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Community notes - Palm Bay
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Posted: 2012 Aug 31 - 00:20

Grant received to advance adult literacy

Brevard Adult Literacy Volunteers, an organization that teaches adults in Brevard County to read, has been selected to receive a $4,000 grant as part of the inaugural Restaurant Community Grant Program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.

The Restaurant Community Grant Program is a local grants program intended to help support nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities Darden and its restaurant brands serve.

The donation will enable Brevard Adult Literacy Volunteers to replace outdated tutoring materials used to teach literacy skills to adults at libraries in Brevard County, so they may reach their full potential in their families, jobs and communities.

Restaurants within the Darden family - Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 - are helping to award more than $1.7 million in local grants to nearly 900 exceptional nonprofit organizations nationwide.

Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden's three key focus areas: access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources and hunger.

For more information about the Darden Foundation, visit www.darden.com/commitment/community.asp. For additional information about Brevard Adult Literacy Volunteers, visit www.BrevardLiteracy.org, call (321) 917-8952 or email brevardliteracy@gmail.com.

Medical Practitioners For Affordable Care LLC

Medical Practitioners For Affordable Care has been selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization, a multifaceted new emerging model of care sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and intended to ensure high quality care while addressing healthcare costs and problems created by existing fragmented care delivery.

Medical Practitioners For Affordable Care, based in Melbourne and comprised of 145 participating local physicians, is the only Brevard County Accountable Care Organization.

For more information, call (321) 323-4460.

NASA selects contract for employee relocation services

NASA has selected Franconia Real Estate Services of Woodbridge, Va., for agency-wide employee relocation services, effective Oct. 1.

The firm-fixed price Blanket Purchase Agreement with delivery/task orders includes a one-year base period with four, one-year options.

The maximum value of the Blanket Purchase Agreement (base plus options) is approximately $35 million.

The contractor also will provide home marketing assistance, counseling, destination area services and property management for NASA employees who are relocating.

Relocation services are available at all NASA centers and associated facilities.

The contract will be managed by the NASA Shared Services Center, located near Bay St. Louis, Miss.

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit http://www.nasa.gov

American Correctional Association recognizes jail supervisors

Fifteen Brevard County Jail supervisors recently took up the challenge to exceed standards by further testing and demonstrating their level of professionalism and expertise in the field of corrections.

By preparing for this certification testing in management, it required an enormous amount of dedication and commitment by each participant to achieve this level.

. ACA certified corrections executives are Maj. Gregory Robertson and Maj. Darrell Hibbs

. ACA Certified Corrections Managers are Lt. George Fayson, Lt. Ronald Tomblin and Lt. James Dodson

. ACA Certified Corrections Supervisors are Sgt. Beldon Ferguson, Sgt. Clifford Ferguson, Lt. Kelly Haman, Sgt. Darryl McCullough, Sgt. Edward, Ostrom, Sgt. Alan Rainey, Sgt. Rodney Richter, Sgt. Michelle Patrick, Sgt. Robbie Stokes and Sgt. Brian Seeley

Certification by the American Correctional Association improves staff training and development and establishes measurable criteria for upgrading operations, morale and professionalism.

These standards provide a safer environment for staff as well as those who are in the custody of the sheriff.

For more information, visit www.BrevardSheriff.com.

Partners in Crisis leader to serve

Gail Cordial, executive director of Florida Partners in Crisis, will serve another two years on a substance abuse and mental health task force reporting to the state Supreme Court.

The group was created in 2010 and recently was extended until 2014 by order of Chief Justice Ricky Polston.

Among the tasks Justice Polston assigned the group, relating to people with substance abuse or mental health issues are:

. Develop a resource guide for judges and others for helping veterans.

. Help develop recommendations on training for judges.

. Offer guidance on the continuation of the expansion of the "post-adjudication drug court."

. Study how to best focus programs and resources.

. Promote recommendations from the "Transforming Florida's Mental Health System" report.

More than two dozen people are serving on the task force, including judges, law enforcement and experts statewide in mental health and substance abuse treatment and veterans issues.

For more information, call Belinda Stewart at (321) 750-3547 or email bstewart@flpic.org.

Kennedy Space Center Safety and Mission Support Services

NASA has selected A-P-T Research Inc. of Huntsville, Ala., to provide mission assurance, engineering and risk assessment services at the agency's Kennedy Space Center.

