Financial services representative celebrates 20 years
Nicki Biamonte, financial services representative, financial advisor and investment advisor representative with MetLife, recently celebrated 20 years of service with the company.
Ms. Biamonte focuses on helping individuals and businesses with insurance protection, through life, disability income, and long-term care insurance.
She also concentrates on investment strategies, retirement planning, 401k rollovers and tax saving strategies.
She can be reached at (321) 610-9906 or via email at email@example.com.
Ms. Biamonte's office is located at 150 Interlachen Road, Melbourne.
Derelict vessel removal efforts continue
The Brevard County Boating & Waterways Program will kick off another phase of its ongoing efforts to remove derelict and abandoned vessels from the county's waterways in December.
Working closely with state and local law enforcement, the county staff has been able to identify approximately 25 vessels derelict or abandoned in county waters.
This continuing work will span Brevard's waterways north to south and is scheduled to remove more than 14 of the 25 identified vessels.
Project support and funding through the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners Brevard Boating Improvement Program and the Florida Inland Navigation District has been crucial to the success of this project. This brings the program total to more than 140 vessels removed since 2006.
The project is intended to improve boater safety and protect water quality and submerged aquatic resources in Brevard's Intracoastal waterways.
To report derelict or abandoned vessels, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (888) 404-3922.
For more information, contact Matt Culver at (321) 633-2016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sights, sounds and Santa at the visitor complex
Guests can celebrate the holiday sights and sounds as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex presents the second annual "Holidays in Space" now through Jan. 1.
The Visitor Complex will be adorned with an array of holiday decorations, feature daily visits and present storytelling with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as heartwarming performances of favorite holiday songs by strolling carolers.
Santa Claus will greet guests, hear wish lists and pose for photos in Santa's Launch Control Center, located between Astronaut Encounter and Robot Scouts.
Onsite elves, i.e., Kodak representatives, will snap the perfect family photo and provide prints for sale, or guests may capture the moment with their own cameras.
Mrs. Claus will be on hand for some special space-themed story times for kids of all ages, including "The Cat in the Hat," "There's No Place Like Space" and "What the Moon is Like."
Due to their busy holiday schedules, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. through Dec. 24.
Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus will take place at 3:30 p.m. each day. At 4 p.m. daily, Santa and Mrs. Claus make special appearances in the Space Shop.
Immersing guests in the sounds of the holidays, a team of international carolers will perform traditional holiday songs.
The carolers will perform daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon in the Rocket Garden, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Saturn V Center and 4:15 p.m. in the Space Shop.
A towering, 42-foot International Space Station-themed Christmas tree, located in the Rocket Garden, will be adorned with warm-white bulbs, strobe lights and 600 miniature flags from the 15 ISS partner countries.
The International Space Station mural just outside the Rocket Garden will be swathed in holiday candlelight. Decorative wreaths, garlands, lights, ribbons and bows throughout the Visitor Complex add to the holiday festival atmosphere.
"Holidays in Space" is included in admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which is $50, plus tax, for adults and $40, plus tax, for children ages 3-11. Souvenir photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus are available at an additional charge.
With the purchase of a Commander's Club Annual Pass, guests may visit an unlimited number of times for a full year from date of issue.
To celebrate the season, guests can purchase an annual pass a reduced rate of $55, plus tax, and $45, plus tax, for children.
For more information or to purchase tickets for Holidays in Space, call (877) 313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
Teacher of the Year finalists chosen
The names of six outstanding educators who have been selected as finalists for Brevard Public School 2013 Teacher of the Year have been announced.
The finalists - three elementary and three secondary school educators - were selected from the 90 Teachers of the Year from each of the district schools and education service center areas. These individuals will now contend for the honor of being named Brevard 2013 Teacher of the Year.
The 2013 BPS Teacher of the Year will be chosen by a committee comprised of education, business and civic leaders in a formal selection process and will be announced in ceremonies at the ABC Awards Gala on Jan. 23.
The winner will be Brevard's representative in the state's 2013 Teacher of the Year competition and be the recipient of more than $3,000 in cash and prizes. Finalists for the 2013 BPS Teacher of the Year are listed below in alphabetical order.
