American astronauts launching from U.S. soil
NASA has announced new agreements with three American commercial companies to design and develop the next generation of United States human space flight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years.
Advances made by these companies, under newly-signed Space Act agreements, through the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, are intended to ultimately lead to the availability of commercial human space flight services for government and commercial customers.
While NASA works with U.S. industry partners to develop commercial space flight capabilities to low Earth orbit, the agency also is developing the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and the Space
Launch System, a crew capsule and heavy-lift rocket to provide an entirely new capability for human exploration.
Designed to be flexible for launching spacecraft for crew and cargo missions, SLS and Orion MPCV will expand human presence beyond low Earth orbit and enable new missions of exploration across the solar system.
For more information about NASA's Commercial Crew Program, visit www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew.
Brevard Federated Republican Women win contest
The Brevard Federated Republican Women were the winners of a contest sponsored by the Florida Federated of Republican Women.
The local club registered more new Republican voters than any other Florida Federation Club in the state of Florida during the contest period.
The Brevard Federated Republican Women meet the first Wednesday of each month and provide education and information about local and state issues.
All Republicans are invited to attend the meetings.
For more information, visit www.brevardfederatedrepublicanwomen.org.
Diagnostic center receives accreditation for scanning
The Health First Diagnostic Center at the Viera Hospital Medical Plaza has been awarded its first three-year term of Accreditation in Positron Emission Tomography Scanning by the American College of Radiology.
The ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety and is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR practice guidelines and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.
Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.
For more information, call (321) 434-4333 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Humane Society in need of donated items
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 toys, laundry soap, paper towels, rubbing alcohol and Clorox bleach.
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).
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
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.
Volunteers, donations sought for Halloween events planned at Wickham Park
Brevard County Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers to help design and decorate for two Halloween events featuring the "Headless Horseman" and the "Haunted Stables" on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27.
The events will take place in the equestrian area at Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive in Melbourne.
Volunteers are needed to help design and decorate the stables, and will also be needed during the event to dress up and assist in scaring patrons.
Volunteer hours will count toward school and club requirements.
This event is targeted at older children, teens and adults and interested volunteers should fall into this target audience.
Volunteer groups and service groups interested in participating should contact Tabitha Niemann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Wickham Park Office at (321) 255-4307.
Wickham Park is currently accepting donations of new or used Halloween decorations, including yard decorations, costumes, dark or sheer curtains, strobe lights and haunted music.
Donations may be dropped off at the main office inside the park.
For more information, call Wickham Park at (321) 255-4307.
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 email@example.com.
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