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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
American astronauts launching from U.S. soil
NASA has announced new agreements with three American commercial companies to design and develop the next generation of United States human space flight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years.
Advances made by these companies, under newly-signed Space Act agreements, through the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, are intended to ultimately lead to the availability of commercial human space flight services for government and commercial customers.
While NASA works with U.S. industry partners to develop commercial space flight capabilities to low Earth orbit, the agency also is developing the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and the Space
Launch System, a crew capsule and heavy-lift rocket to provide an entirely new capability for human exploration.
Designed to be flexible for launching spacecraft for crew and cargo missions, SLS and Orion MPCV will expand human presence beyond low Earth orbit and enable new missions of exploration across the solar system.
For more information about NASA's Commercial Crew Program, visit www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew.
Brevard Federated Republican Women win contest
The Brevard Federated Republican Women were the winners of a contest sponsored by the Florida Federated of Republican Women.
The local club registered more new Republican voters than any other Florida Federation Club in the state of Florida during the contest period.
The Brevard Federated Republican Women meet the first Wednesday of each month and provide education and information about local and state issues.
All Republicans are invited to attend the meetings.
For more information, visit www.brevardfederatedrepublicanwomen.org.
Grant received to advance adult literacy
Brevard Adult Literacy Volunteers, an organization that teaches adults in Brevard County to read, has been selected to receive a $4,000 grant as part of the inaugural Restaurant Community Grant Program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.
The Restaurant Community Grant Program is a local grants program intended to help support nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities Darden and its restaurant brands serve.
The donation will enable Brevard Adult Literacy Volunteers to replace outdated tutoring materials used to teach literacy skills to adults at libraries in Brevard County, so they may reach their full potential in their families, jobs and communities.
Restaurants within the Darden family - Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 - are helping to award more than $1.7 million in local grants to nearly 900 exceptional nonprofit organizations nationwide.
Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden's three key focus areas: access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources and hunger.
For more information about the Darden Foundation, visit www.darden.com/commitment/community.asp. For additional information about Brevard Adult Literacy Volunteers, visit www.BrevardLiteracy.org, call (321) 917-8952 or email email@example.com.
Medical Practitioners For Affordable Care LLC
Medical Practitioners For Affordable Care has been selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization, a multifaceted new emerging model of care sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and intended to ensure high quality care while addressing healthcare costs and problems created by existing fragmented care delivery.
Medical Practitioners For Affordable Care, based in Melbourne and comprised of 145 participating local physicians, is the only Brevard County Accountable Care Organization.
For more information, call (321) 323-4460.
NASA selects contract for employee relocation services
NASA has selected Franconia Real Estate Services of Woodbridge, Va., for agency-wide employee relocation services, effective Oct. 1.
The firm-fixed price Blanket Purchase Agreement with delivery/task orders includes a one-year base period with four, one-year options.
The maximum value of the Blanket Purchase Agreement (base plus options) is approximately $35 million.
The contractor also will provide home marketing assistance, counseling, destination area services and property management for NASA employees who are relocating.
Relocation services are available at all NASA centers and associated facilities.
The contract will be managed by the NASA Shared Services Center, located near Bay St. Louis, Miss.
For information about NASA and agency programs, visit http://www.nasa.gov
American Correctional Association recognizes jail supervisors
Fifteen Brevard County Jail supervisors recently took up the challenge to exceed standards by further testing and demonstrating their level of professionalism and expertise in the field of corrections.
By preparing for this certification testing in management, it required an enormous amount of dedication and commitment by each participant to achieve this level.
. ACA certified corrections executives are Maj. Gregory Robertson and Maj. Darrell Hibbs
. ACA Certified Corrections Managers are Lt. George Fayson, Lt. Ronald Tomblin and Lt. James Dodson
. ACA Certified Corrections Supervisors are Sgt. Beldon Ferguson, Sgt. Clifford Ferguson, Lt. Kelly Haman, Sgt. Darryl McCullough, Sgt. Edward, Ostrom, Sgt. Alan Rainey, Sgt. Rodney Richter, Sgt. Michelle Patrick, Sgt. Robbie Stokes and Sgt. Brian Seeley
Certification by the American Correctional Association improves staff training and development and establishes measurable criteria for upgrading operations, morale and professionalism.
These standards provide a safer environment for staff as well as those who are in the custody of the sheriff.
For more information, visit www.BrevardSheriff.com.
Partners in Crisis leader to serve
Gail Cordial, executive director of Florida Partners in Crisis, will serve another two years on a substance abuse and mental health task force reporting to the state Supreme Court.
The group was created in 2010 and recently was extended until 2014 by order of Chief Justice Ricky Polston.
Among the tasks Justice Polston assigned the group, relating to people with substance abuse or mental health issues are:
. Develop a resource guide for judges and others for helping veterans.
. Help develop recommendations on training for judges.
. Offer guidance on the continuation of the expansion of the "post-adjudication drug court."
. Study how to best focus programs and resources.
. Promote recommendations from the "Transforming Florida's Mental Health System" report.
More than two dozen people are serving on the task force, including judges, law enforcement and experts statewide in mental health and substance abuse treatment and veterans issues.
For more information, call Belinda Stewart at (321) 750-3547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kennedy Space Center Safety and Mission Support Services
NASA has selected A-P-T Research Inc. of Huntsville, Ala., to provide mission assurance, engineering and risk assessment services at the agency's Kennedy Space Center.
The maximum potential value for the four-year, cost-plus-award-fee Safety and Mission Support Services II contract is $36 million.
A-P-T Research Inc. will perform the mission assurance, engineering and risk assessment services in the disciplines of safety, reliability and quality at Kennedy and all Kennedy-assigned facilities at sites that include Vandenberg Air Force Base and NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California.
For more information about NASA programs and missions, visit www.nasa.gov.
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