Firefighters wear pink to promote breast cancer awareness
Brevard County firefighters have traded in their blue shirts for pink in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
For the rest of the month of October, Brevard County Fire Rescue has teamed with the Brevard County Professional Firefighters Benevolent Association to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer by allowing members to purchase and wear the pink shirts in place of their normal duty shirts.
The shirts feature the benevolent logo on the front with "Brevard Fire- We Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month" on the back.
The BCPFF will donate all funds raised by the sale of the shirts to the International Association of Firefighters, which is once again working with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to offer the "Passionately Pink for the Cure" program for October.
For more information, visit www.breastcancer.org, call (321) 633.2056 or visit www.brevardfire.com.
Brevard Schools Foundation seeks items for auction
The Brevard Schools Foundation is seeking items and sponsors for its second "Bids for Kids" online auction, which will take place Nov. 13-16.
Donations of items, gift certificates and services will be accepted.
Areas of interest include dining, entertainment / leisure, sports and sports memorabilia, health/beauty, art, home goods, food, travel, jewelry, clothing, tickets, books, toys, golf, lawn/garden, music, auto, business services, pet, baby, show tickets, TV/movie memorabilia, computers, electronics and antiques/ collectibles.
Proceeds will go to the foundation's general fund.
Sponsorships are available.
Visit www.biddingfor good.com/brevardschools to submit donations online or contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or (321) 633-1000, Ext. 756.
Elks Lodge helps Eryn Cooper Fund
Recently, at a Cocoa Beach Kiwanis meeting, Elks Lodge No. 2387 exalted ruler Tope Phillips presented a $2,000 check to the Cocoa Beach Kiwanis Foundation. The funds are dedicated to the Eryn Cooper Fund that supports the 11-year-old daughter of Detective Tom Cooper.
Eryn lost both kidneys at the age of 5 and is awaiting her third kidney transplant.
In 2007, the Elks, Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions Clubs raised more than $70,000 to offset transportation costs and medical expenses not covered by insurance.
For more information about Eryn or to donate to her fund, visit www.eryncooper.com.
Local coordinator is 'Afterschool Ambassador'
The Afterschool Alliance has announced that Jackie Francisco, assistant district coordinator of Brevard Public Schools School Age Child Care Program, has been selected to serve as a 2012-13 "Afterschool Ambassador."
She is one of just 12 local leaders from across the country to be chosen for the honor this year.
Each Afterschool Ambassador will continue directing or supporting a local afterschool program while also serving the one-year Afterschool Ambassador term, organizing public events, communicating with policy makers and building support for afterschool programs.
Ms. Francisco's ambassadorship is sponsored by Bright House Networks, as part of the company's ongoing commitment to afterschool initiatives and to education in STEM topics.
For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 375.
Physical education Fall Field Day
Brevard adaptive physical education teachers will host a Fall Field Day on Friday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eau Gallie High School with assistance of the high school's Best Buddy Program.
This fall festival for students in exceptional education programs will include children from Eau Gallie, Satellite, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Heritage, Space Coast, Astronaut, Titusville, Viera, Cocoa, Merritt Island and Rockledge high schools, as well as students from Johnson, Hoover, Kennedy, Stone, Madison, Jefferson, Jackson, DeLaura and Central middle schools.
The goal of the festival is to create a fun-filled day of fellowship and exercise, and foster new friendships and enhance the physical and social well being of BPS students.
For more information, contact Scott Pedrick, adaptive physical education teacher, at email@example.com or (321) 794-6388.
Getting fit and healthy
A new program has been launched, aimed at increasing healthy lifestyles and physical fitness of Brevard students.
The launch coincided with International Walk to School Day and is a partnership between Commit 2B Fit, Brevard County Schools and Space Coast Transportation Planning.
The program is being funded through the Florida Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School grant.
The Commit 2B Fit School Program is a comprehensive educational program that teaches children the basics of sound nutrition and the importance of regular physical activity.
The program, which targets third- and fourth-graders will be implemented in 10 Brevard Schools each year for three years, thus reaching 30 schools before its culmination.
