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Community notes - Melbourne
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Posted: 2012 Oct 12 - 00:28

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.

They are:

. President: Terri Hart,

ice president of VA

Paving Inc.

. Vice president: Karen

Renzi, construction

consultant

. 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

Inc.

. Director: Terri Holmes,

estimator of David Boland

Inc.

. Immediate past

president: Kathy Ogle,

officer manager of Sena

Tech, LLC

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.

New NASA space technology app

Want to try your hand at landing an inflatable spacecraft? All you need is a smart phone, a computer or a tablet.

NASA has released a new educational computer web game based on its Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator project. The game can be played on the Internet and Apple and Android mobile devices.

The application can be downloaded free from those mobile device stores and via NASA's HIAD website at www.nasa.gov/hiad.

For more information about other NASA programs and projects, visit www.nasa.gov.

Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center sponsors dog parks

The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard became a Brevard County Parks and Recreation partner, with its recent sponsorship of the three South County-supported dog parks.

The sponsorship funds received will be used to offset some of the costs associated with operating the dog facilities.

At each of the three locations, Canova Beach, Wickham Park and Palm Bay Regional Park, emergency contact information signage has been placed.

Annually, more than 30,000 pet families visit the three parks and, although a rare occurrence, emergency situations do happen.

The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard, located at the southwest corner of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Croton Road in Melbourne, offers emergency services for pets 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is always a veterinarian on the premises, using state-of-the-art imaging equipment to handle emergency and specialty care needs.

For more information call (321) 725-5365 or visit www.CentralFloridaAnimalER.com.

Swim team releases 2012-13 schedule

Florida Tech men's and women's swim teams have released the schedule for the upcoming 2012-13 season. The squads will compete in 11 meets over the course of four months, culminating with the Sunshine State Conference Championship Feb. 13-16 in Clearwater.

The schedule features four home meets at the Panther Aquatic Center, but the season will begin on the road for the Panthers' first meet on Oct. 13 in a Sunshine State Conference meet against Saint Leo. The women's team will also match up against Lynn on this date.

Following a Nov. 3 match-up against the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Panthers will play host to Rollins College on Nov. 10 in the first home meet of the season. The following week, Daytona State College will travel to Melbourne for an out-of-conference meet.

FIT resumes SSC play Nov. 30, competing on the road against Tampa. After more than a month off, the team will bid farewell to 2012 with a New Year's Eve tournament in Ft. Lauderdale with the Ed Kennedy Invitational.

On Jan. 5, the swimmers will travel to Miami for the FIU Sprint Invitational.

The team will quickly turn around to take on the Mount Union College at home on Jan. 6.

The final home meet of the season, Senior Day, will be held the following week against Saint Leo on Jan. 12.

The Panthers will close out the regular season on the road against Rollins, before beginning the SSC Championship meet on Feb. 13.

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

'Name That Asteroid' competition

Students worldwide have an opportunity to name an asteroid from which an upcoming NASA mission will return the first samples to Earth.

Scheduled to launch in 2016, the mission is called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer.

Samples returned from the primitive surface of the near-Earth asteroid currently called (101955) 1999 RQ36 could hold clues to the origin of the solar system and organic molecules that may have seeded life on Earth.

NASA also is planning a crewed mission to an asteroid by 2025.

A closer scientific study of asteroids will provide context and help inform this mission.

The competition is open to students younger than age 18 from anywhere in the world.

Each contestant can submit one name, up to 16 characters long.

Entries must include a short explanation and rationale for the name.

Submissions must be made by an adult on behalf of the student.

The contest deadline is Sunday, Dec. 2.

A panel will review proposed asteroid names. First prize will be awarded to the student who recommends a name that is approved by the International Astronomical Union Committee for Small-Body Nomenclature.

The asteroid was discovered in 1999.

To review contest rules and guidelines, visit http://planetary.org/nam. To see a video explanation about the contest, visit http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/name-asteroid.html.

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.

Melbourne High graduate wins Zonta Club scholarship

University of Florida student Rachael Keller is the 2012 recipient of the Zonta Club of Melbourne's Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship.

Ms. Keller, an Indialantic resident who graduated this year from Melbourne High School, received $1,500. She plans to major in business administration.

The scholarship is given annually to a young woman 16-19, who demonstrates a commitment to leadership in public policy, government and volunteer organizations.

Ms. Keller was president of her class in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and was elected student body president for her senior year, in addition to involvement in many other activities.

The local YWPA Scholarship is named in memory of Monica Jean Campbell, a Melbourne High student who was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend in 1990.

The Zonta Club of Melbourne, a member of Zonta International, was chartered in 1983. The club participates in service projects and scholarships advancing the status of women globally, nationally and locally.

For more information, visit www.zontaspactcoast.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.

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.

