Florida After School Alliance Award of Excellence
Cynthia Ford, principal of Ralph M. Williams Jr. Elementary School in Rockledge, has received the 2012 Award of Excellence in the administrator category from the Florida After School Alliance.
This award is presented annually to an administrator who has embraced and supported the after school program at his or her school.
The Florida After School Alliance accepts nominations statewide for its annual Awards of Excellence, in seven different categories: Front Line; Supervisor - Single Site; Supervisor - Multi - Site; Administrator / Central Office / Agency; Advocacy; Volunteer and Public Official.
Two individuals from Brevard Public Schools were nominated by Joanne Swinkel, SACC program development coordinator, for the FASA Awards of Excellence; Ms. Ford for the administrator category, and Teresa Rider, school age child care coordinator at Pinewood Elementary School for her role as Supervisor-Single Site.
Ms. Ford was selected as the statewide winner in the administrator category and presented with the 2012 FASA Award of Excellence at the FASA Awards Luncheon, which was held at the Marriott World Center in Orlando.
The selection of Ms. Ford for the 2012 award makes it the third consecutive year that a principal from Brevard Public Schools has won statewide recognition for his or her dedication to the School Age Child Care program at their school. Pamella O'Kell, principal of Apollo Elementary School, was the 2011 Award of Excellence recipient, and Hilah Mercer, principal of Cambridge Elementary School, was the 2010 Award of Excellence recipient.
For more information about the FASA award, contact Debi Embry at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 357.
Top advocate, cop, and attorney for victims' rights
Brevard Sheriff's Agent Cynthia Young's work with domestic violence victims earned her Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award from State Attorney Norm Wolfinger during the office's annual observation of victims' rights recently.
The event featured former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth as the guest speaker.
Following his remarks, Mr. Butterworth announced that the annual Attorney of the Year Award would hereafter be known as the Norman R. Wolfinger Attorney of the Year Award. Assistant State Attorney Bill Respess was the recipient.
Mr. Wolfinger began the annual observation of victim rights in 1986, his second year in office. He will resign the post he has held continuously for the past 28 years on Jan. 6.
During his remarks, Mr. Butterworth spoke about how Mr. Wolfinger and his fledgling staff were leaders in the quest for a constitutional amendment, guaranteeing victims' rights to be informed, to be present, and to be heard during court hearings concerning their cases or their loved ones.
Other awards and their recipients were: The Kathy L. King Victim Advocate of the Year Award went to Christina Vinson, an advocate with the Sexual Assault Victim Services unit at the SAO, and Michelle Glover, an advocate with the Titusville Police Department.
The Outstanding Service to Victims Award went to SAO receptionist Kathy Dudley and South Brevard Women's Center volunteer receptionist Diane Reid.
The Sen. Howard Futch Memorial Leadership Award went to community volunteer Delores Spearman.
Mr. Wolfinger also recognized Col. Danny McKnight (retired) with a special leadership award for his lifetime achievements and contributions on behalf of military personnel.
For more information, call (321) 617-7548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brevard Workforce honored with Congressional Medal
Brevard Workforce, the area authority on workforce development was recently recognized at the TechNovation Awards Banquet for excellence in supporting the growth and prosperity of technology companies.
President Lisa Rice and community resources coordinator Jan Conrad represented Brevard Workforce in accepting the Congressional Medal of Merit in Technology Cultivation.
An exclusive reception and V.I.P. awards dinner was held to kick off the exposition, hosted by Embraer, a jet aircraft manufacturer, based in Melbourne.
The dinner took place at the Hilton Rialto Melbourne. The key note address was presented by John P. Mulholland, vice president and program manager for Commercial Programs Space Exploration at Boeing.
Congressman Bill Posey and Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce President Christine Michaels presented Brevard Workforce with a Congressional Medal in recognition of its Bizlaunch program.
Following the dinner, Brevard Workforce was a marketing partner for the Second Annual Florida TechXpo event sponsored by the Melbourne Regional Chamber, which allowed companies with advanced technologies and innovations to display their products and services to other companies looking for resources and suppliers.
Brevard Workforce's Biz Launch is a networking, support and skill-building group for those contemplating the option of becoming an entrepreneur.
For complete details on all aspects of the event, visit www.floridatechxpo.com.
For more information about the Brevard Workforce BizLaunch program, visit http://brevardworkforce.com/businesses/starting-a-business/bizlaunch.
High-altitude student experiments needed
NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly experiments to the edge of space on a scientific balloon next year.
The balloon competition is a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium in Baton Rouge.
NASA is targeting fall 2013 for the next flight opportunity for the High Altitude Student Platform. HASP is a balloon-borne instrument stack that provides an annual near-space flight opportunity for 12 instruments built by students.
A panel of experts from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and LaSPACE will review the applications and select the finalists for the next flight opportunity.
Flights are launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility's remote site in Fort Sumner, N.M., and typically achieve 15-20 hours' duration at an altitude of about 23 miles.
The deadline for applications for the 2013 flight is Dec. 14.
A question-and-answer teleconference for interested parties will be held Nov. 16.