For more information, contact Rachel Winsten, resource teacher for physical education, health and driver's education at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 387, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space Coast Area Transit sets ridership record
Preliminary ridership numbers for Space Coast Area Transit, Brevard's Public Transportation System, indicate more than two million passenger boardings occurred on its fixed-route buses for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
That represents a 12 percent increase in ridership over Fiscal Year 2011, and the 20th consecutive year of ridership gains. Fiscal Year 2012 productivity of 25.52 passengers per hour of service is also a record.
Both the State Road 520 and A1A corridors remain as the service areas with the most passenger boardings. The Palm Bay/Melbourne area shows the largest growth in the system, along with the most productive route in the County between U.S. Highway 192 and Palm Bay Road.
For more information and exact time schedules, visit www.RideSCAT.com or contact customer service representatives at (321) 633-1878.
Propeller Club is "Club of the Year"
The Propeller Club of Port Canaveral was named "International Propeller Club of the Year" recently at an international convention in New Orleans.
The Propeller Club is dedicated to advancing interests of the maritime community.
Jack Crockett, a member of the Port Canaveral club, received the "President's Award" in recognition of his work on behalf of the International Propeller Club. Mr. Crockett was elected international treasurer.
The Port Canaveral club has more than 100 members and meets on the first Wednesday of every month.
It provides scholarships, aids in educating the public about the maritime industry and supports seafarer charities. Membership is open to everyone.
For more information about the Port Canaveral club, visit www.propellerclubcanaveral.com.
Brevard Achievement Center awarded
The Brevard Achievement Center recently received several awards from the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities and its central nonprofit agency, RESPECT of Florida.
At RESPECT of Florida's annual awards ceremony, BAC received the Employment Center of the Year - Products award for the second year in a row, and third time overall.
Also recognized at the ceremony were clients who received awards for Employee of the Year and Most Improved of the Year, as well as Honorable Mention in the Rookie of the Year category.
In addition, former BAC president and CEO, Dayle Olson, was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by the agency, and the Board Appreciation Award.
BAC is one of more than 50 nonprofit organizations within the state of Florida that offer employment training opportunities to persons with disabilities due to its partnership with RESPECT of Florida.
For more information, visit www.floridaarf.org., www.bacbrevard.com or call (321) 632-8610.
Brevard Commission on Aging member honored
Brevard County Commission on Aging member Mark Brimer has been awarded the initial Florida Senior Falls Prevention Award.
The recognition is sponsored by the Florida Injury Prevention Program and the Florida Department of Health in conjunction with the Florida Senior Falls Prevention Coalition and is presented to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to Senior Falls Prevention.
In 2008, Mr. Brimer successfully launched The Elder Falls Prevention Program in conjunction with Brevard County Housing and Human Services Department and the Commission on Aging. This program has become a primary initiative of Brevard County and also includes the cities of Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Rockledge, Palm Bay, Satellite Beach and Titusville.
For more information, call (321) 633-2007 or email email@example.com.
NASA seeks technology fellowship applicants
NASA is seeking applications from graduate students for the agency's Space Technology Research Fellowships.
Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master's or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited universities.
The fellowship awards, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the fall 2013 term.
The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA's strategic space technology objectives through their studies.
The deadline for submitting applications is Dec. 4.
For more information about the fellowships and instructions on how to submit applications, visit http://go.usa.gov/YDJW.
To learn more about NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist, the Space Technology Program and the crosscutting space technology areas of interest to the agency, visit http://www.nasa.gov/oct.
Humane Society receives $1,500
The Central Brevard Humane Society has received $1,500 from a Bob Steele Chevrolet's recent campaign.
These funds will be used to help pay for food, shelter and medical care for thousands of homeless animals at the Central Brevard Humane Society, 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit crittersavers.com.
Former panther playing professionally in Thailand
One year removed from his playing days at Florida Tech, Naru Wild-Putsorn moved from playing in front of a few hundred soccer fans at Rick Stottler Field to a stadium with a capacity of 10,000 at Thai Japanese Stadium for Bangkok United of Thai Division One.
The four-year midfielder appeared in 54 games, making 53 starts for the Panthers. He finished his career with seven goals and 12 assists for 26 career points. During his freshman season in 2008, Wild-Putsorn finished with five goals, two assists and 12 points to rank second on the team.
Nazza, Wild-Putsorn's nickname and the name reading across the back of his kit, joined Bangkok United FC back in early August.
For more information, visit www.bangkokunitedfc.com or call (321) 674-7484.
