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The donation will enable Brevard Adult Literacy Volunteers to replace outdated tutoring materials used to teach literacy skills to adults at libraries in Brevard County, so they may reach their full potential in their families, jobs and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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 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.
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 email@example.com.
Brevard ACT scores increase
Brevard Public Schools received good news on its 2012 American College Testing scores, which were higher than the state average in all areas, including composite.
Brevard Public Schools was the first district in Florida to require its students to take the ACT, whether they are college bound or not. This year, 200 more students completed the ACT, and the overall composite score continues to increase since the requirement began.
For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 796.
'Lunabotics' competition open for registration
NASA is accepting applications from teams of United States and international undergraduate and graduate students for the fourth annual Lunabotics Mining Competition.
The event will be held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, May 20-24.
Participants in the competition will design and build a remote-controlled or autonomous robot.
During the competition, the teams' designs, known as lunabots, will go head-to-head to determine which machine can excavate and deposit the most simulated lunar dirt within 10 minutes.
The competition is designed to engage and retain students in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines critical to NASA's missions.
For information on the competition and to apply online, visit www.nasa.gov/lunabotics.
Oceanside Charter Chapter offers $1,000 scholarship
Oceanside Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association is funding a special scholarship through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund.
The field of study is unspecified, and the scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000.
In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must be women who:
1. Are citizens of the United States and Brevard County
2. Will be college first or second year level in January 2013;
3. Are attending or have been accepted at a licensed, accredited vocational-technical school or community college, authorized to confer associate degrees
4. And, have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.5, or better, on a 4.0 scale.
To apply, interested parties should send name and email address to: Oceanside Charter Chapter, Anita Carbone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be completed by Dec. 1.
For more information, visit, www.abwaoceanside.org.
Sponsors, vendors wanted for shooting challenge fundraiser
Florida Partners in Crisis is offering opportunities for sponsors and vendors for its third annual Performance Shooting Challenge fundraiser.
The event draws law enforcement and marksmanship enthusiasts from around the state.
This year, it will be held Oct. 26 at Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club in Palm Bay.
One $2,500 sponsor will get its company logo on the event sports bag, plus 12 lunch tickets and entry for 12 competitors.
Other sponsorships range from a $100 "Friend" to $1,500 T-shirt sponsors. Each includes a number of lunch tickets and entry fees.
All sponsors will be recognized on signs.
There is no vendor fee, but each will be asked to donate an item valued at $50, or more, for a raffle. One lunch ticket comes with each vendor space, which is available on a first-come, first served basis.
The deadline for sports bag and T-shirt sponsorships is Friday, Sept. 21. Deadline for other sponsorships is Oct. 17.
More information is available at www.performanceshootingchallenge.com. Potential sponsors and vendors should contact Partners executive director Gail Cordial at email@example.com or (321) 453-8825.
Florida Partners is Crisis is a statewide organization, based on Merritt Island, that unites representatives of the public and private sector to promote cost-effective use of tax dollars in the treatment of mental illness and substance abuse to help create safer communities.
More information about Florida Partners in Crisis is available at www.flpic.org.
Shelter services for at-risk youth
Crosswinds Youth Services, a local nonprofit organization providing services to youth who have run away, are homeless, or otherwise in crisis, has announced it has received a $1,000 grant, as part of the inaugural Restaurant Community Grant Program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.
The donation will enable Crosswinds' Robert E. Lehton Children's Shelter to meet the highest standards of quality and nutrition in meals provided to children and youth in the shelter.
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.
For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit www.darden.com/commitment/community.asp. For additional information on Crosswinds Youth Services, please visit www.crosswindsyouthservices.org.
Women in Construction announces new officers
The National Association of Women in Construction, Space Coast Chapter, has announced its new officers.
. President: Terri Hart,
ice president of VA
. Vice president: Karen
. Treasurer: Linda Havens,
accountant for Your
Home of Florida
. Secretary: Christi Baker,
bookkeeper for Alerion
Door & Glass Inc.
. Director: Debra Mallard,
president of VA Paving
. Director: Terri Holmes,
estimator of David Boland
. Immediate past
president: Kathy Ogle,
officer manager of Sena
The Women in Construction Association was founded in 1953.
It provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more.
For more information, call (321) 288-8809.
Early Career psychologist award
Honoring a strong commitment to integrated healthcare, Brevard Healthcare Forum executive director Kristi Van Sickle was recently awarded the Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist award by The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (National Register).
This award, named in honor of National Register's executive officer Judy Hall, is given annually to a registrant with less than 10 years of post-doctoral experience and supports a specific project relevant to the mission, vision and values of the National Register.
Dr. Van Sickle developed and supervises a practicum placement for Florida Tech clinical psychology doctoral students serving as primary care team members within the Brevard Health Alliance Rockledge clinic.
From January 2011 through July 2012, 447 unduplicated patients were seen for a total of 921 behavioral health appointments. These are economically disadvantaged patients who were unlikely to have received behavioral services otherwise.
The award includes a recognition plaque, a check for $1,500 and an citation in "The Register Report," National Register's biannually-published magazine.
For more information, visit www.brevardhealthcareforum.org.
- For Hometown News