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Community notes - Beaches
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Posted: 2012 Sep 28 - 00:23

NASA expanding offer for space shuttle tile and food

NASA is expanding its offer to museums and schools of space shuttle heat shield tiles and food packaged for space flight.

Museums across the United States will be eligible to receive these pieces of space history, in addition to the schools and universities that have received them since the end of the Space Shuttle Program.

Providing space shuttle thermal protection tiles and dehydrated astronaut food to museums is a way for NASA to share technology and history with the public. This initiative helps NASA inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers.

Requests for these artifacts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

NASA also is offering artifacts representing significant human space flight technologies, processes and accomplishments from its space exploration programs. For more information, visit http://artifacts.nasa.gov/.

Hysterectomies on the east coast of Central Florida

Congratulations to Dr. Carlos Salup, a MIMA gynecologist, for having been recently recognized as performing the most benign da Vinci Hysterectomies on the East Coast of Central Florida, covering Flagler, Volusia, Brevard and Indian River counties.

Within the last year da Vinci has allowed Dr. Salup to treat a broader range of patients with this minimally invasive procedure.

Da Vinci's robotic surgery makes what was difficult to achieve by standard 'open' technique, not only possible, but extends the surgeon's capability several fold.

If you are a patient or know someone who might benefit from a robotic approach to their surgery, or if you would like to discuss RAS as an option, Dr. Salup can answer your questions regarding this treatment option.

For more information, call (321) 725-4500, Ext. 3228 or visit www.mima.com.

Men's Lacrosse adds to coaching staff

Florida Tech lacrosse head coach Ryan McAleavey made an addition to his coaching staff this off-season with the hiring of former Florida Southern defensive coordinator Tim King,

Coach McAleavey announced that Tim King, in just two seasons with the Mocs, helped its program reach back-to-back Deep South Conference Championship games.

Tim King is coming off of a two-year stint as the defensive coordinator at Florida Southern.

Prior to Florida Southern, Tim King was the defensive coordinator at his alma mater Community College of Baltimore County Essex from 2008-10.

For more information, call (321) 674-7484.

Cameron Kainer joins swim team staff

Florida Tech men's and women's swim teams have a new addition to the squad in assistant Cameron Kainer. He comes to the Panthers as the first assistant in the program's two-year history.

Mr. Kainer joins Florida Tech by way of Dallas, Texas, where he served as the head swimming coach and aquatic director at Northwood Club over the summer of 2012. While coaching that summer, 11 swimmers were named Dallas Amateur Swim Association All-Stars and the club doubled in size.

Following his collegiate career, Mr. Kainer moved on to graduate studies at Saint Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. In his two-year stint, SLU won two Liberty League Individual Championships, 11 swimmers were named Liberty League Swimmers of the Week and 11 school records were broken. He graduated in May 2012 with a master's degree in educational leadership.

A Division II collegiate-level swimmer, Mr. Kainer completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He swam at UTPB for all four years, while captaining the squad during his junior and senior seasons. He sat in the record books at UTPB, with top-10 times in the 1,000 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400 individual medley.

Mr. Kainer graduated from UTPB with a major in communications and a minor in political science. He earned All-Conference Academic honors and was a Merit Scholarship Award recipient. He also served as the president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee at UTPB.

For more information, call (321) 674-7484.

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.

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.

Kohl's department stores to hire holiday help

Kohl's Department Stores has announced that it anticipates hiring more than 52,700 associates nationwide this holiday season, up more than 10 percent from last year.

Kohl's anticipates hiring an average of 41 associates per store, an increase of 4 percent over 2011.

The company anticipates hiring approximately 5,700 seasonal positions at distribution centers and more than 30 seasonal credit operations positions.

Seasonal associates can work anywhere from a few hours to more than 20 hours per week.

Typical store jobs include unloading trucks, freight processing, stocking and cash register duties. Most jobs will be filled by mid-November.

Holiday positions are also being filled at the company's distribution centers. Associates working at distribution centers ensure Kohl's products get to the retail stores and into the hands of www.kohls.com customers.