For application materials and details about HASP, visit http://laspace.lsu.edu/has.
For information on NASA's scientific balloon program, visit http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/code820/.
For information about NASA's education programs, visit http://www.nasa.gov/education.
Commissioner Andy Anderson to help with 'Elves for Elders Drive'
The District 5 Commission Office is helping Aging Solutions with its annual Elves for Elders campaign this holiday season.
The "Elves for Elders Drive" benefits individuals served by Aging Solutions. All donations received will go directly to services and needs of wards in Brevard County.
Aging Solutions has a wish list for each of the 83 seniors in its care. The District 5 Office is helping distribute these wish lists through an Adopt-a-Senior program.
To participate, contact the District 5 office by calling (321) 253-6611 or stop by the offices at 1515 Sarno Road, Melbourne, to request the wish list of a senior. Lists are now available.
You will be given a list for a specific senior with items that he or she would like to receive for the holidays.
Items are not luxurious but meet basic needs, such as socks, pajamas, robes, sweatpants, lotions, soaps, bras and underwear.
You would then place the items in one large Christmas bag (no wrapping, no tissue paper) and bring them to the District 5 office, which will get the items to Aging Solutions.
For more information, call (321) 253-6611.
Piano professional new To Brevard County
Rudy Matas, professional pianist and piano service technician, is bringing 33 years of piano service work to Brevard County.
An introductory 20 percent off for piano tuning is being offered for a limited time.
He is also seeking other musicians to form a jazz trio performing standard musical selections.
He is located at Heritage Isles in Viera.
For more information, call (406) 890-3864 or email email@example.com.
Humane Society membership drive under way
Become a valued member of the Central Brevard Humane Society and receive additional savings, all while helping the homeless animals in the community.
You can start your membership for as little as $15 for an individual or $25 for a family membership. There are also gold, platinum and lifetime membership opportunities available. Your membership term will be good for one full year and starts the day you sign up.
Membership dues are used to care for the animals at the shelter.
Membership cards can be purchased (tax-free) at the Central Brevard Humane Society's Shelter, their "Low Cost" Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic (both located in Cocoa), and any of their four Molly Mutt Thrift Shops (located in Merritt Island, Melbourne, Palm Bay and Rockledge).
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
Hospice of St. Francis nears second decade
Hospice of St. Francis received zero deficiencies in its latest Medicare survey, marking nearly 20 years since Brevard's only independent, nonprofit hospice has received even a single deficiency from Medicare surveyors.
Medicare surveyors visited Hospice of St. Francis in mid-September. Dozens of areas are reviewed in the survey, including:
. Hospice plan of care
. Coordination of services
. Compliance with federal,
state and local laws and
regulations related to the
health and safety of
. Medical director
. Protection of
. Physician services
. Nursing services
. Counseling services
In 1990, Hospice of St. Francis was certified as a provider of services to Medicare and Medicaid patients.
Hospice of St. Francis, which serves all of Brevard County, was founded in 1977 and had offices in Titusville and Melbourne.
It is Brevard's only independent, nonprofit hospice, serving the pain relief and symptom management needs of patients nearing end-of-life.
For more information on programs and services, visit www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.
Harris Foundation again supports Brevard students
Recently, the Harris Corporation, through the Community Foundation for Brevard, presented the Brevard Schools Foundation with a check for $110,000, which will be used to fund multiple programs during the 2012-13 school year.
The donation supports Harris' primary philanthropic platform, which is for quality education, specifically in the area of STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - as these disciplines are extremely important to the future of high tech companies.
Harris employees have given significant time and talent to promote STEM in grades kindergarten through 12, volunteering almost 16,000 hours with the Brevard Public Schools.
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries.
Headquartered in Melbourne, the company has approximately $5.5 billion of annual revenue and about 15,000 employees, including 6,000 engineers and scientists.
Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications products, systems and services.
The Brevard Schools Foundation is a direct support 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that matches community resources with the needs of teachers and students. It is ranked fifth in the nation for support to schools.
To learn more or to become a mentor or supporter, visit www.brevardschoolsfoundation.org or call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 756.
'Overnight Adventure' at Kennedy Space Center
This winter, children can have an "out-of-this-world" campout at the Kennedy Space Center's Overnight Adventure.
Guests will come face-to-face with a real astronaut camp experience while camping beneath an actual moon rocket.
They will test their skills on a rocket scavenger hunt and see a larger-than-life IMAX film.
The program includes dinner, snack and a continental breakfast and is ideally designed for youth groups, Scout troops and school groups ages 7-14.
Operating hours for Overnight Adventure are 4:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following morning.
Tuition for the program is $99, plus tax, per participant and $79, plus tax, for each attending chaperone. One chaperone per five youth members is required.
For more information or to book an adventure, call (321) 455-7036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birding & Wildlife Festival seeking sponsors
The 16th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, set for Jan. 23-28, is seeking local sponsors, donations, new or gently used items (for silent auction) and volunteers.
The festival usually draws more than 5,000 participants in the field trips, photography field workshops and classroom presentations offered throughout the county.
For more information, call (321) 268-5224, email email@example.com or visit www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org.
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