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.
Register for race
Registration is now open for the 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, which challenges high school, college and university students around the world to build and race fast, lightweight "moonbuggies" of their own design.
The students' work will culminate in two days of competitive racing April 26-27, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
NASA created the event two decades ago to complement classroom learning, provide young thinkers and builders with real-world engineering experience and inspire them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the STEM fields.
International registration for the 2013 race closes Jan. 7. Registration for U.S. teams closes Feb. 4.
Participating high schools, colleges and universities each may register up to two teams and two vehicles.
For complete rules and to register, visit http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov.
Racers compete to post the fastest vehicle assembly and race times in their divisions, while incurring the fewest penalties.
Prizes are awarded to the three teams in each division that finish with the lowest final times.
NASA and industry sponsors present additional awards for engineering ingenuity, team spirit, best debut by a rookie team and more.
To date, more than 5,000 students from around the world have participated in the races.
More than 350,000 people watched live and archived coverage of the spring 2012 race on NASA TV and on Ustream
Creative art winners announced
In early November, the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard held an "All That Art" gala at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne.
More than 100 people attended to view and acknowledge the winners of the competition. This exhibition will run through Monday, Dec. 3.
The following photographers were recipients of cash awards: Lars Wentzle $500, Andei Belyi $300 and Heidi Thamert $200.
Honorable mentions who all received $50 were : Liesl Walsh, Patricia Corapi, Marc Szcaensy,Lindsay Szalkowski,Donna Herring, Rebecca Gomme, Erika Masterson, Lynn Luzzi $50, Chuck Palmer and Steve Gibson.
For more information, call (321) 254 3398.
Two schools receive blue ribbon awards
West Melbourne Elementary School for Science and West Shore Junior/Senior High School were named 2012 National Blue Ribbon schools.
Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon schools program has recognized public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of academic achievement.
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Basketball legend/hall of famer attends local luncheon
Nearly every seat was occupied in the Hartley Room in the Denius Student Center on the Florida Tech campus recently, as the 2012-13 basketball season kicked off with the Florida Tech Panther Club tip-off luncheon.
National Basketball Association legend and Hall of Fame member Sam Jones recounted tales of his playing days.
Mr. Jones was the guest speaker of the luncheon and spoke for nearly half an hour to the nearly 160 people in attendance. He captivated his audience with tales of playing with his Boston Celtics teammate and superstar Bill Russell while recounting humorous stories of a budding on-court rivalry with the likes of Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson.
The 10-time NBA champion and five-time all-star concluded his speech by directly addressing the members of both the men and women's teams.
He emphasized the importance of their education over any basketball success.
Mr. Jones played NCAA Division II basketball at North Carolina Central, before becoming a first- round draft pick in 1957.
Mr. Jones was preceded in the luncheon by remarks from head men's and women's basketball coaches Billy Mims and John Reynolds.
For the 2012-13 men's basketball schedule, visit www.floridatechsports.com/mbasketball/schedule/.
For the 2012-13 women's basketball schedule, visit www.floridatechsports.com/wbasketball/schedule/.
Removing gall bladder through belly button
A surgical team at Wuesthoff Health System in Rockledge recently performed a da Vinci single-site cholecystectomy. In this surgery, the patient's gallbladder is removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scar less.
Led by H. Drexel Dobson III, general surgeon, the team removed the gallbladder using Single-Site instruments on a da Vinci System.
The minimally invasive procedure is traditionally called a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal).
Using robotic assistance, surgeons removed the gallbladder through an incision of approximately 2 inch.
The Food and Drug Administration cleared the specialized single-site instruments for use with the da Vinci System in December 2011.
Dr. Dobson is one of a small group of surgeons in the country who has received training to perform the surgery.
Potential benefits of single-site gallbladder surgery may include virtually scar less results, minimal pain, low blood loss, fast recovery, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction.
The surgery can be performed in about one hour with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours.
During the procedure, the surgeon sits comfortably at a console, viewing a 3-D, high-definition image of the patient's anatomy.
The surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move the instrument arts and camera. In real-time, the system translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient.
