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.
Sunflower House seeks donations for medical equipment bank
The Sunflower House is currently accepting donations for its medical equipment bank.
Wheelchairs, walkers with seats, canes and shower chairs are most needed.
The medical equipment bank loans equipment to individuals age 60 and older and to caregivers of individuals age 60 and older who are in need.
Please call (321) 452-4341 to make an appointment, to donate or pick up equipment. This program is donation-based.
The Sunflower House is a senior and caregiver resource center located in the Merritt Square Mall and is a program of Aging Matters in Brevard.
The Sunflower House is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Elks national awards grants
Cocoa Beach Elks Lodge, No. 2387, was recently awarded $4,000 in grants from the Elks National Foundation.
A $2,000 Gratitude Grant was donated to the Cocoa Beach Kiwanis Foundation, earmarked for the Eryn Cooper Fund.
Eryn is the 11-year-old daughter of Cocoa Beach Detective Tom Cooper. At the age of 5, she lost both kidneys to a disease and is currently awaiting her third transplant.
Kiwanis has managed a fund for Eryn since 2005 that is used to offset medical and travel expenses that are not covered by insurance.
A $2,000 Promise Grant will be used to support three Y-Indian Guides ecological related projects. In September, the Y-Guides held its annual Indian River Lagoon campout/cleanup at KARS Park. Later in the year, the members will perform cleanups on the 520 Causeway and an Indian River Island.
The grant is used to provide entertainment, refreshments and supplies for these events.
The Elks also used the grant to be a major sponsor for the Sept. 29 Junior Achievement "Skate to Educate" event at the Cocoa Beach Skatepark.
Trophies, awards and refreshments were purchased from grant funds.
The Elks are also playing a major role in this year's Cocoa Beach High School Project Graduation. The members will donate $500 to the event.
The Elks National Foundation is the charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
For more information, visit www.elks.org/enf or call Jim Dickson at (321) 543-6263.
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.
Medication drop box
The Cocoa Police Department has a new permanent drop box for disposal of medications.
The Prescription Drug Drop Box will be available Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the lobby of the Cocoa Police Department.
Medication turn-in is always anonymous. Prescription and over-the-counter solid-dosage medications, such as tablets and capsules, will be accepted.
The Cocoa Police Department accepted the box from the Venice Police Department when that agency secured one and then was awarded one in a grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigations. The Cocoa Police Department coordinated with Venice PD and NADDI to relocate the grant funded box to Cocoa.
For more information, call (321) 637-6304 or visit www.saferxflorida.org.
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.
Brevard Schools Foundation seeks items for auction
The Brevard Schools Foundation is seeking items and sponsors for its second "Bids for Kids" online auction, which will take place Nov. 13-16.
Donations of items, gift certificates and services will be accepted.
Areas of interest include dining, entertainment / leisure, sports and sports memorabilia, health/beauty, art, home goods, food, travel, jewelry, clothing, tickets, books, toys, golf, lawn/garden, music, auto, business services, pet, baby, show tickets, TV/movie memorabilia, computers, electronics and antiques/ collectibles.
Proceeds will go to the foundation's general fund.
Sponsorships are available.
Visit www.biddingfor good.com/brevardschools to submit donations online or contact the Foundation at email@example.com or (321) 633-1000, Ext. 756.
Elks Lodge helps Eryn Cooper Fund
Recently, at a Cocoa Beach Kiwanis meeting, Elks Lodge No. 2387 exalted ruler Tope Phillips presented a $2,000 check to the Cocoa Beach Kiwanis Foundation. The funds are dedicated to the Eryn Cooper Fund that supports the 11-year-old daughter of Detective Tom Cooper.
Eryn lost both kidneys at the age of 5 and is awaiting her third kidney transplant.
In 2007, the Elks, Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions Clubs raised more than $70,000 to offset transportation costs and medical expenses not covered by insurance.
For more information about Eryn or to donate to her fund, visit www.eryncooper.com.
Local coordinator is 'Afterschool Ambassador'
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.
Ms. Francisco's ambassadorship is sponsored by Bright House Networks, as part of the company's ongoing commitment to afterschool initiatives and to education in STEM topics.
For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 375.
Physical education Fall Field Day
Brevard adaptive physical education teachers will host a Fall Field Day on Friday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eau Gallie High School with assistance of the high school's Best Buddy Program.
This fall festival for students in exceptional education programs will include children from Eau Gallie, Satellite, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Heritage, Space Coast, Astronaut, Titusville, Viera, Cocoa, Merritt Island and Rockledge high schools, as well as students from Johnson, Hoover, Kennedy, Stone, Madison, Jefferson, Jackson, DeLaura and Central middle schools.
The goal of the festival is to create a fun-filled day of fellowship and exercise, and foster new friendships and enhance the physical and social well being of BPS students.
For more information, contact Scott Pedrick, adaptive physical education teacher, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (321) 794-6388.
Getting fit and healthy
A new program has been launched, aimed at increasing healthy lifestyles and physical fitness of Brevard students.
The launch coincided with International Walk to School Day and is a partnership between Commit 2B Fit, Brevard County Schools and Space Coast Transportation Planning.
The program is being funded through the Florida Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School grant.
The Commit 2B Fit School Program is a comprehensive educational program that teaches children the basics of sound nutrition and the importance of regular physical activity.
The program, which targets third- and fourth-graders will be implemented in 10 Brevard Schools each year for three years, thus reaching 30 schools before its culmination.
For more information, contact Rachel Winsten, resource teacher for physical education, health and driver's education at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 387, or by email at email@example.com.
Space Coast Area Transit sets ridership record
Preliminary ridership numbers for Space Coast Area Transit, Brevard's Public Transportation System, indicate more than two million passenger boardings occurred on its fixed-route buses for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
That represents a 12 percent increase in ridership over Fiscal Year 2011, and the 20th consecutive year of ridership gains. Fiscal Year 2012 productivity of 25.52 passengers per hour of service is also a record.
Both the State Road 520 and A1A corridors remain as the service areas with the most passenger boardings. The Palm Bay/Melbourne area shows the largest growth in the system, along with the most productive route in the County between U.S. Highway 192 and Palm Bay Road.
For more information and exact time schedules, visit www.RideSCAT.com or contact customer service representatives at (321) 633-1878.
Propeller Club is "Club of the Year"
The Propeller Club of Port Canaveral was named "International Propeller Club of the Year" recently at an international convention in New Orleans.
The Propeller Club is dedicated to advancing interests of the maritime community.
Jack Crockett, a member of the Port Canaveral club, received the "President's Award" in recognition of his work on behalf of the International Propeller Club. Mr. Crockett was elected international treasurer.
The Port Canaveral club has more than 100 members and meets on the first Wednesday of every month.
It provides scholarships, aids in educating the public about the maritime industry and supports seafarer charities. Membership is open to everyone.
For more information about the Port Canaveral club, visit www.propellerclubcanaveral.com.
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