crossover

Check out all of the facilities at www.satellitebeachrecreation.org .

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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