Commissioner to help with 'ėelves' 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.
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.
Phil Blizzard, whose 10-year-old, 50-pound mutt, Dosi, was extremely frightened by loud noises, such as thunderstorms and fireworks, founded Thundershirt in 2009. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
His fellow young attorneys-at-law in Brevard and Seminole counties elected Mr. Pickett to the post.
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.
Phone company gives to United Way
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.
College sophomore earns award
The College Sports Information Directors of America recently named Florida Tech's Drake Hillman to its Capital One Academic All-District 5 Men's Soccer Team.
Hillman, a sophomore forward, currently has a cumulative grade point average of 3.63, while working toward his degree in meteorology. He was also named to the FIT Athletic Director's Honor Roll after his first season with the Panthers.
The Plymouth, England, native was recently named to the All-Sunshine State Conference Men's Soccer Second Team. He is also a two-time SSC Men's Soccer Player of the Week.
Hillman led the Panthers for the second consecutive year in points (17) and goals (7). In two seasons, he has collected 12 goals and five assists for 29 career points. Hillman also has recorded five career game-winning goals, three this season.
For more information, visit www.cosida.com/media/documents/2012/11/Mens_Soccer_2012_Academic_All_District_Teams.pdf or call (321) 674-7484.
Spot the international space station over your backyard
On the 12th anniversary of crews continuously living and working aboard the International Space Station, NASA has announced a new service to help people see the orbiting laboratory when it passes overhead.
"Spot the Station" will send an email or text message to those who sign up for the service a few hours before they will be able to see the space station.
When the space station is visible - typically at dawn and dusk - it is the brightest object in the night sky, other than the moon. On a clear night, the station is visible as a fast moving point of light, similar in size and brightness to the planet Venus.
Station" users will have the options to receive alerts about morning, evening or both types of sightings.
The International Space Station's trajectory passes over more than 90 percent of Earth's population. The service is designed to only notify users of passes that are high enough in the sky to be easily visible over trees, buildings and other objects on the horizon.
To sign up for "Spot the Station," visit http://spotthestation.nasa.gov.
For information about the International Space Station and a full list of sightings, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.
University qualifies for first-ever championship appearance
Florida Tech men's cross country used a pair of top-five finishes at the NCAA Division II South Regional at Sharon Johnston Park to rank the team in third place, good enough to qualify for its first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship.
Two All-Sunshine State Conference runners did not disappoint for the Panthers as senior Moses Kirui and graduate student Chris Cacciapaglia finished second and third, respectively, to lead the Crimson and Gray.
Another All-SSC runner David Boiywo added another top-25 finish for the Panthers with a time of 33:08.89. Ross Russell and Ezekiel Zauner rounded out the scoring for FIT with 39th and 48th place finishes, respectively.
While this is the first team qualification for the Panthers, the Crimson and Gray are no strangers to the national stage. Last year, Kirui was the top South Region runner, qualifying for the national championship in Spokane, Wash.
For more information, call (321) 674-7484.
University victorious in golf tournament
Florida Tech men's golf finished the 2012 fall season with a victory over Brevard Community College in the Collegiate Players Cup. The Panthers earned four points in individual match play to outlast BCC in a 9-7 win.
Facing a 5-3 deficit, BCC battled back to even things at 5.5 points each. The Panthers got a much-needed victory from sophomore Brandon Lau to retake the lead at 6.5-5.5. BCC's Kyle Benson took Match 12 to even the score for a second time on the day, however junior Justin Kalanquin brought the score back in FIT's favor with a 3-and-1 win.
Holding a 8-7 lead, sophomore Ray Badenhorst took a 1-up win with a par on the final hole to bring home the overall team victory. The Panthers took victories in three of the individual matches while halving two matches to hold the two-point lead.
The Panthers conclude the fall season, but will now turn sights to the spring championship season. Last season, FIT earned a pair of victories before taking third in the Florida Blue Sunshine State Conference Championship.
For more information, call (321) 674-7484.
High school student selected as national scholar
Ian Chan, a junior at West Shore Junior/Senior High School, has been selected as Brevard's 2012-13 Sunshine State Scholar. Included below is a complete list of the Brevard Sunshine State Scholar finalists.
This prestigious award recognizes superior achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Selection was based upon test scores, GPA, advanced coursework, and successful participation in co-curricular and extracurricular STEM activities.
Ian and other Sunshine State Scholars from around the state will be honored in February at a two-day Sunshine State Scholars Program in Orlando.
For more information, contact Walter Christy, director of secondary programs at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 310, or Cyndi Van Meter, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction, at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 300.
The 2012-13 Brevard Sunshine State Scholar finalists are: John Garrett, Astronaut High School; Kevin Nguyen, Bayside High School; Rachel Rintelmann, Cocoa High School; Albert Halbing, Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School; Rebecca Fleeman, Eau Gallie High School; Diana Konarzewski, Edgewood Junior/Senior High School; Brian Truong, Heritage High School; Nina Li, Merritt Island High School; Ali Mata, Melbourne High School; Luis Salazar, Palm Bay High School; Coleman Hilburn, Rockledge High School; Yasmine Zubi, Satellite High School; Aaron Giles, Space Coast Junior/Senior High School; and Luke Evans, Viera High School.
Holiday book drive benefits schools
During the holiday shopping season, customers of Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Melbourne will once again have the opportunity to spread some holiday cheer and help a child learn to read.
Each year, Barnes & Noble invites customers to purchase a book that is then donated to Brevard Public Schools through Brevard Schools Foundation and distributed to the neediest schools.
Brevard Schools Foundation is coordinating the drive this year, which can bring more than 5,000 books.
Customers may choose their own title, one suggested by Barnes & Noble, or one requested by individual schools. They typically cost about $5.
Shoppers wishing to support the holiday book drive by purchasing a book may visit the store at 1955 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne.
For more information or to donate financially, contact Brevard Schools Foundation at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 756.
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