The maximum potential value for the four-year, cost-plus-award-fee Safety and Mission Support Services II contract is $36 million.

A-P-T Research Inc. will perform the mission assurance, engineering and risk assessment services in the disciplines of safety, reliability and quality at Kennedy and all Kennedy-assigned facilities at sites that include Vandenberg Air Force Base and NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California.

For more information about NASA programs and missions, visit www.nasa.gov.

Resident author appointed oral history chair

Dianne Marcum, who was recently appointed to the Brevard Historical Commission by District 2 Brevard County Commissioner Chuck Nelson, has been named by that group as chair of its oral history program.

A Cape Canaveral resident, Ms. Marcum is a nonfiction writer who works in print, photography and video and is the author of the popular travel guide, "Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and Florida's Space Coast."

The Brevard County Historical Commission, chaired by Joe Morgan of Cocoa Beach, is prompted by county ordinance to "collect, arrange, record and preserve historical materials," part of which is accomplished by obtaining oral histories of residents involved with various aspects of the county's past.

The commission, which has converted its 84 oral histories from various media forms into DVDs, is looking at making its collection more accessible to a wider audience; and through a partnership with Space Coast Government TV, would like to interview more local experts.

The DVDs, which cover a wide range of topics from stories of the citrus industry to the space race, are available to be checked out at the Central Brevard Library in Cocoa.

The Brevard Historical Commission is headquartered at the Central Brevard Library in Cocoa and holds its meetings there at 6:15 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The public is encouraged to attend.

Call the commission office at (321) 633-1794 if you would like to address the Commission on a specific issue.

LaSala's Dojo fighting for the National Kidney Foundation

Recently, LaSala's Dojo- Karate for Christ students competed in a martial arts tournament in which all proceeds were donated to the National Kidney Foundation.

The event was held in Cocoa Beach at the Cocoa Beach Country Club.

Once again, all of LaSala's Dojo's competitors placed in the top three in their division.

Master LaSala is very proud of his students and the black belts who traveled with the students as coaches.

The students who competed and the awards they won are:

. Miguel Bartalome, 17, Grand Champion, First Place Self-Defense, First Place Kata and First Place Sparring

. Collin Dropchuk, 13, First Place Kata, and Third Place Sparring

. Rigo Bartalome, 10, Second Place Kata, Second Place Sparring

. April Garcia, 11, First Place Kata, First Place Self-Defense, First Place Sparring

. Tyler Jordan, 15, Second Place Self-Defense, Second Place Sparring

. Austin Adderly, 8, Third Place Kata, Third Place Sparring

. Steel Gately, 9, Second Place Kata, Second Place Sparring

. Denis Tyner, 44, First Place Kata

. Ray Wright, 44, First Place Weapons Kata, First Place Sparring

For more information about LaSala's Dojo-Karate for Christ visit www.lasalasdojo.com.

Attention, 2nd Infantry Division veterans

The Florida Branch of the Second (Indianhead) Division Association will have its annual reunion in Titusville Oct. 12-14 at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn.

For reservations, call the hotel at (321) 269-9100 and say you are with the Second Division.

For more information, call the branch secretary-treasurer, Donald Calnan, at (561) 742-5379 or email 2ida.mail@charter.net.

Local chief to serve as president

Palm Bay Police Chief Doug Muldoon has been sworn in as the incoming president of the FBI National Academy Associates and will begin his one-year term in January.

The election to the post puts Palm Bay on the international stage and opens the door for additional resources, training and assistance from the highest caliber professionals in law enforcement.

The chief's duties as president will include providing guidance and leadership in the development and promotion of new training programs and resources for law enforcement professionals.

Chief Muldoon plans to promote Palm Bay's successful model of building public-private partnerships in applying the latest commercial technologies to the law enforcement arena.

Chief Muldoon has been affiliated with the academy associates for more than 20 years and graduated from the 153rd Session in June 1988.

Eight Palm Bay officers have since graduated from the program with a ninth scheduled to enter the program next month.

The FBI National Academy Associates is a nonprofit, international organization of nearly 18,000 senior law enforcement professionals, dedicated to providing communities, states, countries and the profession with the highest degree of law enforcement expertise, training, education and information.

There are 44 domestic chapters in the U.S. and Canada and four international chapters in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

- For Hometown News




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