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Annual surf festival set for Labor Day weekend
MELBOURNE - The 27th annual NKF Rich Salick Pro Am Surf Festival, presented by Ron Jon Surf Shop, will make waves this Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, at the Cocoa Beach Pier. This year's event will be the first event to honor the late world class surfer Rich Salick, co-founder and three-time k...
Japanese military textiles bring war to life
The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Tech in Melbourne will display a Japanese Military Textiles exhibit Sept. 8 through Dec. 15. "This exhibit opens a great window of significance, showing how we cherish items during wartime," said Keidra Navaroli, assistant director of the center. "Japanese culture is unique in that sense. Often ...
Sweet victory!
Trainer Matt McCook of Satellite Beach holds up 'Bezerker' Bill Johnson of Melbourne after his victory in the amateur Mixed Martial Arts fight at Levelz Nightclub in Melbourne Saturday, Aug. 18. Donnie Hair's 'Live Cage Fights' featured amateur MMA and Muay-Thai bouts with local fighters....
Construction to start on The Brevard Zoo Trail
VIERA - Bikers, runners and walkers might have an exciting path to take next spring, thanks to a partnership between the Brevard Zoo, A. Duda & Sons, and the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department. Construction could start as early as ...
City council chooses search firm for new city manager
MELBOURNE - In a unanimous vote held on Tuesday, Aug. 14, the Melbourne City Council finished its executive search firm selection, picking Colin Baenziger and Associates of Wellington to help find a new city manager this fall. In January, Melbourne...
Fiske Guide includes Florida Tech
MELBOURNE - Florida Institute of Technology became one of the nine public and private universities in the state of Florida to be included in the 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges last month. "It's really the bible for college admissions," said Randall Alford...
The grape escape
Aila Hammond, 2, of Melbourne, picks grapes with the help of her mother, Raina, during the 10th annual Grape Stomp at Riverside Farm and Vineyard in Palm Bay Saturday, Aug. 18. The event, in coordination with the Space Coast Wine Guild, featured wine tastings, live music, and wine and jelly-making demonstrations....
Street name changes to Revolution Technologies Way
MELBOURNE - The Melbourne City Council approved a street renaming for a portion of Ted Huff Road to the name Revolution Technologies Way during its regular City Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14. "We just want to let everyone know the street name is changing," said Paul Gougleman, Melbourne city attorney. "...
Bringing the community together - one stitch at a time
BREVARD - For the past 15 years, one Brevard-based group has shared a common desire to connect with its community through needle and thread. "We teach one other different things, and we all just enjoy sewing," said Marsha Lufton, ...
Cocoa Beach commission nominates new city manager
COCOA BEACH - Following a three-month process, the Cocoa Beach City Commission has selected a new city manager. Commissioners unanimously nominated 42-year-old Robert Majka, the current assistant county manager for Bay County, Fla., to replace Chuck Bil...
It's the thrill of the fight
Chris 'C-Walk' Walker (left) of Cocoa dodges a punch from his opponent, Justin Kerlin of New Smyrna Beach, during their amateur Mixed Martial Arts fight, which Mr. Walker won, at Levelz Nightclub in Melbourne Saturday, Aug. 18. Donnie Hair's 'Live Cage Fights' featured amateur MMA and Muay-Thai bouts with local fig...
Musician makes first stop of tour in Palm Bay
PALM BAY - He's stopping in Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles, but his first stop will be right here in Brevard. Papa Joe Aviance, a Los Angeles-based musician, clothing designer and CEO of his own production company called Papa Jo...
Rockledge Little Leaguers conquer world championship
ROCKLEDGE - Following an unprecedented, undefeated season, the Rockledge Junior Little League Baseball team can now call themselves world champions, following a trip to Taylor, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 18. "We couldn't be more proud of the whole team, coaches and ...
There's an app for hurricane preparedness
BREVARD - The American Red Cross recently launched a free new mobile application to help save lives during hurricane season. The Hurricane App, available to users on both iPhone and Android platforms, contains a number of features to in...
Talent and skill
Rockledge Community Relations Specialist Michael Cadore shows off the two gold medals he won at the 2012 Florida Police & Fire Games in Fort Pierce last month. After winning a gold in the 100-meter dash, Mr. Cadore, 45, was asked to run with Miami and Sarasota police officers on their 4x100 relay team in the 18- to...
Sheriff's bike program climbs monumental milestone
BREVARD - After six years of operation, the Sheriff's Bike Program has donated more than 4,000 bicycles to the underprivileged in Brevard. Aug. 1 marked its 4,000th donated bicycle, given to a child who will use it to get to and from school each day. His name w...
Pet of the week
Meet 'Ernie,' a 7-year-old orange tabby cat, who is the playful pet of Carol and Bill Henderson of Palm Bay. Ernie's favorite activities are playing and hiding in bags, chasing bugs on the porch screen and, of course, eating. Ernie has a brother the same age, named 'Bert,' who constantly harasses him....

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