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Zoo celebrates 20th anniversary, 'Brick-Day'
BREVARD -- Twenty years ago, 70,000 students from all over the Space Coast were given a special opportunity, which laid the foundation for the Brevard Zoo. These students created special bricks -- some decorated with stones, initials and their names -- that would create the walkways for the Zoo. To this d...
Tallahassee native to headline Pioneer Day
BREVARD -- Michael Koppy has certainly had an interesting journey through his life. Raised in Tallahassee, Mr. Koppy hitchhiked and hopped freight trains across the country, from ocean to ocean, a whopping nine times after being expelled from high school. Throughout his many different careers, working as ...
Brevard Teacher of Year remains humble
BREVARD -- Atlantis Elementary School is now the home to its third Brevard County Teacher of the Year in less than a decade. On Thursday, Jan. 30, Matthew Yount, a six-year veteran of Brevard Public Schools and a sixth-grade math teacher at Atlantis Elementary in Port St. John, was named the Brevard County...
Museum to host Viera author
VIERA -- In an effort to blend Florida's rich history with the arts, the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science is continuing a new, exciting venture called "Author Talks." On Sunday, Feb. 9, the Brevard Museum is thrilled to welcome Viera author Jaimie Engle for its second installment of "Author T...
Quick, to the Batmobile!
Shari Blissett-Clark of Merritt Island holds onto a rescued bat at the 17th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, held at Eastern Florida State College in Titusville, Sunday, Jan. 26. Ms. Blissett-Clark represents the Florida Bat Conservancy and spoke to attendees of the festival about the benefits of bats and b...
Family singing group to host free concerts
COCOA BEACH -- Florida's very own Von Trapp family will return to the Space Coast for a group of free concerts this weekend. On Sunday, Feb. 9, the Ditchfield Family Singers will host "The Best of Broadway," two free concerts at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Cocoa Beach. The first concert begins at 3:3...
Back into play
Goalie Kamryn Gies, 8, of Malabar puts the ball back into play at a soccer game, held at Melbourne Central Catholic High School sports fields Saturday, Feb. 1. Her co-ed team of first-graders, from St. Joseph's Catholic School, played a team from Ascension Catholic School of Melbourne....
American Heart Month: series of workshops to highlight heart disease
BREVARD -- In an effort to raise awareness about heart disease, Health First Heart and Vascular Services is hosting a series of workshops this month, American Heart Month. From Feb. 12-13, the facility will host three workshops at different locations throughout Brevard County. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, a "He...
Church to host pet food drive
MERRITT ISLAND -- While today's economic forecast is still dismal, two groups have come together to make sure people and their pets receive the food they need. On Friday, Feb. 7, Grace United Methodist Church and the SPCA of Brevard will host a pet food drive for Brevard County families in need. Donations...
The challenge of ice fishing
Torah Troy, 3, and Jon Logan England, 3, both of Indialantic tried out ice-fishing on 'Blizzard Day' at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Indialantic Friday, Jan. 31. The children of St. Mark's Preschool got a chance to take part in activities children don't normally get to in Florida. Ice-skating, ice-fishing and build...
Adoption event helps hundreds of pets find homes
BREVARD -- Hundreds of pets found loving homes on Jan. 25-26 at a Mega Adoption Event, hosted by local animal welfare agencies. Brevard Community Mega Adoptions, which consists of the SPCA of Brevard, Brevard County Animal Services, Brevard ASAP, Hope for Brevard, the Central Brevard Humane Society and the...
EFSC to offer cross-over law enforcement program
BREVARD -- As children, many dreamed of becoming a law enforcement officer -- saving lives and helping the community. Eastern Florida State College is offering a unique opportunity for those, who are Correctional Officers, to apply to a special Correctional Officer Cross-Over to Law Enforcement Officer Ac...
