New textile recycling bin on school campus
Gemini Elementary School has announced a textile recycling bin on the north side of its campus (2100 Oak St., Melbourne Beach) near the faculty parking lot.
By using this bin to recycle clothing, shoes, books and more, students and members of our community can reduce waste, help those less fortunate and raise awareness about the importance of environmentally friendly practices at the school and at home.
All members of the Melbourne Beach community are encouraged to drop off their used clothing and more at this conveniently located bin.
For more information on what items are acceptable and unacceptable to recycle, visit www.geminipto.org/gemini-recycles.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
School office awarded learning center grant
Brevard Public Schools has announced that the Office of Adult and Community Education has become the recipient of a fifth 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, called "Explorers University."
This five-year grant has a funding total of $3 million and will serve approximately 280 students per day. The award will provide after-school services through School Age Child Care to four elementary schools in the south area: Discovery, Harbor City, Jupiter and Sunrise. The monies will provide academic support in reading, science, math and technology, while offering experiential opportunities.
For more information, call (321) 264-1276, Ext. 3020 or email Francisco.email@example.com.
iMen'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/.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for pets is now available
The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard is now offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments for pets.
Brevard's first and only hyperbaric oxygen chamber was installed at the facility, and within 24 hours, pre-screened patients began receiving hyperbaric oxygen treatments to assist with post-surgical wound healing.
The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard, located at the southwest corner of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Croton Road, in Melbourne, offers emergency services for pets 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There is always a veterinarian on the premises, using state-of-the-art imaging equipment to handle emergency and specialty care needs.
The specialty team includes board certified veterinarians, providing emergency and elective surgery and internal medical treatment, as well as neurology, cardiology, canine physical rehabilitation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
For more information call (321) 725-5365 or visit www.CentralFloridaAnimalER.com.
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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