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Community notes - Melbourne
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Posted: 2012 Nov 08 - 23:24

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.

'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.

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.

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 in England

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 Sports Center'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 promotion 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.

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.

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.

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 info.bsf@brevardschools.org or (321) 633-1000, Ext. 756.

New golf pro at Indian River Colony Club

Joe Imondi is the new golf professional at Indian River Colony Club, the 55+ Viera golf community that began as a premier retirement destination for military officers.

In his new role, Mr. Imondi oversees all golf operations, including private lessons, Pro-Shop sales, tournament scheduling and more.

A member of the PGA, he is an experienced teacher and an expert at club fitting. He is one of only two lead members for the luxury Callaway Golf brand in Florida.

IRCC sports a challenging 18-hole, par-72 course nestled among natural preserves, lakefront and golf course homes. "The Place Patriots Call Home" is a fully maintained and gated neighborhood of nearly 800 homes on 453 acres.

Call (321) 877-298-8124 for more information or visit www.IndianRiverColonyClub.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 pedrick.scott@brevardschools.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 winsten.rachel@brevardschools.org.

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.

Viera East Ladies 9-Hole League

Recently, a two-best ball tournament was played with the winners of the two best scoring teams winning $4 each.

A welcome back luncheon at the Residence Club followed, with lunch prepared and served by Mulligan's chef and server, Kim and Melissa.

The ladies were entertained by the 9-hole "Singing Golfers," followed by the annual first meeting of the season.

Lady golfers interested in joining may call Doreen Volpe at (321) 631-7403.

Brevard Achievement Center awarded

The Brevard Achievement Center recently received several awards from the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities and its central nonprofit agency, RESPECT of Florida.

At RESPECT of Florida's annual awards ceremony, BAC received the Employment Center of the Year - Products award for the second year in a row, and third time overall.

Also recognized at the ceremony were clients who received awards for Employee of the Year and Most Improved of the Year, as well as Honorable Mention in the Rookie of the Year category.

In addition, former BAC president and CEO, Dayle Olson, was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by the agency, and the Board Appreciation Award.

BAC is one of more than 50 nonprofit organizations within the state of Florida that offer employment training opportunities to persons with disabilities due to its partnership with RESPECT of Florida.

For more information, visit www.floridaarf.org., www.bacbrevard.com or call (321) 632-8610.

Brevard Commission on Aging member honored

Brevard County Commission on Aging member Mark Brimer has been awarded the initial Florida Senior Falls Prevention Award.

The recognition is sponsored by the Florida Injury Prevention Program and the Florida Department of Health in conjunction with the Florida Senior Falls Prevention Coalition and is presented to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to Senior Falls Prevention.

In 2008, Mr. Brimer successfully launched The Elder Falls Prevention Program in conjunction with Brevard County Housing and Human Services Department and the Commission on Aging. This program has become a primary initiative of Brevard County.

For more information, call (321) 633-2007 or email tammy.harris@brevardcoounty.us.

NASA seeks technology fellowship applicants

NASA is seeking applications from graduate students for the agency's Space Technology Research Fellowships.

Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master's or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited universities.

The fellowship awards, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the fall 2013 term.

The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA's strategic space technology objectives through their studies.

The deadline for submitting applications is Dec. 4.

For more information about the fellowships and instructions on how to submit applications, visit http://go.usa.gov/YDJW.

To learn more about NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist, the Space Technology Program and the crosscutting space technology areas of interest to the agency, visit http://www.nasa.gov/oct.

Former panther playing professionally in Thailand

One year removed from his playing days at Florida Tech, Naru Wild-Putsorn moved from playing in front of a few hundred soccer fans at Rick Stottler Field to a stadium with a capacity of 10,000 at Thai Japanese Stadium for Bangkok United of Thai Division One.

The four-year midfielder appeared in 54 games, making 53 starts for the Panthers. He finished his career with seven goals and 12 assists for 26 career points. During his freshman season in 2008, Wild-Putsorn finished with five goals, two assists and 12 points to rank second on the team.

Nazza, Wild-Putsorn's nickname and the name reading across the back of his kit, joined Bangkok United FC back in early August.

For more information, visit www.bangkokunitedfc.com or call (321) 674-7484.

Nasal spray for motion sickness

Johnson Space Center in Houston and Epiomed Therapeutics Inc. of Irvine, Calif., have signed an agreement to develop and commercialize a NASA-crafted, fast-acting nasal spray to fight motion sickness.