2013 'Best Pets of Brevard' Calendar

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.

Savannahs Wednesday evening League finale

The recent Savannahs Wednesday evening League finale winners are as follows:

. Winners were the team of Tony Norris and John Butler.

. Second Place was the team of John Broadstock and Jeff Thomas.

. Third Place was the team of Mark Bonvallant and Mike LaCourse.

. Jack Sloane and Ryder Ellefson received the prize for the most rounds played.

. Closest to the Pin was John Butler.

The Savannahs Golf Course is at 3915 Savannahs Trail, Merritt Island.

For more information, call (321) 455-1375.

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.

Vendors needed for Rodes Park rummage sale

Brevard County South Area Parks and Recreation is hosting a "Neighbor to Neighbor" rummage sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Rodes Park Community Center, located inside Max K. Rodes Park, 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne.

Eight-foot tables inside the community center are available for $15.90 each.

Interested vendors must turn in their registration forms and payment to the Rodes Park Community Center by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The rules and registration form for this event can be found online at www.brevardcounty.us/ParksSouth or picked up in person at the center.

The sale is free for the public to attend.

This activity is conducted and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff.

For more information, call the Rodes Park Community Center at (321) 952-3215 or email Danielle Hines at Danielle.hines@brevardparks.com.

Panther standout to play basketball

Last season, Florida Tech senior basketball player Simon Cummings was leading the Panthers to its first-ever outright Sunshine State Conference Regular Season Championship, earning First Team All-SSC honors, tying an NCAA Division II record for most consecutive three-pointers and appearing on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays for the feat.

This year, he is topping all of that.

Cummings has headed across the Atlantic Ocean to play professional basketball for the Essex Leopards, a member of the English Basketball League Division 1.

Cummings led the SSC in scoring (17.3 points per game) and minutes played (33.9 minutes played per game) during his final season.

In a Dec. 19 contest against Trinity, the 6-foot, 1-inch guard notched a season-high 36 points after hitting 10 consecutive three pointers to tie a Division II record.

The Essex Leopards are a member of the top division in the English Basketball League. The Leopards are coming off its best season in team history, earning the Division 1 regular season and tournament titles.

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

Sheriff's Office earns top finishes at motorcycle competition

Recently, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Motor Unit participated in the Second Annual Space Coast Motorcycle Safety Training and Trials event, which was hosted by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Cocoa Police Department and Melbourne Police Department.

More than 50 law enforcement officers from around the state of Florida competed in the motorcycle skills competition, which was held in the parking lot of the Melbourne Square Mall, located on West New Haven Avenue.

While competing, officers demonstrated the skills and techniques necessary to safely negotiate obstacles they may expect to encounter during daily enforcement.

Several members of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Motor Unit were recognized for their outstanding performances at the event:

. Cpl. Chris Ferrante: First Place Individual Metric Division and Third Place Overall Individual

. Cpl. Chris Ferrante and Deputy Frank Santiago: First Place Overall Team Ride

. Deputy Frank Santiago: Second Place Individual Metric Division and Fourth Place Overall Individual

. Sgt. Scott Behringer: Third Place Overall in the Challenge Ride, and

. Cpl. Chris Ferrante and Deputy Bryan Kanipe: Third Place Team Slowride.

In addition, the event also raised funds to benefit "Families of the Shield," a nonprofit organization that supports law enforcement officers and their families in times of need or in the event of an officer's death.

For more information related to this event, contact Motor Unit Sgt. Scott Behringer at (321) 863-1236.

Department reaches out to Hispanic and female farmers and ranchers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers, who allege discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in past decades can file claims between now and March 25.

The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher, who can prove that USDA denied their applications for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000.

The voluntary claims process will make available at least $1.33 billion for cash awards and tax relief payments, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers. There are no filing fees to participate in the program.

Call-center representatives can be reached at (888) 508-4429. Claimants must register for a claims package (by calling the number or visiting the website), and the claims package will be mailed to claimants.

All those interested in learning more or receiving information about the claims process and claims packages are encouraged to attend meetings in your communities about the claims process and contact the website or claims telephone number.

Visit www.farmerclaims.gov or call (888) 508-4429.

First mobile NASA app and earthquake forecasting share software award

NASA's first mobile application and software that models the behavior of earthquake faults to improve earthquake forecasting and the understanding of earthquake processes are co-winners of NASA's 2012 Software of the Year Award.

The award recognizes innovative software technologies that significantly improve the agency's exploration of space and maximize scientific discovery on Earth.

Software engineers at NASA developed the NASA App for mobile platforms, including the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android phones and tablets.

The NASA App currently has more than 9.6 million user installations and receives more than three million hits per day on average.

For more information, visit http://icb.nasa.gov and http://www.nasa.gov.

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.

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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