Joanna DiPeppe - Satellite High School
Susan French- Sherwood Elementary School
Debra Milliken - Oak Pak Elementary School
Jason Schack - Melbourne High School
Amber Thibedeau - Sunrise Elementary School
Jill Whitacre-West Shore Junior/Senior High School
Florida Tech wins tournament championship
Behind an impressive start, Florida Tech (3-1) captured the Hooters of Melbourne Thanksgiving Tournament Championship with a 75-61 win over Morehouse (2-3) at the Clemente Center.
The Panthers won the opening tip, and Julius Reid gave his team a two-point lead four seconds into the game. Although Morehouse's Shawn Allen answered with a lay up, Jermaine Jackson found David Usic in the paint for his first two points of the game. The basket would start a 20-3 run punctuated by a trey from Chris Carter. Carter totaled 14 points during the run, which lasted five minutes and 37 seconds.
The sophomore transfer from the Air Force Academy finished with a season-high 30 points on 8-of-14 from the field, 4-of-9 from the arc and 10-of-13 from the free throw line. He also recorded five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Jackson notched his second double-double of the season with 23 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. He also tied Reid for the team lead with six assists. Reid also had 10 points, five rebounds and six steals.
With the win, Coach Mims is now three victories away from 200 wins as a college head coach. Last season, he surpassed the 500-career win plateau and earned his 100th win at FIT.
Following the game, Carter was selected tournament MVP, and Jackson was named to the all-tournament team. He was joined by Morehouse's Shawn Allen and Andrae Nelson, Rio Piedras' Angel Acevedo and Wisconsin-Parkside's Jeremy Saffold.
For more information, call (321) 674-8250.
Key tags for businesses and consumers
A VIP key tag discount membership business, Key Tag Deals, has been launched.
Businesses are required to offer a discount to the VIP Key Tag Members to be listed on the site. Key Tag Deals designed a beautiful "Made-In-The-USA", biodegradable, lifetime VIP Key Tag that consumers simply need to show to any participating business listed on KeyTagDeals.com to receive a discount! It's a win-win for both businesses and consumers.
Supporting and promoting local businesses is its only mission.
For more information, contact Bren Duncan at KeyTagDeals@cfl.rr.com, call (321) 961-1121 or visit www.KeyTagDeals.com.
Student singers seek stardom
The Platinum Coast Chorus, Brevard's local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a nonprofit organization, has announced its 2013 Rising Star Competition.
Groups who enter the competition must include a minimum of three full-time students, and may be all females, all males or mixed. There is no maximum limit on group members.
Groups may choose their song, but the arrangement must be performed in "a cappella" (voices only) harmony.
Auditions will be held by video DVD and must be received by Jan. 15.
The first-place prize awarded is $200, and the second-place prize awarded is $100, plus groups will have a chance to appear on a live show, Saturday, March 2, at Eau Gallie High School. In addition, winning entrants will enjoy meeting the annual show's special guest quartet, "So Divine," a Sweet Adeline student quartet, which represented at the Atlantic-Gulf Region at the International Convention in Denver in November.
For more information, visit sodivinequartet.webstarts.com for a sneak preview.
For more information contact Nancy at (321) 727-0921 or email email@example.com.
Bras for a cause
More than 10,000 Brevard County residents, breast cancer survivors, business and community members joined together and put on their pink bras at the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk to fight breast cancer and provide hope to all people facing the disease recently.
This noncompetitive, fundraising event united the community in celebrating breast cancer survivors, educated men and women about the importance of early detection and prevention and raised more than $300,000 to fund lifesaving research and support programs that will further the progress against this disease.
In its second year, the "Put On Your Pink Bra" campaign empowered walkers to wear pink bras in support of the fight against breast cancer.
Brevard County walkers accepted the challenge, decorating their bras with everything from lace to glitter to feathers.
This year, Brevard County's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event was one of 26 held across the state.
The American Cancer Society uses the dollars raised through Making Strides events to fund breast cancer research, provide up-to-date breast cancer information, ensure all women have access to breast cancer screening and treatments - regardless of income - and to provide services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
Over time, the Society has invested more in breast cancer research than any other voluntary public health organization. Since 1972, it has invested nearly $323 million in breast cancer research grants, resulting in many of today's breast cancer treatments.
It is not too late to make a donation to Brevard County's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Visit www.putonyourpinkbra.com to help the Society continue making strides and saving lives.
