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 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.
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.
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.
Craft returns from space station
A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean recently a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico.
The splashdown successfully ended the first contracted cargo delivery flight contracted by NASA to resupply the International Space Station.
The Dragon launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, on Oct. 7. It carried 882 pounds of cargo to the complex, including 260 pounds of crew supplies, 390 pounds of scientific research, 225 pounds of hardware and several pounds of other supplies. This included critical materials to support 166 scientific investigations, of which 63 were new.
The mission was the first of at least 12 cargo resupply missions to the space station planned by SpaceX through 2016 under NASA's commercial resupply services contract.
For more information about the International Space Station, visit www.nasa.gov/station.
For more information about NASA's commercial space programs, visit www.nasa.gov/exploration/commercial.
Real estate professional attends summit
Brian Lightle of Lightle Beckner Robison recently attended the brokerage owners success summit at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
The R. David Thomas Center at Duke University hosted the commercial real estate brokerage owners success summit.
The exclusive and intensive two-day conference was restricted to 50 commercial real estate owners and managers across North America.
Lightle Beckner Robison is a full-service, commercial real estate firm specializing in office, retail, industrial, investment properties and asset property management.
LBR serves Brevard county extending across Florida and Georgia.
For more information, visit www.TeamLBR.com.
Certified Nursing Assistant of Year named
Carmelin Gordon, a certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Palm Bay, was honored by Life Care Centers of America's Sun States Region with its CNA of the Year award.
Ms. Gordon has worked at Life Care Center of Palm Bay since 2005. She lives in West Melbourne.
Life Care Center of Palm Bay is located at 175 Villa Nueva Ave., Palm Bay. It is one of 21 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Florida operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.
For more information about Life Care, visit lcca.com.
Group gets jackets for dogs
The Central Brevard Humane Society recently received a donation of 55 Thundershirts through a grant, valued at more than $2,100, from the Petfinder Foundation to use on the homeless dogs at the shelter in Cocoa.
The jackets are designed to reduce the stress and anxiety in shelter dogs, in turn, making them more adoptable and better able to find their new "forever" homes.
Thundershirt was founded in 2009 by Phil Blizzard, whose 10-year-old, 50-pound mutt, Dosi, was extremely frightened by loud noises, such as thunderstorms and fireworks. The gentle constant pressure of the Thundershirt worked to calm Dosi during those times, according to the company website, thundershirt.com.
The Petfinder Foundation saves lives through adoptions, helping shelters prepare for and recover from disaster and working to make sure animal welfare organizations are more sustainable.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit crittersavers.com.
Physician of the Year named
Zafar Sharar, on-site physician at Life Care Center of Palm Bay, was named southeast division Physician of the Year for Life Care Centers of recently.
The award was given during a ceremony held at Life Care Centers of America's headquarters in Cleveland, Tenn., as part of the company's annual physicians' symposium.
Five other divisional award winners and a company wide winner were also honored.
Dr. Sharar has the distinction of being the first physician to work for Life Care Physician Services. He took on the new role in 2010, kicking off Life Care's initiative to place physicians in each of its nursing homes.
Life Care Center of Palm Bay is located at 175 Villa Nueva Ave., Palm Bay.
For more information about Life Care, visit lcca.com.
Lacrosse tournament is continued success
For the second-straight year, the Florida Tech men's lacrosse program hosted a successful "Battle at the Beach" tournament. Not only did the Panthers show great promise heading into the second year of the program, they also raised money for a good cause.
All proceeds from the second annual tournament were donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Melbourne Central Catholic's Hustler Stadium saw crowds supporting each of four teams competing at the event. Fan bases could be heard cheering after each goal was announced over the public address system. It didn't matter which team found the back of the net.
Joining FIT at the event were club teams from Palm Beach Atlantic University, the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida.
For the second-straight year the Panthers won all three of their games, totaling 47 goals on the day. FIT will continue to prepare for its second season in the Deep South Conference beginning in February.
New chamber membership levels offered
Home-based business owners in Brevard County are now eligible to join the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce at a reduced rate, according to Victoria Northrup, president and CEO.
The board of directors approved the new level at a recent board meeting.
Business owners qualify if they are home-based, sole proprietors and have no employees. The rate is the same as for nonprofit organizations, which is 50 percent of the lowest rate currently offered.
Businesses targeted include sales representatives for direct sale products and services and independent sales and service business owners. The offer is for new applicants to the Palm Bay chamber.
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce, formed in 1989, has more than 900 active, courtesy and prospective members and is accredited with the United States Chamber of Commerce with a four-star ranking, a distinguished honor bestowed to select Chambers and the only chamber in the U.S. aligned with an international "sister" chamber in Cashel, Ireland.
Interested companies wishing to join the chamber may contact Chuck Soderstrom at (321) 951-9998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information can be found at www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com or by calling (321) 951-9998.
Sea turtles get more help
In 2012 the Sea Turtle Preservation Society was awarded two grants by the Sea Turtle Conservancy from monies provided through the purchase of sea turtle license plates in Florida.
The first grant was for a boater education program designed to make boaters aware of the sea turtle population in both the ocean and the Indian River Lagoon.
The second grant was to provide equipment to the Sea Turtle Preservation Society's stranding and salvage team that responds to injured, stranded and dead sea turtles throughout Brevard County. They are the primary group that responds to such calls in the county.
Monies were used to purchase three specially designed constructed carriers or "stretchers" needed when removing a 250-pound turtle from the beach. Water and shockproof digital cameras were purchased to assist in reports on injured turtles
For more information, call (321) 392-3223 or email email@example.com.
Lawyer joins board of governors
Andrew Pickett, an assistant state attorney in the 18th Judicial Circuit, was recently selected and sworn in to serve a two-year term on the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division board of governors for this district.
Mr. Pickett was elected to the post by his fellow young attorneys-at-law in Brevard and Seminole counties.
He will be one of two representatives serving a two-year term on the board of governors for the circuit.
Additionally, he serves as the president of the Brevard County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
For more information, call (321) 617-7548.
AT&T gives $8,000 to United Way of Brevard County
For more than 60 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have been strong supporters of the United Way both at the national and local levels.
AT&T has continued this legacy of support through a contribution of $8,000 to United Way of Brevard County.
In 2012 alone, AT&T gave $5.77 million to 574 local United Ways across the country.
The United Way of Brevard County will use the contribution to support programs that create long lasting change in the local community.
Additional information about AT&T and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at www.att.com.
New NASA online science resource available
NASA has a new online science resource for teachers and students to help bring Earth, the solar system and the universe into
the schools and homes.
Called NASA Wavelength, the site features hundreds of resources organized by topic and audience level from elementary to college and out-of-school programs that span the extent of NASA science.
Educators at all levels can locate educational resources through information on educational standards, subjects and keywords and other relevant details, such as learning time required to carry out a lesson or an activity, cost of materials and more.
For access to NASA Wavelength, visit http://nasawavelength.org. For information on NASA's science mission directorate, visit http://science.nasa.gov/. For information about NASA education programs, visit www.nasa.gov/education.
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