Nasal spray for motion sickness
Johnson Space Center in Houston and Epiomed Therapeutics Inc. of Irvine, Calif., have signed an agreement to develop and commercialize a NASA-crafted, fast-acting nasal spray to fight motion sickness.
Under the Space Act Agreement, Epiomed will formulate the drug, called intranasal scopolamine, or INSCOP.
Astronauts often experience motion sickness in space. As a result, NASA has conducted extensive research into the causes and treatments for the condition.
Scopolamine is effective and can be administered as a tablet or injected.
With a precise dosage, the NASA spray formulation has been shown to work faster and more reliably than the oral form.
The United States Navy is working on an agreement with Epiomed to test the nasal spray. NASA and Epiomed will collaborate on clinical trials related to the Federal Drug Administration requirements.
NASA is transferring sponsorship of future clinical trials and FDA approvals to Epiomed, which will supply the product for use by NASA and others.
For more information, visit http://go.nasa.gov/RiKclM
Free clinic in need of nurses
Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine is a volunteer clinic that provides free medical, dental and chiropractic care to the uninsured of Brevard County. Last year, the clinic documented, that from the period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, more than 3,000 patient visits occurred.
While the number of providers and lay volunteers has increased, so, too, has been the ever increasing demand for services.
With many more Brevard residents seeing the loss of insurance and COBRA benefits running out, the clinic, designed strictly for the uninsured, is experiencing greater demand for care.
To volunteer, visit www.spaceocastvolunteersinmedicine.org and click on the Volunteer Form link.
For more information, call (321) 914-0915.
All services: medical, dental and chiropractic are provided free of charge to the uninsured.
Visit the website at www.spacecoastvolunteersinmedicine.org.
Recreation partner proposals sought
Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Park Operations is requesting proposals from nonprofit organizations to become a recreation partner through an agreement to operate and run community programs at the Tom Statham Center, 7101 S. U.S. Highway 1, Titusville.
Interested organizations should submit written proposals - outlining organizational information to include, but not limited to: history, funding/financial, total numbers served, ages served and a vision for programs within this community.
Send proposals to Terry Lane, operations manager, 475 N. Williams Ave., Titusville, FL, 32796, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals need to be received no later than Thursday, Nov. 1.
To be considered for this opportunity, organizations will need to appear at the North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meeting on Thursday, Nov. 8. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. and is held in the Brevard Room at the Brevard County Government Center, North, 518 S. Palm Ave., Titusville.
For more information, call Terry Lane at (321) 264-5105.
Men's lacrosse assists 'Walk To End Alzheimer's'
The Florida Tech men's lacrosse team and coaching staff recently volunteered their time to assist with the "Walk To End Alzheimer's" event at Wickham Park in Melbourne.
The Panthers made a huge impact in the community, while also growing closer together as a team.
Entering into the second season of the program, the young Panther squad assisted in almost every aspect of the Alzheimer's event. They arrived prior to the event to help set up tents, stands and markers along the trail. During the event, players handed out flyers, collected donations, gathered signatures for petitions and even assisted with the event photographer.
One special moment, for not only the team and the coaching staff, but for those in the community who were there to watch, was when a group of the players walked the entire trail with a lady who was in a wheel chair.
The players also formed lines on both sides of the start and finish lines to cheer on the participants. It was something the players and those taking part in the event thoroughly enjoyed.
For information about a "Walk To End Alzheimer's" and the Alzheimer's Association, visit www.alz.org/cnfl/.
SPCA car show a huge success
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of North Brevard hosted its Second Annual Hot Dogs, Cool Cats and Wild Rides Car Show, which was presented by Ron Norris Ford, on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Despite two other competing car shows (one in New Smyrna, one at the Cape), participant turnout for this worthwhile cause exceeded expectations with 98 cars registered (compared to 60 at last year's event).
There were nearly a dozen trophies awarded to show cars, in addition to drawings for an iPod, a lotto tree and a 50/50 raffle.
The success of this event is a result of the community for its overwhelming support and turn-out and also to the massive network of volunteers supporting the SPCA, including students from the Florida Institute of Technology, whose Delta Upsilon chapter of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity attends major SPCA events to provide the "muscle power" needed to make events like this work.
For more information, visit www.spcanorthbrevard.com.
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