Associates working in Kohl's credit operations perform a variety of jobs, including assisting customers with www.kohls.com orders.

For more information, email erin.kelbe@kohls.com

Agriculture youth coloring competition

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade may participate in the annual Florida Agriculture Youth Coloring Competition, sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Inc., and the Florida State Fair.

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Le-n's arrival to Florida, the theme of this year's contest is "Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making."

To print the coloring page and details regarding eligibility requirements and guidelines, visit www.freshfromflorida.com, www.floridastatefair.com, or www.flagintheclassroom.com.

Selected pages will be displayed at the 2013 Florida State Fair.

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.

'Moondawgie' and 'Shelia' crowned at 11th Annual Paws at the Pier

"Moose," a Great Dane owned by Dale Thompson of Cocoa Beach, was chosen "MoonDawgie" (King) of the Pier and his "Shelia" (Queen) was "Tiki," a Yorkshire terrier owned by Debbie Price of Melbourne, at the Central Brevard Humane Society's 11th Annual Paws at the Pier held on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Cocoa Beach Pier.

More than 200 people attended the event.

Other awards presented were "Best Dressed Pet," which went to "Molly," a Maltese owned by Vivian Siegel of Cocoa Beach; "Best Pet Trick" was presented to "Caesar," a golden retriever owned by Beth Pascazi of Melbourne; and the "Pet/Companion Look-a-Like" was "Tiki," the Yorkshire terrier owned by Debbie Price of Melbourne.

The judges of this year's pet contests included Karen Eidman with WSBH 98.5FM The Beach; Greg Pallone with Central Florida News 13 and his wife, Katie; Mayor Rocky Randels, city of Cape Canaveral; and Roy Tharpe, Northrop Grumman.

Paws at the Pier is one of the Central Brevard Humane Society's signature events that helps raise awareness and financial support for the thousands of unwanted and abandoned pets that visit the shelter each year, who need a safe and loving "forever" home.

A special "thank you" goes out to the event sponsors: Cocoa Beach Pier, AT&T The Real Yellow Pages, Hometown News, The Beach 98.5 FM, Florida Today and Southeastern Honda.

For more information, call (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.

Florida Tech men's golf releases fall schedule

Florida Tech men's golf will experience a busy month of October, playing in three tournaments before closing out the season with the Collegiate Players Cup on Nov. 2.

The season kicks off with The Aflac/Cougar Invitational on Oct. 1 in Columbus, Ga. The two-day tournament, hosted by Columbus State University, will be played at Country Club of Columbus. The Panthers ranked ninth of 17 teams during last year's tournament.

The following week, FIT will head to Palm Beach Gardens for the Guy Harvey Invitational, hosted by the Sunshine State Conference.

The squad will take the course at PGA National for the tournament. Formerly the Shark Invitational, the Panthers placed 10th in the event last fall.

The third event of the season, the James McDonough Cup, will take place Oct. 29-30 at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando. Rollins will play host to the tournament.

FIT will close out the season with the Collegiate Players Cup, a duel match hosted by the Panthers on Nov. 2. The Crimson and Gray will take on Brevard CC in the two-day match.

For more information, call (321) 674-7484.

2013 'Best Pets of Brevard' Calendar on sale

The Central Brevard Humane Society is sponsoring its 21st Anniversary 2013 "Best Pets of Brevard" Calendar.

Gracing the cover is "Wobbles," a brown and white tabby laying in the Florida sunshine.

Other features of the calendar include the "In Loving Memory" of pets that have passed away, Honorable Mentions, Paws of Distinction and special money-saving coupons.

This year, the calendar will be $6 each, in honor of the Humane Society's 60th Anniversary.

Copies may be purchased at the Central Brevard Humane Society, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa, any of the Molly Mutt Thrift Shops, located in Downtown Melbourne, Merritt Island, Palm Bay and Rockledge, local veterinary offices and online at crittersavers.com.

Proceeds from the sales of these calendars will help raise awareness and financial support for the thousands of "unwanted and abandoned" pets that visit the shelter each year, who need a safe and loving "forever" home.

