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.
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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.
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.
Top advocate, cop, and attorney for victims' rights
Brevard Sheriff's Agent Cynthia Young's work with domestic violence victims earned the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award from State Attorney Norm Wolfinger during the office's annual observation of victims' rights recently.
The event featured former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth as the guest speaker.
Following his remarks, Mr. Butterworth announced that the annual Attorney of the Year Award would hereafter be known as the Norman R. Wolfinger Attorney of the Year Award. Assistant State Attorney Bill Respess was the recipient.
Mr. Wolfinger began the annual observation of victim rights in 1986, his second year in office. He will resign the post he has held continuously for the past 28 years on Jan. 6.
During his remarks, Mr. Butterworth spoke about how Mr. Wolfinger and his fledgling staff were leaders in the quest for a constitutional amendment, guaranteeing victims' rights to be informed, to be present, and to be heard during court hearings concerning their cases or their loved ones.
Other awards and their recipients were: The Kathy L. King Victim Advocate of the Year Award went to Christina Vinson, an advocate with the Sexual Assault Victim Services unit at the SAO, and Michelle Glover, an advocate with the Titusville Police Department.
The Outstanding Service to Victims Award went to SAO receptionist Kathy Dudley and South Brevard Women's Center volunteer receptionist Diane Reid.
The Sen. Howard Futch Memorial Leadership Award went to community volunteer Delores Spearman.
Mr. Wolfinger also recognized Col. Danny McKnight (retired) with a special leadership award for his lifetime achievements and contributions on behalf of military personnel.
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Brevard Workforce honored with Congressional Medal
Brevard Workforce, the area authority on workforce development was recently recognized at the TechNovation Awards Banquet for excellence in supporting the growth and prosperity of technology companies.
President Lisa Rice and community resources coordinator Jan Conrad represented Brevard Workforce in accepting the Congressional Medal of Merit in Technology Cultivation.
An exclusive reception and V.I.P. awards dinner was held to kick off the exposition, hosted by Embraer, a jet aircraft manufacturer, based in Melbourne.
The dinner took place at the Hilton Rialto Melbourne, and the key note address was presented by John P. Mulholland, vice president and program manager for Commercial Programs Space Exploration at Boeing.
Congressman Bill Posey and Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce President Christine Michaels presented Brevard Workforce with a Congressional Medal in recognition of its Bizlaunch program.
Following the dinner, Brevard Workforce was a marketing partner for the Second Annual Florida TechXpo event sponsored by the Melbourne Regional Chamber, which allowed companies with advanced technologies and innovations to display their products and services to other companies looking for resources and suppliers.
Brevard Workforce's Biz Launch is a networking, support and skill-building group for those contemplating the option of becoming an entrepreneur.
For complete details on all aspects of the event, visit www.floridatechxpo.com.
For more information about the Brevard Workforce BizLaunch program, visit http://brevardworkforce.com/businesses/starting-a-business/bizlaunch.
High-altitude student experiments needed
NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly experiments to the edge of space on a scientific balloon next year.
The balloon competition is a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium in Baton Rouge.
NASA is targeting fall 2013 for the next flight opportunity for the High Altitude Student Platform. HASP is a balloon-borne instrument stack that provides an annual near-space flight opportunity for 12 instruments built by students.
A panel of experts from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and LaSPACE will review the applications and select the finalists for the next flight opportunity.
Flights are launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility's remote site in Fort Sumner, N.M., and typically achieve 15-20 hours' duration at an altitude of about 23 miles.
The deadline for applications for the 2013 flight is Dec. 14.
A question-and-answer teleconference for interested parties will be held Nov. 16.
For application materials and details about HASP, visit http://laspace.lsu.edu/has.
For information on NASA's scientific balloon program, visit http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/code820/.
For information about NASA's education programs, visit http://www.nasa.gov/education.
Commissioner to help with 'Elves for Elders Drive'
The District 5 Commission Office is helping Aging Solutions with its annual Elves for Elders campaign this holiday season.
The "Elves for Elders Drive" benefits individuals served by Aging Solutions. All donations received will go directly to services and needs of wards in Brevard County.
Aging Solutions has a wish list for each of the 83 seniors in its care. The District 5 Office is helping distribute these wish lists through an Adopt-a-Senior program.
To participate, contact the District 5 office by calling (321) 253-6611 or stop by the offices at 1515 Sarno Road, Melbourne, to request the wish list of a senior. Lists are now available.
You will be given a list for a specific senior with items that he or she would like to receive for the holidays.
Items are not luxurious but meet basic needs, such as socks, pajamas, robes, sweatpants, lotions, soaps, bras and underwear.
You would then place the items in one large Christmas bag (no wrapping, no tissue paper) and bring them to the District 5 office, which will get the items to Aging Solutions.
For more information, call (321) 253-6611.
Humane Society membership drive under way
Become a valued member of the Central Brevard Humane Society and receive additional savings, all while helping the homeless animals in the community.