For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Volunteers needed for hospital duties
The Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center and Palm Bay Hospital Auxiliary are in need of volunteers to help support important hospital duties.
Volunteers are needed to help with the information desk, admitting and discharge areas, gift shop, cheer cart, emergency department lobby, greeting services, in-hospital courier services, waiting rooms and golf-cart external transportation to and from the hospital.
After completing a special training class, volunteers are able to choose their hours and areas of interest.
To find out how to become a volunteer at one of these Health First Hospitals, call (321) 434-8519.
Donate late-model sedans, old clunkers or anything in between
St. Vincent de Paul Orlando welcomes any vehicle donation.
All proceeds from local donations are used to support the charity work of St. Vincent de Paul here in Central Florida.
Donating any used car, truck, motorcycle, boat or recreational vehicle - working or non-working - is completely hassle-free and can be easily scheduled by calling (800) 322-8284 or by visiting www.svdpusacars.com.
All donations are tax deductible, and a tax receipt can be issued, if necessary.
One of the oldest charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, is a Catholic organization of more than 690,000 men and women throughout the world who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually and offer person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 142 countries on five continents.
With the U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, membership in the United States totals more than 146,000 in 4,600 communities.
Programs include home visits, housing assistance, disaster relief, job training and placement, food pantries, dining halls, clothing, transportation and utility costs, care for the elderly and medicine.
The organization serves more than 14 million people in need each year, performs more than 644,000 visits to people in their homes, and delivers more than seven million service hours to those in need.
America's veterans honored
Giant Recreation World, Central Florida's No. 1 recreational vehicle dealer network, has announced that on Nov. 11 and 12, the business fed complimentary meals to more than 2,500 veterans and their family members.
Many Giant Recreation World customers, employees and their family members have served in the armed forces, and the event was in recognition of their service to the country.
Veterans enjoyed this recognition at The Country House Restaurant in Winter Garden, which served more than 450 meals.
The Palm Shores Riverview Diner in Palm Shores served almost 500 meals, and at both Steve's Famous Diner locations in Daytona Beach, veterans and their families were served a combined total 1,560 meals.
This special appreciation event had all the diners filled to capacity, with veterans and their families enjoying great food.
Founded in 1976, Giant Recreation World is an industry leader in delivering quality recreation vehicles at a superior value.
The company's 90 employees provide sales and service from three Florida locations: Winter Garden, Melbourne and Ormond Beach.
The company's goal is for every customer to have an excellent consumer experience.
Visit the company's website to learn more about Giant Recreation World's new, used and rental products and customer satisfaction goal of never losing business over price at www.giantrecreationworld.com.
Proposals needed for education flights
NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston is accepting applications from teams of kindergarten, elementary and secondary school teachers to conduct scientific experiments aboard the agency's reduced gravity aircraft next year.
The MicroGravity experience flight program will take place July 12-20, 2013, at Johnson.
Educators selected to fly also will participate in an online professional development course centered on microgravity science in the months before and after their flights.
Interested educators are encouraged to apply at http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/tfs.
The deadline for proposals is Jan. 9. Selections will be announced Feb. 6.
For more information on NASA's education programs, visit http://www.nasa.gov/education.
Domestic violence survivors offered services
Heidar Hesmati, director of the Brevard County Health Department recently received a $90,000 grant from the Shirley E. Noland Foundation. The funding will provide dental care for women, children and men survivors of domestic violence through the Hand Up Dental Clinic at the Brevard County Health Department.
The Hand Up Dental Clinic program was established through the combined efforts of the Shirley E. Noland Foundation, Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine and the Brevard County Health Department.
The Hand Up Dental Clinic will provide dental services for women, children, and men, who have suffered dental trauma as a result of domestic violence.
Individuals should call the Brevard County Health Department at (321) 383-2784 to schedule an appointment with the Hand Up Dental Clinic.
Ice sheet loss at both poles increasing
An international team of experts, supported by NASA and the European Space Agency, has combined data from multiple satellites and aircraft to produce the most comprehensive and accurate assessment to date of ice sheet losses in Greenland and Antarctica and their contributions to sea level rise.
In a recently published landmark study in the journal "Science," 47 researchers from 26 laboratories report the combined rate of melting for the ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica has increased during the last 20 years.