Unlike traditional robotic surgeries requiring three to five small incisions, this new technology allows for a single incision in the belly button where instruments are placed and the diseased gallbladder is removed.
Regatta crew performs well
Space Coast Crew recently competed against 10,000 fellow competitors at the 2012 Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Held on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, the Head of the Hooch is the second largest regatta in the nation and the largest in the south.
More than 10,000 competitors, representing thousands of teams from across the nation and Canada, raced at this year's Head of the Hooch.
Overall, the 2012 Head of the Hooch was a successful weekend for the men and women of Space Coast Crew.
All the athletes performed well, posting times and results earning of respect among a group of teams from across the U.S. and Canada.
With the end of the Head of the Hooch weekend, Space Coast Crew ends its fall season and transitions to winter conditioning.
The Brevard County rowing team will compete next at the Southern Sprints indoor rowing event on the campus of Florida Technical College in early February.
To join the youth or adult program or get more information, visit www.spacecoastcrew.org.
Ski club adventures
Brevard County has a very active snow ski club, Space Coast Ski Club, which offers wonderful prices on ski trips. Group travel is so easy, and the trips are filled with fun-filled people. The trips are planned and organized, from start to finish, and all you have to do is sign up and write your check.
The Space Coast Ski Club is part of the Florida Ski Council that consists of 17 clubs from all over Florida. The purpose of the Florida Ski Council is to promote snow skiing and to plan trips to ski destinations both in the United States and abroad.
A local Brevardian is now president of the Florida Ski Council. Clair Quenzler, a native of Merritt Island, who grew up water skiing and not snow skiing, is the president. She is enthusiastic about snow skiing, but mostly enjoys the fun and adventuresome people she has met on the Space Coast Ski Clubs trips.
The Florida Ski Council trips for 2013 are to Heavenly (Lake Tahoe) and Big Sky. The trips for 2014 are Snowmass and Park City.
For more information, visit spacecoastskiclub.com.
Foundation celebrates volunteers
Recently, the Space Coast Cancer Foundation hosted a Daffodil Society volunteer luncheon to honor the time and energy donated by local community members.
The luncheon was held at the Space Coast Cancer Center Titusville office.
Daffodil volunteers were able to share testimonies in helping patients by volunteering and giving back to the community. There are many opportunities to volunteer with SCCF.
The SCCF mission is to assist cancer patients and their caregivers in the community with the financial and emotional demands that are associated with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
If you are interested in becoming a Daffodil volunteer, call (321) 264-5504.
Hospice honors volunteers
Hospice of St. Francis' purpose is to provide care, compassion and comfort for Brevard residents nearing end-of-life and their families.
Volunteers play an important part in fulfilling that mission.
Providing more volunteer hours than the national average, Hospice of St. Francis volunteers were honored for their contributions at a recent appreciation dinner.
Volunteer Tim Brown received recognition for contributing 333 patient support hours in the past year. He transports patients, provides visits, errands, respite and has even visited patients in his Santa Claus suit. He also volunteers with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Meals on Wheels and homeless veterans.
Volunteer Carl Dome was acknowledged for volunteering 495 hours in administrative support. Carl works in the office, providing administrative support to the bereavement and admissions teams, in addition to couriering.
Several volunteers celebrated milestone anniversaries: Lisa Aaron, Frank Ballistreri, Martha Hyde, Pat Widick and Joyce Wilson with five years of service; Amy Boland, Loretta Kerr and Bonnie Thompson with 10 years of service; and Betty Kitchens with 15 years of service.
In addition to honoring the specially trained volunteers, community crafters were recognized for donating Alzheimer's activity aprons, lap robes, clothes protectors and handcrafted cards for hospice patients.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call (321) 269-4240 and ask for volunteer coordinator Vicky Hamilton at the Titusville Office or Mary Larson at the Melbourne Office.
Hospice of St. Francis, Brevard County's first hospice, is an independent, non-sectarian, nonprofit organization providing care for patients and support for loved ones.
For more information about programs and services, call (321) 269-4240, (866) 269-4240 toll free or visit www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.
- For Hometown News