You can start your membership for as little as $15 for an individual or $25 for a family membership. There are also gold, platinum and lifetime membership opportunities available. Your membership term will be good for one full year and starts the day you sign up.
Membership dues are used to care for the animals at the shelter.
Membership cards can be purchased (tax-free) at the Central Brevard Humane Society's Shelter, their "Low Cost" Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic (both located in Cocoa), and any of their four Molly Mutt Thrift Shops (located in Merritt Island, Melbourne, Palm Bay and Rockledge).
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
Hospice of St. Francis nears second decade
Hospice of St. Francis received zero deficiencies in its latest Medicare survey, marking nearly 20 years since Brevard's only independent, nonprofit hospice has received even a single deficiency from Medicare surveyors.
Medicare surveyors visited Hospice of St. Francis in mid-September. Dozens of areas are reviewed in the survey, including:
. Hospice plan of care
. Coordination of services
. Compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations related to the health and safety of patients
. Medical director responsibility
. Protection of information
. Physician services
. Nursing services
. Counseling services
In 1990, Hospice of St. Francis was certified as a provider of services to Medicare and Medicaid patients.
Hospice of St. Francis, which serves all of Brevard County, was founded in 1977 and had offices in Titusville and Melbourne.
It is Brevard's only independent, nonprofit hospice, serving the pain relief and symptom management needs of patients nearing end-of-life.
For more information on programs and services, visit www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.
Spring sport lacrosse
For the first time in 48 years, Cocoa Beach High School will be offering the spring sport lacrosse for both boys and girls.
Lacrosse is one of the oldest sports played in North America, often played by Native Americans to resolve conflicts.
It is now one of the fastest-growing sports at the high school level, with more than 4,000 players in Brevard County alone and is sanctioned as a championship sport in 21 states.
The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse - big or small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn.
The cost of outfitting a lacrosse team is less than outfitting a team for hockey or football, but is something our schools are unable to provide.
Due to extreme budget cuts in the public school systems, there are no funds available to pay for coaches, referees, field equipment or uniforms. It's now up to the players to provide the necessary funding on their own.
Last month several local hair stylists and barbers gave up one of their busy Saturdays to volunteer to cut hair at the Cocoa Beach Recreational Center.
With the help of many parents, students and local merchants, the "Cut-A-Thon" fundraiser was a great success!
With raffle sales, donations, $10 haircuts and tremendous community support, the lacrosse booster was able to raise $1,000!
Harris Foundation again supports Brevard students
Recently, the Harris Corporation, through the Community Foundation for Brevard, presented the Brevard Schools Foundation with a check for $110,000, which will be used to fund multiple programs during the 2012-13 school year.
The donation supports Harris' primary philanthropic platform, which is for quality education, specifically in the area of STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - as these disciplines are extremely important to the future of high tech companies.
Harris employees have given significant time and talent to promote STEM in grades kindergarten through 12, volunteering almost 16,000 hours with the Brevard Public Schools.
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries.
Headquartered in Melbourne, the company has approximately $5.5 billion of annual revenue and about 15,000 employees, including 6,000 engineers and scientists.
Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications products, systems and services.
The Brevard Schools Foundation is a direct support 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that matches community resources with the needs of teachers and students. It is ranked fifth in the nation for support to schools.
To learn more or to become a mentor or supporter, visit www.brevardschoolsfoundation.org or call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 756.
'Overnight Adventure' at Kennedy Space Center
This winter, children can have an "out-of-this-world" campout at the Kennedy Space Center's Overnight Adventure.
Guests will come face-to-face with a real astronaut camp experience while camping beneath an actual moon rocket.
They will test their skills on a rocket scavenger hunt and see a larger-than-life IMAX film.
The program includes dinner, snack and a continental breakfast and is ideally designed for youth groups, Scout troops and school groups ages 7-14.
Operating hours for Overnight Adventure are 4:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following morning.
Tuition for the program is $99, plus tax, per participant and $79, plus tax, for each attending chaperone. One chaperone per five youth members is required.
For more information or to book an adventure, call (321) 455-7036 or email email@example.com.
Birding & Wildlife Festival seeking sponsors
The 16th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, set for Jan. 23-28, is seeking local sponsors, donations, new or gently used items (for silent auction) and volunteers.
The festival usually draws more than 5,000 participants in the field trips, photography field workshops and classroom presentations offered throughout the county.
For more information, call (321) 268-5224, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org.
Craft returns from space station
A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean recently a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico.
The splashdown successfully ended the first contracted cargo delivery flight contracted by NASA to re-supply the International Space Station.
The Dragon launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, on Oct. 7. It carried 882 pounds of cargo to the complex, including 260 pounds of crew supplies, 390 pounds of scientific research, 225 pounds of hardware and several pounds of other supplies. This included critical materials to support 166 scientific investigations, of which 63 were new.
The mission was the first of at least 12 cargo re-supply missions to the space station planned by SpaceX through 2016 under NASA's commercial re-supply services contract.
