Panther standout to play basketball
Last season, Florida Tech senior basketball player Simon Cummings was leading the Panthers to its first-ever outright Sunshine State Conference Regular Season Championship, earning First Team All-SSC honors, tying an NCAA Division II record for most consecutive three-pointers and appearing on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays for the feat.
This year, he is topping all of that.
Cummings has headed across the Atlantic Ocean to play professional basketball for the Essex Leopards, a member of the English Basketball League Division 1.
Cummings led the SSC in scoring (17.3 points per game) and minutes played (33.9 minutes played per game) during his final season.
In a Dec. 19 contest against Trinity, the 6-foot, 1-inch guard notched a season-high 36 points after hitting 10 consecutive three pointers to tie a Division II record.
The Essex Leopards are a member of the top division in the English Basketball League. The Leopards are coming off its best season in team history, earning the Division 1 regular season and tournament titles.
For more information, call (321) 674-7484.
Sheriff's Office earns top finishes at motorcycle competition
Recently, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Motor Unit participated in the Second Annual Space Coast Motorcycle Safety Training and Trials event, which was hosted by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Cocoa Police Department and Melbourne Police Department.
More than 50 law enforcement officers from around the state of Florida competed in the motorcycle skills competition, which was held in the parking lot of the Melbourne Square Mall, located on West New Haven Avenue.
While competing, officers demonstrated the skills and techniques necessary to safely negotiate obstacles they may expect to encounter during daily enforcement.
Several members of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Motor Unit were recognized for their outstanding performances at the event:
. Cpl. Chris Ferrante: First Place Individual Metric Division and Third Place Overall Individual
. Cpl. Chris Ferrante and Deputy Frank Santiago: First Place Overall Team Ride
. Deputy Frank Santiago: Second Place Individual Metric Division and Fourth Place Overall Individual
. Sgt. Scott Behringer: Third Place Overall in the Challenge Ride, and
. Cpl. Chris Ferrante and Deputy Bryan Kanipe: Third Place Team Slowride.
In addition, the event also raised funds to benefit "Families of the Shield," a nonprofit organization that supports law enforcement officers and their families in times of need or in the event of an officer's death.
For more information related to this event, contact Motor Unit Sgt. Scott Behringer at (321) 863-1236.
Department reaches out to Hispanic and female farmers and ranchers
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers, who allege discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in past decades can file claims between Sept. 24 and March 25.
The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher, who can prove that USDA denied their applications for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000.
The voluntary claims process will make available at least $1.33 billion for cash awards and tax relief payments, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers. There are no filing fees to participate in the program.
Call-center representatives can be reached at (888) 508-4429. Claimants must register for a claims package (by calling the number or visiting the website), and the claims package will be mailed to claimants.
All those interested in learning more or receiving information about the claims process and claims packages are encouraged to attend meetings in your communities about the claims process and contact the website or claims telephone number.
Visit www.farmerclaims.gov or call (888) 508-4429.
First mobile NASA app and earthquake forecasting share software award
NASA's first mobile application and software that models the behavior of earthquake faults to improve earthquake forecasting and the understanding of earthquake processes are co-winners of NASA's 2012 Software of the Year Award.
The award recognizes innovative software technologies that significantly improve the agency's exploration of space and maximize scientific discovery on Earth.
Software engineers at NASA developed the NASA App for mobile platforms, including the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android phones and tablets.
The NASA App currently has more than 9.6 million user installations and receives more than three million hits per day on average.
For more information, visit http://icb.nasa.gov and http://www.nasa.gov.
Women's basketball returns to the hardwood
Florida Tech is coming off its second-straight NCAA tournament appearance, and looks to continue its success in 2012-13.
The Panthers will open the season with its Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 9-10 at the Clemente Center.
The Tip-Off Classic will begin FIT's 2012-13 campaign on Friday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. when the Panthers open the four-team invitational against the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. Rollins will face the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez at 3 p.m.
On Nov. 10, the SSC teams will switch opponents. Rollins will face UPR-Piedras at 2 p.m. and FIT will battle UPR-Mayaguez at 4 p.m.
FIT will then travel to Fort Lauderdale to compete in the Nova Southeastern Classic from Nov. 17-18. The Panthers will face two NCAA South Region opponents in Alabama-Huntsville and Clark Atlanta.
Following the Nova Southeastern Classic, FIT will drive north to face South Carolina Aiken on Nov. 25.
The Panthers will play in two exhibitions prior to the season opener. FIT will host the Chilean National Team on Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. before it hosts Webber International on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Both exhibitions will be played at the Clemente Center and are free to the public.
For a complete schedule or more information, visit www.floridatechsports.com/wbasketball/schedule/.
Brevard County Sheriff's Office promotional ceremony
Recently, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office held a promotional ceremony at the Sheriff's Office North Precinct, located in Titusville.
Sheriff Jack Parker made three sergeant promotions, eight corporal promotions, two field training officer promotions and promoted three deputy sheriffs to the assignment of agent.
The newly-promoted Sheriff's Office personnel will be assigned to work in the Uniform Patrol Division, Jail Complex and Criminal Investigations Division.
The ceremony was open to the public and was attended by family and friends of those being promoted, in addition to Sheriff's Office personnel.