Local farm is growing the 'green' way
BREVARD -- On the southern outskirts of Brevard County, tucked away on a 2.75-acre plot of picturesque Corey Road, a bounty of fresh, hydroponically grown vegetables are being harvested. Liberty Farms of Florida, a venture by former Congressman Val Steele and others in his community, is a Community Supported Agr...
Fighting the dragons
Meta Krause, 7, of Melbourne gets a push from Adam Nichols of Melbourne Village at Dragon Fest, held at Wickham Park Pavilion Sunday, Jan. 26. The Dragon Fest was a fundraiser for the Save Dragon Pointe project that featured a Renaissance flair....
'Sneak Peek' allows audience to select favorite films
BREVARD -- Movie lovers are encouraged to choose their favorite film at a series of "sneak-peek" screenings this year. On Saturday, Feb. 15, Brevard County filmmakers Ray and Migdalia Etheridge are presenting a one-hour-long screening of several short films, all submitted by indie filmmakers from all over ...
Double-trouble on the field
Luke Kelly, 7, of Melbourne gives the ball a kick, while his twin brother Mark observes the play, during a soccer game,held at Melbourne Central Catholic High School sports field Saturday, Feb. 1. His team, from Ascension Catholic School, played against the first-graders of St. Joseph's....
Port veterans to help expand cargo industry
PORT CANAVERAL -- The Canaveral Port Authority announced recently that it has hired two veteran port executives to help expand the cargo business at Port Canaveral. Alberto Cabrera will join Canaveral as the senior director of Cargo Business Development, and he will oversee cargo-marketing strategy to exp...
Humane Society celebrates ribbon cutting of new facility
BREVARD -- The Central Brevard Humane Society took another step in its mission of making the Space Coast a "no-kill" community. On Thursday, Jan. 23, the nonprofit shelter celebrated the opening of its "new" Merritt Island Adoption Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Joining representatives from the Hu...
A bit of a bumpy ride
Greyson Brown, 2, and his father Frank of Port St. John got a chance to ride an 18-year-old camel, named 'Adair,' at Searstown Mall in Titusville, Saturday, Feb. 2. Animals on-hand included monkeys, llamas, goats, a kangaroo, tiger, black panther and ponies....
Informative cemetery tours highlight upcoming Pioneer Day
BREVARD -- Merritt Island is gearing up for its third annual Pioneer Day to be held Feb. 8, and has more events planned than ever before. The all-day celebration marks the 170th birthday of John Sams, known as the founder of Merritt Island, and a prominent community ...
Exhibit helps remember tragedy, find hope
COCOA BEACH -- Brevard County residents are being asked to find the "Courage to Remember," as a national Holocaust exhibit comes to Cocoa Beach this February. The Simon Wiesenthal Center's world-renowned "The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust 1933-1945" traveling exhibit will address the issue of anti-Sem...
Building a snowman in Florida
Willow Luger, 4, of Indian Harbour Beach builds a snowman on 'Blizzard Day' at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Indialantic Friday, Jan. 31. The children of St. Mark's Preschool got a chance to take part in activities children don't normally get to in Florida. Ice-skating, ice-fishing and building snowmen were some of ...
Celebrate Spring: We want your event listings
Attention, Brevard organizations, churches, nonprofits, clubs and businesses: Hometown News is putting together a calendar listing for its upcoming Celebrate Spring publication, and we need your help. If you have an upcoming event that you'd like to promote that will take place between April 1, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2014, please email your listing ...
The Jan. 24 article, highlighting The Knowledge Exchange in Palm Bay, contained an error. Jane's Gathering Place, Inc., hosted the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit's Women's Defense Tactics Program, as a past event at The Knowledge Exchange. Hometown News regrets the error....
Pet of the week
A 3-year-old, 20-pound Maine Coon rescue cat, 'Jack' is the dog-like pet of Bill and Diane Preston of Palm Bay. Some of Jack's favorite things to do are chase lizards on the screen, lick his Daddy's face, get brushed and play with his laser toy....

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