For more information about the International Space Station, visit www.nasa.gov/station.
For more information about NASA's commercial space programs, visit www.nasa.gov/exploration/commercial.
Real estate professional attends summit
Brian Lightle of Lightle Beckner Robison recently attended the brokerage owners success summit at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
The R. David Thomas Center at Duke University hosted the commercial real estate brokerage owners success summit.
The exclusive and intensive two-day conference was restricted to 50 commercial real estate owners and managers across North America.
Lightle Beckner Robison is a full-service, commercial real estate firm specializing in office, retail, industrial, investment properties and asset property management.
LBR serves Brevard county extending across Florida and Georgia.
For more information, visit www.TeamLBR.com.
Group gets jackets for dogs
The Central Brevard Humane Society recently received a donation of 55 Thundershirts through a grant, valued at more than $2,100, from the Petfinder Foundation to use on the homeless dogs at the shelter in Cocoa.
The jackets are designed to reduce the stress and anxiety in shelter dogs, in turn, making them more adoptable and better able to find their new "forever" homes.
Thundershirt was founded in 2009 by Phil Blizzard, whose 10-year-old, 50-pound mutt, Dosi, was extremely frightened by loud noises, such as thunderstorms and fireworks. The gentle constant pressure of the Thundershirt worked to calm Dosi during those times, according to the company website, thundershirt.com.
The Petfinder Foundation saves lives through adoptions, helping shelters prepare for and recover from disaster and working to make sure animal welfare organizations are more sustainable.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit crittersavers.com.
Lacrosse tournament is continued success
For the second-straight year, the Florida Tech men's lacrosse program hosted a successful "Battle at the Beach" tournament. Not only did the Panthers show great promise heading into the second year of the program, they also raised money for a good cause.
All proceeds from the second annual tournament were donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Melbourne Central Catholic's Hustler Stadium saw crowds supporting each of four teams competing at the event. Fan bases could be heard cheering after each goal was announced over the public address system. It didn't matter which team found the back of the net.
Joining FIT at the event were club teams from Palm Beach Atlantic University, the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida.
For the second-straight year the Panthers won all three of their games, totaling 47 goals on the day. FIT will continue to prepare for its second season in the Deep South Conference beginning in February.
Mall to upgrade movie screens
The Searstown Mall in Titusville, in a joint venture with Spotlight Theaters, will upgrade all 10 movie screens to new digital projectors.
All seating will be upgraded to stadium-type seats, which are wider, more comfortable and able to recline.
This will also give more distance between patrons, making the movie-going experience more comfortable.
In addition, the entire movie theater will be renovated and upgraded, included new carpeting, lighting, wall treatments and renovated restrooms.
There will also be a new, expanded concession.
Addition information can be obtained by calling the Titusville Chamber of Commerce at (321) 267-3036.
Sea turtles get more help
In 2012 the Sea Turtle Preservation Society was awarded two grants by the Sea Turtle Conservancy from monies provided through the purchase of sea turtle license plates in Florida.
The first grant was for a boater education program designed to make boaters aware of the sea turtle population in both the ocean and the Indian River Lagoon.
The second grant was to provide equipment to the Sea Turtle Preservation Society's stranding and salvage team that responds to injured, stranded and dead sea turtles throughout Brevard County. They are the primary group that responds to such calls in the county.
Monies were used to purchase three specially designed constructed carriers or "stretchers" needed when removing a 250-pound turtle from the beach. Water and shockproof digital cameras were purchased to assist in reports on injured turtles
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Lawyer joins board of governors
Andrew Pickett, an assistant state attorney in the 18th Judicial Circuit, was recently selected and sworn in to serve a two-year term on the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division board of governors for this district.
Mr. Pickett was elected to the post by his fellow young attorneys-at-law in Brevard and Seminole counties.
He will be one of two representatives serving a two-year term on the board of governors for the circuit.
Additionally, he serves as the president of the Brevard County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
For more information, call (321) 617-7548.
AT&T gives $8,000 to United Way of Brevard County
For more than 60 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have been strong supporters of the United Way both at the national and local levels.
AT&T has continued this legacy of support through a contribution of $8,000 to United Way of Brevard County.
In 2012 alone, AT&T gave $5.77 million to 574 local United Ways across the country.
The United Way of Brevard County will use the contribution to support programs that create long lasting change in the local community.
Additional information about AT&T and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at www.att.com.
New NASA online science resource available
NASA has a new online science resource for teachers and students to help bring Earth, the solar system and the universe into
the schools and homes.
Called NASA Wavelength, the site features hundreds of resources organized by topic and audience level from elementary to college and
out-of-school programs that span the extent of NASA science.
Educators at all levels can locate educational resources through information on educational standards, subjects and keywords and other relevant details, such as learning time required to carry out a lesson or an activity, cost of materials and more.
For access to NASA Wavelength, visit http://nasawavelength.org. For information on NASA's science mission directorate, visit http://science.nasa.gov/. For information about NASA education programs, visit www.nasa.gov/education.
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