Under the Space Act Agreement, Epiomed will formulate the drug, called intranasal scopolamine, or INSCOP.

Astronauts often experience motion sickness in space. As a result, NASA has conducted extensive research into the causes and treatments for the condition.

Scopolamine is effective and can be administered as a tablet or injected.

With a precise dosage, the NASA spray formulation has been shown to work faster and more reliably than the oral form.

The United States Navy is working on an agreement with Epiomed to test the nasal spray. NASA and Epiomed will collaborate on clinical trials related to the Federal Drug Administration requirements.

NASA is transferring sponsorship of future clinical trials and FDA approvals to Epiomed, which will supply the product for use by NASA and others.

For more information, visit http://go.nasa.gov/RiKclM

Free clinic in need of nurses

Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine is a volunteer clinic that provides free medical, dental and chiropractic care to the uninsured of Brevard County. Last year, the clinic documented, that from the period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, more than 3,000 patient visits occurred.

While the number of providers and lay volunteers has increased, so, too, has been the ever-increasing demand for services.

With many more Brevard residents seeing the loss of insurance and COBRA benefits running out, the clinic, designed strictly for the uninsured, is experiencing greater demand for care.

To volunteer, visit www.spaceocastvolunteersinmedicine.org and click on the Volunteer Form link.

For more information, call (321) 914-0915.

All services: medical, dental and chiropractic are provided free of charge to the uninsured.

Visit the website at www.spacecoastvolunteersinmedicine.org.

School office awarded learning center grant

Brevard Public Schools has announced that the Office of Adult and Community Education has become the recipient of a fifth 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, called "Explorers University."

This five-year grant has a funding total of $3 million and will serve approximately 280 students per day. The award will provide after-school services through School Age Child Care to four elementary schools in the south area: Discovery, Harbor City, Jupiter and Sunrise. The monies will provide academic support in reading, science, math and technology, while offering experiential opportunities.

For more information, call (321) 264-1276, Ext. 3020 or email Francisco.jacalyn@brevardschools.org.

Men's lacrosse assists 'Walk To End Alzheimer's'

The Florida Tech men's lacrosse team and coaching staff recently volunteered their time to assist with the "Walk To End Alzheimer's" event at Wickham Park in Melbourne.

The Panthers made a huge impact in the community, while also growing closer together as a team.

Entering into the second season of the program, the young Panther squad assisted in almost every aspect of the Alzheimer's event. They arrived prior to the event to help set up tents, stands and markers along the trail. During the event, players handed out flyers, collected donations, gathered signatures for petitions and even assisted with the event photographer.

One special moment, for not only the team and the coaching staff, but for those in the community who were there to watch, was when a group of the players walked the entire trail with a lady who was in a wheel chair.

The players also formed lines on both sides of the start and finish lines to cheer on the participants. It was something the players and those taking part in the event thoroughly enjoyed.

For information about a "Walk To End Alzheimer's" and the Alzheimer's Association, visit www.alz.org/cnfl/.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for pets is now available

The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard is now offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments for pets.

Brevard's first and only hyperbaric oxygen chamber was installed at the facility, and within 24 hours, pre-screened patients began receiving hyperbaric oxygen treatments to assist with post-surgical wound healing.

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.

The specialty team includes board certified veterinarians, providing emergency and elective surgery and internal medical treatment, as well as neurology, cardiology, canine physical rehabilitation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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

SPCA car show a huge success

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of North Brevard hosted its Second Annual Hot Dogs, Cool Cats and Wild Rides Car Show, which was presented by Ron Norris Ford, on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Despite two other competing car shows (one in New Smyrna, one at the Cape), participant turnout for this worthwhile cause exceeded expectations with 98 cars registered (compared to 60 at last year's event).

There were nearly a dozen trophies awarded to show cars, in addition to drawings for an iPod, a lotto tree and a 50/50 raffle.

The success of this event is a result of the community for its overwhelming support and turn-out and also to the massive network of volunteers supporting the SPCA, including students from the Florida Institute of Technology, whose Delta Upsilon chapter of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity attends major SPCA events to provide the "muscle power" needed to make events like this work.

For more information, visit www.spcanorthbrevard.com.

Top advocate, cop, and attorney for victims' rights

Brevard Sheriff's Agent Cynthia Young's work with domestic violence victims earned the 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 lhooper@sa18.state.fl.us.

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, and 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 kscovernightadventure@dncinc.com.

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 nata@brevardnaturealliance.org 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.

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 cheneyd@cfl.rr.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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