Together, these ice sheets are losing more than three times as much ice each year (equivalent to sea level rise of .04 inches or .95 millimeters) as they were in the 1990s (equivalent to .01 inches or .27 millimeters).
About two-thirds of the loss is coming from Greenland, with the rest from Antarctica.
Combined, melting of these ice sheets contributed 044 inches (11.1 millimeters) to global sea levels since 1992. This accounts for one-fifth of all sea level rise within the 20-year survey period. The remainder is caused by the thermal expansion of the warming ocean, melting of mountain glaciers and small Arctic ice caps and groundwater mining.
For more information, visit http://icesat.gsfc.nasa.gov and http://www.csr.utexas.edu/grace.
Graduation and dropout rates released
The Florida Department of Education has released the 2011-12 graduation and dropout rates, and Brevard Public Schools' students are much more likely to stay in school and earn a diploma than their counterparts in almost all other Florida public schools.
According to the Federal Uniform Graduation Rate, BPS' graduation rate, at 85.20 percent, remains among the highest in the state (for) 2011-12. The state of Florida graduation rate for 2011-12 was 74.5 percent.
Brevard has the fourth-highest graduation rate in the state, behind Nassau, St. Johns and Gilchrist counties.
Since 2007-08, BPS' graduation rate has risen from 75.90-85.20 percent.
Further evidence that Brevard students are remaining in school can also be seen in the district's dropout rate. BPS' dropout rate is .6 percent, down from .7 percent in 2010-11.
The dropout rate is the percentage of ninth- through 12th-grade dropouts compared to the ninth- through 12th-grade total, year-long membership. The state of Florida dropout rate for 2011-12 was 1.90 percent.
Business leaders named
"Space Coast Business Magazine" honored the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast as its 2012 Business Leader of the Year at the publication's recent fifth annual awards.
More than 400 guests filled the ballroom at the Melbourne Hilton Rialto as previous award winners and local business leaders presented this year's awards to the following honorees:
Overall - Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast
Technology - Jim Jensen, Satcom Direct
Manufacturing - Dr. Robert Scaringe, Mainstream Engineering
Marketing - Charley Richards, Absolutely Natural
Finance - Bill Taylor, Community Bank of the South
Nonproft - Sandi Scannelli, Community Foundation of Brevard
Transportation - Bill Potter, Melbourne Airport Authority
Up and Comer - Steve Englehart, Florida Institute of Technology; Phil Hayes, Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam CPAs; and Brenda Radke, Brevard Physicians Network
Tribute - Sheriff Jack Parker
Florida Business Bank was the presenting sponsor for the evening. Other event sponsors were Cocoa Hyundai, FirstWave Financial and Willis Insurance.
For more information, call (321) 622-5986 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buy gifts for the animal lovers in your life
Shopping for the animal lovers in your life this holiday season just got a little easier.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of North Brevard's 2013 calendars have arrived, and they make great gifts for teachers, co-workers and at only $10 each, they make great stocking stuffers!
Pick up one, or 10, at the SPCA Adoption Center, Clinic, Thrift Stores or online at www.spcanorthbrevard.com.
You can also find them at Pet Masters, 4266 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville, or at Island Breakers Billiards Sports Bar, 950 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.
The SPCA is the largest private no-kill animal rescue group in Brevard County, and the sales of these calendars will help us find loving homes for even more animals in the coming year.
The SPCA of North Brevard is at 455 Cheney Highway, Titusville.
For more information, call (321) 267-8221, Ext. 256, or visit www.spcanorthbrevard.com.
Local skin care company partners with organic market
Beach Organics Skin Care, a local, organic bath and body company, has announced its new partnership with The Jungle Organic in Indialantic on Highway A1A.
An organic market, Jungle Organics boasts the only organic restaurant in Brevard County, and offers the finest quality of natural and organic foods, produce, supplements and health and beauty products for the whole family.
Beach Organics Skin Care is a local company that manufactures a full range of bath and body products, handmade in small batches, using natural, organic ingredients.
The full product range is available at its headquarters in Cocoa, The Bath Cottage in Cocoa Village, Dr. Rochelle's office in Satellite Beach, Island Therapeutic Massage in Merritt Island, Wellspring Medical in Suntree, Nature's Market in Melbourne and now at Jungle Organic in Indialantic.
