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, in October. 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 owner's success summit at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
The R. David Thomas Center at Duke University hosted the commercial real estate brokerage owner's 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.
Nursing Assistant of the Year named
Life Care Centers of America's Sun States Region with its CNA of the Year award honored Carmelin Gordon, a certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Palm Bay.
Ms. Gordon has worked at Life Care Center of Palm Bay since 2005. She lives in West Melbourne.
Life Care Center of Palm Bay is located at 175 Villa Nueva Ave., Palm Bay. It is one of 21 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Florida operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.
For more information about Life Care, visit lcca.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.
Phil Blizzard, whose 10-year-old, 50-pound mutt, Dosi, was extremely frightened by loud noises, such as thunderstorms and fireworks, founded Thundershirt in 2009. 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.
Physician of the Year named
Zafar Sharar, on-site physician at Life Care Center of Palm Bay, was named southeast division Physician of the Year for Life Care Centers of recently.
The award was given during a ceremony held at Life Care Centers of America's headquarters in Cleveland, Tenn., as part of the company's annual physicians' symposium.
Five other divisional award winners and a company wide winner were also honored.
Dr. Sharar has the distinction of being the first physician to work for Life Care Physician Services. He took on the new role in 2010, kicking off Life Care's initiative to place physicians in each of its nursing homes.
Life Care Center of Palm Bay is located at 175 Villa Nueva Ave., Palm Bay.
For more information about Life Care, visit lcca.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.
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
For more information, call (321) 392-3223 or email email@example.com.
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.
His fellow young attorneys-at-law in Brevard and Seminole counties elected Mr. Pickett to the post.
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.
Phone company gives to United Way
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.
College sophomore earns award
The College Sports Information Directors of America recently named Florida Tech's Drake Hillman to its Capital One Academic All-District 5 Men's Soccer Team.
Hillman, a sophomore forward, currently has a cumulative grade point average of 3.63, while working toward his degree in meteorology. He was also named to the FIT Athletic Director's Honor Roll after his first season with the Panthers.
The Plymouth, England, native was recently named to the All-Sunshine State Conference Men's Soccer Second Team. He is also a two-time SSC Men's Soccer Player of the Week.
Hillman led the Panthers for the second consecutive year in points (17) and goals (7). In two seasons, he has collected 12 goals and five assists for 29 career points. Hillman also has recorded five career game-winning goals, three this season.
For more information, visit www.cosida.com/media/documents/2012/11/Mens_Soccer_2012_Academic_All_District_Teams.pdf or call (321) 674-7484.
Spot the international space station over your backyard
On the 12th anniversary of crews continuously living and working aboard the International Space Station, NASA has announced a new service to help people see the orbiting laboratory when it passes overhead.
"Spot the Station" will send an email or text message to those who sign up for the service a few hours before they will be able to see the space station.
When the space station is visible - typically at dawn and dusk - it is the brightest object in the night sky, other than the moon. On a clear night, the station is visible as a fast moving point of light, similar in size and brightness to the planet Venus.
Station" users will have the options to receive alerts about morning, evening or both types of sightings.
The International Space Station's trajectory passes over more than 90 percent of Earth's population. The service is designed to only notify users of passes that are high enough in the sky to be easily visible over trees, buildings and other objects on the horizon.
To sign up for "Spot the Station," visit http://spotthestation.nasa.gov.
For information about the International Space Station and a full list of sightings, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station.
University qualifies for first-ever championship appearance
Florida Tech men's cross country used a pair of top-five finishes at the NCAA Division II South Regional at Sharon Johnston Park to rank the team in third place, good enough to qualify for its first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship.
Two All-Sunshine State Conference runners did not disappoint for the Panthers as senior Moses Kirui and graduate student Chris Cacciapaglia finished second and third, respectively, to lead the Crimson and Gray.
Another All-SSC runner David Boiywo added another top-25 finish for the Panthers with a time of 33:08.89. Ross Russell and Ezekiel Zauner rounded out the scoring for FIT with 39th and 48th place finishes, respectively.
While this is the first team qualification for the Panthers, the Crimson and Gray are no strangers to the national stage. Last year, Kirui was the top South Region runner, qualifying for the national championship in Spokane, Wash.
For more information, call (321) 674-7484.
University victorious in golf tournament
Florida Tech men's golf finished the 2012 fall season with a victory over Brevard Community College in the Collegiate Players Cup. The Panthers earned four points in individual match play to outlast BCC in a 9-7 win.
Facing a 5-3 deficit, BCC battled back to even things at 5.5 points each. The Panthers got a much-needed victory from sophomore Brandon Lau to retake the lead at 6.5-5.5. BCC's Kyle Benson took Match 12 to even the score for a second time on the day, however junior Justin Kalanquin brought the score back in FIT's favor with a 3-and-1 win.
Holding a 8-7 lead, sophomore Ray Badenhorst took a 1-up win with a par on the final hole to bring home the overall team victory. The Panthers took victories in three of the individual matches while halving two matches to hold the two point lead.
The Panthers conclude the fall season, but will now turn sights to the spring championship season. Last season, FIT earned a pair of victories before taking third in the Florida Blue Sunshine State Conference Championship.
For more information, call (321) 674-7484.
High school student selected as national scholar
Ian Chan, a junior at West Shore Junior/Senior High School, has been selected as Brevard's 2012-13 Sunshine State Scholar. Included below is a complete list of the Brevard Sunshine State Scholar finalists.
This prestigious award recognizes superior achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Selection was based upon test scores, GPA, advanced coursework, and successful participation in co-curricular and extracurricular STEM activities.
Ian and other Sunshine State Scholars from around the state will be honored in February at a two-day Sunshine State Scholars Program in Orlando.
For more information, contact Walter Christy, director of secondary programs at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 310, or Cyndi Van Meter, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction, at (321) 633-1000, Ext. 300.
The 2012-13 Brevard Sunshine State Scholar finalists are: John Garrett, Astronaut High School; Kevin Nguyen, Bayside High School; Rachel Rintelmann, Cocoa High School; Albert Halbing, Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School; Rebecca Fleeman, Eau Gallie High School; Diana Konarzewski, Edgewood Junior/Senior High School; Brian Truong, Heritage High School; Nina Li, Merritt Island High School; Ali Mata, Melbourne High School; Luis Salazar, Palm Bay High School; Coleman Hilburn, Rockledge High School; Yasmine Zubi, Satellite High School; Aaron Giles, Space Coast Junior/Senior High School; and Luke Evans, Viera High School.
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