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Community notes - north Brevard
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Posted: 2012 Aug 24 - 00:25

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 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.

Savannahs Junior Club results

Savannahs Golf Course 2012 Junior Club Championship recent 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

with 5.

. Boys 11 & younger (9

holes): Robert Dance,

winner with 49; Jordan

Tibbetts, runner up with

50

. 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

holes): Madison

Aprandini, winner with 69

Thirty-two players competed in this year's event.

All players were treated to lunch upon completion of play.

Family center receives grant

The Titusville YMCA Family Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation to support the Y Youth Scholarship Program.

For more information about Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, call (321) 269-4066.

The YMCA of Central Florida is one of the area's largest nonprofit organizations, committed to strengthening the local communities it serves. It is a diverse organization of men, women and children joined by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

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.

Local man installed on national veterans board

At the 2012 National Convention meeting of the American Military Retiree's Association, Kansas City native, Johnnie B. "J.B." Kump was elected to and installed as a member of the national directors of this national veterans' organization.

The Florida resident, a graduate of North Kansas City High School and the University of Missouri, is the chairman of the association's Constitution & Bylaws Review Committee, a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee and the association foundation's board of directors. He retired from the United States Air Force where he served in the Public Affairs career field.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Missouri, he has an earned a master's degree from Boston University and is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America.

After his retirement from the military, Mr. Kump served as and aerospace executive at Kennedy Space Center and as district director for Congressman Dave Weldon (FL-15).

Married to the former Shirley Ward or Fulton, Mo., the couple has two adult children and three grandsons.

The couple are members of Indian River City United Methodist Church, Titusville.

For more information, email jb.kump@gmail.com.

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 brevardliteracy@gmail.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.

Elks awarded

Cocoa Beach Elks Lodge No. 2387 was recently awarded a $1,000 Beacon Grant for 2012 from the Elks National Foundation that will allow the lodge to continue to support 80 veterans at the Volunteers of America Transitional Facility in Cocoa.

This is the fifth year the lodge has won the grants that have totaled $36,000.

Beacon Grants are one component of the foundation's Community Investments Program.

Through this program, the foundation awards grants to lodges to help Elks strengthen its communities.

Through these and other grants, the Elks National Foundation will award $4.6 million this year to benefit Elks communities.

The local grant will be used to supply newly arriving vets with basic linens and personal hygiene items, purchase bus passes so that vets can meet medical appointments and provide haircuts for veterans attending job fairs and job interviews. Funds are also used to host the vets at Flag Day and Veterans Day ceremonies and dinners at the lodge and an annual cookout at the transition facility.

With nearly 900,000 members and more than 2,000 Lodges nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities across the United States.

The Elks National Foundation is the charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

To learn more, visit www.elks.org/enf or call Jim Dickson at (321) 543-6263.

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 bstewart@flpic.org.

Humane Society in need of donated items

The Central Brevard Humane Society is in desperate need of Purina Kitten & Puppy Chow, canned food (kittens, puppies, cats and dogs), dish soap, blankets, comforters, sheets, towels, dog toys, laundry soap, paper towels, rubbing alcohol and Clorox bleach.

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

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

Titusville: Mothers Of Preschoolers

Are you looking for new friends? Do you need support and validation of your mothering choices? Are you ready to relax and enjoy the wonderful company of other mothers in the community as your children are lovingly-cared-for? Mothers Of Preschoolers has the place for you!

Come join Titusville MOPS, a mothering support group existing to meet the needs of mothers in the greater Titusville, Port St. John and Mims communities!

MOPS offers conversation, guest speakers and creative activities. Age-appropriate childcare is provided by a professional nursery staff.

Enjoy MOPS' Mom's Night Outs, regular play dates and the opportunity to connect with other moms all year long through an email network.

For more information, contact Jenn Allen at (321) 632-4064 or email a.jennifer19@yahoo.com.

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.

International avionics firm opens on Space Coast

The Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority announced that SCOTTY Group SE has established a new U.S. headquarters and systems integration facility on the AirScan C4ISR Campus at Space Coast Regional Airport.

The new subsidiary, named SCOTTY Satcom Technologies Inc., specializes in computer communications systems that securely transmit video, high-definition images, data, voice, internet and fax communications from personal, commercial, and government aircraft in-flight.

SSTI also serves the military aviation community with innovative Command, Control, Communications and Computers for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems and their related engineering, for both manned and unmanned aircraft.

With SCOTTY's partner AirScan Inc., SSTI will be responsible for all sales and support for the Americas.

For more information, call (321) 267-8780 or visit www.scottygroup.com.

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