Brevard County Sheriff's Office promotional ceremony
Recently, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office held a promotional ceremony at the Sheriff's Office North Precinct, located in Titusville.
Sheriff Jack Parker made three sergeant promotions, eight corporal promotions, two field training officer promotions and promoted three deputy sheriffs to the assignment of agent.
The newly-promoted Sheriff's Office personnel will be assigned to work in the Uniform Patrol Division, Jail Complex and Criminal Investigations Division.
The ceremony was open to the public and was attended by family and friends of those being promoted, in addition to Sheriff's Office personnel.
The following Sheriff's Office personnel were recognized during the ceremony and promoted:
Cpl. Kurt Benfant to sergeant, Cpl. Harold Stafford to sergeant, acting Sgt. Stephen Fernez to sergeant, Field Training Officer David Scheuerer to corporal, Field Training Officer Ghayas Ahmed to corporal, Field Training Officer Shelly Gardner to corporal, Corrections Deputy James Ris to corporal, Corrections Deputy Edward Medbery to corporal, Deputy Brad Bellflower to corporal, Agent Jim Haman to corporal, Corrections Deputy Thomas Parrott to field training officer, Corrections Deputy Jason Lewis to field training officer, Deputy Sara McLennon to agent and Deputy Jack Hanigan to agent.
For more information, visit www.brevardshefiff.com.
Winners of the Florida Council of Social Studies Theron Trimble Award
Brevard Public Schools has recognized Chris Spinale and Kassie Erenstoft as the Florida Council of Social Studies Theron Trimble Award Winners.
This award is sponsored by the Florida Council for the Social Studies, a professional organization of social studies educators striving to maintain and enhance the importance of social studies in Florida education.
Mr. Spinale is a Purdue University graduate who also holds a Master in Education and Education Specialist degree from the University of Central Florida.
He began his teaching career in 1997 at Titusville High School teaching AP U.S. Government and Politics.
In 2006, he transferred to Viera High School, where he taught economics.
He served as department chair at both high schools. In 2012, he moved to the Educational Services Facility, providing services as a secondary social studies resource teacher.
Ms. Erenstoft is a graduate of the University of Florida, who received a Master in Education degree from the University of Central Florida.
She began her teaching career at Narcoossee Community School in 2005 and joined the Brevard family in 2006 with her current teaching assignment at Spessard L. Holland Elementary School.
In 2011, Ms. Erenstoft was a Brevard County Teacher of the Year finalist because of the way she implements engaging and thought provoking lessons within the classroom, while connecting classroom experiences to meaningful and methodical skills for other teachers to use.
For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 796.
Men's tennis wraps up Panther invitational
Florida Tech concluded its Panther Invitational with 10 victories on the final day.
The Panthers won seven singles matches and three doubles matches at the Fee Avenue Courts.
The third day opened with two rounds of doubles play.
The doubles draw was originally scheduled to begin on day one of the invitational, but was suspended due to rain and lightning.
Patrick Hernandez and Matic Leskovar won the opening doubles match in flight "A" over Palm Beach Atlantic's Mark Heimberger and Asteway Adams, 8-4.
In flight "B," Beau Fieldsend and Riley Lorenz knocked off Santiago Lobelo and Diego Garavito of Bethune-Cookman by a score of 9-8.
Barry Dylewski and Daniel Armellino collected FIT's third win in doubles play. The senior-sophomore combo defeated Palm Beach Atlantic's Nicholas Battistini and Michael Leonard, 8-6, in flight "C."
Hernandez fell in the flight "A" singles championship match to Leonardo Lima of Bethune-Cookman, 6-2, 6-2. But the Panthers went 7-1 in eight other consolation matches.
Fieldsend won his flight "A" match in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5. Dylewski and Leskovar both won their consolation matched in flight "B" in straight sets. Leskovar defeated Webber International's Marcel Schmitt, 6-0, 6-0.
Jimmy Nguyen and Lorenz both won matches in flight "C" in straight sets, and Donovan Wetterstein took a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Webber International's Tunguy Oukeo in flight "D."
For tennis results and more information, visit www.floridatechsports.com or call (321) 674-7484.
Florida Tech basketball player signs with Costa Rican professional team
Former Florida Tech guard Anthony Jackson became the second basketball player to join the ranks of a professional organization this month, signing with Ferrenteria Brenes-Barva of the Second Division League of the Costa Rican Basketball Federation.
His former teammate Simon Cummings is playing with the Essex Leopards of the English Basketball League.
Jackson joins a squad that won a record-setting five consecutive National Championships from 2006-10.
Last season, the team lost in the semifinals of the tournament.
Head Coach Warren Espinosa will take the reins for his first season as coach of Ferrenteria Brenes-Barva. The season will run from October through May.