The following Sheriff's Office personnel were recognized during the ceremony and promoted:
Cpl. Kurt Benfant to sergeant, Cpl. Harold Stafford to sergeant, acting Sgt. Stephen Fernez to sergeant, Field Training Officer David Scheuerer to corporal, Field Training Officer Ghayas Ahmed to corporal, Field Training Officer Shelly Gardner to corporal, Corrections Deputy James Ris to corporal, Corrections Deputy Edward Medbery to corporal, Deputy Brad Bellflower to corporal, Agent Jim Haman to corporal, Corrections Deputy Thomas Parrott to field training officer, Corrections Deputy Jason Lewis to field training officer, Deputy Sara McLennon to agent and Deputy Jack Hanigan to agent.
For more information, visit www.brevardshefiff.com.
Winners of the Florida Council of Social Studies Theron Trimble Award
Brevard Public Schools has recognized Chris Spinale and Kassie Erenstoft as the Florida Council of Social Studies Theron Trimble Award Winners.
This award is sponsored by the Florida Council for the Social Studies, a professional organization of social studies educators striving to maintain and enhance the importance of social studies in Florida education.
Mr. Spinale is a Purdue University graduate who also holds a Master in Education and Education Specialist degree from the University of Central Florida.
He began his teaching career in 1997 at Titusville High School teaching AP U.S. Government and Politics.
In 2006, he transferred to Viera High School, where he taught economics.
He served as department chair at both high schools. In 2012, he moved to the Educational Services Facility, providing services as a secondary social studies resource teacher.
Ms. Erenstoft is a graduate of the University of Florida, who received a Master in Education degree from the University of Central Florida.
She began her teaching career at Narcoossee Community School in 2005 and joined the Brevard family in 2006 with her current teaching assignment at Spessard L. Holland Elementary School.
In 2011, Ms. Erenstoft was a Brevard County Teacher of the Year finalist because of the way she implements engaging and thought provoking lessons within the classroom, while connecting classroom experiences to meaningful and methodical skills for other teachers to use.
For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 796.
Sunflower House seeks donations for medical equipment bank
The Sunflower House is currently accepting donations for its medical equipment bank.
Wheelchairs, walkers with seats, canes and shower chairs are most needed.
The medical equipment bank loans equipment to individuals age 60 and older and to caregivers of individuals age 60 and older who are in need.
Please call (321) 452-4341 to make an appointment, to donate or pick up equipment. This program is donation-based.
The Sunflower House is a senior and caregiver resource center located in the Merritt Square Mall and is a program of Aging Matters in Brevard.
The Sunflower House is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Men's tennis wraps up Panther invitational
Florida Tech concluded its Panther Invitational with 10 victories on the final day.
The Panthers won seven singles matches and three doubles matches at the Fee Avenue Courts.
The third day opened with two rounds of doubles play.
The doubles draw was originally scheduled to begin on day one of the invitational, but was suspended due to rain and lightning.
Patrick Hernandez and Matic Leskovar won the opening doubles match in flight "A" over Palm Beach Atlantic's Mark Heimberger and Asteway Adams, 8-4.
In flight "B," Beau Fieldsend and Riley Lorenz knocked off Santiago Lobelo and Diego Garavito of Bethune-Cookman by a score of 9-8.
Barry Dylewski and Daniel Armellino collected FIT's third win in doubles play. The senior-sophomore combo defeated Palm Beach Atlantic's Nicholas Battistini and Michael Leonard, 8-6, in flight "C."
Hernandez fell in the flight "A" singles championship match to Leonardo Lima of Bethune-Cookman, 6-2, 6-2. But the Panthers went 7-1 in eight other consolation matches.
Fieldsend won his flight "A" match in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5. Dylewski and Leskovar both won their consolation matched in flight "B" in straight sets. Leskovar defeated Webber International's Marcel Schmitt, 6-0, 6-0.
Jimmy Nguyen and Lorenz both won matches in flight "C" in straight sets, and Donovan Wetterstein took a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Webber International's Tunguy Oukeo in flight "D."
For tennis results and more information, visit www.floridatechsports.com or call (321) 674-7484.
Florida Tech basketball player signs with Costa Rican professional team
Former Florida Tech guard Anthony Jackson became the second basketball player to join the ranks of a professional organization this month, signing with Ferrenteria Brenes-Barva of the Second Division League of the Costa Rican Basketball Federation.
His former teammate Simon Cummings is playing with the Essex Leopards of the English Basketball League.
Jackson joins a squad that won a record-setting five consecutive National Championships from 2006-10.
Last season, the team lost in the semifinals of the tournament.
Head Coach Warren Espinosa will take the reins for his first season as coach of Ferrenteria Brenes-Barva. The season will run from October through May.
For more information, call (321) 674-7484.
Brevard County Fire Rescue promotion
Brevard County Fire Rescue has promoted firefighter/paramedic Kenny Appling to the rank of lieutenant.
The promotion was made official recently during a brief ceremony at Fire Rescue's headquarters in Rockledge.
The ceremony was attended by Fire Rescue officials, as well as friends and family of Lieutenant Appling and was presided over by Deputy Fire Chief Dennis Neterer.
After being sworn in, Lt. Appling was presented with his lieutenant helmet, bugles and badge.
Lt. Appling is an 11-year veteran of the department and most recently served at Station 48 in West Viera as a member of the department's Special Operations Team.
He has been re-assigned to a floating lieutenant position.
For more information, call (321) 633.2056 or visit www.brevardfire.com.
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