Lab equipment donated to program
The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard recently donated a vet lab station and an assortment of lab-related items to Brevard Community College's Veterinary Technology Program.
Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center has had a longstanding relationship with the BCC veterinary technician program to include not only donating equipment to the program, but also offering students the opportunity to work their required clinical rotations.
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.
Its 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.
Putting a boat under your tree
America's favorite boating class is perfect for all those who are preparing for a boating experience after Christmas! While it's difficult to wrap a boat and put it under a Christmas tree, it is much more difficult to safely operate a boat on our crowded waters without proper training.
The Banana River Sail and Power Squadron will offer the Basic Boating Course, with a two-session class scheduled on consecutive Saturdays.
The classes will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 and 23, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Marine, 1001 W. New Haven Ave., (U.S. Highway 192), West Melbourne.
The fee for the class is $50. Bring your lunch. Refreshments will be served.
This course covers must-know topics: types of boats, hulls and propulsion methods, rules of the road, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications afloat, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering and personal water craft safety.
Additionally, an on-the-water session will also be held demonstrating trailer launching and retrieval; and hands-on basic boat handling, anchoring and docking.
For more information, contact Ernst G. Hofmann at email@example.com or call (321) 220-7776.
Women's tennis schedule announced
Head women's tennis coach Bill Macom has announced Florida Tech's upcoming 2013 schedule.
The 18th-ranked Panthers will open the season on Feb. 2 with four consecutive home games, all against nationally ranked opponents.
Florida Tech will face 14 preseason nationally ranked teams in its 20-match season. Seven of those competitors reside in the Sunshine State Conference, with all of them ranking in the top 26 - eight including the Panthers. FIT will also face the likes of 12 nationally ranked singles players and six ranked doubles teams.
FIT opens the season with conference foe and No. 5 Barry University on Feb. 2 at the Fee Avenue Courts at noon. The Buccaneers enter the season with the No. 9, No. 19 and No. 50 ranked singles players in Division II. The Panthers' own Kristina Huba, who is ranked No. 4, after finishing third at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Small College Nationals this fall, defeated all three of Barry's top singles players on her way to FIT's first-ever ITA South Region Singles Championship.
The Panthers will then host No. 27 Palm Beach Atlantic (2/8), No. 16 Nova Southeastern (2/10) and No. 26 Tampa (2/15) in their opening four-game homestand.
FIT will close out the month of February on the road at Eckerd (2/17), No. 12 Saint Leo (2/18), against No. 46 Chestnut Hill in Tampa and at No. 39 Flagler (2/28). Seven of the eight opponents the Panthers will face in February are preseason nationally ranked.
For more information, visit www.floridatechsports.com/wtennis/roster/ or call (321) 674-7484.
Engine maintenance course offered
The Banana River Sail & Power Squadron is offering its very popular marine maintenance course again in January. The number of student slots is limited due to the individual attention given to attendees and the classroom setting in a marine engine repair shop.
The first class will be held on Jan. 17; however, registration closes on Thursday, Jan. 3.
The course will be held at the repair facility of Lew Rivers and Associates, 355 Tortoise View Drive, Satellite Beach.
This course is all about the maintenance and diagnosis of modern systems and gasoline inboards, outboards and diesel engines. This is a "must have" class for all who wish to maintain and extend the life of their marine engines.
Go to www.BRSPS.org to register online with PayPal; or send a check, payable to BRSPS, to Ernst Hofmann, 290 Paradise Blvd., No. 36, Indialantic, FL, 32903.
For more information, call (321) 777-9462.
Dog and cat food and supplies needed
The Central Brevard Humane Society is in desperate need of Purina Kitten & Puppy Chow, canned food (kittens, puppies, cats and dogs), dish soap, blankets, comforters, sheets, towels, dog and cat toys, laundry soap, paper towels, rubbing alcohol, Clorox bleach, distilled water and Fabuloso.
All donated items can be brought to the Humane Society, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa during regular business hours (open seven days a week at 11 a.m. daily).
Gift cards for BJ's Wholesale Club, Home Depot, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, Office Depot, PetsMart, Petco, Pet Supermarket, Target, Sam's Club, Staples and/or WalMart are always appreciated to help with shopping needs.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
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