For more information, call (321) 674-7484.
Brevard County Fire Rescue promotion
Brevard County Fire Rescue has promoted firefighter/paramedic Kenny Appling to the rank of lieutenant.
The promotion was made official recently during a brief ceremony at Fire Rescue's headquarters in Rockledge.
The ceremony was attended by Fire Rescue officials, as well as friends and family of Lieutenant Appling and was presided over by Deputy Fire Chief Dennis Neterer.
After being sworn in, Lt. Appling was presented with his lieutenant helmet, bugles and badge.
Lt. Appling is an 11-year veteran of the department and most recently served at Station 48 in West Viera as a member of the department's Special Operations Team.
He has been re-assigned to a floating lieutenant position.
For more information, call (321) 633.2056 or visit www.brevardfire.com.
Owner of Melbourne Square, Indian River Mall and Treasure Coast Square, received awards
Simon Property Group Inc., owner of Melbourne Square, Indian River Mall and Treasure Coast Square recently received two awards recognizing its commitment to sustainability issues.
The Simon group has been recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project with inclusion in its select Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. The group was the only real estate company to be awarded the distinction.
Companies are scored on their climate change disclosure and high scores indicate good internal data management and understanding of climate change related issues affecting the company.
The Simon group was also named a regional sector leader in retail by The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark in its recently released 2012 report.
For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at www.simon.com.
Kristina Huba wins FIT's first-ever ITA South Regional Championship
Florida Tech junior Kristina Huba took the Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Regional Singles Championship Match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, to claim Florida Tech's first-ever ITA South Regional Championship recently at Wynee Warden Complex on the campus of Florida Southern.
Ms. Huba faced Olivia Matuszak of Barry in the singles final. The two met previously in the doubles round of 16, where Ms. Huba and Stephanie Dohner eliminated Ms. Matuszak and Mona Mansour, 8-5.
Ms. Huba, who was named the ITA South Region Player to Watch at the end of last season, is now 8-0 in singles play this fall. She was also crowned Flight "A" Singles Champion at the Panther Invitational.
The junior went 5-0 on her run to the ITA South Regional Championship. After a first-round bye, Ms. Huba swept West Alabama's Jill Furlong 6-0, 6-0 in the round of 32. She then swept a second-straight opponent in Mona Mansour of Barry, 6-0, 6-0, in the round of 16.
In the quarterfinal round, she eliminated a second-straight Barry player, Linda Fritschken, in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the semifinals.
Ms. Huba won a three-set match in the semifinals, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, against Lynn's Val Confalonieri.
For more results and information, visit www.floridatechsports.com or call (321) 674-7484.
Donations needed for Humane Society's Thrift Shops
The Central Brevard Humane Society's four Molly Mutt Thrift Shops (located in Downtown Melbourne, Merritt Island, Palm Bay and Rockledge) are in need of donations.
The donated items can be sofas (couches), dining sets, love seats, recliners, vanity sets, dresser drawers, beds (any size) with frames, headboards, dinette sets, ottomans, patio sets, sectionals, coffee and end tables and bedroom sets.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343, Ext. 203.
City renews partnership Small Business Association
In an ongoing agreement to spur job growth in Brevard County's largest municipality, the city of Palm Bay continues its dedication to job creation by renewing its partnership with the United States Small Business Administration to start, maintain and expand small businesses.
The Strategic Alliance Memorandum, which began in 2010, was renewed for a period of two more years in a special signing ceremony that took place during a Enterprise Zone Development Agency Board meeting.
The agreement continues a unique partnership between the city and the SBA to share information and resources focused on promoting job growth in the small business arena.
Palm Bay has approximately 1,100 small businesses with 50 or less employees. These small businesses play a critical role in Palm Bay's economic stability and growth.
Palm Bay has recently welcomed Cail Veterinary Services on Bayside Lakes Boulevard and Dana's Cupcakes & More on Palm Bay Road.
Potential new businesses, as well as those already in Palm Bay looking to expand, can get connected to the SBA resources by contacting the city's business development administrator at (321) 952-3426 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Firefighters wear pink to promote breast cancer awareness
Brevard County firefighters are trading in their blue shirts for pink in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
For the entire month of October, Brevard County Fire Rescue has teamed with the Brevard County Professional Firefighters Benevolent Association to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer by allowing members to purchase and wear the pink shirts in place of their normal duty shirts.
The shirts feature the benevolent logo on the front with "Brevard Fire- We Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month" on the back.
The BCPFF will donate all funds raised by the sale of the shirts to the International Association of Firefighters, which is once again working with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to offer the "Passionately Pink for the Cure" program for October.
For more information, visit www.breastcancer.org, call (321) 633.2056 or visit www.brevardfire.com.
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