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Community notes - north Brevard
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Posted: 2012 Aug 31 - 00:23

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.

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.

Resident author appointed oral history chair

Dianne Marcum, who was recently appointed to the Brevard Historical Commission by District 2 Brevard County Commissioner Chuck Nelson, has been named by that group as chair of its oral history program.

A Cape Canaveral resident, Ms. Marcum is a nonfiction writer who works in print, photography and video and is the author of the popular travel guide, "Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and Florida's Space Coast."

The Brevard County Historical Commission, chaired by Joe Morgan of Cocoa Beach, is prompted by county ordinance to "collect, arrange, record and preserve historical materials," part of which is accomplished by obtaining oral histories of residents involved with various aspects of the county's past.

The commission, which has converted its 84 oral histories from various media forms into DVDs, is looking at making its collection more accessible to a wider audience; and through a partnership with Space Coast Government TV, would like to interview more local experts.

The DVDs, which cover a wide range of topics from stories of the citrus industry to the space race, are available to be checked out at the Central Brevard Library in Cocoa.

The Brevard Historical Commission is headquartered at the Central Brevard Library in Cocoa and holds its meetings there at 6:15 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The public is encouraged to attend.

Call the commission office at (321) 633-1794 if you would like to address the Commission on a specific issue.

LaSala's Dojo fighting for the National Kidney Foundation

Recently, LaSala's Dojo- Karate for Christ students competed in a martial arts tournament in which all proceeds were donated to the National Kidney Foundation.

The event was held in Cocoa Beach at the Cocoa Beach Country Club.

Once again, all of LaSala's Dojo's competitors placed in the top three in their division.

Master LaSala is very proud of his students and the black belts who traveled with the students as coaches.

The students who competed and the awards they won are:

. Miguel Bartalome, 17, Grand Champion, First Place Self-Defense, First Place Kata and First Place Sparring

. Collin Dropchuk, 13, First Place Kata, and Third Place Sparring

. Rigo Bartalome, 10, Second Place Kata, Second Place Sparring

. April Garcia, 11, First Place Kata, First Place Self-Defense, First Place Sparring

. Tyler Jordan, 15, Second Place Self-Defense, Second Place Sparring

. Austin Adderly, 8, Third Place Kata, Third Place Sparring

. Steel Gately, 9, Second Place Kata, Second Place Sparring

. Denis Tyner, 44, First Place Kata

. Ray Wright, 44, First Place Weapons Kata, First Place Sparring

For more information about LaSala's Dojo-Karate for Christ visit www.lasalasdojo.com.

Attention, 2nd Infantry Division veterans

The Florida Branch of the Second (Indianhead) Division Association will have its annual reunion in Titusville Oct. 12-14 at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn.

For reservations, call the hotel at (321) 269-9100 and say you are with the Second Division.

For more information, call the branch secretary-treasurer, Donald Calnan, at (561) 742-5379 or email 2ida.mail@charter.net.

- For Hometown News




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