Brevard native joins FIT tennis coaching staff
Florida Tech's head men's and women's tennis coach Bill Macom has announced the hiring of Andrew Veeder as the new assistant coach for the men's and women's tennis programs.
Assistant Coach Veeder comes to FIT with four years of NCAA Division I playing experience and one year of coaching under his belt.
A native of Brevard, N.C., Assistant Coach Veeder spent four years at Gardner-Webb University as a member of the men's tennis team. The journalism major was a four-year No. 1 doubles player, who recorded 41 career doubles wins. He also served as the team's No. 2 singles player with a combined 35 career wins. He was 3-0 in his career at No. 1 singles for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
He was a two-time Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll recipient, an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Academic All-American and an ITA Scholar-Athlete. He was also named to the All-Big South Conference Team as a freshman.
For more information, call (321) 674-7484.
Make-A-Wish Foundation grants camper trailer to 15-year-old
Recently, 15-year-old Nicholas Pollock received his wish to have a camper trailer at Giant Recreation World in Melbourne.
Nicholas chose this wish because he wants to go camping with his family, like they once did.
Nicholas and his family love to go camping, but since his diagnosis of a brain tumor in November 2011, their lives have changed. It's been mostly hospital stays with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Patrick White, sales manager with Giant Recreation World of Melbourne, provided a generous discount to Make-A-Wish to help grant Nicolas' Wish.
Since 1994, Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida has granted more than 4,000 wishes, inspiring children, volunteers and others to believe in the power of a wish.
You can share the power of a wish by visiting www.wishcentral.org.
Refer your child, make a donation, spread the word, give your unused frequent flier miles, help the Make-A-Wish Foundation bridge the gap. Learn how at wish.org.
Sheriff's Office corrections deputy honored
Recently, Mayor Hal Rose of West Melbourne presented Deputy James Ris of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office with a Life Saving Award.
Corrections Deputy Ris, along with three citizens, Amy Beard, Marissa Finsted and Samuel Davis responded to a neighborhood drowning on May 31 that involved a 3-year-old child.
Thanks to the quick response from Deputy Ris and the other three good Samaritans, the child's life was saved.
The child emerged from an induced coma and has fully recovered.
Out of more than 300 corrections deputies, Deputy Ris was selected as the "Corrections Deputy of the Month" to recognize and honor his lifesaving actions, which saved the life of the 3-year-old child.
Life Care Center of Melbourne wins national award
Life Care Center of Melbourne recently received My InnerView's Excellence in Action award from the National Research Corporation.
The award recognizes superior customer service, as demonstrated by satisfaction surveys My InnerView distributes to customers of nursing homes around the country.
Winners are providers who performed in the top 10 percent of nursing homes surveyed in 2011.
The facility also scored above average in every area but one, in which it scored the same as its peer group.
The highest scores were in the areas of:
. Respectfulness of staff
. Quality of dining experience
. Quality of laundry services
. Respect for privacy
. Resident-to-staff friendships
. Care and concern of staff
. Competency of staff, and
. Safety of facility
Life Care Center of Melbourne is at 606 E. Sheridan Road, Melbourne.
For more information about Life Care, visit lcca.com.
Brevard Schools ACT scores increase
Brevard Public Schools received good news on its 2012 ACT scores, which were higher than the state average in all areas, including composite.
BPS 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.
BPS offers comprehensive training to prepare students for college and career through traditional coursework, advanced placement courses, International Baccalaureate programming, career and technical education and career academies.
For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 796.
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