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

Florida Tech golfer brings home tournament title

Florida Tech golfer Justin Kalanquin won the Platinum Coast Invitational tournament recently, after winning a one-hole playoff against the two-time defending champion at Rockledge Country Club.

Justin held a six-shot lead after the opening round, but was caught by Kevin Altenhoff on day two.

The two headed into a sudden death playoff, where Justin sunk his putt, and Kevin missed, to give the FIT golfer the victory.

The tournament, an established amateur golf tournament for more than 50 years, has played host to several notable PGA Tour golfers.

Tour players Adam Hayes and David Johnson each have their names etched on the tournament trophy, while Paul Azinger played in the tournament, but did not win.

For more information, call (321) 674-7484.

NASA accepting aeronautics scholarship applications

Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is accepting scholarship applications from graduate and undergraduate students for the 2013-14 academic year.

The application deadline is Jan. 14.

NASA expects to award 20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships to students in an aeronautical engineering program or related field.

Undergraduate students, who have at least two years of study remaining, will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center during the summer.

Graduate students will receive a $35,000 stipend per year and $11,000 for educational expenses for as many as three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to two consecutive summers.

For details about this scholarship program, a list of available research topics for graduate students and the application process, visit http://nasa.asee.org/.

For more information about aeronautics research at NASA, visit http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov.

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, Clorox bleach, a washing machine and a dryer.

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).

Gift cards for BJ's Wholesale Club, Home Depot, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, Office Depot, PetsMart, Petco, Pet Supermarket, Target, Sam's Club, Staples and/or Wal-Mart are always appreciated to help with the shopping needs.

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

'100% Pure' exhibition winners announced

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery exhibit, "100%Pure Florida 2011," winners have been announced.

They are:

. First Place: Michael Robinson with his glass sculpture "Seaglass Drifters"

. Second Place: Mindy Colton with her ceramic mixed media sculpture "Chagal's Circus"

. Third Place: Norm Bernier with his oil painting "Pots"

. Merit Award Winners: Lolly Walton with her watercolor, "Honeymoon Cottage - Cedar Key;" Marg Kuhl with her mixed media painting "Life is Complicated;" and Frank L Spino with his watercolor, "Citrus Smile"

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery was established in 1975. It is artist-owned and artist-operated.

The gallery is located in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Brevard Museum of Art on Highland Avenue.

Gallery telephone number is (321) 259-8261.

For more information, visit www.fifthavenueartgallery.com.

Afterschool Ambassador Program

The Afterschool Alliance has announced that Jackie Francisco, assistant district coordinator of Brevard Public Schools School Age Child Care program has been selected to serve as a 2012-13 Afterschool Ambassador.

She is one of just 12 local leaders from across the country to be chosen for the honor this year.

Each Afterschool Ambassador will continue directing or supporting a local afterschool program while also serving the one-year Afterschool Ambassador term organizing public events, communicating with policy makers, and building support for afterschool programs.

Brevard Public Schools, through its School Age Child Care program, serves more than 4,000 students daily in 57 elementary schools including more than 1,000 students in fifteen 21st Century Community Learning Center grant programs.

The programs provide academic and personal enrichment including activities, such as homework help, fine arts and music, technology and fitness.

For more information, visit www.afterschoolalliance.org.

Brevard Rescue Mission new board member

Brevard Rescue Mission has announced a new board member, Beth Evander.

As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, she brings her expertise to the Brevard Rescue Mission family.

Her active work as a community volunteer has been primarily focused in the public schools and her church Preschool Ministry team.

She and her family have lived in Brevard County since 1980. Ms. Evander's experiences and knowledge will help support the continued growth and development of Brevard Rescue Mission.

Brevard Rescue Mission works to permanently break the cycle of homelessness in families by providing homeless women with children housing, access to health care, transportation, education, nutrition, job training and life skills in a safe, Christ-centered residential setting.

The 12-24 month program is designed to lovingly transform families from dependency to self-sufficiency through daily accountability, personal responsibility and goal advancement.

For more information, visit www.brevardrescuemission.org.

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